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Wednesday, 23 August

20:04

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Where theres mining there is no justice  http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/traditional-owners-fighting-adani-undeterred-by-qld-court-outcome/

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.  We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country.  We have further litigation challenging their fake land use agreement in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

There will be no surrender. , Mr Burragubba concluded.

Continue reading W&Js statement here:
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18:45

It's time for Queensland to shine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Queensland picking up

Hot on the heels of the SEEK survey, comes another positive set of job ads figures.

Total job advertisements are now +26 per cent higher than at the 2013 nadir, according to the Department of Employment. 


After a torrid time since 2013, Queensland is now leading the way forward, with the strongest annual increase from around the states. 


Rebound

Many of the finest opportunities over the decade ahead will be found in the Sunshine State.

Townsville is set for an economic lift following a torrid few years, while Cairns, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast will continue to benefit from the Chinese tourism boom.

Then there is the Commonwealth Games coming up in 2018, which will be another welcome boost for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 

Of course, the above figures are only one measure of what's going down (or up) in the Queensland economy.

ANZ's 'Stateometer' covers a considerably broader set of measures, and showed Queensland accelerating back to life in the June quarter.....

15:56

Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner Northey Street City Farm

Northey Street City Farm Spring Equinox Members Only Dinner This event is for Northey Street City Farm Members Only and for those wanting to become members. It will be a great opportunity to: Meet members of The Farm See what The Farm has acheived in the last year Give Feedback about The Farms future Cost: []

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15:24

Peace Pilgrims a Pine Gap tour diary andypaine

Friday September 16 2016 was a busy day for me. I began it preparing a radio show about Pine Gap, the secretive US military base near Alice Springs in central Australia. I had interviewed an academic who has studied Pine Gap and what it does; an activist who has opposed it; and an Arrernte traditional owner who says it has no right to be there. Then I rushed off to Griffith University, where I gave a guest talk to an ethics class about civil disobedience the practice of intentionally and openly breaking unjust laws.

But I am not purely a journalist who reports on whats happening, nor an academic who explains theories. So after completing these two tasks, I got into a car and headed for Alice Springs to attempt to resist Pine Gap and the US wars it facilitates.

So I guess before we go on, a quick primer about Pine Gap and what it does. Theres a lot more information out there if youre interested, but basically Pine Gap is one of three satelite communication bases the US has planted strategically around the globe to enable it to spy on the whole world. The lease for it was signed in 1966, the base built in 1970. At first, it was never publicly admitted that it was a military facility it was described as a space research station until academic Des Ball uncovered what it actually did. Rumours abound that the sacking of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam had something to do with his wanting more control over the base and getting on the wrong side of the CIA.

For most of its life, while Pine Gap has always attracted porotests from anti-war activists, its purpose has been just basic surveillance. In the last ten years though, this purpose has changed. These days the mobile phone and radio signals that Pine Gap recieves via satelite are used for drone strikes or other targetted bombings enabling the US to kill people in the Middle East without the risk of having a soldier killed or the risk of the empathy that comes from interacting with an actual human being.

As I said, Pine Gap has been the subject of numerous protests over the years. This one was to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lease though for what exact purpose everyone was going out to the desert wasnt quite made clear. More on that later.

The trip to Alice was in my friend Jims van. Jim is a veteran of numerous actions and court cases out at Alice he was well acquainted with the route. The van runs off the biodeisel Jim makes out of used fish and chip oil; so all available car space was taken up with drums full of fuel. Other travel companions were my housemates Franz and Tim. Franz is Jims son so grew up going to protests though he is still a teenager. Tim is from New Zealand; his previous act of anti-war civil disobedience in Australia led to him being assaulted, stripped naked and threatened by SAS soldiers at Swan Island in Victoria. Undeterred, he was coming back for more.

For us h...

14:41

Earth Kids Programs Northey Street City Farm

Monthly Program for homeschoolers: One-off sessions. Second Friday of the month: September November Spring School Holiday Program:  September 25th to 29th NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become nature smart to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world in a fun and interactive way. []

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11:43

Baby Boomers Bingeing at an Alarming Rate "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Experts from Flinders University have found baby boomers to be the biggest consumers of drugs and alcohol, while binge drinking among younger people is on the decline. (Image: Joint Base Langley-Eustis)

Drug and alcohol consumption has decreased in every other demographic, according to joint research between Flinders University and the South London NHS Foundation.

The researchers warn alcohol misuse may increase further as boomers continue to get older.

Professor Steve Allsop from the National Drug Research Institute says alcohol and drug related problems among the older generation will become a critical public health challenge in years to come.

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08:30

The National have just announced an Aussie tour for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.

The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.

The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh recordSleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.

The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.

While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.

The National Australian Tour 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.

For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.

06:30

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Is leather better than vinyl when it comes to choosing the best seat for your motorcycle?

We asked longtime motorcycle seat upholsterer John Moorhouse of Ergo Seats in Brisbane for his advice when we dropped off our Ducati GT1000 seat for a new cover and comfortable foam.

Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsJohn with our Ducati GT1000

The seat will be ready in five days and it will apparently take about 1000km to bed in, so we will give you a full review of the performance level in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, theres that issue of whether to go for leather or vinyl.

John talked us into leather, although he says customers are split about 50/50 on the choice.

Leather looks great and, if you look after it, I wont see you back, he says.

Thats not good business but they last 30 years or more if looked after.

He suggests dressing the leather with lanolin or a special crocodile oil mixture.

That makes sense as Ive never seen a croc with old-age wrinkles!

Crocodile seat Is a leather seat better than vinyl? John Moorhouse Ergo SeatsCroc skin seat

John says he mainly works with cow leather, but he gets requests for croc skin, kangaroo, emu, snake and even stingray which has an unusual finish.

I havent used stingray yet as you need special...

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Tuesday, 22 August

21:55

Trip Report - Esk Weekend Away Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog

Black Falcon [Steve Popple pic]
Another successful weekend away for our group with good company and good birds and wildlife.


Blue billed Duck [poor pic by Ken Cross]
The weekend started at 5-30pm on the friday afternoon or it was going to start then however one of our number was delayed by a massive fire which caused a chaos that in turn caused massive traffic delays. It was soon forgotten though as we drove up over the Blackall Range through Mapleton and Maleny before dropping down west of Peachester enroute to Kilcoy and our evening meal. Next stop was our digs for a two night stay - Esk Caravan Park.
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13:58

August 2017 Bits & Pieces sunshinecoastbirds


Little Wattlebird & young


Winter is almost at an end and for the second year running, the resident Little Wattlebirds have raised a single youngster at what should be the wrong time the year. The birds have taken a liking to the porch hanging baskets, having nested in three different baskets. Like last year, they laid in July. The young bird successfully left the nest three weeks ago and although it appears fully grown, it continues to be fed by the parents. They are expected to soon begin nesting for the second time this year.

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13:46

A Brisbane venue refuses entry to Denmarks Prince Frederik over his I.D. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Many Brisbane venues havent exactly been stoked about the mandatory introduction of the I.D. scanners that are apparently intended to keep the city safe, and one venue has just had a particularly embarrassing issue as a result of the new tech, causing them to turn away Denmarks Crown Prince (and husband of former Aussie Princess Mary) because of his I.D.

As Fairfax reports, the 49 year old royal was declined entry to the Eagle St Piers Jade Buddha bar just before midnight on Friday, as he didnt have any sort of identification compatible with the scanners an issue that is causing problems for many tourists as well.

The understandably shocked prince and his group left the area, but came back 15 minutes later with the 7 Queensland police officers assigned to his dignitary protection unit, who explained to the venue manager that the I.D. requirements didnt apply to foreign royals, as theyd been granted the authority of the Office of Liquor and Gaming to let the poor bloke in.

Brisbane I.D. laws a nightmare

Venue co-owner Phil Hogan eventually made his way to the front of the venue to try to save everyone from further embarrassment summed up how a lot of locals feel about the scanners, which cost $8000 each to install, and became mandatory for anyone operating within the citys Safe Night precincts after 10pm, with the only alternative an option to shift closing time from 2am or 3am to midnight.

Its a stupid law. We always thought it was going to be a nightmare, Mr Hogan said. Its happening all the time and the whole thing has been a nightmare from a tourist point of view. Its just a nonsense. Its a real over-reaction.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with the Prince, he continued. Its happening all the time with normal people.

The introduction of I.D. scanners has been on the table for years, with many arguing that their introduction would create a nightmare in terms of logistics and privacy, and as Fairfax notes, Brisbane venues have reported having to turn away everyone from respected foreign business people to backpackers and tourists often in large numbers and causing significant losses to the venue owners.

While anyone with a less conventional form of I.D. is at risk of being turned away, Fairfax reports that Attorney-General Yvette DAth has described the issues following the July 1 introduction as teething problems, and will be consulting with venues as the rollout continues.

Perhaps theyd best ask the Crown Prince of Denmark for his thoughts on the matter....

11:33

Genetically modified crops included in latest Queensland climate change plans and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Genetically modified crops could be used by Queensland farmers to combat the effects of climate change (Image credit: John Coppi).

These crops would be able to withstand higher temperatures and worsening climatic conditions, where Southern Queensland could see more droughts with increasing emissions.  

Farmers would be one of the hardest hit groups from climate change says Environment Minister Steven Miles, the government has proposed a strategy which would help farmers protect their properties, livestock and crops.

 

Brisbane students win big at World Robot Summit

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10:04

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining there is no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the...

09:38

Brisbane car ownership going downhill + more zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Car ownership in the river city is predicted to decline following an RACQ report showing Brisbane has the most expensive off-street 30 minute and 1 hour parking in Australia. (Image credit: Simon Forsyth)

More car sharing options need to be available according to RACQ head of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding, where multiple people in a small radius own a single car instead of multiple.

The council approved Brisbanes first council enforced car sharing scheme in Toowong, similar schemes have yet to be rolled out to other suburbs.

