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Shin­ing a light on a very dark is­sue

I WRITE to con­grat­u­late the River­ine Her­ald on their re­cent re­port­ing about fam­ily vi­o­lence. I re­cently heard fam­ily vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic abuse char­ac­terised as an in­sid­i­ous dis­ease — a de­scrip­tion I very much agree with. I be­lieve an 'if you see some­thing, say some­thing' ap­proach is very im­por­tant. Whether you con­front the per­pe­tra­tor (if safe to do so), of­fer sup­port to the per­son ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the abuse, speak to lo­cal ser­vices or make an anony­mous re­port to 000 — the more light we shine on vi­o­lent and un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, the safer our com­mu­nity will be. An­drew Bock, Shep­par­ton ON MON­DAY Oc­to­ber 9 thou­sands of Aus­tralians across the coun­try gen­er­ously threw their sup­port be­hind headspace day, kick­ing off Na­tional Men­tal Health Week. Headspace day is an op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate young peo­ple on the im­por­tance of tak­ing care of their men­tal health is­sues early, be­fore they be­come more se­ri­ous. Every year, a quar­ter of all young Aus­tralians will ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues and we want them to know that headspace is here to help. Re­search shows that 75 per cent of men­tal health is­sues emerge be­fore the age of 25. By get­ting on top of is­sues early, the chances of re­cov­ery are greatly in­creased. On headspace day we asked all Aus­tralians to share their per­sonal men­tal health tips, telling us how they take care of their men­tal health. We gath­ered thou­sands of ideas to show young peo­ple the many dif­fer­ent ways to main­tain a healthy headspace. It has been in­spir­ing to see so many Aus­tralians share on #headspace­day, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, Op­po­si­tion leader Bill Shorten, mu­si­cians, sports stars, and our own headspace day am­bas­sador Anna Flana­gan. Our headspace clin­i­cians say talk­ing about how we take care of our men­tal health can en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same. It is just as im­por­tant to take care of our minds, as it is our bod­ies. With 100 cen­tres across Aus­tralia, and phone and on­line chat ser­vice eheadspace, over the past decade headspace has en­abled over 355,000 young peo­ple to ac­cess men­tal health care. There is still time to sup­port headspace just visit headspace­day.org.au, write your per­sonal men­tal health tip on a headspace day post­card and share this on your so­cial me­dia with #headspace­day. Thank you to ev­ery­one who took part in headspace day, we look Let­ters to the ed­i­tor must be no more than 300 words. All let­ters must in­clude the au­thor’s name for pub­li­ca­tion and a res­i­den­tial ad­dress and phone num­ber for clar­i­fi­ca­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Un­less emailed, all let­ters must in­clude a sig­na­ture. The ed­i­tor re­serves the right to edit or with­hold let­ters.

No. 9940

for­ward to your sup­port in the fu­ture. Ja­son Trethowan Chief ex­ec­u­tive, headspace

Take care of your men­tal health What can you do for Cam­paspe Shire?

WE AS a com­mu­nity seem to ex­pect too much from our lo­cal shire. One ex­am­ple is the sad state of fu­ture fund­ing plans for swim­ming pool main­te­nance in our smaller town­ships. A cash-strapped coun­cil is ex­pected to find the nec­es­sary money to main­tain th­ese ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial fa­cil­i­ties – at the ex­pense of other vi­tal needs? I would like to sug­gest an al­ter­na­tive method – crowd­fund­ing. This is a grow­ing in­dus­try which, un­for­tu­nately, has a cost fac­tor, be­ing prof­i­teer­ing by the or­gan­is­ing bod­ies. A bet­ter con­cept would be for lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of the crowd fund­ing projects in each town, with nil fees ap­plied. It’s not rocket science – we just need a wor­thy cause, a fig­ure re­quired and the use of all me­dia. Lo­cal swim­ming pool main­te­nance so kids can safely learn how to swim with­out trav­el­ling, would cer­tainly come un­der the head­ing of a wor­thy cause. To para­phrase a fa­mous Amer­i­can pres­i­dent: “Ask not what your shire can do for you, ask what can you do for your shire”. Barry McDou­gal Echuca

