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NSW to push for final of T20 World Cup – with a major upgrade of the SCG to follow

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

The runaway train of the Big Bash League has convinced the NSW government to make a bold play for the men’s final of the World Twenty20 when it’s held in Australia in 2020.
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And should Sydney snatch it out of Melbourne’s grasp, expect the wise souls of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust to push for new Brewongle-Churchill or O’Reilly stands at the beloved ground.

The significance of a full house at the Sixers-Thunders clash on Saturday night should not be overlooked.

For so long, Sydney has been branded “the toughest sporting market in the world”. Those banks of empty seats tell the score, or at least explain how bad the traffic is on the M5.

The Big Bash bucks the trend. All of the Thunder’s four matches at Spotless Stadium have been sold-out. The Sixers have been getting around 30,000 at the SCG.

Real beneficiary: The Sydney Cricket Ground.

So there can be no dispute: Sydneysiders have an insatiable appetite for Big Bash cricket. They’re mad for it. Gagging for it. It’s the Messina of Sydney sport.

Sensing this, the NSW government is eagerly awaiting Cricket Australia to formally start negotiations for World Cup matches. The women’s tournament will be held in February, 2020, with the men’s to be held in September and October. Imagine how popular the game will be by then.

With a capacity of more than 100,000, the MCG is considered an obvious choice for the men’s final.

It has hosted the finals of the last one-day international world cups, in 1992 and 2015, but that shouldn’t mean other states can’t push for the decider in 2020.

The real beneficiary of a Sydney final would be the SCG.

After NSW Premier Mike Baird took the side of NRL clubs and snubbed an upgrade of Allianz Stadium – instead announcing a major upgrade of ANZ Stadium with one at Parramatta already under way – the new focus is the SCG.

An upgrade of the Brewongle-Churchill stands will cost about $250 million. The O’Reilly Stand will cost about $100 million. That will take the capacity of the ground to beyond 54,000.

“We are about to begin our formal engagement with all states and territories,” a CA spokesperson said. “We are determined to take this exciting form of cricket to as many Australians as possible. That means there are many opportunities for stadiums, and their local communities, right around the country to put their hand up to host the world’s best cricketers.”

Come to Sydney, world’s best cricketers! We love our T20. Mad for it. And we have Messina.

Warne’s sledging agenda

Shane Warne’s continued attacks on Steve O’Keefe during the Sydney Test have left the Australian spinner’s family and friends angry and confused.

Under fire: Steve O’Keefe celebrates dismissing Misbah-ul-Haq. Photo: Getty Images

Just what is his problem with the affable and likeable New South Welshman? There seems to be more to it than the Victoria-NSW thing.

Warne wants a leg-spinner sent to India alongside offie Nathan Lyon, but his vicious criticism in the Channel Nine commentary box – as well as outside of it – on the final day was very personal.

“It’s the first one he’s turned all match,” Warne sneered when O’Keefe took one of his three crucial wickets as Australia completed a series whitewash against Pakistan at the SCG.

Warne is apparently on huge money to call cricket for Nine, with chatter at the network suggesting he’s on a day rate of more than five figures.

He’s not being paid to dish up platitudes and niceties. And we shall defer to Warne’s cricket judgment any day of the week.

But the regular sledges directed at O’Keefe before and during the Test suggested there was something more at play. It was reminiscent of his attacks not that long ago on fast bowler Mitchell Starc as “soft”.

We’re told O’Keefe has brushed off Warne’s comments, preferring to concentrate on some red-ball cricket to ensure he’s on the plane to India next month.

He will step out for Manly-Warringah at Manly Oval on Saturday to further his case for the Indian tour.

As a left-arm orthodox spin bowler, who has taken 222 first-class wickets at an average of 23, his selection is surely a no-brainer for the sub-continent … despite Warne’s campaign to ensure he’s not there.

Bring back Vonnie!

It’s the burning question of the rugby league off-season.

No, not which club will sign Ben Hunt, whether Kieran Foran will be cleared to play for the Warriors or if there will be one last off-field incident before the end March.

