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Newcastle will not have former skipperGema Simon before round five but will be boosted by the return of three Young Matildas when they face Sydney FC on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
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STALWART: Newcastle foundation player Gema Simon is set to return for round five of the W-League. Picture: Peter Stoop

The Jets beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 on Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium to start their W-League campaign but they face a tougher task against the two-time premiers and champions in round two.

Matildas defenderSimonwas not expected back from overseas in time for the Sydney game and the scheduling of the Norway Cup final means she will miss the opening four rounds of the 12-game W-League season.

Simon is playing with Norwegian club Avaldsnes, who play their Cup final on November 19 against Valerenga –the same day Newcastle host Canberra in round four. The foundation Jet will likely be back for the away clash with Adelaide the following weekend.

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Although yet to sign for Newcastle, coach Craig Deans said: “I can’t see there being too many problems.”

While Simon’s return has been delayed, Deans will welcome backSophie Nenadovic, Cortnee Vine and Clare Wheeler from China, where the Young Matildas fell at the final hurdle in the hunt for anUnder-20s Women’s World Cup berth. Australian lost 3-0 to China at theAFC Under-19 Women’s Championship on Saturday.

“We’ll probably have to pick them up a bit,” Deans said.

“It willbe disappointing for them but at least we’ll have three more players and they are quality players.”

The boost in stocks will help the Jets, whowent on the attack against Wanderers with a back-three formation. It meant the likes of former Wanderers player Nikola Orgill, American Arin Gilliland and midfield general Emily Van Egmond got through a mountain of work racing back in defence.

“The back three works,” Deans said.“We’ve got Arin, who can run all day, Nik Orgill is the same. [Gilliland]has just played 20-odd games in America, so she’s fit.Gema Simon is the same and hopefully she’ll come back in a couple of weeks.

“She and Sophie can play in that position, soI think the system works well for the players we have, because there’s people around the ball in the front third.

“But it will take a little bit of time. A back three is a little bit of extra work coaching-wise, but I think it suits our players. The style of play doesn’t change though.

“We finishedwith a 4-4-2 because it suited the game better and I think it’s nice to be flexible.”

The W-League Jets kick-off at 5pm Saturday in the second of five home double-headers with their A-League side.

Injury-riddled Collingwood defender Ben Sinclair has retired from AFL football, while teammates Adam Oxley and Jackson Ramsay have been delisted.
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Collingwood have committed to pick Oxley in the 2017 rookie draft should he be available for selection at the time of the Magpies’ pick.

Sinclair, 26, has battled a series of concussions and serious hamstring injuries since he was selected by the Magpies at pick No. 62 in the 2009 national draft.

The quick and tough-as-nails Oakleigh Chargers product, who played 63 games after making his debut in round 19, 2011, against Essendon, didn’t feature at all in 2017 after tearing his hamstring in a JLT Community Series match prior to the season.

Ramsay, 22, rated as a shut-down back pocket prospect by Collingwood, also struggled with injury during his career.

In 2015 he battled shin injuries while his 2016 was cut short due to a knee reconstruction.

Collingwood general manager of football Geoff Walsh said the attitude of the pair in the face of challenges was commendable.

“It says something about both men that they shared reasonably long careers with Collingwood despite their numerous setbacks,” Walsh said.

“Ben and Jackson were extremely popular teammates who leave us with a lot of friends and goodwill. The game is tough, it can be punishing and it isn’t always fair. Ben, who has had to retire from the game at 26 years of age due to his physical issues, and Jackson understand this as well as anyone.

“As I said, AFL football is a tough caper. We can only thank them for giving all they had to Collingwood in their time with us.”

Ramsay played 17 games after being selected at pick No.38 in the 2012 draft.

Oxley, a rebounding and intercept-marking defender from Queensland, has played 31 games since being selected by Collingwood at pick No.35 in the 2013 rookie draft.

He played 12 games in 2016 but couldn’t manage any in 2017, in a season that was interrupted by hip and groin complaints.

“Adam’s shown some promising signs over his career and unfortunately due to injury hasn’t always been able to play to the full potential we know he’s capable of,” Walsh said.

“We plan to have Adam remain part of the club by selecting him in the Rookie Draft should he still be available.”

Collingwood’s defensive stocks have been through plenty of changes in the past two seasons.

At the end of 2016 Nathan Brown (free agent), Jack Frost (trade), Tim Golds (delisted), Jonathon Marsh (retired), Alan Toovey (retired) and Marley Williams (trade) exited the club.

The Pies brought in Lynden Dunn and Henry Schade to fill that void in the 2016 off season but Schade was delisted at the end of the 2017 season. Another defender, Lachie Keeffe, was also delisted at the end of 2017 after he returned from a doping ban at the beginning of this year.

Schade revealed earlier this week that father-son young gun Darcy Moore may move to Collingwood’s back line for 2018 after playing predominantly as a forward since he was drafted in 2014.

It remains unclear whether 2011 All-Australian centre-half-back Ben Reid will play as a forward or defender in 2018. He switched between the forward line and defence for the Pies in 2017 but ended the season as a goal kicker.

During the trade period Collingwood brought in rookie defender Sam Murray from the Sydney Swans in a complicated deal that involved the Pies swapping a 2018 second round pick for Murray, pick 70 in 2017 and a future third-round pick.

Collingwood also lost forward Jesse White (retired) at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile Geelong announced on Monday that they had delisted Tom Ruggles and Matthew Hayball, however they will select Hayball in the rookie draft.

Adelaide announced they had delisted Jonathon Beech, while they also delisted Cam Ellis-Yoleman but have committed to selecting him in the rookie draft.

