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October, 2018

Windsor wants Barnaby’s promises kept even if he is ousted on July 2

Tony Windsor has written to the PM seeking a commitment that Barnaby Joyce’s promises be kept after the electionNew England Independent candidate Tony Windsor has written to the Prime Minister asking him to confirm election promises that Barnaby Joyce has made during the campaign will be kept regardless of who wins the seat on July 2.
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Deputy Prime Minister and current member for New England Barnaby Joyce has made a plethora of promises leading up to the July Poll.

Mr Windsor sought assurance in writing from the Prime Minister and is awaiting a response.

“It’s imperative that Prime Minister Turnbull reassures voters that, if his Government is re-elected, all the promises made by his Deputy Barnaby Joyce will be kept, regardless of who becomes the next Member for New England,” he said.

Mr Windsor said he does not want the people of New England to be taken for granted, as happened at the 2013 Election.

“News of my not standing at the 2013 Election saw the withdrawal of funding for the Armidale Hospital, and the Legume to Woodenbong Road in Tenterfield Shire, showing the National Party’s contempt for the people of New England,” he said.

“I was shocked to sit down after the 2013 Election and hear directly from Mr. Joyce that funding for the much needed new Armidale Hospital and the Legume to Woodenbong Road projects had their funding pulled, after I announced that I was not going to re-contest that election.

“For the National Party to go back to taking the people of New England for granted so quickly was disgraceful.”

Mr Windsor said the people of New England have every right to be cynical about the promises, and particularly the timing of the promises.

“If Mr Joyce was serious about looking after the people of New England instead of looking after his own job in Canberra, he would have ensured that all the promises currently being made would have been included in the 2016 Budget, announced only six weeks ago, and had all the paperwork done and signed off on prior to the Government going into caretaker mode,” he said.

Member for New England Barnaby Joyce rebuked Mr Windsor claims and said his promises will be kept if Malcolm Turnbull is the Prime Minister after July 2.

“It is clear these promises will be delivered if the Coalition Government is returned,” he said.

“I am working hard and hope to be returned with the Coalition Government as well.”

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Dory’s popularity could be a problem

Concerned: Aquarium owner Jack Tanner with a Blue Tang he has owned for about seven years. Picture: Penny StephensPETowners looking to findDoryare being urged to wait before diving in as there are fears increased demand will cause the RoyalBlueTang’s numbers to dwindle worldwide.
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Retailers are also warning beginners to keep away from the fish which they say won’t survive more than six hours in the wrong hands.

The Paracanthurus hepatus is the star of the new Disney Pixar film, FindingDory, which opened in Australia on June 16.

The film has already created a new box office record in the US for the highest opening of an animated film.

The 3D computer animation features the friendly-but-forgetfulDorywho is searching for her parents.

Jack Tanner, aquarium owner, speaking about Blue Tang survival.Finding Nemo, about a clownfish who gets taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist’s office aquarium.

Finding Nemo grossed just under $US1 billion worldwide and became the best-selling DVD in history. It also led to a 40 per cent increase in the demand for the brightly-coloured fish as a pet, leading to a depletion in stocks.

There are fears the same fate will befall the brightbluecolouredDory.

Flinders University Associate Professor of Conservation Karen Burke da Silva said unlike the clown fish, RoyalBlueTangs could not be bred in captivity, increasing the risks.”At the moment . . . 100 per cent of theBlueTangis taken from the wild,” Burke da Silva said.

Burke da Silva is also the founder of the Saving Nemo project which conducts research into breeding marine aquarium species and stemming their decline. Since its start eight years ago, the project has bred 1000 clown fish for commercial aquariums.

She said, unlike the clown fish, the RoyalBlueTangwere pelagic spawners, who released their eggs and sperm into water. The process was one of the reasons scientists were unable to breed them in captivity.

The tiny size of the larvae was another obstacle for researchers who were unable to find food small enough to feed them. She said even though Australia had sustainable fishing, wild fish should be kept free.

“I think people should wait till we are able to breedBlueTangin captivity,” Burke da Silva said. Butonline classifieds show manyRoyalBlueTangs for sale.

