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Monday, 20 November

11:58

Financially stressed? Please don't blame high prices "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When Tony Abbott first stood for prime minister, he complained about the price of bread.

He told the leaders debate it had shot up 12 per cent. It hadn't. The Bureau of Statistics found it hadn't increased at all it had been stuck for a year at $3.88.

Head to Woolworths online today and you'll see a variety of prices, for different kinds of loaves. I've averaged them. Today's price is $3.55.

We never seem to notice the prices that are going down, or at least we pay far less attention to them than the prices that are going up (or that we imagine are going up).

The inflation rate is 1.8 per cent. But when asked by the Melbourne Institute what we think it is, we typically say 5 to 6 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics calculates the rate by going into shops and entering into scanners the prices of around 1000 items. It does it over and over again, all over each of Australia's eight capital cities. These days it augments those readings with scanner data from supermarkets and the prices advertised on websites.

But it gets it wrong. And not in the direction you would expect.

It systematically overestimates the inflation rate because it systematically underestimates our canniness.

Here's how it would work with two brands of baked beans. To start with they might each sell for the same price, and we might buy the same amount of each. Five years later the price of one brand might be 20 per cent higher and the other 5 per cent higher. The Bureau will record an average price increase of around 10 per cent. But the cost to us won't have increased that much. Over time, we will have shifted our purchases to the brand which has increased more slowly, by 5 per cent.

We do it with everything, switching between brands and between products in order to save money. It's how we shop.

It is why every few years the consumer price index gets seriously out of whack and needs to be recalibrated. The Bureau has just done it, re-surveying how we spend our money and readjusting the index to reflect updated spen...

09:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Received on 20.11.17:

19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew


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08:04

Big upset for Australias major parties, as Aboriginal Green candidate wins inner-city by-election "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Northcote by-election:  Greens win inner-city seat, Thorpe to become first female Aboriginal MP, By Richard Willingham, Sunday 19 November 2017
www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-18/greens-win-northcote-by-election/9164644 The Greens Lidia Thorpe will become the first Aboriginal woman in Victorias Parliament,
defeating Labors Clare Burns on the back of a campaign that included a
pitch to voters that they could make history while not toppling a progressive government.

It is the first time Labor has lost a Victorian by-election since 1948.


07:50

Surge in wind farms in Australia, drop in complaints about them "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Desultory: Wind farm complaints arent keeping up with surging industry, The Age, Peter Hannam, 19 Nov 17,  The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce an upswing in complaints, with just nine of the 79 projects operating in Australia receiving any formal objections, Andrew Dyer, the National Wind Farm Commissioner, has said.

As of the end of October, the commission had received 54 complaints, for existing projects, with all but two resolved. Four people had relocated as part of the resolution process.

There are no complaints for recently completed wind farms, Mr Dyer told Fairfax Media.

Victorian wind farms have attracted the bulk of objections, accounting for 31 of the 54, while SA and NSW had 16 and seven complaints, respectively. Operating wind farms in other states have not triggered any complaints, Mr Dyer said.

The National Wind Farm Commissioners three-year term  which began in late 2015 with $2 million funding  followed a Senate inquiry prompted in part by efforts of a few anti-wind turbine groups.

Fears by supporters of renewable energy that the commission may have spurred an uptick in opposition to wind farms have largely been allayed, with the role now seen as helping developers understand and respond better to...

07:43

Zero G - 20 November 2017 Episode 1160 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1160

Title: Punishing Justice

Podcast Title:  Steppenpod 1160

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we hit the PUNISHER (and watch him get hit); and join the JUSTICE LEAGUE.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

06:47

Things are looking up "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove and Collendina are both in top four of the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A Grade competition. Both sides have three wins. Collendina looks well poised to defend its premiership from last season as Andy Higgins and Ben Ricardo made a return to the Snake Pit. The two sides wont meet each other until Round 9 in the local derby, which will be played at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.

