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Choir sings its heart out

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Tight-knit: Some of the members of Pacific Harmony with Santa backstage at their first performance at the 2013 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight.PACIFIC Harmony is a far cry from your ordinary choir.
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“We’re a powerhouse gospel choir,” conductor and coach Komiti Time said.

Blending smooth island grooves from the Pacific Islands with warm harmonies from the heart of Africa, the choir’s 13 members come from far and wide.

Their roots include the Torres Strait Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Indonesia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

The choir’s members are all friends and family, which Mr Time said made the group tight-knit.

The Newcastle-based choir formed about four years ago in a garage, and has since exploded onto the city’s music scene.

Most of themembers play in other bands on the weekends, and come together as Pacific Harmony to performat pubs and clubs, weddings and charity gigs across Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

All have a musical background, having grown up around music in church.

Mr Time was the driving force in assembling the choir.

“I got the best of the best together and away we went,” he said.

Mr Time, who is one third of trio Tre Soul, teaches all areas of the choir –the altos, sopranos, bassists and tenors –and works with the lead vocalists.

The choir gathers at least once a week, sometimes more if they have an upcoming gig, at NewcastlePresbyterian Churchin Lambton.

At the moment they are working hard on their set for the 2015 Newcastle Permanent Carols by Candlelight at Speers Point Park on December 13.

It will be the choir’s third carols performance, having debuted in 2012 –the group’sfirst major gig.

“It was amazing that year,” Mr Time said.

“The atmosphere was electric. It was packed –just a sea of people. You couldn’t see the grass.

“[The choir] had so much fun.”

They are back this year to perform classic Christmas carols with a twist.

The choir will perform First Noel with an R’n’B feel; Away in a Manger, backed by powerful vocals; and the Mariah Carey version ofO Holy Night, among others.

“It’s all the carols you would expect to hear, but with a Pacific Islander twist,” Mr Time said.

Pacific Harmony will be performing in the afternoon to late evening as part of this year’s bumper entertainment lineup.

There will be entertainment on stage from 1.30pm and plenty to keep the kids amused, including free face painting and activities as well as Frozen on the big screen.

Sarah De Bono andMorgan Evans will headline the evening concert from 6.30pm.

Lake Macquarie City Council presents Newcastle PermanentCarolsby Candlelight, Sunday, December 13, noon to 9pm at Speers Point Park.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Top quality hay a surprise

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Rupanyup farmer and Grains Producer Australia’s Andrew Weidemann
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WITH near perfect harvesting conditions for most of this week, we will see harvest finished on the Weidemann farm.

For the second time in the past two harvests, we have again finished inside November.

Although with plenty of hay making as wellover the past sevenweeks, it seems like a long harvest.

Amazingly the amount of grain we have been lucky enough to harvest was much better than we had thought possible, given the extreme final temperatures in September and early October.

The hay quality has been at the high end with some cereal hay producing better than 14 per centprotein, which I personally didn’t think possible in cereal hay until now.

The vetch hay has also been of very good quality and with greater than 20 per centprotein it was easily sold into the feed market.

The dry conditions have accelerated the need for feed across a fair amount of Victoria, which will consume a large amount of hay and grain over the next few months.

This will keep the pressure on the upside for feed grain and hay.

Once harvest is complete we will be shearing lambs to put out onto the stubbles for feed.

One of the challenges in 2016 will be the crop choice.

This season has seen a massive increase in pulse values on the back of a very big demand in India, which is currently driving prices to levels seen very rarely in the Wimmera over the past decade.

Market intelligence will be crucial in trying to understand what this market mightlook like at the end of 2016 and will influence the amount of pulse planted in 2016 in my opinion.

Onthe farm continues to be busy with my role at Grain Producers Australia looking at new regulations and policy around ag chemicals and multi-peril crop insurance.

This has been in the spotlight for some time and will certainly be a strong topic in 2016 as we start to see more companies offering various types of income protection products to farmers more broadly.

Here’s hoping 2016 is a wet year as we look to put a dusty 2015 to bed in just overa months’ time from now.

