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Fitzgibbon brews up a motion on craft beer

29/06/2019 | 苏州美甲美睫培训 | Permalink

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon (centre) with Ironbark Hill Brewhouse owners Andrew and Peter Drayton at the microbrewery’s grand opening on April 28.Hunter MPJoel Fitzgibbon has lodged a motion in parliament calling on the government to better support craft brewers.
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Mr Fitzgibbon lodged theprivate members’ motion with Labor colleague Anthony Albanese, whichurged the Federal Government to ensure policy settings encouraged craft brewing and for state and local governments to tailor planning and development controls to enablegrowth in the sector.

Mr Fitzgibbon said craft beer brewers were disadvantaged by an unfair excise tax system. Beer in a 50-litre or greater keg ischarged one level of excise. If it is in a smaller container (most commonly used for craft beer batches), brewers are paying up to 40 per cent more excise than bigger competitors.

With a number of craft brewers in the Hunter, Mr Fitzgibbon said growth in the sector wasa great opportunity to diversify tourism.

He said the burgeoning craft beer scene in the Hunter hadalready provided a boost to the local economy, but would be better supported by a fairer tax rate for producers.

“It is not just about the tax, of course. This is a job-creating proposition,” Mr Fitzgibbon said in his parliamentary speech lastMonday night.

“In my own region in Hunter wine country, we are enjoying new economic diversity. They once just came to sample wine at the cellar door. Then we opened restaurants, so they came for our restaurants as well. Then we moved on to concerts, weddings and balloon rides. Increasingly and very quickly, we are now moving on to beer tasting. That is the sort of diversity you want in any region to cushion you against the shocks.

“Once it would have been sacrilegious to have beers, a brewery and a pub, if you like, in the heart of the Hunter wine country. It is making an enormous difference.”

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Tasmanian neurologist leaving state after ‘cries for help ignored’

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Tasmania’s North and North-West will lose its only full-time neurologist, with Dr Kurien Koshy saying his cries for help were ignored by the state government.
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Dr Koshy has resigned after being stationed at the Launceston General Hospitalfor more than six years.

However, Health Minister Michael Ferguson said he was unaware of any complaints being made by the outgoing doctor.

Dr Koshy said he felt his workload had beenincreasing, particularly in the past six months.

“[But] there have been no efforts from the organisation itself to provide any further help,” he said.

“Ifelt that I should be looking at other options and fortunately I was able to obtain another position in Melbourne where I’m moving up to.”

Dr Koshy said discussions to increase services had been ongoing since he took up the post at Launceston.

“Mainly for increased space in the hospital to expand the services, efforts to recruit more staff –neurologists, specialists, requests to provide a full-time registrar for neurology services so thatphone consults and things for the North-West can be dealt with more effectively.

“If there would have been more efforts to expand the services, yes, I would have considered staying on.”

Mr Ferguson said he asked the THS to encourage Dr Koshy to stay.

“The LGH Director of Medicine Dr Alasdair MacDonald did this and I was subsequently advised that he isrelocating for career advancement reasons in his area of interest,” he said.

“I am incredibly disappointed Dr Koshy has made these comments to the media after choosing to leave Tasmania, instead of raising them directly with either myself, my office or senior THS staff so that we could have considered what more we could do in the interests of our patients.

“Rather than reduce service provision, locum cover will provide care in the interim so that patients are not left in the lurch.”

Dr Koshy said he hadn’t received any clear responses when he asked what would happen with ongoing care for outpatients he had been dealing with.

“I’m unsure of what sort of alternatives they’ve got in place.

“I’m hoping they’ll get some services from the south of the state.”

Dr Koshy is moving to Melbourne in August, but may do fly-in clinics.

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Law and order in a time of miner offences

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Law and order in a time of miner offences Historian Alan McLean traces the history of the Rushworth Court House in his latest book.
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But no. According to historian Alan McLean, there was suchthing as “unauthorised dancing” when the Rushworth Court House was in its heyday.

“Law and order in the district was plainly under serious attack from the forces of evil,” he said.

It has been about 30 years since the doors of the historic building closed for the last time.

But there was great need for legal services in the townwhen the court house was constructed, in 1877.

Rushworth and the surrounding area was home to thousands of diggers, lured by the promise of striking it rich.

Within six months of the discovery of gold in 1853, the Supreme Court convicted two people of crimes at Moora and Rushworth.

They were subsequently hanged at Melbourne Gaol.

“In 1857, three men went down for ‘highway robbery’ near Rushworth’s Criterion Hotel,” Mr McLean said.

“The Moora hotels, the Wanalta hotel and severalhotels at Whroo also had their share of unwanted action”.

He said more than one publican was fined for operating an ‘unlicensed billiard table’.