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06:47

Shane ready to host Rip to River Classic "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Surf Lif Saving Club has appointed 3AW sports broadcaster Shane McInnes as the master of ceremonies for its iconic Rip to River Classic run this summer.
McInnes has close family who reside in Ocean Grove and links to Ocean Grove SLSC, his father Shane McInnes Snr was a long outstanding member of the club.
McInnes Snr, who passed away in November 2016, was a regular surf patrol member at the Ocean Grove SLSC until 2014.
His ashes were scattered in a moving tribute ceremony at nearby Raffs Beach in Ocean Grove last year which his son Shane attended and helped organise the day.
A sports commentator and sports reporter for Macquarie Media stations 3AW and 6PR since 2008, McInnes, 33, has worked on AFL, tennis, Formula One and covered Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for the network.
He has worked alongside well-known media and radio personalities Rex Hunt and Robert Walls.
In other developments, Ocean Grove SLSCs biggest annual fundraiser the Rip to River Classic takes place on Saturday 6 January, 2018.
Adult prices for the 5km and 10km events are $50, while junior prices start from $20 for the 1.4km Ripper Nipper race.
To book online log on to www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=25502 or check out the oceangroveslsc.asn.au website for more information.

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05:55

Kathy Jackson to stand trial in the Victorian County Court on 166 theft and fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Kathy Jackson today appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a committal hearing of 166 fraud and theft charges. A committal in Victoria's legal system is heard before a Magistrate who decides whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendant - in other words, would a...

04:40

MEDIA RELEASE 19/11 | URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE URGENT SURGERY NEEDED FOR BRAIN-INJURED REFUGEE ON NAURU A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same(...)

04:39

MEDIA RELEASE 17/11 | EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE EMERGENCY RALLY: STILL NO SAFE SETTLEMENT AS MANUS DEFIES THE SIEGE Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that he wants(...)

03:19

Thursday & Quicksand "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!.....................

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Sunday, 19 November

23:30

Cobras into top four on ladder "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

COLLENDINA CRICKET
Collendina jumped into the BPCA A Grade top four after a hard fought victory over a gallant Winchelsea at the Snake Pit on Saturday.
Batting first the visitors posted a competitive first day total of 8/191.
Collendina was buoyed by return of star pair Andy Higgins and Ben Ricardo. It was their first game together since Collendina won last seasons A Grade premiership.
We get a full side together with Ben and Higgo and with these guys we bat really deep, Cobra coach Corey Walter said.
The batting with Ben in the side and Higgo firing makes a massive difference for us.
Higgins hit the winning runs in his knock of 62 he shared in a 57-run fourth wicket partnership stand with Ricardo (32).
Collendina finished at 5/207 and sits n fourth spot on ladder with a 3-1 record.
The Cobras got off to a positive start with openers Walter (56) and Kade Norquay (28) and put on a 56-run stand for the first wicket.
Collendina youngster and wicket-keeper Max Sutton finished on 17 not out.
Walter said it was a challenging victory against Winchelsea, one of the three new BPCA A Grade expansion teams.
It was the first time Collendina had scored 200 in a two-day game this season.
We didnt know much about Winchelsea, but they have been going okay this year, Walter told Voice.
They were in the same boat as us with being 2-1 after three rounds.
I thought we bowled really well in tough conditions on day one and I thought the batting was excellent.
To get the runs four wickets down with 10 overs to go was a really good result for us.
Walter picked up 4/53 with the ball on day one from 24 overs, while younger brother Nathan took 2/55 from 13 overs.
Tom Stephenson top scored for Winchelsea with a fine knock of 63 on the opening day.
The Cobras face undefeated ladder leader Drysdale in a two-day game at Drysdale this Saturday.
In B Grade, Newcomb defeated Collendina by 46 runs.
Batting first the home side was all out for 184 from 59.4 overs. Sam Tucker the chief destroyer with 5/46 from 14 overs.
In reply, Collendina made 138 with Alistair Grant on 44 not out.
In D Grade Newcomb defeated Collendina by 62 runs. Newcomb made 154 with Cobra pair Clynt Combridge (3/37) and Julian Wilson (3/56) bowling well. In reply Collendina was all out for 92.

