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Tuesday, 21 August


Peter Dutton 'knocks off' Ipswich Mayor's hooker "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of tomorrow's Courier Mail! The Ipswich Mayor''s alleged liaison would normally be a big front page lead. Not now in Queensland!


THE LIST. Who voted for whom in Round One of the Turnbull water torture. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The list as revealed to a Fairfax prophet in a cave near Canberra. TURNBULL (48 votes) Malcolm Turnbull Craig Laundy Ken Wyatt Paul Fletcher Dan Tehan Kelly ODwyer Christian Porter Julie Bishop Scott Morrison Mitch Fifield Christopher Pyne Mathias Cormann Marise Payne Simon Birmingham Michaelia Cash Josh Frydenberg Alex Hawke...


South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are planning a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe at Xmas to create a short dance video to include the 12 local language groups we will be meeting along the way similar to this. PM if you are interested !

The attached spreadsheet is the main planning tool.
Dates are not yet fixed in stone but I will be there from mid December to mid January, others will be joining and leaving at various stages.
In the spreadsheet you will see the 2 maps of the provisional route.
The worksheet Africa calculates distances and rough dates when we will be in each place.
The worksheet Summary calculates costs you can either enter the dates you will be there or the countries you wish to visit and the costs will be calculated.
Options include #of people and vehicle type (the Landy is more expensive but carries 5 people).
There are a few projects planned by various parties on the Expedition, which we are still trying to crystallise into a plan!
In no particular order :
Exploring the ancient megaliths and sound resonance technologies with Michael Tellinger
Creating a short dance video to include the 12 local language groups we will be meeting
Trying to visit as many safari parks as possible, experimenting with the Expedition Drone to find wild animals !

Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!

It would be amazing to have you  along !


Texas firefighters get cancer, not workers compensation "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Firefighters & firefighter families recall colleagues & loved ones lost to Occupational Cancer

It has been said that firefighters have 2 families. The one at home, and the one at the firehouse. Although these families differ in many ways, they both suffer the same grief when their colleague or family member is lost to occupational cancer.

This video was produced by the Boston Fire Department with the support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the need for proper protective gear for firefighters. Studies have proven that firefighters are exposed to cancer causing carcinogens when engaged in firefighting operations, and further studies have shown that cancer rates in firefighters are significantly higher than that of the general public as a result of this exposure.

This video was presented as part of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts 41st Biennial Convention in June 2015.

By Todd Denton in the USA:

Texas firefighters denied workers compensation for cancer

21 August 2018

More than 90 percent of Texas firefighters have been denied workers compensation for cancer treatments and missed time at work, according to a report released earlier this year by the Texas Department of Insurance.

Despite the passage of legislation in 2005 that was supposed to guarantee firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) health care and paid sick leave, these workerswho have an annual mean wage of $53,480 and a starting salary of just $27,500face financial ruin even as they fight for their lives.

More than a decade ago the Texas legislature voted unanimously to grant a presumption of cause to firefighters and EMTs,...


Here Comes the Avalanche, Part 4: Cathi Morgans Research "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newborns (photo

by Cathi Morgan

Editors note: This intriguing article was previously published on Cathi Morgans blog, which contains superb research:

The Roots of Mass Programming

Post World War One, many measures were put in place in the UK to control the population, one such project was to ensure the controlability of each individual by traumatising them at birth and disrupting the mother-child bonding process.

Pavlov was a scientist using dogs to explore conditioning in Russia and his techniques were applied to humans. Specifically, they were used to set up the Communist school system (Watt) to indoctrinate all future Russian citizens. Pavlov noted that in humans, trauma results in personality fragmentation.

Subsequent intensive research in the West revealed that this would massively enhance susceptibility to mind control techniques using television and other tools of social...


Concetta's Letta "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'll leave you with a little Giacomo Puccino, Maria Callas sings O Mio Babbino Caro


Julian Hill MP quotes Shakespeare for country members "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sadly this highlight missed the cameras today. Marvellous to see a little wit returning to the chamber. Yesterday we brought you news of Christopher Pyne's Duchessing at Hamlet. Good to know that Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition was on the ball, perhaps reading our website. This is Labor's Julian HILL, the...


Businessman killedin seaplane crash leaves 41m to Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oxfam is to receive a 41m legacy from a businessman who was killed with his family in a seaplane crash in Australia, it has been reported.


#KIDSOFFNAURU appeal to Australian government "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group of about 30 NGOs has called for Australia to move refugee and asylum-seeker children from the island of Nauru, after the Australian Medical Association demanded action.


Ice Age Farmer Report: 'Seismic' geopolitical changes as Ring of Fire explodes in activity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Powerful seismic activity around the Ring of Fire, as Russia offers 2.5mil acres to China for growing soybeans. What a nice gesture..? Meanwhile, New Zealand is trying to keep China (and others) OUT of their farmland. Temps have dropped but the drought in East Australia persists - it's big news, and has kids emptying their piggy banks to feed cattle. Christian breaks it down. Sources


Australia abandons emissions targets agreed at Paris climate change conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

Embattled Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned plans to set a new emissions reduction target, following a revolt by MPs in his own government amid a potential leadership challenge. Mr Turnbull's signature energy policy - the National Energy Guarantee - contained a pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 per cent, based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. But after rebel Liberal Party MPs led by former prime minister Tony Abbott threatened to vote against the legislation - which would have triggered a crisis of confidence in Mr Turnbull - the PM decided to back down.


Americans Are as Spacey as Ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

The white race and I mean Israeli, Iberian, Slovak, Anglo-Saxon, Caucasian, and the lot of us is crazy. We do not need Susan Sontag to declare the white race as cancer on the world to ramify the point, since its been more than 50 years since she declared:

If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far. The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al., dont redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it aloneits ideologies and inventionswhich eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.

The zenith of this insanity, of course, encompasses the world leaders of all those European nations, the UK, Australia, that demented cabal in Tel Aviv, the amazing daft of Americanos, and the entire lot who works the wormhole of destruction and continuing hollowing out with that soft shoe power of money, might and ethos that states we dont need no stinking ethics . . . and we kill the world at will.

Im working daily with homeless veterans, and the reality of what it means to have Trump or Clinton or Bernie or any of them in the leeching single party of Demons-RepubliRats running the show is that its a prostitutes game of the highest order: homeless with property debts, evictions, miles and miles of contracts to pay back worthless schooling (degrees), mental health not being treated, crimes invented and prosecuted against them, endless toil in lines of bureaucracy, the trauma of substance abuse and then sobriety, the end game of just wanting to get a cheap house to call home to fortify against the constant chatter of the money launderers and repo men.

Reality is Americans in large part are broken, man, and their progeny are a hop, skip and a jump from disability classification, as each new birth is a crap-shoot of this or that physiological, genetic and mental impingement. Debilitating and lifelong scarlet letters of Double D-B-C-E at birth stitched on their Triple X sleeveless Budweiser T-shirts.

Disabled/Debt-ridden, Broken/Blank-Bankrupted, and Crippled/Corrupted, Epigenetic/ER-prone, at birth, as the psychological torturers bring to us more and more hormone-disrupting, DNA-warping, mental-draining and spiritual-tapping goods and services that have shackled us to a sy...


No Recovery For Crypto Markets as Altcoins Dump Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

FOMO Moments

Markets are receding again; EOS and Tezos falling, Iota and Lisk staying afloat.

In a pattern we have witnessed countless times this year the market rally could not be sustained and cryptos have dumped again. Red dominates the boards this morning as total market capitalization wipes out the last few days gains and drops back below $215 billion.

Bitcoin has remained stable and has not dropped with the rest of the altcoins. It is still trading at $6,470, the same level it has been at for the past couple of days. Consequently BTC market dominance has crept up again to 52.6% as its brethren suffers. Ethereum has been kicked again dropping 3.6% back to $285, its lowest level for almost a year.

The altcoins are all in the red with EOS taking the biggest hit in the top ten dropping 5% back to $4.90. Stellar and Cardano are also losing over 4% on the day and the rest between 2 and 3 percent. Further down the chart at the top twenty only Iota is in the green at the moment with a 1.7% gain to $0.528 which is still massively down over the year.

After its pump yesterday Tezos is dumping 13% today dropping the coin back to $1.35. Dash and Neo are also dropping back 4% as gains go out of the window once again. The rest of the top twenty is declining 1-3% at the time of writing. This pattern is repeated down to the top thirty coins with only Lisk showing a gain. LSK is up 2.5% to $3.92 which is also very low for this altcoin which topped $30 just seven months ago.

