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Barnett to shore up his own position

But both senators deny there is any rift between them, despite insistence from party sources that there is a frantic scramble for the top position on the party’s Senate ticket at the next election.
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Senator Abetz is under siege from some party members who want to see him dumped from the safe no. 1 spot.

There is an organised push to have Senator Barnett preselected at the top of the ticket over Senator Abetz.

Both have to recontest their seats in the next half-Senate election, and the make-up of the party’s new 61-member preselection panel appears to be leaning against Senator Abetz.

Senator Barnett has publicly stated that Senator Abetz, Special Minister of State, deserves to go into the next election at the top of the ticket.

But party sources said yesterday that Senator Barnett had rethought his strategy out of concern for his own position.

Until recently it was assumed that Senators Abetz and Barnett would go into the election as nos. 1 and 2 respectively.

But a concerted move to have a female candidate preselected to the no. 2 position means that whichever senator does not win the top spot could find himself relegated to the less secure third spot.

Liberal sources said yesterday that Senator Barnett would no longer be talking up Senator Abetz but would instead focus on his own campaign.

“He is very conscious that there is a big push on within the party for a female candidate to take second spot,” one source said.

“He knows he has to forget Abetz and concentrate on himself, because he is worried about where he will end up on the ticket.”

A spokesman for Senator Barnett said there was no growing distance between the two senators, and that Senator Barnett was just getting on with his job.

Senator Abetz has said nothing on the matter since news of his crumbling support first broke.

Some within the party now see him as the underdog – a status that one source said Senator Abetz was counting on in order to win a sympathy vote.

A spokesman for Senator Abetz said yesterday that he and Senator Barnett continued to work well together and both expected to be returned to the Senate.

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13/07/2018 0

Police seek help over lost girl

She is of slim build, 165cm, with shoulder-length brown hair and fair complexion and was last seen carrying a blue backpack with M and M stickers on it.
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Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 005 555 with information.

Also, police have released an indentikit picture of a person wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Eastlands Cinema car park, Rosny, at 1.45pm on Saturday.

Police said that a man had been walking at the Winkleigh St end of the car park when he was robbed by a man armed with a gun.

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13/07/2018 0

Naked rambler back in court

Stephen Gough, 44, was admonished after appearing at Dingwall Sheriff Court – where he wore only a blue blanket tied around his waist. Mr Gough, also known as the “Naked Rambler”, is due back before the same court tomorrow following his re-arrest.
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Mr Gough, who had been spotted walking naked in woods near Tore in Ross-shire in August, represented himself at the trial.

He said he was aiming to prove to society that the naked human form was acceptable.

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13/07/2018 0

State’s lifters on display with their body of work

Muscling in: Dominic Vrolijks, 24, and Anna Gleeson, 23, both of Launceston, will be competing at the titles after training together.The Earl Arts Centre will host the competition, which will see 18 entrants muscling in for a place at the national championships in Canberra later this month.
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“Hopefully someone from Tasmania will then qualify for Natural Olympia or the World Titles in the US or New Zealand respectively,” organiser Don Macdonald said.

The fifth annual competition will feature more than six divisions for both male and female body-builders, who will be assessed by a panel of seven judges.

Among those will be former US Navy power-lifting champion Ernest Ervin, who has moved to Tasmania.

Launceston body-builder Dominic Vrolijks, 24, who will this year compete at the State titles for a second time, has drawn flatmate Anna Gleeson, 23, into the competition.

“We train together and live together, have a similar diet and similiar training schedule, so we’re pretty supportive of each other in that way,” Vrolijks said yesterday.

“It’s only her first go but I’m sure she’ll do quite well.”

All profits from the titles will be donated to the Tasmanian Acquired Brain Injury Services support group. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $10 for concession.


WHAT: The Tasmanian Physique and Figure titles.

WHERE: The Earl Arts Centre, Launceston.

WHEN: Starts at 1.30pm, today.

COST: $19 for adults; $10 for concession.

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19/06/2018 0

Bacon pledges more York Park money

Another goal: Premier Jim Bacon has a shot at the uprights at York Park yesterday after he officially opened the latest batch of undercover terraced seating in time for the Rugby World Cup match. PictMr Bacon was at York Park yesterday to open undercover terraced seating that has been completed in time for the Namibia-Romania match on Thursday, October 30.
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The $2.5 million redevelopment has increased undercover capacity at the AFL-standard stadium to 10,000 seats.

