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22:21

Stolen Bike "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi Newlands,

Saturday I left my bike, a silver Shogun Womens bike with a rack on the back chained up outside Coburg Hill Woolworths close to the traffic lights. It wasnt there the next day, nothing left behind. It has some recognisable stickers on it, RRR and a couple of political ones. Has anyone seen it dumped anywhere? 

If you find it, please contact Kirsty 0431 609 586.

22:16

Taggarts Paddock Pork "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Second Release/CSA

Taggarts is excited to announce the second release of our small scale, free-range, ethically prepared pork. As before, our pork will be sold in mixed boxes at $26 kg with a selection of the best cuts, including roasts, chops and belly. After the success of our hams and sausages, both these products will be available as part of the boxes along with our first release of bacon. Boxes will be ready approximately the 2nd week of February. As ever boxes are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

We are also looking for expressions of interest to join a C.S.A. (Community Supported Agriculture). As we reach our optimum size, whilst keeping true to our ethos of small-scale, free-range, ethical, pork releases will be more frequent and we are looking for regular customers. Most of you probably know of C.S.A. and what it involves but in a nutshell you subscribe to receive an amount of pork on a regular basis. You support us to keep doing what we do and we help you eat meat that has been bred and raised humanely.

To make an order or if you have any questions send an email or jump over to our Facebook page where you can also keep up to date with whats going on and check up on our happy little porkers.

Email  
taggartspork@gmail.com

FB @TaggartsPaddockPork

22:00

MOULES AND MIDDENS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Jo Rittey explores middens and eats mussels.

The post MOULES AND MIDDENS appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

21:53

Is the graduate labour market recovering? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Last weeks Graduate Outcome Survey, which looks at employment rates about four months after course completion, showed a continuing trend of improved full-time employment rates. However, the proportion of new graduates looking for full-time work at this time is still high by historical standards, as the chart below shows (many of them have part-time jobs; this is not necessarily unemployment).

At the margins, there are things universities can do to make their graduates more employable. They can offer courses in fields likely to be in labour market demand, and they can offer work-integrated learning to improve graduate employability. Both were happening under the demand driven system.

But unless there is overall job growth graduate employment is unlikely to improve. When the labour market is tight the first thing to go is new entry-level positions, and so this disproportionately affects recent graduates. The effects of downturns are visible in the chart on annual growth in professional occupations and the labour market overall.

The good news is that growth in the professional labour market has fully recovered from the post-GFC crash and the second crash that started in mid-2012.

A couple of years ago the ABS started regularly reporting qualification levels as part of its labour market su...

12:22

Abstract Paradigms Podcast - Interview 3 - Sam Eckhardt (Weirdo Mazic) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

http://podcast.abstractparadigms.com.au/e/interview3sameckhardt/

 In the latest Abstract Paradigm Interview, I talk to Sam Eckhardt from Weirdo Mazic, Weirdo With a Dictaphone and Lulu's about DIY music, documenting Melbourne's underground scene, and tracking down rare bootlegs. We listen to some of the releases from Weirdo Mazic, as well as the YMO-backed record that inspired the name.

Get it at http://podcast.abstractparadigms.com.au/e/interview3sameckhardt/ and follow the Abstact Paradigms Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news.

Tracklist:
Russell Street Bombings - Russell Anthem [Weirdo Mazic, 2017]
Susan - Ah! Soka [Epic, 1980]
Hikashu - Puyo Puyo [Weirdo Mazic, 2016]
Suburban Lawns - Boyfriend [Weirdo Mazic, 2016]
Orion - Last [Weirdo Mazic, 2017]
Repairs - Live at Bar Open 5/5/2015 [Weirdo Mazic, 2017]
Flat Fix - Tighes Hill Tap Water [Weirdo Mazic, 2017]

12:00

11:49

Call off your dogs, Turnbull and scrap your attack on open government. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

We are very concerned at the growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria, in particular in Melbourne This is a failure of the Andrews Labor government. Malcolm Turnbull 1 January The PMs uplifting, personalised New Year goodwill message, vilifying public enemy Andrews and belittling the Premier for causing The Herald-Suns fake African gangs crime wave,

The post Call off your dogs, Turnbull and scrap your attack on open government. appeared first on The AIM Network.

08:37

The Selfish Green "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Every now and again, a video pops up in my newsfeed that I really really look forward to watching. This was one of them but oh what a disappointment..  Sometimes, and I know I am not, I start believing I am the only one who gets it and sees the whole picture. Well 99% of it, Im certain Ive missed something.

While theres no doubting the eminence of the panel of four, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Jane Goodall, and Richard Leaky (of whom I hadnt really heard of much before), I thought they fell far short of understanding the issues no, predicaments we are facing.  None of them seem to know much about energy, or the monetary system, with the fat cat lookalike, that Leaky fellow I didnt know much about, really displaying his ignorance of nuclear energy.

