Wine bar plan for arts centre

A COFFEE and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.
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A coffee and wine bar could be opened in the Nautilus Arts Centre, adding to the revitalisation of the centre.

Former local Jemma Schilling, who is returning home to Port Lincoln, and Elouise Dukalskis have approached the Port Lincoln City Council with their idea for a licenced coffee and wine bar offering coffee, light meals and a communal space for pre and post-dinner drinks.

The venue would not just be open for shows at the theatre and they believe it would have a positive impact on the centre.

It is proposed to be located in the the current box office area, small store room and kitchenette, and the office of the civic hall officer, which would be leased from the council at commercial rates.

The council voted this week to support in principle leasing an area of the centre for the business, which still has to go through the development application process and a lease is yet to be negotiated.

The proposal also has the support of the Nautilus Arts Centre Community Reference Group.

The council’s community development manager, Janet Grocke, said the reference group had discussed the proposal and was keen to have it investigated.

She said there would be issues to do with the gallery shop and office space for council staff but they would be considered further in the assessment of this proposal.

The council’s deputy chief executive Katrina Allen said a longer term possibility could be to use the courtyard between the Nautilus Arts Centre and the Civic Centre and possibly have seating in the Rotary Gallery and alfresco dining out the front of the centre.

However she said the whole concept was still subject to development approval.

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Joe’s flying high at just 15

HIGH FLYER: 15-year-old Joe Peter with flying instructor Earl Longstaff after completing his first solo flight.IT is never too early to start achieving your life goals according to 15-year-old pilot in training Joe Peter, who recently completed his first solo flight in a Jabiru aircraft.
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Joe, in Year 10 at the Port Lincoln High School, said he wasn’t even a little bit nervous before he flew without supervision for the first time.

Instead, he said he felt confident that he knew how to operate the aircraft.

“I knew I had the knowledge and ability to complete a circuit of the airport,” he said.

He has now done four solo flights and is halfway through completing his recreational aviation licence.

Once he sits his exam and completes the flying test he will be qualified to fly on his own.

He then intends to continue on to get his private pilot licence before ultimately becoming qualified to fly commercially.

Joe said he wanted to join the Royal Australian Airforce as a pilot flying transport aircraft after finishing high school.

His love for flying came from his father Graeme who flew gliders in Alice Springs.

Joe is also an avid model flying club member, spending hours building model planes and flying them every weekend.

His father said he was proud of Joe and said he would continue to support him in his flying while Joe still enjoyed it.

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Annual men’s foursome competition

THE Robe Golf Club competition on Sunday was the annual 27-hole Bruce Hinge Handicap Men’s Foursomes.
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Richard Bateman (left), Keith Couzner and Scott Sawyer have a practice before hitting the greens over the weekend.

Bruce was a valued contributor to the club as a member, volunteering his time and scooting around the course collecting green fees.

The seat up on the 15th tee block in his memory is there for golfers to take a load off as they come down from the back nine hills.

Winners on the day, by the narrowest of margins, were Sean Emery and Richard Bateman (net 108, gross 132).

David Murch and Andy Van Der Stelt were in second place (net 108.5, 140 gross) with third place going to Ian Regnier and Harold Manton (net 115.75, 139 gross).

This weekend is a stroke round, the combined first qualifier for the Handicap Championships, first round of the Caledonian Inn Trophy and also the Rymill Wines sponsored Monthly Medal.

On the following weekend is a stableford event, the first round of the John Leake Trophy on June 29.

On June 28 and 29 there is also the Robe Bridge Tournament, held at the Robe Golf Club.

Bar volunteers will be needed to assist Peter DeLaine.

July 6 is a stroke round for the second qualifying round of the Handicap Championship, Caledonian Inn Trophy and the Rymill Wines sponsored Monthly Medal.

The second stableford round for the John Leake Trophy will be on July 13, then the annual travelling round to Lucindale for the Cavpower tournament.

Come along and get your game tuned up with the mix of stroke and stableford events to suit all golfers coming up at the Robe club.

