Lyle Shelton managing director of the n Christian Lobby examines the scene where a van with gas bottle exploded outside their office in Canberra on Thursday 22 December 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares An “uncomfortable” Andrew Colvin, ‘s top cop, has rejected claims by the n Christian Lobby that a mentally ill man’s suicide attempt outside its headquarters was “obviously” motivated by ideology.
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The n Federal Police commissioner faced questions over the case of Jaden Duong, a 36-year-old man who tried to kill himself by driving a van full of gas cylinders into the ACL’s Canberra building last year.

Mr Duong, who reportedly engaged in gay activism in the US, had a history of mental illness and suicidal ideation, and succeeded in taking his own life last month.

He was facing charges of arson and property damage, but police did not allege his actions were ideologically or religiously motivated – a position which shocked ACL director Lyle Shelton, who has publicly criticised the AFP’s investigation.

In particular, he drew attention to Mr Duong’s statement following his suicide attempt that he disliked the ACL because “religions are failed”.

Mr Shelton’s case was taken up at a testy Senate estimates inquiry on Tuesday by Liberal senators Ian Macdonald and Eric Abetz, who suggested there was a “disconnect” between Mr Duong’s statement and what the AFP ultimately concluded.

Senator Abetz took aim at the “bizarre” and “very quick” judgment reached by police, and at one point implied the AFP may have released a statement before interviewing Mr Duong.

“I’m not sure what you’re inferring,” Mr Colvin replied. He also strongly rejected the assertions made by the ACL.

“I don’t share their view of all of the facts, and in their defense, they’re not aware of the entirety of the investigation or all the details,” he said.

“I understand the Christian Lobby’s concerns, but I reject their statements that he was motivated by religion. Yes, he said certain things, but they needed to be taken in the context of everything he had done before, and everything else that our investigation had unconvered.”

The ACT’s chief police officer, assistant commissioner Justine Saunders, backed that account, while noting the matter was before a coronial inquiry and urging the Senate to respect the privacy of the deceased man’s family.

She told the inquiry it was not Mr Duong’s first suicide attempt, and that he had first driven to other locations but settled on the ACL car park partly because it was devoid of other people.

“He did indicate that he did dislike the ACL, but that was not was not his motivation for taking he action that he did,” Ms Saunders said.

“Establishing the fact that a person may have certain views is not the same as establishing that any given actions they undertake are necessarily motivated by those same views.”

To the shock of other senators, Senator Abetz requested the AFP provide statistics about how many ns attempted suicide by explosion – evidence Mr Colvin said he could not provide.

The AFP chief also declared himself “uncomfortable that we are talking in such detail about what is a matter before the coroner”. He recognised his obligation to be accountable to the Senate committee, “but I think we need to keep in context the totality of the investigation”.

Senator Macdonald, the committee chair, later complained some MPs had talked about suicide “ad infinitum” during the same-sex marriage debate, and asked Mr Colvin “whether that was encouraging people to do it”. Mr Colvin said he was not an expert in that area.

Labor senator Louise Pratt, the committee’s deputy chair and a member of the Parliament’s LGBTI group, said it was “quite disturbing” that Liberal senators were “seeking to make political capital out of the tragic death of a deeply unwell man”.

“It says a lot about their priorities that they believe this is the best use of Senate estimates – to be asking politically-motivated questions on behalf of the ACL,” she said.

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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for October 29 – November 4, 1917.
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LETTERSWriting to Mr J. O’Connor, of Newcastle, from “somewhere in Belgium”, Sapper J. Hughes, of Newcastle, says: “As you know, this quarter has been pretty lively now for a month or more. We had another stunt here yesterday, of considerable violence. It lasted for the best part of 18 hours – the barrage fire. Old Fritz launched some of his new gas at us during the early hours. He can come with all his bombs and shells, only God forbid this gas. I’m now attached to the armoured broad gauge petrol locos, with a siege battery of the R.G.A. I would ten times sooner be here than at the base. There are only four of us here. We never see any of our company. If the guns quieten down, you wonder what has happened. This country is waterlogged. The water anywhere is only within two feet of the surface. I know nothing to beat the mud here. There is very little difference between this here and the swamp where we used to tip the slag at the steel works. All the same, this place is not without its humour. One laughs and jokes more here than ever. You can hardly believe your eyes when you see the front, which stretches for three miles wide. There is not a blade of grass to be seen. Everything is shot away. Villages are no more than a few broken bricks and tiles. The aerial fights are a great sight to watch, or trying to get one another’s balloons.”

