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Tuesday, 11 September

15:58

New Guide To Help Queenslanders Navigate Legal Issues Around HIV Disclosure QNews Magazine

A new guide to benefit Queensland people living with HIV has been released to help them understand legal issues around disclosure of their HIV status. The Disclosing your HIV status guide, prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) with funding from Queensland Positive People (QPP), contains the most up-to-date and accurate information about relevant law ...

The post New Guide To Help Queenslanders Navigate Legal Issues Around HIV Disclosure appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:31

Tasmanian Labor Members Call For Public Funding Of Gender Confirmation Surgery QNews Magazine

Tasmanian Labor members have voted at their state conference to call for transgender peoples gender confirmation surgery to be covered by Medicare. Local advocate Dana Endelmanis addressed the conference on Sunday to speak about the difficulty she experienced reconciling her gender identity in her youth, growing up in the states north-west, The Examiner reported. Trans, ...

The post Tasmanian Labor Members Call For Public Funding Of Gender Confirmation Surgery appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:03

Itll Happen: Armie Hammer Teases Sequel To Call Me By Your Name QNews Magazine

Armie Hammer, one of the stars of Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name, has assured fans a sequel to the queer romantic drama is on the way. I would say that itll happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen, he told Variety. It was such a collaborative, ...

The post Itll Happen: Armie Hammer Teases Sequel To Call Me By Your Name appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:46

Queensland Drag Queens To Unite For CWC Cabaret Fundraiser QNews Magazine

A star-studded lineup of Queensland drag talent will again grace the stage at this months CWC Cabaret, Brisbanes longest running fundraiser for people living with HIV. Hosted by Queensland drag legend Betty Nature (pictured, centre) at the Sportsman Hotel, the event will feature performances throughout the night by drag performers past and present, including Dame ...

The post Queensland Drag Queens To Unite For CWC Cabaret Fundraiser appeared first on QNews Magazine.

08:41

Youre Invited To Our Pride Art Exhibition This Friday QNews Magazine

Looking for a locally-produced piece of queer art for your wall? QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month this month. The first Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...

The post Youre Invited To Our Pride Art Exhibition This Friday appeared first on QNews Magazine.

06:04

The Boys From Queer Eye Celebrate The Shows First Emmy Award Wins QNews Magazine

The cast of Netflixs Queer Eye have celebrated the shows first three Emmy Award wins. The acclaimed makeover show took home the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. This show is so important, thank you for what this fab five are doing to help the LGBT movement, creator ...

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Monday, 10 September

21:01

Brisbane median house price rises to $673,000 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brisbane closes the gap

The ratio of Sydney to Brisbane house prices recently came off a record high of 2.2, depending upon your preferred data source.

As this cycle progresses it wouldn't be surprising to see that ratio close back towards 1.

The REIQ reported today that Brisbane's median house increased by 0.9 per cent over the quarter and 2 per cent over the past year to $673,000.

That's the highest ever figure for Brisbane.

Brisbane's median house price has increased by just over 20 per cent over the past five years.

The figure for the Brisbane LGA was closer to 30 per cent. 

The median unit price increased by a somewhat slower 1.4 per cent over the most recent 12-month period to $405,000. 

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18:29

Are You Fully Informed About My Health Record?

Is your My Health Record private

My Health Record putting your health information on a database on the internet what could go wrong?

We know a lot these days about how much data is worth to companies insurance marketing etc.

My Health Record and how to opt out of it is something you need to be fully informed about.

Electronic Frontiers Australia is a non-profit organisation which promotes and protects peoples digital rights.

This interview is with Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia Lyndsey Jackson.

Lyndsey has been active in web and digital media for ten years. She is a committed advocate of the protection of individual rights.

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13:58

ETHIOPIA PART C Lake Langano and the Rift Valley sunshinecoastbirds

Black-winged Lovebird

Following our visit to Awash National Park (see following post) we continued south to the very nice Harro Langano lodge on the south-east shore of Lake Langano for a two-night stay. Early the first morning we saw a pair of Yellow-fronted Parrots in the tall fig trees outside the lodge restaurant.

Yellow-fronted Parrot
We headed around to the west shore of the lake to check out the compound of the largely disbanded Simbo Lodge. Here were loads of excellent birds including Gymnogene, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Rufous Chatterer, Red-necked Wryneck, Bare-faced Go-Away-Bird and White-bellied Go-Away-Bird.
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13:52

Brisbane Pride Festival 2018: Eight Brisbane Same-Sex Couples Tie The Knot At Public Ceremony QNews Magazine

Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said I do on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King ...