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Sydney man Christopher Muronzi allegedly infects second victim with HIV

A Sydney man serving jail time for knowingly infecting his girlfriend with HIV is accused of giving the life-threatening virus to another woman he had sex with.
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Zimbabwean-born Christopher Muronzi, 44, was sentenced to a minimum three years behind bars after he had unprotected sex five times with his partner in 2002.

He never told her he was HIV positive, despite being diagnosed eight years before and knowing that he was legally required to disclose the diagnosis to all future sexual partners.

On Wednesday, Waverley Local Court heard that Muronzi had also knowingly infected another former partner between December 2003 and June 2005.

The former financial controller from Neutral Bay did not appear before the court but he was formally refused bail.

He is charged with maliciously inflicting grevious bodily harm on a person and is next due to appear before Central Local Court in August.

When he was sentenced for the same crime last year, Judge Penelope Hock said the emotional impact on his victim was “an aggravating factor”.

The victim had unknowingly passed the virus onto another man.

She told a court during Muronzi’s sentencing hearing that she hoped her case would encourage people to take better care of their wellbeing.

Her message for those who contract the disease was: “Act soon for yourself. Support yourself first because you’re number one in this. Care for yourself.”

Judge Hock noted that the 44-year-old had shown some contrition and remorse for his actions and found that he had “good prospects of rehabilitation”.

Muronzi was sentenced to a maximum of four-and-a-half years’ jail with a non-parole period of three years.

He will be eligible for release on September 28, 2016.

HIV is an infection that gradually destroys the immune system.

When a person’s immune system is severely damaged by the virus, they develop AIDS – acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

There are about 20,000 people living with HIV in Australia and 33.3 million globally, according to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.   

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Electricity price deregulation in trouble

A plan to deregulate the retail electricity market from next month has stalled after the NSW government failed to gain the support of the Shooters and Fishers Party in the upper house, due to concerns it could lead to higher prices.
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Energy Minister Anthony Roberts now says ”a number of regulatory options” are being considered by the government to ensure the reform begins on July 1.

The government has been sending notices to customers announcing ”price relief for households from July 1, 2014” in the expectation its legislation would pass the Parliament this week.

But on Tuesday it did not proceed with the bill in the Legislative Council.

Labor and the Greens have said they will oppose the measure and it is understood the Shooters and Fishers Party – which shares the balance of power with the Christian Democrats – is concerned that deregulation would see electricity prices increase.

The Parliament rises next week for the winter recess with Thursday reserved for private members’ business, meaning the legislation cannot be passed until August at the very earliest.

About 35 per cent of NSW electricity customers remain on a regulated electricity tariff determined by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority. The remaining 65 per cent have taken up offers from electricity retailers.

The government’s bill removes the regulated price and instead uses IPART as a ”market monitor” to report annually on the performance and competitiveness of the deregulated NSW retail electricity market.

Customers on the regulated price will be automatically switched to a ”transitional tariff”. The government’s notice says for ”the majority of households” the transitional tariff  will be 1.5 per cent lower than the present regulated price for the first year.

The government cites a report by the Australian Energy Market Commission suggesting deregulation could potentially save customers $300 to $400 a year.

But Greens MP John Kaye said it was a ”myth” that deregulation would lead to lower electricity prices.

”The Baird government arrogantly assumed the Upper House would join them in abandoning consumers to electricity retailers who are known for their predatory behaviour,” he said.

”All that is left of the Baird government’s electricity price deregulation is a glossy pamphlet, a divided upper house and thousands of confused households.”

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BentSpoke opens in Braddon

The opening of BentSpoke brewpub, Braddon, on June 6, brings Richard Watkins’ much-loved beers back to the market.
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It’s no exaggeration to rate Watkins among Australia’s most inventive and accomplished brewers. Over a period of almost 20 years at Lachlan McOmish’s tiny Wig and Pen, Canberra City, Watkins built a big and loyal following for his increasingly adventurous beers. A steady haul of trophies and gold medals simply confirmed the good taste of McOmish’s patrons.

