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MACKAY Mackay police allegedly uncover huge child exploitation haul "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Mackay police allegedly uncover huge child exploitation haul

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THOUSANDS of images and videos of children have allegedly been found on one computer of a Mackay man with police expecting to uncover more.

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A lucky country run by second rate people? The ACCC and rooftop solar "IndyWatch Feed"

Donald Horne wrote it many years ago.

Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other peoples ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.

A bit of a journalistic exaggeration actually but never more true than now under the influence of warming hysteria and the war on CO2. The ACCC has discovered, late in the day, that the rooftop solar subsidy scheme transfers wealth from poor to rich. Can you bear it?

An important comment in the thread under Jo Novas post, a report on 56 days monitoring the contribution of different sources of power, the main point being the absurdly small amount of power from Wind and Other.

I have been doing this new Series for eight weeks now, so 56 days.

There have been 14 of those days (and thats one quarter of that time) when ALL the wind power, ALL the solar power from commercial plants and ALL the rooftop solar power have delivered LESS THAN 2% of the power required at the evening Peak, and five of those days have been lower than 1%, with the lowest at 0.3%

That evening peak is the highest power consumption we have, and it happens every day at 5.30/6PM, and over those eight weeks averages for those peaks have been between 28500MW and 32000MW.

Now, the point here is that even though the Country is consuming the most electricity it actually can consume, on those 14 days, ALL OF IT was actually being delivered from coal fired power, natural gas fired power, and hydro power.

From the low point of 0.3% (100MW of that Peak) to the high point of 2%, (600MW) is between one and three Units at a gas plant just waiting for the call already to fire up.

The fact that those three main sources have already proved they can handle it is an indictment on the total and utter uselessness of wind power, solar power, and rooftop solar power.

There could be none of it, and we would still get by.




America"s Addictions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. Its serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more than died in the Vietnam War), an average of 175 people a day.



Blood on all their hands "IndyWatch Feed"

In the 2010 federal election, the Liberal Democrat Party in New South Wales polled around 96,000 votes. In 2013 their first-placed candidate polled around 416,000 votes. This analysis shows that the party increased its vote by over 50 times, or 5000% between 2007 and 2013.

Wow! That party is on the up and up! It must be quite something, right?

Well, no. According to the winning candidate, some people voted for us because we were first on the ballot paper there is always a sizeable number of people who dont care Then there are some people who mistook us for the Liberals, probably the Liberals, but they could also have mistaken us for the Christian Democrats or even the ordinary Democrats.

In his own words, David Leyonhjelm was elected by the donkey vote, lazy Liberal Party supporters, a few illiterate Christians, and someone who forgot that the Democrats disappeared in a puff of GST smoke (watch that space).

Here is the same information in formal logic terms. There are correlations between the facts exponential increase in the vote, the number one spot on the ballot papers (which is drawn from a hat), the apathy of rusted-on Liberal Party voters from which we can draw conclusions. Correlation is not causation. Correlation can, if researchers have sufficient context and skill, be evidence of causation. What this means is that there are plausible reasons correlated facts that explain what probably, in all likelihood, ahead of other random non-correlative or non-fact based explanations, caused the outcome.

Of particular note: the candidate posits that he was not elected on his policies or abilities or appeal, but due to the party name and its lucky ballot paper placement. He is an elected representative who is not representative of the electorate. In the parlance of liberalism, his achievements are not on merit.

This pro-gun, anti-feminist, aging white male libertarian nevertheless took a seat in the Australian parliament on the recently increased backbencher salary of $203,020 a year (plus expenses). Not bad for a lazy liberal constituency and some donkeys. At the same time, penalty rates have been cut for some of Australias most insecure and lowest paid workers. The government has legislated future income tax c...



Inflated temperature record in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed"

Tom Quirk probably could have been a rocket scientist because he trained as a nuclear physicist, attended Harvard Business School and has been a fellow of three Oxford Colleges (is that like being an Oxford Scholar?). More to the point of Climate Change: The Facts he has been involved in electricity generation including a founding directorship of the Victorian Power Exchange.

His chapter Taking Melbournes Temperature charts the history of the temperature record in Melbourne from 1856. The bottom line of the story there has apparently been a rise in temperature of 0.3C per century since that time. This challenges the official records which show a much larger increase, especially after 1998.

Melbourne was founded in 1835 as an outer suburb of Launceston by two Tasmanian explorers, Batman and Faulkner. Their names are perpetuated by the Batman Faulkner hotel/hostel in Launceston, close to the heart of the small city near the Transit Centre and a stones throw from The Grumpy Piper that houses a bagpipe museum and a whisky tasting bar.

The point of the paper is to explain why there was a jump of 0.6C recorded after 1998. This is attributed to a combination of the urban heat island effect (indicated by the difference of 0.6 compared with the country town of Laverton) and specific factors affecting the microclimate in La Trobe Street.

The key point to note is that the maximum temperature break is coincident with the screening of the La Trobe weather station from southern southerly winds by the construction of the very tall City Gate building This is a fifteen storey apartment tower completed in 1997 and to its east is a further apartment building completed in 1998.


Sea Breeze 2018: Who Wants to Disrupt Strategic Balance in the Black Sea Region? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Sea Breeze-2018 is a demonstration of strong will. It also demonstrates that the region remains a dangerous flashpoint with tensions running high



We need to protect dolphins from mining "IndyWatch Feed"

Correction: The Conservation Minister had no role in granting this permit. I had assumed that, as on land, exploration would require an access arrangement, which would have required her approval. But thanks to the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011's "no-one owns the seabed" position, the Crown Minerals Act was amended so that you don't need an access arrangement to explore or mine in the common marine and coastal area. And thanks to Taranaki District Council's "drill, baby, drill" policy, exploration is a permitted activity despite the entire area being a marine mammal sanctuary, so there's no RMA process either. There will be an RMA process for actual mining at least, but that won't stop the disruption from exploration.

As for how to fix this, the Marine Mammals Protection Act allows activites within Marine Mammal Sanctuaries to be regulated, and this is already used to prohibit mining (but not oil drilling) in part of the West Coast North Island Sanctuary. That area could be expanded, and further oil drilling banned. But in the long term, there seems to be no reason to distinguish between onshore and offshore wildlife sanctuaries, so they need to be added to Schedule 4.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage MBIE appears to have quietly granted a permit to explore for ironsands in a Marine Mammal Sanctuary:

A mining exploration permit has been quietly granted inside a marine sanctuary set up to protect the endangered Mui dolphins.

The decision has shocked conservation groups who were unaware of the move and the Department of Conservation has significant concerns about the safety of the dolphins if mining were to go ahead.


In May, permission to explore a 220-square-kilometre section off the coast of New Plymouth that falls within the sanctuary was granted to a company that wants to dredge the ocean floor for minerals.

Ironsands Offshore Mining Ltd will now be able to carry out tests, including drilling, to assess the viability of the project.

Its an appalling decision, and a pointless one: while the impact of exploration may be low, it is difficult to imagine a full mining operation being approved. But like the Otakiri Springs water decision, it may be a case of the Minister's hands being tied: marine mammal sanctuaries enjoy no special protection from mining, while the...



Cost of Terrorism in the UK Over 40 Billion Since Invasion of Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Terrorism in the UK has cost nearly 40 billion between 2004 and 2016, according to a European Parliament report. However, the total amount the UK lost since the invasion of Iraq has been well over that amount when accounting for the additional 3bn cost of 2017.



Washington"s Gunboat Diplomacy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump, who appears to have no Latin America policy apart from punishing socialist Cuba and Venezuela, persists in his support of a military incursion as a poassible option, citing Reagan-era interventions in Panama and Grenada as success stories.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There are friends and there are friends who like the books you like.

You recommend and lend books to each other and revel in the ones you enjoy.

A book shared with a friend who likes the books you like is a book whose pleasure is doubled and Im grateful for that.


World Cup footie update "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


That's about all I can muster for today, sorry!



Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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New Labour Account framework in Australia provides new insights "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released a new labour market framework on Tuesday (July 10, 2018) Labour Account Australia, Quarterly Experimental Estimates which will improve statistical analysis and allow new conjectures to be examined against the evidence. This blog post is really an exploration on my behalf of this new dataset and I know it is rather dry. But that is part of my work and it has to be done to build an evidential basis for the claims I make about this and that. I am still exploring the framework and will obviously use it to advantage (hopefully) in the future but for now here are some of the compelling insights that emerge from it. The first obvious new insight we can gain is to divide total filled jobs (employment) into Main and Secondary jobs. This allows us to assess the quality of the change in overall employment. Up until now we have considered employment in terms of persons employed. But now we can work out how many persons are employed in more than one job and where those jobs are. It provides an excellent check on statements made by politicians etc about the number of jobs being created and their quality.

What is it?

Labour market statistics, particularly headline figures such as the unemployment rate, are among the most closely watched and widely reported of all economic information available.

They are input on a regular basis to the political process and drive policy debates.

The problem, however, is that the current methods of collecting labour market information (via household and establishment surveys) etc are not without significant limitations in the depiction they provide of the state of the labour market and what it means for the overall economy (and society).

It is obvious that a focus on the unemployment rate (a narrow measure of labour underutilisation) may lead to flawed assessments when, for example, underemployment is rising and casualisation of employment is rife.

Statisticians have long identified the limitations in this respect and have increasingly published broader measures of labour wastage to give a better diagnostic of what is happening.

But the development of the Labour Account framework seeks to go beyond those more easily solved issues.

The ILO publication Labour Accounts: A Step Forward to a Coherent and Timely Description of the Labour Market sets out the ILO thinking on how to proceed with the development of this integrated framework and what it hopes to achieve.

They say that the limitations of the cur...


