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Wednesday, 10 January

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Tuesday, 09 January

22:59

Stand-in triumphs as Rocky Horror goes on "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Rising star Adam Rennie is earning critical acclaim after taking on the lead role in the Rocky Horror Show, vacated by Craig McLachlan amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Rennie took to the Adelaide Festival Centre stage on Tuesday night for the first performance since McLachlan agreed to leave the show.
Three cast members from the 2014 production of the popular musical have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that the 52-year-old inappropriately touched them or exposed himself.
A woman and a man who worked as part of the crew have also gone to Victorian police who are investigating the allegations.
McLachlan has denied any wrongdoing and the shows producers say they first learned the details of the allegations in media reports this week.
But they have promised to cooperate fully with authorities and conduct an internal investigation.
Heading into Tuesdays nights show, fans had mixed views on whether or not he should have withdrawn.
But critics praised Rennies work, the Adelaide Advertiser describing it as a triumph.
Audience members also took to Twitter describing him as incredible and genuine and hilarious.
The allegations against McLachlan come from actresses Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi.
Whelan Browne said McLachlan, who played transvestite Frank N Furter to her character Janet, indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi alleged McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
The two women have also rejected suggestions the producers werent told of McLachlans behaviour.
There were two people in management that I spoke to directly and I cant imagine that they could look me in the face and say that those conversations never happened, Scundi told the 7.30 Report.
Whelan Browne said she spoke to the managing director of the production company, John Frost.
I went to John, which he says he doesnt recall, another cast member also spoke to him that day. So, thats two people who spoke to him and if he doesnt recall it, we do, she said.
McLachlan has described all the allegations as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.

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18:25

Melbourne goes apartment ballistic "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Economy picking up

When you anticipate something incorrectly it's best to admit it quickly and move on instead of trying to find evidence to support your bad call.

In 2017 I wrote on this blog that the economy seemed sluggish and interest rates might fall in 2018, but it seems we can forget that now.

2018 is barely a week old and after booming employment growth in 2017 this year we've already seen commodity prices such as iron ore surging, Pilbara's monthly iron ore exports hitting a record high, and consumer confidence surging to the highest level since 2013. 

The tourism and education sectors are firing, infrastructure projects have seen construction work expanding significantly, and services investment is looking up (while mining investment has actually been rising again after five years of declines).

And now, in case all that wasn't enough, residential construction is defying gloomy predictions too. 

Melbourne units surge

Building approvals trounced market expectations of a decline in rising by +11.7 per cent to 21,055 in November, the third highest monthly result ever, and with commercial approvals also rising the total value of approvals jumped +14.7 per cent to a record high of $7.7 billion. 

Kaboom indeed.

The monthly increase in residential approvals was almost entirely due to a thumping 6,287 attached dwellings approved in Melbourne, the biggest monthly result ever recorded for any capital city. 

Melbourne has seen 14,858 dwellings approved in the space of just two months, including a massive 9,754 units and townhouses (whether they actually get built is another matter entirely, with APRA apparently doing its level best to strangle access to housing credit). 