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23:30

This Way North Announce National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of This Way North Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North will be spending the rest of the year running around the country with the announcement of a national tour. The tour is accompanied by the bands latest single Make It Work, a lo-fi piece of crunch, psych goodness. Check out the full []

23:28

Farmers say innovation the only antidote to new climate reality "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In this report, Derrick Krusch (The Citizen 15 November 2017) shows that there are farmers who are working hard to farm in more sustainable ways, by operating much more in tune with the Australian environment, when in the past this was often not the case. Change has become even more important in the light of changing weather patterns. While this report concerns the situation in Victorias north western grain belt, the lesson is applicable nationally.

Standing in a chickpea field on the sprawling plains of Victorias Wimmera district, 38-year-old third-generation farmer David Jochinke picks up a clump of dry soil before crushing it into dust, symbolic of an extreme dry spell that has brought back terrible recent memories.

Mr Jochinke, whose 2200-hectare broadacre farm lies just north of Horsham, says he has only seen three good years of rain since taking over in the late 1990s.

This makes him anxious, especially as many farmers in his region are still carrying debt from the so-called Millennium Drought, which gripped the state for more than a decade until 2009, causing widespread crop failures and livestock losses.

The politically active Mr Jochinke, who sits on the board of the National Farmers Federation and lobbies hard for families on the land, says he has revolutionised the way he farms in order to alleviate the effects of drought in fact, to save his livelihood.

Weve tried different crops, weve tried different farming systems, weve tried different technologies, he says. Whether youre a climate change sceptic or not it doesnt really matter in my book, because weve all changed how we farm to adapt.

Drought has been an ever-present threat for farmers since European settlement, but now climate experts are cautioning that harsh dry conditions are the new norm, not the exception. Increasingly, farmers are opening to new strategies necessary to protect themselves from this risk while increasing productivity and profitability. Crop diversification, smarter planting, risk information and social media are all playing a role in insulating farmers against the ravages of drought.

Underscoring the message was the hottest October on record, which scorched crops throughout the northwest of the state ahead of this months harvest, and led to predictions that the extended dry could slash more than 1 million tonnes from Victorias grain harvest.

In response, the State Government announced $30 million in loans for farmers to help cover financial losses, a move welcomed by Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey. A significant proportion of Victoria has fallen within a one-in-10 or one-in-20 year rainfall deficiency, so these....

23:26

Kenneady breaks club record "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Mark Heenan

OCEAN GROVE CRICKET
Gun batsman Michael Kenneady is confident Ocean Grove can push for an elusive A Grade premiership after its resounding win over Little River.
Kenneady broke the record for clubs highest individual A Grade score after his innings of 167 not out in the total of 4/339.
It was Ocean Groves highest first innings A Grade score in nine seasons.
Kenneady said the big win over new BPCA expansion club proved it had the firepower and credentials to contend for an A Grade title and finals berth.
After a semi-final finish in 2016/17, Ocean Grove sits in third spot.
The last two matches has seen the Grubbers attempt to force an outright result with opposition teams Portarlington and Little River, both batting a second time.
The Grubbers took 16 Little River wickets on day two as the visitors were stranded on 6/123 from 36 overs in its second dig after it was bowled out for only 114 in the first innings.
The ultimate goal is to win a premiership everyone is contributing, Kenneady told the Voice.
This is the strongest Ocean Grove A Grade side that I have been a part of in six seasons.
We have one or two players out at the moment and we are going to get stronger.
Ocean Grove coach Paul Jubber lauded Kenneadys record breaking innings.
Michaels innings was brilliant, he has had a limited pre-season and to see him play as well as he did is a testament to his skill and his ability to compete, Jubber said.
Dangerous left-armer Dan Roddis was outstanding with the ball, destroying the Redbacks top and middle order to finish with 5/37 from 15 overs.
Dan Roddis has been a real standout for us, he is bowling with real aggression, Jubber said.
Jackson Kent provided good support and picked up 3/30 from 10.3 overs.
Matt Bellingham claimed 3/14 in Little Rivers second innings.
In B Grade, Ocean Grove celebrated with an outright victory over Little River.
Batting first the home side was all bundled out for 57 with Billy Foord Engelsman the star with 6/30 from 15.4 overs.
Ocean Grove made 5/125dec., before it sent Redbacks into bat again.
In its second dig Little River was all out for 119 with Foord Engelsman taking 5/45 from 17.2 overs.
The popular Grubber bowler finished with match figures of 11/75.
Ocean Grove won by six wickets and ended its second innings at 4/52 from 15 overs to snare outright.
In C Grade, the Grubbers came close to pulling off another outright against league newcomers Armstrong Creek.
Batting first the visitors were all out for 157 and in reply Ocean Grove finished at 1/170dec., from 29 overs.
Pat Kuipers (88 not out) and Greg Scarpa (53 not out) shared in an unbroken 97-run stand before the home side put the visitors back in....

