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Saturday, 01 September

16:00 Melbourne - St Kilda Road "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

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Friday, 24 August


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Arrests following armed robberies in Dandenong "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police have arrested three men following a series of armed robberies in the Dandenong area last night.


Cauliflower, rocket, pine nut and currant salad "IndyWatch Feed"

I have had days of late when I have been overenthusiastic about buying cauliflower or pumpkin.  When it is clear I have no idea what to do with it, I roast it and feel more inspired.  Which is how today's salad came about.  It sounds fancy but it is really simple.  If you have some roasted cauliflower in the fridge.

This salad was inspired by one I ate at a dinner party on the weekend.  It was far more impressive than mine with a large bed of green leaves, a pile of colourful roasted vegies and whole walnuts.  But I am quite in love with roasted cauliflower lately.

I made it at lunchtime and wrapped some in a flatbread.  It was so good I then ate the rest of it.  I really liked the simple olive oil and balsamic dressing.  I tried with less olive oil but it needed the full amount in the recipe and some seasoning to make it right.

I liked it so much that I made the salad again for tea.  It was also an excellent way to use up the rest of that roasted cauliflower.  We served it with vegetarian sausages and pomme noisettes.  (The latter might be more familiar to you as potato gems or tater tots but when I was little they were always "pomme noisettes" - makes me sound rather fancy but I can assure you they were not!)



Indias first bio-fuel flight could fly "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Indias First Biofuel Flight Could Fly on Monday from Dehradun to Delhi

By Saurabh Sinha | TNN

4 hours ago

TWC India


India could see its first ever biofuel flight on Monday with SpiceJet planning to operate a turboprop, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi using this sustainable alternative.

While some advanced countries like US and Australia have tested commercial flights on biofuel, India is among the first developing nations to make such an attempt. Sources say the plan is that the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 will take off from Dehradun, fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return there. If the test goes well, then the plane will take off again and this time head to Delhi.

Officials from several regulatory agencies, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will be on board to see the result of this flight.

This January, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 between Los Angeles and Melbourne. The fuel for this 15-hour flight was a blended one that was 10 per cent derived from an industrial type of mustard seed. In 2011, Alaska Airlines operated some flights using biofuel made of 50 per cent used cooking oil. And KLM had operated a few biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam in 2013. The blending is capped for aviation biofuel.

India is also trying to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. On August 10, World Biofuel Day 2018 was organised in Delhi where Prime Minister Modi released the National Policy on Biofuels 2018. This policy describes biofuel as being produced from renewable resources and used in place of or in blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable and other applications.

Renewable resources are the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes and residues from agriculture, forestry, tree based oil....


Facebook tags Australian media as fake news for exposing corrupt cops? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Let's just put aside the technicalities that the news article in this post is owned by an organisation called the Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Limited, where the focus is on the word entertainment.

What would be of significance is that the article is from an apparently trusted and verified source.

What would also be of significance is that the article is about police corruption where in this case Victoria Police committed the crime of assault and tampered with evidence.

See post from social media:

The person who brought attention to this action by Facebook also writes:

"So . . . Facebook flagged this post as "spam". Could it be that the "police officers" who monitor my facebook posts and who track my mobile phone as well as stalk and harrass me, have nominated this as spam because they don't like truth and NEWS stories which were published on and in the Herald Sun about a "thug police" [direct quote from the Herald Sun] officer who assaulted a teenager, deleted evidence and laid false charges against the teen, being spoken about online.

THE INDISPUTABLE FACTS: When I was detained while not under arrest in 2012 by a Mill Park Constable I was charged with assault despite not assaulting anyone. My video recording was deleted by police however my audio recording caused the magistrate to dismiss the assault charges. I beat hinder and language charges in the county court. Since then I have been kidnapped by police on at least four occasions, assaulted, falsely imprisoned and falsely charged several times. I wish that none of this were true however all of it is 100% factual.

The article which facebook removed while saying it appears to be spam is attached, below. George Koromilas, it appears that this police officer got off very lightly for the crime of attempting to pervert the course of justice a crime that carries a maximum 25 year term."

It seems that there are many more issues within Victoria Police that the mainstream media and therefore the 'public' are not aware of.

Are the actions of Victoria Police within the Code of Conduct?



Indigenous Literacy Day 5 Sept "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"
We can hardly wait to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day for the 12th year running!

This year, our national celebration will be held on Wednesday 5 September, with events across the entire country. And were hoping to raise more than $300,000 to provide over 30,000 books to remote Indigenous communities nation-wide.

Two of our biggest events will be at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne and at the Sydney Opera House.

