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Friday, 17 March


10 Best Bird Stand in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Looking for the best bird stand? Look no further! This blog will provide you with all the information you need to find the perfect bird stand for your home. Well cover everything from the different types of bird stands available, to how to choose the right one for your home.


10 Best Water Garden Pump in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A water garden can be a beautiful addition to your home, and the best way to keep it looking its best is to use a good quality water garden pump. There are a lot of different types of pumps on the market, so it is important to do some research to find the best one for your needs. This blog will help you narrow down your choices and choose the best water garden pump for your home.


10 Best Marker in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

The best marker is the one that suits your needs the most. Whether youre looking for a durable marker for outdoor use, or a fine-tipped pen for detailed work, theres a marker out there thats perfect for you. In this blog post, well take a look at some of the best markers on the market, and help you choose the right one for your needs.

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Thursday, 16 March


10 Best Wall Light Switch in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are looking for the best wall light switch, then you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best options on the market and help you make an informed decision.


10 Best Bike Locks in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Bike locks are an essential piece of kit for any cyclist, whether youre commuting to work or going on a leisurely ride. There are a variety of different types of bike locks on the market, so its important to choose one that best suits your needs. In this blog post, well take a look at some of the best bike locks on the market, as well as some tips on how to keep your bike secure.


ABC 'comedy' wanker "IndyWatch Feed National"

New submarines are on their way! Eventually. Possibly. Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) March 16, 2023


NSW Labor on Matt Kean's fundraising war-chest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Comrade, We've always known the Liberals have ultra-rich donors with deep pockets. But would you believe this: Treasurer Matt Kean alone has raised $360,000 for the Liberals' election campaign: And unfortunately for us, that kind of cash goes a long way in tight elections like this one.$360,000 can buy...


10 Best Kitchen Turner in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If youre looking for the best kitchen turner, youve come to the right place. In this blog post, well take a look at some of the best options on the market and help you choose the perfect one for your needs.


Yet another tacit Liberal party murder confession. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Liberal Party has made a number of tacit murder confessions in regard to Robodebt and the illegal importation of COVID-19, but the SA Division of the Liberals appears to be striving to win a glod Logie award for such confessions.

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In a video of 35 seconds duration, the SA Liberal Party hammers the Malinauskas Government for making ambulance ramping twice as dangerous, and potentially twice as deadly as it was under Premier Steven Marshall. 

I may be wrong, but I strongly suspect that this advertisment is an admission that the Liberal Party violated the Genocide provisions in Section 268.5 (2) of the Commonwealth  Criminal Code Act (1995) and the Criminal Neglect provision in Section 14(1) of the SA criminal code:

This advertisement is 35 seconds of ultra-compelling audio-visual evidence of the fact that in Australia, politicians see themselves as being above the law when they make fatal decisions.

HOW WIERD This advert is demanding that Peter Malinauskas fix a deadly problem that the Liberal Party did not fix in 4 years of government.

Robo-debt, Welfare-Gate, COVID-GATE and Vaccine-Gate are other examples of this nasty habit of making unlawful decisions that kill people.


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Population growth approaching record pace "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Population count accelerates

Australia's population increased by 128,670 in the September 2022 quarter, implying an annual pace of around 500k per annum. 

Source: ABS

The population is growing faster than previously projected, and the population clock was ratcheted up to 26,384,000. 

Indeed, this implies population growth of faster than one person per minute, which is actually more like an annual population growth of 573,000 per annum.

I guess it will slow down a bit at some point.

The peak of the rush to south-east Queensland passed in the September quarter, and with more employers requiring workers back at their desks in Sydney and Melbourne with each passing week this trend will continue. 



Ukrainians picking very unwise fights with potential mercenary Muslim enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kind-hearted and tolerant Ukrainians use the Koran as a cutting board for their salo. Donbass Devushka (@PeImeniPusha) March 15, 2023


Isnt it wonderful how the men in opposing political parties can unite in hate and belligerence? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

It really is quite sweet to see,- in America, the Democrats and Republicans being friendly on the same page. Same for Australia, where the Labor and Liberals are being lovely to each other.

So good to see. Its a bit of a pity that they fight each other so strongly about policies on health, education, welfare, environment all those things that are crucial for the common good.

But now, and this really is very much a blokey thing, the opposing political parties are agreed hating China, and on the need to spend many, many billions of the taxpayers money on weapons, especially nuclear. (Australias nuclear submarines wont have weapons, I hear your cry) Australias subs will be controlled by USA, secretly, like the Pine Gap facility Australians wont even know whats on them.

Well, the blokes are good at business, too, and so are the bought females that are celebrated these days (think of Victoria Nuland, Jennifer Granholm, Penny Wong ). And, they are right. You couldnt get a more reliable customer for your weapons business than the tax-payers, who have to just pay up, bindly. with no say in these $multibillion nuclear decisions made on their behslf.


The Aireys Inlet Music Festival set times are here "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Returning for its 17th year, the Aireys Inlet Music Festival is set to take over this coastal town from Friday 17 Sunday 19 March 2023, with Ella Hooper headlining another cracking lineup of homegrown talent.

The festival, now in its 17th year, continues to draw on the cream of Geelong and Surf Coast bands this year, including Rocket Science, Bones and Jones, Foggy Notion, Immy Owusu, Forever Son,  the Beachniks, Matt Bourke and the Delusional  Drunks, Dear Buffalo and De Porsal. They will be joined by Sydney country star Andy Golledge Band, Frankstons finest rockers the  Belaire Lip Bombs, space disco popsters Zoe Fox  and the Rocket Clocks, all female mariachi group  Queen of Hearts, and boisterous country rockers  Sin City.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Set Times

Friday March 17 2023 

Saturday March 18 2023

Sunday March 19 2023 



A Disney Store pop-up has arrived in Melbourne celebrating Disneys 100 Years of Wonder "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Disney fans, loosen your purse strings: National shopping centre Westfield has announced the arrival of Disney Store Pop-Ups, an exclusive retail experience created for customers and Disney fans, opening in selected Westfield centres across the country for a limited time in celebration of Disneys 100 Years of Wonder. 

Opening today, March 16, at Westfield Fountain Gate, followed by other centres, Disney Store Pop-Ups will deliver an exciting range of products like Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars collectibles, Disney Store Japan ranges, plus a selection of accessories for all ages, including homewares, dolls, plus and apparel for children and adults.    

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Appearing in select Westfield destinations across New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland for a limited time before popping up at the next location, customers will be able to shop at Disney Store Pop-Ups for official Disney100 Celebration Collections including Disney100 The Decades Collection and Disney100 The Eras Collection, plus the Mickey Mouse and Friends Celebration Spirit Jerseys, bringing iconic Disney Parks style to Australia. Many other ranges that are traditionally available at Disney Parks and on, will also be available for purchase at the pop-up events.




Simply magnificent new campaign ad for Sleepy Joe Biden. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thank you Underminder, you always come through with the goods!


The free Chinese-inspired Bendigo Easter Festival returns for 2023 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

<p>Commencing all the way back in 1871, the <a href= "">Bendigo Easter Festival</a> is one of Australias longest-running community events.</p> <p>Over the Easter long weekend this year, Bendigos beautiful Rosalind Park and surrounding streets will be transformed once again into a vibrant precinct bursting with family-friendly entertainment, stage shows, hands-on activities, live music, roving performers, an Easter egg hunt and more!</p> <p class="p1"><b><i>Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region </i></b><a href= ""><span class= "s1"><b><i>here</i></b></span></a><b><i>.</i></b></p> <p>Experience the thrills of Carnival Central, watch the kids eyes light up in the Easter Hunt, and marvel at the extraordinary entertainers wandering through picturesque Rosalind Park.</p> <p>Find your place along the road to cheer on the convoy of illuminated floats in the OBrien Plumbing & HVAC Torchlight Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city on Saturday night.

Thousands of people will line the streets on Easter Sunday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade.

At the heart of the festival is its rich Chinese history, a tradition that first began in 1879 with the first large-scale contribution from the Chinese community. Dance, drums, Lion teams and 100,000 crackers are all part it. The festival will also feature Bendigos proud tradition of Chinese processional dragons appearing at the Easter Festival will continue this year when Dai Gum Loong (the worlds longest Imperial Dragon!) makes his first solo parade on Easter Sunday 9th April 2023. You can be a part of this spectacular community event by registering your interest to be a dragon carrier, in case thats ever been on your bucket list!</p> <p>The Rotary Market is always a crowd favourite while the Golden Dragon Museum will be hosting a lantern making workshop in the beautiful Yi Yuan Gardens on Good Friday.</p> <p>Theres also a chill out zone for all ages to enjoy sensory activities, arts and crafts; an animal farm; the CFA Kids Amusement Rides back in William Vahland Place, and the festival provides the perfect opportunity to visit Kaleidoscope, a mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze. But thats not even the half of it.</p> <p>The Bendigo Easter Festival is filled with fun and excitement the whole family will enjoy, and after visiting this annual event it is sure to become...</p>


Australia's traditional owners - China - buying up our country like it's going out of fashion. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peaceful invasion hey? But don't despair if you can't afford a house, we've got submarines coming.


