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Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Swimming: Ash Delaney reunites with Grant Hackett for the world champs in Kazan

Role reversal: Ashley Delaney, a backstroker now also swimming freestyle. Photo: Simon Scluter.When Ashley Delaney made his first major national team, as a backstroker at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, team captain Grant Hackett was among the earliest to applaud. Yet although Hackett knew Delaney’s name, his time, and something of his joy, the veteran could not have imagined back then that, almost a decade later, both would be relay swimmers bound for next week’s world championships in Kazan, Russia.
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Delaney, reinvented as a versatile freestyler, is a member of a 4 x 100 metre squad missing injured superstar James Magnussen. Hackett, reborn as a mature-aged 4 x 200 metre swimmer after a seven-year retirement and some well-publicised personal difficulties, will be the oldest team member in Russia, with 100-metre breaststroke defending champion Christian Sprenger the middle peg between 35-year-old Hackett and Delaney, 29.

“I still look at him in awe,” says Delaney of the elder statesman. “He’s just a great guy, and a great swimmer. Now that he’s back on the team we’ve had chats and stuff, and it’s just been good to talk to him. He’s just got so much experience and respect around the team and he’s a good leader for the swimming team, as well.”

Delaney, as another of its senior citizens, is also in a different, happier, place these days. At this stage of the last Olympic cycle, the Beijing silver medallist was growing closer to needing a change after almost five years at the AIS; keen to return home to his family and friends in Melbourne.

The problem, as he now sees it, was in the timing. He returned late in 2011, leaving himself little chance to adjust to a new training regime before the 2012 Olympic trials. The cost was immense, with a shattered Delaney missing his first team since that 2006 debut. It was a difficult period for the swimming nut and aspiring coach/swim school owner, who nevertheless did his best to train through the London Games. “There was just a few times where I was …,” he trails off. When you didn’t have it in you? “Yeah.”

At that stage, Rio seemed even further away than the 13,214km Delaney still hopes to travel to a second Olympics next year. “Even some of my family of members asked ‘oh, do you think maybe that’s enough’?” he recalls, along with his reply that while his motivation remained intact, so did his ambitions to swim on. At the world championships in Barcelona the following year, Delaney won a silver medal in the medley relay, and swam a personal best en route to sixth in the 100 backstroke final. “So I knew that I still had my best swims in me.”

What came as a surprise, though, was the role Delaney’s freestyle would play. He had swum “a little bit of it” along the way, but never at nationals. Until last year, when the result for the long-time VIS scholarship-holder was an encouraging ninth. “So then this year I thought I might take it serious and try and sneak in for that relay, which I did, which was a little bit of a blessing in disguise, because my backstroke was a little bit off at that meet.”

Now, he wishes he had broadened his focus earlier in a career that has nevertheless brought a silver medal as a heat swimmer in the medley relay in Beijing Olympics, four medals – including three gold – at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, multiple national records and one Commonwealth mark.

“Definitely regretting that a little bit,” he laughs. “But in saying that it’s given me a little bit more excitement to my swimming, it’s given me something fresh to focus on. After doing the same thing year in, year out, racing the same races, to flip over onto my front has been something fresh. I was still motivated with my backstroke, but it’s sort of given me that little bit of a spark that I can actually do both strokes and be competitive as well.”

He hopes to make a second Olympic team in both disciplines next year, when Hackett will be the oldest, Sprenger next, and Delaney third in the seniority race if all goes to plan for the trio in Rio. ” It’s sort of tough, because people ask me about my age … (but) Geoff Huegill swam his best times at 32, 33, when he came back after he’d had a lot of time out of the water,” says the Sale-raised, Hawthorn-based swimmer.

“So I think if the motivation’s there and you’re doing the right training then you can still get the best out of yourself later on in life. And I started being serious about swimming quite late, at around 15, 16. You’ve got some kids who burn out around 18, 19, because they were winning age nationals from when they were 10. I only ever got a bronze medal at age nationals at age 18, so I feel like I’ve been hungry for a long time, and I still am.”

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Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

Wickers’ finals hopes hurt further by Crows

HARD FOUGHT: Jake Hart (Beaufort), Michael Griffin (Creswick) and Brendan Foster (Beaufort) battle for the ball on Saturday. Pictures: Kate Healy.BEAUFORT ‘S five-goals-to-none second half sank Creswick on Saturday.
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A slender three-point margin at half time blew out to a 34-point Crows victory in front of adisbelieving Wickers crowd at Doug Lindsay Reserve.

