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Monday, 13 August


Who are Antipodean Resistance? (August 2018 Update) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre not outraged, youre not paying attention. ~ Heather Heyer (19852017) Briefly: Antipodean Resistance are a neo-Nazi grouplet which emerged out of the United Patriots Front swamp in 2016. I wrote about the group in September 2017 and again Continue reading


Gov agencies to use new data on who's using your phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Data is the new gold / crude [oil], where you are the product.


Since the early days of Australia, the administration keeps fairly detailed documents on the inhabitants of the colony, where promissory notes were born, but that's another story altogether.

The major difference being that in the early days the paper trail was very costly and slow for the administration. 

The first era of computing, while still costly (not that it actually mattered, as the tax slaves were paying for their own surveillance), enabled central databases to be used and accessed by the authorities, speeding up the information flow throughout the agencies.

As technology progressed so did the data storage capacity on each individual.

With the entry of GSM technology into the public arena, a new level of surveillance was reached where the phone user could be tracked to within a reasonably accurate area, something that the general population was blissfully unaware of  where this data was originally stored exclusively within the telecommunications community, available to law enforcement upon request.

As mobile phone technology matured more and more electronics were crammed into the humble mobile communicating device where today the following censors are installed as seen in graphic below.

With the new sensors in place such as proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope and light sensor new logarithms are being used to identify individuals (front camera, biometric login aside) from the behaviour logged by the user's phone.



Trip from Melbourne to Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey all, I want to visit my mate in Cairns around the same time as the Melbourne school holidays (Sept. 22 - Oct. 6). I don't have much money. Does anyone know if there are any clever routes that gets you to Cairns whilst saving a bit of money? Flights are ideal, but with school holidays, they're quite pricey too. Thanks so much :)

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Baird unleashes on her audience, revealing right wing bias "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the last two weeks Ive been busily building a couple of datasets and developing a site to track ABC panellists, their affiliations and number of appearances.

Show Panellist Current/Past Position Date
QandA Simon Breheny Current Director of Policy 19th Feb
The Drum Daniel Wild Current Research Fellow 13th Apr
The Drum Chris Berg Current Adjunct Fellow 23rd Apr
QandA John Roskam ...


Australian men required for a 20 minute survey (18 years and over) "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi everyone,

I am a psychology student looking for participants from all across Australia to complete my survey regarding health behaviours. It would be amazing if you could help my colleague and I out via your participation.

If you are:

  1. Over the age of 18?
  2. Fluent in English?
  3. An Australian Citizen or Resident?

You are invited to participate in our study relating to individual differences on health behaviours.

Participation involves answering a couple of short questionnaires, which should take approximately 20 minutes (maximum) to complete.

Participation is voluntary, online and completely anonymous.

This study is being conducted by the friendly 4th year Psychology Students Danae Schwartz and Tanya Balakumar under the supervision of Dr Samia Toukhsati and Mr Justin Timora.

Please follow the link below if you are interested in participating or if you know of someone who is keen to participate and meets the criteria.

Should you have any further questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Researcher at [](

Thank you in advanced!

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Night Parrot: More bits and pieces from the new book "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Night Parrot - pic by John Young
I wrote about Penny Olsen's new book, Night Parrot, in The Weekend Australian of 11-12 August, 2018, highlighting research issues between Bush Heritage Australia and Australian Wildlife Conservacy; ongoing controversy over John Young's 2013 rediscovery; and the disappointingly low number of Night Parrots recorded since then. There is much more to the book, however. I'm outlining here a grab bag of notes from the book, with a bit of commentary woven through.

Captain Charles Sturt mounted two expeditions through the Australian outback in search of an inland sea. He didn't find a sea, but his expedition naturalist, John McDouall Stuart, collected the first specimen of a night parrot in 1845 on the second of these forays. The bird was shot on the western edge of Lake Lady Blanche in northern South Australia. Thought initially to be a Ground Parrot, it was not until 1861 that John Gould recognised it as a new species. Sturt noted the bird had dark green plumage mottled with black.



Papua New Guinea has opportunities in carbon capture says ecologist Tim Flannery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has opportunities in the emerging carbon capture techniques, climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Brisbane. He pointed to forests, soil and marine as potential commercial areas.

Ecologist Tim Flannery says PNG has opportunities in carbon capture. Source: BAI

Sadly, we have come to an agreement very late on climate change, said Flannery.

We are now in a situation that we have emitted so much greenhouse gas that we will almost certainly cross the threshold that we are trying to avoidunless we are gong to draw down enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This is a separate matter from the deployment of clean energy and solar; that is going ahead very strongly now.

The use of natural gas is replacing more carbon heavy fuels such as diesel. That will all happen, I think because of economic forces and the global agreement.

Reforestation is one of the biological pathways.

There is a whole new area which will become increasingly important as time goes by which is how do we get some of the gas out of the air.

Do it at a profit, or at least do it in a way that is cost effective.


Flannery said there are two ways of sequestering carbon dioxide. Sequestration is a process by which carbon dioxide, considered to be the cause of global warming, is removed from the atmosphere and held in solid or liquid form.

One technique uses biological pathways. They are great because you use plants and photosynthesis is free.

The other uses chemical pathways. Both have their drawbacks and their opportunities.

Flannery said reforestation is one of the biological pathways for capturing carbon.

Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands have, I think, a huge future in marine aquaculture.



Poverty rate twice as high in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 13 August 2018

SACOSS is today releasing a substantial piece of research into poverty in SA.  This includes the calculation of a brand new and more accurate poverty line specific to SA. This is the first time SA-specific data has been used in this way.


Australian men required for 20 minute survey "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi everyone,

I am a psychology student looking for participants from all across Australia to complete my survey regarding health behaviours. It would be amazing if you could help my colleague and I out via your participation.

If you are:

  1. Over the age of 18?
  2. Fluent in English?
  3. An Australian Citizen or Resident?

You are invited to participate in our study relating to individual differences on health behaviours.

Participation involves answering a couple of short questionnaires, which should take approximately 20 minutes (maximum) to complete.

Participation is voluntary, online and completely anonymous.

This study is being conducted by the friendly 4th year Psychology Students Danae Schwartz and Tanya Balakumar under the supervision of Dr Samia Toukhsati and Mr Justin Timora.

Please follow the link below if you are interested in participating or if you know of someone who is keen to participate and meets the criteria.

Should you have any further questions regarding this study, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Researcher at [](

Thank you in advanced!

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PERTH Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House .

August 13, 2018 at 12:14PM .

failing to comply with a direction to stop; and reckless driving to escape pursuit by police. She is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on .




PERTH One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens .

August 12, 2018 at 02:52PM .

an incident occasioning death or grievous bodily harm. The 19-year-old Nulsen man was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. .


PERTH Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA .

August 13, 2018 at 08:30AM .

Around 2.20am this morning (13 August 2018), Cannington Police were on patrol when they sighted a white Mazda vehicle travelling at speed along .



PERTH Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance .

August 12, 2018 at 09:48AM .

an incident occasioning death and failing to report an incident occasioning death. He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. .


PERTH Esperance man charged following fatal crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Esperance man charged following fatal crash .

