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14 Cover Story: No justice for Chris
Inside this edition 06
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Is Preventable
Pursuit Policy: Member’s Verdict
Cover story: No justice for Chris
Information Security - Have Your Say
Out Of The Blue
Book Review: Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life
VEOHRC Review: TPAV Responds
TPAV After-Hours Hotline
Bradshaw House - The Next Step Inc
First Aid Security Concerns Allayed
Health Checks For Life
Lower speed limit for vehicles passing stationary on-duty police back on the agenda
10 Pursuit Policy
20 Out Of The Blue
28 VEOHRC Review: TPAV Responds
Cover image and image top left: Constable Chris Eyre with Detetctive Senior Constable Drew Corry. Photo: Greg Noakes
30 Bradshaw House
51 Hot Property
Why you should vote ‘YES’ to better pay and conditions By John Laird
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he time to vote on our proposed Enterprise Bargaining agreement has arrived. The ballot for the vote is being conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission on behalf of Victoria Police. Ballot papers will be sent to your home address. The ballot opens on February 15 and closes on February 29.
As President of The Police Association, I strongly encourage you to participate in the ballot and to vote “Yes” to vastly improve your pay brought about by increases to your weekend shift penalties and base salary. The process of achieving what is on offer, followed six months of intense negotiations. After much robust debate, deliberation and negotiation, we ultimately reached agreement on a whole raft of significantly improved conditions, including a 12 percent increase in base salary over four years (well above inflation) and an historic improvement to weekend penalty rates. The new weekend penalty rates represent a huge increase for members working these shifts. This is what members said they wanted loud and clear from the outset of the process, and we are proud to have delivered! Other improvements to your conditions include: • Vastly improved penalty rates for members working on four public holidays every year • Increase to all salary-related and expenserelated allowances by 12 percent over the next four years • Ability for members working part time to arrange set days and hours • Rosters must be posted physically at least 14 days prior to commencement. • Change of roster inside 48 hours, other than by member’s request, will incur a penalty • Members must be verbally notified of a change of roster • Payment of a new meal allowance when members are unable to return to their place of work for a meal and the employer hasn’t made suitable arrangements for meals • Carriage of bulky equipment, to be transported by the employer. If this does not occur, member must be deemed ‘on duty’ to undertake this task. • Excess travel now determined by time (45 minutes). If you travel more than 45 from your workplace, and as a result, incur additional travel time, you are entitled to an excess
travel payment. • Voluntary duties now to be paid at time and a half rather than at time and a quarter. • Two days Critical Incident Leave following involvement in a critical incident.
detriment of the final outcome. This agreement, for the first time, offers decent penalty rates for members working on weekends and on some public holidays.
• Members on Commuted Overtime to receive payment for recall when not rostered on availability
I encourage those who have not done so already to log on to our website and use the penalty rate calculator to see what is on offer for weekend work.
• Members who work 11 continuous hours will be entitled to an 8 hour break; if not to be paid at double time until they receive an 8 hour break, (does not include recipients of COT).
Like in all previous EBAs, there are some members who don’t feel satisfied with the outcome and are advocating that members should vote ‘No’ to this deal.
• New clause that changes trigger for overtime from “expressly directed” to the less onerous “required and permitted”. This will provide capacity to be paid overtime for work that must be completed but is not directly authorised.
Anybody contemplating going down this path, should carefully consider that there is a very real risk that a ‘No’ vote will mean that the significant achievements of this agreement would be lost.
“As President of The Police Association, I strongly encourage you to participate in the ballot and to vote “Yes” to vastly improve your pay brought about by increases to your weekend shift penalties and base salary.” A ‘YES’ vote will ensure that all Police and PSO members receive the benefits of this proposed agreement back-paid to 1 December 2015. In November, we took the steps of moving towards protected industrial action, something we have had to do in previous negotiations to achieve an outcome. We again thought that step would be required. However, immediately following the vote by members to take industrial action, your Association got the attention and interest of senior members of government. In previous campaigns, this is something that would only occur once industrial action commenced. This time around, it was not necessary. It is the firm view of the Association that not taking industrial action on this occasion was not to the
Contrary to the belief of some, it is not the case that we would just resume our negotiations from where this agreement was reached. We would be required to start again from scratch with a clean slate. This would mean starting from the same position we started before this round of negotiations commenced nearly a year ago. If this happens, the increases in your base pay and weekend penalties secured under this proposed deal won’t necessarily occur, let alone back-paid to 1 December 2015. In this scenario, it is highly likely that the future of your pay and conditions will be in the hands of Fair Work Australia who would make an arbitrated decision. Arbitration is not a negotiation. Arbitration would be conducted by a commissioner with no experience in policing. In this situation, where an arbitrated decision is imposed, there are no guarantees that members would even maintain their existing conditions, let alone secure a better outcome than what this proposed agreement provides. In essence a ‘NO’ vote will mean a risky and uncertain future. If somebody you know is advocating a “No” vote, ask what it is they expect and then suggest that they contact your Association for our view. The new EBA cannot happen unless the majority of members vote ‘YES’ to this agreement. If you want the salary and penalty increases brought about by this EBA, it is vitally important that you cast and submit your ‘YES’ vote and not leave it to others. Let’s lock in the gains. Don’t risk losing them. Vote ‘Yes’! ∆
Dr Kevin Gilmartin welcomed back to Victoria
Secretary’s Report By Ron Iddles, OAM, APM
e’re delighted to be bringing back Dr Kevin Gilmartin to once again impart his wisdom and expert knowledge to help members to better cope with the unique demands of police work.
His November 2014 visit generated glowing reviews from members and their family members who saw him. Clearly word-of-mouth in policing is as strong as ever with bookings exceeding 3000 for the five presentations he will be running this month across four locations around the state. I thank Chief Commissioner Ashton for supporting Dr Gilmartin’s presentations by allowing members to be rostered on to attend. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge Police Health for their generous support in making available complimentary copies of Dr Gilmartin’s book to members attending the sessions. Ultimately, the reason we have flown Dr Gilmartin down from the US to speak to our members (he is also speaking to police members in WA, Tasmania and the NT) is so that they and their partners can get the most out of the practical strategies he advocates to enable members to best cope with the rigors of the job. We hope they work for you. Bradshaw House Another Police Association initiative in the welfare space is our new and welcome association with Bradshaw House – a Drug & Alcohol treatment centre designed for those who struggle with addiction. Bradshaw House is well equipped to meet the needs of Victoria Police members seeking assistance for Drug and Alcohol problems. It was
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established by a former police officer with the needs of police in mind. It is a residential program that adopts a holistic treatment model that includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual considerations. The Police Association has offered to make available some funding to enable Bradshaw House to assist Association members who need help through their program. Please contact our welfare section for further information and advice about this service. You can read more about Bradshaw House on page 30 of this edition of The Journal.
“It is a residential program that adopts a holistic treatment model that includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual considerations.” Resources It might be an old chestnut, but regrettably, the issue of wafer-thin frontline police resources is one that never seems to go away - with good reason. I don’t need to elaborate to members about why this is a problem and the impact it has on your daily working lives. You already know. The proverbial elephant in the room, of course, is Victoria’s booming population. As long as our population continues to grow by 100,000 people every year (or put another way, by a town the size of Ballarat), while police numbers remain stagnant, the problem will continue to get worse. Unfortunately, both major political parties made
modest commitments on police numbers in the lead up to the 2014 state election. There’s since been some tinkering at the margins to put on some additional transit police and PSOs for the Night Network, but nothing to make any serious inroads to fix the problem.
