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Friday, 24 November

20:52

Worst frost since 1977 caused extensive damage to Victorian crops, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A late spring cold snap ripped through western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive agricultural damage. Older farmers in the region say it was 'the worst frost since 1977.' Agriculture Victorias southwest grains regional manager Rob...... Read more

19:54

Quote of the Day: The two fundamental questions that determine the nature of any social system "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"There are only two fundamental questions (or two aspects of the same question) that determine the nature of any social system: Does a social system recognise individual rights? -- and: Does a social system ban physical force from human relationships? The answer to the second question is the practical implementation of the answer to the first."
~ Ayn Rand, on Social Systems
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19:42

Chinese sounding names revisited "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 2015 Labour got blasted for their claims that data of Chinese-sounding-names proved some point about housing. Most of what I remember is the mess Labour made of it. Russell Brown has some new information on this that looks bad for both Labour and for the media that ran their story. At Public Address  Harkanwal []

19:32

Media beat National leadership drums "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Id be surprised if National will be rushing to replace Bill English as their leader. English did a fairly good job as Prime Minister,  and was credited with a good effort in the election campaign. While National didnt get to form a government they had easily the most support of any parties. Remarkably National got []

19:30

A little reminder about the guy who will be reviewing our tax system "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I thought Id give you a little reminder of Michael Cullen, the guy who will be reviewing our tax system. This was from his maiden speech in 1982: 23 April 1982 Address in Reply 441 Dr CULLEN (St. Kilda): I rise feeling like the elusive scarlet pimpernel of the Labour Party. Members opposite, or at least some of []

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19:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Its the clothes job to fit you. Not your job to fit the clothes.  Monique Doy


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:00

We moved the asylum seekers peacefully to new Manus camps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gary Baki
RPNGC Commissioner Gary Baki

MEDIA STATEMENT | Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

Yesterday the last of the asylum seekers on Manus were reluctantly transferred from the 'processing centre' to accommodation in the capital Lorengau after a month-long stand-off. On Thursday this statement had been issued by the PNG police commissioner....

PORT MORESBY - Police Commissioner Gari Baki has said that a total of 50 people were peacefully relocated from the Lombrum based Regional Processing Centre to the two immigration centres on Manus Island.

Of this number, 36 non-refugees and 13 refugees left voluntarily after being briefed and convinced by PNG government officials whilst one, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani, was escorted from the centre by government officials.

I am glad that this relocation exercise was done peacefully and without use of force, said Mr Baki. Kurdish journalist Boochani was not arrested, nor was he charged.

He was stirring up trouble and telling the other refugees not to move out of the centre so police and officers from the Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority simply escorted him out of the decommissioned centre and transported him to the East Lorengau Refugee Centre where he now remains.

Everybody has been jumping up and down about the treatment of the refugees which is nothing but the best so far, said Mr Baki.

Critics are failing to acknowledge the pressure, stress and strain the refugees are placing on PNG government officials on Manus as well as the local Manus people.

We have 10 Immigration officials and 50 policemen on Manus trying to manage more than 600 refugees whilst at the same time attend to ongoing law and order issues on the island province.

Mr Baki said the PNG authorities were doing the best they can and expressed frustration that the refugees continue to be stubborn and defiant.

The fact is that we are not moving them into the jungle, he said. They are being relocated to two centres where there is water, electricity, food a.........

18:48

Stream of revelations of abuse of power and women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The floodgates may not have opened fully on revelations of sexual harassment and misconduct of prominent men in the US, but a trickle seems to have become a stream. On the current RealClear Politics front page there are numerous stories about men abusing power and abusing women. The trickle started with Harvey Weinstein: After Weinstein, []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hamilton city councillor Mark Bunting has resigned from his position as Deputy Chair of the Community Services Committee after sending a lewd message to a journalist. Bunting sent a Newshub video of a hacked road sign containing a sexual joke to a female journalist and faced a disciplinary hearing today following a formal complaint. Mark []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is vamoose (verb) To leave hurriedly. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Vamoose meaning leave in a hurry has long been associated with cowboys of the American West and Southwest in the 19th century. The American pronunciation vmus is an approximate pronunciation of Spanish vamos lets go! The Spanish []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 25 16 Do you like honey? Dont eat too much, or it will make you sick!

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17:26

Now push RCEP, Abe-san China, Japan, the U.S. and All Asia Trade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Japans PM gets kudos for reviving the TPP, but to prove his mettle as a pan-Asian leader he can do more for regional free trade.

In the Ramayana epic so popular as a dance form across South-east Asia, the god-king Ramas staunchest ally in battle is Hanuman, a creature of extraordinary strength and heroic initiative.

But what if Rama, wea...

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

15:23

Hey, I just donated to a kickstarter about Coast Salish economics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How nerdy and SJW can it get? Its called Potlatch, and its a game written with the assistance of Indians to educate people about a misunderstood principle.

Potlatch, the game is a strategic, educational card game based on indigenous philosophies. It is designed to meet K-12 educational standards for teaching about native history, economics, culture, and government. Potlatch, the game, was developed as a community effort with local elders and language experts. The game is written in both English and Lushootseed, the indigenous language of the Pacific Northwest. Game mechanics are based on sharing resources to meet other players needs for food, materials, technology, and knowledge.

What sold me was this recommendation, though:

A big change in thinking from other games. I started out thinking about what I was getting and by the end it was more important the way I was sharing.

Oh my god. If its any good, can we buy a bunch of copies, and then lock all the billionaires of the world in some rooms and force them to play until they grasp the concept?

15:21

Kalau ULMWP Tidak Bentuk Pemerintah Republik West Papua, maka Kita pertanyakan, Apa Tujuan Mereka? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP) lewat Sekretaris-Jenderal Lt. Gen. Amunggut Tabi menyatakan "Kalau ULMP tidak sanggup membentuk pemerintahan Republik West Papua, maka kita semua orang Papua harus bertanya kembali kepada ULMWP, apa tujuan pembentukannya? Untuk menghibur diri di atas penderitaan rakyat Papua atau memang benar-benar untuk Papua Merdeka?" Menurut perintah

Kalau ULMWP Tidak Bentuk Pemerintah Republik West Papua, maka Kita pertanyakan, Apa Tujuan Mereka? was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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14:26

Blockchain-Based Air Travel To New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Air New Zealand partners with Winding Tree to create new Blockchain technology solutions for ticketing, baggage and security.

13:00

12:57

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Traditional hut that housed the Mining licenses
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12:56

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some pictures from yesterdays celebration in Tinputz
Pictures by Cynthia Tokiapron
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12:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

241117no diesel for BUKA POWER
By Aloysius Laukai

Reports say that the BUKA Power ran out of fuel and could not operate their machines since this morning.
Reliable sources told New Dawn FM that the supply of fuel to the Power Station changed some months back resulting in this problem.
It is not known when Buka town will have power.
The problem has been ongoing and is becoming from bad to worse.
Previously it was load problem resulting in load shedding within the supply areas.

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12:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

241117ABG on JSB deferrals
Anthony Kaybing


The ABG has been consistently let down by the National Government on its continued deferral of the Joint Supervisory Body Meeting and its refusal to engage on important matters relating to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

ABG President Chief Dr John Momis said that as a legitimate autonomous government afforded specific constitutional powers this was unacceptable.

The National Government has consistently failed to meet its obligations under the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), President Momis said.

The JSB was established as the primary mechanism under the Bougainville Peace Agreement through which ABG and the National Government must consult and resolve disputes, he added.

Momis further expressed his disappointment in saying that the National Government has failed to respect the role of the JSB instead using it as a rubber stamp to push through its own views at the expense of the Bougainville people.

After twelve years of autonomous government we are still constrained in our ability to govern effectively because of the inaction of the National Government, Momis said.

Over the course of these last twelve years the JSB has not yielded anything of substance except for the negotiations for several draw-down of powers and functions and the implementation of several high impact projects.

With the JSB now set for the 14 and 15 of December, the ABG and the National Government are still at loggerheads over the formula for Restoration Development Grant of which close to a K1 billion is owed to the ABG which is a basis of the BPA, the other outstanding funding is the Special Intervention Fund of K500 million with an outstanding of K201 million.

The ABGs main focus for this JSB will be on the referendum preparedness by both sides; the ABG has already taken steps to meet the terms of the BPA which will qualify Bougainville on eve of the referendum.

The National Governments slowness in addressing the terms of the JSB and the Peace Agreement has greatly hindered the ABGs drive as everything regarding the referendum must be carried out in agreement with the National Government.

Despite these setbacks the President was pleased with the momentum displayed by the ABGs Department of Peace Agreement Implementation in its referendum preparedness.

Inspite of these seemingly dark times I call on the people of Bougainville to focus on the noble ambition of self-determination and to commit to achieving our ultimate goal, Momis said.

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12:52

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

231117JSB Set for December
Anthony Kaybing
The long deferred Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) Meeting between the ABG and the National Government has been scheduled for the 14 and 15 of December this year.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis in a special parliament convened on Wednesday to discuss the JSB said some of the JSB agendas are outstanding from previous meetings while others are focused on the referendum preparations.
The referendum preparations will be a dominant issue of discussion in the JSB and with the recent formation of the Bougainville Referendum Commission there is urgency to operationalize it.
We need to appoint Commissioners, agree on an independent Chair and put in place systems, processes and procedures to govern how the Commission will work, President Momis said.
Momis further stated that all of this required the support and agreement of the National Government.
He added that the two governments also need to reach an agreement on the question or questions to be put to the people of Bougainville at the referendum; the meeting will also discuss the criteria that will apply to non-resident Bougainvilleans to vote in the referendum.
Another key agenda during the JSB will be the failure by the National Government to honour its constitutional obligations through outstanding payments of the Restoration Development Grant.
By our estimates we are now owed more than K900 million and by the National Governments own estimates we are owed more than K360 million, President Momis said.
Just like the RDG the ABG is owed significant arrears under the Special Intervention Fund of 2011 that should have seen a total of K500 million being approved for high impact development projects; only K299 million has been received with a shortfall of K201 million, Momis revealed.
Other key issues of discussion in the forthcoming JSB will include the need for the second joint review of the autonomy arrangements, peace building efforts by the ABG, weapons disposal provisions in the Bougainville Peace Agreement, revenues from fishing around Bougainville waters and continued draw down of powers and functions.
The JSB is the foremost entity that offers an avenue for the National Government and the ABG to discuss issues pertaining to Bougainvilles autonomous arrangement and is co-chaired by the ABG President and Prime Minister of PNG.
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12:51

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

241117 young womens forum
By Theresa Baranangko
The Bougainville Womens Federation through the Young Womens Leadership program conducted a week long public forum between 20th and 24th November 2017 at Malasang Resource Centre which saw more than 100 young women participants.
The main objective of this forum is to create space for young women leaders throughout the region to air out their experiences and concerns to matured women leaders, Government Sectors and other stakeholders presented at the forum who then gave feed backs and further shared their wide experiences on positive and negative issues affecting their leadership qualities.
According to the Programs Manager, Ms. Margaret Kiroha, the outcome that is expected is the establishment of young women association in respective areas through which the young womens program, facilitated by Bougainville Womens Federation can be able to reach any young women who are interested in taking up leadership programs.
She said, according to their Theme Be a Leader, Be a Change, young women are called to change their leadership code in order to be a good Leader in the Future.
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12:50

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

241117OFFICIAL HANDOVER DESPITE HEAVY DOWNPOUR
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG officially presented two Mining Exploration Licences to two Landowner companies in Tinputz yesterday despite the heavy downpour which disturbed the ceremony.
The ceremony was witnessed by all members of the ABG including media and the people of Tinputz and also the heavens opened to celebrate the occasion.
The two companies are KALIA INVESTMENT LIMITED and TOREMANA RESOURCES LIMITED.
The ABG President CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS officially handed over the Exploration licenses to the two companies.
The ceremony also included traditional activities by landowners from the project sites.

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12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

12:01

November 25 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1034 Mel Coluim mac Cineda, King of Scots died. Donnchad, the son of his daughter Bethc and Crnn of Dunkeld, inherited the throne.

1120 The White Ship sank in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England.

1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1343 A tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastated Naples and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, among other places.

1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.

1667 A deadly earthquake rocked Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.

1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reached its peak intensity. Winds gusted up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died.

1755 King Ferdinand VI of Spain granted royal protection to the Beaterio de la Compaia de Jesus, now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary.

1758 French and Indian War: British forces captured Fort Duquesnefrom French control. Fort Pitt built nearby grew into modern Pittsburgh.

1759 An earthquake hit the Mediterranean destroying Beirut and Damascus and killing 30,000-40,000.

1778  Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, English author and activist, was born (d. 1856).

1783  American Revolutionary War: The last British troops left New York City three months after the signing o...

11:36

Russia says progress made with Japan towards cooperation on disputed islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AFP

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MOSCOW (Reuters) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday progress had been made on confidence-building measures related to a territorial dispute between Moscow and Tokyo.

Japan-Russia security talks seen symbolic, may only benefit Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Japan

The measures focused on easing access for Japanese visitors to the disputed islands in the Pacific, known in Russia as the Kurile Islands and in Japan as the Northern Territories, and boosting economic cooperation in the islands. Lavrov was speaking after talks in Moscow with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Peter Graff

See also:

Japan-Russia security talks seen symbolic, may only benefit Moscow

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/21/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-russia-security-talks-seen-symbolic-may-benefit-moscow/#.Whf1hUqnGUk


10:50

Weekend reads - must read articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:46

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Caird  a traveling tinker; tramp; gypsy.


Filed under: language Tagged: caird

10:45

Western Australia nuclear waste enthusiast Glenn Baker shows his ignorance of the real purpose of nuclear dump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is Mr Baker ignorant, or disingenuous?

In his enthusiasm Mr Baker seems unaware that the processed nuclear waste returning from France is classified there as high level waste. The proposed dump for radioactive wastes in outback Australia is obviously intended to store those long-lasting toxic wastes. Australias nuclear reactor in Lucas Heights, Sydney produces these dangerous wastes, just the same as any other nuclear reactor.

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10:32

USA plan to bury Radioactive Waste in Canisters Known to Crack and Leak in Less Than 20 Years! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SCE Plans Beach Burial of San Onofre Radioactive Waste in CanistersKnown to Crack and Leak in Less Than 20 Years!  http://www.huntingtonnews.net/153108, November 22, 2017  ...

10:27

Australian Governments White Paper warns on climate change dangers in our region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, governments white paper warns
Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australias economic interests under pressure,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy, 23 Nov 17, Climate change is creating a disaster on Australias doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in some countries, especially fragile states, according to the Australian governments first foreign policy white paper in more than a decade.

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10:23

Wangan and Jagalingou land ruthlessly pursued by Indian coal corporation Adani Adani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

no amount of corporate black washing including Indigenous participation plans that champion strong and effective relationships between Adani and W&J, alongside jobs and traineeships can hide Adanis direct and immediate part in walking over the rights of Traditional Owners.

10:18

Queensland Labor might fund road upgrade for Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Queensland election: Palaszczuk refuses to rule out Adani mine road upgrade funding, ABC, By Chris OBrien, 23 Nov 17, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not ruled out helping central Queensland councils upgrade roads for Adanis planned Carmichael mine.

Ms Palaszczuk previously stated that taxpayers money would not be provided for the mine.

But The Australian newspaper has reported that some councils are negotiating for the state to take funding responsibility for roads. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-23/qld-election-palaszczuk-refuses-rule-out-adani-mine-road-funding/9183796


10:15

Queensland election: Greens focus on stopping royalty and water privileges for Adani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Greens outline their balance of power demands, Brisbane Times, By Felicity Caldwell, 23 Nov 17, Banning cash-for-access meetings, scrapping the royalty holiday to Adani and $1 public transport fares will be among the Greens demands if the party holds the balance of power in the Queensland Parliament.

Fairfax Media can reveal the list of seven key demands from the minor party ahead of Saturdays state election

The Greens negotiating demands are:

  1. Ban corporate donations and cash-for-access meetings
  2. End the social housing waiting list and address homelessness, by building enough homes to get 29,000 people off the social housing waiting list and house 20,000 homeless people
  3. Scrap the royalty holiday for Adani, revoke Adanis mining licence and access to ground water.

The Greens campaign has been bolstered by an Essential Research poll of 430 people, which shows the party ahead in South Brisbane, currently held by Labor Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

The poll has the Greens on 36 per cent of the first preference vote, 32 per cent to Labor, 24 per cent to the LNP and 8 per cent not sure.

However, the LNP will list the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards, which should give Ms Trad a boost in the two-party preferred count.

The state election will be held on Saturday, November 25. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/the-greens-outline-their-balance-of-power-demands-20171123-p4yx6p.html


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10:12

Farmers and graziers in Norther Queensland worried about environmental impacts of Adani coal mine project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Qld farmers and graziers afraid to speak out against the Adani mine, says Bruce Currie, ABC AM By Katherine Gregory   23 Nov 17 Its not just urban southern greenies and pro-coal country Queenslanders involved in the Adani debate farmers and graziers in the north are also voicing their concerns.  In north and central parts of Queensland, some say they are worried about the environmental impacts of the mine and their future livelihood.

Bruce Currie, who has land near Jericho, about 100 kilometres from the Adani site, said many graziers in the Galilee basin were worried about their groundwater security.

The people I have spoken to on the actual site are very concerned, he said.

Because any discussions theyve had with Adani, the company has not been prepared to accept the onus of proof.

Court cases have shown it is going to be extremely hard, if near nearly impossible, for landholders to get their water supplies secure if they have to prove its a mining company that destroyed them.

However, farmers like Mr Couture concerned about the mine face desperation for jobs in the region.

Mr Couture said though publicly the media was reporting that Bowen was pro Adani, in truth the town was split on the issue.

I would say its 50/50. The silent majority is not game to talk in public, because you...

10:10

Anti Adani coal mine protest march in Bendigo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bendigo protesters march against Adani coal mine, http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5077271/bendigo-protesters-march-against-adani-coal-mine/Bendigo Advertiser, 23 Nov 17, A group of activists marched on Bendigo politicians offices on Thursday, protesting the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland.

The protesters gathered at Labor MP Lisa Chesters office at noon before marching to the office of Senator Bridget McKenzie. Carrying placards and wearing pictures of black lungs, members from the Bendigo District Australian Conservation Foundation delivered letters to both politicians.

Victorian Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia chair Dr John Iser also spoke at the protest, voicing concerns about health implications of the mines coal pollution on its workers and surrounding communities.

It is the first of two events planned in Bendigo for the national Stop Adani Shakeup week.


10:04

Delhi Its a hellscape #Climate Catastrophe #StopAdani jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breathless in Delhi: a taste of environmental Armageddon | Brigid Delaneys diary Brigid DelaneyThursday 23 November 2017 12.28 AEDT It was like a London pea souper or the inside of one of Blakes dark satanic mills. But what it most reminded me of most of was a disaster movie. Photograph: R S Iyer/AP It was []

via Delhi Its a hellscape #Climate Catastrophe #StopAdani jpratt27


10:03

24 November More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RenewEconomy
  • Forget COAG how durable is Coalition support for the NEG?
    When the NEG was nebulous, its boosters were able to promise all things to all people. Now, with slightly more detail out, it will be a really hard sell.
  • Tesla big battery worlds biggest charges up for first time
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09:30

Beaten and tired #refugees protest rough sleeping at East Lorengau after removal from #Manus RPC: @jansant reports "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Refugees are currently holding a protest at the new East Lorengau prison on Manus upon discovering at least 65 are without anywhere to sleep, after being forcibly removed from the closed Regional Processing Centre (RPC). The refugees are protesting in East Lorengau bcz there s no room for them. immigration and police are not help to find a place for them pic.twitter.com/TFhOkknnTC Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 24, 2017 Over 65 refugees have no place to sleep in East Lorengau even West is not really they put some refugees in class room still some left behind pic.twitter.com/kFbYnblrID Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 24, 2017 There are reports locals []

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09:00

Manus lessons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Jane Salmon I have been glued to mainstream and social media on the Manus issue as an advocate for 3 years. And Ive met a few refugees along the way. But yesterday took the biscuit. The sight of Aussies swallowing dishonest propaganda whole has shaken me. Were in deep trouble if we think that

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08:19

Tax panel outcome preordained? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some things are preordained before the Tax Working Group starts, like no increase in GST or income tax levels, and no CGT on family homes. Other things are subject to what the TWG suggests, and ultimately on what the Government decides. Dene Mackenzie suggests Cullen appointment means tax panel outcome preordained. The appointment of former []

08:00

Friday Feline Im Completely with the Kitten on this one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you go to a restaurant and order what you want and someone else keeps pinching it

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08:00

Woke Up This Morning Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A look at the history of the blues


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06:30

BILL SHORTEN: Response to letter from Australians of the Year re Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BILL SHORTEN: Response to letter from Australians of the Year re Manus Island'I, like you, believe Australia has a moral obligation to ensure refugees have access to essential services and can live in safety. ' read now...

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:52

International academics call for withdrawal of TNI from West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

International academics call for withdrawal of TNI from West Papua

CNN Indonesia November 20, 2017

Rinaldy Sofwan, Jakarta Philosopher and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Noam Chomsky and a group of international academics are calling on the Indonesian government to withdraw all troops from West Papua following allegations of human rights violations against civilians by security forces in the province.

"We call on the Indonesian government and our respective countries to take urgent and effective action to ensure that the Indonesian military is immediately withdrawn from West Papua and that Indonesia demilitarise the region as an initial step towards resolving the conflict peacefully", said the academics in an open letter posted on their website and accessed by CNN Indonesia on Monday November 20.

The group, which calls itself the International Academics for West Papua (IAWP), said that since 1969 the Indonesian military routinely fires on peaceful demonstrations, torches villages and tortures civil society activists and local people.

Although they are prohibited from entering the province, independent observers such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Human Rights Campaign (Tapol) have documented serious and endemic human rights violations by Indonesia throughout Papua, said the group which was formed in 2016.

"Indonesian Special Forces and counter-terrorist units such as Kopassus and Densus 88 which are trained by Western countries are implicated in beatings, extrajudicial executions and mass killings in the region."

"The huge military presence combined with racism and structural economic discrimination against the local Papuan population will only have the consequence of conflict and abuse".

