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Wednesday, 12 September

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New AUSTRAC boss Nicole Rose shocked by 'depth and breadth' of money laundering "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's financial intelligence czar Nicole Rose says she is shocked at the depth of money laundering in the economy involving organised crime, child exploitation and drug importation. "I thought coming from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that I had a pretty good handle on serious and organised crime," she [said]. "I didn't appreciate the depth and breadth of involvement with private entities and banks. I didn't appreciate how many industries it does actually touch. There's a misperception that money laundering is a victimless white collar crime. It has a massive impact on everyday life whether that's child exploitation, serious and organised crime or drug importation. It all involves money laundering." A career public servant specialising in anti-terrorism strategy, Ms Rose was appointed chief executive of the Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) in November last year. Ms Rose, a former deputy head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, inherited AUSTRAC's high stakes case against the Commonwealth Bank which is fighting almost 54,000 allegations that it broke anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. While not commenting directly on the CBA case, Ms Rose said she was confident that all Australian banks are now aware of the money laundering risk. However, Ms Rose was uncertain when the $10,000 reporting threshold on cash transactions would be extended from financial institutions to other high-risk sectors.

Note: Explore an eye-opening article by Fiona Barnett, which claims the Watergate break in's real purpose was steal a list of high level political pedophiles from both parties. As reported in this Sydney Morning Herald article, Ms. Barnett testified to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on being a victim of a high level pedophile ring. More on this is available in this article from the UK's Daily Mail.

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Tuesday, 11 September

22:56

ABC News story on what happens when you hold in a fart. Seriously. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.

21:57

5 cops killed in US - unreported on ABC - it's only news when a white cop kills a black "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Thompon has today made a second complaint to the ABC about its bias in reporting killings involving police in the US. He has a very good point. Since Bill's first complaint a few weeks ago, at least 5 police officers have been killed on duty in the US by...

19:56

Parents are opting-out of classroom technology amid privacy concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Technology has become a staple of modern education. Source: Time.

READ MORE AT TOTT NEWS 

Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schoo...

19:45

ITNJ: Fiona Barnett Exposes CIA MK-ULTRA, Human Trafficking, Bohemian Grove Child Hunting, and Australian Ministers and Justices Addicted to Pedophilia and Murderous Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Full description below the fold.

Published at https://commission.itnj.org/2018/09/0 Chosen for her particular bloodline, high cognitive abilities and physical prowess, Fiona was a perfect subject for MK ULTRA mind control programming, which took place in numerous universities and underground facilities both in Australia and abroad. Other nightmarish crimes perpetrated upon her throughout her childhood include ritual abuse, torture, the witness of torture and murder, being dressed as a teddy bear whilst hunted for sport at the annual camp at The Bohemian Grove. Fiona Barnetts testimony provides a very clear and detailed picture of global child trafficking, which, she explains, is run as a single coordinated operation through the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian Intelligence Services. In her testimony, she interweaves her personal account with a vast research-knowledge of the history, practices and interconnection between intel-agency child trafficking, Luciferianism, ritual abuse, and MK ULTRA mind control, all of which she witnessed and suffered at the hands of. Fiona was eventually able to escape the cult and has since made numerous attempts to have her perpetrators brought to justice. Her story has been publicly derided and she has been prevented from leading any semblance of a normal life. Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJs Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 7th July, 2018, before Chief Justice, Dr. John Walsh of Brannagh, His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, ITNJ Commissioner Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Reverend Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard. Through its Judicial Commission of Inquiry the ITNJ is performing a prime function for the global exposure and illumination of ongoing human atrocities by creating a seminal platform for exposure whilst allowing natural justice to emerge. Volunteer Donate Act https://www.itnj.org

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16:51

Google to use your credit card data in a secret deal to track ad sales "IndyWatch Feed National"

An article from 31 Aug 2018 by bloomberg.com of the headline:

Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales



For the past year, select Google advertisers have had access to a potent new tool to track whether the ads they ran online led to a sale at a physical store in the U.S. That insight came thanks in part to a stockpile of Mastercard transactions that Google paid for.

But most of the two billion Mastercard holders arent aware of this behind-the-scenes tracking. Thats because the companies never told the public about the arrangement.

Alphabet Inc.s Google and Mastercard Inc. brokered a business partnership during about four years of negotiations, according to four people with knowledge of the deal, three of whom worked on it directly. The alliance gave Google an unprecedented asset for measuring retail spending, part of the search giants strategy to fortify its primary business against onslaughts from Amazon.com Inc. and others.

But the deal, which has not been previously reported, could raise broader privacy concerns about how much consumer data technology companies like Google quietly absorb.

"People dont expect what they buy physically in a store to be linked to what they are buying online, said Christine Bannan, counsel with the advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). "Theres just far too much burden that companies place on consumers and not enough responsibility being taken by companies to inform users what theyre doing and what rights they have.

Google paid Mastercard millions of dollars for the data, according to two people who worked on the deal, and the companies discussed sharing a portion of the ad revenue, according to one of the people. The people asked not to be identified discussing private matters. A spokeswoman for Google said there is no revenue sharing agreement with its partners.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on the partnership with Mastercard, but addressed the ads tool. "Before we launched this beta product last year, we built a new, double-blind encryption technology that prevents both Google and our partners from viewing our respective users personally identifiable information, the company said in a statement. We do not have access to any personal information from our partners credit and debit cards, nor do we share any personal information with our partners. The company...

15:38

Defending racism in Australian media 101 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its almost as if Australian audiences wouldnt be able to identify who they are meant to be for or against if none of them were white

14:31

PERTH Dad faces WA court over family murders "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dad faces WA court over family murders .

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Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse accused of killing his wife and

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PERTH Man Appears In Court Over Bedford Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Appears In Court Over Bedford Murder .

September 10, 2018 at 04:45PM .

Anthony Robert Harvey appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse, accused of murdering the family on

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14:28

Dodgy Islamic school gets $19M in government funding restored "IndyWatch Feed National"

This mob has received more than $184m in federal and $45.5m in state funding since 2000. All of that money was handed to the "school" for the sole and exclusive purpose of running a school that teaches the Australian curriculum. But Malek Fahd school didn't spend our taxpayer money on...

14:16

ALP TPP-11 caucus decision deeply disappointing, say community organisations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 13, 2018: By deciding to endorse the TPP-11 implementing legislation, the majority in the ALP Caucus has made a decision contrary to their own policies, and has deeply disappointed many community organisations, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

AFTINET is a network of community organisations that advocates for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability. Forty-nine diverse community organisations including church, public health, union, environment, aid and development, womens and human rights organisations wrote to ALP parliamentarians showing that the TPP -11 has many provisions which are contrary to ALP policy. These include special rights for international corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a law or policy will harm their investment. This is known as ISDS. The TPP-11 puts restrictions on future governments regulation of essential services and allows increased numbers of vulnerable temporary workers without testing if local workers are available.

We are disappointed that this decision has been made before the report of a Senate Standing Committee Inquiry due on September 18, and before a Senate legislation inquiry due on October 10.

We expect that the TPP-11 implementing legislation will be introduced into the Senate after October 10, and we will continue to advocate that the majority in the Senate vote against it.

We welcome Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clares announcement that the ALP will implement more transparent and democratic processes for trade agreements if it wins government, and that it will prohibit ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements. However, this would not address these provisions in the TPP-11. Changes to the TPP-11 would require difficult negotiations once the deal is ratified, and it would have been more effective to delay implementation until such changes had been made, concluded Dr Ranald.

