Deputies honoured as their tradition finishes

THE last man in the line of Bathurst Deputy Sheriff’s retired yesterday after the official unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the Bathurst Court House.
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NSW Sheriff Chris Allen made presentations to the last two volunteer deputies to serve in Bathurst, Bill Crawford and Alex Bedwell during a brief ceremony at the opening of District Court sittings.

Mr Crawford’s last duties were to welcome Judge John Nield and staff, Sheriff’s officers, the local court registrar and the legal profession.

Mr Crawford has voluntarily fulfilled the role of Deputy Sheriff since 1994.

After the ceremony Mr Crawford said his appointment had been a symbolic role following his predecessor Alex Bedwell who had recommended him to follow in his footsteps 14-years-ago.

“Ceremonially welcoming the judges of the Supreme Court and District Court from 1994 through to today’s welcome to Judge Nield in the District Court,” Mr Crawford said.

“Deputy Sheriffs have usually ensured the judge and his wife or partner have satisfactory accommodation, making their stay a happy one. It has involved organising relaxation away from the court, often a game of golf before or after sittings.”

Mr Allen related how the Office of the Sheriff was first established in Australia by the Charter of Justice in 1824. Prior to this, the duties of the Sheriff were performed by the Provost Marshal of the Colony of NSW.

From the earliest days there were Deputy Sheriff’s, an unknown number prior to the four honoured yesterday Cyril Suttor (1935-2959), Arch Gardiner (1959-1979), Alex Bedwell (1979-1994) and Bill Crawford who served between 1994

and 2008.

“The 1824 charter also created the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,” Mr Allen said.

“In 1834 NSW included the whole of the eastern half of Australia, as well as Van Dieman’s Land now Tasmania.”

Mr Allen said it was a historic moment in Bathurst yesterday with Mr Crawford the last person to hold office in the second oldest public position in English Law locally.

“The only public offices older than the Sheriff are the positions of King and Queen,” Mr Allen said.

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Regulators deny approving lotto account

Australia’s banking regulator says it had no knowledge of the Bank of Queensland’s controversial new savings account that offers tickets in a monthly lottery rather than a competitive interest rate, despite claims it had approved it.
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The account has been criticised for encouraging gambling because it requires customers to forgo an average 3.5 per cent in annual interest for the chance to win $20,000 a month.

In defending the account yesterday, Bank of Queensland (BoQ) chief executive David Liddy said the company had gone through two years of scrutiny and been approved by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, as well as and state lottery commissions.

But an APRA spokesperson said the regulator had only learned about the product yesterday. It had not approved the account, nor was it required to.

BoQ chief operating officer Ram Kangatharan was forced to defended his boss, who was on a flight when the revelation was made.

Mr Kangatharan apologised and said Mr Liddy had been mistaken.

However, he said the account had been given the go ahead by the relevant state and territory lottery commissions, who regulated savings accounts with trade promotions.

“We can basically go ahead with it,” Mr Kangatharan said.

Consumer and anti-gambling advocates flagged legal action within hours of the product being revealed at the bank’s full-year profit announcement in Brisbane yesterday, as revealed exclusively by brisbanetimes南京夜网.au today.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who staunchly opposes gambling, also spoke out about the account today.

Mr Xenophon said he would pursue authorities to explain why the product was approved and he intended to raise the issue in Senate Estimates next week.

The Win Account, to be launched on November 15, will be the first of its kind in Australia and is based on similar products in New Zealand.

It has few fees and offers an annual interest rate of 1 per cent, compared to most other savings accounts that offer about 4.5 per cent.

Customers will be lured to the Win Account on the chance they can win the $20,000 first prize in a monthly lottery, with an initial total prize pool of $30,000.

When a minimum $250 is deposited, each dollar in the account will earn a ticket in the lottery.

But a customer who deposits $1000 into the account stands to lose about $35 per year in interest.

Consumer groups GetUp! and Choice, which are already pursuing class action against 12 banks for what it claims are illegal fees, have mooted similar action against Bank of Queensland.

Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said the account was “irresponsible” and would incite gambling, while GetUp! described it as an “unethical” banking practice.

The Salvation Army’s head of problem gambling services, Gerard Byrne, said the product was unlikely to affect existing problem gamblers, who typically did not save money.

However, it would potentially incite new gamblers.

Mr Liddy said yesterday the bank had created the account because it was unable to offer competitive interest rates compared to the big four.

He rejected suggestions it would encourage gambling.

“It’s not gambling. You’re putting your money safely in a bank and being potentially rewarded … you’re not putting your capital at risk at all,” Mr Liddy said.

“It’s a unique account that will appeal to some people and some it won’t. We’re not trying to dictate to people what they do, people will make that choice.

“All our market research and the behaviour of the product in other markets suggests some people will love it, others won’t touch it.”

More grey areas in smoking rules

BATHURST RSL Club has done all it can to comply with smoking rules and regulations the secretary manager, David Veness said.
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Mr Veness was commenting on the decision handed down on Friday in the Supreme Court that has disappointed ClubsNSW.

Dubbo RSL Club had spent $4 million in renovations to comply with the 2000 regulations for pubs and clubs, and was seeking a ruling that its upgrades were appropriate.

But Justice Peter McClellan, the chief judge at common law, ruled against the RSL, saying it would be a “surprising result” to allow smoking in a roofed area simply because it opened onto outdoor space.

