D&G’s China show off over racist posts

Fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has had to cancel a show in Shanghai after a row over racists posts.Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has called off a show after a backlash over racially insulting posts on its social media.
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The company on Wednesday apologised for insulting remarks about China it allegedly made in exchanges on Instagram but claimed its accounts had been hacked.

Chinese celebrities reacted angrily after screenshots of the conversations were posted on social media and several said they would boycott a D&G show scheduled for Wednesday night.

The company later said the show, an extravaganza meant as a tribute to China with Asian stars invited to take front-row seats, had been called off.

The screenshots appear to show co-founder Stefano Gabbana referring to China with crude terms and emoji as he defends promotional videos that had sparked controversy earlier.

Separately, the D&G Instagram account used offensive language in another exchange.

Dolce & Gabbana apologised on Instagram and said the accounts had been hacked. “We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts,” it said. “We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China.”

Zhang Ziyi, who starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, said on one of her social media accounts that the Italian brand had “disgraced itself”.

The studio for pop idol Karry Wang, an Asia-Pacific brand ambassador for D&G, said late on Wednesday that it had informed the fashion house that it would terminate all co-operation with the brand. Both Wang and Zhang had been invited to attend the event.

Stefano Gabbana also wrote on his Instagram that his account had been hacked, adding “I love China and Chinese culture. I’m sorry for what happened.”

The three promotional videos, which have been deleted from the company’s Weibo account, feature a Chinese woman using chopsticks to eat pizza and other Italian food. Many Chinese social media users called the videos racist and full of outdated stereotypes.

In a statement from Milan headquarters, designers Gabbana and Domenico Dolce said, “What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life.”

The Shanghai extravaganza was to include 300 models previewing a new collection on a rotating stage, including super model Eva Herzigova and Isabella Fontana during a brand DNA section, and a line-up of millennial stars and influencers for a second section dedicated to the future.

The final part of the show was to be dedicated to Asia, with Asian models and a front row of Asian stars among the 1000 invited guests, including actor Darren Wang, actor Jing Kang Liang, singer Stan Young and actress Bing Bing Lee, along with Wang and Zhang.

Asia, and China in particular, is key to European luxury brands’ success. A recent study by Bain consultancy said one-third of all high-end purchases are made by Chinese consumers, shopping both at home and abroad. That is expected to rise to 46 per cent by 2025, fuelled especially by millennials and generation Z teens.

D&G has 44 boutiques in China, including four in Shanghai, having entered the Chinese market in Hangzhou in 2005.

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Sutton to get NRL swan song in 2019

John Sutton will get a chance to further etch his name in South Sydney folklore after signing a one-year NRL contract extension.
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The 34-year-old will be given a fitting swan song after finally putting pen to paper on a new deal, which will see him extend his career into a 16th season.

He became the first player in the history of the foundation club to break through the 300-game mark earlier this year.

Sutton, who captained the club to their 2014 premiership breakthrough, goes into 2019 with 309 games to his credit – almost 100 games more than Souths’ second-most capped player Nathan Merritt (218).

“I couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to play another season with Souths,” Sutton said.

“It’s my dream job and I feel privileged to have the chance to play rugby league for a living with a club like this.

“I love the Rabbitohs, I love playing for the members and the fans, and I can’t wait to get back to training and ripping in to get ready for the season ahead.”

The veteran back-rower found a new lease on life in 2018 to play some of the best football of his career.

Despite the willingness of both parties to sign a new deal, contract negotiations dragged on for months, fuelling questions about whether he would be forced into retirement.

A Kensington United and La Perouse junior, Sutton is one of the club’s favourite sons and in July was honoured with a mural at Kensington Park to celebrate his 300-game milestone.

“John Sutton is our longest-serving player, our most capped player with over 300 NRL games, and was the captain of our 2014 Premiership-winning team,” Souths general manager of football Shane Richardson said.

“To put it simply, he has earned legend status at South Sydney.

“I’ve known John and his family for nearly 15 years now and he has grown as a leader and player on the field and as a man, husband and father off the field in that time.

“He played some of the best football of his career in 2018 and he has earned another season at the Rabbitohs.”

