Dr John F. Knight: books that changed me

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Dr John F. Knight is a well-known TV doctor and medical advice columnist under his pseudonym Dr James Wright. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1998 and the Knight Ward was dedicated to him at the new Sydney Sanitarium Hospital. His new memoir is Dr James Wright: Adventures of a Merry Medic (New Holland). The Power of Positive ThinkingNorman Vincent Peale
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When Reverend Peale visited Sydney for a few days, I managed to learn of this quiet visit and rang his hotel. He kindly invited me to meet him and his lovely wife. The following Monday I had him on my segment on the Mike Walsh Show. His book is one that reinforced the direction of my life and it is still a bestseller. Think and Grow RichNapoleon Hall

I found when at high school that everything is summed up in 10 vital points in the first few chapters of this book. It, too, revolutionised my thinking and I still read it from time to time (as do my two sons, Peter and David, who think exactly the way I do). TNT: The Power Within YouClaude M. Bristol

Another that I have read so often – at least 30 times – it has fallen to pieces and is held together with a rubber band. I can almost recite it by heart. Again, simple points that we are all aware of. But written in readable, practical fashion. The Science of Getting RichWallace D. Wattles

This must have been published about the start of 1900 as the world’s future then lay in steam trains and steam power, Wattles believed. Again, a series of principles. I have continued to re-read this a few times every year. Although far outdated in some physical terms, the principles are still there. One simple principle is “When making money, always give to the other party not 100, but 110 per cent of what you promised. It will ultimately come back to you tenfold.” As proven many, many times during my life and times.

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Queensland clan labs disappearing as imported drugs ‘flooded’ in

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Drug labs are becoming less popular in Queensland. Photo: QPS Illegal drug manufacturing equipment. Photo: QPS
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Police don safety gear while dealing with another illegal lab. Photo: QPS

Queensland’s criminal drug manufacturers are being run out of business as cheaper, higher quality narcotics flood through the state’s borders, police say.

On Friday, they hailed a decline in meth lab busts in the state that was once infamous for having the highest rate of the dangerous scourge in the country but pointed to a concerning explanation.

Local manufacturers simply couldn’t compete with the cheap, pure drugs from overseas.

“We’ve seen a major downturn of that in Queensland. We used to be the leader in Australia in the detection and charging of people in that kind of activity and there’s reasons for that,” Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.

“We’ve seen a major downturn. We believe on the evidence available to us that it’s because there’s so much in drugs being flooded into this country that it is not profitable enough to make your own.

“You simply buy it through the criminal networks and that’s where our work on organised crime is so important.”

Actual charges for producing and trafficking drugs stagnated from 2014/15 to 2015/16 but charges for possession and and selling jumped nine and six per cent respectively.

The warning from Queensland police came on the heels of similar information from the Crime and Corruption Commission earlier this year.

“The demand for illicit drugs and the huge profits to be made from supplying them in Queensland, particularly in regional areas, has made Queensland an attractive market for interstate and internationally based crime groups to expand their criminal activities,” the CCC found in its illicit drug markets report from earlier this year.

It found organised crime groups, particularly from interstate, were increasingly targeting regional areas such as Toowoomba, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns.

Queensland was the clandestine drug lab capital of the country in 2013-14, hosting almost half of the nation’s criminal drug laboratories, with about a third of them the year after, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.

The CCC identified a sharp swing away from domestic production toward “importations of high-purity final product” from overseas in its latest report.

“Methylamphetamine continues to be rated as the illicit drug market that poses the highest level of risk (Very High) — due to the high level of organised crime involvement and the significant harms the drug causes to individual users and the community,” it said.

“The main change in this market since 2012 has been a shift in the form of methylamphetamine, with increased supply and demand for high purity crystal (“ice”) rather than powder, and an increase in imported final product compared with locally produced methylamphetamine.”

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Devastating crash does nothing to dampen Queenslander’s love of Cambodia

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I had been out for dinner with a friend, we were heading home, it was a Thursday night.
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We were on my motorbike, going through the little back streets of Phnom Penh towards my apartment and we got sideswiped by a black car.

