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Saturday, 23 September

13:30

In which the pond double dates with Dame Slap and Bret Stephens ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Whenever climate denialists gather together for a gaggle and a giggle, the pond likes to begin proceedings with a reading from the holy works of Dame Slap ...

...Emails started arriving telling me about a speech given by Christopher Monckton, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota, on October 14. Monckton talked about something that no one has talked about in the lead-up to Copenhagen: the text of the draft Copenhagen treaty. Even after Moncktons speech, most of the media has duly ignored the substance of what he said. You dont need me to find his St Paul address on YouTube. 
Interviewed on Monday morning by Alan Jones on Sydney radio station 2GB, Monckton warned that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty was to set up a transnational government on a scale the world has never before seen. 
Listening to the interview, my teenage daughters asked me whether this was true. So I read the draft treaty. The word government appears on page 18. Monckton says: This is the first time Ive ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a government. But its the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening. ... Monckton became aware of the extraordinary powers to be vested in this new world government only when a friend of his found an obscure UN website and hacked his way through several layers of complications before coming across a document that isnt even called the draft treaty. Its called a note by the secretariat. 
The moment he saw it, he went public and said: Look, this is an outrage ... they have kept the sheer scope of this treaty quiet. Monckton says the aim of this new government is to have power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

The pond's not sure why lawyers and paranoia fit so well together, but for those who like to Greg Hunt, here's Dame Slap's qualifications as a climate scientist ...


The daughter of Danish immigrants to Australia, Albrechtsen was born in Adelaide and attended Seacombe High School. She subsequently studied at University of Adelaide, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. She subsequently attained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Sydn...

11:30

Thank Your Lucky Southern Cross "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear Reader,

There are many remarkable insights in Jim Rickards book The New Case for Gold.

This bonus chapter will turn them into specific, useful and potentially profitable advice for you as an Australian.

As youll discover, Australians are uniquely poised to benefit from Jims analysis to a far greater extent than anyone else in the world.

You dont have to finish the book before you start reading this bonus chapter. They certainly complement each other though. You can think of this as the local guide to Jims ideas and analysis.

There are two reasons Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence. The first is Jim Rickards. Nobody in the newsletter industry has his insight, contacts and experience. Nobody.

A few years ago I sat opposite Jim at a dinner. It was after a conference we both spoke at in Sydney. Hes exactly the same guy behind the scenes as on stage. He just gives a little more away when he is off the record. Because hes the same person behind the scenes, I think hes genuine. Im willing to put my reputation on the line alongside his. I trust him.

The other reason Ive come onboard with Strategic Intelligence is gold. Jim Rickards is a long-time fan of gold. He thinks you should own it and governments should peg their currencies to it.

As he puts it in his book:

Gold is money, monetary standards based on gold are possible, even desirable, and that in the absence of a gold standard, individuals should go on a personal gold standard, by buying gold, to preserve wealth.

But its not gold by itself thats so enticing. Aussie gold investors are better placed than literally anyone globally to invest in gold. Theres a simple reason for this our currency.

The Aussie Case for Gold

Australia is a highly developed country. But our economy is built on commodities. And commodities are risky bets. They fluctuate heavily in price. Put the two together and youll understand why our currency has big swings too.

Our currency is whats known as a risk on bet. We do well in the world economys good times, and our currency goes up in value. We do badly during poor times, and our currency falls fast.

This currency instability, combined with Australias legal and political stability, means Aussie investors are best placed globally to benefit from owning gold.

Why? Gold is priced in US dollars. The Aussie gold price is the US dollar gold price, adjusted for the exchange rate to Aussie dollars. This creates a uniquely benefic...

09:56

The Gunnery and other Woolloomooloo drawings All in the Name of Liberty

Theses are some drawings I;ve been doing as I put together the big painting for Weave Community Centre. I'll add more as I scan them
 
The Gunnery and the Tilbury from Forbes St

I lived at the Gunnery from 1985-1991 when it was an artist community squat and the most exciting venue in town. It was the first place I had a real studio to work in, and there was the gallery and performance spaces like the Dome to play around in .

Then an art bureaucratic clique lead by Artspace got jealous, and played stalking horse for Transfield to get their hands on some waterfront property. They gutted the theatres and replaced them with offices and foyers

McElhone St 


Forbes St and the homeless shelter formed by the viaduct. This is a photo from a phone which I will hopefully replace with a (set of) scan
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00:31

Chrysanthemum Stone Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

I was sitting at the dining room table, singing to myself. You dont bring me flowersanymore.. Pete interrupted me. I think you meanat all. I never bring you flowers. Sigh. Such is life when youre married to an engineer. . . . . . Shortly after this conversation, it was Small Mans 21st birthday. I []

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Friday, 22 September

23:49

Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bit of a coup for the Sparkke Change Beverage Company, of which New Matilda has a financial interest.

