Category: Victoria

Victorian construction leads the nation through lockdowns driven by growth in infrastructure building

Big projects including Melbourne’s West Gate Tunnel powered Victoria’s construction sector to national leadership in the September quarter.

Making fools of those claiming Victoria is to blame for everything, demonstrators and the general rabble are trying to convince and blame Andrews for the nation’s failure and ScaMo’s there to help “sympathising” and understanding their frustration.” Yes there’s good an wisdom on both sides. Nevertheless we need to  thank Victoria’s Unions for their service to the nation for sure as hell Morrison and Matthew Guy won’t.

Victoria’s building sector has shrugged off the effects of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown to lead the nation in activity for the first time, according to the latest data, with more than $15 billion of work done between July and September. A leading economist says the performance of the state’s building industry, often at the eye of a storm of controversy during lockdowns, may have saved the national economy from a harder landing than expected in the September quarter.

Source: Victorian construction leads the nation through lockdowns driven by growth in infrastructure building

Melbourne’s rioters honour Trump with their violence

Melbourne protesters

Melbourne’s rioters honour Trump with their violence

Throwing away any notion of a social contract and that “individualism is just all me, no we”  a handful of basically misinformed working-class protesters took to the streets to revolt, protest, tear down the “system” and basically any notion of their part in any social contract. Meanwhile, they were doing the work justifying the extreme right’s demands to change the government who is in their lives. Isn’t it a coincidence that Matthew Guy just became leader of the opposition and needed anti-Dan on the front pages?

More than one Trump-Pence flag was seen amid the crowd, along with a red MAGA cap or two. The disparate group of unionists, anti-vaxxers, anarchists, right wingers (including Proud Boys and neo-Nazis) and general troublemakers shut down parts of a city already crippled by COVID-19. Their agenda, apparently initially sparked by suspension of access to tea rooms and mandated vaccination due to viral spread in the construction sector, was hijacked. It morphed into a general protest against authority, targeted at lockdowns, government, police and even the construction union.

Source: Melbourne’s rioters honour Trump with their violence

Victoria lockdown: Scott Morrison ignores calls for worker, business help

Scott Morrison says Victoria lockdown doesn't warrant more help

We don’t help Labour Governments as far as we are concerned they are CUBA and GAZA rolled in one

Scott Morrison has ignored calls for urgent assistance for Victorian workers affected by the latest COVID lockdown, saying the federal government has already sent billions in help and that Queensland or Western Australia didn’t need extra support during their latest restrictions. It came after an extraordinary spray unleashed by Victoria’s acting premier and treasurer, who called the Prime Minister and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg “disgraceful”. “This idea we are working hand in glove, when they have never put their hand in their pocket, is nothing short of a disgrace,” state treasurer Tim Pallas said. “It is about time the Commonwealth stop with the words, stop with the empty gestures, the rallying speeches, with nothing behind them.”

Source: Victoria lockdown: Scott Morrison ignores calls for worker, business help

The ratings’ agency religion may be dead. But there are still lessons

RBA governor Philip Lowe recently said he was more worried about high unemployment than the implications of a state credit rating downgrade.

When ratings agencies judgements are patently WRONG as they were pre GFC and the junk packages offered by Wall St for sale were overvalued did or were these agencies ratings downgraded? Not at all nobody was ever charged for the over ratings given to Financial Institution products. Institution on which the agencies depended for thei incomes. The down rating of Victoria is totally and blindly accepted by by all politically opposed to Dan Andrews. Nobody is asking S&P to justify it’s decision with either facts or evidence. (ODT)

A downgrade in the credit rating of a government would once be greeted with fiscal self-flagellation of near religious intensity.

The ratings’ agency religion may be dead. But there are still lessons

Victoria’s First Aboriginal Senator, Lidia Thorpe, Speaks to Jacobin

On October 6, Lidia Thorpe was sworn in as the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in Australia’s parliament. Thorpe spoke to Jacobin about a centuries-long struggle for justice.

Victoria’s First Aboriginal Senator, Lidia Thorpe, Speaks to Jacobin

Coronavirus: Germany, France return to lockdown as cases soar in Europe

All restaurants in France will be forced to close for at least a month under a new national lockdown.