The post Brisbane Pride Festival 2018: Eight Brisbane Same-Sex Couples Tie The Knot At Public Ceremony appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:13

Gay Ski Festival Rainbow Mountain Took Over Thredbo, And It Was Amazing QNews Magazine

The queens well and truly conquered Thredbo in the late during the sparkling and glittery inaugural Rainbow Mountain festival. From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community took over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps ...

The post Gay Ski Festival Rainbow Mountain Took Over Thredbo, And It Was Amazing appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:52

Hannah Mouncey Slams AFL After Withdrawing From AFLW Draft QNews Magazine

Hannah Mouncey has said she will not nominate for the upcoming AFLW draft, citing the ongoing enormous toll the process has taken on herself and her friends and family. The 28-year-old transgender footballer made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday night. There are a number of things I cant risk by continuing this fight, which ...

The post Hannah Mouncey Slams AFL After Withdrawing From AFLW Draft appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:31

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Flags Law Change To Protect Religious Freedom QNews Magazine

LGBTIQ advocates have said they will lobby the Senate to block any move by the federal government to weaken existing anti-discrimination protections under the guise of religious freedom. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated his support for introducing laws to protect religious freedom in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Morrison said a ...

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04:20

ETHIOPIA PART B Gelada Baboons to Awash National Park sunshinecoastbirds



Gelada male
Following our twitch of the restricted Ethiopian endemic, the Ankober Serin (see following post) at Gemessa Gebel, we chanced upon three fair-sized troops of Gelada Baboons on the edge of juniper forest near the cliff edges. This species, endemic to the Ethiopian highlands, has long been high on my wish-list. We watched them for some time, noting that they seemed largely unconcerned by us but quickly scurried off into the forest when herdsmen with goats appeared.

Gelada family group
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Sunday, 09 September

20:49

AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Calls into Mackay Airport - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Friday 7 September, AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Bankstown via Cessnock in New South Wales. 


After spending a couple of hours on the ground, VH-NEQ returned South to Maitland before heading back to Bankstown.

VH-NEQ usually calls into CQ Airports operating medical evacuation flights but on this occasion it was heard using its registration as its callsign suggesting it may have been operating a training or closed charter flight.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 7 September and Thursday 6 September, a corporate turboprop in the form of Edwards Coaches Cessna 441 Conquest II VH-OXY was noted visiting several CQ Airports (amongst other places).  On Thursday, it called into Emerald Airport from Cobar and Bankstown in New South Wales before departing to Biloela / Thangool Airport, Baryulgil and then the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport.  Then on Friday, VH-OXY reversed its journey except it departed Emerald Airport for Roma Airport before it ended a busy few days of flying back at its Armidale base.

Finally, before dawn on Thursday 6 September, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ once again, calling into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.

Photo taken by 'JM' 

20:16

Also Completing Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Australian Army MRH-90 A40-009 & RAAF Super King Air A32-426 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A little earlier in the day, also on Wednesday 5 September, another pair of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft were also spotted visiting or completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport.


Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-009 is pictured above arriving into Rocky from Brisbane as "Destrier 119".  After taking on fuel, it continued to Townsville.

While Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport, looking to fly up from (or around) Tamworth and then continuing further North towards Mackay.

A32-426 "Beaufort 76" was also noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 4 September with it coming down from the North and then flying onward to the Sunshine Coast.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

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Friday, 07 September

14:48

No New Womens Prison: Meg Rodaughan

No Gatton Women's Prison Logo

On Monday September 3 newly formed group No Gatton Womens Prison staged a small protest which aimed to bring the issue of women in prisons to the fore.

Four women blocked the access road leading from Southern Cross Correctional Centre.
Women are currently being transferred to this new womens prison which will be privately run most likely by Serco.
Linda Rose spoke to Meg Rodaughan from the group about the group and the issues they seek to address.
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Tuesday, 04 September

14:22

Homes Not Cells: Stop Gatton Womens Prison

Release from No Gatton Womens Prison

Stop Gatton Women's Prison

[Yesterday morning] a group of four women blocked Millers Rd leading from Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, stopping the transfer of prisoners from the facility.

They are calling on the Queensland Government to stop transferring women to the 300 cell Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. The newly formed group, No Gatton Womens Prison, want the Queensland Government to stop the prison transfers and rethink the need for another womens prison.

It is estimated 40% of women in Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre are on remand, meaning they are yet to be sentenced.

No Gatton Womens Prison say the Government should increase funding for diversionary programs to stop women entering the prison system; and place a greater emphasis on health, housing and education funding for women who are being released.

The group say that the establishment of another womens prison in Queensland could be avoided, and overcrowding concerns addressed, by better supporting women who are eligible for bail.