23:12

Grove win a thriller "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Justin Flynn

OCEAN GROVE BOWLS
Ocean Grove snatched a thrilling one-shot win against City of Greater Geelong in Premier League bowls action.
The Grovers are undefeated on top of the ladder and are in ominous form.
Craig Hodges and Tony Joel Lugg both skipped their rinks to victories.
Ocean Grove defeated Belmont in Division 1, 105 to 88 and sits third on the ladder. Owen Clark skipped his rink to a nice win while Alan Callows rink enjoyed a huge victory.
Grove is the ladder leader in Division 3 despite a 100 to 81 loss to Drysdale.
In Division 4, Ocean Grove is unbeaten after a two-shot win against Geelong Cement. John Izzard and his team of Anne Way, Peter Eberle and Sandra Murphy had a mammoth 29 to 13 win. Steve Bryant, Adele Ryan, Brendan Carroll and skip Brian DElton also played well for a 27 to 15 triumph.
Ocean Grove is in fourth spot on the Division 6 ladder with four wins and two losses. A 114 to 80 win against Belmont was highlighted by a 39 to 11 win by the Brett McCalman-led rink of Colin Schwartz, Peter Snell and Jack Anthony.
Ocean Grove holds a slender one-point lead at the top of the Division 7 table from Belmont after the two sides played out a thrilling tie. After a full days play, both sides finished on 100 shots. The Sue Gorwell-led rink was on fire with a 36 to 16 victory, but that was the only rink that emerged victorious for Grove.
Ocean Grove defeated St Leonards to grab a spot in the Division 8 top four. A 66 to 58 win was made possible by David Harvey and Robin Brache.
In midweek bowls, Ocean Grove is second on the Division 1 ladder with a 6-2 record. The team had a massive 60-shot win against Geelong Cement last week with Faye Richardsons rink prevailing by 25 shots.
In Division 3, Ocean Grove has two teams competing with one side third on the ladder. The two sides were due to play each other last week, but the match was washed out.
Grove sits second on the Division 6 ladder after a 52 to 34 win against Portarlington. Peter Eberles rink, comprising Barbara Nicol, Elaine Hager and Sandra OKeefe, had a big win 32 to 11.
Groves Division 7 side clings to fourth spot after a wash-out split the points against Eastern Park.
Division 8 is proving to be a closely fought group with Grove in fourth position. A win against Geelong RSL with Marlene Ross rink winning well and Graeme Constables rink prevailing by one shot.

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23:02

Seagulls too good for Cobras "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