The Crows also committed to selecting potential father/son recruit Jackson Edwards, son of Tyson Edwards, in the rookie draft. Tyson played 321 games for the Crows.

“There are no guarantees for us or Jackson, but there is an ongoing commitment between the Club and the Edwards family that we will take Jackson in the Rookie Draft if he is available,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

Gold Coast Suns also announced the delistings of Daniel Currie, Trent McKenzie, Matt Shaw and Mackenzie Willis

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Less than half of those able to join the National Broadband Network have done so and those who have joined are accessing it at some of the lowest speeds available, a draft report released on Monday by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission shows.
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The NBN is available to 6.2 million Australian premises but only 3 million of those have migrated to an NBN plan, according to the ACCC.

According to the NBN Co, this number is misrepresentative of the uptake percentage, with 75 per cent of those connected to the NBN migrating to an NBN plan after 18 months.

The ACCC report said that another of the reasons behind the gap was that some providers were being incentivised to keep customers on the older network where they are able to earn better margins.

The poor retailer margins and low uptake of high-speed NBN plans could impact on NBN Co’s ability to recover its costs as most consumers opt for the cheaper plans.

While the NBN can achieve maximum speeds of up to 100 Mbps, just 16 per cent of those currently on the network are using it at speeds above 50 Mbps. It leaves the remaining 84 per cent using it at speeds comparable to those available on the copper wire network.

The low uptake was put down to consumers being satisfied with the current internet speeds and unwillingness to pay for higher speeds.

The report revealed there has been a 79 per cent increase in NBN-related complaints received by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the past year, even when adjusted for an increase in activations.

In 2016-17, the TIO received more than 27,000 complaints related to NBN services. While the increase in complaints was expected, the larger-than-anticipated rise was cause for concern, the TIO said.

Edgecliff resident Bernard Shirley said that intermittent failures on the network meant that he was often left unable to trade shares and send emails.

“You are paying for a service and your options are limited,” he said. “People like me cannot trade shares on the NBN. It’s not the end of the world but it means I can’t conduct my business.”

Mr Shirley said that his previous broadband service on the copper wire network was satisfactory to conduct business and didn’t experience failures with the same regularity as the NBN.

In its report the ACCC said the allocation of responsibilities in fixing service faults was an issue that was affecting consumers.

“The allocation of responsibility for connections and service faults between NBN Co and service providers is an issue that will affect consumer experiences, especially where consumers suffer detriment,” it said.

Many consumers reported an unsatisfactory experience with the NBN during the migration process from the copper wire network to the new network.

In submissions collected by the ACCC, there is also discontent with the speeds and costs associated with accessing the NBN.

A computer applications programmer living near Port Macquarie detailed the significant cost being placed on them because the NBN was not available at their home.

The person, whose details were redacted, said that they had to pay for a separate office space and internet connection, a half-hour drive away, costing $300 a week.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that the report had given the commission a good idea of the problems consumers were facing.

“The study has highlighted a number of areas of consumer concerns which will benefit from some immediate actions,” he said.

The ACCC has said it will establish a Broadband Performance Monitoring and Reporting program in a bid to provide consumers with accurate information about broadband speeds.

Even at its highest speeds, Australia is trailing many other countries in the delivery of high speed broadband. In Japan, consumers can access an average download speed of 756 Mbps for an average price of $60.96 a month compared with Australia where an average download speed of 100 Mbps costs an average of $106.77 a month.

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Newcastle Grammar closes amid Supercars transport confusion Wharf Road grandstands
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TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldon Monday afternoon that school buses would run as usual that day.

The school closure highlights a breakdown in communication over transport plans for the race, which is 25 daysaway.

The Herald reported last week that Transport for NSW, Supercars and Keolis Downer hadnot publicly released a transport strategy for the race weekend, despite the challenge of moving anestimated 150,000 racegoers in and out of the CBD.

It is understood this plan will be released in the next week, but that will come too late for Newcastle Grammar.

“The biggest problem for us is that we have been told that school buses can’t get in and can’t get out on that day,” Mrs Thomas said.

“Darby Street’s closing on that Friday. A section of Darby Street, I believe, will be closed, and we have been told that on that day all the buses will terminate at Civic Park.”

Supercars said this was not correct and all traffic would be allowed as far east as Bolton Street.

The school’s website also says buses will terminate at Civic Park, staff may struggle to find parking spots on the street, and noise from the track will be “significant”.

“We have expressed our concerns to the Supercar organisers, council and our local member,” it says.

Mrs Thomas said she had been working “positively” with Supercarsand that the race would bring benefits to Newcastle.

But it had been “difficult” to make decisions about her school without access to information about student transport.

“That’s probably my problem, that we’re not 100 per cent sure,” Mrs Thomas said.“That is where it’s been tough for us, and I had to make a call.

“You don’t make this decision lightly. We have spent months doing research, trying to work out the best approach, and in the end I felt there was no other option other than to close the Hill campus.

“You can’t just make these sorts of decisions a week out or even two weeks out, because familieshave got to get time to prepare.”

The school’s Hill campus caters for 580 children from years 5to 12. Students from years 5 to 8 will have teacher supervision at Grammar’s Park campus at Cooks Hill on November 24 if required.

Newcastle East Public School, which is two blocks west, will stay open, although comparatively few of its students catch buses.

Mrs Thomas said some of her staff would be at the Hill campus during the race to judge if the school could open in future years.

“We’re well aware that this could go for five years;it could go for longer. My idea is not thatthe kids have a holiday every 24thof November,” she said.

“We’re less than about 200 metres from one of the points on the track, and it’s a practice day. We don’t know what the impactof noise will be and how possible it will be to run lessons.

“I’m not saying it’s an obvious issue, although obviously we’re concerned about that given our proximity to the track.”

