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Six West Papua asylum seekers land on Boigu By AARON SMITH

Torres Strait’s first multicultural Festival ABOVE: Second place Cultural Dance winners, the Ailan Girls: Lateefah Nona, Tahlae Turner, Ellen Nawie, Katherine Nawie and Floria Madjid all strike a pose. WITH such a rich Indigenous culture in the Torres Strait, that is celebrated regularly through its art, cuisine, dancing and customs, Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen decided it was time to celebrate the region’s multicultural heritage too. Nations from Mexico to India, from Cameroon to Thailand were represented in food, dance, art and costume in the first festival of its kind, where over $5000 of prizes were handed out. More photos Pages 12 and 13. >> BELOW: First place Cultural Dance winners, the masked men of Cool Runnings from Sacred Heart School busting their moves.

SIX people seeking asylum from West Papua arrived at Boigu last Tuesday, September 24, thought to be fleeing in fear of their lives. Ronny Kareni, spokesperson from the Freedom Flotilla, believes they were seeking political refuge from Indonesian authorities. The Freedom Flotilla protested recently against the atrocities committed by the Indonesian authorities against the people of West Papua by sailing a flotilla to their border to raise awareness. The Freedom Flotilla conducted a ceremonial meeting with West Papuan Indigenous Elders close to Boigu near the Indonesian border, before returning to Australia on Saturday, September 14. Continued Page 3 >>

Letter to the Editor

Teachers respond to Entsch’s allegations WE are writing this letter in response to the article in the latest Torres News (Edition No. 1083 pages 1 and 3) regarding Warren Entsch labelling Australian Labor Party members (including Bamaga Labor poll booth workers) as peddling lies and mis-truths . . . to steal votes”. To read how an elected leader could further alienate himself from his constituents by implying that Indigenous people speaking in their Indigenous language are fair game to speculations of contempt is outlandish. Well shock-horror Mr Entsch, they speak Japanese in Japan too! Continued Page 2 >>

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The swing against Mr Entsch had ‘something to do with his own performance’ << From Page 1 The underlying notion that Indigenous people were speaking in a language other than the one that his fly-in, fly-out booth worker could understand is not our concern but to then insinuate that because it was in “Language” that it “created fertile ground . . . to create mischief and misrepresent” his position is preposterous! We actually care about our people and our community that we live in. I struggle to comprehend how speaking to people in their own language is a green light for Mr Entsch to accuse Torres Strait Islanders of telling lies and mistruths and is unequivocally an attitude from a backward era and quite frankly has racist undertones. To compound the issue, the only person able to speak the traditional KLY/KKW was a friend and neighbour handing out how to vote cards for the Katter’s Australian Party, and I say good

James Matysek on him for being able to inform voters of his candidate’s push for selection. I was appalled to read that apparently in Bamaga “the Labor party’s red shirts was crawling all over the booths and talking to people in Language …” as the most number of volunteers we ever had at one time during the day was two. For a large part of the day there was only one and the total number

of volunteers we had spread out for the entire polling day was three so Mr Entsch obviously was misinformed by none other than his own booth worker with mistruths. This is not surprising though as this unknown fly-in to sell Mr Entsch’s credentials introduced himself to us, the other party booth worker as well as the polling booth officials as Chris, only to then see him sign his name off on official scrutineering forms to begin the voting count as someone else without even the letter ‘C’ as an initial to be seen anywhere in his name. To list our three Labor volunteers, two were local teachers at the high school (one nonIndigenous) and the other was NPA Regional Council’s Deputy Mayor. All three of us had no problems articulating in English the truthful policies of the Australian Labor Party - education, jobs, health, and the NBN amongst others, but absolutely no lies Mr

Edward Newman Entsch, it’s not in our DNA! Our community knows Billy Gordon because he had visited our NPA communities a number of times both as the Leichhardt seat campaigner and in his previous employment for the airline company servicing the NPA. This is in stark contrast to Mr Entsch who seems to be known best only for his sensational headlines in the Torres News then no one hears from him again until

the next headline. Not surprisingly though, people in the NPA do remember Warren for his broken promises from the previous election and it looks like this will be another term of office of more of the same. The swing against Mr Entsch in almost all of our Torres Strait and Cape communities surely had something to do with Mr Entsch’s own performance. The sooner he acknowledges this and gets on with his job and delivering, instead of more rhetoric, the better. Regards, James Matysek Teacher @ NPA State College - high school campus Josephine Pascoe Teacher @ NPA State College - high school campus Edward Newman NPA Regional Council Bamaga Councillor/ Deputy Mayor

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Torres Strait to get better weather predictions TORRES STRAIT and the marine community in North-East Queensland are set to benefit from the Bureau of Meteorology’s improving marine weather services. From October 2 this year, mariners in Queensland will receive a comprehensive four-day forecast of winds, seas, swell and weather, including wind warnings for the first two days, all in

one single product. Additionally, the two, large forecast zones from Torres Strait to Cardwell will be split into three smaller zones: • Peninsula Coast (Sharp Point to Cape Melville), • Cooktown Coast (Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation), • Cairns Coast (Cape Tribulation to Cardwell), and • Torres Strait will now get a separate four-day forecast. Wind warnings will now

be included within the Coastal Waters forecast. The forecasts will be updated every six hours whenever warnings are current to ensure boaters can plan the safety of their trips using the latest information. Adrian Davidson, AMSA Maritime Advisor, said: “Torres Strait to get its own weather predictions which will be a great thing for Traditional Inhabitant Boat Owners as well as improving

the safety of larger boats and ships transiting the area.” From mid-2014, detailed point and click marine forecast maps will become available on the Bureau’s website. The graphical viewer called MetEye will allow mariners to generate a sevenday forecast for any location. More information on the improving weather services for Queensland is available on the Bureau’s website

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Mr Kareni, spokesperson for the Freedom Flotilla, said that after the ceremony the West Papuan Elders have been on the run from Indonesian authorities. Mr Kareni said: “I had a phone call from one them on Sunday night (September 15) and they said they were in hiding from Indonesian authorities. “Then on Monday they called another

member of the Flotilla, Jacob Rumbiak, on Monday saying they were going to try and seek asylum in Australia.” Queensland Police Inspector David Lacey told Torres News last week he knew of the arrival at Boigu, but said: “We were not requested by Customs or any other agency to assist in the transportation or detention of any asylum seekers.” Sometimes asylum

seekers arriving to the Torres Strait, are temporarily held at the Thursday Island watchhouse while they complete routine medical checks at Thursday Island Hospital. This occurred with the last arrival of asylum seekers to the Torres Strait. However a spokesperson from Queensland Health confirmed that the refugees were not seen at the Thursday Island Hospital or

Students getting better but still room for improvement By AARON SMITH QUEENSLAND schools have seen student’s literacy and numeracy improve better than any other state in the country, in fact the state’s best-ever improvement. However the overall levels are still below the national average and results for North Queensland are mixed. The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) measures student’s performance through 20 tests that measure, numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, over three days in May. About 245,000 Queensland students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat for the tests. The results of this study were released this month in the 2013 NAPLAN Summary Report. On average, Queensland sits between fourth and fifth in the nation in the percentage of students at or above the National Minimum Standard category in the 2013 NAPLAN exams. Last year Queensland was fifth and in 2008 it was sixth. Four North Queensland schools were among the state’s strongest improvers in this year’s NAPLAN tests. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said Sunset and The Willows State Schools, Bowen State High School and All Souls St Gabriels, had been recognised as the region’s most-improved schools in NAPLAN from 2012 to 2013. “The literacy and numeracy of young Queenslanders is currently growing at a faster rate than the national average, and all schools have an important role to play in sustaining this level of improvement. “Our aspiration is for Queensland to

be among the top performing states in NAPLAN by the year 2020 and each year our improvements are taking us closer to achieving this goal,” Mr Langbroek said. Mr Langbroek said that while the results were encouraging, the Newman Government was still aiming to lift the performance of all students. However despite literacy and numeracy improvements, schools in Cape York have seen a fall in attendance rates. Education reforms to the area introduced by Noel Pearson have been assessed, and, while data is somewhat inconclusive, it appears the reforms are not reaching its goals. In October 2012, the Queensland Department of Education Training and Employment (DETE) contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an evaluation of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) Initiative, which was introduced by Mr Pearson. The CYAAA Initiative, designed to improve student results, is a pilot program intoduced to primary schools at Coen, Aurukun in 2010 and Hope Vale in 2011. It is part of the Cape York Welfare Reform program. The CYAAA Initiative uses an approach developed in the US called Direct Instruction, a skills focussed teaching practice that uses small-group, face-to-face instruction by teachers in which carefully articulated lessons are broken down into small units, sequenced deliberately, and taught explicitly. Mr Langbroek has defended the CYAAA Initiative saying it is still too early to say if it is effective or not.

