Border restrictions see out-of-work pilots retrain as machinery operators for WA grain harvest

International airline pilots are being retrained to operate harvest machinery as COVID-19 grounds flights and keeps farm workers from where they are needed.

Western Australia’s grain growers are on track to produce 14.5 million tonnes this season.

But getting the crop out of the paddock is proving a challenge because strict border restrictions are preventing international and interstate labour from entering the state.

“We surveyed the West Australian grain industry and came up with a shortage of over 1,000 machinery operators,” said agricultural trainer Ley Webster, who typically upskills backpackers and itinerant workers.

This year Ms Webster has trained nine pilots in operating a combine harvester.

All of them have been indefinitely stood down from their airlines and are adapting to a slower pace in a whole new cockpit.

“But it will be fun.”

Ley Webster usually works with backpackers, but this season she’s trained nine stood-down pilots.(Supplied: Ley Webster)

‘You can’t buy experience’

While the pilots are highly skilled and competent workers, they are still new to the risks and challenges that come with a busy harvest season.

“You could have five people driving these massive machines at pace and none of them have done a harvest before,” Ms Webster said.

“There’s a lot of risk. They’re keen, confident and capable, but you can’t buy experience.”

Ms Webster said WA needed to offer more exemptions for experienced workers to come from interstate.

“We need to open the borders.”

Local workers no solution

Like many states, the WA Government is encouraging locals to take up jobs in agriculture.

But grain producers, anxious to safely have their crops harvested in time, are not relying on locals to tool up.

“I think it may help some farmers to some extent,” grain producer Reece Curwen said.

“But, personally, we have a few experienced operators that were here during seeding that are finding it very hard to get exemptions to get to WA from the eastern states.

“So I think that [providing exemptions] would be a much better option for the Government to head down.”

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Reece Curwen needs a team of 25 workers to get his grain crop off.(ABC Landline: Mark Bennett)

The Curwen family runs a mixed cropping property in South Sterling near Albany.

Their harvest requires 25 staff over a six-week program; most would traditionally come from Europe, New Zealand and the eastern states.

Mr Curwen said he was not confident they would get the workers in time.

“It’s just incredibly hard to get into this state at the moment, even if you have good reasons or you have approval from someone such as us to come over and help us,” he said.

Anxious time ahead

The Curwens are competing with trucking and logistics companies to attract the few experienced workers available.

“Farmers are reaching peak debt levels now, anxiety levels will increase until the crop is in the shed or at port and there’s certainty on our returns,” Mr Curwen said.

Despite an impressive season, he is not celebrating yet.

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David Fyfe says long-haul drivers coming out of retirement to help will be accommodated.(ABC Landline: Mark Bennett)

Retired heavy haulage drivers are being encouraged to get behind the wheel again.

Loaded road trains are more than 36 metres long, weigh 120 tonnes and can be worth more than $750,000. Driving them takes skill and experience.

David Fyfe, president of the WA Livestock and Road Transport Association, said retirees who wanted more flexible hours would likely get them.

“They will accommodate you,” he said.

“People will say, ‘Well, gee, if you don’t want to do the long days, let’s do some short days or let’s job-share and we’ll get through the task’.”

Watch this story on ABC TV’s Landline at 12:30pm on Sunday or on iview.

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New Zealand’s former skipper Amy Satterthwaite returns to T20I stage after maternity leave

As the Australian women’s team took on New Zealand at Allan Border Field on Saturday afternoon, there was a lot of rust being scoured away. Batting, commentary, getting turnstiles to work: it all involved creaking into action after cricket’s usual winter hiatus was expanded by COVID stasis.

But as far as the players went, one in particular had every right to scoff at the six months the others had been out of action since the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this year.

Amy Satterthwaite, the tall and angular left-hander who has so long batted near the top of New Zealand’s order, had been waiting an extra year and more on top of that.


Her previous competitive outing had come in a one-day match against Australia on March 3, 2019. She had spent more than 18 months out of the game due to pregnancy, childbirth, and maternity leave.

Then she had made her way back to elite sport.

