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Barrier can’t survive long suspension Happy New Year Carrier losing $28,000 a day By MARK BOUSEN BARRIER Aviation will not survive an extended suspension of its operations by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), according to a submission to the regulatory body. The submission, dated January 1 by lawyer Derek Perkins (Queensland Lawyers), says: “Barrier’s continuing loss of income from CASA’s conduct is approximately $28,000 per day or $10 million per fiscal year, together with severe reputational damage. “Barrier cannot sustain its business for 95 days without income.” The submission claims the CASA’s conduct will ground the airline’s entire fleet for at least 95 days which could extend to 137 days due to the vagaries of legal system under which it operates. CASA suspended Barrier Aviation for five days on December 23, but that was extended to February 15 a day later. In suspending the airline, CASA said in a statement on December 23: “This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting Barrier Aviation to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety. “CASA believes Barrier Aviation has been operating aircraft with serious and known defects. “CASA has evidence of Barrier Aviation directing pilots to fly with serious and known aircraft defects, as well as not recording those defects on aircraft maintenance documentation when the defects became known. “The suspension follows an audit of

Barrier Aviation which revealed a range of maintenance related deficiencies.” Barrier Aviation operates from bases in Horn Island, Cairns, Darwin and Gove in the Northern Territory, has a fleet of more than 30 aircraft and employees more than 50 staff. Mr Perkins says in the submission: “Plainly it is open to question whether CASA can be conscientiously acting in good faith when it issues a suspension notice on December 23, makes application to the Federal Court on December 24, served at midday on Christmas Eve and, at the same time, CASA closes its office for holidays, taking no further action. “While CASA has sat on its hands for the last 10 days, the cost to Barrier has been in excess of $250,000.” The five-page submission also claims CASA made no attempt to resolve the matter by communication with Barrier. On January 2, one day after Mr Perkins’s submission, CASA asked the airline for a copy of the log books for its fleet of aircraft. Mr Perkins told the Torres News that Barrier Aviation had been in proactive in being in regular contact with CASA’s lawyers and officials since December 24, but nothing had been done in response until January 2. “We have been trying to work to a constructive and early resolution to the matter. The paramount concern is to ensure air safety and to recommence the provision of services to Indigenous communities, miners and essential government services to effectively operate in remote Australia by travelling to the remote areas serviced by Barrier.” Further reports, Page 2.

Mai Moore and Acacia Smith watching the 2013 New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Victoria Parade esplanade, put on by the Torres Shire Council. Two dazzling displays lit up the night sky over Thursday Island, one at 8pm for the youngsters, with another at midnight. Mayor Pedro Stephen said he was pleased to see so many families enjoying the fireworks spectacular. PHOTO: MARK ROY. More photos, page 13

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CASA needs to see and approve recovery plan By MARK BOUSEN CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) says it will need to see and approve a recovery plan before allowing Barrier Aviation to return to service. “We will need to see Barrier Aviation’s recovery plan and how the airline will to address CASA’s concerns, together with implementing those measures,” CASA Manager Corporate Communications Peter Gibson (pictured right) told the Torres News. “We have to examine all the issues and work through them with Barrier Aviation.” The airline was grounded

initially on December 23 for five days, but this was extended until February 15 a day later after filing an application to the Federal Court. The suspension will continue until that date unless a court order is made on different terms or CASA withdraws the suspension. Mr Gibson said the other issue CASA was addressing: “We have to convince ourselves that we have got to the bottom of all the evidence.” Mr Gibson dismissed suggestions the issue was generated on the evidence of a disgruntled former employee with the airline. “We have got direct and physical evidence of the issues which led to the suspension.

“This is not based solely on any second-hand information. There was evidence gathered during the

investigation and it’s not right to suggest it was based on the information of an ex-employee. “We have wider and greater evidence than that.” CASA also conducted a search of the airline’s Cairns office prior to Christmas after obtaining search warrants during which the regulatory body “obtained more evidence”. Mr Gibson also dismissed a media report that the Horn Island base was the major problem area. “I don’t know where those reports came from, but they are not correct.” Mr Gibson also said he realised the impact the suspension would

have on the people of the Torres Strait. “That’s the unfortunate side of the issue when we take such actions, and we realise people get disrupted. “Once we have the confidence in the operators and the airline meets the correct standards, they can resume business. “We had no option than to take the action we did. “It would not be right for the people of the Torres Strait to get a lower standard of safety than the rest of the country. “We have to ensure they get the same standards as everyone else,” he said.

Barrier: ‘Has clear record Malu Sara coroner asked us to wait: Comcare QUESTIONS are being raised about Queensland Coroner’s Ofice asked tions. I would have had no purpose of great and safe service’ why Comcare did not look into the other authorities to withhold their to do so. And I did not do so,” Mr TORRES Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen says Barrier Aviation has a clear track record of offering a “great and safe service” to the people of the Torres Strait. “Council has recognised their service to the community with numerous awards, and we have an excellent working relationship with Barrier Aviation.

“Their record is as good as any and are recognised as the one company with proven longevity to our region over many years and offering rates which are affordable to the community.” Mayor Stephen says there have been other operators who come and go, but Barrier Aviation has a long-standing record of safety and service to the community.”

possibility of criminal prosecutions over the Malu Sara incident until after the statutory time period for for doing so had lapsed. Comcare is the agency responsible for workplace safety, rehabilitation and compensation in the jurisdiction of the Australian Federal Government. SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster is standing by his report that the

investigations into the Malu Sara tragedy until the inquest was finished (“Malu Sara penalty ‘unreasonable’”, Torres News, November 26, 2012). In a recent letter to the editor (‘Malu Sara loss inquest’, Torres News, December 17, 2012), state coroner Michael Barnes said he had not made any such request. “I have no authority to ask any agency to withhold their investiga-


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Barnes wrote. Mr Armbruster said he broadcast an interview on December 7, 2010, with Comcare CEO Paul O’Connor who made the following statement: “Well criminal proceedings would only have been available if they are initiated within 12 months of a workplace incident that brings rise to that. Continued, Page 4 >>


QantasLink given extension of Horn Island-Cairns route until end of 2014

Community’s needs ‘not addressed again’ THE State Government decision to extend Qantas Link’s contract on the Horn Island-Cairns regulated route by a further 21 months until December, 2014, still has not addressed the community’s needs, Torres Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen says. Mayor Stephen told the Torres News: “Council has always welcomed competition on that route, but that again has been ignored. “The decision doesn’t provide an opportunity for the community to present its views. “However, we will continue to lobby on the need for competition.” Torres Shire Council owns Horn Island Airport. Mayor Stephen said the decision came as a shock and is “very disappointing”. In fact, Council wasn’t aware of the situation until told by the Torres News. Council has been working on a submission to be presented to the Government when the current five-year tender expired in March this year. “Council was anticipating the contract to be tendered in March, 2013, and looked forward to the open-market process which assists in healthy competitors bidding for the tender. Horn Island Airport numbers have grown with the number of travellers, both locals and visitors, on the increase.” All five QantasLink regulated routes in Queensland have been granted the extension. The current decision not to stick by the March, 2013, tender process has similarities to the previous tendering procedure which was brought into place from April 1, 2008. The former five-year tender expired on June 30, 2007, but was twice extended initially to December 31, 2007, and subsequently to March 31, 2008. Mayor Stephen said the decision was typical of the State Government. “We were told leading up to and after

the State election that the decision-making process would be the responsibilty of the community. “This sort of action demonstrates that is not happening; we were ignored.” Mayor Stephen said: “Decisions regarding the community’s perspective were to be directed to the community, but we are being regarded as an afterthought. “Council has always highlighted the commuity’s aspirations, whether economic, health, and transport among others, but that still hasn’t come to fruition.” A Qantas spokeswoman told the Torres News: “The five regional routes we currently serve including Cairns-Horn Island and Cairns-Weipa were awarded through a competitive tender process and we will be ready to tender for them again when they expire. “Qantas has been advised that these routes will be retendered by December 31, 2014. “Qantas does not receive a subsidy to operate any of these routes,” she said. The Horn Island Airport Runway has recently been strengthened to assist with allowing larger aircraft to land on Horn Island. As of July 1, 2012, the Horn Island Airport was required to undertake screening of passengers and baggage (checked and carry on) for those embarking on QantasLink flights operating the Dash 8 - 400 type aircraft or larger. Mayor Stephen said: “Council has been proactive in ensuring services and facilities on the ground at Horn Island Airport Terminal were up to standards and all runway upgrades to support the increased traffic projected have been completed by Council. “It is with disappointment that Council has learned through a third party that the contract for the Horn Island route has been extended from March, 2013, until December, 2014. The Torres News was unable to contact the Member for Cook David Kempton at the time of going to press.

A QantasLink plane at Horn Island airport.

Virgin wants State to review decision COMPETITOR Virgin Australia has requested the Queensland Goivernment to reconsider its decision to extend QantasLink’s rights to regulated air routes across Queensland until December, 2014. A Virgin Australia spokesperson told the Torres News the carrier is interested in accessing a number of intra-state routes in Queensland which are currently regulated. “We believe that some of these routes are now capable of sustaining competition, and should be deregulated as soon as current contracts expire in March, 2013.

“Competition brought about by de-regulating selected routes would: • Bring lower fares, • Deliver better access for regional communities to essential services, • Reduce costs for businesses, particularly in the mining and resources sector, and • Boost tourism to regional areas. “If regulation is to continue on certain routes, a transparent tender process should be undertaken to ensure that the best deal is secured for communities and Queensland,

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A Yes Minister episode THE decision to grant QantasLink an extension of the contract for the CairnsWeipa regulated air route until the end of 2014, has been described by Weipa Town Authority Mayor Peter McCulkin as akin to the hit TV series Yes Minister. “It had been the widely held view that the Weipa-Cairns route, currently ‘regulated’ and contracted to QantasLink until March, 2013, would be reviewed.” Mr McCulkin added: “I couldn’t believe that the government would make this sort of deal, firstly without the knowledge of the local Member David Kempton, but, more importantly, without any consultation with this community. “Deregulation of the route brings with it the opportunity for competition between carriers on the Weipa to Cairns route.” Mr McCulkin said: “Yes, I am annoyed and frustrated - so should the people of Weipa and neighbouring communities for not even being considered to take part in

the discussion. The more I dig for answers, the more I see a classic but more-bizarre episode of Yes Minister. “WTA first got wind of a ‘deal’ being done between the government bureaucrats and the current carrier QantasLink when we met with Mr Kempton and Assistant Minister for Transport Steve Minnikin here in Weipa in December. “The WTA has given an undertaking to keep the community appraised of further action by government in relation to the review of the Weipa to Cairns route, and rejects out of hand the opinion aired to Virgin Australia executives by the Queensland Transport bureaucrat responsible that “the communities would be delighted with the decision to extend the existing contracts”. “Yes Minister - not!” The Torres News was unable to contact the Member for Cook David Kempton for comment at the time of going to press.

