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Saturday, 12 May


May 13 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but which then put out to sea on this day.

1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.

1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.

1811 - Thomas Clough was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.

1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.

1837 -   Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.

1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.

1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.

1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.

1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.

1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.

1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".

1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.

1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.

1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.

1873 -  Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...


Crooked Hillary: Clinton attends another event with massive scarf to cover up what seems to be a back brace "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hillary Clinton has donned yet another massive scarf during an appearance in Australia after earlier photos indicated she might be trying to hide a back brace. The 70-year-old draped the $1,100 patterned Hermes cashmere blend shawl around her shoulders when she met with Australian former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne on Thursday. Her scarf was tied high around her neck and covered the top of her navy blue jacket. It comes after social media users pointed out earlier in the week that Clinton was mostly likely opting for the style choice to hide a possible back brace. She was photographed coming out of her daughter Chelsea's apartment in New York last week with a strange protrusion coming from underneath her jacket.


Australian government's deliberate education fail "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In this day and age education is a privilege and not a right.

Government's are not in the business to provide top quality education for the children of the herd population, and least of all for the residents of a (penal) colony called Australia.

Why would the people in the Australian government want to teach the children of the cannon fodder for example;

- the 'Constitution' (Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK),
- Australia was taken from a people already 'occupying' the land, suggesting that the 'crown' is not as honourable as written,
- The Sheriff of Victoria cannot produce warrants, emanating from fines, as required by law,
- many Acts are in circulation unlawfully,
-  Today's 'city councils' across Australia are not the lawful department of the state as they are supposed to be, as defined within the 'Constitution',

just to name a few.

It's easier to teach the children of the cannon fodder to;

- focus on social media to get as many followers as possible,
- 'consume' Apple or Samsung products,
- become data providers for Au Gov Co, Google, Facebook, Amazon et al,
- be subservient to authorities without asking questions,
- live by the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' government propaganda,

and so many more examples that may create a blog that mere mortal man may not be able to finish reading within his lifetime.

See how the Australian government has deliberately failed the general population.


Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Man arrested following Bendigo stalking incidents "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Bendigo police have arrested a man following alleged stalking incidents in the Bendigo area.


Comics Face May 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Comics Face Facts
by Ive Sorocuk


This comic first appeared in Trouble July 2011
Want more? See all of the Comics Face weve run to date.



Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

13:14 Swan Hill - Bendigo is delayed by approximately 15 minutes.

[13:51 12/05]


No One Knows These Adorable 'Flying Teddy Bears' Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

They might look like fluffy teddy bears, but these little guys can soar an impressive 300 feet in the air from tree to tree in their forest homes.

Meet the greater glider, an undoubtedly adorable marsupial who lives in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. These nocturnal creatures are the largest flying possum out there but most people dont even know they exist.

Which is turning out to be bad news.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

The gliders commonly live in old, hollowed-out trees, which have recently been getting cut down to make room for development projects or logging operations. The vegetation they rely on for food is also wiped out during development.

Greater gliders are dependent on tree hollows, which only exist in eucalypts of 100 years or older, Matt Cecil, projects manager for Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, told The Dodo. Where bushland has been cleared for agriculture, timber production, urban sprawl or linear infrastructure, the availability of tree hollows is much reduced.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

Fewer trees means more trouble for the species, which has already seen an 80-percent population drop in recent years. For Cecil, who is part of a coalition called the Queensland Glider Network, which specifically works to help glider species, the largest struggle has been simply getting people to recognize that these animals exist and need help.

This is such a magnificent animal that most of the Australian public wouldnt even know existed, and wouldnt know what it was if it glided into their face, Cecil said. That is the sad part. Its hard to fight to protect animals that the greater population doesnt even know about.


Castlemaine bird walks "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A new local field guide has hit the shelves.

Castlemaine Bird Walks, by Damian Kelly, is a guide to more than 40 sites in the Castlemaine district where you can happily combine walking, nature observation and birding.