Netanyahu has No Business Talking Business in Moscow "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


On July 11, Israels prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived to Moscow, who announced on the eve of his departure to Russia that this visit would play a pivotal role in the bilateral relations of the two countries in the light of the ongoing Syrian debacle. It is clear what lies behind such statements he came to complain about the so-called enemies of Israel, namely Iran and Lebanons Hezbollah. He is has been known for this little habit of his at the geopolitical stage for quite some time. In this case, he is clearly going to try to convince Vladimir Putin that the ongoing presence of Iranian and Hezbollahs presence in Syria represents a major threat. In such a way hes trying to push the Russian leader into striking a deal with Donald Trump in Helsinki. The deal, even though its not on the table yet, implies that the Pentagon withdraws its troops from Syrias At-Tanf and transfers the area under the control of Damascus / Moscow in exchange for Moscow pledging its commitment to the removal of Iranian military, the detachments of Hezbollah and the pro-Iranian Shia militias from the regions adjacent to the Syrian-Israeli border. His ability to secure the deal is of paramount importance for both Netanyahu himself and the Israeli ruling elites, as Tel-Aviv was a step away from redrawing the Syrian south by permanently occupying the Golan Heights region, but those long-nurtured hopes have evaporated in the last couple of months.

Israel makes no secret of the fact that it had to fall back in the wake of a string of military victories that the armed troops of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has scored recently, in fact he unequivocally recognizes this. However, he is interested in minimizing the imminent consequences of his own miscalculations, since theres no real way of avoiding them completely. Therefore, Netanyahu has been making one visit to Moscow after another in a bid to play on the disagreements between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran, although his efforts have so far reaped no visible fruits. Nevertheless, Tel Aviv seeks to get the Syrian government behind a negotiation table by asking Russia really nice to help it to help it out. Moreover, Tel Aviv is contemplating a far better deal for Damascus than the one that was signed back 1974 on the repatriation of the Golan Heights between Damscus and Israeli troops. One could describe such attempts as historical if Damascus wasnt fully aware of the fact that theres no reason to even speak about such matters with Tel Aviv. No one is going to be fooled in Damascus these...


Israeli Cyber-Election Meddling Is Its Newest Industry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is Israel, not Russia, China, or North Korea, that hosts a blossoming industry of cyber-election meddlers who operate from corporate offices in Tel Aviv, Cyprus, London, Washington, and Tortola.


Greg Bannon demolishes the case for Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump, in a trenchant Submission "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.

Nuclear Medicine: It was impressed on the community that a primary reason for the NRWMF is the need to dispose of Australias radioactive medical waste. DIIS is the only official source of information, some of which implies that procedures such as CAT scans, X-Rays, and cancer treatments require the  use of radioactive isotopes. Plain scans, X-Rays and a vast majority of cancer treatments do not use such isotopes.

It is a genuine and valid concern that ILRW may become stranded at this facility for any number of reasons.

ILRW has been the elephant in the room from the Day 1 of this process. The emphasis has been on Low Level Radioactive Waste and, even today, people in our community say it is a low level waste dump.

Submission from: Greg Bannon, Resident of Quorn, Flinders Ranges Council Region, Barndioota Site to SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES INQUIRY National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 85)   13 attachments

I have connections to this region that go back to the late 1950s. My family first visited Wilpena Pound on a holiday in 1958. The following year, on a return v...



[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] Remembering Dark Town: Experimental History, Decolonisation and Archival Activism at Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden Presented by Dr Kate Wright Date: Thu 19th Jul 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE, Building E22 Contact: Dr Sophia Waters ? 3318 The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was established in 2015 as an experimental research site, and a decolonising activist platform, to experiment [...] full article 


So, you think youre tolerant? "IndyWatch Feed"

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Marvel at Chairman Mal holding the phone while he basks in the Thailand rescue limelight "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

See how Chairman Mal holds the phone. The view from Chairman Mal's window. Chairman Mal's facial reactions. Invaluable insight into Chairman Mal's role in the rescue.


Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed"

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Classic Crime Drama: Between The Lines S01 E12 Nobodys Fireproof "IndyWatch Feed"

Between the Lines is a television police drama series created by J. C. Wilsher and produced by World Productions for the BBC. It was first shown on BBC1 between 1992 and 1994, running for three series.

The show centred on the eventful life of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark, played by Neil Pearson. Clark was an ambitious member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), an internal organisation of the Metropolitan Police that investigates claims of corruption inside the police force. Along the way Clark had to overcome strong influence from his superiors and problems in his private life, most notably the break-up of his marriage following an affair with WPC Jenny Dean (Lesley Vickerage). Throughout the series Clark was assisted by sidekicks Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Mo Connell (Siobhan Redmond).

The show became a surprise hit for the BBC, winning a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series in 1994. In 2000 it was voted into the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. The series was reviewed in an episode of the BBC documentary series Call the Cops, which stated the series had found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1990s


Sarah Hanson-Young defamation fund-creator apologises for defaming innocent man "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On 23/3/2018 I published a tweet concerning @drjoesDIYhealth, a speaker at this year's @GFNicotine. It was retweeted by @ProfGlantz, @BathTR and @andrea_ppm. I retract my comments and apologise to Dr Kosterich for the harm they caused. Simon Chapman AO (@SimonChapman6) July 11, 2018


New Zealand outlet positively reviews Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.

New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:


The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.  

Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.

On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.

Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.

Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption.....


Joyce/Campion parliamentary expenses report - "We'll take your word for it Barnaby" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This report finds a "substantial change" in the number of days Barnaby Joyce spent in Canberra during non-sitting days BMC (Before Ms Campion) compared to AMC (Anno Ms Campion). Mr Joyce spent 58 nights in Canberra in 2017 when Parliament wasn't sitting - compared to 12 nights in 2015 and...


Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S01 E08 The Shaft "IndyWatch Feed"

From Wikipedia

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 


#WalkAway fan site "IndyWatch Feed"

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New Zealands Inside Stories "IndyWatch Feed"


New Zealand Story has just released the first three Inside Stories for its ongoing series promoting Aotearoa  the Global Film, Ingenuity Film, and Food & Beverage Film.

Each video is fronted by a range of highly acclaimed individuals including tech entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors and famous actors, and aims to bridge a narrative about New Zealand that isnt hobbits, the All Blacks and beautiful landscapes to the rest of the world.

Each of the three videos is connected to a wider campaign that provides authentic insight into New Zealand stories from the eyes of global and local identities. The campaign argues New Zealands reputation for outstanding natural beauty is only part of our story, and showcases our pool of artists, business people, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators whose stories are just as awe-inspiring as our landscapes. . .

Its fair to say the rest of the world knows very little about New Zealand, and to get the point across NZ Story

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Free Speech Coalition has funds to take ACC to court "IndyWatch Feed"


The Free Speech Coalition has succeeded in its first goal raising enough funds to take the Auckland City Council to court.

In less than 24 hours, the Free Speech Coalition has reached its $50,000 fundraising goal and will be engaging lawyers to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux at Council-owned venues.

Chris Trotter, who is supporting the Coalition, says, Thank you to every New Zealander who has dug deep to support such an important cause.

We had hoped to raise this money by 5pm Friday. However, within the first day of this campaign we have been completely swamped by people pledging money to the cause from $5 to $5,000.

Melissa Derby, another supporter of the Coalition, says, We look forward to setting a strong legal precedent that shows the use of publicly-owned venue cannot be dictated by the

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Dinesh points out the students hypocrisy about his white privilege "IndyWatch Feed"

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Speaking of onion-munching freeloaders, as the reptiles often do ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The reptiles were wildly excited early in the day about the chance of implementing the agrarian socialist   dinkum clean Oz coal oi oi oi five year plan (or as we know it here at the pond I , ), and naturally trotted out zealot Dame Groan in enthusiastic support

But call the pond what you will - many do - the pond is loyal, and this sighting of onion muncher turned full Trumpian distracted the pond from such coalian weighty matters.

There's a reason that the pond keeps the onion muncher at the top of the page, and it's not just loyalty. Of recent times, the move to full Trumpist is as piquant as the arm-breaker's shift to full Hansonism, with bonus racism

The reptiles love the onion muncher, oh they adore him, and they faithfully transcribe every thought, as if they'd discovered old Joe Smith dictating the contents of his gold plates

Indeed, indeed, and the pond looks forward to the day when dinkum Oz lads - led by the onion muncher from his lounge chair - will crush the Chinese like the gnats they are, and without any help from anyone (damn you useless kiwis, person up).



Submission from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) tells how good ANSTO is "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the
site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia (Submission No 58)


(This submission does not seem to address the Terms of Reference directly. )

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australias national nuclear research and development organisation, and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO operates a large proportion of Australias landmark research infrastructure, including the OPAL multipurpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, and the Centre for Accelerator Science. This infrastructure places Australia at the forefront of research and innovation for the benefit of public health, industry and the environment, and is used by universities, researchers andindustry from around Australia and internationally.

ANSTO applies its unique expertise to the production of lifesaving nuclear medicine as well as research into areas of national importance. Research areas include the environment, climate change, water resource management, materials engineering and human health.

ANSTO welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Economics References Committees inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facili...


Australia bans foreigners from parliament internships after unease about China "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.

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The program placing young people in a much-prized position working for a federal legislator for a three-month stint had been open to all nationalities, as long as the applicant did not have a criminal record.

Internships at Parliament House are restricted to Australian citizens, said a spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, president of the Senate, which oversaw the change.

The spokesman declined to comment on what prompted the alteration or if it was made to block Chinese interference.

Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused China of meddling in domestic affairs. China denied the accusation which led to a strain in ties between the important trading partners.

The Financial Times newspaper reported in September that a New Zealand citizen who had previously interned at an Australian parliamentary committee had links to a Chinese military spy school.

That report prompted a review of the intern system, which concluded standards should be bought in line with the rest of the government.

Chinese students had often applied to the program and many worked as interns over the years.

A spokeswoman for the Australian National University (ANU), which provides many of the interns, said it had been informed of the change in the eligibility rule late last year.

The change was only publicly disclosed some months later when the ANU amended the rules it posted on its website.

Last month, Australia passed legislation designed to prevent interference by foreign governments, a reform Turnbull said was needed to combat Chinese meddling.

