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Thursday, 15 November


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

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

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Menacing phone calls, texts land Mackay miner in court

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.80 AUD


Bitcoin ATMs Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin ATMs Now Most Common Scam Payment Method in Australia

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned taxpayers to be on high alert for phone scammers demanding payment through bitcoin ATMs. It said payments via BTC cash machines have now overtaken iTunes vouchers as the most common method of scam payment reported to the tax authority.

Also Read: IMF: Central Banks Could Issue Digital Currency

Tax Month November Is Prime Time for Fraudsters

Around one million Australians are due to pay their taxes to the ATO on Nov. 21. In a statement on Wednesday, ATO assistant commissioner Kath Anderson said fraudsters are growing increasingly sophisticated. They hope to exploit vulnerable people, often using aggressive tactics to swindle people out of their money or personal information, she lamented.



Canstruct: Nauru detention centre contractors profit from abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the same time as children and their families are being medically evacuated from Nauru, its been reported today that Canstruct, a Queensland company, is set to make in the order of $150 million in earnings from the Australian Government for running the Nauru detention centre.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre said it was appalling that a so-called family business was profiting from an intentionally abusive system.

"Its been five long years of misery and suffering for the men, women and children on Nauru. And now people are being evacuated after this prolonged cruel treatment. What kind of business looks at that abuse and sees an opportunity for profit?" said Ms Adams.

According to audited accounts lodged with Australias corporate regulator the company made a profit of $43 million dollars in the past seven months. While the exact figure is not known, the contract extension could potentially reach in excess of half a billion dollars, with the total contract expected to bring in $150 million in bottom line earnings when the contract expires in April 2019.

"The offshore detention centre on Nauru continues to be the site of horrific and ongoing violations, including illegal detention, sexual assault and child abuse. There is simply no ethical way for a company to run this centre," said Ms Adams.

Canstructs contract was due to end this this year however the contract has been renewed for six months even amidst mounting public pressure to end offshore detention. Canstruct was awarded the detention centre contract last year after Spanish company Ferrovial said it did not want to renew its deal with the Australian Government.

"Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company. If that really is the case it surely recognises that the indefinite warehousing of men, women and children is not an acceptable business for any company," said Ms Adams.

For interviews call:

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


People See A Scared Little Animal Stuck At The Bottom Of A Mineshaft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), is rather accustomed to rescuing animals from strange situations

Just recently, Zabinskas went down into a mineshaft because a little face was peering up out of it. He managed to sedate and carry a kangaroo back onto solid ground.

Credit: FFAR

And so when another call came in earlier this month about an animal stuck at the bottom of another mineshaft, Zabinskas expected he would have to go it alone.

Thankfully, this time was a bit different. 

Credit: FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the mineshaft in Invermay, Victoria, Australia, he had help. And the small wallaby stuck down at the bottom needed all the help he could get. 

Six firemen and emergency services workers were there to help the little guy, who came to be named Louie.

Credit: FFAR

"A host of personnel from Creswick and Ballarat took charge of the incident and conducted the rescue of the animal with military precision," Zabinskas wrote on the FFAR...


Were impressed youve held out so long but its the second-last day of Subscriberthon 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today is the second-last day to subscribe to Overland and be in the running for prizes so incredible that you must really look at the full list to appreciate their spectacularness!


The false economy of Melbourne's real estate market "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne's property prices have gone through the roof, as a result of many factors, where one of the most important ones which stands out is caused by the massive influx of migrants allowed to enter the country.

This post is not going to be of book size proportion or megabytes of text, explaining or touching the various other aspects that effect the good people of Australia with regards to something that is deliberately erroneously referred to as population 'growth' by the mainstream media, but rather migration influx or the indiscriminate dumping of humans into another country, as a result of corrupt governments screwing over the 'good' people of other countries that leads to people fleeing their native land.

At a current rate of 2,500 imports per week into Melbourne alone, the current infrastructure and tax enslaved general population is struggling to support the newcomers, despite what the 'authorities' will tell you.

For the purpose of this post, we'll just look at one very small problem created by the authorities with regards to the 'supply and demand' in the current rental market in Melbourne.

