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who's right and who's left

behind in the latest bitter

Liberal brawl? I think the

Liberal Party was in disarray

before I came along. Also why

the radiologists are desperate

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system in NSW. And refute from

the drought, droving down the

long paddock.Welcome to

Stateline NSW, I'm Quentin

Dempster. Breaking news first.

There's been another boilover

within the Liberal Party. In

the State seat of Epping dissident Liberals have resigned from the party and

will stand what they call a

community independent candidate

against Greg Smith SC, the

Deputy Director of Public

Prosecutions. Mr Smith beat prominent Liberal Pru Goward

and others for the endorsement

in September in contentious

circumstances with claims of

branch stacking and other

undemocratic practices. The breakaway move in Epping breakaway move

follows the defection two weeks

ago of disendorsed MP Steven

Pringle, the Member for

Hawkesbury, who says he will be

standing as an Independent

against Ray Williams, the man

who beat him for party

endorsement. In Epping the

Independent candidate is Martin Levine and significantly he is being supported by a

long-standing Liberal Party

branch official and supporter

of Federal meb Philip Ruddock.

In a moment, we'll also be

talking to Geoff Selig, the

State president of the Liberal

Party. By first, the dissident

Liberals, why do they seem to

be wrecking the party's big

chance to change the government

of NSW next March? For me I'm a

moderate. I believe in fact

to dialogue and everybody needs to have access

connection. Martin Levine, 38,

BA, batch ler of theology,

Australia to South Africa 12 master of education moved from

years ago. Mar Iied with a

young family, he's a former

Presbyterian minister. He and his wife are now

his wife are now running a

small religious and educational

Castle Hill. He'd book distribution business in

Castle Hill. He'd only recently

joined the Liberal Party but

preselection in September. resigned soon after the Epping

Today he announced he will run

as a community independent

against the Liberal's endorsed

candidate Greg Smith SC. Is

Martin Levine exploiting party

instability following the

contentious preselection, is he

an intervenist? You are

splitting the vote. Are you naive? Don't you naive? Don't you realise this

is a free kick for the Sussex Street branch of the Labor Party, they can't believe their

luck that the Liberal Party is

in this disarray five months

before the State election? I

think that the Liberal Party

was in disarray before I came

along. I think that the

disarray comes from allowing

the factions to have the amount

of power that they've obviously

been able to develop. For me

it's not about me doing

It's about anything to the Liberal Party.

It's about me standing for this

community. This community is

looking for somebody to

represent it on the very real

issues that are influencing it

rather than being involve. What's wrong with Greg

Smith? I don't think there's

anything wrong with Greg Smith.

I think he was elected not by

the majority of this lek tras

but rather by a faction within

the electorate so effectively

for the whole it's about saying let's stand

electorate. What's significant

about Mr Levine's candidate ure

is his primary backer. Roly crook, has Liberal Party

membership going back to the

Whitlam days in #19ed 72. Roly

crook is a former complain for

Andrew Tink MP. Mr Crook says

he is not factionally aligned

after Andrew Tink announced his

retirement in March, Rolly

Crook said he was shocked about manipulative practices in the

outcome in Epping. He said he

became deeply distressed when

his sphwernl complaints went no

where he resigned. I believe

the Liberal Party's lost its

way with a lot of policy,

enunsation. The candidature,

the candidates themselves, some

of the members, I believe, have been put there because of been put there because of these

factional deals and we're

paying the price for it. When

Andrew Tink resigned, or

announced his resignation back

in March, the whole electorate

was turned upside down by what

would be perceived to be a

rorting, a stack of the Cherrybrook brank whilst many

people say that it was legal,

morally it wasn't. morally it wasn't. The

preselection was held open for

an inored gnat time to allow a

certain candidate to join the

party and stand and even the

actual preselection system

itself on the day, I believe,

was dictated to by others but

it was obvious to me that the

will of the majority of the

members of the electorate here

were not supportive. But what

you've done in this situation

is an act of betrayal on your

part though, Mr Crook. You've

betrayed the party. OK,

couldn't you have worked it out

internally to use whatever

democratic processes you could

to change it rather than be

tray it? Certainly the party

has attended to some of the

problems with the change in the

constitution. It's gone part of

the way but I believe the

damage was already done. It is

still morally corrupt that

these sorts of stacks that went

on here and more blatant stack

in Hawkesbury were allowed to

continue. The writing was on

the wall with the 'Four

Corners' program, they didn't

move quick enough. Epping will

now become a battle ground the

Liberal Party would not want in

its broader campaign to change

the government in NSW. Martin

Levine is now building a

volunteer support base expected

to include other disgruntled Epping Liberals. Rolly crook

reckons the saet can be taken

from the Liberals if his

candidate can master a 20 to

30% primary vote against Greg Smith. I believe the thing we're doing is the best thing

for the people in Epping. I

think with a move to the independence independence that

more and more people will

prefer to have someone who

actually voices their own

aspirations rather than toes

the party line and I think

eventually it's going to be

good for an open government. I

may be proved wrong but I'm

putting my heart where I

believe it should be and that's

in support of Martin. Martin

Levine says he's not trying to

build a Bible belt constituency in Epping against Greg Smith

but has been motivated to enter

robust Australian politics from

a formative South African

experience. I was 17 when I

went to university and in South

Africa apartheid was singularly

successful in keeping the

racing separate to the point

where I went to university at

17 I had never had a meaningful conversation with other than another white person. I'd another white person. I'd never

had a conversation with a

non-white person as they were

called in South Africa, not

one. So what I knew about

apartheid was nedge jibl. My

eyes were just opened. I had my

first meaningful conversations

with non-white people and found

out what their life was like

under the apartheid regime N a

sense that's what I'm on about

now saying politics needs to be

transparent, it needs to be out

there, it needs to be representative of the whole community because I've seen

what happens in a country where

in fact only parts of a

community are represented politically. Stateline sought

an interview with the Liberal

Party's endorsed kan daets for

Epping Greg Smith, he was

unavailable. Greg Selig has

been a member of the Liberal

Party for 15 year, he's been

State president for 18 months

and two weeks ago he unanimous

ly steered a package of constitutional amendments

through State council to

counter branch stacking,

limiting new members an interbranch transfers to 10 in

a month, tightening

preselection qualifications an

improving internal

governance. We recognised there

were some areas, I particularly

recognised early on there were

some areas that needed

tightening up and the party has

embraced it and obviously felt

the same way because the

changes were unanimously

supported and I think that they

enhance the current process

that we have in place that has

served us well but delivered increased transparency in the process. Some of the party

members we've been speaking to

and some who have gone public

say it's all too late? Well,

it's never too late I would say

in response to that , it's

never too late and I suspect

over the coming years as we

look more strategically at the

structure of our party, which

we intend to do, that we will

find better ways of doing

things in the year 2007 than we

did 10, 20 years ago and that's

one of my primary focuses

outside of elections is to look

at the current structure of the

party, to see how we may better

do things. The public is aware

of disquiet within the NSW

Liberal Party. There was parish

a Forsyth's claim of zellots

and extremists last year, her

naming of David Clark MLC as

leading the faction fighting

for what she called the

religious rite. There were the

'Four Corners' 'Four Corners' program with

party members going on with their distress about

intimidation and branch

stacking around two week ago

there was Steven Pringle's

defection from the party do.

You accept that formal faction

fighting is now the reality within the NSW Liberal Party

similar in fact, to what goes

on in the Labor Party? Well if

I could answer it this way - we

have across NSW 11,000 members

of the NSW division, metro,

rural and regional. We have a

representative body called our

State council that is the

governing body of the division

that comprises 520 people. We have

have a State executive of 22

people, including the Prime

Minister and the state leader.

We have a Federal Parliamentry

party which has a strong

contingent from this State and

a State parliamentary party.

Anybody that suggests that any

one person does or could exert

undue influence over the

outcomes of the Liberal Party

as a whole, as the Prime

Minister said last week, that

is just a ridiculous assertion.

It has no substance, there's no

evidence to support it and

ultimately I think it's

offensive to the members of the

Liberal Party more broadly, but

specifically it's offensive to

those members of the Liberal

Party who are of a religious

conviction that people would

portray our party in this way

without any substance. Well

what was motivating Patricia

Forsyth, Steven pring Pringle

and now today Rolly Crook to

say these nasty things about

your party? I acknowledge that

the processes in our party

needed some refining and we've

been through that process as

we've just discussed and I

think we've got some very

positive outcomes there. In

terms of Patricia and Steven, the process of State preselections and preselections and endorsement

we've had about 70 or 80 over

the course of the last nine

months. There are only two sitting members of parliament

that have lost their endorsement through that period

of time, one of them being

Patricia and one of them being

Steven Pringle. So I would

question in some respects their

motivations for making those

statements in the context in

which they were made but feel

that the tidying up and the

work that we've done certainly

puts us in good stead. You're

saying there's no formal factions within the Liberal

Party, are you? Well, I think

there is one faction and that's

the Liberal Party. At the end

of the day we all join the

Liberal Party because we share

a Liberal philosophy, so first

and foremost we're Liberals. I

accept in any political party

like any organisation there are

groupings of people,

like-minded people, and in the

Liberal Party we have people

that may be more considered

more conservative and people

that may be considered more liberal and people that sit in

the middle or people that on

one issue may be more liberal

and more conservative on the

next and I think that that is

one of the great strengths of

the Liberal Party is that we

have, as members of the Liberal

Party, an over-Arjing

philosophy that we subscribe to

but the diversity of opinion

and the blend of the

conservative and the more

liberal delivers outcomes for

our party that are more reflect ive of the Australian

commune. So you're assuring us

it's still a broad church, are

you? It is absolutely a broad

church and I think the evidence

that it's a broad church is if

you look at the evidence and

quality and diversity of the candidates we have selected

over the last nine months,

whether it be Michael Baird in

Manly, ex-banker, Patricia

Hinchin in Penrith, ex-police

officer, grey am Ainslie in

Miranda chief operating officer

of the ARL, Greg Smith WDPP in

Epping, they represent a very

broad cross section and diverse

cross section of the Australian

community and all of them have

had very successful careers

outside of politics prior to

putting themselves forward for

public life. So they're not

APRA chicks, staffers from various ministerial

offices? All sorts make the

world go around but all these people have had successful

lives outside of politics. Our

viewers have seen Rolly Crook's

distress having to resign from

the Liberal Party after a long association, and in particular

what he described as the stack

or an effective stack in the

Cherrybrook branch? OK, well

look Mr Crook, as do many

members from time to time,

write to me or speak to me

about concerns that they've got

in relation to internal

processes and I certainly take

those comments on board and

take them seriously and attempt

to respond to the root cause of

the problem. It's unfortunate

that Rolly has resigned from

the party after all of those

years but his reference to the

Cherrybrook branch and the

stack that you refer to is

incorrect. The Cherrybrook

branch has been in existence for some

for some time. In fact their

membership has been decline ing

for some time and that brank

found themselves in the seat of

Epping through a State

redistribution through no

choice of their own. So the

reference to any stack in

Epping is incorrect. What I

think he was saying what he saw in Cherrybrook was the

membership go from about 22 to

150 by members paying their

back dues, that looked to him

like a stack. No, it's not a

stack, it is the right of any member of the division under

the existing rules and all the

rules for the entire State preselection timetable to renew

their membership prior to the end of the financial year and that's what those people

