New Queensland coal seam gas production and an expanded northern gas pipeline may alleviate the east coast gas shortage.
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Earlier this year the n Energy Market Operator forecast a gas shortfall of 54 petajoules in 2018 and 48 petajoules in 2019.

While a deal has since been struck with large gas producers Origin, Shell, and Santos, to meet the domestic supply gap, the price of gas has continued to rise.

Now, plans to widen links between the east coast energy network and the Northern Territory’s gas fields, as well as new Queensland gas sources due to come online before the end of the year, may drive down gas prices due to increased supply.

The Northern Territory government’s proposed gas pipeline has expanded its scope to supply gas to the eastern seaboard, via Queensland and South .

The NT government is progressing plans for the construction of a gas pipeline connecting the northern and eastern gas markets, known as the North East Gas Interconnector or the Northern Gas Pipeline, with first gas due next year.

“The Northern Territory has excess gas and is more than willing to sell to the east coast,” Northern Territory Resources Minister Ken Vowles told Fairfax Media.

Working with energy company Jemena, the 622-kilometre pipeline will run from the Territory’s Tennant Creek gas hub east to Mt Isa in Queensland, supplying gas from the offshore Blacktip field in the Bonaparte Gulf. Plans also exist to potentially connect the gas line to South ‘s Moomba Hub.

“The gas pipeline connects the Northern Territory to the Eastern Gas Pipeline Grid,” Mr Vowles said.

Jemena’s executive general manager of corporate development, Antoon Boey, said to further reduce the projected gas supply shortfall and energy crisis “large new sources of gas need to be produced and delivered to the markets as quickly as possible”.

“The simplest way to solve the east coast gas crisis is to develop new sources of domestic supply,” Mr Boey said.

Early long-term agreements have already been signed, with the NT Power and Water Corporation to supply excess gas from its current contracted supplies to Incitec Pivot through the Northern Gas Pipeline for about 10 years.

While Mr Vowles declined to state specifically how much gas could be provided to the NEM on an annual basis, saying it depends on supply and demand, n Petroleum Production and Exploration Association South n and Northern Territory director Matt Doman said it could make a major impact on AEMO’s projected shortfall.

“The levels of gas the Northern Territory could supply are not insignificant, Mr Doman told Fairfax Media.

“While the gas will likely not be directed to Sydney and Melbourne, it will see uptake in Queensland, particularly in Mount Isa, which has energy-hungry processing facilities,” he said.

“This in turn will free up gas from south eastern Queensland to be piped south, instead of north west, down to New South Wales and Victorian markets.”

This is not the only pipeline proposed to supply gas from the Northern Territory to the east coast markets.

Ebony Energy, an NT coal-to-gas company, also plans to connect to the east by tapping into the 670-kilometre proposed southern pipeline surveyed as part of the North East Gas Interconnect network.

The project aims to supply 50 petajoules of gas – more than the predicted shortfall of 48 petajoules of gas in 2018 – through South , for more than 25 years.

Jemena also plans to extend the Northern Gas pipeline beyond Mt Isa, to connect the Galilee Basin coal seam gas fields with the Bowen Basin and export hub of Gladstone.

Queensland gas company Senex Energy will this week bring 30 new coal seam gas wells online, with production to begin before the end of the year.

Senex aims to supply up to 50 terajoules of coal seam gas to Santos’s GLNG operations daily – or a petajoule of gas every 20 days – from its Surat Basin gas project over the next 20 years.

These forward-looking plans to lift the forecast shortage belie the difficulty the sector has faced, according to a report released by the n Petroleum Production and Exploration Association on Monday.

An ongoing slump in commodity prices that began in 2014, coupled with peak spending as gas projects ramped up, saw the industry record a net operating loss of $4.5 billion for FY2015/16. This was a massive downward movement compared to a loss of $600 million in FY 2014/15, and marked the worst result since the survey began in the late 1980s.

APPEA chief executive Malcolm Roberts said much of this loss was driven by average oil and gas prices falling by nearly 30 per cent year on year.

“Comparing the years 2014-15 and 2015-16, the industry saw the average price it received for the sale of oil and gas fall from $69.10 to $48.63 on a barrel of oil equivalent basis (boe),” Mr Roberts said.

This was the lowest boe price in more than a decade

“The fall in realised prices, coupled with a reduction in n oil and condensate production, creates a challenging framework for the industry,” he said.