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Letters to the editor

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BURNING ISSUE: Angst over the future-defining Murray-Darling Basin Plan continues to smoulder across local irrigation communities.Name and shame cuplritsTHE people who trashed the woman’s house at Turvey Park recently should have their names and photos printed in your paper.
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Name and shame them.

E PattersonGerringongTime to take stockWAGGACity Council must tighten its belt and put on hold all projects that cannot be afforded, and these include the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics (RiFL) Hub, equine projects, Bolton Street sports complex, Lake Albert and the community art projects.I attended the levee community forum last week and council should take out a loan to pay for it and not subject the residents and ratepayers toa special rate variation.

Jeff StienWaggaThe halal conspiracyMY LETTER last week was censored and this removed a very relevant fact.

Halal certification that is attached to a huge percentage of our food attracts a “Muslim tax” .

Wages are paid to Muslims so we can slaughter stock in a particular way so they can eat the meat.

Huge sums of money are paid from many food processors to make our perfectly good food Muslim-friendly.

Now I think that’s bad enough, but this money is used to build mosques and Muslim schools that unashamedly discriminate against Australian Christian kids.

Our kids will never be able to attend theseschools and we all know that if we built schools that Muslims couldn’t attend, we would find ourselves in huge trouble and called racist to boot.

Anton HutchinsonTarcuttaStand up for futureHOW many politicians have been listening to some of the dialogue surrounding senate hearings into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, which are presently underway?

The plan is being described as a national disaster, as well as a crisis that is crippling communities, breaking up families and destroying businesses.

A small group of senators attending the hearings are sympathetic to the plight of these communities.

However, if we are to achieve the change that we need, many more politicians must start sitting up and taking notice.

We have communities and food producers in despair as millions of litres of water are sent out to sea, yet scientists are unable to demonstrate the environmental benefit.

In the interest of our future generations who expect us to leave a legacy of food security, I appeal to all politicians to take heed of the crisis we have created with knee-jerk reactions to the millennium drought.

Let’s do something about it before food producers and the communities which rely on them are destroyed.

Karen MacdonaldBlightyWe mustthink of othersTHIS year as we finish our Christmas shopping, please spare a thought for others.

Once you’ve bought a Kris Kringle for a workmate, a quirky gift for your brother-in-law or any of the presents you need for family and friends, consider one more gift for someone who really needs it.

One more gift to Red Cross will help ensure an older or isolated person gets a phone call every day to check they’re OK, clean water for a young child in a remote village in Myanmar, or a shower and a meal for a teenager sleeping rough.

This Christmas I urge everyone to consider making one more gift to Red Cross by calling 1800 811 700.

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Lawn set to host event for juniors

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SWING: Horsham Lawn’s Callum Hayes. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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YOUNG budding tennis players have until Friday to register for Sunday’s junior points tournament at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club.

The event is one of four tennis competitions hosted across the Wimmera during the tennis season, with the first played at Central Park three weeks ago.

Two more competitions will run post-Christmas.

Sunday’sevent will welcome players in under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 divisions, with play set to start at 8.30am.

Horsham Lawn’s Brett Thompson said results from matches at Central Park would help organisers rank players for the weekend’s play.

“They are seeded based on their efforts at Central Park.The more advanced kids progress further towards state competition,” he said.

Thompson said Sunday was a great chance for the youngsters to experience the grass surface.

The competition will include singles and doubles matches, with finals tobe contested between 1pm and 3pm.

Entries are $15, and those interested are asked to call Brett Thompson on 0417 347 246.

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Share, November 23pictures, photos

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Share, November 23 | pictures, photos Ruby Lee Mawer is a daughter for Sarah and Sam Mawer, of Rosebery, and a sister for Xavier
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Sandra Henderson, of Penguin, and Suzanne Hennessy, of Burnie.

Barbara Dakers, of Ulverstone, and Beverley Pearson, ofDevonport.

Attending the openingnight ofthe 28th CradleCoast Rotary Artex artexhibition held atUlverstone is JeanetteTyson, of Devonport.

