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Monday, 21 January

15:50

RISE : Refugee Survivors and eX-detainees Invasion Day Solidarity Statement 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chinese Translation

RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees the FIRST self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees makes a public call for a boycott of Australia Day, for the seventh year in a row.

We eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Australia Day on the 26th of January 2019. Instead, RISE encourages all Refugees, eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and allies to support First Nations peoples in their actions against Australia Day.

RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. As eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?

RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.

Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Below are the list of actions happening around Australia:

11:51

Woman Imprisoned for False Sexual Assault Allegations Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes A former police worker has been sentenced to a minimum of two years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to falsely accusing her ex-partner of sexual assault. 28-year old Sarah-Jane Parkinson entered pleas in November last year to two counts of making a false accusation to police and two

The post Woman Imprisoned for False Sexual Assault Allegations appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:40

The Offence of Threatening to Distribute Intimate Images in NSW Sydney Criminal Lawyers

National Rugby League (NRL) player Paul Carter has strenuously denied allegations that he leaked intimate images of former Sydney Roosters teammate Dylan Napa as part of an extortion campaign. It has been reported that Mr Napa and his lawyers met with the NRL Integrity Unit to discuss information that Carter received threats by way of

The post The Offence of Threatening to Distribute Intimate Images in NSW appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

11:14

1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands AWPA Sydney News

1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands
2) Revenue increase forecast from West Papua mine
3) Indonesian students protest Papua military action
4) Attorney says Skrypski forced to attend the trial



1) Concern for villages amid conflict in Papuan Highlands

From Dateline Pacific, 5:03 am today 

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it's deeply concerned about the welfare of innocent civilians in Papua's central Highlands....

10:13

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 14 to 20 January 2019 Sydney Criminal Lawyers

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Renewed Calls for Wage Theft to be Criminalised Revelations that the ABC underpaid up to 2,500 casual staff over 6 years has led to fresh calls for wage theft to be criminalised. Click here to read the article Man Acquitted

The post Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 14 to 20 January 2019 appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:50

Detention protest spreads nationally Refugee Action Coalition

Hundreds of immigration detainees in detention centres across the country have begun a hunger strike protest this morning, Monday 21 January.

Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres began their protest this morning, joining the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who are into the eighth day of protest.

Detainees at Villawood issued a statement with a list of human rights concerns addressed to the Department of Immigration and Australia Border Force.

The national protest comes as more video footage from MITA revealing brutality and intimidation at the hands of Serco guards.

The unaccountable use of force, arbitrary punishment, and the use of handcuffs (detainees are even handcuffed to hospital beds) rank among the major concerns of the detainees alongside the deliberate placement of detainees away from their families and the indefinite detention powers of the Minister to over-ride court and Tribunal appeal decisions.

An independent review of immigration detention is urgently necessary. The Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister for Immigration preside over a system within a system without checks and balances. Natural justice is suspended behind the fences of the detention centres; Ministers and guards are a law unto themselves, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There is no justification for holding these people in detention. It is a product of mandatory detention and draconian powers handed to the Minister to cancel visas. People are being held in detention for periods longer than the sentence imposed on them by the courts.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Sunday, 20 January

12:49

So what caused the heat wave 80 years ago? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Roads melted across Australia as temperatures soared into the 100s for the fifth consecutive day amid a record-breaking heatwave that has broken records

From The Daily Mail: more pseudo-evidence of global warming. Heres the start but read the whole thing. You would not want to live in Australia after what it says.

Roads melt and animals drop dead as Australia suffers through its most significant heatwave for 80 YEARS and temperatures top 120F

  • Australia is baking amid record-breaking heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 120F in some towns
  • Town of Noona, in New South Wales, saw an overnight minimum temperature of 96.6F an Australian record 
  • Central Sydney saw fifth consecutive day above 86F for first time in eight years, while Canberra also baked 
  • Roads melted and animals dropped dead as fire crews fought more than 60 blazes across New South Wales 

10:44

January 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.


1869 - Frederick Alexander, inventor of the Alexander Technique which takes too long to explain here in 25 words or less, was hatched in Tassie.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.

