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Archive for January, 2019

Nauru files read in Hobart

NAURU: Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim has read extracts from the ‘Nauru Files’.
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Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim has readaccounts of life inside Australian offshoredetention centresas part of protests occurring across the country this week.

Volunteers assembled in public areas haveread extracts from more than 2,000 incident reports takenfrominsidetheNauru detention centre.

The documents –known as the‘Nauru files’–were published bythe media earlier this yearand highlight the treatment of asylum seekersin immigration detention.

The filesinclude allegations of sexual abuse, self-harm and assault.

Hobart event spokeswoman Lili Calitz said the vigil aimed to hold the government to account for their treatment of asylum seekers on the remote pacific island, and call for all offshore detentioncamps to be closed.

“We want to send a message to the government and Opposition that the abuse, assault and conditions detailed in the Nauru reports must end, and that they must take responsibility for their poor decisions,” Ms Calitz said.

“Most of all, we want to see Australia’s offshore detention camps shut down.”

Hobart readings on the corner of Elizabeth and Macquarie streets began at 8.00am on Friday morning and will continue until 7.00pm.

Similar events have taken place in capital cities across Australia throughout the week.

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Market’s growth strategy

TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Stallholder Jackie O’Reilly, left, of Wirrabara, hands fresh produce to market committee member Jodie Trimble. The committee conducted two opinion surveys. Photo: Hip Photography
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New directions are being explored for the Port Pirie Producers’ Market.

PRODUCE: Fresh fruit and vegetables are popular with market crowds.

Market committee spokeswoman Georgina Bickley told The Recorder that the event may be expanded in size and scope.

This comes after two surveys were conducted with stallholders and customers.

The future directions were mentioned in a the market’s first quarterly newsletter distributed on Sunday, December 11.

The stallholder survey was conducted electronically while the customer feedback was gained face-to-face with loyal supporters and visitors.

Eighteen stallholders responded to the survey with 11 saying they are highly likely to continue in their role with six likely to continue and only one unlikely to do so.

The stallholders were overwhelmingly satisfied with the location. All were satisfied to some degree with the organisation of the market.

Comments included that they were happy with the “nice start and end with Deb’s announcements –good team job”.

Thoughts for future directions included encouraging more buyers and expanding the market to include greater variety of stalls apart fromfood offerings.

Some said a strategy was needed for wet and windy weather.

Twenty-eight customers were interviewed with most living in Port Pirie and surrounding towns.

Most customers spent between $21 and $40 followed closely by those spending up to $20.

Fresh produce was by far the most popular item followed by the variety of stalls and friendly atmosphere.

Most were happy with the market.

Female customers were greater in number than males and the age group was mostly older than 60 followed by 40-to-60-year-olds.

The committee identified possible changes to ensure the market continues to grow.

One change may be to allow new and varied stallholders to take part.

This would mean a change to the “Make It, BakeIt, Grow It, Sew It” focus of the event.

“This will need to be handled carefully if we wish the eclectric feel of the market to remain as this was what came through clearly with customers and stallholders alike,” the newsletter said.

Next moves willinclude talks with the Port Pirie Regional Council about expanding the area, notifying stallholders of proposed changes and approaching potential new stallholders and partners.

“Exciting and challenging times are ahead as the market moves towards these new future directions,” the newslettersaid.

The committee thanked stallholders and residents for their feedback.

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Local music gets loud

The countdown is on until a weekend of pure artistic hedonism hits Ballarat.
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Time for fun: Emily French and Abbey Panosh from the Australian Irish Dance Company will entertain at the SongWays festival. Picture: Dylan Burns

New annual festival SongWays will be held October 14 to 16 –a smorgasbord of sound that will reach out into the various nooks and crannies of Ballarat’s existing music venues.

It will tie in with the openingof the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s second go hosting the Archibald Prizeexhibition.

SongWays is a key feature of the City of Ballarat’s newLive Music Strategic Plan, which it has been squirreling away at for 18 months, and has ambitious plans of putting Ballarat on the map as a go-to destination for local and live music.

The line-up itself is comprehensive and features a range of free and ticketed events, with all artists having a strong Ballarat connection.

Live Music Committee spokesperson, councillor Belinda Coates, said it was exciting to see the action items start getting ticked off the strategic plan.

“It’s terrific that it will coincide with the Archies as well, so it will really activate the city at a time when it’s really buzzing,” she said.

City ofBallaratarts and culture managerDaniel Henderson said SongWays would demonstrate the type of music-embracing community Ballarat was home to.

“It builds the vibrancy and the notion that Ballarat is a city of music, a city of creativity, and it’s a chance to embrace and recognise local creative talent,” he said.

