Same-sex marriage: Premier Andrews tells Turnbull Victorians against plebiscite

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Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the crowd at the Equal Love Rally in June. Photo: Chris HopkinsVictorians do not want “a harmful public vote” on gay marriage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed in a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote on equality.
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And Mr Andrews has not ruled out pursuing state-based reform if the federal parliament fails to act on marriage equality.

“We have a proud history in this state of changing the law, and trying to be the progressive capital of our nation and that is not going to change,” Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday morning.

Premier Andrews has written to Mr Turnbull “on behalf of” Victorians calling on him to stand up to those in the Coalition who do not represent a “fair and modern country”.

“This plebiscite will hurt people. It will legitimise a hateful debate which will subject LGBTI Australians to publicly-funded slurs and denigration, further alienating a proud community who have fought so hard against prejudice for so long,” Mr Andrews writes.

“In Victoria equality is not negotiable. On behalf of my state, I urge you to accept there is no need for a costly and divisive plebiscite and agree to produce a bipartisan Bill to amend the Marriage Act within the next 100 days.”

He called on the Prime Minister to grant a free vote to all MPs which would allow Mr Turnbull to stand up to those in his party “who do not represent a fair and modern country”. I wrote a letter to the PM, because his plebiscite on marriage equality will hurt people. pic.twitter南京夜网/yQp5XTdVxE— Daniel Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 24, 2016

In the letter, which was posted on the Premier’s social media pages on Monday morning, Mr Andrews outlines how Turnbull government MPs have said that they will vote against same-sex marriage regardless of the plebiscite result and how $160 million of taxpayers money will be wasted.

The Premier also took a swipe at Mr Turnbull for criticising the 1999 failed republic referendum.

“After a botched referendum in 1999, you accused a conservative prime minister of breaking the nation’s heart. If you fumble at this crucial moment, history will only remember you for the same thing.”

While moving to speak for all Victorians, Mr Andrews also added a personal touch by talking about the privilege he, and the Prime Minister, had of standing in front of friends and family at a wedding.

Merryn Tinkler, who has been with her partner Jenny Grinter for 25 years, also spoke alongside her 19-year-old son Matthew about the need for equality.

“It makes me want to cry that I can’t be recognised, that I’m not equal,” Ms Tinkler said.

In the past Mr Andrews has said politicians who say one thing before an election then do the opposite are punished by voters.

Challenged on Monday about whether he was encouraging Mr Turnbull to break an election pledge, Mr Andrews said the Prime Minister needed to listen to the weight of evidence against the plebiscite.

“We will see bigotry and prejudice like never before,” he said.

It is not the first time the premier has published letters on social media, sent to the PM, about non-state issues.

Earlier this year Mr Andrews wrote to Mr Turnbull asking him to let refugee children stay in Australia.

It is not the first time Mr Andrews has outlined his objection to the plebiscite. In March he told ABC TV’s Q&A that a plebiscite would cause a bitter debate in Australia and be “very divisive” and “spiteful”.

And a week before the federal poll the Premier addressed an equality rally in Melbourne attacking Mr Turnbull for allowing a “cowardly” plebiscite because he was too beholden to the right wing of his party.

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Dohne rams top at $20,000 during conference

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Buyers of the $20,000 top price ram Darren and Jodie O’Brien, O’Brien Dohnes, Kynacutta, SA, Richard Beggs, Nareeb Nareeb stud, Nareeb Nareeb, Vic, vendors Graham and Susan Coddington, Roseville Park Dohnes, Yeoval, NSW, and buyer Chris Clonan, Alfoxton Dohnes, Armidale, at the National Dohne Ram Sale. Photo: ContributedDohne rams sold to a top of $20,000 under the hammer and by private treaty during the inaugural Global Dohne Conference last week.
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The multi-vendor National Ram Sale was held as part of a gala function at Dubbo, NSW, on Friday, and drew 13 vendors offering 39 lots.

A total of 23 rams sold for a gross of $110,750 and average of $4815.

The top price ram at $20,000 came early in the sale as Lot 1 offered by Graham and Susan Coddington, Roseville Park Dohnes, Yeoval, NSW.

The May 2014 drop ram, sired by Roseville Park 140055, was bought by a syndicate comprised of Richard Beggs, Nareeb Nareeb Partnership, Nareeb Nareeb, Vic, Darren and Jodie O’Brien, O’Brien Dohnes, Kyancutta, SA, and Chris Clonan, Alfoxton, Armidale, NSW.

Vendor Graham Coddington described the ram as the best he had ever bred.