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09:41

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #576 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online Newsletter | #576 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #576 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 9th January 2018 to Monday 15th January 2018 Eat, Drink, WaterTaxi to the Tennis Enjoy a meal at BearBrass and then enjoy a return trip with Melbourne Water Taxis along the Yarra to Melbourne Park. Tennis WaterTaxi | Book Online Free Things To Do in January .nobrtable br { display: none } 7 genuinely free and fun things to do in Melbourne. 1. Screen Worlds - ACMI will change the way you think about moving image. 2. NGV Triennial - exhibition of contemporary art. 3. Linden Postcard Show - art competition back for it's 27th year. 4. NGV Kids Summer Festival - how we can play, move and make. 5. Australian Music Vault - the story of Australian music. 6. Tai Chi & Qigong Class - Join Tai Chi Australia for a free class at Fed Square. 7. CERES | Environmental Park - thriving, vibrant free community. Portarlington Mussel Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Saturday January 13th 2018 - 100 stalls, music, roving entertainers, art shows, cooking demonstrations, tastings + 10 ton of mussels> Portarlington Mussel Festival 2018 French Festival @ Werribee Park .nobrtable br { display: none } Wine. Dine. Dance in the summer festival of pleasures. Its a party, a picnic, a celebration of life and culture, the Frenchy way. So Frenchy So Chic | Buy Tickets The Unbelievables are Unbelievable! .nobrtable br { display: none } Featuring the greatest acts from around the globe The Unbelievables has it all jaw-dropping magic breathtaking circus and the world's most spectacular dancers. 3 - 13 January 2018 | The Unbelievables | Hamer Hall Midsumma Carnival .nobrtable br { display: none } The most fabulous queer-day-out at Alexandra Gardens on Sunday 14th January 2018 and it's free. Midsumma Carnival 2018 Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical .nobrtable br { display: none } Starring David Campbell and a sensational cast including an 18-piece big band Dream Lover is a big show with a big score and a big heart.. Until 21 January: Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical | State Theatre Frankston Waterfront Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } 2 spectacular days of live music, beach and water sports, market stalls, delicious food, wine, cider and craft beer. Frankston Waterfront Festival 2018 Frankston Sand Sculpting Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } Do not miss your chance to see 3500 tonnes of sand transformed intricately into life sized sand sculptures by the worlds best artists. 26 DEC 2017 25 APRIL 2018 - Aladdin & The Arabian Tales NGV Triennial Exhibition .nobrtable br { display: none } Featuring the work of 60 artists and designers from 30 countries the NGV Triennial surveys the worlds best art and design across cultures scales geo...

07:22

Australians Welcome Same-Sex Marriage Laws with Midnight Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Felicity Evers and Jenny Thompson are married in a ceremony in Newcastle, Australia, January 9, 2018. Credit: AAP/Dan Himbrechts/via Reuters

Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.

It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.

For me Deannes always been my wife...

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13:05 Southern Cross - Warrnambool is delayed by approximately 16 minutes due to track congestion.
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03:03

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12:04 South Geelong to SCS train is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to a fault on a previous train service [13:03 09/01]

01:02

Top Cop Graham Ashton head of organisation committing criminal offences? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

So it seems that the CEO of an organisation committing criminal offences is back in 'business'.


Can you make your allegations of criminal activities stick???


Just a reminder that the police hand out fines 'unlawfully';

See document;

Ex Victorian police officer comments on fines at:
https://corpau.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/ex-victorian-police-officer-comments-on.html

01:00

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09:18 Warrnambool - Southern Cross train is delayed by approximately 19 minutes due to a train fault on a previous service. 

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Monday, 08 January

23:31

North Coast gay couple wed on first legal day "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan were among the first Australian gay couples to tie the knot as the new legislation came into effect overnight. Photo ABC

A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.

The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.

Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.

Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.

Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.

In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.

The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.

Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.

She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.

Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.

On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.

Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...

22:31

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09:24 South Geelong - Southern Cross service will not run due to a train fault. Customers are asked to catch the 09:35 Waurn Ponds with additional stops at Corio and Little River. 

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22:00

January 9 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta, turned up his toes at age 83.

1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.

1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.

1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'

1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.

1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.

1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.

1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.

1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...

1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !

1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.

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17:23

This Swallowable Gas Sensor Could Improve Your Diet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A new ingestable capsule may also make it easier for doctors to diagnose gut disorders Photo: RMIT University

Is your diet working? A new ingestible gas sensor may be able to tell.

An Australian team has developed the first gas-diagnosing intestinal pill ever to be tested in people. As the researchers report today in the journal Nature Electronics, this smart capsule reliably measured levels of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide as it journeyed through the innards of six healthy volunteers, revealing the impact of dietary fiber intake on microbial activity in the small intestines and colon.

Not only might this electronic pill one day shape custom diets for optimal gut health; it could also help doctors distinguish between the early signs of different GI disorders, such as malabsorption syndrome, Crohns disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even colon cancer.

At the moment, we have no tool to differentiate between these different things, says Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, an electronic engineer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, who led the research. A colonoscopy can only reveal inflammatory lesions or cancerous polyps that are visible with a cameraand by that point, people have often suffered with gut discomfort and without a diagnosis for years.

Thats too late, says Kalantar-zadeh, who envisions people popping a swallowable sensor once or twice a year to detect disease early on. If gas profiles around the norm change, he explains, then wed know we have a problem with the gut.