In Melbourne, students from Victorian schools will be joined by our Lifetime Ambassadors and ever-popular authors Andy Griffiths and Anita Heiss, ILF Ambassador Shelley Ware (from the Marngrook Footy Show on NITV), artist/storyteller Gregg Dreise and Aunty Joy Murphy.

The celebrations will feature performances by a group of students from Worawa College, who have just published a new book, Deadly Sisters of Worowa. Anita and Shelley worked with these talented young women to develop their pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Meanwhile, at Sydney Opera House, two more Lifetime Ambassadors, the renowned childrens author Alison Lester and musician Josh Pyke, along with Justine Clarke (of Playschool fame) and Natalie Ahmat (from NITV) will be performing alongside a group of remarkable women from the Binjari community near Katherine in the NT to celebrate their new books.

At the end of each of these celebrations, therell be a GREAT BOOK SWAP, where the students attending, swap a favourite book and make a gold coin donation to help boost the funds that support our literacy programs.

You can help close the literacy gap too! Find out how you can partcipate on Indigenous Literacy Day.


2pm 26 Aug | Rally: Racists Out! Refugees In! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

When: 2-5pm, Sunday 26th August Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister RAC will call a protest on the first Sunday after that at 2pm State Library calling for Racists Out! and Refugees In! Turnbull, Dutton,Morrison and Bishop are all forever stained by the(...)


The Irrelevance of the Prime Minister to Australias Property Market "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Earlier this month, an Aussie family sold their former apple orchard in Wantirna South, a suburb in Melbourne. Its been with the same owners since 1922.

The selling price? Reportedly close to $100 million.

The buyer is a Chinese property developer.

This is a perfect example of the stupidity of the Australian tax system and why Australias latest bout of political instability is mostly irrelevant in the long term.

It also has important investment implications.

Where the boom-bust nature of the economy comes from

The reason that this land is receiving such an enormous asking price is because of its desirable location on the city fringe and the fact it has Commercial 1 zoning approval, which removes permit requirements among other things. That means housing lots are sure to follow soon.

Germany has a far superior system. It freezes the value of land at the agricultural price when land is zoned for residential development.

The subsequent uplift in value of the land can then be used to fund local infrastructure and spending. Inferred from this is that taxes can be reduced and not even required.

Here in Australia we hand the windfall to whoever owns the land. Unproductive taxes make up for the forgone revenue.

A myriad of consequences spring from this.

One is the Australian preoccupation with speculating on property and using unproductive credit creation from the banks to do so.

This is where the instability, fragility and boom-bust nature of the economy and its sensitivity to higher interest rates springs from.

For a superb overview of this, the central role land plays in the economy and the myriad consequences that spring from this, I urge you to read a called Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing by Josh Ryan-Collins, Toby Lloyd and Laurie Macfarlane.

Its not a snappy title, but the book is an excellent introduction to this vital issue, making reference to the UK primarily.

If you were blindsided by 2008, youll know why after reading it. Youll also be armed for the next housing collapse, which could be due sometime next decade if current trends persist.

The trends that drive the economy mostly land rent and bank credit are not new. In fact, theyve been running riot since the end of the Second World War. The book shows this quite clearly.

Whether Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Dutton is in office will change nothing about this unless genuine tax reform is enacted. Yet its reasonable to assume this wont happen.

The Henry Tax Review, commissioned last decade, arg...


start - [Talks] 2018-27-08 "IndyWatch Feed"

Next Meeting 27th August 2018 Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone (03) 9380 9569

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Thursday, 23 August


Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The next session of Back to the Sutra is on this Saturday, 4 - 5.30 pm.  Enjoy discussion around key yoga sutra concepts and a practice to bring them to life. Bookings & enquiries should go direct to Reconnect Yoga, Melville Rd, W Brunswick.

Hope to see you there!



Merri Murnong "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Monday Magical Weeding!

Monday 27 August 2-3 pm - Meet at the bench opposite 103 Connoly Avenue.

Much is happening at the Merri Murnong Patch in preparation to spring flowers and Adopt a Pea on Saturday 1st of September 1-3 pm.

Yes, flowers are gearing up so it should be quite magical to witness. Chocolate Lilies and Bulbine Lilies stems are rising, a few Bulbine flowers are already opening, Rice Flowers floral buds are swelling. 

We have also noticed a fresh flush of baby Murnongs in some of our "old" stock boxes. This could be an indication that if any Murnongs are to come up in the Patch, attentive handweeding could be just the thing to spot them.

So join us for a Monday Magical Weeding Discovery


Latest News - Victoria Police News: Police investigate warehouse fire in South Melbourne "melbourne IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Police are investigating following a fire at a warehouse in South Melbourne tonight.


