Archive for April, 2019

Qld moves to toughen offender monitoring

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Queensland’s Liberal National Party opposition will support the Labor government’s laws allowing serious child sex offenders to be monitored for life, despite slamming them as not good enough.
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The government introduced the changes on Tuesday as an add-on to a bill amending police powers, with Queensland Attorney-general Yvette D’Ath indicating they would be passed on Tuesday evening.

“We recognise the importance of having this completed in a timely way,” Ms D’Ath said.

Under the changes, a serious child sex offender on a Dangerous Prisoner (Sex Offender) Order will automatically move to the new monitoring measures when that order expires.

The measures include regular reporting to police, registering their home address and providing passwords to their social media accounts.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP tried a number of times on Tuesday to introduce their own version of the legislation, but were blocked by the government.

She said despite that frustration, the LNP would vote in favour of Labor’s changes.

“We need to be doing something, and whilst Labor’s laws go a slight step in the right direction they simply don’t go far enough,” Ms Frecklington said.

The LNP wants all serious sexual offenders, not just child sex offenders, to to be monitored for the rest of their lives, and for GPS trackers on ex-DPSO offenders to be mandatory, not optional.

The changes follow community concern about the notorious sex offender Robert John Fardon, whose supervision order ends next month.

A Court of Appeal hearing in Fardon’s case has been set down for September 26, exactly one week before his supervision order is due to be lifted.

The LNP used Question Time to criticise the government for rushing the law changes through, claiming it was connected to the Fardon case.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that commentary was “irresponsible and reckless”.

“There is a current appeal before the court, I have legal advice that anything that is stated around this matter could jeopardise that appeal,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

But Ms Frecklington denied they were being reckless in mentioning the Fardon case.

“Look I’m a lawyer and I know exactly what I’ve said and done,” she said.

Just under 300 people are understood to currently be under DPSO orders, with 150 living in the community, while around 35 of the orders are due to expire in the next five years.


First annual home price fall in six years

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House prices in ‘s capital cities have fallen on an annual basis for the first time since 2012.
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But the drop, led by falls in Sydney and Melbourne, isn’t considered significant in the scheme of things, given the dizzy heights prices had reached.

Capital city house prices fell 0.7 per cent nationally in the three months to June, according to the latest n Bureau of Statistics’ Residential Property Price Index released on Tuesday.

They also fell 0.6 per cent during the year to June 2018, the first annual fall recorded in six years.

Those national falls can be largely attributed to price drops in the big markets of Sydney and Melbourne.

The drop was greatest in Sydney in the June quarter, where house prices fell by 1.2 per cent, marking the fourth consecutive quarter in which they have declined.

Prices in Melbourne fell by 0.8 per cent in the three months to June, the city’s second consecutive quarterly drop.

Less demand for homes and a tightening of lending to investors played a role in the falls, ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said.

But he has stressed they aren’t significant in the bigger picture.

“These are falls from pretty high levels,” he told AAP on Tuesday.

“Sydney over the last five years is actually up 56 per cent, so in the context of where we’ve come from, these aren’t significant.

“They tend to support those who suggest that we’re probably in for a period of sustained flat prices, rather than any of those catastrophic falls that some of the more dramatic forecasters tend to look at.”

House prices were also down in Darwin (by 0.9 per cent) and slightly down in Perth (by 0.1 per cent).

But prices rose in the June quarter in Brisbane (0.7 per cent), Adelaide (0.3 per cent) and Canberra (0.3 per cent).

They were also up a whopping three per cent in Hobart.

Employment growth in Tasmania and more visits from tourists have likely pushed up prices in the island state’s capital, Mr Hockman said.

“They seem to be outperforming the others for quite a while now, which is unusual for Tasmania,” he said.

“They’re marching to their own drum beat.”

The average price of a home in is now $686,200, the figures show.

The total value of ‘s 10 million residential properties is $6.9 trillion, which has fallen by $13.3 billion.


Opinion: Maximum volume can create dubious truth

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No matter how dodgy a statement may be, if you say it loudly or publicly enough, gullible people might just believe it.
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Take these completely hypothetical scenarios, not at all connected to actual events.

Imagine being the dominant player in your chosen sport and given gender, winner of, let’s say23 grand slams, I mean major titles, and you are used to winning and expected to beat another star-struck former fan in your home-country event.

Surprisingly, you find yourself up against it.

Your opponent is proving to be better than expected.

