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Massive hailstorm hits Sydney, ICA declares a catastrophe, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Multiple severe thunderstorms hit the Australian state of New South Wales, including capital Sydney on December 20, 2018, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and causing huge damage. Emergency service said it was the worst hailstorm to hit the city since 1999 while the...... Read more

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Friday, 21 December


Sacha Baron Cohen: We Stumbled Upon Possible Pedophile Ring During Who Is America Taping, Notified FBI "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sacha Baron Cohen: We Stumbled Upon Possible Pedophile Ring During Who Is America Taping, Notified FBI

Despite getting this all on tape and turning it over to the FBI- the FBI chose not to investigate.

If Cohen can get this ON TAPE- what chances do you think victims who were molested as children have getting their claims investigated?


And yet people believe the lies about all these secret indictments that are getting handed down- despite the REAL evidence right before their eyes.

I went to the Seattle branch of the FBI and told them about my family being involved with child trafficking and absolutely NOTHING came of it.

As such- the only conclusion I can reach is that the FBI is PROTECTING child trafficking NOT investigating it.

Cohens full interview here:

Sacha Baron Cohen On Unseen Shocking Scenes In Trump-Inspired Golden Globe-Nominated Series Who Is America?


Julie Bishop, backbencher, taking care of her electorate "IndyWatch Feed National"

.@natalie_barr spent a day on the water with @JulieBishopMP and the first all-female, professional crew taking on the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! Sunrise (@sunriseon7) December 20, 2018


Sydney unemployment rate his record low "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000.

That's more than a third of all the jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and easing house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018.

That's the lowest monthly figure on record for Sydney. 

On an annual average basis. Sydney's unemployment rate is now only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times. 

At the other end of the scale, the equivalent figure for Perth is elevated 6.3 per cent.

Of course, these are backward-looking indicators, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the year to November 2018, overwhelmingly driven by Victoria (-41,000), and New South Wales (-9,000), offset by some increases elsewhere.



Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Councils Adrian Burragubba "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Indian mining giant Adani filed an application with the Federal Court last week asking that a legal challenge to its proposed Carmichael coalmine be thrown out, unless the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fronted up with $160,000 in potential court fees within two weeks. On Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson said that Adanis demand was

The post Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Councils Adrian Burragubba appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Australia - Rally held to support Wayne and Bernice Keft of Oberon Post Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

SUPPORT: A rally outside Oberon Post Office was held to express concern regarding the treatment of Oberon's postmasters Wayne and Bernice Keft.
 SUPPORT: A rally outside Oberon Post Office was held to express concern regarding the treatment of Oberon's postmasters Wayne and Bernice Keft. ...


China sees cyber espionage as a necessary part of its national strategy "IndyWatch Feed National"

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  • Beijing sees cyber espionage as necessary for Chinas national progress and will not be ending the practice on current terms, an expert said on Friday after the Justice Department announced hacking charges against two Chinese nationals, said Michael Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  • The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday charged against two Chinese nationals of hacking in conjunction with the Chinese government.
  • Beijing slammed the accusations as slanderous.


Beijing sees cyber espionage as necessary for Chinas national progress and will not be ending the practice on current terms, an expert said on Friday after the U.S. Justice Department announced hacking charges against two Chinese nationals.

I think it is very fair to say that China sees this cyber espionage for economic purposes as a necessary component of its national strategy to grow economically and to become a more powerful country, and that it is not going to stop at least not with the current set of pressure that is being exerted by the U.S. and others, said Michael Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank.

U.S. prosecutors charged the two Chinese citizens for their involvement in a global hacking campaign to steal tech company secrets and intellectual property. They were also accused of stealing the personal information of more than 100,000 members of the U.S. Navy, and were allegedly working with the Chinese government.



David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.



1) Papua leaders call for Indonesia to withdraw troops "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Governor of Indonesia's Papua calls for army to end hunt for rebels
3) Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project


NEW MUSIC: James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band Quoting Sagan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Heres a great new (to us) voice the six-piece James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band. Elements of folk rock, soul and country collide in this song that tumbles into a fine chorus before drifting back out into more reflective verses and shades of The Felice Brothers. The Glaswegian band released their second album High Continue reading


NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy  Lets Just Go Surf "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Idle Joy from San Francisco recently released this gem of a loose and ramshackle song that has one foot in the country and one on the beach. Lets Just Go Surf will charm itself into your short term memory with jangling guitars, a loping rhythm section and lazy, catchy vocal melodies. It reminds us of Continue reading


AEC announces changes to election funding and financial disclosure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Changes to election funding and financial disclosure The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018 (the FAD Reform Act) received Royal Assent on 30 November 2018. Some changes have already come into effect while others will come into effect on 1 January 2019. The FAD Reform Act...


The Weekend Quiz December 22-23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Higher levels of taxation permit the government to spend more.

2. For nations facing strong terms of trade (such as Australia), if the net exports boom is strong enough to push the fiscal balance into surplus and the economy to full employment then it is sensible for the government to accumulate the surpluses in a sovereign fund to create more space for non-inflationary spending in the future.

3. The reason estimates of structural fiscal deficits are to be treated with suspicion relates to the fact that typically the associated estimates of potential GDP are too optimistic.


Rafes Roundup 21 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Features. Jo Nova, Send in the Green terrorists. Trump upsets the Deep State with Syrian withdrawal. This is a speculator, not sure where these guys are coming from.

Dan Mitchell. If a tax of X does Y amount of damage, then a tax of 2X will do a lot more damage than 2Y.

In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz,

Education and Culture. Heterodox Academy. Accuracy in Academia, Intellectual Takeout,...


Maranguka Justice Reinvestment is hiring: Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer

Location: Bourke

12 Month Contract


The Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment) works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide communications and community engagement support to the Project. This role works on a variety of diverse projects as they arise to support a better understanding of Maranguka amongst community members, services and other stakeholders. The role will also provide data support to the Project.


Community Engagement

  • Manage the planning and implementation of the community engagement strategy
  • Work with stakeholders and community to create strong, trusted relationships
  • Ensure that the community is part of the decision-making process under the overarching strategy of Growing Our Kids Up Safe Smart and Strong (see Organisational Environment below)
  • Maintain regular contact with community and Bourke Tribal Council members, Journey to Healing Womens Group, Men of Bourke and the Maranguka Youth Advisory Council.


  • Manage the planning and implementation of the communications strategy
  • Develop and maintain post digital content (social media and website)
  • Create communications support materials

Data Support

  • As part of this role, a data support will be offered. This will involve working with the Community Data

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Flexible and able to work effectively under pressure- demonstrated ability to manage varied and conflicting demands to agreed standards and timelines
  • High level interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Experience with website building and updating
  • Experience planning and implementing community engagement strategies
  • Work with stakeholders and community to create strong, trusted relationships
  • The ability to respond to a changing environment and working in a small team including external consultants and part time st...


Maranguka Justice Reinvestment is hiring: Operations Director "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Operations Director

Location: Bourke

12 Month Contract


The Operations Director is responsible for delivering the outcomes identified through the Growing our Kids up Safe, Smart and Strong strategy developed by the Bourke Tribal Council through the management of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment team (backbone team) and the development of Maranguka to build a wrap around service support to improve the lives of children, young people and families living in Bourke.


  • Supporting the Executive Director
  • Management of the Maranguka Backbone Team
  • Ensure effective collaboration between services located in the Maranguka Hub
  • Relationship Management
  • Change Management
  • Reporting on Strategy


  • Excellent people management skills
  • Relationship building and consultative skills with the ability to negotiate and liaise with senior people in corporate, government and community sectors
  • Strong analytical, planning and strategic problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated financial management skills including budget preparation, management and reporting
  • Flexible and able to work effectively under pressure
  • High level interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Mail in a Mac based work environment.
  • Dynamic; self managed; productive; deadline driven.
  • Strong content knowledge in the areas of organisational development and progressive HR practices

For enquiries and copy of application package please contact Ms Nicole Mekler

P 0412 483 170   E

See full job description here: Operations Director, Maranguka Justice Reinvestment 2019

Please forward a covering letter, CV with responses to selection criteria

Closing date: Monday, 21 January 2019

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply


The post Maranguka Justice Reinve...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00018 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 5.70 AUD


BY GEORGE! NOT ANOTHER SLEAZY HYPOCRITE IN GOVT? George Christensen refuses to show encrypted messages as AFP investigates Nationals MP over seedy sex tourism in poverty-stricken Philippines "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: He is already regarded by many across Australia as a bloviated, blubbering, racist, homophobic and sexist blowhard, but it can now be revealed Nationals MP George Christensen is the latest member of the federal government to be involved in a sleazy scandal, with the AFP investigating the 'family values' politician over his strangely regular travel to poverty-stricken south-east Asian countries such as the Philippines. [READ MORE]


Heatwave puts lifesavers on high alert "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four people have lost their lives in the last week on the NSW coast and Surf Life Saving NSW are reminding people using all waterways to be on high alert over the coming days while heatwave conditions are coinciding with Christmas holidays and weeks as people hit the beach and waterways across the state.

The tragic drowning of three people at Coffs Harbour this week has definitely spooked our surf lifesavers who will be on duty over the Christmas break, said Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce.

Big influxes of people descending on our beaches, coinciding with some possible extreme hot weather next week is the perfect storm unfortunately. Boxing Day and New Years Day are often the busiest days of the year for our volunteers and this year looks like no exception, said Steven Pearce.

The Christmas holiday period is already a really busy and dangerous time and this year it will be exacerbated by heatwave conditions when we also see huge numbers of people seek refuge from the heat by heading to our beaches, lakes and rivers, the Bureau of Meteorologys acting NSW/ACT Manager, Agata Imielska, said.

The hot weather combined with the spirit of the season is also likely to see more people drinking and swimming, especially in the period from Christmas to New Years Day.

Please take care and watch out for each other these holidays. Swim between the flags, wear a lifejacket if youre out on the water or rockfishing and dont overestimate your abilities, particularly after a few drinks, said Steven Pearce.

Surf Life Saving volunteers and lifeguards will be on patrol around the state throughout the holidays.

