26 September 2023

Handy minister!

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Inside knowledge of the most insided order was in show in New South Wales during the week with the State’s Minister for Police declaring that a program aimed at keeping children and teens out of the criminal justice system was to be extended.

Announcing that the program was designed to support 10- to 17-year-olds at risk of ending up in the criminal justice system, the Minister was spot on when identifying how it was going to be done.

“This is about giving young people who’ve had a brush with the law the tools to stop them re-offending.,” the Minister said.

“And we know it works.”

How does he know it works?

If there’s anyone in the NSW ministry more familiar with the power of tools it’s this particular Minister.

NSW’s Minister for Police is Paul Toole!

Two seats and an election

Fascinating news from the Australian Electoral Commission now that a candidate for the upcoming election was so keen to win a seat that he allegedly nominated for two!

According to the AEC, the over-energetic entrant put his name in to become the representative of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation in the seat of Banks in NSW and at the same time be an MP for the Australian Federation Party in the Western Australian seat of Brand.

“Each nomination form had differences in the listed information – including a different date of birth and a different expression of the candidate’s name,” the AEC reported.

“Given these declarations are false, the AEC has now referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police.”

Unfortunately, according to the Commission, ”candidate nominations for the Divisions of Banks and Brand must remain, as they were formally declared on 22 April 2022” and “ballot papers have been printed and some postal voters have already received their postal voting packs.”

PS-sssst! hopes the good voters of Banks and Brand are aware that one of their candidates might end up representing them from jail.

And all you readers who were so rude as to suggest it’s not such a bad idea should be ashamed of yourselves!

Daze of holidays

And on the question of people in uncommon places, those of us who grappled with the choice of which – or how many – of the three short weeks popping up recently could be converted to a few days off, spare a thought for your step-servants in Queensland who had to choose between not three short weeks but four with another holiday Monday raising its head in the row.

Amazingly, last Monday was Labour Day in the sunshine State, lumbering the workers with yet another holiday to cope with.

On the positive side however, the whole adventure gave many of us the chance to experience what a 4-day week would feel like!

Giving in to give away

To Rama Gaind’s weekly PS News giveaway now in which lucky readers have the chance to win copies of the Autumn edition of Meanjin Quarterly, simply by telling Rama the name of the lead essay in the latest Meanjin Quarterly.

The answer is The Case for Anger by Lucia Osborne-Crowley and the two lucky readers who will soon become the proud owners of it are Maria B from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, and Scott M from the national Department of Health.

Congratulations to Maria and Scott and thanks to everyone who took part. The prizes will be on their way to their new owners very shortly.

For another chance to join Rama’s Army of Winners simply flick over to one or both of her sharp, smart and sophisticated reviews of either this DVD Sharp Objects, Season 1 at this PS News link – and answer her quiz question – or her other reviewed Book Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Japan at this link – and answer her question there.

Good luck to all who do,

Welcome all

And finally, a warm welcome to the many new subscribers signing up to become subscribers of PS News in April with five of the nine PS News editions reaching record numbers for the year.

The Western Australian Public Sector led the charge with 345 new readers (to 18,053) followed by the Australian Public Service 167 (up to 62,551), Victoria Public Service 133 (to 22,467), Queensland Public Service 27 (15,102) and Northern Territory Public Sector 27 (1,366).

All in all a national audience of 176,502.

Congratulations to each of the Public Services who just keep growing and many thanks to every single reader who takes the time to find out what’s going on around them.

Until next week…….

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