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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. to State Focus. Hello, I'm Peta Burton and welcome South Wales Health Minister on the Today, we're going to get the New happening with Dubbo Base Hospital line for a look at what's really region that are making some amazing and other hospitals around our even the basics of health care, claims about having to go without including bandages. And, the magical with a brand new show "Dralion". Cirque Du Soleil is back in Canberra Whitlam and a respected man of music. But first, he's a good mate of Gough frontman of the Whitams, joined us And, earlier Tim Freedman, the performing and giving young people for a chat about playing dad, in Canberra a way forward. (WHOOSH) Well the spirit's willing. (LAUGHS) But the body isn't always. (LAUGHS) I love it. because life is very simple. But I'm happy. I like being on tour If the show's good, then I'm happy. Yes. Good. crowds, so I'm happy. And we've been getting lots of good how are you coping as dad? How's the role of dad? I should say, wonderful thing to spend 3 days in Well my daughter's 3.5 and so it's a because she's just becoming a the middle of the week with her little singing, dancing person. first kindy performance not so long I was gonna say, you went to her ago. Were you giving her direction? she started giving me direction our Oh we rehearsed a little bit, but (LAUGHS) first rehearsal.

But she say ziperty do da, She's quite a forth right child. moment. I was on the piano. It was a cute best of, And you've been busy creating the that work. how was it to sit down and compile you feel the hard work, did you feel Was it, did you feel the years, did pride perhaps? much because, like a lot of Well I don't listen to my music sound of my voice. musicians I don't really like the the early stuff. But, I put them all on and I liked the one before we were successful. One album particular I liked was Whitlams in 1995 and I thought it It's called, undeniably the fell into place. stood up really well. It sort of favourites as opposed to, as It was more a collection of my on the radio. opposed to just the ones you heard you miss the days where you just Listen, now what was it like, do "played" for drinks? No. (LAUGHS) bit of success in the music get paid more. industry is that you work less and And that never upsets anyone. was to get 2 nights at the Annadale Hotel? nights... um, well we, the funny fashioned way and you know, you thing is when you do it the old for seven years and you don't make tour the country and you're broke the way you handle it, is because any money till you're 30 years old, bigger every week. we're always getting a little bit manifestly unsuccessful, we kept Even though we were still, you know, direction at least and then we went thinking we were going in the right relief. bang in 1997 and it was a great What personally? What did that do to you all then? instant success? I mean, how did you handle that Ah, I drank. answers didn't I? (LAUGHS) I love it. I wanted short how do you handle success? Yeah, that's a short answer. Um, moon, we can get used to anything Well you know, a man's been to the and getting paid more. and we can get used to working less and I got used to it really quickly. It's very easy to get used to that want to do anything else? Do you ever get bored? Do you ever we go on tour now, we just do 3 or Well, no, because we tend to, when or 7 and so it did get tiring, but home during the week and then I go now it's just, you know, I'm at music. out with the gang weekends and play fun. So it's not tiring it's a lot of you see, if someone goes to see a It's the opposite of comedians too, all the jokes, cos they've already comedian, they don't want to hear want to hear your best song, heard them once. Musicians they do ourselves. Great. so we're even allowed to repeat (LAUGHS) Do you do that at home? this. You're repeating yourself dad. up on that yet. Oh no, she's not old enough to pick kid though. Listen, what about, what about as a Do you always want to be a musician. else. Did you ever want to do anything else nowadays? Do you still want to do anything hobby for me till I was 25. Well I think, no, music was just a take your hobbies seriously because And one thing I say to kids now is can, you can get a good little even if you don't expect it, things making your hobby your career and break and you can actually end up that's a happy life. things that I was enjoying when I And so I'm finding I'm doing the french and music and that sort of was 14. I was you know, learning bit of French. I didn't know you spoke French. find the things that you love when I'm sort of learning it again. You love forever. was about 26 I started taking it And so I just, managed to, when I anything else? seriously and would I like to do up being an English teacher or a to do with words. A journo? (LAUGHS) here and Yeah, you should come and sit over I'll ask you a few questions. he course, the Mick Young Scholarship. is and how you got involved. Tell us a little bit about what it Why you go involved with this? get asked Well I find as a musician Peta, I to play at charity dinners a lot. and I started finding that a little And I do, I get up and do two songs something with my time that was a bit unsatisfying and I wanted to do actually, I was auctioned off by little bit more concrete so I Gough Whitlam. the Mick Young Scholarship Trust by a lot of money for me to go to And I went to someone, someone paid started to get to know the people their Barbecue and sing and I Young Scholarship Trust. that are one the board of the Mick some politicians. Gough's the patron and there were They were politicians on the board. involved with something like that? Was it rather surreal being Being there? you know, we organised a big dinner No, I've enjoyed the work because, and the treasurer and 20 cabinet in March, which the prime minister ministers came along. raised money for was for We raised a lot of money, what we to go to TAFE and university. financially disadvantaged students female students get scholarships A lot of indigenous and a lot of at the time when they really need and between 200-3000 dollars a year education. some money to finish their And no one else really works with TAFE students, no one else really necessarily the brightest or the best, just people who need it. So it helps people change their lives which was Mick Young's passion and when he died 11 years ago, his friends, institute of this trust in his memory because he used to run around his electorate of Port Adelaide and raise money for kids to go to university himself. So I enjoy my work with the trust. Are we doing enough? Are we doing enough to provide for the next generation? For their future? For their freedom 'cos in his words he said 'break the cycle of unemployment and disadvantage and an individual's place in community will almost certainly be guaranteed, education is a right, not a privilege'. So are we doing enough today, you know, do use his words? little bit hard to attain for a lot of people in you know, who haven't got a lot of money. government should really be doing and let's hope that this education evolution that we're hearing a lot the next few years. I know that the labour government intends to make education more freely available, and let's hope in 2 years we'll sit down and see results or not. Can you see yourself in politics one day? No. I'm not going to go into politics. I don't like meetings. (LAUGHS) And it seems to me they've got to go to a lot of meetings. (LAUGHS) It seems, it seems. before. What was it like to meet a man like that, just quickly before we finish, you names the band after him, what was his comments about that? What did he say to you? Oh, I sort of, some people who were close to him, they came and checked out the band really early on to make sure that you know, not taking the name in vain. That we were taking it in the right spirit, which we were. It was a humorous name but we also did it out of respects. And over the years I've gotten to know Gough because he gave us an award in 97 and through the trust I've had lunch with Gough a few times and it's always a thrill. I love spending time with him, He's 92, he's still very funny and very charismatic and Margaret, Marguerites actually the boss. She's wonderful to spend time with as well. That's been a real sort of great honour to get to meet them through music's quite strange. Tim Freedman, got to shake your hand. Oh thanks Peta. joining us. Thanks for having me. You're very welcome. Thanks you very much Peta. (WHOOSH) Okay, still to come, the New South Wales Health Minister and his visit to Dubbo Base Hospital. That's next on State Focus.

Welcome back to State Focus. To the Central West now for a look at what's happening at Dubbo Base Hospital, after some reports and doctors' concerns of below quality standards at the hospital. And joining us now on the phone is New South Wales Health Minister, John Della Bosca. Minister thank you so much for your time. Thank you. Now first, why does the New South Wales Health Department, I guess, continue to fail families, I guess is the best way I can describe it. Families in Orange or in Dubbo or in Bathurst or on the coast when it comes to their health or the hospital system? Well the first point Peta is, I don't think the Department of Health, the Government or those hospitals are failing the families of New South Wales. We continue to develop and produce a top class health system and some top class outcomes in terms of patient care and patient safety and I spend a couple of hours at the Dubbo clinicians and with nursing staff and other people there at Dubbo, I spent some time similarly in Bathurst and Orange and frankly while there are concerns, there's mistakes, there's problems there's things that need to be dealt with, no one said to me that we weren't producing top outcomes for patients and great patient care. How do you explain when there's not even enough bandages you know, the basics of tools? Well it's interesting, I sat down for an hour and a half with clinicians and they didn't even raise that issue with me. I'm not saying it's not an important concern. I think the real concern here is to make sure that the decision are in our management of budgets and the decisions around resource allocation are made in a way that management and clinicians work together on. I think that's the first and biggest concern and that's the first and biggest issue I dealt with in my discussions with both their doctors and with local management. I think we've got the beginnings of a plan around infrastructure, ideas around a big future for Dubbo hospital. There are lots of opportunities created by the location of the school. Don't you feel though, I've got to ask you though, personally don't you feel ashamed at the standard that some of the hospitals has dropped to these days? Well as a health minister, I'd have to say and as an Australian, I'm proud of the fact that we have a health system which gives universal access to all patients regardless of income, regardless of social or economic status. What we need to do is listen to clinicians on the ground and the community to see what we can do to improve services that are already fantastic services in terms of patient outcomes. Do you feel confident though, being treated there or even having your child being treated at say Dubbo Base Hospital. Absolutely. The clinicians, the nursing staff and the facilities of Dubbo Hospital are first class as they are at Bathurst and as they are at Orange. I think the important point here is, we have a great system, we do need to do some work to make it better but it's a good health system producing great outcomes @ but it Alright we'll have to leave it there. I appreciate your time this morning. Thanks for joining us. Thanks a lot Peta. And just to add there, some positive news for Dubbo Base Hospital. Back in June, Ali and Dazza from Dubbo's Star FM along with some very generous local support, raised a record 46,000 dollars through the "Give Me Five For Kids" appeal, for some oxygen saturation monitors. Well those monitors have arrived at the Children's Ward, they're well and truly up and running, so some great news there for the hospital and some pretty special kids. Okay, time for something "dynamic". "Dralion" is the latest breathtaking performance by Cirque Du Soleil to hit Canberra that transcends all artistic boundaries, physics and imagination. And with us now is the show's Artistic Director Michael Smith. Sorry. (LAUGHS) Good morning. Good morning. I had to say it like that. Michael Smith, what's with the name Michael Smith? It's my name. It's my name. Yeah. I was, you know, I've been in the industry a long time and tried a few more exotic names at the beginning but you know, they never stick, so it's my mum and dad's, it's their fault. Listen, thanks for joining us. I've got to ask you, how has the show been going in Canberra? Um, great, the audience's in Canberra have been very, very warm and spontaneous. We've been very happy, very happy. Any mistakes or anything that we probably shouldn't know about that you can tell us now? We don't make mistakes, we're Cirque Du Soleil. (LAUGHS) It's circus, and part of the whole thing about circus is that people are doing things that are impossible, we achieve the impossible, so sometimes there are a few things but yeah, we keep it to ourselves. turned into this global extravaganzas. Can you explain that, how it generates an annual revenue of something like 600 million dollars US. You know those two street performers that started it all, Guy Daniel, pretty happy I imagine right about now. Um, yeah, but you know, I think part of the success is the huge investment the company make in continuing the creative process. You know, when things are created normally you're kind of given a package and you have to divide the pie up however you can and make the best of what you do, well we don't do that. It's all about creativity and that's a big investment. Is the pay good? I'm okay. (LAUGHS) (LAUGHS) I'm not complaining. How do you get a role in Cirque Du Soleil. I mean performers out there, budding performers out there watching on a Sunday morning, what's the audition process like? How intense is it? There's some young kids, I mean look at this young girl doing this amazing you know, piece on her pole, how do you get young kids doing that? What's the prerequisite? Well, Dralion's really kind of outside the norm. Because, because it's a homage to the art form of circus coming from China, obviously, most of the artists are Chinese and we have the pick of the best circus's in China. But everyone should dream and everybody can achieve it. It's a lifestyle choice and you have to know that you will make sacrifices and you have to be determined. It's you know, it's a wonderful thing to achieve. Is it a hard gig? I mean how disciplines do you have to be? It's a tough gig. It's a really tough gig. You were saying that you know, there's people who come from all walks of life, so you could have people like me on the show. If you can bring a specific talent darling you can get a job! (LAUGHS) (LAUGHS) I don't know what talents I've got, what else do you do? I mean do you perform yourself? You come from a performing background. Not anymore. Certainly the fact that I did perform for 15 years makes the job, I think to do this job, you need to have been a performer because you need to understand, psychologically what a performer needs to do to pump out 10 shows a week. Are there any tantrums? Any divas? Any slamming of doors with stars on them or... Well... (LAUGHS). Hmmmm. It's Sunday morning, you can shout. You know, it's the pressure. Everybody wants to be the best that they can be and sometimes they don't feel they're getting the support in order to be able to do that. And that's where, that's where we have an artist team who are there to support every single artist with an individual needs. What about you? Do you have your tantrums? I don't tend to have tantrums. No. I lead by example. So I'm calm. Yes. Well it's a pleasure having you on the show. All the best for the rest of the season and perhaps... Oh, thank you. ...I'll go work on some skills. (LAUGHS) You never know, you never know, explore everything that you've got. Great advice. Thanks Michael. Okay, up next, a Goulburn man with a great mind and one very simple award-winning invention. That's next on State Focus. You're watching State Focus and with me right now is a Goulburn man who's definitely not a fence-sitter. He's a do-er. In fact, he's just grabbed first prize at last week's Australian National Field Days in Orange for his latest fencing invention, which he says is "ridiculously" simple. Welcome to State Focus Ashley Olsson. Thanks you, thank you for having me. You're very welcome. Now farmers are absolutely going to love you. Let's get straight to it. Tell us all about this fencing system and how it differs I guess from the conventional methods. Okay. It's basically the major, the biggest major technological advance in fencing in about 80 years. One of the laborious or time consuming parts of fencing is that to the post. @ tying of the wires Okay. And for the last 80 years farmers have had to thread one wire at a time through the post then walk to the next post and thread the wire through each post and if the fence is 400 metres and they've got to do that 5 times, they've got to walk 2 kms to get the fence done. Where have you been for 80 years? That's one of the most asked questions I get in the field day, where have you been all my life? And this system is just so simple because they can pull all their wires out at once on the outside of the post and the just simply click the wire in. That is painful. That is painfully simple. Childlike. So no good at using them at pre-schools because it's so simple @ Okay. But it just happens that quickly and that simply, it saves, it's about 60% quicker than to erect a traditional fence and it has some great maintance capacities as well. After the fence is already installed and it enables the owner of the fence to restrain or to maintain his fence in a fashion that he's never been before economically possible. You don't have to be a fencing expert. No and that's one of the great advantages of the product for people who have, they might buy their first block of land, they might buy 5 acres and they're building their little dream house out on the prairie and they think, oh well I'll get a contract but it's gonna cost me a lot of money to get the fence done. But this is a real genuine alternative for them to get out and have a go. It's not difficult. They don't need a lot of experience. Don't need any special skills, so it really makes it easy for them to do it themselves. Well how did you come up with it? Where did this idea come from and when, what in 3 o'clock in the morning? No it came driving along the road. I'm a praying man Peta, I believe and I pray and I was driving a long the road and I was driving past an old fencer and he was struggling to pull down some old wire. And just out of the side of my eye I caught him and I thought, God, there's got to be a better way to do fencing. We've been doing this the same way for 100 years. (LAUGHS) That's what I thought about 10 minutes later I'm driving down the road and I saw a picture. (CLICK) As clear as crystal. It was so vivid. I went home. I was about 3 minutes from my home. I got a pencil and paper, I just drew what I saw in that image and it was the foundation of this. It was a simple slot inside a post with a little mechanical keeper. So are you a believer? Absolutely. And that's divine inspiration. Same as my grandfather he was the same and he's had some previous inventions as well. I was gonna say, great minds run in the family. We'll get to you in just a moment. I want to know, does this work on all forms of wire though? It does. It works for plain wire. It works for barbed wire and the current design of the fence post, different wires are called different technical names but there's a 670 and a 790 type of panel mesh, which is like a prefabricated wire that has the horizontal wires and some vertical wires already attached together and it comes in a big roll. Okay. Those wires, those types of wires will clip straight into the fence. Which is another major advantage because in the past those wires had to be connected to another wire. So in some instances you can actually save additional wire, so you're saving an additional cost. Okay, what about electric fencing? Yeah good question Peta. We've arranged a serious of little plastic insulators that make it very, very simple to erect your electric fencing. No special tools needed. No experience. It's just so quick and so simple. And to remove them, it's again, if one breaks or gets damaged, it's just a one handed operation. At the end of the day, how has this changed life for you on your 3rd generation family owned 2200 acres in Goulburn? It's certainly been a major direction change for myself and my four sons. I'm married with 4 boys. My eldest boy is 21 and my youngest is 13. You don't look old enough to have kids. I started early. Okay. And so it's been a major direction change. We've reduced some of our cattle and stock numbers in the last 12 months to concentrate on this. We've spent a lot of time developing it. It's a family discussion item. We all sit around and we're in the car, we're talking fence posts. We're talking development car, w Who says it's their claim to fame? Out of the 4 or 5 of you? It really has been a family effort. It's one of those things. Everywhere we drive. We look at fence posts, we talk about fence posts. Because it's been one of those things that has remained the same for so long. We have a passionate interest to really help farmers We have a pa Yeah, so how does one access this? Well at the moment we're still developing the product and getting it out, but some stores have it available, a landmark. Franchise has it available as a merchandise product. People can contact us directly off our website or our telephone and we can put them in touch with local dealers. It's a process of getting it out because it is a national product. In fact it's international. Our patient covers a 142 countries. Wow. Because believe it or not, right around the world, people still hand tie all their fences. I should say, congratulations to you 'cos you have got the prize. What was the prize for? The prize was for, it was for the Australian National Titles. Sponsored by the land newspaper and the New South Wales farmer's federation for the machinery invention of the year. Well congratulations. Have you been celebrating? Um, yeah, we've certainly, it was a bit surprise to win it because there was a lot of tough competition and a lot of good ideas. We were not expecting to win. So we, yeah, we've been enjoying it. It's been good. minds run in the family. Tell us about Norm Olson. Yeah, Norm Olson, my grandfather, he was a devote man and he was a praying man as well and in 1947, he developed a nutritional supplement for cattle and sheep. We call it the salt block. The salt block was around in a form, but he decided to, he got the idea that we should add nutritional supplements into the salt block to help during different times of the seasons. And to help in different countries with different soil deficiencies. So we developed that product and it's now one of the number on selling products in Australia still. So great minds come from great grandpa. Yeah and I've not doubt some divine inspiration as well. This is a sign of a brighter, a better brighter future. I can't wait till your next invention. Thank you so much for joining us today. All the very best and thanks for sharing this exciting time. I guess for yourself and the rest of the country I should say. Thanks very much for having us Peta and the opportunity to make this product more widely known. You're very welcome. Okay, just before we leave you today, a big congratulations to Canberra's Paul Murphy who joined us on the show a couple of months ago. His locally made movie "Hobby Farm" has won Best Drama at the New York International Film Festival. So, some terrific news for Paul and his crew! Well, that's the show for this week. See you next Sunday morning. Bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.