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Monday, 11 June

18:20

1) New hub reflects NZ grassroots support for West Papua AWPA Sydney News


2) Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih
3) HEALTH & EDUCATION SERVICEPapuas legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldnt be a media campaign only
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1) New hub reflects NZ grassroots support for West Papua
6:10 pm today 
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16:38

Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo.

Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 9, 2018

They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors.  Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair rules. Whether it was the Soviet army engaged in strafing operations indifferent to combatant and civilian, or those subsequent intruders of the Global War on Terror the forces of the US-led International Security Assistance Force and associated allies the complement of atrocities was only set to grow.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has had an eye on Afghanistan for some time for that very reason. In 2016, she claimed in a report that, Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014.

The Central Intelligence Agency was not to be left out sulking on the side, with Bensouda suggesting that 27 detainees in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania had been subjected to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape between December 2002 and March 2008. A true smorgasbord of violence.

In November 2017, Bensouda concluded, after a seemingly interminable preliminary process, that all legal criteria required under the Rome statute [of the ICC] to commence an investigation have been met.  The investigation specifically into the conduct of forces in Afghanistan, she suggested, would cover the alleged perpetration of crimes against humanity including murder, targeting humanitarian workers, and summary executions.

Afghanistan has again become the site of interest for the maligned side of human nature, this time from the Australian angle.  The weekend began with Canberra in a tizz over allegations that Australias special forces have committed war crimes since commencing operations in 2001.

On Friday, Fairfax Media revealed certain contents of a report written by Defence Department consultant D...

11:07

Richard Bourke In Brisbane: A Rare Australian Advocate Fighting The Death Penalty "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An Australian lawyer working against the death penalty in the United States will be back in Australia next month to speak. Stephen Keim SC and Madeleine Murphy are hoping people wont miss the chance to hear what he has to say.

We are all going to die, and we have no choice about that, but we do choose whether to kill or not, concluded Australian-born capital defence lawyer, Richard Bourke, during a moving speech he delivered at a TedxSydney event in early 2015.

Since then, the effectiveness and availability of various drugs employed in the lethal injection protocols of various US states has again brought the debate about the death penalty to the fore.

In its June 2015 ruling (Glossip v Gross), a five Justice majority of the United States Supreme Court ruled that use by the State of Oklahoma of the sedative midazolam in the lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The finding was contrary to contentions by the Applicants that midazolam failed to render the person insensate (unconscious and without sensation).

In a dissenting opinion in which Justice Ginsberg joined, Justice Breyer wrote, Rather than try to patch up the death penaltys legal wounds, one at a time, I would ask for a full briefing on a more basic question: whether the death penalty violates the Constitution.

Recently, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review, a challenge by a Missouri man to his death sentence on the basis that the combined effect of his particular medical condition and the drugs used in the lethal injection cocktail would result in a death which violates the same Eighth Amendment protections. That matter (Bucklew v Precythe) is due to be heard in the next sitting Term of the Court.

Richard Bourke is returning to Australia in July to speak at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts building in Brisbane in a joint initiative of Australians Against Capital Punishment, the Julian Wagner Memorial Fund; the UQ Law Alumni Association and the TC Beirne School of Law. Bourkes talk will be recorded for broadcast on the ABCs Big Ideas program.

Bourke often speaks of the dignity and humanity involved in the work of defending capital cases and it is certainly these words which come to mind when hearing his own story.

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09:59

NSW drug dog uproar following festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SYDNEY, AAP Activists say the security operation at a Sydney music festival was a serious abuse of police powers after ticket holders were denied entry and banned from the Olympic Park site for six months based on the reactions from drug detection dogs.

The Above & Beyond festival went ahead on Saturday evening after it was plunged into controversy this week by a NSW Police threat to ban revellers if a dog reacted positively, even if no drugs were found.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge says the Sniff Off campaign team had spoken to numerous people who were refused entry after being sniffed and searched, even though no drugs were found on them.

(They) were issued with banning notices preventing them from returning to the entire Olympic Park site for six months, he said in a statement on Sunday.

This is a serious abuse of police powers and has caused substantial distress to those who were unfairly excluded.

Two detection dogs were used on crowds on Saturday night in a search area beyond an initial entry point and out of the reach of media cameras.

The Greens claim sniffer dogs can get it wrong in up to 75 per cent of cases and argue police should adopt harm-minimisation tactics instead.

Mr Shoebridge said NSW Police had ignored public opinion and run right over well established civil liberties with heavy-handed punishment of concertgoers who were the victims of drug dog false-positives.