IN FRANCEPrivate H. H. Johnson, son of Mr. W. Johnson, of New Lambton, writing to his brother Thomas, who is a resident of Aberdare, relates some of his experiences in France. He says: “I started out from Balestone camp (England) on 23rd September, 1916, and embarked next day and crossed the English Channel, which took us one hour and three-quarters. We landed at ___, where I had my first sight of sunny France. We were then marched to a rest camp for the night, but were despatched early next morning by train for the base at E. We were trained there for a couple of days, and were sent up to the battalion we were allotted to at 2 o’clock in the morning. We were given 120 rounds of ammunition. We entrained for a place in the line. After travelling all night we reached the battalion we were to fight with. They were enjoying a much-needed rest. Next night I received my baptism of fire. I was sent up into the first line with a working party, and I regret to say my division suffered heavily; but it was some scrap, as the Huns know only too well. We then went to the Somme. We stopped at __ for one night, and then marched 14 miles, which took us within 12 miles of the firing line. We camped, and experienced a hard frost, and we were roughing it too. We were called at 4am, and were in a hot corner, where I received the hottest and roughest time of my life. From October, 1916, to January, 1917, I was right in the thick of it. How any of us came through it is a mystery. Even the Tommies wanted to know how we stood it. We were complimented on all sides for the manner we carried out our part of the scrap. I have only a hazy recollection of some of it. I know I was fighting all the time. My comrades were just as busy. We had the satisfaction of knowing we were victorious. The same night we sneaked over to where we had pushed Fritz, and dealt him some more ‘hurry up’, and retired safely to our own trench. The next night I lost my luck. I got a piece of tin. Fritz did not like the way we treated him, so he retaliated, and returned the compliment in the shape of a bombardment which consisted of 9.2 shells, and light stuff, shrapnel, and whizz-bangs. I was on post duty at the time. I heard one of the shells coming. I had my hand on a petrol tin at the time, which was lying near a box of ammunition. I ducked down, and a piece of shell struck the tin, and some splinters (tin and wood) entered my left hip, lifting me in the air, and dumping me in the trench. After being attended to, I was sent to the casualty clearing station, then on to the big French hospital. After two weeks I was sent up to the base again, enjoyed a month’s rest, and then joined my battalion, which was a mile out of Bapaume. A big advance was on, and I was just in time to take part in it. Fritz proved himself a good runner here, and we kept him going through Fremcourt, and up to Bullecourt, where he must have stumbled, for he put up quite a decent fight for a day or two, but was booted out altogether. He continued to resist, and the ns proved that they have got to be reckoned with when it comes to a struggle. Whilst we suffered heavily, we had our revenge when we counted the dead Germans lying about. Those are sights we don’t want to see often, but they asked for war, and they are getting it. While my luck sticks to me I want to be there to hand out my share. You get quite hardened.

BRUTAL: A sad reminder of the fate that awaited 46,000 n troops on the Western Front. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

CAPTURE OF BEERSHEBAThe ns and New Zealanders, after 12 hours fighting, brilliantly captured two hills on the Hebron-road. When German machine-gunners held up the attack late in the afternoon the Anzacs fixed bayonets and charged, sending in wave after wave. They dismounted at the first trenches, and went on afoot, sweeping away resistance. Then they remounted and charged into the town of Beersheba.

Mr Massey, the official correspondent, telegraphs: n mounted men were the first to enter Beersheba. The enemy was in extremely strong positions, but nothing went wrong. The n Horse in the moonlight charged up with bayoneted rifles, overwhelming the Turks, and galloped cheering into the town.

Mr Massey, in a stirring despatch, describes General Allenby’s surprise blow, which smashed up the eastern end of the Turkish line, and wrested Beersheba from the enemy. He states that there was a stern fight all day long, in which the New Zealand and n mounted troops and the British infantry displayed great endurance and courage, doing everything as planned, so the staff scheme seemed to go like clockwork. The story of the day will add glory to the lads from English cities and shires, and the ns and New Zealanders. Splendid British infantry, after long night marches, attacked with such determination that they tore down wire entanglements with their hands. Then as the moon rose over Judea Hill the n Horse dashed in among the strongly-held trenches, and captured the town at dawn on October 31. The ns and New Zealanders were south of Beersheba, the British infantry facing the northern, western, and south-western defences which were cut in a range of hills hiding Beersheba from view. The Turkish entrenchments were elaborate, skilfully chosen, and heavily protected. Wire and guns covered all the approaches. Prisoners declared that they believed Beersheba impregnable. General Allenby’s astonishing success in concealing the march across the sun-parched desert is the outstanding reason for the success of the movement. It commenced with a cavalry scrap on October 27, when 3000 Turks with 12 guns attacked a British cavalry screen occupying high ground near the Jerusalem-Beersheba railway. The British squadron held out throughout the day. Though both flanks were enveloped, and another was surrounded on three sides. When the infantry arrived they were able to occupy the ground without fighting. The British infantry marched at night, and hid in the daytime in the Wadi beds. There was a beautiful moon on the night of the 30th. The ns and New Zealanders made a wide rapid sweep to the south-east, in order to rush in at dawn and get astride the Hebron road to prevent the Turkish retirement. The infantry attacked Hill 1070, and succeeded in an irresistible rush within half an hour, though a German machine-gun section occupied the hill.