Whats plain to see after watching that lot is that we are truly stuffed, notwithstanding their collective optimism, which as you probably all know, I dont share  a pessimist is, after all, a well informed optimist!

Leakys wish to monetise every aspect of the environment so it can be saved really takes the cake. Money is the problem after all, which thankfully Attenborough points out to him, even if its just as an aside.  I love Jane Goodall to bits (and her chimps theres a wonderful clip of a couple with a Jack in the Box), but shes frankly a bit nave.  Dawkins is interesting, as always, but has no grasp of the financial and energy problems at all, in fact says nothing whatever about it.  Attenborough is the best informed of all, he has after all seen how the planet has changed in the past 60 years more than anyone else, and at least he realises we are way overpopulated..  at the end, they all roll around in hopium. Id love to know what DTM followers think

That this video has only had 187,634 views as I type says it all.  Does anybody care?

 

06:57

Platform Hero Billboard: Sound Painting, Danae Valenza "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Sound Painting
Danae Valenza
Nov 2017-Jun 2018
Hero Building Billboard
118 Russell Street
Melbourne

Speaking, punctuated. Gusts of wind pluck vocal chords. Sounds accompanied by a wave of hands, curl of fingers. Eyebrows raise, heads tilt, movement for the presence of another being. Bridging one voice to another. A corporeal sonic architecture transmits.

Sound becomes photographic. Musicians strike a chord or play a note. A strobe flickers light. Listening and playing is in tandem with ritual movement. C sharp-F major-B flat.  
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05:42

The things we do. (We all started from somewhere) "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

With the layout in exile, and with the family away up north while I have to work. Normally about this time of year I perform major works on Victoria Street. 


Question; What does one do and not yet indulge in self destructive behaviour before moving house? 

Answer; Plonk down some set track and run some retro train sets on the living room floor.  

First cab off the rank, remember the Christmas of 1977, Hornby punch out an Australian series that include the Victoria Railways S class with a ZL van and a loose collection of domestically branded British rollingstock all resplendent with tension lock couplers.  Sadly the box no longer exists, but I found this example online. 


From the catalogue....

02:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, yout...

02:21

Axe negative gearing, boost GDP - RBA conference paper "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Axing negative gearing would lift home ownership to as much as 72.2 per cent of households, cut home prices by just 1.2 per cent and lift rents "only marginally", a study shown to the Reserve Bank of Australia has found.

Preliminary results from the economic modelling exercise, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, were presented to a RBA workshop last month and released on Friday.

Melbourne University researchers Yunho Cho, Shuyun May Li and Lawrence Uren conclude that eliminating negative gearing entirely would lead to an overall welfare gain of 1.5 per cent of GDP, making three quarters of the population better off.

The figure compares to a Treasury prediction of welfare gain of 1.2 per cent from Turnbull government's plan to cut the company tax rate.

Speaking after the release of the paper, Dr Uren stressed the research was incomplete and said it was possible the size of the lift in home ownership could be revised down. But he said the directions of change and magnitudes were unlikely to change much.

An ownership rate of 72 per cent would be the highest since 1991, before 1999 when the Howard government cut the headline rate of capital gains tax making negative gearing more attractive. It currently stands at 66.7 per cent.

During the 2016 election campaign Prime Minister Turnbull said a Labor plan to wind back but not eliminate the negative gearing tax concession would "smash up home values", and "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

The claims were at odds with advice to the government at the time released on Monday under Freedom of Information laws that characterised the likely impact of Labor's proposals as "relatively modest".

Negative gearing allows investors in housing and other assets to deduct investment losses from their wage incomes for the purpose of calculating taxable income. The losses can be recouped later when the asset is sold for a profit, which is taxed at only half the rate of wage income.

Treasury found the arrangement predominantly helped high income families, with more than half of the benefit going to the top 20 per cent of earners..........

02:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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02:09

What a job? Move to NSW "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.

While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.

In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.

In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.

The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.

A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.

Construction vacancies have ju...

00:08

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi Newlanders. 

We have a few things for sale. Please text Mel on 0404 043 010 if you would like either of them.

Vintage Style Bike


This bike is suitable for a young person, it would suit someone from the age of 10 or 11. It's a great commuter bike, is only a year and a half old and has been serviced regularly. 
We'd like $50.00 for it.



Rear Mounted Bike Carrier

00:07

Intermission @ Collingwood Technical College "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Intermission at the old Collingwood Technical College is three floors of an unoccupied school turned into a space for over thirty street artists to paint and install art in. Curated by Goodie the exhibition is a curious mix between contemporary art and the aesthetics of an abandoned building with the tags.

Sofles

It is a huge space and many of Melbournes notable street artists had pieces or often whole rooms to work with. It was good to see Astral Nadir working on a large scale. To see LucyLucy again on a large scale without the rest of the AWOL crew. And old faces like those of Mic Porter who was active a decade ago is back.

