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Thursday, 14 September

12:32

Unseasonal snowfall continues at alpine resorts in Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Traditional springtime weather is yet to reach the snowfields, with snow still falling across alpine resorts. About 30 centimetres of snow was predicted across Thursday, Friday and into Saturday at Falls Creek. The resort received eight centimetres in 24 hours before Thursday, with average snow depths of 190cm. Mount Hotham received 15 cm in the 24 hours before Thursday morning with natural snow depths of 175 cm.

12:22

Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

18:35 Epsom - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 15 minutes.

[20:22 14/09]

11:47

Toxicon drop a metal cover of Confidence Mans Boyfriend (Repeat) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Last year, a mysterious supergroup known as Confidence Man burst onto the scene. Hailing from Brisbane, the group revealed very little about themselves, except for the fact that they make a unique brand of electro-pop, which was made abundantly clear when they dropped their single Boyfriend (Repeat).

Following the groups performance at Splendour In The Grass this year, triple j made the controversial claim that the band were the best up-and-coming live band in Australia. This of course drew much criticism from, well, just about everyone, including a number Facebook commenters such Taya Chani, who claimed they were so shocked I couldnt even type when they said that Confidence Man is hands down the worst shit I have ever heard in my life. I am completely dumbfounded, speachless.

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Confidence Man 'Boyfriend (Repeat)' live at Splendour

Best up-and-coming live band in Australia? We <3 Confidence Man.

Posted by triple j Unearthed on Saturday, 22 July 2017

Melbournes Toxicon uploaded their cover of Boyfriend (Repeat) to YouTube just a couple of days ago with the tongue-in-cheek caption of Australias best up and coming cover.

In a statement issued to Music Feeds, Toxicon explained their decision to cover the track. Recently there was quite the upset over triple js call on the Best up and coming live band with their song Boyfriend (Repeat), they said. Maybe it wasnt everyones cup of tea but but surely there must be s...

11:42

Jobs explosion shatters forecasts "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Employment growth shattered expectations with an 11th consecutive monthly gain, tearing up by +54,200 in August, including another +40,100 surge in full-time employment. 

It's a case of choose your favourite statistic here: more than quarter a million jobs created in six months would have to be one of the most impressive, while annual full-time employment growth is now at a scorching +3.1 per cent. Golly!


Over the past year employment has lifted by +325,600 or +2.73 per cent, and if rising job advertisements prove to be a worthy indicator, then calendar 2017 could yet be Australia's greatest ever year for employment growth. 


Most of the jobs have been created in New South Wales (+71,600 over the year to August 2017) and Victoria (+95,500) until lately. But after a protracted lull, Queensland is now the surprise package (+95,400), albeit largely driven by part-time employment. 


The detailed figures will confirm in due course, but infrastructure has been a likely creator of jobs, along with the tourism and education boom, and healthcare.&...

09:43

Bendigo Line Notification: Train Cancellation "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

17:30 Southern Cross to Epsom has been cancelled due to a train fault. Customers per the 17:53 Southern Cross to Bendigo. [17:43 14/09]

07:58

Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney
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07:05

Mens cricket squad gearing up for next years tour of England "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AUSTRALIAS most promising Indigenous male cricketers have just completed an exhausting series of matches in Brisbane and the Queensland Sunshine Coast. The national Indigenous mens squad played matches over eight rounds, playing against Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Victoria and the national performance squad. Missing from the Indigenous squad was international Dan Christian. He has been busy overseas, first helping Notts win the NatWest T20 final in England, and then being drafted by the Tinbago Knight Riders, who won the Carribean Premier League (CPL). Christian next year will lead an Indigenous Australian team on a tour of England to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

03:43

JUNGLE LOVE LAUNCH PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

By now the Jungle Love have crew shown time and time again that they know how to throw a damn good party and they also love any excuse to do it. The main event of the year is Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival which is taking place for the fourth time ever from November 30 to December 2 at Borumba Deer Park. So to build the excitement our team is taking over The Zoo and Winn Lane in Fortitude Valley on October 14 for the Jungle Love Launch Party: The Zoo and Winn Lane Takeover.

