Biff’s not back: NRL warns players still face bans for punching

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The NRL is adamant it has not “left the door open” for a proliferation of punching to return to the game after two players were fined rather than suspended for offences in round one under a shake-up to the judiciary system.
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Melbourne’s Will Chambers and Canberra’s Joseph Leilua were fined $1100 and $1350 respectively after pleading guilty to grade one contrary conduct charges from the weekend.

They were the first players to be hit in the hip pocket since the off-season judiciary revamp, which has been introduced as a way of players avoiding suspension for minor offences.

Former Test forward Anthony Watmough described Chambers’ attack from behind on Canterbury’s Sam Kasiano as an attempted “dog shot” but while the Storm centre was sent to the sin bin at Belmore Sportsground he escaped a ban. Leilua’s punch on North Queensland’s Gavin Cooper, meanwhile, was missed altogether by referees in Townsville, which irritated the veteran Cowboys forward.

Bulldogs front-rower Aiden Tolman said on Monday that the changes to the penalty system potentially left the game vulnerable to more punching if players knew they would only be fined and not suspended.

“The fine (for minor offences) I suppose was brought around after Issac Luke missed the (2014) grand final,” Tolman said.

“For players like that to miss a grand final for a grade one is a pretty big thing. They banned the punching for a reason and I suppose they’ll probably bring in another rule sooner or later to stop the punching coming back. They might get a grade two or they might not be able to pay the fine. I’m not too sure what they’ll do around that.

“I think it’s to stop guys who didn’t deserve the week in a big game to be able to pay the fine and get out. But I suppose it does leave the door open for those sort of things as well.”

The NRL insisted on Monday that its crackdown on punching – enforced since 2013 in a season that was marked by a notorious State of Origin altercation between Paul Gallen and Nate Myles – remained in place, and if anything had been strengthened.

“The game’s stance is clear – punching will not be tolerated. This has not changed and will not change,” an NRL spokesman said.

“In fact, the penalty for forcefully punching another player has increased, rather than decreased.

“If a player forcefully strikes a player, he can be charged with striking, which carries a 200-point base penalty. The base penalty for striking was 125 points in 2016.

“The sin bin also remains a strong deterrent for any team or player. Losing a player for 10 minutes can have an enormous impact on a team.”

Canterbury winger Brett Morris said the Chambers punch from behind was a bad look for the game.

“It was banned for a reason,” Morris said.

“It’s not a good sight (for) the game. While there are a lot of old-school blokes that don’t mind it, it’s not something you want the kids to see and try and repeat. It’s a shame it happened. It’s happened now and we can get over it.”

Meanwhile, Manly are staring at a further blow after a round-one defeat to Parramatta on Sunday, with forwards Martin Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake facing sanctions for shoulder charges.

Both Taupau, who was the Sea Eagles’ enforcer-in-chief against the Eels, and Fonua-Blake stand to be rubbed out for three matches if they challenge the charges and lose and will be suspended for two games with early guilty pleas. Manly have until midday on Tuesday to make a decision. Compounding Manly’s early-season problems is a suspected fractured eye socket suffered by another prop, Lloyd Perrett.

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Simona may not face life ban for betting after fronting NRL

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Tim Simona may escape a life ban from the sport for betting on matches after meeting with the NRL on Monday in an attempt to salvage what is left of his rugby league career.
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Simona still will be deregistered from the NRL, however Fairfax Media understands the door for a return to the game might not be shut completely with the governing body considering allowing him to apply for registration after a suspension of between two to four years.

Fairfax Media understands Simona made admissions about his gambling in a three-hour meeting at League Central on Monday, which was attended by his manager Isaac Moses and Rugby League Players Association boss Ian Prendergast.

It is understood the 25-year-old Simona opened up on his gambling addiction that has left him battling financially for some time, placing enormous pressure and stress that led to his decision to bet on rugby league.

Simona met with NRL integrity unit chief investigator Karyn Murphy, who asked the Tigers centre to provide further written information over the next few days to support his case.

Murphy will compile a report into the investigation and provide it to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and new chief operating officer Nick Weeks to make the final call on a punishment either later in the week or early next week.