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Saturday, 13 January

23:59

Ocean Grove holiday and eating 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.food"

We are back from our week at the seaside in Ocean Grove.  The suitcases are unpacked but I am yet to do all the loads of laundry.  It was a holiday of the hot tub and the stub club!  The house we hired didn't have wifi but it had a hot tub in the backyard.  So we were mostly offline with lots of relaxation in the hot tub as well as lots of time at the beach.

It was a huge house with 5 bedrooms so lots of the family could stay.  My mum and dad, my sister and her son and me and Sylvia stayed the whole week.  Other siblings and kids came and went because Ocean Grove is close to where they live in Geelong.  One night we had 8 kids and a full house, which was quite fun but chaotic.

On the first morning, my brother Paul took a group of kids to the beach early and my nephew stubbed his toes and almost knocked off his toenail.  Paul heroically piggybacked Dash home about 4  or 5 blocks.  Amazingly, Dash's toenail healed wonderfully over the week.  We attributed it to the healing properties of the sea.  There were too other stubbed toes on the holiday, hence the Stub Club!  My dad is also convalescing and I am sure walks on the beach were very good for him too.

The above picture of the sunset was from one night when Paul decided...

22:54

What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Network error

Paddy Manning

A good friend of mine lives in Healesville, in the Yarra Valley, about half an hour from the outer suburbs of Melbourne. Rural enough to be quiet. Close enough to get into the city for a big night out. With two kids and a comfortable home, Adam and his wife have a pretty typical family, internet-wise. The usual collection of phones, tablets, laptops and a smart TV jostle for access to the wi-fi router, pulling down Netflix, YouTube and Foxtel Go. They had an ADSL2+ plan that promised download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) at a cost of $65 a month, but never delivered more than 7 Mbps. The usual crap.

In late 2016, after almost eight years of laughable, hyper-partisan politics, Australias National Broadband Network (NBN) rolled into town. The young family was excited. A grey-green node, the size of a washing machine, popped up 350 metres away in the next street. Mysteriously, Adams internet speeds plunged. No problem: in January, he jumped on the NBN website, plugged in his address and confirmed he could get an NBN connection. He called his internet retailer to ask about their 100 Mbps NBN plan ($80 a month), and heres where the story gets interesting. They didnt want to sell him the 100 Mbps plan, recommending a 25 Mbps plan instead, and telling him the NBN had said that, for the coexistence period of 18 months (while ADSL and NBN technologies were running simultaneously), thered be a slowdown in NBN speeds. Curious, Adam called the NBN and was told that was rubbish, and he should definitely be able to get up to 100 Mbps at his address. He called the retailer back and ordered the 100 Mbps plan. Off-peak he is now getting 25 Mbps, but it fluctuates wildly, and at peak times in the evening he is getting between 2 and 8 Mbps worse than before. Adam chatted with an IT guy at work and found out broadband retailers were cutting corners it was all about something called CVC.

As it happens, that little acronym now represents one of the biggest problems facing the NBN: it stands for Connectivity Virtual Circuit and is the wholesale price per megabit that....

22:00

January 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875....

12:11

House Sitters "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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HOUSE-SITTERS AVAILABLE FOR ONE WEEK LATE JANUARY 

A family of four (2 adults and 2 kids) are looking to house-sit in the northern suburbs from 19 to 25/26 Jan. Super-reliable and friendly family from Paris (visiting friends in the area) who will take good care of things while you are away. 

Please call Anne-Louise Craven if you need someone to house-sit your place for a few days (it doesn't need to be the whole time) 0412 950 815. 

Thanks so much!

12:10

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi all,

For sale is an IKEA KURA loft bed. 

Here are all the details:


Its in good used condition. Marks and scratches present. 

It is partially dismantled for easy transport. I can disassembled the whole bed if required. I kept the slats together as it takes a long time to put...

12:07

Found "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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FOUND: Baseball cap in Coburg.

Text 0417 053 377.



12:06

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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SEEKING to buy or borrow: toddler Seat for a bicycle.

Please call Heidi on 0421 402 512 if you are able to help.

03:45

For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Hi Newlanders, 

I am selling my 2009 Red Toyota Yaris!

It's a red 5 door hatch in good condition. 4 cylinder, 5-speed manual, airbags, new windscreen, new battery, near new tyres, ABS + more.

101124 kms, rego until May 2018, RWC.

Only reason for sale is changing to an automatic.

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03:36

School Holiday Music Program "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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School Holiday Music Programs for children 

The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is now taking last minute enrolments for their two specialised Choral, Vocal, Improvisation and Composition workshops for children Thursday and Friday next week. We are also offering 15% off our wonderful multi instrumental and individual tuition, vocal, yoga, dance and creative movement classes at our community music school

http://www.melbourneinnernorthperformingartsacademy.com.au

The Singing Playground - Choral and Vocal workshops
Join Christine in an afternoon of fun and games! Singing, vocal play and movement integrate to become rich learning opportunities that are seriously fun and engaging. Kodaly based with creative and collaborative, active and dynamic sessions will have them singing all the way home!
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03:34

Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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FREE CLEAN SAND FOR SAND-PIT OR SIMILAR

We ordered a cubic metre of sand for our sand-pit and its way more than we need. Its fine grade, white, clean sand and its yours if you want it. 

