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Saturday, 17 March


A classy joy in WeFo "IndyWatch Feed"

  Harley & Rose, 572 Barkly Street, West Footscray. Phone: 8320 0325 The Harley & Rose dining room has a cosy, almost clubbish, vibe about it. The tables are somewhat jammed in, but theres no sense of overcrowding. A long bar runs down most of one side of the room. The place is all a-bustle []


Princes St Synagogue Auckland, built in 1885 by architect Edward Bartley "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The first Jewish settler in New Zealand was Joel Samuel Polack in 1831. Born in London to Dutch parents, he established a successful retail business and later branched out into shipping, mainly to California. When New Zealand became a British colony in 1840, it was the perfect time for the Auckland Jewish communitys foundation; they soon acquired land for their first cemetery.

The first Hebrew congregation began worship in Auckland in 1843. Their first formal place of worship was in Nathan & Joseph's Warehouse in Shortland Street. By 1853 the congregation had grown to 100 and worship was held in a small building in Emily Place. By the 1860s this building had become too small for the rapidly increasing population and moneys were collected to build a new synagogue.

In 1884, the Jewish Community purchased a section on the corner of Princes and Bowen Sts. At that time the site was occupied by the former Albert Barracks Guard House, which overlooked a vegetable garden used by soldiers.

The community asked architects to submit synagogue designs and they chose Edward Bartley to take on the project. Bartley was an Irish carpenter and joiner arrived in New Zealand in 1854 and trained as an architect and builder. In 1872, he went into partnership with another builder, forming Matthews & Bartley Builders. He moved to the North Shore in 1872, later building his own home in Devonport. Other significant Bartley buildings included the Foundation for the Blind Jubilee Building and the original Wellesley St Opera House. And was a founding member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Princes St Synagogue in Auckland
built by Edward Bartley by 1885

The Princes St Synagogue structure was designed in a mixed Romanesque and Gothic style, the project influenced by an important Glasgow Synagogue. It was built to seat a congregation of 375. As one of NZs oldest massed concrete buildings, the basement was set aside for childcare, wedding and barmitzvahs, and a school annexe was later added.

The interior ornamentation was by the decorator JL Holland. The interior of the building featured a barrel vaulted timber ceiling and an ornate circular ark, covered by a staine...


March 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...


Around 31 grassfires sweep across Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Residents near raging fires west of Melbourne have been told it's not safe to leave their homes and to take shelter immediately. A warning has been issued by the Country Fire Authority said people should stay within their homes as it is 'not safe for you to leave'. Dramatic video footage shows massive flames and explosions emerging from a substation in Terang, while a grassfire burns out of control in Boorcan, 199km west of Melbourne. Nearby resident Brett Gasper told the Herald Sun the scene of the fire caused a 'red sky and smell of smoke' which was 'daunting'. A CFA spokesperson said people had been evacuated from nearby homes.


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Teacher and children abused on tram - Melbourne "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Melbourne North police station members are investigating a report of an assault in Melbourne on 14th March.


Triathlon training week 21 "IndyWatch Feed"

Boy time flies when you are having too much fun. And fun I had when I rode 34km in the hour and a half and burnt 633 calories during that hour.


My running has had a bit of ups and downs this week with a bit of walking. I rode 22km and 402 calories the next day and it was International Womens day. I ate a lot then and felt a bit bad about it. I had a new teacher that day and he was amazing. He taught lots of really hard stuff!



Ben Hillier from the Tamil Refugee Council condemning an early morning raid of Tamil refugee family "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned an early morning raid in which a refugee family was given just ten minutes to gather belongings before being flown to Melbourne and detained at the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation). Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their daughters 9-month-old Dharuniga and 2-year-old Kopiga, born []


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police investigate Brunswick shooting "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad are investigating after a man was located with gunshot wounds in Brunswick early this morning.

Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police investigate Yarra Glen sexual assault "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Knox Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in a car park in Yarra Glen earlier this month.


How the Liberals directly control news media narratives "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

How the Liberals directly control news media narrativesIt is common knowledge that Melbourne's Herald Sun is a Liberal Party front, but now, after a social media gaffe, it's all out in the open. read now...


Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Without national discussion or debate and no hard questions from media Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in.

On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Governments deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall. It has been hailed as the largest defence contract in Australias history.