Sir Elton John, who embarks tonight on a very unique Australian tour (hes only performing in regional areas) will be performing in front of tens of thousands of fans. And a few thousand of those in Mackay and Cairns will be toasting the performance of one of the worlds great rock stars with a cool, refreshing can of Say I Do!

Sir Eltons management company Rocket Man Productions (go figure!) recently ordered over 6,500 cans of Say I Do, Sparkkes new white wine bubbles in a can which was launched earlier this year, and aims to promote marriage equality in Australia.

Sir Elton himself wont be sampling Say I Do! The superstar has been sober for 17years. But concert-goers will be among the first in the country to try the first white wine bubbles in a can Australia has ever seen.

New Matilda readers will among the first as well. You mob have been big supporters of Sparkke (which I greatly appreciate), and in particular Say I Do! And on that front, the first batch (from the crowd sourcing campaign earlier this year) left the warehouse in Sydney yesterday and today and should be in New Matilda homes by early next week.

When your Sparkke Say I Do! arrives, wed love to know what you think about it. So please take a photo of you enjoying it, and post it social media. You can hashtag it with #sparkkechange, #equalitybubbles and, of course, #voteyes.

In other Sparkke news, brewer Agi Gajic has just finished the newest product, a New England Pale Ale. Its a style of beer Agi became fond of during her trip to the United States earlier this year.

Its a full strength beer, and its campaign message is. Well let you know next week.

Sparkke-Shop-Say-I-Do-New

The post Can You Feel The Love Tonight For Say I Do!? Sir Elton John Did! appeared first on New Matilda.

20:47

Blanca Bar & Dining James O'Brien

Ive heard mixed reports, the barman at a nearby venue told me when I mentioned I was meeting a friend for dinner at Bondis Blanca Bar & Dining. Its Mediterranean food, with Japanese flavours, the waitress told us. And with a Finnish chef! What an odd combination, we thought. As youll see from the photographs, []

18:58

Cashless Welfare Card National Rollout Set to Begin Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Thousands of Queenslanders and Western Australians will be the next to have their Centrelink payments quarantined, as the federal government continues its rollout of the cashless welfare card. The Turnbull-led government announced plans to implement the card next year in both the Wide Bay region in Queensland including Bundaberg

The post Cashless Welfare Card National Rollout Set to Begin appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

17:34

AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On March 31 this year, an opinion piece appeared in the Age with the headline, The zombie apocalypse is here and none of us are safe. The author Wendy Squires relates a confrontation she had with a man, whod allegedly been using ice, in a small park whilst walking

The post AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:24

Suddenly Summer! Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens

Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!

We still havent had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather.

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14:35

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?
Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failure of earlier economic policies of liberalization and privatization, typically introduced as part of the structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) that many countries in Africa were subjected to from the 1980s and onwards.

The World Bank, the African Development Bank and most Western donors supported the SAPs, despite United Nations warnings about their adverse social consequences.

SAP advocates promised that private investment and exports would soon follow, bringing growth and prosperity. Now, a few representat...

13:48

Finland Is Eradicating Homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within

The post Finland Is Eradicating Homelessness appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

13:38

An Inaugural Mix From Din On Body Promise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • Din :: Sunset with Body Promise

Friendship is so often the foundation of fruitful opportunity. Din appear to be applying this philosophical nugget as a guide in life, being the pairing of close friends and fellow Sydney musicians Rainbow Chan and Alex Ward (aka Moon Holiday).

Din recently joined Body Promise to take us through a selection of their most coveted tracks from home and abroad. Sprinkled in the mix are their hot off the press productions which they will be putting front and centre for their first ever live show at Soft Centre.

Listen back to the full show to hear some carefully chosen words from Din or check out the mix here!

Tracklist:
Batu Off Court
Waterhouse 3415
Fake Low Res
The Golden Filter Vibrational
Head High Power Seat
Physical Therapy Huff
Din Jinni
1800 Haight Street LCD Casualty
Rita Furstenhof Hadron Collider
Charles Ham
Laurel Halo Jelly
Container Funnel
Enderie Let Systems Decide (A Laser Beam)
Chunyin ???
Tiga Bugatti
Din ???
Samo DJ & Tzusing Hollabackboi

Get the event details for Soft Centre here.

Catch Sunset with Body Promise every Tuesday from 6pm 8pm

The post An Inaugural Mix From Din On Body Promise appeared first on FBi Radio.

