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Saturday, 24 September


Widespread flooding continues to ravage New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Floodwater continues to ravage Australia's New South Wales and meteorologists warn more rain is on the way. Since the flooding started three weeks ago, there have been 81 flood rescues and 1 811 calls for assistance to the SES. Widespread overnight rainfall of...... Read more »

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Friday, 23 September



Recently Vaccinated Kids Are Spreading Whooping Cough Everywhere "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sick children in bed wearing medical masks because of infection with influenza virus.

“Recently Vaccinated Kids Are Spreading Pertussis Everywhere”

by Barbara Loe Fisher
The Vaccine Reaction

There was fuss in the media last month about a little study of 26 vaccinated Florida pre-schoolers, who got sick with B. Read More


Plane forced to make emergency landing after cabin fills with smoke in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Video footage shows the cabin crew and passengers on a Jetstar flight panic as smoke appears. One air hostess appears to be looking out the windows and another is on the phone trying to contact someone. Passengers can be seen looking around as hazy spoke appears during an emergency landing. At one point the overhead lights can be seen flickering on and off. The flight from Sydney to Cairns in Australia, which departed at 3.40pm on Thursday, had to be diverted to Brisbane. According to a statement on the airline's website, flight JQ956, encountered an issue with one of it's engines. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that passengers heard a scraping noise as the aircraft began to fill with smoke. A Jetstar spokesperson told the Herald: "The captain decided to shut down one of the engines as a precaution and divert the aircraft to Brisbane."


Hillary Clinton, lower corporate taxes and TPP "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Clintons Want Lower Corporate Tax Rates… And TPP

22 September 2016

Hillary Clinton’s agenda on corporate taxes may not be super progressive. Or any progressive. Bill Clinton has tipped their hand. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“Bill Clinton suggested a proposed major trade deal between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations was in the nation’s foreign policy interests, but he stopped short of endorsing the plan.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a major priority for the Obama administration, but is opposed by Clinton’s candidate spouse.

“The geopolitical reasons for it from America’s point of view are pretty clear,” the former president said of the TPP in an interview with CNBC. “It’s designed to make sure that the future of the Asia-Pacific region economically is not totally dominated by China.”

But he said Hillary Clinton has been “pretty clear” about her desire to see some additional provisions to ensure tough enforcement of currency manipulation and provide additional economic safeguards for Americans who may suffer from lowering barriers for foreign goods to enter the U.S.

According to edited video posted online by the network, Clinton said the TPP doesn’t “have anything to do with NAFTA,” the North American trade deal which was negotiated before he took office, but which he championed after taking office. Because Mexico and Canada are also party to TPP, the Obama administration has argued it is effectively a renegotiation of NAFTA and addresses many criticisms of it.”

Read more here.

First, Ms Clinton was for TPP before she was against it. Will there now, or after the November presidential election, be another flip-flop, being for...


RIP YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Everywhere the truth turns, the censor follows.

The mainstream media failed us so we turned to the internet, and now that is also failing us.


No it doesn’t look exactly like that, but pretty close.


Of course censorship means no discussion allowed.

An of course the more you censor (according to their ideology) the more tools they give you for censorship. Censoring gives ‘hero points’ which eventually allows you to brown nose your way to the top of YouTube hierarchy and  development  teams which is ironic given that this process will be the death of YouTube, and the final prize will be ushering in a dystopian world.



But why just censor videos when you can censor comments too?


Don’t believe me?


And because that might be memory holed:

What this means is legions of Social justice warriors and other useful idiots will on mass censor out anything that is inconvenient to their illogical, self contradictory world view.

The new cultural marxists will be ‘triggered’ (aka have a tantrum) and demand that their ‘safe space’  (aka playpen) is disturbed and demand censorship.

We are allowing insane brainwashed children to dictate what can be seen and discussed in this world, think about the consequences of that.

Often the only defense for a non violent activist against brutality, is the ability to share video proof on the internet, and now the second largest website in the world (which hosted much of this content) is about to allow third party censorship.

On a related video of how to blur out parts of a video, you begin to see the venom of the actual YouTube Community.

Because the comments will be censored in the future, here they are for posterity:


ufailowell1 day ago
I’m beginning my YouTube Heroes career by flagging this video

99batran8 hours ago
I kinda need this video so.


Fresh edge to local cuisine "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE Driftwood Cafe has established itself as the place to be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Nestled in the heart of Ocean Grove’s main street, the team at the Driftwood never fail to deliver.
With a philosophy of using fresh, local, free range, seasonal and organic produce, where possible, the Driftwood prides itself on it’s quality. With a few dedicated fruit and vegetable growers bringing in bags of fresh produce every week and some occasional gardeners with an over supply, they are happy to use products grown in the local area.
The Driftwood has always taken great care to ensure the products they use and impact they have upon the environment is as responsible as possible. With a real community focus, supporting local schools, events and other local groups has meant the Driftwood Cafe has cemented a welcome place within Ocean Grove.
After two renovations to expand the space last year, the Driftwood now offers areas that can be used for private functions from elaborate sit down meals to canape parties or early morning breakfast meetings. Now offering a range of outside catering options, the Driftwood seems to offer something for everyone.
Fridays nights have really taken off with the ’Five Bites for $5’ tapas nights which have been a huge success. Cafe owner Ty Simons has been delighted with their success and says “from a month-long trial to a weekly event, we will keep tapas going until the madness of summer starts”.
Ty adds: “The fun part is trying to come up with different tempting bites every week”.
With the warmer weather almost here, the team at the Driftwood are looking forward to opening all the doors, retiring the fireplace for the season, opening The Atrium roof and gearing up for another busy summer.

The post Fresh edge to local cuisine appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


I Would Like To Correct an Error I Made "IndyWatch Feed National"

So this NBC thing about microwave weapons that were reported on that were going to be used on American citizens actually was written in 2006- and is NOT recent. However, with that in consideration- Aaron Alexis and his shipyard rampage where he carved “ELF” on his gun- which stands for “electro low frequency”- which are EXACTLY what these “non-leathal” weapons are- occurred in 2013. And we were all lead as a nation to believe that these weapons were some kind of a conspiracy theory. So with that said- how can anyone rule out that our government drove this man into becoming a mass killer? That they didn’t use their toys and cause the deaths of so many innocent people? And really- is this what they consider NON-LETHAL?


Mighty Duke’s Church of Calypso "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

They band who shops together, stays together.

Mighty Duke and the Lords is a band with a dress code.

The Melbourne party masters have hit WA for a weekend of white-suit-clad tropical calypso adventures.

Mighty, Duke and several lords breezed into Breakfast with Caitlin.

Play Mighty Duke & The Lords


SEX CLASS ROLLBACK: Students, parents shocked by graphic lessons "IndyWatch Feed National"


Adult behaviours such as those described, should not be relevant to the lives of these underage girls Ali High

A PRINCIPAL has taken action after 15-year-olds were asked in a lesson to analyse graphic sexual scenarios described by one parent as “bordering on pornographic”.

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Valerie Ransone - some further insights "IndyWatch Feed National"


Some interesting individuals come and go in the field of UAP research. One of these, is an American woman named Valerie Jean Ransone. She moved in high circles in the USA in the 1970's and 1980's, and was associated, among others, with US astronaut Gordon Cooper.

I first wrote about her in a post in 2011; after my former co-blogger, Pauline Wilson, mentioned Ransone's name in connection with Dr Christopher (Kit) Green. After finding additional information, I provided an update. Later, after locating Ransone in Hawaii; and several unsuccessful attempts to engage her in dialogue, I published a 'final post.'

Since Novermber 2012, as various individuals have read my posts about Ransone, I have been provided with additional snippets of information by some people; while others have merely been curious, as to whether or not, Ransone ever contacted me.

A timeline

For such enquirers, I now provide a timeline of information, together with a source.

1950 - Ransone born in the Chicago area of the USA. (Vallee, 2009, 'Forbidden Science Volume Two,' diary entry dated 9 July 1981.)

Image courtesy of Amazon Books

1971 - Studied journalism at NorthWestern University. (Vallee, 2009, diary entry 9 July 1978.)

1971-1976 - PR person for an energy information group - meets Wes Thomas (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

1976 - Thomas introduces Ransone to Dr Puharich. (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

June 1976 - Ransone in Hong Kong. ( Viewed in 2011, but currently not available.

March/April 1977 - Ransone and Puharich met Bob Beck. (Vallee, 2009, 19 May 1978.)

May 1978 - Kit Green visits Ransone in Houston. (Vallee, 2009, 19 May 1978.)

9 July 1978 - Thomas says he has known Ransone for years. (Vallee, 2009, 9 July 1978.)

11 June 1978 - Ransone establishes a company 'to disseminate messages she believes to be of extraterrestrial origin.' Center for Advanced Technology - 'reportedly financed by Security Around the Globe, an industrial protection and private detective firm.' (Vallee, 2009, 11 June 1978.)

8 August 1978 - Ransone organising 'Signs of the Spirit' conference - Washington - December 1978. Ransone aims to '...


Since HoaxteadResearch Would Never Let Me Post There- I Will Answer Their Question Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoaxtead mob: Get your stories straight

Since they would never allow my comment- I’ll explain why I BELIEVE the Sandy Hook shooting was probably bullshit. It was when our FBI released their murder statistics the next year- and reported that NO ONE HAD BEEN MURDERED IN THAT COUNTY. Funny that they would FORGET about everyone who had died and publish such an error- ESP. CONSIDERING EVERYTHING- you know?

And why is it this group in the UK is so vested in all of this? The only answer is the obvious one- they are government players doing their best to spin the narrative.


Some kind of anthropocene: The Island Will Sink "IndyWatch Feed National"

It’s interesting that at this point in time there are calls being made to name the era we’re living in as the Anthropocene – the impact of humans is now observable in the fossil record, in our plastics and chicken bones. The period of The Island Will Sink is the ‘Praeteranthropocene’ – ‘human beings are no longer capable of remedying the negative impact they’ve made on the planet’.


US Attack in Syria Opens Disturbing and Unpredictable Scenarios "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syria (SCF) – We have been seeing in Syria in recent days more and more direct involvement in the conflict by Turkey, Israel, and the United States. Air raids, bombing and ground troops, albeit in limited numbers, reveal dissatisfaction and evident frustration by these nations hostile to Damascus.

The most recent example, more useful in emphasizing the disappointment that reigns in Washington, concerns the dynamics that accompanied the signing of the cease-fire between Kerry and Lavrov.

With Aleppo besieged and terrorists trapped, the United States and its allies have been forced to apply for a temporary solution to the conflict in order to halt hostilities.

In spite of the previous failure of the ceasefire, Russia, Damascus and Tehran have preferred to negotiate while continuing their military action. Had they refused to negotiate, they would have been painted by the Western media and international institutions as the reason for the intensification of the conflict. This would have easily opened the door to a greater involvement by Washington’s regional allies on account of Moscow’s refusal to negotiate.

Russian diplomacy has managed to transform a position of military strength, but of apparent diplomatic weakness, into an overall win. Washington was forced to request that the final terms of the agreement be kept secret. Moscow of course calls for transparency and has demanded that the agreement be made public.

The fact that the United States is opposed highlights Washington’s ambiguity concerning the fight against terrorism in Syria. The only hypothetical point of agreement made public covers a future joint coordination to hit Al Nusra Front and Daesh; although the day after the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promptly denied the agreement, confirming that the US and Russia have different goals in Syria.

The meaning behind this statement leaves little doubt. Washington is unable — or, worse, does not want — to give up on the terrorists it supports in Syria against Assad, and has no intention of abandoning the idea of changing the government of Syria or tearing the country apart.

As evidence of US involvement in Syria on the side of the terrorists, a few days ago an important event occurred in Al-Rai in northern Syria in a town located on the border with Turkey and recently occupied by Ankara with the help of Islamist FSA/l Nusra troops.

A dozen American special forces soldiers present in the Syrian town alongside «moderate rebels» were forced to flee as a result of explicit threats to their lives from their theoretical «allies». A complete short-circuit. The worldview of FSA/Al Nusra does not allow it to fight alongside those whom they clearly define as «infidels» (in reality those who finance and arm them.)

The idea that the whole thing was staged, or a media stunt to distance the most radical elements from US troops, was blown away by the news coming from Deir ez-Zor a few hours later.

In Syria on September 17 at 5 pm local time, 2 Danish F-16s, along with 2 Australian or American A-10s and a British Reaper drone, attacked and struck four times positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 soldiers and injuring more than 100, also causing considerable material damage. Shortly afterwards, Daesh advanced on the locations attacked in Jabal Al Tahrdah that had previously surrounded the government positions (the town of Deir ez-Zor has been under siege by ISIS for four years).

The immediate response of Moscow and Damascus was to declare Washington a supporter of Daesh terrorists, while sources in the US State Department offered that it was a mistake, there supposedly having never been any intention to deliberately target the SAA.

Whatever reading one gives to this incident, the US was at th...


Mexican doco: Watching them die "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 -
6:30pm to 9:30pm

In conjunction with Ojos De Perro, the makers of the film, an international screening on Mon 26th September of the Mexican documentary "Watching Them Die: The Mexican Army and The Disappeared 43" will be happening at Jura.

It's about the killing and disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa Guerrero (and other thousands of Mexicans through the years) by the Mexican army.

The government has protected the culprits and masked the truth, the journalists are trying to spread their independent work in Mexico and the world.

Doors open at 6:30pm with the screening to start at 7:00pm.



MELBOURNE SNAP | CARLY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Melbourne Snap lets us meet residents of our city as they go about their business. Our photographers capture their portraits and whatever they want to share with our readers. You might be next!

The post MELBOURNE SNAP | CARLY appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


Gulf War Syndrome: Documents Prove UK and US Military Personnel were Injected with Untested Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"


Dr. Garth L. Nicolson, the President, Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor of Molecular Pathology at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, California, lecturing on the connection between military vaccines and Gulf War Syndrome.

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Minister admits to misleading parliament over Crown land "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair has admitted to misleading parliament over the Crown lands management. Photo

NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair has admitted to misleading parliament over the Crown lands management. Photo

In a rare and embarrassing back down for the NSW government, the Minister for Lands has apologised to Parliament for providing incorrect information on Crown Land leases that have commenced since 2012.

During debate this week on the Auditor General’s recent scathing report into the sale and leasing of Crown Land, the minister, Niall Blair (Nationals), advised the House that no lease had been directly negotiated by Crown Land since 2012.

It turns out there were 19 – involving leases to airports as well as transactions tied up with the privatisation of Newcastle Port and the NSW electricity generators.

The report reflects also longtime concerns by campaigners against the takeover of public foreshore Crown land at Brunswick Heads by a government-appointed trust which runs three public holiday parks in the town.

Byron Shire Council recently renewed operating licences for the holiday parks amid a public outcry over the encroachments of public foreshore land.

The Opposition says that Crown Lands was clearly dysfunctional and now in crisis mode.

Shadow lands minister Mick Veitch said Crown Lands’ staff numbers have been slashed by the Baird government, and a lot of corporate knowledge has walked out the door since 2011.

‘The Auditor General’s report said that the Crown Lands agency did not know what was occurring on Crown Land,’ Mr Veitch said.

‘The minister’s false response actually affirms that Auditor General’s grave concerns for the management of public land in NSW.

‘Savage job cuts by the Coalition means that Crown Lands is no longer aware of many transactions are taking place on public land.

‘It has now provided incorrect information to the minister on leases – and the minister has admitted to misleading Parliament.

‘While the minister was quick to blame public servants – the real reason behind the dysfunctionality of Crown Lands are job cuts which have left many Crown Lands offices with a skeletal staff.

‘Without staff, you simply can’t know what is going on across land that comprises 42 per cent of NSW’.

Hansard transcription

(Hansard: 20 September 2016, Auditor-General’s Report)
The Hon. NIALL BLAIR (Minister for Primary Industries, and Minister for Lands and Water) (14:52 :25): By leave: On 15 September 2016 I participated in debate, under Standing Order 57, along with a number of other members, on the Auditor-General’s report into the sale and lease of Crown land. When speaking about direct negotiations since 2012, I advised the House that no new areas of Crown land were allocated by direct negotiation for commercial use by lease during this period. I have since been advised by the Department of Industry—Lands that, in fact, 19 commercial leases have been approved for direct negotiation with new tenants by the department since 2012. I apologise to the House for this regrettable error, which was contained in draft speech notes prepared by the department but not corrected prior to the debate. As soon as I was advis...


Lynch coup for Grubbers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

OCEAN Grove Football Netball Club has embraced the appointment of former Geelong Cats AFL player Paul Lynch as its new senior football coach.
Lynch, who turns 43 next month, was announced the new Grubber coach for the 2017 season on Thursday 22 September.
Club president Tony Potter said the Lynch signing was a coup for Ocean Grove.
“The club could not be happier with the direction we have gone,” Potter said.
“He (Lynch) will hopefully drive Ocean Grove Football Club to premiership success and to the position we want to be in.
“We want to put our club in a position not necessarily to be playing in the Geelong Football League, but to be at least in a position to play GFL football and that will only benefit the community.”
Lynch who lives on the Surf Coast and played 62 AFL games with Geelong from 1993 to 2000, coached Colac to its first ever GFL premiership in 2014.
He led Lara to a GFL flag in 2002 and Birregurra to premiership success in the Colac District Football League in 2011.

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Charlie makes the cut for surfing adventure "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

A 12-HOUR road trip up to Sydney is not all that bad when a major surf comp awaits at the other end.
Young Ocean Grove surfer Charlie Mahoney is off to Whale Beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches, to compete in the 11th annual Hurley Barton Lynch’s Blast Off this week.
The 12-year-old Our Lady Star of the Sea Year 6 student was chosen to surf in the unique under-14 surfing festival – that attracts the largest field of any kids’ surfing event in the world, and is by far the biggest grom surfing event in Australia – with the focus firmly on fun and self-improvement.
Charlie commenced his trip up to Sydney by car today with a stopover in Albury with his dad and brother. The heats start on Monday.
“I hope to make it to the semi-finals,” Charlie said.
“I enjoy surfing because it makes me feel relaxed when I’m out on the water.”
Charlie had his appendix out only four weeks ago and is still building up his strength to compete.
He combines surfing with surf life saving at Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and plays football for the Collendina Cobras.
He enjoys surf life saving and wants to be a volunteer life saver when he’s old enough.
“It’s not something I’d do forever, but it would be good to help the community when I’m a teenager,” he said.
There a few things Charlie wants to work on with his surfing including reading the waves better, but “meeting people and having fun” are his priorities at the moment as well as improving in general.
More than 360 groms will hit the beach for the Blast Off and they will get the opportunity to meet event founder Barton Lynch as well as the likes of legends Layne Beachley, Tom Carroll, Rabbit Bartholomew, Terry Richardson, Damien Hardman, Ozzie Wright, Richie Lovett, and upcoming surfers like Cooper Chapman.

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Kev Carmody headlines 2017 Yabun Festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Renowned Aboriginal troubadour, Kev Carmody, will headline the 15th annual Yabun Festival in Sydney on January 26, 2017. Other artists who will perform at Yabun Festival in 2017 include Red Ochre and Deadly Award winning country music artist Warren H Williams (joined by emerging artist Dani Young), Aboriginal rock ‘n’ roll icon Vic Simms, Sydney based blues artist Marlene Cummins, soul music performer and former The X-Factor star Rochelle Pitt, National Indigenous Music Award winning hip hop artist Philly, and popular reggae/dub band Oka.

