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Dauan residents left without ferry

The pontoon area cordoned off by the local council. Dauan-Saibai ferry operations are currently suspended. The jetty and damaged pontoon at Dauan Island, 16.5km from Saibai. By MARK ROY RESIDENTS on Dauan Island have been left high and dry, with no ferry run to the island since March, and a pontoon that is badly damaged after a cyclone in January. The island ferry, which until recently carried passengers, freight and mail to Saibai Island and its airstrip on a day-to-day basis, can no longer dock at the jetty. The pontoon was damaged in a series of storm surges late last year, and then again when ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald struck on January 22, 2013. Speaking to the Torres News last week, Dauan resident Margaret Mau said islanders in the community are being left in the lurch. “If you don’t own a dinghy or an outboard motor, or you are a widow like I am, you are pretty much stranded,” Mrs Mau said. “This is a disadvantage for us. The ferry is a form of communication. “One of the prime purposes for the ferry is mail collection. “I am waiting for certified mail, but even

certified mail and express mail is like snail mail. “We have not seen the Torres News now for more than three weeks.” Mrs Mau is the island councillor who author-

ised the purchase of the ferry almost a decade ago. The ferry, operated by local workers and coxswains, used to run on a daily basis, she said.

“The only time it didn’t run daily was when there were no passengers, which meant it would run maybe every second or third day,” Mrs Mau said.

“People rely on the ferry to get to the airstrip at Saibai. “It is used by the health service, by passengers, and for freight in-and-out,” she said.

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The sunken walkway. The pontoon has been broken “for a while now”, she said. “The ferry was still operating, but the council closed off the pontoon area about a month ago,

and stopped the ferry from running,” she said. “It has now got to the stage where people are starting to complain.” Continued Page 3 >>

Horn Island student Tiger Nona studies the names of Torres Strait Infantry soldiers at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Tiger joined three fellow students and a teacher on a trip to the Australian capital this Easter, sponsored by the Queensland Blue Light Association. See the full story and more photos on page 12. On Thursday Island, the Torres Shire Council has organised ANZAC Day services, which begin at 5.30am Thursday, April 25 at Greet Hill Fort. Allow yourself plenty of time to climb the hill, as you may have to park some distance away. Better still, leave your car at home and leave room for emergency services vehicles and elders. After the Dawn Service, there will be a Remembrance Street March from the Post Office to ANZAC Park, starting at 9am, followed by a Memorial Service. The Parish Hall Restoration Project will be fundraising with tea, coffee and egg and bacon rolls at ANZAC Park following the dawn service. Rolls are $5, with tea or coffee available for $2.


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Sly grog being sold ‘on daily basis’: Residents Calls for greater powers for Police By MARK ROY RESIDENTS of the outer islands of the Torres Strait are calling for stronger community police powers to tackle smuggled alcohol being sold at inflated prices. Recent reports to the Torres News allege profiteers are smuggling cask wine to outer island communities on pallets covered in black plastic, of the type used by builders. These reports claim a cask of wine can sell for between $150 and $200 on islands that do not have licensed outlets, while racketeers can sell a bottle of spirits for even more. While the Northern Peninsula Area has carriage restrictions in force for alcohol, the same does

not apply to the islands of the Torres Strait. Former councillor with the Torres Strait Island Council on Iama, Simeon Makie, said by remaining silent on the issue, locals were damaging their children and their communities. “Our children shouldn’t be caught up in this messed-up environment these people are creating,” Mr Makie said. An attitude of “what happens on the island stays on the island” prevailed in many communities, he said. “Staying quiet about this alarming issue does not help anyone, especially my people,” he said. “Even as we speak, 13-ounce OP rum from Papua New Guinea is being sold at Iama by treaty visitors for $50 a bottle. “This is happening on

a daily basis, going back and forth to Daru on their weekly visits. “Quarantine and Immigration are powerless to confiscate the goods, even though it is not deemed a cultural/traditional item, and it still falls through the cracks. “The only option is to empower our community police to have the same power and authority like the state police, then we should see a turnaround for the better.” Speaking from Masig (Yorke Island), Mabuiag traditional owner Percy Misi said it was a problem for the Queensland Government, as local authorities had no power. “Community police powers are as weak as sour grape juice,” Mr Misi said. “Here at Masig there is selling of alcohol, including methylated spirits.

“Alcohol is even sold to Torres Strait treaty Papuan villages.” Earlier this month, Inspector Chris Hodgman of Queensland Police announced that a senior officer had been tasked to investigate the illegal trade. “The officer will be strategically placed to investigate when and where alcohol is coming in and who is co-ordinating sly grogging operations,” Insp. Hodgman told the Cairns Post. He said the officer would work with local authorities as part of the liquor accord to track the smuggled grog. Many of the traders were mainlanders who exploited residents’ lack of access to luxuries, he said. “They’re basically ripping off members of these communities,’’ Insp. Hodgman said.

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POLICE have seized a total of 140 litres of wine in Kowanyama, which they allege was being stored for sale in the local community. Alcohol restrictions apply in this area with a zero limit of alcohol permitted. Kowanyama Police searched a Kowanyama home at about 7pm Tuesday, April 16 and seized the cask wine. In Kowanyama one five-litre wine bladder can be sold for up to $200. A 42-year-old Kowanyama woman was issued with a Notice to Appear for the Cairns Magistrates Court on May 23.

Community fails to nominate TORRES Strait and Northern Peninsula Area community members have failed to come forward to join a new Consumer and Community Advisory Group for the local health service. Torres Strait-Northern Peninsula Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Chief Executive Simone Kolaric said she was disappointed at the lack of response to calls for community members to nominate to join the new group. Ms Kolaric said when nominations for the group closed on April 12, only one person had nominated. “Unfortunately, we are not able to establish the group with only one person,’’ she said. “We were hoping that we would be able to set up a group of up to nine members, whose role would be to advise the Health Minister, through the Director-General of

the Department of Health, on consumer and community engagement matters. “But as it is, with insufficient nominations, we are unable to set up the group at all. “This is extremely disappointing; given the huge amount of interest many people in the local community have shown in their health service. “The group also was to provide advice to the Far North Queensland Medicare Local Board on specific health issues in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area.’’ Ms Kolaric said the Torres Strait-NP HHS now was considering other options for continuing the consumer and community engagement process for the region. She said the Consumer and Community Advisory Group would be revisited later in the year, once further work had been finalised.


Dauan residents left without ferry << From Page 1 The Torres News understands the Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) submitted an application for approximately $25,000 funding for repairs to the Dauan Island jetty to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in 2012. Because the jetty sustained further damage in 2013, the council is required to send an updated application for funding, in line with National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

The Federal Government funds 75 per cent of recovery work, with the State contributing 25 per cent. The Federal Government sets the conditions about re-application for redamaged infrastructure, and the states and local councils must comply. Meanwhile, ripples of disadvantage caused by the long wait for the ferry are spreading out into the Dauan community like “a stone thrown into a pond,” Mrs Mau said. “They couldn’t do this to people in mainland Australia, or there would be an outcry,” she said.

“There are only a handful of people here on Dauan who will stand up and say something everyone else will just go with the flow. “The residents here are not exercising the rights that they have.” The Torres News understands many Queensland Health patients rely on the ferry to get to medical appointments on Thursday Island and the mainland. Two weeks ago, Member for Cook David Kempton and officials from the Department of Transport

and Main Roads visited the Torres Strait to inspect marine infrastructure in island communities. Speaking to the Torres News on Wednesday, April 17, Mr Kempton said the damage to the Dauan pontoon posed “no immediate risk”. “The pontoon is in no worse condition that when I personally inspected it last week,” Mr Kempton said. “One of the components has a hole in it and the walkway is damaged.” He said he had contacted the

Regional Development Association, the Department of Transport and Main Roads and TSIRC about the pontoon. “The repairs are going to be undertaken in the coming months,” Mr Kempton said. On Wednesday afternoon, April 17, the Torres News contacted TSIRC for an estimated time-frame for repairs. At the time of going to press on Thursday, April 18, no response had been received. We will publish information as soon as it comes to hand.

Community Cabinet to meet on Thursday Island T H U R S D AY I s l a n d will host the next State Government Community Cabinet on May 26 and 27. The two-day event is the eighth Community Cabinet held in regional Queensland, and Premier Campbell Newman said it would give Queenslanders living in the far north and Torres Strait region direct

access to government decision makers. “Local Member David Kempton is a great advocate for the Torres Strait and has lobbied hard to have a Community Cabinet held in his seat, and I’m pleased we are able to base ourselves on Thursday Island to keep working towards a

brighter future for Queensland,” Mr Newman said. “The far north is one of the most-dynamic parts of Queensland with huge potential, and, because of that, it has unique needs and attributes. “By taking Cabinet to different regions we get an ‘on the ground’ feeling for how things are

progressing and get to hear a cross section of views about how we can make a change for the better in this State. “There is already tremendous interest from local leaders in meeting with members of Cabinet, because they want to put the far north front and centre when it comes to

Crime spree hits Douglas St. THURSDAY Island Police are investigating a wave of senseless vandalism after a community group’s car was taken from outside their office on Douglas Street, and a nearby car damaged. A late model white sedan belonging to St John’s Community Care was found dumped at Green Hill in the early hours of Monday, April 15. Workers at Sea Swift assisted St John’s and police, bringing in a large forklift to drag the car back up the steep embankment and onto the road. St John’s Community Care provides aged care and disability support in the ABOVE: The vehicle belonging to St John’s Community Care was community, helping clients as well as found dumped precariously by the side of the road at Green Hill, providing support and respite for their Thursday Island on Monday, April 15. BELOW:The ute, vandalised and covered in paint, has “TT BOYZ” carers. Ellen Mosby, from St John’s Com- spraypainted on the fender. munity Care said the vehicle was taken some time between 10pm Sunday and 6.30am Monday morning from outside their office on Douglas Street. On the other side of Douglas Street vandals targeted a painting contractor’s work ute parked in front of the Primary Health Centre. The vehicle was left with flat tyres and covered in paint. It was tagged with “TT BOYZ”. According to local sources, this refers to “Tamwoy Town Boys”. Comments on the Torres News facebook page have suggested the anti-social behaviour stems from a lack of recreational facilities for youth on Thursday Island. Students returned to school after the Easter break on Monday, April 15.

creating new opportunities for the State.” All 19 members of the Cabinet will travel to Thursday Island for the meeting. Mr Kempton welcomed the announcement and predicted a range of topics would be raised during community deputations on Sunday 26 May. “The advancement of Indigenous communities, improved provision of services, support for small business and a range of social matters are key local issues,” Mr Kempton said. “Community Cabinet is a unique opportunity for local residents, organisations and businesses to raise subjects with relevant Ministers, and this is a great opportunity for locals to take their concerns directly to the decision makers. “I certainly encourage people to consider registering for a meeting.” Meetings on May 26 are by appointment only, and all members of the public are welcome to register their interest. Meeting request forms are available from:

