IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed was generated at Melbourne VIC IndyWatch.

Monday, 15 October

13:26

When can domestic undergraduates be charged full fees? Andrew Norton

This post is not related to any current policy issue. It is a summary created for another reason but might be useful for higher education administrators or policy people.

Full fees is a term used in Australia as an implied contrast with students who pay a student contribution, which is usually combined with a Commonwealth contribution to provide an overall funding rate for a Commonwealth supported student. Full means that there is no government subsidy and the student pays all the provider charges. Tuition fees for non-Commonwealth supported students are not regulated. There is more detail on this in chapter 7 of Mapping Australian higher education 2018.

About 7 per cent of domestic undergraduates in Australia are full-fee paying. The simple explanation for this is that domestic undergraduate students in public universities pay student contributions rather than full fees, while undergraduates in private universities and non-university higher education providers pay full fees. However, there are exceptions in both cases, sometimes at the level of the unit of study (subject) rather than the course.

In what follows, all statutory references are to the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Generally, domestic undergraduates enrolled in a Table A university (more commonly known as a public university) must be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-30 (1). This creates an on-going entitlement for that course, unless one of the exceptions below becomes relevant: section 36-25(1).

Once a student is a Commonwealth supported student, he or she can be charged a student contribution but cannot be charged another tuition fee: section 169-15(1).

A domestic student is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent visa holder or a permanent humanitarian visa holder: Schedule 1, Dictionary.

But there are exceptions to the general entitlement of public university students to Commonwealth support:

When the student is a former international student: section 36-30(2)(d).

When the student has advised that they do not want to be a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-10(3).

When the unit of study does not contribute to the course of study they are enrolled in: section 36-10(1)(b).

When the higher education provider expects that the student will not undertake any of the courses units of study in Australia: section 36-10(2B) (so for example an expatriate Australian could not take a subsidised online co...

10:09

Madiba St Kilda News

Madiba The Music showing now Madiba is Nelson Mandelas clan name, emerging in the aftermath of this passing as a sign of respect and affection. Madiba the Musical is a part biographic celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, with sub-plots that widen the lens of apartheids toxic effect in South Africa beyond the []

The post Madiba appeared first on St Kilda News.

05:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A pre-election campaign to to raise the need for laws against wage theft in Victoria is being directed at Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy. There is a petition out now, and you can sign it via this Megaphone link.

Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.

We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.

Why is this important?

Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.

I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.

Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.

Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.

All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.

A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.

 

 

The post We need wage theft laws now appeared first on The Pen.

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Sunday, 14 October

20:25

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

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

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

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

But this trip, it was a problem.

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

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

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

It felt like Id let a good friend down.

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

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

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

Lesson learned.

Click to view slideshow.

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

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

20:06

Neo-Nazis March for Babies in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Above : Neo-Nazi security worker Stuart Von Moger follows hot on the heels of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Heh. Following on from revelations concerning the neo-Nazi infiltration of the Young Nationals in NSW, a small contingent of local Continue reading

14:49

Ms GILLARD's backdated memo to Mr Blewitt is a forgery "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Thursday, 21 May 1992 Julia Gillard was in Melbourne. Her office was in Melbourne. Ms Gillard claims that on 21 May 1992 she provided important legal advice to her purported arms-length client Ralph Blewitt. This is the document through which Ms Gillard claims to have transmitted the advice to...

13:50

An Act to create Australia's housing hidden time bomb and other purposes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When the colonialists settled this land they were amazed at how cheaply dwellings could be built in order to house humans inside them, with the added benefits of setting up 'shop' in NSW where the added expense of housing animals (the four legged variety) was not necessary due to the climate.

A niche industry has evolved in the last few years, where if one is contemplating to enter it, it would be of great benefit to stay away from a specific product.

The product in question is a type of housing being built, that being a dwelling built for the 'not for keeps' market, i.e. renters.

The mainstream media bugles that there is a housing shortage, where humans need affordable housing.

Well, how did 'we' get to such an inhumane level?

Well you see the people in government decided that what would be good for the 'economy' is to initiate a migrant 'invasion' on the good people of the country.

Let's look at Melbourne as an example.

An importation of approx. 2,500 humans per week has created many problems for the good residents, problems created by those in government.

Since there is not enough housing, a bonanza was created for the banks where the newly imported humans would be debt slaves to the banks for the fiat currency the banks trade with, an action supported by the 'Australian Government'. 