With a Dohne index value of 130.6, the ram had a post weaning weight ASBV of 1.5kg, post weaning eye muscle depth of 0.90mm, post weaning fat of 0.80, yearling clean fleece weight of 7.5kg, yearling fibre diameter of -1.10 and yearling diameter coefficient of variation, 0.20 per cent.

“His features are his bold crimping wool, length of body, frame, structure and his pedigree,’’ Mr Coddington said.

He said although the sale was tough in places it drew commercial support from all parts of Australia.

Purchaser Richard Beggs said the wool and overall purity of the ram appealed.

“One thing I’m really chasing in my Dohne’s is fat and he had excellent shape,’’ Mr Beggs said.

As Australian Dohne Breeders Association president, Mr Beggs said rams sold to stud and commercial producers in most states.

“There were a lot of quality rams and the stud rams sold well,’’ he said.

Garry Tretheway, BKB, South Africa, purchaser Jose M Gutierrez M., Chile, with vendor Greg Andrews, Hamilton Run Dohnes, Jamestown, SA, and the $20,000 ram. Photo: Contributed

Second top price was $10,000 paid for Lot 12 by Peter Conn, Kombyana Dohnes, Wellington, NSW for Lot 12 offered by Peter and Margot Hughes, Gullendah stud, Baldry, NSW.

Mr Hughes said a 50 per cent semen interest was retained in the 2013-drop 20.1 micron ram.

“He is a proven sire and we have two drops of lambs by him showing excellent promise, being well muscled and with good wools,’’ he said.

Among the volume buyers were Tom and Sophie Holt, Coonong Station, Urana, NSW, paying $7000 for a ram offered by Calga Dohnes, Coonamble, NSW, and $1000 for a ram from DD Dohnes, Moama, NSW.

John Nadin and Greg McCann, Macquarie Dohnes, Warrren, NSW, paid $5000 for a ram sold by DD Dohnes and $2500 for a March shorn ram from Ulooloo stud, Hallett, SA.

Macquarie stud also sold a semen share for $5000 in a 2015-drop ram to a syndicate of Chilean breeders and Lot 7 for $8000 to Stephen and Di Perry, “Wyndabyne’’, Warren.

During the conference, Greg Andrews and Nicole Luckraft, Hamilton Run Dohnes, Jamestown, SA, sold a ram privately for $20,000 to Jose M Gutierrez M. from Chanarcillo stud, Chile.

The March shorn, 2013-drop stud sire, Hamilton Run HR130004, had a double cross of Mountbatten on the dam side.

The ram has a weaning weight ASBV of 4.2kg, post weaning weight of 4kg, yearling weight of 3.8kg, post weaning fat of 0.2mm, post weaning eye muscle depth of 0.3mm, yearling clean fleece weight of 8.0kg and a Dohne index of 141.6.

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Kids happy as pigs in mud at Goodstart

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Playing in mud may not sound like an activity where children learn valuable skills.

But the pre-schoolers at Goodstart Tatton are preparing for school through the glorious medium ofmud.

Goodstart Tatton centre director Melanie Swan said the mud pit provided a place for children toexplore, create and discover though messy play.

“They engage in active play through hands on experiences and taking physical risks, they investigatecreative design and construction and use their imaginations through dramatic play with their peers.

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Goodstart“Individuality is encouraged, and children are given space to explore whatever grabs theirinterest, with educators always close by to extend their knowledge and thinking when theopportunity arises,” Ms Swan said.

“The children make friendships, solve problems, engage in discussions, take risks, tackle challenges,share resources, participate in group learning, ask questions and listen to others; all skills whichassist children in becoming socially and academically ready for school.”

BUILDING CONFIDENCE: Children get to learn, play and grow through Goodstart’s preschool program.

Ms Swan said the children learnt through their own spontaneous experiences as well as plannedactivities.

Mathematics skills are taught through measuring and counting, discussions andquestioning nurture literacy skills, and the children experiment by manipulating objects to seecause and effect, and exploring textures and forms.

Meanwhile, the preschoolers at Goodstart Wagga– Lake Albert Road are learning to giveback to their community through a local garden.

The centre established the garden in 2015 on a small plot of land leased from the church next doorand Wagga Bunnings donated all the plants to help get the project going.

Goodstart Wagga centre director Suzanne Wakefield said the children were involved ineverything from planting and maintenance, to harvesting and cooking with the ingredients at thecentre.

The local community and Goodstart family members are invited to participate as well, with familiesoften taking fresh fruit and vegetables home with them when they come to pick up their children.

