$40 million Powerball win came after syndicate organiser changed process: court

Brendon King is in court fighting for a share of the $40 million jackpot. Photo: Ben Rushton

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$40 million Powerball winning syndicate was a one-off, court told

Had the lotto ticket not scooped the $40 million jackpot, Brendan King would have been expected to cough up the funds to pay for his entry into the draw.

But when his fellow factory worker Robert Adams discovered the ticket was a winner he determined to exclude Mr King from a $2.7 million share of the prize money.

This is the case put forward by Mr King’s lawyer Lachlan Gyles in a NSW Supreme Court battle over whether he should be considered part of a workplace lotto syndicate that struck gold in May.

Mr King, a father of five and production supervisor, argues that he faithfully contributed to a lotto syndicate run by his then colleague Mr Adams at the Liverpool factory where they worked together.

He argues that he believed there was only one lotto syndicate operating at the factory and that all its members would be automatically entered into draws unless they opted out.

During cross examination on Tuesday, it was put to Mr Adams that he had purchased the winning lotto ticket with the intention that the 12 regular members of the syndicate would contribute to the cost.

Mr Gyles put to Mr Adams that he even used funds leftover from his regular contributors to cover the cost of buying the ticket.

But when Mr Adams discovered he had landed the jackpot, he “ringfenced” the syndicate to preserve the pool of money. He told Mr King, the court heard, that the ticket had been purchased by a separate group that comprised all the regular contributors excluding him.

When Mr King asked him why he was not part of the winning syndicate, Mr Adams allegedly said: “Shit happens. I run a lot of lottos.”

The court heard that although Mr Adams had a regular process of recording the details of his one-off syndicates on cardboard, he had written the names of the contributors to the winning ticket into an exercise book usually reserved for his regulars.

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Nick Kyrgios out of reach of Tennis Australia influence, bemoans Todd Woodbridge

Todd Woodbridge says Tennis Australia struggles to influence talented youngsters once they go on tour. Photo: Elesa KurtzTennis great Todd Woodbridge continues to be frustrated by Tennis Australia’s inability to influence its young stars beyond their teenage years.

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Woodbridge’s lament comes in the wake of troubled talent Nick Kyrgios being handed an eight-week suspension from the ATP for tanking in his second-round match at the Shanghai Masters last week.

Woodbridge, who was running TA’s development program when Kyrgios was coming through, doubts he could have done more to help the 21-year-old and said the governing body’s hands were often tied when it came to sanctioning their players for misdemeanours.

“I’ve done media courses with Nick when he was a teenager, I’ve done all sorts of things to be able to put those (coping) mechanisms in place,” Woodbridge told SEN on Tuesday.

“The funding comes in the junior years when we send them off on world tours – we don’t fund him now.”

Woodbridge said management groups in particular ensured players like Kyrgios were kept out of TA’s reach.

“What you’ll find in our sport that is interesting is that when we have good athletes we are able to influence them up until around 16, 17, 18 (years of age),” he said.

“By then if they are touted as world class, like Nick was, then there are management groups that come in, they put a wedge between what an organisation can do and become intent with families and all types of issues like that that we can’t control because they are, in essence, an independent contractor who runs their own business once they are fully fledged to hit the tour.

“That’s where it gets frustrating for someone like myself because we know what’s in place and we try and give as much good advice as we can and we continue to try to do that but you do get tied.

“We are not a footy club who has an ability to be able to sanction in the way that some people would like us to.”

Woodbridge said the ATP had no choice but to suspend Kyrgios for his latest episode of petulance but described the sanction as an “essential lifeline” for the three-time title winner.

The ban will be reduced to three weeks if Kyrgios seeks help from a professional psychologist for his behavioural issues.

“I think it’s probably good to put the racquets up and go do some work on what they’ve put forward to him,” Woodbridge said.

“So they’ve given him a bit of a lifeline, really, but it’s an essential lifeline that I think is important for Nick to improve.

“He’s got this part of his game that he has to learn how to deal with. It’s not just his game, mind you, it’s about his health as well so that the stresses that he puts on himself can allow him to just be a happy, young lad.”

