Fifteen asylum seekers are believed to have collapsed and seven given medical treatment, as the hunger strike on Nauru escalates.
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Up to 300 men are now reportedly refusing to eat in protest at the conditions on the Pacific island and the lack of information given to them about their processing.

The reports about the widening of the hunger strike came as two more boats with a total of 75 passengers were found in Australian waters.

The boats, one carrying 63 people and another with 12 people aboard, were intercepted north-west of Christmas Island on Friday night. The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island to undergo security, health and identity checks.

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said that the Iranian man, whose attempted suicide on Wednesday had sparked the hunger strike, had been returned to detention.

He said the asylum seekers on Nauru had requested a meeting with a representative of the Department of Immigration but no one had come to speak to them.

He said that the asylum seekers had told the coalition that they would continue with the hunger strike until they got their rights. “Our rights means taking us back to Australia and starting our processing,” one of them reportedly said.

Mr Rintoul said he understood one man had been given a glucose drip after collapsing.

A spokesman for the Department of Immigration said that it was hard to tell how many people were participating in the hunger strike because the numbers were fluctuating.

He said that no one had been taken to hospital, and everyone had access to medical facilities and food and water.

Jamal Daoud from the Social Justice Network said the asylum seekers he was in touch with on Nauru told him they were prepared to starve to death if necessary.

“We have lost our wealth and now we are losing our mental health,” they told him.

Mr Daoud said they also told him the conditions on Nauru were “hell”, particularly living in tents in the hot and humid weather.

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Entrant: Tracy Coleman
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Age: 31

Occupation: Agribusiness finance analyst

Sponsor: CBA Agribusiness Wagga Wagga

1. Why do you think the Miss WaggaWagga Quest is important to the local community?

It promotes personal development of young women in the community. It brings people together at our functions for fun and friendship, and it’s a fantastic way to raise money for various hard working local charities and groups that need extra resources.

2. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, how do you plan to be a positive role model for young girls?

I want to show that it’s very rewarding to get involved with your local community and to help support good causes. I also want to demonstrate how worthwhile it is to develop your life skills, both personally and socially, with such a fun platform as the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest.

3. What are the three best things about Wagga?

The people are so friendly and it’s a “big country town”. Great opportunities available in both business and sporting fields. The Murrumbidgee River, with its great swimming spots, and Wagga’s beautiful parks and gardens in general.

4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

Have a huge extended-family breakfast at my parents’ farm, then go heli-snowboarding in France with 20 of my best friends before lunch, and finish the day with everyone I love at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Perfect.

5. If you could have any three people to dinner, who would they be? Why?

– Usain Bolt, as he is unbelievably talented, very entertaining, with just the right amount of well-deserved ego.

– Michelle Obama, as she is such a classy, intelligent and inspiring lady.

– Hamish Blake, because I can never keep a straight face when I watch him.

6. What three words best describe you?

Friendly, optimistic, independent.

7. What are your plans for the next five years?

To travel more overseas, progress my professional career, live life to the fullest every day.

8. Why should you be crowned the next Miss Wagga?

I would be very honoured to represent this great city. I love living here and would do my best to showcase Wagga to the rest of the Riverina, and the world, in 2013.

Tracey Coleman

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Lisa CarrollEntrant: Lisa Carroll
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Age: 28

Occupation: Support Worker

Sponsor: Wagga Marketplace

1. Why do you think the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest is important to the local community?

I believe the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest is important to the local community because, as a team of young women working together, we raise awareness of our beautiful city Wagga and through our fund-raising efforts and events we are able to help charities and the people they support with much needed funds.

2. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, how do you plan to be a positive role model for young girls?

I plan to be a positive role model for young girls by staying focused and working closely with the other entrants. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest I plan to do my best by working hard in representing the community to ensure the objectives of the Quest are achieved.

3. What are the three best things about Wagga?

Our lake and walking track, including all local recreational options for all ages. Our parks with all the family friendly facilities and the true Australian sense of community support within Wagga when times are tough and people in the community need a hand.

4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

I would spend my last day with those closest to me having fun and a barbecue with lots of good food, drinks, laughs and music to dance the night away!

5. If you could have any three people to dinner, who would they be? Why?

– Delta Goodrem because she is inspirational, hardworking and seems like a lovely person.

– Jim Carey for the laugh factor.

– George Clooney because he is a great actor, intelligent and interesting man.

6. What three words best describe you?

Outgoing, honest and caring.

7. What are your plans for the next five years?

To continue my career in disabilities, travel, get married, have children and to be happy and healthy in my life.

8. Why should you be crowned the next Miss Wagga Wagga?

I should be crowned the next Miss Wagga Wagga because I would represent our city, Wagga with pride and integrity. Where and whenever I travel, I am always proud to say I was born and raised in Wagga.