Creswick matched Beaufort quarter by quarter until half time and the Crows only managed slenderleads because of the home side’sinaccurate kicking.

The Wickers coped well in the muddy conditions for most of the first half, before losing the plot in a scorelessthird term.

The return of ruckman Josh McDermott tothe Graintech Crows’ line-up was evident. It freed Jake Garvey andJarrod Trigg, who had juggled McDermott’s spot the week before.

McDermott was one of four changes to the team before the clash. Branden Sternberg, Brendan

Foster and Mike Cachia replaced Michael Foster, Rohan Brown, James Blackburn and Zach Lockie.

But nothing comes without cost – especially winning.

Skipper Damien Day may be out for the rest ofthe season with a compound fracture to a finger and goal-sneak Jack Duke was hampered with anankle problem.

Duke kicked a spectacular goal off the ground in a rolling wrestling matchduringthebreakaway third term.

Kyle Orr kicked three majors for the Crows and combined with Brendan Foster in aslick play that snagged a great goal in thefirst term.

Foster also got on the scoreboard, along with Levi Cox, Lee Marshall, Joe Mason, Lachie Pfeifer,Aaron Bones and Jake Hart.

Best players for the Crows included Zac Marrow, Steven Lodge and Sternberg.

Joel Berry and Brennan Deppeler were among the bestfor Creswick. Others included Joel Antonio, LukeRobertson and Alex Code.

Beaufort coach Dale Power celebrated the win after a string of close losses to Gordon, Buninyong and Hepburn in recent weeks.

“It’s been tight, frustrating. But we have to play four competitive quarters every week because wedon’t have the scoring capacities to do otherwise. A couple of losses lately could have gone eitherway,” he said.

“That’s footy. We have to roll with the punches.”

Creswick coach Damian Lubeek blamed the loss –which leaves the team 10 points adrift of the Central Highlands Football League top eight with four games to play–on a mental fade-out by his players.

“After the game I told the group I don’t have the answer. The fitness work they’ve been doing isfantastic. The training is really good. It was just above the shoulderstoday. That’s a real disappointingthing,” Lubeek said.

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Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

Magpies begin to fly with successive wins

YOU BEAUTY: Clunes’ Jesse Baird celebrates a goal during Saturday’s 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap. Picture: Kate Healy.
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CLUNEShas managed consecutive wins for the first time this season, after grindingout a 16-point victory over Rokewood-Corindhap.

In an intriguing affair between two inexperienced outfits, the Magpieseventually wore down their opponents to break away in the final term.

Until then, there was little between the two sides.

An even opening quarter saw Clunes lead by a solitary goal at the first change, whichwas reduced to just four points by half time.

Little changed in the third term, as the Magpies once again entered the final breakwith a six-point buffer.

Grasshoppers’ forward Aaron Clarke kicked truly in the opening minutes of the finalquarter to put his side in front, but Clunes quickly replied with a centre clearanceand goal.

From then on, the Magpies dominated.

In a game that was remarkably low-scoring until three quarter time, thingsquickly opened up for Clunes.

Suddenly it was able to find space in the forward line and hit the scoreboard, withJayden Hind (four goals) and Jesse Baird (three) proving a force in attack.

Joint-coach Jason Hill said his young side was able to find another gear in the last quarter.

“We carried the ball and broke the lines,” Hill said.

“At times we caught (the Grasshoppers) flat-footed on the rebound and I think that’swhere the difference was.

“We encouraged our quick runners and ball-users at three quarter time to tackle,tuck the ball under their wing and go with it.”

It was another missed opportunity for Rokewood-Corindhap, which performed wellin the midfield, but struggled to capitalise on its good work with scores.

Too often the Grasshoppers missed easy shots on goal or failed to hit targets in theirforward 50m.

Coach Michael Hynes described the result as “frustrating”.

“Our inability to use the football costs us week in, week out,” Hynes said.

“We continually don’t take our opportunities in the forward line and turn the footyover. Our last month of footy has been really good, and our contested footy, but wecontinually cough the ball up and don’t kick goals when we’re having easy set shots.

