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Michael Chillemi jokes about being showered in medals each time he returns toTomakin.
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“Every time I come back to this place, I pick up more awards,” Mr Chillemi said.

It tooka year, but the Royal Humane Society of NSW finally tracked down Mr Chillemi last month.

The society presented Mr Chillemi with medals; to honour his bravery saving a couple who’s car was on fire.

“You never forget that smell – the smell of burning flesh and hair, of bodies burning,” Mr Chillemi said.

Mr Chillemi helped rescue a trapped driver and passenger from a burning vehicle at Telegraph Point, north of Port Macquarie, on January 5, 2005.

The car was badly damaged and on firewhen Mr Chillemi, held up in the accident traffic, went to assist.

He pulled the female passenger from the car, but the male driver was trapped.

“She was getting burnt but we got her out okay,” Mr Chellimi said.

“But he was stuck in the car –it was just me and him andhe was well and truly trapped. He had a bone sticking out here, and a bone sticking out there,and the steering wheel pushed right up against him.”

Bystanders were urging Mr Chellimi to get away as the car was well ablaze.

“My mind was single focus –I am not letting this fella die. He is coming with me or we are going to die together,” Mr Chellimi said.

“The car was gonna go anytime. I had people running up to me handing me fire extinguishers. As quick as I would put themout, theywould start up again. I used five extinguishers.”

Mr Chillemi resorted to water bottles and even cans of coke to keep the fire off the man while he tried to free him.

“The coke did help, it stopped him from burning a bit,” he said.

“Another guy came up witha knife, so we cut the seat belt and smashed the door open and we dragged the guy out.

“We got him away and BOOM! Up it went.

“It wasn’t quite like in the movies but I tell you what, inthree minutesthere was nothing left except a car shell,” he said.

“They lived –that was the main thing.”

Mr Chillemi had already been awarded Australia’s bravery medal by the Governor General in 2009. He traveled to Canberra to accept it.

“I thought, ‘what am I doing here’,” Mr Chillemi said.

“There were a lot of people, much more famous than me and I was the last person on the list, but,believe it or not, I got a standing ovation from the whole crowd who was there.

Kim Beasley also got an award that day –he came up to me afterward and shook my hand. He told me next time he was travelling he was taking me with him.

MEDAL MADNESS: Michael Chillemi jokes about being showered in bravery medals each time he returns to Tomakin

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Good morning, Tassie! | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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Chris O’Connell takes a swing in his match against Dayne Kelly in the Launceston Tennis International. Picture: Phillip Biggs. Click through to see more photos.News from TasmaniaLaunceston weather forecast: A trough in Bass Strait will weaken today as a high moves over the south of Tasmania during the day, then moves over the Tasman Sea by evening. A north to northeasterly stream develops on Wednesday as a front approaches from the west, which will cross Tasmania during the day on Thursday. A ridge will follow behind the front and extend across southern Tasmania on Friday as a trough lingers through Bass Strait.
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The Examiner’s top stories►Huon Aquaculture has filed legal proceedings against the state government and the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in both the Tasmanian Supreme Court and the Federal Court. The fish farming company claimed the government and the EPA had failed to effectively regulate salmon farming activity in Macquarie Harbour. Read more.

►Tennis is all about numbers –ask the tireless Launceston International organisers. Not the 40-love or two sets to one kind. But like two –thenumber of days it takes to place signage, scoreboards, coolers, bins and cameras.Read more.

►Hospitality providers across Launceston are preparing for a bumper weekend with most of the city’s accommodation almost booked out according to Tourism Northern Tasmania chief Chris Griffin. “We are in the middle of our peak summer season but with a major event like Festivale happening it pretty much sells what rooms were left,” he said.Read more.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Border breakfast wrapTuesday, February 7, 2017

Written on May 20, 2019 at 15:16, by

Good Morning Border!
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Our Instagram #picoftheday is by @stefhanson of the sparkling clouds at Beechworth.

It’s a sparkling one this morning after all that rain. Sunny and 33 today in Albury-Wodonga.Maxtemps: Corowa 32, Culcairn 32, Wangaratta 31, Corryong 31, Bright 29, Falls Creek 15.

