Debate on the Palaszczuk government’s controversial new vegetation management laws have been delayed until about 9.30pm tonight. Image digitally altered.THE minority Palaszczuk government has delayed the debate on its controversialnew vegetation management laws until at least 9.30pm tonight.
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MPs were told on Mondayto expect the VegetationManagement (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016to be introduced immediately after the dinner break. However, parliament today accepted a disallowance motion relating to exhibited animals that will be considered from7.30pm. That issue is expected totake about two hours,meaning the vegetation debate could now start at about 9.30pm.

If parliament decides to complete a counter terrorism bill, the vegetation bill may not kick offuntil 10-10.30pm.

The debate will be streamed live on Queensland parliament’s website (click here).

The scene is nowset for what is shaping up asone of the fiercest battle ever to be seen inQueensland’s parliament. ThePalaszczuk government has adopted acrash or crash through on its anti-farmer laws, which will strenuously opposed by the LNP opposition and the two Katter members.

While the debate is expected to rage well into the early hours,a vote is not expected until sometime tomorrow (Thursday).

Palaszczuk has locked in behind theLabor-alignedextreme green movement and in concert, launcheda series of brutal attacks on Queensland farmers in the lead up to the debate.

If passed, the anti-agriculturelegislation will be retrospective to March 17.

TheDepartment of Natural Resourcespre-empted the decision on Tuesday, releasing new online maps (click here) of so-called high-value regrowth that would be protected under the new laws.

However, the fate of the bill appears to restwith Labor turned independentmember for Cook, Billy Gordon, who is under pressure from indigenous groups who will lose massive economic development opportunities ifpassed.If Mr Gordon does support Labor, the decision will come down to the casting vote of independent speaker Peter Wellington.

There appears little doubt thatQueensland other Laborturnedindependentmember Rob Pyne (Cairns) will side with the government.

The wild card appears to be if Labor would accept any last minute amendments put forward by either Mr Gordon or Mr Wellington, enabling the laws to be passed.

The bill is seen as a major test for the mid-term Palaszczuk government, whichisdesperate to appease Labor-aligned extreme green including the Wilderness Society and the WWF.

The ongoing support of green groups is seen as vital for Labor’sinner city seats including South Brisbane, held by deputy premier Jackie Trad, and Mount Coot-tha, held by environment minister Steven Miles, who rely on green preferences at the ballot box.

Farm groups,the LNP opposition and two Katter members maintain the billshould be rejected.Major sticking points include there-introduction of‘reverse onus of proof laws’ meaning farmersguilty until proven innocent, ‘mistake of fact’ as adefense for landholders, and the reintroduction ofso-called ‘high-value regrowth’.

Opposition natural resources spokesman Andrew Cripps said Labor’s decision not to withdraw the ‘reversal of the onus of proof’ provisions from its proposed vegetation management laws was arrogant and conceited.

Mr Cripps said other unfair provisions, including the withdrawal of ‘mistake of fact’ as an available defence and its retrospectivity to March 17 would also remain in Labor’s bill, denying people basic civil liberties.

He said under the Palaszczuk Government’s laws, Queensland’s agriculture sector would have to rely on revised self-assessable codes, the Coordinator-General and other obscure legislation to manage vegetation.

“We know Labor has already moved to reduce the flexibility of self-assessable codes for routine management activities, which will drive up the costs and reduce the productivity of Queensland’s agriculture sector,” Mr Cripps said.

“The only pathway for expanding high value agriculture in Queensland will be through the expensive and time-consuming coordinator general’s process, favouring large corporate agriculture at the expense of small family farming businesses.

“Indigenous communities on Cape York have been told to rely on theCape York Peninsula Heritage Actto deliver future economic opportunities, despite it rarely being used because of its narrow and inflexible provisions.”

