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Friday, 23 February

12:01

Entries Now Open For The MELT Festivals Beauty Pageant And Portrait Prize QNews Magazine

Entries are now open for two of the upcoming queer arts festival MELTs most popular events. The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, rock stars, dancers, photographers, artists, comedians and circus performers. And one of the festivals most popular events, the MELT Beauty ...

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06:00

The Pacific Labour Scheme: no families allowed? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) was announced in September 2017. Its a welcome initiative to allow greater access for Pacific Island workers to the Australian labour market. While currently capped at 2,000 (and its not clear if that is per year or in total), it has huge potential. As the PLS fact sheet says, it will enable citizens of Pacific island countries to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years.

For all its potential, there are some odd aspects to the PLS. One is the hands-on role of DFAT, which will have primary responsibility for screening prospective employers for participation in the program. Thats the Department of Foreign Affairs. Pre-approval for the Seasonal Worker Programme (or SWP, which allows Pacific Islanders to come to Australia to work on farms typically for up to six months) is the responsibility of the Department of Jobs and Small Business. It is widely perceived not to have sufficiently promoted the SWP, and to have taken a very risk-averse approach. Perhaps DFAT will do a better job.

Another oddity is the initial focus on Nauru, Tuvalu and Kiribati. These are certainly three remote and relatively isolated countries. But Nauru is at full employment due to its processing centre. Tuvalu, like Nauru, is tiny and has some access to the New Zealand labour market. That leaves Kiribati, perhaps the most remote, but also a relatively small and one of the least healthy of all the Pacific island countries. At least one of the Melanesian countries such as Vanuatu or Solomon Islands should be added as pilot source countries.

An odd and worrying aspect of the scheme is the restriction that workers will not be able to bring their families with them. This isnt mentioned in the fact sheet, but was made clear when the scheme was explained at the recent Brisbane Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting.

This is odd because the closest counterpart to this new scheme is what used to be called the 457, now the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. That visa now provides work rights for a two- or three-year period. Under it, workers are allowed to bring their families.

The PLS ban on family entry is worrying because surely it cant be a good thing to separate families for three years. More so because presumably workers will be allowed to return for a second or third stint. So the separation might be not for three years but....

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Thursday, 22 February

23:59

Sydney unemployment rate keeps falling "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Sydney tightens

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate fell to just 4.58 per cent in January 2018.

The annual average has been lower, in 2008, when the unemployment rate briefly snuck below 4.2 per cent. 

In Adelaide the annual average fell to 6.49 per cent, in Perth it fell to 6.14 per cent, and in Melbourne to 6.1 per cent.

So there have been some improvements. 

However, only Sydney has anything remotely approaching a tight labour market on this evidence. 


The good news for Queensland is that both hiring and participation are picking up.

And it's happening not just in Brisbane, but right across the state.


Cairns and Townsville in particular are also now recording stronger rates of employment growth, after the downturn.


Meanwhile the coastal Queensland locations such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have been improving for some time on the back of the lower dollar. 

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16:08

New stalls and talks at Organic Farmers Market Northey Street City Farm

 Free talks and demonstrations, on during the Market in March. 11th March  from 9am to 11am : Christin Zeller from Five Elements Coaching is presenting Tackling Stress and Worry, under the office, during the Market. 18th March  from 9am Food for Thought is back! Chef Glen Barrett will be giving you his hot cooking tips and taking []

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14:58

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GROW N GLOW BOUTIQUE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Grow n Glow Boutique




Your name: Lajla Darvill
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: 
Grow n Glow Boutique http://www.grownglowboutique.com 
Facebook.com/grownglowboutique
The suburb/town you live in now: Park Ridge, QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create maternity and breastfeeding fashion. Currently I have silicone and wooden breastfeeding necklaces in stock as well as baby teethers. My own maternity and breastfeeding clothing range is currently being manufactured.
...

14:34

Organisers Postpone This Weekends Sunshine Coast Pride Festival QNews Magazine

The organisers of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival have announced they are postponing their Fair Day event that was to go ahead this weekend. Revellers were to gather at Quota Park in Nambour this Saturday (February 24), but the event wont go ahead due to bad weather. After our Pride Festival Safety Meeting it is ...

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14:01

Campaigners Want To Hear Your Marriage Equality Stories For New Book QNews Magazine

Two marriage equality campaigners have announced they will write a book detailing the history of the campaign for marriage equality over the last decade and earlier. Alex Greenwich and Dr Shirleene Robinson want to chronicle the efforts of the countless Australians who worked towards the reform, and have called for people to contribute their own ...