You’ve just served a couple of double faults, I mean made a couple of mistakes, and then unexpectedly you get penalised by the umpire, I mean match official, for being coached from the stands.

Either you could accept the punishment, knuckle down and try and beat this young pretender with your superior game, or you could spit the dummy, smash your racquet, I mean sporting equipment, and launch into some diatribe about fairness and sexism – even though your coach subsequently admits the unfairness and the only way your sport is sexist is by awarding equal prize money despite women having to do 40 per cent less work.

If the latter is your path of choice, remember to repeat the “it’s not fair” mantra no less than 20 times and tell your post-match press conference you are “here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff”.

You may be displaying unsporting conduct and being correctly penalised for repeated rule violations and disrespecting authority, but remember to make it all about over-zealous officialdom, gender bias, maybe even racism.

Say it often enough and loud enough and not only will your home crowd believe you, but you’ll get an ovation from the supposedly impartial female press corps at Flushing Meadows, I mean your particular arena.

Similarly, if you are the best-supported team in a domestic football code and bang on enough about the physical demands of having to fly the width of to play a match, fickle fans might conveniently forget that your opponents do it nearly every other week throughout the season.

And just because a couple of Russian agents happen to have Googled the height of Salisbury Cathedral’s spireand can happily recite“123 metres”on state-sponsored television, doesn’t mean they weren’t really in the English city to assassinate an undesirable with a lethal chemical.

Rob Shaw is a Fairfax journalist

NEWCASTLE RL Four previous grandfinal defeats won’t faze Lakes coach Todd Edwards ahead of Sunday’s decider against South Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium

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Todd Edwards says he is not haunted by the “ghosts” of four previous grandfinal defeats.
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And he insists the “chokers” tag, which has cropped up on social media already this week, upsets his wife a lot more than it bothers him.

Big dance: Coach Todd Edwards has taken teams to six grandfinals but never won one. He is hoping to change that on Sunday with Lakes United.

“Mate, that sort of stuff from people I don’t even know iswater off a ducks back to be honest,” he said.

“There are plenty ofbetter coaches out there than me who have never got their team to a grandfinal.

“In saying that, I wouldn’t mind winning one for a change though either.”

The Lakes United coach gets the chance on Sunday when the Seagulls take on South Newcastle in the Newcastle Rugby League decider at McDonald Jones Stadium.

While Lakes were the minor premiers, Souths won the major semifinal 20-12 between the two sides 10 days ago and will go into the decider as slight favourite.

Edwards knows better than most what thebig dance is all about come September.

He was there three years in a row in first grade with Cessnock in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and again in 2012.

His side lost to Wests 12-10 in 08 before going down to Wyong 34-6 thefollowing year, then24-8 to Maitland.

In 2012, it was an agonising 16-14 defeat at the hands of the Rosellas.

“If you throw in the two I lost in reserve grade with the Goannas, that makes six all up so the record is not real flash,” he quipped.

“And I can honestly say I’ve never watched any of them back.”

“We probably should have won it in 08, we hadthree blokes sent off the following year against Wyong, were really busted with blokes needled up everywhere against Maitland the next year and led 8-0 against Wests in 2012 and got done.

“But you at least give yourself a chance by getting there and we’ll be there on Sunday giving it everything we’ve got.”

READ MORE: Newcastle sportWin or lose, Edwards says he will be proud of the team’s achievements.

“I’ve got nothing but admiration for all the boys and this is all about them –it’s not about me,” he said.

“It’s a really young group and I think it is fair to say we have over-achieved. At the start of the season, there wasn’t anyone tipping us to be in this position.

“But these kids have turned up week after week, willing to learn and they have been relentless and tenacious the way they have gone about things.All credit goes to them.”

While Souths will trainat the stadium on Thursday night, Lakes knocked back the offer of a Friday session at the ground so as not to change their routine.

Opinion: Revenge, the most ‘sincere’ human motive

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I don’t think it’s as surprising as people say that Malcolm Turnbull said in the news and on Twitter last week he had lobbied his replacement Scott Morrison andother Liberal colleagues in relation to the uncertainty around Peter Dutton’s eligibility to be an MP, believing he should be referred to the High Court.
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Turnbull made it clear he was even willing to cross the floor and vote with the Labor Party in relation to Dutton’s eligibility.

Dutton makes a leadership challenge that leads to Turnbull’s replacement as prime minister and now Turnbull wants the new PM to deliver Dutton’s eligibility to the High Court. Are these events connected?