Kev Carmody grew up in the Western Darling Downs area of Southern Queensland, his initial inspirations coming from the rural and oral traditions of his Irish and Aboriginal grandparents. Kev released his first album ‘Pillars of Society’ in 1988 and is among the most esteemed Australian singer songwriters and Aboriginal musicians. In 2009, Kev was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

“The music of Kev Carmody has impacted countless people over the past four decades, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, he is one of our most treasured and significant Australian artists and we are absolutely thrilled to have Kev as our headliner for the 2017 Yabun Festival,” said Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

Established in 2001, Yabun (meaning ‘music to a beat’ in Gadigal language) is one of the nation’s largest annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural gatherings, and Sydney’s biggest Aboriginal music event. Held each year on January 26 at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Yabun Festival is a free event that features live music, a bustling stalls market, panel discussions and community forums on Aboriginal issues, a wide range of children’s activities including art, sport and culture workshops, and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances staged at the Corroboree Ground. In 2016, over 20 000 people attended Yabun.

“As well as featuring some real legends of Aboriginal music, Yabun will be showcasing plenty of emerging talent in 2017, and the Corroboree Ground will once again bring traditional Aboriginal culture to the heart of Sydney, Yabun welcomes all people to join us for this one of a kind celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures,” said Ms Wright.

Former Yabun Festival headline performers have included Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan and Jessica Mauboy. The 2017 Yabun Festival will take place at Victoria Park in Camperdown, Sydney, on January 26, beginning at 10:00am and finishing at 6:00pm. Yabun Festival is supported by Australia Council, City Of Sydney, Arts NSW, Destination NSW, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.


Ireland Begins Arresting Top Bankers "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Ireland is following in Iceland’s footsteps by jailing its top bankers responsible for the 2008 financial crash.  Following from last year’s mass incarceration of...

The post Ireland Begins Arresting Top Bankers appeared first on The Pen.


Friday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

A 22 year old woman from Salisbury North was arrested this morning after a stabbing in Para Hills last night.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house in Regional South Australia, contributing to the fight against domestic violence.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

Not-for-profit organisation Disability Recreation Sports SA will attempt to break a wheelchair basketball world record in a fundraising campaign.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Turnbull’s addresses almost empty United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addressed the United Nations. Just as well the room was nearly empty. He focused on the...

The post Turnbull’s addresses almost empty United Nations appeared first on The Pen.


Friday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham will meet with state education ministers in Adelaide today after slamming Labor’s Gonski funding model.

The safety inspection company prosecuted over the death of a young girl, who was flung from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2014, are able to argue the given charges before the South Australian Industrial Court.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has received a ceremonial welcome to the Pentagon after arriving in Washington DC.

Free mental health services in Adelaide’s inner south are in doubt as the community team are forced to relocate further south.

Senior Liberal Christopher Pynne has claimed that Australians have been ‘nervous’ about Islamic terrorism long before Pauline Hanson’s return to politics.

A South Australian woman will open a safe house to help stop domestic violence.

In Sport…

South Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby has no movement from his chest down, after a training accident in the United States.

Members of Australia’s Paralympics team have started to arrive home after the event held its closing ceremony last weekend.

The AFL preliminary final weekend begins tonight at the MCG with the Geelong Cats taking on the Sydney Swans, the game begins at 7:50PM local time.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Paper terrorism’ case leads to charge against Freeman on the Land member "IndyWatch Feed National"

45-year-old Alberta man charged with intimidation of a peace officer

By Mack Lamoureux, Wallis Snowdon, CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2016 Police say Allen Boisjoli conducted a campaign of 'paper terrorism' against the justice system and a peace officer after he received a speeding ticket.

Police say Allen Boisjoli conducted a campaign of ‘paper terrorism’ against the justice system and a peace officer after he received a speeding ticket.

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It Is and It Isn't "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Duchamp: not merely taking the piss
I've an essay with Aeon magazine, written with Graham Priest: "It Is and It Isn't".

We argue that the best way to understand Duchamp's famous readymade 'Fountain" is as a dialetheia: a true contradiction.

A sample:
In 1917 a pivotal event occurred for art and philosophy: Marcel Duchamp unveiled his artwork Fountain in Alfred Stieglitz’s New York studio. This was simply a porcelain urinal, signed ‘R. Mutt’. 
Fountain was notorious, even for avant-garde artists. It has become one of the most discussed works of art of the 20th century. The Society of Independent Artists rejected it, though every artist who paid the exhibition fee was supposed to have their work shown. For almost a century, it has remained a difficult artwork. The philosopher John Passmore summed up Fountain as: ‘a piece of mischief at the expense of the art world’, though many have taken it very seriously. 
No doubt there was some tomfoolery involved – Duchamp did not choose a urinal randomly. Yet there is more to Fountain than nose-thumbing. What makes this artwork so striking is its philosophical contribution. 
Commentators often highlight the influence of Fountain on conceptual art, and this most ‘aggressive’ readymade, as Robert Hughes put it, has certainly had an enduring legacy. In 2004, it was voted the most important 20th-century work by hundreds of art experts. From Andy Warhol to Joseph Beuys to Tracey Emin, this urinal inspired artists to reconsider the traditional artwork. Instead of paintings and sculptures, art was suddenly Brillo boxes, an unmade bed, or a light-bulb plugged into a lemon: ordinary objects, some readymade, removed from their original contexts and placed on display in art galleries. The art critic Roberta Smith sums it up this way: ‘[Duchamp] reduced the creative act to a stunningly rudimentary level: to the single, intellectual, largely random decision to name this or that object or activity “art”.’ As we will see, Duchamp’s choice was not random at all, but Smith’s description points to the broader shock that Duchamp’s work prompted: if this can be art, then anything can. 
Since then, scholars have discussed Fountain to demonstrate a shift away from aesthetics to thought. As the philosopher Noël Carroll notes, it’s possible to enjoy thinking about Duchamp’s work without actually looking at it, which cannot be said for Henri Matisse’s vivid paintings or Barbara Hepworth’s dignified stone sculptures. 
These traditional ideas, as we will see, are all important to Fountain. But they do not go far enough. They treat Fountain as art, but of a mocking sort: a kind of intellectual heckling that nudged artists to taunt and scoff more academically at their own field. Our explanation of the artwork’s power is much more controversial: we believe that Fountain is art only insofar as it is not art. It is what it...


NSW homes evacuated as floodwaters rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

The SES ferries sheep to safety in the Lachlan region. Photo SES Lachlan Region Facebook page

The SES ferries sheep to safety in the Lachlan region. Photo SES Lachlan Region Facebook page

Sydney [AAP]

At least a hundred homes have been evacuated in the NSW central west and a major freight corridor has been blocked off as floodwaters continue to rise in the region.

Around 170 people in the Ungarie area were forced to leave their properties on Thursday following heavy rainfall and water flowing into the Humbug Creek, and the failure of the town’s sewerage system, according to the State Emergency Service.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned moderate flooding is already occurring at Forbes Iron Bridge and Cottons Weir, and says major flooding in line with the destructive 1990 floods is expected on Sunday.

Murray Brown, whose property sits near the Lachlan River, told AAP about two-thirds of his land was already underwater.

‘We left our cows in an area just thinking ‘There’s enough feed there for a month, that’ll get us through’,’ Mr Brown told AAP.

‘But here we are three weeks later and the water’s still rising.’

He is now preparing to swim a mob of 60 cattle to higher ground to ride out the rest of the flood period.

Farther south, the Newell Highway has been closed in both directions between West Wyalong and Forbes and will not reopen for several weeks. Diversions are in place but add more than three hours travel time, authorities have warned.

‘The problems that will arise with freight are obvious, but it’s also school holidays,’ Roads Minister Duncan Gay told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

He has urged travellers who can steer clear of the area to do so.

Meanwhile, Emergency Services Minister David Elliott has again pleaded for residents in affected areas not to enter floodwaters.

Five rescues have taken place in the past 24 hours, and the number of rescues undertaken since the flooding began nearly three weeks ago has topped 80.

‘When you consider that a flood rescue requires four SES officers to retrieve, that means that we’re unnecessarily putting lives at risk,’ he said on Thursday.

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Disease rate higher for Indigenous people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Photo from the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Belinda Tasker

Sydney [AAP]

Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely than non-Indigenous people to suffer from diseases, most of which are preventable, a report shows.

The latest snapshot of indigenous health by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows while there have been improvements, there remains a wide gap in terms of illnesses and deaths suffered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared with non-indigenous people.

Chronic diseases made up the bulk of diseases among Indigenous Australians, with mental and substance use disorders topping the list followed by injuries, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.

Overall, indigenous Australians were 2.3 times more likely to have a disease than other Australians, and six times more likely to have diabetes.

AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman said a significant portion of the diseases were preventable.

‘By reducing risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, high body mass, physical inactivity and poor diet, over one third of the overall burden for Indigenous Australians could be avoided,’ Dr Al-Yaman said.

Dietary factors contributed to ten per cent of the diseases among indigenous people, while tobacco use was behind two-fifths of cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease cases.

The report, which was based on data collected in 2011, noted there had been slight improvements in terms of diseases, particularly cardiovascular problems, among Indigenous people since 2003.

However while fewer Indigenous people were dying from diseases, it appeared many were living longer with them.

There were higher rates of diseases among Indigenous people in the Northern Territory and Western Australia compared to those in NSW and Queensland.

Those living in remote and very remote areas were also more likely to have a disease.


* 64 per cent of the total diseases affecting Indigenous Australians are chronic diseases

* Those chronic diseases are:

– 19% mental and substance use disorders

– 15% injuries (including suicide)

– 12% cardiovascular diseases

– 9% cancer

– 8% respiratory diseases

* Males are most likely to have cardiovascular disease

* Females have more blood and metabolic disorders...


Schools funding on ministerial agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Canberra [AAP]

The nation’s education ministers will grapple with how school funding should be divvied up when they meet on Friday.

Ahead of the Adelaide meeting federal education minister Simon Birmingham released figures he claims show how existing arrangements are a ‘corruption’ of the Gonski funding model.

He wants the states and territories ultimately to sign up to a new arrangement that will tie funding to evidence-based school improvement initiatives.

This includes measures such as testing where Year 1 students are up to with reading and maths and putting in minimum literacy and numeracy requirements for Year 12 school leavers.

He’s also determined that any new agreement will include a guarantee from the states and territories that they’ll maintain the real level of per-student funding.

A new funding deal needs to be in place by the start of the 2018 school year.

State and territory leaders and the prime minister are expected to finalise the deal at their first COAG meeting in 2017, likely to be in March or April.

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How Black Athletes Could Create a Watershed in Activist History "IndyWatch Feed National"

There’s the potential at this juncture for bold black athletes to blend many identity issues and address concerns about Mother Earth simultaneously.

— Organizer for the 2016 Facing Race national conference, which will take place November 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Let’s think about fighting the good fight really well ringing the public bell from an entirely new angle.

In the 60s, when I was writing for Nat Fleischer, the Ring Magazine publisher and eventual inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame, the old man told me about how Heavyweight Champion of the world Jack Johnson managed to secure a shot at the title in an age when white heavyweight champions routinely avoided the stiff competition offered up by “Negroes” of the day. Johnson had his way with racist champ Tommy Burns once he caught up with him in Australia — having followed him throughout England, Ireland and France — but he wouldn’t have had a chance in hell at winning that championship belt if he had not shamed him into defending his title, brazenly belittling Burns in public. Calling a spade a spade, as it were.

Boastful, arrogant and in-the-face of whites who cruelly ruled the roost and supported the racist professional pugilistic scene in North America, Jack Johnson forced himself into a position where he could be successful, and achieve the legendary status that he eventually did. He even went so far as to intermingle sexually with white women in the journalistic spotlight*, something that was totally verboten in the early 1900s, and for a long time afterwards. In fact, his proactive profile of snubbing traditional societal mores and refusing to play the expected role of a black athlete risked death by lynching.

*Johnson did get slapped with a year and one-day prison sentence for violating the Mann Act in 1912, the authorities having to torture and twist legal parameters to do so.

He wasn’t a Joe Louis or a Floyd Patterson toeing the proper line. And he certainly wasn’t cut of the same cloth as the best black fighters of his time, “Good Negroes” like West Indian Peter Jackson (“shadow” champion during the reign of John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight champion) and Canadian George “Old Chocolate” Godfrey; they both knew their place, and didn’t push any envelopes. Harry Wills (“shadow” champion during the reign of Jack Dempsey), most boxing experts agree, would have humiliated the racist Manassa Mauler champ in much the same fashion that Johnson humiliated Burns in 1908. And that was true for a number of polite blacks who were denied championship fights, strong legitimate contenders. But they didn’t make any waves outside the ring, like Johnson did (with a smirk), and they so didn’t secure the opportunities they sought.

You might — understandably — ask why I’m going off on all of this boxing history. Well, I could cite counterparts to the history above, as you may know, by drawing from other sports realms too, spotlighting what happened to black jockeys around the same time, and many other sports figures.. The thing is, ALL black athletes today should understand the point that Nat Fleischer made to me shortly before his death. That is, that the blacks who toed the line as per the parameters set by the whites of their times got nowhere. That the breakthrough for Johnson, who became the first Black Heavyweight Champion of the World, becoming a model for Muhammad Ali, was possible only because he took a grand risk.

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10% Of Global Wilderness Has Disappeared Since The 1990s "IndyWatch Feed National"


10% of our wilderness has disappeared in the last 25 years. The bad news? We won’t be able to get that back.

By Alexis Henning

A new study undertaken by the School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland, Australia, has found that the world has about 10% of its wilderness only in the past 25 years.

James Watson, an associate professor with the study, stated that “without any policies to protect [most of]these areas, they are falling victim to widespread development. We probably only have one or two decades to turn this around”.

Central Africa and the Amazon saw the heaviest wilderness decline. Of the 1.27 million square miles of global wilderness lost since 1990, the Amazon accounted for about 1/3 of it. 14% of the wilderness lost was from Central Africa. Today, there are only 11.6 million square miles of wilderness left, which is about 20% of the Earth’s total land mass.

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Co-author of the study, Oscar Venter, states:

“The amount of wilderness loss in just two decades is staggering.”

Venter is an associate professor of ecosystem science and management at the University of Northern British Colombia.  “We need to recognize that the wilderness areas, which we’ve foolishly considered to be de-facto protected due to their remoteness, is actually being dramatically lost around the world”.


DNA reveals possible link to mysterious branch of humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group of humans migrating out of Africa some 40,000 to 70,000 years ago mingled with an as-yet unknown branch of humanity, researchers say. Modern humans originated about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago in Africa. However, scientists have long debated when and how the modern human lineage spread out of Africa to nearly every corner of the globe. Nearly everyone outside Africa descended from an exodus that occurred between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago, but recent archaeological findings and climate models suggest that migrations of modern humans from Africa began at least 100,000 years ago. One way to find out whether, in the past, modern humans dispersed from Africa in one wave or many — and to see if they intermingled with any other human lineages along the way — is to examine the genomes of present-day modern humans. "We're interested in understanding how our species has come to be how it is through the lens of ancient DNA," said Swapan Mallick, bioinformatics director at Harvard Medical School in Boston and lead author of one of the three studies appearing in the Sept. 22 issue of the journal Nature. Previous human genetic databases often sampled a relatively narrow range of populations, which could skew results or miss key details about the migrations of modern humans out of Africa. Now, three studies have collected new, high-quality data from 787 human genomes from more than 280 geographically diverse populations around the world, including typically understudied and rapidly disappearing groups. Among the understudied groups researchers looked at are African populations, which have considerable genetic, linguistic and cultural diversity. They also examined genomes from Australia, where previous research uncovered some of the earliest archaeological and fossil evidence of modern humans outside Africa.


Bartering on Refugees: The Costa Rica Solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

We will also participate in a US-led program to re-settle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica. Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM, Sep 21, 2016 It used to be claimed that you could not let the former…


The SUWA Show (September 2016) : Rigaer94 + "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this month’s edition of Floating Anarchy on The SUWA Show (5.30pm /// Friday, September 23 /// 855AM /// streaming live on 3CR), Dr Cam and I have a yarn with uber-special-lovely-Berlin-squatter-guests Lukas, Patrick & Rizo all about Rigaer94, squatting … Continue reading


Singing fish: Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ocean might seem like a quiet place, but listen carefully and you might just hear the sounds of the fish choir. Most of this underwater music comes from soloist fish, repeating the same calls over and over. But when the calls of different fish overlap, they form a chorus. Robert McCauley and colleagues at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, recorded vocal fish in the coastal waters off Port Headland in Western Australia over an 18-month period, and identified seven distinct fish choruses, happening at dawn and at dusk. You can listen to three of them here:


The day White Privilege made me ‘dead on the inside’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

The demography of this nation is not reflected in our parliaments, which remain the citadels of White Privilege, bastions unleashing vice like assimilation. The racists of my generation are the parliamentarians of today. They may disguise themselves as ‘progressives’ but they perpetuate racism. Those who control the Australia we live in carry on with a […]


The Connection Between Jacob Wetterling and JonBenet Ramsey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two cases- both freezing cold- suddenly solved within a month of each other. Hmmmm

I couldn’t understand why they are suddenly “solving” these cases- but now I understand. The common denominator in BOTH of these cases is that the REAL perps are connected to this government sanctioned MKUltra program (as Monarch isn’t real- but is used commonly by many) and child sex trafficking. THIS is why they are suddenly focusing on these cases- because my father was DEFINITELY involved- and although I do not know much about the JonBenet Ramsey case- this assertion that she was murdered by a NINE YEAR OLD BOY- who was not only able to murder her but COMPLETELY COVER IT UP is SO ABSURD it defies reality, I am pretty sure that Timothy Holmseth is probably onto something.

But it is THIS they are trying to cover up- and not very well I might add.

“Timothy Charles Holmseth, an author and journalist from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, received a threatening telephone message today from an unidentified caller after publishing a story that links the JonBenet Ramsey murder to a CIA behavioral engineering program called Project Monarch”


Don’t get caught up on a name. No- the name Monarch ISN’T real. It is a name that has been used because it makes people think of butterflies. It was used the SAME WAY Stranger Things on Netflix is being used. They are trying to normalize it and make it seem cool- because who WOULDN’T want to be like Nine? What they have been doing- AND STILL ARE- is VERY real, but the name Monarch is most definitely not.

And the only job police are doing with this is covering it up- unless of course you believe this socially awkward adult- who doesn’t possess the cognitive abilities NOW- AS AN ADULT- to pull this off was a GENIUS murderer at the age of NINE.

And far as MKUltra- we can’t forget Sarah Kershaw- who was investigating it and it’s connections to secret microwave weapons that our media has just said in the past month or so that not only do they exist- but that they are going to be used on US citizens to show the rest of the world THAT THEY ARE SAFE!