On its surface, the gas capsule looks like an over-the-counter supplement youd buy at any GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. But within its inch-long polyethylene shell are two gas sensors, a temperature sensor, a microcontroller, a radio-frequency transmitter, and button-sized silver-oxide batteries. The gas sensors are sealed within a special membrane that allows gas in but keeps out stomach acid and digestive juices.

Kalantar-zadehs ingestible capsule would be the first to provide information about the chemical composition of the gut.

09:47

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19:13 Southern Cross - Warrnambool train is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to an unruly passenger.

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06:27

Geelong Line Notification "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

16:51 SCS to Wyndham Vale train will operate with reduced capacity this afternoon [16:27 08/01]

05:37

The Porch Sessions on Tour for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions Once again Adelaides favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This years tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart []

05:13

AFRICAN AUSTRALIANS ARE EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

 

AFRICAN AUSTRALIANS ARE EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS

Monday 8th January, 2018

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledges that the vast majority of Australians from African heritage are everyday mums and dads who contribute to our society including our workforce. ECCV Chairperson Cr Kris Pavlidis explains Many African Australians have established and continue to nurture supportive families and community organisations where intergenerational groups celebrate their heritage culture and enjoy living a decent Australian way of life.

ECCV condemns unlawful behaviour and recognises that the issue of our states crime will be dealt with by the appropriate authorities. In light of recent incidents involving individual offenders, ECCV finds it unfair that the actions of a few are used to smear the reputation of particular multicultural communities.

ECCV is particularly concerned about the discrimination of young members of our community in the media with unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics such as race and nationality.

Young Australians from diverse African communities have expressed concerns about the harassment and stigma they experience on a daily basis including when harmlessly going about their daily lives.

In an ECCV Submission on the Draft Victorian African Communities Action Plan (December 2017), the ECCV made key recommendations supporting diverse African communities which included intergenerational relationships, parenting and pathways training to support employment and career opportunities.

Kris Pavlidis says that the ECCV will continue the work with community and relevant authorities towards intercultural and intergenerational solutions to youth justice issues among Australian youth from African heritage. 

The ECCV Chairperson Kris Pavlidis encourages media outlets and journalists to focus on its ethical responsibility to impartiality and reporting on the core issues affecting society rather than singling out ethnic groups.

 

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

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04:24

Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

15:24 South Geelong - Southern Cross train will not run due to an unruly customer. Customers are asked to catch the 15:35 Waurn Ponds to SCS with additional stops at Corio and Little River 

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04:05

Geelong Line Notification: Service Disruption "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

13:50 Southern Cross to South Geelong train will not run due to an unruly customer. Customers please catch the 14:10 SCS to Waurn Ponds with additional stops at Little River and Corio. [14:05 08/01]

02:16

Geelong Line Notification: Delay "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

09:18 Warrnambool - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 30 minutes due to a train fault.

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02:16

Geelong Line Notification: Service change "geelong IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:15 Waurn Ponds - Southern Cross will originate at Marshall due to late running of service from Warrnambool.  Coaches available from Waurn Ponds
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00:03

Police investigate McLachlan allegations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gold Logie winner Craig McLaughlan has been accused of sexual misconduct by former colleagues. (youtube)

Victoria Police have confirmed theyre investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan.

Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan, 52, inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.

McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as baseless.

They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.

These allegations are ALL made up.

But Victoria Police has confirmed its investigating.Detectives from Melbourne SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team) are investigating allegations of sexual offences dating back to 2014, it said in a statement on Monday.

As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.

The actor is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.

He is also set to star in the return of the popular Doctor Blake Mysteries on Channel Seven later this year, and the network has been contacted for comment.

McLachlan is the latest high-profile man in the entertainment and media industry to be accused following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US.

Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.

She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.

She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.

But she said during Rocky Horror that McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.

Scundi said McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.

She said when she confronted him about the unwanted kiss, he abused and threatened her.

I said, Dont you kiss me. Dont you do that ever again and he turned. I havent fe...

Sunday, 07 January

22:54

Government gives mental health $110m boost "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.

News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblues education drive.

Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.

Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community, he told Melbournes Herald Sun.

These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.

Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.

Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).

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