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‘We thought it was a drill, then we saw all the police’

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‘We thought it was a drill, then we saw all the police’ Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET
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Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Staff and students were evacuated from University of Wollongong buildings on Monday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

TweetFacebookMercury she didn’t hear an alert over the public address system and only became aware of the unfolding situation when someone alerted her.

“I think it was a security guard or one of the construction men [who] come through, he just slammed open the door and said ‘everyone needs to leave immediately, everyone needs to evacuate the building’,” she said.

“We did think it was just a drill until we came outside and saw 15 to 20 police officers.”

“We had heard … that they had found suspicious items and later a suspicious package, so that’s why we were evacuated and the police had to search.

“It’s our first day of the course, so it was definitely interesting.”

Police later revealed nothing was found inside the building and investigation continued into the nature of the phone call that sparked the security scare.

Despite describing the evacuation as orderly, Ms Tukuafu was startled by the ordeal.

“It was very calm … but I was still very panicked because there was a lot of police officers,” she said.

Another student, who preferred not to be named, was in a law lecture inside the nearby communications building (Building 20) when the alarm was raised.

The student said the PA system alert indicated there had been “an incident” and an evacuation was under way.

“I was kind of like ‘is this for real?’ … [I thought] maybe it was computer-generated, but it wasn’t,” the student said.

“We all walked out and all stood on a big, hot oval. I don’t know anything.”

How our nation is divided: it’s the rich and the rest

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IT’Sthe difference between being stuck or being able to escape when society and politicians have let you down.High-income earners are half as likely as low-income earners to think that the world is changing too often and too fast, and low-income earners are twice as likely to feel let down by society, according to new research from the Political Persona Project.Comparing the seven Aussie personas on education, age, income and voting habitsSociety is changing fast. Where do you fit in?What type of Aussie are you? Meet the 7 new political tribesThe haves and have-notsOne of the most comprehensive attempts to profile different types of Australians based on their lifestyles, social values and politics, the Fairfax Media-ANU survey of 2600 Australians reveals a nation divided into “haves” and “have-nots”, divided by income, education and age.
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Just 26 per cent of people on incomes of $91,000 or more said things were “changing too often and too fast”, compared to 49 per cent of people earning between $15,600 and $52,000, according to the survey.

Low-income earners were twice as likely to say they felt let down by society, with 36 per cent feeling this way compared to 17 per cent of those on high incomes.

“Richer people are able to adapt because they have the means to do so,” said Ariadne Vromen, Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sydney.

“They’ve got disposable income, they can buy new technology when they need to, they can even buy more education and training when they need. And they’re the people who are behind a lot of social and economic change as the leaders of society, as well.”

Darryl Coventry, Lavington. Meet Australia’s seven political tribesProgressive Cosmopolitans are city dwellers. Lavish Mod-cons like to splash the cash. And Anti-Establishment Firebrands? Well they’re definitely the most likely to vote for Donald Trump if they had the chance.

Welcome to the Political Persona Project, a comprehensive attempt to examine Australian political attitudes, lifestyles and social values.

It’s a joint project between Fairfax Media, the Australian National University’s Social Research Centre and digital information analysts Kieskompas.

We surveyed 2600 Australians from all walks of life, from rich to poor, city and country, young to old. And then, through rigorous data analysis, we searched for clusters of like-minded people who gathered around particular issues.Our interactive tool allows readers to compare themselves to the seven distinctive political tribes we have identified.

They are: Progressive Cosmopolitans, Activist Egalitarians, Ambitious Savers, Lavish Mod-Cons, Prudent Traditionalists, Disillusioned Pessimists, and Anti-establishment Firebrands.

It’s important to note that very few people will be an exact match for one tribe. There aren’t only seven types of Australians! But by representing it this way, and showing you how much you agree with the different clusters, you should get a sense of where you fit in the wider population.

What you find when you visit the Political Persona Project are the results of our research so far.

We hope that as readers engage with our interactive tool we will get an even richer picture of the Australian political landscape. And we hope you will get a better sense of where you sit in the fast-changing political landscape.

