Same-sex couples head over the ditch for vows

29/06/2018 // by admin

United: Tony Briffa and Manja Sommeling.Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.
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In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

As New Zealand commemorated the first anniversary of its marriage equality laws last week, a Senate inquiry heard how thousands of same-sex couples have married overseas but still lack recognition under federal law.

Ten years ago, the Howard government amended the Marriage Act to prohibit same-sex marriages overseas being recognised in Australia. According to the most recent census, 1338 same-sex couples have married overseas.

Australians for Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome said many Australians would prefer to marry at home but could not wait any longer. ”It’s an indictment on Australia that our citizens have to travel to another country to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

Former Hobsons Bay mayor Tony Briffa will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with school teacher Manja Sommeling, 47, next month but her marriage remains in legal limbo.

”I proposed on Valentine’s Day last year,” she said. ”I got down on one knee in front of the house we had just bought and in which we now live.”

While the Altona Meadows couple had planned to marry in Canada, when New Zealand passed its marriage equality laws they opted for Dunedin instead. Being born both male and female, Ms Briffa’s marriage cannot be recognised under Australian law. The 44-year-old told the inquiry the proposed bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages still excluded intersex people. Ms Briffa suggested the definition of marriage should remove all mention of gender.

Carnegie couple Michael Barnett, 45, and his husband Gregory Storer, 51, had been together for five years when they tied the knot in New Zealand’s Queenstown. Mr Barnett said friends and family treated the couple as married – regardless of the Australian law.

The Australian Family Association said recognising overseas same-sex marriages would create an inconsistency in the Marriage Act, and would add pressure to recognise same-sex marriage broadly.

The inquiry into formal recognition of overseas marriages is expected to report to the Federal Parliament on September 3.

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need2know: Iron ore in sharp fall

29/06/2018 // by admin

With a weak lead from Wall Street, local investors will be awaiting fresh corporate results before seeking to drive Australian shares still higher.
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What you need2know:

• SPI futures slid 10 points to 5599

• AUD at 92.97 US cents, 96.93 Japanese yen, 70.41 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence

• On Wall St, S&P 500 -0.2%, Dow -0.2%, Nasdaq +0.1%

• In Europe, Euro Stoxx 50 -0.8%, FTSE -0.04%, CAC -0.9%, DAX -0.7%

• Iron tumbles 2% to $US90.10 per metric tonne

• Spot gold up 0.3% to $US1280.08 an ounce

• Brent oil down 0.3% at $US102.29 per barrel.

What’s on today

Earnings from BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings, Australia CBA/HIA house affordability; US new home sales.

Stocks to watch

Earnings today from: BlueScope Steel, Caltex Australia, McMillan Shakespeare, M2, NIB Holdings, Orora, PFL, Recall Holdings.

Shaw Stockbroking has a “buy” recommendation on Mermaid Marine, which it rates as “high risk” with a price target of $3.20 a share.

Morningstar has a “hold” recommendation on Trade Me following the release of its full year results for the financial year ended June 30, 2014, and expects the share price to reach a fair value of $3.60.

Macquarie Research has a positive take on Village Roadshow saying the stock will “outperform” in the next 12 months. It says VRL is an attractive investment opportunity and has a 12 month price target of $8.50.

Currencies

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen called for a “pragmatic” approach to US monetary policy on Friday, amid calls by hawkish members of the central bank’s policy committee for a quick rise in interest rates due to tightening labour markets and inflationary risks.

Five months after the US Mint began producing coins made with platinum, sales have all but collapsed as investors continue to favour gold and silver. “It’s not considered a currency,” said Jason Carstensen, a medical-sales representative in Ventura, California, who spends about $US2000 a month on coins, according to Bloomberg.

Commodities

Nickel fell 0.4 per cent to finish at $US18,750 per tonne after data showed excess supplies on the market. The global nickel market had a 1800 tonne surplus in June in contrast to a 3300 tonne deficit the month earlier.

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd (Baosteel), China’s biggest listed steelmaker by stock market value, posted a 14.8 per cent fall in first-half net profit, reflecting weak prices and slackening demand growth, the company said on Friday.

Gold prices edged up on Friday as US equities slipped, but gains were limited. “I see no reasons to own gold, which is likely to trend lower with rallies being sold. The Treasury yields at under 3 per cent and crude oil prices showing signs of a recession are significant headwinds for precious metals,” said Jonathan Jossen, COMEX gold options floor trader in New York.

