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I 140th Vaar. No. 43.351 ethlte FRIDAY MAY 1994 80c 600 421 1 (Classified 604 1 144) IK Bill Tuckey AYRTON SENNA: DEATH OF A SALESMAN THE ABORTION PILL PLUS A NEW COLUMN The Ms File 10 Ambulance chief hits back at critics of the service Rapist gets 34 years for reign of terror 3 including more jobs and unnecessary resources. "Some of the people in some of the cases are already dead when we get there. It is obviously possible at anytime to identify a case where a death has occurred, and therefore to blame the ambulance service," he said.

Mr Finnan went on the offensive as the State Government launched an advertising campaign, said to cost up to $60,000, to rebut union and Opposition claims of inefficiencies. Mr Firman said the campaign was necessary because of the deliberate confusion generated by the union and the Opposition health spokesman, Mr Th wakes. Continued: MQE case, an ambulance was available at the nearby Eltham station, but it had been locked up because its clinical support officer was on leave. Mr Morris said the same shortage of resources in the northeastern suburbs had contributed to the recent death of a Greens-borough woman, Michelle Garvin, from an asthma attack after waiting more than 20 minutes for an ambulance. But a spokesman for the Ambulance Service, Mr David Collyer, last night denied that cutbacks and procedural changes contributed to the Heidelberg man's death.

Mr Collyer said the man had suffered an epileptic fit at the Youth Road tennis court The ser vice did not treat epileptic cases as emergencies and the response time was acceptable. When the Initial unit arrived to find the man in full heart arrest, Mr Collyer said it called for a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance paramedic unit, which arrived promptly. But Mr Morris said the controller was told the patient was unconscious and in full arrest when the first call was received at 8.17 pm. He did not receive vital drugs until the MICA arrived at 8.S5 pm. The paramedics worked on the man for another 20 minutes but could not revive him.

Mr Finnan accused the union of using unavoidable deaths to press for changes to the service, By RUSSELL SKELTON, OARETH BOREHAM and TIM WINKLER Some recent asthma deaths could have been avoided had people called an ambulance sooner, the chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Mr Jack Firman, said yesterday. Mr Firman strenuously defended the service as the Opposition and the ambulance workers' union intensified their attack on Government reforms after another death on Tuesday night A 60-year-old Heidelberg man died after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance and 40 minutes for a paramedic when he collapsed while playing tennis in Eltham. In an interview with 'The Age', Mr Firman criticised the union, claiming that in some other cases raised to highlight defects in the service, people had died before an ambulance was called. Mr Firman said some recent asthma deaths had occurred because an ambulance had not been called soon enough. "If they call us later rather than sooner, then there is not much we can do about It," he said.

"With asthma cases for example, the most appropriate thing they could have done was to call us sooner," he said. The assistant secretary of the Ambulance Employees Association, Mr Rod Morris, claimed yesterday that in Tuesday night's Soccer at Finnan in the Doncaster control yesterday defending the service. the MCG? I'd like to see that fiotoless Ibest years By PHIUP JOHNSON, County Court reporter A man convicted of 16 rapes in the Ascot Vale area was sentenced yesterday to 34 years in jail, the longest sentence imposed in Victoria apart from life for murder. The Chief Judge of the County Court, Judge Waldron, said that Christopher Clarence Hall, 41, had "conducted what may be fairly described as a campaign of terror Ordering that Hall serve a minimum of 27 years, Judge Waldron said Hall did not suffer from any mental illness. "Therefore, yours is not a case where treatment may eradicate the cause of your offending.

Nor is yours the case where advancing years may diminish a presently excessively lustful nature which led to such offending," he said. "I am left with the conclusion therefore that even in comparative old age, there is a real risk that, if given the opportunity, you would offend again in a similar manner." Hall, of Pentridge, had pleaded guilty to 16 counts of rape, 14 counts of burglary, two counts each of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary, and making a threat to kill. He also pleaded guilty to one count each of indecent assault, attempted rape intentionally or recklessly causing injury, and making a threat to inflict serious injury. The offences were committed between 1987 and 1993. He said that Hall chose his victims, aged 22 to 82, for their vulnerability.

In all but one case, Hall entered his victims' homes knowing the woman was alone. Hall cruelly taunted his victims by inflicting physical and mental trauma, Judge Waldron said. He returned to the houses of four victims, and raped three of them twice. "Such acts were calculated to exacerbate the mental trauma suffered by your victims to a marked, very close to intolerable, degree," he said. On one occasion, where one of the victims had her eight-year-old daughter asleep in another room, Hall threatened to hurt the child if the woman did not let him have his way.