SA union leader resigns after store CCTV records her apparently shoplifting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leah York has today announced she will step down from her position as Branch Secretary of the South Australian Branch of the AEU following an incident in Mount Gambier last week. Ms Yorks resignation will be effective close of business today. The AEU is in the process of determining interim...


Lydia Tr is dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

To paraphrase a quote, I am less interested in Lydia Trs dreams than in the near certainty that the Trs of the real world dont make it out of Staten Island. Art is the opposite of rent. Artists need money to live and time to create, as do audiences in order to attend.

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Enter the miniature world of sustainable living with this three-day Tiny Homes Expo coming to Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Despite their small size, tiny homes are a big trend. Tiny homes are often one-of-a-kind, customized build, meticulously decorated, eco-conscious, and come complete with 5-star amenities whats not to love about that?

Entirely dedicated to the tiny home experience, a Tiny Home Expo is heading to Geelong this month, popping up at Geelong Racecourse from 31 March 2 April 2023.

Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region here.

All-encompassing of the Tiny House movement, the expo is a large travelling outdoor show event in Australia, bringing homes, products, services, speakers, demos, and information about the tiny home industry to the fore.

Full of tiny houses and alternative building ideas (houses on wheels, domes, backyard pods and offices), here you can wander through rows of tiny homes and talk to people that live tiny, view many home designs, and learn about off-grid setups.

Providing a goldmine of information, youll also learn how to find land, the rules and regulations, finance, water solutions, off-grid living ideas, solar, finance, design tips, DIY and home products.

Alongside all of this, there will also be a lineup of market stalls and food trucks to keep everyone satisfied.

Opening Times

Friday 10am 3pm (no staggered entry) $25

Saturday 9am 5pm (arrive before or after 1pm) $35 / $20

Sunday 9am 5pm (arrive before or after 1pm) $35 / $20

ALL day tickets are great for those really investigating the Tiny Homes and wanting to see speakers and talk to lots of experts.

No ticket required for children 16yrs and under.

You can purchase tickets on here or at the gate if the event is not sold out. 

The post Enter the miniature world of sustainable living with this three-day Tiny Homes Expo coming to Geelong appeared first on Forte Magazine.


Statue of netball legend Sharelle McMahon unveiled in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On March 7th of this year, female athleticism took the stage with the arrival of a bronze statue at John Cain Arena honoring famed netball player Sharelle McMahon.

Unveiled by Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos, the tribute is the creation of Australian-based, internationally renowned sculptors Gillie and Marc co-founders of Statues for Equality, the global project to bring more diversity to public statues and was funded in part by the Andrews Labor Governments $250,000 Celebrating Female Sporting Icons initiative.

Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region here.

Victorians, like the sports we play, are diverse and its important that the athletes we choose to honour reflect that diversity, said Dimopoulos. Recognising our female sporting heroes will help level the playing field and inspire the next generation of elite sporting talent.

A celebrated athlete and Victoria native, McMahon has enjoyed an illustrious 25-year netball career as both a player and a coach.

After playing for the Melbourne Phoenix and later the Melbourne Vixens, she joined the national netball team, the Australian Diamonds, at the age of 21, and began an international netball career spanning 14 years and 118 matches. Over this time, she and her team earned two gold and two silver medals across four Commonwealth Games, and two Netball World Cup victories. She captained twelve times and scored the winning goal at the 1999 World Cup.

In 2010, she was the first athlete from a team sport to serve as a flagbearer for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and in 2016 she received recognition for her many accomplishments through induction as an athlete member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Though she has since retired as an athlete, McMahon continues her work in sport as Cricket Victorias Head of Female Cricket, a position shes held since 2021.

Its a fitting recognition on International Womens Day for Sharelle McMahon, said Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins, whose incredible achievements, both on and off the netball court, have left an indelible mark on Victorias sporting history and been an inspiration for women and girls everywhere.



THREAD: Forestry Corps Total Forest Closure Notice is fake: no arrests at #ForestWalkOn "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Govt is using our money to destroy our native forests. We need them and our native animals need them. Fran Fagan Wingham resident Phew! I got lost, drove rocky waterlogged trails through the Yarratt State Forest lots of forestry utes & blokes but not pulled over. Yarratt Forest NOT closed. Got to []

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Thornhill announce Dressed To Kill regional Australian tour in May and June "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbourne metallers Thornhill have announced their Dressed To Kill tour, visiting 13 regional towns across Australia. Kicking off on the Sunshine Coast in May, the band will take to Gold Coast, Hobart, Bendigo, Geelong, Frankston, Albury, Wollongong, Miranda and Central Coast before finishing in Canberra in June.

Armed with their ARIA Award-nominated 2022 album Heroine, Thornhill will also be joined by special guests Young Lions, Inertia and Tapestry for this exciting run of shows.

Thornhill Dressed To Kill Australian Tour


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American roots duo Larkin Poe add second Melbourne Bluesfest sideshow due to overwhelming demand "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Marking their second visit down under, roots rock sister act Larkin Poe are set to return to Australia this April, bringing their Blood Harmony tour to Sydney and Melbourne, alongside an appearance at the mecca of all things blues and roots: Byron Bay Bluesfest.

With two performances at Bluesfests 2023 edition on Thursday 6 April and Friday 7 April lined up, as well as Bluesfest sideshows at Sydneys Metro Theatre on Sunday 9 April and a sold-out show in Melbourne at Croxton Bandroom on Monday 10 April, the pair have also added an extra date for the city of laneways, bringing a bonus night of their energetic Southern sonic flavours to Melbournes iconic Corner Hotel on Tuesday 11 April.

Larkin Poe Australian Tour Dates

Thursday, April 6 Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Friday, April 7 Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Sunday, April 9 Bluesfest Sideshow at The Metro, Sydney

Monday, April 10 Bluesfest Sideshow at Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)

Tuesday, April 11 Bluesfest Sideshow at Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.


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Witchcraft and the Cruelty of Anti-Semitism "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Chancellor von Bismarck (C) Witch burning, Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica (R) Chancellor Hitler at Berlin in 1938, Photo: AP(L) Chancellor von Bismarck (C) Witch burning, Photo: Encyclopedia Britannica (R) Chancellor Hitler at Berlin in 1938, Photo: AP

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

I recently found a 1956 book entitled The Magic Background of Modern Anti-Semitism: An Analysis of the German-Jewish Relationship. It was written by Adolf Leschnitzer from lectures he gave at Free University of Berlin from 1952 to 1954. He served in WWI as a German soldier and then was a history teacher in high schools until he emigrated, to escape persecution, in 1939 first to Netherlands then to England.

The theme of the book Magic Background goes like this.  For two centuries the 1200s and 1300s there was violent persecution of Jews in Germany (this book never talks about Jews elsewhere). Oddly, the cruelty lightened up during the 1500s and 1600s, the reason being that a focus on witchcraft replaced it. Then it came back again in 1800s and 1900s.

In the preface, Adolf Leschnitzer says In an...


WIN! Were giving away tickets to see the 27 Club, an electrifying live rockumentary for the ages coming to Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Off the back of receiving Adelaide Fringe Festivals Best Music Award in 2021 and following another run at Fringe this year, the infamous 27 Club is hitting the road to bring their tribute to the prestigious but tragic club of music legends to Geelong.

Taking to Costa Hall on March 23 from 7:30pm, Australian rock icons Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus), Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah, Bob Evans), Carla Lippis (Mondo Psycho), Dusty Lee Stephenson, Cam Blokland and Wanderers AU join forces to pay homage to the legendary artists who sadly joined the 27 club. Think Joplin, Winehouse, Cobain, Morrison, and Hendrix; legends who will forever be 27 and the legacy they left behind.

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Breathing life back into the music of the fated superstars with re-imaginings of classics, true to the originals and creative medleys, the show not only delivers musics greatest setlist but also delivers a masterclass in rock n roll, keeping alive the music, mythos and enduring cultural impact of this infamous collective of the gone-too-soon.


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Electricity charges are set for a steep rise "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Australians are about to pay a whole lot more for using electricity. All parties promised to put a stop to all these price rises during the last federal election campaign. The promise has been betrayed.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) who is supposed to keep a lid on he rises has just lifted what can be charged by electricity companies, and they have been allowed to set tiers to charge different plans with different prices in some areas. The argument given is that this will generate competition.

Expected price rises are from around 20 percent to more than 30 percent. This will add considerable financial stress to many already pressed households.

The problem with the existing price regulation system is that it relies on the belief that the market is the way to generate the best outcome. If this outcome is to deliver lower prices, it has been a total failure.

To be fair, it must be acknowledged that the Albanese government did set a price cap in October last year. This had a small and temporary positive effect. There was a little fall in prices. Unfortunately. this might be coming to an end. A bigger and longer-term solution is needed.

Images by LAVO: Ending coal power plants and shifting to renewable alternatives is part of the answer

If lower energy cost is still the objective, there must be a different approach. It is not necessary to peg to international prices, as is the case at the moment. Instead of generous subsidies to energy companies, there should be sufficient investment into cheaper and cleaner energy. Australia remains reliant on aging coal generation plants that are no longer working efficiently, and therefore raising costs. T...


