Comment: Finding a new appreciation of holidays at home | Goulburn Post


Passport – check. Visas – check. Money exchanged for local currency – check. Bags packed – check. Carry on bag carefully organised with a few essentials (just in case my main luggage goes missing) – check. Remember when going on holidays often meant diligently saving for a trip to a far off destination, exploring different cultures, trying local culinary delicacies, seeing things you had only previously seen in books or online? …and of course returning home almost as exhausted as when you left… with a near empty bank account. How things have changed in 2020. I had one of those overseas destination adventures cancelled in the middle of the Covid shutdown in May. READ ALSO: I have to admit that I was disappointed I wouldn’t have the chance to relax poolside in Bali, and head into the countryside to enjoy the village culture… oh yeah, and do a spot of bargain shopping. It had been 30 years since my last visit to the popular Indonesian holiday destination and I was keen to see how things had changed.. I re-scheduled my leave request to August and a couple more weeks in October – I have a few accrued weeks up my sleeve as I had ultimately planned for a much longer European trip. I could be waiting a while. However, after my time off in August and again in October – where home was my ultimate destination – I have truly begun to appreciate what I have in my own backyard…and I specifically mean my own back yard. I have enjoyed doing a Marie Kondo-style Spring clean, some quality time spent with my adult children and other family and friends, a couple of overnight stays on the coast, the occasional hike, getting crafty with macrame and reading. But another holiday hit has been the chance to potter in the garden – even create a new garden. That’s still a work in progress. While I may not have sat poolside sipping cocktails or purchased exotic trinkets, I did help boost the local economy with some shopping, and the chance to enjoy a nice wine on the swing chair in my garden was a favourite afternoon activity during my holidays at home. The old adage ‘home is where the heart is’ certainly rang true for me… and it’s not a bad place for a holiday either. Consider this piece my holiday postcard highlighting the great time I’ve had at my latest destination. However, I will skip the holiday spam on social media.

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Goulburn Post photographers chronicle community’s history | Goulburn Post

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Goulburn Post photographers have covered the full gamut over the masthead’s existence, from flood, fire, community events, achievements, thrills and spills. The power of an image to tell a story has been uppermost. Over the years, The Post has been fortunate to have a wealth of talent on staff, including Leon Oberg, Warwick Merton, Sandra Bensley, Lyn Terrey, Darryl Fernance and Peter Oliver, to name just a few. READ ALL THE GOULBURN POST 150th ANNIVERSARY STORIES AT THIS LINK They’ve been prepared to go out in the dead of night to capture fierce fires like the former Knowlman’s store blaze that destroyed an iconic Goulburn building. The city united in grief and shared fond memories of the store for many weeks afterwards. And who can forget the day the Olympic torch relay came through Goulburn? We’ve chronicled the tough times and taken delight in your achievements and the city’s big moments. This is just a slice of your history. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up here.


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Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate’s lawyer accuses Scott Morrison of humiliating his client over Cartier watches

The lawyer representing embattled Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate has accused the Prime Minister of humiliating his client in Parliament.

Last week, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher and Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an investigation into the purchase of four Cartier watches worth $20,000 as gifts to senior executives in 2018.

Mr Fletcher said he told the Australia Post chair to ask Ms Holgate to stand aside while the inquiry was underway.

In a statement, Ms Holgate’s lawyer Bryan Belling said his client would support a fair investigation but he believed there were no legal grounds for her to be stood down.

“It is now exactly seven days since Ms Holgate was the subject of a humiliating answer during Question Time,” he wrote.

“It is incumbent on the board to formally notify Ms Holgate that she has been stood down, and this notification must stipulate the grounds for this action … the board has failed to do so.

Mr Morrison told Parliament last week he was “appalled” and that the gifts were “disgraceful and not on”, after Ms Holgate told Senate Estimates about the purchase of the four luxury watches.

“We are the shareholders of Australia Post on behalf of the Australian people,” he said at the time.

“The chief executive … has been instructed to stand aside, if she doesn’t wish to do that, she can go.” 

He also said the Government was seeking legal advice about whether Ms Holgate should continue to receive her $27,000-a-week salary while the investigation takes place.

Ms Holgate said the watches were a gift on behalf of the chair and herself for a small group of people who worked to secure a multi-million-dollar deal.

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate argues the Prime Minister humiliated her.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

Conflicting reports on communications

Mr Belling goes onto say he was “left with no choice but to publish this statement” after receiving no replies from the board and chairman of Australia Post despite writing to them in the past week.

A statement from an Australia Post spokesperson said Ms Holgate and the chair agreed over the phone that she would stand aside.

“Australia Post has been communicating frequently with Ms Holgate regarding the current situation and ensuring appropriate support has been provided,” they said in a statement.

“The chair stands by his previously made statement on Thursday 22 October that Ms Holgate will stand aside and this was agreed to by both parties in a telephone conversation.”

The offices of both the Communications Minister and the Prime Minister said this was a matter for Australia Post.