As the wild storms of the past week have highlighted, summer is a volatile and sometimes dangerous period on the water and on the land, but if people check the forecasts and watch the warnings they can go a long way towards protecting themselves and their families. We want to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, Ms Imielska added.

While this is one of the most enjoyable periods of the year for many Australians, history has also proven it can be one of the most dangerous.

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Twitter precipitously locks WikiLeaks accounts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter Suddenly Locks @WikiLeaks And Multiple WikiLeaks Staff Accounts | Zero Hedge Charles Ortel (@CharlesOrtel) December 21, 2018


Be Offensive and Be Damned: The Cases of Peter Ridd and Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Binoy Kampmark | Dissident Voice | December 20, 2018 It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management. Consumerism and pay are []


Psychedelic Drugs May Reduce Criminal Tendencies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found that the use of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behaviour. [These results] certainly highlight the need for further research into the potentially beneficial effects of these stigmatized substances for both

The post Psychedelic Drugs May Reduce Criminal Tendencies appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


JRNSW Youth Ambassador Learning Trip to Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the weekend of 8th to 9th September, JRNSW Youth Ambassadors Trei Stewart, Beau Foster, Kobie Duncan and Mi-Kaisha Masella, along with Champion Teela Reid travelled from Sydney to Bourke on a learning trip to speak directly to Bourke community members about Maranguka Justice Reinvestment.

To ensure the voices of young people are central in calls for justice reinvestment, Just Reinvest NSW appointed Youth Ambassadors who have represented Just Reinvest NSW at various events and advocated for justice reinvestment across multiple platforms. Current Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors are based in Sydney and are from the Gamilaroi, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Wailwan, Dharumbal and many other nations.

The Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors travelled to Bourke, to learn as much as possible from the Bourke community and its young people.

During their time in Bourke, the Youth Ambassadors met with members of the Maranguka team: Alistair Ferguson, Executive Director and Vivianne Prince, Backbone Coordinator, to gain a deeper understanding of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment. They attended the PCYC and played touch football, soccer, and basketball with young people. They met with the Local Area Commander Greg Moore, and heard about a different approach to policing. The Youth Ambassadors also met with Aunty Dot Martin and learned about the history of Bourke, visited the red dust around Mt Gundabooka, and cuddled WIRES rescued kangaroos.

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Hearing directly from Bourke community members about the community-led work taking place in Bourke inspired them to continue to advocate for justice reinvestment and to share what they had learned with their own communities.

Prior to the trip the Youth Ambassadors did advocacy workshops with Teela Reid and Mark Riboldi (CLCNSW) around their...


2018 Yearbook: FBi Radios Most Played Artists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

50% Australian music, half of that from Sydney. Thats FBi Radios promise. In 2018 we kept that promise and then some.

This year, 66 of our top 100 artists are from Australia; 43 are from Sydney. Six of the top ten acts are from Sydney and 5 of the top ten are led by a woman. Make sure to check out our top 100 songs too. Where did youre faves land this year?

  1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra (int)
  2. Odette (syd)
  3. Wallace (syd)
  4. Camp Cope (aus)
  5. Slim Set (syd)
  6. B Wise (syd)
  7. Retiree (syd)
  8. Courtney Barnett (aus)
  9. Big White (syd)
  10. Mahalia (int)
  11. Kali Uchis (int)
  12. Mildlife (aus)
  13. No Mono (aus)
  14. Bored Shorts (syd)
  15. Mike Akox (syd)
  16. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (aus)
  17. Tropical Fuck Storm (aus)
  18. Empress Of (int)
  19. Soccer Mom...


2018 Yearbook: FBi Radios Most Played Songs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Here we go yo, its FBi Radios 100 most played tracks of 2018!

As with our Most Played Artists of 2018, were proud to say that this list goes well beyond our promise to deliver 50% Australian music, with half of that from Sydney.

Out of the top 100, a massive 72 tracks are from Australian artists, and 61 of those tracks are from Sydney including a whopping 19 of the top 20! Check out the list below, listen along and revel in the magic that was 2018 on FBi Radio.


The List

  1. Slim Set Cooked (syd)
  2. Slim Set Lazy (syd)
  3. Otis Thomas Gina (syd)
  4. Wallace Neverland (syd)
  5. Odette Collide (syd)
  6. Mike Akox Love Me (syd)
  7. Channel Tres Controller (int)
  8. Milan Ring Drifting (syd)
  9. Freesouls Voodoo Child (syd)
  10. Rita B Work (syd)
  11. Concrete Lawn Come Bury Me (syd)
  12. Ultracrush Swimming (syd)
  13. DIN Warm Up (syd)
  14. Odette Take It To The Heart (syd)
  15. Neighbours Bubble (syd)
  16. Wallace Pantone Home (syd)


More on Executions, Indictments Served and Military Tribunals To Begin January "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editors note: G5 called me on the 7th December and told me that Bush Sr had been executed. This had not been reported anywhere at that time. Now Beforeitsnews is reporting on Military Tribunals to Begin January 2019 and that it will Not Be Televised Via Mainstream Media! Also that George Bush Sr. was Executed after Pleading Guilty to Numerous Crimes, and will exposed during the Tribunals of his Co-Conspirators!



Video: Our planet is heating up and fast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Climate scientists say we have little more than a decade, maybe two, to cap global warming to a moderate but still serious level.

Video from Al Jazeera English

The post Video: Our planet is heating up and fast appeared first on The Pen.


Boris has a new haircut "IndyWatch Feed National"

Courtesy of Private Eye Magazine. Boris looks like foreman material!


Morrison government set to approve damage to Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"

Having conceded that the decision to apply the least rigorous environmental assessment to the proposed clearing of 2,000 ha of native vegetation on Kingvale Station on the Cape York Peninsula was not made lawfully the Morrison government snuck through a new assessment for massive forest destruction in a Great Barrier Reef catchment, just days out from Christmas.

This proves yet again the problem with Australias federal environment laws, say conservation groups today.

After being ordered by the Federal Court to determine a new assessment approach for the clearing of over 2,000 hectares of native forest at Kingvale Station on Cape York Peninsula, the Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, yesterday resolved that a decision can be made on preliminary documentation only.

Lowest assessment method

Preliminary documentation is one of the lowest forms of assessment methods and hardly adequate for the scale of the project, said Christine Carlisle, president of the Environment Council of Central Queensland, the group that launched the successful legal challenge to the Ministers original assessment method.

This is an example of why Australia needs to strengthen our environment laws, and appoint an independent Environmental Protection Agency to supervise compliance with these laws.

The current laws are weak and a proposal to bulldoze native vegetation in this sensitive area should have been declared unacceptable in the very first instance.

Survival of reef in question

Kingvale Station is in a Great Barrier Reef catchment, and sediment following the bulldozing will run into the Reef waters at Princess Charlotte Bay. In order to protect the Great Barrier Reef, at the very least the minister should require a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) of the whole proposal, she said.

The Reef is an international icon that can be seen from space, and is the largest living organism on Earth.  The very survival of the Reef is threatened by climate change, and to be adding insult to injury with sediment runoff is spelling doom for this wonderful ecosystem. We should not allow the demise of the Reef on our watch, said Ms Carlisle

The public now has 10 days to put in submissions on the revised assessment approach for 2,000 ha of Reef catchment deforestation. Having it released for comment a few days out from Christmas when everyone is enjoying time with their family, suggests the Morrison Government are avoiding scrutiny.

This news was uncovered the same day that The Queensland Government released the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) report, which re...


Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Five people and two companies will face criminal charges over the deaths of two babies who were given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital. Safe Work NSW intends to criminally prosecute South West Local Health District, as well gas installer Christopher Turner and his employer, medical supply company BOC, which supplied the gas

The post Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Thank Folk Its Friday 21st December "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, Im With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn []


Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.

New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...


Why didn't Australia vote against UN's Global Compact for Migration? "IndyWatch Feed National"

#UNGA formally endorses the Global Compact #ForMigration - for a life of safety & dignity for all people on the move. United Nations (@UN) December 19, 2018 Why the hell did we abstain from voting against this monstrous agreement, now ratified by the UN General Assembly? This...


We are witnessing both a deepening crisis and a building response emerging out of society "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As we reach the end of 2018, we can look back over the year and see that in terms of the economy, the stability of the political system, the threat of global warming and respect for human rights, the world as a whole and Australia, have taken a step backwards. This is only part of the story.

The year has also seen an important advance in the movement of peoples to bring about major change for the better.

Photo from Reuters: Yellow Vests in Paris on 15 December

It means, that in the year ahead and beyond there are both considerable risks and opportunities. The year is finishing with another decline in the global economy, led by weakening position of the United States. Share prices are down and this has spread around the world. The American interest rate is about to be increased the countrys Federal Reserve for the fourth time this year. Investment in this economy is falling.

This does not mean that everything is going to collapse tomorrow. It does however, show increasing volatility and rising uncertainty about the future. There are underlying drivers.

Americas economy is no longer experiencing expansion in the real economy. Many of the commodities used by Americans are imported, and profit overall, is derived from the circulation of money. A big decline in real wages, where more than 50 percent of the workforce has been causalised, means that the opportunities for the domestic market to grow are seriously limited.

Doing business on a big scale depends on government protection and exploiting the global economy.

Almost zero interest rates assisted speeding up the circulation of money for a time, provided the illusion of a growing economy, allowed a little increase in consumption, and ensured higher profits for some. But it seems that this year, it might have run its course.

There is limited salvation in the global economy.  It is shrinking as well.   Only the Chinese engine is keeping it from being much worse.

For the United States economy,. relief is through the exploitation of its spheres of influence. This is where Australia comes in. Where is the profit here?

In part, it is through the export of minerals and fossil fuels. Most important, is the circulation of money, especially through the creation of personal debt, and trade in stocks, bonds and property. The greatest proportion of mining and finance in Australia, contrary...


PERTH Woman, 25, with mental health issues is charged after her partner, 38, was stabbed to death at the "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman, 25, with mental health issues is charged after her partner, 38, was stabbed to death at the .

December 20, 2018 at 10:45AM .

