Tag: Melbourne

Smirkulation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

From all eggs to eggs all over his face the Machiavellian Morrison just keeps digging and distracting and re-writing history.

Source: Smirkulation – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dan Andrews stares down the lynch mob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Andrews leads while Morrison seethes

Perhaps though, what has annoyed the lynch mob most is that Andrews’ strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria has worked. The number of cases has been falling steadily. This past weekend, record low figures were achieved. As a result, restrictions have been eased, as promised, with more to come next weekend. Whatever he does though, it will never be right, never enough for his detractors. The painful reality for the lynch mob though is that Andrews has stared them down, and they don’t like it. This daily inquisition is demeaning, unnecessary, unbecoming, and a pox on our politics. It must now stop.

Dan Andrews stares down the lynch mob – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Sydney To Open Lockdown-Themed Amusement Park For New Zealanders Who Want The Full Melbourne Experience | The Shovel

Saying they were concerned about the high number of Kiwis entering Sydney but then immediately departing for Melbourne, Tourism NSW announced today that it will build a Melbourne-style lockdown amusement park, in an attempt to keep valuable tourism dollars in the state.

Sydney To Open Lockdown-Themed Amusement Park For New Zealanders Who Want The Full Melbourne Experience | The Shovel

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules — RT Op-ed

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules

Having already brought in some of the strictest Covid-19 restrictions in the world, Aussie police are well on their way to turning Victoria into an Orwellian surveillance state.

Land Drone Under: Cops in Melbourne are using drones to spy on citizens to make sure they don’t break lockdown rules — RT Op-ed

Booming Melbourne to become nation’s largest city by 2026

Melbourne is adding 327 people a day as it draws residents from around the globe and around the state with new figures revealing the city’s population swelling and on track to overtake Sydney within a decade.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the Greater Melbourne area added 119,421 residents through 2017-18, taking the city’s total population to a record 5 million.

It’s the fourth successive year in which Melbourne has added more than 100,000 residents although last year’s result was slightly down on the 125,424 who swelled the city in 2016-17.

Melbourne reached 4.5 million residents in mid-2016 and has now added more than 460,000 people in three years. Over the same period, Sydney added 300,000 residents.

via Booming Melbourne to become nation’s largest city by 2026

Amsterdam Is Fighting for Its Soul. Can a Progressive New Government Save It? | The Nation

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cycling into Amsterdam’s red-light district from Dam Square on a summer evening requires advanced maneuvering skills. Throngs of tourists clog the sidewalks. They spill into the road without warning, blocking traffic while they check their phones or take a picture, though it’s not clear what they hope to capture. In just one block I counted four pizzerias, four souvenir shops, five take-out chains, and five Argentine steakhouses.

Walkable, picturesque, and famous for its ample supply of sex and drugs while still feeling relatively safe, Amsterdam is more popular than ever. In 2018, the city expects to host almost 9 million overnight visitors, double the number 10 years ago. And that’s only counting hotel guests; an additional 1.6 million stay on cruise ships or rent through Airbnb or similar services. Together, they bring in billions of dollars, but also put a huge strain on the city’s infrastructure, services, and environment. Meanwhile, the downtown is turning into a northern version of Venice: a congested, soulless theme park that the locals do their best to avoid.

Though much smaller than Paris, London, or New York, Amsterdam has long been a cosmopolitan city. Some 53 percent of its 845,000 inhabitants are first- or second-generation immigrants. After reaching a low point in the 1980s, its population is now growing at its fastest rate ever. But while the city attracts thousands of newcomers, it drives almost as many away. Soaring housing prices, pushed even higher by housing shortages, real-estate speculators, and Airbnb, are expelling middle-income and working-class families from the city proper.

via Amsterdam Is Fighting for Its Soul. Can a Progressive New Government Save It? | The Nation

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

White collars, dirty secrets

Not a African among these Immigrants and good old Aussie boys Andrew Bolt and Peter Dutton. Further none lived in Dandenong yet they ran a war in Melbourne with the aid of our Banks (ODT)

Whether the pinstripe-suited money people are corrupt, don’t care or don’t ask hardly matters, for drug money is not much good unless you can spend it. And the best way to do that is to put it through some form of spin cycle.

via White collars, dirty secrets

Bourke Street driver identified as James ‘Jimmy’ Gargasoulas | What would Andrew Bolt and Pauline have said if he were Muslim?

The man who allegedly mowed down around two dozen people in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday, killing four and injuring more than 20 others, has a history of drug use, violence and psychological problems.

Source: Bourke Street driver identified as James ‘Jimmy’ Gargasoulas

Staff threatened in ‘serious riot incident’ at Melbourne Youth Justice Centre, prison guard union says

About 11 juvenile offenders, some believed to be members of the Apex gang, threatened three staff and took over the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre for two hours on Saturday night, the prison guard union says.

Source: Staff threatened in ‘serious riot incident’ at Melbourne Youth Justice Centre, prison guard union says