August 12, 2018 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash officers have charged a 19 year-old Nulsen man as a result of their investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Monjingup near .



Very un-detailed update from me on the GILLARD/AWU Slush Fund prosecution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dave McAlpine has spent the past week or so in Perth. We've been active on the documents front with a detailed submission seeking exquisitely targeted documents. The first step in acquiring documentary evidence is to know precisely what you want. The second step is to find out who's got it....


MSMs Fake War, Part 1: Marjorie Pritchards Coordinated Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Target Identified, Firing The Globe firing a salvo at Trump to protect their fake news factory #fakenewsfactory.

by Dee McLachlan

There is a coordinated attack on President Donald Trump, and his information war on mainstream medias Fake news.

War of Words

Mary Maxwell reported from Boston yesterday that the media is feeling hurt by Trumps remark that the media is the enemy of the public. Also, a 10 August, 2018 article in the Boston Globe alerted its readers that its...


Inner city apartment construction halves "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Apartment construction drops

Handy stuff from the Bliebster at the AFR today, citing JLL's latest market report on apartment construction. 

In Sydney the number of inner city apartments under construction more than halved from 16,143 by the end of the June 2018 quarter from 39,621 a year earlier, he reports. 

In Brisbane the equivalent drop has been from 11,048 inner city apartments under construction to 6,877, which also comes as little surprise to readers here. 

This was always going to happen, but in the event it came about a few months later than I'd expected...c'est la vie.

As I noted in a recent free market report, only Melbourne of the eastern seaboard capitals has the requisite dynamics to sustain high levels of apartment construction at the present time.

In fact, Melbourne apartments under construction jumped 23 per cent in the June quarter according to the JLL figures, underscoring the point.

The latest ABS available figures relate all the way back to the beginning of the calendar year, so given that we're now in mid-August these are very dated, although they did confirm that the glut of unit completions was beginning to rain in for Sydney and Brisbane early in the year. 

Temporary spike in rental vacancies......


Racists on speaking tour: rethinking our response "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back, I went to hear Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, two right-wing nationalist speakers who recently finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand, speak at Sydneys International Convention Centre. My attendance was part study, part curiosity about their audience and influence.


Killing in the Name Of "IndyWatch Feed National"

The reactions are diverse when you tell someone youve decapitated a live chicken in Vietnam: Ive been laughed at for my inept bravery, labelled as a bloodlust sicko and given a pat on the back. One things for sure: it peels open a fresh can of controversial worms.

Nearly all of us kill animals every day. If its not for Fridays steak night, its sporting trendy fur coats, leather boots or placing a bet on a lucky horse. Whether you like it or not, animals are being killed for our convenience. Thats a dry weetbix or two kinda breakfast. Fucked.

Killing something has always been on the agenda for me. Not in a murderous, cult-killing compulsive kind of way. I dont idealise butchery and youll still see me sobbing through the scene where the horse drowns in Never Ending Story. But as a sucker for self-sustainment and self-growth, I had always wanted to see how capable I was of killing my own food, with my own hands, as opposed to conveniently allowing someone else to do it for me.

It was almost comedic that I found a place called Pub with Cold Beer in the peaceful Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, where tourists are offered the violent opportunity to select and kill a chicken for their lunch. The ride out there was scenic and tranquil, and despite my spine feeling like it may be permanently hunched after 20 minutes of navigating potholes on a scooter, we passed farmers tending to their crops with a backdrop of limestone mountains.



PROPERTY TYCOON SON SEES RED AND HITS & RUNS! James Malouf, son of Sydney real estate agent Bill Malouf, guilty of running over woman but media was all silent "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Six years ago, the son of one of Sydney's most wealthy and powerful real estate agents ran a red light without slowing down and then almost killed an innocent woman crossing the road, before attempting to flee. It's an incident which would usually be reported on by many journalists. But in a city addicted to real estate speculation and property development, there are suggestions the media helped shut down the story. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]


Alluvial Mining Meet Begins In Lae This Week "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | August 12, 2018

The Mineral Resources Authority will stage its 4th annual alluvial mining convention and trade show on August 14-15 at the Lae International Hotel.

Participants, presenters and attendees will include various stakeholders including gold exporters, miners and service providers.

Alluvial miners number more than 100,000 collectively contributing K300 million to the national economy in 2017.

This is an important sector of the economy that will rightly be given the attention it deserves by the government through MRA.

Under the theme transitioning the alluvial mining sector for growth, the two day program will cover programs and initiatives the MRAs mines inspectorate has in terms of regulating safety in the alluvial mining sector.

Safety while conducting alluvial mining is an issue that the MRA has been addressing.


Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......


Raw Mandarin Shrub Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres a simple Mandarin Shrub recipe from our own homegrown fermentation guru Holly Davis (author of the Pip Shop bestseller Ferment). The recipe features in the latest Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar 2019 (available now for pre-order from the Pip Shop!)

Raw Mandarin Shrub*


  • 660 g (3 cups) of raw sugar
  • 6 mandarins, peel only
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 750 ml (3 cups) mandarin juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar



Combine the sugar and mandarin peel in a food processor or blender and blitz for 10 seconds, until the mixture is a rough pulp.

Pour into a bowl and add the lemon zest, mandarin juice and vinegar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Cover with a clean tea towel and leave at room temperature to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the liquid.

Decant the liquid into a sterilised glass bottle or jar, seal and refrigerate.

Makes approximately 1 litre (4 cups). The shrub can be used immediately or wait 3-4 weeks to allow the flavours to mellow. It can be kept for up to 12 months or more.

Recipe: adapted from the book Ferment by Holly Davis (Murdoch Books 2017). Photograph: Robyn Rosenfeldt

*A shrub is an old fashioned fermented fruit drink (used like a cordial).

The Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar is back for 2019 and its bigger and better than ever! Featuring a beautiful pull-out sow when planting poster, moon phases gardening guide and 12 scrumptious seasonal recipes.

With recipes and beautiful photographs from:
  1. Stephanie Alexander
  2. Paul West (River Cottage Australia)
  3. Milkwood Permaculture
  4. Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil...


Moon Planting Guide gardening by the phases of the moon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Moon planting or using the phases of the moon to guide your monthly gardening activities can help to maximise the potential of your harvests. The moons phases influence gravitational pull on Earth, from our tidal oceans down to the moisture in the earth and plants.

Due to popular demand, this year our 2019 Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar will feature a handy moon planting guide, with symbols on each day of the year guiding you as to which phase of the moon we are in, and which garden activities are best performed. The calendar is coming soon, and available for pre-order now!

There are four phases of the moon in each monthly cycle: new moon, second quarter, full moon and fourth quarter. On the day of a new moon phase its best to rest from gardening before beginning the activities most beneficial in the next phase. Below we share the best activities undertaken in each of these phases of the moon.

New moon: leaves and grains

New moon Venus Mars Feb. 20 2015

In the new moon phase light increases and lunar gravity pulls water higher. In the garden this means balanced plant growth. This phase of the moon is ideal for sowing plants with edible leaves and seed heads

Second quarter: fruits

First quarter of the moon

In the second quarter light increases further as the moon grows fuller. There is less gravitational pull, making this time ideal for leaf growth. This phase of the moon is ideal for sowing plants that fruit.



