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Tuesday, 12 June


12 June,1996 - SASR, 5AR. Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 12 June 1996 the Australian Army suffered shocking losses. Fifteen soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment were killed. Three soldiers from the Army's 5th Aviation Regiment were killed. On the evening of 12 June 1996 two S-70-A9 Blackhawk helicopters from the 5th Aviation Regiment carrying SASR troopers collided...


Ronald Regan just gets better and better with time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remember the Ideas Boom? Chairman Mal was going to transform our economy with Innovation. Turnbull is such a bad choice to lead Australia. He's never known adversity and struggle. Now compare a real statesman talking about the world's largest economy and the freedoms that allowed its people to do so...


Royal Commission into banking and The Statute of the Jewry "IndyWatch Feed National"

People employed in businesses called banks have been committing criminal activity against the 'good' general population for quite some time, where only now a royal commission is being setup to investigate (and incarcerate?) those people committing criminal activity.

People should also note that this 'criminal' activity has deep seeded roots.

When a peasant commits a (criminal) driving offence, one's entire history is (unlawfully) put forward before the court since the person was legally in charge of a motor vehicle.

The people in charge of the banks, were oppressing the good people of England, to such an extent that to end this oppression the first Edward issued a law called The Statute of the Jewry in 1275.

When the Normans ceased to be strictly 'Normans' and became English in settlement as well as in domicile, the Jews were kicked out in 1290 AD.

So, can anyone point to this history being mentioned in today's royal commission?

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Monday, 11 June


MACKAY Drug Enforcement Collinsville and Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drug Enforcement Collinsville and Mackay

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He was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. An 18-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs

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MACKAY Child-grooming case one of the worst police has seen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Child-grooming case one of the worst police has seen

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A MAN facing 46 child exploitation charges will be extradited from Sydney to Mackay today to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay car theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested over Mackay car theft

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MACKAY police have served a 21-year-old man, giving a notice for him to appear in court due to ties with car theft. After investigating the theft of a

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MACKAY New South Wales man charged with grooming 13-year-old Queensland girl "IndyWatch Feed National"

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New South Wales man charged with grooming 13-year-old Queensland girl

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He would appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with 46 offences including 28 counts of using a carriage service to cause child

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MACKAY Child exploitation charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Child exploitation charges, Mackay

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A 23-year-old New South Wales man will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with 46 offences including 28 counts of use carriage

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MACKAY Man extradited from NSW for allegedly grooming 13yo Mackay girl he met on gaming app "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man extradited from NSW for allegedly grooming 13yo Mackay girl he met on gaming app

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MACKAY An alleged paedophile persuaded a 13-year-old girl to send him dozens of child porn pictures of "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia: University student newspaper celebrates jihad mass murderer, refuses to apologize "IndyWatch Feed National"

Honi Soit is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney, Australia. Published since 1929 by the Students Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Sydney and distributed around campus free for all students to read. In a media release published today, AUJS claimed the Queer Honi cover, which includes a graphic of a []


Australia: Anti-Adani Protesters Target Construction Firm Wagners Over $30 Million Contract "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Ben Smee / The Guardian

Anti-Adani activists say they have launched an escalating disruption campaign against Queensland construction company Wagners, which is being targeted over a $30m contract to build an airstrip for the Carmichael coalmine.

Members of the group Galilee Blockade entered a Wagners industrial site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, dressed as superheroes, as a precursor to further protests.

The company, which listed on the stock exchange in December, has previously said it would not be intimidated by activists if targeted for its role in the Adani Carmichael mine. Galilee Blockade has previously targeted contractors working with Adani on the project, and claims success for the decision by Downer EDI last year to back out of a $2.6bn construction deal.


Over 150 issues of VFSRS/VUFORS periodicals now digitally available "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Archives for the Unexplained

Last August I announced, that following work by Sweden's Archives for the Unexplained (AFU) ; UK researcher Isaac Koi; myself; Keith Roberts of Tasmania, and Bill Chalker of New South Wales, that a digital archive of Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre (TUFOIC) Newsletters, and periodicals of the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) had been created and was available for access.

Victorian UFO periodicals

Today, I am pleased to advise that following work by the AFU; Isaac Koi; myself, and a former official of the Victorian UFO Research Society (VUFORS), many digital copies of periodicals of VUFORS are now available for access.

VUFORS started life, as the Australian Flying Saucer Research Society (Victorian Branch) on 17 February 1957. Later that year it was renamed the Victorian Flying Saucer Research Society (VFSRS.) In 1968 VFSRS became the Victorian UFO Research Society.

The group published a number of periodicals, specifically the Australian Flying Saucer Review (AFSR) (joint editions with the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) of News South Wales, and then separately as  AFSR (Victorian edition). In 1972 when high costs forced the closure of the AFSR, it produced issues of the Australian UFO Bulletin.

Thanks to the work of those cited above, the digital collection now contains all of the Victorian produced issues of the AFSR and most of the Australian UFO Bulletins (1968 - 2007.)

How to access issues

To access an issue of the VFSRS/VUFORS periodicals, simply click here, or paste the link below into a web browser, which will take you to the collection. If you click on any issue and open it up, then click on the ... symbol, you will then be able to download that issue. If you are unable to download for any reason then email me at and I will WeTransfer you that issue(s).



AUDIO: Academic Propaganda Protecting US Financial Imperialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Renegade Economists radio show interviews US economist Michael Hudson (June 7, 2018). Prof Michael Hudson joins to review his critique of US financial imperialism in light of recent events. From the World Bank, IMF through to deep state strategy, Hudson is the best in the business at tying the economic pressures in our lives to the geo-political forces at work.