Catch up on news here:

Cathy McGowan welcomes visit from Federal Transport Minister Darren ChesterFederal Transport Minister Darren Chester will ride the North East line after Euroa MLA Steph Ryan engaged the minister about issues including track quality, mudholes and lacking funding.More here

How our nation is divided: it’s the rich and the restHigh-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. More here

Albury to contest the Regional Victorian Netball LeagueBlaynee House who plays for Albury Blue will meet her sister Mackensey House and Albury Gold at theunder 17 Regional Victorian Netball League tonight at JC King Park. More here

Ed Sheeran surprises fans with Hanging Rock gigFans had plenty of warning that Ed Sheeran would be playing at Southern Cross Austereo’s World Famous Rooftop on Sunday. They just didn’t know where, until the day of the event. More here

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Brekkie BlogTuesday, February 7, 2017

Written on April 20, 2019 at 12:57, by

North-West weatherA trough in Bass Strait will weaken today as a high moves over the south of Tasmania during the day, then moves over the Tasman Sea by evening. A north to northeasterly stream develops on Wednesday as a front approaches from the west, which will cross Tasmania during the day on Thursday. A ridge will follow behind the front and extend across southern Tasmania on Friday as a trough lingers through Bass Strait.
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North-West news►Huon Aquaculture has filed legal proceedings against the state government and the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in both the Tasmanian Supreme Court and the Federal Court. The fish farming company claimed the government and the EPA had failed to effectively regulate salmon farming activity in Macquarie Harbour. Read more.

►Police say abody, believed to be an allegedly murdered Mowbrayman, wasretrieved from the deepest part of Lake Eugenana where it was thought to have been for weeks. The popular swimming hole is better known among North-West Coastersas the old Melrose quarry. Read more.

►The Waratah-Wynyard Council has approved a permit for a multi-million-dollar resort and caravan park at Boat Harbour. Residents packed the council chambers on Monday night, whenthe fate of the development was decided at a special council meeting. Read more.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

On the goTuesday, February 7, 2017

Written on April 20, 2019 at 12:57, by

Today’s Instagram #picoftheday is by @jacq_a_stew1664 – tag your weather pics #bendigoweather and we’ll feature the best ones here.
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GoodmorningcentralVictoria!

Did you see the sunset last night? Central Victorians were treated to another stunning display, withbeautiful colours as the sun went down.Did you capture the sunset? We’d love to see your photos. Click here for more.

We’re in for a sunny day – Bendigo 29, Maryborough 29, Castlemaine 28, Kyneton 27, Redesdale 30, Echuca 31.

Catch up on news here:

Thai police will charge boyfriend of woman killed in jet-ski accident Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

Police say the partner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet-skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be charged with reckless driving causing death. Read more here.

Sandhurst second in alleged child sex offencesTheSandhurst Diocese had the second highest rate of priests accused of child sexual abuse out of Australia’s 17 Catholic dioceses during a 60 year period. Read more here.

Split second to avoid Goornong head-onBILL Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash. The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read more here.

Please explain, Bendigo voter asks VECAmy Waldron was frustrated when she saw apparent failure to vote notices in the mail.She and her partner had moved to Bendigo from Queensland in June. It wasn’t until their ballot papers arrived in the mail, five days after the due date for postal votes, that they realised there had been a local council election in the City of Greater Bendigo. Read more here.

Golden Square star’s backflipTwo months after declaring his intention to play with the Wodonga Raiders, Adam Baird will stay with Golden Square for 2017.The four-time premiership player with the Bulldogs was expected to join close friend and 2016 Michelsen Medal winner Brodie Filo at the Raiders. Read more here.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Hunter BreakfastFebruary 7

Written on April 20, 2019 at 12:57, by

Morning Shot: @aglobewelltravelled/Instagram
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Weather: Rain increasing and a storm likely in Newcastle (26 degrees), Nelson Bay, Toronto (both 28 degrees), Wallsend andRaymond Terrace (both 29 degrees).

Trains: Passengers are urged to allow extra travel time heading to Sydney due to signal repairs at Berowra. Good service on the Hunter line.

Traffic: Traffic lights are flashing yellow at the intersection of the New England Highway and High Street at East Maitland.