Department of the Premier and Cabinet 1800 448 377 or 1800 448 378, or website www. David Kempton, Member for Cook Commonwealth Centre, Hastings Street, Thursday Island. 4069 1909; Mareeba office 4092 7608 or email cook@parliament.qld. Cairns Regional Council - Spence Street, Cairns. 4044 3044 or

email council@cairns. Northern Peninsula Area Shire Council - 180 Adidi Street, Bamaga. 4090 4100 or email info@ Torres Shire Council - 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island. 4069 1336 or email admin@ Torres Strait Island Regional Council - 46 Victoria Parade, Thursday Island. 4048 6200 or email


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Elders at risk: Still no upgrade to aged care home THE safety of elders at the Star of the Sea aged care home is still under threat,18 months after Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch raised the alarm over infrastructure problems with the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). During his visit in August, 2011, Mr Entsch said the cost to patch up the facility to a minimum standard was estimated at $2.1 million. Now, 20 months later, after the passage of time and inertia has taken its toll, that figure had risen to $3 million, he said. In that time, Blue Care have taken over operation of the aged care centre, formerly run by the Community Congress Development and Education Unit. But the level of commitment and cultural support from the 49 indigenous staff remains unwavering, he says. The Torres News accompanied Mr Entsch on a visit to the facility on Wednesday, April 10. “The facility has deteriorated even more since 2011, and it will cost that much just to bring it up to a standard that makes it secure for both staff and clients,” Mr Entsch said. “The fire panel is broken and malfunctioning, which means staff who are already stretched to the limit have to do additional monitoring, which ABOVE Warren Entsch examines empty, ‘condemned’ staff means extra rounds. accommodation at the Star of the Sea in August, 2011. “There is no security, and people come wandering through the grounds while intoxicated. BELOW: Mr Entsch visiting again in April 2013. “None of “Single, female staff are having to deal with these instances, and the these problems have been fixed,” he says. consequences can be very serious. “If not for the vigilance of the staff, intruders could get in and get the family jewels, and get out. “We have out-of-date pool fences as security that are corroded and totally stuffed. If you lean on them they will probably collapse.” Mr Entsch pointed to an area where the bottom of the fence fell a long way short of the ground. “This is totally inappropriate for a facility that houses dementia patients,” he said. “We also have stray dogs coming onto the grounds - what would happen if they attacked one of the patients?” He said while Star of the Sea staff were providing excellent care, they were forced to do so in very trying conditions. “For instance, the laundry has no air-con and gets incredibly hot. There is not enough accommodation for staff - how long before we burn them out? “The operators have enough trouble recruiting and retaining staff already. “There are only seven units of accommodation, so we need to look at this as the first stage of the refurbishment. “If the facility had a proper storeroom, that would mean one more room for accommodation that is currently taken up with storage.” Despite that, the gardens have never looked better, the cleanliness is exemplary, and the clients are happy, he said. In March last year, an Aged Care Standards and Accreditation review of the level of care at Star of the Sea found the operators met 44 out of 44 outcomes under the National Accreditation Standards network. Assessors commended staff and management on the immaculate An aged care client unit doubles as a makeshift storage grounds, cleanliness of services, and strong clinical care systems. room in August, 2011.

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Cray boats taking ‘too much, too close’ TORRES Strait Islander crayfisherman John Saub (pictured) says traditional owners will stop commercial boats and remove their catch if they continue to fish reefs close to traditional homelands. Mr Saub, who operates his vessel Seafari out of Badu, says if left unchecked, commercial vessels will “fish out” reefs, leaving nothing for future generations. “If authorities are going to act to protect turtle and dugong, they should protect rock lobster too,” Mr Saub said. “We can’t just think about today, we’ve got a generation to come, we’ve got grandchildren coming.” He said holders of Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) licences had traditionally worked the reefs around Mabuiag, Badu, Kubin, St Pauls, Saibai, Dauan and Boigu. “These are the reefs we use - if outsiders want to fish here they’ve got to go and see the Traditional Owners of the island,” he said. Boats had recently come in and worked the reefs near Mabuiag in shallow waters, he said. “People who come in with dories to the inner reefs will have their product taken out. If they want to go to court, we will go to court,” Mr Saub said. “The government must approve traditional law - we have been fishing here for centuries, and have centuries of traditional law.” Mr Saub said he had reported a recent incident off Mabuiag to the Land and Sea Rangers. “Last month (in March) I chased off a couple of guys and reported them, but nothing has been done,” he said. “We need to kick out the commercial boats. “We don’t want this fishery gone for good. Where is

the trochus now? Where is the pearl shell? “The sea cucumbers on Warrior Reef are gone. “The Europeans and Japanese worked these fisheries until they were gone. They are millionaires now, while we are still struggling.” East coast boats were coming in to work the reef with hooker boats, damaging the reef, and damaging free-diving areas, he said. “We want no more boats coming in from the south we’ve had enough now. No more coming in to the Torres Strait, otherwise the crayfish will be gone.”

Land clearing flagged for Cape growth By MARK ROY

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ANZAC DAY SERVICE Thursday, April 25, 2013 PROGRAMME

The 98th Anniversary of ANZAC DAY will be observed as follows:  Dawn Service (Green Hill Fort) at 5.30am SHARP Dawn Service participants are encouraged to walk to Green Hill and advised to carry a torch due to the early morning darkness.  ANZAC Parade (from PO to ANZAC Memorial Park) at 9 am The ANZAC Parade will assemble at the Post Office at 8.30am for 9am start and Ex-servicemen and other official groups are encouraged to participate.  Memorial Service (Anzac Memorial Park) commencing at 9.30am The Memorial Service will include the traditional ANZAC Day addresses and wreath laying ceremony by Service personnel. Representatives of organisations and family members representing servicemen who served in campaigns are invited to lay a wreath during this ceremony. The wreaths will be available on site. TRAFFIC CLOSURE Vehicular traffic to Green Hill Fort is restricted to Chester Street and Moa Lane for buses and cars only for transporting the elderly. The intersections of Hargrave & Chester Streets and Chester Street & Moa Lane will be closed to ALL traffic. FREE FERRY FROM HORN ISLAND McDonalds Special Dawn Service Ferry proudly supports the Horn Island Community in providing a FREE one way ferry service departing at 5am. Following the ANZAC spirit these events will go on rain, hail or shine.

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INDIGENOUS communities on Cape York will be financially supported by clearing native vegetation ond developing agriculture, according to Member for Cook David Kempton. However, the Greens party is arguing the changes to land-clearing laws are part of the myth of the ‘Asian food bowl bonanza’. The Greens have called for an immediate halt to changes to land-clearing laws that Newman has flagged for Cape York and the Gulf region. Greens candidate for Kennedy, Jenny Stirling, said the “retrograde steps” from the LNP Government ignored the reality of the region, with its poor soils and extreme weather. “Land clearing laws have evolved over decades, but true to form, Newman and the LNP care little for good management of environmental values,” Ms Stirling said. “The Cape is due for listing as a World Heritage site, which will attract more tourism and provide more jobs for the region than wild ideas that would damage these pristine areas. “The region has poor access to reliable transport services and no ports. “Moreover, it’s so far from markets that transporting produce will end up expensive to turn a profit.” Mr Kempton said while the LNP recognised the need for appropriate environmental safeguards, community growth and economic development were of equal importance. “Our amendments to the unworkable vegetation management laws and Wild Rivers Act will underpin the future financial security of the Cape,” Mr Kempton said. “We will provide opportunity for all indigenous communities and in fact all people of Cape York to have a secure future. “We will do this by allowing the clearing of native vegetation for agriculture depending on land suitability, water availability and economic viability.” He said Federal Minister Tony Burke had concentrated on the environment while ignoring the community and economic future of the people of Cape York. “If there are areas in Cape York worthy of World Heritage listing then the easiest way to get those listings across the line is to ensure he has engaged

all the people and not just a select few,” Mr Kempton said. “I challenge the federal minister to stop concentrating on his political future and to come to Cape York and talk to us about its sustainable future at all levels.” Ms Stirling said efforts should be focused on making existing farms more sustainable and productive. “The LNP are stuck in the 1960s time-warp mentality that has wrecked the Murray River system through over development as well as destroying sustainable agriculture in those regions,” she said.



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ANZAC Day services on Thursday Island will begin at dawn at the Green Hill Fort, followed by a Remembrance March from the Post Office to ANZAC Park, starting at 9am, followed by a Memorial Service. The Parish Hall Restoration Project will be fundraising with tea, coffee and egg and bacon rolls at ANZAC Park following the dawn service. Rolls are $5, with tea or coffee available for $2.

APRIL Mon 22. Hash House Harriers, 5.45pm Mon 22. Mixed social volleyball, TI Sports Complex, 6pm Mon 22 - Tue 23. Optometrists Visiting Saibai Primary Health Centre Mon 22 - Thu 25. AIATSIS photographic display, PKA HALL TI, daily 9.30am Tue 23. Esplanade Circuit classes, Seisia Hall, 5pm Tue 23. Zumba fitness, TI Bowls Club, gold coin, 7pm Tue 23. Doubles pool comp, Federal Hotel Wed 24. Optometrists Visiting Boigu Primary Health Centre Wed 24. Futsal (indoor soccer) Torres Shire Sports Complex, 6 - 8pm Wed 24. World rules pool comp, Federal Hotel Thu 25. ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Green Hill Fort, 5.30am Thu 25. ANZAC Day Remembrance Street March, Douglas St, 9am Thu 25. ANZAC Day Memorial Service/ Final Parade, ANZAC Memorial Park, 9.30am. Thu 25. Joker Jackpot, Federal Hotel Fri 26. Floral Friday, dress Ilan style Fri 26. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Fri 26. Cocktails and tapas, Jardine Motel, 7pm - late Mon 29 - Tue 30. Optometrists Visiting Thursday Island.

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TSRA rangers to study Solomon Islands’ marine conservation ON April 16, 2103, a group led by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Chairman, Mr Joseph Elu, will depart Australia to study economic development and biodiversity management on a visit to the first community managed marine conservation area established in the Pacific Ocean. The Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area (ACMCA) was created 18 years ago in the Solomon Islands and this visit is the first stage of a ranger exchange program which is being hosted by the World Indigenous Network (WIN). The WIN was established last year by the Australian Government to encourage networking amongst Indigenous Rangers. Next month, rangers from the Solomon Islands will visit Cape York and the Torres Strait before joining TSRA Land and Sea Rangers for the inaugural WIN conference in Darwin. Mr Elu, who will lead a group of four TSRA Rangers on the visit, said the Arnavon area shared many similarities with the Torres Strait. “The protected area covers 157 square km and includes small uninhabited islands, flourishing reefs, fish filled lagoons and beaches that are home to thousands of hawksbill sea turtles. “Most local livelihoods in the Arnavon Area depend on the marine environment including fishing, sea cucumber harvesting, trochus shell collection and seaweed farming.” Mr Elu said the exchange would be an opportunity to share regional

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approaches and experiences using contemporary and traditional knowledge and local practices to better manage the environment and support sustainable livelihoods. “These exchanges will enable land and sea managers to improve their knowledge and skills and consolidate genuine partnerships, essential to the ongoing success of the Network. “The Arnavon Area management programs include diversifying income sources to combat over harvesting of marine resources. “Those sort of initiatives are similar to the conservation measures such as turtle and dugong management plans adopted in the Torres Strait. Page 2 of 2 “Young men from all three Arnavon area partner communities are employed as Conservation Officers to enforce restrictions on harvesting marine resources so that also mirrors the way the TSRA is approaching measures to ensure long term sustainability. “Economic development opportunities being encouraged include making handicrafts for visiting tourists, pearl buttons from trochus shell, seaweed harvesting and diversification into agriculture. “Ecotourism also provides an occasional source of income with visitors to the marine conservation area encouraged to assist rangers in nightly monitoring of turtle egg-laying.” Mr Elu will be accompanied on the trip by TSRA Ranger Supervisors, Don Whap and Troy Stow, Iama Ranger David Baragud and Sea Program Manager, Frank Loban.