Most importantly, will the great Yvonne “Vonnie” Sampson be appearing on Fox Sports in round one?

Switch: Yvonne Sampson, pictured here with Wayne Bennett, has made the switch to Fox Sports. Photo: James Brickwood

Sampson made the switch from Nine to Fox Sports during the off-season, but Nine claims there was a six-month non-compete clause in her deal and that threatens to bench her for the season kick-off on March 2.

All parties remain tight-lipped about the issue. It’s in the hands of the lawyers, as they say in the classics.

But our information is a compromise is likely and she will take her place on the Fox Sports panel.

I’m slightly biased but let’s hope so: she makes watching the footy better.

Bad news for “brother” Bell

Celebrity accountant Anthony Bell’s long line of sporting star mates are privately shocked and dismayed about reports this week concerning his marriage with TV presenter Kelly Landry.

Bell did not appear in Waverley Court on Thursday but agreed, through his lawyer Chris Murphy, to the terms of an apprehended violence order preventing him from coming near Landry for 12 hours after he has been drinking alcohol or taking illicit substances.

Murphy said Bell never wanted to see Landry again and wanted to avoid a “nasty court case” that could harm his children if she were cross-examined in a hearing.

It’s no secret that Bell is extremely close to former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who described him in his recently released autobiography as a “brother”.

As many reporters know, Bell is quickly on the phone trying to smooth the waters whenever something critical of Clarke is written.

Clarke wrote in his book: “In tough times, I am always able to rely on him, and he proved that in spades when he smuggled me away from the media’s eyes during my break-up [to fiancee Lara Bingle]. He came to Bondi and parked in the garage. I slipped down through an internal lift and climbed into the boot of his car. He exited into the media circus. With all the cameras and microphones on him, he said, ‘No, Michael’s not in the house’. That’s right – I was in the boot.”

Five cheers for Tomic

They always pick on the fat kid.

Normally dismissive of those heathens of the press, tennis wild child Bernard Tomic was so proud of stripping five kilograms in the space of a week that he actively went about telling reporters in Sydney all about it whenever he spotted them.

Tomic was stung by claims he was unfit at the Brisbane International and turned up in Sydney brandishing a lighter frame. “You can say last week I was fat,” he said.

Maybe he could pass on some tips to one NRL club we’re told is making its cheerleaders weigh-in before they make the cut for the upcoming season.

What next? Skinfolds? Probably.

Believe me because I know it: they always pick on the fat kid.

The quote

“A school teacher who can fight – every delinquent kid in the world will take notice.” – Boxing promoter Bob Arum on Jeff Horn, the Queenslander who will step into the ring with Arum’s superstar fighter Manny Pacquiao in April.

Night to remember: Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Photo: Getty Images

Thumbs up

It was one of the most succinct takedowns we’ve seen of US President-elect Donald Trump. No, it didn’t come from Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes but Nick Kyrgios and the “F— Donald Trump” t-shirt he wore after the Fast4 tournament. New-found respect.

Thumbs down

Regardless of what you think about James Hird, the finger-pointing about who’s to blame for his suspected overdose has been ugly and unnecessary. So, too, the media intrusion since the incident happened. Hird is no saint – as some have painted him – but he deserves some space.

It’s a big weekend for … the 80,000 people who will cram Moore Park for the Big Bash derby between the Sixers and the Thunder, and the A-League derby between Sydney FC and the Wanderers. Suggested transport: helicopter.

It’s an even bigger weekend for … Chris Lynn, who is expected to make his debut for Australia in the ODI match against Pakistan at the Gabba on Friday. To steal a line from Jamiroquai, it will be “Virtual Lynnsanity”. (Sorry, second week back. They’ll get better).