1) New hub reflects NZ grassroots support for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

2) Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih
3) HEALTH & EDUCATION SERVICEPapuas legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldnt be a media campaign only

1) New hub reflects NZ grassroots support for West Papua
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Labor's Luke Foley would scrap the Queen's birthday & replace it with more aborigine stuff "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Luke, we don't have enough "welcome to country", sorry day, reconciliation week, aboriginal art and sundry other celebrations of aboriginal culture already? Aren't Labor people happy unless they're buggering something up?


Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo.

Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2018

They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors.  Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair rules. Whether it was the Soviet army engaged in strafing operations indifferent to combatant and civilian, or those subsequent intruders of the Global War on Terror the forces of the US-led International Security Assistance Force and associated allies the complement of atrocities was only set to grow.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has had an eye on Afghanistan for some time for that very reason. In 2016, she claimed in a report that, Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014.

The Central Intelligence Agency was not to be left out sulking on the side, with Bensouda suggesting that 27 detainees in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania had been subjected to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape between December 2002 and March 2008. A true smorgasbord of violence.

In November 2017, Bensouda concluded, after a seemingly interminable preliminary process, that all legal criteria required under the Rome statute [of the ICC] to commence an investigation have been met.  The investigation specifically into the conduct of forces in Afghanistan, she suggested, would cover the alleged perpetration of crimes against humanity including murder, targeting humanitarian workers, and summary executions.

Afghanistan has again become the site of interest for the maligned side of human nature, this time from the Australian angle.  The weekend began with Canberra in a tizz over allegations that Australias special forces have committed war crimes since commencing operations in 2001.

On Friday, Fairfax Media revealed certain contents of a report written by Defence Department consultant D...


Coming soon - another new type of Identified Flying Object "IndyWatch Feed National"

Airbus, a European aeronautical group, will soon be flying unmanned, Zephyr, high altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS) over Northern Australia. They will be based at Wyndham Airport, in northern Western Australia.

Each Zephyr aircraft weighs under 75 kilograms, and operates by charging its solar powered batteries during the day, which enables it to operate 24 hours a day.


It is projected to fly at 65,000 feet, with a flight duration measured in weeks.

It has been designed for a multitude of roles, including precision farming guidance; internet coverage in isolated localities, and military surveillance.

The anticipated date of deployment of the first operational aircraft is given as mid -2018, i.e. about now.

Yet another IFO to watch out for.


Shortest bible sentence "Jesus wept". Tony Awards speech "F**k Trump". "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Tony Award, formally the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards are considered the highest U.S. theatre honor, the New York theatre industry's equivalent to...


FixedIt: Who was charged with murder? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reported that a 32-year-old man from Woodridge, south of Brisbane, was arrested on Monday morning and charged with murder of a five month old baby boy. No further details are available yet but The ABC chose to report this arrest under a headline that didnt even mention the man charged with the murder.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


Top Cop in possession of illegal firearms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let's see Victoria Police sweep this one under the carpet and hide the name of the criminal.

Do 'community standards' dictated that charges not be laid ?

Will he even face court, like the peasants do for the same offence?

See article from 8 Jun 2018 by 3aw of the headline:

Exclusive: IBAC raid uncovers illegal firearms at high-ranking cops home


Neil Mitchell believes a high-ranking police officer has been suspended for allegedly possessing illegal firearms.

Sources told 3AW Mornings the superintendents house was raided, and that a pistol and rifle were found.

I am told neither was registered, Neil Mitchell said. And Im told the superintendent does not have a gun licence.

3AW Mornings believes the raid was organised by the states anti-corruption body, IBAC, regarding an unrelated matter.
If the allegations are proven, it does not tarnish the whole force. But, at a time police command are chasing illegal firearms down every second borrow, it would be immensely embarrassing.
Victoria Police are not having a good run at the moment.
-Neil Mitchell
Victoria Police later confirmed a superintendent from a corporate support area has been suspended with pay in relation to allegations of firearm and weapons offences on 5 June 2018.

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Downer and Gillard - proof that birds of a Clinton Foundation Feather still flock together on the taxpayer ticket "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alexander Downer slipped a lazy $25M of our money to the Clinton Foundation. Gillard bought her Global Partnership for Education job via Hillary Clinton and the Foundation too - with our money of course. Isn't it lovely to see the two Friends of Bill and Hillary Chairing and Congratulating on...


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Adani opponents target airport construction company "IndyWatch Feed National"


Contributed by Ben Wilson

Its on again. After a fairly quiet few months, opponents of Adani are creatively building their campaign against a company, involved in building an airfield associated with the  Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

The company site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane, was targeted by Galilee Blockade on Sunday afternoon, as part of an escalating campaign against the companys $30 million contract.

Originally a private Toowoomba based company,  Wagners was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December. This usually happens when there is a plan for major expansion and the injection of substantial new investor funds. Waqners has the ambition of becoming much more extensively involved in international business and t is highly likely that involvement with Adani is seen as an important gateway to do this.

It is no surprise, that the company has vowed that it would not be intimidated by activists. All the bravado in the world cannot hide the reality that Adani and Carmichael are unpopular with the Australian public, and that this is a risky venture to become involved in.

A campaign by activists is going to hurt, ass other major businesses associated with Adani have found.  A list of them have discovered the wisdom of pulling out. For instance, Downer EDI, pulled out...


102,846 Australians killed in war to protect our way of life. YOU only have to watch this video. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is one more thing. After you've watched the video, please pass it on to a few friends and talk to them about it. Australia's not as badly affected as Europe - yet - but if Turnbull or Shorten get more time at the helm, God help us.


Richard Bourke In Brisbane: A Rare Australian Advocate Fighting The Death Penalty "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian lawyer working against the death penalty in the United States will be back in Australia next month to speak. Stephen Keim SC and Madeleine Murphy are hoping people wont miss the chance to hear what he has to say.