Goodstart Early Learning’s preschool program is centred on play-based learning that combinesexciting and stimulating activities with the development of literature and language skills, basicmathematics concepts and exploring how things work.

Play-based learning allows children to explorenew ideas and test their skills, thinking and knowledge through trial and error.

It equips them with the skills needed to adapt to the school environment and their subsequent lifejourney.

The Goodstart preschool program puts a strong emphasis on building social and thinking skills,language and independence with the right mix of fun, structured learning and physical activity.

It is delivered by a degree-qualified teachers in a safe, nurturing environment where the child’sexperience is paramount.

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Roos get payback for stunning early defeat

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WHILE the Dubbo Kangaroos ran in 12 tries in Saturday’s 76-5 win over Mudgee at No.1 Oval, it was the team’s defence that drew praise from captain Filisone Pauta.
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Leader: Filisone Pauta was once again strong for Dubbo Kangaroos in their 76-5 win over Mudgee on Saturday. Photo: KATHRYN O’SULLIVAN

The Roos outclassed and outgunned their opponents, inflicting revenge for a shock loss at The Burrow earlier in the season.

“We spoke about what happened last time and we didn’t want that to happen again,” Pauta said.

“We did a lot of tings wrong that day, and a lot of things right today.

“We played our style of football and the points came. But only giving up one try to an intercept probably makes me happier.”

While his team was well beaten, it didn’t stop Mudgee skipper Adam Rayner from engaging in a heated discussion with referee Richard Madden after full-time before refusing to be interviewed.

Instead it was left to co-coach Neil McDonald to speak, and not surprisingly he heaped praise on the Roos.

“They were very good. I didn’t think we deserved to be beaten like that but well played to the Roos, they’re a big player in this competition,” McDonald said.

“We had a few issues with the referee but I’m not going to be drawn into saying anything about that.

“I think our boys were brave and tried hard right to the end, but they are a very, very good rugby side who will be hard to beat in the finals.”

The writing was on the wall early for Mudgee, as it took just one minute for the home side to cross for their first five-pointer of the afternoon.

Hat-trick hero Moa Kavaefiafi was on the end of kicks from Ted Bates and Pauta to open the scoring, and that try was followed by one to back-rower James Elliott seven minutes later as the hosts opened up an early 10-0 buffer.

The match turned into an arm-wrestle for the following 15 minutes before a Wade Richardson try opened the floodgates and Roos crossed twice more for a 31-0 half-time lead.

With the match won, the second half became show time as the Roos added a further seven tries, highlighted by a massive fend from a flying Shaun McHugh as he flew down the sideline and crossed in the 53rdminute.

Mudgee’s only points came when winger James Ford pounced on a loose pass to run 70m and score 10 minutes before full-time.

DUBBO KANGAROOS 76 (Moa Kavaefiafi 3, James Elliott, Wade Richardson, Jonny Mafiti, Ted Bates, Brad Pugh, Shaun McHugh, Anthony Golding, Filisone Pauta, Harley McAlister tries; Golding 8 convs) def MUDGEE WOMBATS 5 (James Ford try)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Lazers seal second place with a win

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TEAMWORK: Ryley Hughes was strong in defence. A team effort meant Lazers were ahead 45 to 40 at half-time and 69 to 64 at the end of third.
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LITHGOW LAZERS put in their best team effort to defeat Wagga Wagga Heat 90 to88 in a close game, sealing second placein Pool Aof the Waratah Division 1 Men’s league. The first half saw Lazers’ Issac Mack bring his A Game, inspiring his team mates withsteals, fast breaks andgreat shooting.

Jaidyn Goodwin’s defence on Wagga’s import player (and the League’s highest scorer) Gage Day was outstanding,sustaininghimforthewholegame.Jaidynhadagreatgamescoringaswell.Lazers’captainAdamMarjoramledbyexample,withgreatthreepointshootingandstrongdefence.

The final quarter wasphysical, asWagga players usedtheir bodies to try and outmuscle thesmaller Lazers, howeverLazers took control.In the final minute Ryley Hughes was fouledand injured his wrist. He shot his freethrows in pain, creating a necessary eight point buffer, so evenwhen Waggamade two three point shots the game was Lithgow’s.Top scorers: Issac Mack 33, Jaidyn Goodwin 20, Adam Marjoram 17, Michael Cox 10; forWagga Gage Day 38.

The Lazers’coaching staffwere pleased with theteam’s effort. Theywill now preparefor the final series;from here on in Lazers will only progress if theywin.Lazersunderstand their quarter final gamewill be in Lithgow onAugust 6 against the second placed teamin Pool B.

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