Philip Marrii is a member of No Gatton Womens Prison and one of the people blocking the road.

Philip said It costs the government $107,000 per woman imprisoned in Queensland, per year. A large proportion of women are incarcerated because of poverty and homelessness. Instead of paying multi-national companies like Serco to run prisons, that money could assist women to pay for rent, care for their families and connect with support services in the community, completely avoiding prison.

Serco operates the Gatton facility currently and has applied for the tender for the womens prison. If Serco is successful, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre will be the first womens prison under its control in the world. The group holds grave fears for the welfare of the women given...

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Saturday, 01 September

14:26

Twenty-five face legal action over same-sex marriage hate speech

(Toby Crockford Brisbane Times)

 

equal love, discrimination

Comments made during last years contentious same sex marriage campaign have landed 25 people in legal trouble after they were posted online and plastered around university campuses on posters during last years Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

The LGBTI Legal Service will put the culprits before the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland after receiving funding from the state government to monitor and identify those engaging in unlawful hate speech during the postal survey period.

Some of the posts that have attracted the action include: Burn all faggots #voteno; Hitler had the right idea about homosexuals burn them; Send the poofters to their own island; and You are all getting rooftopped.

LGBTI Legal Service president Matilda Alexander said more than 220 examples of hate speech had been documented during the survey and legal action was being taken against the worst offenders.

We have selected these 25 based on the level of hate in the comments or publications, she said.

The postal survey saw a resurgence in the amount of homophobia and transphobia in the community.

It was OK to say no, but it was not OK to say Hitler had the right idea of killing gays.

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Tuesday, 14 August

23:54

Bad Cop No Donut 17/08/2018

Another weekly report on police brutality and misconduct.

Bad Cop No Donut


Entire police force quits

The entire police force ok only 4 of a town in Massachusetts resigns because no one cares about them. Unfortunately this story is about resources and work conditions not about the entire town thinking theyre bastards. No tears and no donuts for them.


Rape Cases Not Handled Well

Queensland police shredded a womans rape statement having not previously spoken to her or investigated the claim.

They also told the suicidal victim they could not wave a magic wand and fix all of her problems.

Guardian Australia reports the woman (known as Lyla for anonymity) went to the police regarding her manipulative and violent former partner. Speaking to the police only made the situation worse.

The woman left Queensland after the man raped her and reported first to a Victorian police station.

Lyla was told a Queensland officer would contact her within days but after waiting four weeks and suffering severe anxiety she withdrew her complaint.

Last month she made contact with the detective assigned to her case. Lyla recorded the conversation.

The detective told her he was handling 30 cases, he went through them in the order they arrived, and that sometimes police did not act on complaints for a year.

Lyla told the detective about a suicide attempt in January. He responded by saying he had a limited amount of patience and that she seemed to want police to fix her problems.

The detective said it was kind of odd that Lyla waited several months to report her former partner. It would have been a hell of a lot easier if she had come forward at the time.

Lyla was told her statement had been deleted and shredded....

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Saturday, 04 August

00:06

Dealing With Racist Dicks

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Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux just finished their Australian tour.

They met with resistance everywhere they went, Lauren was even stopped by police when she tried to vilify Muslims in Sydneys Lakemba.

Brisbanes turn at showing these Canadians racists are not welcome was July 29 and an event was called for 7pm. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was the venue.

A great place for an exhibition of the racism in our town and the resistance against it.

About 60 people turned up on our side. Anarchists, Socialists, refugee activists and others.

Protesters gathered at the main and back entrance.

I did an interview with Tom Tanuki last week about his group and tactic Yelling At Racist Dogs. There was lots of yelling on Sunday at lots of racists, but not a lot of other more direct action.

A seasoned Brisbane activist who couldnt attend says it is disappointing the group stood at the taxi rank and didnt even try to take the stairs of the centre which is the tradition.

This may have an influence on what the police expect of resistance groups in the future.

Linda is joined by local activist and all round genius Gerald Keaney for this sedition and they discuss the evening.

Hard hitting punk antifascist songs break up our discussion.

Music

SIN DIOS                                        Alerta Alerta Antifascista

LOVE MOVES                            Love You Brisbane

JESUS FOR CHILDREN                                  Love You Brisbane

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Thursday, 19 July

23:54

NTFN 17.07.2018

Our second Not the Fucking News anarchist news segment.

News you may have missed because the corporate media distracts you with Thai soccer players getting stuck in a cave.

Suspicious Death of Iranian Activist

33-year old Iranian civil rights activist and dissident Maryam [mary-yum] Faraji [farar-gee] has been found dead after disappearing earlier in July.

