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Sunday, 17 February


Al Capone was done for tax evasion "IndyWatch Feed"

It now looks possible that the fate of the Adani Carmichael mine will be sealed by an adverse assessment of the mines impact on the black-throated finch.

Thats a far less satisfactory outcome than if the Queensland Land and Environment Court had accepted, as its NSW counterpart has done, that the climate (and health) damage from burning the coal produced by the mine was relevant in assessing the costs and benefits. That reasoning leads to the conclusion that no new mines should be started, let alone marginal projects like Carmichael.

But even disregarding the main issue, the Galilee Basin has all the problems associated with large mining projects, and on a huge scale: disturbance of a large land area, heavy demands for water use, and the problems of shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, and conflict with indigenous owners. Even if these arent the biggest reason to reject a project that would open the entire Basin to mining, they are big enough.

This is, of course, a fairly common pattern in political and legal decisionmaking. It may be impossible, for procedural reasons, to reach a determination on the central issues that are at stake, so some less central but more definite point ends up getting to the necessary outcome.

Adanis site is home to one of the biggest remaining populations of the finch. The company didnt help their cause by offering, as an offset, pastoral land they owned nearby. So nearby, it turned out, that it was sitting on top of another proposed coal mine (Clive Palmers Waratah Coal).

At this point, it appears that both sides are digging in for a long fight. Adani and the current Federal government have denounced the whole process as a sham. The Queensland government is going ahead without them.

Doubtless, if the project were both highly profitable and perceived as socially beneficial, some alternative would have been found. But the Carmichael project is economically unsound and environmentally disastrous.

Adani has clearly been playing for time, hoping for an explicitly political decision that would enable them to extract compensation. Having bought in at the top of the market in 2010, the company has shown no sign of willingness to spend its own money lately. Its unlikely to commit to an expensive program to protect a bird.

On the other side, Labor has been waiting for the project to collapse under its own weight, so that they dont expose themselves to political costs or claims for compensation. Adani hasnt obligingly withdrawn, but the current dispute takes the issue of the table for a while.

There will doubtless be quite a few moves to come, and its hard to say who will come out ahead on issues like compensation. The likelihood that the project...

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Saturday, 16 February


Full Moon February 2019 Astrology Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Full Moon February 2019 Astrology influences and metaphysical and spiritual meanings for the supermoon from psychic medium Ian Scott

The post Full Moon February 2019 Astrology appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Economic impacts of the North & North West Qld floods Initial views Queensland Economy Watch

All week we have been hearing the awful news about all the dead cattle in North and North West Queensland as a result of the recent floods. An estimate of around half a million dead cattle has been suggested, although some sources are suggesting it could be much higher. At this stage the ultimate impacts are still unclear, although I understand the state government and industry peak bodies are currently developing estimates of the economic impacts. Given all the figures and claims that are currently being heard in the news, I thought readers may be interested in some facts that can usefully inform economic impact estimates.

In Queensland, beef cattle numbers are typically around 11-12 million, averaging 11.5 million over 1999-00 to 2016-17. A loss of 500,000 cattle would represent a 4-5% loss of the stock of beef cattle in the state. Of course, the economic impact in the affected regions would proportionately be much higher, particularly if you take into account backward and forward supply-chain linkages (e.g. backward to farm supplies and forward to abattoirs). In the Northern and Southern Gulf regions and the NQ Dry Tropics regions which appear worst affected, there were an estimated 3.2 million head of cattle in 2016-17, so at least one-in-six head of cattle in these regions may have perished based on an assumed loss of at least 500,000 head (see chart below and the map at the bottom of the post so you can see where the Natural Resource Management regions are).



Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-006 "Wallaby 17" Pops into Longreach Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Friday 15 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 was noted visiting Longreach Airport.

A34-006 at Mount Isa Airport last week  (Defence Image)

It was one of two RAAF Spartans that were noted in the air over North Queensland and could possibly have been in the air providing aerial support to local flood ravaged farms and communities.

A34-006 as "Wallaby 17" was heard to initially depart RAAF Base Amberley and completed airwork in the Julia Creek area before landing at Longreach Airport for fuel.  It then departed back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, fellow RAAF Spartan A34-009 as "Wallaby 16" was also in the air on Friday 15 February, initially departing Amberley before also heading to North Queensland and completing airwork around Normanton.  It then landed at Townsville.

The RAAF's 35 Squadron C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft have been supporting the flood relief efforts in North Queensland in recent days flying Drum Fabric Collapsible bladders containing fuel that will enable local civil helicopters to drop fodder and hay to farmers and livestock devastated by the extreme weather conditions.

RAAF C-27J Spartan transport aircraft being loaded at Amberley  (Defence Image)

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Brisbane back in balance "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbane fills up

An interesting series of charts was posted by Simon Pressley of Propertyology, showing how a number of Brisbane construction hotspots have seen the rental supply tightening back into balance.

