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Tuesday, 16 January

19:38

Top bands battle to rock Ryde The Weekly Times

WAVE your Australian flag to show your support for your favourite band as it battles it out with rivals at the City Of Rydes Ryde [more]

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19:21

Construction Sites from Cathedral St All in the Name of Liberty


I was down in Woolloomooloo today so I drew this drawing

18:43

On land, on water and in the air we celebrate a family day The Weekly Times

AUSTRALIA Day will be celebrated on the water, in the air and at popular local parks in the City of Canada Bay, City of Parramatta, [more]

The post On land, on water and in the air we celebrate a family day appeared first on The Weekly Times.

15:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

JAN 16: Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9. Short, 27, has since continued on his merry way, breaking another record when he scored a measured 59 for the Hurricanes against the Brisbane Heat at Hobarts Bellerive Oval on January 15. That took him to 465 runs for the BBL season from just seven matches, surpassing Shaun Marshs mark of 412 runs from nine matches set four seasons ago.

15:20

Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...

13:00

In which the pond does matership and merde, thanks to the Terrorists and a meretricious Marcus ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The Daily Terror is notorious for its notoriously silly front pages and crusades, but that bit about Bennelong and Phillip as a two mates story in need of a history lesson sent the pond scuttling off to the ADB for its short piece about Bennelong ...

If that's what mateship does for you, then mateship is pretty fucked. 

It seems the first way to gain a mate is to capture and imprison them ... and then watch the miseries flow from that first unhappy coupling ...


Okay, that's enough history, and the words that leap out at the pond are "'much broken his spirit'. He reached Sydney in September, and thereafter references to him are scanty, though it is clear that he could no longer find contentment or full acceptance either among his countrymen or the white men..."

References were scanty? And now suddenly he's on the front page of the Terror as a dinkum mate with Phil , amidst Terrorist talk of the PC brigade?

Is this why reading the Terror produces a desire in the pond to vomit?

The reptiles were in a full-blown frenzy this day. 

It wasn't just the Terrorists, the lizards of Oz were on song too, what with the war on Xmas having been such a bummer last year ...

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12:47

Sky Blues maintain unbeaten run The Weekly Times

Sydney FC played out an entertaining 0-0 draw away to Adelaide United on the weekend, to continue their unbeaten streak to eleven games (including the [more]

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11:55

The Top Five Australian Crime Films Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Australian cinema has a long history of producing raw and brutal films. And none more so, than those that explore criminal conduct. It could even be said that the outlaw defines the zeitgeist of our colonial times. Perhaps part of the fascination stems from the fact that when the British stormed in to begin their

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11:33

Hunger strike starts over immigration detention visits restrictionsd "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Media Release: Refugee Action Coalition Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribynong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring

The post Hunger strike starts over immigration detention visits restrictionsd appeared first on The AIM Network.

11:32

MEDIA RELEASE 16/01/18 | HUNGER STRIKE STARTS OVER IMMIGRATION DETENTION VISITS RESTRICTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

REFUGEE ACTION COALITION MEDIA RELEASE Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribynong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the(...)

09:57

Hunger strike starts over immigration detention visits restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under the control of Border Force, and their black-shirted officers. They go hand in hand with measures to routinely handcuff anyone taken to appointments outside the detention centres.

Under the announced changes, there will also be restrictions on the amount of property that is allowable for any detainee.

The changes are similar to changes that were announced in September last year but which were substantially withdrawn after protests at the time. Both the attempt to ban mobile phones and food are the subject of legal action taken on behalf of detainees against Border Force. Detainees are angry that the changes have been declared without any prior consultation with detainees or visitors.

A letter drafted by the detainees was delivered to Border Force officials yesterday. It is understood that Border Force officials will meet with detainees representatives today (Tuesday) to formally announce the new policy.

There is no justification for the visiting restrictions. They are unacceptable, and should be dropped, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, By imposing such draconian terms on visits, it looks like Border Force is trying to deter visiting to detention all together and make conditions in detention even more intolerable.