Free of charge but you need to come and shovel it and take it away soon.

Contact: nelly@nellythomas.com

Cheers, Nelly.

03:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

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Friday, 12 January

22:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

22:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

20:35

Bagel Shop Worker Captures Adorable Faces of Dogs Passing By Her Drive-Thru Window "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

A post shared by Natasha (@ebdogs4096) on Jan 6, 2018 at 5:20am PST

Working in customer service might be a drag for some, but for Einstein Bros Bagels employee Natasha Jones, its time well spent with adorable dogs that visit her drive-thru window. Jones posts photos of her fluffy visitors on Instagram, where she encourages customers to stop by with your best friend & have a doggie bagel on me. The Wickham Road store in Melbourne, Florida makes beef-flavored bagels especially for the hungry dogs, who are captured in their owners cars, excitedly waiting for their tasty treat.

Shortly after joining Einstein in November, Jones was delighted to meet the stores loyal customers that include every type of pooch, from tiny Chihuahuas and Pomeranian pups to big, friendly giants such as Heidi the German Shepherd. I've been taking pictures of dogs since December, explains Natasha. I just thought they were too cute not to share. After less than one month, Jones Instagram profile is rapidly becoming an Internet favorite, with currently almost 3,000 followers.

Follow Jones on Instagram to see more of the super-cute hungry hounds.

Einstein Bros Bagels employee Natasha Jones meets a range of adorable dogs who regularly visit her drive-thru window.

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Thursday, 04 January

22:32

Extreme climate, here we come.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

As this blog starts attracting climate deniers, climate change is causing havoc all over the planet.  Hardly surprising really, because adding more energy (heat in this case) to a dynamic system like the planets climate was always going to cause more and more energetic results and extremes..

cold storm bombWhile North America is about to experience a cold weather bomb, with atmospheric pressure predicted to drop to 962hPa which if it happened in the tropics would almost certainly cause an upgrade of cyclone/hurricane classifications resulting in sea level surges, flooding, 100km/h winds and temperatures dropping as low as -40C.

From climate reality project dot org.

The US East Coast is experiencing an old-fashioned winter, with plenty of cold weather and some heavy snowfall in certain places. Listening to climate contrarians like President Donald Trump, you might think this constitutes the death knell for concern over human-caused climate change.

Yet, what we were witnessing play out is in fact very much consistent with o...

22:00

January 5 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

1688 - Billy Boy Dampier waded ashore after seeing some Aboriginal people walking there but, alas and alack, their BFF was not meant to be as the Indigenous people weren't impressed with these chaps and they left in a hurry.

1697 - Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh named the Swan River (Perth) Swartte Swaane Drift..or in English Swan River.

Vlamingh's second in command, Gerritt Collaert landed a party near Cable Station Beach. They then strolled through dense bushland up a coastal peak known as Buckland Hill. From this lofty perch Collaert spotted a nearby river.
Which was populated with not the usual garden variety white swans but BLACK swans. That put the wind up the lads so Willem took this as an inspired sign from whoever and named the waterway Swan River.
 
1798 - Victoria's Westernport Bay was tripped over by some white fellers, and was named by George Bass.

1802 - Explorer Matthew Flinders eyeballed the Stirling Range

1819 - John Thomas Bigge was commissioned by Colonial Secretary Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl of Bathurst to inquire into conditions in New South Wales and the administration of the colony.

1825 - The first issue of Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper finally gave newsagents a reason for being.

1833 - First issue of Perth Gazette, forerunner of todays West Australian.

1837 - South Australia's first police officer, William Williams, reported for duty on Kangaroo Island for 30 per year.And the poor bugger hasn't seen a pay-rise for 50 years now!

1837 - Sir John Franklin arrived in Hobart, Tas, to take up his appointment as Governor of Tasmania.

1841 - Joseph Orton, Wesleyan Methodist missionary, observed in letters to the General Secreteries (the ordained ministers responsible for Aboriginal Missions) on this day the destruction of Indigenous food supplies and the violence between different Aboriginal groups forced onto one anothers land by the Christian Heathens who are enriching themselves on the spoil of the dispossessed and wallowing in the blood of their victims.
To the last he championed the case of the Aboriginals, conferring with the protectors, protesting against the travesties of justice he witnessed in court, and preparing reports to send to England.

1853 - Hobart Municipal Council met for the first time.

1855 - Aboriginal warrior and leader Dundalli, a resistance fighter for over a decade, was executed in Brisbane outside what is now Brisban...

10:17

Perth turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Withdrawal

Quite a bit of talk this week about Sydney property prices correcting in 2018.

Maybe in some of the western and south-western markets it's already happened quite a bit, but I'm not all convinced that we'll see anything too dramatic in the prime location markets. 