Beachwatch:Cooler on the coast with rain,onshore winds and choppy surf conditions.Swell shifting to the South and increasing to 1 to 1.5m during the morning. Wind moderate south to southeast.Start of the biggerearly high tides to suit the south facing reefs. Check Nobbys Reef,Cowrie and Merewether, Stockton and One Mile to the north.Some protection in the corners of Dudley, Caves and Catho.A few patches of kelp and sweeps to develop running north.Check your position in the flags if heading in for a swim. Water temp 23C.

Hunter headlines Evidence: American canon lawyer Father Tom Doyle (left) with parish priest and theologian Dr Michael Whelan outside the Royal Commission in Sydney. Dr Whelan believes radical change is needed in the Catholic Church.

THE percentage of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic priests who allegedly sexual assaulted children grew to its highest levels between 1990 and 2010, and to some of the highest levels in Australia, shocking new figures released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have shown. Read more.

Following a protest inScott Street on Friday that saw clashes between demonstrators, the already tense debate surrounding the Newcastle Supercars race has taken on another dimension. Read more.

HUNTER children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal. Read more.

IN the days after Renee Mitchell was killed, a jail psychiatrist found murder accused Graham Anthony George Sloanewas suffering from a psychotic episode, was disconnected from reality, had false beliefs he had been cleared of any wrongdoing and continued to repeat grandiose delusions, a jury has heard. Read more.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Origin Energy $15,000 after dust from an ash dam at the company’s Eraring Power Station was blown offsite during strong winds. Read more.

Fingal Bay resident Pat Hall has canvased support for an ocean baths at Kiddies Corner. Read more.

HUNTER residents have been encouraged to take refuge from the heatwave in the region’s libraries, as forecasters predict temperatures will fall temporarily but reach the low 40s again before the weekend. Read more.

THE state’s chief magistrate has announced further sitting days at Raymond Terrace and Maitland local courts as caseloads increase. Read more.

TWIN towers Daniel and Jacob Saifiti have packed on the muscle as they strive to make an even bigger impact this season–hopefully in tandem as Newcastle’s starting front-rowers. Read more.

DAVID LOWE An awful lot happened in the A-League last weekend, but there was minimal change. Read more.

Isaac Heeney enters his third season of AFL with a six-year contract in his pocket and ever-growing expectations on his shoulders. Read more.

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

Highlands Rise and Shine| Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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That’s all for today. Don’t forget to join us again tomorrow from 7.00AM.
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►Registrations are now open for the Southern Highlands Netball Association (SHNA)winter competition.

SHNA will hold a registration day on March 25 at Eridge Park.Each of the clubs involved in the competition will be at the registration event.

►Saturday marked the return of ISAfor Chevalier College in2017.

Teams were fielded in cricket, basketball and softball competitions for round seven of the competition. Some teams were short on players and coaches due to the holiday period.

►Welcome to the newest residents of the Southern Highlands. Check out the Highlands newborn gallery.

►When it comes to gardens we can’t all have a green thumb.

But we can all enjoy them.

After thesuccess of A Morning in the Gardenin 2016, Wingecarribee Adult Day Centresand the Four Seasons Bowral Community Garden have decidedonce again to co-host a complimentary morning tea for the Wingecarribee Community.

►Dirty deals with contaminated soil have become widespread throughout several council areas, including the Wingecarribee.

Unsuspecting property owners are falling victim to dirt bags providing them with soil contaminated bybuilding and demolition waste, heavy metals oreven asbestos.

►A family farm in the Southern Highlands has been recognised for its outstanding business practices.

Grant and Jane Sherborne run a dairy farm and were nominated by industry participants to be a part of Project 20:20.

►Children across the Highlands returned to school recently.

For some it was their first time atschool while others made the step up to high school.

But no matter what school it was, students enjoyed their first few days back at school catching up with old friends and making new ones.

TRAFFIC:All Southern Highlands roads are open and clear.

TRAINS:Commuters can expect a good serviceon the Southern Highlands today.

WEATHER:A cloudy day with a very high (near 100%) chance of rain, with possible heavy falls on the coast and over the escarpment, areas of fog about higher ground, the chance of a thunderstorm with winds SE 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the late afternoon anda daytime maximumtemperature of 19canbe expected in the Highlands today.

