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Wednesday, 12 December

02:55

Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 


Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....

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Tuesday, 11 December

22:53

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #624 onlymelbourne

Read Online This Week: 11 - 17 December 2018 Newsletter | #624 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th December 2018 to Monday 17th December 2018 Christmas Festival 2018 Santas Magical Kingdom Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Carols By Candelight Creedence 50th Anniversary Show School Of Rock | The Musical Christmas Party with the Marty Rose Band Nepal Festival The Make It Collective | Christmas market In The Loop Market | Coburg Christmas Gift Shopping Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide New Years Eve Parties Enjoy #Melbourne Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santas House Christmas Projections Melbournes Christmas Festival The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Daily in December @ Federation Square The perfect pit stop on a family day out with everything the little ones love - were talking yard games, a ball pit, sweet treats, ice cream and loads more plus Santa Claus on weekends. The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santas Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Saturday 15 December 2018 - 10am - 12pm | Aspire Childcare Families invited to our Christmas celebration featuring free Santa photos free face painting sausage sizzle and lots more! Plus go in the draw to win a special Christmas hamper. Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Carols By Candelight Head out with family and friends for a wonderful night of carol singing. Bayside Carols in the Park 2018 - Tuesday Carols by Candlelight - South Morang - Friday Greater Dandenong Carols in Harmony Square 2018 - Friday Manningham Carols by Candlelight - Friday Carols in the Cathedral 2018 - Fri and Sat Banyules Carols By Candlelight 2018 - Saturday Carols at Como Park - Sunday Christmas Carols by Candelight @ Montsalvat - Sunday Whitehorse Carols 2018 - Sunday Carols by Candlelight | Vision Australia - Myer Music Bowl --> Carols By Candelight...

19:37

Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable

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13:05

Link Gross Habit


When I first got my hands on what the Germans call a handy, it blew my mind that I could make (lo-resolution black and white) videos with a phone, now a phone can get high quality panoramic pictures and the world is about to end, so enjoy that.

12:53

In the grip of Melbourne: revisiting Monkey Grip "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Texts new edition of Helen Garners 1977 novel Monkey Grip is an opportunity to revisit the books influence on Melbourne. In addition to being widely considered a classic of Australian fiction, Monkey Grip is frequently referred to as an iconic Melbourne novel. Certainly, it is a novel absolutely grounded in and shaped by place. For Nora, the narrator and protagonist, it is the locus of the social encounter and emotional intensity on which the books narrative depends.

05:26

Housing finance posts biggest bounce in 2 years, but... "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Housing finance bounce, but...

A bounce for housing finance seemed to be on the cards, as all those painfully slow mortgage applications finally grind through the arduous process. 


And so it proved, with owner-occupier approvals excluding refinancing up by nearly 5 per cent in October 2018.

I didn't think last month's plunge was too much to get excited about, and the same view applies to this month's bounce.

Yes, a seasonally adjusted $30 billion of housing finance in aggregate is apparently much more solid than $29.3 billion a month earlier. 

But smoothing the results on a trend basis simply puts the ABS figures back in line with the credit impulse, and implies modest further declines in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne into 2019. 

Investment housing loans posted a small bounce, but it was still the weakest quarter for investment lending since 2013. 



At the state level home loan transactions in Western Australia now look set to rise, as New South Wales and Victoria ease. 

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Monday, 10 December

11:13

Filipino and Australian communities observe Human Rights Day in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Members of the Filipino and Australian communities gathered in Melbournes west on sunday 9 December, to observe Human Rights Day and celebrate the heroic grassroots efforts of many, to turn around the ongoing attacks by government, mining companies and other corporations, which are making life more difficult and sometimes.

The event was held at the Seddon Scout Hall in Footscray.  

Guest speaker, former member of parliament for Northcote and First Nations leader, Lydia Thorpe, spoke about the worsening position of her people in Australia, under ever more reactionary government and the failure to progress on a proper reconciliation of past wrongs through a negotiated. Although some progress has been made in Victoria, there is still a battle to ensure that all First Nations are involved and the final result matches their aspirations.

Lydia also stressed the importance of all Australians being in involved, and all parts of Australian society having their concerns addressed in the treaty process and its outcome.

One thing was made clear, the First Nations of this country have not been defeated. They have survived, are here today and will keep on fighting until their rights has been won and future secured.

The Second gust speaker, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, who has been in the Philippines for 27 years and has recently been expelled, under orders of President Duterte, for her human rights work.

She has been involved in advocating for the poor and is an elected member of the National Council of Kataparan (an alliance of human rights organisations)

Earlier this year, Sister Pat had taken part in a fact-finding mission to Mindanao, where many cases of serious human rights violations were witnessed. She spoke of the plight of farmers losing their land to mining companies and plantation owners, and the taking away of their right to grow food where they had always done so, about the increasing use of military action, incarceration and murder as means of imposing the political will of the Duterte administration. There is an increasing use of trumped up charges to convict and jail individuals seen as political opponents of serious charges, like attempted murder, kidnapping and terrorism. The Philippines is heading towards a new period of martial law.

Weeks before her detention, she had given public support for for striking Coca Cola workers fighting terrible wages and conditions.

Although the situations are very different in each country, there are nevertheless some worrying similarities. In both, the political elite has moved in the direction of degrading human rights, linked to policies designed to enrich the richest few at the...

03:09

Report on Darebin Climate Emergency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The last two days - 11-12 September - I attended the Darebin climate emergency conference in northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I was one of 350 people that registered and attended. Some good speeches and presentations, interesting panel discussions and useful one-on-one conversations. This was Darebin Council hosting and facilitating this conference as part of it's climate emergency

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Saturday, 08 December

15:43

UFO photographs from a B-52 aircraft over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"



Barry Greenwood

Boston researcher Barry Greenwood recently returned from a two week visit to the archives of the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, in the USA. Barry kindly forwarded copies of scans of documents relating to Australia, to both myself and also to Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. Paul and I are spending time looking through all of these documents to determine if there is previously unknown material in them. I wish to thank Barry for his untiring efforts in the preservation of these invaluable historical records.

B-52 aircraft case



Looking through the contents of one file folder I noticed an uncited Newsletter article, titled "Photographs taken of an unusual object over Australia." Handwritten above the typed text, were the words "Australia," "NL'" and "Spring 1965." I have never come across this sighting. A search via the Internet and also a search of the NICAP 1965 chronologies failed to find anything about this sighting.  So if any blog readers can add further details I would be most appreciative. The text of the article reads as follows:

"A very good friend in Sedalia informed me last November (1968) that his uncle had taken photographs of an unusual object during the spring of 1965. The observer was flying in a converted B-52 aircraft on an international aerial mapping project. The aircraft was flying over Australia. The aircraft was flying at a slow rate of speed and the bomb-bay doors and the side doors were open.

There were cameras mounted in the bomb-bay section to photograph the terrain below. The observer saw the object approach the B-52 from slightly behind. It appeared less than a mile away and started pacing the aircraft. It did so for about 2 minutes.

During this time the observer snapped 3 photographs with a small camera he had to hand. At least one other crew member saw the object also. The object disappeared at a high rate of speed.

My friend, mentioned above, saw the photographs about 4 years ago, just after they were taken.

On 4 inch by....

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Friday, 07 December

17:08

Human Right Day Special Broadcast News

Human Rights Day 2018, Monday 10 December

Join 3CR's Human Rights Day broadcast on Monday 10 December. 
7am - 2pm and across the day with  Monday Breakfast, Women on the Line, Mujeres Latinoamericanas, The Black Block, Doin Time, Beyond Zero Emmissions Community and special guests.


 

10:16

Meeting with Peter Khalil Newlands Community News

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Following the success of the School Strike for Climate, a group of high school and primary school student are meeting with our local MP Peter Khalil to discuss their concerns around climate change. 

The meeting will be held at Khalil's office at 3, Munro St Coburg, next Tuesday the 11th of December from 5.30pm-6pm. Any school-aged children are welcome to join for the meeting, and a crafternoon session on ...