“The proverbial elephant in the room, of course, is Victoria’s booming population.” We are not permitted by law to negotiate on resources during the enterprise bargaining process, so the recent EBA process, unfortunately, never represented an opportunity for us to secure better outcomes in this regard. Notwithstanding, the Police Association will keep making the case to Force Command, both sides of politics and to the public at large via the media, that more needs to be done. Meanwhile, we urge members to keep providing us with examples of how the shortage of resources is making it harder for you and your colleagues. Your feedback is always invaluable to us in prosecuting our case. Trade Union Royal Commission The recent Royal Commission into Trade Unions has highlighted the importance of maintaining high standards of governance, structures and policies in such organisations. Your administration has worked solidly over the last 12 months to ensure we have the right policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation to ensure we operate responsibly and in accordance with the regulatory framework to which we’re accountable. Over the next twelve months we will continue this work with a focus on refining our business model, and moving to an integrated and more effective
case management system, supported by a fully digitised filing system. Ultimately, our objective is to achieve a more efficient and higher standard of service for our members who call on us for assistance and advice in a way that withstands any scrutiny. Police pursuits Thank you to the nearly 3,000 members who recently gave us their feedback about the current pursuit policy via our members’ survey on this issue. Clearly, this is an issue that has generated much passion and debate among members. When the policy was introduced last July, The Police Association said at the time that only time will tell if the new policy works, and that we’d closely monitor its impact to assess if it struck the right balance. Clearly, there’s an overwhelming mood among members to see the current policy change. Your responses have informed The Police Association’s position through our own review of the policy, as set out in an extensive report we have compiled. We have submitted this paper to Victoria Police to take on board as they go about their review of their current pursuit policy. On pages 10,11 and 12 of this edition of The Journal, we provide a sample of your responses as well as an overview of the review document we’ve prepared.
‘Wrong way, Go back!’ Members give their verdict on police pursuit policy M
embers have given the new police pursuit policy the thumbs down and want it changed.
effectively giving hoons the green light to get away with their offending behaviour, while thumbing their nose at police.
That’s the emphatic verdict from more than 93 percent of the nearly 3000 members who completed The Police Association survey on the issue late last year.
Members also strongly criticised the policy on a number of other notable fronts. Many told the survey that;
The overwhelming view among members is that the contentious policy has failed to strike the right balance between the risks and benefits of pursuits since it was introduced in July last year.
• hoons are engaging in ‘baiting behaviour’ and that the lack of pursuit response is actually increasing, and not decreasing the safety risk to members
While some members have endorsed the ‘safety first’ principle underpinning the current policy, the vast majority have lamented that the policy, in its current form, has done little to curb dangerous and erratic driving and therefore represents a threat to community safety.
• the community is losing faith in the current policy
Members took the opportunity in the survey to vent their frustration at what they see as the policy
• the wording of the current policy is unclear and
• concerns at alarming instances where members of the public are taking matters into their own hands by stepping into the role of police in response to their perceived inaction by police
confusing and that this has caused members to become too risk-averse in their decision-making. They say the wording of the policy should focus on when pursuits can occur, rather than when they can’t. • the highly-restrictive nature of the policy denies members the ability to properly weigh up the risks and benefits of pursuing • morale among police members is lower because of the policy Police Association Secretary Ron Iddles says that input from members in the survey has been invaluable in informing The Police Association’s formal position on the policy. “Since the policy was introduced we’ve always said that we would wait and see whether the policy produced unintended consequences and then respond accordingly. The members are telling us
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clearly in our survey that this has been the case.
• improved internal communications
“We have carefully collated members’ responses, which are central to an extensive and thoroughly researched review document we’ve prepared on the issue.
• expanded aerial support
“There is no silver-bullet solution, which is why we are advocating a multi-faceted approach towards getting the balance right. The Association’s 17 recommendations for change are wide-ranging and call for reform in areas including (but not limited to); • clearer and simpler policy formulation • greater level of discretion for members • more authority to be vested in a pursuit coordinator, • better training
• greater investment in investigative tools and technology (such as targeted disabling devices, remote vehicle disabling technologies, fleeing vehicle tagging and GPS systems) The Association’s 49-page review paper was submitted to Police Command earlier this month and will be taken on board as part of Victoria Police’s own review of the policy which is due to occur shortly. Ron says he is pleased that Victoria Police has committed to take into account the members’ feedback in the survey as part of their review. “The members on the ground are the best judges of whether or not this policy is working. It’s not often you see members responding to a survey
on a specific issue in such huge numbers, sharing their valuable experience and expertise. They have shown genuine passion on this issue. “I’m confident we’ve represented our members’ views in our review paper fairly and accurately and that the Chief Commissioner will afford them due consideration in his own review of the policy”. Members can view the Association’s full report of its pursuit policy review on The Police Association Victoria website - www.tpav.org.au Next page: What you said about the pursuit policy...
What you said about the pursuit policy... “[There are] obviously fewer injuries to all involved because there are minimal pursuits”
“I think this new policy has begun to erode the respect held for Victoria Police.”
“I don’t like to get involved in them [pursuits] if I don’t have to”
“...on social media offenders are coaching other offenders on how to engage for the police to terminate [a pursuit]. One known tactic is to drive on the other side of the road”
“...offenders continue to drive erratically and dangerously to avoid police apprehension, regardless of whether they are still being followed or not” “...Drink-drivers are just u-turning from booze buses as they know there is no consequence” “Road policing is negatively impacted due to offenders knowing we won’t pursue so they engage in increasingly risky behaviour above what they would normally do” “In the past six months the increase in members being rammed/shot at has increased. This is directly related to this ridiculous policy” “...the effect is that while one risk may have arguably been lessened, other aspects of associated crime and behaviour still requiring police attendance are at greater risk” “In the absence of being able to predict the future, police will always be in a situation where they are ‘damned if they do’ and ‘damned if they don’t’ with respect to pursuits” “There are many more occurrences of people evading police. They KNOW that we will not pursue, so the choice to flee becomes too convenient for them. In the past some offenders wouldn’t think about evading.” “It has also reduced our ability to detect and apprehend offenders for other less serious crimes. Now an offender knows we can’t pursue. If they have a bit of drugs on them or they’re suspended or other minor crimes, they now fail to stop for police”
“It is only a small element that are baiting police, throwing things at divvy vans and even shooting at police but if you allow something to fester, then it grows...” “Already there has been one situation where a member of the public took matters into his own hands and pursued his stolen vehicle while police cars sat stationary doing nothing. The public are far more disappointed in the police when they feel like they did nothing than they are when we tried and something went awry” “The people of Victoria have an expectation that the police will ‘uphold the right’ and apprehend offenders” “I think that morale of members has been significantly affected in relation to this policy. I joined the police force to try and catch offenders, not to be a witness and watch them drive off into the sunset” “Members feel like they might as well sit in the office and wait for a job to respond to, rather than proactively identifying offences and stopping them” “The current policy and the long list of requirements to observe is confusing to the police involved. I believe it is partly designed to create so much doubt that the default position is NO PURSUIT”
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New CARE booklets available for members doing it tough T
he Association is pleased to announce the launch of another resource to assist members who are doing it tough – our new CARE booklet.
The CARE booklet is designed to provide valuable information and advice to help members better cope with challenges causing them high levels of stress and anxiety. Above all, the booklet is designed to help members look out for their own psychological wellbeing. It sets out some of the signs and symptoms of stress or burnout as well as some suggested coping strategies you can adopt. The booklet also contains contact details of other resources where you can seek help. The booklet also provides information about our legal and workers compensation services, as the stress and anxiety some members may be experiencing could be exacerbated by their dealings with the WorkCover and/or discipline system.
While the CARE booklet is not intended as a substitute for face-to-face professional welfare assistance available through the Association or other sources both from within and outside of the policing environment, we encourage members to familiarise themselves with its content.
Police Association Secretary, Ron Iddles says all members should be mindful of the existence of this new resource for members.
“Even if you don’t require help yourself, you might have a colleague who you feel could do with some of the advice contained in this booklet. Please feel free to refer them to us”, says Ron.
Call 1300 361 008.
While hardcopies of our CARE booklet will be handed personally to members who seek direct professional assistance from Association staff, the booklet is also available for members to view on our website – www.tpav.org.au ∆
personal crisis should urgently contact The Police Association’s OPTUM service for free, counselling, 24 hours a day.
No justice after Chrisâ€™ unfair whack
By Kate Jones
Constable Chris Eyre with Detetctive Senior Constable Drew Corry in the background, who investigated the cowardly assault which left Chris with shocking injuries. Photo: Greg Noakes
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Twenty seven years after Constable Damian Eyre was murdered in Walsh St, his nephew became the victim of a cowardly attack in the line of duty. And it seems that justice has again been in short supply for Constable Chris Eyre.
onstable Chris Eyre didn’t see the plank of wood hurtling towards his face.His head was turned when the baseball-style swing connected.
Stars appeared, then everything went black.
