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Police have concern for the welfare of a missing Mount Waverley woman who suffers from a medical condition.
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Tamara Targo-Bailey was last seen at her Vasey Avenue residence about 11am on Sunday.

“Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a missing Mount Waverley woman,” Victoria Police spokeswoman Clair White said.

“Police have concerns for her welfare given she suffers from a medical condition.”

Tamara is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, slim build and having a shaved head.

She was last seen wearing grey tracksuit pants and a t-shirt with either green, grey or pink wide stripes.

Investigators have released an image of Tamara in the hope that someone may be able to provide information on her current whereabouts.

Anyone who sees her is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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BASS Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic has thrown his support behind the state government’s plans to allow companies to sue individuals, despite it unravelling nationally uniform defamation laws.
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The state government is pushing ahead with plans to amend the Defamation Act 2005 to allow businesses to take legal action against groups or individuals that spread “false and misleading information”.

The reform is intended to target environment groups that damage the reputation of the forest industry, but the opposition fears that it could have wide-ranging effects on free speech.

Mr Nikolic said green groups should be responsible for any losses or damages caused by false claims.

“This is a particularly important issue for Tasmania, given it has suffered most from these false and damaging claims, which harm the reputation of law-abiding businesses and cost Tasmanian jobs,” he said.

The government has used protest action against former timber company Gunns and Ta Ann as examples of why the reform is needed.

Deputy Labor leader Michelle O’Byrne said it was another Liberal policy that was “rotten to the core”.

“Just like their draconian and poorly thought through anti-protest legislation, these changes to defamation laws are being widely condemned,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“All Tasmanians should be concerned about these laws, which could result in individuals being sued by corporations simply for commenting on web forums or writing a letter to the editor.”

Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin said the government would balance free speech with the potential for misleading claims to destroy jobs.

“This change gives a business with 10 employees the chance to do what a business with 9 can do – that is, challenge a false claim,” she said.

“These changes aren’t and won’t be aimed at the media. They are aimed at groups who deliberately spread misinformation about Tasmanian businesses, costing jobs.”

Franklin Labor MHR Julie Collins said: “This move by the government will not only depart from national uniformity championed by their own political party, it will turn Tasmania into a legal basket case.”

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ANIMAL Health Australia is encouraging producers across the country to reduce the potential impacts from diseases, pests and weeds by making it their New Year’s Resolution to undertake regular stock surveillance on their properties.
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AHA executive manager of Biosecurity Services Duncan Rowland said general stock surveillance was already a corebiosecurity practice for a number of producers, but more should be undertaking it in 2015 to protect their farm profits and stock trading options.

“The 2013 Farm Biosecurity Producer Survey showed that 33 per cent of livestock producers actively conducted routine stock monitoring as a biosecurity practice on their property and we would like to see that increase when we undertake the third biennial survey later this year,” he said.

Animal Health Australia conducts a number of programs and projects that support a nationally integrated surveillance system that underpins trade and supports the adoption of new and innovative technologies for data generation and information management systems. Information can be found on the AHA website at www.animal


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THE state government is being urged to follow New South Wales’ example and formally recognise miscarriages that occur before 20 weeks.
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As of this month, women in NSW will be able to obtain an optional “recognition of loss” certificate from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

As it stands in Tasmania, the loss of a child during gestation is only recognised after five months, when it is categorised as a stillbirth.

“Up until 20 weeks gestation there is no recognition from our government that that baby has existed and that’s so isolating for parents because they know they’ve had a baby and I think it adds to the grief,” Tasmania Bears for Hope co-ordinator Maria Bond said.

“I just feel like this is an opportunity for Tasmania to make a profound difference to these grieving parents.”

Independent Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest said she supported recognising the loss of early term pregnancies.

However, Ms Forrest said it was important to keep recognition of loss separate to other legislation relating to unborn children, citing Zoe’s Law, a bill proposed in NSW which sought to identify foetuses as “legal persons”.

“It is important that these two matters are not confused or linked as the proposed changes in NSW, and if adopted in Tasmania would relate only to pregnancy loss prior to 20 weeks gestation where there is currently no formal recognition of loss,” she said.

“As a midwife I do support the recognition of pregnancy loss as it always has a significant impact on the lives of the family who lose an often very much wanted and loved baby.”

A government spokesperson said they were not currently considering recognition of loss legislation.

An opposition spokesperson said Labor will look at what is being proposed in NSW and whether it is appropriate in Tasmania.

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Virginia Moloney stretches out to win the women’s section of the 10km race. 150111AM36 Picture: ANGELA MILNE
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VIRGINIA Moloney spent her childhood watching the late Judy McDowall, one of the south-west’s prominent female athletes, run.

