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Morwell school merger ‘lacks detail’

The development of a new school on McDonald Street, where three Morwell primary schools will merge into one, has a parent concerned over a lack of finer details. file photoA PARENT of two students attending one of the three Morwell schools set to merge has voiced concerns over the project’s lack of finer details.
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Karl Bennett, who has two children attending Tobruk Street Primary School, told The Express parents had been left in the dark surrounding the particulars of the Morwell school merger project, 10 years in the making.

Of high concern to Mr Bennett was no appointment of school principal six months out from commencement of classes at the new school.

He said this was making it difficult for parents of the three merging schools – Tobruk Street, Commercial Road and Crinigan Road – to decide whether it would be the right school for their children as there was no one point of call for answers.

“There’s no principal, we don’t know the teachers… how are parents meant to digest if this is the right school or not?” Mr Bennett said.

Relatively new to the area, Mr Bennett said he was not alerted of the upcoming merger, despite its plans dating back to 2006.

“When we enrolled our kids a couple of years ago we weren’t told that potentially in the next five to 10 years our kids would have to move as a new school was in the works, otherwise we would have been more decisive in what school they went to,” he said.

“It’s not recommended to (change) your child’s school, there’s a lot of negative things that come with it but we have no choice, one way or another our kids are moving.”

Speaking to The Express earlier in the month, the three school’s principals confirmed a school name, uniform and principal had yet to be decided.

But they said the new school was open to enrolments.

This was of surprise to Mr Bennett, who questioned how enrolments could be taken for a school not yet built.

“I don’t know how they can enrol someone when there’s no school name, logo, uniform or curriculum,” he said.

Department of Education spokesman Alex Munro said a principal was expected to be appointed in term three, as “is standard when establishing a new school”.

“This appointment timeline gives the principal the time they need to develop the systems, policies and procedures necessary to establish a new school,” Mr Munro said.

He said the school’s interim name was Morwell Central Primary School, with a permanent name to be decided once a principal was appointed.

“The principals of the three schools merging have been meeting regularly since 2015 to work on curriculum development and alignment, student transition support, and building a new collective school culture,” Mr Munro said.

He did not answer questions from The Express on whether parents would be subsidised for the cost of new uniforms, or if any staff redundancies were being made as a result of the merger.

Mr Munro did not provide any details on how transitioning the estimated 420 students to the new school would work.

Mr Bennett said while the school sounded great on paper it was this lack of available information that concerned him as a parent.

“Don’t get me wrong, anything brand new is awesome and great for the future, and naturally conditions apply with such a significant school being built,” he said.

“But it all seems a bit fast tracked in the past six months. From 10 years in the making, they really haven’t done anything.

“We’d like to know what’s happening. We (as a family) plan 12 months ahead, we’ve asked these questions over and over but we still have no answers.

“All this little basic stuff should be planned out, it’s the details in the curriculum that make a school (different). With six months to go how is anyone meant to decide on that school’s application for their child?”

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What they said: McMillan

Over the course of the federal election campaign, The Express put questions to local candidates on various topics and published their answers each week. This is a collection of the responses by candidates for the seat of McMillan.*Please note, some questions do not include responses from all candidates, as not all candidates had announced their nomination when the series began. In some cases candidates have chosen not to respond
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Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party I have helped to secure $62.5 million in Commonwealth infrastructure funding.The Coalition has pledged sustained investment in the electorate, with more money for roads, infrastructure and volunteer organisations, including $242,953 in funding for 71 volunteer organisations; $300,000 for community groups; $536,500 in extra funding for Home and Community Care locally, helping older Australians, people with a disability and carers get support to stay in their own home; and $2.87 million for local drug and alcohol rehabilitation services to combat the insidious scourge of ice.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor PartyI’ve lived locally with my family for nearly 20 years. I am passionate about our region.For too long we have battled with second rate infrastructure.We now face serious cuts to health and education.The upcoming election is your chance to choose stronger, more effective leadership.I’ll put people first, bring communities together, and fight for fairness.We have a bright future if we work together for shared goals – real jobs, affordable healthcare, strong education and infrastructure that works.Most importantly I will work hard to get the results our community needs.

Donna Lancaster | The GreensA vote for The Greens is a vote for a new way of approaching the management of this country, including a fairer taxation system, a new approach to government spending that means we have the infrastructure we need, properly funded schools, TAFEs and university and services there for people when they need it.We want dental in Medicare and we don’t want to waste money on a plebiscite.A Green in parliament is prepared to work with others to get the best solution for the country.

Jennifer McAdam | Animal Justice PartyWe have seen the horrific images across our screens.Let’s not look away: let’s change it. I know there are many pressing issues facing government.But as a mother, teacher, and foster care parent I, like many others, care about animals too.Vote 1 AJP on both papers this election. By preferencing AJP #1 and then your preferred party, the 96 per cent of Australians who said they are against animal cruelty can send a strong message that our politicians must seek change for animals.