Australias old media are on the ropes and are being exposed for bias and conflict of interest daily "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias old media are now being exposed daily for their biased reporting and failure to declare their conflict of interests which has to mean their days are numbered. The evidence for that []


Der Ukraine-Liveticker heute hat ein paar bemerkenswerte ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Der Ukraine-Liveticker heute hat ein paar bemerkenswerte Meldungen im Kleingedruckten. Liest das eigentlich berhaupt jemand, diese Liveticker? Ich berspringe die immer, aber diesmal wies ein Leser auf diese Meldung hier hin:

In Bulgarien haben Getreideproduzenten einen Importstopp fr ukrainischen Weizen gefordert. Die um gut 30 Prozent billigere, zollfreie Einfuhr aus der Ukraine mache die heimische Weizenproduktion nicht mehr konkurrenzfhig [] hnliche Probleme gebe es auch infolge des Imports von preisgnstigeren Sonnenblumenkernen aus der Ukraine.
Jetzt macht der Putin auch noch unsere Bauern kaputt!!1!

Aber die Meldungen drumherum haben auch ein paar Klopper. Den hier z.B. finde ich super:

Die Grnen fordern raschere Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine.
Man vergleiche das mal mit den Wahlkampfplakaten vor dem Krieg. Aber es stellt sich auch noch eine andere Frage. Von wem fordern sie das konkret? Ich dachte die sind in der Regierung?

Oder wie wre es mit dem hier:

Russland hat im vergangenen Jahr dank hoher lpreise einen Handelsberschuss von 332,4 Milliarden US-Dollar (gut 311 Milliarden Euro) erzielt. Das Exportvolumen sei um 19,9 Prozent auf 591,5 Milliarden Dollar gestiegen, der Import im gleichen Zeitraum um 11,7 Prozent auf 259,1 Milliarden Dollar geschrumpft, teilte die Zollbehrde mit. Gegenber 2021 ist der Handelsberschuss Russlands damit um 68 Prozent gewachsen.
Die Sanktionen wirken!! Nur nicht in die Richtung, in die sie gedacht waren. Der lpreis wre ohne die Sanktionen nie so hoch gegangen.

Auf der anderen Seite muss man natrlich immer vorsichtig mit solchen Angaben sein, denn sie kommen von der Landesregierung. Die hat ein Interesse daran, dass die Zahlen so aussehen, wie sie aussehen. Da knnte es ein paar Flle von kreativer Buchfhrung auf dem Weg gegeben haben, wie bei uns mit der Arbeitslosenstatistik z.B.

Auerdem gab es noch die Meldung, dass die Russen die CIA-Story nicht glauben, dass der Nord-Stream-Angriff von einem verwirrten Einzeltter aus der Ukraine gekommen sei, denn die Ukraine habe ja dadurch nichts zu gewinnen gehabt.

Aber die Topp-Meldung in der Liste ist ganz am Ende:

vergangenes Jahr stieg die Ukraine durch die Militrhilfen aus den USA und Europa jedoch zum drittgrten Rstungsimporteur auf.
Wer importiert denn gerade bitte noch mehr Waffen als die Ukraine?!? Dafr muss man zur Prim...


Blockchain is the answer to Russia's settlement issues, banking exec says "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no technical reason preventing Russia from creating its own blockchain-based system, blockchain provider Fuse Network's CEO believes.


10 Best Mens Swim Shorts in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

When it comes to swimwear, men have a lot of options. But when it comes to the best mens swim shorts, there are only a few styles that really stand out. Here are the best mens swim shorts that you can buy right now.


10 Best Wind Up Clocks in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A good wind-up clock is one that can be easily set and doesnt require batteries. It should also have a clear face so you can see the time at a glance. In this blog post, well share our picks for the best wind-up clocks on the market.

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Wednesday, 15 March


Decentralized Communication - #SolutionsWatch "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the internet clampdown begins, people are finally beginning to wake up to the need to find alternative communication platforms. But if the masses are just herded from one centralized platform to another, has anything really changed at all? Join James for today's important edition of #SolutionsWatch where he examines some of the many decentralized communication networks, platforms and protocols that are being developed to address the root of the censorship problem.


10 Best Kids Party Invitations in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Its party time! And, of course, you want to make sure your childs birthday celebration is extra special. The first step is to send out the perfect invitations! Here are some tips on how to choose the best kids party invitations.


Are You Too Late To Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is the top for an immutable money that becomes the standard for humanity? Why its time to get off zero.

This is an opinion editorial by Luke Broyles, a Bitcoin content creator.

How much bitcoin does it take to get rich and fund your lifestyle? How little bitcoin does it take to protect yourself against inevitable inflation, bank runs and fiat demise? Are you too late to Bitcoin? What would a 1% allocation do?

These are questions that newbies and veterans of Bitcoin alike ask themselves and each other and, oftentimes, there isnt a clear answer.

Lets provide a solid framework to answer that question.

There Is No Top For An Immutable Money Standard

January 2009 was BTC's first price prediction. Hal Finney predicted that bitcoin could become the global-dominant payment system, or $10 million per coin (Finneys calculation would be closer to $40 million today). But bitcoin would not surpass $1.00 until April 2011... Over two full years later.


What Finney understood is that upon the invention of perfect money all global wealth would inevitably consolidate into it. Henry Ford, Nikola Tesla and others also foresaw this.

A closed (monetary) system inevitably absorbs all open (productivity) systems. Money is the technology that prices everything else within its own ledger. There is no "top" price prediction for an immutable monetary standard of the human race, the standard.

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Its About Purchasing Power, Not Price

So, a better way to think of bitcoin's value is not in price, but in purchasing power. Overlaying a share of monetary stock with a given amount of productivity (or economic value) is a better way to predict the money's value. Its worth noting that in a finite ledger, wealth inequality as we know it today does the reverse as we expect today (a topic for another...


10 Best Thread in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Threads are an important part of the sewing process. They come in many different types and colors, and choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. In this blog post, well go over some of the best threads for sewing, so you can make the best choice for your project.


Australia's Treasury and Reserve Bank Held Consultations With Coinbase, Others "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Duff Gordon, vice president for international policy at Coinbase. (CoinDesk TV)


Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating told his wife in front of friends at a dinner party that their marriage was over, Annita Keating has revealed. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Paul Keating and former wife Annita Keating

Sydney Morning Herald

Paul ended our marriage at a dinner party:


Former prime minister Paul Keating told his wife in front of friends at a dinner party that their marriage was over, Annita Keating has revealed.

Breaking her silence on the couples 1998 split, Mrs Keating said she felt as though she had been stabbed when her husband of 23 years broke the news to her.

In an interview with The Bulletin magazine, she still does not explain the reason behind her break-up with the former Labor leader, prime minister from 1991-96.



Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating partner- its a gay man "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above recent photograph: Two old Sydney gays. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating with Sydney radio shock jock Alan Jones.

I dont know who Paul Keatings live-in gay partner is.

Below photograph: former Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.



10 Best Soldering Iron in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are someone who is into electronics and tinkering, then you know how important it is to have a good soldering iron. In this blog post, we will be taking a look at some of the best soldering irons on the market to help you find the perfect one for your needs.


10 Best Gas In A Can in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are looking for the best gas in a can, look no further! This blog will provide you with all the information you need to know about the best gas in a can. We will discuss the different types of gas, how to choose the right one for your needs, and where to find it.


10 Best Jigs Fishing in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Jig fishing is a great way to catch fish, and there are many different types of jigs to choose from. In this blog post, we will discuss the best jigs for fishing, based on our experience. We will also provide some tips on how to fish with jigs, so that you can catch more fish next time you go out!


How to Prepare Your Staff for an Office Fit Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are you planning an office refit? If so, youre probably excited about the changes it will bring for your staff and for the company as a whole. But before the work begins, its vital that you take the time to prepare your staff for the transition.

Its important to understand that an office fit-out is a process thats going to affect a significant number of people in different ways. In order to ensure a successful transition, its important to get as many people on the same page as possible.

Having a clear plan in place can help ensure that everyone is on board and ready for what lies ahead.

Here are some tips to help you prepare your staff and make sure everything goes smoothly during an office fit-out.

  1. Explain the Purpose of an Office Fit Out
    Informing staff about any changes, renovations, or installation of furniture before they happen helps reduce disruption, leads to better morale from the staff, and allows all necessary resources to be efficiently allocated ahead of time.

    Additionally, it might also help to explain to your staff why youre having an office fit out in the first place. Is the company downsizing? Is the old layout outdated or impractical? Explaining the purpose of the fit-out might help your staff understand the decision and alleviate any concerns associated with the project.

  2. Outline Any Safety Protocols and Procedures that Must be Followed
    As the employer, you will need to outline safety protocols and procedures for all staff members that may be affected during or after the fit out. These should include sufficient training requirements along with policies concerning wearing protective clothing and equipment such as hard hats and boots. Staff also need to know where obstacles may be present as well as any site-specific risks that must be assessed and monitored throughout the process.

    Additionally, ensure staff are familiar with all fire prevention measures so they can safely evacuate should an emergency arise. Following these steps will ensure both staff safety and adherence to directives which may help minimise liabilities during the entire office fit out process.

  3. Detail Any New Policies or Processes That May Need to be Implemented
    The team should also receive notices about any challenges that might arise during construction. This might include notices about construction noise or restricted access to certain areas of the building. Communication needs to remain open throughout this time so that staff can voice their concerns and be informed of progress updates.