The IAWP also demanded that "military and police training along with the export of weapons to Indonesia be halted until the human rights violation in West Papua are stopped", including training and funding for Densus 88 by Australia, the United State, Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand at the Jakarta Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

In addition to calling for the withdrawal of military forces and end to cooperation, Chomsky and his colleagues are also calling on Indonesia to release all political prisoners and allow non-government organisations (NGOs) and the international media into Papua.

The IAWP are also demanding that the international community take a firm stand on the alleged human rights violations in Papua and call on the Indonesian government to respect the Universal Human Rights Declaration and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights which....

05:39

West Papuans call for closure of Freeport gold mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/344637/west-papuans-call-for-closure-of-freeport-gold-mine

2:46 pm t1) West Papuans call for closure of Freeport gold m2:46 pm today

Thousands of West Papuans have demonstrated in Jayapura, calling for the closure of the massive Freeport gold mine in Mimika regency
Theyre also demanding Indonesian security forces withdraw from the area around the mine where a standoff continues with the West Papua National Liberation Army, or TPN.

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An estimated two thousand Papuans took to the streets of Papuas provincial capital to demand the closure of a mine they see as a symbol of oppression.
Freeport is Indonesias single largest source of revenue but Papuans say they see no benefit from it.
Recently, Jakarta has been negotiating for Freeports US parent company to divest from the mine, but West Papuans say they are not consulted over the matter.
Now, tensions in the region around the mine have been escalating amid intensified movements of security forces. Reports from Mimika indicate the Indonesian military launched rockets into the TPN stronghold earlier this week, killing two of their members.
Police and military blame the TPN for shootings on the road to the mine last month which left two policeman dead and others injured. Reports not yet confirmed by police say a Papuan was also shot dead in the past month on the road.

Freeport security personnel looking on at the Freeport McMoRans Grasberg mining complex, one of the worlds biggest gold and copper mines, located in Indonesias remote eastern Papua province. Photo: AFP PHOTO / OLIVIA RONDONUWU

The road between Timika city and the Freeport mine, which is about 125 kilometres long, is guarded by an estimated three thousand Indonesian security forces.
According to Indonesian human rights researcher Andreas Harsono, 50 people including Freeport workers, civillians, police and military officers have been killed and over five hundred injured in shootings along the road in the past fifteen years.
With the recent spate of unrest along the road have come signs of an Indonesian military sweep operation of the kind that have caused many Papuan villagers to flee into the bush in the past.
Earlier this week Indonesian police said they were evacuating residents from several villages in the Tembagapura area. But villagers said they were terrified by the presence of these forces, and t...

05:36

Tim van de Molens maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Nationals Waikato MP Tim van de Molen delivered his maiden speech last week:

The mighty Waikato: beautiful scenery; well managed & successful farms; thriving and vibrant provincial towns; diverse but united communities; and continual opportunity.

As the new Member of Parliament for the Waikato, I want to start by saying that it is an absolute privilege to have been elected to this role, and in such a magnificent part of the country.

A role that holds great opportunity & great responsibility. As a new MP, listening is a key part of this. My grandfather once said, you have two ears & one mouth, use them in that proportion. Congratulations to my fellow new MPs, Im excited about the path ahead, as Im sure you are.

The journey to be here was an exciting & rewarding one. A journey shared by so many people in the Waikato & beyond by

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05:30

Goodbye Pete "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pete has worked his last day at Whaleoil. It marks the end of five years of what has been a rollercoaster ride for all of us. A lot of what happened was not what Pete had signed up for. Who could have predicted a criminal hack, a book and the intense whirlwind of media interest []

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05:00

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Pete After five years on a wild rollercoaster ride, Im out of fresh ideas and energy for the blog.  I am treading water here, and thats not good for any of us.  My nature is that when I get restless, I become a pain in the arse.    Ive tried to find a way []

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04:49

Last men cleared from Manus Island detention centre: PNG authorities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last men cleared from Manus Island detention centre: PNG authorities: [9news.com.au] Immigration Minister Peter Dutton this morning confirmed the remaining men at the decommissioned centre are now in alternative accommodation.

"The Australian government welcomes this development," he said in a statement.

It comes after Papua New Guinea police and immigration officers stormed the decommissioned centre earlier this morning, trashing refugees belongings and shelters and ordering them to leave.

04:37

New Bill Passed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Parliament today (24/11/17) passed the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance Bill with 85 votes to nil.

 

 

The Bill repeals the Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration Act 1993.

 

This means the Administrative College known as ADCOL, at Waigani, will now be changed to PILAG.

 

The passing of this Bill aligns with the Governments strategic priorities of training and developing public sector leaders, focused on service delivery.

 

The PILAG will be an independent statutory and have its own board of management.

 

The chairman of the board will be an appointed chairman engaged through proper executive search as a fit and proper person defined in the PILAG Act.

 

However, the Institute is not a Department of the National Public Service and is not subject to the application of the Public Services Management Act 2014.

 

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04:30

Two Pro-charter school MSM articles in one day: I feel faint "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For years the New Zealand MSM have published negative post after negative post about Partnership schools. We at Whaleoil have provided the media balance on the topic, publishing many posts pointing out the misinformation and even lies in the media about them as well as showing all the positives of charter schools. Yesterday I felt quite []

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04:21

Quote of the Day: Why not achievement? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



"We are taught to admire the second-hander who dispenses gifts he has not produced above the made the gifts possible.  We praise an act of charity. we shrug at an act of achievement."
~ Ayn Rand

04:03

Vanity Fair takes a look behind the reality of the movie Casablanca "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

2017 is the 75th anniversary of the release of Casablanca, one of the most beloved films of all time. It has many scenes where phrases have passed into our normal speech.

One of many classic scenes was this one:-

Vanity Fair takes a look at the reality of the politics being played out at the time and the fact that in many respects the USA aided and abetted the Vichy regime.

It makes for an interesting read.


04:00

Who is getting examined here? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its that time of year for external examinations I mean. And reports are coming in from various quarters about the difficulty of the Level 1 Maths examinations. This one attracted my attention then sent it (my interest) through the roof when I read that it was written by someone with a Doctorate and who []

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03:33

THE PARLIAMENTARY PRAYER "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is reported over at Kiwiblog that Mr Speaker has had second thoughts on 'his' new Parliamentary Prayer.   

It appears the Queen is now back in while Jesus remains out.

I guess I can live with that given that the prayer still acknowledges 'God'.

But Mallard should have consulted first instead of going it alone.   The backtrack just makes him look a bit of a plonker.

03:32

Donate to Olympia Stand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Olympia Stand, a climate justice coalition, has constructed a blockade of an oil fracking train departing from the Port. As we write, the blockade has entered its fifth day and on the 1-year anniversary of another anti-fracking blockade which lasted one week.

During last years blockade inspired by the Water Protectors at Standing Rock hundreds of people collaborated to construct a makeshift camp on the train tracks. They were evicted on the 7th day through a joint and overwhelming force of Washington State Patrol, Olympia Police Department, Thurston County Sherrifs Department and Union Pacific Police Department. During the eviction, 12 demonstrators were arrested and others were struck with less-lethal weapons.

OUTSIDE OF DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT, Olympia Stand is also calling for volunteer support to join the fight against fossil fuels. Ways to support include:

Donating food, building supplies, waterproof gear, warm clothes, first aid materials and tarps

Locals who are willing to attend Port of Olympia and City Council meetings to voice public opposition to fossil fuel shipments

Physically joining the blockade camp which is at the intersection of 7th and Jefferson St.

ABOUT THE FUNDS Money collected will be distributed by Olympia Stand; most likely used for building/rebuilding their encampment, purchasing food items, and supporting their on-going efforts at the site or at future projects, if forced to move.

ABOUT THE FUNDRAISERS Demand Utopia, a communalist study group and collective in Portland, Ore., is coordinating financial and material support for Olympia Stand and their direct action against fracking. 100% of funds collected will be given to on-site coordinators as well as material donations direct message our facebook or email us at demandutopia@protonmail.com to find the drop-off point. The fundraising goal is arbitrary and will be raised if support is overwhelming Olympia Stands organizers will undertake distribution of funds and will hold decision-making authority over any surplus.

03:31

Generational Change ? Yeah Right! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Much has been made in the media, both domestic and international, about how Ms Ardern represents generational change. Yet much of this is media spin and not supported by facts. In fact the lack of comment by NZ media is concerning, but not surprising.

For example her Chief of Staff was Helen Clarks COS and Number One enforcer, shades of Malcolm Tucker?

For the Tax Working Group the leader is to be Michael Cullen. Some of her MPs have been there for a longtime and with little to show for it, e.g. Nanaiia Mahuta.

Therefore this classic Who number, in their Woodstock performance in 1969, some years before Ms Arderns birth seemed very apt

 


03:30

Ailment of the week: Viking Finger "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: By Brian Rogers SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz Some articles are timeless and can be enjoyed even years after they were first published. With Brians blessing, we revisit, Ailment of the week: Viking Finger Not many of you will have heard of this ailment. I recently became aware of it, when catching up with a very []

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03:23

Trey Gowdy Just Became the Most Powerful Man in Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

President Trump Just Made Trey Gowdy The Most Powerful Man On Capitol Hill

November 22, 2017

Source: The Last Line of Defense | By Flagg Eagleton



For five years, Trey Gowdy asked the Oval Office for the tools necessary to do his job properly, and for five years he was told no by the Obama administration.

One of the most difficult parts of Trey Gowdys job as congressional inquisitor is security clearance. When investigating people who held titles like Secretary of State and Special Aide to the President or even President, Gowdy runs into the issue of security clearance all the time.

Its a matter of national security has become a term Mr. Gowdy hears far too often. It is the single-best excuse Hillary Clinton and her lawyers have been able to come up with when they dont have an actual answer to his questions.

President Trump has just removed that blockade. By executive order, Trey Gowdy has been given the highest security clearance possible. He could now sit in on presidential intel briefings if he felt he needed to.

The first thing Gowdy did with his newfound ability to investigate is to re-open the Benghazi case. There was a 6-hour window that Clinton never answered for because she said she was in meetings with the president and joint chiefs that were highly classified. Gowdy will begin his investigation by revisiting those discussions and finding out exactly why four men were left to die.

Next, with his newfound freedom of information, hell look into just how far Obama went when he sent weapons and cash to the Muslim Brotherhood after they took Egypt by force.

Nothing about this wonderful new power is going to be good for Obama, Clin...

02:42

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 supplementation from 14 to 16 weeks gestation may reduce gestational diabetes mellitus prevalence. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PMID:  Br J Nutr. 2017 Mar ;117(6):804-813. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PMID: 28367765 Abstract Title:  Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: a randomised controlled trial. Abstract:  The study aims to assess whether supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (HN001) can reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled parallel trial was conducted in New Zealand (NZ) (Wellington and Auckland). Pregnant women with a personal or partner history of atopic disease were randomised at 14-16 weeks' gestation to receive HN001 (6109 colony-forming units) (n 212) or placebo (n 211) daily. GDM at 24-30 weeks was assessed using the definition of the International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups (IADPSG) (fasting plasma glucose 51 mmol/l, or 1 h post 75 g glucose level at 10 mmol/l or at 2 h 85mmol/l) and NZ definition (fasting plasma glucose 55 mmol/l or 2 h post 75 g glucose at 9 mmol/l). All analyses were intention-to-treat. A total of 184 (87 %) women took HN001 and 189 (90 %) women took placebo. There was a trend towards lower relative rates (RR) of GDM (IADPSG definition) in the HN001 group, 059 (95 % CI 032, 108) (P=008). HN001 was associated with lower rates of GDM in women aged 35 years (RR 031; 95 % CI 012, 081, P=0009) and women with a history of GDM (RR 000; 95 % CI 000, 066, P=0004). These rates did not differ significantly from thoseof women without these characteristics. Using the NZ definition, GDM prevalence was significantly lower in the HN001 group, 21 % (95 % CI 06, 52), v. 65 % (95 % CI 35, 109) in the placebo group (P=003). HN001 supplementation from 14 to 16 weeks' gestation may reduce GDM prevalence, particularly among older women and those with previous GDM.

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02:31

Trump and Ardern a common approach (1) -First up tax "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What has surprised Adam  recently is just how close Trump and Ardern are in their policy views. This is the first post in a series.

There are a number of areas where Trump and Ardern seem to have similar views. However, we have this glaring one.

Trump and Ardern both claim to be promoting a fairer tax system.

Yet what do we see, measures to the contrary.

Trumps widely ridiculed tax pledges will increase pressures on the poor whilst delivering to business and the wealthy.

Arderns pledges include increased benefits to the student population, the great majority of which come from higher income families and will probably go on to well paid careers. This will be paid for by imposing new taxes on the poorest sections of NZ society. This is fair?


02:30

Coalition governments Housing To Do list "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

So far the Coalition government has ticked one item off their Housing To Do List. Ban foreign speculators from buying existing homes They havent actually banned them but they have found a sneaky loophole instead that they believe will have the same effect. Foreign investors make a convenient scapegoat for our sky-high housing prices but the []

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02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:00

Tim van de Molens maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nationals Waikato MP Tim van de Molen delivered his maiden speech last week:

The mighty Waikato: beautiful scenery; well managed & successful farms; thriving and vibrant provincial towns; diverse but united communities; and continual opportunity.

As the new Member of Parliament for the Waikato, I want to start by saying that it is an absolute privilege to have been elected to this role, and in such a magnificent part of the country.

A role that holds great opportunity & great responsibility. As a new MP, listening is a key part of this. My grandfather once said, you have two ears & one mouth, use them in that proportion. Congratulations to my fellow new MPs, Im excited about the path ahead, as Im sure you are.

The journey to be here was an exciting & rewarding one. A journey shared by so many people in the Waikato & beyond by family & friends, by Party members, by the public who believe in our vision. Thank you all sincerely for your support.

Today, I want to share a bit of my background (my family, my upbringing, my experiences), why I am who I am, to touch on what brings me to this position. I want to share some of the wonderful aspects of the Waikato; and I want to outline some of my aspirations for both the Waikato & for New Zealand.

Firstly, Id like to share that I felt, on entering this building, the mana, the prestige, the history of our nation. The decisions made by those who have come before, decisions that have shaped our country. One of those people was my Great, Great Grandfather, John Stevens.

A former member of this House, who spent a number of years through the 1880s, 1890s & early 1900s, representing Rangitikei & then Manawatu.

For me though, Waikato has always been home. I was raised there, I have worked and played there, and now Im raising my family there. As one of five children, I grew up in a competitive, family focused home where strong values were instilled in us.

Values such as: hard work and enterprise (& fair reward for it); taking responsibility for your actions; strength and importance of family; equal opportunity; and standing up for what we believe in. We were encouraged to use our initiative, to try new things and to ask questions.

We had a very rural upbringing, although my parents are teachers, and we were constantly interac...

01:57

Gratitude for a Country that Once Deserved Thanks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gratitude for a Country that Once Deserved Thanks Lament for a Society of Shame The celebration of Thanksgiving has lost its purpose over the centuries. Consider the meaning of George Washingtons 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be []

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01:51

Community says Cost of Costigan too High for Climate & Reef "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proserpine, 24th November: Community members are peacefully occupying the electorate office of Queensland LNP Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan this morning to protest his support for Adanis mega coal mine and the proposed Urannnah dam.

Adanis mega coal mine has dominated the state election campaign and is opposed by the majority of Australians. The Urannah dam, which is 60km southwest of Proserpine, is opposed by Traditional Owners, as it would desecrate sacred sites and damage their land.

Birriah Traditional Owner Kenny Dodd said:

We are the river people, our river is sacred. It is our life, it gives us the connection to our land and the beginning of creation. It is our duty to protect Urannah and our Biri (river) which would be devastated if this dam and coal mine that Jason Costigan wants go ahead.

Urannah dam would flood 330 square kilometres of riparian wet land. This is one of the countrys last wild rivers. It is shameful that Jason Costigan continues to talk as if this dam is a done deal when he refuses to meet with Widi native title holders.

Long term Whitsunday local and reef advocate Jessa Lloyd said:

The damage we are seeing on the Reef is unheard of. We need a local member who will safeguard rather than jeopardise our regions jobs which depend on a healthy reef and environment, not someone who in his own words, stands for coal.

We need someone who will protect our environment , respect the rights of  Traditional Owners and look after local  farmers who will manage our precious water resources far smarter than a coal mining billionaire with a questionable environmental track record.

Mr Costigan has publicly acknowledged that human caused climate change is occurring but wants to be able to quantify to what level that is occurring to suit his own political aspirations.

Airlie Beach businessman Paul Jukes said:

The community cant cop the cost of Costigans damaging stance. Hes in favour of lending a billion dollars to a foreign billionaire to build a coal mine with infinite water rights from the Artesian Basin for up to sixty years.

If we invest in renewable energy we would get more local jobs than the coal mine would ever bring and the Reef and everyone who depends on it would flourish.

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01:48

Port Moresby To Be Transformed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY GORETHY KENNETH

Port Moresby will be transformed to world standard as months draw near for Papua New Guinea to host one of the biggest meeting ever the 2018 APEC Summit next November.

APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and APEC PNG director general Sir Charles Lepani said in a conference yesterday that compared to Vietnam and other economies that hosted APEC already, PNG, which is APEC-ready, has very unique infrastructure specifically the APEC House that stands out, with all preparation now two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

Mr Tkatchenko and Sir Charles said yesterday that everything is now falling in line and have assured that the Government is ready to host this meeting come November next year.

They spoke about visa arrangements, airport arrangements, security arrangements, accommodation and every other operation that are vital for the summit.

Logistic, protocol, security and every other preparation is now under control, Mr Tkatchenko said.

I can give confidence to the people of Papua New Guinea that your government through our Prime Minister will be prepared APEC ready in 2018 and with all the lead-up meetings to host the very successful APEC CEO and Leaders Summit and sideline meetings throughout the country.

 

 


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01:30

Gold star for Chris Hipkins, he can move to the front of the class "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The sea change in attitudes towards charter schools that I have noticed in the MSM is apparently splashing onto The Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins as well. He has done something that would have been unthinkable before the election. He has included a Partnership school pupil, Hadassah Wharawhara from Te Kpehu Whet in a 2018 []

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01:29

Women who received HN001 had significantly lower depression and anxiety scores in the postpartum period. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PMID:  EBioMedicine. 2017 Oct ;24:159-165. Epub 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28943228 Abstract Title:  Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 in Pregnancy on Postpartum Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: A Randomised Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Probiotics may help to prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression through several putative mechanisms.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (HN001) given in pregnancy and postpartum on symptoms of maternal depression and anxiety in the postpartum period. This was a secondary outcome, the primary outcome being eczema in the offspring at 12months of age.DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the effect of HN001 on postnatal mood was conducted in 423 women in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. Women were recruited at 14-16weeks gestation.INTERVENTION: Women were randomised to receive either placebo or HN001 daily from enrolment until 6months postpartum if breastfeeding.OUTCOME MEASURES: Modified versions of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and State Trait Anxiety Inventory were used to assess symptoms of depression and anxiety postpartum.TRIAL REGISTRATION: Australia NZ Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12612000196842.FINDINGS: 423 women were recruited between December 2012 and November 2014. 212 women were randomised to HN001 and 211 to placebo. 380 women (89.8%) completed the questionnaire on psychological outcomes, 193 (91.0%) in the treatment group and 187 (88.6%) in the placebo group. Mothers in the probiotic treatment group reported significantly lower depression scores (HN001 mean=77 (SD=54), placebo 90 (60); effect size -12, (95% CI -23, -01), p=0037) and anxiety scores (HN001 120 (40), placebo 130 (40); effect size -10 (-19, -02), p=0014) than those in the placebo group. Rates of clinically relevant anxiety on screening (score>15) were significantly lower in the HN001 treated mothers (OR=044 (026, 073), p=0002).INTERPRETATION: Women who received HN001 had significantly lower depression and anxiety scores in the postpartum period. This probiotic may be useful for the prevention or treatment of symptoms of depression and anxiety postpartum.FUNDING SOURCE: Health Research Council of New Zealand (11/318) and Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd.

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01:23

Over 300 remain in Manus Island detention centre and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinean paramilitary forces made a forceful attempt yesterday to remove the remaining Manus Island refugees, destroying property and food in the process. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Reports from Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian-born journalist detained at Manus Island, revealed the police have ransacked the centre, and they are under attack.

Video footage from the incursion show Papua New Guinean police using metal batons to beat refugees as they corral them onto busses.

This followed after promises from the PNG government no force would be used.

While the detention centre officially closed on October 30, over 300 detainees are refusing to move into the nearby town of Lorengau because of safety fears.

01:18

Chronology of violence by Brimob officers working in PT Permata Putera Mandiri's concession towards indigenous customary landowners in South Sorong "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 Nov 2017 | PusakaStarting in September, holders of customary land rights in South Sorong Regency, West Papua province, have staged a "customary law blockade" to areas of PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PT PPM)oil palm plantation. The blockade leads to violence by special police brigade (Brimob) to the villagers.

01:18

Fonterra increases stake in Lithuanian dairy to drive export growth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

21 Nov 2017 | Food NavigatorFonterra has increased its investment in Lithuania's biggest dairy producer, AB Rokiskio Suris, to support its New Zealand milk pool and further grow its export markets such as the Middle East.

01:13

Simple taxes better taxes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen will chair the working group which is taxed with finding a fairier tax system:

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash announced the terms of reference for the group, which will come up with a series of recommendations by February 2019 which the government will then use to inform its policy direction at the next general election. Robertson said he isnt making a grab for cash. Reforms could be fiscally neutral and he had an open mind on whether a capital gains tax would be necessary.

The main goal here is to create a better, balanced and fairer tax system for New Zealand, Robertson said. Our belief at the moment is that we do not have that.

The group has been told to consider the economic environment over the next five-to-10 years and how thats affecting changing business models, demographics and

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01:00

Labour MP Louisa Wall still fussing over political cartoons from four years ago "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Justice Muir said that the tribunals decision showed New Zealand was a society that encouraged a free market of ideas in a socially liberal and tolerant country. Since Labour MP Louisa Wall is appealing the Human Rights Tribunal decision she must not want New Zealand society to tolerate ideas that she disagrees with. [] Labour []

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00:59

Amazon Warrior: The Beast Is Back. Take Action! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Beast is back. The seismic blaster, the Amazon Warrior, left New Caledonia yesterday. Next stop: AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND. Its mission: To carry out seismic blasting for oil right in the middle of a blue whale habitat, looking for oil that we cannot afford to burn. But theres good news. It doesnt yet have the paperwork it needs []

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00:30

Guess Who Quiz ** Updated "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oops my apologies folks. The last question had the wrong answer loaded. Should be fixed now.

