Live long and prosper, they say – though it would seem like a more accurate statement to say, “Prosper, and live long.” Taking a glance at the countries around the world with the longest life expectancy, it’s pretty obvious that money might not buy love, but it can buy you a much longer time to have a shot at it.
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The citizens of Monaco, one of the richest countries on Earth, have a life expectancy of 89 years. That’s four years longer than their closest rivals, and those rivals come in the form of Japan and Singapore – not exactly places where people are struggling financially.

Still, there’s more to a long life than simply earning a heap of money. For travellers, it can be an interesting experience visiting those destinations where people have a long life expectancy to see what it is that keeps everyone so healthy, and to soak up a little of that goodness for yourself.

Is it the food? The lifestyle? The relationships? The medical care? And is it something you can learn from and take home with you? Italy

If ever there was an advertisement for lifestyle over financial gain, it would be Italy. According to the CIA World Factbook (which all of these stats are taken from), the life expectancy of a newborn in Italy right now is 82 years, which puts the country right up there with the best of them – one position, in fact, above . Visit Italy and you’ll see what keeps people hanging around so long: the focus on family and friends, on sitting down for a long lunch of excellent food instead of going to work for 12 hours a day, on balancing the necessities with the things you really enjoy. South Korea

The life expectancy in South Korea is skyrocketing – it’s expected to be up beyond 90 years by 2030. So what are they doing so well? It’s probably not diet, or so you would think after witnessing the Koreans’ passion for fried chicken and beer. It’s probably not lifestyle, either, given the long hours Koreans put in at the office. In fact, the longevity here is popularly attributed to excellent healthcare, and a love of vitamin-rich kimchi. Israel

You might expect that living in an area of such high tension as Israel would cause people’s lives to be cut short – but you would be wrong. Israelis can now expect to hit the ripe old age of 82, something many of the locals put down to the strong sense of family and community that most Israelis have, as people band together in times of difficulty. A good healthcare system and a Mediterranean climate also help. Switzerland

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It would come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited Switzerland to discover that the life expectancy is high there. At 82.6 years it’s the ninth highest in the world, and no wonder: Switzerland is not just a prosperous country, but a peaceful one, a clean one, and a beautiful one. It’s a well organised society where very little ever seems to go wrong. No wonder people hang around to enjoy it. Hong Kong

Here’s an interesting one. The common assumption is that big cities and polluted skies are not conducive to long life, but here you have a densely populated and, in some cases, fairly dirty place where people are expected to live past 82. Much of Hong Kong’s success is put down to diet, with plenty of fresh seafood and vegetable-heavy soups, as well as low consumption of hard alcohol, and a very low smoking rate. That’s good news for travellers: eat as much as you like. Iceland

Could stinky, fermented shark meat be the secret to a long life? Some in Iceland would have you believe so, crediting their seafood-heavy diet – including the national “delicacy”, hakarl – for their life expectancy of 83 years. Visitors to this island nation would probably also credit the clean air, the low population, and the general prosperity, while geneticists also point to the Iceland population’s strong genes. Which is good news: you can give the hakarl a miss. Macau

The tiny nation of Macau shares many of its cultural traits with nearby Hong Kong, which probably explains the similarly long life expectancy. At 84 years, however, the residents of Macau do have the edge. What’s their secret? Surely it isn’t legal gambling. My feeling is that it’s probably the addition to their diet of Portuguese tarts. Japan

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Japan has long been famous for the lifespan of its residents, with stats propped up by the phenomenal longevity of those in the islands of Okinawa, where the average expectancy is 87 years, and plenty make it into triple figures. It’s the Okinawa diet that’s often cited as the reason they live so long – plenty of seafood and vegetables – however, for the rest of the country it’s not only the fresh, healthy cuisine, but also plenty of exercise, and time set aside for socialising. That’s something even visitors can enjoy. Singapore

Singaporeans are wealthy, and they also live in one of the cleanest, safest and most strictly ordered societies on the planet – all of which contributes to a life expectancy above 85. Of course when you’re there you notice both the up sides and the down sides of the Singaporean model. Yes, it’s orderly and safe, but the rules can feel just a little constricting. Many would argue, however, that that’s a reasonable trade-off. Monaco

There’s little to be learned, unfortunately, from the country with the world’s longest life expectancy. The good citizens of Monaco can expect to reach the ripe old age of 89, thanks in large part to predictable factors such as being one of the wealthiest places on the planet, and having – despite the fact no one pays income tax – an excellent healthcare system and good social services. It would appear that in Monaco, neither death nor taxes are inevitable.