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Meet Mothball at SEC

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WOMBAT FUN: The work by Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French and Bruce Whatley has been adapted into a charming show for young people.
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The beloved, award-winning children’s book, Diary of a Wombat, is comingto the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in April.

SEC LIVE is presenting this endearing production on Wednesday,April 5 at 10am and 12.30pm.

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat.

Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French and Bruce Whatley has been adapted into a charming show for young people.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia.

Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.

Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial.

Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained.

Monkey Baa and a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse 2012/13), Designer Imogen Ross (Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished Composer/Cellist, Oonagh Sherrard use the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages three plus to the stage.

Since 1997, Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating inspiring, award-winning theatre for young people.

Monkey Baa has adapted over 15 classic Australian stories for the stage and are now Australia’s widest-reaching touring company, touring nationally and internationally, working with schools and performing arts venues acrossregional and metropolitan Australia.

They believe Australian stages should be filled with stories that represent the extraordinary cultures in this land, and that it’s important to create work that offers young people a multi-faceted reflection of the world.

To book tickets phone 1300 788 503 or go online to梧桐夜网shoalhavenentertainment南京夜网419论坛 for more information on the production or to purchase tickets.

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Submission against new dairy levy poll

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NO poll of dairy farmers is needed this year to determine how much Dairy Produce Levy they should pay, an inaugural industry advisory committee has decided.
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The 15-member Dairy Levy Poll Advisory Committee (LPAC) accepted a joint submission from Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) and Dairy Australia that the levy should remain unchanged and last week unanimously decided not to request a levy poll.

Under previous legislation a levy poll would have been required to be held this year.

The last one was in 2012 and cost Dairy Australia $750,000.

But early last year, after a vote by dairy farmers, the Dairy Produce Act was amended to remove compulsion on Dairy Australia to hold a levy poll at least every five years.

Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce had earlier signed off on a new process requiring an LPAC to be convened every five years to determine whether or not a poll was required.

The levy, based on fat and protein content of fresh milk, is deducted from farmer milk payments by dairy processors and paid monthly to the Agriculture and Water Resources Department.

Government funding of Dairy Australia and its research, development and extension (RD&E) programs is partly determined by the amount of money raised by the levy.

LPAC chairman John Lawrenson said the committee had been very mindful of the state of the industry and impact farmgate prices were having on farm profitability.

“In considering the level of the levy, the committee was cognisant of the need to ensure that an appropriate level of funding is available to Dairy Australia to support the current and future long-term research, development and extension strategy for the dairy industry which is critical to improving farm productivity,” said Mr Lawrenson, a former Bonlac Foods director.

“The committee was (also) conscious of the impact that falling farmgate prices and milk production will have on Dairy Australia’s future income – both the levy and the matching federal government funding.

“(It) noted the positive returns to industry from DA projects, the significant increase in investment in extension to compensate for the reduction in State government activity and the increased investment in pre-farmgate RD&E,” he said.

Over a series of meetings the LPAC considered Dairy Australia’s three-year strategic plan to 2018-19 and anticipated benefits from projected RD&E investment in that period, Mr Lawrenson said.

It also reviewed Dairy Australia’s services to levy payers, particularly programs relating to profitability-productivity, skills development and those, he said, which aimed at “protecting the industry’s long-term licence to operate”.

Mr Lawrenson said evidence Dairy Australia’s investment created spin-off benefits for rural Australia and the effectiveness of the levy in leveraging more than $20 million in funding from governments (State and Federal) and other sources, was taken into account.

He said the LPAC also reviewed benefit cost analyses from recent investments.

The new process allows Dairy Australia levy payer Group A members – dairy farmers (industry organisations are Group B members) – who disagree with the LPAC’s decision, to lodge a petition asking for a poll with Dairy Australia within 75 days.

To be successful, the petition requires Group A member signatures of farmers whose levy payments comprised 15 per cent or more of levies paid the previous financial year and must include a proposed levy amount.

A proposal to hold a levy poll would then be put to a vote of Dairy Australia members and if more than half vote yes the LPAC would be reconvened to consider options to be included on the ballot paper, one of which must be the petitioners’ proposal.