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Hume PD officers discover knives and axe in Goulburn vehicle | Goulburn Post

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According to the Hume Police District an investigation is underway after officers located a number of knives and an axe in a car in Goulburn over the weekend. READ ALSO: Hallowe’en health tips to ward off COVID-19 As part of Operation Towards Zero, on October 24, officers from The Hume Police District and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were patrolling the Goulburn area, targeting burnout and hoon behaviour. Shortly after 5:30pm a white Toyota Hilux was stopped on Bourke Street, Goulburn, for a random drug and breath test. A 20-year-old man presumptively tested positive to the presence of cannabis. These results have been sent for further testing. CHECK OUT: Goulburn police officer found guilty of assault | VIDEO FOOTAGE A subsequent search of the man’s vehicle revealed knives, an axe and an animal trap. These items were seized. Inquiries are continuing and charges are expected to be laid. Police will continue to target dangerous driving behaviours on regional roads, with further operations planned in the Goulburn area in coming months.

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John Thistleton remembers his time as Goulburn Post editor | Goulburn Post

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I worked for 24 of the 150 years of the Goulburn Post as a reporter, editor and managing editor. My predecessor Ray Leeson worked there for 47 years, including an astonishing 36 as editor. Contemplating retirement in 1988 troubled him. A safe pair of hands for all those years, now he had to let go. The night before the paper’s manager was to reveal the changeover, Ray and his wife Pat called at our home to surprise me and my wife Franki with the news. His predecessor, Marmion Dart, who had worked at The Post for 25 years, had done the same thing all those years earlier. I was lucky. I had experienced staff and had learned from previous colleagues on my arrival in 1980, including John Avery, Peter Brown and Ian Frazer. I began as editor alongside veteran radio broadcaster Ray Williams, Maryann Weston, who later became an editor when The Post was a community-centred tri-weekly. Canadian Charles Thurston gave us a point of difference with a creative flair. ALSO READ: Leon Oberg’s Goulburn Post career covers large slice of history Long-serving photographer Leon Oberg switched to editing Town and Country Magazine, and continued his outstanding photography, especially if a train was involved. Darryl Fernance, a former contributing photographer, joined us and became long-serving and multi-skilled as the paper evolved. In later years Louise Thrower arrived, became a tenacious reporter and continues to excel. Reporter David Cole connected strongly with the arts community as did Chris Gordon in sport and the arts. Indeed, many exceptional people have served The Post in their fields. Production manager Kevin Tozer and pre-press staff Danny Eldridge and Chris Ottaway and typesetter Jenny Sullivan were the backbone of our team. Out of the blue a letter arrived from a Russian artist who asked me for a job. She was the highly creative Ekaterina Mortensen, who continues enthralling audiences with her art. ALSO READ: Goulburn’s Maryann Weston looks back on her Post editing days Our front officer staffers Sue Clements and Helen Evans grew to know news intimately, tipping me off with important classified advertising notices, and warning me of hostile readers storming up the stairs to vent their anger. Sales manager Helen Esson, who later became the paper’s manager, and Greg O’Keeffe were invaluable for beating their advertising revenue targets which paid our way. The Post struck up a partnership with Goulburn Rostrum to host debates on the eve of local government, state and federal elections. This stemmed from my enduring friendship with dentist Brian Keating. His extraordinary background had parallels with Leeson’s during World War Two. Flying Lancaster bombers, Keating narrowly escaped death on a mission over Germany in January, 1945. A wireless operator/air gunner, Leeson survived a crash in a snow storm, which killed the five other crewmen of his Wellington bomber. ALSO READ: Editor and ‘fierce defender of rights’ mentored Miles Franklin After the war, the two men were prominent in the 1962 Catholic schools strike in Goulburn. Keating was one of the instigators, and Leeson was about the only reporter in the country to record it accurately. The Australian Government has been contributing money to Catholic schools ever since. Planes fell from the skies above Goulburn too during my time, trains left their rails and coaches careered off the highway, causing multiple fatalities. A Turkish restaurant exploded in the main street. Covering the aftermath in coroner’s hearings and compensation cases in the District Court, and hearing from solicitors and barristers in all the courts added to my preparations for the editor’s role. READ MORE GOULBURN POST HISTORY STORIES HERE The Goulburn Post put a heated pool on the community’s agenda, after a suggestion from my GP, Dr Bruce Gerard. I wrote an editorial on why a heated pool would benefit the health of our community. To help raise money for the project The Post re-launched the annual sports awards, hired Australian netballer Anne Sargeant as guest speaker and donated $10,000. We never stopped lobbying until the $1 million project was completed. I left The Post to join The Canberra Times in 2004. About a month later Singapore Airlines which was lobbying for freedom of the skies out of Australia, flew me business class to and from Paris and Toulouse for the launch of the A380 aircraft. Returning home, looking down over the Swiss Alps, I thanked my lucky stars for the opportunities and excitement newspapers offered. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up here

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Australia Post investigation should review enormous executive salaries and bonuses – 16 News

Greens Spokesperson for Communications Senator Sarah Hanson Young responded to the Morrison Government’s terms of reference for an investigation into Australia Post:

“This investigation is supposed to establish whether this publicly-owned essential service is acting in the best interests of its shareholder – the Australian taxpayer – and yet the enormous pay packets and bonuses pocketed by executives don’t get a mention in the terms of reference.