It helps that her parenting partner is a New Zealand teammate, fast bowler Lea Tahuhu. At least there would be no difficulty for either at home to explain the motivation to get back to playing.

During the last Australian summer, Tahuhu was still in the Big Bash League while her wife was heavily pregnant, then played in the T20 World Cup while Satterthwaite was in the stands carrying the recent arrival, Grace Marie.

New Zealand and the Melbourne Renegades have each had batting fragility over the last few years. Before her pregnancy Satterthwaite captained both, and was so often the player called upon to rescue games in crisis.

Having to watch from the sidelines with no ability to jump in and fix things must have been a major adjustment.

For Amy Satterthwaite (left), it wasn’t the perfect return to international cricket, but there was plenty to build on for the White Ferns batter.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

After all that time out, coming back into the fold on Saturday must have involved a lot of different feelings. It also allowed Satterthwaite to add one more to her 99 appearances for New Zealand in T20 cricket.

There was no easing in. When she walked to the middle at two wickets down, New Zealand needed 96 runs from 67 balls, against her country’s biggest rival, after her team’s biggest hitter had got out.

Her second ball was on leg stump, a gift that she could turn away for a single. Her fourth was an off-break, too full, and Satterthwaite swept. One of her favourite shots. Out of the middle, airborne and then bouncing, perfectly splitting the gap between two boundary riders for four.

There wasn’t much else to remark upon: a few miscues, some singles, a free hit that wasn’t cashed in, and eventually a reverse sweep off the glove to the wicketkeeper, out for nine. But there must have been that moment, nailing that boundary, when Satterthwaite was able to know that she can still play.

That’s something to build from. The next few games as well. Cricket across 50 overs has always been Satterthwaite’s game more than the T20 format. In one-dayers she matched the absurd Kumar Sangakkara record of scoring four centuries in a row, and she came within a few hits of adding a fifth.

In the shortest format, New Zealand lack hitting power aside from Sophie Devine, and super-fast scoring has never been Satterthwaite’s offering. She’s more the calm head to help build an innings, providing stability.

At the moment, for her, any and all cricket will do. But the initial motivator for getting back to the team so soon was that New Zealand was supposed to be hosting the 50-over World Cup this coming February. Now that’s postponed to 2022.

That might be a source of annoyance, or it might give Satterthwaite more time to get her game in order. Cricket will be different for her. She may have gone on maternity leave, but it didn’t follow the principle of preserving her job as captain. Devine filled in but is now the permanent replacement.

But as Satterthwaite looked around during that first match back, she would have seen a dozen other players with no fluency, finding the pitch was holding up a bit, the slower balls were gripping, there was nothing to properly hit.

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Ash Gardner’s quickfire 61 off 41 balls got the job done for Australia in game one.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

She would have seen everyone else chipping catches to the infield, or trying to line up sixes and instead lining up airspace, and felt that they were all part of the same experience. Across both teams, only Ash Gardner got her shots going, and she gave Australia the win.


Returning to the game alone would have been one thing, returning in a crowd is quite another. It’s a fair hope to hold: that as other players scuff back their rust and get their games shining again, this player can do the same. The fortnight ahead will be the first indication.

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Tasmania’s Garry Paige the songwriter behind some of Australia’s musical greats

You may not have heard of Garry Paige but you probably know lyrics he has written for some of Australia’s most popular 1970s stars, including Renee Geyer, Jon English and Helen Reddy.

While he lives a quiet life these days in Tasmania’s Huon Valley, his international travels in the 1960s resulted in some fortunate musical meetings, connecting him to the world’s best musicians of the time.

Now aged in his 70s, Paige also writes under another name — one he was surprised to find he had.

Lyricist Garry Paige has scrap books filled with lists of chart toppers that feature his songs.(ABC Radio Hobart: Rachel Edwards)

‘Silence on the end of the phone’

Paige was 46 when he received a phone call from a stranger that changed everything he knew about himself.

“A guy rang me up one night and asked me all these questions about myself,” he told ABC Radio Hobart.

“I rang my mother [to ask if I was adopted] and there was silence on the end of the phone, and I knew it must be right.

“I said to Mum, ‘Who else knows?’, she said, ‘Everyone except you’.”