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13:44

Former Judge Michael Kirby Speaks Out About LGBTIQ Elder Abuse QNews Magazine

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has called for more awareness about elder abuse in the LGBTIQ community. Kirby said that abuse for ageing LGBTIQ people was often psychological, an abuse of the mind. Its sometimes an abuse of low self-esteem People who are LGBTIQ have gone through their lives doing a deal with society, ...

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11:39

Sydney To Relax Its Late-Night Lockout Laws For Mardi Gras Parade QNews Magazine

Sydneys lockout laws will be relaxed for one night for the Mardi Gras parade and party next month, the New South Wales government has announced. Liquor and Racing Minister Paul Toole said this would allow revellers to continue to be admitted to venues around the Oxford Street area beyond the states usual 1.30am or 2am ...

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11:30

Thomas The Beloved Bisexual Goose Laid To Rest In New Zealand QNews Magazine

Thomas the beloved bisexual goose has been laid to rest at his home in Waikanaes Waimanu Lagoon, north of Wellington. White feathered Thomas, aged about 40, who spent about three decades in the lagoon, had a male black swan called Henry as his life-long mate. They spent about 24 years together before a female black ...

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11:20

LGBTI Domestic Violence Is Under-Reported In Queensland QNews Magazine

Queensland workers in the domestic and family violence sector will receive extra training in a bid to help them better support LGBTI victims of domestic violence. The Queensland Government has announced $155,000 to go towards the training, to be used to create resources to support the training across the state. We want to equip frontline ...

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11:01

Queenslands Gay Conviction Expungement Scheme To Start By June QNews Magazine

Queenslands historical gay conviction expungement scheme will be up and running before the end of June, the Department of Justice has said. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold criminal convictions, affecting their employment and travel. Last October, ...

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09:00

Business counts data show rise of Uber and start ups "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yesterday afternoon, on his 612 ABC Brisbane drive time show (from 1:42:50), Steve Austin interviewed my colleague QEAS Director Nick Behrens on the still relatively weak wages growth figures released yesterday. Nick also covered more positive news regarding the state governments coal royalty revenue windfall and robust growth in business numbers. Nick was referring to business count data based on ABN registrations released by the ABS earlier this week. Business numbers were up 2.8% in 2016-17 in Queensland (and up 3.1% nationally). There was inconsistent growth in business numbers across local government areas, however, and while Gold Coast and Ipswich experienced strong growth, Mount Isa, Mackay and Rockhampton experienced falls, for example (see figure below).

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A significant contributor to recent business growth has been Uber, which has resulted in strong growth in businesses whose main activity is transport, as seen in the visualisation of industry growth rates for South East Queensland LGAs below. Other stand out sectors were Information Media and Telecommunications in Ipswich, which has grown off a low base and may have been associated with the establishment of...

08:25

Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 


As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 


Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...

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Wednesday, 21 February

17:46

A Pair of RAAF Super King Airs and a RAAF C-27J Spartan all noted at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A interesting trio of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) turboprop aircraft were all noted completing airwork and passing through some Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

In the early part of the afternoon on Tuesday 20 February,  (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-007, which was flying as "Wallaby 37", was noted flying North from RAAF Base Amberley and completed some airwork at Maryborough Airport.  It then flew back to Amberley on the no-communication low-level jet route via the Eastern side of Fraser Island then down the South Queensland coast.

RAAF C-27J Spartan A34-007 at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

It also appeared that also on Tuesday 20 February, fellow RAAF C-27J Spartan A34-006 "Wallaby 25", was operating out of Amberley.

During the later part of the morning also on Tuesday 20 February, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-439 as "Dingo 15",  was also noted flying North from Amberley and then completed some aerial survey work in the Wide Bay Training Area before flying further North and landing at Rockhampton Airport for a period of time.  A32-439 then returned to Amberley.

Another RAAF Super King Air A32-671 as "Dingo 24", was noted departing Longreach Airport for Townsville also on Tuesday 20 February.  It possibly arrived from the South late on Monday 19 February, although this is not 100% confirmed.

And finally, also at Longreach Airport, also on Monday 19 February, RAAF Super King Air A32-339 as "Beaufort 12", passed through, arriving from the South and later departing to RAAF Base Tindal (Katherine).

Photo taken by Daniel Bishop 

14:07

Indonesian City Announces Taskforce Targeting LGBTIQ Community QNews Magazine

The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a taskforce to limit the activities of the LGBTIQ community, as the countrys anti-gay crackdown continues. Depoks deputy mayor Muhammad Idris said the 200-strong force including police officers, social service workers and religious leaders was a bid to curb the spread of ...