Coles Little Shop Collectables: the evil genius of supermarket marketing "IndyWatch Feed"

One moment we were in Coles supermarket turning our noses up at Little Shop trolleys and the next a cashier was handing us a bag of surprise as a reward for spending over $30.  My 9 year old daughter opened the bag to find her first Little Shop collectable.  She squealed in delight at the miniature jar of coffee.  Since then it has become a trading craze in the school yard,  a marketing success, and an environmental nightmare.

I wonder if I had realised what it would become, would I have refused that first collectable.  Probably not.  Sylvia has been obsessed with little and tiny things all her life.  And the collectables appeal to the child in me who still loves miniatures and collecting.  As someone used to the cheap miniature toys, I am impressed at the details on the packaging that are quite similar to the real thing.  (They are made by a Dutch company Unga who have already made toys for similar campaigns in other countries.)

I have been surprised how much trading has gone on each day in the school yard.  It reminds me of my days of swap cards and stamp collecting.  Sylvia would arrive home from school telling us who had what, the trades she had made and who had promised to swap with her tomorrow.  She was talking to whom she would not usually give the time of day.  I helped her with her collection by asking family and people at work to give us their collectables.

It is not just kids who have been collecting the Little Shoppers.  Apparently lots of adults have been going ga-ga for them too.  The media is full of stories of desperate adults at swap meets and collections selling for 4 figure sums on e-bay.  A friend who works at Coles said it has been u...


Prime Ministerial Chaos: Turnbulls Last Days "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

No one is in charge in Australia.  Mondays leadership challenge by Home Affairs minister, the potato-headed former police officer Peter Dutton, was cutting enough to leave Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a wounded animal.  The 48 to 35 margin of victory demonstrated the sheer degree of disaffection for the leadership within party ranks, and risks keeping that unenviable record of no Australian prime minister lasting out a full term of office since John Howards 2004 election victory.

Resignations have duly followed (some ten frontbenches outed themselves as Dutton supporters in offering their notices, though many have not been accepted by Turnbull).  Dutton has become a chief plotter on the backbench, from where another challenge is brewing.  The government is imploding and New Zealands foreign minister Winston Peters, visiting Canberra, offered a bit of advice: When you go into a spill, you have to take your abacus.

In the aftermath of the challenge, Dutton continues to fuel the fire, giving radio station 3AW a generous smattering to threaten Turnbull.  You dont go into a ballot believing youre going to lose and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me, then I would reconsider my position. He had been chasing up colleagues, testing the waters, working the phones. Im not going to beat around the bush with that.

Ever blinkered and reactionary, his policy offerings continue to be unimaginative, the stuff of cold porridge.  To cope with housing affordability, immigration needs to looked at.  To deal with infrastructure problems, immigration needs to be looked at.  I think you need to cut the numbers back.  This is less the remit of a potential prime minister as a demagogue who remains trapped in the portfolio of home affairs.

In a bid to make a populist steal, Dutton is offering a temporary sweetener to the public.  To Triple M Melbourne, he outlined a proposal that will tickle a few: I think one of the things that we could do straight away, in this next billing cycle, is take the GST off electricity bills for families. It would be an automatic reduction of 10 percent for electricity bills and people would feel that impact straight away.

Another peg on offer is one distinctly against the free market ideology of the party.  Its the season for royal commissions, and Dutton is willing to capitalise.  A royal commission into the electricity and fuel companies, arg...


Labour market is tightening, gradually "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Gradual tightening

The labour market is tightening, gradually.

Something I've been prattling on about for a while is the prospect of full employment for Melbourne, forged on the back of a mammoth construction boom.

And the Victorian capital took another huge leap closer to that dynamic in July as its unemployment rate fell to just 4.9 per cent in the month. 

A year earlier the unemployment rate across Greater Melbourne was above 6 per cent as the rate of population growth surged to the highest level since the gold rush.

This takes the annual average unemployment rate for Melbourne down to 5.6 per cent, from 6.1 per cent a year earlier. 

If it feels as though the recovery has been slower than those we've experienced in the past, then there would be an element of truth in that.

That said, the population is growth at a quicker pace these days, so the decline in the total number of unemployed persons may be expected to be more gradual.

Whatever, it's happening. 

Sydney's annual average unemployment rate continues to decline to fresh multi-year lows, now at well under 4 per cent, while Adelaide has really turned a corner since 2016 (in a good way). 

Perth is still drifting. 



Marmite to the Rescue for Stress and Anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Dr. Mercola

Marmite, the savory British staple for spreading on toast, has a decidedly peculiar taste to some who try it the first time, but to (arguably) the majority of the U.K. and plenty of others besides, its a prerequisite for a proper tea.