United States

Despite losses on Friday, all three major indexes posted gains for the week, with the Dow up 2 per cent, the S&P up 1.7 per cent and the Nasdaq up 1.6 per cent. It was the strongest week of gains for both the Dow and the S&P since April, and the third straight week of gains for all three indexes.

Goldman Sachs Group will pay $US3.15 billion to settle claims from the US housing finance regulator that it sold bad mortgage-backed securities. Goldman said it would repurchase the securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the 2005-2007 period.

Optimism about near-term market direction hit a nine-month high in the latest AAII Sentiment Survey, with 46.1 per cent of respondents expecting gains over the next six month. “There’s a good underlying tone in the market and we still have plenty of prospects for more gains,” said Michael Mullaney, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Co in Boston. He added that he would not be concerned about valuation until the S&P’s forward price-to-earnings ratio was 17 and its trailing P/E was 20. Those metrics currently stand at 15.7 and 17.4, respectively.

Europe

European shares fell on Friday after a brisk two-week rally, hurt by a ratcheting-up of tensions in Ukraine, although traders said Yellen’s dovish tone limited losses. “European indexes are halted by big resistance levels. At this point, investors should think about hedging their portfolios,” Aurel BGC chartist Gerard Sagnier said.

German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe’s biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Royal Bank of Scotland might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

What happened on Friday

The local sharemarket added 0.1 per cent. Oil and gas producer Santos was a highlight, adding 3.9 per cent to $15.16 on Friday after announ­cing a bumper dividend. The stock rose 5.3 per cent over the week.

Energy was the best-performing sector over the week, up 3.6 per cent. Origin Energy lifted 5.6 per cent to $14.84 despite showing a weak full-year profit on Thursday as the company shared a more optimistic outlook for this year.

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MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

29/06/2018 // by admin

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8.30amThat’s it from us this morning. Have a fabulous Thursday. See you tomorrow for the TGIF edition of the Rush.

8.12amCheck out Charlie, the new Australian sea lion at Taronga Zoo!

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8.08amManagers at the Australian Taxation Office trying to use scratchies to fight sickies among their public servants this Christmas have hit a snag.A workplace trade union has put the boot into the scheme, which rewards good attendance with a chance to win scratch cards, arguing the plan discriminates against tax officials who don’t show up to work.

8.06amHave you been snapped out & about in the Illawarra? Check out our gallery of social pics here.

8.04am HSC:Nearly a third of NSW HSC students are set to receive an ATAR of 80 or more. That’s impressive!

8.02am STRANGE BUT TRUE:No words needed really.

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8amThis time next week it will be Christmas Day. That is distressing.

7.58amGood morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

7.56am LOCAL NEWS:The “I’ll Ride With You” movement took over social media this week, a show of solidarity for Muslims who feared retribution in the wake of the Sydney siege.A team of water safety educators hopes its “I’ll Surf With You” tagline picks up as much steam. NB great pic from snapper Sylvia Liber too!

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

7.54am STRANGE BUT TRUE (YES!):People, I bring you wine-infused ice-cream. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner eating three pints of this stuff.

7.52am CELEB GOSS ALERT:We’re on baby bump watch here on the Rush and … yep, we can definitely see Jessica Biel’s bump.

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7.50am SPORT:Western Sydney’s frustrating Club World Cup campaign has ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the playoff for fifth place.

7.48amOn dessert duty for Christmas? Try this white chocolate parfait.

7.46am SYDNEY SIEGE: PMTony Abbott has suggested that firearm laws may need to change as he said that the Martin Place gunman had a gun licence despite having a long criminal history that included being out on bail for being an accessory to murder. (SMH)

7.44amSally Fitzgibbons is in town today signing copies of her new book. She’ll be at Dymocks Wollongong from 11am.

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7.36am LOCAL SPORT:TheHawks’ 3-12 start to the season may have tested the resolve of fans, but the faith of 11-year-old Caleb Jordan has never wavered. A lovely story from reporter Mitch Jennings here.

7.34amLooking for somewhere to holiday in 2015? Look beyond Phuket and check out these other amazing Thai islands.

7.32am SYDNEY SIEGE:Tributes have continued to pour into Martin Place for the victims of Monday’s siege.

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7.30amHave you entered your house in the Mercury’s Christmas lights competition? Get in quick – entries close Monday. Register here.

