Independent senator John Madigan has suggested that HECS debts should be frozen for five years for primary caregivers. Photo: Alex EllinghausenA key crossbench senator has raised a five-year freeze on student debts for mothers who have graduated from university as a bargaining chip in negotiations over the government’s proposed higher education changes.
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Education Minister Christopher Pyne is continuing to negotiate with the Senate crossbenchers in the hope of striking a deal on his reform package, which includes allowing universities to charge as much as they want for a degree.

A Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, conducted between Thursday and Saturday last week, found 64 per cent of voters oppose deregulating university fees.

Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan, whose vote on the reforms could be crucial, said: “I’m concerned about the effects of higher HECS debts on women who graduate and have children.

“I’ve suggested that HECS debts should be frozen for five years for primary caregivers. Debts continuing to accrue interest while people are out of the workforce will have a nobbling effect on families with young children.”

Mr Madigan welcomed signals from Mr Pyne that he will abandon plans to peg student debts to the long-term government bond rate, rather than inflation, but said the government should go further.

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon praised Mr Madigan’s proposal as the type of “lateral thinking” that will be needed to strike a deal on university reform.

Senators Madigan and Xenophon told Fairfax Media they have serious concerns about fee deregulation but intense lobbying from the university sector has convinced them the current funding system is unsustainable. With Labor and the Greens opposed to fee deregulation, the government will need the support of six of the eight Senate crossbenchers to pass its reforms.

“Universities have been hit by funding cuts from both sides. They are starved of cash and need to be more viable,” Senator Xenophon said.

“I can see why they want fee deregulation but I am wary of unintended consequences.

“I don’t want to see the Americanisation of our universities where people are reluctant to take on lots of debt.”

Asked about negotiations with Mr Pyne, Senator Xenophon said: “He is as frustrating and enigmatic as he was when I lectured him at the University of South Australia 25 years ago.”

Senator Xenophon said the government had gone about reform in an “awful” way by announcing a complicated set of reforms in the May budget.

Senator Madigan said: “I’m very reticent on fee deregulation at this point of time. I don’t want to see families saddled with debts that will be higher than Ayers Rock to climb over.

“What the government is putting forward I wouldn’t accept – there would need to be a lot more safeguards put in place for me to consider supporting it.”

Mr Madigan, from Ballarat, said he was particularly concerned about the impact of the government’s policies on regional universities.

But he acknowledged that “no legislation is perfect” and he is open to a package that “ticks most of the boxes”.

“There is no doubt that something has to be done but it has to be done in a considered manner,” he said.

A spokesman for Mr Pyne said the package “represents essential reform that will expand opportunity for students and ensure our universities are sustainable and competitive internationally into the future.

As the Government has indicated on many occasions, this will inevitably involve negotiations with the cross benches as the Coalition does not have a majority in the Senate.”

Mr Pyne said on the weekend he was prepared to negotiate into the new year to strike a deal on higher education reform.

“Timelines can always be shifted and I’m not going to be hidebound by timing schedules,” Mr Pyne said. “What I want is an outcome for students and universities. That is a more important result than [meeting] timelines and schedules.”

Clive Palmer and Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie have said the party will oppose fee deregulation. But previous PUP backflips on climate policy, financial planning laws and the mining tax have fuelled government hopes that the party could do a deal on higher education.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Senator Xenophon lectured Mr Pyne at the University of Adelaide 25 years ago. The lectures were in fact at what is now known as the University of South Australia.

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Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX
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Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX

Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX

He might not have the star clout of his nephew the Duke of Cambridge and his glamorous wife, Catherine, but His Royal Highness Prince Edward’s arrival in Sydney marks the beginning of a five-day tour during which  he will meet more than 1000 young people and 1200 volunteers  throughout the country.

The Earl of Wessex is in NSW to commemorate more than 50 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia. Flying the flag for his 93-year-old father, Prince Philip, the earl met Premier Mike Baird on Monday, after visiting the Prince Edward Yacht Club at Point Piper. An afternoon reception at Parliament House was also attended by  Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres.