Watkins left the Wig and Pen last year and with partner Tracy Margrain established BentSpoke in a new building on the corner of Mort and Elouera Streets, Braddon.

Watkins and Margrain offered six beers and a cider on opening day and plan to extend the range to 18. BentSpoke occupies two levels and offers food and local wines as well as beer and cider.

BentSpoke Brewing Co Barley Griffin★★★★★ $11One of six beers created for BentSpoke’s opening, Barley Griffin offers complexity and easy drinkability. A cloudy, pale-golden coloured ale, with the stunning freshness of beer direct from the tank, it features rich malt flavours cut by perfectly judged hops flavour and bitterness and the exotic spicy edge of oregano.

Bent Spoke Brewing Co Adam’s Cider★★★★½ $11 How outrageous. Cider made from apples, not concentrate. Hand-crushed Granny Smith and Delicious apples, from Batlow, give the cider its pure, generous apple flavour. However, granny does her work, injecting the variety’s distinctive, pleasantly tart finish to a delicious dry cider.

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Mourners at Tamil man Leo Seemanpillai’s funeral attack ‘cruel’ asylum policy

The funeral for Leo Seemanpillai in Geelong. His parents were denied a visa to attend. Photo: Jason South Asylum seeker Leo Seemanpillai. Photo: Jason South
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Comment: Asylum seekers can be managed with cheaper and more humane options

Leo Seemanpillai wrote in his journal about bad dreams. Some nights he could not sleep at all. His stomach lurched at the looming prospect of being sent back to Sri Lanka and tortured.

“As I got to know Leo, he confided some of the horrors of his past and these came to haunt him,” a friend said at his funeral on Wednesday.

“He was frightened and increasingly anxious about being sent home to Sri Lanka … yet between the dark periods we could see the hope that shone in his eyes.”

A photo of Mr Seemanpillai, projected on a large screen at Geelong’s St Mary of the Angels Basilica, showed just that: the warm face and a winning smile that masked his fears for months.

But as hardline government rhetoric and a life in limbo eroded what hope he had left, the 29-year-old Tamil asylum seeker took his own life.

He set himself on fire and died almost three weeks ago with burns to 90 per cent of his body.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the church to farewell Mr Seemanpillai.

Father Pancras Jordan led the service and took aim at the federal government’s “cruel” asylum seeker policies that pushed Mr Seemanpillai  to suicide.

“We are gathered to say thank you and goodbye to our brother and friend, Leo Seemanpillai, who was killed by the harsh, unjust and cruel policies of our government,” he said.

Father Jordan said asylum seekers such as Leo were being “slowly broken in a system of indefinite detention that dehumanises and disempowers”.

“People are locked into the limbo of the legislated poverty that is life on a bridging visa … [it] normalises cruelty and strips the most vulnerable people of not only their rights but their dignity,” he said.

“The current policy is not about an orderly system saving people from drowning … billions of dollars are being spent on wrecking people’s lives in detention centres and in our communities.

“Our government is proactively brutal and intentionally determined to break the spirits of people like Leo, who once imagined they would find protection from oppression in our care.”

Mr Seemanpillai’s parents, living in India, were not granted temporary visas to attend the funeral service. The family will have to wait to watch a video recording of the ceremony that will be sent to them afterwards.

Aran Mylvaganam, of the Tamil Refugee Council, said it was a tragedy that a good man had been driven to the depths of despair due to Australia’s “shameful immigration policies”.

“In his 13 months being in the Geelong community, Leo had made so many connections with people, so many friendships … he had even signed up to be an Amnesty International member, a Red Cross member, a regular blood donor and an organ donor … he was such a beautiful person, but our policies have driven him to this point.”

Mr Mylvaganam said Mr Seemanpillai’s  fears of being returned to Sri Lanka edged closer to “tipping point” after announcements by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison last October suggesting all Tamils would eventually be deported.

“I received a call from Leo … his fear was real,” Mr Mylvaganam said. “He was sharing his fears with us but at the same time he was such a strong person, such a positive person. This is a very sad day for the Tamil community.”

