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Council steps in to remove asbestos from fire-hit building

http://www.abc.net.au/news 19 September


The District Council of Coober Pedy is getting asbestos removed from a fire-damaged building in the town's main street.




File photo, Coober Pedy News

The business complex was badly damaged by fire in July, exposing asbestos to the wind.
Community members who work in the area have approached the council about the potential danger to their health.
The council, at a special meeting, has decided to have the asbestos removed at an estimated cost of $75,000.
Mayor Steve Baines says the public will not be at risk.
"There will be constant air monitoring undertaken and they are a licensed asbestos removal company," he said.
Cr Baines says after weeks of negotiating with various authorities, he does not know why the council is facing the removal bill.
"Everybody started ducking and weaving as soon as we tried to get some action," he said.
He says the council may, in future, consider seeking a change to legislation to shift responsibility from councils to a government authority that can order asbestos removal.
The removal work will begin today and be finished in about six days.
After working with the Asbestos Services Unit, the Education Department decided it is safe for the neighbouring Coober Pedy Area School to stay open while the asbestos is removed.
The school will wet the oval to keep potential dust down and restrict student access.







The ACT Marriage Equality Bill does not provide equality

FamilyVoice Australia, 19 September 2013

“The ACT’s Marriage Equality Bill 2013 introduced today would not only breach the Australian Constitution, it would not lead to equality,” FamilyVoice national research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Under the bill, ‘marriages’ are defined to mean ‘marriages between 2 adults that are not marriages within the meaning of the Marriage Act 1961’.
ACT same-sex ‘marriages’ would therefore not be equal to other marriages. They would not be recognised as true marriages anywhere else in Australia, or in federal courts such as the Family Court. They would effectively be the same as civil unions – which ACT law already provides for.
“If homosexual activists are honest, this bill is not what they want. It is a meaningless manipulation of words,” Ros Phillips said.
Mrs Phillips said the Marriage Equality Bill would not provide equality in other ways as well.
“A union of two men or two women can never be the same as a union of a man and a woman, for whom genital union has at least the potential to create the next generation,” she said. “A same-sex union can never do that. It can never be equal to man-woman marriage.
“Two women or two men may raise children, but the children would not be related to both of them – leading to possible identity or other problems down the track. Research – such as the very large US National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (2010, 5.18ff) – has found that children are safest by far when raised by their two natural married parents,” Ros Phillips said.
The Marriage Equality Bill 2013 would also lead to inequality in religious freedom and freedom of conscience. In overseas jurisdictions where same-sex marriage laws have been enacted, people who do not support same sex marriage have been forced to endorse it by service provision. Ivette Madrid of Equal Love Canberra pointed out on ABC radio (29/7/13) that her organisation disagrees with protections for religious freedom.
“The Marriage Equality Bill 2013 appears to have been designed to put pressure on federal parliament. It is not a genuine attempt to provide equality. It should be rejected,” Ros Phillips said.








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