Turning tide: Young adults switching off social media apps say their lives have improved "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our love of social media seems to have grown and grown in the past decade, but recent studies show the tide may be turning for some platforms, with young people in particular ditching Facebook. One study claims that more than 11 million teenagers left Facebook between 2011 and 2014. It's been argued that they are swapping public platforms such as Twitter and Instagram for more private messaging apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat. We asked the Guardian's younger readers whether they have quit social media and why, as well as what apps they are ditching. Almost all reported a greater sense of happiness after going offline. Here, we share some of their experiences. Daisy, 23, Manchester: 'I feel less anxious and less like a failure' After a romance ended with a guy I really liked, I kept trying to avoid Facebook so I wouldn't have to see him. It was after this that I gradually switched off from it, but before that I'd been wanting to quit for a while. Facebook made me feel anxious, depressed and like a failure. When I went online it seemed like everyone was in Australia or Thailand, and if they weren't travelling they were getting engaged or landing great jobs. I felt like everyone was living the dream and I was still at home with my parents, with debt from my student loan hanging over me. I also felt that if I wasn't tagging myself at restaurants or uploading photos from nights out, people would assume I wasn't living. I remember a friend from uni said to me once, "Yeah, but you're still going out having fun, I've seen on Facebook." I tried to present myself as always having a great time. If my status didn't get more than five likes, I'd delete it.


An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield: Why We Need Safe Vaccines Immediately — and How to Make it Happen "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 23rd, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World The question of vaccination has polarized parents across the U.S. and beyond for years. In one arena, parents feel itâŹ"s an absolute necessity to have children vaccinated, for the benefit of public good in stopping preventable diseases. These parents typically support the idea of mandatory vaccinations ......


Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 23rd, 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest writer for Wake Up World âŹSPoor leaders push us towards the goal. Great leaders guide us along the journey.⏠⏠Simon Sinek When we think of world leaders, what often comes to mind? According to Forbes, the top ten qualities of good leaders are honesty, delegation, communication, confidence, ...Continue Reading - Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World


Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 23rd, 2016 By Marco Torres Guest writer for Wake Up World Dr. Leif Salford is a Neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University. Since 1988 Dr. Salford and his colleagues have conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the ...Continue Reading - Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak


The School System: The Incarceration of Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Vic police suspended for leaking info "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

There are plenty more actions of police corruption that the corporate media has not reported.

One example is one that occurs every day in the so called (kangaroo) courts of Australia.

For one the police swear an oath to a false entity namely the Queen of Australia.

As of 2013 Victoria Police was made a corporation with a CEO, arising from the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Is the corporate media protecting the names of criminals in Victoria Police?

Normally the corporate media publishes the names of (alleged) criminals in society.

When you are taken to court for an alleged criminal offence, you do not know (the legal name of the person) who takes you to court in the case of police, whereas your name is published in the court list.

As an example the name of an officer is published as P. Smith, which is NOT a legal name.

See article from from 22 September 2016 of the headline:

Vic police suspended for leaking info

Four serving police officers and a former officer are being investigated in Victoria over drug use and the leaking of police information to criminals.
Search warrants were executed at five Melbourne properties on August 17 and the five were all interviewed and released as part of an ongoing investigation, Victoria Police say.

"The arrests and searches relate to a protracted investigation into the improper release of police information to people not entitled to be in possession of such information, including criminals," a police spokesman said.

The investigation is also looking at drug use.

The four police officers, a female senior constable and three male detective senior constables, have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Police would not comment any further, saying it would be inappropriate "as the investigation is ongoing".


US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional†and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will†to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Article contains video interview of Bashar al-Assad on this matter. (Article first published on RT on 22 Sep, 2016 11:18 at

Speaking to the Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian leader denied that the airstrikes carried out by the US near Deir ez-Zor on September 17 were an accident. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 were injured, according to the Syrian military. Assad said they were “intentionally†targeted.

“It was not an accident by one airplane; it was four airplanes which kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour or maybe a little bit more than one hour,†Assad told AP, adding they were attacking a large area that “constituted of many hills†adjacent to where the Syrian troops were stationed.

Assad also questioned how IS was able to launch an attack so quickly after the airstrike.

“The IS troops attacked at the very same time as the American strike. How could they know that America was going to attack that position in order to gather their militants right away and attack it one hour after the strike. It was definitely intentional and not unintentional,†he added.

The Pentagon said the airstrikes on Syrian troops were an accident and that they were aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

Assad also claimed that the US is not interested in fighting terrorists in Syria, saying that Washington “lacks the will†to join Russia in trying to eliminate extremist groups.

“When you have many external factors that you don't control, it's going to drag on and no one in this world can tell you when,†he answered a question about when the war might end.

He also said that the conflict is likely to drag on because the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar keep supporting those opposed to Assad’s rule.

The Syrian president dismissed US claims that Russian or Syrian planes were responsible for a fatal attack on an aid convoy which killed 21 people September 19. He said the American accusations have “no credibility†and they are “just lies.â€

“I would say whatever the American officials said about the conflict in Syria has no credibility. Whatever they say is just lies.â€

When pressed about what happened to the aid convoys, Assad said they were passing through rebel-held areas and these “terrorists†were responsible for their security. 

“We don’t have any idea about what happened. The only thing we saw was videos of burnt-out, destroyed trucks and nothing else,†Assad said.

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Scientists Find Fruit In Australia Capable Of Killing Cancer, Mainstream Media Stays Silent "IndyWatch Feed National"


“The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.”

Via TrueActivist



Already, 1 in 2 people is expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes. That’s 50% of all humans on Earth. If a potential cure was found, one would expect to see it broadcasted on every mainstream media site, correct? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Regardless, this recent discovery is worth knowing about and passing along to others.

According to ABC News, an eight-year-long study led by Dr. Glen Boyle, from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane, has confirmed that a compound in a rare berry which grows exclusively in Australia is capable of killing tumors. The flushed berry, also known as the Hylandia dockrillii, has a unique compound called EBC-46 that kills head and neck tumors as well as melanomas. In approximately 75% of the cases, says Dr. Boyle, the cancer cells did NOT come back.

He explains:

“There’s a compound in the seed – it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know. The compound works by three ways essentially: it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.” 

Scientists are astounded by how fast the compound in the flushed berry works, as well as the lack of side effects caused by the treatment. In trials, the drug took effect within five minutes and tumors disappeared within days.



ACT Elections: Sustainable Australia Candidates in all five electorates "IndyWatch Feed National"

All five ACT electorates to be contested by Sustainable Australia. Sustainable Australia’s first state/territory campaign will see the party contest all five ACT electorates, represented by a diverse range of candidates from an Indigenous Elder to a 20 year old ANU science student.

Sustainable Australia (ACT) president John Haydon is representing the party in Kurrajong, and says he's delighted to have all five electorates covered in the party's first non-federal campaign.

Mr Haydon says, "Our campaign will focus on three key points: Save Canberra from overdevelopment; Lower rates; and Protect our trees."

"We will provide for proper community consultation in all development applications across the ACT.

"By slowing population growth, we relieve the ACT of the need to build and/or retro-fit so much budget-breaking complex infrastructure - like ever more trams, hospitals and schools. This budget relief will achieve lower rates than would otherwise be the case.

"And by saving Canberra from ever more sprawl and infill overdevelopment we are the only party with a sustainable plan to protect our trees and green space."

Ngunnawal Elder Violet Sheridan is standing for the party in the seat of Yerrabi, covering Gungahlin.

Ms Sheridan says, "It is important to provide better education opportunities for Aboriginal youth and all young Australians, as well as housing affordability for first home buyers and renters. I'm also passionate about protecting the ACT's Aboriginal and European heritage from overdevelopment."

The party's Ginninderra candidate Martin Tye obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geography from the University of Canberra, and also has an extensive background in small business, running successful retail outlets for over 30 years.

"My extensive campaigning around Belconnen has told me that many voters are tired of the same old political choices, and want something different. Most voters want a common sense party from the political centre, and support our aim for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable ACT," said Mr Tye.

Mr Tye's son Oliver is also running for the party, in Kurrajong in which his university sits.

"I'm loving studying science at ANU but would go to part-time study if I had the privilege of representing younger voters in the ACT Legislative Assembly," said Mr (Oliver) Tye.

Full details on the campaign can be found at our website:

Policy Platform - Sustainable Australia

Sustainable Australia | Policies

Established in 2010 from the political centre, we aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, detailed below.

This includes 10 policy priorities:

  1. Secure jobs in a more diverse economy, underpinned by small business
  2. Environmental restoration with a renewable energy revolution and better protection of biodiversity
  3. ...


Where is the CCTV Footage for the 125 Murdered at the Pentagon? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

CCTV of Jill Meagher (L), then  Adrian Bayley (R) By Dee McLachlan Four years ago today (22nd September, 2014), Gillian “Jill” Meagher, a 29 year old Irish woman, was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, in Melbourne. After she failed to come home, her husband, Tom, reported her as missing, and it soon became a homicide […]


‘Pink, yellow and Red  #17’16/08/15 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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‘Ancient humans left Africa once’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human migration out of Africa, picture by P.D. deMenocal and C. Stringer/Nature 2016

From Science News:

Going global

Previous studies have used fossil, archaeological and genetic data to time humans’ colonization of the world (times shown above). New genetic studies may change that map; they suggest small numbers of people left Africa 120,000 years ago, but left little trace in the DNA of present-day people. Most non-Africans inherited their DNA from people who left Africa between about 70,000 and 50,000 years ago, new studies suggest. But a climate study indicates that was the worst possible time for an out-of-Africa migration and suggests people may have left earlier, between 80,000 and 100,000 years ago.

This video says about itself:

Predicted spread of humans around the world | Science News

21 September 2016

Earth wobbles on its axis, causing major climate shifts. Some of those shifts turned the Arabian Peninsula into lush grassland that ancient humans could have traversed as they migrated out of Africa. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa simulated climate conditions over the last 125,000 years and predicted how those changes would have allowed humans to spread around the globe (increasing intensity of red shows greater predicted migration).

Credit: Tobias Friedrich

The Science News article continues:

Single exodus from Africa gave rise to today’s non-Africans

Genetic data point to a date less than 72,000 years ago but climate scientists disagree

By Tina Hesman Saey

3:28pm, September 21, 2016

One wave of ancient human migrants out of Africa gave rise to all non-Africans alive today, three separate genetic studies conclude.

Those human explorers left Africa about 50,000 to 72,000 years ago, mixed with Neandertals and spread across the world, researchers report online September 21 in Nature. The studies present data from genetically diverse and previously unrepresented populations. Together they offer a detailed picture of deep human history and may settle some long-standing debates, but there is still room to quibble. All non-Africans stem from one major founding population, the studies agree, but earlier human migrations are also recorded in present-day people’s DNA, one study finds. And a fourth study in the same issue of Nature, this one focusing on ancient climate, also makes the case for an earlier exodus.

Scientists have long debated when anatomically m...


Why Is Environmental Damage Of War Considered A Taboo Subject? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Diane Mantzaris While Australia’s so called progressive left has been hollering about the environmental damage caused to our planet and lamenting the impact of...


Beware — Someone is dropping Malware-infected USB Sticks into People's Letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hey! Wait! Wait! Wait! Don't plug in that USB stick into your laptop. It could infect your computer with malware and viruses. Australia's Victoria Police Force has issued a warning regarding unmarked USB flash drives containing harmful malware being dropped inside random people's letterboxes in the Melbourne suburb of Pakenham. It seems to one of the latest tactics of cyber criminals to


Mystery of the Sentient Black Goo "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dam scam: $3m in federal funds awarded to Qld LNP connected consortium – @qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

High ranking Qld LNP members awarded millions for feasability study Table of contents Jump to comments section. The dam scam. Barnaby Joyce, dam builder. The river people. . The dam scam Company run by Queensland LNP members among consortium awarded $3m in federal funds. ABC investigative journalist, Mark Willacy, has revealed a controversial allotment of […]

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Is Australia’s Refugee Policy Really Everything Turnbull Made it Out to Be? "IndyWatch Feed National"

For human rights groups who have been campaigning against the Australian immigration policy, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s words of self-praise are a little hard to digest.

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Canberra: In a small reception room, a stack of bilingual flyers in Vietnamese and English urged enrolment in the voters’ rolls before the October 15 legislative assembly elections in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Another pamphlet talked about a programme funded by the local government for volunteers to help students with their homework to cope with the burden of an unfamiliar school curriculum.

The Canberra-based Migrant and Refugee Resettlement Services of the ACT (MARSS) are a typical example of Australia’s extensive network of organisations, working with the government and equipped with dedicated social workers, to integrate refugees and asylum seekers into Australian society.

While their resettlement programme is considered to be a global model, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supported a more controversial template when he spoke on Wednesday, August 21, in New York at the leaders’ summit on refugees.

“Strong borders are not just about security. They are crucial to ensuring social harmony and public support for migration domestically…,” Turnbull said at the invitation-only summit convened by US President Barack Obama.

He asserted that “strong borders” enable Australia to provide support to refugees. “Australia is a prime example. Securing our borders has increased public confidence and enabled Australia to have one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes,” he added.

Turnbull told the summit that Australia would increase its annual intake by over 35% to 18,750 refugees, up from 13,750, with another $130 million for next three years to resettlement services.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously announced before that his country would increase refugee intake to 18,750 refugees in 2018-19, but had not indicated that this level would be maintained. Turnbull said in his speech this increase would be permanent.

He added that strong borders were necessary for Australia to commit to welcoming 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten accused Turnbull of rehashing Abott’s figures. “Malcolm Turnbull has flown to New York to reannounce Tony Abbott’s policies,” Shorten said, as per an ABC report.

He accused Turnbull of not dealing with the “elephant in the room” – the continuing “indefinite” detention of refugees in offshore facilities.



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U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour

MOBO Awardwinning UK hip hop artist Akala is heading to Australia and NZ for a series of intimate shows, in celebration of a decade’s worth of work in music.

In addition to having five albums under his belt, the writer and poet has had a lot to celebrate throughout his ten years, from touring the U.K. with Nas and Damian Marley and supporting the likes of M.I.A., Christina Aguilera, and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, to appearances at every major festival on the U.K. circuit.

Thoughtful and outspoken, Akala has given a series of lectures on racial issues, and recently spoke to U.S. hip hop channel Vlad TV about racism in the U.K. and the U.K.’s role in slavery, continuing his commitment to social activism and thought-provoking art.

Interestingly, his song ‘The Edge’ was featured on the soundtrack for video game NBA 2K10, while his older sister and fellow rapper Ms. Dynamite was featured on the soundtrack for FIFA 2003.

Playing some of our favourite intimate venues in the country, we can’t think of a better evening for any fans of conscious lyricism delivered via sharp London flows.


Thursday Dec 8th – The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Saturday Dec 10th – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Sunday Dec 11th – Nortcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Thursday Dec 15th – Whammy Bar, Auckland NZ
Friday Dec 16th – Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide SA
Sunday Dec 18th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA

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Relationships Australia Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is a major sponsor of the 2016 ECCV Statewide Conference “The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives,” which is being held in Ballarat on Friday 11 November, 2016.

RAV is a leading provider of family and relationship support services. With 12 centres across the state and additional outreach locations, RAV offers a diverse range of services including counselling, therapeutic case management, family violence, group work and dispute resolution services.

RAV's core expertise is in supporting individuals, families and communities affected by social and wellbeing issues such as family violence, mental health difficulties and high conflict family law disputes.

ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference - "The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives" - Ballarat Friday 11 November, 2016. 

Details: here

For more information about Relationships Australia Victoria call 1300 364 277 or visit


Double J Unveil Big Plans For The 25th Anniversary Of ‘Nevermind’ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Double J Unveil Big Plans For The 25th Anniversary Of ‘Nevermind’

Saturday, September 24th marks 25 years since Nirvana’s Nevermind was released, and Double J are celebrating.

Nevermind is undoubtedly one of the most popular, critically revered, and influential albums of all time. Heralding the start of the grunge explosion that dominated most of the ’90s, Nirvana’s sophomore album still continues to sell well and inspire countless musicians around the world.

To celebrate, Double J are holding a big series of commemorative events. Kicking off on Saturday at noon with the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ documentary, the Double J crew will be looking at the album’s famous single, the impact it had on Australian and international music, and pop culture in general. Then, at 4pm, Double J will be replaying Nirvana’s famous concert from Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from their one and only visit to our fair country.

Between the events, Double J will be playing the best music of 1991 from all of the other important albums to have been released that year, including Pearl Jam’s Ten, Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice, Clouds’ Penny Century, and Public Enemy’s The Enemy Strikes Back. To cap it all off, Caz Tran will be playing the entirety of the album itself at 10am on Sunday morning, interspersed with rare archival interviews from the band.

Be sure to be listening to Double J on Saturday and Sunday when they go through one of the most comprehensive tributes to Nevermind that you’ll ever see.


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Ready, willin’ and able: generosity and solidarity are key components of Williamstown singing group "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Leaving Melbourne via the Westgate Bridge on a Wednesday evening, clouds of steam cluster and dissipate into the darkening sky. It’s fair to assume these plumes are output from the factories and refineries dotting the coast like pins in a board from Port Melbourne to Geelong. It’s also possible that part of the component entering the atmosphere is a heady mix of CO2 and endorphins being exhaled by the Willin Wimmin of Williamstown, having their weekly sing.

10583998_1446634612280983_6251822852438359669_nWillin Wimmin past and present were reunited last month to celebrate 25 years as a community choir giving voice to women, and spreading the joy of singing and community to audiences in the west and beyond. By their reckoning, this amounts to roughly 1000 rehearsals, more than 200 performances, over 300 songs and 250 women who have been involved since the inception of the singing group.

Worthy of a knees up, by anyone’s standard. The room was filled with friends, partners and family, everyone brought their own dinner, there was support with sound and lighting from their mates at the Newport Community Choir: it was a community event in every sense of the word.

The group sprung from the John Bolton Theatre School which was based in Williamstown, back in 1991. John employed Bronwen Barton as his music teacher who, with John’s partner and a few friends started singing together. The seeds for Willin Wimmin were sown and interest quickly caught on among the community. The singers were not only Willin Wimmin, they were feisty women with a will and the current members continue to embrace this identity: They set out as sisters doing it for themselves, collaborating as a cooperative and proudly eschewing the committee way of doing things until more recently.

The increasing requirements of funding bodies and venues requiring insurance over the years created a gradual push to become incorporated and adopt a more formal arrangement. Willin Wimmin eventually (reluctantly) bowed to the external pressure, formed a management committee and became incorporated last year.

Back at the start, Bronwen was a great vocal coach whose philosophy that anyone can sing set the value of inclusivity which has underpinned the group ever since. There have never been auditions and the women make it clear that no singing experience or knowledge of music is necessary. A good sense of humour, the will to embrace and celebrate cultural diversity and a shared belief in supporting, and welcoming one another is what counts. Willin Wimmin sing with heart and choose their material from an eclectic selection of genres including world, folk, choral and contemporary.

Julie Merritt has sung with Willin Wimmin for 18 of its 25 years, joining when the youngest of her three children was around 12 months old. The social side of belonging to the group drew her in; she felt a sense of belonging and like she’d found her tribe.

A strong social justice theme runs throughout the choir, and Willin Wimmin have sung on demonstrations and rallies, at sport, art, health and women’s issues events. They’ve trodden the boards at a variety of venues, too: Deakin Edge Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre, the NGV as well as Fairlea Women’s Prison and Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre, to name but a few.

Willin Wimmin have been helped along their journey by the commitment from their leaders:

“We have been fortunate with our directors – they have each been fabulous, feisty, fearless, sometimes fearsome.  Each of them brought unique gifts and talents with warmth, patience and fun.  With...



Premiere: Tom Stephens’ Debut Album Draws You In Like An Old Friend "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Premiere: Tom Stephens’ Debut Album Draws You In Like An Old Friend

Hailing from Sydney, Tom Stephens has been making the rounds for a couple of years now, bringing his genuine indie rock styling to audiences all over. Now, he’s releasing his debut album What Lies In The Difference.

