Mario Minichiello’s new book on visual journalism, University student prize winners and more

NEWS AND ILLUSTRATION University of Newcastle design professor Mario Minichiello, who also heads theHunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology, launched a book this month, Reportage Illustration, published by Bloomsbury, which he co-wrote with Gary Embury.The book contains practical information about tools, techniques and coping in various situations as well as inspirational interviews and advice from reportage artists.

STUDENT ART PRIZEThe winners of theThe Friends of The University 2018 Student Art Prize announced at Watt Space Gallery last week wereMegan McCarthy and Chloe Hey. Highly Commended were Phoebe Teal-Spicer and Laura Miller.

SCULPTURED FELT ARTWORKSEmerging textile artist Jess Forster uses natural materials from her Riverina home’s environment to create the evocativeKindred of the Dustexhibition, opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles on June 13.

BEN KENNING Cooks Hill Galleries opensBlack & White, by Newcastle artist Ben Kenning, on Friday, June 1, from 6pm.

TOONWORLDA cartooning and animation workshop for children will be offered through the July school holidays at The CreatorIncubator in Hamilton North. The sessions are run by Toonworld, which now calls Newcastle home. Book through Eventbrite website.

COLOURFUL Newcastle illustrator Gwynneth Jones’ latest book project, Finding Granny, will be released on July 1. The book, written by Kate Simpson and released by Exisle Publishing, tells the story of a grandchild’s perception of her grandmother after the granny has a stroke.

MYALL CREEK REMEMBRANCEAsymposium onJune 7-10 at Armidale and Bingara will commemorate the 180thanniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre. The event includes the launch of Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, edited by Jane Lydon and Lyndall Ryan, a professor of history at the University of Newcastle. On June 10, 1838, 28 Aboriginalswere murdered at Myall Creek.

A Wagga home is left with a memento by siblings

FAMILY REUNION: Siblings Alison Newland, Peter Bertram and Elaine Nettle happily recall their memories of growing up. In a trip down memory lane, three siblingsvisited their childhood home in Wagga to leave a memento for the new owners.

Peter Bertram, Elaine Nettle and Alison Newland, the children of Don and ThelmaBertram,were both saddened and excited to see their oldhome.

The house was purchased by their parents in 1922.One clear memory they all have is of the mum, Thelma, building a concrete wall in the backyard to keep the floods out.

“Our father was a Prisoner of War, but our mother held the family together,” Alison said.

Peter fondly remembers the fireplace in the living room being the heart of the home.

“We would sit in front of the open fire on butter boxes, me on one side and Alison on the other, who knows where Elaine was,” he joked.

“The fireplace was the centre of the house, not the television.

“That was the warmest part of the house, for many reasons.”

Elaine and Alison, much like any two sisters, had a giggle and a squabble over who was right when it came to remembering certain details.

One detail that stood out to the both of themwas ‘apple dumplings’.

“We were packed off to the neighbour’s house when mum giving birth to Peter in the back room,” Elaine said.

“Yes, and we had those apple dumplings,” Alison said.

They both joked it was more exciting than Peter’s birth.

Erika Ferguson, a daughter of Alison, said she can still remember the scorching Christmas days at Nanna and Grandpa’s.

“Nanna would always cook the full Christmas lunch which included two chickens, selected from the back of the property,” she said.

Alison Newland, Peter Bertram and Elaine Nettle with children Karen Brown and Stephen Nettle. Picture: Les Smith

“I can still see the draining birds swinging on opposite sides of the Hills Hoist on Christmas Eve.”

Elaine said she could also remember her father pottering around the backyard looking after the chickens and how he hated to kill them for a meal.

Stephen Nettle, the son of Elaine, said he had such fond memories of the home.

“I remember when they put a sliding door in and I played for hours imagining it was an elevator,” he said.

“It was so new to me, the concept of a sliding door at that time.”

To continue the family legacy in the home they all dearly loved, the group of relatives left behind a special memento for the next owner.

A frame with two pictures of the house in the 1920s and a family picture of the Bertrams from the 1930s.

Karen Brown, a daughter of Alison, said she hoped the new owners breathed some life into the home while keeping its old charms.