Kuru Disease, PNG, and a Pedophile Connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scrapie is found in sheep and goats (photo Science News )

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

When I was a student at Johns Hopkins University in 1976, one of our teachers excitedly announced that Carleton Gadjusek had won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the origin of the brain disease, kuru.

I have my doubts about that disease.  I have my doubts that Gajdusek and other persons from the USs National Institute of Health heard of people in a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea suffering a neurological ailment and went to investigate.

Pardon me if I am carrying my scepticism too far. I have researched the work of the Louis Pasteur and consider him to be an all-around fraud, so saying the same...


Video: Israeli airstrikes have been targeting civilian neighbourhoods in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israel is continuing its war against Palestinian civilians in GAZA. A bock of flats is repeatedly targeted by missiles. The victims are not combatants. In this case one man died and a woman lost her unborn child and toddler son. This raid carried out last week is only one instance of the continuing bombardment that is going on. There was conflict with Hamas and some missiles were fired into Israel. But it should be noted that was is a response to military action against civilians that has been continuous for some time.

Tin any case, there is no excuse for deliberately targeting non-combatants. It is the application of a policy of collective punishment, because the Palestinian population does not want to live under the boot. The Israeli government claims that these people want to destroy Israel. The reality is that all Palestinian political groups support its existence. They just want to be treated as equals and have their homeland.

Video by Mohamed Mosleh


#Gaza Under Savage #Israeli Attack-For the past 16 hours, #Israeli airstrikes have been targeting civilian neighborhoods in #Gaza nonstop.Casualties: A Pregnant Woman in Her 9th Month, Her Unborn Baby & Her 1 & 1/2 Year Old Son in Addition to 1 Man

Posted by Mohamed Mosleh on Thursday, August 9, 2018


UN leader condemns deadly Gaza school strike as criminal act
Video from euronews (in English)


Israeli leader Netanyahu defines terrorism and it looks like Israel


Video from The Young Turks


The post...


Rufous Songlark at Monsildale Rd Kilcoy reported by Bernie and Linda McIvor on 10-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sitting in the afternoon sun with a smokey glow from grass fires. Plenty of Raptors about too, hunting toasted insects. we saw plenty of Black Shouldered kites, Brown falcons, Kestrels and two Swamp harriers. Wedge tailed eagles were carving circles in the sky, always an awesome sight as they catch the thermals. Great day with a total of 71 species for the day. The highlight was the 17 - 25 brown quail, and the painted button quail, and a flock of at least 70 double bar finches, good to see that many.


Turnbull's spirited indifference for Ben Roberts Smith VC MG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull is revolting. Lower than a snake's backside. Ben is suing Fairfax for the mother of all defamation payouts. He's also instructed his lawyers to brief the Australian Federal Police on the prima facie breaches of the criminal law disclosed by Fairfax's behaviour. Here's part of his statement: The current...


Their ABC gathers a few average Aussies to lecture us on how good Their ABC is "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vested interests much? Their ABC for the latte set. #ABCyours? More like #UpYours from Their ABC.




Ian Lloyd Neubauer | Penthouse | 13 July 2018

Cut from the pages of a glossy travel brochure and just smaller than Hawaiis Big Island, Bougainville is blessed with incredible natural resources: sugar-white beaches, fisheries, hyper-fertile soil and one of the largest untapped mineral deposits on the planet copper, silver, gold and uranium estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

The largest known concentration of minerals lies in Panguna Mine, a vast hole in the ground in the Guava Mountains of central Bougainville. Between 1972 and 1989 it provided nearly half of PNGs GDP and made billions in profit for its operator, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), a former subsidiary of Rio Tinto.



GobiGate: UFO Base Exposed by Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor Call it fun.  We know Google Earth clouds over and superimposes fake images over sites that expose a narrative the public is excluded from. Sources tell us that bases in the US and Australia have been Google Earthed with large triangular craft, by large we mean over a kilometer across, []


Govt could underwrite coal and gas power stations under NEG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are confident of getting party room support for NEG, even if it means the govt underwriting new coal-fired power stations. Photo Mick Tsikas.

CANBERRA, AAP The federal government could underwrite billions of dollars in investment in new coal- and gas-powered plants as it looks to shore up support for its National Energy Guarantee.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce his support for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposal at the coalition party room meeting on Tuesday.

Under the ACCC plan, the government would underwrite new power generation whether that be from coal, gas or renewables.

The move is likely to calm the waters within a divided coalition party room, with the new assets to supply power to large energy users. This would have the effect of lowering power prices in general.

The focus is on getting cheap power into the system. It decreases prices for everyone, a source told The Daily Telegraph. It would also curtail the control major energy providers have on the market.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims is expected to brief Nationals MPs on the idea at a separate meeting on Monday.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is confident his coalition colleagues will back the NEG after the plan won in-principle support from the states and territories.

Senior Labor MP Tony Burke said it would be extraordinary for the prime minister to underwrite new coal-fired power stations.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to again use our money, taxpayer money, to fund something thats not about the future, Mr Burke told the ABC.

If no one else in Australia is willing to invest in new coal-fired power stations, why is Malcolm Turnbull willing to do it with taxpayer money?

Several high-profile government backbenchers, including Liberal Tony Abbott and Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, have threatened to cross the floor on the policy.

Senior government minister Alan Tudge hopes it doesnt come to that.

Obviously its not a good look and so I hope Tony Abbott will be able to sit down with Josh Frydenberg...


Slow Meat 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA & Slow Food Central Highlands Proudly Presents Slow Meat 2018


Slow Meat is a symposium that aims to educate the public and industry about the ecological and social costs associated with intensively-produced meat and highlight the regenerative and ethical alternatives.

If you'd like to learn more about Slow Meat and all the outstanding panels, feasts, and roundtables that it will entail, please read below.

Already familiar with the event? Jump right into these quick facts:

When: September 23-25
Where: Daylesford, VIC
Tickets: Available for purchase on Eventbrite
Discounts: 10% discounts available for AFSA members, and an additional 10% available to farmer members (20% discount total!)
Email for your discount code

Second Annual Slow Meat Calls to Eat "Less, Better Meat"


How do we get people to eat better meat, less? For the second year running, Slow Meat Australia will bring together farmers, butchers, chefs, and allies to try to answer this question.

The aim of the Slow Meat Australia Symposium is to enable the critical discussions needed to enable a shift away from the unsustainable and unethical practices of intensive industrial livestock production. Slow Meat Australia aims to educate the public and industry about the ecological and social costs associated with intensively-produced meat and highlight the regenerative and ethical alternatives. Over time, advocates for Slow Meat want to see an industry move towards the highest welfare, pastured farming systems that nourish land, animals and people.

Australias annual Slow Meat Symposium is a collaboration between the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and Slow Food Central Highlands...


Misconduct by banks and other financial institutions will not be stopped by tinkering at the edges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Founding chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, has slammed the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and accused it of being a toothless tiger, when it comes to dealing with the misconduct of the banks.

This is the body that is supposed to have the powers to deal with the matter.