“It’s very disappointing and frustrating.”

Forward Cauis Barrenger was excellent for the Emerald Grain Grasshoppers, kicking three goals,while the performance of Jake Weston was also a highlight.

For the Magpies,utility Nick Hind showcased his class,as did Josh Lee.

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Club, match management to blame for lack of lights

Club, match management to blame for lack of lights

AFL Tasmania general manager Shaun Young has said there were failings on two accounts on Saturday when the TSL game between Western Storm and Glenorchy finished in near darkness without the Aurora Stadium lights being turned on.
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“One is that the lights weren’t on and should have been on and activated at three-quarter time and that has obviously failed to be done by Western Storm whose home game it was,” Young said.

“And once it was realised that wasn’t occurring then the match management of the day should have realised that and initiated that ourselves.”

Young said given the later start time of 2.45pm he believed it would have been appropriate for the lights to have been turned on at three-quarter time.

He said cost was not an issue in the failure to activate the lights.

“This is something I will need to further look into tomorrow when I am back at work as to the reasonwhy they weren’t initiated and implemented the lights and to ensure that doesn’t happen again.”

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Hockey gets green light at Welby: PHOTOS

Hockey gets green light at Welby: PHOTOS

Hockey gets green light at Welby: PHOTOS Lucinda Knowles (left) races a Burrawang opponent to the ball. Photo by Josh Bartlett
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Bowral’s Kell Corby (right) looks to take the ball away from a Burrawang opponent. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Bowral’s Lucinda Knowles takes the ball away from her defensive area. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Bowral’s Lucinda Knowles (right) looks to steal possession on Sunday. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Bowral’s Millie Arnott finds some space on Sunday. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Millie Arnott controls the ball before she looks to pass to a team mate. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Fiona Saunders starts to celebrate after scoring a goal. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Fiona Saunders starts to celebrate after scoring a goal. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Bowral’s Kell Corby looks to find a way past Burrawang goalkeeper Karen Algie. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Burrawang’s Leanne Cleary brings the ball back into play. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Bowral’s Grant Alcock looks to pass the ball to a team mate. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Mittagong’s Mark Chadwick (32) puts pressure on his Bowral opponent. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Craig Thomas takes the ball away for Mittagong. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Action from the Bowral Wallabies v Mittagong Cheetahs third grade men’s hockey game. Photo by Josh Bartlett

Action from the Mittagong firsts v Bowral Penguins seconds men’s hockey game. Photo by Josh Bartlett

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Penaluna leads way in back-to-back wins

Penaluna leads way in back-to-back wins

HOT HAND: Elyse Penaluna starred in the Bendigo Lady Braves victories against Hobart Chargers and Launceston Tornadoes. Picture: BILL CONROY
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TALENTED forward Elyse Penaluna showed how vital she will be in the Champions IGA Bendigo Lady Braves play-offs push in the weekend’s basketball double in Tasmania.

Penaluna achieved a team-high of 26 points in Friday night’s win in Hobartand followed up with 17 points in Saturday’s clash with Launceston.

Stand-in coach Bernie Harrower was rapt with Penaluna’s play and the team’s effort to achieve a clean-sweep in the latest round of the South East Australia Basketball League season.

“This was another massive weekend for us in terms of moving up the ladder and earning a home final,” Harrower said.

It was the second week running where Bendigo beat a team which had a superb record at home.

Hobart’s tally at home was 6-1 ahead of the round 14 clash.

After starting this season playing with Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, Penaluna rejoined the Lady Braves earlier this month.

Her first game back in the Bendigo colours was at Sandringham.

Penaluna’s play in attack and defence was a key feature of the Lady Braves wins against the Chargers and Tornadoes.

“Elyse showed just how good she is,” Harrower said.

“She dominated at Hobart. It was not just some big baskets, but her defensive play was a standout.

“Elyse can be a shot-blocker and some of the deflections became steals for us.”

Bendigo won a hard-fought duel withHobart.

The Chargers led 18-14 at quarter-time before Bendigo struck back to win the second term, 21-12.

Bendigo held a one-point lead at the start of the final term.

Hobart charged to a six-point buffer, but Bendigo struck back through the play of Stacia Robertson, Penaluna and Kerryn Harrington.

A three-pointer by Hobart’s Kathleen Scheer was answered with a basket by Harrington from beyond the arc.

