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Wednesday, 14 November


Nationals Senator Ms Barry O'Sullivan declares she's now a woman. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the video of Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan saying he is declaring his gender "to be a woman" so the left-wing people can no longer "attack" him over his anti-abortion views. Alice Workman (@workmanalice) November 14, 2018 Thanks to reader KM for this tip on the very up...



Australias Science Agency & Commonwealth Bank Trial Blockchain Smart Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

A trial conducted by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Data61 unit of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has proven that blockchain-powered smart money possesses immense social and economic benefits for Australias insurance scheme for persons living with disabilities. In the proof of concept, it was demonstrated that participants in Australias

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Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Two. A criminal pedophile too far in to go backwards. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Frank Houston, the greatest evangelist in Australia and New Zealand. Young males turned him on. He couldn't help himself. A true life-long pedophile and homosexual.

Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia 1977, two years before his son Brian joined him in Australia in 1979. Frank Houston was the most famous Assemblies of God evangelist in Australia and New Zealand in the 1960s to 1990s. He died November 2004. But he was a secret life-long homosexual and criminal pedophile. Now in Gods hands. Please note the carefully manicured hair, perfect suits and polished shoes. These were all part of this pedophiles carefully manicured disguise.

So-called Pastor Frank Houston was a pedophile who used the Christian ministry as a cloak or instrument to access little boys and young males.

Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, he thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey.

The pedophile Frank Houston groomed good trusting wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, and then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent pure children.

The pedophile Frank Houstons preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males.

In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christia...


Australian goat industry: High demand pushes prices up in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"


One year after Australia said yes, NT Government takes steps to progress LGBTI equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NT Government has introduced new laws that will help heal the harm caused by discriminatory laws against LGBTI people.

NTs expungement laws, which come into effect today, and the introduction of legislation to reform outdated birth certificate laws are two steps towards achieving justice and equality for all.

Removing past homosexual offences

Territorians who were convicted under unjust laws that criminalised homosexuality can, from today, apply to clear the conviction from their record.

The Expungement of Historical Homosexual Offence Records Act 2018 (NT) passed earlier this year, as part of the NT Governments commitment to address the stigmatisation and discrimination people found guilty of outdated homosexual offences.

Lee Carnie, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, emphasised the importance of having a simple process for people to clear these historic convictions.

"Sex between consenting adults should never have been a crime. Territorians who have had these historic and unjust criminal convictions hanging over their heads for decades can now finally clear their names. This is an important step towards achieving full equality and addressing the wrongs of the past," said Lee Carnie

All other states and territories have introduced similar schemes, except for Western Australia. The WA Government have passed a similar bill, but it has not yet come into effect.

Fairer birth certificate laws

A bill to remove discrimination against trans and gender diverse people under NT birth certificate laws, was also introduced today.

If passed, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NT) would mean married transgender people wouldnt need to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender on their birth certificate.

"One year after Australians said 'yes' to marriage equality, its fantastic to see the Territory Government taking steps to remove discrimination that remains on the statute books. No one should have to choose between staying married to the person they love, or being legally recognised for who they are," said Lee Carnie.

All state and territory governments have removed this forced divorce requirement except for Tasmania and Western Australia, where bills to address the issue are being debated in Parliament.

The bill would also remove the need for surgical sterilisation, allow parents of minors to apply and allow people to be recognised as 'non-binary'.

"A birth certificate is the first document a person has. It says who you are, and where you belong. When this important ID doesn't match your identity...


Charity advocacy laws strengthened after year of consultation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomes the electoral funding bill that is to come before the Senate today, which is vastly different from the initial proposal that would have stifled vital public advocacy by charities.

"After a year-long slog to fix this bill, this outcome shows just how vital civil society is, and why greater effort must be focused on strengthening the ability of charities and community groups to speak up on behalf of the communities and public interests they represent," said Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser.

"Whether they run a homeless shelter, tackle family violence or protect the environment, charities and other community groups have enormous expertise to contribute to public debates on improving laws and policies. This proposed law adopts a far more sensible approach to regulating election communications while ensuring charities and other community groups are free to speak up about their work."

In December 2017, the Turnbull Government introduced a badly flawed bill, purportedly to address foreign influence in elections that would have stifled public advocacy by charities and other community groups. A strong campaign from the united charity sector highlighted the extensive flaws in the proposal.

"We welcome the major improvements to this bill and thank MPs across the parties for their constructive engagement on this issue," said Mr de Kretser.

"This bill is not the end of the road on democratic reform. The Government must do more to address the influence large corporations have through election spending and lobbying. Further, charities across the country still face significant pressure from the threat of funding cuts in retaliation for advocacy critical of government policy," said Mr de Kretser

"Charities and community groups do vital work building a better, healthier society. Our democracy is stronger when they are free to speak up," said Mr de Kretser.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission on the original bill is here and its explainer on the original bill is here.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


First Nations Lead, APAM Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.85 AUD


Seeking a new fiction editor "IndyWatch Feed National"

After six years of shaping Overlands fiction, our brilliant and inspiring fiction editor Jennifer Mills will be finishing up her editorship, with the final issue of 2018. As such, Overland is seeking a new fiction editor for the print magazine.


SBS Supports Boycott Of Eurovision In Israel Oh Wait, Thats Right, No They Dont "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its either a case of a glorious David v Goliath battle, or possibly just a bureaucrat or lawyer somewhere with way too much time on their hands, and an overly officious approach to their job.

Whatever the truth, SBS Television (with an annual turnover in excess of $400 million) is threatening to sue a small activist organisation (which is only halfway to its goal of raising $30,000 to employ a part-time organiser) for including its logo in a public campaign calling for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in Israel in May 2019.

Because apparently, punters dont already know that SBS broadcasts Eurovision every year, and they could easily be mistaken for thinking that SBS supports a boycott of its own programming one of the largest rating shows of SBSs calendar year.

Boycott Divestment Sanctions Australia (BDS Australia) started the Boycott Eurovision 2019 campaign in response to Israel winning the right to host the annual event earlier this year.

In case youve been living under a rock, Israel is in breach of innumerable international laws over its ongoing occupation of Palestine, the illegal establishment of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, its blockading of Gaza by air, land and sea, and the regular killing of Palestinian civilians.

With that in mind, BDS Australia joined a growing international movement to boycott the annual song contest by organising online campaigns promoting protest actions. One of those is tomorrow, outside SBSs headquarters in Artarmon, Sydney.

And its that protest or rather BDSs use of the SBS logo within it that has drawn the attention of SBS lawyers, with a tersely worded threat to pull down the material, or face a lawsuit. Over to the lawyers.

I am writing regarding the use of SBSs registered trade mark by BDS Australia in relation to the Facebook event page available [here].

In SBSs view, your use of its trade mark constitutes an infringement of SBSs trade mark rights, and also constitutes passing off (sic) as readers of the...


The end of an era (and more Subscriberthon prizes!) "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is with some sadness that we announce that our brilliant fiction editor of six years, Jennifer Mills, is moving on to other projects. As many of you would know, Jen is wonderful to work with shes one of Australias leading writers, a visionary editor, and a generous colleague and mentor.