Stephanie Reeves, of Sheffield.

David and Kym Blencowe, of Ulverstone.

Patricia Kirkcaldy, of Roland, and Colette Binder, of Staverton.

Siggy Schluessler, Carleen Breaden and Heather Norton, all of Burnie, Robyn Moore, and JoanFawdry, of Burnie.

Attending the Burnie Arts and Function Centre performing arts subscription season launch are Lynne Kershaw, ThereseEvans and Jude Ball, all of Burnie.

Rod and Deborah Leicester, of Wynyard, and Sharon Ghossein, of Burnie.

Gail Turnbull, Barbara Koerber and Marge Nichols, all of Wynyard.

Also at the launch are Geoff and Pam Ingram from South Riana

Meg Arvier, of Riana, and Noelene Hurkett, Julie Barnett and Leonie Riley, all of Burnie

At the Come Together Concert in Ulverstone are (from left) Michelle Barrettwith Chloe and Charlize Connelly, all of Ulverstone.

Iaysha Faye Dennison is a daughter forJoanne and Joshua Dennison, of Burnie.

Oliver Frank Yerbury isason for Raelene and Rhys Yerbury, of Barrington.

Danelle Barker, of Sheffield, with Eva June Dobson. Eva’s father isSimon Dobson.

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Overwhelming response to wild deer community survey

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The Port Macquarie-Hastings community has provided an overwhelming response to the recent survey conducted by North Coast Local Land Services into wild deer experiences.The Port Macquarie-Hastings community has provided an overwhelming response to the recent survey conducted by North Coast Local Land Services into wild deer experiences, LLS says.
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The Hastings Wild Deer Working Group will now use the community input to help guide the development of the Hastings Wild Deer Management Strategy.

The community survey was conducted in Port Macquarie during September to gather information on where wild deer were spotted and what impacts were being experienced.

There were 194 surveys completed, with 349 locations identified where wild deer had been sighted.

Numerous suburbs and localities were identified as locations where the community was concerned about wild deer impacts. These included The Point Drive, Lincoln Road, Koala Street, Thrumster, Lake Innes Drive, Lake Cathie, Bonny View Drive and the Pacific Highway “doughnut”.

The Land Services officer for North Coast Local Land Services who is analysing the data, Josh Bean, said, “We’ve gained some really useful insights into wild deer in the region including the community sighting wild deer on a daily or weekly basis and usually at night.

“From the data, we have also identified that a local wild deer herd consists of two to five individuals, with some larger herds of five to 10 wild deer.”

Manager Biosecurity and Emergency Services and Chair of the Hastings Wild Deer Working Group Jo McGoldrick said, “As we anticipated, the main impacts from wild deer are the significant damage to gardens and the traffic hazard to road users.

“There are a range of reasons why collectively we need to address the growing wild deer population, including reports of wild deer being aggressive to people and pets in the area and the threat that wild deer pose to local koala populations.”

Based on this survey, an estimated cost of the damage that wild deer are having on the local community is at least $120,000 a year.

This survey data will now be used in the development of a Wild Deer Management Strategy with the objective to protect key assets, such as controlling wild deer in proximity to roads and around the highly impacted suburbs.

Detailed survey results and an opportunity to continue the conversation on the wild deer issue are available at http://open.northcoast. lls.nsw.gov419论坛/.

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A food dream in Halls Gap

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SUPPLYING LOCAL PRODUCE: Harvest Halls Gap owners, newlyweds Carly and Richard Flecknoe, with their team. PHOTO: Paul CarracherGROWING up learning to crack eggs at her Nanna’s lime green laminate bench, Carly Flecknoe always knew there was more to food than just function and nutrition.
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“I have strong memories of making scones, of a home filled with the smell of roasts, and it made me understand the emotional connection we have with food,” Carly said.

“I lost sight of that a bit in my teens –I think we all do at that age –but then when I moved out of home and began cooking for myself I had the desire to create memories through those food experiences.”

Carly’s food passion developed into an interest in Victoria’s food productionand the ‘paddock to plate’ movement.