Under the law, lobbyists for foreign countries will be required to register and they will be liable to criminal prosecution if they are deemed to be interfering in domestic affairs.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel


See also:

China ambassador urges Australia against bias and bigotry




Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S02 6/06 Get Me To The Church "IndyWatch Feed"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Regional Development Australia Far North sits fairly firmly on the fence regarding nuclear waste dump sit selection "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There are approximately 1,770 residing in the broader community area, and this original survey result now only represents 16.5% of the population.

the views of the wider population who visit, pass through and stay in these areas could be considered in the overall picture as an element in a broad consultation process.

whilst a Statewide viewpoint has a role, it should not be a deciding factor



Background Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) is a not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board comprised from local people with a skills mix across industry, business, government and community.

Our role is to foster and enhance a robust, diversified, vibrant and growing economy across Far North SA through the timely and professional provision of economic development services.

RDA Far North maintains a neutral position in regards to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility proposa...


APRadio podcast July 12 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry Palmer- We feature in todays APRadio podcast the great work being done by the Volunteer Fire Fighter Association in bringing the voice of those yellow angles who are the backbone of bushfire control, and who have had enough of the Rural Fire Service in NSW ignoring their input preference to academic bookworms. Harry and Mike discus the alphabet people out of step and dictating to the establishment and more.

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Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


What Does The Battle Of Deraa Symbolise? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to the Western Press, the fall of the cradle of the revolution marks the end of all hope of overthrowing Bachar el-Assad . No doubt, but would it not be fairer to say that the Syrian Arab Republic, its army, its people and its President liberated the cradle of foreign aggression ?

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Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Kimba District Council seems mainly concerned about getting finances and services, in return for hosting nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

District Council of  KIMBA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.19) 

(I was not able to copy this submission, so have just put an excerpt here with the main points. )

Kimba council addresses Term of Reference e) Whether wider Eyre Peninsula or Statewide community views should be taken into consideration, and if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 Council remains of the view that its Local Government area represents the best reflection of the wishes of its community.

Kimba has been visited by  a multitude of experts..  Associate Professor Geoff Currie believed that Kimba was now one of the most educated communities in the country on radioactive waste.

Council would expect that the Australia Government would provide specificity on what financial and service benefits it will provide, and how these will be administered through the National radioactive waste Management Act (2012) before a final ballot occurs.

Without this information availabl...


How do you spell conflict of interest? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AustralianSuper head of property Jack McGougan is seeking damages of $491,000, plus end of term bonus.There is a very interesting story in the Fin this morning about the former head of property at AustralianSuper, the largest industry super fund, being forced out of his job.

And dont you just love the excuse: not a team player?

Here it is:

A former executive at AustralianSuper has accused top officials at the countrys largest superannuation fund of pressuring him to funnel investment into a union-linked property trust despite conflicts of interest.

The funds former head of property Jack McGougan made the accusations in a multi-million-dollar Federal Court action launched this week against AustralianSuper.

Mr McGougan claims he was forced out of his $500,000 a year job for opposing moves by chief investment officer Mark Delaney and director Brian Daley to invest in industry-fund controlled developer ISPT.

He alleges that when he raised concerns over the funds poor management of conflicts of interest in relation to ISPT AustralianSuper chief executive Ian Silk told him you have to drop this.

ISPT is an unlisted property fund and developer set up in 1994 by former ACTU assistant secretary Garry Weaven and co-founded by AustralianSuper.

The allegations thrust the $140 billion industry super fund into the spotlight just as the Hayne royal commission called on more than 30 superannuation funds to appear in hearings next month to examine governance issues.

Mr McGougan was made head of property in 2011 and drove a strategy to invest members funds in property offshore. He was given authority to buy and sell assets up to $200 million.

However, he says....


South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society seems unaware of Intermediate Level Waste for planned dump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS)  Submission to Senate Inquiry: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 66) __________________________________________________________________________________ The Australasian Radiation Protection Society is a professional society that promotes the principles and practice of radiation protection. It establishes and maintains professional standards amongst its members and advises on safe use of radiation for its many applications in industry, research and medicine.

Until now the Society has not had direct input to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project. It has viewed the public consultation process as one carried out between the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the local communities who have put forward sites for consideration under the project.

This submission relates to points (b) and (e) of the Terms of Reference, ie in relation to the discussion around the definition of broad community support and the question as to whether the community views of the whole the Eyre Peninsula or the whole of South Australia should be taken into consideration.

While the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are narrowly targeted to the site selection process it is important that this process is viewed in the light of two major aims of the Project:



South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) supports the plan for nuclear waste dump for Kimba or Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Submission to Senate re the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (submission No 69)

The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics selection process for a national waste management facility in South Australia.

 By way of general comment, SACOME recognises that a majority of residents in Kimba and Hawker have expressed their support for the proposed facility; and that the site selection process continues to be rigorous and focused on genuine community engagement.

SACOME notes that the Commonwealth Government has clearly stated that it will not impose a national radioactive waste facility on an unwilling community and expresses strong support for this position as a guiding principle in the site selection process. SACOMEs specific comments are limited to the following terms of reference:

  1. e) Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 SACOME views the site selection process as one that is specifically relevant to those local communities identified as possible site locations. As such, the...



Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


This is the third national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available to report on 14 measures. It shows that while the mortality rate from cardiac conditions is falling among Indigenous Australians, it is still much higher than among non-Indigenous Australians. And while access to cardiac-related health services is improving the incidence and recurrent rates of acute rheumatic fever among Indigenous Australians continue to be much higher than in non-Indigenous Australians.  Press release (AHHA): Come a long way, long way to gocardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people









Look who is sponsoring the ACTU Congress? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What ever happened to the sole purpose test that legally governs the behaviour of trustees of superannuation funds?  You know, the one that means that the retirement incomes of the members are the only focus of the activities of superannuation funds.

When did sponsoring the ACTU Congress, to be held in Brisbane next week, fall into the category of maximizing the retirement incomes of the members?

The Royal Commission might care to take a look at this issue.  And in the meantime, what the hell is APRA doing that it just turns a blind eye to this misuse of members funds?

ACTU thanks all our Sponsors and Partners for supporting the 2018 ACTU Congress in Brisbane 17 and 18 July 2018.


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Grattan goes denialist "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Reading the reactions to the incoherent report on electricity pricing from the ACCC, I was struck by this quote from Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute, writing in the Oz 

Australians need energy policy that is driven by neither green evangelism for renewables nor a deep-seated fear to protect the role of coal for baseload power.

Green evangelism is rhetoric straight out of the denialist camp, associated with the bogus claim that climate change is not science but a religion   The content of the piece bears this out. Wood opposes any form of subsidy for renewables and (by omission) any price on carbon emissions. He advocates a policy that is the policy is indifferent to the technology mix, whether new-build or the extension of the operating life of an existing, newer coal-fired plant.

This is centrism at its worst. Faced with a choice between an evidence-based response to climate change and culture-war proposals to actively subsidise the destruction of the global environment, Grattan has gone for the middle course of doing nothing whatsoever about climate change.



The Unsung Hero "IndyWatch Feed"

Throughout the intense media scrutiny given to the Thai cave rescue, one person's truly extraordinary effort went largely, in my view, under-reported and unrecognised.



Auckland peace action needs a new logo "IndyWatch Feed"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hysteresis   the phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it, as for instance when magnetic induction lags behind the magnetizing force; the dependence of the state of a system on its history; a retardation of an effect when the forces acting upon a body are changed; a property of a system such that an output value is not a strict function of the corresponding input, but also incorporates some lag, delay, or history dependence, and in particular when the response for a decrease in the input variable is different from the response for an increase.


You can tweet but you cant hide "IndyWatch Feed"

RT reports that researchers have shown that we unconsciously reveal much more information about ourselves than we realise; both through what and how we write, and through the technology we use. Quote. Twitters metadata contains an array of revealing information on its users, a new study proves, and can be used to identify a user [] The post You can tweet but you cant hide appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Surfer Privilege "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How high of a standard of living did young baby boomers enjoy, especially those of us fortunate to grow up on the then lightly populated West Coast? That question kept coming to mind while reading the acclaimed 2015 memoir of a youth spent at the beach in California and Hawaii, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan, now a veteran war correspondent for The New Yorker.

Comedian Garry Shandlings most reliable joke was about taking a drive in the country and doing what everybody does when he first sees a cow: rolling down the window and shouting, Moo. But, Shandling asked, Whats the cow thinking?

Oh, look, theres a cow driving a car. How can he afford that?

Similarly, while reading Finnegans account of his quintessential boomer life of freedom, security, and opportunity enjoying himself in some of the most desirable real estate in the world, I kept asking from my 2018 perspective: How could he afford that?

Surfing may be even more addictive than its counterparts, such as skiing, mountain climbing, and golf. While the waves are free (which, I learned from Barbarian Days, causes surfers no end of grief), the real estate values of adjoining coastal property have only gone up and up over Finnegans lifetime. The roll call of places where Finnegan surfed as a boy and young manMalibu, Newport Beach, Topanga Canyon, Santa Barbara, Honolulu, Santa Cruz, Maui, Australias Gold Coast, Cape Town, and San Franciscoreads like a real estate speculators fever dream.

From a supply-and-demand perspective, the answer to Shandlings cow question is obvious: Finnegan could afford to spend thousands of hours surfing in various slices of paradise because he was born in 1952.

Granted, the best year of all to be born was 1946. Following the long baby bust of 193045, the country was desperately short of young men. So those born in 1946 went through life with little competition ahead of them. (See the fabulous careers of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump, all born in 1946.)

But 1952 wasnt a bad birth year for boomer entitlement either: Supply and demand were still in your favor. Moreover, Finnegans working-class Irish-American parents had the good sense to white-flight from New York City to spacious Woodland Hills, California.

Before overpopulation, womens lib, and immigration, America, especially California, had needed its young men, and would therefore put up with a lot from them....


How to get a natural high from your food "IndyWatch Feed"

If the idea of using Prozac, Xanax or Valium to treat anxiety or depression is unappealing, there is an alternative and by the way, if you arent a cocaine user, why are you dispensing cocaine-like Ritalin to little Johnny when there is a natural alternative to treat his ADHD?  Quote: Dr Pauc is one of [] The post How to get a natural high from your food appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00012 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD


Brexit as a natural disaster "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Something bad is about to happen. The government has plans to stockpile food and medicine to ensure continued supplies, and to float thousands of generators on barges in the irish Sea to provide electricity to Northern Ireland. A hurricane, earthquake, or asteroid strike? No - all this is preparation for Brexit:

MINISTERS have drawn up secret plans to stockpile processed food in the event of EU divorce talks collapsing - to show Brussels that no deal is not a bluff.