“I just remember grabbing my face, trying to figure out what had happened. I could feel something all over my hands.” It was blood. Chris had been smashed across the nose with a 46cm length of framing timber. The thug wielding the wood was a fifteen-year-old boy. The attack occurred in August when the constable was on night shift, working the van alongside an experienced colleague, Leading Senior Constable Nathan Warrick. The pair was tasked to break up a rowdy party at Hoppers Crossing, shortly after midnight. “It was a pretty routine job at the start, moving kids on on a Saturday night. It’s something we go to a lot. It just turned really bad really quickly.” Most of the teenagers scattered when Chris and his partner arrived. Of those who remained, one was drunk and abusive, and was placed in the back of the divisional van. His mates refused to accept it. One whipped off his top, despite the winter chill, and tried to pick a fight. He was capsicum sprayed. The spray had little effect on the boy, but LSC Warrick copped the backdraft. Chris’s protective instinct kicked in. “There were six guys, and me and Nath. I stood between Nath and the guys because Nath couldn’t see.”
One of the boys took advantage of the diversion and tried to liberate his friend from the van. Chris heard the latch being rattled, and ordered him to stop. “I’ve turned around to look at Nath, because the other guys were still trying to fight him, and then, as I’ve turned around, I felt something hit me in the face.”
The investigating officer, Senior Constable Drew Corry, was horrified by the force. “He hit Chris so hard that a big chunk of wood bounced to the other side of the road. It wasn’t just a weak tap, it was a line up and a smack to the face.” “A lot, I guess.”
Chris knows he didn’t lose consciousness, since he remained on his feet. But he was temporarily blinded.
The offender ran off, and an ambulance transported Chris to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He had a CT scan to rule out a broken cheek bone, and surgery to repair his crumpled face.
“At the time, the adrenalin was going. It was more scary than anything, because I couldn’t see, so I didn’t know what was happening.
“He broke the left side of my nose. It collapsed, so I couldn’t breathe out of it properly. I had a huge lump on my cheek, and cuts and bruises.”
“There’s nothing I could have done, because I wasn’t even dealing with him. I wasn’t even
As he recovered, it emerged the damage was more than cosmetic. “My partner bought me an aftershave as a get well present and I couldn’t smell it. That’s when I twigged.” The attack had cost him his sense of smell.
talking to him. I was
As Chris recovered, it was left to Senior Constable Corry to investigate his case.
dealing with something
“It hits home a little bit more, I suppose, when it’s one of your colleagues.”
else. He came from behind. I’ve thought about it time and time again, and I can’t think of any way I could have avoided it” Constable Chris Eyre “I could hear the others trying to fight Nathan, but I couldn’t see what they were doing. “I thought, ‘If something happens, I can’t help myself let alone someone else.’” He wondered about the offender, the boy who’d been trying to free his friend from the van. “When I saw him, he was a fair way away from me, so if he’d hit me, I couldn’t figure out how.” Had the teen thrown the wood at him? A neighbour who had witnessed the altercation from across the street provided a bag of frozen peas for Chris’s face, and an explanation for what had occurred. “He didn’t throw it at you, mate, he hit you with it.”
Three of the boys involved in the fracas were arrested. Two were charged with minor offences. The teen who struck Chris had the book thrown at him: intentionally cause injury, recklessly cause injury, serious assault police, assault with a weapon, and being drunk in a public place. Since the boy was 15, it’s fair to say neither Chris nor his informant expected a draconian penalty. But the decision of the Children’s Court left them dumbfounded. After pleading guilty, the boy received a 12-month youth supervision order - without conviction. The teen wrote a letter to the magistrate expressing remorse, but a conversation at court, in earshot of one of Chris’s colleagues, proved it was lip service. “She overheard him bragging about having a copper’s blood on him and belting a copper,’ says Chris. Senior Constable Corry tries to be measured in his reaction: “Frustration’s a word. Anger’s another.” “The biggest thing I found with the whole process was there was so much emphasis on the offender. Granted, I accept it is kids and they need to be
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Above, left to right: Chris in 2016 (Photo: Greg Noakes) and in the aftermath of last yearâ€™s attack. The 46cm length of timber used to strike Chris from behind.
rehabilitated too, but it certainly seemed that the balance was really heavily focused on the offender and not so much on Chris.
“You expect a bit of protection from the courts. Assault police is supposed to have extra sentencing value. At the end of the day, I don’t
job. All I was trying to do was make the area safe and people in the community safe.”
“I’m a lot more cautious. I tend to stand a little bit further away from people.”
Constable Eyre’s family is painfully aware of the dangers of policing.
But, on reflection, he acknowledges caution wouldn’t have saved him that night.
His uncle, Damien Eyre, was one of two police officers gunned down in Walsh Street, South Yarra, in 1988.
“There’s nothing I could have done, because I wasn’t even dealing with him. I wasn’t even talking to him. I was dealing with something else. He came from behind. I’ve thought about it time and time again, and I can’t think of any way I could have avoided it.”
Four men were acquitted of murder. Damien’s father, retired policeman Frank Eyre, is Chris’s grandfather. He’s not surprised his grandson was attacked. “It’s not out of character in today’s climate.”
Despite his uncle’s death, he’s never dwelled on the risks of being a policeman.
“The victims are denied proper justice and, in my opinion, the penalties do not fit the crime.”
“People make a big deal out of it, but I don’t know any different. You can get hurt driving your car to and from work. It’s not something that I think about when I’m at work. No more than anyone else would.”
in a place like Werribee,
Chris’s TPAV delegate, Detective Senior Constable Brendan O’Mahoney, agrees.
Chris still has trouble breathing and expects he’ll need further surgery to rebuild his nose.
“The big thing it’s highlighted is we’ve probably become used to lenient sentences.”
He remains hopeful his sense of smell will return, in time.
He says many police officers ‘build a wall’ to avoid being affected by the outcomes of cases they investigate.
Which smells does he miss?
know what message it sends to the rest of the
that’s got lots of young kids.” Detective Senior Constable Brendan O’Mahoney (TPAV
But he is angry at how often the legal system leaves people feeling let down.
But members’ families provide a reality check.
“When you’re speaking to people who aren’t involved in it every day, that’s when you get a bit of perspective and say it’s a slap on the wrist.”
“No one’s expecting the young fella to get locked away and never seen again... but I’d have been pushing for a conviction, at least.”
Detective O’Mahoney says Chris’s case has resonated with other members, who believe the system has failed him.
The sentence left Chris feeling cheated.
“You expect a bit of protection from the courts. Assault police is supposed to have extra sentencing value.
“This has affected my life and my family’s life. Possibly lifelong issues I’m going to have with it, and to think that he’s getting no real deterrent to do it again, it’s disappointing.” He feels further frustration every time he sees WorkSafe commercials advocating safe working environments. “We go to work every day and expect to come home in the same condition that we went in there and to think that I haven’t... That’s not the result of an accident, that’s the result of a decision someone made to try and stop me from doing my
“At the end of the day, I don’t know what message it sends to the rest of the community, particularly in a place like Werribee, that’s got lots of young kids.” As for the Children’s Court: “There needs to be some serious consideration into how these things are dealt with into the future.” Chris returned to work a month after the assault, with his approach to the job inevitably altered.
“All of them.” Even the bad ones. He can’t smell when his two-year-old needs his nappy changed. He’d be oblivious if the gas were left on or the house were on fire. It’s been a hefty price to pay, for one night at work. But Chris says leaving the force never crossed his mind. “I love this job and it’s an isolated incident that will hopefully never happen again.” ∆ Kate Jones is a news reporter for the Seven Network
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Out of the Blue Leading Senior Constable Tony Brewin moonlighting as a rock n’ roller’.
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Never a long way for this cop who wants to rock and roll When Leading Senior Constable Tony Brewin isn’t devising initiatives to keep inner urban teenagers on the straight and narrow, he’s having a great time trying to “rock your socks off”. When the lights go down, he goes undercover as a rocker and he’s not the only policeman on this particular beat.
By Elissa McCallum
n police officer mode, Tony Brewin has a friendly and well-modulated speaking voice, with a measured tone, verging on softly-spoken. He works as an inner suburbs youth resources officer and deals with struggling families living in public housing. On stage, he’s all rock’n’roll. “YEAH!” he shouts. “HEY!” he rumbles.