We are all going to die, and we have no choice about that, but we do choose whether to kill or not, concluded Australian-born capital defence lawyer, Richard Bourke, during a moving speech he delivered at a TedxSydney event in early 2015.

Since then, the effectiveness and availability of various drugs employed in the lethal injection protocols of various US states has again brought the debate about the death penalty to the fore.

In its June 2015 ruling (Glossip v Gross), a five Justice majority of the United States Supreme Court ruled that use by the State of Oklahoma of the sedative midazolam in the lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The finding was contrary to contentions by the Applicants that midazolam failed to render the person insensate (unconscious and without sensation).

In a dissenting opinion in which Justice Ginsberg joined, Justice Breyer wrote, Rather than try to patch up the death penaltys legal wounds, one at a time, I would ask for a full briefing on a more basic question: whether the death penalty violates the Constitution.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review, a challenge by a Missouri man to his death sentence on the basis that the combined effect of his particular medical condition and the drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail would result in a death which violates the same Eighth Amendment protections. That matter (Bucklew v Precythe) is due to be heard in the next sitting Term of the Court.

Richard Bourke is returning to Australia in July to speak at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts building in Brisbane in a joint initiative of Australians Against Capital Punishment, the Julian Wagner Memorial Fund; the UQ Law Alumni Association and the TC Beirne School of Law. Bourkes talk will be recorded for broadcast on the ABCs Big Ideas program.

Bourke often speaks of the dignity and humanity involved in the work of defending capital cases and it is certainly these words which come to mind when hearing his own story.



Toffs Clinic: A Place Where Dunblane Child-Killers Can Go for Treatment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Toffs Clinic

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This article proposes that toff child-killers get sectioned to a special clinic, Toffs Clinic.

Toff is a British slang word for the upper class.  The etymology has something to do with eating toffee that sticks to the teeth and makes a person talk funny. The Aussie vocabulary has a fairly close equivalent plummy (you talk like you have a plum in your mouth). Americans dont have a snarky word for the upper class as they pretend there is no upper class.

I stumbled on the word toff when sleuthing the Dunblane massacre. Or should I say re-sleuthing it as I have long since written a review of Sandra Uttleys great bo...


FixedIt: The doting father narrative "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Friday a five-year-old boy was brutally stabbed and later died in hospital. The stabbing occurred in the family home and his 36-year-old father was charged with his murder.

Its too early to know circumstances and background of the murder and the fathers guilt or innocence will be determined by the court, not the media. Given that, it is as inaccurate and dangerous to describe him as a loving father as it would be to describe him as a brutal child killer. Despite this, a few outlets couldnt let go of the Good Man Who Kills People He Loves narrative.

The ABC devoted nearly a quarter of their report on the murder to commentary from neighbours about the man accused of murdering his son.

He said the father was an easygoing Aussie bloke and they would occasionally share beers and talk about cars and the footy.

He also described him as a doting father.

Its shocking, he said. He cared for that boy and held him and nursed him.'

The Australian, in an otherwise responsible report on the murder, also reported that a neighbour said the boys father was a lovely man who doted on his son. also reported on comments from neighbours: He cared for that boy, he was very patient with that boy and he held him and nursed him like he would his son. I cant imagine, Hank said.

The relationship between the father and the son next door was a doting relationship. He cared for that boy, you could see the boy run to the dad when he needed help.

The Daily Telegraph led with the loving father narrative: Neighbours of a five-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in his Carlingford home this morning said he was a bold, charming and happy boy who enjoyed a close relationship with his father.

If he is guilty, he is not a loving father, hes a man who stabbed his own child to death, taking an entire life and future from a child who deserved his love and protection, and leaving the boys mother and family dealing with unending horror.

If he is inn...


Whos Oppressing Muslim Women? On The State Persecution Of Moutia Elzahed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media and politicians have made a lot of noise lately about the oppression of women. But not all women, writes Michael Brull.

Moutia Elzahed, a Muslim woman who wears a niqab, was recently convicted of 9 counts of disrespecting court. Specifically, in 2016, the state government passed legislation imposing an $1,100 fine, or 14 days in jail, as maximum punishments for those who disrespect courts. This legislation was more or less in response to media hysteria at Muslims who purportedly disrespected the courts by not standing for the judges. As Gabrielle Upton noted, it was about widespread community concern at the supposed lack of respect shown to courts.

Elzaheds case relates to events in 2014. Elzaheds husband was convicted of recruiting people for ISIS. As one might imagine, this hasnt endeared her to media, which never tires of complaining about Muslims, and highlighting links between Muslims and terrorism. Thus, in counter-terror raids in 2014, police raided her home. Elzahed alleges that police assaulted her, and abused her and her family. She alleges that police punched her in the ear, eye and head. She alleges that she was handcuffed in an aggressive manner, called a bitch, and two of her sons were called terrorists by the police.

Elzahed sued the police for this abuse. However, her allegations essentially remained unheard, as the court refused to listen to her. District Court Justice Audrey Balla was offended at the notion of evaluating Elzaheds evidence whilst Elzahed wore a niqab. Originally, Clive Evatt, Elzaheds barrister, explained that she would only briefly show her face, and only to women. The NSW Police lawyer said Were content with that. District Court Justice Balla was not, saying Its not something I have to live with, and asked the lawyers Do either of you have something to say about that? Having telegraphed her opinion in advance of hearing submissions on the subject, Balla DCJ duly refused to hear from Elzahed whilst she wore a niqab.

After weighing up the allegations without hearing from Elzahed, but hearing the police account, Balla DCJ ruled that there was no evidence the police had assaulted Elzahed, and...