While the idea of developing a provedore and cafe had been developing for a few years (a few “red wine chats about what we would do”, as Carly puts it),it wasn’t until a visit to Halls Gap in August that everything seemed to come together.

When asking people where to go for food that was expressly “Grampians”, Carly said no one had a strong answer.

“It lit a light bulb for us.Here was an opportunity to do what we’ve been talking about,” Carly said.

A speculative email to real estate agents led to a find: A backpackers that had seen better days.

“We knew, before we got out of the car park, before we even set foot on the property, that this was going to be it,” Carly said.

“There were the big beautiful trees, the relaxed vibe of the place. This was somewhere you could relax and watch the world go by.”

Keeping the leadlight windows, fireplaces and exterior intact, the inside was completely rebuilt. The focus was on creating a space that was comfortable and textured. Timber throughout provides warmth and a homely feel, while textured paints and hand-made tiles help to create an inviting place for a cup of coffee or meal.

Just prior to renovating the cafe, the couple had commissioned work outfittingthe two self-contained units on site, which Richard will manage.

And just in case they didn’t have enough to do, the couple tied the knot a week before the grand opening on November 13.

“It’s all been very high-energy and we’ve seen so many positive things happening,” Carly said.

She said she was excited to be part of people’s special experiences, including providing a picnic basket for a marriage proposal a week ago.

“Coming from outside the area, we’re really humbled about how we’ve already become part of people’s lives. I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy that.”

This week the couple expects to receive their liquor licence and will settle into a groove before the expected Christmas rush.

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Flying high with Cirque Du Soliel

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Lisa Skinner with her fellow aerial hoop artists in Cirque Du Soleil’s Quidam. Photo by Matt BeardRUNNING away to the circus might be the childhood cliche, but Cirque Du Soleil performer Lisa Skinner and assistant head of rigging Robert Wilson are two Australians who have travelled the world living the dream.
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As a gymnast with three Olympic Games, four World Championships and two Commonwealth Games gold medals under her belt, Skinner was used to performing in front of big crowds before joining Cirque Du Soleil almost nine years ago.

But switching from the competitive to the creative side of gymnastics had one fundamental difference for the only Australian performer on the final tour of Cirque show Quidam.

“In competition you’re trained to block out the crowd and just concentrate on what you’re doing perfectly,” she says.

“Here [with Cirque] no matter what you’re doing, whether you screw up or do it better or worse, you have to bring the audience in to what you’re doing and express things in a theatrical sense.

“They don’t care if you’re perfect or not, they just want to see something cool.”

And in Quidam “cool” is what she and the two other aerial hoop performers aim to deliver when they pivot, twirl and spin so fast hoops and performers become indistinguishable silver-and-red blurs high above the stage – although she insists they could spin faster if it weren’t for the weight of the metal apparatuses.

It’s Wilson’s responsibility, with his two fellow riggers, to keep people and objects suspended safely.

He started as a casual crew member on Cirque’s previous Australian tours in his home town of Brisbane, after leaving the printing industry, before he started touring as “part of the family” in 2007.

“I did it for a few weeks then I looked up to the roof and there were guys climbing around and

hanging stuff and I thought, ‘That looks like fun, how do I get to do that’?”, he said.

“In a job where people’s lives are in your hands it takes a little while to get established, but after a while when you get a reputation it snowballs from there.”

Before her time with Quidam, Skinner performed on the trampoline in Alegria; she is now also the back-up for one of Quidam’s principal characters, Target, putting her hip-hop and breakdance background to use.

When she tours with Cirque’s Quidam from December, it will be her first time performing on Australian soil and she admits it’s a prospect she finds nerve-racking.

“Ordinarily, you can do it [perform] half asleep,” she said with a laugh.

“You can be in front of thousands of people that you don’t know and you’ll be fine, but as soon as you know one person like your mum or dad is out there you get butterflies.”

Although the Brisbane-born artist isn’t playing to her home crowd, she expects to see a few familiar faces when she returns to Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport Arena after spending two of her teenage years training at the institute.