13:14

Local Government in the Inner West of Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Local government.  What does it exist for?  In the inner west of Sydney, it does not appear seem to exist for local residents or rate payers.

You might think that local government is there for things like planning, pools and parks.  Perhaps a bit of rubbish collection and road maintenance.  But not for the new Inner West Council in Sydney.

Having done a deal with . the Liberals . Labor Councillor Darcy Byrne will be the new Mayor.  And Mayor Elect Byrne has promised to:

lead a council which is both progressive and effective.

Councillor Byrne also said:

With our belief in social justice and our commitment to diversity, we can show the rest of the country how progressive principles can be put into practice at the local government level.

The Inner West Council is the forced amalgam of 3 smaller councils Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield.  Marrickville Council even managed to have its own foreign policy.

But hey.  Who needs efficient planning and rubbish collection when you can have effective and progressive planning and rubbish collection with a touch of social justice and a commitment to diversity.

Perhaps a Council anthem to be sung before all Council meetings.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

13:00

Why Are So Many Young Africans Risking Their Lives to Flee Their Homes? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Will the G20s new Compact with Africa succeed in combatting poverty and climate change and deter the exodus of African economic migrants?

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that the worlds extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

Sydney and Kuala Lumpur: Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

The majority including economic migrants, victims of people smugglers, and so on were young Africans aged between 17 and 25. The former head of the British mission in Benghazi (Libya) claimed in April that as many as a million more were already on their way to Libya, and then Europe, from across Africa.

Why flee Africa?

Why are so many young Africans trying to leave the continent of their birth? Why are they risking their lives to flee Africa?

Part of the answer lies in the failur...

12:57

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING CHANNEL 7S TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. YOU CAN HELP CHIP IN TO OUR DEFENCE FUNDRAISER HERE.

 

What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carpet bomb them; and he probably didnt punch a wall behind the head of a woman at Sydney University a few years back.

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09:05

Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...

08:13

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

 A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.

Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.

A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.

He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.

He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.

The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.

A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.

Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.

It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.

Violence like this is never acceptable. Im gl...

06:07

Edir Macedo of Brazil the wealthiest Prosperity Gospel pastor in the world worth US$1.1 billion. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Samuel Martins/AP

Bishop Edir Macedo, the head of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, preaches at a rally in Rio de Janeiro. 

 

In March 2013 Macedo was on the Forbes billionaires list with a reported US$1.1 billion. That makes him by far the richest pastor in Brazil and the world.

Wikipedia article below

 

Edir Macedo is the Brian Houston of Brazil.

Edir Macedo like Brian Houston of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia is a Prosperity Gospel Church.

Like Hillsong, Edir Macedo has a strong emphasis on tithing.

Is it right and Ok for a Christian pastor to have a net worth of $1.1 billion earned from the tithes of very poor superstitious Brazilians?

This is plain exploitation of the poor and needy.

Brazil has a population of 220 million, by far the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is a country of vast urban and rural poverty.

 

The Guardian London

Brazilian evangelical leader charged with fraud

Bishop Edir Macedo of the Unive...

Thursday, 21 September

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

...

15:56

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:

The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.

Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off.  Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.

The post Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

13:50

Ernie Awards (for Sexist Behaviour) 25 Years On. "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Each September 300 women head to Sydney to judge the most sexist remarks made by public figures during the previous year in 2017 the Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks is celebrating its 25th year!

Winners are chosen by whichever nomination receives the loudest boos; and in tight contests, a boo-off is required to determine a winner. RTRFMs Georgia Keay spoke to Meredith Burgmann, founder of The Ernies, to find out the purpose behind the awards.

Play Interview with Meridith Burgmann 21st September 2017

13:43

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

13:03

GIVEAWAY: Win a double pass to Ruby Boots Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the Continue reading

12:30

The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy: Radical Islamic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

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11:28

Police live-stream a warning to Listen Out punters about a big drug crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.

Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.

Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.

Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.

Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.

Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.

The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you.

...

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

07:07

Crew Takeover Charades "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Next on the growing list of crew takeovers for Earthcore in the Park 2017 NSW say hello to Charades!

Originally starting as a house & techno event in Sydney, this brand has seen its scope grow wider and wider; hosting acts from Jeff Mills, RDHD, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May to Malaa, LTJ Bukem DJ, Kode9 and Goldie to name just a few.. Charades embraces new music and multiple styles without genre boundaries, whilst still keeping a firm nod to the essence of underground clubbing at its best.

Expect nothing but a solid local line up to take care of your house & techno fix in the Techno Bunker of earthcore in the Park NSW this November!

full details

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