Yesterday the Garvoc export joined McDowall on the Surf ‘T’ Surf honour board.

Moloney, 24, entered the women’s 10-kilometre run for the first time, winning in 36 minutes and 17 seconds to receive a medal named in McDowall’s honour.

It was a special moment for Moloney and her extended family, there in their dozens to support the now Melbourne-based teacher.

“My cousins are her cousins,” she said of McDowall, a six-time Surf ‘T’ Surf winner.

“I knew Judy growing up so whenever I went to stay with them I watched her run up and down the roads.

“I am very proud to win a medal named after Judy McDowall.”

Moloney defeated reigning champion, Warrnambool’s Alison Wilson (38.35), and Bacchus Marsh’s Rhiannon White (39.17).

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The Collingwood Athletics Club member said she was pleased with her performance.

“I didn’t turn around the whole race. I knew I had the lead cyclist with me,” Moloney said.

“I had a plan to hopefully get in a pack and stick behind the lead female and go off her but it turned out to be me.”

Moloney, a former Emmanuel College student, said her family, many of whom are holidaying at Lake Pertobe, encouraged her to enter.

She tested out the course in the lead-up.

“You always knew you were going to get the tailwind on the way home, which was nice,” she said.

“Nicholson Street, knowing that’s the last hill, if you power up that (it’s OK from there).

“Once I got over that I thought ‘righto we can power home now’.”

Moloney considers longer distances her forte.

She tackled the highly-rated Zatopek 10,000 in Melbourne last month “just for the experience”, finishing midfield in 35.40.

“It was great but 25 laps on the track was tough,” Moloney said.

“They flew over a couple of Africans and Jess Trengove and Eloise Wellings, she’s an Olympian, were in it.”

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SOUTH-WEST Victoria will boast strong representation at the Foundation Interstate Challenge in Melbourne this week, with three participants in the eight-strong 13-and-under Victorian side.
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Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club players Patrick Drake, 13, of Warrnambool, Eloise Swarbrick, 12, of Hawkesdale, and Harry Boyd, 13, of Woodford, have smiles as wide as the net after being selected to play in the Foundation Interstate Challenge in Melbourne.150108LP08 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

The competition will see Victoria take on other states from around the nation, with age groups ranging from 10 years and under to 15 years and under.

Patrick Drake, 13, and Harry Boyd, 13, are the two male representatives in the 13-and-under age group, while Eloise Swarbrick, 12, will make up one of four places in the 13-and-under female team.

The inclusion of three competitors from the south-west is the first time in about five years that Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club has had a representative present in the state squad.

Co-organiser Helen Swarbrick said that the selection of three players was a testament to the emphasis that the club had put on junior development.

“There’s a big emphasis on junior development. We’re focusing on bringing the juniors through and into regionals, taking them to lots of tournaments,” she said.

“It’s very hard to get into the team. You think of all the kids competing (to be selected for the state side) — around 48 girls and 48 boys. It’s been about five years since we’ve had a representative, so to have three in a team of eight is a huge honour.”

The tournament will see the youngsters given a glimpse of the lifestyle that comes with the professional game, an experience which Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club junior committee member Brenda Boyd said was great for their development.

“They all get on and they all mix, and they have a ball together. These kids have made it over all the Gippsland kids, all the Mildura kids — 12 country regions in total,” she said.

Boyd also praised Tennis Victoria for beginning to look to country regions for talent.

“Not many kids get the opportunity. Selectors are actually looking at the south-west now and saying wow, there is actually talent. Tennis Victoria tend to concentrate on the Melbourne kids, but the country kids can do it. They’re actually starting to look at our kids,” she said.

Patrick, Harry and Eloise said that they were nervous but excited.

The tournament is at the South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club from January 12 to 16.

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BEST EFFORT: Coastal runner Brian Lyons placed second in yesterday’s Cadbury Marathon in Hobart. Picture: Meg Windram.COASTAL runner Brian Lyons had two reasons to celebrate after placing second in yesterday’s Cadbury Marathon in Hobart.
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As the first entrant from the state across the line and second overall, the 30-year-old claimed the Tasmanian marathon championship.

Lyons’s time of two hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds was also a personal best, improving his previous mark, in Melbourne in 2013, by one second.

New South Wales runner David Criniti, who won the event in 2009, was first across the line in two hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds.

Lyons, in only his second marathon ever, said he was pleased with the result but it could have been better.

“I was a bit disappointed because I overshot the turn by 200 metres so I ended up running 400 metres more than I should have,” he told The Advocate.

“I felt really good out there and the conditions were perfect.

