Dead women should not be political pawns

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PAWN: Tony Abbott used domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty to boost his flagging image, while still cutting vital women’s services, according to Jenna Price.It’s January 2015. Tony Abbott is in deep hot water.This time it’s about announcing Prince Philip – that renowned old bigot – as a knight. The pushback from ordinary Australians is huge.
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It even surprised me. I assumed it was only me furious with a scion of privilege for reintroducing these honours. Turns out it was everyone, even in Abbott’s own party.He turned to the one person he thought could redeem him. He turned to Rosie Batty.

A few days earlier, Batty had been named Australian of the Year. No one had heard of this Victorian mother until her son Luke was murdered in February 2013. Her extreme poise and resilience blew Australians away. For eight months, she campaigned hard on family violence and, for once, Australia seemed to be sitting up and taking notice.

The then prime minister had a meeting with Batty on Christmas Eve 2014. Peta Credlin, his chief of staff, was also there. He asked Batty what she thought might be a solution to the poisonous problem of violence against women and children.From that moment, there was little contact. Until Abbott was in deep trouble with the electorate. His decision to turn the focus away from his grovelling desire to suck up to royalty was done at the last possible minute.

Some have even described what happened in those few days as an ambush.The prime minister’s office rang Batty at the height of the public relations disaster that was the garlanding of the Duke of Edinburgh; and sources say she was summoned to a press conference possibly even as late as the morning of his announcement about the advisory panel on violence against women.He used Batty to deflect attention from his own incompetence.

Since that moment, Abbottoversawthe deepest cuts to essential legal services for women trying to escape family violence. He oversawobscene cuts to Indigenous funding. Heglibly responded to each and every discussion about the rate of family violence in Australia by suggesting real men don’t hit.

Just to make this very clear to all politicians across all parties, Australians are devastated by the level of violence directed towards women. This year alone, Destroy The Joint’s campaign Counting Dead Women counts the toll at 62 – and in the vast majority of those deaths, the woman knew her accused killer. Last week alone, three women were killed in 24 hours.

Abbott wasthe one who was weak and gutless, allowing his ministers to slice, slice, slice from services that protect those women he pretends to want to protect.

Last week, Our Watch, funded by the federal government and some state and territory governmentsto drive cultural change in the behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children, handed out inaugural awards on exemplary reporting covering those issues.

I’m proud to say that Counting Dead Women and Fairfax’s Shine A Light campaign were both given awards – and I’m honoured to be part of both of those teams. But I was utterly appalled at Senator Michaelia Cash’s speech beforehand where she said that Australia had turned a corner on the issue of domestic violence.

She said that at the end of 24 hours during which three women had lost their lives to violence. She said the media had a responsibility when it came to reporting on violence against women.

Yes, Senator Cash, we do. But governments have the money and the power.Don’t use dead women and children as a pawn in your bid to hold power.

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‘Assassin’s knife’: Abbott breaks silence

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Malcolm Turnbull defeats Tony Abbott in Liberal leadership spill to become prime minister
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Send Malcolm Turnbull a message

What you think of our new PM

Thank you for being here.

This is not an easy day for many people in this building. Leadership changes are never easy for our country. My pledge today is to make thischange as easy as I can.

There will be no wrecking, no underminingand no sniping. I’ve never leaked or backgrounded against anyone and I certainly won’t start now.

Our country deservesbetter than that.

I want our government and our country to succeed. I always have and I always will. I’ve consistently said in opposition and in government that being the prime minister is not an end in itself; it’s about the people you serve. The great privilege that I have had is to see the wonder of this country like few others. And I want to thank the Australian people for giving me the honour to serve.

Yes, this is a tough day, but when you join the game, you accept the rules. I’ve held true to what I’ve believed and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the past two years.

Three-hundred thousandmore people are in jobs. Labor’s bad taxes are gone. We’ve signed free trade agreements with our largest trading partners, withJapan, with Korea and with China.

The biggest infrastructure program in our country’s history is under way. A spotlight is being shone into the dark and corrupt corners of the union movement and Labor’s party-union business model.

We’ve responded to the threatsof terror and we’ve deployed to the other side of the world to bring our loved ones home.

The boats have stopped and with the boats stopped, we’ve been better able to display our compassion to refugees. And despite hysterical and unprincipled opposition, we’ve made $50 billion of repairs tothe budget.

Of course, there’s much that I had still wanted to do. Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people. Getting the kids to school, the adults to work and communities safe. I was the first prime minister to spend a week a year in remote Indigenous Australia and Ihope I’m not the last.

Then there’s the challenge of ice and domestic violenceyet to be addressed. Australia has a role to play in the struggles of the wider world: thecauldron of the Middle East; and security in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

I fear thatnone of this will be helped if the leadership instability that’s plagued other countries continues to taint us. But yes, I am proud of what the Abbott Government has achieved. We stayed focused despite the white-anting.