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13:56

Australia Gold Rush Heats Up After 2 Nuggets Worth $11 Million Found 4 Days Apart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. You might go your whole life and youll never see anything like it. Its definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. As a geologist, like []

13:50

Independent investigation exonerates Greens MP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exonerated: Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Photo David Lowe.

An independent investigation has cleared Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham of any wrongdoing after a complaint was lodged in May 2018 alleging inappropriate behaviour dating back to August 2011.

While saying he was glad the day has finally arrived, Mr Buckingham launched a broadside against the complainant, former Greens staffer Ella Buckland, and the ABC which he said aired her views without giving him the opportunity to rebut them.

The recommendation by the independent investigator at Workdynamic recommends, The Greens NSW resolve this matter with no adverse finding against you with respect to sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour towards Ms Buckland.

Ms Buckland made her allegations public on the ABCs 7:30 program before the confidential investigation had been finalised.

Jeremy Buckingham said it had been incredibly difficult and damaging to have these false allegations made public and used by certain people to try to destroy me.

Having false allegations aired on national television is incredibly distressing and a very serious breach of investigation process. Allegations of this nature should be handled confidentially and sensitively and not be used for a trial by media.

The politicisation and breach of confidentiality of these processes makes it less likely that people with genuine complaints will come forward.

If you abuse a complaints process then people lose faith in it, he said.

The people who politicise complaints for political gain should be ashamed. They trade important principles of justice for base political manoeuvring and for personal political advantage.

Mr Buckingham said he had lodged a comprehensive complaint against the ABC 7:30 program alleging extreme bias and multiple, serious breaches of the ABC Code of Practice and MEAA Code of Ethics.

I am pursing a number of civil actions to seek justice and restore my reputation.

Id like to thank everyone who did not...

13:35

Yes Burning Man Has Changed But It Still Fucking Rules "IndyWatch Feed National"

It doesnt seem like the beautiful chaos that is Burning Man blooming annually in a desert metropolis entrapped by shifting sandy hills and black rock mountains could ever diminish into the dust. After becoming Nevadas third largest city for one week, the city disappears without a single trace, just as immediately as it erects out of thin air.

For me, this years Burning Man was arguably the most magical week of my life. Some primary burners, however those who have been going since the festivals inception in 1986 have vowed to never to return.

One such person is London-born burner Alexa Bauer. Now in her 50s, she fundamentally disagrees with the direction the festival has taken, namely the influx of wealthy people who dont care about the ethos of the burn, the plethora of staged photoshoots and the ego flaunting from many of the punters.

I wont go back to Burning Man ever again, she says.

For people like Alexa, the diamond has become too smoothed and slippery to trust in the dust and settle their feet atop its surface again. It makes perfect sense that transformations within a community of 300 people that has grown to a city of 80,000 urbanites in the last 30 years might be off-putting to some of the earlier attendees.

According to Alexa, back in the day, bullets were sent soaring into the dead of night at drive-by shooting ranges, regardless of who or what might be standing behind the targets. People fucking under the moonlight without LED lights illuminating their bodies were run over by art cars galloping through the deep playa or empty desert. Nearing the new millennium, a staged explosion went haywire, sending a shock wave across the desert making the entire crowd hump the air while almost incinerating the city.

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13:25

MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:06

Brilliant summary of all that ails Australia - from Viv Forbes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Viv Forbes - this is a work of genius!! Politicians again show Real Genius. Back in the chaotic dying days of the Whitlam-Cairns-Connor government, Canberra was buzzing with Rex Connors grand plans for a national energy grid and gas pipelines linking the NW Shelf to the capital cities, all to...

12:40

Sector Funding Information and Training Sessions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 2 November 2018 - 9:30am

Later this year the State Government will introduce standardised contracts for all new Service Agreements and Grants to the not-for-profit sector. These contracts will apply to all not-for-profit funding and provide an easier-to-use template with standard terms and conditions across all departments and agencies.

12:27

FixedIt: renovations were not charged with murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported that a 21 year old man was charged with murdering a 73 year old woman in Townsville this week. He was also charged with burglary and wilful damage.

The man charged with murder is erased from the headline, even the fact of the murder is erased. Reading just the headlines you could easily assume the woman just died in a DIY accident. That was not the case. A man was charged with her murder.

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 w...

12:14

Patrick Bateman on Nauru? The bizarre prison travelogue of Roman Quaedvlieg "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former Commissioner of Australia Border Force, Roman Quaedvlieg, took time out of pouring petrol on the au pair scandal last week to pen his reflections on a far bigger scandal that is somehow not really a scandal at all. Initially self-published, then re-posted on Meanjin, Quaedvlieg wrote about a trip he took to Nauru in the second half of 2015.

12:00

Ethereum (ETH) Price Analysis: ICO Cashing out FUDs Impeding ETH Recovery "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 33 percent dip in the last week means Ethereum sellers are stepping on the gas pedal. There are many theories around this rapid decline with most associating this dump with ICOs losing their patience and cashing out. Others are pointing to the influence of Bitcoin and the correlation between the two while some are merging this with mining woes and how unprofitable it has become. Either way, ETH like the rest of the market is on a down trend and trading below $200 with sellers aiming for $150.

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Research has it that, in seven years time, cryptocurrency use would be a steadand we can see hints of that. Triggering this are events in Iran and Venezuela. There people are literally flocking to ETH, DASH and Bitcoin as a store of their life earnings in the face of run-away inflation and a melting economy. In numerous occasions, cryptocurrencies and individual coins as ETH were evidently bulwarks against government mismanagement and corruption. But, it could get better, more so when the coin become a main stay rather than a tool of speculation.

Backing this is a recent survey by SharePost showed that despite the market downturns, many are confident of a recovery and as the market bottoms, Australians are actually playing the contrarian card, loading coins which they believe would be much more valuable in years to come when they would be a stead in the global economy.

In fact with introduction of more stable coins as Gemini Dollar, which is backed one to one against the USD and overseen by the New York Department of Finance Service, their  creators are providing a lee way for investors to invest in crypto now that volatility has been contained. Gemini, an exchange by the Winklevoss Twins, allow users to deposit in USD and withdraw via their Ethereum based stable coin to an Ethereum address and vice versa. Whats unique about this new coin is that the smart contract has been certified to be secure and on a monthly basis, a publically certified auditing firm will run through the stable coin fiat account to ensure that pegging remains 1:1.

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10:59

A Toxic Mix: Welfare Reform And The Mob In Remote Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rome (Canberra) continues to fiddle while Black Australia burns. Professor Jon Altman weighs in on the ongoing disasters of government policy that have a tight grip on remote living Indigenous people.

In the last month I participated in two workshops. I used what I observed on my latest visit to Arnhem Land and what people were telling me to inform what I presented at the workshops.

The first workshop explored issues around excessive consumption by industrialised societies globally and how this is harming human health and destroying the planet. Workshop participants asked how such consumptogenic systems might be regulated for the global good? My job was to provide a case study from my research on consumption by Indigenous people in remote Australia.

The second workshop looked at welfare reform in the last decade in remote Indigenous Australia. In this workshop I looked at how welfare reform by the Australian state after the NT Intervention was creatively destroying the economy and lifeways of groups in Arnhem Land who are looking to live on their lands and off its natural resources.

Here I want to share some of what I said.

 

BROADLY speaking Indigenous policy in remote Australia is looking to do two things.

The first is to Close the Gaps so that Indigenous Australians can one future day have the same socio-economic status as other Australians. In remote Australia this goal is linked to the project to Develop the North via a combination of opening Aboriginal communities and lands to more market capitalism and extraction, purportedly for the improvement of disadvantaged Indigenous peoples and land owners.