In front of a brand spanking new tank stood Turnbull, a Rheinmetall executive, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. Together they sang the praises of their historic procurement project and Rheinmetalls state of the art combat vehicle.

Turnbull waxed lyrical about a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, exciting opportunities and leading edge capability. The arms executive talked about a world class Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Turnbull described his ambition for Australia to become one of the top 10 defence exporters in the world.

The whole performance looked like a marketing event at a boat show, except the boat was a tank.

Turnbull proudly described the deal in the context of Australias plan to spend $200bn on new military equipment over the next decade. He said that the arms deal was good news for Australian steel, good news for jobs, good news for Queensland and good news for Australia (Victoria, which bid to host the contract, missed out).

Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and The Hon Malcolm Turnball, MP, Prime Minister of Australia inspect the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV). (IMAGE: Jay Cronan, Dept of Defence)

Turnbull and Pyne cited the Rheinmetall tanks superior lethality as a key selling point. The arms manufacturer likened it to a Swiss army knife.

As I watched the broadcast my stomach churned, making it difficult to digest my breakfast. I had a few thoughts. One was that even if this deal is good news for Queenslanders as hyped, the whole $200bn ar...


Abstract Paradigms Podcast - Edition 22 - 16/03/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

On this week's Abstract Paradigms I don't talk much because my family dog died and I'm sad, but there's still great music to listen to. Have a listen at and tune back in next week when hopefully we get back to normal and the gig guide returns. 

Enjoy some new releases as well as some music I boogied very hard to at Golden Plains (last two are from a Sherwood at the Controls compilation).

Compound - Amazed Onlooker [Altered States Tapes, 2018]
Music With My Insane Friend - Thereabouts [Self-released, 2018]
Activities of Daily Living - Consumption [Listen Records, 2018]
Horse Pills - A Parting Glance [Listen Records, 2018]

Friday, 16 March


March 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.



In which the pond makes an urgent plea to the reptiles regarding prattling Polonius ... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The pond is here to help, yet for a brief time yesterday, the reptiles had prattling Polonius's attempt to watch the media as their 'top of the digital page', 'top of the world ma' chief delight.

This was wrong on so many levels. First, it's not a media watch dog, it's an ABC obsessive-compulsive watch dog.

Second, it's outrageous to charge for it, because such is the preening vanity behind the obsessive scribbling that it turns up for free on the Sydney Institute pages on the very same day.

How is it possible to put up a gold bar and charge for something, when the supplier is offering it for free out the back door? Prohibition and Al Capone never operated like that

Here's a thought.

How about the reptiles demand that Polonius put an embargo on publication in the Sydney Institute, say of a week, so that the copy stays fresh in the lizard Oz, and turns up at the other location for archival purposes?

This sort of embargo is working a treat in other ways.

The pond generally ignores the Bolter, but if it wants to find out just how offensively racist he is, these days it's easiest to head off to Amanda Meade's Weekly Beast to get the most delectable pickings:

Hardly a week goes by without Andrew Bolt saying something outrageous and we often try to ignore him, but this week we thought it was worth noting his comments about the ABCs new radio host Sami Shah. 
Shah and co-host Jacinta Parsons replaced veteran Red Symonds on Melbourne Radios breakfast show this year and as expected the ratings have dropped for their first survey. Bolt blames it all on the ABCs political correctness and the replacement of a white man with a brown man. 


The Human Rights War On Syria "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The perfidious role of human rights organizations in the war on Syria has been exposed again with the Amnesty International report on Syria for 2017/18, followed by an equally tendentious article in the Melbourne Age newspaper by Claire Mallinson, Amnestys national director for Australia. In the name of human rights these organizations have actually worsened the crisis in Syria. They have never dealt honestly with its primary cause, the determination of the US and its allies seven years ago to destroy the government in Damascus, as part of a bigger plan to destroy the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah strategic axis across the Middle East. Democracy, human rights and the best interests of the Syrian people were never on the agenda of these governments. They were cold-blooded and remorseless in what they wanted and the means by which they sought to get it.


Chief Commissioner of police job description before becoming CEO of Victoria Police "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

One from the archives:

Ken Lay (photo above) was the first Chief Commissioner of Police to become a CEO of the business commonly referred to as Victoria Police, as per the new law enacted in 2013.

