Make your own piece of Indigenous art at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Experience Indigenous culture with an immersive summer program at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
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On November 4 and December 16, join an Aboriginal art class, with an experienced Aboriginal educator, and be inspired by traditional Indigenous art concepts and the environment around you.

Using materials provided — including sticks, ochre, grasses and bark, as well as paints and natural brushes, visitors will create a unique piece of art to take home.

The classes run for two hours and are priced at $40.

On weekdays from 8-19 January there are also classes for kids in bush-tucker pizza. Kids will explore the Cadi Garden to find out about plants used by Aboriginal people for food and shelter, and then make their own delicious pizza using native ingredients to add flavour.


An intriguing juxtaposition … Cockatoo Island’s historic Bolt Wharf crane silhouetted by New Year’s Eve fireworks. Image: Ian Evans.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Cockatoo Island, Sydney’s Harbour only island where you can stay overnight, and watch the fireworks from a spectacular location right in the heart of the harbour.

There are glamping, camping and BYO camping options available, as well as a variety of activities and entertainment to make the night an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy a two-night getaway as you explore the island and camp in style, with activities running from December 30 through to January 1.

Join in the guided tours exploring the island’s convict and shipbuilding histories, games and crafts for the kids, historic steam-crane demonstrations, movies in the Wolverine Cinema and a live DJ on New Year’s Eve.

There’s also a selection of food-and-drink options, with pop-up stalls and food trucks for this special event.

The two-night packages are priced from $450 to $2400 for up to six people.

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A fabled sight … a jabiru takes off in Kakadu.

Book a Top End walking tour with Park Trek before December 15 and save 20 per cent on 2018 departures.

Destinations for the company’s five- and nine-day fully accommodated tours include Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk and Litchfield, with tariffs including transport, meals, guides and glamping-style accommodation.

Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong and Corroboree Billabong, swim in crystal clear waters of Gunlom in Kakadu and marvel at ancient rock art at Injalak Hill in mystical Arnhem Land.

Walk among monsoon rainforest, through sandstone escarpments and past ancient Aboriginal art sites. There are also plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, bird watching, photography and wildlife spotting.

The five-day tours are priced from $2280 per person twin-share, including the discount, while nine-day tours start from $2776 per person twin-share.

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Spectacular action … seaside racing in the Rockingham Beach Cup.

Seaside Rockingham, on the West n coast just south of Perth, will hold its second Beach Cup horse-racing carnival from November 10-12, starting with a golf tournament on Secret Harbour’s traditional links-style course, with small pot bunkers, rolling fairways amid the natural sand dunes and spectacular ocean views.

The Peel Cycling Club will run a criterium on the Saturday on a course with tight corners but one which enables high speeds to be reached.

Other highlights of the program include a waterfront community fair and art show, which will feature buskers, street performers, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, a blacksmith, pottery and glass displays and local food providers, plus a lavish black-tie gala dinner and charity auction.

The highlight of the weekend will be the race meeting on the Sunday, with a festival foot race between the fifth and sixth horse races.

Two marquees will be erected near the finishing line. These will accommodate 450 people in the general-admission area and 200 in the separate VIP area.

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The Woodbridge Smokehouse … more than 75 years turning out a premium product.

The Woodbridge Smokehouse, a half-hour drive south-east of Hobart, has been renowned for more than 75 years for the quality of its fine smoked seafood.

Now visitors can enjoy the produce at its new Taste House, including ocean trout and atlantic salmon straight from the pristine surrounding waters.

The smokehouse is set on a 25-acre apple orchard and features traditional hand-smoking processes using a mixture of local hard woods, including shavings from the apple orchard.

The Taste House is open weekdays from 10am-4pm, noon-4pm on Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays.

On Thursdays and Fridays there are ‘Go behind the Production’ tours for groups of four to eight. Tours last approximately an hour and cost $45 per person, including tasting samples.

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News: Heavy traffic on Northbourne Avenue as Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way is closed due to a earlier crash with an excavator on the back of a low loader damaging the ceiling . 20th October 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times. Generic scenes of people at lunch time in Martin Place, Sydney. Office workers, jobs, employment, CPI, population, city, CBD. Tuesday 26th April 2016 photo Louie Douvis AFR
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The proportion of Canberrans working in public administration and safety has dropped by nearly 2 percentage points in the past five years, with new census data showing rates closer to levels before the end of the Howard government.