Schools a similar distance to Supercars tracks at Adelaide, Melbourneand Winton remain open on race days, and race organisers use school ovals at Adelaide’s Christian Brothers College and Townsville State High for concerts and parking.

For the past two seasons Melbourne Victory’s women’s team has played second fiddle to the all-conquering Melbourne City.
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But on Friday night, when the clubs meet for the first W-League Melbourne derby of the season, Victory will run on to the pitch with a spring in their step, confident they can strike a blow against the back-to-back champions.

City’s title defence got off to an embarrassing start in Perth last weekend when they crashed 4-1 to a Sam Kerr-inspired Perth Glory, while Victory’s women pulled off something of an upset when they defeated highly-regarded Canberra United 2-1 in their season opener.

The win over City was the perfect grand final revenge for the Western Australians, who were beaten on their own turf by City in last season’s title decider after going into that match as favourites.

The scale of the defeat, in which City conceded three times in the last 15 minutes after getting back on level terms early in the second half, will be worrying for coach Patrick Kisnorbo and he can ill afford to have his team show such defensive frailty on Friday evening when Victory and City meet in the curtain raiser for the top of the table A-League clash between City and Sydney FC.

Victory have been in the doldrums in recent W-League seasons but Jeff Hopkins’ side could not have made a better start with their win over Canberra, a game that 15-year-old Kyra Cooney-Cross will never forget as she made her debut.

Natasha Dowie, the England international, made sure of the win after Kristen McNabb had given the Navy Blues an early lead.

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Barnaby Joyce at the Longyard Pub, after the High court ruled he was a New Zealand Citizen.?? CREDIT:?? Peter Hardin, 27-10-17.Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has dared the Labor Party and the union movement to bring a legal challenge against any of the decisions he oversaw before he was thrown out of Parliament by the High Court.
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More than 100 Turnbull government decisions could be vulnerable to legal challenge as a result of Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash’s dual citizenship status, with lawyers engaged by the Labor Party concluding there is a high likelihood the work the pair has done over the past year will end up before the courts.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions has also commissioned legal advice about the validity of a parliamentary vote on penalty rates.

The question mark over decisions that were made while Mr Joyce and Ms Nash were in Parliament adds to the sense of chaos Labor is trying to create around the Turnbull government following the High Court’s decision on Friday which disqualified five MPs – Mr Joyce, Ms Nash, Malcolm Roberts, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam – from Parliament because they held dual citizenship.

Mr Joyce – who is now fighting a byelection in his NSW seat of New England – dared the Labor Party to bring on a challenge.

“If the Labor Party want to challenge a whole heap of decisions to make poor people poorer and to show they’ve got absolutely no vision for regional Australia, go right ahead fellas,” Mr Joyce told ABC’s Radio National on Monday morning.

The advice from senior silk Matt Collins, QC, and barrister Matt Albert says Mr Joyce’s and Ms Nash’s ministerial decisions are now at risk under section 64 of the constitution, which requires ministers to be members of Parliament..

Mr Joyce, the former agriculture and water minister, disputed this saying he and Ms Nash, the former regional development minister, remained members of parliament up until the moment the High Court disqualified them.

“You stay in until such time as [one of] three events occur: you die, you resign or you are found ineligible by the High Court. And, at that point, you are out of Parliament – not before,” Mr Joyce said.

Speaking after the High Court’s decision on Friday, Mr Joyce said had been worried the court would find against him.

But on Monday he denied he should have resigned from the ministry and cabinet as Matt Canavan did.

Senator Canavan was one of the two MPs – along with Nick Xenophon – cleared by the High Court.

“Just because you thought something doesn’t make it a fact. I relied on the more competent advice which came from the Solicitor-General and just because the Solicitor-General says something doesn’t mean it’s right every time. But it’s obviously vastly more competent than my musings as an accountant who had a practice in St George,” Mr Joyce said.

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop said “there may be a few decisions” the government would need to examine but she was confident the “vast majority” of the government’s decisions were not open to challenge.

Mr Joyce also called for a multi question referendum to deal with a number of issues he said people wanted dealt with – including constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and section 44 of the constitution.

“People are saying, how could you be born in the Tamworth Base Hospital, when your great grandmother was born in Tamworth, your great grandfather was born in Glen Innes, you’ve served in the Australian Army Reserve and somehow you’re not an Australian. How does that work? To be frank, I have a hard time trying to explain that to them,” he said.

The Turnbull government has already ruled out taking section 44 of the constitution to a referendum but it has flagged the possibility of amendments to the Citizenship Act to clarify the position of people who were born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas and want a career in politics.

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EMPOWERING: Opening Doors has been performed 32 times across the Hunter and Central Coast since 2013 and more than 2000 students have participated.TEENAGERS are being called on to help turn the tide on domestic violence.Tantrum Youth Arts is releasing a new round of performance dates for itsOpening Doorsinitiative, thanks to funding from Greater Charitable Foundation.The fourth season of the theatre-in-education experience will be offered to more than 4000 students across NSW between May and August, 2018.
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Opening Doorsaims to empower young people with knowledge on the causes and impacts of domestic violence and the avenues of support available.Written and directed by Tantrum’s producer Tamara Gazzard, it features local young actors as well as input from police officers, solicitors and counsellors.

“Four local government areas across the Hunter – Cessnock, Maitland, Muswellbrook and Port Stephens – rank in the top 50 for highest recorded cases of domestic violence in NSW,” Ms Gazzard said.

“However, these statistics are hard to measure as …reporting rates are still far below actual incidence rates.

“Opening Doors … aims to bridge this gap by not only educating young people but also giving them a voice as well as the means and confidence to seek help if in need.”