Jim McDonald | Liberal DemocratsThis election is Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull arguing over who can do socialism better, and we are fast running out of other people’s money.Our national debt is approaching $42,000 per family.We must cut wasteful spending and pay down the government debt.The major parties do not have the guts for real reform, nor do they have the guts to stand against political correctness. In their desperation they are planning to raid our super.The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Let’s choose differently.

Norman Baker | Rise Up Australia PartyA vote for Rise Up Australia Party is a vote to keep Australia Australian, a multi-ethnic, not multi-cultural society opposing Shariah law.We support immigration of people who integrate into our way of life and oppose people smugglers and illegal boat arrivals.We will assist the retail industry, protect Australian jobs and support our farmers and producers. No GMO foods.A minimum of 51 per cent Australian ownership of land and infrastructure and keep Australia debt free. Protect freedom of speech and honour our indigenous people, advancing Australia together. Establish full employment and fair wages.

Kathleen Ipsen | Australian ChristiansI represent the basic values that have made Australia the great nation that it is.Australians share common core values such as honesty, integrity, hope, respect, moral law, freedom, justice and sacrifice.About 2.7 million church affiliated Australians, along with a significant number of people with no church affiliation, are very concerned for their kids who are facing issues such as same-sex marriage and the unsafe ‘Safe Schools’ program.I will represent Australian Christians’ well-researched, broad and solid policies, and stand strong in AC’s commitment to protect our kids.


Jennifer McAdam | Animal Justice Party We take a strong stand against all forms of violence and that most definitely includes domestic violence. Representing the AJP I work with relevant local and state authorities to ensure a fair proportion of the Victorian Government’s significant investment in tackling domestic violence.

Nathan Harding |Family First Party It’s a sad reality that domestic violence and child abuse continues to increase in our community. Family First would support programs that promote strong values like love and respect that are the foundations for family life. Firstly where violence and abuse is occurring, we need safe places for victims to allow them to escape the cycle of abuse. Then we need to deal with the perpetrators.

Norman Baker | Rise Up Australia Party I think domestic violence has been coming about by more than one thing. I taught school for 23 years and in that time they took out corporal punishment. Then I saw a lack of discipline, I saw bullying start to increase and things become more violent in the schoolyard. This spread to the home and people felt they were not allowed to discipline their children by smacking them and that’s where the teenagers grew up more violent and disrespectful to authority. In the Australian community there were less and less people living a moral life, they were moving out of the churches and I feel that’s a factor because the Christian religion does teach respect and discipline.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party Family violence is a massive challenge for our community. As a community leader I will work hard to help people recognise and deal with the root causes of family violence. Contributing factors include drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, low self-esteem, but the biggest single influence is the way men and women treat each other. We need to encourage a culture of mutual respect and call out language and behaviour that is demeaning. Together we can address this issue and make our community safer. Labor will fund more than $70 million of measures over the next three years to support families affected by family violence.

Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party I will keep doing what I’ve always done, raising the issue locally and in the Parliament. I am working alongside Darren Chester to bring cultural change.

Donna Lancaster | The Greens Work to take away the stigma for victims. Primary prevention involves challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and gender inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women.We put forward a bold plan to increase investment in front line services with a 10 year $5 billion commitment. We’d restore funding to overworked services who lost the funding under Abbott such as women’s legal support services, women’s shelters and support organisations. Fund Mental Health services and men’s behavioural programs to ensure people can get help if they need it. Develop a national Safety Social net to ensure people that have to start over on their own raising children are not left behind.

Jim McDonald | Liberal Democrats A problem as complicated as domestic violence cannot be solved with a one-size-fits-all federal program. Domestic violence can only be tackled from a grass roots level with solutions that are targeted to suite that particular community or family. These are best funded from that level to ensure that caveats on federal funding do not conflict with the effectiveness of these programs. Promises of millions and billions from our already overstretched federal budget amount to little more than a cynical vote buying exercise.


Jim McDonald | Liberal Democrats Expenditure on healthcare has tripled in real terms in 25 years. This has placed state budgets under so much pressure they are calling for a 15 per cent GST which will dramatically increase the cost of living. The Liberal Democrats would push to remodel Australia’s health system along the same lines as Singapore (the most efficient health system in the world in 2014), using market mechanisms to keep healthcare affordable while expanding superannuation to include medical expenses to reduce ‘out of pocket’ expenditure. These accounts would also be transferable across extended family.

Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party In addition to greater funding for Medicare, the Coalition Government is spending $2.8 million to help the community fight against ‘ice’. Working in collaboration with the successful ‘Dob in a Dealer’ initiative, which has been such a local success, we are investing essential resources in counselling and rehabilitation services.This financial year we will also spend around $71.4 billion on health, including giving the states and territories around $18 billion to help fund hospitals. Public hospital funding under the Government continues to increase every year and is now estimated to grow by $3.9 billion or 22.7 per cent over the four years to 2019-20.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party A Shorten Labor Government will reduce waiting times for elective surgery and emergency departments, invest in hospitals and protect Medicare. Labor will also increase investment in healthcare at the frontline – so fewer Australians end up in hospital in the first place. We need more investment in local sports and recreation infrastructure such as Moe Netball Club to encourage community participation and exercise. All Australians should have access to the best possible health care when they need it – determined by their Medicare card, not their credit card.

