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Monday, 20 November

21:58

Financially stressed? Please don't blame high prices "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When Tony Abbott first stood for prime minister, he complained about the price of bread.

He told the leaders debate it had shot up 12 per cent. It hadn't. The Bureau of Statistics found it hadn't increased at all it had been stuck for a year at $3.88.

Head to Woolworths online today and you'll see a variety of prices, for different kinds of loaves. I've averaged them. Today's price is $3.55.

We never seem to notice the prices that are going down, or at least we pay far less attention to them than the prices that are going up (or that we imagine are going up).

The inflation rate is 1.8 per cent. But when asked by the Melbourne Institute what we think it is, we typically say 5 to 6 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics calculates the rate by going into shops and entering into scanners the prices of around 1000 items. It does it over and over again, all over each of Australia's eight capital cities. These days it augments those readings with scanner data from supermarkets and the prices advertised on websites.

But it gets it wrong. And not in the direction you would expect.

It systematically overestimates the inflation rate because it systematically underestimates our canniness.

Here's how it would work with two brands of baked beans. To start with they might each sell for the same price, and we might buy the same amount of each. Five years later the price of one brand might be 20 per cent higher and the other 5 per cent higher. The Bureau will record an average price increase of around 10 per cent. But the cost to us won't have increased that much. Over time, we will have shifted our purchases to the brand which has increased more slowly, by 5 per cent.

We do it with everything, switching between brands and between products in order to save money. It's how we shop.

It is why every few years the consumer price index gets seriously out of whack and needs to be recalibrated. The Bureau has just done it, re-surveying how we spend our money and readjusting the index to reflect updated spen...

19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Received on 20.11.17:

19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew


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18:22

Citizen Science Newlands Community News

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Help online with a citizen science project on Aussie beaches.

On a hot day, why not use your computer or tablet to help clean Australian beaches by participating in a digital citizen science? Yes, it is also child-friendly with the usual parental guidance and may foster a sense of 'you can have fun while also doing good stuff'.

Check it out at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/theplastictide/the-plastic-tide or if this project is not to your liking, check out any of the other citizen science projects (history, nature, llimate ...) going on at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects. There are usually many active at any given time and some on hold waiting for a new set of data.

How knows,  the Snow spotter may have a psychological cooling effect! https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/mozerm/snow-spotter

18:21

Free Newlands Community News

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Takes mattress up to 38cm x 81cm.

Free pickup near Barry Beckett. SMS Ari 0419 205 065.


17:43

Zero G - 20 November 2017 Episode 1160 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1160

Title: Punishing Justice

Podcast Title:  Steppenpod 1160

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we hit the PUNISHER (and watch him get hit); and join the JUSTICE LEAGUE.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

16:38

Ducking Dark Times with Michael Leunig "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Modern life can feel like an injury. Where do we turn for hope when all seems dark? Its times like these we need the consolation of art and ducks.

Michael Leunig is in Perth soon for his latest book, Ducks for Dark Times a glimpse into his twentieth collection of cartoons. Explore the mind of one of Australias most treasured artists and find the wisdom and resilience needed for anyone who is losing faith; whos becoming exhausted or fed up with the news, and for those of us who feel we could do well to laugh or weep a little more.

Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theatre and radio.

His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Others Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

Play Michael Leunig

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig Thursday November 30, 6:30PM. Beaufort Street Books

To learn more about Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig, click here

15:55

Kathy Jackson to stand trial in the Victorian County Court on 166 theft and fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Kathy Jackson today appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a committal hearing of 166 fraud and theft charges. A committal in Victoria's legal system is heard before a Magistrate who decides whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendant - in other words, would a...

15:23

Free Newlands Community News

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Hi there.

I'm looking to offload a Philips Avent bottle steriliser that's never been used. Still in the box. We live in Preston West.

Call Mark on 0411 305 805.



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15:10

Free Newlands Community News

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Free baby swing.

A bit faded at the front but otherwise good condition. 

Pick up Coburg North

Ph 0400 301 028.




15:06

Recommendation Sought Newlands Community News

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Recommendations sought:

Lawn mowing and television aerial repairs/replacement.
 
And security alarm maintenance.

Jane 0400 597 728.

14:55

Women's Meditation Circle Newlands Community News

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Are you interested in attending Rachel's final Women's Meditation Circle for the year? This is a chance to come along and also to see if it something you would like to explore for next year - the circle runs monthly during school terms in 2018.

