Change of pace: Cowboy riding ‘high’ on momentum

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Protestors in Perth call for change three decades after report into Aboriginal deaths in custody

Attendees called on governments to do more.

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ABC Heywire 2021: Meet the Trailblazers driving change across Australia

ABC Heywire is proud to announce and celebrate the winners of the 2021 Trailblazers competition.

These young people have big plans for the futures of their projects and the impact they hope they’ll each have on their corner of Australia, from helping to keep Indigenous language and connection to Country alive, to driving social change for people with disability.

Here’s everything you need to know about them and their 10 projects.

Sober Mates

Sam Wilson in South Geelong, Victoria

An educational online community to connect young people beyond the booze

Sam Wilson plans on running sober events and panel discussions in regional Australia as part of Sober Mates.(

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Describing herself as a former “heavy social Aussie drinker”, Sam said she got to the point where she was no longer able to say no to a drink, anxiously watching her friends finish their glasses so she could order another for herself.

She eventually decided to become sober. But when she did, the 26-year-old struggled to find a community where she could discuss the issues of going sober in her mid-20s, which is how Sober Mates came about.

Sober Mates is an educational online platform that explores rural Australia’s relationship with alcohol.

It provides access to information and support services, tips on cutting down alcohol intake, advice on navigating social situations and empowering people to feel both comfortable and confident when socialising without alcohol.

Sam has already started planning sober events and panels in regional Australia. She hopes that Sober Mates will become an industry leader.

“When people want to explore their relationship with alcohol, I want people to know that they can come to us with all the information.”

Multicultural Youth Network

Panmarlar Pahthei, Kotnyin Bul Thon and Laila Hashimi in Bendigo, Victoria

Creating a refugee-led solution to racism and societal participation in regional Australia

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Laila Hashimi, Panmarlar Pahthei and Kotnyin Bul Thon (from left to right), want to help their community speak up about their needs without fear.(

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Panmarlar, Kotnyin and Laila belong to Bendigo’s three largest refugee communities: Karen, South Sudanese and Afghan.

Their project, Multicultural Youth Network (MYN), aims to equip young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with the community-building skills they need to establish new lives in the Bendigo region.

Their work includes organising community events, skill-building and problem-solving workshops, as well as translating videos with COVID-19 information in them.

“As a Hazara woman, I [wanted to help] my community to understand their roles during COVID-19 despite strict gender roles within the Hazara and Afghan communities. Being in the public symbolises the freedom and importance of representation of people from multicultural communities,” Laila said.

Panmarlar added: “This is reflected in our work with MYN. The family picnics, the movie nights, and the videos we make.

Kotnyin finished, saying she hopes the group “will continue to help our community feel connected and to feel that they can be able to speak up and say anything that they want, so they won’t be scared or afraid”.

“We want to be able to continue helping our community and work together.”

Concepts of Country

Marlikka Perdrisat and Harry Jakamarra in Broome, Western Australia

Keeping Indigenous language and culture alive through digital storytelling and workshops

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Marlikka Perdrisat and Harry Jakamarra want to show the value of connecting to Country.(

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When Marlikka, a Nyikina and Wangkumara woman from regional WA, moved away for study, she realised just how important connection to Country was.

Marlikka will next year start her PhD in First Law, as she has seen first-hand how Indigenous issues are undermined by the current legal system, education system and within the media.

This is what sparked the idea for Concepts of Country: a video storytelling series explaining the meaning of words that are vital to living with Country.

She and her partner, Harry Jakamarra, who is a cinematographer from her hometown, filmed five educational videos.

The first series of Concepts of Country has already been distributed and assigned as coursework for the Indigenous Peoples and Public Law unit at Sydney University.

“The students then had to come to class and discuss it, and it really meant that that conversation was opening up in an academic world. And we’ve also had it presented at a series of law firms,” Marlikka said.

“If Australia understands us more, we can be supported in protecting people and Country.

“And so I really want [Concepts of Country] to transform the legal sector and the academic sector to show the value of how we connect to Country.”