Theresa May has ordered no deal planning to step up with the government poised to start unveiling some of the 300 contingency measures in the coming weeks.


The Sun can reveal that includes emergency measures to keep Britains massive food and drinks industry afloat - including stockpiling ahead of exit day on 29 March next year.

More than 22 billion worth of processed food and drinks are imported in to the UK - 97 per cent from the EU - in an industry that keeps 400,000 workers employed in the UK.

Similar stockpiles are also being prepared for medical supplies amid fears of chaos at British ports next year.

Its as if the UK is preparing for a state of siege. Except it will be one entirely of their own making. And it really makes you think that the Brexiteers' insistence on leaving the common market is a really, really bad idea.


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed"

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$3.6m grant to boost 6.3m titanosaurs profile "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

WORK CAN proceed on the $6.6 million second stage of southwest Qlds dinosaur museum after the federal government stumped up more than half the cash....


Murweh increases rates 2% in $29 million budget "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MURWEH SHIRE today adopted a $29 million budget with an overall rates increase of about 2%. Mayor Annie Liston said the package, up from last...


The four signs that Australias property market may be on its knees "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A year ago, I wouldve said house prices were too high. And Id lament that I couldnt find an affordable place to buy.

But my outlook has changed.

Lately, property prices have fallen just enough to make a modest unit affordable.

I check out new properties frequently.

But I rarely get past the garage.

Before I even set foot inside a property, I measure the height of the car parking space. Unless it cracks that 2.4-metre mark, I turn and walk away.

Ive left dozens of puzzled real estate agents in my wake.

Look, my giant 4WD probably doesnt need its own house at night. But street parking for big cars is hard to come by. If I buy a unit with a shared driveway, its going to create problems for me and the neighbours.

Finding a new place has been a 12-month mission of mine.

The good news is that things are different a year on.

Around this time last year, one or two properties a month fell into my price range.

Nowadays, I can go to one inspection a week.

Its not because there are more properties on the market. In fact, the number of new homes for sale in Australia is down 28% in the past year.

But the properties I inspected last year that were out of my price range are now well within it.

While that may be good news for me, its a rather ominous confirmation that cracks are beginning to show in the Aussie housing market.

Four signs of a rickety housing sector

In Tuesday Daily Reckoning Australia, I reasoned that theres a mortgage debt reset coming our way as $400 billion worth of home loans move from interest-only to principal-and-interest repayments.

Turns out, thats just the start of the debt reset story.

Real estate website Domain claims that one-third of the 1834-year-olds cant refinance their homes due to falling property valuations.

Domain puts the blame for this squarely at the feet of property valuers, suggesting that they dont know how to how value properties during a market downturn.

Domain calls it the experience gap a younger generation of valuers being too conservative because property prices have dropped a few percentage points.

I disagree. In my view, assessments lowering the value of properties remove the hype that was partly responsible for driving up prices in the first place.

But there are other reasons to explain why Australias property market is rickety.....


Keeping the bromancer dream alive ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It will be recalled by faithful devotees of the reptiles that the bromancer was a keen Brexiteer and just as the British soccer team left ashes in the mouth this day, so the bromancer is now filled with despair

Naturally the bromancer is a Boris man, never no mind that Boris shamelessly lied in the Brexit campaign, though this isn't that surprising because he was a shameless liar before it, and a famously shameless liar after it

Naturally shameless populist lying and distortion of reality has an enormous appeal for the reptiles ...

Actually May was a reluctant remainer at the very beginning, but reaped the wind of the David Cameron goose, and then became an inspiration to all

More Rowson and Bell here

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed"

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Diamonds bite back: a response to Robert Wood "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Wood manages to turn a review of Kent MacCarters recently released collection California Sweet, published by Five Islands Press, into a jeremiad bemoaning an apparent crisis of opportunity instigated by his own experience of rejection from a nationally prominent, poetry-specific publishing house. Inauspicious, but it gets worse.


Tony Abbott's speech to the Heritage Foundation about President Trump, energy and the things that......... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Even 18 months into his presidency, the world is still having trouble coming to grips with Donald Trump, the most unconventional president ever. Still, hes not a bad dream from which America will soon wake up, or a fool to be ridiculed. For someone the legion of critics say is...



Irans dance of shame "IndyWatch Feed"

The New York Times reports: Quote: TEHRAN Like many teenage girls, Maedeh Hojabri liked to dance in her bedroom, record it and post clips to Instagram. But Ms. Hojabri lives in Iran, where women are not allowed to dance, at least not in public. The 19-year-old was quietly arrested in May and her page was [] The post Irans dance of shame appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

For a better view click on map Womens Suffrage Mapped: The Year Women Got The Vote By Country (March 8, 2018) Well done New Zealand, how cool are we eh? The map above shows when women got the right to vote in each country around the world. 2018 marks the centenary of Womens suffrage in [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



The Last Bastion of Political Critique in Iran: The Humble Taxi "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Midday was drawing near as the air conditioning unit began to choke in the corner of the underground restaurant Id taken refuge from the heat in. The temperature outside in the city of Shiraz in Irans south-east was 45 degrees, and set to get even hotter.

The broken air conditioning was no problem for the 20 or so other diners whom, despite it being the holy month of Ramadan, were feasting on lamb, bread and dates while sipping away on orange juice and water. I paid my bill and passed a group of women, seated separately from the men, who had slightly lowered their hijabs in a casual manner. Flickers of their thick Persian hair was on show an unthinkable act in public.

Walking up the stairs and out of the restaurant, I thanked the manager who was vigilantly keeping watch on the street, protecting his patrons from the prying eyes of the secret police who enforce religious traditions of which he, and all his patrons were breaking as well as political dissent with a resolute iron fist. Unwilling to fight the scorching heat in my black jeans (hobos beware: shorts are not an option in Iran), I contacted a driver who I met the day before to take me out to Persepolis, a collection of 2500-year-old ruins.



Adoration and demonisation: Plastic bags, hysterics and a long romance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Adoration and demonisation: Plastic bags, hysterics and a long romancePlastic shopping bags are so deeply integrated into our every day lives that saying goodbye may not be easy, writes Binoy Kampmark read now...


What happened to a free Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The nation urgently needs a Donald Trump clone, to Make Australia Great again



MFAT have some explaining to do "IndyWatch Feed"

What on earth are officials in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade doing promoting an event in favour of a one-state solution and an economic terrorist group that wants the world to boycott Israel? They even provided details of the date, time and place. The MFAT Facebook promotion is in complete opposition to [] The post MFAT have some explaining to do appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Hammonds released from jail after Trump pardons them for staging a siege against the US Government and Obama "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

One protestor killed in cold blood by troopers

President Trump on Tuesday pardoned the father and son ranchers from Oregon whose imprisonment for setting fires on federal land sparked a 41-day takeover of a wildlife refuge in the state.

Trump signed the order granting clemency to 76-year-old Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven Hammond, 49, who were convicted of arson in 2012 for fires that burned on federal land in 2001 and 2006.

Steven and Dwight Hammond have been released from jail after President Trump issued a pardon for holding a 41 day siege involving hundreds of farmers and the FBI. One protester was shot in cold blood by police.

Morgan Philpot, an attorney for the Hammonds, confirmed to Fox News that his clients were released from a federal detention center south of Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the Hammond family said they were grateful to the president and all who worked to make this possible, and to bring this about We are very anxiously looking forward to seeing Dwight and Steven home.



ExxonMobil PNG assists with restoration of food gardens in Hela Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Exxon Mobil

ExxonMobil PNG continues with its long-term recovery support for earthquake affected communities
Over 58,000 vegetative cuttings, 200 kgs seeds and 900 garden tools distributed 

ExxonMobil PNG Limited, operator of PNG LNG project is continuing to distribute planting materials and gardening tools to communities in its project areas as part of its long-term recovery plan to assist earthquake affected communities re-establish their food gardens.
Delivering planting materials in very bad weather

The distribution is being coordinated by ExxonMobil PNGs Community Livelihood Improvement Program (CLIP) partner ANU Enterprise. 

ExxonMobil PNG is here to stay and as a good neighbour we are committed to lend a helping a hand to the communities who are in need of assistance to recover from the impacts of the earthquake, said Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG managing director.

The distribution has reached more than 900 household of communities living along the Pipeline Right of Way (ROW) at Benaria areas including Yarale, Timu, Lau, Benaria, Mulako Tangi, Tamita and Pakale.

Other distribution sites around Hides include the well pads, 3 Ways, Nigiria, Perapu and Kulu communities.

Since the distribution started, CLIP has delivered more than 39,000 sweet potato vines, 19,400 cassava cuttings, over 20 kilograms of seeds and more than 900 spades.


The Bountiful Kohekohe "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cushla McGaughey says that the kohekohe has some interesting characteristics and many functions. Tropical connections With its large glossy leaves, []


Gratitude, Palestinian style "IndyWatch Feed"

Fawning adulation from the Jew-hating left is not the only largesse the Palestinian Authority has extracted from Australians. Tens of millions of dollars both legitimate and not have been hoovered from the pockets of Australian taxpayers only to end up paying terrorists. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has finally grown a spine and put [] The post Gratitude, Palestinian style appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S03 E02 Mind My Maharajah "IndyWatch Feed"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.


Tommy Robinson Demonstration: We must protest peacefully "IndyWatch Feed"

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Samoa seizes all MMR vaccines after two infants die minutes after receiving the vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News

TV1 in Samoa is reporting that two infants have died within minutes of receiving the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Tala Fou brings you breaking news on the death of two young children both aged 1-year-old from the villages of Safotu and Sasina in Savaii. Both children died within minutes of being vaccinated with the MMR vacine at Safotu Hospital on Friday morning the 6th of July.