Paige discovered that his birth name was Anthony John Hunter and, despite his disinterest in religion, Paige used this name when he wrote gospel music.

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London in the 1960s was known as Swinging London and it was here that Paige landed in 1966.(Supplied: National Archives UK)

Swinging London

In 1966 a young Paige headed to England from Sydney and landed himself a job in the rag trade in the epicentre of London’s music scene.

Working by day to pay his way, Paige did not waste any time acquainting himself with the city’s thriving music scene.

“The first night I was there I saw the Spencer Davis Group — they’d just had a number one record with Keep On Running,” he said.

Those bands included John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, along with the Yardbirds, which was best known for starting the careers of three of the world’s most famous guitarists; Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

Down in Memphis

Paige said after his stint in London he moved on to the United States.

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Stax Recording Studio in Memphis, 1966.(Supplied: Garry Paige)

“I ended up down in Memphis at the Stax recording studios,” he said.

“Steve Cropper — he invited me to stay at his place.”

Cropper was the inhouse guitarist for the recording studio and played backing music for legends including Otis Redding and soul duo, Sam and Dave.

Back to songwriting

Paige wrote his first songs when he was a young teen, and played in bands from when he was at school, but it was only after he had spent time overseas and returned to Australia that he got serious about songwriting.

“I wrote a couple of songs when I was 13 and then I didn’t really do anything until I came back from England,” he said.

“I was writing seriously again with Mark Punch and we wrote a number of songs that were recorded by people in Sydney in the 1970s.

“Those two songs were quite big hits for us, they still get a lot of airplay today thank goodness.”

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Jon English (r) made a hit of the song Words Are Not Enough, which Paige wrote the lyrics for.(Supplied: Garry Paige)

Paige said it was Mark Punch who wrote the music for Heading in the Right Direction, and the lyrics flowed for Paige — but there was one verse that he had to rewrite.

They were both working for Alberts, a production studio that also acted as the songwriters’ agent, and they recorded demos of the songs that were placed with artists.

“Mark had lost the last verse, so I wrote another version of it in the studio.”

In recent years Paige has written lyrics for Russell Morris and was a contributor to Morris’s successful Sharkmouth album.

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Paige cowrote a song with Slim Dusty’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick, which features in the biopic Slim and I.(ABC Radio Hobart: Rachel Edwards)

Writing for Anzac Day

The song that means the most to Paige is one you may hear every Anzac Day.

Recorded by Jimmy Little, In a Field in France is terribly sad and it tells the story of Paige’s grandfather’s brother, Russell Bosisto, who had survived the battle at Gallipoli.

“It’s my favourite song because it tells the story of my great uncle on my father’s side, whose remains were found in France,” Paige said.

Bosisto was only 22 when he was killed.

His bones were ploughed up by a French farmer in 1994, along with his rucksack which was unearthed nearby. His dog tags provided definitive identification.

Paige is still writing his songs in longhand, which he then posts to the musicians that he works with.

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Susan Ryan, former minister, age discrimination commissioner, dies aged 77

Susan Ryan, a trailblazing figure for women in politics who later served as Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner, has died aged 77.

Ms Ryan served as a minister in Bob Hawke’s Labor government, holding titles including special minister of state, minister for education and minister assisting the prime minister for the status women.

She was the first woman to hold the portfolio relating to women’s affairs, and the first female minister from the Labor Party.

Key laws enshrining opportunity and rights for women were legislated on her watch, including the Sex Discrimination Act.

She would later be quoted as calling the Sex Discrimination Act “probably the most useful thing I’ve done in my life”.

Susan Ryan served in Bob Hawke’s ministry for four years.(ABC News)

Ms Ryan was elected to the Senate in 1975 as one of the first representatives for the ACT after it was granted two seats in the Senate.

She remained in Parliament for 12 years before retiring in 1987.

In 2011 she was appointed Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner, later also serving as disability discrimination commissioner.

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How an NT legend fashioned a political statement from Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen’s island visit

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains the name and images of a person who has died.

A mysterious jacket has emerged from the depths of a Canberra archive and with it an enigmatic story about one of the nation’s most unusual award ceremonies.