While remote-living Indigenous people have economic and social justice rights to vastly improved wellbeing, in such scenarios of future economic equality based on market capitalism, the downsides of what I think of as consumptomania are never mentioned.

The second aim of policy is the extreme regulation of Indigenous people and their behaviour, when deemed unacceptable. In a punitive manifestation of neoliberal governmentality, the Australian state, and its nominated agents, are looking to morally restructure Indigenous people to transform them into model citizens: hard-working, individualistic, highly educated, nationally mobile at least in pursuit of work (not alcohol), and materially acquisitive.

This paternalistic project of improvement makes no concessions whatsoever to cultural difference, colonial history of neglect, connection to country, discrimination, and so on.

In the last decade new race-based instruments have been devised to regulate Indigenous people including their forms of expenditure (via income management), forms of working via the Community Devel...

10:28

A Note For The Stupid and Wrong Crowd in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed National"

The tower EXPLOSIONS

by Dee McLachlan

Another year has circled by, and now it is seventeen years since two planes flew into the twin towers, and traumatized people across the globe. It was a deceit on the people of unimaginable proportions.

Several years ago when Joshua Anthony Frydenberg, now the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, entered parliament, his first question was about 9-11. It was really a statement denigrating those questioning the False Flag event. The then prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, called it stupid and wrong to question the official narrative of 19 Arabs attacking New York and the Pentagon.

I just cant wrap my head around how humans in powerful positions could orchestrate such...

10:15

Does Australia Have The Courage To Challenge Indias Defiance Over Kashmir? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has an imoprtant role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.

Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Istanbuls International Airport. As I headed home after six days meeting with Kashmiris and Pakistanis and visiting Kashmir, I took this as a welcome reminder that Australia at times has played a constructive role in this region working with the United Nations on ways to achieve Kashmiri self-determination.

I chose to visit after Kashmiris living in Australia raised concerns with me about human rights abuses in their homeland, and urged that I should see for myself. When Britain finally ended its colonisation of the subcontinent in 1947, the violence was extreme.

Until 1985, Australian military observers were part of the United Nations Military Observer Group in Kashmir. In 1950 Sir Owen Dixon, the sixth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, was appointed by the United Nations Security Council as the UN representative to organise a plebiscite on self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.

The plebiscite, a recommendation carried in a number of UN resolutions, was however never held. This is not a reflection on Sir Owen Dixon. It was a collective failure of governments.

Tragically over many decades the global community from official channels to progressive movements have largely followed a hands off approach to Kashmir. It is astonishing how little coverage the issue receives in the West considering it is estimated that more than 47,000 people have died since 1947. The narrative that this should be left as a bilateral matter has come to dominate.

That could be about to change. The many Kashmiris I met have great hope that the UN human rights report on Kashmir, released in June, sets out the stark dimensions of the conflict and the recommendations have the potential to provide a pathway to self-determination.

The 49-page report reveals that millions have suffered human rights abuses. The harm caused by the pellet-firing shotgun, currently the favoured weapon of the Indian military in India Administered Kashmir, is singled out. More than 6,000 people were injured by the metal pellets from 2016 to March 2017. Many people have lost their sight and at least 17 have died.

The report also notes that up to 145 civilians were killed by security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018. Tragically, rape and sexual violence remain weapons of the occupying forces.

Kashmiri women have been largely absent from narratives about this region. The gendered violence that results in thousands of widows, single parent families and women led households heightens womens feelings of vulnerability, financial insecurity and emotional trauma and...

09:36

"If You Have Come To Help Me...." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. 
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, 
then let us work together."
- 1970s Aboriginal activists group, Queensland

09:30

FixedIt: alleged sexual assault is not the same as being kissed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.

Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.

Its both abhorrent  and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.

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08:31

PERTH Husband charged with stabbing deaths of family of five in Perth, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Husband charged with stabbing deaths of family of five in Perth, Australia .

September 11, 2018 at 01:56AM .

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court in Australia charged with stabbing to death three young girls, their mother and grandmother, after the bodies

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PERTH A perfect family: arrest, court appearance in Perth family murder case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A perfect family: arrest, court appearance in Perth family murder case .

September 10, 2018 at 05:27PM .

A 24-year old man has been charged with murdering five people, including children, in suburban Perth. Police discovered the bodies of three children

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PERTH Man faces WA court over five murders "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man faces WA court over five murders .

September 10, 2018 at 05:07PM .

Anthony Robert Harvey appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse and was remanded in custody to

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PERTH Perth murders: Anthony Robert Harvey faces court accused of killing five members of his family "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth murders: Anthony Robert Harvey faces court accused of killing five members of his family .

September 10, 2018 at 12:24PM .

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, appeared via video link in the Perth Magistrates Court today on five murder charges. He is accused of killing his partner

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/2018/09/10/11/50/perth-family-murder-mother-mara-quinn-children-charlotte-alice-beatrix-in-bedford&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHnGq3z0v8HNOGhJVCrPb33Frk0Vg

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08:31

PERTH Man charged with murdering 5 in Australian home "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged with murdering 5 in Australian home .

September 10, 2018 at 06:58PM .

Anthony Robert Harvey appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Karratha Courthouse, 1,400 kilometers (900 miles) away. The bodies

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/nation-world/world/article218114825.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEcP0DkRCouB5iEDH1areyeu-uLdg

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PERTH 5, including 3 toddlers, found dead in Australian home; Kids father charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

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5, including 3 toddlers, found dead in Australian home; Kids father charged .

September 11, 2018 at 01:11AM .

He surrendered himself to authorities on Sunday morning and faced Perth Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with the deaths. Some media

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.wsfa.com/story/39059468/5-including-3-toddlers-found-dead-in-australian-home-kids-father-charged&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF2Ut9rrwhFEhV1TTayPBGUYcK3kQ

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08:31

PERTH Man charged with five counts of murder after five people found dead in a Perth home "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man charged with five counts of murder after five people found dead in a Perth home .

September 10, 2018 at 02:43PM .

A 24-year-old man has been charged with five counts of murder after three little girls, their mother and grandmother were found dead in a Perth home.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/man-charged-five-counts-murder-after-people-found-dead-in-perth-home&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGdz8LGiFbLO4LYzXPwpvzN4Qtq0A

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Perth man charged with murdering wife, three daughters and mother-in-law "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth man charged with murdering wife, three daughters and mother-in-law .

September 10, 2018 at 08:20AM .

A 24-year-old father has appeared in Perth Magistrates Court charged with murdering his three daughters, aged under four, as well as his wife, before

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/366081/perth-man-charged-with-murdering-wife-three-daughters-and-mother-in-law&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFud9um0dTUXHU_dLB6cw2DPlXLtg

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PERTH Murder charge for man, 24, after five bodies found dead at Perth home "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Murder charge for man, 24, after five bodies found dead at Perth home .

September 10, 2018 at 03:52AM .

The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse and was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.sbs.com.au/news/murder-charge-for-man-24-after-five-bodies-found-dead-at-perth-home&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHxQ5XZhVO4wMyIbVd50X09auJ-Ig

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07:38

The Bread Building, Mohamed Atta, and the Dead Handyman "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hollywood Bread Building, Florida

Introduction by Dee McLachlan

I think the following account is one of the most fascinating 9/11 reports ever published. It was written by songwriter David Rovics who has been running the Songwriters Notebook for about ten years, and I ran his...

