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Saturday, 16 December

23:27

Listen up. The jobs boom is real. And for once, government can take the credit "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Bureau of Statistics has produced some shockers wildly inaccurate employment statistics it has had to disown. But not this time.

An apparent employment surge in one month might be a statistical fluke, the result of a dodgy sample or flawed bad seasonal adjustment. But not a near-record surge that goes on for month after month, 14 of them in a row.

Over the past year a near-record 383,300 more Australians have been funnelled into employment, all but 87,700 of them full-time. In the past month (acknowledging the usual caveat) 61,600 were funnelled into work, all but 19,700 of them full-time.

We won't get the detailed breakdown until next week, but a look at the latest detailed breakdown we do have, for the year to August, shows that almost all of the jump in employment of 324,900 was in two industries: 'healthcare and social assistance' (130,600) and construction (104,400).

On Monday, Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas said the state was in the midst of a construction boom not seen since Premier Henry Bolte in the 1960s and 1970s. It's getting hard to find the right workers and hard to find steel and cement.

Much of it is the result of government road and rail projects, as in NSW. Much of that is due to the previous Australian treasurer Joe Hockey, who in 2014 awarded incentive payments to states that "recycled assets", selling roads and other things they owned in order to build new ones. Victoria and NSW started early, recycling some of their assets before the Commonwealth incentives.They made use of the riches that had been flooding in to their treasuries as Sydney and Melbourne property prices pushed stamp duty takings sky high.

Once it was thought that government investment "crowded out" the private sector. Not at the moment. It's because of the government investment programs that the private sector is investing too, building projects on contract, handing them over to state governments (which will later sell them) and then starting on the next one. The known pipeline stretches out beyond 20...

22:00

December 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


1794 Acting Governor of New South Wales Francis Grose flounced away from New South Wales for England.

1803 - On his way to England on the Cumberland, Matthew Flinders was forced to stop at Mauritius after his ship sprung a leak. He arrived just three months after Nicholas Baudin arrived and died there, also on his way home after exploring the Australian coastline. Flinders refused an invitation by Governor Captain-General De Caen to dine with him. Insulted by the rejection, De Caen accused Flinders of violating neutrality by entering Mauritius without authority and placed him under house arrest. Flinders remained there until June 1810 when the British blockaded the island, and De Caen released him.

1825 - Gov Ralph Darling arrived at Port Jackson in the Catherine Stewart and took over the reins from Sir Thomas Brisbane as Governor (19th December).

1833 - First professional theatrical performance held in Hobart at the Freemasons Tavern. The performance was of the farce, The Married Bachelor.

1845 - After a gruelling journey of 4827km, Leichhardt reached Port Essington in Australia's north.

1858 - Being drowned out by the loud snores from the public gallery the Victorian Parliament passed "An Act To Shorten The Duration of The Legislative Assembly" inflicting members of the Legislative Assembly on the public for only 3 years instead of the original 5.
And we all partied...

1859 - James Boor, a shepherd, is credited with the discovery of copper minerals at Wallaroo, South Oz on this day.

1872 - The Education Act was passed by the Victorian Government setting up an Education Department and guaranteeing children 'free, secular and compulsory education'.


1875 - A new ironworks blast furnace at Lithgow, NSW, fired up for the first time.

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20:37

FedCourt file re Gillard slush fund part of NSW Casino Control Authority investigation into Leighton Holdings "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On 13 June 1995 Bruce Wilson deposited a $20,160 cheque from Thiess (a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Ltd) into the Melbourne based slush-fund that would lead to the discovery of his corrupt network. The $20,160 was one of about 40 secret commission payments corruptly made by Thiess executives...

15:59

Flat as a tack "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Attachment disorder

Some unusual commentary and conclusions were drawn about the price of flats this week, derived from an Urbis survey of unsettled off-the-plan prices each quarter (which alas does not compare like-for-like sales). 

Apparently apartment prices boomed in Gold Coast and Melbourne, but nosedived in Brisbane, in just three months. 

Or not. 

In reality what tends to happen is the first user of a new apartment or townhouse pays a newness premium, which may be eroded on resale, especially in a soft market. 