The NRL had originally earmarked a life ban as the suitable sanction given the strength of the evidence they had compiled after a tip off from Simona’s former friend last year.

However the governing body has slightly softened its stance after meeting with Simona and is now weighing up whether to enforce an indefinite deregistration of between two to four years.

The NRL would require Simona to undergo education and prove he has overcome his gambling issues before even considering allowing him to return to the sport.

Given his age, an indefinite deregistration would still provide him the opportunity to return to the sport for a number of years.

The NRL has a gentleman’s agreement in place with the English Super League that will see both competitions enforce any suspensions imposed.

The Australian Rugby Union recently stepped in to stop Ben Barba from playing in the Brisbane Tens, however there was little they could do about him taking up a deal with Toulon.

It looks likely overseas rugby union would be the logical step for Simona, allowing him a platform to continue his sporting career and rehabilitation.

His contract termination will solve the Tigers’ salary cap problem and won’t require the club to shed a player given his contract will be taken off the books for 2017.

Simona faced allegations that he arranged bets to be placed on opposition players he was marking to score tries against the Wests Tigers last season.

It is believed the alleged betting activity was made up of numerous minor bets, revolving around the opposition tryscorers in Tigers matches in 2016.

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F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is introduced to the Hunter at RAAF Base Amberley

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In sight but no sound: first look at F-35As bound for Hunter | photos, video PROUD PILOTS: Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell in front of Wing Commander Jackson’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter “001”. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
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COMBAT READY: Williamtown RAAF Commander Air Combat Group, Zed Robertson, describes the F35-A to a mixed Queensland and Hunter audience at Amberley.

Secuirty patrol one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MPs Kate Washington, Meryl Swanson, Sharon Claydon and Tim Crakanthorp and Commander Air Combat Group Williamtown Zed Roberton listen to F-35 pilots Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Commander, Air Combat Group Williamtown, Zed Roberton speaks to media at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

One Nation Senator Brian Burston in conversation with Air Commodore Craig Heap. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson (Amberley Air Base) speaks to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp alights from an RAAF Wedgetail aircraft. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook F-35As on display at Amberley – Pictures: Max Mason-HubersA selection of photographs from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-HubersA GROUP of Hunter MPs and community representatives flewto RAAF Base Amberley base on Monday for an up-close look at an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter –the futuristic jetbound for RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018.

Two of the long-awaited and controversial strike fighters made theirAustralian debut on Friday at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon airport at Geelong.

The RAAF had originally announced that the jetswould circleover Newcastle on Sunday, en route to Amberley, but concerns over lightning meant this trip was cancelled.

The Newcastle invitees assembled at Williamtown at 8am on Monday, expecting to fly to Amberley in a C-130 Hercules, and to be there before the F-35As, which were flying from Geelong.

But a problem with the first plane meant leaving later in a plane with fewer seats –an E-7A Wedgetail– so some of the invitees had to stay behind. When the Newcastle group arrived the two F-35As were already parked up –one on display, one in a hangar –meaning it was a visual inspection only, with a perimeter barrier and a guard dog to ensure no-one came too close.

Despite these limitations, all who made the tripsaid they were glad the RAAF had reached out to them and the community, and that the visit to Amberley was worthwhile, even if those who were worried about aircraft noise didn’t get to hear the plane in action.

The head of the Amberley base, Air Commodore Ken Robinson, said the federal government had approved the purchase of 72 aircraft, together with weapons and support materiel.

Air Commodore Robinson said the first public flight of the F-35A at Avalon was “quite an extraordinary moment” and there was a definite “mood of excitement” at the airshow.

He said it was “usually decades between celebratory drinks” when it comes to acquiring new fighter aircraft –and it was definitely time for a celebratory drink.

Military personnel guard the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Zed Roberton of Williamtown RAAF described the F35-A as “the world’s greatest 5th generation aircraft”, and he thanked the plane’s manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, and its other “US partners”.

Asked about the cost controversyover the F-35A, Air Commodore Robinson said its “unit costs continued to reduce”, and the average cost of an Australian plane off the production line was now $US90 million ($119 million at current exchange rates).

The two planes that had flown to Australia had been used for training purposes since December 2014. They were going back to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, where more Australian pilots were being trained.