The other car had no lights on, it was speeding. It sandwiched my legs between my motorbike and the bumper bar of the car and my head smashed against the bonnet of the car.

My friend was thrown off the bike, he suffered some fairly severe injuries as well.

At that point the driver hit the brakes which dislodged me from my bike and sent me flying down the road. He actually tried to run me over but I managed to crawl to the side of the road and behind a tree.

I looked down and saw that my leg had basically been amputated, it was just held on by some threads of flesh.

He took off down the road with my motorbike still under his car.

Peter Maitland moved to Cambodia in 2014 to teach at the International Primary School in Phnom Penh.

He had an enduring love of Asia after travelling to Beijing to see his brother compete in the Olympics and studying at a University in Malaysia.

While on holidays in Cambodia before moving there he met his now-fiancee Elena, and after travelling back to Australia together he was able to convince her to move there with him.

“Cambodia is a beautiful country,” he says.

“After working in south-east Asia I always wanted to live there, so when the opportunity came up to work in Cambodia I really wanted to take it.

“I just bought a big block of land that I was going to build a resort on down south on the coast. My fiancee had moved down there already to start preparing things. I was going to join her in a week.”

But all Mr Maitland’s plans changed on September 16 when the car emerged from the dark and changed his life forever.

“I was screaming and shouting and cursing and making a good old racket,” he says.

But even through the pain, he saw exactly why he loved the region so much.

“Being in my local area, I knew all the tuk tuk drivers and they took off after [the driver] for me,” he said.

“The tuk tuk drivers led the police to the car driver and they arrested him on the spot which is remarkable, that doesn’t happen very often. Cambodia doesn’t have the most effectual police department.”

It was the first of many examples of the kindness of the community he lived among in Cambodia.

Mr Maitland suffered serious injuries in the crash, including severing an artery in his leg. He lost almost half his blood on the side of the road.

When he arrived at the hospital, stocks of his blood type, A negative, were low. So he put out a call for help on Facebook.

“Within about 20 minutes of putting a Facebook message on, I had about 15 volunteers lined up at my hospital door wanting to donate their A negative blood,” he says.

“It’s times like that you realise people really care.

“These countries, they get a bad rap among a lot of people, but it’s tough times like that that bring good people together.

“In these countries there’s more good people than bad people, bad people make the headlines more often.”

Mr Maitland found people from his local community were prepared to go to great lengths to help him in any way they could.

“These are people with nothing who were prepared to give everything,” he says.

Eventually doctors in Phnom Penh acknowledged they didn’t have the expertise to treat Mr Maitland’s extensive injuries and he was flown to Bangkok for further treatment.

From there he has undergone multiple operations in an attempt to save his severely damaged leg.

“They have taken great care of me, they have been able to answer questions, do all the surgery, minimise my pain, the nurses are great,” he says.

“As it stands, my right foot, the severely injured one, I have been guaranteed I will lose my five toes and I have been pretty much assured I will lose at least half my foot.”

Remarkably, Mr Maitland is relatively upbeat about his plight.

“I used to be a lifesaver, I have played a lot of sport, I have seen some pretty gruesome things,” he says.

“I have quite a strong stomach so I don’t get too fazed by things, and I am treating it as I am alive and anything beyond that is a bonus.”

On Saturday, Mr Maitland was due to be transferred back to Australia for more treatment and the inevitable rehabilitation he will need to undergo to begin walking again.

His flight was due to leave Bangkok at midnight on Friday, getting him back to Australia just in time for a very important event in his life.

“My flight should be getting into Australia around midday and I will go straight from the plane, into an ambulance and to the hospital,” he says.

“There I hope to find a television which is playing the AFL grand final, and if I can’t I will be taking a doctor and a nurse across the road to the pub to watch it.”

Despite his ordeal, Mr Maitland hopes one day to return to Cambodia and he hopes his story doesn’t frighten people off visiting.