Let's have a look at the following gem of a house in a very dodgy Melbourne suburb, that is on the market for $350 per week.

As you can see from the above photo it seems that the renter must supply their own kitchen, for this is a room that looks like it had a kitchen in it, once upon a time.

When a house is built in Victoria before it can be inhabited by humans it must come with a certificate of occupancy which guarantees the premises contains facilities conducive to sustaining life, like heating, water, toilet, tiles to wet areas and also, you guessed it, a kitchen.

It seems that this place is not fit to sustain humans.



Australian Taxpayers Have Paid $1 Million to Scammers Through Bitcoin ATMs Since July "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has used official channels to warn taxpayers of scammers who are fooling people into paying their taxes through Bitcoin ATMs to their accounts.

As the deadline approaches on 21 November, the authority told the one million taxpayers, who will need to make a payment to the ATO, to be wary.

Australian Taxpayers on High Alert

Kath Anderson, assistant commissioner at the ATO, stated that increasingly sophisticated scammers look to exploit vulnerable people often using aggressive tactics to take their money or personal information.

The top five scammer signs include the threat of immediate arrest, unusual payment methods such as prepaid cards, the request of personal security information including tax file number, bank details or social media sites. The authority added that scammers often ask for money in order to process a refund or other payment.

November is a prime time for scammers as they know lots of people have tax bills to pay. Be wary if someone contacts you demanding payment of a tax debt you didnt know you owed [] Our advice is simple the ATO will never ask you to make a payment into an ATM or via gift or pre-paid cards such as iTunes and Visa cards, or direct credit to be paid to a personal bank account, Anderson said on the ATO website.

Since July 2018, Australians have reported over 28,000 scam attempts, totaling nearly $1 million paid to scammers, with payments through Bitcoin ATMs becoming their favorite means of payment, followed by iTunes vouchers. Anderson is also concerned about vulnerable personal information that is given away to scammers.

Since 1 July, weve seen almost 6,000 taxpayers give away their personal or financial information to scammers through things like phishing scams. Your identifying information like tax file numbers, bank account numbers or your date of birth are the keys to your identity, and can be used by scammers to break into your life if they are compromised. Scammers have been known to impersonate tax agents too its recommended that you hang up and call your agent direct on a number you have sourced independently.

A recent...


Australia becoming more corrupt warns former judge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nick OMalley writes in the Sydney Morning Herald (14 November 2018), about the support of former judge, David Harper, for the creation of a national commission against corruption. In OMalleys considered view,  Australia is becoming more corrupt. In the wake of the rising number of publicly known incidences of corruption, the call for such a comission has widespread  support across Australia.

Australia is becoming more corrupt because successive federal governments have failed to create an effective national anti-corruption body similar to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, a leading jurist has argued.

Writing in support of a national anti-corruption body, David Harper, a former Court of Appeals justice at the Supreme Court of Victoria, noted that in 2012 Australia ranked seventh in Transparency Internationals global corruption index, but that today we were ranked 13th.

The lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free, he has written in an opinion piece for the Herald.

Mr Harper writes that the lack of an effective federal anti-corruption watchdog had allowed corruption to flourish undetected and, in turn, allowed federal politicians to hide behind the myth that the federal sphere is free of corruption.

In NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, extraordinarily serious instances of corruption have been unearthed by royal commissions or broad-based anti-corruption authorities, he writes.

A survey by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) found that 40 per cent of past, present and prospective suppliers to government agencies believed corruption in public sector procurement to be either a major or moderate problem.

Corruption in the states is certain to be replicated federally and if procurement in the states is a problem, federal procurement is necessarily fraught. In 2009, the Defence Department alone sought tenders for more than $45 billion. When money of this magnitude meets power and greed, as inevitably it will, corruption or attempts to corrupt are the result.

Mr Harpers piece was written in support of a briefing paper prepared by the Australia Institute, which is lobbying for a similar federal body, for federal crossbenchers, who last month announced their support for a federal anti-corruption body. Labor also supports the proposal. So far the government has opposed such a body, or discussed one with far more limited powers.