IF completed, Labor ’s rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) would represent a triumph of social inclusion. Future-proofed highspeed i nt ernet access would be available inside the homes of nearly all Australians living in builtup locations irrespective of their income or social status. The week’s good news was that the Federal Coalition has decided to back down from its previously announced plan to trash the NBN if it wins the September 14 election. It now intends to retain the NBN, but using a model that discriminates against the poor. A Coalition government would deliver high-speed internet access to street cabinets (pictured) located up to a kilometre from users’ homes and business premises. The need to retain Telstra’s old copper wires to complete the link would reduce speeds by a factor of around three quarters. It would remove for most Australians the option to take advantage of broadband applications such as home medical examinations for the elderly and infirm. But super-fast access would not be lost for those who can afford the internet equivalent of a business-class flight. In many locations, it will be possible for users to pay between $3000 and $5000 to secure a high-speed fibre connection from the street cabinet to their premises. The majority would still need to endure the slow speeds of the Telstra copper wire cabinet to the premises connection. This would effectively exclude them from the health, education and other benefits of the digital economy. It is significant, and pleasing, that the Coalition has now acknowledged that some version of the NBN is necessary for Australia’s future development. We may still lack the city metro or high speed intercity rail connections our peers in the developed world take for granted, due to the lack of vision of previous governments. But at least those of us who can pay will benefit from the new economy. Those who cannot will make up the large new underclass of the digitally disadvantaged. Opposition Communications Spokesperson Malcolm Turnbull frequently cites Britain’s inequitable fibre to the cabinet (FTTN) as a model for Australia. It is a revealing coincidence that the Coalition made its NBN announcement during the week of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who championed user pays as part of her often quoted principle that there is ‘no such thing as society’. * Michael Mullins is editor of Eureka Street. Eureka Street is published by Jesuit Communications Australia.

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I WOULD like to add my voice to the chorus of protest against the Labor Federal Government’s plans to cut more than $2 billion from university funding over the next four years. I am very concerned to hear that research and courses at James Cook University may be affected by these cuts. This highlights Labor’s agenda of hypocrisy. By announcing the surprise cut to university funding, student income support and tax deductions for self-education expenses, while lecturing and warning the States about cost-shifting in education, the Gillard Government has done exactly the same thing - robbing Universities to pay for schools. Labor is raiding the future aspirations of Leichhardt residents to fund immediate political gratification. This is not an education strategy - this is an election strategy. Warren Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt.

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WHILE all Australian universities will be damaged by the Gillard government’s raid on their already stretched resources, it will be regional universities who suffer most from the ill-planned cash grab. It is unconscionable for Ms Gillard to use money reefed out of university budgets to fund what is, effectively, nothing but an election stunt. On top of the slashing of $1 billion worth of funding announced last year, this latest grab for $2.8 billion out of the universities’ funds, looks like a concerted attack on university standards. And it will be the regional universities outside the capital cities which will feel the greatest impact. It has always been more difficult to attract top drawer staff and researchers to the regional universities but they have done a magnificent job by and large. You only have to look at the successes of James Cook University in Townsville across a range of ground-breaking research areas to see what can be achieved by a regional university. Whether that standard can be maintained in the face of this latest attack remains to be seen. The worst aspect of the cash grab was that it was being used for grandstanding about school funding and there was nothing to show that it would do anything to lift education standards. You can’t help but think back to the Building the Education Revolution at a cost of more than $16 billion ... and did it do anything at all, even a tiny bit, to lift education standards for our children? It did not. Now we have a similarly ill-thought-out scheme which will rip money out of the university system to be slathered all over schools in seats Labor wants to win with no evidence that it will improve anything for anybody except the Labor party. And regional universities will be left hanging out to dry. Senator Ian Macdonald, Opposition spokesman for Northern and Remote Australia.

SCHOOLS and students in Cape York and the Northern Peninsula Area will be big winners from the Gillard Government’s new school funding model with an extra $3.8 billion to be made available across all Queensland schools. With properly resourced classrooms, extra training for teachers and better programs for students, the plan will mean every student in Leichhardt no matter where they go to school will have the opportunity to reach their potential. The National Plan for School Improvement will establish a new, fairer approach to school funding, which is based on the needs of individual students. This means that extra money will be included for schools with students whose parents don’t have a lot of money, for Indigenous students, students with disability, students with limited English, and small and remote schools like those in the Cape and NPA. This is about helping every child get the best possible education so they can secure a good job. It’s a plan not only for each and every student’s future but also for our country’s future. The Prime Minister has committed that for every extra dollar that the Queensland Government is prepared to invest, the Federal Government will pay two. Now is the time for the Newman LNP Government to sign up to the National Plan for School Improvement and put our children’s education first. Campbell Newman’s astonishment at learning that the Federal Government will be asking the states to pay their fair share is ludicrous. The Government has been saying it for six months and he’s been talking about it himself in the past few days. Premier Newman’s own Education Minister even said last year he thought a 50:50 split would be fair. The Gillard Government is offering a lot more than that and Premier Newman is going to have a hard time explaining to Leichhardt parents and students why he would walk away from such an offer. I encourage the Queensland Government to throw its support behind the plan and exercise genuine good will at COAG when considering these reforms. More information about the plan and funding model is available at Over the six years, schools in Queensland will receive additional investment of around: $3.8 billion for Queensland: bringing total public investment in QLD schools to $65 billion (or 22 per cent) over 2014-19 $1.4 billion additional nationally for Catholic schools bringing total public investment in the Catholic sector to $50 billion (or 17 per cent of the total public funding across Australia) over 2014-19; and $1 billion additional nationally for independent schools bringing total public investment to $35 billion (or 12 per cent of the total public funding across Australia) over 2014-19. Billy Gordon ALP Candidate for Leichhardt


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ANIMAL MANAGEMENT The new Torres Shire Council Animal Management Local Law 2013 and Subordinate Local Law 2013 regulate the control of animals to assist dog and cat owners and protect the community against risks to health and safety. Residents who own animals are reminded that they must: • Register their dogs and cats with Torres Shire Council • Get a permit if they have more than 2 dogs • Keep no more than 2 cats over the age of 3 months • Keep animals in a fenced yard with adequate shelter • Keep dogs on a lead and under control when in a public place including their local street • Not allow their animals in playgrounds or cemeteries • Clean up after your dog in a public place There are also other regulations about the keeping and control of animals including dangerous dogs and animals such as pigs, chickens and bees. Philip Miskin, Matthew Miskin, Jayden Ferris, Hayley Wasaga and (front) Saxon Ferris and Tahlia Ferris get their hands on some new helmets with Acting Senior Constable David Young and the new managers of Island and Cape Supermarket on Horn Island, Krista and Wes Madgwick.

Bike helmets are cheap: Our children are precious THE new managers at the Island and Cape Supermarket on Horn Island, Wes and Krista Madgwick, are putting their money where their mouth is. The couple are backing a police campaign to get children to wear helmets when riding their bikes, by providing new helmets, in all sizes and styles, at cost. Wes and Krista, who have been living and working on Horn Island since February, after coming to the job from Cairns, say children’s lives are too precious to put their safety at risk. “The cheap helmet promotion started here at Island and Cape two weeks ago, and will be ongoing,” Krista says. “We have an 11-yearold, Chloe, so we are always mindful of looking after kids and their wellbeing.” Acting Senior Constable David Young says the main message Horn

Island Police want to get across, with help from the supermarket, is that helmets save lives. “Too often in our job as police we see tragedies that could have been avoided, especially where a young life is taken,” Snr Const. Young said. “We, as adults and parents, must set a good example and make sure the kids wear their helmets. “It is a requirement under Queensland law that bicycle riders wear a helmet, and have it fitted correctly. “A helmet hanging off the handlebars is not acceptable.” Queensland transport market research shows frequently mentioned excuses for not wearing a helmet are “they are not fashionable” or “my child doesn’t own one”. Parents most commonly allowed their children to ride without

a helmet because they felt helmets were unnecessary due to the location where the child rode their bike. “The penalty for not wearing a helmet is a $110 on-the-spot fine,” Snr Const. Young said. “With a variety of helmets available at the Island and Cape supermarket at an affordable price, I know which one I would be choosing.” Research shows head injury is by far the greatest risk posed to cyclists, comprising one-third of emergency department visits, two-thirds of hospital admissions, and three-quarters of deaths. The Cochrane Review says bicycle helmets that meet national standards do protect against head, brain, and facial injuries. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by nearly 70 percent for

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Capital time for young leaders

FOUR lucky students from Tagai State College Horn Island Campus enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience over Easter this year, with a trip to Canberra courtesy of the Queensland Blue Light Association (QBLA). Aaliyah Tom, Tiger Nona, Kahtyjah Mola and Jayden Ferris joined Year 6 and 7 teacher Mrs Dianne Hughes on the youth development camp, visiting attractions and national icons ranging from the Toronga

Plains Western Zoo in Dubbo to the Australian Parliament in Canberra. Mrs Di said 40 children from across Queensland attended the camp, supervised by teachers and police. “We had kids from all over, from Narangba, from the outback town of Stonehenge in central west Queensland, as well as city kids -- so it was an interesting mix,” she said. “Everywhere we went, we had

guided tours, so the kids were engaged the whole time.” In Canberra, the group visited a number of places including the National Film and Sound Archive, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Treasury Gallery where they engaged in art appreciation activities, the Mint, learning about the changeover to decimal currency, the National Museum, the War Memorial, CSIRO, and Parliament House, where the children took part in

role-playing activities. They also spent time at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. Horn Island Police Acting Senior Constable David Young, who nominated the children for the trip, said local police also helped out with expenses. “The Torres Strait Blue Light Association chipped in with $150 for things like taxi fares, meals, and entry fees,” Snr Const. Young said. “The QBLA covered the travel

and accommodation costs, once the kids got to Brisbane. “The students have been doing well in school, so this young leaders/youth development camp is a bit of a reward for them. “It was a great opportunity for the kids to go and see other parts of the country, and from all accounts the kids really enjoyed themselves. “It is a ongoing camp and I will be looking out for other kids to nominate for future trips.”

