Canberra priest to stand trial over alleged sex offences

October 3, 2013 – 12:40PM

Michael Inman


Father Edward Evans, right.

Father Edward Evans, right. Photo: Christopher Knaus

A Canberra Catholic priest will stand trial over allegations of historical offences against a child in the 1990s.

The ACT Magistrates Court also heard Father Edward Evans was under police investigation over further allegations and fresh charges could be laid in the coming weeks.

Father Evans, 84, was arrested and charged earlier this year with three acts of indecency between 1994 and 1997.

The German-language chaplain is accused of indecently touching a girl three times, twice when she was between 11 and 12, and a third time when she was 13.


He has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

The priest worked with Canberra’s German Catholic community, and represents the country’s Catholic mission.

Among other services, Father Evans conducted German-language masses at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Braddon, on Sundays.

Father Evans did not appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday as he had been excused from attendance.

The prosecution sought to have the matter committed for trial in the ACT Supreme Court, arguing the pending charges, when laid, would require the matter go before a judge.

But his lawyer, Ben Aulich, said the defence had received no information on the fresh allegations and the hearing should remain in the Magistrates Court.

The court heard 17 witnesses would be called during the four day hearing next year, including former Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra, Pat Power.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker set the matter for hearing in the lower court in March next year.

But Ms Walker told the prosecution they could reapply to transfer the case to the Supreme Court if the foreshadowed charges were laid.

Father Evans’ bail was continued.

Canberra Times

When your partner embarrasses you

October 2, 2013 – 11:58PM

Annie Stevens


Liz Lemon and Dennis Duffy ... never meant to be.

Liz Lemon and Dennis Duffy … never meant to be.Photo: Nicole Rivelli


You might have experienced it, that hot prickle of embarrassment when you’re at a sophisticated dinner party and your partner starts talking about how he feels that Nickleback are really underrated. Or perhaps since your girlfriend started ‘eating clean’ she only ever wears singlets that say things like ‘eat clean, train mean’ and speaks in inspirational quotes, or your husband becomes a close talker when he’s had too many ciders. It’s called spousal embarrassment, and it’s exactly how it sounds. Interestingly though, according to the Wall Street Journal, we often feel more acutely embarrassed by the behaviour of our partners than we do of our own social faux pas.

“Spouses represent one another. Doesn’t it say something about you if the person you chose to spend your life with tells insensitive jokes or dances with a lamp shade on his head? You may feel torn between your spouse and the people watching the behaviour,” writes Elizabeth Bernstein in her piece How to Cope When Your Spouse Embarrasses You.

Which really kind of makes sense. And it’s something that relationship counsellor Elly Taylor agrees with,

“We’re embarrassed by our partner because it adds insult to injury: A) they’re acting like an idiot and B) we choose to be with them. We can feel disappointed in ourselves,” she says.


According to Mark Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Social Psychology Program at Duke University, there are four kinds of spousal embarrassment.

The first is second hand, like when your partner misses their mouth with their glass of water. Then there is reflective embarrassment, your boyfriend is twerking at your office Christmas party. This is when we worry what people might think of our choice of life partner/Christmas party date. Thirdly, one-sided embarrassment, and this is where it gets tricky; you’re embarrassed by their stand-up comedy routine, they think they’re hilarious. “Relax,” they might say, “everybody else thinks it’s funny.” The last kind is targeted embarrassment, like if your husband tells your son’s home room teacher that you grew up in a ‘naked house’. This one, as Elizabeth Bernstein points out, is the kind most likely to end up in horrible fights in the car on the way home.

Spousal embarrassment then, is kind of like how your mother would say that you’re judged by the company you keep. And if the company you choose to pick out matching towels with on the weekend happens to enjoy the feel of his unshod feet sinking into the plush carpets of your local David Jones, what does that say about us?

Well, what it might say is that you need to relax, this is the person that you want to be with – fondness for faux accents and all. As Elly Taylor points out, feeling embarrassed about your partner might just say a lot more about you than it does them. Part of the problem comes with not understanding boundaries – your own, and your partners.