Jake/Ellwood now running the Australian Army - world's coolest general officer appointment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magnificent work Jake! Congratulations on the appointment MAJGEN Ellwood! Only the Australian Army could put its deputy leadership in the hands of those two magnificent names - Jake and Ellwood! It's not a gee-up - here's the Jake Ellwood happy birthday message to Her Majesty! Wishing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth...


NSW drug dog uproar following festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

SYDNEY, AAP Activists say the security operation at a Sydney music festival was a serious abuse of police powers after ticket holders were denied entry and banned from the Olympic Park site for six months based on the reactions from drug detection dogs.

The Above & Beyond festival went ahead on Saturday evening after it was plunged into controversy this week by a NSW Police threat to ban revellers if a dog reacted positively, even if no drugs were found.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge says the Sniff Off campaign team had spoken to numerous people who were refused entry after being sniffed and searched, even though no drugs were found on them.

(They) were issued with banning notices preventing them from returning to the entire Olympic Park site for six months, he said in a statement on Sunday.

This is a serious abuse of police powers and has caused substantial distress to those who were unfairly excluded.

Two detection dogs were used on crowds on Saturday night in a search area beyond an initial entry point and out of the reach of media cameras.

The Greens claim sniffer dogs can get it wrong in up to 75 per cent of cases and argue police should adopt harm-minimisation tactics instead.

Mr Shoebridge said NSW Police had ignored public opinion and run right over well established civil liberties with heavy-handed punishment of concertgoers who were the victims of drug dog false-positives.

As well as the more than $100 for the ticket, many attendees have also paid for flights and accommodation, meaning the denial of entry has put them substantially out of pocket., he said.

The move was also criticised by civil libertarians and even a former Australian Border Force commissioner as an overreach.

Activist Tom Raue, who was at the concert, said officers ordered his volunteers to stop handing out pamphlets about the drug dog program, citing a 2012 regulation governing the entire Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

An attempt by Mr Raue and other plaintiffs to secure an injunction that would have prevented the police plan going ahead fell flat on Friday after a judge ruled they had no cause to complain about alleged injustices in advance.

The Greens said they would challenge the move by police in both the parliament and the courts.

The post NSW drug dog uproar following festival appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Pressure Builds On Australian Government To Act On Assange Stalemate "IndyWatch Feed National"

June 19 marks six years since Julian Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Kellie Tranter weighs back in.

Media reports that Australian government officials have visited Julian Assange in his Ecuadorian embassy refuge in London is welcome news. But the Turnbull Government still wont say whether or not it agrees with the 2016 findings of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

On 6 February 2016, referring to that report, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said:

I have now read the report and I am seeking legal advice on its implications for Mr Assange, as an Australian citizen.

The Foreign Minister sought that legal advice from her own Department. FOI documents recently produced by the Attorney Generals Department suggest that the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) emailed that advice to the Attorney Generals Office on 9 February 2016.

As I have previously reported, FOI documents revealed that on 12 February 2016 the Foreign Minister signed a Ministerial Submission from Jon Philp, former first assistant secretary Consular and Crisis Management Division and Anne Moores, acting executive director of the Australian Passports Office, which recommended that Julie Bishop:

not seek to resolve Mr Assanges case following the WGAD opinion, as we are unable to intervene in the due process of another countrys court proceedings or legal matters, and we have full confidence in the UK and Swedish judicial system.

The findings of the WGAD seem to have been left in limbo by the Government, presumably in the hope that they would lose currency and be forgotten. However, Mr Assanges position has changed but not his detention, which still has the attributes that caused the WGAD to characterise it as unlawful and is in a state of flux. One significant change is that Sweden has now dropped any legal proceedings against him.



Daniel James: Small steps towards justice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres still a long way to go. To date, Victoria is the only state to formally introduce a Bill that details a process towards a treaty.


Summary of events in West Papua (13 May 2018-11 June) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (13  May 2018-11 June)

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released an urgent action (5June) regarding a customary land dispute between Bintuni Agro Prima Perkasa Company and the Mpur Tribe in Tambrauw Regency, West Papua province. The AHRC makes it easy for people to respond to their U/As.

A facebook posting has  reported that yesterday,  Sunday 10th June 5 civilians have been arrested in SP. 5 in the district of Iwaka Kampung around 11:00am Timika time. This afternoon at 4:00pm Timika time, a massive sweeping by Indonesian military and police forces are undergoing in the area of SP. 2 in the district of Timika Jaya. More civilians have fled into the near by bushes including my family.  More up to date information  will be posted as comes to light (on daily lists).

In a written submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Asian Legal Resource Centre reported on the situation of extrajudicial executions (summary executions) in Indonesia. In its statement the ALRC said The recurrence of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia is largely due to the impunity enjoyed by the offenders, especially if they are part of th...


MACKAY News Headlines For Mackay And the Whitsundays, Monday 11th June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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News Headlines For Mackay And the Whitsundays, Monday 11th June 2018

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MACKAY Stolen Monaro found charges laid, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support

Paul Craig Roberts

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Intermet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.
Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strickly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strickly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for muilti-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.
Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country....


Etihad Stadium wants you to choose the toilets that best fit your gender expression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reader JM writes Even 5 years ago, this would have been considered a joke! This is beyond a joke.


June 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was having a sinking throw-out sale, scribing in his Dear Diary.
"Six of our guns ... our iron and stone ballast, casts, hoop staves, oil jars, decayed stores, and many other things that lay in the way of heavier materials ... are thrown overboard with the utmost expedition."

1795 - Collins revealed his private opinion about the inter-racial conflict to Surgeon Edward Laing:
The natives at the Hawkesbury are murdering the settlers Abbott & MacKellar with Co [New South Wales Corps] soldiers are in turn, murdering the natives (but it cannot be avoided).

1813 - William Davis was hanged for cutting and maiming William Mason with a knife during a drunken brawl at Ultimo.