“It’s a decision that will send all directors into consultation with legal teams before any comment can be made,” Mr Veness said.

“There are so many things that hinged on the decision and there are just as many grey areas in the legislation and how businesses have complied with it.”

Mr Veness believes the Bathurst RSL had done all that it could to comply with the rules and regulations, catering for non smokers and smokers who particularly enjoy the gaming areas.

Mr Veness had viewed the club in Dubbo that was at the centre of the court case and surprise ruling.

He had also looked at other clubs in NSW including one of the biggest at Penrith, believing that all management had attempted to comply and do the best for their members while obeying the laws.

ClubsNSW said on Friday the successful introduction of indoor smoking bans had largely attributed to the establishment of outdoor areas.

Clubs who wished to give their patrons an area where it was legal to smoke had, in many cases, built partially covered outdoor areas in order to provide some protection from the elements.

Overall the industry, including the Bathurst RSL had spent $450 million on the construction of outdoor areas.

Despite the court’s decision, clubs remained committed to the indoor smoking ban to ensure patrons have the opportunity to sit inside their local club without breathing in second hand smoke.

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Turnbull wins driving double

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By SAM DEBENHAM

AMANDA Turnbull may have plenty to live up to in her chosen field given some of her relatives who have carried the same surname, but boy she is doing a good job.

Turnbull celebrated a momentous year in Bathurst pacing by taking out two major awards at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club end of year season awards night on Saturday.

While she blitzed the field in the Junior Driver of the Year category, she also won close verdict over veteran reinsman Bernie Hewitt for the Senior Driver award ? something which caught even Turnbull herself off-guard.

She finished with 47 wins, 36 seconds and 28 thirds for her season at the Bathurst Paceway, but in the end it was her 31 fourths that got her the nod.

Georges Plains reinsman Hewitt had identical first, second and third placings to Turnbull, but 19 fourth placings.

Completing a happy trifecta for the family, Amanda’s father Steve Turnbull took out the Trainer of the Year gong, once more in a tight finish over Hewitt.

Steve Turnbull and Hewitt had the same amount of wins (68) and runners-up (54), but The Lagoon trainer had 56 thirds to his rival’s 49.

While missing out these major titles, Hewitt’s narrow second placings in both the trainer and driver stakes illustrates what an impressive season he had as well.

However, he did come away with some success as his stable member Alberts Charm won the Juvenile Horse of the Year with eight wins, a second and two thirds from 13 starts.

Amanda was presented her awards by grandfather Tony ‘AD’ Turnbull, which made it a family affair in every sense of the word.

“It was a big surprise to win, especially the senior award,” she said.

“I think I was pretty lucky during the season at times ? dad took a few horses to Melbourne so I was left with some pretty good drives on our horses up here.”

But the star of the night ? and indeed the sport itself in recent times in Bathurst ? was Amanda Turnbull.

She said that the highlights of a jam-packed season had been winning the Shirley Turnbull Memorial with Gold Claim while driving in her grandfather’s colours, the Parkes Cup and the Lady Drivers Invitational event held during the prestigious Gold Cup Carnival, when she beat the likes of driving superstars Kerryn Manning and Jodi Quinlan with Coleambally mare Dontcryforme.

She also achieved some strong results in the NSW Rising Stars series where she was in contention virtually until the final race.

Having extra experience against her regular opponents in Bathurst has helped her enormously she says.

“You just have a lot more confidence as you drive more I suppose. You know the other drivers a lot better,” she said.

“Hopefully for the time being I can just keep the same sort of form going and keep on winning.”

The BHRC Sire of the the Year was Trump Casino from Golden Gait Stud with 39 wins while the Geoff Arrow trained Ballbarboy was Horse of the Year with nine wins plus a pair of seconds and thirds in 17 starts.

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Allegations put Brett out of favour

He is a grandfather, grey and grizzled and a little gimpy, with the ankle still recovering from surgery, and the throwing elbow that pings with tendonitis.
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He is a legend, the touchdown leader, by far, of all the quarterbacks who ever played in the National Football League. The 500th was by Hollywood out of GPS, a perfect, arcing rainbow of a pass that fell into the outstretched arms of Randy Moss, giving hope for his current team, which, to that point, was being trounced by his former team.

And, in the way of famous American athletes, he is, or at least is accused of being, a very naughty boy.

Forget drunk dialling or emotional emailing. As Brendan Fevola demonstrated earlier this year, there is nothing more dangerous than a professional athlete with a mobile phone camera. The worst thing that can happen to a lonely, horny, millionaire celebrity sportsman is to be in possession of (1) a camera phone, and (2) the mobile number of the object of your immediate desire who happens not to be your wife.

Times have changed and the rules of engagement for the entitled have too. The momentary lack of judgment that could once have been hosed down or paid off is now sprayed all over the internet.

Thanks to a sports gossip site called Deadspin, Brett Favre is now known for reasons other than being the most exciting quarterback who ever played the game.

In 2008, after a short retirement and a long courtship, Favre left the Green Bay Packers to join the New York Jets. Among the Jets employees was a lady called Jenn Sterger, whose job title was ”professional sideline reporter”. American sports networks have worked out that footballers will stop for anyone attractive wielding a microphone.