Boigu medical centre, although a nurse on Boigu did offer Federal agents her assistance, but they declined. Amos Wainggai, who arrived in Australia as a West Papuan refugee in 2006, was at the ceremony. He said: “These people have no choice but escape from Indonesia. Now the intelligence is hunting them, they

must run otherwise be arrested or killed. “They need a safe place to live like I have now in Australia.” The “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” policy of the new federal government on announcing arrivals of asylum seekers has not “stopped the boats”. Since the Coalition took office more than 500 people have arrived

and since Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s media blackout, more boats have arrived. As well as the six people at Boigu, another19 people also arrived at Darwin last week. Justifying the media blackout as a tactical response to their ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’, Mr Morrison denied the government

was trying to keep boat arrivals hidden, say that was “simply wrong”. M r M o r r i s o n ’s office declined to comment on the arrival at Boigu and all other government agencies have been instructed to redirect all enquires to Mr Morrison - so it’s Catch 22. Border protection silence is deadly. Page 18. >>

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St Paul’s hosts NAISDA Cultural Residency By HANNAH RACHEL BELL

and 12 Arpaka dancers. College. For a small vilA testimony to their lage of only 120 adults, determination to keep this was a monumental WUG Village (St Paul’s) culture alive, Arpaka task. Students set up camp Mua Island recently Dance Group and the envibrated with the songs, tire village hosted the visit with their own tents on drums and dance of 36 of the National Aboriginal the foreshore around the visiting Aboriginal and and Islander Skills Asso- community’s picturesque ciation (NAISDA) YardiaCreek Torres Strait Islanders,Our suppliers will be here so Dance come get yourself bargain!picnic facility, a venue that the resident Thursday horses usually regard as Island their own shelter. Servicing the The dancers arrived at Torres Strait & Outer Islands Kubin airport on Monday September 1 to be greeted MORE PLANTS & in an official welcome, and were transported to FRUIT TREES Yardi Creek by local St ARRIVING Paul’s transport service Newie Transport. THIS



The program began with registration and a talk by Council Toshie Kris who spoke to the students on cultural protocols. The group was then divided into groups named by the four winds: Sager, Naigai, Kuki and Zay. Groups were then rotated through a range of experiences to ensure every participant enjoyed all activities. While one group scaled the mountain to cut bamboo to make marap, bows and arrows, the others groups hunted octopus, went reef fishing

and drag-netted in front of the campsite. Each day one group stayed in the camp to learn traditional songs and dance. Evening time saw rehearsals for the farewell night performance. Women from both church congregations taught language hymns. The Saturday farewell night featured a big feast, followed by community and dance performance that nudged midnight. Everyone attended church on the final Sunday, and then enjoyed the night disco that carried on until

dawn. The bus arrived at 5 am to take the first group to the airport. “This is a very important cultural exchange because it meets a longing in Aboriginal and mainstream cultures to know and experience Island life and culture,” said Arpaka Director Dennis Newie. Big essos go to Rebecca Solomon who was our cook, Angela Torenbeek for the traditional weaving, Isobel Stephen for her shell beading, George and Mathaio Newie for the drag net and diving, Yamanu Uiduldam for

sugu hunting, Terry Newie and Joseph Wigness for bamboo cutting, Smilar Sinak for language class, Cristal Ware for teaching traditional dances, Kathy Mene for storytelling, all Arpaka Dancers for their hosting of the cultural residency, to the ladies from both churches for teaching traditional hymns, Marie and Micah Newie for transport, All dancers of NAISDA Dance College, Raymond Blanco, Jasmine Gulash, Nathan Bramton, and Narida Blair - KOEYMA ESSO everyone.

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Reef Pilots bless new boat Malu Bau By AARON SMITH AUSTRALIAN Reef Pilots (ARP), like most seafarers, are “fairly superstitious creatures, so the blessing of a boat is important to us,” ARP Chairman Don McLay said last week. The newest addition to ARP fleet, the Malu Bau, was blessed and officially named on Tuesday September 24 on Thursday Island. Mr McLay said: “It was built in Holland for North Sea conditions, so it is very robust and with its state-of-the-art technology it is probably one of the most-sophisticated vessels in Australia.” With a $2 million price tag, it is certainly top of the line, with its jet propulsion and unsinkable hull. There is even a coffee machine which makes five different types of brew. At 65 ft, the largest boat in the ARP fleet, it is hoped its size will be able to withstand the particularly heavier monsoons experienced in recent seasons, which have been very destructive. ARP CEO Simon Myjers said: “In an unbroken service since 1884, we consider ourselves guardians of both the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait. “It’s a common misconception that we operate only commercially, but we represent all the stakeholders of the reef and of this very precious environment. “We have the utmost respect of how pristine this place is and how at risk it is. It is the most-dangerous shipping channel on earth,” Mr Myjers said. With some 4000 piloted vessels passing through Torres Strait each year, reefs, currents and tides must all be navigated with precision, at times these huge cargo ships have little more than a metre’s clearance from the sea floor. The Malu Bau was blessed and sprinkled with holy water by Father Ned Mosby, then an audience with representatives from Volunteer Marine Rescue, ARP Staff, Customs, Queensland Police Inspector David Lacey, Australian Federal Police agent Grant Smith and TSIRC Cr Ted Nai, all read The Sailor’s Psalm 107:23-32. ARP Director Geoff Morton then read scripture from S.Matthew 8:23-27 The vessel was then christened by Ms Kerry MacDonald breaking a bottle of bubbly on the boat’s bow. This was followed by drinks and an Island style dinner at the ARP headquarters in John Street. Members of the Island community donated traditional cooked food out of respect for the work of ARP.

ABOVE: Thursday Island Reef Pilot team with Chairman Don McLay and Director Geoff Morton on the fore deck of the Malu Bau. RIGHT: Father Ned Mosby blesses holy water. BELOW: Ms Kerry MacDonald naming Malu Bau.

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ARP Pilots last week gave a donation to TSIRC Cr Ted Nai for a new community health project on Masig. ARP CEO Simon Myjers said: “We are happy and honoured to support this health initiative that has been instigated by them at a grassroots level. “It’s only a small donation, but we hope it helps the people of Masig continue to help

themselves.” Cr Nai said: “This is a big deal for our people, as it is about us taking ownership and responsibility of ourselves. “We are passionate about supporting the work of the Australian Reef Pilots and its fundamental causes, which many people do not get. “But we do. We are proud to associate our island with the brand of the ARP.”


