Nick Kaldas would ‘seriously consider’ becoming NSW police commissioner

Nick Kaldas would ‘seriously consider’ becoming NSW police commissioner if asked Photo: Nic WalkerNick Kaldas says he would “seriously consider” becoming the next NSW police commissioner, should the job be offered to him by the state government.

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The former NSW police deputy commissioner who resigned in March after 34 years on the force, was asked on ABC Radio National’s breakfast program if he would take the job after Andrew Scipione retires.

“I’ve always had a passion for serving NSW and I’ve absolutely had a passion for helping the men and women of NSW police,” he said.

“If called on I would have to seriously consider it. But I’m doing other things now and I’m heading in a different direction.”

“There would have to firstly be a request and we would look at what happens next”.

However, Mr Kaldas added: “I’m in a different space at the moment. I don’t really see that happening in the current environment.”

“Anything could happen in the next six or 12 months I guess,” he said. “I would give it very serious consideration if I was asked”.

A spokesman for Premier Mike Baird declined to comment.

When Mr Kaldas unexpectedly quit the force in March he said: “You reach a point in life where you realise there are other things you can do and there are more preferable places to be at various points in your life”.

He and other senior police have been waiting for the NSW Ombudsman to deliver the report of Operation Prospect, a marathon investigation into a police bugging operation, codenamed Mascot, which ran between 1999 and 2001.

Mascot used a corrupt policeman, codenamed M5, to target allegedly corrupt police and a journalist with a listening device.

Mr Kaldas was bugged by Mascot, of which his former fellow deputy commissioner Catherine Burn was team leader. A parliamentary inquiry recommended he and others receive a formal apology.

Fairfax Media revealed last year that the Ombudsman was considering seeking advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions about potential criminal charges against Mr Kaldas.

The article outlined an allegation that Mr Kaldas misled the office of then Ombudsman Bruce Barbour about the source of documents given to him about Mascot.

This prompted a furious response from Mr Kaldas who via his lawyers accused the Ombudsman of bias and claimed Prospect – which had already run for two years – was “invalidated and must be held again afresh”.

Three months earlier Mr Baird had announced that Mr Scipione, due to retire that September, had agreed to stay on for up to two years.

The Prospect report is due to be handed to the government by the end of this year.

Mr Kaldas, who has been working with the United Nations investigating chemical warfare in Syria, was recently appointed to a panel investigating murders attributed to an alleged British army agent who infiltrated the Provisional IRA, codenamed “Stakeknife”.

Mr Kaldas has previously led the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.

NT royal commission: Tiwi Islands community feels betrayed by government

Royal commissioner Margaret White (left) and Sister Anne Gardiner, a 63-year veteran of the Bathurst Island convent. Photo: Hasnah Harari Royal Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White with Tiwi totemic statues. Photo: Hasnah Harari

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When Sister Anne Gardiner arrived on the Tiwi Islands, she met the women who, as young girls, had been brought out of the bush nearly 40 years earlier to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart’s then new convent.

The convent is still there. So too is Sister Anne, 85, who arrived on Bathurst Island in 1953 and has seen the community changed almost beyond recognition.

“The girls who came in 1915 were still close to the old ways but since then certainly everything has just happened too quickly,” Sister Anne said.

“Change has been thrown onto a group of people too quickly. They weren’t helped, they just had to grab and run. We’re dysfunctional now.”

On Monday, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory held a community meeting at Wurrumiyanga, the largest Tiwi settlement, and it was Sister Anne who set the tone.

Rising to her feet, the diminutive nun stopped the meeting, telling the story of a young Tiwi teenager sent to the controversial Don Dale Youth Detention Centre for stealing a car, after going to the mainland with his parents who disappeared into alcohol.

“There is only one path ahead for the Tiwi people. When are we going to take responsibility to help our kids here?” she said, to mounting applause.

Commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda are on a fortnight trip around the Territory addressing community meetings after conducting their first public hearings last week in Darwin.

The Monday meeting heard claims about children roaming the streets at night and into the early hours, of children under the age of 10 carrying out break and enters, of an absence of child welfare facilities, and a lack of help for young people returning to the islands after being released from jail in Darwin, among other systemic failures.

Many people – black and white – said the scandal surrounding the Don Dale centre proved the urgent need for Tiwi islanders to run their own affairs, free from government interference, with the same autonomy that had been extended to Torres Strait Islanders.