We'll get the latest jobs vacancies figures next week, but at the last count the ABS reported vacancies in New South Wales exploding to by far the highest level ever recorded. 

With a Sydney unemployment rate already in a multi-year decline towards 4 per cent, it's not like we'll be seeing too many forced sellers this year. 

Listings always decline in December, of course, but SQM Research's stock figures hinted at the first signs of Sydney vendors pulling up the ladder, with listings suddenly dropping 15 per cent lower from a month earlier. 


Over the past year listings declined in Melbourne (again), a gradually improving Perth, and an incredibly tight Hobart market, where listings dived 28.4 per cent lower. 


Listings were higher year-on-year in the other five capital city markets.

Melbourne's median asking price rose to above $1 million for houses, reported SQM Research.

Meanwhile...

09:58

Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading

00:54

Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peters Politics Of Moral Panic "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The media driven, politically exploited furore over African crime gangs leads Ben Debney to wonder out loud who Australians should really be scared of.

The whole aim of practical politics, wrote the famed US journalist H. L. Mencken in 1921, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Lacking both policies and the usual hobgoblins with which to menace the public as the war of terror has wound down and the boats have stopped, the federal Tories, long time stalwarts of this truism, have revealed their conspicuous illiberalism in the new year by launching a moral panic over African youth gangs in Melbourne.

The ball began rolling on this panic in the last few weeks of 2017, when News Corp ran a number of articles (Call for action against rioting African mob; Plea to Turnbull to smash the gangs) engaging in what researchers into moral panics in sociology call the production of deviance.

Deviance in this sense refers to the result of having the power to interpret the meaning of words self-interestedly and impose those interpretations on public discourse, rather than characteristics of anyone so labelled. Every imaginary hobgoblin is, in one form or another, a deviant.

Rupert MurdochMedia magnate, Rupert Murdoch.

Few on the planet have greater power to produce deviance, and so to manufacture hysteria though moral panic, than the neo-feudal corporate aristocrat Rupert Murdoch. Malcolm Turnbull, knowing how quickly the same mechanisms can be used against him (and how much Murdoch hates him already, having ousted his favourite pet), fell sharply into line, alleging in his first press conference for the year growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria. In this moral panicking, he is thus merely on script in deference to those who wield true power in society.

Such violence, Turnbull claimed, was a failure of political leadership and determination on the part of the Andrews government the underlying pretence being that he knows anything about either himself. The tendency to establish pretences is another aspect of moral panicking, that of crisis leve...

00:38

18 Of The Best Melbourne Eateries Where Gangs Of African Youths Probably Wont Kill You "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

African Youth Crime Gangs are out of control in Melbourne. People are being slaughtered. And then eaten alive, after theyve been slaughtered. And then re-animated and slaughtered again. Its that bad.

Only the bravest journalists from the Herald Sun and The Age are venturing out into the carnage to bring you the exclusives and promote a civil public debate about Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs. Which are out of control. And killing white Melburnians. Everywhere. All the time.

Anyhoo, New Matilda hit Melbourne town to find out the best places to eat where you wont get stabbed or maimed or killed. Turns out the safest place to eat, amidst the chaos and panic, is at an African restaurant. Because Terrifying Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs dont attack African restaurants. Because apart from being violent, Brutal Terrifying Vicious Alien Vampire African Youth Crime Gangs are also racist.

So, in no particular order, heres 18 Melbourne African restaurants where you can safely dine (and support, while this fucking shameful debate plays itself out) with props to Trip Advisor and of course Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, whove done more to promote fine African dining than any fascists before them.

Morrocan Soup Bar | 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy | Moroccan, African, Vegetarian

The Abyssinian | 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Little Africa | 358 Victoria Street, Melbourne | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly

Polepole Bar & Kitchen | 1/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne | African, Vegetarian Friendly

Sabas Ethiopian Restaurant | 328 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

New Somali Kitchen | 284 Racecourse Rd, Flemington | African, Middle Eastern, Halal

Savanna African Restaurant & Caf | 7 Johnston St, Collingwood | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant | 20 Smith St, Collingwood | African

Nyalas African Restaurant | 356 Brunswick St, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian

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00:36

AUSTRALIAS DUMB LUCK ABOUT TO RUN OUT WITH ECONOMY ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I recently tried to republish this on DTM, but it gave me so much heartache, I gave up. Now Ive found a new source that hopefully allows more friendly copy/paste. I hasten to add I disagree with much of what he has to say at the end of this lengthy article, and I could have edited it out, but there you go you make up your own mind.

Written on the 15 November 2017 by Matt Barrie, CEO Freelancer.com

AUSTRALIA'S 'DUMB LUCK' ABOUT TO RUN OUT WITH ECONOMY ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE

I RECENTLY watched the federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, proudly proclaim that Australia was in surprisingly good shape.

Indeed, Australia has just snatched the world record from the Netherlands, achieving its 104th quarter of growth without a recession, making this achievement the longest streak for any OECD country since 1970.