“The notion of it is activating our city through live music and empowering our businesses to create cultural tourism opportunities.”

Busking organiser Amie Sexton said on Saturday October 15, residents could expect to see Bridge Mall come to life with buskers and roaming performers all day. She also said an open mic spot would be open for anyone willing to have a go.

Highlights will include free live music across the city on Friday night, amusicalextravaganza at Suttons House of Music on Saturday, anda Sunday chill session at the Main Bar featuring Geoffrey Williams,Paige Duggan Quartet andMichael Westlake Trio.

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THE abuse of children –particularly by people in positions of power and trust – must never be condoned nor forgotten.
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Bishop Gerard Hanna

This week, the Catholic Bishop of Wagga Gerard Hanna gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, conceding that he was aware of the previous behaviour convicted paedophile priest John Farrell when he came under his charge in 1984.

Bishop Hanna was the administrator of a parish in Tamworth when his bishop told him he was sending Farrell there.

“The bishop said, ‘Oh, you know Gerry, it’s that usual thing. He was messing around with altar boys’,” Bishop Hanna said.

When asked what was meant by “the usual thing”, Bishop Hanna told the commission: “It wasn’t unknown … that there were priests who used altar boys.”

There is no defence for people who have turned a blind eye to those who prey on the most vulnerable in our communities.

Priests are among the most trusted members and therefore have a higher duty of care to weed out such perpetrators.

Bishop Hanna was undoubtedly placed in a difficult position.

The moral and ethical contest that faced clergy during these times was significant but sadly, the silence was deafening.

At a time when many children were being abused, those in positions of power and influence turned a blind eye to the crimes and the result of their inaction has seen countless lives ruined – and many cut tragically short.

History will judge those who knew of this abuse harshly – as it should.

But there also needs to be an understanding and acknowledgment of what was expected in the various religious and community organisations where such crimes were carried out.

There was a culture of silence and those who spoke out did so at great risk.

Was Bishop Hanna right to admit his knowledge or would he have been better to do what so many others have done and claim no understanding of the activities of paedophile priests?

It could be argued that the bishop’s efforts to “control” Farrell while under his watch was a commendable action, however the fact that he went on to abuse more children after leaving Tamworth weighs heavily on those who allowed their commitment to the church outweigh a responsibility to the wider community.

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Theworst thing about writing a column for Saturday’s Border Mail is you often get beaten to the punch.
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And so it was this week with yesterday’s editorial, which lauded the use of social media.

It was in relation to the finding oflost childBen Dean.

It was a particularly worrying time for his family, andfor the whole community, which rose to the occasion.

Not only did Facebook play a role in finding Ben,but the family would have gained some comfort from the upwelling of support for them.

Without wanting to be a simpering sycophant, I have to say the editorial was right on the money.Sure, there are some creeps who use social media to do all sorts of sick things.But as the editorial points out, the good outweighs the bad.

I always wonder about people who bag social media without ever using it.

One criticism is they “don’t want to know what somebody had for breakfast and all that other rubbish”.Or that social media is ruining relationships between people and you should just ring people up rather than sending some sort of text message.

Why?I have more than850 “friends” on Facebook, and it is because of that social media tool I have been able to track down people I have not seen for years and start up a relationship with them.

And how would I know when all of their birthdays were, or the good or bad things that were happening in their lives and be able to send them a message.

That is before you even get to group pages that help different organisations advertise what they are doing and it doesn’t cost them a cent.

The same goes for Linked In, Instagram and all the rest.

When I was a journalist, Twitter was invaluable as it let me know about news as it was happening and helped me address the issues that were raised in it.

The bottom line is that social media does not damage personal communications –it enhances them enormously.

A recent experience – although nowhere as serious as the disappearance of young Ben – highlighted to me just how valuable social media is.

Our hound, Barbara, escapedfrom home last week,but we did not realise that until early the next morning.

The Lioness and I spent most of Saturday driving around South Albury looking for her, as did many of our friends.

It was a bit of a worry because she is more than17yearsold and has no hearing at all.And absolutely no road sense.

It was gut-wrenching, because she has played a huge part in our family’s life.

And, becauseshe has gone on that many adventures before, we reckoned she had used up all of her nine lives.

I know that’s supposed to onlyrelateto cats,but I reckon it applies to canines also.

This is where Facebook comes into it.

The Princes Legend immediately posted a photo of our hound, with a comment attached.

It ended up having 140 shares and messages of support started flooding in.

Unbeknown to us, the Albury pound posts pictures of animals that have been handed in by rangers and others.

A heap of people saw the post and then immediately posted the news as to where Barbara was.Situation sorted.

So,if you are not using social media I reckon you are missing a big opportunity.

And you’re in serious danger of being left way behind the rest of us.

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