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Federal election: Gellibrand Q&A, Tim Watts

Gellibrand candidate Tim Watts, who hopes to retain the safest Federal seat for Labor in Australia, discusses his campaign withWeeklyreporter Benjamin Millar.
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Q: Let’s start with a quick introduction for those unfamiliar with you – who is Tim Watts?

A: I’ve spent the majority of my career in the private sector. I started off my career as a corporate lawyer in the telecommunications sector. I spent a couple of years doing that before jumping in to work for Stephen Conroy developing the NBN.

I’d been doing multi-billion dollar transactions at Mallesons and when Steve Conroy got the Communications portfolio I jumped across to work with him. I worked on the NBN there for a few years, in the middle of which I went to London for a year to do my Masters at the London School of Economics,came back and did a brief stint with John Brumbythen went to Telstra to work as the regulatory affairs manager.

One the personal front I’ve got two small children, a two-year-old daughter and a six-month old son. My wife is a Chinese immigrant, she came to Australia when she was in primary school. We speak two languages at home – Cantonese and English, which has been great on the campaign trail, being able to relate to more than 60 per cent of residents of Gellibrand who have at least one member of their family born overseas. That’s what my family looks like as well, so it makes it easy to relate.

Q. How did you come to be involved in politics?

A. My mum was a union delegate so she always instilled in me the importance of the Labor mission. I joined the Labor party in 2000, so some time ago. In our household there was always conversation about the Labor mission of lifting people up. It was always about expanding opportunities both economically and socially and I think this government has a very good record on that. From my side of the family we’re sixth generation Australian, they’ve been around since the 1850s. On my wife’s side she’s first generation. So I like to say that my kids are both seventh generation and second generation, both old and new Australia, the best of our modern society.

Q. When did you first consider running for Gellibrand?

A: I think Nicola Roxon’s retirement [announcement in February] was a surprise to us all; it was at that moment that I started considering it. I don’t usually comment on internal party matters, but I didn’t know that Nicola was going to resign and when she did that’s when I started thinking about it.

Q. What drew you to federal rather than state or local politics?

A. Federal politics is the big game. It’s where you can have the big impact on people’s lives. You look at the last government, a change like trebling the tax-free threshold is not something you see discussed much at all, but I think it’s one of the great progressive achievements of this government. It’s a reform that means more money in the back pocket of low-income earners every month. If you haven’t lived pay packet to pay packet or month by month you don’t know how important that is, but that’s made a significant change to the lives of tens of thousands of people in Gellibrand.

You can speculate on why the media’s not interested in it, it’s not glamorous, but it’s made a substantial change in people’s lives. As indeed has the government’s superannuation reforms. Moving superannuation from 9 to 12 per cent is going to mean tens of thousands of dollars more at retirement age for people in this electorate. So when you say what attracts you to federal politics, I suppose it’s where you make the macro changes to people’s lives.

Q. If those are the things about which you feel Labor can be proud, where do you see steps such as cuts to single-parent payments, the proposed ‘boot-camp’ for the dole and the long-term lag in Newstart payments behind pensions?

A. There’s no doubt as the fiscal situation tightens, Labor has had to make some very tough choices. But I think if you look at the choices that have been made Labor has prioritised work incentives. Labor has always been the party of work and the party that has put the dignity of work first, so I fully appreciate they are painful cuts. I was raised in a single parent environment. My father was very involved in my childhood, so I can appreciate how difficult that environment is but like I say on the overall level they are changes that prioritise work.

One of my political mentors said Labor’s mission should be winning centuries, it shouldn’t be focussed on winning elections, it should be winning centuries. What he meant by that was Labor’s job is to change the terms of the political debate. We’re a party of government, we’re not a protest party, so our objective needs to be over time winning the public debate, winning the debate with voters on issues. The best example of this is Labor’s introduction of Medicare… Changing the terms of political debate is the real challenge for us.

Q. If it’s Labor’s job to lead the political debate, why were the first two big policy shifts upon Kevin Rudd’s return to the leadership moving from a carbon tax to an ETS, and the PNG solution in asylum seeker policy – the two areas that have been the primary focus for the Opposition’s attack on the government?

