Mildura Weekly : Friday April 8 Vol 10 No 22
10 OPINION MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016 Gothic classic coming to Mildura LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Victorians being ‘ripped off’ Sir, TREASURER Tim Pallas says Victoria’s nine percent share of Federal infrastruc- ture funding is “a rip-off” because “we represent 25 percent of the Australian population”. So why then, in his first budget, did Tim Pallas provide just 2.9 percent of the State’s infrastructure funding to regional Victoria? Regional Victoria is home to 25 percent of the State’s population – just as Victoria is home to 25 percent of the Australian population. But when he’s dishing out the money, Tim Pallas is more than happy to “rip off” country Victorians. Look no further than the Port of Mel- bourne sale for an- other example. Tim Pallas and the city-centric An- drews Labor Government promised just $200million – around three percent of the sale proceeds – for regional Victoria. It was only through strong negotia- tions by the Liberal-Nationals Coalition that we have secured an additional 10 percent – or around $700million – of the sale proceeds. The Andrews Labor Government is all talk and no action when it comes to providing a fair share of funding for Vic- torians. Instead of continuing this hypocrisy by attacking the Federal Government, perhaps Tim Pallas should start focusing on his own budget and provide regional Victorians with a fair share in 2016/17. Peter Walsh (PICTURED) Leader of the Nationals Counting the cost of crime Sir, AT a time of justifiable public interest and concern about the effectiveness of public spending, Australian Red Cross is launching a report calling on a new way to do justice – a way that redirects finite taxpayers’ funds into a more effective and humane system. Known as justice reinvestment, at its heart is a system that channels some of the funds spent on imprisonment into crime prevention and community safety. It’s more effective, more humane and it works. The report highlights the growing costs (currently approximately $3.5bil- lion a year) and inhumane effects of the climbing imprisonment rates in a time of falling or steady crime rates. It also high- lights the failure of current approaches to address the underlying causes of crime or make communities safer. We are calling for State and Territory Governments to adopt five recommenda- tions to improve the criminal justice sys- tem in Australia, in line with the justice reinvestment approach to achieve lower incarceration rates, reduced prison costs and stronger, safer communities. We also recommend that all governments commit to a significant reduction in the appallingly high incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s not a question of being hard or soft on crime; rather it’s being smart on crime. Please read the report at www.red- cross.org.au/justicereinvest and talk to your local elected representatives if you agree we can no longer afford to ignore this issue. Penny Harrison Executive director, Australian Red Cross, Victoria EMILY Brontë’s much- loved gothic mas- terpiece, ‘Wuthering Heights’ will head to Mildura Arts Centre this month as part of its national tour. The ‘shake & stir’ production of Wuther- ing Heights has proved to be a hit across Australia, playing a sold-out season at the Queensland Perform- ing Arts Centre in 2014 and receiving great re- views. Shake & stir’s ar- tistic director, Nick Skubij is well known for both his directing and acting career, and has reinvigorated the classic piece of theatre with a modern twist for a new audience. Mildura Rural City Councillor for Arts and Culture, Jill Jos- lyn, said Wuthering Heights is sure to be a hit with those familiar with the story and also new comers to this tragic tale, with a special bonus offer for ticket holders. “Shake & stir theatre company have visited Mil- dura previously having brought their productions of ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’ to Mildura Arts Centre,” Cr Joslyn said. “In a very special bonus, Wuthering Heights ticket holders will be able to book in for a free gothic theatre workshop with the stars from the show. “This is a fantastic opportunity for budding actors to get a private lesson from some of Australia’s most talented theatre performers.” The Gothic Workshop will be held at 2pm on Fri- day April 22, and with limited places, bookings are essential. “We’re so very lucky to have performances of this calibre coming to our region,” Cr Joslyn said. “I really encourage you to get along and support these amazing stage productions.” Wuthering Heights will show at 11am and 7:30pm on Friday, April 22, with tickets on sale now from Mil- dura Arts Centre and the Mildura Visitor Information and Booking Centre. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for concession, group of five- $30 and under 18- $20. For more infor- mation contact Mildura Arts Centre on 5018 8330 or the Mildura Visitor Information and Booking Centre on 5018 8376. • Wuthering Heights will be making its way to Mildura this month. “This is a fantastic opportunity for budding actors to get a private lesson from some of Australia’s most talented theatre performers.” – Cr Jill Joslyn need to withdraw cash? pop into your local post Office* Withdraw and deposit cash and cheques#, and check your account balance with Australia Post’s Bank@Post service. With the Big 4 Banks and many more financial institutions you can get even more done at your local Post Office. *3,500 participating Post Offices in the Australia Post network. #Limits apply. Contact your financial institution for more information and check the account terms and conditions to see if charges apply.
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