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Boigu death treated as suspicious POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a man on Boigu Island. The body of the 52-year-old man was found at a Toby Street residence on Friday night, December 28. Police say the man’s body was badly decomposed and it is unclear how or when he died. Detectives from Cairns travelled to the Island on Saturday, December 29, and initial

investigations are under way. A cause of death is yet to be determined, and police will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. There is no further information available at this time. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.

Malu Sara coroner asked us to wait: Comcare << From Page 2 “At the time, in 2007, we had respected the express wish of the Queensland coroner to hold off pursuing this investigation so the focus of the coronial inquiry and all parties could be on getting to the bottom of what happened in this tragedy. “So even by the time the coroner started the

inquiry, we were outside the possible time frame for launching criminal prosecution.” The 6.5m vessel, the Malu Sara, sank while travelling between the islands of Saibai and Badu in October 2005, killing all five people aboard, in what Mr Barnes labelled in his report a “totally avoidable disaster”. No-one has been charged over the incident.

Wajo Wena (13) enjoying some beach time at Horn Island. With long, hot days and high tides around the islands, Torres Strait families and children have been making the most of the summer holidays and cooling off in the water. Students return to school on Tuesday, January 29. PHOTO: MARK ROY

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Government handed ownership of the islands of Mer, Dauar and Waier to the Meriam people. On behalf of the Queensland Government, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Glen Elmes presented a Deed of Grant to Mer Gedkem Le, the registered native title body corporate, which will hold the land in trust for the benefit of the Meriam people. “Now the Meriam people officially own the islands occupied for centuries by their forebears,” Mr Elmes said. “This Deed of Grant will provide inalienable freehold ownership of the islands.” Mer Gedkem Le chairperson Doug Passi said the transfer went smoothly, with the community celebrating long into the night. He said organisations that had previously dealt with the state government over use of Meriam land would now deal with the PBC. “Since Mabo in ‘92, our lawyers came back and said the Commonwealth had recognised we have native title, but the State didn’t,” Mr Passi said. During that time the Queensland Govenment still held the reserve land of Mer, Dauar and Waier, he said. “(The lawyers) said if you get the reserve then you have native title. Eddie say he need that piece of paper to say he owned Murray Island.” Mr Passi acknowledged the path to the land transfer had been a rocky one. “There has been a bit of conflict in the community, with the elder group putting their concerns that there had

been no consultation between the PBC, the community and the state,” Mr Passi said. “The community was ‘stand still’ - they don’t know whether to follow the elder group or the PBC.” Three days earlier the Meriam Elders group had tried to stop the land transfer, seeking an injunction in the Supreme Court of Queensland. However the group withdrew its injunction on Thursday, December 13, saying it would take further action against the handback in 2013. Mr Passi said while “three or four families” did not turn up to the handover ceremony, the majority of the community were there to witness the historic occasion. “The theme of the day was ‘uzer kubge eskedi’, meaning ‘united we stand’ as a Meriam nation.” Mr Elmes said it was the first Queensland Indigenous land transfer to include a township. “In fact, this is the first land transfer of an entire community in the Torres Strait,” he said. “This is very fitting, given that the Meriam people were also the first to have their Native Title rights recognised.” The Murray Islands had been inhabited by the Meriam people for thousands of years before European settlement in 1872 when the London Missionary Society founded a mission school there. The Queensland Government annexed the islands in 1879. In 1912 the islands were set aside as a “reserve for the use of the Aboriginal inhabitants of the State”, with the State retaining ownership up until last month’s handover.


Law ‘backbone to our culture’ says graduate A MATURE-AGED graduate in justice studies is encouraging other Torres Strait Islanders to help restore traditional respect for the law. Simeon Makie, from Iama (Yam Island), recently completed a Certificate IV in Justice Studies at Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT). He said the course had been life-changing for him. “I have lived in the Torres Strait for many years and have seen how our traditional oral customary law differs from Queensland law and can result in confusion for my people who may unknowingly end up breaking the law,” Mr Mackie said. “I am proud that I completed the course and firmly believe that education is the key to getting the right message across and help local people understand the law.” Mr Mackie was one of 25 TNQT justice students who last month were judged ready to take the next step in their justice sector careers after recently graduating. “I am ready to become a court officer assisting Indigenous people and would urge other Torres Strait Islanders to consider taking up justice studies so they too can help restore the traditional respect of the law that has always been the backbone of our culture.” The students travelled from PNG, Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula to participate in the unique courses based in Cairns. TNTQ Justice Studies teacher Faith Atkins said

Recent Justice Studies graduate Simeon Makie, from Iama, says education is the key to building on traditional respect for the law.

Seden. Another proud moment in Able Seden’s career was marching on Anzac Day in Cairns city under the watchful eye of his mum, Lizze. “My mum came down to see me and my sister, Nadiah, who is also in the Navy march on Anzac Day,” said AB Seden. Coming from Hammond Island the Navy has allowed him to travel, gain new skills in his career and on the sporting field, “I had never played Rugby Union before joining the Navy. “I have travelled around Australia and New Zealand representing the Navy and the ADF.” AB Seden is looking forward to his new posting in the new year and building on his Marine

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all the students had a keen interest in understanding the workings of the justice system and were ready to make a difference. “The TNQT justice studies courses provides students with a range of skills that equips them to find employment in the wide and diverse areas of justice sector work,” Ms Atkins said. “Past graduates are now working as correctional service officers, others are now serving in the police force and many have gone on to study law at university. “This year’s graduates were a brilliant bunch of people who are destined to make a huge contribution to their communities and the justice system in general. “I’m pleased to say that all of our Certificate IV graduates have indicated they will be returning next year to study the diploma course.”

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Tens of thousands visit Stable festival By ALF WILSON SMILING Yorke Island lady Gata Alfred was one of hundreds of Torres Strait Islanders who were at Australia’s unique Christmas celebrations - the Stable in the Strand in Townsville from December 18-22. Gata was with her children Moa Alfred, aged 2, and Kyon ABOVE: Peter Adai of Saibai descent and Lynette Alfred, 7, and other members of her large extended famAdai were chaplains at the event. BELOW: Gata Alfred was all smiles at Stable on ily when the Torres News saw them. the Strand as she holds baby Moa with Kyon They were watching the Alfred standing in front. youth on the sand event on the Townsville Strand beach near the ocean about 6.30pm on December 20. Later they walked into Strand Park where thousands gathered to see entertainment or check out the village of Bethlehem. “This is a wonderful family event and we are enjoying it so much. There are also so many Torres Strait Islanders here and I want to say hello to family on Yorke,” she said. This was the 11th Stable on the Strand and organisers say it is the only one of its type in the country. More than 40,000 men, women and children were there

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with crowds of around 6000 on the first two nights and 10,000 on December 20. Indigenous Pastor Ada Boland welcomed guests to country on night one. This year the simple theme of ‘It’s Christmas” was selected by the organisers to remind people about the true meaning of the Holy period. An undoubted highlight was the bustling, interactive Town of Bethlehem, where visitors were able to meet the Wise Men & their camels, shepherds with their sheep, King Herod, Roman soldiers, traditional trades persons (baker, carpenter, fishmonger, weavers) and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. In Bethlehem the Torres News saw chaplains - Saibai Island man Peter Idai with Lynette Adai. They were both delighted to be able to be amongst the many volunteers from 60 Townsville churches. As well as the Town of Bethlehem, activities included - stilt walkers, ‘big-head’ wise men and shepherds, clowns, buskers and bubble blowers who wandered amongst the crowds.

Throughout the event - free tea, coffee and Christmas cake were served to one and all, and in the amphitheatre, local writer Trish Thomas’ production “Exhibit One” ran every half hour. Kids and mums and dads had plenty to be excited about with a Free Cup and Saucer ride, animals to pat, and heaps of children’s activities including Roman soldier dress-ups. Youth on the Sand featured a skate board ramp and competitions, fire jugglers, and a stage for entertainment. Some Torres Strait Islander youths were there and then

Former Torres News news editor Velma Gara was about to enjoy a tomato sauce covered hot dog at the Stable on the Strand.

From left at the Stable on the Strand’s last night were Patrina Gara, 10, Veeleah Edoni, 17, and her mum Patricia Edoni who were ready to eat curry and honey puffs.

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toxic canisters wash up on Qld beaches Children learn about the Police More THE Queensland Police Service is urging Queens- south to Mabuiag Island in the north with the most land beachgoers to avoid handling silver canisters found washed up on beaches, and to immediately call Triple Zero (000). The canisters, which contain toxic aluminium phosphide granules, have been washing up on Queenslands northern beaches since February last year. Police say they do not know where these canisters originate. Police have received reports of them being located along the coastline between Lady Elliot Island in the

Police liason officer Thomas Pedro and Senior Constable Gerald Doyle show children from Kalaw Kaziw Mudh the police rescue boat. STUDENTS from Kalaw Kaziw “The children learned about the Mudh at Tamwoy visited the Thurs- role of police officers and how we help in the community,” Const. day Island Police Station recently. Prep and pre-prep students were Devlin said. “We all had lots of fun and the accompanied by teachers Jennifer children learnt about what happens Wills and Alison Sailor. Constable Tracy Devlin from at a police station. Thursday Island Police said the “They also learnt the number to students enjoyed the visit. call in an emergency.”

