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Saturday, 17 November

19:18

Jailed Australian Journalist / Political Prisoner Shane Dowling to be released on (21/12/18) "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday (16/11/18) jailed Australian journalist Shane Dowling had his jail sentence for contempt reduced from 18 months (with a non parole period) of thirteen months to a fixed term of four months. Mr Dowling will be released on the 21/12/18. An appeal to the high court is highly likely. in a separate judgement scandalous []

18:40

Taiwan: Time to Cast Off One China "IndyWatch Feed National"

An expert on the nations political history yesterday urged people to revisit Taiwans status and envision its future beyond the one China narrative.

Taiwan must discuss a number of things to raise national awareness, including the revision of its flag, national day and national anthem, as they were brought by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) colonial regime, Monash University professor of Asian Languages and Studies Bruce Jacobs said in a speech at the Australian Office in Taipei.

Jacobs said he hopes that such discussions would lead to a paradigm shift.

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The new thinking also applies to foreign policy, with the aim to wrest control from China and resist its attempts to enforce the one China principle, Jacobs said.

When you look at Taiwan and its foreign relations, I want to propose that we think about Taiwan in new ways, and this is important not only for people in Taiwan, but also for democratic powers around the world that have to deal with countries like Taiwan and China, he said.

Taiwan should stop emphasizing its so-called diplomatic allies to legitimize its statehood, Jacobs said.

Taiwan should not sever relations with a state that recognizes the Peoples Republic of China, even if the state has been insulting, he said.

Jacobs cited the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, which codifies the declarative theory of statehood and is accepted as part of customary international law, saying that Taiwan meets all its requirements for statehood.

This means that Taiwan does not need recognition from other countries to become a state, he said.

Taiwan should work closely with democratic powers to establish more formal bilateral ties, even as they maintain relations with China, he said.

Jacobs has long been a fixture in the Taiwan studies community. He came to Taiwan in 1965 to study at National Taiwan University and has visited regularly ever since.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/11/10/2003703957

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17:24

U.S. joins Australian plan to develop new Pacific naval base "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United States will join Pacific ally Australia to build a naval base on Papua New Guineas Manus Island, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said, amid a push by regional powers to lock in alliances and secure access to key infrastructure.

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Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison reacts during the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 17 November 2018. Fazry Ismail/Pool via REUTERS

The plan, which comes on the heels of Chinas emergence as a possible developer of the deep-water site, was unveiled on Saturday at a Asia-Pacific forum hosted by Papua New Guinea (PNG) where world leaders voiced competing visions on how trade should be conducted in the region.

Analysts say a Chinese presence on Manus Island could impact the Wests ability to navigate the Pacific while offering Beijing close access to U.S. bases in Guam.

Manus Island was a major U.S. naval base during the Second World War, playing a key role in Washingtons Pacific strategy. Recently, it has hosted one of Australias two controversial offshore immigration detention centres.

Pence said the United States would partner with Australia and PNG on the Manus Island port project.

We will work with these nations to protect the sovereignty and maritime rights of Pacific islands as well, Pence said.

And you can be confident, the U.S. will continue to uphold the freedom of the seas and the skies.

Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, has for decades enjoyed largely unrivalled influence in the Pacific until China recently turned its attention to the region.

The United States has had a long-running dispute with China over maritime routes in the South China Sea. That has extended to the Pacific over concerns Beijing may use its increased influence, backed by its emerging status as a major bilateral lender to island economies, to secure access to infrastructure that could be used for military purposes, including deep-water ports and wharfs.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Nov. 1 that his country would fund development of the base on Manus Island with the support of the PNG government.

But neither party has sought support from l...

16:40

A catalogue of UAP related "fragments" which have been analysed. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Background

In a blog post dated September 27, 2018, titled "Material of Interest Magnesium-Zinc_Bismuth" TTSA stated that "Over the last three months, To The Stars Academy has collected seven pieces of material, from multiple sources, to study for the ADAM research project."

During a presentation at the CUN Rome 27 October 2018 meeting, a slide shown by Luis Elizondo, and titled "What is happening now with TTSA? Collection and analysis of material is ongoing" featured 12 images.




Do we already know of any of these samples?

Number 1.

The closest match I could find was the round disc like item in the image below. This is the complete collection of material sent to Art Bell in 1996.


Number 2.

In a video clip on the TTSA website blog, the image I have labelled number 2 is shown on a screen behind TTSA members, at 1minute 3 seconds. The full screen view shows what appears to be a set of four unwrapped samples, rather than the samples themselves.

Number 4.

Is the Tiffin, Ohio Ed's samples, from 2003.

Number 6.

@Jay09784691 twitter 6 November 2018 suggests that this image shows a test tube containing an "implant." This also featured on a TTSA video clip at one point.


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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.75 AUD
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15:22

Sydney's Cumberland Council - cuts to Australia Day to finance Ramadan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fair dinkum. Plenty of countries in the Middle East where you can go Peak-Ramadan to your heart's content. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/cumberland-council-juggle-budget-cuts-to-benefit-ramadan-celebrations-over-australia-day/news-story/ad3be63b89294b165724c5224b87966f

13:00

How the UK Government is Slowly Killing Julian Assange (His Mother's Plead) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange's 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, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable.


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12:18

Reprise - the punters guide to Turnbull's form in leading the nation "IndyWatch Feed National"

This piece was first published in the leadup to the Abbott-Majority-Destroying electoral catastrophe - Turnbull's only election campaign. Now that he's proven his character flaws and deadly resolve to destroy the party, what's taking the Liberals so long in expelling him? The punters guide to Malcolm Turnbull's form in leading...