elected to do. Mr President,

most of these public

complainants seem to be

pointing a finger at David

Clark MLC as the numbers man

for the right faction within

the Liberal Party. How would

you describe Mr Clark's

activities through the State

executive and through the

branches? Well, if I could just

refer again to my earlier

comments in relation to the

suggestion that any one person

has undue influence over that

entire structure - Is David Clark running the numbers for

the right? No, I don't believe

David Clark is running the

numbers for the right. The NSW

division has 11,000 members, division has 11,000 members, as

I said before, we have a State

executive with 22 people,

David's not a member of the

State executive, he's a member

of the parliamentary party and

my experience with the State

executive over the last 18

months, having chaired that body and having experience

visiting members right across

the State and working with

members of parliament also, is

that State executive and the

division more broadly are making disdecisions based on

the interests of the Liberal

Party. As NSW become the

dumping ground for dud raid

yoing fers? At present in this

State there's no way of checking the employment record

of raid yoing fers and

radiation therapists. With

increasing staff shortages in these professions, there's

concern that lower standards

will become more acceptable as

hospitals and clinics try

desperately to service their

clients. - clients. At the Sydney Radiation Oncology

Centre, Sam Redfern and her

colleague Tracy loftly are

about to undertake a

potentially dangerous

act. Everybody knows that

radiation causes cancer but in

our medical field we like to

think we can cure cancer with

radiation. So if we give the

wrong dose you can't take it

back and there's no antidote

for too much radiation so if

you don't do it right, then

there's potentially bad side

effects that could happen to

the patient. So we need to make sure that we document

everything and make sure that

our treatment is correct each

time. There's no margin for

error, is there? No. Sam Fern

is a radiation therapist with is a radiation thU 20 years 20 years experience and a

member of the Australian

Institute of Radiography. Like

other institute members, she

strongly adhere To her

professions code of conduct.

But in NSW that code of conduct

is only voluntary and thrvr unenforceable. The reason is

that unlike other areas of

medicine such as nursing and physiotherapy, medical

radiation practitioners, which

includes raid yoing fers,

radiation therapists and

nuclear medicine scientists are unregistered and

unregulated. We just can't

underestimate the risk that is occurring within the health

system in NSW and each State

has recognised that and South

Australia is just starting a

push and NSW is likely to be

the last State which is from a

national point of view is most

surprising. The Australian Institute of Radiography has

been lobbying for many years to

get a registration board for

medical radiation practitioners

set up in NSW. Registration

boards have now been

established in every State and

Territory except SA and NSW and

there's a real fear that the

absence of a board has led, in

some cases, to lower standards

of practice. Liz and I are very

concerned that NSW will become

the dumping ground of

practitioners that have been

rejected by other States. In

recent, the last two months,

I've heard of a case that's

actually come from overseas and

has had real problems in the

first place of employment, was

a public hospital, and was

basically thrown out within

weeks of working there because

there were reports put in from

almost every ward in the

hospital that this person was

not appropriate to the

profession and that person has

been banned from the area

health and simply will go on to

seek employment elsewhere in

NSW unchecked. We've got a lot

of people out there who are not members of members of the professional

association and we have no way

of influencing their standards

of practices or actually taking

any action when it's brought to any action when it's brought to

our notice. They're the issues but we're certainly more

fearful of actually what it's

doing to the clant clients, the

patients in the hospitals are

at risk for a group of

professionals who don't have a standard across the State that

can be enforced. I've actually

now on the radiation advisory

council to the EPA and I've

seen the fact that there are

accidents that do happen and I

think the public is almost

unaware of the fact that there

are accidents that happen in

medicine and some of those can

have very serious outcomes. So

it's actually reinforced my

concept that registration is

essential for those

practitioners. There was a

recent case within this State

where a patient was given a

high dose of radiation to treat

their thy roied condition and

because of the fact that the -

they were in a hurry to get the

test done and it was much

easier to ignore the fact that

the lady could be pregnant, she

had a condition that could

indicate that she could

potentially not have children,

she was given a high dose of

radiation and subsequently was pregnant and gave birth to a

child that did not have a thy

roied. The Australian institute

of radiography knows it can

never regulate against human

error and mistakes will

continue to be made. But these

professionals believe a

registration board will not

only keep track of those practitioners who don't have

the best of records, but will

also enforce a code of practice

and lift industry standards.