The latest 2016 census results published on Monday by the n Bureau of Statistics show 30.8 per cent of people in the ACT reported working in the sector, down from 32.7 per cent in 2011 and slightly higher than 30.1 per cent in 2006.

Public sector employment was buffeted in the period, including from more than 15,000 public service job cuts.

Canberra leads the nation on riding and walking to work, but the new data showed a 5 percentage point increase in the number of people who report driving.

Last year 74.9 per cent said they drove to work, either as the driver or passenger, up from 69.3 per cent in 2011.

A further 8.4 per cent said they rode a bike or walked to work and 7.1 per cent said they used trains or buses.

The remaining population share drove trucks, motorbikes or used some other method.

Cycling rates in the ACT have grown from 2.1 per cent in 2006 and 2.4 per cent in 2011.

In 2016, more than half of the population in each n state or territory held a non-school qualification for the first time, with 65 per cent of ACT residents aged above 15 years reporting have completed further study.

Tasmania had the lowest proportion of further study rates with 51 per cent.

The ACT also had the highest year 12 completion rates in the country last year, at 57 per cent, ahead of Queensland at 42 per cent.

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The results showed Canberrans continue to move more regularly than people in some other states and territories.

More than 67,100 Canberrans lived at a different address from where they were one year ago, making up 18.6 per cent of the territory’s population.

More than 47 per cent of the territory population, or 166,068 people, lived at a different address to five years ago.

Figures published in June showed Canberra had the fastest population growth anywhere in in the past five years, with a boom in the city’s north making Gungahlin ‘s second-fastest growing region.

Migration from other states is continuing with more than 17,200 Canberrans reporting they lived interstate one year ago, and a further 47,881 said they lived interstate five years ago.

More than 9400 ACT residents lived overseas one year ago, while 29,300 people said they were based overseas overseas five years ago.

The 2011 census showed most ACT residents who moved house in the year before the census stayed in Canberra, at 59.2 per cent.

Slightly more than 12 per cent of people had moved to the ACT from overseas in the year prior to 2011.

The new data showed 79 per cent of ns worked in the eastern mainland states and territories, while 99 per cent lived in the same state or territory in which they worked.

Canberra was an exception to the rule, with 87 per cent reporting they both lived and worked in the ACT.

People living in ‘s capital cities were almost twice as likely as residents of regional areas to hold a Bachelor degree or higher qualification, with 30 per cent in capitals and 16 per cent in the regions.

Nearly a quarter of people in regional areas hold a Certificate III & IV level qualification, compared with just 16 per cent of people in capital cities.

The gap in educational attainment between men and women has narrowed in the past decade, falling from 51 per cent for men and 42 per cent for women in 2006 to 58 per cent for men and 54 per cent for women last year.

The new data found a 27 per cent rise in the number of Canberrans with qualifications in the health field and a 19 per cent rise in the number of people employed in the health care and social assistance industry.

Health care and social assistance grew 18.8 per cent between 2011 and 2016 to become the second largest employment industry in the ACT, while retail trade fell by 1.6 per cent.

Community and personal service workers, which includes carers, hospitality workers and protective service officers, saw the largest growth in the period, increasing by 19 per cent.

The fields of society and culture were the most popular qualifications, with 43,000 people completing study in the field which includes political science, law and economics.

Fenner MP Andrew Leigh said the Coalition’s cuts to the public service were showing up in census data.

“Earlier this year, we learnt that the number of public servants was at its lowest level since 2006,” he said.

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So here we are again: the ASX 200 index is within striking distance of 6000 points. It’s a hurdle the benchmark sharemarket measure has repeatedly tried and failed to jump over the past few years.
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It came within spitting distance on four occasions in 2015, reaching 5997 and 5995 in two sessions in March, and then going as far as 5996 and then 5985 in two trading days in April. Two years later it got as high as 5950 in April of 2017, and then 5956 in a session the following month.