10:54

Turnbull says Liberals can't deal with climate change. Why hasn't the Liberal Party expelled him? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull was true to form at last night's Bar Association speech. He was never going to go quietly. Here's Brad Norington writing in The Australian today. Malcolm Turnbull has declared the Liberal Party is not capable of dealing with climate change because of an influential group within its ranks that...

09:48

PERTH Missing zoo meerkat case solved with three charged in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Missing zoo meerkat case solved with three charged in Australia .

November 15, 2018 at 07:00AM .

Hooker appeared in Perth Magistrates Court where defense lawyer Chad Silver said that he fell in love with the newborn meerkat as it ran toward

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PERTH Man fined for Perth Zoo meerkat theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man fined for Perth Zoo meerkat theft .

November 14, 2018 at 02:18PM .

Hooker entered a guilty plea at his second appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Defence lawyer Chad Silver claimed his client

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09:48

PERTH Former WA cop admits computer crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former WA cop admits computer crimes .

November 16, 2018 at 03:38PM .

Adrian Trevor Moore, 48, pleaded guilty to four charges when he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday and will face court again on

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PERTH Man admits stealing baby meerkat from Perth Zoo after falling in love with it "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man admits stealing baby meerkat from Perth Zoo after falling in love with it .

November 14, 2018 at 04:45PM .

Perth Magistrates Court has been told Jesse Ray Hooker took the four-week-old pup on September 19 because he wanted it as a pet. Outside court

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PERTH Disgraced former MP Barry Urban to fight fraud and forgery charges in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Disgraced former MP Barry Urban to fight fraud and forgery charges in court .

November 14, 2018 at 12:26PM .

His lawyer Mark Andrews formally entered the not guilty pleas in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The charges followed Mr Urbans resignation as

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09:48

PERTH Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Missing zoo meerkat case solved with 3 charged in Australia .

November 14, 2018 at 06:26PM .

Hooker appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, also on Wednesday, where defense lawyer Chad Silver said that he fell in love with the newborn

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PERTH Third charge over Perth Zoo meerkat theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Third charge over Perth Zoo meerkat theft .

November 14, 2018 at 11:34AM .

Hooker made his second appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was fined $4000 after pleading guilty. The court heard he fell in

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PERTH Perth Zoo meerkat thief thought cool pet "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Zoo meerkat thief thought cool pet .

November 14, 2018 at 01:28PM .

Hookers lawyer Chad Silver told Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday his client intended to bring the one-month-old back after seeing media

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07:00

Australia: Islamic center attended by several jihad murderers and plotters plans expansion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mohammed Omran and his cohorts know theyre untouchable. To investigate the mosque, even with its numerous unsavory ties, much less to stop its expansion, would be Islamophobic. Islamic centre connected to terror plots plans expansion, by Liam Mannix, Brisbane Times, November 15, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): An Islamic centre in Melbournes north []

06:46

What Is The Epidemiologic Triangle? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

In this day and age of mandated herd immunity from vaccinesrather than natural immunity provided by Nature, one has to question whatever happened to the time-held, historical belief of the three characteristics of epidemiology: the AGENT; the ENVIRONMENT; and the HOST.

Penn State Eberly College offers its definition here.

However, for a more informative explanation, Judy Wilyman, PhD, of Vaccinations Newsletter, explains the epidemiologic triangle starting at 3:09 minutes on the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlsaTvmBggU&t=143s

Dr. Wilyman states the triangle was considered a public health issue, not a medical issue. Learn from Dr. Wilyman why that was so.

Wilyman is based in Australia, where informed consent regarding vaccines/vaccinations is being denied citizens, and legally superimposed under an Orwellian dystopian system of public health having become reality!

Dystopia was coined by George Orwell to warn humans about totalitarianism; oppressive governments (and regulatory agencies included?); propaganda (now practiced routinely by approximately 90% of the media and press); and also to include thought or mind control!

Orwell, in his book 1984 envisioned tyrannical governments seeking to eliminate individual thought, choice and actions.

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03:29

PERTH Magistrates court wa "IndyWatch Feed National"

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November 16, 2018 at 11:15PM .

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02:59

DOJ Inadvertently Confirms Sealed Indictment Awaits Julian Assange if Extradited to the US "IndyWatch Feed National"

WASHINGTON A U.S. prosecutor has inadvertently revealed that Julian Assange, the founder and former editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been secretly charged by the U.S. government, confirming long-held suspicions that the U.S. has had criminal charges waiting for Assange should he be extradited to the United States.

The revelation comes just hours after a report in the Wall Street Journal revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to indict Assange in such a way that it would trigger his extradition to the United States to stand trial, following sensitive negotiations with foreign governments, most likely the governments of the United Kingdom and Ecuador.

Assange, a citizen of Australia and Ecuador, is currently living in Ecuadors embassy in London as a political asylee. He has remained in the embassy for over six years in order to protect himself from extradition to the United States. However, the current Ecuadorian government led by Lenn Moreno has been eager to restore close ties to the United States and has had a tense relationship with Assange, which analysts have warned could threaten the journalists asylum.

A report published last night in The Washington Post detailed how the fact that the U.S. government has sealed charges awaiting Assange in the United States was inadvertently revealed by a copy-paste error made by assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer.

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02:22

Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Die USA haben Julian Assange angeklagt, aber die Anklage versiegelt, damit es keiner merkt. Damit Assange wie ein paranoider Spinner aussieht, wenn er sagt, die Amis wollen ihn anklagen.

Das wissen wir, weil sie an anderer Stelle eine Aktennotiz vergessen haben.