07:00

MY OH MY! How and why MyHealth will put you in danger but also perhaps solve dangerous crimes "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS: The digitisation of health records is seemingly the next big step for governments and insurance companies wanting evermore data on citizens and consumers. Will it lead to healthier lives, or, be yet another tool of data capture in aid of a surveillance society and security state? Our intrepid investigator, Lois Lane, takes a deep look at some vexing issues for the present and the near future. [READ MORE]

05:44

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global wheat stocks are down - Global cooling grain report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Globally it looks like wheat stocks and production are on the downslide as was predicted as we moved further into the Grand Solar Minimum. EU at least 12% loss, US same, Australia and Russia down, but at the same time Soy and Corn up. The corporate media will focus on these two so as not to spook anyone and explain away the price rises as tariff spats and swineflu. Sources

05:40

Why this UOW academic had to return to work four days after breast cancer surgery "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Agron Latifi (Illawarra Mercury 9 September 2018), through the story of one individual lays out why Australias academics are so upset by their lack of employment security the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is building a campaign to change this.

Four days after her second mastectomy, Dr Annie Werner felt compelled to return to work.

The University of Wollongong tutor and lecturer really had no choice.

The mother of two young children and her partner both work casual jobs.

If I wasnt in that classroom, my familys income fell to $300 per week, Dr Werner said.

Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.

Dr Werner has worked for the university on a casual basis for the past 13 years.

Employed mainly on 13-week contracts, the academic works out of UOWs Bega campus.

She teaches up to five subjects per semester, at all levels, across two schools in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Her working hours for the semester arent confirmed until a couple of weeks before session starts, sometimes only a day or two before she steps into the classroom.

My annual income fluctuates from year to year by up to $20 000. I hold down a casual retail job in order to make it through the weeks of session break when I am not employed or paid by the university, Dr Werner said.

Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.

But despite having been employed by the university for the last 13 years, she has to complete new paperwork every session.

And, once her employment is confirmed and evidence of her qualifications is provided, it can still take up to five weeks for Dr Werner to start getting paid, once teaching has started.

But what annoys her most is that she does not receive sick leave, holiday pay, carers leave or any kind of research or conference support.

Thats why when the then 35-year-old was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2014, she was left with little choice but to keep on working.

Treatment for this involved two lots of surgery, several months of chemotherapy treatment and a number o...

05:11

Australia gold rush heats up after 2 nuggets worth $11mn found just 4 days apart - 'just gold everywhere' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. "You might go your whole life and you'll never see anything like it. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. "As a geologist, like I said, you get excited by a pinhead speck. But to see something on this scale is just phenomenal. This sort of bonanza zone is incredibly unique." Miners uncovered the amazing specimens in the first week of September at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt, which is operated by Canadian company RNC Minerals, and located near the small town of Kambalda, 630km east of Perth.

04:45

Exchanges Roundup: Startup Targets Crypto Micro-Investments, Kraken Denies Halifax Closure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Start-Up Targets Crypto Micro-Investments, Kraken Denies Halifax Closure

In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Perth-based Bamboo has announced it will launch an app designed to easily facilitate micro-investments in cryptocurrencies, Kraken has rejected an internet rumor that claimed the company had closed a Canadian facility amid security concerns, and Roboforex has increased the leverage available on its cryptocurrency markets to 1:50.

Also Read: Kucoin Expands Into Australia After $3M Bitcoin Australia Deal

Australian Startup to Facilitate Micro-Investments in Crypto Markets

Exchanges Round-Up: Aus Start-Up Targets Crypto Micro-Investments, Kraken Denies Halifax ClosureBamboo, a Perth-based startup, has announced its inte...

04:00

Affront to the protection of human rights: UN Human Rights chief slams Morrison Governments cruelty to refugees in maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has used her maiden speech at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Australian Governments indefinite offshore detention regime. In a powerful piece highlighting some of the worlds worst human rights abuses, Ms Bachelet described the Governments detention centres in Nauru and Manus as an affront to the protection of human rights.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who will travel to Geneva next week to address the Council, said that Ms Bachelets comments reflected growing international shock at the Governments sustained cruelty to refugees.

Our Government masquerades as respecting human rights on the world stage but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level. No government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of innocent men, women and children, said Mr Webb.

Ms Bachelets speech comes amid an unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. There are increasing reports of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders. Senior medical experts contracted by the Government have publicly warned that children could die.

Our Government has detained 100 children in an island prison for over five years. Some of these children have never known a single day of freedom in their entire lives, and now kids as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.

Ms Bachelet begins a four year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan. Ms Bachelet is herself a former refugee. When she was in her early twenties, she was tortured by the right-wing Chilean dictatorship and forced to flee to Australia, where she lived briefly. After several years in exile, she returned to Chile and rose to be twice-elected president.

For interviews call:

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

02:58

Perfectly Healthy Man Dies After Flu Shot, Doctors Admit To Covering It Up "IndyWatch Feed National"

39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.

Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.

According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.

However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.

After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.

The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.

Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.

Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.

He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....

02:35

Magnitude 6.9 New Zealand September 10, 2018 and Magnitude 6.5 Solomon Islands September 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.9

61km SW of LEsperance Rock, New Zealand
2018-09-10 04:19:02 UTC
Location: -31.842S, -179.334W

111.1 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.5
65km NW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
2018-09-09 19:31:34 UTC
Location:
10.008S, 161.533E
64.5 km depth

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

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23:38

An Appeal to the NEW Prime Minister of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD I have sent the following letter to the new Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison. Dear Prime Minister Morrison: Perhaps Australia and I got off on the wrong foot. Your country banned me for three years because I wanted to talk about corruption in the vaccine program as documented in my Continue reading An Appeal to the NEW Prime Minister of Australia

The post An Appeal to the NEW Prime Minister of Australia appeared first on BolenReport.

21:25

Kucoin Expands Into Australia After $3M Bitcoin Australia Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ku Coin Expands Into Australia After $3M Bitcoin Australia Deal

Kucoin is expanding into Australia after it agreed to invest $3 million in Bitcoin Australia. The deal is seen as a win-win for both cryptocurrency exchanges, each seeking to expand into its own direction Kucoin establishing a niche in the rapidly growing Australian market. Bitcoin Australia is targeting the UK next.  

Also read: As Zimbabweans Struggle For Cash, Even The Countrys Only Bitcoin ATM Has Run Dry

Kucoin Gets Leg Up In Australia

Ku Coin Expands Into Australia After $3M Bitcoin Australia DealMr. Gan

Kucoin chief executive Michael Gan on Sunday announced the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange had injected $3 million into Bitcoin Australia in a deal that is expected to grow its footprint in Australia.

Now, I would like to inform you about our latest key partnership, Gan said in an update on Twitter. I have been told that some users noted that Kucoin has accomplished investing in Bitcoin Australia, a leading Australian cryptocurrency exchange. I want to confirm that this is true, he said.

Earlier, Rupert Hackett, Bitcoin Australias chief executive, told the ...

20:57

Singporean Crypto Exchange Invests $3 Million in Bitcoin Australia for International Expansion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has marked its foray into Australia with a multi-million investment in a regulated domestic exchange, part of a new joint venture. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that KuCoin has invested the AUD $3 million investment in Bitcoin Australia, a domestic exchange that enables bitcoin trading and ethereum buying, enabling the Continued

The post Singporean Crypto Exchange Invests $3 Million in Bitcoin Australia for International Expansion appeared first on CCN

20:28

Brian C Houston of Hillsong on Instagram: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church. "IndyWatch Feed National"

POPE BRIAN HOUSTON OF HELL666$$$ONG: I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.