The aim of the book is to provide different avenues to enjoy the bush around Castlemaine. It is intended both for those interested in birds and where to find them, as well as providing a guide to a variety of walks in the area for anyone who wants to get out and about in the bush.

Generously illustrated with Damians own photographs, the guide will be a valuable resource for experienced and casual bird watchers.

Damian has set up a companion website, with more detailed information and resources the site will evolve and provide an opportunity to share more about the relationship between birds and habitat across the region.

Click here to find out how to purchase a copy.


Not so renewables "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Lifted from the excellent consciousness of sheep blog..

For all practical purposes, solar energy (along with the wind, waves and tides that it drives) is unending.  Or, to put it more starkly, the odds of human beings being around to witness the day when solar energy no longer exists are staggeringly low.  The same, of course, cannot be said for the technologies that humans have developed to harvest this energy.  Indeed, the term renewable is among the greatest PR confidence tricks ever to be played upon an unsuspecting public, since solar panels and wind (and tidal and wave) turbines are very much a product of and dependent upon the fossil carbon economy.

Until now, this inconvenient truth has not been seen as a problem because our attention has been focussed upon the need to lower our dependency on fossil carbon fuels (coal, gas and oil).  In developed states like Germany, the UK and some of the states within the USA, wind and solar power have reduced the consumption of coal-generated electricity.  However, the impact of so-called renewables on global energy consumption remains negligible; accounting for less than three percent of total energy consumption worldwide.

A bigger problem may, however, be looming as a result of the lack of renewability of the renewable energy technologies themselves.  This is because solar panels and wind turbines do not follow the principles of the emerging circular economy model in which products are meant to be largely reusable, if not entirely renewable.



Greens Lawyer Weighs In On New Matilda reporting On Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A fortnight ago, New Matilda published a three-part series by Michael Brull on a pre-selection battle within the Greens NSW. One of the lawyers who advised on that battle, Brian Walters, responds.

In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann.

As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself. Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods.

The articles arise from proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking an urgent interpretation of the NSW Greens constitution. The case is reported here.

On 5 February 2018, Cate Faehrmann transferred her Victorian Greens membership to New South Wales. She wanted to stand for pre-selection for the Legislative Council.

She was a paid up member of the Greens in Victoria. She had previously been a member of the Greens in NSW and served there as a Greens Legislative Councillor from 2010 to 2013.

Astonishingly, Alex van Vucht, the membership officer of the Greens in NSW, treated Cate Faehrmanns transferred membership as merely provisional for three months, thus denying her the right to nominate for pre-selection before the close of nominations on 9 April 2018. This was contrary to the constitution of the NSW Greens and the constitution of the Australian Greens.

To break the impasse, Cate Faehrmann sought legal advice.

I was one of those who advised, in a written advice provided to the Greens NSW, that there was no basis for treating her membership as provisional. Similar advice was rendered by a senior solicitor in New South Wales.

Neither the membership officer nor the Greens NSW obtained any contrary advice.

Ultimately, Cate Faehrmann sought a ruling on the correct interpretation of the constitution from the NSW Supreme Court (I was not involved in that proceeding). The court ruled comprehensively in her favour.

Mr Brull repeatedly asserts that Cate Faehrmann was attempting to change the constitution. That is patently false. Cate Faehrmann was seeking to have the terms of the constitution obeyed. That was the whole point of the advice and of the subsequent legal proceeding.

The matter was taken to the Greens NSW State Delegates Council (SDC). Mr Brull writes that the SDC was was able to have a say about whether the rules sh...

Friday, 11 May


Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

20:02 Bendigo - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to track congestion.

