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Thursday, 17 May

15:24

Catch up eating out 2017-2018, Melbourne's inner north "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

It has been busy lately and, as always, I visit more cafes than I ever have time to write up.  So here is a wee round up of some of the places I have been over the past year.  I have chosen the ones of which I have decent pictures.  Some are from places I have already been and others from places I want to write up when I have been back again. Yet again showing just what an amazing array of food Melbourne has to offer.

Naughtons Hotel
43 Royal Parade, Parkville 3052

Naughtons Hotel is a place we would go drinking sometimes when I lived on campus at the University of Melbourne as a student.   More recently I have been there for a couple of work lunches.  It was a little hit and miss but I really loved this dish of cauliflower and almond pastry, harissa carrots, coriander and grains, labneh ($25).  The pastries were delicious but the overall dish was lighter with the nice salad.

Post Office Hotel
229-231 Sydney Road, Coburg 3058...

11:42

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Missing Dandenong teen Tayla Hobbins "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 13-year-old Tayla Hobbins.

10:09

Chinese developers plan huge townhouse complex on former Ferntree Gully quarry site "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A giant 197-dwelling complex will be built on a former quarry site in Ferntree Gully if a $50 million plan by Chinese developers goes ahead.

The huge housing estate is being planned for the old quarry at the end of McMahons Rd, off Burwood Highway, opposite McDonalds.

The 9.2ha site was bought by Hong Se International of China for more than $30 million in late 2016.

Its application to spend $50 million constructing 197 properties represents the biggest residential development in Ferntree Gully for years.

The complex would include 132 double storey townhouses and 65 single storey townhouses.

There would be 118 three-bedrooms properties, 71 four-bedroom properties and eight five-bedroom properties, according to the application.

The site was owned by Robertson Industries for more than 35 years, and is surrounded by houses with views to the Dandenong Ranges.

Knox Council said the site was zoned earth and energy resources industrial use and would need to be rezoned before the land could be subdivided for housing.

Ferntree Gully state Liberal MP Nick Wakeling said he was concerned about traffic at the corner of Burwood Highway and McMahons Rd/Clyde St.

He said that needed to be addressed if there were to be so many more houses built in the area.

The traffic on McMahons Rd is bad enough already, he said.

Youve got potentially 400 plus additional car movements along that road.

The councils acting city development director, Paul Dickie, said there were many issues to consider in such a big application, including traffic, drainage, vegetation and biodiversity protection and waste collection.

All issues are considered important when assessed by the council and the relevant departments, he said.

The councils vision for the site, outlined in a 2015 strategy document, said the northern portion of the land was a site of biological significance and should be protected, with residential use suitable for the remainder of the site.

The application was lodged by consulting firm Urbis Pty Ltd on April 23.

Mr Dickie said people would get the chance to have their say on the plans at the exhibition stage of the application, however he said that was expected to be several months away.

He said the planning scheme amendment process could take between 12 and 18 months and would include regular reports to the council along the way.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com....

07:43

Corrupt judge Barbara Cotterell sends message that it's ok to abuse Ambos "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

EVERYONE should love case law and precedence law.

Victims of crime in Australia often say there is no justice, where they are technically correct, as there are 'only' court orders.

The message sent out in County Court's judge Barbara Cotterell is that Victorians can abuse Ambulance workers and get away with it.

If you get caught abusing ambulance officers, you can use 'case law' (from Victoria's County Court) that Barbara Cotterell's views are that you can abuse them.

Why not ask for her by name in your assault charges, while you're at it.






P.S. The system is not 'broken' but functioning exactly the way Cotterell orders it to.

But tread carefully, as if you do not pay your unlawfully issued fine you just might go to prison.

07:13

AusGov.info my mid year review "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could barely stand, I gave a potted history of my work with open data and the functionality of the site to a room full of enthusiastic developers. Reactions ranged from demanding why had I not achieved moar, moar, moar in the month since I decided to create the new project to a standing ovation from one audience member who, as part of team creating a similar (internal) project for the Victorian govt was incredibly impressed that I had done the work of an entire team single-handedly and in a month!