Allan Fells, whose comment was broadcast on the ABCs AM program, makes a good point.

He also proposes that the powers be stripped from ASIC and  handed over to the ACCC, under the belief that it is more likely to take on wrongdoing. At least it couldnt be worse than it is now.

Fells suggested that fierce lobbying by the financial services sector meant that the ACCC did not get given the coverage, when supervisory powers over banks were being considered in the late 1990s. There is no doubt that this was true, and the rest is history.

Now that mountains of damaging information are coming out of the financial services royal commission,  regulation is coming up in the debate again.

Allegations of criminal conduct have been made some instances. For example, the National Australia Bank (NAB) has been accused of charging $3 million in fees to dead people. Many more allegations involve sub-standard service and the fleecing of customers.

Allan Fells also backs the Greens proposal for the breaking up of the banks to counter their existing monopoly.

The proposals have some merit and should be considered as part of the solution. Nevertheless, on their own, they are unlikely to make little difference.

The behaviour of the banks and other major financial institutions is not merely a problem to be tackled by tinkering with the organisation or the supervision and company structures on paper. Nor is this behaviour the result of a few rotten eggs. The problem is systemic and without a systemic approach, everything will remain as it is.

Systemic means the functions that the banks and other major financial institutions play in the economy and society. Their most important function is that they collect a pool of investment funds from the whole of society and make it available for doing business. Through this the financial system is integrated into the whole economy.

When the economy is dominated by a handful of corporations, the banks and other major financial institutions are not only integrated into this, but inevitably become the dominant force, in what increasingly takes the shape of a huge cartel. This provides enormous power over the whole economy, and this translates into power over the political system

In these conditions, the banks and other major financial institutions do...


Goshdarnit-aint-that-somethin purty "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Cutesy doesn't always cut it. But sometimes ... Zebra Finch male will never know just what a goshdarnit-aint-that-somethin' pose he struck out Woodstock way.

And she's pretty purty, too.

So too, though less chocboxy, male Mistletoebird, ca...


PNG turns protectionist in its APEC year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The first sign that Papua New Guinea would be taking a more protectionist trade policy came in late 2015, with the banning of a number of fresh fruit and vegetable imports from Australia. That ban was short-lived, but this last year has seen a major reversal in trade policy. For the last two decades, PNG has been following a policy of tariff reduction. As part of its negotiations with the World Bank and IMF, the country introduced a Tariff Reduction Program (TRP) in 1999, which set out tariff reductions to 2006. Despite some opposition, the TRP was upheld by a 2003 review, and the 1999 plans were broadly implemented. Another review in 2007 resulted in a further round of reductions out to 2018. The reductions planned and/or achieved are shown in the table below. It is important to note that most tariff lines (three-quarters) in PNG are in fact zero, with no tariffs being applied on imports of most goods for which there is no domestic production. The table below shows the tariff rates for those goods that are subject to tariffs. Since 1999, there have been three tariffs intermediate, protective and prohibitive. All have fallen significantly.

Non-zero tariff rates under PNGs two Tariff Reduction Programs (TRPs)

With a few exceptions, the tariff reductions were implemented over the last two decades as planned. The unweighted average of the three tariff categories fell from 42% in 1999 to 18% in 2015. The Import and Export Customs Tariff Act of 2012 legislated a series of tariff changes that would come into effect immediately, with further reductions to come into effect on January 1 2015, and yet more to be implemented on January 1 2018. However, in August 2017, the TRP was suspended. In legislation accompanying the 2018 budget (November 2017), about 250 tariffs lines were increased, and over 600 decreases were abandoned. On average, the tariff increases were moderate (about 7%), but...


Facepalm: Topless Aussie ladies rally against 'sexual objectification' "IndyWatch Feed National"

2014 saw the release of a documentary titled Free the Nipple which quickly prompted the creation of a global movement to uphold the notion that it should be legally and culturally acceptable for women to bare their nipples in public. About 50 topless protesters, including men and women, have gathered for a rally in the Australian town of Byron Bay as part of the global Free the Nipple movement, aimed at protesting against the criminalization and censorship of female breasts.


Americans Were Asked To Find North Korea On A Map, And The Result Is Cringe-Worthy "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich

The tension between North Korea and the United States may have lessened as a result of US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting,  but tensions between the two countries remain high. According to a poll conducted earlier this year, the majority of the American populace supports going to war with the Asian nation. As frightening as this may be, its even more concerning that the majority of US residents have no clue where North Korea actually is on a map.

The laughable discovery was made when Jimmy Kimmel and his team visited Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, and asked passersby to locate North Korea on a map.  Many citizens were upfront about their lack of geographic knowledge but guessed anyway. Their estimates ranged from Canada to the Middle East to Australia. Only the minority actually knew where North Korea is located.

If this made you gulp, watch the video below:

The United States of America very well may be the most war-hungry country on the planet. This is likely a result of the populace being sold the idea of nationalism. In turn, the populace defends political boundaries and its governments ideologies with blind faith.

Its a dangerous path for the American people to walk. Hopefully, this video featuring Jimmy Kimmel and countless other Americans will inspire the masses to re-think why they believe a...


Australian rain proves fiercer than expected "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the world warms, the storm clouds gather. And Australian rain is now often of a ferocity and intensity without precedent.

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Photos and Report from the Mechanos Wings and Wheels at Mackay Airport on Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

With sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'JM', we can bring you some excellent photos of some of the action at the very successful Mechanos Wings and Wheels which was held at Mackay Airport on Saturday 11 August.

As the photos show, 1000s of people from all over Mackay and surrounding areas ventured to Mackay Airport to check out a wide variety of locally-based General Aviation (GA) and ultralight aircraft and helicopters, as well as Graham Aviation (Cairns) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-FNI which visited for the day.


The Sherriffs Dept Has All The Emails I Recieved "IndyWatch Feed National"

Including this whole exchange :

This Is The Email Exchange Between Myself and IEATBABIES Who I Believe Is Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves

And within 30-45 minutes after I published this exchange was when my Gmail account got hacked- preventing me from making a YouTube video about it.

And this group of emails was NICE compared to others I recieved.

But the Sheriffs dept has them all- as I was just forwarding them as I got them.


The heroes of Manus & Nauru are just the people we need "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Our torpedo-headed anti-hero minister, Peter 'Mutton' Dutton


TUMBY BAY Australias torpedo-headed Minister for Xenophobia, Mutton Dutton, doesnt seem to be able to tell the difference between a migrant and an asylum seeker.

He doesnt understand that some people have the time and relative security to apply to migrate to Australia while others who are faced with an immediate threat to their health and well-being need to escape their countries quickly and in any way they can, including in leaky boats.

The walloper in Dutton believes that seeking asylum is tantamount to a criminal act and, as such, deserves punishment.

It is a familiar meme, particularly among conservative politicians who believe that people under stress, such as welfare recipients, are to blame for their circumstances and need to be dealt with harshly for their own good.

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist from Iran who has been imprisoned on Manus Island for the last five years, makes the point in an article in The Saturday Paper that there is a danger that the cruelty overseen by Dutton on Manus and Nauru is in the process of replicating itself throughout Australian society.