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Entrant: Amanda Swan
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Age: 24

Occupation: Sonographer

Sponsor: Clear Radiology

1. Why do you think the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest is important to the local community?

The quest is an opportunity for the community to recognise the role young women play in the cultural, economic and social make-up of our city. The quest is a local institution, and a way for the community to choose an ambassador to represent our town, while raising funds for local groups in need.

2. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, how do you plan to be a positive role model for young girls?

I hope to inspire young women to always push to make a difference, whether it is on a local scale or much larger. I think it is important for young women to learn to respect themselves and to feel valued and empowered. I plan to lead by example.

3. What are the three best things about Wagga?

Wagga has the facilities of a city with a small town atmosphere. It’s an accessible and affordable place to live with a good community spirit and cultural heritage.

4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

Tick a few items off my bucket list – swim with dolphins, go skydiving and drive a convertible Ferrari. Then buy a pair of Manolos and party with family and friends.

5. If you could have any three people to dinner, who would they be? Why?

– Marilyn Monroe, as I would love to hear her speak. I really admire the way she saw the world. She inspires me to be strong and independent. She is such an iconic figure.

– Michael Jackson, because I would like to meet the real man, aside from what the media portrayed him as. I think he would have a lot of interesting stories, and I would like to make my own judgment of him. I think he would probably be a lot more grounded than we would think.

– John Cleese, because he is easily my favourite comedian, there wouldn’t be a boring moment at my party with him there.

6. What three words best describe you?

Dedicated, enthusiastic and compassionate.

7. What are your plans for the next five years?

Finish my master of medical ultrasound, learn to cook and to see more of the world (on the top of my list are the Spanish riding school in Vienna and the Great Pyramids of Giza.

8. Why should you be crowned the next Miss Wagga?

Miss Wagga should be a woman who is passionate about our community and has a genuine interest in promoting Wagga and assisting local groups and charities who need support. I know that if crowned I would aim to be the best ambassador I could be, and try to give back to the city that has given me so many opportunities

Amanda Swan

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Teneal Hanigan.Entrant:Teneal Hanigan
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Age: 24

Occupation: Flight attendant

Sponsor: Regional Express Airlines

1. Why do you think the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest is important to the community?

I believe the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest helps strengthen relationships within the community and gives young women an opportunity to give back and support the chosen charities and groups. The quest also plays an integral role in the personal development of the entrants and is such a rewarding experience for the individual.

2. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, how do you plan to be a positive role model for young girls?

I believe I can be a positive role model throughout the quest as I understand the importance it has on the younger generation. I will lead by example with dignity and compassion, combined with honesty, tact and grace. I believe the importance I place on values and morals will help guide young girls within the community and I know I can besomeone positive to look up to.

3. What are the three best things about Wagga Wagga?

One of my favourite attributes of Wagga would have to be the compassion our town shows towards each other and those in need and especially in times of crisis. Another would be the vast facilities the town has to offer in education, sporting and career opportunities. And finally I love that Wagga is a part of the Riverina, which holds so much adventure, we are so close to the snow fields, wineries and major cities.

4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

I would love to spend my last day at Disneyland with my family and friends.

5. If you could have any three people to dinner, who would they be? Why?

– Princess Mary, as she is a great example of a lady and holds herself so well in the public eye. I love how Princess Mary was an everyday Australian who gracefully transformed into a princess. I think she is a positive role model who portrays such elegance and grace.

– Ellen DeGeneres, as she is extremely generous and full of compassion, she has such a positive outlook on life and her personality and good humour is contagious. I love the way Ellen is so casual, easy going and down to earth and she does a great job of putting a smile on so many people’s faces day-in-day-out.

– Nicholas Sparks, as he is my favourite author. He does a fantastic job of creating characters and a storyline with depth and emotion. Book after book, I can’t seem to put them down.

6. What three words best describe you?

Ambitious, loyal and diligent.

7. What are your plans for the next five years?

I would like to travel the world as much as possible. I would like to buy and renovate a second home. I would like to be as successful as I can be in my chosen career. I would also like to get married and start a family.

8. Why should you be crowned the next Miss Wagga Wagga?

I believe I would be a positive role model to young women and within the community. I hope to be influential and assist the community of Wagga . I would represent myself and Wagga to the best of my ability. I am willing to give the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest all that I can. I love that I have the opportunity to give back to the Wagga community and I’m proud to call Wagga home, I would be so honoured to hold the title of Miss Wagga Wagga 2013.

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The scene on Saturday night. Picture: Gary Sissons Picture: Channel 7
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The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

Emergency services people at the scene. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

The aftermath. Picture: Wayne Hawkins

TRAIN services on the Cranbourne line will be disrupted for five days or more following a fatal crash at a Dandenong South level crossing yesterday.