ARRIVAL: Port Stephens MP Kate Washington looks across to the F-35A on the tarmac, followed by Sue Birch of Medowie and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp.

The two Australian pilots who brought their planes across are Wing Commander Andrew “Jacko” Jackson, 39, and Squadron Leader David Bell, 37, both of Williamtown base.

Wing Commander Jackson had been at Williamtown from 1999 until his posting to Arizona in 2014, and Squadron Leader Bell, a test pilot, had been at Williamtown for more than six years.

Describing the plane, the pair said it flew at Mach 1.6, or almost2000 kilometres per hour. But it was the “situational awareness” that the pilots had in their helmets, which gave them 360 degree vision without having to move, and the weaponry, that set it apart, rather than outright speed.

Queensland media at Amberley on Monday were keen to talk up the potential for F-35As to be at the Ipswich base, but Wing Commander Jackson said: “We’ve had a long association with Newcastle, it’s a fantastic place to live, and it’s been the home of the fighters for a long time and that is going to continue into the future.”

Williamtown base commander Air Commodore Craig Heap said the RAAF was working closely with the community both on the preparations for the F-35A and the firefighting foam contamination problems.

Air Commodore Heap said Williamtown’s runway extensions meant the F-35A would be able to take off without its afterburners –the main noise concern with the plane.

The Labor federal member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, said the visit had been worthwhile but she and the members of the Williamtown Advisory Group and the Community Reference Group who had made the trip were disappointed that they did not get to hear the plane.

One Nation Senator Brian Burston said noise was a secondary concern given how much Williamtown did for the defence of the nation

University of Newcastle criticised for reporting of sexual assault complaints

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“DEFINITELY MORE HAS HAPPENED”: University of Newcastle women’s convener Lucinda Iacono. Picture: Simone De PeakThe ‘red zone’: O-week a danger time for female university students
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THE University of Newcastle has been criticised for disclosing “the bare minimum”about itssexual assaultand harassment complaints, and offering a “one-size-fits-all”processfor victims, following 14 official complaints in the past three years.

The allegations, madeby the advocacy group End Rape on Campus Australia, stem from the group’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission and five years of data from freedom-of-information requests.

Ofalmost600 official complaints of sexual assault and harassment made toAustralian universities in the past five years, 14 were atthe University of Newcastle between2014 and2016.

Following five complaints of sexual assault or harassment at the university in 2016, two students were expelled, two were excluded from accommodation, one was suspended, one was referred forthe university’s “ethics training” andonestudent waswarned.

There were sixcomplaints at the universityin 2015, resulting in asuspension, three students being excluded from accommodation, four being referred for ethics training, and four warnings.

Afterthree complaints in 2014, three students were referred for ethics training. The university didn’t discloseany data from2012 or 2013.

“Newcastle did comply, but they gave the absolute bare minimum. Other universities included full reports of thesecases, and detailed descriptions of what the complaints were. Newcastle gave very basic, summary data,” Nina Funnell,co-author of the End Rape on Campus report, said.

“It’s disappointing that their records areincomplete, anddon’t even distinguish between sexual assault and sexual harassment.”

In a statement to theNewcastle Herald,the university said, “the University of Newcastle has no tolerance for sexual assault or harassment”.

The universityreports itssexualcomplaintsin“aggregated form”, a spokesperson said, toprotect the confidentiality of those involved.

The university said it encouragesstudents to report criminal matters to the police, and thediscloseddata for 2012 and 2013doesn’t includecomplaints where the victimrequested no actionby the university.

“Last year the University of Newcastlehas partnered with Universities Australia and other universities across Australian in a national campaign –‘Respect. Now. Always.’–to prevent sexual assault and harassment,” the spokesperson said.

MORE TO BE DONE: Nina Funnell is a co-author of the End Rape On Campus Australia report, ‘Connecting the dots: Understanding Sexual Assault in University Communities’.

While avictimmight expect a legal outcome against their rapistto take two years, Ms Funnell, co-author of theEnd Rape on Campus report, said it was “concerning” that a “Student Complaints” section of the universitywebsiteadvises“discuss your concerns directly with the person involved and attempt to resolve the matter”.