How ethics are just good family values: Professor Nakata By AARON SMITH PROFESSOR Martin Nakata from University of New South Wales believes good family values are the key to better communication between Indigenous organisations and the people they represent. National Congress held a workshops on Thursday Island recently for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to exchange ideas and issues on personal ethics and corporate ethical standards and how they relate to Congress. The National Congress has incorporated an independent Ethics Council, which has helped develop a solid framework of policies and procedures for the ethical operation of the organisation. They set high ethical standards by which an organization and its members and delegates can be judged as public office holders by the community in accordance with criteria of ‘the common good’. Co-Chair Kirstie Parker said Congress has been actively promoting the need for ethical debate and behaviour in and for our communities, and has recently finalised the development of Ethical Standards for the organisation. “Having an independent Ethics Council built in to its structure, makes Congress a unique organisation at the cutting edge of Australian best practice in the area of corporate ethical conduct,” Ms Parker said. “This high level of probity and ethical expertise to advise us on complex issues around

best practice, integrity and transparency, on the conduct of elections and other matters, really adds a level of ethical clout to the organisation. “It instils a level of trust amongst people about the way we do our business. “It’s what our communities want in a national representative body,” Ms Parker said. One of the ethics workshop facilitators, Prof Nakata, a Torres Strait Islander originally from Thursday Island, is a Co-Chair of National Congress Ethics committee. He is also the Director of the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Centre and Chair of Australian Indigenous Education. He was also the first Torres Strait Islander to gain a PhD back in 1997. “We are trying to build new communication pathways to allow self-determination rather than having people pronounce it on to us,” he said. “These workshops are both a method of gaining information to determine how best to develop future workshops and what modes are applicable but are also about spreading awareness.” The workshop, titled: A.C.T. Ethically, is designed to help participants understand that ethical standards are the principles that govern a person’s or organisation’s behaviour. A.C.T. which stands for; Awareness, Changing behaviours, and Taking responsibility for our behaviours; is the theme of the workshop. National Congress

have identified ten Ethical standards: Culture, Respect, Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accounta b i l i t y, O p e n n e s s , Honesty, Leadership and Behaviour. “We are trying to get people to have more awareness of the cultural practices in Indigenous organisations and by setting these standards, it means having the minimum standards by which to treat people,” Prof Nakata said. “Much of the problem lies in the fact that Indigenous people are enacting behaviours they have learnt from their colonial oppressors on each other, such as South verses North, whether people are ‘black enough’, whether they can speak Language or not and tall poppies syndrome.” A technique the workshop used was that of role playing and role reversal designed to allow people to understand all of the players situation. Within the context of communication there are various players, such as: Instigators: Is the accuser who maligns an absent person. Colluder: Agrees with the instigator and contributes to the maligning. Fence Sitter: Good listener, won’t malign, gives non-committal comments, plays safe. Pleaser: Likes everyone, agrees by nodding and saying that they know what the Instigator and Colluder mean, won’t malign. Assertive Person: Asserts their position calmly but firmly. “These role playing exercises allow people

to all points of view and it allows them to change how they participate in a conversation. If they change their participation in the conversation, they can then actually change the conversation,” Prof Nakata said. PHOTO RIGHT: From left: ACT Ethically facilitators: Professor Martin Nakata, Sydney; Sitting Professor Maryann Bin-Sallik from Darwin ands Josephine Bourne, Townsville.







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TSIRC’s ‘no doubts’ new gov’t will honour seawall funding DESPITE recent media reports to the contrary, the Torres Strait Island Regional Council remains grateful for the assistance it has received throughout its nearly decade-long journey to secure funds to construct seawalls. This includes the assistance from Federal Coalition MP Warren Entsch when in January last year he introduced a private members motion to parliament which gave TSIRC the political coverage required for its voice to finally be heard by the former Gillard Government, after years of lobbying. In spite of letters being sent, discussions taking place, video’s being broadcast and funding applications posted, the Torres Strait’s cries for assistance in obtaining funds to construct seawalls continually fell on deaf ears. Mr Entsch introduced his motion and stated that the former federal government, before giving sums of up to $120 million to Pacific Island nations to protect their vital infrastructure from coastal inundation, should protect Torres Strait Islanders, as Australian citizens, who could not secure a cent. Thanks to Mr Entsch, the issue

Senator’s ‘sour grapes’ - Entsch THERE’S a distinct sense of ‘sour grapes’ from Jan McLucas (Nth Qld ‘dudded’ by the new Abbott Government). I’m absolutely confident that the Abbott Government will understand FNQ’s needs and challenges and in fact, I think it’ll be a vast improvement after Jan’s noticeable lack of advocacy and local achievements during her time as Queensland Senator. Jan has conveniently ignored the fact that as the Chair of the Committee writing the White Paper for Northern Australia, I’ll have the opportunity to write our region’s future social, economic and environmental directions. And as for previous comments that I have been ‘demoted’, she is welcome to call the Prime Minister’s office to confirm that I was given a choice between remaining the Whip, or taking on this responsibility. After asking myself where I could make a lasting difference, I chose the North. Warren Entsch MP Federal Member for Leichhardt

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was brought out of obscurity into the political arena where it was subjected to such intense scrutiny that the then Minister for Regional Development, Simon Crean announced that the government would explore all options. In June last year, the Gillard Government awarded $5 million under the Regional Development Australia Fund (RADF) and a further $7 million through other programs to build and reconstruct seawalls in the Torres Strait. These funds were matched by the state government. So, detailed plans were drawn to commence the Torres Strait Coastal Protection Works (Seawalls) Project, a team was appointed, Native Title issues were addressed with enthusiasm by local communities in anticipation, engineering designs were developed, word was spread of the good news, and communities celebrated a long-awaited victory! This was and is a huge achievement for Council and the region and again, TSIRC would like to express its gratitude for all those who assisted in achieving this result. Many people are unaware of the impacts placed upon the Torres

Strait communities that are affected by tidal inundation each year during the wet season. Homes are flooded, communities are inundated and face coastal erosion, infrastructure including health centres and schools are damaged and sewerage systems are shut down. The funds committed to the project by the State and Commonwealth due to procedural issues associated with elections and change of government has not yet been made available but we are more than hopeful the new government will honour the funding allocation so that the project can continue to move forward. Given the bilateral support for Mr Entsch’s original motion, the TSIRC have faith in the new government to follow through with the funding that was committed to seawalls in the Torres Strait region and confidence that they are aware and informed of the seriousness of the issue and the impacts it places on affected communities. These funds are necessary for the safety of TSIRC constituents as Queenslanders and as Australians. Although prior to the election the incoming government an-

nounced that they would not be committed to honour promised RDAF funding, TSIRC refuses to let this cause fear for the project’s future. While there was $3.2 million signed off on between funding partner, the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and Council last year for essential preliminary design and planning work (which has enabled the project to remain on track) - an estimated additional $23 million is needed to complete the project. This TSRA funding has been absolutely vital. Nothing can be determined until the new government is formed, though the TSIRC is thankful for its voice in Mr Entsch who has said he will continue to lobby for the securement of the funds that were initially allocated. The TSIRC will continue to be optimistic toward the future of the project and would like to thank the new government in anticipation for realising how important this project is to the future of the Torres Strait, Australia’s only region with an international border. Fred Gela, TSRIC Mayor.

Former T.I. resident awarded POSM ALONG with approximately 85 other awardees, former Thursday Island resident and Rotary member Bob Welsh attended Parliament House in Canberra on earlier this year for presentation of the Police Overseas Service Medal (POSM), by the former Federal Minister for Justice and Attorney General Jason Clare. This medal was awarded to Bob as recognition for his service as a commissioned police officer (Patrol Officer and Assistant District Officer) of the Royal Papuan New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) Field Constabulary in the then West Sepik District during the period 1968 to 1973. Bob and other former field constabulary officers were known as kiaps which is a tok pisin word originating from the English and German words for “captain”. This special occasion followed recent declaration by the Governor General Quentin Bryce and the former Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare, that former kiaps’ would be eligible for the POSM award in recognition of their key role in the establishment of law and order in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea, and their key role in the preparation of the Territory for independence (PNG achieved self-government in September 1973 and full independence on September 14, 1975). Bob lived on Thursday Island for seven years.