“In 1898,a well-known and notorious Rushworth woman was accused of‘pilfering and behaving in a way not conducive to the morality of the township’,” Mr McLean said.

“She went to Bendigo gaol, found guilty of being a‘disorderly prostitute’.”

Combing through the news of the era, he found records of “brawling Chinamen fighting farmers, horse thieves, aggressive foul-mouthed drunks, passive drunks, cadgers, owners of sly-grog shanties, swagmen carrying more than their own goods (usually in a bottle), owners of destructive wandering goats and pigs, carriers who neglected to put their name on their cart, a man found at night in Wigg’s brewery, and a mother of 14 who failed to send her eldest child to school on the specified number of days”.

On some occasions, it was the wording of the news reports that enchanted the historian.

“The [court house] welcomed ‘an able-bodied specimen of the loafing fraternity’. Another defendant challenged the nasal senses, being ‘as shy of water as he was of work’,” Mr McLean said.

In other instances, Mr McLean found himself fascinated by the characters about whom the reporters wrote.

“In 1887, after 18 years as a Justice of the Peace, Wolton Wigg, a local brewer, was called into the dock –not to his preferred seat on the bench,” he said.

“Found in a boat with a gun and a bag of dead game birds, he strangely pleaded not guilty[of shooting ducks out of season]”.

The court was unconvinced, and the “good J.P” was convicted and fined.

“His career on the bench continued, but his days hearing poaching charges were over,” Mr McLean said.

One defendant who never faced court was a well-respected bank manager, Lowson Salmon, who disappeared one night in 1860 with the bank’s cash, “never to be seen again”.

Mr McLean decided there was a story to be told about the misadventures of the day.

He has compiled a book,Order in the Court, based on his research.

The publication is available from the Stanhope newsagent and from Rushworth Gift and Variety.

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‘All we can do is watch’: Huge jump in humpback whale numbers

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‘All we can do is watch’: Huge jump in humpback whale numbers Photo by @jodie_lowe88 taken at Port Macquarie and shared on Instagram.
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Whales frolicking off the Illawarra coast. Photo: Emily Parisi

Whale spotted off Kiama. Photo: Emily Parisi

Whales spotted off Shellharbour. Photo: Emily Parisi

Carly Elphick spotted this whale at Coalcliff.

Photo by Judith Conning taken earlier this month off Forster.

Scientific surveys since the 1980s have shown a surprising increase in humpback numbers. Photo: Jonas Liebschner/Whale Watching Sydney

Photo by @jodie_lowe88 taken at Port Macquarie.

A humpback whale puts on a show for crowds off the heads of Sydney. Photo: whalewatchingsydney南京夜网.au

Sunday is the annual national humpback migration census day conducted by marine mammal rescue group ORCCA and hundreds of volunteers. Photo: whalewatchingsydney南京夜网.au

Photo by ORRCA, the organisers of Sunday’s community whale census.

Photo by Shane Chalker Photography.

Multiple pods of humpback whales swam past Mystery Bay on the South Coast on Saturday morning with up to10 individuals in one pod alone.

Multiple pods of humpback whales swam past Mystery Bay on the South Coast on Saturday morning with up to10 individuals in one pod alone.

Multiple pods of humpback whales swam past Mystery Bay on the South Coast on Saturday morning with up to10 individuals in one pod alone.

TweetFacebookHumpback boom”In the early1980s, they’d think it was a big day if they saw six or seven whales” in a 10-hour day of watching, he said. “These days, the average number is about 150 whales and some days up to 200.”

Professor Noad estimates more than 30,000 humpbacks alone will migrate northwards up the coast this year, roughly matching peak historical numbers.

The 10-11 per cent annual increase, though, means the population is doubling about every seven years. That raises concerns about whether the animals will have a “soft landing or a relatively nasty oscillation”, he said.

For reasons yet unclear, southern right numbers are growing only about half as fast. Antarctic blue whales – the largest creatures that have every lived – may not be increasing at all even with curbs on whaling.

“We’ve driven [blue whales] down to such low numbers that they are having trouble finding mates – that’s one possibility,” Professor Noad said.

Shark mythResearchers are more confident about another issue of public concern – the apparently unfounded fear that rising whale numbers are bringing more sharks to places such as the northern NSW coast.

A spike in shark bites there prompted the state government to introduce sharks net last summer. These have now been removed to avoid snagging whales.

“There’s no evidence at all that whales coming up the coast increase the shark risk to people,” Professor Noad said.

A study for WA Fisheries last year came to a similar conclusion.

The research did, though, find dead whales can be a shark magnet. One beached whale near Albany in 2010 lured sharks to the area for as long as 17 days afterwards.