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive Anne Long saidOpening Doors resonatedwith the foundation’s core focus of improving life outcomes.

Hunter high schools have an opportunity for anOpening Doorsperformance to be staged at their campus in 2018. School should register their interest by Friday, December 22, 2017.For details, visit tantrum.org419论坛.

Mesh, money and the damage done Bypass: University of Canberra academic Dr Wendy Bonython criticises health watchdog funding model for “complete bypass of the interests of consumers”.
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Regulator: The Federal Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration complex in Canberra.

Frosty: Professor Chris Maher said he had a “frosty relationship” with the Federal health regulator because of pelvic mesh devices.

Alarm: Victorian Health Issues Centre executive Danny Vadasz said legislative reform was needed to protect health consumers.

Suffer: Australian women have suffered in silence for years because of systemic failures in the health system that allowed pelvic mesh devices to be marketed.

Devices: A sample of pelvic mesh devices marketed in Australia and the United States since 2002.

Campaigned: Women members of the Australian Pelvic Mesh Support Group campaigned for a Senate inquiry into how devices were approved for use in Australia.

TweetFacebookThe current regulatory framework is a complete bypass of the interests of consumers. They don’t have a stake at the table.

University of Canberra academic Dr Wendy BonythonWith hindsight, I think, everyone in the Therapeutic Goods Administration would say they wished that they didn’t allow these products through when there wasn’t much evidence supporting those products.

Professor Chris MaherUntil we have legislative reform public health will remain hostage to the sales and marketing targets of medical device manufacturers.

Victorian Health Issues Centre executive Danny Vadasz

“The recent quiet announcement of the up-classification of mesh devices still does not reassure as there is no guarantee consumers will be provided with relevant consent documentation and there is still no commitment to create a register to track the devices being implanted,” Ms Brennan said.

“There must be a separation between income for our regulatory body, and the approval of devices. No-one has a higher stake in a medical device than the patient who is having something permanently implanted and yet consumers are not at the decision making table of the TGA. This needs to change.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office referred questions to the TGA, which “totally rejected” claims it had a too-close relationship with industry because of its funding model.

“Industry has no say whatsoever in how TGA spends the revenue it receives from other industry charges. This system has been in place for more than 20 years and there has been no evidence of any sort of ‘regulatory capture’,” a spokesperson said.

“Other medicines and device regulators internationally also are fully or significantly funded by industry fees and charges and operate in the same way.This takes the burden off the taxpayer for such time-consuming scrutiny.

“It is accepted as best regulatory practice for regulators to have a good understanding of and working relationship with the regulated entities. So, while the TGA meets frequently with industry and other stakeholders, including consumer and healthcare groups, it maintains a professional but arm’s length relationship and does not include them in any final decision-making once consultations are completed.”

The TGA said it accepted evidence from an expert committee in 2008 that recommended it continue to monitor meshes, but the reported rate of complications was low. By 2013 an internal TGA report acknowledged its adverse event reporting systemonly received 10-20 per cent of all adverse eventsbecause it relied on manufacturers to report complications.

The TGA has not prosecuted one mesh manufacturer for failing to report complications, despite it being a criminal offence carrying a jail term and substantial fine.

In 2014 the regulator cancelled the first of more than 40 pelvic mesh devices and increased monitoring and reporting requirements for remaining devices.

In its statement the TGA said “it must be emphasised that the TGA does not regulate clinical practice and decisions by doctors to use these devices”.

It may have the Turnbull and Palaszczuk governments firmly in its corner, but the Adani super-mine is facing a formidable new opponent: the Christian faith.
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The Catholic and Anglican bishops of Townsville have issued a joint statement to their followers criticising “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and accusing politicians and big business of failing to protect the common good.

The bishops’ message puts them head-to-head with Adani, the Indian mining behemoth behind the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine proposed for the Galilee Basin. It also puts them at odds with the local council and state and federal governments, which resoundingly support the project.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s campaign speech was interrupted by anti-Adani protesters. Photo: Darren England

Adani has located its regional headquarters in Townsville, and the statement will fuel debate in the already divided community over what would be Australia’s biggest coal mine.

The Right Reverend William Ray of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland, and the Most Reverend Timothy Harris of the Catholic Diocese of Townsville, issued the statement to their parishes on Saturday.

They cited Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment in June 2015, in which he said “the Earth, our home, is beginning to look … like an immense pile of filth”.

“We, too, as bishops in north Queensland, have concerns about many global and local issues that are impacting negatively on our environment and which require greater dialogue, examination, prayer and action,” the statement said.

The bishops said human dominion over the planet should be understood as “responsible stewardship”, especially to future generations.

“The elephant in the room is obviously the impending loss of the Great Barrier Reef with back-to-back yearly coral bleaching across two thirds of its length,” they said.

The bishops lamented toxic run-off, increased sea freight traffic and marine pollution, adding that government spending to fix the reef’s problems was “not matching needs”.

They did not name the Adani mine, but warned against “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, adding such projects sought to exploit a “coal resource for all ages.”

“Politics and business have been slow to provide strong leadership or urgency for the common good: a leadership that incorporates environmental issues as much as the financial, social or political issues,” the statement said.

“Although there are a limited number of politicians who are active on behalf of the environment, they are to be commended.”

The statement reflected the personal view of the bishops. It also expressed concern about a lack of recognition for indigenous people, land clearing, a lack of transparency by big business and a gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.

Adani’s Carmichael mine has emerged as a key issue in the Queensland state election, to be held on November 25.

Adani protesters reportedly heckled Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls on the campaign trail on Sunday and Monday.