It is a good point but I suspect that it might be the other way round; that the cruelty already inherent in our welfare systems was simply applied by our government to asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.

Boochani has recently published a book about his experiences on Manus called No Friend But the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison and I am looking forward to reading it.

That he has managed to write the book in secret using nothing but his mobile telephone is a remarkable achievement.

That he has survived punitive imprisonment on Manus for five years and retained his sanity is also remarkable.

He is not alone of course. All of the asylum seekers who have survived on Manus and Nauru must be remarkably tough and resilient people.

I was watching our fake farmer and prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in a photo-op on television with some real drought...


China Fires On US Navy In the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of Chinas next move. China is in a similar position as to what Japan was in during 1929. They need natural resources to cover their expanding industrial base and the US is blocking them at every turn just like the US did in the 1930s. The Chinese have stationed their one aircaraft carrier in the South China Sea. They have also stationed their aircraft carrier killers at either end of the South China Sea as the United States sends and unprecedented 3 carrier task force into the region. Additionally, and more seriously, the Chinese fired upon the US Navy 3 days ago. could this be the start of a serious conflict between the 2 nations?


The post China Fires On US Navy In the South China Sea appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.


A society that perpetuates women living a death-row sentence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Michael Dom and PNG
Michael Dom


LAE - Recently there was a difference of opinion over poems related to gender violence in Papua New Guinea and in my view the squabbling overshadowed more important issues which could have been discussed openly.

The feud was related to reactions of PNG Attitude readers to the poem I am a PNG man, which was touted as a valid and parallel perspective to We are dying one by one (which I reproduce at the end of this essay).

There is no further argument offered here. Instead this review explores the process of writing in which We are dying one by one was developed. This article will elaborate on the sound of sense which readers picked up on and was within the poets skill to engender in their minds.

The mechanics stanza style

The poem We are dying one by one uses a three line stanza form based on the terza rima style but not in the same consistent meter. The unusual meter however was employed consistently in each stanza throughout the poem to create a familiar blend between the stanzas.

The sing-along rhythm contrasts candidly with the seriousness and complexity of the agenda about to be addressed. The agenda itself, violence against women and specifically rape, and the attitudes and behaviours with which it is associated are gradually exposed, only hinted at until the sixth stanza (there are nine such triplets), and this is also representative of the socially accepted and undertone nature of domestic violence.

The sing-along sound created in the first line is reminiscent of nursery rhymes. When reading the poem the tone of the first line is preset by the emotion raised in the following two lines of each stanza but this can only be realised by a second reading or by scanning forward. And by then the reader is unconsciously hooked by the rhythm and rhyme.

The second line of each stanza is an irregular meter of either eight or nine syllable length but the third...


Theres APEC, but we still have a country to run & to build "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Patrick Kaiku

PORT MORESBY - Later this year, Papua New Guinea will host the APEC leaders summit, a platform which government officials are will showcase PNG.

In recent times we have seen a flurry of events staged including sporting carnivals, multilateral summits and regional cultural festivals and are now accustomed to the argument that such occasions are necessary to display our country to the world.

But really how effective are they as methods of conducting diplomacy? What criteria are used to assess their outcomes? For instance, do they make more positive the attitudes and behaviour of foreigners towards PNG?

PNG bankrolls the staging of these events in the hope of demonstrating its offerings to the world. But another important avenue are public diplomacy initiatives.

Well targeted public diplomacy can be a cost-effective alternative to expensive public occasions. And it seems that the practice of public diplomacy is not very well understood by Papua New Guinean officials.

PNG currently does not have any coherent guide itself to what its global audience might be. In the absence of this kind of information, it stages events that are hard to measure against clearly stated objectives and hard to quantify in terms of their true effectiveness.

This years APEC summit could be used to initiate a comprehensive review of how PNG conducts its diplomacy in general and, more specifically, how it established its public diplomacy priorities.

The aim of public diplomacy is to positively communicate a countrys image to a foreign audience using a variety of communication tools. It is intended to build relationships: understand the needs of other countries, cultures and peoples; communicate our own points of view; correct misperceptions; and look for areas where we can find common cause.

It is concerned with a nations influence on the international stage and its image in the mind of international stakeholders.

Former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans once said, the images which others carry of us influe...


Christine Assange speaks out for Julian "IndyWatch Feed National"

On August 9th, Sydney beamed out strong support for Julian Assange with a live-to-air event: THE GAGGING OF JULIAN ASSANGE. The venue, with live audience, was Politics in the Pub at the Sydney Gaelic Club. Thanks goes to the #Unity4J movement and particularly its Stream Team, for their invaluable technical support.

The remote guest speakers were Julians mother, Christine Assange, and the President of the New Zealand Internet Party, Suzie Dawson, who spoke to the audience live from Moscow.

In Sydney, the speakers were Cathy Vogan, Professor Stuart Rees and Mike Head. Christine was interviewed two days earlier by Cathy Vogan, and this was pre-loaded to the stream. There had been mysterious problems, in getting her connected to the live monthly VIGILS that #Unity4J have been running, so no risks were taken

Here is the entire show, as broadcast on August 9th, with a direct link to Suzie Dawsons talk. As viewers will see from the opening remarks by Vogan, there was a power failure (and internet lockout) while Christines interview was playing. Dawson focuses on the #Unity4J movement to save Julian now 2700 people strong, and comprised of artists, writers, techs and speakers. She addresses the idea of bringing together people with different political opinions, who have one common aim, and how thats been panning out.

Big shout-out to Gard Lord, @Jarraparilla, for this list of the main points made by Christine Assange:

*** UK extradition does not require a prima facie case There is absolutely no proper legal process for my son. The US Grand Jury is in secret it has no defence allowed and it has no judge

*** If UK get him on the [bail] warrant, which should be defunct, they can then drop that [and] serve the Grand Jury indictment with no proper legal process. Then they can extradite Julian to the US, again without legal process because you dont have to present a prima facie case

*** And then,...


MACKAY Window, TV smashed at Andergrove house "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

Home Invasions, Murder & Assaults from May to August 2018.

Home Invasions, Murder & Assaults 2018.
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Israeli minister urges assassination of Hamas leaders "IndyWatch Feed National"


Miri Regev, the Israeli culture and sport minister. Miri Regev, the Israeli culture and sport minister.

Israeli culture and sport minister has called for the assassination of the leaders of Hamas Palestinian resistance movement, stressing that Israel should reinstate its policy of targeted assassinations.

Miri Regev told a recent meeting of local leaders of Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip that the Palestinian resistance movements senior officials should live in fear.

We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group, she added, referring to Hamas.

Other Israeli politicians likewise called on the Israeli leadership to come down harder on Hamas, which controls Gaza and has defended the enclave against three Israeli wars.

Leader of Israeli party Zionist Union Avi Gabbay, who was visiting the city of Sderot in the west of Negev Desert, was recently quoted by media as saying that Israel had a strong army and weak politicians, who would not intensify the regimes aggression.

The current regime doesnt know how to deter a terrorist organization or to negotiate, he added.

Israel has assassinated many Hamas figures over the past years.