Which brings us to now. A bit over two weeks into a rally that has added 255 points and bust the sharemarket out of its multi-month lethargy, and investors and assorted hangers-on are wondering whether we are building the platform for another assault on the unscaleable heights.

We are only one ot two solid trading days away: the index got as high as 5925 on Friday, and its fetching above 5900.

The temptation to roll your eyes will be strong, after all 6000 is just a number. Matthew Ross, an equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, would agree with the sentiment.

“No, I don’t think it matters if the index breaches 6000,” Ross says. He has a downbeat forecast for the ASX 200, placing it at 5800 in 12 months, suggesting any push would be quickly unravelled over the coming months.

Of course, the ASX 200 isn’t the only measure of sharemarket success. The version including reinvested dividends, known as the ASX 200 accumulation index, is 35 per cent above its pre-GFC peaks and passed 58,000 points for the first time on Tuesday of last week.

Ross points out that the price index has struggled in large part because of ‘s high dividend yield – which lies above most if not all other developed economies’ sharemarkets.

“If you look at the total return of the index, it is well above prior peaks and has performed well in a global context,” Ross says.

Bank reporting season – which begins this week with ANZ’s full-year results on Thursday – will surely be a defining catalyst for whether the ASX 200 can push beyond 6000.

Withs annual profits from NAB to follow on November 2 and then from Westpac four days later (CBA gives a quarterly update on the 8th), UBS analysts reckon the major banks’ 2017 financial year results will be “solid”.

“We expect solid, relatively clean results to be delivered as they benefit from favourable economic conditions, mortgage repricing and super-low bad and doubtful debt [BDD] charges,” they write.

But, chiming with Ross’s more dour 2018 prediction for the ASX, the UBS banking analysts ask: “With a very challenging outlook in 2018, can the banks keep rallying?”

They answer their question with a laundry list of worries:

“We expect the housing market to continue to slow and if this does not occur, further macro-prudential moves are very likely. Mortgage mis-selling and responsible lending risks are a growing concern. Net interest margin pressure likely to continue given interest-only switching while BDD can no longer be a tailwind.

“With a federal election likely during 2018, we believe it will be difficult for the banks to outperform.”

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Fairfax Media wanted to “destroy” West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle by publishing allegations of “very serious sexual impropriety” about him, his barrister has told the NSW Supreme Court on the first day of his defamation trial against the publisher.
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Bruce McClintock, SC, acting for Gayle, told a four-person jury on Monday that Fairfax mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times had published “quite foul” and “quite wrong” allegations that he exposed himself to a woman in a dressing room in Sydney in 2015.

Chris Gayle arrives at court on Monday. Photo: AAP

He said it was a “work of fiction” and Fairfax journalists had acted dishonestly and maliciously “to harm my client and damage his reputation”.

Gayle is suing Fairfax Media over a series of articles published between January 6 and January 9 last year, which he says falsely claimed he “exposed his genitals to” and “indecently propositioned” a female massage therapist in the West Indies team dressing room during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Fairfax Media is defending the stories on two bases, including that the allegations are true.

Dressed in a dark suit and blue shirt, Gayle appeared briefly in the witness box on Monday.

He said “No I didn’t” when asked by his barrister if he exposed himself to the woman. He added later, “It never happened.”

Gayle said he would expect any man who did so in that context to be punished.

“It’s the most hurtful thing I’ve actually come across in my entire life,” Gayle said of the “heartbreaking” allegations.

“This is one case I have to fight. I want to clear my name.”

He said be believed the allegations had “ruined” him.

“You actually have a daughter, don’t you?” Mr McClintock said.

“Yes I do,” Gayle replied.

Gayle told the court he “love[s] massages” and they were important because he was not particularly flexible.

“It’s important to me to be loose at all times,” he said.

He said the massage therapist at the heart of the stories, Leanne Russell, had “massaged me before” but he did not find her services satisfactory.

“She wasn’t a good masseuse. She wasn’t good for me, I should say,” Gayle said.

Asked about an email circulated to all West Indies cricketers about unspecified events that made Ms Russell feel uncomfortable, Gayle said he did not believe it referred to him.