When is it?  Monday, December 4th 10am - 11.30am
Where?  13 Meadow Street Coburg

What happens? - we meet, share tea, open with a short meditation, reflect on a topic for the day, do a nature walk and reflection - optional - by the creek near my place, and also close with a meditation/reflection.

Payment is by contribution for the session (anything $10 - $40  - you decide depending on your personal situation).

let me know if I can expect you and if you will come alone or bring a friend with you.
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13:19

Thursday & Quicksand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!.....................

09:30

Cub Sport Bats "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week"s feature album comes from Cub Sport with Bats. The Brisbane four-piece first stepped out in 2010, releasing their first full-length album in 2016. Bats marks their second release, transitioning into a more dream-pop sound, filled with hip-hop inspired beats, gospel choirs and Tim Nelson powerfully delicate voice.

To support their new album, Cub Sport will be embarking on a national tour. Catch them in Sydney on March 17th.
Friday, February 23: Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
Saturday, February 24: Fat Controller, Adelaide SA
Saturday, March 3: The Corner, Melbourne VIC
Sunday, March 4: The Corner, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, March 10: The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Saturday, March 17: The Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW

Highlight Tracks: Chasin, O Lord.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.

 

09:30

This Way North Announce National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of This Way North Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North will be spending the rest of the year running around the country with the announcement of a national tour. The tour is accompanied by the bands latest single Make It Work, a lo-fi piece of crunch, psych goodness. Check out the full []

09:01

The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...

08:40

The car in front is an import "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Shuttered

Automotive production continues to plummet, with annual volumes nearly 50 per cent below their December 2010 level, and falling fast, so the new car you buy next year will likely be made somewhere else. 


The Department of Employment projected that the factory closures at Elizabeth in Adelaide (Holden) and Altona in Melbourne (Toyota) could cost 27,500 jobs over the years ahead, leading some commentators to predict the end of days for Australia.

Indeed, some gloomy reports even speculated that the closures could snowball into hundreds of thousands of jobs losses, which always seemed a bit far-fetched given that the shutdowns have been discussed for years.

It was wise to be prudent and wait for the halting of operations to pass, which has now occurred, but if there were to be any earth-shaking initial impacts then they weren't yet in evidence in the October 2017 employment figures.

In the event, total employment exploded +355,700 higher over the year to October, sending the unemployment rate careering to a 4 low, and with the ABS also now putting job openings at the highest level on record

Furthermore, the more timely SEEK job advertisements figures showed openings tearing 25 per cent higher in South Australia and 18 per cent higher in Victoria, so it's probably....

08:00

MERAH The NORTHSIDER

Jo Rittey checks out the latest addition to the Northcote dining scene, Merah, an ode to sambal and deliciousness.

The post MERAH appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

07:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

04:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

00:16

The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...

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Sunday, 19 November

19:30

Open-Minded/Creative People Live In A Completely Different Reality, According to Study "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sure, there is obviously a big difference between close-minded people and open-minded people, right? But how deep does this difference run exactly?

For this study, one hundred and twenty-three people of different backgrounds were examined thoroughly. They were tested for open-mindedness which was done through five different categories. That being conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and the ability to maintain an open mind in general. After all of this, they then tested individuals for a phenomenon known as binocular rivalry which is something that occurs when each eye is shown a different image (one red and one green). Most people switch back and forth between the two images but some people merge the two into a red-green patch.

It was found that those who saw both images together were the ones who had also scored higher on the openness test in general. This led the researchers to theorize that open-minded people seem to create new mental routes in their minds and attain higher planes of thought. They also noted open-minded people were more creative thus meaning creative people see the world differently as well.

This seems to match up with several previous studies that suggested open people experienced things differently than most people. ScienceDirect says as follows on the study:

For instance, openness predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks (Kaufman et al., 2016; Silvia et al., 2008), which require one to identify multiple diverse uses for ordinary objects. For open people this seems to happen effortlessly, suggesting a more flexible way of combining information, perhaps even at low-levels of perceptual processing. For example, people high in openness display reductions in latent inhibition (i.e., attenuated attentional processing following repeated stimulus exposure) suggesting individual differences in preconscious attentional mechanisms (Peterson & Carson, 1999; Peterson, Smith, & Carson, 2002). Latent inhibition reflects an adaptive attentional gating system for screening out irrelevant information, but for open people this system appears to be more flexible, resulting in the continued processing of stimuli from which the average individual has disengaged. However, we are aware of no previous research examining whether openness relates to how...