Last March, it assassinated Mazen Fuqaha, one of the groups senior figures, in Gaza. The victim was shot with four bullets to his head.

In 2010, Israel had itself embroiled in an international scandal when its operatives used false European and Australian passports to assassinate senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the United Arab Emirates.

Oren Hazan, an Israeli lawmaker from Likud Party, also recently said, We are not hitting Hamas hard enough for fear of an ongoing conflict, even though we are deep inside one.

If we would have hit them, they wouldnt have allowed themselves to shoot 200 rockets in one day. So enough with the stories that we hit them hard. The public isnt stupid, and neither is Hamas, he added.

Besides staying prepared to take the territory under wholesale warfare, Israel regularly strikes G...


Muslim terrorist training camp in New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed National"

And his father Iman Siraj Wahaj - the mentor of Linda Sarsour - spoke at Quest for Success in Sydney lst year Neryl McPhee (@NerylMcphee) August 12, 2018


Australian people's response to Romania's government corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

One thing that true blue, fair dinkum (dinki-di) Australians will never have on the wogs, oops sorry politically incorrect term used (will one be gaoled to a more formal setting?), 'Europeans' is the zest and oomph they possess, maybe as a result of centuries of border shifting.

It seems that the 'administration' of the colony we call Australia have stitched up the general population with an alternate reality or distraction, where the focus is on data consumption via social media, 'reality tv' (as opposed to reality), blind consumerism, because of the new government slogan 'it's good for the economy'  and the classic government approved favourite of footy and alcohol consumption.

One can sure put forward the very plausible argument that the people in the Australian Government are more corrupt than the mutts in Romania, but it seems that all 'Aussies' are interested in is ... 'da foody' (spewed out incoherently in a thick bogan accent).

Some things will just never change.

Australian Government: 1

Richmond supporters : 0

(Disclaimer: Not all 'Aussie's don't; care/act)



Listen to John Pilger interviewed on KPFA by Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico. Also, listen to this interview on Sputnik Radio.


"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures.
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In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second images of the ground and de-rotated sky were digitally added to bring up the needed light and detail. In the foreground lies Loch Ard Gorge, named after a ship that tragically ran aground in 1878. The two rocks pictured are the remnants of a collapsed arch and are named Tom and Eva after the only two people who survived that Loch Ard ship wreck. A close inspection of the water just before the rocks will show reflections and shadows in light thrown by our Milky Way galaxy."


PERTH Kingsley burglary series arrest, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Kingsley burglary series arrest, WA .

August 11, 2018 at 08:52AM .

He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 11 August 2018. Investigations are ongoing and police urge anyone with any .




Comment under the video below

Mal Fletcher
8 months ago
I wrote this little song Come Holy Spirit at my piano in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. Since then, thank the Lord, it has been all over the world as have I. The Lord truly chooses the simple things. So grateful.




Mathias's legacy: A major history of the Simbu people emerges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Phil Fitzpatrick and I have long wrung our hands about losing the story of Papua New Guineas history - present and past; the loss of true stories not much recorded and not much cared about in this time of change. PNGs government, caring about its own ego, being more concerned with building a flashy city than creating a grand nation. But now former public servant and latter day author, Mathias Kin after many years of personal devotion, struggle and expense is on the cusp of publishing a history of the Simbu people. His has been a monumental achievement and an act of loyalty and love of his own heritage and a recognition that to gift an understanding of this is a legacy to future generations which will inspire and empower them. I hope you will buy this book when it appears in the next few months. And I hope just as much, that many other Papua New Guineans will follow in the footsteps of Mathias and commit to the long and often thankless travail of writing the history of their own people Keith Jackson

KUNDIAWA - My early childhood in South Chimbu was spent with my fathers, mothers and grandparents in the gardens, hunting for birds along the Wahgi River, fetching water from nearby streams and collecting dry twigs from the bush for the night fires.

In the evenings, lying on those hard wooden beds usually resting my head on my fathers arm in the warmth of the hausman fire, I listened to my fathers and grandfathers talk of their heroic deeds in their former lives.

One of the stories that touched me most was of the killing of many of our people - not many pig-killings back - by a kiap they referred to as Holteru and his policemen at Suanule (Sua Creek). I believe I know the identity of Holteru.

After graduating from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology I came back to Chimbu to work as a public servant. Out of curiosity I started asking about these past experiences and I was not surprised when people in other parts of Chimbu told me stories of similar killings.

It troubled me to imagine that, in modern times, these government officials would do such barbaric things. I knew that, over time, these stories would be forgotten and the children of Chimbu, Papua New Guinea and the world might never know of them if they were not written down...


Despite Going Through Hell- I AM in NO WAY Suicidal "IndyWatch Feed National"

This whole situation with my dogs is being done as an attempt to destabilize me in hopes I become suicidal. OR they want to hurt me and CLAIM I hurt myself- although doing such is COMPLETELY against my faith and would NEVER happen.

There have been NO calls to the Sherriffs office regarding my dogs EVER and I have letters from my neighbors completely discrediting the one ANONYMOUS complaint my city hall is using to try to take them away from me.

This is not, in my opinion, a coincidence that this happened within days after my interview on Lift the Veil

The attacks against me have been crazy. My Gmail account davidshurter1@gmail was hacked- effectively preventing me from making YouTube videos.

Someone has tried to poison my dogs twice.

I have an army of trolls online trying to discredit me to try and prevent anyone from listening to me- generally using anonymous or fake names.

The good thing however about my Gmail account being hacked is I no longer have to deal with emails from Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka IEATBABIES aka Justin Sanity aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.

So at least there is THAT silver lining.

I have to admit dont trust the new leaders of this mess who only seem to focus on their OWN claims while completely dismissing the history of this mess.

And have NO doubt- what happened in Omaha in the 80s DOES matter. It IS part of the history of this mess- and those who dismiss it or discredit it are not to be trusted in my opinion.

But let me say- no matter WHAT happens to me I will NEVER commit suicide or intentionally hurt myself in ANY way.


ABCs shortwave cutback weakens thin link for Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ABC-Pacific-BeatLEILANI SITAGATA | Pacific Media Watch

AUCKLAND - The Australian Broadcasting Corporations cutback in services to the Asia-Pacific region has weakened the thin link that many parts of the region have with the outside world.

In a public submission to the government review of broadcasting to the region, the Pacific Media Centre said the situation had impelled Radio New Zealand to stretch their resources to do more, to make up for what has been removed.

The ABC switched off shortwave services to the region in 2017.

Calling for the ABC to restore services, the PMC said Australian broadcasting from the South Pacific is a sorry loss to people and cultures as we know them well from the accumulation of studies and from our own media production exercises at this centre.

PMC at Auckland University of Technology publishes the independent Asia Pacific Report, Pacific Media Watch freedom monitoring service, Pacific Journalism Review and other publications.

Auckland University of TechnologyS radio major coordinator in the school of communication studies, Dr Matt Mollgaard, stresses the importance of broadcasting services from countries such as Australia and New Zealand to the South Pacific.

[Broadcasters] help to strengthen local media outlets in the Islands, further enhancing democratic developments in the region, Dr Mollgaard said in a research paper.