I was pretty shocked at the complacency, because after twenty six years of economic expansion, the country has very little to show for it.

For over a quarter of a century our economy mostly grew because of dumb luck. Luck because our country is relatively large and abundant in natural resources, resources that have been in huge demand from a close neighbour.

That neighbour is China.

Out of all OECD nations, Australia is the most dependent on China by a huge margin, according to the IMF. Over one third of all merchandise exports from this country go to China where merchandise exports includes all physical products, including the things we dig out of the ground.

Outside of the OECD, Australia ranks just after the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia and the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and just before the Central African Republic, Iran and Liberia. Does anything sound a bit funny about that?

As a whole, the Australian economy has grown through a property bubble inflating on top of a mining bubble, built on top of a commodities bubble, driven by a China bubble.

Unfortunately for Australia, that lucky free ride is just about to end.

Societe Generales China economist Wei Yao said recently, Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering $1.7 trillion worth of losses. Hyaman Capitals Kyle Bass calls China a $34 trillion experiment which is exploding, where Chinese bank losses could exceed 400 per cent of the US banking losses incurred during the subprime crisi...

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Wednesday, 03 January

22:33

The conundrum of civilisation.. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

KIM HILL: WHATS WRONG WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY?

By Kim Hill / Deep Green Resistance Australia

 

Ten things environmentalists need to know about renewable energy:

1.    Solar panels and wind turbines arent made out of nothing. They are made out of metals, plastics, chemicals. These products have been mined out of the ground, transported, processed, manufactured. Each stage leaves behind a trail of devastation: habitat destruction, water contamination, colonization, toxic waste, slave labour, greenhouse gas emissions, wars, and corporate profits. Renewables can never replace fossil fuel infrastructure, as they are entirely dependent on it for their existence.

2.    The majority of electricity that is generated by renewables is used in manufacturing, mining, and other industries that are destroying the planet. Even if the generation of electricity were harmless, the consumption certainly isnt. Every electrical device, in the process of production, leaves behind the same trail of devastation. Living communitiesforests, rivers, oceansbecome dead commodities.

3.    The aim of converting from conventional power generation to renewables is to maintain the very system that is killing the living world, killing us all, at a rate of 200 species per day. Taking carbon emissions out of the equation doesnt make it sustainable. This system needs not to be sustained, but stopped.

4.    Humans, and all living beings, get our energy from plants and animals. Only the industrial system needs electricity to survive, and food and habitat for everyone are being sacrificed to feed it. Farmland and forests are being taken ov...

19:02

Guest Post: Stephen Cable There is no participation trophy in real life "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

There has been a trend afoot for a number of years to give people participation awards, particularly to children in sporting competitions. They are told that turning up and participating in an event is what really matters and its not important if you lose. Former Olympian and LA Galaxy soccer star Cobi Jones, does an excellent job of debunking this mentality is this video from PragerU and explains why feeling the pain of losing is so important to winning.

I am sincerely hoping that this mode of thinking is not taking hold of conservatives across Australia and that the pain of losses in 2017 will instead spur us on to even greater efforts in 2018. The last few years have seen large setbacks in Australia on the federal and state level as cultural Marxists continued to entwine themselves further into every part of our countrys social and economic life while using our money to do it. Our Prime Minister essentially told conservatives that there was no place for them in the Liberal Party and then spent all of last year implementing Labor policies, making Bill Shortens Christmas very merry indeed.

When Tony Abbott was leader of the opposition during the Rudd/Gillard years, he did an outstanding job tearing down the Labor party, made the implementation of their policies almost impossible, and at times was almost governing from opposition. Now the leader of the opposition is likewise virtually governing from opposition but this time the party in power seems to be wilfully cooperating.

On the state level the situation is little better. In South Australia they are nearing 16 years of continuous Labor government and the states statistics reflect the abysmal economic performance that long term, big government thinking produces. They have a Premier that is so stupid he actually thinks you can run an industrial economy on wind, batteries and diesel generators. Yet for all of this incompetence the Liberal Party cannot even outpoll perpetual agitprop candidate Nick Xenophon and barely manages to outpoll Labor for the upcoming March election. In Victoria, which has an exceptionally left leaning Labor government, the news isnt much better. Youd think that a government that spent $1.1 billion to not build a road and was responsible for the disgusting Safe Schools program would be easy to beat. You could be forgiven for thinking that the crime wave that isnt a crime wave would be putting the totally incompetent Andrews government in polling freefall but apparently not. With all the ammunition in the world to tear down the Andrews regime, the Liberal party cannot poll higher than 50/50 on a two party preferred basis. As the latest by-election in the seat of Northcote has shown, Labor has more to fear from The Greens than it does from the Liberal party.

In my home state of Queensland in the recent election, the LNP did their best impersonation of a friendly uncl...

13:15

Gangs, Race and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Twos a company; threes a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts.

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.  He has been getting stroppy with the Victorian Government for not doing enough about what he considers Melbournes growing gang violence and lawlessness.