Masturbation, the Death of Whitey Bulger, and the Pepper Spraying of Jahars Friend Matanov "IndyWatch Feed National"


by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

We Catholics were taught that masturbation is a sin. I recall in 1979, during the first papal visit to the US, some irreverent radicals were selling a tee-shirt that said Stop or youll go blind.

Probably the Churchs position was that sexual pleasure is only allowed in marriage. Two of the Ten Commandments seem to be about sex: Thou shalt not commit adultery, and Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife. But really they are about protecting marriage, not about avoiding the flow of ones hormones.  Marriage is good for society, and indeed deserves protection.



The Best Way to Get Voters to Vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kemp and his vote-stifling cohorts are upending the goal of a representative democracy. In a democratic republic, voters choose their representatives -- not the other way around. Republicans are defiling America's promise of self-governance by erecting obstacles to the ballot. To be great, America must clear the path to the polls, perhaps even mandating voting like Australia. There, turnout is more than 90 percent.


Half of Australia's emissions increase linked to WA's Gorgon LNG plant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carbon emissions from nation's largest LNG development were meant to be captured. More than two years on, the storage still hasn't started Half of the increase in Australia's annual carbon dioxide emissions can be linked to a single issue: the failure to bury greenhouse gases underground at the country's largest liquefied natural gas development.Chevron's Gorgon LNG development in the Pilbara is considered a landmark development in carbon capture and storage, a long-promised technology to [...]


Comm Bank's electricity to be subsidised by taxpayers in greenie deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commonwealth Bank will source 65 per cent of its national electricity needs from renewable energy from January 2019, after signing a unique agreement with the largest wind farm in New South Wales. CBA has signed a 12 year Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) with 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm, which will see...


Australian addresses London Grenfell disaster survivors "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 Juni 2018 video from London, England says about itself:

One year on from the fire which killed 72 people, Going Underground goes back to Grenfell Tower. Host Afshin Rattansi talks to victims, protest organizers and those who tried to battle the blaze.

From the World Socialist Web Site in London, England:

Australian Socialist Equality Party National Secretary James Cogan addresses Grenfell Fire Forum

By our reporter

13 November 2018

On Saturday, James Cogan, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia, spoke at the Grenfell Fire Forum about the international implications of the fire. He argued that the same conditions that led to the deaths of 72 people in Londons Grenfell tower on the night of June 14 and the early morning of June 15, 2017, exist all over the world.

The event, sponsored by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), was attended by local residents, including campaigners against social cleansing in London.

Cogan brought condolences from the Australian SEP to all those who lost loved ones and friends in the Grenfell Fire, as well as political support for the forum and its campaign to ensure that the lessons of what the SEP in the UK rightly characterised as social murder are learned and politically acted upon by the working class internationally.

The horrific event that took place on the night of June 14-15, 2017, both shocked and resonated with tens of millions of people around the world, Cogan said.

I have heard it said many times that such a catastrophe should not have happened in the centre of one of the wealthiest cities on earth. An...


Breaking News: Australia gets internet burst speed of 25mbps "IndyWatch Feed National"

While roaming gypsies in Romania get quicker internet speeds than the people of the colony, apparently it's big news at the end of 2018 that Australians are getting a burst mode of 25 megabits per second.

It is of little relevance whether this is done via satellites, carrier pigeon or ants in underground cables, it's still only 25mbps.

What happened to 100mbps NBN? What happened to net neutrality?

The NBN Co, in Australia is a huge failure.

The Australian (tax) slave population has been ripped off blindly by those in government, and a literal laughing stock by the rest of the IT world.

The technology is obsolete before it's even made it to people's homes.

Just another dodgy 'money for mates' scam implemented by Australia's top while collar criminals, the politicians.


Video: One third of the worlds weapons come from the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This data scientist visualized the U.S. weapons trade. A trade that is associated with growing conflict in the worlds hot spots. Nations politically close to the US, Like Australia, are part of the logistic chain, supplying parts the the arms manufacturers.


Video by AJ+


The Massive U.S. Arms Trade, Visualized

One third of the world's weapons come from the U.S.?This data scientist visualized the U.S. weapons trade. Here are the takeaways.

Posted by AJ+ on Thursday, November 8, 2018


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Commonwealth Bank of Australia becomes first Australian company to join global business push for renewable electricity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Australia's largest bank commits to sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030 and becomes the first company nationwide to join RE100;   Signs power purchase agreement to source 65% of its national electricity needs from renewables by early next year. Sydney, Australia: Renewable energy is good for the environment and good for the economy that's the message from Australia's largest bank today as [...]


The Kansas City Bleach Brigade "IndyWatch Feed National"


by G5

On election day, 6 November, 2018, in Kansas City, public servants from the city Health Department poured bleach over the food being prepared by volunteers to feed the homeless.

Some officious, authority-drunk, public servants suddenly decided to check on the scene and enforce regulations. They discovered that the volunteers were not licensed and therefore not authorized to distribute food to the needy.

Therefore the food had to be destroyed.

And it had to be done in a manner that would be remembered and stamp Authority on the event.

In passing, no food was thrown at anyone. A rare commodity for a need. And no contact from the City Health Department had been made. Two of the primary lies of the chief apparatchik, oxygen...


Climate Council warns about looming water and food security crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

A report just released by the Climate Council shows that Australia is faced with worsening droughts, and this is putting our water and food security at risk.

The report is called Deluge and Drought: Australias Water Security in a Changing Climate. The connection with global warming is clear. This is affecting weather patterns, and if left unchecked, the impact will be devastating the report says. More frequent extreme weather events such as bushfires and floods, as well as drought are a grave concern.

Yes, there is a connection between drought and flooding. Rainfall becomes less regular and takes the form of occasional and damaging flash flooding. Furthermore, most of the rainfall will fall in the extreme north and west, which are becoming less prone to drought than the rest of the country.

Less available water will mean that agriculture will suffer, and urban water supplies run low. Eco systems around Australia will be devasted. The southern part of Australia will be the most affected.

The Murray-Darling Basin, known as Australias food bowl, has seen a 41 per cent reduction in streamflows since the mid-1990s, while water systems in Western Australias southwest have declined by about 50 per cent.

Melbourne is the city most vulnerable to a water shortage.

Australias south-east had seen a 15 per cent reduction in rainfall in late autumn and early winter, and a 25 per cent decline in rainfall in April and May over the past 20 to 30 years.

Most of our [rainfall] comes from the ocean, so we are exposed to big-scale changes, and the tropics are expanding, Professor Will Steffen, one of the reports seven co-authors, said.

That is the ultimate explanation for why these fronts in the Southern Ocean are now being pushed a bit further south, and so that means that we are getting less rainfall across the southern part of Australia.

Were getting fewer good autumn breaks than we did before, due to the warming of the Indian Ocean.

The politicians who are deliberately refusing to take the necessary action and allowing this to happen are much worse than a disgrace. These people are guilty of criminal behaviour and deserve to be held accountable for it.

Where once they may have denied that climate warming is a reality, most of them know accept that is happening, but insist that it isnt so bad and doing too much about it will harm the economy.

If truth be told, they want to keep the dollars coming into their party organisations. In other words, they are selling Australias future to help their mates and and their own gain.

Luckily there are other Australians, and in growing numbers too, working hard to...


