Mildura Weekly : Friday January 27 Vol 11 No 12
MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017 2 CHAFF 424 San Mateo Avenue, MILDURA Ph: 5021 1777 | F: 5021 1733 www.milduraweekly.com.au OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm NEWS firstname.lastname@example.org SPORT email@example.com LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org MANAGING email@example.com DIRECTOR SALES firstname.lastname@example.org CLASSIFIEDS email@example.com REGULAR FEATURES INSIDE TODAY A corporate enterprise of the Mildura Weekly Ph: 5021 1782 www.milduraphonebook.com.au 25,480 COPIES DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY For more info visit www.auditbureau.org.au NEWS Library services’ future in community hands – Page5 NEWS Guide issued to help locals combat QFF – Page 13 PEOPLE ‘Souls of Sunraysia’ officially launched – Page 19 NEWS................................................................ 3 - 21 OPINION ............................................................... 10 KNOW YOUR LOCAL.......................................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT......................................... 23-25 TRADES & SERVICES................................. 26 - 27 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................... 28 - 30 SPORT ............................................................ 31 - 36 REAL ESTATE & MOTORING.................LIFTOUT a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... a look at the lighter side of life and our amazing World.... THE Victorian Government will establish a Night Court for magistrates to hear bail requests over weekends and after hours as part of a major shake up of the State’s bail system following last Friday’s Bourke Street tragedy. Five people were killed and dozens injured dur- ing a rampage through Mel- bourne’s CBD late last week, with the man charged with all five counts of murder report- edly on bail, against police wishes, at the time of the at- tack. Under the changes, the State will ensure that magis- trates are available after-hours to consider bail applications for people charged with vio- lent offences where police op- pose bail. This will mean more mat- ters are heard by magistrates, rather than bail justices. The Victorian Government has already started working with the Magistrates’ Court to implement a model for an after-hours bail and remand court. The Government has also asked former Supreme Court Judge and Director of Public Prosecutions, the Honour- able Justice Paul Coghlan, to provide “urgent advice” about additional changes to Victo- ria’s bail system aimed to best manage risk and maximise community safety. In providing this advice, Justice Coghlan will consider a range of matters, including: • How the necessary bal- ance between protection of the community and the presumption of innocence should be best reflected in the Bail Act 1977. • The appropriateness of the current tests of exception- al circumstances, show cause and unacceptable risk. • Whether additional of- fences should be added to show cause or exceptional cir- cumstances categories. • The way in which other relevant circumstances (for example a history of prior of- fending or offences commit- ted while on bail) are consid- ered. • The conduct of bail ap- plications out of hours, in- cluding the role of bail jus- tices. The move, however, was this week questioned by Mem- ber for Mildura Peter Crisp, who sought clarification as to how changes would be imple- mented in country areas. The State Government had already taken steps to tough- en bail laws, with amend- ments to the Bail Act 1977 reversing the presumption of bail for people who have been charged with serious offences and who have convictions for failing to appear on bail in the past five years. The changes also doubled the sentence for people who fail to appear on bail, and there is now a presumption against bail if the accused is charged with aggravated car- jacking, home invasion or ag- gravated home invasion. Justice Coghlan is expect- ed to provide advice on practi- cal legislative reform by Mon- day, April 3, and on any other relevant matters by Monday, May 1. “It’s our job to take the frustration, anger and the deep sadness that Victorians feel af- ter the Bourke Street tragedy and to make sure that’s put into reform and change,” Pre- mier Daniel Andrews said. “It is very clear that our bail system needs a major shake-up, and we are getting the best expert advice to make sure we get this right.” * * * * HAVE YOUR SAY: Is a shake up of Victoria’s bail system the answer following last Friday’s Bourke Street trag- edy? Or should the Victorian Government concentrate its reform efforts elsewhere? Email your opinions to let- tersdesk@milduraweekly. com.au, or submit a post on the Mildura Weekly’s Facebook page. * * * * Major shake-up for Victoria’s bail system, promises Premier One of our regular Chaff contributors passed on this little beauty, with some of these ‘truisms’ certainly ringing true! • If I had a dollar for every girl who found me unattractive, they’d eventually find me attractive. • I find it ironic that the colours red, white, and blue stand for freedom – until they’re flashing behind you. • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the lo- cal swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water. • I changed my password to ‘incorrect’ so whenever I forget it the computer will say; ‘Your password is incorrect.’ • I’m great at multi-tasking – I can waste time, be unproductive and procrastinate all at once. • Never tell your problems to anyone, be- cause 20 percent don’t care and the other 80 percent are glad you have them. • Take my advice – I’m not using it. • I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious. • Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they’re at home when you wish they were. • Television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer. • I bought a vacuum cleaner six months ago and so far all it’s been doing is gather- ing dust. • Behind every great man is a woman roll- ing her eyes. • If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you’ll have trouble putting on your trousers. • A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. • There may be no excuse for laziness, but I’m still looking. • Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking. • Give me ambiguity or give me something else. • Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly? • Women sometimes make fools of men, but most men are the do-it-yourself type. • I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one. • Change is inevitable, except from a vend- ing machine. • The grass may be greener on the other side, but at least you don’t have to mow it. • I like long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me. • Since tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie? • Money is the root of all wealth. 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