The straw that broke a very fragile camels back involved acts of vandalism in Werribee.  Depending on which news source you referred to, there was a mass riot at an Airbnb property that would have made the Communards proud. Other sources saw more modest damage to cars and rental property.  Everyone took notice of the juvenile expressions of delight from the perpetrators, who scrawled the letters MTS (Menace to Society) on walls to leave their little residue of destructive pride.

At the federal level, politicians see the former: mayhem, riotous violence, a loss of control.  Federal minister Greg Hunt has come up with his own assessment: Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control.  We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control.  In the tables of political point scoring, Hunt had found a handy, simplifying culprit.

For Hunt, there were no relevant sophisticated sociological principles here, nor matters of economics.  Society was imploding; an African wave of violence had been unleashed.  Nor was it a police issue.  The failure is not the police but the premier.

Victorian police have been a touch more tentative, while various African community leaders have been less than confident in the tag of gang.  Label and be damned.  These young thugs, these young criminals, claimed Acting Commissioner Shane Patton, theyre not an organised crime group like a Middle Eastern organised crime group or an outlaw motorcycle gang. But theyre behaving like street gangs, so lets call them that thats what they are.

South Sudanese community leader, Richard Deng, prefers the direct option: engage the estranged; bring in those lost souls from th...

12:43

NYC to Spend $50 Million on Bollards, Security "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A bollard stops an out-of-control car near London BridgeA bollard stops an out-of-control car near London Bridge (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City  announced plans to install 1,500 more metal bollards (protective barriers) in areas deemed ripe for terror attacks. The bollards are part of a $50-million plan to increase security in New York.

The decision was made after the Halloween attack on the Hudson River Greenway in lower Manhattan, when 29-year-old Islamist terrorist Sayfullo Saipov mowed down pedestrians and bikers with a rented truck. Eight people were killed in that attack with 12 injured.

The Big Apple joins cities in the U.S. and worldwide which have put up bollards to protect citizens and tourists from vehicular attacks. Las Vegas recently spent millions installing bollards along the citys famous Strip. In the UK, bollards now protect sites as diverse as the tennis courts of Wimbledon to the Queens Windsor Castle. Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and the Vatican have also followed suit to bolster security.

These are some of the busiest streets in the worldpeople have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time, said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing the expenditure at a news conference in Times Square.

After the Halloween attack, temporary concrete blocks were placed around sensitive New York areas. Those will be replaced by the permanent metal bollards.

RELATED STORIES

3 Things About the NY Attack You Might Not Be Hearing

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10:37

Million dollar Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Chance in a million

SQM Research reported that asking prices for houses in Melbourne have torn nearly 28 per cent higher over the past year to hit $1,000,300.

That's broken the million dollar mark for the first time ever, up 50 per cent in only three years. 


Source: SQM Research

Brisbane is now the one to watch for the remainder of the decade.

05:22

Certified Measurement & Verification Professional- Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Energy Efficiency Council is the only Australian provider of the Efficiency Valuation Organization's 'Certified Measurement & Verification Professional' training and exams, delivered in partnership with the US Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

04:35

Wednesday becomes an almost blog free day! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

AS I noted yesterday, I am no longer going to publish a detailed blog each Wednesday. I will cover the major Wednesday data releases (for example, Australian National Accounts) when they come out or if I have a surfeit of research material that I want to put out (like a multi-part blog series that needs daily exposure for continuity). I am going to spend the time that I would have used to write the Wednesday blog on developing the MMT University from concept into reality as well as other writing projects I want to advance. This is what I am listening to as I work today .

This song Bird On The Wing is from the 1987 album (Track 6) Tomorrow by Hugh Masekela.

I first bought this album when it came out and played it a lot. It was recorded while Masekela was in exile from the apartheid regime.

The album has songs about the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and lots of rhythms from the townships (Soweto) interlaced with straight jazz patterns.

This song is my favourite on the album from a number of close favourites. The use of the volume control pedal at the intro captures you from the start.

Masakela is a pretty solid player and a pretty solid guy if you trace his background.

As as the Album name suggests my regular blog will return tomorrow.

The blog publication in 2018 pattern will be:

1. Monday and Tuesday regular blog.

2. Wednesdays snippets to nothing.

3. Thursday regular blog.

4. Friday Weekend quiz.

5. Weekend Quiz answers and analysis.

Recent books:

1. Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale (Edward Elgar, August 2015).

2. Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).

Next events:

I will be in Europe in February and early March and a big event is being planned in Barcelona. There will also be events in Finland. Other cities are possible but discussions are still in train. More details will be available soon.

I will also be appearing at an event for the International Bookshop in Melbourne (Australia) on February 16, 2018. It will be a later afternoon/early evening presentation around the options that our book Reclaiming the State presents to progressive movements and political parties.

That is enou...