The Rabbitohs on Thursday released prop Zane Musgrove to take up a three-year deal with the Wests Tigers.

The Rabbitohs were believed to be under salary cap pressure with Musgrove’s exit opening up the door for the club to re-sign Sutton.

Winger Robert Jennings remains the only member of this year’s Souths side still not contracted for next year.

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LFO singer Devin Lima dies of cancer at 41

Devin Lima, who was a singer with ’90s boy band LFO, has died after a 13-month battle with cancer.LFO singer Devin Lima has died after a year-long battle with stage 4 cancer, Variety has confirmed. He was 41.
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“My son has passed away,” his mother, Filomena Lima, told Us Weekly on Wednesday.

“His fiancee was living with him and let us know that he passed at 2:45 in the morning. He was struggling for 13 months since his cancer diagnosis. The family is not good.”

TMZ first reported the news.

The boy band, which gained popularity in the 1990s, consisted of Lima and Brad Fischetti. The pop group was initially a trio, with lead singer Rich Cronin, but disbanded in 2010 after his death to leukaemia at the age of 35.

Lima (born Harold Lima) and Fischetti reunited and resumed touring in 2017. They recently released their first new song in 15 years, Perfect 10.

The duo was set to commence touring earlier this year, but put their plans on hold when Lima was hospitalised in late 2017 after doctors discovered a tumour “the size of a football” on his adrenal gland. The cancer spread to Lima’s kidney, which had to be removed.

“I wish we had better news to share,” Fischetti said in October 2017, upon delivering the diagnosis to fans via a YouTube video.

“It’s devastating news, but at the same time, there’s nobody I know stronger than Devin Lima. No one has a stronger body, mind, or soul, and if anybody can defeat this, it’s Devin.”

Lima joined the band in 1999, replacing band member Brian Gillis (aka Brizz), who was with the group since its start in 1995.

LFO, which sold more than 4 million records worldwide, is best known for their hit songs Summer Girls, Girl on TV (the music video featured actress Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Every Other Time.

Their debut album, LFO, sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, and scored two Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, with Summer Girls and Girl on TV. Their sophomore and final album, Life Is Good, debuted in 2001.

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Letters to the editor November 26 2018

IN LIMBO: The planned Newcastle cruise terminal has hit troubled waters after the government refused to exceed its $12.9 million pledge despite the Port’s requests. A MULTI-MILLION dollar cruise terminal may be nice, but will the ships stay any longer (‘Port urged to get started’, Newcastle Herald 21/11)?
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The usual practice of staying no more than 12 hours will never cover the cost of a fancy terminal, as most tourists would simply remain on boardto recover from motion sickness or not want the mad rush of seeing little and returning to the boat on time.

Unless a guarantee of at least 24 hourswith a sleep-over can be established, I believe building a terminal would be acomplete waste of money and time.

Apart from adding to the city’smust-have bucket list, I think Newcastle should save itsmoneyand invest in grey nomad accommodation.Places like Stockton havean abundance of large,level areasnot far from the passenger ferry offering easy access into Newcastle.

$17 million, the potential final cost of a terminal, would build a four-star destination for grey nomads not just for a few days a year as in the shipping terminal, but every day of the year.Does council actually have a tourism officer, or are most decisions the brainchild of a select few?

Carl Stevenson,Dora CreekA CITY IS NOT STATIONARYTHE two-month-plus struggle for Renew Newcastle to secure a liquor licence (‘Drink licence fuels Station’,Herald23/11) shows we still have a way to go in recognising the needs of the city versus the needs of a few.

The Station is a key strategic site in the revitalisation of our city. It’s a beautiful heritage building that has enjoyed a stunning facelift and which now offers both young and old a wonderful event space in which to celebrate our city.

Yet Liquor and Gaming NSW has, following objections from just 20 people, limited the Station’s liquor licence to 12 days a month, effectivelythree days a week.

