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Rising above racism

GUNNEDAH councillor Gwen Griffen is a proud Aboriginal woman whose heart goes out to the AFL star targeted by racial slurs that have forced him into an unwelcome spotlight in recent weeks.

“I would certainly know how Adam Goodes is feeling,” Mrs Griffen told The Leader yesterday, saying she had grown up with racial taunts, ignorance and discrimination.

The recent events made her sad, she said, and inspired her to put pen to paper in a letter to The Northern Daily Leader she hopes will open people’s eyes to a problem still too commonplace.

Education, she said, was the key, but in the home rather than the classroom.

“It must begin there, with the parents, because there’s so little respect today,” she said.

“I was brought up with respect and to take people as you find them.”

In fact she rejects the term “black and white”, saying how you treat someone should have nothing to do with colour.

“It’s about the person,” Mrs Griffen said.

She said she was shocked by the taunt from the 13-year-old girl towards Goodes in a game between his team, the Sydney Swans, and Collingwood.

It was a reflection of her family though, Mrs Griffen believes, and as for Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, who went on to compound what was already an ugly situation, “thinking before you speak” is always wise.

She has developed a thick skin over the years and says many people tell her they voted her on to council because they knew she’d speak her mind.

“I don’t care what other people do or think. You only have one life and you have to live it to the best of your ability,” she said.

IT’S ABOUT RESPECT: Gunnedah Shire councillor Gwen Griffen says racism is still too commonplace but her own determination to rise above it has brought her considerable success. She’s pictured with Local Government Minister Don Page after receiving a Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government in March.

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Minister must begin managing our borders

I read about the cost breakdowns given to the Parliamentary Budget Estimates Committee regarding supporting asylum seekers next financial year.

More than a billion dollars.

However, I’m interested in the comment from a spokesman for Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor who claimed the calculations “entirely misrepresents the complexities of managing our borders”.

My question to the minister is, when are you going to start managing our borders?

Peter Lesuey,


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Koreans take look at two Armidale schools’ use of technology

IT’S NOT every day a South Korean television crew visits your school to film a documentary, but that’s exactly what happened at Duval High School yesterday.

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), which is the equivalent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was at Duval to investigate digital education in Australia and to document the leading programs offered at the Armidale school.

The TV crew plans to take the findings of their fleeting visit home to the Korean Education Board, which is in the process of implementing a digital education reform.

University of New England senior lecturer Myung-Sook Auh, who has been instrumental in organising the documentary with KBS, said the Korean government wanted to see first-hand how other countries effectively used digital technology in schools.

“The Korean government wanted to see some exemplary countries, to see what other countries are doing and what are effective ways of using digital technology, so they can import those ideas to Korea,” she said.

Dr Auh suggested Armidale’s Duval High School and Ben Venue Primary be included in the film, because they were already participating in Australia’s Asian Schools Connection program, with Duval involved in an offshoot of this, the Korean Connection Program (KCP).

As part of the KCP, students of Duval’s Year 7 Korean studies class take part in fortnightly webcasts with Korean students from Duval’s sister school, Sungduk Middle School in Daejeon City.

Tom Model, who teaches Korean studies, said the webcast program, which has been going for the past three years, was essentially a cultural exchange providing recognition and appreciation between the two countries.

“They exchange ideas and get to know how each other live their day-to-day lives,” he said.

By participating in the webcasts, students got a “well-rounded relevance” they couldn’t get from reading textbooks, Mr Model said.

He said the kids were really chuffed to receive international recognition and it was “hitting home” that they were leading the way in digital technology.

LAPTOP LUXURY: A Korean TV production crew documents laptop use by Year 9 maths students David Wilson, Kyle Donnan and Joshua Gartshorel, with teacher Brock Ford, at Duval High School yesterday. Photo: Barry Smith 040613BSB21

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LETTER: Pollution legacy for our children

WE have recently experienced the most extreme weather events ever known in Australia: the hottest January weather ever recorded in NSW; and floods in Queensland and NSW more extreme than in recorded history. The carbon price has already been responsible for a reduction of 8.6per cent of carbon emissions compared to 2011.

This means that 7.6million tonnes of carbon emissions has been prevented from entering the atmosphere.

The Renewable Energy Target has increased significantly the investment in renewable sources such as solar and wind power.

Carbon pricing has resulted in councils introducing measure to reduce land fill, so that less carbon emissions are going into the atmosphere from rotting garbage.

Do the majority of people in Australia really still want the carbon price system scrapped?