The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged. Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.
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02:06

Flightless birds, video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 November 2018 video says about itself:

When Birds Stopped Flying

Ratites have spread to Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. And there are fossils of Ratites in Europe, Asia, and North America too. Thats a lot of ground to cover for birds that cant fly. So how did Ratites end up all over the world?

Thanks to Ceri Thomas for the Lithornithid reconstruction.

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Friday, 16 November

22:58

California Is Burning Heres Why "IndyWatch Feed National"

California forests have long been a disaster waiting to happen. Forest density, antiquated forest practices, stressed and dead trees as a result of bug infestation, conflicts between state and federal government, and private property owners wanting to live close to the wildland-urban interface are just a few of the problems.

In this weeks WhoWhatWhy podcast, we talk with longtime California environmental reporter, Julie Cart, about just how bad the problem is and what is being done to prevent more death and destruction.

She explains that a full 30 percent of California is forested. Of this total, 60 percent is owned by the federal government, 2 percent by the state of California, and the rest is owned either privately or by local governments. Each has a different approach to dealing with the problem.

California has an estimated 129 million dead trees, an acknowledged factor in spreading wildfires, Cart says. The cost for removing a single dead tree is approximately $1,000, and the optics of cutting down trees, even dead ones, in a state with strong environmental rules make remediation even more difficult.

The impact of climate change on forest fires involves a deadly feedback loop. So many of the fires are a direct result of extended drought related to climate change. But in torching so many dead trees, a severe fire season of one or two months can release enormous amounts of carbon into the air more than that emitted by all the cars in California each year which significantly adds to the buildup of greenhouse gases fueling climate change.

Last years fires cost over $9 billion; this year the toll will be even higher. In both dollars and lives lost. Cart points out that while Cal Fire and the US Forest Service have vast resources, so much of those resources are diverted to firefighting, leaving little time or money to do the necessary work of prevention.

Cart suggests that perhaps the real solution is simply to tell people, as they do in Australia, that if they choose to live in certain areas, they cannot expect a fire truck to roll up the driveway during the next disaster. They will have to learn how to fend for themselves.


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22:54

Central issue in the transgenderism debate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Macca's website. I think you've cleared this up for most of us.

22:33

1950 UK Conservative Party report on Miss Margaret Roberts, aka Maggie Thatcher "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Miranda Devine and Gray Connolly for the tip about this wonderful piece of history. Gray describes it thus: An internal Tory HQ memorandum of 14 February 1950 discussing the political skill, deft campaigning, and sheer hard work of a Miss Margaret Roberts, who, as Margaret Thatcher, would late...

22:03

Beautiful Christmas message from Sir Elton John. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just beautiful. Thank you Sir Elton and John Lewis & Partners.

21:48

Australian Universities ban sarcasm as 'form of violence' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Government launches probe into campus censorship Australian universities have begun banning sarcasm by deeming it a "form of violence," according to a watchdog group. Gideon Rozner, director of policy at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), a think tank "dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic and political freedom," praised the Australian government's announcement that it is launching a probe into the suppression of free speech on campuses across the country. Rozner explained to Sky News Australia the findings of a recent study conducted by IPA, which rated more than 80 percent of Australian universities as "hostile to free speech," while only one school earned a "green" rating for being supportive of free expression.

21:46

Californian Democrat Senator compares US Border Agents to Ku Klux Klan "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a half-wit. I hope that people who are crashing the US border are in fear of the officers-of-the-law who are trying to stop them. These law-officers are keeping the peace! So what if the crooks fear them! Kamala Harris, the dull-witted Democratic Senator from CA, referred to ICE, as...

20:40

MACKAY Police find miniature cannon in raid at Blacks Beach home "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 16, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Police find miniature cannon in raid at Blacks Beach home

November 16, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Jason Stewart Furini found himself forced to appear before Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 42-year-old man, on probation for unrelated

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20:19

Why Sleep Apnea Patients Rely on a CPAP Machine Hacker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Vice: An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on CPAP machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.

20:08

Chinese Education Stocks Tumble on Policy Change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guidelines would ban privately owned kindergartens from going public, bar listed companies from buying peers with shares or cash

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Beijing is tightening the rules on kindergartensupsetting investors who bet on huge and rapidly growing Chinese demand for education.

Whats Happening

Chinas official news agency, Xinhua, late on Thursday unveiled a draft overhaul of preschool education. The guidelines from Chinas cabinet, known as the State Council, would ban privately owned kindergartens from going public and stop listed companies from buying peers with shares or cash. The proposal follows several scandals over alleged child abuse.

ASIA MARKETS SNAPSHOT

  • The Shanghai Composite index rose less than 1%.
  • Benchmarks in Australia and South Korea advanced modestly.
  • Beijing fixed the yuan at 6.9377 to the dollar, little changed from Thursday.

It sent the shares of Chinese education operators tumbling in the U.S. and Hong Kong. In New York trading on Thursday, RYB Education RYB -52.97% plunged 53% and Bright Scholar Education BEDU -16.71% fell 17%, wiping a combined $477.6 million off their market value. For both, it was the biggest single-day drop since listing last y...

18:38

Prominent lefty human rights lawyer P15SED as a newt abusing Air India staff for more grog "IndyWatch Feed National"

IRISH 'LAWYER FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE' ARRESTED FOR DRUNK, RACIST RANT Simone O'Broin hurled insults and racist slurs at Air India staff who denied her more alcohol. BY AMY SPIRO NOVEMBER 15, 2018 14:51 An inebriated woman who claimed to be an international lawyer and pro-Palestinian activist was arrested after...

17:00

When passwords get stolen, this Australian guy alerts the world "IndyWatch Feed National"

Troy Hunts Have I Been Pwned is a one-stop shop for learning if youre among the millions affected by security breaches. And hes trying to do it the responsible way.