Following on from the release of his sophomore EP Embers back in 2014, Stephens’ debut album is a loose, flowing journey into his psyche, backed with humble guitar and a smooth, inviting vocals.

Taking clear inspiration from artists like Wilco and AA Bondy, Stephens’ record feels like a close friend telling you a story that you share genuine interest in. Each track creates a mood which grows on you, beckoning you in, before leaving you with a sense of prevailing calm.

Tom will be taking his live show on the road to launch the album, kicking off in October – dates below.

What Lies In The Difference Album Launch Tour

Saturday, October 15th
(With Georgia Mulligan & Egoism)
Oxford Circus, Sydney (Free)

Saturday, October 16th
(With The Luke Brennan Trip & Forever Son)
The Old Bar, Melbourne


Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"

There's a new international survey on Internet security and trust, of "23,376 Internet users in 24 countries," including "Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States." Amongst the findings, 60% of Internet users have heard of Edward Snowden, and 39% of those "have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of his revelations."

The press is mostly spinning this as evidence that Snowden has not had an effect: "merely 39%," "only 39%," and so on. (Note that these articles are completely misunderstanding the data. It's not 39% of people who are taking steps to protect their privacy post-Snowden, it's 39% of the 60% of Internet users -- which is not everybody -- who have heard of him. So it's much less than 39%.)

Even so, I disagree with the "Edward Snowden Revelations Not Having Much Impact on Internet Users" headline. He's having an enormous impact. I ran the actual numbers country by country, combining data on Internet penetration with data from this survey. Multiplying everything out, I calculate that 706 million people have changed their behavior on the Internet because of what the NSA and GCHQ are doing. (For example, 17% of Indonesians use the Internet, 64% of them have heard of Snowden and 62% of them have taken steps to protect their privacy, which equals 17 million people out of its total 250-million population.)

Note that the countries in this survey only cover 4.7 billion out of a total 7 billion world population. Taking the conservative estimates that 20% of the remaining population uses the Internet, 40% of them have heard of Snowden, and 25% of those have done something about it, that's an additional 46 million people around the world.

It's probably true that most of those people took steps that didn't make any appreciable difference against an NSA level of surveillance, and probably not even against the even more pervasive corporate variety of surveillance. It's probably even true that some of those people didn't take steps at all, and just wish they did or wish they knew what to do. But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey taker that they did something about it.

Name another news story that has caused over ten percent of the world's population to change their behavior in the past year? Cory Doctorow is right: we have reached "peak indifference to surveillance." From now on, this issue is going to matter more and more, and policymakers around the world need to start paying attention.

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8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm

Holy Balm have had a great year so far, releasing their single ‘Fashion’ in May to significant acclaim and love from the music community, and following it up with their excellent new album Activity.

Now that the “wonky house” act are firmly on our radar, we thought we’d ask them to shed some light on the next wave of emerging Aussie talent we should be keeping our eyes on – and they certainly came through for us here, with eight new acts that definitely demand some attention.

You can give their selections a spin below, along with Holy Balm’s new record. If you like what you hear, you can catch them finishing off their album tour in Sydney this Saturday at the Newtown Social Club, and in Canberra the following night, dates below.

Activity by Holy Balm

LA Suffocated

Sydney based group that create a tense thumping space to move or generally go deep & zone out! Distorted and shrill vocals create tension amongst the drum machines & sequences – they never fail to create a hypnotic soundtrack live. Always want them to play longer sets.

Nicky Crane

James Vinciguerra’s solo work – exploratory, textured songwriting nodding across a few electronic music eras, cultural references & approaches. Pieces feel realised whilst creating even more curiosity with every release. Deep knowledge of rhythm and dynamic is his composition & touch.

Ela Stiles

New directions of Stiles’ solo work always keeps us guessing – there is always an interesting treatment of vocals and rhythm, and risk taking with form, durations & song structure. Bringing in flavours of folk, pop, experimental & even outsider sounds, abstract narratives take you somewhere else.

Video Ezy

Sydney / Melbourne duo, who are always moving towards a space synth cinematic paradise. Live – they really riff of each other and create a contemplative semi-instrumental space for listeners.

Enderie Nuatal

Originally Brisbane – now Sydney artist that has a curious approach to music making with others as ‘Cured Pink’ and solo as Enderie. Big sounds – samples of synth and vocals and drums, become a big, sweaty conversation. Sometime hard edge, always percussive – electric!...


Anatomy of the Pentagon's assault on the Syrian ceasefire - and the war against Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16's and 2 A-10's) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high ground overlooking the nearby airbase were attacked, Islamic State militants were opportunistically able to launch an assault and successfully seized control of that strategic high ground. Several hours later the Syrian Arab Army eventually was able to push back to retake its lost position. But Saturday's rapidly unfolding events of the airstrike followed so closely by the on-the-ground terrorist attack unquestionably points to air to ground coordination between US and ISIS that strongly indicates the US led airstrike was premeditated and designed to completely undermine the already tenuous ceasefire. This incident alone decisively kills any prospect for peace that would finally end the five and a half year war that's killed more than 300,000 Syrian people and displaced over 11 million more. The second critical incident that placed the final nail in the peace prospect coffin was Monday's attack on a UN and Syrian Red Crescent Society convoy delivering much needed humanitarian aid to residents of Syria's second largest city Aleppo, still largely occupied by ISIS and al-Nusra Front forces but for months under siege by the advancing Syrian army. The US immediately began blaming both Russia and Syria as an "act of revenge" for Saturday's airstrike that the US feebly claims was an accident. A closer analysis of these two very much related, highly disturbing acts of violence speaks volumes on just how low the imperialistic US Empire is willing to stoop to sabotage peace in the war ravaged nation that's killed or displaced more than half the Syrian population.


Transgender children in the media: telling responsible stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

Transgender children have been the focus of considerable media attention in Australia over the past two years. Two examples this year are episodes of Australian Story and 60 Minutes, where viewers shared in the journeys of Georgie, Emma and Izzie, three transgender teenagers. The episodes highlight how the media can either contribute to or inhibit the …

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The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) is a major sponsor of the ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives, being held in Ballarat, on Friday 11 November 2016.

CNY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

Since 1988, CMY has worked to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. CMY was the first organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people and through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, we are working to remove the barriers these young people face as they make Australia their home.

Young people can encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia. Alongside the challenges of growing up, they are figuring out how things are done and adjusting to unfamiliar cultural, academic and social expectations.

Their sense of wellbeing and belonging can be considerably diminished by factors such as racism and discrimination. These barriers are often compounded and magnified by services and systems that are ill equipped to provide the specialist support needed.

Despite these complex issues, we know that young people have the enterprise, resilience and optimism to contribute to the continued prosperity of Australia. By engaging them as experts in their own lives and focusing on their strengths, they can be empowered to adapt and thrive.


ECCV 2016 Statewide Conference "The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria: Intergenerational Perspectives".



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We Bid A Fond Farewell To Aussie Rock Mainstays Jericco Ahead Of Their Final Show "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We Bid A Fond Farewell To Aussie Rock Mainstays Jericco Ahead Of Their Final Show

Jericco have been absolute stalwarts of Melbourne’s always-burning rock scene for the better half of a decade, but have announced that after a solid seven year run of pumping out some of Australia’s best melody and noise, they’re now calling it a day.

Having been fans of these guys for years now, we’re sad to see them go – and we’re certainly not the only ones, with fans traveling from interstate to catch their upcoming farewell show in November at the ideal hometown surrounds of the iconic Corner Hotel.

As the band bring this chapter of their lives to a close, we’ve had a chat with founding member Roy Amar about their achievements, the amazing times they’ve had, and the tough decision to leave Jericco behind.

Let’s get the big one out of the way: why have you decided to call it a day?

Unfortunately life got in the way. Our singer has recently moved to Canada, which makes rehearsals and gigs pretty challenging. Our drummer is a very busy man and runs a large venue in Melbourne whilst pursuing a career in tour managing and teching. I’ve dedicated a lot of time recently to starting my own artist development and management company, which launched the same month that I became a father to an incredible little boy.

But without the excuses… There came a time when we thought that the band had reached its peak, and we would rather quit than stick around trying to relive the glory days. It was an extremely tough decision, but one that we’re confident with. Doesn’t make it any less sad though.

What are some of the highlights from the past seven years?

When I’m looking back at it all, everything was amazing. (laughs) Some of the festivals that we played in the early days were incredible. I remember the first one we played when we opened at Come Together Festival in Sydney at Luna Park. I think it was 2010, and that gig was so much fun as our band had never played on a stage that huge before. We absolutely killed it and left such an awesome impression that the promoter got us back on the lineup the year after in a later time slot where we played to a full house!

Pyramid Rock Festival over the new year was also an incredible experience. Meeting, chatting and partying with all those amazing acts backstage was not only so much fun but incredibly motivating… I just want to do it all over again! (laughs)

Touring with Karnivool, Mammal and Dead Letter Circus were also huge times for the band. We were on cloud nine, everything was easy and it just worked itself out. Wow, those were the days! Bands like Jericco, Twelve Foot Ninja, Circles and MM9 all cutting our teeth playing shows together, supporting huge bands that we looked up to – and my god the partying. I’m s0 happy that we took a camera everywhere, I have tons of crazy footage and the best pictures ever!

Selling out our first show at The Excelsior Hotel in Sydney, that place and that gig were amazing! Being interviewed on Triple J with John Safran and Father Bob is also something I’ll always remember.

Charting with our debut record and also our second was damn exciting, too. We were constantly getting updates from our publicist, and at the same time thinking to ourselves, “who the fark is buying this album we wrote?” (laughs)

Packing out the Prince Bandroom for our l...


Video: Wikileaks Confirms Hillary Sold Weapons To ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has announced that Hillary Clinton and her State Department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes the Islamic State...

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Summer starts early for Grove Nippers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

THE summer of surf life saving has arrived early for new Ocean Grove SLSC junior activities manager Gavin Mahoney and incoming surf sport co-ordinator Shane Bird.
Mahoney, the former club surf sport co-ordinator, assumes the top Nippers post from the outgoing Scott McNaughton, while Bird has taken on his new role like a duck to water.
Bird said ‘four winter pool’ sessions at Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove had commenced prior to club’s first beach training run in mid-September.
“It is evolving the whole time and this is the earliest we have started,” Bird said.
“The big reason behind getting everyone down here on Sunday 18 September before school holidays started was to get those connections started as maybe people haven’t seen each other for six months.
“The idea was to try and get people down for the holidays.”
Mahoney said the fickle ocean conditions gave new club Nippers an ideal introduction to the beach.
“It was an introduction to the beach to get them ready for the beach,” he said.
“It is different swimming in the pool … what happens at the beach is there are tides and changes of sand and rips.
“It got them back on their board and helped with their techniques on the beach.”
Up to 60 enthusiastic club Nippers ranging from under-8s to under-13s got their first official taste of pre-season beach training at Ocean Grove Main Beach on 18 September.
Conditions had everything – it was wet, it rained and it was windy, while the higher tide made the surf challenging for the Nippers.
Bird said it was important to get the ‘right mix’ between fun and competition.
“It is trying to get that balance right,” Bird said.
“You don’t want an environment that is just about fun – because you do drop away the higher end kids.
“Or if it is just intense you drop away the lower end – our role is to find that balance.”
Last season saw a dramatic increase in Ocean Grove SLSC Nippers participation rates with up to 100 youngsters taking part in beach training each Sunday in summer.
During the peak holiday period junior numbers swelled to hundreds with the club’s busy Surf Ed program.
Ocean Grove SLSC finished equal second overall on points at the 2016 Victorian Lifesaving Championships, which included more than 30 clubs competing state-wide.
The club’s Nippers will compete in the first state junior carnival on Sunday 4 December in South Melbourne – a bay carnival event.
Both Mahoney and Bird have children who compete in Nippers at Ocean Grove SLSC.

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POLE FANATICISM "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Although many Melburnians are naturally active, with cycling trails, parks and pathways scattered around the city, others – especially you 9-to-5’ers with minimal leisure time – prefer a structured workout every once in a while.

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Reclaiming memories of motherhood "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

IF you became a mother between 1945 and 2015 and had your first child while living in Ocean Grove, local historian Dr Carla Pascoe wants to hear from you.
Dr Pascoe is seeking participants who would like to be interviewed about their experiences of early motherhood.
A lot of things have changed about raising children and becoming a mother since the 1950s. We no longer ban expectant fathers from labour wards in case they become a nuisance during childbirth. We don’t tell breastfeeding mothers to drink plenty of stout to increase their milk supply. We don’t put whiskey in a baby’s bottle to help them sleep longer. And we don’t expect new mothers to know everything about looking after a baby by instinct.
There have also been a lot of social and economic changes to Australian motherhood since the end of WWII. The median age at which women have their first child has risen from 23 to 30 years of age. Technology has given Australians more control over whether they have children and when they have children. More women are combining motherhood with paid work than ever before. And Australian families have become much more diverse – we now have more single parents, divorced parents, same sex parents, step parents and unmarried parents.
But what about the experience of becoming a mother for the first time? Has this changed over the past 70 years? The truth is, we know very little about whether the feelings, perspectives and everyday experiences of new mothers have changed.
We do know that the lives of mothers in the early 21st century seem to be more complicated as they often juggle work and mothering in a difficult balance. We also know that there is more parenting advice available than ever before and that some new mothers find this
confusing. There are more women diagnosed as suffering from perinatal depression or anxiety.
But does this mean that women find it harder to become a mother now than they did in the mid-20th century? Or rather that we are more comfortable talking about the challenges of motherhood than we were in the past?
Dr Pascoe of the University of Melbourne is exploring these questions in her research project. She is carrying out interviews with women who became mothers between 1945 and 2015 in three different Victorian locations: Fitzroy, Malvern and Ocean Grove.
Carla is also collecting other historical sources relating to motherhood, including letters and diaries that talk about experiences of motherhood or old family photos of mothers and children.
If you would like to be involved or to find out more about the project, contact Carla at or on 8344 1520.

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Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is “No Ballads, No Bull***t” "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ is “No Ballads, No Bull***t”

“Put on the single, or the album, and it’s fuck the boss and fuck all the tax I owe,” frontman Joel O’Keeffe bluntly intones on the Victorian rockers’ fourth record. “I’m going out, I’m getting pissed and I’m going to listen to some hard rock ‘n’ roll. No ballads, no bullshit. I’m breakin’ outta hell!”

There’s certainly no bullshit when it comes to the album’s production; Breakin’ Outta Hell is the first Airbourne record put together on the band’s home soil, with the quartet also re-enlisting the legendary ear of American producer Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach), who first propelled the group to massive international success with their debut effort Runnin’ Wild back in 2007.

That signature rawness definitely punches its way through Breakin’ Outta Hell – and with a resounding maturity – but the record isn’t a perfect one. While its initial drive carries the record through a strong start, the band’s creativity and unstoppable force does occasionally falter.

From the get-go, it’s clear just how tight the band is, with Ryan O’Keeffe’s sharp drumming and his brother’s adrenaline-fuelled screams driving the title track. The lead solo halfway through is also a complete face-melter, and sure to be a favourite during Airbourne’s Aussie summer tour next year.

The transition into the much slower ‘Rivalry’ is the best one on the record; low, dirty riffing allows the deliciously guttural quality of Joel’s vocals to resonate, and the layered yet never-cluttered sound is testament to Marlette’s production. However, while ‘Get Back Up’ has a stadium rock vibe reminiscent of AC/DC’s ‘Shook Me All Night Long’, ironically the band steps off the pace just a little here, limping towards the finish line and into the next tune.

‘Thin The Blood’, thankfully, is the absolute standout, and the four-piece really crank it up with a frantic, country rock-infused sound. A particularly bass-driven track, the mimicking nature of the vocals and guitar, combined with Joel’s gut-busting solo, renders it a must-play at their upcoming shows.

Airbourne also leave no holds barred on the next two tracks, elevated with a sexual energy that would again undeniably explode in a live setting. Justin Street’s dirty bass groove continues to permeate the record, a real strong point for the Warrnambool boys. In fact, the whole group really keep up the intensity in a sea of unapologetic lyrics, slightly syncopated rhythms and Joel’s dynamic vocal delivery, ranging from screams to growls and downright whispers.

It’s from here though that the album loses a little of its juice, unfortunately – although the next few songs would still make for solid additions dispersed throughout the rockers’ live show.

‘Never Been Rocked Like This’ and ‘Do Me Like You Do Yourself’ move quite a way from the record’s intense beginnings, but although the intensity dips noticeably, the latter demonstrates rhythmic flair from David Roads, as well as one of the best lead solos on the record.

The exception to the lull is ‘When I Drink I Go Crazy’, with some unexpected key changes adding a refreshing change in sound, and the band bring it home strongly with echoes of “All for one...


Rivals go head to head "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

CROSS-town rivals Ocean Grove and Collendina have drawn each other in round one of the new Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association season.
The season kicks off with a one-day clash on 8 October when the Cobras host Ocean Grove at the Snake Pit. The two teams will meet each other for a second time in round four on 12 and 19 November at Menzies Memorial Oval.
Collendina finished runners-up last season while a late season flurry wasn’t enough to get the Grubbers into the finals.
Wallington has withdrawn its A Grade team from the competition, leaving A Grade with just nine teams and a bye.
Collendina’s bye is in round three on 29 October and 5 November. The Cobras requested their bye to co-incide with the Bellarine Relay for Life, which will be held at Collendina Recreation Reserve on 5 November.
The Cobras also have another bye on January 7, which could prove pivotal. Any team that has two byes, automatically gets average winning points for that round. Given the timing of the second bye so close to the Christmas/New Year break, a guaranteed six points would have everyone at the Snake Pit smiling.
Ocean Grove’s bye comes in round nine, a two-day clash on 28 January and 4 February.
The Grubbers won’t have to wait long for their other big clash for the season – the Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads, which will be in round two on 15 and 22 October. It will also be the first ever A Grade clash at Menzies Memorial Oval at Shell Road.
Ocean Grove will meet reigning premiers Anglesea in round three while Collendina will play the Roos in round eight.

Round 1, 8 October v Collendina (away).
Round 2, 15 and 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3, 29 October and 5 November v Anglesea (away).
Round 4, 12 and 19 November v Collendina (home).
Round 5, 26 November and 3 December v Barrabool (away).
Round 6, 10 and 17 December v Queenscliff (home).
Round 7, 7 January v Drysdale (home).
Round 8, 14 and 21 January v Drysdale (away).
Round 9, 28 January and 4 February bye.
Round 10, 11 and 18 February v Jan Juc (away).
Round 11, 25 February and 4 March v Portarlington (home).

Round 1, 8 October v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 2, 15 and 22 October v Drysdale (away).
Round 3, 29 October and 5 November bye.
Round 4, 12 and 19 November v Ocean Grove (away).
Round 5, 26 November and 3 December v Portarlington (home).
Round 6, 10 and 17 December v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7, 7 January bye.
Round 8, 14 and 21 January v Anglesea (away).
Round 9, 28 January and 4 February v Jan Juc (home).
Round 10, 11 and 18 February v Barrabool (home).
Round 11, 25 February and 4 March v Queenscliff (away).
Semi-finals, 11 and 12 March.
Grand final, 18 and 19 March, reserve day 25 March.

