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Captain's pick a loser
Peter Kennedy
The public outcry over Tony Abbott’s prime ministerial antics scaled new heights this week, and the PM has only himself to blame. Another so-called “captain’s pick”, and more controversy as the Prime Minister’s decision to bestow a Knighthood on Prince Philip beco..
29-Jan-2015
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Mayor makes a move
Peter Kennedy
WELL done to City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox for taking up the fight against the disparity in petrol pricing between the city and country areas like Bendigo. Confirmation this week that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will investigate the difference in petro..
16-Jan-2015
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Producing the leaders
Peter Kennedy
Someone recently asked me why my wife and I chose to send our three children to non-government schools, given the latest research that apparently suggests it makes little to no difference to overall academic achievement. We, like many other parents, elected to give our children a private sc..
14-Nov-2014
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Courage to be cowards
Peter Kennedy
THIS week’s launch of a new cyber safety film clip by Weeroona College Bendigo students is to be commended as a practical and visual statement against one of the very real and sadly constant scourges of our society. This is what we want was produced by the students, and launched by Gre..
24-Oct-2014
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The two Australias
Bendigo Weekly
By Tony Spurling President St Vincent De Paul Society Bendigo Region In today’s environment where it is popular to blame people for their poverty, we should instead salute these people for their courage and have the humility to listen to their stories and to learn from them. ..
17-Oct-2014
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The biggest coward
Peter Kennedy
As a much younger reporter and just a few decades ago, I worked in a newsroom where the scanner was a beacon for stories about police and emergency services matters. Whether it was a car crash, a robbery, fire or any other critical incident, the scanner was a key player in how news was sour..
10-Oct-2014
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Safety is the priority
Peter Kennedy
We live in a world where sadly, almost anywhere, anything and anyone can be a target. It’s a harsh reality, but even more of a rare reality is the likelihood of such an incident happening in Bendigo is very remote. From the outside, it’s difficult to see how the removal of garba..
03-Oct-2014
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Fifty reasons to take care
Peter Kennedy
This week I was fortunate to celebrate a significant birthday, and to share the day with so many wonderful people who are part of my life. As a now 50 year old, there comes a time when one has to accept a greater responsibility for your own health, not just for yourself, but for those who pl..
26-Sep-2014
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Cathedral sends message
Bendigo Weekly
It’s one of Bendigo’s most loved, and most visited buildings and one where despite its obvious acknowledgement and reverence to the Catholic faith, many thousands of non-Catholics and indeed, non-Christian visitors continue to be awed by the architectural wonder that is the Sacred He..
12-Sep-2014
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Not so super
Peter Kennedy
I had my hair cut this week, and in more ways than one. So while my mop has been cropped and the ever increasing number of grey hairs tidied up a tad, the more concerning haircut I and almost every other working Australian received came courtesy of the federal government and the Palmer United ..
06-Sep-2014
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First year in Parliament
Bendigo Weekly
One year ago I was honoured and excited to be elected as your Federal Member of Parliament. Today, I am still just as excited and honoured as I was on election day. Twelve months ago today (September 5, 2013) there was only one day left. Most of the hard work had been done. Fast forwa..
05-Sep-2014
Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters
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Shorten back to basics
Peter Kennedy
KUDOS to Bill Shorten for coming to Bendigo this week for the first stopover in what’s been billed as a nationwide listening Town Hall-style tour. It’s not a new idea, and Mr Shorten is not the first to do it, but it is important that politicians get away from Canberra and back to ..
22-Aug-2014
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Festival spreads the word
Peter Kennedy
LAST weekend, I was lucky enough to once again be involved in the Bendigo Writers Festival, which in the space of three years has rapidly developed to a high calibre event of a standard more akin to festivals with a far longer history and depth of experience. In making the essential disclaim..
15-Aug-2014
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Point scoring was unfair
Peter Kennedy
Jack Lyons’ resignation is nobody’s victory and while he may well have only himself to blame for the circumstance he found himself in this week, I also take a dim view at many of the sideline critics lining up to sink the slipper into him. To read comments from elected parliament..
08-Aug-2014
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Uni fees may widen gap
Peter Kennedy
The Federal Government review of the higher education sector is a minefield of potential booby traps and obstacles that could further destabilise a government already languishing in the polls. The government has every right to look closely at how our universities do and do not work, and to s..
01-Aug-2014
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Mosque debate travels
Bendigo Weekly
In recent weeks, comments have emerged that suggest the media’s continued focus on Bendigo’s proposed mosque only perpetuates the bitterness and anger of objectors. But many local people don’t want the very vocal anti-mosque campaign to drown out local support, and it&rsquo..
25-Jul-2014
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A blot on the copybook
Peter Kennedy
Looking into the rear view mirror with a view to considering future policy is a retrograde step in more ways than one. In the case of corporal punishment, I believe it is so outdated (thankfully) and so out of place in modern society that to suggest or infer its revival might actually be a good ..
18-Jul-2014
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Stop problems at source
Bendigo Weekly
Recent events that continue to unfold somewhere on the high seas far from Bendigo have the potential to both deeply divide and embarrass our nation, as the fate of a group of would-be asylum seekers remains shrouded in mystery. Supporters of a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers ..
11-Jul-2014
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Our Democracy ensures freedoms
Bendigo Weekly
By Lisa Chesters MP Federal Member for Bendigo The majority of us have been shocked and saddened by the opposition to a mosque planning application. This kind of intolerance is not Bendigo, which we were able to see in the rainbow balloon campaign, which I was proud to be a part of..
04-Jul-2014
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Now it’s time for Spirit
Peter Kennedy
AFTER this week’s disappointing news that the Bendigo Gold will hand back its licence to the VFL at the end of this season, now more than ever is the time for Bendigo to get behind another elite local sporting team – namely the Bendigo Spirit. The dual national champions have rec..
27-Jun-2014
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