The Race to the Abyss: California vs. Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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OKEx Adds Support for the Vietnamese Dong on Its Fiat-to-Crypto Platform "IndyWatch Feed National"

OKEx Adds Support for the Vietnamese Dong on Its Fiat-to-Crypto Platform

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has added the Vietnamese Dong (VND) on its Customer-to-Customer (C2C) trading system, enabling Vietnamese customers to exchange their fiat currency for tokens on the platform.

The C2C platform was created by OKEx in 2017 as a peer-to-peer platform where users can buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat currencies. OKExs Head of Operations Andy Cheung noted that the addition of the VND on the company's fiat-to-token platform would drive the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Vietnam.

Vietnam is one of the most important blockchain hubs in Southeast Asia. We see a significant growth in the use of cryptocurrencies in this market, Cheung added.

Trades made on the C2C platforms won't incur any transaction fees, according to the release. The exchange also plans to introduce market makers (merchants) in the future.

Merchants are verified traders who have enough reserves to facilitate transactions on the platform. The digital asset platform requires a security deposit from qualified merchants before they can be accepted on the platform.

According to the company's website:

"Market makers help serve a larger number of crypto enthusiasts and hence support a high trading volume. OKEx examines every merchant on the C2C platform. Every merchant on the platform needs to declare their digital assets which must exceed OKExs internal requirements to get qualified and to trade."

OKEx, which recently dislodged Binance as the largest crypto exchange by trade volume, added four stablecoins to the list of assets available for trading on its token-to-token platform in October 2018. The exchange also announced its expansion to the U.S., having secured money transmittal licenses (MTLs) from 20 states across the U.S., excluding New York and Washington, D.C.



Numerous Western Fiat "Governments" Pushing For New Wave of Internet Totalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australia's Department of Home Affairs published a statement, since deleted annoucing an agreement during a 5Eyes meeting to pursue measures "prevent illegal and illicit content from ever being uploaded"...


Total recall: the people who never forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. She had always had a talent for remembering. Price was the first person ever to be diagnosed with what is now known as highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM, a condition she shares with around 60 other known people. She can remember most of the days of her life as clearly as the rest of us remember the recent past, with a mixture of broad strokes and sharp detail. Now 51, Price remembers the day of the week for every date since 1980; she remembers what she was doing, who she was with, where she was on each of these days. She can actively recall a memory of 20 years ago as easily as a memory of two days ago, but her memories are also triggered involuntarily. It is, she says, like living with a split screen: on the left side is the present, on the right is a constantly rolling reel of memories, each one sparked by the appearance of present-day stimuli. In order to figure out how HSAM worked, researchers first needed to understand what it was and was not. HSAM subjects turned out to be far better than people with average memories at recalling long-past autobiographical data; in memories that could be verified, they were correct 87% of the time. It is still unclear whether HSAM will turn out to be a fascinating curiosity, or a key that unlocks the deepest mysteries about how memory works.

Note: Explore another major media article on this unusual woman. And watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?

The Gift of Endless Memory "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a discovery in the field of memory recently, so new you won't find it in any textbook. For the moment, the scientists studying it are simply calling it "superior autobiographical memory." Dr. James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California Irvine, and a renowned expert on memory ... is the first to discover and study superior autobiographical memory, and he is quizzing [violinist Louise] Owen - his fifth subject - to find out. "Let's move back in time now to 1990. It rained on several days in January and February, can you name the dates on which it rained?" McGaugh asked. Believe it or not, she could. "Let's see. It was slightly rainy and cloudy on January 14th, 15th. It was very hot the weekend of the 27th, 28th, no rain," she replied. We checked the official weather records and she was right. McGaugh says this type of memory is completely new to science. So he and his colleagues have had to devise their own tests. "These people remember things that you and I couldn't possibly remember," McGaugh [said]. Beyond the fun of asking what happened on a specific date and knowing you'll actually get an answer, there is a lot at stake here. The discovery of people with instant access to virtually every day of their lives could recast our whole understanding of how human memory works, and what is possible. Could understanding these remarkable people someday help with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders? The potential is enormous, but the inquiry is just beginning.

Note: Watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?


Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador...

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MACKAY Singing in the shower Trespass, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Singing in the shower Trespass, South Mackay

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He has been charged with with a trespass offence and he will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on November 28 to have the matter heard.

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MACKAY Woman tried to run down husband in her car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 13, 2018 at 03:03PM ,

Woman tried to run down husband in her car

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driving without due care and attention on Whitehaven Drive at Blacks Beach on October 21 when she faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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MACKAY Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges, Mackay

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He is scheduled to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today. A 15-year-old Slade Point boy was charged with a total of 13 offences including

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MACKAY Mackay man extradited over alleged child sex assaults "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 08:41AM ,

Mackay man extradited over alleged child sex assaults

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man was arrested about 7am Thursday in his Andergrove home and was extradited on Friday after a brief appearance in Mackay Magistrates Court.

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MACKAY Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges in Mackay, QLD

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Australian community campaign to rid regional city of pornography keeps growing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A unique campaign to make Toowoomba a porn-free city is spreading across the country and has sparked international interest. Toowoomba is preparing for its third annual public rally next month during which the city's mayor stands shoulder-to-shoulder with men from all walks of life and together they pledge not to watch pornography. "There is overwhelming research out now that reveals the damage that porn does to an individual, to relationships, families and society," Toowoomba resident Letitia Shelton, the chief executive officer of local organising group City Women, said.


Australias Biggest Bank Trials Blockchain-Based 'Smart Money' for Disability Insurance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias largest bank and a government-run digital innovation lab have successfully trialled a blockchain-powered smart money system for disability insurance


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Ministers defer agreement on RCEP trade deal to 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia-Pacific pact risks bogging down as some member nations go to polls

However, the deal lacks the protections for labor, human rights and the environment set by the TPP.

SINGAPORE Economic ministers representing members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on Monday postponed the year-end target for reaching a substantial conclusion to the free trade deal, throwing its prospects into doubt.

The ministers on Monday gathered in Singapore hoping to resolve sensitive issues, including lowering tariffs, but they failed to reach an agreement. RCEP members are expected to continue the talks next year, but it is now unclear whether a deal can be reached.

We made significant progress [but] not the final conclusion, New Zealand agriculture minister Damien OConnor told reporters after Mondays meeting, adding that he hoped a conclusion would come next year.

Leaders of the RCEP countries will hold a summit on Wednesday in Singapore, where they are expected to commit to continuing the talks.

Japans trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, told reporters that the members closed some of the chapters at the meeting, saying that the discussions had gone as far as they could at the ministerial level.

Separately, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters: We are very happy that Indias concerns have been taken on board, and we feel that we should conclude in a way that will be long-term sustainable so that every country will benefit from it.

RCEP is envisioned as a huge framework for e...


I Truly Wish I Never Went to a Mental Health Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Age: [Victoria, Australia] Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday pledged to hold a royal commission into the states mental health system, in a surprise move he said would address early intervention and better support for families. []

We are so far away from a system that the most vulnerable in our community need and theyre right to demand that of us. []

Indigo Daya, the human rights adviser with the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, said it was vital a future royal commission also consider the harm and abuse that happened to people while in care.