Sterger, whose body of work includes stops at Playboy and Sports Illustrated, and now a talk show on the sports cable channel Versus, caught Favre’s eye soon after he joined the Jets.

According to Deadspin, a member of the Jets’ PR staff acted as go-between. Favre attempted to contact Sterger via her MySpace page, voicemail on her mobile phone, and finally, fatefully, with a come hither photo of what the site says is his penis.

As an aside, if true, this would suggest that the age of old-fashioned courtship has well and truly passed. Implicit in this approach is the assertion, ”Hey, it’s famous”.

Sterger, according to Deadspin, saved the images and voicemails for posterity. Posterity, it turned out, was Deadspin a no-holds-barred sports gossip website, part of the Gawker multimillion-dollar news, tech and porn empire. Deadspin alluded to the story in August, just as Favre announced he was returning for a second season with the Minnesota Vikings, the arch rivals of his previous team, the Packers.

The allusion became a form of reality late last week as the site released the voicemails and then images it claimed Favre had sent Sterger. The pictures, if – how to say this – as represented, are a bad look for the NFL in its pursuit of the female audience demographic.

The league had designated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and decked every living thing on the field of play in gaudy pink accessories as a gesture of solidarity – nothing says ”socially aware” like fuchsia-coloured wristbands on a 125-kilogram lineman.

Thus, the investigation of Favre, whose wife Deanna is a breast cancer survivor. Their daughter Brittany, born seven years before they were married, gave birth to her first child earlier this year.

Favre looked like a guy with no miles left on the clock in the first half of Monday night’s game against the Jets, and then, in 10 intoxicating minutes, showed why Green Bay fans would show up wearing his old No.4 jersey: two passes that no one else – still – in the NFL could throw, for touchdowns, and another to transform a rout into a thriller.

His last pass was an interception. He took questions later, which is not to say that he answered them.

Is the allegation against you true or false, he was asked. ”If you want to talk about what happened in the football game tonight, I’d love to,” Favre replied.

”If you want to talk about Randy Moss’s touchdown catch, I would love to do that.”

He shrugged. ”Percy Harvin? [who caught the other two touchdown passes]. Anyone want to talk about Percy?”

Victory eyes changes for Sydney clash

MIDFIELDER Leigh Broxham and wing back Surat Sukha are set to pay the price for Melbourne Victory’s high-profile defeat against local rival Melbourne Heart in the A-League derby by being dropped from the side that will seek to make amends against struggling A-League champion Sydney tomorrow night.
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Broxham was dragged in the first half against Heart and replaced by experienced midfielder Grant Brebner, who is expected to start against the Light Blues tomorrow night as part of a central midfield tandem with Billy Celeski.

Thai international Sukha is also set to give way, with Mate Dugandzic a good chance to come into the starting side as a wide player in a 3-4-3 set-up, with Tom Pondeljak on the other flank.

Sydney will be strengthened by the return from injury of Nick Carle, who could come straight back into the starting line-up at the point of a midfield diamond. Mark Bridge could be on the bench as a result, with the champion playing its usual diamond midfield 4-4-2 shape.

”Surat has a bit of a back injury so I will probably rest him for a week,” Victory boss Ernie Merrick said yesterday.

The coach said he was happy with his rearguard, which has conceded only two goals in its past four games, but wanted more discipline in midfield and more penetration up front as the club sought to put the misery of the derby loss to Heart behind it.

”I thought it [the loss to Heart] was our poorest performance in respect of our midfield play and in respect of having two central strikers, both Robbie [Kruse] and Rickie [Ricardinho], continually getting caught on the wings. We kept giving away possession in the midfield but our defence over the last five weeks has conceded only two goals … it is rock-solid. It’s really about getting back to our interpassing midfield play which sets up our strikers and getting Rickie and Robbie into where it counts, into the penalty box, which is their office.

”At the moment Brebs [Brebner] and Billy [Celeski] are playing really well together. I can’t see me changing that. I am really happy with the two of them regarding creative play… they are allowed one poor performance in the middle and that happened last week.

”On the left and right side I will have a look at what we can create there. Traditionally, we have played a 3-4-3 and both wingers have been very fast.

”Mate [Dugandzic] is recovering from a tight groin and he has put his hands up for selection with Tommy [Pondeljak] and Geoff Kellaway. It’s about the midfield playing their normal game, and the strikers getting into the areas and getting service in the areas where it counts.”

Merrick said that his patience did not mean he was not demanding. ”I have been very patient about getting results and sometimes we have had a slow start. But because I’m patient it doesn’t mean that we don’t have a sense of urgency about getting three points. Our team responds under a lot of pressure. That’s why we do so well in finals generally, and it’s spurred on by a fantastic crowd.”

Victory skipper Kevin Muscat said the team was itching to make amends after the derby loss but knew that nobody’s position in the starting line-up could be taken for granted.

Australia lags trading nations on carbon price

CHINESE power generators face what is in effect a carbon price eight times higher than Australian producers, and British companies pay 17 times more, according to a world-first study that challenges the argument a carbon price would penalise Australian industry while international competitors continue to pollute without penalty.
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The analysis, which calculated the total cost of taxes, regulations and subsidies to reduce CO2 emissions in six countries, found Australia was lagging rather than ”leading the world” on a carbon price. On an international comparison, Australian electricity producers face extremely low charges.