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Rebecca Maher was taken to Maitland police station about 12.45am on July 19. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers An officer talks on the phone at Maitland police station. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers
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Rebecca Maher was found dead in a cell at Maitland police station on July 19. Photo: Supplied

An Aboriginal woman has died in a police holding cell, marking the first Aboriginal death in NSW police custody since 2000.

Rebecca Maher, 36, was picked up by police in Cessnock, near Newcastle, and taken to Maitland police station about 12.45am on July 19.

Fairfax Media understands witnesses had called police to report her highly intoxicated on the roadside.

She was placed in the cells at the station. When officers checked on her at 6am she was dead.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT has accused police of failing to follow legal protocols that require them to notify the ALS as soon as an Indigenous person is taken into custody.

It was only notified of Ms Maher’s death in custody on August 12, 24 days later.

The events leading up to Ms Maher’s detention and the reasons for her detention are under close scrutiny.

Police released a statement on July 19 saying “police located and detained a 36-year-old woman who appeared intoxicated, walking along Wollombi Road, Cessnock”.

In a second statement, on July 25, police said she was taken to the station because “police had concerns for her welfare”.

In that statement, police appealed for witnesses who saw Ms Maher on Wollombi Road, including the occupants of a blue Commodore and an anonymous man who called police.

Initial media reports said there was no evidence of foul play or self-harm inside the cell. An autopsy would determine whether her intoxicated state contributed to her death, the Newcastle Herald reported.

At a rally held in Cessnock earlier this month, Ms Maher’s family read out a statement saying they were only told of the mother-of-four’s death about 12.30pm on July 19.

They say Ms Maher didn’t commit any crime and should not have been detained.

“Without being charged with any crime, Rebecca was taken into police custody as she walked down a street in the NSW rural town of Cessnock,” the statement said.

“Police allege that she was intoxicated, but have given her family no other reason as to why Rebecca was detained.

“Very little information has been given to Rebecca’s family about the circumstances of her death. All that the family has been told is that Rebecca was taken into police custody and without being charged with anything was put into a cell at an early hour (approximately 1am) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

“According to the limited information given to her mother, police entered the cell at 6am Tuesday morning to find Rebecca deceased. They contacted Rebecca’s mother with this news some 5-6 hours later at around 12.30pm.”

The family have provided Fairfax Media with a photo of Ms Maher.

Following the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991, a recommendation was made to develop a protocol whereby an Aboriginal legal service is notified whenever an Aboriginal person is arrested or detained.

This requirement was enshrined in law in the NSW Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Regulation.

The ALS set up the Custody Notification Service in 2000, a 24/7 phone line, to meet this need.

“We’re very concerned there’s been a procedural failure this time, and that we were not notified of Ms Maher’s detainment,” ALS chief executive Gary Oliver said.

“If the CNS had been used by police when they detained Ms Maher, there may have been a different outcome.”

He said the CNS allows a lawyer to give the detainee legal advice and check they’re OK.

“Sometimes they’re not OK, and the police and the lawyer organise for a health check, an ambulance, medication or whatever assistance is required to ensure the person in custody is safe.

“Even if a person is seen to be intoxicated, the police still ring us and let us know they’ve got a person in custody, and NSW police ensure that person in custody is made safe.”

It’s not yet clear how Ms Maher died in custody or why she was detained.

NSW Police have been contacted for comment.

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CHEERS: Bendigo Beer’s Jo Doye pours a beer for Capital Venues and Events’ David Lloyd. Bendigo on the Hop will take place on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWESIX venues taking part in Bendigo on the Hop have sold out their ticket allocations.
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Bendigo Beer president Trevor Birks said ticket sales for the winter beer festival had been solid since the brewery line-up was announced in June.

“We are experiencing a last minute rush to grab the last tickets available for Saturday,” he said.

“As of Tuesday, there is about 400 to go which was similar to the same time last year. We sold out last year and we expect to go close again.”

The walkabout beer festival sees 28 craft beerbreweries take over 10 venues in the Bendigo CBD.