“The State Government has so far invested $3.8 million into capital works at York Park and last week I announced a further $1.1 million would be spent on a new media and corporate area,” Mr Bacon said.

“This will bring our total investment in upgrades to York Park to $4.9 million and we will continue to invest money at the venue as long as people keep supporting events there.

“More than 11,000 tickets have been sold (for the World Cup match) and I urge Tasmanians to get behind the game so that we get a sell-out crowd at York Park.”

Launceston Mayor Janie Dickenson thanked Mr Bacon and his Government for their commitment to York Park.

“It’s fantastic that the State Government has worked with the council to develop York Park into such an outstanding venue,” she said.

“The new terraces and roofs really add to the atmosphere. The sound is amplified and colours are intensified. (But) the best thing is that our new-and- improved stadium still retains the traditional feel of York Park.”

AFL roster matches at the Inveresk ground attracted more than 17,000 people on average this year – an increase of almost 2000 people on the previous year.

A survey showed that between 17-25 per cent of the crowd comes from interstate.

“The fact that so many people come across in the winter – a tourist down-time – is a great benefit to Launceston but a much wider benefit to the whole State,” Mr Bacon said.

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19/06/2018 0

Melton South dumps coach

MELTON South has dumped coach Julian Shanks with only five games remaining in the Ballarat Football League season.Club president Devon Sproule confirmed last night that Shanks had been sacked and would not see out his first year at the helm.Shanks, who earlier this month said he wanted to stay at Melton South for another two or three years, declined to comment last night.The Panthers have appointed reserves coach Travis Chapman to the senior post for the rest of the season and for next year.Mr Sproule said a “mutual” decision was made to part company with Shanks because the “marriage’ was under strain.”It’s just like a marriage that didn’t work,” he said.”A mutual agreement has been made with both parties and both have left with a mutual respect.”Shanks’ season with Melton South had been anything but a honeymoon.The Panthers, who played in the elimination final last year, have managed only two wins.In a The Courier interview earlier this month Shanks said he had found the going tough as the replacement to Melton South’s favourite son Matthew Sproule – the president’s son.”It has been tough, but what I say to people is don’t judge me over 10 games, judge me over a couple of years,” he said.The past Melton premiership captain and Williamstown star of the 1990s admitted he had felt like an outsider coming into the club.But he was confident that the side’s on-field improvement in the second half of the season – including a win against Sebastopol and a draw with Melton – was proof he could take it further.”I want to plant my feet here for two or three years … because we’re working our backsides off to get the club going in the right direction” Shanks said.Mr Sproule said the team’s poor on-field return was not the main reason for yesterday’s decision.”There’s probably a number of things. I don’t want to go any further into that,” he said.”He didn’t get as much out of it just as we didn’t get as much out of it.”We left on good terms and that’s the way we want to keep it. He’s welcome back any time.”Mr Sproule said the appointment of Chapman was a popular decision.
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21/05/2019 0

Sport briefs

Super-maxi smashes
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24-hour record

[BB] PARIS – Mari Cha IV, the super maxi yacht owned by British millionaire Robert Miller, became the first monohull to sail more than 500 nautical miles in a day on Monday. The 140-foot yacht, which has two masts, is trying to break the record for sailing the Atlantic west to east.

It sailed 505n.mi in the 24 hours to Monday morning, breaking the record of 484 set by Illbruck in April 2002 during the Volvo Round The World Race.

The record for the west-east crossing of the Atlantic is eight days 20 hours 55 minutes. The Mari Cha is expected to finish in well under eight days.

Sato to fill void left

by Villeneuve at BAR

TOKYO – British American Racing announced yesterday that Japanese driver Takuma Sato will complete the 2004 driver line-up alongside Jenson Button.

The announcement came just days after Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve was dropped by BAR Honda after an increasingly fractious five-year relationship.

The Formula One season has one race left – the Japanese Grand Prix on October 12. It will be Villeneuve’s last with BAR Honda.

“Jacques has been very loyal to us but there comes a time in all relationships when you have to move on,” said Richards.

“I truly hope F-1 hasn’t seen the last of Jacques Villeneuve.”

The 32-year-old Villeneuve, the lone Canadian driver on the circuit, is tied for 14th in the drivers’ standings, more than 80 points behind five-time champion Michael Schumacher.