    Additionally, a detailed schedule should be put in place to...


When's 'The Plan' kick in Jim? "IndyWatch Feed National" CaptObvious23 (@CaptObvious23) March 15, 2023


Canberra: Join us - rally, say No to War protect truthtellers 8am 20th March ACT Courts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join us - rally, say No to War protect truthtellers 8am Monday 20th March at the ACT Courts. On the 20th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, and as the Coalition of the Willing which was responsible for the illegal invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003 has regrouped as AUKUS, we should remember the legacy of that disastrous war and other destructive wars. (Reposted from .)


Two people in particular are suffering persecution today because they dared to expose war crimes. Julian Assange released material including a video of the Baghdad airstrike which killed two Reuters journalists and other civilians, and ADF Major David McBride gave the ABC information about alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. David will be in court on the day to learn the date of commencement of his trial after 4 years!

We have a great line up of speakers

Dr Monique Ryan MP, Major David McBride, Senator David Shoebridge, Lawyer and survivor of a political prosecution, Bernard Collaery, Dr Sue Wareham, President of MAPW, GetUp CEO. Larissa Baldwin-Roberts and CBA whistleblower, Jeff Morris. Co Convenor of AAPP, Craig Andrews will MC the rally.

The wars on Iraq and Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of many hundreds of thousands of people, as well as injuring or displacing millions more. The wars caused widespread environmental destruction.

Join us to call on the Australian government to:

bring Assange home

drop the charges against McBride, and


Please come along to support David McBride and Julian Assange and to express horror that the countries which were responsible for so much heartbreak in Iraq and Afghanistan are bent on engaging in another war.

This rally is a joint event between the Alliance Against Political Prosecutions, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network and the Medical Association for the Prevention of War.

MAPW Fundraising dinner 6.30pm, 28 March, Ainslie Football Club, with speaker Prof Clinton Fernandes, author of Island of the Coast of Asia, and the recent Subimperial Power: Australia in the International Arena on AUKUS and Australias Role in the Emerging World Order.

This talk examines the contours of a changing global order and Australias....


10 Best Towel Rings in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

A towel ring is a must-have in any bathroom. Not only do they keep your towels within easy reach, but they also add a touch of style to your space. There are many different towel rings on the market, so finding the perfect one for your bathroom can be a challenge. To help you narrow down your options, weve compiled a list of the best towel rings on the market. From sleek and modern designs to traditional and ornate styles, theres sure to be a towel ring thats perfect for your space.


10 Best Boys Socks in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

There are a lot of different factors to consider when purchasing boys socks. With so many options on the market, it can be tough to decide which pair is right for your child. This blog post will help you sort through the options and find the best boys socks for your needs. Well cover everything from material and fit to style and price. By the end, youll be armed with the knowledge you need to make an informed purchase.


Smashville are slinging $6 burgers during professional eaters Randy Santel and Katina Eats Kilos competition "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In case you missed it, American extreme eater and TikTok and YouTube star Randy Santel and his partner, professional eater and Youtube Entertainer Katina Eats Kilos, are heading to Geelong this week and the good humans at Smashville are getting amongst the action.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

Coming to you from the Mulita BBQ squad, Smashville does exactly what its name suggests, serving up a range of Nashville-style fried chicken and epic burger combinations to-go.

Bringing that chook to life with various seasonings, textures, and techniques, the legends will be hosting the world-famous heavy hitter competition eaters on Thursday 16 March, who will be filming a YouTube segment out front of the Newcomb store.


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It's war, right! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This reminds me of the dancing doctors and nurses. #ukraine Dr. Anastasia Maria Loupis (@DrLoupis) March 13, 2023


A Taste of Tolga is popping up at Medusa, bringing late-night street eats to Rock OCashel Lane "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In perhaps the best collaboration weve seen all year, beloved local street food king A Taste of Tolga and beloved Geelong laneway bar Medusa have joined forces to get your senses sizzling.

Located down the historic Rock OCashel Lane, behind the heritage-listed faade of a three-storey building, Medusa is one of Geelongs best-kept secrets, offering a tantalising blend of drink specials, live music, DJs spinning vinyl and movie nights.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

The brainchild of the legends behind Valhalla (and their selection of Valhalla deliciousness on tap proves that), Medusa is looking to level up their punters experience with the offering of delicious food, teaming up with mobile street food business A Taste of Tolga.

Setting up outside the hidden venue, A Taste Of Tolga will be bringing a selection of high-quality tasty street food to the laneway including Geelongs best street tacos (yep, weve called it) that will leave you desperate for more. Whats more, this is the kind of food that pairs perfectly with Medusas strong selection of tasty booze.


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Wine Machine Yarra Valley "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Wine Machine has announced its 2023 East Coast lineup, bringing some incredible names to the stage across three stunning sun-soaked soirees.

In March and April next year, Hunter Valley NSW, Canberra ACT and Yarra Valley VIC will play host to a decadent day of picnics and parties headed up by the likes of Hot Dub Time Machine, Lime Cordiale (excluding Vic), Bliss N Eso, Vera Blue (excluding NSW), Northeast Party House and more.

These East Coast dates join the already announced festivities in Swan Valley WA, McLaren Vale SA and Huon Valley TAS providing the perfect backdrop to create memorable moments at six remarkable regions across the country from November to April. With La Nina due to make a swift departure by the end of the year, the forecast is for clear skies, fun in the sun and good times ahead.

Alongside the live music, the spectacular Poof Doof Drag Jamboree will serve up a stack of fierce drag madness. Led by your hostess with the mostest Jimi the Kween, the festive and fabulous Jamboree will deliver mesmerising moments, interactive games and queer performance art so magical youll start to believe that unicorns exist. The best part is that the single stage format ensures you wont miss a thing.

This year, Wine Machine will bring the party to a new home in the Hunter Valley, the stunning Dalwood Estate on the Saturday 18 March. Established on the beautiful Hunter River in 1828, Dalwood Estate is regarded as the birthplace of Hunter Valley wine. With carefully curated lawns to create a natural amphitheatre, youll feel right at home.

The festival will return to its home with views across Lake George at Commonwealth Park in Canberra on Saturday 25 March, then soak up the atmosphere and natural amphitheatre at Rochford Estate in Yarra Valley on Saturday 1 April.

Indulge in some of the finest locally sourced produce as you enjoy everything Wine Machine has to offer. Its intimate, yet spacious. Its a garden party by day and fun fiesta by night. Taking place in the heartland of Australias finest wineries, you can enjoy spacious surroundings to both laze and picnic and dance and mingle.

Theres a treasure trove of art installations, garden games, pop-up bars, gourmet delights and long table lunches at Wine Machines Cellar Door a playground for all to enjoy.

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Victorian towns Ballarat and Echuca named as two of Australias best travel destinations "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Two beautiful and thriving regional Victorian locations have been recognised amongst Australias best travel destinations for this year, as part of travel website Wotifs 2023 Aussie Town of the Year Awards.

Injecting a sense of pride within Victoria, VICs Ballarat and Echuca have secured fifth and tenth place respectively on the list of top travel destinations around the country.

2023 Wotif Aussie Town of the Year Award winners:

1. Albury, NSW
2. Bundaberg, QLD
3. New Norfolk, TAS
4. Port Lincoln, SA
5. Ballarat, VIC
6. Merimbula, NSW
7. Toowoomba, QLD
8. Dunsborough, WA
9. Orange, NSW
10. Echuca, VIC

Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region here.

Now in its sixth year, the Wotif Aussie Town of the Year Awards recognise trending Aussie destinations for the year ahead and is based on a Wotif data index that looks at accommodation affordability, quality, and traveller satisfaction. Using reviews and price points on its site Wotif has condensed its findings into the top 10 towns in Australia.

Putting the spotlight on destinations that have met the continuously changing needs of travellers over the last 12 months, the top towns reflect the current trends amongst Aussie travellers, who are carving out their own long weekends on the calendar, opting for shorter, more frequent domestic trips.

Taking out the top spot in the awards, the crown returns to New South Wales, as Albury claims this years win, proving the border town has become far more than a pit-stop destination. Bundaberg, Queensland, and New Norfolk, Tasmania round out the top three.

Coming in at number five, regional favourite Ballarat is a worthy addition to the list. The largest city of the Central Highlands, Ballarats appeal lies in its natural surrounds, heritage and modern culinary scene. Wandering along the laneways, youll find countless cafes, restaurants and bars with clever menus offering local produce and tasty brews. Wotif accommodation tip places The Provincial Boutique as a must-stay for your next trip.




Australian Beaches Cleaned Significantly Through Waste Control Strategies "IndyWatch Feed National"


People oftentimes visit Australia not just to get a taste of the city, but to enjoy the beaches as well. In fact, thousands of visitors flock to the waters and watch as surfers ride the waves while others simply sunbathe.

However, with tourism also comes waste. People dont oftentimes think about the trash they leave behind. Theyre simply there to enjoy, without a care in the world. As a result, some parts of the beaches have been littered with so much plastic.

A recent scientific survey was conducted and when this was completed, researchers found that plastic on Australian beaches has fallen by 29 percent since they did the previous survey in 2013. They were impressed at what they found.