Mr Beebe’s,The Exchange, The Rifle, Handle Bar, The Gallery Caféand Grill’d have all sold out out their allocations.

There are limited spots available at Handle Bar, Rocks on Rosalind and Bendigo on the Hop’s two pop-up venues The Hub Pub (inSidney Myer Place) and Morley’s Laneway Party (next to the old Toyworld building).

“We are so excited to be doing something different like this for Bendigo On The Hop,” Mr Birks said.

“Morley’s is a laneway party for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, so we’ve incorporated it into this event due to a lot of positive feedback.”

The strong ticket sales are encouraging for Bendigo Beer after their host ticketing siteused by the group last yearto sell tickets was hacked, resulting in ticket holders’ credit card details being used for fraudulent purchases.

Local outlet Capital Venues and Events has been selling tickets for this year’s festival through The Capital theatre’s box office.

Bendigo on the Hop will feature the top four breweries listed in craft beer blog the Beer Cartel’s national craft beer survey –Feral Brewing, Pirate Life, Stone &Wood and Bridge Road Brewers.

“Pirate Life are pretty much the rock stars of the festival, having taken the Australian beer industry by storm in the last 18 months so it’s great to have them coming across from Adelaide,” Mr Birks said.

“It’s also really pleasing to have all six local breweries (Brookes, 40 Acres, Castlemaine, Tooborac, Bandicoot and Holgate)in this year’s event which will show the expected 800 participants from Melbourne just how good beer is up here in Bendigo.”

Bendigo on the Hop is on Saturday, August 20, from 11am to 6pm.

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Andrew Chapman, Wombramurra; auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth; Stephen Gill, Alexandra Downs, Merriwa; Scott Simshauser, Landmark Tamworth and Peter Howarth, Wombramurra, Nundle with some of the Wombramurra sale bulls. BUYERS from across three states filled the stands and pushed prices to $26,000 at the annual Wombramurra Black Simmentals bull sale near Nundle last Wednesday.
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Peter Howarth and Andrew Chapman presented 30 Black Simmental bulls with 27 selling to average $8777 overall and 36 SimAngus Bulls with all selling to average $8875.

In the breakdown; 18 two-year old Simmental bulls topped at $26,000 and averaged $10,055; nine yearling Simmental bulls topped at $10,000 and averaged $6222; 19 two-year old SimAngus bulls peaked at $15,000 and averaged $10,105; nine 17month-old SimAngus bulls reached $12,000 and averaged $8333 whilst eight yearling SimAngus bulls topped at $9,000 and averaged $6562.

The highly sort after Wombramurra K233, a TNT Tanker son out of a GW Lucky Charm daughter, hit the $26,000 sale top after a three way bidding war.

Stephen Gill, Alexander Downs, Merriwa came out on top and secured the 23month-old homozygous black bull weighing 852 kilograms.

With an average daily gain (ADG) of 1.13kgs the bull scanned raw figures of 5mm for rump, 4mm for rib, 121cmsqfor eye muscle area (EMA) and 5.2 per centfor intramuscular fat (IMF).

Mr Gill joins around 900 Angus and Black Baldy females annually to supply their own feedlot operation.

“He has excellent weight for age, we’re hoping he’ll pass that onto his progeny and put some yield and softness back into the herd,” Mr Gill said.

The top of the SimAngus draft was achieved by Wombramurra K215, a 24month-old Millah Murrah Right Time son out of an MR NLC Upgrade daughter who attracted a $15,000 bid.

Purchased by loyal clients, James and Sally Morse, Molong, who know the benefits of Wombramurra genetics first hand as a past winner of the Beef Spectacular Feedlot Trial.

At 802kgs, the polled bull had a ADG of 1.06kg and a scrotal circumference of 39cm.The Morse familypurchased four bulls to average $10,500.

Volume buyer was Wallings Pastoral Co, “Callaroy” Cassilis, who secured two Simmental and four SimAngus bulls to average $7333.