When Yolgnu leader David Burrumarra was told he was to receive an MBE from then Governor-General Sir Zelman in 1978, he made his demands clear.

Sir Zelman would have to cross the country for the investiture on Galiwin’ku [Elcho Island], off Arnhem Land, and wear a locally-made ceremonial jacket designed by Mr Burrumarra.

The award was ‘in recognition of service to the Aboriginals on Elcho Island’ by Mr Burrumarra, a teacher, philosopher, diplomat, World War II coastwatcher, believer in racial harmony — and fashion designer.

This would be the first visit by a governor-general to the Northern Territory, in the same heady year it was granted self-government.

Yolgnu leader David Burrumarra MBE of the Warramiri clan in Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island NT, in the 1980s.(Supplied: Tim Stone)

The jacket has been in the vault of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies [AIATSIS] in Canberra.

The collection’s executive director, Ngemba and Murawarri man Leonard Hill, said it was unique among the institute’s 6,000 art items.

“To his credit, Sir Zelman accepted that invitation,” he said.

“David had indicated a strong desire that all visiting dignitaries dress in jackets designed by him.

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Detail of the bottom hem and cuffs of the jacket worn by then-Governor General Sir Zelman Cowen in 1978.(Supplied: AIATSIS)

‘You’re coming on my terms’

Mr Burrumarra’s friend and Elcho Island neighbour of seven years, Dr Ian McIntosh, said the request was in keeping with his personality.

“Everything he did was a statement,” Dr McIntosh said.

“I don’t think it’s ever happened before or since.

“You imagine the Governor-General — the Queen’s representative in Australia — is now wearing an Aboriginal cloth.

“It says, ‘You’re coming here on my terms. We’ve had foreigners here before and they follow our laws. And now we’ve got this colonial government in Canberra and if they’re coming, they’re going to wear my cloth’.

“He was being respected and part of his wish was that everyone have some sort of insight into deeper meanings of Aboriginal beliefs.”

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Then-Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen on his first visit to the NT in 1978. Photos of him wearing Burrumarra’s jacket have failed to come to light.(Supplied: NT Library)

Dr McIntosh, an adjunct anthropology professor at Indiana University, wrote The Whale and the Cross, a biography of Mr Burrumarra, after his death in 1994.

He was also given one of an estimated 16 jackets made on the island. Some are believed to be trench coat or caftan style.

“He was always someone who’d ask questions in preface to answering them,” he said.

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Ngemba and Murawarri man Leonard Hill of AIATSIS.(Supplied: AIATSIS)

“He’d answer a question with a question.

‘We continue to find out more’

Mr Burrumarra had, coincidentally, sat on the council of the precursor to AIATSIS years before the investiture.

Mr Hill said the jacket had been in safe hands with his organisation for almost 40 years and stored in the ‘highest environmental conditions’.

“We want to know as much as we can about the origins of that particular jacket and get to understand some of the provenance issues,” he said.

“We’ve always known the item was there in the collection, but we haven’t always known the full story, and we continue to find out more about this particular item.”

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David Burrumarra with Dr McIntosh on Galiwin’ku in the 1980s.(Supplied: Tim Stone)

AIATSIS brokers conversations between Aboriginal communities and bodies that may hold artefacts in Australia or abroad, about their return.

“We are certainly open to conversations around some of the material that we have and where its best placed,” Mr Hill said.

An avenue in Gungahlin, ACT, is named after David Burrumarra, although is is spelled Burramarra.

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Mocked outcasts to cultural mainstays: How Italian migrants reshaped Australia

Dina remembers the moment everything changed — the hurtful name calling, the sneering at her mortadella sandwiches. A risky decision by her Italian immigrant father was about to profoundly impact life for Dina and her family, and it’s a story that echoes through the Italian experience in Australia.

It was 1975 and the young Dina Caiazza had moved with her family to South Australia’s south-east seven years earlier to join the growing number of Italian families in the timber region.

The names they heard. ‘Wogs’ and ‘spag heads’. The culinary food mocked as ‘donkey meat’. Dina had experienced it all by the time her father, Vince, decided to make a change in the Mt Gambier cafe.

