WISDOM: A section of the photo of Aunty Gayle Rankine taken by Belinda Mason for The Unfinished Business Exhibition currently travelling around the country.AT A time in life when many are looking to cut back on work,narrowing their focus, Aboriginal Elder Aunty Gayle Rankine has taken on an international role. Earlier this year she was announced as chairperson of the Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN), an organisation consisting of members of the seven geopolitical regions of the United Nations.
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This is on top of her already busy role as chairperson of First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), the peak body in Australia advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.

“All the experience I gain here I take overseas and vice versa,” Aunty Gayle said.

“We want to get knowledge out to our people, theknowledge of human rights and what their basic rights and entitlements are.”

One of her key goals is to ensure all indigenous Australians understand the eight principles of the United Nations Convention on rights of persons with a disability, to which Australia is a signatory.

The new role also allows her the opportunity to take knowledge to the rest of the world which lags behind Australia in some aspects of indigenous disability rights.

“Overseas the indigenous groups are looking to us as to how to get things happening.”

As the only nationally constituted organisation governed by indigenous people with disability in the world FPDN is a unique organisation.

“When we see other indigenous groups they’re struggling even to be recognised in their own country by their own people.”

“They’ve got a lot to fight through to get that recognition and they are also dealing with mining companies and the military,” she said.

Naturally these countries are interested on how we set-up the organisation she explains.

“FPDN is still relatively new. Initially there were small pockets of people doing work in different states but it never gained momentum as it wasn’t a priority. Now it is a priority. We are the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and nowhere else in the world is there a set-up like that.”

While FPDN can’t influence other government’s they can support the fight and make a good case for them to be recognised.

WORLD STAGE: Uncle John Baxter FPDN member, Damian Griffis, CEO FPDN and Aunty Gayle Rankine at the Convention on the rights of persons with disability review in Geneva.

While the Australian government now recognises and works with the FPDN there is still plenty of work to be done here.

A Ngarrindjeri woman, Aunty Gayle was born in Raukkan on Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. She has extensive grassroots knowledge of the needs of people with disability across urban, rural and remote communities.Her first-hand knowledge comes from having lived the experience as a person with physical disability and as a carer of relatives with physical and neurological disability.

She says there is still a lack of knowledge of cultural protocol when dealing with people with disabilities and little understanding of the specific needs of indigenous people with disability.

The justice system in Australia also presents obstacles with people in detention unfit to plead.

“A lot of people with mental health issues haven’t been diagnosed. They’re sitting in custody as their disability hasn’t been recognised,” she said.

“You know within your own community how the current government structure for persons with disability is totally dysfunctional and these people in charge need to really think about it and listen to the people about their needs.”

FPDN is working closely with government in these communities to help roll out the National Disability Insurance.

“It is not about what we would like, but what their needs are in each individual community. It’s not one size fits all there are different needs for different communities.”

She is optimistic for the future if the foundations built now are rock solid, but knows there will come a time when her disabilities prevent her from participating at such a high level.

“We need to build up the youth perspective and give them the knowledge to carry on the journey, bring them into the fold now and get them used to operating at this high level at the UN,” she said.

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A teenager who used a credit card she found in the street to go on an online clothes shopping spree has escaped conviction.
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Magistrate Tony Murray accepted that Brittany Lowe’s crimes were“opportunistic” and at the lower end of the scale.

“She wasn’t the smartest of criminals,” Mr Murray told Lowe, 18, in Albury Local Court this week.

“Clearly it’s not a very sophisticated fraud.”

The court heard that Lowe used the card to buy the items online, then used her own name and address for the shipping of her purchase.

Lowe used the found card to buy a dress and a top, the order including postage totalling $118.90.

The case against Lowe was first brought before the court on November 3.

Lowe failed to appear that day to answer two counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and one of larceny.

Defence solicitor Jason Hanke said Lowe did not front the court then because she mistakenly thought she was supposed to be in court later in the year.

Her offending, he said, occurred in the middle of preparing for her Year 12 exams.

Mr Hanke said Lowe definitely took the matter seriously as she felt guilty when she made the purchases.

But she thought the card holder would probably cancel the purchases and had hoped the whole matter“would go away”.

Police saidLowe reckoned that it would be“cool” to use the credit card, which she found while walking home.

The victim realised someone else had used her Commonwealth Bank card on August 18 when she went to withdrawsome money, only to find the account had insufficient funds.

She rang the bank, cancelled the card and made further inquiries that revealed two purchases were made earlier that day on the Internet.

One was at2.06pm andthe other at 2.17pm, both via theonline shopping website Peppermayo.

Lowetold police she found the debit card “in an unknown street”.

Mr Murray placed Lowe on a two-year good behaviour bond.

He ordered thatshe pay$118.90 compensation.

Jason Hanke

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Success: Troy Peterken from Inglenook Dairy, which is a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
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Dunnstown’s Inglenook Dairy has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

The local boutique supplierhas been named one of Australia’s top-three full cream milk producers, with the honour not lost on those in the family-run business.

Owner Rachael Peterken said just being named as a finalist for for the prestigious awards is an “amazing” kudos.

“It would beamazing (to win), but even tojust be in the top three is amazing,” she said.

“To be competing against some of the top dairy’sin the country is fantastic.”

Inglenook’s qualification for theAGDA came on the back of gold medals at theRoyal Melbourne Fine Food and Dairy Industry Association of Australia awards.

