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Saturday, 13 January


3 cool things you may or may not know about Woy Woy All things Woy

1. The Ettalong Water slide
Most people know about the water slide opposite Ettalong War Memorial Club in the late 80's but do you know where it is now?

The tower section was sold to be converted to a climbing tower to a company in Queensland and the slide sections were given to a youth refuge at Somersby where it was installed next to a dam, from reports the ride was quite deadly and claimed a few victims so it was placed out of bounds , you can see the Google image below

2. Patonga Station
While researching I uncovered this article about the first proposed route for the nothern railway between Brooklyn and Woy Woy

The following extract is from the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1 December 1881, Answers to Questions, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, in relation to connecting the Great Southern and Northern Lines via the construction of the Homebush-Waratah Line:
...From this point the line takes a north-easterly direction towards Flat Rock Point, crosses the channel between the southern mainland and Long Island; thence across the Hawkesbury River to Dangar Island (37 miles [60 km] from Redfern); and thence across the main channel of the river to a tunnel through the cliffs on the northern bank to Patonga Creek; thence by a tunnel through the high land between that creek and Woy Woy Creek, thence across that creek and skirting the western shore of Brisbane Water, across Narrara Creek through to the village of Gosford (49 miles [79 km])...[


Robo Cops Are Being Used Worldwide But Does the Public Want Them? Sydney Criminal Lawyers

A pilot programme using a robotic police officer in San Francisco has ended as quickly as it began after the machine waged a war on the homeless. The idea seemed sound enough: The San Francisco animal rescue group SPCA, (a non-profit organisation) employed the services of a $6 per-hour rented Robo Cop to monitor the

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Easy Homemade Beeswax Wraps Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Last Christmas, our lovely friend Diana gave us a beeswax wrap to experiment with. It proved to a handy replacement for plastic bags and cling film, and an ideal way to wrap loaves of sourdough As its our goal to try and live greener in 2018, and given that commercial beeswax wraps are prohibitively expensive, []


La Gavotte Restaurant & Creperie ~ French - Noumea, New Caledonia B-Kyu

We sneak in a final cheeky lunch at La Gavotte, crepes and Breton style galettes by the water in Baie des Citrons. A light lunch in theory at least, after a week of meat and cream. La Gavotte has a menu of just about every French style filling you can think of, savoury, extremely smelly or fruity and sweet. Specialising in the Breton buckwheat galettes or the lighter fluffier crepes


January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...


South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....


1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine AWPA Sydney News

2) Papua to get Freeports shares
3) Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control
4) Freeports exports fall short of quota
5) PT Freeport`s 51% divestment not negotiable: Indonesian minister
6) Batik Air to launch Surabaya-West Papua route on Jan. 19

1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine
 | Jan. 12, 2018, 6:34 AM 



Lions give Salvos a festive boost The Weekly Times

RYDE Lions Project Co-Ordinator Lion Judy Harris presented the last cage of food to Salvation Army representative Graham Janes at the Gladesville Shopping Village on [more]

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Horse riding team thank generous sponsors The Weekly Times

MARSFIELDS Riding For the Disabled Centre is celebrating three years of support from the Ryde Business Forum. This is the third year that members and [more]

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Much travelled Ray turns 90 The Weekly Times

Gladesville identity Ray Merchant celebrated his 90th birthday on December 9 with family and friends at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. Ray moved to Gladesville in [more]

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Dominello to protect families from shonky builder stuff ups The Weekly Times

Home owners will be protected from shoddy builders under a new insurance scheme announced by Ryde MP Victor Dominello this week. Mr Dominello is NSW [more]

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Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed"

In his dual careers as lawyer and merchant banker, Malcolm Turnbull has earned a reputation that inspires a mix of awe, fear and, among some, downright loathing. [Journalist John Lyons writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1991]

Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism. [Erin E. Buckels et al, writing in Personality and Individual Differences, Trolls just want to have fun

Few New Yorkers want to play golf at a course named after a man who hailed Nazis as very fine people and rhapsodized over the men who fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War. [Oliver Willis writing at Shareblue Media, 28 December 2017]