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A Sydney obsessed by beauty has provided a jobs boon for fitness instructors and therapists.

That is the verdict from the latest round of census figures, delivered on Monday four months after the first release in June with a focus on how and where we work.

It shows across the country the number of people working as beauty therapists and fitness instructors has surged by more than 25 per cent since 2011, driven by its two biggest cities – Melbourne and Sydney – despite the country’s population climbing by less than 9 per cent.

Sydney beauty therapist Meagan Rogers has seen the beauty industry expand for more than 13 years despite the growth of do-it-yourself competition from online tutorials.

“It takes the stress out of people where they can just come in and get the things done for them,” she said.

“We are at an age when there’s no time any more to go from one place to another; people want the convenience of coming somewhere they can get all of the services done.”

Health awareness and an ageing population have had an impact on the more serious side of the industry too.

If you live in Greater Sydney you are now more likely to work in a hospital than in any other place.

Almost 3.4 per cent, or 80,000 Sydneysiders now work there, compared to 4 per cent of Melburnians.

Thanks to the financial services boom you are now just as likely to work in bank or a financial firm as a cafe or restaurant in Sydney, with 2.5 per cent of all employees earning their living in both industries.

At the same time, the economy-wide shift to part-time work is reflected in the number of average hours worked by ns falling from 35.1 to 34.6 per week, with twice as many women working part time as men.

Overall, you are more likely to work part time in Melbourne (31 per cent) than you are in Sydney (28 per cent), where residents are also more likely to work for longer.

Up to 45.8 per cent of Sydneysiders work 40 hours or more per week and 43 per cent do the same in Melbourne.

The n Bureau of Statistics figures also show the push towards the service economy is in full swing, with the number of workers in the community and personal service sector up 19 per cent since the last time they were tallied.

One in every eight workers now make their money in healthcare and social assistance as nurses, counsellors and, increasingly, care workers for older ns.

Age also makes a difference to the types of jobs we are performing.

While those under 30 were most likely to be fast food cooks, bartenders, baristas, waiters or sportspeople, those over 60 were more likely than younger groups to be livestock and crop farmers, caretakers and bus drivers.

Between the genders, the industries historically dominated by men, such as manufacturing and mining, are on the way down, as women take on more positions in some of the fastest growing areas such as social assistance and education.

The gender gap is widest in technical and trades industries, which have 84 per cent male employees, while 74 per cent of health professionals and 63 per cent of legal, social and welfare professionals are female.

“Alongside this, we are seeing the proportion of men in employment decrease over time, while for women it is increasing,” census program manager Bindi Kindermann said.

The census also allows us to see levels of employment along cultural lines.

The highest levels of employment were among residents born in Nepal, with four out of five adults employed at the time of the census, followed by 76 per cent of migrants from Zimbabwe, 73 per cent from Brazil, 72 per cent from South Africa and 71 per cent from Canada.

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“I’m not upset, I’m more frustrated,” Shreya Kiran, 17, said as she left the HSC mathematics exam room.
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“First looking at it, it was quite easy, but there are always those questions,” said Shreya, who is in year 12 at Cheltenham Girls High School.

Across the state, 32,195 students sat the mathematics general 2 exam on Monday morning, and 17,433 students sat the mathematics exam on Monday afternoon.

Another 3261 students sat the maths extension 2 exam, the highest-level HSC maths course, on Monday afternoon.

Students at Cheltenham Girls High School after their first maths exam on Monday. Photo: Brook Mitchell

Georgia Kirkpatrick-Jones said the extension 2 exam was “very challenging”.

“There were some questions we hadn’t seen before. It was a struggle to get through,” Georgia, 17, said.

She said she decided to do the university-level course to “get a good head start” on complex maths concepts.

“I thought it was a good challenge especially because I want to do engineering,” Georgia said.

“It’s very rewarding. I think we’ve also developed our resilience to get through an entire paper.

“At the beginning of the year, I would have thrown that paper away.”

Rosemary Leslie, who has been teaching maths at Cheltenham Girls for 27 years, said she struggled a little herself with the final question of the maths extension 2 test.

“I thought, I’ll have to go away and think about this quietly on my own,” Mrs Leslie said. “But it was a fair paper.”

Mrs Leslie said the maths general 2 and mathematics papers have “become a bit more difficult” over the years.

“With extension 1 and 2, the wording of the questions is different and they give you a few more hints, but difficulty hasn’t changed much,” Mrs Leslie said.

