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Coober Pedy switching to digital-only TV on 12 June 2013
In one week analog TV services for the ABC and commercial broadcasters will be
switched off in Coober Pedy.
The ABC and commercial services will be broadcast in
digital-only from 12 June 2013.
Work to upgrade the Coober Pedy transmitter should commence on the morning of 12
June 2013 and there will be a time where no free-to-air TV services will be
People are advised to retune their set-top box or digital TV in the
afternoon to start enjoying the new digital channels.
The Digital Switchover Taskforce is encouraging people to get ready now.
To access new digital TV services, people need to make sure their TVs can receive
the digital signal by connecting a set-top box or digital TV recorder to their
existing analog TV, or upgrading to a digital TV with a built-in digital tuner.
Digital TV services for the ABC are already broadcast from the Coober Pedy
transmitter. If you can watch ABC2 you are digital ready and will only need to
retune your set-top box or digital TV after the switchover.
The Household Assistance Scheme is available to eligible people in Coober Pedy. The
Scheme provides an entire package of assistance at no cost including easy to use
digital equipment, in-home installation and demonstration, and 12 months after-care
support and equipment warranty.
The Department of Human Services has written to eligible households in Coober Pedy
inviting them to apply for the Scheme. If you believe you are eligible, you can
apply now by calling the Department of Human Services on 1800 55 64 43.
Disposing of old TV equipment
To find out about what you can do with unwanted televisions and computers contact
your local council or visit
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To find out more about the switch to digital people can enter their full address
into the mySwitch tool on the Digital Ready website
www.digitalready.gov.au or call the Digital Ready
Information Line on 1800 20 10 13.
IMX Resources' second South Australian iron ore mine would be viable at a construction cost of $295 million
June 04, 2013 3:56PM
IMX Resources' second SA iron ore mine would cost $295 million to build and pay itself back in just more than four years, the company says.
IMX has released a scoping study on its Mt Woods magnetite project which is just 15km from its Cairn Hill mine southeast of Coober Pedy.
The company said a mine exporting 2.5 million tonnes a year for 25 years would be viable.
The company aims to be in production by 2016, "following the completion of more detailed evaluation, financing and construction.
"Development plans and a development decision for the project will be finalised once a review of strategic commercial options is complete."
IMX plans to use the same export route it uses for the Cairn Hill mine, taking the product out via Port Adelaide.
Another option taking the ore out through Port Pirie would be cheaper and improve the project's economics, but would be reliant
on the company striking agreements with third parties.
While the company has costed the project at a 2.5 mtpa rate, "there is considerable scope to support a significantly
larger operation than the base case 2.5 mtpa option," the company said.
"Larger options, specifically at 4.7 mtpa and 9.4 mtpa nominal production rates, were investigated as part of the scoping study
and these demonstrated expected increased project returns."
IMX managing director Neil Meadows said the Mt Woods project was particularly well placed geographically.
"We believe the Mt Woods Project is a unique opportunity in the Australian magnetite industry as the infrastructure required to
develop the project is already in place and being used by IMX's Cairn Hill mine.
"As a consequence, unlike most pre-development and current Australian magnetite projects, Mt Woods does not require large-scale
capital investment and is not reliant on third parties for new infrastructure, in order to develop a potentially economically viable project.
"The existing rail and port infrastructure, along with the availability of grid power at Prominent Hill which could be
reticulated to the project site at a modest capital cost, provides the back bone of the key infrastructure.
"These factors, combined with the relatively coarse grind size producing a high-grade magnetite concentrate, have resulted in a
capital intensity that is an order of magnitude lower than that typically associated with magnetite projects."
The project is based on total free on board operating costs of $77.44 per tonne of ore, and a sale price of $122.29,
giving a $45 per tonne margin.
IMX shares closed 0.2c higher at 8.2c.
Discrimination Bill is potentially invalid
FamilyVoice Australia, 5 June
“The Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill, which passed the
House of Representatives last Thursday and is now before the Senate, is
potentially invalid,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Discrimination is a state responsibility. The
Commonwealth has no head of power to pass this law, apart from using
international covenants it has ratified. No such covenant prohibits
discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex
status,” she said.
The bill remains the
subject of a Senate Inquiry due to report on 17 June.
It would make it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their
sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
undermine Australians’ freedom of association.
“Society now views discrimination as a kind of mortal
sin – but this has not always been the case. Discrimination has a long
and distinguished history as a virtue. We all need discrimination or
discernment in everyday life,” Mrs Phillips said.
“In our submissions to the Senate Inquiry,
we pointed out harms that could result from making ‘gender identity’ a
protected attribute,” Mrs Phillips said.
“Gender identity is a relatively new term, to describe
people who have been born male or female, but have come to ‘feel’ that they
belong to the opposite sex. In the past, people with this condition –
often called gender dysphoria – have been given therapy to encourage them to
accept their biological sex.
“Giving gender dysphoria the status of a protected attribute
could reinforce this psychological delusion.”
Prominent Toronto psychiatrist Dr Joseph Berger has also spoken
against making gender identity a protected attribute.
Mrs Phillips has deeper
concerns about how the bill would undermine democratic freedoms.
“The government has failed to present any evidence that
prohibiting discrimination by private groups or individuals on the ground of
sexual orientation or the other grounds in the Bill would be in the interests
of national security or public safety or the protection of the rights and
freedoms of others,” she said.
“Government services such as public
transport, public hospitals and public education should be and are available to
all Australians without discrimination, apart from reasonable restrictions to
protect other members of the public from behaviour which disturbs the peace or
causes harm to others.
“But a pub owner should be free to declare his establishment
a ‘gay pub’ where heterosexuals are excluded – and vice versa – without the
need for the complex and costly processes involved in applying for an exemption
from a government board or commission.”
“The bill is unjustified and potentially invalid. It
should be withdrawn,” Ros Phillips said.