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The Sacred Tree of Life and the Sea of Eternity

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The Sacred Tree of Life and the Sea of Eternity

“And all the men gathered around Jesus, and their faces shone with the desire to hear the words which would come from his lips. And he lifted his face to the rising sun, and the radiance of its rays filled his eyes as he spoke:”

“The Holy Temple can be built
Only with the ancient Communions,
Those which are spoken,
Those which are thought,
And those which are lived.
For if they are spoken only with the mouth,
They are as a dead hive
Which the bees have forsaken,
That gives no more honey.
The Communions are a bridge
Between man and the angels,
And like a bridge,
Can be built only with patience,
Yea, even as the bridge over the river
Is fashioned stone by stone,
As they are found by the water’s edge.

And the Communions are fourteen in number,
As the Angels of the Heavenly Father
Number seven,
And the Angels of the Earthly Mother
Number seven.
And just as the roots of the tree
Sink into the earth and are nourished,
And the branches of the tree
Raise their arms to heaven,
So is man like the trunk of the tree,
With his roots deep
In the breast of his Earthly Mother,
And his soul ascending
To the bright stars of his Heavenly Father.
And the roots of the tree
Are the Angels of the Earthly Mother,
And the branches of the tree
Are the angels of the Heavenly Father.
And this is the sacred Tree of Life
Which stands in the Sea of Eternity.”

From ‘Communions’ in the “Gospel of the Essenes” translated from the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely.

These words are taken from some of the manuscripts of the Essene Brotherhood which were buried about 2,000 years ago in caves on the shores of the Dead Sea. These manuscripts contain the original words of Jesus Christ, written down at the time, by people who heard them first hand, people like John, the Disciple. The words are inspired, and inspiring. The power, the majesty and the immediacy of the words are compelling. The subject matter is mystical but not purely fanciful as Jesus goes on to describe in detail the seven Angels of the Earthly Mother and the seven Angels of the Heavenly Father and how we should commune with them in the morning and the evening and the beneficial effects this will have.

About ten percent of the texts of the Essenes are identical with texts in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, about twenty percent are similar and about seventy percent are completely different.

The Essene Brotherhood lived during the last two or three centuries BC and the first century of the Christian era at the Dead Sea in Palestine. They lived a communal way of life, away from cities and towns. They lived in tune with nature and were able to grow many types of fruits and vegetables in areas with comparatively little water due to their intimate knowledge of crops, soils and climate.

All people were equal in the Brotherhood and they had no servants or slaves. They had their own economic system, based wholly on the Law, (ie God’s Law). They studied astronomy and were known to be great healers using plants and herbs. They lived to 120 years or more and had enormous strength and endurance. They led a simple life, working in the fields, and spending their free time in prayer, study and communion with the heavenly forces, devoting their whole lives to living in accordance with the Law.

Membership of the Brotherhood was difficult to attain and entailed one year’s probation, three years’ initiatory work, followed by seven more years before being admitted to the full inner teaching.

The Essenes were also prophets – Elijah, John the Baptist and John the Beloved were members of the Essene Brotherhood. Jesus Christ himself also lived with the Essene Brotherhood for some time.

As they were being persecuted after the death of Christ, they buried all their manuscripts in caves near the Dead Sea. Some of these manuscripts were not found until the late 1940’s and early 1950’s and are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Had the Essenes not been persecuted and killed I think Christianity would have evolved in a very different way.

'Aquila' for National Convention Centre

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Chief Minister Jon Stanhope with local sculptor, Philip Spelman
Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts Jon Stanhope today launched the latest addition to Canberra’s public artwork collection, the artwork for the newly refurbished National Convention Centre.

The new artwork, Aquila, forms a striking focal point at the south-eastern end of City Walk. The sculpture is painted brilliant blue and consists of a series of carefully balanced steel shapes.

“This new public artwork complements the northern side of the refurbished Convention Centre and makes an great contribution to City Walk, the main pedestrian spine of the City,” Mr Stanhope said.

The artwork is created by local sculptor, Philip Spelman, and is the first in a series of public artworks by various artists to be acquired for the City by the ACT Government. Phillip Spelman describes Aquila as a term from ancient Greek mythology that refers to the constellation of the eagle, a wide-winged soaring bird which carried the thunderbolts of Zeus.

Mr Stanhope described the new artwork at the National Convention Centre as, ‘an exciting addition to the Territory public art collection.’

“I strongly believe public art works provide important civic symbols for our community and that public art has the ability to reach out to more Canberrans than any other form of the arts,” Mr Stanhope said.

“Public art has a particularly important role to play in Canberra as we begin to celebrate our depth and maturity as a community on the path to our centenary in 2013.

“I have recently brought greater rigor and investment to the ACT’s public art activities. This has been through the establishment of the ACT Public Art Panel; the release of an Action Statement for Public Art; and the introduction of a Percent-for-Art Scheme.

“The work is an important addition to our city’s collection of public art and will soon be joined by a number of acquisitions elsewhere in the city. Prior to Christmas I will be unveiling a new commission in the Alinga Street and the reinstallation of the much-loved and now refurbished ‘Illumicube’ in a new location on Ainslie Avenue.

“Early in the new year I will be launching a series of new works for elsewhere in the city and two new works for Woden.

“The ACT Government is committed to taking art to the people of Canberra where they work, live and play and this investment in Aquila is part of that commitment.

Why men don't write advice columns…

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Why men don’t write advice columns…

Dear Walter:
I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn’t gone more than a mile down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt.

I walked back home to get my husband’s help. When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in the bedroom with a neighbor lady making mad passionate love to her.

I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years. When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he went into the back yard and heard a lady scream, had come to her rescue but found her unconscious. He’d carried the woman back to our house, laid her in bed, and began CPR. When she awoke she immediately began thanking him and kissing him and he was attempting to break free when I came back. But when I asked him why neither of them had any clothes on, he broke down and admitted that he’d been having an affair for the past six months.

I told him to stop or I would leave him. He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant. I don’t feel I can get through to him anymore.

Can you please help?

Sincerely,
Mrs.. Sheila Usk

Dear Sheila:
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches
solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty,
causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber.

I hope this helps.

Walter

Growing up ain't what it used to be

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‘Hey Dad,’ one of my kids asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him. ‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’

‘It was a place called at home,” I explained. ‘Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a store card. The card was good only at Farmers (now Myers).

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone’s lawn on a sunny day Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called ‘pizza pie.’ When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It’s still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn’t have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather’s Ford. He called it a ‘machine.’

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else’s tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn’t do that in movies. I don’t know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren’t allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

Crop Circle Seminar

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Crop Circles: The Evidence!

An amazing 3 hour presentation with international researcher, author and film producer: Janet Ossebaard.

Exclusive, Perth and Canberra Only!

Consider this:
* There have been 11,000+ crop circles reported worldwide since 1980.
* They’re usually formed in seconds and at night in pitch dark.
* The fake ones are EASILY identified with a few simple questions.
* Our current (known) technology can’t make them, and…
* They are increasing in number and complexity.
* So who (or what) is making them, and why…?

“If you are not dumbfounded by what is happening, you don’t know enough about this phenomenon!” G.K.

Presentation Highlights Include:
* The latest evidence and scientific data.
* Film footage showing the actual formation of a crop circle!
* 100s of crop circle photos…and much more.

Prepare to have your entire view of reality greatly enhanced for the better.

When: Fri 26th & Sat 27th October, 6 – 9pm, doors open at 5:30.
Where: Canberra, full details upon registration.
Cost: $45 or bring two friends and pay only $30 ea.
All Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au ~ 136 100.
Enquiries: Grant Robb: 0422 957 422

The New Bullying

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Your child may be being bullied where you can not protect them – cyberspace.
E-mail, instant messaging, websites, blogs and mobile phone text messaging are now all being used as channels for harassment that once were left in the schoolyard. This is the newest form of bullying and it has coined the name ‘Cyber-Bullying’.

Cyberspace allows bullies to be anonymous, as they are able to use pseudonyms on various websites and in chat rooms. If the victims can not identify them, there is little they can do to stop the bullying.
Using this virtual world also means that anyone can harass anyone else; they do not need to be bigger, stronger or have more friends than their victims. Physical attributes play no part.

In the playground, bullying is difficult to monitor despite the area being supervised. Cyberspace is not supervised – another fact that makes it an easy method for bullies. There are no teachers or parents around, as it is often the case that older children and teenagers have more ability to use the technology than their elders. Add to this the fact that it is not something that can be left at the school gate; most people have the internet at home and many young people carry mobile phones, and cyber-bullying becomes a virtually inescapable form of harassment.