Another victim was more than seven months pregnant. A 72-year-old victim, who refused Hall oral intercourse, had her ribs broken while he raped her. Hall bound and gagged a 48-year-old victim after raping her, and took her credit card, withdrawing $300, and then returned and raped her again. Last night, Mr Tony Isaacs, from the Ascot Vale Residents Action Group, said he thought people in the area would believe justice has been done. impression Ifs 1333 mi 3 1 'it Maradonaon the MCCs hallowed turfi see it, but don't believe it, at least not yet.

The composite photograph was created on a Macintosh, combining separate negatives. It may, however, become a reality for the future soccer superstars If the Vktorlah-ledVbrld Cup bid succeeds. i Metropolitan ambulance chief Jack room. A campaign was launched CoiHtnerti DAVID WALKER Government analysis probably blinked in disbelief. Job seekers might smile a little In hope.

April fall In Victoria unemployment suggests a fobs picture brightening; much faster than expected. In eight months, the figures say, unemployment has fallen 1 per cent and employment hat risen by 47,000. Does this prove the state Job market can weather the Keruiett Government Job cut and the restructuring of Its manufacturing Industries? Has a ieinvigo rated private sector Mfcun a hiring spree? Perhaps. But the State Government la not pulling out party balloons yet. And very Jdse too.

For a start, as the Treasurer, Mr Stockdale, was Careful to stress yesterday, these figures Jump around from month to month. Last year tweet 11.1 per cent April Jobless rate turned Into May sour -fl2J per cent And full-time employment Is up Just 8600 since August, compared with almost 100,000 tor the nation. Part-tune Jobs are better than nothing, but only full-time Jobs will give many people security. Job-market watchers are also waiting for people now outside the labor force to see what -happening In the economy. Finally, wage-earner figures hint that government and private redundancies are an army of the self-employed.

Just how employed Ithey really are, nobody knows. The party balloons will have to keep for little while yet Weather Fine. Expected top 17. (Yesterday 314, mln. 9).

Tomorrow: Few showers, about 15. Datatts: Page 14. State rate jit1' jlffi ttw 0 I i 1 1 Over the past year, more than 236,000 jobs have been created but only 40,500 since the start of 1994. The Employment minister, Mr Crean, said the figures showed the breadth of the recovery, which was translating into lower unemployment across Mr Crean said job growth was "consolidating" and the direction was "right on ail especially in full-time jobs and for males. A continuation of faster jobs growth could have "caused a bit of concern" in the financial markets, he said.

Some commentators agreed that slower job growth was more sustainable. But there were also concerns that it would make the Federal Government's job and unemployment targets harder to meet. Bankers Trust economists said that at least 20,000 new jobs a month would be needed if the Government's Budget target of three per cent jobs growth in 1994-95 was to be achieved. A likely pick-up in labor force participation would also make further reductions in unemployment harder to achieve from now on, they said. The shadow treasurer, Mr 'Downer, said the figures undermined the Government's claim that up to two million new jobs could be created by the end of the decade.

The current rate of job growth would only see an extra half a million jobs by the end of the 1990s and could jeopardise the Government's Budget forecasts for strong growth in private consumer spending, Mr Downer said. The dole queues also continued to shorten last month, according to the latest Department of Social Security figures. There were 653,049 people on the dole in April, down by more than 28,400 on the previous month and with the biggest drop, of slightly more than 12,000, recorded in Victoria. Continued: PAGE 6 The Premier, MrKennett, flanked by Mr Ron Walker (left) and the MOC secretary, Mr John LIU, announces the bid yesterday. By david Mckenzie, Canberra The number of people without a job in Victoria has fallen to the lowest level for two years as part of a broad-based improvement in which the national figure dropped almost to 10 per cent.

The fall in Victoria's unemployment last month from 11.7 to 1 1.2 per cent was underpinned by a growth in jobs of more than 6000, the third consecutive monthly increase. The encouraging results come after a year when the number of wage and salary earners in Vic- AT LAST, ISCRS Knfs 2.2 2.1 1.8 Jan 1990 April 1994 toria plunged by more than 100,000, by far the worst state result. Nationally, unemployment was down from 10.3 to 10. 1 per cent In April, with all states contributing for the first time in four years, according to the latest Bureau of Statistics figures. The Jobless numbers dropped by 27,600 to 875,100, the first time they have been below 900,000 in two years.

