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Republic;Sydney;980807;Photo;Robert Pearce;SMH NEWS;story;Tony Stephens.The Republican movement celebrated it’s seveth birthday with a cake in it’s Park St offices.Pic Shows;Malcolm Turnbull blows out the candles, watched by [left] Wendy Machin and Neville Wran.It’s our Prime Minister’s birthday today. In a spirit of charity, we should wish him many happy returns. We must acknowledge, though, that, at the moment, he’s not in a sweet spot politically. He never will be.
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To thrive in the job, a prime minister must be a canny politician. Yet Malcolm Turnbull, even though he has held the office for more than two years, has only ever exhibited a limited mastery of the art and craft of politics.

Evidence of Turnbull’s fitful strike rate as a political performer can be drawn from past decades as well as more recent events.

Back in 1999, a masterful John Howard easily outfoxed Turnbull’s badly organised republican campaign. In an eerie near-reprise 18 years on, the poorly plotted same-sex marriage postal survey looks like being carried partly because Turnbull is running dead on the issue.

The tricky politics of energy policy undid Turnbull’s first stint as Liberal leader in 2009 and this issue is equally problematic for him eight years on. Highlighting the need for reliable energy was meant to embarrass Bill Shorten but has instead further emboldened Tony Abbott.

Abbott has every right to be cranky with Turnbull. Knifing Abbott in 2015 has led to endless complications. Abbott won a thumping victory in 2013. Three years later, it was Turnbull who called on an interminable double-dissolution election that ended in near defeat for the Coalition and produced an even more interesting Senate.

Turnbull twice tripped himself up when, in the early 1980s, he first sought to become a member of parliament – any parliament, in fact.

In 1981, a vacancy in the federal seat of Wentworth triggered a by-election. The Liberals needed to preselect a candidate. Turnbull ran, buoyed by his connection with media mogul Kerry Packer, for whom Turnbull had worked as a journalist.

Quite a few of the preselectors, though, were offended by Turnbull’s association with Packer, who was then seen as a friend of NSW Labor premier Neville Wran. Turnbull did not have the agility to brush the animus aside. He lost the preselection ballot.

In 1983, Turnbull settled for a tilt at being preselected for the safe Liberal seat of Mosman in the NSW state parliament. He ran his usual, unfocused campaign. His biographer, Paddy Manning, quotes Liberal Party notable Nick Greiner’s comment that Turnbull was “arguably petulant” when dealing with individual party members in Mosman. He lost again.

Turnbull was no good at retail politics but had many splendid qualities nonetheless. There was self-belief and a work ethic. He had married well. He was, to use words applied to him by Paul Keating, utterly fearless and brilliant.

Blessed with these attributes, Turnbull enjoyed worldly success after he switched from party politics in 1983 to focus on law and investment banking. He made heaps of money. He became richer than any one sitting in Federal Parliament.

Federal parliamentarians usually need to retire from electoral politics if they wish to truly beef up their material assets through consultancy or lobbying. With Turnbull, the exact opposite happened. He enriched himself before rather than after parliamentary life.

In the late 1990s, Turnbull began to use his own money in a bid to do good and buy affection along the way. Hence his involvement in the republic push.

In 2000, Turnbull again lacked the numbers when the Liberals held another preselection vote in Wentworth.

Three years later, though, he won a bitter preselection contest in the same seat. He now had the resources to barnstorm his way to victory. In retaliation, many local Liberals voted for his ousted predecessor, Peter King, who ran as an independent.

Turnbull invested more than $600,000 of his own money to become member for Wentworth with a reduced Liberal majority. This was a foretaste of the 2016 federal election campaign, which saw the Prime Minister reportedly donate more than $1.75 million as he sought re-election.

So we have a pattern whereby much money is spent to produce mediocre results. Something is wrong here.

Success outside politics propelled Malcolm Turnbull into The Lodge even though he lacks basic qualities needed to sustain success as a prime minister. He is very rich precisely because he is no good at politics. There is, as a result, a fearful asymmetry at the heart of n government.

On this day of all days, we wish Turnbull a happy and speedy retirement from politics, as well as a very happy birthday.

Stephen Holt is a Canberra writer. [email protected]

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A crackdown on polluting industries in northern China for an unprecedented five months over winter is not a one-off and could hit n iron ore and coal exports.
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The winter pollution shutdown, which began in September and will run until March, is set to continue, China’s environment minister says.

n iron ore and coal exports have been hit by a slowdown in Chinese demand since the crackdown on pollution. Steel mills and cement makers in some provinces have had to cut production by 50 per cent, and the sale and use of coal is banned in other cities.

In previous years, the winter shutdown has only lasted a few weeks.”This is not a one-off, it will continue in the future,” said environment minister Li Ganjie of the new measures.

Chinese cities have a deadline of the end of the year to meet clean air goals set five years ago. Some financial analysts had regarded the government-enforced shutdown as a seasonal impact as the government tries to head off air pollution which worsens in winter.

But Mr Li said: “These special campaigns are not a one-off, instead it is an exploration of long-term mechanisms. They have proven effective so we will continue with these measures.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China to become an “ecological civilisation” and pursue green growth in his report to a twice a decade meeting of the Chinese communist party.

Mr Li said the progress made in addressing air pollution was not enough and China’s energy mix was “still dominated by coal” and the proportion of heavy industry too high.

Speaking to media at a press conference during the party’s 19th national congress, Mr Li said the environmental campaign may have a short term impact on economic growth “but in the long run, the big picture, the impact is minimal”.

