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Needling for a dam Cranky reaction

07.06.2018, Comments Off on Needling for a dam Cranky reaction, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

A cranky response to the Needles Gap dam proposed for the Central West could result in a Cranky new dam.

The NSW government released a preliminary report this week that recommended Cranky Rock near Canowindra as a potential site for a new dam.

The report came after $1 million was spent on a feasibility study into a new dam on the Belubula River near Canowindra last year, where the site of Needle’s Gap was the first option.

Environmentalists were outraged by the Needles Gap proposal, citing potential damage to limestone caves in the area.

Water Minister Kevin Humphries said the Cranky Rock dam avoided the engineering challenges and environmental considerations of Needles Gap, including the caves.

“Cranky Rock was chosen from 15 sites investigated in the Belubula and Lachlan catchments,” he said.

“A large dam of up to 700 gigalitres at Cranky Rock has the potential advantages of increasing water security for central councils and other users throughout the Lachlan Valley.

“A Cranky Rock water supply would allow Carcoar Dam to be networked into Central Tablelands Water, allowing it to extend the network and provide back-up drought supplies and secure water to a number of towns beyond the current network,” Mr Humphries said.

Greens NSW water spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham was happy to see the demise of the Needles Gap proposal, but said the Cranky Rock proposal was just as bad.

“The National Party’s Needles Gap dam is dead on arrival. The Greens always said that it was a back-of-the-beer-coaster dam that made no sense and this report has confirmed our suspicions,” Mr Buckingham said.

“However, switching support for another new dam at Cranky Rock makes as little sense as Needles Gap did. The National Party need to read the report they commissioned which clearly says the most economically efficient solution is an upgrade of Wyangala Dam, not a new dam elsewhere.

“NSW does not need new dams, we need smart local water solutions such as storm water harvesting, increasing efficiency and recycling.”

NSW Farmers Conservation and Resource Management Committee member Helen Dalton disagreed with this, saying new dams were vital for rural and regional areas to increase productivity and help arrest declining populations.

“We’re not going to get the people out here without jobs.”

More water from dams would lead to more agricultural productivity, leading to more job opportunities both on farms and in rural towns, helping to attract more people to live in rural areas, she said.

“We can’t all live in Sydney…we need dams to boost our economies. We need water,” Ms Dalton said.

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Farmers smiling as $A, rates dip

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The falling Australian dollar, coupled with an interest rate cut, has given farmers cause for optimism in 2015.HISTORICALLY low interest rates, a weakening Australian dollar and strengthening commodity prices should place farmers in a strong financial position going into the 2015 season.

On Tuesday last week the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 2.25 per cent.

And, some forecasters are saying there is the chance of another 0.25pc interest rate cut from the RBA later this year.

Last week’s rate cut triggered a drop in the value of the dollar to below US80 cents. The dollar has now experienced a 20pc depreciation in the past six months, helping make Australian products more attractive to overseas buyers.

ANZ state agribusiness manager SA & NT Stephen Radeski said there were positive signs for farmers going into the 2015 season.

“Our general view is that despite areas of seasonally low rainfall, notably the South East where pressure on feed reserves continues unabated, farmers are entering 2015 in reasonably strong shape,” he said.

“Despite a poor finish to last season, grain producers are reflecting on an above-average crop and reasonably strong commodity prices.

“Northern pastoralists, while still feeling the impact of recent drought conditions have relished recent good rainfall, and although further is required, the supply/demand equation for beef in particular has underpinned strong prices in the sector.

“We also expect sheep meat prices to continue to improve.

“From a banking point of view, the deposit inflow and subsequent debt reductions were higher than last season, which is an excellent indicator for the industry.”

In a report released this week, Rabobank said five key factors will be critical in shaping the outlook for Australian agriculture through 2015.

In its Agribusiness Outlook 2015, Rabobank says – along with weather conditions – the exchange rate, oil prices, trade policy and the Chinese economy will be the key influences on the fortunes of agriculture in the coming year.

Rabobank analyst Georgia Twomey said a weaker $A appears likely to lend considerable support to Australian food and agricultural exporters in 2015.

“The appreciation of the US$ is expected to continue in 2015, something that is positive for Australian food and agricultural exports,” she said.

Lower world oil prices are also generally expected to be a boon for farmers, lowering input prices and stimulating global economic growth. However, the report cautions, this factor could also have a “sting in its tail”, given many agricultural commodity prices often tend to track in a similar direction to oil.

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AFI report urges dry season ‘preparedness’

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Mick Keogh.A MAJOR review of NSW drought policies concludes preparedness trumps in-drought support measures such as transport subsidies.