Cyber-bullies will either directly send a threat or rude message to someone, or use others to do the bullying, usually without their knowledge. For example, a cyber-bully might contact someone who has made it clear that they do not want to be contacted, or write nasty things about them in a blog, or assume their identity in a chat room and post nasty comments without their knowledge or permission. Posing as someone else and making nasty comments will naturally result in other people reacting to those comments. These other people then effectively become the ‘bullies’, because of the way they will then treat the victim.

Cyber-bullying is more common among girls, who traditionally use social strategies to bully. However, this does not exclude boys from cyber-bullying, and it is a form of harassment on the increase. “We have polled many young teens and preteens and find that at least 60% have been cyber-bullied at least once, in one way or another,” says Parry Aftab, a privacy lawyer, author and advocate of good cybercitizenship. She has also, with the Wired Safety Group, created the website: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org

The rise of cyber-bullying shows that bullying is quite separate from violence, a point made by one school counsellor: “We have to understand what bullying is, and what bullying isn’t. bullying is not just about violence, it’s something different. If you had two kids in a pre-school sandpit fighting over the sand bucket and the spade, that’s not bullying. But if you have a group of students who were targeting and harassing one student or a group of students over a period of time, trying to use their power advantage over that student to make them feel uncomfortable, then that’s bullying.”

Regardless of whether it is cyber or playground bullying, school counsellors focus on changing how the victims react. A passive response to bullying will not help, but an aggressive response is likely to make the situation worse. If children do not learn how to cope effectively with bullying, their experience is likely to have a long-lasting negative effect on them.
“My experience with kids who have been bullied in primary school is that they frequently experience and expect that they will be bullied again in high school, because it has happened before. . they know how it works; ‘the kids just pick on me so I have to play the victim role,'” says the school counsellor. He also believes that the effects of ineffective coping skills can last well into adulthood. “When kids who have been victims become parents, they often become anxious about their children being bullied, and some of that anxiety and the strategies get passed onto the next generation.”

Any form of bullying will result in the victim feeling powerless, lonely and afraid. Other effects may include sleeping problems, reduced self-esteem, anxiety disorders and depression. Being bullied may even make children feel physically sick. In situations where the bullying is continued over a long period of time, the victim may even start to believe the nasty things that are being said about them.

Peter van Rijswijk, the Year Nine Coordinator at St Francis Xavier College, has seen cyber-bullying become prevalent this year. He and the other year coordinators at the college help the victims as much as they can: “We counsel them, in saying ‘well, you don’t have to be on the website, you can actually block them’. That’s one way of doing it.”
However, cyber-bullying is not necessarily a school-based form of harassment. “A lot of this takes place outside of school time, so you’ve got to ask yourself ‘where does our jurisdiction start and finish?’ and that’s the biggest problem that we have. But we usually involve the parents as well and say ‘look, this is what’s happening, this is the situation.’ We get the kids to keep a copy of everything that’s been said on the internet, and then we involve the parents, and if the police need to be involved at that stage we call the police as well.”
According to Mr van Rijswijk, it is important to teach the students resilience to bullying.
“You build up their self-confidence and their strengths, and you rely on their strengths, and that helps them cope with the bullying later on, if it reoccurs.”

The parents of bullying victims often feel powerless to do anything to help their child. However, there are several things that are generally recommended. Above all, parents should talk to their children about the bullying and listen to all their thoughts and concerns without brushing any of them aside. It is important that they feel they are being taken seriously. Parents can also help their children brainstorm ways to cope with or avoid the bullying, i.e. not visiting certain websites, or changing their e-mail address or mobile phone number if necessary. It is also important to focus on other, more positive things in their lives. In some cases, professional help may be needed. Further advice can be found at http://www.stopcyberbullying.org, an excellent source of information for victims of cyberbullying, as well as their parents and teachers.

Major Projects Symposium a first for Canberra

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Canberra’s first Major Projects Symposium will be conducted as part of the ACT Government’s India in Focus event, to be held on 22 and 23 October.

Chief Minister and Minister for Business and Economic Development Jon Stanhope said the Major Projects Symposium had been crafted to appeal to local, national and international investors and supplier audiences.

