Amiet prepares for toughest test

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Bendigo boxer Jocelyn Amiet primed for Australian championshipsBendigo’s Jocelyn Amiet focuses on national boxing champsHit factory boxers tune up for nationalsAmiet marks boxing first for Bendigo STEPPING UP: Jocelyn Amiet will take on New Zealand national team member Nadine Shatford as part of an Anzac-themed Queens of the Pacific boxing event.

HIT Factory’s Jocelyn Amiet will head across the Tasman this weekend for a showdown against New Zealand amateur team representative Nadine Shatford.

The bout at the Queens of the Pacific Invitational International Women’s Boxing Championships will be the Bendigo boxer’s first time in the ring since the national championships on the Gold Coast last November.

The Anzac weekend event features some of Australia and New Zealand’s best amateur boxers, with some using the championships as part of their Olympic campaign.

Amiet will be part of a team of six Victorian women making the trip to the Lower Hutt that includes former Bendigonian Carly Salmon.

Trainer Danniel Burton said the 54kg bout against the Kiwi national was a huge step up for Amiet.

“She has been at the top of women’s boxing in Victoria for the past two years and being able to compete in big fights is what has stopped her from going a step further and winning the national title,” Burton said.

“She has been out of the ring since the nationals in November so it will be a challenge, especially if Shatford has been traveling and fighting with the national team.

“But Jocelyn loves a challenge and has been really putting in and sparring regularly and working hard on improving her game.”

The Golden Square-based gym will also have Tully Scanlon in action this weekend in Brisbane, where he will be putting the final preparations on his tilt at the national championship.

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Out and About in Crookwell

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CADS will be presenting ‘Cinderella’ by Ben Crocker. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information Centre. $20 each, $15 for concession and $17 each for group bookings (30 people minimum). Dates for the show are April 21, 22, 23.


CROOKWELL COMMUNITY MARKETS – 1st Saturday of each month in the Uniting Church forecourt, Crookwell.

TARALGA MARKETS – 1st Sunday of each month

LAGGAN MARKETS – 3rd Saturday each month

GUNNING LIONS MARKETS – Last Sunday each month

CROOKWELL LIBRARY is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30am – 5pm, Wednesday 1.30pm – 5pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00am – 12:00 noon.

LAGGAN BUSH POETS – 1st Wednesday of the month 7 for 7.30pm at Laggan Pub

CROOKWELL VIEW CLUB: meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Contact Sylvia Cullen 48320161

AA MEETINGS – Fridays 12.30-1.30pm rear of amenities block – Crookwell, look for the signs.

CROOKWELL PROBUS CLUB – meets on the third Monday of the month at 10am for 10.30am. Contact Lyndal Johnston 0432299054. New members are most welcome.

CROOKWELL ROTARY CLUB – meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for information call the president Mike Walsh 0409818423.

CROOKWELL PROGRESS ASSOCIATION – Meets third Monday of the month. Suggestion boxes are located at Dr Velu’s surgery, the health care centre, Crookwell Arcadia and Crossroads Cafe. President is Dave Johnson 0418483149


Please phone the centre for all times 48321300.

Thursday 21 – Exercise equipment, five senses, foot care/Gwen, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Friday 22 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, hydrotherapy BSHS

Monday 25 – Anzac Day – Closed

Tuesday 26 – Exercise equipment, five senses, tai chi, walking group, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Wednesday 27 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, lite n easy

Thursday 28 – Exercise equipment, five senses, gentle exercises, hip and knee

Friday 29 – Exercise equipment, five senses, walking group, hydrotherapy BSHS



21-23 CADS – Cinderella Crookwell Memorial Hall

30 April – 8 May National Alpaca Week – Laggan, Roslyn


1 Collector Pumpkin Festival

14 – Crookwell Financial Services trivia night bookings 48321001, RSVP May 1

7-8 – Team Sorting Crookwell

21 Bag a Bargain – Shire Wide, to register call 48321988

21-22 Bake & Brew Crookwell, information Dennis O’Brien 0439 665 925.