“Baby don’t you know you drive me CRAZY!” he belts into the microphone. “We are going to rock your socks off with a few of our songs!” He’s no garage band dreamer. He’s released albums and has been playing gigs recently with singer Shannon Noll in front of crowds of thousands. Fifty years old, he’s been a policeman
for 27 years and a musician since his early teens. The musical all-rounder can sing, play lead and bass guitar as well as keyboards, is a songwriter and is in two bands. He dreamed of being a rock star. His first band was called Lazee. “It was a pub band, looking for success. I thought that was going to be my life.” He played gigs at night and wrote songs by day. In his early twenties, he made a reluctant decision. “I needed a real job, so to speak.” He became a police officer because he had friends in the force. The day the music died never arrived though, despite the responsibilities of work, marriage and children, although it came close when his three boys were little. “I moved into singing at weddings and that sort of ripped my soul out.”
So he made the time to feed his passion the way he likes. “I’ve always managed to balance music and career.” Fronting the five-piece band Mu-Theory, Tony jumps around the stage, he bends towards the guitarists, he leans back towards the keyboard player. “We’ve got a little song for you called ‘Spooky’” he announces to a corporate party audience, using some finger snapping to establish the beat. “Life is kind of crazy with a spooky little girl like you,” he sings. Now it’s on to a few cover songs. Tony needs a ticket for an aeroplane because his baby wrote him a letter. Performing four concerts with singer Shannon Noll last year was a highlight. They came about
“My instruments are all plugged in and ready to go. I just have to turn them on and away I go. There’s nothing more relaxing than having a muck-around with the instruments. A glass of wine, some music it’s great”
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because the drummer in Tony’s second band, a cover outfit called Wonderpants, knew him. “The first concert I did with him, I was really nervous for some reason,” says Tony. “We started the first song and he came straight over to me and grabbed me and gave me a big bear hug and made me feel terrific. “He’s a real country bloke. Whenever we play somewhere, his mates always turn up and they’re always farmers. Shannon treats them like royalty.” With Noll, Tony and the Wonderpants have played golf clubs, pubs, a football event and the biggest, a rodeo before a crowd of 5,000 people. “Ooh la la la, ooh la la la, yeah,” sings Tony on stage with Mu-Theory. “Sing it with us!” By his side, on bass guitar, rocking mustard coloured shorts, is Acting Inspector Pat
Tony performs with Australian singer-songwriter, Shannon Noll.
Ferdinands from the Legal Services Department. He’s got his hands full at work preparing counter terrorism Supreme Court applications, but on stage, he’s in the moment as he accompanies Tony’s lyrics about the cool of the evening “when everything is getting kind of groovy”, before launching into a Hendrix cover. Another song Tony wrote is called Man Cave, which he performs with Pat, who has his own version of one at home. His retreat is his study. “My instruments are all plugged in and ready to go. I just have to turn them on and away I go. There’s nothing more relaxing than having a muck around with the instruments. A glass of wine, some music…it’s great,” he says. His friendship with Pat goes back nearly 30 years, when they had just joined the force and Tony was promoting his music.
“I was doing a lot of solo records, releasing them on cassette and flogging them to all the recruits,” recalls Tony. “There are probably tons of cops out there who’ve got a dusty Tony Brewin cassette somewhere around,” he laughs. Mu-Theory’s third album, with eight of the 10 tracks written by Tony, is expected to be finished in the next couple of months. “It’s quite a rock and pop record,” he says. Music has found its way into Tony’s work, particularly when he was a schools resource officer and got involved with East Timorese teenagers in a Collingwood school band. “I was helping them write songs. They were writing about the experience of coming to Australia and missing the cultural things from East Timor that were really important to them.
“Early to rise, early to die. Born into heroin addiction and lies.There’s hurt and there’s pain, canyons of shame. Can’t stand the parents but you love them the same.”
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“When I work with young people, music is a common thread. Not that I like the same music. I’m not really into hip-hop or whatever is around now.” He says his song writing ideas come mainly from his personal life, but “Lonely Life” is a reflection on working with vulnerable people and “the almost total inevitability of poor outcomes and how many young people in these situations come to this realisation. “Many beautiful people live in public housing, but there’s always a sad tale somewhere,” he says. Early to rise, early to die Born into heroin addiction and lies There’s hurt and there’s pain, canyons of shame Can’t stand the parents but you love them the same (Lonely Life) After chatting to The Journal about music, Tony was due to knuckle down to work on a program he initiated called Communities That Care, which involves identifying the crime risk factors
influencing children’s lives. A survey was taken of students in the City of Yarra and revealed drug and alcohol use among year eight students.
“I was helping them
Also on his agenda are regular meetings with a group of local mothers from the public housing units across the road from his office at Fitzroy police station. The women are worried about how to steer their rebellious teenage sons in the right direction.
were writing about the
“We’re trying to support the community across Yarra with social-emotional literacy,” explains Tony. “It’s being taught in a lot of the primary schools. A lot of our families are having trouble with the way they communicate with one another. Skills in emotion coaching are being taught to parents and kids.” Tony says music will always be an itch he can’t stop scratching. It’s a thrill all the time. “It’s nice to know that at the age of 50 I’m still able to experience some of the most fun gigs. It holds out a bit of hope for us oldies.” ∆
Above, left to right: Tonybelts out a number at one of his concerts. At work: Leading Senior Constable Tony Brewin with local youth support worker, Akech Manyiel (Photo: Greg Oakes).
write songs. They experience of coming to Australia and missing the cultural things from East Timor that were really important to them.”
Introducing ESSSuper’s Seminar Series for 2016 – Plan the future you want with help from the experts in your fund
uper is one of the most important building blocks in planning for retirement so it’s important that you have a good understanding of your super benefits.
As the fund responsible for your ESSS Defined Benefit Fund, ESSSuper is committed in helping you understand your super benefit. ESSSuper run a number of FREE information seminars throughout the year, at their Melbourne office, surrounding suburbs and in regional Victoria. The range of seminar topics have been tailored based on the different needs and interests of our members. You simply choose the seminar topic which most interests you. The seminars are an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about your super benefits.
ESSSuper’s Member Education Consultants cover topics such as contribution rates, your insurance options, tips on boosting your super savings and what to consider in achieving a comfortable retirement. If you are interested in attending a FREE super seminar near you please visit the ESSSuper website for dates, times and locations. Please note places are limited so bookings are essential.
ESSSuper’s Superannuation Consultants have an excellent understanding of the ESSS Defined Benefit (DB) Fund and they can explain your superannuation options on joining the force to help you get the most out of your super. Alternatively, the ESSSuper website is a great source of information.
Super questions? Get super solutions If you have recently joined Victoria Police and would like to know more about your super you can call ESSSuper’s Member Service Centre on 1300 650 161 to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants.
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The Police Association responds to the VEOHRC Review
By Ron Iddles OAM APM
hen the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) released its confronting report into sexual harassment and discrimination in Victoria Police in December, The Police Association immediately gave its recommendations our full public backing.
We also said at the time that we would offer to work with and assist Victoria Police to bring about necessary change and to stamp out and prevent these behaviours in the first instance. The Police Association has proudly taken an active role in bringing issues of harassment and discrimination to the surface by working closely with VEOHRC to identify issues of concern as part of its independent review and investigation. We also strongly promoted VEOHRC’s confidential survey of members, including confidential face-to-face interviews. We commend and thank all members who provided their feedback and told their own stories. This supportive role played by The Police Association in this review continues a history of actively supporting and advocating on behalf of victims of discrimination, harassment and bullying in Victoria Police for more than 20 years. The Police Association, for example, was instrumental in the introduction of flexible working initiatives for those with parental or carer responsibilities and has represented members when these standards have not been met. In this last EBA negotiation, we took on board the recommendations of the review – as did Victoria Police - by including many other equity initiatives as part of the proposed agreement. All of us in leadership positions in the policing community have a responsibility to ensure that our profession must move its culture in line with today’s community standards. We accordingly welcome VEOHRC’s report as an extremely important catalyst for change.