Let's put aside those pesky and unruly African youths (who ain't gonna be no 'debt slave' - at least they got that right, as they'll steal stuff - well they got that one wrong) in Melbourne's south-east, as the policemen and women are there in the parks protecting the (Queen's) peace...
...

11:17

Song For A Weary Throat St Kilda News

By Marian Webb Song For A Weary Throat at the Fairfax Studio takes pride of place at the Melbourne International Arts Festival after its much-acclaimed premier at Theatreworks last year.  Directed by Kate Sulan, Rawcus Ensemble fifteen performers with and without disability join the Invenio Singers in a profoundly moving work of theatre. []

The post Song For A Weary Throat appeared first on St Kilda News.

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Saturday, 13 October

23:41

Australia considers banning new migrants from big cities "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralia is considering banning new migrants from living in its largest cities, under new plans to reduce congestion in urban areas. Government data reveals that nearly 70% of the 186,000 migrants who moved to Australia last year arrived on skilled migrant visas and nearly all of them settled in Sydney or Melbourne. Currently, about two-fifths of Australia's 25 million people live in those two cities. "The growth has been driven largely by migration," says the BBC, and has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 07 September

14:26

2pm Sat Sept 22 | Public Meeting: Dont Deport Huyen! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 2-5pm, Saturday 22nd September Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray, Victoria Facebook event here Sign petition here Vietnamese flyer here English flyer here Speakers include: Paul Lee- Huyens husband, Isabellas father Huong Truong, Greens MLC for Western Melbourne Vietnamese asylum seeker Huyen is facing deportation and indefinite separation from her baby(...)

13:10

2pm Sat Oct 27 | Rally: One year since the Manus Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 2pm 27th October Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here On the one year anniversary of the Manus Siege join a protest calling for the offshore camps to be close and the refugees brought here. Refugees on Manus were given the deadline of October 26, 2017 to move out(...)

09:36

MEDIA RELEASE 5/9 | COURT ORDERS BLINDED MANUS MORRISON VICTIM TO AUSTRALIA "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

An Iraqi refugee who was one of two people left blind in one eye after the attacks on the Manus detention centre in February 2014, has been flown to Brisbane after a court order in Melbourne last week. Mohammad lost the sight in his right eye in the same attack that resulted in the death(...)

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Sunday, 02 September

18:17

What the newspapers said about inequality. It's wrong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

PETER WHITEFORD
If you were going to reduce a 150-page Productivity Commission examination of trends in Australian inequality to a few words, it would be nice if they werent ALP inequality claims sunk, or Progressive article of faith blown up or Labor inequality myths busted by commission.

The editorial in the Australian Financial Review of August 30 says questions about whether inequality is increasing are abstract, taught in universities as an article of faith, and a political truncheon.

Here I should disclose that I teach courses covering inequality as well as undertaking research on the topic. Also, I was one of the external referees for this weeks Productivity Commission report.

It adds to a growing pile of high quality research on trends in income distribution in Australia, including a recent Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and University of New South Wales study using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that provides an in-depth analysis of income and wealth inequality in 2015-16 and an analysis of trends since 2000.

Also released at the end of July was the latest HILDA Statistical Report that analyses how things have changed over time for individuals between 2001 and 2016.

The Productivity Commission survey takes the deliberately ambitious approach of assessin...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 24 August

13:07

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

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(...)

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 03 August

19:56

What year did your railway station open? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What year did your local station open? Before you were born? Probably before your grandparents were born! Our population is growing, and our public transport network needs to keep growing too.

Click here to view the map larger.

The rail network grew rapidly between 1854 and 1930 but since then almost nothing. Expansion of rail, tram and Smartbus services is far too slow for Melbournes huge population growth. No wonder the roads are congested!

Melbourne railway stations vs population growth

Join PTUA today to help the campaign for better public transport.

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Monday, 30 July

12:11

RISE : University And Health Service Divestment Call "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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

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

*We will regular...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Sunday, 22 July

19:21

PTUA welcomes rail pledges "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed state Labor and Coalition pledges to expand Melbournes rail network.

Labor today pledged funding for a plan for airport rail via Sunshine if re-elected. In recent weeks the Coalition has pledged suburban rail extensions of the Cranbourne line to Clyde, and the Frankston line to Baxter.

PTUA spokesperson Daniel Bowen said that as Melbourne continues to grow, it was critical that the rail network grows with it.

All of these proposals are important, and its great to see both sides of politics recognising that Melbourne needs more rail.

With traffic congestion now a daily issue across the city, more people are looking for ways to get around without driving.

Melbourne Airport is one of the worlds busiest without a rail link[1]. The PTUA believes the proposed rail link must be fast, frequent, affordable, and have good connections to the rest of the public transport network.

Cranbourne East/Clyde, and Baxter are likely to see strong residential growth, and extending the suburban rail network to these areas, alongside upgrades to local buses, walking and cycling, will give more people viable transport options.

But Mr Bowen warned that the expansion of public transport would be undermined by the large scale road projects proposed by both sides.

Contrary to what the politicians will tell you, transport infrastructure is not about meeting current demand its about what we want our city to look like in the future, and how we want people to get around.

More motorways will generate more traffic. In contrast, more rail lines and train services will generate more trips on public transport which is a much better outcome.

Melbourne already has more kilometres of motorway than many cities of its size.

Well-run public transport, and especially heavy rail, can get vast numbers of people from A to B quickly, more efficiently and at less cost than in single-occupant cars. Thats why we look forward to commitments to further projects such as Melbourne Metro 2.

To really ensure our city continues to function, to ensure people have good access to employment, education and other opportunities, the key is fast frequent reliable public transport, trains trams and buses, along with good walking and...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Monday, 09 July

21:01

Up and down Mt Juliet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It took my legs a week to recover from the climb up and down Mt Juliet. Ugh, age is catching up with me.

Just outside Healesville, an hour and a bit east of Melbourne in the Yarra Ranges, Mt Juliet is 1120m high. The walk to the top is only 4.5km. Its steep. Very steep.

The day I did it was a rainy, cold winters day.

...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 06 July

21:04

Victoria's privatisation, population & property billions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Where are the billions coming from? In part, from property. This financial year Treasurer Tim Pallas will get $6.6 billion from property stamp duty, up from $5.4 billion in 2015-16. He will get $2.4 billion from land tax, up from $1.7 billion in 2015.

The good news is that Victorian property values are staying high. Sydney prices slid 1.7 per cent in the three months to March whereas Melbourne prices slipped just 0.5 per cent.

Going forward, Tuesdays budget will forecast still high but lower income from stamp duty, a judgment that looks about right. Melbournes population growth is the strongest in Australia, which means Melbourne property prices are more likely than most to stay high.

Many more of the billions will come from asset sales. The Turnbull government will pay the Andrews government a touch over $2 billion for Victorias share of Snowy Hydro, and a private buyer will pay it an estimated $2 billion for the right to run the land titles registry.

Victoria will get $16.8 billion from the Commonwealth Grants Commission in goods and services tax collections, thats about $900 million more than it expected. Itll reflect both Victorias bigger than expected population, and its lower than expected share of Commonwealth infrastructure grants. The Grants Commissions formula requires it to compensate for Commonwealth stinginess after enough years have passed, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have been stingy long enough for the compensation to kick in.

And the Commonwealth is at last becoming more generous. The $5 billion promised for a Melbourne Airport rail link and the $1.42 billion promised for regional rail are making things easier.

The economy itself is helping. One in every ten jobs in Victoria has been created in the past 3 years, since the election of the Andrews government. One in every seven dollars sloshing around in the economy wasnt there before Andrews was elected and (coincidentally) Victorias population growth took off.

Its impressive, but doesnt quite explain how Tim Pallas can promise to spend $10 billion a year on infrastructure for the next four years and still bring in a surplus.

The answer lies in a quaint state budget accounting convention. When the money is spent, it isnt spent as far as the budget is concerned. All that appears on the budget are the interest...

20:56

Victorian state budget 2018-19: Pallas tests the limits "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Tim Pallas describes his budget as a statement of faith. It is, and not only of faith that Victorias extraordinary population boom will continue and necessitate the building of even more schools, roads, railways and hospitals. Its also a statement of faith in property prices.

Buried within the budget is an assumption about how fast property prices will continue to grow. Amazingly, after briefly dipping to about 2.5 per cent, price growth is assumed to bounce back to more than 5 per cent a year for the last three years of the budget projections and presumably beyond.

The latest figures for Melbourne property prices, released as the Treasurer prepared to deliver his speech, show a drop of 0.7 per cent over the past three months, which is pretty much the same as a plateau, after almost a decade of continual increases.

Had the budget instead assumed steady property prices it would take in about $250 million less than forecast from stamp duty and land tax in 2018-19 and as much as $2 billion a year less by 2021-22.

Treasury officials believe theyve good reasons for assuming price growth will bounce back.

Historically, average price growth has been more than 5 per cent a year, and,  discounting events such as the global financial crisis, prices have never stopped growing for long.

Also, Melbournes rapid population growth is affecting prices in an unusual way. Price growth is slowing in inner and metropolitan Melbourne, but continuing strongly in outer Melbourne.

Treasurys methodology doesnt allow it to assume a recession or a crisis, so is forced to assume an overall pickup, even though Pallas has asked it to be conservative.

It is on stronger ground predicting a jump in grants revenue of 10.3 per cent next financial year, most of it from the Commonwealth which doles out GST collections.

The Grants Commission has told it it will be compensated for very strong population growth (about 150,000 people a year, which is the population of Canberra every three years) and also to a lesser extent for getting less than its fair share of Commonwealth infrastructure funding.

In future it is expecting more modest growth in grants revenue of 3 per cent a year, a figure that very much depends on the Commonwealths decision about a change in Grants Commission formula due later this year.......

16:22

Pink vs blue tax: the case for taxing women lightly "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

If women were to be taxed differently to men, it wouldnt be the first time.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the idea is absurd.

You dont fill out pink forms and blue forms on your tax return. It doesnt look at what your gender is any more than it looks at whether you are left-handed or right-handed, he said last week.

He even said, wrongly, that Labor has been suggesting it.

But such a move has happened before.

In Britain right up until 1971, wives werent usually taxed on their income; their husbands were. A wifes income was deemed to be stated and accounted for by her husband. It wasnt until 1950 that wives ceased to be classified for tax purposes as incapacitated along with infants, lunatics, idiots and the insane.

South Australia broke ranks early, in 1884, taxing married women as individuals and giving them the right to own property. By the time the Commonwealth introduced national income tax in 1915, all the states had fallen into line.

What possible modern-day reason could there be for taxing women differently to men, as mentioned by Melbourne University tax expert Miranda Stewart in evidence to the Senate last week?

Morrison himself provided a clue while ridiculing the idea. He said the Tax Act was designed to treat peoples income the same, and so you pay tax according to what you earn.

But we dont. Someone who earns $1000 from wages pays twice as much as someone who earns $1000 by making a capital gain selling an asset. Income from capital gains is taxed more lightly in accordance with whats known as optimal taxation theory. It suggests taxing heavily things that tax is unlikely to stop, such as work, and taxing more lightly things that tax is more likely to stop, such as the movement of capital. Its the basis of the argument for a lower company tax rate as well as a lower capital gains tax rate.

The concession isnt fair, but its efficient.

As would be the logical extension, which is to tax female wages more lightly than male wages. Male work turns out to barely react to after-tax pay. Most men will continue to work full-time regardless of what happens to what they take home, regardless of how much they grumble.

Some will work a bit less if their take-home pay falls, because they are offered less of a reward. Others will work a bit more in order to get back the income they lost. On balance the price elasticity of their labour is close to zero.

Women are different. Most European and American estimates put the price elasticity of their labour between 0.4 and 1, meaning a 10 per cent boost in th...

16:16

Work to barely pay for returning mothers, inquiry told "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The third and final stage of the government's proposed income tax cuts would overwhelmingly benefit men, late evidence presented to the Senate inquiry shows.

The inquiry will report on Monday that calculations prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office show 1.894 million men would benefit from the final flattening of the tax scales and only 767,000 women.

The third stage lifts the threshold for the top rate from $120,000 to $200,000 and removes the 37 per cent rate, producing a flat marginal rate of 32.5 per cent between $41,001 to $200,000.

The PBO has previously told the inquiry the final stage would deliver $30.35 billion to men over four years and $11.25 billion to women.

It finds that the impact of the first two stages is much more even.

In a second piece of late evidence requested by the committee, Melbourne University tax expert Miranda Stewart reports that the effective marginal tax rate facing women considering returning to work after having children would remain as high as 95 per cent even after all three stages of the tax cuts and the changes to child care benefits due to begin on July 1.

Effective marginal rates include tax, the Medicare levy, lost family benefits and the cost of the childcare needed to return to work after government subsidies.

On July 1 the two existing childcare subsidies will be rolled into one providing a means tested subsidy of up to $11.77 per hour at an extra cost to the budget of $4 billion over four years.

Professor Stewart said at the moment the effective marginal tax rate for a second earner with two young children paying for childcare at that rate was 65 per cent when returning to work one day a week, 85 per cent on the second day, 95 per cent on the third day and 140 per cent and 160 per cent on days four and five, meaning those families lost income when mothers moved from working part time to full time.

"It was extraordinary that second earners went back to work full time at all," she said. "The reality has been that a proportion of women do go back to work, and the family is essentially bearing the net cost, unless they can use grandparents or friends for care or a cheaper option such as family day care.

The combina...

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Tuesday, 03 July

15:28

Land Titles Registry Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Prosper Australia will be appearing at the Inquiry Into the Proposed Long Term Leasing of Land Titles and Registry Functions of Land Use Victoria (LUV). Time: 11am, Thursday July 5 Where: Meeting Room G2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne Who: Karl Fitzgerald A number of transcriptions from previous witnesses, including key public servants, are []

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Monday, 02 July

17:01

ECCV AGAINST CROWNS SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ECCV AGAINST CROWNS SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS

Monday July 2nd, 2018

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) calls on the Victorian Government to provide consistent regulation for all Electronic Gambling machines within Victoria.  

Crown Casino operates under the Casino Control Act 1991 which is independent to the Victorian Gambling Regulation Bill 2017. This Act allows Crown Casino to run poker machines without a minimum spin rate. In comparison, all other poker machines in Victoria are legally restricted, and have a minimum spin rate of 2.14 seconds between each bet.

ECCV is concerned about the lack of accountability required of Crown Casino in managing Electronic Gambling Machines, which operate 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

ECCV Chairperson Cr Kris Pavlidis says, Gambling harm has become a scourge in our society impacting on individuals, families and the wider community and a serious public health issue.

ECCV presented its position to The Victorian Council of Liquor and Gaming Regulation in its Sixth Casino Review community consultations in 2017. Recommendations included:

  • Relevant authorities to effectively address inappropriate credit loans at the casino
  • Crown Melbourne to increase supervision of table games by senior staff to assist in identifying and intervening where a person is displaying signs of distress related to gambling
  • Crown Melbourne to include measures to address the extended time spent by some gamblers, gambling in the casino.

Cr Kris Pavlidis says the Sixth Casino Review provides a significant opportunity for regulation to enhance and reinforce, rather than undermine, self-responsibility. 

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, lfabri@eccv.org.au / 0422 480 319

Download Media Release

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

Friday, 04 May

08:48

MP travel claims and elections: Were the rules broken or stretched? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a series of Deirdre Chambers-like coincidences, at least three parliamentarians made claims for travel and travel allowances that coincided with election activities in Queensland and NSW towards the end of 2017.

Labor MP (and former Treasurer) Wayne Swan and Pauline Hanson One Nation Senator Brian Burston made claims for tax payer funded travel to or around Queensland on the weekend of that states election in November 2017.

The following week, Nationals Senator for NSW, John Williams, claimed travelling allowance for an overnight stay in Tamworth on the evening of the by-election in New England that saw Barnaby Joyce returned to Parliament after his disqualification in the High Court.

Travel rules for Commonwealth MPs, while quite generous, do provide some sharp cut offs around business that cant be characterised as parliamentary, executive or official business, but rather takes on a patina more consistent with that of party activity.

The Handbook in effect for the relevant period says of claims for travel:

Senators and Members are responsible for ensuring that any travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation, that is, in most circumstances only for Parliamentary, electorate or official business, but not party business

Swan Song

Former Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, spoke at a Melbourne ALP event on the evening of Friday 24 November to honour Jenny Macklins contribution to the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 10 years before.

Swans speech on the occasion is a generous encomium to Ms Macklin.

According to The Australian, Anthony Albanese reportedly characterised this Macklin event as a party fundraiser similar to one he was holding a week later in Sydney.

However, with polling day in Queensland on Saturday, November 25, Swan returned to Queensland. This he did with an $1025 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane on election day.

...

Sunday, 08 April

11:20

Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch News from Melbourne Feed was generated at Melbourne VIC IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog