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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When fashion designer Matthew Eager was ordered to stop his $40,000-a-year business renting out the spare rooms of his three-bedroom apartment in Katoomba on Airbnb, he hired a lawyer to fight the decision.
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One of his neighbours in the seven-unit complex had complained to the local council that their building’s bushfire zoning did not allow commercial lets, and the authorities agreed. But after months of arguing and $2000 in legal fees, the council backed down and he finally won the right to resume.

“But the whole situation is just crazy now,” says Mr Eager, 50. “While I won the right to do it, no one knows if they can or they can’t. Some strata committees say yes, some say no, sometimes they’ve been overruled and sometimes the councils have different rules.

“It’s a complete shit fight. I just wish the government would show some leadership on this issue so people have some certainty about Airbnb and what they can and can’t do.”

It’s a cry that’s now being echoed on both sides of the bitter debate about short-term lettings in apartments, involving companies such as Airbnb and Stayz.

A recent controversial decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which ruled on a case in Woollahra that building bylaws prohibiting short-term letting are invalid has only added more confusion, anger and threats of legal action.

“We understand there is even a potential risk now that strata bodies could be sued for lost tourist revenue by short-term letting hosts,” says strata lawyer Stephen Goddard, spokesperson for Our Strata Community, Our Choice.

“This could potentially expose apartment owners for simply trying to exercise their democratic rights, voting not to allow short-term lets in their blocks.

“This situation brings into sharp focus the urgent need for the NSW government to act, give apartment owners the right to decide on short-term letting and clear up all the uncertainty that’s now plaguing the sector. Short-term letting, through platforms like Airbnb, is growing exponentially, but apartment owners are in limbo about their rights and it’s undermining confidence in strata living.” Related: Airbnb making Melbourne hosts thousandsRelated: NSW tribunal overturns Airbnb bylawRelated: Creating an Airbnb-able space

The NSW government has been considering the legalities of short-term letting in apartments for two years now and when, in April, most expected them to come forward with legislation on the issue, it instead started a lengthy consultation process. With many councils also now choosing not to enforce their own planning and zoning regulations or police infractions, the whole area has become a void.

The recent landmark NCAT decision came when Sydney teacher Peta Etsens took action against her apartment building when she was told its bylaws didn’t allow her to rent out her unit on Airbnb during her school holidays.

It ruled that bylaws, even when they’re in line with local council residential-only zoning, are secondary to the strata law principle that they cannot “prohibit or restrict” the operation of a lot, igniting fresh rows about the future of short-term rentals in units.

Airbnb’s -New Zealand head of public policy, Brent Thomas, says urgent change is needed.

“Our host community tells us they are struggling to navigate arcane and confusing rules for home sharing that were often written before the internet even existed,” he says.

“No one should be forced to get a lawyer to simply defend their right to share their own home. Just like when we went from the horse and buggy to the car, we need new rules for new technology. Put simply, we need change now to put an end to the existing regulatory uncertainty.”

Mr Eager who, says there is a real necessity for clear rules. “The current situation is stupid; we need certainty,” he says.

“I make $40,000 a year out of renting out my rooms so it was worth the outlay of $2000 on a lawyer, but people are plucking different rules out of thin air and changing them as the mood takes them. We need the government to make a decision on this, rather than being paralysed into inaction for fear they might upset someone.”

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That’s what former international cricket umpire Darrell Hair told his managers at a bottle shop when they confronted him about stealing money from the till.

In the grip of gambling addiction, Hair was working at D’Aquino’s Liquor in Orange, in central west NSW, nine years after ending his long and colourful career as an umpire.

In what the magistrate called a “monumental fall from grace”, Hair stole $9005.75 between February 25 and April 28 this year.

Darrell Hair, centre, and Billy Doctrove, left, examine the match ball with Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England in 2006.

He was fired from the shop in May when his bosses found CCTV footage of him taking money from the cash register and putting it in his pants pocket.

The 65-year-old, famed for no-balling Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a Boxing Day Test, pleaded guilty to one charge of embezzlement and one charge of stealing in Orange Local Court on Monday morning.