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A difficult, but absolutely necessary process lies ahead in ensuring that not only the wrongs of the past are acknowledged, but, that going forward, police workplaces across the state are built on respect, safety and fairness - with no exceptions. Harassment and discrimination, of any type, must be stamped out and should never be swept under the carpet. Victoria Police’s response I wish to place on the record my appreciation for the commendable leadership shown by Chief Commissioner Ashton to date in his response to the VEOHRC report. I welcome his genuine commitment to do what needs to be done to identify and address unhealthy behaviours and to ensure they are prevented in the future. Notwithstanding, Mr Ashton’s initial response to VEOHRC’s report, The Police Association has since written to Victoria Police seeking clarification on some of the initial measures it announced in the wake of the review, which seem to have caused some confusion among members. Some of the issues where we’ve sought more detail include; • How the victim-centric approach being adopted by Victoria Police will operate with the complaint process contained in the Equal Opportunity Act or the ‘redress scheme’ mooted by Victoria Police in some media reports; • Greater clarity about how the two hotlines set up by Victoria Police are to operate and how they are intended to differ; • Greater detail in relation to the ‘advice, triage and referral services’ of the Workplace Harm Unit • Great clarity about the role undertaken by the Organisational Standards and Behaviours Branch and whether it will advocate on behalf of victims and how any perceived conflict of
interest will be dealt with;
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• Greater detail on processes or policies to be followed by aggrieved members or by Victoria Police in cases that warrant ‘investigation’ into breaches of OHS, Equal Opportunity, Criminal Law or Victoria Police legislation/policy.
We expect that once we receive the clarification we are seeking on these issues, that this would pave the way for further discussion between the Association and Victoria Police about a clear way forward in properly and fairly dealing with complaints.
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What about TPAV? The VEOHRC report has also given The Police Association cause to reflect on how we deal with matters around harassment and discrimination when members come to us and how we can improve as an Association in representing victims. We accept the feedback from some members in the VEOHRC report that they perceive the Association’s role to be conflicted as it represents both victims as well as those who are accused of doing the wrong thing. Some members perceive that the Association adopts a ‘first in, best dressed’ approach when dealing with incidents of harassment or bullying, mainly at the expense of the party that has come in late in seeking representation. While this is not the case, the point here is that this is the perception, and therefore the reality, of some members. This is not good enough. We must be self-aware enough to acknowledge that we are far from perfect when it comes to dealing in the best way possible with members involved in matters of harassment, bullying and discrimination. For this reason, I recently contacted the Commissioner of VEOHRC, Kate Jenkins and invited her organisation to review The Police
the declaration made by former Australian recently-announced 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison when he said that ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept’!” Association’s current policies, procedures and practices when it comes to handling complaints of harassment, discrimination and bullying. We have done this with very much an open mind for us to change should VEOHRC feel that we fall short in any way. We will keep members posted in relation to this process. In the meantime, we encourage all members who feel they’ve been victims of harassment, discrimination and bullying behaviour to call on The Police Association for assistance and advice. We all share a responsibility for identifying, preventing and eliminating these behaviours. I can’t help but wholeheartedly endorse the declaration made by former Australian Army Chief and recently-announced 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison when he said that ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept’! ∆
Bradshaw House – The Next Step Inc Helping members to overcome addiction
he Police Association’s increased focus on member-welfare has taken another step forward with its decision to partner with Bradshaw House, a live-in drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic geared to helping police members overcome addiction. Secretary Ron Iddles says the initiative for the Association to support members in this regard is inspired by the success of the Phoenix AA Group in helping serving and former police members beat addiction over many years.
“The person who founded the Phoenix AA Group program is a former member of Victoria Police who set up the program primarily with the welfare of police in mind” says Ron. “She is also behind the establishment of Bradshaw House - The Next Step Inc which offers specific tailored programs to address drug and alcohol issues and is well equipped to meet the needs of Victoria Police members seeking assistance. “We are well aware policing has become a very demanding job which causes many issues such as
depression, anxiety and PTSD, which can manifest into alcohol or substance abuse. Bradshaw House, located in Halls Gap near the Grampians National Park, provides private and confidential clinical treatment in a peaceful setting. It provides a residential program that adopts a holistic treatment model. Ron says members struggling with alcohol addiction should consider contacting The Police Association’s welfare section in the first instance to discuss whether the program offered by Bradshaw House is right for them. “If members can demonstrate that they have made genuine and repeated attempts to overcome their addiction, we will consider funding their placement on the Bradshaw House program”. Places are limited and any member who avails themselves of this program via the Association can be assured of utmost privacy and confidentiality. ∆
“If members can demonstrate that they have made genuine and repeated attempts to overcome their addiction, we will consider funding their placement on the Bradshaw House program”.
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Why Bradshaw House? • Caters to police • Comprehensive rehab program • Strict confidentiality • TPAV support (subject to meeting criteria) • Peaceful environment Further information Members interested in this program should contact The Police Association’s welfare section anytime of day or night on (03) 9468 2600
in a CritiCal inCident? Protect yourself. Call us. straight away!
CritiCal inCidents Can inClude:
Call our hotline anytime for advice
Discharge of firearm Police Pursuits Deaths in Custody Serious Police accidents To get the best possible legal advice call the Association as soon as a critical incident happens. Failure to do so puts you in a vulnerable position, and can expose you to disciplinary and/or serious legal action. Before you speak to anyone, speak to us.
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Security concerns allayed for members training in First Aid C
oncerns around security and red tape have been allayed for members seeking to undertake mandatory First Aid training, following representations made by The Police Association. Members now seeking to undertake required First Aid training will no longer be required to take on the burden of having to obtain a Unique Student Identifyer (USI), a process which also entails members having to disclose personal information.
As a consequence of last month’s ruling by the USI Office, members who undertake First Aid training with St John will still receive a certificate of attainment despite not having a USI. Prior to the ruling, members were told by Victoria Police that they were obliged to obtain a USI number before being allowed to undertake mandatory First Aid training. This requirement followed the January 2015 introduction of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative, which allows students to access all of their training records and results from one online location.
Following the introduction of this requirement, some Association members expressed concern that the application process for a USI required them to provide personal identification information like drivers’ license or passport numbers. After representations made by The Police Association we can now advise members that they are now exempt from the requirement to obtain a USI. The USI Office has provided the following advice: “…Training organisations exempted by their Regulator from the need to collect and submit AVETMISS compliant data on nationally recognised training activities on the grounds that submission of such data would conflict with defence or national security legislation and/or could jeopardise the security or safety of defence, border protection, customs, national security or police personnel will continue to be exempted from the submission of AVETMISS compliant data and will not be required to participate in the USI initiative….”
Generally, when students register for Vocational Education Training (VET), they are required to provide their USI number to the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) so that the RTO can report the student’s training information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) on completion. A USI reference number creates a secure online record of recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia. Despite this ruling, members who still wish to obtain a USI for their own purposes, such as use of training records outside of Victoria Police, can still do so. It is entirely your choice. More information about the USI initiative can be found online at: www.usi.gov.au
aving the car serviced is a given for most people who want to protect their investment and lessen the chances of being left stranded by an avoidable breakdown. Curiously that same thinking does not always apply when it comes to personal health check-ups. Regular visits to your doctor should be a priority even if you have never felt better. They can identify medical problems in the critical early stages and prevent years of chronic ill health. Most importantly, early intervention can save lives. Health checks give your GP an opportunity to assess your lifestyle, medical issues and any family history that could place you at risk.
In this article we take a look at the health screenings men and women should be considering at different stages of their lives.
20 to 40 years
In addition to regular check-ups by a GP or paediatrician, babies and infants are provided free ongoing assessments by local child and family health centres. This includes overall health and weight, eating and physical activity, eyesight and hearing, teeth and gums, sleeping habits, language and physical development, and social and emotional wellbeing.
This is when most people are in their prime. You feel good and health checks seem a pointless exercise. Common hidden health issues may be lurking however and it’s important they are discovered early.
A blood test is also offered to every newborn to check for metabolic or genetic disorders. Health authorities urge all parents to ensure their children’s immunisations are kept up-to-date for protection against highly contagious and potentially fatal infections. Regular dental check-ups are also important and should continue into adulthood.
