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Playtime is over as election draws near

Feb 20 2019 Published by under 南京夜网

Close contest: Labor supporter Todd Steele and Liberal supporter Christine Bason are both Macarthur constituents.In the blue corner stands Russell Matheson (Liberal).
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A twice elected MP for Macarthur,former Campbelltown mayor and a formerAFL player for local team,the Campbelltown Blues.

In the red corner stands Dr Michael Freelander (Labor).

A paediatrician in the area for more than 30 years and arguablythe most recognisable doctor in the region.

Next Saturday, July 2, Mr Matheson and Dr Freelander will both vie for the seat of Macarthur in a contestthat’s predicted to be one of the tightest in the country.

Had the Australian Electoral Commission not adjusted the boundaries of the seat last year, Mr Matheson would have beenan unbackable favourite to extend the Liberals’ 20 year dominance of the seat.

Not any more.

The previously safe area of Camden –traditionally located in the seat of Macarthur –will become part of Hume after the election.

Effectively, everything south of Narellan Road willbelong to Hume.

Macarthur’s boundaries willshift north and take inareas including Ingleburn and Minto –currently in Werriwa, a seat held by Labor since 1952.

It means the Liberals’ comfortable margin of 11.4 per cent has been slashed to just 3.4 per cent.

Both parties have gone for broke over the past couple of months in order to secure support of locals.

Labor guaranteed to throw$50 million at thedeadly mess that is Appin Road and convert the entire length into a dual carriage way.

Twenty four hours later the Liberals committed the same amount for better “vehicle separation” along the road –but only from Rosemeadow to Appin.

The Liberals have also guaranteed more than $7 million for a sports centre of excellence at the Western Sydney University Campbelltown campus, as well as $2 million for the Badgally Road stage one extension, should they be reelected.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten pulled no punches when asked about the importance of Macarthur.

“We can’t form a government without getting Mike Freelander elected in Macarthur,” Mr Shorten said in April.

“If he wins, chances are Labor wins.”

While no one fromthe Liberal Party said they felt the same way, the ongoing presence of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Campbelltown over the last two months shows just how desperate the party isto win the seat.

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Inquest into baby’s death nears end

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Despite damning allegations that Simon Johnstoneinjured his 45-day-old babyon multiple occasions, acoroner was not asked to find that he caused his son’s death.
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During final submissions at an inquest into the death of 45-day-old infant Bjay Johnstone,Counsel assisting Lakshmi Sundram urged coroner Olivia McTaggart to find Mr Johnstone perpetrated a number of injuries suffered byhis son.

Mr Johnstone provided evidence at the inquest which cannot be published due to a non-publication order.

Ms Sundram said she providedMr Johnstonewitha summary of hersubmissions, but said he failed to attend meetings with his legal counsel and did not ask for furthersubmissions to be made on his behalf.

The inquest heardMr Johnstoneheld Bjay against a wallpressed his body weight against his son’s head and slammed him on a kitchen benchafter picking him up by the throatat theRailton home where they were living.

It heardMr Johnstone had forcefully shoved a bottle inside the infant’s mouth, tearing his frenulum, and assaulted Bjay’smother, Fleur Atkin, while she was holding him, causing her to drop the baby.

Ms Sundram urged Ms McTaggart to find that Mr Johnstone had perpetrated all of those injuries on his son.

Bjay died due to traumatic brain injuries in the Royal Hobart Hospital inNovember 2012, more than three weeksafter he was initially transferred to the Mersey Community Hospital.

During hearings that spanned ten months, the inquest heard Bjaywould have been severely handicapped if hehad survived the injuries.

The inquest heard evidence from a number of people, including Ms Atkin,his Grandmother Hellen Dykstra and uncle Ashley Richelme, police officers, Child Protective Services employees and medical staff.

Ms Sundram’s submissions included a number of recommendations about improving Tasmania Police’s validation systems and CPS’ intake reporting process.

Ms McTaggart will deliver her findings at a later date, believed to be before the end of the year.

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Look beyond Bali for a winter escape

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OPTIONS: Panorama Cruise and Travel co-owner Caroline Sage and travel consultant Georgia Best have alternative destinations for those looking to avoid Bali. 062316ptravelIF you’re after a winter getaway, there are plenty of alternatives to Bali.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australians to exercise a “high degree of caution” when considering travelling to Bali, as the popular holiday destination is now listed as a hotspot for Zika Virus.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause severe malformations in unborn babies.

Greg Tucker from Panorama Cruise and Travel said Bali is still quite a populardestination for local travellers, but people thinking of visiting the island shouldconsider the dangers.

“If they are going, make sure they take plenty of mosquito repellent and if you’re a pregnant female maybe take a look at your travel plans,” he said.

The travel agency has seen a lot ofinterest in Fiji and the Cook Islands for people who want to go somewhere warm during the colder months.

European holidays also attract a lot of Central West tourists, but they tend to be planned far in advance, and used as an opportunity to visit family.

Surprisingly, the United States has increased in popularity, with Mr Tucker saying that people have reported that “they see it as a safe destination”.

“Americans are good hosts in their own country. There are a lot of things to see and do with natural and man-made landmarks,” Mr Tucker said.

For those looking for somewhere to escape the cold, Mr Tucker recommends the Pacific Islands, Thailand and the Philippines as safer alternatives to Bali.

Travellers are encouraged to visit 梧桐夜网smarttraveller.gov419论坛 to check current warnings and advice for any destination.

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Women of the world ring a bell

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A REAL HUMDINGER: Associated Country Women of the World president Ruth Shanks, left, with CWA Wanthella group secretary Claire Lennon holding the tiny bell, group president Margaret Schofield and group vice-president Doreen Goddard. Photo: Gareth Gardner 040616GGC01A TINY little bell from the other side of the world has made its way home to Nundle CWA – via a short stint in an op shop.
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The bell, cast in the image of Saint Osyth, bears the following inscription down the side of her cloak: “Presented to Nundle branch of the CWA by the WI (Women’s Institute) of St Osyth, Essex, England, 1947”.

When a Salvation Army thrift shop volunteer (with great eyesight) found the bell in a box three years ago, and spotted the inscription, they phoned a branch member and returned it, where investigations began.

This was no mean feat, as Nundle’s early minutes had unfortunately been lost, so the internet proved an invaluable tool.

St Osyth WI records, however, were a mine of information.

They revealed Miss Biddy Payne, a past secretary and foundation member of Nundle CWA, visited the club in Essex in 1947 and received the gift to bring home to Nundle.

Wanthella group president Margaret Schofield said Miss Payne had attended a world conference in Amsterdam and asked if Nundle CWA could be paired with another similar organisation in England.

“As St Osyth WI was formed a month after our club, it was felt the two clubs could grow old together,” Mrs Schofield said.

“They formed a wonderful friendship and Nundle CWA would send over food parcels, tins of lard, fruit cakes and other items, which were hard to come by in post-warEngland where rationing ruled.”

Several legends surround Saint Osyth (or Ositha), the most fantastic of which was the young girl had her heart set on becoming a nun, buther father was against it and wanted her to marry a wealthy nobleman.

She ran away to the convent, but was executed by beheading.

Here’s where the rumour gets really interesting.

After having her head chopped off, she picked it up, ran back to the convent with it, knocked three times on the door and collapsed.

“Last weekend our branch members had the opportunity to seephotos of St Osyth,” Mrs Schofield said.

“A CWA member from Dubbo Evening branch, Ruth Shanks, is world president of the Country Women of the World, and took the opportunity to visit the club on an overseas tour.

“She found the story of the bell so fascinating, and made contact with them. Club members picked up Ruth and her husband from the station and showed them around.

“They hosted a wonderful garden party for her, with all the members’ husbands dressed in union jack waistcoats, acting as wait staff.

“The husbands call themselves WISHes – Women’s Institute Supportive Husbands.”

Mrs Schofield said members found it fascinating to see photosof the club where the tiny bell had originated.

She said their association would now continue into the future.

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Coalition to create rural health champion

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A re-elected Turnbull-Joyce Government will develop a National Rural Generalist Pathway to address rural health’s biggest issue – lack of medical professionals in rural, regional and remote areas.
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Australia’s first ever Rural Health Commissioner will be appointed to lead the development of the pathway as well as act as a champion for rural health causes.

The moves have been warmly welcomed by rural health organisations including the Rural Doctors’ Association of Queensland (RDAQ) and theRural Doctors Association of Australia.

Minister for Rural Health and Deputy Leader of the National Party, Fiona Nash, said these two measures will put rural health at the heart of Government decision making and improve access to critical health services in the bush.

“Due to the limited availability of specialist doctors in rural and remote areas, rural GPs, often known as Rural Generalists, require a significantly more diverse skills set, with the expectation of substantial after hours service,” Minister Nash said.

“Rural Generalists frequently have advanced training in areas such as general surgery, obstetrics, anaesthetics and mental health. Despite these additional skills, there is no nationally recognised scheme in place to recognise their extra skills and extended working hours.

Minister Nash said the Rural Health Commissioner will work with the health sector and training providers to define what it is to be a Rural Generalist.

“We need to get the right medical professionals with the right skills in the right places.

“As a rural person who lives hours from a major city myself, I understand rural Australia needs more medical professionals and this Pathway will help deliverthem. Queensland has a good model but we need a national approach.”

Minister Nash said the Rural Health Commissioner will work with the health sector and training providers to define what it is to be a Rural Generalist.

Importantly the Commissioner will also develop options to ensure appropriate incentives and remuneration for Rural Generalists, recognising their extra skills and hours and giving them more incentive to practice in the bush.

The President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Ewen McPhee has welcomed the initiative from Minister Nash, saying it has the capacity to make a huge difference to the health of rural Australians.

“We are really pleased at Minister Nash’s announcement to appoint a National Rural Health Commissioner, and a commitment to pursing a National Rural Generalist Training Pathway,” Dr McPhee said.

“RDAA called for the appointment of a Commissioner early in the election campaign, and it is enormously gratifying to see that it has been taken on board by the Coalition.

President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Dr Ewen McPhee.

“The role of a Commissioner will go a long way towards helping to develop a framework to support rural doctors and the right initiatives to support them in their increased scope of practice.

“Tasking the Commissioner with the development of a National Rural Generalist Training Pathway shows just how well the Coalition understands health care delivery in the bush,” Dr McPhee said.

Rural communities rely on Rural Generalist doctors, who provide advanced services on top of their general practice work in areas such as obstetrics, surgery, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, indigenous health and mental health, both in their practice and at their local hospitals.

“Many country hospitals rely on Rural Generalists to stay open,” Dr McPhee said.

“RDAA, as well as other rural health stakeholders, have been calling for a national framework to support the development of our future rural doctors, to equip them with the skills needed and support them in their increased scope of practice.

Professor Lucie Walters, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), said that the College strongly welcomes the announced intention to appoint a Rural health Commissioner whose first priority will be to develop a National Rural Generalist Pathway.

“This is important recognition not only of the importance of improving health outcomes in rural and remote communities, but also of the value of the Rural Generalist model of practice in achieving this goal,” she said.

As a first order of business, the National Rural Health Commissioner will be tasked with developing and defining the new National Rural Generalist Pathway and providing a report to Government which lays out a pathway to reform.

The Commissioner will work with rural, regional and remote communities, the health sector, universities, specialist training colleges and across all levels of Government to improve rural health policies and champion the cause of rural practice.

The Commissioner will also lead the development of the first ever National Rural Generalist Pathway, which will significantly improve access to highly skilled doctors in rural, regional and remote Australia.

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