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Tuesday, 16 October

22:47

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #616 onlymelbourne

Read Online This Week: 16 - 22 October 2018 Newsletter | #616 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 16th October 2018 to Monday 22nd October 2018 Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Garage Sale Trail Weekend Main Street Mornington Festival Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo Royal Geelong Show Shot in the City of Port Phillip Spooktober Spring Fling Street Festival The Finders Keepers Market Weekend Wrap Enjoy #Melbourne Garage Sale Trail Weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2018 Join the movement along with 400,000 Australians by hosting a sale or shopping the trail. Garage Sale Trail 2018 | Trail Map Festival Melbourne 2018 3 - 21 October 2018 The Melbourne Festival encompasses dance, circus, theatre, contemporary and classical music, visual arts, film and more. Festival Melbourne 2018 | What's On The Finders Keepers Market Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October | Royal Exhibition Building A massive three day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls. The Finders Keepers Market Friday Night Live Music Licensed venue in Bayswater featuring live music every Friday night. Fri 19th October - Maskara - Women of Rock Fri 26th October - Hard Edge and Pool Comp Live At London Eleven | Buy Tickets Here Shot in the City of Port Phillip Saturday October 20 and 27 | Sunday October 21 and 28 Melbourne Camera Club - South Melbourne Photography exhibition celebrates the human and geographical diversity of a local municipality through the lens of the Melbourne Camera Club. Entry is FREE Shot in the City of Port Phillip | Photography Exhibition Spooktober 2018 Oct 31 - Nov 4 | St Kilda Town Hall Melbourne's biggest and spookiest 5-day Halloween Festival Spooktober Spooktober 2018 | Buy Tickets Yarra River Self-Drive Boat Hire Self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no boat license or experience required. Melbourne Boat Hire | Rates and Book Online Pentolina Fresh Pasta and Bar Melbourne's new shrine to pasta in the heart of the CBD. Fresh pasta made in-house daily Mon - Sat 11am 10pm | 2, 377 Little Collins St, Melbourne Pentolina | Review Weekend Wrap Alibaba E-Commerce Expo Archibald Prize Exhibition Arms and Militaria Fair Australian Hi-Fi and AV Show Bendigo Uncorked Week Box Hill Record and Comic Fair Buddy Run Caulfield Cup Docklands Blues Music Festival Main Street Mornington Festival...

22:19

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Mountain of yukka offcuts our the front of 19 George St Preston- come help yourself. 

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22:17

Friends of Edgars Creek Newlands Community News

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How sweet it has been to hear rain falling today! Hopefully we can get some more tonight and over the next few days; gee it has been dry!

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15:16

Drumming up Community Connection with rhythm and beats "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When Annie Fletcher and her family moved back from WA to Melbourne, Hurstbridge seemed a nice spot at the end of the train line. It wasnt until theyd been living there a few months that Annie realised the rich arts community theyd been fortunate to move into.

Keen to get into more hand-drumming, Annie decided to hook into the local scene, in particular the regular jamming sessions at St Andrews market, which at that time had a weekly drum circle. This lead to a conversation with the local neighbourhood house about starting a beginners group and, fourteen years later as Drum Connection, the beat goes on.

I wasnt a particularly experienced drummer at that time but, because Id been a teacher for many years, I used my teaching skills to work out what I wanted to teach and how and it just grew from there. My intrinsic love of rhythm had also been honed over many years with my passion and tertiary study in Dance.

Numbers were low to start with, but running the group gave Annie an opportunity to assimilate into the community, it helped me find my place and it was just so rewarding.

Participation in the new group continued to grow with spots of natural fluctuation, but the community music experience continued as a weekly dose of positive good fun.

I always say there are no mistakes in the drumming, there are just variations on a theme and a bit of jamming is fine. People like that and if they struggle with a particular rhythm, they can just play the first beat of each bar or the main beats of the rhythm and when the finishing call comes, they can whack the drum again and finish with the group, so its accessible to all.

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14:55

Monkey Coffee "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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11:07

Libs say they will protect Mornington Peninsula from overdevelopment "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.

"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.

Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."

He adds his opinion that,

"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."

Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.