Massive databases of user accounts seem to get hacked daily. The number of exposed accounts and passwordsusually encrypted weaklyhas risen into the billions. Yet liability and embarrassment have left companies loathe to quickly disclose that theyve been hacked.

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16:58

China in South Pacific Region: One Step Away from Absolute Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The South Pacific region, stretching from the shores of Australia to South America and encompassing more than 30,000 islands, has felt Chinas growing influenced since 2000s. By 2018, it had grown so strong that it became a threat to Australias strategic security. It should be noted that in the last 30 years, Australia has viewed itself as a regional leader. Chinas enormous investments, loans, grants, intended for the benefit of thirteen small island-states and another thirteen dependent territories in the South Pacific, belonging to Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA, have made PRC a key benefactor, but not a strategically important player in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean as yet. Beijings negotiations with the island states on stationing Chinese bases there have been thus far successfully countered by Australian diplomacy. These negotiations are linked with PRCs initiative One Belt One Road, a part of which encompasses the Pacific Ocean. And establishing Chinese military bases in the territory of country-participants is a by-product of the project.

Papua New Guinea could have become a geostrategically convenient location for Chinas first military base in the South Pacific. The country lies only 2,000 km away from Australia and provides a convenient access point to the South China Sea, an area where PRC is pursuing its policy of expansion (including military expansion). Historically, China and Papua New Guinea have had close ties. By the middle of the 20th century the biggest Chinese diaspora in the region (approximately 100,000 people), working in the export of timber and natural resources, had made Papua New Guinea its new home. In 1968, the Chinese established Papua New Guineas second most powerful party. In 1980 (five years after the nation had gained its independence), the leader of this party, Julius Chan of Chinese and Papua New Guinean descent, became the countrys leader. In fact, in the following twenty years he occupied the post of Prime Minister three more times. By the end of the 20th century, the Chinese had settled in South Pacific islands, rich in forests and natural resources, such as the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia (better known as Tahiti, where from 2006 to 2011 a member of the Chinese diaspora, Gaston Tong Sang was in power three times).

Negotiations, which started in 2014, on a strategic partnership between PRC and Papua New Guinea, and on repair work of four ports in the cities of Wewak (home to Japans largest air base fr...

16:56

Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Four. Prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, works hard to out the pedophile Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.

His new nest was undisturbed for a while.

The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.

Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.

The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider

Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.

Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.

They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.

Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.

He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.

Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...

16:30

What Branches of Government Could Help Martin Bryant or Jahar Tsarnaev? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Justice Michael Kirby,  (R) Trump. Photo: newsmax

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Jahar Tsarnaev, the Boston non-bomber, has been in prison for 5 years, and Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur non-shooter, has done over 22 years. Many people have tried to get them out of jail by using popular means.

Popular Means for Martin

For Martin, there was a change.org petition to the Premier of Tasmania, organized by Cherri Bonney who also composed a marvelous song for Martin entitled Wish I Kne...

16:13

Australian police offer reward for information about murder of ex-KGB colonel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a $250,000 (US $182,000) reward for information that can help solve the murder of a former Soviet KGB colonel 18 years ago.

16:01

Real Estate Taxes Currency "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Dear Martin,

I bought The World Real Estate Report at the end of 2016. It stated that Australian real estate was going to fall after the first quarter (March) in 2016. The property prices in Melbourne (where I live) continued to rise in April 2016 so I sent an email to Socrates Support asking them when real estate should peak. I received the reply below, which stated that the peak was either in for global real estate or the latest by the end of the first quarter 2017.

Anyway, since I owned a tiny house in Melbourne, I was facing a difficult decision if I should sell or not since it would be impossible to buy back in if the prices continued to go up.

I have been reading your blog daily since 2012, and I have read all of your forecasts being correct (eg. the Dow continuing to go up, US Index going up, Brexit, Trump winning). I also bought your Gold report in 2014 and watched gold bottom (Dec 2015) correctly for the date and price on the first benchmark, truly an unbelievable forecast.

Based on your track record I decided to sell my property at the end of the first quarter (March 2017), for which I received a fantastic price.

Im happy to inform you that prices have been falling since the 3rd quarter of 2017.

I just wanted to congratulate you on another correct forecast.

REPLY: We all need a place to live. Governments are attacking real estate thinking it is too high and they need to make it more affordable for others to buy. They fail to understand that when they do that, the wipe out the savings dor retirement for others. Raising taxes to support government pensions is morally wrong and economically a disaster. There really should be some qualification to be a politician who them plays with peoples lives.

16:00

Australian police offer reward for information about murder of ex-KGB colonel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Australian state of Queensland have offered a $250,000 (US $182,000) reward for information that can help solve the murder of a former Soviet KGB colonel 18 years ago. The victim, Gennadi Bernovski, worked in the domestic wing of the Soviet KGB, until his retirement, which coincided with the dissolution of the USSR. In 1996, he moved to Australia with his family and bought a house in Benowa Waters, a luxury suburb of Gold Coast, a city located south of Brisbane on the countrys east coast. But on the evening of July 24, 2000, Bernovski was shot to death outside his home by what witnesses said were two men in combat diver suits.

15:16

Where there is risk there must be choice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Judy Wilyman speaks at an event in Perth, WA about how vaccines should remain a voluntary medical intervention. Via a Facebook post by Dr Judy Wilyman. On the 10 November an event discussing vaccination choice was held at a council venue in Perth, WA. For the first time in a decade the Australian media []

14:47

Fear And Loathing With Victorian Upper House Preference Flows "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Following the launch of Antony Green's Legislative Council calculator I've been playing around with some possible scenarios for the Victorian upper house group ticket flows.  Quite a few people are doing this and so there are a number of different estimates about what might happen out there.  What we know from the past is to expect the unexpected - we can say that it looks like preference harvesters will win several undeserved seats, but it's hard to say which ones they will be and who.  The whole exercise is incredibly sensitive to starting assumptions - one micro-party you've never heard of might get 1% instead of 0.5% and suddenly something completely different happens.