Pressley showed tightening vacancy rates in Nundah (1.6 per cent), Bulimba (2.8 per cent), and Chermside (2.2 per cent) as a few prime examples, while West End and Fortitude Valley were still chewing through the their glut in January 2019. 

A bit closer in here's New Farm and Teneriffe, with the rental supply at the tightest level since 2013, and the chart courtesy of SQM Research:

Source: SQM Research

Hamilton also recorded its lowest vacancy rate since 2013.

Commencements and units under construction have levelled off, and new approvals continue to slide back towards historic averages.

And while not all internal migrants head to the capital cities, as I write this interstate migration to Queensland is at its highest level in about 13 years, those heady pre-crisis days when when the mining boom was in full swing. 


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Friday, 15 February


What's in a median? "IndyWatch Feed"

Brisbane now has 27 million dollar suburbs, apparently!

But what does that actually mean?

Here are just a few considerations.


2019 Annual Show of Begonias: Bold & Beautiful Queensland Begonia Society

Date Venue Event 23 FEB 2019 Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show BegoniasBold & Beautiful is the theme for the begonia display of 2019. The show is a One Day Affair from 9am to 3:30pm and the Admission fee is $4. This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland. []


MACKAY Drive without due care and threatening violence, Dysart "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drive without due care and threatening violence, Dysart

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MACKAY Man allegedly makes threat with hammer "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 15, 2019 at 09:03AM ,

Man allegedly makes threat with hammer

February 15, 2019 at 09:03AM ,

A Townsville man, 34, was issued with a notice to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on March 13 for drive without due care, attention and

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Mardigan People Native Title Authorisation Meeting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The claim area is roughly centred around Quilpie, Queensland.

The Mardigan People who are members of the native title claim group for the Application are currently described as the biological descendants of the following people:

Charlie Zouch;
Mother of Fred Collins, Jesse Dixon, Jack Dixon, Nancy Colin and Tom Napoleon
Charlotte Wandilla
Mary Darrie
Henry Clive (also known as Harry Clive)
Mary Rebel
Judie and Tinker Wells
Paddy Murphy
Tommy Conbar
Henry Goodyenee Tilbooroo
Nellie Ardock

The purpose of Authorisation Meeting #1 is to:
(1) Consider anthropological materials and legal advice relating to an individual described as Jenny, mother of James Pegler and her descendants;
(2) Subject to (1) above, authorise the amendment of the claim group description for the Application to include the descendants of Jenny, mother of James Pegler.
Appeared in the Koori Mail dated February13, 2019


Nancy Pegler H/C was residing in Cunnamulla with her husband James Pegler H/C, Station worker, and two children in 1941.

Nita Pegler died at Tinapagie Stn, N.S.W. on 27. 7.1935 

Ward, Mayneside - Letter (21.12.1911) to Mr J Payne, MLA regarding working conditions, agreements and wages of Aboriginals which he notes 'is little better than slavery'.
Attached to this letter are two lists, one being a List of Halfcastes. Among the Names mentioned is Jimmy Pegler (of Thargomindah).

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Wednesday, 13 February


Video: Enrique Tarrio of Proud Boys Talks Political Persecution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, grants Sarah Corriher an in-depth interview about the political persecution that he has been experiencing personally, as well as the persecutions of his friends. Chronicled is how in boardrooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, Marxist managers have declared war against American values and America itself. Enrique gives first-hand details of what has been happening on the front lines.

You may watch this on YouTube if there are any problems watching the video at this site.

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Saturday, 09 February


You could be using too much toothpaste. Heres how much Australian dentists recommend "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you pay attention to how much toothpaste you put on your toothbrush every day?

New research from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has found most children are using far too much.

In fact, the advice from the Australian Dental Association is less is more for both adults and children when it comes to brushing your pearly whites.

So how much is too much and what are the risks? We asked a dentist to explain.

What happens when you use too much toothpaste?

Most toothpastes contain fluoride, a substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay.

But if young children ingest too much fluoride while their adult teeth are still forming, they can develop whats called dental fluorosis.

Fluoride in too higher concentration mixes with the other minerals that are trying to develop in our teeth. We have multiple minerals that make up our teeth and it basically changes the ratios, Norah Ayad, the senior vice-president of the Australian Dental Association Queensland, said.

This can cause teeth to become stained or discoloured, and in severe cases, affect the quality of their surface.

Because the mineral content of the teeth is changing, it can make the surface of the teeth not as smooth, Dr Ayad said.

Its much easier to brush and clean a smooth surface things are going to wipe off it easier compared to a really rough and raggedy surface which is what you get with quite severe fluorosis.

Dr Ayad said those with dental fluorosis were also more susceptible to decay and breakdown.

Only half of all Aussies brush their teeth twice a day



Friday, 08 February

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