Described as a sticky, salty, mahogany-colored food paste with a uniquely potent flavor, the concentrated yeast-based spread (YBS) may be an acquired taste, but new research published in the Journal of Functional Foods1 reveals that Marmite contains compounds that help relieve stress, anxiety and possibly depression.

The study authors say their research offers the first scientific proof that Marmite and other YBSs can improve anxiety and stress, due mostly to the condiments combination of B vitamins, also found in the Australian versions, Vegemite, Aussiemite and Promite, the latter of which is sweeter, darker and has a softer, more spreadable texture.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria in Australia and involved 520 participants who were surveyed regarding their consumption of yeast-based products, then assessed to find out how it affected their stress, anxiety and depression levels. U.K.-based Mens Health2 reported that while there didnt seem to be much difference in peoples depression, there was a significant improvement in the participants levels of anxiety and stress.

The study also noted that while supplementing with B vitamins appears to be a good way to improve those problems, a deficiency is associated with poor mental health that surfaces in various ways. According to lead study author Vasso Apostolopoulos, yeast-based spreads like Marmite are some of the richest sources of B vitamins, which are vital for regulating your nervous system and providing necessary energy, and called Marmite a cheap and efficient way to increase your intake.

What Yeast-Based Spreads Provide in Nutrients

According to Nutrition Data,3 Marmite and other YBSs provide good amounts of protein, iron and selenium, as well as the minerals magnesium and potassium, along with vitamin B. Vitamin B is more than just one vitamin, which is why its often referred to as B vitamins, denoting more than one, w...


So good "IndyWatch Feed"

  Fusion Ceylon, 27 Watton Street, Werribee. Phone: 0433 696 726 Meet Isuru Madusanka and Chiran Hemadasa heroes of Melbourne food and restaurants. Not just the western suburbs. And not only in the cheap eats field. Though they are both of those, too. No what they are doing at their fine establishment, Fusion Ceylon, []



By Alice Friedemann, originally published by Energy Skeptic

Since theres nothing that can be done about climate change, because theres no scalable alternative to fossil fuels, Ive always wondered why politicians and other leaders, who clearly know better, feel compelled to deny it. I think its for exactly the same reasons you dont hear them talking about preparing for Peak Oil.

1) Our leaders have known since the 1970s energy crises that theres no comparable alternative energy ready to replace fossil fuels. To extend the oil age as long as possible, the USA went the military path rather than a Manhattan Project of research and building up grid infrastructure, railroads, sustainable agriculture, increasing home and car fuel efficiency, and other obvious actions.

Instead, weve spent trillions of dollars on defense and the military to keep the oil flowing, the Straits of Hormuz open, and invade oil-producing countries. Being so much further than Europe, China, and Russia from the Middle East, where theres not only the most remaining oil, but the easiest oil to get out at the lowest cost ($20-22 OPEC vs $60-80 rest-of-world per barrel), is a huge disadvantage. I think the military route was chosen in the 70s to maintain our access to Middle East oil and prevent challenges from other nations. Plus everyone benefits by our policing the world and keeping the lid on a world war over energy resources, perhaps thats why central banks keep lending us money.

2) If the public were convinced climate change were real and demanded alternative energy, it would become clear pretty quickly that we didnt have any alternatives. Already Californians are seeing public television shows and newspaper articles about why its so difficult to build enough wind, solar, and so on to meet the mandated 33% renewable energy sources by 2020.

For example, last night I saw a PBS program on the obstacles to wind power in Marin county, on the other side of the Golden Gate bridge. Difficulties cited were lack of storage for electricity, NIMBYism, opposition from the Audubon society over bird kills, wind blows at night when least needed, the grid needs expansion, and most wind is not near enough to the grid to be connected to it. But there was no mention of Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI) or the scale of how many windmills youd need to have. So you could be left with the impression that these problems with wind could be overcome.


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Wednesday, 22 August


Appeal for the children in detention on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

From Gabby Sutherland Former Save the Children teacher on Nauru

The only life hes known is guards shouting, steel fences, and unending detention on a tiny island the size of Melbournes airport. Where hes called by a number, not even his name.

But today, I get to share his photo with you, and across the front pages of newspapers to ask for your help uncovering a lie.

This appeal comes from a former teacher at Nauru, who personally witnessed the cruel treatment of children and now asks all who are concerned to help do something about it.

Former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he had every child out of detention

  1. but after 5 long years, there are still 119 children detained offshore on Nauru.

Journalists cant reach them, and staff on Nauru sign agreements not to talk but I taught these children, and I have watched the life slowly drain from their eyes. In 2014, Australian paediatricians said this detention constituted child abuse.