Australian Farm Institute’s (AFI) Review of NSW Response to Drought Policy Reforms, published today, states past drought support measures had not been inconsistent.

“One of the abiding frustrations of drought policy in Australia is that after the drought is over, nobody goes back and looks at what works and what doesn’t,” said AFI executive director Mick Keogh.

This report looked at how ineffective and unfair transport and fodder subsidies were.

Using subsidy statistics from previous droughts, Mr Keogh said they appeared to reach less than 10 per cent of affected landowners.

This was partly because the subsidies only helped livestock producers who could agist, while specialist croppers could lose both winter and summer crops and get nothing back.

At the same time, low interest government loans for drought stricken producers had problems.

“(Government loans with a time period of) three to five years have the potential to create as many problems as they solve,” he said.

“The risk for a government is they become a lender of last resort… no government wants to foreclose on farm businesses.”

He said work had to be done on low interest loans to determine whether five years was enough breathing space for producers.

A significant recommendation of the report was for NSW to have a formal drought response framework, with definite trigger points for stages of drought and clear identification of the roles of government and the farm sector.

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Make more from fallow grazing

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Make more from fallow grazing, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

GRAZING a sprayed-out pasture paddock for fallow prior to sowing is another opportunity to make money.

“It’s an opportunity to make money from this phase in a rotation,” says Ag ‘n’ Vet consulting animal nutritionist Nicola Brazier, Euchareena.

She said even when pasture paddocks had been sprayed out in preparation for the next season, there was still an opportunity to get some grazing off them.

“These plots have been sprayed out and will then be ploughed back into soil in preparation for next year’s crop after just one year as pastures with a mix of mainly lucerne and clover,” said Ms Brazier, who is pictured last year in trial plots investigating the impact of grazing.

“There is a trial site here that has some fescue as well and that has been really interesting because the starting nitrogen for the next crop in this plot is exactly the same as the plots of lucerne and clovers.

“That’s very exciting from an animal point of view because it means we can have some grasses in the mix to better balance some of those pastures with high legume content.”

Ms Brazier said the pasture would be lower in protein, but still offered a reasonable source of feed going into the summer months.

After being sprayed, fescue paddocks would need to be supplemented if growing stock were put onto them as they would need a source of protein.

“Maybe some lupins or peas and beans in a lick feeder or alternatively a loose lick or a block that has evidence of urea or protein source within,” she said.

“You could put some dry stock onto these paddocks, or stock you just need to maintain would do very nicely on feed like this.

“There are ways of having this pasture phase in the cropping rotation as there is always stock that can utilise it.”

Ms Brazier said it was advisable to read spray labels carefully to ascertain any with-holding period between spraying and the introduction of livestock to the paddock.

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Top internationals at the head of the weights make it hard for locals

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Top internationals at the head of the weights make it hard for locals, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Blake Shinn on Fenway wins the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in March Photo: Brendon ThorneA strong international presence and a determination by the owners and trainers of the top-rated horses to keep their gallopers entered for the big races right up to the cut-off point, suggests it will be difficult to get a start in the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate  and even harder to win.

At the second declaration stage for two of the trio of great races that headline the Melbourne spring carnival, the majority of the fancied candidates stood their ground – that is perhaps not so surprising for the weight-for-age Cox Plate, but unusual in the case of the Caulfield Cup, which is a handicap.

The number of second acceptances for the Caulfield feature rose from 78 last year to 81 this  and Racing Victoria believes there could be a race record of four internationally trained starters in the world’s richest 2400-metre handicap.

Two of the contenders – the Japanese raiders Hokko Brave and Fame Game – are already in Melbourne while four others, the Royal Ascot winners Snow Sky and Trip To Paris (Hardwicke Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup respectively), the Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite and the Northumberland Plate winner Quest For More due to arrive soon.

All but six of the top 50-weighted horses remained in the race, with the only stand out withdrawals the Godolphin contender Contributer, group 1-winning four-year-old mare Fenway, imported mare Noble Protector and Darren Weir’s Prince Of Penzance.

“The scene is being set for an outstanding renewal in 2015, one which is looking increasingly difficult for many horses to obtain a start,” Greg Carpenter, RV’s executive general manager, racing, said on Tuesday.

“Contributer and Fenway are the only top 25-ranked horses to be withdrawn from the Caulfield Cup with the connections of both horses electing to pay the second acceptance fee for the Cox Plate only.”

The continued presence of the higher-weighted entries, many of whom are the internationals, is a blow to lowly weighted locals trying to sneak a run in the 18 horse cup field.