Newcomer to the top one hundred, Eternal Token, is pumping at the moment, up 28%. Power Ledger is also doing well climbing 6% on a listing on Australias BTC Markets exchange. On the red end of the scale is Veritaseum dumping 14% with Bitcoin Private and Kucoin Shares not far behind.

Total crypto market capitalization has fallen back after almost a week of gains from its 2018 low last Tuesday. With $212 billion markets have shed 1.8% over the past 24 hours, trade volume has remained low at $12 billion indicating that there is more of this to come.

Nothing seems to be able to give the markets the lift they need at the moment, there have be no hacks or negative news prompting the plunge. Any good news is having a negligible impact on the whole ecosystem, just the odd pump and dump for individual altcoins. The 2018 down trend...


Life expectancy declines in USA, Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: British Medical Journal

By Kate Randall in the USA:

Studies: US life expectancy drops as mortality rises among younger adults

21 August 2018

While most high-income countries experienced a drop in life expectancy in 2015 for the first time in decades, only the United States and the United Kingdom saw that disturbing trend continue into 2016.

The recent declines in American life expectancy are due in part, but not exclusively, to drug overdoses, suicides and alcoholism. Deaths among middle-aged Americans over the past decade and a half were also attributed to heart, lung and other organ diseases, as well as to mental and behavioral disorders.

These were the findings of two studies published last week in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). The continuing decline in US life expectancyand the increase in mortality among younger adults and across all ethnic groupspoints to systemic social causes driving this crisis.

The first study, by sociologists Jessica Ho of the University of Southern California and Arun Hendi of Princeton University, examined trends in life expectancy across 18 so-called high-income countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the US and the UK.

The study focused on 2014 to 2016, because previous research has shown life expectancy dropping significantly between those years. Ho and Hendi found that 14 of the countries experienced declines in life expectancy for both men and women from 2014 to 2015. Only Australia, Japan, Denmark and Norway did not.

The decline in life-expectancy was generally attributable to an unusually severe influenza season in 20142015. Leading causes of non-US deaths in this period included influenza and pneumonia, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers disease, as well as mental and nervous system disorders. Most of these deaths occurred in the over-65 population.

But while many of the co...


Taiwan says China out of control as it loses El Salvador to Beijing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Taiwan vowed on Tuesday to fight Chinas increasingly out of control behavior after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third country to switch allegiances to China this year.

Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 countries worldwide, many of them small, less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, including Belize and Nauru.

Speaking in Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure, describing El Salvadors decision as further evidence of Chinas efforts to squeeze the island, which have included regular Chinese bomber patrols around Taiwan.

We will turn to countries with similar values to fight together against Chinas increasingly out-of-control international behavior, Tsai said.

Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters earlier that Taipei was not willing to engage in money competition with its giant neighbor.

He said El Salvador had been continuously asking for massive funding support since last year for a port development, but Taiwan was unable to assist with the unsuitable project after assessment.

Pressure from China would only make Taiwan more determined to continue our path of democracy and freedom, he said.


Chinas rude and unreasonable behavior will certainly have negative impact to cross-strait relations. This is also not how a responsible country should behave.

Beijing considers Taiwan to be a wayward province of one China, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

In Beijing, the Chinese governments top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said El Salvador had made the right decision.

Wang Yi

Im confident that the people of El Salvador will feel the warmth and friendship of the Chinese people and derive tangible benefits from its cooperation with China, Wang told reporters alongside his El Salvador counterpart, Carlos Castaneda, shortly after the pair signed an agreement establishing ties.

El Salvadors president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had...


FixedIt: Hes not accused of raping a suburb or an outfit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Telegraph reported that the 32 year old man charged with kidnapping and raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself multiple times to another girl, 11 years old.

The court must determine his guilt or innocence, this commentary is only about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

The media has a long history of sensationalising crime, particularly sexual crimes. A recent review of research on media reporting of violence against women found sensationalist reporting of sexual crimes was common. When white men are charged with sexual violence against women or children they dont know (and therefore cannot be vilified by race) they are turned into monsters. They are clearly segregated from normal men and stranger danger myths are significantly over inflated to again make clear that men who commit these crimes are deviant monsters, not the bloke who lives next door or plays in your footy team on weekends.

Nicknames for rapists are a common means of dehumanising the victim, the perpetrator and the crime.

In this case the alleged victims are not even mentioned in the headline, theyre replaced by the name of a suburb and the style of clothing the accused man was wearing during the alleged rape. Theyre children and should not be invisible in this process.

The perpetrator has the right to the presumption of innocence but the public has a right to a clear understanding of the charges against him. He was not accused of raping a suburb or an outfit. He was accused of raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself to an 11 year old. Those basic details of the charges against him belong in the headline.

There is a reason headlines matter so much.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive...


People in government committing the Commonwealth offence of tampering with mail "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the help of this invention called social media on the government carriageway called the internet, the general population have been able to share information at blistering speeds, something the colonialists would never have dreamed of during the early days of this penal colony.

While during the early days of the internet, people may have written to various government departments for example, inquiring as to whether the Bill of Rights is valid in whichever state they live in, this information remained with the authors and maybe few others. 

Today this information can be shared all around the world instantaneously. 

As a result of this quick information sharing, this has led to other people asking questions that people in government do not want to answer, keeping in mind that the people in government are there to represent their constituents.

We have obtained documentation that the people within the doors of the business we call the Parliament of Victoria (ABN: 57 505 521 939) are tampering with Australia Post with regards to receiving letters that contain questions that they do not wish to answer.

Keep in mind that some of the better government information is the documentation that they do no want the general population to see. 



Refugee Activists statement - SHOCKED evil DUTTON replaced by evil MORRISON "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well, there's one upside! Media Release - 21.08.18 - updated Morrisons Return Shocks Refugee Activists Key Refugee and Anti Racism Activists have reacted strongly to the news that draconian Dutton has been replaced as Minister by his predecessor Scott Morrison. Grassroots refugee activists have commented on Morrisons ascendance to Home...


Full text of Shorten's speech on the handover of the prime ministership "IndyWatch Feed National"

I move that this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister. Today it is clear that we have a Prime Minister in name only. He is a Prime Minister without power, he is a Prime Minister without policies. He has scraped home at the last election with no authority...


Bill Shorten giving a rousing speech - hard to disagree with what he's saying - he's been made by Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't disagree with much of what Shorten's said. He was given a second life by Turnbull. And he used it. Shorten wouldn't be in his job, let alone the parliament, it Abbott had stayed in place. This is all down to Turnbull. Now Turnbull is saying what he should...


Saving history from the Ramsay Centres warriors "IndyWatch Feed National"

How did we end up here? Where the well-funded public defenders of our embattled civilisation put so much energy into the culture wars and so little into the culture? Where the defenders of free thought want to send operatives in to run health checks on free academics? The Ramsay Centre debacle has been almost too tiresome to even engage with: the usual battle lines, the familiar sense of righteous paranoia, that same elite anti-elitism.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


FixedIt: Invisible alleged perpetrator on invisible attempted murder charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

MYGC reported on a man who was charged with attempted murder, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, break and enter dwelling, inflict grievous bodily harm, and two counts of common assault. His ex partner is in hospital with life threatening head injuries.

This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a court. This is about how the charges against him are (or are not) described..

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you w...


Readying Knives: The Mortality of Australian Prime Ministers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease.  Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them.  Prime Ministers are merely the icing, to be whipped off and replaced on going stale.  Little wonder that the Australian politician can never be permitted to be an authentic representative, ever hostage to sentiment and the astrological deceptions of polling.

This conditioning is so total it has even bewitched the journalistic classes, who have also done their best to feed the complex of the short-term prime minister.  Twenty-four hour news tends to do that.  A veteran ABC journalist let it slip on Monday morning that the elections were about the party strategists, the politicians and the polls. It was easy in such an assessment to avoid the Australian voter, whose relevance has declined as the influence of party brokers has risen.

A canon of politics is that support expressed with fervent enthusiasm in the public domain is bound to reverse behind closed doors.  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has the firm support of numerous members of his front bench, expressed publicly.  This is exactly why he should be worried. Such enthusiasm could be lethal.

