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Friday, 21 December

20:48

Sydney unemployment rate his record low "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000.

That's more than a third of all the jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and easing house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018.

That's the lowest monthly figure on record for Sydney. 

On an annual average basis. Sydney's unemployment rate is now only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times. 

At the other end of the scale, the equivalent figure for Perth is elevated 6.3 per cent.


Of course, these are backward-looking indicators, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the year to November 2018, overwhelmingly driven by Victoria (-41,000), and New South Wales (-9,000), offset by some increases elsewhere.

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20:19

Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Councils Adrian Burragubba Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Indian mining giant Adani filed an application with the Federal Court last week asking that a legal challenge to its proposed Carmichael coalmine be thrown out, unless the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fronted up with $160,000 in potential court fees within two weeks. On Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson said that Adanis demand was

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20:01

David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.

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19:08

1) Papua leaders call for Indonesia to withdraw troops AWPA Sydney News


2) Governor of Indonesia's Papua calls for army to end hunt for rebels
3) Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project
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16:46

Rafes Roundup 21 Dec "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Features. Jo Nova, Send in the Green terrorists. Trump upsets the Deep State with Syrian withdrawal. This is a speculator, not sure where these guys are coming from.

Dan Mitchell. If a tax of X does Y amount of damage, then a tax of 2X will do a lot more damage than 2Y.

In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz,

Education and Culture. Heterodox Academy. Accuracy in Academia, Intellectual Takeout,...

13:37

Psychedelic Drugs May Reduce Criminal Tendencies Sydney Criminal Lawyers

A study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found that the use of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behaviour. [These results] certainly highlight the need for further research into the potentially beneficial effects of these stigmatized substances for both

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13:34

JRNSW Youth Ambassador Learning Trip to Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the weekend of 8th to 9th September, JRNSW Youth Ambassadors Trei Stewart, Beau Foster, Kobie Duncan and Mi-Kaisha Masella, along with Champion Teela Reid travelled from Sydney to Bourke on a learning trip to speak directly to Bourke community members about Maranguka Justice Reinvestment.

To ensure the voices of young people are central in calls for justice reinvestment, Just Reinvest NSW appointed Youth Ambassadors who have represented Just Reinvest NSW at various events and advocated for justice reinvestment across multiple platforms. Current Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors are based in Sydney and are from the Gamilaroi, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Wailwan, Dharumbal and many other nations.

The Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors travelled to Bourke, to learn as much as possible from the Bourke community and its young people.

During their time in Bourke, the Youth Ambassadors met with members of the Maranguka team: Alistair Ferguson, Executive Director and Vivianne Prince, Backbone Coordinator, to gain a deeper understanding of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment. They attended the PCYC and played touch football, soccer, and basketball with young people. They met with the Local Area Commander Greg Moore, and heard about a different approach to policing. The Youth Ambassadors also met with Aunty Dot Martin and learned about the history of Bourke, visited the red dust around Mt Gundabooka, and cuddled WIRES rescued kangaroos.

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Hearing directly from Bourke community members about the community-led work taking place in Bourke inspired them to continue to advocate for justice reinvestment and to share what they had learned with their own communities.

Prior to the trip the Youth Ambassadors did advocacy workshops with Teela Reid and Mark Riboldi (CLCNSW) around their...

11:39

Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Five people and two companies will face criminal charges over the deaths of two babies who were given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital. Safe Work NSW intends to criminally prosecute South West Local Health District, as well gas installer Christopher Turner and his employer, medical supply company BOC, which supplied the gas

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10:39

Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.


New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...

07:45

Be Offensive and Be Damned: The Cases of Peter Ridd and Tim Anderson "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management.  Consumerism and pay are the sort of quotidian matters that interest the NTEU.  Less interesting is the realm of academic ideas and how they clash with the bureaucratic prisons that have been built into universities.

At James Cook University, Peter Ridd was sacked on code of conduct grounds applied with a delightful elasticity.  He claimed that it was for holding views on climate change out of step with his colleagues, and attacking the credibility of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.  (The pettiness of such institutions knows no bounds: Ridds knuckles were wrapped, for instance, for satirising, trivialising or parodying the university.)

At the University of Sydney, Tim Anderson, a full time critic of Western interventions in the Middle East and acquitted for ordering the 1978 Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing, has been suspended pending what would seem to be imminent sacking.  Causing offense was what mattered.

A cardinal rule applies in this case: Be suspicious of those who use good behaviour as a criterion of policing, notably in an environment where bad behaviour and dangerous ideas should hold sway over meek bumbling and submissiveness.  Be wary of the demands to be vanilla and beige behind them lies administrative venality and the dictates of compliance.

Such rubbery provisions as being civil or not causing offense shield the weak, spineless and fraudulent and, most dangerously, create the very same intolerable workplace that managers are supposedly opposed to.  Very importantly, such code of conduct regulations are designed to immunise management from questions about their behaviour and often daft directives, letting institutions grow flabby with corruption.  Inoculated, that class thrives in its toxicity.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of JCU, Iain Gordon, has drawn upon the usual stock nonsense defending the decision regarding Ridd.  The issue has never been about Peters right to make statements its about how he has continually broken a code of conduct that we would expect all our staff to stick to, to create a safe, respectful professional workplace.  The thrust of this is simple: Never cause offense; be compliantly decent; be cripplingly dull and go back to your homes in your suburbs living a life unexamined. As an academic, you are mere...

07:31

Toko H20 ~ Indonesian Grocery Store - Sydney CBD B-Kyu

If there's an award for the one supermarket we've frequented the most this year, the gong has to go to Toko H2O. This Indonesian shop has sustained us with snacks, emergency groceries and quick dinners and lunches all year. Toko H20 is a mix of convenience store, grocery supplies, travel agent and phone sales office. It's a hub for Indonesians in Sydney for business and food essentials.