Ms Jarajis lawyer says relatives have identified her body which was found burnt near her car and belongings.

Her ex fiancee has been arrested and charged with her murder but because of Farajis involvement in the protests against the regime there are suspicions her murder involved Iranian security forces

On January 2, in the heat of widespread uprising against the Islamic Republics establishment, Faraji had been detained for ten days and gone under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Tehrans notorious Evin prison


New legislation decriminalising abortion will be voted on by Queensland parliament next month.

The proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.

In Queensland, women face jail terms up to seven years, and doctors up to 14 years, for terminating a pregnancy, under a law dating back to 1899.

Some abortion clinics do operate currently in Queensland using some legal loopholes to perform the procedure.

Women in remote areas have less access to free safe abortion.

In 2010 a Cairns couple were charged but later acquitted this is the most recent criminal proceedings related to abortion in Queensland.

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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.

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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?

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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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Wednesday, 04 April

08:05

Joyce joins pro-coal MPs pushing Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Barnaby Joyce. Photo Tree Faerie.

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce says it would have been remarkable if he hadnt joined a backbench push to see coal part of any national energy guarantee.

Malcolm Turnbull is staring down the latest pro-coal campaign from some coalition MPs as the self-described Monash Forum promises to keep up the fight.

The informal group of backbenchers released a letter on Tuesday calling for taxpayers to fund a new $4 billion coal-fired power station.

The former deputy prime minister, Mr Joyce confirmed he is a member of the forum, arguing he wanted to make absolutely certain that Mr Turnbulls national energy guarantee delivers coal-fired power stations.

I was aware of it and I signed it; it would have been remarkable if I hadnt, he told The Australian on Wednesday.

HELE (high-efficiency, low-emissions) coal-fired power plants are not the Dickensian dark satanic mills of many a year ago.

The prime minister on Tuesday played down the groups push, saying his policy put a premium on immediately usable power which could be delivered by coal, gas, pumped hydro or other technologies.

I can only say to you that our national energy guarantee has been endorsed by the whole coalition party room, he told reporters in Brisbane.

Its got strong support from industry and state jurisdictions its vitally important that it be adopted, because what we need is a technology-agnostic energy policy that encourages investment.

Subsidies for renewable energy are due to end in 2020, but backbench Senator Eric Abetz wants taxpayers to subsidise new coal plants instead.

Were talking about investing taxpayers dollars of about $4 billion so government is involved in this space, Senator Abetz told 2GB.

The market is distorted because of policy positions, especially by state Labor governments.

I am a free marketeer, everybody knows that but every now and again you need to have a look at what is the potential for the government to assist in a space where the market has failed.

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Tuesday, 03 April

15:49

Grindhouse Wrestling Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

Grindhouse Wrestling 
Revolution


With Special Guests: Snake Bite Whiskey, S.C.O.R.E.S & Ravens Liar

Brisbanes best Professional Wrestling show is set to hit The Zoo for the first time on Saturday the 14 th of April, for a show like none you have seen before!
The hit show, Grindhouse Wrestling, has been entertaining Brisbane wrestling fanatics for 6 years with an 18+ only atmosphere, now we are ready to launch our biggest show to date, GRINDHOUSE:REVOLUTION!

With 5 matches on the undercard and a huge CHAMPIONSHIP Main Event, the night will be filled with High-Flying, Death-Defying, Hard Hitting, hardcore wrestling action, topped with local Brisbane bands playing homegrown music throughout the night for a show that cannot be missed!
Main Event for the Evening Triple Threat Hardcore Match for the AWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. The most prestigious title in Queensland is on the line in the Main Event when The Monster Rip Rielly, puts his AWA Heavyweight Championship on the line. Standing at 195cm tall and weighing in at 120kg, Rip Rielly has said that he would defend the title against the very best men who will step up to him and try to take it. One of those men is a former champion himself, holding the title for a record, 432 days straight. The self-proclaimed King of Queensland TIM KADE, has proven time and time again that there is no line he wont cross to win matches and get back his crown from Rip Rielly. Tim Kade will need to keep his eyes on the back of his head during the match as he wrestles not just the Champion, but the other challenger, Showtime Jake Nova. Jake Nova is a superior athlete and the leader of a group of men known as Next Level.

Since the group formed, they have been known to invade matches, cheat in all circumstances, and use their numbers to beat down other men. Jake Nova has etched out a name for himself throughout Queensland over the years, but this will be his first time wrestling with the most prized title in Queensland on the line. Hardcore rules apply throughout the match, and we can expect to see the full use of tables, ladders, chairs and any othe...

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