Have you visited any of the countries with the longest life expectancy? What do you think we can learn from them?

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At your service: Barista Chris Woodgers at Fort Whiskey Espresso’s window. Picture: Marina NeilFort Whiskey Espresso, Evatt Chambers Building, 380 Hunter St, Newcastle, Mon-Fri 7am-1pm.
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As unusual as this might sound, the best way to gain an insight into how the coffee scene in Newcastle looks in the present is to step into a space steeped entirely in the past. At the foot of a staircase to a criminal law chambers, behind a wall of wooden framed mugshots of waist-coated gangsters, Fort Whiskey Espresso does not only dress up like a prohibition bootlegger, it serves drinks like one too.

Steaming up his milk inside the speakeasy bar the Coal & Cedar and handing out coffee and toasties through anopen window, barista Chris Woodgers is cosily hidden from pedestrian traffic -it may take you a second to spot him. When he appeared from behind the coffee machine on the morning of my visit, I felt like I had finally found the coffee brewing fugitive – that charming and elusive character that is hard to catch but easy to like. As if the mobsters on the wall, the advocate upstairs and the courthouse across the road weren’t enough, Chris even serves coffee to an adjacent barbershop named The Alibi Room.

Behind the Fort Whiskey window is an more interesting story about how an ex-Bacchus and Coal & Cedar barmancame to find himself here in the first place. His café is not a hole in the wall but a window in somebody else’s wall. He is all about opportunistic cheekiness and good timing. So much about what Chris has done in here embodies what is unique about the Novocastrian coffee culture. Chris is proof that abig budget and a brand new interior has never meant less to making a quality cup of coffee.

It is not often that a barista uses a blend from Sydney roasters Single Origin and then goes looking for something better, but that is exactly what Chris has recently done at Fort Whiskey. After enlisting the services of local roaster Nick Tarrant, Chris now grinds a Colombian and Brazilian blend with dark chocolatey, rum and molasses notes.

Fort Whiskey isabout in-and-out convenience. Order a banana bread ($4) or a toasted melt of salty prosciutto, tomato and cheese ($10 with a large coffee). Pungent short blacks ($3) go down a treat. Strong, reliable and difficult to fault -like all good alibis.

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The information of stocks that lost in prices are displayed on an electronic board inside the n Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, , on Friday, July 24, 2015. The n dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg MARKETS. 7 JUNE 2011. AFR PIC BY PETER BRAIG. STOCK EXCHANGE, SYDNEY, STOCKS. GENERIC PIC. ASX. STOCKMARKET. MARKET.
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Stock information is displayed on an electronic board inside the n Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd., in Sydney, , on Friday, July 24, 2015. The n dollar slumped last week as a gauge of Chinese manufacturing unexpectedly contracted, aggravating the impact of declines in copper and iron ore prices. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

It’s was all quiet on the Western Front in European and US trade and a pause after what has been such a strong run for global equity and credit markets. The long and short of it

Whether the gains can continue this week is obviously yet to be seen. I remain bullish, but of the view that these markets are tired, fatigued and need new information to feed the beast. So much cash has come off the sidelines, with one US investment bank recently disclosing that its institutional clients have never held a lower cash balance in the bank’s account, which suggests both active discretionary and systematic funds are all-in on this rally. The idea of reflation and this well-documented goldilocks backdrop for equity appreciation and risk-taking is now mature, with investors having reacted to good economic growth (75 per cent of countries enjoy above-trend GDP), robust earnings growth, fairly low inflation and predictably central bank policy, which is helping keep implied and realised volatility low. SPI futures down 7 points or 0.1% to 5868AUD -0.2% to 78.01 US centsOn Wall St: Dow -0.2%, S&P 500 -0.3%, Nasdaq -0.6%In New York, BHP -0.1% Rio -0.7%In Europe: Stoxx 50 +0.1%, FTSE flat, CAC +0.3%, DAX +0.1%Spot gold flat at $US1280.16 an ounceBrent crude -0.6% at $US57.39 a barrelUS oil flat at $US51.86 a barrelIron ore -0.7% to $US62.00 a tonneDalian iron ore +0.2% to 460 yuanLME aluminium +0.1% to $US2137 a tonneLME copper +0.8% to $US7004 a tonne10-year bond yield: US 2.37%, Germany 0.43%, 2.79%