“This is my first senior title and I’ve had lots of seconds and thirds, so it’s nice to win.”

Lyons praised the encouraging crowd and thanked his parents for their support.

Lyons has recently relocated to the Coast after some time in Sydney.

In yesterday’s women’s race, Adelaide’s Sheena Jackson won from Amy Lamprecht in three hours, two minutes and 30 seconds.

David Thomas, of Beechford near Launceston, took out the half-marathon race and in doing so successfully defended his crown.

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2015 Penguin Island Swim at the Port Sorell SLSC.Taking line honors for the race is Ray Winstanley, of Hobart.
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SO POPULAR is Port Sorell’s Penguin Island Swim it has top level state competitors passing up national events.

“Ray Winstanley chose to do this swim instead of going to Lorne, and he won it last year,” event organiser Jo Coates said.

Same goes for 2015, with Hobart’s Winstanley claiming first over the Coast’s Hamish Chapman yesterday.

Hobart’s Olivia Sanderson finished first in the women’s section.

“Hamish Chapman has got off the plane this morning after the Lorne swim to participant in this swim,” Mrs Coates said.

“This particular swim has a good reputation.

“I don’t know whether that’s because of the management of the course or whether it’s just the swim conditions.

“We were hoping for about 60, which is on average what we have been getting over the past few years, so it’s increasing numbers.”

More than 80 competitors completed the 2km swim, some going further by entering the Port Sorell Life Saving Club’s first iron person challenge.

“It’s leading up to the Devonport Hydrothon,” Mrs Coates said.

The club’s new challenge is anything but easy.

Those entrants must keep going past the 2km swim finish line for the main swim event, running for 1km before an 8km.

Then it’s back onto the sand for another 1km run, followed by a 1.5km board paddle to the finish.

William Clever took out the challenge in one hour and 37 minutes. Isabelle Sharman was the first female to cross the line in one hour and 51 minutes.

The Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club has seen steady numbers over the years, with about 100 nippers ensuring the next generation of athletes and lifeguards are there for the future.

2015 Penguin Island Swim at the Port Sorell SLSC.The first woman across the line, Olivia Sanderson, of Hobart, makes a dash out of the water to the line.

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George Bailey
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IT WON’T be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth in Australia’s World Cup campaign, George Bailey insists.

Selectors retained Bailey as Michael Clarke’s understudy for the one-day tournament, despite Steve Smith earning widespread praise for the way he recently led Australia’s Test side.

Throw in knowledgeable keeper Brad Haddin, experienced allrounder Shane Watson and national Twenty20 skipper Aaron Finch and it’s a cavalcade of potential caretaker captains.

“The more leaders you’ve got within the squad the better,” Bailey said in Hobart yesterday.

“Teams would be worried about it if you are relying too heavily . . . on any one person.

“It is about coming up with ideas and tactics and a lot of them you come up with in team meetings.”

If Clarke is unable to show selectors he is fully fit by February 21, Bailey will lead Australia’s bid to reclaim the World Cup.

Bailey’s experience, having captained the one-day side in 24 games, gave him the edge over Smith, according to chief selector Rod Marsh.

Clarke noted Smith did a “fantastic job” captaining Australia in the final three Tests against India, while Bailey was also full of praise.

Bailey was selected in the World Cup squad alongside fellow Tasmanians Xavier Doherty and James Faulkner.

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WATER WISE: Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club patrol members David Dowling and Bronwyn Menzies are concerned at the number of kayakers they have had to rescue recently. Picture: Meg Windram.PORT Sorell lifesaving members have carried out five rescues so far this summer due to people ignoring ocean conditions or not wearing lifejackets in kayaks.
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Last summer the club rescued 10 people in the area, the majority using kayaks.

“For a surf club we do a lot of prevention and craft rescues,” club member Jo Coates said.

“We have a lot of families using kayaks and things and it’s not very safe because it’s wind affected and current affected.”

Mrs Coates said beachgoers, some children, weren’t wearing lifejackets.

“The kids don’t have PFDs [personal flotation devices] and it is mandatory to wear a PFD when you are in a kayak,” she said.

“We can tell people and remind people, but we can’t confiscate their gear.

“It’s just important that children who are very young get the message that when they are in a kayak they need to wear a PFD.”

The rescues at Port Sorell are not just restricted to kayaks.

“We did a retrieval the other day where a couple of guys in a dingy, their motor just stopped and they had no PFDs and no oars to get them back to safety,” Mrs Coates said.

She urged beachgoers to read ocean conditions.

“Know the conditions, because a beach can look safe but it’s not necessarily as safe as it looks.”

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