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A LOCAL man who ordered the prescription
drug Diazepam online from India in August
2015 found himself in Korumburra Magis-
trates’ Court last week facing charges of be -
ing illegally in possession of the prescription
Diazepam, first marketed as Valium, is a
medication of the benzodiazepine family that
typically produces a calming effect. It is com-
monly used to treat a range of conditions in-
cluding anxiety but, in Australia, has to be pre -
scribed by a doctor.
Legal representative for the accused man,
James Curwain, 33 of Dumbalk, was Shaun
Lineham. He said his client felt he wasn’t be -
ing supported by the health system locally and
when he saw Diazepam advertised for sale on-
line, he thought it must be OK to order it.
A parcel containing 240 tablets was sent to
his workplace address but the owner of the
workplace handed the package over to the po -
Mr Lineham said it was an entirely unso -
phisticated attempt to access prescription
drugs illegally and, in fact, when the parcel
didn’t arrive he applied to the overseas dis-
tributor for a refund and received one. He has
also retained his job.
Magistrate Steven Raleigh handed down a
fine of $800 without conviction.
$800 fine for ordering drugs online
Centrelink debt recovery
hitting hard locally
LIFE can be hard enough without having
debt collectors calling you up and demand-
ing payment of a debt you knew nothing
This is a comment made to the Sentinel-
Times by someone who hadn’t even received
a letter from Centrelink. The first he knew
of anything was when a debt collector called
him up out of the blue demanding payment.
“To say I was irate is an understatement, ”
he told the Sentinel-Times.
The Government knew of potential prob-
lems with the automated program but con-
tinued with it anyway.
It is causing untold mental health issues
for people who are already fighting poverty.
St Vincent De Paul has called for the pro-
gram to be suspended, claiming it was a
“ blunt instrument” being used to save money.
Australian Council of Social Services chief
executive Peter Davidson called on the Gov-
ernment to suspend the automated program
until it could be independently reviewed.
“ The Government has a duty of care to-
wards people who call on it for support, es -
pecially those on low incomes, ” he said.
With so many politicians, according to
Andrew Wilkie, rorting the system and as
Nick Xenophon said, “ being slapped with a
wet piece of lettuce as punishment, ” people
are understandably unhappy. Some people
are paying back debts that they do not owe
because it is too hard to prove they do not
owe it. They can face a fine or prison if the
debt is not paid.
The ABC has reported that Centrelink
management has ordered frontline staff
working in branches not to process disputes
over the Federal Governments controversial
debt claw-back scheme and instead refer
welfare recipients to an online portal.
They were told they must not cancel the
activity under any circumstances.
A local Centrelink employee said that cus-
tomers are “anxious, fearful, confused and
“I t’s absolutely demoralising to be talking
to a client who is clearly struggling, who’s
clearly feeling very bad about the circum-
stance they’re in, and not be able to help
them, ” the employee said.
Burnt out car was a cry for help
AT 4.30AM on Wednesday, January 11 the
Wonthaggi Police and Kernot Fire Brigade were
called out to a car on fire at the Wayside Stop on
the Loch-Wonthaggi Road in Krowera.
A man was transported to a burns unit in a
He told a woman who was helping him, by
pouring water on his burns, that what she was
witnessing was a failed suicide attempt.
At this time of year people are particularly
vulnerable and they can feel very lonely if there
is no family support.
Facts relevant to suicide prevention in Bass
• Mental health is a leading cause of disability
• 15.4% of adults in Bass Coast experience
high or very high psychosocial distress. This is
high compared to Victoria 12.6%.
• Gippsland has a high rate of premature
deaths due to suicide and self-inflicted injuries.
Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN)
CEO, Ms Marianne Shearer, made the following
“A round table discussion was held in De-
cember 2016 with Bass Coast Shire and with
health, community and emergency service pro -
viders with the aim to work out how best to
work with, and work through our communities
to reach individual people where they need help
in their different circumstances.
“The additional funding that was announced
in December specifically for Bass Coast will aid
in delivering the local community-based suicide
prevention strategy that is currently being put
Further help can be found through The Rip-
ple Effect (STRIDE Project) - Help us beat rural
The Ripple Effect is an online intervention de-
signed to investigate what works to reduce the
self-stigma (negative attitudes you have towards
yourself) and perceived-stigma (negative atti-
tudes you believe others have about you) among
males from the farming community, aged 30-
64 years, who have been bereaved by suicide,
attempted suicide, cared for someone who at-
tempted suicide, have had thoughts of suicide,
or been touched by suicide in some other way.
If you or someone you know needs support,
call Lifeline on 131114 or beyondblue on 1300
Emergency volunteers were called to the scene of a car fire at Krowera last week in which
a man received extensive burns. It was not an accident.
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