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OPEN DOOR: Orange MP Phil Donato said he would listen to residents’ views on voluntary euthanasia after earlier saying he would have “trouble” supporting it. Member for Orange Phil Donato has left the door open to throwing his support behinda cross-party bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia.
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Earlier this week, Mr Donato told theCentral Western Dailyhe would have “trouble supporting” thelegislation.

“I don’t know enough about it, but my feeling is that I don’t support it,” Mr Donato said on Monday.

“I’ve had relatives who have been terminally ill and have later died. I don’t know if euthanasia is the answer.”

Mr Donato said he had since been contacted by several residents, including a prominent doctor, who had urged him to reconsider his views, something he was more than willing to do.

“I’m happy to have a discussion about voluntary euthanasia,” Mr Donato said.

“It’s amatter of talking about it and looking at what processes could ensure safeguards are in place.”

There has been a wave of support for the bill from the electorate in the past week.

A poll published on theCentral Western Daily’s website revealed 82 per cent of200 respondents wanted the voluntary euthanasia bill passed.


Readers echoed those sentiments in their comments on theCentral Western Daily’s Facebook page, with the vast majority of posts being in favour of a patient’s right to choose to terminate their life.

“If someones quality of life is drastically impaired by an illness or injury, and that person is in a clear mind about the decision, why the hell shouldn’t they be able to be take it into their own hands? We put our beloved pets out of their misery if they are sick or injured, why not a person?” James Hocking asked.

“Iam caring for a terminal cancer patient at the momentand it’s bloody hard watching someone suffer every single moment of every day, with your hands tied behind your back. It’s not OK and no one should have to suffer the indignity of it,” Karen Cassidy said.

“While this discussion is going on there is still an unfunded, un-staffed and locked-up palliative care ward in the Orange public hospital. If the government refuses to cover the cost of existing services what sort of outcome can we all expect?” Josh Burns asked.

A cross-party working group comprised of Nationals, Greens, Liberals and Labor members is developing the bill, which is expected to be presented to parliament in the second half of 2017.

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Shire-wide news extracts from the Moruya Examiner of February 3,1917, provided by the Moruya & District Historical Society:
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RACING CARNIVAL. – The three days’ race carnival to be held on the Moruya Park Course on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next, promises to establish a record for the district in the large fields contesting and visitors attending. There are at present something like 80 horses working on the track, which will give an idea of what the racing is going to be like from a spectator’s point of view.

HOLIDAY. – Monday next, first day of the Moruya Annual Races, has been gazetted a public holiday for this district.

NICE CUP OF TEA. – Visitors to the three days’ races will be able to obtain a recherché cup of tea at Mr. H. Lavis’ tea booth on the ground.

MEALS READY. – Mrs. P. J. Gannon announces in this issue that she will be prepared to supply cold luncheon at 1/6 and a cup of tea with scone and cake for 6d at all hours during the three days’ racing carnival commencing on Monday next 5th instant.

A MORUYA BRAVE. – Mr. and Mrs. R. Knight, of this town, have received a cablegram from their son, Private “Phil” Knight, stating that he arrived in England safe and well on January the 10th. “Phil” sends kind regards to all Moruya friends.

SCHOLASTIC. – Last week the schools in town and district were reopened for the purpose of teaching the young how to shoot. Most of our Pedagogues trekked to the city to enjoy a well deserved rest from their binding and strenuous labours, as well as a little legitimate “devarsion” with cronies of former days.

SHIRE COUNCILLOR. – In this issue Mr. Joseph Sebbens, Bateman’s Bay, announces that he is a candidate for A riding of the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Sebbens is well acquainted with the whole of the riding he seeks to represent since boyhood, and, therefore should know the wants of every corner of it.

RIDING E. – Mr. H. J. Bate, of Tilba Tilba, announces himself as a candidate for E. Riding in the Eurobodalla Shire. Mr. Bate should make an exceptionally smart Councillor, as he is young, educated and intellectually smart, as well as being thoroughly acquainted with every hole and corner and by-road in E. and other Southern Ridings.

RIDING A. – Mr. T. Flood, the esteemed President of the Eurobodalla Shire Council, advertises in this issue that he will contest A. Riding in the forthcoming Shire elections which takes place on the 24th instant. President Flood will be hard to beat as he is a great favourite with Bateman’s Bay residents and the majority of electors in A. Riding, as well as in Moruya.

