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Great to see Australia's surviving Victoria Cross winners with Her Majesty, Queen of Australia.
THE political equation is clear. On one hand, every year nearly everyone pays rego and third-party and mentally puts it down as a government-imposed charge. On the other hand, only a few hundred in the ACT and a few thousand nationally are injured seriously enough in road crashes to warrant a compensation claim. And thus, to dilute the blame for the former, the rights of the latter are made expendable. It is happening in the ACT. It has already happened in other jurisdictions.
The application of the political equation goes back a long way, as costs and damages rose and the compulsory third-party insurance premiums went up.
As far back as the 1960s, then Victorian Premier Henry Bolte capped damages in response to increased premiums. One of my siblings, then aged six, got paltry damages for life-altering injuries. The legislation was later repealed.
This week, the president of the ACT Bar Association, Ken Archer, wrote about the citizens jury process that recommended radical changes to the ACTs system that would abolish common-law damages, institute caps, and impose injury thresholds below which a person could not get any damages.
Archers damning dissection in the latest ACT Bar Bulletin should remove any confidence that the citizens jury process used in this instance was applied in any fair or rational way. It was utterly skewed towards a pre-determined outcome. Leaving the system as is, or just making minor modifications was not an option.
Some jurors complained that they did not have enough time. People in industries linked to the issues particularly law and insurance were excluded. About 70 of the 6000 people invited to join the jury agreed to do so. In short, the very people who might shed light on the matter were excluded. Instead, the jurors were advised by government-selected experts.
The Government, in an extraordinary abdication of its fundamental role in a democracy, said beforehand that it would accept whatever the jury proposed.
This was part of its election promise to deliver deliberative democracy. What is wrong with ordinary democracy, one might ask. Small wonder people have little faith in the system.
Getting a few volunteer non-experts to decide such a complex matter as compensation for vehicle injury legal, medical, actuarial, technological without at least being able to access their own independent advice, seems like utter folly.
The jury and the government-appointed experts came up with the new and imprecise concept of whole person impairment. Payments for most will cut out after five years.
Drastically meddling with injured peoples rights just because the ACTs premiums are about $100 higher than the national average is very poor policy......
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Genocidal acts are being carried out daily, inside and outside the borders of Gaza by Israel and it is not a hidden matter; it is out there for people to witness. So far, over 40 Palestinians have been killed in the recent massacre with 2000 others injured.
We are not going to sit back and talk about how can this happen?
or violations of human rights law.
We find such discussions practically worthless, meaningless and
short-sighted because there is no such thing called human rights in
occupied territories. If there is one we wouldnt have been treated
as worthless humans. We stand against the massacre of Palestinians
and the ongoing occupation by Israel.
We dont need sympathy, we need accountability and reparations. We should not forget thousands of Palestinians have been refugees for over 50 years and barred from returning to their homeland or even a durable resettlement solution by UNHCR.
We send our deepest condolences to our community who are the victims of the Israeli governments murderous actions, conducted repeatedly in front of your eyes.
IN connection with the Local Government Inspectorate investigation into the South Gippsland Shire Council, Victoria Police today executed a search warrant on an address in Meeniyan.
As a result of the warrant, police seized computer equipment and electronic storage devices for the purposes of forensic examination of that material, said Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf in a statement.
As the investigation is still ongoing, no further comment can be made at this time.
Cr Andrew McEwen acknowledged today that he had been visited by authorities this morning at 6.30am, but other than that, he had no issue with the officers doing their job.
I have used my council computer to email myself things at home and thats all thats occurred. Theyve looked at my computer to see if thats the case, Cr McEwen said.
I said I sent material to myself at home, Ive already acknowledged that.
Theyre investigating whether anything has been sent onto a third party.
Cr McEwen told the Sentinel-Times that he had not sent the material onto anyone else, referring to an email sent to councilors and senior staff with legal information about the Bald Hills Wind Farm noise complaint.
Cr McEwen said he didnt believe that particular document was confidential and he said that other documents have been released to the media and others that were of a confidential nature but havent been followed up as strenuously as this one has.
But I have no problem with what occurred today, its just the authorities doing their job.
They dealt with me respectfully and I have no problem with that.
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As shown by the enormous rally held earlier this month, there is significant public opposition to the plan to build a cable up the face of kunayi/ Mt Wellington, in Hobart.
The owners of the Cascade Brewery have been under pressure to distance themselves from the project, as the proponent has been hoping to access land owned by Cascade in South Hobart to use as the base for the cable car.
It would appear that the proponent is now seeking to use a different route up the mountain. They have been informed that they will need reapply for government approval if they decide to do so.
Peter Gutwein, the Minister for State Growth, and who is very supportive of the development, has been forced to act. In a statement released on May 17, he said that given that the proponent (Mt Wellington Cable Car Co, or MWCC) are considering a shortened route I have sought advice as to whether the Authority that allows it to undertake site investigations for the purposes of preparing a planning application to the Hobart City Council needs to be reconsidered, modified or rescinded.