The infantry pushed on to the Wadi Sava trenches. Bombers dashed in wherever our artillery had not proved effective, and broke down the wire from iron supports with their hands. It was grand work, the English countrymen showing inspiring courage. Though fighting for 12 hours, they captured one defence after another until all the Beersheba stronghold was captured by half-past nine. Many of the ns and New Zealanders rode 30 miles before getting into action. Their work was as meritorious as that of the Britishers. They first captured Sakaty, a high hill six miles north-east of Beersheba, dominating a wide district, with their usual elan. These big ns stopped at nothing. They rounded up every Turk on the Sakaty hill by one in the afternoon, and then captured the Hebron road. Even more difficult was the taking of Tel el Saba, a foothill three miles east of Beersheba, which had been converted into a redoubt of great strength, and as made almost unapproachable by the steep banks of the Wadi running alongside, but the New Zealanders and ns carried it by half-past three, and then turned their attention tohouses between the hill and the Hebron road, held by German machine-gunners.It was getting dark, and there was anxiety about water for the horses. The ns settled matters. They formed up against the eastern trenches, fixed bayonets, and charging line after line, went for the enemy. Before the last wave reached the trenches the German machine-gunners were silent. Dismounting at the first line of trenches, the Anzacs went on foot, overpowering the Turks. Then bringing forward their chargers, they galloped cheering into the town. There was evidence the Turks were completely surprised. A train wasin the station, and the warehouses were full of corn, almost intact.

ENLISTMENTSDaniel Horisha Burchfield, Newcastle; Edward William Dean, Morisset; George Campbell Greaves, Mayfield; William Lester Harragon, Hexham; John Joseph McMahon, Singleton; William Thomas Sampson, Hamilton.

DEATHSPte Edward James Devereux, Ash Island; Bdr Oscar Edwards, Millfield; Sgt William Thomas Flood, Stroud; Pte Harry Robert Keevers, Tighes Hill; Dvr Augustus Sydney Lennox, Newcastle; Dvr George Bernard Martin, Aberdeen; Spr Roy Richmond Mason, Cooks Hill; Spr John William McInnis, Largs; Gnr William Angus McLeod, Newcastle; Pte Frederick Gould Pullen, Stockrington; Shoeing Smith Frederick Charles Robinson, Gundy; Pte Herbert Angus Sullings, Hamilton.

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will give urban warfare and counter-terrorism training to the Philippines within days to help in the fight against Islamic State-pledged terror groups in the country, Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced.
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Up to 80 n soldiers will work on Philippines bases to provide the expert training they have learnt from many years fighting Islamist groups in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, Senator Payne announced in Manila alongside her Philippines counterpart Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday morning. They will be regular Army rather than special forces soldiers.

“The [n Defence Force] will provide mobile training teams that will begin providing urban warfare, counter-terrorism training in the Philippines in the coming days,” Senator Payne said. “It is very practical training by the ADF, which will support the Philippines Defence Force to be able to counter what are very brutal tactics that are employed by terrorists.”

will also help provide more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, increase information-sharing, and carry out more maritime patrols, Senator Payne said.

Remnants of an apartment block in Barangay Basak where the Marawi conflict began. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The Philippines announced in recent days that it had after five months of fighting finally cleared the southern city of Marawi of Islamic State-affiliated fighters. Despite the grinding victory by government forces, however, fears remain that the Islamic State may gain a foothold in the country’s south and use it as the base of a new so-called caliphate in the region.

Senator Payne’s announcement signals that sees a longer-term problem beyond just the recent siege of Marawi.

With the terrorist group losing territory in Iraq and Syria – culminating in its loss in recent days of its defacto capital of al-Raqqa in Syria – there are fears that fighters who have fled that battlefield will migrate to south-east Asia.

and the Philippines will also co-host a seminar involving military and civilian agencies about reconstruction after conflicts and as well as assist the Philippines combat Islamic State propaganda online.

The n Army will provide training to the Philippines Army and Marine Corps.

