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2018
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First you apologise, then you penalise

Members of the audience listen to then prime minister Julia Gillard deliver the apology at the National Apology for Forced Adoption in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra in 2013. IN1984 the Adoption Act enshrined the rights of adopted children and natural parents to information about and contact with each other.Adults over 18 were finally able to apply for their original birth certificate and records.
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If a natural parent did not want contact this was recorded in the Adoption Information Register and conveyed to their child upon application. However for adoptions before 1984, the Act did not treat natural parents equally – they could only access non-identifying information like the gender of their child.

In 2012 the Victorian Parliament apologised for the wrongful past policies and practices and “acknowledged that many thousands of Victorian babies were taken from their mothers, without informed consent, and that this loss caused immense grief “.

The apology brought validation, healing and hope for many. They felt heard and believed. The government also pledged to finally allow natural parents identifying information about their child.Hope was short-lived – the new law had a provision for ‘no contact’ statements to be lodged, which, if breached, attracted penalty fines of up to $9100. Some adoption records are known to contain misinformation about natural parents and their circumstances so decisions about contact are being made based on untruths. Yet if a mother or father writes a letter to set the record straight when a no contact statement is in place, it is a crime.

The opportunity for mothers and fathers – many of whom were victims of illegal practices when their babies were removed – to receive identifying information about their child is long overdue, and something many have not lived to see. The assumption that people now in their 60s, 70s and 80s will behave like criminals adds insult to injury. Unfortunately even the possibility of having a contact statement being placed against them is enough to deter some who are scared of the ramifications.

Most adoptees affected are in their 30s, 40s and 50s – not young children. They do not need special protective laws. This legislation perpetuates the myths that justified the immoral removal of infants – that natural parents are bad and their children need to be protected from them. Equal rights should apply to all parties to adoptions. The wishes of an adopted person can be adequately managed in the same way the wishes of natural parents have been for the last 30 years.

The pledges made at the bipartisan apology should be upheld wholeheartedly without barriers. The last thing individuals affected need is to be treated like children (adoptees) or like probable criminals (natural parents). We hope Victorian parliamentarians will seek to end this discrimination and support the repeal of contact statements in the Legislative Council this week.

Coleen Clare is the Manager of the Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (Call 1300 VANISH or go to vanish.org419论坛)Jo Fraser is the Secretary of The Association of Relinquishing Mothers (ARMS) (Call (03) 9769 0232 or go to armsvic.org419论坛)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

2018
07/28

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Bendigo Spirit signs Mathews for WNBL season

BALLARAT Rush youngsterMolly Mathews has signed with Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL.
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SIGNED AND SEALED: Molly Mathews is the latest Ballarat Rush youngster to join a WNBL roster. Picture: Lachlan Bence

She will be a development player on Bendigo’s roster for the upcoming season in what will be her first WNBL experience.

Mathews, who attended Spiritdevelopment player try-outs earlier this month, said she was looking forward to improving her game with Bendigo.

“I have always strived to play at the highest level I could.” she said.

Mathews has played all 21 games for Rush in the South Eastern Australian Basketball League this year –averaging 18 minutes.

She landed the contract after Spirit head coach Simon Pritchard watched her play forRush against Nunawading at the weekend.

Matthews said Pritchardhad offered her a position on the roster on the spot.

Mathews, who plays with Celtic Tigers in the Ballarat Basketball Association, has represented VicCountry under-16s and under-18s.She alsorepresented Australia inOceania under-19 qualifiers in New Caledonia in 2010.

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2018
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Mid-North Coast magic No.32Photos

Mid-North Coast magic No.32 | Photos WAUCHOPE: Phew … taking time out for a snack at the Wauchope caravan and camping show.
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PORT MACQUARIE: Surfers Mitch Howlett and David Long on Town Beach believe the ocean habitat can be enjoyed safely without impacting on the creatures living within it.

TAREE: Daybreak on the Manning – Harrington Wall.

BELLINGEN: Eyes on the ball.

WAUCHOPE: NSW Fire, police and ambulance were called to an accident in Cameron Street at 7am Saturday.

LAURIETON: That’d be a goal.

KEMPSEY: Sculpture in the Gaol 2015.

PORT MACQUARIE: MacKillop sleepout students Brayden De-Casto, Brenden Grainger, Molly Kalchbauer and Diana Smith.