Woodbridge insisted that Kyrgios actually hated the way he behaved and the 16-time grand slam doubles champion hoped the youngster could turn things around and become a role model like Andre Agassi did.

“It comes down to dealing with the expectations of the tour, what the media expects of you, what the fans expect of you and also what he expects of himself and how he manages that,” Woodbridge said.

“If he puts all that together – it’s a pretty big basket, mind you – he can improve for next year.

“If you give him some time and he starts to get some performances he can do some really good things that’ll be great to watch.

“He can ultimately become a role model potentially like an Agassi. Agassi had his troubles in his career … but he didn’t get past them until he was closer to 30, not closer to 20.”

Psychologists Stephen Joseph and Lynne McCormack speak about post traumatic growth at the University of Newcastle

Looking ahead: Professor Stephen Joseph and Dr Lynne McCormack work together in the field of post-traumatic growth. “Depending on the trauma, the nature of growth may be different,” he said. Picture: Jonathan CarrollLEGISLATION should be changedto remove the hoops that police, paramedics, firefighters and military personnel have to jump through to receive workers compensation, according to a psychologist who said the move would be formal recognition ofthe trauma associated with thosejobs.

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University of Newcastle senior lecturer and clinical psychologist Lynne McCormack specialises incomplex trauma and said first responders with post traumatic stress disorderwere usuallyaltruistic people whose jobs had changed them forever.

“We should not be putting these people through the same constraints [as employees in other sectors]to prove they need compensation,” Dr McCormack said. “They give more than in almost any other jobbecause they are serving their community in a complexway, where they are chronically exposed to anticipatory trauma as well as real trauma.Any Joe Blow knows being exposed to that six times a day every day of your life is going to break down your resilience and mental health if you’re not cared for.”

Dr McCormack said many young people thought signing up to an organisation was like joining a family.

“But once they crack at the seams it’s as if they get discarded, they get throw out of the nest,” she said.

She said organisations needed to provide more training about psychological wellbeing;encourage people to come forward when they weren’t coping; and offer stigma-free support and pathways to treatment.

Dr McCormack said the Herald’s recent reports – about first responders who were required to see numerousspecialists and felt re-traumatised by the compensation system–showed“a cruel part of the litigious system that keeps people stuck in their illnesses”.

“They should not have to go out as a crumbled human being, they have the right to be believed,” she said.“We as a society need to do this better because people can grow fromthistrauma.But it has tobe all over before they can reflect back and make sense of it –that’s when the post-traumatic growth can start to kick in.”

Dr McCormack will introduce Belfast-born Professor Stephen Josephto students and clinicians on Wednesday, when he will discuss incorporatingpost-traumatic growth in therapy.

Professor Joseph said between 30 and 70 per cent of survivorsreported experiencingsome sort of positive changes afterwards, such as realising their own strength.

“But that does not mean itis instead of distress or suffering–more commonly it’s alongside it,” he said.“Clinical psychologists can provide better help if they understand the full range of reactions, rather than only oneside of the coin.”

Professor Joseph said “everybody has the capacity to move towards and find new meaning after traumatic events”, regardless of the individual, type of trauma or support available.

“People who are more reflective in life, flexible in the way they cope with things and have better support systems are probably in a better place after events to deal with what’s happened,” he said.

“But it’s not that some people have capability for growth and others don’t.

“Having people –family, friends or a professional –who areempathetic, accepting, non-judgmental, can really listen and understand from their point of view, that’s the most important thing.”

New Hunter Water managing director Dr Jim Bentley says he is unaware of any agenda to privatise the region’s water servicepoll

Task: “It’s not necessarily well oiled but it’s capable … and if we need to do the things we need in this next decade then we need to become more agile,” says Hunter Water chief Dr Jim Bentley of the utility. Picture: Jonathan Carroll. NEW Hunter Water managing director Dr Jim Bentley will notbe drawn on the potentialprivatisation of the utility, saying his only agenda is to make it“the best it can be”.

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Dr Bentley said he hadworked in both the public and private sectorand could see the good and bad in both.

“No one is having a conversation with me at the board or government about the privatisation agenda,” he said, “so if it’s a topic, it’s not why they brought me in.”