Even potential challenger, the one-dimensional oafish Peter Dutton of the Home Affairs portfolio, has claimed Turnbull has his support, though he has left a tantalising morsel for political observers.  If my position changes that is, it gets to a point where I cant accept what the government is proposing or I dont agree then the Westminster system is very clear: you resign your commission, you dont serve in the cabinet.

Finance minister Matthias Cormann has attempted to adopt the nothing to see here approach while giving the Canberra press gallery every reason to presume that something is afoot.  He claims to have heard no talk about conservatives pressing Dutton to mount a challenge to Turnbull.  This, despite four 5.30 morning walks with Dutton, a fellow hardline conservative with whom he keeps on good terms with.  To Sky News, he claimed that, We are both very committed to the success of the Turnbull government and to wining the next election.

Turnbull had done himself no favours.  He remains weak but more to the point, has appeared to be weak.  He took his party to the last federal election and received a thumping which imperiled his majority.  He has been unsuccessful holding the sniping conservatives within his ranks at bay while embarking on an obsessive campaign to wound the opposition leader, Bill Shorten.  The latter aspect of this strategy failed to materialise in the last round of by-elections which saw no Coalition gains, notably in the Queensland seat of Longman.  As Queensland promi...


Malcolm Turnbull survives Peter Dutton leadership challenge for now "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The home affairs minister resigned and went to the backbench after winning 35 votes to Turnbulls 48 in leadership spill Politics live, Guardian here Morrisons Return Rocks Refugee Activists Facebook Ministry of Satire: Duttons early years and background ...


More great news on the Gillard/Wilson/Thiess slush fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine and I will make a joint announcement about a major development in the GILLARD matter in the next few days, after receiving a letter from WA Police today. More to come.


Here Comes the Avalanche, Part 3: South Africa Cant Get Out of This One "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bird Island off the coast of South Africa

by Dee McLachlan

This is a story of suicides, murder and a pedophilia ring.

In South Africa, I had a good friend in high school whose father was a member of parliament, John Wiley. In the 1980s, that man committed suicide, and it was a shock for everyone. I never heard the reason or whether it was really a suicide. Amazingly the story now comes out pedophiles in high places, and disposable children, just as in the UK.

We have been running the Avalanche series at GumshoeNews with a main focus on Australia. I shall now change the planned order of art...


Turnbull is one SUV away from losing his job "IndyWatch Feed National"

One 7-seater SUV. Get on the phones Dutto. Some analysis from reader Alan RM Jones on his Facebook site Alan RM Jones Perspective: Julia Gillard won her first challenge from Kevin Rudd 7131 (69.6%) was defeated in the second. Bob Hawke won his first ballot 66-44 (60.0%) was...


7 Liberal MPs save Turnbull from being dumped as PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull called the spill declaring his position vacant this morning. He and Dutton nominated. Turnbull - 48 votes Dutton - 35 votes Perennial bridesmaid Julie Bishop was - as is now Liberal Party tradition - unchallenged. It will only take 7 MPs to wake up to themselves and Turnbull's place...


Spill! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

It's on! Turnbull vs Dutton.  Unfortunately because they are already in the party room, we don't get the wonderful drama of retinues of supporters walking the corridors behind their leader and so on.

Turnbull has defeated Dutton 48-35 but generally a margin that small is not sufficient to ward off a future challenge, which in this case could well happen soon.

Julie Bishop has been retained unopposed as Deputy Leader.

It is worth bearing in mind that with the exception of Malcolm Fraser (who was unsuccessfully challenged by Andrew Peacock) no Prime Minister who has faced a spill has remained in the job til the next election.  (Fraser lost).  Other PMs who have been challenged have all failed to make it to the next election: Gorton, Hawke, Rudd, Gillard and Abbott.  In four of these five cases it took two goes to get rid of the incumbent (it is little-known that Gorton was unsuccessfully challenged after winning the 1969 election with a disappointing margin). 


Pope vows no more cover ups on sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pope Francis greets two children at a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces in St. Peters Square in 2016. Photo EPA/Giorgio Onorati

VATICAN CITY, RAW Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out this culture of death and vowing there would be no more cover ups.

In a highly personal letter addressed to the people of God, Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart.

The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors. Numerous surveys have pointed to plummeting confidence in the Church in those countries and elsewhere.

In his letter, the pope referred to the suffering endured by minors due to sexual abuse at the hands of a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

The Vatican said it was the first time a pope had written to all of the worlds some 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Past letters on sexual abuse scandals have been addressed to bishops and faithful of individual countries.

We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death, he said.

Quoting a Gospel passage that says If one member suffers, all suffer together, Francis added:

(Those words) forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realising the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them...


Turnbull survives leadership challenge for now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime minister (for now) Malcolm Turnbull. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA, AAP Malcolm Turnbull has defeated home affairs minister Peter Dutton in a leadership ballot, but the danger isnt over yet for the prime minister.

Mr Dutton has resigned from the cabinet, leaving Mr Turnbull to consider a ministerial reshuffle.

But some Liberal MPs believe Mr Duttons failed challenge was only the start, and there could be another leadership ballot later this week.

Party whip Nola Marino said confirmed Mr Turnbull won 48 votes to 35 for Mr Dutton.

He thanked his colleagues for their support, Ms Marino said.

Julie Bishop retained the deputy leadership.

After Mr Turnbull called the spill, Mr Dutton put his hand up to challenge.

Despite Mr Turnbulls capitulation to energy policy rebels in his ranks, the threat to his leadership did not dissipate.

What we want to know is, where are this prime ministers convictions? Mr Abbott told the ABC outside Parliament House on Monday night.

Nationals MP Damian Drum has had a gutful of the former prime ministers interventions.

He vowed that he wouldnt be a wrecker, Mr Drum told reporters.

Thats exactly what hes been a wrecker, and he needs to get out of the joint.

Backers of likely leadership challenger Peter Dutton, the conservatives standard-bearer, insist his support levels are building rapidly.

But Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne says Mr Dutton told him the prime minister has his absolute support.

Im certain he is telling the truth, he told the Nine Network.

Mr Pyne described his Liberal colleagues stoking leadership tensions as cowards.

I think the public would react very negatively to another change of leadership without them having a vote.

A report in The Australian suggests Mr Turnbull has lost confidence of nine Liberal cabinet ministers half of the Liberal contingent and Mr Dutton could mov...


PERTH Woman to face child sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman to face child sex charges .

August 20, 2018 at 10:22AM .

She is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. If you are or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have information about .




Dvds: Secret History Of Australia Available "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is an ancient land, with plenty of mystery and unexplained phenomena. Many thousands of years before any other civilisation came into being, Australia was inhabited by people who managed their ecosystem with an efficiency and harmony unmatched to this day. It is suggested that this physical harmony with nature was a reflection of their greater understanding of our multidimensional reality, and of the practical knowledge that can be derived. Nexus

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Stand with Wangan and Jagalingou to defend country "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following statement was made by Adrian Burragubba, Murrawah Johnson and Linda Bobongie, for the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council, after the Federal Court ruled against Native title rights and opened the way to hand traditional land over to private interests like Adani, who seeking to expand operations in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

Adani engineered it, the primary judge has now approved it though we have instructed our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court and the Government chose not to side with us. They refused to accept our decisions and interfered in our business. We are being subjugated.

This ruling says its legal to have our ancient law and culture, and our ongoing Tribal rights to land, merely voted away by a group of people who do not hold the cultural sovereignty to our Country. Australian lawyers and Native Title bureaucrats provide the paperwork for an act of betrayal.

We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Can you help by contacting one of these key decision-makers and telling them not to extinguish our native title before weve had the chance to appeal?

Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not...


Researchers Suggest Manuka Honey May End Up Being Able To Kill More Bacteria Than Antibiotics "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those who do not know, Manuka honey is a special kind of honey. While there are tons of fakes on the market, once you find it, you will be glad you did.

Manuka honeys benefits have been well documented throughout the years and it has proven to be quite effective for a number of things. It has intense antibacterial properties and tastes fantastic as well. Manuka honey is found in New Zealand and Australia. It is derived from bees that feed on the manuka bush.

Research from around 2008 found that its healing properties were due to something known as methylglyoxal (MGO) which is a byproduct of the bees honey production in itself. To make this even better they also noted some Manuka honey actually contains over one hundred times more MGO than other kinds of honey.

Researchers published a body of work back in 2010 that proved further how beneficial this amazing honey could be when they actually put it to the test. This study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases and found that the honey itself was able to kill every pathogen or bacteria they introduced it to/tested it on. Also important to note is that none of these pathogens or diseases were able to build up immunity which is something we are battling with antibiotics in current times.

