Columns

Turnbull's horror start
Bendigo Weekly
No matter which side of politics we all position ourselves, it’s hard not to agree that Malcolm Turnbull is in a pickle. For a long time, cartoonists and headline writers have had a field day, depicting the Member for Wentworth as “Malcolm in the Middle”, and he still is, b..
09-Feb-2017
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Local government closest to the people
Bendigo Weekly
Roads, rates and rubbish. It’s a traditional but narrow view of the role of a council. No mention there of immunising babies, aged care, strategic planning, economic development, pet registration, tourism, libraries or environmental sustainability. Since becoming a councillor ..
02-Feb-2017
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The quiet after the terror
Sharon Kemp
BY Saturday, grief had settled on Melbourne’s central business district in the aftermath of the brutal violation of the city’s pedestrian-ways by a driver who has since been charged with five counts of murder. In my experience, a snow fall has the same effect of reducing a busy c..
26-Jan-2017
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Time for a rule change on expenses
Peter Kennedy
When I was a kid growing up in country New South Wales, our local state MP used to catch the train to complete the 500 or so kilometre journey to attend parliament. It was a pretty basic service, but it was what his constituents had to contend with, and back then, what was good for the goos..
12-Jan-2017
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Media choice a news plus
Sharon Kemp
Two newspapers, three television networks, six radio networks, websites, a dedicated magazine and an assortment of district newsletters will cover Bendigo news this year. Bendigonians are better served for local news than Melbourne readers who have to wade through news from Canberra to find..
06-Jan-2017
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It's better to give than receive
Bendigo Weekly
By Margaret O'Rourke And so this is Christmas. Like everyone, I am astounded at how quickly the year has flown and I am looking forward to a break with my family. What does Christmas mean to you? What are your family traditions and how do you spend the day? When I was a little girl ..
21-Dec-2016
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Keep it simple when choosing food
Bendigo Weekly
What we eat is important to most people. Whether it is the choice to grab a big burger at lunchtime or a soy flat white first thing in the morning, throughout the day we constantly make decisions about food. In this modern world most people (but not all) in Australia have choices. People m..
16-Dec-2016
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Embrace change
Bendigo Weekly
By Mike Hirst Managing Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. The biggest buzzword at the moment is disruption. Everywhere you look it seems disruption is being heralded as the death knell for traditional institutions like banking. But disruption isn’t anything new. ..
08-Dec-2016
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Labelling should allow true choice
Bendigo Weekly
THE issue of food labelling does come up a lot. A lot of people have laughed for a long time about the label “Made from local and imported products” What does that label tell us? What is the point of putting “Made from local and imported products” on the label of..
02-Dec-2016
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Gathering with a cause
Bendigo Weekly
A VERY special lunch will take place at Bendigo’s stunning Ulumbarra Theatre today, when the historic former prison hosts the annual Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch in support of prostate cancer research. The Bendigo Weekly has been a proud partner to this event for seven years now, a..
18-Nov-2016
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A new interest in politics
Bendigo Weekly
ABOUT four months ago I was lucky enough to attend an editor’s conference in Melbourne which included scores of American newspaper editors and proprietors, most from the states that have ultimately and overwhelmingly just endorsed Donald Trump to be America’s next president. T..
10-Nov-2016
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A bold declaration
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO residents have had their say and elected to turf five of the seven former City of Greater Bendigo councillors and look at other options as to who should be their next elected representatives. There’s an old saying that says the voters never get it wrong in such matters, but tha..
03-Nov-2016
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Missing the point on care
Bendigo Weekly
By Peter Fountain Long Gully In response to the editorial piece “Picking up the pieces” Bendigo Weekly October 21. Like many Bendigonians, I am saddened by the recent closure of Radius Disability Services and feel deeply concerned for the individuals, families and..
27-Oct-2016
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Recognising right and relationship
Bendigo Weekly
By Lisa Chesters MP The debate about marriage equality and the same-sex plebiscite is a personal debate. This is also a debate about our democracy. I am opposed to the plebiscite. If we had a free vote of members of the 45th parliament and if we had support for a free vote in this pa..
21-Oct-2016
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Embrace the challenges
Bendigo Weekly
ONE of the state’s most senior government ministers has voiced her opinion on the importance of this month’s local government elections for the people of Greater Bendigo. Speaking in state parliament earlier this week, member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said she recently had ..
13-Oct-2016
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Voice must be heard
Bendigo Weekly
The journeys we take through life towards a better future can be complex, the thought though for us as a community of what that future may look like is much simpler. As a Dja Dja Wurrung person I have been taught that when travelling the landscape, I must take glimpses of where I have come f..
13-Oct-2016
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A timely heart to heart
Bendigo Weekly
By Jamie Duncan I can see a light at the end of the tunnel and, despite recent medical trouble, I’m walking towards it. By Monday week, I should be back at work after four months out of action following my heart attack on June 7. I have a life-saving stent in one of my coron..
06-Oct-2016
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Backing schools over business
Peter Kennedy
Bendigo is exceptionally fortunate to have arguably the best government, catholic and independent schools in regional Victoria, if not regional Australia. It’s reasonable to suggest that this equates to having teachers of a similar high standard, and for these twin circumstances, w..
29-Sep-2016
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Pollie games need to stop
Peter Kennedy
THE ongoing saga regarding Nationals’ wannabe MP, Luke O’Sullivan and his bid to take a seat in the Victorian Upper House continues to drag on, and the community has every right to demand it be brought to a conclusion. Mr O’Sullivan continues to be blocked by th..
23-Sep-2016
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Sending a message
Bendigo Weekly
By Nigel McGuckian Earlier this year, the Victorian government announced a new way of listening to regional Victoria. The decision responded to the call from regional Victorians for a more direct opportunity to influence government on the things that matter most to them. As a resul..
22-Sep-2016
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