Nathan Harding |Family First Party We aim to prepare, promote and support legislation which will result in the health, wellbeing, welfare, safety and unity of families in Australia. Oppose legislation which would impact negatively upon families. Reduce the impact of family breakdown in Australia​Supporting practical initiatives that enable people with disabilities to be included in recreation, work and community life to the full extent of their ability.

Donna Lancaster | The Greens The wait times for many is too long for services. The Greens will include dental in Medicare and maintain Child Dental Benefits, increase funding for mental health programs including Primary Health networks and Headspace, develop programs to help retain rural doctors and prevent cuts to Medicare. People should not have to have private health insurance to ensure speedier service. Fully fund hospitals to ensure they can deliver the services and invest in sports programs to help reduce obesity.

Jennifer McAdam | Animal Justice Party The AJP supports a universal publicly-funded healthcare system. We believe the biggest gains in health, longevity and economy are to be gained by improving people’s knowledge and access to healthy diet and exercise opportunities. SeeingMcMillan’spotential for plant-based agriculture need to happen now. We know that eating large amounts of red and processed meats can have serious health impacts, particularly in relation to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. The United Nations long term statistically significant studies make this fact undeniable in 2016. Let’s act

Kathleen Ipsen | Australian Christians I would support funding for assisted accommodation for our mentally ill similar to the recently launched pilot concept in Traralgon. Since de-institutionalisation, those in our community suffering with mental illness have been at a disadvantage regarding homelessness. I believe the supported accommodation model is a sensible solution and is a worthwhile investment of taxpayers’ money due to approach in supporting the mentally ill and helping them ease out of treatment and into the broader community.


Donna Lancaster | The Greens The Greens highly value the work of schools and all their staff, as a teacher I know about the increased pressures they are under due to budget constraints. We would ensure the full Gonski recommendations and funding are forthcoming to ensure everyone gets the support they deserve.We would also support a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, recognising the important work Early Childcare workers do. As a local who had to move away for study, I recognise the challenges our young people have, so I would support measures to help them make the adjustment, whether that be TAFE or University. We would ensure our education centres are reliably funded.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party It is absolutely vital that our schools, training providers and universities are properly funded so people can get a good education. Education makes a difference to people’s lives. For individuals, it opens the door to jobs and opportunity, and for our region, it builds prosperity and a secure economy. A Shorten Government will fully implement and fund the Gonski reforms on-time and in-full – meaning every school student in McMillan will benefit from increased needs-based funding. Our schools, our training providers and our universities will be significantly better off under Labor’s positive plans for education.

Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party I remain committed to ensuring students from McMillan have access to a quality education. Across the state, Commonwealth funding will increase by $1 billion from 2015-16 to 2019-20, a 26 per cent increase. Over the next five years, through regional loading, the Government will invest over $350 million to support higher education delivery in regional areas. We are also supporting rural students through the More Generous Means Testing measure for Youth Allowance. Additionally, 1,200 families from regional and remote areas will be eligible for an increase in family payments.

Jim McDonald | Liberal Democrats Spending on education has increased 50 per cent in real terms over the last 10 years. We are now spending over $15, 000 per year for the average high school student. Despite this massive increase in spending we are slipping in the international rankings and only a fraction of this money is trickling down through the bureaucracy to our schools where it is needed. The Liberal Democrats would provide direct funding to schools through a voucher system. This, combined with deregulation would force schools to compete with each other for students and cause a rise in academic standards.


Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party From 1 January 2017 a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of between $6,500 and $10,000 will be available to businesses who take on an eligible young person as an employee or apprentice. Employability skills training will begin on 1 April 2017 to help prepare young job seekers for the workplace, with up to 30,000 young job seekers each year eligible to undertake an internship placement of four to 12 weeks. The internships will be voluntary and provide incentives of $1,000 upfront to a business to host an intern and a $200 fortnightly payment to job seekers on top of their income support.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party What is not revealed in the unemployment figures is the stagnation in wage growth and excessive casualization of work. We have a community divided between the haves and have nots. We have to pressure the government to work with business and community through the impending transition. Most importantly we have to work together. The traditional parochial divisions and rivalries distract us from the real challenge – creating shared prosperity across the Latrobe Valley. I will provide positive leadership and fight for the Latrobe Valley in Canberra to secure real opportunities for sustainable growth.