Another three by Harrington put Bendigo in front.

When Wilson’s three capped a Penaluna defensive rebound the Braves led 64-58 at just over two minutes to play.

A great contest ended in a 66-64 victory for Bendigo.

Penaluna racked up 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The Australian Opals forward had great support from Kelly Wilson, 16 points and seven rebounds; Robertson, 14 points and 16 rebounds; and Harrington, 10 points.

Strong defence was a feature of Bendigo’s win against Launceston.

The Lady Braves led 35-32 at half-time and went on to win 80-53.

Best for the Lady Braves were Kelly Wilson 25 points; Robertson, 21 points and 13 rebounds; Penaluna, 17 points and 11 rebounds; Harrington, 14 points.

The Lady Braves are 10-7 and three wins clear of Frankston in the play-offs race.

Bendigo is at home next Saturday to play Canberra from 6pm.

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High winds and rain set to batter the south west of WA

High winds and rain set to batter the south west of WA

A cold front will bring heavy rain and wind to the South West. Photo: Chris HopkinsHeavy rains and high winds are likely to batter WA from Mandurah to Albany on Sunday.
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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the lower west, South West and south coastal districts.

This includes Mandurah, Bunbury, Busselton, Bridgetown, Margaret River and Albany.

A BoM spokesman said an approaching low pressure system and cold front would produce heavy rainfall between Bunbury and Walpole that could intensify from Sunday afternoon until Monday morning.

“Potentially damaging winds to 100km/h could also develop during Sunday morning about the Southwest Capes with the risk extending to coastal areas between Mandurah and Augusta in the afternoon,” he said.

Higher than normal tides may cause flooding of low-lying coastal areas in the Geographe Bay area, including Busselton and Dunsborough, on Sunday morning.

“This is typical weather for this of year, but winds and particularly the rain may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous,” the spokesman said.

If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

Perth, by comparison, seems set for a day of showers increasing into the evening with a maximum temperature of 20 degrees.

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Reclaim Australia Perth protesters face off with anti-racism activists

Reclaim Australia Perth protesters face off with anti-racism activists

Anti-Islam marchers at the Reclaim Australia rally held in Perth in April. Photo: Adrian BeattieRally organisers say ‘they stand against extremism’
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Two anti-racism protesters were handcuffed after a melee with police at the Reclaim Australia rally at Parliament House on Sunday.

About 250 protesters for the Reclaim Australia movement were greeted by a counter rally of equal numbers at Solidarity Park.

Some of the anti-racism activists, who were carrying banners and signs and heckling the right-wing group’s speeches, had gathered at close proximity behind the Reclaim Australia camp, chanting “Nazi scum off our streets”.

As the heckling grew more agitated police dragged a man from the crowd.

A group of about 50 other protesters rushed to the man’s aid and a number of police on horseback had to intervene between protesters and the police officers.

One man was handcuffed and brought to the northern side of Parliament Place.

Another man was also removed from the crowd and put into handcuffs.

About 40 police officers, some on horseback, were keeping a watchful eye on the opposing rallies and built lines of separation between the protesting groups.

Danielle of Fremantle brought her two teenaged children along to show support for Australian Muslims.

“I want Australian Muslims to know that not all Australians feel the way the Reclaim Australia supporters do,” she said.

“I’m embarrassed and shamed by them.”

Members of Anonymous – ‘an idea, not a group’, said they believed the federal government was causing the problem in creating a climate of fear.

“The threat isn’t Islam – it’s the government selling our future,” an Anonymous member said.

Craig from southern River was there to express his point of view as part of the Reclaim Australia movement.

“I’m sick of the hypocrisy and double standards, mate.”

He said he believed a kind of reverse racism had entered the Australian culture.

“It’s like their (Islamic) culture is more important than ours. My 10-year-old had never been in a nativity play because it might offend someone. No one’s banning Ramadan,” he said.

WA campaign group United Against Racism and Bigotry had called for people to challenge “racists and far-right activists” gathering at the historic site of the 1997 “Workers’ Embassy” via social media.

Earlier UABR spokesperson Miranda Wood said that there was no doubting the intent of the Reclaim Australia protesters who were also staging their rally at the park.

“Let’s be clear about who these people are. These people are racist. These people are dangerous. They openly oppose multiculturalism and immigration,” she said.