The paper finds that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption remai...


The humanity and inhumanity of a call centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 36pm Friday shift is known as one of the worst. Personally, I prefer it to Monday morning, maybe because I sympathise with people being leaving work, not getting to it. Anyway, Friday shifts are intense. Theyre busy. School has finished. People leave work early. Its the shift change for drivers. Trains are usually out somewhere. Its bloody awful for everyone.


Sign our letter against the damaging RCEP trade deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

See AFTINETs latest leaflet here and send a message to the trade Minister here.

The  TPP-12 corporate agenda faced opposition in most TPP countries, especially the US, where there was bipartisan opposition leading to the US withdrawal in 2017. But the Japanese and  Australian governments led the push to resurrect the TPP-11 and are pushing to repeat the same  model in other trade agreements. Next in line is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 


Cant Help You, Im Not Qualified Attorney-General Porter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The A-gs HQ

by Dee McLachlan

I wrote to all the Attorneys-General on 27 September, 2018, describing that This is utter madness that we cannot help these children NOW...


RCEP giant trade deal talks to continue in 2019 as civil society resistance grows "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 November 2018: CEP Ministers from 16 countries meeting in Singapore have confirmed in a statement that they will miss the deadline of finishing the agreement in 2018, and that talks will continue in 2019. the statement says that seven of twenty chapters of the agreement have been completed. 

The Regional comprehensive Economic Partnership talks between China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 ASEAN countries, covering half the worlds population, began in 2012 and have missed many deadlines.

The deal is bigger and more secretive than the TPP.

The delay follows ongoing disagreements over TPP-like proposals on foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) and stronger monopolies on medicines from Japan and South Korea, which have been resisted by India and some ASEAN governments. There are also disagreements about tariffs, trade in services and other issues.

Pressure has also come from civil society groups in many of the member countries, which oppose ISDS and stronger medicine monopolies, which would delay the availability of cheaper medicines and other restrictions on government regulation in the public interest.

See AFTINETs latest leaflet here and send a message to the trade Minister here.


How to organise a call centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Im one of the delegates in my workplace I have been so for about a year. In that time, Im proud to say, weve successfully increased union membership from 30% to 96%. How did we do this? By taking up political questions in the workplace that are relevant to broader society such as marriage equality, refugees and the racist demonisation of the South Sudanese community, as well as agitating and campaigning around issues at our workplace to improve our working conditions.



Clinton Foundation donations tanking "IndyWatch Feed National" Money to Clintons' nonprofit tapers for third year in row Donations down 57.8% in 1 year by Frank E. Lockwood | November 11, 2018 Donations to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation dropped sharply in 2017, the third-straight year of declining revenue. Contributions, which peaked during the foundation's...


Report shows the scale of government handouts to the rich "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

A report commissioned by Anglicare from Per Capita brings out some of the details to what most people already know, that is, that the richest part of Australian society receives much more government support than the poorest.

When the study, using Treasury data, ABS figures and the University of Melbournes HILDA survey, shows that major tax concessions to the top end cost taxpayers $135 billion a year, it comes as no surprise to anyone. It amounts to far more than the combined cost of Newstart, the age pension, family assistance payments and disability payments.

And governments have continually insisted that welfare payments are a burden on society and remained tight lipped on handouts to the best off.

It is even more telling when more than half of these handouts go to the richest fifth of Australian society. They get $68.5 billion a year.  Every person on a wage has to pay $37 a week to fund this.

This generosity comes through tax concessions. Compare this to the bottom 20 percent who get $6 billion.

The report however, only looks at benefits paid out in terms of households. While it does factor in, the ability of wealthier households engaged in business to use discounts existing in the taxation system to offset expenditures, by claiming them as household expenditures, it does not consider benefits going to corporations. If this is included, the benefit going to the top would show to be much bigger.

For example, Foxtel pocketed a $30 million handout last year and avoided paying $8.3 billion in tax for three years.  This is only one case. According to the Tax Office, 354 companies operating in Australia avoided paying income on $911 billion, and last year, said said that 36 percent of  companies pay no tax. This is not the complete picture either. WikiLeaks Paradise Papers disclosures, gave a good idea of the scale of the tax avoidance industry through transferring funds to tax free havens, and this includes Australia.