At this point I want to issue a very belated thank you to all the people I know personally, who turned up to hear me present at LinuxConf the kindness of having so many people I recognised in the audience was not lost on me and I was very grateful for your presence

I took the feedback I got from the audience, my wider Twitter network and people I had spoken to at other events and implemented site wide changes over the top of what I had built. I spent weeks designing the navigation using a complex interplay of CSS overlays and implemented charts that are generated on the fly that also act as navigation to allow people to drill down on the data by year for that data.

This replaced the top and bottom menu bars which forced people to click on a year whether or not there was any result for that particular year. With the new approach, people see from the chart whether there is a result in a particular year then click on that bar to see the breakdown for that year.

Since launch I have added the new political donations data in February, budget data in May and I also made the Taxation Expenditure Statement (tax concessions) data interactive. I worked so hard on the site that I didnt make a single blog post for about four months. Over the past few weeks since I stopped focusing on the code and turned my attention to providing journalism based on insights (made available through the AusGov) Ive been somewhat confused about the...

04:35

FINALLY OUTED! Sordid, sleazy life of Liberal heavyweight Robert Piggy Doyle an open secret amongst Melbourne elite & media for years "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of a special investigation, True Crime News Weekly takes a look at why long accused sexual predators such as Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle are allowed to get away with their alleged misconduct and possible crimes for so long, even in the face of a litany of complaints stretching back 40 years and involving claims of sexual abuse against schoolgirls and the alleged drugging of women. Our Melbourne correspondent Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]

00:55

Parking Fines "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Morning All! 

I just saw some folks marking tyres out the front of Newlands Primary School and thought it worthy of a shout out to the community. They could be checking cars around the supermarket too........

00:46

Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.

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Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...

00:16

Food truck spice welcome here "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

The Flavour Institute, Watergardens Town Centre, Taylors Lakes. Just a couple of summers ago, Somerville Road at Yarraville Gardens was sporting anywhere between 15 and 20 food trucks of an evening every weekend! Those times have certainly changed. In fact, it all seems a little bonkers now. Posting a link to this story on []

00:00

May 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

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Wednesday, 16 May

23:02

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Big business vs small town

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?

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The more the market is willing to pay, the harder it is to regulate water use.
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Emma Kathryn White, University of Melbourne and Rebecca Louise Nelson, University of Melbourne

Groundwater being pumped from a highland aquifer, only to be whisked away in tankers and sold in little plastic bottles by a multinational corporation its a difficult concept for a small farming town to swallow.

Just ask the residents of Stanley, Victoria, whose four-year court battle to stop a farmer bottling local groundwater for Japanese beverage giant Asahi ended in failure last month. They were left with a A$90,000 bill for legal costs.

Locals have clashed with the bottled water industry in many parts of the world, including the...

11:29

Babysitter Needed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Babysitter with a car for after school work.

We are in search of a babysitter for occasional sitting purposes but would need to have a car because we have 1 child that would need to get a dance lesson locally. It would be every 2nd Wednesday afternoon but there may be other days as well, would need working with children check. 

If youre available to come and meet and greet and are looking for some casual work, please give us a call. 

Jo 0432 361 038.

11:28

Fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Street Swags for people sleeping rough in Melbourne.
 
Do you want to put some money towards buying street swags for homeless people in Melbourne? So far we have collected $260. I would love to make it $500 so that we can cover the cost of 5 swags. The swags are purpose-built for sleeping rough and provide warmth and dryness. (More info in the link below)

When I was a kid, I remember going to Melbourne for a weekend trip as a family and seeing a man in Bourke St Mall holding a sign saying he was homeless and needed help. I had tears in my eyes. I have always had a compassionate nature and I'm so glad that I now have options to help out just a little bit. 

Please help me get to the $500 mark.  Click this link to donate. Thanks!
...

11:24

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Free king single mattress!

TXT: 0407 188 884

11:23

Found "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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The Merri Murnong/MECCARG mob found this bracelet at the patch while weeding!

If you recognise it as yours and you can describe what it looks like behind our logo, you can claim it back.

Please contact us via https://www.facebook.com/meccarg/ or pascalelocal@hotmail.com




09:01

What the hell is a completo anyway? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Completada Bailable fundraiser 19 May

Come along to a night of music and food in support of Completada Bailable and find out just what a Completo is! Saturday 19 May from 7pm, $10 entry. Moreland City Bandroom, 16-22 Cross Street, East Brunswick. Live music and Chilean hot dogs!

