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Friday, 04 January

15:00

Snarl.com.au: Ballarat - Midland Highway (A300) "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Sporting/Social Event - 1 lane closed southbound

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Thursday, 03 January

11:00

Geelong Line Notification: Service reduction - Geelong line "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

04/01 - 05:12 Marshall - Southern Cross and 05:22 Waurn Ponds - Southern Cross will both run with a reduced capacity of 3 carriages. [21:00 03/01]

09:32

Geelong Line Notification: Delay "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

19:13 Southern Cross - Warrnambool is delayed by approximately 15 minutes. 

[19:32 03/01]

00:13

January 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1788 - Captain Arthur Phillip was on board HMS Supply when, bored to tears from the long First Fleet voyage, Smarty-Arty played Eye, Spy with the coast of Van Diemen's Land.

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about, left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 - Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria opened in Melbourne.

1861 - The Wallsend Railway Branch line (NSW...

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Wednesday, 02 January

23:43

Gliding on a Lake "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Gliding on a Lake is a track from my album Mysteries of Gaia.

15:54

Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):


Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for terraces...no thanks!). 

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07:21

Geelong Line Notification: Service change "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

19:09 Waurn Ponds - Southern Cross will not run. Customers are asked to catch the 19:34 Waurn Ponds - SCS service. Alternative transport will be available for customers travelling from Marshall.

[17:21 02/01]

07:20

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

17:24 South Geelong - Southern Cross will not stop at Wyndham Vale, Tarneit or Deer Park due to a track fault. Customers for these stations are asked to exit the train at Footscray and catch the next Geelong service. [17:20 02/01]

07:13

Geelong Line Notification: Service change - Geelong line "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

17:46 Southern Cross - Waurn Ponds will not run. Customers can catch the 17:56 Southern Cross - Marshall service. Customers for the Corio and North Shore can catch the 18:05 Southern Cross - Geelong service. [17:13 02/01]

06:52

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

16:15 Waurn Ponds - SCS will not stop at Wyndham Vale, Tarneit or Deer Park due to a track fault. Customers for these stations are asked to exit the train at Footscray and catch the next Geelong service. [16:52 02/01]

06:34

Geelong Line Notification: Service reduction - Geelong line "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

16:48 Southern Cross - South Geelong will run with a reduced capacity of 3 carriages. [16:34 02/01]

05:21

MEDIA RELEASE 2/1 | GOVERNMENT DETENTION CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT IS A FRAUD "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribynong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture. The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribynong, said(...)

03:50

Get ready: Aussie property falls to get worse "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Welcome back.

Just like that, a new year begins.

Although I am going to begin the new year with a look back at what happened last year.

The so-called Santa rally never came to the markets in 2018.

That is, a small spurt for stocks to finish the year higher.

The broader Aussie market sold off as December came to an end.

Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 finished December where it started.

Major indices in the US, on the other hand, were savagely sold off as the year wrapped up.

And it turns out Aussie house prices took a bigger beating than most expected.

New year, same news

The last week of a year, and the first week of the new year, is my favourite time.

In Australia, theres generally very little do, other than complain about the heat. Most places are closed. Theres no rushing from place to place. You have time to finally finish that project you started a year ago, or enjoy guilt-free Netflix binges. You lose track of the days. The markets are quiet.

The time of year when you actually have the time to read the paper but theres nothing really new to read.

Take The Age this morning.

It kicked off the year talking about falling Aussie house prices. Again.

According to The Age, theres more doom and gloom ahead for the property sector in 2019. Todays headline is: Weakest property market since 2008: Sydney, Melbourne house prices tumble.

According to the article, Sydney house prices fell 10% for 2018, while Melbourne prices are down 9%. Australias two largest cities contributed to a nationwide property fall of 4.8% for the year.

The good news is that the average Joe didnt bear the brunt of the falls.

Turns out, the worst performing areas are where the rich people live.

It seems that houses in inner Sydney and Melbournes inner east are falling the most. Both areas saw double-digit falls for 2018.

Basically, multimillion-dollar houses are dropping back and becoming just million-dollar homes.

This skews the data somewhat, in the sense that the percentage figure of property price falls looks bigger. I mean, theres only a select group of people who can buy in those areas. So, already the number of purchases is reduced.

But the gloomy outlook doesnt end there.

Not only that, but The Age has wheeled out an economist or two to suggest that the falls will get even bigger in 2019.

Ah yes. New year but with th...

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Tuesday, 01 January

22:28

The joy of forgetting "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I just read (on a plane) The Labyrinth Index the latest novel in Charlie Stross Laundry series (a mashup of HP Lovecraft and Len Deighton). The central conceit is a spell which causes Americans to forget the existence of the President whenever they go to sleep. After reading the book and nodding off, I had a dream that someone has a similar office in Australia, with a couple of deputies, one in charge of the bush and another in charge of the money. On waking though, I couldnt remember any of these.

Update: Apparently, Im not alone.

20:03

Australian Labor Party commits to recognizing Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In Australia we have a significant lobbying force for the Palestinian position within the political sphere. The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN) is quite active and effective at running campaigns to highlight the plight of Palestinians. For example, they have had great success with a campaign entitled No Way to Treat a Child which chronicled the conditions under which Palestinian children are convicted and incarcerated in military tribunals.

Along with elder statesman and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr, APAN has also been lobbying for recognition of the state of Palestine within the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The Labor Party is in opposition in the Australian parliament to the ruling center-right Coalition bloc, of Liberal and National party members.

Two weeks ago on December 16 to 18, the ALP held its triennial national conference in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. Persistent efforts to engage with senior members of the current ALP parliamentary group appear to be having results. APAN is a very diverse group. On the executive board are a retired Anglican Bishop, Palestinians of both Muslim and Christian heritage, secularists and a professor of Jewish background. They all participated in efforts leading up to the conference as this is the arena where policy positions are debated and then adopted.

To attract further attention to the cause I undertook another long range advocacy walk to highlight the unequal treatment of Palestinians. From November 18 to December 16, the walk covered a distance of 458 miles (starting in Melbourne and finishing in Adelaide). Many MPs and Senators greeted our arrival in Adelaide. The arrival was specifically planned to coincide with opening date of the ALP conference.

Bob Carr was overseas during the conference but made an address via video.

Delegates to the conference would also have been aware of support for recognition by former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Kevin Rudd and another long serving Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans.

There is still strong support for Israel within the ALP but those members w...

09:08

Housing credit has...no pulse "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Take a pulse

It's a happy new year, and all that, but not so much for bankers, with lending growth continuing to flounder. 

The Reserve Bank's latest figures showed credit growth slowing to 4.4 per cent, down from 5.2 per cent a year earlier, and broad money growth at fresh quarter-century lows of just 1.86 per cent. 


It was noteworthy to hear last week that the RBA has been watching the gross household debt-to-income ratio as a main point of concern, especially as this ratio has already peaked and is now falling

The distinction from housing debt-to-income was quite interesting (to me at least) as the lines between housing, small business, and personal credit are blurred at best, with small business loans often secured against a home, and so on. 

As you can see in the chart below, changes in the direction of housing credit growth have tended to lead changes in dwelling price growth. 

You can also see that no such change had occurred by the end of November 2018. 


A simple credit impulse model as favoured by ANZ economists suggests that capital city (i.e. Sydney and Melbourne) dwelling price declines should moderate, although there are several fa...

03:16

2019: Lighthearted Gaiety Perhaps "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

New Years resolutions are not for me. Never had one and likely never will. Every day is a new day. Every hour sings a new song. Every moment is entirely special and paradoxically nothing in particular....

03:15

January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.


1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.


1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.


1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.


1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!


1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.


1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.


1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
Oh.
It's already a public holiday.


1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.


1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.


1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.


1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.


1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.


1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.


1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.


1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.


1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....

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Monday, 31 December

20:32

On holidays again "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I am travelling for most of today across land and water and so have no time to write anything coherent. So it is just a music day to welcome in 2019. Happy New Year to all and lets hope a few banksters go to prison, that a few politicians join them on corruption charges, that Italy tells the European Commission to jump and leaves the Eurozone, that the Gilets in France spread throughout Europe and bring down the whole disastrous monetary union, that Britain goes out without an agreement and that the British Labour Party gets some spine, sacks its New Keynesian advisors, and demonstrates how to actually run fiscal policy, and that you get the drift.

Music to listen to and welcome the New Year amid all the chaos in the world

Jimi Hendrix played at the Monterey Pop Festival on Sunday, June 18, 1967 in the evening session. He followed the Grateful Dead.

He was introduced by Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

In their song about the festival Monterey released in December 1067, the Animals referred to Jones presence in this way:

His Majesty, Prince Jones,
smiled as he moved among the crowd
Ten thousand electric guitars
were groovin real loud, yeah

That was one of the coolest things I ever read when I was just a teenager trying to absorb all this music.

Ten thousand electric guitars were groovin real loud, yeah sounded like nirvana to me (the utopia not the band)!

Jimi Hendrix played 9 songs at Monterey and some of the footage never made it to the public for various reasons.

I saw D.A. Pennebakers movie release of the festival Monterey Pop at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne sometime in 1969.

Leo de Castro did a song before the movie started Lucille and I loved the riff. This was a great era of music and guitars.

It was a magic era really and Jimi Hendrix was at the apex.

Anyway, song 3 for Jimi Hendrix....

07:23

Snarl.com.au: Brimbank - Ballarat Road "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

lanes closed outbound - Vehicle Collision

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Sunday, 30 December

23:25

Geelong Line Notification: Delay "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

07:30 Southern Cross - Warrnambool train is delayed by approximately 17 minutes due to speed restrictions

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08:06

Russell Street bomber operating distressing Twitter account from Barwon Prison "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Craig Minogue is a prisoner in Victoria's high security Barwon Prison. He should be completely out of circulation, but somehow he's pumping out regular and confronting messages to the world via Twitter. Thirty years ago Minogue and others parked a Commodore loaded with explosives outside the Russell Street Police Headquarters....

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Saturday, 29 December

15:13

Australian jihadist stripped of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Australias most wanted jihadist, Neil Prakash, has been stripped of his Australian citizenship.

Announcing the move, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton described Prakash as a very dangerous individual.

Intelligence officials say Melbourne-born Prakash was a recruiter for the Islamic State (IS) group and encouraged terrorist plots in Australia.

He is currently being held in Turkey where he faces trial on terror-related charges.

In July, a Turkish court ruled against extraditing him to face terrorism charges in his home country.

In Australia, he faces charges of being member of a terrorist organisation as well as supporting and promoting IS.

In a televised new conference, Mr Dutton said Prakash had been central to ISs efforts in the Middle East.

If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him having lost his Australian citizenship, he said.

In 2016, the Australian government described Prakash as the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into networks in Melbourne and Sydney.

In a court appearance in Turkey in 2017, Prakash admitted he had something to do with terrorist plots in Australia but said he was not 100% responsible.

He said he had been forced to make IS propaganda videos and that he had fled the group after seeing its true face.

Prakash, 27, left Australia for Syria in 2013, taking the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi. He was mistakenly reported to have been killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq, in 2015.

Through his father, Prakash had joint Australian and Fijian citizenship. Under Australian law, a dual national can be stripped of their citizenship if they are convicted or suspected of terror offences.

Prakash is the 12th dual citizen to be stripped of Australian citizenship.

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Friday, 28 December

13:58

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6:30pm Mon Jan 21 | Forum: From Kids Off to All Off- How can we close the camps? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 6:30pm Monday 21st January 2019 Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Facebook event here In 2018 the campaign to get #KidsOffNauru won significant support, and put huge pressure on the Liberals to bring children and families from Nauru to Australia. But there are still 3 children and hundreds of refugees on Manus and Nauru.(...)

02:42

Dan Andrews answer to Victoria's gang violence problem - look out for each other "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Andrews response to Victoria's violence. Meanwhile in the real world. Chelsea Beachgoers attacked in horror night People have been attacked at Chelsea Beach. Picture: Mark Stewart AN HOUR AGO DECEMBER 28, 2018 Youths have glassed a young man, bashed others and robbed beachgoers of their belongings during a horror...

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Thursday, 27 December

23:12

Back on the Property Couch "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Property Couch return

I mostly fly Virgin when headed interstate, but when I fly Qantas I always make sure to jump straight onto Q-Streaming to take in a Property Couch podcast. 


In an industry often known for its colourful characters these fellas have shone through with such generous and high-quality content over the past few years that their podcast is the most downloaded in the genre (at well over 4 million downloads the last time I checked).

A brief scroll through the back-catalogue shows the calibre of the guests they've had on, from Paul Clitheroe to Alan Kohler, and from Nerida Consibee to NBA Superstar Andrew Bogut. 

It's not a bad roll call, to be fair!

So when I was invited back onto the couch for my second appearance it was a no-brainer for me to get down to Melbourne quick-smart. 


Once you get past the hyped introduction (thoroughly undeserved) and a droll observation about my haircut (admittedly, deserved), it was a ripper episode and here are some of the key themes we covered this time around. 

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07:40

Defence Department accused of deception over Woomera radioactive wastes "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Defence under attack on nuclear waste dump   https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/defence/defence-under-attack-on-nuclear-waste-dump/news-story/fd851b6cefd7c5701d354c7ed1adf09d  LUKE GRIFFITHS @_LukeGriffiths DECEMBER 27, 2018

 Woomera must be revisited as a potential site for Australias first nuclear waste dump, says Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick, who accuses the Defence Department of deception over claims the site is unsuitable.

Senator Patrick said he would question Defence officials at Senate estimates hearings over why the department dismissed Woomera as a potential site because of an intolerable risk and its impracticability a position since backed by Resources Minister Matt Canavan.

 The 122,000sq km Woomera Prohibited Area, located in the South Australian outback 450km northwest of Adelaide, is a military testing range under federal government control.

 Senator Patrick said significant nuclear waste materials had been stored there since 1994, including 10,000 drums of low and intermediate-level waste from a CSIRO research facility at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

In a report published on its website last week, the CSIRO said tests had found the material posed no threat to health or the environment.   Tests in May found radiation levels adjacent to the storage had natural background values for Australia, as would be found in typical soil and rock.

The report findings make a mockery of Defence claims theres no way a national radioactive waste management facility could be located anywhere in the enormous expanse of the WPA, Senator Patrick said.
 The reality is radioactive waste has been safely st...

04:08

The Moon by Stuart Wilde "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

One day I stood on tiptoe in order to kiss the moon, she would have none of it. So I went down on one knee in homage, hoping for her love, again she ignored me....

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Wednesday, 26 December

08:28

The Christmas Finale "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The final meeting for 2018 was a celebration, afternoon tea, planning for 2019 and show and tell. We had a little challenge for those who had the time and energy in the lead up to Christmas. The challenge was a book ( scroll) or members interpretation of of a book in a tin or box. Loosely themed around the 12 days of a Stitchers Christmas.

From Gillian

Jos was still in progress

Jenny concertina book with pockets, the pockets contained stitched images from the 12 Twelve Days of Christmas.

Carol produced a flag and a concertina book.

Pauline made a scroll

La...

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Monday, 24 December

02:41

Is Coal Seam Gas Contaminating The Meat You Eat? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The affects of coal seam gas mining on land and water are already well known. But what is it doing to our meat? Gemma Clarke reports.

When livestock producer Debbie Nulty went on local radio to discuss her fears about contamination in food-growing regions where coal and gas activities take place, she was met with apprehension. I got a call from an industry representative, she tells me. He said, Were you on the radio the other day? Do you realise what youre saying could destroy an industry?

You mean the gas industry? I ask.

Its a Tuesday night in Chinchilla, Queensland, and Im sitting with Debbie in a function room at the local pub.

The venue has been booked by the Cameby Concerned Citizens Group, made up of people affected by coal seam gas (CSG) mining in South West Queensland. Debbie who lives on a property in Australias South East is there to discuss the potential risks to her livelihood posed by gas operations.

No, she replies, the meat industry.

 

Industry vs. Industry

Its no secret that Australians are fond of their meat. The nation has been crowned one of the worlds meat-eating capitals, and munching on a servo pie is as iconic a part of Aussie culture as nabbing a sausage on a Sunday trip to Bunnings.

Our reputation for quality, disease-free meat also extends overseas. Grainfed Australian beef flies off supermarket shelves in Korea; McDonalds in the States boasts Australian beef in its Big Macs and Junior Burgers; queues form outside restaurants in Japan serving crumbed Australian beef cutlets.

Supplying over 100 markets globally, the beef industry contributes $18.4 billion to the GDP each year, and employs 438,100 Australians.

Another resource Australia has come to be renowned for is its reserves of conventional and unconventional gas including coal seam gas (CSG) which are used to provide power domestically and shipped internationally as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

(IMAGE: Terry Chapman, Flickr)

In the last financial year, Australias LNG export earnings w...

00:25

Labour market tightens further "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Tightening labour force

Lots of people would like more work, which probably isn't that surprising given the ongoing casualisation of the workforce. 

But the volume of underutilisation is clearly falling, as at November 2018 down to the lowest level since the ABS began reporting this in its surveys at 7 per cent. 


The improvement has been driven by New South Wales (6.3 per cent) and Victoria (6.5 per cent), where the jobs markets have now picked up to levels consistent with stronger wages growth. 

Total construction employment has declined to a still-elevated 1.15 million, which is the lowest level in 15 months, albeit still 9 per cent of the total number of employed Aussies. 

This figure will likely fall further given that about three-quarters of construction employment relates to the residential sector. 

On the other hand mining employment has picked up sharply to the highest level in four years. 

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Saturday, 22 December

00:36

Sydney unemployment rate hits record low "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable, thunderous pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000 over the year to November. 

That's more than a third of all new jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and falling house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018 (not reported anywhere, as far as I could tell!). . 

Interestingly, that's now the lowest monthly unemployment rate figure on record for Sydney, a dynamic which can happen at the tail-end of a monster construction boom. 

On an annual average basis, Sydney's unemployment rate is now down to only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times, and Adelaide has recovered nicely from a sticky patch. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the equivalent figure for Perth remains elevated at 6.3 per cent.


These are backwards-looking indicators, of course, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the total number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the...

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Friday, 21 December

01:50

Refugee Detention, Torture and Abuse by Australia doesnt STOP for holidays, New Year celebrations, Christmas Carols or Sporting events #SanctionAustralia "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

While you are celebrating your end of year events, our community is being tortured, abused and murdered in Australian run detention centers in front of your eyes every single day. Have you forgotten?

This is a call by RISE eX-detainees to the Australian public and the International community to join our #SanctionAustralia Campaign and stand AGAINST Refugee/Asylum seeker Detention, Torture and Refoulement committed by the Australian government, during end of year events across Australia and Overseas.

What you are witnessing RIGHT NOW against Refugees in Manus or Nauru or any other Australian run detention camp is not something new. The systemic abuse against refugees coming on boats to seek asylum has been going on for over 26 years now. Australia needs to stop using us as political pawns and

STOP REFOULEMENT
STOP TURNING BACK REFUGEE BOATS
END MANDATORY DETENTION

Furthermore, Australias state sanctioned refugee trafficking, detention, torture and abuse has been the laboratory for the world. It has given a green light to many across the globe who claim to support refugees including the European Union who recently made a major deal with Libya to intercept refugee boats.

RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia in the way of global sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention process and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded in participating in international humanitarian and human rights forums until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers is abolished in Australia.

We eX-detainees request all supporters of eX-detainees and current detainees held hostage by Australia to take a stand during end of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by this government while mainstream Australia celebrates this festive season.