As well as the more than $100 for the ticket, many attendees have also paid for flights and accommodation, meaning the denial of entry has put them substantially out of pocket., he said.

The move was also criticised by civil libertarians and even a former Australian Border Force commissioner as an overreach.

Activist Tom Raue, who was at the concert, said officers ordered his volunteers to stop handing out pamphlets about the drug dog program, citing a 2012 regulation governing the entire Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

An attempt by Mr Raue and other plaintiffs to secure an injunction that would have prevented the police plan going ahead fell flat on Friday after a judge ruled they had no cause to complain about alleged injustices in advance.

The Greens said they would challenge the move by police in both the parliament and the courts.

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09:49

Summary of events in West Papua (13 May 2018-11 June) AWPA Sydney News


Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (13  May 2018-11 June)




The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released an urgent action (5June) regarding a customary land dispute between Bintuni Agro Prima Perkasa Company and the Mpur Tribe in Tambrauw Regency, West Papua province. The AHRC makes it easy for people to respond to their U/As. http://www.ahrchk.org/ruleoflawasia.net/news.php?id=AHRC-UAC-035-2018



Timika 
A facebook posting has  reported that yesterday,  Sunday 10th June 5 civilians have been arrested in SP. 5 in the district of Iwaka Kampung around 11:00am Timika time. This afternoon at 4:00pm Timika time, a massive sweeping by Indonesian military and police forces are undergoing in the area of SP. 2 in the district of Timika Jaya. More civilians have fled into the near by bushes including my family.  More up to date information  will be posted as comes to light (on daily lists).


In a written submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Asian Legal Resource Centre reported on the situation of extrajudicial executions (summary executions) in Indonesia. In its statement the ALRC said The recurrence of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia is largely due to the impunity enjoyed by the offenders, especially if they are part of th...

09:40

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In The Western World Truth Is An Endangered Species: Come To Its Support

Paul Craig Roberts

Nowhere in the Western world is truth respected. Even universities are imposing censorship and speech control. Governments are shutting down, and will eventually criminalize, all explanations that differ from official ones. The Western world no longer has a print and TV media. In its place there is a propaganda ministry for the ruling elite.

Whistleblowers are prosecuted and imprisoned despite their protection by federal statue. The US Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. It has been a long time since any justice flowed from the DOJ.

The total corruption of the print and TV media led to the rise of Intermet media such as Wikileaks, led by Julian Assange, a prisoner since 2012.
Assange is an Australian and Ecuadorian citizen. He is not an American citizen. Yet US politicians and media claim that he is guilty of treason because he published official documents leaked to Wikileaks that prove the duplicity and criminality of the US government.

It is strickly impossible for a non-citizen to be guilty of treason. It is strickly impossible under the US Constitution for the reporting of facts to be spying. The function of the media is to expose and to hold accountable the government. This function is no longer performed by the Western print and TV media.

Washington wants revenge and is determined to get it. If Assange were as corrupt at the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC, etc., he would have reported the leaker to Washington, not published the information, and retired as a multi-millionaire with Washingtons thanks. However, unfortunately for Assange, he had integrity.

Integrity today in the Western world has no value. You cannot find integrity in the government, in the global corporations, in the universities and schools, and most certainly not in the media.

After leaving Assange, an Australian citizen, to Washingtons mercy since 2012, belated pro-Assange protests in Australia forced the US vassal state to come to Assanges aid before the new corrupt president of Ecuador sells him to Washington for muilti-millons of dollars by revoking his asylum.

When the story was printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, the incompetent or brainwashed, or bought-and-paid-for journalist, Nick Miller, wrote:

Assange entered the embassy on June 19, 2012, after he had exhausted his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations.
Swedish authorities have since closed their investigation, saying it couldnt continue without Assanges presence in their country....

08:00

June 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was having a sinking throw-out sale, scribing in his Dear Diary.
"Six of our guns ... our iron and stone ballast, casts, hoop staves, oil jars, decayed stores, and many other things that lay in the way of heavier materials ... are thrown overboard with the utmost expedition."

1795 - Collins revealed his private opinion about the inter-racial conflict to Surgeon Edward Laing:
The natives at the Hawkesbury are murdering the settlers Abbott & MacKellar with Co [New South Wales Corps] soldiers are in turn, murdering the natives (but it cannot be avoided).

1813 - William Davis was hanged for cutting and maiming William Mason with a knife during a drunken brawl at Ultimo.

1818 - George Gray was hanged at Hobart Town for murder.