Here’s a look at what the local weather is doing right now:

7.00AM: Good morning and welcome to the Southern Highlands Rise and Shine. Over the next fewhours we will bebringing you as much information as possible from across the Southern Highlands and nationally.

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State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Southern Inlands Brekkie WrapTuesday, February 7, 2017

Written on April 20, 2019 at 12:47, by

Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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GOULBURN:Another Christian Brother who taught at the St Patrick’s College, Goulburn has been charged with historical sex offences.

At 10am Monday, the 65-year-oldfrom Mulgoawas charged with two counts ofsexual assault/indecent assault on a person under 16 under his authority, after presentinghimself at Goulburn Police Station. Read more.

BRAIDWOOD:It’s the end of four long years of study for Andrew Crisp and Bill Hatzis, who havebothrecently completed their Certificate Three in Cabinet Making.

The pair studied at Bruce CIT while completing their apprenticeship at Mr Crisp’s father’s business,Lyle Crisp Joinery. Both will continue working for the business this year. Read more.

QUEANBEYAN:The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council put forward their bold plan on Monday to attract public service agencies across the border and transform the regional city’s centre. Read more.

YASS:With students going back to school for 2017, Yass Valley Library can offer assistance with homework questions, projects and reading requirements.

When school homework requires information the Yass Valley Library is the place to come to! The library has junior non-fiction books that are specially written for school students and cover a wide range of subjects. Read more.

CANBERRA:The Downer Community Association (DCA) is increasing calls for a restoration of the suburb’s long-neglected village square.

The calls have been made as construction of the nearby Downer shopping centre nears completion, replacing the old shops which havebeen closed since 2004 after the previous owners failed to renew the lease. Read more.

Roads and rail:The Southern Highlands rail line is running on time this morning and there are no delays on the roads.

Weather:

State of the nationNeed anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

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Queensland Rail: Stirling Hinchliffe’s resignation set to cause another cabinet reshuffle

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Tourism Minister Kate Jones has previously served as Commonwealth Games minister. Photo: Tammy Law Stirling Hinchliffe’s decision to resign as a minister has left a vacancy in Queensland’s cabinet.
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The MP to take up Mr Hinchliffe’s old job is likely to be a member of the right faction, the Labor Forum. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Jackie Trad is acting Transport Minister. Photo: Bradley Kanaris

Stirling Hinchliffe’s seat in the Queensland cabinet has only just begun to cool but speculation is likely to heat up on who will be offered what could be considered a poisoned chalice as the next transport minister.

Mr Hinchliffe’s resignation from his job as transport and Commonwealth Games minister came only moments after the release of Commissioner Phillip Strachan’s report into the failings within Queensland Rail. Several factors had culminated in a lack of train drivers that led to hundreds of services being cancelled in Brisbane in 2016.

Despite the blame not being pointed in Mr Hinchliffe’s direction, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the saga had taken a personal toll on the minister and his family, leading to him stepping down.

With a state election to be held later this year, Mr Hinchliffe’s decision also allows the government to move forward, with all 36 recommendations of the report accepted and Mr Strachan appointed as the QR board’s chair.

The MP to take up Mr Hinchliffe’s old job is likely to be a member of the right faction, the Labor Forum, which counts Yvette D’Ath, Anthony Lynham, Cameron Dick and Annastacia Palaszczuk among its members.

Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner, a member of Labor Forum after previously being part of the Old Guard, could be in the running to pick up a ministry.

Mr Furner worked as a union official for almost two decades and was a senator in the Australian Parliament from 2007 to 2013, before winning the seat of Ferny Grove in 2015.

It is understood Mr Furner has strong support within the faction.

Member for Logan Linus Power is another contender, currently serving as senior government whip and a member of the Finance and Administration Committee.

Mr Power, a former teacher, was elected in 2015, holding the seat with a healthy 10.82 margin.

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart, currently the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee chair, could be another potential for a tap on the shoulder.

But with youth crime and other issues in Townsville requiring attention, and the demands of a role in the ministry likely to relocate whoever takes the job away from their region, and neighbouring MP Coralee O’Rourke already holding a role in cabinet, Mr Stewart may not be first in line.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will be acting Transport Minister and Treasurer Curtis Pitt will serve as acting Commonwealth Games Minister.