It also makes life difficult for the riders of the lower-weighted runners because if the original topweights stay in the contest the weights will not be raised, making it hard for many to get down to their limit to take rides on runners competing off their “true” handicap mark.

The Cox Plate is also chock-a-block with foreign entries who have paid up at the second declaration stage, with 73 horses, including five internationals, still trying to snare a spot in the 14-runner field  on October 24.

The numbers are up from the 67  at the same stage last year and include a quintet of foreign raiders: Arod, from the Peter Chapple-Hyam stable, Highland Reel, and Ol’ Man River representing the powerful Coolmore operation of Aidan O’Brien, French-trained and Australian-owned Gailo Chop, as well as Lightning Spear, a lightly raced colt owned by Qatar Racing.

The best credentialled locals are a familiar crew, with Fawkner (second), Foreteller (fifth), Happy Trails (sixth), Criterion (seventh), The Cleaner (ninth) and Royal Descent (12th) all backing up from their efforts last year.

The Plate is a race where the best of the younger generation often take on their rivals to great effect. Shamus Award sprang a surprise when winning as a maiden two years ago, while colts All Too Hard and Pierro were previous placegetters.

There are nine three-year-olds left in the race including the colts Mr Individual, Press Statement and Snoopy and two fillies Jameka and Payroll.

Aidan O’Brien will not set Cougar Mountain for the Plate and has withdrawn him, while the cups contenders Dandino (Darren Weir) Precedence (James Cummings, who will be seeking to uphold the memory of his recently deceased grandfather Bart) and last year’s VRC Oaks winner Set Square (Ciaran Maher) have also been taken out to concentrate on their handicap assignments.

“The international invitees Arod, Gailo Chop and Highland Reel all feature among the second acceptances for the Cox Plate and their presence would add considerable intrigue alongside a talented local contingent headed by Kermadec, Fawkner, Contributer and Criterion,” Carpenter said.

Forty-eight three-year-olds remain in the Caulfield Guineas but impressive  Golden Rose winner Exosphere is not one of them. Neither is the highly promising Danehill Stakes winner Kinglike, who is being restricted to a sprinting campaign  with the Coolmore on Derby day at Flemington likely to be his main target. The field is headed by  Ready For Victory and Chris Waller’s Press Statement, while Saturday’s Caulfield winner Bassett is also an entry.

The number of fillies remaining in the Thousand Guineas (54) is almost double the 33 that stood their ground at the same time last year. Group 1-winning Peter Moody contender Pasadena Girl is the best performed, but she will face stiff opposition from the likes of Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah and recent winners Alaskan Rose, Stay With Me and Don’t Doubt Mamma.

The unbeaten Maher-trained flyer Petits Filous, who recently won down the Flemington straight,  is, like Moody’s Kinglake, being reserved for a sprinting campaign this time in, while Golden Rose runner-up Speak Fondly has been taken out.

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Happy with producer NVD compliance

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Happy with producer NVD compliance, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

THOMAS Foods International national livestock manager for sheep and lamb Paul Leonard said the company had not considered the changeover to the new National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) a major issue.

“Generally, most people have adhered to the request, and we’ve got 98 per cent compliance now,” he said.

“It’s not just for us as a company, it’s an industry standard.

“All the export processors are requiring the most up-to-date declaration, so the 2013 NVD should be the one that is being used.

“There was a bit of conjecture about whether the new NVD was needed from January 1 or February 1, but from our perspective it was from February 1 onwards.”

Mr Leonard said there was plenty of consultation with industry leading up to the change.

“We have been consulting with industry about the change since late November and early December, as well as with agents and our direct clients, letting them know that from February 1 we needed the latest NVD,” he said.

“From our perspective, it’s critical that we can guarantee we’re supplying the highest quality meat to our world market. Our export market customers expect us to use the latest NVDs.

“NVDs are being updated constantly so there’s no point using antiquated 2008 NVDs when the 2013 version is the most current.

“It’s really no different to a driver’s licence, people are expected to use a current one.”

Mr Leonard said while he was aware there had been some issues getting hold of new declarations in recent weeks, he said vendors should be able to source an emergency NVD online.

“I believe there have been some issues because there’s been massive demand to get a 2013 NVD,” he said.

“But we had made it very clear before the new year that the new NVDs were needed.”

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Oriental Lady poised for group 1 re-handicap after winning race marred by cobalt affair

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Oriental Lady poised for group 1 re-handicap after winning race marred by cobalt affair, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

The connections of newly-minted Gosford Gold Cup winner Oriental Lady could be the subject of a re-handicap for Saturday week’s The Metropolitan after the mare was finally awarded her first stakes race amid the cobalt saga.