1818 - George Gray was hanged at Hobart Town for murder.

1818 - William Trimm was hanged at Hobart Town for sheep-stealing.

1824 - Lachlan, of the former Governor variety, having said a leisurely farewell to the king, the Duke of York, Bathurst and others, preparatory to returning to Scotland, woke feeling ill, suffering a great deal of pain from his old bowel complaint and from strangury (a condition caused by blockage or irritation at the base of the bladder).
Ahh, an ill wind blows!

1828 - John Timmins was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1828 - Thomas Ford was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1832 - 'One of the Aboriginal women, fishing outside the South Head on Monday, had her leg bitten off by a shark,' the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

1845 - The good folk of Sydney said, "Bye Felicia!" to the not-so-good Gov Gipps.

1849 - A public meeting at Circular Quay protested against the arrival of convicts in the ship Hashemy.
The meeting was attended by few men of standing, but its vehemence was alarming.Gov  FitzRoy's quiet strengthening of the guard at Government House was blamed as a show of military force, and his cool reception of a deputation from the meeting was blamed as discourtesy.

1851 - Spreading our colonial lurve around the world San Francisco vigilantes lynched Aussie John Jenkins (aka John Simpton) on Portsmouth Square for stealing a safe. He was part of contingent of ex-con Australians known as the Sydney Ducks.

1854 - Today witnessed the consecration of the church to be known as Trinity Lutheran Church on - guess what? - the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

1855 - Those Batmaniacs aka Bearbrass-ians or garden variety peeps of Narrm (Melbournians) got a bit more culture than a yoghurt pot when the first Opera 'Norma' was performed in Melbourne at the Olympic Theatre.

1855 - Revelling in their wee yoghurt pot the Parliamentary Peeps assented to The Chinese A...


Average income is much less than we are being told "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the government and reported by much of the media, the average adult in Australia has an income of $84,600. The so how does this match up with the reality that most seem to find themselves on the other side of this line?

Its all in how it is calculated. To get the above figure, just add all incomes and then divide this by the number of people in the workforce full time. This is what the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is briefed to do.

A big problem with it is, that although this interpretation of average income may be able to be used by politicians to spruik what a good job they are doing,  it does not give an accurate picture of the income that most of us really do have.

It is highly skewed. A few are on fabulous amounts and nearly half of the real workforce is in part-time and casual work. The level of declared and hidden unemployment is at least 12 percent. One hell of a lot of people are left out of the picture.

According to calculations carried out by the new Daily, using ABS figures and using the median, the average is somewhere around $50,000. The median was used, because it is estimated by determining what the typical person in the middle earns, and not the total income divided by the number of people. This eliminates a large part of the skewing.

Look at it this way. As independent economist Saul Eslake put it: If Bill Gates walks into a bar full of ordinary Australians, the mean income of the room has suddenly gone up a lot; but the median income hasnt changed at all. Using the ABS method in this case, would prove that everyone in the pub had suddenly become super rich.

An estimation from the Grattan Institute is that the medium income, which includes everyone, is $44,527 for 2017-2018. This is almost half of what we are being told.

ABS calculations do not include earnings from shares, rents and other sources, which do not all under the categories of wages and salaries. If these sources of income are included, the gap in earning between the top end and everyone else is much greater than we are led to believe. Including this part of the income reduces the median further. The is what Grattan Institute economist Danielle Wood has done and said to the New Daily. The method, she explained, was to look at what everyone had put in their income tax declaration.

A more accurate picture of what most actually take home in their pocket is important. It tells much more about how the economy is performing, who its performing for, and how the political leadership of Australia is performing. If we know these things, we are much better informed, and perhaps, even come to see that it can be different.


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Channel Ten's The Project sent Lisa Wilkinson to help Bill Shorten out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lisa's very chummy with our next PM Bill and his 1st Lady Chloe! We learned that Bill wants to be PM "a great deal". But he doesn't want the job just for himself. Bill only wants to be PM to help billions (he said it) of our fellow Australians have...


Senator Tony Sheldon to continue Labor's tradition of rewarding rorters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Sheldon is to continue Labor's tradition of rewarding dubious characters with a seat in the Parliament. He has some hard acts to follow - Kimberley Kitching, Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten and Craig Thomson spring to mind - but Tony Sheldon really is in a class of his own. Here's...


To The POINT with GEORGE PAPALLO: Symphony Orchestra boasts an impressive line up of musicians "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

THE RYDE Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra (RHHSO) was the brainchild of local resident Rita Lepedjian. Rita along with Dr Raf Marcellino, Prof Levon Khachigian, Ian [more]

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PERTH Thornlie man charged after Mercedes rear-ended in Burswood "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Thornlie man charged after Mercedes rear-ended in Burswood .

June 10, 2018 at 05:18PM .

with aggravated fail to stop, reckless driving in an attempt to evade police; and no authority to drive, is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on .



FixedIt: What did the court hear? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Court reporting can be tricky. Journalists cannot include any commentary or opinion when theyre reporting on court proceedings. Such things could be prejudicial to the trial and possibly even result in a mistrial. Everyone suffers when that happens.

Its also difficult to cover an entire trial in one article. Murder trials can take weeks and journalists who report on the evidence given in one day can appear to be only giving one side of the story when all they are doing is reporting a single day of evidence.

The people who write headlines, however, can choose which statement or piece of evidence they decide to lead with. This report, republished on from the UK outlet The Sun, chose evidence that sensationalised the alleged murder of a 44 year old woman.

Research conducted by ANROWS and Our Watch showed that sensationalising stories through language or by disproportionately focusing on stories that fit key news values is one of the key themes in the way media reports mens violence against women. The research found Sensationalist news reporting, although open to a certain degree of subjectivity, can manifest in what stories are chosen to feature in the news, what facts are included and emphasised, what is omitted and the language used. Media reporting of the most salacious aspects of violence against women provides the public with a perspective that is provocative but not representative.

