Bunbury turns it on for Australia Day

The Australia Day fireworks are always a popular attraction over the Leschenault Inlet. AUSTRALIA Day has always been a day in which Bunbury citizens come together and celebrate the nation we live in and this year’s City of Bunbury Skyfest Australia Day festivities promise to be the best yet.
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With so many things to see and do, you and the family can enjoy a huge day of fun throughout the Bunbury CBD.

Starting at 6.30am, you can enjoy a delicious cooked Aussie breakfast at the Silverchain fundraising breakfast.

The last two years’ funds made it possible for Silverchain to purchase new assets for the charity group.

Following the breakfast, you and the kids can participate in the annual Bunbury Mail Australia Day Fun Run.

The starter’s gun blasts off at 7.30am on the Pat Usher promenade and you can participate in either the 5km walk, 5km run or 10km run.

The Mayor’s Australia Day citizenship and award ceremony will follow the fun run an hour later, beginning at 8.30am at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell.

You can catch the Bunbury City Band performing at the music shell half an hour before the ceremony just before a welcome to country and the national anthem are performed.

After that, why not check out the Australia Day fair that runs down Blair Street and through Bicentennial Square?

The fair is on from 2pm to 9pm and will also be running at Bicentennial Square on January 24 and 25.

You will find carnival rides, a side show, food and beverage stalls and roving entertainment.

There is also plenty on offer for the kids this Australia Day, with the free Kanga Kids’ Zone operating from 2pm to 7pm.

There will be plenty of things to do including crafts, circus activities, a song and dance show and more.

For mothers and fathers with young children, the Bupa baby base located near the kids’ zone is available for you to feed, settle or change your baby or toddler.

Freedom Island is another popular feature at Bunbury’s Australia Day celebrations.

Operating from 2pm, Freedom Island is a hive of activity for teenagers with local DJs, bands and a mini water park.

The senior’s space will also be running this year.

Adjacent to the main event, the space will provide a quieter and more inclusive area from where you can enjoy the festivities.

The Dale Alcock Concert is the perfect way to enjoy the late afternoon/evening period of the day.

Kicking off at 3pm, the family concert will feature local South West artists.

Then to close out the day, you can’t look past the brilliant fireworks display.

At 8.30pm, Bunbury’s sky will be lit up with a beautiful array of fireworks.

For more information about the Australia Day activities visit the City of Bunbury website at bunbury.w a.gov.au

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Club offers low-impact sport ” In Motion

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WESTERN Zone Physical Culture encourages all members to achieve their goals.

Western Zone began in 1972, and has clubs across the Blue Mountains, Rooty Hill, Bligh Park, Campbelltown and Bangor.

Manager Lyn Aussel said members were graded individually rather than by club, enabling them to compete with those of a similar level.

“It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are or what your range of flexibility is, everyone is treated the same and can enjoy their classes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere,” she said.

“Physical culture is a great activity for all ages.

“The music and syllabus is age appropriate and it is very affordable, our members only need one leotard for competitions.”

Ms Aussel said the clubs were friendly and offer a great weekly social outing for everyone.

“Competing is not compulsory but is available to those who love the adrenalin rush of being able to compete against others individually or in a team.

“The competitions are held in September where everyone works hard to gain a place in the grand final.

“All of our members make lasting friendships and have lots of fun while participating in a sport that is low impact and helps to create healthy minds and bodies.”

Each club have their classes on a different night during the week and registration nights commence on Monday, February 2 on the same night that the club holds its normal classes.

All of the class days, times and locations are listed on the website.

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Philanthropist a true blue Aussie

BEING Australian equates to being “true blue” and generous, according to Capalaba philanthropist Jeffrey Underhill.
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Mr Underhill, 86, was recognised in this year’s Australia Day Awards for abiding by those principles all his life.

On Monday, he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his generous donations of $3 million to the Capalaba Lions Club and his volunteer work with Meals on Wheels.

In his typical humble style, Mr Underhill passed up attending a medal ceremony to have a barbecue at the beloved Lions Club he helped to rebuild.

His community work had almost gone unnoticed until he was nominated for the Redland City Citizen of the Year award, which he won in 2013.

But the humble octogenarian said his raison d’etre was not about winning accolades.

After handing out $1 million to the Lions Club in 2012 for a new two-storey den, he backed that up with further donations totalling $3 million.

He also helped pay for a day respite and community centre at Degen Road.

“I’d be happy not getting an award,” he said. “All I want to do is to give more donations to suitable charities,” he said.