I loved havi g breakfast with Savannah this morning and being at @hillsong_oc ..But Im so excited to be back in beautiful Sydney this week. We LOVE our Aussie church.
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20:23

Water authorities rolling out wireless smart meters! "IndyWatch Feed National"

READ MORE AT STOP SMART METERS AUSTRALIA 

The industry spin spruiking the benefits of smart meters has now seduced Australian water utilities. Read More

19:50

The (neo-Nazi) Lads Society : Blair Cottrells pro-tip : Wear Your Swastikas On The Inside "IndyWatch Feed National"

A problem for the Australian antifa, and indeed for anti-fascist groups in Europe and the US, is that few people and organisations they oppose here have much to do with Nazism. ~ Chip Le Grand, Antifa Australia goes for the Continue reading

18:08

Liberals loss of Wagga Wagga will have nationwide repercussions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.

Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.

This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.

Local factors were Important.  But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.

A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a  much worse place than this.

Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.

New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.

This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.

Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.

Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T

Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.

People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this...

16:15

Australian State Pilot Puts Driver's Licenses on a Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's New South Wales government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of a driver license digitization program slated for November.

14:13

Finding the Darkness: Running From Addiction in Cambodia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Having finished high school, gotten my place at uni and taken a gap year, I was at a bit of a loose end. The thought of moving from my open coastal home to the big city scared me. On top of that, I had a sophomore-stage drug addiction, pouring my life away for opium and vodka.

All of this persuaded me I needed a change of scenery. I needed to find myself the real me, whoever that was. What better place to get away from a burgeoning drug and alcohol habit than Southeast Asia?

As is becoming evident, decision making has never been my strong suit.

After eight months of 50-hour weeks labouring on shitty jobsites, Id finally made it: Siem Reap, my home for the next month. Stepping off the plane and walking through the airport, I was just struck by the foreignness of it all. The heat and humidity, the beautiful jungle antithesis of the Aussie bush; even the quaint little airport and its Soviet-style bureaucracy and ceremony.

In a rare stroke of inspired genius, Id organised to volunteer at a local school and food program. Not, shockingly, as an English teacher, but as a handyman slash farmworker, having worked in construction and grown up on a farm. This was lined up for a month-long stint, and Id also had the foresight to book an okay private room with an aircon much less of a culture shock than the 12-person fan-cooled dorm I was accustomed to. Everything was lining up well.

This finding myself thing might actually work, I thought.

At first, I struggled to even dip my toes in the pond of experience around me, let alone immerse myself. I was living my same life: staying in my hotel, on my phone and venturing out for work, necessities and a drink in the evening. After one such drink, I ended up being thrown into the pond, losing my phone in a haze of cheap beer and Xanax. I also quickly learned the difference between paid work and volunteering and began to feel more and more at home in my surrounds.

My time at the school put a lot of things into perspective. It was a 20-minute pushbike ride from town, half on the chaotic Cambodian highway, half down leafy and potholed local dirt roads. Not impressive by western standards, but built with love and dedication. Seeing the energy and effort being put into such a selfless project by both migrants and locals was eye-opening and filled me with hope.

I was also working alongside someone who made $3 a day. I spent the same on cigarettes as he had to feed his fa...

13:44

(Video) SGTReport -- Q: This is Who they are #PureEvil "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Sep 8, 2018

Q has said, you have to want to know the truth. Because the darker it gets, the harder it is to process. There are demons among us who are capable of atrocities that are unimaginable to a rightly wired mind. Such is the case of Australian child rapist and murderer Peter Scully. Which causes one to wonder, is Scully the type of "unspeakable dreg" Andrew Breitbart spoke of when he referred to John Podesta's involvement in the cover up of such heinous deeds?

13:23

My Time on The Bachelor India "IndyWatch Feed National"

My name is Nirvana. I am 26 years old, and I am here to find the love of my life.

This is a sentence I never in my craziest nightmares thought I would say, but then I found myself on The Bachelor India. Shit.

After graduating from uni four years ago, I was stuck in a job that I despised. I had studied accounting because employment was secure, and I needed a way to fund my MDMA habit.

When I first started working at a swanky corporate firm, I dreamt of drinking martinis every evening surrounded by sexy men in crisp suits, laughing obnoxiously as we looked down at the peasants in the bar from our VIP lounge.

The reality was a bit different. I clung to any form of distraction from my horrid job. Two workplace booty-calls made Mondays ten times worse. I found myself in the darkest holes of YouTube, watching humans breast-feeding baby animals and a seven-part series about how Facebook was part of the Illuminati. I took regular breaks to cry or masturbate in the bathroom.

The last straw came right before Christmas 2017. I had been working at the firm so long I scoffed at young people and their dreams. My VIP martini days turned into drinking straight gin in dark alleyways. My hair started to fall out.

I was frantically trying to cover up how far behind I was on deadlines due to my unhealthy YouTube habit. On the morning of 21st December, as I sat sweating at my desk at 9:30am, coming down from being up for 24 hours straight on the weekend, I lost the plot. I tore off my silk Zara blouse, and went on a profound rant.

Dont you robots see how the system is eating our souls! We all hate each other and this fucking place! What are we doing? Waiting to die? I cant live like this anymore!

Thats what I said in my head. In reality, I just quit my job by email, and returned the faulty shirt to Zara.

I knew I had to take a long hard look at myself.  After a week of heavy partying I sat down to reflect on how I could end my quarter-life crisis and change my life. Sure, I lived in the most liveable city on planet Earth and had the money and freedom to do whatever I liked, but I was in such a dark place.

As I watched Eat Pray Love the answer came to me like how I imagine Beyonce would tell me that I slay at life. I knew my salvation would come if I moved to India and became yet anoth...

12:59

Frydenberg's $3.8M for aboriginal "reducing carbon emissions through right-way fire" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hey Josh - wanna smoke? Mate, it'll cost you $3.8M! Pretty good hey! Josh Frydenberg and Julie Bishop found $3.8M in borrowed Australian taxpayer money to export this: Announced today at COP 23 (Conference of the Parties) in Bonn, the project is the result of national and international recognition of...

12:52

Slow down, comrades! Theres more than one way to strike "IndyWatch Feed National"

In May 1925, Australian seaman and returned serviceman Noel Lyons was deported from New Zealand. His crime: encouraging fellow workers to slow down. The quality of food served to trans-Tasman seamen had always caused discontent, especially when compared to the fine dining lavished upon first-class passengers. The situation came to a head aboard the Manuka when the crew refused to leave New Zealands capital of Wellington until their food was improved.

11:45

You can take the boys out of Australia, but you'll never take Australia out of the boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Retired detective sergeant Dave McAlpine relaxes with a few Aussie cobbers next to the gum-tree fringed billabong on a mate's property in remote northern Thailand. Dave'll need all the rest he can muster - "matters" are now moving very quickly. Great to see you in fighting fit readiness old mate...

11:42

Centre Alliance, Greens oppose TPP-11, Labor under pressure "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 10, 2018: The Australian reports that Senator Rex Patrick has said the Centre Alliance will block the implementing legislation for the TPP-11 unless the deal is significantly amended, which would require re-opening of negotiations with 10 other countries.

The Greens have publicly opposed the TPP-11. The Katter Australian Party have also said they will oppose it, meaning that if Labor says no, the legislation will not pass the Senate.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions opposes the TPP-11, arguing it will weaken labour-market testing and empower multinational companies to sue governments using investor-state dispute settlement.

ACTU president Michele ONeil told The Australian on September 9: We believe its a bad deal for working people and encourage all parties to vote against the enabling legislation.

Two Senate inquiries into the TPP-11 are due to report on September 18 and October 10.