  1. The conditions have only worsened since.

Two year old Rose was also born in detention

We know that with enough pressure, things can change. This year, Australian judges defied the Federal Government 14 times and evacuated children urgently from Nauru to Australia.3

So while our Government is trying to hide the 119 children remaining on Nauru these photos are our chance to show the Australian public the truth. If enough of us speak out now, we can confront politicians with the faces and the stories of the children imprisoned on Nauru, and force them to act.

Will you join me and call on Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to evacuate these children and their families to Australia before Universal Childrens Day on November 20?

No matter what your political view the indefinite detention of children is astoundingly cruel.

As a teacher on Nauru, I saw the impacts of this policy. I watched a young girl, initiall...


Massive new Victorian government solar policy "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Victorian government has announced it will provide 50% of funding for solar PV systems up to 4kW, for 650,000 Victorian homes over the next 10 years. This is a $1.24 billion program. The program will save the typical Victorian household $2,225 for an average 4kW solar system. If re-elected, the current Victorian Government will also provide a four-year [...] full article 


GORILLA IN ZOO "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, commonly known as the Melbourne Zoo, contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world. The zoo is 4 kilometres north of the centre of Melbourne. It is accessible via Royal Park station on the Upfield railway line, and is also accessible via tram routes 55 and 19, as well as by bicycle on the Capital City Trail. Bicycles are not allowed inside the zoo itself. The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Nobody misses a visit to meet the Western Lowland Gorillas at Melbourne Zoo. These fascinating creatures, which are from the same family as humans, Orang-utans and chimpanzees, share many features with us they even giggle when amused! Melbourne Zoo is one of 150 zoological institutions worldwide participating in a survival breeding program for Western Lowland Gorillas. The population within these participating zoos totals 856 gorillas. 

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Flora  10 221016Mixed media (Flora, ink, watercolour). Digital... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

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Mixed media (Flora, ink, watercolour). Digital scan.


Newlands Parents for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



This is an important chance to show how much people in this area care about the climate and reinforce that politicians of all varieties need to take the climate crisis and the climate movement seriously. Its also a great chance to let them know that sitting on the fence on Adani is not good enough. 

The Shire Hall, 286 Gowers Street

30 Aug 2018 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Victoria's everything boom "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Victoria construction surges

Brisbane's once-rampant apartment construction has now righted itself, and indeed median unit prices were up a fraction over the past year in the Queensland capital. 

Victoria's apartment construction on the other hand has exploded to a record high (as expected from leading indicators), with the value of work done an astronomical 416 per cent higher than a decade earlier in chain volume measures terms. 

Sydney doesn't build so many houses, so a lot of activity is expected, but for Melbourne this is a boom-and-a-half!

Or in a picture...AWOOGA!

It's an everything boom for Victorian construction, as flagged here previously, with public and engineering works also going on a tear. 

Queensland engineering construction is also finally on the rise again after the state's multi-year downturn. 

Adding in detached housing...


Singing the Camino: A tale of two trailblazers, walking and songs "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

You never know where life as a Singing Leader will take you next. Several years ago now, The Lucky Wonders, an indie folk pop band from Byron Bay, toured Germany. In need of a break after a few gruelling years in the music industry, Jessie Vintila and her partner Emma Royle took off for a drive through Spain and France, and found themselves in St Jean Pied de Port, a small French town at the foot of the Pyrenees.

Turns out, St Jean Pied de Port is a common starting place for people walking a spectacular stretch of the Camino Francs, the most famous of all the Pilgrimage routes across the mountains, and on this particular day the atmosphere of the town captivated them both in a powerful and life changing way.

We saw all these people in hiking gear with walking poles and there was a kind of magical hush over the town. There and then we got the bug for the Camino. Emma has been a keen hiker all her life and she was determined we would walk this track as soon as possible.

But with return flights booked and paid for it was time to head home to Australia leaving the two women unclear about how they could justify an imminent trip back to Europe. Being musicians its not that easy to travel across the world, Jessie laughs. Their quest was something to ponder, something requiring time and creative thinking but the vision and the place persisted to play in their thoughts.

On a walk out one evening, an idea and a solution to the situation popped clearly into Jessies headand after all that thinking it turned out, rather ironically, to be a bit of a no-brainer.

Jessie was fortunate to be born into a singing family. As a multi-instrumentalist for most of her life she has also been a passionate choir leader since she was 18: I cant get enough of it, Im an absolute harmony addict, I love having people all around me singing harmonies all the time. Emma, who is also a musician, is an ardent fan of walking.

The freshly hatched plan combined all these skills and, most importantly at that point in time, gave Jessie and Emma a legitimate reason to head back to the Camino together to explore the idea of setting up their potential new venture: A Singing tour of the Camino for other people to do.