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Thursday, 06 December

21:53

Holistic Pastoral Newlands Community News

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Holistic Pastoral - Ethical, Regenerative Farmed Meat Deliveries for Christmas!

It's late in the afternoon and the sun is starting to set in the west over the hills, the light it is throwing on the Blue Range is soft and golden.  Our old red tractor is bumping across the paddock, towards our sheep and chooks. 

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21:49

Rally Newlands Community News

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Come and show our politicians that its not just the kids who are demanding change and leadership in the face of a climate emergency. If they want to show us they are serious about protecting our kids future they must put an end to the era of coal, including blocking the proposed Adani mega mine and all new coal mines. 


This Saturday, 10.30-12.30 at the State Library.

Facebook event:...

21:48

Cookbook Newlands Community News

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Locally made Christmas idea!

Summer cookbook by the author of the Hungry Girls Cookbooks.

Thirteen mostly vegetarian recipes.

First in a series for each season.
...

21:44

For Sale Newlands Community News

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Hi there, 


We have had a clean out and want to get rid of a few things. Theyre cheap!

Pick up in Coburg North. 

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20:54

start - [Talks] Added 2018-12-30 MLUG

Next Meeting Details Below Note: for December 2018 only we won't be having a meeting. Enjoy your Christmas break! Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room

08:52

Video Game Blog Newlands Community News

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Hi my name is Banjo, I have made a blog and please check it out.


It's about video games.
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Wednesday, 05 December

21:48

Free Newlands Community News

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Trampoline for free - Reservoir.


Good quality sturdy trampoline for free. Two years old. Three metres diameter excluding safety padding. Only hitch is you will need to disassemble. But will help with knowing how to reassemble. Phone Leonie 0409 401 246

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21:31

The long run "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We're all dead

Wow, some tremendous excitement about the recent sharp increase to 43,727 Melbourne stock listings (thanks for all the Tweets!).

Since you're interested, below is the split between houses and units, per SQM Research.

Stock levels are broadly about back to where they were three years ago, and this is mainly due to a surge in completions and slower sales.

New listings are way down in Sydney and Melbourne, which is not all that surprising given unemployment rates in these cities are about 4 per cent and 4 per cent respectively (meaning that are there are few forced sellers). 


Note that the population of Melbourne is increasing - up by a record high of +125,400 in FY2017 - so over time a higher number of listings is to be expected, given the larger overall stock of dwellings. 

One of the interesting things I noted from the Census is the remarkably low share of population in Melbourne living in an apartment, for a city that is now home to more than 5 million people. 

It's an idea I explored in a little more detail in my free workshop he...

21:02

Tickets Newlands Community News

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Anyone interested in these FRONT ROW Tex Perkins tickets, no longer able to go:

Tex Perkins (The Man in black)
This Friday 7th Dec
Palms at Crown
Front row seats!

Two tickets available.
$91 each ticket as per original price paid.

Check it out here:

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20:57

Needed Newlands Community News

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Hi,

Does anyone have a baby gate needing a new home?

The kind to stop crawlers going down the stairs. 

A friend needs one just for a couple of months, and op shops don't love to stock used baby safety stuff, so no luck there.

...

17:56

TRUE OPINION: Police investigating police investigating police "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

TRUE OPINION: Recent scandals in Victoria have highlighted the need for reforms in the way complaints against police are looked at. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, explains why it's finally time for police accountability to go further than officers simply investigating their colleagues. [READ MORE]

16:53

NEXT TIME YOURE IN The Westsider

A travel lover's gastronomic world tour!

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11:51

MOMENTS OF CLARITY #35 The Westsider

Tim Logan's humorous view on modern life's situations, illustrated by Jess Murray.

The post MOMENTS OF CLARITY #35 appeared first on The Westsider.

11:48

Want To Know Why The Far Right Is Rising? Look To Canberra. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Anyone confused about why the far right in Australia feels emboldened should probably tune into our federal parliament some time, writes Joshua Badge.

