Law and Order: Newcastle candidates have their say

STEVE O’BRIEN, SOCIALISTALLIANCE
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CRIME prevention is always better than cure. As legal and illegal drugs cause significant individual and community harm, Socialist Alliance advocates the implementation of evidence-based stances towards drug use focusing on health promotion, harm minimisation and regulation.

The underlying causes of drug dependency, such as poverty, social isolation, racism and family violence need to be addressed.

Such an approach would be in contrast to a ‘‘tough on crime’’ stance which obscures problems caused by inequality, unemployment and social service cutbacks, and can be used to justify anti-democratic laws.

In the meantime multimillion-dollar shady deals, such as those exposed in the recent corruption hearings, go unnoticed.

Institutions such as policing, corrective services and court recording must not be privatised and must remain under public scrutiny.

Some laws, such as abortion, should be removed from the Crimes Act.

Law and order needs to focus on domestic violence and corporate crime.

TIM CRAKANTHORP, LABOR

NEWCASTLE is known for its friendliness. Residents and visitors alike are entitled to continue to feel safe here.

Young people should be able to get home safely after a night out, and our senior citizens deserve to feel secure.

With population growth come the challenges of crime facing any Australian city and I will ensure our local police stations are properly resourced.

Labor will also expand Newcastle’s role as a major justice precinct, building on our funding of the new law courts.

We will introduce specialist courts to deal with domestic violence and sexual assault, aimed at addressing the under-reporting of abuse and reducing the trauma felt by victims.

In fact, this campaign, I have been proud to confirm the Hunter as an initial trial site.

Sadly the Hunter has a high incidence of domestic violence. While the Liberals have cut funding to shelters for women and youth, Labor will not let people fall through the cracks, and we are determined to break the cycle of abuse.

MICHAEL OSBORNE, GREENS

THE Greens support a humane justice system that focuses on genuinely addressing the causes of crime rather than increasingly punitive measures and curtailing civil rights.

In the pursuit of short-term electoral gain, Labor and Liberal exploit community fears and outbid each other with ever more draconian legislation.

The disadvantaged and powerless suffer most from this brutality.

This “law and order” approach has failed to reduce crime but has massively increased the prison population. It is expensive and damaging. It costs as much to hold a person in prison as it does to employ a teacher.

The Greens support early intervention measures such as better educational opportunities, which has been shown to reduce crime.

As a society, we should be looking to reverse the trend towards greater disparity between rich and poor, for example, as part of a broader reform of the tax systems, to promote greater equality and address poverty.

JACQUELINE HAINES, INDEPENDENT

ALTHOUGH I am heartened by the fall in alcohol-related violence since the introduction of the ‘‘Newcastle solution’’, we should also recognise that one size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol restrictions in the CBD.

For our night-time economy and small bar culture to flourish we need more co-operation between police, council and licensees.

On a broader level, the interests of the police do not always equate with the interests of the public and I am concerned by the number of politicians (state and federal) who lack the strength of character to defend our rights to personal liberty.

I respect the need for judicial discretion and I do not believe politicians should create laws that cut across the ability to assess the individual merits of cases.

JENNIFER STEFANAC, PALMER UNITED INDEPENDENT

“Police need to develop practical interagency connections”: Jennifer Stefanac.

NSW Police need to be highly visible in our streets and on our roads with more civilian staff to provide administrative functions to allow more officers in the field.

Police need to develop practical interagency connections to educate and minimise offending behaviours. This will reduce incarceration rates and the costs involved on many levels for the community at large.

The corrective services and juvenile justice systems are unfortunately experiencing growth and more treatment programs need to address living skills, access to training and supports to change anti-social behaviours to stop criminality.

KAREN HOWARD, INDEPENDENT

THE greatest demand on our police resources comes from areas such as domestic violence. These are statewide issues and need universal treatment.

Nonetheless I want to see an increase in police numbers in the city of Newcastle.

The recent closure of the Terrace Bar in Hunter Street put the spotlight on law and order in terms of how our city functions. The owner complained of ‘‘unreasonable’’ liquor licensing conditions in the city.

Small bars should play a vital role in the revitalisation of Newcastle and two liquor accords may be a solution to the dilemma.

A safe, vibrant evening economy means more people of all ages out and about and safety in numbers.

We have shown that improved safety on the streets is a co-operative effort. The government must do its bit through more policing and we must work with it to protect our community.

MILTON CAINE, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS

THE Summary Offences Act must again be put in place to assist the police in dealing with the disorderly conduct that is on our streets each and every night.

The rehabilitation of offenders must become a significant focus of the legal system. We are currently often returning increasingly angry people to our streets so that the expectation of a new offence is ever increasing.

The role and training of bouncers must face a close examination. Evidence suggests that some bouncers are the cause of the violent nature near our clubs and pubs.

There needs to be an intentional campaign to get rid of drugs from the community. It is common knowledge as to where drugs can be purchased and yet the supply continues.

So much of the aggressive behaviour on our streets is from drug-affected people. Currently little is being done on the streets of Newcastle to shut it down.