Of course, thegovernment wasn’t perfect. We have been a government of men and women, not a government of gods walking upon the earth. Few of us, after all, entirely measure up to expectations.

The nature of politics has changed in the past decade. We have more polls and more commentarythan ever before. Mostly sour, bitter, character assassination. Poll-driven panichas produced a revolving-door prime ministership which can’t be good for our country. And a febrile media culture hasdeveloped that rewards treachery.

And if there’s one piece of advice I can give to the media, it’s this: refuse to print self-serving claims that the person making them won’t put his or her name to. Refuse to connive at dishonour byacting as the assassin’s knife.

There are many to thank for the privilege of being Prime Minister. First and foremost, Ithank my family for allowing me to be the absentee spouse and parent that politics entails. I thank Margie for her grace anddignity throughout my public life. I thank my party for the privilege of leading it. I thank the armed forces who are serving our country and defending our values, even as we speak.

I think my staff, who have been absolutely unceasing in their devotion to our party and our country, especially my chief of staff, who has been unfairly maligned by people who should’ve known better.

Finally, I thank my country for the privilege of service. It ishumbling to lose, but that does not compare to the honour ofbeing asked to lead.

In my maiden speech here in this Parliament, I quoted from the first Christian service ever preached here in Australia. The reverend Richard Johnson took as his text ‘What shall I render unto the Lord for all his blessings to me?’

At this, myfinal statement as Prime Minister, I say: I have rendered all and I am proud of my service. My love for this country is as strong as everand may God bless this great Commonwealth.

Thank you.

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Agriculture’s best machines at Henty

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TAKING IT IN THEIR STRIDE: Visitors are pictured at the Henty Machinery Field Days. The event at the Henty site runs for three days and attracts more than 60,000 visitors.Entries at the cutting edge of agricultural technology will line up before the judges in the prestigious Henty Machine of the YearAward.
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Announced on the opening day, this “farmers’ choice’’ award is presented to the most outstanding new piece of agricultural machinery exhibited at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

The event holds pride of placeand allows entrants to gain publicity and recognition within the rural sector.It is judged by an independent panel of regional primary producers.

In many cases the machine has gone on to become a standard piece of equipment on farms.

Judging criteria includes the machine’s purpose and suitability, scope of application, construction, ease of maintenance and service, ease of operation and adjustment, availability of parts and overall value for money.Last year, the award drew 10 entries with the Tow and Fert Multi 4000, entered by Tow and Farm, Laverton North, Victoria, impressing judges with its design and manufacture at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Highly commended was National Stockyard Systems, Rutherford, with their innovative cattle yard design, Stabiliser 200.Machine of the Year chairman and Brocklesby grain grower Matt Bergmeier said the award was open to all machines on site released into the Australian market in the previous 12 months.

“A win at Henty gives the entrant valuable exposure for their product,’’ Mr Bergmeier said.

An additional accolade is the Australian Tractor and Machinery Association Award for the best new Australian-made machine.

It is judged and presented on the final day of the field days. Last year it was won by a robust, high capacity 50-tonne chaser bin from the Riverina’s Coolamon Steelworks.

Nominations are made by the Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative members who unload the machines – in the vein of the Archibald Prize packer’s award.

Judges then visit each nominated company during the field days and scrutinise each entry.

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Demons earn chance at decider

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Demons earn chance at decider Stephanie Thomson, H, Stefanie Cooper, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.
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Stephanie Thomson, H, Stefanie Cooper, MM, Stevie Bibby, MM, Georgia Duncan, H. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Abbie Avery, H, Georgia Duncan, H, Stefanie Cooper, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Abbie Avery, H, Billie Bibby, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Georgia Duncan, H, Stefanie Cooper, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Billie Bibby, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Spencer Smith, MM, Paige Lloyd, H. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Stephanie Thomson, H, Stevie Bibby, MM. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

Georgia Hiscock, H. Horsham v Minyip-Murtoa, preliminary final.

TweetFacebookHorsham looks set to progress to next week’s grand final. It leads Minyip-Murtoa 31-24 in the final quarter #WimNApic.twitter南京夜网/xyVi28LyD8

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Changing lives, saving money

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Southern Highlands Parkinson’s Support Group convenor Dympna Irwin, right, with group member and Parkinson’s patient Reg Pratley. Photo Ainsleigh SheridanA DEDICATED neurological nurse for the Highlands and Tablelands could ease suffering and save money, says Dympna Irwin.
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The Southern Highlands Parkinson’s Support Group convenor was a Parkinson’s carer of 28 years for her late husband, Rod.

Mrs Irwin will convene a forum this Friday on the need for a nurse who specialises in neurological care to be based in the local area.

The forum will be hosted with the Macarthur and Goulburn Parkinson’s support groups and the Stroke Southern Highlands Support Group.