Prosecutors dropped another 43 charges.

A fact sheet tendered to court said Hair would regularly make unauthorised refunds and pocket the cash, or take the money directly from customers.

“[Hair] stated that he had no excuse for his dishonesty and he had let his gambling get too far out of control during the early months of 2017 and failed to react to the signs that it was out of control,” the document said.

He made full admissions when interviewed by police.

“My client has been in the public eye for many years and this is a bit of a fall for him, to find himself before the court in these circumstances,” Hair’s solicitor Andrew Rolfe said.

“This is an aberration in the life of a man who, prior to this, had a lifetime of service to the community and to a sport that he loved.”

Magistrate Michael Allen said Hair’s actions were a breach of trust, but noted Hair had repaid the stolen money, written letters of apology, and was in counselling for depression and addiction.

Mr Allen sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, and did not record a conviction, stressing the law treats everyone the same way, regardless of public standing or privilege.

“There are some in our community, in particular on commercial radio, who speak with loud voices for justice to be stern and unrelenting,” Mr Allen said.

“But that would undermine what it sets out to achieve.”

Mr Allen said gambling ads were everywhere, and gambling addiction was “no less real than an addiction to drugs … or alcohol”.

“It’s a journey he will live with, and no doubt struggle with, on a daily basis for the rest of his life.”

Hair was at the centre of one of cricket’s most notorious moments when he repeatedly no-balled Muralitharan during the Boxing Day Test between and Sri Lanka at the MCG in 1995.

Muralitharan had his action cleared the following May, and then again in 1999, and went on to become one of the most famous bowlers in Test history.

Hair was also one of the umpires who decided to penalise Pakistan for suspected ball tampering on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England in 2006.

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Myer versus Solomon Lew is likely to break out into full-scale war this week following Monday’s release of the notice of Myer’s annual meeting. Not only will Lew vote his 10.8 per cent stake against the appointment of three Myer directors, including the incoming chairman, but it is understood he will vote against the pay package for chief executive Richard Umbers.
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If Lew garners the support of any other significant shareholder, Myer could be facing a “first strike”. A second strike at next year’s annual meeting would result in a spill motion for the entire board.

Lew will certainly muster some support from the retail base but he will need a couple of large shareholders to ensure his preferred outcome. In particular, the second-largest shareholder, Anton Tagliaferro, from Investors Mutual, will be pivotal.

Lew’s campaign against Myer may not even take a year to play out. There is undoubtedly more in his arsenal, which is currently under wraps waiting for the fire-at-will command.

Armed with Monday’s notice of meeting, it won’t take long.

For its part Myer is remaining behind its defensive position. The chairman-elect, Garry Hounsell, stuck to the script in his written comments in the notice of meeting, which supported the company’s stand that Myer’s transformation from the old Myer to “New Myer” was making progress and that it was now “a more efficient and resilient business”.

“I am convinced that the New Myer strategy is the right one,” he said.

Hounsell could have put a pin in the New Myer strategy and called for its review. He didn’t. Referendum on New Myer

Hounsell’s backing of the existing Myer strategy means the shareholder vote at the upcoming annual meeting has been turned into a referendum on New Myer.

But by Myer’s own measurement of its progress – the company has been falling well shy of five-year targets on sales, earnings and sales per square metre, and return on funds invested.

When Umbers meets with shareholders in a week for an update on strategy he is almost sure to reset these targets to a more achievable level even if elements of the strategy remain.

The Lew camp is said to be incensed by comments made in Monday’s media that Myer ruled out any potential equity raising thus limiting the company’s ability to finance the large scale closure of loss-making stores.

Cancelling leases on stores is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, Myer has placed a large target on its forehead by setting out a remuneration report that sets out the structure of Umbers’ incentive payments but not the hurdles.

For example, 50 per cent of his performance rights will be based on return on funds invested but no mention of what this hurdle rate is.

Apparently this will all become clear on the November 1 strategy day.

