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When Second life was originally released mid-2003 it was an interesting concept but its uniqueness came from the fact it integrated a lot of commonly found features into a massively multiplayer experience. Four years later and the graphics are looking even blockier and the character animation is very limited and artiﬁcial. Having said that, there is a huge amount of customization you can do to your character and it is remarkable what the ‘residents’ have done with their new world. Many have started new businesses, and most revolve around virtual clothing stores, virtual real estate, casinos, and ahem, ‘adult’ services. The in-game economy, where real dollars are exchanged for ‘linden’ dollars which can be used to buy or rent a piece of land, upgrade your characters threads, gamble, or nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more! It seems like the games diminishing popularity is forcing the marketing people to hype the game up, although according to the developer, there are still well over 1.7 million active residents (players) who traded over $US1.5 million in the last 24 hours (at time of writing). While Second life’s key marketing message is that it is an alternate reality experience, many games have relied upon generating virtual
persistent worlds which immerse the player. The notorious Grand Theft Auto series has been so successful because it seamlessly integrates a realistic setting of a dysfunctional city complete with several radio stations and DJs, a day-night cycle, traﬃc, and people with diﬀerent behavior and reactions to the player. World of Warcraft is a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) with currently over 8.5 million players immersed in its fantasy universe. Players say the immensity and artistic quality and the fact you are playing other people, rather than a computer, add an unpredictability and freshness that keeps the game compelling, even addictive. So the technological ability to make immersive, interactive alternate realities exists but has anyone seen a pair of “virtual reality” headsets recently? The amount of VR hype in the 1980’s made us all believe that this technology would be commonplace, revolutionizing everything from town planning to education. Unfortunately it didn’t happen for a number of reasons. The headsets and gear were too heavy and the computers not powerful enough. These days however things have changed. The average computer is many thousands of times faster and games have been the key technology drivers behind the development of high quality real time graphics. Now virtual reality users can either use gear that is much more lightweight or take advantage of external visualization installations which can emulate a 3D environment without the need for headsets. To properly simulate an alternate reality there needs to be an interface between the machine and the brain to enable normal interaction with the environment. In 2001 the Japanese National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (JNISTP) predicted that by 2015, primitive neural interfaces would enable users to transmit commands to VR simulators. At the beginning of March 2007, Emotiv, a company headed by two Australians, unveiled a helmet which can control a player in a game by detecting the electrical activity generated by brain cells. The interface helmet, developed by former Young Australian of the Year and Emotiv president Tan Le and her partner Nam Do, can also detect facial expressions and emotions of users for possible use in game or simulation. There are a couple of other barriers to consider. Firstly, immense, realistic virtual worlds require the creation of a massive amount of highly detailed 3D environments, buildings, objects and plant life. Progress has
been made in the development of automated systems to process objects from real life into digital versions but there is no substitute for talented 3D artists and animators when it comes to creating imaginary worlds, which are the most popular escapes in the gaming world. Secondly, the software required to simulate a realistic environment doesn’t yet exist. Most cutting edge game engines used to power games running on high-end computers or next-generation consoles such as the Xbox360 or PS3 have high-deﬁnition graphics, some form of physics simulation, network support, sound, simple artiﬁcial intelligence and interactivity. Generally game programmers only build the features they require for the current game into an engine, because the amount of work required to produce an engine with full-range interactivity that a true VR system requires is monumental. Is any of this relevant to Canberra?
Guess which city is home to a group of leading developers and one of the three top game companies in the world?
Micro Forté’s spin-oﬀ, Bigworld, oﬀers game engines for developers of Massively Multiplayer Online Games that are fast becoming the industry standard. Irrational Games is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed games developers and is currently working on some of the most anticipated titles for release in 2007. Simmersion has developed a revolutionary simulation solution that allows users to simulate real or imagined world environments with incredible realism, context and geometric accuracy. Simmersion is currently building a 3-D simulation of Sydney for sale to councils, developers and property agents and is contracted by the ACT Planning and Land Authority to model the entire city of Canberra. So when it all comes together will we all be immersed in liquid goo and permanently jacked-in to the network, the Matrix? It’s unlikely. The cost involved in the technology
setup and the need to sustain these worlds through real-world funds will mean that they will continue to be temporary escapes, much as many games and movie experiences are to us today. One thing is very clear: the amount of virtual environments, immersive interactivity and 3D visualization will increase, with the promise of much more to come, as will the demand for skills in these areas. Study 3D! The Academy of Interactive Entertainment was created to support the establishment and development of the 3D animation, games and creative digital media industries in Australia. Recently Simmersion, Micro Forté and Irrational have all employed AIE graduates from both the 3D animation and games programming streams to support the strong growth these companies are experiencing. But it’s not all about games and visualisation. AIE students were recently visited by AIE graduate Robert Byrne, who talked to Diploma of Screen students about some of the projects he has worked on since completing his studies. Robert’s latest project was working for Sydney studio, Animal Logic, on the academy award winning Happy Feet. Robert was heavily involved as Senior Lighting Technical Director on Happy Feet, and led a small team of specialists to create the stunning lighting eﬀects used throughout the project. An experienced artist, Robert has also worked on other feature ﬁlms such as Scooby Doo with Photon VFX and various projects for Animal Logic. Robert spent more than an hour with AIE students, giving them some valuable insights into creating their portfolios and concentrating their studies to speciﬁc areas that interest them, such as lighting, animation, rigging or modelling. See www.aie.edu.au
CIT and AIE continue successful relationship
By Tanya Henshaw The Canberra Institute of Technology and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) recently re-signed their highly successful relationship for another two years. CIT has been collaborating with AIE for the past nine years in oﬀering ACT and regional students high quality animation programs. The joint CIT/AIE programs have enjoyed great success over the years, with graduates now placed in many local,
the ACT can use co-operation to win for students and the community’. Locally graduates from these programs have enabled growth in a range of emerging creative digital content companies including SimUrban, Eye Candy 3D, Catalyst Interactive, GeoScience Australia and Department of Defence. The AIE recently had success with CIT Diploma of Screen students working on ‘The Story of Ned’, Artword by Simon Cottee a Tropfest top 16 ﬁnalist. AIE oﬀ ers CIT backed qualiﬁcations Gibson, said ‘This is a welcome continuation in Screen and 3D Animation. of a partnership widely regarded nationally For more information on these and internationally as best practice. It is a courses, go to www.cit.act.edu.au great example of how a small city state like
Inner North businesses provide a small spark for families. B Y J U D Y E LT O N
confidence You want to secure your future and know prospering through property is an option. But you’re unsure you have enough deposit or financial strength and don’t know where and what to buy. So you don’t act. The reality is there are options for moving forward, even without cash or the time involved in becoming an expert in property. It’s important that you buy right, however, and use an agent who works for you. At Property to Prosper we work for buyers, not sellers. We’re not tied to one developer, set of listings or geographic area. We also have access to attractive properties not yet advertised, providing you with an ‘inside edge’.
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to 2,000 as word of mouth spread, and volunteers raised over $3000 for charity and community organisations. This started out as a small spark for families with young children which has rapidly turned into a big community event. ‘Our surveys showed people mainly came for the music and the community atmosphere, and they came back because they enjoyed themselves so much. We wanted to help families see that having fun is really easy’, said Jane Goﬀman. Following this success, ParentLine invites businesses in the inner north to support more Small Spark initiatives. Your help could include:
for a raﬄe, or a sausage sizzle in front of your business. - Free service: such as photocopying/printing, book keeping, IT support, or meeting space. - Advice and information. And the beneﬁts of being involved? Small Spark can be another low cost way of moving your business closer to your customers and the things that matter to them. To offer a small spark,
please contact ParentLine’s - Publicity: community noticeboards, Small Sparks Project Officer, signs in your window, information Judy Elton, on 62873833. table outside your business - Discounted or free goods or a donation - Help with fundraising: such as prizes
Please! Guantanamo pleas...? Posted by: Maddy Taylor on: 14/03/2007 at: 01:18 PM Tags: 9/11 , usa , terrorism So, good ‘ol Guantanamo Bay Justice has nailed the one guy, The Mastermind, responsible for 9/11 and a pile of nasties against America “Mohammed, a Pakistani national, also said he was responsible for a 1993 attack on New York’s World Trade Center, the bombing of a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, and an attempt to down two American airplanes using shoe bombs.” If they’d pushed harder, might Mohammed also have confessed to Cyclone Katrina? How can an obviously ﬂawed, disgraceful pandora’s box like Guantanamo Bay possibly think the world will take any of their prisoner ‘confessions’ seriously. Points for Mohammed though, at least he got his trial... Mohammed looks like he could do with a good sleep now.