But there were also signs of a slowdown in the national jobs recovery last month. Only 5800 extra jobs were generated in April, with most of the drop in the jobless rate coming from a lower rate of labor force participation. Border, ACB make Former Australian skipper Allan Border says he has no grudge against the Australian Cricket Board and he will play for Queensland next season in the Sheffield Shield. "I'm satisfied with the board's 11 By MICHAEL MAGAZANIK and JOHN MANGAN Victoria is bidding to host the 2002 soccer World Cup finals, with preliminary matches to be Stayed around Australia and the nal before a potential crowd of 135,000 at the MCG. But the.

audacious bid, led by the prominent businessman and chairman of the Melbourne Major Events Company, Mr Ron Walker, and the Chief Commissioner of Melbourne, Mr Kevan Gosper, has been attacked by the Australian Soccer Federation, which is jjlannlng its own bid for the 2006 The State Government had intended keeping the bid secret but 'went public yesterday after Mr Joao Havelange, the president of the sport's international governing body, FIFA, revealed the bid to reporters in Paris. Victoria's case was put to Mr Havelange in Zurich last Friday by Mr walker and Mr Gosper. A final decision on the host country is expected by mid-next year. FIFA has indicated it would like to hold the four yearly tournament In Asia for the first time in 2002. Last night it ruled against a compromise plan that South Korea and Japan co-host the event, designed to resolve an acrimonious battle between the two countries.

Mr Havelange, In Kuala Lum- pur for a meeting of Asian soccer authorities, said: "I am pleased to see the competitive spirit of this 2002 campaign election, but I have to warn you (Asian bidders) that Colombia and Australia have also announced that they will be contesting to host the World Cup as well." Mr Walker said the Victorian bid had been received enthusiastically. "Mr Havelange was excited at the prospect the cup might come to Australia. He told me the competition would be fierce. (But) we might just be successful." The chief executive of the ASF, Mr Ian Holmes, said the bid had "Buckley's hope" of succeeding. He was appalled the Victorian Government had not consulted the federation before approaching FIFA.

Mr Holmes said the ASF had already given its support to Japan's 2002 bid, but was considering bidding itself in 2006. The Victorian Soccer Federation, the Federal Government and other state governments also were not consulted. But the chairman of the VSF, Mr Joe Caruso, said the bid was the best idea he had heard since migrating from Sicily in 1951. "At stage the important thing is everyone In Australia gets behind the bid, because it will benefit the whole country." Continued: PAGE 2 Guaranteed to make a deep Omega Scanwtcr Professional automatic diver chronograph with date. In stainless steel, titanium, or with titanium and 18k gold.

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pending. Swiss made since 1848. 9 7 up: DIGEST Labour leader dies: The leader of the British Labour Party, Mr John Smith, 55, has died in London after suffering a heart attack, throwing British politics into confusion in the run up to next month's European parliamentary elections. His death came just a week after the Labour Party humiliated John Major's Conservatives in local council elections. WORLD 8 Student fees: The State Government has given an assurance to university heads that they will be able to suggest changes to the controversial voluntary student unionism bill.

NEWS 3 Whale sanctuary: Environmentalists are increasingly confident of the success of an ambitious plan for a global Southern Ocean whale sanctuary, a move that could spell the end of Japan plan to increase its whale kill. NEWS 3 COD CP0T A man found driving around Nasoya with his dead mother the back Beat told Japanese polk he had etrfngted her and Just wanted to take her for 'f gsJiff Sihanouk despair: King Norodom Sihanouk has declared the UN peacekeeping operation in Cambodia a waste of $US3 billion ($4.2 billion) because there was no hope for peace In his country. WORLD 9 Bullish mood: The Governor of the Reserve Bank, Mr Bernie Fraser, and the chairman of wbolworths have both given bullish assessments of the economy as investors again sel) Commonwealth bonds. BUSINESS 17 Love letters: Sir Winston Churchill led the to victory In war after losing in love in his youth. His unrequited love for a society beauty Is revealed In unpublished- letters to be auctioned in London today.

WORLD 8 Les Cariyon: Awaiting the millennium and all's right in our world FEATURES 13 explanation about what's happened," Border said In Brisbane. Greg Baum writes that Border's -decision to quit was the right decision on the wrong day. -V SPORT 26 EDITORIAL 13 LodCetft lOM: St KUda's Tony Lockett could lose up to $25,000 In match payments because of his eight-match suspension by the AFL tribunal on sport 26 IE H0MS fcEUVGW u- CaN 601 MM houm) days for $6.70 (plus dsHvisry Chart)) 9 OMEGA The sign of excellence. "'I'" 'f-' w..

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