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LIVE: Remi Kolawole’s realism in the raw

REMI Kolawole has only been rapping for three or four years, but his success has been phenomenal.
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REMI, 22, said his success as Triple J’s 2013 Unearthed Artist of the Year had a lot to do with luck and timing – but countless fans and global attention seems to suggest otherwise.

‘‘I think that’s just mostly the music industry anyway,’’ said the ever modest REMI.

‘‘I think we got a bit of publicity from it but it’s hard to tell from the inside where the attention is coming from.

‘‘We live in a bubble on purpose because music comes out of your mind, whether you’re making beats or writing lyrics or whatever, and if something is affecting your mind – whether it’s your perception of yourself or what other people are thinking – then you’re not thinking straight.’’

REMI worked with Sensible J and Dutch on his new album, RAW X INFINITY. The trio, who have been recording since the release of Regular People Shit in 2012, have since embarked on a national tour.

He said inspiring writing sessions had led to an oversupply of material, and listeners could expect another release in less than two years.

‘‘We finished most of the album over the space of a week-and-a-half this year. As a result of having had to write hard to a deadline, we wanted to keep writing,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll write a whole bunch of songs and then figure out how to put them all together. You always find that after you finish an album you want to keep writing because you’re in a great head space.’’

REMI said the lyrics in RAW X INFINITY were meant to take a closer look at society and its expectations, without necessarily commenting.

‘‘It’s cool because some people find it welcome and some people don’t, but I’d prefer there to be an honest reaction to what we’re doing rather than just middle-of-the-road acceptance,’’ he said.

One of the issues covered on the album is being forced to try to choose a career or life direction by the end of high school.

‘‘I’m a rapper and there’s not a class or avenue to take that will make you become a rapper,’’ he said.

‘‘Kids are forced to make huge decisions after not even finding themselves. I went from doing nursing for half a year to becoming a rapper, and I’m one of the lucky few. Lots of people are given limited options.

‘‘My father is from Nigeria. In order for him to get out of poverty he had limited options. We have more options than that but people end up doing shit they don’t necessarily love.’’

REMI said the dream was to make rapping his career and get to a point where the music he makes pays the bills. In the meantime, he works in retail on the side.

‘‘Something I notice when I’m working my part-time job is that often, when I say ‘Hi, how are you going’ to someone, they reply with ‘work’s work’ or something like that.

‘‘I know people who want to be doctors or they want to be tradies. If you want to do one of the options we have been given, that’s great, but I’m a weirdo and that’s not how I see it in my head.

‘‘Like my song Livin’. None of these things are meant to be critiques on how shit is; it’s just stating how shit is. That’s the key to rap. Just be real. I give people the realest situation they can possibly get.’’

REMI touches on the prevalence of club drugs in his song: XTC Party. He said it’s something he noticed becoming a big thing on tour.

‘‘This is not telling people to do or not to do drugs. It’s just what we’ve seen over the last two years’ touring,’’ he said.

‘‘Obviously it’s always been prevalent but the one thing that was the biggest was ice. You are at liberty to do whatever you want but ice is the one thing that – if you start it – you’re not really yourself afterwards.

‘‘A person goes from being someone you’re really good friends with and becoming completely different for life [after experiencing ice].

‘‘I was scared of drugs when I was younger and I’ve overcome that fear but I had a very vast knowledge of what this can do to you and what the side effects could be. I think a lot of people go into it blind.’’

REMI counts himself lucky to have a lot of like-minded fans: ‘‘We’re not tryin’ to sell you a gimmick, we’re just tryin’ to do the music.’’

His group have their own DIY label: House of Beige. Asked what it was named after, REMI laughed.

‘‘Sensible J is beige, the inside of his house is beige, I’m beige, all of our friends are beige, and so it’s kinda like let’s make this house beige collective,’’ he said.

Being on an independent label, he said, was liberating as an artist.

‘‘Especially being an upcoming artist, it’s quite difficult to come up with the major labels,’’ REMI said.