1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - Patrick Durack, one of the Kings in Grass Castles, passed into the great beyond at Freo, Western Australia.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbour...

09:24

Peak Stuff Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Ive had an epiphany, and its making me uncomfortable. At 53, Ive reached peak stuff. And my backup plan for downsizing donating it to charities has hit a hurdle. They dont want most of my stuff. It all started with our holiday viewing of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. The show []

08:52

Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua AWPA Sydney News

1) Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua
2) The story of Nduga refugees: Mother died while giving birth to her 
3) Current conditions of Nduga refugees: getting sick, trauma and injuries
4) Rev. Nataniel Tabuni asks Military Spokesman to clarify his statement
5) Indonesias Rights Struggle: Deciding Which Candidate Is the Lesser Evil



1) Indonesian military officer shot dead in Papua
Reporter: Antara...

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Saturday, 19 January

16:54

1) Rights groups urge police to drop rebellion charge against KNPB activists AWPA Sydney News


1) Rights groups urge police to drop rebellion charge against KNPB activists 

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Human rights groups have called on the Papua Police to immediately and unconditionally drop the rebellion charge against three activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and release them.
Amnesty International and Yayasan Pusaka issued a recent statement saying that the activists "were prisoners of conscience" who had not employed violence or hatred, and were imprisoned solely for expressing their political views in a peaceful manner.
The Indonesian authorities have used Article 106 of Indonesias Criminal Code, along with Article 110, to criminalize dozens of peaceful pro-independence political activists with the charge of rebellion in the last decade, said&nbs...

07:58

In which the pond heeds the sage advice of Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

  

The pond should start off by noting that it hasn't taken long for the reptiles to get back into peak form, rather like the Australian cricket team it's never too early in the year to get the fear-mongering into gear, what with an election just around the corner ...

A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION? Wouldn't it be simpler to run a story, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON"T VOTE FOR COMRADE BILL, THE SKY WILL FALL DOWN

And as sure as there's a heatwave, the reptiles will just as surely wheel out Bjorn, full of bland reassurance


There were other sightings too, the dog botherer was out and about and Helen of Dale was given a spot, but here's the thing

The pond has decided it wants a dollar each time that 'leets are mentioned, and two dollars when said perfidious 'leets cop a caning, in a rag flung together in the heart of Sydney town

There was the dog botherer railing at the 'leets at the end of his piece

01:29

The Weekly Times TWT 16th January 2019 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 16th January 2019 edition of TWT. #TWT160119

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Friday, 18 January

19:16

Pub sign All in the Name of Liberty

I'm making a hanging sign for the front of a pub out of some floorboards in a frame. 


The proof of the stencil to cut by one means or another, hopefully a laser



With a coat of blue


Assembled 

Router wasn't a goer sothe circular saw and a chisel had to make do.

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16:14

Keep Poppers Legal: An Interview With the Nitrite Groups Paul Kidd Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released an interim decision last year that would see amyl nitrite and other alkyl nitrite inhalants banned. This means these substances popularly referred to as poppers would be moved into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with drugs like heroin. The use of nitrite inhalants is popular amongst gay and bisexual

The post Keep Poppers Legal: An Interview With the Nitrite Groups Paul Kidd appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

15:00

Aboriginal Elder Strip Searched on Busy Sydney Road Sydney Criminal Lawyers

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission announced at the end of October that it was launching an investigation into the use of strip searches by NSW police. The inquiry is in response to growing allegations that officers are abusing their powers. This was against a backdrop of a growing awareness that strip search use is increasing in

The post Aboriginal Elder Strip Searched on Busy Sydney Road appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:43

Babies, Students & Migrants New Laws for 2019 Sydney Criminal Lawyers

At the start of every year, new state and federal laws come into effect across the nation. This year, babies, students, migrants, politicians and credit card users are amongst those most affected by laws which came into effect earlier this month. Heres a quick rundown of the new laws. Foreign political donations New laws have

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14:00

Preventing Violence Against Women: An Interview With Girl Geek Academys Sarah Moran Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Last year, 69 women were killed violently across Australia. This brings the murdered women death toll in this country since 2012 to 506, according to Counting the Dead Women Australia project researchers from gender equality group Destroy the Joint. And in the overwhelming majority of these cases, the perpetrators were men who were known to their victims. The

