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Tuesday, 14 August

15:11

Sustained decline in Brisbane rental vacancies "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Vacancies decline

Despite the high rates of apartment construction, strong population growth continues to absorb the rental stock.

The total number of rental vacancies in Australia has declined over the past year from 75,733 to 72,748, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.

This represents a decline from in the national vacancy rate from 2.4 per cent to 2.2 per cent - while construction is now set to slow.

SQM reported that Brisbane continues to experience a sustained 2018 decline in vacancy rates from 3.6 per cent in December to 2.9 per cent by July.

And this will likely continue as apartment construction falls away and migration from interstate picks up. 

Perth is also now through the worst with vacancy rates trending down (from 5.2 per cent to 4 per cent over the past year) and the oversupply of rentals easing a bit, after several years of rental price declines.

Meanwhile Adelaide tightened again into just 1.3 per cent - getting pretty tight down there now! - and Canberra...well, Canberra is heading for zero at this rate.

Sydney indigestion

In Sydney number of vacancies was down from 19,572 to 19,114 in the month - a tight rental market would be represented by more like 12,000 vacancies or fewer - but year-on-year the vacancy rate is considerably higher at 2.8 per cent. 


Sydney tends to be a much busier place in summer these days, so this trend will be one to watch with interest.

14:25

Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...

12:40

'A Call to the Stars" by Beatriz Copello "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

Recently my attention was drawn, by an overseas researcher, to a 2016 ebook titled 'A Call to the Stars' by Australian author Beatriz Copello. Up until that point, I must admit, I had not heard of the book.

The Smashwords website, carried the following synposis of the book.

'A Call to the Stars tells the fascinating experiences of Alicia (Nor her real name), a woman, who established a relationship with aliens. The experiences are told through a serious of interviews with a fictitious psychologist. Alicia studied psychology to assure herself that she was not mad, that she really had been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings who also communicated with her telepathically.

Alice (sic) after many years of studying became a psychologist and built a successful career. Having worked closely with other psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals no one ever doubted her sanity.

Alicia tells us about the nature of the aliens and their concerns about the way in which we treat our planet. Our destruction will, become a reality if we do not stop our wars and the causes of climate change. This (sic) messages commenced in 1967.

Alicia underwent a series of hypnosis regressions by the well known but sadly now deceased Leslie Bullock. He said: "I will always remember the first interview I had with a very charming, well dressed, obviously very intelligent woman who came along with an amazing story of a lifetime of having been contacted by extra-terrestrial beings. She had obviously come to the wrong person. I was a complete cynic about such things and had never read a book about the subject. I had been using hypnosis for over 50 years, and had been in full time practice as a professional hypnotist for more than 30 years. During 40,00 hours spent in personal consultations with clients with a wide range of problems, I had never encountered anything like this."

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

'Dr Betariz Copello is a psychologist, a poet and a fiction writer. Copello's poetry has been published in many journals and literary magazines. Her book of lesbian poetry Women Souls and Shadows, Bemac Publishing, 1992 was highly commended in the Wild and Wooley, 1993 awards. In November 1997 she received from the Australia Council, Literature Fund, and Emerging Writers Grant for Poetry. Her book of poetry Meditations At the Edge of a Dream was published by Interactive Publications - Glasshouse books, 2001, receiving excellent reviews. In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree (Creat...

06:46

Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...

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Monday, 13 August

23:02

SOMETHING IN THE WATER One Bend In The River

Having a river in your backyard is a lovely idea, not always so pleasant in reality, as fences and dead animals go swirling past in a flood, or when you find out that a city upstream is putting something in the water that shouldnt be there.

Waterwatch has been a great way to find out what actually is swimming or floating under the rivers surface.   Previously we could only guess, but now I know the phosphate, nitrate and dissolved oxygen levels, turbidity, electrical conductivity and ph.Murrumbidgee view from AdnamiraDuring the first year I was collecting data it rained a lot, the river levels were high and the readings were very clean.  Since last year however, the river has been mostly low, and the nitrate levels are generally off the charts high.

I talked to Waterwatch and sent emails to the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.   The problem is that our section of the Murrumbidgee is downstream from the city of Canberra, including the Molonglo river that makes up Lake Burley Griffin.   That means not just storm water and dog poo, but water processed through the...

22:09

HELLO HAL "IndyWatch Feed National"

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12:59

Inner city apartment construction halves "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Apartment construction drops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Temporary spike in rental vacancies...

12:26

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

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

11:57

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

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

09:35

WARNING on International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of the Sovereign Union, 13 Aug 18 
last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and
Head of State of the Euahlayi Nation, said from Sydney today:

I am extremely concerned that the enthusiasm to quickly negotiate so-called Treaty/Treaties
with the illegal occupying colonial States under the Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia
will lead to First Nations unwittingly ceding their inherent sovereignty.

I must ring alarm bells nationwide, while the Australian Government and its colonial States
are sitting back in their warm and comfortable offices slowly applauding
the stupidity of our childlike race.

The Governments have been very clever in the last thirty years to use the disunity within our communities
to withdraw funding and shut down burgeoning successful community organisations. The Governments
achieved the total destruction of these organizations by the First Nations lackeys,
of whom there are plenty, to shut down our hard fought for successes
and now these communities have nothing.

The regurgitated Constitutional Inclusion/Recognition and the Yulara Statement
have been rejected by the grassroots across Australia.
Its only the half-educated half-baked Blacks, living off the blood money being...

09:28

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report https://tremontherald.com/world/assange-may-finally-leave-ecuadorian-embassy-in-london-as-health-worsens-report/116462/ 

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,230 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is expected to leave the building soon with his health deteriorating, sources say.

This latest information about the WikiLeaks founder, who was already expected to leave the embassy in the coming weeks, was Wednesday by Bloomberg which cited two people with knowledge of the matter. The news agency reported that the whistleblowers health has declined recently.

The news comes days after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced that Assange must eventually leave the embassy. Yes, indeed yes, but his departure should come about through dialogue, the Ecuadorian president said in answer to a reporters question on whether he will eventually have to leav...

07:38

Slow Meat 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA & Slow Food Central Highlands Proudly Presents Slow Meat 2018

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

Sunday, 12 August

20:09

Christine Assange speaks out for Julian "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*** And then,...

16:14

Searching for Cod Thoughts are like fishes///

I've been a bit obsessed with Murray Cod since being part of the 'Fragments' exhibition

Hape Kiddle, curator, gave me a fragment of River Red Gum from a Murray Cod statue he's creating.

His statue will be 2.2 metres, which is apparently the largest Murray Cod on record.

To the right is one of the Murray Cod studies he exhibited with the other fragments.

Below is a video I recorded at Ulupna Island earlier this year, which might be a Murray Cod.

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