While the dairy continues to expand it’s brand, and can now be found all over Victoria, it’s main clientele remains in localcafes.

It is favoured over the standard supermarket variety because of its lack of permeate –which is atechnical term for the lactose, water, vitamins and minerals components of milk produced by a separation process called ultra filtration.

MsPeterken said the difference between the Inglenook product and others is simple.

“We don’t do anything to it,” she said.

“We don’t standardise it, it’s just milk the way it is meant to be.”

“When we found out (about the shortlisting) I said that it’sreally exciting for the people who use our milk incafes,” she said.

“It’s a little win for them as well and particularly for the ones that took us on really early –it’s confirmation for them (in regards to the quality of the product).”

Ms Peterken said Inglenook recently receivedan export licence –but remains a long way from making a name for itself in the international market, which is currently booming thanks to China’s demand for baby formula.

However, she said the dairy is close to unveiling its own brand of natural Greek yoghurt, with butter also on the cards in the future.

AGDA award winners will be announced in February, 2016.

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A COMMUNITY forumfor people with a hearing loss will be hosted by Mpower next week.
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HELP: Mpower’s Erica Smith will help people with hearing loss.

The first session on Wednesday will be taken by Mpower deaf access coordinator Erica Smith who will discuss problems with communication and practical strategies they can use.Ms Smith has had a hearing loss for more than 17 years and said the forum would help people to overcome barriers in their lives.

“Many people with a hearing loss tend to think that hearing aids can fix the problem and when they don’t fix all the problems they tend to give up and withdraw from conversations and therefore relationships or work,” she said.“It will help the participants by giving them more strategies, ideas and knowledge of technologies that can assist them in their work, at home or in the community.”

There will be three more sessions in the new year and the cost isfree. ToRSVP phone 5561 8114 [email protected]论坛

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False accusations: Elizabeth Luque was charged with public mischief, false accusations and false representation over an incident at a Glenmore Park home.
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Police allege a Glenmore Park woman gave false statements with the intent of seeing police investigate another man for serious crimes.

Elizabeth Irene Luque was arrested on Monday night and charged with false representation, false accusation and intentionally perverting the course of justice. She was held overnight by police after bail was refused.

Police said she claimed to be bound and assaulted at her home during a break and enter but that she gave three different statements that misled police on their investigation of the incident.

Ms Luque appeared at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday and didn’t seek bail.

In a dramatic scene, during the early hours of November 4 Ms Luque, 33, was attended to by NSW Ambulance at an address on Muru Drive, Glenmore Park.

Reports at the time indicated she was found gagged and bound, possibly unconscious.

Early morning: Police and ambulance were called to a Muru Drive address in Glenmore Park in the early hours of on November 4.

There was a large amount of media attention due to the belief the woman was found unconscious and questions raised about how the ambulance was called to the address.

The woman was taken to Nepean Hopsital for treatment.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command began investigating the incident when the woman told them she’d been attacked in her home.

Strike Force Ayre was formed, comprising detectives from Penrith Local Area Command and the Sex Crimes Squad.

Police said on November 4 they believed the attack to be “targeted”.

People in Glenmore Park were fearful after it was announced the attack was targeted.

A person who lives in the same street said there weren’t any noises they could hear from the house on the night in question.

‘‘My window was wide open [all] night,’’ she said.

“It’s not very far from my house — I can see their house out the window.

‘”My daughter woke constantly last night so I was up with her and I didn’t hear anything.”

A woman who lives on the street said she spoke to people at the scene on November 4, who indicated the phone believed to be used in the emergency call was found near the woman.

Detectives arrested the woman at a home in Glenmore Park on Monday.

Police believe the statements she gave about the night were intentionally false.

In documents before Penrith Local Court police say they received statements from Elizabeth Luque describing an “aggravated break and enter, sexual assault, and deprivation of liberty.”

Police said she requested an investigation into the apparent home invasion and sexual assault and specified a man she asked police to investigate for the crimes.​

No internet access: Police asked, because bail was refused, that Elizabeth Luque be restricted from internet access and contact from the man she wanted police to investigate.

Police told the court she intended this man “to be the subject of an investigation of an offence”.

The Gazette has decided not to name the man Ms Luque accused.

Since then police have arrested the woman and accuse her of lying about the incident at the Muru Drive house and have not arrested the man she indicated should be investigated for the crimes.

Police told the court Ms Luque supplied police with “three false statements intending to pervert the course of justice”.

Documents before the court said the three statements took the form of “two electronic statements and a signed statement” over the course of the investigation.

The charges police put were listed with the court as a show cause offence, meaning there is a higher bar to be cleared before bail is agreed upon.

The Bail Act states bail must be refused unless the defendant can “show cause” as to why it should be

Due to bail being refused, police asked the court that Ms Luque be “restricted from internet access and have no contact” with the man she claimed had committed assault, a break and enter and bound her.

The Crimes Act indicates a person who is found guilty of false accusation is “liable to imprisonment for seven years”.

A person found guilty of false representation, also known as public mischief, could be sentenced to a year in jail.

Those guilty of perverting the course of justice are liable for 14 years imprisonment.

Ms Luque will appear again before Penrith Local Court this week.

Police have urged anyone on Muru Drive, Glenmore Park who saw something suspicious between 9pm and 3am on November 3-4 to call Penrith Police on 4721 9444.

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