She said a decade spent in and out of psychiatric wards did her more harm than good, as she had electroconvulsive therapy and medication forced on her, but received no counselling.

It was only after she went to a sexual assault centre that she got the help needed to deal with her experience being sexually abused as a child.

I truly wish I never went to a mental health service, which is a real indictment on a huge big system that is meant to help people, Ms Daya said.



Islamic Scholars Approve Swiss-Based Value Preservation Payment Token X8X "IndyWatch Feed National"

X8 AG, a Switzerland-based blockchain technology company and creator of value preservation payment token X8X, has obtained the approval from Islamic scholars in order to be marketed as a Sharia-compliant digital currency. The certification will allow the business to expand in the Middle East as regulators and financial exchange in the region increasingly attempt to encourage innovation in the field of finance.

X8 Currency to Expand In Middle East Amid Halal Certification, Talks of Cryptocurrency Exchange

X8 Currency is a blockchain based digital currency with an artificial intelligence wealth value preservation solution. The startup uses AI to manage funds combining AAA grade fiat currencies and gold. Dedicated to preserve value and create price stability in order to prevent from the risk of currency devaluation, its automatic reserve management and AI-driven portfolios were able to obtain a certification for Sharia compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau.

The basket of fiat currencies is composed of US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollar. The eight fiat currencies and gold compose the portfolio of the X8Currency, an Ethereum Token which is represented with assets deposited on bank accounts. X8C can only be issued or exchanged for fiat with X8X Utility Tokens.

X8 AG has assigned Shariyah Review Bureau, an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrains central bank, as an independent Sharia Advisor. The bureau helped the investment company comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance in order to start its strategic expansion in the Middle East, according to Francesca Greco, Director and Co-Founder of X8 AG.

With the changing environment of banking and asset management primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for wealth preservation in Islamic finance is poised to see disruption and it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for our Product in the Islamic markets.

Greco told Reuters that the firm will open a regional office in the Middle East later this month. X8 has been in talks with stock exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, to fulfill its plan on launching a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange. Regulators in the region...


Aussie ICOs Beware The ASIC Has A Reputation to Rebuild "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a bit of news that is tinged with irony, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has been denied in court its record $35 million AUD fine against Westpac Bank. Irony because the reason the court rejected the fine, in addition to the Commissions failure to prove that Westpac was guilty of any wrongdoing, Continued

The post Aussie ICOs Beware The ASIC Has A Reputation to Rebuild appeared first on CCN


Chinas Liu and Mnuchin Talk Trade for the First Time in Months "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration has said that it wanted a substantive response to a long list of demands for what it calls structural changes in Chinese industrial policy But there is no sign that China will move in that direction.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He have resumed talks on trade, and a potential Washington visit by Liu is being considered before the nations top leaders meet later this month.

The two officials spoke by phone on Friday, according to people briefed on the matter, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic. The conversation didnt yield any concrete results, the people said. The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that Liu was expected to visit Washington shortly. The Wall Street Journal first reported the phone call Monday.

Liu He  Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The phone discussion followed a call between President Donald Trump and Chinas Xi Jinping two weeks ago the first publicly disclosed call in six months. The two leaders are slated to meet at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.



Australias CSIRO, CommBank Complete Smart Money Blockchain Trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's federal science agency CSIRO and CommBank have trialed a blockchain payments prototype they say could save "hundreds of millions" a year.


PERTH Further two people charged over alleged Greenfields deli attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Further two people charged over alleged Greenfields deli attack .

November 13, 2018 at 08:41AM .

grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning bodily harm. The pair will appear before the Perth Childrens Court and Perth Magistrates Court today .



PERTH Perth: Mandurah man (22) denies UWA toilet sex attack in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth: Mandurah man (22) denies UWA toilet sex attack in court .

November 12, 2018 at 06:37PM .

counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent over the September 22 incident. He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and is .


PERTH Man denies WA uni toilet sex attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man denies WA uni toilet sex attack .

November 12, 2018 at 02:27PM .

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a toilet block at the University of Western Australia has pleaded not guilty. Wayne Christ Adeline, 22, .


PERTH Charges relating to Greenfields armed robbery, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charges relating to Greenfields armed robbery, WA .

November 13, 2018 at 08:41AM .

Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm. The will appear before the Perth Childrens Court and Perth Magistrates Court respectively today, 13 November .



Australian Celebrities See Fallout of ICO Boom: Cricket Captain Michael Clarke "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent article by Colin Kruger in the Sydney Morning Herald profiles the story of Michael Clarke, a renowned cricket captain, and a failed ICO called Global Tech Exchange ( Global Tech was to be a cryptocurrency trading platform which had some elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning embedded in it. They were trying Continued

The post Australian Celebrities See Fallout of ICO Boom: Cricket Captain Michael Clarke appeared first on CCN


Why Veterans Day is really Palestinian Genocide Day By Kevin Barrett VT "IndyWatch Feed National"

What we call Veterans Day in the USA is known as Remembrance Day in Australia. Whatever theyre remembering, weve apparently forgotten. The end of the war to end all wars ?  Maybe. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was supposed to usher in permanent peacebut somehow instead it []


ACT Police release images of suspects but pixellate them to protect their identity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another triumph for ACT Policing. They've issued an urgent appeal for help to identify the offenders who vandalised a Jewish building but their identity is suppressed to protect their identity. Do you know these four people? You can find the media release here And the four suspects are...


To Whip or not to whip! Is this the question? - Article by Barrie Tapp "IndyWatch Feed National"

A no whip rule would place all jockeys on equal terms in their efforts to win races, whilst avoiding suffering to the horses.

A horse's reaction to a whip has been compared glibly to their reaction to a fly landing on their coat: "When a fly lands on a horse, it flinches," we are told. Thus we are supposed to infer that when a horse flinches under the whip, they are not experiencing any more pain than they would with the landing of a tiny insect. But this is a false analogy with the effect on a horse that is being whipped or flogged for the purpose of making it go faster. Furthermore, some horses reject whips being used and at times jack up and refuse to run.

The fly episode landing on a horse has little effect at all. It annoys the horse and the horse flinches, BUT the whip certainly inflicts a certain amount of pain/suffering.

The experts tell us that jockeys carry the whip for safety reasons, but according to 'research' that doesnt stack up either. We have witnessed many jockeys not having to use the whip at all.

At times riders are charged and fined for overuse of the whip - but exactly what does this mean?

If the stewards in their own minds OR within the rules of racing come to the conclusion that any horse in any race has been subjected to overuse" or that a rule has been broken, then, in the opinion of the community, it means only one thing: that a rider has inflicted pain/suffering to the horse under their control to make it go faster!!

If there is an alleged act of cruelty, this offence must be prosecuted by the independent authority (RSPCA OR DEPI) with the power to lay charges under the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Act (POCTA). Naturally there should first be an investigation, but not by Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) or the stewards. That would be too much like Dracula in charge of the blood bank!

In my opinion, RSPCA OR DEPI must investigate any alleged infringements by any organisation when it comes to an allegation of cruelty to any creature, great or small, irrespective whether or not there is an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place. Some think that MOU really means, 'You dont investigate any cruelty on our turf. Stay away. We will do our own investigating.' RSPCA have a MOU with GRV and H...