‘Don’t slash Indigenous health funding’ THE Close the Gap Campaign Steering Committee has called on the Federal Government to maintain Indigenous health funding, in its submission to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. The plan will replace the National Strategic Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health which expires in 2013. Close the Gap Campaign co-chair Mick Gooda said the Steering Committee commended the government on its commitment to develop a long term plan to Close the Gap, a longstanding call of the Campaign. “The plan will be critical for building on the foundations in place and ensuring continued efforts to meet the challenge of closing the gap by 2030,” Mr Gooda said. “It is particularly timely given the $1.6 billion National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Health Outcomes is due to expire in June 2013.” Mr Gooda said the campaign was

seeking assurances from the Government that investment in Indigenous health funding would continue after this period, given all parties had committed to the 2030 target to close the gap on Indigenous health inequality. “We cannot take our eye off the ball or fall into any sense of complacency in relation to Indigenous health,” he said. “Because we are now seeing some early signs of progress towards closing the gap, it is even more important to maintain commitments of both funds and effort as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are still dying too young.” “The National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Health Outcomes must be renewed with at least the same level of funding to build on the strong foundations in place.” “Ongoing funding is vital so that this work can continue. The bipartisan commitment to closing the gap cannot fall victim to budget cuts.”

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Mon 7. First edition of the Torres News for 2013 Mon 7. Hash House Harriers, 5.45pm Tue 8. Esplanade Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 8. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin, 7pm Tue 8. Family night and mixed pool comp, Federal Hotel Wed 9. Antenatal classes, Maternity Unit, TI, 6 - 7pm, 4069 0222 Wed 9. Wongai Wednesday, Seaman Dan plays Wongai Hotel restaurant, Horn Island, 6.30 - 9pm Wed 9. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 9. Ladies night pool comp, Federal Hotel Thu 10. Joker Jackpot, Federal Hotel Fri 11. It’s Floral Friday. Break out the island wear. Fri 11. Cocktails by the pool, Jardine Motel, 7pm Fri 11. Karaoke, Torres Hotel, 7pm. Tue 15. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI, 9am Sat 26. Australia Day. Tue 29. School term 1 begins.


Fri 8. Silver Shadow cruise ship visits Thursday Island, 7am - 12 noon

JUNE Mon 3. Mabo Day shire holiday

CHURCH SERVICES Parish of St Bethel,131 William Cr Bamaga NPA, Sundays 10am Uniting Church, 114 Douglas St Thursday Island, Sundays 9am Independent Church Parish of the Resurrection TI, Morning Prayer Sundays 10am, Evening Prayer 7.30pm

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Thank you from Mer Gedkem Le for historic day MER Gedkem Le (TSI) Corporation RNTBC would like to thank the following organisations and people for their generous support and sponsorship which assisted and facilitated in making the historic day of the Reserve transfer from the Queensland government to the RNTBC on Friday, December 14, 2012 possible: Sea Swift, AQIS, Immigration, The Native Title Office, Governance and Leadership (PBC Support) and Culture, Arts and Heritage, TSIRC, Tagai State College, Cape Air, Cape York Helicopters,

TORRES Strait culture is like the Kukuam (Hibiscus) and Daua (Banana) trees full of fruit and flowers. Our hidden talents need to be pruned for fullness will be attained. Like Yumplatok bible dedication coming up is a young dugong reaching her

Regional Authority CEO, Peter Krebs and Susan Hamilton, Native Title Office, Oliver Gilkerson and Cassie Lang, Gilkerson Legal, Mayor Fred Gela, Torres Strait Islands Regional Council, Chris McLaughlin, Chief Legal Officer Torres Strait Islands Regional Council, Councillors, Torres Strait Islands Regional Council. Many thanks to all the people who have helped and are not listed here. We appreciate your assistance and support. You all know who you are. Mer Gedkem Le (TSI) Corporation RNTBC, Mer Island. Doug F. Passi Chairman Mer Gedkem Le (TSI) Corporation RNTBC

complete identity under Oceans Cosmos. We need fresh expression (visionaries) to lead Torres Strait like a compass guided by the sun, nature and sea time (tidal). Language is the sound wave of Love like the wind is the voice of the Sun (Ar). I am a writer in my relationship to my

family in Mam, Baira, Misi, Dorrick and Repu family together in Yumplatok bible translator. Masig, Yam and Mabuiag islands have contributed to help our culture. By translator Percy Misi

THUMBS DOWN: What a shock to find the battery of the new Volunteer Marine Rescue tractor stolen. What a low-down thing to do to a volunteer group, jeopardising efforts to save lives. Phone 0439 512 906 to return the battery. THUMBS UP: To the Hammond Ferry Friday night cruise ... you guys are on to a winner! THUMBS DOWN: To whoever ordered the mango tree cut down at Gab Titui. THUMBS UP: To the coffee artworks at Uncle Frankie’s! THUMBS UP: To the Thursday Island butchers! Your King Pork Cutlets are the BEST! THUMBS DOWN: To the person who stole $100 worth of fuel off my boat at Bach Beach. THUMBS UP: To Salsa nights at the bowls club, Sundays at 5.30pm. THUMBS UP: To the wonderful people of the Torres Strait. Wishing you a happy New Year!

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COFFEE LOVERS: One of the frothy artworks regularly served up at Uncle Frankie’s.

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Strait Start secured for 2013 A UNIQUE Torres Strait education program offering education to families and and young children will continue this year, after the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations announced it would extend its funding of the region’s Strait Start services until December, 2013. Program manager Katie Denzin said Strait Start was developed to address a lack of vital services in the region, and offered early years education programs to families of children aged from birth to four years. “Children who have attended the program often score higher on school readiness test - especially in the areas of literacy, numeracy and independence,” Ms Denzin said. “Parents also consistently reported increased confidence and positive parenting skills.” One Badu mother reported that she liked coming to Strait Start to learn new things and try to do them at home. “I now read to all of my children at night,” she said. “I also like meeting the other parents and learning about my child’s development. “(The Strait Start coordinator) explains things to mothers - like such as how children need to be independent and how much they can do for themselves.”

Strait Start is a unique initiative of the Torres Strait Islanders’ Regional Education Council (TSIREC). Chairperson Ned David said TSIREC was negotiating with potential service partners and funding providers to ensure the sustainability of these services beyond 2013. “We are currently working with Tagai State College, the Montessori Children’s Foundation, TSRA and the State Government to secure a long term future for Strait Start across the region,” Mr David said. “Our end goal is to be providing these vital services to all families of young children across the Torres Strait.” TSIREC has operated Strait Start services in the communities of Thursday Island, Badu, Kubin, Malu Ki’ai, Erub, Iama and Poruma since 2010, with funding support from the Commonwealth Government. Ms Denzin said families and staff alike had celebrated news of the funding extension for 2013. “Given the current budgetary pressures on governments across the country, we are especially grateful to the Commonwealth for prioritising community-based early years services,” Ms Denzin said. “It is wonderful that with DEEWR’s support, we can now guarantee that our services will continue for at least another 12 months.”

Floods put sea turtles off breeding: Study ENDANGERED marine turtles in Queensland still haven’t recovered from the extreme weather of early 2011, scientists say. AAP reports numbers of nesting green turtles near Cape York have fallen to the lowest level in almost four decades, nearly two years after floods and cyclones hit Queensland. Dr Col Limpus, the chief scientist of threatened species with Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage says something similar happened after floods hit the state during 1974, causing green turtle breeding to drop off for four years. “We expect one of the lowest green turtle seasons in the last four decades, since detailed monitoring started in Queensland, but we are not concerned,” he said. “This dip in turtle breeding is now a well-known natural consequence of weather.” Dr Limpus said the size of a green turtle breeding population was de-

Turtles coming ashore on Raine Island.

termined by climate events about 18 months before breeding season. This December, researchers have observed just 200 to 300 turtles at Raine Island off Cape York. Usually, more than 6000 are spotted. Dr Limpus says a loggerhead turtle has returned to lay her eggs at Mon Repos on the Bundaberg coast after almost dying on New Years Eve 2009. The turtle became disoriented by lights after coming ashore and wandered inland. She was found the next day by a farmer, overheated and near death in the middle of a paddock. Researchers and volunteers rescued her and released her back into the ocean the next day. “It is great to see this tough old girl back and successfully laying eggs,” he said. “She would be about 40 years old, and this year is her seventh recorded breeding season.” Green turtle.

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The Straits to take over our tellies

The ABC has announced the first of its big drama to premiere in 2012 will be The Straits, based on an idea by executive producer, Torres Strait Islander Aaron Fa’Aoso.





Awards recognise diversity and strength

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service captain Richard Muhamad was last week named Torres Shire Citizen of the Year in an Australia Day award ceremony on Thursday Island, one of 12 Australia Day award winners.



For women, everything is possible

Women across the Torres Strait are being recognised this week, with the diversity of their work and contributions the theme for International Women’s Day.



Muddy madness

Mud, exhaust smoke, revving engines and


Council complaint over ‘false allegations’

The Torres Strait Island Regional Council has made an official complaint to the ABC about its story “Dugongs cruelly slaughtered in illegal meat trade” broadcast on its 7.30 Report.



Wall a mark of community safety

The Thursday Island community turned out in force for the unveiling of new service plaques at the memorial wall in Anzac Park on April 24.


connection grows into friendship

The historic bond between Thursday Island and the Japanese town of Kushimoto is now official, with a Friendship City Agreement signed and sealed at Cape Shionomisaki, Japan.


Sea dog and co. rescued

The crew of a passing


Put a stop to dugong waste: Elders

Traditional owners in the NPA have spoken out against selling dugong meat and against wasteful hunting practices.


Arson suspected in fire on main street

appreciative spectators under a perfect blue sky made for a memorable NPA Mud Rally and Pig Hunt competition.


Digging the past

Archaeologists unearthed evidence of traditional hunting, including turtle and dugong bones, that traces the practice in the Torres Strait back 7000 years.

Kempton claims Cook in landslide victory

The seat of Cook has returned to the Coalition ranks for the first time since 1977 following Saturday’s resounding State election result, with the LNP’s David Kempton the new Member.


Badu artists are making their

Passengers passing through Horn Island Airport can expect to see increased security, including metal detector screening and luggage checks, from July this year.


