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Wednesday, 07 November



Manus rejections more proof of failure of US resettlement deal "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US.

Only nine of the 32 were accepted four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis.

The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on the list.

The rejection of the Iranian refugee continues this years pattern of the US rejecting Iranian refugees from Manus and Nauru.

What stands out from this particular list, that also indicates the exhaustion of the US resettlement deal, is that 72 per cent of refugees have been rejected.

A total of 467 refugees 300 from Nauru and 167 from Manus have so far been resettled in the United States. Around 20 Manus refugees are in Port Moresby waiting to go to the US, and a similar number are waiting in Nauru. But this leaves over 1000 people in offshore camps who have no resettlement options.

It is ludicrous for Scott Morrison to continue to say the government is relying on the US deal, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, It is just as ludicrous for Labor to pretend that it has third country resettlement options.

With the US deal all but finished, New Zealand is the only third country option and it is offering to take just 150 people.

It is obvious that the conditions on Nauru and Manus have created as much of a medical emergency among the adult refugees as among the children. There is an urgent need to evacuate both offshore detention camps and bring all the refugees and asylum seekers to Australia for medical assessment and protection.

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a protest at 5pm, Tuesday, 20 November, 5.00pm, Customs House, Circular Quay to call for First the Kids, Now, Everyone Off Nauru and Manus.

The protest will coincide with teacher walk-off actions in Melbourne and Sydney on the same day the deadline set by the World Vision #KidsOffNauru campaign for the government to have all children and their families off Nauru.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Death of Racing Horse Sparks Fresh Calls for Reform "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Its been dubbed the race that stops a nation. For less than 4 minutes every year, many Australians drop everything to watch the Melbourne Cup the countrys most famous horse race. For most of them, its an afternoon to celebrate. This year was no different; that is, until

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Our Urban Village Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

I came home recently to find teenagers on our back deck, using our wifi. Dont worry, they had permission. The internet had gone down at their house, so theyd hot-footed it across the road to use ours. The fact that we werent home didnt make any difference. And for the umpteenth time since we moved []


The Ethics of Covert Operations: An Interview With Ex-Undercover Operative Dr Clive Harfield Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The purpose of covert operations is for law enforcement agents to obtain evidence that would not otherwise be accessible using conventional investigatory methods. This secretive acquiring of evidence is meant to be done in a lawful manner, so that it is not liable for exclusion as illegally or improperly obtained evidence under section 138 of

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Pill Testing, Not Penalties: An Interview With Take Controls Kieran Palmer Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Two young people died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September. At the time, there was saturation policing at the music festival. There were 194 police officers deployed at the event, some of whom were accompanied by drug detection dogs. The tragedy sparked renewed calls for the roll out of pill testing trials in NSW.

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1) Polish tourists case submitted to Attorney Office AWPA Sydney News

2) Saving One of the Last Biodiversity Hot Spots

1) Polish tourists case submitted to Attorney Office

Published 21 hours ago on 6 November 2018 
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                 JF when going to Wamena Prison from Jayawijaya District Attorney Office-Jubi / Islami

Wamena, Jubi  Papua Regional Police hand over the case of a Polish tourist Jakup Fabian Skrzypski (JF) who arrested a few months ago to Jayawijaya District Attorney on Friday (02/11/2018) because all documents and evidence are considered complete.

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Tuesday, 06 November


Vale, dear friend The Other Side

Dear Birdie, Weve been friends since the beginning of high school, over 48 years ago now. We went through university together, then on to see each other become wives with loving husbands, and mothers of our beautiful children. Throughout the years, though we were soon separated geographically, we never lost touch. We shared the events Continue reading Vale, dear friend



REMEMBRANCE DAY this Sundaycommemorates the centenary of the signing of the Armistice at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 which [more]

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Australia central bank raises economic growth forecast "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Australias central bank on Thursday said the economy was performing well and lifted its growth outlook while keeping interest rates at a record low but warned there were concerns about global trade.