The Jungle Love community has a knack for making every night together a night to remember. Last years launch party was held at The Triffid, featuring an outdoor electronic stage. Organisers were advised by venue staff that people wouldnt dance on as theyve never had any luck getting a dance floor happening outside before. But alas the venue staff were proved wrong. The Jungle Lovers proceeded to fill the entirety of the dance floor, making for one of those many delicious nights to remember.

This years launch will feature seven stellar live acts including one of Bigsounds most talked about artists, Clea , a special reformation of the much loved insane asylum LeSuits who split up two years ago, rising stars and recent Triple J Unearthed winners Fight Ibis and some of the finest craftsmen of indie pop, The Jensens . Two acts making their way up from Melbourne for the special occasion are the soulful Squidgenini and one of the most hilarious performers around, Stingray .

Winn Lane will be pumping all night with a selection of sounds curated by the fine tastemakers A Love Supreme who will be mixing up the soul, funk and much, much more. The Winn Lane stage will feature the likes of ALS Soundsystem , Deejay Bossman , Nathan Sellin & Jaeden Birch and El Discotheque .

Punters will be able move between the two spaces via the backstage access from the Zoo to Winn Lane. So punters who havent been backstage at the Zoo before will have the chance to see the plethora of stickers and layers of history left behind by iconic bands that have played at the venue over the past 20 years.

And not to forget that it wouldnt be a Jungle Love party without an array of live performance art and the odd surprise in store.

Full Lineup in alphabetical order:

ALS Soundsystem.........

02:57

The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Weeping Willows Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month. On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter []

01:41

Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.

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While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........

01:38

Miles the one who smiles "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Miles arrived at Edgars Mission on this day in back in 2013. At such a young age he had already seen more hardship than one should endure; orphaned, weak and in desperate need of warm and helping hands.

Today Miles is a handsome and gentle fellow, who loves nothing more than the affection of his human carers. Among all the love and care sent his way, Miles is also being treated for Epilepsy we believe he is the only sheep treated for the condition in Australia.

Miles is part of our Best Friends monthly donor program, if youre able and would like to sponsor him, you can find him in the Sheep Shack here!

01:17

Bendigo Line Notification: Delay "castlemaine IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:41 Southern Cross - Swan Hill is delayed by approximately 16 minutes due to a train fault.

[09:17 14/09]

01:01

States hesitant about sex abuse redress "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The federal government admits some states might not sign up to a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The states are concerned about what a royal commission estimates is $613m worth of funder-of-last-resort costs after institutions cease to exist.

Im fairly confident that it will be an overarching majority of states and territories, but were still in a slightly grinding process of negotiating that outcome, Social Services Minister Christian Porter told ABC radio on Thursday.

He said it was the single, most complicated legal issue hed ever dealt with, and a second draft of the proposed legislation would be distributed shortly.

Im very confident that we will have a lot of the states opting in, Mr Porter said.

The Commonwealth doesnt have the legal power to compel the states or affected institutions to take part in the scheme.

But it can compel the ACT and the Northern Territory.

NSW is refusing to commit to the scheme, opting to wait for details about costs and how the system will work. Queensland and Victoria want more information.

Mr Porter, who is meeting with institutions on Friday to discuss their concerns about compensation, said the scheme was being designed to benefit victims.

The post States hesitant about sex abuse redress appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:57

Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Rebel Wilson is expected to donate her damages win to charities. (wikipedia)

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has been awarded a record-breaking $4.5 million payout after proving the publishers of Womans Day ruined her reputation and branded her as a serial liar.

The Australian-born, US-based actor and star of megahit film Pitch Perfect has previously said the case was never about money it was about holding bully tabloid magazines to account.

Im looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages Ive received, the 37-year-old tweeted from London.

To me though, this case wasnt about the money, she said in a series of tweets.

The star said she was looking forward to getting back to her career and entertaining everyone.