The siblings left behind a memento for the next owners of the home.

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OpinionRail must be central to new freight strategy

KEEP IT MOVING: Getting freight distribution systems right boosts productivity, drives economic growth and, importantly, job creation, Anthony Albanese says. The freight and logistics sector is the lifeblood of the n economy.

It is critical that the federal government support the sector with appropriate infrastructure investment, while also providing policy leadership and working with industry and other levels of governments to facilitate the efficient movement of goods around the nation.

In that context, it is good that the federal Coalition government is working on a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, to be finalised later this year.However, it must be noted that the former federal Labor government produced such a strategy, the National Land Freight Strategy,in 2012.

Developed by Infrastructure with input from the National Transport Commission, industry and the states and territories, it was a blueprint for a streamlined, integrated and multi-modal transport system. It also complemented the National Ports Strategy, which we had published that same year.

In 2013, the incoming Coalition ignored the strategy, before deciding three years later to start afresh.Putting aside the waste of five important years, it is right thing for the Commonwealth to finally seek to provide leadership in this important area of economic policy.Getting freight distribution systems right boosts productivity and that drives economic growth and, most importantly, job creation.

’s existing freight and logistic network is struggling to cope with the demands already placed on it, let alone the added demand that’s expected in the years ahead.’s population is expected to grow by 400,000 people a year.That’s a lot of extra consumers who will expect the shelves of their favourite shops and supermarkets to be filled with the products and brands they enjoy.

Then there will be the growing demand from industry to supply the raw material and capital equipment required to make those consumer goods and for exporters to get their products to market as quickly as possible.

As the work load increases, we must look rail to lift its share of the freight task compared with other modes of transport. That is not to diminish the indispensable role of road transport. Road, air and sea transport will all play their part.But when it comes to moving large volumes of freight over long distances, rail has significant advantages that we must exploit in coming decades.

Rail does the job at a lower cost and more safely.It is also the most energy-efficient mode of land transport, meaning less pollution and a smaller carbon footprint.In fact, rail produces three times less harmful carbon emissions than road.Having more freight carried by rail also translates into lower highway maintenance costs, less congested urban arteries and fewer road accidents.Just one 1800 metre can replace as many as 100 trucks.

When you add up these competitive advantages, it is clear that a growing role for rail must sit at the centre of the new freight strategy.

The modernisation of the nation’s rail freight infrastructure is a project that serves the national interest. It must continue.

This is an edited transcript of Mr Albanese’s speech to the n Logistics Council’s Forum 2018. It appearsin the May-July 2018 edition of Track and Signal Magazine.Anthony Albanese is the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development.

Clint Walker, star of TV’s Cheyenne, dies

Actor Clint Walker, who made his name on TV and appeared in the movie The Dirty Dozen has died.Clint Walker, the towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western Cheyenne, has died, his daughter says. He was 90.

Walker died on Monday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in his longtime home of Grass Valley, California, his daughter, Valerie Walker, told The Associated Press.

“He was a warrior, he was fighting to the end,” said Valerie Walker, a retired commercial pilot who was among the first women to fly for a major airline.

Clint Walker, whose film credits included The Ten Commandments and The Dirty Dozen, wandered the West after the Civil War as the solitary adventurer Cheyenne Bodie in Cheyenne, which ran for seven seasons on ABC starting in 1955.

Born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, Illinois, he later changed his name in both public and private life to the more cowboyish Clint.

He worked on Great Lakes cargo ships and Mississippi river boats and in Texas oil fields before becoming an armed security guard at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

There, many Hollywood stars, including actor Van Johnson, saw the 1.98m, ruggedly handsome Walker and encouraged him to give the movies a try, which Walker said he did after realising the money would be better and the bullets would be fake.

He soon found himself under consideration for his first role in The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. He had a meeting with the film’s legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, but was late after stopping to help a woman change a tyre and feared he’d blown his shot.

“He just exuded power,” Walker said of DeMille in a 2012 interview for the archive of the television academy. “He looked me up and down and said, ‘You’re late young man.”‘ “I thought ‘oh no, my career is over before it even started.”‘

Walker explained why he was late and said Demille responded “Yes, I know all about it, that was my secretary.”