“I went to Canberra High and we had house parents and lots of other kids there to play with, even though you were mostly training,” she says of her time in the capital.

“It was freezing in winter, I was like ‘what is this white crunchy grass’?”

Although the Aussies credit Cirque with allowing them to see the world, both admit there is a downside to the touring lifestyle.

Skinner says living out of two suitcases gets old fast, and Wilson misses the home comforts and says it’s the little things in life that make him happy, such as scoring accommodation with his own washing machine and kitchen.

“You get a bit of a tweak at times like Christmas, it would be nice to be with your family but it’s not always practical, but the good definitely outweighs the bad,” Wilson says.

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam tour begins in Canberra at the AIS Arena from December 10 to 20.

Wollongong from December 23 to January 2 at the WIN Entertainment Centre. Hobart from January 6 to 10 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. Newcastle from January 15 to 24 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre. To buy tickets or for more information visit: cirquedusoleil南京夜网/quidam

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Hayley Dodd’s mother calls for no body, no parole law

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Margaret Dodd, pictured with a photo of Hayley Dodd and her father Raymond, has launched a petition to change WA’s parole laws, making it required for convicted murderers to divulge the location of their victim’s remains before receiving parole. Photo: Photo: Richard Polden Police at the scene of a Bandgingarra search related to Hayley’s disappearance. Photo: Sipplied
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The mother of Hayley Dodd, who disappeared in 1999, has launched a petition to change WA’s parole laws, making it required for convicted murderers to divulge the location of their victim’s remains before receiving parole.

Margaret Dodd launched the petition on Change.org on Thursday, and within four hours it had garnered more than 100 signatures.

The petition had more than 400 signatures within 24 hours and has now passed 1000.

The petition, which is directed at Member for Mandurah David Templeman and WA Attorney General Michael Mischin, calls for the adoption of a ‘no body, no parole’ rule, preventing convicted murderers from being released without information on their victim’s location.

“Western Australian residents draws to the attention of the House that under the current law persons convicted of murder may receive parole even though they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of the victim’s body,” the petition says.

“This prevents the family of the victim from gaining any closure.

“There is a need to amend the Corrective Services Act… to provide that persons convicted of murder and other offences cannot obtain parole without disclosing the location of the victim’s body.

“By making parole contingent upon the location of the body, it is hoped that this may give some closure to the victim’s family and provide incentive for prisoners to co-operate with police and other authorities.”

The petition has drawn support from both local residents and nationally though social media, with a number of people showing support on the Change.org page.

“Why should a person who took the life of another yet then enjoy life on the outside with out giving closure to families,” commenter Tobi Meakins said.

“This makes no sense.”

In October, Queensland Attorney General Yvette D’Ath approved the transfer of Francis John Wark to WA on the basis of allegations that Mr Wark was responsible for Hayley Dodd’s murder.

Police allege the man abducted and murdered Ms Dodd as she was walking along North West Road, Badgingarra, on July 29, 1999, though her body has never been found.

Mr Templeman said he would fully support Ms Dodd’s attempt to change the law.

“I am very happy to support Margaret’s Petition because I think what she raises is very valid and has a great deal of merit,” he said.

“I am very happy to receive the petition and present such a petition to the WA Parliament. There would be many in our community who would strongly support a “no body, no parole” clause in our criminal legislation.

“Such a move would assist families in their ongoing grieving for their loved one and for some assist in some form of closure.”

Hayley Dodd was from Mandurah, but had been working as a roustabout in Dongara before she went missing.

The 17-year-old was last seen walking along North West Road near the intersection of Winjardie Road, a few kilometres east of the townsite.

She had hitchhiked from Dongara and intended to stay at a friend’s farm about 20 kilometres from Badgingarra. She never reached her destination.

Via Mandurah Mail.

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UN’s Ban Ki-moon urges Australia to rethink refugee policy in extraordinary rebuke

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: Mary Altaffer A self-portrait from a child in an offshore detention centre. Photo: Supplied
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The world’s top diplomat has issued an extraordinary plea to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Australia’s asylum seeker policy, voicing unease over offshore detention and urging him to reconsider the nation’s entire border protection regime.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Mr Turnbull on the margins of the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur last week, trading his usual soft diplomacy for stronger language when discussing refugees and migrants in the Asia-Pacific region.