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Triple M Are About To Take On Triple J "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Triple M Are About To Take On Triple J

Triple M looks set to take on triple j’s status as Australia’s premier nationally branded broadcaster, with Southern Cross Austereo reportedly planning a new overhaul cum expansion that will see Triple M absorbing some 30 regional Austereo stations.

According to Noise11, a statement to Austereo shareholders indicated Triple M will expand next year as “30 of our regional stations currently under LocalWorks radio network will be brought into the Triple M family”.

The LocalWorks stations affected by the change include MIX 94.5 Perth, MIX 106.3 Canberra, 105.7 The River Albury, 107.7 2GO Gosford, KOFM Newcastle, 92.5 Gold Coast, SEAFM Mackay, HEART 107.3 Hobart, and stations in Rockhampton, Coffs Harbour, and others.

On the surface it seems as though Austereo is simply taking its scattered brands and placing them under the one banner, but the move will in fact make Triple M the first nationally branded commercial broadcaster in capital cities and regional areas.

Typically, major networks — your KIIS FMs and Novas — only brand within major markets, so you’ll hear Nova in Melbourne but if you venture out towards regional Victoria, your premier local station is something completely different.

As Noise11 notes, the move also pits Triple M against triple j, who’ve been particularly successful at sapping listeners in the 25-39 demographic from its commercial counterparts. triple j is of course a non-commercial, government-funded radio network.

Despite the absence of advertising revenue, triple j has been very successful in gaining a considerable market share, regularly rivalling that of commercial stations such as Triple M and Nova in the capital city markets and remaining very popular in regional Australia.

It’s not clear when the change will take place, but as Noise11 writes, Southern Cross Austereo are hoping the move will bolster the Triple M brand, give it a boost in ratings surveys, and return advertising revenue to the radio sector.

As readers may be aware, there is some bad blood between the stations, at least on one end, with Triple M previously hitting out at triple j for what they perceive as the national youth broadcaster’s “elitism” and for focusing on music that is “on trend right now”.

Speaking during the launch of Triple M’s digital radio station in 2014, Triple M Network head Mike Fitzpatrick said, “Unlike our Taxpayer-funded ‘youth network’, Triple M Modern Rock Digital isn’t elitist. We don’t care about ‘cool’ music or ‘on trend right now’ styles. If it’s a great song, we’ll play it.”


Wildflower and Art Weekend a success! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The annual ANGAIR Wildflower and Art Weekend was greeted with a glorious spring day to welcome locals and visitors to the event.

This year featured a hands-on amphibian, reptile and insect experience by Roaming Reptiles, which was greatly received by children and adults alike.

Other great activities on the day included:

  • Spectacular displays of indigenous flowers
  • Guided wildflower walks and bus tours
  • Indigenous plants for sale
  • Book and craft stalls
  • Children’s activities
  • Land mangers stalls and information
  • The Fire Game

Check out all the photos from the weekend below!


GORCC’s Hilary Bouma talks to passerby’s at the GORCC stall.


GORCC’s Georgie Beale and the Otways Indigenous Nursery stall holders.


ANGAIR volunteers John Wade and Sally White help keep the ANGAIR plants hydrated during the sunny spring day.


GORCC’s Pete Crowcroft (Right) with ANGAIR volunteers.


GORCC’s Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale with Friends of the Hooded Plovers Surf Coast Regional Coordinator Sue Guiness at the Hooded Plover stall.


Rare and local orchids were a delight for all to see.


A stunning display of local wildflowers did not disappoint.


‘Gotcha’ the crocodile watches on in his enclosure at the Roaming Reptiles stall.


Reptiles come in all shapes and sizes with one of the smallest members of the Roaming Reptiles crew saying hello!



Vodeo: Dakota pipline has been stopped "IndyWatch Feed National"

From: teleSUR English Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has come to a halt, after weeks of ongoing protest, led by an unprecedented alignment...

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Forty-nine per cent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, survey finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

A NEW survey has found almost half of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration.

The Essential poll asked more than 1000 respondents whether they would support or oppose Pauline Hanson’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration.… Read More


Sugar Mountain Announce The Date For Their 2017 Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sugar Mountain Announce The Date For Their 2017 Festival

The iconic Sugar Mountain festival is set to return for its 2017 edition, and festival organisers have today announced that the boutique festival’s seventh outing will be held on Saturday January 21, at Melbourne’s Victorian College of Arts.

While the festival lineup is yet to be announced, announcers promise that this year’s bill is set to include “world premieres, exclusive collaborations, food and drink offerings to die for and more”, so that should get you pretty understandably excited.

With the “summit of music and art” always managing to bring some of the most eclectic lineups to ever grace Australia, we’ll undoubtedly be in for another huge day when the lineup drops in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Sugar Mountain 2017

Saturday, January 21 – Melbourne’s Victorian College Of The Arts.


Zac Brown Band Announce 2017 Bluesfest Sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Zac Brown Band Announce 2017 Bluesfest Sideshows

Already one of the big draws on the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 lineup, three-time Grammy Award winners Zac Brown Band have now unveiled two very special all ages sideshows set to take place in Melbourne and Sydney next April.

The band were last in the country two years for their debut Australian tour, which received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The band will be looking to capitalise on that momentum when they return next year.

They’ll be hot on the heels of their latest platinum-certified album Jekyll + Hyde, their fourth consecutive Number 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart and another addition to their quickly expanding discography.

Zac Brown Band have had Number 1 singles, collaborated with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and Foo Fighters, and now they’ve set their sights on Australia where they’ll delight crowds once again.

Zac Brown Band Australian Tour Dates

Tickets on sale 10am local time Tuesday, 27th September

Wednesday, 19th April 2016
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849

Friday, 21st April 2016
ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
Tickets: Ticketek | 132 849


Patti Smith Expands 2017 Australian ‘Horses’ Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Patti Smith Expands 2017 Australian ‘Horses’ Tour

It was just this week that the legendary Patti Smith announced she would embark on a headline tour of Australia to accompany her eagerly anticipated performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017, and already the icon has been forced to add new dates to the tour.

It’s been eight years since punk rock icon, bestselling author, and acclaimed poet Smith graced Australian stages, so it’s no surprise that demand for the tour has been overwhelming. Smith has now announced additional dates for both Melbourne and Sydney.

The Godmother of Punk and two members of the original Patti Smith Group — Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty — as well as bassist / keyboardist Tony Shanahan and Jack Petruzzelli will perform Smith’s landmark album, Horses, in its entirety.

It’s been 41 years since Horses exploded like a bombshell on the music scene, with its game-changing combination of vivid, poetic lyricism and ferocious proto-punk power. Seeing Smith and her band perform the album live is an experience not to be missed.

Patti Smith Australian Tour Dates

Sunday, 9th April 2017
State Theatre, Sydney

Monday, 10th April 2017 – NEW SHOW
State Theatre, Sydney

Sunday, 16th April 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Monday, 17th April 2017 – NEW SHOW
Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Also appearing at Byron Bay Bluesfest


Is the Census still the best way to inform policy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is my second submission to the Inquiry into the 2106 Census. I am supplying a second submission in case there are technical issues which lead to my first submission being rejected by the Committee and to situate the failure of the 2016 census within the wider discourse on policy making in the digital age.

I have carried out extensive research on the history of the census in Australia including previous Parliamentary inquiries, relevant legislation, freedom of information requests and current and historical newspaper articles going back some 45 years. I have also undertaken my own survey of attitudes and actions taken by the general public toward the 2016 census (the ‘#CensusFail Survey‘).

My background is in citizen journalism and open data. I have both a degree in social research and more recently, I have acquired database design and programming skills which were built using Commonwealth public data for the purpose of financial and political transparency.

It is through my in-depth knowledge gained through the experience linking public open data sets to investigate inequalities, influence and corruption in government decision making that I gained insights into the governance issues which apply to linking the census data with multiple administrative datasets across agencies and portfolios.

I have recently participated in the drafting of Australia’s first National Action Plan for Open Government (due for publication in 2016) where I contributed the views of stakeholders from the Indigenous, health and social services sectors in improved engagement with data custodians.

It was solely due to my participation in that consultation that the Integrating Authority dealing with data from these sectors, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was included as an agency in the Open Government Partnership.

This consultation is underway at this time at

My main input to that consultation was in advising government on ways and means to efficiently link datasets across jurisdictions for the purpose of improving data available for policy making in the social and health sectors – hence my interest and expertise in writing about data linkage with the census.

In summary, my original #CensusFail Submission argues:

  • The government has never had any legislative right to combine data from the census with administrative or law enforcement datasets.
  • The manner in which the government undertook the decision to de-anonymise census data for linkage with administrative datasets was inadequate and inappropriate.
  • At no time has the ABS attempted to educate the public about the uses to which 2016 census data will be put.
  • The oversight mechanisms originally in place to govern cross portfolio data integration projects have been removed in favour of less transparent and legally inappropriate mechanisms.

It is the proposition of that submission that the above considerations have impacted significantly on the data quality of the 2016 Census and that this is directly relevant to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: a, b, e & f.

The #CensusFail Submission can be read at

Given the arguments and evidence provided in The #CensusFail Submission it is likely that there are significant problems in the data quality and participation rates for the 2016 census.

These issues are directly related to the int...


Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Remainder Of Their 2016 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Bring Me The Horizon Cancel Remainder Of Their 2016 Australian Tour

Bring Me The Horizon have announced the cancellation of the remainder of their current Australian tour due to illness. The band are “fully committed” to returning to Australia in “early 2017” to complete their shows in Melbourne and Adelaide.

The band was forced to cancel an Adelaide performance earlier in the week due to frontman Oli Sykes’s viral throat infection, which has now been diagnosed as acute laryngitis. Doctors have advised Sykes to rest, meaning he cannot perform.

In addition to Tuesday’s cancelled Adelaide performance, the postponement affects Bring Me The Horizon’s two Melbourne performances at Margaret Court Arena (Thursday, 22nd September and Friday, 23rd September).

Ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and await the announcement of new dates, details for which are to be announced shortly. Alternatively, fans can obtain a full refund from the point of purchase.

Bring Me The Horizon Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday, 20th September 2016 — CANCELLED
AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Thursday, 22nd September 2016 – CANCELLED
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

Friday, 23d September 2016 – CANCELLED
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne


Do we really need the Booker? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was going to happen sooner or later. The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has thrown into relief fears that were tentatively voiced in 2014, when, in the name of globalism, the competition was first opened to American authors: that a US-UK hegemony would cast its shadow over the literary world, sidelining smaller Commonwealth voices and severely curtailing any purchase on diversity.


earthcore launch party melbourne lineup announced! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We simply cannot wait to unleash the vibe at our Melbourne earthcore launch party next week on grand final holiday eve!

Join us for our 2nd psychedelic warehouse party of 2016. Doors 8pm, arrive early for happy hour and good times!

Aminos Kh
Rhys Gibson
Zac Depetro

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The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour

The Vines are one of those bands that’s always coming back even though they never really went away. They recently unveiled the first taste of their forthcoming seventh full-length effort and they now embarking on a tour to celebrate.

The band have announced a rapid-fire, three-date excursion along the East Coast of Australia to celebrate the release of ‘In Miracle Land’. They’ll be hitting up Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, and Valley Fiesta in Brisbane.

‘In Miracle Land’ is the first taste of new music we’ve heard from The Vines since they released their 2014 album Wicked Nature. It was unveiled back in April alongside a string of a solo tour dates from Vines frontman Craig Nicholls.

The band’s new album is said to be dropping some time this year and was recorded at Sydney’s Hercules Studio and produced by Nicholls himself. If ‘In Miracle Land’ is anything to go by, it’s a return to the band’s classic mix of Kinks-esque pop melodies and grunge-like aggression.

The Vines National Tour Dates

26th October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

27th October 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

29th October 2016
Valley Fiesta, Brisbane


SK!N…its not what you think "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

SK!N is renowned for redefining the experience of theatre and challenging our perceptions of performance.

We spoke to Director and Designer Govin Ruben and Co-creator and Creative Producer, Terence Fernandez to discuss their approach to theatre-making.

They’ve been recognised by Malaysian critics for redefining the experience of theatre. Listen in to hear more…


Producer/ Presenter: Jennie Lenman
Image: via Google Images


Thursday 9am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A man has been taken into custody after a stand-off with police at the Marion Motel.

The Institute of Health and Welfare has released figures revealing that Adelaide has the highest mental health hospitalisation rates in Australia.

Legislation for a relationship register will be introduced in South Australian Parliament today.

A new DNA study has backed claims that indigenous Australians are the longest standing ancient civilisation to date.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in Central Australia.

In Sport…

South Australian Matt Eagles has signed a contract with Brisbane Lions after winning the second series of reality TV show The Recruit.

The women’s AFL league are seeking an increase on all pay levels.

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a FOUR to ONE victory last night at AAMI Park.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Coburg Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Coburg Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm in the grounds of the Coburg North Primary School.


The real reason our extraordinary low rate of Newstart is dangerous "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is by Peter Martin the economics editor with The Age. We have reproduced it because it makes a valuable contribution to what is...

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What If They Don’t Like Me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

When I was getting ready for my first solo overseas trip, I acted fearless. Friends and family were worried I wasn’t taking my trip seriously, that I wasn’t planning enough, and that I was underprepared. I wasn’t taking precautions to prevent getting robbed, or getting lost, or running out of money. In truth, I kind of liked the idea of getting caught up in a difficult situation and working my way out of it. But it wasn’t that I was fearless – in fact, I was very afraid – but my fears are different.

My fears aren’t things that I can neatly map out and rationalise away. And for that reason, they are not so easily solved. The main worry, the one that almost made me cancel my trip half a dozen times, exists all in my head. I am worried about meeting new people, and, more specifically, I’m worried that these new people won’t like me.

I’m a social person. I can chat and banter, and I love the deep connections that can be made. The problem is I get stuck on the idea that I’m bad at it. Making conversation with strangers and people I don’t know very well is a battle between wanting to speak my mind and worrying what they’ll think of me. Small talk is easy enough, but anything deeper than that leads to a mental wall and an abrupt end to the conversation. At home this is easy to avoid – you can just stick with your friends and avoid everyone else at all costs. Often, there’s very rarely the need to venture too far out of your comfort zone. This is not an option while travelling. Unless you are willing to be alone for the entire duration of a solo trip, then making connections is vital, and, for me, the fear of not making those connections was terrifying.

I know that I’m not the only one who thinks like this. I’ve talked to other friends with travel plans who worry about the same thing, and I’ve seen how easy it is for people to get caught up in their groups of friends and never approach new people. Being in another country is intimidating: all the comforts of home are gone and it’s easy to feel like the people around you are just better. They seem more confident, more capable, and you sometimes worry that you aren’t worth their time. Why would they talk to you when they could talk to someone better?

This is the core of the social fear that almost stopped me from travelling. It’s not a rational feeling, but that doesn’t make it any easier to ignore. It’s easy to justify to yourself that it doesn’t matter what these people think – you are only going to know them for a few days at most and then will move on and probably never see them again. You can try to convince yourself that this time will be different, that this time you will just be yourself and not try to hide your weird quirks and lame puns and the fact that your laugh sounds like a dying dog. But rational thoughts don’t work on irrational anxiety –  it’s like trying to fight a fire by talking to it.

Thoughts like this were spinning around my head as I stepped into a hostel for my first night overseas. I was exhausted, smelled like aeroplane food and feet, and I was sweating more than I ever thought possible. I was sure all this would mean no one would want to talk to me, so I was prepared for a busy evening of resting in my bunk alone and hiding away from my social fears. I was wrong though. Despite all my insecurities, I ended up, almost accidentally, being drawn into conversation with the travellers I shared a room with. It wasn’t perfect, not like that scene in the movie when the geek gets invited to the party, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d built it up in my head. When I found myself laughing and joking over cocktails with people who had been co...


Call to ban gas mining in Qld channel country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland's channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

Queensland’s channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic


Conservationists have analysed research from the United States to highlight the risks of unconventional gas mining and demand the Queensland government better protect the channel country.

The report, released by the Western Rivers Alliance (WRA) on Thursday, takes particular aim at shale gas, which is extracted from layers of shale rocks.

It singled out well failures, high water demand, water and soil contamination and earthquakes as geological risks.

University of NSW Professor Richard Kingsford said the volume of water needed for gas mining in the country’s driest region was concerning.

‘The magnificent and intact channel country of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers would inevitably be affected if gas fields became established and interrupted the natural movement of water flows with extensive road and pipeline networks,’ he said.

Research on chemical pollution from fracking in Pennsylvania found failure rates in newly drilled shale gas wells was as high as 8.9 per cent over three years.

The report cites work from Professor Tony Ingraffea, who claims that 60 per cent of wells will fail over 20 years and eventually 100 per cent will fail.

It said scientists did not know enough about the health risks of groundwater pollution because of the ‘rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas development’.

WRA coordinator Sarah Moles said the CSG industry in Queensland’s Surat Basin had caused a decline in wellbeing and social capital, with few locals benefiting from jobs.

‘The bottom line is that channel country communities have very little to gain from this industry – but a great deal to lose,’ she said.

In 2014, the former LNP government repealed Labor’s 2005 Wild Rivers laws which banned strip mining, intensive agriculture and in-stream dams in Cape York and provided protections for the channel country.

The LNP ruled out open-cut mining and capped water expansion in the latter region, with oil and gas development to instead be controlled under conditions in other environmental legislation.

The WRA called on Labor to fulfil an election promise to shield the region with legal protections.

Environment minister Dr Steven Miles and mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham have been contacted for comment.



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A letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published here is an actual letter sent to us by a distraught citizen of this country who had tried to get a new passport, but...

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Thursday 8am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A man has been taken into custody after a stand-off with police at the Marion Motel.

Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh says the level of domestic violence in Aboriginal communities is ‘out of control’.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in central Australia.

A new DNA study has backed claims that indigenous Australians are the longest standing ancient civilisation to date.

An art exhibition will commence its national tour of artworks marking 60 years since British government exploded an atomic bomb in South Australia’s outback.

In Sport…

South Australian Matt Eagles has signed a contract with Brisbane Lions after winning the second series of reality TV show The Recruit.

Western Bulldogs player Jack Macrae says he will happily cope with less love in the AFL for a Western Bulldog premiership.

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a 4-1 victory last night at AAMI Park.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Danger USB! Oz police warn of malware in the letterbox "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Danger USB! Oz police warn that criminals are more desperate than ever

Residents in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, have been blighted by a plague of malicious USB sticks.


Cosmopolitanism For Pauline Hanson: A Nation’s Panacea? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Stuart Rees believes an inclusive way forward for the global community lies in the notion of cosmopolitanism.

Enthusiasm about cosmopolitanism is the most appropriate response to Pauline Hanson’s recent speech forecasting that Australia was in danger of being overrun by Muslims.

It’s not only Senator Hanson who likes to polarize. Politicians and media commentators think it’s appropriate to foment fear, about terrorism, about asylum seekers, about the growing economic and military power of China and concerning the consequences of same sex marriage. There are alternative perspectives.


Understanding or Divisiveness ?

Values and vision inherent in cosmopolitanism can provide an antidote to divisiveness.

Being cosmopolitan presupposes a sense of identity and a shared morality through belonging to the world, not to a particular religion, race or political creed. The language of cosmopolitanism shows struggles for understanding to be more constructive than constantly asking who is our enemy, what side are you on ?

Cosmopolitanism refutes the authoritarianism of the classic political assertion, ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us.’