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12:24

Acclaimed Trans Actress Daniela Vega To Present At This Years Oscars QNews Magazine

Transgender actress Daniela Vega will present at this years Academy Awards, in what is believed to be a first for the awards. The 28-year-old Chilean actress (pictured) has received acclaim for her breakthrough performance in the Oscar-nominated new movie A Fantastic Woman. Directed by Sebastin Lelio, the film stars Vega as trans woman Marina, who ...

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11:58

Eight Films To See At The Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is returning next month with a diverse selection of comedies, documentaries and dramas on offer. From March 8, some of the best queer films from Australia and around the world will screen at the festivals home at New Farm Cinemas in Brisbane. The theme this year Were all the ...

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11:31

Joel Creasey: Body Shaming In The Gay Community Is Out Of Control QNews Magazine

Comedian Joel Creasey has spoken out about body shaming and unrealistic standards of beauty in the gay community. In a lengthy Facebook post, Creasey expressed his disappointment at seeing social media users obsessing over their bodies ahead of Mardi Gras season. Ive seen over the past few months on Instagram and social media gay men ...

The post Joel Creasey: Body Shaming In The Gay Community Is Out Of Control appeared first on QNews Magazine.

10:15

BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR HOOKD ON KAZZAZZ "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for HookD on Kazzazz



Your name: Debbie Hook
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/HookD.on.Kaszazz
The suburb/town you live in now: Narangba.
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:I use paper, inks and embellishments to create a range of handmade cards, scrapbook layouts, gift boxes, notebooks, mini albums, invitations and other custom requested items.


What inspired you to start your business?: My love of paper crafting and people I knew wanting me to make things for them
...

07:45

ABC News Australia Raided by ASIO Officers; Secure Cabinets Seized "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

By Shem El-Jamal

On January 18, 2018, many Americans were pleasantly surprised to hear the news of the raids on the publisher, Newsweek, that took place just one day prior. These actions taken by New York law enforcement appeared to be largely justified, and in the eyes of many Americans, these raids were long overdue.

As the situation appears, the issues which promoted the swift confiscation of the servers at Newsweek stretch far beyond just one mere company in the U.S. We may see that due to the similar actions of law enforcement in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, that Newsweek was not the only corporate source that was suspected of illegal activity.

For the longest time, thousands of Americans have grown increasingly impatient with a corporate media that has been long-divorced from accurate reporting and ethical integrity. Not only have corporate sources such as Newsweek been shown to be significantly dishonest in their reporting, but they have been long-suspected to be linked to criminal interests as well.

These and many other reasons may explain why many citizens were somewhat relieved to see these recent actions against provably compromised news sources.

For decades, the corporate media has gradually devolved into a politically bias, corporately compromised, puppet show for the ruling elite. According to multiple sources, there are numerous interests behind this media monopoly who intend to manipulate the public in any direction which they deem advantageous to elitist ideals.

Whether the goal involves starting useless wars in foreign countries, placing Cabal sponsored puppets in positions of power, censoring important information from being revealed, or disarming the general public for the sake of maintain social control, the general intent is the same.

It is a well-known fact that the CIA and other government agencies have significant control over corporate media. Companies such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and even NPR have been shown to be little more than extensions of the CIA and/or other manipulative government agencies. Though some may believe that past government programs such as Operation Mockingbird were discontinued, these programs a...

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Monday, 19 February

16:34

The Stairwell Project and Cancer Care Services "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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November 22, 2017 Stairwell Project team member Ian Ahles [ Classical Guitar] with bone marrow recipient patient, Jim Usher in ward 5C, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital [ RBWH] Cancer Care Services [Haematology]. 

The little but big idea that live music performed in the open spaces and wards of a large city hospital is a positive factor in raising staff morale, improving patient recovery and reducing health care costs is gaining momentum. Documented international research is finding traction in policy and funding development while in Australia via a range of new ventures such as   The Hush Foundation  where live music in all kinds of combinations is  being slowly introduced onto hospital campuses. The Stairwell Projects pilot project in Cancer Care Services at RBWH was part of this evolution of new aspects of health care at the RBWH from November 2017 January 2018. We were invited by the RBWH Cancer Care Ser...

Friday, 16 February

06:18

QNews Magazine Issue #448 | February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

From the Print Editor Tim Passmore: Welcome to our new edition where youll find our signature mix of LGBTIQ news, features and events relevant to our local community. Its a great pleasure to showcase Queensland comedian Mel Buttle ahead of her appearances at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Were also pleased to bring you a thoughtful ...

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