Donna Lancaster | The Greens Ensure funding for TAFE so people can be skilled to apply for job opportunities. Fully funding Gonski and hospitals will ensure adequate staff can be hired. Continued investment in The Clean Energy Foundation and ARENA will allow for more small scale solar, with home and community projects that will require people to install and maintain services. The Renew Australia policy will create jobs through mine rehabilitation and transition. Reverse funding cuts to ABC to prevent job losses and local services can be maintained.


Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party I have long maintained that I believe marriage should remain a union between a man and a woman. For many years, though, I have also supported a conscience vote by members. If the Parliament takes the issue to a plebiscite I will support whatever decision the people come to.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party Australia’s identity is built on diversity and the principle of a ‘fair go for all’. Marriage is such an important institution, let’s not be afraid of change if it will help make our society fairer and more inclusive. The campaign for marriage equality seeks to address discrimination. Many people of good faith understand the need to set things right. No one is asking the churches and mosques to compromise their traditional values. Marriage between two people who love each other should be celebrated in our community. We do not need a divisive plebiscite costing $160million, A Shorten Labor Government will legislate for marriage equality within the first 100 days of the next parliament.

Donna Lancaster | The Greens The Greens understand that love is love. If two people love each other and want to commit to marriage, there should be no barrier.We don’t need a $160 million plebiscite to tell us what we already know – that the majority of Australians support marriage equality. It’s a shame that this is still an issue we are debating. In years to come, our grandchildren will question why this is an issue, in the same way our generation question why mixed races couldn’t marry.


Russell Broadbent | Liberal Party I believe we must continue to derive the greatest value out of our most precious natural resource – brown coal. We need to harness technologies that turn coal into gas, coal into fertiliser, coal into oil and coal into hydrogen. It’s a matter of real innovation and real jobs.

Chris Buckingham | Australian Labor Party We have to accept that transition is coming and be prepared to set a confident new agenda for the Latrobe Valley. It is really important that we do not waste time chasing a ‘silver bullet’ solution. They don’t exist. We need to diversify our economy so that a range of employment opportunities are available to people who want to live in our region. I will provide strong, positive leadership and make sure businesses, community and government work together for the long term growth of our region.

Donna Lancaster | The Greens The key is planning. Not waiting until a company pulls out and the Valley is left high and dry. The Greens’ Renew Australia Plan outlines how this can occur, (including) overseeing job creation through the mine rehabilitation and decommission of generator projects; a Statutory Transition Authority establishment –identifying new businesses to move into areas and provide grants for establishment; coordinate bids on behalf of local business and university to attract investment in renewable energy generation; identify government agencies to move into the area as local ‘service centres; and encourage retraining where needed.

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Avoid winter hibernation

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WINTER ACTIVITIES: Camping can be a great winter activity, as long as campers remember to pack enough warm clothes and bedding.

JUST because there isless sunlight during the winter months, itdoesn’t mean you have tohibernate untilspring arrives.

There are plenty of activities that can keep you entertained, you just have to be smart and rug up before heading outdoors.

Why not give these a go?

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Go campingWhile it’s a miserable experience to be cold and wet, camping can still be a great winter activity providing you plan properly for your trip.

Checking the forecast should be your first port of call, followed by ensuring you have the correct clothing and bedding to keep you warm.

If it’s stormy weatherI would suggest giving it a miss, but if it’s just a drizzle of rain and low temperaturesdon’t let it spoil the fun.

Tents, sleeping bags, extra blankets, and some warm liquid in a thermos are some essentials you will need to keep you warm.

And, with wintercampers avoidingfire ban restrictions,don’t forget to packmatches so you can have a fire.

Watch for birdsOne of the most pervasive misconceptions around bird watching in winter is that hardly any birds will be around the place.

While the species birders see across thesethree months will vary – based on location,climate and natural habitats –they should rest assuredthat birdsdon’t disappearaltogether.

You will need to pack binoculars to ensure you can spot birds further away,a notepad and pens to keep track of what youspot, a camera in case there is an opportunity to photograph anything of interest and a classification book to look up each species.And don’t forget to rug up with jackets, scarfs and thermals.

Take photosWinter can often be a boon for photographers, with its elements posing as a beautiful time to capture landscapes.Frost, fog, rain and puddles offer plenty of opportunity for photographers to explore theircreativity.

While gettingthe right compositioncan be a challenge in itself, the satisfaction of perfecting it is abundantlyrewarding.

But photographers do need to keep in mind that they must plan their days wisely,with limited time with shorter days on offer.

Go huntingHunting is a great winter activity that can be enjoyed on your own or with friends.

With a Basic Hunting Permit,and written permission of the land owner,you can hunt feral animals such as rabbits, goats, foxes, pigs and deer, and enjoy endless hours of fun.

But remember,​most native mammals, reptiles and birds are fully protected in South Australia.

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Pulses racing in classrooms

LESSON: Jeparit Primary School’s Monique Tumeth and Eli Badus look at six pulse types grown in the Wimmera. Picture: CONTRIBUTEdWARRKACNABEAL environmental educator has started running school programs to celebrate International Year of the Pulses.
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The program startedin June at primary schools atBeulah, Jeparit, Dimboola,Warracknabeal, Donald andYaapeet.