Another section, headed “Complaints Process: our three-tier resolution model”, says, “we encourage you to informally resolve your concern or issue at the lowest level possible”.

“It’s a one-size-fits-all resolution model that is entirely inappropriate for a victim –to tell them to informally reconcile with the offender,” Ms Funnell said.

“The universityshould have invested the time, money and effort to devise a more informed, trauma-appropriate resolution model. It’s not like they haven’t beengetting complaints.”

The university said itsstudent complaints portal is for allegations ofacademic and non-academic misconduct, and thosewithsexual assault and harassment complaints are encouragedto tell staff, the Dean of Students andon-campus doctors.

TheHeraldwas directed to a “Campus Care” section of the universitywebsite, withadvice for victims of inappropriate and threatening behaviour, and lists ofcontacts.

But a link for “advice and support for victims of sexual assault” didn’t work.

The university women’s convener, Lucinda Iacono, said the 14 sexual complaints to the university in the pastthree years didn’t represent the scale of the problem.

“I could name more women who’ve come to me. The rate of women reporting these issues is low, and definitely more has happened,” Ms Iacono said.

“There’s a plethora of things, from people saying things [to victims] that are inappropriate, to people doing things. It’s important to recognise it isn’t always someone pulling a woman into the bushes.”

The End Rape on Campus report is one of 1845submissions toaHuman Rights Commission survey.

The survey is supportedby Universities Australia, includingNewcastle.

David Lowe: The Lowedown

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Well, where do I start? Make a list and prioritise, David, I can hear an old teacher of mine preaching. Bugger that, sounds like hard work I reckon. Let’s start with something completely left field.
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Happy 65th birthday Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, cool cat, hero to millions, and cricketing genius. I trust the Antiguan age pension will supplement your lifestyle comfortably!

Sorry for that indulgence, relieving my youth momentarily.

But it helps my left-field theme, which probably started with Mark Jones’s starting selection on Sunday. I have to say I was more than surprised to learn that he had left captain Nigel Boogaard out of the starting at 11, and also relegated Morten Nordstrand to the pine.

It’s hard to say whether that move worked or not, the Jets leading 1-0, courtesy of a debatable penalty, when the whole flow of the game changed with the sending-off of Jason Hoffman on 32 minutes. Regardless it left me scratching my head pre-game.

COLLISION COURSE: Newcastle’s Jason Hoffman and Brisbane’s Brett Holman clash on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

In searching for a reason, I can only guess that Jones wanted the yard of extra pace that Jackson and Koutroumbis possess, to cope with the impressive movement and mobility of Roar striker Jamie McLaren.

That choice, plus the inclusion of Wayne Brown for Nordstrand , suggested the Jets would look to play a little more directly through or over Brisbane’s press.

To be fair to Brisbane, they played forward earlier and with more purpose, than they often do, and Maclaren was a lively beneficiary of that mindset. By the same token, it was justifiable reward for some clever and incisive movement off the ballfor Brisbane’s No.9.

The sending-offmakes it a difficult game to critique or analyse.

Would Brisbane have tired towards the end of 90 minutes 11 v 11, given the schedule they have endured recently?

Would the Jets have been pegged back by the Roar, who were already creating good chances for Maclaren, and getting Brett Holman on the ball too comfortably in front of the Jets’ back four, before Hoffman’s departure?

I don’t think anyone can answer that question definitively, and therein lies the frustration for fans.

A decent game of football was brewingbefore the send-off, but its shape altered and twisted permanently in one (or I guess two) moments.

For one very mild piece of dissent (and cruelty to a football), punching said sphere with the heel of ahand, and a flailing arm, being used to shield the ball, not swinging with intent, Newcastle were punished for almost an hour.

Compare that to a fortnight ago when dangerous tackles, threatening serious injury to both teams, and only yellow cards resulted, and you will understand my beef.

That said, could the Jets have done a better job of preserving the half-time lead? I think they could have, despite the fact that Brisbane are a well-structured possession side, adept at taking advantage of numerical superiority.

The home side weren’t helped by the penalty for Andrew Hoole manhandling Thomas Broich at a defensive corner. I have no problem with that award, as long as you punish every instance at every set piece, because the practice is a blight on the game.