WCMX & Adaptive Skate/Accessible Skate

Timothy Lachlan on the Gold Coast, Queensland

Accessible skate and mobility workshops creating social change for all people living with disability

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Tim Lachlan plans to set up an online community for his project so he can go global.(

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Tim spent a lot of his life being the only wheelchair skater at the skatepark — which was a lonely experience.

But when he started reaching out to other wheelchair users in his Far North Queensland community to encourage them to come and see what WCMX was all about, the people he approached were reluctant.

This is why he started WCMX, a skate and mobility training session that sees him teach wheelchair users how to do a 12-foot drop-in and wheelchair backflips (he’s the first in Australia to do so), as well as everyday mobility tips, such as getting up and down curbs, stairs and steep ramps.

Now based on the Gold Coast, Tim is passionate about helping people with disability all over Australia pursue adventure.

At the moment, he’s studying occupational therapy. Once he becomes a registered occupational therapist, he wants to continue raising awareness about the importance of making social spaces accessible for everyone.

He also wants to start his own business, using skating and wheelchair skating as occupational therapy. And he has his sights set on creating an online community.

“I think it’s something that can help every person with a disability — even if they don’t do backflips,” he said.

Saltwater Sistas

Rhiannon Mitchell in Korora, New South Wales

A mentoring program for Indigenous women and youth in ocean conservation, wellbeing, culture and values

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Rhiannon Mitchell’s Saltwater Sistas project sees her run beach clean-ups and teach lessons on marine ecology and human impacts on the ocean among many other things.(

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Rhiannon’s love for the ocean and all things sea life is what influenced her to start Saltwater Sistas on Gumbaynggirr Country.

The proud Mununjali woman runs empowering workshops to educate and raise awareness of ocean conservation. Activities include beach clean-ups, lessons on marine ecology and human impacts on the ocean, exploring the coastal environment, learning from elders and other ocean warriors, as well as snorkelling.

“I’d love to go around to remote communities and teach kids who live near the ocean about ocean conservation.”

Rhiannon is also keen to create a three-month program with weekly meet-ups for young Indigenous women to learn more about ocean conservation and marine life.

“I think once you learn that stuff, you become someone who’s going to look after the environment as well,” she said.

Student Mental Health Tasmania

Matt Etherington and Cari Tan in Hobart, Tasmania

A mental health program delivering education and empowerment for international and rural students

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Matt Etherington (left) and Cari Tan have reached out to more than 850 tertiary students since they launched their project in 2017.(

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With mental health impacting one in every four students in Australia, it’s no wonder Matt and Cari, who are from Hobart and Launceston, decided to try to do something about this.

Student Mental Health Tasmania is a student-led not-for-profit which aims to increase the wellbeing of students through training, awareness, calls to action, advocacy and consultations.

The group has taken more than 850 tertiary students through accredited mental health training, and reached many hundreds more through community events and advocacy, since it launched in 2017.

The group encourages peer support, self-care, community resilience, culture change and crisis preparedness.

The program has partnered with headspace, Lifeline, the Australian Red Cross and Beyond Blue to help young Tasmanian students build resilience and thriving futures.

When asked what he hopes Student Mental Health Tasmania will turn into, Matt said: “So many things!

“We’re hoping to translate that into an ongoing connection between international students and the community.

“We’re planning to run The Sunflower Project again, where we invite students to plant sunflower seedlings and reflect on self-care as well as build awareness about the impact of small positive actions over time.”

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Dre Ngatokorua in Port Augusta, South Australia

Multimedia workshops giving a voice to young people in the Port Augusta community

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Dre created Mozzi: Always Rememeber To Stay Deadly! to prove to young people in his community that their voices matter.(

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Dre is of Wnagkangurru, Adnyamathanha, Kuyani, Luritja, Deiri, Yankunytjatara, Cook Island and Maori descent.

He started out as a volunteer at Umeewarra Media and now has a permanent show on the radio station called The Straight Out.

Dre wants to encourage more young people to do the same and share his deadly skills with his remote community.

He runs workshops and mentorship programs through Umeewarra Media that cover everything from short filmmaking, interview skills and radio presenting to music-making. Next year he plans to run a workshop on teaching young women how to DJ.