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Friday, 12 January


West Ryde to celebrate 25 years Easter parade and fair The Weekly Times

West Rydes annual Easter Parade & Fair will celebrate its silver anniversary on Saturday, March 24, bigger and better than ever, centred for the first [more]

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Children give up holidays to save dogs on death row The Weekly Times

WHILE other children are enjoying the summer holidays, two caring girls from Ryde have given up their break to rescue dogs on death row. Eight-year-old [more]

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Brave Carolyn pleads with councillors The Weekly Times

A BRAVE resident with a disability gave a heartfelt speech to the City of Ryde Council recently where she urged councillors to do something about [more]

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West Ryde tree a killler, say residents The Weekly Times

Residents of Fernvale Avenue is West Ryde sent The Weekly Times this photograph of a fallen branch from a council tree on Monday which they [more]

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To The Point with Helen Schmid The Weekly Times

Learn communication and leadership skills with Toastmasters IS BECOMING more confident with public speaking on your bucket list? It had always been one of many [more]

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Hunters Hill Happenings with Mayor Mark Bennett The Weekly Times

Hoping 2018 is a year of good health and success. WELCOME to 2018! A happy New Year to everyone. Let us hope that this is [more]

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14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag AWPA Sydney News

14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag

JANUARY 10, 2018
We have received urgent reports from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) that on 7th January at 09:13 (West Papua time), the Indonesian police came to their Maybrat regional office and demanded to know why it was raising the KNPB flag (which depicts half of the West Papuan flag).

Then at 15:00, 14 KNPB activists were arrested by the Indonesian military and police in Kisor and were taken to the Indonesian police station in Aifat. They were returned at 22:00 in the night.
The names of those who were arrested are:
1. Abel Assem
2. Adam Sori
3. Martinus Mate
4. Agus Kawen
5. Silas Sowe
6. Oktovianus Ky
7. Titus Waymbewer
8. Silas Ky...


Cathies Column The Weekly Times

Welcome to 2018 NEW YEAR greetings to all our readers and friends from Cathies Column and The Weekly Times. Our office has re-opened and staff [more]

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1) Indonesia to Finish Negotiations With Freeport by June AWPA Sydney News

2) Papuan religious leaders hold interfaith prayer for peaceful elections
1) Indonesia to Finish Negotiations With Freeport by June
By : Adinda Putri | on 9:22 AM January 12, 2018

The government will finalize its negotiations with the local unit of US-based Freeport-McMoRan in Indonesia over the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua by June, an official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said on Thursday (11/01). (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

Jakarta. The government will finalize its negotiations with the local unit of US-based Freeport-McMoRan in Indonesia over the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua by June,...



While the Detention Centre on Manus Island was forcibly closed by the PNG Government there are still more than 600 men detained in unsafe conditions on Manus Island. There are approximately 340 people - men, women and children - held in the Nauru detention centre, including 43 children. A further 750 people have been released into the tiny Nauruan community, including more than 100 children. They have temporary visas, very limited rights, and they cannot leave the island. Read this concise update of what is continuing to happen on Manus Island and Nauru by the Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR. Jan 2018.


Rise of imported seafood as commercial fishermen squeezed out "IndyWatch Feed"

THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported.

Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal the majority of fish and prawns we buy at major supermarkets and popular local takeaways comes from outside the regions waters.

Both Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf and Darrons Seafood at Wamberal say while they try to support locals as much as possible, about 70 per cent of their seafood comes from other parts of Australia and overseas.

Woolworths said while it also tried to support local, it was often forced to stock seafood from countries such as New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, China and South Africa. Woolworths supermarket at Erina Fair was selling mostly imported fresh seafood over the past week, including prawns from Thailand.

Coles said the majority of its brand seafood was sourced from Australian waters. But at the Coles Woy Woy deli on Friday and Monday, it was selling mostly imported fish from New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Vietnam and China.

The owner of Darrons Seafoods said half of the fish he sold including sea bream, monkfish, ling and hapuku came from New Zealand.

Darron Foley, who heads to the Sydney Fish Market twice a week to stock up, said the quality of Kiwi cold-water fish was often better in taste than the limited supply of local catches.

It only takes two days to get from New Zealand to Australian markets and is still very fresh, Mr Foley said.