Australia’s renewable energy target and various state government policies add up to what, in effect, is a carbon tax on electricity producers of $1.68 per tonne of emissions. That compares with a cost of $29.31 in Britain, $14.22 in China, $9.52 through the emissions trading scheme in the north-eastern states of the US, $5.05 in other US states, and $3.11 in Japan, the study found. Only South Korean power producers enjoy a lower carbon price than Australia, at 72¢ per tonne.

Advertisement: Story continues below The work, by Vivid Economics in Britain, is similar to analysis that will be conducted for the multi-party climate committee set up to find a carbon pricing scheme that can pass the federal parliament this term.

The conclusions could be critical to the horse-trading over assistance to trade-exposed Australian industries under a new carbon price.

The climate committee member Professor Ross Garnaut argues Australian companies should be compensated only for costs in excess of those borne by international competitors.

Some members of a business committee appointed to advise the Gillard government on a climate policy immediately said they would be making the case against a carbon price that would disadvantage Australian industry.

Peter Anderson, a committee member and chief of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he wanted to ”present the case against a pre-emptive move to carbon pricing, which will damage our competitiveness, and also put the views of the hundreds of thousands of mainstream businesses … who were ignored during the development of the earlier carbon pollution reduction scheme.”

But other business leaders, including the chief executive of BHP Billiton, Marius Kloppers, and electricity industry chief executives, have called for a speedy end to the political impasse on a carbon price so they can have investment certainty.

The emissions trading scheme defeated in Parliament last year envisaged a fixed carbon price for the first year of $10 per tonne, and the hybrid model suggested by the Greens in January proposed an interim carbon tax starting at $23 per tonne.

The Vivid analysis, commissioned by The Climate Institute, took into account policies implemented by 2009, leaving out proposals for emissions trading in Japan and South Korea and stricter rules being imposed in China.

China is cutting emissions in part through government edicts to shut down the highest emitting power stations. Most of Britain’s costs come from its participation in the European Union emissions trading scheme as well as a mandatory target for renewable energy. Japan has a voluntary emissions scheme and a tax on coal use.

The argument that Australia is considering ”going it alone” on a carbon price flared during an estimates hearing yesterday.

The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell said: ”The one thing that is indisputable is that for Australia to go ahead alone is going to achieve absolutely nothing.”

The secretary of the Climate Change Department, Dr Martin Parkinson, replied ”the presumption that no one else is acting is a peculiarly Australian perspective … it is absolutely nonsense to say no one else is acting.”

Sit back and enjoy the higher dollar

Australian consumers are taking great advantage of the strong Australian dollar and the bigger and cheaper markets they can access online.NEVER let anyone tell you the high dollar is a bad thing. Unless you’re the kind of person who wouldn’t want a pay rise.
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The sharp increase in the dollar is boosting the buying power of every dollar we have. If you want proof, go online and check out US dollar prices. The numbers quoted are now identical to those we would have to pay in Australian dollars (before postage and duties where appropriate). Up until now we have had to pay extra. Our money now literally buys more.

If this is making you feel uneasy because the wealth seems unearned, lighten up. When our dollar bought less than half of what it does now (US47.75c in 2001) we accepted the impoverishment with grace.

And our new buying power is earned. This year the world iron ore price will be twice what it was last year. The price of coking coal will climb 60 per cent. Our miners are shifting more of the stuff as well, meaning the buyers (often in China) need to swap a lot more of their currency into our currency to complete the transaction, pushing up the price of our dollar and making even those of us who don’t mine better off.

Movements in the value of the dollar are the chief means by which the increased wealth generated by mining is spread throughout the nation. Taxation and royalties are other ways.

When former prime minister Kevin Rudd tried to boost the tax on mining to maintain our share of the bonanza he set off a chain of events that cost him his job. Dividends and share prices are also spreading the wealth, as are the jobs created servicing the mining industry in mining states and in far-flung locations in apparently unrelated industries.

But the main way a boost in export income spreads throughout the nation is by increasing the value of the dollar. Think of it as automatic socialism – spreading the gains (just as a lower dollar helps spread the losses when our export earnings fall).

What about the losers, you are entitled to ask. I have been asked that in every decade since the dollar was floated. And it gets less of a concern as time goes on.

The losers are traditionally said to be Australia’s manufacturers, who compete with imports or try to sell their products overseas.

In a direct sense manufacturers also benefit from the higher dollar. Every dollar a manufacturer earns, every dollar a manufacturer has already saved, buys more. But in the same way as having a higher wage might put a job seeker at a disadvantage when it comes to getting or keeping a job, suddenly charging a higher price when expressed in foreign dollars will make it harder to sell your product. At home you will be competing against suddenly more affordable imports.

It’s less of a concern now, in part because there’s less manufacturing than there was. Most of the Australian textile and clothing firms that used to compete with overseas suppliers have shut up shop. Mitsubishi has stopped making Australian cars.

And the manufacturers that are still here are increasingly importers as well as exporters. Holden imports parts for the cars it sells here and exports. Many firms are now so integrated across borders that it is hard to tell whether they export, import or just produce.

In Parliament yesterday Treasurer Wayne Swan rattled off the usual list of supposed victims of the higher dollar, ”trade-exposed industries such as tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and education finding it tougher to compete in global markets”.