Night of terror

Dedicated security officer Riley Gibia’s home was targeted in what was apparently a revenge attack after he accosted three youngsters allegedly in possession


Stiffer security for Horn airport


up sea walls Segar Passi takes 2012 award The State government

Segar Passi has been named winner of the prestigious Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, taking home $5000 for his painting Native Title: Our Land and Sea Rights.

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is being asked to contribute half of the costs needed to rebuild sea walls in the Torres Strait, after the Federal Government promised $12 million towards the $24 million project.


New boats come as jobs go

Customs is planning to slash staff from 14 offices across

ore carrier plucked a Thursday Island yachtie, his crewmate and a dog from the waters off Cape York, after their yacht started taking on water en route to Cairns.

of residents.

Turbulent take-off for air fare scheme

A scheme to provide $99 local air fares in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area is to be reviewed amid complaints that it is not effectively meeting the needs Initial investigations into a fire that damaged a house on Thursday Island’s main street last week suggest that the fire was deliberately lit.


Leaders call for a treaty

Leaders in the Torres Strait insist the sovereign rights of First Peoples must not be signed away in a “compromised” preamble in the

28 man

Flegg leaves Malu Sara tribunal a free

Australian constitution.


Goose-chase finds HB in Port

When a mystery photo of a pearl lugger was published in our hugely popular Shine A Light column, little did we know the historic boat was right under the nose of our staff at Regional and Remote Newspapers headquarters in Port Douglas. the sinking of the Malu Sara and the loss of five lives more than six years ago..

The Crime and Misconduct Commission will appeal against a Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision to take no further action against former Thursday Island police officer Sgt Warren Flegg over his handling of the search and rescue operations with


O n e o f Au s t r a l i a ’s m o s t accomplished master printers, Theo Tremblay, arrived in Badu from Cairns recently to run a series of art workshops at the Badu Art Centre (Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh).


invoked at a public meeting called to settle the ownership of a church building on reserve land in the Thursday Island suburb of Quarantine.

Anglicans cross swords over building

The wisdom of King Solomon was of a large quantity of stolen alcohol.


Elder statesman laid to rest

Elder statesman of the Torres Strait, the late George Jacob Mye, MBE, OAM, was laid to rest at his home on Erub on Wednesday, May 16.


Grog bans to stay

the country, with Thursday Island looking likely to lose at least 6 of its 14 staff.


Brazen crocs moving in on suburbs

A four-metre saltwater crocodile was spotted this week walking up the beach at Cook’s Landing to finish off turtle and dugong remains.

Alcohol restrictions will stay in place in the five Northern Peninsula Area communities until after a review by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Minister Glen Elmes.


Sunny Side up for Seaman Dan on latest album

Multi-ARIA award winning musician Uncle Seaman Dan is this week preparing for the launch of a new album of old favourites, Sunny Side, at the Cairns Ukulele Festival.



Fans cheer

Torres Strait King and Queen of NAIDOC

Peter and Zipporah Gea Gea were

Maroons to a Magnificent Seven

All the kids and their dogs came out for the Queensland Maroon Army March on Wednesday, July 4, spurring their team to a seventh straight State of Origin Win by the narrowest of margins.


Crean drums up $12 million for sea walls

Eligibility requirements for Islanders standing in local government elections will be reviewed after a court decision stripped TSIRC councillor Jerry

Star of the Sea in financial storm

Bushfires threaten to close airport

Climate change will leave islanders homeless: study

A new report is predicting thousands of Torres Strait Islanders will be homeless within the next century due to the effect of climate change.


Cultural Centre mangoes get the

The elected leaders of the Torres Strait have refused to participate in the Queensland Government’s


TSIRC election fallout



Leaders walk out in protest at token consultation



Medical experts are warning the Torres Strait and the Australian mainland are at risk of being invaded by a deadly strain of tuberculosis from PNG.


Stephen of his position, ruling he had not lived in the division of Ugar for the required two years prior to his nomination.

The future of the Star of the Sea aged care centre hangs by a thread after the body that runs it was placed under administration.

TB disaster on our doorstep

Construction of sea walls on the flood-prone islands of Boigu and Saibai has been given the green light to begin.

named Torres Strait King and Queen of NAIDOC at the NAIDOC Ball, one of the premier events on the cultural calendar.



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Refs impressed by success of



Prayer, song, dance and happy hearts on Hammond Island

St Joseph’s school and the Hammond Island community joined with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in its 125th Jubilee celebrations this month.


Community rallies behind Parish Hall

Torres Strait gets ‘no bang for project its buck’ Local residents had businesspeople are

determined the Parish Hall on Douglas Street will again have its day in the limelight.

Deliberately lit fires came close to shutting down Horn Airport last week, as a skeleton crew of fire officers battled the blazes for four days running.

the ferry across the croc-infested river.

Ferry collapse leaves visitors stranded

Dozens of tourists were stranded at Jardine River after an incident involving a prime mover shut down

Zenadth Kes Cup

Veteran referee Rod McCrae poured out praise about the standard of play during the Zenadth Kes carnival, with not one sin bin incident for the whole four-day carnival.


Homeless man told “move on”

A Thursday Island public servant, evicted from his John Street property, has set

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Leaders of the Horn Island SES Cadet Unit have expressed dismay and anger at the State Government’s decision to axe the program, effective immediately.

up camp at Sadie’s Beach, saying it is his “birthright” to remain in his homeland.


TSIRC says it is “dumbfounded” by a government decision to audit its books, while Mayor Fred Gela has slammed the call as “an expensive waste of time”.

of the new board members on Tuesday, November 13.


Shots fired as rangers find bush crop

New TSRA chair means business

Cape York now has its own Local Tourism Organisation with stakeholders coming together to build on the success of a similar project based in Cooktown.

Threat of legal actions over health claims

Plan now for coastal erosion, say scientists

The Newman Government has wiped its hands of the “Stolen Wages” issue, claiming it was settled by the former State Government.


The ability of Indigenous rights advocates Robert ‘Bongo’ Sagigi and Willie Wigness to air concerns about provision of health services in the Torres Strait and NPA is being hampered due to the lingering threat of legal action.

R e s i d e n t s i n To r r e s S t r a i t communities are being encouraged to have their say on a recent study on the impacts of erosion on their islands.


LNP wipes its hands of ‘stolen wages’


TSIRC ‘dumbfounded’

armed Police Special Emergency Response Team was called to a remote area at the tip of Cape York last week after a team of Indigenous rangers discovered an illegal marijuana crop.

Joseph Elu AO has been elected chair of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) after a meeting


Kids the losers in State’s latest cost-cutting

A large, fruit bearing mango tree that stood in the grounds of the Gab Titui Cultural Centre has been cut down to make way for a performance space.

The highly trained and heavily


bang” instead of firing bullets after their budget was cut.

A Federal senator has claimed reservists in Charlie Company (51FNQR), based on Thursday Island, are resorting to saying “bang



“token” consultation over changes to turtle and dugong hunting laws.




Cape York tourism finds its voice


New owners at TI Pharmacy

Luci and Mick Delaney became the new owners of TI pharmacy when Lynn Short handed over the keys after nearly 13 years on TI.

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ANIMAL INSPECTION AND SURVEY From 14 January 2013 to 18 January 2013 FREE COLLARS AND FREE REGISTRATION Torres Shire Council advises that an animal inspection and survey is to be carried out as follows: (a) Council officers and animal control officers from Cairns Regional Council will visit all residential properties on Thursday, Horn and POW Islands in the Torres Shire; (b) the purpose of the program is to: ● check that all dogs and cats are registered for the 2012-13 year

check the number of animals kept at any residence does not exceed the number permitted under the local law

provide information about caring for your animal and your responsibilities as an animal owner;

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Art project’s net worth on show in museum display COMMUNITIES from far north Queensland are raising awareness of the dangers of abandoned fishing nets with a display of recycled net art now showing at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Ghost nets are fishing nets which are accidentally lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea. Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said ghost nets posed a huge problem in the top end of Australia for navigation and the environment. “Currents and tides carry tonnes of ghost nets through the ocean, continually trapping marine life,” Mr McLeod said. “GhostNets Australia is working with indigenous communities to remove nets from the environment and turn them into works of art to raise awareness of the issue,” he said. The program has removed more than 12,000 ghost nets from the sea since its inception in 2004, and since 2008 has run community workshops that use traditional weaving techniques to create fantastic artworks out of the marine debris. The Museum of Tropical Queensland, celebrating 25 years in 2012, is part of the Queensland Museum network - celebrating 150 years of collecting and connecting in 2012. The museum is open 9.30am to 5pm daily.

Some of the ghost net art on display at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

Up to $10,000 for Indigenous arts grants ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander artists are being urged to apply for up to $10,000 in funding to grow and market their art. Acting Arts Minister David Crisafulli said the Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA) initiative had already supported a new Indigenous fashion label, exhibitions, and the National Theatre Forum through special grants to organisations and individuals. “This initiative helps indigenous artists, communities and organisations find new ways to make a living and share their culture with fellow Queenslanders,” Mr Crisafulli said. Up to $10,000 is available for groups, organisations and local

governments, while individuals can apply for up to $5000. The Contemporary Indigenous Fashion Initiative has already received BIA funding, which is a partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and KickArts Contemporary Arts to explore commercial opportunities and secure stockists for a new fashion label called Akin. “Five Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland worked with five QUT fashion students to create designs that were printed on silk, and then sewn in Queensland,” Mr Crisafulli said. “The project will be supported through to the manufacturing and marketing stage.

Tropical Health/Medicine campus for T.I. A THURSDAY Island campus will be part of the $42 million Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. New buildings will be constructed in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait, with the Thursday Island campus training specialists in disease surveillance and identification.

The Institute will spearhead research into the cure and prevention of dengue fever, tuberculosis, rabies, and other emerging infectious diseases that pose a health threat to locals and visitors. Design tenders for the new facilities will be called in the first quarter of 2013 with work expected to start in October.