Aquarium owner Jack Tanner in Williamstown, Victoria,said they were expecting inquiry for the RoyalBlueTangto go up by “300 per cent”.He said they were educating customers about the difficulties of keepingDoryas a pet.”They can live up to 10 to 15 years,” he said. “If they are in the wrong hands, they won’t even last six hours.”

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Luke’s long-lasting union with the Latrobe Valley

Luke Van Der Meulen
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IT was at the advent of the power industry’s privatisation that Luke van der Meulen became an unintentional unionist.

Working as a unit controller at Loy Yang and armed with an associate engineering supervision qualification, he was certain to become an advanced engineer.

But when the State Electricity Commission of Victoria announced plans to cut 20 per cent of its 22,000 workers in 1988, he reluctantly stood for the honorary position of the FEDFA sub-branch, which later became the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

“If you want a history of the Latrobe Valley power industry, I’ve been involved in every power industry negotiation since 1989,” Mr van der Meulen said, reflecting on his career at the Latrobe Valley’s CFMEU.

“Not some, all of them.”

Tomorrow will mark Mr van der Meulen’s final day as president of the CFMEU Victorian District mining and energy division, a role he has held since 2001.

From a scantly publicised ‘Rally in the Valley’ protest in 1990 attracting 4000 workers, family members and the community opposing proposed privatisation plans, to the historical 100-day lockout at Yallourn in 2013, he’s fought to maintain Latrobe Valley jobs against the odds.

The self-described “activist” has combatted for better worker conditions in countless enterprise bargaining agreements, campaigned against workforce casualisation and foreign contractors to keep jobs local and sought political support for future industries and a transition to a diversified regional economy.

Few stories better show his resolve than the Yallourn W enterprise bargaining agreement that escalated to an industrial blackout across Victoria in 2000.

Mr van der Meulen remembers members holding a mass meeting at the Morwell Bowling Club calling for the immediate shut down of all power stations.

As generators wound down, he brokered a deal with then Member for McMillan Christian Zahra and former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks from his home telephone to protect workers from being sued if they returned to work.

But the following morning, writs were issued to 13 employees and unionists, including a $40 million dollar indictment and injunctions against him, later dropped in 2002.

“It was serious, but the Commissioner who terminated the agreement later said to me, ‘Do you know where I was the night you shut down the power industry? I was having dinner out with my wife and everything went black’.”

Still, he says he has always done everything to avoid industrial disputes.

“The power stations are big companies that are heavily resourced with many people at their beck and call,” Mr van der Meulen said.

“It should be avoided at all costs, but if you have to have a blue, you have to have a blue and be completely committed to it.”

Early years in the ValleyBorn in the Netherlands in the mining town of Valkenburg, Mr van der Meulen’s Latrobe Valley childhood began when his father moved to work at the gas and fuel factory as a payroll officer.

Never one for “regimentation”, he said he struggled in the Catholic education system attending St Vincent’s Primary School and later Morwell Technical High School.

He could barely read when he left school and found work at Lyndale Poultry farm in Morwell bagging chicken manure for six-pence and the Alexandra Road sawmill before securing an apprenticeship at the SECV when he was 16 years old.

In his second year of his boilermaker apprenticeship at the Morwell workshops, key union delegate and leader of the 13-week 1977 maintenance strike, Sammy Armstrong, taught him how to read.

Mr van der Meulen said the renowned communist never put anything political in front of him, but taught him how to read the headlines in the ‘brew room’ and engaged him in anti-war thinking and activism.

He remembers Sammy musing, “I don’t know why they’re sending all these soldiers to Vietnam to kill communists 3000 miles away when they’re bypassing me 100 miles away from Melbourne”.

“I went from not being able to wait to get there (Vietnam) to becoming a protestor and being involved in the early moratorium against the Vietnam War,” Mr van der Meulen said.

An unintentional unionistAlthough never identifying as a communist, Mr van der Meulen’s political views and opinions have not always been readily accepted.

Looking at the privatisation of global economies under politicians such as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and United States President Ronald Reagan, Mr van der Meulen said he could foresee the privatisation of the power industry to others’ dismay.

“People called me a ‘knuckle dragger’, a Neanderthal and a fool. I couldn’t get anyone to listen to anything I had to say.”

In 1996 he stood for the seat of McMillan as a Greens candidate against Labor’s Barry Cunningham and the SECV’s “pain today for gain tomorrow” privatisation slogan.