He can scratch off much of agriculture. Official forecasts have the global wheat price up 20 per cent this year. The volume of wheat leaving the country will be up 33 per cent. The global beef price will climb 5 per cent, the global wool price 2 per cent. Agriculture is likely to join mining as one of the causes of the higher dollar in the year ahead rather than languish as one of its victims.

Education will do very badly. But it was set to do badly anyway. Bad providers of education have damaged the brand. The higher dollar will make the poor service the industry provides to overseas customers all the more apparent.

Other industries will be hit without just cause. Broadly, anyone who sells a service without a significant import component will find their product less attractive.

Tourism providers are a good example. (Although not the international airlines. We left the country an extraordinary 600,000 times in August, up 13 per cent on the year before.) Artisans and computer programmers are other examples.

Australians making musical instruments or software, for example, will find themselves undercut – unless they cut their prices. I am not being flippant. No one likes to cut their prices (except smart firms such as Coles and Aldi who have discovered there’s money in it.)

But quoting a constant US dollar price on a website is one way to do it with dignity. Another way is to do it knowing that although you are charging fewer Australian dollars each is worth more.

Trying to stop the dollar climbing – trying to stop Australians becoming more wealthy in a mining boom – is next to impossible.

But if you want to try, Norway points the way. It imposes a petroleum super profits tax of 50 per cent and stores the loot offshore where it can’t push up the currency.

It has succeeded in not giving itself a pay rise.

Frustrating season is put to rest

AFTER becoming arguably the most unfortunate victim of the most waterlogged cricket season in recent memory last year, the Bathurst under 21s will re-convene this Sunday ahead of their first outing on November 2.
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Last season, untimely rain cost them two matches – one in particular a heart-breaker against Orange, and ultimately put paid to their chances of winning the title.

On Sunday week they get their first chance to atone for the result against Orange last season when they host their arch-rivals.

Co-coach Matt Willis is asking for all eligible players to get to the Sportsground this Sunday and get involved with the 2008/09 campaign.

“We only lost one game all last season, but were washed out against Orange when we only needed five runs to win,” Willis said.

“We had just played out two maidens as well when the rain came which was frustrating, then we were rained out against the Blue Mountains as well when we had them in trouble.

“I think we had a good year but didn’t have much to show for it.”

Willis says that a training session from 4pm on Sunday will allow himself and the rest of the coaching staff to have a look at the talent available.

“Damien Hanrahan will be returning with me again this year and we also have John Rudge and Dan Casey coaching as well,” he explained.

“We need to get things going, and get the boys up and running again before the first match.”

Any player eligible for the under 21s age bracket from across the Bathurst clubs is welcome to attend and put their hand up for selection.

Bathurst City star Ben Orme will lead the team once more on the field, though he is likely to be on senior duties with the Bathurst opens side as they contest the opening round of the SCG Cup against Mudgee.

Mudgee will start as underdogs after being trounced by Bathurst in the final of the President’s Cup at the Sportsground on Sunday.

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Porn laws confuse travellers

Confused travellers unsure about what sort of porn they’re allowed to bring into Australia have prompted a reworking of incoming passenger cards.
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Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said he had asked the Customs and Border Protection command to change the wording on the declaration cards travellers must fill out when they fly into Australia.

“The previous card stated that travellers needed to disclose any ‘pornography’ they were carrying,” Mr O’Connor said.

“That has now been amended to read ‘illegal pornography’.”

But with no further advice on hand about what constitutes “illegal pornography”, travellers may be forced to run their selection by a Customs officer.

“My advice to travellers is that, if you’re in doubt, find out,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Customs officers operate with discretion and the penalties for failing to declare a prohibited import are steep.”

Prohibited pornography includes child pornography and material depicting bestiality, explicit sexual violence, degradation, cruelty and non-consensual sex, a statement from the minister said.

The Australian Sex Party claimed credit for the changes today. The party’s spokesman Robbie Swan said he wrote to Mr O’Connor’s office about six months ago after receiving complaints from a number of members, including a couple on their honeymoon, who thought they had to declare naked pictures of themselves after reading the incoming passenger card.

“[The couple were] on the beach, they were nude, they’d taken a photo of themselves on their iPhone having an embrace, it wasn’t full on or anything, but when they’d gone through Customs they’d asked what pornography meant and the Customs officer had said: ‘Well anything explicit,’ ” Mr Swan said.

“They were made to display a nude photo of themselves in a line with all these other people; they were so embarrassed.”

Others had called the party to complain that the ambiguous wording meant they were forced to declare material that was legal in Australia, he said.

Last financial year, half of the 1300 instances of prohibited or restricted material Customs detected was brought in by passengers entering Australia, according to figures from Customs and Border Protection Command.

A fine of up to $11,000 applies if travellers are caught making a false or misleading statement to a Customs officer.

Bringing child pornography into Australia can result in a fine of up to $275,000 and a maximum of 10 years in jail.

An express reference to pornography was added to the card in late 2009 after a rise in detections of child abuse material and material that had not been classified or had been refused classification.

“Even though there have been import bans on illegal pornography for a long time, some travellers still don’t realise that,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Highlighting it on the incoming passenger cards is aimed at raising public awareness and reducing attempted illegal imports.”

