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Tuesday, 23 January

10:59

GM Golden Rice Bubble Bursts MADGE Inc

For Immediate Release 23rd January 2018

Golden Rice Debunked

One carrot has the same amount of vitamin A found in nearly 4kg of cooked GM golden rice. 75 days after harvest a person would need to eat 31 kg to get the same amount as in a handful of fresh parsley as Vitamin A degrades in storage. [1]

The International Rice Research Institute has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) for GM golden rice to be approved for sale in Australia (A1138). This approval was strongly sponsored by the industry corporates like, Syngenta and Dow who are part developers of the GM rice. [2] FSANZ was asked to deny the approval by a Filipino farmer-led group, MASIPAG.[2] MASIPAG said an approval in Australia means the Philippines could automatically approve the GM rice with no democratic participation. They note that there are no studies comparing this rice with locally available Vitamin A rich food or with the government programme of supplements. Filipino farmers could be seduced into growing GM golden rice, rejecting traditional varieties which are nutritionally diverse and fulfil the needs for food security and human health.

The GM rice contains three new proteins that have altered the rice endosperm so it can produce vitamin A. The whole application has been assessed using unpublished applicant data. FSANZ did not receive, or request, any ingestion/feeding studies with the application, so there are no publications on whether the GM rice would cause allergic reactions or even anaphylaxis in children, immune compromised people or the elderly. FSANZ is aware that this application is not because GM golden rice will be sold in Australia. Instead it could be a contaminant in rice, rice flour, bran, bran oil or husks. This GM rice application means rice products contaminated with GM Golden Rice will need neither labelling nor recall. The Australian consumer will be unaware what they are eating.

The Golden Rice crop is unstable, as is shown by the wildly varying b-carotene yields [3]. FSANZ cannot do an adequate assessment on nutritional safety due to this instability, especially in the levels of nutrients and anti-nutrients.

We ask the Ministers on the Forum to request a review of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval of GM golden rice (A1138) under section 21 of the FSANZ Act. We ask for comprehensive 90 day feeding trials, peer reviewed evidence that the GM golden rice can be stored and cooked without nutrient loss and that the GM golden rice produces a stable level of Vitamin A,&r...

09:44

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs Damn the Matrix

As you may know if you read this blog often enough, I am completely anti jobs and growth. So many jobs are bullshit jobs these days, and so much automation is coming on board like Amazon opening a store with almost no staff as one prime example that the future of work is hardly well defined, especially as we head into a low energy future. Just this week, I was pointed to a book and an article on these issues that I thought Id shara and comment on, and as always, your comments are more than welcome..

Utopia for Realists : and how we can get there - Rutger BregmanThe book I was pointed to is one Geoff Lawton is currently reading, or so he tells me..  its called Utopia for Realists. It certainly looks interesting to me, and I might just buy it, even if the Guardian gives it a caning

This is a book with one compelling proposition for which you can forgive the rest. It is utopian visions that have driven humanity forwards. It was the hope we could fly, conquer disease, motorise transport, build communities of the faithful, discover virgin land or live in permanent peace that has propelled men and women to take the risks and obsess about the new that, while not creating the utopia of which they dreamed, has at least got us some of the way. Celebrate the grip that utopia has on our imagination. It is the author of progress.

But if this is the books big insight, much of the rest fluctuates from the genuinely challenging to politically correct tosh. My biggest beef is the idea that increasingly grips liberal thinkers desperate for anything radical the concept of a universal income for all. Financially, behaviourally and organisationally bonkers, this idea is gaining traction on the bien pensant left. The proposition is that because a rogue capitalism is going to automate away most of our jobs, human wellbeing can only be assured by everyone receiving a universal basic income.

I dont know what this book critic thinks people with no jobs will spend to keep the economy going  maybe hell...

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Monday, 22 January

19:47

Antony Hampel Alive Events Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Event Management Company in Sydney, Melbourne, and Australia wide. Specialises in brand activation, retail activations, experiential marketing and many more. Events produced by Antony Hampel of Alive Events Agency. "

13:37

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

13:36

Does Melbourne Australia Have an African Gang Problem? (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Survival"





The Australian government has left citizens defenceless through it's policy of unarmed self defence. It is illegal in Australia to purchase or posses anything specifically intended for self defence or defence of one's family, this includes no capsicum sprays, no tasers, no guns, no anything! This is backed by the UN Human Rights committee! I see this as a crime against the people, the government is putting our lives at risk in a society where home invasions & attacks on the streets appears to be on the increase. The Australian government appears to put the welfare of criminals far above the welfare of the common people.