The mine would extract 2.3 billion tonnes of coal over its 60-year life. Supporters say it will bring much-needed jobs and social benefits to Townsville and the broader region. Detractors fear the effects on tourism and the environment – especially the Great Barrier Reef – and say the company’s promise of 10,000 new jobs is vastly inflated.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan – back in the job on Friday after the High Court confirmed he was eligible to sit in Parliament – reportedly listed the Adani project and a new coal-fired generator as his first priorities.

The local coal industry has other firm backers – Nationals MP George Christensen took out several full page ads in Mackay’s Daily Mercury last week, urging that a “clean” coal-fired power plant be built in north Queensland.

President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Thea Ormerod, applauded the bishops’ stand and said it “could help shift the mood of the electorate over time”.

She said in the 2016 census, 26.5 per cent of Townsville residents identified as Catholic and 15.2 per cent as Anglican.

“Australia needs such prophetic witness to the importance of protecting our common home over profit-seeking extractive industries,” Ms Ormerod said.

“Adani’s Carmichael mine should never be allowed to go ahead … as a nation, we have the resources to support those communities who are being impacted by our necessary transition away from mining.”

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Westpac is readying to fight allegations by the corporate watchdog that it rigged one of Australia’s key interest rates, despite its co-accused, ANZ and National Australia Bank, settling their cases.
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The Australian Securities and Investments Commission alleged the three banks separately rigged the bank bill swap rate, a key benchmark rate used when setting the cost of business loans, for financial gain.

Lawyers for Westpac told the Federal Court on Monday it would continue with the landmark case, despite the bank facing increasing pressure to settle with ASIC.

The trial is expected to result in Westpac’s top trader, Colin Roden, being called to give evidence to explain chat room and phone transcripts that include him saying in regards to moving the bank bill swap rate: “I know it’s completely wrong … But f–k it, I may as well.”

On Monday, ANZ and NAB confirmed they had concluded their respective settlement discussions with ASIC.

Justice Jonathan Beach adjourned the case against the latter two banks and referred them to a penalty hearing in November.

Last week, NAB settled with ASIC for $50 million, while ANZ reportedly settled its case for a similar amount.

It is understood informal talks between ASIC and Westpac continued over the weekend and a settlement is still possible.

However, Westpac has long maintained that it has a stronger case than ANZ and NAB because its treasury desk was separate from its trading desk and its bankers were not impacting customers, but rather strengthening the banks’ balance sheet.

NAB’s treasury desk was also separate from its trading desk at the time of the alleged trades.

NAB confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange late on Friday it had settled with ASIC for $50 million. As part of the settlement, NAB has admitted to attempting to engage in unconscionable conduct on 12 occasions.

Last Monday, ANZ confirmed it had reached an in-principle agreement with ASIC.

NAB has agreed to pay ASIC’s costs of $20 million as part of its settlement and ANZ’s deal is also believed to cover ASIC’s costs.

The bank bill swap rate is a key rate at which banks lend to each other over a short period. It is one of the most important interest rates in the economy, providing a benchmark for the setting of a range of business loan interest rates.

Westpac has been accused of 16 counts of unconscionable conduct by ASIC. NAB faced 50 counts and ANZ 43 counts.

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Sunday. The Canberra Balloon Spectacular, day one. Balloons drift over Lake Burley Griffin. 8th. March 2014 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy. News. The changing face of Braddon. Lonsdale Street Roasters took over the Civic Smash Repairs building in Lonsdale Street.April 29th 2015The Canberra TimesPhotograph by Graham Tidy.
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Here’s a top tip for travel writers: you don’t get columns about your list of top tourist destinations if you made it, say, a list of actual top tourist destinations.

After all, a brief survey of Australia’s most popular tea towels already gives an elegantly accurate overview of our nation’s top sightseeing spots. And let’s be frank: saying “why, the Uluru place seems like it might be worth a gander – and how about that Sydney Harbour, eh? Apparently there’s some sort of bridge there!” isn’t going to get incredulous journalists sending your destinations of the year column viral.

And that’s why Lonely Planet is enjoying all sorts of Google Alert pings thanks to multiple articles, including this one, that are all essentially variations on “Canberra? You’re recommending that the one must-see spot in Australia is Canberra?”

Yes, according to said list, Canberra is the No.3 city to visit on our great blue-green globe (after Seville in Spain and ??? um, Detroit in the US? Really?), and the No.1 spot to see in Australia. And this, obviously, is a barking mad claim to make.

This is not because Canberra is a terrible place, mind. It’s because its charms are not exactly geared toward tourists.

There’s no shortage of stuff for the keen visitor, of course. Canberra boasts amazing galleries, great museums, and at least one more NASA-run Deep Space Communications Network than any other city in Australia.

The architecture is amazing, the (artificial) Lake Burley Griffin is picturesque, and the parking is ample. And Parliament House, it has to be said, is genuinely beautiful – or at least was until the hideous fences were put up to stop people walking over the lawns above the heads of our lawmakers, as designed, and thus help eliminate any pesky implication of Australian egalitarianism.

But Canberra also has a lot of baggage. Related: Real reason Sydney’s not liveableRelated: A house or a life?Related: Should we let country towns die?

After all, while all our other cities were hewn by stalwart pioneers hacking civilisation out of the unrelenting bush, Canberra was arbitrarily invented as a national capital as a way of providing plausible cover for Sydneysiders who wanted to sneeringly tell Victorians “well, it’s the same distance from Melbourne as Sydney – what are you whining about? What do you mean it’s in NSW – it’s in the Australian Capital Territory, obviously. Sheesh, there’s no pleasing some people!”

(And depending on who you believe, it was named as a joke by the local Ngunnawal people, who assured the designers that the word for the spot meant “meeting place” and definitely not “the bit between a lady’s boobs”, since the settlement was placed between Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain.)