PORT MACQUARIE: The Rural Fire Servide hazard reduction burn program is ramping up for summer.

FORSTER: Gemma Pallat’s art will stay with you forever.

NAMBUCCA: From Minions to Darth Vader, little ones charm Nambucca Heads at Book Week parade.

WAUCHOPE: More than your average teenager: Angus Gill

KEMPSEY: An argument between two service station customers has ended with a 52 year-old Beechwood man being taken to hospital for treatment for a knife wound to his hand.

TAREE: Daybreak on the Manning – Harrington Wall.

KEMPSEY: Shirley Baines and Mignon Piper are both competing with the Australian Dragon Boat Racing Team, the Auroras, at the 12th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Toronto, Canada

TAREE: Daybreak on the Manning – Harrington Wall.

TAREE: Brendan Maloney with fellow Old Bar resident Jack Scanes. In 2012 the community got behind Jack to support him through his battle with cancer.

TAREE: Mariame Diallo of Jesmond Seniors was one of these students that visited Taree High School, to break down barriers between regional students and refugees from other countries.

WINGHAM: Legendairy Comboyne celebrations have begun with a toast in milk! Residents Karen Hamilton, Margo Anderson, and Fred Handebo.

WINGHAM: 13-year-old Lucy can no longer continue her Delta Dog duties, as she is deaf and partially blind.

LAURIETON: A humorous handful of King of the Mountain competitors. Pictured left to right are: race organiser Matt Model, Naughty Ninjas Jim Dwyer, Robert Dwyer, Jude Bird, Erin Gunton, baby batman Lockie Neilson, bat boy Ethan Neilson, Kristie Neilson, Neil ‘Superman’ McIntosh and Glen O’Brien Camden Haven Surf Club president.

LAURIETON: Coming through …

PORT MACQUARIE: Hastings Valley Vikings captain Andrew West is, like his team, having a cracking season in 2015.

FORSTER: The two loves of Lorraine Kendall’s life are Bear the Tibetan Mastiff and her husband Christopher.

KEMPSEY: Geoff Tallents proudly displays the Legion of Honour he was awarded by the French government for his role in the liberation of France in WWII. Mr Tallents was a bomb-aimer with 460 Squadron RAAF.

KEMPSEY: Sculpture in the Gaol 2015.

NAMBUCCA: Peter Grace, Edna Stride and Jenna Glasson can’t wait for the inaugural Rotary beer and wine tasting afternoon on Saturday, August 22.

BELLINGEN: A team talk …

WAUCHOPE: Brad and Barbara Chapman with Ray and Sue Worboys enjoy the sunshine and the variety of exhibitors at the Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fishing & Boat Show at Wauchope Showground.

PORT MACQUARIE: Glen and Kylie Morris with children Riley and Kirra. The family has concerns about a pedestrian crossing on Hastings River Drive.

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First you apologise, then you penalise

Members of the audience listen to then prime minister Julia Gillard deliver the apology at the National Apology for Forced Adoption in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra in 2013. IN1984 the Adoption Act enshrined the rights of adopted children and natural parents to information about and contact with each other.Adults over 18 were finally able to apply for their original birth certificate and records.
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If a natural parent did not want contact this was recorded in the Adoption Information Register and conveyed to their child upon application. However for adoptions before 1984, the Act did not treat natural parents equally – they could only access non-identifying information like the gender of their child.

In 2012 the Victorian Parliament apologised for the wrongful past policies and practices and “acknowledged that many thousands of Victorian babies were taken from their mothers, without informed consent, and that this loss caused immense grief “.

The apology brought validation, healing and hope for many. They felt heard and believed. The government also pledged to finally allow natural parents identifying information about their child.Hope was short-lived – the new law had a provision for ‘no contact’ statements to be lodged, which, if breached, attracted penalty fines of up to $9100. Some adoption records are known to contain misinformation about natural parents and their circumstances so decisions about contact are being made based on untruths. Yet if a mother or father writes a letter to set the record straight when a no contact statement is in place, it is a crime.

The opportunity for mothers and fathers – many of whom were victims of illegal practices when their babies were removed – to receive identifying information about their child is long overdue, and something many have not lived to see. The assumption that people now in their 60s, 70s and 80s will behave like criminals adds insult to injury. Unfortunately even the possibility of having a contact statement being placed against them is enough to deter some who are scared of the ramifications.

Most adoptees affected are in their 30s, 40s and 50s – not young children. They do not need special protective laws. This legislation perpetuates the myths that justified the immoral removal of infants – that natural parents are bad and their children need to be protected from them. Equal rights should apply to all parties to adoptions. The wishes of an adopted person can be adequately managed in the same way the wishes of natural parents have been for the last 30 years.

The pledges made at the bipartisan apology should be upheld wholeheartedly without barriers. The last thing individuals affected need is to be treated like children (adoptees) or like probable criminals (natural parents). We hope Victorian parliamentarians will seek to end this discrimination and support the repeal of contact statements in the Legislative Council this week.

Coleen Clare is the Manager of the Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (Call 1300 VANISH or go to vanish.org419论坛)Jo Fraser is the Secretary of The Association of Relinquishing Mothers (ARMS) (Call (03) 9769 0232 or go to armsvic.org419论坛)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

2018
07/28

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Seeking Wallendbeen’s war history

CIRCA 1915: The Kangaroo marchers near Wallendbeen.Source: Australian War MemorialAs the re-enactment of one of the most significant WWI recruiting marches through southern NSW draws near, the Wallendbeen Kangaroo March organising committee are appealing for help from across the district in providing the historical background and human context for the event.
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The march will arrive at Wallendbeen on Sunday, September 13, where Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove will inspect the troops.

“We are now looking for as much information as possible about the men whose names appear on the honour roll at the Wallendbeen Hall,” organising committee member Mike Baldry said.

“We’d like to find out what happened to them so that we can also understand the impact of war on those families and the community.”

He said that committee members have been researching the resources of the Australian War Memorial, the AIF and other online archives.

They have accessed basic service details for local men, but want to broaden their knowledge.

The committee would welcome more information and local input, whether it relates to family members, memorabilia or historical records.

“We’re interested in understanding why the men enlisted, and also what happened to them. Did they survive the war? How did they cope with life afterwards? Some of them may have been given soldier settlement blocks, for example, or have been injured in a way the affected them for the rest of their lives,” Mike said.

Photographs from the time and digital images from the War Memorial’s collection will also be on display.

The Memorial and the National Library both have substantial collections of material related to Colonel (later General) Kenneth Mackay, who was responsible for recruiting an army reserve at the time and had raised the first Australian volunteer cavalry troop.

“We’ll have images of his sword and sabre, part of his kit and also photographs of the Light Horse,” Mike said.

Governor General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson inspected the original Kangaroo March volunteers at Wallendbeen in 1915 as a guest of Colonel Mackay.

The present Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, is keen to re-trace his predecessor’s footsteps when he visits the village.

He will be joined by retired General Paul Stevens who will assist with official duties.

General Stevens followed his service command in artillery by serving on the Repatriation Commission, the statutory authority responsible for supporting Australian veterans.

He later became the Director of the Office of Australian War Graves.

The re-enactment begins at midday as the marchers leave the Wallendbeen cemetery.

The march continues to the Wallendbeen cenotaph for the commemorative service and thence to the Wallendbeen Oval, where the Governor General will take the eyes right salute.

The Cootamundra Pony Club and Federation Guard will both take part in the formal inspection.

There will be plenty of other historical references: the hunt is on for farm and other heavy machinery from the era while Wallendbeen and Stockinbingal school children are practising music from the time and other pieces composed especially for the re-enactment.

A producers’ fair showcasing the district will also be held on the Wallendbeen Oval throughout the day.

If you would like to contribute your family memories or historical material for the display, contact Mike Baldry on (02) 6386 6253.

Further details, please contact David Jacobs (02) 6943 2621, or [email protected]南京夜网.

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2018
07/06

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LETTER: Awards recogniseefforts of carers

NOMINATIONS for the National Carers Awards are now open. The awards were developed to recognise the efforts of paid and unpaid carers and foster carers at work across Australia.
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There are four categories under which a carer can be nominated: Young carers (aged 26 and under); foster and kinship carer; family carers (unpaid and caring for a family member or friend); and Caring in the Country – an award for unpaid carers in rural and remote locations.

There are more than 2.7million unpaid carers in Australia providing essential support to someone in need.

I encourage anyone in Newcastle who knows of a carer supporting someone in need to nominate them for one of the awards listed above.

Nominations close on September 6, and can be made by going to the National Carer Awards website, carerawards南京夜网419论坛.

Scot MacDonald MLCParliamentary Secretaryfor the Hunter

2018
07/06

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LETTER: Local councillorsunder scrutiny

REGARDING financial claims by our state and federal parliamentarians: I feel the need to advise the general public who are not aware, that of all the levels of government, elected councillors in local councils would have to be the most scrutinised of all, and rightly so.
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Each July a council will provide a form, ‘‘Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return’’, to be completed and returned to that council.

The form must disclose ‘‘real property we have an interest in, nature of that interest.’’

All sources of income must be provided, including trusts, pensions, renumerations, gifts received, name of donor, contributions to travel, name of any corporation in which the councillor held a position or interest, positions in trade unions, professional or business associates, debts owed to, name and address, dispositions of property owned by councillor.

The Electoral Commission also provides a form annually under Section 449 of the Local Government Act 1993, which is the ‘‘Disclosure of Political Donations & Electoral Expenditure for L.G. Councillors’’.

One has to disclose if political donations were received and no electoral expenditure was incurred during the disclosure period.

Donations received cover money, gifts, service, sale of a ticket or other item for a fundraising venture. Loans from whom. Political donations made by elected member to another member or political party.

The above information may hopefully give our constituents some reassurance.

Councillor Val Scott,Singleton

2018
07/06

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LETTER: Candidate qualityis questionable

THE Liberal Party website states: ‘‘Across Australia, the Liberal Party has more than 80,000 members.’’ Wikipedia shows the Labor Party membership at 53,930 (2014).
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A quick check of the Australian Electoral Commission website reveals 15,195,017 enrolled voters. Correct me if I’m wrong but does that mean the two major parties have a combined membership base that is 0.0088 per cent of the eligible voter population.

I am no statistician but this looks like a very small percentage.

If you factor in that the candidates presented by the parties at elections are from within their own ranks, then the ‘‘quality’’ of the candidate has to be questioned. Did you know that there are more people on the waiting list to join the Melbourne Cricket Club than there are rank-and-file members in all Australian political parties put together?

Does that mean we would have a better chance of finding ‘‘quality’’ political representation from the members of this waiting list?

Week after week we are exposed to politicians’ self-interests, dubious decisions and total disregard for common sense, science, future generations and reality in general.

Have to go now, my helicopter is here and I have to meet 0.0044% of my fellow Australians.

Alan McGaughey,Wallsend

2018
07/06

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LETTER: Let’s look to a cleaner future

WHAT a breath of fresh air to see a Hunter MP acknowledge the reality facing our region’s economy (‘‘Clean energy Hunter’s future’’ Herald 13/8).
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Pat Conroy is right – the world is kicking its coal habit.

Coal is a dirty old technology that’s destabilising the planet’s climate system and harming human health at every stage of its cycle – from mining, to burning, to warming our atmosphere.

With the price of renewable energy plummeting, nobody should be surprised that the nations of the world are dumping coal for better alternatives.

Those in our region with emotional or economic commitment to coal would like to believe that the current ‘‘downturn’’ is cyclical – like it has been before. But they’re dreaming in my view.

The coal industry is in terminal decline, as mainstream economists and banks – including Goldman Sachs – now recognise.

So what are we going to do? Allow our region to be left in the past? Or embrace the future?

The choice is pretty clear, but the coal industry is used to getting its way in the Hunter, and doesn’t take kindly to criticism.

Congratulations Pat Conroy for standing up for a better future for the Hunter.

Steve Phillips,Hamilton

2018
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Shire rates notices on the way

RATES notices are on their way to Mount Alexander Shire ratepayers.
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Council says households can expect the notices to arrive next week, with the first of four installments due by the endof September.

Further installments are due November 30, February 28 and May 31.

Council issues reminder notices at least 14 days before each installment to help reduce theimpact of lost and mislaid rates notices.

Ratepayers are advised that council continues to offer payment of rates and associatedcharges by installment only.

This year, council has developed an information sheet on how to read your rate notice toassist ratepayers understand the different terminology used.

Rates are payable by BPAY, BPAY View, in person at Australia Post offices or the civic centre, or via council’s website.

The Fire Services Levy Property Charge which is levied by the StateGovernment, will be included on rates notices.

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