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Panpa Bulletin : November 2011
P.O. Box 2187, Milton BC, Qld 4064, Australia. Phone +61 417 709 099 email: email@example.com web: www.dianastowers.com Build product knowledge, communication skills and professional confidence in your sales team.Give them the tools required to communicate more effectively in the marketplace. Call today to hear how quickly and simply an affordable training program can be tailored to suit your needs. How to grow your business However, Mr Hollands said Association members had previously baulked at government subsidy for other causes, such as young reader programs. “It is not the place any gov- ernment to finance, interfere or in any way influence a free press – in this country or any other,” Mr Hollands said. He said he understood why Professor Disney was con- cerned by the fiscal impact if a publisher pulled but added: “Our industry’s contribution to society is founded upon independence, the principles of free speech and freedom of the press,” he said. “There are many legal avenues to pursue with pub- lishers about guaranteeing participation before you seek tax dollars,” he said. “I would never favour any major publisher pulling out. I’d argue ferociously that the principle of participation is far greater than any individual dispute.” Professor Disney said he would not rule out seeking statutory powers. “It would be preferable to proceed with the council strengthening itself,” he said, but added that “there’s certainly an argument both here and in the UK” for the regulator to have some statutory powers, for example the ability to issue fines to member publishers in breach of established professional standards. In the UK, the Leveson inquiry into media ethics has flagged the possibility of establishing a super-regulator to replace the existing Press Complaints Commission. BBC director general Mark Thompson has publicly backed self-regulation, argu- ing that “to put all journalism under a singled converged regulator would potentially mean that, if ever the state wished to limit media free- dom, it would have a single lever with which to do so”. The director of corporate affairs at Australia’s public broadcaster the ABC, Michael Millett, said his organisation “fully concurs” with the BBC. In South Africa, the Press Ombudsman – an inde- pendent regulator – has just released an updated profes- sional code for print media to quell calls from the ruling African National Congress for the establishment of a Media Appeals Tribunal that would be accountable to Parliament. Johan Retief, the country’s deputy Press Ombudsman, said his organisation would not lobby for any increased powers, including statutory backing to issue fines. “We believe that an apology is a much harsher sanction than monetary fines, as apolo- gies erode the credibility of publications,” he said. Beef us up Print ads up at SPH A BOOST in display advertising revenues has failed to prevent Singapore Press Holdings of- fering a mixed bag of results to shareholders for its full fiscal year. Its 24c dividend was the low- est in five years. Net profit decreased 22 per- cent to S$388.6 million, and rev- enue fell 9.4 percent. Comparison with the previous year can be deceptive. The com- pany received a fiscal boost in the corresponding period last year from its property portfolio. For its core business, SPH’s performance was more im- pressive. Revenue for the newspaper and magazine segment grew S$1.01m, or 4 percent. Print advertisement revenue increased S$41.6 million (5.7 percent). Circulation was tougher with revenues falling S$1.9 mil- lion, or less than 1 percent. Costs keep rising. The newsprint bill was up 13 percent to S$11.8 million. It would have been worse but for a strong Singapore dollar. “The outlook remains uncer- tain amid global economic woes,” said group CEO Alan Chan. The company would “contin- ue to leverage its key strengths and synergies