Canberra is also tiny. You can be in open farmland or an isolated bush vista inside of a 15-minute drive from Parliament House, which goes some way to explaining why people, such as Tasmanian senator Eric Abetz, don’t seem to understand how most Australians think and behave.

If most of your time was spent in Hobart and Canberra, suddenly being confronted with Brisbane would seem like dropping into a sci-fi wonderland what with its locomotives and ethnic foods and people walking around without scarves.

The main thing about Canberra as a tourist destination, though, is something that it shares with the other butts of the nation’s jokes such as the aforementioned Hobart and (especially) my old hometown of Adelaide: it’s a nice place to live, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to visit there.

That’s not because it’s not got stuff going on or places to go, but because those things are not necessarily obvious and easy to find. In fact, I’m prepared to bet that Canberrans are less than delighted with having their favourite haunts and secret treasures hauled out into the open, because part of the joy of living in one of the smaller cities is feeling like it’s your own special place and that it also somehow loves you back.

That doesn’t happen in the big metropolises nearly as much. I still adore Sydney like a lovestruck teenager, but I’m perfectly aware that when I die it will leave my corpse for the ibises and never look back. Conversely, I was deeply hurt to discover during a recent visit that Adelaide didn’t lovingly preserve that P my first housemate drew upon the sign for the tiny inner-city alleyway Andrew St in 1993.

Be honest, residents of Canberra. You don’t want hipster blow-ins clogging up your favourite wine bars and snug microbreweries. We got so sick of that happening in Sydney that we had to destroy our entire night-time economy with lockouts just to get them to move to Melbourne.

And obviously it’s a long time until Lonely Planet’s next list, and it’s impossible to guess if another Australian city will make the top ten. But on current form, the smart money would be on Blinman, jewel of the Flinders Ranges: the most underrated tourist destination in Australia! Come for the 50-plus daytime summer temperatures, stay for the ??? um, bit where it gets cooler at night.

Just imagine the outraged thinkpieces that’ll inspire!

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US actor Anthony Rapp has accused Kevin Spacey of making a “sexual advance” towards him when he was 14.
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Rapp, now 46, claims Spacey invited him over to his apartment in 1986 after the two met while they were working on different shows on Broadway.

At the end of the house party, Rapp alleges, Spacey – then 26 – placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him.

BuzzFeed first published the allegations, but Spacey’s representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

But on Monday afternoon, Spacey released a statement saying he was “horrified” to hear Rapp’s story.

“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” he said. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

It is the first time Rapp has spoken publicly about his interactions with the Oscar winner.

The star of Star Trek: Discovery, who was catapulted into the spotlight after starring in the original musical Rent, said he was going public with the allegations to try to “shine another light” on Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp told BuzzFeed.

“But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.

“He was trying to seduce me. I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

Rapp said he eventually managed to push Spacey off him and to leave the apartment.

“My head was spinning,” he said. “I have a memory of turning around and [thinking to myself], ‘What was that? What am I supposed to do with that? What does it mean?’

“The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen.

“And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”

Rapp said he had never talked to Spacey about that night in 1986, and is thankful he hasn’t had anything to do with the House of Cards star since.

However, he told BuzzFeed he did walk past Spacey during a rehearsal for the 1999 Tony Awards.

“He looked at me, and I thought I saw some form of recognition, and I quickly looked away,” he said.

“I passed him and went out the door. In retrospect, I’m very grateful that I wasn’t alone with him. I don’t know what the f— I would have done.” pic.twitter南京夜网/X6ybi5atr5??? Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Jarryd Hayne’s Facebook post about Newcastle bloke | PHOTOS Jarryd Hayne’s Facebook post about Matt and Ray Shipway.
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Matt Shipway scoring a try for the USA against Fiji. Picture: AAP/Michael Chambers.

Jarryd Hayne playing for Fiji against the USA.

Sonny Bill Williams in action for the Kiwis. Picture: AAP/Dan Peled.

TweetFacebook The Hayne Plane’s Facebook post.Jarryd Hayne has a lot of followers on Facebook.

So when the rugby league star, who’sknown as the“Hayne Plane”,reposted a message from a bloke named Ray Shipway, lots of people took notice.

Rayis the brother of Matt Shipway –a 32-year-old Merewether tilerwho plays forSouth Newcastle. At the moment, he’s playing for the USA intheRugby League World Cup.Hequalifies toplay for the USA because his mum was born there.

A few years back, Matt was nicknamed the“Red-haired Sonny”–a joking reference to Sonny Bill Williams, theKiwi footy legend.

Anyhow Ray sent a Facebookmessage to Jarryd Hayne,before Mattlined up for the USA against Hayne’sFiji side on Saturday.

The message went like this [wegenerouslycleaned up theFacebook-style punctuation and grammar]:“Hello MrHayne, congratulations on your recent selection for Fiji for the upcoming game against USA. I would like to bring to your attention a certain player nicknamed Red-haired Sonny. He is the number 12 for USA, weighs 102kg and stands at an impressive 195cm, studied engineering at UCLA, was drafted to the Cleveland Browns where he learnt some impressive agility and power skills, before making the dramatic switch to rugby league. [Ray was pulling Jarryd’s leg here. None of thisistrue, except that Mattis number 12 for the USA]”.

Ray’s message continued:“Be wary Mr Hayne, he is a destroyer and will do anything to win. Squirrelgrips [this relates to testicles], hoppas [this relates to John Hopoate] and eye-gouging are normal for this man-mountain. I would consider tearing a hammy in the warm up. Have a good day”.

The Hayne Plane reposted the message to Facebook, with this comment:“This was too funny not to post. Thanks for the tip, I appreciate you @rayshipway”.