The abstract for this study goes as follows:

Clinical use of honey in the topical treatment of wounds has increased in Europe and North America since licensed wound care products became available in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Honey-resistant bacteria have not been isolated from wounds, but there is a need to investigate whether honey has the potential to select for honey resistance. Two cultures of bacteria from reference collections (Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 10017 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853) and four cultures isolated from wounds (Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. epidermidis) were exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of manuka honey in continuous and stepwise training experiments to determine whether the susceptibility to honey diminished. Reduced susceptibilities to manuka honey in the test organisms during long-term stepwise resistance training were found, but these changes were not permanent and honey-resistant mutants were not detected. The risk of bacteria acquiring resistance to honey will be low if high concentrations are maintained clinically.



More than just engineering, science and money ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Earlier this year I visited an area in the Grand Canyon where a development akin to our own kunanyi/Mt Wellington cable car proposal was being debated Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrine Public Say on Planning Tasmania is at a crossroads, its environment and way of life under unprecedented threat from big development interests lured here by the Liberals open for business mantra and willingness to keep Tasmanians in the dark. The return of Parliament coincides with both the Hobart City Councils decision on the cable car tonight and the Town Hall meeting about the proposed Cambria Green development, and the future of Tasmanias East Coast tomorrow


Promoters of cashless welfare card really want to cut benefits "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The National Party has called for every Australian under 35 on a parenting payment or Newstart should receive a cashless welfare card.

It came up at the party Federal National Council on Saturday. Those proposing the extended application of the card, suggested that people receiving these payments were spending too much money on drugs and alcohol.

Besides this being a blatant act of profiling, which suggests that that anyone on these payments is an undeserving malingerer.

The rational used to trial the Cashless Welfare Card is being used as an argument to extent it across Australia, and has immediately been championed by News Corp.

Just because it came up at the Nationals Federal Council, does not mean that it is automatically government policy. This is another item to the wish list, deliberately setting out to test the waters. If there is not a strong enough counter reaction, it is just a matter of time before it does become official policy.

Suggestions are being made that the trials in Kalgoorlie, East Kimberley and Ceduna have been successful. They have been. in terms of creating greater inequality and making the provision of necessities more expensive, because the cards can only be used in designated shops and this prevents holders from shopping around for better prices.They have been successful, if the goal is to ensure those in the trials wear the stigma. They have not been successful in lifting standards of living and creating a path to self-respect and creating work for those who need it.

The essence of what is being put by the supporters of the Cashless Welfare Card is that people do not have the right to an acceptable standard of living, if they do not have a job. Government payments are a form of charity paid by those who are better off, who should not be expected to foot the bill. This is the ugly and selfish side of our society. Few of those who take it up sing the same tune when it happens to them.

When they push this line of reasoning, the supporters of the card show that this is not about overcoming bad behaviour, but about cutting social security payments. Nor do they have anything to say about the generous tax loopholes for the wealthy and the corporate tax evasion industry. This is a case of double standards, if there ever was one.

Ours should be a caring society, where we look out for one another and give a helping hand to those less fortunate for ourselves.

Past generations fought hard to put into place the right of each one of us to have a decent lif...


NATION: Dutton circles Turnbull sensing blood in the water "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Fifty years ago Australia was a cohesive, predominantly Anglo-Celtic nation. Most people thought of themselves as Christian of some sort, although most of us didnt go to church all that often. Everyone, from the cleaners to the captains of industry, had a shared vision of who we were as a people and our place in the world. They did? In 1968 when anti-Vietnam demos were at their height here? A year of seismic social and political change around the world? A time when single, aged and invalid pensioners were grateful to get another whole dollar rise to fourteen dollars a week? When a quarter of the population lived on less than $58 per week? Bear with Fraser; nostalgia isnt what it used to be. Behind him, Tory Cory Bernardi nods agreement. Corys part of a tinpot Oz-Tea Party troika with Fantasy-fabulist Anning and deluded David Leyonhjelm. They have a lot in common. We want stronger families, limited government, lower taxes ... we want to re-install personal responsibilities front and centre of public life, Bernardi claims. Seriously? Is this code for Leyonhjelms slut-shaming, now the subject of a defamation case in which, as he admits, he told Sarah Hanson-Young that she should stop shagging men? In the topsy-turvy, inside-out and back-to-front world of our upper house of mirrors, reality is bent, shrunk and stretched while ignorance, bigotry and even crypto-fascism, defy government tax-cut theory to trickle up. And up Guardian Oz: Government dives in the polls as leadership speculation swirls Crikey Worm: Bitter Spill The Age repors that supporters of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton say he is leaning toward challenging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the top job, believing the government is now in an unwinnable position. On Sunday, Turnbull held a dinner with party colleagues to stave-off a leadership challenge. However, The Courier Mail ($) is reporting that Dutton only arrived to the crisis talks post-dinner. The Australian ($) reports that a number of MPs spoke with Dutton at the weekend to pledge their support if he were to challenge Turnbull. In light of the speculation, a Fairfax-Ipsos poll has the Coalition trailing the opposition 45 to 55 on a two-party preferred basis ABC: Faith in Australian governments falls amid corruption concerns Trust and confidence in all levels of Australian government is continuing to slide as calls intensify for the establishment a national anti-corruption agency Guardian Live: Bill Shorten calls Turnbull a white flag prime minister Malcolm Turnbull PM says Dutton gave him absolute support. Leadership speculation Coalition dives in the polls. Comment:  MPs must set aside ideologies in climate endgame SMH: Leadership twist as report claims Peter Dutton could be ineligible to sit in Parliament Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton may be ineligible to sit in Parliament due to his familys financial interests in the Commonwealth, according to an explosive repo...


I am not a Woman - Transsexuals and Transgender Women Speak Out "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This article is Part 3 in the series Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights Debate Today, the dominant discourse in the transgender rights debate insists that transgender women are women.  It is not uncommon to hear the argument that, because they are women, their biology is female and it is transphobic to suggest they are biological males. The term lady penis is often used to describe their genitalia, without a trace of intellectual embarrassment, by trans rights activists and others who style themselves as trans allies EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Silencing and Censorship in the Trans Rights debate (1) Silencing and Cencorship in the Trans Rights debate (2)


Future of the East Coast in focus Hobart public meeting "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In response to an unprecedented wave of development pressure and calling for a strategic and consultative approach to planning the future of the East Coast, fifteen community groups are hosting a public meeting to raise their concerns and seek leadership from all levels of Government ABC: Development proposals on Tasmanias east coast alarm community groups


Mount Wellington cable car backers vow to push on after Council land setback "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Mount Wellington cable car proponents are vowing to push on, after the Hobart City Council voted to deny the controversial proposal access to council-owned public land


Prof Robert Jensen: There Clearly Is No Decent Human Future Possible in Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the silence of Western media and governments regarding the massacre of the people of Yemen by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the strategic ally of the US ?


We were warned about climate change in 1912 ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

We were warned about Climate Change in 1912


You could soon spend 10 years in Australian jail if you don't hand over your phone passcode to authorities "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Australian bill introduces some of the toughest legislation anywhere in the world for refusing to hand over personal data, while other Western countries are scrambling for their own solutions. Existing legislation already allows for imprisonment for up to two years for failing to give investigators access when serious crime is involved, but the new Assistance and Access bill, which has gone out for public consultation, before being voted on later on this year, raises the punishment to 10 years. The Department of Home Affairs says the document is seeking a "reasonable and proportionate response" to such violations.


Humankind Is Rapidly Exiting Its Safe Zone, New Climate Report Finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Offering a stark warning to the world, a new report out Monday argues that the reticence of the worlds scientific communitytrapped in otherwise healthy habits of caution and due diligenceto downplay the potentially irreversible and cataclysmic impacts of climate change is itself a threat that should no longer be tolerated if humanity is to be motivated to make the rapid and far-reaching transition away from fossil fuels and other emissions-generating industries.

In the new reporttitled What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk (pdf)authors David Splatt and Ian Dunlop, researchers with the National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough), an independent think tank based in Australia, argue that the existential threats posed by the climate crisis have still not penetrated the collective psyche of humanity and that world leaders, even those demanding aggressive action, have not shown the kind of urgency or imagination that the scale of the pending catastrophe presents.