On Tuesday, he will visit the Art Gallery of NSW before meeting Duke of Edinburgh Award participants from eight inner west schools at Ashfield Boys High School. About 22,000 young Australians are enrolled on the scheme, the largest youth development program in the world.

A trivia event at the Powerhouse Museum rounds off the Sydney leg of the prince’s tour, which takes him on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The Queen’s youngest child is not accompanied on the trip, the second by the British royal household to Australia this year, by his wife Sophie the Countess of Wessex, or their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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Bookmakers across the country have vowed to take on Admire Rakti as punters rallied behind the Japanese star, which could still relinquish Melbourne Cup favouritism to Lloyd Williams’ Fawkner.

Tomoyuki Umeda’s Caulfield Cup hero brought to life an otherwise pedestrian call of the card at the traditional Cup eve bash on Monday after $6.50 was bet about the top pick.

Most odds-makers are expecting him to be a similar quote by jump time, while support for Cox Plate runner-up Fawkner is gathering momentum.

This year’s Melbourne Cup appears to be one of the most open in recent memory.

“Admire Rakti is our worst result, but there has been a massive move for Fawkner in the last 24 hours and the money is coming from the right places,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “Fawkner is still $8, but if the money keeps coming he could be favourite.”

The Fawkner following had one big-time supporter at the call of the card, Sean Bartholomew knocking back a wager to win $1 million on the Australian-bred grey.

Bartholomew eventually accepted a smaller investment to win $250,000 at odds of $9.

While there was money for Willing Foe, suggesting some believe Godolphin can break its Cup curse, punters patiently waited for Admire Rakti to be the last of the 24 runners shopped.

Mark Sampieri was knocked off his stand after offering luxurious odds before he passed the baton to Warren Woodcock, who also could not keep pace writing tickets.

Robbie Waterhouse was next to hold the call, accepting the largest single bet of the day when one punter had $50,000 on Admire Rakti at $6.

Quizzed on whether he thought Admire Rakti would be so well backed, Waterhouse said: “No, I didn’t actually. I’m happy to bet against him and I was surprised he was so well supported.

“The other surprising thing about the call is it was nearly all cash. I would think [Admire Rakti’s] price will still be around $6 on race day.”

It is a similar quote to what other online bookmakers are prepared to offer, BetEasy’s Matt Tripp suggesting they will band together to take on Admire Rakti.

BetEasy took a wager of $40,000 on the seven-year-old, which is attempting to set a modern day weight-carrying record in the Cup and also become the first horse to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne cups double since 2001.

“I think I will bet around the $6 or $6.50 mark [until jump time] and I reckon the bookmakers will all want to take him on,” Tripp said. “I think the money will come for Fawkner and Signoff and there’s been good money for Protectionist so far.”

Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said despite continued interest in Admire Rakti he would not be surprised if one of several horses started favourite by jump time.

“It will just depend which one the money comes for,” he said. “At the moment our losers are Fawkner, Admire Rakti, Lucia Valentina and Signoff, but it’s that sort of race.”

Added Glenn Munsie of Tab南京夜网.au: “For us overall Admire Rakti is a million-dollar loser, especially after the Caulfield Cup. The doubles are just killing us. There have been a couple of good pushes in the last couple of days, particularly Who Shot Thebarman and Fawkner.”

There were few other fireworks inside the Crown Palladium for the call of the card.

Tom Waterhouse snapped up the $31 about Willing Foe, asking bookmaker Anthony Doughty to risk a $500,000 payout. Doughty eventually stood to part with $250,000 to Waterhouse.

The best-supported outsider was Seismos, one wager a $2000 by $1500 each-way bet on Marco Botti’s import at $101. A couple of $1000 each-way bets were also taken before his price was wound into $81.

There were nibbles for some of Chris Waller’s long shots, including a single bet to win $151,000 on Opinion ($71) and another to win $100,000 on Who Shot Thebarman.

Darren Weir’s Lexus Stakes winner Signoff was friendless at $7.

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Classic Nicholas Sparks style in The Best of Me | REVIEW The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.
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The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

The Best of Me follows the same style as other Nicholas Sparks-inspired films including Dear John, The Last Song and The Notebook.