A sense of status and identity may derive from fear and by labelling citizens as worthy or unworthy, as lifters or leaners, as contributors or non-contributors to project Australia. Treasurer Scott Morrison summed up his economic wisdom by referring to the taxed and the not taxed. His predecessor Joe Hockey disparaged people who received welfare benefits. They were individuals, he said, who assumed they were entitled, but he ignored wealthy beneficiaries of governments’ subsidies and financial support.

Even the popular ABC television programme Q&A shows a penchant for divisiveness, as though this is a priority media role, the way to entertain. The five-person format that must have one on the left and one on the right, appears to contribute to a search for controversy rather than understanding. Chairperson Tony Jones’ adopted role as the controversial cross examiner needs divisiveness and can leave some panel members stranded like shags on a rock, unable to present their own views, perhaps wondering why they were invited to appear.

To be fair, and to return to cosmopolitanism, subjects such as the social determinants of health, as described by Boyer Lecturer Professor Michael Marmot, or the relevance of Shakespeare to the present day, have also been the focus of Q&A evenings. When that happened, audiences seemed engrossed and joyful, grateful for contributions to their understanding of inequalities in health, and of the timeless value of the bard.

Cosmopolitanism can be fun, health promoting, culture building and non-divisive, and it is far more constructive than the alternatives.


Above the Nation State

French philosopher Derrida describes cosmopolitanism as being above the nation state, beyond a preoccupation with borders, and at least raising questions about the merits of sovereignty.

In a world faced with climate change, with the world-wide spread of epidemics and with the massive movement of refugees, there’s a chance to envision relationships which embrace inclusiveness, which emphasize tolerance plus a determination to learn from and never repeat the abuses of a violent colonial past. In this respect, Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives gave us hopeful, healing, light-on-the-hill reminiscences which need to be embraced and repeated.

Centre pieces in cosmopolitanism include commitments to hospitality coupled to visions of generosity which cut through the mind set which speaks of the need for more weapons to defend borders, more resources to build walls. Even the electronic paraphernalia used to protect gated communities symbolizes a need for people to...



Last month, Yarra’s community legal centre, the Fitzroy Legal Service, moved to its new location at the Fitzroy Town Hall.



Cop Who Leaked Video of Fellow Officers Beating Innocent Man Now Faces 7 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars.

Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic.

Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one… at least not once the video was released. That’s why they hoped it never would be.

Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand – and now they are trying to lock him up for it.

Flori leaked the footage to the Brisbane Courier-Mail. For this “crime” he was charged with “misconduct in public office”.

The footage he revealed was taken in 2012, and it clearly shows police officers slamming Begic’s face into the concrete floor. They then shove him in the back of a van and punch him over and over while he is cuffed and being held down.

Watch the video below and see for yourself…

Almost as disturbing is the routine way that the video shows Begic’s blood being washed away by a senior-sergeant after the incident is over.

Flori’s leak did get two of these officers in a little bit of trouble, but he is still being penalized. The officer who washed the blood away quick before he could be disciplined. The officer who did the bulk of the punching was given a suspended dismissal – a slap on the wrist though. The other two officers involved were not punished at all.

According to Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Flori is accused of “inappropriately obtain[ing]” the confidential surveillance footage.

The victim, Begic, ended up being charged with being a “public nuisance” and “obstructing police”.

Right now, Flori is still facing serious charges and lengthy prison time. If you believe he should walk free then help us SPREAD THE WORD and demand it!

(Article by Jackson Marciana; image via Australia Supports Sgt Rick Flori / Facebook)


Mental health rates worse in rural and regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

mental-health-unitCANBERRA – [AAP]

The more remote the area, the higher the rate of hospitalisations for mental illness.

That’s the finding of a new government report which reveals overnight hospitalisations for mental illness were almost six-times greater in some local areas compared with others in 2013/14.

Within major cities, rates were similar regardless of socio-economic factors but they began to increase with remoteness – hospitalisations in remote areas were 1,096 per 100,000 people compared with 856 in a high socio-economic area in a major city.

The most common reason was drug and alcohol use with more than 38,000 overnight hospitalisations, followed by schizophrenia and delusional disorders at 36,000, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Thursday.

Highest rate on north coast

The ACT had the lowest rate of overnight hospitalisations for mental health conditions overall while the NSW north coast had the highest.

For drug and alcohol hospitalisations, northwestern Melbourne had the lowest while western Queensland had the highest.

Country South Australia had the highest rate for depressive episodes while Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast had the highest rate for intentional self-harm.

Lack of community programs

The report says reasons for the variation between areas could be because of differences in the availability of community-based programs and support, differences in the availability of hospital beds, different hospital admission policies or differences in the prevalence of mental health conditions.

Overall, there were more than 213,000 overnight hospitalisations for mental illness in 2013/14, representing five per cent of all overnight admissions.

The number of nights spent in hospital for mental illness was three million, representing 14 per cent of all nights Australians spent in hospital.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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The Facts of the Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was thinking how ironic it is that Trump is running with this ” Make America Great Again” because a change IS upon us- but it extends WAY beyond national borders. What we are about to see is making MANKIND great again.

Flat out- you will do what we have been COMMANDED to do- and LOVE- or you will be claimed by the Darkness that our prestigious elite have so willingly opened the door too. Love WAS NEVER A FUCKING SUGGESTION- it was a COMMANDMENT- and so you will do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will suffer the MOST SEVEREST OF CONSEQUENCES.

You can bitch- you can argue- you can do whatever it is you need to do to keep yourself from doing what you have been COMMANDED to do- and that is LOVE- but in the end- despite your complaints- despite your protests- despite your manipulations of reality- YOU WILL BE FUCKING CLAIMED. That is just the way it IS- it is how things ARE- and if you don’t like it- tough fucking shit.

This time around it isn’t about love and retribution. This time around it is about WRATH and RETRIBUTION. We have always been warned- and the fact that some have completely disregarded this is completely inconsequential. You do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will be claimed. Period.



Suburban exorcisms in modern-day Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

In churches, community halls and even living rooms, Satan and his army of fallen angels - or demons - are on the warpath. Or so exorcists would have us believe. They say it's a supernatural battle between God and the Devil... all taking place within the body of a human. "It's very real and people do get demonized and sometimes fully possessed," Pastor Maurice Chapman told The Feed. "They can't sleep at night. They have nightmares. Many feel actual physical attacks. There are scratches." Pastor Chapman specialises in one-on one exorcisms. On the day he was interviewed, he was dealing with a particularly stubborn demon in Dermott, who had been undergoing deliverance for a week. "I had depression and a bit of anxiety, but I had a lot of tiredness and memory loss and stuff and I said well you know, I'll give it a go and see what the Lord has to offer for me.


Thursday 7am Bulletin "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A man currently engaging in a stand-off with police is holed up in the Marion Motel.

Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh says the level of domestic violence in Aboriginal communities is out of control.

A blueprint outlining a 20 year upgrade plan for the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus will be revealed today.

It has been revealed that 25 percent of Australians have completed the new online census, as tomorrow’s deadline approaches.

A two million dollar laser light show for tourists has caused controversy in central Australia.

An art exhibition will commence its national tour of artworks marking 60 years since British government exploded an atomic bomb in South Australia’s outback.

In Sport…

In soccer, the FFA cup saw Melbourne City beat Western Sydney Wanderers in a 4-1 victory last night at AAMI Park.

Western Bulldogs player Jack Macrae says he will happily cope with less love in the AFL for a Western Bulldog premiership.

News Reader: Jake Bell. Sports Reader: Teagan Short. Producer: Georgia Roberts. Web Editor: Jake Bell. Journalists: Chloe Holmes, Georgia Roberts, Jake Bell, Teagan Short.


Govt using ‘secret’ assessment tool to ram through mine approval "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

A leading NSW conservation group says the Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a ‘secret’ planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project will destroy 464 hectares of bushland, half of which is Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest, a federally listed endangered ecosystem that is home to Koala, Spotted-tailed quoll, and other threatened species.

‘It is utterly scandalous that the Baird government is using a policy that only public servants and mining companies have seen to assess the biodiversity impacts of a massively destructive project,’ Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘We can have no faith that biodiversity values of the Hunter are being properly considered when the public does not even know what criteria is being used to assess the impacts of this project.

‘Where is the commitment to transparency and openness? Where is the commitment to good governance? Where is the commitment to preventing extinctions of our unique wildlife? The planning system in NSW has hit a new low.’

The application, which has been developed in close consultation with the Planning Department, proposes using rehabilitated mine site to meet 56% of its biodiversity offset required for the Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest.

‘That is an extraordinary overuse of mine rehab given that scientists have raised serious concerns about the ability to rehabilitate degraded mine lands. It doesn’t even meet the NSW Government’s poor offsets policy for mines,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘This proposal has been developed in close consultation with the Department of Planning and OEH. These departments have collaborated in the development of a proposal that plainly breaches the government’s own standards and threatens to make endangered species locally extinct.

‘The significant uncertainty around the biodiversity assessment and offsetting rules that apply to the project means this project should not proceed until the Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment is finalised and made publicly available.

‘We demand that the government use only laws that have been subject to public scrutiny and comment to assess any development proposals in NSW.’


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Ballina MP calls for retention of Safe Schools program "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP and NSW Greens spokesperson for education Tamara Smith yesterday spoke out in support of the NSW Safe Schools program, which is under threat.

‘It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,’ said Ms Smith.

A petition to stop the Safe Schools program from being taught in NSW schools is due to be debated in the NSW parliament tomorrow.

‘Since the petition was tabled many representatives of the Australian Chinese community and other multicultural groups have come out loud and proud in support of the Safe Schools program. We know that there’s broad support from all sections of our community who want our young people to feel supported and included at school,’ said Ms Smith.

‘Safe Schools helps to prevent discrimination and isolation. It creates a safe space for students no matter what their sexuality is, no matter what their gender identity is, no matter what kind of family they come from.

‘If the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, young people will need all the support they can get to counter the negative views that are likely to be expressed about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex  and questioning Australians during the national debate.

‘Conservative attacks on Safe Schools continue to be based on scare tactics and misleading information about what the program involves. This is a program developed by educators, with the best interests of students as the focus,’ said Ms Smith.



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Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties. 


John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions… 


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling...

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By 21wire


21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian....

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By 21wire


21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…


The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defens...


DNA study confirms indigenous Australians most ancient civilization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago. Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin. Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: "This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea." The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe. Willerslev's findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. "They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place," said Willerslev. En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.


Sea Ice Record Retreat Has Antarctic Experts Worried For Wildlife, Climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

icebreaker-ship-antarctic-sea-iceSource: Australian Broadcasting Corp. Scientists fear a sharp reduction in Antarctic sea ice in recent weeks will impact marine life and climate systems. Key points Antarctic sea ice retreating earlier than usual Instability of ice affecting access to research stations Impacts expected on marine life, climate, research New daily records have been set for measuring


Syria fights NATO colonialism: Australia, UK, Denmark confirm roles in brutal Deir Ezzor massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics. The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance?

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British trade unions don’t like Blairite-Pfizerite Owen Smith "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 15 September 2016 parody music video from Britain is called The Owen Smiths – “How Soon is Mao?”

The song is a parody of British band The Smiths‘ song How Soon Is Now?

It is about British Blairite Labour party leader candidate Owen Smith and his views on elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The lyrics are:

He is the son and heir of Mao
Or Lenin, or Trotsky, or one of that lot
He is the son and heir of some old commie lunatic

You shut your mouth! How can you say
I couldn’t bring down Theresa May?
I’m a radical who has credibility
Which is more than you could say for Jeremy

He is the son and heir of Mao
I bet he reads that little red book at bedtime
His ideology will surely lead to mass genocide

You shut your mouth! How can you say
I couldn’t bring down Theresa May?
I’m a radical who has credibility
Which is more than you could say for Jeremy

There’s a hustings if you’d like to come
I could use someone there to support me
‘Cause at the end they’re let out of their cage
And they all rush the stage
And they get selfies with Jeremy, and I want to cry

By Luke James, parliamentary reporter in Britain:

Smith unable to register a penny of union cash

Wednesday 21st September 2016

OWEN SMITH has not registered a penny of financial support from trade unions for his Labour leadership campaign, the Morning Star can...


September 26: Where will you be? "IndyWatch Feed National"



WHAT: A “Stop the Imperial Wars” protest on the day of the first Presidential Debate, in solidarity with the protests listed below.

Endorsed by: Concerned Families of Westchester, the Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance,, Middle East Crisis Response, United National Anti-war Coalition, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, the Steering Committee of Women Against War, World Beyond War and World Can’t Wait.

WHEN:  Monday, September 26 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:  The Thayer (main) Gate of the West Point United States Military Academy, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY, adjoining Highland Falls, NY.



  • Hofstra University Presidential Debate Site – Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY – 4 pm, organized by Peace Action Matters as Hofstra, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Peace Action NY.


  • The Pentagon – Washington, DC – 9 a.m. Organized by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance and the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War.


  • Beale AFB – Marysville, CA, near Sacramento – 3 – 5 p.m. Organized by Activists United Against Drone Warfare as part of a monthly protest of intelligence gathering for drone warfare underway at Beale.


  • S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany – 12 noon EST. Organized by Code Pink Germany and other groups.


  • Alice Springs, Australia – Action to close the U.S. intelligence gathering center at Pine Gap Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 hosted by the Disarm Collective.


  • Volk Field Air National Guard Base – Camp Douglas, WI. 27, 3;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Monthly vigil for an end to drone warfare organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

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Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Tracy Kolenchuk Guest writer for Wake Up World Have you heard the latest âŹÜmedical wisdomâŹ"? ItâŹ"s become a mantra for chronic diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. âŹSLearn to live with your disease.⏠But itâŹ"s a lie. What is really being said is âŹSAccept the fact that you are ...Continue Reading - Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease


Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific Ocean in preparation for war with China and Russia, is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future ...Continue Reading - Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend


Time and Space Are Not What You Think "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The ‘Legal Name’ Game – and How It’s Used Against You "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 22nd, 2016 By Pao L Chang Guest writer for Wake Up World The legal name game is one of the greatest âŹScon games⏠ever invented. The controllers of the New World Order use the legal name to trick you into (unknowingly) consenting to give away your natural rights, to federal government. Once you do this, everything that ...Continue Reading - The âŹÜLegal NameâŹ" Game ⏠and How It's Used Against You

Wednesday, 21 September


Concerning HoaxteadResearch.WordPress.Com and Their Agent Provocateurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Look, let me point the OBVIOUS out. Angela Power Disney- Sabine McNeil- Neelu Berry- THESE ARE ALL BAD GUYS working DIRECTLY with HoaxteadResearch to seek out survivors and kill their support. They ingratiate themselves into victims lives- do all kinds of crazy stupid shit- which the Hoaxtead people then LOUDLY PROCLAIM- and suddenly ALL THE VICTIMS SUPPORT DISAPPEARS. Angela whined after I blocked her- but let me tell you why.

She would Skype me- and she ALWAYS wanted me to talk about Aquino. Two things happened at the end. She called me on Skype but I didn’t answer with video- basically because I was sitting on the toilet and didn’t want to be on video taking a shit. As a result- she FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. Second- she suddenly wanted to get me in touch with Doug Dietrich.

Dietrich and Aquino were best friends. Aquino wouldn’t give me the public debate that I was asking for- so I then focused on Dietrich. Yeah- he might mention my name- but what he DOESN’T say is that he REFUSED to publicly debate me. So anyone who thinks this guy is “supporting” me and my efforts is a moron.

So I did my interview with Shatter Boys UK and GUESS WHAT GROUP HAS SUDDENLY GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INGRATIATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR LIVES. These men are actually DOING SOMETHING- and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. OF COURSE this group of government trolls would like to fuck that up. But the Shatter Boys UK men aren’t stupid- and I have already explained to them in detail my concerns.

So for those of you who are wanting to reach out to this group- DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And when the shit goes down- and you find yourself standing alone- just remember one thing- I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.


Ghastly parody honours French presidential pariah François Hollande as 'World Statesman' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The nonsense is flowing thick and fast from the mainstream news media. Still haunted by the psychopathic performance of Samantha Powers screaming that Russia was to blame for what America had done in Syria, next I hear that the US is categorically blaming Russia for explosive attacks on aid trucks to Syria. Now I have discovered that François Hollande, possibly the most unpopular French President ever,[1] an undignified, unrepresentative globalist, anti-socialist socialist, and general little fat fraud, has been awarded (not by the French of course) but in New York, the 'World statesman Award' by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, 1999 World Statesman honoree, delivered an address and the laudation at the Awards Dinner." (See

This is probably the best that Hollande can hope for before he loses the next election. A prize from world bullies for Hollande's odious actions in depriving his countrymen of their hard-won civil and industrial rights.

Comments from the French about the award demonstrate disbelief. Here is a typical one from Hennir33: "Grotesque! It is as nonsensical as it would be to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the president of North Korea." See

But then, dear me, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama, who has gone on to pulverise the Middle East and taunt Russia. So why not to Kim Jong-un, who says, anyway, that he's only responding to the threat from U.S. military bases all around South Korea.

As an indication of Hollande's outrageous perfidy, he was recently spotted slipping a 'legion d'honneur' to Saudi Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, the Crown Prince responsible for the terrible war on Yemmen.

"The awarding by François Hollande two days ago of the Légion d'honneur to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, was roundly criticised by several politicians.

It was condemned particularly by the far right but also by the socialist deputy of Haute-Garonne, Gérard Bapt, who wrote that 'political-commercial realism should not lead to two different speeds on moral positions.' Mediapart journalist, Laurent Mauduit, condemned the award of the medal and, at the same time, new arms deliveries from Paris to Ryad."[2]

Who's Who among the self-appointed world statesmen

"The invocation [for François Hollande's award] was delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Church. Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corporation, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer, are the Chair...


Dr M Is Right – Sirul Is Too Scared To Reveal All "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do you tell a man, detained for almost two years in Australia for entering the country for not telling the authorities that he is a convicted murderer, that in Australia, the individual can decide his own fate by the things he does in mitigating the circumstance of the crime he had committed? How do […]


Australia, Canada, UK Issue New Travel Advisories for India "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Australia, Canada and the UK have issued fresh advisories to their citizens travelling to India to avoid visiting parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the India-Pakistan border, barring the Wagah border.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also warned their citizens about the recent Cauvery dispute-related violence.

On September 16, the FCO updated its travel advisory cautioning its citizens “against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to Jammu and travel within the region of Ladakh.” It also advised “against all but essential travel” to Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

The advisory said, “The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advises against all travel.”

The same day, Global Affairs Canada also advised its citizens against travelling to “Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of Ladakh via Manali or by air to Leh, due to sporadic terrorist activity and violent demonstrations.” Besides, “areas within the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, due to the possibility of landmines and unexploded ordnance, as well as unmarked border areas.”

It said, “The Wagah border crossing and towns farther from the border, such as Amritsar in Punjab and Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, are excluded from this advisory.” FCO also kept Wagah out of the advisory.

In the case of the north eastern state, the countries’ advisories have asked their citizens to either cancel or reconsider their visit to these states citing recent militant attacks: the shooting of 14 people in a market in Assam’s Kokrajhar district this past August and the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur’s Thoubal district last year.

Global Affairs Canada advised against “non-essential travel” to “Manipur and the areas of Arunachal Pradesh that border with Myanmar, due to the threat of insurgency” besides advising travelers to also avoid areas in Assam bordering Bangladesh and Nagaland bordering Myanmar “as they are significantly affected by insurgency.”

