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Impact of rate capping
THE addition of a 100 year old
wooden barrel to the range of ex-
hibits on display at the National
Vietnam Veterans’ Museum in Ne -
whaven has created new excite -
ment and interest among visitors to
this award winning establishment.
This barrel adds to the museum’s
collection of marbles that were
once used in a bi-annual ballot to
select young males in Australia for
national conscription during the
Its significance has not been lost
on those associated with the muse -
um, with many of the veterans hav-
ing served their country through
this ballot system.
“This barrel has great signifi-
cance as so many Australian lives
have been affected by it,” said mu-
seum CEO John Methven who is
himself a Vietnam veteran.
The National Service Scheme was
introduced in 1964 in response to
Australia’s growing involvement in
South East Asia.
From 1964 to 1972, men aged
20 years or older were required to
register with the Department of La-
bour and National Service.
A draw, known as the ‘birthday
ballot’ then determined which men
would be called up for service.
More than 804,000 men regis-
tered during the period 1964–72,
of whom more than 63,000 were
called up to serve in the Army.
The National Service scheme
ended in December 1972 follow-
ing the withdrawal of troops from
Quite a coup
The recent acquisition of this
barrel is considered a coup by the
museum, and is the fulfilment of a
long held dream.
“We thought our quest was a lost
cause until a lady recently visited
the museum, and told us of its
whereabouts,” said John Methven.
This beautifully crafted barrel
has a history all of its own.
It was originally owned by Tat-
tersalls and used for its Melbourne
It was handed over to the Federal
government for the national ser-
vice draw; and then handed back
to Tattersalls after the Vietnam War
ended in 1972.
The Tatts group then bequeathed
the barrel to the Australian Govern-
ment for its Cultural Gift Program.
It was given to the Australian
Racing Industry and featured as
an exhibit in the sporting museum
housed at the Melbourne Cricket
After being given this informa-
tion, the Vietnam museum contact-
ed the MCG.
An agreement was reached in
which the barrel is on loan to the
Vietnam Museum for the next 12
But there is a strong possibility of
the loan having an extended period
“It is not only an outstanding
piece of craftsmanship – it looks
beautiful – but is of great value and
importance to our museum,” said
“We are inviting people to come
and have a look for themselves and
to see first-hand a piece of our na-
tion’s history,” John said.
Last Friday was National Service-
men’s Day, and the Secretary of the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
(DVA), Simon Lewis, paid tribute
to the young men who took part in
the National Service scheme.
“On National Servicemen’s Day,
we recognise and remember the
service and sacrifice of thousands
of men who were called upon for
National Service,” Mr Lewis said.
“Nashos are an important part of
our military history and Australia
owes a great debt to these men who
underwent training and served our
nation, many on foreign soil.
“I would encourage all Austra-
lians to reflect on the efforts of
these men and ensure their sacri-
fices are not forgotten. ”
This 100 year old barrel, now on display at the National Vietnam
Veterans’ Museum in Newhaven, has huge significance in particular for
men aged in their twenties in the 1960s. The barrel, once filled with
marbles with birthdates on them was used by the government to con-
script young Australian men into the Army, during the Vietnam War.
A CONCERNED group of around
100 people gathered in the grounds of
St Philip’s Anglican Church in Cowes
recently to protest against the federal
government’s intention to return 87 chil-
dren and babies, with their families, to
the allegedly appalling conditions of the
Nauru detention centre.
This gathering was organised by the
Phillip Island branch of the Rural Aus-
tralians for Refugees (RAR) and was part
of a nationwide protest held simultane-
ously on Monday, February 8.
Spokesperson for the group, Graham
Sim, addressed the crowd and referred
to his shame in the way that our country
is treating these desperate asylum seek-
ers and their families.
“They have been saved from drown-
ing only to be slowly drained of life and
hope,” he said in dismay at the govern-
ment’s latest stance.
His sentiments were supported by oth-
er protestors who added their voice to
the rally in shame and frustration with
the treatment of asylum seekers over the
past 15 years.
