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    Council’s good call on HACC


    2019 - 09.21

    IT’S A good call by the City of Greater Bendigo councillors to continue to deliver Health and Community Care (HACC) services for the next three years.
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    It demonstrates they have listened to the community and voted against outsourcing delivery of the Home and Community Care (HACC) services.

    This is the right decision.

    For the workers, the clients and the community.

    Some of the most vulnerable people in our community rely on the HACC services.

    Council HACC services sets an important benchmark for the quality of these services, as well as the pay and conditions for workers.

    This announcement means workers and clients can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

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    Oppression is not justifiable


    2019 - 09.21

    SENATOR Bridget McKenzie’s accusation that animal activists are “social do-gooders” is spot on the money.
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    However, not with the negative stigma attached that she would hope for.

    What is wrong with wanting to do good in society?

    For generations, we have treated animals like they are merely a means to an end.

    Annually, humans kill approximately 150 billion animals.

    For some reason, we as a society fail to comprehend that animals feel pain and terror just as vividly as we do.

    According to Ms McKenzie, our hunting practices are justified because they are “incredibly legal”.

    Moreover, “it is in our very DNA” and is a “way of life”.

    Such a poignant way to look at the slaughter of a harmless animal, don’t you think?

    The main problem with attempting to justify an unjust act, such as shooting a helpless animal, by reference to our legal system and pastimes, is that morality is always two steps ahead of the law.

    Until the late 20th century it was legal in the majority of Australian states for married men to rape their wives.

    Australia has a terrible history of legally discriminating based on gender, sexuality and skin colour.

    The legal ownership of black slaves was the foundation of modern America.

    These examples, of which there are countless others, have several commonalities.

    Firstly, they were all “incredibly legal pastimes”.

    Secondly, they all involved the exploitation of a weaker group by an oppressor.

    And thirdly, they are all now regarded as an insult to our moral conscience.

    It would appear that just because a certain “way of life” is the status quo does not make it right.

    Our exploitation of animals is no different to the above examples.

    Unfortunately, discrimination doesn’t discriminate.

    If you can discriminate based on species, you can discriminate based on gender, race, or whatever. Why?

    Because discrimination is based upon an elitist view of the world.

    The very elitist view that Ms McKenzie accuses animal activists of.

    So, instead of referring to animal activists as “elitist bent” with an agenda to “persecute those who participate in incredibly legal pastimes”, perhaps Ms McKenzie should take a long hard look in the mirror.

    The person looking back will be one with the arrogance to suggest that the economic benefits of animal “persecution” outweigh the cruelty inflicted.

    There is no moral justification for the exploitation of a harmless and defenceless animal. When it comes to oppression, which is what our treatment of animals is, it pays to put yourself in the shoes (or wings, hooves, fur, etc) of those being oppressed or ill-treated.

    It is far too easy to sit back and say there are “positive impacts” of shooting when you’re not the one being shot at. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Well, with barbaric senators such as Ms McKenzie at the helm, I shddter at how history will remember us.

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    Outrageous outfits at op shop test


    2019 - 09.21

    ON TREND: (From left) Lola Cummins, Adriana Lions, Christa Lindsay, David Gilbey, Danielle Jerrick, Sarah Moon, Pip Enscoe and Grant Luhrs at the Op Shop Fashion Challenge.
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    Contestants in the Op Shop Fashion Challenge stopped at nothing at the weekend to win the crowd’s approval.

    The charity event for Sunrise Rotary attracted a crowd of 120 people, who watched as local celebrities paraded formal, evening and hilarious outfits purchased from local op shops.

    Christa Lindsay was named the winner of the $500 cheque for hercharity, the Carmelite Monastery.

    CSU lecturer David Gilbey and entertainer Grant Luhrs were named second and third, respectively.

    WORK IT: David Gilbey shows his style at the Op Shop Challenge at Lake Albert. Pictures: Les Smith

    Sunrise Rotary president Jo Wilson said the event was such a success the organisation is considering hosting it again next year.