Thursday, 20 December

23:15

Hockey-ball-size hailstones smash Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A series of extremely fast-moving storms have swept through Sydney, dumping hail and delaying flights at the airport. UPDATE: The NSW SES has received more than 1400 calls for help since the storms began on Thursday afternoon. Sydney metropolitan was the hardest hit area, Andrew Galvin from NSW SES told 10 Daily. There have been about 350 requests for help in Hornsby in the city's Upper North Shore, while more than 270 calls have been received from Liverpool in the west. "We have had huge demand on the telephones with a large number of calls," Galvin said.

19:36

1) Jonan hopes to wrap up Freeport negotiations this year AWPA Sydney News



2) More arrests of West Papuans demonstrating
3) TNI and police stop Papuan activists in Jakarta from holding rally at army headquarters
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1) Jonan hopes to wrap up Freeport negotiations this year
Reporter: Antara  3 hours ago

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18:05

A third of Australias spectacled flying fox population wiped out by extreme heat waves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Extreme heat wipes out almost one third of Australias spectacled flying fox population, ABC Far North , 20 Dec 18, By Sharnie Kim and Adam Stephen An extreme heatwave in far north Queensland last month is estimated to have killed more than 23,000 spectacled flying foxes, equating to almost one third of the species in Australia.

The deaths were from colonies in the Cairns area where the mercury soared above 42 degrees Celsius two days in a row, breaking the citys previous record temperature for November by five degrees.

Ecologist, Dr Justin Welbergen from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University) is collating the numbers of bat deaths and said it was the second-largest mass die-off of flying foxes recorded in Australia and the first time it had happened to this species.

These are certainly very serious wildlife die-off events and they occur at almost biblical scales, he said..https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-19/heat-wipes-out-one-third-of-flying-fox-species/10632940

16:41

Violent Crackdown in West Papua: An Interview With Independence Leader Benny Wenda Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Right now, the Indonesian military are carrying out a violent crackdown in the Ndgua regency of occupied West Papua. Reports have been emerging about the ongoing assault, which is a reprisal over an incident involving the deaths of a number of Indonesian construction workers. The Indonesian Armed Forces have been reportedly bombing the highland region. While

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16:23

Premiers Solution to Youth Dying at Festivals: Create More Criminal Offences Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Following the drug-related deaths of two young Australians at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival on 15 September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed she would do everything in her power to shut down the event. But, after she had a moment to reflect, the premier decided to instead establish an expert panel to

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16:23

The Momos Hub ~ Nepalese - Chippendale B-Kyu

Nepalese momos as you like - fried, steamed, soupy, chilli - at The Momos Hub in Chippendale. Nepalese restaurants are not in abundance in the CBD. Setting out to change this , The Momos Hub has set up shop along the busy connector of Regent Street near Central Station to deliver these cousins to xiao long bao to manti and ravioli, the filling wrapped in pastry specialties found all

16:03

Ombudsman to Investigate Youth Solitary Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Following unrest at Melbournes Parkville Youth Justice Centre in mid-November 2016, Victorian authorities sent 15 youths to continue their detention at the Grevillea Unit inside Barwon Prison: an adult maximum security facility said to the be the states toughest. The incarceration of the children in the adult facility caused public outrage. And it took two Victorian

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15:17

Culture at a Crisis Point "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I bought Giles Autys Post-Modernist Australia at the Connor Court Christmas party, read it on the plane up to Sydney and as soon as I reached Sydney, headed down to Abbeys Books where I bought his Culture at Crisis Point [2016] which I have now gone through cover to cover. Both were extraordinary.

I have been reading Giles Auty religiously since my days living in the UK where I first came across him in The Spectator, the same place I discovered Mark Steyn and at the same time. I was probably already onside by then, but reading what he wrote no doubt helped push me over to this side of the divide where I have been ever since. I continued to read him in The Spectator when I arrived in Australia and then when he all too briefly wrote for The Australian. We are so on the same side of the fence that it is uncanny. As he would perfectly well understand, there are few others like ourselves so that running across someone who reads your own thoughts and then puts them into words is always remarkable because it is so rare.

Both are available through Connor Court. If you are thinking of presents, this is a very good place to find them.

13:33

Grindr Scammer Sent to Prison Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Jayson Hastie had his game down pat, or so he thought. The 25-year old from Albion Park, south of Wollongong, set up a fake profile on under the name of Alex on the bisexual and gay social networking and dating website Grindr, before getting to work. His profile soon attracted the attention of an older

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11:31

Kids to Spend Christmas in Hotel Rooms with Strangers Sydney Criminal Lawyers

At any time in NSW alone, there are around 150 children accommodated in hotels under the care of Family and Community Services (FACS). Its no different at Christmas time. While many kids will wake up wondering what surprises are wrapped under the tree, these kids will wake up with relative strangers carers some

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10:57

Courts Are Becoming Sympathetic to the Cause of Medicinal Cannabis Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Its estimated that around 100,000 patients are using cannabis medicines across the country. And even though the federal government legalising medicinal cannabis close to three years ago, most of these patients are forced to access their medicine on the black market. Despite government moves to cut some of the red tape around

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06:39

1) Peaceful resolution to Papuas war for liberation AWPA Sydney News



2) Talking Indonesia: roads, development and violence in Papua
3) Government to solve environmental crimes and human rights violations
4) Indonesian lawmakers worried about Manus naval base plan
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1) Peaceful resolution to Papuas war for liberation
Veronica Koman
Jakarta / Wed, December 19, 2018/ 11:12 am

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