Council reform talks a priority for 2015

Local Government Association of Tasmania president and Dorset Council Mayor Barry Jarvis said the year would see some tough discussions. Picture: Mark JesserAMALGAMATIONS and council funding are at the top of the agenda for local councils this year.
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According to Local Government Association of Tasmania president Barry Jarvis, the year would see some tough discussions and hard decisions made among councils as the state government begins talks around reforms.

The Dorset Council Mayor said although the state government had been openly refused to force amalgamations, the fact it was holding regional meetings next month definitely demonstrated its interest in the matter.

“We believe a lot of resource sharing has been through necessity rather than strategic,” Mr Jarvis said.

“We believe resource sharing should be bigger, so whether it’s on a regional or statewide basis, that’s what we need to look at.”

It’s something they would consider in a national context, he said.

Future funding was the other hot item to tackle this year, with a freeze on federal financial assistance grants, councils will feel the squeeze and have to be prepared to make the hard decisions.

Mr Jarvis said nationally, councils would be funded 13 per cent less by 2018, with Dorset to see a loss of about $430,000 over three years.

Getting rid of the freeze on FAGs by 2018 would be imperative to the association this year he said.

Mr Jarvis said they would also keep an eye on the outcome of two federal papers to be released, one on federation and the other taxation, that could see all council funding go through the state government instead of direct to councils through grants, such as Roads to Recovery.

This comes as it has been revealed the Victorian government is considering putting a cap on rate increases to inflation levels from 2016-17.

Councils seeking to raise rates after that time would have to seek an exemption that would cover natural disasters and federal funding cuts. Mr Jarvis said he did not support the push because councils would not be able to maintain their assets long term.

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Bulldogs aim to kick on in winning form

Sam Haywood, coach Aaron Viney, Jarrod Price, president Mark Perkins and mascot Buster sharpen their skills ahead of this year’s NTFA season. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGSAFTER winning the NTFA senior premiership in its first year back in the competition last year – the South Launceston Football Club heads into the 2015 season in a strong position on and off the field.
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Senior premiership coach Aaron Viney again takes charge and said 2015 was about improvement as a group and as individuals.

“We haven’t put any expectations on ourselves, but last year we were hit really hard by injuries to key players so monitoring some older bodies has been a priority this preseason,” Viney said.

“We have a number of good kids ready to come into our side and have a real impact at senior level after getting a taste last year.

“We are welcoming a couple of guys back to the club that started their senior careers here in Jarrod Price, after spending the past four years with Longford, and Ben Haywood returns after playing with Fingal and Longford.”

Viney said the club had re-signed most of its playing group from last season with the exception of Jake Laskey and Kailem Baker who have headed to the Western Storm to try their hand at TSL level with the club’s blessing and Stephen Heppell who has moved to the mainland.

Off-field, the Bulldogs have a new president with Mark Perkins replacing Rod Patterson and a new board consisting of Andrew Claxton, Terry Coghlan, Louise Tarr, Craig Newman, Wayne Mitchell, Michael Quill, Jade Elmer, David Burk, Felicity Viney, Greg Prosser and Paul Etchell.

“After starting the 2014 with no teams and a huge amount of debt, also conflict with and little support from AFL Tasmania, the club is now focused on community football,” Perkins said.

“The 2014 board have done an outstanding job to get the club back to where it should be, on top, and we are also looking to open up the facilities that we have here for outside community users.”

Perkins said they already had a cricket side using the ground and a personal trainer operating out of the gym which local people could join and use.

“Our focus is well and truly on the community and families to be part of our club and this also incorporates our fantastic junior football club.”

The Bulldogs have resumed training on Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm. Viney can be contacted on 0438 431 025.

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Rowing resumes with a bang

A BIG rowing program will see more than 1000 rowers descend on Lake Barrington for the state pennant five regatta this weekend.
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Rowing Tasmania development manager Rob Prescott said the resumption of the rowing season after the Christmas break signalled the start of a hectic schedule for the next 10 weeks.

“We have about 1016 entries. It’s a massive regatta.

“Students from Aquinas and Trinity Colleges in Western Australia and Loreto of Toorak were here this week and Xavier College next week,” he said.

“They have been here for training camps and add about an extra 120 athletes to our program.”

The men’s senior single has 32 entries. Tamar’s Oliver Cook and Henry Youl will be up against Huon’s Wilson Mure, Toby Pitt, Sam Volker and Richard Giblin.