Stewards stripped the race from the Sam Kavanagh-trained Midsummer Sun when handing down their penalties in the long affair on Monday, promoting Oriental Lady as the winner.

Her trainer Kris Lees is considering whether to tackle The Metropolitan after probably skipping this Saturday’s Colin Stephen Quality.

And Racing NSW handicappers have flagged the possibility of raising the six-year-old’s handicap from 52kg to factor in the Gosford Gold Cup win.

It could prove a huge fillip for the Australian Bloodstock-owned mare, which is trying for a spot in the $750,000 group 1 staying feature.

Oriental Lady, part-owned by Australian cricketer David Warner, ran fourth in last Friday’s Newcastle Cup and is 59th in the ballot order.

“We have decided to leave her where she is in the ratings because she has had eight starts since the Gosford Cup without winning and her form is well exposed,” said Racing NSW’s chief handicapper Damien Hay.

“She went from a [benchmark] 86 horse to 92 when she ran second at Gosford and would have obviously gone higher if she won. We are comfortable she is at the right mark.

“However, if she was to [run in the Colin Stephen] and win on Saturday we would look at her weight in The Metropolitan and in considering the penalty would take into account the two wins she would have had since the weights were released.

“It might entitle her to a bigger penalty but it would depend on a lot of factors, including the strength of any win on Saturday.”

Racing NSW will now redistribute the Gosford Gold Cup prizemoney, which carried a $90,000 winner’s purse.

The result has also added value to Oriental Lady’s pedigree, which includes black type success.

“That win is now worth quite a bit of money to us,” Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett said. “We have discussed running her in The Metropolitan and, to be fair, she will get in light anyway, but there are races like the Cranbourne Cup we are we looking at too.”

Among the hefty penalties handed down over the saga, triggered by Midsummer Sun’s caffeine and cobalt positive after the Gosford Gold Cup, included a nine years and three month disqualification to Kavanagh and a six-year ban for veterinarian Tom Brennan.

Both are likely to appeal the sanctions.

The NSW vet board has refrained from launching an investigation into Brennan, who is also at the centre of claims he promoted a bottle labelled “vitamin complex”, later found to have high concentrations of cobalt, to under-fire Flemington trainers Mark Kavanagh, Sam’s father, and Danny O’Brien.

Brennan, who stood himself down from providing services to racehorses in Victoria last month, denies knowing the exact contents of the “vitamin complex” bottle. He is also understood to have ceased practising in NSW.

“​The main thing we will be doing is maintaining contact with Racing NSW,” said John Baguley, the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW registrar.

“[Any appeal] will be one variable we will have to consider and the other is to continue as per the normal complaints process from another body and then we examine the findings to see if there is a breach of our legislation.”

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Is it time for a tunnel from Southport Spit to Southport Broadwater?

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Is it time for a tunnel from Southport Spit to Southport Broadwater?, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

New road bridge or tunnel from Southport Broadwater to Southport Spit. It it possible? Photo: Supplied Sunland proposed development at Southport Spit Photo: Supplied

The Gold Coast must look at a road tunnel or a new bridge between the Southport Broadwater and the Southport Spit, to avoid emerging traffic congestion, one of its longest-serving representatives said.

Former mayor, state MP and long-serving councillor Lex Bell said a bridge or tunnel should be part of a 20-year traffic and development study for the Southport Broadwater.

“And that would include ways to fund it,” Cr Bell said.

Gold Coast City Council – and the Queensland Government – are in the early stages of assessing several large developments on the Southport Spit; the ASF Consortium’s proposed casino and Sunland’s twin 44-storey towers at their Marina Cove site.

At present Gold Coast City Council has a three-storey ceiling limit on the Southport Spit.

Traffic congestion is a major problem on Seaworld Drive on the Southport Spit and Main Beach.

Cr Lex Bell – who has represented Surfers Paradise as a councillor since 1985; as Gold Coast’s mayor from 1988 to 1994 and as the Surfers Paradise MP (2001-04) before John Paul Langbroek – said it made sense to consider a tunnel or a new bridge to the Spit.

Cr Bell is deputy chair of Council’s City Planning and its Economic Development committees.

The idea was floated on Tuesday morning by prominent property developer Max Christmas, as chair of the Gold Coast’s Heart of the City advisory committee which reports to Gold Coast City Council.

Cr Bell agreed it was time for a long-term traffic study of the Southport Broadwater and the Spit to look at a new bridge or tunnel between the two.