Same sex mar­riage will en­ter the ‘end’ times

THE Protes­tant Re­for­ma­tion His­tory records on Oc­to­ber 31 1517, five hun­dred years ago, the Pro­fes­sor of The­ol­ogy Martin Luther nailed his 95 the­sis to the door of the Wit­ten­berg Church. He op­posed many un­bib­li­cal teach­ings of the Ro­man Catholic Church. At the time the Do­mini­can Jo­hann Det­zel sold in­dul­gences in ex­change for for­give­ness. There­fore a rich man could wil­fully sin as much as he could af­ford and the Vat­i­can pros­pered. In those days Bi­bles were hand writ­ten and very ex­pen­sive. Truth and er­ror could not eas­ily be dis­cerned and so the poor were vul­ner­a­ble es­pe­cially when only the Priests could ex­plain what the Bi­ble said. Yet Kings and Queens, the noble, the rich and the poor were vul­ner­a­ble to decpetion. In the year 1213 Eng­land paid to the Pa­pacy 666 pounds in recog­ni­tion of the Pope’s sovereignty. This was known as Peter’s Pence. A Ro­ma­nian held to tra­di­tion along­side the Bi­ble, Luther stood firm for scrip­ture alone. Martin Luther was sum­moned to ap­pear at The Diet of Worms and be­ing charged with heresy he was called to re­nounce all. At the risk of his life he declared ‘‘I can­not and will no re­tract, I can­not do no other, may God help me. So be it.’’ Those that joined Luther were called Protes­tants. But th­ese re­form­ers were to be done away with. It has been es­ti­mated that be­tween 40 and 60 mil­lion were cru­ely tor­tured and put to death. By Pa­pal de­cree the state per­formed the tor­ture and mur­der and the Vat­i­can con­fis­cated the wealth of the matyrs. The Pauli­cians were wiped out to the last baby. Yet the Chris­tian faith grew and when the print­ing press was in­vented the cost of a Bi­ble was even af­ford­able to a plough boy. But the Ro­man­ists rewrote the Bi­ble to ac­cord to their dogma and it re­mains to­day. Catholi­cism which means uni­ver­sal is on the rise to build its King­dom on Earth. Pa­pal diplo­macy, to­gether with the se­crecy of the Je­suits, seeks to unite all the re­li­gions of the world and new words will be added to the dic­tionary such as Chris-Lam. Ec­u­men­cism is sub­tly draw­ing back to Rome Protes­tants who once held Christ, The Lord, as their head. And in many pas­tors of the Chris­tian faith have re­signed over the gay mar­riage de­bate our na­tion is set to be­come more and more God­less un­less a Chris­tian re­vival takes place. While the Pur­ple and Scar­let of the House of Spir­its known as the Vat­i­can seeks to al­lure, the Lord is call­ing, Rev­e­la­tion 18 verse 4 ‘‘Come out her my peo­ples and be not par­tak­ers of her and the ye re­ceive not her plagues.’’ Protes­tants are known as sep­a­rates brethren by the Pa­pacy. The end times in which we are en­ter­ing will be the great­est bat­tle for truth ever known. But Christ’s King­dom will never be de­feated. He alone is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and this King­dom will rule for­ever - Daniel 2 verse 44. It should be noted that in 1982 when Pope John II, the first Pope to visit the UK in 300 years, the sites in Smith­field where the mar­tyrs were burnt at the stake were re­omved. We should ask ‘‘If his­tory can be erased by the Pa­pal visit then if the foun­da­tions be re­moved, where will the right­eous be?’’ A new civil­i­sa­tion awaits us to our peril and a ‘One World Re­li­gion’ will send many to eter­nal damna­tion. But will you wake out of sleep and re­cieve the Love of the Truth and be saved? Found in the Bi­ble are truths we all need to know. Eph­e­sian 2 ver­sus 8-9 and Ron 10 ver­sus 9-10. Love to all those that love the truth and our Lord Je­sus Christ and those search­ing for sal­va­tion. And re­mem­ber, ‘‘There is only

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