For all the talk of property booms and unsustainable prices, median price growth in established apartments has, on average, been pretty muted outside Sydney, despite low interest rates. 

When you look at the last ten years of official figures from the ABS you'll find that only Sydney has recorded strong growth in the price of attached dwellings (and even this came off the back of nearly half a decade of flat or falling prices). 

Hobart has gone on a bit of a run over the past couple of years, the tight market sending the median asking price for a unit above $300,000 for the first time.


Melbourne's attached dwelling price index recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent over the decade to September 2017.

All other capital cities have only seen moderate price growth over the past decade - hardly a bubble looking set to burst - though if you wound the clock back to 2003 the growth rates would be considerably stronger in Pert...

15:16

100 Fiberglass and Resin Skulls Fill a Room at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ron Mueck, an Australian artist known for his hyperrealistic figural sculptures, has created his largest work to date. His installation Mass contains 100 human skulls which are scattered and stacked throughout a gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

The individual forms are created from fiberglass and resin, and when stood upright, rise to approximately three feet tall. In some areas of the installation piles reach five skulls in height, while in others visitors can approach individual works resting on the gallerys floor. Placed amongst gilded paintings the works offer a somber reality, a morose peek into what physically relates each of us.

Mass opens December 15, 2017 as a part of the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria Triennial. Mueck is one of 100 international creatives that has contributed work to the exhibition which will run through April 18, 2018. (via Designboom)

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14:55

Colorfully Glazed Donuts Inspired by Pop Culture Are Expertly Crafted Ceramics "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ceramic Glaze Donuts by Jae Yong Kim

Whether its glittering galaxy glazes or adorable animal-inspired icing designs, its evident that donuts make the perfect shaped canvas for food-inspired artists around the world. Influenced by his time spent living in the United States, South Korean ceramicist Jae Yong Kim creates delectable donut designs inspired by pop culture and famous artworks. They may look good enough to eat, but are for display only. The realistic pastries are actually hand-sculpted from clay, painted and glazed, and often adorned with glitter and Swarovski crystals.

References to modern art has been a continuous theme for Kim, who has hand-sculpted hundreds of ceramic donuts glazed in brightly colored patterns. From Roy Lichtenstein-esque polka dots, to Jackson Pollock-inspired splattered paint and swirls, Kim views each donut as a small painting. Each piece can take days to create, with the glazing process requiring three or four firings in the kiln to achieve the glossy finish. Kims donuts have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs all over the world, such as Art Miami, where he presented Homage to Kusamaa collection of donuts decorated in Yayoi Kusama's iconic yellow and black patterns.

You can see more of Kims ceramic delights on Instagram.

South Korean ceramicist Jae Yong Kim sculpts donuts out of clay, inspired by modern art.

Ceramic Glaze Donuts by Jae Yong Kim...

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09:46

New order "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Slowdown

More evidence of an orderly slowdown in the housing market, with new home sales following approvals higher again in recent months. 

The November 2017 figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) showed that new homes sales were a moderate 6 per cent below where they were a year ago, following a record run through this cycle.

Building approvals remained relatively flat from a year earlier, as analysed here previously

Source: HIA

Victoria has been the strongest of the main markets for new home sales, and Western Australia the weakest (partly in response to more restrictive policies for first homebuyers).

The HIA expects new home sales to cool further in 2018.

Fundamentals balanced

As for the other market fundamentals, they have generally been strengthening.

While dwelling commencements ease, immigration increased by 27 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a very strong +245,500, largely focused on Sydney and Melbourne.

Much of the increase in recent times relates to temporary visas.

Partly for that reason, internal migration trends are at least as important.

Meanwhile trend employment growth hit the highest level ever recorded this month at +371,000, helping New South Wales return to full employment already, as the other states im...

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Friday, 15 December

23:15

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Thieves fleece farmers in Ballarat "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police at Ballarat are hoping to identify not so sheepish thieves who stole more than 60 sheep in Ballarat last week.

22:00

December 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1791 - Whalers Matilda and Mary Ann arrived at Sydney from the "Coast to the south" (Illawarra).