While I note the company has not yet formally determined the final route, I advised the MWCC late yesterday that it will need to apply for a new Authority should they wish to proceed with a shortened route.
The government is supportive of a cable car for kunanyi/Mount Wellington and I will now await the MWCCs decision on whether it will continue with the route comprising a terminal in the vicinity of Cascade, or whether it wishes to proceed on the basis of a shortened route within the confines of the Park.
Local residents group Respect the Mountain No Cable Car notes that if there was a change in proposed route, the Government remains committed, the Organ Pipes remain in the developers sights, and the peaceful valley of Old Farm Road remains under the threat of being turned into a highway for tourists.
1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at
Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip,
caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at
Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.
1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast
1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.
1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for wilful murder in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup Rottnest prison.
1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.
1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.
1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.
1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.
1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.
1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.
1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.
1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds
1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.
1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.
1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.
1902 - William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipw...
ANGUS Kemper is one of many aspiring young basketballers set to
propel the Leongatha association to higher levels.
Angus was recently announced the winner of the Kelly Wilson Most Promising Junior Award from other nominees Belle Grabham-Andrews, Tom Hanily and Harper McLennan.
Angus Lightning coach Daryl Lyons described him as a young player with good basic skills, particularly around the basket who played some ripping games.
He is just starting to understand the game and competing against bigger opponents.
His ball skills and basketball IQ are improving and team work has always been a strong feature of this bright young fella.
Leongatha sees enormous potential for Angus who has been playing Lightning for four seasons and hopefully an opportunity for him to extend to greater heights is around the corner.
Angus is still only 13, and is already up around the 6-foot mark.
Being taller definitely helps, he said.
Hes now filling in at senior level, both in A Grade and B Grade.
He shows his versatility by dominating the boards at the junior level and dribbling more in the seniors.
I was a bit nervous before I played my first A Grade game the other night but you get used to the pace and the size of everyone pretty quickly.
He played in Lightnings Under 16 team as a bottom age player and has put no limits on where hed like to go with his basketball career.
As far as I can go! Basketball is my number one sport.
He said he likes all sports, apart from cricket. He had a year at soccer last year and is back playing footy this year for one of Leongathas Under 14 sides.
Refs rapid progression
Young referee Matt Moss from Dumbalk is one of the LBAs up and coming referees who has progressed rapidly.
We are so pleased to have him in our association, president Dan Monaghan said.
He is a polite young man who umpires A and B Grade men and won our Referee of the Year award last year and was selected to attend Basketball Victoria Countrys Under 12 Jamboree at Echuca.
More recently, he was invited to umpire at the Under 12 Country Championships in Bendigo.
BVC Referee Coordinator Karin Berrysmith sees enormous opportunities for Matt as he is eager to listen and learn.
Matt said Cathy Govers has provided plenty of advice and support.
He has the whistle three nights a week (two in Leongatha and one in Mirboo North), and said he enjoys officiating in senior games most of all.
Its more of a challenge and while every game is different, you know when you have a good one.
His next goal is to get his B Grade ticket and is look forward to further tournaments down the track.
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AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could barely stand, I gave a potted history of my work with open data and the functionality of the site to a room full of enthusiastic developers. Reactions ranged from demanding why had I not achieved moar, moar, moar in the month since I decided to create the new project to a standing ovation from one audience member who, as part of team creating a similar (internal) project for the Victorian govt was incredibly impressed that I had done the work of an entire team single-handedly and in a month!
At this point I want to issue a very belated thank you to all the people I know personally, who turned up to hear me present at LinuxConf the kindness of having so many people I recognised in the audience was not lost on me and I was very grateful for your presence
I took the feedback I got from the audience, my wider Twitter network and people I had spoken to at other events and implemented site wide changes over the top of what I had built. I spent weeks designing the navigation using a complex interplay of CSS overlays and implemented charts that are generated on the fly that also act as navigation to allow people to drill down on the data by year for that data.
This replaced the top and bottom menu bars which forced people to click on a year whether or not there was any result for that particular year. With the new approach, people see from the chart whether there is a result in a particular year then click on that bar to see the breakdown for that year.
Since launch I have added the new political donations data in February, budget data in May and I also made the Taxation Expenditure Statement (tax concessions) data interactive. I worked so hard on the site that I didnt make a single blog post for about four months. Over the past few weeks since I stopped focusing on the code and turned my attention to providing journalism based on insights (made available through the AusGov) Ive been somewhat confused about the...
EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of a special investigation, True Crime News Weekly takes a look at why long accused sexual predators such as Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle are allowed to get away with their alleged misconduct and possible crimes for so long, even in the face of a litany of complaints stretching back 40 years and involving claims of sexual abuse against schoolgirls and the alleged drugging of women. Our Melbourne correspondent Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]
The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.
Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.
Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.
The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.
Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.
Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.
I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.
The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.
This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.
It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.
John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...
1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and
named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace
1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.
1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street
1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.
1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."
1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.
1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each
1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.
1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!
1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.
1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.
1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...
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