Hicks’ hickup Posted by: David Toyle on: 28/03/2007 at: 09:35 AM Tags: usa , confessions , justice , guantanamo , america , legal Well the big wheels are turning Maddy. Guantanamo is under some pretty intense international spotlights and they’re pulling confessions like a dentist digging diamonds. Who can blame Hicks and his legal team for giving those soldier boys a slither of saving grace in exchange for a just trial back in Australia. The US Army doesn’t need to concern itself that the world is laughing at their pathetic whitewash of justice, they are trained to look within. Egos in tact, they’re sending our boy home. Today there remains a question mark on Hicks’ guilt. There can be no question about the behaviour of the oﬃcials of Guantanamo Bay.
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from the inner north of Canberra to help link families with kids under ﬁve with the community. ParentLine’s Small Sparks Project is part of a team eﬀort with Northside Community Service, ACT Playgroups, Barnardo’s, Campanion House, YMCA Canberra, the YWCA, plus many voluntary and small community agencies in the inner north to build Communities for Children. The scheme is part of the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities strategy. How can your business provide a small spark in the inner north? A recent community/business partnership in the inner north has been the aquaCulture Nights at Dickson pool in January, sparked when Jane Goﬀman (of Active Planning) and a group of mums saw an opportunity to create a local event that would be fun for families with young children. Jane worked with pool managers who supported the idea of live music and fund-raising on Saturday nights, and agreed to keep the pool open later. Attendance ﬁgures of over 1,000 by the third night in 2006 demonstrated the event’s popularity, so this year funding from the North Canberra Community Council and Tradies made it possible to hire clowns and circus performers, and oﬀer a wider range of foods. Attendance doubled
national and international ﬁlm, television, games and production studios. Graduates have worked on many of the worlds largest animated ﬁlm productions, such as the academy award winning Happy Feet and TV shows such as David Tench Tonight and the Shapies. Dr Colin Adrian, Chief Executive of CIT said “CIT is delighted to continue such a valuable relationship with the AIE. It allows the CIT to continue to oﬀer animation programs that satisfy an important and growing industry here in the ACT, nationally and abroad.” AIE Chief Executive Oﬃcer, Mr Ian
Blowing up Australia
May/June will see Australia host the largest military exercises we’ve ever had in peacetime - Talisman Sabre 07. B Y D AV I D B R A D B U R Y Guam to drop their live payload from 5 kilometres high on Delamare bombing range near Katherine NT and live ﬁre exercises involving many Abrams tanks rumbling across the landscape at Bradshaw tank range (surrounded by Bradshaw national park south of Darwin, target practising on country against the wishes of the senior Aboriginal elders, custodians of that country...). These military exercises and their coordination in both states will be beamed live via satellite from tiny cameras on the tanks, bombers, landing craft, army commanders’ lapels etc to the coordinating War Room at Newcastle where the US and Australian generals will call the shots Troops and sailors will take place in of what is ﬁred next. Son of Star Wars has bombarding our shores and fragile landscape, arrived in Australia! storming our beaches, gunning down I don’t know how you feel about that, but ‘terrorists’ in the newly built urban guerrilla I am still disgusted that Australia supports warfare training centre, testing their latest the US so sycophantically in this bullshit laser guided missiles and ‘smart’ bombs in War on Terror. Our unholy crusade at the some of the most pristine wilderness I’ve latest count had 653,000 innocent people ever seen on this planet - and in 30-years of in Iraq killed-even if its half this number comprehensively and methodically counted making ﬁlms, I’ve seen a lot of this planet. Idyllic Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton number, its still a national and immoral will cop it all - live aerial bombing, ship to disgrace that we have lent our name and shore naval ﬁrings, underwater depth charges support to such a huge number of innocent exploded in areas where turtles and dugong people murdered in our nation’s name. breed, nuclear subs using high level sonar Next year’s Talisman Sabre exercises are a frequency which zaps the hearing of sea life con for blatant continuing militarism of and mammals, nuclear aircraft carriers inside a similar vein post Afghanistan and Iraq. the so-called Great Barrier Reef marine We are now about to pollute our own most national park(!), land based artillery ﬁrings pristine areas, far away from the centres of population by letting the US military test blasting the hell out of areas where the most amazing their latest weapons here. There are big plans by British Aerospace biodiversity in Australia is to be found. Shoalwater Bay covers 740,000 hectares and and the other arms manufacturers to quietly is almost unique in our climatic landscape turn the depressed Rockhampton area into because it is a cross over point for tropical, a big arms manufacturing industrial estate. sub tropical and temperate zones giving rise So not only will we export our soldiers who are the best there is to to an amazing variety of many species of ﬂora and wildlife, birds, sea adventurist wars overseas, we are about to see an explosion in Australia manufacturing creatures etc). Anyone who has seen Al Gore’s ﬁlm has to and exporting weapons of war. ask why are we allowing such madness to Not particularly drawn to military phrases, take place and wanton misuse of resources we have to ‘draw a line in the sand’ and to further add to the huge level of CO2 put say when ‘enough is enough’. It’s time my friends, to stop this madness and our up into the atmosphere in exercises such as these at a time when we all should be complicity in it. combining forces in the War for Our With a view to oppose these exercises, a group of people from around Australia Survival. These live munitions actions at Shoalwater with peace activist credentials had a phone Bay will run simultaneously with US link up and spoke for an hour about our bombing runs by Stealth, B1 and B52 willingness to combine forces and oppose bombers (just one B52 bomber carries 30 these exercises. tonnes of bombs -needs three semi trailers We plan to put on a big concert at Yeppoon ADPA06v5a_v2.ai 22/09/2006 12:41:13 PM to load it up with its bombload...) from and have people come from all over Australia to take part in that concert and choose, if they wish, to be part of non violent actions to oppose the war and Australia’s involvement in such wars. Through my contact with musicians like Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil (friends from University days), John Butler, Deborah Conway, Robyn Archer, Kev Carmody and actors Judy Davis, Geoﬀrey Rush, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, we intend to put on a big concert which will spill into the evening with relevant ﬁlms and speakers to raise awareness of just what Australia has “The ﬁeld training portion of Talisman Saber 2007 will be conducted 19 June – 2 July 2007, with force preparation and deployment of forces 12 -18 June 2007. Current planning shows indicative Australian forces likely to participate are 20 ships, 25 aircraft and 7500 personnel. Indicative US forces likely to take part are 10 ships (including a carrier Battle Group), 100 aircraft and 9000 personnel. Personnel and aircraft numbers include those embarked in ships, however, the number of personnel involved in Talisman Saber 2007 will ﬂuctuate according to operational requirements throughout the exercise.” From Department of Defence
signed up for with this new secret treaty then Defence Minister Robert Hill and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer signed with Rumsfeld and Powell back in July 2004. It is that secret treaty which is allowing the Americans to come here and do what they want –without so much as an environmental impact study being done before or after the exercises. We need people in communities right along the eastern seaboard to be actively involved in this campaign to build awareness amongst your local communities and to take on the role of being local coordinators as the campaign builds over the next six months, to help with the logistics of organising people to come by bus, peace train, cars, planes to be there in June for that concert and weekend leading into week of actions. Some people with work or other commitments will only be able to come for a few days, perhaps the weekend. No matter. We have to send a BIG message to the rest of our apathetic and many indiﬀerent Australians and the government that this is not on any more. Please look at this website and subscribe to it to keep generally informed of what is happening, how to link up people in your localcommunity if you want to help make this peace convergence a BIG event. www. peaceconvergence.com If you would like to be part of the actual organising please email Dimity Hawkins from MAPW (Medical Association for the Prevention of War)- dimity.hawkins@ mapw.org.au and ask her to put you on the list for organising. That way you will be told when the next national phone link up is happening and other important info to let folks in your respective communities know over the coming months as we seek to build awareness and a ‘buzz’ about being at the Talisman Sabre peace concert etc. But we want people who will DO, not just talk about it. Okay, thanks for reading this and taking it on board hopefully in a world where we all have incredible demands on our time and stress.