Acting Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts Minister David Crisafulli has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with James Cook University (JCU). “This project starts a new chapter in the fight against tropical diseases and builds on JCU’s global reputation for research excellence,” Mr Crisafulli

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“This is a terrific opportunity for indigenous artists to prove their skills and get some hands on experience in the commercial side of the business.” The BIA initiative was designed to build a sustainable and ethical Indigenous arts industry and delivered on the Newman Government’s commitment to ensure all Queenslanders have access to the arts. Funding closes on April 30, 2013. Applications and guidelines: Indigenous fashion project:http:// docs/artsupdatenov12/1

said. “North Queensland’s got the world-class educational facility, sophisticated health services, and a highly trained pool of medical professionals. “They combine Northern invention with academic excellence. This centre will be the start of something remarkable. “This partnership with JCU represents a significant investment in the prevention of disease amongst Australians and their neighbours by finding new ways to limit and prevent dangerous tropical illnesses before they become established,” he said. “It will also grow research jobs in the science and technology sector and help attract and keep world-class researchers in Queensland.”



The Bani boys providing some top-notch musical entertainment: Gabriel Bani, Daniel Bani, Dimple Bani Jnr, Wilfred Bowie and Uel Bani.

ABOVE: Crowds are wowed with the first fireworks display at the esplanade at 8pm, especially for the young ones. BELOW: Chesley, Raphael and Lashontae enjoy sparklers and fireworks.

Stuart, Hannah and John enjoying a night out.

Thelie Hobbs, Marion Sands and Margo Mills.

Daniel Abednego, Daniel Idai, Tyrese Idai, Antoinette Abednego, Rowena Idai, Vera Abednego and Margarita Abednego. LEFT: Tyus, Jena, Kia and Ashleigh. RIGHT: Lency Tapim, Lency Loban and Pedro Stephen. Matilda and Frank Loban wih their children.

Dileepa Peiris, Melinda Tam, Silva See Kee and Julian See Kee, Sook Hahn See Kee and Nancy Kristiano.

Harold Mosby and Patti Mosby with a collection of grandchildren.

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6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 10:00 Dr Oz 11:00 Perfect Couples 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Baby Brokers” (PG) 2:00 Today Tonight 2:30 Bush Doctors 3:00 Bush Doctors 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News At 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 7:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:10 Up All Night: First Birthday - Chris to agrees to host a joint first birthday party for Amy, and Ava takes it up on herself to take the birthday party to the next level, while Nancy sees this as an opportunity to look for a man. 12:00 Special: Cannibal Crusade - Take an exciting journey to the seldom explored tropical jungles of Indonesian-controlled Irian Jaya 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Baroque 11:00 Photo Finish 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 1:20 Last Of The Summer Wine 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 Wild Life At The Zoo 6:30 Good Morning Kalimantan 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Friday Night Dinner: When Mum finds out that Dad didn’t throw away his old boxes of science magazines in their clearout, she goes mad. So Dad builds a bonfire and promises he’ll burn them all. 8:30 Poirot: Murder In Mesopotamia - When Poirot is on holiday in Iraq, the wife of an American archaeologist is murdered. Poirot must do his own digging to find the killer. 10:10 TBA 10:40 ABC News: Late Edition 10:50 The Old Guys: Builders - When Sally has builders at her house, she temporarily moves in with Tom and Roy. But will living with Sally be the dream the guys imagined? 11:25 My Family: Janey’s Choice - Janey has a big decision to make about her future. Ben and Susan each campaign for their favoured option, but only Janey’s heart can decide. 11:50 Rage (MA l,d,h,n,s,v)

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings - Summer Series 10:00 Danoz 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 5:00 National News 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 9:00 Experience Europe: Join Carolyne Randoe as she travels one of the great river cruises of the world on the ‘Scenic Pearl’ starting from the historic city of Budapest to the picturesque Dutch capital Amsterdam. 9:30 Getaway: Jason and Kate Ceberano team up for a big 2-part family guide to Disneyworld; Kelly takes a helicopter tour of the Barossa Valley and Catriona continues her spectacular journey through eastern Europe including a visit to Transylvania. 10:00 TBA 12:30 Movie: “Showdown In Little Tokyo” (PG) - For 400 years, Japan has been home to a criminal organization dedicated to its own supremacy in the underworld. Ruled by an ancient code of honour, the deadly Yakuza are among society’s most feared members. Two cops from different worlds join to fight these criminals. 2:00 The Baron 3:30 Danoz 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 10:00 Dr Oz 11:00 Perfect Couples 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Medicine Man” (PG) 2:30 Today Tonight 3:00 Minute To Win It 4:00 The Zoo 4:30 Seven News at 4.30 5:00 The Price Is Right 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 TBA 7:30 Better Homes And Gardens Summer - Visit the home of sporting legend Leigh Matthews. Fast Ed cooks chicken in plum sauce on the BBQ plus a simple chocolate cake recipe and Karen cooks pork cutlets in red wine sauce. Want original artwork but don’t have the big bucks? See what you can create thanks to Tara’s 3 easy projects. 8:30 TBA 11:20 Celebrity Juice 12:00 Movie: “Asunder” (M) - When a freak accident destroys everything in one man’s life, the troubled 2:00 House Calls To The Rescue 3:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lover’s Guide To Australia 1:30 The Nest 2:30 Angels In New York 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 6: Arica to Calama 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Monty Halls’ Island Escape 8:30 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions: The Shuttle 9:30 As It Happened: Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler: The Führer 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Her Whole Life Ahead of Her” (M s,l,d,v,n) In Italian. A philosophy graduate-turned-telemarketer’s life is turned upside down when she meets an impassioned labour union worker and divulges her company’s unfair practices to him 1:05 Kurt Wallander: “The Guilt” (M a,l,v) In Swedish. When a six-year-old boy disappears from pre-school, Wallander and the Ystad police join a desperate search to find him. Suspicions immediately fall on a paedophile recently released from prison, but as the investigation develops it becomes evident that the crime has its roots in relationships far more complicated than the police could ever have imagined. 2:50 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:00 Rage (PG) 10:30 Rage Guest Programmer 11:30 Eggheads 12:00 Movie: “The Big Country” (PG) 2:40 Cheese Slices: Comte 3:05 Wild North Sea 4:00 Basketball: WNBL 5:00 Football: W-League 6:00 Doctor Who: Closing Time 6:45 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Doc Martin - Louisa and Martin are arguing about everything, from the schooling for their son to what they will eat for supper. Then Martin books a christening without telling Louisa - is this the final straw? 8:20 Hebburn 8:45 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Death At Victoria Dock After a brutal murder at the docks, Phryne finds herself in the middle of the anarchists’ movement, a bank robbery and a steamy love affair in her search for the murderer. 9:45 Midsomer Murders: Dead In The Water - The Midsomer Regatta is halted by the discovery of the body of the chairman of the Midsomer Rowing Club floating at the finishing line 11:20 Silent Witness: Run Part 2 12:15 Waking The Dead: Double Bind Part 2 1:10 Rage Guest Programmer 5:00 Rage

6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Danoz 11:00 F Troop 11:30 Gilligan’s Island 12:00 Imparja’s Horse Racing 4:30 The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 5:00 South Aussie With Cosi 5:30 4WD TV 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 Austalia’s Funniest Home Videos 7:30 TBA 9:30 TBA 11:30 Movie: “The Man” (M) - Agent Vann always gets his man. But he gets a little something extra when the arms dealer he’s been tracking mistakes a dental supply salesman, Andy Fiddler for their buyer. Now, in order to grab the gunrunners, Vann “recruits” the talkative toothologist to keep playing the part. But can Vann get Fiddler to walk the Walk? 1:10 Movie: “Strange Invaders” (PG) - When aliens take over a mid-west town, a professor and a journalist must race against time to rescue his family from their clutches. 4:00 Danoz Direct 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Dr Oz 11:00 Minute To Win It 12:00 Ultimate Spiderman 12:30 That ‘70s Show 1:00 Movie: “Rebound” (G) 3:00 Movie: “Beethoven’s Big Break” (G) 5:00 Creek To Coast 5:30 Queensland Weekender 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 8:30 TBA 11:20 Celebrity Juice - Keith Lemon hosts this hilarious panel show, where guests are quizzed on their knowledge of their peers. Tonight, Anthony Cotton, Zoe Ball, Rufus Hound and Kimberley Wyatt join team leaders Holly and Fearne. 12:05 Movie: “Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger” (M) Esther’s quest to fit in begins when she escapes her Bat Mitzvah and meets the unconventional Sunni and her mother, Mary. 2:10 House Calls To The Rescue - Jo Griggs and the team help transform an ugly hot space into a dream courtyard, and discover Don Bradman’s plate in the process. 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Beyond Tomorrow

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 The Infernal Comedy 2:45 The Chopin Etudes 2:50 In Their Own Words: British Novelists 3:55 Black Cab Sessions USA 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 7: Calama to Salta 6:00 My Family Feast: Congolese 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Arctic with Bruce Parry: Greenland 8:30 Hunted: Snow Maiden 9:35 Real Humans: Blind Love - In a parallel present day, robots have become so human it is barely possible to distinguish them from real people. In this episode, Tobias witnesses an assault and decides to take the law into his own hands. After some bad news, Roger loses his cool at work, but at the same time he is enjoying his new home life with Bea. 10:45 Movie: “The Orphanage” (MA h) In Spanish. Laura and husband Carlos return to her childhood orphanage, hoping to turn it into a home for disabled children. But the place unsettles their young son, Simón, who develops mysterious imaginary friends and starts drawing pictures of a scarecrow-headed figure from Laura’s own memories 12:40 Inside Nature’s Giants: The Giraffe 1:40 Dave in the Life: Homeless 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Rage (MA) 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Weekend Breakfast 11:30 Songs Of Praise: Senior School Choir of the Year 2011 12:00 Best Of Landline 1:00 Travel Oz 1:30 Boxing For Palm Island 2:00 Rainforest: The Secret Of Life 3:00 Great Directors 4:25 TBA 5:00 Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill 5:50 Miniscule 6:00 Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey 6:45 Gardening Australia Summer 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Restoration Home: Sandford House 8:30 Upstairs Downstairs: The Love That Pays The Price 9:30 Rev - Adam engages in a battle for his church with a charming evangelical priest, but Alex is more concerned about matters in the bedroom. 10:05 All In The Best Possible Taste With Grayson Perry: Working Class Taste 10:50 Francis Bacon 11:45 Movie: “The Swimmer” (PG) 1:20 Movie: “I Am A Camera” (PG) - A young author befriends a lively English girl. They indulge in the freedom offered by Berlin, but as support for Nazi fascism rises, the city as they know it begins to vanish. 2:55 Rage 4:00 The New Inventors