Mrs Clark said the first session was about getting to know pulses.

“It was thefirst of four sessions in thePulsing into Pulsesprogram forschools in the Wimmera,” she said.

”At the start of the first session, it’sbeen a farmer’s child who has been able to share with the otherchildren what pulses are.

“The children made aplant model and identified where pulse seeds fit in it and into a plantlife cycle.”

Mrs Clark said the students put their hands into tubs of pulses to feel them.

“From this, themost common adjectives to describe pulses werehard, small,roundand cold,” she said.

“This is asimple activity that farmingparents could also share with their children at home.”

Students also looked at pulses under a microscope.

“Thesession ended with a faba bean story,written by students from Rainbow Primary School for a 2013 competition,” she said.

“From the start of sessions, when hardly anyone knew the names of pulses, it has been great to see the student getting to know them and name them.

“I thinkeveryone saw or felt something surprising in this session.

“I look forward to sharingmore about growing them in July in the second session.”

Wimmera and Mallee catchment management authorities funded the sessions.

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People don’t suffer silently

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SNORING SLEEP APNEA: While most sleep disorders are treatable, only about a third of sufferers seek professional help, according to World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM). Sleep disorders can cause other health problems.

July’sSleep Awareness Weekraises awareness of the common sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea and the benefits of treatment.

Thekey message is: don’t ignore the (gasping) snore.See your GP now.

Good sleep is important because poor sleep leads to poor alertness in the day, resulting in an estimated 10,000 serious workplace accidents and 25,000 serious crash injuries.

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Terry White ChemistsEyre Health and Mobility EquipmentSleep Health Foundationpartners with Sleep Disorders Australia, Australasian Sleep Association and research bodies to promote healthier sleep.

Last year the Foundationsurveyed 1,000 Australian adults.

Some of the findings were:

On average, adultsget sevenhoursand18 minutes of sleep per nightOlder adults drink the most caffeine and alcohol prior to bedtimeThe blue light of smartphones, tablets and computers suppress a sleep promoting hormone yet 45 per cent of people use an electronic device in bed before sleepingIn addition,30pcof people have a phone by the bed that’s not in silent mode during the nightWhile it’s normal to wake briefly during the night, 66pc of people experience disturbed sleep (From going to thetoilet, discomfort, noise and thoughts)Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have repeated episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the throat during sleep.

A narrow floppy throat is also more likely to vibrate during sleep causing snoring.

Sleep Health Foundation chairProfDavid Hillman said if partial or complete obstructions occur, breathing is reduced or stops for a short time – from 10 seconds up to a minute or more – and blood oxygen levels fall.

These obstructions may happen hundreds of times leading to disrupted sleep.

Peoplemay snore, toss and turn and others may notice that they stop breathing during the night.

Grumpiness, tiredness and other mood changes are common in untreated obstructive sleep apnea.

Health problems can include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke or depression.

Sufferers are urged to lose weight and not to sleep on their back.

An oral appliance or CPAP isa machine that gently increases air pressure in the throat holding it open, thus preventing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Surgery is a last resort.

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AFL 2016: Return of Carlton captain Murphy still weeks away

Carlton captain Marc Murphy hasn’t played since being injured in Carlton’s round-10 win over Geelong. Photo: SuppliedCarlton have pushed back the return of captain Marc Murphy, and say he’s another three weeks away from recovery with an ankle injury.
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Murphy hasn’t played since being injured in Carlton’s round-10 win over Geelong.

The club had hoped he would miss only two to three weeks, but announced late on Tuesday the further delay.

Murphy, 28, could return for the round-18 clash with Sydney at the SCG.

After Murphy underwent CT scans and Carlton sought advice from specialists, the club announced he would not undergo surgery.

Leading sports physician Peter Larkins said the expectation that Murphy’s recovery would take two to three weeks was never realistic.

Watching the round-10 game from the boundary the radio commentator said the Carlton skipper was unlikely to return to the field earlier than six to eight weeks from the time of the injury.

The syndesmosis injury that Murphy suffered is more serious and complex than a normal ankle injury, Dr Larkins said. “The expectation that he would miss two to three (weeks) was not realistic given the mechanism of his injury.

“The concept of the high-grade ankle, which involved medial and internal ligament damage, is a well-established AFL injury. The discussion always revolves around surgery going to get a better result than non-surgery.

“Murphy was medium to higher-grade syndesmosis.

“The syndesmosis ankle injury is notorious for staying sore for more months after the player returns, more so than a typical lateral ankle injury.”

As of a week ago, Murphy was still in a moon boot and reported to be frustrated not to be playing for the team while it’s performing so well under new coach Brendon Bolton.

It’s a big set-back for the Blues, who go into a vital three-week stretch without their skipper.