BRIAN BUCKLEY CLARE,INDEPENDENT

DRUGS are a growing problem and contribute to attacks on people and house break-ins.

When police breath-test drivers for excess alcohol they should also test for drugs of all sorts.

Anybody found on a public street or place in a drunken condition should be detained and locked up for a night and given a hefty fine.

People going to pubs and or nightclubs should be tested by security when entering the premises and if they are over the .05 alcohol limit they should be refused access to venues and advised to go home.

If they refuse to clear off the police should be called.

Too many persons are boozed up prior to arriving at these venues.

Another major problem is that some people who are over the limit are still being served by bar staff who are not complying with the RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) laws.


One day wonder

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THE last of the scheduled one day games before Christmas gets underway this weekend with Glengarry and Ex Students sharing top spot after dominating their first two fixtures.

Toongabbie v CATS

TOONGABBIE will look forward to its first home game of 2014 in what is shaping as a close encounter with CATS.

Skipper Matt Golding is vital to the home side’s chances as he leads a young side into battle.

After a morale boosting win last week, CATS will be eager to continue the trend.

Barney Webber struck form and his time at the crease will be pivotal if CATS are to record a good total.

Ryan Foulkes and Brad Foster will need to bowl well.

– CATS to win

Raiders v Imperials

A big loss to Ex Students last week means Yinnar will be keen to atone in its first home game.

Mick Higgins and Matt Dyke will be needed to score big runs for Alex Lawson and Kurt Holt to bowl at.

Imperials go into round three in an already dire situation.

After recruiting more than any club the Devils would be seething having dropped their opening two games, and a loss here would pile pressure on their finals aspirations.

Luke Henderson must turn his side’s fortunes around and gun recruit Daniel Hamilton needs to produce for Imperials to win.

– Raiders to win.

Centrals v Traralgon West

CENTRALS go into this clash with cross town rival Traralgon West full of confidence after a massive win last week.

Dylan Freitag showed his resilience and along with Dean Rode and Jamie Hall, will be looking for a good total.

Corey Pollard and Marc Fenech are hard to score off and will bowl tight lines.

The West would be disappointed with their performance last week, but they had a task against the reigning premier.

The Eagles should go into this game with a nothing-to-lose attitude.

Jon Bell and Tim Fitch must turn their starts into a big score for them to be a chance.

– Centrals to win.

Churchill v Glengarry

THE Cobras face an in-form Glengarry in a vital clash for Churchill.

Already two-zip the home team will be looking for John Keighran and Nick Duncan to make big scores.

The Pies are on top of the ladder and in great early season form with Jarrod Allan, Ryan Delaney and Tim Spotswood all playing well.

– Glengarry to win

Gormandale v Rovers

THE Tigers at home will be keen to keep last week’s momentum going.

The bowlers were great with Adam Brady, Kent Hammond and Chris Bell all performing.

The batsmen hit out for 30 overs before declaring with Travis Switzer and Al Jenkin both middling their share.

After the bye last week Rovers will return quietly confident of upsetting the home team.

Todd Mann is in good form and holds the key in this clash.

Peter Ingwersen and Nilla Thillekarathna are both immensely talented and along with young guns Stefan Sbaglia and Dougal Williams, Rovers is a new look side on the march.

– Gormandale to win.

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Back to the bush

Melbourne captain Andrew Kent will lead his side into battle against Dandenong at Peter Siddle Oval on Saturday.
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AUSTRALIAN internationals Brad Hodge and James Pattinson are poised to bring their explosive talents to Morwell this weekend when Melbourne and Dandenong collide at the Peter Siddle Oval.

Latrobe Cricket Club will host the Victorian Premier Cricket round five one-day clash, as the state’s leading competition heads to nine regional centres for its annual country round.

Former test player and prolific twenty20 slugger Hodge slapped a quickfire 41 for Melbourne last week, while fast bowler Pattinson has been playing as a specialist batsman for Dandenong this year due to injury.

Both men are possible inclusions for the country round, with the teams yet to be selected at the time of going to print.

Also in the mix is Melbourne captain and premier cricket legend Andrew Kent, with more than 9000 runs to his name, and his counterpart in former Queensland shield player Dan Doran.

Dandenong openers Tim Donnell and Brett Forsyth are class acts – the latter comes into the clash on the back of a sterling 115* against Geelong last weekend – while promising all-rounder William Ryan will likely feature for Melbourne.

There was an outside chance of the oval’s namesake and former Latrobe player Peter Siddle making an appearance for Dandenong, however international commitments prevented him from taking part.

Premier cricket co-ordinator Peter Binns said the country round was all about bringing the game back to the bush.

“You go back a few years and there used to be the odd game in the country… those days are gone,” he said.

“It’s our way of trying to give a little bit back to country Victoria because it’s been a fantastic source of players over a long period of time.

Players from the bush, and the country areas love showing off their facilities and hospitality is always fantastic.

“The players really enjoy getting out there.”

Latrobe president Nic Brewer said the match was a chance for local talent to be inspired, and hoped to draw a crowd to rival last year’s cracking Central Gippsland grand final.