“There was nothing this side of Murray Bridge [then], nothing.”

The outlet her father, with wife Franca, opened as a 40-year-old serving pasta and Australian fare rocketed in popularity when they introduced “pizza pies” [as the Aussies called them].

Vince and Franca Caiazza introduced a culinary revolution — pizza — to south-east South Australia in 1975.(Supplied: Dario Caiazza)

It’s a legacy Ms Macera and her brother Dario Caiazza have helped keep alive for 52 years.

“We had to stop making hamburgers and steak sandwiches because we couldn’t keep up [with the pizza],” Mr Caiazza said.

Suddenly, the locals had a taste for donkey meat.

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Dina Macera and brother Dario in the pizza restaurant their father started.(ABC South East SA: Bec Whetham)

The Caiazza family represents a wider story of Italians in Australia — migrants from a war-torn country moving to a foreign land with hopes for a better future.

Considered different, even backwards, by some Australians, the Italian work ethic and love for life’s simple pleasures had a moving impact on their new homeland.

Coming to Australia with nothing

When Vince Caiazza left Italy for Australia, he would never see his father again.

He never forget his parting words: ‘You go, because if water doesn’t keep flowing it goes stale.’

Even the hardest worker with the biggest ideas found few opportunities in a devastated post-war Italy.

That was the case for Francesco Capriotti, another of Mount Gambier’s Italian icons.

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Frank Capriotti, 92, moved from Italy to South Australia in 1956.(ABC South East SA: Bec Whetham)

The 92-year-old left a wife and son in Castignano in 1956 to make a future for his family.

“The little money we did have I lost to pay the ship,” Mr Capriotti said.

With Australia ramping up its infrastructure, there was no shortage of unskilled labour.

Mr Capriotti, who had never ridden in a truck before, ended up in Kalangadoo where he built a career as a logging contractor.

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Many Italian prisoners of war were sent to work camps in regional Australia and turned their hands to market gardens.(Supplied: State Library Victoria)

By then he had reunited with his family, a reunion that was short-lived.

His wife died when she was 53-years-old. Two years later he lost their son to cancer.

“Life is not meant to be easy, [Bob] Hawke or [Malcolm] Fraser said [that] . . . especially when you emigrate.

“But life is continuing.”

Eventually accepted

Nicknamed ‘Oil’ by some of his colleagues, Mr Capriotti recalls few clashes with his new neighbours.

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Many of the Italian men left their families to travel to Australia and lived in single men’s quarters, like this one in Nangwarry.(Supplied: Penola History Room)

“They were telling us, ‘Don’t work too hard’.

“But the bosses were very happy [with us].”

Not far north of Mount Gambier, a woman named Maria Sabot was adapting to life in Nangwarry.

She recalls arriving when there was about 100 Italians.

They dreamed of returning to the ‘motherland’.

“When we gathered together, without fail we would start to sing . . . ‘Terra straniera, quanta malinconia’, which translated means, ‘Foreign land, you give me so much heartache,” Ms Sabot said.

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Mrs Maria Sabot with family and friends in Nangwarry, late 1950s.(Supplied: Penola History Room)

“We were only one nation who lost the war, with all the consequences. But the Australian people were honest and helpful.

“I lived in Nangwarry for 42 years, I raised three children and I have no regrets. The people respected me and the Australian country gave me security and serenity.”

Bringing Italy to Australia

Mr Capriotti said Australians liked Italians because they were “happy people”.

“Italians and the Spanish, they are very easy people,” Mr Capriotti said.

Things that happened at Australia’s many Italian clubs.

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At 92, Mount Gambier Italian club director for 23 years, Frank Capriotti, still throws a mean bocce.(ABC South East SA: Bec Whetham)

Everyone would be be there, including a young Rocco Bueti, now president of Mount Gambier’s Italo Australian Club.

If they were not at the Italo Club they were at Vince Caiazza’s cafe.

In the 70s and 80s it was abuzz with people smoking, arguing over the soccer and getting a feed.

It was the meeting point for soccer match carpools and the hangout spot for Dina and Dario’s friends in their high school years.