He said it was important for young people to know their voices mattered and that was the focus of the workshops.

Dre wants to continue uplifting his community and to encourage other organisations to take on similar projects.

“I hope we get bigger in scale so we have a bigger outreach for people. It’s an ongoing process.”


Shennae Neal in Yarrabah, Queensland

A culturally safe and supportive fitness bootcamp to encourage and motivate regional communities to make healthy life choices

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Shennae Neal says MOTIV8 NATION is only the starting point to continuing health education in her community.(

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Shennae, a proud Gunggandji woman, remembers noticing growing numbers of people living in her community without work, struggling with their health and lacking purpose a few years back.

And so, in 2015, she opened up the Gilpul Café and made the decision to hire only young Indigenous people in need of work.

Shennae also ensured the café was stocked with plenty of healthy options to encourage her community to make healthy life choices.

She is eager to continue health education for people in her community and is currently running fitness sessions once a fortnight with a qualified personal trainer.

With 15-20 people attending the sessions, she hopes it will continue to grow so she can include general fitness, bootcamp, healthy cooking classes and health tests in the sessions.

“If I speak to five people, maybe one of them five people continue on to live a healthier lifestyle, or say, ‘OK, I want to follow my dreams now’.

“I want to give hope through this project … this project is just the starting point.”


Emma Serisier in Lowanna, New South Wales

Making STEM cool and inventing ways to reduce emissions to protect future food sustainability

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Emma Serisier is setting up a mentoring program and making a STEMpower app.(

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Emma invented STEMpower as a way for farmers to manage their soil and water quality and help counteract their environmental footprint.

Eggshell waste is used as a bio-absorbent and can be used to decrease the phosphate run-off into natural waterways from agricultural fertilisers and animal manure.

Emma developed a mathematical model and website for farmers to calculate cost savings and application rates of eggshells on their soils, and won the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize with her invention.

Next on the agenda for Emma is kickstarting a mentoring program.

“I’m on the search for people who can participate and be involved in that, and start to bring that to life, making connections between mentors and mentees and helping them reach where they want to be,” she said.

As for the science part of her project?

“I’m working on putting an app together and making that more accessible to farmers and people who want to use it,” Emma said.

Farm Vlogs

Mark Merrett in Kaniva, Victoria

A series of educational and tutorial videos showcasing daily farm life

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Mark Merrett wants to promote agriculture to people in the regions as well as the big cities across Australia.(

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Mark lives and breathes the farm life. Having grown up in western Victoria on his family’s mixed farm, it’s all he knows and loves.

But Mark knows not everyone has access to all that he’s learned living and working on his farm.

Enter Farm Vlogs: an educational video series that shares what really happens on Mark’s farm.

The aim? To promote agriculture to people in regional areas as well as in cities, and to increase the level of awareness and understanding that everyone has of farmers in Australia.

“In 2016 I started making some short farm videos for my nephews and niece in Melbourne to keep them up-to-date with what we were doing on the farm,” he said.

“Being kids, they weren’t quite as passionate as I was about the videos.

“They show some of the highs and lows of farming, as well as showing what the food we produce looks like before making it to supermarket shelves.”

Farm Vlogs’ success has already surpassed Mark’s expectations — it’s allowed him to connect with thousands of people across the globe.

But he’s not stopping there.

“I’d love to see these videos used in schools and on television, so if you have any ideas at all, please get in touch with me.”

This year’s Trailblazers are presenting the projects they have spent months developing to Members of Parliament, senators and community leaders today. You can catch a recorded version of the event on the ABC Australia YouTube channel from this evening.

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Woodside’s early CEO change rings alarm bells

Mr Kavonic on Wednesday described Woodside’s CEO transition situation as “shambolic” and said it cast doubt over its ability to make key decisions at such a significant time for the company.

Woodside and the other producers of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) were hit hard last year by the onset of the coronavirus crisis, which hammered demand, sent benchmark commodity prices tumbling to multi-year lows, and forced a sharp pullback in spending across the sector. Woodside is now looking to get its growth agenda back on track and hopes to give the go-ahead to the $17 billion Scarborough gas project off the coast of Western Australia in the “second half” of 2021.