The fear of finding needles in strawberries has reached Lavington (in country NSW) this week when a local eight-year-old girl found a needle in the strawberry she was about to bite into for her after-school snack.

Needles in strawberries have now been found in all six states of . What’s the motive?

Why are needles being put into strawberries, risking harm to innocent little girls?

Who would do such a thing?

I don’t know who, but what’s the bet the “why” is some misguided and warped version of revenge and will prove yet again that almost all the evils of the world emanate from revenge.

I could consider the wrongs of revenge, but that would be predictable reading for you and lazy writing from me.

I may be wrong, and I hope I am, but after 18 years in ministry, I have come to believe that revenge is the most reliable, “sincere” and pure of all human motives.

Pure evil maybe, but pure all the same.

If so, Jesus’ forgiveness of his executioners is quite underrated.

Vice is simple. It’s virtue that is the mystery of this world.

Why are people good to us?

Maybe they are good, but maybe they are good to us because they hope to benefit from it.

Maybe people are only nice to us because it makes their world easier.

Maybe the only reason someone is being nice to us is because they’re being paid to be nice to us – this would explain why at fast food drive-thrus the person taking your order is so much more patient with you than the people in the car behind you.

However, sometimes even the person being paid to serve you is actually rude to you, which only proves that even money can’t buy you love.

But revenge is a motive that isobvious and uncomplicated.

Even good people can find themselves dreaming of getting revenge on their enemies, and they can justify it too.

The most famous quote regarding revenge is of course:“revenge is a dish best served cold”.

The origin of this saying is vague but ancient.

It advises that revenge is more satisfying if carried out later, when either long-feared or unexpected.

This saying has never really made sense to me as I think most people don’t have the patience to wait and follow its advice.

However, the saying has a fascination for us as we witness from time to time the phenomenon of revenge acted on only after many years.

Why? I don’t think it’s because people are actively waiting for time to pass.

I think it’s more a case that, even after many years, the pain of being betrayed or robbed of what was ours still hasn’t gone away.

Perhaps it’s possible the opportunity to act on this human motive only presented itself after a very long time as is the case in Alexandre Dumas’classic novelThe Count of Monte Cristo.

Perhaps the motive for revenge is so pure that even the passing of many years does little to dilute it.

Sometimes things need to be taken away from people for their own good or the good of others. I get that.

However, failing this, in my experience and my advice to you is: in order to avoid the awful consequences of revenge, even years down the track, never unnecessarily betray someone or take from someone that which they value.

Remember, it doesn’t matter what value you place on these things, what matters is what value they place on them. Just ask… lots of people.

Newcastle Ballet Theatre faces $44,000 in fees to Lake Macquarie City Council to move from one Cardiff rental property to another

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Backlash: Newcastle Ballet Theatre owner Rider Vierling says his business will be crippled if he is forced to pay more than $44,000 worth of development contribution fees for moving from one rental property to another in Cardiff. Picture: Marina NeilA Cardiff ballet schoolowner says more than $44,000 worth of fees, being imposed by Lake Macquarie City Council as part of his small business’move from one rental property to another, will cripple his operation.
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Butcouncil has defended the fee, saying itwill help pay for much-needed road upgrades and maintenance in the suburb.

Rider Vierling, who runs Newcastle Ballet Theatre, planned to move from theMunibung Road premisesto a larger space about 600 metres away on Mitchell Road.

When he lodged an application with council for a change of use atthe new property, he was toldit would cost $44,700 in development contributions.

Lake Macquarie council, like others across the state, charges fees as part of the development approval process to raise money to maintain and upgrade essential infrastructure, such as local roads.

Council will spend $3.2 million of its own money on roadsat Cardiff, with$7.8 million to come from development contributions.

Mr Vierling saidthepolicy was “anti-small business”.

“I would be shocked to find any small business that could afford to pay $45,000and be out of pocket essentially for no return,” he said.

“Essentially it’s [council] trying to fill their coffers to cover the road improvements for the area.”

Council charges the fees only in areas where maintenance or improvements are deemed necessary –there are several parts of Lake Macquarie where the feeswould not be charged.

Mr Vierling said it was important for his business to remain in Cardiff, so the move would be abandoned if hisfees weren’t significantly reduced or waived.

“If wemoved to, say, Belmont we would have no fee attached, but our issue with that is we are a community school,” he said.“We have local kids and we are established in this community.”

A council spokesperson said the fee wasbased on the number of peak vehicle journeys the business was expected to generate each day.