7.28am WORLD NEWS:The LA Police Department is buying 7000 body-worn cameras for its officers, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week. The decision is not directly related to the protests in Ferguson or NYC in the past several weeks, as the department has been testing the cameras for months. (SMH)

7.26amKeen to cook up your own bread this Christmas day? Check out this recipe for rosemary olive oil bread. Yum.

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7.24amWant to congratulate your child/mate/neighbour on their ATAR results? Leave them a message here.

7.22am LOCAL NEWS:The late Wollongong District Court judge Joe Phelan will be remembered as a brilliant legal mind and a compassionate man with a strong sense of justice.

*Reporter Louise Turk has the story.

7.20amPrince George, you have stolen my heart – look at him having a GREAT time with mum at the Winter Wonderland fair in London. #socute

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7.18am CELEB NEWS:R&B singer Ashanti hashad to take the witness stand in court, forced toanswer questions from a delusional fan who had already been convicted, in 2009, of stalking her. Read more.

7.16am NSW:More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

7.14amDon’t forget the annual Gerringong street parade is on this Saturday.

7.12am TIARA ALERT:Kate Middleton wore her TRACKIES to a publicity event in the UK. I repeat, her TRACKIES. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. TRACKIES.

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7.10am SYDNEY SIEGE:NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.”There is a very strong history that negotiations work and time does solve problems,” said the former officer, who asked not to be named.

7.08am LOCAL NEWS:Vocalist Isabella Hanley truly had something to sing about yesterday, when she found out she was 10th in the state in her Higher School Certificate music course.

*Reporter Kate McIlwain has the story.

7.06amA little Christmas joke for you.

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7.04am SYDNEY:A man wearing a gas mask and shouting threats has been arrested on board a train heading into Sydney.The 44 year-old boarded the train at Newcastle and began yelling shortly before arriving at Central station.

7.02am CELEB NEWS:ComedianRussell Brand has criticised the mainstream media and Prime Minister Tony Abbott for referring to Sydney’s Lindt cafe siege as an act of terrorism. Read more.

7am STRANGE BUT TRUE:This man spent more than $150,000 to look like Kim Kardashian. I kid you not.

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6.58am Good morning!We’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon. All good on the roads & rail.

6.56am LOCAL NEWS:Two long-serving Balarang Public School teachers were treated to a truck ride to mark their retirements on Wednesday.

*Get the full story here.

6.54amWant to keep the calories down this festive season? Try these easyfood swaps – goodbye potato chips, hello vegetables!

6.52am WORLD NEWS:A shocked Pakistan yesterday began burying 132 students killed in anattack on their school by seven Taliban militants.

6.50amHeading out tonight to check out the Illawarra’s best Christmas lights? Take this handy guide with you – we’ve got them all wrapped up for you.

6.48am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Things are not looking good for Spice Girl Mel B. Reports are swirling that she’s splitting with her husband & moving out of their LA home.

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6.46amIf you haven’t seen this yet, WATCH IT NOW. Quite possibly the DUMBEST response to a first question on Millionaire Hotseat EVER.

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6.44am HEALTH:Health professionals need to focus on family needs, listening and respect when dealing with end-of-life planning for patients, according to research which has revealed a gap in what health professionals and patients believe is important. Read more.

6.42amCan you believe it’s just a week until Christmas!? #notready

6.40am MUSIC NEWS:Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah has pulled off a major surprise by announcing one of the biggest names in 90s indie rock, BIlly Corgan vehicle Smashing Pumpkins, to join his touring heavy rock and punk festival in early 2015.

6.38am LOCAL NEWS:Christians and Muslimsprayed together on Wednesday, as part of a special interfaith mass in memory of the victims of the Sydney siege.

*Reporter Josh Butler has the story.

6.36am TV NEWS:Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake have taken it back to the ’90s for a skit on Fallon’s show – they stayed up late at “summer camp” to sing Third Eye Blind.Nice!

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6.34am NATIONAL:2014 has now been declared the “deadliest year” for migrants, with a record 4868 people dying while trying to cross treacherous oceans in 2014 – double the 2013 tally. Read more.

6.32amHave you voted for your Illawarra Sportsperson of the Year? Get in quick – register your votehere.

6.30amQuark. Freekeh. Buckwheat. No, I’m not speaking a different language – these are the foods we’ll be eating in 2015, according to the SMH.

6.28amCheck out Beyonce’s latest picture with daughter Blue Ivy. Cute!