Dr Bentley plansto give the utility a stronger voice in future planning and infrastructure in the region.

Almost three months after his appointment, the British-born executive said while he is stillexamining Hunter Water’s performance, “there are not things that need fixing, everything works well”.

However, the 50-year-old flagged change in examiningits approach to serve the community, alongside shaking upworkplace culture.

“The thing that I really want us to focus on is that I want us to understand the part of our purpose that relates to the community we serve,” he said.

“We have a responsibility beyond the customer and consumer, but that’s the bit that is in grey and I think that is what will help Hunter Water become even better.

Dr Bentley said he wanted the authority to have a greater say in future regional planning, without overstepping its mark.

“It’s a grey area and great businesses understand how far into the grey they are supposed to go,” he said.

“So it’s incredibly important we comply with everything but I don’t think compliance is sufficient, it’s essential but not sufficient.

“So it is understanding for Hunter Water what are those essential things that we should get involved in, where should we take a leadership role or a supporting role.”

Dr Bentley, whobegan his appointment on July 27,has more than 20-years experience in the infrastructure sector, including 12 years at the Thames Water, theUnited Kingdom’s largest water utility.

For the past decade he has worked at various companies in New Zealand and was most recently dividing his time betweenconsultancyand academic work.

Dr Bentley said another focus would be to foster a “curious” workplace culture.

“We don’t do it for our own gratification but for the benefitof the community. It’s being curious about where we can add more value,” he said.

While the region’s water storage is sufficient, Dr Bentley said action was required in the “medium term –more than 10 years and less than 20–to ensure its security.

“It’s too early to say what we need, but not to say what we must do, which is work with community,” he said.

Boy, 5, survives crash that killed three on Waverley Road outside Scone

5yo survives crash that killed three Police Rescue at the property on Tuesday. Picture: Brodie Owen

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Real estate agent Adam O’Regan.

A five-year-old boy survived the accident. Photo: Brodie Owen

TweetFacebookA five-year-old boy has survived a horror car crash at a rural property in the NSW Upper Hunter that killed three men including his father and grandfather.

The child’s relatives issued a statement on Monday after they “lost a father and a grandfather” in a single tragic accident near Scone.

“Our son, who thankfully sustained non-life threatening injuries, is understandably shaken and it is our family’s number one priority to be there and care for him as he recovers,” the family said.

“As we support our son through his recovery we are also grieving the loss of two loved ones.

“We request peace and privacy at this incredibly difficult time for our family.”

Police confirmedlate on Monday that three men had died and a five-year-old boy had been left with a broken arm following a crash at a property in Gundy, near Scone.

Emergency services were called to the property on Waverley Road about 5pm when the car was found by a neighbouring landowner.

It is believed the car drove off a cliff and rolled down an embankment. All four people on board were ejected from the car, police said.

It is understood the boy’s father and grandfather were killed in the crash, along with Sconereal estate agent Adam O’Regan.

The men were believed to be inspecting the remote property on Monday morning.

Police said concerns were raised for the men’s welfare on Monday afternoon when they failed to return from the trip.

Police and neighbours on quad bikes returned tothe property on Tuesday morning, where investigations are still underway.

Glen Ramplin, an air crewman for the Hunter Region Westpac Rescue Helicopter,told Fairfax Media on Mondaytwo helicopters were dispatched to the accident – one from Newcastle and one from Tamworth.

A five-year-old boy survived the accident. Photo: Brodie Owen

“The first call that the aircraft from Newcastle got was [Tamworth] had been called to a property up there for a car that had gone off a cliff,” Mr Ramplin said.

The Tamworth medics arrived at the crash site first, about 6pm, and called off the second crew when they realised the boy was the only survivor.

Ambulance crews had to use quad bikes to get to the scene, he said.

Mr Ramplin said the boy was flown to Scone Hospital, where he was transferred in an ambulance to Newcastle’s John Hunter Children’s Hospital.

He remained in the hospital in a stable condition on Monday night.

Police began to examine the scene on Monday and will resume their investigation on Tuesday morning.

It is not yet known what caused the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

– The Herald, Newcastle with Georgina Mitchell

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