to deliver share- holder value”, he said. Houses of shame RULES governing video and pho- tography in Parliament need an overhaul, say journalists in Australia and New Zealand. Journalists on the New Zealand Herald have just finished a 10-day suspension from Parliament after their paper published a photograph taken in the chamber of a man trying to throw himself off a balcony. Editors have been outraged at the extent of the ban, which came weeks before a national election. In Australia, photographers chose not to take photographs of a public gallery protest against a new carbon tax because they knew it would likely result in a ban. Restrictions in both parliaments aim to discourage individuals from disruptive behaviour for a political cause. The NZ ban was an attempt to “sanitise the news”, according to the editor of the Wellington-based Dominion Post, Bernadette Courtney. New Zealand journalists were shocked at the extent of the ban on the NZ Herald. Ms Courtney wrote to the Speaker, Lockwood Smith, saying his reaction was “over the top”. The NZ Herald’s political editor, Audrey Young, took the photo on her smartphone. She told The Bulletin: “The concern was not only that the circumstances were exceptional and the response disproportionate, but there had been no warning the Speaker had intended dispensing such an unprec- edented penalty to a whole office.” Secretary of the country’s Media Freedom Committee, Tim Pankhurst, said the rules “must be challenged” and called the ban “undemocratic”. “What if the prime minister or any other member of Parliament is assaulted?” he said. “It defies belief that rules designed to preserve the integrity of parlia- ment could be applied in this way.” Mr Pankhurst, who also heads the NZ Newspaper Publishers’ Association, said his committee had sought legal advice to potentially challenge the rules. Similar restrictions exist in the Australian Parliament, although an informal review is taking place. Press Gallery president Phillip Hudson, of the Herald Sun, told The Bulletin that Parliament should not be hidden from the people. “There was an incident here during the carbon tax debate – members of the public watching Question Time interrupted proceedings, calling out ‘no mandate’, ‘democracy is dead’. “If our photographers had taken a photograph of that event they could have been banned. “I’m not aware of a time when an entire organisation has had its accreditation suspended, but it has been made clear to us that that option is available to presiding officers.” He said the press gallery had argued for years that contradictory restrictions on photography – jour- nalists may describe any event in words but not pictures – be lifted. Only parliamentary staff may film proceedings. When political foes Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and For- eign Minister Kevin Rudd embraced following the passing of carbon tax legislation, the official video camera swung away from the moment. Mr Hudson continued: “The offi- cial coverage has not shown respect to the public, who pay the bills. Coverage should be balanced and fair and without fear or favour. “It should show the public events that take place inside the people’s house, however significant or trivial, as accurately as possible and without being sanitised or censored. “The public should be able to see what goes on, whether that’s M Ps giving passionate and poignant speeches, or displaying life-size card- board cut-outs of their opponents, cat-calling, wearing cowboy hats or even a kiss. “The current guidelines have been overtaken by time, technology and events.” He said guidelines “completely ignore the internet”. Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms at the House of Representatives, Siwan Davies, said the review was unlikely to be completed this year. former National MP Annabel Young caught snoozing . . . this picture had the now-defunct evening Post banned from Parliament for a week; iNSeT: Sealed with a kiss . . . the image of political foes Australian Prime Minister Julia gillard and foreign Minister Kevin rudd embracing was splashed around the nation, but the public didn’t get any video of the crucial moment This image of a man trying to leap off a balcony and into the Chamber was published in the NZ Herald . . . and its reporters were banned from Parliament Journalists say parliament rules are undemocratic www.panpa.org.au The PANPA Bulletin | NOVEMBER 2011 | 5 Sophie Tarr NPA kiss of death Sonny Bill voodoodoll Cutout&tormenttohe l pendtheK i w i rugbycurse>>p30 t hu r sday , oc t obe r1 3 , 20 11 I$ 1i nc . gs t S t ill on l y$1.00 Labor rejoices political victory butwillitbea... carbon tax vote F I NA GEA 001 Terms&Cond iti ons : *F r om 1 Ja nua r y20 1 2 , Op t us Sma ll andMed i umBus i nes sa ccou n t ho l de r so rt he ir nom i nees , w ill ea r noneQan t asF r eq uen t F l ye r po i n t pe r do ll a r spen t one li g i b l eOp t usSma ll andMed i umBus i nessse r v i ces . 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AR T S PAGES20 , 21 C L ASS I F I EDS BUS I NESSDA Y 13 COMMEN T & DEBA T E PAGE 19 ED IT OR I A L S ,L E TT ERS PAGE 18 M I NDGAMES PAGE 24 OB IT UAR I ES PAGE 24 SHARES BUS I NESSDA Y 10 - 12 SH I PP I NG BUS I NESSDA Y 9 T E L EV I S I ON PAGE 25 WOR L D PAGES15 , 16 MELBOURNE DAMS 48 . 3% AYEARAGO : 35.3% MELBOURNEDAMS 63 . 6% AYEARAGO : 47 . 7% Tighter phone tapping controls ByDAVIDROOD STATEPOL I T I CALCORRESPONDENT Con ti nued PAGE2 COMMENT &DEBAT E J o s hGo r donPAGE19 VICTORIAPolice and the state’s main watchdog agencies will have to demonstrate their phone taps and secret s urveil- lance areinthepublicinterest , under a Baillieu government crackdownontheuseofcovert powers . The Coalition will rush in legislation today to create a publicinterestmonitor after a damn ing Om bud sm an’s repor t thatfoundtherewere ‘‘consid- erablegaps’’intheoversightof phoneinterceptionpowers . Undertheoverhaul , thenew monitor will have sweeping powers to act in the public interestin courtapplicationsfor warrantstotapphonesanduse surveillancedevices . These powerswill include theabilitytoquestionthebody applyingforthesurveillance— forexample,VictoriaPoliceor theOfficeofPoliceIntegrity— aswellastocross-examinewit- nesses , makesubmissionstothe courtandsuggestconditionsto awarrant . Inthepastthreeyears , none of the 1271 applications for phone taps by the OPI and Victoria Police—suchasthose used onformerdeputypolice commissionerSirKenJones— hasbeenknockedback . InachallengetotheOPIand polic e , theBaillieugovernment believes these figuresshowa huge weakness in th e curren t process, with evidence not beingappropriatelytestedwhen applicationsforphonetapsand surveillancearemade . The Ombudsman’s report thisweekintotheOPI’sinvestig- ation of Sir Ken found the Ombudsmancouldnotinvest- igate t he alleged us e of ph one taps because of federal laws, d esp ite wi tnesses raising con- cerns with his office over the OPI’sallegedmisuseofintercept powers . Omb udsman George Bro u- wer said ph one in tercept s and cover t s urveillan ce by the OPI andpolicewerenotscrutinised on whether they were unjust, oppressiveorsimplywrong . ‘‘This could lead to a situ- ationwhereanopportunityfor theimproperuseoroveruseof interception powers could go undetected , ’’hesaid . The minis te r re s pons ible for the establishment of an anti- corruption commission, Andrew McIntosh, said the r epor t r evealed a lack of over- sightontheuseofsecretpowers thatarethemostintrusiveheld byintegrity andpolicingbodies . ‘‘It iscritical that theVic- toriancommunityhasfullcon- fidence that applicationsfor telecommun ication int ercepts and surveil lance devices war- rants are subject to optimal Hundredsin emergency trolleybirths OURL ABOUR WARDS 313 Averagebirthsperl abou r wa r dbed i n V i c t o ri a i n20 1 0 -11 434 Averagebirthsperl abou r wa r dbed a t Sun s h i neHo s p it a li n20 1 