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— E! News (@ENews) December 17, 2014The Interview. It’s New York premiere has been cancelled as theatres across the US start dropping the movie, amid fears of terrorist attacks.

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6.24am NSW:Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years’ jail for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

6.22amDon’t forget the Sunset Cinema kicks off at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Boxing Day. Have you got your tickets!?

6.20am CELEB GOSS ALERT:Selena Gomez was spotted crying over Justin Bieber at Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party. Oh dear. NB that was a LOT of celeb name-dropping in one sentence.

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6.18am TV NEWS:HBO appears to be borrowing from the book of Snapchat for its latestGame of Thronesteaser campaign, deleting a tantalising vision of season five released to fans after just one viewing. But of course, someone’s figured out a way around it!Check it out.

6.16am LOCAL NEWS:AnIllawarra teen who got his four-year-old niece to perform a sexual act on him under the pretence they were playing a game has avoided a full-time jail sentence.

*Court reporter Shannon Tonkin has the details.

6.14amEver seen a baby beaver? Now you have – awwww.

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6.12amYear 12 students received their HSC marks yesterday. Hope it was good news. It’s ATARs today – good luck.

6.10am WORLD NEWS:USPresident Barack Obama has opened the door to restoring full diplomatic relations with Cuba after 50 years of sanctions and embargo, announcing that the US would seek to open an embassy in the coming months and to relax economic and travel restrictions.

6.08am CELEB NEWS:7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has admitted in an interview overnight that he sexually abused three underage girls. “I did something terribly wrong”, he said.

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6.06am And in national news, via the SMH:

*In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.Joel Herat, 21, has told his family Monis was starting to herd the frightened hostages into separate groups inside the Lindt cafe, raising fears they would “not survive until the morning if they did not do something”. Read more.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as authorities faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free despite the raft of serious criminal charges against him.

*ABC journalists were in tears on Wednesdayafter being told their positions could become redundant.Close to a third of more than 300 ABC staff in pools with similarly skilled colleagues were expected to learn their fate by 5pm.

6.04am Here’s what’s making news in your Mercury today:

*Anintellectually impaired resident gorged on a jar of hazelnut chocolate spread and choked to death at an Illawarra group home – just 18 months after a similar death at another home. Read more.

*There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Shellharbour City Council’s final meeting of the year, which began with independent councillor Peter Moran being unceremoniously dumped as the council’s representative on the Killalea State Park Trust Board.

*Matthew Paul Wiggins, the man accused of gunning down Darko Janceski in 2012, has been committed to stand trial for murder.

6.02amLet’s kick things off with the latest weather & traffic.

WEATHERWe’re in for a cloudy day with a top of 24 degrees. There is a medium chance of showers & a thunderstorm this afternoon.

TRAFFICAll good on our roads & for the drive to Sydney.

TRAINSThere is a good service on the South Coast line.

6amGood morning Illawarra! Hope you’re having a good week – we’re on the steady slide into the weekend! Stay with me this morning for all the latest news etc.

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Chambers sell off to boost coffers

17/07/2019 // by admin

IT was once the hub of Mulwaree Shire Council affairs.
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But now the former offices and chambers in Montague St will be sold off following failed investigations into possible uses.

Councillors voted unanimously at their meeting last week to seek expressions of interest from real estate agents to publicly auction the property.

The long vacant facility is expected to fetch about $830,000, with sale costs around $30,000.

Under the terms of the 2004 amalgamation, Upper Lachlan Shire Council is entitled to 24.22 per cent of the proceeds, or $193,760.

But Mayor Geoff Kettle and general manager Warwick Bennett will discuss with their counterparts whether the funds could be devoted to another community facility, benefiting both councils.

Most councillors were convinced that Upper Lachlan would rather take the money.

Mr Bennett said he’d only had a brief conversation with Upper Lachlan general manager John Bell who was reportedly happy with the “asset rationalisation” approach.

The building was last year pegged for a community learning hub, delivering education programs.

Community Plus, an organisation involving former federal senator Ursula Stephens, was Council’s preferred tenant following an expression of interest process.

But further investigations revealed it would cost $450,000 to $500,000 to meet access requirements, making it unsuitable.

Mr Bennett told Tuesday’s meeting there were no other expressions of interest.

Last month he also questioned the business case.

“We as staff have failed to tell the Council the costs of upgrading this building for public use,” he stated in a report.