“White fellas haven’t got it right for 200 years so why not give the Tiwi people a go,” said Tiwi Council adviser Brian Clancy.

About 3500 people live on the Tiwi Islands. They lie about 80 kilometres north of Darwin and comprise Bathurst and Melville islands and a group of smaller uninhabited islands.

Christianity has been a strong influence since Catholic missionaries arrived in 1912. Now Australian rules football is big too.

Champion Michael Long was born there; Maurice and Cyril Rioli came in courtesy the stolen generations. The biggest sign at the airport proclaims AFL club Essendon supports the local team. Unfortunately the Tiwi Bombers went down to Nightcliff on Sunday.

The royal commission followed revelations last July by the ABC programme Four Corners of tear-gassing and youths being shackled with handcuffs and fitted with spit hoods at the Don Dale Centre and other NT Correction Services facilities. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called a royal commission the following day.

Tiwi elder Marius Pirrawayyingi, who established the Elders Visiting Service to Don Dale in 2005, told the meeting he felt betrayed by the Corrections Service and the Territory government.

“The things that went on in Don Dale happened right under our nose and we were none the wiser,” he said.

“I feel guilty and cheated. It was all about protecting themselves and they ignored their duty of care to the children.”

The principal of Wurrumiyanga’s Xavier Catholic College, Tess Fong, said Tiwi people would be far better at solving their own problems, and that should start from early parenting.

“You do need to fix the top level but you’ve got to fix the foundation,” she said.

“We white people can only do so much. We love kids, but we’re not Tiwi.”

Anthony Albanese fails to endorse Bill Shorten’s key ally Kimberley Kitching for Senate

“Quite clearly [Kimberley Kitching] had the support of some significant figures from the Victorian branch and that’s a matter for them”: NSW Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Labor leader Bill Shorten’s support for Ms Kitching is seen as key to her securing the plum spot. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has refused to endorse Kimberley Kitching for a plum Senate seat, placing him at loggerheads with Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Ms Kitching, a key ally and friend of Mr Shorten, was parachuted in to fill the Senate vacancy created by the retirement of Stephen Conroy, with the Opposition’s Leader support, on Friday.

But in a thinly veiled reference to the behind-closed-doors decision to install Ms Kitching to the role, Mr Albanese – a former deputy prime minister who stood against Mr Shorten in the 2013 leadership contest – said ALP members should be given a greater say in Senate preselections.

Mr Albanese also slapped down Victorian Labor senator Gavin Marshall, who on Monday foreshadowed he would work to unseat Albanese ally and Labor MP Andrew Giles and possibly frontbench health spokeswoman Catherine King.

Ms Kitching was on Thursday selected unopposed by Victorian Labor’s 100 person Public Office Selection committee for the casual Senate vacancy, which will see her serve almost all of the six-year term. Mr Shorten’s support for her is seen as key to her securing the plum spot.

Her selection has triggered concern in some sections of the ALP. The federal government has used Ms Kitching’s selection and the fact that she was referred for “further investigation” by the Heydon royal commission into trade unions to attack the Opposition Leader and make the case for the passage of its bills to re-establish the construction industry watchdog and the establishment of a Registered Organisations Commission to monitor unions.

Mr Albanese, who had pushed for Labor party reforms in the 2013 leadership contest, repeatedly refused to endorse Ms Kitching’s preselection on Tuesday, pointing out that as a NSW MP he did not have a say in Victorian matters.

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One Nation policies: The definitive guide to the views of Pauline Hanson and her senators

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts delivers his first speech in the Senate as fellow senators Brian Burston, Pauline Hanson and Rod Culleton listen. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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Senator Pauline Hanson delivers her first speech in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

It’s One Nation’s plan to make Australia great again.

While the Pauline Hanson-led party has policies listed on its websites, a review of its four senator’s first speeches reveal the party’s priorities.

And its inconsistencies.

Senators Pauline Hanson, Malcolm Roberts, Brian Burston and Rod Culleton all have plans to reform immigration – but different ideas of how to go about it.

The group also have pet projects, ranging from exposing climate change, to exposing the banks to exposing welfare cheats to exposing the “black armband version of history” being taught in school curriculums.

The party, which has seen its popularity soar since the July election, is united in its call for ‘one nation’, identifying those it believes to be acting contrary to that call.