UNDER 15s
The Cobras made the trip over the bridge to take on Barwon Heads at the Village Green in this very important must-win Round 4 two day game. Collendina Captain Xavier Norman won the toss and elected to bat. Norman and Izaak Terhorst opened the batting and got the Cobras off to a positive start with an opening stand of 17 when Terhorst was dismissed for an aggresive 10. Norman was dismissed for 13 with the score on 44. Unfortunately the wickets fell at regular intervals with only Deisel McNeil (12) and Max McLachlan (20no) showing any resistance. The Cobras were dismissed for a total of 105.
The bowling would have to be good to defend such a small total. The Cobras had to bowl seven overs at the Seagulls at the end of day one and the signs were positive. Koby Welch took a fine catch off the bowling of Brodie Muscat to have Barwon Heads 1/17 at the end of day one. Day two saw a reasonable effort with the ball but Barwon Heads made easy work of the Cobra total and they finished the day on 6/160. Max McLachlan and Ollie Northam took one wicket each while Koby Welch chimed in with three wickets, finishing with the impressive figures of 3/5 off 3.3 overs. The Cobras will need to regroup as they head into take on Marshall Cricket Club in Round 5.
UNDER 13s
The Snakes hosted Wallington and produced a great team effort to comfortably take the points. Wallington made 66 with three-wickets haul by Monty Juffermans, Goodluck and George Every. Great catching by Jack Hammond and sticky hands Noah Jeffrey made sure all chances were taken. The team then batted and finished off with 6 for 262 off their 52 overs. Stars with the bat were Jack Every (38) and Oli Terhorst (26).

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23:01

The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...

22:48

Skills tested in bronze medallion re-qualification "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Warm temperatures, blue skies and clean surf greeted participants for the seasons first bronze medallion re-qualification at Ocean Grove SLSC on Sunday 19 November.
The skills maintenance based session attracted around 165 participants with ages ranging from 13 years to 83 years of age.
Participants applied first aid, conducted tube and rescue water activities and took part in an ocean swim, while successfully completing an online theory test before day.
It has been a wonderful day here at Ocean Grove beach, said Life Saving Victoria assessor Bo Chudosnik, an Ocean Grove SLSC life member.
Lots of people participating, well over 150 participants doing their bronze medallion re-qualification, their resuscitation, their first aid and all the rescues and getting ready for a fantastic season at Ocean Grove and the Bellarine.
Entrants from nearby Thirteenth Beach, Point Lonsdale, Bancoora and Torquay Surf Life Saving Clubs participated in the annual bronze medallion re-qualification.
Bancoora SLSC will host next re-qual on Saturday 25 November, while further re-qualification days will take place at Point Lonsdale SLSC on 2 December and Thirteenth Beach SLSC on 10 December.

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22:42

Runaway success for footy girls "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Following the booming success of Ocean Grove Football Netball Clubs girls junior football season, the club is fielding a senior womens team in 2018.
The club fielded three Under 12 girls teams and one Under 15 team, in what was a runaway success this season.
The interest in womens footy keeps growing, with AFL Barwon announcing 12 sides will be entering the senior womens competition in 2018.
Ocean Grove will be running a Try Day for girls and women on Sunday 26 November at Ray Menzies Oval, Shell Road. Under 12s and Under 15s will kick off at at 1pm, Under 19 and senior women at 2pm.
The club is seeking an experienced coach for its senior womens football team.
Coaches can submit their expression of interest stating relevant coaching and playing experience, coaching qualifications, personal coaching philosophy statement and any other relevant information to womens football co-ordinator Lisa Robinson at robinson.lisa@optusnet.com.au. Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

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22:40

The car in front is an import "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Shuttered

Automotive production continues to plummet, with annual volumes nearly 50 per cent below their December 2010 level, and falling fast, so the new car you buy next year will likely be made somewhere else. 


The Department of Employment projected that the factory closures at Elizabeth in Adelaide (Holden) and Altona in Melbourne (Toyota) could cost 27,500 jobs over the years ahead, leading some commentators to predict the end of days for Australia.

Indeed, some gloomy reports even speculated that the closures could snowball into hundreds of thousands of jobs losses, which always seemed a bit far-fetched given that the shutdowns have been discussed for years.

It was wise to be prudent and wait for the halting of operations to pass, which has now occurred, but if there were to be any earth-shaking initial impacts then they weren't yet in evidence in the October 2017 employment figures.

In the event, total employment exploded +355,700 higher over the year to October, sending the unemployment rate careering to a 4 low, and with the ABS also now putting job openings at the highest level on record

Furthermore, the more timely SEEK job advertisements figures showed openings tearing 25 per cent higher in South Australia and 18 per cent higher in Victoria, so it's probably....