1807 - John Macarthur was arrested on a second warrant, and granted bail. Upon his commitment for trial before the Criminal Court, he demanded payment of a 15-year old debt from Judge-Advocate Atkins.

1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie set in motion the move of the settlement at Port Dalrymple back to the George Town site on Outer Cove from York Town. He renamed the locality York Cove.

1817 - Colonial architect Francis Greenway was given a conditional pardon.
1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell arrived in the area the Aborigines call Corayo (Corio)

 on a bay called Jillong (Geelong)

1826 - Joshua John Moore is recorded as the first European landowner in the area known as the Limestone Plains. In 1824 he took out a ticket-of-occupation for 2000 acres on what is to become the site of Canberra. In 1825 he obtained permission to purchase 1000 acres of unoccupied land, but does not exercise his option to purchase until 16 December 1826 when he writes:
"The land I wish to purchase is situate at Canbery on the E. bank of the river which waters Limestone Plains, above its junction with the Murrumbeeja [sic], adjoining the grant of Mr Robert Campbell snr."He had already built huts and stockyards on the ridge where the Canberra Community Hospital now stands and enclosed thirty acres (12 ha) for cultivation.


1845 - Thomas Mitchell departed Orange, New South Wales, in search of a great river flowing to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

1860 Burke, Wills, Gray and King strolled off from Cooper's Creek in the general direction of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Will you tell them or shall I ...?

1876 - British Government agrees to send a Military Engineer to Australia to advise on its defences.

1888 - Melbourne's Princes Bridge was opened.


1900 - Bushfires ravaged Benalla and Wangaratta, Vic.

1903 After 8 years the great drought broke in most states of mainland Oz.
Which was seen as a sign from heaven when women were allowed to vote in Oz in federal elections for the first time.

1903 - Held in Victoria on this day was Australia's second federal election and the first (worldwide) in which women have the right to vote and the opportunity to stand for national Parliament.Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel and Mary Ann Bentley stood for the Senate. Selina Siggins stood f...

18:30

Artists Protest Australian Museums Deal with Security Firm that Allegedly Abused Asylum-Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

<i>Love Story</i>, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)Love Story, installation view (courtesy of Candice Breitz and KOW, Berlin)

Earlier this week, the South African artist Candice Breitz changed the title of one of her works to protest that the Australian museum hosting it hired a security firm that allegedly abused refugees at detention centers. Her action and accompanying statement have moved other artists to join in the protest.

The work in question, a video in which actors including Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore recite the stories of refugees, is featured in the inaugural NGV Triennial, which opened today at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The works original title was Love Story; due to the NGVs contract with Wilson Security a company whose human rights abuses at Australias offshore detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru came to light in August 2016 Breitz has retitled it Wilson Must Go. In a statement posted on Facebook (and included in...

16:45

Quirky New Felt Storybook Characters by Cat Rabbit "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Textile artist Cat Rabbit (previously) continues to produce a variety of croissant-headed spindly-legged felt creatures, all made by hand in her Melbourne studio. Many of the pieces seen here are special commissions, and several characters also make appearances in storybooks called Soft Stories, a collaboration with Isobel Knowles. You can see more Cat Rabbit goodness on Etsy and in her shop. (via Lustik)

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15:35

The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense.  Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised.  The origin is always elsewhere.

Australias politicians represent this more starkly than most.  Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office.  Whether it is the large party machines that often back them, drawing and quartering their individuality, or a powerful lobby that threatens and cajoles them, the Australian politician is at the mercy of various earthly and often nasty powers.  The one judge of the matter, the public, is left out.

The fall of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had become a distraction of such proportion as to drive opposition leader Bill Shorten potty, constitutes the first conspicuous casualty of this dilemma: that of the bought politician. But it all seemed so convenient, and easy.

Today, after much reflection, concluded Dastyari, Ive decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is not to return to the Senate in 2018.  His Labor values had told him like a high gospel power that his continued presence in the party room had detracted from the pursuit of Labors mission.

Dastyari had certainly bumbled and bungled his way into a corner so narrow that no tomfoolery could extricate him.  Excuses that had been made in the past (oh, cheeky Sam; or what a lark) had run out of steam.