“People shouldn’t be scared off by stories like this,” he says.

“My story is horrible, I’m not trying to dodge that.

“But I don’t think I would have got the support from the community in Australia as I received in Cambodia.”

Friends have set up a fundraising page for Mr Maitland to assist with his ongoing medical expenses and rehabilitation costs.

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Queensland Investment Corporation pays out $70 million in bonuses

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Employees at Queensland Investment Corporation received $70 million in bonuses last year. Photo: Jessica ShapiroMore than $70 million in bonuses has been paid out to workers at the government-owned Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) in the past year.
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There was $70.89 million paid for “performance and retention of employees”, the QIC Consolidated annual financial statements and directors’ report for the year ended 30 June 2016, tabled on Friday reveals.

There were 543 employees who received payments for performance and retention purposes in the past year, the report said.

This was up from almost $66 million paid in the 2014-15 financial year.

In 2013-14, there was $56.5 million paid in bonuses under the former Newman LNP government.

A corporation spokeswoman said QIC generated significant returns for its clients and a record normalised corporate profit in 2015-16.

“For the financial year 2015-16 QIC’s total revenue increased by $12.3 million to $336.3 million,” the spokeswoman said.

“Incentives paid by QIC are based on performance outcomes.

“All employees of QIC contributed to achieving these outcomes.

“It is in line with market practice to recognise all employee contributions to achieving such a positive result.”

The spokeswoman said QIC managed more than $75.8 billion in funds and generated $4.1 billion in investment return for clients.

“Many of whom are ultimately Queensland public sector employees,” she said.

“Generating investment returns of this size requires people with specialist skills and expertise, for whom QIC must compete with the private sector to appoint and retain.”

QIC’s budget for corporate entertainment was $419,734 for the past year – an increase on previous years, according to the QIC 2015-2016 Statement of Corporate Intent – also tabled on Friday.

The spokeswoman defended the entertainment budget.

“Overall, QIC’s spend in relation to client entertainment and hospitality is well below that of the market and funds management industry,” she said.

“QIC operates in an extremely competitive market and delivers excellent outcomes for our clients and the Queensland Government.

“Delivering this commercial success involves some entertainment activities to help build and maintain relationships with existing and prospective clients.”

She said QIC had policies to ensure corporate hospitality and entertainment spending was “appropriate, reasonable” with commercial benefits.

Brisbane Times approached Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s office for comment, but was advised QIC was better placed to answer the questions posed.

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Member for Bulimba Di Farmer exceeds allowance for office expenses

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Member for Bulimba Di Farmer exceeded her electorate allowance for 2015-16. Photo: Glenn CampbellLetter mail-outs to residents are responsible for a Brisbane MP blowing-out her electorate office allowance.
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Labor member for Bulimba Di Farmer spent $82,307.70 through her electorate and communication allowance in the past financial year, which was higher than any other Queensland MP.

Of that amount, $43,850.34 was for production, publication and distribution services.

The office expenditure for most MPs lingered around the $60,000 mark in 2015-16.

The results are detailed in the Annual Report of Electorate and Communication Allowance Expenditure for July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The rules show that when an MP overspends their allowance, any over-expenditure cost is met personally by the member.

Ms Farmer’s allowance was $62,250.

“It’s a choice, I paid those bills,” Ms Farmer said.

Ms Farmer said there were a range of ways to communicate with residents, such as email or social media, but that relied on having contact details.

She said distributors could take two weeks to get information into letterboxes and volunteers could be used when available.

But using the more expensive route – Australia Post – was necessary for issues that were more time sensitive.

“I had a couple of local issues this year which… I needed to get information out to people quickly on them and the only way I could choose to do that was via Australia Post, so that just racks up the bill unfortunately,” she said.

Ms Farmer could not immediately recall the specific issues relating to the mail-outs in the past financial year when questioned on Friday afternoon.

Ms Farmer said an Australia Post mail-out also had the benefit of servicing a wider geographic area or for example writing to over-65s about a senior’s morning tea, and that the letters were personally-addressed.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls’ electorate office expenses were $60,407.17 for the past year and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s were $66,306.08.