The old visiting arrangements have been in place for many years. There is no new security issue that has emerged to justify these measures. The militarisation of the detention centres is the inevitable outcome of the governments scare-mongering over border security.

The government should be ending ma...

09:53

Wayward wallaby hops across Sydney Harbour Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance this morning after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Officers from Harbourside and North Shore local area commands were called to the bridge just before 5am Tuesday (January 16) after the marsupial was spotted in lane eight on the northern side of the bridge.

Traffic controllers from the Transport Management Centre monitored the wallaby as it hopped across to lane one and, without indicating, exited onto Cahill Expressway then to Macquarie Street.

Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the Police Mounted Unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment.

Its thought the wayward wallaby might have made its way to the bridge from a golf course in Cammeray.

A wayward wallaby was taken into police custody after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge without indicating this morning (Tuesday, January 16). Photo NSW Police

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08:32

M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Supplied image of smoke from a tanker explosion on the M1 motorway at Cooranbong, south of Newcastle, NSW, Monday, January 15, 2018. Photo Westpac Rescue Helicopter

SYDNEY   [AAP]

The M1 has reopened in both directions south of Newcastle after a fiery collision between three trucks and a car that killed a tanker driver.

The crash occurred around 1pm on Monday causing an explosion and then a bushfire after one of the trucks clipped a tanker laden with ethanol, NSW Police say.

Its believed another truck was swerving to avoid hitting an abandoned car on the side of the motorway.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm Monday (January 15).

The male driver of a semi-trailer, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of a stationary semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a B-double fuel tanker, a 67-year-old, was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a Holden commodore suffered minor burns and was taken to Wyong Hospital.

The truck fire also sparked a bush fire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

One northbound lane opened at 6.30pm on Monday, with all lanes on the M1 reopening at 3.45am Tuesday following an extensive salvage operation and clean-up operation.

A 200-metre exclusion zone had been enforced due to concerns the tanker could explode.

About 15 hectares of bushland was burnt....

08:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

06:28

1) HEALTH CRISIS IN ASMAT, LEGISLATOR QUESTIONING OTSUS FUNDS AWPA Sydney News

2) Military deploys medical personnel to tackle measles outbreak in Asmat

3) KABIANGGAMA PEOPLE THREATENED WITH STARVATION
4) LEGISLATOR: 10 PERCENT OF FREEPORT SHARES TO PAPUA IS A POLITICAL BRIBE

5) Indonesia lays groundwork for Grasberg copper mine

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1) HEALTH CRISIS IN ASMAT, LEGISLATOR QUESTIONING OTSUS FUNDS

00:16

Forecasting a dangerous present and devastating future for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



Background warming associated with anthropogenic climate change has seen Australian annual mean temperature increase by approximately 1.1 C since 1910. Most of this warming has occurred since 1950. [Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Annual Climate Statement 2017

Bloomberg, 10 January 2018:

The road-melting heatwave that made Sydney the hottest place on Earth at the weekend may just be a taste of things to come. 

Temperatures in Australia are set to rise until around 2050 due to greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere, according to the countrys weather bureau

Australia is one country where you really can see the signal of global warming, Karl Braganza, the Bureau of Meteorologys head of climate monitoring, told reporters on a call. Weve locked the degree of warming in until mid-century and that means its likely that one of the next strong El Nino events in the coming decade or two will set a...

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Monday, 15 January

20:22

Sydney unemployment heading to record lows? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My work featured in today's SMH here...(or click image).

18:26

In praise of safe spaces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Fortunately I recently stumbled upon the last safe space in Sydneys inner west for the grumpy old white male. Its a watering hole with a splendid view of a cement works and architecture that wouldnt look out of place in a communist leaders mausoleum. Its no place for snowflakes, full of salt of the earth types, old salts from the nearby wharves and the occasional outburst of salty language. Here everybodys truth is heard, considered and roundly jeered.