“It has no disability access, the doors inside are too narrow for a public building and the upstairs portion cannot be accessed for public use without considerable expenditure.”

He said it could be more sensible to sell the structure and construct a purpose-built facility for community use.

Dr Stephens is also hopeful of a better outcome.

Some councillors argued the negotiations with Upper Lachlan should occur first, before planning the sale.

But this was defeated when Mayor Geoff Kettle questioned whether these talks would change their mind about selling.

Cr Margaret O’Neill asked whether Goulburn Mulwaree would derive some type of subsidy given that it had paid rates on the building for many years.

“It doesn’t work like that,” Mr Bennett replied.

The auction is expected to be held in the next few months.

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Five-post bullbars under review

17/07/2019 // by admin

NSW Farmers Association president, Fiona Simson.
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NSW Farmers has commended the State Government for quick action on defect notices on five-post bull bars.

The Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has directed the NSW Vehicle Standards Working Group to review the road rules for bull bars.

The Vehicle Standard Working Group will work closely with NSW Farmers and manufacturers to address concerns surrounding the bull bar regulations established in 2003.

“We look forward to getting involved in this examination of five post bull bullbars in relation to Australian Standard and the Australian Design Regulations (ADR),” President Fiona Simson said.

NSW Farmers has met with the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS), who have acknowledged that legislation has been in place since 2003 with the requirement all bull bars must generally conform to the shape of the vehicle as per the Australian Standard and must have ADR air bag certification.

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Goulburn teachers halt work in protest

17/07/2019 // by admin

SCHOOL teachers and administration staff in the Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese will stop work for three hours today to campaign for better job conditions.
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The local contingent join Catholic school teachers and staff from 38 schools across NSW and the ACT who are members of the NSW/ACT Independent Education Union (IEU). Stop work meetings have been held in Parramatta, Newcastle, Sydney and regional towns and cities across the state over the past three months. Even Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon managed to get on board, attending the stop work rally held in Parramatta in July.

Canberra / GoulburnArchdiocese staff will stop work from 8:30am-11:30am today to protest against proposals by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) to strip back conditions teachers have been fighting for over the last 15 years.

Through a new enterprise agreement, the CEO is proposing such regulations as no caps on class sizes, increasing face-to-face teaching time by two hours a week (which leads to a decrease in preparation time), a decrease in sick leave by 10 days per year and deregulation of teacher’s lunch break times.

The union also lobbied for a five per cent pay rise for all teaching and non-teaching staff, but the Catholic Education Office is only offering them a 2-2.5 per cent pay rise.

Trinity Catholic College union representative Roger Myers told the Post that once the inflation rate was taken into consideration, this increase would be negligible anyway.

The Australian Electoral Commission launched a ballot for IEU members from all 38 schools to voice their concerns in July.

Seventy percent (31 members) of the 44 Trinity Catholic College union members voted in the ballot, with 62pc (or 13 of the 21 members) from St Joseph’s Primary School and 58pc (or 11 of the 19 members) from St Peter and Paul’s Primary School also taking part in the ballot.

For non-teaching staff, measures such as the restructuring and classification of their positions will result in a $6,000- $17,000 per annum reduction in their salaries, and there is also a proposal to remove all promotion positions below the rank of principal.

IEU Canberra/Goulburn stopwork organiser Jackie Groom told the Post that teachers in catholic schools across the country had been campaigning hard for more than 15 years for better conditions, and to have all these conditions stripped away was a backward step.

“Currently at Trinity Catholic College, class sizes for practical subjects are usually capped at 25 students, ordinary classes capped at 30 students, and Year 11 and 12 classes also capped at 25 students,” Ms Groom said.

“The new measures would take away these caps and there would be a greater number of kids per class.”

Mr Myers said that the ramifications of these proposed measures would be detrimental not only for the school but also for St Peter/Pauls and St Joseph’s Primary Schools.

“Some if not all of these measures will affect both students and teachers alike and take us in a backward step,” he said.

“I mean we all expect better education than we did 20 years ago, just as we expect better health services than we did 20 years ago. Really, the pay increase of only 2.5 pc is miniscule, compared to the five percent that the union was negotiating for. For us to have to take a half day off or more just shows that we are serious about wanting to keep our job conditions secure.”

Mr Myers says that professional development time for teachers could also be affected, with most teachers currently doing it either during their own time, or as a requirement by the school. But in the proposed new enterprise agreement changes, they would be required to carry out these sessions either on weekends or in school holidays, which in the proposed agreement is known as ‘stand-down’ time.