In a statement, the United Nations said Mr Ban “expressed concern over the detention conditions in Australia’s offshore processing centres” and encouraged Mr Turnbull to “reconsider” Operation Sovereign Borders, Australia’s military-led regime to combat people smuggling and oversee borders.

Counter-terrorism dominated talks at the 18-nation summit, one of a string of international meetings attended by Mr Turnbull less than three months into the job.

It came as the Australian navy turned away a suspected asylum seeker boat from Christmas Island on Friday, and as Australia prepares to accept 12,000 refugees fleeing devastation in Syria.

The UN statement said Mr Ban acknowledged Australia’s longstanding commitment to refugee resettlement, but appealed to Mr Turnbull to “share responsibilities”.

The pair reportedly discussed problems in Syria and Iraq and exchanged views on preventing violent extremism.

“The Secretary-General indicated that he is preparing a comprehensive Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism for presentation to the General Assembly in the beginning of 2016, and looked forward to the support of Australia,” the statement said.

It is understood the language used in the United Nations statement is stronger than that Mr Ban used personally when speaking to Mr Turnbull.

Speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, Mr Turnbull said recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Bamako had focused attention on how to counter violent extremism.

“We are intensifying our co-operation on counter terrorism with all of our partners in the region. Sharing intelligence, of course, is of critical importance,” he said, adding that countering terrorist messaging on social media was also a high priority.

Mr Ban and Mr Turnbull also discussed climate change and negotiations ahead of global climate talks in Paris later this month.

Mr Ban “encouraged Australia to lead efforts to ensure a low-carbon, climate-resilient future,” the UN statement said.

Meantime, the Senate on Monday passed a bill to remove all children from onshore detention by Christmas.

The Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No.1) will now return to the lower house.

The amendments proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young were passed with the support of Labor and crossbenchers.

Other passed amendments included opening detention centres to media scrutiny, mandatory reporting of abuse and reversing law changes that punish staff for speaking out about conditions in detention.

Senator Hanson-Young said Mr Turnbull must now decide whether to “reverse the will of the Senate and the people just so that he can keep children locked up in detention?”

“These children have had their childhood taken from them … at least now they can have a real Christmas,” she said.

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Health care workers more likely to be targeted in armed conflict

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Christoph Hensch in Chechnya with the Australian Red Cross in 1996. Photo: SuppliedWhen Christoph Hensch woke to banging and shouting in his building, his first thought was that people were having a party.
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He pulled on his trousers, thinking he would investigate the commotion, when the door swung open. He could see through the semi-darkness a man wearing a head covering and a military jacket entering his room.

His next thought was that he was going to be kidnapped.

“I thought, ‘What’s my best way of staying safe? It’s probably not to resist.’ And I tried to talk to the person,” Mr Hensch said.

“As I was talking, he pulled his right hand from the pocket of his anorak and pointed a gun at me and shot.”

The bullet lodged in Mr Hensch’s shoulder and blasted him back onto the bed, where he turned his head to the wall and waited for the noise to subside.

When he looked back, the man had gone.

But six of his Red Cross colleagues were murdered in their beds, in a massacre that made headlines around the world in 1996 and spooked the international aid community.

Mr Hensch, the head of administration, was the only shooting victim to survive.

They were working in a makeshift hospital in Chechnya, south of Grozny, providing care to victims of the armed conflict, when gunmen stormed the compound.

Four nurses and two administration workers from New Zealand, Spain, Holland, Canada  and Norway lost their lives, prompting the Red Cross to pull out of Chechnya and most other aid organisations to follow suit.

The incident shook Red Cross workers from the illusion that their famed neutrality protected them from aggression and its anniversary is commemorated in memory of all aid workers who are killed carrying out humanitarian work.

But new research indicates that healthcare workers in conflict zones are more likely than ever to be targeted.

Nearly 2400 incidents of violence were directed at health care workers in 11 countries between January 2012 and December 2014, according to a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC].

International agencies including the ICRC, World Health Organisation and World Medical Organisation are calling on state armed forces to respect the rule of law that protects medical personnel from aggression and raise awareness of the red cross and red crescent symbols.

Australian Red Cross director of international humanitarian law Phoebe Wynn-Pope said medical professionals were protected under the Geneva Convention because it was recognised there needed to be people to look after the wounded.

“The concern is this increasing number of targeted attacks on ambulance and health care workers and medical facilities, and the knock-on effect that is so destructive,” Dr Wynn-Pope said.

Red Cross workers including anaesthetist Jenny Stedmon have noticed a debasement of the symbol of the red cross for miscellaneous first aid purposes, and a waning respect for it.

“The red cross is meant to be a symbol of neutrality,” said Dr Stedmon, who has been with the organisation for 30 years.

“They’re not part of the war. But my personal opinion is there’s so much aerial bombardment these days, it’s very hard to see the enemy.

“It’s very hard for people to remember in their minds that this is a healthcare facility and we’re trying to help and help everybody, not one side or the other.”

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‘Horrendous’: Man charged after baby allegedly beaten and burnt

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A 23-year-old man has been charged over the alleged attack on a baby. Photo: Channel NineA 10-month-old baby boy sustained “horrendous” water burns to 40 per cent of his body in circumstances that investigators are treating as domestic violence, police allege.
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The baby was at home on Castlereagh Street in Penrith on Sunday afternoon with a 23-year-old man, who had been in a relationship with the boy’s mother, Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden told reporters.

Investigators, including officers from the Child Abuse Squad, were contacted by ambulance paramedics who had been called to assist the baby.

The boy remains in a critical condition at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

His mother, who is “very distressed”, is with him.

“This 10-month-old received what I would say are significant and horrendous injuries,” Superintendent McFadden said.

“We understand that some of the injuries relate to burning of the skin – about 40 per cent of the child’s body.

“There are other injuries there that appear to be consistent with blunt force trauma.”

The 23-year-old has been charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and is expected to appear before Penrith Local Court on Monday morning.

“The biological mother of the child and the 23-year-old male [who] has been arrested have been in a relationship for the last four or five months and for the last few weeks they had been residing together at the Penrith address,” Superintendent McFadden said.

“We are considering this as a domestic violence-related matter.”

The man was known to police, he said.

❏ Support is available by phoning National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service 1800 737 732; Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491.

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Football Federation Australia executive John Kelly joins Southern Cross Austereo

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Southern Cross boss Grant Blackley (above) will be joined by FFA’s John Kelly. Photo: Robert ShakespeareSouthern Cross Austereo has appointed John Kelly as its chief operating officer, a newly created role in the regional television and national radio broadcaster.
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Mr Kelly, who is currently Football Federation Australia COO, will join Southern Cross at the beginning of February where he will join the revamped management team under chief executive Grant Blackley.

Mr Kelly previous spent more than 16 years at Ten Network Holdings where he rose to chief financial officer and worked with Mr Blackley who was at the free-to-air broadcaster between 1997 and 2011, first as general manager of network sales then as chief executive.

“John’s appointment is a key element in building Southern Cross Austereo’s management team, who are responsible for leading the company’s success,” Mr Blackley said.

“His strong strategic focus and management skills, demonstrated by his long senior career in both media and sport will be invaluable in building a stronger and more successful Southern Cross Austereo.”

Mr Kelly, who joined the FFA in 2012 as CFO then moved on to COO, said: “I am excited at the opportunity of joining Grant and the leadership team of Southern Cross Austereo, to further advance improved performance of such a significant group of media assets.”

Mr Blackley, who joined Southern Cross in June, has undertaken a range of management changes in his short reign.

In 2015 the company has brought in Brian Gallagher as chief sales officer, Vijay Solanki as chief digital enablement officer, Creina Chapman as head of regulatory affairs and Tony Hudson as general counsel.

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