Europe is bracing for a new spate of national lockdowns as coronavirus surges across the continent and threatens to fill hospitals with more patients than the first deadly wave of earlier this year.

Coronavirus: Germany, France return to lockdown as cases soar in Europe

These creeps are going to make the next few weeks harder than they need to be | The Shot

My beautiful but astonishingly pooey two-year-old has handled himself through this pandemic with more grace than Melbourne’s largest newspaper. And the Victorian Liberal Party. Both of whom should feel grateful I’ve listed them as distinct entities.

These creeps are going to make the next few weeks harder than they need to be | The Shot

‘Selfish’: Premier slams anti-lockdown protesters as crowds fizzle

An anti-lockdown supporter is detained by Victoria Police after refusing to provide details and being in non-compliance with the Chief Health Officer's guidelines.

As Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews described protesters as “selfish and unlawful”, at least four participants at one of the planned protests were led away by police officers on Saturday in handcuffs.

‘Selfish’: Premier slams anti-lockdown protesters as crowds fizzle

Victorian Government announces multi-million-dollar plan to end native logging by 2030 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A baby possum's face is cradled under a thumb as it sits in someone's hand, wrapped in cloth.

WHO NEEDS SOME TOTALLY AMAZING NEWS?!

Oh my god. Every day I clasp my hands together and thank the sweet universe that I live in Victoria. Thank you, Lily D’Ambrosio MP, thank you.

Please bear in mind: this timetable – and the money that the government are willing to put into it – gives the working people of the industry time and resources to *transition*. This is what we mean by a “just” transition. It is why it should be at the heart of every decision we make. (Van Badham)

Victorian Government announces multi-million-dollar plan to end native logging by 2030 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Labor’s election win in Victoria delivers a stunning margin and a new party hero | Gay Alcorn | Australia news | The Guardian

Not even the most supreme optimists in Labor dreamed of this. A thumping victory, a “bloodbath” as Labor’s health minister, Jill Hennessy, put it. Labor luminaries looked not just pleased, but stunned.

A swing to Labor of around 6%, around 60 seats in an 88-seat parliament, the Coalition reduced to a rump of 20, with several still in doubt. Although the counting of prepoll votes might bring back the scale of the win a little, Labor’s early worries about being forced into minority government proved laughable.

via Labor’s election win in Victoria delivers a stunning margin and a new party hero | Gay Alcorn | Australia news | The Guardian

ReachTEL poll: Andrews edges clear of Guy as state election draws near

The poll found Labor would have won an election last week by virtually the same margin it won by when Victorians voted in 2014, claiming 52 per cent of the two-party preferred vote to the Coalition’s 48 per cent.

The ReachTEL poll of 1239 voters was taken on the night of October 3.

With fewer than 50 days remaining until election day, the result suggests Coalition leader Matthew Guy will need to make significant ground during the election campaign if he is to claim the eight extra seats he needs to become Victoria’s next premier.

via ReachTEL poll: Andrews edges clear of Guy as state election draws near

Victorian Labor promises biggest transport building program in Australia

Victoria will undergo “the biggest public transport building program in Australian history” if the state Labor government is re-elected, Premier Daniel Andrews will promise in a speech marking 100 days until the November state poll.

In notes seen by The Age, the Premier will also take aim at the privatisation of Victoria’s energy market and the companies reaping massive profits.

“We were promised that a privatised electricity market would lower prices,” he will say in his address to the Committee for Economic Development. “Wrong. Privatisation has not worked.”

via Victorian Labor promises biggest transport building program in Australia

A tale of two beaches and their rubbish problem

What’s rubbish to most of us is a convenience and doesn’t bother Andrew Bolt. He is comforted by the safety of it. 5.4 extra people died his research search tells him. That 0.6 of a person that lived is smiling.(ODT)

The report cited a study that showed researchers found 359 seals became entangled at Seal Rocks off Phillip Island mostly in lost or abandoned fishing nets between 1997 and 2013. However, it said other items including balloons and plastic bags were also a danger for seals.

