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Sunday, 27 August


Downsizing cost trap awaits retirees five reasons to be wary "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Add up all the neglected costs of downsizing and retirees have good reason to be wary of making the move. Its time to debunk the myth of zero housing costs in retirement if we want to understand why retirees resist downsizing. Retirees have at least five reasons to be wary of the costs of downsizing. [Article first published at on 31 July 2017.]

Retirees living in middle-ring suburbs face frequent calls to downsize into apartments to free up larger allotments in these suburbs for redevelopment. Retirees who fail to downsize into smaller units and apartments are viewed as being a greedy, baby-boomer elite, stealing financial security from younger generations.

It also makes sense to policymakers for retirees to move into less spacious accommodation and make way for high-density housing. Housing think-tank AHURI fosters this view. Yet seniors remain resistant to moving, in part because of the ongoing costs they would face.

The concept of zero housing costs in retirement is based on a 1940s view of a well-maintained, single dwelling on a single allotment of land where the mortgage has been paid off. This concept is incompatible with medium- and high-density housing and refusing to acknowledge ongoing housing costs may cause significant poverty for retirees.

Reason 1 upfront moving costs are high

When a house is sold the owner receives the sale funds minus the real estate and legal fees. When the same person then buys a different property to live in, they pay legal fees plus stamp duty.

For cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, these costs are likely to exceed A$70,000.

These high transfer costs may mean it is not cost-effective for the person to move.



Eat It - 27 August 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

On today's show we spoke to Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese, and we were lucky enough to chat to Melbourne food legend Philippe Mouchel about his eponymous restaurant one year in.


Voices of reason call for immediate end to NT Indigenous Intervention "IndyWatch Feed"

Voices of reason call for immediate end to NT Indigenous InterventionHundreds of eminent Australians will tomorrow in Melbourne add their support to Indigenous calls to end the NT Intervention. read now...


For Sale Newlands Community News


I have a family tandem bike designed for an adult and 2 kids.

Very low frame, 6 year old on back seat up to adult, age 2 - 6 year old in middle seat and adult on front. Bike needs a tune and service.

Nick Curmi.


Wanted Newlands Community News


I have a request on the behalf of Coburg High School. 

We have a wonderful group of teachers involved in creating a mural for the school around the "Respectful Relationships" initiative. 

We need exterior paint and wondered if anyone had some left over from a project and would like it to go to a good cause. 

If you can help please email


Please Return Newlands Community News


On Saturday afternoon (between 4 - 5.30pm) I was teaching my son how to ride his bike along the path in FG Cox Reserve, when his red AFL footy ball which I had left under a tree near the BBQs was taken. 

If this was picked up by accident can you please return to us - just throw it over the fence 8 Claremont Street (just near the park). My son was very upset that someone could take his footy ball from him as he loves kicking the ball around!! 

Thanks.  Gretchen. 


Michael Gannon (AMA President) and the Suppression of Vaccination Science in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Recently the film Vaxxed; From Cover-up to Catastrophe has been touring Australia to sell out crowds as parents discover the fraudulent science that the Australian Medical Association (AMA) is using to claim that the link between vaccines and autism is discredited.

In addition, Michael Gannon, the AMA president, stated in the media (channel 10) on 21 May 2017 that:
the Health Department was spending a lot of time disproving the quack theories about the risks of vaccines.

This statement is untrue and it is disrespectful to parents because the Health Department is ignoring the skyrocketing autism in Australian children that correlates directly with the MMR vaccine and the expanding vaccination schedule  a schedule that is not designed by the Australian government.

In my No Jab No Play rally speech in WA on 28 May 2017 I call for Michael Gannon to step down from his position with the AMA (at 31.41 mins in the speech). This is because he is dismissing parents valid concerns about vaccines as quack theories. This is contrary to evidence-based medicine and his role in promoting public health in the community.

My PhD thesis is published on the University of Wollongong (UOW) website and it describes the undone science in government vaccination policies. This lack of hard evidence is allowing governments to claim that vaccines are safe and effective instead of using definitive proof.

When Australian Doctors speak up in support of the medical literature that shows the risks of vaccines they are threatened with de-registration from their professional body. Recently Dr. John Piesse publicly supported parents who do not want to vaccinate their children. He stated:

This is a matter of principle. You have got a public health policy which is causing harm.

This doctor is now under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA) instead of being allowed to debate the science. The AMA is dismissing the science as anti-vaccination instead of encouraging debate. How can public health be protected if the science showing the risk of vaccines is ignored and not included in the debate?

This is a crime against humanity if the AMA is...


Leaked documents reveal shocking attempt to force refugees living in the community back to danger "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Who: Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre - who represent most of the affected people, Amy Frew, Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre, Natasha Blucher, Detention Advocacy Manager, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Date: Sunday 27 August 2017
Time: 11:00AM (AEST)
Location: HRLC, Level 17, 461 Bourke St, Melbourne
Note: Call 0419 100 519 for entry


Leaked Government documents have revealed that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is planning to throw up to a hundred refugees and people seeking asylum and living in the community out onto the street in a move designed to force them back to danger.  

The documents, revealed overnight, show that starting Monday the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will issue dozens of refugees and people seeking asylum who were transferred to Australia from offshore detention for medical reasons with a final departure Bridging E Visa. The visa will give them three weeks to find their own accommodation while at the same time cutting their entire financial support and directing them to make arrangements to leave Australia.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

This is a shocking act of cruelty. We are talking about people who have been in Australia, some for several years. They have endured unimaginable suffering but are finally starting to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety in our communities. Then now, out of the blue, Dutton is trying to force them back to danger by making them destitute.

The policy comes more than a year after the successful Let Them Stay campaign that prevented Minister Duttons first attempt at deporting this same group - including babies born in Australia - back to Nauru and Manus Island.

We're talking about people who have been part of our communities for years. The sensible and compassionate thing to do is to let them stay. Instead, Dutton is trying to make them destitute and coerce them back to harm.

For further information please call:......

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Saturday, 26 August


Victoria Police on duty at homosexual rally in Melbourne and their bosses must be charged with offences over uniforms "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is a genuine photo of the uniform of a Victoria Police sworn member at a homosexual rally in Melbourne today. It doesn't matter if you're pro same sex marriage, or against it. It's entirely irrelevant to this matter. The rainbow "POLICE" on the reflective vest is partisan. Some people...


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" at Longreach and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Thursday 24 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted touching down at Mackay Airport from Brisbane.  About an hour later, it departed to Cairns.

File photo

From Cairns, VH-VVI then flew into Longreach Airport before it later returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, there has been another bizjet and some nice light General Aviation (GA) visitors to Longreach Airport over the course of this last week.

Last Saturday 19 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM popped into Longreach Airport once again, calling in from Bankstown and departing to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Also last Saturday 19 August, Tasfast Air Freight / Vortex Air Piper PA-31-350 VH-TWU also passed through Longreach Airport, arriving from Cairns and later departing to Charleville.  It eventually continued to its Melbourne (Moorabbin) base.  It appears that VH-TWU has been completing flights between Townsville and Palm Island over recent weeks.

File photo

While another Piper PA-31-350 VH-OMN of Dick Lang's Dessert-Air Safaris' arrived into Longreach Airport on Friday 25 August from Innamincka on what looked to be one of its many Safari flights.

Finally, a trio of Pilatus PC-12s have been noted calling into Longreach...


start - [Talks] MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group

Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 28th August, 2017


The Swan Island Connection "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



The Swan Island Connection, the second of my sea-change mysteries, will be launched in Queenscliff, Victoria, in October. Thanks to everyone whos helped me get this far, and a special thanks to my publishers, For Pity Sake. Its possible to order a copy from them now.

The Swan Island Connection features senior constable Chris Blackie, in charge of the small, some would say redundant Queenscliff police station. Anthea Merritt is his young assistant, trained in Melbourne and reluctant to bury herself in a coastal town.

The plot revolves around the secret training base on Swan Island, close to Queenscliff, and the connection between soldiers training at the base, the local police and CIU, and an investigation into the death of a ten-year-old boy.

Though the existence of a training base on Swan Island was denied for years by successive federal governments, Brian Toohey and Bill Pinwell, in their book Oyster: the story of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service offer some tantalising details.

(On Swan Island) the eager young army officers and NCOs learnt the dark arts of demolition, disguise, deception, sabotage, secret communication, and assassination In one exercise on Swan Island the incorrect line of fire was set on a Chinese medium machine gun so that tracer bullets shot over the sandhills into the rigging of fishing boats in Port Phillip Bay. Fortunately for ASIS the only complaint made to the media was about the noise

Theres a special kind of snail that lives in the seagrass of Swan Bay. Because the bay is so shallow, its an important fish nursery and the baby fish eat the snails. Marine scientists didnt know why the snail numbers were decreasing. They did a study and found that the lead in the bullets has been turning all the...

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Tuesday, 20 June


Zero G - 19 June 2017 Episode 1138 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1138 Title: Roman In The Gloamin' Podcast Title: Pod Transfer From Cell Block 1138

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we wrap up The Mummy, go Roman in the gloamin' with Doctor Who & The Eaters Of The Light, and farewell actor Adam West.

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

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

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Monday, 19 June


The Grapevine - 19 June 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Aziza who is founding president of Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers and refugee health nurse, Amelia Tauoqooqo for Refugee Week

Finally, David Manne from Refugee Legal, comes on the show to talk about the $70m Government payout to Manus Island detainees without taking liability



Zero G - 12 June 2017 Episode 1137 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1137 Title: Close The Door! Podcast Title: Empod Of Mars

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we chat with sisters Allison and Samantha Garcia about their new Young Adult horror novel, The Door,  enjoy a spiffing episode of Doctor Who, The Empress Of Mars, and farewell actor Peter Sallis, voice of the inventive Wallace in the Aardman classic animated series.

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

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

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Wednesday, 14 June


Greening the Apocalypse - 14 June 2017 - Happiness is a Warm Statistical Analysis, with Dr Saamdu Chetri "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

We talk to the eloquent Dr Saamdu Chetri, who leads the country of Bhutan's efforts to measure Gross National Happiness (GNP). Dr Chetri holds PhD in Commerce, Master in Commerce and Post-Graduation Certificate in HRM, and was a founder of the Bhutan Peoples United Party. He now runs the kingdom's Gross National Happiness Centre which has made this small landlocked Himalayan country capture attention all around the world.

Dr Chetri is in town for some School of Life events.

Tuesday, 13 June


Uncommon Sense - 13 June 2017 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week on Uncommon Sense we have four excellent interviews, conducted by our host Amy Mullins:

Ben Eltham, from New Matilda on the latest in federal politics.

Belkis Wille from Human Rights Watch joined us to talk about the human rights concerns in Iraq.

Actors Dan Spielman and Shareena Clanton came in to talk about the Melbourne Theatre Company's latest production, Macbeth.

Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at The Australia Institute spoke about his essay in The Monthly called 'Grandfathering the Australian Dream'.


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