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Monday, 17 September

21:44

Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Spotted Passing Back Through Rockhampton Airport Central Queensland Plane Spotting

During Sunday 16 September, the six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that ventured North to Townsville for an exercise during August, were spotted passing back South through Rockhampton Airport (and possibly Mackay and Bundaberg Airports) while heading home from Townsville.



Blackhawks A25-111 as "Kopis 111", A25-104 as "Kopis 104"and A25-109 as "Kopis 109" all flew IFR into Rocky from Townsville.



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21:16

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis guest post from Stephen Thornton Queensland Economy Watch

I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT

Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis

Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.

Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:

  • The Queensland government could collect around $90 million/year in tax and fee revenue in the medium term with new jobs created and would realise significant savings in the budget in regard to decreased police, court and prison costs.
  • Consumers, once purchasing cannabis on the black market and at risk of being fined and imprisoned with the associated police record and social stigma limiting their future job prospects, would realise significant benefits by purchasing from licenced premises and also in terms of product safety. Importantly, they would also financially benefit from lower transaction costs and via a consumer surplus as the scheme matured and the price of cannabis decreased in a competitive environment.

Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population.

Number of cannabis arrests 1997-98 to 2015-16 (NSW, Vic, Q...

20:17

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Mitchel 13" Central Queensland Plane Spotting

On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.





A30-001 appeared to fly up to Rocky from the South and after it completed its airwork the Wedgetail returned back to the South.

A30-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Mitchel 13".

Of interest and as we've noted during its other visits to CQ in recent weeks, A30-001 also still wears a sticker on the rear part of its fuselage commemorating the 100th year of the Royal Air Force (RAF) - United Kingdom - with the Wedgetail recently participating in Royal International Tattoo which...

19:54

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07:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought Motorbike Writer

As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500. 

Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.

Click here for more details on how everyone can join the Ride Against Drought and help our farmers.Ride Against Drought Rotacyclists IFMR donate to Ride Against Drought Rotary

Humanitarian aid

Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.

Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service. 

Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.

A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.

A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.

Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....

06:43

It's showtime "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Showtime for Brisbane

Queens's Wharf is a whole new look for the city of Brisbane.

Voil the original architectural showreel, courtesy of Star Group...



And now it's getting underway...



Exciting times for Brissie.

And not a winking kangaroo in sight.

Chartfest

Also an exhilarating week ahead, including an Aussie residential property prices Chartfest on Tuesday wherein I'll take a look in some detail at what has played across across the 8 capital cities over FY2018 by dwelling type. 

Fair warning for Tuesday: you can take any media report that mentions a 'record crash' in dwelling transactions and stuff it directly into the thunderbox.

Annoyingly this happens every quarter, of course, because the reported numbers are preliminary and thus incomplete (as anyone with a brain that analyses numbers would intuitively know). 

I have quite a significant international blog readership these days, so I'll try to add a bit of texture too, to explain why the different capital cities are behaving as they are. 

Stay tooned!

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Sunday, 16 September

04:45

Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Wangan & Jagalingou People | Traditional Owners disturbed by illegal action by Adani:



MEDIA RELEASE
13 September 2018
Traditional Owners disturbed by allegations of illegal works by Adani

Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation

Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.

We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.

We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.

Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.

We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.

We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.

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Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owners Council advisor 0418 152 743

Saturday, 15 September

14:00

$100,000 reward offered to find person putting needles in Australia strawberries "IndyWatch Feed National"

A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for deliberately putting needles in strawberries in Queensland. Police are warning people to slice the fruit before eating it amid fears six brands of strawberries in Australia have been contaminated with needles and pins.

06:49

Friends brace for big farewell for bilbies gentle champion Warrego Watchman

PETER MCRAES work colleagues commissioned a surprise gift to be presented at the fur ball last Saturday, the eve of the 13th national bilby day....

06:30

Festival with iconic status right under their noses Warrego Watchman

WHEN IT comes to an annual outburst of expressionism, Charleville hasnt had anywhere to hang its hat or coat. Most Villains will struggle to swallow...

06:28

Biographer falls hook, line and sinker for Corones saga Warrego Watchman

WRITERS OFTEN say they dont pick their subjects, their subjects choose them. Fran Harding didnt stand a chance from the moment her pharmacist husband Gordon...

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