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00:28

Backpackers v seasonal workers: lessons from across the Tasman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In New Zealand, for every 1,000 backpackers picking fruit and vegetables there are about 2,600 seasonal workers, mainly from the Pacific. In Australia, the mix is completely different. For every 1,000 backpackers there are only about 130 Pacific seasonal workers.

The Australian outcome is what the literature predicts. The crowding out hypothesis asserts that unregulated migrant labour will crowd out regulated options. That is certainly what we see in Australia. Employers here prefer the more flexible, much less regulated backpacker (formally Working Holiday Maker) option. It is less hassle, and as recent media and academic research has shown, easier to get away with underpayment with backpackers, where no government approval or reporting is required, than with seasonal workers, where stringent approval and reporting requirements are imposed.

How then to explain New Zealands contrary performance? Thats what we set out to do in our new Devpolicy Discussion Paper Backpackers v seasonal workers: learning from the contrasting temporary migration outcomes in Australian and New Zealand horticulture.

We came up with five factors which explain why, as the graph below shows, New Zealands seasonal worker scheme (called the RSE or Recognized Seasonal Employer, and introduced in 2007) has been much more popular than Australias SWP (Seasonal Worker Programme, introduced in 2009).

Visas issued under New Zealands and Australias seasonal worker scheme

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00:17

It will be better if Labor wins the Queensland election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed from Queensland

The Queensland election has nearly come and gone, and the polls are suggesting that Labor will remain in office tomorrow.

Given what is at stake, the return of a Labor government is the preferable option.

Its record may not be exactly clean. But look at the alternative. This is a particularly obnoxious government, committed to an extensive extension of cuts to services and generous tax cuts for the wealthiest; a government far more committed to continuing and extending the coal economy; a government in an effective alliance with One Nation, the leadership of which, is bent on pushing the same to an extreme and implementing the politics of hate.

Preventing the rise of such a government may not solve all problems, but it will at least arrest the prospect of sliding down the black hole of an ideology and politics that will bring about a rise in economic and social harm. It will buy some time.

There must eventually be a turn to a clear cut alternative to neoliberalism and a shift away from coal extraction, towards building a more sustainable Queensland economy. The question is whether a Liberal National Party/One Nation government or a Labor government provide the best conditions to move forward.

The dark horse may be the performance of One Nation and the flow of its second preferences. The party had cashed in a growing disenchantment with the major parties. The driver is disenchantment with the state of the economy and the perception that the major parties dont care about people and are doing nothing to provide new opportunities and improve the situation.

As one local business owner in Townsville summed up how many feel:   Just sick of the same relentless spiel. Nothing really changes.

One Nation began its election campaign standing high at 18 percent. This has now gone down to 12 percent, meaning that they are neck in neck with the Greens, who are also standing at 12 percent in the polls.

The main cause has been a series of Pauline Hanson led gaffs that have made her and herr party lo0oks like a collection of prize idiots.

Although One Nations failure has driven some back to the major parties, the level of disenchantment remains deeply seated. Consequently, there is still a measure of uncertainty as to what will happen tomorrow.

The disconnection will remain after he polling stations have closed and be an ongoing leading feature of Queensland politics.

There is also a growing divide between city and country, where the support for Hanson and One Nation is the strongest.

This part of Queensland is especially angry and if its concerns are not met, it spells ongoing and deepening trouble for both Labor and the LNP.....

00:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of roses for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.

(I couldnt answer any of the questions but emailed them to a friend who replied with them all Ill await with interest to see if your answers match his.)


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Life in Nazi Germany Hille had to join the Hitler Youth and wear the brown uniform with the Swastika on the armband. We both felt uncomfortable and embarrassed about it. It was never talked about           Anne Kind OBE  Holocaust Survivor; Quote from Survival. Life has a way of forging on even in the face []

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23:56

Farmers face off at CSG pipeline contractors in Coonamble "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed from New South Wales

APA contractors were caught trespassing on a farm near Coonamble, on the central-western plains of New South Wales on Monday.

The company aims to coal seam gas  pipe through the area that has been extracted by Santos at the Narrabri.

Local opposition has grown, and farmers are playing a large part in it.

The trespassers were seen by the neighbour, who acted quickly. Within a short time, an impromptu farmers protest materialised on the farm and the gentlemen who had entered without permission found themselves surrounded by angry farmers who wanted them to leave.

Word spread quickly and all of a sudden there were upwards of 70 people there and 30 to 40 cars, one of the farmers.

There is a big no trespassing sign on the gate they wouldve climbed over. And right next to that is a biosecurity sign with the landowners number on, which they could have called, he added.

The contractors said they had a court order to access the land. They failed to produce it and left soon after.

Someone had obviously tipped off the police and they were on the property in force, almost getting there quicker than the farmers.

The quickness of the response is a good indicator of the extent of preparedness within the local community to take up the fight against coal seam gas. Many farmers are joining in, because they see a threat to their land and animals.

And the evidence to back this concern is over whelming. The use of high pressure and chemicals in the process, poses a serious risk of ground water resources being contaminated. Farmers are dependent on this water. So are other residents.

Regardless of the danger, companies like APA see a source for profit and operate where they enjoy the support of politicians.

The positive note is that coal seam extraction has become so unpalatable that the bulk of the Australian community is against it. This has seen hundreds of local alliances spring up and campaigns right around Australia to put a stop this noxious industry. Narrabri and Coonamble are part of this.

Each day the capacity of coal seam gas companies to press ahead becomes a little more difficult. The industry is almost at a dead end and is just waiting to be buried once and for all.

It just needs a bit more push.

 

The post Farmers....

23:53

Non-Payment Of K35 Million Irks LNG Landowners "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melisha Yafoi | Post Courier | November 22, 2017

THE symbolic dummy cheque for K35 million presented to Hides gasfield landowners last year has aggravated threats to totally shutdown the Hides gas conditioning plant.

This follows nonpayment of the money which was promised by former minister for petroleum and energy Nixon Duban who officially handed over the cheque to leaders in August.

Already Angore, the tie in PNG LNG Project has been shut down for an indefinite period since last week and an expatriate worker was also held hostage as processing facilities were damaged and employees evacuated as villagers expressed their frustration for their nonpayment of funds.

Hides Gas Development Company chairman Tuguyawini Libe Parindali confirmed this yesterday.

Mr Parindali said the landowners were frustrated because the Government had failed to honour its commitments, need to fast-track on its clan vetting exercise as result as threatened to shut down LNG operations.

He said the issue...

23:52

Manus needs a rescue flotilla "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On October 31, Australia finally closed its concentration camp on Manus Island. But rather than leaving, the refugees refused to move, because the new concentration camps Australia wanted to put them were even more dangerous than the one they were in. Over the next three weeks, Australia's colonial mercenaries, the PNG police, laid siege to the camp, cutting off food and water supplies, and eventually destroying buildings. Yesterday, they finally moved in and started clearing the refugees by force. Refugees were beaten and loaded onto buses, while journalist Behrouz Boochani was arrested (though what for is entirely unclear). Today, they are apparently finishing the job. The entire operation was arrested by and performed for the benefit of Australia (it was announced by their immigration minister, FFS), which shows that they are continuing to pull the strings regardless of all their denials of responsibility. And that string-pulling includes bullying PNG into refusing to let the refugees come to New Zealand.

The refugees on Manus have been tortured, beaten, starved, and denied medical care. The new "PNG run" concentration camps will continue to do the same, with the added extra danger of victimisation and murder by the local community.

we cannot let this happen in our back yard. And if the New Zealand government can't or won't act, New Zealand citizens should. Its time for a rescue flotilla for Manus Island.

23:51

ON REDUCING POVERTY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter Cresswell has posted a thoughtful piece on his 'Not PC' blog titled 'What does Jacinda know that Lyndon Johnson didn't?'.   The underlying message is that welfarism is not the answer to poverty.

The article is reproduced below (with the kind permission of Peter).
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This year commemorates the 50th anniversary on US president Lyndon Johnson's famous War on Poverty.

The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as enunciated by Lyndon Johnson on January 8, 1964, was, not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it. Measured against this objective, the War on Poverty has not just been a failure, it has been a catastrophe. It was supposed to help Americas poor become self-sufficient, and it has made them dependent and dysfunctional.
But they spent US$21.5 trillion fighting poverty over the past 50 years. All that moolah must have made some difference, you say?  Well, no, not really:
Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.
But hasn't it just become harder to keep out of poverty over that time, you ask? Well, no, just the opposite:
Between 1967 and 2012, U.S. real GDP (RGDP) per capita (in 4Q2013 dollars) increased by 127.3%, from $23,706 to $52,809. In other words, to stay out of poverty in 1967, the two adults in a typical family of four had to capture 26.9% of their familys proportionate share of RGDP (i.e., average RGDP per capita, times four). To accomplish the same thing in 2012, they only had to pull in 12.1% of their familys share of RGDP. And yet, fewer people were able to manage this in 2012 than in 1967.
Sooooo, what's going on here then? The answer: incentives. Incentives matter.
What turned the War on Poverty into a social and human catastrophe was that the enhanced welfare state created a perverse system of incentives, and people adapted to their new environment...
The adaptation of the working-age poor to the War.........

23:46

Open Letter To The Treaty Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To Andrew Little: Minister for Treaty Settlements By local historian, John Robinson I have worked on gathering information on Treaty issues, as a consultant for the Treaty of Waitangi Unit at the Department of Justice, and with the Victoria University treaty of Waitangi Research Unit in projects for the Crown Forestry Rental Trust. This was []

23:32

Climate change: A good question "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Writing in the Herald, Brian Fallow asks what makes farming so special in relation to climate change policy? It's a good question. Other industries pollute, and they don't get a free ride. Neither do industries which have no real way of reducing their emissions beyond cutting production. They do get a (gradually decreasing) free allocation of credits, but they also all face the cost of emissions at the margin, giving them an incentive to find efficiencies and look for ways to reduce their emissions (or at least not increase them). Farming, OTOH, gets excluded from the ETS altogether. And as Fallow points out, that's a direct subsidy to landowners:

In the end, New Zealand is internationally accountable for all of its emissions. If those who profit from half of those emissions entirely escape that cost, the rest of us bear it.

That is a subsidy and one that gets capitalised into land prices.

The beneficiaries are those who sell farmland and who get a larger tax-free capital gain.

The buyer just gets a correspondingly larger mortgage.


This is no different from the subsidies Muldoon paid farmers, and just as pointless and wasteful. The farming sector must be made to pay its way, like the rest of us, rather than expecting the rest of New Zealand to financially support their dirty, polluting industry.

23:30

Canada loses the plot over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The loonies promoting a climate change agenda in Canada have lost the plot. It will cost Canada billions and achieve nothing at all: New clean fuel regulations are coming to Canada in the coming months, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced earlier this month. She says the policy titled the Clean Fuel Standard is a []

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23:25

Manus camp stormed, refugees forced out: after 4 and half years still no safe place to go "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This morning PNG armed forces have again stormed the Manus Island regional processing centre. Reports say they are beating the men and forcing them to leave. This follows yesterdays actions where approximately 50 of the 400 men were forced to move to accommodation that two days earlier the UN had found was unsafe and unready.

Amy Frew, lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said These men are scared, they are exhausted and they are despairing. After four and half years of limbo and uncertainty they still have nowhere safe to go. This mornings actions show that whatever they do, wherever they go, their safety cannot be guaranteed until they are evacuated from Papua New Guinea. 

On Good Friday this year drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces went on a rampage, tried to crash a vehicle through the detention centre fences and fired over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, at the refugees detained inside. These attacks followed the murder of Reza Berati by contractors in February 2015.

PNG military personnel have attacked these men once before. They are terrified that while they remain in the centre they will be attacked again, and they are terrified if they leave they will be attacked by locals who are angry that after 4 and a half years the refugees are still on their island, said Ms Frew.

Over the last 4 years men, who have left the centre on day release have been targeted, beaten and robbed by members of the local population. Reports by Human Rights Watch show that these attacks have intensified in the last few months.

The UNHCR is maintaining a presence of the ground in Manus Island and reported two days ago that the new detention centre is not ready and unsafe, citing community tensions and a blockade which threatens the safety of the men at the new sites which are unsecured.

Weve seen report after report on the emerging disaster on Manus Island, but still Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton sit in Canberra with their heads in the sand. These lives are in their hands, and these are the lives they can save, said Ms Frew.

Enough is enough. This is a humanitarian crisis of Malcolm Turnbulls own making. He cant close his eyes to this disaster any longer. These men must immediately be evacuated to safety in Australia, said Ms Frew.


For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

23:08

Panguna: What the future holds according to BCL "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The plan has the backing of the Bougainville government and strong support among project area landowners.

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 23, 2017

Q: Can you give a brief overview of Bougainville Copper Limited?
HITCHCOCK: It is an exciting new era for BCL as an independently-managed Papua New Guinea company.
We are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the people of Papua New Guinea  and Bougainville have a significant stake with the governments of PNG and Bougainville being our two major shareholders.
As a company, our core objective is to work cooperatively towards realising the vision of resuming active exploration and sustainable copper, gold and silver mining at Panguna, in central Bougainville, after mining ceased in 1989 due to conflict.
The successful redevelopment of the mine will deliver broad economic and social benefits and that is a prospect we are excited about.
Along with our Port Moresby office we have established a full-time team in Bougainville with an office in Buka. We were pleased to hold our first board meeting there in more than 27 years in August.
We are fortunate to have a strong board with a wealth of experience in PNG and Bougainville and a capable management team....

23:02

Police enter to forcefully close the Manus Detention Centre "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by ugly

PNG police, with the involvement of Australian Federal Police, moved in yesterday to forcefully remove the occupiers from the detention centre on Manus Island.

They charged in shouting, move, move, and hundreds of men still inside and refusing to leave were forcefully evicted.

Award winning journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has been playing a key role in informing the outside world about what is going on was taken into custody.

He has been in detention for more than four years.

The men had refused to leave the centre and go to alternative facilities set up for them among the Island community, which they believe, would set them up for violent attacks.

A section of the population that does not want them on the island and has already demonstrated a preparedness to use violent attacks.

The detention centre may have been a bad place to be in and a place in which to be treated badly. But at least  it did provide protection against attacks from outside.

The occupation had lasted four weeks. In that time, water power and food supplies were cut off. The occupiers managed to survive with the help of residents, who supplied food and water. some Manus Islanders are on their side.

As the police moved in Boochani tweeted, So many police and immigration officers are around us at this moment. They destroyed everything and our belongings and right now are shouting at us to leave the prison camp.

Immigration and police started searching the rooms and are saying Move Move, you only have an hour to move. Too much stress and tension here in Delta. Some refugees are crying.

I am tweeting from a toilet right now.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the union that represents journalists has condemned his arrest and called on the Australian government to step in. The PNG government had threatened to arrest those it called the ringleaders of the protest.

Boochani said that the very aggressive police were taking phones.

World Vision Chief Advocate Tim Costello, who is on Manus Island, called on Turnbull to personally intervene and bring the unfolding humanitarian crisis to a swift and humane resolution.

In the province as part of a delegation for the Australian Council of International Development, Costello said there is still shock on Manus among locals and humanitarian workers over Australias decision to walk away from the centre.

Malcolm Turnbull and leading ministers have insisted that this is a matter for the PNG authorities and that Australia is not involved.

If this is the case, how then were Australia police involved in the raid? I...

22:56

Energy ministers discuss new national plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Turnbull governments energy plan tipped to save households more than $100 a year on their power bills faces an early roadblock, with at least one state vehemently against the policy.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill reiterated his opposition to the National Energy Guarantee ahead of a meeting of energy ministers in Hobart on Friday.

He believes the plan was focused on extending the life of coal-fired power stations and stalling the development of renewable energy.

His government continues to back an emissions intensity scheme, which would put the onus on power generators, rather than retailers, to bring on more renewable energy, cut emissions and reduce prices.

Every time we offer good faith what we see is essentially the commonwealth using bad faith to advance a scheme which is just about propping up coal-fired power stations, Mr Weatherill said.

Central to Fridays talks will be new modelling commissioned by the Energy Security Board parts of which were released earlier in the week.

It estimated the average household power bill would drop $120 under the guarantee between 2020 and 2030 compared to the business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the plan was recommended by a panel of experts and would deliver a 23 per cent reduction in wholesale prices.

Momentum is building behind the National Energy Guarantee with a large cross-section of business and community groups wanting the states to get on board with this plan for a more affordable and reliable energy system, he said in a statement to AAP.

Its unclear whether Labor governments in Queensland and Victoria will back the plan, but NSW has indicated it will urge all states and territories to agree to proceed with it.

The Business Council of Australia has called on ministers to put politics aside and end the deadlock on climate and energy policy.Australia needs momentum and decisive action to see the National Energy Guarantee implemented, chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

Denying Australians the opportunity for reliable, affordable energy in the name of political expediency would be simply unacceptable.

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22:53

Xenophon calls for palm oil labelling "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Orangutans need our help. (AAP)

Orangutans need our help. (AAP)

Former senator Nick Xenophon has called for Australian food regulators to take urgent steps toward mandatory palm oil labelling in Australia.

Mr Xenophon, who is standing in the South Australian election in March, says palm oil is not only a health risk, but is devastating for the planet and fatal for orangutans.

Australians consume 10 kilos of palm oil every year and just dont know it, he said in a statement provided to AAP through the Orangutan Alliance.

The laws would help consumers make an informed choice, he said.

The issue of mandatory labelling of products containing palm oil could be considered at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Melbourne on Friday.

During his time in the Senate, Mr Xenophon introduced legislation to mandate such labelling after receiving a petition of more than 100,000 signatures.The bill passed in the Senate but has since stalled in the lower house.

Orangutan Alliance founder Maria Abadilla became dedicated to saving Borneos orangutans and finding new solutions to the palm oil debate after seeing rainforest burn-offs to allow for oil production.

We hear the arguments that the cost of adoption for the industry will be massive, but what is the cost of the planet? she said.

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22:51

Federal parties eye Hanson Qld poll result "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Queensland state election will be a turning point for One Nation.

But whether it shows Pauline Hansons party is in a death dive or its stocks are on the rise is yet to be seen.

The death dive theory has the edge.

Hanson was caught by surprise by Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuks decision to call a November 25 poll.

She was heading to India on a parliamentary delegation when she heard the news.

One Nation was forced to field fewer candidates and its campaign was not as organised as it could have been.

Hanson returned to the Sunshine State and took to the hustings after a champagne launch in the Battler Bus.

However, troubles with the vehicle put the campaign behind schedule.

Her partys state leader Steve Dickson has been kept busy trying to sandbag his own Sunshine Coast seat.

The federal wheels fell off the campaign when Hanson had a falling out with new senator Fraser Anning, who quit the party shortly after being sworn in.

On his first day in Canberra, Anning who replaced Malcolm Roberts after he lost his seat due to dual citizenship issues and Hanson had a party room spat over staffing.

In politics, disunity is death.

A Galaxy poll for News Corp found two out of five Queenslanders were less likely to support One Nation after the split.

Voters will remember what happened after the 1998 state election at which One Nation took 11 seats.

Within 12 months the party had disintegrated.

One Nation needs to pick up state seats in Hansons home state if it is to survive nationally.

Polling in the final week of the campaign puts its statewide support around 17 per cent.

But there are pockets of stronger support in north Queensland seats such as Thuringowa, Whitsunday and Hinchinbrook, as well as the southern seats of Lockyer and Bundaberg.

A solid showing could give One Nation a foot in the door for the next federal election in seats such as Herbert, Dawson, Wright, Flynn, Hinkler and Blair, as well as the Senate.

Hanson, who witnessed a car-wreck of a campaign at the West Australian election but still picked up seats, says shed be happy winning one seat in Queensland.

There are benefits in a weakened One Nation for Malcolm Turnbull, as he seeks to restore his own stocks.

It will give the coalition a better chance of bolstering its numbers in the Senate.

And it will raise hopes that LNP members in regional seats will be able to see off future challenges from the minor party.

However, undermining that is t...

22:38

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SATURDAY & SUNDAY IN ANAHOLA, KAUA`I

22:30

Comrade Jacinda continues to entertain "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Comrade Jacinda facebook page continues to entertain long after the election is over. I think that the wags behind the page feel spoilt for choice. It has never before been quite so easy to make fun of a government and certainly not so early in the honeymoon period. Out of the mouths of babes. []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ food shortages in 5 years report Pam Tipa:

New Zealand has no food security policy and will be short of some foods within five years, says a Horticulture NZ report on domestic vegetable production.

We complacently believe we will always be able to sustainably grow enough food to feed ourselves and contribute to the countrys economic wellbeing, the report says.

However with prime production land being lost, climate change, competition for water resources, extreme weather events and the constant threat of pests and disease we must turn our minds to food security issues for the future of NZs domestic production. . . 

Young Farmers search for talent Tim Fulton:

Young Farmers is re-inventing itself as an agency for talent attraction from schools, helping farming to compete for staff in towns and cities.

The organisation was pitching for funding from industry groups and corporates to inject more farming-based curriculum into the education system.

The project would cost $1.5m, chief executive Terry Copeland said.

Once in place Young Farmers staff would manage the relationship with schools and commercial backers of the project like a sales account, he said. . .

Sweet success in manuka honey Peter Burke:

Manuka honey could long term earn more money for a central North Island Maori trust than its sheep and beef farming operation....

22:09

Pacific island Vatuvara wildlife survey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2017 video from Fiji is called Vatuvara Private Islands.

From BirdLife:

22 Nov 2017

Exploring the untouched island of Vatuvara

This is the first time a full biological survey has ever been performed on this remote, almost untouched island in the South Pacific. The intriguing and fascinating results have redoubled the Vatuvara Foundations efforts to safeguard this lush wildlife haven.

By Steve Cranwell

The island of Vatuvara perfectly embodies the intrigue and beauty of the South Pacific islands. Located in the north of Fijis Lau group, the 800-hectare island has been uninhabited for most of human history. This is due in part to the absence of a permanent water source but the sharp, unforgiving coral terrain certainly doesnt help.