A woman is dead and a man is on trial for murder. This is not a subject for salaciously scrabbling through  the details of peoples lives. Doing so does huge disservice journalism, public understanding of violence and most importantly, to the lives of all the people affected by this womans death.

David Clark denies the murder and the trial is ongoing.

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Justin's eyebrows - brought to you by the Trudeau Vanity Project "IndyWatch Feed National"

Falsies! Justin's knocked the Trump hair for six in the strangeness stakes. What sort of bloke wears false eyebrows?


Trooping the colour 2018 - Happy Birthday Your Majesty "IndyWatch Feed National"

And it's HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's real birthday - 97 and he looks like there's a few more in him too. Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very Happy 97th Birthday! The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 10, 2018 The Australian military, presided over by...


Good coppers exude authority, lesser ones could at least muster some decorum. Until.......... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sorry but after seeing what went on in London today this makes me mad and no doubt confuses the public. Its time we took the uniform seriously in my opinion HMP Cop (@HMPCop) June 9, 2018

Sunday, 10 June


Remembrance Ride Oz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remembrance Ride Oz
Born Rob Eade
Cessnock NSW 1945
Served in the defence force for 21 years 1965-1986
1st intake national service 1965/67 served two years and took discharge and completed 1 year in Royal Australian Emergency Reserve (RAER), re engaged full-time service 19/07/1968, served Vietnam 17/12/1969 to 12/12/1970 my posting in Vietnam 101 Battery 1st Field Regiment and continued with 107 Battery 4th Field Regiment both being Artillery units, my trade was that of a ( Cuisine Technician) Cook, continued my full time service until retirement 18/7/1986.
National Ride
New venture 2016 Im intending to ride my trike (motorised) towing a small trailer around Australia and place a small hand held Australian flag with the detail of service personnel who paid the supreme sacrifice from the Vietnam war through to the current war/conflict/s in their birth/enlistment town memorial. I estimate a possible three year journey to accomplish this endeavour . 18-06-2016 My first town will be Collie south east of Perth continue on southward thence up to Kalgoorlie cross the Nullarbor and continue through SA , Vic, Tas, NSW, Qld NT and finish back in Perth with the finale (of flag presentation) at King Park War Memorial and the ride officially finishes at the TPD Baldivis whence I started. It has been one hoop of a ride and very heart rendering in that the people I have met and the knowing the finish date has come 12 months earlier than first anticipated the completion date is now the 17-06-2018.



Hey Barnaby, if the photographer files charges today, get some advice on beating them from Gillard's ex Bruce Wilson "IndyWatch Feed National"

This morning Barnaby Joyce recorded a couple of videos of a paparazzi photographer who'd been staking him out. Guy Finlay from Matrix Picture Agency accused Barnaby of "sizing him up" outside church - he seems to think Barnaby was going to thump him. This afternoon The Australian reported that Finlay's...


The Case of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Case of Julian Assange

Julian Assange is a journalist, not a spy. Because he published leaked material that proved the duplicity and criminality of the US Government, Washington has had him locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and is now negotiating with the new president of Ecuador to revoke his asylum and turn him over to the US.

Assanges fellow Australians are organizing a rally in his defense in Sydney on June 17. People throughout the Western world need to rally to the support of this man who has worked to provide truthful information in place of elite-controlled explanations.

The post The Case of Julian Assange appeared first on


US sheriff's racketeering and anti-competitive contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Victoria, Australia people should be aware that the so called sheriff has been acting unlawfully on allegedly issued warrants arising from the Infringements Court since 2006 causing harm and financial damage to many motorists.

The Victorian sheriff and the 'deputies' were aware that the warrants were not issued in accordance to the law (i.e. Form 1 within the Schedule in the Infringements (Reporting and Prescribed Details and Forms) Regulations 2006) , yet they chose to act on them confiscating stealing people's possessions through the use of deception, extortion, force and fear.

So, what are the cheeky sheriffs up to across the pacific in a place under administration called the United States of America?

This is what techdirt has to say on the topic on the 4th of June 2018, under the headline:

Sheriffs Are Raking In Millions In Prison Phone Fees And Some Really Don't Want To Talk About It 
from the cashing-in-on-people-with-nowhere-else-to-go dept

MuckRock is currently conducting a public records survey of prison telephone contracts. What it has secured so far will shock you, but only if you haven't been paying attention. There's nothing like a captive audience, and prisoners are the most captive of all. There's one way out via telephone and its routed through mercenary companies and the law enforcement agencies that love them. 

Why so much law enforcement love for telcos specializing in prison phones? Beca...


B-Kyu Tour of West Sumatra ~ Lake Maninjau "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra has some sort of weird power to slow time down, the three days we were there felt like a month. Heading out of Bukittinggi the roads are wet and chockas with traffic. Eka, our next host in Lake Maninjau is driving us through some incredible choked up traffic, performing some driving miracles while we listen to a Disney princess movie soundtrack. The traffic


The Brian Jonestown Massacre slammed for insensitive onstage rape joke "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

San Francisco psych-rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre are currently in the middle of a huge Australian tour, but their recent Sydney performance left a bad taste in the mouths of punters after the groups frontman dropped a rather insensitive rape joke in the middle of their last night.

As Junkee reports, The Brian Jonestown Massacre descended upon Sydneys Metro Theatre last night to deliver a normally beloved set of psych-rock. However, many fans werent too fond of the bands onstage comments.

While speaking to the crowd between songs, frontman Anton Newcombe began touching on a wide range of topics, including Sydneys lockout laws, and deriding bands such as A Place To Bury Strangers and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (who originally went by the name of The Elements) before complaining about the amount of fans screaming during his dialogue.