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Facebook shuts down Bendigo ‘no’ campaign Picture: FACEBOOK
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Image, complete with authorisation, posted after the page was reopened to n audiences. Picture: FACEBOOK/VOTE NO AUSTALIA

Lewis Freeman-Harrison. Picture: FACEBOOK/VOTE NO AUSTALIA

TweetFacebookA Bendigo-based campaign against marriage equality has been temporarily banned from Facebook after failing to comply withnew laws designed to ward off hate speech.

The n Electoral Commission referred Vote No – Marriage Plebiscite to Facebook after receiving several complaints about its lack of authorisation.

Safeguards legislation passed in federal parliament last month required some advertisements, printed material, and “material intended to affect whether a person provides a response to the survey or the content of the response” bear the name and address of the person responsible.

A Facebook spokesman said Vote No administrators were contacted on several occasions to amend their page before the restriction was put in place.

Almost 20,000 Facebook users followed the page when its n audience was locked out.

Until the ban was lifted on Monday afternoon, users were met with an error message explaining the page could not be viewed because it violated local laws.

The page remained visible to Facebook users overseas.

Page manager Lewis Freeman-Harrison, from Bendigo, said he complied with Facebook’s request to authorise its material, and did not understand why n users were declined access.

The shutdown was a “breech of freedom of speech”, he said.

“I think it’s really important that every person has freedom of speech and, sadly, we were taken down.”

The Facebook spokesman said the social network sought to reflect the diversity of views held by its two billion users. But local laws, as well as user safety, meant content could be blocked.

“When a regulator notifies Facebook that some content may be illegal in their country we look at each request to ensure that it is valid and enforceable before taking any action,” the spokesman said.

A government order, as well as complaints from individuals and non-government bodies, could result in access to its content being restricted, the Facebook website explained.

AEC confirmed yesterday is sought assistance from Facebook to make aware Vote No organisers of their responsibilities.

“It was then a matter for Facebook, whether they could contact the page owner or block the page,” an AEC spokesman said.

When the page was made visible again to ns on Monday, a picture authorised by Aaron Haywood, from Tasmania, could be seen.

Speaking while the Vote No was inaccessible, marriage equality campaigner Tash Joyce – who authorises the Bendigo Says Yes page – said authorisation was a simple but crucial part of campaigning.

“It’s about transparency and we have always been transparent about who we are and what we stand for,” Ms Joyce said.

But responsibility for the page’s contents did not stop there, she said; strict moderation took place throughout the campaign to protect Facebook users.

”It takes time and effort to manage, but it is possible to ensure that page content remains respectful and does not cause harm or distress to others,” she said.

“I can’t imagine there would be any material published on the page for anyone to have made a complaint about.”

Mr Freeman-Harrison is not the only Bendigo connection to the Vote No effort. Church leader Samuel Tshisekedi is also among the page’s administrators, soliciting for donations in messages to Vote No followers.

He is also one of a group of people responsible for driving a billboard in support of traditional marriage across Victoria and NSW.

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BIG THUMPER: Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, will make an appearance in the newly released film, Thor Ragnarok, which prompts us to ask – What’s your favourite hammer? #ShowYourHammerONE of the biggest movies of the year opens this week with ThorRagnorok coming to n cinemas on October 26.
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It’s the third film for Marvel’s Thor, played by Aussie Chris Hemsworth, and directed by New Zealander,Taika Waititi.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, holding his preferred tool of the trade, a hammer. #ShowYourHammer Picture courtesy Paramount Pictures.

The film has been generating generally positive reviews and considerable review at its overseas openings and most movie analysts are expecting it to do the same here.

What’s it got to do with rural industry? Well, nothing really… except that Thor has a hammer, and that seemed like enough of an excuse to celebrate the movie’s launch by putting a call out to farmers and producers to“Show Your Hammer”.

Every shed and workshop has a hammer–sledge, claw, ball pein, club, plus rubber and wooden mallets (they classify)and so on.