“The market does not like such messy management churn situations and Woodside’s ability to make key decisions including Scarborough FID [final investment decision] can appear compromised until CEO certainty is attained,” Mr Kavonic said.

“Clearly, the faster leadership certainty – and hence decision-making credibility – is achieved, the better.”

Santos chief Kevin Gallagher, previously considered as the lead contender for the Woodside top job, this week signalled his intention to stay at Santos after being offered a $6 million bonus plan to see through the company’s key growth projects until at least 2025.

Alongside Ms O’Neill, who is presently Woodside’s executive vice-president of development and marketing, leading external candidates to become Woodside’s permanent CEO may include former Shell Australia boss Zoe Yujnovich and BHP head of petroleum Geraldine Slattery.

UBS energy analyst Tom Allen said a key challenge for Woodside was the need to reset some of its joint-venture relationships in the north-west.

“An executive that has a track record in asset consolidation, infrastructure sell-downs and finding win-win commercial outcomes from difficult joint ventures would be well-regarded by the board.”

Woodside share closed the session on Wednesday 0.4 per cent weaker at $24.16.

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NZ to launch world-first climate change rules

New Zealand is to become the world’s first country to bring in a law forcing its financial firms to report on the effects of climate change.

The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 and says the financial sector needs to play its part.

Banks, insurers and fund managers can do this by knowing the environmental effect of their investments, says its Climate Change Minister James Shaw.

Legislation is expected to receive its first reading this week.

“This law will bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial and business decision making,” said Mr Shaw.

About 200 of the country’s biggest companies and several foreign firms that have assets of more than NZ$1bn ($703m, £511m) will come under the legislation.

“Becoming the first country in the world to introduce a law like this means we have an opportunity to show real leadership and pave the way for other countries to make climate-related disclosures mandatory,” said New Zealand’s Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark.

The law will force financial firms to assess not only their own investments, but also to evaluate the companies they are lending money to, in terms of their environmental impact.

“While some businesses have started publishing reports about how climate change may affect their business, strategies and financial position, there is still a long way to go,” added Mr Clark.

Once the law is passed, companies will have to start reporting on climate change impact in 2023.

Banks have come under increasing pressure to step up efforts to help fight climate change.

Last week, the Duke of Cambridge urged banks to “invest in nature” to help fight global climate change.

Speaking at an IMF and World Bank meeting, Prince William said protecting nature continued to play only a small part in combating global warming.

“We must invest in nature, through reforestation, sustainable agriculture and supporting healthy oceans… because doing so is one of the most cost effective and impactful ways of tackling climate change,” he said.

In the US, more than 300 businesses and investors, including tech giant Apple, called on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate-change goal on Tuesday.

This would cut US greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. This target is nearly double America’s previous commitment on emissions reduction,

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Big surf flips boulders across road in Port Fairy, reigniting climate change, coastal erosion concerns

Wild surf has battered Victoria’s south-west coast, sweeping large boulders onto roads and trapping a family on an island off Port Fairy.

Emergency services rescued the family from Griffiths Island on Sunday after large waves and a high tide left them stranded, unable to access the narrow pedestrian walkway that would link them to the mainland.

Port Fairy-based shire councillor Jordan Lockett said the force of the ocean was incredible and roads were strewn with seaweed and large boulders.

Locals reported some rocks had been moved up to 20 or 30 metres from the sea wall, which lined a road along the town’s South Beach precinct.

Cr Lockett said the impact of climate change on the shire’s “vulnerable coastline” would continue and worsen over the years to come.

The Victorian government has already instructed councils to plan for a 0.8-metre sea level rise by 2100.

But updated data released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted sea level rises of up to 1.1m.

Speaking to the ABC last year, coastal geomorphologist David Kennedy from the University of Melbourne said Victorian coastal areas were under threat from changes to swell patterns as a consequence of climate change.

Friends of the Earth climate activist Leigh Ewbank said the “startling” images of displaced boulders at Port Fairy were “a sign of things to come”.

“It raises the question, if this is what Port Fairy is seeing today, how will this community cope with sea level rises of 10, 20 centimetres — let alone a metre of sea level rise,” he said.

