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BUTT OUT: Even vacuum cleaners are caught up in the UK’s over-governance.

IF YOU have been watching theInside the Commonsseries on ABC, you would have been intrigued by just how complex British law-making has become.

One particular segment caught my attention a week ago.

It showed a mother pleading with a delegate to the European Parliament. Her son had been killed while driving with second-hand tyres. Her answer? Go to Brussels and get the European Parliament to legislate tyre regulations. Of course Britons might suspect that tyre companies could be influencing this type of concern.

The British people are beginning to show that they object to the European Union interfering in their daily lives, and hence the rise of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) which wants an independent Britain.The ruling Conservative Party is no fan of Brussels, but they fear that with the British elections under way, UKIP may siphon away valuable votes. Other British parties harbour similar fears. Interfering decisions by the bloated bureaucracy in Brussels inflates UKIP’s support.

A recent case is the new law regulating maximum power for gas and electric ovens. European bureaucrats in Brussels say their new rule will save about £32 ($62) per annum for the average household. Britons say it will take longer to cook the Sunday roast, and anyway they already have the star system as a guide. Best to have a European law in case British consumers make the wrong choice!

Brussels says that from January 1everything from smart television sets to coffee machines must have a standby mode. From last September powerful vacuum cleaners have been banned, and since the Australian market accepts products from Europe, sooner or later we will not be able to buy a decent vacuum cleaner, either. British households have pointed out that they want the vacuum cleaner to work quicker, not have the operator work longer.

Of course the list goes on. In today’s world we are all conscious of the need to save power, but saving time is important too. Little wonder that UKIP is threatening major parties, with many voters agreeing that Britain should withdraw from Europe.

Throughout the world, people are crying out for less government interference in their lives. I think that includes us in Australia, too.

– Keith Wheeler

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ON THE CHARGE: Griffith Blacks five-eighth Suni Saleopelu spots open space in the match against Wagga Ag College. Picture: Anthony Stipo

The Griffith Blacks made it two wins from two games to start the Southern Inland Rugby Union season after beating Wagga Ag College20-5at Coro oval on Saturday.

The reigning premiers dominated the first half and led 15-0 at thebreak, all the points coming courtesy ofSuni Saleopelu.

The five-eighth scored two tries,kicked a penalty andaconversionafter tormenting the visitors’ defence in the wet conditions.

Lindsay Maiava scored the Blacks’ third try in the second half to ensure a comfortable victory.

Blacks co-coach Matt Vitucci said his playersshowed tremendouscommitment in the wet weather.

“Conditions weren’t the best for ourbackline, but I thought our defence was really tight,” he said.

“I thought we built on what we showed last week, and there were a lot of positivesto comeout of the game.

“All the forwardshad a dig. It was good for us, especially in the wet.

“Obviously,Aggies are prettytough up front, but we’ve showed our mettle the last couple of weeksconsideringthe limited trials that we had.”

Vitucciwas especially pleased to restrict the visitors to one try.

“You could see that when we were defending on our line thatwe really muscled up,” Vituccisaid.

“It was a matter of pride for the boys to not let them score.

“We only let them score the one try and that’s it.

“They kept attacking our line, but theycouldn’t find any way through.”

Like the Blacks’ round one victory against Tumut, VituccisaidSaleopelu played a starring role.

“He’s showing his classin these early stages,” Vitucci said of the New Zealand recruit.

“He’s very good in defence and attack.His talk has been immense on the field.

“He’s been showing his quality these first few games. I think we’ve got a fairly handy acquisition there.”

In other results, Hay (Blacks reserve grade) defeated Wagga Ag College21-0,the Blacks third grade side drew with the visitors12-all,while the Griffith women’s sevens team lost 15-12.

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OPEN: West Griffith Soccer Club’s Dean Cappello looks for space in his side’s win over Yoogali Football Club. Picture: Anthony Stipo

West Griffith Soccer Club kicked off their Billabong Cup season with a 5-0 victory over reigning premiers Yoogali Football Club on Saturday.

Westscoach Sharif Moursi said the late start to the seasonhad helped his team’s performance.

“Ithinkthe long wait worked in our favour,we explodedoff themark,” Moursi said.

“We havea talented young squad, they play attractive football, very fast ball passing and movement off the ball.”

Moursi said his side went into the game with a plan to combat the Yellow Tails’physicality.

“They play avery strong physical game, butwe didn’t give them a chance to play their game,” he said.

“We dominated most of the game, butcredit to YFC –they’re a great side.

“In the first half, the last 20 minutes, they came back really stronglyand we were on the back foot a bit.

“Wekeptpossession and tired out the opposition.”

MoursisaidGavin Wylie was voted best on ground.

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UP AND ABOUT: Brodie Filo celebrates a goal in Eaglehawk’s big win over Kyneton. Picture: JODIE WIEGARDEAGLEHAWK leapt to second spot on the BFNL senior ladder following an emphatic 73-point thumping of fellow finals contender Kyneton on Saturday.

PHOTOS: Eaglehawk versus Kyneton

Spearhead Matt Gretgrix enthralled the parochial Canterbury Park crowd with a six-goal effort while pacy half-back Glenn Daly continually found space and time to shred the Tigers’ defence with his linkwork, run and carry.

As key defender Tim Hill completely shut down Kyneton full-forward Mitchell Scholard it was left to small forward Ben Weightman to kick the Tigers’ majors.