22:36

Dogs and beaches accord "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Barwon Coast, in partnership with other organisations including Victoria Police and City of Greater Geelong, has launched a new campaign called ShareOurShores.
The campaign aims to bring the community together with all organisations involved in dogs on beaches.
ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users and dogs.
ShareOurShores was launched in Ocean Grove at two identical campaign launch events, the first on Saturday 18 November and the second on Monday 20 November.
A panel of experts discussed the pros and cons involved in dogs on beaches and provided information on the current dog controls that are in place.
Barwon Coast is very concerned about risks to human and wildlife safety created by dogs on beaches. We are also worried about the impact dogs can have on the general amenity of our coastal reserves, Barwon Coast general manager Gary McPike said.
Some locals have admitted to us that they are frightened to visit the beach with small children for fear of a dog attack.
Many locals and visitors have expressed concerns about dogs on beaches directly to Barwon Coast and we are aware that it is a very prominent topic on local social media forums, he said.
Sergeant Shane Connolly of Victoria Police said: Unlawful behaviour by dog owners is of concern to the Bellarine police members as it poses a threat to public safety. We welcome our involvement in the ShareOurShores Campaign launch as it will enable us to speak with the community about anti-social behaviour and dog owners not adhering to dog control laws.
Barwon Coast is charged with the management of 13 kilometres of coastal Crown land from the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
Barwon Coast sets dog control orders that dictate the where, when and how people walking dogs may use the coastal reserves.
Dog Control Orders are enforced by officers from the City of Greater Geelong.

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21:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

19:49

Geelong Line Notification: Service update - Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

07:34 Wyndham Vale SCS will run with a reduced capacity of 3 carriages due to maintenance requirements. [05:49 20/11]

19:43

Geelong Line Notification: Service update - Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

08:04 South Geelong - SCS will run with a reduced capacity of 3 carriages due to maintenance requirements. 1 assist coach will be available for boarding at Wyndham Vale. [05:43 20/11]

18:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

10:00

Geelong Line Notification "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

20/11 - 08:39 Wyndham Vale - SCS will run with a reduced consist of 3 carriages due to maintenance requirements. 1 assist coach will be available for boarding at Wyndham Vale. [20:00 19/11]

Geelong Line Notification: Service update - Geelong line "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

20/11 - 07:36 Geelong - SCS will run with a reduced capacity of 3 carriages due to maintenance requirements. 2 assist coaches will be available for boarding at Tarneit. [20:00 19/11]

09:30

Open-Minded/Creative People Live In A Completely Different Reality, According to Study "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sure, there is obviously a big difference between close-minded people and open-minded people, right? But how deep does this difference run exactly?

For this study, one hundred and twenty-three people of different backgrounds were examined thoroughly. They were tested for open-mindedness which was done through five different categories. That being conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and the ability to maintain an open mind in general. After all of this, they then tested individuals for a phenomenon known as binocular rivalry which is something that occurs when each eye is shown a different image (one red and one green). Most people switch back and forth between the two images but some people merge the two into a red-green patch.

It was found that those who saw both images together were the ones who had also scored higher on the openness test in general. This led the researchers to theorize that open-minded people seem to create new mental routes in their minds and attain higher planes of thought. They also noted open-minded people were more creative thus meaning creative people see the world differently as well.

This seems to match up with several previous studies that suggested open people experienced things differently than most people. ScienceDirect says as follows on the study:

For instance, openness predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks (Kaufman et al., 2016; Silvia et al., 2008), which require one to identify multiple diverse uses for ordinary objects. For open people this seems to happen effortlessly, suggesting a more flexible way of combining information, perhaps even at low-levels of perceptual processing. For example, people high in openness display reductions in latent inhibition (i.e., attenuated attentional processing following repeated stimulus exposure) suggesting individual differences in preconscious attentional mechanisms (Peterson & Carson, 1999; Peterson, Smith, & Carson, 2002). Latent inhibition reflects an adaptive attentional gating system for screening out irrelevant information, but for open people this system appears to be more flexible, resulting in the continued processing of stimuli from which the average individual has disengaged. However, we are aware of no previous research examining whether openness relates to how...

02:21

Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than those in Liberal electorates.