The beer is cold, the lamb is rare, the racing and the cricket are always on the television and the clink of glasses is punctuated by the whistle and thwack of dart on board. Everyones a winner, baby, thats no lie. In my safe space I am known as the worlds greatest journalist. My drinking companions are, in no particular order, the worlds greatest and second greatest cleaners, the worlds greatest printer, the worlds greatest plumber, a bloke who looks like Donald Trump and a revolving assortment of fishermen with calloused hands, sunbaked squints and all manner of tall tales on ice.

The only trigger warning is when an attractive female passes outside and the cry goes up. Window one! Window two! Window three!. I realise I should strenuously object to this crass objectification of women. I should also eat more vegetables and less red meat, sleep longer, meditate often and not sweat the small stuff. What I do is have another sip of my beer and wait for the next outrageous yarn to be spun.

Jason Gagliardi

10:26

A'La Indo ~ Indonesian, Mascot B-Kyu

We took a random wander over to Mascot and stumble upon A'La Indo - 'The Real Taste of Indonesia'. A'La Indo looks like a humble everyday hole in the wall restaurant, yet it is actually the world epicentre of time/space research. Somehow this teeny tiny restaurant manages to fit in big family groups in space barely big enough to swing a kuching. 'Table for 12? Sure!'. There's just two of us

08:55

THE AUSTRALIAN reports on Queenslands long drought (not a mention of climate change) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Farmers in distress as devastating drought enters its sixth year  The Australian, January 15, 2018, RICK MORTON, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney @SquigglyRick

Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists.

At the end of last year, 35 council are...

08:49

Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27

08:35

Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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08:00

January 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.


1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Han...

06:54

1) Palm Oil Association Urges Gov't to Revive Suharto-Era Transmigration Program AWPA Sydney News


2) UNCEN JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGY USED TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS

3) 24 HOUSES WERE BURIED BY LANDSLIDES IN YAHUKIMO


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1) Palm Oil Association Urges Gov't to Revive Suharto-Era Transmigration Program
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Saturday, 30 December

21:42

Australia warship makes huge Arabian Sea hashish seizure "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP | Australian officials described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers

SYDNEY (AFP)  An Australian warship has seized almost eight tonnes of hashish in the Arabian Sea, with the defence department Saturday estimating its street value at Aus$415 million (US$325 million).HMAS Warramunga has also confiscated 69 kilogrammes of heroin during maritime security manoeuvres in the area over the past three days.

The crew prepared extensively for a task like this and we were able to employ our helicopter and boarding crews to locate and board three suspect vessels, the ships commanding officer Dugald Clelland said.

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HMAS Warramunga

A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of hashish and heroin intended for distribution around the world.

The drugs will be disposed of at sea.

Major General John Frewen, head of Australian Forces in the Middle East, described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers.

This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organisations, he said.

The officials did not say which countrys shoreline the seized drugs were closest to.

The HMAS Warramunga is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) naval partnership in which 30 nations patrol 2.5 million square miles of international waters.

The warship enforces maritime security with a focus on terrorist activity in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which operates under the CMF.


21:22

Tanya Levin Hillsong public enemy no 1 How Hillsong pursued Tanya for two years using NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione a close friend of Brian Houstons police force "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Christian atheist Tanya Levin, Pastor Brian Houstons nemesis

 

Tanya Levin is Hillsong public enemy no 1.

Tanya wrote a book criticising Hillsong and has gotten up their nose for a long-time now.

Tanya went to the big annual Hillsong Conference in Homebush, Sydney a couple of years ago and did some interviews of people attending, outside the venue.

Hillsong had paid for NSW Police to be there and to sort out any issues or dissenters. I doubt they had much to do except target Tanya and try to help Hillsong to get rid of her once and for all.

Below is an article from 7 May this year about how NSW Police, on behalf of Hillsong, pursued Tanya for two years. That is, Hillsong used NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione a close friend of Brian Houstons police force to try to sort out Tanya.