There have always been those who are made profoundly uneasy by ethnic and cultural diversity in this country, but as White Australia began to recede in the latter half of the 20th century those most intolerant of difference found themselves on the fringes of acceptable society.

The 1960s saw the rise of the Nationalist Socialist Party of Australia, but the explicit link to Nazism proved unpopular and the party dissolved before the end of the decade. Next came the Australian National Front which campaigned for warm relations with Britain and deporting non-white immigrants, but similarly fizzled out.

By the 1980s the militant National Action supplanted these groups. Notably, a splinter group of National Action engaged in a spate of assaults and firebombing which a judge memorably called a months-long terrorist campaign. With striking candour, ASIOs 89-90 annual report concluded that the only discernible threat of politically motivated violence comes from the racist right.

Abandoning White Australia meant deserting such illiberal groups, and the public traditionally shunned far-right activity of this kind. Politicians, for their part, refused to engage with them or appeal to their sensibilities. In recent years, however, this is proving not to be the case.

At the forefront of this movement was Reclaim Australia, a protest group which held nation-wide anti-Islam demonstrations around 2015, and loosely associated with hate groups. Other organisations such as Party for Freedom claimed fame by posing for anti-Islam photo stunts and bearing signs which read multiculturalism is genocide.

Extremist groups swiftly followed, such as the neo-Nazi Antipodean Resistance which hosts radicalisation camps where members pose in front of swastikas and pledge allegiance to Hitler. Another group, the United Patriots Front, claims solidarity with...

11:47

MARIBYRNONG FREIGHT NEWS FINALE The Westsider

Finally... the dreaded showdown with the editor

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08:56

Leadership Learning Intensive Plan to Win

LifeGivingLeadership

Plan to Win invites social movement leaders to take a big leap forward in your development in 2019. Six participants will meet regularly to learn and grow together.

Each participant will receive focused group and one-to-one coaching to:

  • Reduce barriers to the effectiveness of your social change work
  • Clarify direction on personal, organisational, campaign, and movement levels
  • Deepen critical thinking
  • Open up creativity and problem solving
  • Connect to inner wisdom and values
  • Build resilience and connection

The program will provide a concentrated burst of coaching to move you forward, while strengthening your capacity to hold space and coach others.

Format

Initial one-day training on Friday 1 or Saturday 2 February (tbc) including:

  • Meeting and connecting
  • Engaging creative and critical thinking
  • Strategic questioning
  • Coaching skills
  • Action learning set practice

Six two hour long sessions, held monthly: February June. At each session one participant will present a challenge they are facing in their social change work. The group will support them to gain greater clarity, canvas options and decide on a path forward. During each session there will also be time for paired work so all participants get focused attention on their own challenges.

Program wrap up and goal setting: August. A final session shaped in response to the emerging needs of the group. Each participant will be supported to set clear goals for their future leadership including ongoing critical enquiry and development.

Monthly peer coaching sessions with one other member of the group.

Optional readings will be provided each month for online discussion.

Please note that this is an intensive program that requires commitment to attending all sessions. A time for the monthly sessions will be agreed by the group and the expectation is that this is non-negotiable time in your diary. Numbers are stric...

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Tuesday, 04 December

21:13

Free Newlands Community News

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Free kids desk  - on nature strip outside 56 Wallace St, West Preston. All pieces there and in good condition. First in best desked. 


21:12

Free Newlands Community News

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Hi Newlanders,


I have a comfy big armchair looking for a new home.

Could do with a clean but is super nice for curling up in.

...

17:52

Melbourne listings surge out of the blocks "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Listings surge

It's an easier buying environment for property seekers in one sense right now, but it's also become considerably harder to get a mortgage. 

It may be a buyer's market, but many can't afford to buy what they thought they might be able to. 

Stock listings rose in November, as they are wont to do, but the increase in listings in Melbourne has been by far the most substantial, with total stock listings running all the way up to 43,727 from 33,070 a year earlier. 

The latest figures from SQM Research are charted below, and showed that the usual November increase was noticeably more marked in Melbourne (as always, you can click on the graphics to expand them): 


In Sydney there has also been a marked increase in listings in certain regions.

Here's one such postcode, via SQM's detailed figures - a looming glut that was flagged many moons ago, and one which is clearly reflected in the Ryde sub-region experiencing the greatest fall in prices from the market peak in early-to-mid 2017. 


At last there is some stock on the market in Hobart, with a 17 per cent monthly increase to 2,427 listings, but in spite of extraordinarily low vacancy rates in the Tasmanian capital prospective investors are still finding it hard to borrow.

...

17:37

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #623 onlymelbourne

Read Online This Week: 4 - 10 December 2018Newsletter | #623 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 4th December 2018 to Monday 10th December 2018 Melbourne Christmas Festival Rehash | Friday Night Live Bogan Bingo | Kyllie Kicks MS for Six Mental As Anything Creedence 50th Anniversary Show Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide Adults Only Night | LEGOland African Music and Cultural Festival 2018 Australian DanceSport Championships 2018 Big Day Out For Dogs 2018 Carols by Kingston 2018 Cruden Farm | Open Day Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds Hemp Health and Innovation Expo 2018 Kidz Expo 2018 Kriskindl Festival 2018 Melbourne ToyRun 2018 World Rice Festival 2018 Melbourne's Carols By Candelight Monash Carols By Candlelight 2018 Santa's Magical Kingdom 2018 Suitcase Rummage | Northcote Twilight Christmas Festival 2018 Wild Horses Festival 2018 School Of Rock | The Musical Christmas Gift Extravaganza Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds Christmas Gift Shopping New Years Eve Celebrations Enjoy #Melbourne Get [ This Week ] Free by email every Tuesday. Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square, a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santa's House Christmas Projections Melbourne's Christmas Festival 2018 Santa's Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santa's Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Christmas Gift Extravaganza Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December 2018 | Cromwell Street Collingwood An Indoor Marketplace where you will find all your ethical Christmas Gift Ideas in one place. Entry is free accepting donations for Senhoa.org and Streat. Christmas Gift Extravaganza Bogan Bingo | Kyllie Kicks MS for Six Saturday 8th December 2018 @ Tabcorp Park All funds raised go towards Kyllie who has Multiple Sclerosis. Get your best thongs out, dust your fave flannie off, grab your sheila and get ready for a great night out. Kyllie Kicks MS for Six | Bogan Bingo | Buy Tickets Mental As Anything | Live Friday 7th December 2018 | Kingston City Hall Australia's True Pop Pioneers Mental As Anything, playing all their hits The Nips Are Getting Bigger, If You Leave Me Can I Come Too, Live It Up plus many others. Mental As Anything | Buy Tickets School Of Rock | The Musical Limited Season November & December 2018 | Her Majesty's Theatre ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S HIT MUSICAL School Of Rock | The Musical | ticketek.com.au Friday Night Live Music Licensed Bayswater venue featuring live music every Friday night. Friday 7th - Rehash (Debut at London Eleven) Tickets Friday 14th - Christmas Party with the Marty...

10:12

Weird responses of righteous fury, against students who protested about about climate change "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The weirdest right-wing takes on the student climate protest , Australias free speech warriors took a righteous stand against children fighting for their future. Crikey, DEC 03, 2018   After years of apocalyptic headlines and government intransigence on climate change, the sight of thousands of high school students packing Sydneys Martin Place last Friday provided a jolt of much-needed hope for the future. Armed with loudspeakers, and some incredibly creative posters, the strike which also took place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Coffs Harbour, Bendigo and other city centres  represented part of a global surge of student-led climate change protests.

It also caused a surge of righteous fury among conservative politicians and commentators; a feeling that was not shared by most Australians who are more worried about climate change than ever, and increasingly are in favour of more renewable energy. Heres a selection of the responses from those who chose to take a stand against the children advocating for their future: (subscribers only) 

https://www.crikey.com.au/2018/12/03/student-climate-protest-takes/

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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.

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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...

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...

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