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Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.
Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.
Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.
I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.
A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.
Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.
In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.
This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.
But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.
Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.
I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.
Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...
The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.
PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.
The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.
Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.
The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it
The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.
The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.
The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...
Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.
Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the
same sex marriage postal
plebiscite vote survey is
causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to
This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)
Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)
And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?
To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens
by Jon Rappoport
September 20, 2017
The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.
Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.
Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.
The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:
DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.
GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.
Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.
Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.
The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.
A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?
The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.
But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.
I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.
I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.
Is that a challenge? You bet.
The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.
Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.
The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must prot...
Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. This is good news for(...)
This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same. Jeannie Marsh...
Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and 
13:30 Southern Cross - Waurn Ponds is delayed by approximately 17 minutes due to a damaged boom gate at Deer Park.
By Mark Heenan
Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan speaks to 2017 Ocean Grove Football Club senior best-and-fairest winner and Damian Clark medallist James Linton at the senior presentation night.
In his second season at Ocean Grove, Linton won back-to-back Damian Clark medals after last years individual triumph. He finished second in the BFL Les Ash Medal at the league best-and-fairest awards. The Colac raised Linton, 26, works as a naturopath in Ocean Grove. He spoke openly about his medal honour, club highlights for the season, thoughts on his suspension after the BFL elimination final loss to Modewarre and his association with the Ocean Grove township.
Mark Heenan: How have you enjoyed fitting into the town of Ocean
Grove after two seasons with the Grubbers?
James Linton: I love it down here, football is a big part of the community. If you can be part of a football club I think you kind of work your way into the community a lot easier. Working here and living here was big change for me because it is something different to have done my whole life. I grew up playing in Colac but I moved to Geelong and moved to Brisbane and I was always travelling back to play for Colac. But now living in the one place and playing football in the one town you feel part of the community. The club has really looked after me and I pretty thankful for Ocean Grove.
MH: What does it mean to win the Damian Clark Medal for the
JL: I am speechless to win it for a second time. I am pretty honoured but I dont play football to win these awards and to win this award is a benefit. I would happily hand it in for a flag for sure and thats one thing we are working towards.
MH: The three-week suspension handed to you for rough conduct on
Modewarres Tom Worpel during the BFL elimination final loss was it
instinctive? Or did you feel you needed to show physical intent
given the Grubbers were down at the time of incident?
JL: We were four goals down and every team would need it and I guess being part of the leadership group people look up to you to do something. My intention wasnt to do exactly what happened, but you do try and lift a team in a certain way by kicking a goal or having a holding the ball tackle. The leadership group expect you to do it.
MH: What has been the team highlight for the 2017 season?
JL: We didnt win Battle of the Bridge against Barwon Heads. Winning that Ammos (Geelong Amateur) after not beating them for five seasons in round nine at home was a sense of achievement because you understand the background of where rivalries are at. That was instrumental for us and the team had a hot patch for month and a half. It was a really good vibe around the club, you do appreciate those games and that was a big one. That was probably highlight for the year....
Due to a damaged level crossing at Station Road Deer Park, services are currently being held until futher notice. Service updates to follow [13:49 20/09]
Ocean Grove Primary School held its annual fun run at Ocean
Cool conditions greeted the students, but teacher Nikita Stanley soon had them warmed up with some energetic warm-up dances.
The students had fun running around the park and then got to enjoy a sausage sizzle afterwards.
All students from Foundation to Grade 6 participated in the outing.
Ocean Grove Primary School sent a team to the Geelong Middle
School Chess Tournament with stunning results.
They competed against players up to Year 12. The team representatives included Gabe Lunz, Fletcher Anderson, Finn Corby and Mietta Corby. The team finished first in the Middle School Division.
All players had some challenging games. Finn won a terrific six out of seven games to take an individual third place behind Geelong Grammar Year 10 and 11 students.
Last month the school sent a team to the Geelong Primary Interschool Tournament. The additional team representatives included Zach, Harrison, Sunny, Henry and Gus.
The Ocean Grove team finished in second place out of the competing six schools and will now progress to the state semi-finals.
Gabe Lunz won an outstanding six out of six games to win the junior individual trophy. Sunny in his first competition won an impressive three games.
Chess Club at school is every Monday lunchtime. New members are always welcome.
Excellent chess coaching is also available after school at the Ocean Grove Neighbourhood House on Tuesdays at 4pm.
Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single Oxide. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths. The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Bjrk late last year. Late last year Bjrk released 
10:04 South Geelong - Southern Cross will not run today due to the late arrival of another service. Customers are to board the 10:25 departure from South Geelong. This will make additional stops at Corio and Little River.
20:05 SCS to Waurn Ponds will not run today due to a train fault. Customers to board next available service 20:40 SCS to Waurn Ponds [20:17 19/09]
19th September 2017
ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality
The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board of Directors acknowledges that ethnic and multicultural LGBTI people exist in our culturally diverse communities; that they are our friends and our family members, and that LGBTI people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even more layers of discrimination.
ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef says, The ECCV Board of Directors and members have long understood discrimination, as many of us and our families have experienced discrimination on the basis of our ethnicity, skin colour, faith and language.
The ECCV Board of Directors endorses The YES Alliance which is a group of Australian community members from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds that support a YES vote in the upcoming postal vote for marriage equality.
The Chair emphasises on behalf of the ECCV Board of Directors that as descendants of migrants who came to Australia in search for better opportunities and freedoms, we expect our whole community to be treated fairly in all aspects of civil law, including civil marriage law; this expectation embraces the fair and equal treatment of our culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTI friends and family.
Eddie Micallef encourages our culturally diverse community to consider the values that brings together our harmonious and respectful society with a shared sense of belonging, acceptance and contribution.
The ECCV Board of Directors supports Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) in calling on ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria and in Australia to consider voting yes to marriage equality.
ECCV will attend the official launch of The YES Alliance at the Victorian Parliament House on Wednesday 20th September, 2017 from 1pm. All are welcome to attend the launch and join ECCV in demonstrating support for human rights and removing discrimination for the benefit of all Victorians.
For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org / 0422 480 319
Since this article was published yesterday afternoon its generated hundreds of comments. Both the reporting and the judges comments have attracted opprobrium. As they should.
Its interesting that the ABC reported on a very similar case in Canberra last year, but had no difficulty clearly labelling that crime as rape.
Theres a couple of reasons the ABC might have chosen to report yesterdays case as sex rather than rape.
The main one would be that there is no offence of rape in the ACT criminal code. There are degrees of sexual assault and Section 92E of the ACT Crimes Act called sexual intercourse with young person with a maximum penalty of 17 years in jail if the child is under 10 years of age and 14 years if the child was under 16.
Sexual intercourse with a young person was the charge the Canberra man was convicted on, so it would not be completely accurate to report that he was convicted of rape.
Defamation might have been another concern, but it seems unlikely. Calling this man a rapist or describing his actions as rape is a realistic description and therefore not subject to a defamation claim.
Jason Deputy Director of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School said, from a defamation perspective, while rape might not reflect language used in ACT legislation, does it reflect the actions of what he did, so its substantially true. Defamation would not be an issue here.
So, while the ABC would have had to specify the charge, they were not legally obliged to describe his actions as sex. They could legally and accurately have called it rape.
The case last year where they did call it rape was very similar to this one. The charge was the same, the victim was 15 year...
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Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest 
Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.
Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.
Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.
Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.
He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.
Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.
Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...
Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural 
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