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The Peace Convergence is only 11 weeks away and we are still in urgent need of funds to assist in the various campaign costs such as venue hire, material production, promotional costs, transport etc. All involvement in organising the Peace Convergence is voluntary. This June will see Australia host the largest military exercises we’ve ever had in our peacetime history – Talisman Sabre 2007. We are reminded of the horrors of war as we reﬂect on the fourth
anniversary of the Iraq invasion which has turned into a daily nightmare of bloodshed and sectarian violence. We cannot continue to ignore the daily mayhem our government has helped make in Iraq nor our inadvertent complicity in making that land a toxic and cancerous wasteland. Howard’s determination to turn one of Australia’s most pristine and biodiverse environments – Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton – into a US military training ground and testing site for their latest weaponry must be stopped. Away from the media and with no Environmental Impact Study needed before or after the war games, l4,000 US troops along with over 12,000 Australian personnel will work together in the name of ‘improving interoperability’ to hammer the living daylights out of our coastline. In the Northern Territory, US Abrams tanks and B52 and Stealth bombers will drop thousands of tonnes of live bombs on the fragile landscape against the wishes of the traditional owners. We refuse to turn a blind eye to what is being done on our own native soil, all in the name of reﬁning the so-called War on Terror. You can lend your support by coming to Shoalwater Bay in June 18-24 and concert in Brisbane on 16 June, joining a local peace group who are working on raising awareness about the war games and/or making a donation to the Peace Convergence.
Please considering making a direct deposit to: Brisbane Anti-Bases Coalition Bank: Members and Education Credit Union, Ltd. (MECU) BSB: 803140 Account Number: 23154672 Legal Support Account Number:23154671 (If possible, please inform us if you deposit money directly.) Or send a cheque made out to” “Brisbane Anti-Bases Collective” PO Box 5829 WEST END QLD 4101 For more information visit www. peaceconvergence.com. Mobile: 0432 563967
Quota’s “Shrinking Violets” downsize for Cancer Members of the Canberra Quota Club batted the bulge for a good cause at the end of March. 16 of its 21 members entered the Relay for Life to raise funds in a fun and worthwhile way through sponsorship to lose weight. If you would like to chip in, please contact Hope Steele, Fundraising Manager, Cancer Council ACT on 6291 9328 Quota is an international service club committed to friendship, fellowship & fun. Funds are raised to support ACT
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Community projects, primarily focussing on the hearing impaired.
You take the high road Brigadoon at Bundanoon BY ALISTAIR SAUNDERSaunders
This year Brigadoon will have the honour of launching the new Australian National Tartan, the brainchild of Mrs. Betty Johnston of Canberra. Spectators are treated to a spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums display of highland music, one has really got to be there to appreciate the sheer magic of the occasion. At the Oval there are over 130 specialist stalls, selling everything imaginable, from Scottish pies to shortbread, from Clan memorabilia to souvenirs, even the Scots favourite Haggis! Everyone is made most welcome at the gathering and
Admission: Adults $15, Child $5, Family $35, (2 adults + 2 children). Further information contact 4883 7471 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Week A lot of noise about cashed up! aircraft noise BY STEVE WHAN
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There has been a lot of noise of late about ﬂight-paths, with both sides to the argument taking out decent advertising campaigns to sway public opinion to their favour. Yet ask the average bystander, and most have little idea what it’s all about. Aircfaft noise will become a sad fact of life for north Canberra, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong residents if the proposed suburb of Tralee goes ahead, according to Canberra Airport’s General Manager, Stephen Byron. “At the moment, 99.5% of Canberra and Queanbeyan’s 135,000 homes are completely protected of aircraft noise,” he said. The only homes aﬀected at the moment are 600 in Jerrabombera which are directly under a ﬂight-path. Canberra airport hopes to move this ﬂight path to the rural corridor of Tralee, making Canberra and Queanbeyan 100% aircraft noise free. Quenbeyan Mayor Frank Pangallo argues that Tralee should be developed in order to provide Queanbeyan and Jerabombera residents better school and sporting facilities. However without the use of Tralee as a residential-free ﬂight-path, aircraft noise would diﬀered to Canberra. An independent planning inquiry set up last year by NSW Minister of planning Frank Sator concluded that houses should not be built at Tralee due to aircraft noise and should instead be built at Googong, which will give 25 years worth of land supply to the Queanbeyan region. The Queanbeyan Council is currently dealing with three separate applications for residential growth, one of which is in Googong, said Mr Pangallo. The Council would like for both the Googong and Tralee proposals to go ahead, but
acknowledge that Googong is a more long-term option and is quite a distance away from the ﬂight path. Mr Pangallo argues that there is no conclusive evidence that Tralee should not be residential, however the airport claims his developers are relying on a 1998 planning strategy that identiﬁed the land for “urban” development, but not residential. This same strategy also stated residential areas should not be built under ﬂight paths. “There is no question that Canberra and Queanbeyan can grow,” said Mr Byron. They can both double over the next 30 years or more, without building one house under a ﬂight path. And I think that should be a given, not an aspiration.” Whatever happens, it is safe to say that a great deal of investment dollars are at stake here and both sides have deep enough pockets to put up a lasting ﬁght.
Bilingual families By Mandy Scott Canberra Region Bilingual Families has recently been formed by a number of local parents who want their children to learn to speak their family language as well as English. The aim of the group is to build a support network to help families access information about bilingualism and share practical advice about raising children bilingually. The group had its origins in a forum held at the University of Canberra entitled ‘When English is not enough: a forum to discuss raining children bilingually’. Over 90 people attended. They included speakers of Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, French, German, Vietnamese, Dutch, Sinhalese, Greek, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. According to the 2001 ABS census, over 13% of the people living in the Canberra region speak a language other than English at home. Canberra Region Bilingual Families believe that maintaining and developing languages in bilingual (and multilingual) families in Australia can play an important part in promoting social cohesion as well as preventing the loss of an important national resource. Possible activities for the future include
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Councils across the State will host Youth Week activities and we are making real progress in supporting young people to be the very best they can be. With almost $240,000 being allocated to Councils across the State this year, Youth Week 2007 is set to be an exciting week for young people in NSW and I am very pleased that young people from our community have the opportunity to be involved. Young people who would like to get involved in organising or participating in an event during Youth Week should contact their local Council, or visit the Youth Week website at www.youthweek. nsw.gov.au . Youth Week activities encourage young people to raise issues of concern to them and suggest ways of addressing these issues, show their talents and have fun. Young people play a vital role in our local community and it is important we acknowledge their valuable contribution and help them achieve their goals. This year, Youth Week will be celebrated from 14 to 22 April with the theme ‘Launch Yourself’. This is an opportunity for hundreds of young people from the Monaro area to be involved in creative activities such as live music, film festivals, forums, debates and sporting activities. By working with the support of local councils young people will be able to organise events and activities that are relevant to our local community. Last year, thanks to the Iemma Government, 152 Councils and 18,000 young people across NSW worked together to organise around 1,000 events for more than 170,000 young people.