“It has costs, but it has merit,” Cr Bell said.

“A new approach across the Broadwater – whether it be a tunnel or bridge – to somewhere like Labrador where the traffic can get away – certainly has merit,” he said.

“The issue of course would be costs.”

The long-serving councillor believed the area needed a long-term traffic study as part of a renewed plan for the area.

“The reality of it is that whatever the development is – whether it is three storeys or 40 storeys on the Spit – there needs to be additional access to the main beach area,” Cr Bell said.

Cr Bell believed simply upgrading the existing road network would be a short-term fix.

“You still get back to the Gold Coast Highway, which just gets jammed and becomes a parking lot,” he said.

“And better roads leading on to a parking lot doesn’t help much.”

He said the recent XCAT power boat championships held on the Southport Broadwater proved traffic congestion would become a disaster if major events were held in the future without changes.

He told how an overseas sporting ambassador – whom organisers wanted to impress – was stuck in their car for 40 minutes and got out and began to walk before a water taxi was arranged.

Cr Bell said he doubted that infrastructure charges from developers – and leasehold charges from using Crown land – would be insufficient to cover the cost.

“I believe that the cost would be far too great for contributions to developers,” he said.

“And the Crown land – most of the Southport Spit is Crown land – would yield a return, but it would go to Crown, not to Council, so Council would not receive that,” he said.

Cr Bell said no new bridges – or a tunnel – were included in the Gold Coast Harbour Plan – which he considers the region’s master plan.

Cr Bell said it was now time for a long-term traffic and development plan for the Southport Spit.

“I don’t think it is just a simple matter of just responding to individual applications, though the Council has a legal duty to respond to the applications that are duly lodged,” he said.

“But overall I think there needs to be a plan – and a comprehensive 20-year-plan – that would look at how the traffic would get in and out for decades to come.”

“Now as part of that I think there would be some sort of traffic corridor up to Labrador, but it would need to be long-term because funding would be procured from other levels of government.”

Prominent property developer Max Christmas on Tuesday called for the tunnel to avoid traffic congestion at Main Beach.

“We need a tunnel across the Broadwater, coming out on Brisbane Road,” Mr Christmas told News Ltd.

“It will stop the traffic going through Main Beach.”

Meanwhile Sunland’s twin buildings for the Southport Spit are similar to the three buildings proposed for the old ABC site at Toowong by the same developer and architect, Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid for Sunland’s Grace on Coronation project.

The Heart of the City advisory committee was set up by Gold Coast City Council in 2013 to advise on Surfer’s Paradise growth.

Mr Christmas believes developers could help fund the tunnel costs by making lease payments to use the state government Crown Land, which makes up most of the Southport Spit.

He suggests parkland be preserved on the north-eastern edge of the Spit.

Mayor Tom Tate said developers who had lodged applications on the Southport Spit should collectively consider transport options to improve transport problems on the Spit and submit them to Gold Coast City Council.

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Human Rights Act ‘not all lollipops and rainbows’

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A Human Rights Act could make a significant difference to the delivery of services in Queensland. Photo: Dean Mitchell At the launch of the campaign for a Human Rights Act for Queensland, Rob Hulls (former Attorney General of Victoria) told us that although their Charter of Rights had “made the world of difference to some people”, Victoria still isn’t “the land of lollipops and rainbows.” However, after the announcement that the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signed an agreement with our new Prime Minister to roll out the NDIS, the sun is sure shining brighter for people living with disability in Victoria.

Victorians with disability can look forward to the full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with the assurance that their Charter of Rights will continue to provide a safeguard that the services that are delivered to them by public authorities will be done in accordance with a human rights framework.

The Queensland Government committed to an early 2016 launch of the NDIS in this year’s budget. This commitment is subject to Commonwealth Government agreement, which will be included in the Bilateral Agreement that will have the details of when and where the NDIS will be launched in Queensland.

On Monday night the Queensland Government committed to a parliamentary inquiry about a Human Rights Act for Queensland.

The introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland has the potential to ensure that services delivered in connection with the NDIS are consistent with the human rights of people with disability.

Over the last 30 years inquiries have demonstrated the levels of abuse and neglect that people with disability have been subjected to in connection with service providers. The National Disability Insurance Agency is grappling with the issue of how to develop a national quality assurance framework to ensure that, in an open market that includes many new businesses, this doesn’t continue to occur.

Human rights legislation exists in jurisdictions including the ACT, Victoria, the UK, New Zealand and Canada. This legislation protects rights such as the right to be free from inhumane and degrading treatment and torture, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to freedom of movement, the right to privacy, the right to freedom of expression and the right to participate in public life.