Other significant purchases included 3EW, Murrarundi, buying three Simmental and one SimAngus yearling to average $8250 and theBeard family, Chinchilla, QLD secured two SimAngus Bulls for $11,000 each.

Stud manager, Andrew Chapman, was highly enthused with the sale result brought about by a good attendance of repeat and new buyers.

The sale was settled by Landmark Tamworth with Paul Dooley as guest auctioneer.

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TRANQUIL: A reader has pitched some new names for Fishing Point which he reckons better reflect the reality of the neighbourhood. Picture: Fairfax MediaGoing barking madAN open letter to the residents of Fishing Point:
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I would like to suggest that we rename our beautiful suburb, Barking Point, and our wonderful Secret Bay, Kennel Bay, in honor of our noisy four-legged friends.

Come on, everybody, this is a neighborhood and it should be a peacefuland tranquil place to live,not a barking dog pound.

– Phillip Harris, Fishing Point

Greens missed the boatTHE Greens’ late application for the Lake Macquarie City Council election simply shows they never bothered to read the supplementary regulations, and missed the boat.

I would call it poetic justice because failing this simple task shows they would never be up to the job, and should remain as dreamers lost in their own little world.

– Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

Greens a comedy sketchI JUST couldn’t believe it when I saw that all Greens candidates have been disqualified from standing in the forthcoming elections in Lake Macquarie due to a monumental blunder by the party on nomination procedure.

It was like a Monty Python sketch.

Something as simple as the method of payment of the nomination fee has torpedoed a whole team from standing. Someone should have known that the fees could not have been paid by a plastic card but by cash or cheque.

And it just shows that political parties should stay right out of local government.

Voters in Lake Macquarie willhave the choice ofthe two old and tired major parties, Liberal and Labor, two formal independent groupings, which may as well be parties, and a number of real single independents not aligned to any group.

Voters should back the real independents and avoid the major parties and the formal independent groupings.

-Chris Osborne,Marks Point

Yearning for sane societyIN the old days of sane societies, attacking fellow citizens who protect and defend their country against the enemy used to be considered punishable acts of treason. But not any more.Traitors have now acquired hero status.

– S. Moss,Hamlyn Terrace

Bats stink up the townI AGREE with comments about the problems caused by the flying foxes at Toronto. The bats have a stink that can be smelt all through the town.

– John Anderson, Blackalls Park

Profit is state agendaWHENare we in NSW going toelect a state government that will represent the people of NSW? Power prices to escalate to suit the overseas investors, health services that continue to deteriorate and experienced staff leaving the industry, manufacturing contracts given to overseas countries with less wages and nohealth and safety conditions. Is profit our only agenda? What future do our kids have?

– Gerry Mohan,Shoal Bay

What about other breeds?IN regard of the banning of greyhounds(I have nointerestin racing dogs or horses) – I was wondering whathappens to all the other breeds of dogs puppies?

– Colin Atkins,Wyong

Humans are dog servantsHUMANrelationships with pets has me amused. Sunday in the park opposite my home I watch people happily picking up freshly deposited poo from their beloved furchild. No other species on earth does this except the dung beetle. The obvious conclusion is that dogs must be the superior species on earth.

– Steve Barnett,Fingal Bay

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Winner: Brad Beaumont (left) is presented with the prestigious Naracoorte Cup by club captain Michael Porter.
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The winter tournament and Naracoorte Cup were held at the Naracoorte Golf Club last weekend and attracted a great number of visitors from clubs in the surrounding district.

The Saturday event was sponsored by BarrieMoyle andAssociates and Limestone Coast Golf where a field of 65 playersparticipated in an aggregate stableford event.

The day belonged to Charlie Le who blitzed the course with a superb round to amass a whopping 46 stableford points. Playing off a 16 handicap, Le broke 80 for his first time in competition and returned one of the best scores recorded at the Naracoorte Golf Club for many years. Troy Bates was Le’s fortunate partner and was able to manage a respectable 31 points for a combined total of 77 points to win the competition.