LEFT: Aaliyah Tom and Kahtyjah Mola outside Parliament House in Canberra. ABOVE: Participants in the Queensland Blue Light Association youth development camp at the Safari Park at the Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. RIGHT: Tiger Nona and Jayden Ferris outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Tiger Nona, Mrs Dianne Hughes, Jayden Ferris and Aaliyah Tom back at Horn Island Primary Campus. PHOTO: MARK ROY

Kahtyjah Mola, Tiger Nona, Aaliyah Tom, Mrs Di Hughes and Jayden Ferris at the Queensland Museum.

Aaliyah Tom and Kahtyjah Mola get some hands-on knowledge of genetic engineering at CSIRO.

Kahtyjah Mola, Jayden Ferris and Aaliyah Tom meet Cowboys halfback Jonathon Thurston at Brisbane Airport.

Kahtyjah Mola with a stick insect at CSIRO in Canberra.

Students viewed this huge mask by Torres Strait artist Alick Tipoti at the National Museum in Canberra.

ABOVE: Aaliyah and Kahtyjah at the Bepotaim exhibition at the National Museum. RIGHT: Jayden Ferris with a saltwater croc skull at the Queensland Museum. RIGHT CENTRE: Aaliyah Tom at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. FAR RIGHT: Aaliyah and Kahtyjah get raptored-up in the displays at the Queensland Museum. Page 12 Torres News

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Aaliyah Tom and Kahtyjah Mola at the Australian Institute of Sport.

ANTONIA A99 NEEDS YOU LEFT and RIGHT: Antonia A99 in her working days. BELOW: Antonia A99 docked in Townsville in her glory before sinking. Photo ALF WILSON.

HISTORIC Torres Strait pearling lugger Antonia A99 is undergoing full restoration in Townsville so she can make the long-awaited voyage back to Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait next year. But she needs all the help she can get. Antonia was rescued by Mike Smith and Sonia Minniecon, from Blackbird International, following the decision by previous owners, the Townsville Wooden Boat Association, to dispose of her due to lack of funds. “We just happened to know about Antonia and that she was about to be destroyed and just couldn’t let it happen. “Having known many families that worked on Antonia and other luggers and what these luggers represent, meant we had to give it a go. If we didn’t she would have been cut up a few weeks later.” Chairwoman Sonia Minniecon said that Antonia was important, not only to Torres Strait Islanders, but the descendants of South Sea Islanders, Japanese, Malays, Okinawans, Aboriginals and others who also came to the Torres Straits from as early as 1868 that now remain part of the cultural fabric of the Torres Strait. To assist with the restoration of Antonia a bigger Saving Torres Strait Pearls campaign was developed with six key goals to be implemented. Project Manager Mike Smith said the first and main goal is the restoration of Antonia into operational, voyaging condition. “Without achieving that, we fail in delivering on the core of our campaign message. “With less than 20 Torres Strait pearling luggers believed to exist, now is the time to make sure that we can save them. However, without completing our first goal in restoring Antonia, we are unable

to deliver other goals, such as being able to make the journey home. “Having sunk twice, deteriorated and suffered neglect, we still need further funds, support and assistance to complete her restoration we are needing to get more support from members and corporate supporters,” Mike said. The Australian Government through the Your Community Heritage Program of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities provided a grant of $218,000 to commence the restoration. “This amount guarantees she is saved but is not enough to get her finished and we are needing to raise a further $150,000 to complete her restoration. “Everything costs more these days. To rebuild the old Gardner engine and gearbox alone is at least $30,000, new masts and rigging will cost at least $45,000. The new ribs, planking, deck and internal timber costs alone are in excess of $40,000.” Mike Smith said. • The second goal is Antonia’s Voyages of Discovery back to Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, travelling to each and every Island during a six-month period. “When completed Antonia will journey through the same passages in the Great Barrier Reef, shelter on the back of the same Islands and travel to each community from Townsville to Lockhart River before heading to the Torres Strait and visiting every Island,” Mike Smith said. “Antonia will be following many of the voyages she did more than five decades ago. It is important for her to do this trip as she represents more than just her own stories, crew and skippers . . . she means so much to everyone throughout the region. “Antonia’s cargo is no longer pearl

shell, trochus or crayfish. It is the history, culture, songs and stories and her crew are being replaced with Young Antonia crew members, researchers, elders and even tourists.” • The third goal is Before Time - History and Legends, to preserve historical and cultural information, recording stories, songs and history about Antonia and other luggers. These include interviews with the original builders, owners and their families and the skppers, crew, tenders, divers and their families back home and will be part of a new documentary about Antonia. Mike Smith and Sonia Minniecon are travelling to the Torres Strait in the next few weeks to record more stories, songs and history about Antonia. The plans at this stage include Horn Island, TI, Hammond, Kubin, St Pauls and also hoping to visit Badu, Iama and Warraber. They are also keen to hear from other Islands and communities may want them to visit. “The Australian National Maritime Museum provided funding under their MMAPSS program to assist us to record these stories from Brisbane to the Torres Straits. We have already interviewed Uncle Steve Mam, Anne Zafer and even the original boat builders Norman Wright & Sons. We are keen to hear from anyone who has a specific story, song, dance or other information about Antonia. They contact us by phone 1300 278 946.” • The fourth goal and one of the most important initiatives is Young Antonia. “Engaging and involving young people to become the next generation of guardians of the past, present and future of pearling, pearling luggers and all they represent is just as important as saving the pearling luggers.” Mike said. • Goal 5 is a planned SOLWATA Pearls of the Coral Sea Festivals. The

first festival is planned for Townsville in September this year. “We are expecting a number of pearling luggers to join us in a threeday festival with food, entertainment, markets, elders storian tent, lugger races, film festival, children’s activities and involvement from all the cultures and nationalities involved in pearling luggers and their activities. Future festivals may include TI and Cairns every second year. • The last goal is using Antonia and her activities to continue research in maritime, environmental, traditional and cultural research. New individual and family memberships are available with a special Young Antonia Crew Member category. Corporate supporters start at $150 with major corporate sponsorship opportunities starting at $1500. Member and supporter information can be obtained by phoning 1300 278 946, online at pearlingluggers, talking to a local Saving Torres Strait Pearls crew member or by picking up a brochure in your local community. Interested people can get further information and application forms by contacting Mike Smith directly on 0400 663300 or via email pearlingluggers@ Mike Smith and Sonia Minniecon travelled from Townsville to Cairns on April 21 and travelling to the Torres Strait from about the April 23. Sonia Minniecon will also be conducting small Finding Family Blong Yumi workshops for people with South Sea Islander descent who are looking for their family connections from former recruiting and blackbirding days from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Loyalty Islands, Papua New Guinea and other countries.

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Expert reading strategies to improve your child’s reading in the Early Years Before reading the text • Discuss the front cover – title, author, illustrator and pictures • Predict the story by looking at the title and cover • Discuss the reason why the author wrote this story • Look at illustrations and tell the story in his/her own words • Predict what feelings the reader might have in this story • Point out and discuss unknown words on the front cover Whilst reading the text • Ask the reader to predict what might happen next • Prompt reader to point to particular words on the page • Discuss the illustrations of people and how they might be feeling Discuss the illustrations of objects and see if the reader can name them • Select certain letters & sounds in words and see if the reader can name the same sound in other words. Selection certain blends: ch, sh, wh in words and name the same sound in other words Discuss the features of a sentence, i.e. capital letters, full stops • Identify describing words When you have finished the text • Cover the words and have your child retell the story by focusing on the illustration • Retell the story to another member of the family • Ask your child questions about the text • Have your child illustrate the story they have read • Ask your child to change parts of the story and write or tell his/her own version • Dramatise the story • Pick favourite characters and discuss why they are • Record the story and listen to it • Point out blends and initial sounds in the text • Design a new cover for the book • Ask the reader how the story made them feel • Ask the reader if the story is the same as they predicted before reading. If not, why not... • Ask the reader why the author wrote the story

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Reading is important because.... • Reading helps me to discover new people, new places, and fantasy lands that I cannot visit in real life! • Reading is relaxing, transports me to another world, gets my mind off of day-to-day stresses. • Books provoke me to think deeply about my own thoughts on issues, ideas, beliefs, value. • Books have the ability to make me weep and laugh out loud. • And I love to explore other worlds - whether they be factual or fantasy, a book is my key to travel through time and space.

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ATTENDANCE REPORT Term 1 Atendance Campuses that achieved • 90% and above • Dauan Iama Malu Kiyay Poruma Ugar Warraber

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Tagai State College welcomes new staff for Term 2 Dalton Cowley at Erub Eruer Uteb (Acting Head of Campus Week 1 & 2) Robyn Flittner at Erub Eruer Uteb (Acting Head of Campus commencing Week 3 for remainder of Term 2) Dan Dalziel at Iama Ngurpay Lag (Acting Head of Campus) Michael Tuni (Acting Head of Campus) Warraber Ngurpay Lag Dan Tonon at Narupay Ngurpay Mudh (Acting HOC for Week 1-3) Rishi Jagunundan - Guidance Officer commencing Week 2 Frances Cameron - RATEP Teacher Coordinator commencing Week 2

When parents expect children to be absent from any classroom activity, please contact your campus and inform staff of this absence. We want student attendance records to be accurate and authorised by parents.

Calendar of Events for Term 2 24 April 24 April

Waybeni Buway Anzac Day Parade Waybeni Koey Anzac Day Parade

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5-11 May

State Education Week

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Mother’s Day

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NAPLAN TESTS for YEAR 3, 5, 7, 9 students Teaching and Leaning Auditors visit Tagai Leaders Forum on Thursday Island

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Northern Peninsula Area State College News College Principal Ken Maclean, NPARC Deputy Mayor Edward Newman and Head of Campus Trish Newman with the student leaders.

NPA College Injinoo Campus Student Leaders 2013 In a special ceremony conducted on the last day of term one, the Injinoo Primary staff, students and community observed the badge ceremony for the Student Leaders for the campus. The students were bestowed with the badges by community elders in a ceremony led by Rev Mary Eseli that also blessed the campus and students for the school year. The four student leaders are:Captains: - Jefrica Pablo - Racheam Bond Vice Captains: - Lillymaud Bowie - Agai Savage

NPA College Injinoo student leaders for 2013 (L-R) Agai Savage, Racheam Bond, Jefrica Pablo and Lillymaud Bowie.

The ceremony was followed by a morning tea for the newly inducted leaders, their parents and relatives and other members of the community.