The last Palaszczuk cabinet reshuffle was in November after embattled member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson resigned as agriculture minister after it was revealed she had not paid almost $8000 in rates and had driven an unregistered vehicle.

On November 11, Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan was elevated to the frontbench as Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister and Corrective Services Minister, with former police minister Bill Byrne hopping back into his old job as Agriculture and Fisheries Minister.

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard and member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher became assistant ministers.

It took eight days for that reshuffle to be announced after Ms Donaldson told Parliament she would resign as minister, with no indication the Premier will rush to announce Mr Hinchliffe’s replacement.

Parliament resumes in one week, with Brisbane’s train disaster likely to be an easy target for the LNP during question time.

But Ms Trad is well placed to stand as acting Transport Minister, having filled the role from February to December 2015 and past stints as the opposition transport spokeswoman.

A cabinet reshuffle announcement on Friday next week would be strategically smart, as it would fall after the week’s Parliament sittings, and give the new minister a bit longer than a week to get settled before Parliament sits again on February 28.

Gold Coast Tourism chief executive officer Martin Winter said Mr Hinchliffe’s resignation provided a “silver lining” to get the best person for the tourism ministry.

“It makes a lot of sense that the tourism minister is also the person in charge of the Commonwealth Games portfolio,” Mr Winter said.

“Minister Kate Jones recognises that GC2018 represents the best chance in a decade for the tourism industry to positively present Queensland to the world.”

Ms Jones would be unlikely to be in the running to pick up both Transport and Commonwealth Games as she is a member of the Old Guard faction – also known as Labor Unity – rather than Mr Hinchliffe’s faction.

But a reshuffle that resulted in Ms Jones, who is also the Education Minister, scoring Commonwealth Games as well would not be unexpected.

Ms Jones was previously the Commonwealth Games minister from February to December 2015.

Mr Hinchliffe will stay on as Leader of the House and plans to contest the next election in the seat of Sandgate.

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Donald Trump should not address the UK parliament, says Speaker John Bercow, citing ‘racism and sexism’

Written on March 20, 2019 at 14:46, by

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow addressing Trump’s upcoming visit. Photo: BBC screenshotLondon: The British parliament’s Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has made a passionate statement arguing why US President Donald Trump should not address MPs from Westminister Hall, citing the parliament’s opposition to “racism and sexism” and commitment to equality.
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Bercow said an address by a foreign leader to the Houses of Parliament is not an “automatic right” but an “earned honour”.

The speaker said he was “strongly opposed” to Trump addressing Parliament but became “even more strongly opposed” after the President’s executive order banning travel and immigration by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations was implemented.

“I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations,” he said to applause by SNP MPs in the chamber.

Immediately after the Speaker’s speech. the veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner, who has previously likened Trump to Hitler and Mussolini, stood and said “two words: well done”.

The Speaker’s comments follow last week’s fierce row over whether the President should be granted the honour of following in the footsteps of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.

“Four more years of Speaker Bercow. Well done, Mr Speaker,” said the SNP’s Alex Salmond.

Labour parliamentarians also rushed to congratulate the Speaker, a Tory MP.

“Well said John Bercow,” tweeted Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“We must stand up for our country’s values. Trump’s State Visit should not go ahead.”

The prominent Labour MP Harriet Harman also praised the Speaker’s stand.

“Speaker Bercow just cancelled Trump visit to parliament. A proud moment for Commons. Racism and sexism not welcome here,” he said.

But the former leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage condemned the Speaker’s intervention as political.

“For Speaker Bercow to uphold our finest parliamentary traditions, he should be neutral,” said Mr Farage, who does not hold a seat in the British Parliament.

The three key holders – the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords along with the Lord Great Chamberlain – determine for what purpose Westminister Hall can be used.

Some 1.8 million people have signed petition calling for Trump’s state visit to Britain be cancelled, triggering an automatic debate on the matter in the British Parliament.

But Prime Minister Theresa May is adamant the President will visit the country in coming months, although 10 Downing has left the door open to the President being denied a parliamentary address because of public sentiment.

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