He said the Greens’ principles of democracy, peace and social justice resonated with him.

“In those days, if you were breathing and upright… they were that desperate for candidates,” Mr van der Meulen joked.

Despite environmental policies like carbon pricing posing a threat to local jobs, he has also been a long-time advocate of the region’s transition to renewable technologies.

Sitting down with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the CFMEU Latrobe Valley headquarters in Morwell in 2011, he stressed his support for a carbon trading scheme hinged on a community not to be left behind again.

He believes many of his views deemed “idiotic” at the time turned out to be right, including the injustice of the Vietnam War and a long-term transition away from coal.

“My members have not always wanted to be represented this way, and it’s a bit of a paternalistic view, but I feel it’s in their long-term interest,” he said.

“I’ve always been convinced of the problems of CO2 emissions before (joining) the Greens and long before I was in a union office.”

Looking to the futureOutside the confines of the wooden-panelled, 1960s boardrooms of the former SECV that became the CFMEU headquarters at Lignite Court, Morwell, Mr van der Meulen has also advocated for mine regulation, rehabilitation and a transitioned economy away from coal mining.

Long before the reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry addressed mine rehabilitation last year, he attributed disasters like the closure of the Princes Highway tumbling into the Hazelwood mine, the catastrophic collapse of the Latrobe River into the Yallourn coal mine and the Hazelwood mine fire as examples of State Government due-diligence failures.

“We publicly highlighted that it was not a case of the Latrobe River flooding and bursting its banks, but an instance of the state regulator failing to stop the mine encroaching on the river under the mine,” Mr van der Meulen said.

Similarly he said the 2014 mine fire would have never happened if the regulator had insisted on mine rehabilitation.

“Had we not raised the question of rehabilitation as a result of the Morwell mine fire, people would have been talking about pollution and smoke and how bad the Victorian Health Department let us down,” he said.

Later he called on the State Government to fast track the rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley’s disused sections of coal mines to create excavation jobs for the region.

He said the union was more than just fighting for power station jobs, but also for the community.

In order to look after his members he said he had to support the community in which they lived and the place where their kids went to school.

The struggles aheadOn the heels of power station closures in Anglesea, Port Augusta as well as the Energy Brix site in Morwell, Mr van der Meulen retires as the Latrobe Valley power industry faces perhaps its greatest challenge of all.

As rumours continue to circulate about a phase down at Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations, he acknowledges the region’s economy is still heavily dependent on the jobs and incomes generated by the power stations and mine workers.

“Losing just one of those 1500 jobs to us is important and damages the community and we think we’re obligated to struggle for those jobs for future generations,” Mr van der Meulen said. “It’s a community question, I think.”

Trevor Williams has been elected to replace Mr van der Meulen. Read his story in Monday’s Express.

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The severed pinky, the glass eye and the drug debt

Newcastle courthouse. A MAN who had his little finger chopped“clean off” by a machete over an unpaid drug debtwas also stabbed repeatedly while asleep on a lounge in April, according to court documents.
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David Alexander Sharp, 37,appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday accused of“organising and facilitating” the second alleged attack on the 26-year-old man at Mr Sharp’s Balemo Crescenthome on June 16.

He chose to represent himself from the dock during a bail application, telling Magistrate Robert Stone his prosthetic eye had fallen out and smashed on Tuesday night and he required urgent medical attention.

He also told the court he was unaware there was going to be“an act of violence”at his house when he invited the alleged victim over.

Mr Sharp has been charged with causinggrievous bodily harm to a person with intent and police allege he acted in company with the alleged attacker, Paul Dargan.

Mr Dargan, 22, who ischarged with the same offence, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Monday and was refused bail to re-appear on July 6.

According to police facts,Mr Dargan was also allegedlyresponsible for the first attack on the 26-year-old manat a home in Tahlee Street at Windale on April 1.

On that occasion the 26-year-old was allegedly woken up by being punched in the head before he was stabbed three times in the arms with a knife.

Police allege the dispute stems from $150 worth of the drug ice owed by the alleged 26-year-old victim to a Windale drug dealer.

On June 16, the 26-year-old was allegedly contacted via Facebook by Mr Sharp,who said he had a buyer who was looking to purchase three-and-a-half grams of the drug ice for $1200.