BY HANNAH CORMICK
In the beautiful but rugged area of the Southern Highlands in New South Wales, lies the village of Bundanoon. This village over the past 29 years has gained the envious reputation throughout Australia as the Premier location for hosting the traditional Scottish Highland Games. Bundanoon is a comfortable 2 hours drive from Sydney, 1.5 hours from Canberra and the South Coast, which makes it the ideal location for travellers who just want to pop in for the day or for others who wish to stay and enjoy “Brigadoon” and the hospitality and culture of the Southern Highlands. “Brigadoon” begins with the sound of bagpipes drifting across the village from ﬁrst light in preparation for a day of celebration. All roads lead to Bundanoon or so it would seem as the village waits in anticipation, The opening ceremony begins on Saturday April 28 at 10.30am on the oval, oﬃcially opened by the Chieftain of the Day who in 2007 will be the Rt. Hon Mrs Helen Lawrie Liddell, British High Commissioner to Australia.
encouraged to participate in the “Traditional” and not so “traditional” games. Spectators can try their luck at “Tossing the Caber”, “Shot Putt”, “Haggis Hurling”, Kilted Races”, “Egg Throwing” and Water Toss. There is also a Bonny Bairns highland dress competition. The main event of the day is the display of strength the Tartan Warriors competing to lift the “Bundanoon Stones of Manhood”; there are 5 stones of incredible weight ranging from 100 to 165 kilograms. This really is a wonderful contest of physical
Don’t leave our destiny to chance BY STINA KERANS
Climate change is just one of 4 major world trends that will aﬀect everyone. Al Gore, states the case that, environmentally “Each passing day brings yet more evidence that we are now facing a planetary emergency”. It maybe easy to be lulled into powerlessness, numbed by distractions and/or exhaustion, or be seduced by the material world into greed and comfort. But our world has been built on the toils, wars, suﬀering, sacriﬁce and eﬀorts of our forefathers, who sought a free and liberated world. Today we are facing a new frontier, where we are not being asked to give up our safety or our comfort and march to drums with guns.
Today, what we do need to do, is create a unity in direction, with knowledge, so as to divert undesirable outcomes. So you are being Call to join a movement that has 4 levels of membership. The ﬁrst level is just for those that have seen the Power Point Presentation, “Our Place: Knowledge and Action” which outlines the 4 big global trends (climate change being 1) and then 4 local action strategies, that can assist into being, a world of ‘social and ecological’ stability within ONE generation. Knowledge and unity maybe important for each of us to have, especially if we hit an economic or environmental crisis! The launch of this movement is at the National Folk Festival, in the Global Warming Tent on Friday 5pm 6th April and is available on www.actlocalconnect.com
ACT Cricket hits some special sixes!
World Vision child sponsorship campaign in Woden World Vision is Australia’s largest overseas aid and humanitarian organisation. With the support of around 400 000 Australians, World Vision helps over 12 million people every year. As well as providing relief in emergency situations, we work on long-term development projects with local communities to address the causes of poverty and help them move toward self-suﬃciency. Information stands will be present in Westﬁeld Woden between 16 and 22nd April 2007. World Vision staﬀ will be on hand to provide information, advice and resources to the public about World Vision and its programs, particularly Child Sponsorship. Come and seize the opportunity to sponsor a child living in poverty and help improve the longterm chances of an entire community. More information email firstname.lastname@example.org. au or visit www.worldvision.com.au
Canberra’s mop up We all knew businesses that took the brunt of Canberra’s recent storm. Many are just getting back on their feet, some are months away from
Davide Green keeps wicket as Daniel Brown prepares another boundary! ACT Cricket Chief Executive Oﬃcer Mark Vergano said he was delighted with news Special Olympics ACT Region had expanded its program of sports oﬀered to local people with an intellectual disability to include cricket. With a Come and Try Cricket day held last month, Special Olympics ACT Region have added a tenth sport to their program.With popular sports such as swimming, athletics and ten pin bowling already in the program, cricket has been included to ﬁll a growing niche. “Special Olympics has been a fantastic organisation in meeting the needs of the disabled community to encourage participation in a variety of sports which cricket is pleased to join “ACT Cricket is pleased to be able to assist Special Olympics in progressing cricket for adults and children with an intellectual disability”, Mr Vergano said. Special Olympics is a not for proﬁt organisation that oﬀers sports training and competition for adults and children with an intellectual disability. Children as young as 8 can be involved in the program. Discos and dinners are also held monthly which gives athletes and families a chance to socialise. If you are interested in getting involved in Special Olympics or want more information, call 6230 1069 or email email@example.com.
opening their doors. The Word wishes all these businesses a speedy recovery and oﬀers those that can demonstrate damages $250 worth of advertising when ready.
Jimmy mops out the Phoenix bar, while a taxi driver outside contemplates alternative routes to his next job... Photos by Phil Howeison
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Export-led growth for Canberra
In Canberra’s now predominantly private sector economy, exports are increasingly driving our growth. Development of an export culture isn’t surprising, given Canberra’s strong international orientation as Australia’s national capital and the strong and extensive work of the Australian Government internationally in both policy and operational work. That policy work has included working with the governments of our trading partners to reduce barriers to entry and open their markets to Australian products and services. Since the mid 1980s, this has seen the development of highly successful partnerships between Australian Government and business to grow our national income from overseas trade. And the contribution of Austrade to the development of local businesses succeeding as exporters in the face tough international competition has been huge.
It’s pleasing the see the ACT Government also engaging in an increasingly eﬀective partnership with local exporters, working alongside them at they move into fresh markets to help overcome oﬃcial indiﬀerence and to open doors into new relationships with customers and business partners. This kind of partnership between government and business is far more important in overseas markets than many people at home realise. Business people in other countries tend to accord signiﬁcantly greater respect to the position and stature of visiting government ministers than we’re used to doing in Australia. Hence the signiﬁcant role that successive ACT Chief Ministers and other political leaders have been able to play in support of local businesses opening up overseas markets. The present Chief Minister, John Stanhope, was particularly eﬀective in his leadership of the recent ACT Trade Mission to India. He paved the way for numerous introductions to Indian
business leaders that would not have happened if the ACT businesses had not had such visible and oﬃcial support in the person of the Chief Minister. We ought not to underestimate the value of governments working in partnership with local businesses. The participants on the Trade Mission to India are now busily engaged in following up their contacts and the business leaders are very appreciative of the role the Chief Minister played. Those who are planning to be in the forthcoming trade mission to China need the same support and are looking forward to the Chief Minister working with them as the leader of Team ACT. The bottom line for the community is that growth in exports from the ACT creates additional jobs in the ACT, as well as bringing new skills into our economy. It ensures our companies operating overseas are operating at world best practice. This high standard ﬂows back to local operations, so increasing
Family business and succession planning BY CHRISTINE VINER
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the same core considerations: • Family business members should be encouraged to express their individual wishes and expectations in an environment
• All relevant family members need to agree on the Succession Plan – if everyone cannot agree on a plan within their family, consider using the services of a specialist advisor who can assist with bringing the family together, mediating difficult issues and helping to draw up the succession plan.
More information on Succession Planning for family businesses can be obtained from visiting the Family Business Australia website on www.fambiz.com.au.
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Family owned businesses can be found in all shapes, sizes and industries. In many ways the family business is like any other business in that it provides products or services, has employees and generates revenue. However, the family-owned business stands unique in one respect – its principals and many employees also share a family relationship. This family relationship fosters bonds and behavioural patterns that inevitably carry over to the workplace and as a result this overlap and the intertwining between family and business interests and concerns can create special issues which exist only in the family business environment. One such issue, and one of the most important considerations for family businesses, is that of Succession Planning. A 2003 study* into Australian Family and Private Businesses found that although 32% of family business owners want their business to remain a family business, only 25% of owners have sought professional Succession Planning advice – figures which support the tendency for many to put it off because of the time and effort involved in reaching the best solution.
The ACT Branch of Family Business Australia (FBA) – a member-based, notfor-profit national network of owners of family business’ and advisors - says that despite every family’s situation being different, the solution to working out a Succession Plan actually comes down to
which is open and constructive. • Trust and confidence should be respected by all individual members. • Short and long term objectives of the business need to be looked at and balanced against the needs of the family. • Future issues and challenges for the business need to be anticipated where possible – and allow for flexibility. • All possible options for the business should be investigated including ownership succession or management succession, taking into account the implications and consequences for each option.
competitiveness even of those businesses that are not exporting. The general increase in business activity also ﬂows back to the community through increased GST returns that go to pay for our facilities and services, such as schools, hospitals, parks and all the other things that are paid for from the ACT Government’s revenues. So our growing export culture beneﬁts all of us. On another matter, as foreshadowed in the March article, the Council’s paper on the taxi shambles has been submitted to the ACT Government and is now posted on the Business Council’s website at www.canberrabusinesscouncil.com.au Dr. Neil Primrose chairs the Action Agenda Co-ordination Group of the Canberra Business Council and its kindred organisations.