If we could go over there and set up this project, we could do it!

Within a few months of their original visit, Jessie and Emma went back to Spain and walked all 800 blister-busting kilometres of the Camino. They decided to focus on the final 200km stretch which they decided would be the ideal distance for singing walkers to cover on a twelve day tour. A significant amo...


WA poised to right the wrongs from unjust homosexual laws "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

CORRECTION: This is embarrassing but we jumped the gun and the WA expungement bill has, in fact, progressed through the WA parliament but not passed the final stage. We expect the bill to pass today and will keep supporters updated on social media. We look forward to celebrating this historic moment soon!

RELEASE: A dark chapter in Australias history may soon close for gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians, their friends and families. The Western Australian Parliament is currently considering whether to join all other states and territories to allow people charged under unjust homosexual laws to have their convictions removed from their criminal records. 

Jamie Gardiner, a long-time gay rights advocate who has been campaigning for equality for more than 40 years, welcomes the reforms.

I am delighted that the WA Government is considering this long overdue reform. Convictions of gay men or boys under bad laws that should never have existed should be expunged. This reform was first proposed to a Victorian government in 1976, and finally achieved there in 2014.

Even though bad, homophobic laws were progressively repealed around Australia from the 1970s the damage they did to those who were caught up in them has lived on, poisoning the lives of many and causing great loss to both the victims and to society. 

These unjust laws had a profound impact on the everyday lives of gay men, lesbians and bisexual people. In many cases the convictions have restricted employment, volunteering and travel overseas. More fundamentally, the convictions were a source of ongoing grief and deep personal shame for the individuals affected.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, urged the Western Australian Parliament to pass the laws as quickly as possible.

Sex between consenting adults should never have been criminalised. By acknowledging the impact of these homophobic laws, our members of parliament can pay respect to the victims of these laws and also to our LGBTIQ community.

Every state and territory should recognise that punishing people for who they love was the real crime, said Ms Brown.

For interviews:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Trevor Ravenscroft and the Spirit World "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This will allow us to begin to see a whole spiritual depth and significance behind every single manifestation of the physical world...


Oil Painting "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


The next course starts this Thursday 23rd August, one spot left. Suits all levels.

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Isn't the weather independent of technology? "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Chemtrails is a 'conspiracy theory', right?

After all, only 'activists' (you know those pesky people) produce films based on conspiracy theory, right?

(illustration source:

An article from 2012 on the website states:

"Cloud engineering research is underway at the University of Washington as a potential tool to ease climate change, but at this point is only at the initial stages."

See article at:

So, apparently in the United States of America, 'chemtrails' is only at the "initial stages".

The US government had satellites in orbit for 10 years before they debated to tell the general population.

Chemtrails cloud engineering was used by the U.S. in Vietnam.

In Australia or rather to be more specific, in Victoria, cloud engineering was enshrined in a law called Rain-making Control Act 1967, or commonly known by its longer name of:
"An Act to regulate certain Rain-making and other Cloud-modification Processes, to make Provision with respect to Claims for Damages against Persons lawfully engaged therein and for other purposes"

as seen in document below:

See current Austlii reference at:


Dutton admits working on another challenge to PM "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Liberal leadership contender Peter Dutton. Photo Lukas Coch/AAP

CANBERRA, AAP Peter Dutton openly admits hes calling colleagues to get the numbers for another challenge to take Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls job.

He resigned his position as home affairs minister after narrowly losing a leadership challenge to Mr Turnbull on Tuesday.

But Mr Dutton says he is preparing for another challenge.

You dont go into a ballot believing that you can lose, and if I believe that a majority of colleagues support me then I would consider my position, Mr Dutton told 3AW radio in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Im speaking to colleagues. Im not going to beat around the bush.

Mr Dutton also wants a royal commission into energy and fuel prices if he becomes leader.

Theres something thats not right, theres something that stinks about some of these electricity companies and fuel companies, he said.

Mr Dutton said immigration needs to be pushed towards Western Australia, South Australia and regional areas to reduce congestion in major cities.

He also said the governments company tax cuts were not going to get through the Senate, so the money should be spent on education and health.

The 47-year-old said on Tuesday he was going to the backbench to give him a chance to smile a bit more.

When youre stuck in front of a camera talking about the serious issues of national security and border protection, its pretty hard to crack a smile, he said.

However, Mr Dutton failed the AC/DC test on Triple M radio by not being able to name his favourite of the great Australian bands songs.

Ah, Ive had about an hour-and-a-half sleep last night. I havent sorry. Thatll be the gotcha of the day, he conceded.