“The Symposium will be held on day two of India in Focus and includes three sessions relevant to the wide range of construction and development projects currently under way or under consideration,”
Mr Stanhope said.

“It will give participants a chance to make contact with decision-makers in both the private and public sectors, and find out more about the opportunities provided by these significant major projects in Canberra.”

The first session will focus on Canberra’s investment environment. Guests will hear about the Griffin Legacy from Annabelle Pegrum of the National Capital Authority; Canberra’s commercial industrial market from Steve Flannery of CB Richard Ellis; ANU Exchange from Professor Ian Chubb of the ANU; and Woden Green and other Hindmarsh projects from Medy Hassan of the Hindmarsh Group.

Session two will give guests the opportunity to hear about a range of infrastructure projects, including the Molonglo projects from David Sutherland of the Molonglo Group; the Canberra Technology City project from Carsten Larsen of ActewAGL and TransACT; and various airport projects from Tom Snow of the Capital Airport Group.

The Australian India Business Council will present the Accor Qantas Australia India Address, featuring Shadow Minister for Trade & Regional Development, the Hon Simon Crean MP.

Afternoon sessions will showcase the commercial market and innovative residential accommodation projects, with speakers including Malcolm Leslie from Canberra Investment Corporation; Paul Powderly from Colliers; John Haskins from the Land Development Agency; and Bruce Mackenzie from Goodwin Aged Services Limited.

“India in Focus and the Major Projects Symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to forge partnerships and encourage future trade and investment opportunities,” Mr Stanhope said.

The registration fee for the full-day Major Projects Symposium, including the Accor Qantas India Australia lunch is $165. The full two-day India in Focus program, including the Gala Dinner, costs $385. For more information and to obtain a program and registration form, visit www.business.act.gov.au.

ACT secures equine vaccine for racing industry

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About 700 ACT thoroughbreds, harness racing horses and high-value equestrian horses will start receiving vaccine against the equine flu, possibly within 24 hours, after Chief Minister Jon Stanhope secured an agreement to include the ACT in the vaccination regime today.

Mr Stanhope met Agriculture Ministers from Queensland, NSW, Victoria and the Commonwealth in Sydney today and emerged with an agreement that high-value horses in the ACT would be vaccinated, as part of a national bid to preserve economic activity in the equestrian industry.

“While the priority is still on containment and eradication, it was today agreed to support parts of the industry that are still making an economic contribution,” Mr Stanhope said.

“The ACT has been guaranteed vaccine for all competing thoroughbreds, all harness racing animals and all high-value competitive horses – totalling in the order of 700 horses across the Territory.”

Mr Stanhope said the precise timing of the vaccinations would be resolved in discussions with the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, but the vaccines could become available as early as tomorrow.

“I am pleased at this development, which I have been strongly pushing for, and which I believe will help ensure that the ACT and our local racing industry remain free of equine influenza,” Mr Stanhope.

Trek India for charity!

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Mystical sight of Indian Himalayas
Will you move mountains for deaf children? – Read on about our exciting new adventure to India

The Shepherd Centre have just launched a brand new trek to take you through one of the world’s most breathtaking mountains ranges: the Indian Himalayas. This is a trip of a lifetime and NOT to be missed!

You will discover beautiful valleys, walk along a glacier, visit the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, sleep under the stars in lush meadows and visit the majestic, awe inspiring Taj Mahal.

Register now for your chance to set foot on the Himalayas and explore this impressive country! Registration for only $500!

For more information visit www.shepherdcentre.com.au/treks or call Julie on 02 9351 7894

Speed cameras nothing more than 'revenue raisers'

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Three fatal crashes on Long gully Road in the past two years lead Liberals to question whether new speed cameras in Canberra and the ACT are nothing more than ‘revenue raisers’.

Labor states that the cameras, placed in identified high risk areas including one along the Tuggeranong Parkway were put in to slow down traffic, minimize accidents and ultimately save lives. Although data provided by Minister for Urban Services, John Hargreaves during question time showed that of seventy five deaths over a five year period only two of these were on the Tuggeranong Parkway.

This is in high contrast to three fatal crashes in the last two years on Long gully Road, an area that is devoid of fixed speed cameras. This encouraged liberals to question the real motive of the Stanhope government.