The school’s head of maths, Jonathan Maranik, said this year’s exams weren’t “any trickier than previous exams”.

“There were a couple of questions which I looked at and said, ‘there will definitely be some struggles’,” Mr Maranik said.

“Like always, there are some questions which are aimed at differentiating them. It’s a fairly comprehensive and rigorous test.”

Nearly 9000 students will sit the maths extension 1 exam on November 3.

This year, more than 58,500 students – or 75 per cent of the year 12 cohort – are enrolled in at least one maths course.

Maths remains the “most popular HSC elective”, but the proportion of year 12 students studying maths is declining.

About 94.2 per cent of HSC students studied a maths subject in 1986. This fell to 82.6 per cent in 2006, and stood at 77.6 per cent in 2016. Enrolments reached a low in 2013 when only 72 per cent of students did at least one maths subject.

There are no plans to make maths a compulsory HSC subject, a NSW Education Standards Authority spokesman said.

English is the only compulsory HSC subject.

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Gay couples – but not straight ones – will be able to marry for free in some of the City of Sydney’s most prominent buildings and parks, in a move that will outrage the progressive council’s conservative critics.
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A motion passed on Monday night will allow same-sex couples to hire community facilities, halls and parks for free for 100 days if same-sex marriage is legalised following the postal survey.

The offer will only be available for same-sex weddings, but existing bookings for straight couples will not be cancelled or moved to accommodate the expected influx.

Gay couples will still need to pick up the tab for audio visual services, catering and security, but will be able to hire facilities such as Paddington Town Hall free of charge.

Gay couples will be able to hire venues in the City of Sydney for free in the first 100 days. Photo: Anna Kucera

It follows the City of Sydney’s decision to support the “yes” campaign with in-kind gifts worth about $100,000 including free office space, mailouts and erection of banners.

Labor councillor Linda Scott moved the motion, which was amended and supported by Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s team, giving it enough votes to pass.

However, Liberal councillor Christine Forster – who is gay and has taken a leading role in the “yes” campaign -voted against the motion after unsuccessfully trying to make it apply to straight couples as well.

“This has been a fight for equality before the law and it’s my belief that we can’t ask for equality for ourselves and then deny it to others,” she said.

“It’s also been about making marriage inclusive not exclusive, and this motion flies in the face of that.”

Clr Scott said it was not discrimination to limit the waiver to same-sex weddings because “this community has suffered significant discrimination and many have felt hurt during the campaign”.

“This is a practical way for the council to combat discrimination,” she told Fairfax Media.

The move mirrors one already taken by the Inner West Council under newly-elected Labor mayor Darcy Byrne, which attracted criticism from conservative commentators including Andrew Bolt.

“Wasn’t this meant to be about equality?” Bolt asked. “Animal Farm all over again.”

Savings for gay couples will be significant. The crown jewel of the council’s buildings, Sydney Town Hall, will also be made available for a mass same-sex wedding ceremony if the law is changed.

The postal survey concludes on November 7, with a result to be announced on November 15. If the “yes” vote is successful, the Turnbull government will move to legislate before the end of the parliamentary year on December 7.

That opens the possibility of same-sex weddings being held before Christmas, although Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that cannot be guaranteed.

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Treasurer Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVINGTreasurer Scott Morrison has declared business tax cuts are “urgent” as productivity growth dwindles and competitor economies prepare to slash company tax rates in a bid to attract capital and accelerate economic growth.
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In a speech to be delivered Tuesday launching a landmark Productivity Commission report on a new wave of measures to lift ‘s productivity, the Treasurer will say that unless productivity growth lifts and attracts new investment, wage growth will stay low.

The Senate has passed has passed only $24 billion of the government’s $50 billion program of company tax cuts, meaning the rate will fall from 30 to 25 per cent for small and medium size businesses but not for big ones.

Extending the $24 billion program of tax cuts had become “an urgent matter” given moves by the UK, France and US to cut tax to drive investment. risked becoming “an uncompetitive tax island” if it didn’t act.

Mr Morrison will liken the proposals in the first of the Productivity Commission’s five-yearly reviews to those introduced by the Keating and Howard governments that cut tariffs, sold government assets and reformed labour markets in the 1990s.

But he will say that those reforms were easier to achieve, in part because the “burning platform provided by early 1990s recession focussed the debate and compelled greater bipartisanship”.