The list of grievances against him had become a lengthy one. Over a year ago, it was revealed that he permitted a company owned by Huang Xiangmo, with claimed links to the Chinese communist party, to foot a legal bill for his office.  Such a donation, as it was termed, saw him resign from the front bench.  (It is worth noting that Huang had donated generously to the Liberal Party as well a far from negligible $50,000 to the Victorian branch in November 2014.)

Then came the revelation, scenting of a targeted intelligence leak, that the senator had been cautionary to the billionaire prior to a meeting: leave the phones behind, he suggested, as they were surely surveillance targets.

But of all such detractions and transgressions, an umbrella theme of sorts had emerged. Dastyari was to be crucified for being too close to a power that is both boon and bugbear for Australia. His behaviour had revealed a dark future, one of Chinese influence edging out US suasion.  In Australia, this has assumed something of a binary idiocy, the either or of allegi...

08:38

Australia resists efforts to ban nuclear weapons, and Australian Prime Minister snubs ICAN Nobel Peace Prize win, "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Instead of congratulating ICAN on its Nobel Peace Prize, Australia is resisting efforts to ban the bomb , The Conversation, Ramesh Thakur,
Professor of International Relations, Australian National University December 14, 2017 
Earlier this week in Oslo, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was officially givento the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a global campaign that was launched in Melbourne in 2007.

ICAN lobbied to establish a special UN working group on nuclear disarmament, campaigned for the UN General Assemblys December 2016 resolution to launch negotiations on a prohibition treaty, and was an active presence at the UN conference that negotiated the treaty.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull failed to congratulate the Australian faces of ICAN, addin...

08:31

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08:26

CEFC passes 1GW big solar milestone, after backing two new projects RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

CEFC notches up 1 gigawatt of big solar investment across Australia, after committing another $207m to two new projects in Victoria and Queensland.

via CEFC passes 1GW big solar milestone, after backing two new projects RenewEconomy


07:18

MEDIA RELEASE 15/12 | PNG SUPREME COURT RULES MAJOR VICTORY TO MANUS ASYLUM SEEKERS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE  PNG SUPREME COURT RULES MAJOR VICTORY TO MANUS ASYLUM SEEKERS  The full bench of the PNG Supreme Court today (Friday) finally handed a ruling formally finding that the human rights of all those sent to Manus Island have been breached.  The victory comes after almost two years of deliberate attempts(...)

07:06

Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australias population - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities. This article was first published on Macrobusiness at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/12/peta-credlin-give-us-national-debate-vote-australias-population/ on December 15 2017.

By Leith van Onselen

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities:


Last night, Ms Credlin delivered a detailed monologue on Sky News calling for immigration levels to be normalised back to their historical average, as well as demanding that our federal politicians give Australians a national debate and vote on Australias future population size.

While the whole video is well worth watching, heres a few key quotes:

Overcrowded streets, busy roads, nowhere to park, over development, unaffordable housing, cramped schools, and in the words of many locals, far too many highrises. These were the concerns raised today [in Bennelong], and they are all code for population growth

What I can...

05:56

Focus on Opportunity to Win in Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hear that noise? Thats the rumble of Australians talking. Thats because theres more of us every passing day.

Australias net migration is booming, according to the latest statistics. In the 12 months to July, we saw 245,400 people move here.

Apparently, those kinds of heady numbers havent been since 2009.

New South Wales and Victoria are taking the bulk of them.

If you take any pride in Australias record run without a recession and healthy GDP growth, you can mostly pin it down to these arrivals.

Australias economy grows because we keep stuffing more people in it.

Its not because were a hotbed of innovation and productivity.

It keeps the bankers and property developers happy.

It means plenty of fresh meat up for grabs. The sharks come out when theres blood in the water.

The Australian Financial Review reports that massive US private equity firm Blackstone is preparing to launch its own home lending arm out here.

It will service the market the banks are being forced to shun for regulatory reasons.

Think foreign buyers, Aussies with offshore income, and property investors that dont pass the conventional metrics and barriers.