Wilson proved to an all-female jury in June that Bauer Media, which also publishes Australian Womens Weekly, OK! and NW magazines, defamed her when it published eight articles claiming she lied about her real name, age and childhood.

On Wednesday in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice John Dixon said because of Bauers conduct, the usual cap of $389,500 in general damages for defamation did not apply.

He awarded the star $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages because of her lost opportunities to land movie roles after the defamatory articles were published.

Justice Dixon said Bauer failed to properly investigate allegations that Wilson was a liar, published them knowing the slurs to be false, and kept the offending allegations going for days.

Ms Wilsons reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged, he said.

Because of that, he said a substantial amount would be required to vindicate her.

The post Rebel expected to donate her $4.5m win appeared first on Echonetdaily.

00:51

Third city council dumps Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

A third Melbourne council will dump official Australia Day celebrations, with one councillor calling the day grossly insensitive.

But Moreland City Council will continue to hold citizenship ceremonies on the date to avoid losing its right to host them altogether.

The inner-north Melbourne council voted in favour of dropping all references to Australia Day and to join the push to change the date on Wednesday night.

Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said hosting ceremonies and events on January 26 was grossly insensitive to indigenous people.

It would be like celebrating the Nazi holocaust, Ms Bolton said in the meeting on Wednesday.

Another councillor, John Kavanagh, did not support the move and said it was a decision for the federal government to make.

The federal government last month stripped Yarra and Darebin councils of their right to host citizenship ceremonies after successful votes to shift them to another day.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last month described Yarra City Councils decision to change the way it commemorates the day as utterly out of step with Australian values.

On Australia Day, we recognise the greatness of our achievement as Australians, Mr Turnbull said in parliament.

To change the date would be to turn our back on Australian values.

Moreland in 2015 moved its annual citizen awards ceremony to October.

The Australia Citizenship Ceremonies Code says local councils should hold ceremonies every two to three months and notes that Australia Day along with Australian Citizenship Day on September 17 are significant days in the calendar when local governments and community organisations can play an important role in raising awareness of citizenship.

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Wednesday, 13 September

08:36

Reclassification Of Firearms In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



One of our legal minds has been looking at the appearance provisions of the Victorian Firearms Act 1996.
The offending provisions are found in sections 3A and 3B of the Act which give the Chief Commissioner broad powers to either temporarily or permanently recategorise Cat A or B firearms on the basis of appearance. 
In fact, if you read what he has to say carefully, youll see its worse than that. The Chief Commissioner can recategorise firearms for reasons which go beyond appearance or for no reason at all.
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06:42

Listen to the New TinPan Orange Single Wanderers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of TinPan Orange Melbourne indie-folk trio TinPan Orange have returned with their brand new single Wanderers. The track is their first single single 2016s See You In The Water and was co-written by TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). As always with TinPan Orange, Wanderers soars with []

05:04

Neo and Todman, finding their way home "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

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Only hours ago, I was making my way home as the rain poured down and the windscreen wipers struggled to do their job. A trailer-load of abattoir-bound pigs headed the other way, grabbing both my gaze and heartstrings, as the words, And theyre going to get wet rolled from my lips. The thought haunted me for the rest of the drive homethat in their final hours on this earth, those gentle pigs would not even be afforded the kindness of warmth as their lives were soon to be reduced to pork, ham and bacon. But it also reminded me of the serenity prayer: God* grant me the courage to change the things I can change, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Every day I work on that prayer; in fact, it is what weaves the threadbare fabric of my world together. While it may come as a surprise to some, there are some days when Im holding it together better than on other days, and some days when my world threatens to fall apart. Today is one of the latter. Already struggling under the weight of last nights decision to end the life (and pain) of my beautiful buddy Neo, I arrived home to learn that little Todmans brain had said, No more.

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So, although on the outside it may well look like I am holding it together, over 40 years of animal rescue tells a different story that it never, ever, EVER gets any easier. For in rescue, successful or otherwise, each and every animal leaves both an indelible mark and more often than not a heart-wrenching scarjust where I feel it the most. And today that sent me headfirst into the soft purring fur that is Jessica Cats stomach. As Jessies fur began to get wet, I soon knew it was more than Rubys sympathetic licking (who too had heard my pain), as I sobbed and sobbed, something I so rarely do.