The authors of the study give credit to the well-executed and locally focused waste control strategies. They say that this is what Australians can achieve if they just put their heads together, and this may be something that the rest of the world could follow.

The efforts had been organized by the Australian national science agency. And for this y...


Three years on, still fighting for the right to support refugees "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Tuesday 7 March the RAC activists who had been fined in 2020 for our car cavalcade outside the Mantra Hotel, to show support for Medevac refugees detained there, went to Heidelberg Court for a contest mention. We held a brief protest out the front. The magistrate listened to our lawyer summarise our case: that we []

The post Three years on, still fighting for the right to support refugees first appeared on Refugee Action Collective (Vic).


Paul Keating's statement condemning the Albanese Government over AUKUS and our China deterrent nuclear submarines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conflict of interest anyone? The Albanese Governments complicity in joining with Britain and the United States in a tripartite build of a nuclear submarine for Australia under the AUKUS arrangements represents the worst international decision by an Australian Labor government since the former Labor leader, Billy Hughes, sought to introduce...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pentagon Drones Gather Data for Kievs Future Strikes on Russia Ambassador to US

Anatoly Antonov quoted US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby as saying that US UAVs make these kinds of overflights on a daily basis

AP Photo/Michael Sohn

WASHINGTON, March 15. /TASS/. US drones are collecting reconnaissance data to be used by the Kiev forces for their future strikes on the Russian territory and Russian troops, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has said.

"The unacceptable actions of the United States military in the close proximity to our borders are cause for concern. We are well aware of the missions such reconnaissance and strike drones are used for," the ambassador was quoted as saying in a communique, issued in connection with Tuesdays US MQ-9 Reaper drones crash in the Black Sea.

The Russian diplomat quoted US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby as saying that US UAVs make these kinds of overflights on a daily basis.

"What do they do thousands of miles away from the United States? The answer is obvious - they gather intelligence which is later used by the Kiev regime to attack our armed forces and territory," Antonov said.

"We proceed from the fact that the United States will refrain from further speculations in the media landscape and stop making sorties near the Russian borders," he added.


Bowen clown show. "IndyWatch Feed National"

He falls somewhere short of convincing. Whenever Peter Dutton and Liberal & Nationals MPs talk about energy prices, remember that they voted for higher energy price rises and absolutely zero support for Australian businesses and households in Parliament. Chris Bowen (@Bowenchris) March 15, 2023


Establishment of the US Department of Defence All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media release

On 20 July 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense published a media release titled "DoD Announces the Establishment of the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office." The text of the release reads:

"On July 15, 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in coordination with the Director of National Intelligence [DNI], amended her original direction to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group [AOIMSG] to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office [AARO], due to the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, which included a provision to establish an office, in coordination with DNI, with responsibilities that were broader than those originally assigned to the AOIMSG.

Today, USD (I&S) Hon Ronald S.  Moultrie informed the department of the establishment of AARO within the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the Chief Scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as the Director of AARO.

The mission of the AARO will be to synchronize efforts across the Department of Defense, and with other US federal departments and agencies, to detect, identify and attribute objects of interest in, on or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace and other areas of interest, and, as necessary, to mitigate any associated threats to safety of operations and national security. This includes anomalous, unidentified space,...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putin Lambasts Version on Pipeline Blast by Ukrainian Activists

The explosion of such kind, with such power and at such depth, could only be made by specialists, supported by the whole might of a state having certain technologies, Russian President noted

ULAN-UDE, March 14. /TASS/. Statements that the terrorist act at Nord Stream pipelines was committed by certain Ukrainian activists not affiliated with official Kiev are downright nonsense, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on Tuesday.

"I am confident this is utter nonsense," the President noted in a comment on publications offering such version.

"The explosion of such kind, with such power and at such depth, could only be made by specialists, supported by the whole might of a state having certain technologies, Putin noted. "Certainly," the Russian leader said, answering the question whether it can be assumed that exactly the Western countries committed the blast.

"One should always look for those having the interest. Who was interested? Theoretically the United States is certainly interested - to halt supplies of Russian energy resources to the European market and deliver volumes of its natural gas, particularly liquefied, even if it is much more expensive - by 25-30% - than Russian one," Putin said.


Global phenomenon BABYMETAL announce their very first Australian headline tour "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Japanese metal sensation BABYMETAL will be returning to Australia this year for their very first headline tour in June as part of their World Tour.

Kicking off in Brisbane on Thursday, June 8 at the Fortitude Music Hall, the tour will make its way down the east coast to Sydney on Friday, June 9 at the Hordern Pavilion and then Melbourne on Sunday, June 11 at Margaret Court Arena.

BABYMETAL Australian Tour 2023


Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.


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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00003 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 3.80 AUD


Wine Machine: A food, music and wine festival of your dreams coming to the heart of the Yarra Valley "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bringing together everything that can possibly satisfy ones palate food, wine, beer and live music within an immersive landscape, Wine Machine has emerged as a social mainstay within the Australian festival circuit over the last few years. 

Providing the perfect backdrop to create memorable moments, the national touring soiree is gearing up to take on a run of East Coast dates this March and April, heading to Hunter Valley NSW, Canberra  ACT and Yarra Valley VIC. 

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Locally, Victorians will soak up the atmosphere and natural amphitheatre at Rochford Wines in Yarra Valley on Saturday 1 April, with the festival kicking off at 1pm and the final act closing out the stage at 10pm. Just an hour drive from Melbourne CBD, the world-famous winery is one of the countrys most spectacular outdoor concert venues simply made for hosting Australias premium, bespoke, winery party Wine Machine, with tickets on sale now from IWannaTicket

Hot Dub Time Machine

Leading the lineup is the return of international festival sensation Hot Dub Time Machine, wholl be bringing his time entangling, party antics once again to the wine aficionados of Australia.

Since first launching his time-travelling, dance-through-the-decades audio-visual party concept a decade ago, Sydneys Tom Lowndes has grown Hot Dub Time Machine into an absolute monster. The Australian DJ who showcases songs from every decade and genre of music, weaving it into one expansive, electrifying, music history lesson has been welcomed by international audiences with open arms, with a phenomenal 200,000 tickets already sold worldwide.

For his appearance at Wine Machine, Lowndes will be bringing his blistering new Rave Machine show to the stage, featuring over 100 classic bangers on four decks in an epic and wild journey through dance music history. From The Prodigy to Fisher, Faithless to Flume and Daft Punk to Darude, this will be the ultimate dance party, celebrating fun times, togetherness and the unbridled joy of dancing!

Lime Cordiale

After scoring four times in the Hottest 100 (Facts...


Ocean Groves Andrea Robertson eases us into Autumn with her golden new EP Seasons Volume 1 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ocean Groves Andrea Robertson is the singer and songwriter whose name is now synonymous with passion, honesty and integrity.

When you hear her songs, its instantly clear the immense power Robertson holds with her voice both delicate and mighty with each word sung. Her cadence and style stir listeners and provides them with comfort and warmth, something ever-present on her new EP Seasons Volume 1

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Radiating with an inner and outer heat, Seasons Volume 1 arrives this Autumn (and with it, three stunning new songs), marking the first of a series of four EPs to be released over the course of a year, all coinciding with the change of the seasons.

An intimate record of personal growth and transformation, Andrea Robertsons new EP opens in a lush and lifting haze: gentle acoustics lull us into a trance as Robertson blends honest songwriting with eloquent vocals. She sings, Im throwing off all my troubles, leaving behind all my cares, focusing on what really matters, and that is why youre still here.

The name of the opening track is appropriately named All That Glitters, the first single released from the EP. 

I really love this song, I wrote it after sitting down and strumming an old 12-string guitar my husband bought for me. It was one of the songs that briefly (but not completely) broke the long, dry spell in my songwriting.

With a certain warmness that feels like a fresh jacket on a chilly night, More Than Ever is the the EPs second track, channelling Robertsons knack for creating nostalgic blends of folk, country and soulful-blues-inspired songs. 

Over a bluesy acoustic guitar, this dazzling song bares resemblance to a classic alt-country track and Robertsons sweet voice and signature tones falls over them fittingly. The song finds Robertson singing a poetic tale whilst around her guitars glisten like red and yellow leaves on a tree. Warm, breezy and country-tinged as ever, the near-five-minute song ends with sparse, fading instruments that leave us inspired, exhilarated, and ready for the next adventure.



EXPOSED! Police officer LIES to driver on national television "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't trust this cop on his tormenting rant on driver licence possession. 

In the colony Australia the police lie to the people every single day.

They lie in the courts and on the streets. 

Its up to you to not just catch them out but most importantly, hold them accountable.

This is an excerpt from a longer video (available on liabilitymate), where the focus is on the police officers words and not the drivers arguments.

The Victorian police officer clearly states:

Theres been a traffic offence committed, right? And you are required in Victoria when you commit a traffic offence to give me you name and address and produce your licence.

First and foremost is that a police officer alleges that he saw a traffic offence being committed, where it's up to the courts to enforce the law, should you chose not to accept the alleged

He must also caution the driver of a legal action referred to in the U.S as the Miranda warning, which is also applicable here in Australia.

When you hold a driver licence, you are required to state your name, address DoB (Date of Birth) and thats it.