6:00 Stitch 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 Parenthood 11:00 Parenthood 12:00 Minute To Win It 1:00 Movie: “the Sandlot: Heading Home” (PG) 3:00 Special: The Air Show 4:00 Better Homes And Gardens 5:30 Great South East 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 7:30 Border Patrol 8:00 Coastwatch 8:30 Bones: The Finder / The Pinocchio In The Planter - The remains of a maritime museum security guard are found in the Florida Everglades after an attempt to steal an obsolete 17th century nautical chart fragment used to find treasures. Booth seeks the help of a former Iraqi soldier to help find the killer. 10:30 Nazi Hunters - Erich Priebke - As one of the highest-ranking Gestapo officers in Rome during the war, Erich Priebke is responsible for one of Italy’s worst atrocities: the Ardeatine Cave massacres. 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Special: Ships In Coral 1:00 Desperate Housewives 2:00 Home Shopping 3:00 NBC Today 4:00 NBC Meet The Press 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:30 World News 8:30 PopAsia 10:30 Football Asia 11:00 FIFA Futbol Mundial 11:30 Speedweek 1:00 Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2013: Review 2:00 National Road Championships 2013 5:00 Cycling Central 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 8: Salta to San Miguel de Tucuman 6:00 Thalassa 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 The Vikings 8:30 Dirty Business: How Mining Made Australia 9:35 Food Inc - Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on America’s corporate controlled food industry, exposing the highly mechanised underbelly that has been hidden from consumers with the consent of the US government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The US food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers and the environment. 11:20 Movie: “Zelary” (M a,s,v,l) In Czech. A nurse and her surgeonlover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife. 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2013 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 2012 Australian Open - Live coverage of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific, the Australian Open. The world’s top tennis players converge on Melbourne Park to vie for the prestigious title and a record prize pool of $30 million, one of the biggest in world sport. Players include Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, plus Aussie talent Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic. 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Garage Sale - The Formans have a garage sale and Hyde contributes his ‘special brownies’. Then Fez makes a pass at Jackie, infuriating Kelso and giving Jackie the best kiss she’s ever had. 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 The Real Seachange 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch and Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Movie: “Blue Gate Crossing” (PG) 2:30 Closing The Gap On Chronic Disease 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 PopAsia 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Review 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Blue Ice 8:30 Derren Brown: Apocalypse: Apocalypse Part Two 9:35 Mad Men: Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Don becomes increasingly miserable as he is forced to contemplate spending Christmas alone. Peggy is delighted when the agency hires Freddy Rumsen to do some freelance work, while Roger is forced to change the plans for the office Christmas party when a major client arrives - and demands to be entertained. 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 12:00 SOS: Kiss - Tom has never been kissed but when his best friend offers his girlfriend to practice with, his desire suddenly awakes. (From Australia) M; How I Met Your Father - Alex and Mikel hook up and head back to hers. Every couple has its story… MA 1:05 Cast Offs: Dan 1:55 Weatherwatch Overnight

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2012 Australian Open 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight - The latest news and current social issues presented by a team of reporters. 7:00 2013 Australian Open - Night 2 - Live coverage of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific, the Australian Open. 11:30 That ‘70s Show: Red’s Last Day - Red gets drunk in a bar with some of his co-workers on his last day of work, and a concerned Kitty sends Eric and his friends to bring Red home. Kelso is ecstatic when his uncle gives him a beat up van, but his life gets complicated when he finds himself involved with Jackie and Laurie at the same time. 12:00 Auction Squad - Robyn has devoted a lifetime to raising her son, and now her brick house desperately needs updating so she can afford to move closer to him. 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 Weatherwatch & Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Les Miserables 2:45 Self Defence 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 9: San Miguel de Tucumán to Córdoba 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: Kate Cebrano 8:35 Extreme ER: The Bronx 9:30 Coppers: I Love Nicking People 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 Movie: “The Maid” (M a,n,s,l) In Spanish. Raquel is a loyal maid who has served a family for 20 years. But despite raising her employer’s four children, she remains emotionally distant from the family. When she falls ill, Raquel must confront her hard-hearted loneliness. 12:45 Mad Men: Wee Small Hours - An executive for Sterling Cooper’s largest client forces the agency to fire Sal who, unbeknownst to anyone at the firm, refused his sexual advances. Betty finds herself drawn to Henry Francis, while Don and Suzanne, Sally’s former teacher, begin an affair. 1:40 Mad Men: The Colour Blue 2:35 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Weekend Today 9:00 Surfsport 10:00 Australian Fishing Championships 10:30 Discover Downunder Summer Series 11:00 The Wildlife Man Featuring David Ireland 12:00 Jack Newton Celebrity Classic 1:00 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 5:00 National News Sunday 5:30 One Day Series - Australia vs Sri Lanka 9:00 The Middle: Brick gets Mike to teach him football terminology so he can be conversant by Super Bowl Sunday, which irks Axl, who loves being Mike’s football buddy. 9:30 Customs 10:00 Movie: “Rush Hour 3” (M) Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker team up again and this time head to Paris to protect a French woman who has information about an assassination plot. Along the way, Chan holds secret meetings with the United Nations and discovers a personal connection with a member of the underworld. 12:00 Nikita 1:00 Spyforce 2:05 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 2:35 Danoz Direct 3:30 Your 4x4 4:00 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today 6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 4:30 Art Nation 5:00 Gardening Australia 5:30 Catalyst 6:00 ABC 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Best Of Landline 12:00 Danoz 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 TBA 4:30 National Midday Report 12:30 Restoration Home 1:30 Meerkat Manor 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Afternoon News 5:00 Antiques Roadshow 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News Kitchen 6:00 TBA 6:50 Minuscule 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 ABC News 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 7:30 7.30 7:30 RBT 8:00 QI: Beavers 8:30 The Mentalist: Jolly Red Elf - A Santa is murdered, and the 8:30 Country House Rescue: Trereife House team investigates a Santa society, while Jane goes undercover 9:15 Dream Build: Drew House in an A.A. group. 9:30 Coniston 9:30 CSI: Miami: Reality Kills - The CSIs investigate the murder of 10:20 ABC News a reality star. The probe centers on the cast’s hidden pasts and 10:40 Bomb Squad the victim’s obsessed fans. 11:35 TBA 10:30 CSI: Miami: On The Hook 12:35 Movie: “Night Of The Living Dead” (M) - A group of strangers 11:30 Nikita are held up in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse battling constant attacks from dead locals who have been brought back to 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Extra life by mysterious radiation. 2:00 Danoz 2:10 The Return Of The Exorcists 3:00 4WD TV 3:10 Rage 3:30 Good Morning America 4:00 Movie: “Star Of Midnight” (PG) 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Eggheads 5:30 Today

6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Country House Rescue 1:30 Theatreland 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 4:55 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: The Experiments 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Biscuits 8:30 New Tricks 9:30 Next Stop Hollywood 10:00 Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Tasty 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 TBA 11:40 Movie: “The Beguiled” (M a,v) - John McBurney, a wounded civil war soldier, wakes up in a seminary filled with beautiful women. But the paradise quickly turns dangerous, as John’s lust backfires on him. 1:20 The Armstrong And Miller Show 2:00 Basketball: WNBL 4:00 Movie: “Full Confession” (PG) 5:10 Big Ideas Sampler 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 TBA 4:00 TBA 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Capacitance 7:30 Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year 8:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Cushion Saturation 9:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Terminator Decoupling 9:30 2 Broke Girls: And The Really Petty Cash 10:00 Two And A Half Men: Grandma’s Pie - Walden tells Zoey his new business partner is his ex-wife, Bridget; Alan and Lyndsey struggle to get used to their mothers’ relationship. 10:30 Survivor: Phillipines 11:30 Weeds: A Shoe For A Shoe 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 4WD TV 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today











6:00 ABC News Breakfast 10:00 Planet Science 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 Can We Help? 2:00 Waterloo Road 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 Eggheads 5:30 Poh’s Kitchen 6:00 The People’s Supermarket 6:45 Dream Build 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 QI: Bees 8:30 Queen: Days of Our Lives 10:30 ABC News: Late Edition 10:40 Spooks 11:40 Blue Murder: Inside - Unbeknown to Janine and the rest of the team, Richard is sent into a prison to investigate the murder of a prisoner. If Richard’s cover is blown, he could be a dead man walking. 12:30 Durham County 1:20 Stress Buster: Express Link 1:45 Big Ideas Sampler 2:00 Football: W-League 4:00 Catalyst Bytes: Co-Sleeping With Baby 4:15 Movie: “Return Of The Scarlet Pimpernel” (G) 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 10:30 The New Adventures Of Old Chris- 6:00 Sunrise 9:00 Seven Morning News 9:30 2013 Australian Open tine 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 6:00 Seven News 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 Extra 3:30 TBA 4:00 6:30 Today Tonight TBA 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 7:00 2013 Australian Open 6:30 A Current Affair 11:30 That ‘70s Show: The Velvet Rope - Eric, Donna, Hyde and 7:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Work Song Nanocluster Fez go to a club in Chicago, and Eric finds himself alone and 7:30 The Big Bang Theory: The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition - Penny develops a rivalry when a sexy female neighbour moves into on the wrong side of the velvet rope while all his friends are the building and threatens to become the ‘new Penny’. inside having a great time. Also, inspired by a photo of a 8:00 The Big Bang Theory: The Hofstadter Isotope glammed-up Bowie, Kelso lets Jackie put make up on him and 8:30 Movie: “Entrapment” (M) - When a priceless Rembrandt dresses him in one of her mother’s dresses. is stolen in New York, the evidence points to Mac, a solitary master thief. His world is soon turned upside-down when he 12:00 Auction Squad - Watch the sparks fly in Fitzroy as a run down meets insurance investigator Gin. And so, the stage is set for house and garden get a one-day make over. the largest heist and the biggest police sting in history. 1:00 Home Shopping 10:50 TBA 3:30 The Real Seachange - Things heat up in Canada at the grand 11:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter opening of the Boardwalk Restaurant. Will Ian and Catherine’s 12:00 Take The Money And Run first day be a success? 1:00 Extra 4:00 NBC Today 1:30 Danoz Direct 3:00 4WD TV 5:00 Sunrise Extra 3:30 Good Morning America 5:30 Seven Early News 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