At the last Victorian election, five candidates won seats as a result of preference-harvesting:

* In Eastern Victoria, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (2.44%) beat ALP-2 (8.68% over quota) and Green (8.23%)
* In Northern Metro, the Sex Party (2.87%) beat Labor-3 (7.06% over quota)
* In Northern Victoria, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (3.5%) beat L-NP-3 (7.84% over quota) and Greens (7.68%)
* In Western Metro, Democratic Labour Party (2.57%) beat ALP-3 (10.65% over quota) and L-NP-2 (6.90% over quota)
* In Western Victoria, Vote 1 Local Jobs (1.28%) beat Greens (9.19%)

There weren't any cases of candidates winning from well below 1%, but based on our experience of the new Senate system since, none of the above would have won had voters made their own preferencing decisions.  These parties only won because the Group Ticket Voting system created completely fake near-100% preference flows.  Perhaps, had the Senate system been implemented in Victoria before that election, some of the minor parties would have merged into larger groups and polled higher primaries, but that doesn't seem all that likely.

With the release of the new round of Group Tickets it seems that almost all parties have been involved in backroom preference-trading.  There are again tight flows between the micro-parties, largely believed to be networked by Glenn Druery, that seem designed to elect a particular winner or choice of winners in each seat.  Labor has preferenced a range of, for progressives, dubious parties above the Greens in what looks like an attempt to replace the Greens with Druery parties:

* The Aussie Battler Party, an anti-immigration populist outfit that wants to place juries of randomly selected citizens in control of many aspects of the political system, and that promotes illiberal law and order policies including indefinite sentences. This party is the latest home for long-time conservat...

14:30

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!Jetzt so:In a tragic ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!

Jetzt so:

In a tragic moment in the history of human civilization, and the trampling of academic free speech, an academic conference, ACE 2018, The 15th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which was to have been held at the University of Montana, USA has been forced to shut down by anti-free speech groups comprising of mainly academic researchers, who have been acting in a fascistic manner.
Aber nicht doch, mein Herr! Das ist nicht Faschismus, wenn man sagt, es diene der Faschismusbekmpfung!

Ich warte ja darauf, dass der Trump das kapiert, und seine Familientrennungen an der Grenze mit Faschismusbekmpfung begrndet.

Ach komm, Fefe, du wirst doch nicht Leute, die Steve Bannon einladen, als Opfer darstellen wollen, wenn das ganz klar die Tter hier sind!1!! Naja, h,

The words that were used in their email and social postings about ACE Committee members and the ACE 2018 Keynote Speaker include sicko, child-abuser, TOOL, Peadophiles, child-rapist, fraudster, scammers, criminals, horseshit, monkey, prick, Nigerian 419 scammer, druf trafficker, pig, twat, scumbag, 6mm nano penis, conman, fraudster, monster, creepy, hag, criminal, etc. There were also significant racist attacks on our esteemed committee member Prince Akinwale Ojomo (a highly qualified World Economic Forum Global Leader and awardee of the highly prestigious US Presidents Volunteer Service Gold Award), simply because he is African and Nigerian. These anti-free speech people were supported in public statements by the academic societies British DiGRA and DiGRA Australia and the FDG (Foundations of Digital Games) Conference.
Da wei man doch, was man hat! Rassismus ist nmlich auch kein Rassismus, msst ihr wissen, wenn es von Leuten gemacht wird, die blo den Faschismus bekmpfen wollten!1!!

Ich hatte gehofft, dieses Mal knnen wir Schlimmeres verhindern, bevor Bcher verbrannt werden.

Update: Es gibt inzwischen mehrere Reaktionen auf den Text, die ich sehr spannend finde. Die ignorieren nmlich rundheraus den Rassismus sondern machen sich ber ... festhalten! ... das "Opfer-Getue" lustig. Dieser Konferenz-Veranstalter jetzt. Denn das sind ja Nazis, daher steht denen kein Opferstatus zu. Dieselben Leute, die ansonsten ganztgig damit beschftigt sind, auf der Linken Opferrollen zu verteilen und sich gegenseitig zu besttigen, wie marginalisiert sie doch seien, die finden das jetzt unertrglich, wenn diese Konferenz-Veranstalter sich in ihrer angenommenen Opferrolle suhlen.

Ich fr meinen Teil halte Opferrollen immer fr schdlich, egal von wem und waru...

13:30

Part 52H Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity. COPS INVESTIGATE MINISTER Page 1 banner heading of The Advertiser "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chapman-gate is being investigated and Commissioner Grant Stevens is trying to keep a tight lid on the investigation.

Cops Probe

THE ADVERTISER PAGE 1 on the 15TH NOVEMBER 2018

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:   https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1fN

See Part 52 of this Ronalds space posting, on the 19th October 2018, for the 1st Emcott Report complaint.

Below is the next installment of the Emcott Report Complaint to Commissioner Stevens:

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13:11

The highs and lows of podcasting "IndyWatch Feed National"

By this time next year the global number of podcasts may likely surpass the population of Queensland, and that's even taking into account the giant melon currently occupying the town of Chinchilla. There are podcasts about inanimate objects, Nicolas Cage, urban mythology, fountain pen addiction, and even podcasts about podcasts -- the latter being a kind of hellish inception far worse than one could ever begin to imagine.