BY NEIL PRIMROSE
Business and Bird Flu B Y B O B C R AW S H AW
Last October Australia’s biggest health emergency exercise tested the country’s preparedness for H5N1 bird flu. Exercise Cumpston 06 involved over 1000 people from Commonwealth and State Governments and other organisations. It provided a glimpse of what could happen if bird flu arrived in Australia. The Federal Government has committed $555 million to ensure Australia is prepared for a pandemic and the Brisbane exercise went some way to measuring how well that money has been spent so far. Pandemics are not new. There have been three outbreaks in the past 88 years. The Spanish Flu in 1919 stretched our health infrastructure and claimed around 11 500 Australian lives. The 1957 Asian Flu pandemic is thought to have caused two million deaths worldwide and the global death toll from the 1968 Hong Kong Flu reached around one million people. In today’s globalised, interconnected economies if bird flu reaches the point where it is transmitted from human to human, it is likely to travel fast and far and no country can assume it will be immune. The 2003 SARS epidemic showed how a communicable disease can impact on business. Australian companies can look to the Canadian SARS experience to see how a health threat can complicate commerce. When SARS hit Toronto in June 2003, it left 43 people
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dead and totally consumed the efforts of the City’s 7000 healthcare workers. It also rocked the local economy. I was in Toronto that summer and saw tourist numbers plummet, entertainment districts empty and retail sales slump. At the time the Canadian Broadcasting Commission reported the damage to Canadian tourism at $519 million dollars and 5300 lost jobs. Based on what happened in Canada, if Australia is hit by bird flu, tourism, travel and retail are the most likely sectors of the economy to suffer. If a pandemic really took hold current forecasts suggest that worker absentee rates could reach 30 – 50 per cent. This would leave many companies with minimal staffing, an uncertain supply chain and serious doubts about their ability to continue to trade. In the past 12 months the PR industry in the US has been focussing on how American companies should communicate during a bird flu crisis. The Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators have both featured the topic in detail in recent journals and conferences. And, in November the Public Relations Society of America hosted an online conference to prepare corporate communicators for pandemic threats. US thinking suggests good business communications will be vital during a pandemic. It will be just as important as any health measures companies are forced to adopt. Talking clearly and effectively to workers, customers and suppliers - without hype or creating panic - will be critical to continued trading.
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But US thinking also indicates that a major challenge is persuading companies to prepare a communications response before a health crisis hits. Many executives still remember the unfulfilled dire warnings surrounding Y2K and regard the bird flu threat as Y2K with feathers. So what does this for Australian companies? To beat bird flu, businesses: • Must have the people, tools and know how in place to clearly communicate with their workforce, customers, suppliers and regulators before a crisis hits. • Staff communications will be particularly important as employees grapple with concerns for their own health and the wellbeing of family and friends. • The marketplace will need reassurance that businesses will continue to manufacture, supply and deliver and can trade through any crisis. The PR planning underpinning the Australian Government’s bird flu strategy seems carefully thought out and thorough. But along with government communications business must also be prepared to communicate. The companies best placed to survive a pandemic will be those that plan early and communicate often. Bob Crawshaw is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and a Director on its Asia Pacific Council
like to invite local businesses to be a part of this valuable web-based resource. The businesses we seek are those who “go that extra mile” by providing for people with a disability, for example wheelchair accessible cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and health providers. The listing of accessible businesses will be free of charge and will assist people with a disability and their carers in finding ‘disability friendly’ businesses in our local area. We can be contacted for information on this new venture at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Contact: Kaye Dudderidge on 6257 1687 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New training opportunities Under an arrangement with the ACT Department of Education a series of courses are being conducted to assist emerging, new and existing small business owners and operators. All of the courses run through a small business networking group will result in successful candidates receiving a Statement of Attainment toward either a Diploma or Certiﬁcate IV. For more information about these courses contact Will Lewis on 02 9420 4322 or 0430 296245.
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Competition details:The first two women to phone the CWB office on 6282 6255 and answer the following question correctly will win a year’s CWB membership:
“How many CWB members are listed in the ‘Financial Services’ section of the Members Directory on the www.cwb.org.au website” Good luck – hope to see you at our next event!
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By Adrian Makeham-Kirchner Chicken little is alive and well. A message we seem to hear repeatedly is that young people can give up on the idea of purchasing a home. We don’t believe that the sky has fallen in just yet on home ownership. To help ﬁrst home buyers (FHBs) on the way we want to share details about available incentives, true purchase costs, some ﬁnance tools and oﬀer a method to genuinely asses your ability to pay. FHBs can access government incentives to partly relieve the burden of funding a home. The most obvious is the FHB grant of $7,000 available to those who have never owned residential property in Australia. Other incentives are targeted at reducing the cost of stamp duty. There is an ACT scheme to reduce stamp duty but it is inadequate for most FHBs. The scheme includes a means test and an asset test. These tests mean if you choose a property above $330,000, or if your household income is above $100,000, you will get no relief. In contrast if FHBs look across the border to NSW they will discover a much better scheme. The NSW option has no means test and provides a concession on stamp and mortgage duty for properties up to $500,000. The diﬀerence on a $350,000 property would be $12,250 in the pocket of the FHB if they chose NSW! These incentives are critical because purchasing property has additional expenses of 4-6% of the price. These costs include stamp duty, nuisance taxes, legal and loan costs. Incentive schemes can wipe out the bulk of this cost. Financing a deal is relatively straightforward for eligible FHBs. The key issue is the expected loan to value ratio (LVR). While you can borrow 100% or more of a property’s price, there is a direct link between high LVRs and high mortgage insurance (LMI). For example if you were to ﬁnance 100% it is likely you would be charged a once oﬀ fee of 3%+ to cover the insurance. This means without a good incentive scheme FHBs may borrow 100% of the price, but will still need access to nearly 8% of the property price to cover costs and LMI. There are literally hundreds of products suited to FHBs. While it is tempting to go straight for 100% or more, LMI issues mean it is easier to access ﬁnance if you have 3% or more for a deposit. This can be in the form of savings, loans, gifts or other liquid cash. If you genuinely cannot raise some funds there are alternatives that allow you to use a relatives home as security or more recently there is an option where you can enter into an arrangement with a bank to share the future value of a property. If you don’t want to risk it just yet you can get into the habit of repaying a home loan. Initially you can assess how much you might need to borrow for a house you would like to buy. Then use an online loan calculator to work out the repayments. Subtract your current rent from this ﬁgure. If you can save the diﬀerence for at least 3 months, then you are on the way to gaining the discipline required for home ownership – with a bonus of three months savings to contribute to a future purchase! If you need to know more we suggest taking ‘commentators’ thoughts with a grain of salt and having someone review your speciﬁc circumstances. It is possible to purchase a home with a bit of discipline, a level head and serious forethought. 1800 180 800 or 02 6284 3577 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mortgageaustralia.com.au
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If you want to build up your super and save tax, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute up to $1million dollars of post-tax money into super – but you only have until 30 June this year. From 1 July 2007, the level of money you can place into your super fund (post-tax contributions) will be limited to $150,000 per financial year*, potentially restricting the amount you will be able to save for your retirement. After this time, if you go over the $150,000* limit, your contributions will be taxed at the highest marginal tax rate 46.5%! Wayne Byrne, an authorised representative of Count Financial suggests now is the time to consider placing greater amounts into your super fund to minimise tax and save for retirement. Seek advice if you have funds available from: - The sale of a property, business or other investments; - An inheritance, windfall or payout; or - Any surplus money. If you are waiting on funds from a sale, you may also be able to borrow money over the short-term to place into super to meet the 30 June deadline – seek advice on your situation.