“It will include a range of skills related to combat in urban environments,” Senator Payne said. “It will involve information-sharing and experience-sharing to ensure that we are best able to use the skills that we have to hand.

“Through our significant involvement in the last couple of years in the counter-Daesh campaign in Iraq and Syria, has acquired skills and knowledge that we are able to share with the Philippines armed forces.”

She said the Royal n Navy would carry out more ship visits including a patrol boat visit in the next month.

Islamist militants have long operated in the southern Philippines but in recent years they have been bolstered by declaring allegiance to Islamic State.

has already been helping the Philippines by flying surveillance missions that gather intelligence around Marawi but also patrol the critical seaways that militants use to supply fighters in the southern Philippines from neighbouring Indonesia and Malaysia.

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SIGNED AND SEALED: Newcastle band Introvert joined heavy independent label UNFD after impressing during their support shows for Balance and Composure and Hellions.INTROVERT guitarist Mitch Raschke says the Newcastle band is gearing up to take their sound to the “next level” after signing with independent label UNFD.
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The alternative four-piece have enjoyed a massive 2017 supporting Balance andComposure, Hellions, Basement and AFI and their live performances and last year’s EP Old Taste eventually caught industry attention.

Following their support slots for Balance andComposure and Hellions last autumn UNFD contactedRaschke and his bandmatesAudie Franks (vocals, guitar),Max Priest (bass) andStephen Hopkins (drums).

UNFD specialise in heavy and alternative rock and boast Northlane, In Hearts Wake and Tonight Alive on their roster.

Following a meeting at Brisbane’s BigSound festival in September UNFD signed Introvert.

“It will give us the freedom to put every ounce into our music and try and pump out a product that actually reflects Introvert,” Raschke said.

“We feel we’ve had a taste. I wouldn’t say we were rushed, but our EP was a bit hurried along and there wasn’t much development.

Introvert – Is It Too Late“We feel we could have taken that EP to the next level, so we hope to do an EP with UNFD.Having the luxury of time and all the resources from those guys, I think, is really going to pay off and take our sound to the next level.”

Last week Introvert released a new standalone singleDecemberthrough UNFD, which they will support in November with their first national headline tour.

Raschke said the band are concentrating on experimenting with new material for a possible debut album in 2018. Introvert’s December single tour passes through the Cambridge Hotel on November 24.

THUNDA PARTYWHEN Alison Wonderland closes outThis That Festival at 10pm on November 4the party won’t be heading off to bed.

The Cambridge Hotel have secured hip-hop posse The Thundamentals for the official This That Festival after party. From midnight Tuka and Jeswonwill be spinning a DJ set.

Earlier in the evening you can catch The Thundamentals in full flight at Wickham Park, alongside The Presets, Tash Sultana, The Preatures, Winston Surfshirtand many more.

Meanwhile, Newcastle electronic-pop duo Luunes have the biggest opportunity of their formative career, after they won the Triple J Unearthed competition to perform at This That. The duo ofSam Litchfield and Anna Milat have released the tracks Torrents and Glass, but have never performed the material live.

MORE BLUESTHE line-up for the 2018 Bluesfest was fleshed out more this week by a massive second round of artists.

CONTRACT INKED: Human hit-maker Rag N’ Bone Man will make his Bluesfest debut next Easter.

Bluesfest favourites Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne and Jimmy Cliff are returning next Easter, but the Byron Bay festivalwill also welcome pop superstar Seal, new RnB star Rag N’ Bone Manand African legendYoussou N’Dour for the first time.

Red-hot country artist Jason Isbell &the 400 Unit will also return after an amazing 2016 where they won two Grammys for best roots song and Americana album.

Other acts announced include UK legends Gomez, The Wailers, Canned Heat and emerging n soulact The Teskey Brothers.

The Bluesfest 2018 line-up already includesRobert Plant, Lionel Ritchie, John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana.

PAPER THRASHNEWCASTLE emo-punk bandPaper Thin will perform at Thrashville on January 20.

Thefour-piece join the headliners Frenzal Rhomb and Melbourne’s Batpiss on the line-up for Dashville’s “slightly heavier” festival.

TAPES RETURNNEWCASTLE dance-punk sweethearts Raave Tapes have been spreading their party vibes across the country in recent weeks, even making their debut in the golden west at Perth’s Jack Rabbit Slims.

However, the three-piece know where their bread’s buttered. Raave Tapes will return to the Cambridge Hotel on November 11 for a homecoming show. The support acts include Fritz, Jacob, Clypso and King Single.

SOLO HART ATTACKSYDNEY folk-rockers Boy & Bear haveenjoyed the adoration of sold-out crowds at Wests NEX in recent years due to their well-crafted pop tunes and slick harmonies.