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Second Gertie Woosup Bryan Namai

Third Maudie Whap Brian Mooka

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Tahlia 4m 40s Manai Bowie 4m 11s

Narah Mudu Frank Young

Aeisha Alick John Tugai

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Uraz Wasiu 4m 02s Jack Strevens 3m 52s

Mya Ropeyarn Giles Sam

Yazlyn Mooka-Kepa Cooper Meares

2006 Girls 2006 Boys

Joshira Sebasio Ned Ropeyarn 7m 29s

Francesca Mooka Yagan Jacob

Maria Whap Solomon Williams

2005 Girls 2005 Boys

Addy Mooka 6m 48s Yunara Wymara 5m 54s

Anjahlijay Atu Mace Arnold

Jacqueline Williams Asuela Aniba

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Whenna Ibuai Wilfred Biara

Katie Pablo Simeon Woosup

Polly Namai Daniel Sam

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Alison Missi 9m 17s Robert Solomon 9m 15s

Daisy Atu Denjon Mooka

Geiza Williams Sampson Paii

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Leeanna Bamaga 9m 04s Mia Jacob 8m 41s

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6:00 ABC News Breakfast on ANZAC Day 9:00 ABC News on ANZAC Day 10:00 ANZAC Day March (QLD) 12:30 Gallopoli Dawn Service 1:30 Villers-Bretonneux Memorial Service 2:30 ANC News On ANZAC Day 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:00 TBA 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 The Checkout 8:30 Desert War: Tobruk - Two-part account of one of the most celebrated campaigns of WWII - the war in North Africa. Compelling testimonies of veterans from both sides interwoven with archival footage and graphic dramatic recreations. 9:30 Scott And Bailey: Rachel discovers Nick had an affair with a juror during a case where his client was acquitted, and Janet comes face to face with the killer of her school friend. 10:20 Lateline 10:55 TBA 12:40 Windows To Sandakan 1:35 The Clinic 2:30 Football: WAFL: Round 6: Claremount Vs West Perth 5:30 TBA

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 Extra 12:30 National News Special 2:35 National News Now 3:30 ANZAC Day NRL: Sydney Roosters Vs St George Illawarra Dragons 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 8:30 The NRL Footy Show - Join Fatty Vautin, Darryl Brohman, and Michael Slater for a wrap of all things footy and come inside the game with some of Rugby Leagues favourites. 10:30 The AFL Footy Show 12:30 Extra - The show takes viewers on a coast-to-coast trip in every episode, from Hollywood to hotspots at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as Planet Hollywood and Times Square in New York City. 1:00 The Avengers: Forget-Me-Not 2:00 Danoz 2:30 Home Shopping 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 New Zealand On A Plate 12:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 5: Essendon Vs Collingwood 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 8:00 TBA 10:30 Billy Connolly’s Route 66: Billy continues his journey starting the day on a cattle ranch with modern-day cowboys Oklahoma City, before visiting an unusual museum and the Cadillac Ranch, one of Route 66’s most iconic and eccentric sights. 11:30 Man Up!: High Road Is The Guy Road - Will struggles to take the high road after a kid at school starts bullying Nathan, especially after Theresa tells him the kid’s mom is on the school board, which Theresa is lobbying for funding for the science club. 12:00 Fat Family Diet 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

4:30 UEFA Champions League 7:00 World News 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The School Of Fire 6:00 South Africa Walks: The Kruger 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Food Safari: Maltese Safari 8:05 Gourmet Farmer: Cellar Door And Wine Growing Road Trip: Nick has bought himself a wine fermenter and is hoping to enlist both Matthew and Ross to make a barrel of their own vintage. The three boys go on a Cellar Door road trip around the Tamar Valley, researching both wine varieties and wine making. 8:35 Marco Pierre White’s Kitchen Wars 9:30 One Born Every Minute USA: The Rocky Road To Parenthood 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 UEFA Champions League Hour 12:00 Movie: “Exit” (MAV v) In Swedish and Danish. 1:50 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Architects Of Change 11:00 Foreign Correspondent 11:30 One Plus One 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Poirot 2:15 Last Of The Summer Wine 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 QLD 8:00 Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?: Ashcombe - Presenter and archaeologist Adam Ford visits Ashcombe, a home in the heart of Ballarat, Victoria, to explore the incredible stories that lie between its bricks and mortar. 8:30 Silent Witness: Trust (Part 1) - In part one of a double episode, the case of two young women shot dead in a house basement forces forensic scientist Jack to lock horns with an old flame. 9:30 Silk: Martha Costello is reluctantly representing notorious criminal Jody Farr but starts to feel he is not getting a fair trial and suspects foul play. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 Lowdown: Hart Of Darkness 11:35 Rage

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz Direct 2:00 Days Of Our Lives 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 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 Lunar Excitation 7:30 Imparja’s Live Friday Night Football: Manly Sea Eagles Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 10:00 TBA 12:00 Movie: “U-Turn” (AV a,v,s,l) - On his way to Las Vegas to pay back some bookies, a small-time gambler gets more than he bargained for when his car breaks down near a remote desert town. 2:30 Spyforce: Riley’s Army 3:30 Extra 4:00 Home Shopping 4:30 Good Morning America

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Casanova” (M s) 2:30 Dr Oz 3:30 The Amazing Race 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Better Homes And Gardens 8:30 TBA 10:30 Dual Suspects: Date With Death - A man is found dead behind the wheel of his convertible, engulfed in flames, with two gunshots to his head. As they dig into his life, police are led into a seedy world of strippers, Afro-Cuban voodoo, and corporate espionage. 11:30 Parking Wars 12:00 Desperate Housewives: Never Judge A Lady By Her Lover - A chance encounter reunites Gaby with her sexy ex-lover and gardener, John Rowland. 1:00 True Beauty - Face Of Vegas: Handling Things With Grace The beauties take to the streets to interview people on Vegas Strip, and will secretly be judged to see if any of them cheat. 3:00 Home Shopping / 4:00 NBC Today

4:45 UEFA Europa Legaue 7:15 Weatherwatch And Music 7:25 World News 2:30 Living Black 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The Bush Kings 6:00 South Africa Walks: The Green Kalahari 6:30 World News Australia 7:35 Urban Secrets: Brighton 8:30 Turn Back Time: The Family: Swinging 60s 9:35 As It Happened: Dambusters Fly Again - In 1943, a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history - they destroyed two gigantic dams in Germany’s industrial heartland with a revolutionary weapon: the bouncing bomb. 10:35 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “A Portrait Of A Beauty” (MA s) - In Korean. After her brother commits suicide, a brilliant female painter must disguise herself as a man in order to maintain her family’s position in the Korean royal court. 1:10 Movie: “Forbidden To Forbid” (M d,l,n,v) - In Portuguese. In Rio de Janeiro, three university students coping with the stresses of a love triangle become witnesses to police corruption and brutality, with deadly results. 3:00 Weatherwatch Overnight


6:00 Rage 10:30 Rage: Guest Programmer: Regina Spektor 11:30 7.30 QLD 12:00 Australian Story 12:30 The Checkout 1:00 At The Movies 1:30 Eggheads: Shabba 2:00 Ian Thorpe: The Swimmer 3:00 Movie: “Moulin Rouge” (PG) 5:00 Midsomer Murders: Bad Tidings 6:30 Gardening Australia 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Last Tango In Halifax: Caroline throws herself whole-heartedly into her relationship with Kate, but her mother’s reaction to their affair puts her marriage to Alan in doubt. 8:30 Inspector George Gently: Gently In The Cathedral - Gently’s enemies from his London Met days are coming after him. He finds himself suspended from duty - powerless, unprotected and persecuted. 10:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL - Shaun Micallef is back and he’s MADDER than HELL! We really should have changed the name but it’d cost us a fortune in letterheads and show graphics. Anyway, he’s back and this time he knows what he’s doing (slightly). 10:30 Laid: Roo signs up for sexual bootcamp and misses a surprise visit from Marcus. Learning of his visit, Roo races to him but bad news about Charlie waylays her. 11:00 Rage: Guest Programmer: Regina Spektor 5:00 Rage

6:00 Bubble Guppies 6:30 Dora The Explorer 7:00 Weekend Today Saturday 10:00 Mornings - Saturday 12:00 Danoz 1:00 Movie: “An American In Paris” (G) 3:30 Anthony Bourdian: No Reservations 4:30 Garden Gurus 5:00 4WD TV 5:30 Getaway: Where In The World? - Getaway takes a slightly different spin this week. Join the team as we take a journey of discovery to some of the most extraordinary corners of the globe. But tonight Getaway is asking the question: where in the world are we? Just exactly where may surprise you. 6:00 National News Saturday 6:30 TBA 11:00 Movie: “One Missed Call” (M h,v) - When four of her friends meet an untimely demise after receiving chilling cell-phone messages from the future detailing their deaths, college co-ed Beth contacts the police, who promptly dismiss her story as hysteria. 12:45 Movie: “The Gumball Rally” (M v,s) 2:45 The Baron 3:45 Nine Presents 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 Life Today With James Robinson / 5:30 Wesley Impact

6:00 Saturday Disney 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 The Morning Show - Weekend 12:00 Dr Oz 1:00 The Amazing Race 2:00 Movie: “Housesitter” (PG l,s) 4:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 5: Carlton Vs Adelaide 7:30 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 5: Port Adelaide Vs West Coast 11:00 World’s Wildest Police Videos 12:00 Parking Wars 12:30 Desperate Housewives: The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues - Losing Mike takes its toll on Katherine; Gaby grows weary of John’s desire for Ana and Lynette insists her family help more. 1:30 Desperate Housewives 2:30 Auction Squad 3:30 It Is Written Oceania 4:00 Home Shopping 5:00 That ‘70s Show: Thank You / Black Dog - It’s Thanksgiving, and Eric thinks it’s a perfect time to announce his engagement to Donna. Jackie is heartbroken when Hyde has no comforting words for her when her father is sent to prison.