Its a stretch to say, like the article below implies, that Andrew Scipione was directly involved with the Tanya Levin matter, which is highly unlikely. The reality is that once you off-side NSW Police and get charged, its hard to get rid of the charges unless you have an good able barrister.

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08:00

December 30 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1788 - Governor Phillip ordered; seize and carry off some of the natives.
Two (2) of Supplys dinghies rowed across to Manly where;courteous [kidnappers]enticedentered into conversationwith a group of Aborigines digging pippie for lunch.
At a proper opportunityour people rushed in among them and seized two [2] men: the rest fled but the cries of the captives soon brought them back, with many others, to their rescue; and so desperate their struggles.
Only one [1] of them was secured, the other effected his escapestones. spears, firebrands[thrown]nor did they retreatuntil many musquets were fired over them.
The kidnapped warrior, aged about thirty (30), was wrestled into a dinghy; fastened by ropes to the thwarts of the boat and taken to Sydney.
Watkin Tench stood on shore reporting as the boat came to rest;his agitation was excessive, and the clamourous crowds who flocked around him did not contribute to lessen it.
Many unsuccessful attempts were made to learn his name; the governor therefore called him Manly, from the cove in which he was captured; this cove has received its name from the manly undaunted behaviour of a party of natives seen there, on our taking possession of the country.


Captain Arthur Phillip secured the capture of an Aboriginal person named Arabanoo to train as an interpreter.

1811 - The ship Speedwell arrived at Sydney with the first cargo of cedar from the Shoalhaven.

1821 - The NSW Government first permitted private distillation of grapes, sugar & grain...yippie, home brewed grog for New Years Eve!


1824 - A meeting between Wiradjuri resistance warrior Windradyne and Governor Brisbane took place at Parramatta; a great feast was held with 8 tribes comprising of approx. 400 Aboriginal People from far and wide (some travelling up to 200 miles) with Windradyne seeking an end to hostilities between settlers and Aboriginal people.


The Sydney Gazette reported in 1824 that...
"A SPORTING CENTENARIAN. - Margaret Evans died at the age 105. This extraordinary female was the greatest hunter, shooter, and fisher, of her time ; fiddled excellently, rowed stoutly, was a good joiner, was a blacksmith, shoemaker, boat builder, and maker of harps, and at 70 was the best wrestler in the country."

1828 - The Cascades female convict factory opens at Hobart.

1828 Whatshisname Stirling was told to spot his bot, park his arse and generally make himself at home by lounging about the Swan River to occupy it for the Brits.
Oh, and they pipped him up to Lt for the privilege.


1834 - Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld published An Australian Grammar of the Language Spoken by the Aborigines of the Hunter River. Threlkeldhad lived among with Abori...

05:04

The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 22 The Holy Spirit and Sexual Sins as a Christian Pastor or Teacher "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

brian houston and pat mesiti

The previous article on this site is my lead article about Pastor Pat Mesiti, a pastor of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church. Both of these mega-churches are based in Sydney, Australia.

This previous article on Pat Mesiti is not a comic article or made up. It is true in every dot and tittle. This is the very sad thing about Pat Mesiti, and its reflective of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church, which have enormous global reach.

Most people, and even Christians outside Australia, probably wont have heard of C3 Global Church based in Oxford Falls, Sydney. It has over 1000 churches in its network.

Most Christians in the West would have heard of Hillsong an End-Time Apostate Church and money-cult.

Brian Houston, global head pastor of Hillsong, and Phil Pringle, global head pastor of C3 Church, both Prosperity Gospel pastors and both very wealthy men, are New Zealanders by origin like me. Frank Houston, Brians father and the founder of Hillsong, was born in the same city as me Wanganui, in the lower North Island.

I know both of these men having been at Hillsong from near its inception in 1977 in Sydney, Australia. I knew Brian Houston before his father Frank made him a pastor in 1982.

