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The Herald Sun today published an image of Water Minister Tim Holding returning to parliament with the caption ‘Hero’s return.

Mr. Holding was reported missing on August 31 and spent two nights on icy Mount Feathertop, Victoria's second highest peak, before being rescued early on September 1.

Tim Holding (back row, centre) (Bicycle Victoria)

The Funk & Wagalls Dictionary definition of hero is 'One idealised for superior qualities or deeds of any kind,' 'the principal male character in a drama, fictional work, etc.,' 'a man of great notability... in classical mythology or legend...' and 'a sandwhich made with a loaf of bread cut lengthwise.' Mr. Holding does not seem to meet any of these criteria, some of which might be more aptly applied to his rescuers.

Mr. Holding's mother Caroline expressed gratitude and relief at her son's rescue, thanking rescue teams 'ever so much from the bottom of our hearts.'

Search and rescue teams may have been initially doubtful of the success of their mission, given the limited information they were provided in their final briefing prior to the search.

'The missing person... It's Tim Holding,' Sgt Vic Velthuls of Victoria Police Search And Rescue said to officers and volunteers. 'I think everyone knows who he is and his description, so we won't go into that."

Other media outlets had already published reflective statements about Mr. Holding prior to his rescue.

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A second earthquake has shaken Melbourne and parts of Victoria. The earthquake, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, struck at 4.30pm yesterday, and came twelve days after an earthquake of similar size was felt in the same area.

Ten News said that ‘terrified office workers reported computer screens vibrating on desks, and ornaments falling from shelves.’

Closer to the epicentre, which Clive Collins from Geoscience Australia says was in a similar location to the last earthquake, the publicans of Korumburra described what they felt. John Beardsworth of the Austral Hotel said that the earthquake felt like a truck driving past the hotel. ‘It puts the shivers up me a bit,’ Mr Beardsworth said.

Chris Corr of the Korumburra Middle Hotel said that ‘it felt like there was a strange beast crawling across the roof.’ On the contrary, a Melbourne resident who wished only to be known as ‘Simon’ said that he had not felt the latest earthquake. ‘But, by God, I heard all about it,’ Simon recalled.

At the Herald Sun website, public reaction to the earthquake prompted arguments. ‘You Melbourne people are always real quick to crittersize Moe and the Valley,’ said Joey of Moe. ‘But I don't hear any sympathy when we are much closer to the eppycentre of these earthquakes than you.’

Captain Boomerang(DC Comics)

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