This year, he said he planned to make donations of up to $250,000 to the Fred Hollows Foundation and to the Flying Doctor Service.

However, in Mr Underhill’s mind, no charity eclipses the dedicated work of the team of volunteers at the Capalaba Lions Club, where he was made a life member in 2008.

Since moving to the Redlands in 2003, Mr Underhill committed himself to helping the community and was a regular driver with Capalaba Meals on Wheels.

He donated two boats for Sailability, a program that gives people with disabilities a chance to get out on the bay.

He also contributed to the Lion’s Drug and Alcohol Awareness Campaign and to Angel Flight, which provides free air travel to patients in need.

of medical treatment at distant hospitals.Mr Underhill has taken a great interest in helping people with visual impairments and has provided portable talking bar code scanners for blind people.

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The very best of the best

AUSTRALIAN Professional Rodeo Association executive board chairman Russell Collins believes hosting the 2015 National Finals Rodeo in Warwick will be a case of combining the best of the best in rodeo and campdrafting.
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“The APRA and Warwick Show and Rodeo Society have agreed to host the ‘Warwick Rodeo Australian Championships’ in late October in conjunction with the Warwick Gold Cup campdraft, an internationally acclaimed event,’’ Collins said.

“It will be a real benefit having the Gold Cup and the NFR championship rodeo at the same venue at the same time.’’

The NFR will be contested on October 22-25 in Warwick by the top 15 in all eight APRA events and Collins expects competitors from all states to be among the qualifiers.

Collins said as Warwick was in southern Queensland and close to the New South Wales border, it was very central for the rodeo movement.

“It has an excellent arena. There can be storms in October and the arena stands up well year after year,” Collins said.

“The APRA head office and the Australian Rodeo Heritage Centre are in Warwick and it is opportunistic to have the finals there so it is all under the one umbrella.

“It is a win-win for both the APRA and Warwick Show and Rodeo Society. It has been difficult financially for the APRA to run the finals as a stand-alone event.”

While first-division events at the Warwick Rodeo will be replaced by four rounds of the NFR, Collins said all second-division and novelty events, such as the women’s saddle bronc ride, would be held.

Collins said there would be prizemoney on offer for each of the four rounds of the National Finals Rodeo.

“There will be trophy buckles and trophy saddles for the winners of each of the eight championship titles and the all around for the top cowboy and cowgirl overall,” he said.

“Spectators will see the cream of the crop competing on the best stock available in four rounds. I expect a record crowd for the first day of the National Finals Rodeo on the Thursday night at the Warwick Showgrounds.

“With the top 15 in all events, there will be a higher percentage of completed rides in rough stock events and higher percentage of times in roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.”

Collins said the agreement to host the NFR at the Warwick Rodeo was for one year.

“If successful and both parties agree, we will carry on with it,” he said.

Four of the cowboys to watch in Warwick in October will be reigning all around champion Shane Iker (Alton Downs, QLD), former world all around rookie bull ride champion Brad Pierce (Tooma, NSW), Victorian timed event star Terry Evison and Shane Kenny, of Emerald (QLD), the most successful title winner in APRA history.

In cowgirl ranks, Cherie O’Donoghue (Lockington, VIC) has the most titles in history but will face a tough battle against Wendy Caban (Moree), Nichole Fitzpatrick (Willow Tree), Jane Fay (Warra, QLD) and Jill Lyons (Rockhampton, QLD).

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AUSTRALIA DAY 2015: Dubbo celebratesPhotos

AUSTRALIA DAY 2015: Dubbo celebrates | Photos Imogen and Mariah Ciusti with Elly Haksteeg. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE
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Tahlya Gauntlett and Tyrone Townsend. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

Phil Priest and his wife Annette with his Dubbo Citizen of the Year award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE.

Alleera Wright. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

Maddi Birrell-Corney, Joanne Birrell and Stephen Corney. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

Sophia and Christine Nuguid. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

Jessica Ferraro and Libby McIntyre. Photo: HANNAH SOOLE

Susan Wade and Nathan Bryon singing the National Anthem. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

David Williams. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Tim Cox. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Phil Priest accepting his award. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Flash mob dancers. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Flash mob dancers. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Flash mob dancers. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Katheryn and Harry Franks. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Imogen, Kylie and Mariah Giusti. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