For a time, the island hosted a fortified village atop the 300-metre summit no doubt a strategic lookout point for Fijian warriors. But apart from a desperate attempt at coconut production during Fijis plantation era, Vatuvara has largely been spared the impacts of human influence. And that includes many invasive species common on other South Pacific islands making Vatuvara an invaluable refuge for wildlife.

Despite the detailed knowledge of the indigenous Fijians, practically the only formal scientific account of the island comes from the remarkable Whitney Expeditions, which visited Fiji in 1924, identifying the endemic Fiji Banded Iguana Brachylophus fasciatus among other native flora and fauna species.

Now under the care of Vatuvara Private Islands, the island is protected as a nature reserve. In November, BirdLife International Pacific, together with NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (BirdLife in Fiji) and the US Geological Survey, joined the Vatuvara Foundation to conduct a pioneering four-day survey.

The survey initially focused on the islands reptiles, in particular the Banded Iguana currently threa...

22:02

PNG facing development challenges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea continues to face serious development challenges, says Australias latest Foreign Policy White Paper.

Its population of about 8 million 40 percent under the age of 15 is projected to reach 18 million by 2050, the white paper noted.

The delivery of services is suffering because of a shortage of capacity and a constrained budget. Many development indicators such as maternal, child and infant mortality, rate of communicable diseases, and access to clean water and sanitation are poor.

Reflecting its challenges and the closeness in our relationship, Papua New Guinea is our largest development partner with Australia investing about $550 million a year in assistance. We work together to encourage economic growth, improve governance and support health and education, the white paper said.

It said Australia was also helping Papua New Guinea to empower women and foster a new generation of leaders.

Australia will continue to support the Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Governments to implement the 2001 Peace Agreement, which underpins peace and stability in Bougainville. Post Courier/PNG Today

22:00

One GMO to rule them all Yeah/Nah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A recent article in Futurism is quietly unsettling. One reaction is, Great idea sock it to em!, followed quickly by, But, what about the children? Experts are considering using gene editing technology as a tool for addressing some of the great biological challenges facing the world today: everything from controlling or limiting the growth of []

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21:58

Fiji Bati hopes to rise again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Mick Potter believes Fiji is a giant-killer.

"We got the number two ranked team in the competition, whether we can back it up or not is another thing," Potter said.

His comments come as senior player Eloni Vunakece said the team would rise to the occasion when they play against the mighty Australian Kangaroos tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium.

"Rise to the occasion. That has been the theme of this whole camp, hopefully we will do the same against Australia," Vunakece said.

"There is no extra pressure, my old man said just go and have fun."

"This is another opportunity to meat another world heavyweight, play and have fun and live the moment.

"I take each day as it comes."

Vunakece reminisced the last eight minutes of the side's 4-2 victory over the NZ Kiwis in Wellington, New Zealand last week.

"We were pretty smashed, but we knew we had to keep getting up," he said.

"Thankfully I did two NRL pre-seasons now and they train us to be ready for those occasions, to be ready to draw on something when you are dead and got nothing left.

"Probably with eight minutes to go there was a drop out, I looked to the sideline to say.you have got to get me off because I got nothing left.

"Lucky. I had that reserve from my training and to pull something out and say I am going to tackle Jared Waerea-Hargreaves now , he's coming flying at me, he's going to throw everything at me. I am the only person that can do the job right now so I got through that sort of 30 seconds of hell but I lasted the eight minutes."

Potter  said Fiji would give its best against world number one Australia when they meet this Friday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

"Australia's got a very very professional team, it is going to be a hard ask, the guys are going to give their very best whether it will be good enough I don't know," Potter said.

After arriving from Wellington on Sunday night, the Fiji Bati had a recovery session at Southbank in Brisbane, a full training session on Tuesday and a day off yesterday.

With the limited time at hand, only the captain's run today to cap off the side's preparation, Potter's mix has not changed with the same line-up that played New Zealand last weekend.

Fiji has been receiving a fair bit of m...

21:56

Mal Meninga admits to feeling shift in international rugby league "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fiji has tipped the Rugby League World Cup on its head, and now Australian coach Mal Meninga admits he can feel a change in the wind.

He was almost immovable as a player, but Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga admits even hes felt the tectonic plates of rugby league shifting.

The Rugby League World Cup has come alive after New Zealands spectacular elimination, becoming the first tier-one nation to lose to a second-tier not once but twice following defeats by first Tonga and then Fiji.

And ahead of Australias semi-final against Fiji on Friday, Meninga believes times are changing.

Theres been a shift I reckon. Look at our numbers that play in the NRL, I think something like 38 per cent are Pacific Islander, Meninga said in Brisbane.

So yeah, there is a shift in our game and that all goes well for the pacific nations and international rugby league.

Its just another stark example of people realising how strong the NRL competition is and what its doing for other nations.

Meninga said he wasnt surprised his men wont be facing the Kiwis in the final- four clash following their shock defeat to the Bati last week.

We know how passionate, how committed (Fiji) are to the cause. Theres great belief in their footy team so well make sure we prepare really well, he said.

Meninga confirmed Will Chambers will be a certain starter at Suncorp Stadium after the centre missed Tuesdays main training run of the week with a toe injury.

Chambers broke his toe in their pool win over Lebanon and has since been on light duties.

When you run it takes a fair bit of impact. From there, we just gauge it every session. If its a little bit sore well rest him, Meninga said.

But hell be right to train in the captains run, which he did last week and hell be right to play.

Meninga also doubled down on his criticism of Fiji star Jarryd Hayne a few weeks ago, when he claimed Hayne would let Gold Coast down if he left to take up a deal at a rival NRL club.

It is being reported Hayne has already agreed on a move to Parramatta.

Asked if he expected his comments to motivate Hayne, Meninga said: Not really. Im very happy with my 24. Ive got no regrets whatsoever.

Moving forward, again we respect them. But were there to play a great game of rugby leagu...

21:52

Pacific is the biggest blind spot to Australias national security policy: Marles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia must improve its defence and government relationships with Pacific nations to avoid having its influence in the region diminished, Labours defence spokesman has said.

In a speech to the Lowy Institute, opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles has called for defence force personnel from Pacific countries to undertake stints with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), similar to the relationship ADF personnel has with the US Armed Forces.

Australia is the beneficiary of a deep defence relationship with the United States, Marles said.

At any point in time hundreds of Australian defence force personnel are embedded within the US Armed Forces. They are given opportunities which could never be had within the ADF. They develop skills and capabilities which in turn empower the ADF when they come home. 


The Labor MP said while the current Pacific Patrol Boat Programme, which provides vessels and Royal Australian Navy Maritime Surveillance Advisers to these nations, is a good initiative, it is not enough on its own.

The Pacific Patrol Boat Programme ... is a huge commitment which is gratefully received and provides assets and builds skills, he said.

But rather than seeing these efforts as a role already performed, we should see them instead as a guide to how much further down this path we could go. And the important point to understand is that it is actually in our national interest to walk this path as far as the Pacific island countries are willing to walk it with us.

Marles also warned that without a stronger relationship with these Pacific countries, they may seek relationships with other nations such as China.

In recent years, China established its One Belt and One Road initiative, which offers infrastructure building to its neighbouring countries in the Pacific, an initiative that analysts have said is part of China's attempts to gain political leverage.

Pacific island countries have choices about with whom....

21:51

Foreign Policy White Paper says Australia looks to the US for security as Chinas power grows "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australias alliance with the US will become more important in the Indo-Pacific region as Chinas power and influence grows, the long-awaited Foreign Policy White Paper has declared.

The blueprint, released by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop today, reinforces Australias desire for the US to remain dominant in the region, while also urging China to use its power to enhance stability.

With a warning that the stakes could not be higher for Australia as the political balance in the region shifts, the report says that without a strongly engaged US in the Indo-Pacific, security and stability is under threat.

Navigating the decade ahead will be hard because, as Chinas power grows, our region is changing in ways without precedent in Australias modern history, the report, the first Foreign Policy White Paper for more than a decade, says.

Without strong US engagement, power is likely to shift more quickly ... it will be more difficult for Australia to achieve the levels of security and stability we seek.

On the contested South China Sea, it says competition is intensifying in the region, and maritime and land border disputes will continue to create friction.

The paper notes the debate and uncertainty in the US about the costs and benefits of its leadership, but Bishop said it was unlikely America would retreat from the Indo-Pacific.

The United States has an enduring interest in the Indo-Pacific. The US cannot withdraw from the region without enormous costs to the US, Bishop told The West Australian.

She highlighted the papers emphasis on the term Indo-Pacific, mirroring a shift in language by the Japanese and Americans as they emphasised Indias growing importance.

As a West Australian I have always included the Indian Ocean nations in my thinkingnow we have for the first time embraced this in a Government policy document, she said.

Despite the commentary on the risks posed by Chinas growing dominance, the report also says Australia is committed to strong and constructive ties with China.

We welcome Chinas greater capacity to share responsibility for supporting regional and global security, it said.

The importance of pursuing free trade deals and open markets is also canvassed. , with the report saying a more integrated world will be more prosperous and secure than...

21:30

Simple taxes better taxes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen will chair the working group which is taxed with finding a fairier tax system:

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash announced the terms of reference for the group, which will come up with a series of recommendations by February 2019 which the government will then use to inform its policy direction at the next general election. Robertson said he isnt making a grab for cash. Reforms could be fiscally neutral and he had an open mind on whether a capital gains tax would be necessary.

The main goal here is to create a better, balanced and fairer tax system for New Zealand, Robertson said. Our belief at the moment is that we do not have that.

The group has been told to consider the economic environment over the next five-to-10 years and how thats affecting changing business models, demographics and business practices; whether some form of housing, land or capital gains tax would improve the system; whether a progressive company tax with lower rates for small businesses would improve the system and business environment; and what role tax can play in delivering environment benefits. . . 

The group has been told not to look at increasing income tax rates or the rate of GST, inheritance tax, a tax on the family home, or the adequacy of the personal tax system and its interaction with the transfer system. It has been directed to look at technical matters already under review such as international tax reform targeting multinational profit shifting, and the tax departments business transformation programme.

While the issue of applying GST to goods and services bought online from overseas could be dealt with separately and was not part of the working groups brief, Robertson said the group could examine exemptions from GST for particular categories of goods. Labours coalition partner in government, NZ First, has campaigned for years to remove GST from fruit and vegetables.

Robertson said the group will be able to look at the tax treatment on savings and investment, which has cropped up in previous reviews as an area in need of reform.

The best taxes are simple taxes.

Taking GST off fruit and vegetables sounds simple but it isnt. If its all fruit and vegetables it will include processed ones which might have lots of sugar and salt added. But if its only fresh fruit and vegetables luxury imports like pomegranate will be exempt while frozen vegetables wo...

21:30

Feminist double standards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No one does sanctimony, hypocrisy and double standards like a feminist. Add in the fact that she is a journalist and you really start to wonder about the motivations. Ms Cuming is clearly out to get Mr Bunting and claim a scalp in the name of 4th wave feminism. This story is yet another []

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21:28

Sydney unemployment rate dropping "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sydney unemployment falling

Greater Sydney has been creating thousands of new jobs per month in recent times, and the harbour city's unemployment rate has generally been trending down now for the past 44 months, now hitting an annual average of just 4.65 per cent.

Brisbane also recorded a neat fall in the month, but seems to be creating a dearth of full time positions.


Sydney's monthly unemployment rate dropped to just 3.9 per cent in the month of October 2017 itself, a fantastically strong result which suggests any meaningful housing market correction is unlikely for the time being.


There hasn't been a lower monthly unemployment rate since more than a dozen years ago, all the way back in August 2005, and before the financial crisis.

Sydney's labour market is tightening gradually, and there are some nascent signs of wage pressures in the trades and construction industries.

It now takes 14 weeks on average for Sydneysiders to find a job, down from 18 weeks three years earlier, so it's been a bit of a slow burn.

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have also seen a fine turnaround in fortunes over the past couple of years as the state's economy accelerated away from the resources downturn (and coal prices in particular came shooting back with a vengeance).

Stamp duty and tra...

21:00

Genuine refugees dont act like this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Genuine refugees are fleeing war or starvation. Any country that gives them safe haven and citizenship and a chance to build a life for themselves would be the answer to a genuine refugees prayers. Instead in Europe, we see refugees complaining about the poor internet and the size of their free apartment and in PNG []

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20:49

Fukushima Class Action Federal Lawsuit Filed in Boston Against General Electric Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

GE sued for Fukushima disaster Lawsuit alleges unsafe design, cost cutting Japanese property owners and businesses near the Fukushima nuclear plant that melted down after a devastating 2011 tsunami filed a $500 million class-action lawsuit against General Electric for negligently designing the doomed plant. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court in Boston, claims the []

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20:48

Tepco Says The Fukushima Cleanup Is Progressing, But at a Painstaking Pace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Last July 2017 Tepcos remotely piloted robots transmitted view of what could be melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants destroyed reactors actually Tepco wants to believe that it is melted radioactive fuel but has not been able to get it confirmed since then.
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The Fukushima Cleanup Is Progressing, But at a Painstaking Pace
Earlier this year, remotely piloted robots transmitted what officials believe was a direct view of melted radioactive fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants destroyed reactorsa major discovery, but one that took a long and painful six years to achieve. In the meantime, the program to clean up the destroyed reactors has seen numerous setbacks and concerns, including delays on Japanese electrical utility Tepcos timetable to begin removing the highly radioactive fuel and continued leakage of small amounts of radioactive substances.
Japanese officials are now hoping that they can convince a skeptical public that

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20:45

Coal industrys final insult to humanity: Its killing our sperm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Taiwanese study finds that men exposed to higher levels of air pollution have poorer quality sperm. Add that to climate impacts and lung disease of fossil fuels.

via Coal industrys final insult to humanity: Its killing our sperm RenewEconomy


20:44

Solar & Wind cheaper than Coal. #StopAdani #Qldvotes #CoralnotCoal jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the cost of solar and wind energy Building new renewables is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. Nov 20, 2017, 11:34 am CREDIT: Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP file In one of the fastest and most astonishing turnarounds in the history of energy, building and []

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20:30

Just send the Jew hating scumbag back to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia sends our ratbags home, we should send this Jew hating evil prick back to Australia forthwith. A blogger previously jailed in Australia over a racial attack has tried to enter New Zealand and wound up in custody. Brendon OConnell, 46, is an outspoken critic of Israel and what he describes as Zionist power. Now the []

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20:14

Iran the Numbers--and Persian Internet is the Cheapest in the World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

El Reg reports

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband (if you're willing to ignore political and social problems).

The survey conducted by cable.co.uk and BDRC Continental ranked 196 countries on their monthly prices for a broadband connection, using 3,351 consumer packages tracked over eight weeks (ending October 12) to calculate the average.

At $5.37 (4.05) a month, Iran beats second placed Ukraine at $5.52 a month, with both significantly cheaper than Russia at $9.82 a month.

Burkina Faso is last at 196th place, costing users $954.54 (720.77) per month. Papua New Guinea is 195th, but much better at $597.20 (450.95), then Namibia at $431.99 (326.20). The UK comes in 62nd place, averaging 30.54 a month($40.44).


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20:07

Charged with possessing Isis propaganda, child sex abuse videos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This sounds like someone who may have some wide ranging problems. NZH: NZ man charged with possessing Isis propaganda, terrorists handbook A 19-year-old Dannevirke man appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday after being charged with possessing terrorism propaganda. Jordayne Evan Thomas Madams faces 10 charges of possessing objectionable material consisting of child sex []

20:00

Aid, and the Pacific in the 2003 and 2017 Foreign Policy White Papers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aid

The last Foreign Policy White Paper was also under a Coalition Government, in 2003, when Alexander Downer was Foreign Minister. On aid at least it is vintage Downer. The document downplays the role of aid at several points, with some disarmingly frank admissions: aid is not the key to development; it is trade and investment, not aid, that will drive development. Where aid could have a crucial impact, the White Paper argued, was in relation to the promotion of good governance, the bedrock of development success. This is why, the 2003 White Paper explained, good governance is now the largest sectoral focus of Australias aid program, with Australia at the forefront of donors grappling with governance issues in the region. Grappling is an apt description. Even Downer wasnt game to claim that our aid was actually improving governance. His belief, however, that the attempt (the grappling) was a good use of aid led to millions of dollars of aid being wasted on advisers. Some made a difference, but too many drew up corporate plans and reform programs that were never implemented.

While one can criticise Downers approach to aid, there was no mistaking what it consisted of. Fast forward to 2017 and the aid program now has something for everyone. There is little discussion in the new White Paper of the role of aid in development, let alone its limits. Governance is still the biggest aid spend (p. 91), but this is not explained. Rather, grappling with governance is now just one of many things we do: Our assistance helps partner countries improve governance, education and health, and enhance productivity in agriculture, fisheries and water. (Productivity in water?) The paragraph goes on to say we also build infrastructure and trade capacity, and promote gender equality.

Agree with it or not, the 2003 White Paper gave clear direction to the aid program. The 2017 White Paper does not. There are some positives. Humanitarian funding is increased from $400 to $500 million, something supported both by the public and by our own White Paper submission (though note there is no increase in total aid). There are a few subtle shifts on strategy: with the objective of economic growth giving way to one of inclusive growth, a new emphasis on the SDGs, and a renewed emphasis on climate change. Overall though, on aid strategy, the 2017 White Paper seems like a missed opportunity. Neither Foreign Minister...

20:00

Was it the Russians? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There has been an uptick in cyberattacks against New Zealand. New Zealand has seen a sharp upswing in the number of cyber attacks and more than a third seem to be state-sponsored acts. There were 396 incidents recorded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the year to June 30, but this represented only a []

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20:00

Raising Hitler's Ghost. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another Wild Ride Through Germany? As Germany struggles to construct a government, Eastern European nationalism, the nationalism of Russia, Poland, Hungary and the Ukraine, is having its revenge. The unabashedly white supremacist and Islamophobic populism that has taken hold in the lands to Germanys east, is summoning from its grave the ghost of Hitlers psychopathic god. (Painting: "The Wild Ride", 1889, by Franz Von Stuck.)

GERMANYS TROUBLES always blow in from the East. Unsurprising really, since, geographically speaking, theres not a lot to stop them. Those fastnesses of steppe, plain and forest, home to all manner of divine scourges, have haunted the Germanic imagination for centuries. Indeed, guarding the borders against the ravages of barbarian Lithuanians, Poles and Russians from the east has proved to be one of the most consistent themes of Germanic history. Teutonic Knights and Prussian grenadiers; the warriors of Empire and Reich: all have braved the dragons of the East, until, as Germanys poet-philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, rightly predicted they turned into dragons themselves.

What began as a mission to protect the volk, eventually morphed into a mandate for conquest. For a thousand years, Germans have inflicted upon their neighbours the very horrors they feared their neighbours were conspiring to inflict upon them. Germanic cultures unrelenting Drang nach Osten (drive towards the east) stirred up a witches brew of ethnic and cultural resentments which continue to trouble the dreams of Europe. The nations born out of the bleeding corpses of the Hohenzollern and Hapsburg empires were never able to transcend the circumstances of their post-World War I creation. Eastern European nationalism remains as extreme in its expression as the German chauvinism which gave it birth.

And now, as Germany struggles to construct a government, all that Eastern European nationalism, the nationalism of Russia, Poland, Hung...

20:00

Alluvial gold mining is a big money spinner in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gold miner
Alluvial gold miner at work in Bougainvilles Tumpusiong Valley

ERIC SCHERING

PORT MORESBY - Members of Parliament are paid K12,000 a fortnight but a great many Papua New Guineans are searching for ways to earn K300 the approximate minimum wage - in an economy where very few paying jobs are available.

Most people scratch out a living as subsistence farmers, which doesnt offer compensation anywhere near the minimum wage.

With a far-too-high unemployment rate of 70%, Papua New Guineans are desperate for opportunities. 

Alluvial mining is one such opportunity and currently between 40,000 and 80,000 Papua New Guineans put in long hours under the tropical sun sloshing gravel around in gold pans to put bread on the table. 

Some may get two grams a day, some five, some more. It can be good money at the current rate of K7080 a gram. Even two grams harvested in a day will generate a good income.

The price of gold is currently around $1,300/oz and by 2020 some forecasters are saying it could reach $2000/oz, which if it gets there - will yield K160180 per gram for a self-employed gold panner.

The Mining Act of 1992 opened the door wide for Papua New Guineans in this industry, allowing locals to engage in panning for gold without a license or permit. All thats required is a gold pan and a gallon or two of perspiration.

The number of PNG alluvial miners has exploded. Its become something of a problem with school students skipping classes to help out dad and mom in the streams.

School officials in Bouganville complain that enrollment figures have dropped significantly because of children assisting their parents in a modern-day gold rush.

In the Bulolo district of Morobe Province, thousands of alluvial miners are using mercury to isolate the gold.

The PNG government needs to get on top of this because mercury is a very toxic substance.  Far too many alluvial miners use their bare hands to handle it, unaware that mercury can lead to damage to the brain, kidneys and lungs - even death.

The PNG government nee...

19:56

Latest from The Bookseller including lman and Gaiman back school library campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that business rates will follow the Consumer Price Index (CPI) two years earlier than planned, providing some welcome relief to bookshops.
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19:54

Off the Shelf "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


November 23, 2017
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19:30

Cronywatch: Cullen to lead Tax Working Group "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Michael Cullen, famous for spending the thick end of a billion dollars buying back Kiwirail from Toll Holdings, and a gloating comment that we won, you lost, eat that, has been appointed as the head of Labours tax working group. Sir Michael Cullen will head the governments tax working group. Finance Minister Grant Robertson unveiled []

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19:25

Pike River prosecution withdrawal unlawful "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ: Pike River prosecution withdrawal unlawful Supreme Court It was unlawful for WorkSafe to withdraw its prosecution of Pike River mine boss Peter Whittall, in exchange for payments to the victims families, the Supreme Court has ruled. WorkSafe New Zealand initially laid 12 health and safety charges against Mr Whittall, but they were dropped []

19:15

Temperature Records On Wednesday. Why? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday was a very warm day across the region, with many locations 15-20F above normal and several stations achieving daily records. 