In Victoria the Charter of Human Rights provides that public authorities must act compatibly with human rights and take human rights into account when making decisions. It provides that public authorities must consider whether their decisions and actions limit human rights and whether any limits are necessary and the least restrictive possible.

If we had a Human Rights Act in Queensland that imposed a similar duty on public authorities and defined public authorities broadly enough to include all private and not-for-profit organisations providing disability support services, all disability service providers would be required to deliver their services compatibly with human rights. This would contribute to ensuring that the services that are delivered to people with disability are of a high quality.

It is serendipitous that a Human Rights Act for Queensland is on the agenda at the same time that the Queensland Government is negotiating our state’s launch of the NDIS – it could mean that Queenslanders with disability will finally have access to services delivered according to a human rights framework and that individuals will have access to remedies when their rights are not considered. It may not fill our state with lollipops and rainbows but it should mean that people with disability actually feel that they live in the sunshine state.

Aimee McVeigh, Director of McVeigh Law, is coordinating a campaign for a Human Rights Act for Queensland.

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LGBT people with dementia struggle to find welcoming aged care, research finds

08.21.2019, Comments Off on LGBT people with dementia struggle to find welcoming aged care, research finds, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

Tony Walsh (left) with a picture of his partner Paul Wenn, who died last year. Photo: Joe ArmaoWhen Paul Wenn told his life partner Tony Walsh his doctor had suggested Paul should go to a memory clinic, they both had a good laugh.

But then Paul forgot to go. And when Tony realised he had slowly assumed all responsibility for running their household, they knew the changes in Paul were serious.

On the evening of the day Paul was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia they went out for dinner and resolved to live fully, while it was still possible: they did15 cruises, international travel, no slowing down.

But eventually it was time to search out a LGBTI-friendly residential aged care facility for Paul, and live apart for the first time in 25 years.

Have you heard this one? When people get dementia, they “revert” to being straight.

It’s a homophobic myth, but it still gets trotted out by some aged care providers, say the first researchers to study the experiences of Australian lesbian, gay and transgender people with dementia.

The first facilities Tony and Paul looked at kept making excuses; Paul’s medications were too complicated, they were just about to undergo renovations, they only took “passive” dementia patients.

“Our ‘gaydar’ was going crazy, we just knew these places weren’t going to be very welcoming,” says Tony.

Older LGBTI people worry they will have to “re-enter the closet” if they go into aged care. Many still carry emotional scars from an era when revealing their sexual orientation or gender identity could mean arrest, imprisonment, psychiatric incarceration and attempted “cure” treatments.

But some people entering aged care also find their circumstances offer a newfound freedom, including one man who only felt safe to come out when he entered aged care, he told researchers.

Others encountered homophobia and ignorance from their carers, says Dr Catherine Barrett, the sexual health and ageing program co-ordinator at La Trobe, and co-author of a journal article on the topic in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.

An older lesbian with dementia told researchers: “Sexuality is not a rinse colour you put through your hair. It’s fundamental … to who you are and how to you relate to other people.”

One patient transitioned from male to female 40 years earlier, but was forced by her children to enter a residential aged care facility as a man or run the risk of never seeing her grandchildren again. It was actually her carers who realised what had happened and were unsure what to do.

“Your sexual orientation or gender identity is more likely to be influenced by homophobic or transphobic ideas from family or the care setting, than dementia”, Dr Barrett says.

“But you do become reliant, and this could change your opportunity to have your relationship or gender identity recognised.”

Older LGBTI people should prepare their powers of attorney well in advance, and clearly document their gender preferences, she says.

Paul found a welcoming home at Uniting AgeWell Carnsworth Community in Kew, where the staff unquestioningly accepted Tony as his partner.

Some of the older residents were uncertain of their relationship, congratulating Tony on his dedication to visit his “brother”, a comment he brushed off with a laugh.

“All we wanted was to be treated as a normal couple – people like anyone else,” says Tony.

Paul died in 2014, 11 years after he was first diagnosed with dementia.

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Let us be your gateway to Australia, Victorian premier tells Chinese leaders

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Premier Daniel Andrews has made an ambitious pitch for Victoria to become China’s new gateway to Australia as he ramps up plans to capitalise on the country’s growing middle class.

With new figures revealing food and fibre exports to China reached $2.8 billion last year, the state government has begun drafting a bold strategy to drive investment even further – particularly among affluent Chinese households where demand for Victorian products is most likely to rise.