The club faces arch-rivals Collingwood on Saturday night, before hosting Adelaide and West Coast, all at the MCG.

If they are to make a bold and unlikely run towards the finals, the Blues must  win at least two of those games, given they still face the Swans in Sydney and the Hawks in Tasmania.

It’s been a strange year for the club on the injury front. But while Murphy’s ankle problem is lingering, key big men Matthew Kreuzer and Levi Casboult have both returned weeks earlier than expected.

Kreuzer and Casboult ended up missing one week each, despite Kruezer having key-hole surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee and fears that Casboult had broken his leg.

In better news for the club, young forward Charlie Curnow is likely to make his return this weekend at VFL level.

He was due to play in the Northern Blues development side last week – his first game since contracting glandular fever – but rolled his ankle at training late in the week and was forced to sit out.

Curnow’s return would come a week after fellow first round draft pick Harry McKay made his return from a back injury.

Uncertainty surrounds another 2015 draft pick, forward Jack Silvagni, and whether he makes his senior debut on Saturday.

The son of Carlton legend Stephen Silvagni has been kicking goals consistently in the VFL and is seen as a good chance to make his debut this week, adding spice to the clash between  the games’ most bitter rivals.

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Mouse In The House wins NSW Group 1

The Steve Turnbull trained and driven Mouse in the House won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings.Mouse In The House, a horse which has a strong link to Parkes, won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings at Menangle last Sunday.
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The Steve Turnbull trained and driven Mouse in the House won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings.

On a supreme day for harness racing where there were seven Group 1 races on the 11-event program, the Steve Turnbull trained and driven gelding ran the 1609 metres in 1m51.4

It was a big day for the Bathurst-based Turnbull stable with Conviction winning the two-year-old colts and geldings final, while he also came within a head of winning the four-year-old mares final with Hey Porsha.

Owned by Parkes man, John Dwyer, his sons Charles from Forbes and Matthew, Sydney and Ian Thomson of Emu Plains, Mouse In The House defeated a quality field to take the $60,000 first prize money.

After settling Mouse In The House mid field from barrier 13, Turnbull timed his run to perfection in the home straight to win the race by 1.7 metres.

It was third time lucky for Mouse In The House which also competed in the two and three-year-old series’ of the Breeders Challenge, his best efforts being last year when he won the heat and semi-final of the three-year-old event before finishing third in the final.

Despite finishing second in his past three starts at Menangle, Mouse In The House started at the good odds of $10.70 for the final.

Also bred by his owners and raised at the Dumesny family’s Valley View farm at Cookamidgera, Mouse In The House has a solid racing record of 14 wins, six seconds and four thirds from 36 starts for more than $191,000 in prize money.

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The Border Mail Election Guide 2016 | FARRER

The Basics- 126,590 sqkm,111,466 enrolled to vote and13,022 pre-polled up to June 29
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– The local governments ofAlbury (key booth), Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Griffith (key booth), Hay, Jerilderie, Leeton, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth make up the electorate. Broken Hill is no longer a part of the electorate

– Industries include livestock, orchards, irrigation and other agricultural activities

– You can follow our coverage of the election and send us photosusing#FarrerVotes through social media platforms or staying glued toThe Border Mailwebsite andFacebook page.

What happened last timeA landslide win for incumbent and Health and Sport Minister Sussan Ley who got 57 per cent of the first preference vote. Six-thousand first preference votes went to the Palmer United Party and the Katter Australia Party last time around, although neither of them have a candidate for 2016.

The Issues- Health

– Water

The Candidates Liberal – Sussan Ley

Sussan Ley

Ballot order:5


Bio: Sussan Ley is likely to be celebrating another win early on Saturday evening. There has been no groundswell of opposition against the sitting member unlike what was seen in Indi in 2013. Ms Ley has been a fixture at several Farrer forums to debate her challengers.Read more.

The Greens – Amanda Cohn

Amanda Cohn

Ballot order:2

Party:The Greens

Bio: Albury doctor Amanda Cohn declared for the Greens late last year and has travelled to the far reaches of the electorate to try and boost the Greens numbers. The withdrawal of the Labor candidate from the election is likely to benefit her the most.Read more.

Australian Liberty Alliance – Ron Pike

Ron Pike

Ballot order:1

Party: Australian Liberty Alliance

Bio: Ron Pikehas been one of the most vocal challengers in this year’s election for Farrer. Coming down from Griffith, he’s main focus has been attacking the water policies of the coalition specifically the Murray Darling Basin Plan.He says it would “destroy every community in this electorate”. Mr Pike has also been in the media for his comments about the aboriginal people of Australia and those of the Muslim faith.Read more.

Mature Australia Party – Trevor O’Brien

Trevor O’Brien

Ballot order:7

Party: Mature Australia

Bio: Mr O’Brien is a farmer and transport manager from Griffith in the northern reaches of the electorate and was roped into the gig after being coaxed by fellow contender Brian Mills. He wants to see a “transaction tax” of one or two cents on every transaction for everyone.Mr O’Brien’s party wants the pension to be raised to75 per cent of the minimum wage.Read more.