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IF NICHOLAS Sparks was a breakfast condiment there’s no doubt he would be honey; and he would be laid on thick.

In the realm of schmaltzy, syrupy chick-flicks, no one stands greater than Sparks, who has made a franchise out of reducing women to swooning tears thanks to Dear John, The Last Song and what was that other one? Ah, everyone’s favourite – The Notebook.

Sparks’ latest foray into the world of ‘leave ‘em howling’ romance movies is The Best Of Me.

The Best Of Me trailerAnd you’ll never guess, but it’s a timeless love story featuring quintessential Sparks-isms including a lake, a beautiful old building, a kissing-in-the-rain scene andof course, a devastatingly handsome male lead in James Marsden who plays Dawson.

Michelle Monaghan takes on the role of Amandaand together the pair create plenty of genre-defining moments sure to leave audiences faint.

In classic Sparks style, the tale begins in the past with teenaged lovers navigating the early 1990s like they’d never heard of Nirvana or Pearl Jam.

Fast-forward through the usual trials and tribulations star-crossed lovers are expected to overcome in this brand of romance film – boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a troubled home life meets with rich girl’s family’s disapproval coupled with unexpected and devastating trauma – and we’re back in the present.

For Dawson and Amanda the present sees them brought back together after being torn apart 20 years earlier.

Will they fall back in love with each other?

Did they ever really fall out of love?

Will they get covered in leeches in that murky and muddy lake?

Of course not; this is text-book romance.

The only thing missing is a shirtless Ryan Gosling and a dessert wine.

And originality.

But, if you loved The Notebook, and you’re big on formulaic film scripts, The Best Of Me is for you.

When I say it’s heart-warming –at least –you’ll know exactly what I mean by the end.

Take tissues.

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Two Mallee farming families are among the public faces of a campaign to bring more skilled professionals to north west Victoria.
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Success: Kiambra Stock Feeds co-owner Jeff Dalton produces premium grade bagged lucerne chaff that is highly prized by racing stables and pony clubbers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Swan Hill-based business Dodgshun Medlin has launched a new-look website, a new suite of integrated services and announced a drive to recruit 50 new team members at its offices across regional Australia.

Among the clients featured in the campaign are father and son grain growers Garry and Anthony Bibby, of Berriwillock, and Jeff and Gae Dalton, who produce premium grade bagged lucerne chaff at Pental Island, east of Swan Hill.

Dodgshun Medlin Managing Partner Ian Dodgshun said the company was expanding to meet rapid growth in demand for its financial, business development, wealth improvement and agronomic services across the Victorian and SA Mallee – and much further afield.

He said it was time to convince many more highly skilled professionals to make their next career move with Dodgshun Medlin.

“We have a commitment to regional Australia,” he said.

“Relationships are everything, and that’s part of the uniqueness of living in the country.

“We don’t ever view people as just ‘a client’.

“They’re people we enjoy working with and want to see succeed.

“We believe in country people and support local communities and we want to build up a workforce of both newly qualified and experienced professionals who will help us continue to deliver services of the highest standard.

“We need everyone from senior tax advisors and agronomists to support staff who make our team and clients feel valued.

“We also want these people to become part of the community and contribute.

“To do this we must accept the challenge of being bolder and more willing to openly share our story and some of the great success stories we have helped our clients achieve.”

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Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global co-ordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association.More than 300 Aboriginal and indigenous peoples from five continents will gather in the heart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area next week for an event about conserving nature and culture.
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The three-day Gathering in The Gully will be held in The Gully in Katoomba between November 10-11 in the lead up to the 6th World Parks Congress in Sydney.

The Gully is a declared Aboriginal Place that is co-managed by The Gully Traditional Owners and Blue Mountains council.

Organised by the International ICCA Consortium (Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories), the event will bring together people from 43 countries including Canada, the Philippines, Iran, Senegal, Bolivia, Taiwan, Madagascar and Australia.

Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, global coordinator of the ICCA Consortium Association – one of the co-sponsors – said: “Indigenous peoples and local communities play an invaluable role in conserving nature and culture. This Gathering is about bringing them together from five continents to connect, share experiences and learn from one another.”

The consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to Indigenous peoples globally. The event is supported by the traditional owners. The community is invited to to attend the traditional dance and corroboree at The Gully on Monday November 11 from 7 to 9pm.

“We look forward to sharing this truly global cultural experience with the Blue Mountains community,” said Dr Borrini-Feyerabend.

Details: National Parks and Wildlife Service 4784 7300.

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OPINION:Telstra has plenty to answer for at Tooraweenah
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The town of Tooraweenah has effectively been operating on a credit system for the past week after losing access to phone lines and EFTPOS facilities.

Last Monday phone lines dropped and have intermittently worked since, with residents noticing they were more likely to return when the temperature cooled down.

The town, which is 100 kilometres north of Dubbo and has an approximate population of 100, has no bank and relies upon the EFTPOS facilities at the handful of businesses to access money.

Store owners were forced to operate using cash only after EFTPOS systems went offline and also had to make do without phones or internet.

Mobile phone coverage is extremely limited in the area, especially with Telstra.

“Nobody is happy. This is the talk of the town at the moment. There is only about 100 residents in the town but then you have all the farmers across the district and contractors who are harvesting,” Tooraweenah resident Ross Pollock said.

“Mobile reception around the town is patchy.

“If you stand in some places you will get some service but move away and you lose it.

“Everyone in town is running tabs. The service station and the pub are without EFTPOS and now most people have used up their cash.

“The businesses in town are now showing goodwill and now have to hope that everyone settles up.”

Proprietor of Tooraweenah Trading Co Lester Thurston said the worst part of no phones had been the uncertainty about whether or not they had been working.

“There’s a loss of trade for businesses. I had people who were trying to call me and all they were getting was a busy signal.

“Telstra say they can divert calls but we don’t get mobile reception here. I went away for the weekend and there is a viewing platform on the side of the road as you leave town, I had one bar of service on Friday when I left, and I had four bars when I came back. It varies that much.

“I am concerned that if there is a medical emergency in town, it could be a serious problem.”

Tooraweenah Caravan Park owner Sarah Hill said she had begun reporting the issue to Telstra last Monday and received a number of conflicting responses from Telstra representatives.

“We had a storm here on Friday night and it brought a power line down in the caravan park. The power was out so the mobile phone antenna wasn’t working and we had no landline, so I had to drive around town until I found someone with an Optus phone to report the issue,” Ms Hill said.

“That’s a pretty serious issue.”

A spokesperson for Telstra said they were aware of an issue between 2.30pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday and the problem had been rectified now.

“A hardware issue caused a loss of fixed line services for our customers in and around Tooraweenah,” the spokesperson said.

“Our technicians replaced the faulty hardware and services are now restored.

“Telstra apologises for any inconvenience to its customers.”

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Andreas Wohler, the man considered the best hope of wresting the Melbourne Cup out of the iron-clad grip of the Japanese, remains bullish about Protectionist’s chances despite expressing his dismay at early markets for the race.

Much of Wohler’s enthusiasm stems from globetrotting jockey Ryan Moore, who will return to Australia to shoot for Australia’s most cherished sporting trophy 10 days after stealing away with the Cox Plate.

“I know from last year when he rode our horse Novellist, he’s a very committed and very experienced jockey,” Wohler said.

“He has ridden everywhere and had great success, which is why I was very lucky to have him booked quite early. He was quite keen in the end to ride him, which was a good sign.”

Moore rode at Santa Anita’s Breeders Cup meeting on the weekend before jetting back into Melbourne on Monday.

Wohler has also been doing a fair amount of flying himself, landing in Australia to watch Protectionist’s eye-catching fourth in the Herbert Power at Caulfield three weeks ago.

Bookmakers immediately juggled Melbourne Cup markets installing the five-year-old as favourite for the race.

That baton has long been passed to Admire Rakti after his storming Caulfield Cup win, but the one-time favouritism tag certainly bemused Wohler.