12:42

Latham's 8-Point Plan to stop overpopulation in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."

Latham's 8-Point Plan

1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.

2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.

3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.

4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).

5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.

6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.

7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.

8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...

12:37

Final day to show us some love & win prizes (and we promise not to mention Subscriberthon for 350 more days) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is it one final appeal to you, dear reader, to put your spare $$ where your love is and take out a subscription sometime in the next few hours. In return, youll go into the prize draw for all our mind-blowing prizes.

12:35

CRIME CULTURE: American Animals "IndyWatch Feed National"

CRIME CULTURE: The year was 2003 and a quartet of college idiots were about to set out to their university library in one of the dumbest heists ever planned. Gary Johnston give us his verdict on whether new doco-drama American Animals captures the spirit of their infamous criminal caper. [READ MORE]

12:27

John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon "IndyWatch Feed National"

A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.

The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.

At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.

The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.

Tickets are available here.

The post John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon appeared first on New Matilda.

12:06

One year on from the Royal Commission, the NT youth justice system remains broken "IndyWatch Feed National"

To mark the anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territorys final report, the Change the Record Coalition including human rights organisations is calling on the NT Gunner Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility and get children out of harmful youth prisons.

Everyone wants their children to be safe and supported but the Gunner Government is putting children in danger by reopening Don Dale and continuing business as usual after the Royal Commission called for a profound shift from past practice, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Cheryl Axleby said. Tear gassing children is a significant human rights violation and sees the NT Government mark the anniversary of the Royal Commission choosing to subject kids to further trauma and harm, said Ms Axleby.

The Gunner Government reported on 11th November that children who had been locked away in police cells were returned to Don Dale following an incident where tear gas was used against the children in Don Dale.

There's no time to wait: the NT Government can make changes right now to fix this broken system. It urgently needs to raise the minimum age it locks up children from 10 years old to 14, and fund Indigenous-led programs like Balunu, which will support our kids not to end up in the system in the first place, and to stay out of detention, said Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Adviser with Amnesty International.

We need to see more action from the NT Government to get children out of prison, said Ms Axleby. Expediting measures like raising the age of criminal responsibility and appointing a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People will be a positive step to keep children out of dangerous prisons like Don Dale, she said.

The Gunner Government cannot just sit on its hands while children continue to suffer. Don Dale is a dangerous powder keg. Just in the last week children have been tear gassed and held in solitary confinement, said Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre. Punishment and confinement will not achieve the change we want, the future of youth justice is in supporting children to thrive, with their families and in their communities, she said.

Kids should be supported in the community, including through mental health supports, bail hostels, education and training programs. It is well and truly time for the Gunner Government to show us what progress has been made in this past year in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission aimed at preventing children being funnelled into prison, said Ms Musk.

For media comment please contact:

For Cheryl Axleby please contact Karly Warner on 0423 610 587

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11:51

Fighting breaks out in Sri Lankan parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have written before about the Byzantine political intrigues in Sri Lanka that has led to political turmoil. A measure of how things have deteriorated can be seen by a fight that broke out in the Sri Lankan parliament when some members rushed at the Speaker.


The latest chaos followed the abrupt decision by the president Maithripala Sirisena (MS) on October 26 to dismiss the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) and install the leader of the opposition party Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) in his place. MR had been president and MS one of his cabinet members before MS and some of his supporters defected from MRs party, joined up with RWs party in a coalition, defeated MR in the next presidential election, dissolved parliament and called for new elections in which RWs party became the largest one, and then appointed RW as prime minister. Got that? That kind of shifting alliances is not uncommon in Sri Lankan politics.

The recent falling out between MS and RW has triggered the current state of confusion. RW has said that his dismissal was unconstitutional, but MS went ahead and appointed MR as prime minister and also appointed a cabinet. When it became clear that MR did not have the support of the majority in parliament, MS first suspended parliament, a move that was challenged, and then he brought it back into session to enable MR to show that he had majority support. When that support did not materialize, MS dissolved parliament and called for new elections but then the Supreme Court stepped in and said that he could not do that.

It appears that RWs party then brought a no-confidence vote against MR and it passed on Wednesday. MR addressed the parliament on Thursday and apparently the fight started when the Speaker called for a vote on whether to approve or reject MRs remarks. Parliament has been adjourned until Friday afternoon but it is hard to see how this impasse will be resolved.

It is truly a mess.

10:55

Privatisation of Centrelink services is making matters even worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

It was bound to happen. Privatised outsourcing of customer information provision at Centrelink is giving incorrect information to people.

Not that this is a huge change. What is shows, is that instead of doing something about it, Scott Morrison and his lot, have tried to hide it by handing over the work to private companies.

The problem is not on only misinformation. A stack of other errors, are being made. Calls are being constantly transferred around and there are a lot of mistakes in the processing.

This comes from a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) survey of Human Services workers.

According to the survey, 85 per cent of respondents say private call providers are having a negative impact on service standards. They report the private call centre staff dont have the training they need, and clients are waiting longer to have their issues resolved, because they cant always be fixed by the private contractors. They say that Human Services workers often have to fix problems caused by the call centres.

Most scary is that private contractors are also working in the compliance area. Human Services staff suggest that appealing to against a decision is being made harder, when it is suggested that an application cannot be made without providing further evidence first. Although this is supposed to be against the guidelines, they are getting away with it.

A consequence is that staff are facing a rise in the number of angry people that they must face, and this is having a negative impact on the quality of the work environment. The use of sacually employed contractors is also creating job insecurity.