My first choice is to buy Australian, but if its not available we have to look elsewhere. And I can safely say that there just isnt the Australian fish available at the markets like there was 10 or so years ago. And thats very disappointing for me.

He said the local school prawns were popular with his customers.

They sell out around Easter and Christmas, and I also buy a lot of frozen prawns; the greens mostly from South Australia and Western Australia, and cooked prawns from Mooloolaba in Queensland.

Merv Clayton, joint owner of Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf, said the bulk of the seafood he sold came from outside the Coasts waters.

We use hoki, which comes from New Zealand, for our standard fish and chips, Mr Clayton said. We like it because its a soft, light-fleshed fish which is sweet in flavour perfect for fish and chips.

Our other main imported fish is hake, which is caught by South African trawler fishermen in the Great Southern Ocean.

About 30 per cent of our seafood comes from local waters. This includes squid, mullet, whiting, blackf...


Liam Neesons timely offering for frazzled train commuters The Weekly Times

With Sydneys suburban train services in a shambolic state and short of a driver or ten on any given peak hour, commuters from the Central [more]

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Summer holiday adventures at Sydneys Taronga Zoo The Weekly Times

Five TWT readers can win family passes to Sydneys famous Taronga Zoo during the summer school holidays. Young Zoo explorers will be able to keep [more]

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January 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive a shark attack.

1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.

1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.

1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.

1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.

1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first Presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines;
 When crossing Patersons Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded with their spears.

1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in Cockburn Sound.

1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in NSW,  situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of boarders and pupils on this day.

1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and  the steam tug Tamar.

1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.

1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of 5 per head, or 50 for the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them settled.

1838 - Mudgee, NSW,....


Chi Fong ~ Vietnamese - Eating World Food Court, Chinatown B-Kyu

Chi Fong in Eating World Food Court adds a bit of variety to the usual offerings with a mix of Vietnamese dishes. Barack Obama would approve. In 2016, Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain had dinner together. This was a totally structured, organised event, full of security checks and paid actors in the background. Even the owners of Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi were warned that someone big was


Hamish All in the Name of Liberty

Hamish drinking a beer (with Anthony and Julian and me) after work outside the Junkyard Gallery yesterday


The Mandela Rules: Minimum Prison Standards Must Be Implemented Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Nelson Mandela famously said, no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. And after revelations about the mistreatment and torture of young people inside Darwins Don Dale youth detention centre, it must be acknowledged we have fallen short of our obligations towards the detained. Indeed,

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Cher to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cher will be the headline act at this years Mardi Gras in Sydney. (wikipedia)

International superstar Cher will perform at Sydneys annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, with the state government confirming one of the citys worst kept secrets.

The 71-year-old hinted she was coming Down Under in a cryptic emoji-laden tweet in December: OK.. YOU BOYS KNOW WHERE ILL IN MARCH #PutSomeShrimpOmTheBar[bie].

The NSW government on Friday announced Cher had been locked into performing at the Mardi Gras Party, when the city marks the annual parades 40th anniversary.

It will be the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

When it comes to international recording artists, they dont get much bigger than Cher and as one of the LGBTQI communitys most vocal advocates, she is the perfect person to help celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said in a statement.

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Falkholt critical, life support turned off "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

TV actress Jessica Falkholts remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital with reports her life support was switched off overnight, more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister,

The 29-year-old has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since she was pulled from the wreckage, along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on December 26 near Ulladulla.

She remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for St George Hospital told AAP on Friday.

Jessicas life support was turned off on Thursday night, media reports, a day after her family was farewelled at a funeral at St Marys Catholic Church in Concord.

The Falkholts family car was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.

Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.

Jessica has reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull, and has been in a coma.

Following reports Jessicas life support had been turned off, TV show Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: Rest in peace, beautiful Jessica Falkholt.

Home and Away star James Stewart tweeted: RIP Falkholt family late Thursday night.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was also killed in the collision.

Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Falkholt family was remembered as an inseparable, radiant group.

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Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June AWPA Sydney News

Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June
Wilda Asmarini 

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia hopes to finalize contract talks with Freeport McMoRan Inc over the Grasberg copper mine by June, although divestment issues are still unresolved, a mining ministry official said on Thursday.