The post Preventing Violence Against Women: An Interview With Girl Geek Academys Sarah Moran appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

12:01

Chaao Thai Siam ~ Thai - Haymarket / Chinatown B-Kyu

If it's one thing that gets our stomachs excited it is the thought of a restaurant hiding up a flight of stairs and serving up Thai food unlike most places in Sydney. Chaao Thai Siam ticks all those shiny, happy boxes. Walking through a Thai sweets shop, narrow and stacked high with plastic tubs of mango sticky rice and fire laden Thai dips, could be enough to get us excited. Heading

11:46

Yongah Hill hunger strike protest continues into fifth day Refugee Action Coalition

Around 350 immigration detainees are into their fifth day of hunger strike protest at Yongah Hill detention centre.

A list of demands was released by the Yongah Hill protesters on Monday, 14 January (see below).

The detainees will hold a protest in the yard of Hawke and Falcon compounds at 11.30am Perth time. The protesters have asked the media to come to Yongah Hill to see the protest and talk to the detainees themselves.

We want to show the media that Border Force is lying when they say there is no protest at Yongah Hill. We have been asking Border Force why we have been detained so long; what is happening to our cases, but they have no answers, one detainee told the Refugee Action Coalition.

A room search conducted this morning at 7.00am Perth time was just another way to try and intimidate the protesters.

The hunger strike protests last week at the MITA North and now at Yongah Hill have exposed the conditions inside the onshore detention system, and the routine abuses arbitrary arrest and punishment, use of handcuffs, lockdowns, assault that detainees are exposed to.

The government has tried to maintain a wall of silence around the onshore regime. There is no independent oversight of onshore immigration detention. Border Force and Serco guards act with impunity, said Ian Rintoul , spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There are fundamental injustices associated with the use of immigration detention and Ministerial power that have to be addressed. Ministerial power to over-ride court decisions are a denial of natural justice and would not be acceptable in the criminal justice system. Border Force and the Minister are laws unto themselves.

The detention centres are a crime. They should be closed.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Demands of the hunger strikers at Yongah Hill detention centre

The post Yongah Hill hunger strike protest continues into fifth day appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

10:39

Media Release: The Economy Made Easy "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Real estate cycle expert Bryan Kavanagh says turnover and price declines in Sydney and Melbourne during 2018 indicate an economic recession in the 2019-20 financial year. The 2018 Kavanagh-Putland Index, released today, shows the total value of Australian real estate sales to GDP. Mr Kavanagh said the $50 billion pumped into markets by the Rudd-Swan []

09:30

1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022 AWPA Sydney News


1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022
2) A Highway Megaproject Tears at the Heart of New Guineas Rainforest
3) Rights lawyers challenge Indonesia detention of 3 activists
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https://www.thejakartapost.com/amp/news/2019/01/16/inalum-target-us1-8-revenue-from-freeport-in-2022.html
1) Inalum target US$1.8 revenue from Freeport in 2022
Jakarta   /  Wed, January 16, 2019  /  12:34 pm
State-owned mining holding company Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) president director Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said the revenue that the state will rec...

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Thursday, 17 January

18:07

Papuan villagers in Nduga being protected, says TNI AWPA Sydney News

Papuan villagers in Nduga being protected, says TNI

RNZI 4:20 pm today 
Papuan civilians in troubled Nduga regency are returning to their villages after recent conflict in the area, according to Indonesia's military.

Since late last year, a large joint operation by military and police has been underway in this Highlands region in pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army.
The Liberation Army ...

17:06

Junior Lawyer Imprisoned for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey Sydney lawyer Brody Clarke came from a privileged background, benefited from a stellar education and was employed by investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan before turning his hand to law in his early thirties. But it all came undone when the now 36-year old engaged in an unsophisticated scheme

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10:39

High Court Justice Tells Prosecutors to Appeal Lenient Sentences Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim High Court Justice Virginia Bell ended 2018 on an incendiary note, when she publicly implied that some sentences being handed down are clearly too light, and the Crown should be appealing them rather than exercising the restraint that has been applied over recent decades. The comments were made during

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08:31

What lies beneath the cracks in Opal Tower and buildings across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Cracks in the compact city

The saga of Opal Tower, the 36-storey Sydney apartment building evacuated on Christmas Eve after frightening cracking, has helped to expose the deep cracks in Australias approach to building apartments.