And I spent some years in the six-year period from 1996 to 2002 attending and helping out at C3 Global Church. I was on Phil Pringles Build...

03:58

Pastor Pat Mesiti. Domestic Violence Conviction 2016. Adulteries 1998-2016. Hillsong and C3 Pastor. Visited prostitutes on his Hillsong credit card. Hillsong Youth Pastor. Youth Alive evangelist. Fell from grace and restored by Dr Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church. How the corrupt priests of Pentecost sowed devils on each other. Part 8. Australian and New Zealand errant Pentecostal pastors who couldnt keep it in their trousers or sexually abused little kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Pastor Pat Mesiti- Now Millionaire Mindset Club wife basher

 

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of Pastor Pat Mesiti of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church, Prosperity Gospel churches, both based in Sydney, Australia, bashing his second wife Andrea Mesiti on New Years Eve at their nice big home in North-West Sydney, in a fit of rage while heavily intoxicated.

 

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Friday, 29 December

21:09

Synchronised upswing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Synchronised upswing

Employment growth and now interstate migration into Queensland have suddenly surged to their highest level since the financial crisis. 

And not all of those new jobs are in Brisbane, which makes for pleasing reading. 

Trend employment across the state rose to a thunderous 4.8 per cent over the year to November 2017, quite a stupendous increase after such a lean few years. 


South-east Queensland soon plays host to the Commonwealth Games in 2018 which will deliver another timely boost.

Half as big again

Winding the clock back to just before the Sydney Olympics in round numbers there were 1.6 million employed persons in the Sunshine State, whereas today the total is about 50 per cent higher at around 2.4 million.

Of those extra 800,000 jobs, about 250,000 were in the main Brisbane sub-regions, with a further 200,000 or so in Ipswich, Logan-Beaudesert, and within the Moreton Bay regional council.

So that marks an expansion of just under 450,000 in total for 'Greater Brisbane'.

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have added about an extra 150,000 and 75,000 employed persons respectively over that time, with Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay, and Cairns mopping up most of the remaining new jobs created.
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18:57

Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.chuffed.org/project/sydneyfoxanddingorescue MerJa Media http://merjamedia.com.au

17:31

Beautiful story from Channel 7 on the last of Kokoda's Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We learned today we've lost the last living link to a significant part of our history: The death in Papua New Guinea of the last Fuzzy Wuzzy angel. @michaelusher #7News pic.twitter.com/X09sy2PFhN 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 28, 2017

14:04

Cost and Indulgence: Gloating over New Years Celebrations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The gloating over the forthcoming New Year celebrations has already commenced.  The first big city to feature on the roundups in each news segment as the year is ushered in tends to be Sydney, self-proclaimed global city in the antipodes, ever keen to rub its vulgar confidence into the noses of rival Melbourne.  And, for that matter, every other city since costly fireworks and light displays matter in the image table.

In the time zones where the new year festivities feature with clockwork regularity, Sydney is the first flash, the initiator of the world into another fairly meaningless measurement known as a year, humanitys effort to combat all swallowing eternity.  Organisers are interviewed, confident that the display will be the greatest ever.

The problem with such an absolutist catch-all clich as greatest ever is that it surely cannot happen each year.  This improbability hardly bothers those behind putting together the event, whose job prescription eschews originality.  The Sydney NYE committee, organisers and propagandists, find it entirely feasible that each event is surely greater than the other, and spread this gospel through media outlets without irony.  Such optimism, such naked advertising!

This, after all, is an occasion to forget the year that was, to forget woe, crimes against humanity and barrel scraping politicians, appalling decisions and missteps and perhaps most importantly, forget the scruples about the environment and the heating planet.

Everything touching on these celebrations resembles self-promotion at its most cringe worthy, so much so it deserves the tag of grotesque.  Even newspapers join the ride, casting aside editorial judgment in favour of back slapping confidence.  After a year that many were happy to leave behind, went the Sydney Morning Herald at the start of 2017, an estimated 1.5 million people packed the foreshore on Saturday for a double bill of fireworks climaxing with the world famous midnight pyrotechnics extravaganza.  These lines are already being copied to be re-run on the first day of 2018.