Ray told Topics thatJarryd’srepost shows he’s a“quality bloke”.

“Guess he takes the time to look at his messages,” Ray said.

As for the message itself, Ray joked:“I just thought I’d warn him about my brother, that’s all”.

Ray watched the match in a pub at Alice Springs over a couple of beers. Fiji beat the USA 58-12 and Matt scored his side’s firsttry.

Ray willbe at Townsville Stadium on Sunday to watch his brother’snext match for theUSAagainst Italy.

“I’ll try and get a photo with the Red-haired Sonny,”he said.

Hairdressers have an eye for detail. But rarely is a hairdresser’s eye as significant as it could be for convicted murderer Sue Neill-Fraser.
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Neill-Fraser is serving a 23-year prison sentence for killing her partner, Bob Chappell, in 2009.

She faced the Tasmanian Supreme Court in Hobart on Monday in a final bid to overturn her conviction.

Her legal team must convince Justice Michael Brett there is new and significant evidence for an appeal to proceed.

A hairdresser who saw a teenage girl and two men in the area where Mr Chappell went missing on the night he disappeared provides such evidence, Thomas Percy QC, for Neill-Fraser, argues.

The hairdresser, Brent Brocklehurst, saw the trio with his neighbour.

He was told the neighbour had picked them up after they had been on a dinghy near the Marieville Esplanade foreshore.

Mr Chappell went missing from the Four Winds, a yacht he and Neill-Fraser owned which was moored 300 metres off the same esplanade in Sandy Bay.

“[The neighbour] said ‘I bumped into these guys, they’ve come out of nowhere, on a dinghy’,” Mr Brocklehurst told the court on Monday.

Neill-Fraser claims she left her partner of 20 years alone on the boat about 2pm on January 26, 2009 as he worked on repairs.

His body has never been found, and, apart from a blood sample found to belong to Mr Chappell, there was no forensic evidence relied upon for Neill-Fraser’s conviction.

But a DNA sample from Meaghan Vass was found on the Four Winds.

Mr Brocklehurst could not be sure, but believes the girl he saw the night Mr Chappell vanished was Ms Vass, who was 15 at the time.

It was about 7pm, and the girl was not wearing shoes, he said.

He is more certain that one of the men the girl was with was Stuart Russell, who committed an unrelated murder two years later.

His evidence adds weight to a theory developed by Neill-Fraser’s legal team: that locals who were known to steal from yachts in the area boarded the Four Winds with Ms Vass and killed Mr Chappell after he disturbed them.

Earlier this year, Ms Vass signed a statutory declaration that also supported this theory, but in court on Monday she withdrew it in sensational fashion.

Police could not confirm how Ms Vass’ DNA had been found on the Four Winds, and Ms Vass has also been unable to explain its presence.

Neill-Fraser was found to have bludgeoned Mr Chappell with an unknown object, used rope and a winch to lift his body from the cabin to the deck, and then weighed it down with a fire extinguisher before dumping it in the Derwent River.

She was motivated by the knowledge the relationship was over, and that Mr Chappell – a wealthy Hobart doctor – was worth more to her dead than alive.

An attempt was then made to sink the Four Winds to destroy evidence.

Neill-Fraser has maintained her innocence, despite police finding significant inconsistencies in her alibi.

She has sat quietly in court during Monday’s hearing, even during the evidence of Ms Vass, who screamed, and repeatedly stood and banged the witness box, while she was questioned by Mr Percy.

She said during Neill-Fraser’s trial that she did not know how her DNA had come to be on the yacht.

But in April, lawyers for Neill-Fraser obtained a signed statutory declaration from Ms Vass saying she was on the Four Winds on the night Mr Chappell went missing.

She also said she was with other people she would not name.

But she recanted that statement in dramatic fashion, leaving the courtroom in tears after requesting a five-minute break.

“I had been made to sign that statement out of fear,” she said.

“I was threatened to be put in the boot of a car.”

Ms Vass told the court she is still homeless, as she was when Mr Chappell disappeared.

Shortly before asking for a break, she cried out for her mother and a senior Tasmania Police officer.

She told Prosector Daryl Coates she had been offered money to make the statement, but later conceded that could have been a reference to a $40,000 reward for information offered by Neill-Fraser’s supporters.

Ms Vass said a woman who met Neill-Fraser in prison and was an associate of a Devil’s Henchmen bikie.

Victoria Police forensic scientist Maxwell Jones, said the DNA sample belonging to Ms Vass that was found on the Four Winds was far more likely to have come directly from her saliva or blood than a secondary transfer or via contact with her skin.

Another witness, who claims he was on the foreshore on the night of the disappearance also gave evidence on Monday, saying that he believed a former friend who was living on a yacht at the time had murdered Mr Chappell and three other people.

But he also claimed he was working for ASIO at the time of the disappearance and admitted he would lie to help Neill-Fraser.

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Towards the end of Alex Miller’s new novel, The Passage of Love, there is an email sent by a woman in Paris to the French translator of the book’s leading man, Robert Crofts, a novelist. She is introducing herself as the person to whom Crofts refers on his website when writing about one of his novels.
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But eagle-eyed readers of the uncorrected proof copy would have noticed that the short burst of French doesn’t refer to the novelist as Robert, it calls him Alex, and the book the woman is writing about is titled Lovesong, one of Miller’s most popular and admired novels. “We picked that up. Jesus, nobody noticed,” Miller says.

Mind you, it wouldn’t really have mattered had the name stayed as it was because, as he says a moment later, “the whole thing is totally true”.

The Passage of Love is the story of a young man from England, Robert Crofts, who has migrated to Australia and worked as a stockman in Queensland. After three years he goes south to Melbourne and decides he wants to write. If you are vaguely familiar with Miller’s biography, this will ring a bell.