Indonesia and Freeport formed a framework agreement in August to transfer the companys rights to Grasberg to a new mine license system from an existing contract of work. Under the change, Freeport promised to divest 51 percent of its Indonesian unit to the government. 
However, details of the divestment still need to be ironed out by Freeport, the State Owned Enterprises Ministry and the Finance Ministry, Bambang Gatot, the Coal and Minerals Director General at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, told reporters at a briefing. 
The main issue that hasnt been resolved yet is divestment, Gatot said.



Norway Benefits from Rehabilitation, While Australia Lags Behind Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Studies have consistently found that sending people to prison significantly increases their chances of offending, rather than reduces it, and that alternatives to imprisonment are more likely to put offenders on the straight and narrow than full time prison custody. Indeed, UNSW professor of criminology Eileen Baldry told Sydney

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Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic speaks at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic

Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.

I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd  Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.

My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.

It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.

My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.

Until dad...


Pi All in the Name of Liberty

More electro drawings on the symbol Pi - Divide the perimeter of any circle to its Diameter and take the irrational = 3,14.....~ to use as a ratio or else A tool of rationalising the irrational ... Mad maths 


More Electro drawings animated All in the Name of Liberty

Hard to snap a clear photo of them from the iPad but an idea can be taken 



Australian Politics 2018: and you foolishly thought things might get better this year "IndyWatch Feed"

Well the democracy canary in the political coal mine fell senseless to the bottom of its cage this month when the Turnbull Government admitted that a high level of secrecy would surround its extra-parliamentary review of religious freedom in Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2017:

Public submissions to the Turnbull government's review of religious freedom in Australia will be kept secret, in a marked departure from normal processes, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's department.

The department, which has control of the inquiry, said it would not publish the submissions, which is in stark contrast to ordinary parliamentary inquiries, in which most submissions are automatically released.

"Submissions to the Expert Panel will not be published online," a department spokesman said in an emailed statement. "However, where individuals provide consent, submission extracts may be included in public materials."

Late on Tuesday, however, Mr Turnbull's media team sought to intervene by suggesting inquiry chairman Philip Ruddock would decide if submissions were published. The PM's office then instructed his own department to issue a new statement to that effect.

An hour later, the department said decisions on releasing submissions would rest on "whether individuals have provided consent", but that appears impossible, because the online consent form assures people their submission "will not be published in its entirety".


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Extreme heat causes mass deaths of keystone species "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress.

As the temperatures reach these levels the bats start to move down the trees as they begin to have difficulty regulating their body temperature. The young pups will succumb first and begin falling from the trees to the ground where they will quickly de-hydrate and die. 

On January 7th this is what began to happen in the early afternoon. Local WIRES volunteers were monitoring colonies and in the early afternoon began to see the young pups dropping to the ground in their hundreds. This occurred at colonies in Campbelltown, Parramatta Park, Yarramundi, South Creek and Emu Plains.

Teams were mobilised at many sites and all our vaccinated rescuers who were available began to triage those who had a chance at survival. More than 40 young flying-fox pups were taken into critical care from the two camps and heartbreakingly some of those lives have also been lost despite the best care possible. Little 'Yoghurt' above is one of the lucky ones rescued and currently in care and at this stage doing OK. 

On the day many hundreds of young pups were able to be re-hydrated and reunited with parents and credit goes to our amazing volunteers who worked outside in the 45 degree heat to do what they could to help ensure more lives were not lost.

Meanwhile our volunteers continue to monitor the colonies and even on Wednesday - 3 days later more bodies were still being recovered as even more weakened animals succumb to ongoing stress. We estimate the number...

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Wednesday, 10 January


TWTs 97th year The Weekly Times

THE WEEKLY TIMES celebrates 97 years of continuous publication this year and we look forward to enjoying the company of our legion of loyal readers, [more]

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Tuesday, 19 December


Usage of cars in allocated on-street car share spots "IndyWatch Feed"

Response by City of Sydney to Anna on December 19, 2017.
Partially successful.
Dear Anna,   Thank you for your GIPAA Informal Request (ref: 2017/634725), requesting access to the car share operatorsmonthly reports to Coun...

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