 

NSW welfare recipients to face prospective random drug tests

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08:42

Aboriginal Health Conference coming to Brisbane and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA) will hold a workshop in Brisbane on September 6 (Image credit: Diac Images)

The Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet are providing support and waiving fees for public leaders and servants travelling to the conferences from remote areas.  

Other Aboriginal health conferences on mental health, mens health and more will be held around Australia from August 21.

 

Avocado season set to peak early

Queensland farmers are tipped to have an extended avocado season next year, with early signs of growth already appearing across the state.

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07:33

Renewables and the damage done: cross post from the Spectator "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Here is a concluding extract from a piece of mine published yesterday in the Spectator

However, the demonisation of coal and threats by a future government to destroy the value of any new coal power station means a return to an autonomous market-based new investment regime is impossible.  It may be that the Commonwealth is preparing to commission new non-intermittent power stations - inevitably coal based to shore up reliability.  While providing a patch-up, this would complete the dismantling of a national electricity market and place us on the path to the high-cost electricity regime that prevailed prior to the market reforms under Hawke, Kennett and Howard.   

A preferable outcome would be for the Canberra to guarantee that a future federal government would not adopt policies that expropriate any new investment (as governments already do with roads, ports and other long-lived infrastructure) and: 

  • Abolish the commonwealths Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the subsidies, presently about $75 per MWh, it creates for wind and large-scale solar;  
  • Eliminate the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) under which electricity users in general are forced to provide a subsidy of $40 per MWh to roof-top photovoltaic installations.  
  • Cease all government subsidies through the budget including guarantees to bodies like the Clean Energy Regulator and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).  

In addition, state government should remove subsidies like the Queensland Solar Bonus scheme and preferential feed-in-tariffs for PV generated electricity.  

With such policies, Australia would once again benefit from the cheap electricity that government market interventions have caused.   

The whole piece is here

The issue also got an airing on the Bolt Report last night.  Here is a clip.

06:50

I Hope You Catch Yellow Fever and Die "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Im not your fetish. Im not easy for you to obtain, and Im not an object of your affections.

I am a Chinese girl with a dark complexion, green hair and a loud mouth. I am a Chinese girl who has spent most of her life living in the city of Brisbane, a predominantly white populated city in Australia. Ive tackled bullying and ignorance and ostracisation, and Ive been hated because of the pigment of my skin. But Ive also tackled with the other extreme Ive been loved because of my brown complexion; Ive been completely adored.

Ive spent the last few weeks living in Japan, and Ive seen millions of faces perpetually pass me by, sometimes animated and sometimes still. These faces share physical features similar to mine. This is a rare few weeks where I no longer look like the token, no longer look the minority. It is liberating to see billboards and advertisements where I see beauty products that cater to the tough Asian hair and makeup that flatters my almond shaped eyes.

Nah Im not going to thank you. Its not a compliment. This double edged sword really only has one side to it. Its sharpness seems dulled, but really, it cuts through you like a knife. By coming up to me, a complete stranger, and making such a broad statement, I am being sliced open by the concept of interchangeability. I am being dehumanised in a way that I am seen through rose-tinted glasses that make me blend into the next flower in sight. I am one of the same, and the fetishiser is the person who gazes at me lovingly because I fit into this pool of women that they have decided to invent and drown in.

Have you ever been greeted with I love Asian women the first time you met somebody? Have you ever been greeted with a sentence so general, so broad, that it goes over your head? You hear said statement and youre thrown into a mode where you wonder, Is that a compliment? You do a double take. How do you respond? Thank you?

In a society where my looks are no longer considered exotic, where my eyes arent made fun of and my features are not other-ed, I still see non-Asian people making it a point to become involved with locals. I see mediocrity and low self-esteem rear its head and lurch itself at me: they think Im going be ena...

Monday, 21 August

20:59

A Couple of Other Bizjets Around CQ Airports This Week "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

It's been another busy week for corporate bizjet movements around CQ - as highlighted with a couple of arrivals into Rockhampton Airport as posted below.  Here is a quick summary of some of the other bizjet comings and goings around various CQ Airports this week.

File photo taken by Ben May  

On Friday 18 August, Cirrus (Australia) Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-SQY arrived into Hamilton Island Airport from its Wagga Wagga base via Bankstown.  Also visiting Hamo on Friday was Balmoral Air Dassault Falcon 2000LX bizjet VH-WIO.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Bankstown base.

UPDATE!  VH-WIO completed another return flight from Bankstown into Hamilton Island Airport and back on Saturday 19 August.

Also visiting Hamo this week was Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW which popped in from Brisbane on Tuesday 15 August, while Shortstop Jet Charter Dassault Falcon 900C bizjet VH-OAA departed to Melbourne (Essendon) also on Tuesday after arriving from there two days prior.

Elsewhere, on Thursday 17 August, both Queensland Government (State of Queensland) aircraft - Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY and Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ - were noted flying around CQ.

I saw VH-SGY arriving into Clermont Aerodrome from Brisbane.  It soon after departed to Moranbah Airport before later flying into Townsville.  It returned to Brisbane on Friday 18 August.  While VH-SGQ flew into Mackay Airport from Brisbane.

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