It will be an all-important opportunity for Umbers to convince investors that New Myer can be successful while at the same time telling shareholders the expectations of its financial success will need to be revised. Rock and a hard place

Umbers is caught between a rock and a hard place. If he reveals any major operational changes it will undermine the efficacy for his original New Myer plans.

But he needs to do something radical enough to convince investors that Myer won’t just continue to flat line in sales. While Umbers has clearly been hampered by the difficult retail environment, it won’t be enough to blame that alone.

It leaves the door open for Lew to seize on either.

“The New Myer strategy is our best response to increased competition,” Mr Umbers said in the annual report.

“It is important that we focus our efforts on the execution of our strategy, but also to evolve it in response to the ever changing retail landscape and competitive environment,” he said.

Further comments from Umbers in the annual report suggest omni-channel will become even more central to strategy.

Myer has already shifted a bit on two elements of its plan. The first its early attempts to minimise discounting. This was recast over the past few months with the opening of dedicated clearance floors within stores.

The other was its push to increase space devoted to concessions (brand operated stores with the department store). This is now being scaled back.

But throwing grenades at Myer won’t be enough. Lew needs to outline his manifesto for the retailer’s future in order to convince them that he has a solution.

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James Packer on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night. Photo: Channel SevenNobody does the public confessional quite like billionaire James Packer.
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Of course he chose, The n, the local rag of his close mate Lachlan Murdoch, for his latest tell-all which pointed the finger on the circus that has enveloped both Packer and his casino operator, Crown.

The interview was conducted from Packer’s bunker in Argentina before Andrew Wilkie dropped his parliamentary bomb last week.

By the time the papers landed on people’s doorsteps, Packer was already in Perth for a quick stop at Kerry Stokes’ Seven Network Telethon.

By Monday he was at Crown Melbourne lunching with The n’s editor Paul (Boris) Whittaker at Neil Perry’s Rockpool.

At lunch, Packer was looking prosperous, as the Chinese would say, in a blue polo shirt, chewing on some chips while Whittaker banged on about the size of his audience. It’s enormous, we’re told.

On Wednesday Packer will tuck into the Crown board meeting that will precede the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday.

Investors will get to grill Packer on why he is still so gung ho about the $2.4 billion Crown Sydney gamble when he openly admitted in the interview that there is a real risk it won’t get the return it needs to justify the massive investment.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Packer has been complaining for years that Crown’s investments in Perth and Melbourne have not delivered the returns to justify the massive investment. Why should Sydney be any different.

In his latest confessional, Packer also blames the financial settlement with his sister Gretel for plunging the family’s privately-owned Consolidated Press Holdings into debt to the tune of $2.3 billion in 2015.

We don’t know what numbers Packer was looking at, but CBD had a quick look at the CPH financial statement lodged with ASIC and it showed the company had $4.66 billion worth of short-term liabilities in 2014-15, rising to $5.17 billion in 2015-16.

Long-term debt was a much more palatable $736 million.

The cash flow statement shows that the $338 million in interest payments over the two financial years was almost offset by the $320 million in interest received.

And if the debt was such a worry for Packer, he might not have extracted more than $330 million worth of dividends over the two years. Sol-o

The ABC’s Four Corners was already grabbing the headlines ahead of Monday night’s big story on the NBN.

And we could only hope that somewhere in the US, former Telstra boss Sol Trujillo was watching this $49 billion trainwreck with a chuckle.

More than a decade ago, Sol proposed an audacious $4.5 billion fibre-to-the-node network (FTTN) with user speeds of 24 megabits per second, upgradeable to 100Mbps, deployed to 4 million urban homes within 40 months – if the government gave it the appropriate regulatory protection.

Telstra ended up scrapping its plans after failing to come to an agreement.

“The government decided they wanted to keep us in the dark ages,” said Trujillo’s comical sidekick Phil Burgess.

It does not bode well that the NBN’s $3.6 million CEO, Bill Morrow, is worried that wireless broadband will stifle any chance of the NBN making a profit.

It’s a bit like Qantas boss Alan Joyce fretting that drones will torch his airline’s profits. Baggage clearance

The Myer crew are firmly on message as they prepare for an intense investor day, shareholder meeting and chairman transition that might just be derailed by its largest investor, billionaire Solomon Lew.

Having nailed his colours to the mast, appointed chairmanGary Hounsell had no choice but to double down on his support for the current strategy when Myer’s annual report and AGM notice came out on Monday.

“If I am elected at this year’s AGM” – and CBD thinks that’s a significant ‘if’ with Lew now lined up against him – “I am very much looking forward to playing a leading role in its transformation,” Hounsell said in the report.

He praised the skills and diversity of the current board and Myer’s senior executives – echoing the words of departing chairman Paul McClintock. Just in case Lew was having second thoughts about his Myer crusade.

The one concession Hounsell is making to the huge task ahead is that he will be lightening his considerable workload to focus on Myer.

“Gary has advised the company that he will resign from one of his other ASX listed boards by 30 November 2017,” said a line at the bottom of page 8 of Myer’s annual report.

We doubt that Hounsell would dump his chairmanship of travel group Helloworld – given he only got the $175,000 a year gig last year. And there was certainly no mention of his retirement in Helloworld’s AGM notice on Monday.

Which leaves his board seats at Dulux Group and Treasury Wine Estates as the remaining candidates.

The loss of the Treasury Wine board seat could be a big sacrifice for Hounsell given reports that he is about to offload his beloved Yarra Valley winery, Toolangi.

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Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing
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Moonee Valley chief executive Michael Browell has declared the standards of the Cox Plate will not be compromised to ensure more rivals for Winx as she chases a historic third victory on Saturday.

There are fears there could be as few as six runners and a maximum of 10 in the Cox Plate as even the best horses in the country shy away from a date with Chris Waller’s superstar mare.

A number of stables are debating whether to challenge Winx. But Browell reaffirmed the criteria required to start in the Cox Plate, which is established as the most prestigious weight-for-age race in .

“We won’t be having any benchmark horses run in the race to make up the numbers. We have been clear on that in the past and if any horse pays that is not up to standard, we will make the decision for them,” Browell said.

“If you’re not a group 2 winner or group 1-placed as an older horse, where the form is well established, you will not be getting a run in the Cox Plate. We give three-year-olds a bit more leniency and a horse like Royal Symphony comes with form, like So You Think had when he won the Cox Plate as a three-year-old. We have a long established benchmark for this race and it will not be compromise because of a small field.”

Winx will finalise her preparation at the Breakfast With The Best at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning. “Just a maintenance gallop and let her see the track again,” Waller said. “You try to keep everything pretty similar with her to the last couple of years. She is where you want her in grand final week.”

Like So You Think in 2010, last time there wasn’t a capacity Cox Plate field, Winx has scared off the opposition as she looks for her 22nd consecutive victory and a 15th group 1.

There are only five other confirmed runners, with last-start group 1 winners Gailo Chop and Happy Clapper the two who have meet Winx in the past.

Imports Kaspersky and Folkswood for Godolphin and three-year-old Royal Symphony will pay up on Tuesday.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said Royal Symphony deserves his chance despite only running fourth in the Caulfield Guineas. “We always had the Cox Plate on the agenda for him if he won the Guineas,” McEvoy said “He didn’t have any luck in the Guineas and run fourth, so it is worth giving him a shot with a light weight even with Winx there.”

But with $60,000 in prizemoney down to eighth place, connections are considering running The Taj Mahal and Tom Melbourne, while Humidor and Abbey Marie could back up from the Caulfield Cup.

Aidan O’Brien’s travelling foreman TJ Comerford was impressed by the way The Taj Mahal, which failed in the Caulfield Stakes, handled the tight Valley circuit in a gallop on Saturday. “I told Aidan how well he’s going and Aidan is quite keen to run him, so I suppose we’ll see what Lloyd [Williams] and Aidan want to do about it,” Comerford said at Werribee on Monday. “We’ll just have to see what they want to do. The horse is in good enough order, so it’s down to them. They’re the bosses, so whatever they want to do, [we’ll do].”

Browell also said the rail would be in the true position for Friday night’s Manikato Stakes meeting and the Cox Plate on Saturday. “We are not going to move the rail and just let the jockeys find the best ground,” Browell said. “We want to offer a quality racing surface and we think that is the way to do it for 18 races on the weekend. We might have to water the track after Friday night because we are expecting a fair hot day on Saturday.”

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Women studying engineering and computer science at the n National University have spoken of “really weird” male classmates, sexist tutors and “knucklehead boys” in an external audit of the disciplines’ culture.
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The May Group found young men within the College of Engineering and Computer Science perpetuated a culture in which bias, stereotyping, exclusion and a lack of respect affected women’s experiences within the school.

About 20 per cent of students within the college are female. The consultancy firm interviewed 12 women and 13 men across five focus groups and found many students felt included.

However, the variation between the experiences of men and women was “concerning”, the May Group report said. Women regularly experienced sexual harassment and objectification.

“A lot of the guys are just really weird, and one just leant back in the lecture and started stroking my leg repeatedly,” one woman told her focus group.

Another said: “There hasn’t been a single group project that I’ve been in where I haven’t been hit on or asked out”.

Women also reported exclusion from social events. While men enjoyed an easy camaraderie with male tutors, lecturers and peers and felt comfortable attending social events such as “Engibeering”, women indicated they felt socially isolated in classes and course work, the report said.

“The findings of this audit are clear: young men at CECS create and perpetuate the culture at the college, in part simply due to their dominance in high numbers, as well as their lack of awareness and apparent indifference,” the report said.

” … the male dominated student culture is pervasive, and manifests through the social events catered to male interests, the class environment that privileges those who are naturally more confident, and the teaching styles of staff who were themselves part of this culture and benefited from it.

“It is critical that the college address the bias and foster an environment where men and women are comfortable, supported, and inspired to continue on in the field treating each other as equals.”

Among the May Group’s recommendations was that the College of Engineering and Computer Science create a common room geared towards women but open to all students.

As well, the firm suggested the school ensure greater transparency in the appointment of tutor and research assistant positions to counter allegations of bias, and that both disciplines offer a greater range of events less focused on drinking.

Women receive 33 per cent of tertiary STEM qualifications in . The College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, Elanor Huntington, described herself as a “unicorn” earlier this year, referring to the lack of female representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“We are committed to meaningful action that leads to lasting change – for our people and on behalf of our professions. We know that this will take time and work,” she said of the audit.

“The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science has shared the cultural audit report summary with all staff and students of the college and invited them to help map out a response.

“The college has worked particularly closely with the student leadership to make sure the college is a better place for all students.”

Workforce participation stands at 14 and 86 per cent for females and males respectively in engineering and related technologies, and 25 and 75 per cent in information and communications technology, according to Professionals .

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The favourites to take out this season of The Block, Elyse Knowles and Josh Barker, have received yet another vote of confidence in the days leading up to the auction.

Not only have they had three of their rooms named among the show’s best in its 13-season history, but all of the judges ??? Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer ??? have backed the Melburnians to win this season.

The winner of The Block is the team whose house sells the highest above its auction reserve price. That team is then awarded $100,000 in prize money. Each team takes home every dollar above reserve that its house makes.

Knowles and Barker also won the Domain magazine prize this year and won six of the 12 weekly room reveals.

But though their biggest competitors this season, Georgia and Ronnie Caceres, and Knowles and Barker have ranked highly this season, neither made it to the top five of The Block’s best rooms, determined by those that have scored a perfect 30 out of 30, in a special episode of the show that aired on Monday.

In a decision sure to raise eyebrows among the most ardent Block fans, in a 2-1 majority decision, Palmer and Whitaker determined that the best room ever revealed on the program was in last year’s art deco former soap and candle factory: Dan and Carleen Foley’s kitchen.

That kitchen narrowly beat out a kitchen in the same building, that designed by season winners Will Bethune and Karlie Cicero (which appeared on last year’s Domain cover), and which was Blaze’s pick for the show’s best room.

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Narrowly behind the kitchens from the 2016 season was the bathroom of Chris and Jenna Susieto in the 2015 Glasshouse season.The rest of the top 10

4. Julia Treuel and Sasha Wright Neville’s challenge kitchen, Port Melbourne, 2016

5. Dea and Darren Jolly’s terrace, Triple Threat, 2015

6. Alisa and Lysandra Fraser’s challenge kitchen, Sky High, 2013

7. Kara and Kyal Demmrich’s bathroom, Fans v Faves, 2014

8. Georgia and Ronnie Caceres’ guest bedroom, Elsternwick, 2017

9. Elyse Knowles and Josh Barker’s guest bedroom, Elsternwick, 2017

10. Dea and Darren Jolly’s terrace/exterior, Glasshouse, 2014

The judges were also asked to decide on their personal favourite rooms through the show’s history to build their ideal apartments. Neale Whitaker


Elyse and Josh’s master suite, Elsternwick, 2017

Photo: David Cook

“It was like a little self-contained apartment,” Whitaker said. “I loved the way they played to the light and loved the very soft colour palette.”


Carleen and Dan, Port Melbourne, 2016

Photo: Channel Nine

“I just love the way it felt modern, but it also nodded towards the art deco heritage. I thought it had a real sense of luxury.”

Living and dining room

Carlene and Michael Duffy, Glasshouse, 2014

Photo: Jonathan Bermann

“I think they created a very homely environment. I think it was the bookshelves that sold that room for me, but there were other elements like the raw brick wall, the beautiful rug they put down; it just felt right.”


Simon and Shannon Vos, Glasshouse, 2014

Photo: Channel Nine

“I absolutely loved what the guys did in this kitchen … I loved the way the cooktop was oriented against the window, all the surfaces: everything about it was perfectly done.”

Outdoor area

Dea and Darren, Triple Threat, 2015

Photo: Martin PhilbeyShaynna Blaze


Charlotte Ekas and Josh Terrett, Triple Threat, 2015

Photo: Martin Philbey

“We just went ‘look at these ceilings’. It was incredible. It created a whole different feel into that space ??? the shades and shadows in there from the beams and shutters – the simplicity of that was quite gorgeous.”


Kara and Kyal, Fans v Faves, 2014

Photo: Martin Philbey

“That was exquisite because we hadn’t seen that shaped bath before ??? and when you laid in it, you had that skyline view of Melbourne.”

Living and dining room

Alisa and Lysandra, Fans v Faves, 2011

Photo: Martin Philbey

“The great thing about this lounge room is the height of the ceilings ??? and this gorgeous fireplace that’s offset.”


Shay and Dean Paine, The Blocktagon, 2015

Photo: Channel Nine

“Oh my goodness. That view over that park was a multimillion-dollar one. It was so classy, so beautiful and I do believe that it sold their apartment.”

Outdoor area

Kara and Kyal, Fans v Faves, 2014

Photo: Martin PhilbeyDarren Palmer


Georgia and Ronnie’s master suite, Elsternwick, 2017

Photo: Biggin & Scott

“This was the layout I wanted for my own home, so when I walked in and saw it, I was like ‘Oh, this works’.”


Jenna and Chris, Glasshouse, 2014

Photo: Channel Nine

“Walking into that bathroom ??? we all lost our minds. These guys nailed it.”

Living and dining room

Elyse and Josh, Elsternwick, 2017

Photo: Hocking Stuart

“This set of rooms side-by-side has an architectural focal point, the fireplace ??? beautiful bespoke cabinetry. The proportions of the sofa were spot on. It is a beautifully put together room.”


Alisa and Lysandra, Fans v Faves, 2014

Photo: Channel Nine

Outdoor area

Elyse and Josh, Elsternwick, 2017

Photo: Hocking Stuart

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