31 – Rotary Trivia Night RSL 7pm tickets from the Visitors centre 48321988 and available on the night


11 – High Tea – Crystal Brook Laggan

10-13 – Taralga Art Show – Taralga Memorial Hall

25-26 – Gunning Patchwork Weekend


Rainfall for 2010 – 1163.8mm

Rainfall for 2011 – 708.4mm

Rainfall for 2012 – 875.6mm

Rainfall for 2013 – 735.8mm

Rainfall for 2014 – 787.8mm

Rainfall for 2015 – 728.2mm

Breakdown per month 2015 – January 138mm, February 18.2mm, March 16.6mm, April 110.2mm, May 48.6mm, June 48mm, July 115.2mm, August 91.4mm, September 25.6mm, October 11.6mm, November 87.6mm, December 17.2mm – Total 728.2

2016 – January 29.2mm February 48mm, March 27.2mm, Total first 3 months 104.4mm.

April 4.8mm,

Information courtesy of Crookwell Post Office Ph 48321096.


There will be a special memorial unveiling for Bianca Picardi (Bub) at the Grant Springs church followed by lunch at the Laggan Mill on Saturday April 23 from 11am. Meet at the Laggan Hotel at 10.30am to proceed to the church on the Thalaba property. More details can be discussed with Bianca’s mother Sue on 0487431025. This will be a traditional Maori service with guest speakers. All very welcome.


Saturday May 7, 9am to 1pm. This special market will showcase local producers of potatoes, olive oil, honey, lavender, wool, lamb and other produce in a real ‘paddock to plate’ experience, alongside our regular stallholders. To book a stall, please contact Susan Reynolds on 0414464206 or Glenda Flint on 48373309.


The Crookwell Men’s Shed is considering ways to expand the services offered to members as an opportunity to increase member numbers. To achieve this, expressions of interest are invited from the public to attend tuition or demonstration days at the Men’s Shed in one or more of the following classes: carpentry, metalwork (welding), wood turning, furniture restoration, leatherwork, tool sharpening, use of electric tools, or any other disciplines needed subject to the availability of tutors. Classes will be held on special days outside our normal operating days of Monday or Wednesday on a needs basis. It is proposed to commence classes in July.

It will be recommended that participants have a project in mind so the tutors can give practical advice on achieving the desired result.

Please contact Ron Browne 48321790 or John Medway 48 320 652 to register your interest or call in at the shed on Mondays or Wednesdays.


The 150th Anniversary of the Anglican Parish of Crookwell will now be celebrated on Sunday, July 31, 2016. For information please contact: [email protected]南京夜网


Valmar Community Transport runs a bus service in your area every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For bookings and timetables please contact the coordinator on 0417986492


Bernard, who is noted for his gracious manners, was awakened one morning at four forty four a.m. by his ringing telephone. . .

“Your dog’s barking, and it’s keeping me awake,” said an angry voice.

Bernard thanked the caller and politely asked his name and number before hanging up.

The next morning at precisely four forty four a.m., Bernard called his neighbor back.

“Good morning, Mr. Williams…. Just called to say that I don’t have a dog.”


The only sure cure for a hangover is to stay drunk – WGP.


Kylie Chudleigh conducts bootcamp classes at the Crookwell Showground/basketball stadium. Classes will be held on Mondays at 6pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6am. Costing $15 per class. Any sporting groups are welcome to contact Kylie for private team sessions. Kylie can be contacted on 0419 862 998.


AUTUMN ACTION Aerobic and Agile April

Pump classes, gym studio, personal training available

New competitions coming soon ring today – Volleyball, Table Tennis

Ladies morning squash on a new day, now Mondays

Junior Squash Clinic coming up in May. BOOKINGS close Tuesday April 26

Mobile remedial massage available now.

Free school holiday squash sessions for juniors ring for details

Phone Matthew or Karen for details

Crookwell Squash and Fitness Centre 48321355 – 0419141053


Yoga class: Tuesdays Time: 1pm-2.30pm Venue: Crookwell Golf Club Cost: $15

Please bring own mat, drink and towel.

Gym sessions: Tuesdays/Thursdays Time: 9.15am/9.30am-10.30am

Venue: Crookwell Memorial Oval Barbell Club Cost: $20 per session

Strength training, cardio workouts, boxing, rehabilitation, core strengthening, weight management, nutrition.