What can you do?
Download our posters and display them at public places and send a strongmessage that you are no longer going to stand by idly while the trafficking inhuman misery is leveraged for political gain. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1r60uwWnM_bfC0nJAgNB13-plLFMvZPNz

Hand out our sanction Australia brochures https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ig4CRdnex38DHjprrWq_Yjc9P0BgMk8C/view

For more details about the #SanctionAustralia campaign initiated and run by eX-detainees visit the main page: #SanctionAustralia

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00:39

Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.


New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...

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Thursday, 20 December

11:06

NSW unemployment rate hits 40-year low "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Unemployment keeps declining

Stacks of interest in today's employment report - so much, in fact, that the ABS website crashed again.

Funding required, to use a hackneyed Muskism.

The composition swung back to part-time, but the economy added another +37,000 jobs in November 2018 on a seasonally adjusted basis to 12.7 million, led by firing Victoria at +30,900. 

Looking through the noise the economy added an impressive +295,700 to total employment year-on-year, for a growth rate of 2.4 per cent. 


On a cyclically positive note the trend participation rate hit the highest level on record.

And in spite of this the trend unemployment rate continued to decline to 5.12 per cent, the lowest since all the way back in July 2011. 





Victoria has been the great improver of late, but New South Wales saw its unemployment rate fall to a 40-year low of just 4.4 per cent.


The annual growth in hours worked was still very modest at under 2 per cent, which is hardly a ringing endorsement of strength. 

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06:03

Ombudsman to Investigate Youth Solitary Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Following unrest at Melbournes Parkville Youth Justice Centre in mid-November 2016, Victorian authorities sent 15 youths to continue their detention at the Grevillea Unit inside Barwon Prison: an adult maximum security facility said to the be the states toughest. The incarceration of the children in the adult facility caused public outrage. And it took two Victorian

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00:01

Curlewis rockets up national course rankings "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Curlewis Golf Club has rocketed 23 places up a ranking of Australias public-access courses.

The freshly published 2019 Golf Course Guides annual list of 100 top courses placed Curlewis at 51, up from 74 in 2018.

The guides judges base the rankings on course design, conditions, aesthetics and amenities.

Curlewis club director David Sharp said the clubs rise was humbling, exciting and gratifying on a number of levels.

Its a demonstration that faith in the course, financial commitment as well as innovation, hard work and dedication by numerous people, including our golf operations manager, Jamie Brigden, and course superintendent Rob Bradley is all worthwhile, Sharp said.

Credit must also go to the ongoing commitment of Curlewis members, including the member advisory liaison committee who continues to advise and contribute to the evolution of their club. We are all working collectively towards ensuring Curlewis is a premiere 18-hole golf course of the region.

Brigden said Curlewis had undergone immense and ongoing improvement over the past three years under the guidance of renowned course designer Mike Clayton.

To date, more than $2,000,000 has been spent on course and clubhouse improvements. Its fantastic to see the course evolve into offering some of the best fairways and greens in Victoria, Brigden said.

Further course innovations are scheduled for roll out over the next few years.

Brigden described the course as seductive yet deceptively challenging.

Watered year-round via an onsite water reclamation plant, the lush greens and undulating fairways are known to lull players into a false sense of security yet no one should take Curlewis for granted, he said.

Our par-72, links-style course has gained tremendous respect for taking down even the most seasoned of golfers.

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Wednesday, 19 December

11:59

First stage of coastal walk opened "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

grand pacific walk opening

Wollongong Council general manager David Farmer, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans and Wollongong Cr Leigh Colacino celebrate the opening of the Grand Pacific Walk link between Stanwell Park and Coalcliff. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

WITH postcard perfect views over the ocean and providing a much-needed key pedestrian link between Stanwell Park and Coalcliff, the first stage of the Grand Pacific Walk has opened in time for Christmas.

The 3.5km link from Stanwell Park to Stoney Creek bridge, Coalcliff, and includes a viewing platform with expansive views along the coast and out over the Pacific.

Grand Pacific Walk is a long term project, with new sections proposed to connect with the existing footpaths and shared pathways. Eventually the walk will link Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the Grand Pacific Walk is a major project to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for community members.

We encourage all community members to take part in a walk on the new section of the Grand Pacific Walk. It offers great views up the coast to the Royal National Park, as well as joins the northern villages of Stanwell Park to Coalcliff and the Sea Cliff Bridge,...

10:27

Why Im not hiking in Tasmania this summer "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I dont like whats happening in Tasmania in terms of commercial development of its wilderness areas. Its something thats finally starting to get a bit of press with The Weekend Australian Magazine and The Guardian recently writing about it.

When did national parks and the wilderness need to pay for themselves? What happened to protecting parks and wilderness for the flora and fauna they sustain? To preserve a space where theres been little to no human disturbance. Since when did helicopters and huts and standing camps become part of the wilderness experience?

Just some of what has been planned or already underway:

         A cable car to Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

         Standing camp and helicopter flights to Halls Island in the Walls of Jerusalem

         Huts on the South Coast Track

         The Three Capes Track

         A cable car on Mt Wellington

         Others here.

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00:04

What is Trade Justice and how does it relate to Labor Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.

Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.

AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system

What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.

Whats wrong with current trade policy

Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.

Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial services.

This policy culminated in former Treasurer Joe Hockeys  admission that his government decided to end all assistance to the car industry to reach trade deals with....

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Tuesday, 18 December

14:14

New home sales bounce "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

New home sales up a bit

Some brighter news for builders in the last monthly Housing Industry Association (HIA) release of the year, as new home sales increased 3.6 per cent.


Still comfortably lower than a year earlier.

The HIA included cautionary comments about credit becoming too tight.

04:29

Can We Love Enough To Leave Alone? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

It's interesting to arrive at the end of a year and look back. The theme for our planet of talking heads seemed to be people wanting others to behave in acceptable ways and have opinions like their own...

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Monday, 17 December

22:22

Victoria 2018 Greens vote, mapped "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Todays maps focus on the performance of the Greens, who went backwards in terms of votes, yet managed to win a record number of lower house seats at a general election.

This first map shows the primary vote swing for the Greens in the 88 electorates.

Seats coloured dark green or bright green mostly swung to the Greens. Pale green seats had a small negative swing, with the brown seats doing worst.

In the recent past weve seen the Greens gain swings in the inner city while losing ground in regional parts of Victoria, but the picture from this election isnt quite as clear.

Yes there was a big increase in the Greens vote in Northcote, Prahran and Richmond (the last helped by the absence of a Liberal candidate), but the Greens vote went slightly backwards in Melbourne and Albert Park, and barely increased in Brunswick.

This second map shows the two-candidate-preferred vote by booth in non-classic seats. This includes five Labor vs Greens races, one Labor vs independent race and one Liberal vs Greens race, all in a contiguous area in the inner city stretching from Prahran to Pascoe Vale.

The map also shows the map data for Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton and Geelong, but you have to zoom out to see those areas.

You can also toggle the map to see the swing by booth, but only for four inner-city Labor vs Greens races for some obscure technical reasons.

Thats about it for today. Ill have more maps tomorrow.

08:06

Bike helmet crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bellarine Police will ramp up efforts to reduce the number of bicycle and scooter riders who are not wearing safety helmets.

Bellarine Police have recently observed an increase in penalty notice fines.

The current fine for not wearing a securely fitted and approved bicycle helmet is $205 for a person 14 years of age or older.

The offence also relates to persons who are riding a scooter or other wheeled recreational device or power assisted bicycle.

We dont want to be giving these fines out to kids, but its getting to stage where we have to or else there will be some serious injuries, Sergeant Shane Connolly said.

There has been an increased observation by local police members who have observed an increase in youths riding electric bicycles.

It is still the responsibility of the rider to have the appropriate helmet and fitted properly.

There has also been an increase in thefts of bicycles in the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads area.

Sergeant Connolly said thefts were mostly from the front of houses or shopping centres.

Local police have been able to locate a lot of the bikes as they are often dumped by the thief once that person has reached their destination, he said.

To prevent further thefts, bikes should not be left in view at the front of their premises and if left for even a short period of time, a lock be placed.

Bellarine police station is equipped with quad bikes, which will be used this summer.

The bikes enable police to get into areas that are hard to patrol, such as bike tracks, car parks and parks, Sergeant Connolly said.

We have recently used them to locate missing persons, patrol for suspicious behaviour and suspected thieves in the beach car park areas.

The quad bikes are able to assist in patrolling the beach due to increased complaints in poor dog behaviour or control on the beach areas.

 

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03:16

4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)

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Sunday, 16 December

20:56

467 ways to die on a warming planet "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.

A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.

Clive Hamilton

The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.

There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?

There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...

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Friday, 14 December

06:44

Kevin Anderson & Hugh Hunt A Rule Book for the Climate Casino "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

https://ScientistsWarning.TV Kevin and Hugh are back with us this year discussing the new climate glitterati that come annually to Davos to feign concern about the climate while they discuss techno-fixes that might allow the (in their minds at least) to continue their excessive lifestyle that is heading us directly for runaway climate change and collapse.

Hat Tip to Chris Harries for this COPOUT chart..

03:07

Its Too Late to Brace for Impact "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Here, in the 18th year of the New Millennium, the 28th Year of Our Internet (delivering unlimited information to all), and the 30th year of the Great Harangue over Climate Change (dating it from ...

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Thursday, 13 December

23:05

Santa to visit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.

Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:

Area 1

5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)

5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)

5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)

6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)

6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)

Area 2

5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)

5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)

5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)

6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)

6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)

Area 3

5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)

5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)

5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)

6pm Sea Views Manor

6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve

Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.

Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.

Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.

 

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23:05

Sea sparkle spread "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.

Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.

Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.

Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.

During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.

When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.

Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.

Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.

The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.

The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.

There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.

A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.

 

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23:05

Twilight tranquillity "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Tranquillity@Twilight will be held in the popular time slot of 4pm to 9pm on Saturday 5 January.

Last years festival was a hit, attracting around 8000 people who enjoyed the live entertainment.

Next years festival is again at Ocean Grove Park and promises innovative entertainment and an eclectic mix of stalls and food to launch the Bellarine into the new year with fun and flair.

In keeping with the fairs traditional roots the 2019 event will feature a new tranquillity corner, with stalls covering all aspects of the mind, body and soul.

Leave the world behind as you explore this special corner of the fair, including reiki healing, relaxation massage, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, crystals, aromatherapy products, dream catchers, jewellery, original-design clothing and more.

Kids will love the new kids corner featuring the Krazy Koala puppet show, toy stalls, fairy dresses, a lucky dip, a lolly stall, face painting and hair braiding.

Amusement rides and free craft activities will round off the evening.

There will be more than 100 stalls and food vendors, including unique clothing and accessories, artwork, ceramics, pet products, handcrafts, handmade jewellery, candles, wind chimes and more.

A variety of international food selections will include: Tibetan, Turkish, Indian, Mexican, Asian street food, Chinese dumplings, seafood, vegetarian, Dutch buttons and Spanish churros. There will also be fresh smoothies, donuts and ice creams.

Adults can enjoy a quiet drink at the fair, from the licensed cashless bar.

Bring a chair or picnic rug to relax and watch the entertainment on stage featuring:

DJ Vince Peach spinning discs between the acts on the pavilion stage.

The Violas 4pm

The Band Who Knew Too Much 5pm

The Kite Machine 6.30 pm

The Gems 8pm

Vince Peach DJ 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30 pm

Entry for a full evening of fun and entertainment is only $5 per person. Children under 16 admitted free.

 

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23:04

No restrictions for dry summer "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bellarine Peninsula residents will face no extra water restrictions this summer, even under the worst climate conditions, Barwon Water announced.

Geelongs water storage levels heading into a dry summer were at 57 per cent last Monday, below 72 per cent the same time last year.

Barwon Water managing director Tracey Slatter urged residents to use water wisely this summer.

But she said Geelongs water supply was secure next year and for years to come, even in extremely dry weather.

Our modelling shows that water restrictions wont be needed in any of our service areas, even under the worst climate conditions, Ms Slatter said.

The decision follows Bureau of Meteorology predictions of a drier-than-usual summer, due to warmer-than-average temperatures and average rainfall over the next three months.

State Government and Barwon Water had invested in infrastructure, such as a Melbourne to Geelong pipeline, to shore up supply, Ms Slatter said.

Together with responsible water use, the investments helped keep local water supply stable, she said.

We encourage people to keep up the good work to make sure we continue to have plenty of water available.

Barwon Water would continue to restrict sprinkler and watering system use to between 6pm and 10am and enforce trigger nozzle requirements, Ms Slatter said.

Barwon Water recently released its Annual Water Outlook and was preparing a 50-year plan for water demand.

The authority reviews the plan every five years to respond to changes in climate, population growth and development.

Water demand was at its highest in the early 1980s, when Geelongs population was about half what it is today, according to Barwon Water historic data.

Since 1981-82 water demand has reduced by about 28 per cent.

This significant drop in water use is due, in part, to people adopting more water-wise behaviours during and beyond the drought of the early to mid-2000s, Ms Slatter said.

It shows the powerful impact of everyday conservation habits, like taking shorter showers and fixing leaks, in reducing our collective water use.

 

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23:03

Altered course for big run "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Participants competing in this summers RT Edgar Rip to River Classic can expect an altered course map to accommodate for a temporary exclusion zone at Ocean Grove main beach.

Ocean Grove SLSC president and Rip to River Classic race director David Pavia said an exclusion zone is due to two plover chicks nesting west of Ocean Grove main beach.

As at 9 December, there were two plover chicks nesting near 17W, west of Ocean Grove main beach, Mr Pavia told the Voice.

If all goes well and they are still there in late December, there will likely be course changes to accommodate them.

This will be confirmed very close to event day, after consultation with Barwon Coast and Birdlife Australia.

The 39th Rip to River Classic, which takes place on Saturday 29 December, is Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs biggest annual fundraiser.

Last summers Rip to River was moved from 6 January to 18 February after extreme heat forced the event to be postponed.

Mr Pavia is confident numbers will increase for the 29 December date to cater for holidaymakers flocking to region over the Christmas and New Year break.

Numbers were down last summer due to a re-scheduled date in February, he said.

In the history of the Rip to River, last summer was the first time the event was postponed, and hopefully we will have better luck this summer.

He said Ocean Grove SLSC required up to 150 club volunteers on the day to assist with course set up, logistics, medical first aid, patrollers on water stations and members helping with registrations and catering.

Start times are for a later 9am start for the 10km Walk which gets under way at Point Lonsdale beach, while the 5km Run begins at Ocean Grove main beach due to a low tide.

The 10km Classic Run commences at Point Lonsdale beach below the lighthouse at 9.30am, while the 1.4km Ripper Nipper run starts at Ocean Grove main beach at 9.30am.

Entries can be done online via registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=28692 up and up to 30 minutes before the event starts.

A registration day will be held between 4pm and 7pm on Friday 28 December at the Rip to River marquee near the patrol tower at Ocean Grove main beach for all events.

Adult entries are $50 while junior entries start from $20.

Event sponsor RT Edgar will provide showbags to participants.  

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21:41

Big Picture article "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Its so nice reading an article that joins the dots.  I get so sick of people concentrating on one issue or another, ignoring everything else troubling civilisation.  From Consciousness of Sheep, who else.?

Britain has apparently been thrown into crisis overnight.  Meanwhile across the channel, French president Macron is desperately trying to extinguish the flames of another weekend of mass protests that have now spread to Belgium and Holland.  In Eastern Europe the hard-right are gaining support; even undermining the previously untouchable Angela Merkels power base in the former East Germany.  Across the Atlantic meanwhile, the lines between deranged Democrats and MAGA nationalists are being drawn in readiness for Americas second civil war.  We are surely living through the greatest crisis in modern history.

Well, yes indeed we are.  But everything set out in the first paragraph is no more than the froth on the beer.  These political spasms are merely the outward manifestation of a human catastrophe that has been decades in the making.

Two far greater symptoms of our predicament have gained at least some public traction this year.  First was an all too visible plastic pollution crisis that is increasingly difficult to ignore now that China has ceased acting as the Wests rubbish dump.  Second is the somewhat less visible insect apocalypse that has seen the near extinction of a raft of pollinating insect species; without which we humans are doomed to starvation.  Interestingly, while these two symptoms are only tenuously related to climate change, they have tended to be included under that shorthand heading.  Plastic certainly damages the environment, but its build up owes far more to the ongoing power of the petrochemicals industry and the myth of recyclingthan to changes in climate.  The same goes for the insects.  While there may have been some climactic impact on migrations and reproduction, the main cause is the vast quantities of chemical insecticides required by an industrialised agriculture tasked with feeding 7.5 billion humans on a planet that could barely feed one seventh of that without fossil fuels and agrochemicals.

In the affected areas, local populations have been stunned by a series of red tide events that result in the mass deaths of fish and other marine creatures.  Climate change is indirectly involved in these events because of the increased rainfall from warmer storms.  But once again it is our industrial agriculture that is the primary cause ...

02:53

An Amberley awakening "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Matt Phillips

They say that music can rejuvenate the soul, and that was what I was hoping for on Saturday 10th November as I arrived in leafy Amberley for the 2018 CMVic Singing Camp on a beautiful sunny morning.  I had been struggling with my own emotional demons the day before so I was hoping to find my centre; my support again.  Perhaps music could reorganise my brains foggy neural connections again into something clearer?

After the standard check-ins for new arrivals (most people had stayed over from the Friday welcome event the previous evening), all attendees gathered in the Banksia Room for an acknowledgement to country, welcomes, warm ups and an innovative Body Percussion musical game led by Jane York and Nicki Johnson.  It was a great way to meet some new people and to experience the unnerving sensation of speaking a simple repeated chant while engaging our bodies in a series of percussive movements.  Think of the frustration you get trying to pat the top of your head while rubbing your belly, and you get the idea.  It was fun, fast and quite furious!  Well done Jane and Nicki for waking us up and energising us all into a frenzy!

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01:17

Munching Oats and the God Force Within "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Funny Stuart Wilde audio snippet from 33 Steps Beyond the Earth Plane

00:02

Freo muso to hit the Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Fremantle-based singer songwriter Carus Thompson will end 2018 with a bang by playing his final gig of the year at Ocean Groves Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill.

Following the successful release of his album Island last year, Thompson said he cant wait to get back to the Chook Shop on Saturday night.

I think Ive been playing the Chook Shop for maybe 10 years now, he says.

I love the intimacy of the venue. There is just an energy in the room always. You can connect with every member of the audience, and everyone feels like they are part of the show.

Ive played lots of big festivals and supports over the years, but my favourite venue for a show is always a small one. You can bring people down to quiet when you need, and then you can rev them up in an instant and bring the rock vibes.

Thompsons current tour is taking him from WA to Victoria and Tasmania.

The best part about touring is getting to connect directly with your fan base in the live setting, he says.

You get to play your songs to them face to face. Nothing comes between you. The great thing about a live gig is it is completely now everyone is in the moment and everyone in the room is having a communal experience together.

Thompsons loves touring life, although the early flights are a chore and he misses his family, he says.

Otherwise Id stay on the road forever, he says.

I love performing and I love meeting fans and hearing their stories and connecting with them after the show.

Thompsons audience can expect a rollicking good folk-rocking night.

There are plans to record a new album in the UK next year.

This tour I am on now will be the last in a while as the family and I are moving to England for three months next year, he says.