The big lesson from Opal Tower is that badly built apartments arent only an issue for residents

Laura Crommelin, UNSW; Bill Randolph, UNSW; Hazel Easthope, UNSW, and...

08:10

1) Amnesty International calls for release of Papuan activists AWPA Sydney News

2) Solomons emphasises diplomacy with Indonesia on Papua
3) Mayor of Papua capital supports Gojek rollout



1) Amnesty International calls for release of Papuan activists

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/380249/amnesty-international-calls-for-release-of-papuan-activists
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2) Solomons emphasises diplomacy with Indonesia on Papua
https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/380224/solomons-emphasises-diplomacy-with-indonesia-on-papua...

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Wednesday, 16 January

13:44

Mid north coast, NSW family holiday homes and caravan parks where everyone is easy going. Larktalk's Blog

Its always such an insight into cities when you go to small coastal places no matter where you are in the world. On Australias mid- north coast around Stuarts Point and Grassy Head where the Macleay River branches out into salt water lakes and the beaches are endless. Which is true of much the coastline as well.

Stuarts Point is a stand out as the old beach/holiday houses are so intact and there are so many wonderful DIY touches and details that are so personal and functional like the ones shown here.

...

10:50

Duttons Child Sex Offender Register Proposal Is Political Fodder Sydney Criminal Lawyers

As the nation was still recovering from the holiday season, Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton announced a proposal to establish a national public register of child sex offenders, which would make information about convicted criminals available online. Describing it as the toughest crackdown on paedophiles in Australias history, Dutton told reporters on 8 January that

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Tuesday, 15 January

12:39

Hunger strike protest spreads from Melbourne to Yongah Hill Refugee Action Coalition

Immigration detainees at two compounds of Yongah Hill (outside Perth) have begun a hunger strike (Monday 14 January) in protest against detention conditions.

On the night of Sunday 13 January, the Yongah Hill protesters rallied outside their accommodation blocks. On Monday, over 350 people began a hunger strike protest to draw attention to the conditions, the mistreatment and the abuses in Yongah Hill.

The Yongah Hill protesters have issued a statement (below) with a list of their concerns, raising many issues regarding long term detention injustice, visa cancellations, as well as abuse by Serco guards, and the arbitrary arrest powers and internal punishment regime that operates in immigration detention.

The routine use of handcuffs that has become part of Border Forces militarisation of detention is a particular concern. Below is a video clip of a detainee handcuffed in a Perth hospital after self-harm incidents.

In both MITA and Yongah Hill, protesters have disappeared into punishment cells inside the respective detention centres. One Yongah Hill detainee who staged a roof top protest was taken to the punishment cells on 9 January, and has not been seen since.

TVs WON IN MITA

Meanwhile, the hunger strike at Melbournes MITA North detention compound has been suspended after Border Force met one of the detainees demands, providing TVs for the detainees rooms (see photo).

However, tensions remain; the TVs are only in one compound and as yet have no antenna connection. And the detainees are still waiting for chairs to be brought into the compound and for the midnight lockdown to be lifted.

And there other outstanding issues about detention conditions to be addressed. Two people in MITA have attempted suicide (one by eating a razo...

06:12

Summary of events in West Papua (16 December 2018- 15 Jan 2019) AWPA Sydney News

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua  (16 December 2018- 15 Jan 2019)

During the Indonesian security force operation taking place in the Nduga region, an article in The Saturday Paper (December 22) reported that the Indonesian military had employed airstrikes in West Papua during the operation and may have used the banned chemical weapon white phosphorus. White phosphorus is banned by the Geneva Convention for use against civilians. Reports of its use including images of burn victims have appeared on social media.

Indonesian authorities have denied the allegations of using white phosphorus on villagers in West Papua claiming, Indonesia possesses no chemical weapons.
In a RNZI report (24 Dec.) The New Zealand's government says it's seeking information on reports that the Indonesian military dropped chemical weapons in Highlands villages.