5:00 World News 1:00 Benjamin Britten: Peace And Conflict 2:55 Hiroshi Sugimoto 3:55 Hidden History 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Who Do You Think You Are?: David Mitchell 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 James May’s Man Lab 8:35 Lilyhammer: My Kind Of Town 9:30 Movie: “The Reluctant Infidel” (MA l) - When London-based Islamic cab driver Muhmud Nasir discovers that he was actually born to Jewish parents, his life is thrown into turmoil. Although he’s not a devout Muslim, Muhmud feels compelled to conceal his Jewish identity from his family - and his son’s fundamentalist father-in-law - while exploring what it means to be Jewish. 11:25 Movie: “Masquerades” (PG) In Arabic. A comedy of errors ensues when Mounir, a self-important Algerian man, lies to his village by telling them his narcoleptic sister has a pending engagement to a wealthy Frenchman. 1:05 South Park 2:30 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 Rage 6:30 Children’s Programs 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business 10:30 Offsiders 11:00 Asia Pacific Focus 11:30 Songs Of Praise: A Country Harvest 12:00 Landline 1:00 Gardening Australia 1:30 Cheese Slices: Farmstead Cheeses Of Northern California 2:00 How The Earth Was Made: Yellowstone 3:00 Into The Shadows: What’s Really Going On At The Movies 4:30 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Books To Films 5:00 Chris Humfrey’s Wild Life 5:30 Deadly 60: Indonesia 6:00 Antiques Master 6:30 Compass: The Bells Of St Leonards 7:00 ABC News 7:30 Dr Who: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS 8:15 The Boffin, The Builder, The Bombardier 8:30 Call The Midwife 9:30 Miranda: Three Little Words 10:00 Parkinson: Masterclass: Jonathan Yeo 10:45 Great Directors 12:10 Movie: “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (PG) 2:15 Movie: “The Hobbit Enigma” (G) 3:10 The Botany Of Desire 4:00 The New Inventors 4:30 Catalyst 5:00 Gardening Australia / 5:30 Antiques Master

6:00 Children’s Programs 7:00 Weekend Today 10:00 Wide World Of Sports 11:00 Sunday Footy Show 1:00 Getaway 1:30 Broncos Insider 2:00 2013 Intrust Super Cup 4:00 Imparja’s Sunday Football: Cronulla Sharks Vs Canterbury Bulldogs 6:00 National News Sunday 6:30 TBA 8:00 60 Minutes 8:30 The Mentalist: Red Letter Day 10:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Forget Me Not 11:00 CSI: Miami: Paint It Black - A college girl’s throat is slashed while she sits alone in a hot tub late at night. The investigation centres on the victim’s roommate, who was the last one to see her alive and may possess a dual personality. 12:00 Flashpoint: The Perfect Family 1:00 What Would You Do? 2:00 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:30 Danoz 3:00 Brand Developers 4:00 Good Morning America - Sunday 5:00 National Early Morning News 5:30 Today

6:00 Fish Hooks 6:30 Handy Manny 7:00 Weekend Sunrise 10:00 AFL Game Day 11:30 Wild Boys 1:30 Footy Flashbacks 3:00 2013 AFL Premiership Season Rnd 5: Brisbane Vs Melbourne 6:00 Seven News 6:30 TBA 10:30 Castle: Cloudy With A Chance Of Murder - On Beckett’s first day back from her suspension, she and Castle are thrown into the salacious world of local TV news when a veteran weather girl is found dead. As if navigating an industry full of backstabbing and ruthless ambition weren’t difficult enough, they have to do it while hiding their new relationship from their co-workers. 11:30 Dual Suspects: Gainesville Ripper 12:30 Fat Family Diet 1:30 Harry’s Practice 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 World News 1:00 Al Jazeera News 1:30 Living Black 2:00 Speedweek 4:00 Football Asia 4:30 UEFA Champions League Magazine 5:00 Netball: ANZ Championship Highlights 5:35 Inspector Rex: Sisi 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Lost Worlds: Treasures of Ancient Rome: Warts ‘n’ All 8:30 The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Universe Or Multiverse - In this series, renowned physicist Brian Greene reveals a mind-boggling reality beneath the surface of our everyday world. Brian is going to let you in on a secret: We’ve all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. 9:30 The Pig Farm 11:10 Movie: “The Golden Door” (M n) - In Itaian and English. Set at the beginning of the 20th century, a desperately poor family from rural Sicily leave their home with dreams of a better future in America, but along the way they experience the harsh reality of migrating to a new country. 1:15 The Ghosts Of The Mary Rose 2:10 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Landline 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Travel Oz 1:00 Parkinson: Masterclass 2:00 Gandhi 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Brittany 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Australian Story 8:30 Four Corners 9:20 Media Watch 9:35 Q&A 10:35 Lateline 11:10 The Business 11:35 Outcasts 12:35 Monday Monday 1:25 Michelin Stars: The Madness Of Perfection - UK food writer and critic William Sitwell investigates the passions, pressures and obsessions behind that apparently all-important description, ‘Michelin-starred chef’. 2:35 The Botany Of Desire 3:30 Rugby Union: Shute Shield: Round 4: Teams TBA 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 TBA 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 8:30 House Husbands 9:30 Person Of Interest: In Extremis 10:30 Person Of Interest: Dead Rekoning 11:30 Worst Case Senario: Trapped In Extreme Cold - Survival expert Bear Grylls shows how to survive life-threatening situations, giving instructions on everything you will need to know if faced with a worst case scenario. 12:00 Extra 12:30 The Avengers 1:30 Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo 2:00 Danoz 2:30 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “America” (M a,s,v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 New Zealand On A Plate 3:30 The Amazing Race 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 9:00 Revenge: Sacrifice - Even with threats on their family closing in, the Graysons are in rare form as they put on a bold showing at their annual Labour Day bash. Meanwhile, Jack and Amanda sail off on their honeymoon but the seas prove to be deadly, and this time Emily can’t control the outcome. 10:00 Grey’s Anatomy: The Face Of Change / Hard Bargain - Competition heats up as several of the doctors fight to become the new face of Seattle Grace. 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Movie: “II Mare” (PG) 2:45 Green Crayons 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 FIFA Futbol Mundial 5:00 Massive Moves: Floating Fortress 5:30 Global Village: Saving Kirindy Forest 6:00 Canal Walks: The Caledonian Canal 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Mythbusters: Fright Night 8:30 Do I Drink Too Much? 9:30 Mad Men: The Chrysanthemum And The Sword 10:30 World News Australia 11:00 The World Game 11:30 Shorts On Screen: Mister Rococo Enough of life where everything is cute! This is a romantic comedy about a girl who gets over her lost love in a dazzling and heroic way. 12:05 Movie: “Vares: Private Eye” (MAV l,s,v) - In Finnish. Harddrinking private investigator Vares becomes romantically and then professionally involved with a beautiful but troubled blonde. A fast-paced gangster film that boasts a cast of shady characters who plot and double-cross their way across the country. A box-office hit in its Finnish homeland. 1:45 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 Compass: The Bells Of St Leonards 1:00 Q&A 2:00 Pensioners Factory 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: London 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Foreign Correspondent 8:30 New Tricks: Casualty 9:30 At The Movies 10:00 Jennifer Byrne Presents: Ian McEwan: A writer who has earned numerous literary accolades, with over 25 awards so far, including the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize, McEwan is one of those rare authors whose work is loved equally by both critics and readers. 10:30 Lateline 11:05 The Business 11:30 Four Corners 12:20 Media Watch 12:35 Raw Comedy 2010 1:30 Outnumbered 2:00 Planet Food: Singapore 2:30 Football: VFL: Round 4: Teams TBA / 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 TBA 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 8:30 Two And A Half Men: Bazinga! That’s From A TV Show 10:00 Anger Management: Charlie Dates Crazy, Sexy, Angry Charlie makes an unpleasant discovery about Jennifer’s business partner. 10:30 Anger Management: Charlie Goes To War With Neighbours - Charlie upsets his neighbours by meeting with his clients at home. 11:00 TBA 12:00 Survivors 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz Direct 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “More Sex And The Single Mum” (M s) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 New Zealand On A Plate 3:30 The Amazing Race 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 9:00 Packed To The Rafters: First Time For Everything - Nathan is working hard to build a solid base for Saskia and Edward in Australia and accepts a job offer despite its obvious shortfalls. Saskia is excited to be joining him, but little does Nathan know, for the first time in their married life, Saskia is keeping something from him. Meanwhile, Emma is quietly giddy at the prospect of her blossoming romance with Craig. 10:00 TBA 12:00 Auction Squad 1:00 Home Shopping 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra / 5:30 Seven Early News

5:00 World News 1:00 Victorian Pharmacy 2:00 Barbados At The Races 2:30 The Biggest Chinese Restaurant In The World: Bright Future 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: Wine From The Lagoon 6:00 Canal Walks: The Worcester And Birmingham Canal 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Who Do You Think You Are? Lex Marinos 8:30 Insight 9:30 Dateline 10:30 World News Australia 11:05 Movie: “Road, Movie” (M v) In Hindu. Feeling trapped in a dead-end job at his father’s failing business, Vishnu grabs the opportunity to drive an old 1942 Chevy across the Indian desert to the local museum that the car has been sold to. Along the way, he picks up a young runaway, a wandering entertainer and a gypsy woman who all must rely on each other to survive the harsh terrain. 12:50 Anna Pihl 1:40 Weatherwatch Overnight



6:00 ABC News Breakfast 9:30 Business Today 10:00 Children’s Programs 11:00 Big Ideas 12:00 Midday Report 12:30 National Press Club Address 1:30 At The Movies 2:00 The Jonathan Ross Show 3:00 Children’s Programs 5:30 ABC News: Early Edition 6:00 Grand Designs Revisited: Belfast 7:00 ABC News 7:30 7.30 8:00 Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL 8:30 Tractor Monkeys: Anthony Morgan, Tommy Little, Noeline Brown & Akmal Saleh 9:00 The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting 9:30 Would I Lie To You? 10:00 The Thick Of It 10:30 Lateline 11:00 The Business 11:35 Identity 12:20 Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime: Ambassadors Boots 1:15 The Art Of Spiegelman 2:00 Planet Food: Israel 2:30 Football: SANFL: Round 5: Eagles Vs Port Adelaide 5:30 Eggheads

6:00 Today 9:00 Mornings 11:00 National Morning News 12:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show 1:00 Danoz 2:00 TBA 3:00 National News Now 4:00 Extra 4:30 National Afternoon News 5:30 Hot Seat 6:00 National News 6:30 A Current Affair 7:00 TBA 9:30 What’s Your Emergency? - Bonfire night results in a five-fold increase in call-outs. Meanwhile, the police are dealing with frequent caller, Lindsay Taylor, whose boozy bust-ups with her partner have resulted in 140 calls to her address. 10:30 Embarrassing Bodies 11:30 Weeds: Fran Tarkenton - Nancy has a tense conversation with Vaughn while the rest of the family scrambles to get passports for Europe and Doug takes a risk by returning to Agrestic for paperwork. 12:00 20/20 1:00 Extra 1:30 Danoz 2:00 Brand Developers 3:30 Good Morning America 5:00 National Early Morning News / 5:30 Today

6:00 Sunrise 9:00 The Morning Show 11:30 Seven Morning News 12:00 Movie: “Balmain Boys” (M v) 2:00 Dr Oz 3:00 New Zealand On A Plate 3:30 The Amazing Race 4:30 Seven News 5:30 Deal Or No Deal 6:00 Seven News 6:30 Today Tonight 7:00 Home And Away 7:30 TBA 8:30 Criminal Minds: The Good Earth 9:30 Hannibal: Potage 10:30 Strangeways 11:30 Man Up!: Diciplining The Keens - After they find out that Nathan’s allergic, the whole family goes on a gluten free diet, which leads to a weird competition between Will and Theresa. 12:00 The Take 1:00 Home Shopping 3:30 Sons And Daughters 4:00 NBC Today 5:00 Sunrise Extra 5:30 Seven Early News

4:30 UEFA Champions League 7:00 World News 1:00 Insight 2:00 Dateline 3:00 France 24 International News 3:30 Al Jazeera News 4:00 The Journal 4:30 PBS Newshour 5:30 Global Village: The White Gold Of The Pabellones Islands 6:00 Canal Walks: The Llangollen Canal 6:30 World News Australia 7:30 Wildest India: Western Ghats: Monsoon Mountains 8:30 World’s Most Dangerous Roads: Peru 9:35 Borgen: Count to 90 10:40 World News Australia 11:10 Movie: “Paris” (M l) In French. Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart defect. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than observe the people around him from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister, moves in to his place to care for him, it does little to alter Pierre’s new habits. 1:30 Movie: “Bad Habits” (M s,a,l,n) In Spanish. Set in a raindrenched Mexico City, this is the story of a number of people connected by eating disorders, religion and adultery. 3:15 Weatherwatch Overnight

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SUDOKU No. 145

Your  Lucky 


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TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st) You may feel that family members are taking advantage of your skills. Tell them that you have limited time or ask for an exchange of some sort. Romance. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet someone new. This person knows you, but is very shy. Seek them out!