The runners-up were Henry Schinckel with a return to form with 41 points and his partner Michael Parker who had 35 points for a collective total of 76 points. Balls were awarded to Ryan Paech and Mitch Hartree (73), Max Clifford and Adrian Zerk (71), Sam Jude and Scott Lawrie (68) and Trevor Smith and Brad Beaumont (66).

The ladies competition was won by Jill Steen and Jo Callaghan with a combined total of 71 points. Runners-up were Michelle Justin and Vickie Snodgrass with 61 points from Jan O’Shaughnessy and Sue Pannell with 60 points.

The nearest to the pins were won by Brian Norcock on the third, Richard Barnes on the fifth, Michael Redman on the seventh, Jenny Castine on the seventh, Mick Porter on the 12th and Liam Walter on the 16th.

The Naracoorte Cup was held on Sunday and played over 27 holes. Naracoorte Toyota and Barrett Petroleum provided exceedingly generous sponsorship for the event as they have done for the past 25+ years.

The winner of this year’s Naracoorte Cup was BradBeaumontwho had an opening round of 78 – 8 = 70 before playing his final nineholes in 40 strokes to claim the major prize of the day.

In A grade, Beaumont took out the netprize comfortably from James Norcock.In B grade, the netwinner was Michael Redman with 116.5 from captain Mick Porter with 120. In C grade, Jamie Partridge won the netevent with 114.5 from Lance McLean with 122.

The stroke events in each grade were won by Darren Bilney in A grade with 108, Wayne Hawkins in B grade with 143 and Terry Paech in C grade with 147.The nearest to pins were won by Greg Hutchison on the fifthand Barry Snook on the 12th.

The Dewars Cup was won by James Norcock, Trevor Smith, Darren Bilney and Brad Beaumont.

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Save our station staff: Courtney Houssos MLC and Peter Alley Country Labor.
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People who use Wauchope train station are concerned that the Booking Office Manager will soon lose his job and that there will only be part-time staff on duty there.

Regular customers have told the Wauchope Gazette that the manager was told his job would come to an end in early August, but he’s been kept on until October.

There are fears in the near future there be justtwo line managers –one for stations in Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Kempsey, and the other for Taree, Wingham, Gloucester, Kendal and Wauchope.

There would be three permanent part-time staff at Wauchope, working six-hour shifts, and one permanent part-time staff member, working three-hour shifts.

This would, at times, leave one member of staff dealing with up to 60 passengers, some with luggage, needing to board a train.

And if there was an emergency at a station, there might not be a manager nearby.

Labor spokesperson for Port Macquarie, the Hon. Courtney Houssos MLC, today met peopleat the Wauchope Train Station to hear their concerns.

In June, Ms Houssos presented a petition with 8,310 signatures to the Parliament, calling on the Baird-Grant government to maintain current staffing and service levels to Wauchope Train Station.

The petition outlined that the current number of passenger trains arriving and departing from Wauchope Trainlink Station should be maintained; that the current level of staffing should remain unchanged at the station; and that the Wauchope Trainlink Station should be staffed for all passenger trains stopping and departing from the station to ensure customer safety and access for vulnerable users.

In reaction to the Government’s plans to cut staff from regional train stations, the petitioners requested the Legislative Council stop the proposed job cuts at Wauchope Trainlink Station to allow the current levels of customer service to be maintained.

Ms Houssos says she spoken with many local people who are concerned that reducingtrain services andhelp will severely affect those who use the train most –the elderly, the young, and low-income families.

“I’m standing with the people of Port Macquarie and I’m calling on the NSW Government to guarantee that train services to Wauchope will remain unchanged, including current staffing arrangements.” she said.

Passenger Anne Gillespie said a significant number of people, especially the elderly, use the overnight train to go to Sydney for medical appointments, to avoid accommodation costs.

“They need help with their luggage and booking tickets. They feel relieved to have staff here,” she said.