12:28

The Gang In Blue Is The Real Menace In Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Anews"

As politicians and media play racialised politics with the lives of Melburnians, Michael Brull urges people not to forget the history of the police in how we actually got here.

Ever since the Victorian Liberals started ramping up the demonisation of African gangs in Melbourne with the Federal Racist in Chief Peter Dutton quickly joining in the response of progressives has been critical, but partly defensive.

The defensiveness has come in the form of conceding that yes, people of African descent are over-represented in some sorts of crimes in Victoria. However, the general crime rate is falling, and the over-representation is more or less accounted for by socio-economic disadvantage.

So take the standard statistic. People of Sudanese and South Sudanese background in Victoria make up 0.14 percent of the population, but are about 1.5 percent of the criminal population. It is concluded from this that Sudanese and South Sudanese immigrants are about 10 times more likely to commit various crimes.

A file image of Victorian police.A file image of Victorian police.

Similar conclusions could be drawn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They make up some 2 percent of Australians over 18, but 27 percent of people in prison. In this case too, part of the over-representation can be attributed to socio-economic disadvantage. But the crime statistics themselves arent neutral. They are reflective of oppressive and discriminatory policing habits.

When people see that Sudanese people are over-represented in crime statistics, a red flag should go up that another racial minority is being heavily policed. We cannot know the extent to which the statistics are influenced by the nature of how police interact with Sudanese immigrants. But it is irre...

08:01

January 22 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"



1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....

02:34

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney Morning Herald

Hes calculated and manipulative, a predator: Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Kate McClymont
  • Kate McClymont

For the past 25 years Craig McLachlan has been the golden-haired boy of the Australian theatre and television industry.

But now the Gold Logie award-winning actor famous for his starring roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home and Away stands accused of indecent assault, sexual harassment, exposing himself and bullying female colleagues.

A major investigation by Fairfax Media and the ABC can reveal that a number of female cast members of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show have alleged they were abused, harassed or assaulted by McLachlan, 52.

Two cast members have lodged a complaint with Victoria Police, alleging that a number of actresses in the show were subjected to McLachlan touching their genitals, groping their breasts, exposing himself and pressing his penis against them.

Complaints to the production company, the Gordon Frost Organisation, fell on deaf ears, they say.

Hes really calculated and very manipulative, a predator, said model and actress Erika Heynatz, one of those who have gone to the police.......

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Sunday, 21 January

08:00

January 21 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.
Allegedly.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.


1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died...

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Saturday, 20 January

22:07

Business borrows again as economy picks up "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lending up

A nice +9.5 per cent rise in Lending Finance in November 2017 to $74.3 billion. 

This was the biggest monthly gain in several years, and a 12-month high. 

Businesses are borrowing again, which is good to see, with a +14.7 per cent monthly increase in commercial finance commitments. 


Personal lending has been trending moderately higher for the past 7 months.

Meanwhile, there's clearly been a shift from investors to owner-occupiers in the housing market.

And finally, loans to buy blocks of land soared to a record high $8 billion in the month.


Victoria's population surge clearly in evidence here.

The wrap

This is the latest in what is now proving to become a steady stream of stronger data releases.

Just look at what we've seen in only the past few weeks alone:

-record employment growth in 2017 of +404,000 (& a surge in the participation rate)

-record high jobs vacancies of 210,800 - easily the highest ever figure 

-record high value of building approved - a massive pipeline of commercial, infrastructure, and residential building in the pipeli...

21:33

Melbourne Water about to de-tree Koala corridor in Frankston "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne Water is about to de-tree Frankston koala corridor by removing mature trees from banks of a huge park with a water retarding basin in it at Lee Street Frankston 3199. They are claiming that the trees are 'destabilising' the banks. But of course the trees are holding the banks together and keeping the water-table down. Who is accountable for these kinds of decisions that are based on what sound like lies that make no sense? Frankston Council is apparently going along with this. It seems totally insane and anti-life and nature. Inside is a video alerting us to the details.

This is a link to a facebook video: https://www.facebook.com/Michellekoalasaver/videos/1831105523600205/.

The person speaking in the video is Michele Thomas, of Animalia, who is a well-respected wildlife carer, who knows what she is talking about regarding koalas. See "Animalia's Michelle Thomas gives koala mouth to mouth in night rescue".