Thor fans, take a pic and #ShowYourHammer Good Fruit & Vegetable’s editor Ashley Walmsley gets into the spirit of Thor Ragnarok, minus the Chris Hemsworth good-looks. #ShowYourHammer

A great generic shot of someone (probably a man) with a hammer. #ShowYourHammer

Hammer time, you’re honour. If you’re a judge and you’re reading this, please post a photo of you wielding a similar hammer. #ShowYourHammer

Yep, that’s a hammer on the right, for sure. #ShowYourHammer

This isn’t Thor on his day job, however he seems pretty adept at using a hammer. Could he also summon thunder? Who knows. #ShowYourHammer

Sometimes all you need is a good sledge hammer. #ShowYourHammer

Here is a hammer in action. #ShowYourHammer

It’s not going to drive in any nails but an auctioneer’s hammer can sure have some impact, especially on the housing market. #ShowYourHammer

Again, Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, this time with a bit of a crack in it. What could that mean? #ShowYourHammer

A hammer with creative lighting always goes down well. #ShowYourHammer

TweetFacebook #ShowYourHammer GalleryDo your best Thor pose and show off your hammer!So take a photo of yourself or someone holding aloft your favourite, best or interesting hammer in a suitable Thor-like pose and post to social media with the hashtag– #ShowYourHammer.

Come on–be proud of your hammer. #ShowYourHammer

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Police find dead body in back seat of car at Lambton BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy
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BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

TweetFacebook Police at the scenePictures: Simon McCarthyPOLICE who pulled over a car in Lambton found a body lying in the back seat.

The car was pulled over about 3.15am on Griffiths Road and was driven by a 52-year-old man.

On closer inspection, police found another man’s body in the back seat of the Toyota Camry.

The driver was arrestedat the scene and taken to Waratah police station where he was under questioning.

Investigations are continuing.

A crime scene was establishedon Griffiths Road, with two of three east-bound lanes closed as police investigated.

The road was reopened shortly before 10am.

The car was towed away from the scene.


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Drug overdose theory in Newcastle car death BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy
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BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

BODY: Police at the scene on Griffiths Road. Picture: Simon McCarthy

TweetFacebook Police at the scenePictures: Simon McCarthyItis still a few hours before dawn when twopolice officers first see the silver Toyota Camry “being driven erratically” straight past Waratah police station.

They pull out of the station’s driveway and tail the car onto nearby Griffiths Road, in the Newcastle suburb of Lambton, before they turn on their lights and sirens and the Camry is calmly pulled over without incident.

Inside is the driver, 52-year-old Rodney Clarke, a former Taree man who has never held a licence and is wanted on warrants.

But it is the dark figure behind Mr Clarke that attracts the attention of the officers.

Lying motionless across the back seat is another 52-year-old former Taree man, who they are told is sleeping.

But he is cold and not breathing and is quickly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police set up a crime scene after finding the body of a man in the back seat of a car in Newcastle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Mr Clarke is arrested and taken back to Waratah police station for questioning as a crime scene is established on the side of the busy arterial road about eight kilometres from the Newcastle central business district.

It is 3.15am and detectives are called in as a significant investigation is launched into the bizarre circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

There are no visible marks on the man’s body but the homicide squad is informed.

Within hours, and as forensic police continue to scour the scene for clues, it emerges the dead man may have succumbed to a drug overdose.

Detectives are told the man, a known heroin user, had taken a hit early on Sunday night before telling his friend he was going to sleep it off in the Camry.

They are still investigating how long the car remained at Hamilton railway station before Mr Clarke is alleged to have got back behind the wheel and began driving around several suburbs looking for somewhere to buy food.

Police are told he still believed his friend was sleeping the heroin off when the officers pulled him over.

Police closed of Griffiths Road in Newcastle after finding the body. Photo: Simon McCarthy

An autopsy is planned for Tuesday morning to confirm a cause of death, however police believe the man may have been dead for more than three hours before the vehicle stop.

Mr Clarke has not been charged over the apparent non-suspicious death, but he was refused bail for the outstanding warrants.

He faced Newcastle Local Court for allegedly failing to comply with reporting obligations (he was on bail to report to Waratah police station), having custody of a knife in a public place, assaulting police in the execution of their duty, resisting arrest and failing to appear in court.