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AFL grand final parade: for this day, all Melbourne is Footscray

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Parade day: Western Bulldogs fans outnumbered their Swans counterparts. Photo: Justin McManus You could almost feel the sigh of desire from all those Bulldogs supporters, denied ownership of the premiership cup since the club’s single great year. Photo: Justin McManus
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Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs smiles as his team are presented on stage. Photo: Darrian Traynor

Jarrad McVeigh and his daughter take part in the parade. Photo: Darrian Traynor

All Melbourne appeared to have turned out … and all Melbourne, it seemed, was there for the Western Bulldogs.

From the old Treasury building, down Spring Street, along Wellington Parade, clear into Yarra Park outside the MCG, the fabulous coliseum that gave this parade its meaning, the crowd lining the route, 10 or 20 deep for long stretches, wore red, white and blue.

Even the members of the Army marching band that led the great procession wore Bulldogs scarves around their necks.

Why, a scarf was draped over the big bass drum that gave the march its very pulse.

Right behind, borne by a team of strong young porters, as if it were fragile and valuable as an artefact from an ancient tomb, came the cup, glinting in the midday light.

You could almost feel the sigh of desire from all those Bulldogs supporters, denied ownership of the premiership cup since the club’s single great year: 1954.

It took a while, elbowing our way through the crowd along Spring Street, to find a single person wearing the livery of the Sydney Swans.

“Do you feel lonely?” we asked the fellow from the north, whose name, he said, was Peter Williams.

“Not really,” he said. “I’ve got a crew with me over there.” Mr Williams, of Wollongong, had taken most of the week to drive down with his wife Carol; they were making a little holiday of it. A couple of carloads of friends had come along, too, and were gathered, a splash of red amid the Bulldogs hordes, by the paradeway. Some of them, Mr Williams confided, weren’t actually Swans  supporters. They went for Greater Western Sydney, but would be loyal to Sydney on Saturday.

“We’re quietly confident,” he said, in that way some football fans who feel assured of their chances have of trying to avoid condescension when in the opposition’s territory.

The Bulldogs’ legions had no time for false modesty. Not after six decades of waiting.

As the parade of players and officials, bands, marching teams and the Carlton Brewery clydesdales drawing a wagon of barrels swung from Spring Street into Wellington Parade, a cheeky bunch of Bulldogs supporters held high at the corner a large home-made sign.

“We will beat the Swans by a mile,” it proclaimed. “Yes we’ll do them Doggies Style.”

Despite the dire predictions by weather forecasters all week of a soaking, there would be no rain upon this parade.

The players rode by, dry, on the back of utes. The crowd roared.

This was a town in search of a fairytale, and the first stage of it had been delivered from above.

The sun shone from a blue sky, with barely more than a wisp of cloud up high.

As the sound of the marching bands oompahed and beat their way into the distance, heading for the heavenly arena down by the Yarra, the Treasury Gardens filled with families unwrapping sandwiches and little kids and their dads kicking footballs around.

The park was a roiling, hopeful shout of red, white and blue.

Melbourne, for this day at least, was Footscray.

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Severe weather warning for Mandurah and surrounds

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A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds for people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah.A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds for people in parts of WA southwest of a line from Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay.
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This includes people in, near or between the following towns: Mandurah, Narrogin, Katanning, Bridgetown, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Albany, and Esperance.

Weather Situation

A deep low pressure system will move south of Albany and an associated strong cold front will move over southwest parts of the State during Saturday.

This weather system is likely to cause widespread damaging winds to 100 kilometres per hour that could result in damage to homes and property.

In isolated areas dangerous gusts in excess of 125 kilometres per hour could cause significant damage..

Damaging winds are likely to develop south west of a line Busselton to Windy Harbour between 3am and 5am Saturday, and extend to south west of a line Mandurah to Hyden to Israelite Bay after 8am Saturday.