In a speech to business leaders in Beijing on Tuesday night, Mr Andrews also talked up the China free trade agreement – despite an earlier push by Trades Hall to “call out” the deal as problematic for workers’ rights.

“(Chinese president) Xi Jinping’s very successful visit to Australia last year, and of course, the historic China-Australia free trade agreement should give all of us great optimism, great confidence, and a great sense of possibility about the Victoria and Australia-China relationship,” he said.

The Premier’s comments come as a new report to be released on Wednesday reaffirmed China’s position as Victoria’s top destination for food exports, followed by the USA, Japan and Indonesia.

Figures from the Victorian Food and Fibre Export Report 2014-15 showed exports to China increasing, particular in terms of wool (valued at $1.06 billion last year); meat ($449 million); horticulture ($38 million) and wine ($64 million).

The government’s planned China strategy will provide further opportunities for growth, and will be drafted while Mr Andrews tours the country this week on his first official visit as Premier. It is expected to involve a sharper focus on areas such as food and wine, medical technology, and professional services; the likelihood of a new sister-state relationship in the country’s booming southwest; and annual visits to China by the Premier and his cabinet MPs.

Travelling and supplying goods will also be easier, with Air China revealing on Tuesday that it would provide daily direct flights between Beijing and Melbourne from October 25.

The move is an increase on the four services currently offered by the airline each week, and will place pressure on other carriers that don’t run direct flights from Melbourne to mainland China, such and Qantas and Virgin.

“This will mean more visitors, more tourists and more produce coming from Victoria to China – and that’s great for jobs,” Mr Andrews said.


1. China: 1111 (669)

2. USA: 1011 (168)

3. Japan: 834 (263)

4. Indonesia: 499 (225)

5. New Zealand 479 (272)

6. Hong Kong: 405 (113)

7. Malaysia: 365 (227)

8. Singapore: 353 (123)

9. United Arab Emirates: 325 (98)

10. Vietnam: 294 (273)

Source: Victorian Food and Fibre Export Performance Report 2014-15, Victorian Government

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Organised crime groups target Indigenous communities, Crime Commission report reveals

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Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion says the issues raised by the taskforce are a concern. Photo: Alex EllinghausenOrganised crime groups that exploit remote Indigenous communities, and are suspected of drug trafficking and recruiting locals, are being largely ignored by authorities, an internal Australian Crime Commission report reveals.

The ACC tried to keep secret the recommendations of a final report into Indigenous communities, which found that registered child sex offender monitoring systems should be reviewed, and backed the permanent presence of police, child protection and health services in isolated regions.

The 34 recommendations of the ACC National Indigenous Intelligence Taskforce, which investigated remote communities from 2006 to last year, were only released after Fairfax Media appealed to the Australian Information Commissioner.

The taskforce’s final report was released to Fairfax under freedom of information   laws in March, but the recommendations, or “response options for consideration”, were redacted.

The ACC argued the public interest of revealing the recommendations was outweighed by the impact that disclosure could have on “the ACC’s ability to provide frank and candid advice to government”, but reversed that decision this month after an appeal to the AIC.

None of the ACC recommendations refer to the forced closure of remote communities, an issue which has sparked national protests that are set to flare again in November.

The report found that “law enforcement agencies may need to increase their focus on the presence of organised crime groups in regional indigenous communities”.

There were also recommendations that raise concerns about: The effectiveness of community-run safe houses for family violence victims;A need to expand the mandatory reporting requirements of organisations that employ people to work with children;The link between the under-reporting of child abuse and poor access to alternative reporting methods, including not being able to report to authorities other than police;Inadequate legislation targeting the supply of alcohol in remote communities which also hampers the prosecution of those who operate sly-grog shops;No targeted education programs to reduce self-harm, or address rising amphetamine and prescription drug use; andA need for better information sharing and collection regarding child protection.

The ACC also backed increased transparency regarding the payment of multimillion dollar mining royalties and Indigenous Land Use Agreements.

It said the payments were open to fraud and the possibility of being stolen or misappropriated by community members, particularly those with gambling problems.

Policing the payments was made more difficult because community groups had limited access to criminal history checks for probity purposes to ensure those they employed could be trusted.

Details of internal reports generated by the taskforce since 2006, including some reports classified as highly protected and Intelligence in-confidence, are also contained in material that had previously been redacted but was recently released to Fairfax.

These reports include details of investigations into Indigenous gangs, the alleged sexual abuse and neglect of children by two unnamed suspects, the suspected criminal behaviour of a powerful family in one community, and probes into the unexplained wealth and suspected criminal activity of several unnamed community members.