Here are the highs on Wednesday.  The lowlands of western Oregon and Washington were in the low to mid 60sF, with some favored locations (south of Tacoma) hitting 70F. 


Some daily records were broken.  Here is a nice graphic produced by the Seattle NWS Office, showing the high temps, with the stars indicating daily records.


The reason for this warmth was that we had the perfect set up for a strong atmospheric river event, with warm/moist tropical air moving northward.  The map below shows the upper level flow at 500 hPa (about 18,000 ft) at 4 PM Wednesday.  Big ridge of high pressure over the southwest U.S. and a strong trough over the eastern Pacific.  The perfect configuration to produce a narrow current of warm, moist from the southwest that hits the NW. 


 To see what is unusual about this pattern, here are the anomalies--the differences of the heights (or pressures) at that level from normal.  Unusual ridge centered on Utah, with anomalous low pressure to the east and west.

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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heckling is an act of cowardice. If you want to speak, get up in front of the microphone and speak, dont sit in the dark hiding. Its easy to hide and shout and waste peoples time.  Billy Connolly who celebrates his 75th birthday today.


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19:00

Its a mixed result for PNG in new business risk report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Port-Moresby construction
Port Moresby construction scene

STAFF REPORTER | PNG Industry News.net

PERTH - A comprehensive study has just been completed about where in the world you would find the best and the worst jurisdictions in which to invest your hard-earned cash.

Published by our sister publication, the Mining Journal World Risk Report is a comprehensive piece of work which gives a studied and balanced appraisal of what risks may be encountered in nearly every spot on earth.

"This report is not designed as a comprehensive risk-assessment document, said the report's author, Chris Cann

Rather, it is an investment-risk guide that comes with the supporting data to start building a deeper-level risk assessment ahead of an investment decision."

Papua New Guinea has a mixed showing in the report. In hard risk ratings' it features 17th worst in the world, but scores roughly midway in perceived risk ratings'.

On the investment risk index', PNG features two-thirds of the way down on the list, where Canada is at the top and Democratic Republic of Congo, Laos and Guinea are at the bottom.

PNG is dead-on midway in the opportunity index', led by Canada and tailed, somewhat surprisingly, by Italy.

Its 130 pages contain the results in an easy-read format, in which countries are judged on the following criteria:

Legal: Considers the mining code's ability to protect investment;

Governance: Considers the ease at which miners should expect to set up and conduct business and how severe the challenges are likely to be related to corrupt bureaucracy;

Social: Considers the level of underlying political and social tension that could lead to unrest, protests, activism or violent conflict; and

Fiscal: Considers how punitive the tax structure is as well as the health of the underlying economic environment;

Infrastructure: Considers a jurisdiction's energy security and how well it is set up with mining-related transport infrastructur...

18:46

Tony Veitch and wider concerns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have concerns about Tony Veitch being announced as a feature of a new TV show, the way it was announced, and the reactionary campaign to have Veitch dumped. This is part of the wider phenomenon that is prevalent now of  publicly condemning anyone accused of abuse without waiting for proper process or justice. Veitch []

18:38

Racism in Australia to be scrutinised on the world stage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian Government is bracing for another round of intense scrutiny at the United Nations this time focusing on its efforts to combat racial discrimination.

Despite being a nation committed to fairness and multiculturalism, racism is a growing problem in Australia one that causes immense pain to racial and ethnic minority communities, and which threatens to tear our social fabric apart.

Next week in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will assess Australias compliance with a key international law that Australia pledged to uphold to tackle racism.

A coalition of Australian NGOs will brief the Committee in Geneva and present a report, endorsed by 53 organisations. The report documents Australias backward slide in the treatment of ethnic minority communities, refugees, people who seek asylum and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Committee is likely to question Australia about its cruelty towards people seeking asylum and the dire situation on Manus Island, which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called a humanitarian crisis.

Australias poor record on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights will also come under review, including the alarming increase in governments locking up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and taking children into child protection, the lack of progress on meeting Closing the Gap targets, racist social security policies, and the rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Committee is also likely to ask Australia why it still lacks a federal human rights charter to ensure equality for all Australians.

Only last month, Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for failing to adequately engage and respond to UN bodies and recommendations. The stinging rebuke came just a month after Australia was appointed to the Human Rights Council.

Download report: Australias Compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What a great guy. He dressed up as a pink fairy to support and take part in the breast cancer awareness walk which he attended with his sister and then when getting his nieces an icecream he tackled to the ground a man who was attempting to rob a Napier dairy with a shotgun. Now []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is vainglorious (adj) 1. Excessively proud of oneself. 2. Characterised by or exhibiting vainglory. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Early 15th century, from vainglory + -ous, or from Old French vain glorios boastful, swaggering.

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 24 16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

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18:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:08

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

16:24

MANUS REFUGEES UNDER ATTACK "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Thursday November 24 a small island in the middle of the pacific made world headlines, but not because of its natural beauty.

Today PNG police and immigration stormed the Manus Regional Processing Centre and attacked refugees who were fighting for survival after being abandoned by Australian and PNG immigration.

How did they find themselves in this predicament?

A common narrative is people washing up on tropical island after their boats have become lost at sea.

The refugees on Manus Island did embark on a dangerous voyage by boat but that is not why they are now in this situation, at least not directly.

Fleeing their home countries looking for safety and freedom they arrived on Australian shores and asked for protection.

Unfortunately the Australian government had just implemented a policy to send all people who arrived by boat to offshore processing centres.

These centers are in developing nations Nauru and Papua New Guine who this colonial power can bully and bribe with money.

PNGs Manus Island fits the bill for a policy which seeks to send a message to other refugees that Australia is not a welcoming humanitarian country (as many believe).

After some three years of locking refugees in the derelict centre on Manus the PNG supreme court ruled this incarceration unconstitutional.

The centre was slated for closure, detainees were encouraged to return home some with bribes of up to $25,000.

A small number around 50 decided to settle in PNG, with some becoming homeless and trying to return to detention, one man even tried flying to Fuji and applying be protection there only to be sent back to PNG.

A number are in the East Lorengau Transit centre, some having applied to go the America under a bizarre people swap deal and others expected to settle in PNG.

Human Rights Watch have recently detailed an upsurge in violent attacks by armed locals.

This is why when the detention centre closed on October 31 around 620 men decided not to leave.

Alternative accommodation has been provided however it is closer to town, and hostile locals, and insecure.

This and a series of terrifying events have lead to the current situation where detainees feel safer in the cage they have so longed to escape from than outside.

Besides according to sources, including the UN, the new facilities are not yet ready to house the men.

This was proven when SBS flew a drone over the new centres and broadcast the footage.

Mostly the men are refusing to leave as a political statement, after 4 years on Manus they are demanding freedom.........

16:18

Al Jazeera Wants You to Hate Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanksgiving dinnerThanksgiving dinner (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

Every year Thanksgiving is used as an opportunity by factions on the left to discuss some of the crimes and massacres perpetrated by the early founders of America. This year is no exception. To take just one example, Belen Fernandez of Al Jazeera ran with the headline Thanksgiving: The Annual Genocide Whitewash.

So why would Al Jazeera have a vested interest in making Americans feel bad about being American?

Al Jazeera is the state owned media outlet of Qatar. Qatar is an absolute monarchy, whose leaders fund terrorists and harbor the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the network that did an interview with Osama bin Laden in October 2001.

Hamas, a terrorist group pledged to wipe out Jews in Israel, which has carried out hundreds of suicide bombings and other terrorist attacks was based in Doha, Qatars capital for years. Only this summer were top Hamas leaders asked to leave the country. Even so, ties still remain between Qatar and Hamas.Qatar is planning to pay for the constructio...

16:00

Air New Zealand, Winding Tree Team Up for Blockchain Exploration "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Air New Zealand is partnering with decentralized travel platform Winding Tree to explore blockchain tech for ticket booking and baggage tracking.

15:54

Girl recovering from shark attack off Melbourne Beach, Florida "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Crystal-clear water and lingering mix swell revealed some excited ocean activity in Central Florida last weekend both above and below the surface. On Saturday evening, at about an hour or two before sunset, 14-year-old surfer Kaia Anderson was bitten by what is believed to be a spinner shark off a Floridana Beach access in southern Melbourne Beach. "Kaia lives right next door to me, she's probably the nicest girl I've ever met in my entire life, and she and her sister go surfing every single day," said local pro Chauncey Robinson, who witnessed the attack. "I'd been up at the access watching the waves for 30 minutes prior and saw a shark go through a wave, but others thought it was a dolphin, since there were a few of those out, too. Then, probably ten minutes before it happened, I saw a spinner shark jump out the back and splash in front of everyone.

14:19

PNG Police arrest Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani was arrested today by Police in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for his role in discouraging fellow refugees to vacate the already shut down Regional Processing Centre.

Police boss David Yapu confirmed the arrest had nothing to do with Boochanis profile and role as a journalist in an attempt to silence his reporting on the issues from within the centre.
Boochani was among another 37 refugees who were ordered out of the centre to their new temporary centre today while the others remain in the closed centre.

No force was used to remove the refugees but it was difficult to convince them out of the condemned centre, said PPC Yapu.
Mr. Yapu said Boochani is the first of the ring leaders arrested for leading other refugees in resisting to evacuate the centre and others who have been identified will be arrested in the following days.

14:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mikdad: We Support UN Role in Case it Respects its Charter and States Sovereignty
23 November 2017

Damascus, SANA- Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the summit meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most important meetings as it came before holding the tripartite summit in Sochi city in Russia and it conveyed a message that Russia stands by Syria and consults with it on sensitive issues.

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday,  Mikdad commented on Sochi statement, saying that the language of the statement affirms the political sides which we have dealt with over the past years, and it deals with issues of combating terrorism and the bases set to accomplish the political process.

Answering a question on the UN role in the future political process in Syria, Mikdad said We support the role of the UN in case it respects its Charter which embodies the sovereignty and the independence of the states and the noninterference in their internal affairswhen the UN practices its role on these bases we welcome it.

The committee to discuss constitution during the coming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi doesnt have an official nature and it is a brainstorming process as the Syrian Arab Republic discusses its constitution according to the constitutional mechanisms adopted by the laws in force similar to the parliamentary elections which are conducted according to a constitutional mechanism and the ballot boxes, Mikdad added.

He clarified that the battel against terrorism has almost reached the end and the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists and the groups affiliated to them will naturally decline, asserting that the battel will continue till fully eliminating terrorism.

Mikdad called upon the states which are part of the illegal US-led coalition to withdraw from it, calling upon the US at the same time to stop its operations in Syria and withdraw its forces from it, and to combat terrorism according to the recognized international mechanism.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain

14:00

Caught Our Notice: When authors go MIA, the article may follow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Title: IRF9 inhibits human acute myeloid leukemia through the SIRT1-p53 signaling pathway What Caught Our Attention: When authors fail to respond to editors requests for information, it isnt hard to imagine that the submitted manuscript will lose its publishing appeal. In this case, the journal and publisher withdrew the article after repeated attempts to contact the authors []

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13:30

Fake economics: how to make bad transport projects look good "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria is spending $5.5 billion building the West Gate Tunnel, another $1 billion widening CityLink, probably $10 billion on the North East Link, $11 billion on Melbourne Metro, $8 billion removing level crossings, and, if the Coalition returns, more than $3 billion on the East West Link.

NSW is spending $16 billion on WestConnex, $14 billion on Western Harbour Tunnel Beaches Link, $9 billion on the F6 Extension, $3 billion on NorthConnex, $11 billion on Sydney Metro South West, $8 billion on Sydney Metro NorthWest, $3 billion on Parramatta Light Rail, $2 billion on Sydney Light Rail, and billions more on Sydney Metro West.

It would be nice to know it was money well spent.

There's a fiction that a benefit-cost ratio above "1" means things are OK.

Here's how it works. A consultant adds up all the costs over a period of 30 or 40 years and all the benefits. If the benefits are greater than the costs, giving a ratio of, say, 1.5, it is said to be worth doing. But if they are less, say, 0.45 (which was the ratio in the first study of in the East West Link), it is said to be a waste of money.

Often the studies are never made public, sometimes they are never conducted (as was the case with the national broadband network) and very often they are conducted as an "add-on"; financial bling to be sprinkled over the project after it has been approved and announced.

Melbourne's $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel is a case in point. Sydney's $14 billion Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is another. Internal NSW Transport emails released to me under freedom of information show an analyst complaining that his superiors had as good as completed the business case without access to the numbers.

"How something with no, repeat, no, benefit-cost analysis or traffic numbers can be construed as 80 to 90 per cent complete is beyond me," the exasperated official wrote. "The numbers tell us if the thing makes sense."

And the numbers are sometimes rigged.

A seminar in Melbourne last month on the use and abuse of cost-benefit analysis explored the ways.

One of the easiest is to hike the traffic forecasts. On some toll roads, the number of cars predicted to use them was greater than the capacity of the roads. Out of court settlements were reached between the modellers and investors in Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel and Brisbane's M7 Clem Jones Tunnel.

Professor Jago Dodson of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research revealed that in the queue at a conference he had met one of Australia's senior transport modellers who had worked on at least one of those tunnels.

"Myself and another col...

12:06

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thursday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

12:01

November 24 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

380  Theodosius I made his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.

1429 Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieged La Charit.

1542  Battle of Solway Moss: The English army defeated the Scots.

1639  Jeremiah Horrocks observed the transit of Venus, an event he had predicted.

1642  Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the island Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania).

1806 William Webb Ellis, who is credited with the invention of Rugby, was born (d. 1872).

1815   Grace Darling, English heroine, was born (d. 1842).

1849  Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-born author, was born (d. 1924).

1850 Danish troops defeated a Schleswig-Holstein force in the Battle of Lottorf.

1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.

1863 American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain  Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant captured Lookout Mountain and began to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.

1864  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, was born (d. 1901).

1868 Scott Joplin, Ragtime Composer, was born (d. 1917).

1888  Dale Carnegie, American writer, was born (d. 1955)....

11:30

Classic Radio Floggits S01 Ep01 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Classic from 1956, Elsie and Doris Waters supported by Joan Sims, Ronnie Barker, Hugh Paddick


10:55

Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani arrested in Manus as squad steps in "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guineas paramilitary police officers have arrested refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani during a raid on the Manus Island detention centre.

On Thursday morning PNG police, the paramilitary Mobile Squad and immigration officers entered the centre to force out the remaining hundreds of refugees who for more than three weeks have camped in deteriorating conditions.

Refugees reported that about 40 men had been forced on to buses, presumably heading to the transit accommodation. An ABC journalist reported seeing several buses carrying refugees leave the centre.

The men have refused to leave the facility which formally closed at the end of last month because of their safety fears in the town of Lorengau.

It was not clear on Thursday afternoon where Boochani had been taken, or whether he had been charged. Manus Island police officials could not be reached.

Boochani has been one of the most prominent of the group, reporting for the Guardian and a number of other publications around the world on the conditions inside the centre.

On Thursday afternoon several refugees confirmed Boochani had been taken away from the camp by members of the Mobile Squad. Pictures of the event showed him being led away, flanked by officers.

Boochani had been reporting from a hiding place in the toilets while officers confiscated phones and destroyed the belongings of refugees.

However, according to witnesses, officers specifically searched for him and others reporting events to the outside world.





Iranian-Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani has been arrested on Manus Island. He was seen taken away from the detention centre by the paramilitary Mobile Squad.

Amnesty International said it wasnt clear why Boochani had been arrested but it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to isolate human rights activists from the wider group.


The arrest of Behrouz Boochani as a so-called ringleader of the peaceful protest on Manus Island is deeply misguided, said Kate Schuetze, Amnesty Internationals Pacific researcher.

It violates his rights and sends a terrible signal about PNGs intentions with regard to the remaining 400-plus men. He...

10:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

231117SOUTH SUDAN PEACE-BUILDER SHARES REFERENDUM EXPERIENCE
By Press/laukai

The people of Bougainville have been urged to remain committed to the Bougainville Peace Agreement to ensure the referendum is an internationally credible process.

The comments came from South Sudan peace-builder and former government minister, Dr Luka Kuol when sharing his experience with the ABG Members yesterday.

He said that Bougainville was unique, and needs home-grown solutions, but I am here to share South Sudans experience so that the Bougainville experience can be better,.

Dr Kuol emphasised the need to prioritise social cohesion, to make people confident to disarm and unify behind the post-referendum outcome.

Bougainville must also ensure it takes each step alongside the national government as well as maintain strong linkages to the international community.

Dr Kuol was former Minister for Presidential Affairs, Government of South Sudan, and is visiting Bougainville with the support of the United Kingdom and Conciliation Resources International.

Dr Luka conducted a workshop with government and members of civil society, and briefed the Bougainville House of Representatives on South Sudans experience so that Bougainville can prepare well for the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum in 2019.

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10:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

231117MEMBER NAKIN CALLS FOR EARLY PREPARATIONS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville, WILLIAM NAKIN has called on the Sporting authorities to budget for biannual events like the PNG Games and other such activities and not to make last minute requests for assistance and fundraisings.
The member made these remarks in Buka this week when donating FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the BOUGAINVILLE team participating at the PNG GAMES in KIMBE, West New Britain Province.
Member NAKIN urged sports administrators and executives to begin to consider other aspects of youth development as well besides that of sports.
Bougainville National members have pledged FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the Bougainville team.
The Member for South presented TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA, member for North Bougainville, FIFTY THOUSAND KINA, the Regional member has also pledged TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA whilst the Minister for Bougainville and member for Central Bougainville has pledged ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA towards the team.
Member NAKIN said the PNG GAMES is a biannual event and those responsible for it including the Provincial Governments and the ABG must prepare for it.

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10:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

231117PUNGHAU WELCOMES DOCTOR KUOL
By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile the ABG Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, Albert Punghau,in welcoming Dr Kuol to Bougainville said that Bougainville needs to listen to the South Sudans Referendum Experience to prepare well for the Bougainville Referendum.

He said that We must learn from the lessons of others to prepare for ours scheduled for 2019.

He said that even though referendum is a new concept for Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, we can draw upon our internal cultural values to prepare ourselves for it.

MR. PUNGHAU said that People with direct experience like Dr Kuol can assist us to create a referendum that is credible, a referendum that can sustain long lasting peace and put an end to the Bougainville conflict once and for all.

He said that we must be patient, sensitive and creative by engaging with the people at all levels.

We must not pre-empt the outcome, but we must prepare ourselves to be referendum ready being peaceful, unified, weapons-free and continuing to deliver services that the people need.

Whichever way the cookie crumbles, the democratic process needs to take place and we must be prepared to accept the will of the people when they cast their vote.

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10:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

231117NAKIN TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROJECTS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville has vowed to support North Bougainville youths in all works of life to make sure North Bougainville moves forward into the future by providing funding for Social, Economic and Spiritual development for youths.
Member NAKIN said that he was ready and willing to provide funds for youth groups who have Coconut and Cocoa rehabilitation, animal husbandry, fishing and tourism development projects which can make youths self-sufficient instead of being dependent on government funds.
MR. NAKIN said that because of the economic downturn in the country he would like to make small contributions to all sectors of the community instead of making one big contribution to ONLY one sector.
The member made these comments when contributing FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards Team Bougainville currently participating in the PNG Games in Kimbe.

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10:14

Late spring. Turning of the season. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Late spring, last light. The sky is pale but the colours havent leeched out of the land yet. The wind swirls through the trees, like a stick in muddy water, stirring languid but not yet hot air through the canopy.

Last spring was wet and we had fields of chocolate lilies. This year is drier and instead its fields of yellow everlastings. Last weeks rain is gone, tucked away into root systems and flushed down streams towards the distant sea. But the air is still sweet. Its like the plants all breathed out in relief after that last downpour.

Castlemaine is mostly Box and Peppermint country, low hill and gully country. Its hard to get a glimpse into the bigger landscape. Climb one hill and you see the next one. I walk through the open Box country, and can see how the thin soil and sandstone rocks dictate what can grow. Drop into the shallow gullies to the slightly deeper and richer alluvial soils and the yellow gums step in quickly. Back up onto the next ridge, more rocky outcrops, more understory species, a slight thinning of the trees.

IMGP3616The air is full of colour and sound. Gangs of cockatoos sweep through above the canopy, groups of young magpies stalk the stubble on the golf course, ravens call, wattlebirds, the occasional rosella, the smaller birds I dont know go abou...

09:52

Manus Island: Police enter decommissioned Australian refugee detention camp "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea police have moved in on the shuttered Australian-run Manus detention camp in an attempt to force hundreds of asylum seekers occupying it to leave. The camp long symbolized Canberras strict asylum laws.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are removing more than 300 asylum seekers from a squalid immigration camp on Manus island to another location

Australia has paid PNG and the nearby island of Nauru to hold refugees as part of its controversial immigration policy

Rights groups and the UN have warned of violence and a humanitarian crisis

Asylum seekers have refused to leave for three weeks

Papua New Guinea authorities moved to empty a decommissioned Australian-run immigration detention center, drawing criticism from rights groups and the UN over hardhanded tactics and a potential humanitarian crisis.

Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said 50 police and immigration officials entered the camp on Thursday morning and persuaded 35 of the 378 men there to go to alterative accommodation in the nearby town of Lorengau.

But asylum seekers reported police were using force to remove them from the Manus island camp, where authorities...

09:36

Bill to protect fluoridation from politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The new chair of parliaments health select committee is looking forward to making progress on some major pieces of legislation.

Louisa Wall says the committee tends to set aside party political interests as memberrs strive for a health system that works for all New Zealanders.

On the table is a government bill that will make district health boards rather than local government responsible for fluoridating water supplies.

Its an issue that has become increasingly heated in recent years as anti-fluoridation groups target local councils.

The intent of this piece of legislation is to take it out of the hands of a political process and allow DHBs to lead about whether or not we should have fluoride in our water, whose main purpose is to help prevent tooth decay, Ms Wall says.

Also on the agenda is a private bill to ensure babies are assigned to a public health organisation with the responsibility of making sure they receive all their immunisations, and its also likely there will be bills on medical cannabis and assisted dying.