A neurological nurse specialist could care for stroke and multiple sclerosis patients as well as those with Parkinson’s, Mrs Irwin said.

Wollongong, Nowra and the Eurobodalla shire had dedicated neurological nurses, but there were none “from Campbelltown to Yass”, she said

“There’s never been a nurse up here,” Mrs Irwin said. “All we’ve had is a talk.”

President of the Eurobodalla Parkinson’s Support Group, Betty Byrn, also a spousal carer, had acquired the shire’s nurse after leading intensive lobbying.

Mrs Irwin hoped to achieve the same by showing health administrators and carers how a local nurse specialist could ease suffering and save health spending.

A “dual-discipline” neurological nurse specialist would be a patient’s first contact and liaison, through home-based care, for allied health services.

In effect, the nurse would be a case manager between patients and a range of therapists for speech, neurology, movement, and GPs and pharmacists.

They would help support and educate “the unpaid carers as well as help support self-care and preserve patients’ sense of wellbeing,” Mrs Irwin said.

Such primary intervention would delay or negate the need for hospital admissions, which Mrs Irwin said often had poor outcomes for neurological-needs patients.

Timing of medications was a particular challenge, even under hospital care; administered incorrectly, there were “shocking side-effects,” Mrs Irwin said.

The combined challenges of medications, dressing and transport also made lengthy travel to see a nurse specialist “a physical hardship”, she said.

The forum is September 18, 10.30am to noon, at Mittagong RSL Club on Bessemer St.

RSVP asap to Mrs Irwin on 4869 5252.

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Salon of the year in Bowral

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The award-winning Ella Bache Bowral team: Merilyn Knight and Kylee Raffety (Curtin) seated at front with Kerrie Barlow, Petrina Jones, Louise Johnson, Chelsea Neal and Linda Willis. Photo by Victoria LeeIT’S a hat-trick for Ella Bache Bowral following a recent win at the annual ELLA awards.
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The local beauty salon was awarded NSW State Salon of the Year to recognise the Bowral team’s outstanding performance and commitment to the Ella Bache brand.

The ELLA awards ceremony is the focal point of Ella Bache’s annual calendar and rewards excellence in all aspects of beauty therapy and small business.

The award was presented to the Bowral team by CEO Pippa Hallas, sales and marketing director Michael Knox and the evening’s MC and special guest Corinne Grant.

Ella Bache Bowral salon owner Merilyn Knight, who came on board as salon owner with her husband Ian in 2009, said she felt her team’s success came down to their focus on “the customer and the whole Ella Bache experience”.

Mrs Knight said she was extremely honoured to have her and her team’s work recognised at such a high level.

“The team is earnestly grateful for the recognition for the hard work and commitment for 2015,” she said. “They really deserve the recognition from Ella Bache.”

This is the third year in a row that Ella Bache Bowral has been awarded at a state and national level.

In 2013 Ella Bache Bowral took out State Therapist of the Year, and the national award for Franchisee of the Year.

Then in 2014 the store was awarded State Salon Manager Trainer of the Year and State Salon of the Year.

To follow these awards up with another win this year was an achievement in itself.

“Kylee was also a finalist for this year’s State Salon Manager Trainer of the Year again,” Mrs Knight.

“As well as our success in the ELLA awards, we really appreciate the loyalty of our clients.”

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Foster well-being

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Volunteers and residents enjoy a Halloween Party. Photo suppliedAN organisation in the Southern Highlands is looking for volunteers for a few hours each week to provide a range of support to its clients.
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This organisation provides support both in the homes of the clients and at their centre.

The following positions are available:

o Someone who has a flare for arts and crafts: simply bring your passion for your hobby for one-to-two hours a week. All that is required is someone who has an understanding of the limitations of the clients and can see the value in sharing with people who have a disability.

o Companion for a female resident: an hour a week is all you need to provide time with a lady in her 50s to go for a walk or outings, particularly having a coffee and a chat.

o Computer tutor: If you have basic computer skills particularly Microsoft Word, a resident working on story writing would love to have your assistance at a time flexible to you.

o Advocate: This is an interesting task which requires a day a month (can be two half days) to be the advocate on behalf of resident clients to the management committee. It requires someone who preferably has a background in disability services, who is able to relate with and to people with disability and has an interest in their wellbeing.

Volunteering is a great way to meet others while feeling good about yourself. There are many studies indicating that volunteering is good for your health as well as adding to the social good.

If you are sitting at home reading this and thinking any of these tasks would suit you, please get in touch with Helen, Jackie, Sandy, Barry, Vanessa or Bea at the Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre now on 4869 4617 or email [email protected]论坛 for more details. Alternatively drop into the Centre at Queen Street, Moss Vale and talk to the friendly and experienced staff.