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5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia 1:30 William Shatner’s Weird or What? 2:30 Parent Rescue: What About Me? 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Arequipa to Arica 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 How to Cook Like Heston: Eggs 8:00 Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita 8:30 Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure 9:35 One Born Every Minute 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 More Sex Please, We’re British - A look behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most successful online sex toy businesses. Lovehoney is a thriving operation that brings sexual pleasure to the women and men of Britain through the click of a button. Founded in 2002, Lovehoney has seen its sales increase each year to a current total of £16 million 12:00 Movie: “Lemming” (M v,a) In French. - A dark, intriguing and suspenseful thriller where a perfect couple’s life is plagued by murder and suicide after the discovery of a mysterious rodent in their kitchen sink. 2:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

5:00 Weatherwatch And Music 5:05 World News 1:00 Planet Egypt: Birth of An Empire 2:00 Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Dakar Rally 2013 Highlights: Stage 10: Córdoba to La Rioja 6:00 Italian Food Safari 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Secrets of Our Living Planet: The Secret of the Savannah 8:30 Venice 24/7 9:35 Welcome to India 10:40 World News Australia 11:15 Movie: “Wild Grass” In French. The lives of Marguerite, a striking single middle-aged dentist, and happily married older man Georges become inextricably intertwined after he finds her stolen wallet. An examination of her photo identity sparks an obsessive curiosity and determination to meet her. 1:10 Movie: “First Light” (M l,a) In English. Thrown into the crucible of the most violent air war ever seen, a young man is determined to fight for survival. At the age of nineteen, Geoffrey ‘Boy’ Wellum was the youngest Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is the dramatic story of the teenager who went to war against the Nazis and with the fear that threatened to engulf him. 2:40 Weatherwatch Overnight


SUDOKU No. 130

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CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You don’t normally like people telling you what to do. However, when there’s work to be done, you have to buckle down. Concentrate on the goal, not the means. Romance. A slight disruption to your plans this week could cause you to lose heart for a while. This may simply be fate leading you down a better path.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may be getting a little frustrated with your work this week. Don’t let your mind wander too far, however - it will be a while before you have a chance to get away. Concentrate! Romance. This promises to be an exciting week. Make the most of a chance encounter which will not come again in the near future.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)


A meeting with friends will help to get your mind off your work. You will be intrigued by something that one of your friends has to say. Try to apply this thought to your own life. Romance. You will be glad that your partner is such a forgiving person. Now you must learn to excuse yourself as well.

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) You will be surprised how easily you can motivate other people. Don’t be so concerned that you forget about your own needs, however. Find someone who can motivate you as well. Romance. Your partner may be hiding something from you. Remain optimistic and you will be pleasantly surprised.

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may be tempted to boss people around a little. You are frustrated by the lack of progress. While you may be the trailblazer at the moment, be sure that you’re leading in the right direction. Romance. A comment from a stranger could lead somewhere interesting if you are ready to take the next step.

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Worries about your appearance may have much less basis in reality than you think. Don’t allow yourself to be put off by someone who is jealous. Remain true to yourself. Romance. A slight misunderstanding could have serious consequences if you are not careful. Don’t forget that words often have more than one meaning.


CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) A change to your daily routine may help to reduce the amount of stress. You will manage to adapt, but it may be a while before you are completely settled. Embrace this time! Romance. A chance meeting could bring a person back into your life after a long period apart. Reflect on how much you’ve changed since then.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd) A slightly unkind comment about your appearance may get you down for a while. Remember your self-worth. Romance. Time spent keeping connected with your partner will be well spent. A forgotten, but found letter they wrote long ago will leave you reminiscing about your past together.

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VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Don’t be put off by a letter which seems to be more important than it really is. Read it carefully before you make any rash decisions. Put it aside and come back to it when you’re calm. Romance. You will need to focus very clearly on your emotional needs today. Opening up to a stranger may bring great outcomes.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) A friend who has recently written to you will be disappointed if they don’t receive a reply soon. Jot down your thoughts! Romance. It will be hard to understand a recent decision by your partner. They may have reasons that you are not aware of, however. You’ll need to pry this information from them.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

– Albert Camus


You will finally get some good results from a project which you started a couple of weeks ago. Your friends will be impressed by what you have achieved. Romance. Don’t wait for your partner to make all the decisions. You must take the initiative. Allow them to follow your lead for a change!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) You will be glad to get a boost to your confidence, just when you need it most. Take this delightful feeling and run with it! Romance. A dream which you had recently may soon become a reality. How your partner fits into this new reality may be hard to define. Don’t be quick to put the pieces together.

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o Cyclone 2013: The year ahead January. It rains, and Thursday Island is still in touch with the rest of the world. Townsfolk move to Bamaga to get some peace and quiet during the wet. February. It rains some more, and Mr Alan Ninyo, Horn Island, is arrested for causing wilful damage to property. The rain gets heavier.

A westerly view of the Great Barrier Reef margin offshore Cairns, showing submarine canyons and landslide scarps. Inset shows the approx. 1 cubic km perched block in 340 to 470 metres water depth. Image: Dr Robin Beaman, James Cook University. Source: News Limited.

Reef collapse could cause tsunami A HUGE slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers have warned, AFP reports. Marine geologists from Australia’s James Cook University have been using advanced 3D mapping techniques on the deepest parts of the reef - below diving depth - since 2007 and have discovered dozens of sub-marine canyons. On a recent trip, they came across the one cubic kilometre slab of sea floor, the remains of an ancient underwater landslide, which is perched on the

continental shelf. “Undersea landslides are a well understood geological process but we didn’t know there were any on the Barrier Reef,” geologist Robin Beaman (right) told AFP. “We found this one large block that stood out. It is sitting on top of a sub-marine canyon, cutting into the slopes and it is in the preliminary stage of collapse.” He stressed that no one knew when a collapse may occur, “whether tomorrow or even in our lifetime”, but that people should be aware that it was there.

“It is slowly giving way although it remains stable under current conditions,” he said. “But it is absolutely going to collapse and when it does fall it will fall one kilometre into the adjacent basin.” “This will generate a localised tsunami that will affect the Queensland coastline, which is around 70 kilometres (40 miles) away.” “We’re not trying to alarm people, but we need to know it is there and what could happen when it falls,” he added. The geologists who made the discovery, which was published

in the journal Natural Hazards, were travelling on the Southern Surveyor, an Australian maritime research vessel. This is the same ship on which scientist Maria Seton late last year discovered that a South Pacific landmass identified on Google Earth and world maps as Sandy Island does not exist.

Earth-like alien planet discovery this year: Prediction

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THE first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe, reports. While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world - such as size or inferred surface temperature - they have yet to bag a bona fide “alien Earth.” But that should change in 2013, scientists say. “I’m very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year,” said Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

Average age of Australian mums still on the rise THE average age of first-time mothers continues to rise, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Australia’s mothers and babies 2010, shows that in 2010, the average age of women having their first baby was 28 years, up slightly from 27.9 the previous year, and 27.5 in 2001. “Of all first time mothers in 2010, about 14 per cent were aged 35 or older, compared with 11 per cent in 2001,” said Professor Elizabeth Sullivan from the AIHW’s National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit. The average age of all mothers in 2010 was 30.0 years, compared with 29.2 in 2001. This was

higher in women who gave birth in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (30.7 and 30.9 years respectively) and lower in the Northern Territory (27.9). “The proportion of older mothers, aged 35 and over, has continued to increase from 17.5 per cent in 2001 to 23 per cent in 2010, while mothers aged 40 and over made up about four per cent of women giving birth in 2010,” Professor Sullivan said. There were 562 women aged 45 and over who gave birth in 2010, accounting for 0.2 per cent of women who gave birth. In 2010, 294,814 women gave birth to 299,563 babies, which was a 0.1 per cent increase on 2009. The number of births has been increas-

ing since 2001, when the lowest number of births during the past decade was reported (254,326). “Of the women who gave birth in 2010, about 42 per cent were having their first baby,’ Professor Sullivan said. In the four jurisdictions for which data on assisted reproductive technology (ART) were available, ART was used by about 4% of women who gave birth. Onset of labour was spontaneous for 56 per cent of women giving birth. Most women (68 per cent) had a vaginal birth and, of these, 82 per cent did not involve the use of instruments. “Overall, 31.6er cent of women gave birth by caesarean section in 2010. This has not changed from 2009,” Professor Sullivan said.

March. A spokesman for the Queensland government denies our members of parliament have been kidnapped by aliens. They have gone so quiet because they are frightened of the Oberführer Newman. They are expected to start talking again before the next election. April. Canberra pollies decide to show their faces on Cape York and the Torres Strait and ‘relate to the people’. Julia Gillard gives an interesting lecture on constitutional law to third graders in New Mapoon, and Tony Abbott dresses up in clay and feathers to learn traditional dancing. He fails miserably because the other dancers will not do what he tells them. May. The tourist season opens with convoys of grey nomads closing the Peninsula Highway in protest to the tip of Cape York. They want free camping in the townships, Cairns prices in all the shops, and a daily living allowance to spend while they visit Cape York. June. A colony of hippies is rescued from the Tip. They have been lost since the eclipse and surviving on Centrelink and home-grown herbal tobacco. They are given shelter on Badu which they find ‘cool’, and think they will stick around until the next eclipse. July. The Queensland government announces an exciting two-track approach to development in the State. Unfortunately Cape York is on the slow train, and not expected to leave the station until sometime after the next election. August. The operators of the new Austrian Farms project are arrested when their 300 ha crop of ‘oregano’ is found to be another medicinal plant. They protest that growing marijuana is the only way honest farmers can make a decent living nowadays. September. The State government starts a new Office for Torres Strait Economic Development and Employment. It will employ 540 new bureaucrats and be located in Coen, because they need the jobs down there. October. TSIRC announces another study into the wind farm at Dauan. It is possible it has not been built yet, but no-one is quite sure. The consulting engineers will visit the site and try to locate any wind turbines. November. The annual migration south of bureaucrats, teachers and construction staff is completed early, before the rains start. Torres Strait/ Cape York residents will have to make do without them, until the roads dry out in April next year. December. UNESCO fly in an international World Heritage Defence Force consisting of four divisions of South American infantry. They are tasked with defending the borders of the Torres Strait heritage area, and confining any economic activity to the Bamaga industrial estate. Torres News

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Happy together after 60 years By ALF WILSON

ABOVE: Norman and Mabel Ross proudly display their renewal of vows certificate. BELOW:From left at the 60th wedding anniversary and renewal of vows: Anemah Ghee, Annie Day, Rebecca Kaddy and Lizzy Ghee, of Mer descent.