A. Moving forward the transition from carbon tax to an emissions trading system was a sensible decision. It maintains pricing carbon, it delivers the right investment signals to industry, saying their will be a carbon price going forward so invest accordingly. I think that makes sense as a way to address what is a global problem.

The asylum seeker issue is very similar to that. It’s an issue that causes a lot of strong emotion on both sides of the issue. I think that’s because it’s complex. It’s complex both from a policy sense and from a moral sense. I make no reflections upon people who come here by boat, large numbers of asylum seekers who come here by boat are genuine refugees, however while they may be very visible, the people who are less visible in this debate are asylum seekers in Kenyan refugee camps, in other refugee camps in other places in Asia.

In Gellibrand there are very large populations of South Sudanese, of Karen refugees. I want an asylum policy that is fair across all asylum seekers. Clearly we can’t take everyone in the world who is seeking asylum. The numbers are just too great for any one country, but within the numbers that we can take, we take people not on the basis of either geographical or financial circumstance, but on some kind of principal. We’ve increased the resettlement quota from under 10,000 under John Howard to now 20,000 with a view to increasing it to 29,000 and that’s something that directly benefits families in this electorate.

I think it’s a complex issue but one we have a strong story to tell on. More broadly, I don’t want the issue of asylum seekers who arrive by boat undermining support in the general community for Australia’s multicultural society. Australia has an exceptional story to tell, it has made multiculturalism work in a way Germany and the US and other European countries haven’t. Out migrant communities in many respects are more successful than established Australians and that’s extraordinary. I wouldn’t want the issue of asylum seekers undermining support for that success.

Q. Voters and your opponents have been raising the fact you are living in Fitzroy rather than in Gellibrand. What do you say to the view you are in less of a position to be on top of local issues?

A. I will be moving to Footscray in the near future, as soon as I can manage the practicalities of the move. I recognise it is a legitimate issue for people and I’m trying to make the move as soon as I can.

Q. Labor has been trying to move away from perceptions seats like this don’t necessarily have local representation, how does this situation change that?

A. I won a ballot of local party members, it’s not anything imposed on anybody. An electorate like Gellibrand has very high expectations of its members. They expect they have a strong Labor voice standing up for their interests, and I fully intend to be that.

Q. What are the main things people have been raising with you as you have been campaigning?

The number one issue by far is jobs. People look at the global economic environment and they feel unsure about their personal economic circumstances, they want a government that puts [the voters’] jobs first. That comes out very clear in areas like Sunshine, Altona, Ardeer. That’s what makes it all the more galling to see that in Altona we’ve got thousands of jobs at the Toyota plant, this government has got a very strong record of co-investment in Toyota and Australian car manufacturers and all of that government commitment is at risk under a Coalition government.

Tony Abbott said the other day that Labor’s auto co-investment policy is a band-aid – if the Liberal candidate for Gellibrand shares that view, he ought to go out to the Altona plant and look the thousands of workers in the eye and tell them that, that the government support that is ensuring their jobs is just a band-aid.

Q. Are you confident there will be an auto industry in Melbourne’s west and in Australia in five, ten and twenty years’ time?

A. [The people of] Australia believethat the Australian auto industry is not just a major part of our economic past but a big part of our economic future. Auto manufacturing is where we do our most cutting edge innovation in manufacturing. It’s entirely IT-driven, it’s cutting-edge stuff and it’s a platform industry for other parts of the economy. It helps us develop heavy mining equipment and develop other manufacturing industries that are growing very strong at the moment. Auto manufacturing has a very strong future in Australia under a Labor government. It has a very big question mark over it under a Coalition government.

Q. You mentioned the Labor party is a governing party, not a party of protest, but if you were to fall into Opposition how could you be an effective representative?

A. Unfortunately Labor members for Gellibrand have been in Opposition in the past, so I’d look to that for a model. I think Nicola Roxon has been a very effective advocate for the area from Opposition, her advocacy around health care services in the west, particularly around the MRI machine, delivered real outcomes to the area from Opposition. That being said I fully expect the Rudd government to be re-elected. It’s got a record that deserves re-election.