He was in office from 11th of November 2011 to 31 January 2015.

Here is the job description from 2011 for Commissioner of Police:


PERTH Nun-Chucks at Northam "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Nun-Chucks at Northam .

March 15, 2018 at 12:03PM .

Northam Police have released details of a disturbance at the Boulevard Shopping Centre involving a set of nun-chucks on Wednesday March 14. Police will allege that an argument between two people took place at a motor vehicle parked in the carpark, causing members of the public to intervene. .



Indonesia pushes for Southeast Asian patrols of disputed waters "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

REUTERS | Published  Friday 16 March 2018

Image result for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, on navy ship, photos

Indonesias president Joko Widodo holds a cabinet meeting on a warship off the Natuna Islands, in what has been called Indonesias strongest message to China over assertion of the South China Sea.

SYDNEY: Indonesia has lobbied Southeast Asian countries to carry out maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea, claimed in most part by China, to improve security, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Friday.

Indonesia says its a non-claimant state in the South China Sea dispute but has clashed with China over fishing rights around the Natuna Islands and expanded its military presence there, and also renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone, asserting its own maritime claim.

Austalian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne held talks with their Indonesian counterparts Retno Marsudi and Ryacudu in Sydney, ahead of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Australia is hosting the meeting, despite not being a member of the 10-nation bloc, as it seeks to tighten political and trade ties in the region amid Chinas rising influence.

For the South China Sea, I went around to friends ASEAN defense ministers so that each country that faces the South China Sea patrols up to 200 nautical miles, around 230 kilometers, Ryacudu told reporters at a joint press conference.

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HMAS Ballarat (center) conducts a passage exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese maritime self defense force ships,  June 2017

Indonesia is focusing on three areas, notably the Sulu Sea, the Malacca Strait and the seas around the coast of Thailand, Ryacudu said, referring to existing cooperation with Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.

If we look at the (borders) from Vietnam down to Indonesia and to the Philippines, we can see we have secured almost half of the South China Sea (in areas) we are already patrolling.

China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route and which is believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artifici...


Sydney visit: Aquarium, Habour Bridge, Opera House etc "IndyWatch Feed"

On the weekend, I flew to Sydney with Sylvia to visit an old work colleague from my days in Scotland.  It was a whirlwind trip but we managed to see a few icons, spend a lot of time by the water (sadly no swimming) and eat at a few places I've dreamt about visiting.  Here are lots of photos and reflections on the trip.

We stayed a night at the Capital Square Hotel.  It was pretty basic.  And by that, I meant that when it said "free toiletries" that meant a shower cap and some soap dispensers on the wall of the bathroom!  But it is was clean and comfortable and close to Central Station.  It would have been a nicer location if they weren't digging up the road for a new light rail system on the Capital Square Hotel.  But roadworks and scaffolding seem to be part of a big city!

We stayed on the edge of Sydney's Chinatown.  It seemed much bigger than the one in Melbourne.  Trying to find lunch there was challenging.  We ended up walking into a place where they said yes there was vegetarian food but (after some miscommunication about spring rolls) it was a tofu dish that was too spicy for me.  So Sylvia and I ate rice and drank soft drinks while my friends ate with a higher tolerance for spice.



Regional rail upgrades welcomed "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the agreement between the federal and Victorian governments which will see the release of $1.7 billion for improvements to the states regional rail network.

The PTUAs Regional Spokesperson, Paul Westcott, said there was a need for significant improvement of the states longer-distance regional rail lines. The funding now available will be put towards upgrades on the Gippsland, Albury/Wodonga, Bendigo/Echuca, Ballarat and Geelong/Warrnambool lines.

Its good to see that the state and federal governments have finally sorted out this funding wrangle, so they can get on with delivering these vital projects, including the state governments Regional Rail Revival project.

Inadequate service frequencies and poor timekeeping on our regional lines, coupled with too-frequent train breakdowns, have led to many complaints to the PTUA, he said.

Theres an obvious need to increase capacity on the system by track duplication and signalling upgrades, which will allow an increase in the number of services, not only on the regional commuter network, but also to places on the long-distance network, such as Echuca, Warrnambool and Shepparton.

Mr Westcott noted the increasing number of large, heavy trucks on our highways, creating significant road maintenance and safety problems. Theres general agreement that more freight must be carried by rail and this funding will also help achieve that, he said.