A woman with mental health issues has been charged over the death of a man, believed to be her partner, at their home in Perth. The woman, 25 .



Clinton/Podesta linked Sunrise Project donates $500,000 to GetUp "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brad Norington writing in The Australian today. The left-leaning GetUp activist group has received a $500,000 donation from an Australian-based charity with foreign funding links that will be used to help make climate change a hot button issue in next years federal election. Less than a fortnight before new federal...


Be Offensive and Be Damned: The Cases of Peter Ridd and Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management.  Consumerism and pay are the sort of quotidian matters that interest the NTEU.  Less interesting is the realm of academic ideas and how they clash with the bureaucratic prisons that have been built into universities.

At James Cook University, Peter Ridd was sacked on code of conduct grounds applied with a delightful elasticity.  He claimed that it was for holding views on climate change out of step with his colleagues, and attacking the credibility of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.  (The pettiness of such institutions knows no bounds: Ridds knuckles were wrapped, for instance, for satirising, trivialising or parodying the university.)

At the University of Sydney, Tim Anderson, a full time critic of Western interventions in the Middle East and acquitted for ordering the 1978 Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing, has been suspended pending what would seem to be imminent sacking.  Causing offense was what mattered.

A cardinal rule applies in this case: Be suspicious of those who use good behaviour as a criterion of policing, notably in an environment where bad behaviour and dangerous ideas should hold sway over meek bumbling and submissiveness.  Be wary of the demands to be vanilla and beige behind them lies administrative venality and the dictates of compliance.

Such rubbery provisions as being civil or not causing offense shield the weak, spineless and fraudulent and, most dangerously, create the very same intolerable workplace that managers are supposedly opposed to.  Very importantly, such code of conduct regulations are designed to immunise management from questions about their behaviour and often daft directives, letting institutions grow flabby with corruption.  Inoculated, that class thrives in its toxicity.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of JCU, Iain Gordon, has drawn upon the usual stock nonsense defending the decision regarding Ridd.  The issue has never been about Peters right to make statements its about how he has continually broken a code of conduct that we would expect all our staff to stick to, to create a safe, respectful professional workplace.  The thrust of this is simple: Never cause offense; be compliantly decent; be cripplingly dull and go back to your homes in your suburbs living a life unexamined. As an academic, you are mere...


Toko H20 ~ Indonesian Grocery Store - Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

If there's an award for the one supermarket we've frequented the most this year, the gong has to go to Toko H2O. This Indonesian shop has sustained us with snacks, emergency groceries and quick dinners and lunches all year. Toko H20 is a mix of convenience store, grocery supplies, travel agent and phone sales office. It's a hub for Indonesians in Sydney for business and food essentials.


Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project "IndyWatch Feed National"

Violence in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua has stalled a massive infrastructure project that researchers have separately warned may threaten the islands ecological health and the livelihood of its residents. At least 17 construction people were killed on a stretch of the Trans-Papua highway in Nduga district on Dec. 2, with conflicting reports stating the victims were either civilian works or members of the Indonesian military. The attack, claimed by the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNBP), followed the anniversary of West Papuas declaration of independence, which was submitted and rejected on Dec. 1, 1961. The Trans-Papua highway is the latest major development project by the Indonesian government to come under scrutiny in the countrys half of the island of New Guinea. While the government bills the ambitious road as a lifeline of economic development for a long impoverished region, many native Papuans see it as a means to more quickly move troops around to quash uprisings while opening the island for resource exploitation. Three major hotspots of deforestation (in circled areas)  are expected if the Trans-Papuan Highway is constructed. Image courtesy of William Laurance. Regardless of the motivation for the highway network, its creation will almost certainly accelerate degradation of Papuas forests and increase social conflicts, say researchers from James Cook University in Australia in a report published earlier this month. Weve assessed big development projects around the world, and this is one of the most worrying in terms of its overall social, economic and environmental


MACKAY Police admit drug trafficking accused still on the run "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Qualifications for Christian leaders, including pastors, elders, worship leaders and all Christian leaders "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

My name is Donald Elley of Bellingen, Mid-Coast New South Wales, Australia. All articles on this site have been written by me. I am a Christian writer, philosopher and teacher. I have a university degree majoring in philosophy which I graduated with in 1979. I am 62 years old.

I have pastored many times in many places over 42 years, in Australia and New Zealand, where I was born. I have been a lead pastor and pioneered in many ways.

Today Im going to outline the qualifications for Christian leaders, including worship leaders.

Titus 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,...


US and UK accuse China-backed hackers of widespread intrusions "IndyWatch Feed National"

America, Britain and allies in co-ordinated push against Beijing sponsored espionage

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By Demetri Sevastopulo and David Bond

The US justice department on Thursday charged two Chinese nationals with conducting a global hacking campaign, in a co-ordinated move with US allies designed to send a stark warning to China to stop stealing technology around the world.

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney-general, and Christopher Wray, the FBI director who earlier this year warned Congress about the growing threat from Chinese espionage, unveiled the action which is part of a new justice department China initiative aimed at tackling rising Chinese cyber espionage.

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Christopher Wray, left, and Rod Rosenstein

The threat is increasingly raising alarm bells from the US, UK and Canada to Japan, New Zealand and Australia. In the UK, the British government said Chinese state sponsored hackers had been running one of the most significant and widespread cyber intrusions against the UK and its allies, targeting trade secrets and economies around the world.

The move to publicly attribute the two year campaign to a hacking group known as APT10 is part of a co-ordinated push back by the US and western allies against Beijing backed espionage and intellectual property theft.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: These activities must stop. Our message to governments prepared to enable these activities is clear: together with our allies, we will expose your actions.

Mr Rosenstein said the Chinese nationals were charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion against dozens of companies in the US and around the world.

He said they helped the Chinese government target and penetrate managed service providers that store data on servers around the world. It is unacceptable that we continue to uncover cyber crimes by China, said Mr Rosenstein.

We want China to cease its illegal cyber activities. One official familiar with the move told the Financial Times that it would further demonstrate the depths that China has gone to in their quest to cheat their way up the global economic ladder.

The action comes as the Trump administration steps up pressure on China across the board. In addition to attempts to reduce its trade deficit with China, the administration is increasing efforts to tackle everything from the theft of intellectual p...


U.S. DOJ Unseals Criminal Charges Against Chinese Intelligence Officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allies including the U.K., Japan, and Australia expected to issue statements supporting the U.S. action


Updated Dec. 20, 2018 9:52 a.m. ET


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The U.S. Justice Department is expected to unseal criminal charges Thursday against Chinese intelligence officers allegedly tied to a persistent campaign to hack into technology-service providers, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Trump administration will also formally accuse China of violating a 2015 bilateral agreement under which both countries vowed to not engage in state-sponsored hacking for economic gain, people involved in the process said.


The moves mark the latest push by the Trump administration to punish Beijing for its alleged cyberattacks on American companies.

Several allied countries, including the U.K., Japan, and Australia, are expected to issue statements supporting the action by the U.S. government. Some of those countries have also seen companies victimized by this cyber campaign, the people said.

Federal prosecutors are expected to allege that several of the indicted individuals are affiliated with a bureau of the Ministry of State Security, Chinas main intellige...


U.S. and more than a dozen allies to condemn China for economic espionage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trump administration and more than a dozen international allies are expected to call out Beijing on Thursday for what they say are Chinas persistent efforts to steal other countries trade secrets and advanced technologies and to compromise sensitive government and corporate computers, according to Western officials.

The unprecedented mass condemnation marks a significant effort to hold China to account for its alleged malign acts. It represents a growing consensus that Beijing is flouting international norms of fair play to become the worlds predominant economic and technological power.

The action comes as the U.S. Justice Department is expected to unveil criminal charges against hackers affiliated with Chinas main intelligence service who allegedly took part in a long-running cyberspying campaign targeting U.S. and other countries networks.

By Ellen Nakashima David J. Lynch

The Washington Post

In this April 26, 2018, photo, visitors stand in front of an electronic data display showing a map of China at the Global Mobile Internet conference in Beijing. A California-based security research firm said in July 2018, that it found evidence that an elite Chinese government-linked hacking team penetrated computer systems belonging to Cambodias election commission, opposition leaders and media ahead of Cambodias July 29 elections. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Sanctions related to the cyber economic espionage effort also are expected to be announced. Also expected is a condemnation by Trump administration officials of China for allegedly violating a landmark 2015 pact to refrain from hacking for commercial gain. Taking part in the administrations actions are...


U.S., allies to condemn China for economic espionage, charge hackers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United States and about a dozen allies are expected on Thursday to condemn China for efforts to steal other countries trade secrets and technologies and to compromise government computers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden are expected to be involved in the U.S. effort, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. Justice Department also is expected later on Thursday to unveil criminal charges against hackers affiliated with Chinas main intelligence service for an alleged cyber-spying campaign targeting U.S. and other countries networks, according to the source.

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The Washington Post first reported the coming action on Thursday.

The suspected hackers are expected to be charged with spying on some of the worlds largest companies by hacking into technology firms to which they outsource email, storage and other computing tasks. The attacks began as early as 2017.

Cloudhopper is considered a major cyber threat by private-sector cyber security researchers and government investigators because of the scale of the intrusions.

Over the past several years, as companies around the globe have sought to cut down information technology spending, they have increasingly relied on outside contractors to store and transfer their data.

When a managed service provider is hacked, it can unintentionally provide attackers access to secondary victims who are customers of that company and have their computer systems connected to them, according to experts.

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The timing of the action may further escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, in Canada at the request of the United States.

The action also comes just weeks after the United States and China agreed to talks aimed at resolving an ongoing trade dispute that threatens global economic growth.

Reporting by Diane Bartz, Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey; Editing by Will Dunham



U.S. to Unseal Criminal Charges Against Chinese Intelligence Officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allies including the U.K., Japan, and Australia expected to issue statements supporting the U.S. action

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The U.S. Justice Department is expected to unseal criminal charges Thursday against Chinese intelligence officers allegedly tied to a persistent campaign to hack into technology-service providers, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Trump administration will also formally accuse China of violating a 2015 bilateral agreement under which both countries vowed to not engage in state-sponsored hacking for economic gain, people involved in the process said.