Council predictedthe ballet theatre wouldgenerate 41 journeys.

“The existing local road network of Cardiff and surrounds cannot meet the increased traffic anticipated from future development, so requires various upgrades for which a contribution is required by council,” the spokesperson said.

“Increased traffic is expected to come from both development of vacant sites and the change of use of existing sites.”

When asked whether the fee was a disincentive for small businesses to move to Cardiff, the spokesperson said council“acknowledges there is an impact to businesses”but it was“imperative”to upgrade local roads to meet the needs of growing areas.

Council is reviewing whether the ballet school will generate 41 peak vehicle trips per day and staff are considering a review of the policy“in relation to levying employment generating developments”.

In news today September 18, 2018:

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Eagles’ Jetta inspired by NBA superstars

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West Coast’s Lewis Jetta has averaged almost 17 possessions per game in his 18 AFL games this year.West Coast’s Lewis Jetta has a potential treat in store for AFL fans this weekend, and it involves Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
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Jetta sent tongues wagging two weeks ago when he unleashed a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired celebration after kicking the go-ahead goal in the Eagles’ qualifying final win over Collingwood.

The 29-year-old has been busy watching more YouTube celebrations and he’s liked what he’s seen from NBA legends Jordan and Bryant.

“I’ve been watching them when they hit the winning shot, fist forward and they tap the ground twice,” Jetta said before Saturday’s preliminary final against Melbourne at Optus Stadium.

“So I might do that one.

“Maybe I will do ones from LeBron James or (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.”

Expressive goal celebrations are common in America but are rarely seen in .

Jetta wants to help change that, believing a good celebration can be crucial in pumping up teammates.

“I figured if I do a goal celebration against Collingwood it would get the boys up, because last year I did celebrations and it got them up,” he said.

“In some games momentum turned and I figured this will be the perfect time to do it now.

“And we kicked another two goals after that.”

Jetta’s celebrations haven’t always gone down well, however.

In 2015 while playing for Sydney, he performed an indigenous war dance that involved throwing a make-believe spear in the direction of Eagles fans, who interpreted it as an act of aggression.

Jetta later revealed that he was merely recreating a dance that was taught to him by indigenous teenagers from the Flying Boomerangs, who perform the war cry overseas when playing for .

He performed the dance that day in support of then-teammate Adam Goodes, who had been unfairly booed by the crowd.

So what are the chances of Jetta being able to unleash a goal celebration against the Demons on Saturday?

Pretty slim, with Jetta having been stationed in defence all year.

His goal against Collingwood was his first of the season.

Jetta’s rebound run and precise kicking has become a vital weapon this year, setting up numerous attacking opportunities.

And his role in taking West Coast’s indigenous players under his wing has also been vital.

Goal sneak Liam Ryan, who copped a two-match ban for an early-morning car crash in July, praised Jetta for helping him turn his life around.

He described Jetta as like an older brother, saying the support he had received from the 172-gamer was vital.


Climate experts call for WA fracking ban

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The scientists will call on the government for a comprehensive ban on fracking.The former head of the CSIRO’s atmospheric research team and a former premier are among a group of more than 50 experts urging the West n government to permanently ban fracking in the state.
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Graeme Pearman and Carmen Lawrence will visitWA’s state parliament in Perth on Tuesday morning to call for the ban on fracking, with an open letter that also includes support from 2003 n of the Year Fiona Stanley and Climate Council chief Tim Flannery.

The group penned the letter as they await the release of the final report by the WA Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into fracking.

The WA Labor government called for the inquiry to decide on the future of the method after placing a moratorium on it throughout the state, as well as banning onshore gas fracking in the Perth, South West and Peel regions.

The group of experts has grown from more than 30 scientists co-ordinated by the left-leaning Institute who also urged the Northern Territory government to ban fracking.

Former CSIRO atmospheric research headGraeme Pearman says WA is facing severe dry conditions with increasing fire seasons and heat waves as a result of global warming.

“Within our children’s lifetime, we are facing potential temperature rises of up to 6.5 degrees, with largely irreversible impacts on water supply, coastal flooding, crop and grazing production, human health and biodiversity,” Professor Pearman said.

Climate Analytics CEO Bill Hare says fracking will make it impossible for to meet its emission reduction target and threaten global Paris agreement targets.

The Institute for Financial and Energy Analysis’ Bruce Robertson says fracking in the state will drive up domestic gas prices to above global parity prices, as has happened in the eastern states.