Triple M played Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap for him later.

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Tuesday, 21 August


YARRA RIVER TWILIGHT "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

As evening falls in Melbourne, the Yarra River becomes a magical mirror...

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Marco Polo and his travels over the Silk Roads "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Silk Road was a trade route for precious silk, but not only silk. It became an East-West network of inter-connecting routes linking Central Asian Kingdoms (eg Bukhara, Samarkand, Bishkek and Islamabad) in the west with major China cities; especially the Han and Tang dynasty capital, Changan (modern day Xian) in the east.

It was rare for individual traders to cover the whole length of the Silk Road. When each trader arrived at his regions limit, he sold the goods across his border. Thus as the goods moved westwards from China, Chinese traders would sell to Central Asians, then to Persians, to Syrians, to the Greeks and Jews, and finally to the Italians.

Marco Polo mosaic,
by Francesco de' Rossi

Ducal Palace,  Genoa

The volume of goods traded along the Silk Road increased during the Tang dynasty (618-907), in both directions. The Chinese imported gold, gems, perfumes, dyes, textiles, ivory and glass, and exported furs, ceramics, spices, jade, silk, bronze and lacquer art pieces, iron. The world modernised as the result of the increased trade and communication. In the later C13th, under Kublai Khans rule, Chinas silk industry reached a great sophistication and guild-regulation and Chinas cities became thriving commercial centres.

East-West economic exchanges required big warehouses in the trading cities, linked by camel caravans. Businessmen travelling along the road usually spoke Chinese, Persian, Turkish or Arabic, depending on which cities they conducted their business in. The men slept in caravanserais/roadside inns where their camels were rested and fed, and the goods kept in secure lockups.

Two noble brothers Niccolo (1230c1294) and Maffeo (1231c1309) Polo had established a trading outpost in Venice. In 1260 these two merchants arrived in the Crimea, trading near the Volga river for a year. But then they were caught up in a local civil war, and needed to move, ending up staying for 3 years in Bukhara. The marooned Polo brothers were rescued by the Mongol ambassador, the...


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #608 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 21 - 27 August 2018Newsletter | #608 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st August 2018 to Monday 27th August 2018 A Walk In The Park | Parkinson's Victoria Book Week 2018 Chiltern Antique Fair Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show German Auto Show | Deaf Children Australia Hearing Awareness Week Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre Open Day Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Paperific Craft Expo Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Fair Rocky Horror Show (last days) Super 70s | Fashion Exhibition Animal Rights March West Projections Festival World Junior Motocross Championship Parma For A Farmer | Victorian Pubs The Australian Creedence Show & Dinner BABBA - Australia's Premier ABBA Show The Shaggy's - Friday Night Live Music Live Jazz: Frances Madden & Band Melbourne's Free Art Galleries Enjoy #Melbourne Paperific Craft Expo Friday 24 August 2018 - Sunday 26 August 2018 Papercraft Lovers set aside a whole day and expect Heaven on Earth. Paperific Craft Expo 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival 24 August to 2 September | Melbourne Get amid the best writers and performers of our generation, as they tackle matters of life and death. See them on stage and in bars, and go with them as they venture into new terrain a cemetery, an animal church, museums and more. Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Sunday 26th August 2018 | 10am - 4pm | Night Market 4pm-8pm Catch a steam train to Hurstbridge Wattle Festival, enjoy a fabulous and extensive array of entertainment, events and activities for all the family, many of them free. Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2018 Drought Relief Appeal Victorian pubs doing Parma For A Farmer for Rural Aid's drought relief. $1 from every plate will be going to help drought-stricken farmers all over the country. --> Victorian Pub List...


Falcifer to donate UNIFY performance fees to Girls Rock Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Yesterday, the updated Unify Gathering lineup was announced. Following the removal of I Killed The Prom Queen, UNIFY added Every Time I Die, HellionsSaviour and Falcifer to the bill.

Now Falcifer, the latest lineup recruits, have announced a brilliant initiative. The band will donate half of their performance fee to not-for-profit organisation, Girls Rock Melbourne which Unify will match dollar for dollar.

A statement by the band reads:

Weve chosen Girls Rock because we firmly believe in the work they are doing surrounding the empowerment of female, non-binary and trans artists but also to acknowledge the hard work and unpaid hours they put in last year with Outright HC at Unify. Ladies, non-binary and trans people we hear your voices and we will use our last breath screaming for change.


We are excited to be playing UNIFY Gathering. As part of our engagement we have decided we will be donating half of our


Girls Rock is a non-profit organisation that aims to elevate young female, trans, and gender diverse people aged 10 17 through music and education.