The announcement comes as worries also begin to emerge about the countrys once booming housing market, which has slowed in recent months.

The Reserve Bank of Australia said this G20 economy continues to chug along and should expand around 3.5 this year and next, a fraction up from its previous forecast and continuing a global record 26 years of continuous growth.

AFP/File | Australians have looked increasingly jittery, with consumers tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year

Its main cash rate was left unchanged at 1.50 percent to stimulate consumer and business spending.

But it said there were doubts prompted by the direction of international trade policy in the United States, with Donald Trump having embarked on a protectionist agenda sparking standoffs with key partners including China and the European Union.

Meanwhile, at home consumers have looked increasingly jittery, with Australians tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year.

And a drop in house prices may be good news for renters, but it could hit the broader economy with recent buyers saddled with assets worth less than they paid for.

It wouldnt be too much of a concern yet, in the near term, Jason Yek of Fitch Solutions told AFP. But I do think housing prices are going to go down over coming quarters.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by around 70 percent this decade, with wage growth lagging well behind, despite low unemployment rates.

Many Australians already find balancing the household books tougher despite the booming market and household debt remains at one of the highest levels of all OECD.

Some analysts predict household finances will only get tighter as a rash of interest-only home loans granted in 2015 end a five-year grace period.

By 2020, Yek said, many Australian home owners will have to start paying down the principle too.

According to NABs Consumer Anxiety Index the cost of living is still the biggest driver of Australian consumer angst.



The States Where Theres Still Progressive Hope In The American Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the next 48 hours, US politics may once again markedly change the world we live in. Thomas J. Adams, a lecturer in history and American studies at the University of Sydney, breaks down the states to watch.

It may be a clich that American political life has become a global reality sideshow, but nevertheless it bears a good deal of truth.

Horrifying, outlandish, disturbing, occasionally hilarious, entirely predictable, and utterly and completely absurd, Donald Trumps presidency has enraptured a global audience with all the hallmarks of a great middlebrow piece of mass entertainment. Plot twists, schadenfreude, sex, dastardly villains, backstabbing, unabashed lies, tragic martyrs, porn stars, and the possibility of the fall of empire, Gibbon-style. Game of Thrones eat your heart out.

For those who follow American politics whether within the United States or from 12,000 kilometres across the Pacific the nearly two years of Donald Trumps presidency has made it harder than ever to focus ones attention on the slow and arduous processes required to build an actually existent progressive politics.

American political analysis especially that which reaches Australia or occurs within its ever-narrowing media confines tends to be of the handicapping and horserace variety. Such myopia can obscure the substantive shifts on the ground that are important not just for resisting Donald Trump, but building a real alternative grounded in redistribution, a robust defence of democratic rights and equal protection, and a less imperial global posture.

US president, Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

If the last two years (or more to the point, the last 50 years) of American life have made anything clear, it is the simple fact that there is no left in the United States worth speaking of. That is, there is no mass progressive and anti-imperial institutional structure capable of mounting a credible challenge for power at the national level of American governance.

As the first major democratic referendum on Trumps America approaches, its hard to remove oneself from all the narrative plots, liberal hand-wringing, and Trumps constant self one-upmanship of offense, lies, and attacks on the Constitution. Making fun of a sexual assault survivors memory? Lets raise it by a horde of economic refugees on foot and w...


The Sugar Daddy Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Loved your profile:) I would like to offer you an allowance of 4000 per month. We would meet for a few hours each time, have some nice cocktails, food, travel and hang out at a private place How many times a week would you be able to catch up with me?


Travelling is a fucking expensive hobby. Now, before you light your torches and grab your pitchforks, I know you can do it on the cheap. Ive read Europe on a Shoestring. Ive hitchhiked from one sketchy town to another. Ive dodged train fares and trains by walking along the tracks. But, even the tightest of tight-asses has to spend some dollars sometimes. Getting off this island continent typically means getting on a plane, and that doesnt come cheap. Return international flights departing Sydney start from $200AUD, and are mostly to our sheep-shagging mates in New Zealand, or a stop-over city in South-East Asia. The bottom line is: to travel, you need some money.