The women’s senior single has 26 entries. Kerry Hore, who has returned from a training camp as part of her Olympic preparation, will be one of the competitors.

“Tamar’s Ciona Wilson will be competing along with Huon’s Eleni Kalimnios who is on the comeback. Throw Meaghan Volker into the equation and it is another strong event,” Prescott said.

“The under-17 singles has five heats. Our junior program is very competitive with North-Esk’s Jack Barrett and Connor Ryan, Scotch Oakburn’s Sam Herbert and St Pat’s Ethan Malisauskas going to have a very good tussle.”

A full field will contest the men’s senior four with Youl stroking the Tamar boat and Pat Bird North Esk. Competing by invitation will be the new-look Australian lightweight four consisting of an all-Queensland crew.

Prescott said the women’s senior eights should see a Head of the River preview between Friends, Collegiate, Scotch Oak-burn, Launceston Church Grammar and three Loreto Toorak crews.

The senior men’s single scull should see Mersey’s Taylor Wilcyzinski start as favourite after a good performance at last weekend’s trial. He will be up against Youl, Mure and Giblin.

Two divisions in the men’s senior eight will see Aquinas and Trinity College crews take on Scotch Oakburn College, Hutchins, Tamar and the University Boat Club.

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Letters for Sunday, January 18, 2015

Terrorism-Carter
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LARRY Digney (letters, January 12) would appear to suggest that Islam alone is responsible for terrorist attacks which obviously is incorrect.

Using the same logic is it therefore reasonable to blame Christianity for the Irish Republican Army, Baader-Meinhof, Anders Breivik, Basque Separatists, The Red Brigade and Timothy McVeigh.

Probably not.

— A. CARTER, Mowbray.

Free speech-Lloyd

IN A way it has been excellent to watch world leaders, and hundreds of thousands of people, defend the right to free speech.

Nobody’s religious fundamentalism should override this in a civilised country, even if free speech takes the form of offensive and stereotypical cartoons.

However, most of the world leaders heading that Paris march are more than happy to act like fascists in shutting down whistleblowing and dissent from the likes of Julian Assange and Warren Snowden.

Their claims to ‘national security’ are no more valid than religious claims of blasphemy.

Really they are simply embarrassed, and our own government is as bad as any.

— PETER LLOYD, Reedy Marsh.

Freedom of speech-Hayward

THE Charlie Ebdo murders have exposed a severe weakness in our Western systems.

We have not had freedom of speech or expression for many years now, since political correctness was espoused by our various national democracies.

PC is an insidious disease thathas infiltrated all levels of government and professions.

It was originally introduced by discontented left wing academics and politicians in order to enhance their own positions, and has now taken on nightmare proportions throughout the “free” world.

Historically it is like the story of the Trojan horse, but much, much more dangerous.

Our politicians are not Charlie.

— COLIN HAYWARD, Goshen.

Bail laws-Lee

VICTORIAN Coalition legal affairs spokesman John Pesutto’s call for an urgent review on bail laws, after a Victorian man on serious charges was released, is certainly justified.

Unbelievably Victorian court documents show clearly Khodr Moustafa Taha expressed terriorist sympathies, threatened violence against police, admitted sending death threats to USPresident Barack Obama and a search of his house revealed a gun, swords and child pornography.

What is absolutely staggering in this case Victorian Depty Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic granted bail in spite of police opposition, with the reason being,“she was not in a good position to determine how much of a risk Taha posed”.

For crying out loud,please tell us, who is?

—ROBERT LEE, Summerhill.

TasWater-Reynolds

WELL here we go again another sob story about TasWater.

I am a single pensioner living in one of three units with only one water metre between us, regardless of how many people are in the other units.

I am expected to pay a third of the usage. This means a ratio of 1-6.

I own my unit, the other two are rented.

TasWater will give me a separate metre if I pay for installation.

This means one man to do the work and three to watch. I don’t think so.

—R. P. REYNOLDS, Launceston.

Retirement-James

ROSITA Gallasch’s article on older people still working makes interesting reading (The Examiner, January 10).

With an aging population, it is to be expected that more will be continuing in work beyond 65 with a range of benefits for our community generally.

Not only do they earn income for their own benefit, but they also fill important mentoring roles passing on their skills and experience to younger workers.

This has been traditionally so and any society that fixes firm retirement ages does harm to its productivity and general community well-being.