NAROOMA. – (From our Correspondent.)

Narooma still has a fair number of tourists after the finny tribe.

Mr. Herbert Snell had the misfortune to lose his fine shafter through his jinkers capsizing and breaking the horse’s leg in two places.

A very heavy storm broke over the town on Sunday with very fierce thunder and lightning.

Our new Post mistress has arrived to take charge of the local office. Miss R. Davidson is about to try married life.

Mrs. Greig, daughter of Mr. John Emmott of Moruya, and a lady friend spent a few days here during the week.

NERRIGUNDAH. – (From our Correspondent).

Large preparations are being made at Belimbla in the manufacturing of Eucalyptus Oil, it should also open up fresh Mining fields. Heavy rain has caused damage to several crops in the district.

Cattle buyers have been attending the Gulf regularly of late purchasing all the spare cattle available, which are in excellent condition.

Mr. Stewart has been very ill, but under the care of our expert nurse and faithful friend, Mrs. O’Toole, he has pulled through.

Mr. Dixon, of Queensland, is now with Mr. Davidge at Reedy Creek taking part in the making of Eucalyptus Oil.

Eighteen 100 years ago booklets containing articles for the years 1899 to 1916 are available ($5 ea) from the Society’s rooms. Copies of local newspapers from the 1860s to date can be viewed at the Society’s Family History Research Centre (Ph 4474 3224) situated at the rear of the Museum in Campbell St. Moruya (梧桐夜网mdhs.org419论坛).

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Bunbwahl Public School staff members Amy Crozier, Felice Davis and Lee-Anne Bramble welcome new principal Dianne Farley ((third left).First time kindy kids aren’t the only ones excitedly waiting for the new school year to begin.
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Bungwahal Public School’s newly appointed teacher/principal Dianne Farley is counting down the hours, eagerly waiting for the school gates to officially open for 2017.

As a teaching principal Dianne is looking forward to meeting and tackling the many challenges associated with a small, country coastal school.

“The overriding challenge will be to ensure I maintain Bungwahl to the enviable standard it is, while being open to innovative creativity to meet the challenges of students in the 21stcentury,” she said.

“My first challenge will be to get to know the students and their families so that I can tailor learning to meettheir individual learning style and needs.”

Dianne Farley said she was excited by the possibilitys for makiing student learning more engaging and relevant.

An enthusiastic and visionary primary school teacher, Dianne is thrilled with her appointment to, what she described as, an outstanding small school.

“The previous principal, staff and school community have developedincredible programs, a great school culture and enviable academic results.”

More importantly, the Orange native said with a smile, she was looking forward to not having to scrape ice off the windscreen during those frostywinter months.

With posts in central and western NSWand further afield toEngland –in schools which have ranged from 16 to 740 student schools – Dianne’s appointment in the Great Lakes is the furthest east she has taught.

While she has spent many years holidaying on the coast, Dianne has never lived on the coast.

“I had my first experience in a small school six years ago and absolutely loved it.

“I enjoy the opportunities for leadership and autonomy without losing the classroom contact with children –which brings me the greatest joy.

“I find the honesty, humour, creativity and intelligence of children continually uplifting.”

After completing her studies at the then Mitchell College, Bathurst, Dianne began her career teachingEnglish at Wilcannia Central School.

Education is very much a part of her family structure with her husband, four siblings and two of their partners members of the teaching fraternity.

“My late dad (who was a farmer) said I was born to be a teacher;

“I love being around children,” the mother of three adult children said.

A one-time secondary school teacher, Dianne switchedbecause she enjoyed the diversity of primary education.

“In secondary you have to have a specialised subject.

“But primary teaching allows me to cover and explore every subject.”

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The Lioness and I usually spend Australia Day hosting about fifty people for what has become an annual institution.
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But The Lioness was not up to it this year after the stress of my recent bout of ill-health.

However in the end we made a last-minute decision to invite six mates or so for a late-afternoon barbecue.

So there we were, imbibing a few beverages, when all of a sudden about 100 people – who looked to be of Asian descent – walked into our yard, started tearing down our buildings and setting up camp.

All the while chanting terra nullius.

It was scary, but then, fortunately, my alarm clock went off and I woke up in a cold sweat.

However the lesson I gained was an insight into how Australia’s indigenous people must have felt when their country was first taken over by the English.

I don’t have any problem with indigenous Australians protesting ‘Invasion Day’; it’s just I reckon they’ve got the date wrong.

Which is hardly their fault, because they didn’t nominate January 26 as ‘Australia Day’.

It would be hard to find a country anywhere that has not been invaded at least once in its history.

And that is the way it has been since the beginning of civilisation and to a certain extent our indigenous people have to accept that – but not what has happened since.

However I still can’t understand the significance of January 26.

After all, it was just when a bunch of English blokes came to Australia to set up a penal colony on the east coast of Australia.

The reality is the Dutch, French, Spanish, Indonesians or any number of other countries could have ‘invaded’Australia before 1788.

So the original Australians were always going to be up against it, one way or the other.

Don’t get me wrong.

I have many indigenous mates, and will always support them and try to educate others about the issues they face, and the racist assumptions made about them.

But rather than choose the date of a fairly insignificant event in the history of this country, why not pick a more relevant one to celebrate Australia Day, and decide what that term really means?

Why not make it a date concerned with the federation of Australia or even the opening of the first Federal Parliament?

After all, how many Australian citizens – and others – even know what January 26 represents?

Or stopped on the day to reflect on what it means to be an Australian?

For most of us, Australia Day is about having a day off work, draping ourselves in Australian memorabilia, having a barbie, going camping or floating down the Murray River.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s not pretend that for most of us it is anything more.

Australia has always been a land of migrants – be they Irish, Afghans, Chinese, Kiwis, the wave of refugees after World War II or the ‘10 pound poms’.

And that wave has become a tsunami as more people of different races emigrate here.

We are no longer a country of Anglo-Saxon Christians.

So the sooner we work out what being an Australian really means – including recognising the history of our original citizens – the better off we’ll be.

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Senior police are reminding road-users that although Australia Day has finished, Operation Safe Return and double-demerits will continue until Sunday.
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On Australia Day (Thursday 26 January 2017) – Day Two of Operation Safe Return – there were no fatal crashes recorded throughout the day; however, drivers continue to make poor decisions on our roads.

The death toll this year stands at 22 lives lost in 26 days on NSW roads.

Acting Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said that the road toll is sure to increase if people don’t slow down and drive sensibly.

“Australia Day has finished, but Operation Safe Return has not. Police will be out in increased numbers until the end of the weekend enforcing speed, mobile phone, seatbelts, and other behaviours that are costing lives on our roads.

“I am encouraged by the fact that no fatal crashes were recorded on Australia Day, however, with the ludicrous behaviour we saw on our roads it seems like this was pure luck.

“After 384 lives were lost on NSW roads last year, an increase to this number is unacceptable.

“If people don’t learn to slow down and stop driving like idiots, we are going to see the death toll increase again this year,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Operation Safe Return, the Australia Day road safety enforcement campaign, concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday (29 January 2017).

Double demerits are in force for speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences.

Some examples of the poor decisions made by drivers on Australia Day (Thursday 26 January 2017) were:

-About 5.20pm, a 38-year-old man with an eight-year-old passenger allegedly did a 30 metre burnout in a Holden Commodore on Wrench Street, Cambridge Park before losing control and crashing into a tree. He was trapped in the car for an hour before being taken to Westmead Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The eight-year-old passenger was taken to hospital for assessment. Inquiries are continuing.

-About 11.45pm, a 41-year-old woman driving a Holden Commodore allegedly crashed into a set of traffic lights on Sydenham Road, Marrickville. She was treated for minor injuries before being arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis of 0.185. She was charged with high range PCA, failing to carry a licence, driving without headlights, driving an unregistered vehicle, not obeying the direction of police and not wearing a seatbelt. She is due to appear at Newtown Local Court on 21 February 2017.

-About 11.45am, a 35-year-old man driving a red Chrysler Neon allegedly ignored a direction to pull into an RBT site on Queen Street, Berry, before crashing into a car. He was arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with numerous offences; including, fail to stop at RBT, drive whilst disqualified, negligent driving, and three outstanding warrants. He was refused bail and is due to appear at Nowra Local Court today (Friday 27 January 2017).

-About 7.30am, 21-year-old man was allegedly detected speeding at 132km/h in a 60km/h zone on Brabham Drive at Eastern Creek. The driver was issued an infringement for driving more than 45km/h, had his licence suspended and plates removed from his car.

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