Our News Reporter Alisa Faamaoni met with both families in Savaii today. The parents of the first child Marietta and Samuelu Tuisuesue of Sasina explained in detail to Tala Fou that within three minutes of their 1-year-old daughter Lannacallystah Samuelu being injected with the MMR vacine by a nurse she was dead. (Source.)

Two one-year old infants died minutes after being injected with MMR vaccine. The Samoan Government has confiscated all vaccine supplies to prevent any more vaccine injuries.

What is so tragic, and has this island nation in such an uproar, is that the parents of the second child who died had reportedly already learned about the first infants death a couple hours earlier and declined to have their child receive the same vaccine. The mother reports that the nurse administered the MMR vaccine against her consent, leading to the childs immediate death...


Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ditch Ocean Dumping Campaign applauds broad prohibition to protect oceans, rivers and other water bodies

Earthworks | 10 July 2018

Standard Chartered has  announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed that it will no longer finance submarine mine waste disposal.

We have long held the view that marine or riverine tailings disposal is not good industry practice, and we are proud to add it to our prohibited activities list, said Amit Puri, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered.

We applaud Standard Chartered for takin...


Time to fix renting "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Renters United this morning launched The Plan to Fix Renting, a set of policy proposals building on last year's People's Review of Renting. Things like giving renters security of tenure by banning no-cause evictions and requiring landleeches to give reasons which can then be legally challenged. Reducing the degree to which landleeches or their property managers can intrude on their tenant's lives with inspections. Limiting rent increases to the CPI once a year, unless significant improvements are made. Requiring minimum standards for rental properties, and licences for property managers. And fixing the Tenancy Tribunal so tenants can actually use it without fear of being evicted and blacklisted.

These are all sensible proposals, and the government has already committed to implementing some of them (though that seems to be taking a while). Of course, the landleeches' union is outraged, and making their usual threat that they'll get out of the landlord business. Which is great - because one of the problems with our housing market is that there are too many greedy boomers hoarding houses so they can harvest tax-free capital gains, and playing landlord in between to pay the bills. If tighter regulation drives these parasites out of the market, we get a double benefit: the demise of bad landleeches, and more houses on the market, leading to a drop in prices. I fail to see any downside in this.

If you'd like to show your support for these proposals, ActionStation has a petition here.


Santa baby "IndyWatch Feed"

It was always going to happen.  Now that we have a Prime Minister with a new baby, it seems it is time to make Parliament more family friendly. The Herald reports: Quote: One of Parliaments new parents, Kiri Allen, has argued for a cap on taxpayer-funded travel for MPs partners to be lifted for those with young [] The post Santa baby appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Don't let the garage door hit you "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

And so, it has come to an end, as obnoxiously as it began: with a short press release, in which the leader and owner of the Opportunities Parties declared the organisation disbanded and bid a fond farewell to the voters, those morons. A lot has been said and written about the personalities involved the good, Geoff Simmons; the bad Gareth Morgan; the ugly, Sean Plunket and for good


Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"




One Month From Today You Can Vote For Change At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs.

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Land title granted under existing sec 18 of Land Code more superior See "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The land title which is granted under the existing section 18 of the Land Code is more superior than the land title issued under the proposed section 6A in the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018 due to various restrictions, said See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang). See, who debated on the bill at the State Legislative []


Land Code Amendment Bill 2018 creating more problems Ali "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

ALI Biju (PKR-Krian) yesterday asserted his objection to the Land Code Amendment Bill 2018, claiming the Bill is creating more problems instead of providing a solution. He said the proposed amendments fall short of the expectations of the native communities who have been fighting and waiting for the recognition of their rightful claims on their []


Sarawak needs own lab to diagnose epidemic diseases "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A public health laboratory needs to be set up for Sarawak to diagnose and cope with any form of epidemic disease including rabies. Assistant Minister of Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee said currently, all specimens have to be sent to the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) to confirm a disease. Even though Unimas []


Richard Malanjum sworn in as new Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Tan Sri Richard Malanjum was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia effective today. Malanjum, 65, received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V in a ceremony at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil (Small Throne Room), Istana Negara, here tonight. Also present were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, []


GPS backbencher disagrees with PH reps suggestions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) backbencher disagreed with suggestions by Pakatan Harapan (PH) representatives that native customary rights claim cannot be restricted or limited. Miro Simuh (GPS-Serembu) said such suggestions by Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) was not rational. He said that Baru despite being an audacious quality lawyer on native NCR land issues, the latter []


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Bierbar, opposite gate F10, Vienna Airport NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dairy industrys big challenge strategic reset Keith Woodford:

There is great unease within the New Zealand dairy industry. Many farmers feel that the urban community plus a range of events have turned against them. Most are still proud to be dairy farmers but there is lots of stress and anxiety.  

This stress and anxiety is despite farmers receiving good prices for their milk in the last two years. This has followed two preceding years when most farmers made losses and some sharemilkers were wiped out.

Right now, there are some short-term worries with product prices dropping at the last dairy auction. This is creating uncertainty for the year ahead. But in the longer term, the outlook for dairy is actually very strong. . . 

Jayne Hrdlicka to take over as A2 managing director from July 16   Sophie Boot:

(BusinessDesk) A2 Milk Cos new managing director and chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka will start on July 16, replacing Geoff Babidge who had been in the role since 2010.

Babidge announced his plans to retire last year, having overseen the company while its shares jumped from around $1 at the end of 2015 to a then-record of $8.75 on the back of successive strong sales as the companys infant formula attracted strong demand in China. The shares last closed at $11.40, and have gained 41 percent this year. . . 

Polarised views flowing from what some urban consumers say (loudly), and how they live their lives with the market signals they send to producers Guy Trafford:

An interesting comparison can be drawn between the dairy industry in New Zealand and the coal industry in Australia. Both seem to have the ability to polarise groups and yet both countries economies are heavily reliant on them.

Coal prices have had a resurgence to over US$100 per tonne which is resulting in calls for increasing the amount exported from Australia. Currently, coal brings in about AU$58 bln, one of the maj...


Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is hiring! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is looking to employ an Administration and Project Officer to be based in Bourke. Closing date for applications is 23 July 2018.

Become part of the community-led, justice reinvestment initiative in Bourke. The Project uses a collective impact framework that brings together a diverse range of organisations and services to work on a common agenda: to reduce youth offending and incarceration, build alternative pathways for young people, and increase community safety.

Maranguka and the Justice Reinvestment Project are amongst the most innovative, Aboriginal-led social change programs in Australia.

The Administration and Project Officer (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project) is responsible for facilitating and supporting the cross-sector collaboration needed to achieve the Projects goals relating to young people and their families, including:

  • Working in a small multi-disciplinary team whose role is to enable a whole-of-community collaborative response to achieve better outcomes for young people and their families with a particular focus on issues relating to the criminal justice system;
  • Participating in the working groups and working to embed the strategies to support young people and their families into all parts of the Bourke community;
  • Provide administrative support to the Project;
  • Ensuring that young people in Bourke participate in decision-making and evaluation;
  • Helping to maintain communication with collaborators, partners and stakeholders that are connected to and engaged with the Project.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encourage to apply

Salary Range: $61,978 $69,563 (dependent on experience, skills, qualifications as demonstrated in your application and interview). With the remuneration are attractive benefits and salary packaging options.

For the position description see: Maranguka Administration and Project Officer June 2018.

Please provide a brief cover letter addressing the essential criteria and your resume to

For any questions please contact Nicole Mekler, Coordinator, Just Reinvest NSW, 0412 483 170,

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Australia, Solomon Islands, PNG sign undersea cable deal amid criticism from China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The leaders of Australia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have marked the start of a project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries amid criticism from China that Australia is trying to contain its influence in the region.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by his PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill and Rick Houenipwela from the Solomon Islands in Brisbane Wednesday to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the project to proceed.

Australia is spending nearly $137million (US$100.9million) to lay the cable and Turnbull described it as a very practical way of providing foreign aid.

Back in 2016 the Solomon Islands government signed a deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to lay a cable to Australia.

But the Australian government was concerned Huawei would be permitted to plug into Australia's telecommunications infrastructure.

It believes that while Huawei is an independent company, it retains links to the Chinese Government and could pose a threat to Australian infrastructure in the future.

Last year senior government officials told the Solomon Islands Government that Canberra was unlikely to grant the company a so-called landing point for the cable on the Australian mainland.

The Australian Government then announced its support for the PNG cable and a few months later said it would foot most of the bill to lay the cable to the Solomon Islands as well.

In June, Australian company Vocus was awarded the $136.6 million (US$100.6 million) contract to manage the construction of the 4,000-kilometre cable.

Some observers believe the decision was not only due to security concerns but also to counter China's growing influence in the region, particularly its use of loans and grants to build infrastructure projects.

The formal start of the cable project comes amid criticism from within China that Australia is trying to contain Beijing's influence in the Pacific.

In an editorial on Monday the state-owned newspaper Global Times said China's emergence is an irreversible trend and any attempt to contain the country's growth runs contrary to the trend of the times.

The newspaper was responding to Australian media reports that Australia and New Zealand would sign a new security pact with Pacific Island nations later in the year to counter the...


Karen From Finance Is Headlining Cairns Tropical Pride 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian drag star Karen From Finance is set to headline this years Cairns Tropical Pride festival in October. Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queenslands largest LGBTIQ festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year. This years festival will take place across three days, from October 12 to 14. The hilarious Melbourne ...

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PNG Hunters team unchanged for Round 18 match against Northern Pride "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The SP Hunters starting line-up for this weekends Intrust Super Cup Round 18 clash against Northern Pride remains unchanged despite their eight points loss to Redcliffe Dolphins on Sunday. Sailas Gahuna is the only addition to the extended bench in place of William Mone.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Edene GABBIE

2. Junior RAU

3. Thompson TETEH

4. Willie MINOGA

5. Brendon GOTUNO

6. Ase BOAS - Captain

7. Watson BOAS

8. Enock MAKI

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Stanton ALBERT

11. Nixon PUT

12. Rhadley BRAWA

13. Moses MENINGA


14. Charlie SIMON

15. Paul WAWA

16. Adex WERA

17. Dilbert ISAAC

18. Baundo ABA

19. Sailas GAHUNA

20. Butler MORRIS

Coach Michael Marum will finalise the 18 man team at the Captains Run on Saturday and the final 17 man run on side will be named an hour before kick off on Sunday.
The game against Northern Pride kicks off at 3.00pm this Sunday July 15, 2018 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The earlier game will see the Digicel Cup Round 15 clash between NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and PRK Gulf Isou which kicks off at 12.15pm.