The Andrews government has now committed to banning lightweight plastic bags by 2019. A reference group will also be established this year to produce a plan for dealing with plastic waste more generally.

via A tale of two beaches and their rubbish problem

Victoria is the place to be as Australia’s population growth slows | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

The end of the mining boom means fewer migrants coming to Australia in search of work, and interstate migration shifting away from WA

Source: Victoria is the place to be as Australia’s population growth slows | Greg Jericho | Business | The Guardian

Toxic groundwater study launched years after Fishermans Bend rezoning announced: Matthew Guy’s Legacy

Helen Halliday and former Port Phillip councillor David Brand, from the Fishermans Bend Network group, outside contaminated land in South Melbourne. They want better planning for the new area.

Helen Halliday and former Port Phillip councillor David Brand, from the Fishermans Bend Network group, outside contaminated land in South Melbourne. They want better planning for the new area. Photo: Luis Ascui

Toxic groundwater will be investigated in the industrial area of Fishermans Bend – which is to be redeveloped as four new residential suburbs – almost three years after a secret state government report detailed soil and water-table contamination.

The report, kept confidential until recently, was completed just before the now Opposition Leader Matthew Guy announced the rezoning of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area.

The rezoning doubled or even tripled land values overnight, but failed to set aside infrastructure like parks  that could cost taxpayers hundreds of million of dollars.

An aerial view of the land that will form the new suburbs of Fishermans Bend.An aerial view of the land that will form the new suburbs of Fishermans Bend.

Now, the Environment Protection Authority has launched an investigation into toxic groundwater across the massive site, used since the mid-1800s for some of Melbourne’s most intensive industrial activity.

Abbatoirs, rendering  works, bone mills, manure and glue factories, and soap and candle makers were all based in the area.

The EPA investigation comes ahead of new plans expected to be announced by the Andrews government for the Fishermans Bend area, which encompasses 240 hectares of Port Melbourne and South Melbourne.

Former premier Denis Napthine (right) and now Opposition Leader Matthew Guy unveil the initial plans for Fishermans Bend in 2013.Former premier Denis Napthine (right) and now Opposition Leader Matthew Guy unveil the initial plans for Fishermans Bend in 2013. Photo: Penny Stephens

The area was rezoned in July 2012 by Mr Guy as planning minister, from a mix of industrial and commercial uses, to a capital city zone that he controlled.

Mr Guy went on to approve 11 apartment towers – all taller  than 30 storeys – and to propose a new underground rail line through the area.

But in a sign of how rushed the plan was, the EPA has now commissioned a study to better understand the potential risk of contaminated groundwater.

It follows a preliminary land contamination study by engineers Golder Associates, completed in mid-2012, that used only “drive by” assessments of individual sites.

It warned of a variety of contaminants including heavy metals, petroleum waste, large quantities of solvents such as kerosene and turpentine, and acids from animal product processing.

And it identified 20 “high-risk” sites that would likely cost more than $6 million per hectare to clean up. Two of these sites, the report said, “had an approximate contamination cost in excess of $10 million per hectare”.

There are a dozen outstanding permit applications for high-rise towers in the Fishermans Bend area.

No major residential project in the area has been approved since late last year.

Some planning applications, like those submitted for 60 Johnson Street in Port Melbourne, have been awaiting approval for two years.

The planning minister’s spokeswoman said there were many unresolved issues at Fishermans Bend.

She said the government was preparing its promised review of Fishermans Bend plans, to give greater certainty to residents, businesses and developers.

Helen Halliday is convenor of community group the Fishermans Bend Network. It has been lobbying for better and more transparent planning for the new suburb.

Ms Halliday said planning of the new suburb for 80,000 people had been a “developer’s paradise”, but that community input had been locked out.

“In 2012, we went from a draft vision that had a lot of good intentions … straight to high-rise podium developments, most in excess of 30 storeys, in areas that were designated for eight or 16 storeys,” she said.

She said the contamination identified in 2012 by the previous report didn’t seem to have been acted on despite many planning applications having been approved.

She said the Andrews government’s promised review would hopefully improve how the area was developed. “Nothing could be worse than what we’ve got, because it has been a developer driven planning process,” she said