In the 2015-16 financial year,...


SOTT FOCUS: The crucifixion of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including...

SOTT FOCUS: The Crucifixion of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange's sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenn Moreno - who calls Assange an "inherited problem" and an impediment to better relations with Washington - is making the WikiLeaks founder's life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including...


Above or below? Aussie PM grilled on hot topic of the day: Proper placement of onions in sausage sandwiches "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are fired up as tensions simmer across the country over one of the hottest topics to skewer public opinion: should the onions be placed above or below the sausage in a certain national delicacy? Wildly popular Australian hardware chain Bunnings, known for its charity fundraiser barbecues and its delicious 'snags' (a sausage sandwich), recently told staff to put onions under the sausages amid health and safety concerns over renegade loose onions escaping and causing patrons to slip. The debate has gotten so out of control, it has even entered the international political sphere.


Writers, submit your short fiction to our future sex edition! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is seeking fiction submissions for a special online edition themed around future sex, to be edited by Michalia Arathimos. We are looking for stories that engage with what our changing sexualities look like, both now and in the future.


Donald Elley Blog-Site. There is no other voice anywhere near as strong for Christian and Biblical truth in Pentecostal circles in Australia or New Zealand as this blog-site. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.

God led me to start this blog-site in 2011. The thing is though, I didnt know He was initiating it.

I started this blog-site as a travel log and kind of shared diary in 2011 when I was about to go to Japan and travel about a bit.

With Gods leading and guidance, this blog-site has evolved into what it is today.

In 2011, one of my two adult daughters Rebeccah, a journalist, said to me, Dad, youre doing some interesting things. Why dont you start a blog-site.

I replied, Whats a blog-site?. Becky helped me set it up, and the rest is history.

This blog-site has had 850,000 views

This blog-site has had 850,000 views. Articles read most are about Hillsong and Brian Houston.

Yesterday there were 506 visitors (readers) to this site, reading 713 articles. When Brian Houston was at the Royal Commission in 2014 ther...



Australia: Muslims laugh as theyre found guilty of jihad plot to massacre non-Muslims on Christmas Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why did they laugh? Because they have nothing but contempt for the Infidel court, and because they are secure in the knowledge that they were trying to do a great thing for Allah. Its not hard to kill a person with a machete. It just takes one slice to the neck. Thats per Quran 47:4, []


Australian woman finds needle in pear just after strawberry scare arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was just on Sunday when a woman was arrested and charged with contaminating strawberries in Australia's Queensland. But it looks like the fruit saga is far from over as a needle was again spotted... this time in a pear. Clare Bonser, a make up artist with ABC News Breakfast, said she was driving on Tuesday as she casually "chomped on" her pear. For some lucky twist of fate, she happened to look down at the fruit before taking the next bite. That was when she spotted the menace and managed to just narrowly avoid being injured by the spiky item. "At first I just put it on the seat next to me and tried to process what I saw, then realised, 'Oh crumbs'," Bonser said.


Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals And Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the past 6 years in the embassy, the UK government has refused his request for access to basic health needs: fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper medical and dental care according to Christine Assange and Julian Assanges lawyer, Greg Barns. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated; and his examining doctors warn these detention conditions are life-threatening. The slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London, Christine expressed. Assanges doctor, Sean Love, has previously stated in an opinion piece that depriving him of medical care is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Adding, It is time for Australia to intervene.


Tangible Evidence: UK Funding Killer Robot Drone Project Leaked Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sputnik November 14, 2018 In 2017, hundreds of academics in Canada and Australia called for a pre-emptive ban on the development and use of lethal autonomous robotics, a move that became part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The development of killer robot drones has actively been funded by the British government, which is []


I Lost My Passport And Found My Calm In India "IndyWatch Feed National"

The noise, the chaotic traffic that felt like a death-sentence every time I attempted to cross the road, the perpetually-burning incense: for me, India was a slap-in-the-face that was overwhelming and invigorating.

