Lazy cor­flutes, rally crew says thanks

Dubbo Photo News - - Weekender -

IN last week’s pa­per I stated that I be­lieved Scott Mor­ri­son was the first PM ever to visit this elec­torate dur­ing an ac­tual elec­tion cam­paign, and while do­ing some re­search on the is­sue I hadn’t found any­thing to show me oth­er­wise.

Nor did any­one I asked about it re­mem­ber any­thing to the con­trary, so I was ob­vi­ously ask­ing the wrong peo­ple and us­ing the wrong search en­gine.

Ear­lier this week Bob Berry sent me a text to let me know of at least one case in point.

“Bob Hawke as PM came to Dubbo in the 1 De­cem­ber 1984 cam­paign to ad­dress a meet­ing in the civic cen­tre which was hi­jacked by pro­tes­tors against an army base for Bathurst/orange,” Mr Berry said.

“This was un­for­tu­nate as Dubbo was one of the three ar­eas se­lected for a new base – Hawke thought it was a protest for No Base at Dubbo.

“John Howard also vis­ited in that cam­paign when Pea­cocke was leader, Michael Cobb was the sit­ting mem­ber and Jim Cur­ran was stand­ing for the ALP,” he said. I’VE had some feed­back from var­i­ous peo­ple about state elec­tion cor­flutes still hang­ing up on fences and fork­lifts around the place.

They’re con­cerned that these things are still hang­ing around even though there’s a fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign on, which could con­fuse some peo­ple.

I’m sure that if a fed­eral can­di­date had a cor­flute up dur­ing that state cam­paign that there would have been end­less calls from other par­ties un­til they were re­moved.

I con­tacted the state and fed­eral elec­toral com­mis­sions and both or­gan­i­sa­tions told me there’s no ac­tual law re­quir­ing peo­ple to re­move their cor­flutes, even if a dif­fer­ent tier of gov­ern­ment is hold­ing their own elec­tions.

Here’s what the NSW Elec­toral Com­mis­sion sent back to me via email:

“The Elec­toral Act 2017 does not pro­vide for the re­moval of elec­toral ma­te­rial after the elec­tion.

“Please re­fer also to sec­tion 17.15.3 of the Can­di­date Hand­book.

“Coun­cils may have their own rules when it comes to the re­moval of these posters.”

When you think how hor­ri­bly er­ro­neously over-reg­u­lated we are in so many as­pects of our daily lives, to think there’s yet an­other loop­hole in the state’s Elec­toral Com­mis­sion’s Act beg­gar be­lief.

If you see any state elec­tion cor­flutes hang­ing around, please let me know or text a pic of them to me. I’M not sure whether to be wor­ried that newly minted state Na­tion­als’ MP Du­gald Saun­ders bought this “Yes, Min­is­ter” book be­cause he wanted some guide­lines in his new job, or to be re­lieved that he has a sense of hu­mour. (See the photo on op­po­site page.)

Or was it all be­cause his cam­paign man­ager Peter Bart­ley, who dou­bles as the pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer for the Ro­tary Club of Dubbo Mac­quarie’s book fair, chose the book for him.

Any­way, it was a bit of a laugh at the 2019 Ro­tary Michael Egan Me­mo­rial Book Fair which saw 400 peo­ple through the doors in the first hour, the day rais­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for char­ity.

Mr Saun­ders was of­fi­cially sworn in as Mem­ber for Dubbo on Tues­day this week, and was sched­uled to ad­dress NSW Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, al­though after the dead­line for this week’s col­umn. IF you missed the book fair but want to buy some­thing use­ful and help out a lo­cal char­ity at the same time, this Satur­day you can check out the gi­ant garage sale at the Dubbo Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed just next to the skatepark.

You name it, they’ll have some of it.

Kitchen ap­pli­ances, dis­abil­ity aids such as wheel­chairs, stereos, ra­dios, handy­man items, ta­ble lamps, din­ing chairs, there’ll be plenty on of­fer and all at great prices.

Satur­day, May 11, from 9am to 1pm. THERE are al­ways so many great com­mu­nity events hap­pen­ing in and around this area, but quite of­ten we for­get to thank the busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who sup­ported them and made it all pos­si­ble.

I was talk­ing to Stan Sin­gle dur­ing the week, he’s pres­i­dent of the com­mit­tee or­gan­is­ing this week­end’s in­au­gu­ral Dubbo Mo­tor­bike Rally, and he was at pains to point out just how sup­port­ive the com­mu­nity had been to make this event hap­pen – and how it wouldn’t have got­ten off the ground with­out that fi­nan­cial sup­port.

We nor­mally don’t list ev­ery­one in our re­port­ing but there’s a long list here and it’s a good case in point so peo­ple can see what hap­pens in the back­ground, and many of these or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port many other char­i­ties as well.

Destinatio­n NSW, Rober­ston’s Mo­tor­cy­cles, Castlereag­h Ho­tel, MOTORRADGA­RAGE, Com­mer­cial Ho­tel, Old Bank Restau­rant, Dubbo RSL Club, Pas­toral Ho­tel, ARB, Early Rise Bak­ery, Mac­quarie Credit Union, Shan­non’s In­sur­ance, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Zoo Premi­air Hire, DTC Train­ing, Dubbo Photo News and the VRA volunteers.

That’s not count­ing all the in­di­vid­u­als who’ve de­voted so much time to help get­ting this event off the ground, and it’s the sort of fairly well-hid­den sup­port that makes the com­mu­nity go around. THE old measles gets a lot of pub­lic­ity these days and it’s fright­en­ing when you think a baby or el­derly per­son could die if they’re ex­posed to a car­rier.

Two new cases of measles were re­ported in Western NSW this past week, both with links to a re­cent

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