Gardening the New Health App "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the combined 2018 SGA Annual General Meeting and the October meeting of SGAs Green Gardening Professionals, Paul West, well-known from the SBS TV program River Cottage gave an inspiring talk about gardening and how it can make us, and keep us, healthy.


The Transcript: Greens MP Jenny Leong Slams Colleague Jeremy Buckingham Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

A complete transcript of the speech delivered earlier today by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to stand down after allegations he sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer in 2011.

Up front let me apologise for not saying any of this until now. I cannot stay silent anymore.

The Greens are respected by many people as a party of principle, a party that holds ourselves to high ethical standards our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory.

It is for this reason that I am calling today in this place for Jeremy Buckingham MLC to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens, because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable or more equitable world when so much energy, effort, time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

This morning we informed our parliamentary colleagues of our intentions and urged them to support us or for Jeremy to step aside. I hope they do that, and hope he does that.

To Ella Buckland who has shown strength by speaking out publicly about Jeremys act of sexual violence towards her, and his subsequent disgusting behaviour she has endured, let me say on the record that I believe you.

Let me acknowledge that while I know there have been some good people trying to work in good faith with the best intentions to resolve this, it is true that we need to do better and our party has failed you.

I also wish to apologise for my silence and inaction until now. This has been my first opportunity to speak out with the protection of parliamentary privilege, and I wish to acknowledge that I do have that privilege.

The fact that I felt compelled to wait is a clear indication of the urgent need for defamation law reform in this state and country, something that I support.

While we must continue to respect the presumption of innocence, this cannot be used as a shield to protect male violence against women. Despite the risks, brave women are standing up and speaking out. But brave women are also hurting, hurting because we know that almost always, and right now in this situation, no matter how it plays...


Parliament Cannot Be a Protection Racket For Badly Behaved Men: Greens MP Jenny Leong Unloads On Colleague Jeremy Buckingham "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to unload on embattled colleague Jeremy Buckingham in a searing speech in which she called for the renowned anti-coal gas campaigner to resign from parliament, branded him a bully, and described his behaviour towards women as unacceptable.

I am no longer going to be part of a system that runs a protection racket for badly behaved men in this place, or in society, Ms Leong told parliament shortly after midday. It has to stop. You can read a complete transcript of Ms Leongs speech here.

Mr Buckingham has come under increasing pressure to stand down from parliament since ABCs 7:30 program broadcast allegations by ex-Greens staffer Ella Buckland, that he sexually assaulted her after drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar in 2011.

In a written statement, available here, Ms Buckland alleges that while heavily intoxicated, Mr Buckingham walked up behind her, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her on the neck.

Mr Buckingham has steadfastly denied the allegations.

Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Kate Aubusson, Flickr)

An internal Greens investigation did not substantiate the allegations on the grounds of insufficient evidence, however Ms Buckland found herself having to defend her own character after she was falsely described to investigators as a promiscuous, intravenous drug user.

Ms Leong has remained silent on the issue but spoke out publicly last week against Labor leader Luke Foley, who resigned from parliament within 24 hours of being accused of sexually assaulting ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper while drunk at 2016 parliamentary Christmas party.

Ms Leong and other Greens members including Cate Faehrmann and federal Senator Sarah Hanson-Young were lambasted on social media for their silence around the allegations levelled by Ella Buckland.

Today, Ms Leong apologised for the delay, and set to right that wrong.



Former SASR Trooper John Anon - frontline police not ready for counter-terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer wants to remain anonymous, the way the SAS likes things. He served 14 years in the ADF, 9 years as a Royal Australian Regiment infantryman and 5 years with the Special Air Service Regiment. When I served in Australias Special Air Service Regiment one of our main roles...


What we talk about when we talk about solidarity: an interview with Bini Adamczak "IndyWatch Feed National"

In contrast to other core concepts of emancipation such as freedom or equality, solidarity is quite difficult to grasp. This is because it is even more clearly a relationship, a doing, one difficult to fix down by an external standard. Solidarity happens between us. This is exactly what makes it so attractive: it creates connections.


BREAKING NEWS: Greens NSW MP Breaks Ranks, Calls For Buckingham To Stand Down From 2019 Election "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens NSW MP Jenny Leong has broken ranks with her party and issued a joint call with federal Senator Mehreen Faruqi calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to resign from parliament and not contest the upcoming March 2019 state election.

Ms Leong stood to make the speech in the NSW Legislative Assembly shortly after midday.

Our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory. It is for this reason that I am calling for Jeremy Buckingham to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable and more equitable world when so much energy, effort time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

It follows allegations in August that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted Greens staffer Ella Buckland in 2011.

Ms Buckland alleged that a drunken Mr Buckingham grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck outside his inner-west home in Sydney, following drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar.

Mr Buckingham continues to strongly deny the claims, and an internal Greens investigation found insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. That same investigation heard false allegations Ms Buckland was a promiscuous intravenous drug user.


It also follows last weeks resignation of Labor leader Luke Foley, over allegations he sexually assaulted ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper in December 2016, at a parliamentary Christmas Party.

Mr Foley resigned within hours of Ms Raper issuing a statement on the matter, mounting pressure on the Greens NSW to deal with the growing internal and external anger at how it handled the allegations around Mr Buckingham.



2001 ways in which Overland will save you from the AI apocalypse "IndyWatch Feed National"

1. Our fiction and poetry readers are humans. And in fact, were looking for more (to help us read through submissions and select the work that Overland goes on to publish. Interested? Read on.)


Matters of Sociological Pathology and Psychology -- The End of the Western World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matters of Sociological Pathology and - Psychology and the End of the Western World as we know it!

Sociology and Social Science are studies about the origin, development, organisation, structure and functioning of society and the fundamental laws of social relations. In these studies we can measure how well these studies operate in a society. Like in Pathology and Psychology you make diagnoses about the state of a society by using measurements in those above-name studies.

Pathology is a medical specialty that determines the cause and nature of diseases, by examining the human body!

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the process associated with how people think and feel, conduct research and provide treatment and counselling in order to reduce distress and behavioural and psychological problems.

And if the doctor is not doing the right diagnosis, the patient, in this case the society will not heal.

What is done in Pathology and Psychology at a human body, can also be done on a whole Society.

If the certain studies of a Society show bad results, then you can be sure that there is something wrong with the Society and we speak in general of a sick society. In particular in the structure of a society you find in these days a lot of people who contribute to the dis-function of society and create a financial burden to society. Money which should be put into a positive development of a society are wasted on people who deliberately engage in a life-style which makes them sick. For example drug-users and people who engage in Sex-, Drugs & Rockn Roll.

Almost half of the total population (45,5 %) experienced mental disorders at some point in their life-time. That was in 2009. In addition to this, 20 % of Australians experience mental illness in any year up to now, aggravating the situation of 2009.



Tell the Trade Minister your concerns about the RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Send a message here to Trade Minister Senator Simon Birmingham telling him you oppose increased corporate rights in the proposed RCEP, and support enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.

Link to RCEP flyer for distribution here.


Governments intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The Morrison governments $323,000 a year intended cut to the Foodbank has drawn widespread condemnation. So it should, especially as we enter the Christmas season. It means that families and individuals are going to do it hard.