Mad tree removal excuses

This tree removal with barmy excuses seems to be a new trend. Recently they machine-ripped out trees all along the sides and median strips of a shady Mornington Peninsula highway, one of few relatively pleasant highways to travel on, due to the shade and green. See http://candobetter.net/node/5304. The reasons given were that cars might run into them and that they were for eliminating all risks. (Not risks of depression leading to suicide in those who were revolted and felt powerless, of course.) AWPC managed to stop them from ripping them out quite so fast, but the kept on with a different machine at a different pace and they paid for a few possum boxes (not enough for all the possums and other wildlife that were and continue to be displaced.)

The overpopulation link

We know that trees are being ripped out for more houses and more roads to squeeze in the invited economic immigrants that make up over 60% of population growth in Australia. This is obvious with the road widening in Hoddle Street and in the destruction of Melbourne...

14:00

Its Time to Rethink the Term LGBTIQA+ "GroovUs Feed Anews"

LGBTIQA+ is a term often employed to be inclusive but it runs the risk of being so inclusive it loses all meaning.

A participant wears a LGBT flag as people take part in the Annual Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn, New York, June 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among gay men and heterosexual people.

This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, the exchange of bodily fluids. Whether people involved have a particular identity, as the words used in the report suggest, is irrelevant.

Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct,...

13:00

Aussie Heatwave Electricity Shortfall, Hospital Emergency Measures, Coal Blamed "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in

12:35

South Australias heatwave will not affect power supply "GroovUs Feed Anews"

SA heatwave will not affect power supply, Treasurer says, as TDU amateur cyclists ignore warnings, ABC News 19 Jan 18, By political reporter Nick Harmsen and staff  The South Australian Government is not expecting to use the states new backup diesel power generators despite temperatures well into the mid-40s forcing a tight power supply balance.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has issued a level two lack of reserve notice for the state late this afternoon, meaning there is a small buffer of surplus generation available.A level three notice means unexpected load shedding blackouts are likely.

The power supply situation is even tighter in Victoria  with AEMO flagging the possibility of curtailing power to some industrial customers who have volunteered to be part of a demand management scheme.

SAs hottest temperature so far recorded today was a scorching 47.4 degrees Celsius at Wudinna on Eyre Peninsula.Port Augusta hit 46.5C, Whyalla reached 46.4C and Lameroo and Tarcoola both had tops of 46C.SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said while the states temporary generators were ready, they were unlikely to be used this afternoon.

In terms of supply we should be okay, he said.

Victoria I understand is about to load she...

08:39

APRadio weekly podcast available "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

Harry touches on Gangs of Melbourne with an email from a terrified mother describing death threats to her `12 year old son and police admit they are powerless Turnbull commanding the default military backup for Japan with no fuel, bullets or engagement ready equipment . Queensland Greens protected crocs killing tourist trade Bob Hudsons Newcastle song revisited to 1970s . Click Here

08:00

January 20 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was  Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan  (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.


1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbourne Town Hall with a banquet to kick off the third and (at long last!) final session of the National Australasian Convention (where the delegates agreed on drafting the Constitution Bill...but not before they dragged it out until the 17th March).
But the banquet...!
Prawn cocktail...

04:06

Pair of pit bull terriers severely maul 4-year-old in Melbourne, Florida "GroovUs Feed Anews"

A 4-year-old child "severely mauled" by a pair of pit bulls Thursday afternoon in Brevard County was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando for treatment, police said. The incident happened about 1:15 p.m. at The Meadows mobile home park off Rolling Rock Drive near John Rodes Boulevard, just north of Eau Gallie Boulevard. Paramedics responded to the scene within minutes. "They're working on him now," Melbourne police Lt. Steve Sadoff told News 6 partner Florida Today. Three pit bull mixes were taken from the scene by Brevard County animal control, but four dogs were at the residence at the time of the attack, officers said. Police said the child suffered multiple lacerations but is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

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Friday, 19 January

11:23

Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly "GroovUs Feed Anews"



Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Barts music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckleys of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or rachelbuckley@bigpond.com. $25 goes directly to the artist.

09:59

This Way North Announce Sass The Patriarchy February Residency "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of This Way North Melbourne duo This Way North have announced a Wednesday night residency at the Northcote Social Club throughout February titled Sass the Patriarchy. The night will be about about positive action, the creation of opportunity for women, and a chance to show support for the amazing women in our community []

08:00

January 19 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.

1800 -  John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta) is known to say that no gun or pistol can kill him He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over
30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.

1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.


1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.

1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.

1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.

1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.

1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.

1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.

1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.

1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.

1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA

1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.

1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.

1907 A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.

1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1926 - The 10th Federal Parliament opened.

1931 -Canberra Airport opened.

1931 - Australian National Airways (ANA) began a daily Hobart to Melbourne air service.