08:31

Women in NSW a step closer to safe access to reproductive healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council today.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.

"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.

The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.

"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.

Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.

Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.

For interviews Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law...

08:21

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Three arrested following damage to Footscray rental property "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police have arrested three males after a rental property was allegedly damaged in Footscray earlier this month.

05:18

Charges against CFMMEU leaders go to water "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Contributed from Victoria

Blackmail charges leveled against John Setka and Shaun Reardon, the two leaders of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) in Victoria, have been dismissed at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne.

The charges emerged from a Caf meeting with two Boral managers, Paul Dalton and Peter Head, back in 2013. It was alleged that the union officials had threatened to blockage the company and its trucks, if it dis not meet demands.

There was already a ban of the delivery of the companys cement, and management had called a meeting to have this lifted. Nothing was offered in return and the rest is history.

Critics have pointed out that this is normal in negotiations between unions and employers that cuts both ways.  Unions mention industrial action. Employers mention sackings and legal actions against the concerned union if it doesnt comply.

This is a fact of life that is generally accepted and worked around.

But in stepped zealous officials, acting on policy born out of the Coalitions Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, and took it on themselves to proceed to get rid of percieved political enemies.

The Commission referred the matter to the police, who were in turn obliged to act and make the charges in 2015.

The two officials have gained a groundswell of support from the union movement and beyond. By The time the two were brought up before the court, it had become obvious that this was likely to develop into a major political issue for the government. This and the lack of serious evidence of unusual and serious criminal behaviour, meant that the capacity to make the charges stick was weak.

Prosecutor Ray Gibson told the court, After a careful assessment of the evidence weve heard, I have instructions to withdraw the charges against both accused.

Speaking outside, where supporters had gathered, John Setka proclaimed his innocence again and said: Our job is to make sure that workers go home to their families. Thats what we were trying to do.

The governments jobs minister Michaelia Cash remains unrepentant.  And denies that the result is an embarrassment to the government, which has been pursuing he union directly, and hoped that by making the charges stick, they could be prevented from holding office.

 

 

 

The post Charges against CFMMEU leaders go to water appeared first on The Pen.

04:36

Wages growth undershoots (bonus time) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wages soft, again

Wages growth came in at 0.5 per cent for the March quarter 2018, with the prior quarter also revised down to 0.5 per cent.

Year-on-year wages growth held at just 2.1 per cent.


Bonus time

And if you were looking for any positives from this release?

Well, including bonuses year-on-year growth was better at 2.63 per cent, which was the best result since all the way back in December 2014 (2.73 per cent). 

To some extent this may reflect what we've already seen reported in the average hourly earnings figures, which also reported the best result since December 2014

Although public sector wages growth has been reasonable at 2.35 per cent over the year, private sector wage price index growth remains remarkably weak at 1.92 per cent. 


Around the traps

Victoria and Tasmania recorded the stronges...

02:57

Joan of Arc, Spiritual Terrorism and Freedom "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Article by Stuart Wilde...I see nonviolent spiritual terrorists being responsible for the change in the evolution of the planet. We need a system that's less hateful, militant, and violent -- and more caring.

02:41

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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I have 5 smart armbands for bike riders or night-time dog walkers.

Fluorescent yellow bands with flashing red lights for bike rides or night-time dog walkers.

Long-life lithium batteries supplied.

Great to wear on wrists or ankles, or fix to bicycle at night or to attach to your dog's collar so you can keep track of it at night.


Excellent brand new condition unused.
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01:26

The Arbour and The Orrery/The Fission-Fusion Whale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

JAMES HULLICK: THE ARBOUR AND THE ORRERY


For this exhibition, new work from James Hullicks machine installation practice will accompany TarraWarra Museum of Arts major survey of the work of Edwin Tanner. The exhibition will feature two new installations by Hullick that are in dialogue with the works of Tanner: THE ARBOUR OF DOORS, a speaker cave made of recycled audiovisual materials that visitors can enter, and THE ORRERY OF HUMAN DESIRES, a mechanical model of rotating speakers and analogue synthesisers which will articulate orbits of human desire. The two works have been conceived of as instruments for expanding audiovisual practice.
Info here

12 May - 15 July 2018: Tarrawarra Museum of Art

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01:18

Pell trial may not be able to be reported "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Photo AAP Image/James Ross

The first of two trials on pedophilia charges of the worlds third most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell, may not be allowed to be reported until after a second trial concludes.