    “People were laughing, theyall got into the spirit of it,”she said.

    RELAXED STYLE: Grant Luhrs has all eyes on him as he struts his stuff.

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    BasketballLazers couldn’t take the Heat


    2019 - 09.21

    CLIMBING HIGH: Matt Hughes flies high on his way to the basket as team mate John Fenton looks on
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    A DISAPPOINTING team performance from Lithgow Workies Lazers saw them lose their second match on the trot when they went down to Wagga Wagga Heat 76-60.

    The once invincibility of the Lazers on their home court (the ‘Lazerdome’) has now been smashed and the home side was never in the game after a poor start.

    The young athletic Wagga team came out firing with their American import Gage Daye, who is the top scorer in the league, leading the way.

    They were a well drilled, tall and very fast combination and had the Lazers on the back foot from the opening whistle.

    Wagga took the first quarter 14 to 6.

    The Lazers tried to stay with them in the second quarter and scored some good points from steals and fast breaks, but it was still not enough to take the quarter with Wagga adding to their lead by taking the quarter 20-15 to give them a 34-21 lead at the break.

    The third quarter saw the Lazers’ Keiran Osborn, John Fenton and Adam Marjoram step up, scoring some tough baskets.

    It was the Lazers’ best quarter taking it 22-19 giving the home side a glimmer of hope.

    A comeback was not to be with the experience of Wagga’s Gage Daye shining through, leading Wagga to a last quarter 23-17 and ultimately a 76-60 win.

    Daye showed his dominance scoring 32 with good support coming from Zac Maloney (15).

    Lithgow’s top scorers were John Fenton (15) and Kieran Osborn (12).

    The loss was a wake up call for the Lazers who now know what has to be done if they are to emulate last year where they made it through to the grand final.

    The Lazers have a week off and the coaching staff will be working on things to try and turn the season around and to put them back in winners’ circle.

    The team will be using this time to practise some current areas that are letting them down like turnovers, improving the shooting percentages and offensive rebounding which have marred the recent games.

    Lazers next home game is Sunday May 24 at noon against Illawarra Hawks which should be another top contest.

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    Former Doyles Creek execs to challenge ICAC findings


    2019 - 09.21

    Craig Ransley arrives at the ICAC inquiry.A series of court challenges toIndependent Commission Against Corruption findingswill ride on the coat-tails of a legal bid by mining mogul Travers Duncan and his associates to have findings against them overturned.
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    Mr Duncan and his former business associates John McGuigan, John Atkinsonand Richard Poole are seeking to have findings that they acted corruptly by concealing the involvement of the Obeid family in a coal tenement struck down by the Court of Appeal.

    A second group of businessmen, formerDoyles Creek Mining directors CraigRansley, Mike Chester and Andrew Poole,are challenging findings made against them in a separate ICAC inquiry.

    The Supreme Court heard on Monday that the matters are “likely to be interrelated” and the latter should be adjourned until the former is heard.

    The Baird government rushed a bill through state Parliament lastWednesdayto validate past corruption findings,which were jeopardised by a High Court ruling on theICAC’s powers.

    But the bill, which becamelaw on the same day,does not preclude a challenge to corruption findings on grounds that are unrelated to the High Court ruling.

    Lawyers for Mr Duncan and his associateshave alsoforeshadowed a constitutional challenge to the validationlawas part of their case.The outcome of this challenge will be watched closely by lawyers for the former Doyles Creek directors.

    The ICAC found former mining minister Ian Macdonald acted corruptly by awarding an exploration licence to Doyles Creek Mining, which was then chaired by Mr Macdonald’sfriend andformer union boss John Maitland.

    Mr Ransley, Mr Poole and Mr Chester were found to have acted corruptly by making or agreeing to Mr Maitland making “false or misleading” statements to the Department of Primary Industries about the proposed mine.

    The Court of Appeal will hear the Duncan matter in mid-June.