 


Photo from the CPSU: Centrelink staff are campaigning against the private call centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it is much worse for those who depend on Centrelink to get by. Too many are missing out on the already miserly income provided and are having uncalled for debts imposed on them, and this inevitably adds to the poverty problem in Australia.

Although the governments figures suggest that waiting times on phone calls are going down, this is misleading. There...

09:38

Refugees pick Nauru over US "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know I said posts would be light today - and I know I have to knuckle down and get the DPP submission done - but some things just have to be shared. Forty of the 300 refugees who left Nauru to resettle in the US have contacted the island...

09:32

Launch of Overland editorial intern Magan Magans debut poetry collection! "IndyWatch Feed National"

6.30 pm Saturday 8 December VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray Overland editorial intern Magan Magan is launching his first collection, published by Vulgar Press, in Footscray on 8 December.

09:18

Don't be dishonest - Left Testicle's sentence "stern but fair" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ex-Labor MP's sentence had to be 'stern' Margaret Scheikowski, Australian Associated Press November 15, 2018 1:53pm Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald's sentence for misconduct in public office was "stern" but not unreasonable nor plainly unjust, five Court of Criminal Appeal judges have been told. "This was a Minister of the...

09:14

Malcolm Turnbull to star at Australian Bar Association conference tonight "IndyWatch Feed National"

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...

09:08

Posts will be light today "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'll be offline (but checking comments from time to time) for most of today preparing a submission I've been asked to make to the DPP.

08:41

Will robots bring us utopia? An end-of-year debate! "IndyWatch Feed National"

6 pm Friday 7 December The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Overland and the National Union of Workers are hosting a lively end-of-year debate on the topic of automation and what it will mean for workers and labour.

06:48

Spain moves to go completely renewable by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Spanish governments declared intention to completely switch over to renewable energy by 2050. Its aim is to slash 90 percent off carbon emissions and take a major step towards decarbonising the whole economy, and it is grabbing worldwide attention.

The plan includes installing at least 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar power each year for the next ten years.

The shift to renewables is not sudden. Spain has been a leader in this for some time. The strength of public opinion had been difficult for the pro mining conservative government to hold back the tide. Now that the Pedro Sanchez led Socialist Workers Party of Spain is in a minority government, it has a strong incentive to consolidate its position.

Holding barely more than a quarter of the parliamentary seats, it can only survive if the anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) and the Catalan and Basque independence parties dont vote against it. The Socialists falied to enter into a left coalition, because an agreement could not be struck with Podemos. In its absence, they do not have a great deal of room to maneuver and faces a high prospect  of political instability, before facing the polls in 2020.

After  being thwarted in an attempt to bring a modest increase to the budget by the conservatives, still wed to cutting back spending, and by those on the other side, branding it as insufficient, the government needs a way out that will win it some political capital to consolidate political support.

This led to successful negotiations in October, which brought an agreement on raising the minimum wage by 22 percent,  raising pensions, increased funding for education and science, increasing disability benefits, more spending on housing and increased paternity leave. This agreement set the ground for progress on renewable energy.  Both the political circumstances and the push within the Socialist Party have created the political conditions for change.

Consequently, Spains efforts to meet commitment to the Paris Agreement has been lifted to a higher level.

Under the plan, there will be a ...

05:05

Canaans Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Canaan's Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo

Plans by bitcoin mining equipment manufacturer Canaan to list shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange are now uncertain, as the Chinese companys application for an initial public offering (IPO) expired on Nov. 14 exactly six months after it submitted the documents to the Asian bourse.

Also Read: Bitcoin ATMs Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia

IPO Will Not Happen in 2018

Canaans $400 million IPO may not happen this year as there was no update from the stock exchange for a listing hearing, according to a report by Reuters, quoting sources familiar with the matter.Canaan's Hong Kong Listing Plans in Limbo The Hong Kong exchange has released a report on IPO applications, delistings and suspensions that shows that more than 200 applications have lapsed before they were finalized. The report does not identify any of the applicants by name.

Regulators in Hong Kong, including the stock exchange itself, have reportedly raised concerns about Cana...

04:38

MACKAY Menacing phone calls, texts land South Mackay miner in hot water "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 14, 2018 at 02:42PM ,

Menacing phone calls, texts land South Mackay miner in hot water

November 14, 2018 at 02:42PM ,

Joshua James Mackenzie, 23, appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause

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04:00

Longer fire seasons threaten to disrupt US-Australia firefighting cooperation "IndyWatch Feed National"

An arrangement that has worked well for decades is at risk of coming unstuckLonger bushfire seasons in Australia and the US threaten to disrupt the sharing of vital personnel and equipment between the two countries, fire experts and coordinators have revealed.At least 50 people have lost their lives in California's deadliest wildfires, which continue to rage. Fire authorities and scientists say climate change has made the conditions worse.I think there's no other plausible explanation than [...]

04:00

Australia: Jihad murderer withdraws his apology, says I ask Allah to grant victory to the believers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice Peter Johnson said the letters also gave an insight into the 22-year-olds lack of rehabilitation and de-radicalisation. He seems to have shut the door to the path.' What Johnson should ponder is why exactly Atai would shut the door to deradicalization. If he did, he would find abundant incitement to violence in the Quran []

01:23

Australia: Muslim leader says Islam cannot be connected with any form of violent acts "IndyWatch Feed National"

The religion of Islam cannot be connected with any form of violent acts. Unfortunately, Islamic jihadists around the world keep connecting them. ISIS may draw some of their justification from the religion of Islam. That does not make it a form of Islam. Odd statement. Who within Islam has the authority to determine what is []

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22:27

Poll Roundup: Well That Wasn't Much Of A Honeymoon "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 54.8 to Labor (+0.8 since last week) by 2016 preferences
54.2 to Labor with One Nation adjustment
Labor would win election "held now" with a very large majority 



It's been a while since my last federal poll roundup.  At that time the Coalition's polling was recovering from the shock caused by the messy and (to the public) inexplicable coup that deposed Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, and it was too soon to read anything into what we were seeing.  Because the Coalition's polling was in recovery mode but the new Prime Minister was still in a polling honeymoon period it was a matter of waiting for things to settle down to get a feeling for how competitive the Coalition really was.