“We’re rallying to say these people have no right bringing their violent hate speech to our public spaces.”

Organisers for Reclaim Australia, who describe themselves on their Facebook page as “patriotic Australians” (…) who “stand together to stop halal tax, sharia law and islamisation”, said they were expecting a vocal turn-out of supporters from all walks of life, colour and ethnicity to stand against extremism. Early start at the Reclaim Australia and Anti-Racism rallies in Perth @AAPNewswire#perthnewspic.twitter南京夜网/oM9Lmgu0Tm— Sarah Motherwell (@SarahMotherwell) July 19, 2015

The organisation’s Facebook page said that the peaceful rally was part of a national Reclaim Australia campaign.

It intended to highlight to “the people of Australia that we have had enough of minorities not fitting in and trying to change our Australian cultural identity”.

“This is not a supremacist rally, it will simply be true blue, patriotic Aussies standing together to stop minorities changing our country to suit their needs.” the Facebook page announced.

Other similar rallies in Melbourne and Sydney have been marked with confrontation and violence and a strong police reaction including mounted police, the use of capsicum sprays and arrests.

Rallies and counter-rallies were also held on Sunday in Sydney, Hobart, Canberra, and Brisbane, with federal Coalition MP George Christensen addressing a Reclaim Australia rally in Mackay, Queensland.

Reclaim Australia organisers have been contacted for comment.

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Former Liberal Leader John Hewson critical of Tony Abbott’s response to Bronwyn Bishop expenses scandal

Former Liberal Leader John Hewson critical of Tony Abbott’s response to Bronwyn Bishop expenses scandal

Speaker of the House of Representatives and federal member for Mackellar Bronwyn Bishop at a press conference. Photo: James BrickwoodBishop left staff to check expensesFront-row rat in the Liberal Party ranks
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Former Liberal leader John Hewson says if Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to support Speaker Bronwyn Bishop throughout her expenses scandal, it will come at “enormous political cost”, while Treasurer Joe Hockey has continued to criticise Mrs Bishop.

Mr Abbott stood by Mrs Bishop  on Friday after she paid back more than $5000 in public money to take a helicopter from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser. Mr Abbott said Mrs Bishop was doing a good job and that he still had confidence in her.

But Mr Hewson said he was “staggered” by Mr Abbott’s decision to support Mrs Bishop. “He’s got to nip it in the bud, it’s just going to run hard against him,” he told Sky News.

“The fact that she’s just obfuscating rather than addressing the substance of the issue, as is he, is unsustainable.”

The Coalition’s support for Mrs Bishop, who also spent $90,000 on a trip to Europe, including $1000 a day on limousines, was inconsistent with its calls for former Speaker Peter Slipper to resign over allegations he misused $900 in taxi vouchers. Mrs Bishop’s trip was partly aimed at securing her a job with the International Parliamentary Union, based in Switzerland.

Mr Hewson was “staggered” at Mr Abbott’s decision, during a week when he had a chance to score political points against Labor, following Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s appearance at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions, and ahead of Labor’s national conference. “You’re spending all your time defending the indefensible,” he said.

“I just think it’s pretty bad short-term politics and it’ll end in tears for a lot of people.”

Mrs Bishop’s “only hope” to keep her job as Speaker was if she gave “a complete and honest and open account” of what happened and why, and to openly admit where she had tried to claim entitlements for the wrong purpose. This would give Mr Abbott an opportunity to deal with the scandal differently, he said.

“I suspect it’s too late for that, I suspect they’ve put the barricades up and they’re going to fight this at enormous political cost,” Mr Hewson said.

Mr Hewson said Mrs Bishop was “ducking and weaving”  on the issue. “It’s amazing how history bites you in the bum,” he told Sky News.

Mr Hockey criticised Mrs Bishop for a second time, saying he has “never heard of anyone” doing such a thing in his party.

But he says the scandal is now sucking too much oxygen from the political debate and he wished Australians would keep talking about “job security, economic security, and national security.”

Revelations that Mrs Bishop charged taxpayers $5227 to charter a helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong in November last year to attend a Liberal fundraiser are continuing to roil federal politics.

Mr Hockey called on Mrs Bishop to explain why she did so earlier this week, saying in a now-infamous radio 2UE interview that it didn’t pass the “sniff test”.