The early gains were relatively easy. In the 1860s an extraordinary 20 per cent of boys didn't make it to the age of five. Twenty per cent of girls didn't make it to 10. By ensuring that children survived the first few years, we boosted expected lifespans to 67 for boys and 72 for girls.

Then came the cancer years. For two decades from the 1950s right through to the early '70s, life expectancies scarcely grew. Dem...

02:01

Gross State Product. Victoria top, but NSW the real winner "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.

The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.

But the league table takes no account of population growth.

Victoria had by far the strongest population growth during 2016-17. NSW and Queensland were well behind, and the other states even further behind. When adjusted for population, gross state product per resident grew fastest in South Australia (1.6 per cent) and NSW (1.3 per cent). Victoria's gross state product per resident grew just 0.9 per cent.

 

The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory did better than the states on all measures. The ACT recorded economic growth of 4.6 per cent and growth per resident of 2.9 per cent and the Northern Territory recording growth of 4 per cent and 3.7 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas brushed aside the per capita measure to declare that the overall 3.3 per cent result was higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal National Party government.

"This data once again shows the strength of Victoria's economy, and reinforces the direction we've steered our economy across three successive budgets with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need," he said.

In both big states the growth was broadly based with the production of "professional, scientific and technical services" the biggest contributor.

"For the past five years professional, sc...

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15:48

Noro on the Veendam? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

HAL VeendamA passenger sailing on a Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship near Greece contacted me today, stating that a number of guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms:

"I'm currently on MS Veendam. Left Fort Lauderdale on October 20th and due to return to Fort Lauderdale on December 8th. Currently docked in Souda, Greece. Leaving at 5:00 pm less than an hour from now. Souda port terminal has WiFi.

Noro started about four days ago. We did pick up passengers in Barcelona and some of them are sick now and seem to have gotten sick shortly after boarding from what I understand. One day there were 29 passengers and two crew sick . . .  Yesterday ...  only four new cases and no crew sick anymore. 

Ship is cleaning, isolating and taking precautions including not allowing passengers to handle food which is good."

It is currently unknown whether the gastrointestinal outbreak is in fact due to norovirus (or-coli or some other more exotic virus) because there will be no testing of the affected passenger's stools. 

In the last week, we have written about GI outbreaks which included the Crown Princess, which called on a U.S. port and had to report the outbreak to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Anthem of the Seas was experienced a similar outbreak affected many dozens of guests (around 100 people). The Anthem did not meet the percentage of guests who reported their symptoms to the ship infirmary, and therefore there is no official CDC report.  The Celebrity Solstice was also reportedly hit with an aggressive GI outbreak while sailing around Australia, according to news accounts. 

Holland America Line experienced 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. Only Princess Cruises suffered more norovirus/GI cases which were reported to the CDC during this time period. HAL suffered norovirus outbreaks on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and two outbreaks each on the Volendam and the Noordam this year.

Cruise ships on non-U.S. itineraries do not have to report GI outbreaks. 

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15:00

AGM Vic Branch of Sustainable Population Australia Nov 25 Hawthorn Library "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Public Seminar with two speakers: Jack Roach, immediate past president of Boroondara Residents Action Group and Adrian Whitehead. Adrian Whitehead will speak on "Population Perspectives, from global to local." Public Welcome. Free Parking near venue. Financial members may nominate for any committee positions. See details inside re how to nominate.

Sustainable Population Australia (Victorian and Tasmanian branch)
Annual General Meeting
Saturday November 25th 2017 at 2.00pm
Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Nominations for Committee Positions: Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee positions. Please email before 17thth November to victas@population.org.au or write to:

Returning Officer, Sustainable Population Australia, Victorian and Tasmanian branch,
P.O.BOX 556 Hawthorn 3122

Following the formal proceedings, please stay for our public seminar
Population perspectives: from global to local
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Presenters: Adrian Whitehead, Environmental campaigner &
Jack Roach: Immediate Past President Boroondara Residents Action Group
Free parking is available near the venue.
You are invited to stay for afternoon tea following the seminar

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