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) – Paul Rossetto

Paul Rossetto

Ballot order: 3

Party:Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Bio:PaulRossetto’s party polled the lowest in the last federal election. The Griffith City councillormade the most waves this election by claiming Ms Ley’s website had information saying she was in support of same-sex marriage, something Ms Ley rejected. Mr Rossetto’s party is pro-life and against euthanasia.Read more.

Independent – Brian Mills

Brian Mills

Ballot order: 4

Party: Independent

Bio: Disillusioned with the major parties,Brian Mills also has concerns about water and specifically the orange industry telling The Area News“I have issued and advertised 26 debate challenges (to Sussan Ley), the most pressing debate relates to my long term plans to save the Valencia orange industry.”Read more.

Labor (withdrawn) – Christian Kunde

Christian Kunde (Withdrawn)

Ballot order: 6

Party: Labor

Bio: Trainee doctor Christian Kunde from Albury was a late addition to the race and the first to exit amidst controversyover his alleged links to an Islamic extremest group. Mr Kunde withdrew from the election but it was too late for Labor to get another candidate. His name will still appear on ballot draws and his preferences flow elsewhere.Read more.

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The West Australian to cut jobs as acquisition of The Sunday Times looms

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes (right) and CEO Tim Worner. Photo: Marco Del Grande The West Australian has confirmed it will cut jobs as the proposed acquisition of The Sunday Times and PerthNow by parent company Seven West Media gets closer.
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The daily newspaper wants a new organisational structure that required staff cuts, an email to staff on Wednesday from CEO Chris Warton said.

While it is unclear how many positions may go, Mr Warton said the cuts would “assist in building a strong foundation for the future of our business”.

“An unstable economic environment and changes to the media industry have presented many new and greater challenges for our organisations,” he said in the staff email.

“As a result of those challenges, we face increased pressure to transform the way we operate to secure our future.

“It is imperative that we effectively manage our costs to ensure long-term viability and growth.”

Mr Wharton refused to comment on whether the job cuts were linked to the purchase of the The Sunday Times.

MEAA WA media section president Martin Turner said he was concerned about the possibility of fewer staff being required to deliver a Sunday title as well.

“This would seem to scupper much hope of a reasonable movement of staff from News to SWM in that transition,” he told WAtoday.

“It seems more than a little concerning that we would be losing diversity of voice at the same time as the remaining dominant media group is reducing its own capacity to deliver daily news through its newspapers.

“However this is resolved, and bearing in mind we appreciate the severe financial constraints our industry is operating under, we would hope that media owners understand the need to provide sustainable, manageable jobs for journalists that lead to quality journalism in reasonable working conditions.

“A healthy industry depends on a healthy workforce and the community is far better served when quality journalism is encouraged.”

WAtoday revealed in February that Seven West Media was in advanced negotiations to buy the Sunday paper and its online website from News Corp.

The proposed acquisition is being considered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which will review what impact the purchase would have on the quality and diversity of content and advertising prices.

The union that represents WA journalists last week wrote to the ACCC about its concerns the proposed sale would negatively impact editorial independence at the state’s only daily newspaper.

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance regional WA director Tiffany Venning said merging journalists from The Sunday Times and PerthNow website into the rival newsroom of The West Australian would create a litany of problems if they could not work independently of each other.

“There would be a threat to the diversity of news and opinion in WA if Seven West Media gained control of The Sunday Times,” she told the the ACCC.

“The two papers under different owners have ploughed their own furrow. The different approaches allow the news agenda of WA to have a variety of major influences and influencers.”

A transaction without editorial conditions could give SWM chairman and prominent businessman Kerry Stokes unprecedented influence over government and business interests in WA, the union said.

“It will put incredible power in the hands of one mogul, Kerry Stokes, whose business interests in WA extend far beyond the media to include property investment, land development, oil and gas exploration and iron ore,” Ms Venning wrote.

“This involves commercial relationships with major mining groups and fellow entrepreneurs.”

The WA branch also expressed doubts about The West Australian and Seven News Perth to objectively report on interests that affect Mr Stokes and shareholders and executives on the SWM board.

“SWM shareholders and senior executives are also heavily involved in the Perth business scene at large and in dealings with the state government,” she wrote.

“These dealings … also include attempts to acquire significant assets or significant contractual benefits through those dealings with the state government.

“There is an obviously greater potential for problems in objectively reporting or analysing these business activities, especially involving government, when that same group controls all the daily newspapers in town.”

The alliance suggested a joint venture vehicle controlling The Sunday Times and PerthNow would help journalists from both newspapers maintain their independence and rivalry.