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Whether political leaders and public administrators know it or not, they’re all in the business of growing Canberra and the Capital Region. And a business that’s not growing is in decline. We are in tough competition with innovative and entrepreneurial regional cities, such as Geelong, Newcastle and Wollongong whether we realise it or not.. We’re in competition for people, investment, cultural and sporting ﬁxtures, infrastructure, quality of lifestyle and all the things that go to make one city a location of choice for people and businesses. And Canberra lags well behind. Our population base is too small to sustain the amenities and lifestyle to which we’re accustomed. We’ve lost our AFL team. We’ve lost the women’s tennis championship. We’ve lost the Australian Ballet. We’re losing our youth. Our public infrastructure is getting ragged and we can’t aﬀord to maintain it. Notwithstanding the current commercial building boom and the impressive building program by the Australian Government, we have below average population growth and our municipal services under increasing strain. And we can’t be complacent that the current boom will last for ever. It’s not the norm. And let’s not get caught up in a barren debate on marginally ﬂuctuating numbers. We have a problem – let’s turn our minds to solving it together. Canberra, with the Capital Region, needs growth for its longterm health as a vibrant community. The basis of growth is more people and more jobs. At this point in time it is simply more people to ﬁll the jobs we already have. Certainly, growth needs to be well managed for our future to
be sustainable. But we must have it. And “well managed” doesn’t mean the detailed oﬃcial control of a centrally planned economy. It means partnership between governments and the wealth creators, in consultation with a wise community. Which may sound idealistic. But our city is still small enough and smart enough to achieve such partnership and to be a leader in designing a postmodern democracy. At the moment, the biggest impediment to growth is the increasing contradiction between the old style of detailed government control and the burgeoning private sector economy that is the driver of our export-led economy. Old mindsets about raising public revenue are forcing up house prices, creating tensions with our neighbours in the Capital Region, restricting our ability to fund public infrastructure and hampering investment in new products and services. Those businesses that succeed in Canberra do so in spite of the prevailing “control mind set”. Much committed and earnest work is being done by our governments, but we are lagging behind our competitors – our governments’ competitors – because we are stuck in the mindset of the past. We urgently need a robust public debate among serious people about: • population growth; • the role of government in partnership with the private sector; • a diﬀerent approach to raising revenue for the ACT; and • diﬀerent approach to the funding of government services. The Canberra Business Council, with its kindred organisations, is preparing a series of position papers and public forums throughout this year to address these issues. The ﬁrst of these is on the taxi shambles. This is crippling Canberra’s reputation as a place to do business. It’s a major problem for Canberra residents. The position paper is soon to be published on the Business Council’s website at www.canberrabusinesscouncil. com.au Dr. Neil Primrose chairs the Action Agenda Co-ordination Group of the Canberra Business Council.
By Andrew Macintosh Drugs policy is a vexed area that arouses There are currently ﬁve Liberal members, strong emotions. People see drug users and four ALP members and one Democrat, fear the unknown. The traditional response and the Committee is chaired by Senator from politicians, particularly conservatives, Ian Macdonald, the former minister for has been to exploit these fears for political The community forum on the drug “Ice” ﬁsheries and conservation. gain. The outcome has been an over reliance held in the ACT Legislative Assembly recently Despite the cross-party composition of on law enforcement as a means of stamping provided more than 100 community members the PJC, its report was not received warmly out both the supply and use of harmful with information about the drug and its eﬀects. by the Government. The Parliamentary drugs. Part of the ACT Standing Committee Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, In 2003, the federal House of Representatives on Health and Disability’s inquiry into went out of his way to hose down Standing Committee on Family and the drug “Ice”, the forum included a panel suggestions the Government should Community Aﬀairs looked into drug of four experts who provided attendees refocus its eﬀorts towards harm reduction abuse and produced a report that was in with information on a variety of issues. and harm minimisation. He stated in the keeping with the history of drug policy. Dr Alex Wodak from St Vincent’s media that ‘we’ve spent $1.3 billion on the Although the report included some Hospital, Sydney, spoke about the chemical Tough on Drugs strategy and now is not worthwhile recommendations, it called for components of the drug and usage trends. He the time to be showing weakness in the the abandonment of harm minimisation as also discussed services available to users but face of the war on drugs’. the principal objective of the National Drug explained the diﬃculty in ﬁnding a solution to The House of Representatives Standing Strategy. its abuse because there was no legal substitute Committee on Family and Community The Committee wanted prevention to “Ice”, such as methadone is to heroin. Aﬀairs has also launched another drugand abstinence-based treatment to ACT Mental Health’s Christine Waller related inquiry, seemingly to counter the be the focus of government policy. discussed the mental health consequences recommendations made by the PJC. And This position is associated with partially reﬂected “Ice” use and the in the Federal impacts the drug G o v e r n m e n t ’s can have on a user’s ‘Tough on Drugs’ mental health. Ms policy. Penalties Waller explained have been increased the importance of for drug oﬀences, using de-escalation funding has been techniques, calming increased for drug a user during a law enforcement, the psychotic episode. Government has run The ACT’s Chief several prevention Police Oﬃcer Ms campaigns based Audrey Fagan on dramatic images highlighted the of the dangers work the AFP was associated with drug doing in targeting use and money has people who were been directed to at an early stage of abstinence-based drug abuse. In the treatment services. majority of “Ice” All the while, seizures the purity harm reduction of the drug was and other treatment between 84 and 86 services have percent. In some remained chronically cases however the under-funded. drug was of a poorer Given this history, The damages of even short term use of the drug Crystal Methamphetamine potency, meaning the recently released report on amphetamines users needed to increase their dosage to in its recent hearings, the chair of the and other synthetic drugs by the federal receive a “hit”, often risking over-dosing. Committee, Bronwyn Bishop, attacked Parliamentary Joint Committee on the The ﬁnal panel member was Ms Tina Van representatives from the Department Australian Crime Commission (PJC) is a Raay from Directions ACT counselling, of Health for publishing documents brave document. education and support service to drug containing harm minimisation messages, Most notably, in contrast to the report and alcohol users in the ACT. Ms Van saying ‘this document is full of harm from the House of Representatives Standing Raay provided insight into the life of minisation. The Prime Minister said that Committee, the PJC expressed unanimous a user and the diﬃculties they face in he is opposed to harm minimisation and support for harm minimisation and maintaining treatment. She recounted her that we do not have it’. recommended that ‘harm-reduction strategies brother’s own struggle with “Ice”, which She also reprimanded the ABC for using and programs receive more attention and resulted in his suicide several years ago. phrases like recreational drugs, party drugs resources’. “The forum gave Committee members and and harm reduction – all common phrases In its conclusions, the PJC stated that audience the opportunity to learn about amongst drug professionals. Professor ‘prohibition, while theoretically a logical and the many diﬀerent aspects and eﬀects of Margaret Hamilton, a respected drug properly-intentioned strategy, is not eﬀective’. the drug ‘Ice’”, Committee Chair Ms Karin expert with over 30 years experience in the It also argued that ‘the current national MacDonald said. “This drug is extremely ﬁeld, received a particularly harsh broadside approach to illicit drugs – supply reduction, addictive and can take a grip of a person’s for also using this type of terminology, as demand reduction and harm reduction – will life before they know it. The panel members well as for making the sensible observation achieve greater outcomes if a better balance provided insight into the drug, its physical that moral considerations have historically between these approaches can be reached’. In and mental consequences, the criminal played too great a role in drug debates. common parlance, this means there should be element involved, and the eﬀect it can have Bishop is on a mission to ensure the less emphasis on law enforcement and more on users personally and their relationships.” Government’s drug prevention programs on education and drug treatment. “The comments raised during the open are sensationalised, going as far as calling In addition, the PJC recommended that a discussion were very informative and for a campaign based around the message review be undertaken on illicit pill testing. we thank all who attended today’s that ‘this is going to scramble your Another important recommendation was forum and oﬀered their input.” brains’. that ‘public education and demand-reduction Several written submissions relating the In this climate, the Government’s drug campaigns for illicit drugs be factual, Terms of Reference of the inquiry have policy is unlikely to change markedly in informative and appropriately targeted’. already been made and further submissions response to the PJC’s recommendations. To those without intimate knowledge of can be sent to the Committee Secretary. Yet the members of the PJC have signaled the drug debate, these conclusions and Submissions can be viewed by visiting that there are now politicians from across recommendations may not seem remarkable. www.parliament.act.gov.au and following the political spectrum who are prepared to After all, they are rational and evidence-based. the links to the Committees’ page. listen and act on the evidence. But that is precisely why they are worthy of The Committee will hold two public Hopefully there will come a time special mention. Unfortunately, it is a rare hearing relating to the “Ice” inquiry. These when enough politicians recognise that event when any government body decides to will give key stakeholders the opportunity drug use disorders are a health problem make drug policy recommendations that are to address Committee members in person. that cannot be solved by harsh drug based on evidence. Public hearings will be held on Wednesday, 9 laws or sensationalised advertising. The signiﬁcance of the PJC report is not only May and Wednesday, 16 May from 9.30amAndrew Macintosh is Deputy Director of because of the nature of its recommendations, 12.30pm in Committee Room One in the the Australia Institute but also the composition of the Committee. It Assembly. Hearings are open to the public is made up of representatives of both houses and are recorded. Anyone wanting to appear of Parliament and includes members and at a public hearing can contact the Committee senators from the two major parties. Secretary, Grace Concannon on 6205 0129.