While people should be careful, the predator feeding on a dead whale “is a happy shark” that would be unlikely to hunt alternative food, Professor Noad said. “It’s the shark risk, not shark numbers, you need to worry about.”

New hazardIf the population growth rates continue – and there is no sign humpbacks are going hungry because of krill shortages – governments had better start planning for the risk of more whale collisions with boats.

“There’s a real navigational hazard and safety issue … that’s coming to a head very rapidly,” he said. “I just wonder how long our love affair with whales will go on for if people start losing their lives running into humpbacks.”

Professor Noad doubts, however, that anybody will advocate resuming whaling. Still it could be time to consider improving safety especially for recreational vessels such as yachts that whales may not detect and avoid.

“We’ve got no control over really what happens with humpbacks,” he said. “All we can do is watch.”

Euthanasia survey hints at support from doctors, nurses and division

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Most NSW doctors and nurses support a controversial medical euthanasia bill headed for Parliament, according to research that could prompt new debateabout the medical fraternity’s willingness to accept changes to assisted suicide laws.
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A bill, to allow patients to apply for medically assisted euthanasia in specific circumstances when older than 25 (an age when informed consent is deemed reached), will be introduced to the NSW upper house in August for a conscience vote.

Dr Anne Jaumees, an anaesthetist based in western Sydney. A poll of doctors and nurses into what they think about euthanasia has just been conducted. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

About 60 per cent of doctors support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and fewer than 30 per cent oppose it, according to a surveyby market research company Ekas emailed to a database of 4000 NSW doctors it deemed “opinion leaders” and returned by about 500.

A smaller sample of about 100 nurses had support running at 80 per cent in favour of the law reform and opposition at fewer than 10 per cent.

A crowd-funding campaign forAnnie Gabrielides,a motor neurone disease suffererwho has progressively lost her ability to speak and is a euthanasia advocate, paid for the research.

“I’mconsistently hearing from doctors and medical expertsexpressing their sincere support of my campaign, but they’re reluctant to speak out,” she said.

The results suggest the medical profession and its famously powerful unions, not just Parliament, will be divided when debate on the bill kicks off.

The Australian Medical Association, which opposes changes to euthanasia law, warnedthe research could overstate doctors’ support.

“It is likely that doctors with more strongly held opinions are responding to these surveys so caution must be used,” AMA NSW president Brad Frankum said.

A national AMA poll of 4000 doctors last year found 50 per cent of doctors believed medical professionals should not be involved in assisted suicide, a spokesman emphasised.

But only slightly less than four in ten said they should, according to a news report.Combined with 12 per cent who neither agreed nor disagreed that left physicians close to evenly splitin some respects.

And anAustralian Doctorpoll of about 370 medicoslast year found about 65 per cent of doctors supported a change to the law on physician-assisted suicide ifstrict conditions, such as patients nearing the end of their lives and suffering “intolerable pain”, some of which are mirrored in the NSW proposal, were met. About half told the journal they would be willing to help perform aprocedure.

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association general secretary Brett Holmes said: “The vast majority of nurses support change that enables medically assisted dying. Nurses know patients often choose more drastic means [to medically ending their life] in fear they cannot choose later.”

A parliamentary report cited polls from the ’90s that found nurses’ support for euthanasia reform reached as high as about 75 per cent.

A dozen polls in the past decade hadfound between 75 to 80 per cent of Australians backed medically assisted euthanasia.

Western Sydney anaesthetistAnneJaumeesdoes too after working in palliative care for 15 years: “All their lives they want dignity and patients want that up until the end, too.”

The bill is the product of cross-party collaboration and will only allow for applications frompatients expected to die within the coming year and experiencing extreme pain, suffering or incapacitation.

Safeguards proposed included allowing relatives to challenge applications in the Supreme Court,assessmentsby independent doctors and being subject to a 48-hour cooling-off period.

But Maria Cigolionisaid, while proponents arguedthe bill came laden with safeguards, it required no review of what palliative care patients had first sought before applying to end their lives or for alternatives to be suggested.

Overseas safeguards had been loosened so euthanasia could be applied forby people also suffering from psychosocial problems, Dr Cigolioni said.

“Instead of spending money on euthanasia reforms, we should be investing in psychosocial support programs to address suffering.”

“People [will hasten the solution of death] when so many other things need to be looked at as the potential cause of that suffering,” she said. “Once you change a criminal law [to allow] people to be killed, then [its conditions] can be extended beyond just being terminally ill, [and expand to include] the disabled and the aged and children, as it has in the Netherlands and Belgium.”

The state budget last week announced a $100 million increase in funding for palliative care, something experts said would bring levels of NSW services into line with other states.

AMA policy recognises a divergence in doctors’ views on euthanasia but it states doctors should not be involved in dispensing treatment that shortens a patient’s life.

The Sydney Morning Herald