1818 - William Trimm was hanged at Hobart Town for sheep-stealing.

1824 - Lachlan, of the former Governor variety, having said a leisurely farewell to the king, the Duke of York, Bathurst and others, preparatory to returning to Scotland, woke feeling ill, suffering a great deal of pain from his old bowel complaint and from strangury (a condition caused by blockage or irritation at the base of the bladder).
Ahh, an ill wind blows!

1828 - John Timmins was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1828 - Thomas Ford was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1832 - 'One of the Aboriginal women, fishing outside the South Head on Monday, had her leg bitten off by a shark,' the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

1845 - The good folk of Sydney said, "Bye Felicia!" to the not-so-good Gov Gipps.

1849 - A public meeting at Circular Quay protested against the arrival of convicts in the ship Hashemy.
The meeting was attended by few men of standing, but its vehemence was alarming.Gov  FitzRoy's quiet strengthening of the guard at Government House was blamed as a show of military force, and his cool reception of a deputation from the meeting was blamed as discourtesy.

1851 - Spreading our colonial lurve around the world San Francisco vigilantes lynched Aussie John Jenkins (aka John Simpton) on Portsmouth Square for stealing a safe. He was part of contingent of ex-con Australians known as the Sydney Ducks.

1854 - Today witnessed the consecration of the church to be known as Trinity Lutheran Church on - guess what? - the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

1855 - Those Batmaniacs aka Bearbrass-ians or garden variety peeps of Narrm (Melbournians) got a bit more culture than a yoghurt pot when the first Opera 'Norma' was performed in Melbourne at the Olympic Theatre.

1855 - Revelling in their wee yoghurt pot the Parliamentary Peeps assented to The Chinese A...

03:45

To The POINT with GEORGE PAPALLO: Symphony Orchestra boasts an impressive line up of musicians The Weekly Times

THE RYDE Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra (RHHSO) was the brainchild of local resident Rita Lepedjian. Rita along with Dr Raf Marcellino, Prof Levon Khachigian, Ian [more]

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Sunday, 10 June

21:50

The Case of Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Case of Julian Assange

Julian Assange is a journalist, not a spy. Because he published leaked material that proved the duplicity and criminality of the US Government, Washington has had him locked up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and is now negotiating with the new president of Ecuador to revoke his asylum and turn him over to the US. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49590.htm

Assanges fellow Australians are organizing a rally in his defense in Sydney on June 17. https://candobetter.net/node/5518 People throughout the Western world need to rally to the support of this man who has worked to provide truthful information in place of elite-controlled explanations.

The post The Case of Julian Assange appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

17:55

B-Kyu Tour of West Sumatra ~ Lake Maninjau B-Kyu

Lake Maninjau in West Sumatra has some sort of weird power to slow time down, the three days we were there felt like a month. Heading out of Bukittinggi the roads are wet and chockas with traffic. Eka, our next host in Lake Maninjau is driving us through some incredible choked up traffic, performing some driving miracles while we listen to a Disney princess movie soundtrack. The traffic

12:45

Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going up the Congo. (Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018). They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place

The post Elite Atrocities: Australias Special Forces in Afghanistan appeared first on The AIM Network.

10:20

Interviewing UK journalist Johann Hari on antidepressants and alternatives "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the recent Sydney Writers Festival, I interviewed best-selling, British journalist Johann Hari about his new book, Lost Connections, on depression and solutions to it. ABC TV Australia aired portions of the event.

08:00

June 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was bobbing about in his boat when the Endeavour found the Great Barrier Reef the hard way.

1770 -  Jim Cook waxed lyrical about the inlet he knighted as Trinity Bay...
"The shore between Cape Grafton and Cape Tribulation forms a large but not very deep bay which I named Trinity Bay after the day Trinity Sunday on which it was discovered."
 Cook hauled his tub, the HM Bark Endeavour into Mission Bay, at the southern end of Trinity inlet, and went ashore for a short time with Sir Joseph Banks near the present site of the Yarrabah Aboriginal community.

1812 - The ship Campbell Macquarie had a nasty mischief on Macquarie Island and fell to bits.

1817 - Lachlan, of the Gov Macquarie flavour, was aghast at the shocking state of the Sydney-Parramatta road after a deluge or 3 washed it into a series of pot holes so he sashayed over to the Strong Work Gangs, selected 3 of the same and set them forth to whip the roads into a decent shape.