Jess Hurbert and Nigel Hurbert. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Hamish and Darly Wood. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Libby McIntyre. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Lisa Clark with Janet and Jack Walkom. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Judy, Wayne and Lauren Amor. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Max and Betty Baker. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Kyren, Tara and Declan Archer. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Sajida Rashid adn Khalida Rashid. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Ehan, Ahamaa and Muhammad Rashia. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Mathew Dickerson, Mark Coulton, Robyn Coulton, Bridget Mann and Geoff Mann. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Carolyn Billards and Alisha Parker. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Neil Harris, Stuart Davies and Geoff Mncechnio. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Emily, Tim and Logan BeckenhamPhoto: BELINDA SOOLE

Robert Taylor, Dr Amy Cui, Tyrone Kiernan and Brendan Morris. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Jessie and John Letfallan. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Chantelle and Lincoln Letfallan. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Ferret and Emma Tonkin. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Alice Clark and Simon Carolan-Work. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Kate Hagan. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Tori and Jo Kleinig. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Mark Stacey and Ellyse Trudge. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Angus French and Elijah Stranger-Jones. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Sam Hagan. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Janie Perrett, mary Estens and Lana Estens. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Janine Perrett, Tim Cox, Grace Parker, Mathew Dickerson, Emma Corcoran, David Williams and Phil Priest. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Young Citizen of the Year Grace Parker. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

Australia Day celebrations in Dubbo.

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Triathlon series hailed a success

WITHa record number of competitors, the Isa Rats-hosted Queensland Country Credit Union North Queensland Series Triathlon event has been hailed a success.
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Six different races were held across the morning at Lake Moondarra yesterday.

Isa Rats president Tonia Epstein said with help from volunteers, competitors and spectators, everyone enjoyed the day.

“It was a fantastic day and we are so happy with the number of people from West Queensland,” he said.

“We were hoping for 80 competitors and we had over 100.

“There were six events from senior to junior.

“The volunteers were just amazing and all the competitors said it was a great day.”

Isa Rats next club race will be on February 14, and they will have a booth at the Sports Expo at Buchanan Park February 1 for those that wish to find out more information.

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Australia Day 2015: Peter FitzSimons says it’s time to change the Australian flag

If the Australian flag itself was sighted on the shores of Gallipoli, it was rare indeed. Picture: MICHELE MOSSOPOPINION
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Yup. Yup. Yup.

Every bloody Australia Day! Yetmorediscussion on why we need to change the Australian flag to something more emblematic of the nation we are – multicultural and cognisant of our Indigenous history – and not the nation we were – Great Britain in the South Seas. What iswrongwith people that they think having the flag of another nation as the key feature on our own flag is a tad on the sad side in the 21stcentury? How unpatriotic can you get?

Our blokes fought for each other, for the Empire, for the country, for the belief that their cause was just. But the idea that the winning entry from a magazine competition in 1901 got them going back then is ludicrous.

So this year, let’s not. Let’s take it as given that sensible people can see that the case for change is overwhelming.

Instead – in this centenary year of Anzac – let me just raise one quick counter-point to those who always, against change, are seduced by the sophomoric argument that, “our Diggers fought and died for that flag”.

They didn’t. At least not broadly, not in the Iwo Jima sense, nor in the sense of”the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there”.

In six books on World War I and World War II, I am yet to come across a passage in any contemporary diary or letter or newspaper account where the Australian flag was remotely significant. In the First World War, the flag we know today was barely known to Australians as a people, let alone soldiers rallying around it.

As Mike Carlton – the great man! – pointed out in his book,First Victory, on the occasion of the arrival in Sydney Harbour of the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy,HMAS Australia,just before that war began, theHeralditself felt obliged to explain that whilethe proud White Ensign of the King’s navy flew from her mainmast, from her foremast there was another …

“It is the Blue Ensign,” the reporter helpfully pointed out, “with a Southern Cross on the field, made of five-pointed stars and a six-pointed star underneath the Union Jack in the centre.” So unfamiliar, even the journo got the description wrong!Of course the flag we have today was not adopted until 1954, at the behest of Prime Minister Menzies.

Back on the battlefields of the Great War itself, Australian flags of any description were rarely sighted, and not what it was all about in any case.

There was nationalistic fervour, certainly, and I was fascinated to find in researching my last book, that when they landed on the shores of Gallipoli, some really did shout, “Come on, Australia!”

But if the Australian flag itself was sighted, it was rare indeed and I never came across reference to it. What I did note was that when Charles Bean and the Diggers needed a cover illustration for the book on their collective stories of Anzac, they chose – what else, but – an heroic image of a Digger charging forward under a large Union Jack!