While the report states that a fast, emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change, it bemoans the fact that this solution continues to be excluded from the global policy debate because it is considered by the powerful as too disruptive. However, the paper argues, it is precisely this lack of imagination and political will that could doom humanitys future.

As Splatt and Dunlop summarize at Renew Economy, their paper analyzes why:

  • Human-induced climate change is an existential risk to human civilisation: an adverse outcome that will either annihilate intelligent life or permanently and drastically curtail its potential, unless dramatic action is taken.
  • The bulk of climate research has tended to underplay these risks, and exhibited a preference for conservative projections and scholarly reticence.
  • IPCC reports tend toward reticence and caution, erring on the side of least drama, and downplaying the more extreme and more damaging outcomes, and are now becoming dangerously misleading with the acceleration of climate impacts globally.
  • Why this is a particular concern with potential climatic tipping points, the passing of critical thresholds which result in step changes in the climate system. Under-reporting on these issues is contributing to the failure of imagination in our understanding of, and response to, climate change.

Climate change is now reaching the end-game, reads the forward to the report by Hans Joachim Schellnhu...

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Poll Roundup: Here We Go Again? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 52.8 to Labor (+1.2 since last week) by last election preferences
52.2 to Labor with One Nation adjustment
Labor would comfortably win election held "right now"

That escalated quickly ...
Last night's Ipsos poll has produced a big blowout in my polling aggregate, wiping out all the Coalition's gains since June. However, Labor had already made modest gains in the wake of the Super Saturday results even before that.

Normally I put out a Poll Roundup every second Newspoll.  Last week's Newspoll had some points well worthy of comment so I was considering bringing this one forward (but got distracted by another issue).  Now with this extreme Ipsos result hitting the stands, I think it's worthwhile going one week early - especially with the noises being made in media and a feeling about that leadership problems could blow up into a challenge quickly.  Whether or not that happens, at the least we have another round of serious leadership speculation, and even if the Ipsos was twaddle it will probably turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Events have developed quickly, with the PM shelving emissions targets in the National Energy Guarantee on Monday followed by news of possible Section 44 issues for Peter Dutton, which it seems the Dutton backers are intent on ignoring.  As I write the word is that Dutton backers think they have enough support and are deciding whether to go right away or wait until September.  In the past these things have often come to a head very quickly.

This all started with the Coalition's defeats in the Super Saturday by-elections, and especially the woeful primary vote result in Longman.   Had expectations on the right about the by-election results been more cautious, these results would by now have been a humdrum footnote in electoral history, and the Longman disaster would have been mostly written off as caused by candidate factors.  But because Liberal hopes of a victory in Longman and/or Braddon were boosted so high, especially by far-too-credulous reporting of unreliable and close electorate polling, the result has been seen as a disaster....


Pope on Sex Abuse: We Showed No Care for the Little Ones "IndyWatch Feed National"

VATICAN CITYPope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.

Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives, Francis wrote. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.

The Vatican issued the three-page letter ahead of Francis trip this weekend to Ireland, a once staunchly Roman Catholic country where the churchs credibility has been devastated by years of revelations that priests raped and molested children with impunity and their superiors covered up for them.

Priestly sex abuse was always expected to dominate the trip, but the issue has taken on new gravity following revelations in the U.S. that one of Francis trusted cardinals, the retired archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused and harassed minors as well as adult seminarians.

In addition, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania last week reported that at least 1,000 children were victims of some 300 priests over the past 70 years, and that generations of bishops failed repeatedly to take measures to protect their flock or punish the rapists.

In the letter, which was issued in seven languages, Francis referred to the Pennsylvania report, acknowledged that no effort to beg forgiveness of the victims will be sufficient but vowed never again.

He said, looking to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.

Francis didnt, however, provide any indication of what concrete measures he is prepared to take to sanction those bishops in the U.S. and beyond who covered up for sexually abusive priests.

Francis several years ago scrapped a proposed Vatican tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops, and he has refused to act on credible reports from around the world of bishops who have failed to report abusers to police or otherwise botched handling cases, and yet remain in office.

Francis also has kept on his nine-member kitchen cabinet a Chilean cardinal long accused of covering up for pedophiles, a...


Senator (fmr General) Jim Molan receives his briefings from Turnbull via "media reports" "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have never encountered so pathetic a leader as Turnbull. But bad leaders cannot operate without weak followers. Jim Molan is not a weak man. But he's keeping very, very bad company. Too many of our Canberra crew have succumbed to the "Disunity is Death" mantra. The Labor Party lives...


Did you hear the one about Waleed Aly being retained by the AFL to consult on rule changes??? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It'd be hilarious if it was just a joke. Don't get me wrong - it's a joke. But it's not just a joke. It's also real. The AFL has actually done it. TV host Waleed Aly has been hand-picked by the AFL to consult on proposed rule changes: >>


New Partnership Enables Automatic Bill Payments Using Bitcoin in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians wishing to pay their bills in cryptocurrencies do not have to be held back by the fact that their utility or service provider is stuck with traditional methods of payment. This follows the formation of a partnership between two financial technology firms, cryptocurrency exchange Cointree and automated billing platform Gobbill, allowing the payment of

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In Papers Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals Its Either Lying Or Incompetent "IndyWatch Feed National"

Special Counsel Robert Muellers office filed a sentencing memorandum Friday in its pending criminal case against George Papadopoulos, the former Donald Trump campaign advisor who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Muellers team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos criminal offense in the sentencing memorandum and suggested Papadopoulos lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission that proves the FBI is either incompetent, or incompetent at lying.

Lets Run Through the Context First

Before we get to why, a quick refresher. In early March 2016, Papadopoulos learned he would serve as a foreign policy advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Later that month, Papadopoulos met a professor while traveling in Italy, Joseph Mifsud.

According to court filings, Mifsud seemed uninterested in him until after Papadopoulos told the professor he was joining Trumps campaign team, at which point Mifsud took a great interest in Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos stated in the same filing that in late April, Mifsud, after purportedly returning from a trip to Moscow, told him the Russians had obtained dirt on then-candidate Clinton.

Papadopoulos reportedly repeated that claim to an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, in May over drinks in a London bar. Then, following the WikiLeaks release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, to investigate any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

From text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, we know one of the first things the FBI did after officially launching the probe into the Trump campaign was send Strzok and another trusted agent to London. Strzoks texts reveal he arrived in London on August 1 and flew back to the District of Columbia on August 3, following at least one meeting and several interviews, bringing with him a slew of documents.

Two-plus months later, the DOJ filed its first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for a court order to wiretap a different Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. (The DOJ recently released heavily redacted copies of the applications.) The FISA court issued its first surveillance order in October 2016, with renewals approved in early January, early...


China says will keep pouring money into Pacific nations amid a mounting debt problem in the region "IndyWatch Feed National"

China will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, Chinas Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.

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Tongas prime minister on Friday backed down on calls for Pacific island nations to collectively lobby China to forgive their debts, after a source said China had complained about the plan.
Tonga is one of eight island nations in the South Pacific carrying significant debt to China, and had started building support to press China to cancel repayments.
Pacific nations were due to discuss the plan at a forum of regional leaders scheduled to be held in the tiny island nation of Nauru early next month, Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva told Reuters on Thursday.

Phiva said in a statement on Friday that after further reflection he believed the forum was not the proper platform to discuss Chinese debt, and that Pacific nations should each find their own solutions.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he noted Phivas statement of clarification and his positive appraisal of ties with China.

I would like to stress that China and Tonga are strategic partners of mutual respect and common development, Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China will continue to provide support and assistance to Tonga and other Pacific island countries in achieving sustainable development to the best of its ability, he added, without elaborating.

A recent Reuters analysis of the financial books of South Pacific island nations showed Chinas lending programs had gone from almost zero to more than $1.3 billion outstanding in a decade.

The debt burden of small economies with little earning power has stoked fears the region could fall into financial distress and become more susceptible to diplomatic pressure from China.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel




One Step at a Time: Trekking Kokoda at Age 15 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.

The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.

Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.

The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.

If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.

I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.

Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.

At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown.



Doors Slam Shut for China Deals Around the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tighter rules for CFIUS are echoed in great scrutiny from Europe to Australia.

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Ant Financials Alipay: Rolling in Japan, but MoneyGram was off limits.

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Nisha Gopalan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and banking. She previously worked for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones as an editor and a reporter.

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Doors are slamming shut in the developed world not just to Chinese investment in technology but potentially to a wave of acquisitions with a tech element, as diverse as smart heaters and robotic lawnmowers.