Thinking back on the lives of these two beautiful beings, one of whom I have known for some time and the other not so, I wondered just why those of us who rescue do what we do, for we know it is alw...

02:57

Less Plastic is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When in Vietnam recently we stayed in a fabulous little shack on the beach and every morning we would go for a walk. It was lovely except for the []

Tuesday, 12 September

23:44

Rotunda Park #8 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Its been some time since Ive wandered across to Rotunda Park one of the best birding spots in the district.

A flock of White-browed Babblers allowed me to enjoy extremely close-up views, while the Common Bronzewings were taking advantage of some scattered seed.

White-browed babbler, Rotunda Park, 10th September 2017

21:24

Antarctic Caves Found to be Home to New World of Plants and Animals, Heated by Volcano "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In Antarctic ice, cave systems exist underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus. Recently, it was discovered that the ice could be the breeding ground for an exciting new world, according to scientists from Australia National University.

They analyzed DNA obtained from the cave system, and found samples they couldnt fully identify. Apparently being unable to identify such a specimen is an anomaly, and it indicates that unidentified species are living in the unique environment. Moss, algae, and other life was found to thrive there.

The caves in close proximity to volcanic Mount Erebus are among the hottest locations on the continent of Antarctica, along with other geothermally heated areas. Heat from the volcano has created vents in the ice, causing volcanic steam to hollow out ice and form extensive and interconnected cave systems, according to Newsweek.

It can be really warm inside the cavesup to 25 degrees Celsius [77 degrees Fahrenheit] in some caves, the lead researcher on the effort Ceidwen Fraser said. You could wear a T-shirt in there and be pretty comfortable. Theres light near the cave mouths, and light filters deeper into some caves where the overlying ice is thin.

The study was published in a journal titled Polar Biology. In it, a team obtained soil samples from 3 volcanoes in Victoria Land, Antarctica, and from Mount Erebus subglacial caves.

The study found many different types of moss, arthropods, nematodes, and algae at every single site. The findings suggest that geothermal areas (heated by volcanic activity) can support life even when it is like an island, far detached from survivable conditions for miles outside the geothermal region.

(Im...

14:17

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #559 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Read Online Newsletter | #559 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #559 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 12th September 2017 to Monday 18th September 2017 63rd Tesselaar Tulip Festival Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase, developing, championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Animaga Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } 16 Sep - 17 Sep 2017 | Cosplay Competition, Karaoke, Video Gaming, Card Gaming, Drawing Tuition, Mecha workshop, Maid Cafe, and more. Animaga Expo 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building 2017 Pirate Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne's annual Pirate Market returns for its 6th triumphant year, in joyful celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Saturday 16th September 2017 - Pirate Market @ 24 Moons (Northcote) Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus | Book Online Dancing In The Street A Tribute to Motown .nobrtable br { display: none } This high-energy Motown tribute brings the hits of Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all of Motowns superstars. Saturday 23rd September 2017 | Satellite Lounge (Wheelers Hill) Dancing In The Street | Buy Tickets Elvis ~ A Mega Star .nobrtable br { display: none } A live show starring Marcus Jackson, Australia's newest crowned Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist champion. Saturday 23 Sept | Elvis ~ A Mega Star | Club Italia (Sunshine) Call MTA Events for Bookings & Enquiries: 0417 729 167 | Hurry On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Israeli Film Festival, Australian Citizenship Day, Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival, Escape Week, Fetish Expo, Geelong v Sydney Swans, LEGO Friends at Harbour Town, Theatresports 2017, NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series View Event Details Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Check Out these markets Wellbeing Market | Scoresby, Langwarrin Makers Market, Boutique Design Market - Preston, Cheeky Monkey Market | Caroline Springs, All for Kids Market | Preston, Bohemian Bul...

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