Concerns over bikes’

terminal velocity

MELBOURNE – The new generation of motorcycles racing at next week’s Australian Grand Prix may soon be outlawed for being too fast.

The 990cc four-stroke bikes, which have replaced the 500cc two- strokes, have already reached speeds of more than 330kmh this year.

They could top that on the long straight at Victoria’s Phillip Island during the GP on October 17-19.

Australian Motorcycle News magazine has reported there is a groundswell of opinion in the MotoGP community that the engine capacity of the bikes will have to be reduced for safety reasons.

It said the bikes were already faster than Formula One cars when they ran at the same tracks.

Aussie surfer eases

into fourth round

HOSSEGOR, France – West Australian surfer Taj Burrow raised the bar in the Quiksilver Pro France with the highest wave scores so far in the $370,000 WCT event.

Round two was completed at La Graviere yesterday with the first four heats of the third round also decided in good 1.5m waves at the main contest site.

Burrow emerged from a super long tube to post the best single score of the event for a near-perfect 9.93 against countryman Luke Stedman. He then added another 9.33 to his tally with trademark turns, securing the highest overall total of the event with 19.26 points and an easy entry into round four.

“I’ve never had a perfect 10 in a WCT, so I would have liked one then,” said the current ratings No.3.

“I hope the waves stay similar, as I’m feeling really comfortable out there.”

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21/05/2019 0

Five new sites

THE City of Ballarat is set to examine five potential sites within the Learmonth Ward as it looks to relocate the Ballarat Livestock Selling Centre.All five sites have been nominated by the Ballarat Stock Agents Association and the Victorian Farmers Federation and have not been selected by the council.It is not clear at this stage whether any of the nominated sites meet the council’s strict selection criteria.The council last month dumped plans to relocate the saleyards at Learmonth after Planning Panels Victoria recommended the 12-month project be abandoned. With the existing La Trobe St saleyards recommended for closure, councillors are tomorrow set to reject spending $15 million to keep the facility open until 2013. City of Ballarat chief executive officer Richard Hancock said investigations into the nominated sites were at “a very early stage”.”The council is keen to examine the nominated sites, which are all within the municipal boundaries but being treated as confidential at this stage,” Mr Hancock said.”All the nominated sites will undergo assessment during the next couple of months with the panel’s recommendations very much in mind.”Saleyards Advisory Committee Member Paul Beechey said all five sites put forward were in the Learmonth Ward but located away from the Learmonth township.”I’ve had a look at a couple of them but all five offer good access to the freeway,” Mr Beechey said.”I’ve spoken with one or two of the owners and received a relatively good response.”The saleyards situation needs to be sorted out but it shouldn’t be rushed.” Learmonth Environment Action Group chairwoman Wendy McNabb said she would be interested to learn the location of the five nominated sites.”If the council does its homework, it shouldn’t have the same problems as before,” Mrs McNabb said,.”They needed to learn lessons from Learmonth and there were a number of lessons to be learnt.” But Learmonth Ward councillor Wayne Rigg said it was premature to talk about new sites until the council votes on the viability of the existing saleyards tomorrow night.He said a number of sites had been suggested to the council but they needed to be based against the council’s selection criteria first. “The only way will we proceed is with buy-in and public support from agents, farmers and everyone associated with the saleyards,” Cr Rigg said.”The reality is wherever we choose to go, we will encounter a `not in my backyard’ mentality.”
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Pet dangerous
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[BB] NEW YORK – A pet tiger rescued from a Manhattan flat after biting its owner will have a new home at an Ohio sanctuary with plenty of grass, trees and birds. An alligator also found in the apartment is to be sent to an Indiana preserve, while their owner recovers from wounds from the 180kg cat.

Antoine Yates, 31, was released from a Philadelphia hospital. Police took him back to New York City to face reckless endangerment charges.

Free trade bid

BALI – South-East Asian leaders yesterday endorsed a plan to transform the region into a giant free trade zone by 2020, with several urging a faster pace if they are to keep up with the rest of the world.

Security was tight on Indonesia’s bomb- scarred tropical island of Bali. Troops were deployed and 13 naval vessels sailed offshore to protect leaders of ASEAN.

Congo killings

KINSHASA – UN peacekeeping troops discovered 23 bodies in a village in the north- east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in what appeared to be the latest in a series of massacres of civilians.

A local leader from the Hema ethnic group, locked in a vicious conflict with the rival Lendu, said the victims of the attack were Hema killed by Lendu.