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Anti-terrorism measures may change Anzac Dayphotos

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

Anti-terrorism measures for Anzac Day East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin
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Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Nobbys Anzac Day dawn service. Photo by Simone DePeak

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Anzac Day dawn service at Maitland Park. Picture: Perry Duffin

Cessnock’s Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Dawn service in Clarence Town. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac Day dawn service in Nelson Bay. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac service Speers Point. Pictures: Matthew Kelly and Christine Field

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

Anzac Day service at the War Graves at Dungog Cemetery. Picture: Janelle O’Neill

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

March down Hunter St Newcastle to the Anzac Day Service at Civic Park. Picture: Simone DePeak

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Anzac Day in Muswellbrook. Picture: Betina Hughes

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

Crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at East Maitland. Pictures: Maitland Christian School

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

East Maitland’s Anzac Day service. Pictures: Perry Duffin

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Emma Burnett

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Scone Anzac Day march. Picture: Ben Murphy

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Morpeth Anzac Day service. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

Anzac Day in Singleton. Picture: Louise Nichols

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Warrnambool’s Maremmas have been keeping campers awake at night

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

New maremma puppy at Flagstaff Hill. Pictured: The new 12-week-old female puppy at Flagstaff Hill, who will be named in an upcoming contest. Picture: Amy Paton
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WARRNAMBOOL’S Maremmas may be a tourist drawcard, but they’ve also been a problemfor some visitors this summer.

Incessant barking from the dogs at Flagstaff Hill has been keeping campers awake at night in the nearby Surfside Holiday Park.

Mt Gambier’s Lea Clark, who has been staying at Surfside for 36 years, said the nightly barking “had been going on for three weeks”.

She said the dogs were a great tourist attraction but“enough was enough”.

“Most nights we’d wake with the barking,” Ms Clark said.

“It’s a talking point in the park. Our whole aisle was talking about it, and the people behind us were having a big conversation about ‘those bloody dogs’,that they look good but we’d wish they’d shut up at night.”

On Wednesday night, Surfside Holiday Park campers finally got some sleep after the council responded to complaints.

“It was certainly a good night’s sleep last night,” Ms Clark said.

“It was quite noticeable that the dogs weren’t there.”

The council’s manager of visitor economy David McMahon said the dogs –Amor, Avis, Eudy and Tula – usually stay overnight with a flock of chickens at Flagstaff Hill as part of their training.

But in response to the complaintsmeasures have been put “in place to try and prevent the dogs from disturbing campers in the future”,” Mr McMahon said.

“With the increased activity at Surfside, the dogs have been barking more than usual as a way to protect the chickens,” he explained.

“While we need to make sure that our Maremmas’ guardian instincts remain sharp so they can continue to guard the penguin colony, we also need to respect everyone’s right to be able to get a good night’s sleep.

“When staying overnight at Flagstaff Hill, the dogs are now being kept in their enclosures rather than remaining in the paddock with the chickens.

“There is a farm where Eudy and Tula have previously stayed when not on the island, and they spent Wednesday night there.

“We have had no further complaints since we have put these measures in place.

“The dogs are trained to protect a flock of chickens at Flagstaff Hill. This is a crucial step which has allowed them to successfully protect the penguin colony on Middle Island.”

This article was first published on The Standard

Federal pollies cost Hunter $800k in six months

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

BIG SPENDERS: The Hunter’s federal MPs racked up an $800,00 expenses bill in the first six months of 2016. Retired Paterson MP Bob Baldwin spent $169,000, including three return trips to Perth. PICTURE: Glen McCurtayneBOB Baldwin charged taxpayers thousands of dollars for two trips to Perth in the months before he left parliament to meet with businessmen he now lobbies for.
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The former Paterson MP was a backbencher in the final months of his parliamentary career when he spent almost $7000 on flights to meet with representatives from a company called Bluesightthat he now lists as a client of his new lobbyist firm, Outcomes Strategies Group.

Mr Baldwin said the trips were legitimate parliamentary business, that he had yet to receive any money from Bluesight, and that he had acted within the rules for lobbyists.

However the Australian government’s lobbyist code of conduct states ministers or parliamentary secretaries cannot lobby for activities “relating to any matter that they had official dealings with”in the last 18 months of their parliamentary career for 18 months after leaving office.

Mr Baldwin said the trips – in January and February of last year – related to his previous work as the parliamentary secretary for the environmentand that the then minister, Greg Hunt, had asked him to continue his work in the portfolio after he was demoted in Malcolm Turnbull’s first ministry.