Goddard goes like the wind

TASTES GOOD: Bathurst cyclist Danielle Goddard was revelling in the rewards after finishing third at the NSW Crtierium Championships at Homebush on the weekend. 211098danielleWHAT do you do when you have been riding for barely 12 months, and attend your first State Championships against a strong field of riders you’ve never
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seen before?

If your name is Danielle Goddard, you simply ignore the enormity of the situation and beat all but two of your opponents home and claim a bronze medal.

The Bathurst Cycle Club rider was in Sydney on the weekend competing in the NSW Criterium Championships at Homebush, and more than matched the efforts of her illustrious fellow club members Dean and Blair Windsor in the

men’s event.

Goddard finished in third, after promising Sydney junior Ashlee Aukudinoff held off the field but not without a fight.

“It was my first state event, and I think nobody really knew who I was,” she explained.

“I sat in the bunch and tried to watch any attacks that happened – I just tried to get across and close them down straight away and by the end of it all I ended up in the lead bunch.”

Goddard produced a strong sprint finish to secure the bronze medal, and in the process exceeded her aspirations for the event by a long way.

“I didn’t expect this at all, I was just so excited and thrilled – before the race all I was hoping is that I wouldn’t get dropped by the group,” she said.

“I spoke to [Bathurst Cycle Club’s] Mark Windsor who gave me a training program designed for criterium racing and I also caught up with Dean Windsor in Sydney last week and did some sprint training with him.”

Goddard got involved in the sport almost by accident, after moving away from Bathurst in 2007.

“Dad [Bruce Goddard] has been doing it for a while and we all thought he was mad,” she explained.

“But when I moved to Albury last year I was looking for something to help me get fit so I took up cycling down there.

“I’m living in Sydney now but I’m a member of the Bathurst club and still have a lot to do with them.”

Another Bathurst rider, Toireasa Gallagher also took part in the titles but finished out of the placings.

Having competed in his own race on the weekend, Blair Windsor was more than impressed with what he saw from Goddard in the saddle.

“She rode brilliantly, she sure showed Dean [Windsor] and I up didn’t she?” he said afterwards.

“She rode a really good race and looked good at the sprint finish – she only just missed out on getting into second spot in the end.”

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Toole surprised by Mitchell selection

NO-ONE was more surprised when the Mitchell side was announced this week than Bathurst batsman Josh Toole himself.
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The young Oxford willow-wielder did not enjoy the best of the two-day President’s Cup carnival, notching up just seven in the opening match against Blue Mountains and following that with 11 against Mudgee in the final.

The attitude of the selectors to look towards youth, and a strong performance against Orange in the opening inter-town trial match earlier this month though, saw him earn his first senior Mitchell cap.

A prolific junior, Toole has played Mitchell under 21s among other representative achievements, but his latest selection has broken new ground for the young batsman.

“I was very surprised actually [to get picked]. To be honest, I really didn’t do anything over the weekend,” he said.

“I think maybe the Orange innings a few weeks ago maybe had a bit to do with it. They’re a pretty strong side though. Having said that, it was only a trial match.”

Toole was easily the stand-out for Bathurst two weeks ago when they took on Orange at All Saints in a pre-season fixture, slamming a textbook 89 in his team’s defeat.

A former Rugby Union junior, Toole made the transition to first grade with Oxford last season and proved he could handle such a level of competition.

Toole’s junior resumé is chock-a-block with references, having toured Vanuatu with Mitchell under 17s, Western Zone under 17s, Southern – the list goes on.

Centuries for Southern, and a superb all-round performance including a century and three wickets for Kelso High also compliment a glittering junior career.

But his selection for Mitchell at senior level is hopefully the start of the final transition from the boys to the men.

“The other guys from Bathurst [Chris Novak, Nathan Dennis and Dan Casey] are all good cricketers,” Toole said.

“It will be a good thing to see how the other guys in the team play, and to learn a bit from them.”

Toole admits he knows little of the players he will be matched up against when he finally gets his chance on November 8 and 9 against Lachlan and Macquarie but he is not particularly worried by such a prospect.

“The other sides will probably have a few of the guys I’ve played against in juniors but I haven’t seen any of the others – obviously they will be fairly strong though I think,” he said.

“I don’t think this [his selection] will change things for me too much at Oxford.

“They are a good side as it is and I don’t think this will put more pressure on me or anything like that.”

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Tom Cruise’s belly baffles

Abdominal anomaly … shirtless photos of Tom Cruise fuel liposuction speculation.Summer’s just around the corner, which is always the time to start worrying about appearances.
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Like, what is going on with Tom Cruise’s stomach?

Shots showing the Mission Impossible zipping down a flying fox in Prague (shirtless) have belatedly come to the attention of Woman’s Day via the gossip sites. The mag sought to advance the hypothesis that the action star has sought a doctor to help him surgically suck it in.

”This is all abnormal,” said a Sydney cosmetic surgeon, Dr Michael Zacharia, in reference to odd horizontal markings across the 48-year-old’s paunch.

”His belly button also has the classic downwards smile of a lipo case.”

The mag concedes it is ”also possible” that unusual muscle configuration is a result of vigorous training. But could the medically diagnosed belly frown be a sign of a different kind of tummy trouble? After all, ”Tom would love to have a baby to coincide with the premiere of MI4,” a source explains one page earlier.

As long as that remains a medical mission impossible, and Katie Holmes is reluctant to become pregnant, marriage tensions (and frowning bellies) abound.