16:14

Eat It - 19 November 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

It's a stormy weekend in Melbourne, and we started the show by acknowledging the awesome postal survey result this week... hooray for the "yes" vote, and bravo to progressive Melbourne!

Anyway back to food, and we spoke to Andrew Kavasalis about the recent law change allowing the production and sale of low-THC hemp for consumption in Australia. We're lagging the world in this, however hemp seed is a very nutritious food that is easy to grow, and vegan-friendly. It tastes a little like nuts, and much like almonds you can even make milk from it. Hopefully you'll see some on restaurant menus and store shelves very soon.

The man behind the CBD's Pastuso, Alejandro Saravia made the trip into Brunswick to talk about Peruvian food, and specifically Empanada. His Fitzroy eatery Che serves up many varieties, and we spoke about how to make them at home, as well as the many differing varieties of chillies available around the world.

We finished by chatting to Professor James Dale about the growing worldwide crisis for banana growers. There is a soil-borne fungus that is slowly infecting the worldwide crops of our favourite banana, the Cavendish. Affected plantations can take up to 40 years to recover from the disease, and Professor Dale is part of a team working on a GM solution to increase the natural resistance to this threat.

13:37

Save the dates! 2018 workshops Plan to Win

Heres the public workshops Plan to Win has planned for the first half of 2018.

In addition to public workshops, customised training is available for organisations, campaigns and alliances. We provide intensive training of trainers and can work with you to develop your own training programs and other capacity building projects. Plan to Win also provides facilitation services and one-to-one mentoring.

Contact us to express interest in any of these workshops further details and registration will be available closer to each dates. If you would like to book Plan to Win for gigs or projects in 2018 get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Were open to feedback on these dates so if theres clashes let us know!


Training Skills for Action Groups

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February

A thorough grounding in training skills in a social movement context with a particular focus on tools and activities to help volunteer action groups really power. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior.


Deep Democracy for Social Movements

9am-1pm, Wednesday 7 March

Strong movements require effective communication and decision making! In this workshop you will experience facilitation tools that increase buy-in and create great group dynamics through people feeling heard. Presented by Pru Gell, accredited Lewis Method Deep Democracy instructor.


Organising to Win

March to May 2018

Essential skills for organisers! An accessible program including two weekend workshops (24 & 25 March and 26 & 27 May), a mid-point review, practical exercises and group projects. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior with special guest presenters with organising expertise in a range of movements.


Activist Learning Circles

Plan to Win is piloting small groups for peer support and critical enquiry using the action learning set methodology. Groups will be able to meet online or in person. Get in touch to be part of this opportunity to reflect, learn and innovate with other change agents.


Womens Environmental Leadership in Action

April September 2018. National program with retreats held in Victoria.

WELA is a year long leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. It includes three residential retreats, mentoring sessions and action learning projects addressing barriers to womens leadership in the environment movement. Retreats will be help in April, July and September.

The best thing you can do for your health is to get a girl gang. WELA introduced m...

12:21

Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than those in Liberal electorates.

The early gains were relatively easy. In the 1860s an extraordinary 20 per cent of boys didn't make it to the age of five. Twenty per cent of girls didn't make it to 10. By ensuring that children survived the first few years, we boosted expected lifespans to 67 for boys and 72 for girls.

Then came the cancer years. For two decades from the 1950s right through to the early '70s, life expectancies scarcely grew. De...

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Wednesday, 08 November

17:42

2017 Wangaratta Festival Of Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

28 years strong and still full of surprises!

Reviewed by Phil James

The 2018 Wangaratta Festival of jazz and blues (Wang.) was a story of the big and small, electronics and prerecording, continuing contributions by women, particularly from expat Aussies, new and proven talent. It did what festivals are meant to do. It provided an audience worthy of grand new works and artistic collaborations not served well by being restricted to the confines of the small urban music club. Wang. also provided the opportunity to create a jazz and blues smorgasbord, and as is true of all you can eat (or in this case all you can hear) one is prone to over-indulge. Like many others, I found myself dashing feverishly from one musical dish to another.

No one worked harder at Wang. than trumpeter / composer Nadje Noordhuis. Originally from Melbourne but resident in NY for past 14 years. One minute in partnership with long time collaborator, vibe player and percussionist James Shipp, the next with a quartet, and on another day a quintet. All this as well as acting as one of the National Jazz Award judges, and opening the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival on Nov. 8

Melbourne saxophonist Angela Davis also demonstrated the benefit of having spent several years in the U.S. She really warmed up an otherwise acoustically cold St Pats Hall with her beautiful compositions and sensitive quartet.

Another talent featuring at the SIWJF who gave two performances was multi instrumentalist, vocalist, storyteller extraordinaire Jun Shyu. It wasnt jazz (or blues) but those who caught one of her two shows were completely mesmerized.

At the Blues tent on opening night Northern Territorys Caiti Baker and her band (with a little help from prerecorded guitars and backup vocals) gave great renditions of tunes from her latest terrific album Zinc. She threw in a couple of covers from Amy Winehouse and Irma Thomas for good measure. I predict BIG things for Miss Baker.

Other highlights at the Blues Tent (besides the excellent food and beverage vendors!) were the very credible vocal and guitar impression of Jimi Hendrix by Shannon Bourne; and the barnstorming gumbo sounds of funk, r&b and soul from Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Anyone who can get my world weary body up and boogieing has to be admired.

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Wednesday, 04 October

16:58

Extreme heat days to come, for Australias cities "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Sydney and Melbourne should prepare for 50-degree days, climate researchers warn, Climate scientists from two leading Australian universities say more extreme heatwaves are inevitable even if global CO2 targets are met. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/04/sydney-and-melbourne-should-prepare-50-degree-days-climate-researchers-warn By James Elton-Pym

 Australias most populous cities could be hit by heatwaves of up to 50 degrees by the year 2050 even if the world succeeds in limiting global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels, climate scientists have warned.

Under the Paris climate agreement 166 countries, including Australia, pledged to stop global average temperatures rising more than two degrees over the levels before the Industrial Revolution.

But the researchers warn a global rise of two degrees on average could see the hottest Australian days get 3.8 degrees hotter than current records. AN...

12:14

Evanescence are touring Australia with a symphony orchestra "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Evanescence have announced an Australian east coast tour Synthesis Live With Orchestras which, as the name suggests, finds the band collaborating with Australian symphony orchestras to perform their forthcoming record Synthesis.

Im really looking forward to bringing this new and different show to Australia, says Amy Lee.

Playing the Sydney Opera House is something Ive dreamed about all my life. I remember taking the ferry over to Manly during days off on past tours with the band, and looking over at the legendary structure, saying One day, were going to play there! I cant believe its finally going to be a reality. Were all very excited about it.

Pre-sale opens noon, this Friday, 6 October with general public on sale from noon, on Monday 9 October. Dates below.

SUN 11 FEB | BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
W/ QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TUES 13 & WED 14 FEB | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
W/ SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

FRI 16 FEB | ROD LAVER ARENA
W/ MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

11:42

Climate change: Australia burning "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How badly will climate change affect Australia? They're now looking at regular 50 degree heatwaves in their major cities:

Even if the Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2C is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50C by 2040, a study published on Wednesday warns.

Researchers led by the Australian National University in Canberra used observational data and simulated climate models to assess future extreme weather events in New South Wales and Victoria. They examined what these weather extremes might look like even if the Paris agreement target of limiting climate change to a 2C increase is met.

The lead author of the study, the climate scientist Dr Sophie Lewis, said Sydney and Melbourne could expect unprecedented summer temperatures of 50C under two degrees of global warming.


Australia's climate is bad enough, but 50 degrees in Sydney's humidity is getting into the danger zone where human thermal regulation breaks down and people need air conditioned environments to survive. Its not as bad as the Persian Gulf, where average temperatures on this level combined with humidity means they will no longer be habitable - but Australia is going to see a huge increase in heat-related deaths, as well as heat-related economic disruption. I guess they can blame their coal industry for that.

08:08

Charity Begins At Home, So Fit Your Own Oxygen Mask First: Steven Oliver "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Its a good thing to ask someone if theyre okay. Its a great thing to check in on yourself sometimes too, writes Steven Oliver.

My name is Steven Oliver, a statement which usually brings about five reactions: Omg I love him, he looks kinda familiar, isnt he that Aboriginal, never heard of him and cant stand that insert disapproving swear word or title here.

Most people though will refer to me as a comedian or stand up. I tend to think of myself more as an idiot and as for being a stand up, Im a writer/actor which I technically think makes me more of lay down.

This isnt about what I do though, its about three simple words, are you okay? Three simple words that I initially thought were Are you a gay?