Walker was cast as the captain of the pharaoh’s guard in the movie that came out in 1956.

He beat out several big names for the role of Cheyenne, but speculated that it was because he was already under contract for much cheaper than the other actors would demand to Warner Bros., which produced the show.

Walker’s most memorable big-screen appearance came in 1967’s The Dirty Dozen, whose all-star cast included Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson. In it, Marvin baits the much-larger Walker into attacking him then throws him to the ground in a training demonstration to his World War II crew.

He appeared in many other movies including the westerns Fort Dobbs, Yellowstone Kelly and Gold of the Seven Saints and in the Doris Day and Rock Hudson film Send Me No Flowers in 1964. He most recently lent his voice to 1998’s Small Soldiers.

Walker nearly died in 1971 when a ski pole pierced his heart in California’s Sierra Nevada.

“They rushed me to a hospital where two doctors pronounced me dead,” he recalled in 1987. “No pulse, no heartbeat; I was clinically dead.” A third doctor detected life, and an operation saved him.

He would fully recover, and go on to live another 47 years.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 30 years Susan Cavallari Walker.

Senator questions whether racism exists

A Queensland senator has raised the popularity of indigenous NRL star Johnathon Thurston to question whether racism exists in .

The Liberal National Party’s Ian Macdonald heaped praise on Thurston as he quizzed senior bureaucrats about the need for a race discrimination commissioner, as incumbent Tim Soutphommasane’s tenure comes to an end.

“I might live in a bubble perhaps, but I find it very difficult to find any but very rare cases of racism in ,” Senator Macdonald said during a committee hearing in Canberra on Thursday.

“I mean, in this building, we have two senior ministers who … are clearly not white n male(s).”

Senator Macdonald described the North Queensland Cowboys captain as “the greatest hero, in fact the king” of his home state.

“If only I could get him to run for a political party he’d walk it in,” he said.

“I just don’t know … there are obviously isolated aspects of racism in , but I would think across the board they’re very isolated.”

Senator Macdonald also suggested an advertising campaign titled, “Racism: It Stops With Me” was racist against white men.

“It’s hard to see how it promotes racial cohesion in an which as far as I’m aware there is very, very, very little actual racism around,” he said.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar told the committee of her own experiences with racism.

“I too have had personal experiences of taxis not taking my fare, for whatever reason,” Ms Oscar said.

“I have witnessed – and this was in Darwin at night at the Mindil Beach markets – four Aboriginal women approach five taxis lined up in the taxi queue and they all locked their doors.”

Dr Soutphommasane responded to the senator’s comments on social media, posting a photo of himself with Thurston.

The commissioner spoke of a survey showing 20 per cent of ns had experienced discrimination in the past 12 months.

“Those who don’t experience racism find it easy to say there’s no need for public efforts to combat it. Unfortunately racism does harm to many people,” he posted to Twitter.

Representing the attorney-general at the Senate estimates hearing, Michaelia Cash confirmed the government would be hiring a new race discrimination commissioner.

n Human Rights Commission president Rosalind Croucher said she might restore the title “commissioner for community relations” for the position.

More than 50 people are being considered for the senior public service role, which some conservative politicians and pundits want scrapped.

The position is up for grabs as Dr Soutphommasane’s five-year tenure ends on August 19.

Dr Soutphommasane, who earns about $340,000 per year, was a vocal opponent of changes to the Racial Discrimination Act proposed by the Turnbull government last year.

Decision on N Korea summit next week

North Korea has said the future of the summit between Pyongyang and Washington is “entirely” up to the United States, even as US President Donald Trump cast further doubt on plans for the unprecedented meeting.

Trump said he would know next week whether his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on June 12 in Singapore as scheduled.

White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, US officials said.

Asked on Wednesday whether the summit would go ahead, Trump told reporters: “It could very well happen. Whatever it is, we’ll know next week about Singapore. And if we go, I think it will be a great thing for North Korea.”

Trump did not say, however, whether the preparatory talks between U.S. and North Korean officials in coming days were expected to clarify the situation.

Trump raised doubts about the summit in talks on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea slip away.