1939 - Author H.G Wells had seen a light on and thought he'd pop in to Australia. While gracing our shores, he gave a chat on ABC radio about Utopias.


1945 - In a War C...

02:34

Election 2018: Stop the 'streamlining': Restore our city and our parks with public transport "GroovUs Feed Anews"

VicRoads recently closed down Hoddle Street for a week to work on streamlining the corridor. The project is expected to continue for the rest of 2018.

"Streamlining" in this case is a euphemism for increasing the capacity of Hoddle Street for higher volumes of vehicle traffic every day. Whilst dedicated bus lanes are part of the project the Andrews government intends that the overwhelming future growth in traffic movements will be passenger cars.

The project was previously under serious consideration by the Brumby Labor government which lost office in 2010. It was sidelined by the incoming Baillieu government which, at least initially, sensibly "parked" the project with a view to, at last, building a rail line to Doncaster Hill instead. That did not materialise in the wake of an inadequate analysis that contemplated a rail line from Melbourne CBD, not to the major passenger destination of Doncaster Hill, but to the "Park and Ride" at the intersection of the Eastern Freeway and Doncaster Road in Doncaster.

The fact is that increasing road capacity at the expense of public transport, as the Hoddle Street streamlining project does, is far less space efficient than increased public transport capacity. One fully loaded train carries about as many people as one freeway lane occupied by passenger vehicles in a whole hour. The successor Napthine government's favourite, if critically flawed infrastructure project, the proposed East West Link, would have sacrificed significant open space, including much of the priceless parkland of Royal Park for a "spaghetti junction" with the Tullamarine Freeway in Parkville.

Importantly, it would have also absorbed the median strip on the Eastern Freeway between Hoddle Street and Bulleen Road for additional vehicle lanes. As this space has for years been earmarked for a rail line to Doncaster it would have dealt a severe, if not terminal, blow to the promise of an acceptable public transport service for residents of Melbourne's north eastern suburbs who have no tram or train services.

As we head into this 2018 election year we have a deep obligation to put a stop to this freeway madness and the serial sidelining of public transport by the major parties. There is no sign yet, though, that they have heard the message. If the status quo were to be maintained we also face the futu...

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Thursday, 18 January

09:26

Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces First Round Of Artists for 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of The Lost Brothers The Fairbridge Folk Festival have just announced their first round of artists and I think its time to start booking flights to WA. This years lineup includes UK Euro-gypsy-ska group Sheelanagig, Irish harmonic duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Lost Brothers (above), Victorian favourites Perch Creek, the brand []

09:03

What it really means to be Australian "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As 26 January approaches each year, the argument over whether this day is the appropriate occasion to commemorate Australias nationhood rises. This year is no exception

Over recent times, the number of Australians calling for debate and questioning official ceremonies has been growing. There are those who feel threatened by this and dismiss any questioning as un-Australian and divisive. There is reason behind this and I will dome to this presently.

The bottom line is that if there was no problem there would be no argument.Being unprepared to accept that there is a problem is to silence a significant part of Australia. It is inherently undemocratic and divisive.

One does not have to be a dyed in the wool supporter of the Greens, to realise that the vendetta being waged against Adam Band, is part of this silencing of opinion. Last year the Yarra City Council in Melbourne got a beating for transferring its citizen ship ceremony to another date. Two other councils did the same and got similar treatment.

By standing up and breaking the orthodoxy, Bandt and the councils have spoken for many who tre being denied a voice. Throwing mud at them has been a way to avoid mentioning the real issues. It is sad that in the vindictive atmosphere, so many of our political leaders are either joining in the name calling or hiding under the nearest rock.

By the same token, those who dismiss the other important part of Australia, which is at present uncomfortable with the debate, are also wrong. We are in this together. Arriving at a solution requires the answering legitimate concerns.

What is needed is discussion on what it means to be Australian. We nee to talk about a concept of  Australian nationhood that brings ordinary Australians together and we need a vision of where we are heading to.Through resolving these issues, we will gain together, a better understanding about the appropriateness of  26 January as Australias national day.

However the date is of secondary importance. It is important because it is symbolic. Attention must be paid to what is being symbolised.

Some things need to be appreciated. The present day Australian population is made up of many parts. Even if some are challenged by the notion, the reality is that this is a land of peoples originating from many parts of the world bringing in their own cultures and traditions into the mix. Australia is....

08:30

Japan, Australia to ramp up defence ties "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Malcolm Turnbull and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are set to bond over blast-resistant military vehicles made in country Victoria as the pair forge ahead with closer defence ties between Canberra and Tokyo.