The moves mark the latest push by the Trump administration to punish Beijing for its alleged cyberattacks on American companies.

Several allied countries, including the U.K., Japan, and Australia, are expected to issue statements supporting the action by the U.S. government. Some of those countries have also seen companies victimized by this cyber campaign, the people said.

Read the rest:

See also:

Chinese Intelligence Officers and Their Recruited Hackers and Insiders Conspired to Steal Sensitive Commercial Aviation and Technological Data for Years



Selling Australia Shorten By Moving To The Right: The Problem With Small Target Politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Please dont stuff this up Bill, writes Liam McLoughlin.

Dear Bill,

I am writing to you today to respectfully and kindly request that you stop dicking around and start presenting a truly progressive vision for Australia.

It has come to my attention in recent times, say for the last 20 years, that your party has been offering itself as the gluten-free alternative to the Liberals: less toxic but more insipid.

It turns out that people dont really like gluten-free bread but will eat it if they think its their only option.

And despite losing in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2013 and 2016 with this approach, while winning in 2007 with what at least seemed like something different, you persist with the political equivalent of a white rice, mashed potato, gluten-free white bread sandwich.

And yes, the Liberal Party has made us all sick, but the road to long term health is not paved with colourless starch.

Your upcoming election strategy appears to be photocopying Liberal policies on encryption, climate, refugees, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, political donations, corporate lobbying, and arms exports  while offsetting them with an electrifying vision for dividend imputation, negative gearing, and capital gains.

But its pretty clear that your real election strategy, which is about as smart as the real Julia strategy, is were not the Liberals.

So it seems strange that you keep copying their policies.

A screengrab from an ABC Four Corners interview with failed US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Perhaps its worth looking into ancient history to see how Hillary Clintons Im not Donald Trump campaign worked out. And at least she had the advantage that she looked nothing like Donald Trump.

Or you could cast your mind back to May 2015 in the UK when Ed Milibands Labour Party took its cues from the right on immigration and fiscal respon...


Fighting to Expose My Familys Involvement with Child Trafficking Has Been Harsh But Its Been the Right Thing to Do "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite reaching out to authorities repeatedly such as the Justice Department, the FBI (where I went in person to their Seattle office), and countless police- I have never recieved ANY follow up or any investigations.

Instead I have only been attacked by those who have had a public connection to Satanism- who have done their best to make everything about me to keep scrutiny off my family.

My family was involved with child trafficking in Omaha in the 80s. And it extended further than the Franklin Credit Scandal.

For YEARS afterwards.

Rusty Nelson- a convicted pedophile caught up with Franklin- always spoke about a second photographer being involved.

That second photographer was my brother- Stephen Wesley Shurter.

Frank Church- head of the Church Committee that investigated MKUltra- had his profile picture by my brother. In fact it was my brothers one claim to fame.

My brothers stash of Satanic child porn was confiscated in Ocean City, Maryland two years after his death in the possession of Larry King Jr.- not the same man who was involved with Franklin.

The Satanists fighting me claim that these are lies- while doing their best to vilify me.

But then the most well known Satanist is Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves whos Co founder Shane Bugbee claims is connected to the CIA.

Considering the intense attacks against me- and the fact nothing I have reported for the past 13 yrs has been investigated- I have pretty much concluded that our own government is protecting child trafficking.

You only have to look at recent events surrounding convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to see the truth in this.

However, despite how hard this has been- I got into this because of my faith and I truly believe- despite everything that has and IS happening- it was the right thing to do and I dont regret my choices.

How this will all end is unknown to me- but at least when I face God- and I believe we all will eventually- I will do so knowing I did the right thing.


Australians Can Use Crypto Debit Card at 30,000 ATMs and Up to 1 Million Payment Terminals "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new crypto debit card is making waves in Australia. Accepted at ATMs and payment terminals nationwide, its attracted users aged between 18 and 80 #SPONSORED

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Hockey-ball-size hailstones smash Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A series of extremely fast-moving storms have swept through Sydney, dumping hail and delaying flights at the airport. UPDATE: The NSW SES has received more than 1400 calls for help since the storms began on Thursday afternoon. Sydney metropolitan was the hardest hit area, Andrew Galvin from NSW SES told 10 Daily. There have been about 350 requests for help in Hornsby in the city's Upper North Shore, while more than 270 calls have been received from Liverpool in the west. "We have had huge demand on the telephones with a large number of calls," Galvin said.


Contrary to Reports, Crypto Sector is Not Dead: Heres Why "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin is dead; Blockchain is wasted; Crypto is gonethis is something the world has been told over and over again.

The first ever article that predicted a bitcoin death was published in 2010 by Tim Harford, an economist. At that time, bitcoin was trading at $0.23. The following year, after bitcoin surged to $7.80, Gizmodo Australia wrote that the digital currency is dying. In 2013, New York Magazine penned Bitcoin Sees the Grim Reaper when bitcoin jumped above $100. Three months later, a Medium post predicted a horrific death for the digital currency, and it was well above $600 at that time.

Fast forward five years, the predictions havent rested. The obituaries seem to have included even the underlying technology of bitcoin, the blockchain, for allegedly being totally-hyped and an utterly-waste. An article has already hanged a rest of peace sign around its neck. The Week in January discussed the death of crypto. And irony committed suicide when even a bitcoin millionaire said that bitcoin is dead.

That totals to more than 300 times Bitcoin has been killed by the mainstream media, according to 99bitcoins death calculator.

Value-Driven Sentiments

The latest round of obituaries come in the wake of crypto markets dismissal performance in 2018. Once at a peak, bitcoin and every major and minor crypto asset fell by at least 80%. The crash prompted many blockchain startups, which raised funds in bitcoin-like assets via ICO in 2017, to either shut down their operations entirely or layoff a considerable portion of their workforce.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected nine Bitcoin ETFs. Goldman Sachs and NYSE delayed their crypto-enabled products until next year. Nobel laureate Nouriel Roubini called bitcoin a mother of all scams before the US Congress and later patted his back when cryptos crashed. Even a controversial figure, the Wolf of Wall Street-famed Jordan Belfort, who scammed many in his notorious financial career, took a potshot at the digital currency, saying that it belongs to a scrapyard.

It seems that every time cryptos suffer a financial tragedy, their critics get the moment to attack them and predicting their end. The majority of complaints crypto/blockchain sector is receiving during its downtrend is related to their alleged overvaluation, hype, lack of demand and unrealistic business models. While some of it is true to an extent, owi...


Man arrested at Bulli for car-jacking "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A MAN has been arrested at Bulli and charged with multiple offences following an alleged carjacking at Keiraville earlier this month.

A 21-year-old man parked his Volkswagen Golf on Robsons Road, Keiraville about 9.40am on Tuesday December 11, before he was approached by an unknown man from a nearby parked Toyota Aurion.

The 21-year-old man was allegedly struck three times with an electronic controlled device, before the man took his car keys.

The unknown man drove from the scene in the Volkswagen Golf, which was followed by the Toyota Aurion being driven by a woman.

Following inquiries, about 9.15am yesterday (Wednesday), a 20-year-old man was arrested at Bulli and a 34-year-old woman was arrested by Lake Illawarra Police District officers.

They were both taken to Wollongong Police Station.

The man was charged with armed robbery, steal motor vehicle, and other offences allegedly committed in the Wollongong and Illawarra regions, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, larceny, and fraud.

The woman was charged with robbery in company, steal motor vehicle, fraud, and larceny.


Coledale home intrusion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A MAN will appear in court next year after the aggravated break and enter of a Coledale home today.

The man entered a home in Squires Crescent at Coledale through the rear door about 1.30am on Wednesday.

The man removed several items from the home, and after taking a knife, entered the bedroom of the residents.

The female resident awoke and the armed man demanded property from the couple.

Another adult resident in the home managed to contact police and safely hide a 9-year-old child who was also in the residence.

When police arrived the armed man fled while the officers checked on the welfare of the residents. An 18-year-old man was later found inside a motor vehicle parked outside another home in Squires Crescent. He was arrested without incident and taken to Wollongong Police station.

No one was physically injured during the incident.

The man was later charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent, robbery armed with offensive weapon and enter vehicle without consent of owner. He appeared at Wollongong Local court today, where he was refused bail to appear at the same court on Wednesday February 27.


Right Wing Resistance, Ricky White, & slackbastard "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


Retiree charged over robberies 40 years ago - police pledge to pursue old crimes - except for GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

The message today is clear it doesnt matter if it takes 40 years, 40 days or 40 minutes, we will track you down and you will have to answer for your crimes, Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty said. GILLARD is apparently exempt. She is the sole person for whom the...


Australian corporate complicity globally "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia released a stunning report on Australian companies behaving badly around the world.

One focus is in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where my book and film on disaster capitalism examines Rio Tintos destructive mining practices, and Im honoured to have some contributed some photos to the report.


NSW unemployment rate hits 40-year low "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Unemployment keeps declining

Stacks of interest in today's employment report - so much, in fact, that the ABS website crashed again.

Funding required, to use a hackneyed Muskism.

The composition swung back to part-time, but the economy added another +37,000 jobs in November 2018 on a seasonally adjusted basis to 12.7 million, led by firing Victoria at +30,900. 

Looking through the noise the economy added an impressive +295,700 to total employment year-on-year, for a growth rate of 2.4 per cent. 

On a cyclically positive note the trend participation rate hit the highest level on record.

And in spite of this the trend unemployment rate continued to decline to 5.12 per cent, the lowest since all the way back in July 2011. 

Victoria has been the great improver of late, but New South Wales saw its unemployment rate fall to a 40-year low of just 4.4 per cent.

The annual growth in hours worked was still very modest at under 2 per cent, which is hardly a ringing endorsement of strength. 



ACCC take note - President Trump on Facebook, Google and Twitter's political bias "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook, Twitter and Google are so biased toward the Dems it is ridiculous! Twitter, in fact, has made it much more difficult for people to join @realDonaldTrump. They have removed many names & greatly slowed the level and speed of increase. They have acknowledged-done NOTHING! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)...