At a very young age, the old chestnut that money doesnt grow on trees was embedded into my psyche. So, I became a slick entrepreneur at five years old. To swindle my family, Id clean cars, walk dogs, and once I even prematurely pulled out a tooth, just so the Tooth Fairy would make it rain under my pillow that night. I burst onto the employment scene as soon as legally possible, and promptly stashed the cash I made. I then dropped said cash on my first big overseas jaunt an exchange semester at 16. Since then, Ive worked an eclectic range of jobs to fund my travel: selling books at the height of the Kindle craze, delivering pamphlets on a paper route, and taking advantage of free food and WiFi while babysitting.

Work. Travel. Work. Travel. Thats been my shtick, and Im shticking to it. But, what happens when the travel beast growls with hunger, and your bank account cant satiate? Rationality says, Dont travel. Common sense would suggest you make an Excel spreadsheet, budget the next few months, see how your savings are going, and then, based on those trends and projections for the next financial year, plan a trip within your means. But I want to travel now.

What I really need is a Sugar Daddy.

Enter, AJ*. His message, offering me $4,000AUD per month, for nice cocktails at a private place sent me reeling. I had signed up for a Sugar Daddy dating service, but I wasnt actually prepared to be contacted, let alone offered money. In the 48 hours since joining the site, Ive had multiple messages, been favourited by potential Daddies (try not to vomit at....


A warning about the privatisation of the Federal governments planned nuclear waste dump for South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kazzi Jai Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges November 4

What ALSO really worries me is the fine print in the proposal .the one which says that management of the dump is to be done by possibly ANSTO, or a government department , or a PRIVATE ENTITY! Read it it is in the Fact Sheets!

Now that is a real worry equally when Adi Paterson made comments about upgrading ANSTO in Sydney in the last week or so, again talking about Federal funding for it, or from a PRIVATE SOURCE

So beware! Once this can of worms is unleashed, we in South Australia and Australia in fact may be getting more than we bargain for! And just like PRIVATIZATION we have seen in other sectors of our community, the management goes straight overseas into overseas hands!

Also remember private company TEPCO running the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Given many warnings about the possibility of a large tsunami possibility several years earlier and given ample time to build a levy wall to deal with it, Their answer we are looking into it. They never did it. And there are other safety problems with the reactor with respect to protocol and safety equipment which just wasnt there, even though by regulation it should have been! The disastrous consequences of this coverup the Japanese people now wear as a result!.....


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1) Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field AWPA Sydney News

2) Indonesia-New Zealand cooperation needs to be further explored: Ambassador 
3) Papua police arrest two drug users
4) Indonesian Armed Forces enhances military diplomacy

1) Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field
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Melbourne stock surge "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Listings rise sharply in Melbourne

A big jump in listings in Melbourne and Canberra this month, with Melbourne's available stock now comfortably exceeding 39,000, according to SQM Research's latest data and media release

There were small declines in October for Brisbane, Adelaide, and notably Darwin and Perth.

But the two major capital cities are well up from last year...

It took a bit longer to get there, but Melbourne has now well and truly joined Sydney with its slowing market, with stock levels leaping 5.9 per cent higher in the month of October alone.

From a year earlier, Melbourne listings are up by 24.3 per cent, suggesting very slow sales activity in the Victorian capital.