0 -11 21 9 Bab i esbo r n i n t heeme r gency depa rt men t a t Sunsh i nes i nce2006 ByJULIAMEDEW HEALTHED I TOR Ed it o ri a l PAGE18 HUNDREDS of Victorian womenhavebeenforcedtogive birthonemergencydepartment trolleysinrecentyearsbecause ofashortageofmaternitybeds , a damning Auditor-General’s reporthasrevealed . Theauditsaidoneunnamed hospital — confirmedby The Agetobe SunshineHospital — haddelivered219babies inits emergencydepartmentoverthe pas t five year s, increas ing ri sk forpatients andstaff . Auditor-GeneralDesPearson said emergency department births were occasionally unavoidable because women couldnotgettoa labourward fast enough. Butinone week during hi s audi t, t hree bab ies wereborninemergencydueto alabourwardbedshortage . ‘‘Birthingin the ED presents clinical risks as the midwife must leave patients in the labour ward toattend to the woman in emergency. It also does not provide women and their families with adequate privacyandcomfort , ’’hesaid . ‘‘Thehigh level of activity also in creases the risk o f staf f ‘burn out’ , evidentininterviews withstaffatthehealthservice . ’’ The report said soaring demand f or t hehosp it a l mean tit delivered 434 babies for each labou r ward bed las t financial year—more t hanoneaday . Th i s comparedw it h t hes t a t eaverage o f 313bab i es f oreachbed . Whileafour-bedassessment centre introduced at the hos- pital in May last year had reducedemergencydepartment deliveriesfrom70in2009-10to 13in2010-11 , thehospitalwas inneedofmoreservices . The reportsaid the hospital t o l d t heHea lt hDepar t men tl as t yearo f a13percen t r i se i nb i r t hs i n2009-10 . A10percen t r i sewas expec t ed l as tfi nanc i a l year . The hospital said there wererising emergency department births lastyear , before anassessment de t a il ed ‘‘ h i ghc li n i ca l,fi nanc i a l andorganisationalrisksdueto t he i ncreased demand ’’. Thereportsaidthedepart- mentwaspreparinga business case for two extra birthing roomsbuttheywerenotexpec- tedtobeaddedtothehospital soon given the lead time requiredfor capitalworks . WesternHealthchiefexecut- ive Kathryn Cook said the Auditor-General’s callformore mat ernit y services in growing areas was of ‘‘utmostimport- ance’’ to Sunshine Hospital, whichwasfacing ‘‘the greatest p ressu res of an y met rop olitan maternityservice’’ . Mr Pearson’s report also revealed many women were facing delaysin care during pregnancyand thousandsof dollar s in cost s for pr ocedur es such as scans because of a shortage of publicly funded services, particularlyin Mel- bourne’sgrowthareas . He said t he Health Depar t- ment had failed to manage maternity services across the state during soaring demand over the pas t decade, p arti cu - larly in the boom ing nor ther n andwesternsuburbs . ‘‘The department does not haveacomprehensive evidence ba se or understanding of the matern ity service system,’’ h e said. ‘‘Without knowledge of capacityandhowwelldemand isbeingmetacrossVictoria , the department cannot demon- strate that ma ternity services areprovidedwhen andwhere theyareneeded . ’’ While the department was doing well to retain staff in mat erni ty s ervices an d st arted monitoring maternity service capacity this year, it had been slowtoimprovepostnatalcare . Hea lt hM i n i s t erDav i d Dav i s would not comment on how o ft enbab i eswereborn i nemer- gencydepar t men t sa t o t herh os- pitals but said the Health Depar t men t had accep t eda ll o f MrPearson ’ srecommenda ti ons . A ministerial committee to advise onimproving maternity serv i ceswou l dbese t up .j medew@ t heage . com . au Kissingand makingup? Orjust lipservice? ‘ It’s a very awkward situation forboth of them. People who sincerelylike each other don’thaveanyofthat,it’s all verysmooth movement.If you’re embracing somebody you reallylike you bring them inclose.Youdon’tpointyour bumbacksoyourhipsdon’t to uch.’ BODYLANGUAGEEXPERTALLANPEASE ‘If you really believein the concept of authenticity and you’re teaching your kids todayhonesty,thisisjust a joke.’ IMAGEGROUPINTERNATIONAL CHIEFEXECUTIVEOFFICERJON-MICHAIL ‘ It’s a very awkward situation forboth of them. People who sincerelylike eachother WHATTHEEXPERTSSA I D P I CTURE : AAP KATHER I NEMURPHY PAGE14 M I CHELLEGRATTAN PAGE12 KATHER I NEMURPHHY ‘ The moment wass i ngu l ar l y unexpected . Emot i ons tumb l ed , pr i nc i pa ll y shock . Chr i stopher Pyneflushedpuce , androared .’ HELLEGRATTAN M I C ‘ Whether goodorbad , th i s i sab i g re f orm .I t i s uptherew i th theGSTand WorkCh o i ces .’ un ByMICHELLEGRATTAN andDAVIDWROE Con ti nuedPAGE12 Abbott ’ sb l oodoath torepea l carbontax TONY Abbott has made ‘‘a pledge in blood’’ to repeal Labor’scarbon price, as the sweeping reform designed to tr ans for m Au str alia’s econom y and cut its greenhouse emis- sions passed it s maj or parlia- mentaryhurdleamidscenesof jubilationandprotest . The opposition promised thatactiontorepealthecarbon taxwouldbethe ‘‘firstorderof business’’ for an incoming Coalitiongovernment . The18billsforthecarbon scheme, plusa $300 million comp ensat ion package f or the steelindustry , wereapprovedby the House of Representatives after oneof thelongest and mostdivisivedebatesinAustra- lianpoliticalhistory . Thepassageofthelegislation promptedanoutbreakofback- pattingandkissingbetweenthe PrimeMinisterandseniormin- isters—including anawkward momentwithKevinRudd . Question time later was repeatedlydisruptedbygroups ofnoisy protestersinthe public gallery yelling‘‘no mandate’’ and ‘‘democracyis dead’’. As guardsejected some people, otherstookupthechant . MsGillard’s elation over the vote couldbe short-lived , w ith signsshefacesahistoricdefeat today onherbilltovalidatethe Malaysianpeople-swapdealon asylumseekers . West Australian National Tony Cr ook , whoholdsthefate of thebill in hishands, was quotedlastnightsayinghehad strongconcernsaboutsending unaccompanied children to Malaysia . ‘‘Ijustdon’tfeelcom- fortableaboutit,’’hetoldThe WestAustralian . MrCrook’sstandraisesthe prospect of the Malaysia bill bein g with drawn altoget her to allow Ms Gillard toavoid the firstlegislativedefeatforagov- ernment in the lower house since1929 . Thebillalreadyfaces certaindefeatintheSenate . The carbon plan will go throughtheSenatenextmonth withthebackingoftheGreens . The schemewillstartonJuly1 anddeliverbillionsofdollarsin taxcutsandhigherpensionsto offsetenergypricerises . MrAbbott’spledgetorepeal the taxwillbeacentralbattle- groundofthenextelection . ‘‘I amgiving youthe mostdefinite commitmentanypoliticiancan givethatthistaxwillgo . Thisisa pledgeinblood , ’’he said . Opp osi tion clim ate sp okes- manGregHuntsaidaCoalition government would begin a repealofthetax‘‘ondayone . . . this wouldbe thefirstorder of business’’oncethecabinethad beenappointed . Afterthe74-72 vote topass hercarbonscheme , ade li gh t ed Ms Gillard said: ‘‘Today, the Houseo f Represen t a ti vesmoved from words to deeds . . . This Parliamen t t oday has grabbed the fut ure wi th both han ds . . . wehavego tt h i sdone .’’ ButMrAbbottsaid : ‘‘Toda y t his Parliament has witnessed theunseemlyspectacleofagov- ernment cheering itself for breakingits own electionprom- ise. They celebrated their betrayalwithakiss . . . S hame onthisgovernment . ’’ TreasurerWayneSwansaidit was a‘‘historicvote ononeof the most imp ort ant economic reforms in a generation’’,and Labortothebootstraps . Pressed on whetherLaborin opposition would stand by the reform shoul d an Abbot t government att empt to repeal i t, Mr Swan indicatedit would . It also emerged yesterday that American magazineThe AtlantichadputMsGillardinits list of 21 ‘‘Brave Thinkers’’ of 2011forherstandontheissue . Greensleader Bob Brown, whose party was central in negotiating the carbon tax sch eme, d eclared: ‘‘It’s a great WayneSwan sounds alarm over Eu rope debt crisis PAGE2 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1