The prime minister flew into Tokyo on Thursday morning for the annual leaders talks.Mr Turnbull is expected to visit a Japanese Self Defence Forces base outside of Tokyo, where hell inspect Bushmaster vehicles, made by Thales in Bendigo, Victoria.

Japan has already purchased four Bushmasters and four more have been ordered representing Canberras biggest defence export to Tokyo.

During the visit, Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe are likely to make progress on finalising a visiting forces agreement which will be signed later this year.

The agreement sets out the legal status for military personnel visits, moving equipment and weapons.Under the deal Japanese troops could conduct military exercises out of Darwin almost 76 years after Japans air force bombed the city in World War II.

North Koreas nuclear weapons program is also expected to be canvassed during the bilateral meeting.North Korea fired two ballistic missiles over Japan last year.

Mr Turnbull is adamant economic sanctions remain the best prospect for a peaceful resolution of tension on the Korean peninsula in the near term.

Those economic sanctions are starting to bite, Mr Turnbull told reporters in Geelong on Wednesday ahead of the visit.

Trade and investment are also a key focus of the trip.Mr Turnbull and Mr Abe have been champions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which was thrust into limbo when President Donald Trump withdrew the US.

There were hopes the agreement could be revived at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam last year, without the US.

However, Canada threw a spanner in the works at the last moment when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed to show up to a critical meeting.

Im hopeful that the work that our officials are doing, that we can get Canada to the finish line, in the not too distant future, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo told

ABC Radio on Wednesday.

But getting Canada to return to the TPP party just got more difficult as Canberra uncorks a wine war with Ottawa.

The post Japan, Australia to ramp up defence ties appeared first on Echonetdaily.

03:57

Housing finance strengthens as FHBs return "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Housing finance higher

Well, it was a strong result for housing finance overall, with total commitments rising by +2.3 per cent to above $33.5 billion in seasonally adjusted terms. 

Investor loans were up +1.5 per cent in the month to $12.2 billion, but remain in a medium-term downtrend.

In original terms the total finance for all dwellings was above $37 billion only for the second time ever.  

At the state level, Victoria had the strongest trend in homebuyer commitments.

New dwelling surge

Rather than look through every number in tedious detail, let's take just a quick look at two trends in particular.

Firstly, homebuyers financed more new dwellings in November than in any month since 1978 as the new stock is absorbed domestically.


And secondly, as expected, the number of first homebuyers continued to surge up to 11,091, to sit at comfortably the highest level since the financial crisis stimulus. 

There has been a 60 per cent increase in activity in this cohort since concessionary measures were introduced in July 2017.

Indeed, if you add in first-time investors, it's possible (if not likely) that first time buyer activity is now tracking at above historic averages. 

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Wednesday, 17 January

18:20

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

 

Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

FREMANTLE

Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.

ADELAIDE

Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.

MELBOURNE

Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.

HOBART

Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.

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15:40

Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Freedom Time Festival "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Always a hit with Melbourne and Perth punters, Freedom Time Festival made its debut in Sydney this January. With heavyweights including Larry Heard, Leroy Burgess & Harvey Sutherland, Johnny Osborne, Sassy J & Ruby Savage letting loose in front of the Manning Bar crowd, the atmosphere was electric. Positive vibes all round.

 

FBi Presents Freedom Time Festival | 07.01.18 | Photos by Andrew Aslanidis

 

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08:45

Cranberries singers death not suspicious "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dolores ORiordan of The Cranberries performs live in concert at F1 Rocks at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia. (AOL.com)

The death in London of Cranberries lead singer Dolores ORiordan is not being treated as suspicious, police say, as tributes flow for one of Irelands most successful artists.

ORiordan, 46, was found dead in a London hotel on Monday morning during a recording trip to London ahead of a planned tour, her publicist said. No cause of death has been given.

London police said in a statement that a 46-year-old woman was discovered at a hotel in Londons Park Lane early on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, the statement said.

ORiordan was catapulted to fame as a shy 22-year-old in 1993 when songs from her debut album were picked up by MTV. The band, whose hits included Linger and Zombie went on to sell over 40 million records to become Irelands second-best-selling rock band after U2.

She struggled at times with the bands success, dropping out of a tour in 1996 citing exhaustion and disillusionment and later leaving her native Ireland for several years to avoid the spotlight.

After she pleaded guilty to headbutting and spitting at an Irish police officer in 2014, she told an interviewer that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was struggling with the breakdown of her marriage.

Irelands Prime Minister joined a chorus of praise for ORiordans work, describing her as the voice of her generation.

U2 said in a tweet that they were floored by the news of her death.