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Unnecessary drivel: letter

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Letter to the editor.Re “Community expresses rail concerns” (SHN September 9):
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Ms Fisk “questioned who would maintain and upgrade the railway lines”? Boral, ARTC and Transport NSW maintain parts of the railway lines in question and charge an access fee for this purpose. It is based on per tonne/kilometres, unlike trucks who only pay annual or monthly charges regardless of how many tonne/kilometres they run.

These trains will not be any heavier or longer than the current trains that Glencore … or Centennial Coal [run]. Yes, there would be an increased maintenance task, but that’s what the access charges are for. The “44-cart trains” would be the same length as the 45-wagon trains currently run from Glencore’s Tahmoor colliery.

I agree 100 per cent with Mr Duncan that there would be no impact on safety. How can an increase in volume of trains decrease safety?

To say that “passenger trains will always take priority over our trains”, the majority of the trip will be on the line through Robertson, which only sees the Cockatoo Run train every now and then.

Mr Robertson comments: “The worst case scenario would be two trains crossing over about once every hour. This could close off the Illawarra Highway for about 15 minutes at peak times”.

The crossing loop (passing siding) at Robertson isn’t long enough for two coal trains to pass there so the crossing wouldn’t be affected for longer than a few minutes while the train passes. When there is a big wheat harvest and up to 10 wheat trains running each way each day through Robertson and the passing siding, will Mr Robertson be complaining and getting those trains stopped?

Finally, the line through Robertson can see up to 20 trains each way a day when track work causes trains to be diverted from the Illawarra line and about the same during a big wheat harvest.

Perhaps Ms Fisk and Mr Robertson should be joining the push for the Maldon to Dombarton rail line to be completed, which might be able to be used by these trains?

I wonder if they have considered the alternative could be to road haul the coal, which would be 160 B-double trucks each way a day on Picton Rd.

Danny Webb via Facebook

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School for Life dinner

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GROW Katuuso, a fundraising dinner hosted by the School for Life Foundation, took place in Bowral last week.
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Held at Biota Dining, the dinner focused on raising money to provide support to Katuuso Primary and Vocational School in rural Uganda.

Tim Macartney-Snape, one of Australia’s best-known mountaineers, was a special guest at the evening and spoke of his two expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest.

Since 2008, School For Life has provided high-quality primary education, vocational training, three nutritious meals per day, health care, clean drinking water, agriculture and literacy programs to more than 500 Ugandans.

School for Life Foundation co-founder Annabelle Chauncy OAM said the foundation had purchased an additional 30 acres of land to build another primary school, and a secondary school in the nearby community of Bujuuko.

“It was amazing, a hugely successful event,” Ms Chauncy said.

“We ended up raising $24,000, with more than 140 people attending from the Southern Highlands.

“That was well above our expectations,” she said.

See the gallery below.

Corinna Philpott and Kirsty Siedentopf.

Jess and Ali Malcolm at Grow Katuuso.

Kevin Fizgerald and Natalie Lane from Fitzgerald Lane. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Liz Uliana and Sam Beresford at the School For Life fundraising dinner.

Margie Stuart and Patricia Dudley.

Melissa Alison and Christina Boyd Jones.

Alison Lalak and Natasha Wainberg at the School for Life Foundation fundraiser.

Brett Morgan with Andrew Bailey showed their support.

Jill Chauncy, School For Life co-founder Annabelle Chauncy, Anne Crisp and Peter Chauncy. Photo by Mindy Hindmarsh

Robbie Edwards and Kate Boyle at the School for Life Foundation fundraising dinner.

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Greeny Flat in line for award

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FINALIST: Andrew Lemann with his Greeny Flat. Photo by Megan DrapalskiTHE Greeny Flat in Mittagong is one of two finalists in the residential category for the Green Globe Awards.
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The flat’s builder, Andy Lemann, will find out whether he has won the Excellence in Sustainability – Built Residential category in mid October.

Mr Lemann said it was the first time the awards had included a residential category.

“I’m hoping if we win it will give credibility to what we have achieved,” he said.

Those achievements include the flat exporting more than three times more energy to the grid than it imports, maintaining comfortable temperatures year-round with no additional heating or cooling, and using on one-fifth of the main water of the average two-bedroom home.

“I would like to see change on a broad scale. Our current housing situation is appalling; we have the biggest, most inefficient houses in the world. I would like to see the money that goes into building bigger houses redirected towards building smaller, more sustainable houses,” he said.

The Green Globe award recognises organisations or individuals that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing residential buildings and improving the sustainability of the built environment.

Mr Lemann hoped that exposure through the awards would give him access to people such as project home builders and industry regulators.

“Even if I can just get a foot in the door so I can bend their ears. I would like to ramp up the Greeny Flat concept so that people start to think about building houses that are affordable to live in, not just to buy,” he said.

The Green Globe Awards are run by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

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