Memo to match officials and lawmakers, it’s quite simple to police. Just remember, the attacking team wants to have a free heading contest, the defensive team does not.

Any contacts or grappling will be initiated by the defender. Any player not facing the ball at the moment of contact is in the process of fouling or preparing to foul his or her opponent.

Apply the rule equally at both ends, send off persistent perpetrators, and awardpenalties by the bucketload if players don’t respond.

Don’t please, pick out one per game in the 62ndminute .

Feel free to penalise the attacking team if they attempt to block off the goalkeeper’s opportunity to come and claim any crosses.

Is it naive or ancient to hope for reward for accuracy, good jumping ability and heading technique to triumph at set pieces?

Sorry, off the high horse, and back to the Jets, and their management of the second half.

I think they got caught a bit half-and-half in approach, one eye on attacking to try and slip into the top six, make the home fans happy, and one eye on protecting the lead for as long as possible.

Everyone is different in philosophy and approach in situations like these. Some in my group at the match were adamant that the Jets still had to try and win the game, not just sit back and defend.

Others felt sitting in, frustrating the Roar as much as possible, then springing on the counter was only way to go.

There are many considerations, first and foremost the quality of the opponent, and your own players’ best assets.

I’m not sure how much communication Jets coach Mark Jones was allowed or afforded to his team at half-time, or during the remainder of the match, but it seemed to me that the Jets tried to have an each-way bet tactically.

Theywent with their most mobile midfield combination, hoping to get up and support striker Kokko after protecting the back four.

The alternative wasprobably playing very narrow, using Hoole or Nabbout up front to threaten in behind, sacrificing a forward-type player to play a third defensive midfielder, and allowing Brisbane freedom and time to cross from wider areas, essentially relying on Boogaard and Jackson to win everything aerially.

Then relying on perhaps two chances on the break in a half of football to provide another goal.

That approach requires acceptance of a draw as not too bad a result, and some would disagree with that totally.

Considering the teams around the Jets could largely only draw, perhaps a conservative point would have been fine.

Could it have been scrounged with a more cautious approach? Or even a more aggressive one? We will never know.

Tigers admit they tried to ‘look after’ injured Inglis

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The Wests Tigers have made the stunning admission that they tried to ‘look after’ Greg Inglis as he battled through what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury last Friday night.
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Tigers skipper Aaron Woods says he was surprised Inglis spent the majority of the match on the field despite unknowingly tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the eighth minute of the match at ANZ Stadium.

While the Tigers tried to target his wing when they had the ball, Woods admits his teammates didn’t want to attack the knee of the South Sydney No.1 when he was vulnerable.

“We went at him in attack because he couldn’t move laterally – he couldn’t move at all. But when he had the ball we tried to look after him,” Woods said.

“You know when someone isn’t right. And it’s a dog act if you go in and rip at the knee. We knew he had done some damage to his knee, and a couple of times we tackled him we held him up high, and you could tell he was in a lot of pain.

Inglis still managed to score a try while hobbling on one leg, chasing down a kick from the scrum to score on the stroke of half time.

“When he scored that try I thought that was going to be the last I saw of him on the night,” Woods said.

“When he came out again in the second half, I couldn’t believe it. It’s their club who made the decision to send him back out there. You know how damaging and destructive Greg Inglis can be, and to see him limping and running on one leg, it didn’t look good for him. I would have been more happy to see him off the field.”

Tigers fullback James Tedesco was in sublime touch on Friday night, sending an ominous message the Panthers ahead of their round two clash on Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Cartwright’s horror week, which saw him struggle against the Dragons before having to deal with headlines over his private life, is set to continue when he squares off against the Tigers.

Cartwright and Te Maire Martin were vulnerable in defence against the Dragons, an area the Tigers and Tedesco will no doubt look to exploit.

“I went and watched the game and he was sensational,” Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said of Tedesco.

“He has started the year in great form. He is a real key for them obviously. He is great when it comes around the back on either side of the field. We got burnt the first time we played them last year three or four times. He is a real elite talent. He has blinding speed. If you’re a little bit disorganised … he is going to get you. “

Griffin said he was disappointed with his team’s performance against the Dragons, but was keen to write it off as a bad day in the office.