Mr Hargreaves defended the positioning of the speed cameras stating that ‘when you couple the crash damage with volumes of vehicles going through it as well as the maximum and mean speeds you can see there is a need for change in driver behaviour’

He also maintained that money from speed cameras goes into consolidated revenue, which is invested with the road safety trust of the NRMA.

Although Liberals continue to assert that ‘based on the supposed rationale provided by the Minister, the Opposition questions why the first available fixed speed camera wasn’t placed on Long Gully Road’

Canberra's New Health Community

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Rejuvenate Now!
On the weekend of 17th and 18th November
Come to a Rejuvenation Experience and bring at least 2 friends who would not otherwise have access to this wellness environment – Make a difference – give them an invite to good health!

Expect the following results:

. Feel more energetic- lighter, ready for a great Summer
. learn to look after yourself
. lose those aches and pains
. a glowing complexion
. Clear your headspace by cleaning up issues in your life that sap your energy.
The workshop will mark the start of a 10 day rejuvenation experience that will have you feelin’ great! Learn how to cook simple ‘n easy healthy foods, how to give and receive a basic Shiatsu massage and more. Take the info home and practice it for a total of 10 days.
10 days? Yes, in 10 days your blood plasma renews itself so you’ll be well on the way to creating a new you. (Blood cells renew themselves every 3-4 months, and this is what creates YOU)

Our dedicated instructors will demonstrate gentle non-invasive wellness exercises. Also explore the emotional aspects of well being. Take advantage of this great opportunity, Call now.

One of the facilitators, Maureen, a qualified Wholefoods Cooking Instructor and Shiatsu masseuse, is passionate about empowering others to create their own good health, starting in your kitchen.

For more information call Maureen 0417 192 392

The 2008 Beijing Olympics: a chance for Human Rights in China

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Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. Search terms resulting in nothing. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information. This is all part of online life in China, says Amnesty International Australia – and without transparency and information flows, human rights abuses can continue unchecked.
It’s less than a year until the Beijing Olympics, which, says Amnesty International, will offer an unprecedented opportunity to help create a more transparent society in China.
Freedom of expression is a universal human right, and Amnesty International believes the Games can be used as a positive step towards creating a society in China that upholds basic human rights. The organisation also wants to make sure any reforms made for the Olympics remain in place long after the Games are over.

Amnesty International’s global campaign for human rights in China is focused on ending online censorship; abolishing the death penalty; ending torture in detention; and protecting human rights defenders in China.
Not only is all media in China is strictly controlled by the government, internet access is also heavily censored. Restricting the internet helps China continue to hide abuses like the death penalty, torture and the persecution of human rights defenders. Expressing your opinion in China can result in jail, torture and death. People are silenced and what happens in China is clouded in secrecy.
This complex system of censorship is assisted by major international internet companies such as Yahoo, Google and Microsoft. These three companies have entered into a pledge with the Chinese Government, allowing them to operate in China but only under conditions that involve the censorship of their users.

For example, using information supplied by Yahoo the Chinese government sentenced Shi Tao to 10 years in jail for sending an email to a US-based website about the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

In their bid for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese Government made a commitment to human rights:
“By allowing Beijing to host the Games you will help in the development of human rights”, said Liu Jingmin, Vice-President of Beijing Olympic Bid Committee, in April 2001 .
Yet, as the Games approach, the state of human rights in China is getting worse.

Over the coming year Amnesty International Australia will campaign to challenge the Chinese system of internet repression. And you can help!

1. Learn more about China’s human rights abuses by visiting the Amnesty International Australia website www.amnesty.org.au. You may also pick up a copy of Amnesty International Australia’s China Campaign News from the Action Centre (Suite 8, Level 1, 134 Bunda St, Civic) or subscribe to an e-newsletter.
2. Help spread the word – encourage your friends and family to get involved.
3. Join the ACT/SNSW China Campaign Team. For more information, contact Athena at chinacampaignact@amnesty.org.au or 6202 7501.
4. Join in Amnesty International Australia’s activities for Journalists Day in China on 8 November. For more information, please call 6202 7501 or email athena_nguyen@amnesty.org.au.

Gungahlin records a dry, windy start to spring 2007.

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Gungahlin''s unofficial Weather Guru - Darren Giles
Gungahlin records a dry, windy start to spring.

Weather conditions across Gungahlin during September were dominated by cloudy skies and gusty NW winds. It was also rather dry.