The publication New Matilda reported on Tuesday (May 15) that the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions (DRPP) is seeking an injunction to have all mention of both trials quashed until after their completion.

But in a follow-up report today (Wednesday, May 16) New Matilda stated the DRPP has modified this to enable the proceedings of the first trial only to be subject to the injunction, and for it to be lifted once the second trial is complete.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The intent of the injunction would be to avoid a mistrial in either case as a result of prejudicial reporting.

Media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application is to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd.

It precludes even mentioning the injunction in the press, so reports such as this would have to be removed.

Improper access

In other news relating to the Pell trial, a Victorian County Court employee has reportedly been sacked for looking up information relating to Australias most senior Catholic, whos been charged with historical sexual offences.

The staffer had improperly accessed restricted information on Cardinal George Pell through the courts computer system, the Herald-Sun reported on Wednesday.

When improper access to information is found to occur, the court takes decisive action. This is exactly what has occurred in this case, it quoted a court spokeswoman as saying.

Cardinal Pell has denied all of the allegations made against him.

His case r...

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May 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past the Gold Coast on this day.

1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.

1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."

1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer)  popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.

1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.

1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.

1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.

1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.

1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.

1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.

1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.

1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...

Tuesday, 15 May

23:50

Vacancy rates a big tighter in several capital cities "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Brighter in Brisbane for landlords

Brighter news for Brisbane landlords as the vacancy rate declined to 3 per cent from 3.7 per cent a year earlier, according to SQM Research figures reported yesterday. 

Asking rents for Brisbane units increased by +0.4 per cent in the month, too, mainly driven by the upper end of the market (renting good quality property in inner Brisbane still doesn't come cheap, despite the soft market overall). 

Brisbane appears to have a turned a corner as population growth picks up and dwelling commencements now decline sharply. 

The 6mMA figures attempt to capture the latest trends, but do incorporate the Christmas period, when vacancy rates tend to be high. 


Hobart appears to be through the worst for renters with vacancy rates rising slightly to 0.7 per cent.

Adelaide is building plenty of houses, but hasn't experienced the surge in investors seen in the larger cities, and accordingly vacancy rates keep tightening, now down to 1.3 per cent.

Melbourne was also tighter again on strong population growth at 1.3 per cent. 

Sydney's vacancy rates was flat at 2.3 per cent in the month, but plenty higher than a year earlier when it was 1.7 per cent, while Perth continues to turn the corner. 

...

22:10

Resistance Continues Against Opening of Great Australian Bight to Oil Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

by Lisa Cox / The Guardian

The government has released a new acreage for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight that green groups says should have been kept off limits after it was cancelled by BP.

The permit is one of two that BP cancelled after the company abandoned its plans for oil and gas drilling in the bight in 2016. Its remaining two permits were sold to the Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil.

On Tuesday the government released 21 new acreages that petroleum companies will be able to bid for across six basins off Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

The announcement came as protesters gathered outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Associations annual conference in Adelaide to oppose new oil and gas drilling in the bight. Later on Tuesday, Kangaroo Islands mayor, Peter Clements, was speaking at Statoils annual general meeting in Norway to highlight community opposition to the project.

The Wilderness Society said on Tuesday that the government was acting insanely in trying to push oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight in waters that were pristine and where development was risky.

The pristine, treacherous waters of the Great Australian Bight are a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards c...

21:33

Grateful to contribute @un_projects current issue concerning... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"



Grateful to contribute @un_projects current issue concerning ideas about decolonisation some of which are driving my current research @monashada. The entire issue is online at unprojects.org.au. Check it out! More details about my contribution are on my website which Ive just relaunched from scratch (yet am still slowly populating link in bio). Thanks @optomefist and @adiosbanana for the open brief / opportunity, Katherine Botton, Mum for use of the scanner and @ahoyjess who assisted in making Cory. Cool also to find a serendipitous link in materiality with fellow contributor @deean.cross cheers bruz #decolonize #discourse #TehchingHsieh

16:15

Watch a Tesla Model X tow a giant Qantas Airways Dreamliner for a good cause "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tesla just earned a Guinness World Record.

Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

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