Mobile: 0407 038 783 Home: 4835 3130 Email: [email protected]南京夜网


Crookwell – Fri, Sat, Sun and Mon 10am-4pm

Gunning – Sat and Sun 10am-4pm

Taralga – Sat and Sun 10am-4pm

Collector – Sun 10am-4pm

Bigga – Key available at shop

Community Services

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Come in spinner! Join with other spinners and knitters every Monday from 10-12 in the Kindergarten room.

Catch up with friends over a cuppa and tasty home-baked treats at afternoon tea every Friday from 2.30pm in the church hall. The church is also open each day for prayer and reflection.

For more information about any activities, please contact Keith on 4832 1026.


This month, the value of small groups is the focus of Rev’d Jonathan Cole’s messages, and parishioners are being encouraged to ‘sign up’ for a five week study, beginning early May.

The Ladies Luncheon is tomorrow Friday April 22 in the small hall.

The Bishop’s Lay Ministry Convention is May 6-7, 2016. The guest speakers are Mike and Sally Breen. Mike is a speaker, author, minister and entrepreneur, who has been one of the leading innovators in the discipling movement throughout Europe and the US for more than 25 years.

For more info go to 梧桐夜网anglicancg.org419论坛.



St Bartholomew Crookwell – 6 pm Saturday and 9.30 am Sunday


Goulburn (Clifford St) Sunday 9.30am

Crookwell (Colyer St) Sunday 2.00pm

Taralga (Bannaby St) Sunday 9.30am


Times not available at time of print


Sunday April 24

8.30am Binda HC

10.30am Bigga HC


St Mary’s Crookwell

Saturday Night 6.00pm Sept-May

5.00pm June – August

Sunday morning 9.00am

Friday 9.30am

Communion Service Tuesday 9.30am

St Peter’s Binda

Sunday morning 10.30am (1-4th Sunday of the month)

St Mary’s Tuena

5th Sunday of the month 11.30am

The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Panteleimon

(Contact: Theo Mylonas – ph.: 0413 454 494)

Holy Thursday April 28, 2016 – 5.00pm till 8.00pm

Holy Friday April 29, 2016 – 4.00pm till 10.00pm

Holy Saturday April 30, 2016 -8.00am till 11.00am with Holy Communion

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church at St.Michael’s

13 Kenmore Street, Goulburn

Contact: Sister Virginia – ph.: 4821 8696)


Monday: Sue Bell, Denis Marshall, Beatrice Williams, Vi Mills

Tuesday: Nola and Barry Corcoran, Nancy and Bud Reeves

Wednesday: Joyce Edwards, Helen Stephenson, Leila and John Sutherland

Thursday: John and Margaret Mitchell, Olga Anderson, Robyn Jukes

Friday: Greg and Ellen Seaman, Leon Willis, Virginia McCallum

Saturday: Olga Anderson, Neil McCauley

Sunday: Lyn Apps, Kelly Tibbles


Week beginning Monday

April 25 – Anyone available?

May 2– Carol Leggett and Kim Rivera

May 9 – Patsy Miller

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Struggling outside the chlorinated swim bubble

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Swimming is nearly synonymous with Australia. It’s also an identity for some of our most famous faces – an all-consuming career that dominates the adolescences of our athletes and the rest of their lives.
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After the lanes and coaches disappear and the podium is pulled out from underneath them, there’s not much left – and there’s certainly no support team.With Grant Hackett’splane incident this week, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that elite athletes are somewhat ill-equipped for retirement.

Professor Robert Wood, at The University of Melbourne, believes the key concern around retirement is”that most athletes live in a bubble through early developmental stages and further”.Swimmers and other elite athletes don’t have the opportunities to experiment with experiences and failures when they live in the spotlight from a young age.He explains that there is an element of breaking loose in retirement. This freedom and lack of experience, coupled with a public persona, means any failure feelsbigger and far more publicised than ordinary people.

Dr William Cole,of Calgary University, links the chase for satisfaction with a drop in the regular serotonin levels achieved from performance peaks.Swimmers are used to daily doses of serotonin. They struggle to achieve regular and less intense doses through less intense training regimes.Let’s be frank, as mere mortals, daily life is rarely endorphin-inducing.This new challenge of everyday life is not only less rewarding, but it is also a challenge for whichsome athletes have had little training.