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08:00

January 17 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

06:59

Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 


At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 

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Tuesday, 16 January

19:48

#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

villawood

Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...

15:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

15:00

We dont cross borders, they cross us: Sorong Samurai artists on Jack Off "GroovUs Feed Anews"

  • Sorong Samurai artists :: Jack Off with Jack Shit

 

Listen to these extraordinary stories from some of the key artists featured in Homeground Festivals Sorong Samarai a production rooted in West Papuas perpetual quest for the self-determination, as promised by the UN and sabotaged by Indonesia.

Brothers Sam and Yosua Roem survived an incredibly perilous crossing with 43 other members of their community in a single wooden canoe. The journey was meant to take a single day but after being lost and marooned at sea it took them five. Somehow no lives were lost.

Ronny Kareni was sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy for an auspicious entry into Australia by plane, settling in Ballarat before starting his Masters of Diplomacy at the ANU in Canberra.

Airileke was born in Adelaide and lives in Cairns but has family in Gabagaba PNG.

We discuss what drove these courageous souls to take sometimes terrifying risks and how they are actively attempting to improve the lot of their people back home by building bridges internationally.

Then, after sharing these stories of vast (and ongoing) journeys we dont cross borders, they cross us all four unite for two live songs together: first via traditional drums alone; then with ukelele added for an ebullient celebration of Pacific heritage.

 

Listen back to the full episode here. For more sonic storytelling and live to air dittie...

11:32

MEDIA RELEASE 16/01/18 | HUNGER STRIKE STARTS OVER IMMIGRATION DETENTION VISITS RESTRICTIONS "GroovUs Feed Anews"

REFUGEE ACTION COALITION MEDIA RELEASE Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribynong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January. Posters declaring the(...)

05:02

Possible nova in southern Constellation Musca "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Following the posting on the Central Bureau's Transient Object Confirmation Page about a possible Nova in Musca (TOCP Designation: PNV J11261220-6531086) we performed some follow-up of this object through a TEL 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + focal reducer from MPC Code Q62 (iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring). On images taken on January 15.57, 2018 we can confirm the presence of an optical counterpart with R-filtered CCD magnitude ~6.3 at coordinates: R.A. = 11 26 14.95, Decl.= -65 31 24.1 (equinox 2000.0; Gaia DR1 catalogue reference stars). This transient has been reported to CBAT/TOCP by Rob Kaufman, Bright, Victoria, Australia. Discovery image (taken with Canon 650D & 55mm lens) is available here. He also posted a low-resolution spectrum that "shows strong hydrogen emissions as well as FeII lines": Below you can see our confirmation image (single 30-sec exposure through a 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD), click on it for a bigger version:

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Monday, 15 January

16:08

African Australians are being stereotyped for special treatment "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed from Victoria

Peter Dutton, the Minster for Internal Affairs chose the Christmas period to launch an attack on the Australian African community,  publicly singling out Africans for being responsible for a massive wave of gang violence. He said that people in Melbourne were scared to go out to restaurants.

If what he had to say has any truth in it, Melbourne, particularly in the south eastern suburbs and in the west, must be something of a war zone.

This wasnt the ministers own invention. He has been following the lead of the gutter tabloid media of Murdochs news corporation. This hate promoting organisation, has as usual hired as small host of well-paid scribes to lead the charge, headlining a series of beat up stories that make it look like the reality is all out war and Melbournians are locked up in their homes, too afraid to go out into the dangerous streets.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined in the bashing.

Anyone living in the city and visitors know that this is not the way it is.

It is true that a few young people do get involved in gang culture. There are Africans amongst them. But this is more about poverty, lack of opportunity, and rebelliousness. Among those who came to Australia as refugees there may be the legacy of past trauma. This is not about race.

Regardless of this, the reality for young Africans is that they are singled out for special attention. Black stands out. Young African Australians often feel that the police target them because of the colour of their skin. They see the headlines and certain politicians say about them. Is it any wonder that there are those who get angry?

In response, the African community has spoken out and this has compelled the politicians to tone down their language somewhat.

Nevertheless, the attack continues and it spells out a recipe for confrontation. Those who pursue this, want conflict, so they  can use it as a platform for their twisted political agenda. A collection of hate groups have already met together in Melbourne, in order to plan their own action.

News Corporation, Peter Dutton, Malcolm Turnbull and other like minded individuals might in part be driven by the inclination to opportunistically use the issue, as a means to whip Victorias Labor premier Dan Andrews and his government. They also have a considerable amount in common with the hate groups, and in effect assist them.

Theirs is a mind set to find scapegoats to blame for the....