“The price of a generation of ns growing up without ever having known a recession is that reform comes more stubbornly and incrementally,” Mr Morrison will say.

“We also need to understand that many ns are now far more sceptical of change. Whenever governments mention the word ‘reform’ or ‘productivity’, they get nervous.”

The Productivity Commission’s central concern is that, as exciting as recent technological advances have been, the productivity gains from change “appear to be diminishing”.

The key recommendations are designed achieve a more integrated patient-centered healthcare system; an education system that supports better teaching to create more resilient and adaptive workers; and more functional cities that will not choke the economy.

While ‘s health system is the envy of much of the world, there are some clear “fault lines”. Fewer than 20 per cent of n GPs are told when one of their patients has been seen in an emergency department, compared to 56 per cent in New Zealand and 68 per cent in the Netherlands.

The gains from the commission’s proposals on healthcare alone could amount to $200 billion over 20 years.

The university reforms would delink funding for research from funding for teaching, so that income from teaching no longer subsidised research. Workers with real world experience would be able to become teachers quickly and teachers without skills in the subjects they teach would be retrained. Thirty percent of high school information technology teachers have never studied the subject.

The potential gains from changing the way infrastructure is funded and delivered amount to $2.9 billion per year. Charging drivers for road use might lead to a permanent increase in gross domestic product of $20 billion.

The changes would need to be pursued in cooperation with the states. They were not government policy, but the result of a brief given to the commission by the Treasurer to come up with ideas that would work.

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The public service commissioner has defended his links to right-wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, rejecting suggestions he gave it special access and research.
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John Lloyd faced a barrage of questioning about his connection with the IPA on Monday from senators,who raised an email he had sent to a member of the group with an attachment showing generous provisions in public service enterprise agreements.

Mr Lloyd rejected a suggestion at a Senate estimates hearing from Labor senator Kimberley Kitching that he provided the think tank “special access” or research, saying the information he sent was publicly available.

n Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd. Photo: Jay Cronan

“My sense of it is there’s nothing untoward there,” he said.

The commissioner is a member of the IPA, a Melbourne-based free market public policy think tank.

Before the Abbott government appointed him APS commissioner in 2014, Mr Lloyd was the director of the IPA’s work reform and productivity unit.

He told senators his contact with the IPA was “very infrequent”, that it would usually approach him, and said it was appropriate in his role to speculate on the generosity of arrangements in APS enterprise agreements.

Mr Lloyd also denied reading Labor party media statement transcripts for criticism of the IPA after senators raised an emailhe sent to the institute saying ALP senator Penny Wong had “taken a swipe” at two of the think tank’s former directors.

The n Public Service Commission’s media monitoring would have alerted him to the comments and he contacted the institute afterwards, because he believed Senator Wong’s comments about the IPA’s former directors were inaccurate, he said.

“It’s not what I spend my time doing,” he said.

“This was obviously picked up, has somewhere landed in my system, I had a look at it, I didn’t agree with the comments the way you described what happened, and I drew it to the attention of the IPA.”

Senator Wong lashed Mr Lloyd for the email, telling him that “media monitoring for the IPA is not part of your job description” and adding that he was a statutory officer in the public service.

“Don’t you all stick together, like a little club?” she said.

“What’s the problem with my comments? Do you want to put them on the record here?”

Mr Lloyd also defended comments in another email saying he had taken the mantle of “IPA pin-up boy” after the Community and Public Sector Union gave him the label.

“The comment that generated my response was certainly work-related, the CPSU national secretary is talking about political overreach and accusing me of hypocrisy.

“Sometimes in these sort of jobs you’ve got to take things with a bit of a grain of salt and not get too serious about the criticisms and aspersions made about you. So I thought I’d share it with some other people,” he said.

“It’s not strictly a work matter but that’s the way sometimes you’ve got to relieve the tension, I suppose when you see these comments you find irregular, unusual.”

He told senators the IPA sent its newsletter to his personal Gmail account, and that apart from the occasional email, he didn’t send personal emails from his work address.

Mr Lloyd also told senators that he didn’t seek advice from Treasury in formulating the APS-wide bargaining policy, but kept abreast of changes in economic conditions in other ways, naming media coverage as one source.

“We are aware of the economic commentary that’s about,” he said, adding Treasury had an opportunity to comment on the policy.