A large number of tourists from these three countries visit the north east every year, particularly Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhino.

In 2013, a similar travel advisory was issued by Australia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “We continue to recommend Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall because of the risk of terrori...


‘Untitled… #41’16/08/15 I am taking a short social media break,... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

‘Untitled… #41’


I am taking a short social media break, see you all in 5 or so days time.



Marta Troicka reviews the latest album from local act Teeth and Tongue.



matthewschiavello: ‘Days like this… #69’04/08/15 Thank you... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


‘Days like this… #69’


Thank you Kendra for the reblog, I love your new art reblogging tumblr!



Our safety betrayed by ugly cover-up over refugee program "IndyWatch Feed National"


Rioters’ ethnicity must be exposed

Andrew Bolt writes: SATURDAY night’s race riot at Moomba proves our refugee program has made our streets unsafe, and the police and media cover-up must end. Read More


Hare of the T-section "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

I don’t often see Hares in the wild. I have seen two now at Werribee  and both were a surprise…once when it came down a dirt track towards the car I thought it was a fox, then a small dog but then it raised its ears and I saw it was a hare.

The hare below was just sitting and enjoying a bit of sun on a cold winters day. When the birds alert went up that a raptor was cruising by it seemed to recognise the call and became much more aware and started to look up and around.

I had to check Wiki to learn more about it: Long-eared, and long limbed, Hares are fast runners, typically living solitarily or in pairs. Hare species are native to Africa, Eurasia, North America, and the Japanese archipelago. Hares do not bear their young below ground in a burrow as do rabbits, but rather in a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass called a form. Young hares are adapted to the lack of physical protection, compared to a burrow, by being born fully furred and with eyes open. They are able to fend for themselves soon after birth where rabbits born blind and hairless.

Hares are swift animals: The introduced hare found in Australia (Lepus europaeus) can run up to 56 km/h and can leap up to 3 m (10 ft) at a time.

During a spring frenzy, hares can be seen chasing one another and “boxing”, one hare striking another with its paws (probably the origin of the term “mad as a March hare”). For a long time, this had been thought to be male competition, but closer observation has revealed it is usually a female hitting a male to prevent copulation.

Hare, Western Treatment Plant, T-section, Werribee

Hare, Western Treatment Plant, T-section, Werribee

Hare, Western Treatment Plant, T-section, Werribee


Hare, Western Treatment Plant, T-section, Werribee

well suited for a life above ground, fast, wary and camouflaged

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Trump Might Adopt Many Canberra Politicians If He’s President "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The idea that Donald Trump might become President of the United States frightens most Australians. I was at a script meeting last week, and during a brief segue from our fictional story, someone mentioned Trump. When asked, I suggested that both Presidential candidates were a poor choice, but I’d reluctantly tick “Trump.” […]


Invitation: A Musical Homage to Pablo Neruda "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

As CaribVic is a member of Multicultural Arts Victoria, we are pleased to pass on the invitation. Hope to see you there!

Dear MAV members,

We would like to invite you (and a guest) to a special one night concert “Musical Homage to Pablo Neruda” performed by International artists from Chile – Luis Saglie (composer/pianist) and Jose Luis Urquieta (oboe) on Thursday 29 September at 8pmat the South Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium.

If you would like to invite friends, a group ticket discount is being exclusively offered to MAV members. Call:  9188 3681 or  email: to make a purchase.

Individual tickets: $20/pp

Group of 2: $35 (save $5)

Group of 3: $50 (save $10)

Group of 4: $60 (save $20)

RSVP essential by Mon 26 September, for further enquiries

please call 9188 3681

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The Deep State Institutions That Couldn’t Care Less Who You Vote For "IndyWatch Feed National"


By Dylan Charles

The American people are again fully enthralled in the puppet show of national elections, and while arguments grow ever-more heated and partisan, the fact remains that no matter which way we vote there will remain a deeper state which represents the real and unchanging forces driving the destiny of this country and of the world.… Read More


Study in Australia with 2 Years Post Study Visa! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you want to study in Australia with 2 years post study VISA or other countries like Canada, UK, USA, UAE and New Zealand? You can start your own inspiring journey to success by attending the PFL International Education Exhibition in October 2016. Do not miss this opportunity to meet one on one with seasoned […]


First Peoples workshop with Minister Scullion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.  

First Peoples called on the next steps to include:

  • A meeting between the Prime Minister and the leading signatories of the Redfern Statement;
  • At least an annual National Summit with the Prime Minister and his cabinet to share knowledge between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Government representatives;
  • A whole of Government approach to co-construct policies to ensure that our pathway forward is co-designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Government; and
  • A commitment from the Government to develop intergovernmental mechanisms to ensure First Peoples have a voice at the highest levels of Government to ensure the Government’s focus reflects our values and priorities.


Pip 6 pics from around Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We’ve had a huge response to our callout to Pip Readers to show us their Pip Issue 6! It’s not too late to share your pic: use the hashtag #pipmag6 and you’ll go into the draw to win a fab pack of Honey Bee Wraps. We’ll be picking the winner soon though, so hop to it!

Thanks to these wonderful folk who’ve shared their beautiful snaps so far…

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Welcome to the World of Language "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

VITS AUSTRALIA Interpreting & Translating has been serving the Victorian and Australian community since 1979 by bringing together interpreters and non-English speakers or those with low English proficiency, so members of the CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) community can freely access and participate in every aspect of Australian life.

VITS is Australia’s leading omnilingual language service provider, with more than 2500 interpreters and translators covering all languages for State Government departments and agencies, Federal Government departments and agencies, non-profit and community based organisations, as well as small to large commercial entities.

A new omnilingual world: We are a creative and open-minded organisation that brings innovation to language services that help you make a real difference to the way you engage with non-English speaking clients. 

Experience counts: VITS has been trading for more than 35 years. We are a Government Business Enterprise that competes in the open market to win our work. We are governed by an independent board of directors and audited twice yearly by the Victorian Auditor-General’s office. Our organisation works with documented policies, processes and procedures that produce reliable, repeatable performance. 

Quality matters: We offer the largest pool of NAATI accredited interpreters & translators and actively adhere to the Government’s Language Services Policy to provide interpreters to the 4 million Australians who speak a language other than English.

Your ideal language services partner: VITS has always been a leader in the provision of language services and continues to be so with our development and utilisation of leading-edge technology. We have the systems, people, processes, technology, governance and ethical standards that produce quality outcomes.

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Premiere: Oliver Downes Impresses With His Thoughtful Baroque Pop Debut ‘Ultraviolet’ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Premiere: Oliver Downes Impresses With His Thoughtful Baroque Pop Debut ‘Ultraviolet’

We’re happy to bring you Ultraviolet, the debut solo release from Melbourne singer-songwriter Oliver Downes. An impressive and eccentric work of baroque pop, it packs soaring melodies and sharp wit in equal measure, underpinned by intricate and eclectic chamber instrumentation.

The record’s unique sound is partially the product of his collaboration with instrumental art-folk trio The String Contingent, which includes the talents of Graham McLeod on electric guitar, Chris Stone on violin and Oliver’s sister Holly Downes on double bass.

Oliver has called upon a roster of talent for the album, which was recorded by Jimi Lloyd-Wyatt (Gossling), mixed by Richie Belkner (Sarah Blasko, Ngaiire), and features guest appearances from Sydney’s Elana Stone and Brian Campeau.

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“I really wanted to navigate these ideas of constraint and escape,” he says of the record’s themes, “how much wriggle room we have within our circumstances, whether there’s any real way of escaping who we are and whether we should really want to.”

Downes is frank about where his work sits in a music scene dominated by two opposing poles.

“Although I’m not the only person making art music using pop forms, or making alternative with small chamber-style groups rather than a more traditional band, I think it’s an unusual thing to do in Australia, where rock and punk are such huge forces over one side of the table and sleek commercial pop weighs down the other.”

It’s evident that, despite a long process leading to the record’s release, working with this array of talent helped to reinvigorate Oliver and imbue the tracks with a new energy.

“Having spent such a long time living with some of the songs, they can become stuck in a groove far too easily. Inviting superb instrumentalists in to create their own parts was a good way to shine some new light on each track and render them somehow new to me.”

To bring the album to you in a live setting, Oliver will be launching it this Friday at the Wesley Anne, before heading out on a national tour with folk pop chanteuse Jess Locke in support, dates below.

Photo credit: Yana Amur

Oliver Downes Tour Dates

September 23 – Melbourne, Wesley Anne, w/ Jess Locke
October 16 – Katoomba, Hotel Blue, w/ Hinterlandt
October 20 – Sydney, Django Bar, w/ Hollie Matthew
October 21 – Canberra, Smith’s Alternative, w/ Hinterlandt


Party Starters Visions Announce Free Telegram Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Party Starters Visions Announce Free Telegram Tour

Visions recently solidified their reputation as Australia’s premier party starters with their King St Crawl in Sydney’s Newtown and their sold-out expansion into Melbourne, which kicked off at Fitzroy hotspot Yah Yah’s.

Now, they’ve announced the second instalment of their touring arm by welcoming a free tour from UK buzz magnets and NME and BBC 6 Music favourites Telegram, who’ll be playing three totally free shows along the East Coast next month.

The London four-piece come from the same circles that gave us the likes of The Horrors, Temples, and Palma Violets and released their eagerly anticipated debut album, Operator, earlier this year to rave acclaim.

Effortlessly combining a love of Roxy Music, Syd Barrett, kraut-rock, and late proto-punk, don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s most swiftly rising acts. Check below for all the dates, details, and awesome supporting acts.

Visions: Telegram Australian Tour Dates

Wednesday, 5th October 2016
The Foundry, Brisbane
w/ Tiny Migrants and Max Chillen

Friday, 7th October 2016
Waywards, Sydney
w/ Matrick Jones and Hair Die and Deep Sea Arcade DJs

Saturday, 8th October 2016
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
w/ Matrick Jones and Deep Sea Arcade DJs


Zarautz: Karlos Arguinano "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Mendilauta Kalea 13
Cost: About €1.80 for a Spanish-tasting coffee. That’s all we bought.

You might think that a review of an obviously-placed waterfront cafe signals the beginning of the end for Global Hobo’s edge. Hold your horses, discerning readers. As you will know, the #digitalnomad lifestyle can be a hard one to sustain. The search for a venue with both reliable wifi and accessible powerpoints is liable to see you visiting McDonald’s every time you need to circle-jerk over each other’s Instagrams. Zarautz has no McDonald’s, but we found the next best thing – Karlos Arguinano (jk, he’s actually a Spanish celebrity chef). Lunch with the well-dressed locals, survey the beach-goers and practise your Spanish/Basque/social skills with the staff as you work on your latest protein-powder-sponsored vlog. Di nada.

Back to Zarautz


Zarautz: Gran Camping Zarautz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Calle Monte Talai-Mendi
Cost: €7.10 a night for a 2-person tent. A more comprehensive price list can be found here.

Don’t let accommodation in Basque country bleed you drier than a dead dog’s foreskin – trade the hostels for glamping at Gran Camping Zarautz. There’s surfer babes of myriad nationalities, hot showers, and the cleanest toilets you’ve seen in a while (toilet paper included – your bikini bottoms need not stink of urine any longer!). Perched atop the headland, Gran Camping offers sunset and ocean views far superior to those at any hotel you can afford. Zarautz beach is a leisurely scenic stroll down the hill, and the waves are appropriate whether you’re actually talented or just wobble around on a longboard trying to keep your tits in your bikini. The walk back up to camp is treacherous, but the calf-burn provides an excuse to stop for surf-backed selfies. Stay away from the BoardX surf camp plot, those cheeky groms are mostly jailbait.

Back to Zarautz


Under capitalism, even atheist artists have saints "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 6 August, the inaugural Feast Day of Santonatron, the artist’s saint. Largely unheard of outside a small group of artists in Puebla, Mexico, the saint has already sparked controversy. Despite historically being known as a bastion of conservatism, Puebla already has its fair share of unofficial folk saints, with the Catholic Church often condemning their followers as heretics at best, cults at worst. At first glance, Santonatron may look no different.


New show - Intersections "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Do you find mainstream feminism not relevant to your life? Too white? Too liberal? Ever been accused of being a feminist killjoy? Maybe your feminism is intersectional! Listen up each Sunday from 5.30-6pm starting 2 October for Intersections. Live Studio guests, interviews with activists from different fields, book art and film reviews and feminist rant of the week!


Taking Back Sunday Expand 2017 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Taking Back Sunday Expand 2017 Australian Tour

Taking Back Sunday recently announced they are set to return to Australian shores next March, and they’ve now been forced to add a second Melbourne show to meet the overwhelming demand.

The band’s seventh studio album, Tidal Wave, dropped earlier this month and is yet another reinvention for the band, who are currently at the peak of their powers.

The album marks the first time the band wrote in the studio as they recorded. “We could come up with an idea, perform it and then listen back to it immediately,” said frontman Adam Lazzara.

“We really can’t wait for you to hear it. Everyone is working hard to categorize where this music fits and all we can say is we wrote from the heart and did the best work we could.”

Meanwhile, Taking Back Sunday still remain a formidable force on the live stage. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details of the band’s upcoming 2017 Australian tour.

Taking Back Sunday Australian Tour Dates

Friday, March 17th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Lic/Aa)

Saturday, March 18th
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)

Sunday, March 19th – SOLD OUT
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)

Tuesday, March 21st – NEW SHOW
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)

Wednesday, March 22nd
The Gov, Adelaide (Lic/Aa)

Thursday, March 23rd
Metro City, Perth (18+)


Is it possible to trade South Australia for New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A long, long time ago, in 1890, the Federation Conference was held in Melbourne.  Politicians from the 6 Australian Colonies and New Zealand got together to discuss creating a Federation, a Common Wealth.

It came to pass that the 6 colonies got together to form Australia, but New Zealand decided to sit it out.

He is a photo from the 1890 conference.  The fellow, standing second from the left, the one with the stand out light suit, was New Zealand’s representative, Captain Russell MP, Colonial Secretary.  The fourth fella standing from the left, with the white bushy beard was Sir Henry Parkes.


Now, thanks to Judith Sloan’s reference in one of her earlier posts, I now regularly read the blog of Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute.  In his latest post, Mitchell writes about the 40 year economic transformation of New Zealand.

Cats can read it for themselves, but I just wanted to highlight Mitchell quoting Maurice McTigue, a former New Zealand parliamentarian and Minister.  If anyone happens to know the direct email’s of Australia’s Prime Minister and/or Treasurer, perhaps they might forward either this or the Mitchell post.  Perhaps also the Ministers for Health, Education and Industrial Policy (ie Pyne).  This is McTigue talking about New Zealand’s program of shrinking the size of government:

When we started this process with the Department of Transportation, it had 5,600 employees. When we finished, it had 53. When we started with the Forest Service, it had 17,000 employees. When we finished, it had 17. When we applied it to the Ministry of Works, it had 28,000 employees.  I used to be Minister of Works, and ended up being the only employee.

This is McTigue talking about privatisations:

…we sold off telecommunications, airlines, irrigation schemes, computing services, government printing offices, insurance companies, banks, securities, mortgages, railways, bus services, hotels, shipping lines, agricultural advisory services, etc. In the main, when we sold those things off, their productivity went up and the cost of their services went down, translating into major gains for the economy.



DMA’s Share Heartbreaking Music Video For ‘Step Up The Morphine’ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

DMA’s Share Heartbreaking Music Video For ‘Step Up The Morphine’

DMA’s have barely had a moment to catch their breath since dropping their highly anticipated debut full-length effort, Hills End, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Ahead of their latest Australian tour (see below for dates and details), they’ve unveiled their touching new music video, directed by Errol Rainey, along with a heartfelt note from guitarist Johnny Took.

“About two and a half years ago I flew back from Adelaide and wrote this song after my grandma’s passing. I’d like to share a very personal video beautifully directed by Errol Rainey. It, like the song, is a celebration as much as a reflection of life,” Took writes.

“Losing someone close to us is a very personal thing but something we all inevitably have to experience. This video is an honest collection of moments between a father and his two youngest daughters directed by his youngest son, for anybody who has lost someone.”

DMA’s National Tour Dates

Thursday, 6th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

Friday, 7th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

Saturday, 8th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Gov, Adelaide (18+)

Friday, 14th October 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)

Saturday, 15th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)


500 Test Matches… and a Heap of Mediocrity "IndyWatch Feed National"

A stroll through the statistics of India’s performances over history.

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

India goes into its 500th Test match tomorrow against a combative but not frightening New Zealand XI. The national expectation is that Virat Kohli and his lads will win, making it India’s 130th Test victory. A cooperative pitch is expected to play its part: it’s not called “home advantage” for nothing. In Indian cricket at least, ‘atithi devo bhavah‘ – the Upanishadic principle that says the guest is God – is blithely ignored. It’s more like ‘Ashwin devo bhavah’, in homage to India’s sharpest spin bowler.

India’s being at number one in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings from November 2009 to August 2011 has led the younger generation of fans to be starry-eyed about their team in Tests. The team was briefly number one again in January, February and August of this year; and but for last month’s foul weather in Port of Spain – and the fouler drainage at the ground – it would still be at the top. India currently sits in second place, a point behind Pakistan, and would return to pole position if it beats New Zealand in the forthcoming series.

Recent Test performances should not blind us to the truth that India has historically been a mediocre, and often poor, Test side. It has a better head-to-head record against only four out of the nine other Test-playing countries. Two of those are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, teams largely undeserving of their Test status. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other sides against which India has prevailed more often than it has lost; but of those two, the Kiwis have the worst overall win percentage – 20.68%  – of any major Test team, so they don’t provide a basis for a boast. And Sri Lanka’s total win percentage against all sides is actually better than that of India. So while India is superior head-to-head, the islanders fare better on average, against everyone else, than India does.

The point of this short piece, therefore, is an appeal for modesty. Let us not thump our chests in the modern Indian manner, but remember that for long stretches of its Test history, India has been a soft opponent. Its overall percentage of victories is a mere 25.95%, the second-worst among the major Test nations (comprising England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Only New Zealand has a poorer record. Australia has won a dazzling 47.20% (or nearly half) of its Tests and every other team has won a third, or thereabouts. India wins only one match in four.

We need a word, here, about the West Indies, and the manner in which its recent decline has inflated India’s Test record. The two have played each other in 94 Tests since 1948, of which the West Indies has won 30 and India 18 (with the rest drawn). But a whopping 11 of those Indian wins have come after 2002, the last time the West Indies won a Test series against India. Put aside the single Test India won in...


Red Ice Live – First Ever All Hijab Show at New York Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Henrik & Lana discuss the hysteria over the first all hijab runway show during New York Fashion Week and the push to get White European women to wear a hijab.… Read More


Art We Heart: zin "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Still from Each Other, LiveWorks Festival, Performance Space, October 2015.

“It’s like in Power Rangers. Our solo practices are almost unrecognizable from one another but when we collaborate, it clicks into something much bigger and better.”

zin partnerships is the love child of Harriet Gilles and Roslyn Helper. At first glance zin is a performance art duo that makes art about the Internet. But just like the algorithm used to sort your Facebook News Feed, zin’s art is complex and directly affected by your actions. zin may very well understand you better than you know yourself.

zin is “life art,” Roslyn says, because the duo “interrogate, break down, question and play with the social forms and structures that we all participate in.” Using the Internet and computers as their medium is the inevitable consequence of making socially engaged art in 2016, but zin don’t intend to be overly critical of the Internet, since for all the bad online, there’s also good. “You know – like humanity,” says Harriet.

zin are experts in disrupting existing social structures, activating their audiences through interactive artworks. It started as a means of shaking up the general political apathy they saw at university and giving their audiences a sense of ownership. As a result zin’s work is always fun, familiar and there are consequences to each of your actions.