The two men planned to sell the drugs and split the profits.

But when the 26-year-old arrived at Mr Sharp’s home, Mr Dargan allegedly leapt out from behind a sheet and charged at the alleged victim with a machete.

According to police facts, Mr Dargan said: “Where’s the f—ing drugs c—?” and “Do you think I’m f—ing around?”

He is then alleged to have swung the machete at the 26-year-old’s head, who pulled out of the way and put his hand up to protect himself.

Court documents state the 70 centimetreblade struck the victim’s left hand and chopped his little finger“clean off”.

The 26-year-old was also allegedly struck with the machete to the left leg and right hand.

The cut to his hand severedan artery, causing blood to spurt from the wound, court documents state.

The blow also severed tendons in his right forearm and hand and the 26-year-old has no feeling or use in his right hand, court documents state.

The 26-year-old was bleeding so much that he wasallowed to leave and call an ambulance.His finger was unable to be reattached.

Magistrate Stone refused Mr Sharp bail, citing the seriousness of the allegations and the need to protect the community.The matter was adjourned to August.

Susan Sarandon stuns in new Marc Jacobs campaign

Susan Sarandon has been photographed in a stunning portrait for Marc Jacob’s Fall 2016 collection.
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The 69-year-old actress, who is known for her roles in Thelma & Louise and Dead Man Walking, was captured by photographer David Sims in a picture published to the brand’s and the designer’s personal Instagram accounts on Tuesday.

Jacobs wrote alongside the image that he “fell in love” with Sarandon’s portrayal of Janet in the 1975 cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

“[The film] became an invitation (or excuse) to dress up and express oneself fearlessly,” he wrote, adding that the film “made it cool for boys to wear sequins, satin and fishnets”.

“​It was in my early days at [US menswear brand] Perry Ellis when I first had the privilege of meeting Susan. Her intelligence, courage, strength, conviction and ballsiness has always been so admirable to me. There’s an inherent seductive quality in Susan as a woman who always speaks her mind and an artist who takes risks.”  SUSAN, Seduction Like so many teenagers, I spent countless Friday and Saturday nights at midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 8th Street Playhouse (which is still standing!) and the Festival Theatre on 57th Street (which has long since closed). TRHPS was a coming of age and right of passage. It became an invitation (or excuse) to dress up and express oneself fearlessly. The cult classic made it cool for boys to wear sequins, satin and fishnets. I fell in love with Susan Sarandon’s onscreen portrayal of Janet during her “loss of innocence” scene by way of a crossdressing alien and her giddy, ecstatic rendition of, “touch-a, touch-a, touch me…” There was a subtle rebellious quality that I found in Susan with how she chose to play Janet and perhaps (as I now look back on it) her decision as a young actor to take a role in a film that challenged the notion of gender roles. In the hyper-stylized, gothic film, The Hunger, Susan’s portrayal as the lesbian love interest of vampire Catherine Deneuve was yet another progressive challenging of normal and a testament to Susan’s artistic exploration of boundaries. It was in my early days at Perry Ellis when I first had the privilege of meeting Susan. Her intelligence, courage, strength, conviction and ballsiness has always been so admirable to me. There’s an inherent seductive quality in Susan as a woman who always speaks her mind and an artist who takes risks. Her talent as an actress is one of extraordinary range, talent and power. The stunning Susan Sarandon by David Sims for our Fall ’16 ad campaign.A photo posted by Marc Jacobs (@themarcjacobs) on Jun 28, 2016 at 7:14am PDT

Sarandon tweeted that she “had so much fun” at the shoot.So proud to be in the company of @marcjacobs. Had so much fun! https://t.co/xUeJ6c5Xsy— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 28, 2016

The actress joins Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Missy Elliott, who have also posed for the fashion house’s Fall 2016 campaign.

The Marc Jacobs gig comes after Sarandon was announced as the face of L’Oreal Paris in January.

The picture even won the approval of British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan, who famously criticised Sarandon for wearing a similar neckline to the SAG Awards in February, where she was due to present the awards’ In Memoriam segment.She (@SusanSarandon) looks fabulous. Just hope she doesn’t wear that to speak at a funeral/memorial. https://t.co/RttKmFILHL— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 28, 2016

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