ANY other question asked by the officer, you have the right not to self incriminate and it is to your benefit that you do not answer any other questions, not matter how 'enticing' the may be, as they are actually entrapment.


Moody's downgrades entire US banking system from 'stable' to 'negative' - Biden's sky-high inflation "IndyWatch Feed National"

CNN: Moodys downgrades their outlook of the entire U.S. banking system amid the sky-high inflation under Biden RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 14, 2023


Carl Barron is bringing his Skating Rink for Flies show to Geelong in May "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hailed as one of Australias most popular comedians, Carl Barron will be bringing his Skating Rink for Flies show to Geelong this May.

The comedian will take to Costa Hall for two back-to-back nights on Tuesday 30 May and Wednesday 31 May at 8pm both nights.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

His newest show sees the comedian (voted number one two years running), ponder things we all think about but never mention.

The show was spawned from when Carl was a small boy at school, he asked the teacher how ants feel. He never got an answer all those years ago, but he still wants to know. Youll hear musing from the comedian about things like plastic bags, peanut butter and the possible emotions of an ant. There is no point to this show other than to make you laugh as much as possible.

Funny stories from a bloke with a funny head. What more could you ask for? (Bit of wee guarantee)

Five of Carl Barrons best YouTube clips from back in the day

Set your alarms and slot in that reminder, tickets are on sale from 10am Thursday 16 March here

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Govt committee in Pakistan lets plagiarizing vice-chancellor off the hook "IndyWatch Feed National"

Muhammad Suleman Tahir

A government expert committee in Pakistan last year cleared a university vice-chancellor of plagiarism charges based on inconsistent claims of ignorance, Retraction Watch has learned. 

The committee, which was convened by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), also appears to have flouted rules that would have held the vice-chancellor responsible even if he had no knowledge of any plagiarism committed by work under his supervision. HEC funds and oversees higher education in Pakistan.

This sends the wrong message to the academic community and undermines the credibility of the HEC, Farukh Iqbal, who brought the charges, told Retraction Watch.

The case seemed simple enough at first. But it has since spiraled into a saga that may reveal as much about the value of political muscle in Pakistan as it does about academic dishonesty.

In October 2020, Iqbal was working toward a PhD in chemical engineering at RMIT University in Australia when he noticed a new paper in the journal Fuel that looked familiar. The authors, it turned out, had lifted heavily from Iqbals 2017 masters thesis, as we reported in 2021.

Iqbal complained to both the HEC and Fuel. The journal investigated and found that Iqbals work had indeed been plagiarized. It pulled the paper in June 2021. (The retraction notice mistakenly refers to a PhD thesis.)

That same month, however, the first author of the retracted paper, Vice-chancellor...


Get 'em young. "IndyWatch Feed National"

BTN- Behind The News, Ep5 2023. Remember watching BTN in primary school? This is what they show now. As a parent are you happy with this content shown to your kids? SpannaG (@SpannaGoddess) March 14, 2023


Avatar, the Chthulucene and the problem of kinship "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is perhaps no surprise that James Camerons Avatar filmsrespectively the first and third highest grossing film of all timefail to offer an imagination which exceeds the banal territories of capitalism. But, through their lip-service and surface-level critique of it, the films show us precisely the way contemporary capitalism operates.

The post Avatar, the Chthulucene and the problem of kinship appeared first on Overland literary journal.


SA power users face shocking electricity price surge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

South Australians who can least afford it will bear the brunt of proposed electricity price rises, according to the States peak advocacy body for the non-government health and community services sector, SACOSS.  


The famed larger-than-life neon mirror maze Kaleidoscope is coming to Geelong in May "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Geelong, prepare to lose yourself inside the euphoric human-sized Kaleidoscope a new work by renowned installation artist Keith Courtney that will see guests step inside a hall of rotating mirrors, light and sound.

Weighing 70 tonnes and made of glass, mirrors, steel and moving prisms, Courtney will bring his 700 square-metre Kaleidoscope to Geelong this May, setting up in the Johnstone Park Forecourt from Monday 13 May to Tuesday 18 June, following a recently announced run in Bendigo for the month of Apri.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

Kaleidoscope: A breathtaking neon-lit mirrored maze is coming to Bendigo in April

Featuring a dazzling white mirror maze during the day, and ever-changing, deep colours and light reflections from the surrounding environment at night, the work encourages the viewer to see the world in a different light.

Designed to be enjoyed by all ages, the work scales the deceptively simple optical device to epic proportions, creating a unique and ever-shifting experience that fuses art and technology.

Produced in collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating, artist Samantha Slicer, and a team of highly skilled technicians, Kaleidoscope is completed by a soundscape composed by Tamil Rogeon, featuri...


Lime Cordiale are bringing their Fantastical Country Club Experience to Frankston in April "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Lime Cordiale are partway through their eight-date regional tour, hitting up spots down the East Coast from the Sunshine Coast in the north to Frankston in the south.

Theyll perform on Sunday 2 April at The Pier, Frankston / Bunurong Country.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

The tour will feature all their hits, new songs, and a few surprises and is one of the few chances for you to see Lime Cordiale in a headline appearance in Australia in 2023.  Coming along for the ride are a rotation of the finest new talent that the Country Club officials could muster.

Arrive early and enjoy, Bella AmorAleksiah plus special guests New Zealands Coterie.



Their feelings. The only thing that matters. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get 'em while they're young. I cant get over how much this sucks. Cancel your Netflix subscription. Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 14, 2023


Tucker Carlson Asked GOP Presidential Hopefuls About Ukraine: Trump Calls for Peace in Europe, Regime Change at Home; DeSantis Response Stuns Establishment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tucker Carlson Asked GOP Presidential Hopefuls About Ukraine: Trump Calls for Peace in Europe, Regime Change at Home; DeSantis Response Stuns Establishment | 14 May 2023 | Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson asked Republican presidential hopefuls, those who have announced and those exploring a bid, about their policy on Russias war of aggression against Ukraine. Carlson reported the responses on Monday nights show and posted the responses in full on Twitter. Nikki Haley, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, Asa Hutchison and Chris Sununu [five useless eaters] opted to not participate. But the number of politicians who did respond is impressive, considering as Carlson acknowledged that it was presumptuous of a cable news show to conduct such a query. Those who answered: President Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL), Gov. Kristi Noem (SD), Greg Abbott (TX), Sen. Tim Scott (SC), former Gov. Chris Christie [also useless] (NJ) and Ohio businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. President Trump called for peace in Europe (but not at any price) and for regime change at home. [Exactly!]


Autumn Community Bush Walk "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Thursday 30 March 2023, 5 pm Come and enjoy an evening stroll in the Muckleford Bushland For more information please contact:  Jen 0438 568 736 If you would like a poster of this event please find it here.


The Upcoming Northwest "Heatwave" "IndyWatch Feed National"


On Friday afternoon at 4 PM, where would be the better place to put on your sunglasses and go outside for a warm St. Patrick's Day stroll?

Seattle or Los Angeles?

The surprising answer:  SEATTLE!

To illustrate the stunning situation, here is the latest European Center surface air temperature forecast at that time.    59F in Seattle and even higher over Chehalis and Portland.

In contrast, about 55-56F in LA on Friday afternoon.



Anthony Albanese goes to the United States and plays the sycophant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Anthony Albaneses performance in San Diego was an embarrassment. Surely, he could have at least pretended to be other than a fawning puppet of the United States. Standing up as a leader with his own mind and a little independence would have won respect. The cringe worthy performance failed to do this. Many expected much better from a government they expected to turn away from the foreign policy of the Scott Morrison era. They are left disappointed.

The Australian Prime Minister joined US president Joe Biden and British Prime Minister rishi Sunak. These are the three countries joined in the AUKUS alliance, and it has been clear from who is calling the shots from the start. This has now been confirmed. Biden made it clear that hat his words that the purpose is to ensure the Indo-Pacific is kept free and open. This is code for maintaining the two oceans as United States spheres of influence and control. Sunak and Albanese played second fiddle.

Photo by Leah Millis/Reuters: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, California 

Australia has signed up for the stationing of a fleet of nuclear submarines and expanding the number of United States military personnel on Australian soil and this has nothing to do with the defence of Australia. If this had been the case, equipping the Australian Defence Force would have taken a different form. It would not be based on the means to fight overseas, which is exactly what the submarines and the military alliance is all about.

The cost has of the submarines already blown out to $368 billion and likely to blow out much more before they are delivered sometime after 2030. This will impose a considerable cost on the Australian government and economy. Investment that could have been used for more useful purposes will be directed down this black hole.

If the truth were told, it would be said that these submarines will not really be Australian. They will remain under Washingtons command, while Australia gets saddled with the bill. The expanded port in Western Australia will become an American facility. The promised small arms and military supp...


Stop 4 Exhibition @ Lot 19 "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Get along to the Stop 4 exhibition at Lot 19 (McShanag Drive, Castlemaine) and check out the amazing works by our Intro to Professional Art Practice students!

Exhibition opens this Friday 17th March, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.


National Australia Bank makes first-ever cross-border stablecoin transaction "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Big Four Australian bank is the second to issue a stablecoin and hopes to support transactions by corporate clients by the end of the year.