“Personal boundaries tell us where we end and another person begins. I’m responsible for my thoughts, feelings and actions, and you’re responsible for yours. Many of us have leaky (or the opposite, rigid) boundaries, because we’re not usually aware we even have them,” says Taylor.

But even with this in mind, it’s undoubtedly crushing that your beloved might at some point tell you that you’re kind of embarrassing yourself. To cope with this Elly Taylor says that, again, you must realise that it’s not just about you, it’s about them too. Then you have to talk about, well, how to talk about your relationship, “there’s some shoring up of boundaries to be done,” says Taylor.

If you’re constantly embarrassed by your partner, for example like Liz Lemon and her terrible beeper king boyfriend Dennis Duffy in 30 Rock, it might be that you’re with the wrong person. But for others, discussing why your partner is embarrassing you doesn’t have to be deal breaker.

“To protect the connection between spouses, I’d use the feedback sandwich: positive, negative, positive: “gosh you’re gorgeous, but do you know that rolling your eyes that way makes me crazy? It reminds me of my dad. I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t: talk to me instead,” says Taylor.

As always and ever, working on having a solid relationship built on communication and trust is key.

“The most successful long-term relationships stay fresh because they’re a process of discovery, that as people and life events changed, partners shaped around each other,” says Taylor.

“If we’ve discovered it’s our problem, we can choose to either disclose or not disclose. But if we do, we need to make it clear it’s our issue. But if it’s a behaviour that genuinely causes distress to us and potentially to others (like a partner getting drunk and picking fights at parties) this is more serious and really needs to be addressed – potentially with the help of a relationship counsellor.”

Ultimately though, as anybody who thought they would probably die of embarrassment and found that the sun does indeed rise the next day, most people really overestimate how much other people notice. They’re probably too busy feeling embarrassed about their own partner’s midlife crises contemporary jazz band.


Daily Life

Seqwater employees to be based in Ipswich

Brisbane city based Seqwater employees will be moved to Ipswich in a bid to help strengthen the statutory authority’s “regional presence”.

The move, which will impact about half of Seqwater’s 600 office based employees, will start from March next year.

A spokesman said the decision to move the bulk water authority headquarters to a new purpose-built building in Ipswich “was made after Seqwater finalised a review of its CBD accommodation and supports a whole of government strategy for the building at 117 Brisbane Street, Ipswich”.

In a statement, the authority said the move will mean all employees, currently spread between offices in Creek and Margaret Streets in the CBD, will be in one office.


“The focus in the coming weeks will be working with our employees on how best we can ensure a smooth transition,” the statement read.

Seqwater is the government statutory authority responsible for the water supply for south east Queensland. They are also in charge of flood mitigation

Brisbane Times

Pay parking for Parliament House

October 3, 2013 – 4:17PM

Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times


The main underground public car park at Parliament House.

The main underground public car park at Parliament House. Photo: Graham Tidy

Visitors to Parliament House – and possibly staff – will have to pay for parking from July.

The decision was announced late Thursday by the presiding officers.

This will affect all staff working in the building as their employers will be liable for fringe benefit tax for free parking in staff carparks.

As a result, pay parking may be introduced in all car parks for the building.


The Budget decision to introduce pay parking in the Parliamentary Zone and all National Lands from next year created a dilemma for Parliament House which controls its own parking.

If it did not introduce pay parking, the public car park could be swamped by commuters.

The public car park under the forecourt of the building is currently free and limited to three hours.

“Were Parliament House to offer the only free parking in the Parliamentary Zone, we anticipate that the capacity for tourist and other visitors to the building would be severely limited,” a statement by the Department of Parliamentary Services said.

“As a result, the Presiding Officers have decided that pay parking should be introduced for visitor parking at Parliament House.

“It is intended that this would coincide with the NCA’s pay parking introduction on 1 July 2014.

