Looking around the library I would estimate that about a …

Comment on ‘Out of date’ and ‘unpopular’ books go as library prepares for a facelift by ralph folds.

Looking around the library I would estimate that about a quarter of the collection is being culled, that’s around 11,000 books (could the library provide the exact figure please?). So are 11,000 or so books outdated, seldom borrowed or in poor repair? I don’t think so although without knowing the criteria for ‘seldom borrowed’ it’s hard to say. Many of the books being given away didn’t clearly fall into those categories and there was certainly plenty of demand for them as freebies. Presumably many others have simply been dumped. This weeding might be acceptable if the library had a grant of $400,000 to buy new books in place of the ones being thrown out, but they don’t. In a town like ours we need a large and diverse collection and not all books will be wildly popular but they are valuable nevertheless. This weeding is excessive and devalues an important community asset.

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‘Out of date’ and ‘unpopular’ books go as library prepares for a facelift
@1 Sharon, you disagree with those who think there are less books available to borrow these days. That there are around 11,000 less books to borrow as of this week, that is about one quarter of the entire collection, does not appear to be disputed by the library. The empty shelves tell the story. I’d love to be positive about the library but not when they take an axe to the collection and cart thousands of books off to the dump.

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Even if ‘unfair, unreasonable or too harsh’, it is still the law
It is not open to them, as a matter of law, to find the accused not guilty because they believed the law under which they are being judged is “unfair, unreasonable or too harsh”.
Well actually this option is open to the jury and if I had been on the jury I would have taken it.
In the USA there are many not guilty findings irrespective of the law and the evidence where the three strike law jailing offenders for life applies.
In the years to come we as a society may wish we had paid a lot more attention to the cause of the peace activists.

Family violence is mostly men making a choice
One of the choices is the one we as a community make when dealing with domestic violence offenders.
Domestic violence programs in prison have been an unmitigated failure.
If they were scrapped tomorrow there would be no change in the recidivism rate for domestic violence offenders.
And millions of tax payer money would be saved.
Corrections do not keep data on the success or failure of their programs despite prison review recommendations that they do this.
It would be too embarrassing to do so.
The jail programs do not resonate with the real issues in Aboriginal men’s lives.
The staff administering them do not have the cross-cultural background to understand what these issues are.
The reduction of the numbers and roles of Aboriginal staff within the jail has not been helpful.
One outcome is that many Aboriginal men have spent 10 years or more in jail with just a short time between sentences.
They offend and go to jail, hear stories about their wives and become jealous, get out and assault their wives, go back to jail etc etc.
Along the way they graduate through domestic violence programs.
A few wives deliberately offend to try to head off this cycle by offending so they are in jail when their husbands are there.
Some go and live with their husband’s family.
Focussing on this cycle and how wives and husbands can be supported would be a positive step.
It would also be helpful to employ program staff who know about Aboriginal society and culture and are empowered within the prison system to deliver programs that make sense in the lives of the perpetrators.

Cut mining royalties to land councils: elder
200 series Cruisers are not the usual mining company vehicle. I’ve never seen one at Newman for example.
They use troop carriers mainly.
So why would Central Petroleum be buying six 200 series?
They likely went to traditional owners, while also providing $$ to the CLC.
It’s the way the frackers do business with the gatekeepers.

Cut mining royalties to land councils: elder
The CLC gets a lot more than published mining royalties.
Take gas and fracking advocate company Central Petroleum.
They recently bought six 200 series Landcruisers for a whopping $600,000 from CLC part owned Peter Kittles.
No discounts there.

Guilty: unanimous jury verdict for Peace Pilgrim
John Bell what Anti-Yank, Pro-Yank hostilities?
Not wanting a nuclear target down the road doesn’t make me anti Yank.

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