Voting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Newlands Primary School is a polling place for the Batman by-election and will be selling delicious cakes and coffee! There will also be a BBQ! 


Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Kites for Clean Energy at the Darebin Kite Festival.

A bunch of parents, kids, and their friends will be flying kites decorated with clean energy pictures at the Darebin Kite Festival on March 25th at Edwards Lake Park.

We want to show our support for a rapid shift to renewable energy as part of urgently tackling climate change.

Newlands Parents for Climate Action who are running the activity is a group made up of local parents backed up by the artistic and craft-making abilities of their children. 

We will have a kite-making session from 11.30am-12.30pm at the DCAN stall (that stands for Darebin Climate Action Now). Then well be flying kites together near the ball-batting cage on the oval at 1pm.


Women's Circle "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Women's Meditation and Nature Circle.

Facilitated by Rachael Millsom, these circles involve a cup of tea, meditations, reflections, time in nature.

The next circle is on Monday the 26th on March from 10am - 12pm - All women welcome (up to 8 women).

For more information please contact Rachael or visit...


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Labourer or handyman required for approximately one week of work (possibly more) during March. 

Contact Barry on 0410 756 013.


The Whitlams "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Whitlams


The Whitlams will tour nationally in May and June 2018 in their classic four-piece configuration to
bring their 25th year to a rowdy finale.
Starting the anniversary year in May 2017 selling out concert halls in each state capital with 60
piece orchestras, they end it with a jaunt through their favourite pub gigs around the country. They
are ditching the conductor and the charts, and are back to the common muscle-memory of 1000
shows and six albums.
The Whitlams' line up of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick
Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums will be delivering the sort of sprawling,
rambunctious set they have become famous for.
We are looking forward to eight weeks straight and delving deep into the catalogue, said Tim
Freedman. We are going to prepare some rarely played album cuts from the first two albums
Introducing' and Undeniably' and Im sure theyll suit the pubs as well as they did 25 years ago.
The Whitlams are proud to announce that they are picking up a few other stars of the 90s to make
these nights especially memorable Alex Lloyd and Deborah Conway will join the bill in Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold, and
three ARIA Awards including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011
Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently
earned the 17th spot in Triple Js Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.

The post The Whitlams appeared first on The Zoo.


Holy By-Election Batman: Labor, Greens Square Off In A High Stakes Race "IndyWatch Feed"

Much is at stake in tomorrows Batman by-election, for both Labor and the Greens. Ben Eltham reports from his home electorate.

The inner-Melbourne seat of Batman is unusual in many respects. Stretching approximately 10 kilometres in a concrete ribbon north from Clifton Hill to the middle ring suburbs of Preston, Reservoir and Bundoora, it encompasses much of Melbournes diversity and dynamism.

On one analysis, Batman is the most left-leaning seat in the country. According to the ABCs Vote Compass, the seat scores the most leftwards on political philosophy of all 150 federal electorates. The demographics are a rainbow coalition of white and blue collar workforce, second generation Greek and Italian immigrants, with a large swathe of Melbourne hipsterdom and LGBTIQ voters predominant.

The seats retail artery, High Street, is an epicentre of Melbourne gentrification. Served by the famous (or should that be infamous) 86 tram, old shops are being knocked down and high-rise apartment blocks are sprouting. Just a decade ago, Thornbury was a sleepy middle-ring suburb known mainly for Italian grandparents. Now its one of Melbournes hottest restaurant and bar districts, with wood-fire pizzerias and small bars on seemingly every block. Men with beards and women with tattoos are everywhere.

In the centre of Batman lies the suburb of Preston, where I live. Made famous by Courtney Barnett in her song Depreston, Preston is a fast-changing mix of bucolic bungalows in cul-de-sacs, old factories and warehouses, and new apartments, cafes and bike repair shops. Depreston depicts a young couple considering purchasing a house out further from their usual digs in the inner city. A poignant four minute elegy to suburban anomie, the song describes Barnetts travails house-hunting, a rite of passage all too familiar to Batman voters.  We dont have to be around all these coffee shops, Barnett tells her partner in the song.



Stolenwealth Games Project Fundraising Merchandise "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Stolenwealth Games

Help 3CR send a team of broadcasters to the Stolenwealth Games Protest April 4 - 15 2018, Broadbeach, QLD. We have 30 Limited Edition Divine Intervention prints signed by Robbie Thorpe and Tom Civil. The Divine Intervention fire crest was a collaboration between Robbie Thorpe and Tom Civil in 2006 in the lead up to the Melbourne Commonwealth (Stolenwealth) Games, and the Queen's visit. The crest symbolises the acknowledgement of Indigenous Law in Australia. Lightening strikes, igniting Indigenous Law represented by fire amongst the wattle branches, and in turn freeing the kangaroo and emu from their place in the 'Australian Coat of Arms'. The kangaroo and the emu then warm themselves by the fire. We are selling these limited edition screen prints for $200. We also have T-shirts $25 and tote bags for $20 each. So come down to the station during business hours and get some beautiful art and support an important project.



The current state of Australian UFOlogy "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Dear readers,

Today's post is being typed as I lounge by the backyard family swimming pool with a glass of Victorian Chardonnay at hand. It is a personal reflection of my recent review of several Australian UFO websites; over 60 Australian UFO Facebook pages; several Australian blogs belonging to individuals, and private email discussions with a number of selected high profile Australian 'researchers.'


No, not the android character from the Star Trek franchise, but pieces of information. Sightings of things in the Australian sky are reported to a large number of Internet sites. These range from overseas based organisations such as MUFON, to Peter Devonport's NUFORC, to local sites such as UFOR (NSW) Incorporated, and UFOR (Qld) Incorporated. Both Sydney and Perth observatories receive sightings, as do dozens of Facebook pages.

I can't find anyone who regularly monitors this vast area of data; collects it in one place and attempts to analyse it. The one exception to this statement is that for a period of 12 months, Melbourne based researcher Paul Dean and my co-blogger Keith Basterfield (on a long term break from UFO research at the moment) did just that. However, it is interesting to note that almost no Australian UFOlogists commented that they found it of any value to them!


Readers of my last few columns will be aware by now that the question of lack of interest in analysis of sightings by Australian UFO 'researchers' is a pet peeve of mine. Raw sightings contain valuable information about the UFO phenomenon. When was the last time you saw a table of numbers of reports versus time of day for Australian sightings? Or a breakdown of types of Australian sightings under the J Allen Hynek classification system, ie nocturnal lights, CE 1, CE2 etc? Or the number of witnesses per type of sighting? On the la...


FixedIt: What was the inquest told? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The ABC reported on the inquest into Kerry Michaels alleged murder.

A number of quotes from the inquest were included in the article. Any one of them would have been a reasonable focus for a headline.

Kerry Michael, 44, had been repeatedly bashed with a rock and left about 200 metres from the summit of Mount Roland, in Tasmanias north, in 2015.

Detective Bryan said Michael told him he was just trying to hurt her, I was hitting her with rocks and stuff I was like a deranged lunatic.

Dr Lawrence said she was struck between three to eight times, with at least one of the blows delivered while she was lying on the ground.

Instead, the ABC chose to use the jealous husband snapped angle. This language has been highlighted in a huge number of reporting on how the media fails to report violence against women accurately. There are too many to list them all, but here are quotes from a few of them:

ANROWS: Media representations of violence against women and their children: Final report

Myths and misrepresentations still find their way into reporting. 14.8 % of incident based reporting offers excuses for the perpetrator, like he was drinking, using drugs, jealous/seeking revenge, snapped or lost control.

Though we know the news media can be a powerful source of information for women looking to leave a violent relationship, only 4.3 % of news reports included help seeking information (1800RESPECT or others).

Victorian Council of Social Service: Five Things Men Say to Justify Violence Against Women

An all too common barrier to change can be the perception that our behaviour is out of our control at times. Many men I work with are reluctant to describe choices of violent behaviour they have made, instead using language that suggests a lack of responsibility; I just snapped, just lost it.

Ombudsman Western Australia: Understanding family and domestic violence

The research literature suggests that perpetrators of fami...


The strange case of alleged sexual predator Malka Leifer in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

My investigation in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

The legal pursuit in Israel of alleged sexual predator Malka Leifer took a strange turn this week.

As she fought extradition attempts by Victoria Police over 74 charges of child sexual abuse, the 54-year-old first gained, then lost the support of influential Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman.