Lesson’s over

RABAT – Two Moroccan schoolboys were injured when their teacher threw them out of a first floor classroom window for being too noisy, an Education Ministry official said.

One of the pupils, aged nine, ended up in hospital with a fractured shoulder and serious injuries to his face and head.

Cuban denial HAVANA – Cuba denied it was trying to develop biological weapons, dismissing the charges lodged last week by the US State Department as a “baldfaced lie”.

Roger Noriega, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Cuba in Washington last week Havana has a biological arms programme, repeating an accusation the US made last year.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry countered that allegations stem from “stupid arrogance” and had been influenced by “Miami-based terrorist fanatics,” referring to the powerful Cuban exile community, concentrated in south Florida.

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21/05/2019 0

Station cell upgrade a breath of fresh air

POLICE cells at Ballarat will be upgraded as part of a statewide overhaul.Police Minister Tim Holding said the cells of more than 50 police stations would be closed with another 12, including Ballarat, earmarked for improvement at a total cost of $3.8 million.The Melbourne Custody Centre will also get a make-over.Ballarat police cells can currently hold 25 men and five women for a maximum of 14 days.Mr Holding’s announcement comes after the release of a report by Victoria’s Ombudsman into conditions inside Victoria’s police and prison cells.While there was a relatively small number of prisoners in police cells, the State Government would close those not up to standard “and upgrade a host of others to ensure conditions are humane for their short-term occupants”, Mr Holding said.He said the money would be spent on meeting natural light and fresh air requirements, ventilation systems and external exercise yards.”Security will also be enhanced with low light cameras and facilities for non-contact visits,” he said.Meanwhile, in his report Conditions for Persons in Custody, Police Integrity Ombudsman George Brouwer said despite the former Ombudsman investigating conditions and overcrowding in police cells in 2002, there was still cause for serious concern.”Numbers in custody in Victoria have significantly increased over the past decade,” he said.”Overcrowding and long stays, particularly in police cells are common.”Mr Brouwer said he remained concerned about a number of issues.They include:Overcrowding and long stays in police cells;A lack of access to basic amenities;Deficiencies in the provision of health care, particularly mental health;Inconsistent practices in the management of people in custody, and;The need for a more robust and transparent mechanism for monitoring custodial conditions.Central Highlands Divisional Superintendent Paul Murnane said he welcomed any changes to enhance the conditions prisoners were held in, especially regarding natural light and fresh air.Supt Murnane said Ballarat prisoners had access to an exercise yard during the day and were locked down at night.
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21/05/2019 0

Mental health crisis claims

A MAN who committed suicide after escaping from a Ballarat psychiatric unit was failed by a mental health system in crisis, according to Australia’s peak mental health body.Mental Health Council of Australia deputy chief executive Sebastian Rosenberg said the death of Joseph Kranz was a “national shame” and called for governments to be held accountable.Mr Kranz, 27, died in a Geelong motel on March 30, last year, the day after escaping the Ballarat Health Services psychiatric unit by jumping its back fence. “I think this poor man’s mother said it quite reasonably, workers were doing what they could but the system let them down,” Mr Rosenberg said. “Inadequate hospital care meant that there was inadequate clinical care and follow-up care, which meant her son was in a particularly vulnerable situation.”Ballarat Independent MLC Dianne Hadden said the tragedy confirmed how under-resourced the mental health system was in Victoria.”The families and the parents of mentally ill people in Ballarat talk about being caught up in the revolving door policy of the Ballarat Health Services psych unit,” Ms Hadden said.Opposition health spokeswoman Helen Shardey said the tragedy pointed to the State Government’s inability to manage the health system.But State Government spokesperson Ben Hart said if there were issues with the quality and security of the facilities, then that was something for Ballarat Health Services to address.”We don’t see any evidence yet that this is a resource issue and we will be seeking advice from the (Ballarat Health) service to see how they are implementing the recommendations from the coroner.”Mr Rosenberg believed a fresh $4 billion commitment to mental health care by state and federal governments signalled they were starting to pay more attention.”To put it in perspective, out of total health expenditure in Australia mental health is about seven per cent.” Mr Rosenberg said. “The burden of the disease is about 12 per cent. With the extra money mental health will move to about eight per cent. “That gap says a lot about the crisis in mental health.”
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21/04/2019 0

Murphy, Harradine intend to run again

And Senator Brian Harradine said he still had important projects to pursue as a Senator.
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With the Liberal Party embroiled in a Senate preselection fight and the Labor Party having recently emerged from one of its own, the focus is on the State’s two Independent seats.