Mr McClintock foreshadowed that Gayle’s friend and teammate Dwayne Smith would give evidence he was present in the dressing room in Drummoyne in Sydney’s inner west at the time of the alleged incident in February 2015 and it “didn’t happen”.

Mr McClintock said Fairfax had made “no attempt” to contact Smith before publishing the allegations.

“They intended to blacken his name,” Mr McClintock said.

“They want to destroy him.”

Gayle’s defamation case reunites the leading defamation barristers who appeared in former treasurer Joe Hockey’s case against Fairfax.

Melbourne barrister Matthew Collins, QC, who appeared for Rebel Wilson in her successful case against Bauer Media and opposite Mr McClintock for Fairfax in the Hockey case, is once again acting for the publisher.

Fairfax Media says the allegations against Gayle are substantially true. It has also pleaded qualified privilege, a defence requiring a publisher to show the articles were of public interest and it acted reasonably.

The court heard the articles were published shortly after Gayle made headlines by inviting sports reporter Mel McLaughlin, then at Network Ten, to “have a drink” after a Big Bash game and saying “Don’t blush baby!” during a live interview.

Mr McClintock told the jury the conversation was “a bit of banter” and “some people might have thought it was inappropriate”.

He said Gayle’s comments had “become something that might be called a meme or a trope” but it was “not particularly relevant” except for the fact that the massage therapist at the centre of the stories “opportunistically” spoke to Fairfax in the wake of that controversy.

Dr Collins, for Fairfax, suggested to Gayle that he had noticed McLaughlin looked uncomfortable during the interview, which was played for the jury in court.

“No,” Gayle replied.

Gayle agreed he was criticised publicly for the interview. But when asked if the criticism was that the comments were sexist, Gayle replied: “What is sexist?”

After Dr Collins explained the term, Gayle replied: “No.”

Gayle also agreed he had expressed the view that ” needs to lighten up” after he was criticised for the interview.

Asked if he had “sought to cultivate a public reputation as a bit of a bad boy”, Gayle said he would describe himself as a “weirdo”.

But he later agreed he had made an advertisement for a brand of condoms that included the line “I’m a bad boy with women”.

Justice Lucy McCallum said, after objections from Mr McClintock, that it was unclear that the question was relevant.

Gayle denied he had said to Ms Russell before a massage in 2013, “Do you want to come touch me up baby”.

Asked whether he exposed himself to Ms Russell in 2015 by pulling his towel “up and down” so that his penis was “partially exposed”, Gayle said: “That never happened.”

Dr Collins asked Gayle if he went out of his way to stop speaking to Ms Russell after the email was circulated to all West Indies cricketers about incidents that had made her feel uncomfortable.

“We’re not friends like that anyway,” Gayle said.

A jury of three women and one man was empaneled in the trial shortly before midday.

Justice McCallum said she excused two prospective jurors after they told her they were “fans of cricket” and of Gayle.

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More than 30 women have come forward to claim they were sexually harassed by Hollywood director James Toback.

Toback, 72 – the director of films including The Pick-Up Artist (1987) and Two Girls and a Guy (1997) starring Robert Downey Jr, and the Oscar-nominated writer of Bugsy (1991) starring Warren Beatty – is accused of setting up private “auditions” in movie trailers and hotel rooms, where he would proposition women and expose himself.

In a piece published by the Los Angeles Times, 38 women – including 31 who officially went on the record – described Toback’s alleged pattern of abuse, which included first approaching them on the streets of New York with promises of making them “a star”.

“My name’s James Toback. I’m a movie director. Have you ever seen Black and White or Two Girls and a Guy?” he’d ask, before organising a private meeting.

Alone, the director would then ask the women personal questions about their sex lives, before exposing and touching himself, the Times reports.

Actress Adrienne LaValley described a 2008 hotel room encounter which saw the director attempting to rub his crotch against her leg.

“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done’… I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends,” she said, describing why she hadn’t raised the allegations sooner.

In another instance, musician Louise Post, a guitarist in alt-rock band Veruca Salt, said Toback told her “he’d love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes”.

“Going to his apartment has been a source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible,” she said.