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Coeliac disease is one of the most under-diagnosed, yet most common chronic diseases and, if left undiagnosed, may lead to the possibility of severe consequences such as bowel cancer and osteoporosis. Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in 100 people in Australia but 4 out of 5 people don’t know they have it. Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease, which means that the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues. For people with coeliac disease, this is triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Symptoms of coeliac disease may range from mild to severe, and can include: Bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, tiredness, constipation, anaemia, mouth ulcers, headaches, weight loss, hair loss, skin problems, short stature (or in children, failure to thrive), infertility, unexplained osteoporosis, recurrent miscarriages and joint/bone pain. Some symptoms may be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or wheat intolerance, while others may be put down to stress, or getting older. If you think you have coeliac disease you should see your doctor. Do not, at this stage, remove gluten from your diet. Your doctor can order a simple blood test. However you must be ingesting a normal (glutencontaining diet) for these tests to be effective. It is possible to have a negative blood test yet still have coeliac disease. Your doctor will then refer you to a gastroenterologist for further testing. Following diagnosis and commencement of the gluten free diet the symptoms improve and the damage to the small bowel will repair.
If you would like more information on coeliac disease, please contact the Coeliac Society on 9487 5088 or visit:coeliacsociety.com.au Canberra contact: Lillian Triglone 6286 9577
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Good hearing is the most important sense for early learning. If you compare children who are born deaf which those who are born blind, by fourth grade, the deaf children will be two years behind the blind children. Good listening is the foundation for learning. Listening is what we do with the sounds our ear capture. 10-20% of children have learning and attention problems. The causes are complex. Poor attention can be caused by an auditory processing disorder, anxiety, learning disability, a food/chemical sensitivity or even giftedness. About 70% percent of children diagnosed with a ‘learning disability’ have an auditory processing problem. You need fast processing to understand speech. If it is slower than 100ms, you will not be able to distinguish “T” from “I” in the word “TICKED” and spelling will be hard. Processing slower than 200ms will add confusion of the “ck” sound. If it is slower than 400ms, you will be lost - the sounds will have no order at all. Children processing slower than 700ms have severe language delay and speech problems. The earlier you start treatment for a learning difficulty, the easier it is to fix - because brain plasticity declines with age. Hillside Health Centre (02) 6231 9111 understands learning and behavioural difficulties. We help hundreds of children each year to reach their potential - some come from as far away as India. If you bring this when you book a listening assessment, you will receive a free Sound Health CD of your choice.
Friends and family are often the first to help us through life’s challenges. It’s a great feeling when we can share our thoughts and emotions; to listen and offer encouragement to one another. Opportunities to talk openly like this can make all the difference. There are many people who live with bipolar and schizophrenia who are just like you. They too want to relate with someone, to talk about the issues confronting them. This was certainly the case for Peter Howard, a 23 year old chef who lives with schizophrenia. “Talking to people that couldn’t understand what I was going through was frustrating”. Peter says. Recognising this, a friend spotted a brochure on the Mental Health Foundation’s Peer Support Service and encouraged Peter to attend. Now Peter is able to talk through issues in a relaxed and friendly environment with people who understand. The Peer Support Service is a volunteer based program funded by the ACT Government. People can meet with volunteers to discuss their circumstances, opinions and to share information on services. Volunteers are uniquely placed to provide support to those facing challenges of living with Schizophrenia or Bipolar, as they themselves have faced similar experiences. All volunteers have completed specialist training and have a strong interest in helping others.
If you know someone who may benefit from using this service and would like to find out more information, contact the Mental Health Foundation on (02) 6282 6658 or visit www.mhf.org.au or email email@example.com
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Caring for Canberra By Dee McGrath
Carers ACT provides a wide range of holistic services for family Carers including: •Information; •Counselling; •Respite; •Advocacy; •Education Workshops; •Social/Networking with other Carers. The Commonwealth Carelink Centre will give you immediate access to these services as well as source information about all community care services across the ACT. The Centre provides a free information and referral service for Carers, older people and people with disabilities to assist them to live independently in their own homes, or to assist them with the move to a residential facility. The Commonwealth Carelink
Centre has information about: •Household help •Home modification •Personal nursing •Meal services •Day care centres •Transport •Special services for dementia •Continence assistance •Aged care homes •Allied health care, including podiatry, and •Support Groups
Centres can be visited in person between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or by a free phone call to 1800 052 222. We also have resources available for those who have English as their second language and for those with hearing or sight impairments. Translating and Interpreting Service 131 450, National Relay Service (TTY) 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 052 222
The Centre can also tell you about eligibility requirements for these services and most waiting times and costs involved. There are over 50 Commonwealth Carelink Centres across Australia and they are all linked by a free 1800 phone system which means if you are concerned about a family member living in another part of the country you can ring and be transferred through to their nearest centre for local information. The Centre for the ACT is located at Carers ACT at the Torrens Shops, although information can also be collected at the Belconnen office.
Breathe right to sleep right Every time John stopped breathing during the night, Bronwyn would lay awake wondering if this was the big one. After 2 years of sleep disrupted by loud snoring and sleep apnoeas Bronwyn eventually moved to sleep in a separate room. Even so, John’s snoring was so loud it could be heard through two closed doors and the sleep apnoea episodes were increasing. To make matters worse, John would suﬀer from drowsiness during the day and was often ﬁghting to stay awake at work. Eventually, Bronwyn insisted that he visit the doctor.
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John’s doctor conﬁrmed that he was suﬀering from sleep apnoea. Surgery or a machine to help him breathe were the more radical options to help control his condition. However, there was a natural method that could help him by addressing the root cause of his troubles: - the way he was breathing. Snoring is disturbed breathing, in fact ’overbreathing’. It causes a loss of carbon dioxide from the lungs. Carbon dioxide is very important for normal bodily functioning; it is logical to assume that the body must have some way to prevent losing it. In a person with sleep apnoea, this defence mechanism activates to stop you breathing when the carbon dioxide level declines too much. Another mechanism by which snoring can lead to apnoea, is when the excessive volume of air passing the swollen tissues of the throat, sucks the airway shut temporarily. The Buteyko breathing method works by helping patients regain control of their breathing volume and restoring normal levels of carbon dioxide. Practising Buteyko, John put an end to his disrupted sleep for good and regained control of his health and his marriage! Do you snore or suﬀer from sleep apnoea? Do you experience restlessness, excessive movement while asleep? Do you wake up groggy, un-refreshed or get drowsy during the day? Left unchecked these symptoms could lead to more serious health problems. Take control of your health and address your sleeping problems now. Buteyko Health Solution is a physiotherapy clinic specialising in breathing related problems in adults and children. Come and ﬁnd out how we can help you. For an appointment with our physiotherapists: Call: 6232 5222 Suite 7, Deakin Sports Therapy Centre, 2 King St, Deakin.