Labor senator Jenny McAllister said it was extraordinary that Mr Lloyd conceded economic conditions were relevant to the policy, but did not take advice from Treasury in forming it.

Mr Lloyd said the new policy, being developed by the APSC, would be announced soon.

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Support for security: Shellharbour Hospital chief wardsperson, and union spokesman, Michael Twyford says security staff need more backup. Picture: Adam McLeanBeing punched, scratched and spat on is unfortunatelypart of the job for hospital wardsperson Michael Twyford.
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That’s why the Health Services Union sub-branch president for Shellharbour Hospital is backing his union’s campaign for more support for security staff.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayessaid thecampaign aimed to ensure thathospitals were safe for all.

‘’We urgently need new protocols for the handover of violent patients to hospitals. Security officers must not be left alone to deal with violent, drug addicted patients.

‘’Real time monitoring of CCTV also needs to be rolled out across the state, so that when there is a problem, staff can react faster and in greater number,’’ he said.

‘’We need at least 200 extra public hospital security officers statewide, and a commitment to end outsourcing and privatisation.’’

Mr Twyford, chief wardsperson at Shellharbour Hospital, forms part of the response team to help security guards when there’s a critical incident.

‘’You might get six police officers bringingin a highly aggressive person in handcuffs –once triaged that patient isleft withtwo security guardswho have noneof the powers or resources the police have,’’ hesaid.

‘’I’ve witnessed numerous assaults during my 24 years as anemployee of the health system. I’ve been hit several times, I’ve been left scratched and bleeding, I’ve had people spit in my face.’’

Mr Twyford said the situation was getting worse, with a rise in aggressive patients due tomental health, alcohol anddrug abuseissues.

He said Shellharbour Hospital staffwere concerned conditions could deteriorate further if a public-private partnership went ahead.

‘’We’re worried that a private provider would cut security staff further, and not invest in ongoing training.’’

In August aNSW parliamentary inquiry into violence against emergency service workers,including hospital security,made47 recommendations for safety. The HSU said none had been implemented.

A spokeswoman for NSW Health MinisterBrad Hazzardsaid he had met with unions andsecurity officers.

‘’(The minister) discussed how to strike the right balance between keeping medical and security staff safe and at the same time ensure patients are treated appropriately in a medical environment,’’ she said.

‘’There are a variety of views within the unions and among frontline staff as to whether or not it’s appropriate for additional measures such as batons and mace.’’

ANSW Health spokesperson saidthere were more than 3000 CCTV cameras in operation in the state’s public hospitals, while a$19 million investment on capital works to improve hospital securitywas underway.

‘’Much of this work will improve access controls between public and staff areas and perimeter controls, including upgrading CCTV to provide live images and installing remote locking to public access doors,’’ the spokesperson said.

Meantime local health districts were currently reviewing security staffing based on risk assessments.

‘’NSW Health will continue discussions with key stakeholders, including the HSU and districts, to identify strategies to aid the creation of a pool of skilled staff who can undertake the security role in regional and rural facilities,’’ the spokesperson said.

This year, NSW Health has worked with NSW Police to update and improve the protocols governing the handover of violent patients. The government was also working on the response to the recommendations of the parliamentary enquiry into the safety of emergency workers.

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The head of ‘s Immigration Department has blamed activists and “troublesome outsiders” for a looming and potentially violent standoff over the closure of the refugee processing centre on Manus Island.
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Bureaucrats also confirmed will pay up to $250 million a year in services for refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea even after the facility shuts and n personnel leave next week.

And authorities will also have to confront a last-ditch legal challenge – in PNG or – to stop the centre being shuttered on October 31 and returned to the PNG defence force.

Officials confirmed water, food, power and sanitation will be cut off at “some point” next Tuesday, prompting Greens senator Nick McKim to accuse the government of trying to “starve” refugees out of the centre.

A defiant Mike Pezzullo???, secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, blamed the looming flashpoint on a “vigorous campaign” by activists to convince refugees they should remain at the processing centre.

The 606 people refusing to leave the facility reflected “attitudes that are being stoked and fuelled by troublesome outsiders who are encouraging these poor souls”, Mr Pezzullo told the Senate estimates hearing.

He rejected assertions was responsible for torturing refugees, and joked: “The only torture I’m aware of is sometimes when we have to appear here.”

That drew a terse reply from Senator McKim: “I don’t think torture is a laughing matter, Mr Pezzullo.”