Listen to the LOUSIA WALL INTERVIEW

*Original article online at https://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTc4ODc.html

 

09:12

Creative Writing: Property Loss Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lll have grounds More relative than thisthe plays the thing Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King. William Shakespeare Hamlet Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017 The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 was The Plays the Thing. Participants in the competition had to write a short, []

09:00

Top 10 Weather Modification Technologies, Jim Lee "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Top 10 Weather Modification Technologies, Jim Lee

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A Brave New World Of Deadly Vaccines, Vinny Eastwood On Dr Rima Truth Reports "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Brave New World Of Deadly Vaccines, Vinny Eastwood On Dr Rima Truth Reports

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The creation of designer brain damage through vaccine reactions,
For the purposes of a disposable human workforce in the future.

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08:51

Australia Warns of Asia Power Shift to China If U.S. Withdraws "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bloomberg

By Jason Scott

November 22, 2017, 5:25 PM EST Updated on November 22, 2017, 10:15 PM EST
  • Turnbulls government releases foreign policy white paper
  • Urges U.S. to continue support for global rules-based order
Malcolm Turnbull

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Australia is concerned that Chinas military expansion in the South China Sea will lead to clashes in Asia and wants the U.S. to remain involved in the region, according to a new policy paper released by the government.

The power balance would shift to Beijing should the U.S. withdraw its political, economic and security ties, according to the foreign policy white paper, the first in 14 years. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the document clear-eyed and hard-headed and said Australia would seek a bigger role in shaping regional affairs.

In the past we could safely assume that the world worked in a way that suited Australia, Turnbull told reporters on Thursday in Canberra. Now power is shifting and the rules and institutions are under challenge, he said. We are experiencing unprecedented prosperity and opportunity but the liberal, rules-based order that underpins it all is under greater stress than at any time since its creation in the 1940s.

On China, Turnbull said: This is the first time in our history that our dominant trading partner is not also a dominant security partner.

President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partn...

08:45

The lame progressive obsession with meaningless aggregates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Maybe the British Labour Party could get Nancy Pelosi to do some stupid tweets for them as well. She is an expert at it see my blog When neoliberals masquerade as progressives. She thinks it is smart progressive politics to post tweets criticising her political opponents for a policy that explodes the deficit dumping debt on every man, woman & child in America. A fallacious argument. But moreover, a very stupid strategic argument because it fails to educate the public on what deficits and public debt are and what the capacities of a currency-issuing government and locks the progressive side of politics into no-win dilemmas. When it is their turn to govern they quickly find that they have no room to move on government spending because their own taunts when in opposition are thrown back at them. Same the world over. The progressive side of politics seems to have a lame obsession with meaningless aggregates like the size of the fiscal deficit or public debt to GDP ratio. Pathetic is not the word.

In Australia, you still see headlines regularly like this one Our national debt blasts past half a trillion dollars which apart from the emotional language and framing that is meant to create fear immediately (blasts past) it also runs the line that:

Australias national debt has exceeded $500 billion, more than double the debt Labor added during the global crisis but in a fraction of the time, forcing the Coalition to defend its claim to be the better economic manager.

Which suggests that the conservatives (Coalition) are worse policy makers because their fiscal deficit has been higher.

The Labor Party in Australia has been demanding the Government drop its planned corporate tax cuts because they will lead to a debt blowout. Idiots.

The corporate tax cuts are bad policy but not because the deficit will rise as a consequence.

This sort of attack is mindless and doesnt advance progressive politics. In fact, it holds it back.

We know that there is a matching public debt issuance for the on-going deficits. So under those redundant institutional arrangements (more later), it is obvious that if the government is running a deficit then its debt will rise $-for-$.

To merely rehearse the line that if a government with lower public debt is doing a better job than one with higher public debt, which is basically the argument the journalist seeks to make in this case, is an exercise in ignorance or deliberate deception.

It might be true that the policies that are in place which deliver a higher fi...

08:30

Thursday Musical State Fair "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Rogers and Hammerstein Classic from 1945


08:14

Winning Silverbacks rugby sevens team to promote ACT NOW! campaigns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Silverbacks rugby sevens team has been presented with training tops and t-shirts bearing the ACT NOW! name and logo in recognition of their successful run through several Port Moresby tournaments.

The team will be wearing the tops at training and in their pre-game warm ups to promote ACT NOW! and it campaigns to the rugby crazy community in the Nations capital.

The team were presented with their new clothing by Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago and Administration Manger, Gary Iga at training last Friday.

08:00

Tech Thursday introduction to Apple Pay Cash "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An introduction to Apple Pay Cash, just released in Beta to the US only. Its a peer-to-peer payment system that transfers cash immediately from one consumer to another, bypassing the middle-man (in this case banks). This is not the first such system to be launched, in fact in China they transfer more than NZ$8 trillion []

The post Tech Thursday introduction to Apple Pay Cash appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:41

Protesting Asylum Seekers Ordered Out of Manus Island Camp by PNG Police "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.

About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island Centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it in a standoff the United Nations described as a looming humanitarian crisis.

They destroyed our food and damaged our accommodation too, they destroyed our water tank, one asylum-seeker said in a mobile telephone message from the camp.

Many of the men climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets, he said. Three other asylum seekers gave similar accounts of the police action.

A video shot by Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz and posted o...

07:30

Beginnings of the Tax Working Group "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Michael Cullen has been announced as chair of the Tax Working Group, and Terms of Reference have also been detailed. There are no big surprises, yet, but there are contradictions. A major aim is simplification but things that wont be considered like CGT on family homes, and things that will be considered, like GST exemptions, []

07:24

Threatened species protected on Toorongo Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mt Toorongo is a magical spot: it is a mountain in the Central Highlands to the east of Melbourne. If you drive to the Baw Baw ski village from Noojee, it is the steep dark mountain that fills the skyline above you as you head through the last of the farming country at Icy Creek.

Not many people go there. Its a bit off the track, but is accessible quite easily via a number of dirt roads. As I understand the ecology of the mountain, it was burnt twice in close succession (in the 1920s and the infamous 1939 fires). So the eucalypt forest on the summit was replaced by a remarkable cloud forest of what are normally understorey species. The summit itself is a long ridge which offers wonderful views of the Baw Baw Plateau, the Latrobe Valley and distant Strzelecki Ranges to the south.

Like many forests in the region, the mountain has been relentlessly logged. Much of the cloud forest was chained down by bulldozers in the early 1990s and planted with Shining Gum (which is not actually indigenous to the area as I understand it).

But there are still pockets of cool temperate rainforest, and the forest at the treeline, composed of old wattles and myrtle beech, is a delight. It still harbours endangered animal species, too.

Recently, WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands), a volunteer group which focuses on citizens science like animal surveys, identified Leadbeaters Possums on the Toorongo Plateau, the northern slopes of the mountain. It is hard to overstate the importance of Toorongo Mountain and the plateau. Like the Errinundra Plateau, it has acted as a refugia in times of climate variation and climate change in the past, providing a place for the old Gondwanic species to retreat to when temperatures are warmer and fire regimes are stronger.

The Leadbeaters Possum was found in an area that was scheduled for logging and the discovery of the individual means that this particular section of forest will be protected. This is a great outcome, won by an inspiring group.

You can find out more about WOTCH via their facebook page.


06:38

Part 6 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. Queensland election: Breaking down the big promises from Labor and the LNP. Archive of The Courier Mails front pages during election 2017. (November 23, 2017) Day 26 Adani NAIF veto to be respected. . (November 23, 2017) Day 26 -Adani NAIF veto to be respected Adani NAIF veto to be respected Michelle Gately reported, IF QUEENSLAND is led by a Labor Government after Saturday, there will be no chance of Federal funding for the rail line vital to Adanis Carmichael Coal Mine. LNP Senator []

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06:21

RISE eX-detainees condemn todays brutal attack on refugees and the forcible removal of refugees on Manus by Australian lead and funded authorities : 23/11/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today refugee detainees on Manus informed us that they have been attacked by the Australian lead and funded authorities on Manus. According to the reports, this operation is a joint effort by the AFP and the PNG authorities. Refugees on Manus have been protesting the forcible removal to another refugee camp and have instead been pleading to end over 4 years of human rights violations against them by closing the camps all together and ending unjust mandatory detention of refugees. Over the last 23 days the Australian government has ceased all food supplies, power and medical services which has put an already vulnerable community at an even further risk of harm.

Today, Australian led authorities entered the Manus torture camp and destroyed the belongings of all held there and began removing refugees forcibly one by one. Additionally the police have arrested refugees so far including Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani. Refugees are under attack; distressed and bashed while being forcibly removed. This Manus systemic designed torture operation MUST end and refugees who are held hostage on the island MUST be evacuated immediately and given permanent protection in Australia and, if they choose, New Zealand.

We eX-detainees condemn this this type of terrorist and illicit activity led by the Australian government. We also condemn all those who look to labour and Liberal MPs for instruction as opposed to taking direction from those with lived experience such as eX-detainees.

eX-detainee and founder of RISE Ramesh Fernandez said Manus is a designed operation, similar to operations carried out in Christmas Island and Cocas Island as well as in many other detention centres in mainland Australia. The Australian immigration officials are well recognised thugs who continue to function without any accountability in detention centres. Dont be surprised because this has been going on for nearly 30 years now

Furthermore, we eX-detainees believe that people should stop repeating slogans such as not in my name. These people have elected the politicians that support this torture of our communities and it is time to recognise the influence their vote has.

eX-detainees at RISE are calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #SanctionAustralia. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention policy and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded from participation in all internati...

06:17

Submissions open for April 2018 Australian Aid Evaluation Forum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are still accepting submissions of evaluations for the next Australian Aid Evaluation Forum, to be held in early April 2018.

If your organisation has an evaluation it would like discussed in a constructive, public forum involving aid and evaluation experts, this is for you.

Devpolicy and DFATs Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) co-organise a twice-yearly forum on aid evaluations. Each forum runs for three hours, covering two or three evaluations, and is held at ANU in Canberra.  The discussion of each evaluation involves a presentation from the evaluator, followed by a presentation from a person involved in running the aid activity that was evaluated, and finally a presentation by a discussant with aid evaluation expertise.

Are you proud of your aid program evaluation? Would you like it to be part of the next Australian Aid Evaluation Forum?

If you are interested in being part of the next event (in April 2018) please email an expression of interest to Terence Wood (terence.wood@anu.edu.au) and Sachini Muller (sachini.muller@anu.edu.au) before 30 November. Please email us if you have any questions, or if your evaluation wont be ready by April but you would like to engage in the future.

Some funding for domestic travel is available to bring participants to Canberra from other parts of Australia.

If you would like to listen to some examples of presentations from a previous forum please click here.

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06:03

Another angle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here's a letter that appeared in today's Dompost. I am unable to find the piece it responds to. Odd. But it does highlight another unintended consequence that removing sanctions for not naming fathers will bring:


06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:46

PNG Police arrest award winning journalist @BehrouzBoochani as #Manus brutality breaks #auspol: @Jansant reports "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG police have arrested award winning journalist and Manus detainee, @BehrouzBoochani. Behrouzs last tweet before being arrested: Peter Dutton stop propaganda against https://t.co/blgYw5Elt7 created this situation and you are responsible. You are lying to people that you built new accommodation. Those places are real prison, stop using ppl for your political benefits. Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) November 23, 2017 During the arrest fellow detainee, Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) tweeted: They are looking for me and Behrouz they found him but they are not going to find me. These are police are taking Behrouz. pic.twitter.com/G01bA46ETC Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 23, 2017 Journalists union, Media Enterainment Arts Alliance said in a []

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05:30

School covers statue of priest handing boy his penis. Or bread. You decide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I guess you could say the statue is completely innocent, and any vile suggestions are due to the observers twisted mind.   But if that was the case, why has it been covered up?   No ISIS jokes please. A Catholic boys school has been forced to cover up a brand new statue after a rather unfortunate []

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05:10

Sharks vs. Measles, Victorian Minister vs. Sweden, and Vax vs. Playgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jackson State University study found shocking statistics about vaccination (photo Immunity Education)

By Dee McLachlan

Am I reading this correctly?

The Herald Sun reported today:

Three children were removed from the father and mothers care following serious concerns for their welfare, but the couple are now fighting a decision made by a childrens court that the children be immunised while in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services....

05:00

Ardern acknowledges that McCully went rogue but refuses to condemn his actions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour have never before turned down an opportunity to stick a pin in National. When they were in opposition they would even vote against a policy they supported simply because it was proposed by National. Ardern refusing to censure McCully for going behind his leaders back and acting without consultation is a puzzling circumstance since []

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04:43

Angore Shut Down, Expat Worker Held Hostage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | November 21, 2017

Angore has been shut down for an indefinite period since last week and an expatriate worker was also held hostage as an expression of their frustration for their nonpayment of funds.

Hides Gas Development Company chairman Tuguyawini Libe Parindali yesterday (Nov 20) confirmed this with the Post-Courier.

Mr Parindali said the landowners are frustrated because government has failed miserably to honor its commitments as result as threatened to shut down operations at the Hides Conditioning Plant.

The government now needs to fast track its clan vetting process and release the K6.7 million owed to the landowners in infrastructure and the K35 million promised money for the Investment Development Grants.

Businesses and individuals are now facing a serious security issue and we need governments intervention.

We will not touch the developer, they have our undivided support. All we want is for the Gov...

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Incabinate to confine; enclose in a cabin.

 


Filed under: language Tagged: incabinate

04:30

Global Coal Market Shrugs Off Indias Reduced Imports "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While Indias coal imports have dropped 12% over the last three years, as the Modi government pursues a domestic strategy, they have picked up in recent times and are likely to continue to rise.

Credit: Reuters

Indonesias benchmark price for thermal coal has risen by more than 25% since June this year. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The international coal market is hardening on strong Chinese demand, brushing off the impact India was projected to have as a result of it reducing dependence on the imported dry fuel.

The global rise, surprisingly, comes even though the 13.6 million tonne gain in Chinas imports during January-July 2017 has not been enough to offset the 16.3 million tonne decline in Indias purchase of coal from the overseas market.

The Indonesian coal market, which is the main source of imported fuel for Indian power plants, too remains ebullient, proving wrong those who predicted an imminent end to the boom in the Southeast Asian countrys coal sector.

The Indonesian governments benchmark price for thermal coal has risen by more than 25% since June this year on strong Chinese demand for the dry fuel. The benchmark Indonesian thermal coal price in November is 12% higher compared to the same month last year.

This despite India continuing its focus on increasing domestic coal production to reduce coal imports. Moreover, India buys low-grade thermal coal from Indonesia which can be blended with higher grade coal before burning. In contrast, China majorly sources higher-quality of coal from Australia and South Africa...

04:30

When the hunters become the hunted "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is nothing I enjoy more than when the left turn on each other but this latest story is even more delicious because it is an example of the hunter becoming the hunted. ThinkProgress is a website that likes to target people it doesnt agree with by going after their advertisers and their payment platforms. []

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04:00

Trudeaus bubble is popping, how long before the same happens to Jacinda? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Canadians voted for a smile and a poster boy. New Zealand ended up with a virtue-signalling smile as PM. Theyve both been compared to each other but Trudeaus gloss is coming offbadly. Bloomberg reports: So far, Canada has largely avoided the kind of populist upheaval that put Donald Trump in the White House, undercut Chancellor Angela Merkel, []

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03:39

ROY MORGAN POLL "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The latest Roy Morgan poll out today and taken over the two week period concluding on 12 November confirms that Labour and Greens are, as expected, enjoying a honeymoon period.

Labour is up 2.6% over its election result to 39.5% and is now only 1% behind National while the Greens are 3.7% up to 10%.

But there will be a certain knashing of teeth in Winston First.   They are now down 2.2% to 5% which is margin of error stuff over them being booted out of Parliament.   Clearly they have upset some of their voting demographic.

Interesting that TOP is still hanging in there at 2% while the Maori Party has increased their support slightly to 1.5%.

One might confidently expect the Labour/Green honeymoon to last through to until the winter sets in although 'their' policy flip flops will be eating into their reservoir of goodwill.


03:30

Destiny struck off Charities Register "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Two of Destiny Churchs charities will be removed from the Charities Register next month because of their persistent failure to meet annual return obligations. Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited were warned earlier this year by Internal Affairs that the Charities Registration Board intended to remove them. The charities []

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02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Indigenous Map of Australia Click here for larger view

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02:00

Simeon Browns maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pakuranga MP Simeon Browns maiden speech:

Thank you, Mr Speaker. As this is my first time speaking in this House, let me congratulate you today for your election as the Speaker of the House and your team, the Deputy Speaker, and two assistant Speakers. Thank you for your service in presiding over this House of Representatives and this debating chamber.

While I am thanking Parliamentary figures, I would also like to acknowledge Her Excellency the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy for her role in opening Parliament last week.

I am also grateful for the service of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of New Zealand, and for the service she has given to New Zealand over the past 66 years. We have the finest constitutional framework anywhere in the world.  It has served our country well, and I am sure will continue to do so far into the future.

With that in mind, I am particularly humbled to find myself in this room and incredibly honoured to be standing here representing the electorate of Pakuranga.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the people of Pakuranga for the faith that they have placed in me as their Member of Parliament and representative in this House.

I am conscious that it is my responsibility to represent the views and values of my constituents and I am eager to do that because I share their values. 

The values of Pakuranga are the principles that have made New Zealand great a commitment to hard work, fair reward, personal responsibility, equal opportunity, and common sense.  These time-honoured values are cherished by kiwis across the country and are instilled in children by their mums and dads every day.

Mr Speaker, I am the second of five children born to Ivan and Sarah Brown, who are in the gallery today. I was born in Rotorua but my family moved to Auckland when I was 12 and I have lived there ever since. I was not brought up in a wealthy family.

We were comfortable, but there were challenging times.  My parents were able to provide me and my siblings with what we needed, but I know it wasnt always easy  However, when I look back, I see the truly important things they provided in great abundance.

I was raised by two loving parents, I was taught discipline, the importance of working hard to get ahead, and taking responsibility for my actions. T...

01:30

Dont cry for me, Kiwi voters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It wont be easy, youll think it strange When I try to explain how I feel That I still need your love after all that Ive done You wont believe me, all you will see is a girl you once knew Although shes now on the world stage Still has only two pairs of shoe []

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01:23

End Game - David Baldacci "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


End Game
David Baldacci
Macmillan, RRP $34.99, Trade Paperback
 
The latest thrilling Will Robie novel from master story-teller David Baldacci, I couldn't put it down !

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David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and have been adapted for both feature film and television. Whilst researching his novels, David Baldacci has been inside the buildings of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, meeting real-life spies and intelligence leaders. Some of his bestselling novels include Absolute Power, The Camel Club, The Last Mile and, also featuring Will Robie, The Innocent, The Hit, The Target and The Guilty. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

01:23

Vintage and Retro caravans downunder - and - Paul Fahey A Celebration of a Kiwi Motorsport Legend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder

by Don and Marilyn Jessen

Plus One Publishers.  RRP $49.99

Sold exclusively through Paper Plus, Paper Plus Select and Take Note

Over recent years, there has been an explosion in popularity of vintage vanning in New Zealand and Australia. This is evidenced by the numerous vintage rallies attracting large numbers of caravans across Australia and the huge turnout of retro caravans at the Repco Beach Hop in New Zealand. Kiwis and Aussies share the same enthusiasm for this endearing hobby and its growth shows no sign of slowing down.

In Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder Don and Marilyn profile some of the prettiest and rarest vintage caravans in both New Zealand and Australia from 1928 through to 1978. It also covers the ongoing restoration of Don and Marilyns very own 1958 vintage van, and provides some insight into the interi...

01:00

Were opening up on water "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

These visits will show the good reality and help counter bad perceptions:

Federated Farmers says opening dairy farms to all New Zealanders is a brave gesture and an opportunity for farmers to debunk some myths around farmers environmental management.

Dairy co-operative Fonterra has this week announced its open gates imitative where selected farms from around the country will open exclusively for one day on December 10.

This is a great idea and an opportunity for all kiwis rural and urban, to visit a farm and see at first-hand the environmental work farmers have done and are still undertaking, says Federated Farmers Dairy Industry Chair Chris Lewis.

The Federation had already staged farm days in the provinces which was a similar concept and had been successful in building community engagement with farmers.

Everyone is welcome and especially those people who have been less complimentary towards farmers. They can ground truth themselves and see what perception is versus actual reality.

To visit a farm, you have to register on Fonterras website. There were 40 farms taking part and they all represented different aspects of environmental stewardship that has been completed or in progress.

If you wanted to know what a riparian strip is, how effluent management works or look at how farmers protect biodiversity this was your chance.

There might be some scrutiny as to why these farms were selected. Well, theyve been picked for a variety of reasons including logistics.

For one, they need to meet criteria around car parking and health and safety. The reality is you cant have dozens of people trooping across properties or paddocks, it will have an impact and so these selected farms are suited to handle that rate of activity, says Chris.

The open day would also provide visitors with experience of on-farm biosecurity practices and what famers do daily to manage pests and other threats to animal care and the environment.

Those who choose to take up the invitation to visit these farms will have a greater understanding...

01:00

Core of climate science is in the real-world data "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The following was provided by Dr. Willie Soon, reproduced with permission from Dr Ian Flanigan. The Coalition referenced in the post is the current Australian Government, a Coalition between the Liberal and National parties. Core of climate science is in the real-world data by Dr Ian Flanigan News Weekly, November 18, 2017 The Government continues

00:43

It Takes Money to Try to Hold Big Pharma Accountable: Chuck Norris Sues 11 Drug Companies for Poisoning His Wife "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tracey Watson, Natural News Waking Times Media Most of us are familiar with the actor Chuck Norris, hero of action shows and movies like Walker Texas Ranger and Martial Law. Norris is famous for taking on the baddies and always winning. Now, he may have taken on the biggest fight of his life.   The Daily Mail recently reported that Norris []

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00:32

Australians of the year call for Prime Minister to allow access to Manus Island and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

12 former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister pleading him to allow medical professionals access to asylum seekers inside a recently closed detention centre in Manus Island. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/DIAC images

Mental health professional Patrick McGorry said in the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care.

 

There's a great concern about the safety of these men from both a medical and a psychiatric point of view however, so far access has not been granted.

 

Labor Government pledges an additional $1.7 Million to expand the Indigenous Health Initiative, Deadly Choices.