15:04

Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of Husky Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single Walking In Your Sleep. The track is taken from Huskys highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year. Walking in Your Sleep is a []

11:25

Mastadon and Gojira are teaming up on two huge Download Festival sideshows "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Two of the worlds most critically lauded metal acts, Mastadon and Gojira are joining forces on a string of Download Festival sideshows that could literally rival the epic-ness of the entire event itself.

Fans of the trailblazing acts will be treated to Sydney and Brisbane shows after the festival in Melbourne so if youre planning on catching every moment of riff-fuelled greatness, youre in luck.

Tickets to witness this display of modern metal glory go on sale this Friday, via livenation.com.au, the 19th so get in quick.

TOUR DATES:

Mastodon with special guests Gojira

BIG TOP, SYDNEY

MONDAY MARCH 26

EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28

TICKETS:

TICKETS ON SALE

10AM FRIDAY JANUARY 19

09:07

Teslas South Australian battery project a rapid success "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Inverse Innovation 11th Jan 2018. The results are in: Teslas South Australian project, touted as the
worlds largest lithium-ion battery with enough energy to power 30,000
homes, had an astonishing first month of operation. The 100-megawatt
behemoth, originally conceived by Elon Musk through a bet over Twitter, has
inspired the states of Queensland and Victoria to follow suit with their
own projects.
https://www.inverse.com/article/40117-elon-musk-tesla-south-australia-batter

08:49

Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27

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Sunday, 14 January

12:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "GroovUs Feed Anews"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, y...

12:21

Axe negative gearing, boost GDP - RBA conference paper "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Axing negative gearing would lift home ownership to as much as 72.2 per cent of households, cut home prices by just 1.2 per cent and lift rents "only marginally", a study shown to the Reserve Bank of Australia has found.

Preliminary results from the economic modelling exercise, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, were presented to a RBA workshop last month and released on Friday.

Melbourne University researchers Yunho Cho, Shuyun May Li and Lawrence Uren conclude that eliminating negative gearing entirely would lead to an overall welfare gain of 1.5 per cent of GDP, making three quarters of the population better off.

The figure compares to a Treasury prediction of welfare gain of 1.2 per cent from Turnbull government's plan to cut the company tax rate.

Speaking after the release of the paper, Dr Uren stressed the research was incomplete and said it was possible the size of the lift in home ownership could be revised down. But he said the directions of change and magnitudes were unlikely to change much.

An ownership rate of 72 per cent would be the highest since 1991, before 1999 when the Howard government cut the headline rate of capital gains tax making negative gearing more attractive. It currently stands at 66.7 per cent.

During the 2016 election campaign Prime Minister Turnbull said a Labor plan to wind back but not eliminate the negative gearing tax concession would "smash up home values", and "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

The claims were at odds with advice to the government at the time released on Monday under Freedom of Information laws that characterised the likely impact of Labor's proposals as "relatively modest".

Negative gearing allows investors in housing and other assets to deduct investment losses from their wage incomes for the purpose of calculating taxable income. The losses can be recouped later when the asset is sold for a profit, which is taxed at only half the rate of wage income.

Treasury found the arrangement predominantly helped high income families, with more than half of the benefit going to the top 20 per cent of earners.........

12:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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08:00

January 14 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"



1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875....

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Saturday, 13 January

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

Friday, 12 January

21:38

AFG interest-only smash "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Loan sizes up

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its mortgage index for the December 2017 quarter. 

The major lenders have lost market share this year, but the non-banks and alternative lenders have generally picked up the slack, leaving lodgement volumes relatively flat over the year. 

Over the 2017 calendar year the average mortgage size written by AFG brokers increased by a relatively moderate +2.8 per cent.

The largest increase was in Victoria where the average mortgage size jumped by $20,385 to $496,815.

In New South Wales the average mortgage size was higher still at $613,084, having increased by $10,662 over the year, these mainly being capital city loans written to aspirational buyers. 

There were also +3.4 per cent increases in Queensland and South Australia respectively.


Reflecting challenges in the local economy, the average mortgage size in Western Australia declined by -1.1 per cent to $439,944.

The average loan size in the Northern Territory increased, but volumes are so small that there is no meaningful trend to be found in the numbers. 

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Todays Daily Reckoning needs to take one step back before launching into the latest news.

Back in September, we made the case that mortgage competition remained hot, adding

The most interesting thing to watch from here is the first-homebuyer market (FHB). What bothers this group more than anything is the size of the deposit they need, not the repayments

But Im sure theres going to be more government tinkering to get this deposit problem down. Im just not sure what its going to look like.