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ABOVE: Bob Welsh (centre) with former Minister for Home Affairs Clare and AFP Commissioner Negus. BELOW: Bob Welsh with John Wakeford District Commissioner (West Sepik District) and members of Indonesia’s Mobile Brigade (BRIMOB)at Wutung Patrol Post on the PNG/Indonesian border circa 1970.


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THREE TOMBSTONE OPENINGS IN CAIRNS RELATIVES and friends of the Jackonia and Fine families from Badu, Thursday Island, Bamaga, NPA and the mainland, as well as far as Sydney, travelled to Cairns for the unveiling of three relatives’ tombstones on Saturday, August 31,

at the Cairns cemetery. Feasting, celebration and Island dancing was held at the PCYC Stadium at McNamara Street Special highlights during celebration were performances performed by the Tongan ladies

and a special tribute by NAISDA (National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association) Dance Company from Sydney. Blessing of tombstones was officiated by Fr. Walter Nai and Rev. Annette Woods

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Huge rise in fruit and veg. sales in the Torres Strait FOOD retailers in the Torres Strait and the NPA continue their commitment to provide quality fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices, and one retailer, Island and Cape, has announced a record 46 per cent increase in fresh fruit and vegetables sales in their Torres Strait Island stores over the past three months. Island and Cape sales figures between June 1 and August 31, 2013 show a dramatic increase in the amount of healthy food Torres Strait Islanders are now consuming. The news comes just weeks after the Torres News ran articles on the importance of healthy eating and improved accessibility of fresh fruit and vegetables in the region. Island and Cape CEO John Smith said the significant rise in fresh fruit and vegetables sales was a great indicator of improving diet and nutrition in Torres Strait Islander people. “We view our store sales figures as an important gauge as to what people in the region are eating,” Mr Smith said. “This percentage increase in the number of people buying fruit and vegetables is a record for Island and Cape stores across a three-month period in our entire 10 years of operation. “I think it’s an exciting sign that Torres Strait Islander residents want to, and are able to buy good quality, affordable fruit and vegetables, and my congratulations go to everyone who is making healthier decisions. Ian Copeland CEO of the regions other food retailer, IBIS, also considers fruit and veg a number one priority for its customers. “IBIS’s continued commitment

to providing healthier lifestyle options has seen something unique in supermarket retailing with the fresh fruit and vegetable department being the largest category at the main Store Thursday Island as opposed to mainstream supermarkets where cigarettes, confectionery and soft drinks are their leading categories,” Mr Copeland said. “With the advent of Torres Strait Produce, coupled with our core fresh produce suppliers Simon George and Total Food Network. our range quality and offer has significantly increased over the past 12 months which has been well received by our customers. “ Mr Smith believes Island and Cape’s weekly advertising specials on fruit and vegetables range for the past couple of months across our Torres Strait stores, may be making local residents more aware of more healthier and affordable options before they go shopping. “In fact, most of our weekly specials have been comparable or cheaper than the price you’d see in major supermarkets in Cairns or Townsville, and we’re proud to have been able to provide this to Torres Strait residents,” he said. Mr Copeland said: With the advent of the IBIS Family Value Basket which was based on the Department of Health’s HFab (healthy family access basket) the communities in the NPA and Torres Strait now have the opportunity to purchase their family needs through IBIS stores with competitive pricing equivalent to Cairns plus the freight component.” Both retailers acknowledged the importance of education in healthy eating.

Mr Smith said: “We also use healthy badging in our stores to educate our customers to recognise products which are the healthier choice by their badging. “Alongside this, we’ve been training our staff on how to read labels, so they can help customers make the right choice when they buy food and drink from our store. “We want to promote good health, nutrition and physical activity, and these latest fruit and vegetable sales results are extremely promising.” Mr Smith said that Island and Cape would continue to monitor fruit and vegetables sales over the coming months in all their stores across the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula. Mr Copeland said: “One of the key drivers for IBIS is the ongoing educational focus by providing professional advice and training through the employment of two nutritionists whose role is to develop a health and well being platform for the communities to build on in terms of diet, exercise and lifestyle balance.” Mr Smith said: “Island and Cape always plays an active role in the communities where we operate.” “We want our Torres Strait customers to buy healthier food, and we’ll do all we can to help achieve this.” Mr Smith said Island and Cape was also working with Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory to analyse raw sale data collected from its group of stores. “We want to continue to identify shopping trends that impact health and nutrition in communities across Far North Queensland,” Mr Smith said.

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CELEBRATING OUR MULTICULTURAL HOME By AARON SMITH CELEBRATING the cultural diversity of the Torres Strait, Torres Shire Council hosted the region’s first Multicultural Festival, on Friday, September 20, in Anzac Park, Thursday Island. The inspiration of Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen the festival was made possible by the work of the council staff and sponsors: Tutt Byrant Hire, Toll Marine Logistics, McDonalds Charter Boats and Peter Fraser Builders. Mayor Stephen said: “Our society, our culture and our country is a cultural mixing pot. Here in the Torres Strait,

where two seas, the Arafura and the Coral and two Oceans, the Indian and the Pacific mix, the richness of our cultural diversity is apparent; the proof is in the pudding. “This festival is more than just entertainment, it displays our rich life here and our rich society that I am proud to be part of. “This diversity unites us and protects us through the storms of life with security in numbers.” Starting on a warm afternoon with a series of contests covering cultural arts and craft, a cultural catwalk fashion parade, cultural dancing and Torres Shire Master Chef the festival concluded under the light of

a silvery full moon with the Shire Shakedown Talent Quest. Cultures from all corners of the globe, including Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Rotumi (Figi), India and Mexico, were represented in music, art, dance and cuisine. There was also the first time, Twilight Markets hosted by Mura Kosker Sorority which provided a range of art, crafts, activities and food. The overall winner of the festival was Jack Bani for his song in the talent quest, the runner-up was the dance performance by Cool Runnings from Sacred Heart School and third place was Wiwin Hofer for her song.

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL QUEST WINNERS Overall First place: Jack Bani Second place: Cool Runnings, Sacred Heart School: (multicultural/ contemporary) Third place: Wiwin Hofer Next Great Artist Cultural Arts and Crafts First place: Frank Petrou and Elpesa Fiu for there ‘Coconut Live’ demonstration. Equal second places: Margaret Gabey, for her ‘Many Flowers of the Garden’ painting and accompanying song, John Dorante for his Wongai Wood turtle carving, Wiwin Hofer for her Indonesian painting, and Manan and Koro’s PNG mat weaving. Cultural Catwalk Fashion Parade First place: Praveena Panprasom and her family (Thailand) Second place: Sylvia Whittaker (Cameroon) Third place: Frank Petrou (Rotumi

ABOVE: Dolly Bin Tahal, Wgati Taia and Mati Tangatataia.

ABOVE: Reggai Bliss. BELOW: Sylvia Whittaker. ABOVE: Praveena Panprasom. BELOW: Frank Petero.

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RIGHT: Dean Scully Thomas Dorante and Kalon Cyril Nakata Bin-Juda. BELOW LEFT:Jayne Ahmat and daughters Milly and Evy. BELOW RIGHT: Josh ‘Balloon Man’ Stephen.

- Fiji). Fourth place: Jayne Ahmat (Torres Strait Islander) Celebrate Culture through Dance First place: Cool Runnings, Sacred Heart School: (multicultural/contemporary) Second place: Island Girls, for their Hula Dance (Tahiti Samoa) Third place: Full Gospel Migi Soldiers Shire’s Master Chef First place: Ramon Sharima (Indian) Second place: Rita Dorante (Torres Strait Islander) Third place: Noela Horn (Mexican) Equal fourth: Andrew Kernan (Outback tucker), Tyler Pask (Italian) Shire Shakedown Talent Quest First place: Jack Bani Second palce: Wiwin Hofer Third place: Jemma McNicoll Fourth place: Army-Major Martin Equal fifth: Francis Ketchell and PKA Margaret and Laura.