He was the first Abbott government minister to publicly call her behaviour into question, and Mrs Bishop fired back at him on Saturday – in a defiant press conference – saying: “Joe says some funny things sometimes, doesn’t he?”

“I think he said poor people don’t drive cars or something,” she said.

Asked on Sunday about Mrs Bishop’s reaction, Mr Hockey said it was good to see that she had admitted she made an error or judgement by taking the helicopter flight.

“She recognised that what she did was an error of judgment, paid the money and is cooperating with the Department of Finance, and that’s all happened since I had that interview with 2UE,” he told Andrew Bolt on Channel 10.

“I haven’t heard of anyone who has taken a helicopter to a fundraising event.”

Earlier on Sunday morning, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Mrs Bishop had done all she needed to do to make amends for the trip.

“She has acknowledged that she was wrong,” Mr Hunt said on ABC’s Insiders.

“I’m not going to comment on a colleague but I’ve made it clear… it was an error, it was wrong, she has repaid the full cost of it and with a penalty.”

But Former Treasurer Peter Costello weighed into the debate, saying Mrs Bishop needed to explain what she spoke about at the fundraiser in her official capacity that could have justified her helicopter flight.

Mr Costello said the rules must be tightened for parliamentary expenses to stop politicians misusing the system.

“The rule can’t be that you can just turn up somewhere and talk about Parliament because then it’s justified,” Mr Costello said on Channel 10.

“You could go to a wedding. You could go to a wedding, you could say. I could wander up to someone at a birthday party and say, “Look, I’d like to tell you about the Parliament.”

“That can’t be the rule. There has to be something other than the fundraiser. I assume there is. We’re all waiting for the explanation. We don’t know who the fundraiser was for.

Political leaders ramped up pressure on Mrs Bishop,.

NSW opposition leader Luke Foley said Mrs Bishop had no choice but to step down, saying in the past she has “disembowelled” public servants over their wasteful spending.

“What message does it send to the public if she keeps her job after the revelations?” Mr Foley said on Sky News on Sunday.

Greens senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon accused Mrs Bishop of fraud for spending more than $5000 on a chartered helicopter to attend a Liberal Party fundraiser. She later repaid the money.

“We have a situation where if Bronwyn Bishop signed the parliamentary form declaring her $5000 as a legitimate parliamentary expense, then it’s fraud and paying it back is not enough.,” she said.

“This is a weeping sore for the Abbott government.”

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Reclaim Australia group and protesters clash in Sydney

Reclaim Australia group and protesters clash in Sydney

Victor Waterson dressed as Ned Kelly, at the Reclaim Australian Rally in Martin Place. Photo: Michele Mossop Protesters rally in Martin Place. Photo: James Bullen
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Protesters have clashed violently in Martin Place as Reclaim Australia rallies and counter-rallies continued on Sunday.

Several men wearing Australian flags were chased by protesters at about 10.20am. The counter-rally was to interrupt the rally by Reclaim Australia, a far-right nationalist group who were protesting  against what they call the “Islamisation of Australia”.

Protesters shouted “Nazi scum, off our streets,” as they gave chase down Pitt Street.

Three arrests have been made. One woman has been arrested for assaulting police. Two men have been arrested, one for offensive behaviour and one for breach of peace.

None have yet been charged.

Separate rallies continue at the top and bottom of Martin Place, with a heavy police presence restricting some movement through the area. About 300 ‘Protesters’ at the #Sydney#ReclaimAustralia rally. pic.twitter南京夜网/VKhl5F1COm— Jarah Crook (@jarahcrook) July 19, 2015

In Melbourne on Saturday, about 50 Reclaim Australia protesters were met by anti-racism protesters. Hundreds of police armed with pepper spray, as well as horse-mounted officers , were called in to break up the violent scuffles between the two groups.

Reclaim Australia rallies in cities around Australia, including Sydney, also attracted ugly scenes in April. At that time, police had to intervene in violent clashes  between anti-Islam and anti-racist protesters

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Fashion designer Alex Perry and businesswoman Katie Page release luxe apartments

Fashion designer Alex Perry and businesswoman Katie Page release luxe apartments

Retail powerhouse Katie Page, the CEO of Harvey Norman, has developed the plush M3565 apartment collection on the Gold Coast. Photo: Supplied Katie Page, the CEO Harvey Norman retail group and one of Australia’s most powerful business figures.
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After almost 10 years in the making, red carpet couturier to the stars Alex Perry has finally released his namesake apartment collection to the Brisbane market.