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st) Don’t worry too much about something that is beyond your control. A solution will come if you wait. Busy yourself in the meantime. Romance. An unusual dream may worry you at first. The message in the dream will be much more positive than you realise, however.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd)


You could be approached by someone who wants to set a meeting with you this week. This person will be much older than yourself. Heed their advice. Romance. Your partner may be in a slightly strange mood. You’ll have to make allowances for them at this time.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)

A difficult family decision will be at the forefront this week. Be attentive to what others are saying and asking for. Romance. You will be feeling very confident. Your partner will find it great fun to be with. Your enthusiasm will help to cheer them and others up.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) You need the chance to get away from your day-to-day routine. Try to find an excuse for a short trip away from home. It will leave you feeling rejuvinated. Romance. This will be a good time for relaxing with your partner. Finish your work early so you can have time together.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd)


A difficult decision will not be any easier if you worry constantly. Put your mind at rest and the matter will soon sort itself out. Romance. Don’t spend too much time thinking about the past. You need to take into account recent changes which have improved your situation.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd) Some well-meant advice could be more of a hindrance than a help. Don’t rely on other people’s judgement when your own is better. Romance. You may feel completely in sync with your partner this week. It’s a good indication of how well you work with one another.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st)

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A chance meeting later in the week may be less accidental than it seems. They may have been seeking you out for some time. Romance. Both Venus and Mars are in good aspect at the moment. This could bring new endeavours to you and your partner. Are you ready?

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You will have a strong need for security this week. Your friends should rally round you and give you some encouragement. Romance. Your partner will be intrigued to find out what you have been up to recently. Try to maintain the mystery as long as you can.

AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) Look at all angles before you make your move. There may be something that you have forgotten. Double-check everything! Romance. Pressure from other people may cause strains in your love-life. Take what information you want from this and move on!

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th)


It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

– Charles Darwin

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You should be very “on the ball” this week. Activities which require clear, logical thinking will be especially easy for you. Romance. Someone close to you may soon be getting married. Your feelings may be a little ambivalent. Are you where you want to be at this moment?

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th) Your emotions will be much stronger than you realise. Don’t commit to any offers without thinking through them first. Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be ruled by your emotions. You will make a better partner when you are relaxed and realistic with your expectations.

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NEWS The Eustachian tube reaches from the ears across to the nose and has a branch going down to the back of the throat. Middle ear disease happens when bacteria and viruses from a runny nose or cold, travel along the Eustachian tube and get into middle ear.

Where ear disease strikes UNDERSTANDING a common cause of hearing loss among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can start by imagining yourself to be the size of an ant. That’s how the Director of Queensland Health’s Deadly Ears program, Matthew Brown, began explaining Otitis Media

or middle ear disease in a recent interview with Radio 4MW’s current affairs broadcaster, Jen Enosa. According to Matthew, if you were as small as a tiny ant and could walk into your ear canal you wouldn’t get far. “You’d walk a little distance and then get to


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your ear drum which is a very fine flap of skin,” he said. The skin flap stretches tight and thin, like the head of drum, across the canal. On the other side is a small space filled with air that allows the drum to vibrate freely to the sounds coming in from outside. “On the inside of the ear drum you have three tiny bones, the smallest bones in the body,” Matthew said. “As the ear drum vibrates, it makes those three little bones move.” This area behind the ear drum is called the middle ear and it is a part of the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube is inside everyone’s head and it reaches from the ears across to the nose and has a branch going down to the back of the throat. Ear disease is caused when bacteria and viruses from a runny nose or cold, travel along the Eustachian tube and get into middle ear. “What normally happens when you have a middle ear infection is that the tube closes up fluid - like a thick mucus or snot - that sits in that middle ear space,” Matthew said. “That makes it difficult for those three little bones to move when the ear drum is vibrating from the sounds outside.” When the sounds stop travelling to the brain properly it means kids don’t hear as well as they should. Middle ear disease can come and go throughout a child’s life interrupting their ability to hear and eventually cause permanent hearing loss. But sometimes not even the child or parents will know when an infection is happening. That’s why Matthew recommends that parents and carers always ask for their kids ears to be checked whenever they go to the health centre - even if everything seems to be fine. “There’s no shame in asking,” Matthew said. “Not just because are common but because hearing is such an important part of a child’s development.” For more information on caring for children’s ears and hearing, please ask at your local health centre or visit www.


FNQ residents at greater risk of dying from heart attack PEOPLE living in the remote regions of Far North Queensland face a greater chance of dying from a heart attack, a study has found. Research carried out by a national team, lead by Professor Robyn Clark formerly of the Queensland University of Technology. Professor Clark’s research found that increased remoteness is linked to a greater chance of dying from a heart attack. “Many Queenslanders live in rural, regional and remote communities which are naturally going to have more difficulty with getting access to major hospitals,” said Professor Clark (pictured).

disease each year in Queensland, and 4,314 coronary heart disease deaths; the second highest number in the country. More than half of heart attack deaths occur outof-hospital and 25% die within one hour of their first ever symptom. Most lives can be saved by getting people to “any” cardiac service within one hour (the “golden hour”) to open up the blocked heart artery. Queensland has the highest number of population centres (643) in the category with the lowest access to cardiac services before and after a cardiac event in the national study, based on distance to a major cardiac hospital and

“However, there are also some real issues with places like the far north of Queensland. “It is great Cairns Base Hospital has now upgraded its cardiac services to include a primary catheter lab, but this facility is not available 24 hours a day and the secondary prevention and cardiac rehabilitation services are over-burdened, which is a concern as Cairns is the medical hub for people living in remote areas in the far north.” There are more than 30,000 hospital admissions for coronary heart

access to medical and rehabilitation services. “Approximately 153,450 Queenslanders over 65 years live more than 1-3 hours from a hospital which is a concern as it is vital to Rachelle Foreman, Health Director for the Heart Foundation said the study emphasised the need for a focused strategic approach for heart health services to meet the needs of Queenslanders in regional and remote areas. “It’s important that people know the warning signs of a heart attack and seek help quickly.

People need to have access to triple zero (000) and emergency medical services as soon as they believe they’re having a heart attack because treatment starts with that call. “People in the regions need to act even quicker than city dwellers when they experience the warning signs of a heart attack as they have got further to travel to get help,” said Ms Foreman. “Once triple zero is activated, Queenslanders want to know they and their loved ones will receive the best emergency care and be taken to the nearest and most appropriate cardiac care to avoid death and disability from a damaged heart.” Ms Foreman also urged rural Queenslanders over 45 to see their doctor for a heart health check, so they know what state their heart health is in. “A heart health check can pick up whether you need medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” said Ms Foreman. “It will also show if you need to make lifestyle changes like losing weight or doing more physical activity to reduce your heart attack risk.” The Heart Foundation is also calling for greater investment in preventa-

Happy social life for over 70s PEOPLE aged 70 and over are happier than those in their 50s and 60s despite being more likely to live alone and have poorer health, new research shows. The findings were released in the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report Staying Connected: Social Engagement and Wellbeing Among Mature Age Australians. Chief executive Michael O’Neill said the results were surprising “This older cohort is more likely to report socialising as much as they want

with all the friends they want or need, so overall the quality of their social relationships is higher than for younger people,” he said. “But the study raised some worrying concerns about the well-being of people aged in their 50s who were more likely to feel isolated and lack companionship,” Mr O’Neill said. “Possible reasons for this include job stress or unemployment, sharing their household with children and the hours involved in caring for their elderly parents.”

tive health programs that encourage people to live healthy lives to take pressure off the hospitals and emergency services.

Former Anglican clergyman ordained as Catholic priest A FORMER priest with the Church of the Torres Strait will be ordained as a Catholic Priest this week in Cairns. Father Gordon Barnier will be ordained as a Catholic priest for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, which is about to begin in Cairns. Bishop James will conduct the ceremony on Friday, April 26, at 7pm in St Monica’s Cathedral. Writing in the newsletter for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School on Thursday Island, Fr Barnier said there were now Ordinariates in the United Kingdom and North America as well as Australia. “They were an initiative of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for former Anglicans seeking reconciliation with the Catholic Church,” Fr Barnier said.

“They are the fulfilment of the prayers and hopes of many Anglicans over many years. “The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross is similar to a diocese but covers the whole of Australia. “It is represented in Cairns by the parish of St Clare which will continue to worship at St Francis Xavier’s church, Manunda. “Most of the parishioners are Torres Strait Islanders who live in Cairns. “The Ordinary of OLSC is Monsignor Harry Entwistle from Perth, who will be present on Friday.” All are invited to the Ordination to pray for and welcome this new venture in the life of the Church in Cairns. There will be a light supper afterwards.