During the trips, Mr Baldwin said he met with representatives from Engas and Bluesight, two sustainable energy firms that share a director – Brian Foster.

Mr Baldwin met with Mr Foster on at least one other occasion while still parliamentary secretary in 2015.

But Mr Baldwin denied the trips were an attempt to drum up work, and said he had “never received any payment from Brian Foster or campaign donations”.

He said he had still not received any payment from Bluesight, and was “doing the work out of personal interest”.

Mr Baldwin was the parliamentary secretary for the environment from December 2014 to September 2015,butsaid he continued to work on the portfolio, maintaining “dialogue with various players in the industry”.

“They were doing work on synthetic greenhouse gases, and I was still doing work with Greg Hunt in relation to the Montreal Protocol on the reduction of synthetic greenhouse gases,” he said.

Mr Hunt’s office provided theNewcastle Heraldwith a letter he sent to Mr Baldwin in which he thanked him for his work in the portfolio, and said that “given your background” he would “welcome your continued engagement and reports on ozone, synthetic greenhouse gas and natural refrigerant issues”.

Hunter federal MPs Pat Conroy, Meryl Swanson, Joel Fitzgibbon and Sharon Claydon. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll

He did not respond to an inquiry about when the letter was sent.

It comes as aHeraldanalysis of politicians expenditurereveals the Hunter’s federal MPs racked up an $860,000 expenses bill in the first six months of 2016.

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, the shadow agriculture minister, was the region’s biggest spender, shelling out $243,000 on travel costs, office expenses and electorate materials.

He said he believed politician’s expenses should be published more often, to increase transparency.

“Atthe moment we table claims every sixmonths so what you end up with is a big wad of paperwork a long time after the event,” he said.

“People see the costs, but what they don’t see is me when I’mup at 5am and awake until midnight travelling around the country,” he said.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s expensesincluded a week-long“overseas study trip” to the United Kingdom in January 2016 that cost taxpayers $8682, which he said was “invaluable”.

The two page “overseas study report” –which isthe only requirement the Finance Department places on MPs who take from taxpayer-funded overseas trips –stated the “main purpose” of hisvisit “was to further my knowledge of recent developments in the politics of the United Kingdom and implications for our own democracy and parliamentary system”.

During the trip he met with Lynton Crosby, top Liberal Party strategist and an adviser to the British Conservative Government, as well as a number of British Labour figures including EdMiliband’s former policy guru Lord Maurice Glasman, a prominent left-wing backer of Brexit.

“As part of my consultations, I attended a Labour conference in Birmingham where I spoke with a range of British Labour Party members about their most recent election outcome and the Party’s subsequent leadership election process and Its consequences for parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom,” he wrote.

Among the Hunter’s other MPs, Newcastle’sSharon Claydon spent $174,000 whileShortland MP Pat Conroy –the shadow assistant minister for climate change and infrastructure – spent $169,500.

Mr Baldwin also spent about $169,000, including onhis two trips to Perth.

A third trip toPerth in April cost $3750 in flights and car hire costs.

Mr Baldwin said that trip was to meet with representatives from Civmec, the company that acquired Forgacs last year to receive a briefing about the company’s intentions for the Tomago shipyard.

It was immediately after his return from the third Perthtrip that Mr Baldwin announced he would not recontest his seat at the 2016 federal election after previously sayinghe would run again.

Anthony Bell never wants to see wife Kelly Landry again, court hears

12/09/2019 Posted by admin

Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell in happier times. Photo: Belinda Rolland Kelly Landry leaving court after her husband accepted terms of the AVO. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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Champion sailor and accountancy chief executive Anthony Bell never wants to see his wife Kelly Landry again, his lawyer told a court during her application for an apprehended violence order.

Ms Landry, a former television presenter and model, sat in Sydney’s Waverley Local Court on Thursday morning as her husband’s solicitor Chris Murphy said his client would seek a divorce.

Mr Bell did not appear but a spokesman later said he had filed divorce papers with the Family Court during the morning.