“Latrobe is extremely proud to be hosting this match. We don’t get a lot of top level cricket played in the region, and hopefully it’s a chance for some of the younger guys playing in the area to get a first-hand look at what it takes to play at the next level,” Brewer said.

“Kids like Blake Mills from Morwell and Matt Hibbs from Newborough are trying their luck down in the city now, following the path forged by Peter Siddle on his way from country cricket to the Victorian and Australian teams, and hopefully this gives the next generation of young cricketers the inspiration to follow that lead.”

Last year Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe and Morwell Recreation Reserve hosted a weekend of premier cricket twenty20 action in the corresponding round.

Central Gippsland Cricket’s round of matches will be played on Sunday to accommodate the VPC clash.

Saturday’s match begins at 11am at Maryvale Reserve, Morwell.

Admission is free.

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Men of the north do battle

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THIS weekend’s round of Central Gippsland Cricket will be played on Sunday to accommodate the Victorian Premier Cricket match at Peter Siddle Oval, Morwell on Saturday.

Mirboo North v Yallourn North

THE major clash of this round’s Energy Australia Cup matches sees the Tigers take on the Bombers, two vastly different teams at this point in the season.

Mirboo North is the reigning premier, but after a loss last round to rival Latrobe needs a win to bounce back to the top.

Captain Rob Phoenix has been bowling well but his low scores with the bat will be of concern.

Meanwhile Yallourn North is a team on the rise under new skipper Patrick Spiteri, with wins against Morwell, Trafalgar and Moe lifting them to the top of the ladder.

With both teams hungry for points, this game has the potential to be the big thriller of the weekend.

Moe v Trafalgar

THE young Lions take on the resurgent Ships, with Andrew Philip’s charges hopeful of exploiting Trafalgar’s perceived weakness on turf wickets.

Aaron Walshe had been important with the ball so far for Moe while the spin attack has been key.

For the Ships, captain Rhys Holdsworth is the main threat but a supporting cast of Chris Robinson, Aiden George and James Blaser is hard to overlook.

Morwell v Newborough Bulldogs

NEWBOROUGH continues its return to the top level against a stuttering Morwell which looked the goods with flashy new signings in pre-season but have so far failed to perform.

David Embleton has been dangerous without building sustained pressure, while Gavin Bailey and Davin Charleston have so far flattered to deceive.

For the Bulldogs the only way is up as they continue to demonstrate grit and tenacity, stubbornly refusing to give away their wickets cheaply.

Royce Colgrave had a fantastic all-round game last week and the young left-armer will be hoping to continue his development.

Thorpdale v Latrobe

THE Blues are bursting with confidence after a maiden Energy Australia Cup victory last round, but face a much sterner test this week against the Sharks.

New boy Fraser Smith is in form after a ton and GCL runs, but is in for an examination from Latrobe’s bowling attack of Mitch Cowell, Brendan Evans and new signing Chris Johnson.

Latrobe has yet to work out its best XI and with Kaushik Aphale still to arrive in the country, plenty of bats need to get among the runs or risk the axe.

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Mavrick returns to become top gun

RETURN: Mark Butler’s Mavrick will be put to the test around the Bathurst track as he comes back from a spell. Photo: ZENIO LAPKA 100613zbutlerMAVRICK has been through the wars for Bathurst trainer Mark Butler, but he’ll be hoping that’s all behind his gelding for tonight’s Alabar Bloodstock Pace (1,730 metres).
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The seven-year-old returns from a two-month spell after picking up an injury, but that has nothing on the fracture that kept him out of the game for over 14 months until April this year.

The comeback trail continues for the former listed quality winning runner as he lines up for career start 36 and aims to keep an impressive winning record of one in every three starts.

“He won his last start, which was about two months ago, but he hurt himself. Whatever he does in this race is definitely going to be an improvement,” Butler said.

“I don’t really tell my drivers what to do, I trust that JT [John O’Shea] will do what’s right. There’s a fair bit of speed on his inside so we could hold him up.”

Mavrick goes out from gate six in the eight-horse field for the night’s top-graded and highest prize money ($7,000) race, for C4 to C7 entrants.

The search continues for the peak form that Butler’s Aces N Sevens out of Shooting Blanks gelding had at the end of 2012, which culminated in a Country Series Final win.

There were signs prior to his latest injury that he was making progress towards that goal with a couple of runner-up finishes interstate and a dominant win in his latest start.

“He won six races in a row at one stage there and he found himself going from a C0 to a C6 in the space of just a couple of months but then he hurt himself. It’s going to take a while to get him back to that level again, but I believe we’ve got him back to a competitive level again,” Butler said.

“He loves the bigger tracks and he’s probably one of a few of mine who goes really well at Menangle. We took him up to Queensland in the winter and he had some cracking runs up there too.”

Ashlee Siejka’s Medal Of Honour, though a little out of form of late, could be a threat from gate three while stable mate Packnplenty on his immediate outside carries some nice form. Both also have starts on the new track under their belt.

Bathurst chances are rife through the field with Nathan Hurst carrying three hopes in the race, Classic Croupier, Tulhurst Candy and Major Gambler.

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