The future of Italian culture?

Fast forward to 2020 and Australia’s Italian clubs so crucial 70 years ago now serve a different purpose.

Soccer is the big focus at Mount Gambier’s Italo-Australia Club, with some pizza and pasta nights during the week.

You will still find the same nonnas chatting in the kitchen over pasta pots but it’s likely non-Italians will be eating it.

“I think that’s really a testament of our success, the fact that we’ve been able to embrace cultures within our own culture itself,” Mr Bueti said.

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Vince Caiazza introduced pizza to South Australia’s south-east after immigrating from war-torn Italy in 1952.(Supplied: Dario Caiazza)

As far as the Caiazzas’ Cosmopolitan pizza bar goes, Dario has run the shop for the past 26 years.

“I think he was really grateful that Dario could keep it going,” Ms Macera said.

“I think it would have really broken him if this had [stopped] before he left.

One day they may leave it, but not entirely.

“It’s virtually in our blood,” Mr Caiazza said.

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Pure South Food Co. Brings the Best of Tasmania to Your Door


Pure South Food Co is an exciting new initiative from one of Melbourne’s iconic restaurants; a new home delivery service heroing produce from the farmers, fishermen and artisan producers of Tasmania, and King and Flinders Island – Australia’s ‘pure south’. Like many, I’m a huge fan of Pure South at Southbank; some of the best food and views in Melbourne and a favourite destination for catch ups, romantic interludes and business lunches. This new initiative is brilliant giving consumers access to world class produce and top notch ready made dishes at home.

For 17-years Pure South has been showcasing the finest, most sought after produce from around Tasmania and the Bass Strait region at its riverside location in Southbank. And now the same specialty products, along with pre-cooked meals and premium wines, is bringing the Pure South restaurant experience to the comfort of your dining room. It’s extraordinary to see the innovation in these times as Pure South pivots as a Butcher’s Shop, a Bottle Shop, Groceries and Heat and Eat Providore. While staying true to their ethos in representing Tassie farmers and fishermen and artisan producers.

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We were invited to a special virtual event “Tastes of Tassie” where we heard from Pure South’s founder Philip Kennedy and executive chef David Hall, who walked us through a specially curated extraordinary produce box (delivered in advance) and provided some insights into the proud Aussie producers who supplied it.

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A best seller already is the Beef Wellington which features King Island Beef – is this Melbourne’s hottest dish right now? David Hall and his team have done all the work here and all you have to do is finish it off in the oven. A tip is to baste the Beef Wellington in egg yolk and also you can “score” the pastry with the back of a knife. The Beef Wellington comes out of the oven golden brown. Cut the Beef Wellington with a sharp knife for some delightful thick slices, served up with some of their Baby chat potatoes with herb and garlic butter and Dutch carrots and Broccolini. A meal made in heaven. Pour some Dining Room series Beef Jus over the Beef Wellington and it reaches new heights again.

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I’m struck by the quality of the offerings; for example the potatoes are slow cooked for 12 hours, the puff pastry of the Beef Wellington is of the highest quality, the chorizo is some of the best around used in their fine dining dishes, and the sauces and chutneys and butter all made by their kitchen, is also derived from their fine dining menu. This really is a fine restaurant experience enjoyed at home.

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We were also sent an Apple Tarte Tatin with Salted Caramel sauce and Meander Valley Dairy Clotted Cream; another showstopper. Nanna would be impressed.

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David Hall spoke of soon to be released greater selection of ready made meals. Superb Tasmanian produce passes through the Pure South Kitchen and the chefs expertly create stunning meals, where little effort is required by the consumer to enjoy restaurant class food in the home. We are already highly impressed with the current ready meal selection, including a decadent Chilli Con Carne which features King Island Beef and a secret insertion of Anver dark chocolate.

Philip Kennedy spoke about taking the Tasmanian produce to the market with the same ethos of the restaurant – ethical, sustainable, high quality provenance that honours the produce, the region and relationships forged.