Mr Ewbank said other Victorian towns, such as Apollo Bay and Inverloch, had already sounded the alarm about the issue.

“It was only a matter of time before the Port Fairy community started connecting the dots,” he said.

But some Port Fairy locals are already involved in a citizen-science program gathering data about coastal erosion and monitoring changes to the coastline.

The group formed after 4m of coastline was lost to coastal erosion in 2013 and threatened to expose an old rubbish site.

The wild weather over the weekend also impacted local penguin populations.

Tracey Wilson has been running a wildlife centre near Warrnambool and said she rescued three penguins that washed up on nearby beaches.

“The seas down here were absolutely horrendous,” she said.

Ms Wilson is urging anyone who sees a penguin on the beach to contact wildlife rescuers.

“Please don’t ignore a penguin that’s on the beach, if it’s still alive please get it help,” she said.

“If you can approach them, they’re in a lot of trouble and just shouldn’t be there at all.”

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Filipino-Australian says her 300,000-strong community ‘hasn’t had a voice’ but plans to change that

Angelo Conway remembers a time he felt embarrassed about his South-East Asian culture.

The Filipino-Australian is part of a 300,000-strong nationwide population of people who have migrated from the Philippines or are descendants of Filipinos.

The group is the fifth-largest ethnic community in Australia.

Three decades after Mr Conway arrived in Rockhampton as a toddler, the 33-year-old is teaching his daughter Charlotte to embrace a culture he was once bullied for being part of.

“She’s a quarter Filipino, I think that’s something to be proud of regardless of where you are from,” he said.

“You should know where your family tree lies and be proud of your culture.”

Mr Conway has scattered memories of his childhood, but some moments were unforgettable.

“I wasn’t able to speak English at all when we first came here,” he said.

“It took me until about grade five to realise that people didn’t have rice for dinner every night because, obviously, that was a staple part of our diet, and realising that wasn’t a normal thing was a bit of an eye-opener.

“I remember feeling a little bit embarrassed.

“I distinctly felt that in the primary school days, but then [I became] really proud of it as I got older.”

His mother, Remy Conway, lived in the Philippines with her Australian husband, Tony, before the family moved to the rural town of Baralaba 30 years ago.

“It was the saddest time of my life because it was far away from everything,” Ms Conway said.

The chance to meet other Filipino women in Rockhampton through Father Mick Hayes changed her world.

“That gave me a bit of hope that I’m not alone, that some people here are like me,” she said.

“There were only around 10 or 15 [Filipino] families at the time. 

In 2011, the mother-of-two published a book on the local history of Filipinos.

She has also held executive positions in the Central Queensland Filipino Australian Association since 1998.

“I learnt so much and at the same time I was able to tell a little bit of my story in that book,” she said.

Department of Home Affairs records show Filipinos worked as divers in Broome and Thursday Island’s pearling industry in the late 1800s.

By the early 1900s, about 700 Philippine-born people lived in Australia.

But at the 1947 census, it had dropped to 141 due to the White Australia Policy.

The easing of immigration restrictions from the mid-1900s saw the rapid growth of the community with students, spouses, and skilled migrants making the move.

Gaby Nagel migrated to Blackwater in 1978 with a degree in home economics and experience as an aged care nurse in Switzerland.

Now a 77-year-old, she helped many women adjust to the culture shock of life in Australia.

Like more than 80 per cent of people living in the Philippines, Manang Gaby hoped future generations would keep their Catholic roots.

“Parents should be the ones to teach their children about the culture and the tradition of Filipinos so that it won’t disappear,” she said.

Adelaide entrepreneur Carmen Garcia is the youngest and first Australian-born Filipino to be appointed as president of the Filipino Communities Council of Australia.

“We’ve very much been invisible as quiet achievers, contributing in our own way to the social, economic, and cultural prosperity of Australia,” she said.

“Although we have great food and great cultural performances, there’s actually a lot that Filipinos contribute economically to grow this country, [just] as they have back to the pearl farmers, and I just think it’s a story that’s quite untold.”

Ms Garcia runs a diversity and inclusion company. Filipino values, culture, and traditions are at her core.