Both major parties are virtually guaranteed two Senate seats each, but each wants a third from the remaining two up for grabs.

Former Greens MHA Christine Milne has already flagged her intention to nominate for the Senate, and she could stand a good chance of securing the vote.

If she does win a Senate seat, the two parties, Senator Harradine, Senator Murphy and any other Independent will be left to fight over the remaining vacancy.

Speculation has mounted as to whether the Independents will both contest the next election.

Senator Murphy, who split from the Labor Party part-way through this Senate term, said he felt confident about keeping his seat.

“When the election is called, I’ll be there with my hand up as an independent candidate for the Senate,” he said.

Senator Harradine, 68, said he felt so strongly about a number of issues facing Australia that he believed he might continue to contribute.

“I have made no firm decision on it, but there are a number of things to be set right,” Senator Harradine said.

“There are a whole lot of projects in this State that are yet to happen as a result of the money I was able to secure for Tasmania from the initial part-sale of Telstra. I want to see that money hit the ground.

“But I am also very concerned about where this country is heading in relation to cloning.

“Australia is facing a push by science technologists to approve human cloning, and I was very disappointed last week when the Federal Government allowed the National Health and Medical Council to speak on its behalf on the issue at a United Nations hearing.

“That council took it upon itself to state that Australia opposed a proposition that would have banned the deliberate cloning of human embryos for experimental purposes.”

Liberal Senators Eric Abetz and Guy Barnett are both up for re- election and both want winnable positions on the party’s ticket.

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Knights win final in a nail-biter

BOYS IN TOWN: Under-12 Northern team BACK – coach Tom Compagne, Michael Yates, Peter Loft, Tom Swinoga, Josh Brearley, Elliott Gee, Robbie Widdowson, James Cook, Nick Croft, Andrew Gill, assistant coaAnd that is exactly what the crowd got.
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More than 650 players from around Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT had taken to the field in a round-robin tournament which marks the end of the Tasmanian soccer season.

In the final game for the day, the Launceston-based Western Knights held out interstate visitors Keilor Park in a dramatic finish to the under-17 boys final.

The Western Knights won 10-9 in a penalty shoot out.

RESULTS – Under-10 – Launceston 0 lt Riverside Olympic 2, Southern Raiders 1 d North L’ton Eagles 0, Westside 5 d George Town/Westside 1, North L’ton Eagles 1 lt Riverside Olympic 11, George Town/Westside 0 lt Southern Raiders 5, Westside 6 d Launceston 0.

Winner: Westside 14 won on goal difference; Runner up: Riverside Olympic 14.

Under-11 – Northern Suburbs 0 lt Central 5, North-West 1 d Eastern Region 0, Central 1 d North 0, Northern Suburbs 1 lt North-West 3, North 1 dw Eastern Region 1, North 2 d Northern Suburbs 0.

Winner: Central; runner up: North-West.

Best-and-fairest: Kyron Johnson (North West).

Under-12 boys – North-West 0 lt Central 7, North 1 dw Eastern Region 1, Central 9 d Northern Suburbs 0, Eastern Region 2 d North-West 1, Northern Suburbs 1 lt North 2, Northern Suburbs 1 dw Eastern Region 1.

Winner: Central; runner up: North.

Best-and-fairest: Nick Atkinson (North).

Under-12 girls – North-West 1 d Northern Suburbs 0, North 0 lt Central 3, Northern Suburbs 1 d North 0, North-West 1 d Central 0.

Winner: North-West; runner up: Central.

Best-and-fairest: Lee-Anna Hallam (Northern Suburbs).

Under-13 – South Navy 1 lt Belnorth (ACT) 5, North 3 d South Sky 0, Belnorth (ACT) 5 d North-West 2, South Sky 1 lt South Navy 2, North 0 lt Belnorth (ACT) 7, North-West 2 dw South Navy 2.

Winner: Belnorth (ACT); runner up: South Navy.

Best-and-fairest: Nicholas Uriarte (Belnorth).

Under-15 boys – North 0 lt Keilor Park (Vic) 6, South Sky 1 dw North-West 1, North 3 lt South Navy 6, Keilor Park (Vic) 4 d North-West 0, North 1 lt South Sky 3, South Navy 2 d Keilor Park (Vic) 0.

Winner: Keilor Park (Vic); runner up: South Sky.

Best-and-fairest: Mark Ambrose (North- West).

Under 15 girls – South Strikers 3 d North-West 0, North 0 lt South Idols 2, South Strikers 1 d North 0, South Idols 3 d North-West 0.

Winner: South Strikers; runner up: North.

Best-and-fairest: Lauren Farquhar (Southern Strikers).

Under-17 – Western Knights 1 d Launceston City 0, Keilor Park (Vic) 4 d Riverside Olympic 0, Riverside Olympic 6 d Launceston City 2, Keilor Park (Vic) 4 lt Western Knights 5 (won on penalty shoot- out).

Winner: Western Knights; runner up: Keilor Park (Vic).

Best-and-fairest: Scott Bennett (Riverside Olympic).

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Compensation for ex-PoWs islong overdue

CLAIMS by Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Billson that television series such as Hogan’s Heroes have created a false perception of the suffering endured by our ex-PoWs must surely strike in Ballarat.We are, after all, indelibly linked with the suffering of Australian PoWs on several fronts.The most obvious – and one that cannot be underestimated – is our custodianship of the Australian PoW memorial which was opened in February, 2004.Another is through our association with hundreds of men and women from throughout the western district who endured indescribable horrors at the hands of the Germans and the Japanese.A third is the mighty role played by Burma Railway surgeon Sir Albert Coates, a boy from Golden Point who served in two world wars, who found victory in defeat and inspired hundreds, nay, thousands of men to endure the unendurable.The backdrop to Mr Billson’s remarks was at Wednesday’s launch of the Weary Dunlop Appeal.In the same speech he made reference to the quandary the government was now facing over whether or not World War II European ex-PoWs should be entitled to a one-off $25,000 compensation payment similar to the one made to WWII Japanese ex-PoWs in 2001.There are, currently, 862 surviving European PoWs. There are also 1278 widows of European PoWs who would be entitled to such compensation.It is an initiative that, in short, would cost the Australian taxpayer very little while doing much to comfort and support members of a long-ignored section of the community at a time in their lives when they need help the most.We are at a loss to understand why the Federal Government considers the question of compensation for these men and women to be a problem or a conundrum.No-brainer is, perhaps, a better word – particularly when you consider some of the far more ridiculous and trivial purposes on which much more substantial sums are spent every day of the week.If the Minister is still confused he should consider a visit to Ballarat where time spent in quiet contemplation of the list that names the many who have given so much may provide the answer he seeks.
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Entrants strike up a pose

POSE POSITION: Matthew Wierzbicki, Andrew Strickland-Ross, Nicholas Pretty and Carl Pearson at yesterday’s Tasmanian Physique and Figure titles. Picture: WILL SWANEighteen men and women from around the State took to the stage to be judged by a panel of experts, which included former US Navy power lifting champion Ernest Ervin and former Tasmanian champions.
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Competitors were made to strut their stuff in a series of compulsory poses that included biceps, chest, triceps, laterals, abdominals and thighs and were judged on muscularity, symmetry, definition, proportion and balance.

Alphabeta Isaako was named the intermediate and overall winner, while Linda Finch took the women’s overall title and the open section.

Organiser Don McDonald said the event was held under strict International Natural Bodybuilding Association guidelines and involved compulsory drug testing.

Mr McDonald said the competition was a good chance to show the public what can be achieved with the body without the use of drugs.

Andrew Strickland-Ross,16, of Launceston, won the teenage section after sculpting his body for the past two years.

“Obviously two years’ development on a teenager is different to the development of a 23, 24-year-old,” Mr McDonald said.

Mr McDonald said money raised from the fifth annual event would be donated to the Acquired Brain Injury Services support group.

Winners have the chance to compete in the national championships in Canberra later this month.

The Australian champions are eligible to compete in the Natural Olympia in Hawaii and the World Titles in New Zealand.

RESULTS – Teenage: Andrew Strickland-Ross; junior: Alfred Cauker; novice: Mark Giovanof; intermediate: Alphabeta Isaako; open: Stuart Cook; overall: Alphabeta Isaako. Women’s – senior: Annette Beveridge; novice: Sharon Williams; open: Linda Finch; overall: Linda Finch. Sports fitness model: Carla Munday.

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