“No one working in the public service should be taking home multi-million-dollar salaries and paid bonuses.

“It’s not just the Cartier watches that are the problem, it’s Australia Post becoming a quasi-private, quasi-public organisation that is now out of step with community expectations.

“It’s time to wind back the clock and ensure Australia’s postal service is a truly public organisation acting in the best interests of taxpayers, not millionaire executives.

“The Greens will re-introduce our bill to cap executive salaries and end performance-based pay at Australia Post and across the public service.

“Time’s up for those seeking a luxury lifestyle on the public purse whether its executives at Australia Post or ASIC, and the Parliament needs to do its job and rein them in.”

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‘Don’t let NSW do all the heavy lifting’ Berejiklian urges other state premiers during COVID update | Goulburn Post


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a strong message to other state premiers on Wednesday, urging them to take their share of returned overseas travellers.
Ms Berejiklian said her “sense of frustration” was growing with Queensland and Western Australia in particular, which were keeping their borders closed while leaving NSW to look after the lion’s share of travellers.
She said NSW was currently looking after more than 5000 people in hotel quarantine; and continued to take in 3000 Australians – from all states – returning from overseas each week.
QLD and WA were taking around 500. “It’s a matter of principle, NSW I believe has been unfairly treated by a lot of states and we’ve done the heavy lifting,” Ms Berejiklian said. “We are noticing a noticeable spike in the number of people coming back from overseas who are relying on our health system who’ve got the disease and that does put pressure on our services. “With Victoria out of action and the other states not willing to take on their fair share … 45 per cent of that 3000 people every week are from other states. “For us it’s not so much the dollars, it’s a matter of principle. I get really frustrated and annoyed when WA and QLD expect us to process all of their citizens, which we do gladly, but then think up all these excuses why NSW residents can’t move freely to their states. “They can’t have it both ways.” Ms Berejiklian said other state premiers needed to take a “compassionate approach” and reopen their borders to NSW to stop families being separated, and businesses suffering.
She also said NSW would be “issuing invoices” to the other states, and warned them not to put NSW and Victoria in the same category.
“I just say to the other states, just think about what you’re doing to our citizens, think about how people are suffering through no logical reasons as to why NSW residents should be locked out of your state,” she said. NSW reported one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19, linked to a known source, in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday. Seven cases were also reported in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4217.
The one new locally acquired case is a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, who has been in isolation. There are now 17 cases linked to this cluster.
It has been 14 days since a locally acquired case with no known source was identified.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the state was now dealing with three clusters – the Lakemba GP cluster; the Oran Park cluster which had 25 cases and the Liverpool private clinic cluster with 13 cases. There were 14,382 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with 6438 in the previous 24 hours.
“It’s important as we move into this festive season, as we ease restrictions that everyone comes forward for testing,” Dr Chant said.
“… Even though the case numbers we’re reporting are very low we know if this virus gets a foothold in the community it can go off like a wildfire. “Particularly as we ease restrictions, particularly if we drop our guard in terms of those COVID-safe practices.” People in Sydney’s west, south west and north west in particular are being urged to be aware of any symptoms of illness, and immediately isolate and get tested should even the mildest of symptoms appear. Meantime COVID-19 virus fragments were identified in sewage at treatment plants in Glenfield on Tuesday and Quakers Hill on Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for residents in these areas to get tested. We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Cricket news 2020: Ben Stokes, Marlon Samuels, wife slur, Shane Warne, social media post, Instagram

Former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels has come under fire for disgusting comments about the wife of superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes.

In August, Stokes left the English cricket squad during their Test series against Pakistan to be with his ill father in New Zealand.

Due to strict travel restrictions, the 29-year-old was forced into a 14-day quarantine before he could make contact with friends and family.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Stokes explained why he wouldn’t wish the challenging experience on his worst enemy.

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Goulburn Post editors set direction for community newspaper | Goulburn Post

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The Goulburn Post and its preceding mastheads have a proud tradition of long-standing editors. John Henniker Heaton – 1870 to circa 1871/72. George Martyr – 1879 – had died by 1881. Tennyson Smith – circa 1883. Thomas Hebblewhite – 1885 – 1900. Henry Pinn – 1900 – 1925. Matt O’Brien – 1925 – 1929. Marmion Dart – 1929 – 1952. Ray Leeson – July, 1952 – August, 1988. John Thistleton – 1988 – to late 1990s, then moved into group management role. Maryann Weston – 1999 – 2003. Gerard Walsh – 2003 – August, 2005. Dr Ian Wolfe – August 2005 – September, 2005. Gerard Walsh – September 2005 – September, 2015. Ainsleigh Sheridan – November 2015 – May, 2020. Jackie Meyers – appointed August, 2020. While you’re with us… Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up here.

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