The backlash has been so severe that Scott Morrison has been forced to appear in public and reverse the decision.

It does not diminish the stinginess of the intent. It came about, because the politicians who make up the government dont get it and they dont care. This is not part of the world in which they exist. No one they know, is forced to go out and get some help to eat the next day. After all, their people are doing just great.

Their world stands in stark contrast to what the rest of Australia is facing. Here the day to day reality is that is that life is getting tougher. Poverty is on the rise and there are more homeless in our streets every day.

Never mind all the pep talk telling us how things are getting better. The economy is floundering. Proper jobs are diminishing, and wages get further and further behind the cost of making ends meet. The cost of housing has become, a nightmare. Even people with jobs are struggling.

The crusade against those who depend on Centrelink payments  has made it all the worse.

Just about everyone knows that this is the real world for most. Even those politicians in the government have some sense of it, even if it is short of a full appreciation.

Given this, the announced cut came as a shock to many people.

It makes sense though, at least in terms of the governments economic ideology. Its rule of thumb is cut back on as much expenditure as possible and hand it over to the major investors. They believe that if this is done, these investors will put their money in Australia, develop the economy, create jobs and bring a rise to everyones standard of living.

This of course has not been the result.

It is a short step from believing that the big investors are the cream of society, to regard those who are furthest away as the burdens on society. This makes it easier to see them as parasites, and their poverty is the result of a lifestyle choice, and not beccause of the economy and government policies.

Thus, the use of resources on these people is a waste. The cut is justified on the grounds that by helping the poor, a bad lifestyle is being encouraged.

This is a vision of society that considers individual greed as the builder of prosperity. There is an alternative vision that sees the best way to build prosperity is by working together and caring for each other. It accepts that we depend on each other and taking care of the collective interests is the way t...


Its Never The Crime, Its Always The Cover-Up: Greens Set To Implode Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lets re-imagine, just for a minute, last weeks furore around the alleged sexual assault of ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper by former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

Lets imagine that instead of resigning from the leadership within 24 hours, that Foley and the Labor Party instead branded Ms Raper a drug-using slut. Deeply offensive, I know, but stick with me.

Lets imagine that after levelling those allegations, Foley refused to stand down and the Labor Party refused to even debate internally whether or not he should.

Now lets try and imagine the public and media response to Ms Raper having her character assassinated for having the audacity to speak out against a politician in a position of power who sexually assaulted her.

The fact is, you dont actually have to try particularly hard to imagine it. You only need to know the story of Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer who earlier this year levelled startlingly similar allegations against Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that after a work function, she was sexually assaulted by a drunken politician.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that following the alleged assault, she received a phone call from her alleged attacker.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland waited a considerable period of time to air those allegations.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland was the subject of defamation threats when the issue became public.

Those are the commonalities. The differences, however, are stark.

Former NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

In Ms Rapers case, Luke Foley allegedly slipped his hand down her dress and between her underpants, resting his hand on her bare buttocks. In Ms Bucklands case, Mr Buckingham allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck.

In Ms Rapers case, she was dragged into the public fray by a Coalition politician seeking to exploit a political advantage. In Ms Bucklands case, her motivation in coming forward was publicly and falsely ascribed to her being involved in a factional move against Mr Buckingham. Ms Buckland has not been a member of the Greens for several years and has no day-to-day involvement in politics.

In Ms Rapers case, s...


Troubling and regressive: Indigenous peak bodies condemn changes to NSW Adoption Act "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a deeply troubling and regressive move, the NSW government will this week consider legislation that would allow for the forced adoption of Aboriginal children.


On this day in 1965 WO2 Kevin "Dasher" Wheatley VC - killed in action in Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every Australian should know this story! What an inspirational man. In 1965 Kevin Wheatley was serving with the Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam. On 13 November he was killed in action after refusing to abandon a dying mate. His valour was recognised with the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross...



Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These primitive guns are on a restricted license & it is against the law to use them anywhere but on an approved pistol range!

When this incident happened did we blame the driver or the vehicle? Thats right; we blamed the driver, the criminal. We did not blame other car owners & drivers & we did not blame the car. BUT, when someone uses a gun to kill people, the anti-gun lobby blames law abiding gun owners & they blame the guns!!! The anti-gun lobby calls for stricter gun control laws even though they know that criminals DO NOT ABIDE BY THE LAWS! They call for an immediate restriction on guns, first they call for a ban on specific guns, then they try to ban all guns.
Did anyone call for a restriction on certain cars? Have any specific types of cars been banned? Have any of those vehicles been banned for use in racing in racing sports? No of course not, that would be seen as being ridiculous, why inconvenience other licensed vehicle owners because one criminal mowed down a heap of pedestrians, why interfere with motor sports when it had nothing to do with motor sports!
But gun owners are inconvenienced, we are blamed for crimes committed by others, we have had our guns confiscated & the shooting sports have been seriously affected by the banning of specific types of guns; NOT assault rifles no, but ordinary semi-automatic .22 rifles & 12 gauge shotguns. These types were also confiscated from farmers, people who NEEDED these guns as part of their employment/work!!!
None of these gun types were ever used in a mass shooting, assault rifles were banned years before the John Howard government decided on a knee jerk decision to confiscate rabbit rifles & shotguns, & of course the ignorant general public applauded Jon Howard for this act of stupidity, because they are totally ignorant & dont know any...


Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam according to our Islamic brethren. "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are Australia's Islamic leaders, the national council of Imams. The Imams Council is sure the Burke St terrorist was a deranged individual who had nothing to do with Islam. They also reckon that they're at the forefront of countering terrorism. Who knew? The OnePath Network, a Muslim broadcasting operation...


Negative emissions: Scientists meet in Australia to discuss removing CO2 from air "IndyWatch Feed National"

A conference was held in the continent this month where researchers discussed geoengineering schemes to counteract the effects of global warming.


Messiah Mahdi Maitreya -- Response and Advice to BF's WDS Article on November 12th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Response and Advice to BF WDS article on November 12th 2018

Even though I do not have access and read full article, but it is seem a good public content.

- At present there are several competing plans being presented at the highest levels of world power

=> plans by who? How can they even know & contact to the highest level of Earth world power?

Have any online platform of that Earth world power?

- The problem of Earth is humanity mind-set not money, so I highly recommend do not release GESARA, NESRA and Global Currency Reset at the moment, it only bring more chaos.

- About future planning agencies

Sound great, but why only 2? Why not 8?

Australia, South America, North America, Africa, CIS, Europe, Asia, Arab Middle East.

The HQ locations I suggest a quite place, do not have history Earthquake, Tsunami and more importantly must be ready to work in a case of Mega Natural Catastrophe happen like some prophecies in many religions & books.

- Fighting to subdue the remaining Khazarian satanists continues in the U.S., the EU, Israel, and Japan.

When the battle end? Do not tell that you do not have the extract date, it seem you guys fight more than 12 months already.

Do fighting stop the root problems? No, only giving out working real life solution and policy.

Frankly If I was a US leader, I would easily win at least 90% of people vote. What the US Patri...