Submissions on the proposed acquisition by Seven West Media should go to [email protected]论坛, with the ACCC to release its findings on July 28.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Focus on party policies after long campaign

I CONFESS I’m entirely over this election campaign and the endless cycle of candidates running around offering inducements to people for their vote.So keeping it simple, I’ve focused on the main economic argument. One side wishes to give $50 billion dollarsof our money in tax cuts to big business and the other wants to give that money instead to health and education.
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The business argument relies on the “trickle down” theory – sometimes described as “a few crumbs falling off the rich man’s table to the poor below” where the increased business profitability may create a few extra jobs. I’m a little dubious that the likes of Google and Facebook, the big banks, or the multinational miners will do little other that pocket the extra profits. And they pay little tax anyway.

The majority of spending on health and education goes directly to local jobs, doctors and teachers, nurses and assistants, clerks and gardeners etc.These are the jobs and services that maintain our small cities and towns in Tasmania, whereas most of the business interests don’t know or care who/where we are. It’s an easy choice for me.

Bob Cohen, Launceston.ECONOMIC FACTSWhen the Liberal Government gained power in 1996 under John Howard, they inherited a $96 billion debt from Labor. Forty billion of this debt was brought forward from the Liberal Fraser Government and left as debt to the Hawke Government.

The Liberals will not reveal how Howard and Costello rid themselves of this debt.

This was entirely achieved by asset sales which totalled $72 billion in 2007 dollar terms (which was the time they lost power to Labor) to pay off the $56 billion debt incurred by Labor. The Liberals sold off 75 assets worth $72 billion.

Some of these assets included Telstra, Dasfleet, Commonwealth Bank, several airports and airlines, together with the sale of two thirds of our gold reserves (some 167 tonnes of gold at $306 an ounce which was at bargain basement price).

Australia survived the economic recession best of all countries under the guidance of Kevin Rudd, preventing a recession.Australia gained AAA ratings from all three agencies (Moody’s, S&Ps and Fitch) for the very first time under Julia Gillard in 2011.

If you google who was the most wasteful government in Australia’s history, the statistics clearing indicate it was during the Howard/Costello era.

The Abbott/Turnbull government, despite their slash and burn policies, have managed to double the deficit because there is very little left to sell off.From these facts, it is impossible for the Liberal Government to claim they are the better economic managers of our country’s coffers.

Peter Stevenson, Launceston.JOBS AND GROWTHJOBS and growth, jobs and growth and jobs and growth.Not one mention from any party about a straight across the board rise in the age or veterans pensions.

In addition, the way veterans are being treated when applying for pensions or other compensation from the DVA is nothing short of obscene. The DVA should be ashamed of itself.I know because I gave up after over a year of trying to obtain the standard veterans pension.Andrew Nikolic should really be putting the boot in over the DVA debacle.

Unless something is released soon about rises in pensions in the run up to the election, I will not be voting Liberal or for that matter, any party which does not have veterans or pensioners in mind.

Gerry Kite, Legana,HUNG PARLIAMENTI AM not clairvoyant, but as someone who got a terminating pass in political scienceat university, let me make a few comments about the electoral campaign at this stage.

It is going on for too long and many voters are suffering from overkill and turning off.Many are sick of the two main parties which they see as out of touch and self seeking. As for the great debate, I agree with Laurie Oakes, it was very sleep producing.

I predict voters will turn to the minor parties which they see as more aligned with their personal interest and objectives.Everybody seems to have completely forgotten about the relatively minor piece of legislation rejected by the Senate that caused the elections. Trade unions are not on the agenda.

You could have the ridiculous situation that even with a joint sitting, it still may not be passed.Watch the Xenophon party in South Australia which will be standing candidates for the Lower House.

I predict the result will be a hung parliament with neither major party getting a majority in its own right. There will be a swing to Labor but not enough with the Xenophon party, Independents and Greens holding the balance of power.

In the Senate more minor party cross benches than before.So far the only really interesting things have been Barnaby Joyce nearly causing a diplomatic incident and the Liberal candidate for McWean, Chris Jermyn, fleeing unable to answer a simple question on the party’s position on Medicare.

Malcolm Scott, Newstead.BELIEFSIT IS great to see both major party leaders presenting their beliefs in what seem to be a reasonably open manner.

Mr Turnbull is completely clear, he believes that giving businesses and high-income earners tax relief is a way of stimulating the economy which will eventually result in a trickle down to the common man and those in need of societal support.I wonder if there is ever a time when the hard right believes it is the right time to directly assist the ordinary man and the needy.Trickle down is a bit too nebulous for me.

Mr Shorten claims there are always choices to be made in budget decisions.How many new submarines or fighter planes or tax reductions or other advantages, weighed up against global risk and judgements about how generous should be, a National Disability Insurance System or a National Medical Insurance Underwriting scheme for example?His view is to educate the population well and capitalise on the new renewable energy economy. I agree wholeheartedly with this approach.I hope he really is interested in chasing tax loopholes and union standover merchants too.We get to choose what we feel is good, and then we can just hope the pollies stick to their commitments, something that is certainly not a given.

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