1824 - Governor Brisbane requested of the Colonial Secretary, Bathurst, that a troop of colonial cavalry be raised not only with a view of keeping the Aborigines in check against whom Infantry have no chance of success, but also for the general Police of the Country. The strength of the troop was to be 29 men and three officers.55 This was the foundation of the Mounted Police.

1834 - In April 1834 Aboriginal resistance leader, Calyute, also known as Kalyute, Galyute or Wongir, had led a raid on a flour mill near Perth; the raiders were captured by troopers  during which Calyute was bayoneted and the others wounded by gunfire. They were taken to Perth where, despite their injuries, they were flogged in the main street, Calyute receiving sixty lashes. As the raiders' ringleader, he was confined at Fremantle prison until this day.

1835 Australia's first political party, the Australian Patriotic Party, was founded.

1838 - A group of white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children near Myall Creek Station in northern New South Wales, near Bingara. Seven of the killers were tried and hanged.

1854 - Bushranger Mad Dan Morgan, although not yet known by this moniker as he was waltzing about the shop as jockey "John Smith:, was sentenced to twelve years hard labour for highway robbery at Castlemaine.

1860 - Congregational minister and journalist George Wight flung open the substantial Wharf Street Chapel in Brisvegas.

1867 - All the 'Rat gossip on hand, Gents!
Today saw the Very First Ever issue of the celebrated fish wrapper the Ballarat Courier.

1867 - Poet Adam Lindsay Gordon's first volume of poetry, Ashtaroth, was first published for the great unwashed masses who apparently didn't appreciate it.

1876...

05:53

Bringing Assange home: The best possible thing for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Well I'll be damned, it's about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australia's High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about "given the delicate diplomatic situation." So, forgive me if I squee a bit. I am aware how subservient Australia has historically been to US interests, I am aware that those US interests entail the arrest of Assange and the destruction of WikiLeaks, and I am aware that things don't often work out against the interests of the US-centralized empire. But there is a glimmer of hope now, coming from a direction we've never seen before. A certain southerly direction.

04:23

Why Bringing Assange Home Would Be the Best Possible Thing for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Julian Assange(CJ Opinion)  Well Ill be damned, its about time. According to a new report by the Sydney Morning Herald, officials from Australias High Commission have just been spotted leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London, accompanied by Julian Assanges lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Robinson confirmed that a meeting had taken place, but declined to say what it was about given the []

02:34

On 19 June show your support for Julian Assange in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The following has been adapted from Global protests to demand freedom for Julian Assange (2/6/18) | Class Consciousness.

In the coming weeks, including on 19 June, rallies have be organised for Julian Assange have been organised across Australia and across the world.

 

 

Demand that the Australian government act to abide by its duty of care to any Australian citizen and send to London a contingent of Federal Police to escort Julian Assange back to Australia.

Upcoming Rallies and protests in Australia

Sydney

Sunday, June 17th 1-3 PM, Socialist Equality Party Rally, Sydney Town Hall Square : Speakers include John Pilger and James Cogan SEP National Secretary. Endorsed by Julian Burnside QC and Terry Hicks (Father of David Hicks), Chris Hedges (Pullitzer Prizing winner Journalist), Professor Stuart Rees Facebook event and website

Tuesday June 19th 9AM 1PM British Consulate Gateway Building, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney

Melbourne

Vigil outside British Consulate, Tuesday 19th .: Vigil will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and other young member of Julian's family will be in attendance. Julian is totally isolated from his friends and family whilst trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy.

Speakers include :

Shirley Shackleton:whose journalist husband Greg was murdered by Indonesian force in Balibo on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. Shirley fought for decades for the East Timorese and against the Australian government's cover up of her (and four other journalists).

James Cogan: National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP):The Socialist Equality are playing a leading role in the campaign to defend Julian Assange and fight internet censorship. They have also called protests in Sydney, Tamil N...

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Thursday, 07 June

09:00

Marais Project Bass Affair The Weekly Times

Three TWT readers can win double passes to The Marais Projects next concert A Bass Affair on Sunday June 17 at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, [more]

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Friday, 04 May

08:48

MP travel claims and elections: Were the rules broken or stretched? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a series of Deirdre Chambers-like coincidences, at least three parliamentarians made claims for travel and travel allowances that coincided with election activities in Queensland and NSW towards the end of 2017.

Labor MP (and former Treasurer) Wayne Swan and Pauline Hanson One Nation Senator Brian Burston made claims for tax payer funded travel to or around Queensland on the weekend of that states election in November 2017.

The following week, Nationals Senator for NSW, John Williams, claimed travelling allowance for an overnight stay in Tamworth on the evening of the by-election in New England that saw Barnaby Joyce returned to Parliament after his disqualification in the High Court.