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Men and women • High blood pressure has no symptoms yet is a major cause of stroke, heart disease and heart failure. It can also lead to eye and kidney damage. Have it tested at least every two years. • Elevated levels of cholesterol and glucose in the blood can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Have your GP check them every two to five years and more frequently if you have a family history of these conditions. • About 95 per cent of skin cancers can be
CHILDREN • Regular check-ups by a GP or paediatrician • Keep immunisations up-to-date • Regular dental check ups are a must
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treated successfully if found early. Examine your own skin for suspicious moles or spots and seek medical help if you have concerns. • Sleeping with new partners can expose you to various sexually transmitted infections which can lead to serious health problems, including infertility and cancer. If at risk it’s advisable to visit a sexual health clinic every few months. Men • Testicular cancer has a high cure rate if found early. Men of all ages should self-examine about every four weeks for any unusual lumps or swellings. Women • All women over the age of 18 who are sexually active should have a pap test every two years to identify any irregularities that could lead to
20 - 40 YEARS • Test blood pressure every two years, cholesterol and glucose every 2-5 years • Examine your own skin for suspicious moles • Men self examine for unusual lumps or swelling that could lead to testicular cancer • Women have pap test every two years if sexually active
cervical cancer. This is important even if you’ve had a cervical cancer (HPV) vaccine, as this doesn’t protect against all cancer-causing types of HPV. • Sexually active women under 30 are advised to have an annual urine test for chlamydia which can affect fertility and often has no symptoms. • Have a general check-up before planning a pregnancy and regular antenatal checks to monitor the baby’s development.
40 to 50 years Reaching 40 is a milestone for your body when the risk of various health conditions increases. It’s a period of demanding work and growing children and your own welfare may take a back seat. Keep up with your previous health checks and add a few more.
40 - 50 YEARS
Men and women • It’s normal for your vision to deteriorate when you reach 40 so now’s the time to get your eyes checked. The test will also pick up other possible conditions such as glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in Australia, and macular degeneration. • A one-off health check for people aged 45-49 is provided by the Australian Government to identify those at risk of chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. People aged 40-49 can also be evaluated for type 2 diabetes using the government’s AUSDRISK assessment tool. Men • Prostate cancer is a major cause of cancer death in Australia and is very common in men over 40 years. See your doctor if you have
50 PLUS YEARS
• Get your eyes tested
• Preventative health checks are critical
• Test for chronic disease, such as: - type 2 diabetes and - heart disease
• Screen for bowel cancer as risk increases
• Men see doctor if problems urinating
• Women over 45 and men over 50 should ask for bone density testes to help treat osteoporosis
• Men have annual prostate checks once you reach 50 or earlier if there is family history of prostate cancer
• A hearing test can determine any degree of hearing loss
• Women should self check or get a mammogram every two years
problems urinating and have annual prostate checks once you reach 50, earlier if you have a family history of the disease.
50 plus years Regular preventative health checks are even more critical as you head into your 50s and beyond – and your body starts to feel its age.
Healthbeat Risk Assessment
Men and women • Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia with about 17,000 men and women diagnosed each year. The risks increase for people aged over 50. You can be screened through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, which is a non-invasive test for blood in the faeces using a free kit at home. • Advancing age increases the risk of osteoporosis when bones become brittle due to mineral loss. This makes you more vulnerable to fractures. Women over 45 and men over 50 should ask their doctor to assess their risk factors and a bone density test may be recommended. Lifestyle changes and calcium supplements help treat the condition. • Once you reach 50 your doctor may recommend an electrocardiogram (ECG) every two to five years to identify any cardiac abnormalities. • About 50 per cent of people suffer some form of hearing loss as they age which makes communication difficult and reduces quality of life. A hearing test will determine your degree of hearing loss and possible causes. Many hearing conditions are treatable. Women • Women of any age should self check for breast cancer. Between 50 and 74 you can take advantage of the mammogram service provided free by BreastScreen Australia every two years. Anyone with a family history of breast cancer should inform their GP about the need for more regular screening.
Police Health has launched a new service to make it easier for members to assess their health risks. healthbeat is a free online service for eligible members aged 18 and over who have hospital cover. After you have completed an assessment the portal provides up-to-date information relative to your status and allows you to track your health and progress. Anyone identified at risk can then join an appropriate chronic disease management program (CDMP) which covers conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mental health and coronary heart disease. Police Health partner Home Support Services (HSS) delivers the six-month program which addresses the progressive stages of chronic disease through in-home and telephone assistance. The aim is to help members manage their chronic disease and keep them out of hospital. For more information about healthbeat visit www.policehealth.com.au or call 1800 603 603.
Listen hear: Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable H
earing impairment affects one in six Australians. And while aging has long been identified as the most common contributor, excessive exposure to loud noise has now taken over as the main cause.
due to chronic noise is greatest during the first 10-15 years of exposure. It is therefore vital that this major preventable occupational hazard be treated as a high health and safety priority.
Loud noise can harm the delicate hearing mechanism within the inner ear and the higher the noise and longer the exposure, the greater damage it can have.
• having difficulty understanding what people say when there are other sounds in the background, or if they are not looking at you
Research suggests regular exposure to noise above 85 decibels – about the level of a vacuum cleaner − for more than eight hours a week can cause irreversible damage. So it might come as a surprise to learn that policing is considered among the professions most at risk of occupational hearing loss, due to the cumulative effects of sounds such as constant traffic noise, sirens, barking dogs, firearms and spending entire shifts at loud public events. In contrast to age-related hearing loss, which accelerates over time, the rate of hearing loss
Early signs of hearing loss include:
• hearing words incorrectly and asking for repeats, or for the volume to be raised • difficulty hearing soft or distant speech, or if the speaker has an accent, and, • not hearing sounds around you, like phones ringing, doorbells and alarm signals. HEARINGLife provides all Victoria Police members free hearing checks. Those found to have hearing problems are eligible to make a claim for medical treatment including the cost of hearing aids, as well as a lump sum payment for permanent impairment, if your hearing loss is work-related and above the injury threshold.
For more information about a claim, talk to the Association’s lawyers, Maurice Blackburn. They can help if you’ve been injured on-duty in any other way as well. They can also assist if you or a loved one has been involved in a road accident, has a public liability or medical negligence claim, or want to make or dispute a will. The initial consultation with all Police Association members is free. For more information about how Maurice Blackburn Lawyers can help you on a no win, no charge basis, visit: www.mauriceblackburn.com.au or free call 1800 810 812.
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TRAFFIC FROM INSIDE A CAR
A TYPICAL COVERS BAND
LOUD ROCK CONCERT
LOUDEST SOUND POSSIBLE
Motoring Redesigned from bumper to bumper. And it’s clearly the best Camry yet – at a valuefor-money price.
he newest Toyota Camry hits the mark with completely new styling, sharper pricing and a new sports variant.
Design Except for its roof, Camry has undergone a bumper-to-bumper redesign. And it looks extra athletic with a more aggressive grille and new alloys on all models.
Camry CSi. And it’s a far better car with loads more equipment. The new sporty Atara SX is $31,990, while the three well-equipped Hybrid models start at $30,490. Top-of-the-range Atara SL is available in petrol ($37,440) or Hybrid ($40,440). Safety
Inside is a new dash layout with upgraded instruments and new multi-function display. A smaller steering wheel, with audio and phone function buttons, features across the range.
All models score a five-star safety rating and feature:
Seating is roomy and comfortable. The rear seats feature 60-40 split-fold functionality for storage of longer items. The huge boot comes with a spare wheel under its floor.
• Traction and stability control systems.
Atara SX, a stand-alone sports model, was conceived and engineered in Australia to be the most agile Camry yet. Making it complete are: • Eighteen-inch black alloys. • Wide low-profile rubber. • A black mesh grille. • Boot-lip spoiler. • Dual exhausts. Value for money With up to $5,000 slashed off equivalent superseded models, entry Altise now has an asking price of $26,490, just $90 more than a 1997
• Seven airbags. • LED daytime running lights. • Reversing camera. • Pre-load differential, which improves stability and enhances steering feel. Top-spec Atara SL models come with more advanced safety features such as: • Pre-collision alert with the ability to apply the brakes. • Blind-spot monitoring. • Lane-departure warning. • Auto high beam.
power and 231Nm of torque. The addition of dual exhausts on all Atara models squeezes an extra 2kW and 4Nm. The standard transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual mode. Atara models gain paddle shifters. Claimed fuel economy is 7.8 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 183g/km. The three Hybrid variants feature a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 650-volt electric motor and generator. Combined output is an impressive 151kW. Hybrid models use an all-gear CVT transmission; and Hybrid combined fuel economy is 5.2 litres/100km, with CO2 emissions of 121 g/km. On the road The Atara SX feels more powerful than its engine output figures suggest. The transmission offers smooth, quick changes and the paddle shifters add to its sporty feel. On bends, SX remains agile and compliant. Its quicker steering ratios are evident. Suspension is firm but the ride is generally good and the cabin remains quiet.
