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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 ...

The post Indonesian City Announces Taskforce Targeting LGBTIQ Community appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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 ...

The post Acclaimed Trans Actress Daniela Vega To Present At This Years Oscars appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:58

Eight Films To See At The Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018 QNews Magazine

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 ...

The post Eight Films To See At The Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2018 appeared first on QNews Magazine.

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
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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...

05:45

Comments on BrewDog being lured to Brisbane in the Broadsheet "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I was interviewed by Matt Kirkegaard, beer educator and commentator, for his latest article in the Broadsheet:

Is Scottish Superstar BrewDogs Arrival Good for Brisbanes Brewing Scene?

The debate over whether the Queensland Government should have offered financial incentives to lure the Scottish craft beer company to Brisbane was started by my colleague Nick Behrens, Director of QEAS:

Why the State Government is NUTS to offer Scottish beer giant BrewDog industry assistance

Both Nick and Matt were interviewed by 612 ABC Brisbanes drive time presenter Steve Austin on the issue last week:

The Beer Economy: Is BrewDog a good investment for Queensland?

Finally, if youre interested in beer, check out Matts website:

https://www.brewsnews.com.au/

Newstead Brewery

I was lucky enough to go on a tour of the Newstead Brewing Co. at Milton last year

Tuesday, 20 February

20:41

Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater QNews Magazine

Hollywood star Sally Field deserves another Oscar for her role as Best Supporting Mum. Fields son, director Sam Greisman, has a serious crush on figure skater Adam Rippon, who won a US team bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Greisman, 30, revealed on social media that not only did he have a crush ...

The post Sally Field Plays Matchmaker For Son Who Has Crush On Olympic Skater appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:54

Vacancy rates drop in January "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Rental vacancies tighten

I've noticed many rental properties letting much more quickly in Brisbane in recent weeks.

Whether or nor this is the beginning of a trend for 2018 remains to be seen. 

SQM Research reported that nationally vacancy rates tightened from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent in January, partly due to the seasonal variation over the Christmas period. 

In Sydney the vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.3 per cent in the month of January.

However, that's still higher than the 1.9 per cent recorded a year earlier.

Indeed, smoothing the numbers on a 6mMA basis you can see that Sydney's rental conditions have been easing, and rental price growth may now moderate from here. 


Hobart's vacancy rate increased to 0.4 per cent in January, but a severe rental shortage in the Tasmanian capital is putting continued upwards pressure on rents. 

Canberra also recorded a tight vacancy rate of 0.9 per cent in January, with Adelaide at 1.5 per cent, and Melbourne at 1.8 per cent. 

The trend in Perth's vacancy rate, although still elevated, is also improving. 

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14:20

Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month QNews Magazine

Noosa on Queenslands Sunshine Coast will again play host to the annual Rainbow River Festival next month. The post-Mardi Gras event is an LGBTIQ-inclusive party which started in 2016 and is now an annual celebration of diversity in the picturesque region. Organisers are excited to welcome locals and visitors to join in the festivities to ...

The post Noosas Rainbow River Festival Is Returning Next Month appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:04

Brisbane Swim Team Aqualicious Unveils Plans For Mardi Gras Float QNews Magazine

Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious have unveiled their plans for their colourful float in this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The float, titled Lets get physical: exercise your rights, will incorporate fluorescent 1980s colours and pay tribute to gay icon Olivia Newton-John and LGBTIQ history. [The float] brings together themes of fitness, ...

The post Brisbane Swim Team Aqualicious Unveils Plans For Mardi Gras Float appeared first on QNews Magazine.

13:21

4EB's February 2018 Newsletter "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Click on the image below, to find out the latest news about Brisbane's one and only multi-language radio station, Radio 4EB:

 

 

12:59

WATCH: John Oliver Roasts Hypocritical Barnaby Joyce Over Affair Scandal QNews Magazine

US talk show host John Oliver has roasted Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the wake of Joyces affair with a former staffer. On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver introduced Joyce as a social conservative and said his opposition to same-sex marriage last year was hypocritical. Joyce is a social conservative ...

The post WATCH: John Oliver Roasts Hypocritical Barnaby Joyce Over Affair Scandal appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:33

Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent QNews Magazine

Four emerging and established choreographers are set to take centre stage in Brisbane next month when the Expressions Dance Company presents their new show Converge. The choreographers Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China will build daring new works with the award-winning dancers at the Queensland ...

The post Brisbane Dance Company To Spotlight Next Generation Of Dance Talent appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:00

No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

The post No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:52

Disproportionate numbers of Newstart/Youth Allowance recipients in Far North Qld, Wide Bay-Burnett & Logan "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Pete Faulkners post Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns alerted me to the latest data on recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (for young job seekers) from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. These data highlight the ongoing lack of economic opportunity in Far North Queensland (outside of Cairns and surrounding regions) and North West Queensland, which are home to many remote Indigenous communities (see map below). In the Far North ABS SA3 region, job seekers receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance account for over 12% of the working age population. The Wide Bay-Burnett region also has a relatively high incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (at 6-7% of the working age population).

Newstart_Qld

Stark differences in the numbers of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients exist across Brisbane metro regions. The leafy western suburbs have a very low incidence (at 1-1.5% of the working age population) while the Springwood-Kingston area has around four times the incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (over 6%).

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00:15

So will the Turnbull Government come clean about ministers' VIP travel over the last eighteen months? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



It would appear that Australian federal politicians have a long history of using RAAF VIP jets in an extravagant manner.

Take current Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England  Barnaby Joyce as an example. 

News Mail, 28  December 2012:

One Coalition heavyweight, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, racked up one of the highest percentages of ghost flights among non-government parliamentarians.
Senator Joyces travel bill totalled some $47,955 for 10 taxpayer-funded flights, primarily between Melbourne or Canberra and St George.
But he was only on board for three of those flights, with the remaining seven costing nearly twice as much as the flights he was on board for - racking up $31,395 worth of ghost flights.

BuzzFeed, 28 July 2017:...

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