Full retirement should be a gradual process spread over many years.

Older people still working are generally better adjusted, healthier, happier and still see valuable purposes in their lives.

I cannot imagine a less fulfilling old age where one does nothing but sit around waiting for the ‘Grim Reaper’.

Fortunately we have volunteering thatgives scope for older people to continue roles of significance.

—DICK JAMES, Launceston.

Doctors fees-Sleurink

WE have the Federal Government cutting doctor’s fees and Bill Shorten, as usual, against everything with no solution to anything.

Doctors continue to train all their lives with new procedures coming out each year.

This on top of a minimum six years’ training before they qualify.

Politicians don’t have any training before they are elected and put in charge of the country and billions of dollars of expenditure.

Rather than cut fees to those who keep us healthy and make us better, why don’t we make pollies cut their fees?

—GLENNIS SLEURINK, Launceston.

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Galea shooting may be mistaken identity

Darren Galea was shot in the head at close range. Picture: Kate Geraghty.He was a quiet family man, a hard working restaurant manager and an upstanding citizen that “mostly kept to himself”.
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But Darren Galea’s body wasfound under the Duck River Bridgein Auburn last year, shot in the head at close range and dumped in muddy parkland with his hands bound.

One year after his death on January 16, police have made the shock revelation that Mr Galea, 34, was most likely the victim of a case of mistaken identity in a crime that has links to the Ibrahim family.

Ballistics testing on the single bullet that killed Mr Galea was able to establish links to two other shootings in Sydney – the shooting of a man in Auburn in 2012 and a drive-by shooting in Merrylands in 2011 targeting notorious cousins of the Ibrahim family.

The first was related to a drug activity and the second was related to a Nomads bikie gang dispute however Mr Galea had nothing to do with either.

“There is nothing in Mr Galea’s past to suggest any links with organised crime or drug activity, which is why we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity,” said Detective Inspector Mark Henney from the Homicide Squad.

“By all accounts, Mr Galea was close to his family, worked hard at his job as a manager of a fast food restaurant, and kept mostly to himself. There is certainly nothing in his past to indicate why he would be targeted in this fashion.”

Police will use the anniversary of Mr Galea’s death on Friday to appeal for information that may help their hunt for his killer.

Mr Galea was kidnapped, taken to the reserve beneath the Duck River Bridge and shot in the head just after midnight on January 16. His hands were bound and his body was dumped

His white Corolla hatchback was set alight hear his home in South Wentworthville two hours later. A second white Toyota Corolla with two men was seen in the area and detectives believe it is linked to the murder.

At 6am, a 62 year-old mandiscovered the bodywhile on his morning walk and initially thought it was headless.

Early information suggested that Mr Galea may have been murdered because he was involved in the reported sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in a toilet block at Guildford just a week earlier.

However, Detective Inspector Henney said they have conclusively ruled out any involvement by Mr Galea.

He had no known enemies and no links with organised crime, he said.

Police are hopeful someone may have seen the white Toyota Corolla with two men in the Wentworthville area in the early hours of January 16.

They are also hoping someone can shed light on Mr Galea’s movements the night before. They know he drove from Merrylands to his home about 4pm and that he was seen by a friend at a service station on Merrylands Road at 8.20pm.

The next four hours before his execution are a mystery.

In a frightening coincidence, the gunman in the Merrylands shooting also appears to have got the wrong target.

Shots were fired at a house in Eddy Street where the Tajjour family, cousins of the Ibrahims, used to live but they had moved out.

An innocent family-of-three were inside andmissed being hit by about a metre.

In the days after, police said Sydney’s gun crime had gone beyond stupid and it wasonly a matter of timebefore an innocent member of the public would be killed.

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Isaac Muller off to the Bombers

ESSENDON has won the race to sign North Albury ruckman Isaac Muller.
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After weighing throughoffers since being overlooked in the AFL draft, Muller trained with the VFL club for the first time this week.

Muller, 18, played a match as the 23rd man for the Bombers last season on loan from the Murray Bushrangers.

“I was weighing things up for a month or so and it was pretty tough making a final decision,” Muller said yesterday.

“In the end, we decided it wasn’t about the money as it’s more about the opportunities and keeping my name in front of the recruiters.

“I just want to give myself every chance and do everything I can.”

Originally from Henty, Muller made a huge impression for the Murray Bushrangers last season and was considered unlucky not to be given a chance of a rookie list.