Mr Murphy said the claims behind Ms Landry’s AVO application were “fallacious” and made by someone “perhaps suffering a little bit of celebrity deprivation”.

But he told the court Mr Bell would accept the terms of a modified AVO, which prevented him from attending the couple’s home, while continuing to support Ms Landry and their children.

“The defendant is not going back to the house,” Mr Murphy said. “He doesn’t want to see her again.”

An original order sought by Ms Landry would have prevented Mr Bell from seeing her for 12 hours after he had been drinking or taking illicit substances but that provision was deleted on Thursday, Mr Bell’s lawyers said.

Mr Murphy said his client had never used drugs.

“He doesn’t have the drinking problem in this household,” he said.

The pair, who married in 2011, were photographed warmly embracing after Mr Bell skippered his supermaxi Perpetual Loyal to claim line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on December 28.

Mr Murphy said Mr Bell and Ms Landry had a “peaceful” dinner that night but that Ms Landry had reported feeling “barely acknowledged” after the win.

Despite accepting the 12-month interim AVO order, Mr Murphy said his client wanted to avoid a “nasty court case” that could harm his children.

“My client’s fear is that the necessity of cross-examination of the children’s mother that this prosecution would entail would create a public record that would always be there,” he said.

According to Mr Murphy, Ms Landry told her husband she had asked police to withdraw the AVO application. But the police prosecutor persisted with it on Thursday.

In an email to clients on Monday, Mr Bell said he abhorred violence and had never taken a drug.

“By now you may have seen a most distressing piece of news about my family involving some allegations my wife has made about me,” he wrote. “There is an allegation that I pushed her in November … I did not push her.

“There is an allegation I spoke loudly and embarrassed her in front of friends. It did not happen.”

Mr Bell, the founder and chief executive of the accountancy firm Bell Partners, works for celebrity clients including former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, Channel Nine personality Karl Stefanovic and TV host Larry Edmur.

The AVO matter has been set to return to court on February 17.

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Rod Culleton’s last-ditch effort to stay in the Parliament

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Senator Rod Culleton outside the High Court. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Rod Culleton with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Former senator Rodney Culleton has mounted an eleventh-hour effort to save his parliamentary career, seeking to appeal the Federal Court decision that rendered him bankrupt and demanding Senate President Stephen Parry immediately withdraw his declaration of a vacancy.

“I’ve still got my senator’s badge on and I’m going to my senator’s office,” he said on Thursday after a judge extended a 21-day stay on his bankruptcy order for a further week.

Senator Parry notified the West Australia Governor on Wednesday that a seat had become vacant. But, as he fights a legal war on multiple fronts, Mr Culleton has written to Senator Parry calling his actions “premature” because of the stay which was not due to expire until midnight on Friday.

His latest hearing, followed by a sometimes rambling press conference, came after West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said the state’s parliament would not be brought back before the March 11 state election to ratify a replacement senator.

Mr Culleton said Senator Parry had “jumped the gun” and repeated his claim not to be bankrupt.

“The government’s been starting up all their lawn mowers to come and mow my grass in Western Australia. It is clear they have to put them back into the shed,” Mr Culleton said.

He clashed with the media about whether his answers made any sense, reminding one journalist she was not a lawyer.

How the former One Nation senator is replaced will hinge on a pending High Court decision that is determining whether Mr Culleton was eligible to be elected at the July election in the wake of a larceny conviction, which has since been annulled.

The High Court returns from recess on January 30, after which the body – sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns – will be able to hand down its ruling. This could be delayed by Mr Culleton’s attempts to appeal the bankruptcy decision, which was the result of a creditor, former Wesfarmers director Dick Lester, pursuing $280,000 in debts.

If the High Court ruling renders him ineligible, a recount would likely hand the seat to the former senator’s brother-in-law, Peter Georgiou, who was the second One Nation candidate on the ballot. If the High Court ruling leaves the the bankruptcy as the cause of the vacancy then One Nation will select his replacement.

If it is the latter, Senator Hanson says she has a “great” person lined up.