Perhaps Swimming Australia needs to educate our athletes for a life post-pool even while they’re still swimming laps. Inside the aquatic centre you face a set of obstacles and train to overcome them, but outside the chlorinated bubble, life throws you unexpected hiccups.

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Wimmera disadvantaged by Legal Aid funding: lawyer

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Victorian Legal Aid has called on the state government to deliver more funding for Horsham.A HORSHAM lawyer believes Wimmera residents are disadvantaged because of inadequate funding for legal assistance.
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Victorian Legal Aid has called on the state government to put more money into services in the Wimmera in the 2016-17 state budget.

Legal Aid Horsham managing lawyer Julia Barling said Wimmera residents were missing out on access to many specialist courts and support that were available in Melbourne.

She said her clients were disadvantaged.

“Horsham needs a Koori Court, a drug court and bail support programs,” she said.

“A person remanded in custody in a metropolitan court would see eithera credit or bail support worker, who would look at various support services to help increase their chance of bail.

“Without these bail support programs, our clients are kept in custody.”

Ms Barling said being in custody could be an issue for young or vulnerable people, who werekept in an adult prison system on remand and exposed to potentially dangerous situations.

“Koori and drug courts use therapeutic and problem-solving approaches and have proved to be effective,” she said.

Ms Barling said the lack of a Koori Court was troubling becausemore than eight per cent of services provided in Horsham were to indigenous people.

“There isn’t a specialist family violence unit, and very limited emergency housing to assist families goingthrough crisis because of family violence,” she said.

“There aren’t any drug detox programs or residential drugrehabilitation programs, despite the Wimmera having one of the highest rates of ice usein thestate.”

Ms Barling said the County Court saton a circuit basis in the Wimmera,which createduncertainty and delay about thelisting of trials, appeals and pleas.

“County Court circuits create real difficulties,” she said.

“Sexual offences take priority because there are time limits inwhich they have to be heard.

“But if you have a matter like aggravated burglary or another serious offence,you could be waiting a very long time to be heard.

“This can affect wellbeing and mental health, through thestress and anxiety of having this undetermined case hanging your head without certainty to any outcome.”

Victorian Legal Aid is hoping for an additional $72 million annually from the state government.

Ms Barling is Victoria’s legal assistance was under funded compared with other states.

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At it again

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CONTEST: Justin Summons and Shane Field battle during last year’s elimination final. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISTAWELL will welcome Ararat to its Central Park fortress on Saturday as the Warriors and Rats clash in a replay of last year’s rain-soakedelimination final.
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The Warriors will welcome back Dave Morris and Jesse Poulton for the round-four Wimmera Football League clash, while live wire Jackson Dark will return from injury through the reserves line-up.

Coach Brad Thomas said the focus would be on themselves once again, rather than worrying about their opposition.

“We took a lot out of last week and there’s a lot of areas we want to improve on,” he said.

“We’re not focusing too much on them. We need to go out there and set ourselves to get the four points.

“As soon as you start worrying too much about your opposition or anything else, your mind is off the job at hand.”

Thomas acknowledged the rivalry between the two clubs was there, and was wary the Rats will be keen to turn the tables on the 2015 elimination final loss, but said he hoped his charges would attack the contest fiercely regardless.

“You hope you do that every week, and I hope we can do it on Saturday,” he said.

“We’ve got some big inclusions this week. We really missed Dave Morris around the stoppages last week.”

Thomas said voice around the ground was paramount from all players.

“You don’t have to be the best player to talk on the footy field,” he said.

“It’s just the little things, but in saying that, the boys aredoing a fantastic job so far.”

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Lifting the Suspension

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GROWTH SPURT: Chris Johnston and Steph Whitehead, with daughter Margot, at their Islington cafe Suspension Espresso. Picture: Marina Neil. THE decision to do a reno on Spennoswas not one taken lightly.
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Chris Johnston and Steph Whitehead, owners of Islington coffee institution Suspension Espresso, known affectionately as Spennos,were worried that updating their Beaumont Street cafe might take away some of its easy come, easy go essence.

“We didn’t want things all flash and shiny, it’s always been a soulful place,” says Johnston, a co-owner of The Edwards and, with partner Whitehead, owner of Good Brother in Newcastle.

“Before all our mini-renos were ad hoc, but it got to a point where we’dgrown so much, the place was looking tired.Our poor little darling had worked her heart out.”