All those contrarians compose a broad church that includes the media, the major parties, the political class, those taking advantage of welfare, anyone who has not “assimilated” or upheld “Australian values”, any cultural or religious identity contrary to “Australian values”, Marxists, the left, those who refuse to see the “ugly reality” of Australia’s multiculturalism, socialists, minority activists, and those who share an opposition to “traditional Australia”.

As neither the Coalition or Labor holds a majority in the upper house and One Nation potentially have the power to make or break legislation, the speeches also reveal where the minor party’s priorities will lie during negotiations.   One Nation Policy Platform

Australia

Restoring the constitution: “Bring back the constitution and bring back our real laws.”

Restoring national sovereignty

Restoring freedom

Senate inquiry into “the jailing of Pauline Hanson to identify the individuals responsible for the assault upon her”: “We need an independent and authoritive assessment of the propriety of the decision to withhold election funding.”

Against the constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples: “The national flag is often ignored or dishonoured in schools, while multiculturalism and Indigenous issues are now part of the curriculum. The majority of students are not supported in their Anglo-Australian identity but are made to feel guilty for supposed historical injustices committed by their ancestors. The acknowledgement of country ceremony, recited in school assemblies across Australia, finds no place of honour for the British and other European explorers and pioneers for the nation they created. That first nation founded the Commonwealth and served the country in two world wars. Our nation is still at the heart of Australia’s economy, culture and identity but is routinely dishonoured in schools and the media. Soon that injustice could be thrust into our constitution, if the referendum on constitutional recognition succeeds.”

Limit population growth

“Democratise” multiculturalism and “restore the traditional policies which forged this nation”.

Anti-privatisation

Against deregulation: “Before deregulation, Australia has the lowest grocery prices in the developed world and a quality second to none. Post de-regulation, however, Australia’s consumers now pay the highest grocery prices in the developed world.”

International relations

Withdrawal from the UN, i.e. AusExit: “Australia’s values and way of life are also at risk from insidious institutions such as the unelected swill that is the United Nations…the EU is a template for total socialist domination of Europe through unelected bodies, such as the IMF, forcing their frightening agenda on the people. It is also the UN’s template and Australia must leave the UN.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and G20 should have been taken to a referendum: “Did the government take the proposal to a referendum, as demanded under the constitution? No, they did not. It appears that all major parties live in hope that the Australian people will abandon their present democracy and their constitution and let today’s politicians formulate a new constitution based on the very imposts they have already forced on the people of this nation ain breach of our constitutional rights, and all done without the consent of the Australian people through referendum.”

Ban on foreign ownership and foreign investment

Finance

“Comprehensive” tax reform

Lowering tax on fuel and energy production

Limiting the federal government’s ability to collect tax

Royal commission into bank sector and currency to: “expose what the big international banks are doing to trash our country”.

Establishment of a “People’s bank”

Establishment of a “Rural bank”

Government-backed banks

Reintroduction of co-ops

Restore industry protection

Islam

Stopping Muslim immigration

Banning the burqa

No more mosques or Islamic schools to be built; those that already exist to be monitored

Sharia law “should not be acknowledged or allowed”

Australian companies banned from paying for Halal certification.

Immigration

A halt to all further immigration: “Clean up your own backyard before flooding our country with more people who are going to be a drain on our society.”

Allow those who prove a commitment to “Australian values” to immigrate: “We should welcome anyone of any background who wants to live in peace.  But for those who do not plan to integrate into our country and laws, we need to protect our borders and keep them out.”

Reform immigration tests: “Why don’t we test people more properly before they come to Australia on upholding our great nation and our laws”.

Zero net immigration – annual intake to match emigration: “We believe that our country needs to stabilise its population.”

Restrict immigration – vows to “discriminate by cultural and religious identity” in selecting migrants: “Immigration restriction is a principle wider than the White Australia Policy…because any country that does not restrict immigration to preserve its identity and thus social cohesion, will lose it sooner or later, sooner if it is a country as attractive as Australia.”

Welfare

Welfare support limited to one child: “Get a job and start taking responsibility for your own actions.”

Introduce an Australian identity card with identification chip, photo and electronic fingerprint to access Medicare and other government-funded services: “If we are ever going to pull back our deficit we must stop the thieves.”

Law and order

Review of the Family Court system: “Until we treat mums and dads with the same courtesy and rights, we will continue to see murders due to sheer frustration and depression and mental illness caused by this unworkable system.”