He said his ministry was closely tracking economic data in cities where it sent in environmental inspectors, who are closing hundreds of factories, and it showed environmental protection has had no impact on unemployment levels.

“In my view there is a positive correlation between environmental and economic performance,” he said. He also rejected complaints the government was taking a “one-size fits-all approach” with pollution restrictions, and said they were being tailored to different cities.

Companies that were able to correct their mistakes would be put on probation before being shut down for environmental breaches, he said.

Mr Li didn’t specify which of the suite of measures being imposed on northern cities over winter would continue long term.

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MURDERER: Left; Daniel Petryk, 25, of Windale, was on Monday found guilty of murder over the shooting of Robert Parry at Wickham in March, 2015. Right; police investigate the home invasion shooting in Dickson Street. DANIEL Petryk’s problems started with a poker machine.
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The day before he snuck into the home of small-time cannabis dealer Robert Parry armed with a .22 shortened single-shot firearm,Petryk sat down in the pokie room of the Lambton Park Hoteland began to play.

He didn’t know it, but the decision to have a flutter on that Friday in March, 2015, would set in train a series of events that would lead to Mr Parry’s violent death in the botched home invasion“drug rip” and Petryk facing the prospect of life in jail.

After an often dramaticfive-week trial in Newcastle Supreme Court–during which Petryk’s co-accusedJesse Nikolovski was acquitted of murder and Petryk was forced to change his legal counsel after trying to change his story–the jury took a little over nine hours to find Petryk guilty of murder and armed robbery on Monday.

With no physical evidence tying Petryk to the scene, the prosecution case rested on the shoulders of one witness; a woman who said she was with Petryk and Nikolovski, 24, of Mayfield, during the home invasion.

The witness, who cannot be identified, told the jury she was armed with an axe when she snuck into the home behind Petryk and watched as he pulled the trigger and Mr Parry, a well-known Wickham identity who was deaf in one ear and left his front door unlocked,fell to the ground.

Petryk had maintained he wasn’t there that night.

But the trial heard that the day before the home invasion,hewas having a punt on the poker machines.

TRIAL: Main; Robert Parry (right) with his late father, Alan Parry. Left; Jesse Nikolovski was acquitted of murder, but pleaded guilty to armed robbery over the home invasion at Wickham. Right; Robert Parry’s sisters, Susie and Lynda Parry, after Daniel Petryk was found guilty of murder on Monday.

CCTVfootage played during the trial revealed that Petryk’s gamble at midday on March 6, 2015,was unsuccessful.

And frustrated at losing his cash, he decided to urinateinto a schooner glass and pourthe contents into a couple of the machines.

The licensee confronted him, watched the footage and called the police.

Petryk, on parole and thenundertaking the Drug Court program, knew any offence could land him back in jail.

“I’m f—ed,” Petryk texted a mate at 4.03pm that day.“I’m getting charged so I’ve gotta take off to Queensland.”But first,Petryk would need a firearm.

Petryk, then 23 and living at Windale, had been after a gun for a while and had been hassling this mate to provide one.

And on this night, only hours after the incident with the poker machine, the mate relented, agreeing to leave a.22 shortenedsingle-shot firearm and some ammunition in a bag outside his home.

Petryk swung by to collect it after midnight on March 7.

With him was Nikolovski, then 21, ofMayfield, and a young woman, who would later become the key witness in the murder trial against the two men.

Petryk had a plan to make a quick score before he fled north to avoid his problems.

“He said that he knew a house that his brother used to buy pot from,” the woman told the jury.“That the door would be open and that we would just sneak in and grab the pot.”

Petryk directed Nikolovski, driving a white Holden Commodore, to Wickham, where he parked a block away from Mr Parry’s Dickson Street home.

The trio got out, put on gloves and covered their faces. Petryk grabbed an axe and tried to hand it to Nikolovski, but he wouldn’t take it.

Instead, the woman was armed with the axe, while Petryk had the gun, the woman told the jury.

When asked by Crown prosecutor Lee Carr what the plan was, the woman replied: “Daniel was going to sneak in and if there was no one around he was just going to grab the pot and if there was someone around we were there to just look scary so he could take it”.

She said she was “a metre or two” behind Petryk in the loungeroom of Mr Parry’s home when she saw a man.

“He was holding a can in his hand,” the woman said.

“He went to whack Daniel. “I think I recall him telling us to f— off out of his house.

“Daniel let the gun off.

“[The man] dropped to the ground.”

Petryk’s defence disputed her account and always maintained he wasn’t there that night.

But ultimatelythe woman’s evidence sunk him and wholly exonerated Nikolovski on the murder charge, with the woman telling the court Nikolovski didn’t know the firearm Petryk was carrying was loaded.

That evidence led to Justice Helen Wilson giving the jury a directed verdict of not guilty in relation to the murder charge against Nikolovski.

Then, two days later, in the jury’s absence, Nikolovski pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of Mr Parry and disappeared from the court dock.

After the directed verdict, Petryk spoke with his counsel,Public Defender Mark Austin and his instructing solicitor Mandy Hull, with that discussion leading Mr Austin and Ms Hull to withdraw from the matter.

Mr Austin was too polished a practitioner to air the dirty laundry in court, but Justice Wilson made it clear later that the parting of ways related to Petryk wishing to “change his version of events”.

A week of wasted court time later, and with new legal counsel, the pressure was on Petryk to decide whether he was going to run a defence case or not.