Can we look our children and grandchildren in the eyes and say we had a scheme for reducing carbon pollution, and we abandoned it?

What reasons will we give for abandoning it? Let’s have an updated survey to gauge people’s opinions.

LETTER: Still waiting for council answers 

I ATTENDED the Newcastle council meeting to discuss Stockton caravan park (‘‘Park plan lands on residents’’ Herald 27/5) and am at a complete loss.

A spokeswoman from the council said at the start of the meeting that no questions would be answered on the night – that they would be taken on notice and responded to at a later date. I tried to ask a question regarding the financial ramifications, only to be told to fill out the forms provided. I am still waiting for the response from the council to my questions. I believe the disdain the council has shown to the permanent residents is disgusting, and businesses in Stockton will be losers under the council’s master plan.

Who are these faceless people putting forward these plans? What is the council’s end game?

If they want to be entrepreneurs, they should get out into private enterprise and see how they go. The fact that council had no idea of the financial ramifications of their proposal tells me just one thing. They would fail miserably in the real world.

Co-ordinated approach the key to fight disease 

It has been encouraging to see the level of producer and industry support for the risk-management approach of the new National OJD Management Plan 2013-18.

Some producers have contacted Sheepmeat Council of Australia seeking additional information about the new national Sheep Health Statement.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the statement are available at www.ojd苏州美甲学校.au to help producers complete the statement.

In drafting the new statement, producer and industry groups were consulted extensively.

There was a strong desire for the statement to be an easy-to-use document that helps buyers to conduct a risk assessment on a consignment by quickly reviewing answers to a series of yes/no questions.

Industry also recognised that vaccination is the best tool available for reducing effects of OJD and that it is an important tool in controlling the disease spread.

Therefore vaccination status is recognised in the statement.

The form allows producers to indicate the number of years that they have been continually vaccinating against OJD, acknowledging the benefit of continuous vaccination against the disease.

The statement also includes questions on flock history and flock testing results for brucellosis, footrot and lice.

The plan gives producers the opportunity to manage risk for a number of animal health diseases, not just OJD, when buying stock.

The combination of the risk management approach, encouragement of vaccination and the statement as a decision-making tool can make a difference in reducing disease spread and improving farm productivity.

We encourage all producers to look at the statement before July 1 and to make use of this valuable risk management tool when buying sheep.

Copies of the SHS are available at www.ojd苏州美甲学校.au or by calling 1800 332 312.

Ian McColl,


Sheepmeat Council of Australia

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Charges prompt inquiry into alleged race-fixing

HARNESSRacing NSW has begun its investigation into alleged race-fixing across the North West, launching an inquiry in Tamworth yesterday.

The inquiry is looking at several races in the North West and Hunter areas, in particular between February and May this year.

Three investigators will head up the inquiry including Harness Racing NSW deputy chairman of stewards, Chris Paul, integrity officer John Zucal and former police officer, Bill Beekman.

Mr Paul said the inquiry heard from eight people who were called to appear yesterday.

“Only one man hasn’t presented himself and that is Mr Mabbott and that is on advice of his solicitor, due to the fact that he has matters before the court,” Mr Paul told The Northern Daily Leader.

Anthony Mabbott was named by media outlets last month as the 34-year-old Duri harness racing trainer charged with four offences including two counts of facilitating conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event as well as two charges of use corrupt conduct information to bet on event.

Strike Force Trentbridge raided a home on Werris Creek Rd at Duri on May 27.

He has been granted bail to appear in Tamworth Local Court on June 24.

The harness racing inquiry was prompted after raids by police attached to Strike Force Trentbridge, which has resulted in three men in total charged over alleged race-fixing incidents across both thoroughbred and harness racing.

“We are interviewing several licensed people, as in trainers and drivers,” Mr Paul said.

The interviews surrounded associations, contact, tactics and circumstances of several different races.

“We’ve asked for phone records from several licensed people that we have interviewed today and we’re also getting betting information pertaining to the races, but that’s yet to become available,” he said.

“We intend to speak with several owners after the evidence given today.

“We’ve taken a quantum of evidence and what we’ve taken today is significant, and we have got a lot of information to digest and consider.”

And they haven’t ruled out returning to the North West.

“There may be registered people who do become people of interest based on evidence we receive and the investigation,” he said.

Investigators say they need to tread carefully, but warn there will be consequences for breaching the rules.

“People could face charges under Harness Racing NSW rules and the potential penalties could be quite severe,” Mr Paul said.

“This inquiry is central to ensuring the integrity of harness racing and restoring people’s faith in the industry.

“Harness Racing NSW will thoroughly investigate and pursue any matters that have the potential to damage the image of the industry.”

Mr Paul said they want to ensure people have an understanding of the integrity department.

“There is no place for those who believe they can behave in the manner that brings the industry into disrepute,” he said.

The investigation now heads to the Hunter area today where the inquiry will hear from four people.

“Once we complete the interviews and consider the evidence, then it will be dependent on where the inquiries take us,” Mr Paul said.

Racing NSW is yet to set a date for its inquiry into the developments surrounding Strike Force Trentbridge.

Stewards have maintained they were waiting for the results of blood and urine tests from Prussian Secret, which were due to be returned on Monday.

A  MATTER  OF INTEGRITY: Harness Racing NSW deputy chairman of stewards Chris Paul is in Tamworth to investigate race-fixing allegations. Photo: Gareth Gardner 040613GGC02

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LETTER: Fatigue the road killer

IT is interesting to read the time and day factors in the fatal traffic accident data, (‘‘Hunter road carnage, Herald 3/6). The early figures might be shift workers going to and from work, some people running late and others fatigued after night shift and not being alert.

The rush to get to work and children to schools in the time frame of 8am and 9am is interesting, as is the 3pm to 5pm period.

Is there a connection between being late because children are not ready to leave home or inflexible working hours, mixed in with peak time traffic?

There could be a solution to all the problems, with better advertising stressing that leaving five minutes early is better than not arriving at all.

Fatigue will always be a killer while people ignore the need to rest and, in the case of night shift workers, be very careful driving home.

Anti-gambling initiatives given funding boost

Wollongong will soon receive new community resources to support families affected by problem gambling, thanks to a federal government funding boost.

Illawarra Legal Centre will be one of 50 community agencies across the country to receive special financial counsellors as part of a $22.6 million anti-gambling boost from Canberra.

The Warrawong-based organisation has received funding for a counsellor specifically to help family related gambling debt. The new counsellor will liaise with gaming venues, run community outreach programs and help connect problem gamblers with necessary services.

MORE: The new Illawarra gambling addict

“They will be going out in the community and working directly with parts of the community related to problem gambling,” Illawarra Legal Centre co-ordinator Truda Gray said. “It allows us to do the legwork ourselves.”

Announced last week by Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and Minister for Community Services, Julie Collins, the Illawarra is one of 17 NSW regions successful in being granted one of the new positions.

The new counsellor would join the legal centre’s existing team of three financial counsellors but would be solely focused on gambling issues related to families.

“It’s the type of debt that needs a wider support and we need work in the community to support people who have this type of debt,” Ms Gray said.

Other counsellors across Australia will find new homes within Anglicare, Mission Australia and Lifeline, among others.

For more information, contact Illawarra Legal Centre on 4276 1939.

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Illawarra Brewery takeover to quench thirsts

This weekend, The Illawarra Brewery will be pouring beers that have never been seen before in Wollongong.

David McGrath serves up a cold one ahead of The Illawarra Brewery’s 20 Tap Takeover of craft beers. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

It’s all part of the 20 Tap Takeover, where each of the taps at the brewery will, this Sunday, be given over to serving craft beer from breweries across the country.

The Illawarra Brewing Company operations manager David McGrath said most of the beers were new to the town.

MORE: The reinvention of the Illawarra Brewery

“Absolutely, the majority of them fit into that category,” Mr McGrath said.

“They’re beers that you can’t find on tap in Wollongong day-in and day-out. There are all sorts of different beers.

“I’d say there’d be about two-thirds of them which would never have been on tap in Wollongong before.”

The event would be split into two sessions on the day and brewers from across the country would be happy to answer questions about their beers.

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Mr McGrath said the event aimed to show the range of craft beer available in Australia.

But it’s not just an event for the “beer geek”, he said.

“The beers that are there are going to appeal to everybody.

“So you’re going to have some beers that beer geeks are going to love but there will still be some entry-level beers for those who are just interested in coming along,” Mr McGrath said.

MORE: Honing their craft? You Am I immortalised in beer

“We’re not segregating the market; we’re trying to make it approachable to everybody.”

While this year’s event hadn’t even happened yet, Mr McGrath said he was looking to make next year’s even bigger.

“Next year, we plan that we’ll take it to that next level, whether it goes into the stadium or across the road [Lang Park],” Mr McGrath said.

“This is an an appetiser for the local community to see how they turn out and support craft beer.”

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