“When I went back to the airport after the race on the way to the airport I got the message to say he was second favourite or favourite and I couldn’t believe it,” Wohler said. “He finished fourth in a group 2 and he’s favourite for the Melbourne Cup? I couldn’t believe that.

“But I was quite happy with the way he ran. He hit a flat spot and it’s a different type of racing here.

“They start quite quickly and then they slow down and then they start to quicken again from the five furlong and he was off the bridle, then he quickened up again and finished off the race really well. That’s what impressed me most.”

The Melbourne Cup has been a regular jaunt for the English, Irish and French over the years, but no German-trained horse has ever won the race.

Wohler has previously brought horses to Australia for the Cox Plate with Silvano running fourth to Northerly in 2001, while Paolini ran 10th in the weight-for-age championship three years later.

And he admitted a lead-up run in Australia was critical to his planning and that of Australian Bloodstock, which purchased the horse to fulfil a Melbourne Cup ambition.

“Every time [travelling to Australia] you learn and even now we’re learning,” he said. “You know what is needed in preparation for going into quarantine and that’s why we always said we wanted to come earlier and have a prep race for him.

“[The Melbourne Cup] always has big attention because it is a very big race on the world stage. Now it gets even more attention because a German horse is right in the race.”

Protectionist is the least experienced horse in the Melbourne Cup field, boasting just nine starts, including a win in the Prix Kergorlay over 3000 metres in August, a typical lead-up race for the international raiders.

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Kelly captivates with warm, uplifting stories | photos Cathy Kelly Literary lunch.Photo by Chris McCormack
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Harriet Manasa, of Indooroopilly, and Jeni Wellington, of Bardon.

Renee Thake, of Capalaba, and Cathy Nguyen, of Tarragindi, at the Grand View literary lunch.

Karen Moore, of Thorneside, and Claire Grace, of Hawthorne.

Donna Schneiders, of Redland Bay, and Marian Davey, of Victoria Point.

Christina and Kate Mason, of Palmwoods.

Bev Ruskey, of Killarney, Meredith Tracey and Jodie Daley, of Wellington Point. Photos by Chris McCormack

TweetFacebookIt Started with Paris, when she was guest author at the Grand View Hotel on Friday.

At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists.

Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from this once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters with stories of their own.

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Teacher Tim Kilchester with Reel Award winners (back from left) Adam Shaw, Olivia Buckham, Toby Duffy, James Peterson and Elysha Kennedy and (front from left) Latchmi Pillai, Robert Hughes-Gage, Kate Morris and Manali Datar.Sheldon College’s film students made their debut on the silver screen at the school’s annual Reel Awards recently.
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Thrillers, mock advertisements, music videos, crime dramas and abstract films created over the past 12 months were shown to the audience at Victoria Point Cineplex last Monday.

The event also served as a farewell for the year 12 students before their graduation.

In the major categories, Olivia Buckham won Editor of the Year, Kate Morris was named Scriptwriter of the Year, James Peterson was recognised as Cinematographer of the Year and Toby Duffy was praised with the Epic Shot of the Year award.

Manali Datar was recognised for Breakthrough Achievement in Film, Jack Vernon was named the Most Valuable Crew Member and Latchmi Pillai was judged to have shown the Most Improved Technical Skill.

Adam Shaw won the award for Achievement in Technical Direction and Elysha Kennedy won Achievement in Artistic Direction.

Robert Hughes-Gage was recognised for showing the Most Improved Artistic Skill.

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BayView State School held an Adidas School Fun Run recently and raised $6890 to buy extra school resources and sporting equipment.
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Students pounded the pavement in the lead-up to the run, seeking sponsorship from the local community.

School fun run organiser Dave Beasley is proud of the way the students rallied behind the health-based fundraiser.

“It was great to see so many students supporting their school by collecting sponsorship and participating on the day,” Dave said.

The annual Adidas School Fun-Run provided a platform for schools, sporting clubs and community groups to raise extra funding while encouraging participation in healthy and active lifestyles.

In the past three years the fun run program has helped schools to raise more than $9.1 million to buy computers, books, sporting equipment and other resources.