The Morrison government is pressing Labor to support the legislation. Labors caucus is debating a formal position on whether or not to support the TPP-11 this week. If the implementing legislation is not passed, Australia would not ratify the TPP-11 which the Turnbull government signed in March this year.

11:11

Australia's Home Affairs minister in office unlawfully? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the article of  9 Sep 2018 by  theage.com.au of the headline:

Labor push to refer Peter Dutton to High Court


Labor will attempt to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court when Parliament resumes this week with new legal advice suggesting he faces constitutional difficulties on not one but two fronts.

Constitutional experts have previously raised questions about Mr Dutton's eligibility under section 44 because of a childcare centre run by Mr Dutton's wife. Mr Dutton is a beneficiary of the family trust that runs the centre.

But fresh legal advice by Matthew Collins and Siobhan Kelly suggests the thousands of decisions Mr Dutton made as minister from October 2016 onwards could be subject to legal challenge because of the questions surrounding his eligibility.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during question time last month.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The legal advice, which was commissioned by the Labor Party, says "Mr Dutton's eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Representatives in the current Parliament has not been determined."

"Until those questions are authoritatively determined, the validity of every decision made by Dutton pursuant to the exercise of a power conferred on him as a Minister of State, and by his delegates, after 19 October 2016 will be attended with uncertainty....It seems to us that, while the present uncertainty subsists, further challenges are all but inevitable."

Melbourne's Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, confirmed to Fairfax Media last month that it was considering a legal challenge on behalf of its clients.

"This advice shows just how big the risk Scott Morrison is taking by keeping Peter Dutton in place as Home Affairs Minister while his eligibility is in doubt. If Mr Dutton is declared ineligible, thousands of decisions he has made as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection should be open to challenge and the entire immigration system could be thrown into chaos," Labor's attorney-general spokesman, Mark Dreyfus, told Fairfax Media.

"The decisions open to challenge could include deportation of criminals convicted of serious crimes. Is Mr Morrison really willing to take this risk? He has no choice - he must refer Mr Dutton to the High Court t...

10:59

A Law to Facilitate Indictments and Investigate Holsworthy Army Base, Per Fiona Barnetts Allegations "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Fiona Barnett trying to share her knowledge in 2015  (R) Senator Bill Heffernan (now retired)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

On July 18, 2018, Fiona Barnett, a survivor of MK-Ultra, read an hours worth of stunning testimony to the laypersons group known as the International Tribunal for Natural Justice.  It was shown to the world, on video, last week.

In my opinion, human history changed the minute she spoke.

Fiona has more to contribute than just a claim; she has insider knowledge. She was there personally to watch some of the big-name psychopaths doing their thing, as she was schedul...

10:25

Cop puts Antifa hoodlum in his place "IndyWatch Feed National"

cop has no time for antifa pic.twitter.com/Dm2rNcRoKX (@ReturnOfHans) September 7, 2018

09:38

Bill Shorten's National Integrity Commission - we've got the perfect case for you "IndyWatch Feed National"

If Bill Shorten's fair dinkum he'll see no problem in assigning case #1 to The AWU Scandal.

09:37

Assistant Director, Security Investigations (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:35

Assistant Director, Security Risk (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:34

Overseas Security Adviser (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:31

The Australian - "Mr Morrison must highlight unions' influence over Labor" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hear hear! The Australian's editorial theme is spot on - and Scott Morrison has the perfect case study unfolding before him. Julia Gillard became prime minister because of her role in The AWU Scandal. Bill Ludwig had her in his pocket. As PM, she gave Bill precisely what he wanted....

09:30

Technical Security Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:28

Assistant Director, Security Communications (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:26

Personnel Security Vetting Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:23

Technical Security Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:15

Cauliflower Tortillas Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Whether or not you follow food fads, these paleo cauliflower tortillas are a magic gluten-free alternative to wheat flatbreads that taste amazing too! And theyre a great way to use up excess garden cauliflower harvests this time of year too. The recipe is featured in our 2019 Kitchen Garden Calendar, out now!

Cauliflower Tortillas Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut up and stems removed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cloves of oven roasted garlic
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • tsp. of paprika, oregano, cumin or spices of choice (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Blend the cauliflower in a blender or food processor until the texture is finer than rice.
  • Steam the riced cauliflower over boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool a little and then squeeze out as much excess water as you can in a tea towel or cheesecloth (can be done in advance and left to drain).
  • Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl, adding in eggs and season to taste.
  • Divide the mixture into 6 or more balls of equal size. Spread each ball out on baking paper on a flat oven tray....

08:44

Greenpeace tells PM to get your hand off it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country. Photo supplied

CANBERRA Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new prime minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country.

The climbers unfurled a banner depicting the now infamous time Morrison brought a lacquered lump of coal into parliament and waved it around ordering his colleagues and the opposition dont be afraid.

Two weeks ago we saw a coal coup that successfully installed a new prime minister, Greenpeace Australias Pacific program director, Dominique Rowe, said.

This is a PM who waved around a piece of coal gifted to him by the Minerals Council, who boasts a former deputy CEO of the Mineral Council as his chief of staff, who made a former mineral industry lawyer his environment minister and whose energy minister is an anti-wind farm activist.

Today he returns to Parliament with literally no climate policy, which is a slap in the face to the 96 per cent of Australians who want renewable energy solutions, not coal pollution. This irreverent message from the more than one million Greenpeace supporters is here to remind the government who theyre really accountable to their voters.

Rowe said Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for Australias federal parliamentarians to examine the influence and intrusion of the coal lobby in politics.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated it is impossible for the current government to take meaningful action on emissions due to the influence of lobby groups on parts of the federal coalition, she said.

These powerful groups have now managed to topple three sitting prime ministers and stopped the Minerals Resource Rent Tax which would have seen a fair share of revenue flow to all Australians instead of lining the pockets of a few billionaires.

The coal industry and their lobbyists have taken over parliament house and the people of Australia will n...

07:00

WHAT A DOWNER! How East Timor spy game appears so terribly wrong on so many levels "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANALYSIS: An Australian Government bugging operation against our impoverished neighbours East Timor almost 15 years ago is still creating powerful ripples for some of its key players, with a spy-turned-whistleblower and his lawyer facing the real prospect of prison. All the while, former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer seems to have escaped proper attention for his role in this spying disaster. True Crime News Weekly's Tim Kent with the lowdown. [READ MORE]

06:04

Alcoa strike in Western Australia against casualisation and wage cuts continues "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Western Australia

Members of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) walked of the job at Alcoas aluminium refineries and bauxite mines in Western Australia, and they have bowed to stay out indefinitely, until they are offered an acceptable enterprise agreement.

The 1600 involved are now on the second month of the strike, which began on 8 August. Over 80 percent of the workforce has rejected the latest company offer, which would bring the loss of job security, and for some, up to a 50 percent cut in their pay.

Feeling is strong, because workers at Alcoa believe that what the company is doing is unfair, especially when the profit it is making is high. Last financial year they made 1.1 billion. And they suggest that this is a poor effort at doing right by those who did the work to make this possible. Some of these workers have been with the company for up to 30 years.

Now Alcoa has joined the push to cut its workforce, pay less and undermine working conditions.

Negotiations for a better deal had been going on for two years, and management has responded by threatening to cancel the existing agreement, if the workforce does not comply with its demands. An application for this is currently listed to be heard by court on 17 September.

Pickets have been operating at the various sites and supporters have come along to help. A womens Day took place on 5 September, where wives and families came and showed that they too were affected and involved.

At meetings across sites from, 28 August to 5 September, the strikers called for a better offer.

Donations to support the strikers and their families can be made through this link.

 

The post Alcoa strike in Western Australia against casualisation and wage cuts continues appeared first on The Pen.

