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History repeating as One Nation implodes

JUST five months after the Coalition government’sill-considered double dissolution election opened the door for fringe parties to swoop on theSenate, one of the biggest beneficiaries is in disarray.
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The controversial Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party took advantageof an electorate clearly disenchanted with the major parties and the full Senate election to win four upper house seats.

Supporters hailed the election of Pauline Hanson, Malcolm Roberts, Brian Burston and Rod Culletonas a turning point in Australian politics.

There were many who perceived One Nation’sshowing as a clear indicationtheir dreams of seeing Australia governed by a hardcore nationalist party could come to fruition.

One should takenothing away from Ms Hanson’sproven ability to exploit people’s fears through her often uninformed and unsophisticated view of a complex world.

However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s inexplicable decision to call a double dissolution election was always likely to weaken the major parties’hold on the Senate.

A full Senate election, as opposed to the standard half Senate election, loweredthe quota from 14.3 per cent to just 7.7 per cent, favouringminor parties andindependents.

But if anyone thought that this latest incarnation of One Nation, which has existed in various guises since 1997, would be any different to its dysfunctional predecessors, the evidence is not promising.

Already four senators has become three after the volatile Mr Culleton, who may not have even been eligible to stand for the Senate, announced he was resigning from the party this week.

For months Mr Culleton and his leader, Ms Hanson, had been locked in an unedifying public war of words that had increasingly overshadowed the party’s agenda since the July election.

Following its relative success federally, One Nation is planning a full scale assault on state parliaments across the country, possibly starting with Queensland next year.

But those horrified at the thought of the party providing anything more than nuisance value in the political landscape really need not to be worried.

It is only a matter of time before history history repeats andOne Nation implodes under its own incompetence.

– Ross Tyson, deputy editor

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Greyhound dies after drunk driver hits van

Bradley Dean, 27, appeared in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on WednesdayA WARRACKNABEAL man who drove drunk into a trailer full of greyhounds, causing one to beeuthanised and the trainer to retire, has been fined.
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Bradley Dean, 27, appeared in Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without an interlock device and disobeying a stop sign.

Magistrate Clive Alsop cancelled and disqualified his driver’s licence for two years and fined him $900 with conviction.

The court heard that on July 23 at 6.05pm, Rupanyup and Jeparit police attended a two-car crash on the corner of Deveraux and Kelsall streets, Warracknabeal.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Wentworth said Dean drove his sedan through a stop sign and hit a van that was pulling a dog trailer.

She said Dean had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.122 and was driving a vehicle that did not have an interlock device, which was a requirement of his licence.

The dog trailer contained four greyhounds.

Senior Constable Wentworth said the incident caused considerable suffering to the animals as Dean struck the trailer with his car.

She said one of the greyhounds had to be euthanised.

In the statement, the victim said the incident left him shaken and devastated.

He was on his way to his son’s birthday party at the time.

“I am a greyhound trainer and I spent many days, weeks and months with these dogs –I consider them likemy children,” he said.

“I am nowretiring from greyhound training because of this devastating incident.”

Dean’s driver’s licence was suspended immediately following the crash.

Defence lawyer Roxanne McArdle said Dean recognisedhe had a problem with alcohol and was receiving counselling.

She said on the day of the crash, Deanconsumed 10 pre-mixed bourbons before driving his friend’s car, which did not have an interlock device.

“He is now committed to changing his behaviour,” she said.

“He is extremely remorseful and acknowledges he was arisk to other road uses.

“He is loving of animal pets and he is upset about what happened to the dogs.”

Dean was also required to pay compensation for the dog that was euthanised.

Mr Alsop said he took into account Dean’s early plea and the compensation he would have to pay.

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EGFNL 2017 fixture

Boisdale-Briagolong will host Stratford in the first round of the 2017 EGFNL season.Round one, April 1: Boisdale-Briagolong v Stratford, Lindenow v Lakes Entrance, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Paynesville, Wy Yung v Lucknow.
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Round two, April 8: Lakes Entrance v Wy Yung, Lucknow v Boisdale-Briagolong, Paynesville v Lindenow, Stratford v Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Easter weekend, April 15: General bye.

Round three, April 22: Boisdale-Briagolong v Lakes Entrance, Lindenow v Wy Yung, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Lucknow, Paynesville v Stratford.

Round four (split round), April 29: Lakes Entrance v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Lucknow v Paynesville; May 6: Stratford v Lindenow, Wy Yung v Boisdale-Briagolong.

Round five, May 13: Lindenow v Boisdale-Briagolong, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Wy Yung, Paynesville v Lakes Entrance, Stratford v Lucknow.

Round six, May 20: Lakes Entrance v Stratford, Boisdale-Briagolong v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Lindenow v Lucknow, Wy Yung v Paynesville.

Round seven, May 27: Lucknow v Lakes Entrance, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Lindenow, Paynesville v Boisdale-Briagolong, Stratford v Wy Yung.

Round eight, June 3: Lakes Entrance v Lindenow, Lucknow v Wy Yung, Paynesville v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Stratford v Boisdale-Briagolong.

Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 10: General bye.

Round nine, June 17: Boisdale-Briagolong v Lucknow, Lindenow v Paynesville, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Stratford, Wy Yung v Lakes Entrance.

Round 10, June 24: Lakes Entrance v Boisdale-Briagolong, Lucknow v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Stratford v Paynesville, Wy Yung v Lindenow.

Round 11, July 1: Boisdale-Briagolong v Wy Yung, Lindenow v Stratford, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Lakes Entrance, Paynesville v Lucknow.