The White House was caught off guard when, in a dramatic change of tone, North Korea last week condemned the latest US-South Korean air combat drills, suspended North-South talks and threatened to scrap the summit if Pyongyang was pushed toward “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”

Meanwhile, North Korea’s vice foreign minister has said her country was willing to pull out of a planned summit.

“Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” North Korea’s central news agency quoted Choe Son Hui as saying.

“We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.”

Choe said she could suggest to Kim that North Korea reconsider the summit if the US offended the North’s good will. She also slammed recent comments by US Vice President Mike Pence that compared North Korea to Libya.

If the summit is called off or fails, it would be a major blow to what Trump supporters hope will be the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insists the Trump administration is “clear-eyed” about North Korea, which has a history of making promises in negotiations and then backtracking.

“A bad deal is not an option,” Pompeo said in his written opening statement for a House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

“If the right deal is not on the table, we will respectfully walk away.”

Pompeo, who was director of the CIA before becoming secretary of state in April after Trump fired Rex Tillerson, is the highest-ranking Trump administration to meet Kim. On his most recent trip he brought back three Americans who had been held by North Korea.

Thieves target mansion, with $500,000 in jewellery taken in one break-in

A PALM print left on a window at a six-bedroom mansion has linked a Tallangatta woman to a break-in at the property.

Liric Halligan, now aged 22, was involved in one of several break-ins at the house, which had been uninhabitable after a landslip.

A safe with $500,000 of jewellery was stolen in one incident.

Halligan was living around Melbourne when she took part in one break-and-enter on November 15, 2015.

A small safe was taken from the property on Violet Street, along with a projector, camera and tools worth about $10,000.

A flyscreen was cut and a door pried open.

Halligan left the palm print on glass, which was later used to link her back to the incident.

The property sits on the side of a hill and was unlivable following the landslip.

The victims had been overseas and had friends checking in.

There were several more burglaries at the property, including the one which netted the expensive jewellery.

Despite extensive investigations, police could not link them back to the Tallangatta woman.

The Wodonga Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard Halligan knew who was responsible for the haul, but didn’t want to tell police.

She had fronted the court on 10 charges.

The court heard she had moved back to Tallangatta about six months ago following a stint in the Melbourne region.

Her lawyer, Mario Vaccaro, told the court she hadn’t obtained any property from the burglary, but had been present.

The former MCG worker last came to police attention in March after she threatened to arm herself with a knife.

The victim had an intervention order out against her, but police were called to their home about 12.10pm on March 16 following an argument.

Halligan had told the victim she was going to grab the weapon, causing them to flee in their vehicle in fear.

Other offences included illegal ammunition possession following a traffic stop on August 27, 2015.

Halligan was a passenger in a car and was searched, with four rounds of .22 bullets recovered.

She gave a fake address to the officers.

The 22-year-old was also caught with six Endone tablets and two Valiums after leaving a property known for drug dealing in July 2016, andagain gave a fake name.

Mr Vaccaro said his client had returned to the North East to live with her father.

He said she was still a relatively young offender who was keen to find work, and recently applied for a job at Mitta.

She was placed on a community corrections order and the drugs and ammunition will be destroyed.

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Clean up planned for PFAS contaminated Truegain site Rutherford

Clean up planned for PFAS contaminated Truegain site Rutherford TweetFacebook Hazmat crews investigate the Rutherford site in 2017Pictures: Perry Duffin and Nick BielbyThe EPA will oversee the clean-up process at the PFAS contaminated Truegain waste oil processing facility at Rutherford.

Truegain’s Environment Protection Licence was suspended by the EPA in 2016, following poor environmental performance.

The site still has storage of waste oil and other chemicals and there is a high-level of PFAS contamination in liquid waste across the site, but thecompany has since gone intoliquidation.

“Protecting the community and the environment is a priority,”NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Uptonsaid.

“The EPA is working closely with the formerTruegainowners and Maitland City Council to ensure the site is suitably cleaned up and does not present a risk of discharge of contamination into the nearby Stony Creek, particularly after heavy rain.”

The Government is undertaking a Selective Tender process so an experienced contractor can manage the unique nature of the premises.

The tender closes on June 14, 2018.