Big clerical sexual abuse cover-up in Illinois, USA "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 19 December 2018 video from the USA is called 500 more Illinois priests accused of abuse.

From CNN in the USA:

Illinois AG says Catholic Church failed to disclose abuse accusations against 500 priests and clergy

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

Updated 0003 GMT (0803 HKT) December 20, 2018

In yet another blow to the Catholic Church in the United States, Illinois attorney general says the states six dioceses have failed to disclose accusations of sexual abuse against at least 500 priests and clergy members.

Illinois dioceses have released lists publicly identifying 185 clergy members who had been credibly accused of child sex abuse. But state Attorney General Lisa Madigan said preliminary findings in her ongoing investigation reveal that the church failed to disclose sexual abuse allegations against at least 500 additional priests and clergy members.

In many cases, the accusations have not been adequately investigated by the dioceses or not investigated at all, Madigans office said in a statement Wednesday. Whats more, the statement added, the church often failed to notify law enforcement authorities or state Department of Children and Family Services about the allegations.

By choosing not to thoroughly investigate allegations, the Catholic Church has failed in its moral obligation to provide survivors, parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois, Madigan said in the statement.

The failure to investigate also means that the Catholic Church has never made an effort...


Infanrix Hexa 65 Toxins Found. All Risk. No Benefit. "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM Originally Posted at I"ve been saying for YEARS that we need to raise $50k to have every vaccine tested to see what is REALLY coming through that needle. This clearly came into focus for me in 2009, with the H1N1 SSwine flu fiasco. So many people were []


Michaelia Cash "strategising" on the year ahead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Any chance you might come up with a strategy to answer your constituents' questions? How about a strategy to acknowledge our emails and letters? Great to strategise with our Senate Candidate Trish Botha and @IanGoodenoughMP on the year ahead! Trish is a sensational role model for so many young women!...


Australia - Council snubs re-fluoridation - Why snub? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Council snubs re-fluoridation despite dental, medical advice


1) Jonan hopes to wrap up Freeport negotiations this year "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) More arrests of West Papuans demonstrating
3) TNI and police stop Papuan activists in Jakarta from holding rally at army headquarters

1) Jonan hopes to wrap up Freeport negotiations this year
Reporter: Antara  3 hours ago



Jordan Peterson destroys feminist narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a mate of mine said on viewing this interaction, "What a superb intellect".


Their ABC Fact Check confirms - Craig Kelly correct, Tuvalu growing, not sinking "IndyWatch Feed National"

So why do we suckers keep sending money over a BS story? The claim Liberal MP and climate sceptic Craig Kelly made headlines in November when he was caught on tape mocking "lefties" for exaggerating the effects of climate change. Speaking at a local party event, audio of which was...


Australian Government falsifies social security data "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is only what they've been caught out with:

Source: Herald Sun

There is plenty more falsified government data which is not being exposed.


Have You Ever Been to Kahlua Airport? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its 15 minutes into my debut of solo travelling and Ive successfully sweated through a slimily thick layer of Mens Sports 48-hour deodorant. Im crouched in the corner next to the Student Flights booth with my head stuffed between my knees, Im hyperventilating like a broken fan, and my visions sparked out into a swamp of black.

Nobody is looking at me.

Everyone yanks their suitcases past me with eyes intensely averted, regarding me as embarrassing traffic accident or, perhaps, a very naked child throwing a tantrum. From the trenches of my curled up body, I am locked in by sour-smelling armpits, red sparks from kneecaps pressing deep into eyeballs, and a piercing, circular ringing. Each shitty, short gasp of air I belch in and out is like a prick into a party balloon; after a few minutes, Ive both deflated and blacked out into a place of malfunctioning calm.

The attendant at Student Flights looks over and asks if Im settled enough to talk to her. With a face glistening with sweat, snot, and tears, I dont believe I could look more settled if I tried.

The problem is pretty straightforward; Im a fucking idiot. The type that doesnt get a visa or checked baggage before a flight to Vietnam; a 550-dollar-and-a-missed-flight-type-of-problem.

The Italian family standing next to me, all gold necklaces and dangerously thin lips, shake their heads at the cost Student Flights quotes me.

Oh honey, dont worry. We just lost a lot more.

There is something infuriatingly disrespectful about a middle-aged man with a platinum credit card telling this to me. But as Ive decided to play the freewheeling-21-year-old-female-goes-global, I do nothing but bark a short laugh and roll my eyes. Money! Who needs it! Did you just lose a quarter of your savings too? What a hoot!

Whats worse is that this is not even the end of the world. I cant just lie on the goddamn floor and ask security to wheel me to the dumpsters. The rules of the game for being an independent adult pretty clearly state that I will need to fix this situation on my own in under 40 minutes with my own money, logic, and internal time-bomb of anxiety; i.e mums not coming to get me.

Naturally, my next mental step is to enter some sort of internal game-show involving me being eliminated from my own holiday and bank account. Not having much money or smarts, it seems my only equipment is hyperventilat...


Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains article "IndyWatch Feed National"

An interesting article (available here)

Ancient Nuclear Genomes Enable Repatriation of Indigenous Human Remains
(Joanne L. Wright, Sally Wasef, Tim H. Heupink, Michael C. Westaway, Simon Rasmussen,
Colin Pardoe, Gudju Gudju Fourmile, Michael Young, Trish Johnson, Joan Slade,
Roy Kennedy, Patsy Winch, Mary Pappin Sr, Tapij Wales, William Badger Bates,
Sharnie Hamilton, Neville Whyman, Sheila van Holst Pellekaan, Peter J. McAllister,
Paul S.C. Taon, Darren Curnoe, Ruiqiang Li, Craig Millar, Sankar Subramanian,
Eske Willerslev, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Martin Sikora, David M. Lambert)
Science Advances  19 Dec 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 12, eaau5064
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5064

"After European colonization, the ancestral remains of Indigenous people were often collected for scientific research or display in museum collections. For many decades, Indigenous people, including Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians, have fought for their return. However, many of these remains have no recorded provenance, making their repatriation very difficult or impossible. To determine whether DNA-based methods could resolve this important problem, we sequenced 10 nuclear genomes and 27 mitogenomes from ancient pre-European Aboriginal Australians (up to 1540 years before the present) of known provenance and compared them to 100 high-coverage contemporary Aboriginal Australian genomes, also of known provenance. We report substantial ancient population structure showing strong genetic affinities between ancient and contemporary Aboriginal Australian individuals from the same geographic location. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of successfully identifying the origins of unprovenanced ancestral remains using genomic methods."


A third of Australias spectacled flying fox population wiped out by extreme heat waves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Extreme heat wipes out almost one third of Australias spectacled flying fox population, ABC Far North , 20 Dec 18, By Sharnie Kim and Adam Stephen An extreme heatwave in far north Queensland last month is estimated to have killed more than 23,000 spectacled flying foxes, equating to almost one third of the species in Australia.

The deaths were from colonies in the Cairns area where the mercury soared above 42 degrees Celsius two days in a row, breaking the citys previous record temperature for November by five degrees.

Ecologist, Dr Justin Welbergen from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University) is collating the numbers of bat deaths and said it was the second-largest mass die-off of flying foxes recorded in Australia and the first time it had happened to this species.

These are certainly very serious wildlife die-off events and they occur at almost biblical scales, he said..


In Video, Trump Crows About Victory Over Islamic State, Bringing Troops Home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Key allies Britain and Australia criticize move and pledge to continue fight: Even without territory, (IS) will remain a threat

Illustrative: US military forces in Syria in April 2018 (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Illustrative: US military forces in Syria in April 2018 (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

WASHINGTON (AFP) The Islamic State group has been beaten in Syria, US President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, as he confirmed his stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation.

The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike.

Weve won against ISIS, Trump said in a short video posted on Twitter.

Weve beaten them and weve beaten them badly. Weve taken back the land. And now its time for our troops to come back home.


Report highlights impunity of Australian companies linked to serious human rights violations overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Serious human rights abuses in the overseas operations of some of Australias most prominent companies have been highlighted in a major report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Nowhere to Turn: Addressing Australian corporate abuses overseas shines a spotlight on ten cases of human rights violations involving Australian multinationals. The cases cut across countries and industries, from ANZs involvement in financing land grabs in Cambodia to BHPs role in the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil and Broadspectrum and Wilson Securitys responsibility for alleged sexual assaults on refugee women and children held in offshore detention on Nauru.

The report includes direct testimonies from individuals harmed by Australian corporate operations overseas, some of whose stories have never previously been heard outside their communities.

Keren Adams, author of the report and a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the cases paint a stark picture of corporate wrongdoing with devastating consequences for local communities.

"We have spoken with families in places like Papua New Guinea who report being pushed onto the streets and having to wash their kids in public toilets because Australian developers bulldozed their homes and left them destitute."

"Australians will be shocked at the business practices of some Australian companies in parts of the world where no-one is watching them."

Ms Adams said that the actions of some companies were likely to amount to serious criminal wrongdoing that should be prosecuted in Australia.

"Reza Berati was beaten to death on Manus Island by G4S guards in Australias offshore detention centre and yet the Australian and New Zealand guards involved have never been prosecuted and the company has never been seriously held to account. That sort of impunity sends a strong message that companies are somehow above the law."

Ms Adams said the cases highlight the need for urgent action by the Australian Government to strengthen oversight over Australian business operations overseas and improve mechanisms for communities to raise concerns and seek justice in Australia when they cannot do so locally.

"The global footprint of Australian companies is expanding all the time, and yet Australia lags behind many other countries in providing pathways to justice for some of the damaging consequences of their activities," said Ms Adams.

The worst abuses often occur in parts of the world marred by conflict or corruption and where it is impossible for communities to obtain justice locally. The Australian Government should be doing much more to ensure that Australian companies uphold the same human rights and e...


To Think Australia Has Come To This: Official Kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

I will be providing a detailed and up-to-date summation and analysis of the Family Court Survey, but in the meantime, as a Christmas greeting, I will lay out (anecdotally) some of what I have learned in the last few months (and a thank you to those tenacious people who have been educating me).