Muller’s move to Melbourne is a massive blow for North Albury coach Jason Akermanis who would have had an imposing ruck combination of Muller and the returning Josh Lloyd.

“The boys have been welcoming and the facilities are unbelievable at Tullamarine,” he said.

“It was hard to leave North Albury but they were fairly accepting and encouraging as they understand I just want to give myself the bestopportunity.”

He will study in Melbourne.

Muller’s decision comes only days after Lavington youngster Brydan Hodgson aligned himself with Canberra club Eastlake and Corowa-Rutherglen’s Mick Mattingly joined the Northern Knights as a 19-year-old.

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Old war horse worth a medal

Old war horse worth a medal Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has been nominated for the Fred Hoysted Medal. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON
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Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

Brian Cox and his horses photographed at the Wodonga racecourse in the lead-up to the Wodonga Cup. Pictures: DYLAN ROBINSON

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Man ‘tried to buy girl from mother’ at Charlestown

A MAN accused of attempting to buy a girl from her mother at a Charlestown shopping centre has been granted bail.
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Police charged a 55-year-old man on Thursday after an investigation into the alleged incident, which occurred on December 20.

The man is accused of approaching the woman and her daughter at the shopping centre. It’s alleged he attempted to procure the child for a sum of money, a matter the mother reported to police.

Police identified the man on Thursday, arrested him and took him to Charlestown police station where he was charged with attempting to procure a child under 14 for sexual activity, and offensive behaviour and intimidation.

He was granted bail by police to front Belmont Local Court in February.

Many Facebook users commenting on NSW Police Force’s page voiced concern about the risks the man posed to the community.

A police spokeswoman said the decision was made in line with the Bail Act and a risk assessment was completed

“As such, strict bail conditions were imposed,’’ she said.

Christopher Chandler does not apply for bail

After days spent holed up in a share house, Christopher Chandler could hide no longer.
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Police arrested the 22-year-old at a Central Coast property on Wednesday – six days after he allegedly led police on a fatal pursuit through a western Sydney suburb.

Chandler was allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen Audi sedan when he ploughed through a fence in Constitution Hill, near Parramatta, last Thursday night.

Toddler Tateolena Tauaifaga was playing on the other side of the fence and suffered fatal injuries.

The girl’s family told Fairfax Media through their lawyer, Ben Archbold, that they “are so relieved he has been found”.

Police will allege they had Chandler under surveillance as part of an armed robbery investigation and were trying to arrest him when he fled.

“The child was killed in their own family backyard when the accused drove through the fence attempting to evade police,” police allege in court documents.

The luxury vehicle was found in the inner Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst soon after the chase.

Chandler, who friends and neighbours said grew up in Constitution Hill not far from where 17-month-old Tateolena was hit, had been the subject of a widespread man-hunt until his arrest on Wednesday.

It is understood Chandler had been staying at a share house in Gorokan, which the family of his younger brother’s girlfriend was involved in, when he was arrested.

The brother’s girlfriend and Chandler’s ex-girlfriend were in Wyong Local Court on Thursday when Chandler’s case was mentioned.

But the accused didn’t appear in court or apply for bail and the case was adjourned to March.

The court heard Chandler was already on bail for unrelated offences.

Chandler has been charged with a string of offences over the police pursuit, including manslaughter and aggravated dangerous driving causing death.

Manslaughter carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in jail.

Chandler is also accused of causing bodily harm to another young child when his car allegedly ploughed through the Tauaifaga’s back fence.

A critical incident investigation is looking into the role police played in the fatal pursuit.

Chandler’s ex-girlfriend said he would be devastated by what had happened.

“I think it’s really sad because if that was my child I would be devastated, I would be beside myself,” she said outside court.

“I think he would be devastated as well.”

She described Chandler as one of the nicest guys she had ever been with.

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Abbott abandons plan to slash Medicare rebate for doctors’ visits

Tony Abbott’s hopes for a fresh start new year have been dashed, with the Prime Minister capitulating on his plan to slash the Medicare rebate for doctors’ visits just 24 hours after defending the “price signal” as an “economic reform” that would improve patient care.
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Mr Abbott, a former health minister, spent Wednesday taking soundings, including from colleagues, and the decision to abandon the $20 cut for short appointments was made late that evening, during a phone call between the Prime Minister and his new Health Minister Sussan Ley.