LEFT: Festival finalists, John Bani, Cool Runnings (unmasked) and Wiwan Hofer with MC David McNicholl, Cr John Abednego and Mayor Pedro Stephen.

Ugstie Mene and Margaret Dick.

Wiwin Hofer and her paintings. Torres News

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Centre of Excellence - Land and Sea Science

“The Greenhouse will be very important in raising young plants for the school’s garden” Taukie Passi and Meriam ranger Sabu Wailu leveling the retaining wall

Improving our lifestyle, skills and well being

Greenhouse construction at Mer Eruer Uteb Tagai Ranger Cadet Taukie Passi and TSRA LSMU Meriam Rangers levelled a site at Mer Eruer Uteb and built a small greenhouse. A small concrete slab was also poured so a shed can be erected.

The greenhouse will be very important in raising young plants for the school’s garden and will protect the plants from the wind. Mer campus students were very excited to see their new nursery and really look forward to using it in the future.

Taukie on the shovel

Tagai Ranger Cadet Taukie Passi

Horticulture in Schools

Mer students happy with the job

Did you know Horitculture practices is good for YUMI students, families and our community?

Mura Badhulgaw The garden Ngurpay Lag now includes a Mr Dave Barrett’s garden and some irrigation. They year 6 class love are learning skills their garden and in horticulture, they are being plumbing, rewarded with concreting and lots of fresh carpentry. produce.

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Iama Ngurpay Lag Tree Planting Students enjoyed getting hands on and being active with Tree Planting as they identified a new garden site.

Tim Hillier, TSRA LSMU Iamalgal and Warraber rangers worked with Tagai students preparing garden beds, planting fruit trees, cucmbers, watermelons & tomatoes.


Celebrating our sporting achievements

TERM 3, 2013 Sport Highlights REGIONAL TRACK AND FIELD six primary students was chosen to attend the Peninsula Track and Field Carnival in Cairns in August.


Term 3, Week 11 Campuses that achieved 90% and above Dauan




Two outstanding Tagai students Clarissa and Alion



played in the Peninsula Team which finished fifth place.







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DAY 2013

Tagai State College Waybeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh staff say “Au Esoau, Koeyma Eso” to everyonee who contibuted to CULTURE DAY 2013. We acknowledge: Adhi Dimple Bani, Father Simeon and Clarice Denna Nona, Taum Nona, Jeffa Waia, Zipporah Noah, Father Dalton Bon, Thomas Nomoa, May Gea Gea, Florence Levi, Talanha Sabatino, Tammy Assan, Suberia Bowie, Nancy Sailor, Deb Belyea, Collins, Dorothy Hogan, Rachel Templeton. Thanks Email: Flora Matthew, Marian Sands, Mary Anne Mayor, for making the day a huge sucess. Web Address: Sonya Mayor, Anna David and Danny Sebasio, A big thank you to our Sponsors and workers Michael Loban, Gilmore Lifu, Kerrod Cloudy, from Community Enterprises Australia – Harry Camilla Sabatino, Joycie Cowley, Rita Dorante, Sailor, Health Promotions – Thomas Loban, 4MW Anima Pearson Brian and Deb Muhamad, – Jenny Enosa and Anthony Gea Gea and HACC

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Classification: Miscellaneous Worker Retail Award Hours of Duty: 30 hours per week Duties: Outlined in package Closing Date: Tuesday 8th October Tagai State College Thursday Island P-7 Campus P&C Committee - Thursday Island Qld 4875 PH: 07 4030 6555 FAX: 07 4069 1950 Email:

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5:00 World News 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 Living Black Dalai Lama Special 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 2013 Superbike World Championship 4:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5:00 ADbc 5:30 Mythbusters 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Kingdoms Of South America: The Stone At The Centre - Deep in the Bolivian Andes at the breathtaking height of 13000ft stands Tiwanaku, the awe inspiring ruins of a monolithic temple city. 8:30 The Observer Effect 9:30 Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta - It’s 1999 and Cabramatta’s never had it so bad. Cabramatta train station is awash with junkies and dealers, many just teenagers. The police struggle to keep control. Asians and crime are indelibly linked in the minds of many, and political support for multiculturalism is now a distant memory. 10:35 Massive Moves - Huge Homestead 11:00 Giro Di Lombardia 2013: The autumn colours of the Lake Como shoreline provide a beautiful backdrop to the Giro di Lombardia, the finale of the Italian professional cycling season. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Bush Slam 10:30 Shamwari: A Wild Life 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 As Time Goes By 1:00 Midsomer Murders 2:35 Choccywoccydoodah 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Restoration Home: Colebrooke Park 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 Dalziel And Pascoe 12:45 Movie: “New York, New York” (PG) - Jimmy, a joint-jumpin’ saxophonist and Francine, a wannabe starlet begin a stormy relationship as they try to balance their passions for music and each other 4:05 Movie: “The Black Orchid” (PG) After mobsters murder her husband, Rose Bianco works long hours making artificial flowers to support herself and her son. 5:00 Compass: Work, Later On 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 TBA 3:00 National News Now 4:00 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 10:15 Two And A Half Men: Grab A Feather And Get In Line 10:45 Two And A Half Men: Run, Steven Staven! Run! 11:15 Two And A Half Men: Paint It, Pierce It Or Plug It 11:45 Nikita: Black Badge - After Amanda frames Sean for murder, Nikita comes up with a plan that could either save him or cost him his life. 12:45 Extra 1:15 Nine Presents 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “In The Line Of Duty: Smoke Jumpers” (G) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 The X Factor Live 8:30 TBA 11:30 30 Rock: Aunt Phatso Vs. Jack Donaghy - Tracy and Jack engage in a battle of wits after Tracy depicts Jack as a villain in his latest project. On Jack’s advice, Liz puts her own needs ahead of those of ‘TGS.’ Meanwhile, Jenna tries to shield Kenneth from Hazel’s manipulation but her own selfishness gets in the way. 12:00 Special: Wildest Australia 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 God In America 2:00 The Ustica Conspiracy 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves - Country Cottage 5:30 Global Village 6:00 Tracks And Trails 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Destination Flavour 7:35 Storm City: Snow And Ice 8:30 Are We Still Evolving? 9:30 Legally Brown 10:00 The Jeselnik Offensive 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Community: Debate 109 - Follows a group of misfits at a community college in Greendale, Colorado. In this episode, Jeff and Annie compete against City College in the debate championships, while Pierce uses hypnotherapy on Britta to help her quit smoking. Meanwhile, Abed’s film appears to predict the future. 11:55 Shorts On Screen: A Cautionary Tale 12:25 Kill Arman: Japan/Kendo 12:55 Kill Arman: Hong Kong/Wing Tsun 1:25 Behind The Froce / 2:20 Weatherwatch Overnight



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6:00 Today 9:00 Danoz Direct 10:00 Brand Developers 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 TBA 3:00 National News Now 4:15 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 Big Brother 8:30 Big School: Miss Postern is landed with running the draughts club and suggests merging with Mr Church’s chess club, creating the school’s first ‘chaughts’ club. She goes to his place to discuss a merger and watch Strictly, but Mr Church is about to regret his first attempt at social networking. 9:00 Come Fly With Me: Flylo ground crew Taaj Manzoor bumps into Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, and Customs Officers Roberts and Stewart try to work out what to do with a truly massive drugs haul. 9:30 TBA 12:00 Nothing Trivial 1:00 Extra 1:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Out Of Line” (G) 2:00 The Daily Edition 3:00 The Chase 4:00 Seven News At 4 5:00 Deal Or No Deal 5:30 Million Dollar Minute 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 10:30 Body Of Proof: Fallen Angel / Falling For You - Kate meets Sergei, a handsome and mysterious guest at a political event, and is irresistibly drawn to him. But when a young Russian girl is found murdered near the hotel where she and Sergei are having a tryst, Kate begins to suspect that he may be involved and turns to Megan for help. 11:30 Go On 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Andre Rieu: Under The Stars 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village 6:00 Tracks And Trails 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? High Dennis - English actor Hugh Dennis knew that both of this grandfathers fought on the Western Front in WWI, however it was a time which neither talked about. This episode, High embarks on an emotional journey to learn about his grandfathers’ experiences during the war. 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Masters Of Sex: Pilot 12:10 Prisoners Of War: First Grade: The first episode from the second series of this gripping Israeli drama picks up with Jamal’s death and the release of the terrorist Abdullah Bin-Rashid, which undermines the position of Yussuf in the Children of the Jihad organization. 1:20 Been Rich All My Life 2:55 Weatherwatch & Music



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SUDOKU No. 168

Your  Lucky 



Stars  

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) You may be a little surprised by some recent comments. Your friends will soon be following your advice, however. Be confident in your opinions. Romance. You will be in an extremely romantic mood this week. Make plans that suite your needs. This could be dinner or dancing!