Small hail is possible, with thunderstorms likely south of a line Bunbury to Esperance.

Dangerous surf conditionsare likely which could cause significant beach erosion.

This front is expected to be windier than a typical front and is likely to produce the kind of weather that is around twice a year.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

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Holt drives canned food donations

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Campaigner: Colin Holt is supporting Foodbank WA by encouraging Donnybrook locals and visitors to donate cans of food towards the cause. Photo: SuppliedColin Holt MLC,Nationals Member for the South West, is asking Donnybrook Country Club members and visitors to join in the fight against hunger by doing the “can-can”.
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Holt will sponsor a club week at the Donnybrook Country Club from October 5 to 9to support locally based charity Foodbank WA.

While there is no dancing orFrench cabaret involved, Holt believes a small contribution ofa can of food can go a long to way to help the needy.

Foodbank WA supplies charities and schools with the provisions they need to fight hunger in the community –with a network extending from Perth into regional centres around Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Peel.

“Foodbank WA provides food to the most vulnerable in our community and this is a great way for members and visitors of Donnybrook Country Club to make a difference,” Holt said.

“Every little bit helps, so please contribute by providing a canned food donation.”

All competitors can do the can-can by donating a can of food at the specially marked boxes at the club.

“Can I count on you to help? Your donation of canned food could make the difference between someone in your community having a meal or going hungry”.

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For further enquiries, please contact the office of Hon Colin Holt MLC on 9724 1181.

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A slice of Paterson history

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With the original cottage dating back to the early 1800s, this site holds a lot of history and significance as the old punt site across the Paterson River.
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The current home is loaded with charm and character in the colonial, Cape Cod blend of architecture.

There are gorgeous polished floorboards throughout with a number of original features and impressive fireplaces.

The floor plan is generous in proportions throughout with fivebedrooms, two bathrooms, a country style kitchen, an enormous living area and elegant dining room.

All the bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes and the home has air conditioning.

A large covered verandah takes in the full view of the beautiful 1.17ha (2.9 acre) grounds with river and mountain views.

A large shed provides six covered car spaces, three phase power, remote doors and mezzanine storage.

The grounds are peaceful, private and tastefully landscaped with natives, European species and numerous fruit trees.

There is a rainwater tank for the garden as well.

A fenced horse or stockpaddock has fertile alluvial soil and is capable of providingexcellent feed.

PRDnationwide Hunter Valley agent Rhonda Nyquist said the current custodians have maintained this home fastidiously and described thepresentation as impressive.

“The Old Punt House” is located just minutes from the Paterson village, train station, shops, schools and facilities.

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Reasons why we should follow the sun

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THE future of our community energy needs are clear to me, right there in the name created by Clement John De Garis when he got £20,000 from the Australian Dried Fruit Association to promote our district and its produce in the 1920s: Sunraysia.
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The one constant thing in our region, the ever-shining sun, can be our ticket to boosting our economy.

We can lead the change in the way ­energy is produced and sold in our region, and ­nation.

We have the opportunity to harness this natural resource, on both a small and large scale.

Australians are the greatest investors in rooftop solar in the world and, if coupled with battery systems, we can increase our own energy independence.

Combine this personal approach with community action and we could be looking for funding at local, state and federal levels.

Public and private investment in the creation of a new local industry around solar generation and housing could make us net producers of energy.

The clean-tech revolution is a critical ­issue, a great opportunity for our community, one I feel our leaders have overlooked in favour of a reliance on coal.

Stronger advocacy for energy security and publicly purchased and owned systems could offset rates and other costs in the ­municipality once initial costs were recouped.

Sunraysia is in a prime geographical location to capitalise on the clean-tech revolution.

Along with more autonomy by meeting our own energy needs and supplying a surplus to the growing green market, we should strive to become a regional hub for administration through the Murray-Darling Basin.

Let’s consider a great leap forward for our region, using the advantages of our location to meet the essential goals of energy and ­water security for a better future.

Jason Modica,

Mildura Council candidate

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