Review of child support arrangements

Scrap 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act

Environment

Scrapping all renewable energy targets

Scrapping all climate policies: “It is basic. The sun warms the earth’s surface. The surface, by contact, warms the moving, circulating atmosphere. This means the atmosphere cools the surface. How then can the atmosphere warm it. It cannot. That is why their computer models are wrong.”

Secure compensation for communities affected by alleged Defence Force contamination of groundwater (through the use of fire-fighting foam)

Public broadcasters

Establishment of a Patriotic Broadcasting Corporation: “whose explicit mission would be to represent the identity and interests of mainstream Australia”, presenting news and current affairs “from the perspective of the historic Australian nation”.

ABC to receive funding “commensurate with the size of its inner city, Greens-voting constituency”: “It is time for the nation to break the bias of public broadcasting before that bias breaks the nation.”

Education

Restore patriotic curriculum of the ’50s and ’60s: “The patriotic curriculum of my childhood has been replaced by the full gamut of political correctness. The black armband version of history is firmly in the curriculum, playing on the sensitivities of children and young adults unable to defend themselves.  An understandable concern for indigenous children has been allowed to crowd out the needs of others. Children are subjected to wrenching images of the stolen generation.  At school assemblies the acknowledgement of country ritual tells them again and again, that their land belongs to Aborigines, whose flag is often flown with equal or superior prominence to the national flag.”

Scrap Safe Schools

Include celebration “of the remarkable achievement of the First Fleet … and pioneers” in school events.

Acknowledge Australia’s first [European] nation during school events

Teach the constitution at schools. (They do). “How would Australians know what is being taken from them, if they were never taught about this great gift they have?”

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Cox Plate 2016: Lucia Valentina camp hoping to rain on parade of superstars Winx and Hartnell

SPOT ON: Lucia Valentina, with Cox Plate jockey Kerrin McEvoy aboard, works on the Moonee Valley track on Thursday. Picture: Getty ImagesMAL Ollertonwon’t be complaining if forecast heavy rain hits Moonee Valley on Fridayahead of Lucia Valentina’s clashwith stars Winx and Hartnell in the $3 million Cox Plate (2040 metres).

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In fact, thetravelling foreman for premier Newcastle trainer Kris Lees would love rain every day until the Australasianweight-for-age championship.

“We had rain here this morning and a bit yesterday,” Ollerton said after working Lucia Valentina at Sandown on Tuesday morning.

“There’s more forecast, and we’d love it to rain everyday up until Saturday. More the better for us.”

Lucia Valentina and Mal Ollerton at Caulfield before the 2014 Caulfield Cup. Picture: Getty Images

Lucia Valentina’s love of rain-affected ground was highlighted in her Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory in April at Randwick, where she stormed home on a soft track to win the $2.5 million cheque by 2.3 lengths.

Ollerton, though, said while the six-year-old mare“really appreciates” softer going, $1.90 favourite Winxand Hartnell ($3) also get through the conditions.

“A lot of people have got her pegged as a wet tracker, but she’s performed well on dry tracks too,” he said of Lucia Valentina. “She’s just one of those horses that when it is wet, it probably brings the others back to her a bit further because she gets through it.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave Lucia Valentina her first lookat Moonee Valley in track work last Thursday but the Lees camp opted to keep the three-time group 1 winner away from Tuesday’s ‘Breakfast With The Best’event at the track.Ollerton said the mare appreciated the outstanding Moonee Valley surface last week, but they were keen for a “quieter”hit-out at Sandown on Tuesday.

“She just worked on her own this morning,” he said.

“She just did a bit of pace work and quickened up the last couple of furlongs, just on the bridle. She had a hard hit-out last week so she’s didn’t need much.”

Lucia Valentina was a $21 chance with TAB Fixed Odds after drawing barrier nine in the 10-horse field on Tuesday. Ollerton, though, said the absence of an obvious pacesetter was a bigger concern than the draw.

“She’ll go back anyway and, to be honest, it probably wasn’tgoing to matter what she came out of,” he said.

“In saying that, there doesn’t look to be a lot of speed, but it is what it is.She’ll get back and you just hope that one jumps out and rolls along and strings them out a little bit.”

He said Lucia Valentina was “probably spot on now”, but there were no illusions about the task ahead.

“Everyone is saying it’s a two-horse race, and it could be, but anything can happen,” he said.“The thing is, when they are that level, those are the sort of horses you’ve got to come up against. Pretty much her whole career she’s been racing against the best, so you can’t really run and hide from them. You got to take them on at some stage.”

The Cox Plate Field is: (Number, horse, trainer, barrier, weight)

1HAPPY TRAILS (Paul Beshara) 1059kg

2BLACK HEART BARTDarren Weir659kg

3HARTNELLJohn O’Shea759kg

4HAURAKIJohn O’Shea859kg

5HAPPY CLAPPERPatrick Webster459kg

6VADAMOSAndre Fabre259kg

7AWESOME ROCKLeon & Troy Corstens 559kg

8WINXChris Waller357kg9

LUCIA VALENTINAKris Lees957kg

10YANKEE ROSEDavid Vandyke147.5kg

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mary-Anne Monckton visits her original gymnastics club, Lake Macquarie PCYC

BALANCING ACT: Mary-Anne Monckton shares her knowledge during a motivational/coaching session at Lake Macquarie PCYC in Windale. Picture: Marina NeilSHE hasn’t abandoned her dream of competing at the Olympics, but as she recovers from a recent knee reconstruction, Mary-Anne Monckton is pushing ahead with a contingency plan.
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“I definitely see myself being a gymnastics coach,’’ the Commonwealth Games silver medallistsaid.

“I can see myself making a big difference. My goal is to coach at the highest level possible.’’

Studyingexercise science and business at university, the 21-year-old is laying a foundation for a coaching career withmotivational sessions at junior clubs and launching a website,maryannemonckton上海龙凤419m.au.Last week she visited her original club, Lake Macquarie PCYC, to provide an insight into her introduction to gymnastics as a five-year-old.

“When I started gymnastics I was screaming and crying because I couldn’t do it,’’ she said.

“Then my mum told me if you want to be good at something, you have to work. After that, I just put in the effort and started to see the rewards and grew to love it.’’

Ten weeks after surgery on her knee, Monckton is still coming to terms with her own disappointment and Australia’s failure to secure a team berth at the Rio Olympics.

“To be honest, I think about it every day,’’ she said. “But I’m just trying to get my head around working towards a new goal.’’

“I need to rehab my knee properly, get back to normal activities like walking and running, and then start thinking about competing again.’’

Within days of the surgery, she was back in the gym, albeit on restricted duties.

“I had surgery 10 weeks ago, so I’m just taking it really slow for the first three months and then hopefully I’ll get the all-clear to start more vigorous rehab,’’ she said.

“I’m walking around fine for a while now and I’ve been doing strength training, upper-body and also stuff in the pool. It’s going pretty well.’’

Maitland police are warning parents to keep an eye on their children’s online activities after teens were approached for nude pictures

Maitland police have issued a warning to parents to monitor their children’s time onlinefollowing an incident involving threeteenagers last week.
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The teenagers, students at Maitland High School, were approached by a male online when they were playing a computergame at a friend’s house.

The man, believed to be located in the United States, asked for nude photographs.The matter came to the Fairfax Media’sattention after one of the teenager’s parents posted a warning on Facebook.

The parent warned other parents to remind theirchildren about the dangers of sexual predators online.

He said he had received a call from his child’s school telling him that one of thechild’s friends had been contacted on Facebook by a person asking for nude photographs.

“I know that many of our children are friends on Facebook and may be exposed to this person,” he said in his post.He praised the school for acting so promptly on the issue.

Central Hunter crime manager Detective Inspector Mitch Dubojski said police had not received a report about the incident as of late last week.

He urged people who came across these types of incidents to immediately contact police and make a report, so a formal investigation could be launched.

Inspector Dubojski said detectives had skills and tools at their disposal to track down people allegedly involved in cyber crime, including by tracing IP addresses.

But he said police could not launch an investigation based solely on an allegation made through a Facebook post.He added that people needed to report crime over the phone or in person at Maitland Police Station.

Maitland High School principal Paula Graham said one of the students spoke about theincident with a teacher who immediately raised the alarm with parents.She said that teacher had conversations with each of the parents to alert them aboutwhat had occurred.

“The school has a pro-active approach to incidents such as this. Our students’ safety is paramount,” she said.

Ms Graham said the good thing was that one of the students felt comfortable enough about raising the issue with a teacher even though the matter occurred outside school hours.