All the people that are screaming, thats how I missed everything in life, is because I screamed right throughout -, began Newcombe before trailing off.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is also called The Elements and thats a stupid fucking name, he continued. In fact theres another band called The Elements with a flyer outside the show. Whatever, youre a dickhead. Your mom probably screamed like that when she was being raped and thats how you were born.

As can be seen in the above video, while some fans applauded the edgy humour on display, many others booed loudly in disapproval of the tasteless joke.

A handful of fans also took to Twitter to express their discomfort in regards to Newcombes comments, noting that this will be the last time they pay money to see the rocker perform.



Culture Guide 11 17 June: Real Real, Listen Here Now, Feedback & More "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

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Huge anti- live animal export rally in Melbourne June 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Towards 2000 people rallied on the morning of June 9, 2018 at 11.00 a.m to protest against live animal exports. The rally, organised by The Animal Justice Party and Animals Australia, attracted a very united crowd of men women and children horrified by the inevitable and intense pain and suffering inflicted on the hapless cargo of these ships no matter where they are headed.

My feeling was that this industry represents a standard of treatment of other creatures that is so low that even though they are not physically hurt by it themselves , people will just not put up with it.

If it were not for the "whistle blowers" recording the awful suffering of sheep and cattle on the ships and at their destination we would be unaware. They have brought it into our living rooms where it cannot be ignored or denied.

Another person who attended this protest summed it up as "Live Export is like mass immigration - it is another thing that Australians do not want, but which is foisted upon us by our governments."

Another sign that we are not really a democracy.

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD


Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo. (Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018). They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place

The post Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan appeared first on The AIM Network.


Mulch-a great addition to the garden but only if it is weed free. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I use mulch everywhere in the garden. In the vegetable garden, the orchard, the cutting garden and ornamental areas.

What is mulch- It is anything that covers the soil and excludes light. It is usually some form of organic matter, but it can also be inorganic, such as stones or pebbles. Stones are only suitable for permanent easy-care gardens, for annual plantings such as in the vegetable garden I like to use an organic matter that will break down quickly.

Why do I use mulch?
It adds organic matter which keeps the soil full of life and nice and healthy. All organic matter will break down to release nutrients into the soil and increase the humus content of a soil.

It retains moisture by creating a barrier to evaporation. You must make sure the area is moist before putting it down so water well or apply after good soaking rain.

It acts as insulation blanket keeping soil cooler in summer and warmer in winter- though in a cool climate it can prevent soil warming up in spring which can delay spring planting. But this is easily overcome by scaping it back for a few weeks at the end of winter exposing the soil to a few weeks of warm weather and then planting up and replacing the mulch.

But my main reason for using mulch is to prevent weed germination. Both weed seed in the ground or stray weeds that either fly in or are dropped by birds and animals. Mulching will not prevent the growth of persistent weeds like oxalis and onion weed or runner grasses like couch and Kikuyu

Weeding any type of garden can be soul destroying activity and can consume a lot of time that is better utilised planting, harvesting and eating your produce.

Weeds are designed to germinate, grow quickly and stabilise any bare ground- it is natures way of preventing soil erosion. So, if you have exposed soil it will soon be overrun with weeds.

The secret to weed control is to never leave soil bare and exposed.
Always cover it with mulch or groundcover plants.

In any type of planting there will always be some gaps, as all plants need room to grow and mature. By applying a layer of mulch to the area around all plants you will be coving up any bare ground which wi...


Tania Lewis: Just my story part three "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Read part one here Read part two here After, Len and Faith left I just laid there in tears. Tears because I had just told my beautiful Len that it was over, and I wanted him to find someone better, and tears of anger and frustration because I knew that this nursing home was going to be ...


Why Do the Afghan Villagers not want to Sit for Peace Talk with the U.S. Selected Afghan Ghani Administration? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The war crimes committed against the Afghan people by the Australian special operation forces, by the United States and its agents/mercenaries and by NATO forces are the true impediment or roadblock to negotiations and peace.


Interviewing UK journalist Johann Hari on antidepressants and alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

During the recent Sydney Writers Festival, I interviewed best-selling, British journalist Johann Hari about his new book, Lost Connections, on depression and solutions to it. ABC TV Australia aired portions of the event.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Birthday Celebrations in Honor of Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe Cde Andrew Mlangeni
06 June 2018

Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe Comrade Ntate Dr Andrew Mlangeni is today celebrating his 93rd birthday. ANC veteran Ntate Mlangeni is best known for the significant contribution he made to the struggle for our country's liberation and he is also one of two Rivonia trialists who still remain with us. He continues to make an active contribution to South Africa's democratic order.

The ANC wishes him well on his special day.

ANC President Cde Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a congratulatory message to Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe this evening.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 6th June 2018
Time: 18h00
Venue: Signature Restaurant, Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia & Outspan Road, Sandton

Issued by African National Congress

Donovan Cloete
National Communications Manager


'Australia doesn't realise': worsening drought pushes farmers to the brink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liverpool plains farmer Megan Kuhn says cows are being slaughtered because there is no way of feeding them after years of extreme weatherIn the south-west corner of NSW's Liverpool plains, in an area called Bundella, farmer Megan Kuhn runs beef cattle and merino sheep with her husband, Martin.They have 400 breeding cows that will calve in six weeks. Shortly, 89 of those cows will leave the property, sold to an abattoir because the cost of feeding the animals during drought has become too [...]


June 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was bobbing about in his boat when the Endeavour found the Great Barrier Reef the hard way.