He concludes,

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09:09

You, Again St Kilda News

If the history of your relationship was thrown onto the walls of a gallery, what would you see? What would you find? The National Theatre Drama School Graduates of 2018 present the new original work; You, Again. An immersive and physically rich ensemble piece which blurs the lines between theatre and installation art, You, Again []

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07:35

Demographer slams overdevelopment in Melbourne - Video and text "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Professor Bob Birrell [1] calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...

07:24

GTA Cheat Developers Have Homes Searched and Assets Frozen "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Over the past year there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers.

More than a handful have been filed in the US, but theres also been some action in Australia recently.

In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular Infamous cheat.

This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order.

The orders are issued against the person or persons known as Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Per the courts order, all are prohibited from cheating and can be imprisoned if they refuse to comply.

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The associated search order identifies two Melbourne premises. It allows a search party to enter the buildings and search, copy, or remove relevant evidence including any computer, electronic storage device, or documents related to Infamous. Any cars that are located at these locations can also be searched.

In addition to the search order, the Federal Court also issued a freezing order preventing the defendants from taking out more money than needed for regular expenses.

You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount), the order states.

This freezing order also applies to any cryptocurrency and other digital currency, including the money stored in the PayPal account thats assigned to Christopher Anderson.

It is likely that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive will try to obtain copyright infringement related damages, and with the freezing order they can make sure that the money isnt spent beforehand.

The orders in question were initially not disclosed, but that restriction has now been lifted. From the information we have available the searches were carried out late last month. In a follow-up order, the federal court ruled that the freezing and other orders should remain in place for now.

The defendant(s) have yet to file a defense, which is expected later...

07:19

Love Water Protect Forests Newlands Community News

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Join us for upcoming event in Preston on 23 October, from 7pm!

Love Water - Protect Forests: A musical evening to celebrate our forests
 
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07:17

Free Newlands Community News

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Free extendable IKEA Pelto table. 

Seats 6, or 8 when extended. Shows some signs of wear on the top, please see photos. Perfect for use with a tablecloth, or craft table etc. Pickup from Reservoir near Crispe Park. 

Please text  0403 979 003.

07:10

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06:16

Bruce Wilson - "Gillard flew to my rescue" in May 1992 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard flew from Melbourne to Perth in 1992 to iron out legal trouble over a union association, her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson told an inquiry yesterday. Mr Wilson, then a senior Australian Workers Union official, told a Royal Commission Ms Gillard flew to his side when...

05:32

Telstra's real dads "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Real Dads of Melbourne enjoying big screen vibes with the @SamsungAU Galaxy Note9 on @Telstra pic.twitter.com/2qs4LXkL5p Telstra (@Telstra) October 5, 2018

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Monday, 15 October

23:51

Is America reaching its end phase ? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Empires dont last forever [1]. America empire may be now reaching its end phase.

1. Signs of American end phase.

American Congress is now in the hands of half-citizens (each congress member with dual citizenship has only half-loyalty to America) and is under tremendous pressure from lobbyists.

Congress and Supreme Court are fighting hard to take-over Presidential power: Supreme Court tries to incapacitate Executive power (as granted by the Constitution) on many cases then gives Congress the final says on those cases.

American politicians are now denouncing populism of their own President Donald Trump and of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban[5] . They are

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13:26

When can domestic undergraduates be charged full fees? Andrew Norton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:09

Madiba St Kilda News

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

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05:26

We need wage theft laws now "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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

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

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

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

Why is this important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Sunday, 14 October

20:06

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

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

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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...

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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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Monday, 09 July

21:01

Up and down Mt Juliet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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

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

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

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Friday, 06 July

21:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:22

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

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

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the idea is absurd.

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

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

But such a move has happened before.

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

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

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

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

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

The concession isnt fair, but its efficient.

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

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

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

16:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The combina...

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Tuesday, 03 July

15:28

Land Titles Registry Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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

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Monday, 02 July

17:01

ECCV AGAINST CROWNS SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ECCV AGAINST CROWNS SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS

Monday July 2nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, 04 May

08:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swan Song

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, 08 April

11:20

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

Dear readers,

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

The 'Ata' anomaly

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

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

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

The 'Starchild' skull

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

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