Mr Clarke pleaded guilty to never holding a licence and was formally refused bail to reappear on Thursday.

Detectives are now preparing a report into the death for the coroner.

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UPDATE 4.30pm:Three men charged after police allegedly found them in possession of more than 18kg of cannabis are Vietnamese nationals who are unlawfully in , according to court documents.
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The Anh Hoang and Hoai Nam Nguyen, both 22, and Cuong Van Nguyen, 33, faced Newcastle local court on Tuesday after their arrest on Monday night.

None of the three men applied for bail –and it was formally refused.

According to court documents, Mr Hoang and the younger Mr Nguyen listed Teralba Road, Adamstown, as their home address, while the older Mr Nguyen was listed as living at Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Each of the trio was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and supply of a prohibited drug, after police allegedly found 18.8kg of cannabis in the vehicle they were travelling in during a stop atGlebe Road, Adamstown, on Monday.

Bail determination documents noted that all three men were illegally in , and were “liable for immigration detention”.

The bail determination for the older Mr Nguyen noted that he was “an extreme flight risk”.

They will face court again, via audio-visual link, on November 16.

EARLIERPolice have charged three men with drug possession after allegedly finding 18 kilogramsof cannabis in a vehicle they were travelling in.

About 6pm on Monday officers from Newcastle were patrolling on Glebe Road, Adamstown, when they noticed a vehicle carrying three men.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and breath tested the driver who provided a negative result.

The vehicle was searched and officers allegedlylocated 18 kilogramsof cannabis.

The three men, one aged 33 and two aged 22, were arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station where they were charged with possess prohibited drug (deemed supply).

They were bail refused and will appear in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday.

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In the midst of a brutal campaign, it is tempting to wonder: where are the better angels of our nature?
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On Monday, Q&A provided the answer: those angels have taken up residence with the public figure whose profile requires her to call on them more often than most.

“Right now she is finding and firing with her most potent voice”: Magda Szubanski on Q&A. Photo: ABC

Magda Szubanski has been many things in public life. But right now she is finding and firing with her most potent voice, in a campaign that can seem so unnecessary and even cruel that to maintain decorum in the midst of the maelstrom appears a demand on discipline beyond the reach of many.

But not for Magda.

There she was again on Monday, dealing with the slings and arrows – the slights against her and the sleights of hand by those on the other side – with grace and calm. She marshalled facts with feeling, letting nothing slide and laying everything out, including the personal experience that drives her but which she never allows to emerge as fury.

She was tested from the git-go, with a question that went right to the “both sides are nasty” plane of false equivalence. The question: “Why can’t I have a right to my view without being branded as a hater or a bigot?”

You want to see those better angels at work? Here they were.

“You totally do and I wouldn’t brand you as a homophobe,” Szubanski began, admitting that at a time when she was “unresolved and probably not comfortable with myself, I might have voted no, too”.

But, she gently reminded him: “There’s been viciousness on the extremes of either side??? I think we have to try and establish and expand the moderate live-and-let-live middle ground really.”

Szubanski’s fellow panellists on this marriage equality edition were two churchmen – Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Glenn Davies, a No advocate, and the prominent Catholic advocate for a Yes vote Frank Brennan – and Karina Okotel, friendly face of the No campaign and vice-president of the federal Liberal Party.

Okotel is a challenge in this debate: an all-smiling and apparent voice of reasonableness adept at speaking out of both sides of her mouth like the lawyer she is. Szubanski was there to catch the words whichever side they flew from. It was not always easy, as when Okotel tied herself in knots on her position on gay couples raising children, dire warnings about which are a key plank of the No campaign.

Tony Jones to Okotel: “I’ll quickly bring you up on something. You’re perfectly happy for children to be brought up with same-sex parents? That’s no problem?”

Okotel: “Why not? There are good parents who???”

Szubanski, like the rest of us, was confused.

Szubanski: “You say the problem with marriage is it will lead to problems with children. That vulnerable children are threatened??? that’s what you’ve said. That that’s a consequence.”

Okotel: “That’s very different to parenting and being raised by same-sex parents.”

At which the audience could be heard guffawing, with Szubanski confining herself to a look of bafflement.

Okotel reinforced whatever it was her point was: “Absolutely.”