 

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00:30

Chris Hipkins 100 policies in 100 days "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chipper Chippy is chomping at the bit to get education changed.  No sooner has he been contradicting the prime minister, hes off making other changes. Nikki Kaye responds Education Minister Chris Hipkins decision to take away parents ability to have their children start school in the weeks before their fifth birthday is nanny-state and ideologically []

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00:30

Newly Erected Statue Causes Controversy and Social Media Storm "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An Australian Catholic boys school has covered up a statue of a saint giving bread to a boy after its design led some to label it suggestive. Blackfriars Priory School, outside of Adelaide, put a black tarp over the statue of St. Martin de Porres, which soon became the subject of controversy after being unveiled []

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00:26

Commodity Boards warned "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

23rd November 2017.

Commodity Boards in PNG have been warned to perform or else will not receive funding from 2019 onward.

 

Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, issued the warning on Wednesday during the inaugural National Agriculture Summit.

 

Maru said he wanted to see a high performance culture as well as good governance practise instilled in all commodity boards.

 

He said millions of kina had been squandered by some commodity boards despite continuous government funding over the years.

 

Minister Maru said under his watch, any commodity board that does not perform well and is not accountable for the funds it uses will not receive any further funding after 2018.

 

We must overhaul the boards. And we will only support that boards that perform deliver value, have a good corporate governance structure, and can show us the funds are managed well.

 

Only performers will continue to receive government funding.

 

If we are funding you and your industry is declining in output and production we have a problem. We should get that resource from you and give it to another sector thats performing, said Maru.

......

00:19

Week-long festival of Indigenous rugby league to kick off 2018 season "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydneys Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging mens and womens Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp. The popular Interstate Challenge will take place, this time involving the Newcastle Yowies (NSW) and the Dhadin Geai Warriors, from Torres Strait. The Redfern festival also will include a womens game between the First Nation Gems and the New Zealand Maori Ferns. Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley will take charge of the emerging Indigenous mens team the First Nations Goannas.

00:06

Mixed bag for PNG in new risk report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are always hearing about where is the best place for foreigners to invest [i.e. extract profits] but what about looking at the equation from the perspective of people in the target countries? Who are the best and the worst investors based on their track records?

Probably mining companies, logging companies, and oil palm companies are among the worst investors and the ones PNG should avoid?

Time for the World Bank / ADB / Australian Aid to fund something that would really be useful!

A COMPREHENSIVE study has just been completed about where in the world you would find the best and the worst jurisdictions in which to invest your hard-earned cash.

PNG Industry News | 22 November 2017 

Published by PNGIndustryNews.net sister publication, the Mining Journal World Risk Report (featuring MineHutte ratings) is a comprehensive piece of work which gives a...

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Strange Case of The Eriksson Sisters This is a strange tale, a really strange tale. It truly is a modern mystery that has still not really been unravelled. it is one of the most bizarre chain of events ever captured live by TV cameras in the UK. Swedish twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson became []

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00:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Youre invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of roses.


Filed under: diversions

Wednesday, 22 November

23:43

Communist In All But Name! Is Jacinda About to Oversee the Second Peaceful Transition to Kiwi Socialism? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 That's One Scary Lady! For all its bluster and bullshit, Neoliberalism turns out to be a remarkably fragile ideology. So much so, that the election of Jacinda Ardern the Kiwi politician who dared describe Capitalism as a blatant failure was enough to give Forbes magazine's readers the heebee-jeebees.

TO HEAR FORBESMAGAZINE TELL IT, socialism was achieved in New Zealand during 1960s and 70s, without bloodshed. In an opinion piece published by Forbes on Monday (20/11/17) former Lehman Brothers staffer, Jared Dillian, put it like this:

Not long ago, [New Zealand] was one of the most unfree economies that was not actually Communist in name. Most industry was nationalized, from telecommunications and transportation, to banks and hotels.

This description is intended to and probably will shock the One Percenters who subscribe to Forbes. I, however, would happily wear Mr Dillians description of pre-1984 New Zealand as a badge of honour.

Most right-wingers insist that socialism can only be imposed on a country by force. They point to Stalins Soviet Union, Maos China, Castros Cuba and, more recently, to Chavezs and Maduros Venezuela, as proof that the slightest deviation from the shining path of Neoliberalism can only end in tears and firing-squads. And yet, according to Dillian, New Zealand cracked it! Accomplishing its transition from Capitalism to Socialism through free and fair elections, and without the need for a single gulag, or a single shot being fired.

Naturally, Dillian does his best to paint for his readers the most lurid picture possible of life under New Zealands democratic-socialist regime. One can only imagine his millionaire readers shuddering with fear upon learning that:

There were strict capital controls and prohibitions on owning foreign assets. And of course, punitiv...

23:32

ONeill flags new initiatives to promote agriculture in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Agriculture Minister, Benny Allen, have promised to boost access to credit for agricultural projects, develop import substitution and strengthen agricultural institutions. They were addressing the countrys inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby this week.

The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.
When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.
For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.

Import replacement

Agriculture is PNGs biggest employer.
ONeill noted that the agriculture sector is the biggest employer of Papua New Guineans. It is also the second biggest foreign exchange earner yet we have not been giving it the attention it deserves.
I cannot only blame past governments. I am equally responsible. But we have to learn from the mistakes we have made.
The country was overly dependent on imports, ONeill added.
We need to have import replacement programs and that is why I am encouraged by the private sector partners who are here today starting to invest in our agricultural sectors different crops.
What investors need from us, landowners, is security of their investment. Agriculture is not simply an industry.
It takes years for crops to grow and for the return on investment to be received by the investors. So we need to provide that security.
If you were in Japan, Germany or the US and you go to a bank to do agriculture projects, most banks estimate it will be over 30 years before you can repay that loan. In PNG, youll be lucky if you can get seven years. That policy must change.
ONeill said landowners need to be partners, so that they take ownership of the projects on their land.

Long-term credit

He said before the forthcoming National Budget announcement, he would announce measures to strengthen the agriculture and SME...

23:31

Mining Minister Tuke meets Einsteins definition of insanity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Panguna, Porgera, Ok Tedi, Tolukuma all tell the same story large-scale mining is a disaster for local communities and the environment.

And neither Frieda or Wafi-Golpu have yet come up with a credible plan for managing their toxic tailings but heck, lets go ahead anyway 

Govt adamant to get two new mines operating: Tuke

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 22, 2017

THE Government is adamant to get two new mines operating in this term of Parliament, Mining Minister Johnson Tuke, pictured, says.
Tuke, who is also the Kainantu MP said in Lae after returning from a familiarisation visit to the Hidden Valley mine and Wafi-Golpu exploration site in Bulolo, Morobe.
Tuke earlier visited the Porgera gold mine, K92 mine, Frieda River exploration site and the Ramu nickel mine....

23:30

Public Health Official compares McDonalds to Pablo Escobar "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I missed this last week. Publicly funded health officials and scientists are going hammer and tongs attacking people they disagree with. While three of them are conducting lawfare against freedom of speech, another is crusading against McDonalds comparing them to a notorious drug cartel boss who killed thousands. McDonalds and its namesake charity Ronald McDonald []

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23:18

It's time (to take Labor seriously) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The shape of the next Labor government is becoming clearer.

This week we learnt that it will end the practice of signing Australia up to trade agreements that haven't survived a benefit-cost analysis.

Seriously. Korea, Japan, China. None of the three big agreements boasted about by Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull has been subjected to an independent assessment of its benefits and costs. And nor has the far bigger, 5600-page, Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement signed by trade minister Andrew Robb shortly before he resigned and took up a position with the Chinese investor that runs the Port of Darwin.

Nor have any of Australia's agreements ever had to face official scrutiny after the event. "Not that I am aware of," were the words used by a foreign affairs official at a parliamentary hearing.

The US-Australia free trade agreement at least faced an unofficial analysis about the time of its 10th birthday in 2015. An economic modeller from the Australian National University applied the framework developed by the Productivity Commission and found it had cut rather than boosted trade between Australia and the US and the rest of world. Trade between Australia and the US also slid, but for other reasons.

It's easy to see why it cut trade with the rest of the world. Like most exclusive agreements it gave special access to exports from its members. Here's how it would have worked with the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (had Donald Trump not pulled the pin): Vietnam would have been a member but Thailand would not have been. The US-based Peterson Institute for International Economics has found that Vietnam would have exported more to Australia (which would have boosted its economy) in place of Thailand, which would have exported less (which would have harmed its economy).

And Australia would have had to change the way it made things, cutting inputs from countries such as Thailand and Indonesia under complex "rules of origin" if it wanted special access to the US, even where that meant much higher costs. The Korea-Australia agreement included 5200 rules of origin.

It's little wonder that the business organisation closest to the action, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, finds its members less than keen to use the agreements trumpeted by the Coalition. Only 15 per cent use and understand the Austr...

23:03

Exxon moves non-essential workers away from PNGs Hela "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Armed clansmen in the town of Komo in Papua New Guineas Hela Province. Photo courtesy of Michael Main

Radio New Zealand | 23 November 2017

The oil and gas multi-national ExxonMobil says it has moved non-essential staff away from its LNG project operations in Papua New Guineas Hela province.

This comes amid a surge in unrest and tribal fighting in the remote Highlands region where the gas fields for Exxons LNG project are located.

Three days ago an expatriate worker with the project was kidnapped and held hostage by landowners who are reportedly frustrated with the government over non-payment of project commitments.

Police said the hostage was released without harm two days ago.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil PNG said that due to recent community tension in Hela areas Hides, Angore and Komo, the company has suspended non-essential work.

She said non-essential personnel were being re-deployed to other areas.

Acco...

22:57

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22:42

Australias reputation faces serious risks if Adani loan goes ahead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter Hannam reports (Sydney Morning Herald 19 November 2017) that the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has condemned the prospect of a $1  billion loan to Adani, and Australias performance at the Bonn climate talks last week.

Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adanis proposed mega coal mine in Queensland would have serious negative impacts for Australias international reputation and unpick the progress of the Paris climate agreement, according to Christiana Figueres, a former United Nations climate chief.

Ms Figueres has written to the Turnbull governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is considering a concessional loan for a rail link from the mine to the coast.

The former executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change
sought to highlight that under the NAIFs own enabling legislation, it must not act in a way that is likely to cause damage to the Commonwealth governments reputation, or that of a relevant State or Territory.

Ms Figueres warned the expected total lifetime carbon emissions from burning coal from the proposed Carmichael in the Galilee basin would be 4.64 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide, according to details of the letter obtained by Fairfax Media.

At its peak, the mines product would trigger emissions of 120 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, roughly equal to what Australia has pledged to cut by 2030 from current pollution levels under its Paris pledges.

Based on these numbers, emissions that would result from burning Carmichael coal in one peak production year would completely cancel out the total emissions reduction effort Australia has committed to for the 13 years from now until 2030 under the Paris Agreement, she said

The rail loan, now being considered by NAIF, has been a key point of debate in Queenslands state elections, with polls indicating little support for concessional finance for Adani, a mining conglomerate owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government, if re-elected at Saturdays elections, would have no role in assessing the NAIF loan, effectively blocking it. Oppositional leader Tim Nicholls supports the loan and has blasted the premiers stance as putting thousands of regional jobs at risk.

Ms Figueres said her intervention was prompted by a deep concern for planetary well-being, I cannot, in all good conscience, remain silent on an issue that threatens to u...

22:35

A reflection on COP23: Incremental progress but no industrialized countrys top priority (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I remember well the vibrancy that December evening in 2015 when word spread on the last day of the 21st UN climate summit that there would be an agreement the Paris Agreement. After two decades of staring at a known and worsening global crisis of epic proportions, leaders of 196 nations, pushed mercilessly by UN, French, and US negotiators, finally decided to not allow the earth to burn up by 2100. The Eiffel Tower glowed with triumphant messages against a starry Paris sky. For the first time, nations voluntarily agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and slow the rate of deforestation. That moment in Paris felt historic, hopeful, perhaps the most significant agreement among world leaders for the greater good of this earth since World War II. Just two years later, as I stayed late on the last night of the 23rd UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, I felt no such vibrancy and certainly no such history-making optimism. There was little. COP23 wasnt designed for major breakthroughs. Everyone conceded that. But why not? COP23, while held in Bonn, Germany, was hosted for the first time by a Pacific island nation, Fiji. Developing and vulnerable nations wanted the logo to be true. The response they received? Maybe next year. Photo by Justin Catanoso. Bad and getting worse Once again, 2017 promises to be another of the hottest years in the historical record. After three years of stable global greenhouse gas emissions, 2017 will see a spike in emissions to

More than 130 quakes after M4.6 NE of Gonzales, California "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Following a M4.6 earthquake that hit just NE of Gonzales, California on November 13, 2017, the USGS has registered more than 130 aftershocks within the 5 km (3.1 miles) of the epicenter. Although most of those aftershocks weren't felt by the Central Coast, the...... Read more

22:30

Fair question: If students are worth $50 a week more, why not children? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Please Sir, can we have some more? Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) applauds the Governments recent announcements to ease student hardship by a $50 increase in allowances on 1 January, 2018, and urges Parliament to address childrens needs with similar urgency. Christmas is fast approaching, and charities are gearing up to support families in need, []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prize Jersey herd set for the aucitoneers hammer Brad Markham:

Ill-health has forced a gut-wrenching decision on Taranaki dairy farmer Malcolm Revell and his family.

Theyre preparing to sell their purebred Jersey herd. Next April, Beledene Stud in Mangatoki will hold a complete dispersal sale.

It will be the end of an era.

Decades of breeding will go under the hammer. In a few heart-racing hours, their lifetimes work will be sold.

Its every farmers worst nightmare; no longer being able to do what they love. . . 

Hogget trial trying to add value to older lambs Brittany Pickett:

Meat processors Alliance Group is trying to add value to hogget by marketing it as a premium product.

The co-operative, with headquarters in Invercargill, has been running a trial programme in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand aimed at the food service sector.

Alliance marketing manager premium products Wayne Cameron said the trial was part of the co-operatives strategy to create a portfolio of brands with different flavour profiles.

Lambs are traditionally distinguished from mutton when their first adult teeth come through. However, it was an outdated way of determining the value of an animals meat, Cameron said. . . 

Farmers fed up with environmental commotion:

Dairy farmers are facing mixed environmental advice coming from all quarters, and some of it is not terribly helpful, a sharemilker says.

Matamata farmer Matthew Zonderop said farmers know the impact their business can create.

He said most farmers were doing their level-best to improve their environmental footprint and mitigate situations that are arising.

Yes, we understand [the issues] but we dont need to be told how to farm in every situation now. . . 

22:30

Australians of the year plea for Manus "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten urging them to address the human disaster unfolding on Manus Islands decommissioned detention centre.

The letters signatories include Australians of the Year Rosie Batty, Ita Buttrose, Simone McKeon, Patrick McGorry, Mick Dodson, Tim Flannery, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley, Gustav Nossal, Peter Doherty, John Yu and Robert de Castella.

In the letter, the celebrated group calls for the government to send aid to the detention centre which has been without running water and electricity for more than a week.

Hundreds of asylum seekers, detained on their way to Australia, remain inside citing concerns for their safety outside the camp.

In the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care, the letter says.

Please allow the Australian Medical Association to provide medical and preventive care, as they have recently offered, as soon as possible. At the same time please find safe haven for the acknowledged genuine refugees without any further delay.

The letter warns Australias reputation on human rights is deteriorating under the failure of both Malcolm Turnbulls government and Bill Shortens opposition to meet the obligations of the UN Refugee Convention.

We believe it is time to stop the unacceptable and internationally criticised treatment of the refugees on Manus Island, who, though innocent of any crime, have been incarcerated and now abandoned there, the letter says.

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22:28

Photo of the Week: The Lake of Love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The best of a few thousand! We have recently featured two articles by Howard Chamberlain (pictured above), about his recent visit to battle sites and cemeteries on the Western Front. (See  October 29 and November 18. ) There are a number of his photos in these pieces, however Howards pick of the best one he []

22:16

Mangrove forest wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

20 October 2017

Where the tropical ocean meets the sea, a peculiar kind of plant thrives in shallow, salty water. These mangrove plants are incredibly important for shoreline protection and baby fish habitats. Jonathan investigates life in mangroves by visiting both Caribbean and Pacific mangroves.

22:13

Streets workers win battle to protect jobs and wages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The battle against the attempt by ice cream maker Streets to slash wages is over.

Facing ongoing resistance among its workforce and a boycott of the companys products that was starting to bite as Australia enters the peak season, has forced significant compromises from the major multinational owned (Unilever) ice cream maker.

Iconic streets brands include Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop and Magnum.

At the companys Minto plant in Sydney yesterday, management agreed to withdraw its application to terminate jobs, provide a wage rise of 5 percent now, a further rise of 1.5 percent in a years time and 2.5 percent the year after that, instead of cutting wages; retain existing redundancy provisions; and keep the 12 hour shift structure.

A further concession will see the introduction of 39 permanent part time positions, as an alternative to a casual workforce.

In return, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will stop any action, including the Streets Free Summer boycott and withdraw a video from social media.

Workers have endorsed productivity concessions, involving the acceptance of a new seasonal 44 hour a week roster and some workplace flexibility, involving shorter breaks and acceptance of a limited number of voluntary redundancies. Management will have more scope to move workers between machines. There will no longer be a Sunday roster.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus hailed the agreement, as a huge win for the workers at Streets.

Like Carlton and United Breweries in the dispute it faced last year, streets faced the prospect of a heavy impact on sales as the weather warms up.

AMWU New South Wales secretary Steve Murphy said workers had been staggered by the huge support received from the public.

This campaign, driven by the stories of ordinary workers and their families, became the touchstone for a broader campaign to fix broken workplace laws, he said.

Although concessions were made on both sides, the key issues of  a large scale wage cut and the casualisation of the workforce through a labour hire company were prevented, meaning that from the workers point of view, this has been an important win.

The broader impact is that, as was the case at Carlton and United Breweries, enlisting the support of the wider community has been shown to be an effective means to maintain workplace standards, at a time when major employers are more willing than before, to try and enforce draconian changes.

Maintaining the line against the denigration of working conditions is important because of the direct social impact on those who are affected.

Just as imp...

22:08

O'NEIL AVOIDS QUESTION ON EVIDENCE OF FRAUD "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by BRYAN KRAMER MP

This morning I put the question to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who I should submit evidence to establish he had misused public funds.

On account I had material evidence supporting the view he was guilty of conspiring with the former Member of Madang and a key member in his party to commit bribery and undue influence during 2012 General Elections.

My question was in response to O'Neill's statement the day before in Parliament when responding to Member of North West Sir Mekere Moratua. O'Neill announced to Parliament that he would resign should the opposition produce a single shred of evidence that he has misused or benefited from a single toea of public funds.

In March 2012 Peter O'Neill signed a letter in his capacity as Prime Minister to the then Chairman of Gaming Board instructing that the Board consider funding Yagaum Rural Hospital's project submission.

Gaming Board issued a K300,000 cheque payable to Yagaum Rural Hospital. The former Member Madang Open Nixon Duban who was then General Secretary of Prime Ministers People's National Congress Party and staff member of Prime Minister used the cheque to bribe and unduely influence voters during the 2012 General Elections for Madang Open Seat.

Duban was declared the winner of the election. I filed an election petition challenging the result.

On 3 June 2013 the National Court found Duban guilty of bribery and undue influence. The Court made the following findings

para 108 "A relevant matter to note is that the funds were secured personally by Prime Minister from the Gaming Board" The special relationship between the Prime Minister and the first respondent (Duban) lends supports to the view that presentation of the cheque to Yagaum Hospital on the eve of the general election was politically motivated."

para 109 "Further, the cheque was secured personally by Prime Minister under whose party the first respondent (Duban) stood for the 2012 general elections. All these factors point to one conclusion, viz the presentation of the K300,000 cheque to Yagaum Hospital on 11 June 2012 was to induce voters"

para 116 This in my opinion, was a act of Fraud by the First Respondent (Duban) in that he deliberately and dishonestly did not disclose the source of K300,000 cheque. This inference is sup...

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Final Review & Meeting, Newport Silicon Smelter Hearings, Olympia Frack Sand Train Blockade, Montana Valve Turner Trials, Keystone 1 Pipeline Leak, Nebraska Keystone XL Approval, George Monbiot on Climate Change & Capitalism 11-22-17 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of British, progressive, political thinker and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, talking about why climate change goes deeper than capitalism.  We also share news and reflections about the final environmental review and Olympia meeting on the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal, public hearings about a proposed, Newport, Washington, silicon smelter, a second, Olympia blockade of frack sand train tracks, the mock and real, Montana, climate trials of tar sands pipeline valve turner Leonard Higgins, a Keystone 1 pipeline leak in South Dakota, and Nebraska approval of an alternative, Keystone XL pipeline route.  Broadcast for almost six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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22:00

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Exactly one year ago today we published the following post. First Published 23rd November 2016 Headline: Do you want an ad-free Whaleoil? Now you can A few months ago we asked you if some of you would pay to have Whaleoil ad-free. This is, of course, a dilemma for us because ads are what pays []

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22:00

BREAKING: Let doctors treat the sick on Manus Island, say Australians of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BREAKING: Let doctors treat the sick on Manus Island, say Australians of the YearAustralians of the Year have called on the Government and Opposition to allow medical relief for embattled refugees on Manus Island. read now...

21:34

Traditional Owners Expose Adanis Relentless Pursuit of W&J Country "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the third in a five part series on the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, Kristen Lyons looks at a deal struck between the miners and the local traditional owners, and why it just adds to the smell that pervades the entire project.

 

Introduction

The Indian industrial conglomerate, Adani Enterprises well known for environmental damage and human rights abuses at its project sites around the world, and built upon a complex business structure with tax havens in the Cayman Islands entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of coal tenements in the Galilee Basin, in Central Queensland.

Despite its controversial back story, some of which has only come to light since approvals were granted for its Australian project, Adani quickly rose to become a poster child for the State Government, based on promises its Carmichael mine project would deliver jobs and economic growth for regional Queensland.

Managed by its domestic arm, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, over the following years it developed a project proposal that included a coalmine, as well as rail and port infrastructure, thereby opening up the massive Galilee Basin for coal exports.

With seven years gone since acquisition of the coal tenements, and marred by substantial project downsizing, Adani is yet to start construction of its mega mine.

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Councils (W&J) defiant opposition to Adanis proposed Carmichael mine has been central to this delay; opposition that has, in itself, exposed the dirty deeds Adani is willing to perpetrate against Traditional Owners who seek to defend their right to say no to a mine that would destroy their country.