But the whole notion of waving any version of the Australian flag about, on parade, or in battle? It was just not in our blokes’ nature.

At the moment your correspondent is doing a book on the battles of Fromelles and Pozieres and came across these two pearls.

“We French fight for our country, our ideals and our flag,” one of Marshal Foch’s soldiers noted before the battle of Pozieres.”Australians appear to fight because they like to fight.”

And this.

“One never sees or hears anything of patriotic fervour …” one-timeAgejournalist Lieutenant Alec Raws would note, before being one of the 30,000 Australian casualties from the British battle-plans at Fromelles and Pozieres. “If the men show anxiety to get to the fighting it is never from any idea of patriotism and loyalty, but only because they are sick of these so-and-so parades.”

Are there exceptions to these broad truths? Pedants will scramble like mad things to find them, and I wish them well. But they sell the Diggers short. Our blokes fought for each other, for the Empire, for the country, for the belief that their cause was just. But the idea that the winning entry from a magazine competition in 1901 got them going back then is ludicrous. And when the bullets were flying at Lone Pine, Fromelles, Pozieres, Tobruk and Kokoda they were looking after each other, and at the enemy, without an eye on a piece of cloth.

Happy Australia Day.

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Cheetahs take bite out of Tigers in grand final table tennis clash

Phil Hartwich and Chris Reynolds playing doubles in the B Grade Ararat Table Tennis grand final.CHEETAHS defeated Tigers in a thrilling grand final to be crowned the Ararat Table Tennis champions of 2014.
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It was a close start to the A grade decider, with each team winning a game which saw it come down to the final clash.

Ben Hartwich won the night with his final game, beating Lajos Seres in an intense five set battle to guide the Cheetahs to grand final glory.

Seres was named the A grade leading player, with runner-up going to Sava Iezekil.

In B grade between Falcons and Ravens, the Falcons started off strongly with Tim and Kim Hartwich in strong form.

Ravens hit back late in the night, but it wasn’t enough as Falcons hung on for victory.

Kim Hartwich took out the leading B grade place, with two players finishing runner-up, Mick Saravanja and Tim Hartwich.

Anyone who is interested in playing table tennis in Ararat on a Monday evening can contact either Michael Egan 5352 5363 or Wayne Gason 5352 2094. It is a competition in which all ages can play.

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Sharks don’t deter winning Outriggers

NO FEAR: Leesa Osborne (left), Tracey Rutter, Greg Jenkins, Ty Graham, Jodie Watkins, Paul Watkins, Scott Osborne, Karelle Johnson, Jon Tucker and Heidi Graham took placed second in the Changes race for Mollymook at the Nobbys Beach Regatta, despite beach closures due to shark sightings.With beaches closed for seven days due to great white shark sightings, 16 Mollymook Outrigger canoe paddlers were pretty nervous when they took to the water in Newcastle on January 17.
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The group took part in a regatta at Nobbys Beach, despite being surrounded by signs reminding people of the dangers.

While many aquatic activities were cancelled, the regatta went ahead as planned to the delight of the Mollymook group that had been training hard for months.

One paddler Jodie Watkins said the fear of sharks ensured “speedy changes” for the team.

Mollymook’s mixed team, made up of Paul Hill, Ali Hill, Angela Richards, Kerri Wild, Greg Sutcliffe and Libby Lamont, took out first place in the first event, the eight kilometre short course race.

Ten Mollymook paddlers also took part in the 33 kilometre changes race which involves six paddlers completing the first leg, then three or four team members float in the water and wait for the canoe before making a switch with other members while the vessel keeps moving.

“This was made all the more nerve wracking by the possible presence of large sharks,” Jodie said.

“The conditions were hot and it was an exhausting race.

“The adrenalin was pumping all the way as Mollymook held second place and overtook to be in first place for much of the race.

“In the end, Mollymook was the second canoe across the line and received hand carved medals that were presented to them by the mayor of Newcastle.”

The team consisted of Leesa Osborne, Tracey Rutter, Greg Jenkins, Ty Graham, Jodie Watkins, Paul Watkins, Scott Osborne, Karelle Johnson, Jon Tucker and Heidi Graham.

Jodie said the regatta was a successful event for Mollymook and lead up for the local event.

Team will come from all over the state when a regatta is held in Ulladulla Harbour on March 7 and 8.

WINNERS: Paul Hill (left), Ali Hill, Angela Richards, Kerri Wild, Greg Sutcliffe and Libby Lamont took out first place in the short course mixed team event.