President Donald Trump last week signed an update to legislation for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. that broad...


SYRIA: The Emerging Reality of the U.S Coalition Regime Change War On the Ground Reporting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life and food return to Douma after liberation by SAA from Saudi-backed, UK-promoted Jaish Al Islam terrorists. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

David Macilwain
21st Century Wire

The withdrawal of US coalition support for rebels in Syria, portrayed as a failure to achieve noble and humanitarian goals by Western governments and media, should rather be seen as an admission of guilt. The rescuing of violent militants and White Helmets from Southern Syria by Israeli forces actually marked the failure of the covert project to forcibly replace Syrias legitimate government with one of NATOs choice, regardless of the democratic will and lives of the Syrian people.

Before we can ask what if? about the war on Syria, as Ramesh Thakur does in The Strategist, republished here on P&I, we need to understand what actually happened during the Western-sponsored seven-year long assault on the Syrian state, as seen from the perspective of those on the receiving end of this attack. Now that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are finally prevailing in their defence of the country and its citizens, it is also time for Western commentators to stop repeating the same vapid accusations against the Syrian President, and instead start making accusations against their own mis-leaders.

Rather it appears that many in the West are entrenching their opposition to the Syrian government at the same time as millions of Syrians are confirming their support for it, and the armies that have fought off their enemies chosen alternative.

Ramesh Thakurs partisan view on the Syrian civil war and the benign nature of the Wests intimate involvement in it is evidently shared by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and one would imagine by many of those in public office who act on its advice. The same innocence could not be assumed for ASPI sponsors, defence contractors Lockheed Martin and Thales who profit from that advice, nor presumably for Australian Intelligen...


$23 Billion: Blockchain Pivot to Bring Big Savings for Australias Biggest Stock Exchange "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has disclosed that millions of dollars in savings could be generated by Australian firms once the exchange migrates from the existing Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) to a blockchain technology-based platform. Currently, it is estimated that the average fee that large investors are charged for clearing and settlement services

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New Sustainable Australia election policies video "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Sustainable Australia Party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide Australians: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.
Related policies feature in the video.

Why vote for Sustainable Australia?

In short, our party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide us: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.

We've featured these four issues in our new video:

We need your help

One of the unique selling points of our party is a genuine sustainable population policy. First and foremost, rapid population growth is an environmental problem, but it also impacts on our ability to achieve secure jobs, affordable housing and better planning.

For example, without slowing population growth, desperately needed housing affordability policies around taxation, bank lending practices and overseas buyers are negated by continued rapid growth in domestic demand.

Mainstream media

Unfortunately, when it comes to the mainstream media, our voice is drowned out by the extremes - pro-big Australia and anti-immigration forces. For a combination of commercial and ideological reasons, perhaps the mainstream media wants it that way.

Despite a series of uncontested pro-big Australia articles and opinion pieces in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, none of these publications will print an evidence-based opinion piece I offered rejecting big Australia on environmental and infrastructure grounds.

Getting around mainstream media barriers in order to reach voters is one reason why it is so important that you watch and share our latest video.

We need rational voices to rise above intolerant ones. The alternative is even more polarised political discourse. Suppression of moderate voices simply drives people into the arms of extreme parties.

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Please share our video via social media (Facebook, Twitter, online forums, etc).

Can you also forward it on to relevant family and friends?

Thanks for any help you can give.




What its like being poor in Australias crazy housing bubble "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most of the debate about housing is framed around the recent realisation that younger middle class people are now worried they may not be able to afford to buy their own houses, shock horror! Contrasted with this view is the story of what the poor (who have never had access to the property market) are faring.

This picture of me at a hackfest from a few years ago shows no sign of the difficulties I was (and still am) experiencing trying to make a living for myself after decades spent raising and educating a special needs child. I spent the weekend hacking for free for Random Hacks of Kindness in Sydneys swish Commonwealth Bank offices. At the time I had temporarily rented someones laundry. The room was still being used as a laundry, unfortunately, with people from the flat wandering in and out at will to do their washing while I tried to sleep, work or relax.

Random Hacks of Kindness team working on open data site for Ocius Chief Exec Robert Dane


Unless youre unlucky enough to be really struggling with housing you may not be aware of the ways the housing market is straining to deal with record demands now placed on it. You may think this picture below is some kind of joke but its just the extreme end of the overcrowding and exploitation of vulnerable renters that is is going on nation-wide.

The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre maintains a list of what it calls low cost housing, that is, properties that rent for under $250 a week or 100% of what Newstart recipients receive. One day when Im rich enough, I hope to be able to afford their low cost housing options!

For cheaper accommodations, a quick search on Gumtree shows a large number...


Julie Bishop anoints Wyatt Roy for Lib Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Where Are They Now files. Julie - Wyatt will be PM. Monday, 04 July 2016 This is a rare document from the dawn of the Innovation Age, circa September 2015. Wyatt Roy's qualifications seem to arise from knocking back Bundie and Cokes at Harbourside Mansion. Here's the Courier...


Christopher Pyne just updated his Register of Interests with tickets to Hamlet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although an undisclosed source suggested he's more your spirit on Prospero's island type. Ariel in fact! PS - I bow to our readers vastly superior knowledge of the Shakespearean oeuvre - this from CK OK! " Ariel is Prospero's eyes and ears throughout the play, using his magical abilities to...


The Middle East: Russian Grain Exports are on the Rise "IndyWatch Feed National"


The hype surrounding the unprecedented sanctions levelled against Moscow for its alleged involvement in the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury has once again highlighted the importance of diversifying Russias external economic and commercial ties.

The Russian Federations trade dynamics in the Middle Eastern region are, therefore, noteworthy in these conditions. In 2017, its foreign trade turnover increased three times on account of its food sector. For example, almost half of the wheat purchased by Egypt, a highly populous Arabic country, comes from Russia. In 2017, the nation imported $1.4 billion worth of Russian wheat.

The same year, Russias foreign trade volumes to other countries such as Syria, Sudan, Kuwait and Tunisia rose two-fold, and trade with Saudi Arabia increased three times. The quantity of Russian food products sold to the United Arab Emirates soared by 150 percent, 80 % of these supplies are accounted for by grain.

Local media outlets have been reporting on these numbers under headlines such as Wheat is Russias weapon in the Middle East and Africa, Russias growing influence on Middle Eastern wheat markets, etc.

This contrasts with the situation of not too long ago. In 1970s and 1980s, when cooperation levels between the Soviet Union and Arabic nations were at their peak, Moscow could not meet its partners demands for grain. Russia itself bought increasing volumes of grain from Australia and Canada, which depleted its foreign reserves.

But the dependence of Arabic nations on food purchases, first and foremost on those of grain, from Western countries limited their freedom to act. For instance, at that time, three out of four pieces of flatbread in Egypt were baked using the flour supplied by the US at subsidized rates. This was used as a means of influencing Cairos policies in Cold War times.

At that time, the term food security entered the political lingo in the region. Fearing blackmail in this regard, Arabs proposed an initiative to turn Sudan, with its vast uncultivated lands and abundant precipitation, into a food basket for the region, with participation of the Persian Gulf nations. But this plan never came to fruition for various reasons.

In the last decades, Saudi Arabia produced enough wheat to meet its own demands, bu...


The Watchers News Brief: August 18 and 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more


Deputy PM (blub, blub, blub, blub, blub) says today marks an achievement "IndyWatch Feed National"

PS - I think Mr Finger On Nose guy in the freeze frame gets it!


Exhibiting solidarity: on art and workers rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

The strength of State of the Union lies in its multifaceted representation of the labour movement with consideration to gender, immigration and globalisation. In the current post-Brexit post-Trump climate, where these issues are often polarised against the white working class, this exhibition highlights instances where theyve aligned.


Road safety and community consultation in WeHo "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Here are some notes from the latest West Hobart Residents' Traffic Committee meeting, this last Wednesday.  It was a small meeting, but we heard from Angela Moore, the Council's Manager, Traffic Engineering, and also from Louisa Gordon, our newly appointed Community Engagement Advisor - Strategic. 

Hill Street Pedestrian Improvement Project
This is about halfway through.  The roadworks to make safer pedestrian crossing points at Cavell Street and Alison Street are complete, bar the painting of traffic and bike lane markings.  The crossing point at Petty Street is half built, and works have started on the new wider bus stand at Hamilton Street.  After those, the raised pedestrian crossing (the wombat crossing) at the pharmacy will be built, in conjunction with some maintenance roadworks to improve the whole roundabout roadspace.