West Papuan support...

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Monday, 14 January

14:33

RISE Invasion Day Solidarity Statement : 14/01/2019 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees calls for a boycott of Australia Day, for the seventh year in a row.

We Refugees, Ex-detainees and Asylum Seekers from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Australia Day on the 26th of January 2019. Instead, RISE encourages all refugees, ex-detainees, asylum seekers and allies to support First Nations peoples in their actions against Australia Day.

RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. As refugees, asylum seekers and ex detainees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded.  Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?

RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.

Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Below are the list of actions happening around Australia :

Donate / Amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples-led movements and organisations

13:22

Dining Table All in the Name of Liberty

Making a dining(?) table from an old cedar staircase and some offcuts I've been glueing and occasionally screwing together. Links to all the various woodwork I've been doing lately are here


I pushed out the blades on the makita plane and hacked away at all the timber and fill sitting too high and shattered a couple of weak pieces(mostly thinnish bits with the grain vertical), and knocked out a few others that had crappy glue bonds, or were not fully set .

Then I had a go with the big sander.

Anyway it starts to give an idea of what it will looked like finished and varnished



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Sunday, 13 January

23:33

The Start of 2019 james o'brien

Its almost fourteen months since Reko Rennies beautiful artwork at Taylor Square was painted over so the building could be more attractive to rent out. The other night, wandering along Oxford Street, I noticed the For Lease sign was still there. A sad start to the new year, I thought, as I really love public

14:49

Photographs of Snow and Ice james o'brien

In the midst of a warm summer in Sydney, Ive been watching friends post photographs of snow in Europe. Their photographs have inspired me to go looking for photographs from the past where Ive experienced snow myself (which I love) taken in Sweden and Iceland.

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Saturday, 12 January

06:45

1) WHY? Because Koteka Is The Reason AWPA Sydney News


2) Indonesia arming up in the South China Sea
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1) WHY? Because Koteka Is The Reason
Anith Adilah Othman / Khmer Times



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Friday, 11 January

13:40

MITA hunger strike continues: End the lockdown, provide chairs Refugee Action Coalition

The hunger strike protest by immigration detainees in MITA North that began on Tuesday 8 January, is now into its fourth day.

Detainees have also spent their third night outside their rooms, resisting the nightly midnight lockdown by refusing to enter their rooms. It is standard operating procedure in the militarised compound for detainees to be locked in their rooms between midnight and 7.00am.

Photos of detainees on the floor of MITA North boycotting the lockdown

At Yongah Hill detention centre, where a similar purpose-built compound has recently been commissioned, detainees are not locked down.

The disgust with the purpose built prison-like maximum security conditions saw detainees request to Border Force officials to re-open the previous high security Maribyrnong detention centre that the government declared closed on 1 January.

While Border Force has said they will consider the detainees demands over food, to end the lockdown, provide chairs and allow TVs in the detainees rooms, the officials have refused to put anything in writing.

The detainees are also waiting for action to be taken against the guards who assaulted two asylum seekers in MITA South on Tuesday night when one of them asked kitchen staff to pass him garlic sauce for his evening meal.

The arbitrary abuse of power by the Serco guards has to be addressed. The ABF refutes the claims of assault but typically there has been no investigation. An independent human rights audit of the detention centre is urgently needed. Border Force and Serco are a law unto themselves.

Guards that abuse their powers must be held accountable, although there will be no justice until the detention centres are closed, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

 

The post...