The police major collision unit is still investigating the crash, which happened about 11.40am when a prime mover loaded with fruit and vegetables and the leading carriage of a Cranbourne-bound train collided at the Abbotts Road level crossing.

One train passenger, a 43-year-old Cranbourne West man, diedfrom a heart attack after the crash and at least 10 others were treated for injuries.

SEE: ‘Joy ride’ turns into trauma.

SEE: Truck appeared to crash into gates.

CLICK HERE for our gallery of the tragic aftermath.

CLICK HERE for our gallery from Saturday night.

CLICK HERE for more images from the crash site.

The train driver, a 30-year-old man from Gisborne, suffered head injuries and was stillin The Alfred hospital on Sunday morning.

Police would not identify the dead man or give further details about him as they were still notifying his family.

Several passengers got off the train afterthe crash and left the scene.

Police are appealing for those people to come forward and give statements about the collision.

Four carriages of the Cranbourne-bound train were derailed, one flipping sideways from the tracks.

Buses will replace train services between Cranbourne and Dandenong during the line closure. Public Transport Victoria is advisingpassengers to allow extra time for their journeys. The Abbotts road crossing was closed to traffic today.

Metro Trains chief executive Andrew Lezala said the railway line and the level crossing were all damaged. There were about 30 passengers on the train. He said the Cranbourne line could take days to clear before work could begin on replacing damaged sleepers and overhead lines.

Mr Lezala said he did not know how much the repair job would cost.

”The problem we have got, and I’m going to be quite guarded about the time, is the ground on either side of the track is fairly boggy, so getting heavy lifting equipment in there will be fairly difficult,’’ he said.

‘‘We are going to be very careful to recover the train safely and carry it away; itmight take us a couple of days.

‘‘Then we have to replace the track. All the sleepers are broken and the overhead stanchionswere pulled down by the coach, which slid about 150metreson its side.

‘‘The overhead lines will need to be put back; at best it will take five days.’’

Mr Lezala joined Premier Ted Baillieu, Transport Minister Terry Mulder, Public Transport Victoria chief executive Ian Dobbs andpoliceAssistant Commissioner Robert Hill at the crash site yesterday.

Mr Baillieu called the accident a ‘‘terrible tragedy’’ and said his heart went out to the family of the dead passenger.

Mr Mulder said things could have been much worse had the accident happened on a weekday, when trains sometimes carry up to 900 people.

‘‘Could you imagine what could have happened if this was a weekday?’’ he said.‘‘In the middle of the week we could have been facing a catastrophic situation.’’

The section of track is rated for 115 km/h.

Assistant Commissioner Hill said any witnesses should call Crime Stoppers and give their statements.

Mr Dobbs said four other trains were on the Cranbourne end of the line before the smash and would not be able to rejoin the train network until the line was cleared andrepaired.

‘‘This is one of the worst we have had in the last 20-30 years. I’ve seen accidents like this in Europe but not here.

‘‘It’s going to be a very demanding week for Metro and I would ask people to bear in mind we are going to have problems and that we are doing the best that we can to get the trains working.’’

Mr Dobbs said that would affect the number of trains available this week, which coincides with the Melbourne Cup carnival, when trains are in heavy use.

‘‘Please bear with us over the next few days. We will be short of trains.

”People on the Cranbourne line will have buses replacing trains and we would ask them to bear with us while we get the rail network back working.’’

The truck driver, a 69-year-old man from Narre Warren North, was assisting police.

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Entrant: Ashley Shaw
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Age: 22

Occupation: Student/receptionist/personal trainer

Sponsor: Country Hope

1. Why do you think the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest is important to the local community?

The Miss Wagga Wagga Quest creates the opportunity for entrants to give something back to their community.

The nature and variety of events and fund-raising provides a chance for the community to not only raise important funds for local charities and not for profit groups, but also brings people from all walks of life together to support the cause.

2. As an entrant in the Miss Wagga Wagga Quest, how do you plan to be a positive role model for young girls?

I plan to be a positive role model for young girls by showing them that regardless of what you are told, what you look like, or what others perceive, if you believe in your cause, then you are capable of achieving what you have set out to accomplish.

3. What are the three best things about Wagga?

1) The beautiful summer months, combined with the fantastic running tracks.

2) The location, proximity to the city, beach and country.

3) That we have a community who are ready and willing to help each other through tough times – an excellent example is the 2012 floods, and the amazing work of volunteers through the evacuation and clean-up.

4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?

I would spend the entire day with loved ones after convincing them to accompany me skydiving, white water rafting and deep sea diving, followed by a picnic dinner on the beach – if it is possible to fit all those things into one day.

5. If you could have any three people to dinner, who would they be? Why?

1) Kurt Fearnley – for inspiration

2) My grandfather – because I never got the chance to meet him

3) Kevin Richardson – in the hope he could teach me how he ‘whispers’ to lions and other dangerous animals.

6. What three words best describe you?

Passionate, overexcitable and stubborn.

7. What are your plans for the next five years?

At this stage my main goal is to complete my Bachelor of Laws. Once I have completed that, I’ll make a new plan.

8. Why should you be crowned the next Miss Wagga?

I should be crowned the next Miss Wagga because I believe it would be an honour to represent and help promote Wagga. It would also give me the opportunity to further support the local community. I believe my passionate, yet stubborn nature would suit the role, as once I dedicate myself to a cause, I don’t give up on it.

Ashley Shaw.

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Australians who had hoped to run the New York marathon have expressed dismay at its last-minute cancellation.
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Marathon legend Robert de Castella said the eight indigenous Australians who had travelled to New York with him to do the marathon – after nine months of training – were “absolutely devastated”.

De Castella said the team, part of the Indigenous Marathon Project, had found out only late Friday afternoon that Sunday marathon would be cancelled.

“To do this 31 hours before the race is a really tough call,” he said. “The guys were so excited and over the moon to be over here and were really looking forward to it.

“We told them the decision and they were just silent. They’re incredible young men and women and coping with this decision will be tougher than any marathon they run.”

He said what was particularly disappointing was that New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had initially promised the race would proceed.

“There wasn’t any ‘maybe’ or ‘we’ll make a decision in a couple of days’. It was a definite decision,” he said. “But the public backlash [about the race proceeding after hurricane Sandy] has been pretty significant and I think the recovery hasn’t gone as quickly as the people thought.”

He said the indigenous athletes – two women and six men – would still run a marathon but probably in Australia.

He said all of them would be helping in the recovery effort on Sunday and Monday.

“It could be anything from sorting through waterlogged records to cooking meals to removing rubble. We’ll work with the Australian consulate and the race organisers to see what we can do … it’s an indication of the sort of people they are,” De Castella said.

Sally Williams, 36, of Kensington, said she could not believe the marathon had been cancelled late on Friday afternoon. “If they’d said it was cancelled [earlier in the week] we could have gone back to Australia from LA and claimed it on insurance,” she said. “Now that we’re here we won’t be able to do that.”

She said thousands of runners had swamped the marathon expo on Friday morning, New York time, for their race numbers and bibs.

“The line was already two kilometres long when I joined it. Within five minutes there was another five kilometres behind me. That’s how many people are going through this,” she said.

Ms Williams said she found out when a digital billboard at Times Square flashed the news. “There were a couple of other runners in Times Square and it was like – is this a joke?”

She said “pretty much all of much of Manhattan” looked completely normal apart from some flooded subway stations.

She said she would jog around Central Park on Sunday instead.

A team from World Vision Australia were also planning to compete in New York. “Our runners are disappointed but they completely understand why the race was cancelled,” said a World Vision spokeswoman.

“We have seven Australian runners who collectively had raised $70,000 for World Vision. For them, the race was the final part of wider effort to train and fund-raise. Instead of doing the marathon tomorrow, they will join the relief efforts.”

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Cleveland and Redland Bay police have told residents south of Redland Bay to be ready toevacuate if necessary, as a fire continues to burn through bush in Orchard Road.
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The fire started yesterday afternoon, when seven fire crews, three council crews and aQueensland Fire and Rescuehelicopterwere called to the scene, about 7km south of Redland Bay just after 12pm.

It is believed the fire started after wind knocked downa power line on Thursday.

This afternoon, police knocked on doors in the area, taking phone numbers and a head count of residents in the area.

They told residents to be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Police said they had been concerned for a house onOrchard Road this morning but saidthere was no immediate threat.

Yesterday, a helicopterwater bombed a large bush fire burning in thick bush offOrchard Road.

However, this morning the fire continued and crews were still working to bring the blaze under control.

Large plumes of smoke from the fire can be seen fromBeenleigh- Redland Bay Road and along Mount Cotton Road.

Residents who suffer from or are susceptible to respiratory illness are advised to closewindows and doors.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures such as clearing gutters and getting rid of dry leaves.

Residents who want moreinformation about what to do can contact Redland Bay Police on 3829 4111 or Cleveland Police on 3824 9311.

Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website atwww.ruralfire.qld.gov.auor atwww.fire.qld.gov.auor by listening to their local radio station.

Police have told Redland Bay residents to be ready to evacuate if necessary after a bush and grass fire at Orchard Road, Redland Bay.

For information on current bushfire incidents visithttp://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.

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