04:10

The perjury case against GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Victoria Police's "Operation Tendement" investigation file includes a copy of this 13 October 2012 article written by Mark Baker and published in The Age. http://www.smh.com.au/national/gillard-gave-support-for-union-groups-registration-20121012-27ip6.html Mark Baker's source for that article was former Slater and Gordon partner Nick Styant Browne. Nick Styant Browne has confirmed to me that the factual...

02:23

West Australian Police Fight Fire With World Class Racism "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

UPDATE: A police response is printed below. WAPOL have deleted the tweet but denied it was targetted specifically at Aboriginal people. Weve sent a third email to Police Media asking exactly who WAPOL have described as animals.

On New Years Day, Shark Bay Police in the Gascoyne region of Western Australian made a shocking discovery. On a beach somewhere, someone had lit a campfire. Yes, a campfire!

Serious criminal offences, like campfires and jaywalking, obviously require serious, unequivocal responses from authorities on their Twitter accounts and why not throw in some racism, just to make sure the message isnt missed. Along with some bad spelling.

Behold!

WA-police-shark-bay-tweet

As evidence goes, there doesnt appear to be any that Aboriginal people clearly the intended target of the tweet  lit the campfire. But a lack of evidence has never stopped WA Police in the past. As for the #animals part comment below on your thoughts. And add the hashtag #wapoliceracism and lets see if we cant make that sting a little bit.

Meanwhile, heres some pictures from the festive season in Melbourne, where Aboriginal people trashed St Kilda Beach oh wait, sorry, non Aboriginal people.

St-Kilda-beach-trashed-2 St-Kilda-beach-trashed

New Matilda has sent an email to WA Police media, and were awaiting a reply. In the meantime, might be worth remembering that WA Police have helped create the highest Indigenous jailing rate on earth literally on earth with a jailing rate of black males that is more than eight times greater than the jailing rate of black males in South Africa in the dying days of the Apartheid era.

UPDATE: WA Police have responded claiming the tweet wasnt about Aboriginal people. See their response below.

The original post on Twitter by Shark Bay Police was targeted at a very specific group of people, known to be publicly associated with environmental matters, and with no links to the indigenous community. There are specific references to that group that they would be aware of. The beach bonfire occurs each New Years Eve, to the frustrat...

01:06

Media Lead Beat-Up Of Homeless, Bad Government Policy Follows "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A year after a media storm over homelessness in Melbourne, the city is finally starting to see what bad government policy sparked by sensationalism looks like, reports JessieAnne Gartlan.

Back in February last year, the City of Melbourne decided to target homeless people by redefining the term camping in local by-laws. It led to what was effectively a ban on sleeping rough in the city.

The protests were immediate and sometimes violent, and attracted criticism from the public and the media alike.

News headlines used hard-line phrases, language that often hinted at violence, and people in positions of influence made statements that rough sleepers werent as badly off as the general public may think.

Melbournes rough sleepers are pretending to be homeless: Victorias top cop Graham Ashton The Age, January 2017.

Flinders Street homeless: violent confrontations as police clear rough sleepers in Melbourne ABC, February 2017.

The media headlines followed a similar theme after the new by-laws were announced:

City of Melbourne to remove groups of homeless people amid crackdown on beggars ABC, September 2017.

Melbourne moves to clean up homeless News.com. September, 2017.

The by-laws gave increased powers to police, on the instruction of council officers, to remove personal belongings deemed to be obstructing the enjoyment of public space, and then dispose of them. This includes camping equipment beyond a sleeping bag and pillow, and any furniture.

Police can also break up groups deemed to be too large, which are considered to be camps, loosely defined as four or more people. The phrasing used is as follows: homeless people will be strongly discour...

Tuesday, 02 January

22:08

Units outperformed houses in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Flat chat

Probably not quite a result to fit the prevailing narrative! 

But the combined capital city unit price rose by +5.1 per cent in 2017, comfortably outperforming house prices at +4 per cent (with the usual lengthy disclaimers about methodology, margins for error, and mile-wide variations across sub-markets).

Typically capital city units saw stronger yields too, so on a total return basis outperformed in notching +9.3 per cent for the calendar year compared to +7.3 per cent for houses, the reasons for which may vary.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have outperformed units through this cycle, but house prices in Sydney certainly softened the second half of the year.

Around the traps

Early in the year Sydney's inner suburbs were characterised by some borderline insane auction bidding, but this had petered out by the final quarter as APRA's cooling measures took hold. 

Thus, while housing market data providers no longer focus on seasonally adjusted figures, as it turned out the fourth quarter was a weak one anyway. 

Over the full year Sydney's median unit price increased by +5.4 per cent to $774,100, while the median house price tapered off in the final quarter of the year to be just +2.1 per cent higher in 2017.

With rents increasing in 2017, CoreLogic reported that Sydney's yield had edged up to a 12-month high by the end of the year (if indeed 'high' is the right word for something that is, in fact, low). 

Hobart was the clear outperformer in 2017, with the median house price rising by +12.9 per cent to $424,250, with further gains in 2018 all but assured in this extremely tight market. 

In Melbourne ther...

22:00

January 3 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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 o...

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