07:22

1) Christians build aid post to help Papuan refugees AWPA Sydney News


2) West Papuans charged with subversion
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1) Christians build aid post to help Papuan refugees

Youth group offers lifeline to those who escaped military crackdown on rebels by fleeing into a forest



Women and children rest after fleeing their homes following the deployment of police and military personnel to Nduga district in Indonesia's Papua province, to hunt members of the military wing of the Free Papua Movement that claimed responsibility for killing 20 workers on Dec. 2, 2018. (Photo is supplied)

Benny Mawel, Jayapura  Indonesia  
January 10, 2019


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Thursday, 10 January

19:27

1) Not so clueless about Papua: an academic's call for more research on Papua AWPA Sydney News


2) Indonesia: Grasberg Copper Production Set to Plunge in 2019
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1) Not so clueless about Papua: an academic's call for more research on Papua

Date 1/9/2019 8:19:07 AM



(MENAFN - The Conversation) Most people, including me, often perceive that Papua, Indonesia's eastern most region, is one of the most underdeveloped and dangerous islands in the archipelago. 
This is the result of a development policy during the New Order regime that neglected the eastern part of Indonesia for decades and only focused on building the island of Java , where more than half of Indonesia's 260 million population live . Such a policy has created economic inequality between the eastern and the western parts of Indonesia, and have caused a number of problems . These include poverty, lack of infrastructures development, poor bureaucratic performance, corruption, and separation movements. 
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18:36

Almost Too Sick For The Doctor james o'brien

I have been away from work for the last two days with some kind of weird hayfever/summer cold kinda thing. In fact, I felt so shit I was on the verge of cancelling my planned visit to the doctor to have some potential skin cancer spots identified. It would be all too confusing I thought,

10:27

Hunger strike against prison conditions in Melbourne detention; video footage exposes guard thuggery Refugee Action Coalition

Around 200 detainees in MITA North, the new high security compound inside the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), have begun a hunger strike in protest against the compounds prison conditions and guard brutality. The hunger strike began on Tuesday morning (8 January), and was continuing on Wednesday night.

Ironically, the hunger strike has exposed the sleight of hand behind the governments New Years Day announcement that it was closing Maribyrnong detention centre; it closed but a new high security detention compound was opened in MITA to replace it.

The new detention centre is worse than Maribyrnong, one of the hunger strikers told the Refugee Action Coalition. There are no chairs, no TVs in the rooms, no doors or curtain on the toilets. Detainees in MITA North are locked in their rooms between midnight and 7.00am.

There is only one communal TV that is essentially unwatchable because the only chairs available are metal stools bolted to the floor at the eating tables.

Confirming the detainees claims of guard brutality in MITA North, footage also emerged from MITA South of Serco guards physically abusing detainees in the mess room on Tuesday evening (see video footage). The detainee was attacked and forcibly removed from the mess room because he asked if there was sauce he could have with his meal.

There are no kettles allowed; and the hot water arrangement in the sink has not been working so there is no tea or coffee available.

One asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition, I left my country because people were mistreated just like in here. They are worse in here than in my country. The guard who you can see in the video, has punched many people, but he has never been charged. There is no law in Australia.

The detainees protested against the daily midnight lockdowns on Tuesday night by refusing to go into their rooms. They intend to refuse to enter their rooms tonight (Wednesday) as well.

Extra guards have been mobilised on Wednesday, said to be being paid $40 an hour; money that could buy kettles or chairs.

The conditions in MITA are inhuman. Border Force control has created militarised detention centres that are worse than prisons, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

The should be a human rights inspection of the detention centres. The government must end the...

04:25

Au revoir construction cycle (KIBOSH!) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Crunch time!

Back in November 2017 there were some 12,823 attached dwellings approved, but by November 2018 the equivalent figure has collapsed 5,921, an impressive swan dive of 54 per cent. 

On the one hand, as you may recall, the prior year figure was inflated by a record 6,512 unit approvals in Melbourne, when half of Footscray was apparently approved for high-rise apartment living. 

On the other hand, this is no time for complacency as even the apartment projects that are under construction are increasingly stalling or at risk of failing. 

The smoothed monthly trend figures show that house approvals also declined virtually throughout 2018. 


Furthermore, Sydney's unit approvals fell to a multi-year low in November, all the way back down to levels commensurate with under-building for the prevailing level of population growth, sowing the seeds of the next cycle. 

Annual unit approvals in Brisbane have fallen by well over 50 per cent from their peak of three years earlier, and are now tracking at the lowest level since 2013. 


Even in Hobart - which has record job vacancies and has experienced the tightest rental market imaginable - unit approvals have been running at close to zero sine the Royal Commission kicked off. 