Q. Do you believe there could have been a Julia Gillard government after the election?

A. Julia left a very substantial policy legacy, that’s a legacy that we can take to voters. But that’s hypothetical now.

Q. Do you think people are comfortable with how that transition back to Kevin Rudd occurred?

A. Those kinds of issues I don’t hear from voters. All in all there’s been a good reaction to Kevin coming back. I’ve had a lot of people approaching me in the streets or at railway stations come up to me and say Kevin Rudd thumbs up, so there’s a lot of affection out there for him, but again that’s not to denigrate Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s impressive record. People just want to know they have a leader out there in Canberra looking out for them and Kevin Rudd ticks that box.

Q. Given we’ve had these internal wrangles so much in the spotlight, do you think there is fatigue in the electorate before the campaign even begins?

There’s no doubt Labor is strongest when it’s looking outwards. We’ve spent much of the last four years focusing in, but I can definitely say in this election campaign we’re focussed very much on what voters care about – managing the economy in a way that protects jobs, managing the transition of the Australian economy away from the mining boom. As I say, people want to hear about both the government and the Opposition policies to deal with this. There is a sense of change in the electorate, economic change, and people are very interested to hear how that can be managed. I can tell you they don’t want that managed with a carbon copy of European austerity measures, where government services and investment is cut and jobs are thrown on the bonfire of ideological vanities.

Q. With the Chinese appetite for Australian resources dwindling, what can the government do on the economic front?

A. There’s no doubt we need a renewed focus on productivity, Kevin Rudd has made that very clear in the National Productivity Agenda. Productivity is an abstract term, but at the end of the day we have got to work out how to make more with less. Something like the Melbourne Metro that Federal Labor has committed $3 billion for is a major productivity enhancing investment. It cuts down the amount of time that people waste in commuting every day. It’s more of the day they can spend in their workplace and at home with their family, in their private lives. You look at particular issues in the west like untreated diabetes. We can’t address the diabetes crisis we have in society by cutting preventative health. We need to focus on managing the change in the economy, but to do that we need to make sure that we’re making smart investments.

Q. So you see the Melbourne Metro as a priority project ahead of the East-West Link?

Federal Labor has been very clear we take an evidence based approach to infrastructure investment. Labor allocated $3 billion to the project. The state Liberal party hasn’t done it’s homework on the east-west. It was late to submitting any form of material to Infrastructure Australia and what they have submitted, based on what is publicly available, is manifestly inadequate. A road that doesn’t even reach the west – I’m not sure how that is going to help take trucks off streets in the west.

Debbie Dunwoody to leave MLC following Rosa Storelli saga

Supporters at a rally for the ousted MLC principal Rosa Storelli in September last year. Photo: Luis Enrique AscuiThe prestigious Methodist Ladies College has revealed it has hired a new principal for next year following an “extensive international” search.
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The school’s current principal, Debbie Dunwoody, has announced she will move to Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Ms Dunwoody had filled the role at MLC after the controversial dismissal of former principal Rosa Storelli.

MLC is yet to reveal who will replace Ms Dunwoody. MLC board chair Louise Adler told ABC radio the new principal was an ‘‘outstanding educationalist’’.

‘‘She has impeccable qualifications and she’s requested time to finalise arrangements at her current school.’’

Ms Adler said Ms Dunwoody had been appointed principal at the college last year with a contract lasting until the end of the 2013 school year.

“I would like to acknowledge Debbie Dunwoody, who has provided exceptional leadership both as principal and throughout two decades of service to the college,” Ms Adler said.

Ms Dunwoody will take over at Camberwell in term two next year. The school said she would be the sixth principal there since 1927.

MLC has also released its much-anticipated governance review. It acknowledged Ms Storelli’s termination in September last year but does not directly address it.

“The objective is rather to recommend any changes so that if similar circumstances arose in the future, there would be greater trust in the decision-making process,” the review said.

It also recommends a “ceremonial role” for the “visitor”, who is a representative of the Uniting Church. Part of the visitor’s role is to assist in the resolution of disputes.

Review author Libby Klein said the visitor’s role had “so much uncertainty it was counterproductive and should become ceremonial”.

Uniting Church moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson held the role of visitor. She had previously criticised the MLC board’s handling of Ms Storelli’s dismissal.