A NSW TrainLink spokesperson said a newrole called Area Customer Service Manager (ACSM) has been established to manage a number of locations. ACSMs will be based at Coffs Harbour and Taree.

“The ACSM at Taree will manage Wauchope Station as well as Taree, Gloucester, Wingham and Kendall stations,” the spokesperson said.

“The ACSM at Coffs Harbour will manage Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Kempsey as well as Sawtell, Urunga and Eungai stations.

“The new Area Customer Service Manager (ACSM) role will be employed to manage customer service and operational aspects for all stations under their remit, including cleaning and ground maintenance.

“This will allow us to be more dynamic and better equipped to adjust to varying levels of customer demand in the region.

“As part of a recent Business Review, and creation of the new ACSM role, the Booking Office Manager role has been removed as it is no longer required.

“There will be staff at Wauchope Station to cover all train arrivals and departures,”the spokesperson said.

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William Kamm has over the years caused untold grief to those who have fallen victim to his twisted, psuedo-religious charisma. He wasfound guilty of having sex with a child and, as such, deserves to be bound to restrictions on his movements.
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Like many cult leaders, the Little Pebble –as Kamm liked to be known –was manipulative and predatory, choosing as victims vulnerable people who were swayed by his religious rantings. When he sucked children into his warped version of a chosen people, his chosen brides, he stepped over a line from which there should be no return.

Kamm is appealing the 40-odd conditions imposed on his release. This has alarmed the authorities.

Hearing the appeal in the Supreme Court last week Justice Robert Hulme heardKamm had a history of sexual deviance that made it likely he would re-offend.

Kamm had a narcissistic personality disorder and that he was able to exert influence over vulnerable people.

The court was read documents where Kamm had stated: “Women had great respect for me. Women stood in awe of me. Women were always attracted to me, like a magnet.”

Kamm wants to return to the dusty, somewhatcreepy compound he ran in Tapitallee. It is a prospect the state does not relish, which is why among the restrictions imposed on the child rapist there is a ban on him returning to the Shoalhaven.

The compound nowwears a patina of neglect and great sadness. Abandoned children’s play equipment rusts by the now empty school that incredibly once attracted federal funding.

We accept Kamm has served his time but his sentence is nothing compared to the lifetime of anguish suffered by his victims. We accept he has the legal right to appeal but do not think he has a moral right to unfettered freedom of movement.

Throughout Kamm’s time in jail, remorse or even recognition of his guilt has not been evident.

There is every reason to fear that his return to Shoalhaven or unsupervised contact with children risksfurther crimes being committed.

Kamm’s notoreity will follow him to his grave. Society expects he will make his journey to that final resting place without adding more victims to his list.

The Shoalhaven community does not want him back.

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Liberal senator Cory Bernardi. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Senator David Leyonhjelm is challenging an article published by Fairfax. Photo: Peter Rae
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Left-wing “social warriors” will be exposed by David Leyonhjelm’s complaint to the Human Rights commission (HRC) over an article labelling him an “angry white man,” conservative Senator Cory Bernardi says.

Senator Leyonhjelm, of the Liberal Democrats, says he is not offended by the opinion piece written by Fairfax’s chief political correspondent Mark Kenny who called him an “angry white male.”

“I have lodged a complaint against his column under Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) because its unlawful,” Senator Leyonhjelm told Melbourne radio 3AW. 

“What I’m attempting to show is how stupid it is when the boot is on the other foot.”

Senator Leyonhjelm wants the section repealed because it allows for someone to claim they are “insulted” or “offended” on the basis of their race and ethnicity.

“I don’t think hurt feelings should be a matter for the law, but under 18C the law does get involved in feelings,”  he said.

The Human Rights Commission’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has campaigned for section 18C to be retained but declined to comment on Senator Leyonhjelm’s case.

“If anyone believes they have experienced racial vilification they can consider lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission,” he said.