Former Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa passes on "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former Member for Tambul Nebilyer Benjamin Poponawa passed on early this morning in his home in Port Moresby at age 59.

Tambul Nebilyer Chief Executive Officer Philip Telpa said the district received the news this morning and will advise in due time details of his passing and funeral arrangements after consultation with his family.

Late Poponawa was also the former Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations and served as an MP for two consecutive terms from 2007 2012 and 2012- 2017 and has done a lot for the district during his term.

CEO Telpa said some of the projects during his term as an MP was the establishment of the new Tambul High School, rural electricity programs and Tambul-Mendi roads.

Mr. Telpa on behalf of the district relayed heartfelt condolences to the family of the late MP and said the district stands united in this time of grief. PNGFM/PNGTOday


Horowhenua Focus on Development "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Veronica Harrod says  Horowhenua District Council spent almost $1.3 million on economic development activity between June 2016 and March 2018. []


Sadiq Khan shows Phil Goff how a mayor is supposed to support free speech "IndyWatch Feed"

This was an interesting discussion between Sadiq Khan and Piers Morgan over the baby blimp. It is interesting from the point of view of the current discussion regarding Phil Goffs actions. I dont agree with Sadiq Khan on almost anything, but on this he is right. It is a shame Phil Goff cant see [] The post Sadiq Khan shows Phil Goff how a mayor is supposed to support free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Thrill-a-minute as Slater bows out with a 18 - 12 win over NSW "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Billy Slater enjoyed an eventful end to an eventful career in Maroon, as Queensland dug deep for an 18-12 win to honour the outgoing great.

Retiring from the representative arena after 31 games representing his state and departing as Queensland's 14th Origin captain - Slater was a split hair away from being the first try-scorer before a buoyant Suncorp Stadium.

Cheered each time he touched the ball, the Innisfail Brothers junior leapt high in the 4th minute above Nathan Cleary to collect a cross-field stab kick from Daly Cherry-Evans.

The on-field referee ruled a try and the video official initially indicated he would do likewise until changing his mind after detecting a minute knock-on in Slater's catch.

This all happened one minute after Slater earnt a penalty when he was welcomed into the match with a shoulder charge from Latrell Mitchell.

Queensland dominated possession for the first half-hour, completing at above 90 per cent and having more than 70 per cent of the ball at one stage.

Reinstated half Daly Cherry-Evans was a key factor in those statistics, with a short kicking game and sustained exertion of pressure which placed the Blues under the pump.

To round out Slater's thrill-a-minute first half, he earnt another penalty when he grubbered and found Boyd Cordner in an offside position from a ricochet.

Then he was involved in an obstruction incident that led to James Maloney being sin-binned in the 30th minute, but which didn't bring a penalty try, much to the displeasure of the 51,214 crowd.

In amongst this all, two intercepts helped shape the game.

Valentine Holmes took a 95m intercept try that put Queensland up 6-0 after his subsequent conversion.

Tom Trbojevic almost replicated the feat when he plucked a Cameron Munster pass to run 90m in the opposite direction.

Queensland sustained a lead of 8-6 until the final minute of the opening stanza, until a miscommunication in defence let James Tedesco score a simple try one off the ruck.

That left the home side in arrears 12-8 at the break, with a notable stat being the 13 hit-ups taken by Gavin Cooper in a non-stop effort.

Valentine Holmes brought things back level on the scoreboard in the 50th minute, finishing a backline movement that featured, you guessed it, Slater and Cherry-Evans in the lead-up.

The try was Holmes' fifth in two Origin...





It's 1969.   A 23 year old hungover, homesick, US Sergeant mechanic, stole a C130 Hercules aircraft from its base at RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia in an attempt to get back home to his newly wed wife in Virginia.    He was not a pilot and while he talked about getting a private pilots license there are no records of him ever having done so.

It appears he may have been shot down over the English Channel.

Gueez, I have a CPL, multi-engine and instrument ratings and approaching 1,000 hours in my logbook but I would balk at getting into a C130 and going solo even if they paid me heaps.   While there is an element of truth in the old saying that 'if you can ride a bike you can probably fly a plane' and, while takeoffs can present challenges, it's the getting down that really matters remembering that every landing is a controlled crash.

 I note from the RAF radar tapes he was identified at FLs 80 and 90 and skirting cloud which would indicate he was flying VFR.   Hate to think what would have happened if he had flown into cloud and forced to go IFR.   He would have started to feel VERY lonely up there.  

You can read the whole story here   Clearly the incident was subject to a massive cover-up.



breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners

Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018

Although the Porgera Joint Venture has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease, a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous lease.

On 13th December 2013, the Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings by the State.

The posit...



Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Video: Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Video from The Juice Media


Visit the NT Honest Government Ad

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RSPO fails to deliver on environmental and social sustainability, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

JAKARTA Oil palm plantations that adhere to the worlds leading certification scheme for the crop show no difference in environmental, social and economic sustainability than non-certified estates, a new study has found. The study carried out by researchers from the University of Queensland and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), both in Australia, and Borneo Futures is the first of its kind to assess how effective the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is in achieving its sustainability goals by comparing certified and non-certified concessions. To do that, they created the most comprehensive map and dataset yet of RSPO-certified sites in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo. They then used the map and dataset to assess how effectively these plantations delivered on six of the eight central pillars of the RSPOs principles and criteria: conservation of biodiversity, responsible development of new plantings, responsible consideration of communities, consideration of social impacts, economic viability, and commitment to best practice. Not very well, as it turned out. No significant difference was found between certified and non-certified plantations for any of the sustainability metrics investigated, the researchers wrote. In fact, the only area where RSPO certification made a positive impact was in higher yields and share prices for certified companies. [O]ur results suggest that low confidence in the [RSPOs] mechanisms for improving overall industry sustainability appears warranted in all but very narrow and economically-oriented interpretations of sustainability, the researchers concluded. Global demand for products like


Fly in, fly out practice supported "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | July 11, 2018

THE fly-in-fly-out (Fifo) arrangement for mining and petroleum projects allows economic benefits to be spread across the country, according to the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

This was one of several reasons given in a statement to The National from the chamber in response to concerns raised by the PNG Resource Owners Federation last week.

The federations concerns were based on how project areas were losing out on economic benefits due to this and called on the government to put a stop to it.

Papua New Guineans make up around 95 per cent of the workforce in mature mining and petroleum operations in PNG, the chamber said.

They are employed from the preferred area local communities and the host province, as well as from other parts of PNG.

This Fifo employment model for the resource industry provides the best balance of shared benefits to communities right across PNG.

Many of the employees from other parts of the country prefer...


Theatrical dance: the fake news mainstream reporter and his audience "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

And the deeper implications behind it by Jon Rappoport July 11, 2018 May 2012 Q & A with Ellis Medavoy: Its rare, these days, for me to get messages from retired propaganda master, Ellis Medavoy. Hes always been a difficult man. Now, hes even tougher to coax out of his cave. Nevertheless, because Im persistent, []

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Second live sheep export licence suspended "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The shocking conditions of live animal export ships like the Al Shuwakih. Photo Channel Nine

CANBERRA, AAP A livestock export company linked to the disastrous Awassi Express voyage has had its licence suspended, leaving tens of thousands of sheep in limbo.

The federal Agriculture Department suspended Emanuel Exports licence last month after revelations of thousands of animal deaths in sweltering conditions.

Now its sister entity, EMS Rural Exports, is believed to have been denied a permit to ship sheep to the Middle East.

In a statement, the department said the company remains responsible for the sheep, which are in a feedlot, and that veterinarians have determined they are in good health and well-cared for.

EMS wanted to take about 45,000 sheep from Fremantle to Kuwait on the Al Shuwaikh, but will now face a full review following the suspension.

A separate smaller sheep shipment to the Middle East was expected to follow.

Animals Australia say theyre relieved by the decision after earlier threatening to stop the export with Federal Court action.

The possibility of these sheep being exported by an affiliate of suspended exporter Emanuel Exports, has had both the public and politicians shaking their heads in dismay and disbelief, Animals Australias Lyn White said.

Footage from the Emanuel Exports-chartered Awassi Express sparked outrage in April, after it showed thousands of sheep dead, dying and suffering in their own filth and extreme heat on their way to the Middle East.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud cited legal advice showing he had no powers to interfere in regulatory decisions other than closing down the entire live export industry.

Last time this happened was 2011, when Labor did so. The resulting lawsuit continues to this day and many farming families still struggle with the personal and mental cost of that decision, he said.

I will not make Labors mistake again.

Animal welfare activists and farmers clashed outside Emanuels office on Wednesday over sheep exports.

Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook said up to 66,000 sheep stranded in a feedlot had to go somewhere.

The post...


Extinct spectacled cormorant, new discovery "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Geographic locations of Bering Island and Shiriya. The red area indicates the possible past distribution of the spectacled cormorant, eventually residing only on Bering Island. Credit: Kyoto University / Junya Watanabe

From Kyoto University in Japan:

Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan

Spectacled cormorants distribution much broader than previously believed

July 11, 2018

Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago.

Writing in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the team indicates that the species underwent a drastic range contraction or shift, and that specimens found on Bering Island are relicts remnants of a species that was once more widespread.

The global threat of human activity on species diversity is grave. To correctly assess related extinction events, it is imperative to study natural distributions before first contact with humans. This is where archaeological and fossil records play crucial roles.

The spectacled cormorant, a large-bodied seabird first discovered in the 18th century on Bering Island, was later driven to extinction through hunting, following colonization of the island by humans in the early 1800s.

Before our report, there was no evidence that the cormorant lived outside of Bering Island, explains first author Junya Watanabe of Kyoto Universitys Department of Geology and Mineralogy.