Apart from the Beef Wellington and accompaniments we were also gifted with:

Pure South Food Co, House Churned Butter

Anver Chocolate Mixed Truffles

Tasmanian Sea Salt

Chilli Con Carne

Mount Gnomon Farm Chorizo

King Island Grass-Fed Beef Scotch Fillet

Pyengana Dairy Cloth Matured Traditional Cheddar

House Made Lavosh

Beetroot Chutney

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All power to Pure South Food Co. and may Melburnians get behind them in this new venture.



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Stephen Cohen’s legacy

“The Naked Pravda” speaks to historian Sean Guillory about the significance of Stephen Cohen’s work on Nikolai Bukharin, about Cohen’s place in American policy debates about Russia, and what his passing means for the study of Russia in the U.S.

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Parliamentary police service boosts Hill presence after string of harassment incidents

The police service tasked with overseeing Parliament Hill says it has expanded its security presence in the area following several harassment incidents targeting politicians and members of the media.

“As a result of recent incidents whereby parliamentarians and members of the press were harassed, the Service has increased its presence and visibility around the precinct,” the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS) said in a statement Saturday.

“The parliamentary community should rest assured that in addition to our increased posture and surveillance, we are ready to respond to their calls for support or help at any time.”

The PPS told CBC News that for security reasons, it could not provide further details on the additional measures it would be taking. 

A video was posted on social media Friday showing a man following the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh as the leader walked down Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill. The man can be heard asking Singh if he would like to be arrested.

A spokesperson for the NDP said the party would not be commenting on the incident. 

At what point will he cross that line? At what point will he go beyond what is acceptable in polite company?”​​​​​​– Hull-Aylmer MP Greg Fergus

The day before, the same individual was captured harassing Radio-Canada reporter Daniel Thibeault — and attempting to make a citizen’s arrest —  in the mistaken belief that Thibeault was a Member of Parliament.

While the PPS said it was ready to respond to calls for support, the service is only responsible for incidents occurring within the Parliamentary precinct. The Ottawa Police Service covers other areas outside that jurisdiction.

According to a statement from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson’s office, the matter will be raised at a meeting of the city’s Police Services board on Monday. The statement said Watson was “deeply concerned” about the confrontations.

Wernick: Canadians would be shocked at level of political violence

In July, former clerk of the privy council Michael Wernick said Canadians would be shocked to learn how often politicians encounter abuse and violent threats while they are in office.

“It’s a very hostile environment to go into public life and we pay a price for that,” Wernick told CBC Radio’s The House.  “It’s a slide towards a degree of violence in our politics which I think we should resist.”

In early 2019, Wernick told the House of Commons justice committee that he had serious concerns about the rising tide of political violence in Canada. 

“I’m deeply concerned about my country right now and its politics and where it’s headed,” he said.

The former clerk of the Privy Council talks about the current threat of political violence in Canada. 11:54

In response to this week’s incidents, Hull–Aylmer MP Greg Fergus said they could hamper a politician’s ability to form relationships with their constituents.

“I don’t think we want to get to the point where MPs would have a security guard with them,” Fergus told Radio-Canada. “That would impede our ability to really be close to people.”

More worrisome, Fergus said, is the possibility of the incidents increasing in severity.

“At what point will he cross that line? At what point will he go beyond what is acceptable in polite company?”

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VTU to declare engineering, architecture results today

VTU will declare the results of all degree programmes in engineering and architecture on its website [] on Sunday.

These are the results of recently concluded examinations of final year BE, B.Arch, and B.Tech courses and back-log courses.

The university has already declared the results of civil engineering courses as the students wanted them on time to apply for jobs in the State government. The university has also declared results of all its postgraduate courses.

Vice-Chancellor Karisiddappa told The Hindu that the university provides online options for all examination-related services.

VTU is yet to decide on reopening colleges for postgraduate courses for offline classes for this academic year, following UGC’s recommendation that the offline classes could start from November.

The varsity is also considering various options to start offline classes once the dates are announced.

The university is also considering organising practical classes in laboratories with social distancing and other hygiene norms. The average strength of a class is around 60. However, a team that attends practical lessons in the laboratory is between 12-15. The number of members in a group that works in the laboratory will be reduced to ensure that the laboratory is not crowded, the VC said.

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