• Radar cruise control.
This is clearly the best Camry yet and represents better value for money.
Petrol models feature a 2.5-litre DOHC fourcylinder petrol engine, which produces 133kW of
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When the sports bits come together. It’s close to the price of an SS Redline but highly specified.
gearshift mapping, power-steering assistance and the torque transfer between front and rear axles.
• Forward collision and rear traffic alert systems.
Value for money
• ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.
A mid-sized four-door sports sedan, Insignia VXR features a turbocharged V6 petrol engine driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The $51,990 price tag, plus dealer delivery and on-road costs, sounds a bit steep. It’s close to the price of a Commodore SS Redline V8. But Insignia VXR is well engineered and highly specified. Standard items include:
he third Holden instalment from Germany this year is the new Insignia VXR.
The car features big 20-inch alloy wheels shod with low-profile (255/35) Pirelli tyres. Big crossdrilled front rotors are fitted with four-piston Brembo callipers with smaller solid discs at the rear. A boot-lid lip spoiler and dual exhaust outlets also feature. Driver and front passenger each score an electrically adjustable heated Recaro sports seat. The 60-40 rear seat offers sufficient head and leg room for two adults. The boot is roomy but contains no spare wheel, just a tyre inflation kit. Insignia’s gauge layout features an analogue tachometer and fuel and temp gauges. Between these is an eight-inch configurable driver information centre, which offers electronic voltmeter, oil temperature and speedometer. Drivers can toggle between digital speed, tyre pressure, trip computer, phone info, G-meter, lap timer and satellite navigation readouts. A second eight-inch colour touchscreen in the centre of the dash displays sat-nav, reversing camera, and audio and other functions. Drivers can select between Standard, Sport and VXR drive modes. These alter throttle response,
• Leather trim. • Satellite navigation. • Dual-zone climate control. • Front and rear parking sensors. • Trip computer. • Seven-speaker audio with digital radio. • Smart entry. • Push-button start. Safety Insignia comes with an array of safety equipment, including:
• Emergency brake assist.
Insignia’s 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine puts out 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque. But the car is heavy, a tad over 1,800kg and, as a result, can be thirsty. Holden claims fuel economy of 11.3 litres/100km. On the road A smooth and relatively quiet car around town, except for the exhaust burble at idle. On twisty bitumen, all the sports bits come together to make for a quick, agile performer. In VXR mode it’s exhilarating. Verdict Although not a V8 killer, Insignia VXR is a superbly fitted-out driver’s car which can set the pulse racing. Fuel efficiency and the requirement for 98RON unleaded are possible drawbacks. ∆
• Reversing camera. • Six airbags. • Auto wipers and lights. • LED daytime running lights. • Blind-spot monitoring. • Lane-departure warning. • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter.
Reviewed by Jim Barnett
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Dear Ron, In the early hours of the 27th of
me at the cost funding application.
August 2011 I attended a job at the
I would like to thank everyone from
Cranbourne McDonalds given to me
Tony HARGREAVES & Partners who
as “bottles being thrown at police
represented me including Vincent
members” and throwing bottles at
AZZOPARDI, Abigail BIRCHILL and
passing cars, hitting one police car.
Theo KASSIMATIS who worked
The crowd was approximately 100
absolutely tirelessly to defend these
strong from a party that had been shut
criminal charges. I would also like to
down. Police had called for assistance.
thank retired police member Frank
One police Sergeant said in evidence
EYRE who came all the way from
the scene was chaos.
Shepparton to give character evidence
I was later charged with speeding to this job despite the fact that the job was given as a priority 1 job. At McDonalds I met with hostile aggression. I was assaulted by one youth while attempting to move people on. I placed one of the youths in the van and drove him around the corner away from the aggressive
at my trial. The Police Association funded the enormous entire legal costs which would have amounted to a sum which I could not imagine being able to afford on my own. I would also like to thank all the Sergeants and Senior Sergeants at the Dandenong Police Station who supported me throughout the process.
crowd and confirmed his details.
This is a case that clearly shows the
He was released and we found he
major benefit of being a paid up
without explanation. Letters
was 16 years of age. After obtaining
member of the police association. For
permission, he was taken home to his
the small amount of money that we
fewer than 400 words are
mother. Despite passing through three
pay each month we are provided with
speed cameras that didn’t activate, I
the best legal representation when
was charged with speeding home and
we are on duty and acting in good
false imprisonment of the youth.
faith. I personally see it as an absolute
On the 19th of October 2015 I was found not guilty of all charges by a judge and Jury. I have also been cleared of all disciplinary charges. I would like to thank the Police Association for their tireless support throughout this process. I would like to thank Rick LEWIS, who, without knowing me, represented
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Lower speed limit to help police safety back on the agenda
he Police Association’s long-standing push to impose a 40km speed limit on motorists approaching or passing stationary police vehicles on highways and roads, has been given a boost. The Association first joined forces with its ambulance and firefighter union colleagues in lobbying for this safety measure to the Victorian government more than a decade ago, but has attracted little interest until late last year when Vicroads accepted a request from the Association to put the issue back on the agenda. Assistant Secretary, Bruce McKenzie has welcomed the renewed interest in this important safety measure.
“We have always felt that motorists should be compelled to slow down when approaching or passing stationary emergency services personnel who are doing their job on our roads, just as they are whenever they are driving in close proximity of road maintenance workers.
their emergency services colleagues demands that this issue is seriously looked at by our roads authorities and by Victoria Police. “We’re delighted that this is finally going to happen.” The next step will involve all members being invited to provide their views on the issue via a confidential survey currently being compiled by Vicroads with input from The Police Association. The survey is expected to be finalised and then released to members during February. As members’ feedback from this survey will be taken into account before the next step is considered, Bruce says that “all members are encouraged to take part in this important survey once its released. Naturally, our members’ perspective is crucial.” The Police Association will keep members updated on further developments. ∆
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Book Review Debunking the Kelly Myth NED KELLY: A Lawless Life by Doug Morrissey Review by Dr Robert Haldane APM
yth-makers beware’ might well be the touchstone of this work, which is the latest offering by noted Australian historian Doctor Doug Morrissey. A specialist on matters pertaining to the mythology surrounding Ned Kelly and his cohorts, he has researched and written widely on this subject for forty years, including his PhD thesis ‘Selectors, Squatters and Stock thieves: A Social History of the Kelly Country’.
He not only debunks much of the Kelly myth but in a scholarly vein also tackles some of the mythmakers who peddle the Kelly tale and work at keeping the myth alive. And unlike many commentators and writers in this field, he proffers a balanced view of the role and position of the Victoria Police in the hunt for the bushrangers and sundry supporters. In an introduction to this work, La Trobe University historian Dr John Hirst observes ‘The books on Ned Kelly multiply without adding to our understanding. Instead the mythologising becomes more intense and uncritical. Doug Morrissey, by contrast, has something new to say on this well-worn subject. He has a clear-sighted view of Kelly, free from romantic illusions and delusions’. Doug Morrissey tackles the Kelly myth head on. In telling the story of Ned’s lawless life, he restores dignity and respect to the policemen involved in the Kelly drama: a dignity long denied them by the distortions and untruths of the Ned Kelly mythmakers. Morrissey looks closely at Ned Kelly and his outlaw family’s relationship with
individual policemen and concludes that authors subscribing to Kelly mythology invariably granted the Kelly clan the benefit of the doubt, whilst unfairly condemning the policemen involved as ‘corrupt and without saving grace’. The murders of the police at Stringybark Creek were dismissed by Kelly as something the police deserved. He misrepresents what happened, pleading self defence and a feigned reluctance to resort to violence, when clearly he and his mates were the aggressors attacking the police from ambush. Thomas Lonigan was shot running for cover trying to draw his revolver. Michael Scanlan was shot while on his knees attempting to untangle himself from the rifle slung across on his back. Sergeant Michael Kennedy was pursued for some distance before he too fell from a bullet fired by Kelly. McIntyre was unarmed and under the Kelly gang’s guns from the beginning of the encounter. There was nothing he could have done that would have made the slightest difference to the murderous outcome. When presented with a golden opportunity to escape, McIntyre understandably took it. Contrary to what Kelly’s admirers say, Morrissey demonstrates that the police were not universally disliked nor were they looked upon as oppressors. Morrissey presents a counter narrative to the Kelly myth that undermines much of what has been written concerning the bushranger’s life. He puts forward for the first time in published form, an extensive annotation of the Jerilderie Letter, the principal source of Ned’s side of his story. He reveals Kelly’s many distortions and misrepresentations of the truth, meticulously
dissecting the bushranger’s appealing bush eloquent style of writing. Morrissey offers a critique of the writings of several prominent Kelly authors and affords readers an incisive and balanced account of the true place of those police at the heart of the Kelly Saga. In Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life Doug Morrissey brings much needed fair-mindedness and historical accuracy to the Ned Kelly story: ‘a myth distorted story of a violent and egotistical bushranger, who rather than being remembered as a national folk hero, has his true place in history as a horse and cattle thief involved in the murderous slaying of three policemen. ∆
Win a copy of this book For your chance to win a copy of Doug Morrissey’s Ned Kelly: A Lawless Life, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following question; On what date was Ned Kelly hanged for his part in the murder of three police officers?