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had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two elderly gentlemen were talking, and one said, “Last night we went out to a new restaurant, and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.” The other man said, “What is the name of the restaurant?” The first man thought and thought and finally said, “What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... the one that is red and has thorns. ” “Do you mean a rose?” “Oh, yes,” the man said, and then he turned toward the kitchen and yelled, “Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”
The Word on Snoring & Apnoea ByTess Graham
THE WAY IT WAS BY FREDA KEMP
I was born in 1931. During my growing up years we relied on tank water. Bath time for three children meant about 4 inches of water in the bath and we all either got in together, or took turns in the same water. The cleanest kids got ﬁrst turn. Only if we had lots of rain and the tanks overﬂowed, were we allowed to ﬁll the bath to the top. I never put much more than about 4 inches of water in the bath for my children either, it was a waste of water. Bath night happened once a week. We washed our hands, feet and legs in the hand basin before dinner. Nobody would have thought of washing their hair every day, once a week was quite enough and sometimes longer. Men wore their hair short, women spent time before bed, brushing their hair which got rid of all the dust etc and kept hair clean and shiny. We did not carry endless bottles of water wherever we went, my children did not have bottles of water on their desks so they could drink all day. It is quite possible to survive on just drinks at playtime and lunch time. Nor did we have to wait to pay for our groceries while the assistant had a quick drink from her water bottle. Dishes were washed by hand. Just how much water does it take to run a dish washer anyway? I have never owned a dishwasher and never felt the need. I grew up in an ‘extended family’ and had seven children. Dish washing can be a fun time with everyone helping. To me, doing the dishes was a time to relax at the end of the day. When the children were small, they did their homework around the table while I did the dishes. I was right there to help if needed. As they grew older, it was the one time in the day, when I knew no one was going to come and bother me. And often a time for my husband and I to have a little peace and quiet together. Showers were not invented. We built our ﬁrst house, in a small Town in New Zealand in 1960. We had the ﬁrst shower in Town. [We also had the ﬁrst ‘family room’ by leaving the wall out between kitchen and dining room] I am not sure that the shower actually used less water but as the children grew too old to share a bath, it was quicker for each
one to shower. Children are well known for not ﬂushing the toilet. Ours was only ﬂushed when necessary. We never ﬂushed at night [I still don’t even though I live alone]. It was too noisy and woke the babies. Washing when I was young was done by boiling water in a large copper container with a ﬁre underneath for heating. The clothes were boiled in soapy water, rinsed twice in cold, put through a ‘wringer’ to remove excess water and hung out to dry. Washing was usually done on Monday’s, only once a week except for nappies which might be done every day. I had three babies before I got a washing machine. Every morning I carried a bucket of hot water to the outside laundry, washed and rinsed the nappies, wring by hand, and hung them out. My oldest daughter ‘helped’ me by standing on a stool and ‘swirling’ the nappies in the rinse water. A friend gave me a ‘wringer’ just before my third baby arrived, such luxury, no more wringing by hand. My ﬁrst washing machine had to be ﬁlled, left to wash until I came and moved it on for the rinse. Then put on ‘spin’ to wring the clothes. No one would have dreamed of watering a lawn. It only made the grass grow faster and then it needed more mowing. Gardens were watered by hand using a watering can, if they needed it, using much less water. The ﬁrst packets of washing powder were a great improvement on the old ‘soap’ method. There were only one or two brands, one specially for washing woollies. But who cared, it did the job. Shampoo appeared in 1953, One brand, sold only at the chemists. Dish washing liquid came in the mid 1960’s. It was sold by Garages in large containers and stayed frothy even after washing greasy dishes. The ﬁrst advertisements for dish washing products pointed this out very proudly – no more ‘dead and greasy’ dish water – the suds lasted right to the end. With all the changes over the years in water usage (and so many other things!) probably one of the very few things that has not changed is water.
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This new column is about hearing health care. As trained audiometrists, we invite you to ask questions about your hearing which we’ll answer over the next 12 columns.
Is a hearing test painful? No. They’re quick, easy and painless.
Where can I have my hearing tested? If you’re over 21 and not on a pension you can have your hearing tested at any private hearing aid clinic (see the Yellow Pages).
Do I need a doctor’s referral for a hearing test?
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he Executive Director of COTA (ACT), Mr Paul Flint declared that this year’s Seniors Week was the best ever. The Chief Minister, Mr John Stanhope officially launched the Week at a Breakfast at the Ainslie Football Club. There were more than sixty events during the week. Seniors were encouraged to attend exercise classes, go on walks around the suburbs, try their hand at sailing on Lake Tuggeranong, go supermarket snooping with Diabetes Australia, find out about the Independent Living Centre in Weston or attend free seminars that were held during the week. “Mythbusters” were introduced last year when the Mosque at Yarralumla and the Masonic Centre in Barton were opened. This provided an opportunity for seniors to discover something new about our community. These openings proved to be very popular Trudi Klingohr Kate Ernst and Sylvia Newell at Ainslie so we added another seven organisations. More than 1500 Seniors attended the two concerts at the Vikings Auditorium in Erindale. Major Geoff Grey was the Musical Director and Compare for the shows, which featured the RMC Band, Louise Page, Tom Millhouse, Gordon Nicholson, Graham Robertson, Georgia Pike and Joe McGrailBateup and the Legs Dancers. Both concerts were a great success. YOUR LOCAL The Great Debate was held at Old Parliament House with FUNERAL DIRECTOR much style and ceremony. I was that adjudicator for the debate and was dressed in the speaker’s robes, wig and all, and was accompanied by the Clerk of the House and the Usher of the Rod. The two teams, Kevin, Julie & Michelle Rostrum and the University of the Third Age debated the topic A family tradition of customer satisfaction “Old Parliament House turns 80 this year and is past its use – by –date”. Seniors Day unfortunately had to be cancelled because the venue, The Ainslie Arts Centre was badly damaged in the hailstorm on the 28th of February, and is still not Proudly Australian and family owned since 1900 habitable. We were able to notify most people that the day had been cancelled, but one of the staff and a volunteer set up a Morning Tea stand outside the building, so those who turned up were at least able to get a cup of coffee. Even with the cancellation it was a good week – It was QUEANBEYAN (02) 62971052 KINGSTON (02) 61660966 certainly on for young and old!
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I’m an aged pensioner. Am I eligible for free hearing services? Yes. If you’re on an aged pension or covered by Veterans Affairs (for hearing) you’re eligible through the Office of Hearing Services. You’ll need to submit an ‘Application for a Hearing Services Voucher’ which we can send you (call 6239 4944). The Office of Hearing Services (1800 500 726) can also send you an application or your doctor can provide one. Once your doctor signs it the application is processed by the Office and you’ll receive a list of approved hearing service providers. Do you have a question about your
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The great weight debate The International Herald Tribune, reports on a letter sent to the editor of the Boston Globe over 120 years ago. The author of the letter posed the question “Can a man get fat on doughnut holes?” And then the writer himself provided the answer: “Doughnut holes can only be introduced into the stomach by eating the doughnut whole.” So, at least in America, being overweight was apparently a problem more than a century ago. Today the problem is much greater; and it’s not confined to the United States. Australia is fast becoming one of the fattest countries in the world.
Capital Chemists care for the community in many different ways. Of course, we care for our customers but our involvement in the Canberra community goes further. That’s why we have allocated more than $200,000 this year to a variety of community groups and worthwhile causes. Find your Capital Chemist at:
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Being overweight or obese can significantly increase the risk of a number of chronic (ie, long term) diseases: type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease, high blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, sleep apnoea, heart disease and asthma. There are quite a few other conditions, as well; but any one of these is serious enough to start with.
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Obesity can also cause loss of self-esteem, social isolation, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and impact on the risk of developing some cancers and heart disease. The cost is certainly significant in health terms for every individual person carrying excess weight. It’s also an enormous cost to the community. Last year the Sydney Morning Herald reported the total cost of health care in Australia for people who are overweight, including the cost to employers from lost work days is a massive $10.8 billion – and increasing. Of course, it makes good health and economic sense to combat the problem of obesity directly rather than treating chronic disease conditions when they almost inevitably occur. The solution is not all that complex: eat smart and exercise more. The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report showed that fewer than 30% of men and 40% of women were eating the recommended minimum of four serves of vegetables a day. For most of us we just eat too much anyway. Over the last 50 years portion sizes have increased two to five-fold; and high fat content processed foods make up a larger part of our diet.
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medicines where claims of benefit can be supported by good evidence, only one, orlistat, (mrketed under the brand name Xenical) is available without prescription. It works byreducing the absorption of fat. Australian newspapers reported this week that the National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee has recommended Xenical not be allowed to be advertised direct to the consumer – apparently not because of any safety issues (it does have unpleasant side effects if you eat too much fat), but because advertisements may have encouraged “inappropriate and excessive usage.” In any event your pharmacist can advise whether Xenical is suitable to help with your weight management program. You should aim for a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25 (it’s a ratio between weight and height, and your pharmacist can work that out for you) and your waist circumference – no more than 88cm for women and 102 for men.
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