“The Catholic Education Office enterprise agreement can’t be accepted until the Union votes to approve it anyway, and nobody is agreeing to it at the moment, hence the strike action,” Mr Myers said.

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Laharum’s Daniel Smith receives B Grade netball umpiring badge

17/07/2019 // by admin

Laharum umpire Daniel Smith, second from left, with Warrack Eagles captain Jessie Koschitzke, Riley Richardson and Nhill captain Shae-Lea Fischer last year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERLAHARUM’S Daniel Smith has continued to rise through the netball umpiring ranks after receiving his B Grade umpiring badge in the final round of the home and away season.
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Smith became the first male umpire in the Horsham District Netball Association – now part of Horsham District Football Netball League – in July last year when he was awarded his C Grade badge in Warrnambool.

Smith is now a certified B Grade umpire after only a year in the league.

He said he was excited to receive his new grading and wanted to keep improving as an umpire.

“It’s just a higher standard of umpiring going from C Grade to B Grade,” he said.

“The next step for me is to become a B Grade badge tester.”

Smith became the third umpire from Laharum to earn a B Grade badge.

He said no other team in the Wimmera had three B Grade umpires.

Smith said he had been interested in netball since he was young and watched his family play.

His B Grade badge testing involved umpiring an A Grade game, while three testers evaluated and critiqued his performance.

Laharum chairwoman Nadine Miller said Smith’s quick rise as a netball umpire showed how engaged he was.

“Being a male in a female-dominated area, he’s done very well for himself at such a young age,” she said.

“The club is very proud of Daniel and he really does enjoy it.

“He’s never been too interested in footy, he’s just always been around netball and cottoned on.”

Smith thanked his family and Laharum for supporting his umpiring ambitions.

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Wimmera football provides a weekend of mixed emotions

17/07/2019 // by admin

Wimmera football provides a weekend of mixed emotions Callum Hobbs, HB, Bernard Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final
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Adam Carter, Kalkee, Owen Phillips, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Nick Thomson, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Tom Blair, Kalkee, Brett Hargreaves, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Sean Mantell, Swifts, Oliver Young, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Jacob Keamey, Kalkee, Ash Cowen, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Sam Jasper, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Liam French, Kalkee, Jakob Davis, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts, Nick Thomson, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Steve Schultz, Kalkee, Zach Salmi, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Ash Cowen, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Adam Carter, Kalkee, Aaron Chavasse, Swifts. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Shaun Gilbert, Kalkee. Kalkee v Swifts, qualifying final

Kirby Knight, NU, Paula Wiedermann, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Emily Hateley, NU, Stevie Bibby, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Cheryl Sudholz, NU, Clair McDonald, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Mikayla McAuliffe, K, Jo Taylor, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Michelle Trigg, Cheryl Sudholz, NU, Rachel Thomson, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Emily Hateley, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Cheryl Sudholz, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Hayley Thomas, K. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Jo Taylor, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Aily McAuliffe, K, Ashlee Knight, NU. Natimuk-United v Kalkee, qualifying final

Michael Phelan, HB, Jeremy Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Allan McIntyre, EA, Luke Merryfull, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Shayne Williams, EA, Murray Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Anthony Close, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Chris Heath, HB, Bartley Nolan, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Murray Staude, HB, Bernard Kealy, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

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Dave McLeish, EA, Brent Forsyth, HB, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Bartley Nolan, EA, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Matt Close, EA, Michael Phelan, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Jeremy Kealy, EA, Peter Staude, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Daniel Brody, HB, Chris Oliver, EA, Mark Riley, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

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Brent Christie, EA. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

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Jeremy Kealy, EA, Anthony Close, HB. Harrow-Balmoral v Edenhope-Apsley, Elimination final

Brooke Pay, NQ, Maddie Iredell, L, Yolly Francis, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Hayley McDonald, NQ, Nikki Ervin, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Olivia McDonald, NQ, Kayla Hawker, L, Ema Iredell, L, Sammi Avery, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Ema Iredell, L, Sammi Avery, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Sammi Avery, NQ, Polly Hammerton, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Ema Iredell, L, Olivia McDonald, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Georgia Francis, NQ, Ema Iredell, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Caitlin Story, L, Brooke Pay, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Maddie Iredell, L, Yolly Francis, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Hayley McDonald, NQ, Maddie Iredell, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Maddie Iredell, L, Brooke Pay, NQ. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Yolly Francis, NQ, Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Brooke Pay, NQ, Caitlin Story, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