Ill record with my mate Sean Lakeman in his brother Seth Lakemans studio in the south-west of England. Im going to get right into my folky side again.

 

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Wednesday, 12 December

23:40

Bombs away in Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Essendon Football Club enjoyed a preseason training camp at Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads last week.

The camp culminated in a training session at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval on Wednesday morning.

The unique session featured all of the clubs new recruits training with the entire squad for the very first time as the side prepares for the 2019 season.Fans got the chance to mingle with players after the session.

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04:44

Santa to visit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.

Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:

Area 1

5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)

5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)

5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)

6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)

6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)

Area 2

5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)

5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)

5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)

6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)

6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)

Area 3

5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)

5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)

5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)

6pm Sea Views Manor

6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve

Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.

Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.

Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.

 

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04:44

Sea sparkle spread "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.

Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.

Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.

Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.

During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.

When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.

Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.

Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.

The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.

The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.

There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.

A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.

 

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02:00

PTUA welcomes government intervention to save The Overland "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the announcement that the Victorian government will provide additional funding to assist the Overland passenger train to continue running between Melbourne and Adelaide and has renewed calls for the government to support reinstatement of regular passenger trains to Horsham.

The Overland has been supported by the South Australian and Victorian governments for many years; its future was jeopardised when the South Australian government recently announced it would cut its portion of the funding. Todays announcement represents an increase in funding from the Victorian government, with the remainder of the shortfall coming from Great Southern Rail, who operate the Overland.

The Overland runs twice weekly in each direction, and stops at North Shore (Geelong), Ararat, Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill in western Victoria; it is the only passenger rail service that travels west of Ararat, and is therefore a very important link for those communities. The Overland also serves Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

PTUA Ballarat Branch convener Ben Lever praised the Victorian government for working with Great Southern Rail to ensure that the Overland can continue to run in 2019.

The Overland is the only passenger train that runs west of Ararat, and it serves as a vital link for people who live in places like Stawell, Horsham, Dimboola and Nhill. Not only does it connect these towns to Melbourne and Adelaide, it connects them to each other and to Bordertown and Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Many people in these communities cannot drive, and some struggle to use high-floor coaches its vital to maintain the rail link, and we are delighted to see the Victorian government step up to preserve this service.

While welcoming the news that the Overland will continue to run, Mr Lever noted that places like Stawell and Horsham needed a higher level of service than the Overland currently provides.

While its great that the Overland will still run, there is still a real need to provide regular rail services to Horsham in the very near future. The Overland provides a lifeline service to these communities, but years and years of cuts mean it only runs twice a week, and has a reputation for slow speeds and poor punctuality so its not an attractive option for most trips.

Great Southern Rail have committed to a full review of the Overland service, to determine its future beyond 2019. Mr Lever encouraged the Victorian government to take the opportunity to take a holistic view of rail transport....

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Tuesday, 11 December

00:09

Bombs away "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Essendon Football Club will train in Ocean Grove tomorrow morning (Wednesday 12 December).

The Bombers have chosen Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads for a preseason training camp and will run through their paces at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval, Shell Rd, tomorrow morning.

The Dons will hit the turf at 8am, but the best time to see them train will be from 9am to 10am. 

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Monday, 10 December

22:22

The Old Sage and the Fire Within "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In the forest of Qian, a sprinkle of snow announced the early winter. Ambling through his domain and picking herbs the old sage encountered three young men from the nearby []

10:20

Geelong Bucket List for Families "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

52 fun things for Families to Do in and around Geelong

woman and three children playing water

  1. Visit the Geelong Gallery . TIP: Dont miss the Gallery Shop for a unique gift.
  2. Take in the view at Eastern Beach
  3. Stimulate your sense at Geelong Botanical Gardens
  4. How much wildlife can you spot at Serendip Sanctuary TIP: Say hello to the friendly  (but somewhat intimidating) emu strolling the carpark and picnic area.
  5. Cuddle a Koala at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary $$
  6. Portarlington Bayside Miniture Railway  $
  7. Adventure Park (When open) $
  8. Fairy Park $$
  9. Rollerway Skate Rink $
  10. ...

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Sunday, 09 December

07:05

SALON Dec 2018/JAN2019 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Gabriella MANGANO and Silvana MANGANO, There is no there (still)  2015, single-channel High Definition digital video; 16:9, black and white, sound, 10 minutes 27 seconds; edition 2 of 3. Geelong Gallery. Purchased with funds generously provided by Geelong Contemporary, 2018. Reproduced courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Geelong Gallery, Little Mallop Street, Geelong (VIC), 8 December 2018 to 10 February 2019 geelonggallery.org.au Winner of the Koorie Heritage Trust Highly Commended Award, GOTAFE Shepparton, Aunty Girl 2018, ceramic, textiles. The Koorie Art Show, Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne (VIC), 8 December 2018 24 February 2019 koorieheritagetrust.com.au Andrew NICHOLLS, Porcellini (self-portrait as Tobias Smollett) 2015-2018. Large format photograph, 120 x 150 cm. the artist. WA Now Andrew Nicholls: Hyperkulturemia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth (WA), 15 December 2018 15 April 2019 ...

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Friday, 07 December

21:55

Are Gilets Jaunes the new guillotine? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

POPULAR UNREST IN AN AGE OF FALLING PROSPERITY

Between my French origins and the opinions expressed within this little blog, I have taken more than a passing interest in the events happening in France, especially when its fuelled by passionate and restless wwoofers who come from there too! As you will or should know, I believe the real economy runs on energy, not money, and surplus energy in particular as a result, I have been following Tim Morgans Surplus Energy Economics blog for a while, which I would encourage you all to follow too. This is Tims latest gem, which proves that when you do the math.  the truth comes out!

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This weekend, the authorities plan to field 89,000 police officers across France in response to anticipated further mass protests by the gilets jaunes. In the capital, the Eiffel Tower will be closed and armoured cars deployed, whilst restaurateurs and shopkeepers are being urged to close their businesses at one of the most important times of their trading year.

Though the government has climbed down on the original cause clbre  the rises in fuel taxes planned for next year there seems to be no reduction in the worst protests experienced in the country since the 1960s. Reports suggest that as many as 70% of French citizens support the protestors, and that the movement may be spreading to Belgium and the Netherlands.

For the outside observer, the most striking features of the protests in France have been the anger clearly on display, and the rapid broadening of the campaign from fuel prices to a wider range of issues including wages, the cost of living and taxation.

The disturbances in France should be seen in a larger context. In France itself, Emmanuel Macron was elected president only after voters had repudiated all established political parties. Italians have entrusted their government to an insurgent coalition which is on a clear collision-course with the European Union over budgetary matters. The British have voted to leave the EU, and Americans have elected to the White House a man dismissed by experts as a joke candidate throughout his campaign.

Obviously, something very important is going on why?

Does economics explain popular anger?

There are, essentially, two different ways in which the events in France and beyond can be interpreted, and how you look at them depends a great deal on how you see the economic situation.

If you subscribe to the conventional and consensus interpretation, economic issu...

04:41

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here. The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal(...)

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Thursday, 06 December

01:41

Man charged over Madeley St robbery "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

An 18-year-old Ocean Grove man has been charged with armed robbery after he held up a local milk bar.

The man has been remanded to appear in Geelong Magistrates Court today.

The man held up a milk bar in Madeley St last week, forcing the temporary closure of the shop.

The man held up the store using an imitation pistol and stole cigarettes.

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Wednesday, 05 December

13:14

VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (18371901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. However, many elements of what is typically termed "Victorian" architecture did not become popular until later in Victoria's reign. The styles often included interpretations and eclectic revivals of historic styles. The name represents the British and French custom of naming architectural styles for a reigning monarch. Within this naming and classification scheme, it followed Georgian architecture and later Regency architecture, and was succeeded by Edwardian architecture.

Ballarat is a city in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital Melbourne situated on the lower plains of the Great Dividing Range and the Yarrowee River catchment. It is the largest inland centre and third most populous city in the state and the fifth most populated inland city in Australia. The estimated urban area population is close to 100,000 inhabitants. It was named by Scottish settler Archibald Yuille who established the sheep run called Ballaarat in 1837 with the name derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal words for the area, balla arat, thought to mean "resting place". The present spelling was officially adopted in 1996.

Ballarat is one of the most significant Victorian era boomtowns in Australia. Just months after Victoria was granted separation from New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush transformed Ballarat from a small sheep station to a major settlement. Gold was discovered at Poverty Point on 18 August 1851 and news quickly spread of rich alluvial fields where gold could easily be extracted. Within months, approximately 20,000 migrants had rushed the district. Unlike many other gold rush boom towns, the Ballarat fields experienced sustained yields.

Proclaimed a city in 1871, Ballarat's prosperity continued until late in the 19th century, after which its importance relative to both Melbourne and Geelong ra...

01:29

Fatal accident at Connewarre "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Police are investigating a fatal collision that has claimed the life of a man in Connewarre yesterday.

It is believed a Hyundai sedan collided head-on with a Holden sedan on Barwon Heads Road near Breamlea Road about 1.30pm.

The male driver of the Hyundai, and sole occupant, died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified.

The male driver of the Holden was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

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Tuesday, 04 December

23:07

Street party time tonight "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Groves biggest street party is on tonight.

Christmas in the Grove, run by Ocean Grove Business Association, will close off The Terrace this afternoon 5 December for the extravaganza.

Christmas in the Grove has become a popular December street festival.

Local businesses head out onto The Terrace to showcase their wares to festival goers.

Childrens activities, including a mobile fun farm, food and drink, Christmas shopping bargains and music and entertainment are again on the agenda.

OGBA started Christmas in the Grove three years ago and has turned into the regions biggest Christmas street festival.

Christmas in the Grove supporting Ocean Groves small businesses.

The Terrace is closed to allow pedestrians to roam the numerous street activities.

Festivities begin at 5pm.

 

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07:38

Guest Blog |Author Bernard Kelly "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Weve been to a few events recently and the popular topic is how Geelong is booming, growing up and making its mark. Just today we counted no less that 9 cranes dotting the skyline. Things are moving forward in Geelong and the future is shining bright.

Today on the blog we welcome guest Bernard Kelly to share with us a little more about his recently published book, Exciting, Dynamic GeelongExciting-Dynamac-Geelong

Reviews about Exciting, Dynamic Geelong

I read it twice as every chapter is a collections of introductions
Jason Steinwedel Director ManuFutures, Deakin University  24 October 2018

Well written, Bernard!  It is a good read
Ken Dickens Managing Director, Corio Waste Management  16 October 2018

Among its other attributes, Exciting, Dynamic Geelong is an instant resource for unusual facts of general interest about Geelong

Ray French, Rotary Club of Geelong,  23 October 2108


REMARKABLE BOOK ABOUT GEELONG
By Bernard Kelly

Whilst Exciting, Dynamic Geelong is actually a book, it was originally written
as a sales aide brochure for any organisation needing to explain, justify or
boost the city. It still has that primary function, howeve...

06:49

MEDIA RELEASE 4/12 | MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ON MANUS ISLAND; LABOR MUST BACK PHELPS BILL "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

There are now almost daily suicide attempts among refugees on Manus Island, and no medical facilities to cope with the crisis.   The small Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at the East Lorengau compound has only one room to treat emergency patients, so there is no place to care for in-patients, so they are returned unsupervised(...)

06:01

#SaveHakeem Urgent Action Call: STOP deportation to Bahrain of Australian refugee Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been recognised as a refugee and granted permanent protection by the Australian government. Last week, while he was in Thailand, he was taken by the Thai authorities to an immigration detention centre and told he will not be sent back to Australia.

The Thai authorities informed him that due to an Interpol red notice, he would be deported to Bahrain instead.  Today there are reports in the media that the Interpol red notice has been lifted, yet there is no clear sign of guaranteed safety and protection for Hakeem Al-Araibi by Australian and Thai state authorities or International authorities in the UN or ICRC with a  protection mandate.

Im a refugee in Australia, Im scared of the Bahraini government They will kill me. I dont know whats going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain. Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand.   

This is a critical case as it sets a further precedent of abuse and torture across the world, and makes us refugees more insecure about travelling outside Australia.  It violates our right to freedom of movement, life, safety and protection. RISE has emailed UNHCR Thailand, UN-CAT, The Asia Pacific refugee rights network and our team has contacted UNHCR in Thailand by phone.

We urgently request our supporters to contact Thai and Australian authorities and International agencies listed below and ask them to intervene and stop the deportation of Hakeem Al-Araibi to danger and provide him with proper support and safeguards for safe travel back to Australia.

1. Contact Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne
Electorate office: (02) 9687 8755
Email: Senator.Payne@aph.gov.au
Foreign Affairs: Foreign.minister@dfat.gov.au

2. Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Paul Stephens 
Phone : 02 344 6300 (Thailand) or 1300 555 135 (Aus)

*[Also contact your local Australian embassies]

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) head office in Canberra
Contact numbers
Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

4. UNHCR Australia
Phone: 1300 361 288 (within Australia)
+61 (0)2 9262 5377 (overseas).

5. OHCHR | Convention against Torture
Email: cat@ohchr.org

6. UNHCR Thailand
Phone : +66 2288 2180
Email : thaba@unhcr.org
Facsimile: +66 2280 0555

We should stop refugees from being deported to any country where they are likely to face harm and persecution.

RISE Team

01:58

Forgiveness and Acceptance "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Stuart Wilde article: Some people dont need redemption, they believe they are perfect. The rest of us need as much redemption and forgiveness...

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Monday, 03 December

07:28

Home values -3.8pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Home values slide in 2018

When I last appeared on the Business Insider podcast back in May I noted that Sydney houses seemed to be transacting at prices roughly 10 per cent lower than their frenzied peak period of early 2017. 

I've no clue how my smattering of anecdotes translate into a hedonic home value market index, but CoreLogic's monthly result does now show median house prices 9 per cent lower year-on-year for Sydney, and apartments in the harbour city down 5 per cent to a median value of of $721,265. 

So that seems to make some sense. 

The weakest sub-regions in Sydney included Ryde (-12 per cent), Sutherland (-11 per cent), Parramatta (-10 per cent), and the inner south-west (-9 per cent). 

The premium end of the market, which tends to be the most volatile, has driven the bulk of the falls to date. 

In Melbourne house prices are down 6 per cent on the year, with price changes elsewhere relatively modest (booming Hobart excepted).

Nationally home values over the year-to-date are down by -3.8 per cent. 


Source: CoreLogic

The strongest performing regional markets over the past year have been Launceston and Geelong, with price growth of about 10 to 12 per cent. 

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Sunday, 02 December

10:17

Buy Local. "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

*Note: Were constantly working on this list. Bookmark the page and check back often for fresh new Geelong creative small businesses as they emerge to us. 

ShopLocalFeelGoodThis Christmas, like every other, were trying to buy as much from local small businesses as we can. Be it online or direct, we understand how by supporting local, small business we support our community. But where are they all?

The shopping centres are full of mainstream stores and many of the small businesses we want to engage with only come out at markets, which can be infrequent.

To help anyone else that is keen to support a local small business and pick up unique products weve decided to create a list of wonderful, talented local Geelong people, creatives and small businesses that weve discovered.  If youve been looking for candles, jewellery, soaps, fashion, artwork or giftware either from a business that operates from Geelong then check out our list below.

If you would like to be added to our list or know a great local small business that would be a perfect inclusion in our list, get in contact with us to apply.

Fashion (Adult)
Jemma Saunders Australian Fashion Designer
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Friday, 30 November

07:04

RISE University and Health Service Divestment Call "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Breakdown of the health and education institutions currently financially tied to security companies complicit in ongoing detention torture. There have been countless reports and inquiries regarding the deaths, torture and sexual abuse faced by refugees who have been incarcerated within Australias mandatory detention centres. These detention centres are allowed to exist with impunity because they are directly orchestrated by the Australian government for profit.

RISE encourages employees, students and clients of these institutions as well as general supporters to use the contact points linked below, maintain a physical presence at these establishments and demand they divest from the detention industry immediately and sever ties with these security companies.

04:07

Five sites for hoodie "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Barwon coastline has five newly hatched hooded plover chicks.

The hooded plover is a threatened beach nesting bird that has the same conservation status as the black rhino.

Two clutches of eggs were discovered by the Barwon Coast Reserve team who were pleased to announce that five chicks have hatched over the two sites, Warren Chapman from Barwon Coast said.

One scrape is located between 16W-17W ocean side of the Ocean Grove spit, and the other scrape is located just west of the 30W first car park along 13th Beach Road.

Temporary exclusion zones, which are for wildlife protection, have been set up at both sites to give the chicks the best possible chance of survival. It is a time when the birds are susceptible to the threat of humans, dogs and natural predators, with the parents only defence for the chicks is to have the chicks hide. Time put into hiding, means less time for feeding making the chicks weaker and more vulnerable.

Hooded plover chicks require rest and access to food more frequently than the adult birds, Barwon Coasts Maddie Glynn said.

A Temporary Exclusion Zone for Wildlife Protection is specifically that, for only five to six weeks; and there is no access permitted into that section of beach to allow the chicks to forage for the best chance of survival, she said.

If you are down the beach and approach an exclusion zone, please obey the directions on the signs by walking the other way.

We congratulate the welcomed support of the community last summer where beach walkers respected the Temporary Exclusion Zone which allowed a hooded plover chick to thrive to flight, and encourage the same level of respect this time round.

 

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04:07

Huge number for Nippers "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Nippers have hit the ground running with impressive performances at the seasons first Life Saving Victoria carnival at Altona.

Around 86 Ocean Grove SLSC junior competitors took part at the first bay carnival for 2018/19 in Melbournes west despite the cooler conditions.

For many Nippers it was their first ever junior carnival according to Ocean Grove SLSC junior activities manager Darren Ball.

Some of these kids at Altona it is the first time they have competed at an LSV carnival, Ball told the Voice.

It is good experience, it is good with the atmosphere with the hype and all the people.

The kids seem to have a good time and we got some good results across the board.

Ball said there were fantastic team and individual results in the Under 12 Girls.

They did such a great job all day Under 12 Girls they competed in a lot of events and they had a good group of kids that have been together for some time, he said.

It was fantastic to get that sort of result.

The Under 12 Girls team of Emily Joyce, Matilda Richards and Sienna Stewart won the surf board relay.

Sienna Stewart also took out the Under 12 Girls beach sprint.

Ocean Grove SLSC quartet Sarah Pounder, Matilda Richards, Cookie Robinson and Sienna Stewart claimed a runner-up finish in the Under 12 Girls aqua Cameron event, while Sienna Stewart paired up with Dana Sellars to come second in the Under 12 Girls surf board rescue.

Local competitor Pippi McIntrye won the Under 13 Girls sprint, while Lulu McKewan, Sharni Paranavitana, Helen Topolcsanyi and Jorgia Young claimed a runner-up finish in the Under 13 Girls aqua Cameron relay.

Pippi McIntrye, Helen Topolcsanyi and Jorgia Young finished second in the Under 13 surf board relay.

Equally the Ocean Grove SLSC boys produced some excellent results.

The Grove pairing of Luke Bird and William Deverall won the Under 12 Boys surf rescue.

The trio of Luke Bird, Williams Deverall and Sam Eales finished second in the Under 12 Boys surf board relay.

James Leahy won the Under 13s Boys surf board event and teamed up with Tomas Perez Pages to claim first in the Under 13s surf board rescue.

James Leahy, Tomas Perez Pages and Byron Foord came second in the Under 13 Boys surf board relay.