And according to AIS

Vice-President Chris Pilkinton,

a shortage of qualified practitioners makes the

establishment of a registration

board all the more urgent. When

there's pressure and you can't

get the appropriately qualified

people, there's also people

looking for an opportunity to

bring in part trained and

downgrade the qualifications

and that's a risk for the

service, it's a risk for the

patient that we're getting

part-trained people. Now

registrations are able to set

the standards and more

importantly it's the one body

that's able to enforce those

standards as an independent

group. It scares me in some

ways that we don't have

registration because it's an

easier way than relying on CVs

or reference checks. It would

be an easier way to find out

what a person's working life

was like if they were

registered and you could be

assured that they were doing

the right thing if they were

registered. Sam Redfern knows

all too well how important it

is to ensure all the

practitioners in her profession

do the right thing. She says

it's crucial that when patients

come to be treated, they can

trust not only the technology,

but the person responsible for

administering it. Mindset is a

big part of cure. If they don't

have a good mindset then it may

be it reduces the chance of

them being cured so they need

to have a good mindset which

means they need to be trusting

the people that are treating

them and feeling relaxed as

well. Health Minister John

Hatzistergos is currently

considering a departmental

submission on the registration

board. Neither the Department

nor the Minister ace office

would tell Stateline whether

that submission supported or

rejected the board's

establishment. A few weeks ago

we played you a do it yourself

dissent made by a group of

Lawson people concerned that

the widening of the highway through the Blue Mountains

would ruin their historic

village. Well now a first, a

DIY dissent against a DIY

dissent. Here's the other case.

Lawson, a village halfway

between Springwood and Katoomba

in the city of Blue Mountains.

The plans to widen the great

Western Highway through the

Blue Mountains go back almost

40 years. Community concerns

for the heritage of Lawson have

been met by a plan to demolish

the old shops an replace them

with a town centre

redevelopment which will blend

new with old, including the

restoration of significant

buildings. The shops you see

here will be demolished. But

the Lawson community is

polarised. The majority asks

when are they going to get on

with it? While the monority is

genuinely opposed to the

changes and seeks to preserve

Lawson just as it is. The shops

and residents of bradgery's

crescent are of primary

heritage value. Anyway will not

be affected by the highway

widening. The Catholic church

will remain, untouched by the

highway widening. This bridge

links north and south Lawson.

It will be widened to four

lanes and traffic lights will

control access to the highway.

The explorer's monument will be

modernised and wired for

lighting and then moved back a

short distance from its present

location. The Baptist church

and. The alia house, two

buildings of immense

significance to Lawson, they

have been restored by RTA and

moved back to the new highway

alignment. The mechanics

institute is no longer in use

because it fails to meet

minimum requirements for public

use. 11 years ago the RTA spent

$250,000 on a new community

centre as a replacement for

this building. The new

community centre has been

operating for more than 10

years and is an integral part

of life in the village. Used by

the Department of Education

during the day and community

groups outside school hours,

the community centre is a hive

of activity almost every day of

the year. Wonderful bush walks

abound around Lawson but the

villages's roun down appearance

and lack of public facilities

has stifled tourism. Once it

thrived, now there is only one

bed and brak fest

establishment. The planned new

town centre will encourage

tourism and provide the much

needed public toilets.

Restoration of the Bloom hotel

is currently under way and this

area will become a pedestrian

plaza. This is present day

Lawson, our community deserves

better than this.

So, our apologies our drought

droving story will be on next

week. We ran out of time. Don't

forget you can see us again

tomorrow on ABCTV 1 at noon and

you can see all the State

liners on ABCTV 2 over the

weekend. That's Stateline for

this week. Kerry O'Brien will

be back with the '7:30 Report'

on Monday. Goodnight. Captions provided by Captioning and

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