10 Best Forstner Bits Set in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Forstner bits are a type of drill bit that is used for drilling flat-bottomed holes in wood. They are similar to spade bits, but have a smaller diameter and are used for more precise drilling. Forstner bits come in a variety of sizes and can be used with hand-held or power drills. When choosing a Forstner bit, it is important to consider the size of the hole you need to drill, as well as the depth of the hole.


10 Best Bbq Cover in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are in the market for a BBQ cover, you have come to the right place. This blog will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about which BBQ cover is best for you. There are many factors to consider when choosing a BBQ cover, such as material, size, and price. We will discuss all of these factors so that you can make the best decision possible.

Tuesday, 14 March


10 Best Art Smock in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Art smocks are an essential for any little artist. They keep clothes clean and dry while kids are painting, crafting, or otherwise being creative. But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which art smock is the best for your child. Our blog will help you choose the best art smock for your kid based on their individual needs and preferences. Well also provide tips on how to care for an art smock so that it lasts long enough to be passed down to future generations of budding artists.


10 Best Pen Set in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are looking for the best pen set, you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best pen sets on the market and help you choose the right one for your needs. We will also provide some tips on how to use a pen set and what to look for when purchasing one.


10 Best Rubber Bands in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are looking for the best rubber bands, then you have come to the right place. In this blog, we will take a look at some of the best rubber bands on the market and help you choose the right one for your needs. We will also provide some tips on how to use rubber bands effectively.


10 Best Dining Chairs Set Of 4 in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If youre looking for the best dining chairs set of 4, look no further! In this blog post, well show you our top picks for the best dining chairs set of 4 that are sure to elevate your dining experience. Well also provide a buyers guide to help you choose the perfect set of dining chairs for your home.


Wetland addiction "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

My wetland addiction persists

The highlight of last weekend was five (5) Gull-billed Terns. Only my second local record of this species, the small and exclusive party soared into the sky high above me along with a mixed flock of Straw-necked Ibis and ducks (Grey Teal, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Shoveler).

The Gull-billed Tern is a distinctive tern of both coastal and inland wetlands, foraging over shallow water for invertebrates, also taking frogs, lizards and flying insects on occasion. Significantly larger than both the Whiskered Tern and White-winged Black Tern (both species also seen this summer), the Gull-billed Tern has a heavy black bill and a large, black piratical patch surrounding the eye.

Black-tailed Native-hens are another irregular visitor, arriving as if from nowhere to the plains. To date Ive only seen a handful, but suspect more will arrive from the inland over coming weeks.

Small numbers of Golden-headed Cisticolas have been conspicuous on a number of wetlands.


Black-tailed Native-hen, Moolort wetlands, 13th March 2023



10 Best Hot Glue Gun Sticks in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If you are looking for the best hot glue gun sticks, then you have come to the right place. In this blog post, we will be discussing the top three hot glue gun sticks that are currently available on the market. We will also be providing a buyers guide so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a hot glue gun stick.


10 Best Packing Tape in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

If youve ever had to move before, then you know how frustrating it can be to try and find good packing tape. There are so many different brands and types out there, and it can be hard to know which one is the best. Thats why Ive created this blog post to help you find the best packing tape for your needs. Ill be discussing the different types of packing tape, their pros and cons, and which one I think is the best overall. So whether youre looking for the strongest tape, the most affordable option, or just want to know what others have used in the past, this blog post is for you.


10 Best Rice Spoons in Australia (2023) [Top Picks] "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

When it comes to cooking rice, having the best tools can make all the difference. This is especially true when it comes to choosing the right spoon. With so many different types and styles of spoons on the market, it can be tricky to know which one is the best for cooking rice. But dont worry, were here to help.

In this blog post, well be discussing the best rice spoons on the market. Well also provide a buyers guide to help you choose the perfect spoon for your needs. So whether youre a beginner cook or a seasoned pro, read on to find the best rice spoon for you.


Indulge in all-you-can-eat dumplings and bao buns at Asian-fusion restaurant Bob Sugar "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Boasting a dream combo of curated Asian feeds with fresh cocktails across from the beach, Bob Sugar has been hitting the Melbourne restaurant trend to a tee for the past two years.

With a focus on super-fresh ingredients and authentic techniques, pretty much everything youll find within the four walls of Bob Sugar is mouth-wateringly delicious. And now theres one more reason to head on out for dinner this week with Bob Sugars Dumpling To Talk A Bao.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

The night, which has previously been featured at the restaurant, returns due to popular demand, bringing all-you-can-eat dumplings and bao buns to the Coast on Wednesday, the 15th of March.

For $55 per person, keen diners can choose from four delicious bao options and three dumpling fillings, including Coconut Chicken Baos, Penang Beef Baos, Krispy Kolli Baos, Karaage Chicken Baos, Pork and Chive Dumplings, Prawn and Ginger Dumplings, and Vegetable Dumplings, with vegan options available.

Sittings run for an hour and a half (just enough time to stuff your face until the buttons on your jeans pop off) and theres the option to add on a bottomless booze package too if youre really feeling fancy. For $29 extra, you can score bottomless tap beer and wine, or for $39 you can do bottomless tap beer, wine, and select cocktails.

Kids can get involved too for $20 if theyre 12 years and under.




More Than Cupcakes: Baked by Us launch Go Fund Me to continue its support of young people with disabilities "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When we talk about the heart and soul of a local business, no one has more of those two things than Baked By Us a local cupcakery in central Geelong.

Led by the expertise and infectious personality of owner and professional baker Jess Robinson, Baked By Us offers an opportunity for young people with disabilities to learn how to professionally make cupcakes, develop kitchen skills, learn how to make coffee and serve customers, deliver orders around the community, and most importantly work as part of a team.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.


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On 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq

Saturday 5 MARCH 2023 AT 1 PM

State Library Swanston Street Melbourne.

Organised by the 18 March Peace Roundtable Melbourne



Dr Margie Beavis:  Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Professor Richard Tanter:  Nautilus Institute

Dave Sweeney: Australian Conservation Foundation

John Lander:  Former Diplomat to China

Shirley Winton: No AUKUs Coalition Victoria/IPAN

David McBride:  War Crimes Whistleblower

More speakers at Treasury Gardens after the march.

The post BUILD THE PEOPLES MOVEMENT FOR PEACE! appeared first on The Pen.


Afterpay Day 2023: Shop the best deals from Australias favourite brands this week "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

RIP our savings accounts. Afterpay Day, Australias favourite bi-annual shopping event from the #1 buy now, pay later payment platform Afterpay, is back this week with offers from some of  Australias hottest brands including Culture Kings, PE Nation, Dyson, David Jones, Adairs and Webjet.  

The four-day event kicks off at 8am on Thursday 16th March, running until Sunday 19th March, and will feature up to 95% off on some of the biggest retailers in the country, both online and in-store. With thousands of retailers participating, Afterpay Day is set to once again bring some of the best deals of the year to shoppers around the country, offering Aussies the ability to pay better by managing their payments in four fortnightly instalments without incurring interest.  

Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region here.


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Were ready to deliver and were here for the long run: Jimmy Eat World share Clarity on Their Future and Past "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A gut-wrenching line delivered by THE Hilary Duff to Chad Michael Murray in the iconic 00s movie A Cinderella Story. Cut to the final play of the homecoming game, as Duffs Sam is chased down by Murrays Austin to share a kiss. A droplet falls on Sams cheek and the skies open up signalling the end of the drought. It is a pop culture moment that changed history itself, all underscored by the steady, emotionally-charged build of Jimmy Eat Worlds Hear You Me.

This is just one moment of the 90s and early 2000s soundtracked and made superior by the presence of Jim Adkins, Zach Lind, Tom Linton and Rick Burch. They made an appearance on Murray-led drama One Tree Hill at the infamous TRIC, and wanna-be rockstars lived out their best Jimmy Eat World stage experience playing The Middle on plastic-coloured buttons on Guitar Hero World Tour. It all came after the commercial success of Bleed American, but at this point, Jimmy was an adventurous and clever eight-year-old kid who had just entered his emo phase.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Formed in 1993, the four-piece from Mesa, Arizona cut their teeth on the punk rock sounds of the southwest, releasing their debut EP One, Two, Three, Four the following year. It was their debut album Static Prevails and sophomore giant Clarity that built the Jimmy Eat World depth and diversified sound, drawing from the Sunny Day Real Estate framework. But the grunge waves of the 90s were bubbling at the shore of the new millennium as the indie rock resurgence and emo evolution appeared on the music horizon. Jimmy Eat World were in the swells, about to unknowingly hang ten on the shifting tides.

At the time when we were making Clarity and Bleed American, we were a really young band and we didnt really know how far we would go. We felt...


Ice skating, 10000 kazoos and global headliners: Melbournes RISING festival announces 2023 program "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A festival that you do in the city that does it bestart, culture, food and music under moonlight: RISING festival has unveiled its expansive 2023 program of 185 events featuring more than 400 artists including 35 commissions and 12 world premieres, set to ignite the heart of Melbourne from 718 June.