1770 -  Jim Cook waxed lyrical about the inlet he knighted as Trinity Bay...
"The shore between Cape Grafton and Cape Tribulation forms a large but not very deep bay which I named Trinity Bay after the day Trinity Sunday on which it was discovered."
 Cook hauled his tub, the HM Bark Endeavour into Mission Bay, at the southern end of Trinity inlet, and went ashore for a short time with Sir Joseph Banks near the present site of the Yarrabah Aboriginal community.

1812 - The ship Campbell Macquarie had a nasty mischief on Macquarie Island and fell to bits.

1817 - Lachlan, of the Gov Macquarie flavour, was aghast at the shocking state of the Sydney-Parramatta road after a deluge or 3 washed it into a series of pot holes so he sashayed over to the Strong Work Gangs, selected 3 of the same and set them forth to whip the roads into a decent shape.

1824 - Governor Brisbane requested of the Colonial Secretary, Bathurst, that a troop of colonial cavalry be raised not only with a view of keeping the Aborigines in check against whom Infantry have no chance of success, but also for the general Police of the Country. The strength of the troop was to be 29 men and three officers.55 This was the foundation of the Mounted Police.

1834 - In April 1834 Aboriginal resistance leader, Calyute, also known as Kalyute, Galyute or Wongir, had led a raid on a flour mill near Perth; the raiders were captured by troopers  during which Calyute was bayoneted and the others wounded by gunfire. They were taken to Perth where, despite their injuries, they were flogged in the main street, Calyute receiving sixty lashes. As the raiders' ringleader, he was confined at Fremantle prison until this day.

1835 Australia's first political party, the Australian Patriotic Party, was founded.

1838 - A group of white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children near Myall Creek Station in northern New South Wales, near Bingara. Seven of the killers were tried and hanged.

1854 - Bushranger Mad Dan Morgan, although not yet known by this moniker as he was waltzing about the shop as jockey "John Smith:, was sentenced to twelve years hard labour for highway robbery at Castlemaine.

1860 - Congregational minister and journalist George Wight flung open the substantial Wharf Street Chapel in Brisvegas.

1867 - All the 'Rat gossip on hand, Gents!
Today saw the Very First Ever issue of the celebrated fish wrapper the Ballarat Courier.

1867 - Poet Adam Lindsay Gordon's first volume of poetry, Ashtaroth, was first published for the great unwashed masses who apparently didn't appreciate it.



Bringing Assange home: The best possible thing for Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well I'll be damned, it's about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australia's High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about "given the delicate diplomatic situation." So, forgive me if I squee a bit. I am aware how subservient Australia has historically been to US interests, I am aware that those US interests entail the arrest of Assange and the destruction of WikiLeaks, and I am aware that things don't often work out against the interests of the US-centralized empire. But there is a glimmer of hope now, coming from a direction we've never seen before. A certain southerly direction.


Why Bringing Assange Home Would Be the Best Possible Thing for Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange(CJ Opinion)  Well Ill be damned, its about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australias High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assanges lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about given the []


On 19 June show your support for Julian Assange in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following has been adapted from Global protests to demand freedom for Julian Assange (2/6/18) | Class Consciousness.

In the coming weeks, including on 19 June, rallies have be organised for Julian Assange have been organised across Australia and across the world.



Demand that the Australian government act to abide by its duty of care to any Australian citizen and send to London a contingent of Federal Police to escort Julian Assange back to Australia.

Upcoming Rallies and protests in Australia


Sunday, June 17th 1-3 PM, Socialist Equality Party Rally, Sydney Town Hall Square : Speakers include John Pilger and James Cogan SEP National Secretary. Endorsed by Julian Burnside QC and Terry Hicks (Father of David Hicks), Chris Hedges (Pullitzer Prizing winner Journalist), Professor Stuart Rees Facebook event and website

Tuesday June 19th 9AM 1PM British Consulate Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney


Vigil outside British Consulate, Tuesday 19th .: Vigil will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and other young member of Julian's family will be in attendance. Julian is totally isolated from his friends and family whilst trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy.

Speakers include :

Shirley Shackleton:whose journalist husband Greg was murdered by Indonesian force in Balibo on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. Shirley fought for decades for the East Timorese and against the Australian government's cover up of her (and four other journalists).

James Cogan: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP):The Socialist Equality are playing a leading role in the campaign to defend Julian Assange and fight internet censorship. They have also called protests in Sydney, Tamil N...


Colombias NATO Membership About More Than Just Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA Colombias formal partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) marks the first time that a Latin American country has joined the European group, and signals a new shift toward the Global South by the Cold War-era alliance.

Colombias entry into NATO as a global partner signals that the U.S. military top brass are likely to call the shots for the South American country both in terms of its security policies and its geopolitical orientation, which becomes all the more crucial as the North Atlantic alliance increasingly strives to become a power in the South Pacific amid rising friction between the U.S. and China.

NATO began its partnership agreement with the South American nation in May 2017, immediately following the peace deal between Bogota and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), yet the country still continues to be plagued by right-wing paramilitary activity, security forces who act with impunity, and the dire inequality that originally birthed groups such as FARC-EP.

So-called global partners of NATO are largely those countries that lie firmly in the Anglo-American imperialist sphere of influence or were directly occupied by the U.S., including Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan.

The 29-nation alliance was formed in 1949 at the dawn of the Cold War for the purpose of consolidating a strategic bulwark against the spread of communism and Soviet hegemony in the Euro-Atlantic region.

Speaking in a televised address, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addressed his countrys membership in the military alliance:

Colombia benefits a lot from being an active part of the international community, many of the problems we face are increasingly global and need the support and collaboration of other countries for their solution.

According to NATO, the new partnership will focus on cybersecurity, maritime security, and anti-terror and organized crime operations. The partnership will also include programs relating to the standardization of military practices, joint training and military exercises, and the modernization of the Colombian Armed Forces along NATO lines.


Colombias Integration Into U.S.-ruled Security Architecture Long in the Making

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