06:03

MACKAY Mackay court news "IndyWatch Feed National"

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04:00

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding "IndyWatch Feed National"

As farmers we're dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We need meaningful action nowAs a third-generation farmer from Harden in New South Wales, I've weathered climate extremes my whole life. It's simply part of doing business in one of the most variable climates in the world.The truth is, Australian farmers are good at what they do, and we know when things are changing. Related: The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain Related: [...]

03:18

China joins Australia's largest maritime exercise for 1st time amid South China Sea row "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese troops are taking part in Australia's largest maritime exercise for the first time, despite recent tensions between the nations. They are among 3,000 personnel from 27 countries taking part in the drills. The biennial naval operation, 'Exercise Kakadu,' is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region off the strategic northern port of Darwin with the aim of training the navies to cooperate effectively at sea. The drills have been lauded as building understanding and trust between the nations, just months after Chinese, Australian and US navies were close to a stand-off over the disputed South China Sea. In April, Australian vessels had a challenging encounter with China as it passed through the waterway, while in May the US reacted to what it describes as Beijing's militarization of disputed areas there by expelling it from joint naval exercises off Hawaii.

02:45

Is There A Secret USA Spy Base & EMF Antenna For Submarines At Sea In Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich What in the world is the U.S. doing in the central part of the Australian continent with a deep underground spy...

01:10

Severe storm brings Sydney's wettest day in 2 years, flash flooding, traffic chaos and 1 000 lightning strikes per hour "IndyWatch Feed National"

A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more

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22:53

John B. Wells is Now Attacking Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am BY FAR not the only victim of this mess that the opposition is trying to silence.

They murdered Max Spiers for trying to expose Michael Aquino and this mess concerning the mass killing of children with the SAME weapons they are trying to murder me with.

Lori King was murdered and they went so far as to brag about it to other survivors with absolutely NO consequences.

Coming Clean With My Investigation into the Murder of Lori King

Now John B. wells- host of Caravan to Midnight is attacking Fiona Barnett and other survivors in a new interview.

https://fionabarnett.org/2018/09/09/john-b-wells-threatens-victims-of-cia-child-trafficking/amp/

My own personal reward for going on the John B. Wells show was that an unsolvable 28 yr old cold case that my father was directly involved with- that I spoke extensively about on his show- was magically solved in LESS than two weeks complete with a perp (who was NEVER charged with the abduction and murder), a confession, and a body which no one saw. All in order to discredit what I reported on the Caravan to Midnight show.

22:53

If Chinas on the rise, why do many want out? "IndyWatch Feed National"

For 33-year old Shanghai-resident Lucy Lu, it is her childrens education thats driving her towards Australia.
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Key points:
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.

The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.

They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.

Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps. 

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PHOTO: Shanghai resident Lucy Lu and her family are considering moving to Australia. (Supplied: Lucy Lu)

But they are also seeking respite from a country where tremendous economic progress has not always meant improvements in other areas.

Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.

Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.

But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations.

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20:23

Wagga Wagga By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Ham (Lib) vs Hayes (Labor) vs McGirr (IND)
The Liberals have lost the seat, in all probability to Joe McGirr (IND)

A very interesting three-cornered state by-election tonight in Wagga Wagga (NSW) where the Liberals are trying to defend a 12.9% margin over Labor, but also to hold off an independent.  Obviously, federal carnage is a factor.  Seat polling has suggested the Liberal primary vote has collapsed to the point that the independent Joe McGirr or perhaps Labor could win.  This hastily erected thread will follow counting and post-count developments.  Refresh for updates.  Latest at the top (I've flipped that to make it easier.)
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Sunday

8:00 Enrolment and Absent votes were added cutting McGirr's primary lead to 52.

12:20 The addition of 1089 postals has seen McGirr's lead cut to 98 votes, so there must be some prospect Ham will finish first on primaries after the remaining postals are added.  I don't know how many more might be received.

The loss of a "safe" rural seat to an independent is nothing too unusual and shouldn't be treated as too much of a sensation alone.  What would be concerning is that the Liberals have also almost certainly lost the 2PP count to Labor, meaning that Labor might have won the seat without McGirr.  And if the Liberals fail to make the final two, that would be a very unusual result.  I have only been able to find a few precedents for this at state level from by-elections for which results are readily available, but full results of state by-elections are hard to track down online.

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11:07 The prepolls are up and we have McGirr on 11,450 (25.6%), Ham on 11,207 (25.06%), Hayes on 10,642 (23.79%).  So Labor will be third on primaries since they won't catch up on postals, but that doesn't mean they will stay third after preferences, as Ham must still be at serious risk of falling to third after preferences should the Shooters card hold to Labor to any degree.   The Liberals have clearly lost.  Hayes can still beat McGirr if the Shooters and Greens preferences flow more strongly to Labor than the Funnell preferences flow to McGirr (this is unlikely, a lot of Shooters voters will baulk at preferencing Labor).  However even if Hayes can get rough parity with McGirr after preferences of minor candidates, it is still implausible that Liberal preferences will break evenly between Labor and the independent.  So I think Labor's chance here is verging on unrealistic.

10:32 Antony Green reports he's been given some scrutineering numbers: "Just leaked some scrutineer numbers, Wagga pre-poll will boost McGirr in lead, Libs still second and Labor drops ba...

14:06

New Study Islands are Growing not Sinking with Global Warming Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

This theory of Global Warming and the oceans will rise and places like New York City and Miami will sink beneath the waves is just so childish it is beyond contemplation that anyone coming up with such a theory would ever understand a complex system. They must have cut class during Physics probably because it was too far above their head. I have written before that the real experts on the oceans and how they function were at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. It was in 1956 when they published A theory of ice ages by Maurice Ewing and William Donn, which these Global Conspiracy theorists obviously never read.  The stupid assumption that if the ice all melted the oceans would rise demonstrates they are incapable of understanding the planetary forces or are too corrupt to come up with a theory that is sufficient to convince weak-minded politicians.

 

These pretend scientists have been surprised by the recent findings, which show that some islands in the Pacific have actually grown by almost one-third in size over the past 60 years and have not sunk beneath the waves as predicted by the Global Warming conspiracy crowd. Indeed, the island chains to have increased in land mass such as Tuvalu and neighboring Kiribati. Both islands have attracted attention at last years Copenhagen climate summit. In this new study, researchers compared aerial photographs and high-resolution satellite images of 27 islands taken...

12:22

Tasmanian Senate Major Party Preselections "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tasmanian major party (Labor and Liberal) Senate preselections are expected to be announced on Saturday 8 September.  I will be posting the results when I know them, and discussion of such voting details as emerge, but I will be out on a field trip for some of Saturday, and I don't yet know at what time the news will be revealed.  For starters then, this post looks at what different Senate placements for some of the candidates would mean.  It will be expanded to cover all relevant aspects of the preselections that emerge.

Before I get any further, I would like to say this: media should not denote any spot on the Tasmanian Senate ballot as "unwinnable".  Unwinnable, obviously, means it is impossible to win.  Lisa Singh was dumped to a so-called "unwinnable" spot in 2016, and won, as a result of below the line votes.  Clearly then her spot was not unwinnable!   It's embarrasing to hear intelligent journalists say stuff like "Lisa Singh was elected from an unwinnable position".   An acceptable alternative to "unwinnable position" is "position winnable only through below the line voting".  This description applies to all positions below 3 for either major party.