He said broadcasting services like RNZ Pacific and Radio Australia were prime examples of upholding media freedom and encouraging democratic life.

The PMC submission was prepared by director Professor David Robie and centre research associate and PJR editorial board member Dr Lee Duffield.

Restoration of Radio Australia services and other ABC services that may be made accessible in the South Pacific region, would be highly positive, said the submission.

It would be most widely welcomed in the island countries, valued, and made good use of as in the past, with assuredly benefits to the originating media service and to Australian interests.

The review is looking at the reach of Australias media in the Asia-Pacific region and if shortwave radio has become an out-dated technology.

The Australian broadcasting services is currently underway and public submissions have been overwhelmingly in favour of restoration o...


U.S. Air Force Base Almost Hit By Huge Meteor This Is What You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many news outlets have been reporting on a huge meteor that many were unable to see that hit near US military base but there is a lot more to this story than you think. The whole ordeal is quite peculiar and well worth breaking down.

Back on July 25th (2018), an early missile warning was triggered at the Thule Air Base. The Thule Air Base for those who do not know is about 43 kilometers south of Greenland. This missile was said to be traveling at a speed of 24.4 kilometers per second but as it turns out was not a missile but a meteor.

This meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotonnes of force according to News.Com.Au, they actually confirmed with NASA that this meteor should have hit the base itself. Hans Kristensen Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists actually tweeted about the event when impact occurred. He was one of the first and few to actually speak up about the whole ordeal itself.

Because of this and other similar tweets, many news reporters called the air base as well as NASA to see if the base itself had been harmed. With that being said, according to Military Times the Air Force said within days of the event that the meteor did not hit the facility and it was fine. It did no damage to Thule what-so-ever.

The Military Times reported as follows:

The story was first reported by Australian media, then re-upped by Fox, which provided the rocket fuel for a frenzy of reporter calls to surprised base and NASA spokesmen.

The Air Force did call its space command, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity, since of course, that action would confirm that the U.S. Air F...


A collection of writing from the Devare Adventist High School "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Devare AnthologyALPHONSE M HUVI | Editor

INUS - Devare Adventist High School is located in the Taonita Constituency at Inus in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The school shares political boundaries with Tinputz and Wakunai District.

It is the only Adventist high school that caters for the 23 Adventist primary schools in Bougainville. Unfortunately, not all the students who attend these primary schools secure a place at Devare. But the fortunate students who do make it come from various church backgrounds.

Apart from classroom learning, students play sport, do work duties and attend morning devotion and evening worship.

The students are assembled into six cultural groups according to the schools they come from: Buin, Kieta, Nagovis/Siwai/Torokina/Kunua/Kereaka, Wakunai, Taonita Teop Tinputz and Buka/Atolls

The anthology is the first of its kind for Devare Adventist High School and, in this article, I offer a sampling of the students writing.

The eagle woman


Long ago in the past there was an old woman who lived with her daughter. Their village was on a mountain called Mount Aravia. That mountain is in Suir in the Tinputz District.

The woman was very old and her clan was the eagle. Her daughter use to help her work in the garden.

One day they worked in the garden from morning till late in the afternoon. The mother then left her daughter in the garden and went to the nearby river.

She washed her body and rubbed it til her body turned white. She rubbed her body on a stone and sang very loudly.

Her daughter realised that something was happening at the river so she went to check.

The mother was busy singing and did not notice the daughter creeping up to her. The daughter was surprised to see a white colour on her mothers skin.

The daughter shouted and ran back to the house. She was afraid of her mother.  She couldnt believe her mother, who was an old woman suddenly becoming young with white skin.

Her mother then changed her skin colour back to black. The old womans daughter was not very happy with her mother changing skin colour.

The last words the mother said were, The eagle clan can become white if only my daughter is not afraid of me. The reason why I am bl...


Facing Indictment, GOP Rep. Chris Collins Wont Seek Re-Election "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW YORKIn an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading.

Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying he will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term. Collins was indicted Wednesday on charges he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. He had said later that day he would remain on the ballot despite the indictment and fight the charges.

I have decided that it is in the best interests of the constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Donald Trumps agenda for me to suspend my campaign for re-election to Congress, the statement said.

He went on to say he will fill out his term and continue to fight the meritless charges brought against me. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Wednesdays indictment charges Collins and two others, including his son, with conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts.

Prosecutors say the charges relate to a scheme to gain insider information about a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand.

Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for the New York state Republican party, said no decision has been made about a possible replacement for Collins on the ballot. She said the party is weighing its options.


SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: The Affirmative Action Brigade: How Identity Politics Is Destroying Western Militaries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Traditionally a male institution, the last decades have seen the rise of policies that push for equal inclusion of women in all areas of military service. But they're not working, for some strange reason. Men still dominate militaries all over the world, including in western democracies. This has led to charges of systemic discrimination, misogyny and toxic masculinity. But no worry, the gender activists have the solution: affirmative action, including special woman-only incentives to attract them into the military. But will these additional policies work? Or will they only result in a more 'toxic' military atmosphere? Are the ideals of 'diversity, inclusivity, and equity' compatible with the purpose of a military as an effective fighting force, or are they mutually exclusive? Today on the Truth Perspective we look at recent developments of gender politics in the military, with Australia as a case study and ask the question: are such policies making the military a better institution, or just making it weak? Running Time: 01:24:57 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!


English Catholic schools child abuse scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from England is called Where are Downside and Ampleforth Catholic schools, what are monks accused of?

By Sam Tobin in England:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Child abuse inquiry report finds schools prioritised reputations over child protection

TWO leading Catholic schools prioritised their own reputations and those of sex-abuser monks over the protection of children, according to a damning report published today.

Inquiry chair Alexis Jay said: For decades, Ampleforth and Downside tried to avoid giving any information about child sexual abuse to police and social services.

Safeguarding children was less important than the reputation of the Church and the wellbeing of the abusive monks.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found that the true scale of sexual abuse of children at Ampleforth and Downside schools over four decades was likely to be considerably greater than numbers cited in the convictions.

Ten men, mostly monks, at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset were convicted of or cautioned for offences involving sexual activity towards children or...

Saturday, 11 August


Dying cancer patient, poisoned by the same weed killer found in Capilano Honey, awarded $A395M "IndyWatch Feed National"

A cancer patient in the US has been awarded $395 million Australian dollars ($US289 million) after a court found he got cancer from Roundup which Capilano Honey CEO Ben McKee admitted to beekeeper Simon Mulvany has also been found in Capilanos honey. Roundup is made by US agro-chemical giant Monsanto and there are hundreds more people []


Agriculture a major regional opportunity for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea public had their say on APEC Food Security week at the third event of the APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct, which was themed Growing the nation: Agriculture, Inclusive Growth and Regional Opportunities.

The event was held on Tuesday 7 August at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and included a keynote address from Grahame Dixie, Executive Director of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyses action on inclusive agricultural development in South East Asia.

Mr Dixie said PNG can look to examples of South East Asian economies which have been able to kick-start their economic development by initially focusing on increasing the productivity of their smallholder farmers.