In Gumshoes articles on this Family Court sexual abuse issue, many accusations are against fathers who have a predilection to abusing their children and in some cases is sharing the child with others. I am sure that the many good fathers reading these articles may be feeling that their gender is getting a bad rap. But, Id like to clear this matter up right away.

The abuse of children in the system, and child protection is acros...


Violent Crackdown in West Papua: An Interview With Independence Leader Benny Wenda "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Right now, the Indonesian military are carrying out a violent crackdown in the Ndgua regency of occupied West Papua. Reports have been emerging about the ongoing assault, which is a reprisal over an incident involving the deaths of a number of Indonesian construction workers. The Indonesian Armed Forces have been reportedly bombing the highland region. While

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Premiers Solution to Youth Dying at Festivals: Create More Criminal Offences "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Following the drug-related deaths of two young Australians at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival on 15 September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed she would do everything in her power to shut down the event. But, after she had a moment to reflect, the premier decided to instead establish an expert panel to

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The Momos Hub ~ Nepalese - Chippendale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Nepalese momos as you like - fried, steamed, soupy, chilli - at The Momos Hub in Chippendale. Nepalese restaurants are not in abundance in the CBD. Setting out to change this , The Momos Hub has set up shop along the busy connector of Regent Street near Central Station to deliver these cousins to xiao long bao to manti and ravioli, the filling wrapped in pastry specialties found all


Ombudsman to Investigate Youth Solitary Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Following unrest at Melbournes Parkville Youth Justice Centre in mid-November 2016, Victorian authorities sent 15 youths to continue their detention at the Grevillea Unit inside Barwon Prison: an adult maximum security facility said to the be the states toughest. The incarceration of the children in the adult facility caused public outrage. And it took two Victorian

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Benjamin Fulford Report: "Big Changes Coming" -- December 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Secret head of world finance, Cardinal Pell, fired and big changes coming

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society

Last week Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing children by an Australian court and was subsequently fired by Pope Francis because he was elderly.

This is huge news in the secret world of finance, because Pell was the person in charge of financial matters at the Vatican and thus was a secret controller of most world government leaders, P2 Freemason and CIA sources say. This is because when most world rulers take power, they get a visit from an official of the Vatican Bank who hands them a bank book with an astronomical number written in it (a billion dollars or more for big countries; less for smaller countries). They are then told, Welcome to the world of the rich, and are gently reminded that if they refuse to accept the money they will be removed.

This is the choice of silver or lead that has allowed the Vatican P2 Freemason Lodge, run by descendants of the Caesars, to secretly rule most world governments. The 200 leaders who last week affirmed the fraudulent carbon causes global warming agreement are all slaves of this system, P2 Freemason and CIA sources agree.


NSW slams federal Coalition over extraordinary refusal to reinstate emissions in NEG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Coalition energy minister slams federal governments continued refusal to restore emissions component of the National Energy Guarantee, vows to continue to fight for the critical matter. The post NSW slams federal Coalition over extraordinary refusal to reinstate emissions in NEG appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via NSW slams federal Coalition over extraordinary refusal to reinstate emissions in NEG RenewEconomy


Culture at a Crisis Point "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

I bought Giles Autys Post-Modernist Australia at the Connor Court Christmas party, read it on the plane up to Sydney and as soon as I reached Sydney, headed down to Abbeys Books where I bought his Culture at Crisis Point [2016] which I have now gone through cover to cover. Both were extraordinary.

I have been reading Giles Auty religiously since my days living in the UK where I first came across him in The Spectator, the same place I discovered Mark Steyn and at the same time. I was probably already onside by then, but reading what he wrote no doubt helped push me over to this side of the divide where I have been ever since. I continued to read him in The Spectator when I arrived in Australia and then when he all too briefly wrote for The Australian. We are so on the same side of the fence that it is uncanny. As he would perfectly well understand, there are few others like ourselves so that running across someone who reads your own thoughts and then puts them into words is always remarkable because it is so rare.

Both are available through Connor Court. If you are thinking of presents, this is a very good place to find them.


MANKY MOLESTOR MUNDINE! Indigenous leader and Catholic Church chief Graeme Mundine unmasked as paedophile rapist while family, church, media & politicians all stay silent "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: He is a senior member of one of the nation's most famous Aboriginal families, and is widely considered to be one of Australia's most powerful Indigenous and Catholic advocacy leaders, as well as a 'good guy'. But just last week, Graeme Mundine, was unmasked as a prolific and dangerous paedophile after being found guilty and sentenced for assaulting five young boys over a period of five years. It's undoubtedly a major story of great relevance but one that, for some reason, has so far been ignored by the country's media and political class, and almost everybody else too. Our publisher, Serkan Ozturk, digs deeper. [READ MORE]


Stronger accountability for intelligence agencies long overdue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias national security and intelligence agencies must be more accountable and transparent, the Human Rights Law Centre has told an independent national review.

The review is being conducted by former senior diplomat and public servant Dennis Richardson and will comprehensively review the entire body of national intelligence and security legislation.

Watching the major parties rush through the decryption laws despite their extraordinary reach and in the face of major criticism from civil society and business, is a timely reminder of the need for greater safeguards, Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director Hugh de Kretser said.

Since September 11, intelligence agencies have been given sweeping new coercive powers to access our private information without a warrant, lock up people not suspected of a crime, punish whistleblowers and more. Agencies have received a massive increase in resources. Yet accountability and transparency measures have lagged badly.

Unlike every other Western democracy, Australia has no Charter of Human Rights. Along with a political culture in which both parties are afraid to protect rights in the national security context, this has contributed to a situation where Australia now has national security laws which undermine rights to a greater extent than any of our counterparts like the UK, NZ and Canada.

 The appalling case of Witness K highlights the need for reform. We need proper limits on the operations agencies can carry out and greater protections for public servants and others who speak up about government wrongdoing.

The former intelligence officer, known as Witness K, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery were prosecuted earlier this year for revealing that the Australian Government had sent spies, posing as aid workers, to bug the cabinet room of the fledgling nation of Timor-Leste during sensitive negotiations about oil and gas revenue.

In its submission, the Human Rights Law Centre made recommendations including:

  • requiring that the intelligence agency watchdog report wrongdoing to a parliamentary committee instead of to a Minister;

  • giving the parliamentary committee greater oversight over intelligence agencies and having members of the crossbench sit on the committee;

  • better protecting whistleblowers who expose government wrongdoing;

  • ensuring proper judicial oversight over activities, such as detention orders, carried out by intelligence agencies; and

  • applying freedom of information laws to intelligence agencies.



Australias Shameful Gift to Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jeremy Salt | American Herald Tribune | December 17, 2018 Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. A land without people for a people without land was the Zionist lie. Terra nullius was the Australian white settler equivalent. []


Grindr Scammer Sent to Prison "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Jayson Hastie had his game down pat, or so he thought. The 25-year old from Albion Park, south of Wollongong, set up a fake profile on under the name of Alex on the bisexual and gay social networking and dating website Grindr, before getting to work. His profile soon attracted the attention of an older

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Great Australian philosopher Kevin Bloody Wilson corresponds with local council "IndyWatch Feed National"

And here's Kev with Common Sense - the usual Kevin Bloody Wilson warnings apply!


Kids to Spend Christmas in Hotel Rooms with Strangers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

At any time in NSW alone, there are around 150 children accommodated in hotels under the care of Family and Community Services (FACS). Its no different at Christmas time. While many kids will wake up wondering what surprises are wrapped under the tree, these kids will wake up with relative strangers carers some

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Courts Are Becoming Sympathetic to the Cause of Medicinal Cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Its estimated that around 100,000 patients are using cannabis medicines across the country. And even though the federal government legalising medicinal cannabis close to three years ago, most of these patients are forced to access their medicine on the black market. Despite government moves to cut some of the red tape around

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Covenant of Rights for Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian children born in 2018 may have the brightest future



NEW MUSIC: East Denistone  House On The Quiet Street "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This track caught our ears with its wonderful horns, and grand swoon of a sound. Its the work of Sydney songwriter East Denistone and comes from his 2018 EP While You Still Draw Breath. Its more on the indie rock tip, in the vein of The National and Grizzly Bear but it incorporate elements of Continue reading


MACKAY Mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Video: What If companies had to yay to pollute the planet? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of global carbon emissions. So, why dont we make them pay for polluting the planet?

Video by What.If

The post Video: What If companies had to yay to pollute the planet? appeared first on The Pen.


Expert says dying fossil fuel industry increasingly suing governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

20 December 2018: Academic Kyla Tienhaara argues in The Conversation that  fossil fuels have no future but companies are using ISDS to sue governments as they act to reduce carbon emissions.

She notes that the US Westmoreland coal company is using the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to sue Canada because Alberta province is phasing out coal-based power. The provincial government offered major utility companies transition payments to switch to gas and renewable energy. Westmoreland did not receive payment, because coal mining companies have no role to play in the energy transition. The company is claiming unfair treatment.


Blackface, Adolf Hitler And A Tiny School In A Remote Australian Country Town "IndyWatch Feed National"

The school motto at Rowena Public a tiny school in the far north of NSW is Respect For All. And by all, its possible they mean everyone except black people and Jews. Chris Graham reports.

As small schools go in NSW, they dont get much smaller than Rowena Public, a tiny campus in an equally tiny town in the far north of the state.

Rowena has two teachers, a teaching principal and 25 students. One of those students is Indigenous, according to the MySchools website.

Geographically, Rowena is 140 kilometres west of Moree, a town with a chequered history of race relations of its own it was the focus of the Freedom Rides in the 1960s, when Aboriginal activists turned up to try and end racial segregation in the wealthy cotton town.

For its part, Rowena enjoys none of Morees size, and little of its wealth. It has a population of around 200, a pub, the school of course, a general store and a public swimming pool. But despite its size, Rowena has also managed to put itself firmly on the racism map, after the local school decided to wrap up the 2018 year with a dress up day for students celebrating famous people from history.