The issue was set to overshadow the Queensland state election, with doctors threatening to plaster waiting room walls with posters saying “YOUANDYOUR GP HAVE BEEN TARGETED”.

A government source said on Monday, when the cuts were due to begin, “every waiting room would have turned into a ballot box”. Premier CampbellNewman revealed he had told the federal government he did not support the cuts. “We have expressed concerns about this driving people to emergency departments so we don’t support it,” Mr Newman said.

The leadership team signed off on the decision on Thursday morning but at the same time cabinet minister Bruce Billson was insisting the change remained “on the table” and would be implemented.

Hours later, Ms Ley cut short her holiday and fronted the media inMelbourneto place her “stamp” on the portfolio by scrapping the measure, which was introduced quietly by regulation two days before Christmas by her predecessor Peter Dutton.

“I’ve heard, I’ve listened and I’m deciding to take this action now. It’s off the table and I stand ready to engage, to consult, and to talk to the sector,” she said.

Ms Ley said she remained committed to introducing price signals into the Medicare system, including the $5 cut to the Medicare rebate as part of the revised GP co-payment due to begin July 1.

Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler said the government’s backdown was a “welcome surprise” and promised to “work with the minister to come up with something that’s better for GPs and patients”.

“I’m really glad for Sussan Ley that’s she’s not lumped with this policy,” he said.

But he refused to outline any concessions the AMA would be willing to make, saying “it’s not our job to find savings”.

Professor Owler said the government should be boosting, not cutting, funding to GPs because primary care was more sustainable long-term in keeping patients out of hospitals.

“Primary care is the answer to sustainability, not the problem,” he said. “Sustaining the system is about investing in primary care, so instead of cutting maybe we should be boosting funding,” he said.

The AMA supports a co-payment for wealthier patients but is opposed to the revised co-payment because it will effectively mean a $5 cut to their rebates.

The campaign against the $20 cut to the rebates paid to GPs for appointments between six and 10 minutes long reached a head on Thursday, when the AMA released a scathing letter it had written to Mr Abbott the week before.

Labor, the Greens, Palmer United and senators Ricky Muir, Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie had already declared they would move to disallow the change when Parliament resumes next month.

The measure would have raised $1.3 billion over four years and was part of the revamped GP co-payment the government was forced to revise because it faced defeat in the Senate. A spokesman for Treasurer Joe Hockey said Labor had a duty to contribute to the job of repairing the budget.

“Labor created the budget mess and now must help us to fix the budget,” the spokesman said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the government’s health policy was in “shambles”.

“Only yesterday Tony Abbott was insisting the new GP tax by stealth would not be abandoned,” Mr Shorten.

“The Abbott government is only acting because it has been forced to by Labor’s refusal to bend in our defence of Medicare,” he said.

Palmer United’s leader in the Senate Glenn Lazarus also claimed credit for the government’s backdown.

“Palmer United has forced the Abbott government to back down on its changes to Medicare. PUP has fixed it up,” Senator Lazarus said.

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ACCC launches new initiative to keep eye over fuel prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has unveiled its new plan to scrutinise petrol prices across the country, as the price discrepancy stretched to more than 40 cents more per litre between cities and some regional areas.
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ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said the new monitoring process would “go a long way” to determining why the gap between petrol prices in regional areas and metropolitan areas had tripled, while prices in Sydney and Melbourne had dropped by 45 cents a litre since July.

Under the new arrangement, fuel prices in all capital cities and 180 regional centres will be monitored, and the ACCC’s power to compel information will be used to examine petrol companies’ price-structuring systems.

Determining the cost of transferring fuels to regional centres, as well as storage and distribution costs would be crucial to working out why some places had large gaps between the wholesale price and pump price, Mr Sims said.

“I think we will be able to put the producer on the spot in the way they have never been before,” he said.

But with the global oil price hitting a six-year low this week, these reasons alone did not justify the current price discrepancy, he said.

“There’s no reason at all that the 35 cent reduction we’ve seen in international prices shouldn’t get passed on in rural areas. And it looks as though it’s been way too slow up until now.”

But some regional MPs have indicated that the ACCC’s approach will not do enough to curb rampant price gouging.

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said high prices were a “serious concern” in his electorate, adding the “government has a role to play” in areas not open to market forces.

Victorian MP Sharman Stone said towns in her electorate were being “held captive” by petrol retailers and increased ACCC powers were the best way to stop the price gouging.