Travel rules for Commonwealth MPs, while quite generous, do provide some sharp cut offs around business that cant be characterised as parliamentary, executive or official business, but rather takes on a patina more consistent with that of party activity.

The Handbook in effect for the relevant period says of claims for travel:

Senators and Members are responsible for ensuring that any travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation, that is, in most circumstances only for Parliamentary, electorate or official business, but not party business

Swan Song

Former Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, spoke at a Melbourne ALP event on the evening of Friday 24 November to honour Jenny Macklins contribution to the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 10 years before.

Swans speech on the occasion is a generous encomium to Ms Macklin.

According to The Australian, Anthony Albanese reportedly characterised this Macklin event as a party fundraiser similar to one he was holding a week later in Sydney.

However, with polling day in Queensland on Saturday, November 25, Swan returned to Queensland. This he did with an $1025 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane on election day.

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Friday, 27 April

11:56

Malfeasance evolves with booms and busts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE banks will behave badly again. The only questions are how long it will take and what form will it take. In the 2011 film Margin Call an investment bank CEO played by Jeremy Irons rattles off the years of financial busts from the late 17th century to the 2008 crisis that he is dealing with in the film.

The bank had discovered (before anyone else) that its vast portfolio of triple-A-rated mortgage-based bonds were in effect worthless. So the bank knowingly dumped the lot on to an unsuspecting market which thought it was snapping up bargains by buying the worthless bonds at below market price.

Irons dismisses the ethical qualms of a more junior executive played by Kevin Spacey saying that the buyers paid the market price at the time. He dismisses Spaceys warning that the panic sale would trash the banks reputation and no-one would buy anything from it again by saying, Being the first out the door is not a panic.

In Australia in the early 1990s we saw similar behaviour with the Westpac foreign-loans scandal, documented in Senator Paul McLeans book Bankers and Bastards.

Westpac organised large foreign-currency loans for some of its customers at much lower interest rates than were prevailing in Australia. Alas, the value of those currencies rose and the value of Australian dollar fell, but the customers had to repay the loan in the foreign currency so they were much worse off than if they had taken a higher-interest-rate Australian-currency loan.

The bad advice was bad enough. The attempted cover up and the legal advice on how to do it was worse.

Westpac got an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court to stop The Sydney Morning Herald and others publishing what became to be known as the Westpac papers. So The Canberra Times published them in an ACT-only edition beyond the reach of the NSW courts.

That made the NSW injunctions rather silly and they were lifted.

All booms and busts attract malfeasance of one kind or another. In 2008 it was the packaging of sub-prime mortgages into bonds and giving them triple-A ratings they did not deserve. In Margin Call it was selling bonds the bank knew to be worthless. In booms the malfeasance has been insider trading, such as the Poseidon bubble of the late 1960s.

These scandals usually result in inquiries,...

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Friday, 20 April

11:57

Economic blinkers warp immigration assessment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE Treasury-Home Affairs report on immigration seems to have based its evidence and reasoning upon its conclusion that high immigration is a good thing. On the reports own figures, present high immigration will produce an extra 1.1 per cent of total GDP. Given that 190,000 immigrants year is just a tad under 1 per cent, that does not make for very much increase in GDP per person. And that is on Treasurys optimistic and economics-only view.

The economic gain per person is so little that more people are questioning whether it is worth the risk.

The underlying economic equation, though, remains inescapable. If you increase population by 2 per cent a year, which is what is happening in Australia, you have to double (yes, double) your infrastructure effort not just increase it by 2 per cent.

This is because infrastructure (roads, football stadiums, hospitals, bridges etc) on average last about 50 years. Some longer (the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Some shorter (Olympic Stadium). If the stuff lasts 50 years you have to replace 2 per cent of it every year, just to mark time. If you add 2 per cent population growth you have to add another 2 per cent, in effect doubling the infrastructure requirement, just to mark time.

This is why people are screaming.

There are few economies of scale here. When a school is full you have to build a whole new one. Indeed, there are diseconomies of scale. If you use a road to capacity, it gets clogged and people waste time in traffic.

Treasury concentrates on income and tax and virtually ignores stresses on capital (infrastructure). It also ignores the environment. It ignores the replacement of agricultural land with housing and whether we have enough water. It ignores the social cost of forcing people into apartments. It ignores the morality of reducing Australias capacity to export food as more will be consumed here.