Polly Hammerton, L. Noradjuha-Quantong v Laharum, elimination final

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Blacktown City FC take out derby against Blacktown Spartans

16/06/2019 // by admin

Hitting their straps: Blacktown City FC have taken out the local derby for the third time this year. They’re hitting form at the right part of the season.Blacktown City FC have won bragging rights by taking out the local derby, defeating Blacktown Spartans 3-0 in the IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 qualifying final at Blacktown Football Park.
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The Spartans had chances, but weren’t able to convert them.

Spartans goalkeeper,Carlos Saliadarre, said they let themselves down with lapses in concentration.

”It was a couple of losses of concentration on our behalf.They hit us on a couple of counter attacks and we fell asleep,” he said.

After a rough patch,City are finding form and are looking ominous going into the knock-out stages of the finals.

Mitchell Mallia scored for City off a pinpoint cross from Travis Major in the first half after Major was left in acres of space on the flank.

In the second half the rolls were reversed, withMajor scoringoff a Mallia cross.

The third goal came via a delightful volley off the boot of Matthew Lewis.

The Spartans had a few chances to score late in the match and their best chance at a consolation goal came in the 85th minute but Greg Kondek’s flying header zipped wide.

Blacktown City FC now play premiers, Bonnyrigg White Eagles next weekend.

Spartans need to gear themselves for a clash against Sydney Olympic in what will be a loser goes home match for Ben De Haan’s squad.

Looking forward to their match against Sydney Olympic next week, Saliadarre said the Spartans need to create more chances and take the ones that come their way.

”We need to take our chances better,” Saliadarre said.

”We had maybe three good ones in the 180 minutes, so need to create more and take the chances that come.”

”We played a bit better and were able to hold the ball. But wedidn’tcreate enough inthe final third;we were lacking the final pass.”

Group 6 Semi final action between Narellan Jets and Appin Dogs

16/06/2019 // by admin

Group 6 Semi final action between Narellan Jets and Appin Dogs Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett
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Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Narellan Jets (blue/white) are taking on the Appin Dogs (blue/black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

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Car flips after hitting Gateway Road light polePhotos

16/06/2019 // by admin

Car flips after hitting Gateway Road light pole | Photos A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE
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A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

A woman left this car accident uninjured on Gateway Road on Saturday night. Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

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Greens Senator visits Moruya

16/06/2019 // by admin

SENATOR Lee Rhiannon was the keynote speaker at a dinner and information evening inMoruya onSaturday.
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The evening was arranged to update Eurobodalla locals on events in the Senate, and washosted by Eurobodalla Shire councillor Gabi Harding.

It also marked the 30thanniversary of the founding of the Greens Party.

Cr Harding said Ms Rhiannon provided information about current Senate negotiations aroundcontentious aspects of the Federal Budget.

“She noted in particular that it was 102 days since the Treasurer introduced his budget,and during that time there has been an unprecedented level of discussion, as well as a great deal of anger,” Cr Harding said.

“The Senator pointed out that the government’s agenda is driven less by what she calleda concocted economic crisis and more about a philosophy of small government.

“She painted a picture for those present about that “small government” means reducedsupport for valued public institutions such as the ABC, CSIRO and even the Bureau ofMeteorology.

“It means a ‘user pays’ approach to things like health and higher education, which is notwhat should be happening in a rich country like Australia, where all our citizens have aright to expect that their taxes will provide them with good services.”

Cr Harding said Ms Rhiannonpraised the willingness of the Palmer United Party Senators andother cross-benchers to listen to various points of view and negotiate before voting onlegislation.

“Nevertheless, she said that group voting tickets were wrong, because they facilitated theelection to the Senate of people with tiny percentages of the vote. She called for changesto the system to make it fairer while still ensuring that parties were not locked out of thedemocratic process.

“The evening was a fascinating insight into the workings of the Federal Parliament at aparticularly interesting time in Australian politics,” Cr Harding said.

Greens councillor Gabi Harding and Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Group 6 Semi final action between Camden Rams and Picton Magpies

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Group 6 Semi final action between Camden Rams and Picton Magpies Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett
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Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby League Group 6 semi final action where the Camden Rams (red/white/navy) are taking on the Picton Magpies (black/white) at Kirkham Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

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