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New after-hours hotline for TPAV Services W
ith policing being an around-the-clock profession, it is has always been important for The Police Association to be there for members who need urgent help or advice no matter what the time of day or night.
As part of our expanded on-call service we are pleased to announce that should a member require after-hours `face to face’ support, in times of personal crisis, the Association will be there. Anytime. Day or night.
The Association’s services and benefits are now more accessible to members than ever before thanks to the introduction of an expanded afterhours hotline.
Our team of serving and former police members provides a trusted person that you can talk to when times are tough.
In addition to accessing our services during business hours, the Association now has available a wider array of professionals who are on-call and available to assist you after hours in times of need. Speaking to an Association representative, day or night, will now be easier than ever before with one central number linking you to our services.
or Toll Free 1800 800 537 outside Melbourne Metro area
Personal Crisis Line Need support or someone to talk to straight away? The Association provides our welfare service in a variety of ways, including counselling, financial assistance and day-to-day advice and support. Speak to a professional that gets policing! Occupational Health and Safety Advice
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If you need urgent advice regarding an Occupational Health and Safety matter you can speak to one of our safety specialists.
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WhaddaYaKnow Test your knowledge with these brain-teasers What Year?
Who am I?
Name the year when these events took place:
Who am I?
1. Pope John Paul I died about a month after he was elected to the position
1. I was born in Tottenham, London, England
2. The summer Olympics descended into chaos by a terrorist act resulting in 11 people killed
2. I grew up listening to the Spice Girls
3. Prime MInister Malcolm Turnbull was born
3. I am a singer-songwriter
4. Port Adelaide wins its first AFL premiership
4. I have released three albums, each named after
5. South Australia became the first Australian colony to allow women the vote 6. Space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 after launching, killing all seven crew members 7. Serena Williams wins her first Australian Open singles title 8. Popular sitcom, Modern Family airs on television for the first time 9. Victoria Police celebrated its 150th anniversary of existence 10. The redevelopment of the new Ponsford stand at the MCG was completed 11. The Beatles release their iconic Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album 12. Dallas Brooks Hall hosts its final events before closing for demolition and redevelopment 13. The VFL Grand Final is televised live for the first time 14. Vintage Crop becomes the first overseas runner (outside of NZ) to win the Melbourne Cup 15. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is established 16. Mainstream television launches in Australia 17. Australia introduces decimal currency 18. Popular Australian movie, The Castle is released 19. Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Chris Judd are the top 3 picks in the AFL National Draft 20. Prince William and Kate Middleton marry
my age at the time of their release 5. In 2013 I was awarded an MBE
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7. So if you don’t rate, just overcompensate. At least you’ll know you can always go on Ricki Lake 8. We could live for a thousand years. But if I hurt you, I’d make wine from your tears 9. These vagabond shoes are longing to stray; Right through the very heart of it… 10. With the lights out, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us 11. This ain’t a song for the broken-hearted; No silent prayer for the faith-departed 12. You can check-out anytime you like, but you can never leave! 13. And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene. He’s got a daytime job; he’s doing alright 14. The heart is a bloom; Shoots up through the stony ground 15. You’re the one who takes me higher; Ooh baby set my heart on fire 16. Went down to Santa Fe where Renoir paints the walls. Described you clearly but the sky began to fall
18. I’m your hell, I’m your dream, I’m nothing in between; you know you wouldn’t want it any other way 19. If you wanna be a star of stage and screen; Look out it’s rough and mean 20. Loving you isn’t the right thing to do; How can I ever changing things that I feel?
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17. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum. Then they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em
way to the top, ACDC, 20. Go your own way, Fleetwood Mac
6. The garden is a dorsetted; That lady she’s so corseted; She’s got 15 ways to lead that boy astray
16. Am I ever gonna see your face again, The Angels , 17. Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell, 18. Bitch, Meredith Brooks, 19. It’s a long
5. Tell those girls with rifles for minds, that their jokes don’t make me laugh
life, Bon Jovi, 12. Hotel California, Eagles, 13. Sultans of Swing, Dire Straits, 14. Beautiful Day, U2, 15. Lay your love on me, Racey,
4. I will kiss you in four places, as I go running along your street
guy, Offspring, 8. Never tear us apart, INXS, 9. New York, New York, Frank Sinatra, 10. Smells like teen spirit, Nirvana, 11. It’s my
3. Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hunters & Collectors, 5. The Unguarded Moment, The Church , 6. The boys light up, Australian Crawl, 7. Pretty fly for a white
2. It’s a rainy afternoon in 1990
1977, 14. Answer in next edition 15. 1949, 16. 1956, 17. 1966, 18. 1997, 19. 2001, 20. 2011 Who am I? Answer in next edition.
1. Planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do
What Year? 1. 1978, 2. 1972, 3. 1954, 4. 2004, 5. 1895, 6. 1986, 7. 2003, 8. 2009, 9. 2003, 10. 2004, 11. 1967, 12. 2015, 13.
Name the song title and artist belonging to each set of lyrics:
Waxing Lyrical: 1. Space oddity, David Bowie, 2. Candy, Iggy Pop, 3. Answer in next edition 4. Throw your arms around me,
For you. By you.
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Hot property New Docklands holiday apartment proving a hit T
he Police Association’s new holiday apartment at Docklands has proved to be a big hit with members after the property attracted hundreds of rental expressions of interest.
Simply call our Holiday Homes Co-ordinator during business hours on 1800 800 537 or express your interest online via our website – www.tpav.org.au or through the TPAV App.
The most recent addition to The Police Association’s impressive portfolio of Victorian holiday properties is a modern and spacious apartment in the Docklands precinct that can accommodate up to six people.
Given the expected high level of demand for this property, members should prepare to be part of a ballot process. Members who have rented our Holiday Homes in the past would be aware that this has been our traditional method of dealing with properties that are in heavy demand.
With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two secured car spaces, modern kitchen/appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning panoramic views of the city and the bay, this property provides an ideal holiday location for members who want easy access to all the city has to offer, including its sporting and cultural events, shopping, restaurants and bars. In addition, our new fully-furnished holiday apartment features ducted heating and cooling, secure swipe and intercom entry with an on-site gym, pool, sauna and BBQ area. Members will be able to rent this property for one week for $550. This represents outstanding value compared with similar properties in the precinct. Members are welcome to register their expression of interest to rent a week’s holiday in this apartment with their family.
This most recent acquisition adds to an already extensive collection of holiday accommodation which your Association owns and rents exclusively to members. Members will be able to take their next holiday in one of 15 homes or units across no fewer than nine locations in Victoria, including Bright, Echuca, Lakes Entrance, Phillip Island, Port Fairy, South Melbourne, Tawonga South, Yarrawonga and now, Docklands. The weekly rental for all Police Association holiday properties across the state – except for Docklands - remains at an extremely affordable $400 per week. To enquire about any of our holiday homes or to make a booking, simply call our Holiday Homes Co-ordinator during business hours on 1800 800 537.