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They say some great things can happen on radio, and STA FM is doing just that. The station launched ‘Radiothon’, a fundraising broadcast with the birds this morning. This 24-hour event is raising money through song requests, donations and a slam-bang auction all day tomorrow on the steps of Me and Mr Jones (M&MJ). All funds raised will be split 50/50 between the Inverell Operation Operating Room and the Inverell Prostate Support Group.

All items and gift vouchers for the auction have been donated from business houses across town, and can be seen in the window of the vacant shop beside Sapphire City Meats on Byron. Bidders can stop in to the STA FM table in front of M&MJ throughout the day for their chances.

Volunteers are also having a breakfast barbecue today and tomorrow from 8am with a tasty sausage sizzle. Tomorrow, local songbird Little Phoenix will perform requests to serenade breakfasters. This is a great chance to hear your favourite song, grab a bite to eat, and it all goes to two terrific causes to support our community.

Hang up on scams

Scammers trying to impersonate officers from the NSW Department of Finance have offered the unwary $7000, in attempts to gain personal information, including dates of birth.

Office of Finance and service chief executive officer Simon Smith has warned the public to hang up on scam calls and report incidents to Scamwatch on 1300 795 995.

“The NSW Office of State Revenue has received reports from concerned consumers about scammers who claim the fictitious finance department is a state and federal agency,” Mr Smith said.

“No government finance department will cold call offering money and asking for your personal details. The scammers offer to repay the money via cheque or payment into a bank account.”

“Scammers will try anything to take your money and identity, so if in doubt look up the contact number for any alleged government department and call them to see if you are in fact dealing with the real department. Don’t call any number a cold caller gives you, as that will be answered by another scammer.”

Mr Smith said scammers rely on you not checking out their legitimacy, and people should never give out their bank details or address over the phone to cold callers.

Not enough work

When On the Pulse gets bored, there’s nothing like a good dose of statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to clear out the cobwebs and sharpen the senses. So when their latest report on underemployment leapt out and startled the blazes out of On the Pulse it decided to learn all about it.

Apparently, underemployment is a key measure of spare capacity in the labour market; workers who would like a second job or more hours at their present job, in other words, and for anyone caught in this position it must be demoralising.

In the late-1970s and 1980s, the underemployment rate was a lot lower than the unemployment rate (about half as many underemployed people as unemployed people), today the number underemployed is significantly higher than the unemployed.

On the Pulse thought there could be no way it was underemployed, underappreciated and underpaid, yes, but definitely not underemployed.

However, On the Pulse then thought about how much some extra time each day to do the massive amount of work would help, and for a long while thought perhaps it was on the underemployed list after all.

Then it occurred to On the Pulse that it may even be ‘overemployed’. Was there even a category for that?

Crikey, things can get complicated when you think about them too much; might be time to get back to work. We get pretty busy around here, you know.

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