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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 1 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 2, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Undertaker guilty of fraud over body swap ERROL Davidson's burial had been carefully prepared. In his coffin were photographs, clothes and his favourite joggers. The only thing missing was his body. In its place was that of frail centenarian Daisy Jones, for- merly of Drummoyne. The coffin had been weighted down with a concrete paver and a brick. The bereaved families of Mr Davidson, formerly of Canley Vale, and Mrs Jones have now achieved a minor victory with undertaker Adam James Lee be- ing found guilty of fraud and fined $20,000. For seven years, Lee, 37, had been fighting fraud charges after the two bodies -- one to be crem- ated, the other buried -- were mixed up at his funeral home in Five Dock. Downing Centre Local Court heard last week the Davidson and Jones families had contracted Car- ing Funerals separately in November, 2001. Mrs Jones's family had paid for a funeral and cremation at Rookwood Cemetery and the Davidson family for a funeral and burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens and Crematorium at Leppington. Mrs Jones's son William, 75, paid the $3309 Caring Funerals bill, and a further $670 to Rookwood Gardens Crematorium. Mr Davidson's widow, Rose, said ''it was like a horror story'' when an exhumation revealed the cover-up. Robin Ebbott, a former col- league of Lee's, had alerted authorities after pleading with Lee to explain the mix-up. Magistrate Pat O'Shane orig- inally heard the case in 2002, but threw it out, saying the facts did not present an offence. But the families appealed. Paul Jones, grandson of Daisy Jones, said it had been an emotional time for both families. He renewed calls for industry regulation after the Funeral Direc- tors Association had told him they could not take action against Lee as he was not a member. The epitome of diversity THE Ashfield Infants' Home attended by Aravind, Gerald and Lily (pictured) is a prime example of Ashfield's racial harmony. Staff at the childcare and family centre are from 15 ethnic groups and speak about 18 languages between them. Acting CEO Wendy Foote said the home celebrated many different cultural events including Diwali, Sorry Day and Chinese New Year. ''We have indigenous families and those who identify across 25 ethnic groups including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Spanish, South African, New Zealand, Korean, Thai, Burmese, Greek, French, Chilean, Turkish, Israeli and Lebanese,'' she said. ''The Infants Home Child & Family Services is truly representative of the ethnic demographics of Ashfield and we are proud to offer children and their families a safe early childhood learning environment from which the building of mutually respectful relationships crosses all cultures.'' Picture: PHIL BLATCH PP198164 Proud to be tolerant FIONA BRADY ASHFIELD could market itself as the tolerance capital of Sydney, according to the academic behind a new study into racism in Aust- ralia. Professor Kevin Dunn from the University of Western Sydney said Ashfield did ''very, very well'' in comparison with other Sydney local government areas in the study Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project. ''If Ashfield wanted to brand itself in that way, that would be a really good idea I would think,'' he said. ''Indeed the data is there to support that assertion.'' The eight-year long study com- pared attitudes to people from different ethnic backgrounds and intercultural marriage. Prof Dunn attributed Ashfield's success to the fact that it was a place of ''long-standing cultural diversity'' and said other areas could learn from Ashfield. While he acknowledged that the Ashfield respondents' experience of racism was ''a little bit higher than you would want'', he also said that was to be expected in an area where there was a lot of cross- cultural contact. While the actual statistics for individual local government areas will not be released until early next year, data for the Inner West Sydney region, taking in the Ashfield, Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay areas, has been released. Prof Dunn said the Inner West did ''quite well'' and broadly speaking, attitudes here were more tolerant than the norm for Sydney. However he said there was ''a bit of anti-Asian sentiment''. As with other parts of Australia, a high proportion of Inner West respondents had singled out Muslims and people from the Middle East as not ''fitting in'' to Australian society. Lane changes on the Sydney Harbour Bridge mean that there are now more E-Only booths and fewer where you can pay cash. Plus, access to the York Street exit is now completely E-Only in the morning peak. That means there's never been a better time to get a tag. Alternatively, if you're a less frequent user of the bridge, you can register for an RTA E-Toll pass before, or up to 48 hours after your trip. Additional fees apply for pass users. More cashless tolling lanes on the Harbour Bridge will make it easier than ever to get around Sydney. For more information (including diagrams) or to order your tag or pass, go to rta.nsw.gov.au or call 131 865. RTA0422/IWW/W3B Crossing the Harbour Bridg ? It's time to tag along. A NSW Government Initiative
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