Hefty fines beyond “a few thousand dollars” should be imposed on companies found to be ripping off motorists, she said.

Currently, the ACCC can only pursue court-ordered fines and penalties where it can be proved companies have colluded in setting the bowser price.

“If a company can’t demonstrate how the additional cost has been incurred then that company should not be allowed to charge a higher margin in a country area compared with a metropolitan area,” Ms Stone said.

She said her calls were likely to go unheeded by her colleagues in city seats, whose “let the market rip” attitudes were letting her constituents down.

“Unfortunately, some of them actually believe there is such a thing as a level playing field and a free market.

“We’ve let the market rip and now we’ve got country people being ripped off.”

But Mr Sims said that although price gouging was not against the law, there was no need for the ACCC’s powers to be increased.

“I don’t think we should underestimate the importance of transparency and exposure, and also consumer pressure.

“If we were to look at a town and find there were very high profits being made, then that exposure will lead to such a backlash the prices will come down,” he said.

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Ballarat teenager to face court after police pursuit, crash

A BALLARAT teenager has been charged following a crash and police pursuit on Saturday where one other teenager was taken to hospital with critical injuries.
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The 17-year-old boy was charged by MajorCollision Investigation Unit detectives on Thursday evening after he was allegedly involved in an incident which resulted in acrash on Scott Parade where one other boy was left critically injured.

Ballarat police were on routine patrol in Grant Street when they spotted an allegedly stolen white Subaru Forrester station wagon shortly before 2.30am on Saturday.

Major Collision Investigation Unit Acting Inspector Bruce McArthur saidon Sunday that thecar was initially involved in a police pursuit in Grant Street about 2.30am after police attempted to intercept the vehicle for a routine check.

But police terminated the pursuit after the car reached high speeds in Humffray Street North.

Acting InspectorMcArthur said that another police car then observed the allegedly stolen car crashed into a poleat the corner of Scott Parade and Ebden Street.

Another teenager was found unconscious in the wreckage and underwent life-saving brain surgery at the Alfred Hospital on Saturday.

The 17-year-old has been charged with eleven offences including negligently cause serious injury, dangerous driving while pursued by police and theft of motor vehicle.

The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at a children’s court on Friday.

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Herald Breakfast – January 16

Morning Shot: Herald photographer Darren Pateman caught this early morning frame outside Surf House at Merewether Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
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Weather: Rain will hinder the weekend in Newcastle, with possible showers on Friday (25 degrees) and Sunday (25 degrees). Saturday will be sunny and 27 degrees. There are possible showers forecast in Maitland on Friday (32 degrees) with a sunny Saturday (33 degrees) and potential for late rain Sunday (30 degrees). At Scone it will be mostly sunny on Friday (33 degrees) before the sun comes out on Saturday and Sunday (both 34 degrees).

Trains: No trackwork or delays reported on the Hunter or Newcastle lines. Buses replace trains between Hamilton and Newcastle.

Beachwatch: There’s the chance of an early shower but overall it shouldbe another fantastic day beachside, let’s hope the shark isgone and the beaches are open as lots of beachgoers aregetting withdrawal symptoms. The wind will be north-west inthe morning heading north-east in the afternoon with the swellfrom the south around 1 to 1.3 metres.It’ll be interesting to seehow the sandbanks perform with the change of swell directionbut wave quality should be good early.

Morning Shot: Herald photographer Darren Pateman caught this early morning frame outside Surf House at Merewether

Sharks hanging around to eat dolphins: Several massive sharks seen feeding on dolphins off two of the city’s iconic beaches on Thursday haveprompted authorities to announce beaches from Stockton to Redhead would remain closed for at least a seventh day.

Hunter researcher’s bed may spell end of snoring:A HUNTER researcher has helped develop a new kind of bed that could put an end to snoring – and completely transform the way humans sleep.

Labor names candidate, 22, for byelection:Labor has confirmed that 22-year-old Declan Clausen will be its candidate at next month’s council byelection in Newcastle.

Awabakal lodges harbour land claim:THE entrance to Newcastle Harbour will fall under the control of the local Aboriginal community if a land claim for the area succeeds.

Flores flies the coop but Carney, Birighitti stick with Jets:NEWCASTLE Jets coach Phil Stubbins shot down speculation on Thursday that David Carney and Mark Birighitti were set to follow Marcos Flores and Sam Gallaway through the club’s departure lounge during the transfer window.