“In a 24 weeks season my experience is you are going to have a couple of bad days,” Griffin said.

“You never want to have them and you don’t accept them. It’s important how we respond to that now. You can over-analyse it and try to find too many answers. We will do a normal review of a game and see where we went wrong.

“We won’t over-react to it. You get rolled by the opposite and we were very disappointed in that happening on Saturday. By the same token it was probably the best game of football St George have put together in a couple of years.”

Meanwhile, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admitted the decision to leave Inglis on the field was wrong.

“Hindsight is a great thing and obviously we put our hand up and we didn’t get the call right,” Maguire told News Corp.

“Unfortunately it was the wrong call.”

“When I got to him at halftime and I spoke to the doc he was determined to go back out and he thought it was going to be okay,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t come across as any of us would have liked.

“Yes, we could have made a different call. But it just goes to show that he is a tough kid, and he wanted to do it for the club.”

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Moama drowning: Pit bull ‘Buddy’ spared by police who say dog acted to save boy

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The pit bull involved in the Moama drowning tragedy will not be put down after police found the dog was trying to save the nine-year-old boy who survived the ordeal.
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The dog “Buddy” was seized by Murray River Council on Thursday at the request of police after it mauled the nine-year-old boy in the shallows of the Murray River.

The boy had survived an attempted drowning, allegedly at the hands of his mother, before he was confronted by the dog.

Buddy allegedly mauled the boy, and his mother.

It is alleged the nine-year-old boy managed to struggle free from his mother in the river, before she drowned her five-year-old son.

The 27-year-old woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The surviving nine-year-old boy was flown to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, where he has since had surgery.

Buddy was seized by the council on police orders, leaving his owners fearing he would be destroyed.

On Monday, however, police advised the council they believed the pit bull cross was acting to protect the young boy.

“The NSW Police have since advised us that their investigations to date have deemed that the dog in question was responding to extreme circumstances,” Murray River Council interim general manager Margot Stork said.

“It is likely that the dog was acting in reasonable defence of the nine-year-old boy.

“The NSW Police have advised council that they will not be seeking an order to destroy this animal.”

It follows a significant public campaign to save Buddy from being destroyed, including a plea from the nine-year-old boy’s grandfather.

“I own a similar dog, and I know he was trying to save the boys, it’s their nature when they are raised with kids,” the grandfather said.

“Let the ones who his actions affected decide. I have one grandson left, because this brave dog took action as required.”

An online petition to “Help save Buddy”, which was created on March 4, gathered more than 40,000 signatures in two days.

The nine-year-old boy’s condition improved on Monday morning, with a hospital spokeswoman saying he was in a stable condition.

Multiple members of the community expressed concerns about the dog’s welfare after the attack last week.

But Buddy’s owners insisted the dog “reacted and attempted to save the boys [and] in doing so he has bit the eldest boy in his rescue attempts”.

“Our dog has been seized when he should be labelled a hero instead,” the owners said in a post on the petition website.

“Buddy is a member of our family and has grown up around children his whole life and has been the most gentlest dog, he has clearly seen a child in distress and attempted to help.

“Dogs don’t have hands to help like us humans they have to use their teeth and in doing so it’s being portrayed as this dog has attacked the young boy.”

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We called Australia’s peak business groups on a Sunday – they didn’t answer

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The argument is self-evident: weekend penalty rates are out-of-kilter because in a modern, secular, 24/7 economy, Sunday has become just like any other day.
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So why pay loadings for hours that are no longer unsociable – no longer deleterious to family and home life?

Here’s one reason. Because, it turns out, the loudest, clearest proponents of this change take a different view about their own leisure time.

Indeed, these new-economy warriors guard their Saturdays and Sundays so jealously, they close their offices on the weekend to guarantee quality family time.

Who knew?

While the Coalition parties, right-wing think-tanks and business groups defend the Fair Work Commission’s recent ruling to cut the pay of Sunday and public holiday workers in retail, fast food, and hospitality, their own weekends remain sacrosanct.