Callout: ongoing fiction, poetry and nonfiction readers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is looking to expand its team of fiction and poetry readers, and to start a team of nonfiction readers. These volunteer positions only require a time commitment of a few hours per month.


Gumshoes Survey To Expose Criminality in The Family Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan 

The more I hear, the more terrible are the accounts of how the court has acted with malice against children. In many instances evidence was deliberately destroyed.

The Prime Minister, in his October 2018 Apology, said,

too many were told; they just didnt listen. Too many did know; they just didnt act.

But they are NOT listening to the children and their protective parents NOW. Countless Ministers and Attorney-Generals have been told, but they remain silent. (We will expose their silence in another article.)

I have put together a SURVEY, with the support of a few readers, to disclose the failures and CRIMINALITY in the Family Court system in AUSTRALIA. And to disclose who is not listening to, and protecting children.



They Made Mince Meat of Shakespeare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pakistani TV star in a Shakespeare play.   Photo:

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Not to worry about the 17-year-olds they are in great shape.

On Friday, November 9, 2018, drama students at New Hampshires Concord High School put on The Complete Works of Shakespeare in 90 Minutes.

You never saw such jumping around.  A hockey game would look tame compared to the physical energy on display on this Elizabethan stage.  In fact, the boy who played Juliet (you didnt think theyd let a girl play Juliet did you?) threw himself on the floor so many times I could see an orthopaedics bill in the offing.

Juliets name is Myles Luongo and he had extraordinary self-confidence and ability to interact with the audience.

The complete works did not...


Callout: guest fiction editor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every year, Overland publishes several online editions showcasing fiction by new and emerging writers, or specially curated themed fiction editions. An opportunity exists for an emerging editor to work on one of these online fiction editions, to be published in April or May 2019.


Majority Of Men In US & Europe Will Be Infertile By 2060 Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe and Australia is declining so quickly that most men in these countries will be infertile by the year 2060, according to disturbing new research from the Hebrew [...]

The post Majority Of Men In US & Europe Will Be Infertile By 2060 Study appeared first on News Punch.


Russia moves to dump American dollar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As Washington moves towards implementing tougher new sanctions against Russia, including the denial of access to international banks and trade in American dollars, Moscow is considering its options.

President Vladimir Putin has slammed US efforts to maintain dominance on the world stage and seriously considering dumping American currency reserves and using alternatives for international trade.

To do this, concrete steps are being taken to use other currencies. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. We will certainly be moving in this direction. This follows Putins observation last month that the move is not because we want to undermine the dollar but because we want to ensure our security, because they are constantly slapping sanctions against us and are simply denying us an opportunity to use the dollar.

If the shift is carried through successfully, it may undermine the American dollar, by making it less relevant as the international standard.

It could turn out that Washingtons sanctions, as well as sanctions against China, could help to bring aa bigger shift about. The two countries have been building their trading ties and form the basis for the creation of a new trading block. China already accounts for 60 percent of Russias trade. Europe could be drawn into this partnership.

Speculation is that trading could shift to the use of euros. yuan and roubles.

According to the Russian central banks data, the share of dollar payments in exports of goods and services declined to 68 percent from 80 percent between 2013 and 2017. At the same time, the share of transactions in euros increased to 16 percent from nine percent and those in roubles rose to 14 percent from 10 percent. Payment for imports in dollars declined 36 percent from 41 percent. Russian holdings of US government debt fell by around $80 billion this year.

Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has consistently expressed sympathy to the idea of shifting from the American dollar and India has begun to trade with Russia in roubles.

India has also began to trade wit...


Yes: one year on "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week marks one year since Australians overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love.

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre said it was incredible seeing the majority of the nation back marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians last year on November 15.

A year ago the nation celebrated with LGBTI Australians, their friends and families. Since then weve had a year where all Australians have had the same opportunities for love, commitment and to be treated equally.

Its been a wonderful year of cake and rainbow flags with LGBTI couples finally being able to say I do. Marriage equality has taken from no one and given absolute joy to LGBTI Australians, their families and friends, Anna Brown said.

Earlier this year, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. The inquiry was called following the deeply flawed idea that marriage equality for LGBTIQ people would somehow pose a threat to religious freedom.

We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, Anna Brown said.

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. Teachers should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are, Anna Brown said.

Michelle and Rhondas story

It was ironic that we were apart on the day that Australia voted that we could be together, legally. I was in Sydney and Rhonda was in Melbourne. Thanks to Facetime we were virtually together as we watched the results announcement for the Marriage Equality survey. After 6 months of never daring to dream that our love and relationship was going to be legally recognised, we were beautifully, joyfully and tearfully surprised at the result.

We said in our joint wedding speech (only 4 months later!) our two reasons to get married were firstly, because we adore one another and secondly, to salute and honour all of the campaigners who have given their lives, time, tears and energy for our right to be considered equal.



Melbourne, Australia: Mural in memory of Mikhail Zhlobitsky "IndyWatch Feed National"

Received on 10/11/2018; for the case of Mikhail Zhlobitsky check here and here:Narrm / Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.

Never Forget Our Fallen Comrades!



Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth: Jakarta "IndyWatch Feed National"

It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it.

You can drive for ten or even twenty kilometers through it, and see only ugliness, fences and broken pavements. But there are many miserable cities on this planet, and I have worked in almost all of them, in 160 countries.

So why is Jakarta killing me?  Why am I overwhelmed by depression whenever I decide to film here, or to write about the state in which its citizens are forced to live? Why, really, do I feel so desperate, so hopeless?

I am tough. I hardly succumb to depression even in such places like the war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the middle of the toughest slums of Africa.

So, what is it, really, about Jakarta?

Here, I often speak about immorality, but again, what do I mean by this term? I am not a moralist, far from it. I have no religion, and I very rarely pass moral judgments, unless something truly outrageous unveils in front of my eyes.

So why, as so many others, do I land in this city in good spirits, and leave one or two weeks sick, broken, literally shitting my pants, full of wrath, despair?

Why? The Western mass media and local servile sheets are constantly bombarding the world, describing Jakarta as a sprawling metropolis, or to use the terminology of the Australian National University, as a normal city.

But it is not. In fact, it is the most immoral place on earth that I know. It is one enormous monument to fascism, intellectual collapse, Western neo-colonialism and turbo-capitalism.

This time, right here, I will explain, briefly and determinately, why!


You can actually avoid feeling this way, if you decide to land in Jakarta, work for a week or two surrounded by local elites (usually shameless thugs), sail through life here with half-closed eyes. Or if you get paid well not to see. You can also be a Western journo who lives in one of high-rise condominiums, gets himself local bimbo for a girlfriend, and collects his news from official briefings and press conferences.

Such foreign visitors are warmly welcomed in Jakarta, and they get incorporated into the life of local tsars, of feudal cream, of bandits who double as business people or politicians.

It is not so difficult! You land at that lavish Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (half of things do not work here, already, or yet, but the terminal does look lavish), you can take a luxury limo to one of so many 5-star hotels, have meetings at a steel-and-glass office tower, dine in a posh mall where nobody shops (a money laundering concept), but where those with unlimited budgets, often dine. After all....


Bhanged Up Abroad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive never been a huge fan of the term developing. This is especially true when its used as a euphemism most often to describe countries struggling to restabilise after being systematically dismantled by colonising nations.