Cate Sumner reiterated the urgency of creating safer walking conditions for kids getting to and from Lansdowne Crescent school.  Angela advised that there is a single work crew which is steadily working through the list of improvements.  The current completion date is expected to be about October (2018!).

Di Elliffe asked for confirmation that the green painted bikelanes will be extended through the kerb bulb/median island crossing points, so that drivers are reminded that riders are entitled to ride safely through those pinchpoints.  As this diagram below shows, there is ample room for a 1.5m painted bikelane (sadly, in the dooring zone) along Hill Street, and for a 1m painted bikelane through the pedestrian crossing points (sadly, even more exposed to fast moving vehicles).

Paul Turvey asked for clarification about the new style of bus stop which will be built at Hamilton Street.  Angela confirmed that it will be a deep stand, extending to the edge of the traffic lane.  Buses will stop in the traffic lane to set down and pick up passengers.  It will be interesting to see this in action.

Several other street surfaces and footpaths were mentioned as needing improvement. These included Arthur Street and Newdegate Street.

Retail Precinct Upgrades
Lenah Valley is almost complete.  Next on the list is NewTown - these works are scheduled for the second quarte...


An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. "IndyWatch Feed National"

An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. 

The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.

This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.



The ABC and Australian law enforcement agencies will have this man's blood on their hands "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've seen their ABC commit some low acts in their push to "legitimise" refugees and show that "refugees" come from all walks of life. Their bullshit about RAN sailors torturing illegal boat people springs to mind, along with countless stories promoting the purported suffering of Manus Island and Nauru detainees....


MACKAY Assault charge follows head-butt at licensed venue, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Police allege cocaine, cash, weapon parts found in mans car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Here Comes the Avalanche, Part 2: Say No to Cute Side-stepping by the Press "IndyWatch Feed National"

Andrew McIntyre (Ch7)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Some men are shy. Some men are weak.  Some men are strong. Some men are fearless.

Meet South Australian Andrew McIntyre fearless.

As we will see, Andrew, who is now 64, has tried exhaustively to tell anyone who would listen that he knows who killed the Beaumont children, and why. The jig is now up.  His story can be denied no more.

By the greatest of luck thank you, Parliament; thank you, Letters Patent from the Queen Australia has had four-years worth of hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. That commission was a priceless exercise.  Its main result is that THE HABIT OF LYING IS EXPOSED.

I hereby declare it is no longer possible to use platitudes, spin, gobbledygook and other means of hiding fact...


Solar hot water cash splash for Victorians "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Victorian government is sponsoring households to take up solar hot water. File photo

MELBOURNE, AAP Victorians who swap their old hot water system for a solar one can get a $1,000 rebate under a $60 million program.

The 10-year program starts immediately, premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday at solar hot water manufacturer Rinnai at Braeside.

It follows on from his Sunday announcement that a re-elected Labor government would pay for 650,000 homes to get solar panels under a $1.24 billion plan where owner-occupiers would repay half the cost through their bill savings.

Were putting solar panels and hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills, Mr Andrews said in a statement.

The government predicts the systems will save households between $160 to $400 a year in electricity bills.

The rebate is available to households with a combined income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued up to $3 million.

Houses can take part in the half price solar panels program or the $1,000 hot water rebate, but not both.

The rebate has been created so houses who cannot get solar panels because of roof design or shade can still get a reduction in energy bills, the government says.

The post Solar hot water cash splash for Victorians appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Debarking Dead Trees, Shelter Roofing, Cordage Material & Bush Tucker B... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debarked standing tree using a steel hatchet. This could have been done by a white woodsman or an Aboriginal.


Federal election guide finalised "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

For those who havent already noticed, I wanted to let you know that the guide to the next federal election is now finished and up on the website in total.

The guide includes profiles of all 151 House of Representatives races, and all eight Senate contests.

You can use these links to see a full list of lower house links:

Or you can use this map to navigate to any seat of interest. Click on the seat and a pop-up box will appear, including a link to the guide.

And here are links to the eight Senate contests:

Please let me know if there are any errors by commenting on the relevant post or by filling out the contact form on the front page of the guide. I will make some small changes as the election gets closer, and will occasionally do updates of candidate lists.

Meanwhile I am now posting one seat per day for the Victorian state election.


Why the food movement is unstoppable! "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?

Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.

Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.

The post Why the food movement is unstoppable! appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.


Malcolm Turnbulls NEG change is not good enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The governments debacle over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been described in some quarters as an example of the prime ministers inept leadership. If only it was so simple.

Malcolm Turnbulls headache exists because the factions most intent on absolute market liberalisation and big brother style politics, not only continue to have a stranglehold on the Liberal and National parties. They are tightening it.

As their captive and the resulting internal battle, the government is once again caught in a paralysis, where policy transforms into  inaction.  The most reactionary elements within the parties and fitting.

Although he is part of it, this is not just a Tony Abbott thing.

Speculation about the continuing survival of the prime minister as leader has risen again. His enemies are showing that they might be prepared to cross the floor and vote down the NEG. Through their opposition to the latest modest change, shifting the control over the emissions target  from the policy to the minister, they have hung out Malcolm Turnbulls essential weakness for all to see. He is plating into their hands. The reactionaries  are also announcing  a determination to keep on being the champions of the fossil fuel industry.

At the very least, the way he has handled the affair, has ensured that Malcolm Turnbull has made his own contribution to the governments instability. He is a dead man walking.

There is no room for sentimentality in this vision. Government provision of welfare and other services that even out opportunities to an extent, have no place in this, and must be done away with  as far as possible.

They see their rivals in the Liberal and National parties as a barrier against achieving this,  and standing for unwarranted government interference in what should be a free cho...


The Rise Of The Far-Right Demands An Urgent Progressive Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over. 

Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy. 

The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975.  The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.

Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes. 

But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished. 

Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come? 

Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy. 

Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country. 

In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address....


From a Harbourside Mansion - Turnbull's blog on energy & Abbott "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...


Punters guide to Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

I first published this piece in May 2016. I think it's important today as the Liberal Party looks to the future. The punters guide to Malcolm Turnbull's form in leading the nation Sunday, 01 May 2016 A few days ago I was chatting with a good mate who talks a...


As The Turnbull Govt Implodes, Its Still Making Policy. Its Just Really, Really Bad Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

With talk this morning of a possible leadership challenge to the Prime Minister by Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, Ben Eltham reviews what landed the coalition in trouble in the first place.  

Covering federal politics is never the most uplifting of tasks, but the past month has been something else again. 

The dog days of winter have revealed a splintering Australian polity and an alarming resurgence of overt racism, a Liberal government that has all but exhausted any claim to the moniker of liberal, policy stasis bordering on dereliction of national duty, and a rightwards drift of conservative thought that should concern all thinking Australians, especially those who identify as conservatives.

I could talk about the racism about the neo-Nazi on national television, or the Senator flourishing a reference to the Final Solution in a maiden speech and in an accompanying article, I will.

But in this article, I want to talk about policy, because there seems to be less and less media coverage of the substance of policy these days. Thats a problem, obviously, because policy is important. Policy is the sum of the things that the government is doing, in many cases to ordinary citizens. 

Despite all outward indications, the Turnbull government is still actually making policy. 

My Health Debacle

A good example is the My Health Record debacle. Health Minister Greg Hunt is presiding over the wholesale digitisation of Australias health records, against all the advice of IT security and privacy policy experts, and with blithe disregard for the manifest dysfunction and policy mendacity revealed by the systems disastrous roll out.

Health Minister Greg Hunt. (IMAGE: Thom Mitchell, New Matilda).

Explaining the My Health Record disaster in detail would require a Senate Inquiry,...


Sugar in mints feed bacteria that rot teeth and lead to bad breath, doctors say "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sugar in mints feed bacteria that rot teeth and lead to bad breath, doctors say

(Natural News) Chewing mints may not be the solution to your bad breath. It can actually make it worse. This claim was made by Australian-based dentist James Buchan...


Cardinal blames LGBTQ people for clerical child abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

1000+ Reports Of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Priests In PA | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

15 August 2018

A bombshell Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania reveals a shocking level of abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by Shaun Dougherty, a Catholic sexual abuse survivor, and Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing six victims from this Pennsylvania case to discuss this two-year long investigation and the churchs efforts to cover up the crimes.

Translated from (right-wing) Dutch daily De Telegraaf today:

Abuse in Roman Catholic Church: gays are guilty

Boston American cardinal Raymond Burke believes that the homosexuals are mainly tp blame for abuse by clergy.

The cardinal said this in an interview with the president of the Christian organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The conversation took place after it became known that thousands of children in the USA had been abused for years by some three hundred priests in the state of Pennsylvania.

According to him, the church is not to blame for the abuse, but it is acts that are...


Labor commits to 45% emissions reduction & Turnbull wants to do a deal with them "IndyWatch Feed National"

It takes exquisitely well developed ineptitude to be losing to this.


Senator Bridget McKenzie (Nationals) speaks out IN FAVOUR OF Paris agreement "IndyWatch Feed National"

This country is stuffed. .@senbmckenzie on the Paris Agreement: We made an international commitment and its one that wont affect our economy or jobs. It was a sound decision at the time and I havent reversed my perspective on that. MORE: #SpeersonSunday Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August...


NYTimes columnist "Angela Merkel free world's leader, Trump probably wants people rounded up and killed" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Michelle Goldberg - MSNBC put her on the television to tell us Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world and President Trump would probably like to round people up and have them killed. One of her recent NY Time columns was headed: The Pragmatic Left Is...


The Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal traditions describe the complex motions of planets, the 'wandering stars' of the sky "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.


Al Sharpton lectures Trump after Aretha - Show some R E S P I C T "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Paraguay politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lets consider Paraguay, a country that has traditionally been dominated by two parties, the Colorados and the Liberals.  Ill make up a hypothetical set of facts, and you tell me the most plausible way to interpret this imaginary scenario:

1.  Manuel Suarez of the Colorado Party is elected president.

2.  Almost all Liberals view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

3.  The leading Colorado intellectuals and pundits view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

4.  Roughly 80% of former leaders of the Colorado party (who are now retired from politics) view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

5.  Roughly 10% of current Colorado politicians criticize Suarez as if he were a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

6.  In private, most Colorado politicians view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue, even while supporting him publicly in order to please their constituents.

7.  Most Colorado voters do not view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.  These voters support Suarez on virtually all issues, regardless of whether his views represent traditional Colorado positions.

Suppose you were a French, Australian or Egyptian political scientist, examining the political situation in Paraguay.  You have no emotional tie to either the Colorados or the Liberals.  You are examining the situation as dispassionately as one might study an ant farm.  Which hypothesis would you regard as most plausible:

A.  Suarez is a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.

B.  Suarez is not a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.  Rather hes very much misunderstood by the elites in Asuncion, of both parties, who follow him most closely.  Only his cult-like following among ordinary voters of one political party see him for what he is.

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PS.  AP had a good piece on how GOP politicians view the Trump cult.  I almost broke out laughing when I read the concluding paragraph:

The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows, the former Ohio GOP chairman said. When it does end, its the job of a lot of us to make sure that the party is still populated by goo...

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Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender We need to know the sex. If its a girl we are going to terminate it "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sonographs often used to determine sex of baby so the girls can be killed

It is a moment burned into the memory of a veteran sonographer.

A number of years ago, the sonographer was asked by a couple at their scan around 12 weeks to tell them the gender of their developing baby.

They said something along the lines of We need to know the sex, because if its a girl we are going to terminate it, they said.

You have to deal with things like terminal cancer and miscarriages when youre working as a sonographer. But this occasion, it still sickens me to this day.

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Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender

New Australian research, revealed this month, has indicted that a group of parents could be aborting female babies because of a preference for sons. Its led to questions over whether it is necessary to provide parents with early information about the sex of their fetuses.

Already, many obstetricians and sonographers dont routinely provide gender information at the 12-week scan when people can still readily access abortion, largely because its not always accurate and there is rarely any medical purpose. Yet there is an unwillingness to follow in the path of China and India, where abortion of female foetuses is a well-identified problem, and there are bans on early gender reveals.

Advances in science and technology mean Australians are now able to find out the sex of their baby from as early as 10 weeks, via a blood test that also screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. Others may find out their babys sex during an ultrasound around the 12-week mark.

While ultrasound providers have different protocols on whether they reveal the gender of the baby at the first scan, its the stance of the Australasian Sonographers Association that they should play no part in the debate around gender selection.

The associations chief executive, Jodie Long, said if the sonographer was confident in being able to identify the gender, then they would provide that information if asked.

What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine, she said



Wind &Other doing 3.5% of demand "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

6.30 am UPDATE 3.5% of demand. The price well over $200 everywhere but Tasmania.
9am update, sun up and 5%. Just as well there was more wind around for dinner last night!

The dashboard. Yes I know it changes all the time.

Last night at 5.30. A cold snap, a lot of heaters turned up and dinner on the stove.

Wind and Other doing less than 8% of demand! Renewables LOL.


Great Barrier Reef Politics "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Australias environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent.  It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace.  When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism.  Few typify this more than Labors environment minister Senator Graham Richardsons efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests.  To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green at least for a bit.

The Great Barrier Reef has not been exempt from the political tussles of a troubled environmental conscience.  Its monumental size, and its status as an ecological wonder meant little in the late 1960s, when the appetite for development mattered most.  In 1967, it seemed to be facing imminent destruction, another casualty of a predatory mining industry keen for new conquests.  The state of Queensland had elected a National Party government hungry to exploit the environments wares.

As local tour operator Alistair Pike explained to the ABC, We had a fairly full-on development oriented government and mate, if they couldnt drill it, mine it, chop it down or whatever, they really didnt want to know about it.  It took characters such as that feted rat bag of an activist, rogue of action and Mission Beach artist John Bsst to bring angered but focused attention on threats to bulldoze Ellison Reef.  An impeccably connected person, he had the ear of Australian prime minister and fellow diver Harold Holt.  A cast of characters were duly mobilised: the CSIRO forester Len Webb, and president of the Queensland Wildlife Society Judith Wright became enthusiastic and un-phased recruits.

In the Australian environmental conscience, this gorgeously freakish wonder of ecology has been seen in isolation, its problems a local provenance and interest rather than a global phenomenon of ailing.  As the earth continues is warming push, earthbound, and very terrestrially unimaginative politicians have been attempting to treat the Reefs woes as separately resolvable from the broader challenges of climate change.

Little wonder, then, that a problem viewed in such limited terms could be duly remedied by donations without tender, lump sum payments without review.  Narrowly viewed problems tend to lead to narrowly devised solutions.  Such was the nature of the Turnbull governments $...


Smoke and mirror madness ... Forestry burns legal, yet backyard BBQs could be censured "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Just when you think our bumbling bureaucrats cant lose the plot any deeper, some public service cuckoo comes up with the loony idea to curb urban smoke. Thats right, unbelievable as it sounds, excessive smoke emissions from the backyard barbeque may soon become a punishable infringement !


The National Picture: overwhelming reminder of wilful gaps in Australias history "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Symbolically named for a Duterrau painting that has long been missing, exhibition in Canberra interrogates the stories we havent told

Saturday, 18 August


The glass very full "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On HODL...

A double-shot Friday, with speeches from both Reserve Bank Governor Lowe and Assistant Governor Luci Ellis.

Lowe's speech effectively confirmed that the inflation target is asymmetric.

Although 'committed' to the 2 to 3 per cent inflation target, the next move in interest rates will be up, he noted, even though inflation is yet again set to fall below the target.

As energy and fuel price pressures ease the rate of inflation will likely drop over the second half of the year.

That's good to the extent that it eases pressure on household budgets, of course.

But, in the spirit of Mr. Micawber, it is hoped that eventually inflation will pick up again.

Amazon might have something to say about that as retail price deflation again rears its head.

Rates on hold

Whether you agree or otherwise, at least it's been made clear: the cash rate is going to be set at 1.5 per cent for a long time!

Probably a very long time.

Lowe also delivered an interesting interpretation of housing credit dynamics, noting that the slowing of the housing market had reduced demand for credit by investors, in doing so citing low mortgage rates as evidence that the reduced supply of credit has not been the main story.

The plural of anecdote is not data, but that's not quite the feedback we've been getting from mortgage brokers. 

Semantics, maybe, given the reflexive nature of such things.

Luci on lags

Assistant Governor Ellis also presented an interesting speech on lags, showing how the unemployment rate has been improving (if not very much for the long term unemployed).

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