On my aggregate, the recovery from a post-coup low of 43.9% peaked at 46.7% after seven weeks, and since then things have been getting worse rather than better.  Furthermore, since the defeat in Wentworth, they have been getting worse faster, at least if this week's shocker Newspoll is anything to go by.  The Coalition's current position is worse than at any time with Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, and also worse than all but the worst few weeks under Tony Abbott.



We haven't had much national polling data since the last roundup article.  The government's last three Newspolls had 2PP votes of 47, 46 and 45.  By last-election preferences after considering the primary votes I aggregated these as 46, 45.4 and 44.3 (Newspoll adjusts for a shift in the preferencing behaviour of One Nation voters since the 2016 election).  Essential has returned 47, 47 and 46, which I converted to 47.2, 47.1 and 45.6, and there was a lone Ipsos at 45, which I entered as 45.1.

Since the change at the top, the average Newspoll 2PP for the government has been 45.3 while the average from Essential has been 46.3.  This is even though Newspoll's preferencing method should on average make Newspoll about 0.9 points better for the Coalition than Essential is.  It is pretty common for dramatic events to produce shifts in how the house effects of different polls relate to each other (for instance, when Turnbull first became Prime Minister, Morgan polls shifted from being Labor-friendly to Coalition-friendly compa...

20:38

MACKAY Charge dropped: Million-dollar laundering case falls flat "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 14, 2018 at 01:11PM ,

Charge dropped: Million-dollar laundering case falls flat

November 14, 2018 at 01:11PM ,

PROSECUTORS have dropped a charge levelled against an elderly Mackay man who had been accused of laundering about $1 million as part of an

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20:38

MACKAY Menacing phone calls, texts land Mackay miner in court "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

Menacing phone calls, texts land Mackay miner in court

November 14, 2018 at 06:26AM ,

BOMBARDING a woman with menacing phone calls and texts during a fiery feud between two families has not ended well for a miner from South

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10:35

The Bridge Projects and the Arts & Industry Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

How to Build Bridges Symposium 10 am 6 pm Friday 23 November The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport The Bridge (the play) Wednesday 21Saturday 24 November The Substation, 1 Market Street Newport

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Wednesday, 14 November

14:53

Wages growth hits 3-year high "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Gradual pick-up

It's a steady improvement for wages growth, then, with growth moving up to +2.3 per cent, the highest level in 3 years.

Public sector wages growth of +2.47 per cent is still tracking better than the private sector at +2.14 per cent, mind you...although that gap has narrowed just a tad. 


The picture including bonuses was a shade brighter, with private sector wages including bonuses up by +2.8 per cent.

As anticipated, the recovery is being led by Victoria, with wages growth now up by +2 per cent, while New South Wales wasn't too far behind at +2.4 per cent, and Tasmania did a little better still at +2.6 per cent. 

The resources jurisdictions are still dragging for now, however I do expect this is also set to change


The strongest gains were seen in the healthcare and social assistance sector...

Tuesday, 13 November

19:15

Musings on a wedding, a funeral, and another road trip. "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

About a month ago, I was woken up at the crack of dawn by my mobile phone ringing. this cant be good news I figured. It was my darling wife who informed me I had to be at Hobart airport by mid-day, shed booked me on a flight to Brisbane that was scheduled to leave at 1PM. her mother, she informed me, was probably going to die that day, or some time very soon, and I was needed for moral support, among other things.

Obviously, I staggered out of bed, packed my bags, forced breakfast down, and cleaned up my mess at the building site.

I had originally been booked a week or more later to attend a wedding, and everything was now up in the air literally as I sat in one of those amazing aluminium tubes that can fly you thousands of kilometres in the blink of an eye lid, thanks to those irreplaceable fossil fuels..

It was warm and sunny when I left Tassie, and pouring rain and cold when I arived in Brisbane. I had planned for this, carrying a raincoat on board. My son picked me up in Brisbane and drove me through peak hour traffic to Caloundra where my mother in law Bettywas going to spend her last three days before calmly passing away, unconscious, I think. It was a lot like turning the ignition off a very old and tired motorcar that had simply reached the end of the road..

At 94, darling old Betty, who has been the kindest and most generous mother in law one could have wished...

12:47

Lowest vacancies since early 2014 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Rentals tighten

It's still early days, but the first indications that the dramatic clampdown on lending to investors is leading to tightening rental markets are surfacing.

Nationally the vacancy rate for residential properties fell to just 2 per cent in October, the lowest level in more than 4 years, according to SQM Research. 

Since many apartments were bought off the plan in Sydney and Melbourne many of the most impacted markets will initially include the smaller capital cities and regional centres. 

While Sydney's vacancies remained at 2.8 per cent or ~19,450 rentals in October, Hobart has crashed to just 0.3 per cent or 78 rentals, which is a full blown rental crisis playing out in real time.

Canberra isn't too far behind on that curve, declining from 2 per cent in 2014 to just 0.6 per cent, with vacancies declining again to 387 rental properties (remember many prominent commentators said that land tax 'in theory' would have no impact on the ACT rental market):


Interestingly, now many commentators are saying that the proposed negative gearing changes will have 'no impact' on rental markets too...but that's a whole other story. 

Adel...

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