For the 2016 Senate election Labor dumped incumbent Lisa Singh to fourth as a result of a member/union/delegate ballot conducted according to a misconfigured implementation of the Hare-Clark system (see more here). This became sixth when a double dissolution was called.  Singh famously polled most of a quota on primary votes (6.12%), fifth-on-the-ticket John Short was eliminated, and Singh went on to reach her quota on below the line votes only (just) and even crossed the line just ahead of the fourth ALP candidate Catryna Bilyk.

On the Liberal side, ballots are conducted by sequential individual ballots of preselectors for each position.  In this process, moderate Richard Colbeck was demoted to fifth, partly as a result of new candidate Jonathan Duniam managing to win the third spot.  Colbeck also attracted a below-the-line campaign and managed just over half a quota below the line (3.97%).  After the initial eight surpluses, Colbeck was running tenth in the distribution of preferences.  However, he (like Singh) could only receive below-the-line preferences while his ticketmate David Bushby was still in the count.  As a result he moved slowly on preferences and was overtaken by Bushby, Labor's Catryna Bilyk, the Greens' Nick McKim and One Nation's Kate McCulloch.  He therefore finished 14th.  Colbeck got his seat back when Liberal #2 Stephen Parry was disqualified from the Senate, and is now again in the outer ministry.
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07:43

How parasitic is South Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

AND HOW LONG CAN IT LAST?

At 6 this morning there was a lot of wind around in SE Australia accounting for 14% of a low point of demand (16GW). Even the turbines at Woolnorth in Tasmania were generating over .1GW and the price was -$64. In SA the price was -$27.

At 7 the situation was unusual with Victoria generating more than the demand (0.5GW from Wind) so they were exporting to Tasmania (normally an exporter) where the hdro was turned down to about half the 1G demand. Momentarily the price in Victoria was down to -$107 (soon moving to -65) while Tasmania was steady near 60 and SA with 1G of wind was $0.00.

The point is to address the claim by our friends at Renew Economy that South Australia is still moving in the right direction under the new Liberal administration and showing the way to the future.

Indeed, the Steven Marshall-led Liberal government actually appears excited by the fact that the state will, according to AEMOs Integrated System Plan, based on current policies and building intentions, reach around 73 per cent renewables by 2020, and 100 per cent by 2025.

(The term 100 per cent renewables means generating the equivalent of its demand from wind and solar. It will, of course, remain connected to the rest of the grid, which means sometimes it will import power from other states, although mostly it will export).

The question is how much of the time does SA depend on coal-fired power in Queensland, via connectors between the states in between?.
This is not a rhetorical question, I just want to know the answer. SA has the luxury of connecting to reliable power in other states. How long will the supply in other states be reliable when they have more of the unreliable power that is coming on stream at a great rate over the next year or three?

Pursuing the crowdsourcing of research path, is there a Cat who can direct us to the single best source of information on Solar and Wind projects in each state at various stages from planning to approval and construction and recent projects on line? It is a volatile situation of course and there is information scattered all over the place.

The supply and demand situation has changed again of course, in case people want to check.

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Saturday, 08 September

14:12

Global Day of Action for Climate - Hobart Event "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Joining the Global Day of Action for Climate in Hobart this morning, market-goers were shown where the sea may be.

Sea levels have risen 20 centimetres around the world since 1900, due to global warming due to burning coal, oil and gas and the destruction of forests.

This sea levels rise presents a massive battering ram against coastlines whenever there is a storm. For years now, scientific assessments have shown the extensive erosion of Tasmanias coastlines as a result.

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Friday, 07 September

23:32

WA turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Housing finance up...a bit

There was a moderate 0.4 per cent increase in both the seasonally adjusted number of commitments and the total value of housing finance in July 2018, with $31.4 billion of mortgages committed. 

Looking through the noise the smoothed trend figures show investment loans down by 17 per cent from a year earlier as credit has become noticeably harder to access for the purchase of rentals. 


The monthly rebound in the number of home loan commitments was driven by Western Australia and Queensland, with Tasmania and the ACT the only jurisdictions to record a solid year-on-year increase in activity. 


Despite the talk of a 'credit crunch' the average loan size has increased over the past year both for first homebuyers and for non-first homebuyers, with the upgrader market looking likely to be the strongest performing sector.  


The wrap

Overall, a slightly stronger result in July than for J...

11:38

Muddled Morrison's whale plan 'an insult' - Brown "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

PM Morrison has told his new Environment Minister she will not be representing Australia at the crucial International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil next week. Instead, he is sending lowly Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. So Australia is sending a non-cabinet assistant minister, who has nothing to do with protecting the environment, to a vital meeting in which Japan, which has the chair, hopes to upend the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This is an insult to every Australian voter concerned about the protection of our whales, Brown said.

00:00

'Jatz' - Vulnerable Southern Myotis "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Jatz is a juvenile Australian fishing bat, otherwise known as the vulnerable Southern Myotis.

Myotis fishing bat-JatzShes a fluffy, salt-and-pepper coloured 10 gram microbat who skims waterways, using her extra-long toes to catch small fish and insects for food.

Jatz came into the care of WIRES in late March after crash-landing on a boat in the remote America Bay at Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Were not sure what Jatzs story is, but we do know she was found lying in a tangle of ropes on the boat, very underweight and in poor condition.

The couple who found her put her into an empty Jatz biscuit box (hence her name) to keep her contained, then rang WIRES.

Because the America Bay area is inaccessible to cars, Marine Rescue sent a boat to pick Jatz up and take her to Cottage Point, where she was handed over to a WIRES rescuer.

After being assessed for injuries, Jatz was sent down to the microbat aviary in Goulburn for rehabilitation and eventually, flight time.

Myotis are a difficult species to care for as they are vulnerable to stress and have highly specialised dietary needs.

Fortunately, Jatz adapted to the aviary surroundings reasonably quickly.

She put on weight, regained condition and after a couple weeks, began to fly well enough to consider release.

The carers set a target date in late April and began phoning anyone they could think of who might have a boat who may be willing to help get Jatz home.

Thankfully, the local Cottage Point publican offered his services.

Two days before release she was driven to Sydney, but poor weather and transport difficulties caused the plan to be postponed.

Worse, because of the stress of a changed environment, Jatz refused to eat.

There was no way they could release a bat that hadnt eaten for a couple of days, so a vaccinated carer drove up to Sydney and took her to Windellama where she returned to her previous routine of eating, flying and sleeping.

Weather charts were studied her release was rescheduled for four days later.

And then, the night before she was due to go home, the temperatures unexpectedly dipped again.

Given that the warm spell is over, her carers have given up on any thoughts of a pre-winter release as the odds of her surviving in the wild when temperatures and insect loads are falling are not good.

So, all fingers crossed that Jatz, the adventurous little bat on a boat, will make it safely through the colder months until spring! 

Today is Th...

Thursday, 06 September

11:45

Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis In Australia 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New findings from a landmark research report show that while the number of Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to rise now at 25,600 the course of the disease is shifting with more people able to stay in work and needing less care and support as a result of changes in treatment strategies.

On the other hand, costs for people living with more advanced MS are incredibly high, more than triple per person compared to those with milder disease (from $30,561 for people with no disability to $114,813 for people with severe disability). The quality of life impact for people living with severe disability is comparable to, or even lower than that reported for terminal metastatic cancer, chronic kidney disease and severe heart disease.

The Health Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia 2017 report, commissioned by MS Research Australia and prepared by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, is the first in nearly eight years to provide a comprehensive landscape analysis of MS in Australia. It shows how many Australians are now living with MS, the costs of the disease from an individual and societal perspective, and the quality of life indices for individuals living with MS.

Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report

Health Economic Impact of MS in Australia in 2017 Report Executive Summary

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