NSW Premier Plays the Race Card Sydney Criminal Lawyers

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian caused a stir last month when she took aim at her new whipping boy: immigrants. The daughter of Armenian migrants herself, the premier said she wants the states migration levels to be halved. The rates have gone through the roof, Ms Berejiklian told ABC radio. Just under ten years ago, we were welcoming

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Tinder Rapist Granted Bail "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

In the Melbourne County Court last week, Glenn Antony Hartland pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting a fourth. His pleas of guilty were followed by an application for bail, which was granted by the court on strict conditions. This means Mr Hartland will be in the community until his sentencing hearing in

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Its the Devil! Pope Claims Church is Being Persecuted over Child Sexual Abuse Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Pope Francis has responded to the tens of thousands of cases of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy worldwide by claiming the Church is being victimised. The Pope recently wrapped up a month-long meeting, or Synod, for Bishops from around the world at the Vatican by claiming the Church is being persecuted

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The Weekly Times TWT 7th November 2018 The Weekly Times

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT311018

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In which the pond doses up on angry Sydney Anglicanism ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last night Media Watch went all bleeding heart for the suffering of the lizard Oz's business model and all the investigative journalism that the country was missing out on, thanks to the shameless pilfering Daily Snail

Well the pond is no friend of the Snail's, loathsome as it is, doesn't visit, doesn't read and doesn't link to it.

The pond remembers the Snail's glory days

And so on and on but pardon the pond if it says "lace" to all that talk of the lizard Oz doing decent investigative journalism, as opposed to pushing out into the world all sorts of crusades, not least climate science denialism, but also a kind of Trumpism down under along with the incessant crow-like cry of dinkum Oz clean coal oi, oi, oi ...

Ironically, that Media Watch nonsense followed a report by Four Corners in Melbourne, which astonishingly failed to mention by name the Herald Sun's rabid, fear mongering, demonising, hysterical reporting on such matters especially given the abundance of front page examples that are available



The Australian today - Gillard slush fund saga is back "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

From Brad Norington, Associate Editor of The Australian today. BRAD NORINGTON ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington NOVEMBER 6, 2018 An Australian Workers Union slush fund saga that hounded Julia Gillard throughout her political career might not be over, with former Sydney radio broadcaster Michael Smith taking the unusual course of launching a...

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Monday, 05 November


Geoffrey Rush Lawyer Says Telegraph Newspapers Actions Improper, Unjustified or Lacking in Bona Fides "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The barrister acting for Geoffrey Rush in his defamation claim against The Daily Telegraph has blasted the newspapers extraordinary attitude during the litigation and argued its conduct should lead to a higher-than-usual award of legal costs if the Oscar-winning actor wins the case.

On the eleventh day of the high-stakes trial, Mr Rushs senior counsel, Bruce McClintock, SC, accused the Telegraph of adopting a stiff-necked or stubborn attitude during the litigation, including disputing facts such as that Mr Rush was an Oscar winner and was named Australian of the Year in 2012.

By Michaela Whitbourn

Sydney Morning Herald

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Why? Why would a litigant do this? Mr McClintock said. Its an extraordinary attitude towards the conduct of litigation.

Mr Rush, 67, is suing the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, in the Federal Court over two news stories and a newsagent billboard alleging inappropriate behaviour towards a cast member during the Sydney Theatre Companys production of King Lear.

His accuser was not named in the stories but was later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill, who played King Lears daughter Cordelia. Ms Norvill did not speak to the Telegraph for its stories and initially did not agree to give evidence for the newspaper in court.

Tom Blackburn, SC, for the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, said Mr McClintock appeared to be arguing that it was about time [the Telegraph] was taken down a peg or two, but the court could not award punitive damages in defamation cases.

He said the Telegraphs alleged conduct would need to be improper, unjustified or lacking in bona fides and increase the hurt to Mr Rush to justify an award of aggravated damages, which can be awarded by courts in defamation cases, but there had been not a stitch of evidence about how the actor felt as a result of the newspapers approach to the litigation.

Mr Blackburn agreed the parties conduct during the litigation was relevant to legal costs.

If its not relevant to aggravated damages, so be it, Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney said.

The Rush trial was slated to run for almost three weeks and has featured a string of high-profile witnesses,....

Tuesday, 30 October


The Weekly Times TWT 31st October 2018 The Weekly Times

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 3rd October 2018 edition of TWT. TWT311018

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