He didn’t disappoint, with a five-goal haul for Kyneton.

But with 16 majors to eight after quarter-time the Hawks notched their second win for 2015: 20.21 (141) to 10.8 (68).

The opening half was reasonably competitive despite the Hawks holding a 40-point buffer at the main break.

Gretgrix (2), Brodie Filo and Jarrod Findlay all nailed majors for the home side in the first term as only Andrew Aiello and Weightman were able to respond for Kyneton.

Eaglehawk’s 13-point margin could have been bigger except Findlay hit the post from 10 metres out in time-on.

The second quarter belonged to Daly. He continually made the overlap down the grandstand wing to hand the Hawks the lion’s share of possessions.

The Two Blues slotted 7.5 to Kyneton’s 3.2 to take a match-winning lead into half-time.

Inaccuracy plagued Eaglehawk in the third term. Kicking to the Simpson’s Road end the Hawks added 3.8 to three goals, with the remarkable sight of Tiger full-forward Scholard moved to full-back mid-term to stand Gretgrix.

Pascale Craig, Ben McPhee and Daly started a heap of forward thrusts for the Hawks with Weightman (2 goals) the only reliable scorer for the Tigers. Alik Magin and Josh Houlden were their most consistent ball-winners.

Even though the last quarter was a formality with Scholard back at full-forward for Kyneton, the Hawks regained their accuracy with 6.4 for the term.

Sean Williams and Filo took their personal goal tallies to three apiece with Filo’s around-the-corner shot while almost off-balance the goal-of-the-day.

Fittingly, Daly unloaded a long bomb to add his name to Eaglehawk’s list of nine individual goal-scorers.

Hawks’ coach Luke Monaghan said it was gratifying to see his side bounce back from a terrible performance against the Storm the week before.

“We didn’t show up with the right intensity (at Strathfieldsaye) so today we wanted to show ourselves and our supporters that we can play with that intensity,” the coach said.

“When you’ve got 22 blokes who play the right way and have the right attitude, we can get results like today’s.”

And Monaghan added it was great to see nine goal-kickers among 14 Hawks’ players who’d actually had shots on goal.

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Sally Fitzgibbons and the remaining ladies are all out to impress on day five of the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Photo: Getty Images. Click here for all the latest news, photos and videos from the2015 Drug Aware Margaret River ProSUNDAY was all about the ladies at the 2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.

The Western Australian coast continuedto throw up challenging conditions that pushed the best surfers to their limits.

With a spot in theWomen’s Drug Aware Margaret River ProQuarterfinals and reigning world championStephanie Gilmoresidelined by injury,Carissa Moorewill now leave Australia at the top of theJeep Leaderboardfor the third consecutive year.

Moore, who continues to dominate the Australian leg of the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, surfed round three in solid conditions at Main Break and tallied three rides in the nine-point range.

Her highest score was a 9.73 for two committed cutbacks on a steep righthander.

So far at Margaret River, the top seeds have been marching confidently through each heat. After four rounds, the contest has only seen one upset:

A round four elimination for Brazilain Silvana Limaat the hands of South African chargerBianca Buitendag.

But Moore’s performances have been heads and shoulders above the rest.

So far this year, she boasts the highest heat total for each of the first three events of the season.

Her 19.23 two-wave total in round threeis the highest two-wave total of the season so far.

Check out the action from day fourhere.

HEAT ONE: American Lakey Peterson (17.16) eliminates Frenchwoman Johanne Defay (12.00).

[email protected] eliminates @johannedefay in #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 4 Heat 1苏州美甲美睫培训学校/1gPjffQMiC

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 19, 2015HEAT THREE: South African Bianca Buitendag (17.44) eliminates Brazilian Silvana Lima (15.73).

[email protected] takes down @SilvanaLimaSurf in #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 4 Heat 3苏州美甲美睫培训学校/nsrB5FaWWJ

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 19, 2015HEAT ONE: Sally Fitzgibbons (18.80) defeats Lakey Peterson (15.00) and Coco Ho (11.67)

[email protected]_Fitz takes down @LakeyPeterson & @coco_ho in #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 3 Heat 1苏州美甲美睫培训学校/ThHwpJnfg6

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 19, 2015HEAT THREE: Malia Manuel (15.53) defeats Silvana Lima (11.40) and Stephanie Gilmore who withdrew with an injury.

[email protected] takes down @SilvanaLimaSurf in the #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 3 Heat 3苏州美甲美睫培训学校/AeZDWJ5cJu

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 19, 2015HEAT ONE: South African BiancaBuitendag (14.80) defeats Australian Nikki van Dijk (13.90).

Watch @biancabuitendag vs. @nikkivandijk_ up now! #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 2 Heat 1苏州美甲美睫培训学校/RSPIlZ2F6o

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 18, 2015HEAT THREE: Hawaiian Malia Manuel (15.60) defeats Australian Claire Bevilacqua (6.80).

[email protected] takes down @clairebevo in the #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 2 Heat 3苏州美甲美睫培训学校/qolfJ5hhKC

— World Surf League (@wsl) April 19, 2015HEAT FIVE: Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb (18.30) defeats Australian Laura Enever (8.44).

[email protected] eliminates @lauraenever in #DrugAware#MargiesPro Rd 2 Heat 5苏州美甲美睫培训学校/FMWDICcMRA

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