Angus Gruar, James Leahy and Murphy Moulton and Roo Robinson came second in the Under 13s Boys aqua Cameron relay.

These group of boys they are in the Under 13s at the moment that is a really strong group too, Ball said.

Ball said that the absence...

04:07

Nominations are open "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove is again holding its Community Service Awards.

The awards, in conjunction with Ocean Grove Business Association, recognise contributions from individuals, volunteers and small businesses within the community.

Nominations are open and close on 1 March 2019.

There are four categories:

Small business winner receives $500

Apprentice of the year winner receives a plaque, certificate and $500

Volunteer of the year winner receives a plaque, certificate and $200

Pride of workmanship winner receives a plaque, certificate and $200

Nominators of the award recipients receive $100.

To nominate, go to rotaryoceangrove.org.au or pick up a nomination form from newsXpress in Ocean Grove. Completed forms can be returned to newsXpress.

 

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04:06

Dead whale removed "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Community backlash over the burial of a whale carcass at Collendina has prompted authorities to exhume and relocate the mammal.

A petition to remove the carcass attracted more than 2000 signatures.

The carcass was removed last Thursday by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The humpback whale was washed ashore at 5W in a state of advanced decomposition and was buried at the beach by DELPW.

But fears of increased risk of shark activity prompted a backlash from the local community.

Several surfing events were cancelled and Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club cancelled its patrol season opener on Sunday because of the dead whale while 13th Beach Boardriders was also impacted.

DELWP consulted with partner agencies including Barwon Coast Committee, the City of Greater Geelong and Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club while planning the operation before removing the carcass.

An incident management team was deployed to safely remove and dispose of the remains.

Incident controller Barry James said the operation took 10 hours to complete.

Mr James said factors that required careful consideration included odour impacts, the operation of heavy machinery around a built up coastal area and management of the whales remains.

This analysis, combined with feedback from the community, identified removal as the most suitable option, Mr James said.

Around 20 personnel from DELWP, Parks Victoria and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources supported todays operation.

The removal process involved exhuming the whale from the beach and transporting it to a transfer area near the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs beach access ramp.

Additional sand was removed from the area to clear any remnants, and the beach reinstated.

The carcass was dissected and transported along with the contaminated surrounding sand to landfill in Drysdale.

DEWLP discouraged beach goers from swimming between Point Lonsdale to Barwon Heads based on advice from Fisheries and Wildlife.

Until late last week, pieces of the whale carcass were still being sighted in the water.

 

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03:54

Co-coaches appointed "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove Football Netball Club has announced the appointment of Sal Enders and Lisa Borg as senior womens football co-coaches for 2019.

Enders is a well known figure around the club, having started the year in a playing capacity before moving to an assistant coaching role midway through the year. She has a clear desire to build a culture where the Grubber girls are seen as a club of choice for female footballers in the region.

Borg comes to the club with a lengthy resume in womens football, having played over 150 games of senior football with the Sunbury Lions and Kyneton Football Clubs. She then moved into the senior coaching role at Kyneton for two years before moving to Gisborne Football Club where she was assistant coach in 2017 and co-coach in 2018.

The club believes that Enders knowledge of the club and playing group combined with Borgs coaching experience, complements each other and presents a unique opportunity for them to develop the womens football program .

Ocean Grove will be fielding U12, U15 and U18 female sides and a senior team in 2019. Pre-season is about to kick off for the U18s and senior ladies. For anyone interested in playing female football with the Grubbers next season, contact Lisa Robinson on 0412 262 900 or lisarobinson1@tpg.com.au.

THE club has a come and try day this Sunday. All new and returning players can attend at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval.

Under 12 and 15s are at 10am and Under 18s and senior women start at 11am.

 

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03:24

EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT WESTERN CIVILIZATION IS WRONG "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Over the years, Ive written a fair bit about debt and how the only way out is a Jubilee. well, Michael Hudson, someone whose podcasts I now listen to religiously, has written a whole book about this subject. Heres a review of the book I must buy myself

A Review of Michael Hudsons new book
. and Forgive Them Their Debts

As published on Naked Capitalism

by John Siman

To say that Michael Hudsons new book And Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure, and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year (ISLET 2018) is profound is an understatement on the order of saying that the Mariana Trench is deep. To grasp his central argument is so alien to our modern way of thinking about civilization and barbarism that Hudson quite matter-of-factly agreed with me that the book is, to the extent that it will be understood, earth-shattering in both intent and effect. Over the past three decades, gleaned (under the auspices of H

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03:14

The shape of things to come..? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Consciousness of Sheep keeps coming up with magnificent articles, like this one..  

I know I keep saying this too, but the Matrix cant continue lurching about for too much longer.

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Despite a series of stock market scares, see-sawing oil prices and central banks jacking up interest rates, it seems likely that we are going to get through 2018 without experiencing the economic crash that many expected at the start of the year.  But while we may breathe a sigh of relief to have got to the festive season without a complete meltdown, the odds of another crash are still high.

Understanding what might go wrong is a particular problem according to Helen Thompson at the New Statesman.  Not least because 10 years on, we still cannot agree on what caused the last one:

In July 2008 the then president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, declared while announcing an increase in interest rates that the Eurozones fundamentals were sound. In fact, a recession had begun in the first quarter of that year.

The causes of recessions are also sometimes wrongly diagnosed even in retrospect. For instance, the impact of exceptionally high oil prices and the response of central banks to those prices are still routinely ignored as causes of the US and European recessions in the aftermath of the 2008 crash.

Thompsons article sets out a range of weaknesses across the global economy where a new economic meltdown could begin.  China, the (albeit anaemic) growth engine of the global economy for the last decade, has developed debt problems not dissimilar to those in the west in 2008:

Economic growth in China has been slowing since the second half of 2017, and even the growth of the first half of that year was an interruption of a downward slope that began in 2013. Predictions of a Chinese financial crisis, owing to the countrys huge accumulation of debt since 2008, are made too readily. But China is now caught between a policy shift towards deleveraging to try to avoid such a debt-induced financial crisis, and another debt-financed push for higher growth amid an economic slowdown and a fierce trade war with the US. The Chinese government is struggling under these conflicting imperatives as the countrys dollar reserves fall....

01:57

CLIMATE CHANGE: HOW TO STOP THE TITANIC "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

dr_susan_krumdieckAn interesting narrative by Susan Krumdieck.

Lets explore a thought puzzle: Can you change the future?

You are transported onto the deck of the RMS Titanic, the largest ship ever built and designed to be unsinkable. It is midnight 13 April 1912. There are 2,224 people on the ship, which is under full steam on the fastest ever crossing of the Atlantic. You know what will happen, what will you do?

 

 

You know that at 11:39pm on 14 April the lookout will spot an iceberg, and by 2:20am the ship and 1,517 people will be gone. Can you change the future?

You know that at 11:39pm on 14 April the lookout will spot an iceberg, and by 2:20am the ship and 1,517 people will be gone. The ship was launched with lifeboats for less than half the number of people on board. You could take a self-sufficiency strategy and make sure you are near a lifeboat, but you know they will be allocated according to class and you might not get a spot.

Clearly, the best solution is to slow down, change course and not hit the iceberg. You know that t...

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Thursday, 29 November

06:47

Labor stabs Greens and shoots itself in foot "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

RESULTS in the Victorian election last weekend will go a long way to guaranteeing that Liberal-turned-independent Julia Banks will retain Chisholm at the next Federal election, if she decides to stand.

How is that, one might ask. Chisholm will fall to Labor on a 3.4 per cent swing and Labor got a 6 per cent swing in the state election.

Well, it is all to do with Victorias Upper House, the Legislative Council, and the dirty deed Labor did on the Greens.

The Legislative Council has eight electorates of five members each. The election is run on the same basis as the Federal Senate before the 2016 changes. Voters voting above the line just put a 1 in one box and their preferences are determined by a pre-registered ticket by that party.

You cannot express preferences for different parties above the line, as you now can in a Federal Senate election.

So the parties, major and micro, do deals to swap preferences, usually irrespective of political philosophy.

The quota to get a seat after preferences are counted is 16.6 per cent.

Now preferences are counted from both ends in this sort of election. Preferences from excluded parties are counted but so are the preferences of the leftover vote of the major parties. For example, in one electorate Labor got 37.5 per cent of the primary vote and had 4.3 per cent leftover after using two lots of 16.6 per cent of get its first two candidates elected.

But who did Labor preference? A whole lot of micro parties and others before the Greens. The Coalition did the same thing, but that is understandable on policy grounds.

As the count progressed and micro party candidates got eliminated all their preferences went to other surviving micro parties. Eventually, the last micro party left unexcluded took the last seat in all eight electorates.

In one electorate the Transport Matters Party won with just 0.6 per cent of the primary vote.

In three other electorates micro party candidates won with less than 2 per cent; three with less 5 and one with 7.

In all eight electorates the Greens had the third-highest vote behind Labor and the Coalition yet got just one seat losing four of its existing seats because of these diabolically undemocratic preference deals.

The Greens only seat was in the electorate where they polled 15.8 per cent of the vote, so close to a quota they hardly needed any preferences at all.

The Greens will not forge...

03:48

Ukestras: Sustainable Community Musicianship in the Third Place "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Mark Jackson knew he was doing something right when a member from one of his nine Ukestras informed him that she was too busy seeing friends to come and play.

My number one ticket holder said, Sorry I cant come to Uke today, Im playing cards with my new friends, you dont know what youve done with the ukulele, its been fantastic.

Helping people to make music, building community and sustainability are three significant keystones in the lives and business model of Mark and his partner, Jane Jelbart.  The pair work together as The Sum of Parts, teaching Ukulele, running participatory groups, holding Ukestras and developing and encouraging sustainable leadership using their very own, finely honed Ukestra Method1.

They do this so well that for the past nine years it has been their primary source of income and they have now written two books packed with insights about their work: The Ukestration Manual, about creating music making communities with the Ukulele and the Ukestra Method, and The Business of being a Community Musician for people who want to make a living or run a small business as a community musician.

A chief value underpinning what they do is the conviction that being active in our community is good for us and that a decline in the uptake and participation in socially focussed, group-activities such as sport, church or clubs is mirrored by a decline in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the people within the community.

Community is really good for us and I think Its really good for the planet as well if were together. Its almost like making music together was the first way that we came together, and which wasnt about fighting or reproducing.

Once you get a community music group up and running, theres the question of how to sustain it and offer support and mentorship to emerging new leaders.

Being such an accessible and appealing little instrument, new people are drawn into the sphere of the ukulele all the time, which is fortunate when sustainability is so integral to making a living as a community musician.  Youve got to constantly be introducing people into this environment and thats whats so fantastic about the ukulele. Its an instrument that you can play really complex things on, but you dont have to says Mark.

What you need is a system of teaching and leadership that is effective and sustainable. If we just relied on the people we started out working with nine years ago, we wouldnt have a business, we wouldnt be connecting people up. If it was all stale, then people wo...

00:00

Interesting times ahead.. "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Very few people join all the dots, and as usual, Gail Tverberg does her best to do so here again. There are so many signals on the web now pointing to a major reset its not funny.

Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?

Many people, including most Peak Oilers, expect that oil prices will rise endlessly. They expect rising oil prices because, over time, companies find it necessary to access more difficult-to-extract oil. Accessing such oil tends to be increasingly expensive because it tends to require the use of greater quantities of resources and more advanced technology. This issue is sometimes referred to as diminishing returns. Figure 1 shows how oil prices might be expected to rise, if the higher costs encountered as a result of diminishing returns can be fully recovered from the ultimate customers of this oil.

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Wednesday, 28 November

21:50

Midday trains crowded "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Every day between the peaks, some lines are packed because the trains run only every 20 minutes.

Melbourne is growing; to cut waiting times and crowding, we need frequent services all day.

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04:20

The Monthly Discussion in December Bust and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

  The Monthly Discussion in December Bust and Beyond   What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, December 5th Time: 6pm Cost: Free Is the property market in meltdown? In the blue corner sits plunging auction clearance rates (sub 40% in Melbourne last weekend), tighter lending conditions, and national land prices down 5% year-on-year []

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Tuesday, 27 November

13:07

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #622 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online This Week: 27 November - 3 December 2018 Newsletter | #622 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 27th November 2018 to Monday 3rd December 2018 Salvos Concert Spectacular: Our Christmas Gift Paris to Provence | French Festival Gatsby High Tea Party The Big Design Market Back To Scratch - Friday Night Live Cake Bake and Sweets Show Espana El Vito - Spirit of Spain and Lord of the Strings Australian Tattoo Expo Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema School Of Rock | The Musical Christmas Gift Extravaganza Coburg Night Market Creedence 50th Anniversary Show New Years Eve - H2o Riverside Enjoy #Melbourne Our Christmas Gift - Concert Spectacular The Salvation Army presents Our Christmas Gift - Concert Spectacular at Melbourne Entertainment Centre on Saturday 1 December 2018. View Details: Our Christmas Gift | Buy Tickets Online Paris to Provence | French Festival 30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2018 | Como House and Garden A French popup village with a weekend of festivities including roaming entertainment and the very best in French food and wine. Paris to Provence | French Festival 2018 Gatsby High Tea Party Join us for a night worthy of Jay Gatsby himself and party the night away at Mary Eats Cake High Tea venues in Brunswick and Montrose. Marys Gatsby Soiree (BRUNSWICK) Friday November 30 2018 Brunswick | Book Online Marys Gatsby Soiree (MONTROSE) Saturday December 1 2018 Montrose | Book Online The Big Design Market 30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Join us for 3 days of Christmas shopping with 230 stallholders, designer showbags, delicious food and drinks, workshops and free kids activities. The Big Design Market 2018 School Of Rock | The Musical Limited Season November and December 2018 | Her Majestys Theatre ANDREW LLOYD WEBBERS HIT MUSICAL School Of Rock | The Musical | ticketek.com.au Friday Night Live Music | November Licensed Bayswater venue featuring live music every Friday night. 30th November - Back To Scratch View Details: Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Espana El Vito - Spirit of Spain and Lord of the Strings Friday 30th November 2018 | Deakin Edge Theatre Internationally renowned 10 String Virtuoso Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings! returns to Melbourne with 2 shows in 1 night. Espana El Vito | Buy Tickets Cake Bake and Sweets Show 30th Nov - 2nd Dec 2018 | Melbourne Exhibition Centre Australias original live event for baking, cake decorating, sweets and desserts, workshops, live demonstrations and classes. Cake Bake and Sweets Show 2018...

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Monday, 26 November

22:43

The Man Who Exuded Love "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

On my first visit to Ireland I met a man whose endowed purpose was to Exude Love amongst other things such as drink beer, smoke weed and generally be a nuisance....

04:33

Madge Digest #153 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

1) Films about food and why the food movement is unstoppable.

2) GMO potato is dangerous and should be withdrawn, says the scientist who created it.

3) Australia postpones deregulating new GM and why is the US military creating extinction technologies?

4) The Monsanto Files: Roundup - is it in your hair? and how to get it out of your Council.  

5) Thank you and goodbye.

1) Films about food and why the food movement is unstoppable!

02:41

Contact Labor MPs Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Bill in Parliament to get all children and families off Nauru: Contact Labor MPs    

00:41

With notably rare exceptions[1] "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

One of the arguments being pushed by those on the political right seeking to downplay the Victorian election outcome is that Australian state governments generally get a second term. A look over the period since 1990, however, brings up  several exceptions to that rule. Heres my list:

Borbidge (Queensland), Baillieu-Napthine (Victoria), Newman (Queensland),Mills-Giles (NT)

For the second-term argument to work in downplaying the result, more is needed. It has to be the case that, having won a second term, governments mostly fail to get a third.  Heres a list [1] of instances where two-term governments have been defeated.

Groom-Rundle (Tasmania), Greiner-Fahey (NSW), Kennett (Victoria), Carnell-Humphries (ACT), Court, Gallop-Carpenter, Barnett (WA), Martin-Henderson (NT)

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that all of the exceptions in the first list were conservatives, while only two of the confirming instances in the second list were Labor.

With a limited data set, its easy to support a wide range of conclusions. Still if conservative commentators want to use historical patterns to argue that, having easily won a second term, Daniel Andrews is on track to lose next time, I think theyre dreaming.

 

fn1.  This is a moderately famous Internet meme, coined by Alan Greenspan

fn2. One might arguably add the Goss government in Queensland, which won the 1995 election, but lost office after a by-election required by the Court of Disputed Returns.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 25 November

10:16

Dam! We never knew that "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Deakin University Phd student has claimed that farm dams are a major contributor to greenhouse gases, according to the Weekly Times [ 21/11 ].

This is due to the microbes in dams, which release carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

But, according to the scientist behind the work, emissions from dams could be halved with simple changes to farming practices.

The studys lead author, Quinn Ollivier, a PhD candidate in Deakins Blue Carbon Lab, found Victorias 375,000 farm dams produce the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions as 385,000 cars.

Mr Olliviers study found dam emissions were caused by dissolved nitrate concentrations, and were significantly higher on livestock farms, compared to cropping areas.

Well, we never knew that. The good news, however, is that the problem can be largely fixed by revegetating dam edges, which would obviously have other environmental benefits.

And while were on the subject of dams, the state government has proposed putting a brake on farm dams by instituting a reasonable use limit on them from early next year. The proposal is designed to prevent distortions on water accessibility which may happen, for example, if an upstream landholder reduces the amount of water available to downstream users. The proposal has met with plenty of opposition.

As weve explained before, FOBIFs position on this matter starts with a distinction between genuine farm dams, useful for agricultural production, and ornamental dams, put in by some rural users just to have a nice water view. The latter have exploded in number in recent decades, and have a significant effect on our waterways. As the Dja Dja Wurrung joint management plan puts it:

Dams fragment the watercourse theyre built on, preventing movement of aquatic animals between parts of the stream on either side of the dam. Dams and channels can decrease gatjin [water] flows downstream, particularly in low rainfall periods, reducing streams to disconnected pools, or causing problems associated with low flows, such as algal outbreaks.

06:15

A state election outcome with global implications ? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

After any state election with a decisive outcome, partisan analysis shows a predictable pattern. On the losing side, the state party blames its federal counterpart, while the feds say that the election was decided on state issues. On the winning side, there is generally enough credit to go around, with the state party basking in success, while the federal party (particularly if it is in opposition) points to the outcome as a message to Canberra.

The recent Victorian election is, I think, rather different. Thats because, on the conservative side at least, the usual state-based issues (health, education, roads) were disregarded in favour of a culture war campaign almost identical to that being run by the Morrison government at the national level and by the political right globally. Notable examples were an overtly racist law and order campaign, a revival of the drug war, and proposals for publicly funded coal-fired power stations aimed at appealing to climate science denialists. Guys slogan get back in control could just as well have been used by Donald Trump, or by the rightwing advocates of Brexit.

The stunning rejection of Guys campaign gives some hope that Australian voters will not fall for this. In part, thats because Labor ran on its traditional strength at the state level. But the outcome was very similar to Morrisons drubbing in the Wentworth by-election, where the state level advantage didnt apply.

Its only one election, but its one of a number, notably including the recent US midterms, where the supposed irresistible force of rightwing identity politics has proved to be not so irresistible after all. Its too early to start cheering, but it now looks possible that, in a few years time, the whole rightwing upsurge will prove to have been the final spasm of the losing side in the culture wars. The question then will be how to build a better world from the mess we will inherit.

03:14

Labor as the natural party of (state) government "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I was going to write a post saying that the resounding victory of the Andrews government in Victoria reflected the fact that Labor is the natural party of government at the state level in Australia. A quick check revealed that Id already written pretty much the same thing in 2002 (over the fold). Ill add some updates and qualifications in comments.

Australian Financial Review, 5 December 2002

The latest Labor landslide at the weekend reinforces the great paradox of Australian politics. Labor is in office, and looking comfortable in all the States and Territories, but seems doomed to endless Opposition at the Federal level.

It could be argued that this is just a random fluctuation. After all, something very close to the opposite configuration occurred during the last year of the Keating government.

Then there is the general tendency of Australians to distrust overly powerful governments, reflected in the strength of minor parties in the Senate. A Liberal government at the federal level is therefore good for Labor at the state level, and vice versa.

There is something in this, but not enough. Labor now appears to be the natural party of government in all the states, with the exception of the Northern Territory and perhaps WA, and even there, the old mould of non-Labor dominance has been broken.

In the past fifteen to twenty years, Labor has rarely lost a state election, except when it has displayed high levels of incompetence, arrogance or both. Even in the wake of fiascos like the Victorian and South Australian bank failures, the Liberals have struggled to gain a second term, and have never managed a third. By contrast, all the Labor governments on the eastern seaboard have won re-election by landslide margins, and all look set for extended periods in office.

At the Federal level, John Howards current dominance of the political stage has led many observers to overlook the fragility of his hold on power. The government scraped back in 1998 with a minority of the two-party preferred vote, and appeared doomed to defeat early in 2001. Only the combination of international crisis, astute demagoguery and a hopelessly lame opposition strategy saved them, and even then the win was far from crushing. As recently as August, the government trailed Labor (on a two-party basis) in opinion polls.

In an election fought solely on domestic issues, the government would probably lose, despite relatively good economic performance and the absence of an inspiring alternative. Since state elections are always fought on domestic issues, Labor has a huge headstart at the state level. Its only potential weak point is law and order, but the current crop of Labor leaders have proved entirely capable of neutralisi...

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Saturday, 24 November

23:11

Heavy Oil Shock "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

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As the French government increases taxes on petrol and diesel to encourage people to switch to cleaner transport, as if they can afford to just dump the cars they now own to buy something really expensive..  this is what collapse looks like, no doubt about it. And its spreading to Belgium

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Friday, 23 November

22:21

Peak Oil & Drastic Oil Shortages Imminent: IEA "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

While the IEA got a lot of coverage for its World Energy Outlook 2018 (WEO 18), there might be a little snippet that got way underappreciated. (from Cleantechnica)

On page 159 of its Outlook, accessible only behind a payment barrier, the following graph can be found:

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It is clear to see that Peak Oil will be hit well before 2020, while demand keeps on rising, unless the worlds Oil Majors and State Owned Oil Companies would massively invest in new exploration, according to the IEA.

However, the Oil Majors did already heavily spend on new oil exploration in the years after 2000, where a fossil fuel hype with an accompanying coal boom lead up to an oil price of over $150 in 2008. While this oil price proved unsustainable for a crashing world economy, this oil exploration boom lead to very little new findings in the big scheme of things:

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07:56

RISE eX-detainees objections to Colour Code & Democracy in Colours Victorian Election Scorecards 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Yet again, Refugee eX-detainees are thrown under the bus by so-called progressive political campaigners during the Victorian State election According to the election scorecard formulated by Colour Code, an outfit that is run under the umbrella of GetUp and claims to independently represent people of colour, the Australian Labor state government and the Greens are given a positive score for Commitment to multiculturalism, equality and inclusionand saying no to attacks to communities because of race, religion or language.

Here are questions we have for GetUp and Colour Code on the above points in their Victorian state election score-card:

  1. How does this match with racial profiling and abuse of our people by Victoria Police under Daniel Andrews Labor government?
  2. How does this match with the Andrews State Labor government, maintaining an MOU with Victoria Police and Peter Duttons Australian Border Force. The Australian Border Force is a paramilitary wing of the Department of Immigration, originally formed by the current Australian Prime Minister and member for Cronulla, Scott Morrison. What have the Greens or Labor done to cancel this MOU?
  3.  Are you giving the Australian Labor Party a positive score on these points for starting mandatory detention, resulting in death, torture and rape of detainees and ex-detainees or giving Greens and the Australian Labor Party a positive score for supporting mandatory detention?
  4. Are you saying that the Australian Labor Parties support for the policy of pushing refugees arriving by boat back into the ocean is not an attack on communities because of race, religion or language and proves a Commitment to multiculturalism, equality and inclusion?

We would also like to note that a similar organisation called Democracy in Colour has given the Australian Labor Party and the Greens in Victoria a positive tick for...

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Thursday, 22 November

23:32

TaKeTiNa: as easy as one, two, three? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Bridget Roberts with Sarah Berry

Each year CMVic budgets for a day when all the workers, paid and unpaid, are invited to get together and do something as a team. This year we gathered at the Body Voice Centre in Footscray and had an introduction to TaKeTiNa. Ever heard of it? I hadnt. TaKeTiNa (the name translates as 1-2-3-4)  is a worldwide practice of teaching rhythm and learning from the teaching of rhythm that draws on multiple traditions: it appears simple, but it is both mentally and physically challenging. It is also a lot of fun!

Okay, so we sat in a circle and learned a basic body and voice rhythm. Were all musicians of one stripe or another, I thought, so what will this add to what, for us, is business as usual relaxing into a groove, listening to each other, treating variations kindly, and so on?

Then the leader (Tania Bosak) made things harder and harder, so that we made mistakes, sometimes having to drop out and recover before joining back in. At times we were all gently taken back to a basic groove for a while, before heading off on another challenge. This went on for two and a half hours, with short rests and one short reflective conversation. Looking back at the morning over a shared lunch, the group talked about the experience of confusion or frustration arising from the desire to get it right on the one hand, through to letting go and a sense of flow on the other; of being able to return to our centre when confused; of sometimes finding more space in the mind.

It was important to be challenged and sometimes to fail in this safe space. Without the right level of challenge there couldnt be that sense of delight in finding the flow.

There were lessons too about the distinct processes of learning and performing. For instance, even a business as usual step-clap and call-and-response sequence hides many levels of complexity; levels that can be broken down into the smallest learning blocks and held up for examination and experimentation. At the same time, while we work in a circle becoming the audience for one another we are confronted with our own changing levels of self-awareness and group-awareness. For instance, of trouble-spots, of how we judge these moments, and of how we can persist through these moments and re-join the flow.

As leaders, in music or elsewhere, it was good to be reminded of how our group members feel when we lead them into new experiences. How they need us to challenge them but also walk alongside them with good humour. And how its okay to give participants permission to step out of the practice if theyre overwhelmed, and to shake it all out before coming back in.

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Wednesday, 21 November

01:21

Musings on motoring "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Its been pouring rain here in the last 24 hours, and the quagmire is making it rather difficult to do much around the place, especially grass cutting, which I have been doing almost non stop for two weeks now. I need a day off, and so Im writing

The trip down in Glendas Little Suzi had me thinking about just how much cars have improved since I was a boy. My first memory of any car in the family was when my father got a job as a rep selling something or other, and his company car was a Renault 4CV. I just cannot imagine anyone today being given anything remotely as small as that as a company car!

4CVI remember my dad raving about how good this car was with petrol and how enthusiastically he used to drive it around, even rolling it on its side once on icy roads in Haute Savoie..  it was so light, he and his companion simply lifted it back on its wheels and drove off, with hardly any damage. No one got hurt either, even though seat belts hadnt even been thought of back in ~1957, let alone air bags..

To cut to the chase, when I was 16, my grandmother bought me one of these cars I was too young to even get a learners permit, but back then you could get away with murder!

It cost the grand sum of $90. I learned to drive in this car, covering untold miles before eventually getting my licence.

My only memories of this little car was just how crude it was. Three speed gearbox, no heater, terrible handli...

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Tuesday, 20 November

21:47

We Come From a Place of Great Light "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Stuart Wilde audio snippet from Trance States

05:25

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #621 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online This Week: 20 - 26 November 2018Newsletter | #621 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 20th November 2018 to Monday 26th November 2018 Festival Weekend Wrap Night Noodle Markets Gatsby High Tea Party Rock Bang - Circus Oz X-GenZ | Friday Night Live Espana El Vito - Spirit of Spain & Lord of the Strings Black Friday Sales Weekend Wrap Fed Square Live School Of Rock | The Musical Salvo's Concert Spectacular: Our Christmas Gift BeerFest Bentleigh Festival Doggy Day Out | Pakenham Draught Horse & YesterYear Festival Eureka Stair Climb Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights Geelong Revival Motoring Festival Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf Latin American Film Festival Melbourne Music Week Melbourne Pen Show Moto Expo | Motorcycle Show Nike Battle Force One Electric Day Queenscliff Music Festival The Color Run | Hero Tour White Ribbon Day Enjoy #Melbourne Get [ This Week ] Free by email every Tuesday. Festivals This Week Another fabulous weekend of festivals... Click on the festival title to learn more. BeerFest 2018 Saturday 24th November 2018 | Moonee Valley Racecourse Draught Horse & YesterYear Festival 2018 Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 2018 | Mont De Lancey Bentleigh Festival 2018 Sunday 25th November, 2018 Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2018 Saturday 24 November 2018 | Davey Street, Frankston Geelong Revival Motoring Festival 2018 Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November 2018 | Eastern Beach Waterfront Precinct Latin American Film Festival 2018 15 - 24 November 2018 Queenscliff Music Festival 2018 Friday 23rd November 2018 - Sunday 25th November 2018 Night Noodle Markets 8th - 25th November 2018 | Birrarung Marr Mon-Tues- 5-9pm Wed-Thurs- 5-10pm Fri- 5-11pm Sat- 4-10pm Sun- 4-9pm For 18 nights, Melbourne will sizzle with the flavour, smells and sounds of the Night Noodle Market under the twinkling lights at Birrarung Marr. Night Noodle Markets 2018 Gatsby High Tea Party Join us for a night worthy of Jay Gatsby himself and party the night away at Mary Eats Cake High Tea venues in Brunswick & Montrose. Mary's Gatsby Soiree (BRUNSWICK) Friday, November 30, 2018 Brunswick | Book Online Mary's Gatsby Soiree (MONTROSE) Saturday, December 1, 2018 Montrose | Book Online Rock Bang - Circus Oz 15-25 November 2018 | The Coopers Malthouse Circus Oz has co-created an original hilarious rock'n'roll extravaganza Rock Bang from the (self-proclaimed) best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte. Rock Bang - Circus Oz featuring Otto & Astrid | Get Tickets School Of Rock | The Musical Limited Season November & December 2018 | Her Majesty's Theatre ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S HIT MUSICAL School Of Rock | The Musical | ticketek.com.au Friday Night Live Music | November Licensed Bayswater venue featuring live music every Friday night. 23rd November - X-GenZ 30th November - Back To Scratch View Details: Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Espana El Vi...

05:24

Is there anything to fear in Dan Andrews tax plans? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Victoria is two weeks out from an election and finally somebody is talking revenue policy. The Liberals have launched a new website, in ominous shades of red and black, detailing the governments taxation agenda. The website reveals Labors shocking new taxes (9) and their dastardly agenda to increase taxes. While the site is designed to []

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Monday, 19 November

22:18

How to Use Photography for Mindfulness and Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Photography is about a stillness - developing a relationship with the world around us

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Sunday, 18 November

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Friday, 16 November

08:09

Election 2018: our scorecard "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

2014-2018 has seen significant public transport investment under Labor, and they have delivered on their major promises. But as Melbourne continues to grow, and demand for regional travel increases, the challenge ahead is to build a public transport network not only copes with patronage growth, but also provides usable services into areas which currently dont have them.

So how do the parties rank?

1. Greens in some ways the Greens have the least ambitious transport plan. But its full of affordable, commonsense policies. They are the only party to commit to the Metro 2 tunnel, and to frequency upgrades across the train, tram and bus networks essential for making the public transport network vastly more usable in the short term. Accelerating the rollout of low-floor trams and implementing on-road priority, extending metro services to outer suburbs with high capacity signalling are also important initiatives. Their policy of free public transport for students is misguided, but The Greens rightly oppose the major road projects proposed by the other parties, recognising that they will simply generate more traffic.

2. Labor some ambitious plans in starting the huge Suburban Rail Loop project, alongside continuing the successful Level Crossing Removal Program, and extensive upgrades planned elsewhere around the metro and regional rail networks. They lose points for construction of three major tollways/freeways, a lack of progress on bus and tram upgrades, and for lagging on the rollout of more frequent all-day metro train services essential for a big city such as Melbourne.

3. Coalition theyve backed away from what is probably their best policy, of metro trains every 10 minutes all day, leaving commitments to build three major tollways plus other freeways, and the messy grade separation of road intersections. More positive is commitments to extend metro trains to Clyde and Baxter. Their regional high speed rail plan is ambitious, but would only speed up trains moderately, and there are doubts over whether it could really be delivered in the timeframes promised.

For more details, including a summary of minor parties, read the full report (PDF)

Keep watching www.ptua.org.au/election2018 for updates

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Wednesday, 14 November

04:27

Jean Marc Jancovici on Radio Eco Shock "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ive just listened to his podcast, and its a must listen item  you will not be disappointed!

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jean-marc-jancoviciDid you know energy is free, and Peak Oil is not dead? That comes from a French expert in technology, energy, and climate, Jean-Marc Jancovici. Jean-Marc co-founded Carbone 4 consultancy, and The Shift Project. He advises, writes books, and lectures mostly in French, but his ideas resonate with American writers like Richard Heinberg.

We have a special treat for you this week: the world premiere of an English language in-depth radio interview with Jean-Marc JancoviciJean-Marc is well known in Europe and beyond. He is a Professor, an author of several books, the latest being Sleep quiet until 2100, and other misunderstandings about climate and energy (French only, translation pending?). Jancovici is also a member of...

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Tuesday, 13 November

21:16

Stories of Growth: car traffic driven by new roads "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Whats worse than when population growth puts strain on our transport systems?

When road traffic grows even faster than population.

But that was the reality in Melbourne for nearly four decades.

No matter how much or how little Melbourne grows, well need to be smarter in future.

Read the study: Stories of Growth Population, Transport and Melbournes Future (November 2018) PDF, 184 Kb

09:15

Musings on a wedding, a funeral, and another road trip. "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

About a month ago, I was woken up at the crack of dawn by my mobile phone ringing. this cant be good news I figured. It was my darling wife who informed me I had to be at Hobart airport by mid-day, shed booked me on a flight to Brisbane that was scheduled to leave at 1PM. her mother, she informed me, was probably going to die that day, or some time very soon, and I was needed for moral support, among other things.

Obviously, I staggered out of bed, packed my bags, forced breakfast down, and cleaned up my mess at the building site.

I had originally been booked a week or more later to attend a wedding, and everything was now up in the air literally as I sat in one of those amazing aluminium tubes that can fly you thousands of kilometres in the blink of an eye lid, thanks to those irreplaceable fossil fuels..

It was warm and sunny when I left Tassie, and pouring rain and cold when I arived in Brisbane. I had planned for this, carrying a raincoat on board. My son picked me up in Brisbane and drove me through peak hour traffic to Caloundra where my mother in law Bettywas going to spend her last three days before calmly passing away, unconscious, I think. It was a lot like turning the ignition off a very old and tired motorcar that had simply reached the end of the road..

At 94, darling old Betty, who has been the kindest and most generous mother in law one could have wished...

01:48

Ripped Off, Lost Stuff? Its Only Borrowed from the Cosmic Library Anyway "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Free flow. A metaphysical understanding of giving and receiving.

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Sunday, 11 November

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Thursday, 08 November

01:23

2:30pm Tues Nov 20 | RAC contingent at Teachers Walk off for Nauru & Manus "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 20th November 2018 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here On Nov 20 contingents of teachers with the backing of their union will be walking off work for #kidsoffalloff, calling to bring all the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru here. The teachers are encouraging non-teachers(...)

01:09

MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | MANUS REJECTIONS MORE PROOF OF FAILURE OF US RESETTLEMENT DEAL "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Yesterday, Tuesday 6 November, 32 people on Manus Island received answers to their applications for resettlement in the US. Only nine of the 32 were accepted four Rohingyans, three Afghans, one Tamil, two Pakistanis. The only Iranian in this most recent list was rejected by the US. There were no Somalis, or Sudanese on(...)

01:08

T4R MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | Teachers for Refugees calls on principals to defy department over Walk Off "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Teachers for Refugees is calling on Victorian school principals to defy Department of Education and Training instructions issued today not to authorise absences for the Walk Off for refugee #KidsOffAllOff set for November 20th. The tide of action to close the camps will not be silenced by departmental circulars. Principals must stick to human rights(...)

01:06

T4R MEDIA RELEASE 7/11 | Teachers Walk Off for Refugees spreads to Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Teachers are not appeased by government promises to get kids off Nauru by Christmas. Queensland Teachers Union delegates voted unanimously on Saturday to join the Victorian teacher Walk Off protest on November 20th. The Queensland teachers are demanding all the children and their families must be off Nauru by November 20th. Victorian teachers remain committed to the(...)

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Wednesday, 07 November

23:49

Peru FTA is first test of Labors new trade policy and should not be ratified says AFTINET "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Media Release 8 November 2018: AFTINET welcomes the Labor Opposition initiative to revisit the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA) because it includes foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) which the Shadow Trade Minister has pledged to oppose in all trade agreements, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Dr Ranald explained that this pledge arose out of the fierce debate on Labors support for the TPP-11, which contains ISDS and other clauses contrary to Labor policy and which Labor has now pledged to ban in foreshadowed legislation. Labor has initiated this second review of PAFTA by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), on which the government has a majority and which previously approved the agreement. However the deal has not yet been ratified, and the committee could recommend against ratification.

Dr Ranald is giving evidence at the JSCOT public hearing in Melbourne today.

Dr Ranald said:

 AFTINETs submission  to the JSCOT makes three main points:

  • PAFTA is unnecessary because Peru is a member of the TPP-11, and a second trade deal with the same country would add to the confusing noodle bowl of overlapping bilateral and regional agreements;
  • PAFTAs inclusion of ISDS is unacceptable because ISDS enables global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over health, environment, indigenous rights and other public interest regulation;
  • The...

22:44

The Hopium of the people "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Consciousness of Sheep has published another important article. I first came across the impossibility of carbon capture and storage as a silver bullet for solving climate change while listening to Kevin Anderson speaking on the matter.  he says CCS is assumed to work in the future and adopted in ALL of the IPCCs scenario, even the bleakest 6-8 degrees C rise by 2100. Yet, not one single attempt at this technology has come close to working or being economically viable. And it wont because its literally the stupidest idea yet, even if George Monbiots latest garbage comes a close second.

It was this realisation that eventually drove me to accepting nothing but de-industrialisation would save us now.

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If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.  That, at least, is the approach Im taking to the flurry of crowd-funder videos currently doing the rounds on social media, promoting technologies that suck carbon out of the atmosphere.  As with a raft of other faux-green technologies that were hawked around social media, like solar roadways, waterseers and hyperloops, the machine that can suck carbon dioxide out of the air will never fulfill its promise.