A lot of the increase in GDP from higher population comes from the higher price of goods and services that become scarcer, not from higher standards of living. A round of golf now charged at $1000 because land values have sky-rocketed adds $1000 to GDP. Yet it is the same round of gold which only added $100 to GDP when that was the going rate when we had lower population and lower land values.

GDP is a warped measurement. It does not measure well-being. If higher GDP (and not even much higher GDP per person) is the best argument for continuing the recently hugely increased immigration intake, it is a very poor one, even if you believed the economic...

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Monday, 16 April

13:08

ELDAC: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The new End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website provides many paths to practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning', says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning activities and palliative care connections.

AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.

'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
 
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.

'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.

'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.

ELDAC website.

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Sunday, 08 April

20:27

The Paris Seamstress and Brandenburg Quartet Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester, weaves sweeping stories of strong women succeeding in a male dominated world at key historical moments. Her latest book, The Paris Seamstress, shows just how much a young Parisian seamstress, Estella Bissette, will sacrifice to make her mark in New Yorks fashion scene of the 1940s. Then, seventy- five years later, as her granddaughter, Fabienne Bissette, learns more about her grandmothers past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, societys boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstressis the fascinating, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.

Author, Natasha Lester, is my guest today.

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, is published by Hachette Australia.

The Brandenburg Quartet brings together the four principals of the multi ARIA Award-winning Orchestras string section: violinists, Shaun Lee-Chen and Ben Dollman; violist Monique ODea; and cellist, Jamie Hey. Performing exclusively on gut strings, the group seeks to explore and shed light on little-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire. The Brandenburg Quartet are bringing the unique sound world of the Brandenburg in their debut performance at the Independent Theatre with a program of exquisite classical quartets played on period instruments.

Violist, Monique ODea, is my guest today.

Brandenburg Quartet | Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7pm

The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney

DURANTE Concerto for Strings in G Minor | ROMBERG String Quartet in F Major, Op.1/3

HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op.76/2.

More Info: www.brandenburg.com.au

Bookings: www.theindependent.org.au

I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm

Margaux

 

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19:23

New App Lets You Help First-Responders in Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.

The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.

The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Caf in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.

The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.

Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether its a single incident or coordinated attack, said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.

Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop this app makes it seamless.

The fact that the information is stored on a cloud platform means that you can do it at a pace and at a cost that you could never do using traditional platforms, Stanley added.

Citadel also plans to use the app as a prototype to develop similar apps in the fields of wel...

18:06

Culture Guide: 9 April 15 April: #allthefeels, Women In Shadows, The Flick and more "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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11:20

Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...

08:00

April 8 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1658 - Abraham Leeman van Santwits was the first officer and navigator of Waeckend Boey and he and 13 sailors were marooned on an island off the coast while trying to find survivors of the Gilt Dragon. They ate seabirds and seals to survive and dug a small well from which surprisingly they obtained reasonably fresh water to drink. Leeman urged his men to make repairs to the boat including a make shift sail of seal skins. Today in 1658 they began their voyage home to Batavia.

1800 - Today saw the first recorded public performance of a Shakespearean play in Australia.
The popular historical drama Henry IV Part 1 was performed at the Theatre Sydney according to a playbill advertising the event which is held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
Margaret and David gave it 4 stars.

1802 - Matthew Flinders - that well-trained servant of the famous cat Trim - was pottering about the coast when he happened upon a French explorer chappie by the name of Nicholas Baudin today; being the polite, well-mannered souls that they were they sat and shared a coupla scones, a pot of tea, and various charts, maps and where-you-can-find-fresh-water knowledge as those explorer peeps are wont to do.
Matthew must have enjoyed the conversation greatly for he dubbed the spot Encounter Bay.

1814 - William Shelley scribed some fan-mail, dated Parramatta, 8 April 1814, to Governor Macquarie, about the civilisation of the natives, their relations with European women and a plan for an institution segregating boys and girls and educating them.

1816 - Wave your little wooden leg with gay abandon!
The patients were transferred from the old hospital to the new General Hospital in Sydney on this day.

1817 - Mary Reibey had a spare sitting room gathering dust in her house at Macquarie Place so a gaggle of Sydney merchants, with a nod and a wink from Gov Macquarie himself, started the Bank of NSW from her parlour. It changed its moniker to Westpac in 1982.

1822 - Charles Throsby wrote to Alexander Berry re the Shoalhaven cedar venture, the bearer of the letter being a native named Broughton who had been born at Shoalhaven.

1826 - Tired of reading tram timetables by torchlight, the first street lamp in Oz sprung to life in Macquarie Place, Sydney.

1829 - Charles White was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Murphy at Luskintyre.

1840 - THE HATEFUL LASH
The Colonial Times, published at Hobart Town, has put forth a lengthy and sensible article under this head, which the talented editor has followed up by two others on the same subject. It is a production worthy the consideration of the public, and an honor alike to the head and heart of its author. The humane feelings of a true Englishman recoils at the inhuman practice of bin...

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10:18

Regent Honeyeater in the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Regent Honeyeater - Capertee 
A dazzling combination of vibrant colours explodes from a cluster of pink mugga ironbark flowers. A Regent Honeyeater attacks the flowers with gusto before another, then another, bird appears. An estimated 1012 honeyeaters are present, flitting between ironbarks and yellow box trees on a grassy woodland slope in Capertee National Park, on the western fringe of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in NSW.
Regent Honeyeater adult & juvenile - Capertee
I had seen the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater just three times over close to 50 years of birding - once at Storm King Dam near the NSW-Queensland border; once at Stanmore in south-east Queensland; and once at Glenbrook, west of Sydney. To see them again at Capertee was a joy. What was particularly encouraging was that two recently fledged juveniles were among the group, so they had nested successfully in the area. In another part of the Capertee Valley the next day, I found a second group of 3-4 birds, so my life tally of encount...

08:00

April 7 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1780 Jorgen Jorgensen, he who would become King of Iceland and claim the throne of Denmark but, in the end, would die homeless and penniless on the streets of Hobart as a convict, was pupped on this day.

1790 - Supplys trawling nets were deployed; about four hundred- weight of fish being brought up, it was issued to the English.

1805 - After 3 weeks the spear was extracted from the Cow Pastures (Camden) leader Cogy. Despite his wound, Cogy was well enough to take part in a punishment trial at the Hawkesbury River.

1815 Bathurst, New South Wales was founded following its discovery by George Evans.

1819 - The NSW Govt-built schooner (that's a ship not a beer glass) Prince Regent, intended as a gift for the King of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) was launched with spectacular gusto today; having taken over 3 years to build it was a bit of a let down when Lord Bathurst sent a text from the Colonial Office to Macquarie suggesting the ship would make a fully sick boat for Lieut. King in which to gallivant about the continent.But King wanted a roolly fully wicked ship so he flashed the cash and bought himself another boat so the Prince Regent toddled about doing donkey work until she was finally sailed off into the sunset towards Hawaii and taken possession of by King Liholiho on May 1st 1822.

1835 - Major Thomas Mitchell set out on his second expedition, determined to discredit the discoveries made by Sturt.

1841 Edward John Eyre became the first European to cross the Nullarbor Plain, arrived in Western Australia.

1851 - William Tom and John Lister were a tad bored so they went out, played in the creek at Ophir and dug up some GOLD!
Edward Hargraves did not, I repeat, did NOT discover the gold.
He was just a very greedy boy.

1881 - George Adams knew the worth of 2 flies crawling up a wall and so he held the first Tattersall's Sweep on the Sydney Cup neddy race. This was the first of Tattersall's lotteries, run from the Tattersall's pub in Sydney.

1887 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Hornsby - Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (Start Boronia No 5 deviation) - Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) to Jct (End Boronia No 5 deviation) - Hawkesbury River.

1891 - Brilliant cartoonist who lampooned Hitler and created Colonel Blimp, Sir David Low, was born in New Zealand. His cartoons were published when he was only 15 and The Bulletin invited him onto their staff, in Australia, when he was 18.

1893 - Today saw the ever-so-ungainly collapse of the Commercial Bank of Oz when the cocks came home to roost after the silly 'Land Boomers' had done their dough, done other peoples' dough and some had done the 10 feet dash at the end of a rope after the huge land speculation chicanery....

Friday, 06 April

15:24

Show me the money: unravelling the web of Australian charities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The wealth of the various religious denominations active in Australia is a point of interest in the wake of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, yet the true financial worth of religions in Australia remains something of a mystery.

According to a six-month investigation by journalists for The Age:

Many researchers have attempted to estimate the wealth of the church in Australia and globally, but the efforts have been stymied by a lack of reliable financial data.

Making no secret of their refusal to bow to the expectations of a modern democratic society, the Catholic Church was a major critic of the introduction of the charities regulator, putting the new agency under threat of abolition at one point.

Im well aware that Sydney lobbied the opposition very hard on this issue, says Senator Stephens. They got to Kevin Andrews early.

Fairfax has linked the obfuscatory culture of religious institutions with historical abuse.

Special issues were often discussed, internally, in conjunction with asset protection strategies.

In its findings, the royal commission slammed such secrecy: It is clear to us from those minutes that the purpose of not recording information was to protect the assets of the archdiocese in the event of a claim being made against it.

 

It would be interesting to know why the investigations carried out by Fairfax and The Age querying the worth of religious organisations makes no mention of the ACNC data. Having said that, the information I am about to present is the result of several months work, an effort which is not to be taken on lightly, nor easily dismissed.

In this blog post I will introduce what the data published by the charities regulator can tell us about the wealth of religious charities in Australia. This data comes from Annual Information Statements which are required from all registered charities with the exception of what the...

15:16

Bluesfest 2018 Music Highlights "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eastside FM volunteer Paula Towers was one of thousands who attended this years Bluesfest musical feast held over Easter at Byron Bay. She outlines some highlights.

CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

Image: Marc Stapelberg

Ageless Nile Rodgers at 65 years young and having survived two battles with cancer  burns up the dance floor with the energy of someone half his age. As he recounted to the audience how a local paper referred to Chic as a covers band, he feigned indignity amusingly declaring: I wrote all those hits! And numerous they are as well as the soundtrack for many a (misspent) youth. With pop hits such as Le Freak and Get Lucky, this multi-award winning composer, arranger and guitarist, has produced for Diana Ross, David Bowie, Sister Sledge, INXS and Madonna as well as collaborated with Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk. No surprise that this music legend had the crowd on their feet and a perfect lead in to the next performer, Lionel.

Lionel Richie

Gonna see Lionel? Better get in early! was the cry around BluesFest. Not really requiring an intro, music icon Lionel Richies exhaustive list of achievements include 100 million albums sold worldwid...

12:23

Ancient Origins of Viruses Discovered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Research published today in Nature has found that many of the viruses infecting us today have ancient evolutionary histories that date back to the first vertebrates and perhaps the first animals in existence.

[...] The researchers discovered 214 novel RNA viruses (where the genomic material is RNA rather than DNA) in apparently healthy reptiles, amphibians, lungfish, ray-finned fish, cartilaginous fish and jawless fish.

"This study reveals some groups of virus have been in existence for the entire evolutionary history of the vertebrates -- it transforms our understanding of virus evolution," said Professor Eddie Holmes, of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases & Biosecurity at the University of Sydney.

"For the first time we can definitely show that RNA viruses are many millions of years old, and have been in existence since the first vertebrates existed.


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11:30

US to Back Poland with Guns and Money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The ASX might not be doing much right now but there are some big spending decisions still being made.

The Australian Financial Review reports this morning that AMP Capital has begun constructing its Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney. Cost: $2.7 billion.

If the picture in the paper is anything to go by, it sure will be something to look at when its finished in 2021.

But even a skyscraper looks cheap compared to whats happening in Russia right now.

The worlds biggest gas company Gazprom is constructing a pipeline thats 3,000 kilometres long across Siberia and into China.

The bill here: US$55 billion. Its due to be finished in December 2019.

As Ill explain below, Russia has no choice but to pivot to China

Why Poland holds most favoured nation status

Its a tough gig building a Siberian pipeline.

The workers putting it together have to battle temperature swings of 80 degrees Celsius and wild bear attacks, as well as dealing with rivers, swamps and permafrost.

But its the overarching geopolitics of it all that makes for fascinating observation.

Russia is trying to diversify its oil and gas revenue away from Europe, which remains heavily influenced by the US.

It makes sense from the numbers alone. China is the worlds biggest energy importer. Russia has the largest natural gas reserves.

Its a match made in heaven.

But relations between Russia and China havent always been friendly. Though thats changing as a matter of necessity.

Russian strategists will be eyeing their Western flank with more trepidation now than they have before.

Poland has signed a US$4.7 billion contract with US company Raytheon for its Patriot missile defence system.

This follows on from Donald Trumps visit to Poland in 2017 to sort out a new energy deal for the US. Reuters reported in February that US LNG, crude oil and coal is now contracted for export to Poland.

Not only that, but Poland wont be renewing a contract it has with Russias Gazprom after it expires in 2022.

Naturally, this will further diminish the revenue Russia receives from oil and gas. Thats already hurting as competition and low prices bite.

Poland will continue to hold a favoured nation status with the US for the foreseeable future.

As the perfect place for the US to hold a wedge in Europe, expect all sorts of technology transfers, military assistance and dollars to shower Poland............

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