“When my mum [Aida] migrated from the Philippines, she was a qualified and practising solicitor,” she said.

“On arrival, like many migrants, her overseas qualification wasn’t recognised, so she did many odd jobs … and then studied at night to work her way up and pass the Australian bar exam.

“There are quite a number of skilled migrants who have come over to Australia to fill key skill shortages. That’s not what gets the media’s attention.”

May marks the 75th anniversary of Australian-Philippine diplomatic relations.

“Many [politicians] are surprised. Many don’t realise that Filipinos are the fifth-largest ethnicity in Australia,” Ms Garcia said.

“Devastatingly, we do not have a Filipino representative in either federal or state parliaments of Filipino descent, which is quite concerning.

“The Filipino community, [while] not asking for a seat at the table, are actually quite an influential cohort of the community that really haven’t had a voice for quite a long time.”

Ms Garcia is disappointed the mail-order bride stigma continues to thrive. 

“That’s not the story anymore,” she said.

“Somewhere along the line, we forgot to talk about their resilience — the scholars, the educational geniuses, and entrepreneurs that Filipinos have become in Australia — because Australia has been so welcoming and nurturing.

“It really disheartened me, as a young Filipino, hearing the next generation feeling a bit apprehensive about declaring their cultural identity. It’s quite upsetting.

“I would just love us to change that narrative so that the future generations of Filipino-Australians feel really proud of what we’ve brought to Australia.”

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Ready To Talk If Centre Invites, No Change In Demands: Farmer Leader Rakesh Tikait

“All three black farm laws should be repealed,” Rakesh Tikait said. (File)


Farmers protesting the contentious new farm laws are ready to talk if the centre invites them, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said on Sunday, maintaining that the dialogue would resume where it had ended on January 22 and the demands remain unchanged.

He said for the talks to resume, the government should invite the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body representing the protestors who are camping at the three border points of Delhi at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur since November 2020.

“The talks with the government would resume from the same point where it had ended on January 22. The demands are also the same — all three ”black” farm laws should be repealed, a new law made to ensure MSP (minimum support price) for crops,” Mr Tikait was quoted as saying in a statement issued by BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik.

The BKU national spokesperson’s remarks came in response to Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij urging Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to resume talks with protesting farmers amid the coronavirus scare looming large.

Maintaining that a surge in the coronavirus cases is being seen across the country and the situation is turning bad in Haryana too, Mr Vij said he is worried about the farmers protesting on the state borders with Delhi.

The protestors and the government last had a formal dialogue over the contentious issue on January 22 but the impasse continued. On January 26, the protestors had carried out a ”tractor parade” in Delhi which had escalated into a violence involving farmers and the police in the national capital.

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Nathan Buckley promises change after upset defeat to Giants

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has acknowledged change is needed after the Magpies lost to an undermanned Giants to drop off the pace after four rounds with just one win to their name.

They will head to Perth to face a rebounding West Coast at Optus Stadium down on form and without midfielder Taylor Adams, who suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in the loss to the Giants.

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“You can’t be one and three and sit on your hands,” Buckley said. 

“We think we have picked the best side to get results and we haven’t so we have to look at changes, whether that is the way we play, whether we strip things back, the way we prepare or personnel.”

Collingwood made just one change after their one point loss to the Brisbane Lions including veteran Levi Greenwood for Tyler Brown and have stuck with underperforming players for the first month of the season.

Buckley said the team was still doing some things well and the win over Carlton and one point loss to Brisbane in the previous two rounds indicated they had rebounded from a lacklustre opening round, but the loss to the Giants showed there was an urgent need to improve.

“We’re not in a hole. We need to address this right now and turn it around,” Buckley said.

“After tonight there is enough evidence there that we need to change something up.”

Buckley pointed out that winning contests in the forwardline remained an issue and was an area that needed addressing, with the Magpies only scoring above 72 points in one match this season when they kicked 106 points to defeat Carlton in round two.

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Bay name change in Tasmania

Oyster farmers in Tasmania’s south-east are selling their seafood under a new location name after feedback from the markets in south east Asia. Fiona Breen reports.

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