How the story developed…

September 2012:MLC principal in shock after sacking over moneySacked MLC principal slams ‘bully’ boardSchool wants $700,000 from principalMLC directors ‘could not forgive’School takes church to courtMLC parents demand board reinstates sacked principal

November 2012:Battle for positions at MLC

July 2013:MLC reveiw delayed as principal search goes on

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Reids Flat bridge expected to reopen to traffic

Following a comprehensive investigation process, Boorowa Council is pleased to announce that a temporary solution has been found to reopen Reids Flat Bridge to traffic.
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The bridge is now open to single lane traffic and has a 20 tonne load limit.

Initially Council was unable to find any suitable temporary bridging structures through the Roads and Maritime Services or the Special Emergency Service.

A lead eventually came forward from one of the RMS’s bridge staff that resulted in finding an ex-army temporary bridge structure owned by a private contractor.

Council has been fortunate to have the support of the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay, in accessing RMS specialist resources.

“Minister Gay has ensured RMS staff have provided advice and support within their own very limited resources and it is unlikely we would be reopening the bridge this early had it not been for this support,” said Boorowa Council Mayor Wendy Tuckerman.

Although the bridge will be reopened for a period, there is not yet any guarantee that it will remain open whilst repairs to the existing bridge take place.

“Tenders are currently being called for repair works and we will be working with prospective contractors with the aim of keeping the bridge open to traffic whilst works happen,” said Boorowa Council Acting General Manager Anthony McMahon.

Council reiterates that restoring access across the Reid’s Flat River has been at the top of its agenda.

“We have continued to work hard to assist our rural residents and this will remain the case until the Reids Flat Bridge is finally repaired,” said Mayor Tuckerman.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Council on (02) 6380 2000.

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Geelong mayor Keith Fagg expected to resign

Speculation is rife that Geelong’s first directly elected mayor is expected to resign from the position today after 10 months in the job.
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Councillor Keith Fagg is expected to resign from the position on Friday.

Cr Fagg and the CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, Stephen Griffin, will attend a media conference at 12.30pm.

Press reports suggest health issues are the reason for Cr Fagg’s departure, but council representatives were unable to confirm that.

It remains unclear how the position will be filled.

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Who’s got the biggest pay packet?

Mining workers now earn almost twice as much as workers in manufacturing. Western Australians now average 24 per cent bigger pay packets than Victorians. And soaring mining and construction wages have widened the gender gap in earnings.
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New figures from the Bureau of Statistics show that men working in WA now have the nation’s highest pay packets, at $1936 for a full-time week. In 2003 they were below the national male average – but since then, the average male wage in WA has soared 89 per cent.

Nationally, men on average now get paid 26 per cent more than women, up from 24 per cent a decade ago.

No such luck for blokes in the south-east. In 2003, men working in NSW were second only to those in Canberra, with an average pay packet of $1086 for a full-time week. But in the past decade, their wages rose less than any other group, up just 43 per cent to $1454.

WA has had by far the biggest wage growth. Its average full-time wage for men and women rose 87 per cent, almost twice the average 45 per cent pay rise in NSW, or 47 per cent in Victoria. It has even overtaken the ACT.

The average full-time wage in the mining industry has shot up 72 per cent in the past decade, to $2478 a week, almost $130,000 a year. Mining workers had the biggest pay rise of any industry, just ahead of construction workers, whose wages rose 68 per cent to $1638 a week.

Manufacturing workers had the smallest pay rises. The Holden workers, who this week accepted a three-year pay freeze, are among many who have made sacrifices to hold their jobs. Manufacturing workers have won pay rises well below average since the GFC, and even earlier.

A decade ago, the average manufacturing wage matched the average national wage. Now it is 9 per cent below it, as workers accepted what their employer could afford to pay.

The gender gap in pay is growing again. Average male wages rose 56 per cent, while the average female wage rose 53 per cent.

Nationally, men on average now get paid 26 per cent more than women, up from 24 per cent a decade ago.

Of the 18 industry sectors, women won higher pay rises in 12, and men in just six. Men’s pay rises outpaced those to women in education, health and welfare. In every sector, men earn more than women, the gap ranging from 51 per cent in health and welfare, to 9 per cent in restaurants and hotels.

Mining workers now earn almost twice as much as workers in manufacturing.

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Gold recovery picking up steam

The gold price since April.Gold rose to a near two-month high overnight, gaining nearly 2.5 per cent as a drop in the US dollar triggered short-covering and a technical breakout once prices breached key resistance at $US1,350 an ounce.
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After trading lower earlier in the session, gold staged an impressive $US50 rally as the dollar reversed gains after data gave conflicting pictures of the strength of the US economic recovery, muddying views on when the US Federal Reserve will begin trimming its stimulus measures.