Studying bird fossils recovered from Shiriya, Aomori prefecture, Watanabe and his team identified 13 bones of the spectacled cormorant from upper Pleistocene deposits, formed nearly 120,000 years ago.

It became clear that we were seeing a cormorant species much larger than any of the four native species in present-day Japan, states co-author Hiroshige Matsuoka. At first we thought this might be a new species, but these fossils....


Free Speech Coalition has funds to take ACC to court "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Free Speech Coalition has succeeded in its first goal raising enough funds to take the Auckland City Council to court.

In less than 24 hours, the Free Speech Coalition has reached its $50,000 fundraising goal and will be engaging lawyers to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux at Council-owned venues.

Chris Trotter, who is supporting the Coalition, says, Thank you to every New Zealander who has dug deep to support such an important cause.

We had hoped to raise this money by 5pm Friday. However, within the first day of this campaign we have been completely swamped by people pledging money to the cause from $5 to $5,000.

Melissa Derby, another supporter of the Coalition, says, We look forward to setting a strong legal precedent that shows the use of publicly-owned venue cannot be dictated by the political whims of those in power.

For us this is not about helping these particular speakers, but in defending the rights of all New Zealanders to express and hear controversial views. 

Stephen Franks calls Goffs actions in denying the speakers the right to use council-owned venues a partisan abuse of political power:

He has claimed the power to decide which political views can be discussed in Auckland public halls.

If the Mayor of Auckland has that power it is no local matter. With it he could deny nearly half the population of New Zealand a practical chance to see and to assess for themselves any speaker the Mayor decided they should not be free to judge. He may claim he has that power to ban things he sees as inimical to the social or cultural health of his subjects.

The law deliberately gave the Auckland Mayor presidential authority plus a Council with limited power to control him. But even if the Councillors had normal council powers over Council officers and the Mayor, a Council should not have the power to stop people from meeting in public halls to hear and judge unpopular speakers.

The long established legal boundaries on freedom of expression are all the protection Councillors should be allowed to assert. Public authorities at both central and local government level should now be scrupulousl...


Can Donald Trump teach Theresa May how to listen? "IndyWatch Feed"

Like Bill English and now Simon Bridges, it seems that Theresa May has lost touch with her base. Sven Hughes at the Spectator suggests that perhaps Donald Trump can teach her how to listen again: Quote: Therell be talk of trade tariffs, Iranian nuclear weapons, Brexit and the embassy in Jerusalem. Of that you can [] The post Can Donald Trump teach Theresa May how to listen? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.




Karen Wyld: Wild Women and Rebel Girls "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Karen Wyld goes back in time to acknowledge some of the strong Aboriginal women that continue to give us strength. #BecauseOfHerWeCan


Am I a white supremacist? "IndyWatch Feed"

According to Bennett Morgan, a white supremacist group raised money to sue Auckland Council for refusing to allow Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to speak at one of their venues. I donated to their fund. Does that make me a white supremacist? When there was a rally in Liverpool (my home town), England, to free [] The post Am I a white supremacist? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Plot thickens in East Timor espionage scandal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Plot thickens in East Timor espionage scandalAn AFP investigation has begun over information disclosed regarding the East Timor bugging, but John Menadue believes it's a waste of time. read now...



Controversial Chinese ship arrives in PNG on harmony mission "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Daishan Dao
Daishan Dao (aka Peace Ark), now in PNG for eight days, is said by some analysts to be a stalking horse for the Chinese navy's 'blue water' ambitions in the south-west Pacific and beyond


PORT MORESBY Earlier this week China stepped up its soft power incursion into Papua New Guinea and the Pacific with an announcement that it will pre-empt Novembers APEC forum in Port Moresby with a Pacific conference of its own also in the national capital.

And yesterday, as if to reinforce the deal, the Chinese naval hospital ship, Peace Ark, slipped into Fairfax Harbour to begin an eight-day humanitarian mission in PNG.

Peace Ark (as it known when on humanitarian service) is better known in China as Daishan Dao, a Type 920 hospital ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, Daishan Dao, with her crew of 430 with about 100 medical staff, does not carry offensive weapons.

When the vessel was launched in 2007 the Chinese rationale was to give China a platform to provide quicker humanitarian response to disasters, but some strategic analysts contend that it also allows China to extend its navy's expansionist 'blue water' capabilities.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency reported PNG Defence Force chief of staff, Captain Philip Polewara, extending a warm welcome to the ship and thanking China and the Chinese people for the aid.

Peace Ark will conduct medical diagnosis, treatment and academic exchanges with local hospital staff.

It will also be open to the public during its stopover to further promote cultural understanding and friendship between the two countries.

Xinhua reported Chinese Ambassador to PNG Xue Bing as saying the mission marked the latest step in the relationship and that it built on prime minister Peter O'Neills visit to China last month.

PNG is the first stop on Peace Arks current mission which also includes Vanuatu and Fiji.

Since 2008, the ship has visited 37 countries and provided free medical services...


The Inconvenient Truth: Geelong Star and Basslink ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

... Opportunity, motive, means ... The super trawler Geelong Star slipped quietly from our shores over a year ago.  More recently, Matthew Groom, the minister for energy, who presided over the disastrous Basslink Saga of Dec 2015, also slipped his political mooring for life in QANGO land I do not think there is any contest as to who the primary suspect should be. While Geelong Star may have sailed from our shores, I believe there has been no evidence forthcoming that the Geelong Star can be eliminated from the possibility of having damaged the cable


Rodney Hide: Goff opposes private property, individual freedom and, by extension, free speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Rodney Hide wonders why Phil Goff doesnt support free speech in his NBR column: Quote: We should not be at all surprised by Mayor Phil Goff banning Canadian far-right activists Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking at council venues. The only surprising thing is that it doesnt happen more often. Phil Goff is a [] The post Rodney Hide: Goff opposes private property, individual freedom and, by extension, free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


In which the pond goes on a war footing with the savvy Savva ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


The pond has noted an increase in reptile hyperbole over the years, with relentless talk of "wars" the worst form of paranoid hysteria

Why do they do it? Over the years most of them have studiously avoided action in a real war so is it some kind of fervid substitute? As that immortal philosopher Jack Nicklaus is reported to have once said, "This is a game. That's all it is. It's not a war."

But sadly the pond has to report direct from Malware's office, that the siege bunker mentality has infested everyone, even the savvy Savva

It's wartime? The pond is living in a war zone? Who knew, but please, do go on because it seems the savvy Savva has been blessed with the cult status of a Lobbecke

Ah the pond fancies itself adept at decoding messages direct from the Malware bunker, and there, in all the fluff, and the cluck-clucking and tut-tutting about the treatment of Frank Brennan, a flip-flopping emerges in that line "court...


Melbourne construction boom scales new heights "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Melbourne construction boom

An intriguing set of building activity figures as ever for the March 2018 quarter. 

The most interesting point of note was how thousands of building approvals in the Victorian pipeline were kicked off as dwelling starts in the first three months of the calendar year (recall how Melbourne saw nearly 10,000 townhouses and apartments approved in only  two month period in October and November last year).

In New South Wales, on the other hand, there are more houses and apartments approved but not yet commenced than ever before, as developers grapple with tighter financing and languishing apartment pre-sales. 

Following on from the above, there was a near-explosion in the number of quarterly dwelling commencements in Victoria, to a seasonally adjusted 22,150, well over double the equivalent figure from a decade earlier.

Melbourne's population growth has been tracking at record highs, and demand for housing is high.

This alone was significant enough to send the national trend for dwelling commencements northwards. 

In Queensland more houses are being commenced in response to strong demand from interstate migrants, but the number of attached dwelling starts continues to moderate as the Brisbane apartment market rebalances. 



Byres prepares for rainy day (but outlook remains fine) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Lenders gonna lend

There were nervous onlookers aplenty as APRA Chairman Wayne Byres prepared to speak in Sydney today on prudential lending standards and sound lending practices.

They needn't have been quite so fearful, in the event, as Byres reassured markets that while heightened scrutiny had uncovered some displeasing practices, most of the heavy lifting has already been done with regards to tighter lending standards.

For subscribers to our market reports, a number of familiar themes raised: tightening standards have been applied incrementally over a period of several years (rather than overnight as often assumed), a new focus on comprehensive credit reporting to better capture pre-existing debt commitments of borrowers, and some very useful analysis of lower loan-to-value ratios and the decline of interest-only loans. 

While much has been made of a potential 'credit crunch' - mainly by interests hoping to see a credit crunch, it must be said - Byres reiterated how in aggregate annual credit growth has continued to track at 'very healthy' levels, especially for owner-occupiers at about 8 per cent.

Of course, there are many unknowns about how this will all play out from here. Some parts of the housing market will fare well where demand from homebuyers is high, and others will struggle where the opposite holds true.

Caveat emptor.

Computer says no credit crunch

As Byres was busy adjusting his tie pre-speech in Sydney, financial markets were digesting the latest housing finance figures for the month of May.

Supporting what Byres would go on to say in his speech, there was a seasonally adjusted increase in the number of mortgages written across all loan categories, defying market expectations, and a corresponding increase in the total value of lending.

The 'trend' figures are still shaping lower, but at $31.9 billion the seasonally adjusted housing finance figures were pointing to anything but a credit crunch, especially for the homebuyer cohort.



Environmental damage at Chauncy Vale ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

NEW STORY ... Yet again an attempt to dominate nature to protect minimal infrastructure, not dissimilar to protecting shacks while letting virtually irreplaceable wilderness burn. It would have been a wonderful opportunity to walk the walk and show we can live amongst nature without beating her into submission


Kiwis just put their money where their mouths are "IndyWatch Feed"

The response to the brand new NZ Coalition for Free Speech asking for donations to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for denying Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern a tax-funded venue to speak in has been surprisingly heartening!  The required 50k was raised in 24 hours. What this shows is how ready Kiwis are to literally put their money where their mouths are.  Almost nothing is as important as the law of free expression in our nation, for on it hangs all our other freedoms.  Free speech and free thought are inextricably bound;  to censor speech legally by making certain views or utterances a crime is exactly the same impetus as seeking to prosecute citizens for thought crimes. The post Kiwis just put their money where their mouths are appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Aquino- Despite Your Lackeys Opinions- I Dont Hate You But Rather Feel Pity "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Your lackey IEatBabies claims spells dont work. But we both know otherwise. Thanks for training me with your secret knowledge- which is the definition of occult. What they think, feel, or believe is inconsequential. In the end we will all see for ourselves.