Over 12 nights of powerful theatre, exhilarating dance, music that traverses the globe, large-scale installation, public performance, free and low-cost experiences, and outdoor works of mass participation, RISING will invite audiences to join a 10,000 strong kazoo orchestra, to slice up the ice, and to reflect, reckon, rave and revel in Melbournes night-time buzz.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

 Spilling out across the citys streets, carparks, churches, theaters, train stations, town squares, and on the banks of the Birrarung, RISING returns this winter to take the city as its stage, bringing the best premiere art and performance from around the world and across Australia.

RISING is a mass celebration of Melbournes unique culture in the heart of the city. said RISING co-artistic directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek. The 2023 program is a rallying call to get involved, experience the new and be a part of a festival that couldnt happen anywhere else.


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Iconic trio Something For Kate announce one-off show at Torquay Hotel this April "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

After two sold-out national theatre tours in 2022, in addition to numerous festival appearances, iconic Melbourne trio Something For Kate have announced a limited number of one-off shows this Autumn.

Hitting the bays in Melbourne the band play the stunning Torquay hotel before a long overdue hometown return to Frankstons Pier Bandroom, before finishing with their first trip to the nations capital since 2017 (as part of Midnight Oils Great Circle tour), where the band play Kambri at the ANU for the very first time.

Something for Kate Autumn Shows

Friday, April 28 Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
Saturday, April 29 Pier Bandroom, Frankston VIC
Saturday, May 13 Kambri ANU, Canberra ACT

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

For one night only in each city, Paul Dempsey, Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Hyndman will celebrate the albums embedded in the hearts, minds and collective DNA of Australian audiences.

With their masterful musical architecture, Something For Kate have earned 750,000+ Gold and Platinum sales across seven albums, amassed 11 x ARIA nominations and 14 x entries in triple Js Hottest 100.

The quintessential songs are there: Dj Vu, Monsters, Electricity, Cigarettes and Suitcases, Captain (Million Miles An Hour), Survival Expert, Three Dimensions, Come Back Before I Come Back To My Senses + many more, many of which you can expect to hear on the stage this April.

You can purchase tickets to Something For Kate at Torquay Hotel here

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Rental relief in the regions "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

City rentals tighten

SQM Research reported today an increase in rental vacancy rates in Darwin, Canberra, Hobart, as well as many regional locations, as the long tail of the dwelling construction pipeline delivered some welcome relief to tenants.

There were significant increases in rental vacancy rates in many parts of regional Australia: Gold Coast, Mornington Peninsula, and the Blue Mountains, for example.

On the other hand there were sharp declines to very tight levels in CBD vacancy rates for Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as international students rushed back to Australia. 

Overall, there is likely to be ongoing pressure in the rental markets of the larger capital cities as students return and as employers increasingly require employees to be back in the office. 

Indeed there was no respite for renters in the largest capitals, with asking rents for units rising nearly 9 per cent in Sydney and Melbourne over the past quarter, while Brisbane wasn't far behind. 


Aussie Sea Level Rise Building Permit Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Local governments attempting to apply new Victorian state sea level rise building permit rules to residential blocks bought in good faith are creating legal chaos.

The post Aussie Sea Level Rise Building Permit Chaos first appeared on Watts Up With That?.


New Zealands Mitch James announces Australian tour for June "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

New Zealand singer, songwriter and guitarist Mitch James is hitting the east coast of Australia this winter after announcing his first-ever global tour! The Long Road Home Tour will see James play 50 shows across 15 countries, including eight Australian shows this June.

The Kiwi born artist will kick off the Australian leg of The Long Road Home Tour on Friday 9 June at The Whalers Hotel Warnambool, followed by two further Victorian shows on Saturday 10 June at The Workers Club, Melbourne and Sunday 11 June at HABA, Rye. The tour then heads to New South Wales on Wednesday 14 June playing La La Las, Wollongong, Thursday 15 June at The Lansdowne, Sydney, Friday 16 June at The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, Saturday 17 June at The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay before a final show on Monday 19 June at The Brightside, Brisbane.

Mitch James The Long Road Home Tour

Friday 9 June
The Whalers Hotel | Warrnambool, VIC

Saturday 10 June
The Workers Club | Melbourne, VIC

Sunday 11 June

Wednesday 14 June
La La Las | Wollongong, NSW

Thursday 15 June
The Lansdowne | Sydney, NSW

Friday 16 June
The Cambridge Hotel | Newcastle, NSW

Saturday 17 June
The Northern | Byron Bay, NSW

Monday 19 June
The Brightside | Brisbane, QLD

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

This is my first Australian headline tour since 2018 and my first ever world tour. I couldnt be more excited to get back to doing what I love with all my beautiful fans. Were going to give it everything!

Touring in celebration of his sophomore album patience (out now via Sony Music Australia, here) which was released last November, James has a new found determination and authenticity, which is reflected throughout the record. Singles motions, japan and stuck In denial have surpassed over 1.6 million streams between them. The album explores battles and the journey he has been on since his breakout selling album MITCH JAMES.

With a world tour supporting Calum Scott under his belt in 2022, the Long Road Home Tour will see James embark on his first ever headline world tour. Playing 30 dates globally, the tour will head to Germany, Ireland, France, Netherlands, UK, Australia and wrap up with 13 shows across Aotearoa.

To date, Mitch has toured the world alongside Calum Scott, Drax Project and Six60, who he regards as not just friends, but mentors. The same goes for Ed Sheeran, who Mitch supported in front of 100,000 fans acr...


Game changer: Woodlea offers free rent for three years for one lucky hospitality business owner "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Woodlea, the wests largest masterplanned community, is offering a huge opportunity for hospitality business owners to rent a caf space, free of charge for three years equating to roughly $200,000 in savings.

Located in an established community, adjacent to a draw card adventure park Aintree Reserve and jumping pillow, the indoor/outdoor space and fully operational commercial kitchen will serve the immediate community of over 13,000 residents (and growing), and will save the successful operator $50,000 in rent p/a for the first year, in addition to utility charges including water, gas and electricity. There is also an opportunity for a liquor licence renewal. 

Stay up to date with whats happening in and around the region here.

The current cafe space is available until September 2024, when the vendor will then have the opportunity to move into a larger 134sqm space as part of Woodleas new flagship Display Village saving $70,000 in rent p/a for another two years. The new space is centrally located near Woodleas public primary and future secondary school, future active open space complete with soccer fields and a dog park (set to open next year), and will be attached to a 56m2 community space, providing opportunity for the successful vendor to offer additional connected services to complement their business. There will also be the additional opportunity to access further space for growing produce / a productive kitchen. 

The vendor will also have the unique opportunity to collaborate with the renowned architectural firm, Craig Tan Architects to inform the design of their dream space, and a top tier branding studio to create a benchmark brand and marketing assets. 

Open to different food and beverage offerings, Woodlea will work with the vendor to deliver the best model to service the community and broader Western region, with eligible candidates required to have previous hospitality experience and a track record of running a successful operation. 

Woodlea Project Director Matthew Dean said the community is excited to welcome a new vendor and believes the unique offering will be a gamechanger for the successful business. 

Its really unheard of to receive three years free rent, utilities included, while having access to a thriving community of over 13,000 residents a number that is set to grow rapidly within the coming years. Were excited by the opportunity available and strongly believe it will be a catalyst for growth for the successful operator; they have the opportunity to use learni...


The Big Picture Fest will transform Frankston into an immersive art gallery this month "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

From March 20 to 26, The Big Picture Fest will bring together some of the most talented local and international artists to transform public spaces into vibrant and inspiring works of art. With The Block Party taking over the city on March 24, the festival is a celebration of creativity, urban culture, and street art.

Stay up to date with whats happening within the regions art scene here

In 2023, The Big Picture Fest will immerse the city of Frankston in an extensive gallery takeover. Featuring work from Abbey Rich, GhostPatrol, Marco Morano, Hayden Dewar, Katherine Gailer, LucyLucy and Olana Janfa, discover a retrospective of street art from March 2 until April 1.

Turning the city into an explosion of colour you can expect to see the work of Smug One, an internationally renowned artist known for his realistic large-scale murals; Heesco, a Mongolian-Australian muralist best known for his prolific work on outback silos; and Katherine Gailer, a Columbian artist who brings a colourful and dreamlike touch to her work which explores womens empowerment and the natural environment.

But The Big Picture Fest isnt just about admiring amazing art; its also about getting involved and engaging with the festival in a meaningful way. Throughout the weekend, visitors can participate in Night Walk guided tours of the murals, featuring expansive projections by Spanish artist Filip Roca.

They will also be hosting big Picture Fest Tours, an award-winning tour showcasing over 60 murals across the cityscape. With Frankston being the first city to win gold for two consecutive years for their City Street Art Tours, tours of Frankstons must-see street art are quite literally the best in the entire country.

Big Picture Fest map



Banks under pressure "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Bank jitters continue

I've been on the road today down in Melbourne so no time to do blog posts.

Bonds have rallied very hard today, with European banks coming under pressure this evening.

Credit Suisse saw its share price dropping another 10 per cent to a new record low, trading below $2.20 - a far cry from the heady days of around $80 back in 2007.

It could be a lively trade overnight, with some regional US bank stocks getting crushed. 

Australia's 3-year bond yield is traded down as low as just 2.9 per cent before a small blunce; that's a huge change in thinking from 3.7 per cent only a few weeks ago. 


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