Members of the mainly Victorian-based Farmer Power lobby group have begun the process and hope to collect 1000 signatures on a petition calling for the Dairy Produce Levy to be reduced to zero.

According to the Agriculture and Water Resources Department website, the levy is calculated at a rate of 2.9263 cents per kilogram of milk fat plus 7.1299 cents per kilogram of protein in the volume of whole milk supplied.

When test results are not available a default rate of 3.2pc milk fat and 3pc protein per litre is used to calculate the levy amount owed.

Dairy council president Michael Partridge said WAFarmers supported the LPAC decision not to request a poll.

“Our view is we support that – there has been extensive consultation take place and there has been no request for a change to the levy, so there is no need for a poll,” Mr Partridge said.

“(Not holding a poll) is also a cost saving measure, the last time it cost a considerable amount of money.

“We certainly recognise there is value for the entire industry from the levy we pay in that it leverages money from government to help pay for R&D programs across the nation,” he said.

As previously reported in Farm Weekly, WA’s sole voice on the LPAC was one of its most successful dairy farmers, Peter Evans, North Jindong, who was one of 11 levy payers on the committee.

Dairy Australia and its western division, Western Dairy, are more than a third of the way through a three-year RD&E agreement with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA).

The agreement will see DAFWA’s role in funding and undertaking State-sponsored RD&E for the WA dairy industry devolved to Western Dairy and its Bunbury dairy hub.

Dairy Australia has pledged funding from the Dairy Produce Levy to the dairy hub project.

Torque Talk – Burando’s new auto batch system

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Burando Hill managing director Peter Coldwell with the new Dura-Meter.
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MACHINERY distributor Burando Hill has been appointed Australian distributors for Dura-Products and their new automated dispensing system.

The Dura-ABS (Auto-batch system) is manufactured in Indiana, US, by Dura Products, and claims it is the only transfer system offering an accurate automated dispensing option of its kind.

The robust and 100 per cent water-proof Dura-Meter essentially is a quality flow meter with simple calibration procedures, integrated with a high-flow pump which operates off a 12-volt battery.

The pump, complete with Viton seals, comes with a 3.5 metre (12ft) delivery hose and a 1.5 metre (5ft) suction hose that is connected to the chemical container and to the Dura-Meter.

The chemical passes through the flow meter which is a battery powered rugged LCD display. The Dura-ABS meter has an intuitive interface that allows for manual or automatic operation at the flick of a switch, with the high-flow pump able to operate at flow rates up to 56 litres a minute.

Simply calibrate the liquid (memory recall of five products) select the volume required, press the start button and dispensing is activated with automatic shut-off when the set volume is reached.

The Dura-Meter also has a memory function and returns to the last volume amount dispensed.

The Dura-Pump is purpose-built in a portable “easy caddy” which can easily attach to the side, or mounted on top of a chemical shuttle. The Dura-Pump can also suit the top mounting onto an enviro-drum or similar containers.

Its main use in WA is seen as a fail-safe system for accurately creating tank mixes for spray or in-furrow operations.

Multiple units can be engaged to dispense, for example, fungicide, herbicide and trace elements into one batch with precise rates manually recorded into the Dura-ABS meter.

Once rates have been set, it becomes a “set-and-forget” automatic operation, shutting down when rates have been dispensed.

“We think this will be readily accepted by the Australian market,” Burando Hill managing director Peter Coldwell said. “The fact that it is a rugged unit and the circuitry is 100 per cent moisture-sealed also is a big plus.

“We are on the verge of a lot of interest in chemical brews and this system really takes away a lot of the human error, worry and physical labour involved.”

The Dura-Meters are chemical-resistant and Dura Products claims a metering accuracy of +/- 0.5 per cent.

This quality product comes with a two year warranty.

* More information contact Burando Hill Katanning on 9821 4422;

Geraldton on 9964 7822; Wangaratta, Victoria, on 0458 214 422.

AFGRI ramps up apprentices

MAJOR John Deere dealership group AFGRI Equipment Australia is making good on its promise to promote a career pathway in agriculture.