Caught in trade war crossfire "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Producers who think they will benefit if overseas competitors are shut out of their domestic market or face high tariffs arent looking at the whole picture as Mexican dairy farmer Georgina Gutierrez explains:

Obrador, for example, talks about the importance of self-sufficiency, suggesting that our country can produce everything it consumes. 

This idea holds a certain kind of appeal, at least on the surface. Consider my own case as a good example.  Im a dairy farmer. If our government were to stop importing milk, in the name of self-sufficiency, it would reduce the competition that I face from foreign producers and, presumably, allow me to flourish.  

Yet in reality, wed all suffer. Mexican dairy farmers dont produce enough milk to meet the demands of consumers. Even if we did, we still wouldnt be truly self-sufficient. Milk production doesnt take just a dairy farmer with a bunch of cowsit also requires farmers who grow the food that dairy cows eat as well as technology and machinery that make us better producers. Mexico imports these goods as well.  

In fact, my farm wouldnt exist in its present state but for our ability to exchange goods and services across borders. We import corn, soy, canola, vitamins, medicine, and machinery, for example. This is how sustainable economies work, keeping prices in check for everyone. And its much better than the protectionism, price controls, and subsidies that central planners wrongly believe will fix the problems of their own market distortions.  . . 

In trade wars, producers and consumers get caught in the crossfire and pay the price with higher prices and less choice.

The only ones who win are the politicians and bureaucrats and even thats usually only in the short-term.

Once economic growth slows as an inevitable consequence of higher prices, voters usually tire of the politicians responsible for it.


Addressing demand in prostitution, which political party has the courage to do it right in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

While European countries have been moving towards society without prostitution and gender equality, Australia and NZ has been experimenting with various legislations but failed to address and diminish demand for it. While the focus of legislation has always been on the prostituted (vast majority of who are female), the buyers have not been scrutinised, but instead buying has been normalised, in effect signalling that buying another persons body is ok in our society

Stephen Franks on Goffs partisan abuse of political power "IndyWatch Feed"

Stephen Franks is one of those genuine nice guys. He explains the serious nature of Phil Goffs illegal overriding of our free speech rights: Quote: I have agreed to be named on a website promoting a court challenge to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. He has claimed the power to decide which political views can be discussed in [] The post Stephen Franks on Goffs partisan abuse of political power appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Economics of second best in energy policy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australias energy policy is such a confusing mess that the Australians economics editor Judith Sloan actually supports the ACCCs dubious call (in its Electricity Pricing Inquiry Final Report) for the Australian Government to act as a buyer of last resort for electricity, to help energy companies secure finance for new generation capacity. In her latest opinion piece, Sloan observes:

The one interesting recommendation of the ACCCs report is that the government should operate a program to contract for low fixed-price generation capacity around $45 to $50 per MWh for the later years of new projects. These projects would in effect be sponsored by large industrial and commercial users but would be underwritten by the government.

Now, as reported in todays Australian, the federal government is considering this proposal. Influential ministers, such as Queenslands own Matt Canavan, see it as a way to support the construction of new high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal-fired power stations.

Such industry assistance could only be justified as the economics of second best: using one market distortion to correct the economic problems caused by other distortions. To me, it looks like bad policy. We would be better off fixing the distortions which caused the mess in the first place, including public ownership of generation capacity and costly environmental schemes such as the premium solar feed-in tariff (44c/kWh in Queensland) and Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Much of the policy action needs to occur at the state level, in Queensland in particular. For example, we need to break up our price gouging power generators CS Energy and Stanwell and ideally privatise them, as recommended by the ACCC.

I would prefer we fix our current energy policy settings before the Australian Government commits to underwriting new generation capacity, taking a significant contingent liability on its balance sheet, the risk it will have to prop up unviable HELE coal-fired power plants in the future. This contingent liability would crystalise if substantial global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were agreed and followed through with in future decades.

I should say the ACCC deserves a high distinction for producing such a comprehensive analysis of electricity pricing in Australia and for generally sensible recommendation...


Helsinki: A Summit that the Whole World Anticipates "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


Theres no arguing that the ongoing FIFA World Cup is not the only Russia-related event that the international media keeps discussing week after week. One can come across hundreds of articles dissecting every aspect of the upcoming meeting between Russias Vladimir Putin and the sitting American president, Donald Trump in Helsinki. It wont be an exaggeration to state that ever since the days of the Cold War, the whole world has experienced that much tension dominating the international stage.

The summit in question will be held against the backdrop of the rapid deterioration in bilateral relations between the US and its closest North America and Europe allies. For Putin, who has stayed in power for nearly two decades, this will be an inaugural summit with a fourth different US president, so he will arrive at it as a political heavyweight.

Last time the presidents of these two major geopolitical powers met in Helsinki, it was March 1997. Back then Bill Clinton represented the Western world and Russia would have Putins predecessor Boris Yeltsin. It was a time when Yeltsins health was deteriorating rapidly and a long flight might take a toll on him, while Clinton was in a wheelchair after injuring his leg hurt.

Since 2014, US-Russian relations entered a new confrontation-prone stage. This transition was marked by Washingtons policy aimed at strengthening the rallying its forces in the East, primarily around the North Atlantic alliance. The fruits of this shift we could witness at the final stages of Obamas presidency and in the first years of Trumps tenure in the White House What this actually means is that no even those topics that in no way connected to Russia are being discussed through the prism of Russias meddling, like the notorious Russiagate, that has turned in one big joke that has seriously overstayed its welcome. However, the area where the threat of a real confrontation between the major powers remains almost tangible is Syria and the wider Middle East.

A long list of contradictions between Moscow and Washington in the Middle East is being aggravated even further by their inability to develop a common understanding of Tehrans policies in the region. The new American administration doesnt even try to make a big secret of the fact that it perceives Iran a major threat that can be really damaging to its own interests alo.....


Australia broke the law in East Timor scandal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Mr Wilkie said Australias unlawful use of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service to bug East Timors cabinet office during gas and oil negotiations had never been investigated and that must now be remedied. The Federal Government is going after Witness K, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, but leaving the substantive matter unaddressed, Mr Wilkie said


Radio NZ: Far-right speakers and the legal case "IndyWatch Feed"

On The Panel yesterday afternoon they discussed so-called far-right speakers and the legal case. Quote. After banning Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking at council-owned venues Auckland City is now facing legal action from the Free Speech Coalition. Human Rights lawyer Michael Bott explains the Bill of Rights position on this and tells us [] The post Radio NZ: Far-right speakers and the legal case appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


First US land-farmed Atlantic salmon go on sale "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Wisconsin land-based fish farmer and hydroponic vegetable grower Superior Fresh has begun selling its first Atlantic salmon in Festival Foods stores in the northern US state



A human rights lawyer explains in simple words even lefties can understand why they and Phil Goff are wrong "IndyWatch Feed"

Radio NZ has an opinion piece from Craig Tuck about why banning speech you dont agree with is counterproductive: Quote: Ideas cause reactions. An idea can incite or excite either for or against what is being said. However, the result is debate not hate. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who cancelled a public [] The post A human rights lawyer explains in simple words even lefties can understand why they and Phil Goff are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Free supermarket opens its doors in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed from Victoria

Melbournes popular not for profit restaurant Lentil As Anything has operated for years, based on using excess food that would otherwise be wasted, and charging customers only a voluntary donation, based on what they think the meal they have eaten is worth.

Lentil As Anything has now come up with another initiative, and that is, the opening last Sunday of a not for profit supermarket in Thornbury, an inner Melbourne suburb. It goes by the name of the Inconvenience Store.

Like the restaurant, it bases itself on the recycling of excess produce that would otherwise have gone to the tip as landfill. The stock is donated. Here too, customers only pay a donation, based on what they think the produce is worth.

This might be a small initiative, in the face of the 20 billion dollar problem in Australia, according to waste expert Karli Verghese, from RMIT University.

Its importance lies in that it is setting an example, to show that by people getting together and taking action, they can contribute to solving the problem. If they can do it, so can others.

This is especially important at a time when food security is a growing problem for many Australians. Food insecurity is when one is in a position where three meals a day can no longer be guaranteed.

More customers at the Inconvenience Store

The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis, project coordinator Astrid Ryan said.

We wanted to provide people access to nutritious fruit and vegetables.

When people are in financial crisis or difficult situations, its probably the thing they have least access to.

The food is free, at the Inconvenience Store.

Customers can stock their bags with food, ranging from fruit and vegetables to bread and some packaged items. People are just asked to make a donation to keep the store going and to consider volunteering some of their time to help.


Earthworker Co-ops "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Earthworker is establishing a network of worker-owned cooperatives committed to sustainable enterprise throughout Australia. They believe social and environmental exploitation are intertwined, and that the problems of climate change, job insecurity and growing inequality must be tackled simultaneously, through greater grassroots economic ownership.

They have already established Redgum, a worker owned cleaners co-operative in Melbourne, and are in the final stages of establishing the Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative (formerly Eurekas Future).

We had a yarn with Katherine Cunningham from Earthworker. Find out more about Earthworker at

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Received a very nice letter in the mail yesterday from the constabulary inviting me to make a donation to the consolidated fund per courtesy of a newly installed speed camera positioned two km outside the Whangarei City limits (92k in an 80k zone at 1.15 am in the morning driving home from Hamilton).

Fair cop (I guess).    Wots harder to take is the unrelenting barrage of  'I told you so' from Mrs Veteran.


Former National minister to head justice advisory reform group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In what I think is a smart move Minister of Justice Andrew Little has appointed former National MP Chester Borrows to head a criminal justice reform advisory group. Borrows was a police officer before getting a law degree and practicing as a lawyer before becoming an MP, and served a term as Minister of Courts, []

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