The global financial crisis caused the bottom to fall out of the economy, like a poorly made pair of pants, shortly after the plans for Alex Perry Residential were first drawn. But the one and two-bedroom pads in Fortitude Valley are nearing settlement.

Perry, a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model and known for his rock star runway shows, really knows style, dressing the glamour project with a rooftop “aqua lounge”, horizon pool and Grecian-style pavilion with flowing curtains, plus gym and concierge.

McGrath Real Estate’s Sherrie Storor is helping buyers find the right fit among the available apartments, with about 30 per cent available.

The designer has frocked up some of the world’s sexiest women, from local beauties including Myer face Jennifer Hawkins (pictured with Perry) and Megan Gale, to Hollywood actresses Sandra Bullock and Jessica Chastain, and supermodel Heidi Klum.

And south, on the glittering Gold Coast, one of Australia’s most powerful businesswomen is the force behind a boutique block of apartments, which are the latest high-end offering to luxury-conscious international buyers.

Architect Virginia Kerridge has designed Harvey Norman chief executive Katie Page’s ultra swish development at postcard-worthy Main Beach, with frontage to that famously endless stretch of sand.

Named M3565, the project was flagged earlier this year and is expected to commence construction soon. Page, who is married to the retail chain’s chairman Gerry Harvey, has kept it super exclusive, with only seven residences.

The off-the-plan global sales push, which is now underway, is being handled by Christie’s realty head Ken Jacobs, who adds M3565 to his selective books, which includes Eureka Tower penthouse E82 and actor Mel Gibson’s Costa Rica jungle hideaway, Playa Barrigona.

Six of the apartments cover single floors, each with a different look and layout, including natural materials and huge balconies, and the penthouse, which has a plunge pool, spans two levels.]]>DomainThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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John Barker says inexperienced Blues need to keep driving high standards

John Barker says inexperienced Blues need to keep driving high standards

Interim Blues coach John Barker. Photo: AFL Media/Getty ImagesSpare a thought for John Barker, as he tries to impress the Carlton board enough to land the senior coaching role at Carlton for 2016 and beyond.
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After a 42-point loss to Fremantle at Domain Stadium on Saturday night, his next assignment is to get his young side ready to play Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium next Friday night.

“How did they go today?” he asked in the post-match press conference after the Blues’ loss to the Dockers.

“Beat Sydney by 89 points,” was the reply.

“Is that all? So that looks like it’s going to be a solid challenge next week.”

On Saturday night the Blues had 11 players on Domain Stadium with less than 50 games experience; Fremantle had four.

Plus Carlton had Brad Walsh on debut, Tom Fields in his second game and Nick Holman in his fifth. The difference in experience between the Blues and the Dockers was 940 games – which is nearly 43 games per player.

And when asked if there was anyone expected back from injury to help with their battle against the in-form Hawks (who have now won seven consecutive games and have moved into third spot on the ladder), Barker gave a nervous laugh when he full understood what his answer would be.

“Nah, in terms of injuries, we are still a couple of weeks away from having Nick Graham (foot injury), who has only played six games anyway,” he said. Graham has played six this year, for a total of just 16.

“That was our 40th player that we have played this year.”

The Gold Coast has also used 40; Fremantle just 28.

Already out for the remainder of the season are Dale Thomas (shoulder, with 182 games), Bryce Gibbs (pectoral muscle, 187) and Robbie Warnock (shoulder, 87, but not consistently in the starting line-up anyway).

Dennis Armfield (arm, 125), David Ellard (calf, 59) and Andrew Walker (knee, 186) are all expected back before the end of the season, but not next week.

Five of the Blues’ remaining seven games are against sides currently in the eight – the Hawks (twice), North Melbourne, Collingwood and the GWS.

But Barker said that he had a responsibility over the remaining rounds to improve the standard of play.

“What I can’t do is waste a half of season of footy and there is a lot that goes into that in terms of the standards that we need to lift to be a better football team,” he said. “And it’s not just about on the field and there is a lot in terms of the environment that creates a good club.