Island creation story ‘a rare find’

By ANITA HEISS A FICTIONAL story that considers culture and the passing on of information and life-skills ‘long before the tall ships brought strangers to the islands’, Bakir and Bi is a rare find, in that it based on a Torres Strait Islander creation story. Like most Indigenous authored children’s books, Bakir and Bi has a moral; everyone has a deep destiny and purpose in life and that despite the barriers that come your way, if you remain focused, true and honest to yourself, then you will achieve your goals and fulfill your destiny. Set on the created island of Egur - ‘known throughout the islands for its beauty and abundance’- the story focuses on Bakir and Mar, their two children, and eventually the family totem Bi, the gawei (pelican). Through the telling of the story of the family’s survival, we learn about the arts and craft practices of the islands, fishing as a food

page and helps to raise awareness of island life - some of which is still practiced today. Author Jillian Boyd is also a poet and songwriter born and raised on Thursday Island and she is passionate about shaping our future Indigenous leaders. It’s no doubt why she paired up with her niece Tori-Jay Mordey, also born on TI. Readers may well be, as I was, surprised to find that Tori-Jay at only 18 years of age comes across as a seasoned artist. Bakir and Bi was the winner of the 2012 State Library of ANITA HEISS source, and that island living is QLD black+write! Indigenous ‘the perfect life’, that is, until WritingFellowship. And holding the 62-page beautifully illustrated famine strikes. When times are incredibly hardcover book, there’s no questough and family may be forced tion why it won. The work fills a huge gap in the to turn on each other, there is a reminder that faith, respect for stories of the Torres Strait, and it the family totem, and belief in is a first-class production. Anita Heiss is a contemporary yourself will help you reach a Australian author of Austrian and positive ending. The book weaves the unique Indigenous Australian descent. Dr Heiss writes online at Torres Strait Islander language, customs and beliefs through each Torres News 22 - 28 April 2013 Page 21


Nathan Jawai’s long journey from Bamaga to Europe From FEW, if any, players have journeyed so far to join the Turkish Airlines Euroleague as FC Barcelona Regal center Nathan Jawai. Growing up in the town of Bamaga, rugby and fishing were his sports. A basketball career in Europe was beyond Jawai’s wildest dreams. When Jawai took up the sport as a teenager, however, it started him on a journey to him becoming the first indigenous Australian to play in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. “I never felt I would be out here playing,” Jawai says. “I never felt my career would come here. I never felt my career would leave Australia.” Jawai’s rugged play and his playful personality make sense together when you hear how he spent his days as a boy in Bamaga. With the waters of the Great Barrier Reef as their swimming pool, Jawai and his friends liked to catch seafood by going crayfish diving. “We would dive, probably about 10 to 12 feet under water, looking for lobsters,” he says. TALI Tabuai, of Saibai descent, is following in his older brother’s footsteps. Tali, who lives in Cairns, is preparing to pound the pavements of New York in the 2013 New York Marathon, after being named in the 12-member Indigenous Marathon Project squad

“It is a fun thing to do, but also could be dangerous, because of sharks.” From Bamaga, it was impossible for a young Jawai to imagine himself in Barcelona now. “Real remote, small, everybody knew each other,” Jawai says. “Bamaga is a great, relaxed city. I mean, town . . . There was not much to do, but we found things to do. “We would go out fishing, hunting, and stuff like that. When I was growing up, you had to find stuff to do yourself. I did not have malls to go to, or PlayStation 3. “It was difficult . . . My very first things were fishing and rugby. I love to go fishing. “Every day after school, my best friend and I would head out. Also, number one sport in the community was rugby league, and that is what I grew up playing. “So, being physical in the paint is kind of nothing for me, because I’m used to it.” (Jawai stands at 208cm and weighs 127kg).

Sometimes in the off-season, Jawai likes to return home, go crayfish diving and fishing, but he has found fun without the danger in basketball. He started to play at age 16, when his uncle Danny Morseu suggested that Jawai give basketball a try. Jawai decided to take it up for a year, showed great talent, and was selected to the Australian Institute of Sport. “The institute is the biggest thing in Australian basketball, and it carried on from there,” Jawai explains. “I started professionally in Cairns, then I got drafted in the NBA, and now I’m here in the Euroleague.” Soon after playing for the Cairns Taipans, in 2008, Jawai was already heading

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for the IMP tryouts in Cairns. Then on Tuesday, April 9, organisers announced he had made the grade. The 2013 Project, that saw in excess of 100 applications from every corner of the country, annually selects, trains, educates and takes a group of outstanding Indigenous Australians to compete alongside 47,000 other competitors at the world’s biggest marathon. IMP is now in its fourth year and has seen 20 Indigenous athletes cross the finish line

of a number of major international marathons, including New York, Boston and Tokyo. The squad will meet for the first time when they come together in Canberra in May for their first training camp, which will not only include a number of training sessions, but will see athletes start units of their Certificate IV in Health and Leisure, that will assist with employment in health related fields. The final team to travel to New York in November will be announced following a 30km time trial in Alice Springs in September.


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“When I go back home, I know a lot of people, and back in my community we kind of have a drug and alcohol problem,” he says. “Being the first one to get out of there is kind of saying to younger kids growing up that they can do it, too. It says that you do not have to take the path of doing drugs and alcohol. “So, yes, I’m proud to be the first, and I am blessed, too.”

Tali Tabuai at the Indigenous Marathon Project tryouts in Cairns last month.

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to the NBA, and two years later landed in Europe to join Partizan Belgrade in 2010. Wearing the black-andwhite jersey for Partizan’s faithful in one of the loudest arenas in all of sports was quite an introduction for Jawai to the Euroleague. “It was a great experience, great organisation with a winning tradition. It was fun,” he says. “Obviously, the atmosphere in Serbia is very phenomenal. Partizan has great fans, probably the best fans in the world. It was crazy, the atmosphere was just blowing. Very different from the NBA and from other leagues I was playing in.” With Partizan, Jawai aver-

aged 9.1 points and 5 rebounds as one of the most-important pieces on a team that went to Top 16. The next summer, he moved to Unics Kazan of Russia. There, Jawai made another extra step, advancing to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs, where Unics was eliminated in three games against his current team, Barcelona. This year, Jawai is again in the playoffs, but he wants make it even further, to his first Final Four, in London starting May 10. Regardless of the outcome of the season, though, Jawai can already consider himself a true globetrotter. “I’m in Europe and it is a blessing,” he says. “It is amazing how basketball can take you to many different places, and different countries. You meet many different coaches, and a lot of good people. Basketball has been good.” Despite his many travels, Jawai never forgets his origins. He uses is status as an ambassador from his community on the world stage to reach out to youth in his community.

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From left are Chris, Robbie and Michael Cedar. By ALF WILSON TORRES Strait Island man Robbie Cedar is seeking support in a bid to help the Townsville Crocodiles remain in the National Basketball League. It comes after the Barrier Reef Basketball Pty Ltd company handed back its licence to Basketball Australia after losing $2.5 million. Mr Cedar supports and is working with a local breakaway group, which includes former Crocs general manager Pat Reidy and marketing manager Mark McGregor, who are trying to resurrect the club by initiating a community ownership scheme. Of Darnley Island descent, Mr Cedar’s son Michael and Chris have been star players for the Crocs, which failed to make the playoffs last season. “I am seeking support in regards to the re-establishment of the Townsville Crocodiles working with Pat Reidy, Mark McGregor and Cam Whiting. “The community-owned concept follows the footsteps of footsteps of the Cairns Taipans and other NBL clubs in the past,” Mr Cedar said. The Crocs and Taipans have been bitter on-field rivals in past years. But even supporters of the Taipans have got behind the Crocs bid to stay in the competition. Mr Cedar said Torres Strait Islanders were generally big basketball fans and many followed the Crocs or Taipans. “The committee is seeking pledges to be a foundation


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Turkey a narrow leader

TI Turkey has scrambled to a one-point lead after round six of the Torres News/Sea Swift/ IBIS NRL tipping competition. TI Turkey sits on 38, one ahead of BigBalaBurger and KingTutt on 37, with Gilligan1 and esjay two further back on 35. Grouped together on 34 are Tigrrrr, BJ Danger, Leon Whittaker, Mr Spiggott, VooDoo Magic and Mugai87, while KPP, likefishingmore, Jooty, Vicki R, TiNell, Kandy and Barry Tarrant are together on 33. Only TI Turkey, King Tutt, Jooty, Vicki R and Kandy got all eight winners although most of the games going to form. BigBalaBurger, Leon Whittaker, VooDoo

Magic, beaniebuzza, Dragons11, Sarah Finnemore, HMD and Akilees were on the mark with seven. Many Rabbitohs fans supported their team who went down to the Storm which cost them dearly on the tipping scale, while the Broncos’ win against the Cowboys also proved costly as did the Roosters’ big win against the Bulldogs. This year’s tipping competition is again sponsored by Sea Swift and IBIS, with prizes valued at more than $2300. The winner will receive a trip for two to Cairns aboard Sea Swift’s Trinity Bay (value $1850); The runner-up will receive $500 voucher

from the IBIS. The Sea Swift/IBIS/Torres News NRL footy tipping competition is free - there is no joining fee and no charges whatsoever are associated with it. The competition is computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Torres News nor sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators. As the Torres News is printed prior to the completion of the full round of third-round matches, results published in the Torres News will be a week behind.

However, the up-to-date results will be provide on the Torres News facebook page and the competition operator’s website after each round. Staff from the Torres News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. In the event of a tie, the prize value will be divided among the joint winners. Only residents with local post codes and subscribers to the Torres News are eligible to enter. << See Page 22 for details.

Rising Raiders star proud of Torres Strait heritage scout Brian Edwards. Edwards recruited Lee to the Magpies under 20’s squad. After just eight games, Edwards contacted Canberra Raiders development officer David Hamilton, who signed Lee to play for the

Torres Strait Islander and Canberra Raiders rising star Edrick Lee in action for the green machine. ABOVE: Photo courtesy RIGHT: Photo courtesy the “Johnathan Thurston catch a Terry Campese he felt after scoring that By ALF WILSON cross field kick at the great try to give the Raid- and Matty Bowen have RISING NRL star Edrick 76th minute to score his ers a wonderful victory been two of my role Edrick answered swiftly. models and being at Lee is a proud Torres second try. “I was shocked and Townsville it will be like Earlier Edrick has ran Strait Islander whose father is from St Paul’s 50m to score his first four we celebrated but we a home game as well. But have to keep our feet on it will be a lot hotter than on Moa and his mother pointer. Speaking to the Torres the ground and make sure at Canberra. from the rugby league “I will have family News on April 17 from we get our sets right each stronghold of Badu. there from all over the T h e 2 0 - y e a r - o l d Canberra, Edrick said he week,” he said. In the Warriors team place.” Edrick shone for the was proud of his Torres Brisbane born, he Canberra Raiders when Strait Islander heritage was another player of they came from behind and said there was a lot of Torres Strait Islander started playing rugby to beat the New Zealand Raiders supporters living descent Dane Nielsen league at age 12 for Easts with Darnley heritage on Mount Gravatt and was a Warriors 20-16 at Bruce in the Torres Strait. “My uncle on Moa one side of his bloodline. top basketballer having Stadium on April 13. There were no NRL represented the Brisbane Edrick scored two has a house with lots of tries in what commen- green in it and I send him matches on the weekend Bullets development of April 23-24 due to the squad before deciding to tators described as a anything I get. “I have lots of rela- Australia versus NZ Test. focus on rugby league. Houdini-like win which However the folIn 2010, Lee was left the Raiders sitting in tives on the islands, in ninth place on the ladder Cairns, Townsville, Bris- lowing Saturday at playing in Brisbane’s from three wins and as bane, the Gold Coast and Townsville’s 1800Smiles division two competition even Mount Isa. After the Stadium the Canberra for Mt Gravatt, situated many losses. Amongst the taller season I intend getting Raiders take on the North in the Brisbane Broncos players in the NRL at back up to the Torres Queensland Cowboys official catchment area, and Edrick is looking when he was spotted by 199cm, flying winger Strait,” he said. Souths Logan Magpies Asked what emotions forward to that. Edrick jumped high to Page 24 Torres News 22 - 28 April 2013

Raiders Toyota Cup side for 2011. Edrick may not be as well known as famous NRL champions of Torres Strait Islander descent in Broncos’ Sam Thaiday (Yam) and Josh Hoffman and Bulldogs’

Ben Barba, with Boigu connections. But in his current excellent form and with natural improvement he is certainly one of the promising youngsters in the NRL who is going places.

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