The world is changing rapidly creating both challenges and opportunities for farming. Agribusinesses need additional supplies of agricultural raw materials to supply the changing, expanding, and largely urban demand, he said.
The great opportunity is that agribusinesses have the capacity, through their buying power, to bring significant new sources of cash income into the rural economy this is the fuel for eliminating rural poverty.

Mr Dixie pointed to a case from Indonesia, where a coffee industry partnership between a major transnational corporation, nurseries, fertilizer companies, NGOs, certifiers, banks and local traders has lifted farmers harvests and improved the prices they receive.

He said this outcome was due to a combination of certification, competition and improved quality, and the tangible impact has been that around 20,000 farmers increased their coffee profits by more than 80 per cent - worth approximately US$12 million per year.

In PNG the approach of creating and working with multi-stakeholder partners typically comprising agribusiness, producers, civil society and government can bring similar benefits, Mr Dixie said.

There are problems that cannot be solved by an individual company or institution, but can be tackled cooperatively.

The event also included a panel discussion that featured Jane Ravusiro, Senior National Coordinator at the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA); Joeri Kalwij, the Manager of Monpi Coffee Exports Ltd; and Max Puritau, Global Village Exports Managing Director.

The APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct will continue next week on Wednesd...


Huge Funding cuts for Education could kill TFF policy : Pruaitch "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said today free education has received a fatal budget cut in the 2018 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

He said: The revised MYEFO budget has slashed funding for the Department of Education by K601.3 million to K275.5 million with K191.2 million to be disbursed in the second half of this year.

If these figures are not urgently revised a major financial crisis will engulf the education system and schools throughout the country with no explanation given by the government for the dramatic cut back in funding.

Many schools in various provinces are already in deep trouble because some K60 million in Tuition Free Fee funding has yet to be distributed from last year.

Mr. Pruaitch said no reason was provided for the big cut in education funding.

This government is flush with more funds than any government in our history, with total revenue this year projected to rise by K1.4 billion to K12.94 billion compared with the record revenue received last year.

Mr. Pruaitch said it is highly ironical that in the year PNG is playing host to the APEC Summit the only other department to face a budget cut from the 2018 national budget allocation has been the troubled Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where funding was cut by K6.4 million to K32.5 million.

PNG staff at foreign missions have suffered financial hardships in recent years because of inadequate funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs. These problems can only become worse in the year ahead.

While education and foreign affairs suffered major funding cuts, the revised MYEFO budget gave significant increases to departments that included:

         Prime Minister and NEC, up K14.1 million to K170.7 million;

         Department of Treasury, up K8.4 million to K148.6 million;

         Department of Personnel Management, up K10.5 million to K98.4 million;

         Electoral Commission, up K16.7 million to K38.3 million and

         Provincial and Local Government Affairs, up K14.6 million to K57.2 million.

Mr. Pruaitch said the public at large would continue to suffer from the double standards and economic mismanagement of the ONeill-Abel...


PNG Police Force lacks supervision and leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THERE is a complete lack of supervision and leadership within the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and every personnel must practice leading roles within the establishment and taking into consideration the principles of discipline.

This was made known to a discipline workshop recently by Northern Command Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Guinness.

He told the course participants, mostly from the Lae Metropolitan and PPC Morobe Command that they must take some hard yards when it comes to leadership and management in their own sections or units in policing.

Most of your members are off target. You are not coordinating their performances and not managing policing affairs within. They are all over the place. We need to keep stock of their performances well, he said.

Guinness, who is also the Divisional Commander, said they are not looking after their subordinates in terms of supervision and daily affairs of policing in their respective areas of responsibilities. That is why they still continue to have discipline issues in their organization.

Lae Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr thanked the Internal Affairs Directorate (IAD) for the leadership workshop as it is needed urgently in their workplace.

He said there were many challenges they have gone through and one of the biggest challenges is discipline. It is high time they must all be well acquainted and content with what will be presented.
Director IAD Chief Superintendent Robert Ali said that the discipline workshop was very important as it would refresh section or team leaders the importance of discipline. The discipline continues to break down even when the Commissioner of Police Gari Baki introduced year of discipline.

He said the Commissioner has already identified 2016/17 as year of discipline but respective line managers and supervisors (non-commissioned officers) have failed to implement and therefore, they have their personnel with all sort of discipline issues.

Some of the notes that they have covered includes human rights and police functions, levels of discipline, serious disciplinary offences, ethics and corruption, decision making process, among others


APEC will unlock our potential PNGs latest hope "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



PORT MORESBY As Papua New Guinea prepares to host the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) leaders summit in November there are high hopes that the event will unlock the potential of the nation.

Leaders of the worlds biggest powers will converge on Port Moresby to discuss trade and investment.

It is billed by the PNG government as the ultimate chance to unlock the rich resources and the economic potential of the country.

Despite a struggling economy and record debt levels, the government went on a borrowing spree to develop the citys infrastructure in time for APEC for three days from 15-17 November.

Radio New Zealands Johnny Blades and Koroi Hawkins are currently in PNG and will continue to report on this event in which the country holds high hopes.

We put together a video report about APEC. Please take a few minutes to check it out, Johnny writes.

There'll be more stuff coming, as we've just been in the earthquake affected part of the Highlands. Mendi valley was quite beautiful I must say.

Later, we will be doing a longer radio documentary on the quake, APEC and government priorities.

RNZ has a content sharing agreement with Aucklands Pacific Media Centres Asia Pacific Report which has generously agreed to further share with PNG Attitude readers.


Virus or Variegation "IndyWatch Feed National"

A common error gardeners make is to assume that appearance of coloured areas on leaves is caused by natural variegation, fungal infection or nutrient deficiency.  In many cases, the variegated colour of leaves of some shrubs, indoor plants, lettuces, herbs is a natural mutation.  Happily, this is not a destructive mutation, but one that results in less chlorophyll in some parts of the leaves, causing a paler and mottled effect.  Sometimes, keen gardeners have selected these plants and bred from them. These variegated plants can be lower in vigour and shorter-lived than their normal relatives but this hasnt affected their popularity as garden plants.

Variegation Due to Plant Viruses

There is, however, variegation caused by some sort of plant problem. Although some garden pests, such as aphids can cause leaf yellowing, this colour change is not the only sign of an infestation.  A more problematic cause of colour change is infection by disease-causing viruses or virus-like viroids and phytoplasmas, of which there are hundreds.  Shown at the left is the leaf symptoms of cucumber mosaic virus (image courtesy of

Fortunately, trees and Australian native plants have few virus disease problems and, interestingly, viruses in wild-growing plants dont seem to develop disease, although they have not been studied as well as cultivated plants.  It is in cultivated plants, mainly food crops, that virus infection is of most concern. Because viruses and virioids are very simple organisms with DNA or RNA coated by a protein layer. They cannot survive for long or multiply outside of a host so they are obligate parasites they can only increase in number inside a living organism.  Once inside the plant, the plant is harnessed into producing more virus.  The plant cannot grow properly because its energy and nutrients are diverted away from normal activities like photosynthesis.

Shown here are the leaf and fruit symptoms of tomato spotted wilt virus (images courtesy of North Carolina Co-operative Extension).

Virus infection may result in...

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