EPA Acting Chair and CEO Anissa Levy said the EPA was also investigating other potential sources of PFAS contamination in the Stony Creek catchment, including a number of premises within Rutherford Industrial Estate.

“The NSW Government has adopted a precautionary approach to managing PFAS because these substances take a long time to break down in humans and the environment”, she said.

“Until more information becomes available, precautionary advice to minimise exposure to PFAS will remain in place in NSW.

“As such we are reminding residents to avoid using water from Stony Creek and Swamp Creek waterways, downstream of the Rutherford Industrial Estate, for domestic or livestock use.

“The EPA is again contacting residents to ensure they are aware of this. Water from the town supply or rainwater tanks is safe to use.”

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Trump can’t block his critics on Twitter

A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the constitution.

US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald stopped short of ordering Trump to unblock users, saying it was not necessary to enter a “legal thicket” involving courts’ power.

She said she assumed Trump or his social media director Dan Scavino, who also was a defendant in the case, would unblock the users in light of her decision.

Buchwald’s ruling on Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed against Trump in July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and several Twitter users.

Twitter declined to comment on the ruling while the White House and the US Department of Justice, which represents the president in the case, did not immediately comment.

Trump was a prolific tweeter from his @RealDonaldTrump account even before being elected in 2016 and has since made it an integral and controversial part of his presidency.

Aides reportedly have tried to rein in his tweeting, which often starts early in the morning. But he has remained unfettered and uses Twitter to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics, especially the media, and the investigation into possible Russian connections with his campaign.

The plaintiffs claimed in their lawsuit that by blocking users for their views, Trump was shutting them out of discussion in a public forum, violating the First Amendment.

When one Twitter user blocks another, the blocked user may not respond to the blocker’s tweets on the social media platform.

Media reports say among those Trump has blocked are novelists Stephen King and Anne Rice, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, model Chrissy Teigen, actress Marina Sirtis and the military veterans political action committee VoteVets成都桑拿.

The individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland; Holly Figueroa, described in the complaint as a political organiser and songwriter in Washington State; and Brandon Neely, a Texas police officer.

Buchwald agreed with the plaintiffs’ contention that the discussions arising from Trump’s tweets should be considered a public forum. She rejected an argument made by Justice Department lawyers that Trump’s own First Amendment rights allowed him to block people with whom he did not wish to interact.

“While we must recognise, and are sensitive to, the president’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticised him,” Buchwald said.

Buchwald said Trump could “mute” users, meaning he would not see their tweets while they could still respond to his, without violating their free speech rights.

Scramble to lift low banking standards

Terrible behaviour unearthed at the banking royal commission has the government and industry scrambling to lift financial standards.

But Labor is worried prosecutors will run out of money to track down serious financial crime within a year.

Financial Services Institute of Australasia chief executive Chris Whitehead announced industry-wide standards to restore trust in financial services.

has no defined industry-wide requirements for professional qualifications in banking, so the Chartered Banker qualifications are based on an international model.

“As an organisation, we felt the industry needed to focus on lifting levels of competency and conduct and improved culture in banking,” Mr Whitehead told reporters on Thursday.

Mr Whitehead is pushing for a “professional banking council” to set standards of competence and conduct for the banking industry.

Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced legislation into parliament to create a second deputy chair position within the n Prudential Regulation Authority.

“This helps to maximise the skills and capabilities available to APRA within its leadership,” Mr Morrison said on Thursday.

The royal commission has heard bank advisers charged dead clients for years, with n Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin promising to investigate any criminal referrals.

Mr Morrison said the banks must be brought to account, but governments can’t go too far.

“But what we must also be aware of is, if we are not careful in how we respond to these issues … we could cause great self-harm to our national economy,” he said.

Labor is concerned prosecutors will be unable to launch action against dodgy bankers and financial crooks when their dedicated funding runs out just after the royal commission ends.

Money allocated to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue serious financial crime is due to end in about 12 months.

“It is astonishing that the government sees fit to abolish the serious financial crime taskforce just when it may be needed the most,” Labor’s justice spokeswoman Clare O’Neil said.

Labor announced a $25 million boost to the CDPP if it wins the next election.