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Monday, 20 August


SIGNS OF SPRING "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

We are having a mixed bag of weather these last few days, with wind, rain, sunshine, cool and warm temperatures - all in the same day sometimes! However, the signs of Spring are about and they seem to be a little early this year...

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One Step at a Time: Trekking Kokoda at Age 15 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.

The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.

Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.

The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.

If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.

I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.

Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.

At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown.



Hosier Lane 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Hosier Lane has changed and will continue to change, it has also stayed the same. The homeless are still in Hosier Lane, seeking shelter around the corner in Rutledge Lane. There are still people doing graffiti in the lane, residents who live in buildings and the workers in the businesses but mostly there are the tourists, local, interstate and international tourists. Hosier Lane is an established part of the Melbourne tourist experience.


From the instigator, Andy Mac moving out of his laneway apartment to draconian anti-graffiti legislation and the threat of installation of CCTV there have been many predictions that the lane would cease to be a successful street art zone. However no-one predicted that the lane would be killed by its own success. What did you expect from street art and graffitis aim for mass appeal?

Now many street artists and graffiti writers are complaining that the lane is being destroyed by tourists. There were always tourists who visited the lane but now there are more tour groups and individual tourists than ever before. Tourist attraction are the Kali Yuga, the fourth stage of the world.

There always was developments and building in the lane but now the Culture Kings shop is ripping a hole in the middle. At least we spared it overshadowed by a massive tower, yet another of its predicted demises; Keep Hosier Real.

It has long been an established photo location for bridal, fashion, advertising and selfies but now it is difficult to even walk up it because of the number of cameras pointed across the narrow lane. Every metre there is someone posing for a selfie next to its walls thick with aerosol paint.

Melbournes great graffiti location has become crowded with tourists, tour groups all day, every day. There always were tourist in Hosier Lane, often they were on spraycations, visiting graffiti writers and street artists from around the world had long contributed some of the graffiti in the lane. However, now there is tagging on pieces by people whose handwriting demonstrates that they have no idea of graffiti or its etiquette (do not tag on a piece).

It long ago ceased to be the best place in the city to see street art and graffiti but the tourists dont care. They are too busy taking photographs of each other in front of its walls. It doesnt matter that the quality of the painted walls because the focus of their cameras is on the tourist and not the walls. Altho...


Australian Teenager Pleads Guilty to Hacking Apple's Network "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder

A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.

It says he stored the documents in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'.

Apple insists that no customer data was compromised. But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.

In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats. In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement. We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised."

Also at Reuters.

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Sunday, 19 August


OLD & NEW "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The architecture of Melbourne is characterised by an extensive juxtaposition of old and new architecture. The city is noted for preserving a significant amount of Victorian architecture and has some of the largest in the country. Additionally, it features a vast array of modern architecture, with around 60 skyscrapers over 100 m in the city centre which have deliberately been set back from thoroughfares and streets to preserve historic architectureleading to the title of "Australia's most European city".

The juxtaposition of old and new has given Melbourne a reputation as a city of no characterising architectural style, but rather an accumulation of buildings dating from the present back until the European settlement of Australia. The city is also home to Eureka Tower (2006), which was the tallest residential tower when measured to its highest floor for some time. Here are some landmarks of our city.

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MIUC 210818 x Eavesdropping: Justice as Improvisation "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Law and jazz thus coalesce in the irresolution of the improvised act Sara Ramshaw

What has law got to do with improvisation? What would it mean to improvise with or in law? What if improvisation was essential to laws very operation? What are the laws of improv?

As part of Eavesdropping, Liquid Architecture and Melbourne Law School are taking over Make it Up Club for a night of improvisations in the key of justice.

Legal scholar Sara Ramshaw will recount the famous 1997 encounter between musician Ornette Coleman and philosopher Jacques Derrida and what this meeting might have to say about ideas of law and justice.

Following this, Ramshaw will lead performances of Hydra, an experiment in legal advocacy adapted from John Zorns classic 1984 improvised musical game piece Cobra. Hydra is at once about oral agility and deep listening. It is concerned with rules more than rhythms and principles more than pitches, but always the necessity of judgment to performance, no matter the context.

This event will also feature short performances by members of the ALL EARS Eavesdropping reading group including Bruce Mowson, Ceri Hann, Debris Facility, Bryan Phillips, Klare Lanson, Thomas Keys, Georgina Criddle and Norie Neumark.

SARA RAMSHAW is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law with a special interest in improvisation. Her monograph, Justice as Improvisation: The Law of the Extempore (Routledge 2013) examined the legal regulation of jazz musicians in New York City (19401967) through the lens of poststructural theory informed by feminism, critical race theory and critical improvisation studies.

Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas com...


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