“Am I happy about the demise of Rod Culleton? No I’m not,” she told told Channel Nine. He left her party in December after the pair fell out.

“This has been a debacle what’s happened and I’m not happy about that at all and I didn’t want it to happen for the people of Western Australia. But it is what it is.”

The unrelated Senate vacancy resulting from the resignation of Family First senator Bob Day, who retired to deal with his collapsing business empire, is also due to be resolved by the High Court.

A Court of Disputed Returns decision on his eligibility for election – arising from potential indirect pecuniary interests prohibited by the constitution – will occur after a preliminary hearing on January 23 and a full court sitting on February 7. This is the same day Parliament returns for 2017.

Mr Culleton remains defiant.

“What has clearly been put before the honourable court is that I am not insolvent.

“We’ve come out with a good order today, and that’s what the law is about, fair and just,” he said.

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Taxpayers slugged for Peter Dutton’s $4000 dinner in the US

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Peter Dutton says the standards expected of people wanting to become citizens of Australia is a ‘debate worth having’. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The historic Jefferson Hotel, where Immigration Minister Peter Dutton had a five-star working dinner with Department of Immigration staff while in the US. Photo: Virginia Tourist Board
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Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, at a parliamentary committee. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Taxpayers picked up the bill for a $4000 five star “working dinner” that included seven bottles of fine wine hosted by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton at a prestigious luxury hotel in Washington DC.

Mr Dutton and 10 guests – including his staff, former US officials and think tank personalities – enjoyed the $360-a-head meal during his three-day visit to the US for high-level talks last February.

Departmental documents released under Freedom of Information legislation reveal Mr Dutton and his chief of staff Craig Maclachlan were given a budget of $2000 for meals and incidentals for their visit.

But their February 17 three-course dinner alone cost almost double that, at $US2790, which was $3929 at that day’s exchange rate.

While Mr Dutton was staying at the Westin Hotel, the dinner was held at the nearby Jefferson Hotel – billed as the city’s “most discerning hotel” and “second most prestigious address” after the White House.

Mr Dutton and his guests enjoyed two bottles of Far Niente chardonnay at $US80 a pop, three bottles of Chappellet cabernet sauvignon Mountain Cuvee at $US75 each and two bottles of Mark Ryan cabernet sauvignon blend at $US68 each, according to information released in response to a question by Labor senator Catryna Bilyk.

While the department did not provide information on the food served, the restaurant offers such dishes as beeswax poached king salmon, lobster gratin, pan-seared muscovy duck breast and seared venison loin. For dessert the restaurant offers Ethiopian arabica tropilia mousse and wildflower honey-poached pear.

The Jefferson’s “discreet and elegant” Michelin-rated restaurant offers seasonal fine-dining and an extensive 1300-label wine list. The menu is “inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello”.

“Providing the final flourish to this unforgettable upscale dining experience is service as discreet as it is attentive, and always informed,” the hotel says on its website.

A few days after the dinner the restaurant asked its Facebook followers to vote for it as DC’s “Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying”.

A spokesperson for Mr Dutton said the dinner – on the sidelines of the Five Countries Ministerial Meeting – was organised by the department.

“The minister [also] held bilateral meetings with US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and now UK Prime Minister Theresa May, visited the White House and the Director of the CIA and the minister was also negotiating the arrangement with the United States to accept people from Nauru and Manus Island,” she said.

Included among the guests at the dinner were former acting commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection Thomas Winkowski, former homeland security secretary Tom Ridge, Alex Nowrasteh of the right-leaning Cato Institute and a number of other migration experts.

Mr Dutton charged taxpayers $36,682 for the trip all up, including $27,800 for business class return airfares.

Immigration Department secretary Mike Pezzullo was also on the trip, with FOI documents showing he had a separate budget of $17,000.

Mr Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced their refugee deal with the US late last year but it’s now in doubt with just a week until the anti-immigration Donald Trump officially takes office.

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Pensioners get first reduced payments amid anger over politicians’ entitlements

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“Absolutely disgraceful”: retiree Helena James says it’s not fair that politicians spend profligately while pensioners have their incomes cut. Photo: Jason South “Absolutely disgraceful”: retiree Helena James says it’s not fair that politicians spend profligately while pensioners have their incomes cut. Photo: Jason South
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Amid simmering anger over politicians’ entitlements and the government’s Centrelink debt clawback, about 327,000 pensioners have had their pension reduced or cut altogether, this week and last.

One of those is 69-year-old Helena James, who estimates her part-time pension income will be halved.

“I would be happy to forsake some of my pension to better the economy,”   Ms James exclaims. “But then to hear that parliamentarians are rorting the system is absolutely disgraceful.”

Ms James worked for 46 years before retiring in Werribee last year. (She still volunteers once a week at the Royal Children’s Hospital.)

The federal government insists its pension reforms, which it passed last year with the support of the Greens, are necessary to secure the long-term viability of the pension.

Treasurer Scott Morrison told 2GB radio in Sydney last month the cuts would bring in “around a billion a year” in savings, and the changes were necessary to keep the pension sustainable.

“When you are faced with an ageing population, let’s not forget the pensions that are paid out today are paid for by today’s taxpayers – the people who are paying taxes today,” he said.

But Victorian pensioners losing payments face a double-whammy; once they lose their pension card they will also be stripped of a range of state-based pensioner discounts, including reduced council rates.

There seems little chance of the Victorian government picking up the slack, with Families Minister Jenny Mikakos​ saying the responsibility rests with the Turnbull government alone.

“Pensioners are some of the most vulnerable members of our community and any cuts to concessions will have a big impact on their day-to-day lives.”

In a statement, Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the changes “only affect those with significant levels of assets other than the family home and who receive a part-pension”.

“The family home remains exempted from the assets test and the changes have been designed so that they only impact pensioners with significant assets outside the family home.”

Under changes introduced in the last budget, which came into effect on January 1, pensioners who own assets above increased thresholds – not including the family home – will receive a reduced fortnightly pension rate.

Single homeowners can have $250,000 in assets, not including their home, before their pension rate is reduced, while homeowner couples can own up to $375,000 in assets before their pension rate is cut.

After that threshold is reached, pensioners will lose $3 for every $1000 they own over the limit, up from $1.50.

The changes will leave about 171,000 pensioners better off; on average $30 a fortnight.

But Labor and the unions have come out swinging against the changes, which will see about 236,000 pensioners lose part of their payments, and another 91,000 lose their pension entirely.

They come into effect amid protracted complaints about the government’s handling of the “clawback” of $4.5 billion in supposed debts, with about 232,000 people served with notices that they owe Centrelink money. It has been estimated that at least one in five of those contacted did not owe a debt.

And therein lies the rub for Ms James.

“I’m happy if my money goes to somebody who really needs it, but I get really cross and these politicians who are just rorting the system,” she says. “We pay them through our taxes…they should be setting an example.”

ACTU assistant secretary Scott Connelly said the government could look elsewhere for cuts, pointing to its proposed corporate tax cuts, which Treasury has estimated will cost the budget at least $48.2 billion over 10 years.

“The politicians that have made this choice are so far disconnected, as we’ve seen in recent days,” Mr Connelly said. “We don’t accept that this is the right decision for the times.”

Council On The Ageing chief executive Ian Yates said there were mixed views on the reduction among members.

“We’ve never advocated a reduction in the pension, but at the time we said this is the least worst of the options around,” Mr Yates said.

Opposition families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin said pensioners were now aware of the “real” impact of the pension cuts. “Mr Turnbull just doesn’t get fairness. He’s taking money off pensioners and at the same time he’s trying to give big businesses and the banks a $50 billion handout.”

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This year’s Australia Day lamb ad doesn’t mention Australia Day

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MLA’s annual ad has dropped all mention of Australia Day. Photo: YouTubeMeat and Livestock Australia’s annual Australia Day lamb ad has traditionally been an exercise in chest-beating patriotism that mocked anyone not celebrating the holiday “properly” – including vegans and those eating “foreign” food.
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This year, it doesn’t mention Australia Day at all.

Amid growing calls to move Australia Day from January 26, the industry group on Thursday released an ad that confronts head-on the controversy around hosting the national day on a date marking the start of colonialism and Indigenous dispossession.

The ad starts with three Indigenous Australians on a beach who remark on being the “first here” but that the beautiful location would be “packed before you know it”.

A procession of boats then arrive, notably starting with the Dutch, followed by the British (whose claim to be the “First Fleet” is met with laughter), the French, Germans, Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Serbians, New Zealanders and finally “boat people”.

“Hang on, aren’t we all boat people?” celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow, of MasterChef fame, asks.

At one point Olympic legend Cathy Freeman asks the hosts what the occasion is. “Do we need one?” is the answer. 

The campaign is a departure from MLA’s previous campaigns starring Sam Kekovich, which since 2005 have painted Australia Day as a sacred occasion and called anyone who eats “foreign” cuisine such as “a number 42 with rice” instead of lamb on January 26 “un-Australian”. ​

January 26 is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet, which many Indigenous Australians find offensive and have dubbed “Invasion Day”, as it also marks the start of colonisation and frontier violence.

The City of Fremantle has cancelled Australia Day celebrations this year, deeming them culturally insensitive, and will instead host a “culturally-inclusive” event on January 28.

Meanwhile, youth radio station triple J has said it would consider moving the date of its annual Hottest 100 countdown after lobbying from listeners and popular hip-hop group A.B. Original.

MLA’s marketing manager Andrew Howie said the ad was informed by consumer insights and feedback from past campaigns and was about celebrating diversity.

“Ultimately, as the face of Australia continues to evolve and change, we need to make lamb relevant to a diverse, modern Australia,” Mr Howie said in a statement.

The ads will run until January 26.

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‘Too risky’: Bellamy’s shares sink further amid broker downgrades

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Bellamy’s on Wednesday revealed that lower than expected sales in China would have a significant impact on its earnings. Photo: Kate GeraghtyShares in troubled Bellamy’s have lost further ground on broker downgrades after the baby formula supplier on Wednesday confirmed chief executive Laura McBain would leave the company and warned of lower annual earnings.
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Bellamy’s shares slid another 17.8 per cent on Thursday to $4.40, adding to Wednesday’s 20 per cent drop after the shares resumed trading following a five-week suspension.

The latest two-day plunge in the share price has reduced the company’s already diminished value by about one-third, or more than $200 million, to just $425.5 million.

On December 1, a day before the company shocked investors with an initial sales warning, its shares were trading at $12.13, valuing the company at nearly $1.2 billion.

Bellamy’s on Wednesday revealed that the lower than expected sales in China would have a significant impact on its earnings, with annual earnings before tax and interest expected to be in the range of $22 million to $26 million, down sharply from $54.3 million a year earlier and well below analyst expectations of $46 million.

In a further sign of turmoil, chief executive Laura McBain and chief financial officer Shona Ollington are leaving the company. Bellamy’s has appointed Andrew Cohen as the acting chief executive.

OrdMinnett is among the brokers that downgraded the stock after its announcement, saying Bellamy’s had changed from structural growth to significant turnaround.

“With significant finished goods inventory on hand, flat sales for three halves expected, lower long-term gross margins than originally forecast, a weaker balance sheet and a channel strategy in need of overhaul, we see the risk profile with BAL as too great to justify investment and as such downgrade to ‘sell’,” OrdMinnett head of research Nicholas McGarrigle said in a note to clients.

“We see the current financial year 2017 PE [price-earnings] multiple of 25x [times] as unreasonably high.”

​The broker also axed its price target from $7.26 to $3.72.

Goldman Sachs put its rating (neutral) and price target ($5.35) under review, saying it needed more detail from the company on its ability to raise debt in the event of a further slowdown in revenues.

“While we do not believe that the brand is permanently impaired, we do hold concerns on whether BAL will be able to regain its lost market share, and hence whether it will be able to return to an appropriate level of growth to meet its guidance for shortfall payments and/or avoid further inventory build as well as allay concerns of an equity raising in the near future,” the bank’s analysts said.

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