Indeed, a non-smile can be a vital non-verbal cue. If only someone had taken a long look into the forlorn muzzle of Jennifer Aniston’s corgi-terrier cross Norman and noticed the little white dog was battling the big black one: depression.

Instead, NW reports the 15-year-old pampered pooch boarded a plane with Aniston to Atlanta, disappeared momentarily from her movie set and was subsequently diagnosed as ”suicidally depressed”.

Considering the film was called Wanderlust, there’s an outside chance it was just sniffing out Aniston’s motivation.

Elsewhere, Heidi Montag continues her post-surgery arc of personal development, conceding to Who that ”vanity” was the reason for her 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day.

”It is my own insecurities and I should have dealt with it inside,” she says. Such is her new aversion to surgery that Montag is not prepared to have her ”little bit too-big breasts” reduced. ”I don’t even want to get lip injections,” she says.

And nor would you, after reading the harrowing account of Lisa Rinna. The Melrose Place actress had 30 per cent of her lips removed after silicone seeped through and damaged tissue. ”Talking is easier,” Rinna said, through her untrout pout.

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King not scared of prying eyes

In North Sydney yesterday afternoon to open his country’s new consulate, the Tongan monarch, King George Tupou V, reflected on the political changes about to remove many of his traditional near-absolute powers. He welcomed what he called the country’s ”first democratic elections” late next month, when ordinary Tongans will choose a majority of the members in a new parliament, which in turn will elect a new government with executive powers. Watched by the NSW Governor, Marie Bashir, King George thanked Australia for the logistical and financial support it is giving for the election. ”I hope you will be sending observers too, just to see we don’t cook the books or anything like that,” he said. Standing by a bookcase containing bound volumes of the Australasian Turf Register – the kingdom is represented by the turf accountancy legend Bill Waterhouse and his daughter Louise, both honorary consuls – his majesty mingled with guests including the former premier Neville Wran, the businessman Mark Johnson, local Tongan community leaders and three generations of the Waterhouse clan.
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CAUGHT IN THE ACT

Late last month Clover Moore asked Kristina Keneally if she was going to act on the NSW Ombudsman’s recommendation and introduce a public service integrity act. In response, the Premier allowed that she was, in principle, always in favour of considering ”suggestions that might further improve, even in a symbolic fashion, the integrity of our government and our public service”. She then added that such consideration was ”only in the context of what we already have: one of the most stable, integral and respected public sector workforces in the world”. A big claim. And a false one. Politicised, compromised, rundown to buggery, the state bureaucracy is more like an exploded old sofa. The proof is provided daily. Yesterday Keneally’s office sent us a transcript of that morning’s press conference marked Monday, October 5, 2010, nearly two weeks adrift of the actual date, the 18th. Which at least explains the buses, ferries and trains.

TWO LIVES

Lotte Weiss, 86, is the mother of well-known businessman Gary Weiss. She is also a survivor of 38 months inside several Nazi slave labour and death camps, including Auschwitz, the only one of a family of eight to survive. Liberated at 21, she started a new life in New Zealand and Australia. Readers of her autobiography, My Two Lives, might know that already. We mention it because one of her grandchildren, Ben Weiss, contacted us to let us know of her recent hobnobbing with the high and mighty at the launch of the German language version, Meine zwei Leben, in Vienna. The Austrian President, Dr Heinz Fischer, who also wrote the book’s foreword, noted the timing of the launch was significant because in the Vienna election, held the same day, the far-right Freedom Party achieved its second-highest result since the end of the Second World War, 27 per cent of the popular vote. (Isn’t it always the political parties with ”freedom” in their name that you must back away from, hand on mouth, gagging?) Weiss said it was his hope that German students, who are constitutionally obliged to study the Holocaust, would benefit from a relatively rare account of a young woman’s experiences. Anyway, presidential feting all done, Lotte, who turns 87 next month, wiped the bunting from her shoulder and returned to Sydney, where we are told ”she can be found most Sundays at the Sydney Jewish Museum where she is a volunteer guide. Two lives, indeed.

ART MIMICS LIFE

Simon Crean?didn’t last long as leader of the ALP. One reason, given at the time, is that when he spoke about policy (or about anything) his faintly exasperated singsong switched people off, or wound them right up: either way, he always sounded like a teacher explaining something to a student he thinks is simply refusing to understand him. As Minister for the Arts, Crean is now trying to win people over with visual aids. Tomorrow night he hosts a screening of the movie adaptation of John Marsden’s novel Tomorrow, When the War Began in the parliamentary theatre. We think it’s an interesting, and, for Crean, a subtle choice, given the debate on the war in Afghanistan concludes on Thursday.

RING A BLING BLING

Cathy Freeman is putting a diamond ring she wore during her 400-metre Sydney Olympics triumph under the auctioneer’s hammer on Monday along with her white gold earrings, bangles and bracelets. The money raised from the sale, including watches and rings from Bulgari and Cartier, will go to the Catherine Freeman Foundation to support indigenous children on Palm Island.