When it comes to describing railway systems, however, I can think of no better adjective to qualify Queensland Rail.

Pay $10 for a train in my home state of Queensland, and youll be sitting in graffiti-stained seats getting fined $261 for sneaking a bite of an apple. Pay $10 for a train in India, and you get to kick back in an actual bed and dine on a selection of curry whilst your phone charges alongside you.

My friend Paige and I were feeling a little shell-shocked after several days of Diwali celebrations in Udaipur an exuberant Hindu festival of light renowned for its 24-hour firecracker displays. Our plan was to take a train 300km north-west to Ajmer, then get a ride to the lakeside city of Pushkar and chill the fuck out.

In pursuit of this desire, before leaving Udaipur, we filled our flasks with some bhang chai from a local vendor: a surprisingly tasty combination of masala tea, milk and cannabis. Bhang, a ground paste made from marijuana leaves and stems, has been approved for sale by the Rajasthani government and is even said to have the blessing of Lord Shiva.

Not one to argue with politics or religion, we figured it would make our five-and-a-half-hour train journey even more pleasant than usual.

Snuggled into freshly washed sheets in top bunk beds opposite each other, Paige and I were very much at ease, and coming into the peak of our high.


A small frame stretched up and peered into my bed with inquisitive eyes as the Aravalli Range whipped by through the window behind him. He was a dabbawala a lunchbox delivery man and he couldnt have come at a better time. Behind her turquoise-rimmed glasses, Paiges pupils had pooled as large as mine.

Two vegetarian, I slowly replied.

From the bunk beneath me came a voice.

Do you girls want Dominos instead?

I beg your pardon?

If you would prefer western food, I can order you a pizza, offered my bunkmate, an Indian man in his 40s, as he...


Pamela Anderson says #MeToo movement is 'a bore,' urges 'common sense' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pamela Anderson is not a supporter of the #MeToo movement. In a new interview with Australia's "60 Minutes" on Sunday, the former Playboy model slammed #MeToo, claiming it has gone "too far." "I think this feminism can go too far," Anderson said. "I'm a feminist, but I think that this third wave of feminism is a bore." She added, "I think it paralyzes men, I think this #MeToo movement is a bit too much for me. I'm sorry, I'll probably get killed for saying that." Anderson, 51, brought up the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and said it was "common sense" to avoid those types of "business meetings."


Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Binoy Kampmark | Dissident Voice | November 11, 2018 Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian []


50-year-old woman arrested over Australia's strawberry needle scare [Update] "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in Australia have arrested a woman in the state of Queensland as part of their investigation into a food contamination crisis that has left the nation's fruit-lovers in a panic since September. Queensland Police Service said the 50-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday afternoon "following a complex... and extensive investigation," which was spearheaded by the force and involved "multiple government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies" across Australia. Australians have been in a panic over tainted fruit since authorities warned on September 12 of the potential risk of finding needles and pins in punnets of tampered fruit, in particular strawberries.


HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland, The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia. A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab. The GP practice stated that []

The post HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years appeared first on Health Nut News.


Australia: Imam of jihad terror-tied mosque that jihad murderer attended says PM should blame policenot us "IndyWatch Feed National"

We see it all over the free world, after every jihad attack: instead of vowing to clean house and root out imams who preach the violent teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, Islamic leaders claim victim status, complain that they and the entire Muslim community is being blamed and scapegoated, and point fingers at others. []


Deadliest wildfires in the United States since the 1990s "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildfires raging in California are among the deadliest recorded in the United States, with at least 31 people killed in the state as 250,000 flee their homes.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes is the Camp Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which started on November 9 and has claimed 29 lives.

This death toll matches the highest previously recorded for a single wildfire in the United States, when 29 people died fighting a blaze at Griffith Park in Los Angeles County in 1933.

The United States is regularly struck by wildfires in its dry late summer months. Here is a look back at some of the most deadly since the 1990s:

2018: 10 die in two blazes

AFP | A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on November 9, 2018

A fire that starts late July near the city of Redding in northern California rages for six weeks and claims the lives of eight people, three of them firefighters.

Called the Carr Fire, it razes more than 1,000 homes, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The Mendocino Complex that starts days later southwest of the city is on August 7 declared to be the largest fire in Californias recorded history. It eventually burns through nearly 460,000 acres (186,000 hectares), according to local authorities, and claims two lives.

2017: 42 dead in California

California is ravaged by around 20 wildfires from early October that go on to claim 42 lives over the month, most of them in wine-producing Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, where 22 die.

As many as 11,000 firefighters some from as far away as Australia are involved in battling the blazes which burn through more than 245,000 acres, force the evacuation of 100,000 people and destroy about 10,000 buildings.

2016: 13 killed in tourist area

A fire breaks out late November in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a popular tourist area straddling the border of southeastern US states Tennessee and North Carolina, and rapidly spreads, pushed by strong winds and tornadoes.

Thirteen people are killed, 12 directly related to the blaze and one of a heart attack while fleeing, authorities say.

2013: 19...


Australian PM dismisses mental illness as an excuse for dangerous ideology of extremist Islam after jihad attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shire Ali was known to ASIO and had his passport cancelled in 2015, it is understood to prevent him travelling to Syria to join Islamic State. Mental illness? Come on. The familys claims might carry more weight if they could produce any evidence that Shire Ali was actually being treated for mental illness; so far []


Prehistoric giant Australian Megalania lizards "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 November 2018 video says about itself:

When Giant Lizards Ruled Australia Megalania

Monitor Lizards are a fantastic group of animals, as they include the largest lizards alive today, but at one point in time they got even bigger

Monday, 12 November


Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkey claims that Greece is trying to steal part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Libya. Defense Minister and retired Army General Hulusi Akar presented maps to convince about his claim.

According to Akar, Greece is trying to misappropriate Libyas rights to Exclusive Economic Zone bu seizing 39,000 square kilometers south of Crete.

Of, course, Turkeys problem is not Libyas EEZ and the countrys rights but its own aspirations in the area and in hydrocarbon resources.

According to another map, Turkeys Exclusive Economic Zone in the South allegedly borders to Libyas EEZ with no Greek EEZ in-between.

Last month Akar presented another deliberately drawn map that showed an extension of Turkeys EEZ.

We shouldnt be surprised if Ankara claims one day that its EEZ reaches to Gibraltar and why not, also New York and even Australia. In order to build fronts against Greece, it apparently tries to win Libya on its side.

The post Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Stablecoins Are a Game Changer, Says Aussie Crypto Exchange Founder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Co-founder of Australian based cryptocurrency exchange CoinJar has stated that stablecoin is a game changer for the industry and that the potential use cases are much more than we know, The Australian Financial Review reports. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies created to combat the volatility of the market by creating a token that can be converted into

The post Stablecoins Are a Game Changer, Says Aussie Crypto Exchange Founder appeared first on CCN


Media Release: Experienced greens warn on forest greenwash. "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Environmentalists and former Greens leaders Christine Milne and Bob Brown warn that labelling timber products from logging Australias dwindling native forests as environmentally friendly is greenwash and will not fool the modern Australian buyer, especially now when the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stated emphatically that protecting and restoring the worlds forests is essential to constraining global warming.

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