After an around-the-clock,two-weekrenovation, during which time the cafe traded as a pop-up cafe in Johnston’ssecond shopfront next door, Suspension has reopened.

For the first time, the cafe has a designated kitchen and the work space has been upgraded but the use of natural materials and natty design features has been met with enthusiasm by customers.

“Someone said to me on the first morning‘it’s still Spennos’, and that was a relief,” says Johnston.

Heand Whitehead are now gearing up for the next project: they’veearmarked the space next door as a retail outletfor Suspension coffee beans.Set to open in about six weeks, the spacewill allowcustomers to buy a range of daily blends and even create their own: “We want people to try it all, be playful with it,” says Johnston.

Sourced globally from various coffee estates, Suspension’s beans areroasted in Sydney by Mishka Golski, who founded the cafe in 2004 with wife Rachel.

“Suspension has always been about coffee that’s strong, rich, and earthy,” says Whitehead, adding that the cafe changes brews daily and offers asingle origin and mixed blendmost days.

Johnston took over the cafe in 2007 before Whitehead threw in an environmental science degree to join him.

“It’s acommunity-focused cafe and an extension of our family,” he says.“The beautiful thing that happens here is that many people who are mates have come to know one another across a table.”

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Bit of a stretch: kids enjoy school holiday fun

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Kids of all ages enjoyed getting their downward-facing dog on as they stretched into all sorts of shapes as part of the school holiday program held at the Kingston community library.
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Two classes were held, catering for both primary school and high school aged participants.

There was laughter and giggles as the kids transformed into ‘parachuting spiders’, ‘angry cats’ and ‘crazy beetles’ as they challenged their balance and core strength.

Pam Gibson, more affectionately known as Yoga Pam, ran the classes and said there’s far more to yoga than just stretching.

“A lot of kids have trouble sleeping, they’re don’t switch off, they’re not learning how to switch off, so to me that’s the most important part for kids,” she said.

“[Kids] have a really busy life, they’ve got their sport, they’ve got school, they’ve got their things at home, they’ve got all their activities, and all the computer stuff, and their brains just don’t stop.”

There was a slightly more advanced session for the second group, as participants learnt about sun salutations, energy flows, breathing and learning to let go.

Pam says yoga is a great balance to other sporting activities, such as football or netball, as it encourages focus and to breathe properly.

“A lot of sports are great and they work their physical body…but yoga goes a little bit deeper.”

Yoga can beespecially beneficialfor high school kids as they start to approach exams, Pam said.

“It’s really nice to know how to de-stress, and not be overwhelmed by life.”

Have a look at some of the photos from the sessions!

Bit of a stretch: kids enjoy school holiday fun tree pose!

Learning warrior pose

Planking – harder than it looks!

Learning downward-facing dog

Yoga can be relaxing too

namaste! High school students with Yoga Pam

stretching in the sunshine

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Perth man reunited with stranger he saved at Scarborough beach 54 years ago

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John finally gets to thanks Bruce Middleton for saving his life. Photo: Brendan Foster”What the hell are you doing here?”
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They were the words Bruce Middleton said to a drowning young boy off the coast off Scarborough in 1962.

By the time he got to the young boy he had already been in the water for almost 15 minutes and was gasping for air.

Mr Middleton dragged the boy’s exhausted little body to shore, before he was whisked away by his brother.

Mr Middleton stood on the sand not knowing a name or anything else about the kid he just plucked from the ocean.

More than five decades later, Mr Middleton wanted to find out what happened to that skinny kid, so he contacted Radio 6PR pleading with anyone who might remember that morning.

A man called John heard the tail end of the interview and decided to ring the radio station.

Despite the pair meeting up, Mr Middleton, now 75, wasn’t convinced it was the boy he saved until he answered one simple question.

“There is one question I’m going to ask you,” he said as he retold the story to Radio 6PR on Wednesday morning.

“What did I say to you when I rescued you?”

“He told me exact the words,” Mr Middleton said.

“He looked me straight in the eyes and said ‘what the hell are you doing here? It can’t be true? It’s so long ago.”

John who was reunited with his rescuer in an emotional interview with Radio 6PR, said he remembers he had about another 30 seconds left before he was dead.

“I was dead,” he said.