Round 12, July 8: Boisdale-Briagolong v Lindenow, Lakes Entrance v Paynesville, Lucknow v Stratford, Wy Yung v Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Round 13, July 15: Lucknow v Lindenow, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Boisdale-Briagolong, Paynesville v Wy Yung, Stratford v Lakes Entrance.

Round 14, July 22: Boisdale-Briagolong v Paynesville, Lakes Entrance v Lucknow, Lindenow v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Wy Yung v Stratford.

Round 15, July 29: Boisdale-Briagolong v Stratford, Lindenow v Lakes Entrance, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Paynesville, Wy Yung v Lucknow.

Round 16, August 5: Lakes Entrance v Wy Yung, Lucknow v Boisdale-Briagolong, Paynesville v Lindenow, Stratford v Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Round 17, August 12: Boisdale-Briagolong v Lakes Entrance, Lindenow v Wy Yung, Orbost-Snowy Rovers v Lucknow, Paynesville v Stratford.

Round 18, August 19: Lakes Entrance v Orbost-Snowy Rovers, Lucknow v Paynesville, Stratford v Lindenow, Wy Yung v Boisdale-Briagolong.

Second semi-final, August 26.

First semi-final, August 27.

Preliminary final, September 2.

Grand final, September 9.

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Warm Christmas may change cooking plans

BARBECUE: Father Christmas may have to change his barbecue plans if a day of total fire ban is declared on Lower Eyre Peninsula.Hot conditions forecastfor Christmas Day may force those planning a Christmas barbecue to change their plans if a total fire ban is issued.
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Lower Eyre Peninsula is expected to see temperatures risingfor the rest of the week with Port Lincoln expected to reach a maximum of about 34 degrees on Sunday.

Cummins is expected to reach about 39 on Sunday and Tumby Bay canexpecta maximum of about 36.

The CFS is advising households across the state that if a day of total fire ban is declared they will not be allowed to use outdoor solid fuel cookers such as a Weber, brazier, pizza oven or rotisserie spit.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Tom Boeck said there would be a warming trend overthe next few days.

“Temperatures will be rising up and by the time we get to Saturday it should be hot to very hot throughout,” he said.

“Sunday should be the same, hot to very hot.

“Inland temperatures will be near the 40-degreemark then become milder for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Mr Boeck said a cooler change should come through on Monday with a chance of rain and possible thunderstorms.

Ondays of total fire ban people can normally get a schedule 10 permit to use a solid fuel cooker but the CFS announced on Tuesday it was no longer issuing permits for Christmas Day.

An electric or gas barbecue is permitted provided guidelines are followed.

These guidelines includethe barbecue being within 15 metres of a dwelling, havinga four metre clearance around the cooker and a responsible person with a way of extinguishing a fire should be on hand.

CFS state coordinator Brenton Eden said councils couldstill issue permits in anticipation for a fire ban day however people should not rely solely on getting a permit.

“To attain a permit people need to contact their local government but bear in mind many council offices may be short staffed leading up to Christmas so it may not be possible to process,” he said.

Mr Eden said having a gas or electric cooking alternative would ensure cooking plans couldgo ahead.

Total fire bans for Christmas Day will be announced after 4pm on Christmas Eve on the CFS website.

Mr Eden said if a total fire ban was not issued in your district then solid fuel cookers could be used provided fire danger season precautions were followed.

More information aboutwhat people can and cannot do on a day of total fire ban is available on the CFS website at 梧桐夜网论坛

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Don’t leave pets home alone these holidays

Don’t leave me home alone!!As Christmas is nearly here and many people will be taking advantage of the festive and holiday period, please always remember to pay extra attention to ensure that your pet is going to have a great time too!
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Dogs and cats must always have access to clean, fresh water. In this hotter weather water must be checked and topped up daily. Frozen ice cubes for smaller dogs with a treat inside will not only keep your dog hydrated for longer but provide them with a form of entertainment as they lick the ice cube and then find the treat inside. For dogs of the large variety, filling ice cream containers are ideal for this.You must also ensure that both cats and dogs are provided a “safe area”. For cats this may mean a hideaway area indoors or a secure sheltered area in an outdoor cattery.

Dogs must have a kennel or enclosed run with plenty of shade. Place comfortable, appropriate bedding where your pet is to sleep, make this the place where you feed your dog everyday and leave a favourite toy to decrease boredom. Your pet will quickly learn that this is a nice place to be.Remember animals overheat very quickly.

DO NOT leave your pet locked in the car while you do the shopping. The truth is this is a very cruel way to die and your pet would much prefer to be left at home for an hour or so in its favourite place chewing on a treat than be subjected to temperatures in the forties locked in a vehicle.

In addition to this provide early training and obedience lessons. Establish that you are the leader and ensure you set boundaries. Funny as it sounds, cats can be taught to be out on a lead as well as a dog. Be responsible by always knowing where your pet is and it being under effective control at all times.

Have your cat or dog microchipped by no later than three months of age and registered with your local council. Desex your pet if you are not a registered breeder. This will make both a cat or dog less aggressive and less inclined to wander.

Do not overfeed your pet over Christmas. Remember chocolate is toxic. A raw bone for dogs or a nice piece of fish for your cat is sufficient

If you are planning on going away over the Christmas period please organise for somebody to look after your pet. Dogs need regular exercise and both cats and dogs love company.

Grenfell now has a locally based dog and cat minding service that is highly recommended. For further details please contact the Weddin Shire Ranger on 02 6343 1540 or if you wish to discuss any concerns please telephone your local vet.

Let’s make it a happy holidays for the entire family, including your pets!!

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