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Other members of your family may need to be called in to help. There is too much for you to do by yourself. Don’t be shy when asking. Romance. Your partner may be behaving strangely at the moment. Try to find out what is going on. You need to do more listening than talking.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)


You may be afraid of becoming emotionally dependent on someone whom you are not sure of. Keep your distance until you feel more comfortable. Romance. You can look forward to a quiet romantic evening at home this week. A surprise treat will help to cheer you up.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) A strange dream will mystify you. It may be a while before you manage to work out what it means, but when you do, you should not ignore the message. Romance. You might be feeling a little pent-up at the moment. You need an outlet for your emotional energy. Find it quickly!

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) A work project you have been heading up is coming together nicely. Be sure that you haven’t overlooked any key pieces though. Romance. Your partner will be much livelier than they have been for some time and you will also be in a very romantic mood. Make the most of this time together.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) A response which has not been properly thought out may cause problems. Make sure you spend time thinking the matter through. Romance. You need to do something to reassure your partner. A recent letdown may have put them in a situation they aren’t ready to handle.


ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

You finally have your work in order. Don’t let this be a reason for slacking, however. You need to stay on top of things. Romance. A surprise show of affection from your partner will help to cheer you up. Additionally, communications with your mate should be very good at the moment.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) Your relationship with a neighbour may soon be in the spotlight. Try to find a compromise that pleases both parties. Be patient with them! Romance. A strange encounter may leave you mystified. Don’t worry. You will meet this person again, but be sure to take their number next time!

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GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Something that you found recently will be claimed. Don’t be reluctant to give it back. You may be rewarded for it! Romance. You may be a little surprised at some of the things other people know about your current relationship. If you don’t want others to know, then don’t tell it in the first place!

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) You may need to do a few household repairs this week. They will not go away and will only get worse if they are not dealt with soon. Romance. You will be getting more attention than usual, even from people who normally never talk to you. This would be a good time to reinvent yourself.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)


I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

–Michael Jordan


Concerns about your work should soon be sorted out. You are a little bit of a worrier and it is not surprising that you take this part of your life seriously. Romance. Don’t get too carried away. Your emotions are stronger than you realise at the moment. This may simply be puppy love.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) This promises to be an exciting week. You may feel sleep-deprived, but it will all be worth it in the end! Hang in there! Romance. You will have more energy than you have had for some time. Use the opportunity to do something sincere for your partner. Being creative will earn you extra points!

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Border protection silence is deadly

‘This briefing is not about providing shipping news to people smugglers.’ - Scott Morrison (above), Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, first Operation Sovereign Borders briefing on 23 September 2013. ‘It will be a tougher approach ... our responsibility [to stop the boats] is absolute.’ - Morrison. ‘That [question] goes to operational matters ... you will not be getting commentary from this podium [Morrison] or that podium [Lt-Gen Angus Campbell, commander of OSB] either way on these matters.’ - Morrison. * By TONY KEVIN * Images courtesy au NO questions were put to either the minister or the operational commander about safety-of-life-at-sea (SOLAS) or search-and-rescue (SAR) obligations and protocols governing Operation Sovereign Borders. This is deeply regrettable, because around 1100 asylum seekers drowned in the past four years in this same Australian Border Protection Command theatre of operations. And during the election campaign, both major parties made much of their humanitarian concern to stop the drownings, by stopping the boats. Neither Morrison nor Campbell offered any words on this on Monday. No media present asked any questions that might have triggered useful responses on it. Nor did Labor’s official

commentators (Chris Bowen or Tony Burke) say anything on the drownings issue in their reported responses to this first briefing. Deaths at sea have apparently dropped off the major party radar screens completely - at least until the next maritime tragedy, which both parties will no doubt exploit to score points off the other. To their credit, both Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Labor leadership candidate Bill Shorten addressed it. Hanson-Young, condemning OSB secrecy, commented that ‘people’s lives are involved in these kinds of operations’. Shorten said that it would be ‘a disgrace’ if the new system did not disclose details of drownings. ‘I can’t imagine who dreamed that up, not telling anyone about deaths at sea ... If a boat sinks ... I don’t think the government has a right to not tell people that this tragedy has occurred.’ Let’s look at practicalities. How will OSB handle issues of its public accountability for safety of life at sea? We don’t know yet where at sea OSB proposes to intercept boats. We do know that asylum seekers often carry mobile phones which they sometimes use to send distress calls en route to 999, Australian Federal Police, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, or relatives in Australia. These phones work reliably within 40 nautical miles of Christmas Island, according to a recent media report. We are told that passengers use these phones to report back to people smugglers when they are about to be intercepted by an Australian vessel. It is all very public. Is OSB going to put a gag on phone call records to 999 or AMSA or AFP or families in Australia, which are publicly accountable and retrievable data? AMSA is part of the 15-government-agency committee advising OSB. How will AMSA satisfy itself that interception procedures following a distress call from an asylum-seeker boat accord with Australia’s obligations under the UN SOLAS and SAR Conventions, and with AMSA’s own operational manuals for SAR?

How will we know when and whether OSB is honouring its legal maritime safety obligations? These questions are not moot or otiose. Australia’s maritime safety obligations were repeatedly violated during Operation Relex, the 2001 precursor to Operation Sovereign Borders and in many ways its model. We did not find out until a year later in 2002 - thanks to the persistence of Senators Cook, Faulkner, Collins and Bartlett in the Senate Ad Hoc Committee into a Certain Maritime Incident - just how repeatedly and seriously those obligations were being violated by ADF ships’ commanders and those instructing them from shore. Recall the history of the Palapa, the boat rescued by Tampa after its distress signals were ignored for two days by Australian Coastwatch. Recall SIEV 4, the children overboard boat, subject initially to dangerous attempts by HMAS Adelaide to coerce it into turning back, and later left to founder, with passengers and an ADF boarding party having to jump in the water before any rescue of passengers was allowed to happen. Recall SIEV X. Recall the many other incidents in 2001 where SOLAS obligations were

compromised, that came to light in the Senate Committee. Recall the dangerous incidents over the past four years. Do we want to go back to all that? Consider the rights and obligations of ADF ships’ commanders taking part in OSB. Morrison said that decisions about turning back the boats would be ‘operational decisions for those operationally in control of implementing the Government’s policies ... These are decisions politicians would only be involved in where policy guidance is sought’. To me, that last caveat sounds ominous. Can ADF ships’ commanders be secure in the knowledge that their SOLAS obligations will never be compromised by inappropriate ‘policy’ guidance from shore, from the political or force commander level? Watching the minister’s and force commander’s demeanour in their first OSB briefing, I feel no such confidence. Are these men desperate to win, at whatever the cost to those who serve under them? Will ADF ships’ commanders have what they are supposed to have under law - decision-making autonomy in putting SOLAS legal obligations at the