Crofts becomes involved with Wendy, a left-wing activist working as cleaner in Myer where he too is employed, who tells him: “You’re a writer if you write.”

But the relationship doesn’t last and through a man in his boarding house he is introduced to Lena Soren, the daughter of a wealthy family in a bayside suburb and “probably quite as mad and as dangerous as you are”. Lena’s widowed mother encourages both his relationship with her daughter and his desire to write although she argues the latter would be impossible without first gaining a university education.

So Lena and he marry and begin a tempestuous relationship that eventually founders, although they both acknowledge mutual love and need. Lena is trying to find some sort of meaning to her own life free from the restrictions of class and upbringing. But it is through Lena Robert meets Martin and Birte, two Germans who become crucial to his imaginative sense of the world.

Lena and Robert buy a farm in Araluen in the south of New South Wales, a world that he initially finds to be some kind of agrarian Arcadia, but where eventually he is left on his own, brooding, desperate to be published and sliding into gloom. He is pulled out of this dismal state of affairs when he begins an affair with Ann, about whom he has long entertained erotic fantasies.

For Robert Crofts, the name of the hero in Miller’s first novel, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain, read Alex Miller. For Lena, read Ann Neil, his first wife. For Martin Bloch, read Miller’s great friend Max Blatt, and for Ann the woman in Paris, read Ann the woman in France who wrote to his translator.

Yes, he says, the whole thing is totally true and although the book is called a novel, he describes it as autobiographical fiction.

“It’s the same as Virginia Woolf with To the Lighthouse. People said it isn’t a novel, it’s just you and your family on holiday. And she said it’s ‘autobiographical fiction’. It’s rather like Helen Garner’s The Spare Room and, perhaps, Drusilla Modjeska’s Poppy, although she called that a memoir.” Other recent examples might include the works of Karl Ove Knausgaard or Michael Sala’s first novel, The Last Thread.

For Miller the fiction comes in his collapsing of time, largely to suit the narrative. While stressing everything is real, he has changed some people’s names and when some things happened. “Robert makes it as a writer in the sense that he does get his first novel published but I would have had to go a bit longer – quite a bit longer than that – whereas that’s a nice moment to end it where he comes back to Australia to sell the house.”

It’s all a question of truth and Miller claims always to have written the truth in his novels. There is the material truth – as evidence he produces three pictures that have been important in his life and feature significantly in the book – but “emotional truths are the absolute grounding of any novel. Historical truth is secondary to the intimate lives of us.

“The truth of the intimate lives of us is not available to the historian or the biographer. The biographer strives to get there and can be challenged on those things. There’s always a sense in writing history or biography of being defensive to a degree in your bibliography or your note ??? Whereas as a novelist you are at liberty to plumb the depths of the human emotions. You’d better get that right though.”

He says he has wanted to write this moral accounting of his early years for a long time but it was only after his wife, Stephanie, pointed out the crucial distance old age provided that he was really able to get to grips with it.

“Steph and I have been together for 43 years. I came back to Australia to sell my house and move to Paris and buy the apartment. But I met Steph in my first week and we just knew at once and I never wrote to Ann and she didn’t know where I was so she couldn’t write to me.”

I wondered whether that had played on his mind for 43 years.

“Yes. I always felt a bit guilty about it. As you do. A number of things I’ve felt guilty about until now.”

If the book is an accounting of his early life, it is as much an account of his development as a writer. He wrote three what he calls pre-novels – “I thought you had to write socially responsible novels” – before his friend Max, the model for Martin, asked him bluntly on reading one: “Why don’t you write something you love?”

Miller had always told stories; his Glaswegian father had been a great storyteller and as a boy Miller had developed a great intimacy with his brother by making up stories for him about a little green elf. But writing was a different matter.

When he told his father that he’d written a book his response – and here he mimics his father’s accent -was “what d’you do that for?”

“I’d lost my audience as far as he was concerned. What I’d lost was the social context of storytelling. He grew up in that context. They handed their stories down when he was a boy from the old people in the Highlands.

“The idea of writing it, being alone in a room with the door closed telling a story – it wasn’t telling a story; telling a story was having the response of the people around you.”

But writing is Miller’s way and has been since well before his first published story, Comrade Pawel, appeared in Meanjin in 1975.

The distress he describes when Robert Crofts’ first novel is rejected in The Passage of Love is utterly his own experience even if the rejection letter, which is the one Miller himself received, is as generous as possible and includes a glowing reader’s report.

“Writing isn’t a complacent way of life but a way of life in which I am constantly challenged. When I’m not writing, a strange kind of loneliness comes over me and by strange I mean I can be in among my family, with my family or close friends and something in me cries out and I can’t answer that cry whatever it is.

“Writing is my way of answering this silent cry within. I’m not sure what it means or how it might be explained other than in this way, but I’m grateful for it. It lies in me like a mystery that I will never fully resolve so that I am always drawn back to it.”

Miller’s first novel was published in 1988. Since then he has won the Miles Franklin twice – for The Ancestor Game in 1993 and 10 years later for Journey to the Stone Country. He turned 80 last year, but is confident he has more books in him and time to write them. The next one will be Max Blatt’s story.

Perhaps that confidence comes from a strange encounter he had a while ago in South Melbourne when a tiny Indian man stopped him in the street. Miller offered him some money. “No, no,” said the man, “I don’t want money. I want to tell you that you will live to 94.”

“And I said, ‘oh thanks very much’. I said ‘will I be all right?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, I can’t tell you the details, I just know that you will live to be 94. Thank you and good day’, and off he went. It was a very convincing encounter.”

The Passage of Love is published by Allen & Unwin at $32.99.

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