In the spirit of this 24/7 economy, Fairfax Media telephoned the switchboards of the main groups on Sunday afternoon: the Institute of Public Affairs, Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and even the small enterprise body, the Council of Small Business Australia also known as COSBOA.

And guess what? No answers. Not one of these offices – unless you consider an answering machine as service – was open or staffed on a Sunday afternoon.

The avowedly free-market IPA is, of course, a muscular advocate of labour-market deregulation and would do away with centrally established pay rates entirely. But call on Sunday to speak to a person and you get a machine.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is, similarly, just a week-day operation. “The office is currently unattended,” the message at 2:58pm instructed.

The Australian Industry Group answered at 3:02, via a recorded message advising that office hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:15pm. No danger of any penalty payments there then.

The Business Council of Australia? No answer at all at 3:04 pm.

COSBOA was called at 3:10. The small business lobby’s machine offered to take a message – presumably to get back to us on Monday.

So much for the seven-day trading week. If you work for one of these bravely new-world organisations, your weekends are safe even as you call for others to take a haircut, on the grounds that Sunday is no longer so special.

But politicians are different, right? No.

Both Liberal and Nationals headquarters were decidedly unattended despite their unblinking confidence that lowering take-home pay for Sunday work is the right answer.

So weekends are special after all. Theirs any way.

Tell it to people who never go to the footy, or a matinee, or get Sunday brunch, or see their kids play sport, because they work the hours when others don’t. These are the ones who ensure we get our smashed avocado, can buy petrol, or even do the shopping at a time of convenience.

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Cheika steps up his ‘bring back Beale’ campaign

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is dangling the Australian No.12 jersey in front of Kurtley Beale as a carrot to lure home his prized playmaker in time for the coming Test season.
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Beale is weighing up whether to trigger a second season option in his big money deal with English Premiership side Wasps or surrender it to return to Australia two years out from the 2019 World Cup.

The Australian Rugby Union cannot compete with the riches on offer in Europe and after a breakout debut stint with Wasps, in which the 28-year-old scored three tries in six games, Beale’s star has never been brighter.

But Cheika is employing other means to entice Beale back, including hinting at a Test starting role for the former Waratah.

“He’s obviously got to validate his position by his form when he comes back and plays for whatever [Super Rugby team] he’s going to play for,” Cheika said.

“Beale before wasn’t starting, he was hole-fixing, but I think it will be different for him this time, because I’ve got a clear vision of what I want him to do in the team.

“I know it’s only been a year but in that year there’s been a big change in the Wallabies squad as well. He’ll come back with a slightly different stature I’d say and I want him to play according to that.”

Cheika’s proposal, however contingent it is on Beale’s form, would be weighing heavily on the 60-Test playmaker’s mind as he makes his decision which, according to Wasps director of rugby Dai Young, could be as soon as a week away.

While he was immensely valuable to the Wallabies in the “super sub” role in which Cheika used him, starting in just three of the 13 Tests he played under his former Super Rugby coach, Beale made no secret of the fact he wanted to be a Test starter and the issue was a point of contention between the pair in an otherwise close relationship.

A season-ending injury to the 60-Test back came at the same time he was weighing the Wasps offer last year and Beale made no further appearances in the gold jersey before his departure for England in October. His exit allowed Rebels rookie Reece Hodge to cement a spot in the Wallabies line-up, becoming one of the finds of the season in an otherwise tough year for Cheika and Australia.

Beale, too, appears to be flourishing during his time away from the Australian system. Contrary to the predictions of many and in spite of a rehab timetable that delayed his debut for Wasps, he has gone on to play an integral role in the club’s journey to the top of the Premiership and appears to be well-liked by his teammates and the wider Wasps community.

Young’s comments at the weekend demonstrated the regard in which Beale is held: “It was always agreed that we see how this season goes and how he and his girlfriend settle in,” he said. “He’s got his international career to think about.

“If it ends up being a year, it’s a year we wouldn’t have changed. If we can extend it, which we are hoping to do, we’ll be really pleased. If we can’t, it will have been a worthwhile exercise.”