“At the moment, we don’t have much of a choice with our list in terms of who we play, so I think everyone understands where we are at; we know where we are at and we just have to make the most of the situation we are in and keep driving these boys to higher standards.

“We can’t keep missing easy targets, we can’t keep dropping easy marks if we want to be a good team.

“You miss those easy marks, those easy targets, you know, does it just etch away at your spirit a little bit…?

“It’s good for the Carlton people to see these young players, these inexperienced players play footy.

“There are a few of them who are really going to make up our future going forward and we just have to play with good method, but with an effort that lasts for four quarters.”

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Gerard FitzGerald hopes to land AFL assistant coaching role

Gerard FitzGerald hopes to land AFL assistant coaching role

The VFL’s longest-serving coach, Gerard FitzGerald, says he is hopeful of landing a job as an AFL assistant coach, admitting he is at the peak of his powers at 58.
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FitzGerald was informed by the Roosters board last month his contract won’t be renewed at the end of the season as the club enters a new phase with the end of its AFL alignment with North Melbourne.

His has since employed a manager, Damien Smith, as he attempts to retain a job in football, possibly in a development role.

He has overseen the development of former Rooster, now Hawks premiership player, Isaac Smith, ex-Roo Cam Richardson, and  Darren Jolly, Nick Maxwell, Josh Gibson, James Frawley and the Brown brothers, Nathan and Mitch, over a 19-year span.

“I enjoy my coaching now as much as I ever have and I feel I’m still coaching well,” FitzGerald said on Saturday. “I had a very positive review conducted by the board at the end of last year and I was really encouraged by the findings of that review. I’m  keen to continue to push on and continue to have a good coaching/leadership role in footy. I’ve got to hope that there are other options.”

He accepts the challenge for the next Roosters coach will be an enormous one. North Ballarat is desperate to remain in the league, but there are many doubters.

“We all knew that. That’s why I thought I could provide that stability and continuity and take the club through this next transition. That’s why I requested an extension,” FitzGerald said. “I think everybody realises  it’s going to be a challenging period. I believe country Victoria needs a team that is going to be represented in the VFL and I think the VFL is enhanced by having a country team.”

FitzGerald believes the Roosters are better positioned than the now defunct Bendigo Gold was.

“They were different models though,” he said. “They [Bendigo] tried to create a club up there and really good football people tried very, very hard. We have a high quality footy club at North Ballarat which represents the city of the wider region. The North Ballarat model is a lot better equipped to be able to handle the challenges.

“Therefore you need a distinct model of recruitment. I’ve always thought the best way to recruit players is to sell the city as a high-quality venue, the university and apprenticeships is what we try to do with our boys and then retain our own experience rather than trying to chase the market.”

There is doubt, however, that all three recruits will remain at the club beyond this season.


Sandringham recruits Clint Jones and Mitch Brown were the keys to the Zebras’  13-point win over Werribee at Avalon Airport Oval.

Jones racked up 30 disposals, while Brown, who is believed to have attracted interest from AFL clubs Fremantle, Essendon and StKilda, racked up 23 touches and a goal. The Tigers led by three points at the last change. Eric Wallace even kicked the opening goal of the last term for an eight-point lead, before goals to Ahmed Saad and Brodie Murdoch. First-gamer Tom Wilkinson gave the Zebras a 13-point buffer and an eventual match-winner lead.


Demons ruckman Mark Jamar and midfielder Jack Grimes were the best in Casey’s 47-point win over the Northern Blues, while Essendon escaped with a 22-point win over North Ballarat.


Sandringham deserves a top four spot after a gutsy win at Avalon Airport Oval. Casey is genuinely a finals contender this season.


“In many ways, he’s [Luke Kiel] typical of the North Ballarat player. He’s a boy from country Victoria, and headed into Ballarat to give his footy a good go and he’s continuing to develop into a very good player and a very good influence on how we play.” (North Ballarat coach Gerard FitzGerald).


Tom Wilkinson (Sandringham) – Stood up at the Zebras’ time of need to kick a match-winner.


eelong v Footscray, Simonds Stadium, 11.42am

Richmond v Port Melbourne, Punt Road Oval, 1pm

Coburg v Box Hill Hawks, Piranha Park, 2pm

Frankston v Collingwood, Frankston Oval, 2pm

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