Cape York World Heritage listing now in doubt UNESCO WORLD Heritage listing plans Rudd government’s push for the peninsula of Cape York implemented by the previous to be given World Heritage listing next year. World heritage listing brings internafederal government are now in doubt. After the intended scrapping of the Bligh tional recognition and provides protection government’s wild rivers preservation laws, for the listed cultural and natural heritage Queensland’s Newman government plans values of a place under Australia’s national to allow development to more than half environmental law-the Environment Protecof the region, including mining, dams and tion and Biodiversity Conservation Act broadacre farming, under a proposal to be 1999 (EPBC Act). World Heritage listing does not prevent put to Aboriginal communities. Following relaxed land clearing laws, communities from continuing their ecoNewman’s government will open more than nomic development and the tenure of listed half of the region for ‘general use.’ This is areas does not change. Only activities that are likely to have set to lock the Newman Government into a conflict with conservationists and the a significant impact on the listed world heritage values (or other matters of national Greens. This decision follows the incoming environmental significance) require referral Abbott federal government decision to set and approval under the EPBC Act. Australia now has 19 places on the up a committee to a white paper to look at economic development in Far North World Heritage List, including: the Wet Queensland. The committee will be chaired Tropics of Queensland, the Great Barrier by Leichardt MP Warren Entsch. Reef, Purnululu National Park, Lord Howe The Abbott government is due to make Island, the Greater Blue Mountains and a decision on whether to pursue the Gillard- Kakadu National Park. Page 18 Torres News 30 Sep - 6 Oct 2013

forefront of their operational decisions in attempted turnback operations? Do they know that their careers will not suffer if they properly put protection of human life at sea first? Do we not need now - before turnback operations get seriously underway, because this will require Indonesian assent - to hear explicit general public assurances from the minister and force commander on these crucial professional questions? Or will this be evaded on the spurious argument that it will help the people smugglers? I hope that these questions - crucial for the integrity of OSB and the protection of the ADF’s professionalism - will be explored at the next media briefing. OSB must aspire to be a legally accountable, no deaths operation. * Tony Kevin’s most recent book is Reluctant Rescuers (2012). His previous publication on refugee boat tragedy - A Certain Maritime Incident - was the recipient of a NSW Premier’s literary award in 2005. * EUREKA STREET is published daily by Jesuit Communications Australia at au


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Mr Jerry Stephen (Jnr) & Family, Stephen Families and Ugar Community wishes to extend an Invitation to the Mayors, Councillors, TSRA Members and Community Members of Torres Strait and NPA to attend the Celebrations of the 100th Birthday of our Patriot Community Elder

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Mr Jerry Stephen (Snr) Date: Saturday 19th October 2013 Venue: PCYC Hall 91-97 Macnamara Street, Cairns Contact Mr Rocky Stephen on 0400 733 188 or Mr Jerry Stephen (Jnr) on 0458 123 170 for further Information.


A white paper for Burns Philp one of the largest operations in Torres Strait the Far North but no ministry By BRIAN RANDALL

DESPITE Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s promise that Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch will play a pivotal role in determining the future direction of the Far North, Mr Entsch has not been assigned a Ministry. Mr Entsch will Chair a committee which will formulate a White Paper that the government says will drive the implementation of the Coalition’s Policy for Northern Australia. “Northern Australia has faced significant challenges but there are now enormous opportunities - nowhere more so than in Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said. “I’m excited by the prospect of being able to contribute as the Chair, overseeing the writing of the White Paper with all of its resulting recommendations. “The tabling of these recommendations will then provide us with an opportunity to establish an appropriate budget to commence the second phase, implementation.” “We’ll have to look at all aspects in relation to water security, agricultural opportunities, land tenure, property insurance issues, diversity for economic security, energy, tropical education, health and sports, defence, fishing…. there’s a whole raft of things.” However Labor Senator Jan McLucas believes North Queensland has been ‘dudded’ by new Abbott Government. “The lack of representation in the Abbott Government ministry is a blow to North Queensland, Tony Abbott has ignored the people of the North,” she said. “There is no voice from the North in Cabinet or even in the Ministry. Queensland generally has not done well at all.” Senator McLucas believes as there will be no one sitting at the Cabinet table, standing up for Queensland, that our state will not get a fair go. “I have real concerns that the Abbott Government will struggle to properly understand the needs and challenges of Queensland because of this clear lack of representation, both the Member for Leichhardt and the Townsville based Liberal Senator have been demoted,” she said. Mr Entsch says he is excited about his posting to head the formulation of the white paper and is focussing on the job at hand. “The recommendations in this White Paper will form the road map for governments in establishing the future economic, social and environmental policy direction for Northern Australia,” Mr Entsch said.

rails on the jetty enabled goods to be loaded or unloaded more easily, using purpose built, horse drawn vehicles, one of which can be seen. Burns, Philp & Co.

played a major role in Queensland’s early economic development and remains a familiar name in business circles, in particular in Far North Queensland.

Callum is a cyber swaggie By AARON SMITH AT 19, Callum Blacklow is living the life of the 21st century swaggie. Originally from Melbourne he has worked on a cattle station in the Northern Territory, travelled to West Papua and is now working as a homestay carer for young Bryton Whittaker on Thursday Island. “When I left school last year in November I went straight to Indonesia for a surfing holiday, from there I went to West Papua, which is much easier to get to as a domestic flight from Indonesia. The plane flight was wild, for an extra five dollars we were allowed to play soccor in the cargo hold of

the plane. West Papua is pretty hairy country, people get shot there for just raising the Morning Star flag,” he said. Callum got both his jobs in the Northern Territory and on Thursday Island from the website Gumtree. “It was crazy, I flew to Darwin then got a lift with the crew from the cattle station, which is a 13 hour drive. “They had come in for a shopping trip, they got like a 100 litres of milk and 200 loaves of bread,” he said. Callum worked at the cattle station from December last year to April this year. He will be staying on Thursday Island until December, when he will return to Indonesia via Port Moresby.

CLASSIFIEDS Callum Blacklow on his morning walk with Bryton Whittaker.

Warraber and Iama TSRA Ranger boat hard at work WARRABER and Iama Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Rangers have wasted little time putting a new six-metre boat Malu Urui to work. The day after the boat was officially welcomed to Warraber by the TSRA Chairman, Mr Joseph Elu, Rangers from the two islands were on their first operational trip in the vessel. The Malu Urui, one of seven Ranger boats being rolled out in the Torres Strait, had previously been blessed in a ceremony on Iama Island. The six Rangers from both islands combined to conduct marine and wildlife surveillance and a clean up of Maza Guiya which is in a proposed Indigenous Protected Area.

premises and store only a few years after being constructed. The leased jetty, known locally as the Burns, Philp jetty, is also prominent in the image. As can be seen,

Covering just under 2.5 hectares, the Maza Guiya sand cay is about seven nautical miles south of Warraber. Mr Elu said the activity highlighted the benefit of increased mobility for the Rangers. “The beach clean up produced nine bags of rubbish, a dumped fridge and a ghost net. The Malu Urui is a shared asset between the two communities and the Rangers will be coming together to do a lot of similar activities.” Mr Elu said the Ranger boats now operating in the Torres Strait are under constant monitoring from the Ranger Operations base of Thursday Island with regular phone contact to ensure safety of crews and vessels.


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Daisy Kanabutu (nee Sailor) and Gebie Rattler (Nee Sailor) on Saturday, October 5, 2013 Thursday Island and Horn Island Cemeteries

Date Claimer Tombstone Unveiling of the late

Jodie Mauga On Saturday, December 14 2013 at Cairns Cemetery, Martyn Street. For more information contact: Gennie Bani 0418 747 934 Vera Christian 0497 860 620

Business Manager (Operations) Corporate Services, Thursday Island, Torres Strait – Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service. Remuneration value up to $122 788 p.a., comprising salary between $100 261 - $107 618 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (AO7) (Applications will remain current for 12 months) Duties/Abilities: Coordinate financial, human resource management and business management activities to support the operational and strategic objectives of the Corporate Services Division within Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service. Provide high-level business management, support and advice in the delivery of quality, cost effective services that are consistent with the strategic and operational directions of the Health Service. Enquiries: Danielle Hoins (07) 4226 3082. Job Ad Reference: H13TO08597 Application Kit: (07) 4226 5124 or Closing Date: Monday, 14 October 2013.