Huzzah! Todays Australian reports that the Property Council has come out and said that a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme could help address affordability.

Theres no real details on how this would be structured, other than it could be similar to the Keystart program that the West Australian state government runs.

Keystart lets buyers put a 2% deposit down in Perth, without paying lenders mortgage insurance.

I expect something like this to get up sooner rather than later. Already the government is trying to get legislation through to allow first home buyers to save inside their super fund. But it wont be enough.

More buyers and lower deposits are bullish for the property market overall.

The loans should be pretty cheap too

Aussie banks raising money on the cheap

The Aussie banks have raised $9 billion in the first 10 days of the year, according to The Australian Financial Review. The AFR suggests theyre now seeing their most favourable credit market conditions since the global financial crisis.

Thats an opinion, but the numbers suggest its right. ANZ just sold three- and five-year bonds. The rate theyre paying is 30% lower than what CBA got at the same time last year.

This will help the banks margins, and therefore their profitability. This is the kind of thing we need to see for the Aussie market to go higher. It needs the banks to do some heavy lifting here because they dominate the index so much.

We can also gauge the availability of credit in other ways. New development approvals are one way to do that.

Charter Hall just received Victorian approval for a $200 million tower in the Melbourne CBD. Its due to be complete in the first half of 2020.

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10:00

FULL SCALE "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Full Scale caught the attention of the American major labels in the early 2000s and has released new music for the first time in 13 years. Their known for psychedelic and powerful riffs and the new music captures their signature sound perfectly.

 

They are one of Australias most exciting live bands with a legacy of raw, emotional and stunning performances. Full Scale have lined up two shows in both Melbourne and Adelaide, where they will be playing their classic and rare EPs Black Arrows and White Arrows in their entirety on alternating nights. Tracks like Crush, The Story To Tell Your Children and System Of Shame will get their first live airings in over 15 years.

 

Supporting them on this national tour are two of the Australias most exciting hard rock up-and-comers, Darwins Terracotta Pigeons and Sydneys Bad Moon Born.

 

Anyone who caught their early-naughties shows under the name Full Scale at venues like the Espy will testify to their going to take over the world vibe.

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08:26

Qlds economic outlook for 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

CCIQs Joseph Kelly has published a nice note titled Business 2018 examining the outlook for Queensland business in 2018, in which he suggests 2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. Factors that will boost Queenslands economy in 2018 include the Commonwealth Games in April and the resurgence in the resources sector. But energy costs will continue to weigh on businesses. Mr Kelly notes that overall Queenslands economy goes into 2018 with momentum. My own view is that this momentum should continue through 2018. Queenslands economic conditions will most likely remain sound, as the Queensland Treasury described them in the Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review (MYFER) published in mid-December. Expect health, aged care and education to continue to perform well in 2018, as well as new mining and renewable energy investments to provide a boost in regional areas across Queensland (e.g. see this Townsville Bulletin report and this Queensland Government media release from last October).

Based on data published so far this year, such as the retail trade data for November, which were boosted by iPhone X sales but still show weaker growth in Queensland than for NSW and Victoria (see chart below), I wouldnt yet adjust the MYFER forecasts Queensland Treasury made for Queensland economic growth: 2.75% in 2017-18 and 3% in 2018-19. Growth will continue to be respectable, but not extraordinary, so dont get too excited about the Queensland economy just yet. The resources sector may be expanding its exports and boosting growth, but some other sectors (e.g. manufacturing, retail) remain lacklustre.

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01:27

How to deal with a sheriff's warrant "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Many people's first contact with the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA" is in the form of a template letter stating that the "natural person" has outstanding warrants to a particular value.

As of this writing, the template letter has a scanned signature and a name of Brendan Facey, stating that he is the "Sheriff of Victoria".

In accordance with the law, specifically the Infringements Act 2006, S3 on "execution copy" states:

"execution copy", in relation to an infringement warrant, means the copy issued for the purposes of execution and includes an execution copy comprising a number of infringement warrants consolidated under section 86; 

as seen in the scanned document below:




Note: The burden of proof is on the accuser.

If you have obtained notification either verbal or in writing that the sheriff is stating that there are warrants in your person's name, demand that the sheriff produce;

1). Copies of the (alleged) warrants See: warrant form,
2). the "execution copy".

as required by law.

If the above documents are not produced and further action is carried out against your person, then the due process of law has not been followed, where your person has obtained financial damage, where you have a course of action against;

1). the (alleged) sheriff, Mr. Brendan Facey,
2). the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA"
3), the issuing person from the court,

or other persons associated with your matter.

See also the hidden video:
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