‘‘We had the offers and it was all very nice and all that, but at the same time you can get yourself in so much trouble. We’ve already seen how much you have to spend on a record. The beauty of this is we pay it and, yes, it’s expensive – and that’s why we work day jobs – but we pay it and then we don’t owe anybody any money.

‘‘If you do it with a label it’s like a bank. You have to pay all that back but at a very small percentage of money you’re earning.

‘‘I think it’s also the freedom to say whatever you want. I’m trying to make music that speaks to me and my friends.

‘‘A major label might stop us from appealing to our chosen audience.

‘‘My favourite part of the music industry is doing what I love with people that I f—king care about.’’

REMI, Sensible J and Dutch will be playing Newcastle’s Small Ballroom on Thursday, June 26. Tickets are $21.45 and can be purchased at tickets.oztix南京夜网.au. See page 35 of today’s Herald for your chance to win one of double passes to REMI’s show.

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LIVE Party Pics, June 19

LIVE Party Pics, June 19 Margaret Kelly and Wendy Ward, of Maitland, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland
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Christian and Cheryl Todd, of Maryland, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

Helen and Bill Myers, of Raymond Terrace, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

David and Louisa McLellan, of Gateshead West, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

Cliff and Debbie Corder, of Salamander, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

John and Darienne Carraro, of Ashtonfield, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

Norm and Pat Rose, of Edgeworth, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

Shelly and Emery Kertesz, of Salamander Bay, were at the Boney M concert at Wests on Sunday. Pic: Dean Osland

Kristy Mitchell, of New Lambton, and Collin Hollibone, of Maryville, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Meegan Jones, of Islington, Alana Mondy, of Cooks Hill, and Greer Allen, of Melbourne, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Sharon Longrod, of Wickham, and Darcy Pegg, of Mayfield East, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Elise Gilbert and Sasha Flowerdale, of Hamilton, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Clancy Thomas, of Maryville, and Jess Scala, of Carrington, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Tim Glover and Ben Tranter, both of Greta, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Krystan Nowak, of Tighes Hill, and Matthew Lowe, of Waratah West, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

Svenya Loretuzen, of Bar Beach, Al Mankee, of Merewether, Gronya Shascoe, of Newcastle, Alex Beardman,of Bar Beach, and Bianca Guarnieri, of Wickham, were at the Bones Jones and the Skeletones show at the Lass O’Gowrie on Friday. Picture: Ryan Osland

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Josh Thomas’ show Please Like Me nominated for Rose d’Or

Comedian Josh Thomas’s show Please Like Me has been nominated for a prestigious international television award, the Rose d’Or.
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The ABC2 comedy series, which is written by and stars Thomas, is the only Australian show to pick up a nomination across the six television categories in this year’s awards.

Nominated in the sitcom category, Please Like Me is up against two contenders from United Kingdom: Channel 4’s Toast of London, and Yonderland on BskyB.

The famously-bashful Thomas remained reticent about the show’s nomination.

“I still don’t know what to say about it,” he told Fairfax Media. “It’s nice, but also I think awards are a bit silly. But I don’t want to be a brat about it by saying I think awards are a bit silly.”

With the winner to be announced at the 53rd Rose d’Or award ceremony in Berlin in September 17, Thomas said he hoped to make the ceremony but may be too busy working on the show’s yet-to-be commission third season.

“I’d love to go to Berlin. I love sausages. And I’m sure I love German homosexuals,” he said. “But I’ve got to start working on season three.”

Premiering as a six-part series on ABC2 in February last year, Please Like Me has been renewed for a 10-episode second season after proving a hit with audiences. US network Pivot, which premiered the show in August last year, has also green-lighted the second season.

Australia has been well-represented in the Rose d’Or awards in recent years, with Gruen Sweat picking up the 2013 gong for best entertainment show for their Olympics-themed analysis of the advertising world.

Other Australian winners include: The Eternity Man for Best Performing Arts program in 2009, SBS series Go Back to Where You Came From for best factual entertainment in 2012, Chris Lilley’s We Can be Heroes for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2006, and the ABC’s Girl in a Mirror won the Arts and Specials Awards in 2006.

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Canberra’s Mad Men moment

A screen grab from US TV show Mad Men showing Canberra as a backdrop for a flight over California. Photo: Screen grab Mad Men
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Canberra has made a cameo appearance in the acclaimed American television series Mad Men just two weeks after receiving a gushing review from The New York Times.

A sharp-eyed Canberra Times reader spotted the aerial view of the capital city during the series seven episode entitled Waterloo.

The scene sees character Ted Chaough, who runs an advertising agency in competition with main character Don Draper, take his team up in a light plane above California before giving them a scare by cutting the engine.

The characters touch on their fear of flying and the challenges faced by American astronauts before the lunar landing of 1969 – a focus point of the episode.

Chaough even points to the ground at one stage (potentially near Queanbeyan) describing it as “a good spot for a smouldering wreckage”.

While Canberrans might feel a touch of excitement at a fleeting moment of Mad Men cool, perhaps they might also be mildly offended the producers cast our city in a 1960s period drama, rather than as a modern city of natural beauty with a “decidedly hipster underbelly”.

 

Did writer, director and producer Matthew Weiner think the Canberra skyline reflected the golden state some 50 years ago? Or was it just a random plunge into a stock footage database?

Determining an exact date of the footage is difficult but several clues can be taken from the Canberra landmarks.

In the foreground of the footage is the Royal Military College of Duntroon in Campbell, which was founded in 1911 and has been developed several times since.

The National Library of Australia, which was opened by prime minister John Gorton in 1968, can be seen on the southern bank of Lake Burley Griffin. This would correlate with the timeline of the episode, which is based in July 1969.

Questacon – which moved next to the lake in 1988 – can be seen to the left of the National Library along with the National Carillon, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in April 1970. The Captain James Cook Memorial water jet can also be seen on Lake Burley Griffin.

Indicating the footage is quite recent is Reconciliation Place, opened by prime minister John Howard in 2002, and – if you look closely enough – the distant shape of the National Museum of Australia (opened 2001) and its distinctive orange loop.

Our questions to Weiner went unanswered, so if you know more about the footage, let us know.

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Steve Fesus bail reasons revealed by judge following outcry

An alleged wife killer who successfully applied for bail under the state’s new bail laws will not be a risk to the community, a Supreme Court judge has ruled.
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Steve Fesus, 41, who is charged with strangling his wife Jodie in 1997 and dumping her body in a shallow beach grave near Wollongong, was bailed on Monday, becoming the first accused murderer to test the state’s new bail laws.

Justice Michael Adams initially placed a non-publication order on his reasons for granting bail. However, he lifted the suppression order on Wednesday following widespread publicity and outrage from victims’ groups.

Mr Fesus was charged with murder  last year and pleaded not guilty, almost 17 years after Mrs Fesus went missing from the couple’s Mount Warrigal home.

The Supreme Court heard on Monday there was some evidence that the newlyweds argued in the months leading up to Mrs Fesus’ death, with Mrs Fesus, 18, threatening to leave her husband and take their children if he did not change his attitude.

Mr Fesus previously made two unsuccessful bail applications. A third application on Monday, in light of changes to the Bail Act introduced on May 20, was successful.

Under previous laws, every criminal charge carried an automatic bail presumption, either in favour, against or neutral. Murder carried a presumption against bail.

Under new laws, the presumption has been abolished. Instead, a case-by-case risk assessment will determine bail based on whether the accused poses a serious risk to community safety, is likely to commit further crimes or is likely to abscond.

Accused criminals can re-apply for bail if previous concerns can be mitigated by strict conditions.

Mr Fesus was allowed to make a third bail application because new forensic evidence was presented which raised doubt over Mrs Fesus’ cause of death, Justice Adams said.

He said the new evidence ”significantly” affected the strength of the prosecution case against Mr Fesus and was given more weight under the new laws.

However, he clarified that a change in the strength of the prosecution case would still be enough to make a bail application under the old laws.

”It should not be assumed that, had the present application been brought under the old Act, bail would have been refused,” he said.