To understand why, consider that the atmosphere is very big roughly 5.5 quadrillion tons of gas.  But the carbon dioxide content is very small just over 405 parts per million.  And humans release around 40 billion tons of the stuff every year.  So any machine that is going to attempt the task even assuming 100 percent efficiency would need to hoover up 2,470 tons of atmosphere to capture just 1 ton of carbon dioxide; and it would have to do this roughly a thousand times a second to keep up with our ongoing emissions.

 

Even when fitted to chimneys where the carbon dioxide is at least concentrated carbon capture technologies have proved excessively expensive in both financial and energy terms.  There is little point deploying technologies that are so energy-intensive that they themselves depend upon fossil fuels to power them.  However, this issue pales into insignificance when compared to the difficulty of storing any carbon dioxide that is captured.  As Kevin Bullis warned a few years ago in MIT Technology Review:

Even if costs are made far lower than they are today, the im...

01:53

We've had enough. 9.5% super is just fine "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

BRENDAN COATES, GRATTAN INSTITUTE

Its conventional wisdom that Australians dont save enough for retirement. Most workers themselves think they wont have enough to retire on, and their concerns are rising.

But the conventional wisdom is wrong.

Our new report, Money In Retirement: More Than Enough shows that most people who are actually retired feel more comfortable financially than the Australians younger than them who are still working.

Retirees of today tend to slow their spending as they age, tend to keep saving in retirement, and often leave an legacy almost as big as the nest egg they had on the day they retired.



Read more: The myth of the ageing 'crisis'


When surveyed today the retirees of the future might be worried about their retirement, but economic growth means they will almost certainly be on even higher incomes than retirees today.

These findings might seem surprising: they contradict the repeated messaging from the financial services industry that Australians wont have enough for retirement.

But that industrys claims are based on research that overlooks two important points.
Retirees spend less over time
Much of the research assumes that retirees need to save enough to enable their incomes to keep climbing throughout their retirement in line with general wage growth.

Implicitly, it assumes that a retiree needs to spend 25% more at age 90 than at age 70, after accounting for inflation.

But our analysis shows that retired Australians tend to spend less over time, even those who have money to spare.

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Tuesday, 06 November

03:05

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #619 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online This Week: 6 - 12 November 2018 Newsletter | #619 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 6th November 2018 to Monday 12th November 2018 Festival Weekend Wrap Diwali Celebrations Buddhist Spring Festival Dogapalooza Music Festival Rock Bang - Circus Oz Jamaican Music and Food Festival 5 Shades of Grey - Friday Night Live Weekend Wrap Melbourne Cup Carnival Fed Square Live Dandenong Show Slava and Leonard Grigoryan School Of Rock | The Musical Salvo's Our Christmas Gift Concert Spectacular Enjoy #Melbourne Melbourne Cup Carnival The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unequalled world-class event that encompasses the finest racing entertainment fashion culture food and wine all in one place - Flemington. DAY 1 Saturday - AAMI Victoria Derby Day - November 3 DAY 2 Tuesday - Lexus Melbourne Cup Day November 6 DAY 3 Thursday - Crown Oaks Day November 8 DAY 4 Saturday - Seppelt Wines Stakes Day November 10 Melbourne Cup Parade 2018 Melbourne Cup Trivia --> Melbourne Cup Carnival 2018 <-- Dandy Show From sheep, sideshows and show-bags, the 147th annual Dandenong Show has something for everyone. 10 - 11 November | Dandenong Show 2018 Rock Bang - Circus Oz 15-25 November 2018 | The Coopers Malthouse Circus Oz has co-created an original hilarious rock'n'roll extravaganza Rock Bang from the (self-proclaimed) best band in the world: Die Roten Punkte. Rock Bang - Circus Oz featuring Otto and Astrid | Get Tickets Slava and Leonard Grigoryan Sunday 18 November 2018 | St Johns Southgate The Melbourne Musicians directed by Frank U. Pam present a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with a string orchestra. Double Trouble - Slava and Leonard Grigoryan | Buy Tickets Dogapalooza | dog-friendly music festival Sunday November 11th at Richmond's Burnley Park, Melbourne's most adorable dog love in, is back. View Details: Dogapalooza 2018 Friday Night Live Music | November Licensed Bayswater venue featuring live music every Friday night from 8pm. 9th November - 5 Shades of Grey 16th November - Maskara - The Ultimate Tribute to the Women of Rock 23rd November - X-GenZ 30th November - Back To Scratch View Details: Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Diwali in Melbourne Hindu festival of lights: Wednesday, 7 November 2018 Deakin Diwali Festival of Lights - 8 Nov Cardina Diwali Festival 2018 - 10 Nov Olivine's Diwali Festival | Yan Yean - 10 Nov Diwali Festival | Narre Warren - 11 Nov Footscray Diwali - 11 Nov --> Diwal...

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Monday, 05 November

23:58

Gurus, Altered States of Consciousness and Chinese Food "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I have been hearing about Deepak Chopra more of late. A recent controversy was him giving a talk at a cryptocurrency symposium: people were upset that such a "charlatan" could be at the event...

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Sunday, 04 November

00:40

New accessible bus stops along Main Road "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

VicTrack recently installed a bunch of new bus shelters along the Main Rd/Geelong Rd corridor in Ballarat, which I think deserve a bit of attention. New shelters and surrounding works have been installed at Callow Street, Elsworth Street, Kinnersley Avenue, Milverton Lane, Glenvale Road, Shire Avenue, Gear Avenue, Elizabeth Street, Barkly Street, and the Midland Highway. All of these were existing stops along the route, but some were just poles in the grass, some had shelters but no paths leading to them, and so on. All needed an upgrade.

Locations of the stops

VicTrack are the government's manager of rail land and infrastructure, and this corridor is miles away from a railway line, so why are they the ones building them? Well, it's funded as part of the Road and Rail Minor Works Program, which also included increased carparks at Wendouree station, so I guess it just made sense to package them together.

Anyway - compared with most bus stops, they're pretty good kit. They all have solar panels on their roofs to power a light within the shelter, so they're a bit more inviting if you're waiting for a bus at night.

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The shelters have a little solar panel which powers a light

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Saturday, 03 November

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Friday, 02 November

02:47

12pm Mon Nov 26 | Kids Off All Off- Back the Wilkie Bill to Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 12-1pm, Monday 26th November Where: Border Force Office, 1010 LaTraobe St, Docklands, Melbourne Facebook event here Join RAC at Border Force in Docklands on the day House of Representatives resumes, calling for parliament to support Andrew Wilkies bill to immediately bring children and families off Nauru to Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has so(...)

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Thursday, 01 November

00:59

A tribute to Richard Gill by Heather McLaughlin "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In recent days the media has been full of news of the sad loss of Richard Gill conductor, teacher, composer, and powerful advocate for school and community music. Many will remember him as the somewhat eccentric man with a shock of white hair representing classical music on Spicks and Specks.

He passionately believed that every child deserves music, and that SINGING should be the basis of all music experience from an early age.

I have been personally fortunate to be a student, then a teaching colleague, and a friend of Richard Gill since the age of 15, when as a country girl I went to a NSW state music camp and played the violin under his baton in a full symphony orchestra.

At that stage I had never even seen a French horn, or an oboe, and the experience of sitting in the heart of 60 musicians playing Beethovens 7th Symphony, in a tent, in the rain, with flutes behind and violas to the side, was an early inspiration. Cellos, can you SOB a little more? said Richard Gill. I melted with adolescent musical emotion!

AYO-NMTMP-Richard-Gill-OAM

So many people have an anecdote about Richard Gill.

He remembered my name when I ran into him, 35 years after I left school.

He got me to sing an improvised melody in Solfege over a ground bass in a workshop and surprisingly, I could do it.

At music camp in...

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Wednesday, 31 October

07:12

Media Release 31/10 | Children from Nauru, detained in Australia and not going to school "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims the Coalition government has got children out of detention on the mainland and is quietly getting children off Nauru. This is a lie. Not only has the Morrison government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to fight children on Nauru coming to Australia, but many of those children brought(...)

00:16

Getting big feminists singing! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By Jane York

On Feb 5th this year I posted in a private feminist group I belong to, the following:

Random thought for all singers (everyone) in this group: If I was to start a casual Inner North FEMINIST CHOIR, who would be interested? Singing tunes by powerhouse women of pop and indie including Beyonce, Peaches, Meryl Bainbridge.  Like if you would be keen to come along  x

The idea for a feminist choir had been rattling around in my head for a long time, nurtured through chats with lefty, femmo, artist friends about what our creative responses to this unique cultural moment in history might look like. I made a playlist entitled Feminist Choir that may or may not have included the song Bitch by Meredith Brooks. So when I got 12 comments of support under my Facebook post I thought fantastic, great, lets do this right away

Right away turned out to be 5 months, and change. I booked the room, made a poster, created a Facebook event and for lack of any better ideas titled it BIG FEMINIST SING!, thinking this would do until I came up with a much more clever and witty title.

I then proceeded to completely overthink what we would sing: What is a feminist? What does a feminist song sound like? Am I even a good enough feminist? What if I forget how to feminist and I am never allowed to feminist again?!!!!

After this initial bout of imposter syndrome, I realised that I needed to focus on what I wanted from a Big Feminist Sing. What I wanted was to express a complex set of conflicting emotions around identity. To do more than argue with strangers on the internet. To make a physical space for catharsis. To express vulnerability, anger, humour; to be fierce, silly and soulful. I wanted to be unapologetically critical of our leaders, cultural values and institutions. I wanted to build community, and I didnt need to have all the answers!

It was important to me that the Big Feminist Sing workshop was a welcoming and safe space for all non-binary, gender fluid, intersex and trans singers. There is a disturbing amount of discrimination in some pockets of the feminist community and I wanted it to be clear from the outset that everyone is welcome. I have tried to do that by stating explicitly on all our promotion that we are for everybody. I have also been conscious of this when making song choices and lyric changes in songs. Not just choosing songs with lyrics about Woman power and giving pronoun options on lyric sheets. I hope that this has made the space more welcoming and I will continue to listen to feedback around this.

As with my other projects I knew that selecting m...

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Tuesday, 30 October

08:09

Its going to require something drastic "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Like..  maybe..  DE-INDUSTRIALIZATION?

07:14

Do Less, Work Smarter and the Professional Waiter "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A long time ago I attended a seminar on wealth and money and the speaker had a mantra that said Work Smarter, Not harder. It turned out to be a []

03:36

Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Most people think that selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian are the best strategies for fighting climate change, but in fact, according to a study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices, having fewer children beats all those actions by a very long margin.

Ive been saying this for years and years, but the graphic below might just about convince anyone..

The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon emissions.

The next best actions are selling your car, avoiding long flights, and eating a vegetarian diet. These reduce emissions many times more than common green activities, such as recycling, using low energy light bulbs or drying washing on a line. However, the high impact actions are rarely mentioned in government advice and school textbooks, researchers found.

Carbon emissions must fall to two tonnes of CO2 per person by 2050 to avoid severe global warming, but in the US and Australia emissions are currently 16 tonnes per person and in the UK seven tonnes. Thats obviously a really big change and we wanted to show that individuals have an opportunity to be a part of that, said Kimberly Nicholas, at Lund University in Sweden and one of the research team.

The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, sets out the impact of different actions on a comparable basis. By far the biggest ultimate impact is having one fewer child, which the researchers calculated equated to a reduction of 58 tonnes of CO2 for each year of a parents life.

The figure was calculated by totting up the emissions of the child and all their descendants, then dividing this total by the parents lifespan. Each parent was ascribed 50% of the childs emissions, 25% of their grandchildrens emissions and so on.

The graphic shows how much CO2 can be saved through a range of different actions.
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Monday, 29 October

04:24

Meet Joel Salatin "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The following post originally appeared on the Polyface Farms Facebook page.

Cows at Polyface Farm. Photo by Amber Karnes.

The recent editorial by James McWilliams, titled The Myth of Sustainable Meat, contains enough factual errors and skewed assumptions to fill a book, and normally I would dismiss this out of hand as too much nonsense to merit a response. But since it specifically mentioned Polyface, a rebuttal is appropriate. For a more comprehensive rebuttal, read the book Folks, This Aint Normal.

Lets go point by point. First, that grass-grazing cows emit more methane than grain-fed ones. This is factually false. Actually, the amount of methane emitted by fermentation is the same whether it occurs in the cow or outside. Whether the feed is eaten by an herbivore or left to rot on its own, the methane generated is identical. Wetlands emit some 95 percent of all methane in the world; herbivores are insignificant enough to not even merit consideration. Anyone who really wants to stop methane needs to start draining wetlands. Quick, or well all perish. I assume hes figuring that since it takes longer to grow a beef on grass than on grain, the difference in time adds days to the emissions. But grain production carries a host of maladies far worse than methane. This is simply cherry-picking one negative out of many positives to smear the foundation of how soil builds: herbivore pruning, perennial disturbance-rest cycles, solar-grown biomass, and decomposition. This is like demonizing marriage because a good one will include some arguments.

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Saturday, 27 October

07:11

More bus services needed "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Despite heavy travel demand and overcrowding, most bus routes only run every 30-60 minutes.

More services are needed, particularly on main road routes serving major shopping centres, running frequently every day of the week.

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Thursday, 25 October

07:28

The other vacancy report. New rental streams from excess car parking? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

According to the lovely Dr. Elizabeth Taylor over at RMIT, parking in Melbournes city centre now occupies the equivalent of 225 MCGs. The main reason for this bounty: minimum car parking requirements in the planning scheme. These requirements compel developers to provide a ratio of private car parks in all new developments. Cost for land []

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Tuesday, 23 October

21:21

Negative and Defensive Thinking "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Stuart Wilde article - Now is the time to tame the egos demands and to take a more cautious smaller approach to life. Invest in yourself and what you know, and skills that you can offer others.

10:25

4pm Fri Nov 9 | Qantas Dont Deport to Danger-Let Huyen, Priya & Nades stay "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 4pm, Friday 9th November 2018 Where: 79-81 Victoria Pde, Collingwood, VIC Facebook event here Rally at Jetstar Corporate Office calling on Qantas and all airlines not to deport Huyen, Priya, Nades or any asylum seekers to danger. We need to keep up the pressure to prevent the deportation of Huyen, Priya, Nades and family.(...)

08:29

MEDIA RELEASE 23/10 | PNG SUPREME COURT DISMISSES MANUS CASE ON TECHNICALITY "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The PNG Supreme Court has dismissed the case of Behrouz Boochani and 730 other Manus detainees for the constitutional enforcement of their rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the case was essentially a compensation case for the breach of their human rights prior to the Supreme Court orders in 2016 that the Lombrum detention centre(...)

02:54

MEDIA ALERT 23/10 | MANUS SUPREME COURT DECISION TO BE HANDED DOWN TODAY, 2PM "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The long-awaited judgement of the PNG Supreme Court regarding illegal imprisonment and enforcement of constitutional and human rights of the Manus asylum seekers will be handed down today, Tuesday 23 October, at 2pm. The PNG court decision will lay the basis for seeking summary judgement for compensation and also orders for the unconditional release of(...)

02:30

THE LIFETIME BAN BILL AND THE NEW ZEALAND DEAL FACT SHEET 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

THE LIFETIME BAN BILL

The Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 the Lifetime Ban Bill was introduced and passed in the House of Representatives in November 2016. It has been before the Senate since that time;

  • The Bill would prevent resettlement in Australia for the people who have been assessed as refugees in PNG (583 people) or Nauru (821 people)
  • The Bill would prevent refugee assessment in Australia for people transferred to Australia for medical purposes, many of whom have never been afforded a refugee assessment in PNG or Nauru
  • The Bill would enforce family separation in a number of ways, including:
  • ...

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Monday, 22 October

00:01

Italy and energy: a case study "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Since discovering Jean Marc Jancovici a couple of months ago, I have been following his work, which is mostly in French; but now and again he publishes something in English, so you guys can benefit from reading this while I prepare to drive my wifes Suzuki Alto with a full load to Tasmania  yes I am going to get my life back and get to enjoy sharing the fruits of my labour after a three year wait..

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Italy is in trouble. Or more precisely, the country has been abandonned by growth. It is one of the few OECD countries that is unable to recover from the 2008 crisis: its GDP is still lagging below 2007 levels. Would it be the simple result of the unability of the successive governments to make the appropriate reforms? It might well be that the explanation lies in something much more different, but much more unpleasant: physics.

First, statistics are unequivocal on the fact that growth has vanished, so far.

Year on year change of the GDP in Italy (or annual growth rate) since 1961 (blue curve), average per decade (red curve), and trend on the growth rate (green dotted line). It is easy to see that each decade has been less successful than the previous one since the beginning of this series, and that the decade that started in 2010 has an average growth rate which is negative. Italy has therefore been in recession, on average, for the last 7 years.

Primary data from World Bank.

As the two are generally linked in Western countries, the debt on GDP ratio has risen to heights, botbh for public and private debt.

Debt on GDP ratio in Italy since 1995. Primary data from Eurostat.
Households debt on GDP ratio since 1960. Data from Bank for International Settlements.
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Sunday, 21 October

23:45

How Donald Trump saved Civilization (and lost the planet) "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Just found this.  wow.

 
The controversy swirling around murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been moving Congress towards sending to the White House an Act* imposing broad sanctions on Saudi Arabia, effectively scrapping billions in pending arms sales.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said, The kingdom and all involved in this brutal murder must be held accountable, and if the Trump administration will not take the lead, Congress must.

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In internal discussions, Mr. Kushner has urged the president and his aides not to abandon Prince Mohammed. But as Turkish officials leaked details of the grisly killing of Mr. Khashoggi and of the dismemberment of his body, the White House has become increasingly isolated in its defense of Saudi Arabia.

Take a moment and picture this scenario.
Caving to his image-advisors and pollsters who fret about a Blue Tide surging into key states, POTUS inks the sanctions.
As its mercantile supply line begins to dry up, Saudi Arabia does not blink. It does precisely what it said it would do. It retaliates by hitting the world where it hurts most: the oil supply.
For decades Saudi Arabia has been OPECs swing vote, able to turn up or down the light sweet crude flowing to international markets. No other producers have either the reserves or production to control the volume and ther...

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Friday, 19 October

07:52

#BlockTheBill Media Release 19/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

On behalf of our members and governing staff from over 30 of the refugee and eX-detainee communities in Australia, RISE urges the Australian public to say NO to the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisons plan to introduce legislation to ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever being allowed into Australia. In November 2016, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and current Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton attempted to table the Life ban of refugees and asylum seekers Bill in parliament but it faded away after significant public backlash. Due to the current public outrage on Kids in detention in offshore camps, the Morrison government is reviving this bill yet again, using refugees as political pawns.

Scott Morrisons proposal to impose a life ban on refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived since 2013 July, as well as future refugees who will be arriving to seek protection, will be tied up with the No Advantage Policy, which was crafted and designed under the Australian Labor government.

Australia has a history of racism and genocide. Far right-wing sentiments are reappearing fast. It is up to us to not repeat the abhorrent acts that Australia was built on. If the majority of the Senate go ahead with the decision to support Prime Minister Morrisons proposal banning refugees and asylum seekers, it will be further evidence of Australias shocking discrimination against people fleeing from war, torture, rape and persecution Ramesh Fernandez (RISE founder and eX-detainee)

People who have fled war, trauma and torture need long term security in order to restore their lives. The proposed legislation will be extremely harmful to refugees and asylum seekers. It adds major uncertainty to the lives of asylum seekers who have fled persecution and in turn exacerbates the trauma they have endured and continue to live through.