Another actress Chantal Cousineau described Toback masturbating off-set while she was auditioning for a role in his film Harvard Man in 2001.

“I felt so violated. And there was my abuser, inches away from me,” she told the Times.

Toback has denied all the allegations, saying he never met any of the women, or if he did it was for “five minutes”. He also claimed that it was “biologically impossible” for him to engage in such behaviour in recent decades due to his diabetes and a heart condition.

The accusations against Toback come in an atmosphere of increased focus on Hollywood predators, as the industry confronts the fallout of one-time Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein, shunted by his film production company and the Oscars Academy, is at the centre of criminal investigations following accusations of decades of sexual harassment and abuse, including rape.

Much like Weinstein, rumours about Toback’s behaviour have filtered around Hollywood for decades.

In a Facebook post, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said he’d been “warning people” about Toback for over 20 years.

“When I lived in New York in the ’90s, this dude was everywhere. I have personally met at least fifteen women who say that he’s accosted them in NYC,” he wrote.

Actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento also added their voices to those naming and shaming Toback.

“So proud of my sisters for bringing down yet another pig,” Argento tweeted.

Toback’s most recent film, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, starring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September. James Toback damn you for stealing, damn you for traumatizing. https://t苏州夜场招聘/rLpboMcIMT??? rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 22, 2017One of the main jobs of a director is to create a safe environment for the actors. James Toback is a disgrace. https://t苏州夜场招聘/pxLFmBrUJ0??? Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 22, 2017So proud of my sisters for bringing down yet another pig: James Toback https://t苏州夜场招聘/73xLVU3FVY??? Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) October 22, 2017Read More →

AREN’T the people around a mine subjected to enough all ready, eg state government changing laws, legislation, rules to get around high court discussions, EPA ignoring dust and noise complaints and then of course mines saying they are all compliant, and now here we are hearing they want to lift noise allowed from mines. When will this all end? Residents have a right to a peaceful quiet life, after all we are or were rural, the mines are encroaching on communities, not the other way round.
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Paul Harris, BulgaHOW “bloody” disgusting is this Manus Island balls up.

Ken Harvey, Warners BayTHERE are rumours that some authoritarian governments have used police raids to harass their political opponents. Let us hope that we never live in such a country.

Peter Moylan, GlendaleIN reply to Barry Reed (Short Takes, 25/10): I live on the racetrack. Hoons have been doing burnouts on Wharf Road every night for four years. Nothing todo with the new track. I live here, I should know, my friend.

Tony Padgett, Newcastle EastJUST a thought but after the Supercars event, maybe the track could be used to host other events, such as monster truck racing. It would be a shame not to utilise the track and facilities to their full potential.

Brad Hill, SingletonIF there was only ‘one part of the reports to council which was commercial-in-confidence and that was the licence fee’ (‘Are we paying a secret fee for Supercars’, NewcastleHerald,24/10), will the Lord Mayor please release details of the other reports? Ratepayers would particularly like to see the business case that was presented to council, and the anticipated costs and benefits of the Supercars event to Newcastle. All we have been given so far is Supercars own promotional material.

Christine Everingham, Newcastle EastMATT Kelaher (Short Takes, 25/10):at least cats don’t hurt and even kill humans.

Mario Municchi,Tighes HillWHERE have you been Rocco De Grandis (Short Takes, 25/10)? Your humour has been missed. Mate, it’s not just the Jets who are cursed. Ronny at least got to play a couple of games. The Knights Rory Kostjasyn didn’t even manage that. As I’ve told you in the past, anything the Jets do the Knights do better.

Dave McTaggart, EdgeworthI WONDER whether the state government has any more power stations to sell as I would like to get a consortium together and buy one. Going on your story yesterday in regards to Vales Point, it would be a pretty profitable adventure especially at the price. This state must have the biggest dill brains running it when they sell infrastructure off for a song and see a private company take over without doing anything to it and who will make a fortune out of it for probably the next 10 years.

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WARNING: The Grenfell Tower in Londong … the NSW opposition has called on the government to identify at-risk buildings in Newcastle.Tenants NSW says the government could establish a public register of unit towersclad in flammable material in a similar way to how it treats buildings with asbestos.
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The NSW opposition said on Monday that the government hadnot done enough to protect unit dwellers from the risk of flammable cladding since London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June.