“I was gone for all money if it wasn’t for Bruce. I will never forget it. It was quite stressful.”

Remarkably John said he was at peace in the water when he felt a huge arm grab him.

“I was one with nature and I thought why did you do that?” he laughed.

“I often wondered about this guy who saved me, but I thought the chance of finding him was remote.”

Mr Middleton said he and John chatted for hours when they finally were reunited.

“It’s funny, because he said to me, ‘I’ve been looking for you for 50 years’ and I said ‘I have been looking for you for 50 years’,” Mr Middleton said.

Mr Middleton said was desperate to track down John to get “closure”.

“To find out how he got on in life, he could’ve gone anywhere around Australia,” he said.

“I had to find out if he was still alive and how went through life.”

John, now 61, said he didn’t venture back in the water for 20 years and never told his parents or his three kids about that incident.

“It was such a private moment,” he said.

“I’m just happy to meet the man that saved my arse.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Feminism in the spotlight as Indonesia celebrates Kartini Day

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Julia Suryakusumah, in her home in Jakarta. Photo: Jefri Tarigan Julia Suryakusumah. Photo: Jefri Tarigan
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Police women on duty in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Michael Bachelard

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Jakarta: On April 21, Indonesian school girls will don the kebaya – a traditional blouse-dress – and firms will offer discounts to females, as the nation pays tribute to the woman widely regarded as its first feminist.

The story of Raden Ajeng Kartini, born in 1879 into an aristocratic Javanese family during the Dutch colonial era, is a seemingly contradictory one.

Kartini staunchly opposed polygamy but married a man with three wives at the behest of her ailing father.

She died after giving birth to her first child but was appropriated by the New Order regime (former president Suharto’s 32-year dictatorship) as the archetypal mother.

She established a school for girls and dreamed of women’s emancipation but Kartini Day, held every April 21, is largely celebrated with fashion shows and cooking competitions.

“To be honest I’m a little bit allergic to Kartini Day,” says one of Indonesia’s leading feminists, Julia Suryakusuma.

“I don’t want to be judgmental about someone who lived so long ago and is dead, but she went against her principles. We shouldn’t be focused on Kartini, we should be focused on gender equality.”

Ms Suryakusuma is a feminist pioneer in Indonesia. She coined the phrase “state ibuism”, an ideology that defined women as wives and mothers during the New Order.

Ms Suryakusuma says state ibuism was epitomised in Dharma Wanita, a state-sanctioned organisation for civil servants’ wives, whose positions within the organisation mirrored their husbands’.

Her thesis – the first gender analysis of the New Order – was later published as a book and is taught at universities throughout the world.

Some gains in women’s rights have been made since the fall of Suharto.

“At the beginning of reformasi (the post-Suharto era) the rape of many Chinese women led to the formation of Komnas Perempuan (the National Commission of Violence Against Women),” Ms Suryakusuma says.

She is inspired by Islamic feminists, including Kiai Haji Husein Muhammad, a Muslim scholar who has written a book about feminist reinterpretations of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence).

“It’s very important for feminism to infiltrate religious organisations. If you look at western feminists they are always shouting from the rooftops but we have to go under the radar. It’s not a different feminism, it’s a different strategy,” Ms Suryakusuma says. “Western feminists don’t understand what being subtle is. We have to work with Islam. Islam is not the enemy, patriarchy is.”

Ms Suryakusuma says women’s issues of concern to her now include poverty, violence against women, workplace discrimination, the exploitation of female migrant workers overseas (many of them domestic workers who take care of other people’s children for years to support their own, whom they almost never see) and child marriage.

This month Lady Fast 2016, a cultural event held by female artist group Kolektif Betina, was disbanded by police and Islamic organisations in Yogyakarta.

“People came and insisted we stop all activities, reasoning we were bad girls because we dressed in miniskirts, had tattoos etc,” says Mila Deva from Kolektif Betina. “There was no dialogue whatsoever between us and the attackers, they just came and told us what to do.”

The feminist movement in Indonesia was only decades old, Ms Mila says, and some Indonesians still hold the misconception that feminism was an attempt by women to dominate men.

“Indonesian society is not so open, therefore the way feminism is addressed in Indonesia is through cultural performance. Some friends do it through legal advocacy which is also good.”