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Wednesday, 09 January

12:37

UWS Refugee scholarship Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

The UWS Refugee Scholarship program targets students from refugee backgrounds. Read about two of the recipients, download the flyer with the information and selection criteria and download the application form. Applications close 22 February.

08:11

In which the silly season keeps on being silly ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The silly season continues at the lizard Oz, with Adam doing a classic troll, the reptiles apparently discovering that the HUN loves to incite neo-Nazis, and the Paris treaty under threat yet again

The pond rarely bites with Adam, but that Anning thing? 

Was someone suggesting the entire HUN gang should be sacked for demonising the African Australian community in Melbourne for the past year or more?


Ah, never mind, it's just a crow eater thing, with Penberthy gone rogue, and the HUNsters are safe to carry on their demonising this year who knows, they might get 200 to the next get together celebrating the HUN's campaign about threatening aliens ...

As for news of Paris, the pond thought same old, same old, until it looked down the digital page and hang on, hang on, what's this?


The second eleven must be in charge - is there a first eleven anywhere in the land, send in some Sydney rain? - or perhaps they lowered the dose of the kool aid in the office water cooler, or perhaps all the coffees prepared by the world-class baristas of Surry Hills are at last having an impact on the 'leets
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06:42

1) Polish man accused of treason in Indonesia refuses trial AWPA Sydney News


2) Why Indonesias military and police cant get along
3) Budget regulation causes delay on Papuan scholarship scheme

4) Secretariat occupied, KNPB files a summons against the police
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1) Polish man accused of treason in Indonesia refuses trial
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January 08 2019 11:57 AM
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03:29

Listings down sharply in December "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Vendors pull up the ladder

The end of the year is generally quieter for real estate, but stock on market fell more sharply than expected last month, especially in Sydney (-18 per cent) and Melbourne (-17 per cent). 

Figures elsewhere have also shown that the number of new listings is at the lowest level in 8 years, suggesting that most owners are simply sitting out the downturn, even if the total stock on market is higher due to slower selling times. 


Despite this listings are still more than 25 per cent higher than a year earlier in Melbourne, so there are some significant challenges there (in spite of the massive population growth down that way). 


Painfully slow transaction levels, though, whatever spin anyone tries to put on it.

00:52

The Weekly Times TWT 9th January 2019 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 9th January 2019 edition of TWT. #TWT090119

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Tuesday, 08 January

19:34

'New chapter of persecution': Indonesia cracks down on West Papua separatists AWPA Sydney News





'New chapter of persecution': Indonesia cracks down on West Papua separatists
Helen Davidson  @heldavidson   
Email Tue 8 Jan 2019 16.03 AEDT

Headquarters trashed and three people charged with treason for holding a prayer meeting marking groups fifth anniversary


Indonesian forces have raided and allegedly destroyed the offices of the West Papuan liberation group, taking over one site in what lawyers for the group claim is an illegal occupation.
The raids, which have prompted threats of legal action, as well as several arrests and three treason charges, come amid an increased crackdown on the separatist movement and continuing violence in the decades-long insurgency against Indonesia.
Three headquarters of the West Papuan National Committee (KNPB) the domestic arm of the liberation campaign were raided by Indonesia police and military (TNI) in recent weeks, with two destroyed and the Timika office taken over for use as a joint military-police outpost...

07:09

Nobel laureate Ramos-Horta urges Indonesia-Papua dialogue AWPA Sydney News

Nobel laureate Ramos-Horta urges Indonesia-Papua dialogue
BY OKI RAIMUNDOS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Jan 7, 2019 1:22 am PST
DILI, East Timor Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Indonesias government to hold talks with the Papuan independence movement to help end a decades-long insurgency in the countrys easternmost region.
Ramos-Horta, joint recipient of the 1996 Nobel prize for efforts to bring independence and peace to East Timor, which suffered a brutal Indonesian occupation for nearly a quarter century, said he believes the Papua regions future is within Indonesia, not as a separate state.
Talk to the Papuans, the OPM (Free Papua Organization), but as brothers of Indonesia, Ramos-Horta said in an interview last week. The Papuans, they have to feel that the government, the people in Java, really care about them.
The conflict between Indonesia and the rebels, who number perhaps just several hundred, flared again last month when armed separatists in Nduga killed at least 17 people working on a trans-Papua highway construction site thats a key part of President Joko Widodos efforts to bring deve...

