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Tuesday, 18 September

19:27

Seven Myths About the Police

This text is adapted from Crimethincs text Seven Myths About the Police.

Police Everywhere Justice Nowhere_Anarchist_Media

1. The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies.

Unfortunately, theres a big gap between should be and are. The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Todays police officers know exactly what theyre getting into when they join the forcepeople in uniform dont just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyones potential enemies, not allies.

This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side. But the police are not just any workers; theyre the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralising individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.

2. Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.

Theres something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinised it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His...

19:04

Bad Cop No Donut

What police misconduct have we uncovered BCND?

A man was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder by Perth.

According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perths eastern suburbs.

Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.

[The officer] withdrew his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder, Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.

NITV News understands the wounded mans two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police.

First Nations Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police withdrawing their guns should be a last resort.

The trauma thats gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive, he said.

We dont condone stealing cars, we dont condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people.

Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.

An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.


A Georgia police chief says an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an 87-year-old woman after she didnt obey commands to drop a knife in her hand.

Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.

Relatives say Al-Bishara doesnt speak English and was merely out cutting dandelions with a kitchen knife near her home in Chatsworth, about 85 miles north of Atlanta.

An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton.

There was no anger, there was no malice in this, Etheridge say. In my opinion, it was the lowest...

18:13

Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom QNews Magazine

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said preventative regulation and legislation is required to protect freedom of religion in Australia from future threats. In an interview on Sky News, Morrison said he was concerned about the trajectory of free speech and religious freedom in the last decade and new legislation was needed to protect from threats ...

The post Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:53

Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host QNews Magazine

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsbys experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more. And she took to the stage to present the Emmy ...

The post Hannah Gadsby Killed It At The Emmys Now People Want Her To Host appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:51

Sesame Street Writer Shares The Truth About Bert And Ernies Relationship QNews Magazine

A writer on childrens television favourite Sesame Street has cleared up years of speculation by claiming that the shows iconic duo Bert and Ernie were written as a gay couple. Mark Saltzman, who joined the show in 1984, told Queerty the two iconic characters reflected his own relationship with his partner at the time, film ...

The post Sesame Street Writer Shares The Truth About Bert And Ernies Relationship appeared first on QNews Magazine.

12:01

RuPauls Drag Race Just Made Herstory At This Years Emmys QNews Magazine

Drag juggernaut RuPauls Drag Race has won Best Reality Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards, its first win in the category. Thank you so much! RuPaul emoted, picking up tonights Emmy for best in genre. This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show and ...

The post RuPauls Drag Race Just Made Herstory At This Years Emmys appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:59

OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever QNews Magazine

LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...

The post OPINION: Why Visibility Of LGBTIQ Pride Is More Urgent Than Ever appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:17

LGBTIQ Young People To Showcase Art In Exhibition At Open Doors Youth Service QNews Magazine

The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane. The organisations Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Bettys Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors PRIDE Art Therapy Program. The PRIDE ...

The post LGBTIQ Young People To Showcase Art In Exhibition At Open Doors Youth Service appeared first on QNews Magazine.

08:40

Jamie Duries Amber Collection Blends Australian Nature with High-Quality Furniture QNews Magazine

When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Duries latest foray into furniture, the phrase grass roots has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape ...

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Monday, 17 September

16:53

Australian Magpie Sandy Straits and Beyond

Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However, not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been visiting my yard - I think it is a male.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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12:16

Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane QNews Magazine

A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...

The post Brad and Scott, The Gay Couple Who Went Viral On Yes Day, Have Wed In Brisbane appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:19

Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday QNews Magazine

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...

The post Uniting Church of Australia To Endorse Same-Sex Marriages From Friday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

07:22

Rotacyclists donate to Ride Against Drought "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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 Qld"

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!

06:30

Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy QNews Magazine

By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...

The post Indias Gay Sex Ban, Now Repealed, Was Britains Anti-Gay Colonial Legacy appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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Saturday, 07 April

13:54

Queensland construction industry outlook "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The construction industry is very important to the Queensland economy, and it employs nearly 10 percent of all workers (see Queensland Treasurys Employment by Industry brief). One part of the broader industry, residential construction, has grown strongly in recent years, owing in part to the huge amount of apartment construction activity in Brisbane. But activity in residential construction has always been expected to fall back as projects were completed, and indeed it has been doing so. Private dwelling construction in Queensland in December quarter 2017 was 5.8% lower than in December quarter 2016. In contrast, non-residential construction activity is recovering nicely from its post-mining-investment-boom slump, with private non-residential construction increasing 11.6% over the same period. Growth in non-residential construction has therefore offset the adverse impact of the recent slowdown in dwelling construction on the state economy.

But what does the future hold? To gain some insight, we can examine building approvals data, the latest batch of which (updated with February data) were released last Wednesday by the ABS. Broadly speaking, as discussed below, the outlook is positive, based on recent approvals data and expected public sector capital works (e.g. Cross River Rail) and resources sector developments, possibly including the Adani mega mine (see this recent AFR article), although many observers remain doubtful it will ever proceed.

Non-residential construction

Non-residential building approvals have been at higher levels over the last couple of years after recovering from the trough in 2014-15 (chart below). This gives us reason to be confident about non-residential construction activity, although Queensland has not experienced the massive surge in non-residential approvals seen in NSW and Victoria.

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05:30

Video Friday: Robot Barber, Untethered iCub, and Aibo's Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Robotstart via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

U.S. National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.


Only try this at home on April 1.

You might remember the Flowbee hair cutting vacuum device from commercials back in the late 1980s. Weve come up with a new concept to disrupt the hair styling market once again, this time through collaborative robots. With Snips by Sawyer barbershops will never be the same.