More credit is bullish for the economy

China to keep Aussie tourism booming for years

We can say the same thing about Chinese tourists. China is on track to overtake New Zealand as our number one market as early as next month.

This will be one of the biggest growth markets worldwide for years.

I cannot imagine what the classic European cities will look like in a few years.

Theyre already strained with the hordes of Americans, Australians and all the rest as they are now.

What happens when we add in a middle class bigger than that of the US?

No wonder hedge fund veteran Jim Rogers says the best thing you can do for your children is to teach them Mandarin.

There were about 1.2 million Chinese visitors to Australia in 2016. That number is expected to triple by 2026.

One stock to keep an eye on here is AuMake International Ltd [ASX:AU8].

It runs a network of stores full of Aussie goods that Chinese tourists and the daigou shoppers can stock up on.

Think infant formula, vitamins, milk power, hone and wool products. Youve no doubt heard about these trends bef...

05:13

After liberalism: a response to Safe White Spaces "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There has been recent noise around whiteness in the arts in Australia, Melbourne in particular, due in part to Andy Butlers article Safe White Spaces. Some of us have been talking about this for some time, but now it feels different, on account of the voices being heard and the opinions being seriously considered. This might be the demographic reckoning that is starting to happen as a consequence of the end of the White Australia Policy.

04:47

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19:25 SCS - South Geelong will not run and has been replaced by road coaches due to maintenance requirements. [14:47 15/12]

02:52

Thank Folk Its Friday 15th December "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime released their new video That Ole Train. Details here Americana duo Carpenter Caswell released their new video Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty. Details here Ruby Boots released her brand new single Dont Talk About []

02:52

FIVE reasons why you should support RISEs New Years Appeal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dear Supporter,

This month RISE is launching our New Years Appeal for 2018. Your support will allow us to continue challenging the harmful and xenophobic refugee policies and discourses which surround eX-detainees, refugees and asylum seekers and pervade social and political spheres both locally and globally. We rely heavily on public donations to ensure that we are able to continue meeting the needs of our members, and assisting those who fall through the cracks of the system.

FIVE reasons why you should support RISEs New Years Appeal

RISE projects and campaigns are entirely run and developed by eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees.
RISE does not accept federal or state government funding.
RISE runs 18 projects throughout the year, and so far, over 3000 eX-detainees, asylum seekers and refugees have registered as members.
We work on long term structural changes which support the freedom of refugees and their self-determination process.
We run national and international refugee rights campaigns, publications and actions without any support from philanthropists or donors.
Your donation is critical to increasing our resource capacity, and will enable our dedicated team of staff and volunteers to continue providing essential services to our communities.

Lend us your support by making a tax-deductible donation today.
https://www.givenow.com.au/risenewyearappeal2018

Nothing About Us Without Us.
RISE Team

02:20

ALBUM REVIEW: Gretta Ziller Queen Of Boomtown "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Its been a long time coming but Melbournes Gretta Ziller has finally released her debut solo album, the followup to her Hells Half Acre EP from 2014. The good news is that it exceeds the expectations she set up with that fine EP, digging deeper and taking her songwriting and singing to some impressive and Continue reading

01:35

Contest for captaincy "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Dual Ocean Grove Football Club best-and-fairest winner James Linton and star ruckman Andrew Jarvis remain the leading candidates for the vacant senior captaincy role.
In only his second season at Ocean Grove, Linton won back-to-back Damian Clark medals in September this year after his individual triumph in 2016.
During the pre-season former Grubber captain Kelly Williams informed club of his decision to stand down from captaincy duties in 2018.
Williams, 30, managed only 13 senior BFL games and was troubled by a persistent back injury in 2017.
Williams who missed the Grubbers first four rounds of this season, will stay on as a senior player at Ocean Grove in 2018.
Linton and Jarvis are among four candidates vying for the prized role at Ocean Grove.
The gun players were pictured this month at Grubber pre-season training at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve to promote Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs Rip to River Classic on Saturday 6 January.
Grubber senior players Matt Caldow and Kaiden Long a part of the leadership group in 2017 were both nominated for role.
The Ocean Grove Football Club is expected to name its new senior captain in the coming weeks.
The Grubbers will re-commence their pre-season in late January after a break over Christmas and the New Year period.