Women in saris of every colour you could think of were bent over sweeping rubble, glittering red and gold and turquoise and purple in the sunshine optimistically pushing its way through the smog. Men carried everything from buckets of water to couches, with huge bands strapped around their foreheads to help carry the load, and entire families managed to squeeze onto one motorbike. Once, I counted seven people.

It was my first trip on my own; no family, no friends, just me, my passport and my backpack. Id been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder the year before, so India was a surprising choice of places to venture on my own. Yet amongst this utter chaos that theoretically should have been sending me spiraling into a panic attack (I struggle going into my local supermarket on a busy day), the millions of people, the sounds of cars and bikes and markets and camels and oxen had me feeling paradoxically calm.

I was absolutely in love with this country.

Id met my tour group that afternoon; wed huddled awkwardly in the foyer, sharing stories of what wed done that day, contents of our first aid kits and souvenirs wed paid far too much for.  Our guide, Shiva, went through the itinerary for the trip, and we then left the frenetic energy of Delhi that evening and headed into the desert to Bikaner via train.

On the overnight train, we squeezed into tiny bunks three up each wall and I stumbled across my first problem for the trip. My bed was barely big enough for me, let alone my large backpack. Shiva, noticing my frustration asked what was wrong, noticed that yes, indeed, my pack was taking up an impractical amount of space and why didnt I just leave it under the bunks with the rest of the luggage?

It will be safe, he assured me, nodding wisely.

Well, if this man Ive known for roughly 12 hours says it will be safe on this rickety, creaking train, it must be safe, I reasoned.

Okay! I beamed, and with a joyous heave I squished my pack passport and all under the bunks.

Shiva was probably unaware that my passport was in there or else he may have provided me with less awful advice.



Leafy seadragons of South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

4 November 2018

In an epic expedition down under, the Bird family goes on a search for the most exquisite seahorse in the worldthe Leafy Seadragon! Just south of Adelaide in South Australia is a place where the Leafies can be found! But the water is cold and the wind is blowing!

JONATHAN BIRDS BLUE WORLD is an Emmy Award-winning underwater science/adventure series featuring underwater cinematographer/naturalist Jonathan Bird.


Bruiseberries "IndyWatch Feed National"

A nightclub in Chengdu. The floor vibrates. My legs jiggle like jackhammers. The Chinese promoter Catherine dispenses more Jger like medication to us three outsiders. All wearing fluffy panda hats for some reason, were taking silly photos with others and I bow in front of groups of girls like in ancient times or do the kungfu respect stance with a fist into a straight palm. They giggle and mirror my movements. Im making out with a girl in a white T-shirt and she purposely bites my tongue. I push her away and say fuck off, curious about what kind of person she must be.

Catherines mind looks somewhere else. I want to find out more about her, if she does this almost every night and if shes fulfilled, what does she really hope for when shes lying in bed alone, whats the thing from her past holding her back. But when I touch her palm and yell into her ear, the deafening music slams my weakening voice and I realise this place sucks, only allowing surface hi-fives and empty laughter.

White T-shirt waves from a booth and the Jger is hitting me hard and, shit, why am I sitting with my arm around this girl now? My tongue is tentative. Her lips are wild fruits. Smudged mulberries on my cheek. Were walking off and her hand is numb and the elevator drops us to a bright lobby.

Taxis line the curb. Jumping in the front seat I tell the driver Shuangqiaolu and show him Shuangqiao Road station on the metro app. My place is only 15 minutes away. After 20 minutes, something doesnt feel right. I check the map on my phone and weve headed the complete opposite direction, out of the city. White T-shirt has overridden me and given her address.

What the fuck? I turn to the back seat. She doesnt respond.

After 45 minutes, were out of the taxi and shes arguing with the driver. The street is empty. Trees from a park across the road create pleasant, clean air a facade of a place where good things happen. She waves her phone, claiming she paid with the WeChat or AliPay app, I guess. But the driver dismisses it, motioning his hands fiercely and raising his voice.