Complicating matters for Cheika is that under the so-called Giteau Law, Beale is eligible for Australian selection wherever he is playing in the world, so a return home is not a necessary condition of World Cup selection. Instead, Cheika appears to be dangling a carrot close to his former charge’s heart, relying on Beale’s keen sense of loyalty and love of the Wallabies’ team culture to trump the lure of the pound.

“You never know, I didn’t really think he was going to leave in the first place,” Cheika said.

“It hasn’t been complicated, we’ve been going back and forth, we’ve said what we think, that we want him to come home, this is what we think his place in the team is, and he has to assess that.

“Whatever happens, it’s going to be less than he gets offered at Wasps, even based off what he got offered last time. It’s going to be a matter of whether he wants to come home, be an instrumental part in the Australian team in the lead-up to the World Cup, that’s what it’s going to come down to.”

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Cities Minister Taylor promises ‘billions’ for Western Sydney

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Sandra Fraser spends hours on a packed train commuting from her home in western Sydney to the city three times a week. But she counts herself lucky – at least she owns her own house.
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“I think most people need to travel for work,” the social work student from Fairfield West said. “You’ve gotta go where the work is, and most people can’t afford to live anywhere near work. So they’re living further and further out, because they can’t afford their way in.”

It’s a problem the federal government wants to spends billions of dollars to fix, as part of a “city deal” to be finalised later this year that will focus on jobs, roads, rail links and environmental planning in western Sydney.

“It can take me an hour and a half to two hours to get into the city from where I live,” said Ms Fraser, who is doing a work placement at the Sydney Alliance.

“I get a bus to Fairfield Railway Station then I get a train from Fairfield to Town Hall. It’s packed. There’s a whole lot of people piled on. You’re lucky if you even get space to stand.”

She is acutely aware of the housing affordability crisis affecting many people in her area. She bought her three-bedroom home 15 years ago and said since then, house prices in her suburb have “gone through the roof”.

“Most of the houses are $600,000 or $700,000 around us. It’s ridiculous. Rents, you can’t get a three-bedroom house from under about $500 a week where we are.”

The city deal could form a key element of the government’s housing affordability package – a central plank of the May budget – as the Coalition attempts to offer relief to renters and would-be buyers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday the key to improving housing affordability was building more homes – which would require state governments to release more land – and explicitly linked it to the federal government’s infrastructure spending plans.

“Our whole cities agenda is about improving the liveability of cities, and improving housing affordability is a big part of that,” he said.

“What we are looking to do is reach agreement so that as Commonwealth funding is made available for infrastructure, for road or rail or whatever, that is then part of the deal and a commitment to deliver, for example, more dwellings [and] more dwelling approvals.”

Mr Turnbull welcomed the housing affordability package unveiled by the Victorian state government on Sunday and said his government was prepared to do a city deal for Melbourne, as it was doing with the NSW government for Western Sydney.

Cities Minister Angus Taylor told Fairfax Media on Monday that two million people already lived west of Parramatta; that number would rise to three million by 2030; and the Western Sydney city deal would provide better infrastructure and tackle housing affordability.

He declined to answer questions about what specifically would be in the budget for Western Sydney, but said the city deal would create local jobs – with Badgerys Creek airport to play a key part in that – focus on improving both road and rail links and create a region-wide strategic environmental plan to protect areas such as the Cumberland Woodland.

“We are spending billions and we will spend more billions in the coming years, on Western Sydney airport, roads and potential rail projects. This is one of the biggest areas of investment for the federal government,” he said.

“On the supply side in the decade to 2015, Sydney should have been building 35,000 homes to keep up with population growth but in fact was building 17,000. In the last two years that supply growth has matched demand but the decade-long backlog hasn’t been addressed.”

The Western Sydney deal is the third one the government has worked on following Townsville and Launceston.

Other housing affordability measures being examined for the federal budget by Treasurer Scott Morrison include “rent to buy” and shared equity housing models used in Britain.

Reductions in capital gains tax concessions and allowing first-time buyers to use their superannuation as a home deposit have been discussed, though these latter two measures are considered less likely to be adopted.

Mr Morrison has also signalled that social housing is in his sights, while the National Affordable Housing Agreement – which costs the federal government about $1.3 billion a year in payments to states – is likely to be scrapped and the money re-purposed.

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