If New Zealand agrees to take about 150 refugees & Australia imposes life ban;

  1. What about those remaining in offshore torture camps?
  2. What is the fate of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia who arrived after July 2013? They may face deportation.
  3. What about those refugees who have gone to the USA?
  4. What about those refugees who were forcibly deported to danger?
  5. This bill impacts the reunion of families. Some of our members still have families in offshore detention centres. If this bill goes through, they will never be able to see their families again.
  6. What about children of asylum seeker parents who arrived...

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Wednesday, 17 October

22:45

Public transport: frequency must improve across the network #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

If you look at a map of Melbournes public transport network, youd be right in thinking its a substantial service covering most of the city.

But it will only attract people out of their cars if service quality is better.

Frequency has to improve. With most suburban buses running only every 30-60 minutes, and even waits for trains and trams being as much as 20 to 40 minutes outside peak times, people can spend more time waiting for a service than travelling on it.

Running all trains, trams and main road buses at least every ten minutes to everywhere all day, every day, would ensure that all of Melbourne has a turn up and go network that people can use without having to check a timetable first, and that connections are easy.

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Tuesday, 16 October

13:47

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #616 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Read Online This Week: 16 - 22 October 2018 Newsletter | #616 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Garage Sale Trail Weekend Main Street Mornington Festival Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo Royal Geelong Show Shot in the City of Port Phillip Spooktober Spring Fling Street Festival The Finders Keepers Market Weekend Wrap Enjoy #Melbourne Garage Sale Trail Weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2018 Join the movement along with 400,000 Australians by hosting a sale or shopping the trail. Garage Sale Trail 2018 | Trail Map Festival Melbourne 2018 3 - 21 October 2018 The Melbourne Festival encompasses dance, circus, theatre, contemporary and classical music, visual arts, film and more. Festival Melbourne 2018 | What's On The Finders Keepers Market Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October | Royal Exhibition Building A massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. The Finders Keepers Market Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Shot in the City of Port Phillip Saturday October 20 and 27 | Sunday October 21 and 28 Melbourne Camera Club - South Melbourne Photography exhibition celebrates the human and geographical diversity of a local municipality through the lens of the Melbourne Camera Club. Entry is FREE Shot in the City of Port Phillip | Photography Exhibition Spooktober 2018 Oct 31 - Nov 4 | St Kilda Town Hall Melbourne's biggest and spookiest 5-day Halloween Festival Spooktober Spooktober 2018 | Buy Tickets Yarra River Self-Drive Boat Hire Self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no boat license or experience required. Melbourne Boat Hire | Rates and Book Online Pentolina Fresh Pasta and Bar Melbourne's new shrine to pasta in the heart of the CBD. Fresh pasta made in-house daily Mon - Sat 11am 10pm | 2, 377 Little Collins St, Melbourne Pentolina | Review Weekend Wrap Alibaba E-Commerce Expo Archibald Prize Exhibition Arms and Militaria Fair Australian Hi-Fi and AV Show Bendigo Uncorked Week Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Buddy Run Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Main Street Mornington Festival...

06:16

Rhythms & Beats Drum up Community Connection in Hurstbridge "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When Annie Fletcher and her family moved back from WA to Melbourne, Hurstbridge seemed a nice spot at the end of the train line. It wasnt until theyd been living there a few months that Annie realised the rich arts community theyd been fortunate to move into.

Keen to get into more hand-drumming, Annie decided to hook into the local scene, in particular the regular jamming sessions at St Andrews market, which at that time had a weekly drum circle. This lead to a conversation with the local neighbourhood house about starting a beginners group and, fourteen years later as Drum Connection, the beat goes on.

I wasnt a particularly experienced drummer at that time but, because Id been a teacher for many years, I used my teaching skills to work out what I wanted to teach and how and it just grew from there. My intrinsic love of rhythm had also been honed over many years with my passion and tertiary study in Dance.

Numbers were low to start with, but running the group gave Annie an opportunity to assimilate into the community, it helped me find my place and it was just so rewarding.

Participation in the new group continued to grow with spots of natural fluctuation, but the community music experience continued as a weekly dose of positive good fun.

I always say there are no mistakes in the drumming, there are just variations on a theme and a bit of jamming is fine. People like that and if they struggle with a particular rhythm, they can just play the first beat of each bar or the main beats of the rhythm and when the finishing call comes, they can whack the drum again and finish with the group, so its accessible to all.

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Sunday, 14 October

11:25

Grampians Peaks Trail (and always remember to pack your food away!) "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.

Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.

Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.

But this trip, it was a problem.

At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.

I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.

I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.

Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.

And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.

Lesson learned.

Click to view slideshow.

Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.

I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...

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Friday, 12 October

03:36

Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao? (Vietnamese asylum seekers arrived by boat is being threatened of deportation, what can the Vietnamese community do?) 12/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

By RISE Vietnamese Member who seeks asylum in Australia. (Scroll down for English version)

Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng ng ngi Vit phi lm sao?

Cc thuyn nhn Vit Nam va n c hm 27/08/2018 b cc ngi dn a phng giao cho cnh st v b giam trong Trung Tm Giam Gi Di Tru ao Chrismas Island. B Trng B Ni V Peter Dutton ln ting e do trc xut tt c cc thuyn nhn va n v nc, ni m h s b Chnh Ph Vit Nam tra tn, b t v hm hi, thm ch l b git cht.

y khng phai la ln u tin Chinh phu Uc co hanh ng tan nhn vi cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan noi chung va cac thuyn nhn ti nan Vit Nam noi ring. Nm 1992, Chinh Phu ang Lao ng cua Thu Tng Paul Keating a quyt inh m ra trung tm giam gi di tru u tin trn th gii va sau nay c nhiu quc gia trn th gii lam theo. Luc by gi, muc ich cua cac trung tm giam gi di tru nay la nhm vao cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan Vit Nam va ti pham hoa vic xin ti nan xin c bao v khoi vic bi an ap, bc hai, thin tai, nan oi va nan dit chung. Cac nan nhn sng sot cua nhng trung tm giam gi khc nghit, tan bao, v nhn tinh va m mau nay a va ang ln ting v nhng anh hng tiu cc cua vic giam cm v thi han n tinh thn, sc khoe va cuc sng cua ho.

a co it nht 50 ngi a mt mang trong cac trung tm giam gi di tru cua Uc trong t lin va ngoai khi t khi trung tm giam gi u tin c m ca, trong o co it nht 3 ngi Vit Nam.Hu ht nhng ngi nay la nhng ngi xin ti nan va tt ca u la ngi da mau. Nhng ngi nay a bi mt mang vi nhng ly do co th c ngn chn kip thi nu chinh phu Uc ra tay can thip nh nh t t, s s sut y t va bi am sat. Ngoai nhng cai cht oan ung ra con co v s trng hp a va ang xay ra hng ngay trong cac trung tm giam gi i vi cac giam nhn (bt k gii tinh va la tui) nh ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, bao hanh, tra tn, e doa v.v. Hn na, hu ht tt ca cac cu giam nhn cho du a hn nhiu nm sau khi c tha ra, vn bi tan tt va mang trong ngi nhng cn bnh hu t nhng ln bi ngc ai, tra tn, hm doa, ham hip, quy ri tinh duc, va khi cuc sng cua ho bi Chinh phu Uc lam cho hn loan khng co li thoat trong nhiu nm. Ngoai ra con co hang ngan ngi ti nan bi B Di tru truc xut hay an ap ho cho n khi ho t truc xut ban...

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Thursday, 11 October

22:25

Sunday trains packed #MoreServicesPlease "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Melbournes trains: you might not expect a seat in peak hour, but on Sunday mornings? Most lines are very infrequent and theyre packed.

Services on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn, Upfield, Mernda, Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines on Sundays run only every 40 minutes until about 10am, resulting in crowding, while spare trains sit idle in stabling yards.

It hasnt changed in decades. Sunday 10am to 7pm frequencies were increased in 1999 to 20 minutes, but the morning 40 minute gaps have existed since the 1970s.

This is not good enough for a growing city of 5 million people. To get Melbourne moving, its time for frequent train services every 10 minutes on all Metro lines, every day of the week.

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Wednesday, 10 October

09:48

The Monthly Discussion in November Victoria votes! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Monthly Discussion in November Victoria votes! What: Discuss + Debate + Drinks + Pizza When: Wednesday, November 7 Time: 6pm Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of []

04:33

Placebo, Nocebo and Belief "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Having been fascinated most of my life with things 'of mind', I find it intriguing that we are influenced by the placebo effect....

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Tuesday, 09 October

15:00

PTUA launches Connecting Ballarat proposal "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has launched an ambitious policy document, Connecting Ballarat, which calls for dramatic improvements to Ballarats bus network.

Ballarats bus network currently has a lot of problems with indirect, inefficient routes through the CBD, which turn back on themselves in order to call at key destinations in a specific order, and terminate at Ballarat station. These paths waste valuable driver time, which is an inefficient use of taxpayer resources compared to more efficient paths. Theyre also slow and hard for casual users to understand, which makes them unattractive to potential passengers.

The central idea of the Connecting Ballarat proposal is to link routes on opposite sides of Ballarat together into longer cross-town routes, so that buses can flow smoothly in one side of the CBD and out the other, in a path that is faster, more efficient and more sensible than the current paths. This would mean faster trips for passengers, a more understandable network for first-time users, and more efficient use of resources resources that can be reinvested into other service improvements.

Three of these routes would become high-frequency SmartBus routes fast, direct routes that run every ten minutes, designed to act as the spine of a true turn-up-and-go network for Ballarat. The other routes would increase to run every 20 or 40 minutes, to match the increased V/Line train frequencies expected from late 2019.

Buses would also run to a longer span of hours, connecting with commuter trains in the early mornings and late evenings, and allowing people travelling within Ballarat to take the bus home after dinner at a restaurant or a night at the movies.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener, Ben Lever, said this was in many ways an ambitious proposal, but that it also picked a lot of low-hanging fruit.

We know the existing network has a lot of inefficiencies, both in the twisty paths it takes and the excessively-padded timetables. Not only are these inefficiencies frustrating for users, they take up a lot of resources that would be better spent on improving the service thats what were proposing here.

Beyond those efficiency gains, were calling on all political parties to invest some serious money into our bus network. Low-density outer suburbs of Melbourne have high-frequency SmartBuses running through them, connecting key destinations like shopping centres and universities with railway stations Ballarat deserves the same. Even the standard non-SmartBus routes run till at least 9pm in most suburbs of Melbourne, while Ballarats buses currently shut down around 7pm its just not good enough.

Weve seen time and time again that when governments invest in good public transport, people use it. Whether its trains, tr......

03:12

NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE 09/10/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE  by Nguyen Hong Duc

When I started out as RISEs Ability Rights worker two years ago, my role is to find supports for refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. What I found was a distinctive lack of services across the migration sector, only three out of 16 Migrant Resource Centres have programs for people with disabilities, of those three only one supports asylum seekers or newly arrived. The other two did Home And Community Care (HACC) for those of migrant backgrounds over 55-65 years of age; HACC is home care and support (not personal/medical care). 

Launch of RISEs advocacy booklet; refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. A document that brings together the voices of RISE members and an analysis non-intersectionality of the literature in the refugee and disability sectors. Link here

As for the disability sector, where is scarcity of knowledge on refugees where I am yet to find a mainstream disability service provider that has a refugee intake program. Publically there is no clear indication be it either on their website or when I call them if refugees or asylum seekers on various visas can access the disability service. Most if the information is in English and little if any information on accessibility. This is a one-size fit all approach to informing the public of services available.  I need to make it clear I am referring to disability services not mental health services.

The mental health sector is hard for refugees to access, that is psychologists and therapists, refugees are more often referred to the specific torture and trauma clinics. How they differentiate between invisible mental health disabilities and PTSD related mental I cannot say. What I can say is that more needs to be done to support invisible disabilities like depression and anxiety, eating disorders and emotional behaviours that are often not treated go undiagnosed, and seen as just adjusting to a new life.

I myself is a former child refugee from Vietnam, I have two disabilities, a hearing impairment and cerebral palsy. Here I am going to advocate that for too long refugee settlement has been separate to disabilities and mental health needs. This erroneous and amounts to structural neglect from the medical profession and the migration settlement services sector. This is why the silo approach to refugees and asylum seekers is detrimental to their health and wellbeing and the community. This is a critique of the standard operating philosophy of using Maslows hierarchy of needs. This drives settlement support. It dictates the literature on refugees. It defines government policy....

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Monday, 08 October

12:16

5:30pm Oct 12 | Paint the Town Refugee "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

When: 5:30pm, Friday 12th October 2018 Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Join RAC in covering Melbourne this Friday evening with posters, leaflets and chalk to advertise the rally on October 27th other RAC initiatives. No experience needed! Meet other activists or come with friends. Plaster the CBD, or(...)

09:45

MEDIA RELEASE 8/10 | NAURU POLICE ARREST ATTEMPTED SUICIDE VICTIM "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Nauruan police have arrested a 36 year-old Iranian refugees after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm (Nauru time).  Although the man was in obvious distress, and struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police arrived and placed him under(...)

08:23

MEDIA RELEASE 6/10 | NAURU IN MELTDOWN: GOVERNMENT ENDS MSF ROLE ON NAURU "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Nauru government has ended the role of  Mdecins Sans Frontires /Doctors Without Borders on the island.   MSF emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them that all MSF services fininsh today email pasted below.   According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has only operated on the island since late(...)

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Thursday, 04 October

17:19

Religious freedom a legal minefield for Coalition "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

IT SEEMS that the Government is going to hang on to Philip Ruddocks report on religious freedom until after this months by-election and then, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, take some legislative action on it.
First we have the obvious question about open and accountable government. Who paid for this report? Why do freedom-of-information laws give such broad exemptions to Cabinet documents on topics which have absolutely no national-security or national-finance questions?

That aside, this is a minefield.

Any legislation or constitutional provision on religious freedom gives rise to two fundamental legal questions: what is religion and what is freedom?

The leading case in Australia is the 1983 High Court case of Church of the New Faith v Commissioner of Payroll Tax.

Scientologists claimed that as the Church of the New Faith they were a religion and should not have to pay Victorian payroll tax.

All five High Court judges held that Scientology was a religion.

Justices Mason and Brennan responded to claims that Scientologys founder L Ron Hubbard was in it for the money by saying: Charlatanism is a necessary price of religious freedom, and if a self-proclaimed teacher persuades others to believe in a religion which he propounds, lack of sincerity or integrity on his part is not incompatible with the religious character of the beliefs, practices and observances accepted by his followers.

Justice Murphy said: Most organised religions have been riddled with commercialism, this being an integral part of the drive by their leaders for social authority and power . . . . The amassing of wealth by organised religions often means that the leaders live richly (sometimes in palaces) even though many of the believers live in poverty. Many religions have been notorious for corrupt trafficking in relics, other sacred objects, and religious offices, as well as for condoning sin even in advance, for money. The great organised religions are big business.

So the legal test in Australia for religion is not the motives of the founders and leaders of it, but the gullibility or faith of the followers.

This case was about tax exemption. Morrisons new law, in the name of religious freedom, presumably is to give religions exemptions not only from tax, but also from other laws such as discrimination in employment on grounds of sexuality because homosexuality offends their religion.

This presents the legislature with a problem. The legislation could be cast widely to...

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Wednesday, 03 October

07:02

MEDIA RELEASE 3/10 | MANUS PETITION HANDED TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF PNG SUPREME COURT "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this year, but six months later, the(...)

05:23

Faeries and Going Down the Rabbit Hole "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

We were camped in a mysterious, very old sessile oak forest on the shores of Loch Dan in the stunning Wicklow mountains....

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Tuesday, 02 October

10:17

MEDIA RELEASE 2/10 | CURFEW CRACKDOWN ON MANUS AS US REJECTS MORE REFUGEES "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus detention compound (photo attached) will be closed from 5.00pm to 6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugees movement on the island. A 6.00pm 6.000am curfew already applies to all three refugee compounds on the island prison East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, West Haus(...)

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Friday, 28 September

04:27

Take karaoke to Noongar country and you get Noongaroke "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

 

Rjpvgttg 1400559806.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Noongaroke was far more than a good night out; it was an inspired intervention to support grieving Noongar families.
Mika Hiltunen

Anna Haebich, Curtin University

The following article was co-authored by Jim Morrison, who is a senior Noongar man, a traditional custodian of Western Australias pristine southern coast. He has been operating in a range of pivotal roles dealing with Aboriginal advancement for more than three decades.

Noongar people engaging with karaoke created a contemporary process for cultural healing and wellbeing that dealt at a profound level with the anguished politics of death in their community. Leading the charge was the deadly Noongaroke singing DJ Jim Morrison.

Jims parents, both from the stolen generations, survived to raise their large family whose members are now prominent in Noongar service organisations, politics and the arts in Perth. Jim generously shared his journey in an interview with my partner Darryl Kickett and myself that is quoted extensively here.

Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the south-west region of Western Australia. They bore the full force of settler invasion and colonisation: the deaths, dispossession, loss of land and culture, racism, segregation, removed children, forced assimilation and dire poverty within a rich country.

What survived of their way of life was invisible to most outsiders: the ancient family lineages, connection to country, kinship values and obligations, hidden knowledge and rituals and elements of language.

Today most Noongar people live in city suburbs and country towns. Numbering more than 40,000, they constitute the largest Aboriginal language group in Australia. Many identify as members of a distinct Noongar nation within the Australian settler state. In 2006, Noongar claimants won Australias first and...

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Tuesday, 25 September

09:32

12 Oct 2018 CFNC presentation by Pam Whiteley "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The guest presenter at the October meeting of the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club is Pam Whiteley.  Her talk will be about Wildlife Health Victoria: Surveillance, which as its name suggestions is involved in wildlife health issues and emergencies.  Pam has provided the following information:

With colleagues at the Melbourne Veterinary School of The University of Melbourne Pam Whiteley established Wildlife Health Victoria: Surveillance (WHV: S) in 2008.  Pam has worked in mixed vet practice, was the  first Vet then Vet/Curator at Healesville Sanctuary, then worked at the US National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Lab in Geelong and at the Victorian vet diagnostic lab.  She is an active member of the Wildlife Disease Association and WHV: S was re-elected to Wildlife Health Australias Management Committee.

Musk Lorikeet collected by Rosemary and provided to WHV:S for assessment. Photo supplied by Pam Whiteley

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Monday, 24 September

08:22

RISE eX-detainees request supporters to raise awareness on AFL Grand Final day (Saturday 29th Sept), to bring to the Worlds attention the escalating crisis faced by Refugees held hostage by Australia in detention centres. "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

RISE ex-detainees request supporters to raise awareness during the AFL Grand Final Day, Saturday 29th September 2018, to bring to the worlds attention the escalating crisis faced by detainees held hostage by the Australian government in offshore and onshore detention centres. We also ask our supporters to raise awareness internationally on the day at Australian embassies across the world, to show your solidarity with our community and #SanctionAustralia for their crimes against humanity.

There have been many inquiries and many reports of rape, sexual abuse and torture in Australias refugee detention camps since they were opened more than 26 years ago, yet these abuses continue because not a single Immigration Minister or administrator in the Australian government have been held accountable. Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.

Australia has one of the highest concentration of media ownership in the world and therefore less likely to expose the torture, abuse and murder of our community who are fleeing wars and conflicts that mainly serve capitalist interests. We should not stay silent when there are lives at stake. If we do not act, refugees in Australian-run detention centres will continue to be tortured and abused by the Australian government, and be forced to deport or self-deport.

Please take action and #SanctionAustralia to send a strong message to the Australian government and show the world that you stand against Australias criminal administrative detention regime implemented more than 26 years ago against us refugees. The international community should also condemn Australia, a member of the UN Human rights council, for exploiting less affluent countries such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru and using them as proxies to carry out human rights abuses against refugees.

Who are we?
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees is the first entirely self-determined refugee advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia. We seek direction from the RISE ex-detainee group in carrying out this action.

Read more about eX-detainees led and managed #sanctionAustralia campaign here: riserefugee.org/sanctionaustralia

RISE Ex-detainee Team
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07:32

Share our Shores from Coast to Coast "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee have joined forces with a simple message for visitors of the coast this summer.

From Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula to Cumberland River on the Surf Coast, we are asking beachgoers to Share our Shores.

The Share our Shores campaign focuses on all aspects of equitable use by all types of beach users.

First launched by the Barwon Coast Committee of Management in November 2017, Share our Shores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users.

Barwon Coast CEO Gary McPike said: We look after an extremely popular section of the Victorian coastline and need to encourage everyone to help us balance the huge visitor numbers with coastal protection.

Great Ocean Road Coast CEO Vanessa Schernickau said that Share our Shores is a great opportunity for coastal land managers to work together in promoting respectful use of our natural resources.

Its great to be working alongside our friends at Barwon Coast in spreading the Share our Shores message to respect the coast and respect other beachgoers, said Ms Schernickau.

Summer is a busy time up and down the coast, adding increased pressure on our natural environment. We all love the beach lets make sure we can all enjoy it for generations to come.

For more information on the Share our Shores program visit www.gorcc.com.au

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Sunday, 23 September

13:52

Boro Stitching "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The focus for the September meeting was Boro stitching with the intention of constructing a bag from the stitched cloth in the October meeting.  Boro is an old Japanese technique of mending and repair that uses scraps of cloth and Sashiko stitching or running stitch to extend the life of the fabric or garment.

This bag is made from small pieces of indigo dyed Japanese fabrics.

Jo led the session, demonstrating the construction of the base cloth. The idea was to create a base of fabric pieces or scraps stitched down onto a base cloth using running stitch ( Sashiko)

Base cloth in production.

A finished base cloth, ready to be made into a bag.

Finished bag

Another bag in production.

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Friday, 21 September

11:43

IA assessments questionable "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

The Geelong Branch of the Public Transport Users Association has queried the logic of Infrastructure Australias negative response to the business case for the duplication of the South Geelong-Waurn Ponds rail line.

Branch convener Paul Westcott noted that Infrastructure Australia seems to be saying that the project would stack up if some changes were made.

If they are saying that certain modifications to the business case would lead to them supporting the project, why couldnt they assess the project with the changes they themselves suggest? Mr Westcott said.

Mr Westcott also criticised the State government for not having quantified some obvious benefits of the project in the business case, which has led Infrastructure Australia to require more work to be done on it.

The State government must urgently revise the business case, taking Infrastructure Australias comments into account, ensuring the project can be assessed on its true merits, Mr Westcott said.

However, its good that both sides of politics continue to back the project that will see more trains running to stations South of Geelong, including to Colac and Warrnambool, and help them run more reliably.

Mr Westcott also pointed to apparent inconsistencies in Infrastructure Australias assessment of projects.

They are happy to keep the East-West Link toll road in Melbourne on their priority list, despite the fact that is has a cost-benefit ratio of only 50 cents in the dollar.

Even worse, the duplication of the highway to Colac, also funded by federal money, will only return about eight cents in the dollar.

Mr Westcott said the way Infrastructure Australia assesses projects seems questionable. While economically doubtful road schemes are given the green light, sustainable transport projects seem to be viewed with less sympathy.

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Tuesday, 18 September

07:14

The Importance of Now "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.

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Friday, 14 September

04:04

eX-detainees day statement : Do not bury eX-detainee voices or undermine over 2 decades of our labour towards dismantling immigration detention centres "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

We, eX-detainees at RISE in Australia, mark the 17th of September 2018 as eX-Detainees Day, for all asylum seekers and refugees who have been forcibly detained whilst seeking protection. This is our 3rd annual eX-detainees day. Crucially, this initiative is entirely managed and controlled by eX-detainees who are asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, as an assertion of our self-determination.

Asylum seeker and refugee detainees who have been detained or are currently detained in detention centres are among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We have endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection, are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention systems. eX-detainees

In this 3rd year of commemorating eX-detainees day we raise the collective voices of asylum seekers and refugees around the world, who are facing discrimination and criminalisation due to detention.  eX-Detainees Day will highlight and oppose all forms of refugee and asylum seeker detention that we are subjected to globally: whether the detention lasts 1 day, 30 days, 1 year, or longer periods of time.

We eX-detainees are thankful for those who have shown meaningful solidarity and allyship. We also like to see more eX-detainee voices put at the forefront in the refugee debate in Australia and across the world. In Australia, eX-detainees have been working towards dismantling immigration detention centres over two decades now. Do not bury eX-detainee voices as has been done continuously by successive Australian governments. Recognition, respect and autonomy should be given to many eX-detainees and detainees who have never compromised on the goal of abolishing detention centres and spoken out against detention centres, risking our freedom and families. Respect our voices and our well being. Here is the link to our demands http://riserefugee.org/exdetaineesdemands/

Last year we eX-detainees at RISE  established the #SanctionAustalia Campaign and we have received overwhelming support for the campaign in Australia and as well as across the world. Further, in the process of developing our Sanction Australia campaign, eX-detainees have been consulting with national and international wide activists, rights groups and civil society groups to endorse our Sanction Australia campaign.

We offshore and onshore eX-detainees from Australia strongly condemn successive Australian governments and other governments around the world for holding hostage our community members in detention torture camps across the world. We eX-detainees demand that all refugee survivors who are forcibly held in detention centres immediately release and provide them with permanent protection and proper support servic...

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Thursday, 13 September

02:00

Environmental protection from the next generation of coastal innovators "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

On Wednesday 5 September, around 160 students from five local schools gathered in Torquay to learn, work-shop ideas and celebrate coastal conservation at the annual Coast Guardians Forum hosted by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.

The year 9 students from Northern Bay College, Surf Coast Secondary College, Geelong Lutheran College, Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 College, and Sacred Heart College had a day of guest presenters, exciting activities and prizes as part of the Great Ocean Road Coasts award-winning Environmental Education Program.

The day featured special presentations from Corrina Eccles, Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation; Meg Cullen, Birdlife Australia; Deidre Murphy, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority; Alan Beckhurst, Queenscliff Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre, Victorian Fisheries Authority; Lachlan McKenzie, Eco Logic; Luke Hynes, Jan Juc Coast Action and Sam Marwood, Edge Pledge.

Great Ocean Road Coast Chairman Ken Northwood said educating the next generation about the precious coastal environment was a major priority for the organisation.

The Coast Guardians program is aimed at increasing awareness around environmental issues and encouraging social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Ultimately, we hope that participants will be able to walk along a well-cared for coastline and enjoy the benefits of their hard work.  The program is also aimed at fostering partnerships between the schools, GORCC, local community organisations and local environmental volunteer groups.

Were incredibly proud of the achievements of our education program, which has been celebrated with awards by the Victorian Coastal Council and was a finalist in the recent VicParks Awards in the Community Category.

These students are making a real contribution to our coastal landscape and support our conservation team, and the tireless efforts of local volunteers.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma said the forum will encourage students to reflect on their achievements throughout the year and share their experiences with other schools.

Each school protects a different environment along the coast and has a different experience to share with the other schools, she said.  This forum celebrates the students personal development and their hands-on contribution to the enhancement of the coast.

BACKGROUND: COAST GUARDIANS PROGRAM

The Coast Guardians Program is a Great Ocean Road Coast Committee educational opportunity for year 9 students.  Every year, the schools involved each take ownership of the rehabilitation and conservation of a coastal site.   Schools involved are:

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Wednesday, 12 September

07:06

What Would Jesus Say? OMG! "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I gave it some thought and could only come to the same conclusion Mr Fry came to: the radical, revolutionary Jesus would be appalled and he would fight to have the church disbanded...

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Wednesday, 05 September

05:00

The 2018 EJ Craigie Award winner "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending Victorian state budget is built on Australias worst tax. Warwick quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the transition []

03:37

Change Your Destiny "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

A Stuart Wilde article. When you see ugliness become every more pretty. When you see racism, love and accept everyone. When people are agitated and violent, be calm and peaceful.

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Sunday, 02 September

10:17

What the newspapers said about inequality. It's wrong "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

PETER WHITEFORD
If you were going to reduce a 150-page Productivity Commission examination of trends in Australian inequality to a few words, it would be nice if they werent ALP inequality claims sunk, or Progressive article of faith blown up or Labor inequality myths busted by commission.

The editorial in the Australian Financial Review of August 30 says questions about whether inequality is increasing are abstract, taught in universities as an article of faith, and a political truncheon.

Here I should disclose that I teach courses covering inequality as well as undertaking research on the topic. Also, I was one of the external referees for this weeks Productivity Commission report.

It adds to a growing pile of high quality research on trends in income distribution in Australia, including a recent Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and University of New South Wales study using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that provides an in-depth analysis of income and wealth inequality in 2015-16 and an analysis of trends since 2000.

Also released at the end of July was the latest HILDA Statistical Report that analyses how things have changed over time for individuals between 2001 and 2016.

The Productivity Commission survey takes the deliberately ambitious approach of assessin...

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Wednesday, 29 August

07:41

Tenderness Can Flow From Resilience "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

I ponder the question - how do we develop resilience without toughening up and compromising our innate sensitivity?

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Tuesday, 28 August

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Saturday, 25 August

00:01

Literary Pilgrims "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

 

26 Mercer Street SM

 

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by Brigid Magner, a lecturer at RMIT who described her current project about literary commemorations in Australia. This project includes several houses where Henry Handel Richardson (Ethel, or Ettie as she was called when she was a young girl) once lived.

The two photographs at the start of this post are of 26 Mercer Street Queenscliff where the author lived in the late 1870s. The second is from a short play I wrote for history week 2016, and shows Ettie (played by Laura McMahon) reading on the veranda. The play took place in the garden, where the audience sat, and on the spacious veranda.

Talking to Brigid and thinking about her project got me wondering about literary pilgrimages and why people travel long distances to visit the homes of their favourite authors.

At the start of Flauberts Parrot, author Julian Barnes has his narrator ask, Why does the writing make us chase the writer? Why cant we leave well alone? Why arent the books enough?

I sometimes fantasise about visiting Shrewsbury in England, where Ellis Peters set her Cadfael series. Cadfael is a Benedictine monk who lived at the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul in the 12th century. I imagine the cobbled streets and tiny, close-packed houses. And there would be some corners of the city where my imagination wouldnt feel let down. But mostly I would have to go about in blinkers. And this is one problem, isnt it, for literary pilgrims, that places where well-loved authors and charact...

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Wednesday, 22 August

08:57

Singing the Camino: A tale of two trailblazers, walking and songs "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

You never know where life as a Singing Leader will take you next. Several years ago now, The Lucky Wonders, an indie folk pop band from Byron Bay, toured Germany. In need of a break after a few gruelling years in the music industry, Jessie Vintila and her partner Emma Royle took off for a drive through Spain and France, and found themselves in St Jean Pied de Port, a small French town at the foot of the Pyrenees.

Turns out, St Jean Pied de Port is a common starting place for people walking a spectacular stretch of the Camino Francs, the most famous of all the Pilgrimage routes across the mountains, and on this particular day the atmosphere of the town captivated them both in a powerful and life changing way.

We saw all these people in hiking gear with walking poles and there was a kind of magical hush over the town. There and then we got the bug for the Camino. Emma has been a keen hiker all her life and she was determined we would walk this track as soon as possible.

But with return flights booked and paid for it was time to head home to Australia leaving the two women unclear about how they could justify an imminent trip back to Europe. Being musicians its not that easy to travel across the world, Jessie laughs. Their quest was something to ponder, something requiring time and creative thinking but the vision and the place persisted to play in their thoughts.

On a walk out one evening, an idea and a solution to the situation popped clearly into Jessies headand after all that thinking it turned out, rather ironically, to be a bit of a no-brainer.

Jessie was fortunate to be born into a singing family. As a multi-instrumentalist for most of her life she has also been a passionate choir leader since she was 18: I cant get enough of it, Im an absolute harmony addict, I love having people all around me singing harmonies all the time. Emma, who is also a musician, is an ardent fan of walking.

The freshly hatched plan combined all these skills and, most importantly at that point in time, gave Jessie and Emma a legitimate reason to head back to the Camino together to explore the idea of setting up their potential new venture: A Singing tour of the Camino for other people to do.

If we could go over there and set up this project, we could do it!

Within a few months of their original visit, Jessie and Emma went back to Spain and walked all 800 blister-busting kilometres of the Camino. They decided to focus on the final 200km stretch which they decided would be the ideal distance for singing walkers to cover on a twelve day tour. A significant amo...

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Sunday, 19 August

07:46

Madge Digest #152 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

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Tuesday, 14 August

03:56

Stopping litter in its tracks "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Great Ocean Road Coasts conservation team recently undertook works to address an old overgrown drain at Torquays back beach, emptying into the sea near Voss car park.

Conservation Worker Scott Hives set about designing a solution.

We needed an innovative solution to prevent rubbish flowing into the sea.

His first infrastructure design project, Scott carefully considered the site and came up with a design that is sympathetic to the environment but effectively captures waste. With the help of a civil engineer, Scotts waste trap design does not require digging to construct, is easy to empty, and will handle a lot more waste than is anticipated to flow through the site.

The waste trap system will make a big difference to the amount of litter flowing out to sea in this area, and it is hoped that the design may be replicated at other coastal sites around Australia to help to stem the flow of waste from storm-water drains to our precious waterways.

Great Ocean Road Coasts conservation team has recently completed the installation of the litter trap. With all ground works now complete the site has been cleared of weeds and revegetated with indigenous ground covers and shrubs to restore the areas native plant species.

To learn more about the conservation works undertaken by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, visit our website: http://www.gorcc.com.au/conservation

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Sunday, 12 August

09:05

How else to get to Eureka Stadium? "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

In a previous post, I discussed the best place to put a train station serving Eureka Stadium. But building a train station is a big ask - even if it does make sense financially, it will take several years of lobbying and construction before the first train could call there. But matches are already being held, and the traffic and parking problems around the station are real - so what can be done in the meantime?


For the matches they've held so far, they've run coaches between Ballarat station and the ground, connecting with existing V/Line trains from Melbourne. While the change to coaches isn't as attractive to some as a single-seat journey on a train, this seems to have worked okay for the Melburnians, and those coming from places along the line like Bacchus Marsh or Ballan.

At some point it may be necessary to run extra trains from Melbourne, but the existing services seem to be able to cope in the short term. Weekend services are now hourly, and in late 2019 are likely to go to a 40 minute frequency, so that should probably be sufficient for the foreseeable future - it may just be a case of ensuring that the existing trains have six carriages instead of three.

But for an AFL match in Ballarat, spectators from Melbourne aren't the only ones you need to consider. One of the main reasons for playing AFL matches in Ballarat is to give greater access to people from Ballarat and western Victoria - so you have to assume that a large percentage of the punters are from Ballarat and western Victoria. The public transport options should reflect that, but there aren't really any extra services for those people.

Trains from Ararat and Maryborough are very infrequent of a weekend, but places along these lines will be prime sources of crowds for games in Ballarat. There should be extra trains on both lines before and after the games - with coaches to shuttle people from Ballarat Station to and from the ground. It would probably also be worthwhile running extra coaches to Ballarat, for those places not served by the trains - for example, a coach from Horsham connecting with the train at Ararat, or a coach from Geelong to Ballarat.

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Thursday, 09 August

04:10

Nurdles prove major hurdle for marine life "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Whats a nurdle? A nurdle is a very small pellet of plastic which serves as the key material in the manufacture of plastic products. Countless billions of these small plastic balls are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products.

Accidental spillage and mishandling means that countless nurdles have ended up in our oceans, wreaking havoc on the environment.

Mistaken for food by our marine-life and seabirds, nurdles and other plastics can make animals very sick when ingested.

Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast has led a number of nurdle searches along the beaches of the Surf Coast over the past 12 months. Most recently, a team of 15 volunteers conducted a search at Fairhaven Beach who were surprised to find hundreds of nurdles along a small stretch of beach just north of the surf lifesaving club.

Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast President John Foss said that the amount of nurdles found washing up along the Surf Coast has proved more extensive than first thought.

We were blown away by how many nurdles we found along Fairhaven in such a short period of time. Its a bigger issue along the Surf Coast then we thought.

Mr Foss said that the worst affected areas seemed to be beaches that faced directly out to sea, possibly pointing to shipping containers or pollution further afield as potential sources.

The ocean facing beaches seem to be catching the highest number of nurdles. I picked up half a dozen that had literally washed up on the sand in front of my eyes.

Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast collected the following number of nurdles:

  • 13th Beach (Barwon Heads north of Black Rock Ocean Outfall) 700+ nurdles
  • Point Impossible (Torquay) 100+ nurdles
  • Bells Beach 10-20 nurdles
  • Fairhaven Beach 600+ nurdles

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Wednesday, 08 August

04:31

Transgender Refugees living in the community in Australia and Access to Primoteston "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Recently, in the last few weeks, RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees transgender members who were coercively assigned female at birth and are living in the community, raised concerns about the removal of Primoteston Depot (a form of testosterone injection) from the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).  Primoteston has been removed from PBS by the manufacturer Bayer Pharmaceuticals for commercial reasons. This forces our members to purchase the medication at the full price of about $40 every 4-6 weeks. Generic brand testosterone is also not available through the system. For this reason, a meeting was organised last weekend by affected RISE transgender members to discuss this issue.  Clearly it has had a particularly devastating impact on our community members as they are also struggling with Australias precarious and abusive refugee visa process, with limited access to health and welfare services. Furthermore, it became clear in the discussion that even service providers that explicitly claim to support transgender people have failed to address the barriers transgender refugees face when it comes to accessing hormone replacement therapy.

In order for an unemployed RISE member living in the community on a bridging visa with Medicare, to purchase prescribed medication at a concession price they have to be approved for Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.  If their SRSS application is approved, in addition to SRSS payments which is 89% of the standard Centrelink welfare payments they are assigned to a private subcontractor such as AMES or Life Without Barriers for settlement support. They do not have access to a healthcare card and have to depend on a letter from the SRSS provider to allow access to specific pharmacies to purchase PBS medication at a concession price.  Currently, AMES provides a letter that is usually valid for only 1 or 3 months which has to be renewed each time it expires. For RISE members (all of whom are ex-detainees) on 5 year temporary visas, the government will only allow them to receive Centrelink payments for up to 18 months in total. We also need to keep in mind RISE members who are undocumented or on bridging visas, who dont have access to Medicare, the right to work or any welfare support payments and have to pay full price for all medication. The recent cuts to SRSS by the Department of Home Affairs places more of our members in this latter category.  

When a person changes from  Primoteston to a testosterone injection available on PBS such as Reandron (also manufactured by Bayer), they may have to continue to use Primoteston during a temporary overlapping period with Reandron.  So even RISE members eligible for PBS medication at a concession rate who decide to change from Primoteston to Reandron, will initially have to pay for Primoteston at the full pri......

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