[20:50 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:25 Southern Cross - Swan Hill is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to a train fault on an earlier service and track congestion. [20:28 11/05]


Mysterious Moths "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

On Thursday 17th May Newstead Landcare has a treat in store for nature-lovers: Steve Williams will be giving a presentation on moths at Newstead Community Centre at 8pm. Steve will convince you that without these invertebrates we would not have many of the wonderful birds you see featured on this blog. Steve explains, Because Lepidoptera are almost exclusively feeders on plant material in one form or another they are critical in food chains, indeed much more so than most researchers have believed. They are the invertebrates that everything eats including other invertebrates. To avoid being eaten they are great at hiding, particularly in their early life phases, and hence are difficult to research.

Steve has been unpacking the biology of Lepidoptera in Box-Ironbark forest ecosystems for the last decade and during that period has documented the life histories of nearly 400 moth species; many for the first time. This along with nightly recording of adult moth activity over the same period is providing important insights into ecosystem functions. Steve will share the fascinating life stories of a few of these amazing animals and then present and discuss how understanding this biology has implications for land and biodiversity management in Box-Ironbark forests.



Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:26 Bendigo - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to track congestion.

[19:24 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Service update - Bendigo line "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:44 SCS - Kyneton will not run due to a train fault. Customers are asked to board the 19:02 SCS - Bendigo service. [18:24 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Service update - Bendigo line "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The 19:02 Southern Cross to Bendigo will run as a 6VL instead of a 3VL train this evening. [18:06 11/05]


They are claiming that I am the fraud. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 7 April 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This is my 4th year on Youth Allowance as I am studying in Melbourne and moved 2 hours to be closer to uni.

Two months ago I was asked to provide an audit, which I did straight away dating back to the 2015-2016 financial year.
The system glitched and deleted my audit, which leads me to sit on the phone trying to call the hotline which fails to have an answering system in place, so I was faced with having to redial and look at the 'user busy' screen for the entire morning, only to call over 100 times to be left on hold for hours.

Finally, once I was re-directed to different people because I had dialled the wrong number (the number they provided on the request for the audit) I had to do the audit over the phone.
Throughout this, the man was able to tell me that my audit aligned with the ATO.

Thinking all was well, I was faced with a $4090 debt!
This is when I became incredibly u...


Bendigo Line Notification: Reduced Capacity - Bendigo line "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

The 17:53 Southern Cross to Bendigo will run as 3VL instead of 6VL due to staff illness. [17:59 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Service update - Bendigo line "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

21:02 SCS - Bendigo will not run and has been replaced by road coaches due to staff sickness. [16:54 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Service update - Bendigo line "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

15:50 Eaglehawk - SCS is delayed by approximately 17 minutes and will run with a reduced capacity of 2 carriages due to vandalism. [16:23 11/05]


Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:54 Swan Hill - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to speed restrictions.

[15:55 11/05]


12 May is our Birthday Cake, Music, Gardenship "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A late reminder (having computer and phone issues) for our birthday celebration and membership renewals/newals tomorrow at the garden. Well have a slap-up arvo tea at 3pm in the usual garden style and music provided by a few local musos in hall if wet/cold else in the garden (with a barrel fire or Continue reading 12 May is our Birthday Cake, Music, Gardenship


It stinks, but not of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Urban studies researchers working with residents of Polish cities have found that common perceptions of smells in daily life reveal much about how people feel about change and place. The smells people notice are often linked to broader social, political and economic conditions. In Poland, for example, life smells less like the vegetables in grocery stores and the natural environment of the past under socialism, and more like the petrol stations and supermarket air conditioning of capitalism in the present.


Bendigo Line Notification: Service change "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:35 Epsom - Southern Cross will terminate at Bendigo due to staff sickness. Alternative transport will be available for the rest of the journey. [13:42 11/05]


Hillary CLINTON in Melbourne with GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hillary Clinton talks 2016 election as she, Julia Gillard take to the stage Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne. Picture: AAP The Australian 10:28PM May 10, 2018 They welcomed the US president we thought wed have with a rapturous...


Uplifting "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

This Brown Falcon gave us a sight as it lifted off near the Newstead racecourse last weekend.

Brown Falcon, Newstead Racecourse, 4th May 2018

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