Mildura Weekly : Friday July 15 Vol 10 No 36
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016 Thanks Mallee for the support Sir, It is a great honour to be re-elect- ed as the Federal Member for Mal- lee. Over the last few years I’ve had the unique experience of witnessing first-hand, the innova- tion, community spirit and com- mon sense of the people who live in the Wimmera and the Mallee. I have become such a strong advocate for our region’s success because of these people. Leadership ultimately is about serving – I put a voice to the needs and ideas of the Wimmera and Mallee – through this combina- tion of shared ideas and advocacy, we’re making our patch better. I want to pay tribute to the many volunteers and candidates who play an active role in our strong and robust democracy. Regardless of political per- suasion, the campaign was con- ducted with decency and a shared belief in securing a strong future for Australia. I also want to recognise all the Australian Electoral Commis- sion staff, whose independent and ethical practices create an un- questionable level of trust in the democratic process. It is true to say that our coun- try faces many challenges. How- ever, it is equally true to say that our strengths and our potential far outweigh any limitations we may encounter. It is my firm be- lief that our best years are before us; working together our future is bright. #itstartswithus Andrew Broad Member for Mallee LETTER NOW that Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal/National Coalition have scraped over the line to form government, the time is right to put another issue to rest. That issue is marriage equality, or as some prefer ‘same sex’ or ‘gay’ marriage. Of course this would have been a non-issue had Bill Shorten and Labor won the election. Mr Short- en promising during the lead-up to the election that one of his first orders of business in Government would have been to change the law to accommodate same sex mar- riage. But he didn’t win, and the marriage equality debate, that has been raging for years, goes on while the calls for a national ref- erendum on the issue grow ever more strident. Now is the time for our re- turned Prime Minister to ‘grasp the nettle’ and settle the issue. The timing would be perfect. The recent historic Brexit vote when Britons decided, by a sizeable majority, to leave the European Union showing us the way forward. That was a decision made by the people, and a great example of democracy at work. Now, marriage equality in this country needs to be decided by the same method. A simple plebiscite would do nicely. Marriage may well be a reli- gious institution, and some people believe marriage to be a religious ceremony and homosexuality a biblical sin. The churches argue that they are opposed to marrying people of the same gender, as their beliefs dictate. Fair enough. But in Australian law, marriage is a civil institution and Bible-based views are not rel- evant. So, taking religion (and emo- tion) out of the equation, what is left? Simply a civil contract between two people, enforceable in law. You don’t need a church. People get married in all sorts of places... in backyards, in gardens, down by the river. And you don’t need a priest or minister either. Ask a civil cel- ebrant. They marry people all the time. So, in Australia, the church’s role in marriage is wholly symbolic. That the churches do not want to marry same sex couples within the walls of their sacred buildings is an entirely different argument...and one for another time. It is time we gave any two peo- ple who want to get married the same rights in the eyes of the law, if not the church, that traditional couples enjoy. And that is all that the vast ma- jority of pro-marriage equality pro- ponents are arguing. It levels the playing field. Situ- ations in a same sex marriage, like a relationship breakdown, or the death of one partner, can be dealt with by the law the same way they are for everyone else. And for those who would argue that not calling a same sex marriage a ‘marriage,’ a way some see as ap- peasing the religious, need to think again. Calling it something else, a civil union perhaps, will not change its status in law. But neither would it be the ‘equality’ its proponents are looking for. But, let’s let the people decide. And soon. – GRANT MAYNARD OPINION Time to decide on marriage equality LA TROBE University Mildura’s award-winning Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) has this week cel- ebrated its first group of university graduates entering the community. The Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) began at La Trobe’s Mildura campus in 2012, and has now seen more than 70 secondary students complete the course. The 14-week program provides strong foundational skills for sec- ondary students to successfully transition to university af- ter completing their VCE studies. Janine Fourie, PIC- TURED, completed the Tertiary Enabling Program in 2012, and is now working as a graduate nurse at Mil- dura Base Hospital after completing a Bachelor of Nursing. Janine said the TEP program prepared her for the pace of univer- sity life. “The TEP program taught me how to use the library system and we were given valuable knowledge on how to plan and research before writing an essay,” she said. “It also refreshed my knowledge on maths and science that I then needed for my nursing studies. “I received a Golden Key Award in my first year of university, and I believe that the TEP program con- tributed to this success.” Mildura campus TEP co-ordina- tor Brodie Steel said the course pro- vides a supported learning environ- ment for people considering their study options. “The program provides a univer- sity experience for its students in a support learning environment,” she said. “Each year the group seems to become quite a close bunch and the course is very life-changing for many of its participants. “We have all sorts of people from all ages and backgrounds do the course, and I’ve seen some real life-long friendships made. “Twenty-five students complet- ed the TEP program last year, and 15 of them all went on to get their first course preference at La Trobe. “A few chose to go to oth- er universities, whilst the others looked at TAFE pathways to univer- sity. “We’ve had a great number of people interested in this year’s course, and already admit- ted 30 students. We’re looking to fill another 10 spots before the course com- mences on July 20.” Janine said the program was “very good preparation for univer- sity.” “It gives you an idea of where you are at and what kind of changes you have to make to manage your time to incorporate family life with studies,” she said. “I would definitely recommend the program to people who are looking for a pathway to univer- sity, and also for those who want to make sure that they are ready for university before taking the big step. “I am currently completing my graduate year as a registered nurse at the Mildura Base Hospital, while also planning on completing a postgraduate course in a couple of years time after I have settled into my new career.” Enabling program marks first student graduations www.tankarddental.com.au ROBINVALE Ph: 5026 3536 160 Bromley Rd OUYEN Ph: 5092 1121 Britt St (Hospotal Site) BERRI Ph: 08 8582 2796 11 Crawford Tc e SURGERY Preventative Dental Services Including: • Consultations • Fissure Sealants • Scale and Clean • X-rays *Providing you have already served your waiting periods, are within your annual limit and you hold an eligible level of cover. 155 Langtree Avenue, Mildura | Phone 5022 2933 A/H Emergency 0419 381 125 when available Monday - Tuesday 8am - 7pm, Wednesday - Friday 8am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm (by appointment) *Providing you have already served your waiting periods, are within your annual limit and you hold an eligible level of cover. 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