The taskforce visited regional towns or Indigenous communities in every state and territory, but focused on Arnhem Land and the Barkly region (Northern Territory), the APY Lands (South Australia), the Kimberley region (Western Australia), and western New South Wales.

Investigators could force members of these communities to give evidence, as the commission has coercive powers.

It was hoped this power would also prevent reprisals against community members who spoke to investigators.

It is unclear how many of the report’s recommendations have been acted on, but Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion told Fairfax in April that the issues raised by the taskforce remained a concern.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott had proclaimed he hoped to be the prime minister for Indigenous Affairs, but his comment that living in remote communities was a “lifestyle choice” was met with scorn by those campaigning to save the communities.

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Mad rush for mutton

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PRODUCERS are weighing “keep or kill” options with older sheep to best capitalise on the burgeoning mutton and lamb markets.

This has resulted in a reduction of restocker sheep numbers at sales across the country and increased competition from processors looking to secure mutton.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) the mutton indicator hit its highest point since July last year – 357 cents a kilogram carcase weight (cwt) last week.

Statistics from MLA show the sheep slaughter for 2015 is back 25 per cent year-on-year for the January period, at 123,485 head per week, following what was the second consecutive year of more than 9 million head of sheep slaughtered.

Punters have tipped the mutton indicator would continue to rise as supply was anticipated to slow.

Landmark Bombala livestock manager Justin Lewis said numbers at the Bombala district circuit sale were back about 6000 head last Wednesday, compared to the usual 17,000 to 18,000 surplus ewes and wethers offered at the sale.

“We had 11,430 sheep, which was well back on usual because the season has been so good,” Mr Lewis said.

Mr Lewis said processors were at the sale but hardly got a look in due to strong restocker demand.

“The processors could only buy about 500, 71/2-year-old ewes as the restockers didn’t want those,” he said.

The top price of $143 was paid for 41/2-year-old Merinos, 51/2-year-old ewes sold to $130, and 61/2-year-old Merino ewes sold for $106.

Mr Lewis said older ewes and wethers sold by clients direct to the processor in the past month had returned a solid $80 average.

Barellan livestock agent, Mark Flagg, Flagg Livestock and Property, anticipated there could be a premium paid for scanned-in-lamb (SIL) first-cross ewes at the annual Barellan First-Cross Ewe Sale on February 6.

Mr Flagg said buying the SIL units was a good opportunity for restockers to replenish their ewe flocks and also make a speedy return on investment from the buoyant lamb market.

He expected local restockers would be competitive at the sale as there was a lot of lucerne feed about the district from above average summer rainfall.

Mr Flagg, who operates as a selling agent at the Griffith prime sale, expected Merino ewe numbers, suitable for the mutton trade, would dwindle.

“Traditionally, ewe numbers ease as we move into winter and I expect this year we should see the mutton price kick on as we struggle to get the older Merino ewe numbers through,” he said.

GJ Hulm livestock agent, Isaac Hill, Wagga Wagga, said sheep numbers were holding week-on-week at the Wagga Wagga prime market, but mutton numbers were a lot lower compared to other years at this time.

He said 95 per cent of the sheep at Wagga Wagga yards were at the moment bought by processors.

“There is a real even spread between the processors taking mutton, which is unusual, where normally there is one processor in particular that is firing,” Mr Hill said.

“I think processors have adequate supply at the moment, but by the end of March they will have to compete a lot harder as supply tapers off.

“The mutton market has been very good for 18 months to two years, while we have seen it dearer, it’s pretty solid.”

Quality wise, Mr Hill said the sheep couldn’t be in better condition as they had come off stubbles or summer grasses boosted by recent rain.

He said some producers had also opted to hold their older ewes for another year to get an extra lamb out of them while lamb prices were solid.

Quade Moncrieff Livestock and Property director, Paul Quade, West Wyalong, said processors would be forced to compete with strong restocker demand for older sheep at the West Wyalong store sale on Wednesday, as there was plentiful supply of feed across the region.

“A lot of local producers received 100 millimetres of rain in January.”

“We usually get 20mm of rain in January, so many were looking to utilise the feed they have with some extra stock,” he said.

For that reason, a few vendors have opted to hold on to their stock.

Mr Quade said some producers had already sold suitable older sheep at prime sales at Wagga, Forbes and Griffith, as well as direct to the processor in the past fortnight.

A client received $90 to $100 for 61/2-year-old Merino ewes at Griffith and another $122 for three-year-old Merino wethers they sold to processor Fletcher’s International at Dubbo.

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