SCORES of people of Torres Strait descent attended the 60th wedding anniversary and renewal of vows of Norman and Mabel Ross in Townsville. The Torres News was invited to the touching ceremony at the German Club in Townsville on December 15. More than 100 guests watched as Norman and Mabel renewed their vows under an arch on the green lawns behind the venue before celebrant and respected elder Ernie Hoolihan. “This is a very rare and special occasion for an Indigenous couple to be married for 60 years,” he said. Norman is aged 83 and is a

Bindal traditional owner while Mabel is 80 years old. Their extended family included many men, woman and children of Torres Strait Island descent. Anemah Ghee, Annie Day, Rebecca Kaddy and Lizzy Ghee, of Mer descent, all enjoyed the ceremony. “This is a beautiful thing and we are very happy to be here,” Anemah said. Norman met Mabel during 1948 in Townville when she was visiting relatives for Christmas. She returned to Mt Isa however Norman kept in touch with Mabel until she returned in December, 1949. When Mabel returned to Mt Isa once again Norman decided to go out west where he worked on a couple of stations doing stock work. Norman moved back to Townsville and worked at the Cement Company for six months then went back out west and worked with Mabel’s brothers on stations.

In 1952 they decided to get married and Mabel was working at different hotels in Cloncurry and Mt Isa in the dining and coffee rooms. Their first child was born in Mt Isa during 1954 and they moved back to Townsville where they had five more children. To d a y t h e y h a v e 11 grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren and many were there on the night. When asked me the reason behind their long and happy marriage, Norman was swift to answer. “It is because I have always done what I was told by Mabel,” he said. After they renewed their vows everybody went inside and enjoyed a top night. Norman said it was a wonderful occasion having so many of their family and friends there and summed his feelings up in two words. “Absolutely great.”

Marathon Project is on the look-out for next crop of runners IT’S that time of year again! Rob de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon Project is on the lookout for the next crop of marathon runners to tackle the 2013 New York Marathon. Are you, or do you know, an outstanding young Indigenous male or female aged between 18 and 30 who has the natural running ability and strong sense of determination to take on the training required to run a marathon?

Are you committed to changing Indigenous Australia and promoting the importance of health and wellbeing in remote communities? No formal running experience is required, just the right attitude and a commitment to achieving your personal best. The Indigenous Marathon Project started in 2010 when De Castella took four young men from remote Australia to New York for the world famous marathon. The Project has

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since expanded with seven men and four women tackling the gruelling 42.195km race in 2011, and a team of six men and two women currently preparing for the Tokyo Marathon, after Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the 2012 New York Marathon. De Castella said that while the main aim of the Project was to get

the athletes across the finish line of the New York Marathon, running a marathon would show the athletes that they can achieve anything that they put their minds to. “To see the looks of complete joy and selfbelief on the faces of our athletes when they achieve what they once thought impossible is amazing, and for them to realize that

they can in fact achieve anything they put their minds to is what the Project is all about,” he said. “Being part of IMP and running a marathon will open many doors and present many opportunities that will change the lives of not only the athletes themselves, but of their families, friends and communities back home, and everyone here

at IMP is excited to find and meet our next group of runners.” The 2013 team will follow in the footsteps of IMP members before them and remain in their communities while training for the marathon, and will undertake a Certificate IV in health and leisure, that will help with employment opportunities in their chosen fields.

If you think you, or someone you know, has what it takes to run, sweat and inspire and be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity, visit the IMP website and fill out an application form. To apply to be a part of IMP in 2013, visit the IMP website at au. For more information, contact Laura Oldfield (02 6260 570 or 0438 523 543.

Torres Strait boys ready to tackle Australian Rules >> From Page 19. Whilst AFL football is an important part of their lives now, they still have other directions. Leo loves his music. He was interviewed inside a recording studio at his school. He also has an interest in architecture. Nathaniel would love to join the navy and become an indigenous role model to other kids who follow his path.

Josh would love to be a rugby league star, but would take AFL success in a blink of an eye. He should, too. He and Nathaniel have “star” written all over them. Interviewing them in a gymnasium was daunting enough. All of these boys have shared a similar path through Aussie Rules. From the paradise of their youth, to the glare of lights at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on

match evening, they have already travelled further in their quest for success than most players their own age. When asked if they would love to make the “big time” they were all positive. Nathaniel admits it would be a great experience. Leo is happy just to enjoy every experience life places in front of him. Josh is keen to succeed, but

wise enough to want to finish his education to set up alternative careers. And does Henry want to experience the highest level of AFL football? “Hell, yeah!” he says, emphatically. What a journey that would be. From the golden sands of paradise to the MCG … the pinnacle of AFL success. Again, “Hell, yeah!” From



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Seeking success: Leo Akiba, Henry Mareko, Josh Kyle and Nathaniel Tamwoy.



Torres Strait boys ready to tackle Aust. Rules By WESLEY HULL WHITE driftwood sits on the golden sand of Lilly Beach on Badu Island in the Torres Strait. Coconut palms sway gently in whatever breezes the day brings. The water changes from blue to green to shades of grey, depending on the moods of the day. Turtles and dugongs cruise languidly by beneath the surface and various sea birds chatter and squawk about whatever they wish. Surely this description of paradise has nothing to do with Australian football. Does it? This picture of paradise changes once you add a few young boys and girls, who run with excited freedom along the beach. They gallop, screaming and laughing with joy, as they play a game of rugby league, touch football or Aussie rules. The delightful sounds of youth combined with the majesty of their surroundings. Idyllic. It is here in the Torres Strait that Henry and Nathaniel grew up, born on neighbouring Thursday Island and living their youngest days on Badu. This was light years away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, and equally as far away from the MCG, the symbolic home of AFL football. Their memories of those early times even read like a manual for how to grow up in paradise. There was camping, fishing for turtle and dugong, visiting family on other islands, playing rugby games on the beach, Christmas time with friends and family and just generally hanging out with friends. But still no mention of AFL football. This changed for Henry and Nathaniel in 2006 when Dave Maddock-Jones entered their lives and bought Australian football to their school. This locally renowned teacher bought his passion and a bag of footballs to kids in Badu and throughout Torres Strait and the Cape York Peninsula. The boys were hooked. Suddenly rugby league wasn’t the only sport in their lives. Leo is from Saibai Island, and Josh is from Cairns. They, too, discovered this brand of football when introduced to the game through school football. Leo when he arrived at high school and Josh in late primary school. As with the other boys, the demands of education, economics, opportunity and welfare led their families to decisions which involved leaving their traditional homes and heading for the “big smoke”. In some cases, most of the family came. In others it was the boys alone who had to tear themselves away from their traditional and spiritual homes and start a new life in Cairns. All of the boys agree it was tough. Very tough.

Homesickness, and the detachment from their families, were common themes amongst these young men. They all admit that the first few months were the worst until they made friends and support networks that they still have to this day. A major part of those networks are the football clubs. The bonds and friendships grown out of shared experience can often be the strongest. This is true, in part, for these boys who have played school footy together throughout their high school years. They have played for their school together at Djarragun College. They have played for their local club, Pyramid Power, with each of them in the same Under 16 team this year. And they have played together in a variety of indigenous and regional representative teams throughout the Torres Strait islands and Cape York Peninsula communities. As these young men become adults, with the responsibilities that go with that role, it is interesting to ask about their dreams and goals. << Continued Page 18.

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Torres Strait’s Jesse Williams is being sought after by major NFL clubs in America after a standout season with University of Alabama Crimson Tide as a defensive nose tackle.

Steelers lead NFL clubs in chase for Jesse Williams AMERICAN football (gridiron) powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers have pencilled in Torres Strait Islander Jesse Williams as its priority National Football League (NFL) draft picks. reports the Steelers have ear-marked the defensive nose-tackle from the University of Alabama with the 14th overall pick in the draft, making Williams one of the leading players in the US college system. His selection at 14th place would plave him ahead of his prospective ranking of 17th overall in the draft. The Indianapolis Colts have him pencilled in at pick 24. Other teams reported to be

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interested in Williams include the St Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans at pick 29. The highly respected rates Jesse as the number two out of 200 defensive tackles. The 6ft 4in, 320 pound Williams, 23, is heavily tattooed and sports an almost shaven head. Another draft website predicts Williams will go to the Colts who need a legitimate nose tackle. The NFL draft will be held from April 25-27. Jesse’s descendants are from the Wuthathi Tribe and Seven Rivers people in FNQ and Moa and Thursday Islands UA Crimson Tide are the second-

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ranked side in the USA, with an 11-1 win/loss record, and play the number one side, Notre Dame (12-0) on Monday, January 7. Williams has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference for the 2012 college football season in his fir4st season

as a defensive nose tackle. Williams’s last outing rated nation-wide attention, under headlines such as: “How tough is Jesse Williams?” reports on Williams: “Alabama’s senior nose guard injured his knee in the third quarter of the SEC Championship Game, but he was back on the field in the fourth quarter and helped the Crimson Tide defeat Georgia 32-28. “You saw the toughness in the SEC Championship,” said senior defensive end Damion Square, who lines up next to Williams. “It’s a pride thing. You want to go out there and work with your team. You want to have a little

control over what is going on on the field. I think it’s toughness. “I work with these guys through all of this in a tight spot, and I want to have a little bit of control of the outcome. And I appreciate Jesse for that, wanting to be there for his team. “He probably had only had 10 per cent, but he was willing to give that 10 per cent, which speaks highly of that guy.” In the fourth quarter of that game, Williams was the lead blocker on a one-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy and later combined with Brandon Ivory to make a big tackle on a third-and-one play, forcing the Bulldogs to punt.

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