After Petryk claimed he was too sick to follow the evidence on Tuesday last week, Justice Wilson dismissed the jury for the day.

But after the final juror had filed fromthe courtroom, Her Honour made it clear to Petryk how she felt about his delaying tactics.

“I want to make it very clear, that this court’s patience is now at an end,” Justice Wilson said.

“This comes about, it seems to me, from everything that has been said, by him having a change of mind as to what his version of events might be and how he wants that version of events portrayedto the court.

“I do not propose to allow this court to be manipulated or held to hostage by an accused who cannot make up his own mind.”

Petryk returned to court on Wednesday and his new counsel, Public Defender Angus Webb, told Justice Wilson there would be no defence case.

Then, once closing arguments were out of the way, the jury retired at 12.50pm on Thursday to begin deliberating.

They returned on Monday to deliver their verdict, finding beyond reasonable doubt that it was Petryk who pulled the trigger and killed Mr Parry.

The verdictwas a huge relief to Mr Parry’s family, includingtwo of his sisters Susie and Lynda Parry, who sat through much of the trial.

“Robert is dearly missed by us all,” Lynda Parry said in a statement on behalf of the family.

“We particularly miss his smiles and his ever-ready willingness to help us and others in the community.

“There is a hole in our hearts and lives which can never be filled.

“The loss and pain of losing Robert can not be measured.”Petryk will be sentenced on February 2and faces the prospect of life imprisonment.

Nikolovski will be sentenced for the armed robbery on the same date and faces the maximum of 25 years in jail.

But before he is sentenced for his involvement in robbingMr Parry, Nikolovski will appear in CampbelltownDistrict Court to be sentencedfor three armed robberies and a conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

One thing the jury in the murder trial wasn’t told was that in the months after the bungled home invasion at Mr Parry’s house, Nikolovski and a crew of armed thieves got to work holding up Sydney pubs.

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Family effort: Pinn and Jaydn Tongue at home with their sons Louis, 19 months, and Lachlan, 3. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers WHEN Pinn Vadeek and Jaydn Toungue fell pregnant by accident at 18, some said the odds of them forging ahead in their careers were slim.
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“Nasty things were said, no one our age was pregnant, you know ‘What are you going to do with your lives, you’ve ruined it,” recalls Pinn of that time three years ago, when she was managing a retail store by day andher mum’srestaurant by night.

But the reaction of her partner, then a second year apprentice for his dad’s firm Sam’s Painting and Decorating, was reassuring: “He said ‘ok, cool’ and that was it. He was calm and texted me later to say he was excited.”

Fast forward and the young couplehaveproved their critics wrong as they raise theirtwo young boys –Lachlan, 3, and Louis, 18 months –and grow their family business.

Though Pinn opted to shelveplans to do a nursing degree when she learnt she was pregnant, she completed a business diploma at TAFE just weeksafter her first son was born.

Meanwhile Jaydn worked hard to finish his apprenticeshipearly before incorporatinghis own business,Jaydn Tongue’s Painting and Decorating, which employs two and is currently hiring.

“This time of year is busy, I could take on more work but I want to still be able tooversee everything,” he says.

Pinn, 22, works part-time asa financial planning assistant with NAB in East Maitland and also runs the administration of 21-year-old Jaydn’s business. She is also doing an interior design diploma which dovetails with with couple’s plans to either renovate their home or buy a second investment property.

According to Census figures from the n Bureau of Statistics, in 2016 there were 2,171,544businesses in and 185,443 people aged 21 who are owner managers of incorporated businesses with staff.

With many their age stillstudying and partying hard, Pinn says she and her hubby are somewhat of an anomaly.

“We do feel grown up but we partied when we were young and we are lucky that we are the same, at 18 we had had enough,” she says.

“Jaydn has a good business mind and we discuss things together; he tells me what he sees and I make the steps in how we will get there.”

The couple choose to ignore those who are quick to judge young parents.

“When we go out in public we get looks, we are both young, it’s just us showing that you can do it,” Pinn says.

For Jaydn, satisfaction comes in growing a business after realising early he wasn’t cut out for school.

“It was never my thing and school teachers were saying you are not going anywhere, but once I started working I loved it,” he says.

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EASY DOES IT: CEO-chief winemaker Neil McGuigan says Chinese wine palates just starting to developAUSTRALIA’Swine exports for the 12 months to September 30, 2017, were up 13 per cent on 2016 and worth $A2.44 billion – of which $A853 million came from sales to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
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The figures, released last week by Wine , theFederal Government statutory authority for wine, showed Greater China was our most valuable export market and had registered a 42 per cent increase during 2017. It dwarfed the value of our other four top markets, with the US yielding $A461 million, the UK $A349 million, Canada $A184 million and New Zealand $A75 million.

In volume terms, the UK was our biggest market with 28 per cent of the total, followed by the US with 23 per cent and mainland China with 17 per cent.

ASX-listed n Vintage (AVL),which was founded in the Hunterin 1992by Brian McGuigan and has many Hunter shareholders, has responded to China’s burgeoning impact on n wine by making aplacement worth $A16.5 million of 15 per centof AVL’s existing capital (35,959,389 shares) to Vintage China Fund.

Vintage China director, Dixon Jiang Yuan has become an AVL director, joining existing board members Richard Davis, Neil McGuigan, Perry Gunner, Peter Perrin, John Davies and Naseema Sparks.

The dealprovides an exclusive distribution agreement with Vintage China Fund for the supply of AVL wines to China and includes a partnership with China’s largest online wine retailer, YesMyWine.

AVL says it will use the $A16.5 million from the placement to drive the global growth of its core brands, reduce its cost base, drive greater efficiency and develop new export markets.

Previously AVL,the parent company of the Tempus Two, Nepenthe and McGuigan brands,had clinched a distribution agreement with COFCO, China’s largest food processing, manufacturer and trader.

CEO-chief winemakerNeil McGuigan said AVLhad sealed the deals byensuring its wine looked and tasted appealing to Chinese consumers, but n wine producers seeking sales in China needed to understand that the Chinese wine palate was just starting to develop.

“Many Chinese consumers are still mixing wine with juice and soft drink, so you need to start gently,” he toldThe Weekly Times.

AVL’s n cellar doors were getting a lot of Chinese visitors, to whom the company aimed to give the best food and wine experiences, and it had two people who spoke Mandarin working in the Hunter Valley cellar door.

WINE REVIEWSA PHILOSOPHICAL TREATTHIS AVL flagshipMcGuigan 2013 The Philosophy Cabernet Sauvignon-Shirazcomes from Clare Valley fruit, is deep purple and has 14.5 per cent alcohol and scents of berry pastille and lavender. The front palate has intense cassis flavour, the middle palate introduces ripe plum, Turkish delight chocolate, peppermint and mocha oak and the finish has supple dusty tannins. Get it on mcguiganwines苏州夜总会招聘.auand in fine wine stores. PRICE: $150. DRINK WITH:braised venison shanks. AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: five stars

CRISP, DRY-STYLE ROSÉMADEfrom Adelaide Hills pinot noir, theMcGuigan 2017 Adelaide Hills Roséis a 13 per cent-alcohol, crisp, dry style with blush pink hues and scents of violets. Ripe strawberry flavour displays on the front palate, blueberry, spice and gunmetal characters chime in on the middle palate and flinty acid refreshes at the finish PRICE: $24. DRINK WITH:salmon and dill quiche. AGEING: two years.

RATING: four stars

EDEN VALLEY RIESLINGTHEMcGuigan 2017 The Shortlist Rieslingis made from grapes grown in the high country of the Barossa Region’sEden Valley sub-district. It is green-tinted straw and has jasmine aromas and elegant grapefruit front-palate flavour. The middle palate brings elements of green apple, lime zest and slate and the finish has mineral-edged acid. PRICE: $25. DRINK WITH:calamari. AGEING: six years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

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THREE-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers Edgeworth may lose head coach Damian Zane, who is weighing up his future.
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UNCERTAIN: Edgeworth coach Damian Zane is unsure whether he will continue in the job next year.

In responding to rumours that he had quit the club, Zane told the Herald: “I’m not sure I have the energy needed to motivate the boys again.

“We are still in very good shape. We have lost depth but will be up there again.

“I just don’t know if I want to do it because it’s a massive job and I need a break.”

Leading Eagles administrator Warren Mills was confident Zane would be back at the helm for 2018 and “just needed a week or two off”.

Mills said Gary Wilson, who was at the helm before Zane, had returned as an assistant and would oversee the three-week training block in December “if it comes to that”.

Edgeworth have lost defender Ayden Brice to Victorian NPL club Melbourne Knights and attacking midfielder Keanu Moore is expected to also play in that competition next year.Mills saidthe club was working with imports Kieran Sanders and Keigo Moriyasu about staying on next year but the rest of the squad had been re-signed.

Zane made a stunning start to his senior coaching career, steering Edgeworth to three consecutive premierships and grand finals after taking over in 2015.The Eagles won the first two deciders but lost this year to Lambton Jaffas 2-0 in extra-time.

Zane, a long-time player at the Eagles,was coaching Edgeworth youth grades before stepping up to first grade.He has been named NNSW NPL coach of the year for the past three seasons and has also served as the Eagles technical director.

Under Zane, Edgeworth havebroken new ground for NNSW in the FFA Cup and NPL play-offs.

In 2016, they were the first NNSW club to progress past the round of 32 in the FFA Cup when they defeated Far North Queensland Heat 3-0. They then lost 5-1 to A-League club Western Sydney.

In theNPL, they were the first NNSW side to win a national play-off game when they shocked Victorian champions Bentleigh Greens on the road 3-1.They then beat Perth 1-0 away to make the grand final against Sydney United 58, who won 4-1.

This year, the Eagles thumped Canberra Olympic 4-1 away to again progress to the NPL semi-finals, where they went down 2-0 to Brisbane Strikers at home.

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Game day: The Harbour Hellcats (black and orange) mix it up with the the Fort Smashleys (blue and grey). Picture: Chris DonnellyIn 2013, Newcastle Roller Derby League had the world at its wheels. Its three home teams and one representative side had amassed a significant fan following and were playing in front of sold-out crowds. The league’s committee had big plans for advertising campaigns, team travel and sponsorship deals. All of Newcastle was going to become acquainted with the sport of roller derby.
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However, momentum was halted when its main training and event venue,Gateshead Indoor Sports World, advised the league’sexecutive committee that the space they had been hiring up to four times a week for training and games was going to be redeveloped. The league had just six weeks to try and find a new home.

According to league president Jeanene “ValFreya”Douglas, this turn of events virtually decimated the league. It tookseven months for the not-for-profit group to secure another regular training venue – withmembership numbers droppingfrom 100 to 32.

“A lot of our skaters, when we didn’t have regular training sessions, or not knowing if we would even be able to play a game, they found other pursuits and other interests,” Douglas says. “It was hard because it effected our resources, how much money we were bringing in, how much we could promote, all those sorts of things had a flow-on effect.”

Four years on, the league is only beginning to recover. Membership numbers are increasing, and with a little help from guest skaters in other leagues, the popular home teams have made a triumphant return.

Jillian “GodJilla”Mathieson, a coach and the longest skating member of the league, says the re-institution of the home teams is a positive step.

“What it has given us is consistency,” she says. “It means that all of our players have playing options . . .Because if you’ve got new players coming in thinking they might not be able to play for three years until they make it to representative level, why would they stay?”

For the women of the league,the road to return was particularly tough. In addition to the structural requirements of the league, it has also faced barriers related to people’s perception of what roller derby is, and their attitudes toward it as an alternative culture.

When the league was informed it would have to move, Douglas says she called 53 different schools, sports centres, factories and warehouses in search of a new training space. Many were too small or the surface was not appropriate for skating.

Douglas says she was able to secure some bookings at the University of Newcastle’s Forum Sports Centre but the time slots were severely limited.

No kidding: The hits are real in roller derby, as shown in this file image of the Mustdashers versus the Bearded Ladies. Picture: Marina Neil

The league also tried making use of outdoor areas, but itlimited the kind of training they could do. “No one likes to fall on asphalt, so we weren’t doing a lot of contact,”Douglas says.

The league even considered leasing their own building and hiring it to other sporting groups.“We worked it all out that we could afford it, but none of us was willing to sign off on it because it was such a big financial risk,” Douglas says.

One of the most frustrating things during this time for Douglas was venues refusing to hire space to the league because they believed their equipment would damage the floor. Despite having references from Gateshead Indoor Sports World, the n Institute of Sport and other sports centres which contradicted this view, the league was turned away from several prominent Newcastle venues.

“Our gear is specifically designed to be used on indoor floors, wooden floors . . . We do no more damage to a floor than what basketball shoes do, no more wear and tear,” Douglas says.

Midway through 2014, the leaguesecured a training venue in the hall of Kahibah Public School. Their games are held at the Newcastle Showgrounds Exhibition Centre, which while expensive to hire, is the only option available to the skaters.

By far the most significant barrier that the leaguefaced while searching for a venue, and still encounter when seeking sponsorship, is people’s misconceptions about what roller derby is. Mathieson believes this comes down to a simple lack of local exposure.

“Look, we’re in Newcastle, which is still quite an old-fashioned town in some ways. People rollerskating down the street is still a little bit odd, like this isn’t LA,” she said. “So everything is kind of a novelty, and whenever someone thinks something is a novelty, then it loses its professionalism and its . . .I don’t want to say the word respect, but it goes from being a sport to being a spectacle.”

The worldwide governing body for roller derby is the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. They describe the sport as being “a fast-paced, full-contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism”. A game is played wearing roller skates and full protective gear including helmet and mouthguard.

Roller derby has roots as far back as the 1930s, with its popularity peaking in the 1970s as a violent, theatrical form of sporting entertainment. Roller derby in its current form began in the early 2000s and spread quickly; withhundreds of leagues registered worldwide, andmore than 70in . While originally a female-only sport, roller derby has expanded to include men’s, co-ed, and even junior teams.

Modern roller derby does its best to distance itself from the scripted and rehearsed version of the sport that many people remember watching on television when they were kids. Leagues now consider their skaters to beathletes and emphasise sport over spectacle. A high level of skill is required by all participants, and safety is prioritised. There are strict rulesdictating when and how players can make contact with each other. Violators arepenalised, and, inserious cases, may be ejected.

Roller derby also has strong ties to the LGBTI+ community and takes pride in its reputation as an all-inclusive sport.

“I don’t know if it’s the chicken or the egg,” Mathiesonmuses, “Are people attracted to it because it’s a safe space, or is it that roller derby became a safe space because of the people that it attracted? Either way, we like everyone to be a little bit different, and different means from the straightest of the straight to the strangest of the strange.”

Veteran skater Renee ‘Reggie Ramjet’ Graham says she often feels embattled when talking about the sport that she loves, but for her two young daughters, “you couldn’t ask for a better group of role models”.

Graham joined the leaguein 2010 after the birth of her second daughter. She says what set roller derby apart from other sportswas the culture and sense of community.

Slam and glam: Newcastle roller derby action. Picture: Marina Neil

“So many other sports, the culture is just turn up, run around for an hour and then get pissed. I don’t think there’s a lot of value in it,” she says. “And there’s no community in it, and I think that’s what this is, so when I started playing derby, I not only got a circle of friends, but I got this whole community of people.”

She also credits the culture of roller derby with increasing her confidence, which has carried over into her everyday life.

“I was a big girl so I was embarrassed about my shape and I was taking up room. And then I came here and suddenly being big wasn’t a bad thing, and being strong wasn’t a bad thing . . . The things that I’ve always thought were the bad things about me are no longer bad, they’re actually assets.”

This sentiment is echoed by Mathieson, who says that roller derby has allowed her to find power in words such as athlete, which she “would never have found in a million years in any other sport”.

“What I also see that probably supports that in others is when people come in a little bit shy or unsure and within a really small amount of time you just see this flower open, and you see strength and power from the smallest voice.

“I think we all have those small voices inside us and I know there’s lots of times in my real life that derby has reminded me that I can do stuff, or I don’t have to put up with stuff.”

Despite the challenges faced by the league, as an organisation it has demonstrated an unshakable commitment to the sport, and formidable determination in the face of adversity. One gets the sense that it’s a case of get on board, or get out of the way. Newcastle, prepare to become acquainted with the women of roller derby.

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Champion mare Winx will jump from barrier six against eight rivals when she looks to make history on Saturday by winning her third Cox Plate in a row, attempting to match the feat of the legendary Kingston Town.
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Part-owner Peter Tighe went to the stage at the Moonee Valley celebrity breakfast draw to choose which stall she would jump from, and of those remaining selected the gate three from the outside of the small field.

“I think my friend over there [jockey] Hugh [Bowman] would be happy with that barrier,” said Tighe.

Winx will be flanked at the start by the English challenger Folkswood, who will start from barrier five, and the three-year-old Royal Symphony, who will jump from barrier seven.

The superstar worked at the Valley on Tuesday morning. She was the first horse out shortly after 6.20am and had the track to herself.

While Winx is set to start at the shortest price of any Cox Plate favourite since Phar Lap raced to dual victories in 1930 and 1931, fears that she would face a small group of rivals have proved groundless.

Chris Waller’s champion will not have any superstars to beat as she seeks to gallop her way into the history books, and there is certainly no rival of the proven quality of Highland Reel and Criterion, third and second the first time she won the Plate, nor one in the form that Hartnell was in when he fronted up to be humiliated by her last year.

But the Moonee Valley Racing Committee had final discretion to pick which of the remaining entries can be in the field and gave the go ahead to all those who stood their ground at the last declaration stage, finalising the field at around 8.30am on Tuesday morning, just before the barrier draw.

Winx will have to see off a field comprising several group 1 winners (Happy Clapper, Gailo Chop and Humidor), two foreign challengers (Godolphin’s Folkswood and the former Italian galloper Kaspersky, who will be ridden and subsequently trained by Michelle Payne), the improving three-year-old Royal Symphony (an unlucky fourth in the Caulfield Guineas), the ATC Derby third Hardham and Seaburge, whose best recent effort was to be placed at group 1 level as a three-year-old in the Mackinnon Stakes last year.

Bowman says he doesn’t really think that much about the race shape or those he is up against until final declarations are taken and the draw is completed, but he couldn’t have looked more confident.

“I am very comfortable, more so after this morning’s track gallop. She was very strong and comfortable, I allowed her to build up, but I kept a good hold of her,” he said.

“The horse is in good order and we are looking forward to Saturday. She does love it here, but it’s important to note that Chris [trainer Chris Waller] has had her at peak condition when she races here.”

Bowman said Winx is particularly suited to the unique configuration of the tight Moonee Valley track with its forgiving surface.

“There is a little more cushion here. She is very good on her feet and she likes to go through her gears particularly when she is cornering … there’s a bit of a velodrome effect here.”

The characteristics of the Cox Plate itself – usually run at a brutal tempo – also play to Winx’s strengths, he said.

“The pressure builds a long way from home and that really suits. She is not a sit and sprint horse, particularly over this distance. It really suits when the pressure builds.”

But he won’t be ignoring the prospects of his rivals.

“There’s no doubt I will run through scenarios in my own brain and wake up in the middle of the night and be thinking about it. I am very careful not to be overly confident, I will treat it like any other race but the reality is I want to stay out of trouble and get clear room.”

Kerrin McEvoy is on board Folkswood for Charlie Appleby, and while he knows he is probably running for the second prize of $440,000, he is optimistic that the Godolphin-owned galloper can give a good account of himself.

“We are up against it. She is a champion and we have to try to rise to her level. He has travelled out here well and he is already a winner in [when he won the Cranbourne Cup]. We need concentrate on the fact that this is a champion’s race but it’s a horse race and anything can happen,” he said.

McEvoy could have ridden Royal Symphony for his uncle Tony McEvoy, but opted for Folkswood because of his long relationship with Godolphin.

“It was a tough choice and both horses are lovely types, but I won on this fellow at Cranbourne …

He will have to run a personal best to get anywhere near Winx, but I think he is a horse who can handle the pressure.”

Damien Oliver, who will be on Happy Clapper, won the Cox Plate on Dane Ripper 20 years ago and she went off at 40-1, so he knows that upsets can happen, even if it is unlikely.

“I won’t be riding my race too much around Winx, I will be riding him to run the best he possibly can.”

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What would it take to align competing views of the Hunter in government, industry and the community, to build regional consensus, synergies and attract investment?
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BRIDGE BUILDING: Will Rifkin delivers his recent New Professor’s Talk.

Misalignment and disagreement have many causes, including marginalisation of certain voices and domination by others. Those who feel disenfranchised can block agreement and change. These problems are compounded when questions are significant, outcomes are long-lasting, and uncertainty is high. Consider the nation’s energy mix and the planned closure of Liddell power station. What about the balance between the Hunter’s mining economy, agriculture, a rising service economy, opportunities for innovation, and desires to preserve community character?

One way to build a bridge between people with different areas of expertise, experience, interests, and values is through ‘dialogue’. In dialogue, strongly held assumptions and pre-existing relationships of power are momentarily suspended.

One can support dialogue through creation of something with a common meaning for the participants. That can serve as a springboard for conversation, drawing on each person’s expertise and insight. Such a tool is known as a ‘boundary object’, a term from the academic field of technology studies. What sort of boundary object could foster effective dialogue about key decisions for the Hunter?

The Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre at the University of Newcastle has been creating such boundary objects for years. They are embodied in results from its quarterly Pulse surveys and analysis of other key social and economic indicators.

We are making them easier to access and use. We will be drawing on results of a $2million research effort addressing the changes in Queensland’s Darling Downs agricultural area due to $40billion in onshore natural gas development. This work was funded by the coal seam gas industry and the University of Queensland (UQ).

My team at UQ sought to develop a boundary object that stakeholders in different sectors would find meaningful and revealing. We had people from the communities, government, and industry prioritise a small set of social and economic indicators.

The research produced the Boomtown Toolkit. It was employed to create an annual report on trends in these socioeconomic indicators measured over 15 years.

Even just a single indicator – the rent on a three-bedroom house – helps us to understand the ‘system dynamics’ underlying a boom-bust-recovery cycle. The small set of indicators agreed on have helped to stimulate a shift in the regional conversation to address the distribution of benefits and burdens.

The HRF Centre is working on Hunter indicators. The priority indicators – e.g. population, primary school enrolment, mobile phone volumes, employment – would be selected by key stakeholders from the community. The data would then be ‘ground-truthed’ via local interviews, which can explain cause-and-effect relationships.

These Hunter indicators would be accessible on phones or laptops. They could de-mythologise debates about the region’s future and potentially attract more strategic investment. This sort of inclusive boundary object can help to put different parties ‘on the same page’.

For the complete New Professors Talk, visithrf苏州夜总会招聘.au/news-events/events

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For blacksmith Robert Everingham, soot, sweat and searing heat is just another day in the office. While his skills and processes are of the traditional European method, his aesthetic, he says, is distinctly his own.
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“I do a good share of traditional work, but am more contemporary in style,” says Everingham. “My key inspiration is nature and its fluidity. It makes for an interesting contrast with the materials I work with. It can be challenging to soften steel and give it an elegant flow.”

Working as a blacksmith for nearly 20 years, Everingham founded his eponymous business, Ironfist by Robert Everingham, in 2001.

“I trained in Sydney under Swiss blacksmith, Hans Schappi, learning the numerous forging techniques you require to become a blacksmith, as well as the fundamentals like welding and fabrication,” he says.

Working from his studio in Brisbane’s south side, Everingham’s team has swelled to five.

“The project sizes and workload have increased,” he says. “We work with private clients, architects and companies to create custom-made pieces, from small to substantial, like the ironwork for St Johns Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane. Each piece is different and extremely time-consuming, and can take weeks to go from design through to completion.”

Everingham’s process begins with a design brief, and is followed by multiple sketches before the forging and manufacturing process can begin. “Forging is very much a process of heating and hammering, and then reheating and hammering again,” he says. “We repeat the process until the desired effect is achieved.”

Raised in country Queensland, Everingham is the only son of a creative family that includes an artist and two jewellers. He is, not surprisingly, innately artistic. “A good eye is an asset in this job,” he says. “The forging process relies on it because you need to be able to visualise your end product. It can be a game of patience.” Related: ‘s ceramicists taking the industry by stormRelated: The latest retro trend making a comebackRelated: The biggest trends from Denfair 2017

Everingham says that while some consider blacksmithing a dying art, he senses a revival.

“There are not many of us around,” he says, “but there are still people out there who are interested, even at a hobby level. The attraction I think, is that it is an art often perceived as quite romantic – the heat of the forge and working on an anvil to create something unique and beautiful.”

Along with other traditional arts, like ceramics, weaving and woodwork, sustainability has assisted in reinstating and modernising the art of blacksmithing.

“It is very much a renewable art form,” he says. “We restore vintage wrought iron rather than replace it, and recycle old steel. Wrought iron is a very robust product and if it is done well, outlasts most other materials.”

Putting yesteryear’s nuts, bolts and horseshoes aside, today’s blacksmith crafts far sexier objects. Residential and urban art sculpture, architectural wrought iron gates, leggy coffee tables, curvy candelabra, and Argentinian barbecues are just some of Everingham’s commissions.

“Each design is functional art,” he says. “It is one of the few trades that still use the same techniques that have been used for hundreds of years to create a product by hand. There are no pre-forged components in my work. You can’t replicate the hand working with machines. Every piece, regardless of what it is, is an original and one-off.”

So how are the burns? “Thankfully there are not many,” he says. “Certainly no serious ones. I’ve always said if you are burning yourself too often, you are probably in the wrong game.”

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses the media during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Attorney-General Senator George Brandis during Senate estimate hearings at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Senator Eric Abetz during Senate estimate hearings at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares

Treasurer Scott Morrison addresses a CEDA conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Treasurer Scott Morrison addresses a CEDA conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher during Senate estimate hearings at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher during Senate estimate hearings at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher with Attorney-General Senator George Brandis during Senate estimate hearings at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares

The High Court will consider the eligilbility under Section 44 of the Constition for politicians (anti-clockwise from top left) Barnaby Joyce, Fiona Nash, Matt Canavan, Nick Xenophon, Malcolm Roberts, Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam. Montage created 9 October 2017.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce departs question time at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 19 October 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator Malcolm Roberts during a Senate estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 24 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Greens Senator Larissa Waters reacts as she announces her resignation in Brisbane, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Ms Waters resigned as a result of her dual n-Canadian citizenship. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

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It seems those summoning spells from localHarryPotterfans have paid off – hit stage playHarry Potter and the Cursed Childis coming to .
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The show’s producers announced on Tuesday the play will run exclusively at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in early 2019.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Melbourne in 2019. Photo: Supplied

“You can’t ever assume a new play is going to have a further life, but we knew that ifHarry Potter and the Cursed Childdid have a life beyond London and Broadway, that the next stop would be [],” producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a statement.

n producer Michael Cassel, who has had hits locally with the tour ofKinky Bootsand the production ofBeautiful: The Carole King Musicalcurrently playing in Sydney, will executive produce the show locally.

The play –based on an original story by JK Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, and featuring music by Grammy winnerImogen Heap– had its premiere on London’s West End in July 2016, selling out inhours. It’s had a sold-out run ever since.

It also broke records at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, scooping up nine awards amongst its cast, as well as Best New Play and Best Director.

A Broadway adaptation is set to open in New York in April 2018.

The eighth instalment in Rowling’sHarry Pottersaga, the play is set 19 years after the end of the last novelHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and follows Potter as a married husband of three.

Jamie Parker as Harry Potter in The Cursed Child. Photo: Supplied

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews described the announcement as a coup for Melbourne.

“To secure a production of this calibre is a testament to Melbourne’s standing as an arts and cultural capital and leading global city for theatre,” he said.

Performance dates are set to be announced soon, the producers said.

The play will be the latest stage hit to open in Melbourne, following this year’ssuccessful run of Tony-winning musicalThe Book of Mormon(it opens in Sydney in February), and ongoing tour rumours overBroadway hitHamilton.

The Age

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???I’m loving the flurry of attention – and innovation – being given to round-ups.
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It began with the Acorns “fractional” investment app, which collects your virtual “loose change” and almost immediately funnels it into a diversified portfolio of your choice. The concept is now being applied to some banks’ ordinary transaction and savings accounts (for example, your everyday purchases may get rounded up and that money squirreled into your savings account) and even by a superannuation fund.

This is inconspicuous and unobtrusive future-proofing ??? because micro-saving and, in particular, micro-investing has maximum bearing on your life. Just $6 a day invested at 8 per cent from age 20 will make you a millionaire at 65. Better still, only about $100,000 will have come out of your pocket; nearly $900,000 will be “free” investment returns.

Wait 20 years to start, though, and you’ll need to find $35 a day (and save more than $300,000 yourself).

Round-up apps and features make saving automatic and therefore, psychologically, pretty pain-free.

But there are ways to use similar mind tricks, without waiting for the next bells-and-whistles product, to pay down your mortgage quickly and easily – and save a fortune. Trick 1: “Round up” your repayment

If you’re like most people, a set amount is whisked out of your account each month for the mortgage. Say you’re the average Aussie with an average $369,600 home loan on an average 5 per cent interest rate (of course you should be paying less). Your required monthly repayments are $2161 but without too much discomfort to your brain or budget, you could round that up to $2200 ??? and save more than $11,000 and get out of debt nearly a year early.

Just be sure to re-set your direct debit so there’s never any active deliberation.

By the way, never adjust your mortgage repayments down. You’ve already got your head – and your hip pocket – around that level of repayment. If the minimum falls, you’re making a “bonus” overpayment that will save you significant money and time. Trick 2: Make your repayments more frequently

You may never have given thanks for our Gregorian calendar. But you should start, because you can use it to make an extra repayment every year and barely notice.

Although there are 12 months in a year, there are not double that number of fortnights, 24, but 26. So if you very simply makehalfyour required monthly repayments instead fortnightly, you’ll be ahead by a full month. Don’t ask your lender, whatever you do, to simply switch your repayments to fortnightly – they will adjust the amount so that you’re in debt the full 25 or 30 years and so pay them the full whack of interest. You need to figure out yourself what is half, and then simply establish that direct debit.

On our model mortgage, above, the saving from repaying $1081 fortnightly versus $2161 monthly, is almost $45,000 and debt freedom 3.5 years early.

This works if weekly repayments better suit your pay cycle, too. There are not (12 x 4) 48 weeks in a year – but 52. So if you make one quarter of your required monthly repayments weekly, you’ll also be ahead a full month. Trick 3: Use every dollar twice

A magic little Aussie invention called an offset account lets you use every dollar twice. A savings account that runs parallel to your mortgage, it nets off 100 per cent off any money you have in it against your home loan balance. So if you have a $100,000 mortgage and $5000 in an offset, you’ll pay interest only on $95,000.

You might have separate savings for a holiday, for your next car, for kids’ school fees ??? you should instead be putting every single dollar – which you get to keep – in an offset account. That way you get to use it for its intended purposeandto save dramatic interest.

Let’s assume you have the average mortgage and an average of $10,000 sitting in your offset. You’ll save more than $22,000 in interest, and almost a year and a half.

You could also take this to a higher level by getting your salary/ies paid in and using a credit card for all your expenses, shifting the money out only when your credit card bill is due each month. At which point more salary should go in ??? Trick 4: Make it a race

n interest rates are at all-time lows so, now, you have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to repay your debt cheaper and faster than ever before. Do so at an average 7 per cent rate and the total cost of your average house will be $784,000. Do so at 5 per cent and that falls by about $200,000 to $585,000. And you save even more when you repay extra … even if you trick yourself into it!

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is a commentator and educator who presents her Smart Money Start, fun financial literacy incursion, in high schools around . Follow Nicole on Facebook.

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