This article exposes some of Adanis deeds, including its nefarious actions in reaching an agreement with Traditional Owners, as well as its use of an Indigenous Participation Plan and cultural heritage work as attempts to blackwash its corporate brand, all while walking over Traditional Owners rights.

These tactics, alongside collusion with state and federal governments, are all part of Adanis relentless pursuit of a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou country. Yet the outcome of Adanis bullying tactics has not simply failed to achieve agreement with Traditional Owners for the destruction of their country, it has also eroded the companies social license to operate in Australia.

 

W&J country is the heart of Adanis Project.......

21:31

The River of Consciousness - Oilver Sacks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The River of Consciousness
Oliver Sacks
Macmillan, RRP $37.99, Trade Paperback

Oliver Sacks examines questions of memory, time and consciousness.

In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks' rich historical and personal context.

Advances in neuroscience have revolutionised our ability to visualise the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity?
 
AUTHOR  INFORMATION
Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients who...

21:30

Not sure Tony Veitch should describe anything as hard hitting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Im not sure that Tony Veitch should be describing anything as hard hitting. Im all for redemption and all thatbut it appears he has no sense of self-awareness or shame. Discuss.   -Facebook

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21:26

The NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Its that time of year! As a Thanksgiving treat, we offer a feast of books to accompany your regularly scheduled feeding. Posted here a bit early are our 100 Notable Books of 2017. As always, editors at the Book Review have selected the 50 best fiction and 50 best nonfiction books of...

21:19

Latest from The Bookseller including Costa shortlists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The late author Helen Dunmore is shortlisted for a Costa Award along with Jon McGregor, Kamila Shamsie and Sarah Winman with almost half of the titles coming from independent publishers in a strong year for women writers.
...

21:17

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal


Alex Coumbis has joined Laurence King Publishing as a senior publicist based in New York City.

Amanda Olsonwill join Annick Press, as marketing manager starting January 2. Previously sales manager for Harper Canada, she takes over as Brigitte Waisberg retires after 12 years at Annick Press and 37 years in publishing. Claire Caldwell has been hired as associate editor. She was at Harlequin.

The just-released movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, based on the
bookby Les Standiford, is the first theatrical release for a project developed by ...

21:16

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Amazon, Apple Cleared in 'Gronk' Case: A judge ruled in favor of Amazon, Apple, and B&N, which distributed an erotic novel featuring a photo of the NFL's Rob Gronkowski.

YA Sees More Queer Love Stories: A new era of young adult literature includes more LGBT romance stories than ever before, according to a new report.

Pitchfork Picks Year's Top Music Books: The magazine listed its "favorite" music books of 2017, including 'Personal Stereo' by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow.

21:00

How many trees? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We visited a farm 10 years ago and listened in bemusement as the owner explained his plan to plant trees.

The land had been cleared of scrub and planted as pasture when the then-government was encouraging such development in the 1970s.

But in spite of the fertiliser poured onto it, sheep didnt thrive on the pastures.

The farmer looked at other options and settled on trees.

We went back again last week and were no longer bemused. In the decade since wed first visited, many hectares had been converted from pasture to forestry and trees were thriving where sheep wouldnt.

There will be other properties where forestry with, or instead of, farming is a good option.

But the governments pledge to plant a billion trees in 10 years seemed at best optimistic if not unrealistic.

Its not surprising that the number has already halved:

Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

From his statements earlier today it appears hes realised that the pledge of a billion new trees is entirely unachievable and now hes attempting to back away from it, Mr Bridges says.

His problem is that the target is recorded unambiguously in both the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement and the Speech from the Throne on the new Governments programme.

Now he wants to count around 50 million trees that are already planted every year, about half of the billion hes committed to over a decade. These are happening regardless of his slush fund or the kind of Government in power.

So his first action is to cut his target in half. Not exactly impressive.

He needs to immediately stop using his slogan of 1 billion trees to be planted because its completely untrue. He should also stand up in Parliament and correct the Speech.

This backsliding is becoming a pattern for this Government. They want to count trees that are already being planted in their tree target and houses already being built in their housing target. Its all very underwhelming.

The reality for Mr Jones is that even planting 500 million trees over a decade, if thats what the new marketing catch-cry will be, is unlikely.

...

21:00

The Muppet Show continues, Chippie flip flops after his boss says otherwise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Muppet Show that is our government continued yesterday. NewtalkZB reports: Labour has released costing estimates for its boost to student loans and allowances just hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended not doing so. Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced yesterday the pledge to boost student allowances and student loan living costs by $50 a week []

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21:00

The embracing work of the churches in PNG society "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tom Ellis Bishop George Bernarding Fr Arnold Steffen
Kiap Tom Ellis with Bishop George Bernarding and Fr Arnold Steffen

GARRY ROCHE

DUBLIN Contributor Ross Howard, writing recently in PNG Attitude, has eloquently provided us with an historical background to the debate about science and the church.

Perhaps its worthwhile, in commenting on the role of the churches in the development of Papua New Guinea, to look very briefly at the contribution of the churches in the fields of education and health.

Bishop George Bernarding, former Bishop of Mt Hagen, once told me that in the period after World War II the Catholic mission wanted to start an English-speaking school at Kondiu in Simbu but the Australian administration was not in favour saying Pidgin schools would be quite adequate.

The Diocese of Mt Hagen eventually established two high schools, Fatima and Notre Dame, and numerous community schools in what was then Western Highlands District. To the best of my knowledge the District Commissioner, Tom Ellis, was most supportive.

Back in 1963 the Catholic Church had already established Holy Spirit Seminary as a tertiary education institute.

Initially developed in the Madang area, it later moved to Bomana and is now known as the Catholic Theological Institute.

At that time Archbishop Noser in Madang also wanted to establish a university. The then Australian administration did not support his efforts but pressure from several sources forced the Australian authorities to establish the University of PNG in 1965.

Graduates from Holy Spirit Seminary in those early years, people like Ignatius Kilage, John Momis, Peter Kurungko, Leo Hannet, Francis Misso and Fred Reiher, all played important roles in the development of the country. Momis in particular was very much involved in the development of the PNG constitution and is now, of course, president of Bougainville.

In the health sector, I think of the great work of the Nazarene mission through the excellent hospital at Kudjip in Jiwaka, the Seventh Day dvetist work with le...

20:33

Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardshipOtherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity.

The first team of researchers ever to discover that the worlds most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to.

Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have confirmed once again that  active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.

GMWatch reports:

Professor Jack Heinemann of the School of Biological Sciences in UCs College of Science said the key finding of the research was that bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.

The herbicides studied are three of the most widely used in the world, Prof Heinemann said. They are also used on crops that have been genetically modified to tolerate them.

The effect was n...

20:30

Explaining is losing, luvCoalitions billion tree promise looks rather hollow now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Coalition promised to plant an extra billion trees over ten years, or 100 million trees every year for ten years. It turns out that they are now claiming half of those will be planted by the private sectornot the government at all. NBR reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rejects criticism that the government splitting []

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20:26

ON THE TOXIC COALITION "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When I walked into the debating chamber at Parliament last week something didn't look right.    A picture is worth a thousand words so go here and be amused.

Ever since I can remember the senior party in government occupied the seats closest to the Speaker's Chair with its support partners occupying positions to their right.   Happened in the Bolger, Shipley, Clark, Key and English coalition governments.

Not any more.   Such is the enmity and level of distrust between Winston First and the Greens that NZ First members are seated immediately to the right of Speaker with Labour reduced to playing 'piggy in the middle' separating them from the Greens.      Hardly an advert for collegiality of purpose.

One can be forgiven for asking what Duncan Webb, Labour, Christchurch Central,  has done wrong.   Estranged from his colleagues and forced to sit in the nether regions on the National side of the House.  


20:00

Rational, Compelling, and Defendable "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On 21 November the Western Bay of Plenty District Council debated the establishment of Maori Wards.  This is something that is legally mandated to happen every six years and is part of a wider representation review. The thrust of the arguments by Maori in favour of race-based wards were summarised under the headings: The opportunity. []

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20:00

Health security: part two "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is striking that a government that merged AusAID so deeply into DFAT that Heads of Mission are now the chief aid decision-makers has subsequently created two aid centres within DFAT that have very distinctive and separate identities. The innovationXchange has very little DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) branding on its website, and the new Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security has none. Its an odd way to run an aid program.

In my first post on the new Centre and the equally-long-named program it is responsible for implementing the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region I questioned the coherence of singling health aid out for cuts and then giving a small amount back for a new health initiative. The cut in annual aid health funding between 2013-14 and 2017-18 is $260 million, almost equal to the budget of the new initiative over five years.

In this post, I put those questions of intertemporal consistency aside, and look at how the funds will be spent, and whether the new Centre should have been set up within DFAT, as it has been, or outside the department.

One reason for setting up a new centre would be to promote a new focus on global medical research, something which the Australian aid program has only dabbled in to date. In my recent paper with Camilla Burkot, we prosecuted the case for an increase in global medical research funding, and argued that a dedicated centre outside of DFAT should be given the responsibility for overseeing a scaled-up spend on medical research. So a key question for me is: how much of the focus of the new centre is on research?

When you look at the language around the new health security centre and initiative, the main focus is in fact on operations. The centre is charged with the goal of driving change and innovation in health security policy and practice. (In passing, note how over-ambitious this goal is. At best, aid programs can nudge and facilitate. They can drive very little when it comes to recipient policy and practice.)

Medical research is just one of four components under this overall goal. It is included under accelerating access to new products. The other three are promoting global and regional cooperation, capitalising on Australias strengths, and catalysing international support. There is some social science research under the objective of capitalising on Australias strengths, but otherwise the other three are a...

19:36

A billion or half more trees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National MP Simon Bridges has accused the Government of halving its tree planting plan. Yesterday a press release from Simon Bridges: So, half as many trees then? Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is already backtracking from his promise to plant a billion trees in 10 years, National Party Economic Development Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. From []

19:33

People Make 'Security Systems' For Special Wild Parrots To Keep Them Safe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Swift parrots may be small, but the risks theyre facing in the wild right now are anything but.

Native to southeastern Australia, these tiny, endangered birds migrate to Tasmania each year to breed and settle into nests with their babies. But this year, theyve moved to a different side of the island that is packed with sugar gliders who love to break into nests for a quick snack.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

On average, about half of the adult female parrots that nest in Tasmania are killed by sugar gliders each year, Dr. Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation scientist from Australian National University, told The Dodo. This threat is the reason the parrots were listed as critically endangered [two years ago].

Credit: Shutterstock

In addition to being at risk from sugar gliders during their breeding season, swift parrots have also faced habitat loss in recent years due to the logging industry. Only an estimated 2,000 remain in the wild.

Luckily, some humans are on their side and have raised over $87,000 to save them.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

The money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.

By covering the small entry hole in nesting boxes with a solar-powered door, the birds inside are protected once the door shuts at nightfall (when sugar gliders are out prowling for food). With the light of the morning sun, the tiny door automatically opens again and the birds can carry on with their day....

19:30

Red Vernon finally comes out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Everyone around Wellington and the Press Gallery knows that Vernon Small looked at life through red tinted glasses. Ive seen him at social events with Labour flunkies and ministers before, like at the Martinborough concert events. For those who have previously thought Vernon was a fair and balanced journo wonder no more, hes off []

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19:08

So what does Jacinda know that Lyndon Johnson didn't? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


This year commemorates the 50th anniversary on US president Lyndon Johnson's famous War on Poverty.

The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as enunciated by Lyndon Johnson on January 8, 1964, was, not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it. Measured against this objective, the War on Poverty has not just been a failure, it has been a catastrophe. It was supposed to help Americas poor become self-sufficient, and it has made them dependent and dysfunctional.
But they spent US$21.5 trillion fighting poverty over the past 50 years. All that moolah must have made some difference, you say?  Well, no, not really:
Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.
But hasn't it just become harder to keep out of poverty over that time, you ask? Well, no, just the opposite:
Between 1967 and 2012, U.S. real GDP (RGDP) per capita (in 4Q2013 dollars) increased by 127.3%, from $23,706 to $52,809. In other words, to stay out of poverty in 1967, the two adults in a typical family of four had to capture 26.9% of their familys proportionate share of RGDP (i.e., average RGDP per capita, times four). To accomplish the same thing in 2012, they only had to pull in 12.1% of their familys share of RGDP. And yet, fewer people were able to manage this in 2012 than in 1967.
Sooooo, what's going on here then? The answer: incentives. Incentives matter.
What turned the War on Poverty into a social and human catastrophe was that the enhanced welfare state created a perverse system of incentives, and people adapted to their new environment...
The adaptation of the working-age poor to the War on Povertys expanded welfare state was immediately evident in the growth of various social pathologies, especially unwed childbearing. The adaptation of the middle class to the new system took longer to manifest, but it was no less significant. Even people with incomes far above the thresholds for welfare state programs were forced to adapt to the welfare state.
And those adaptations invariably left everyone worse off for the experience.

And all those same incentives and adaptations exist here in New Zealand.

And all for the very same reasons.

As PJ O'Rourke once put it so pithily (and I've updated his numbers so you don't have to) the War on Poverty was instead an exercise in How To Endow Privation:
That US$21.5 trillion...

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have qualms and wonder what a qualm would look like if you painted it probably like a bowl of melting ice cream or a dish of Jell-o just before it sets. Gloria Whelan who celebrates her 94th birthday today.


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18:47

USA: Russian collusion probe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Investigations continue into possible Russian collusion by both Democrats and republicans in last years US election. Washington Examiner: Fusion GPS paid journalists, court papers confirm Newly filed court documents confirm that Fusion GPS, the company mostly responsible for the controversial Trump dossier on presidential candidate Donald Trump, made payments to three journalists between June 2016 []

18:39

Storm Damage Repairs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Waterfall Road work will cost $500,000 By Local Government correspondent Jeremy Smith Re-opening Paraparaumus Waterfall road, closed by slips since September, will cost about half a million dollars. But more than half of this, $287,000, will be subsidised by the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), leaving the Kapiti Council to pick up the remaining $213,000. []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jubilant Zimbabweans have celebrated late into the night after Robert Mugabe resigned as president. He held power for 37 years and once said only God could remove him. Mr Mugabes shock resignation came in the form of a letter read out by the speaker of parliament. In it, Mr Mugabe who had so far []

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18:29

Surge in New Zealand confidence rating "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating: 146.5 pts (up 15.5 pts) This is the highest confidence rating since January 2010, which was in the first term of the John Key led National government.  Generally speaking, do you feel that things in New Zealand are heading in the right direction or would you say things are seriously []

18:15

Government supported in latest RM poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The November Roy Morgan poll suggests a shift in support towards Labour and Greens since the election, but NZ First has slipped. National are still slightly ahead of Labour, but have dropped. National 40.5% (election 44.45%, October 46%) Labour 39.5% (election 36.89%, October 31%) Greens 10% (election 6.27%, October 11%) NZ First 5% (election 7.2%, []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is rapprochement (noun) 1. A reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries. 2. The state of reconciliation or of cordial relations. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English rapprochement comes directly from modern French rapprochement reconciliation, understanding, dates only from the end of the 18th century, and is []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 23 16 Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.

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17:53

Autumn Budget 2017: Key climate and energy announcements "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Philip Hammond, the UKs chancellor, has delivered his second budget this year in a speech to parliament high on post-Brexit optimism and green rhetoric.

Hammond said the UK led the world on climate change agreements and promised new money to support a shift to electric vehicles. He also said: We cannot keep our promise to the next generation to build an economy fit for the future, unless we ensure our planet has a future.

He touted the promise of a Global Britain and the legacy it would leave to its children though this section did not mention climate change.

For energy and climate, however, the substance within the budget documents is more ambiguous. It quietly announces an effective moratorium on new support for low-carbon electricity. It promises to maintain a UK carbon price at current levels, until coal is phased out, but without explaining the details.

It freezes fuel duty yet again, adding to a cumulative cost to the exchequer of 46bn since 2010. And it offers further beneficial tax changes to the North Sea oil and gas sector.

The budget does not flesh out several crucial aspects of the UKs Clean Growth Strategy on how to meet legally binding carbon budgets, including efforts to decarbonise heat and improve energy efficiency even though the main home efficiency scheme was recently extended.

It also does not mention plans to develop a UK shale gas industry, long a favourite subject for previous chancellor George Osborne.

Low-carbon subsidy moratorium

Todays budget leaves many questions hanging over the future of low-carbon subsidies, raising doubts over the UKs ability to meet its legally binding carbon targets up to the early 2030s. The government has already admitted it is falling short of these goals and the Committee on Climate Change has said more subsidies will be needed to meet them.

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17:45

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Brian Berletic

Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) altered through gene-editing technology to eradicate pests. In this particular case, the problem is rats and other invasive predatory mammals that endanger New Zealands native bird populations.

Yong covers proposals to introduce genes into mammalian populations to hinder their ability to reproduce. These gene-drives are unlike other technologies like gene therapy, which replace faulty genes in human patients to correct genetic diseases or enhance an individual...

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

17:17

Short Video Shows Why The Best Thing You Can Do For The Holidays Is Adopt A Dog "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The holidays can be a time of intense joy and also a lot of frenzy, travel and distraction.

But it just takes a few seconds of video to remind us that some things don't change during the holidays  for the roughly 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats who enter shelters all over the U.S. each year, their lives are the same, day in and day out. 

So when a very busy shelter, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), posted a clip of the dogs waiting right this moment for a home, it became impossible to overlook. 

Credit: CACC

"There are 270 dogs waiting for their second chances at CACC today, CACC wrote on Monday.

The clip shows just one of seven areas at the shelter. Dogs of all kinds can be seen in enclosure after enclosure as the shelter worker walks down an aisle. 

"Some dogs beg for your attention; others wait quietly in the corner," CACC wrote. "Each is an individual waiting to shower someone with unconditional love.

The message is an important reminder about the real meaning of the holiday season. Its not about frenzy or buying things (or buying pets when so many adoptable pets need homes), but opening up your heart and home to individuals who need help

Credit: CACC

"Please visit your city shelter this week and bring home...

17:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

23 November 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

17:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

23 November 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

15:24

The Goofy Billionaire Overnight Saudi Prince is Going After Iran "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, who announced his surprise resignation in Riyadh, has recently announced his intention to return to Beirut.

In fact it was the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who still needs an excuse to provoke Israel into attacking Iranian, Hezbollahs and Shia militias positions in Syria, that was behind this trick with the resignation of Hariri. And thats just square one of the plan to fulfill the unparalleled ambitions of the not as sane as one would want heir of the Saudi throne. And nobody really doubts his ability to take all power in Saudi Arabia at this point. The transition of power in favor of his son Mohammed, while retaining the title of the keeper of two sacred places (Mecca and Medina). The delay is caused by the need to negotiate this transition with two influential clans: the Al-Rashid clan that controls the Republican Guard and intelligence agencies, and the clan of Al-Jiluwi that has been ruling the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, the main oil producing region of the kingdom that is populated by Shiites.

However, to make his dreams come to fruition Mohammed also needed huge financial resources to sponsor his military adventures that are going to be launched under the banner of combating the Shia expansion. And boy did he get those by arresting about 200 members of his fellow royal family members and high-ranking officials under the pretext of fighting corruption. Among them one could find Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whose estimated fortune exceeded 18 billion dollars. He would suggest then that the detainees, who were kept hostages in the luxury Ritz hotel would surrender 2/3 of their fortune to Mohammed in order to escape the punishment. Due to this, Muhammad received a whopping sum of 800 billion dollars. And through this secured a successful IPO of the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco for a sum of 2 trillion dollars.

And who would have thought that the inadequate Mohammed that is still in his 30s would be capable of this? The answer is simple: Jared Kushner was behind this scam, none other than the son-in-law of Donald Trump and his senior adviser at the same time, but he was assisted by his best friend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Now Mohammed bin Salman has the means to modernize Saudi Arabia, which is going to be without abolishing the poisonous Wahhabi ideology, but theres still more....

09:50

1080: Operation to protect Northern Ruahine species complete "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Note from FAN: Molecular structure of highly toxic Sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080)


A pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.

The operation was part of the Department of Conservations (DOCs) Battle for our Birds programme, which aims to protect our most vulnerable native species.

Director Operations Lower North Island Reg Kemper, is pleased with how the operation went.

Its early days, but anecdotal reports indicate some wins already, with dead possums, rats and mice reported by our staff and volunteers working in the treatment area, says Reg.

A lot of effort goes in to planning and delivering an operation like this. Its a credit to all those involved; they just got on with it and did the job safely and effectively.

DOC worked with OSPRI (which manages New Zealands TBfree programme) to lay cereal baits containing sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080) over 32,829ha of the Northern Ruahine Ranges, between 13 and 15 November 2017.

Their work will protect our taonga species across a large area of difficult terrain, explains Reg.

Aerial 1080 is the most effective large-scale pest control tool we currently have. Monitoring shows its successful in protecting our vulnerable species.

The operation will reduce rat, possum and stoat numbers in the area, helping to protect Ruahine populations of highly valued species, such as whio/blue duck, kiwi, giant land snails, bats/pekapeka, red mistletoe, Dactylanthus, and Pittosporum turneri.

Although the operation itself is complete, the work is not over. During the coming months, teams will be gathering data to assess the impact of the operation:
Rat and mouse numbers will be monitored in early December.
Whio populations in two catchments will be surveyed using conservation dogs in late summer.
Powelliphanta snail populations will be monitored in February/March 2018.

Access points into the operational area have warning signs in place. The presence of these signs indicates that pesticide residues may still be present in bait or animals.

For more information, see www.doc.govt.nz/battleforourbirds

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04:01

Jillaroos take on Canada in womens world cup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CAITLIN Moran and Nakia Davis-Welsh have been rotated out of the Jillaroos team to take on Canada this afternoon in the final pool game at the womens Rugby League World Cup. Maddie Studdon will get a chance to impress in the No 7 jersey with Moran not named in coach Brad Donalds 17 for the game at Endeavour Field, in Sydneys south. Moran and Davis-Welsh are two of four Indigenous players in Australias World Cup squad the others being Rebecca Young and Lavina OMealey. Moran all but locked down the halfback spot after starring in the Jillaroos 38-0 win over England.

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