“It is anticipated that these changes to parking arrangements will also have a direct impact for occupants of Parliament House in relation to Fringe Benefits Tax.

“As a result, as well as asking the Department of Parliamentary Services to advise on options for visitor parking in the public car park, the Presiding Officers have also asked DPS to conduct a feasibility study of options to introduce pay parking across all car parks at Parliament House and its precincts.

“DPS has engaged a consultant to assist it to explore the most suitable pay parking models for our environment. DPS will be consulting with key Parliament House stakeholders as part of this work


Canberra Times

Indooroopilly mine records high lead levels

October 4, 2013 – 12:01AM

Tony Moore senior reporter

The Indooroopilly silver-lead mine, circa 1924.

The Indooroopilly silver-lead mine, circa 1924. Photo: John Oxley Library

Lead from old mine tailings at levels at 10 times industry standards has contaminated land at Indooroopilly.

The former mine, which was used as a teaching and research tool by the University of Queensland, is surrounded by residential properties.

Brisbane City Council has been informed of the lead contamination on the site, as have nearby residents on Isles Road.

The site was a silver and lead mine between 1919 and 1929.


Lead is common in household activities, but can have serious health implications in large doses if swallowed or breathed in, because it builds up in the body.

“Lead can affect children by causing learning and attention problems, hearing loss, slowed growth, and bad behaviour,” a Lead Safe Queensland Health document says.

“Lead can affect pregnant women and pass through the mother’s body and harm the unborn baby.”

UQ believes the lead came from old mine workings from the original mine.

The tests reveal six sites are contaminated with lead and UQ last week formally advised the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Lead levels should be below 1500 milligrams per kilogram at industrial sites and at 600 for recreational use, according to test results.

The results show several test sites at 17,300, at 16,100, at 14,100, and at 12,400 milligrams per kilogram.

In one stream sediment study, the lead is also 10 times the industry safety level.

“The soil testing has confirmed some areas of lead contamination believed to stem from historic workings at the site, which operated as a lead and silver mine between 1919 and 1929,” UQ property and facilities director Alan Egan confirmed in a statement.

UQ could be asked to evacuate all staff, to fence off portions of the site, or to cover portions of the site with trees by the state government.

It could also be asked to bitumen large parts of the site.

There are 130 staff and 30 students work at the experimental mine, which was bought by the UQ in 1967.

“This contamination appears to be historical, pre-dating the University’s connection to the site,” Mr Egan said.

“It’s an unfortunate legacy that UQ has inherited.”

The council’s zoning classes most of the site as “community use”.

Mr Egan said the location of the contaminated soil and the use of the site meant it was unlikely lead would be ingested or inhaled, or that anyone would have been exposed to it over an extended time.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is now considering the findings.

Brisbane Times

Rafinha Bastos apresentará novo projeto para Internet


No próximo dia 10, em evento marcado para a Chácara Santa Cecília, em São Paulo, Rafinha Bastos vai apresentar seu novo projeto para Internet, o canal Marcapasso, em parceria com o diretor Leo Rapini, desta vez bem distante da comédia.

Trata-se de um conteúdo que vai contar histórias de pessoas reais de maneira autêntica e inspiradora, como, por exemplo, de uma mulher que passará por um transplante, ou de um homem que sairá de uma clínica de reabilitação para dependentes químicos.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Florestan Fernandes Júnior dará palestra na Faculdade Cásper Líbero


Apresentador de programas da extinta Manchete, Florestan Fernandes Júnior, estará na manhã de hoje na Faculdade Cásper Líbero acompanhando a exibição do documentário “Aconteceu, virou Manchete!”.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Flávio Ricco chama o São Paulo Futebol Clube de “time decadente”


A Globo mostrou jogos seguidos do decadente São Paulo, domingo e quarta-feira. Depois se queixam da baixa audiência…
… E teve Corinthians, nas duas vezes jogando fora da Capital, contra Portuguesa e Bahia.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery