Budding engineers take up design challenge

Sure to work: Loreto College students Emily Tabb and Imogen Noone work on their hovercraft. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE
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FUTURE engineers tried to out-design, out-build and out-smart each other at Federation University on Tuesday.

The Ballarat Science and Engineering Challenge brings to-

gether seven schools in competition, but the real goal is to get students interested in the nuts and bolts behind their creations.

Challenge organiser Peter Fullagar said it allowed them to try out science theory outside of the classroom.

“(The challenge) allows them explore the reasonings behind what they’re learning,” he said.

The year 10 student teams built bridges, rail lines, an off-roader for a mission to Mars and a hovercraft, among other things.

Loreto students working on a hovercraft said the day was all about confidence.

“We haven’t tested it fully yet, but you’ve got to believe it’ll work,” said Imogen Noone.

Superior Systems mechanical engineer Susannah Balson said she was inspired by similar tinkering.

“This is exactly the type of stuff I did as kid … that made me want to be an engineer,” she said.

FedUni volunteers also helped guide the students, and Rotary Club of Wendouree also provided lunch.

Ballarat Grammar won on the day, but Mr Fullagar said Phoenix College was the big improver from last year, moving to second place.

The winners will go on to the state Science and Engineering Challenge in August.

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We must face up to terrible events of past:  King

Catherine KingBallarat is bracing for weeks of horrific stories from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, but the city’s leaders are saying it is truth of these terrible events that we must face up to.
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The city looks set to be front and centre of the commission for the next three weeks and much of what will be heard will shock many in the community.

Ballarat MP Catherine King said the city needed to hear and understand the stories if the community was going to address the many issues connected to the years of abuse.

“We will see stories on the national news that no one would like to see about any place that you call home, but if we are going to grow from these experiences then we have to hear it and help people to move on,” she said.

“It is hard to not hear that testimony and not be incredibly saddened, there were these beautiful boys and young girls who were placed in positions where their families should have been able to trust the people to look after them and do the best by them.

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Pell involved in advisory group

Proceedings: Commissioner Andrew Murray, Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate sitting in Ballarat, while Counsel Assisting Gail Furness SC makes her opening address.GERALD Ridsdale was continually moved around the Ballarat diocese due to abuse complaints, according to the Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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In her opening address on Tuesday, Gail Furness said Ridsdale was relocated several times by the College of Consultors – a group of priests advising former bishop Ronald Mulkearns and which included now Cardinal George Pell.

“Several of the consultors had been present at meetings of, or were members of the College of Consultors

on each occasion in the past when Ridsdale had been moved,” Ms Furness said.

Minutes show Pell was present at a meeting when Ridsdale was moved from Mortlake after several complaints of inappropriate behaviour with young boys.

“The minutes do not disclose what the bishop said about why it became necessary (to move Ridsdale),” Ms Furness said.

“However … it is expected that there will be evidence that Bishop Mulkearns knew it was because Ridsdale had abused boys in Mortlake and that he had offended in this manner in 1975.

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Disgraced priests to give evidence during Ballarat hearing

Proceedings: Commissioner Andrew Murray, Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate sitting in Ballarat, while Counsel Assisting Gail Furness SC makes her opening address.DISGRACED priest Gerald Ridsdale will give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse during its first hearing in Ballarat.
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Ridsdale will appear via video link from jail while fellow convicted priest Paul Ryan’s evidence previously given to a private hearing will also be tendered.

In his opening address, Royal Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan said the priests’ testimonies would play an important role in the commission’s investigation.

“The evidence will not be directly concerned with the circumstances of their offences,” Justice McClellan said. “That has already been dealt with by the court.

“However, the evidence has an important part to play in the Royal Commission coming to understand why both ordained members of the Catholic Church became abusers and how the church responded to allegations of their abuse.”

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Australian Crime Commission: organised criminals linked to money laundering through terrorist groups

Australian Crime Commission chief executive officer Chris Dawson would not name the groups linked to money laundering.Organised criminals are using terrorist groups to launder money, the Australian Crime Commission has revealed.
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ACC chief executive officer Chris Dawson would not name the groups linked to money laundering, but said the threat was part of a growing trend towards more sophisticated methods of “cleaning” cash earned through organised crime.

This includes organised crime groups, particularly those involved in drug trafficking, approaching specific money laundering operations, as opposed to dealing with the profits themselves.

These professional laundering outfits then use various means, including casino gambling and currency trading, to “legitimise” cash.

The ACC organised crime in Australia 2015 report will be released on Wednesday.

As more details emerge of Australians who travel overseas to join conflicts, the report hints at increasing knowledge of the links between national crime and international jihadi groups.

“The problem of Australians going abroad to fight is an emerging area of complexity for this country.

“As counter-terrorism efforts throughout Australia are enhanced, the linkages between terrorism and the broader organised crime and volume crime environments are being identified.

“These linkages include, but are not limited to, Australians who finance terrorist activities, Australians who leave Australia to support terrorist causes, and who may return to Australia with the intent of inflicting harm on the Australian community, or may be recruited by organised crime groups seeking the specialist skill sets they developed in foreign conflicts.”

Mr Dawson said Australian and international authorities were working to prosecute those using terrorist groups for money laundering.

“We have established connections between international controllers and terrorist groups.

“There is a definite connection that has been established and that’s subject of quite a lot of operational activity.”

The report forecasts an increase in organised crime groups trying to using legitimate business to establish a facade for their offending.

The ACC outlines an investigation into a syndicate that established companies in the mining and resources sector and used coercion to take control of existing companies.

Once the syndicate controlled significant shareholdings, they started aggressive capital-raising and marketing campaigns.

The syndicate employed geologists and company research firms to inflate the potential of their projects and release “buy” recommendations to investors.

As the share price inflated, a global network of brokers was employed to sell syndicate members’ shareholdings.

Mr Dawson said investigations into the scam were ongoing and involved all sectors, not just the mining industry.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the spread of technology had broadened the scope of organised crime groups.

“They are violent predators who profit from the misery of drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, the illicit firearms trade, and are even suspected of financing terrorism.

“Sophisticated criminal syndicates both here and abroad have quickly embraced technology – ripping off Australians with online scams, identity fraud, credit card fraud and the exchange of illicit items such as firearms and drugs on the darknet.”

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