And thats how one student, a young girl, arrived at Rowena Public earlier this month dressed as Adolf Hitler, replete with swastikas and a ridiculous moustache.

A picture from Rowena Public Schools Facebook page, which was closed down this week.

Its also how a second student, a young boy, turned up the same day dressed in full blackface. He was apparently trying to honour the iconic black American athlete Jesse Owens, whod theyd recently learned about during history lessons.

Obviously, children are children. They generally dont mean to do spectacularly racist and/or ignorant things thats what their parents are for. On that front, allowing your child to turn up to school dressed in full Nazi regalia, or blacked up, is pretty hard to fathom, but its the actions of the schools leader, principal Paul Cecil, that make this story truly remarkable.

Not only did Mr Cecil a teaching principal with responsibility for students from Years 3 to 6 not send the children home to change, but he posed with them for photographs.



Gareth Hugh Evans Top 25 Tracks of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

As is tradition the Timber and Steel Editor-in-Chief Gareth Hugh Evans brings you his top 25 tracks of the year. As always hes tried to only pick one song per artist with the occasional album track trumping the singles from the same release. We think youll agree its been an amazing year for folk, roots, []


Feral Animals: A New Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 20th, 2018 By George Wright Guest writer for Wake Up World Australia is a beautiful and unique place. Cut off from the rest of the world and only colonised in the last few centuries, the animals and environment have been largely untouched for thousands of years. Many species and plants are unique only to []



Centrelinks robo-debt scam is still going on and is now being attacked by an expert "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Why is Centrelinks robo-debt system still operating? The evidence that many have been unjustly saddled with debt is out there. Its a scandal that its still going on.

Robo-debt is still in operation, because this poor excuse for a government that we have, is deliberately targeting vulnerable people, to discourage them from signing up for Newstart and other benefits.

This cant be blamed on just the technology. Even if does It is wrong to take away human oversight. The real problem is that it is founded on reversing the principle that the debt must be proved before being issued, to issuing the debt first and then forcing the recipient to prove their innocence.

This may not be easy and some of those facing a debt may not know what they can do about it. It is inevitable that injustices will occur, and we cant believe that those designing the system were unaware of this.  

This scam has also been used as a cover to privatise Centrelink services. Consequently, people getting in touch to sort  out a problem are increasingly being shunted to private contractors, provided with incentives to cut even more people off. Their brief is to allow the least possible to be paid out.

Now an expert has hit out against the robot-debt system.

Prof Terry Carney, who is a former member of the Administrative appeals Tribunal (which hears Centrelink appeals), has written in an academic journal that the robo-debt scandal has only been permitted by failings across a plethora of institutions.

How the  robo-debt program has failed people is exposed, and on appeal many of the issued debts had to be either wiped off completely or substantially reduced.

Centrelinks robo-debt system is a form of illegal extortion allowed by failings across aplethora of democratic and legal institutions, he says.

Its the second time Carney, who helped oversee the writing of Australias social security laws, has used academic journals to condemn the system as illegal this year.

Carneys last paper said robo-debt involved the enforcement of illegal debts that in some cases were inflated or non-existent, an allegation that was forcefully rejected by the Department of Human Services.  The rejection was not backed by evidence to show otherwise.

This time, Ca...


Deep-sea survey of Australian marine parks reveals striking species "IndyWatch Feed National"

South of Tasmania, hundreds of undersea mountains mark the deep ocean floor. Now, a monthlong survey of these seamounts in and around Australias Huon and Tasman Fracture marine parks has revealed a spectacular range of deep-sea species, from feathery corals and tulip-shaped glass sponges to bioluminescent squids and ghost sharks. The survey team has also uncovered more than 100 previously unnamed species that are likely new to science. The seamounts within the marine parks occur at depths of 700 to 1,500 meters (2,300 to 4,900 feet). These mountains are home to cold-water corals that are slow-growing, fragile and threatened by fishing, deep-sea mining and climate change-induced variations in sea temperature and acidity. But accessing these harsh, dark, high-pressure depths is extremely hard. So scientists and park managers went aboard the Investigator, a research ship thats part of Australias Marine National Facility, and used a special camera system designed by staff at the Australian governments Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to see what lies thousands of feet beneath the oceans surface. The deep-tow system, weighing about 350 kilograms (770 pounds), has four cameras secured within high-strength aluminium housings, and a fiber-optic cable that feeds real-time footage of the deep-sea floor back to the ship. During the monthlong exploration, the researchers surveyed 45 seamounts using the deep-tow cameras, voyage chief scientist Alan Williams of CSIRO said in a statement. They covered 200 kilometers (124 miles) and collected 60,000 stereo images and some 300 hours of video. The footage captured hundreds of corals,


1) Peaceful resolution to Papuas war for liberation "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Talking Indonesia: roads, development and violence in Papua
3) Government to solve environmental crimes and human rights violations
4) Indonesian lawmakers worried about Manus naval base plan

1) Peaceful resolution to Papuas war for liberation
Veronica Koman
Jakarta / Wed, December 19, 2018/ 11:12 am



Stick insect evolution, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 December 2018 video is called The Evolution of Insects (part 1): stick insect, mantis, cicada.

From Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution:

Stick insects: Egg-laying techniques reveal new evolutionary map

December 19, 2018

Known for exceptional mimicry, stick insects have evolved a range of egg-laying techniques to maximize egg survival while maintaining their disguise including dropping eggs to the ground, skewering them on leaves, and even enlisting ants for egg dispersal. Scientists have now combined knowledge on these varied techniques with DNA analysis to create the best map of stick-insect evolution to date. Contrary to previous evolutionary theories based on anatomical similarities, the new analysis finds the first stick insects flicked or dropped their eggs while hiding in the foliage. It also finds that geographically isolated populations of stick insects are more likely to be related than those with similar features. The research, published in a special issue on stick insects in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, takes us one step closer to understanding these enigmatic creatures.

While the evolutionary history of most insect groups is well documented, stick insects have been hard to classify. Our new analysis has made great strides, showing that the evolution of stick and leaf insects cannot be solely based on anatomical features, says Dr James A. Robertson, based at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and affiliated with the Brigham Young University, USA. Linking their wide-variety of egg-laying techniques to their evolutionary history,...


Police attack protesting Amazon workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA saays about itself:

Workers protest at Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee

Amazon employees and others supporting the cause protested outside an Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota on Friday, Dec. 14. About 200 protestors gathered to voice concerns about working conditions inside the business.

By Anthony Bertolt in the USA:

Police break up Amazon workers protest over oppressive conditions

19 December 2018

Last weekend, Amazon workers demonstrated against productivity requirements at Amazons Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center. Over 200 people protested in the suburban area. Their demonstration ended with a march toward the front entrance of the warehouse, where over a dozen police vehicles immediately surrounded the protest and broke it up.

Earlier this year, Amazon was forced to negotiate with the Awood Center, a non-profit which organized Amazon workers in opposition to the unfair speed of work as well as against the companys decision to deny religious workers time to pray. Minneapolis, near where the fulfillment center is located, is home to the largest East African immigrant community in Minnesota and the Awood Center reports that 60 percent of the Amazon workforce is East African. The East African workers are predominantly Muslim and were not given enough time to take prayer breaks.



ASX Reaffirms 2021 DLT Rollout After Blythe Masters Steps Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Securities Exchange will continue to work on its DLT-based settlement system despite the departure of of Blythe Masters, the former CEO of its partner Digital Asset.


Australia experiencing more heat, longer fire seasons and rising oceans "IndyWatch Feed National"

State of the climate report points to a long-term increase in the frequency of extreme heat events, fire weather and droughtAustralia is experiencing more extreme heat, longer fire seasons, rising oceans and more marine heatwaves consistent with a changing climate, according to the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO's state of the climate report.The report, published every two years, measures the long-term variability and trends observed in Australia's climate. Related: 'Like opening a fan [...]


Australian Vaccine Laws Cause Drastic Reduction In Pre-School Enrollments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian government officials enforce vaccinations for school children by way of removing government funds from those parents who dont comply with mandates. The law, termed no jab, no pay, is considered one of the most...

The post Australian Vaccine Laws Cause Drastic Reduction In Pre-School Enrollments appeared first on Vaxxter.


Freethought Blogs "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are the last of the Australian spring flowers sent in by DavidinOz and that makes me a bit sad. Its been a treat for me to have so many bright, happy flowers to work with during the short gloomy days of late Canadian autumn. In 2 days time it will officially be another winter to endure Up Here, but that also means that its another summer to enjoy Down Under and Im hoping that David will have a chance to share some of the flora that grows in Australia during their hottest season. Hint, hint.

Thanks for spreading so much joy, David.

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved

David Brindley, all rights reserved


Market Talk- December 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another volatile session for US markets, but then we should expect it now that there are fewer and fewer houses running positions. The break of the psychological $50 price level in WTI oil yesterday, was one of the key reasons given for today Asian weakness. Shanghai closed the session down a little over 1% and was heavily weighed by the energy sector. However, the tech heavy Hang Seng closed the day 0.3% higher, which has probably taken the NASDAQ as its lead as that too found solid demand from fresh buying interest these past few days. The Nikkei also suffered from falling energy prices and saw a demand for the Yen. Now trading close to recent highs, the Yen is in danger of electing a 111 handle. Both the ASX and SENSEX closed almost unchanged, but were encouraged as trading off of their intraday lows. The slowing down in China is affecting the region, but probably more so the chief resources exporter Australia.

Europe was happy that Italy has managed to settle on its 2019 budget with the number accepted at 2.05%. Italian debt tightened 14bp and now trades at 2.8% for 10yr paper. The FTSE MIB gained a little over 1.5% for the day, aided by the financials sector as banks saw a healthy recovery in some of these papers. However, although the 1.6% is good for Italy it is worth remembering the index is still down over 13% for the year. The Euro found support following the Italian budget agreement and managed a gain of +0.5%, taking it to a 1.14 handle. Core European indices (CAC and DAX) have managed around a +0.4% return, but its the UKs FTSE that saw a 1% rally today. News that GSMB (Glaxo) was to split division helped shares to rally over 5% and that helped todays FTSE performance. However, the GBP has traded heavy in comparison to the Euros strength and that has assisted the stock index. A strong US open ahead of the FEDs announcement has also boosted confidence for the European close.