A state audit found 1047 high-rises may contain the non-compliant cladding. The government vowed in July to contact the buildings’ owners and ask them to conduct inspections,but it has not publicly identified the apartments involved.

Swansea MP and shadow better regulation minister Yasmin Catley said on Monday that the government had put the onus on building owners to inform residents about potential risks.

“If you are a renter inthose buildings, you quite well may not know that the building you are in potentially could be dangerous,” she said.“If I was a renter in NSW, I would be really, really concerned.”

Newcastle is in the midst of anapartment construction boom, and Ms Catley said it was the government’s “responsibility to tell us”if any of the 1000 identified buildings were in the city.

Mr Keanaccused Labor of“scaremongering” andsaid the 1047 identified buildings did not necessarily have dangerous cladding.

His office issued a statement saying building owners and strata managers weremore likely to have the authority to conduct testing. Notifyingindividual tenants andowners would have“extended the process by several weeks, if not longer”.

It said local councils and Fire and Rescue NSW had received the list of identifiedbuildingsin their area.

Lake Macquarie council voted in June to audit its high-rise buildings, and Newcastle is considering similar action.

“We have utilised the most comprehensive information available to conduct a swift audit of NSW buildings, and in turn contact relevant owners, possibly affected by cladding, as efficiently as possible,” Mr Kean said.

“It’s important to remember that cladding can be perfectly safe. If you have cladding on your building it does not automatically mean it will need to be rectified.”

The senior policy officer for Tenants NSW,Ned Cutcher, said the government could pursue a “middle-ground option”.

“There’s value in people knowing. Maybe there’s an option that provides strong and clear guidance to owners as to how they should notify occupants,” he said.“It’s an interesting one for people who rent in strata. The owner might have information that isn’t then passed on.”

Bad publicity and the time and cost of repairs could deter some owners from telling residents about the presence of flammable cladding.

The loose-fill asbestos register shows affected buildings in NSW, although it does not allow tenants to break their lease if they find out their building is on the list.

“There’s aspects of our law that could be brought into play here and they could be strengthened, and as the government did with their asbestos register, they could be brought directly to mind for tenants at the point of start-up,” Mr Cutcher said.

“The problem is it’s not enforceable.There’s no way they can actually end their tenancy. Those are the kinds of things that need to be strengthened and tidied up.

“We could make some direct reference to the presence of flammable cladding on a particular unit or building and then give those provisions some teeth, so the tenants can say, if they find out after the fact, and the landlord did know about it at the time, that’s actually grounds for the tenant to pull the pin.”

The n east coast is inthe grip of rising property prices, forcing people to rent longer. Tenants NSW estimates that half of all strata units in NSW are rentals.

“Thiskind of question about how we notify tenants and what this means for tenancy agreements is not an afterthought,” Mr Cutcher said.

“I guess that’s why you need to be pretty clear and direct about what are the processes that people would need to follow if they want to take some action, having been given a piece of information that may not be in the property owner’s interests to disclose.

“Investing is a risky business. We shouldn’t assume that just because we’re investing in property the risk should all be passed on to others.

“It would be nice to think we can resolve some of these issues before the fact, but I daresay this issue wouldn’t have been on most people’s radar beforethe Grenfell disaster in London, and now it’s front of mind, and you can understand why people are concerned.”

The Grenfell fire killed an estimated 80 people and injured 70.

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Pool’s submerged spa surely sub-par | PHOTOS Ridiculous: A weird submerged spa in a Mantra resort pool at Port Douglas. Picture: Newcastle Herald.
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Pics from Reddit.

A very small window.

TweetFacebookHave A SeatStrolling along the main drag of Port Douglas towards the beach, we came across this pink bench.

A caution sign on a pink bench in Port Douglas.

A sign in the middle of the bench said “Caution: Please do not sit in the middle of this bench. Feel free to use either side.”

Hmmm. Not quite as bad as the submerged spa, but still a tad strange.

Toilet TrainingSpeaking of seats, we couldn’t help but notice this sign on the back of a dunny door at Cairns Airport.