Asylum seekers have been offered alternative accommodation but one of the facilities, West Lorengau Haus, is still not ready – while another, Hillside Haus, consists largely of “transferable accommodation containers”, the inquiry heard.

n Border Force deputy commissioner Mandy Newton also confessed she was “surprised” only two Manus refugees had responded to an offer to transfer to ‘s other refugee processing centre in Nauru.

“I thought there might have been further interest,” she said.

Despite the centre’s imminent closure, will continue to foot the bill for food, services and healthcare under contractual arrangements that will eventually be handed over to PNG.

Ms Newton estimated the cost at $150 to $250 million for the 12-month period from November 1, although contracts were still being drawn up on Monday.

Even if the contracts are handed over to PNG, will be financially liable because the agreement requires to cover “all reasonable costs” associated with the refugees.

Barrister Greg Barns on Monday revealed lawyers in PNG would seek an injunction against the centre’s closure, with paperwork to be brought in that country’s courts this week.

They will argue the closure will result in an absence of safe and secure accommodation for refugees, Mr Barns told Fairfax Media, constituting a breach of their rights under PNG’s constitution.

Human rights lawyer George Newhouse, working with Mr Barns, has also written to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton threatening to seek an injunction in n courts.

Meanwhile, the Immigration Department defended the imminent appointment of n engineering firm Canstruct, a Liberal Party donor, to run garrison, catering and security services for refugees in Nauru.

Canstruct will also take responsibility for some welfare services, and be empowered to use force against non-compliant refugees – despite having no direct experience in their of those areas.

“They’ll have experience from day one when they start,” Ms Newton said.

Canstruct was the only company interested in the job and was the only firm approached in a limited tender – a practice for which the department has previously been criticised by the auditor-general.

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Thomas Dooley Snr out the front of the family New Farm house fronting Turner Avenue, about 1975.
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34 Turner Avenue, New Farm.

34 Turner Avenue, New Farm.

Fourteen years after it was burned to the ground in an arson attack, Erin McKinlay is letting go of her dream to rebuild her parent’s historic New Farm Queenslander.

Listed for sale for the first time in nearly 50 years, her property has been described as “Brisbane’s greatest land offering” and a “once in a generation opportunity”. To Mrs McKinlay, the peaceful hilltop site fronting Oxlade Drive is so much more than a blue-chip real estate opportunity.

The grandmother-of-five, a scion of Brisbane’s well-known Irish hotelier family the Dooley’s, inherited the imposing federation house from her parents, Tom and Anna Dooley, after her mother’s death in 1992.

The family were long-beloved in the New Farm community for their love of all things Irish ??? Tom Dooley was the first hotelier to serve free green beer at his Spring Hill hotel The Sportsman ??? and the house was no exception. Painted white with a green trim, the Dooley’s had even added a patio with specially-designed harp and shamrock wrought-iron balustrades with green and yellow trim.

It was a picture-perfect Queenslander in one of New Farm’s most prestigious streets and, moreover, home to nearly 50 years of memories for this tight-knit, fun-loving, extended family.

But tragically, it was set alight in an arson attack in 2003 whilst undergoing renovations, taking three generations of the Dooley family’s records, photographs and history with it.

The property has stood as a vacant and highly sought after land holding since then, with its sprawling 974 square metre size and prominent Oxlade Drive frontage making it a local landmark.

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“It was not only the financial loss of a totally loved, uninsured, iconic home that was so upsetting. There were also the losses of three generations of family records, photographs, history, memorabilia, art works, and grand Bell Brothers specially built furniture, which had been commissioned by previous owners,” Mrs McKinlay said.

“This black event left me traumatised with inner uncertainty for years.

“I always dreamed I would one day rebuild and relax on this beautiful flood-free hill (but) unfortunately not all dreams can or do become a reality. I leave my dream to someone else to be able to develop and enjoy. I wish them, whoever they are, every dream fulfilled.”

Large land holdings in New Farm are a rarity. The last significant vacant land sale was also on Oxlade Drive; a 2388 square metre lot fronting the Brisbane River sold for a whopping $17.35 million just days before Christmas last year.

It was purchased by three of the grandchildren of Queensland rich-lister Kevin Seymour but at one stage had been owned by Mrs McKinlay’s nephew, Tom Dooley, whose father, also Tom Dooley, owned Dooley’s pub in the Valley.