Harriet and Roslyn also make theatre and art separately. “It’s like in Power Rangers,” says Harriet. “Our solo practices are almost unrecognizable from one another but when we collaborate, it clicks into something much bigger and better.”

They were both drawn to this world of experimental performance art because it gives them room for expression and experimentation. Roslyn sums it up with a Yoko Ono quote: “Artists are like politicians but they can say whatever they want.”

Their next project The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too explores internet surfing as a performative act and will be at the Melbourne Fringe Festival next week. But be sure to click ‘attending’ next time you see zin partnerships pop up on your News Feed.

Party Mode, Underbelly Arts Festival, 2013



New Report Says Key to Environmental Sustainability in U.S. Is Reduced Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration.†- Dan Stein, President of FAIR

(September 20, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – One of the most important factors in achieving environmental sustainability in the U.S. is to reduce immigration, finds a new report,“U.S. Immigration and the Environment,†by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  America’s rapidly growing population is one of the biggest impediments to meeting critical environmental goals, and immigration is by far the largest factor driving U.S. population growth.


“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration,†said FAIR President Dan Stein. “Immigration fueled more than half of U.S. population growth in the last 50 years, and will generate three-quarters of it in the next 50 years,†he added.


The U.S. has the largest ecological footprint in the world, measured by emissions of greenhouse gases and resource consumption. Adding to that footprint is the growing number of human feet, largely a result of mass immigration, which continues to undermine our efforts to minimize America’s impact on the global environment. All of the gains that have been made through conservation and improved efficiency have been wiped out by continued immigration-driven population growth. 


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Bright sparks pitch their big ideas "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THREE local students’ bright ideas could become the next life-changing Australian invention, thanks to a national competition that aims to foster creativity and innovation in students from Grades 3 to 8.
The budding inventors from Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School have entered their bright ideas into Origin’s littleBIGidea competition and are in the running to win an innovation trip of a lifetime, including a visit to NASA Cape Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, US.
Now in its third year, Origin’s littleBIGidea provides a platform for students to continue Australia’s rich tradition of innovation, which has seen the black box flight recorder, the bionic ear, Wi-Fi hotspots and the humble notepad, among others, invented and developed on these shores.
Makaelah Naus’s littleBIGidea entry – age 12, “Barcode Allergy Scanner” is a smartphone application which would utilise product barcodes to identify ingredients for those suffering food allergies. By scanning the individual barcodes, the user would attain extensive information on preservatives and other elements within food items and would reduce the occurrence of anaphylaxis.
Ashton Byron’s littleBIGidea entry – age 11, “Clothesline Umbrella” is a waterproof shade cloth which would detect rain through sensors, activating a clear umbrella to cover your clothesline if you were not at home and able to take the washing off the line. The idea could be used on retractable clothes lines as well as the four-point Hills Hoist style clothesline.
James Devine’s littleBIGidea entry – age 10, “Suction Cup” is a simple suction device added to wine glasses or any glass bottles to prevent glass smashing at parties and other celebratory occasions. The device would stick to the tabletop and reduce any excessive clean-up and broken glass.
The judging panel, headed up by former host of ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’ and Origin littleBIGidea ambassador James O’Loghlin, said he’s impressed with the calibre of this year’s entries and is looking forward to seeing more as the competition continues.
“Children have fascinating and limitless imaginations. Origin’s littleBIGidea is a fantastic way for kids to explore, experiment, think up ideas and create a new invention that could lead them to the innovation capital of the world – NASA Cape Kennedy Space Centre,” Mr O’Loghlin said.
“We’re looking for creative ideas that demonstrate originality, practicality, imagination and innovation. So if you’re inspired by Makaelah’s, Ashton’s and James’ littleBIGidea, why not enter one yourself? You too, could be in the running to win a trip to the US,” he said.

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The Hanging: Jonathan Jones – barrangal dyara "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Listen to Alex Pye interview Indigenous artist Jonathan Jones on Mornings. 

200 years ago, a palace that stood in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens burnt to the ground and was forgotten.

The Garden Palace was three times the size of the Queen Victoria Building and was home to Australia’s largest collection of indigenous artefacts. When it was burnt, these culturally significant items vanished from our history and over time the event has disappeared from our memory.

Today the artist Jonathan Jones has created a mammoth sculptural installation called barrangal dyara, meaning ‘skin and bones’, to breathe new life into this forgotten moment of Australia’s history.

The installation is made up of thousands of bleached white shields that mark out where the enormous structure once stood.

Unlike the ochre shields used in traditional celebrations, Jonathan’s shields are stark white, a reference to both the specific destruction of cultural heritage following the blaze as well as the larger, long term effects of colonialisation of Indigenous land.

Barrangal dyara shines light on the vulnerability of the Aboriginal community and what it means to have that literal and cultural shield of protection taken away from them. It is an acknowledgement of the past and a hopeful look at the future – Jonathan says he is “putting people back at the table to talk again.”

Importantly, the work is centred around the revitalisation of Indigenous language. As you move around the site, you hear singing, children chanting, and intricate spoken memories in eight Aboriginal languages. The exhibition looks at language as a way of knowing an object without having the object, emphasising how these memories are permanently ingrained within the land, its histories and its languages.

You can download the project 32 app and wander through the site to gain further insights from cultural leaders, historians, artists and writers, or you can catch Jonathan speaking about the work and the land every day at 12:30pm.

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Making his mark from coast to coast "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

OCEAN Grover Mark Stone completed a successful swim across the English Channel recently.
The 56-year-old made the epic journey in 11 hours and 59 minutes.
Mark was in the water at Dover at 2am with his support crew aboard the vessel the Viking Princess.
The water temperature was a comfortable 16 degrees and Mark quickly settled into a good rythmn of 65 strokes per minute.
Four hours into the swim, the sun started rising and the next few hours resulted in Mark suffering from sore shoulders and his stroke rate was down.
“The shoulders began to ache and the back was a bit annoying but I still felt good and my confidence continued,” Mark said.
“I started to imagine what the feeling would be as I arrived in France. The next few hours ticked past and the pain got steadily worse and the shoulders and arms seemed to get progressively weaker.”
By now Mark had reached the ’swimmer’s graveyard’, the point, at 6km from France, where most unsuccessful channel crossings fail.
Mark then found his second wind and his stroke rate picked up to 63 per minute and the shoreline was in sight.
“From 30 metres out I was instructed to swim to shore on my own and I could then pick up some rocks as a memento, spend a couple of minutes and then swim back to the boat,” he said.
“It was a fantastic feeling swimming the last few metres and finally setting my feet down on a gorgeous French sandy beach.”
Next was the trip back to Dover on the Vicking Princess and then the obligatory visit to the White Horse pub where successful channel crossers can write their name onto a wall.
All up, Mark did around 45,000 strokes during his swim.
“My arms were a bit sore but I found the whole swim across much easier than expected,” he said.
“I had a light meal and my crew said I fell asleep the second my head hit the pillow.”

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We’ve had our fill of weather "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

IN the last edition of ‘The Voice’, I stated that we still needed more rain despite the wet weather that we experienced in August.
I got my wish with an incredibly soggy start to September, and it’s great to see so much water in Lake Connewarre just next to the Barwon Heads Road.
Driving home from an afternoon shift one night and I saw an eastern barn owl fly across the Barwon Heads Road just near the Belmont Common area, so it’s not just the ducks and swamphens that are enjoying the water deluge.
Speaking of owls I was driving my daughter and her friend home from a debutante ball along Grubb Road, just near the large farm dam between Drysdale and Ocean Grove, when the three of us saw a boobook owl eating something by the side of the road. I was so excited, as I’d never seen a boobook except in sanctuaries and also sadly deceased by the side of the road, but this one was well and truly alive. I did a U-turn when it was safe to do so, as I had my trusty camera in the boot, but by the time I went back to the area it has disappeared into the night.
I’ve been spotting quite a few nests as I wander around. I saw an Australian wood duck family at Blue Waters Lake in Ocean Grove, with 12 ducklings, which is a mighty big family to look after. I’ve seen numerous black swan families with their beautiful cygnets. I’ve seen one magnificent tawny frogmouth sitting on a nest, so I look forward to seeing the offspring soon. The rain unfortunately resulted in both Australasian grebe nests at Blue Waters Lake being covered in water, which is such bad luck for the parent birds. I hope they build more nests soon.
I remember listening to the radio a few years ago and a lady rang up and stated that all superb fairy wrens, both male and female, are all brown in colour for most of the year except in the breeding season.
I thought at the time that male fairy wrens seem to have their breeding plumage for most of the year, and even in winter there are males around who have the glorious bright-blue breeding feathers around their forehead, ear coverts, mantle and tail, Apparently immature males moult into breeding plumage the first breeding season after hatching.
I was walking on the north track of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve last week and I saw a young male wren with the first stages of breeding plumage appearing. Supposedly it takes a few moults for the male wrens to perfect their feather colouration, so this young bird might not attract the ’chicks’ for a while until he has mature breeding plumage! Good luck to him!
At the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve I saw one lone female flame robin still hanging around, but no males to be seen. The flame robins return to mountainous areas or to Tasmania once the weather starts to warm up, so I was surprised to still see one solitary robin hanging around.
It was the first Latham’s Snipe Count for the year last Saturday, so I went to Blue Waters Lake to see if I could see some new arrivals from Japan, and I counted zero. Apparently there are a few Latham’s Snipe at Begola Wetlands, but I haven’t seen any myself.
This week I received an email from Kevin, who saw a flock of eight ruddy turnstones at St Leonards Pier. These migratory shorebirds have the record of the world’s most northerly breeding shorebird, as they fly from the Arctic across the Pacific to Australia. These shorebirds are just amazing. Thanks Kevin for your photo and observation, it’s much appreciated.
If you are looking to partake in some organised bird watching activities you can access the calendar of events organised by the Bellarine Birdlife Group at

– Jen Carr,

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An Identity Crisis; A Maintenance Crisis; Or just another Imported Management FAILURE? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

An Identity Crisis; A Maintenance Crisis; Or just another Imported Management FAILURE?

The ‘Infinite Monkey Theorem’, (Borel, 1913), and endless variations on the theme ever since), speculates that if you give enough

monkeys enough typewriters and enough time they will eventually write Hamlet, or War and Peace, or some other voluminous,

specified text…..

Well, here’s living proof of the very latest modern variation;
“If you give enough Metro Monkeys (Managers) and/or PTV enough office equipment, enough cable ties and enough time, they will eventually

figure out a way to make and fit temporary replacement signal numbers on the Glen Waverley Line” while they wait for the ‘real ones’ from Taiwan.

Printed on paper, inside plastic ‘sleeve protectors’ and ‘cable tied’ to the signal post!

No expense spared there!
War and Peace it ain’t – but they’re working on it.
And it only took them a little over 2 months to reach this level of sophistication!
I wonder if someone sent ‘Identity Crisis to the ONRSR, and their ‘spanking of the Metro Monkeys’ had anything to do with it?

Since late June 2016, particularly observant Drivers, and those silly enough to bother to report the missing numbers, have been told that; “Yes, we know about that driver, but the numbers are on order FROM TAIWAN, and should be replaced in SIX MONTHS – or thereabouts”!

Say What?

Nobody, anywhere in Australia can make a few enamel signs, on ‘Special Order’ in less than a week?  Have we come to this?

Not a single sign-writer in the wide brown land can paint one, or organise a self-adhesive, long-life vinyl replacement, pending?

Or is it simply that someone’s getting a kickback from Wu Chan Industries?

Nothing like the world’s slickest, most professional Railway Operator, is there?
And Note – that none of these ‘minor issues’ are included in the 5,838 ‘Track Faults’ on the network, because these are ‘Signal Faults’.
And ‘Signal Faults’ don’t count………..
And besides, these have been ‘unresolved’ only since June.


The spread of superbugs that are resistant to all known drug treatments. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and in the future, many infectious diseases will once again be untreatable, forcing more people into poverty and costing nations dearly, a World Bank-led study warned.


Premiere: Melbourne’s Bench Press Want To Give You A ‘Piece Of Calm’ "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Premiere: Melbourne’s Bench Press Want To Give You A ‘Piece Of Calm’

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like if The Smith Street Band’s Wil Wagner fronted Fugazi (no disrespect to the legendary Ian MacKaye), you might get something that sounds like Melbourne outfit Bench Press.

The perfect combination of post-hardcore ferocity and Australian swagger, the band’s new single ‘Piece Of Calm’ is anything but. Make it the soundtrack for the next time you’re making a mad dash from the cops.

The band only played their first show back in March but are already a tight unit poised to stir up the local Melbourne punk and garage scene. You can check ’em out live on 22nd October with Overtime, Highschool Rivals, and The Curse.


Henry Rollins Just Dropped By One Of Melbourne’s Best Record Stores "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Henry Rollins Just Dropped By One Of Melbourne’s Best Record Stores

Punk icon and all-round legend Henry Rollins has admitted to having more than a mild addiction to vinyl records. A self-described “vinyl cat lady”, Rollins buys at least one record every day and takes time out whilst on tour to hit up his favourite brick-and-mortar spots.

Apparently that includes Melbourne’s beloved Greville Records, which is also a haunt favoured by esteemed UK singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. Harvey recently hit up the Prahran record store with good mates Mick Harvey and Bruce Milne, founder of legendary Aussie label Au Go Go Records.

Rollins, meanwhile, stopped by Greville as he makes the rounds of his current Australian tour (check the dates below) to buy up some vinyl from two superb homegrown acts. In a photo shared by the Greville Records Facebook, Rollins stands with releases by Metronomes and Taipan Tiger Girls.

In a March instalment of his regular column for LA Weekly earlier this year, entitled ‘I Went All the Way to Australia to Get a Thee Oh Sees Record‘, Rollins not only detailed his visit to two of Australia’s best record stores, but described his ardent love for Australia.

“I was so happy to finally be in Australia,” Rollins, who’s made more than 30 trips here, wrote of his first visit Down Under back in 1989. “That afternoon, I decided I wanted to visit Australia as often as possible. I have never reacted to a country this way before or since.”

“The last few days here in Sydney, I feel like I have won the lottery. I am where I am supposed to be,” he said of his most recent trip, which saw him linking up with Rice Is Nice operative Julia Wilson and hitting the town for some “food, caffeine and vinyl”.

The duo first hit up Repressed Records in Newtown, where Rollins was introduced to the likes of “Nun, Tyrannamen, Thigh Master, Red Red Krovvy, Brando’s Island, Terry, [and] Cured Pink, to name a few” by store co-owner Chris Sammut.

The two spent the rest of the day “hitting store after store”, including “the very sturdy Red Eye Records”, which Rollins described as “Well stocked and assiduously curated, it is a mandatory visit”.

Henry Rollins Australian Tour Dates

Thursday, 22nd September 2016
Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
Tickets from, phone (08) 8443 5255 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Friday, 23rd September 2016
Perth, Regal Theatre
Tickets from or phone (08) 9388 2066

Saturday, 24th September 2016
Perth, Regal Theatre
Tickets from or phone (08) 9388 2066



City Calm Down Are Already Working On A New Album "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

City Calm Down Are Already Working On A New Album

Melbourne outfit City Calm Down have had a pretty big year, finally unveiling their debut album, the acclaimed In A Restless House, and they’re currently in the midst of a huge national tour which wraps up at the end of the month.

But according to the boys, they’re wasting no time in capitalising on the wave of momentum they’re currently riding. According to The Music, during a recent Perth performance, the band confirmed they’ve already begun work on album number two.

The band then treated the sold-out audience to a newly penned song, which will hopefully get an airing during the remaining shows of their national tour. City Calm Down still have stops in Sydney, Wollongong, and two shows in Melbourne on the agenda.

The tour comprises the band’s biggest capital city shows to date and continues the success the last 12 months has yielded for the group, who scored a triple j Feature Album spot earlier this year, as well as accolades from the likes of NME and Beats 1.


Alex Lahey Says The Courtney Barnett Comparisons Are Sexist "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Alex Lahey Says The Courtney Barnett Comparisons Are Sexist

Buzz magnet Alex Lahey was one of the most talked-about artists at the recent BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane and naturally some of that talk amounted to comparisons between the 24-year-old Melbourne singer-songwriter and homegrown star Courtney Barnett.

Sure, both Lahey and Barnett are young, Melbourne-based singer-songwriters known for their wry and observational lyricism, or as Lahey herself puts it in an interview with Yahoo, “We’re both Australian women with brown hair who play Telecasters.”

But as far as Lahey’s concerned, it’s not only lazy but also sexist to compare the two. “I’m just not convinced that those comparisons would be happening if I was a guy. It’s just silly and easy,” Lahey told AAP. “I think it’s easy to lump girls in with each other and it’s just stupid.”

“I’m a huge fan of Courtney I think she’s one of the best songwriters in the world and her values and what she stands for are beautiful and brilliant, so I’m humbled to be compared to that. But I don’t think that it’s accurate, especially from a musical perspective, we play very different types of music.”

In fact, as Lahey told AAP, the guitar is not even her primary instrument. The songwriter studied saxophone at uni and works as a session saxophonist. She picked up a guitar at 13 and began teaching herself, writing songs because other people’s were too hard to learn.

“If I have half the career Courtney has now I will be very, very happy,” Lahey added. Having won triple j’s Unearthed prize as well as the Josh Pyke partnership and mentorship, Lahey’s certainly on her way to seeing the kind of success that Barnett has.


Let’s talk about the elephant in the room "IndyWatch Feed National"

In order to do this we need to look at what it takes to be a writer, and admit that some writers advantage from a ridiculous amount of privilege, while upholding several myths around being a writer – myths that help us all pretend that the writing world has an open-door policy, even as it shuts the majority of people out.


Looks Like King Gizzard Have Begun Recording Their Next Album "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Looks Like King Gizzard Have Begun Recording Their Next Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have only just completed their latest run of European tour dates, which saw them selling out venues across the continent and playing to absolutely savage crowds who lapped up everything the Melbourne psychedelic collective threw at them.

They’ve apparently hit the ground running, wasting no time in immediately getting to work on their next release. The band recently took to their official Instagram channel to share a photo of frontman Stu Mackenzie sitting happily in the studio with the words, “Here we go.”

Judging by that missive we can only assume that the band are getting to work on one of the four albums they plan on releasing in 2017. “We’re actually working on four separate projects at the moment, which hopefully we can release next year sometime,” Mackenzie previously told triple j.

“Four Gizzard albums, I guess next year, that’s the idea,” drummer Eric Moore added. “Stu’s been chipping away at this record that we’ve tracked all the music for and it’s just the stage of putting together a few overdubs and get it mixed.”

According to Mackenzie, “They’re all kind of distinct little ideas that we’ve been toying with for a little while.” Meanwhile, the eagerly anticipated Nonagon Infinity album movie, set to drop towards the end of the year, is still in the works, as is Gizzfest 2016.

The band announced the return of their acclaimed mini-festival earlier this month. It’s set to kick off in November and will feature appearances from Pond, White Fence, The Murlocs, and more. We’d say the band will probably like to get some sleep after that, but they still have four albums to make.


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