However Ms Mila believes awareness of women’s rights to education and health is growing in Indonesia. “More and more employers now understand that women need to take maternity leave.”

Ms Mila believes Kartini Day is still relevant in Indonesia. “However I hope it is not just celebrated but taken to a higher level with concrete actions.”

With Karuni Rompies

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Banks to pay $121m to boost ASIC as a ‘tough cop on the beat’

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Treasurer Scott Morrison during a joint press conference wirh Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer on Wednesday. Photo: Alex EllinghausenAustralia’s banks will cough up $121 million to boost the resources of corporate regulator ASIC and ensure it is a “tough cop on the beat”.
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Treasurer Scott Morrison and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer unveiled a package of reforms on Wednesday designed to strengthen the regulator, head off mounting public concerns about bad behaviour at the major banks and push back against Labor’s politically popular pledge to hold a royal commission into the banking sector if it is elected.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll published on Monday found 65 per cent of voters backed a banks royal commission and the federal government will be hoping the package will allow it to neutralise the issue politically.

“No longer will it be the case that taxpayers will be hit to fund this regulator, this enforcement authority, this cop on the beat. Those whom it’s enforcing the regulations and rules on will pay the price for that,” Mr Morrison said.

The Treasurer and his deputy also launched a stinging attack on the “cynical” opposition leader Bill Shorten, accusing him of wanting “to spend your money to fund his political exercise [a royal commission] which won’t get outcomes for people” and highlighting Labor’s opposition to such an inquiry as recently as March.

“What Bill Shorten is committing to do is spend $50-odd million, $51 million of taxpayers’ money for something that might write a report and might make recommendations, perhaps make these recommendations two years from now. That’s not going to give anyone an outcome,” Mr Morrison said.

But Mr Shorten fired back immediately, describing the proposed reforms as a “political band aid” and asked “do you really, seriously believe that the Turnbull government, in the absence of a royal commission being proposed by Labor, would have magically stumped up $120 million?”

“We proposed a royal commission to get answers. Today the government’s announced $120 million worth of hush money.”

Mr Morrison also warned the banks he will be “furious” if they pass on the costs to customers, pointing out the additional impost was “easily digestible by the banks and must be and should be and I would be furious if I thought this was being sought to be passed on”.

The release of the package comes after the government has been on the back foot for weeks over the issue of bad behaviour at the banks, with up to eight government MPs leaving open the prospect of supporting a royal commission.

Earlier this month, the ASIC launched action against Westpac Bank over alleged rigging of the bank bill swap rate, and it had already launched an action against the ANZ Banking Group for similar behaviour. The Commonwealth Bank has meanwhile been caught up in allegations of unethical behaviour by its insurance arm.

The total package is worth $127.2 million over four years and restores the $120 million cut by the Abbott government in the budget.

The package includes $61.1 million to enhance ASIC’s data analytics and surveillance capabilities, including new technological equipment for the regulator and another $57 million for increased surveillance and enforcement operations in areas such as financial advice, responsible lending and life insurance.

Another $9.2 million will be spent on legal and regulatory reforms, ASIC will be empowered to recruit from the private sector, an additional ASIC commissioner focused on prosecutions will be appointed, chairman Greg Medcraft’s term will be extended by 18 months and a user pays model for ASIC will commence from financial year 2017-18.

In a move designed to help families and small businesses that have been ripped off by misconduct and have had to negotiate the raft of different tribunals and ombudsmen, a panel of eminent persons will, by the end of 2016, examine how to implement a “one stop shop” for consumers.

The government will look to lowering the threshold at which the financial services ombudsman is allowed to examine claims, though legislation will be required to put this in to effect.

The Treasurer dismissed suggestions the recommendations amounted to an admission that ASIC had not been up to the task of regulating the sector and responding to customers complaints.

He said, however, the government was not wearing “rose coloured glasses” about ASIC’s performance, which was why the new measures had been introduced.

Ms O’Dwyer argued that both Mr Shorten, when he was assistant treasurer, and his colleague Chris Bowen when he was treasurer and assistant treasurer had done “precisely nothing” to address concerns about ASIC.

In total, the capability review of ASIC commissioned by the federal government last July made 34 recommendations, with five to government and 29 to the regulator, which has responded with an implementation plan.

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