“Every complaint is assessed on its merits. The President of the Commission is responsible for investigating and conciliating complaints.”

A source familiar with the Human Rights Commission’s processes predicted the commission would dismiss the complaint, ruling white people can’t be offended.

Senator Bernardi on Tuesday backed Senator Leyonhjelm’s tactic and predicted it would expose the “social justice warriors” as “racists, bigots and hypocrites.”

“David Leyonhjelm is making a very important point – if you replace the word ‘white’ with any other colour, the social justice warriors would be up in arms,” Senator Bernardi said.

“They are themselves, racists, bigots and hypocrites and Senator Leyonhjelm’s complaint will establish this beyond all doubt.”

Senator Bernardi is the most prominent Liberal MP pushing for reform to the Racial Discrimination Act after it was dropped by the former coalition government led by deposed prime minister Tony Abbott.

While Senator Leyonhjelm is proposing more radical change – repealing sections 18C and D altogether – Senator Bernardi is backing a more moderate proposal that would remove the words ‘insult’ and ‘offend’.

This compromise position was first put forward by Family First Senator Bob Day in the last parliament. The bill would mean it would still be an offence to intimidate or harass a person on the basis of their race. It was co-sponsored by Senator Bernardi and the West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith.

The government has no plans to proceed with any change to section 18c despite promising to repeal it at the 2013 election. However Senator Bernardi expressed hope that change could occur in the new parliament.

“The very modest reform of 18c that me and many of my senate colleagues are proposing is gaining support and I’m hopeful that we can actually remove the words ‘insult’ and ‘offend’ from Section 18c in this term of parliament,” he said.

Federal Labor MP Linda Burney said she doubted any changes would get through parliament because both Labor and the prime minister were opposed to change.

“As an Aboriginal person, I can assure you that that sort of speech is hurtful, and it’s ridiculous – absolutely ridiculous – to say, ‘oh well, you can only be offended if you allow yourself to be offended’,” she said.

Ms Burney pinpointed a cartoon recently published by News Corp’s Bill Leak, which depicted a drunk Aboriginal father not knowing his son, as an example of speech that was “unacceptable.”

“I don’t believe there is a need for that sort of stereotypical depiction of Aboriginal people in the media, that cartoon really upset me, it made me feel quite ill,” she said.

Former cabinet minister Eric Abetz, who has been a frequent critic of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull since being dumped from the frontbench after the leadership spill, also backed Senator Leyonhjelm.

“It seems passing strange that in our society you can use that sort of racist terminology and it doesn’t seem to excite the interest of the HRC at all,” Senator Abetz told Sky News.

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INFORMATIVE: Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey was in Warrnambool on Monday night for an information session for local trainers. Picture: Getty ImagesWARRNAMBOOL trainers can expect harsh penalties from stewards if they treat horses on race days.
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Racing Victoria (RV) chairman of stewards Terry Bailey told a gathering of 20 local trainers in Warrnambool on Monday night they had nothing to fear if they played by the rules.

Bailey was joined by RV chief executive officerBernard Saundry and other key RV managers Paul Bloodworth andJamie McGuinness, plus trainer liaison officer Kirra Fitzgerald and Australian Trainers Association CEO Andrew Nicholl at the trainer consultation session.

The high-profile steward, who is involved in a long-running cobalt enquiry against top trainers Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh, said local trainers were interested in the cobalt issue.

“I told the trainers they are not to treat horses on race days,” Bailey said.

“Horses are to be presented to the races drug-free. It’s a simple rule which I pointed out to the trainers.”

The senior executives from RV discussed a wide range of issues with the trainers,including programming, race dates, safety issues, track ratings, fees, training hours and a metropolitan master plan for Caulfield and Flemington.

“I think it was a very informative night for the trainers who attended,” Bailey said.

“We’ve been going over the state this year with the session to try andaddress any questions or issues the trainers want to discuss.”

More sessions will be held at Caulfield on August 18 and Cranbourne on August 22.

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