I wish that were a true story but I obviously cant stop being an idiot and popping out the bad jokes. In all seriousness though, thinking up such woeful jokes (aka, renamed RUOK? Mardi Gras float) did make me wonder; how would my life be had I sooner talked about things that weighed heavily upon my mind? If society had taught me to not feel ashamed or weak when I was still learning who Steven Oliver was, would I be different in any way?

To be truthful, Im still learning who Steven Oliver is and I dont know if Ill ever get to find out in the sense that Im always changing, evolving. Sometimes backwards but for the most part I hope forward. I think I am, but sometimes I think too much.

See I woke up the other day and my first thought was Why have I got so much on my mind? My second thought was Why couldnt I have less on my mind? My third Can I have less on my mind? Are there unnecessary things Im polluting my head with that in truth I dont need to think about?

I stopped thinking about that though because as per usual, I got distracted by everything I had going on.

Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.Aboriginal writer and performer, Steven Oliver.

See, on top of working nine to five, I was trying to organise my attendance at a workshop in Sydney on a Wednesday and Thursday, before flying to Canberra that Thursday night to speak Friday morning before heading back to Brisbane that Friday night. The following Saturday morning I would fly to Melbourne to perform on the following Sunday night before flying to Sydney the following Monday morning.

Once I had filmed the ad in Sydney, I would fly back to Brisbane ready to start at nine am the following day.

Honestly, the next time someone tells me Aboriginal people dont do anything and get stuff for free, Im going to give them a free slap to the forehead (when I can fit it in my schedule...

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Tuesday, 03 October

10:14

DMAS just released Dawning, their first song since their debut album "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A year and a half since they last blessed their fans with their ARIA-nominated debut album Hills End, Sydney trio DMAS have finally revealed a new track, premiering Dawning this morning on triple j, and announcing some new intimate shows in the bargain.

We feel like Dawning gives people the opportunity to decide what the song means to them, says frontman Tommy ODell. While the message of the song is quite dark, we also wanted create a piece of music that sounds uplifting and hopeful.

Recorded at the bands studio above the Lady Hampshire Hotel in their hometown of Camperdown, the track sees production efforts from Kim Moyes of The Presets (wholl be producing their entire new album), and is the perfect person to mix the dark with the uplifting, considering his resume.

While the band have taken their time refining their sound since the writing of their first album, Dawning isnt a stark departure from the crisp Brit-infused rock thats seen DMAS on their way to supporting The Kooks across the U.K. in November, along with their own tour of the U.K. and Europe and sets at Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Fuji Rock, and even a surprise set at Glastonbury.

Speaking of tours, theyll be taking their live show to a much smaller stage than the one at Glastonbury when they play two intimate local shows in November, playing Paddington Town Hall in Sydney on November 1, and Melbournes Meat Market on November 2, the perfect chance for fans to celebrate their return.

DMAS have been on a tear since early single Delete put them on Aussie radars, and their triple j Like A Version cover of Believe by Cher was possibly their best work yet, setting a new record as the best result a cover has ever achieved in the Hottest 100, landing at number six.

Most recently, they received praise from Liam Gallagher, who was made aware of the band after they received more than a couple of comparisons to his former outfit Oasis, and gave them a nice pat on the back while simultaneously dissing Aussie drugs and beer.

I dont know much about Australian music, the singer told GQ. I know theres that band DMAs, I went to see them a couple of weeks ago, and I like what I see, he says. Man, they got some good tunes in there.

Check out the latest of those tunes, along with the upcoming tour dates, below.

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10:12

Chinese property buyers in Australia have not stopped "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Chinese investment will continue to flow into Australias housing market despite tighter mainland capital restrictions, with real estate portal Juwai predicting levels will peak again despite a near-10 per cent fall in inquiries earlier this year.

Inquiries on the website for Australian property from potential Chinese buyers have fallen 9.7 per cent in the first half of this year compared with the first six months of 2016, according to a Juwai.com spokesman.

Its down on last year, but its still going to be the second or third biggest year (for inquiries), the spokesman said.

Its like going through the foothills there are more peaks ahead.

The comments come as Bloomberg reported that capital restrictions on money flowing out of the country had not stemmed Chinese interest in offshore investment. It quoted a Shanghai restaurateur saying he planned to carry money to Melbourne in a suitcase so he could buy a local investment property.