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Powerlifters in national team

Kev Rogers and Sandra Middleton have been named in the Australian team for the world powerlifting titles this year.Powerlifters from the Ormiston Health Club have again had success in national competitions.
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Sandra Middleton and club head trainer and proprietor Kev Rogers won their individual weight classes recently at the Council of Australian Powerlifting Organisations (CAPO) National Championships held in Brisbane.

Sandra, who is trained by Kev, won her weight class (52kg fly weight), and won the overall masters class in bench press and deadlift (push/pull) and set a new Australian record.

Kev won his weight class (60kg light weight) and set two national records and three world records.

Both Sandra and Kev have been named in the Australian team for the Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA) World championships being held in Sydney in November.

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Road safety gets personal

HIT HOME: A new online road safety campaign asking people how many family members they are willing to lose in a road crash has hit home in Whyalla.A new online road safety campaign is asking people how many family members they are willing to lose in a road crash.
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This message is hitting home in Whyalla and across the Eyre Peninsula with seven road deaths on the Lincoln Highway in under one month.

Minister for Road Safety Tony Piccolo said the campaign aimed to remind people that the road toll was not just a number, it was about people.

“Road safety should be a priority for everyone and central to this campaign is a thought-provoking video which asks the very personal question: Are we comfortable with losing a loved one on the road?” he said.

“The video, which features the views of South Australians about road fatalities, is a poignant reminder that it is easy to become detached from road crash statistics.

“It seems obvious but we need to remind the public that every person lost on our roads is someone’s mother or father, sister, son or friend.”

View the video here.

Motor Accident Commission general manager Michael Cornish said the video reinforced research which showed many people did not consider they might be affected by a road crash.

“Perhaps we may have come to expect that the road toll is an unfortunate but unavoidable part of using our road system,” he said.

“However, this takes on a very different connotation when it becomes a personal matter for ourselves or our family.

“Our message to road users is simple: Please don’t be complacent while driving, make the decision to do the right thing.”

Mr Piccolo said all road users were responsible for each other’s safety.

“I would ask everyone to take a moment to watch this video and share it on social media to spread the message,” he said.

“We can all play a role in saving lives on our roads; every driver, every motorcyclist, every pedestrian and every cyclist is responsible.”

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Australia Day in the Macleay

Australia Day in the Macleay Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.
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Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

Australia Day celebrations started in Kempsey on Friday night with Council’s Australia Day awards and continued on Monday with the Australia Day Breakfast at Crescent Head.

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Time for end to Labor stalling

OPINION on the Abbott-Truss government’s higher education reforms has gone up a notch as critics anticipate the legislation’s reintroduction to Parliament next month.
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But as they preach how the uncertainty is affecting students and the sector, they fail to acknowledge that their own Labor-Greens camps have caused the current impasse.

Labor introduced the demand-driven system that this government wants to retain but also ensure its long-term sustainability, which Senator Carr et al now oppose.

Strange, given the double-digit growth in students most universities experienced under the system.

Meantime, the student unions demand education access and opportunity for all students including those disadvantaged.

Also odd, given this is precisely what the government’s legislation sets out to do through scholarships, removing the upfront HELP fee, and extending government support to sub-bachelor courses and private providers that will provide pathways into higher education.

The expansion of the demand driven system under the reforms will benefit more than 80,000 students a year by 2018…. the student unions clearly haven’t done their homework.

Nor has Senator Carr in his criticism of speculated university drop-outs as a result of low ATAR acceptances.

The pathways under the Coalition’s reforms will help prepare low ATAR score and other students gain a higher education qualification, so why oppose it?

Despite the scaremongering, there hasn’t been a dramatic drop-off in student university enrolments this year so far.

In fact, government data shows university applications are at similar levels to last year, with some unis reporting a rise.

Many students appear to trust universities to be reasonable on future course pricing.

And they should with the sector issuing public statements and modelling confirming it.

Similar assurances were made at the senate inquiry into the reforms that I chaired.

Nor does it make any business sense to do the contrary and lose students – these are smart people running the sector.

Reform is never going to be easy.

The government introduced changes after discussions with the sector and senators interested in representing students, not party politics.

Even former Labor MP Maxine McKew, now Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, called on Labor to end the impasse while other members privately agree.

The higher education sector supports the reforms and all want an end to the uncertainty.

It’s unlikely the Greens will agree to a sensible compromise – it’s time Labor did.

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