“We all lived on Oxlade Drive at one stage,” Mrs McKinlay laughed. “My husband and I, my parents and my brother Tom. Most of our children and grandchildren still live at New Farm. I am very lucky that we’re all so close.”

Mrs McKinlay’s land holding, which is being marketed by Tom Lyne and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm, is likely to create a frenzy amongst seasoned New Farm buyers, many of whom have attempted to buy the property over the years.

“We have been fielding inquiries and offers on this place for years,” Mr Lyne said. “It’s a real landmark in the area, such a large block of land, on Oxlade Drive, on three titles. Blocks like these just don’t come up.”

The land, which has 49.1 metres of frontage to Oxlade Drive, offers elevated views across the Brisbane River and has a north-south aspect. Predominantly flat, it’s zoned as low-to-medium density residential and has the potential to subdivide into three lots.

It’s for sale by expressions of interest closing Friday, November 24 at 5pm, if not sold prior.

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A banner in Jakarta saying: “Expel the American ambassador from our land” erected over major Jakarta thoroughfare on Monday morning. It was later removed.Jakarta: The United States is refusing to divulge why it denied Indonesian military chief Gatot Nurmantyo entry to the US as its own embassy in Jakarta scrambles to get to the bottom of the diplomatically embarrassing affair.
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The baffling incident threatens to cause ructions in the relationship between the two countries with a banner calling for the expulsion of the US Ambassador erected over a major thoroughfare in Jakarta on Monday morning.

It could also play out domestically in favour of the nationalist General Gatot, who is widely believed to have political aspirations at the highest level and has long believed foreigners are engaged in a proxy war to undermine Indonesia.

Earlier this year General Gatot temporarily suspended military ties with over teaching materials perceived as derogatory at a Perth Army base.

He has previously raised concerns about the US Marines that rotate through Darwin, implying they are there for the eventual takeover of Papua, and spoke of putting a stop to trying to recruit Indonesian officers as spies or agents of influence.

Acting Deputy Ambassador Erin McKee reiterated the Embassy’s apology after being summoned to meet Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday morning and said there was “absolutely no issues” with General Gatot Nurmantyo’s ability to travel to the US.

“The Embassy is working very hard to understand what transpired around this incident and we hope that it will not happen again,” Ms McKee said. “We deeply regret the inconvenience this incident caused.”

Ms McKee said General Gatot was invited to a countering violent extremism conference in Washington by General Joseph Dunford, the US’s highest ranking military official. The US “welcomes his participation”.

“We have resolved the matter,” she said.

But Ms Retno said Indonesia continued to demand an explanation for what happened.

“I received information that the situation has been resolved but I told them it was not enough,” she said.

“For us this is an important issue. We are not only working from Jakarta with their embassy here. Yesterday I lost count of how many times I spoke with the Indonesian Ambassador in Washington to – once again – seek clarification over what happened.”

Moments before his plane was due to depart from Jakarta on Saturday, General Gatot was informed by Emirates he had been denied entry to the United States by US Customs and Border Protection despite having a visa.

Indonesian National Armed Forces spokesman Major General Wuryanto said General Gatot would not attend the conference despite the US’s subsequent assurances he was welcome.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry was told the initial rejection was due to “an internal matter within the US government”, according to Hikmahanto Juwana, a professor of International Relations at the University of Indonesia.

He told Fairfax Media no further information was provided.

“If the issue is not appropriately responded to by the US government it will affect the Indonesia-US relations,” Professor Hikmahanto said.

“The Indonesian Government (must) strongly protest if no clarification is provided or if the clarification given is not appropriate. If needed, summon the Indonesian Ambassador to go home for consultation.

“If still unheeded, it is just possible that the Government may expel the US Ambassador to Indonesia or (declare him) persona non grata.

“The public should exercise patience and … give opportunity for the government to take steps to maintain the state’s dignity.”

The US has a history of denying former Indonesian generals entry to the US.

Putative 2019 president candidate Prabowo Subianto told Reuters in 2012 he was still refused a US visa over allegations, which he denies, that he instigated riots that killed hundreds after Suharto’s overthrow.

However what makes this latest incident so bizarre is that General Gatot was declared to have a clear human rights record by the Commission of Missing Persons and Victims of Violence in 2015.

One analyst said the US never provided clarity on its reasons for denying entry: “The Embassy will surely never tell us”.

He also suggested a reason the US Embassy in Jakarta looked so inept was because there was no guidance from Washington.

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