Shanghai restaurateur David Hu said he was nervous about wiring money to Australia for a home purchase because of Chinas crackdown on currency outflows, Bloomberg reported.

The 61-year-old told the news agency that he intended to carry about $85,000 to Melbourne this month in a suitcase. The money was final payment for a deal struck last year.

Buying a property abroad was and is still workable, said Hu, though he described the process as a lot more troublesome these days.

Chinese applying for $50,000-a-year foreign exchange quotas must sign pledges that the money wont be used for real estate. The regulation was brought earlier this year.

Major Chinese companies that have expanded rapidly offshore have come under pressure after a recent edict from Beijing to rein in debt.

Wanda, which is developing landmark apartment and hotel towers in Sydney and on the Gold Coast, has been shuffling its assets, last week announcing the sale price for one arm of the group.

It also saw a downgrade from global ratings agency S&P for two of its entities.

Meanwhile, investment bank UBS last week released a report adding Sydney to a list of global cities at risk of a housing bubble.

The bank warned of elevated risk in the citys overheated housing market, singling out foreign investment as one of the factors fuelling price growth.

Australian regulators have been clamping down on investor and interest-only lending to take some heat out of the east coast capital property markets.

Sydneys housing market has been overheating since the city became a target for Chinese investors several years ago, UBS said.

Low interest rates, rising wealth and exuberant e...

02:09

City rents surging "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Rents point north

The latest acceleration in population growth figures - summarised here - suggested that far from overbuilding, there is likely to be a shortage of some dwelling types in Sydney and Melbourne. 

Of course, rents are driven by the supply and demand of rental properties on the market, and investor loans have been scaled back

CoreLogic confirmed that rents are now surging in Sydney and Melbourne, with rents up by +4.8 per cent from a year ago in both cities. 


The strongest rental price growth was seen in Hobart, at +8.5 per cent.

Some dwelling price growth has rippled out to the regional centres, especially those located reasonably close to the capitals, including Geelong in Victoria (+11.4 per cent).

I looked at a few of the reasons that Geelong was likely to experience a surge in house prices back in March

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Thursday, 28 September

12:17

Breakfasters - 25 - 29 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Showko Showfukutei came in to talk about her Melbourne Fringe Rakugo and ventriloquism comedy show Absolutely Normal, and Dr Heather Benbow discussed the ramifications of the recent German election. David Astle also came in regarding his Gargantuan Book of Words. Geraldine talks about an interesting tram journey she had recently, and there was a discussion about winning the lottery. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

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Wednesday, 27 September

00:00

Greening the Apocalypse - 26 September 2017 - The environmentalist with a chainsaw, Rowan Reid "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Our guest this episode believes there is a third way which challenges the dichotomous view that when it comes to forestry, one ought to be either a conservationist or profiteer. Rowan Reid is a scientist and himself a farmer and forester. Hes also been a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Uni for 20 years, and is the managing director of the not-for profit Australian Agroforestry Foundation. He won the 2001 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Environmental Education for his farmer course: The Australian Master TreeGrower). His farm Bambra Agroforestry Farm in the Otway Ranges is set up as an outdoor classroom and living laboratory for tree growing, and it has had over 10,000 visitors come on tours. Since 1985 hes written or co-authored nine books on related topics, the latest of which and surely his magnum opus, is truly wonderful Heartwood: The Art and Science of Growing Trees for Conservation and Profit.

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Monday, 25 September

17:26

Zero G - 25 September 2017 Episode 1152 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1152 Title:EGGS OVER EASY

Podcast Title: Wild Blue Podder 1152

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Off we wander into the comic cosmos with Elizabeth Davie, Ezel Doruk & Shannan Lim from the Melbourne Fringe show, The Yonder, we bespeak Kingsman II: The Golden Circle, and get some androids to have Electric Dreams with the new Phillip K. Dick S.F anthology series on Stan.

 

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

14:03

The Grapevine - 25 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week Dylan speaks with associate professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Tilman Ruff returns to the show to talk about a nuclear weapons treaty

Then, Liz Mitchell from Totally Mild comes on the show to talk about performing for Girls Rock! Melbourne

Finally, Dr. Bruce Lindsay from Environmental Justice Australia comes on the show to talk about the new legislation to protect the Yarra River

 

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Thursday, 21 September

15:37

Smart Arts 21 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. 