He said Mr Fesus would not endanger the safety of the community and was likely to show up to future court appearances.

”Viewing the information tendered on the application as a whole, I think that, on the balance of probabilities, the applicant does not present an unacceptable risk of failing to appear at any proceedings for the offence, committing a serious offence, endangering the safety of victims, individuals or the community, or interfering with witnesses or evidence,” he said.

On Monday, anti-violence campaigner Ken Marslew, whose son was murdered in 1994, said the decision to grant Mr Fesus bail was like a ”slap in the face” to murder victims and their families.

”The new bail laws are not in the best interests of the community,” he said.

”There’s more to it than just whether they’re a risk to the community. Imagine having lost a loved one and then seeing the person accused of their murder out on bail, walking freely. It’s a slap in the face to anyone who has lost a loved one in those circumstances.”

Sydney father Mark Leveson, whose son Matthew was murdered in 2007, said it was a ”deplorable and dangerous outcome”.

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More children home alone in the school holidays

Parents seem more comfortable than they were a decade ago to leave their children unsupervised during school holidays.Ten appears to be the magic age for children to become “latch-key kids” left unsupervised by parents before or after school.
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But being left home alone in the school holidays is another matter, and more parents are waiting until their child turns 11 before they go unsupervised in the holidays. The statistics come as Victorian and NSW schools begin to wind down for the mid-year holidays.

The number of parents leaving their child unsupervised by an adult, or supervised by a sibling, during school terms and in the holidays increased over most age groups in the decade from 2002 to 2012, statistics from the largest national study of Australian households show.

The number of 14-year-olds left unsupervised during school holidays jumped from 37 to 53 per cent, according to the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia figures.

The percentage of children aged six to nine left alone on school holidays marginally increased, from 8.1 per cent to 9.4 per cent.

During the school term though, parents seem less keen than they were a decade ago to leave younger children unsupervised.

While many figures have increased over the decade, the percentage of six to nine-year-olds and 11-year-olds either coming home to an empty house or getting to school alone has decreased. Unsupervised six to nine-year-olds are down from 15 per cent to 13 per cent, and for 11-year-olds from 33 per cent to 28 per cent.

There was a slight increase in the number of 10-year-olds at home by themselves over the same period.

Dr Sarah Wise, from Melbourne University’s department of social work, said leaving children unsupervised was not new and the term ”latch-key kids” had a connotation of neglect that was not necessarily the case.

Most working parents struggled to match their children’s school holidays, Dr Wise said.

“I have primary school-age children and we ask what are we going to do every holidays,” Dr Wise said.

”There is no magic rule in terms of making these decisions,” she said.

”The best option is adult supervision but parents know their children and their family and neighbourhood situation best. They make these decisions based on maturity, how long their children are being left for and on sibling dynamics as well,” she said.

On the magic ages of 10 for being left unsupervised during the school term and 11 in the holidays, she said this coincided with a maturity leap at about that age when children began to show confidence in looking after their own safety and in following instructions.

”Children are willing and keen to show their competence. You wouldn’t leave a child who was frightened or nervous or doesn’t feel happy being left with a brother or sister they don’t get along with. Parents are responsible and really weigh up the decision,” she said.

Dr Wise suspected that the younger children were left with an older sibling rather than being left alone for long periods.

She said many school holiday programs did not operate at work-friendly times or were too costly for some parents.

The statistics show that from age 13, more often than not children are going it alone at some time during the school week. The number of 14-year-olds taking care of themselves during the school term has increased from 54 per cent to 61 per cent.

Dr Wise said the statistics seemed to show that when children were 14, parents were ”fairly confident that their children have a level of confidence to look after themselves”.

She said children were often savvy with digital technology and while parents might not be nearby, their children were very able to text or Skype to get in touch with their parents.

The figures do not show how long children are left for, nor the age of the sibling who might be left in charge.

The federal government-sponsored Raising Children Network website says there is no law that states when children can be left alone. Parents are legally obligated to ensure their children are properly cared for and cannot be placed in a dangerous situation.

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