US markets saw the initial rally once again rejected, despite having traded over 350 points higher. The 700 point swing materialised following the FED Chairs comments that 2019 will see their balance sheet shrink. The turn produced new lows for the year, but more surprisingly, still only sees a small increase in the...


Dick Cheney Biopic Starring Christian Bale Reviewed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watchdog: Worlds Financial Structure Unstable (Jeff C.)

The Bank for International Settlements said in its quarterly report that the global financial system is fundamentally unstable and could lead to a frightening chain reaction in the next crisis.

Imagine Trumps America With Australias Severe Defamation Laws (Reader Steve)

From the New Republic: Two cases down under show how lower libel standards silence accusers and the press, while protecting the wealthy and powerful.

Hurricane Harvey Report Seeks to Future-Proof Texas From Climate Change Without Saying So Directly (Judy)

The author writes, To protect itself from the next major hurricane, Texas will have to build storm-surge barriers, shore up wetlands, buy out residents who live in vulnerable areas, rethink development plans and raise the first floors of existing buildings, suggests a sweeping report prepared for Gov. Greg Abbott and released Thursday.

Trump Orders Rapid Withdrawal From Syria in Apparent Reversal (Jimmy)

The author writes, Planning is underway for a full and rapid withdrawal of US troops from Syria, a US defense official told CNN Wednesday. The decision, which would be a reversal from previously stated US policy, was made by President Donald Trump, who has long signaled his desire to get out of Syria, the official added.

Chuck Schumer Re...


Theres No Such Thing as a Global Warming Pause "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet another team of researchers has concluded that the much-debated global warming pause which preoccupied climate science around the turn of the century simply did not happen.

If their work continues to win support from other researchers, it will leave those who have argued that the pause was real with some explaining to do.

Some scientists have argued that there was a pause, or hiatus, in the rate of global warming recorded from 1998 to 2013, and that this cast doubt on the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the available evidence showed the world had continued to warm.

Other researchers said variously that the pause had never started, or blamed changes in the trade winds. Many said the pause (or its absence) were anyway irrelevant, because the long-term global warming trend was continuing unabated.

Global warming did not pause, but we need to understand how and why scientists came to believe it had, to avoid future episodes like this

Some argued that the missing heat had been absorbed by oceans, a few that volcanic discharges might have masked sunlight, some that it was simply evidence of a natural cycle, others that in a longer time series the apparent slowdown became invisible.

Now an international team of climate researchers, after re-analysing existing data and studies, says there has never been a statistically significant pause.

This conclusion holds, they say, whether considering the supposed pause as a change in the rate of warming in observations, or as a mismatch in rate between observations and expectations from climate models. Their findings are published in two papers in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

In other words, they say, there is no reason to doubt that warming continued as mainstream climate scientists argued it would, nor to doubt the methods they used, including climate modelling. But there are reasons to ask why the non-existent pause was so enthusiastically promoted by some scientists and others.

Unsupported by data

Dr James Risbey, from CSIRO Australia, is the lead author of one of the studies, which reassessed the data and....

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MACKAY Fishermans Christmas crab catch pinched "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fishermans Christmas crab catch pinched

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He will face the Mackay Magistrates Court in January on one count each of trespass and stealing. A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture

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MACKAY Overtaking driver fails to dodge highway speeding ticket "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Overtaking driver fails to dodge highway speeding ticket

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Jason Adrian ONeill appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, amidst a courtroom of criminal defendants facing charges like car theft,

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MACKAY Drug trafficking accused sprints from court room "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drug trafficking accused sprints from court room

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The 24-year-old man was facing Mackay Magistrates Court from the dock this morning, charged with possessing dangerous drugs and obstructing

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MACKAY Information from online dating site sought in rape case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Information from online dating site sought in rape case

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The case involving website Plenty of Fish was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by solicitor Antoinette Morton. Her client, a

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MACKAY Prisoner back in court, pleads guilty to raft of offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Prisoner back in court, pleads guilty to raft of offences

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Mccamley appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, pleading guilty to all charges against him.

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Truck and bike crash "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police carEMERGENCY services were called to Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Stanwell Park just before 3.30pm on Thursday last week, after a Yamaha motorcycle and a Kenworth Prime Mover crashed head on.

The 16-year-old male rider was seriously injured. He was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

The truck driver was uninjured and taken to Wollongong Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Wollongong Traffic and Highway Patrol Command attended and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Police have been told a second motorcyclist was seen travelling north along Lawrence Hargrave Drive prior to the crash and failed to stop.

Anyone with information, including dash-cam footage, is urged to come forward.



Stanwell Parks kiosk completed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Stanwell Parks new kiosk

WITH its wide verandah and Hamptons-style white and grey timber colour theme, Stanwell Parks beach caf is an eye-catching addition to the popular foreshore area.

The keys for the newly built caf have been handed over this week to the new tenant, with the new business expected to be operating before the end of the year.

Wollongong City Council started work on the new beach caf in July after the demolition of the old kiosk building and residence that had occupied the site for more than 50 years.

The new caf has an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. Two fully accessible public toilets are also a key component of the new design that was influenced by community feedback.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Bradbery said hes pleased with the welcome addition to Stanwell Parks popular beach reserve.

I think it looks fantastic and Im pleased this project has been completed on schedule and on budget. However, perhaps even more importantly, I hope the community gets much enjoyment from this building, he said.

We know how much this building is loved the community made that clear when we engaged with them about the new design and they told us they wanted us to keep the much-loved original kiosk sign and to make it a feature on the new bu...


First stage of coastal walk opened "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Wollongong Council general manager David Farmer, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans and Wollongong Cr Leigh Colacino celebrate the opening of the Grand Pacific Walk link between Stanwell Park and Coalcliff. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

WITH postcard perfect views over the ocean and providing a much-needed key pedestrian link between Stanwell Park and Coalcliff, the first stage of the Grand Pacific Walk has opened in time for Christmas.

The 3.5km link from Stanwell Park to Stoney Creek bridge, Coalcliff, and includes a viewing platform with expansive views along the coast and out over the Pacific.

Grand Pacific Walk is a long term project, with new sections proposed to connect with the existing footpaths and shared pathways. Eventually the walk will link Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Grand Pacific Walk is a major project to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for community members.

We encourage all community members to take part in a walk on the new section of the Grand Pacific Walk. It offers great views up the coast to the Royal National Park, as well as joins the northern villages of Stanwell Park to Coalcliff and the Sea Cliff Bridge,...


Police release CCTV images "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Police want to speak to this man after an incident on a train between Thirroul and Wolli Creek in October.



Perfect fish fossil offers a glimpse into Devonian period "IndyWatch Feed National"

The discovery of a new fish at a famous WA fossil site is in such good condition that it provides an exciting fresh glimpse into the evolution of species from 380 million years ago. The new fish - named Pickeringius acanthophorus (honouring the late Museums Victoria fossil collection manager David Pickering) - lived in the Late Devonian Period. Its beautifully preserved fossil skeleton was discovered by Flinders Universitys Professor John Long at the Gogo Formation, in the Kimberleys of Western Australia. This has become a world famous fossil site, containing superb 3-dimensional preservations of entire fishes in limestone nodules, and has so far yielded more than 50 species.

Pickeringius, about the size of a sardine, was one of the earliest ray-finned fishes a lineage that accounts for more than 98% of all living fish. There are about 30,000 ray-finned fish species alive today, but in the Devonian period, they were greatly outnumbered by other fish groups, with fewer than 30 species described worldwide.

The new find is especially significant because the braincase of this fish is exquisitely preserved. Devonian ray-finned fishes have mostly been found squashed flat, so the new discovery will enable CT scans of its skull at ANU, allowing palaeontologists to digitally render its endocast, and provide important information on early fish brain evolution. Only two previous Devonian ray-fins (Mimipiscis, from The Gogo Formation, and Raynerius, found in France) have had their brains subject to this level of detail.

The Pickeringius is distinctive for having enormous spiracular openings on the top of its head, though these present a mystery to palaeontologists. Most ray-finned fishes of this period had minute spiracles, and these are now vestigial or lost in most modern forms. The only living ray-finned fishes with well-developed spiracles are African bichirs, which use them to breathe air at the surface. Alternatively, modern rays (which are not ray-finned fishes) use their spiracles to breath while they are on the seabed (with their mouths and gills pressed under their body).

The fish is also excessively prickly, hence the name acanthophorus (which means spine bearer). The top of its skull is covered in little conical denticles. The underside of the...


Australian Tax Office Warns Traders About Declaring Cryptocurrency Profits "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reissued a warning to traders to ensure they declare their cryptocurrency profits when reporting their annual revenues. The ATO has warned Aussie crypto traders numerous times in the past but the issue is now reaching fever pitch. Cryptocurrency regulatory requirements across Western nations tend to be quite lax when

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Our 2018 Annual Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear friends Im delighted to share the Human Rights Law Centres Annual Report for 2018 with you.

We have made progress on many fronts this year, working closely as always with our pro bono and community partners.

Highlights over the year include:

  • Our lifesaving legal action to evacuate children and their families from Nauru.

  • Playing an important role in fixing laws that would have crippled the ability of charities and community groups to advocate for law and policy change.

  • Our work pushing governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility and stopping routine strip searches and solitary confinement in jails.

  • Helping to achieve the decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland.

  • Launching the campaign for an Australian Charter of Human Rights and supporting the campaign for a Queensland Human Rights Act.

  • Helping to secure new laws to tackle modern slavery.

We end the year proud of our achievements and with renewed resolve to tackle the work that remains unfinished, and in particular ensuring safety and freedom for every single one of the 1,100 innocent people still held on Manus and Nauru after five long years.

The Human Rights Law Centres success is only possible because of the support of our partners and people like you.

We thank everyone who supported our work this year and look forward to working together in 2019.

Cathy Branson AC, QC
Chair of the Board
Human Rights Law Centre

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