The post Contest for captaincy appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

01:32

Guide to the environment "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The launch of the Ocean Grove Environment Booklet Discover The Real Ocean Grove was held at The Pavilion on 7 December.
Attended by 90 representatives of local environment and community groups, it was a celebration of the environmental values of Ocean Grove.
Councillor Stephanie Asher launched the booklet and described it as a great example of what can be achieved when a community works together and important in ensuring we all understand the value of our environment and the biodiversity it supports.
Program manager Matt Crawley said the booklet was three years in the making and included contributions from dozens of community individuals and 10 community groups and organisations.
Financial support for the project was received from City of Greater Geelong, Barwon Coast, Ocean Grove Connected Communities, Ocean Grove Coastcare, Rotary Ocean Grove, Dept of Environment Land Water and Planning and Ocean Grove Camera and Photo.
The booklet invites you to discover the natural values that Ocean Grove has to offer.
From old growth woodlands and wetlands, through to coast and estuary. There is so much to discover.
To obtain a free copy head to the Ocean Grove Library and CoGG Information centre or your local cafe to where booklets have found their way.
Further information can be found at environmentbellarine.org.au or matt.bcn@environmentbellarine.org.au

The post Guide to the environment appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

01:19

Webb Dock battle is a front line in a bigger war to reshape Australian workplaces "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As the battle on Melbournes Webb dock over rights at work continues, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has released a report, which shows that the company calling the shots, has a record of using methods that have embroiled it in industrial disputes around the world.

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is operating at Webb Dock, through its subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

Paddy Crumlin, the President of the ITF said, ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, which has led to protracted disputes and protests around the world, to the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) terminal at Webb Dock.

ICTSIs insistence on bringing its anti-worker business model to Australia is being met with the resistance you would expect from workers unions, politicians and the local community with an industrial dispute on the cusp of entering its third week with no end in sight.

No matter where you look across ICTSIs global network, there is industrial trouble because the company insists on running an anti-worker, union busting agenda, and no-one wants that at the expense of decent pay, conditions and job security.

Weve seen ongoing dramas in Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and the cancer has now spread to Australia. Everyone is awake to ICTSIs destructive ways and wont cop it anymore.

Paddy Crumlin added that VICT publicly alleged that it was illegal for them to employ this worker and that his application for a MSIC card was rejected twice. VICTs claims are categorically false and this worker was granted a MSIC card on the 8th of December.

ICTSI is deliberately running smokescreens and we need to focus on the facts. Management deceptively created the cause of this dispute. This dockworker was targeted for being a union delegate, and sacked after trying to raise legitimate concerns with management regarding the bullying and intimidation of workers.

It is the broken promises related to permanency and rates of pay, managements disregard for worker safety by attempting to override safety officers and experienced dockworkers, and the targeting of MUA members that led to this dispute.

Despite a great deal of disinformation being put through the media, the reality of this dispute is starting to get though. Proof of this is the growing community support for th...

01:13

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The 16:39 South Geelong to Southern Cross will not run due to staff illness. Customers to travel via the 16:50 Waurn Ponds to Southern Cross. [11:13 15/12]

01:05

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The 15:10 Southern Cross to South Geelong will not run due staff illness. Customers to travel via the 15:30 Southern Cross to Waurn Ponds. [11:05 15/12]

Thursday, 14 December

23:59

Accused Bourke St driver to face court "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Dimitrious Gargasoulas

A man charged over the deaths of six people during Melbournes Bourke Street rampage is due to face court.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 27, is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a committal mention.

The prosecution and his defence team are expected to advise the court how the case will proceed amid concerns about Gargasoulas fitness to stand trial.Gargasoulas is facing six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder after a car mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne on January 20.

He is accused of driving through the Melbourne CBD, deliberately striking pedestrians around Bourke and Queen streets as the area teemed with lunchtime crowds, before he was shot and wounded by police.

The post Accused Bourke St driver to face court appeared first on Echonetdaily.

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