Nights were cool to cold, with an average minimum of 3.8 degrees; down slightly on the 4.3 degrees recorded last September. The warmest night for the month occurred on September 30, when the temperature was a mild 8.3 degrees, while on September 16, it dropped to a frosty -0.6 degrees.

Days were generally cool to mild and cloudy, with an average maximum of 16.0 degrees; down on last September’s average of 18.0 degrees. The highest temperature for the month was a pleasant 20.9 degrees on September 24, while on September 11, cloudy skies and fresh N/NW winds kept Gungahlin’s maximum temperature to a cool 11.6 degrees.

Gungahlin recorded 8 frosts during September (7 frosts last year) and there were no fogs (2 fogs last year).

Winds at the Weather Centre averaged at 5.2 km/h during September, with the strongest gust for the month a fresh 61.2 km/h from the N/NW, recorded on September 28.

For the second September in a row, rainfall was well down on average, with Gungahlin recording just 14.5mm of rain during the month, over 13 days. This made it the driest September in Gungahlin since records began back in 1998. Falls in other parts of Canberra were also disappointing, with 14.6mm recorded at Canberra AP, 19.0mm at Tuggeranong and 22.6mm at nearby Tidbinbilla. Gungahlin’s total rainfall so far in 2007 stands at 281.6mm, down on the 299.5mm that fell over the same period last year.

Around Canberra – September 2007

Gungahlin: Ave Min 3.8; Ave Max 16.0; Low -0.6; High 20.9; Rain 14.5mm
Canberra AP: Ave Min 3.5 Ave Max 17.1; Low -2.3; High 22.1; Rain 14.6mm
Tuggeranong: Ave Min 2.6 Ave Max 17.4; Low -2.5; High 22.5; Rain 19.0mm
Tidbinbilla: Ave Min 2.9 Ave Max 16.4; Low -1.0; High 20.0; Rain 22.6mm

Canberra’s October outlook: Current indications are for a slightly warmer and sunnier than normal October in the Canberra region. Daytime temperatures should average at around 20 degrees, and nights at 7 degrees. Unfortunately, rainfall prospects continue to look fairly poor and it’s unlikely that Canberra will receive the 65mm that normally falls in October.

Have your cake and eat it to

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Have your cake and eat it too: Access your super while at work.
Those over 55 years of age but who want to continue working can now access their super – thanks to a Government initiative that can provide benefits for many groups of people, including those approaching retirement, says local financial adviser, Wayne Byrne, from Vanzwan Accounting Plus.
Since 1 July 2005, the Government has made available ‘transition to retirement’ pensions. These pensions offer a series of periodic payments similar to other retirement income streams. Wayne, says that although they do not allow lump sum withdrawals they are flexible in the sense that they can be stopped at any time should the person wish to go back to work full time or revert back to accumulation phase. In addition, once a person does retire, it becomes an ordinary pension and lump sums can be withdrawn.
According to Wayne those working part-time are ideal candidates for this type of measure. “A person 55 or over can still work part time but supplement their income if they need to, by accessing part of their super. They do not need to fulfil any Work Test requirements and furthermore, they can roll back their funds at a later date if they want to start building up their super again.”
Wayne also points out that given the favourable superannuation tax environment, there could also be some tax savings involved by commencing a pension whilst still working. “The earnings in your superannuation fund are normally taxed at 15%. However by commencing a ‘transition to retirement’ pension, the earnings on assets that support the pension become tax free.”
One strategy which can be used to take advantage of these tax savings is to salary sacrifice a significant portion of your income and then commence a ‘transition to retirement’ pension to replace your employment income.
However, Wane warns that although accessing super early can be useful for some, it needs to be carefully planned. “The most important thing to keep in mind is to ensure that you still have plenty of super savings to fund your retirement when you are older. Using some of your super early might assist you now, but could also leave you short later down the track.”
“At the end of the day, it will come down to your individual financial position. Seek professional advice if you are unsure” says Wayne.
Wayne Byrne is an Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited, an Australian Financial Services Licensee (No. 227232) and Australia’s largest independently owned network of financial planning accountants and advisers.
The advice provided is general advice only as, in preparing it, we did not take into account your investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you should consider how appropriate the advice is to your particular investment needs, and objectives.
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Wayne Byrne
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