Grossman is a highly respected rabbi in Israel. He was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in 2004  Israels highest cultural honour  and hes the founder and head of Migdal Ohr, a major NGO that helps children and underprivileged teens across Israel.

But last week, in a surprise appearance before the Jerusalem district court, he pledged to monitor Leifer under house arrest if the judge agreed to her release from police custody.

It was humiliating, he claimed, for Leifer to remain incarcerated, and bad for her mental health.

The court apparently agreed and authorised her release.

Leifer is a former teacher and principal at Melbournes ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school, who fled Australia with the aid of the Adass community after her alleged offending was revealed.

One of Leifers alleged victims, Melbourne-based Dassi Erlich, was gutted at the courts decision.

We are trying so desperately to hold onto hope and trying to desperately see justice. We want to hold onto the fact that we will see her back in Australia one day, she said.

However, early this week, Grossman reversed his position and withdrew support for Leifer, citing the perception that his backing had been interpreted as supporting an attempt to avoid trial.

There are many confounding aspects of this case including the role of Rabbi Grossman.

Grossman has assisted accused sexual predators before, including Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Berland who fought extradition to Israel from South Africa.  Grossman went to South Africa twice and...


Vale John McBeath "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Gerry Koster, John McBeath

Gerry Koster with John McBeath in June 2014 during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Vale John McBeath

Today at 2pm in Adelaide, family and close friends will farewell John McBeath, who many in the jazz community will know through his critiques of major festivals and the regular publication of his album reviews in The Australian.

Not everyone was happy with what John wrote thats surely inevitable and appropriate for a music critic. But no one doubted his commitment to the task not an easy one of using words, in most cases too few words, to convey thoughts about music.

I dont think criticisms of the critic worried John all that much. I can vividly recall a refrain of his, when assessing festival programs, that too many of the same old artists were appearing in the line-ups. He had a point, although budget constraints always make programming difficult.

John will be missed not only as a scribe, but by those who regularly engaged him in discussions on inspiring artists and performances in the broad church loosely described as jazz, whether well known or obscure. One person in particular who will feel that loss is his good friend Gerry Koster, pictured above with John in a happy moment before a Melbourne I...


Breakfasters - 13 - 16 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Director Garth Davis chats about his new film Mary Magdalene; In "Feature Creatures" Simon Hinkley informs the team about ants nursing each other back to health; "Friday Funnybugger" Nick Capper designs a new music festival; Jeff chats about his visit to the zoo in Werribee, and in "Trauma Tuesday" the team talk about a lost chicken neck, the Breakfasters theme playing in the Golden Plains Sup, and spiders in the bed. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.


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I started my gallery crawl at the Spring Street end of Flinders Lane and worked my way down the hill to Elizabeth Street, having a look in the various art galleries. The art I saw varied from the beautiful, fun and engaging through to the why is this even being exhibited.

Lisa Seward A thousand kisses deep

Lisa Sewards A thousand kisses deep at Forty-five Downstairs

Most of the commercial galleries were closed last Thursday for various reasons. Two, Arc One and Anna Schwartz were installing new exhibitions, Lesley Kehoe Galleries in 101 Collins Street was only open by appointment and it was too early in the day for Stephen McLaughlan Gallery to be open.

The only commercial gallery that I saw was FLG (Flinders Lane Gallery). It had two wall hanging sculpture exhibitions by the sculptors Richard Blackwell and Dion Horstmans. Blackwells curvy op-art sculptures are mesmerising and Horstmanss look like the graffiti outlines with colour fades.

There were two exhibitions at Forty Five Downstairs. Mike Nicholls exhibition Bird as totem features both his wood carvings and works on paper; Melbourne sculptor Nicholls was a founding member of Melbournes first ARI, Roar Studios. And Lisa Sewards A thousand kisses deep, an exhibit...


The Sound of One Hand Clapping: explorations in sight and sound from the other side (installation #1) "IndyWatch Feed"

Sat April 7  Aeso Studios Arts Space, Bar & beer Garden (83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy).
Join us for an afternoon and evening of otherworldly sonic explorations and sights to tempt the senses and test the psyche.

Space age sounds of the universe playing all night long, interspersed with six acts to melt your mind and gouge a hole in your third eye all for 10 bucks!

Doors open at 4:30. First act from 5pm.

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