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Monday, 07 January

19:50

Floorboard tabletops All in the Name of Liberty



A tabletop of many colours, kauri and other pines, red gum(?), assembled and sanded and waiting to have the cracks filled

 

Before sanding - floorboard crescent (its held together by a plywood offcut, with a couple more pieces of kauri to make it more rigid).


The chunky top of a small tablemade of 4x2 and 6x2(ie 100x50mm and 150x50mm) pieces of oregon, pine and hardwood

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18:20

1) Support grows in PNG for an independence vote in West Papua AWPA Sydney News


2) Government urged to act on evidence of use of incendiary weapons in West Papua West Papua Action Auckland
3) Papuan KNPB activists questioned for alleged treason
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1) Support grows in PNG for an independence vote in West Papua
By Natalie Whiting on AM
There's been renewed unrest and violence West Papua in recent months, and it's gaining attention across the border in Papua New Guinea.
People in PNG feel a strong connection to those on the other side of the island and there has been some renewed support for a referendum in the Indonesian territory.
The calls are also c...

06:46

1) West Papua group's office shutdown sparks fears AWPA Sydney News


3) Freeport`s Revenue will be Down in 2019: ESDM Ministry
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1) West Papua group's office shutdown sparks fears
about 1 hour ago 


Fears are growing among the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, as the group faces a crackdown on its offices by Indonesian authorities.
The KNPB said its headq...

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Sunday, 06 January

08:26

In which the pond does a Sunday meditation with the bromancer and a vacuum cleaner ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond has spent the entire weekend worrying about the fate of Xians, though the thunderstorm that broke over Sydney yesterday came a close second

In olden times, the pond might have spent its time worrying about spending time with witches (uppity women, feminists, the ones that dare to dance with joy, you know the kind), or perverted gays or irredeemable atheists, but happily they were never persecuted - they were just confined to solitary and assured of an eternity in hellfire for their damnable ways

Before beginning this lengthy meditation, the pond should perhaps point out that there are other things worth in reading and doing the pond for example, recently meditated on Peter Brown's A World Winking with Messages in the NYRB, but alas, it's inside the paywall, and so it can't contaminate the reptile paranoia with this sort of heresy

Rebillard shows that though they might be urged by their religious leaders,  in times of crisis, to stick to their Christian identity above all others, most early Christians were usually happy to get along in many roles unconnected with their religion - as members of families, as neighbours, as fellow workers, and as good citizens. The writings of the Early Church Fathers that urged a radical rupture with the pagan world lie heavy on the shelves of modern libraries. But at the time they represented the shutting of stable doors long after the horse had bolted.
This approach is particularly applicable to the study of early Christian art. In previous generations, the notion of the "Church of the Catacombs" predominated. Christians were thought to be frozen into a single, embattled identity. Christian art was held to reflect this defensive position 

But enough of heresies, it's off to the reptile battlements to person the defences, with the bromancer's EXCLUSIVE a good enough place to...

Friday, 04 January

18:37

1) West Papua National Committee sends legal notice to Mimika Police AWPA Sydney News

2) Flood inundates residential area in Jayapura, Papua
3) 4.2-magnitude earthquake jolts Jayapura, Papua

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1) West Papua National Committee sends legal notice to Mimika Police
News Desk The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 4, 2019   /   01:15 pm



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14:30

Fabels at Moshpit All in the Name of Liberty


I got out and saw Ben and Hiske play at Moshpit last night, for the first time in ages.

One of my New Years resolutions is to 'go out more' (haha), like see some bands and maybe draw some of them, and also find some venues and galleries to show in.

I would have like to sketch Renee Falez and Dirk Kruithof etc's punk band, but when I went to shake Ben's hand after their set I dropped my piece of graphite amongst leads and foldback speakers, never to be seen again. I didn't have a spare, have to be better prepared.

I put all the links to my paintings and drawings of performers, with a heap of images, on my bands and performance page. It's been a while since I brought it up to date but I will soon

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