I get between them, trying to mediate and find out the exact problem. She wont say anything to me, just keeps yelling in Mandarin. At this point I dont even know how much of my English she understands.

A policeman comes over, but the arguing doesnt stop. Seems like shes gonna hit the driver. She speed-walks away, up the street, receding into the distance, leaving me with the cop and taxi driver and I dont know what to...

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Greece-Ecuador-Australia: Joint police operation to dismantle cocaine-trafficking ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

A major police operation in cooperation of Greek, US and Ecuador authorities to dismantle an international cocaine-trafficking ring is underway on Wednesday.

Simultaneous arrests are taking place in Greece and Ecuador after authorities in the Latin American country found and confiscated 300 kg cocaine on a yacht.

The yachts was to transfer the cocaine to Australia and from there the drugs were to end up in Europe via Greece.

The worth of the 300kg drugs is estimated to be over 1.5 million euros.

Greek police has arrested two Greeks and one Albanian national who are suspected for having organized the cocaine transfer from Ecuador to Australia.

One of the Greeks is reportedly owner of a cafeteria, the other one was a cars dealer. According to media, the three are the masterminds of the international drugs trafficking ring.

No further details have been reported about the case. More arrests are expected in Greece.

Another six people have been arrested in Ecuador.

Greek police has been reportedly cooperating with US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The post Greece-Ecuador-Australia: Joint police operation to dismantle cocaine-trafficking ring appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Australia: Tax Regulator Warns of Fraudulent Requests for Tax Payment via BTC ATMs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ATO publication states that Australians have reported over 28,000 scam attempted associated with the ATO, and have paid nearly $1 million to scammers


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

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


Open-access journal editors resign after alleged pressure to publish mediocre papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance. The conflict is familiar for many commercial open-access publishers: Because authors pay fees per published article (about $1800 in the case of Nutrients), the publisher has an incentive to publish as many as possible. On the other hand, scientists prefer to publish in choosy, reputable journals, and academic journal editors want to maintain this quality. On 15 August, the editor-in-chief of the journal, Jon Buckley, of the University of South Australia in Adelaide, received an email from MDPI announcing his replacement at the end of the year by someone who would "bring different ideas on board." Buckley says this was an excuse to push him aside because of his strict editorial policy. He resigned immediately, and nine other senior editors...



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

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

The post Australias Science Agency & Commonwealth Bank Trial Blockchain Smart Money appeared first on CCN


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Removing past homosexual offences

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

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

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

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

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

Fairer birth certificate laws

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For interviews or further information please call:

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


First Nations Lead, APAM Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.80 AUD


Seeking a new fiction editor "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The end of an era "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


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


by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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


Australian addresses London Grenfell disaster survivors "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

From the World Socialist Web Site in London, England:

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

By our reporter

13 November 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The NBN Co, in Australia is a huge failure.

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

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

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


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

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


Video by AJ+


The Massive U.S. Arms Trade, Visualized

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

Posted by AJ+ on Thursday, November 8, 2018


The post Video: One third of the worlds weapons come from the U.S. appeared first on The Pen.


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

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


The Kansas City Bleach Brigade "IndyWatch Feed National"


by G5

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

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

Therefore the food had to be destroyed.

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

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


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

Contributed by Ugly

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

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

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

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

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

Melbourne is the city most vulnerable to a water shortage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the company's website:

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

The Gift of Endless Memory "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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


Crucifying Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

Tuesday, 13 November


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

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

Singing in the shower Trespass, South Mackay

November 12, 2018 at 02:18PM ,

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

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

MACKAY November 13, 2018 at 03:03PM ,

Woman tried to run down husband in her car

November 13, 2018 at 03:03PM ,

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

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

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges, Mackay

November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

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

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

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 08:41AM ,

Mackay man extradited over alleged child sex assaults

November 12, 2018 at 08:41AM ,

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

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

MACKAY November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Unlawful use of the motor vehicle charges in Mackay, QLD

November 12, 2018 at 11:18AM ,

Mackay police have charged a man and two teenage boys following their investigations into a number of property related offences in Mackay over the

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

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


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

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


Here Come The Cenobites "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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