Szubanski: “I don’t understand it.”

Okotel: “I might need more than a minute to explain this.”

Szubanski: “I’m not that stupid.”

It was an issue that wouldn’t go away, as Jones returned to it again in an effort to make Okotel make sense. It was a losing battle.

Jones: “Just to confirm then??? you actually have no problem whatsoever with gay people bringing up children?

Okotel: “No. I don’t have any issue with gay people parenting.”

Jones: “Only if they’re married?”

Okotel: “No. I don’t think that homosexual people should be married because when you???”

Jones: “But is the problem with them bringing up children only when they’re married?”

Okotel: “I don’t understand.”

Jones: “Is it a problem of them bringing up children when they’re married?”

Okotel: “Sorry, I don’t understand your question.”

Jones: “So there’s no problem with people getting married if they’re gay and bringing up children as far as you’re concerned?”

Okotel: “I suppose why I don’t understand your question is people bring up children all the time who are not married, whether they be straight or married.”

Jones: “I’m confirming that’s your view?”

Okotel: “I don’t have an issue with people parenting in a relationship or unmarried relationship, straight or whatever, as long as they’re good parents.”

Dear Karina. You might want to explain that – whatever it was – to Lyle Shelton.

But let’s give the last word to Magda, who delivered perhaps the most emotional punch of the night in taking on Anglican Glenn Davies on the role of the church.

Szubanski once more showed her rare skill at marrying the personal and the political.

“I accept the church will never marry me. That grieves me in ways you will never know. I’m the one in my family, when I buried my parents I organised every detail of the masses, I wrote the orders of service, I put the pall over my mother’s coffin,” she said.

“Now I accept the Catholic Church will never marry me, but you won’t even let me marry outside the church??? Why should you have the right to tell me or any other person, straight or gay, what they do in the civil domain?”

Davies: “I don’t think the views expressed have been telling anyone what to believe. I won’t tell you that either, OK? That’s not my job.”

Szubanski, summoning those better angels, restrained herself.

It was enough to retort: “You paid a million dollars to fund the No campaign.”

Amen and goodnight, bishop.

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The Nationals are set to lose the north coast seat of Lismore at the next NSW election, polling suggests, compounding the party’s loss of neighbouring Ballina to the Greens in 2015.
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A ReachTel poll shows the Nationals primary vote at 32.8 per cent, Labor on 23.9 per cent and the Greens on 22 per cent. One Nation is on 6.8 per cent, others on 5.6 per cent and nine per cent are undecided.

The Nationals primary vote is significantly lower than the 42.4 per cent secured by current MP Thomas George at the 2015 election.

Mr George, who is retiring at the 2019 election narrowly held on in Lismore two years ago against the Greens, leaving the seat one of the most marginal in NSW on just 0.2 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, the poll has Labor leading the Nationals by 57 per cent to 43 per cent, based on preferences stated by the 753 residents surveyed earlier this month.

The Nationals are conducting a community preselection – which involves inviting local non-party members to participate – to choose a candidate for Lismore.

Labor and the Greens intend to preselect their candidates early next year.

The polling was commissioned by the Nature Conservation Council.

Voters were also asked if the NSW government is doing enough to act on climate change, to which 60.2 per cent responded it was not. Only 28.6 per cent said yes and 11.1 per cent are undecided.

Sixty-seven per cent said they were more likely to vote for a political party that increases solar and wind power and reduces reliance on coal, with 17.8 per cent saying less likely and 15.2 per cent stating it wouldn’t change their vote.

Among Nationals voters, 40.5 per cent said they would be more likely to vote for a party with those policies, with 33.6 per cent saying less likely and 25.9 per cent saying it would make no difference.

Nature Conservation Council chief executive Kate Smolski said that if the Nationals want to retain Lismore “they should put forward a candidate who’ll put climate change high on the agenda and push the rapid shift to renewables”.

“People are crying out for [Premier Gladys] Berejiklian to lead on this issue – including conservative voters – but she still doesn’t have a plan,” she said.

Ms Smolski said the Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 was promised for mid-year “and now is months overdue”.

“The government has a commitment to make the state carbon neutral by 2050 but has no plans to replace the state’s coal-burners with renewable energy. Without an action plan it’s just a pipe dream.”

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