[ Rethink Robotics ]


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Friday, 06 April

18:51

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Rockhampton Airport Wednesday with PM Turnbull on board "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 4 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra was spotted resting quietly on the Rockhampton Airport apron.




It had earlier arrived from Brisbane as "Regent 83" and brought Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to town for a series of engagements.

Once complete, A37-003 "Regent 83" was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for the Gold Coast.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD' 

10:02

Theres a new outdoor live music venue in Brisbanes Fortitude Valley "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brisbanes Fortitude Valley is now home to a brand new outdoor live music venue, The Valley Drive In. The venue has taken the place of the beloved Brightside carpark, which has housed gigs from the likes of Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays and WAAX, as well acted as a home for festivals like BIGSOUND and The Blurst Of Times.

As reported by The Music, Brissy-based music fans will already be much acquainted with the space, with venue booker Cael Johnston saying that the demand for gigs in the asphalt area became so large he had no choice but to expand.

Weve found that so many artists and promoters are looking to put on a show that simply cannot be experienced inside a traditional live space and we feel that this venue will give punters an evening that they will never forget, Johnston says.

The Valley Drive In is officially a fully licenced venue and is set to be fixed with its own permanent staging and production get ready to suss plenty of gigs and festivals there throughout 2018.

Thursday, 05 April

14:16

Middle Kids have just dropped their awesome new tune, On My Knees "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sydneys Middle Kids are getting geared up to release their debut album, Lost Friends, at the start of May, and now theyve just teased us even more with the release of their newest single, On My Knees.

Middle Kids have had a pretty stellar couple of years, releasing the gorgeous Edge Of Town in 2016 ahead of the release of their eponymous EP. Now, as their debut album creeps ever-closer, Middle Kids have already released tracks like Mistake, but theyve now upped the ante again with On My Knees.

Getting its debut airing on triple j on Wednesday morning, On My Knees has been kept in the vault for quite some time now, with the band having played the tune during their Austin City Limits performance in the US last year.

In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love, frontwoman Hannah Joy said to triple j of the new album.

Thats so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, its worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from whats going on.

The new, heartfelt number is another moment of brilliance for Middle Kids, so if you start drafting up your Hottest 100 votes now, you might help the group finally crack the full 100 this year.

Middle Kids Lost Friends is slated for release of May 4th. While we wait for this instant classic to drop, check out their new single below.

Check out Middle Kids On My Knees:

Middle Kids Lost Friends Album Tour

Wednesday, May 9th
Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA

Thursday, May 10th
Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

Friday, May 11th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

Friday, May 18th
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD

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12:23

Brisbanes Commonwealth Games and the legacy of the last time "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed by Glen Davies

The Commonwealth Games is about to start on the Gold Coast and it will be the first time the Commonwealth Games have been held in Queensland since 1982.

Queensland at that time was under the rule of the corrupt Bjelke-Petersen LNP Government. Civil liberties were trampled; indigenous Australians outcast in their own land. Queensland was seen by many around the world as not too dissimilar to Apartheid South Africa, or the deep south of America. Opposition to the government and their reactionary legislation was growing not just onthe domestic front, but abroad, twelve months out from the Games, a boycott was being rumoured by African, Caribbean and Asian countries, due to a South African rugby tour of New Zealand. With the Moscow 1980 Olympics Games had been affected by boycotts, the threat for Brisbane was real.

A crisis meeting in May 1982 in London, resolved that there would be no boycott. With this threat petering out, the LNP government set about tackling domestic opposition.

A Commonwealth Games security bill was introduced in the 12 months lead up to the Games. It allowed police to detain people for 48 hours without charge, a ban on any protest during the games, increased fines, gave the police power of entry without a warrant. All this come on top of an increase of $10 million in the police budget. In a nutshell, basic civil liberties in Queensland were suspended during the Commonwealth Games.

Yet opposition was strong. Indigenous Australians, trade unions, progressive minded people were prepared to defy this draconian legislation. Across the Tasman many Maoris expressed their support for those opposing these laws. Ai number of African governments whose nations were participating in the Games spoke out about their concerns, looking at pulling out of the games.

Back in Australia ticket sales were down, .as opposition to the reactionary regime grew stronger. However, the Games went ahead. Demonstrations without permits were held in Brisbane. The police brutally sought to stop them. While the British royal family watched the launch of their games, protestors stood strong against the brutality confronting them.

The eyes of the world watched the behaviour condemned the racism and brutality showed by the police.

The Bjelke-Petersen government and was subsequently condemned to the dust bin of history.

Indigenous Australians in Queensland have made some progress; civil liberties have improved, with the overt corruption fading away.

Another Commonwealth Games is being conducted in Queensland. How will history judge these ones?

The post Brisbanes Commonwealth Games and t...

06:17

Building approvals swing to commercial "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Approvals shift

Apartment approvals are now declining quite quickly in Sydney, while confidence is picking up off the mat in Brisbane, especially for tonwhouses and semi-detached dwellings.

The latest ABS figures relate to the month of February, but with more and more new apartments failing to value up at completion it's only a matter of time before unit approvals in Sydney decline further. 


Approvals for houses are generally mirroring internal migration trends, with Brisbane and Melbourne attracting the most migrants from elsewhere in Australia, but Perth having experienced an outflow of residents. 


Totting it all up, there is little evidence yet of a bust in residential construction, with more than 221,000 dwellings approved over the year to February 2018, although we are now well off the peaks.


The high-rise apartment sector has also calmed down a bit now, with a notable shift towards more approvals for family appropriate dwellings, such as terraces, semi-detached homes, townhomes, and low-rise apartments. 

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