With the additional option to use online fundraising, students can now reach family and friends interstate or overseas which resulted in schools increasing their overall profit by 16.4 per cent in 2013.

The fun run program was launched in 2011 as an alternative to junk food fundraising.

All schools are invited to participate by visiting the School Fun Run website.

A further $230,000 has been donated in school grants by program partner, CUA, through its Community Care initiative – an extension to the Adidas School Fun-Run.CUA’s chief executive officer, Chris Whitehead, said his company was passionate about supporting local communities and the fun run program delivered positive outcomes for everyone involved.

“We are delighted to be involved again in 2014 and look forward to another successful year,” he said.

Last year Wembley Downs Primary School raised $29,305 and students won a special day where Adidas athletes visited the school.

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TheGreencross Vets pet care team at Capalaba is excited to announce a great health care program, called Healthy Pets Plus, that gives you peace of mind and great savings when it comes to your furry companions.

The Healthy Pets Plus program is available to all cat and dog owners and exclusive to Greencross Vets. It is an industry leading proactive program offering vaccinations and unlimited consultations for a yearly membership fee to ensure they are protected against preventable disease.

The program has been developed to give pet owners reassurance about the well-being of their pets as well as making it affordable at less than $1.30 a day.

Unlike us, pets can’t tell us how they feel, so scheduled and timely check-ups are a great way to make sure your pet is always in the best possible shape.

The pet program from Greencross Vets is a simple and cost effective way for you to ensure the proper care of your pet while minimising yearly veterinary costs.

Contact your local pet care team at Greencross Vets Capalaba on 3390 3555 if you would like to know more.

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NOT NUTS, NO EGGS: Mum Kristin-Lee Campbell makes sure her fridge is free of foods that could kill her children. Picture: Michael FrogleyONE splash of egg, a crumb of hazelnut, or the sting of a bee could kill two members of the Campbell family’s clan of five.
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“It rules our lives,” mum Kristin-lee Campbell said, of the life-threatening anaphylactic reaction her two youngest children have to common foods.

Weston, 2, may only just be grasping speech, but one word is always on the tip of his tongue – eggs.

Mrs Campbell tonight stars in SBS’s Insight program Fixing Allergies: Are we any closer to finding a cure?

She joins a panel of experts and parents who discuss one of the biggest health issues in Australia.

She hopes the show will make more people aware of the life or death limbo the family face and understand how important it is to take anaphylactic food reactions seriously.

Ruby, 4, reacts so badly to hazelnuts that her whole body swells up.

The first time she ever reacted was on the night of the Wagga floods in 2012.

“I gave her a piece of Cadbury hazelnut chocolate and minutes later she swelled up,” Mrs Campbell said.

The Campbells are so terrified of exposing their children to nuts they rarely eat out and have not taken their children on a plane, since their allergies were exposed.

“There is a lot of difference between and intolerance, an allergy, and anaphylaxis,” Mrs Campbell said.

“Even trace amounts can kill.”

The Campbell’s fridge is covered with charts showing people how to administer the adrenaline filled EpiPen that must be given when a child suffers a reaction.

All of their family and friends know how to use an EpiPen in case of an emergency.

Weston’s latest reaction was a few weeks ago.

He had Heinz spaghetti out of a can that contains no eggs – however rather than having it in a large tin he had it from a small tin.

“Same food, different packaging – one is packed in Australian one is packed in New Zealand and the smaller one contained traces of eggs,” Mrs Campbell said.

“It’s terrifying.”

As the Campbell children grow up and develop into teens and adults their concerned mother is not sure what to expect.

“Sometimes I think, what if Weston kisses a girl and she’s had wine with traces of eggs?

“Will he not be able to do that?”

“It rules our lives and we’ve lost friends, but we know who our real friends are.”

Senior community dietician from Wagga Community Health Services, Jackie Priestly, said qualified dieticians could help families come up with an action plan and assist to manage severe food allergies.

“We need to take all food sensitivities seriously,” she said.

“The bottom line is if you’re in doubt, don’t eat it.”

Ms Priestly said people need to be be informed and understand what’s safe.

Insight airs tonights on SBS at 8.30pm

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