Speaking last week at the group’s Boyup Brook branch, an enthusiastic group marketing manager Jacques Coetzee confirmed its intention of employing 12 new apprentices this year.

With 11 branches throughout WA, Jacques said the biggest problem machinery dealers were facing in the the farm mechanisation industry was qualified staff.

“Our focus is on training and retaining,” he said. “It’s important to us to offer young people and our existing staff, a career pathway in this industry because it’s in our interests too.

“Technology is increasing at a rapid pace and we want our customers to know that we’ve got it covered, with people who not only understand the John Deere product but also have the knowledge about how to operate it efficiently.”

Jacques said he expected the company would continue an annual apprentice intake every year with training done in towns where AFGRI has its branches.

“It will be localised training with local trainers and it will not be gender-biased,” he said.

“We see opportunities for everybody to work as service technicians, in sales or in precision ag because that’s part of our career pathways program.”

AFGRI also intends liaising with Muresk and agricultural district colleges to promote its apprenticeship program.

“We want to go back to grass roots sales and servicing so people see us as a strong and committed company providing quality products which we can back up with skilled people,” Jacques said.

“And now we have 11 branches we are in a position to pool our resources when required.

“We want people to know we are moving in the right direction in this industry.”

Last year when AFGRI officially acquired the Greenline Ag franchise, comprising Wagin, Pingelly, Lake Grace, Boyup Brook and Witchcliffe branches, the company’s operations director Gollie Coetzee signalled a return visit to all branches to listen to customers.

“We’ve made commitments to you and we will be back to listen to you about how we’re performing,” he said at the time.

Last week, Jacques set up a ‘meet and greet’ for Torque to get to know Boyup Brook and Witchcliffe branch manager Darren Newbey, who says he has been in this industry almost as long as Torque.

Many years ago (Torque won’t reveal the exact date), he passed pre-apprenticeship exams at TAFE and completed his apprenticeship as a heavy diesel fitter with J I Case, Redcliffe, attaining the position of service manager, a position he held for 18 years before joining the New Holland Construction and ag equipment sales team at McIntosh & Son, Redcliffe.

Following a four year sabbatical, he joined Greenline Ag as a sales rep before his branch manager appointment, which took him full circle as his family still live in Boyup Brook.

Having transitioned from red, to blue to green, Darren is full of praise for AFGRI.

“When they took over Greenline Ag, it was immediately known that each branch would be left to its own resources, so to speak,” he said.

“AFGRI wanted the local staff to get on with the job and make everything work and that has helped immeasurably in the smooth transition from Greenline Ag.”

The dealership now boasts 11 staffers including three apprentices and three sales reps.

Interestingly, service manager Nick Joseph served an apprenticeship while service technician Jim Pottinger completed a mature age apprenticeship.

And the latest apprentice-turned-service technician is Nick Coote, who completed his apprenticeship 12 months ago.

So apprentices take heart. There’s a career out there for you.

Branch managers

JACQUES also told Torque the company has almost bedded down its branch manager appointments.

Apart from Lake Grace, which sees Greg Champion in an acting role, John McBride has replaced Preston Grigg at Wongan Hills; James Whitehurst has command at Pingelly; Thomas George is the new manager at Wagin and Brad Forrester has taken over from Campbell Aiken at Carnamah.

AFGRI is the largest John Deere dealer in the Southern Hemisphere, with 44 branches in South Africa, as well as international operations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Botswana and Australia.

Viking spreaders

MIRCO Bros salesman Murray Escott has a spring in his step following news that Viking Spreaders has added two higher capacity models to its line-up.

The new models boast respective capacities of 12 and 16 tonnes to add to the Viking range of spreaders between 2-10t.

“The larger Viking models will still have the proven stainless steel mesh conveyor system, and will only be available with hydraulically-driven conveyors, which makes them VR-ready (variable rate),” Murray said. “They will spread most types of material, including lime, gypsum, mulches and manures.”

Standard features include stainless steel hoppers, spinners and drive shafts and three metre (10ft) wheel centres.

Murray says the Korean manufacturer has already captured a sizeable share of the global market and is looking to develop new products to meet global demands.

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