A BIG DAY FOR MONSTROUS MONEY-SPINNERS

The Wiggles, AC/DC – both have been monstrous successes. Now an unlikely cast of 20 walking giant lizards, including a tetchy Tyrannosaurus Rex, has joined them as one of Australia’s biggest travelling export acts. The retinue of life-sized dinosaurs, which has just returned from North America – it played to more than 4.1 million people in 144 cities across the US, Canada and Mexico – will tour Australian from April. Last year Rex and friends shrugged off competition from Madonna, Pink and Britney Spears to rank as the world’s fourth biggest touring act in ticket sales, with only living and breathing rock dinosaurs – U2, Bruce Springstein and AC/DC – outselling them. This year it is tracking third to AC/DC and the paleo-poodle rockers Bon Jovi. The production house is developing a show for regular theatres based on the 1932 novel King Kong and is collaborating with DreamWorks Animation for an arena show based on How to Train Your Dragon.

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WITH INDIAN MASTERCHEFS

IT has the winning combination of food, fame and failure but there’s not a cravat in sight. Australian television’s biggest hit of this year is now spicing up Indian screens. The country’s own version of MasterChef made its prime-time debut on the weekend as the first show devoted to cooking in front of one of the biggest potential audiences in the world, The Guardian reports. Hosted by a Bollywood star, Akshay Kumar, pictured, and following months of auditions where 2400 hopefuls were sliced, diced and julienned to just 40, the program has promised more than a cookery show, cookbook and £130,000 ($209,000) for the winner. Audiences have been tantalised with a semi-hysterical matron screaming complaints at the ”treatment” she and her ”spreads” must endure and a sobbing sari-clad teenage girl throwing herself into the host’s arms, the paper noted. At one point during the debut, the judges dipped their fingers into a contestant’s spinach and banana dish, complimented the ”innovative combination” but then dismissed it with: ”It’s a no.” Compelling stuff. Ajit Andhare, chief executive of the show’s producer, Colosceum Media, revealed that it was not just contestants who were being tested. ”Adapting the international format to reflect Indian tastes was a big challenge,” he told the Mint newspaper.

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Fully paid leave for both parents

Modern families … mothers and fathers now qualify for parental leave on full pay.AN OFFER too good to refuse, says the union. A good outcome promoting gender equality in employment, says the judge. A better package for everyone, says the employer body.
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Local government in NSW will be one of the first industries to offer parental leave at full pay to new mums and dads. This will be achieved by councils ”topping up” the federal government’s scheme to offer 18 weeks’ paid leave at the minimum wage.

Unlike the federal scheme, the period of parental leave will be included in calculating superannuation contributions and all leave entitlements. The supporting parent’s leave will be doubled from five to 10 days.

The three local government unions are considered certain to accept the deal as part of a new Local Government (State) Award to operate from November 1.

”The new award not only increases the previous award’s paid maternity leave provisions from nine to 18 weeks full pay for mums, it’s also giving dads the opportunity to take that leave,” says the president of the Local Government Association, Genia McCaffery.

”The period of paid parental leave will count as service for the purpose of accruing additional annual leave, sick leave and long-service leave and the employee will also receive superannuation payments.”

The new parental leave entitlements will mean councils can attract and retain the best employees, who might otherwise be lost to the industry, says the president of the Shires Association, Bruce Miller.

The deputy president of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Justice John Grayson, says the new provisions are ”an innovative and logical integration of award entitlements and applicable federal legislation. The non-discriminatory aspect of the proposal would provide parental leave without discriminatory assumptions based on gender and will allow parents of either gender to elect to be the primary carer,” he says.

The secretary of the Development and Environmental Professionals’ Association, Ian Robertson, says: ”The parental leave provisions are fabulous. Clearly everyone’s been watching Modern Family.”

Other provisions of the new award will make it harder to put permanent employees on term contracts, protect leaseback car entitlements, encourage phased retirement, permit employees to ”buy” additional leave, increase car and other allowances, provide facilities for breast-feeding mothers and double bereavement leave from two days to four.

The new award includes pay increases of 3.25 per cent a year for four years.

Doctors dig deep to avert a crisis

Trouble has been averted at Bathurst Base Hospital this week as anaesthetists and the area health service find a way to keep vital services going in the face of staff shortages.
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As of Friday last week, no locum specialist anaesthetist had been found to cover services at the hospital until December 1 when staff return from education leave.

This would have resulted in all elective and emergency surgery, maternity services and intensive care at the hospital being cancelled.

Chair of the hospital’s Department of Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Dr John Williams, said the anaesthetists felt that covering emergency services at the hospital were a priority and made the decision to extend themselves to provide that coverage in the short term.

“People who depend on us can take heart that services will be maintained with a minimum of disruption,” Dr Williams said.

“Services will be fully covered but slightly reduced. We are prepared to pull out the stops for this week, but that kind of workload is not sustainable.”

Dr Williams said it was impossible for the remaining two anaesthetists to carry a full workload, therefore it was necessary to cut elective surgery hours from 8am to 2pm instead of the usual 8am to 5pm for this week only.

In the meantime, the Greater Western Area Health Service was able to secure the services of a locum to start next week at which time normal theatre hours will resume.

GWAHS eastern cluster general manager Narelle Davis yesterday said a roster was being developed.

Dr Williams had more detail. He said one locum would arrive at the hospital on Monday, with a second locum to take over on November 4, continuing until December 1.

Ms Davis said doctors and the director of medical services had been working closely together to provide cover for the hospital.

“Core services will now be provided which is excellent news,” Ms Davis said.

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