BURNS Philp and Co. was formerly one of the largest business operations in the Torres Strait, with its history dating well back into the 19th century. By 1900, the company was carrying on the most extensive shipping and commercial business on Thursday Island and its wide trading interests required that it stocked an extensive range of articles and merchandise. Its business premises were a major landmark in the Thursday Island streetscape and comprised a solid concrete store, originally built in 1892, with an associated long jetty, to facilitate its shipping operations. The company leased this jetty, which had been built at a cost of some 40,000 pounds, from the

Queensland government. The company also maintained a coaling station, using two hulks for the storage of coal, with this facility being used by Admiralty vessels as well as various steamers. In addition to its other business interests, Burns, Philp & Co. also operated two pearling fleets. In June 1899, a devastating fire broke out in the company’s store, destroying the building as well as the adjoining Tattersall’s Hotel. The entire stock in the store was lost, including drapery, hardware as well as diving and shipping related gear. There was fortunately no loss of life, however the total damages were valued in excess of 11,000 pounds. The pictured advertisement, dating from 1896, shows the company’s

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Ginbag players were: L. Yorkston, R. Yorkston, D. Yorkston, J. Yorkston, K. Biara, S. Laifoo and Z. Dorante

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Descendants side who contested the Gordonvale All Blacks carnival warming up. “Both semi-finals were close and so was the grand final. By ALF WILSON Innisfail Waru beat Black Cockatoos in the losers’ comp. TORRES Strait Islander side Descendants reached the grand decider,” McCrae said. McCrae said that backs Eddie Daniel and Justin Mosby final of the Gordonvale Indigenous Rugby League carnival from September 20 to 22 but lost 24-20 to quality Yarrabah shone for Descendants. Descendants spokesman Elia Ware said his side led 16-4 side Bukki Buna. Descendants players mostly live in Cairns and have at half-time but we lost to Bukki Buna. But we had a great descent from various Torres Strait islands with many from weekend ,” Ware said. Player of the carnival was Charlie Murgha, of Bukki Boigu. Five sides battled it out at Gordonvale’s Alley Park and QRL Northern Division Regional Co-ordinator David Buna, who has played at Island of Origin carnivals on Badu Island. Best forward was Brandon Tatipata (Bukki Buna), Maiden said it was a well run carnival. “The standard of play was excellent with some really best back George Toby (Descendants), highest point scorer was Freddy Karuba (Waru) who also took out the top try close games,” Maiden told the Torres News. In the semi-finals Descendants defeated Innisfail Waru scorer award. Earlier this year Descendants took out the Central and Bukki Buna beat Black Cockatoos. The other side was Hope Vale and another nominated Queensland Reconciliation carnival at Rockhampton. The star studded Descendants side defeated Rockhampteam Kowanyama Wallabies withdrew because of a death ton’s CQ Warriors in the Shield grand final 54-12. in the community. BAMAGA COMPETITION Veteran referee Rod McCrae was one of five who conMeanwhile David Maiden travelled to Bamaga in late trolled games and was glowing in his praise of the standard. September. SCORES and AWARDS “We kicked off the nine-a-side comp,” he said. Grand Final: Yarrabah Bukki Buna 24 (O Fourmile, M Fourmile, Maiden said the NPA Cup would definitely be held at J Burns, F Murgha, C Murgha 1 tries, F Murgha 2 goals) d Descendants 20 (E Daniel, G Toby, M Marama, M Dau 1 tries, E Bamaga from Thursday, October 31, to Saturday, November Daniel 2 goals). 2. Semi-Finals: Yarrabah Bukki Buna 26 (O Fourmile 2, C Murgha, L Kynuna, R Duncan 1 tries, B Harris 3 goals) d Black Cockatoos 22 (J Hankins, J Whittle, J Webster, Z Smart 1 tries, A Garrett 2, J Whittle 1 goal). Descendants 28 (G Toby 2, K Anau, M Marama, A Nona tries, E Daniel 4 goals) d Innisfail Waru 18 (T Savage, B Tanner, G Savage, L Valadian 1 tries, F Koraba 1 goal), Losers Comp Plate Final: Innisfail Waru 36 (F Koraba 2, M Mani 2, M Sagigi, W Lagi, F Koraba 6 goals) d Black Cockatoos 32 (A Garrett, S Grainer, N Nakata, J Whittle, J Thompson, S Davidson 1 tries, A Garrett 3, C Chinfat 1 goals). Awards: Player of the Carnival: C Murgha (Bukki Buna), Best Forward: B Tatipata (Bukki Buna), Best Back: G Toby (Descendants), Highest Point Scorer: F Karuba (Waru), Top Try Scorer: F Karuba. Qualifying Games: Descendants 22 (E Daniel, G Toby, M Marama, J Anau 1 tries, E Daniel 2, A Nona 1 goals) d Innisfail Waru 12 (F Sofa 2 tries, F Koraba 2 goals), Bukki Buna 20 d Black Cockatoos 20. Descendants 26 (G Toby 2, M Marama, A Nona, M Morseu 1 tries, J Mosby 3 goals) d Black Cockatoos 18 (N Teale, S Grainer, R Sutherland, J Whittle 1 tries, J Whittle 1 goal), Bukki Buna 34 d Hope Vale 16. Innisfail Waru 28 d Black Cockatoos 0, Descendants 44 (J Marama 2, E Daniel, G Toby, B Stephen, M Marama, R Saunders, T Doolah 1 tries, K Anau 4, L Saumela, T Doolah 1 goals) d Hope Vale 20 (K Bowen, J Bowen, C Connolly, R Ford 1 tries, K Bowen 2 goals), Innisfail Waru 34 d Hope Vale 16. Bukki Buna 32 (B Harris 2, G Delaney, B Tatipata, C Mossman, O Fourmile 1 tries, B Harris 3, C Dabah 1 goals) d Descendants 22 (K Anau 2, M Morseu, E Ware 1 tries, L Murgha 2, E Daniel 1 goals), Black Cockatoos 48 d Hope Vale 16, Bukki Buna 28 d Innisfail Waru 22, Points Table: Bukki Buna 16.5, Descendants 14.5, Innisfail Waru 10, Black Cockatoos 7, Hope Vale 3.


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All action in basketball grand finals By AARON SMITH THE Wongai Basketball Association Grand Finals saw a lot of fancy footwork and tough competition as the

Women’s A and B teams and the Men’s A team battled it out at Thusday Island Stadium, Thursday September 19. In B Ladies, the Thick Madames were

trailing the Ginbags 1311 at half-time, and the Ginbags went on to win 29-25. In A Ladies, the Gremlims were beaten by the Nets 27-24 who led 14-11

at half-time. In A Men, Stages downed Orcas 35-29 after leading 15-9 at the break. End of season awards Most Improved B Ladies : Julia Dickenson (Jaguars) Most Improved A Ladies: Nadine Tarrant (Nets) Most Improved Mens:

ABOVE RIGHT: A Stags player fires off a jump shot during the A Men’s Grand Final with Stags downing Orcas 35-29. ABOVE LEFT: A Thick Madames on the drive in the Ladies’ B Grand Final, won 29-25 by Ginbags. RIGHT: A Gremlins player on the move in the A Ladies’ grand final, won 27-24 by Nets.

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Zack Bani Most Consistent B Ladies: Alma David Most Consistent A Ladies: Elsie Seriat Most Consistent Mens: Reece Toomey Most Valuable Player: Maletta Seriat Highest Point Scorer: Jack Bani Player of the Grand Final: Kiwi Abednego <<Team photos P22.

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Torres news 13 09 30