That account was more overawed than shocked at the sheer profligacy on display.  The Roman Emperors equated displays of extravagance with the worthiness of power.  The modern city bureaucrat equates firework displays with the desperate need to have a mention in every significant news outlet in the world.  There were seven tonnes of fireworks used at the Sydney Harbour bridge show the last time, including 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and some 100,000 or so individual pyrotechnic effects.  Millions had been expended ($7 million in one count).

These are not costs all are oblivious to. Even som...

11:51

The 70s and 80s on Retropopic! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tune in to Retropopic! at 9pm on Friday 29th December.

Tonight its all about the 70s & 80s: Compilation of great moments from 2017 Retropopics such as; the Peter Hook anecdote detailing what happened when he went to see The Pistols with a mate called Bernie at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall in 76 (To quote him I remember it like it was yesterday.)
What about the reason why WA guitarist Neil Stacey chose London Calling for the listener request show?
Did you hear the show where Crystal Zevon conveys her husband Warrens peculiar upbringing?
Are you interested to hear details on how the legendary indie label Postcard Records was set up fro one of the co-founders, Edwyn Collins, lead singer of Orange Juice.
What about author Johnny Rogans theory on the creativity of English artists with Irish roots?

All this and of course lots of great music. Make 21:00 on Fridays a regular date with The Saint & Retropopic! by streaming in on 2rrr.org.au or turning your dial to 88.5FM if youre local to Sydney.
Have a great 2018 Retropopites!

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08:45

Security beefed up for Sydney NYE crowds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys New Years Eve will be under the watchful eye of a massive police and security presence with more than one million revellers expected in the CBD.

Dozens of officers armed with Colt M4 semi-automatic rifles will be on guard to protect crowds during the massive celebrations.

Riot squad officers with the military-style semi-automatic rifles will be equipped to launch a tactical armed assault in response to a high-risk situation like a vehicle attack or mass stabbing.

Sydneys $7 million display will this year include a rainbow waterfall of fireworks cascading from the Harbour Bridge to celebrate the victory of same-sex marriage in Australia.

NSW authorities are warning of significant road closures on New Years Eve throughout Sydney, including the Harbour and Anzac bridges, and have urged the public to use trains and buses rather than cars during the evening.

More than 4500 extra public transport services will be running to and from the city as the city is swamped with revellers celebrating the end of 2017.

Meanwhile Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean has warned Sydneysiders to beware of New Years fizzers and to report parties and promoters that fail to deliver on ticketed events.

When youve been looking forward to an event all year, and hand over large sums of your heard-earned money, you rightly expect a fun night out, Mr Kean said in a statement.

However, in recent years weve instead seen some notorious events where parties have been cancelled at the last minute, or closed down because there were too many attendees.

Mr Kean said partygoers were protected by Australian Consumer Law and can demand refunds or compensation if events dont match advertising.

The post Security beefed up for Sydney NYE crowds appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:00

December 29 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1696 - The Flemish captain Willem de Vlamingh arrived at, and named Rottnest Island, after seeing large numbers of quokkas which he mistook for large rats. Rottenest is Dutch for "rat's nest". Just as well he didn't pack the Ratsack...


1788 - Today saw the decision of some bright spark with "We'll have to be able to communicate with the Aboriginals if we're to live together" which didn't go down as a party piece with the local Aboriginals at all.
Two days later those funny people captured/abducted/kidnapped Arabanoo and showed how hilarious they were by restraining him in handcuffs, ropes and chains.

1809 - Major Foveaux assured Macquarie, despite the military coup of January 1808 and, his own highly irregular assumption of power in July 1808, both he and the New South Wales Corps remained loyal to King George III.
And thus ended Australias second period of military dictatorship. 