Speculators, who have boosted their short position on gold since its mid-April sell-off, opted to buy futures to cover their bearish bets as gold rose above the $US1,350 mark, an area bullion attempted to breach several times in the past two months but failed each time.

“Today’s move was mostly driven by technicals, and that spooked the bearish bets out of the gold market,” said Axel Merk, chief investment officer at Merk Funds.

Spot gold was up 2.3 per cent at $US1,365.60 an ounce, having hit $US1,369.40, its highest level since June 19.

Relatively low volume in the quieter summer months suggests that the metal could easily give up its gains, traders said.

Earlier, the metal fell as much as 1.1 per cent to a low of $US1,318.81 an ounce after data showed US jobless claims fell to a near six-year low last week and the consumer price index (CPI) rose broadly in July. On Wednesday, US data showed the producer price index (PPI) was flat in July.

“I would rather not own gold today. The benign CPI, PPI and Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) all suggest that inflation is not picking up,” said Jeffrey Sherman, commodities portfolio manager at DoubleLine.

Changing hands

Stocks of physical gold crossed continents in the first half of 2013 as Westerners dumped their holdings and, on the other side of the world, the resulting fall in price sent consumers flocking to jewellers and bullion dealers.

Indian, Chinese, Thai and other Asian consumers flocked to jewellers and bullion dealers to build their holdings.

The trend, disclosed n the latest data from the World Gold Council, a trade organisation established by the gold mining industry, highlights the different ways in which gold is viewed and owned around the globe. The figures below show global demand for the metal in tonnes, in the months April-June 2013.

Jewellery demand was up 37 per cent  over the same period in 2012, reaching the highest level since 2008. Bar and coin investment was also up by a huge 78 per cent year on year. This purchasing was concentrated in China, India and the Middle East, the WGC said – while selling was largely concentrated in western markets.

In the past decade Western investors piled into gold primarily through the medium of “exchange traded funds” or ETFs. These hugely popular vehicles facilitate quick and cheap trading in gold, because physical stocks of the metal – stored in secure vaults typically in London, New York or Switzerland – are linked to corresponding shares traded on major exchanges like the LSE or NYSE. In 2007 physical gold ETFs represented 800 tonnes of the metal, rising to 3,000 by 2012. Its rapidly rising price, fuelled by the banking, sovereign debt and other crises, drove record inflows.

But these reversed dramatically earlier this year with ETF outflows triggering the sell-off of 150 tonnes in the month of April alone. The WGC has repeatedly said that while ETF demand for physical gold is small relative to other demand, such as that for jewellery, it is highly determinative of price. This is because the supply chain for jewellery is more complex and long, it says.

Gold EFT inflow, Paulson cuts stake

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold exchange-traded fund, rose 0.2 per cent to 913.23 tonnes on Wednesday, raising hopes that the worst of the outflow from the fund is over.

Investors must also digest news that many top US hedge funds, including longtime bull John Paulson, have reduced, and in some cases completely disposed of, their stakes in SPDR Gold Trust.

Reuters, Telegraph UK

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Buckman finishes seventh at World Athletics Championships

Rainbow fingernails anger Yelena Isinbayeva
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With 150 metres remaining in the 1500 metres final at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Zoe Buckman was bunched in the lead pack ready to strike for the line down the home straight when she was checked by another athlete, lost ground and, with it, any chance of winning a medal.

In a physical race with heavy jostling Buckman finished in seventh place, the clip having cost her any chance of claiming a spot on the dais she had been well positioned to secure. But she leaves Moscow satisfied in the knowledge that she no longer aspires to be a world-class athlete – she has arrived as a world class athlete.

“At 150 once I got that check I thought to myself accelerate because it would have slowed me down a bit (in the end the check) is what cost me places, you lose your rhythm,” she said.

Disappointed not to win a medal, Buckman was pleased to finish in the top eight in the world and deliver a platform to now strike for gold.

“I am feeling a bit disappointed but that’s why I got here in the first place. It is that drive to win.

“Now two years in a row (she made the final at the London Olympics last year) I know I have that capacity to perform at a championship, which is so much more important than being able to go out and run fast in pace races because that is when the whole world is watching so I know I can handle championships racing and perform at my best.

“I am going to go on now and try and get better at everything. It shows me that I am world class not just aspiring to be world class. I am right there.”

Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi won in a time of 4minutes 2.67 seconds with American Jennifer Simpson – the gold medallist at the last world championships in Daegu – taking silver in 4:02.99 and Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri bronze in 4:03.86.

Having been the fastest qualifier for the final when she ran a personal best, Buckman ran 4:05.77, which was almost a second slower than she ran Tuesday. The time she ran on Tuesday would have won her bronze had she been able to match it on Thursday.

“The final was fast and it was more physical and that last lap was really hard I had a few doubts in my head and tried to fight on. I shouldn’t let that get me down I need to have the confidence that I was still able to get top eight,” she said.

“My goal coming here was to make the final so to take a step back I should be really happy.”

Buckman admitted she was frustrated and unsettled by delays to the start of the race caused by the high jump gold medallist Bohdan Bondarenko taking three more attempts at setting a new world record after he won his gold.

“It gives me a good platform for next year. I have made top eight in the world, now let’s see if we can build off that.

None of the three 1500-metre medallists from last year’s London Olympics made it to Moscow, with gold medallist Asli Cakir Alptekin from Turkey provisionally banned for life after a second doping offence. Only two of the other 12 London finalists got through to the final in Moscow.

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Federal election: CCTV funds on the table

South Yarra residents are at their wits end with weekend drunks urinating in laneways and anti-social behaviour in the area.
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Lara Barry Street Residents Association President Justin Zakis said while Chapel Street’s CCTV cameras and police presence had been beefed up, surrounding streets and car parks are still being trashed.

Smashed bottles, vomit, urine and graffiti have become commonplace in car parks, lanes and streets on the weekends, prompting calls for better lighting and live-monitored surveillance systems in South Yarra and Prahran.

Following a six-month delay, the City of Stonnington is set to install 10 new cameras along Chapel Street between South Yarra and Windsor in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Up to 10,000 people descend on Chapel Street’s bars, clubs and restaurants every week but it is not the main stretch concerning Mr Zakis.

“Locals are concerned about drunken revelers creeping into the residential side streets,” Mr Zakis said.

“There have been occasions where residents are walking their dog on a Sunday morning and made uncomfortable by people who are drunk and have been out all night at nightclubs.

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“Even on a Saturday afternoon, I was driving into my laneway and a guy was urinating on the wall of the laneway. It was day light.”

Mr Zakis’ calls for increased security in neighbourhood streets have been heard by federal member for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer.

On the campaign trail, the Liberal member announced a $100,000 funding boost for improved CCTV cameras and improved street lighting in Prahran, South Yarra and Windsor, last Wednesday.

Ms O’Dwyer said the funds would be handed over to the City of Stonnington should the Coalition win the electionon September 7.

“The vibrant nightlife in and around Chapel Street is one of the great attractions of Higgins, however, this sometimes brings with it anti-social behaviour,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“No one should feel unsafe walking the streets at night.”

Will an increase in CCTV cameras make a difference to anti-social behaviour on weekends? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.

New flag welcomed with old conventions

On Wednesday August 7, 2013, state member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson visited Boorowa Central School where she presented the Acting Principal, Debbie Valencic, School Captain, Katie Andrews and student Casey Corcoran with a new flag for the school’s flag pole to replace the old one which had become old and worn.
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Prior to presenting it, Ms Hodgkinson told the students about the rules and conventions on handling flags.

On Wednesday August 7, 2013, state member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson visited Boorowa Central School where she presented the Acting Principal, Debbie Valencic, School Captain, Katie Andrews and student Casey Corcoran with a new flag for the school’s flag pole to replace the old one which had become old and worn.

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Finger pointing over state’s economy

PREMIER Lara Giddings has blamed external factors for Tasmania’s poor economic performance and high unemployment rate, stating that the later 8.4 per cent is not as bad as the 13 per cent which existed in 1990.
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It should be noted that the other states have dealt better with those same external factors and in 1990 Michael Field’s Labor Green Accord was in government in Tasmania and Labor was in government in Canberra.



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