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Amnesty honour for Canberra volunteer

Organiser: Rob Lundie (left) has been honoured with Amnesty’s prestigious June Fassina Award. Picture: SuppliedIn the 25years Rob Lundie has been working as a volunteer with Amnesty International, he’s helped to raise more than $200,000 for human-rights causes.
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While he’s helped to organise fundraising through garage sales and catering, the Canberra resident is best known for establishing the Amnesty Trivia Night.

It’s for these efforts that Mr Lundie has been honoured withAmnesty’s June Fassina Award, which contributions from volunteers.

He said he always aimed to make Ammesty’s main fundraisers more than just a trivia contest.

“I would never call it a trivia night personally, but a quiz night,” he said.

“The questions had to be of real interest. I never wanted to write a question to which someone would answer ‘who cares?’”

The June Fassina Award is presented each year to one Amnesty volunteer who has been working for more than 10 years.

Mr Lundie was one of seven people across the country to be nominated for this year’s award.

Amnesty International’s organiser in the ACT and Southern NSW, Phoebe Howe, said Mr Lundie has had a major impact on the Canberra community through his work.

“It’s the only award that recognises long-serving volunteers,” she said.

“The award is all for someone’s meritorious contribution to Amnesty and the impact those people have had.”

While Mr Lundie has stepped away from organising the annual trivia night in recent years, the volunteer will be among the several hundred in attendance for this year’s event on September 9 at The Hellenic Club in Woden.

He said the event is a chance to bring a focus to human-rights issues around the world.

“The quiz night would be some people’s chance to learn about Amnesty’s work for the first time and to see that they could make a difference for human rights,” he said.

Over his 25 years as a volunteer for the organisation, he said he’s been involved in many different campaigners, most notably Amnesty’s international campaign to free Australian journalist Peter Greste from an Egyptian prison.

“My local Amnesty group has thrown our support behind many human-rights cases,” Mr Lundie said.

“We have written letters to put international pressure on governments and we have followed cases until the individuals are free.”

Spectacular finals netball

Bostondef Wanilla Rangers 44-38 A GRADE: Wanilla’s Ellie Cooper takes a strong grab under pressure from Boston’s Emma Brewster.
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BOSTONand Wanilla contested a close match on Saturday.

Wanilla started with a full line up and Boston was without key defender Chloe Carr due to illness.

The game wasa spectator’s delight with key match ups across the court –the experience of Fowler andCrettenden, the height of Saunders andNielsen and the strength and fitness of Taylor and Horgan, and the youth and skill of Watson andCoombe.

Wanilla settled quicker withCooper and Horgan providingexcellent drive and feed.

Boston took a little longer to settle, eventually through Miller-Pickett and strong feeding from Saunders in goal attackand Fowler they fought hard and ended the quarter trailing by onegoal, 11-12.

Saunders moved back into goal shooterand Miller-Pickett went into attack.

The second quarter was played in the same tenacious fashion.

The new match up of the two talls Saunders andNielsen was hard fought.But Miller-Pickett’s athleticism and calm proved hard to match.

The attacking line up produced the goods.

The second quarter stats were still quite evenbut Boston ledat the major break, 22-19.

Playing coach Crettenden brought onfresh legs, rotating Taylor from goal defenceto wing and bringing Gutsche on.

Horgan and Taylor both blockedplay in the mid court and hadto work hard to create drive and space for their teams.

Cooper showed off her skills in wing attack and continued to assist with patient,pinpoint passing.

Holman and Watson stepped their game up.

This was met with a strong wall of defence down the opposite end where Nielsen was not giving Saunders an inch and Taylor and Gutsche battled it out against Fowler andMiller-Pickett.

Bostonfinished the quarter 33-27.

Bostonbrought in Sleep for Brewster to create some additional drive and height over the ball.

Sleep created additional drive down the court into theattacking line up.

This game was played withextreme determination, a high skill level, impressiveshooting and wonderful sportsmanship.

Best: Boston: Miller-Pickett, Taylor; Wanilla: Coombe,Cooper.

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The Parramatta Eels’time at Pirtek Stadium has ended in a 30-18 win over the St George-Illawarra Dragons.
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Rookie fullback Bevan French scored a hat-trick for the Eels to take his season tally to 16 tries in just 12 games.

Along with five-eighth Clint Gutherson, Eels coach Brad Arthur was full of praise for his young charges.

“Him and Clint Gutherson, every time you tell them something, they make sure they go out of their way to try and improve it.”

“While they keep doing that, they’ll have a long time in the game and a long time at this club.”

The Eels were never really troubled by the Dragons, with two late tries to the visitors flattering the scoreline.

Arthur reiterated his pride in the playing group despite disappointment they wouldn’t be playing finals football.

“I know I keep saying it but there hasn’t been a lot to want to play for but they still manage to keep hanging in there and playing for each other,” Arthur said.

“We played some really good footy tonight. We built pressure on the back of our defence and it’s just unfortunate that it has to end like this.”

It was an emotional night for the Eels, honouring the lives of foundation player Mitch Wallace and Eels Hall of Fame member Ken Thornett, both passing away in the past fortnight.

The win was also the club’s swansong at Pirtek Stadium before demolition, mirroring the result of the first match at the ground when the Eels defeated the St George Dragons 36-6 on March 5 1986.

The Eels’final game of the 2016 campaign is Sunday afternoon against the New Zealand Warriors in New Zealand.

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Labor MP Tony Burke Photo: Alex EllinghausenOpposition frontbencher Tony Burke has rebuked the government’s approach to budget repair, accusing them of lying about the detail of the centrepiece omnibus savings bill that the Coalition challenged Labor to support.
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As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declares reducing government debt a “massive moral challenge”, Mr Burke says the government’s attempts to win Labor’s support for more than $6 billion of savings have been “entirely deceptive” and denied Labor had previously supported all the proposals as has been claimed.

“They said there were 21 measures. It turns out there were 24. They said that all the measures were measures that we’d included in our costings. It looks like now there is at least one that wasn’t in the costings that we, in fact, previously in the Parliament voted against,” the manager of opposition business in the lower house told Sky News.

“There are other issues where we had a particular approach in a policy area where there might be a saving but there would be an investment somewhere else and they’re just wanting to take half the equation.”

Fairfax Media understands the proposal Mr Burke referred to is one ceasing social security payments for people in psychiatric confinement.

But Treasurer Scott Morrison said the measure was factored into the opposition’s forward estimates.

“The estimates for that measure were included in their deficit at the election,” he said.

“What they were trying to do is sneak the savings in there, in the election campaign, and not mention it and hoping everyone would forget about it on the other side of the election.”

Mr Burke said the opposition had only received the 600 pages of the legislation overnight – too late for Monday’s Labor caucus meeting – and rejected the claim that all of its measures were included in the party’s pre-election costings.

“So the government has been entirely deceptive with this. And if their first action is to lie to the Australian people about what was meant to be their centrepiece bill, that really tells you what the Turnbull government is going to be like,” he told ABC radio.

The Labor caucus is undergoing internal debate over various contentious measures contained in the omnibus bill, including the abolition of the energy supplement for social security recipients and the cuts to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The energy supplement cessation was included in Labor’s costings but there is concern about the consequences of the cut, which would strip recipients of Newstart, disability payments and pensions of between $4.40 and $7.05 per week.

Some Labor figures have said Labor will vote in line with their pre-election position but senior left-winger Anthony Albanese warned on Sunday that the party should be “very cautious about voting for anything that hurts some of the most underprivileged people in our community”.

He said they should come to a position “according to Labor values”.

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