1810 - D'Arcy Wentworth appointed Superintendent of Police in Sydney.

1827 - Captain Henry Smyth of the 39th Regiment of the British Army, Commandant of the British military outpost at Fort Wellington on the Cobourg Peninsula (NT but then part of NSW)  ordered a punitive mission against the local Iwaidja. A party of three armed convicts and three soldiers conducted an early morning raid on the native camp near to a beach on the Bowen's Straits. Many were wounded and at least five Aboriginals were killed including a child and her mother, who was bayoneted as she was fleeing to the beach. Smyth had previously utilised one of the three 18-pound carronades mounted at Fort Wellington against the Iwaidja on the 30th July. The reports of casualties from this cannon attack range from zero to thirty.

1835 - Mary Gilbert was, I imagine, sitting under the shade of a gum tree swatting at the damn flies thinking,
"Why, oh why did I listen to my husband's stupid idea to trot off to the ends of the...

Thursday, 28 December

17:09

Barber Shop Chronicles "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For African men the world over, the barber shop is more than a place to get a shave and a haircut. Its a place to hear news, share views and talk politics, women and sport. Its a place where a man can let down his guard, blow off steam, and leave looking sharp and feeling reinvigorated. The Nigerian-born, UK-based poet, designer and playwright Inua Ellams imagines these buzzing spaces on stage in a fresh, funny, truth-telling play, direct from the National Theatre in London.

The audience visits barber shops in London, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg to eavesdrop on individual problems, common obsessions, the complex legacies of colonialism and jokes without borders. This acclaimed production, directed by Bijan Sheibani and showcasing some of the finest acting talent in Britain, comes to Sydney direct from a successful UK run.

Rich and exhilarating. A fascinating peek into the barber shop The Stage

JOYOUS. BRILLIANTLY ACTED. LIFE-AFFIRMING. GO The Independent

What: Barber Shop Chroniucles

Where: Sydney Festival 2018 @ Seymour Centre

When: 18-28 January 2018

To Find Out Mo...

14:08

The jobs boom is real. Government can take the credit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Bureau of Statistics has produced some shockers wildly inaccurate employment statistics it has had to disown. But not this time.

An apparent employment surge in one month might be a statistical fluke, the result of a dodgy sample or flawed bad seasonal adjustment. But not a near-record surge that goes on for month after month, 14 of them in a row.

Over the past year a near-record 383,300 more Australians have been funnelled into employment, all but 87,700 of them full-time. In the past month (acknowledging the usual caveat) 61,600 were funnelled into work, all but 19,700 of them full-time.

We won't get the detailed breakdown until next week, but a look at the latest detailed breakdown we do have, for the year to August, shows that almost all of the jump in employment of 324,900 was in two industries: 'healthcare and social assistance' (130,600) and construction (104,400).

On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state was in the midst of a construction boom not seen since Premier Henry Bolte in the 1960s and 1970s. It's getting hard to find the right workers and hard to find steel and cement.

Much of it is the result of government road and rail projects, as in NSW. Much of that is due to the previous Australian treasurer Joe Hockey, who in 2014 awarded incentive payments to states that "recycled assets", selling roads and other things they owned in order to build new ones. Victoria and NSW started early, recycling some of their assets before the Commonwealth incentives.They made use of the riches that had been flooding in to their treasuries as Sydney and Melbourne property prices pushed stamp duty takings sky high.

Once it was thought that government investment "crowded out" the private sector. Not at the moment. It's because of the government investment programs that the private sector is investing too, building projects on contract, handing them over to state governments (which will later sell them) and then starting on the next one. The known pipeline stretches out beyond 2027.

It's not the same as widespread employment growth (employment in the finance sector and in administration went backwards) but it's worth having.

It's centred around Melbourne. More than half of those 61,600 extra workers found their jobs in Victoria. Over the past year more than one-third found their jobs in Victoria, 35 per cent when measured on a trend basis. Thirty per cent found their jobs in NSW.

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