They gathered as one behind the
brightly coloured yellow banner “Let
them Stay”, while adding placards of
their own with the words – “Forget the
boats – stop the scapegoating”, “Victori-
ans welcome refugees” and “Give refu-
In taking their protest to the streets, the
group moved across the road to the shire
offices and stood under the sign that
read, “Bass Coast welcomes refugees and
Their actions were well supported by
motorists and pedestrians who were
passing by at the time.
The protestors also signed a Welcome
Petition that is being carried around the
This petition is the initiative of Jes-
sica Hackett who is walking to Canberra
supported by local hospitality along her
Jessica wants to demonstrate the wel-
coming tradition of Australian people in
contrast to our government’s unwelcome
policy towards asylum seekers.
On her arrival, this petition will then
be presented to the House of Represen-
tatives of Federal Parliament by Russell
The Phillip Island Rural Australians for
Refugees (RAR) meets on the last Tues-
day of each month at 10am at St John’s
Uniting Church, Chapel Street, Cowes.
New members are very welcome.
Lively discussion, advocacy, fund rais-
ing and a celebration of Refugee Week
in June are part of the activities of this
Enquiries can be made to Lesley Oak-
ley on 5952 5270.
Rally to let them stay
Protestors took to the streets of Cowes to get their message across to the com-
munity. This was part of an Australia wide protest against the government’s
latest stance on refugees.
The local branch of the Rural Australians for Refugees voiced their concerns
for the plight of refugees in detention when they held a protest rally in Cowes
following the government’s stance to return young families to Nauru.
We’re happier in the country
THE wellbeing benefits of life in rural areas were
highlighted in the recent HILDA longitudinal study by
the University of Melbourne.
The HILDA Report’s Health and Subjective Wellbeing
section found that “living in a non-urban area increases
life satisfaction the most”.
And that “the major cities are the least desirable
places to live”.
The study also concluded that characteristics of the
local neighbourhood appear to be very important fac-
tors in life satisfaction, and that neighbours helping
out, and doing things together have large positive ef-
fects on life satisfaction.
Factors found to significantly decrease life satisfac-
tion included, “noise from aeroplanes, trains, traffic or
industry; homes and gardens in bad condition; people
being hostile and aggressive; burglary and theft.”
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in
Australia (HILDA) survey is a household-based panel
The research collects information about economic
and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and
family dynamics from over 25,000 people.
The calmer life
The survey results were unsurprising to local resi-
Gillian Scoble is 70 and a passionate advocate for the
rural lifestyle. She brought up her four daughters on a
small farm in Marysville for 20 years.
“Life for my kids in Marysville was about pets, horse
riding and camping on our property,” she said.
After her husband passed away Gillian moved the
family to Heathmont in Melbourne so her children
could pursue education opportunities.
Her eldest at the time was just starting university.
She lived the suburban city life for close to 19 years.
Eight years ago she followed her daughter Jodie to
Phillip Island, deciding a reconnection with the quieter
life was finally in order.
“In the big city you can’t get away from the busyness
of life,” said Gillian.
“The noise is too much. City life is all about where
your favourite restaurant is, how you look, and what
you can buy in shops. Life moves too fast there.
“There are too many people and it’s less friendly. Peo-
ple look right through you, unless you’re a customer
in a store!”
Gillian remembers travelling on inner-city trams.
“People would be less than a foot away, and no one
looked at each other. They were all dressed in black on
their way to work.”
Gillian’s escape to the coast has been liberating.
“The Island has a slower pace of life, with fewer ex-
pectations,” she told The Advertiser.
“Life on The Island puts us back in touch with na-
ture. You appreciate nature when you live so close to it.
“As a resident here you do have to be prepared to
travel to find the services you need. But infrastructure
in the city is not perfect either. There’s never enough
parking when I visit Melbourne!”
Cowes resident Gillian Scoble, 70, agrees with
the recent HILDA Melbourne University study that
found a higher life satisfaction exists in rural areas.
After raising her children in country Marysville, she
spent 19 years in the big city, before blissfully re-
turning to the rural lifestyle.
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