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Tuesday, 19 September

15:00

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

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Sunday, 17 September

13:56

Eat It - 17 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

It finally feels like Spring! And we started today's Springy show talking to Michelle Barnett who is organising an event as part of the Do It In A Dress charity to raisse money for girls education in Sierra Leone and Uganda. You can find more info and donate at the Chef It In A Dress page.

The Forum is one of the great rooms in Melbourne, and David & Gareth from the Mariner Group joined us to talk about its recent renovation. How the hell do you reliably cook good food for 1000 people? (answer: planning!)

Finally the great Hilary McNevin wandered into the studio to speak about one of life's conundrums: how you can prepare your offspring to omve out of the house. We spoke about kitchen essentials, and the importance of getting kids confident in the kitchen as they grow up.

 

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Friday, 15 September

17:36

Multi-Storied 13 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Miles Franklin award winner Sofie Laguna talks about her new novel The Choke; Writer Sophie Cunningham explores the art of writing celebrity profiles; Beth Driscoll from the University Of Melbourne talks about the impact of Amazon on the Australian publishing and book retail sector.

 

With presenter Elizabeth McCarthy.

12:17

Breakfasters - 11 - 15 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Nilaja Sun came in to talk about her new show Pike St, a new theatre work about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York, now showing at Arts Centre Melbourne. Anne Edmonds talked about her new show on ABC The Edge Of The Bush, and Lachlan Carter reviewed the CSIRO Australian Bird Guide. They also talked about words and sayings that you hate to hear, and the worst people to sit next to on public transport and planes. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

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Thursday, 14 September

08:00

Einstein A Go-Go - 10th September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

In the studio this week Dr Shane is joined by EAGG colleagues Dr Jen & Chris KP.

The team kick things off with some science news; sharing updates on A.I developments on Facebook, news from Saturn and Pluto and the 40th anniversary of Voyager.

First Guest: Associate Professor Conor Hogan - Latrobe Institute of Molecular science.

Connor and the EAGG team discuss the exciting new world of Molecular measurement and other scientific development using mobile phones.

Second Guest: Dr Jeremy Silver & Associate Professor Ed Newbigin - Pollen count group at University of Melbourne.

What is the Pollen count group, what is new in the world of pollen and how exciting do they use their research?

Third Guests: Rosemary Millen - PHD Candidate at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & St Vincent's hospital.

Rosemary joins the team in the studio to discuss the immune system and more specifically it's effect on Cancer cells and vice versa.

Remember,.. Science is everywhere!

Program page: http://www.rrr.org.au/program/einstein-a-go-go/

Facebook page: Einstein A Go Go Twitter: https://twitter.com/einstein_agogo

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Tuesday, 12 September

16:08

Uncommon Sense - 12 September 2017 - David Vine "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

On this special Uncommon Sense podcast, David Vine, Associate Professor in Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C., spoke to host Amy Mullins about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He was in Melbourne for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network's National Conference.

16:07

Uncommon Sense - 12 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week on Uncommon Sense David Vine, Associate Professor in Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C., spoke to host Amy Mullins about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He was in Melbourne for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network's National Conference. Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University, discussed her new book, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, which details the curious life and charismatic character of Australia's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. Plus, New Matilda's National Affairs Correspondent, Ben Eltham came in to talk federal politics.

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Monday, 11 September

17:31

Zero G - 11 September 2017 Episode 1150 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1150 Title:Game of Groans

Podcast Title: Starkers 1150

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: John-Luke Roberts and Ross Spain come in to talk about Graeme of Thrones coming to the Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Friday, 08 September

12:30

Breakfasters - 4 - 8 September 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Laurie Penny came in this week to talk about her new book Bitch Doctrine, Inua Ellams talked about his show Black T-shirt Collection showing at Arts Centre Melbourne, and Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney talked about their new show on ABC, Get Krackin'. They also talked being single vs being in a relationship, and the marriage equality survey. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

Wednesday, 06 September

15:55

Anarchist World This Week - 40th Anniversary Celebration "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Joe Toscano - Anarchist World This Week

Joe Toscano first began broadcasting an anarchist analysis of local, national and international events on 3CR in August 1977. All are welcome to a special live broadcast of Anarchist World This Week on Wednesday 20th September, from 10:00 - 11:00 am at The Unitarian Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. Doors open at 9:30am. Please be seated by 10:00am as the broadcast is live and will be simultaneously broadcast around Australia on the Community Radio Network. A communal lunch will be provided by Sampari the West Papuan Independence Movement for $15.  You are encouraged to buy lunch for someone else who cannot afford it.

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