DIFFERENT BEAT: Boy & Bear’s Tim Hart will play Lizotte’s in February to promote his second solo album.

Boy & Bear are on a brief hiatus, givingdrummer Tim Hart the opportunity to shine in his own right. Hart will release his second solo record The Narrow Corner on February 2 and he’s hitting the road to take centre stage.

Newcastle will be one of first places to hear tracks from The Narrow Corner when Hart performs at Lizotte’s on February 10.

BREAK THE MOULDIT’S going to be squashy on the Lass O’Gowrie’s Hotel small stage, but seven-piece The Mouldy Lovers carry quite the live reputation. The Brisbane band will play the Lass on November 4 during their Boondock single tour. The Mouldy Lovers melda variety of genres, including punk, ska andgypsy.

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We live in an era where n women are simultaneously being encouraged to have children to address the needs of an ageing population and to return to work sooner and move up the corporate ladder.
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Let’s remove huge barriers standing in their way.

If ‘s childcare system was more affordable and accessible and the tax system stopped penalising women who return to work, more women would work.

They also may have children sooner. In nations where women have more support to work, such Scandinavian countries, fertility rates are significantly higher.

But ‘s tax system isn’t built for the 21st century. It is built on the old assumption that home and work are independent of each other.

When women take on greater roles in the paid economy, they don’t simply abandon their families and managing their households.

A woman’s ability to participate in the workforce is usually wholly dependent on her ability to acquire childcare (the same applies for a man if he’s the primary carer, but women typically take on the primary caring role).

n women experience high effective marginal tax rates when moving from three or four days a week to full-time work due to the loss of family and child benefits.

While childcare salary sacrifice options for higher income earners in the public service and some large corporations are available, it’s not widespread.

Our tax system allows us to claim against our income tax the cost of laptops and office equipment as “work-related expenses” but not childcare.

So, when push comes to shove, many women are forced to reduce working hours to look after their kids.

The longer that women stay out of the workforce, the harder it is for them to go back in. And even if they do so, it’s often on lower wages.

This in turn has other negative economic consequences – women retire with less superannuation and become more reliant on the age pension and other welfare support.

A recent Grattan Institute report noted that if n women did as much paid work as women in Canada, where there’s subsidised childcare – implying an extra 6 per cent of women in the workforce – ‘s GDP would be about $25 billion higher.

But suggestions to try and get women back into work – the most common and controversial being tax deductible childcare or other employer-driven tax incentives for childcare – get struck down.

It is politically hard to sell the case of giving tax incentives to women on higher incomes. A 2015 Productivity Commission review found making childcare tax deductible would not benefit women on low incomes, but higher income earners paying higher marginal rates of tax.

And so the PC not only recommend the government abandon any move towards tax deductible childcare, but it also went further and suggested limits on employers and not-for-profits from getting fringe benefits tax (FBT) exemptions if they provide staff childcare.

But there are already limits. Currently, employer-provided childcare is exempt from the FBT, provided it occurs at a childcare centre on the employer’s “business premises”.

This has meant that only the nation’s biggest employers – the banks, universities and governments – which can afford to build or lease childcare centres, have been able to provide on-site childcare.

In 2006 a parliamentary committee, chaired by Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop, held a Balancing Work and Family Inquiry, which took a different view to the PC.

It suggested that the FBT be removed from all childcare, so that all or any childcare provision made by employers to assist employees – in-home nannies and au pairs, family day care, occasional care, vacation care, or outside school hours care – is exempt. It also supported tax deductible childcare, with several caveats.

First, a tax deduction could only be claimed for the days of work on which the taxpayer can demonstrate the care was necessary in order for them to work.

Second, a tax deduction between parents in a couple family shall be apportioned between them in proportion to income earned by each.

Third, any unused portion of the tax deduction shall not be transferable between spouses.

The most important caveat: where a taxpayer elects to claim a tax deduction for child care expenses, the child care benefit and the child care tax rebate shall not be payable.

And where a taxpayer elects to claim the child care benefit and child care tax rebate, a tax deduction shall not be available.

This leaves the choice up to women and ensures women on low incomes, who cannot deduct against a high-income and get a tax benefit, still get support.

It is time revisits the issue of tax deductible childcare, even if it does so with income caps (there would likely be general public acceptance to limit those on very high-incomes).

The government also needs to simultaneously consider the plight of low-income women, and their ability to access welfare and pay for childcare costs.

If after all these reforms, women choose not to work to take care of young children, that’s up to them. The point is, they need to have a real choice. Not choices that penalise them.

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