A sign on the back of a dunny door at Cairns.

As we always obey the rules,we quickly stepped down off the porcelain throne and followed the directions. Thisfelt much more comfortable.

How RudeWe werewaiting for a flight to Cairns at Sydney Airport in the seating area ofour gate, gazing happily at the planes, when we heard someone having a loud conversation.

We turned around to see a woman talking to a person on her mobile phone…on speaker-phone!

Send your stories of public rudeness to [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

Paying RespectTopics felt queasy when we saw the tackle that caused the injury to Newcastle Jets playerRonny Vargas in the match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Fox Sports didn’t replay the incident on live TV, but they showed it online.

Herald journoJames Gardiner posted a videoof Jets coach Ernie Merrick’s reactionat a press conference after the match.

The video shows Merrick close to tears and clearly devastated about the injury to his player.

“Well, the win means nothing,” Merrick said, before pausing with his head down for more than 10 seconds.

In the ruthless, super-competitive world of professional sport, Topics thought it was nice to see a coach reacting in such a respectful way.

Jets boss Lawrie McKinna told the ABC on Monday that he had neverseen such a big outpouring of emotion for any injured player since he came to .

Topics wishes Ronny a good recovery.

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James Packer is clearly not the Hero Mariah Carey was after.
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The n billionaire, 50, described his 18-month relationship with the superstar singer, 47, as a “mistake” he entered into during a “low point” in his “personal life”.

In an interview with the Weekend n from Ellerstina, his polo ranch outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he acknowledged he has been living as a recluse, he said the reason why they started dating “is complicated”.

“She was kind, exciting and fun,” Packer said of Carey, who he was introduced to by their mutual friend, producer Brett Ratner.

“Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

Packer proposed to Carey with a $10 million engagement ring in January 2016. When they broke up in October 2016, it is believed Carey got a $50 million pay out. She also kept the ring.

But there is no love lost when it comes to Carey either, recently referring to Packer as a “motherf—er” when asked about his whereabouts during an interview in June in Israel, where the casino mogul was sought for information about his relationship with Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

During the revealing, wide-ranging sit-down Packer also spoke about his second wife, Erica Packer (nee Baxter), the mother of his three children, whom he split from in September 2013 after six years together.

“It is my biggest regret that I let my marriage to Erica fail. It is what it is and she is doing an incredible job with the kids and we are in a great place,” he said.

Erica and the children now live in Los Angeles. He added: “LA is a really terrific place for them to be. There is a lot of positive energy, a lot of positive affirmation there. And there is not the Packer ??fishbowl that there would have been in Sydney. They have anonymity there that they don’t have in Sydney. That is really healthy for them.”

He also discussed having more than $5 billion of debt in his two biggest companies – at Crown and Consolidated Press Holdings.

“I was terrified,” he said.

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Linked in: A paramedic and a police officer demonstrate how they use telehealth technology to assess people with mental health concerns. Picture: Supplied.AN initiative that usestechnology to link mental health professionals to assesspotential patientsin Port Stephens has reduced the number of unnecessary transfers to hospital.
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Hunter New England Health’s mental health service joined forces with NSW Police and NSW Ambulance in April to improve the assessment of people experiencing a mental health concern in the Port Stephens area.

Trial looks to help, not hinder It has meant paramedics and policeconsidering transferring a person to hospital have had the opportunity to get them triaged with a Newcastle-based mental health clinician viatelehealth technology first.

Since the initiative began,33patients hadbeen triaged, with 26of those able to avoid being transferred to hospital.

“Previously someone would be automatically transferred to hospital for assessment, even if it was unnecessary, so this is saving lot of distress for the person and their families,” general manager of Hunter New England Mental Health Service Leanne Johnson said.

PortStephens has been the trial site for the initiative,known asPolice Ambulance Early Access to Mental Health Assessment via Telehealth (PAEAMHATH), but if it proves successful, it may be rolled out to other areas.

Ms Johnson said the initiative was reducing unnecessary transfers to hospitals.

“As well as providing a better outcome for the patient, the initiative is also freeing up valuable time for police and ambulance who aren’t required totransfer the patient to hospital,” she said.

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