I’ve been advised that the majority of those objecting are concerned about noise. Noise in a city, day and night, is a good thing. It signifies activity, which is what our city needs in order to grow its population, attract investment and build a sustainable day and night-time economy. In terms of the Station’s liquor licence and supposed noise generating ability, let’s not forget this is a site that was until just a few years ago a train station. It’s also a site that to the south-east looks across to the recently reopened Great Northern Hotel and, to the north-east, the hotel at Customs House. It’s also located on the corner of Watt Street, one of our busiest streets in terms of traffic starting and stopping. It’s one of the noisiest parts of our city, which is what makes the Station ideally located as a place for public entertainment.

I appreciate for a select few that choose to live in the East End and CBD, noise is a burden. Yes, some of you may have made the city your home when it was less noisy,but it is the right of a city to change, to grow and to get noisier.

I encourage Renew Newcastle to apply for a less restrictive liquor licence and look forward to supporting their application with a submission on behalf of City of Newcastle.

Jeremy Bath, City of Newcastle chief executivePEDDLE FIXES FOR SUBURBSWHY anyone would choose to ride on Hunter Street where safe shared path exists 50 metres north, along the harbour, is beyond me. Honeysuckle Drive and King Street also have marked bike lanes.

Myselfand the majority of cyclists riding in the city, seem to be aware of these alternatives to riding on Hunter Street. Hunter Street has never been a safe place to cycle given the narrow lane widths and parked cars. The light rail hasn’t changed this.

How about focusing energy on advocating for improvements to cycling black spots outside the city centre where no safe alternative exists?

Thomas McNamee,MaryvilleRICHES MUST POUR DOWNNO-ONE ever made a fortune by honest work.Other people have to be exploited, especially through their ignorance of the circumstances of the situation.

Throughout history nations have exploited more primitive or less developed peoples; for example, slavery, underpayment for resources or manufactured goods and farm products.

Most nations exploited should have had a future fund set up with some of the profits made. Exploitation still goes on in countries where manufacturing textiles and electronic goods occur because wages are low.

In developed countries, those who handle the income and profits of companies vote large salaries and bonuses to themselves for underpaying employees. I believe the remuneration of everyone in the nation should relate to the wealth of the economy.

As the wealth increases through resources and manufacturing, so the return to the people increases according to their contribution and not the power of their lobbying.

In this country, I believe the Fair Work Commission in relation to the budget should set all salary levels, not just those of the lowest paid. It is not fair that the highest-paid people set their own level.

John McLennan,CharlestownHAVING A LEND OF USI AM somewhat astounded to see watchdogs includingASIC and Choice complaining about Afterpay (‘Consumer groups highlight Afterpay risks as ASIC prepares report’, SMH 16/11).I have never encountered a problem. In fact,this company has been a godsend to me helping me to afford presents for Christmas.

What smacks of hypocrisy is that there are so many unscrupulous companies such as pay-day lenders ripping people off with huge interest rates. They are everywhere, especially in the poorer suburbs, and I feel sick just walking past thinking of how many people are getting ripped off. They are even allowed to advertise in the media.

Where is the justice of going after a company who only charge a small fee if payments are late?I believe the onus is for people to regulate themselves to an extent.

Karen Starkie,WaratahSHOW RENAE COMPASSIONI HOPE common sense will prevail for Renae Lawrence’s outstanding warrants (‘Lawrence hands herself in’, Herald 24/11) and she can put her past behind her. It’s not as if she’s been on the run,and considering the original mess regarding the Bali Nine arrests (‘AFP defends its role’, SMH 4/5/15), it’s probably the least that n law enforcement could do.

She is now 41 and being held responsible and accountable for silly actions of a 25-year-old. The cost to the community, her family and her will be considerably less if everyone just lets her quietly assimilate back into our community and rebuild her life. Time for forgiveness and compassion.

Antony Bennett, Bar BeachSHARE YOUR OPINIONEmail [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au or send a text message to 0427 154 176 (include name and suburb). Letters should be fewer than 200 words. Short Takes should be fewer than 50 words. Correspondence may be edited and reproduced in any form.

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Photos of the dust storm hitting NSW

Incredible footage of dust storms hitting NSW Photo: Ryan Overall
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Daisy Grace sent in this photo taken by Hamish Armstrong at Carrathool, NSW.

North of Booligal. Photo: Michelle Crossley

Photo: Britt Golder

Photo: Sam Leliever

Photo: Karen Leanne

Photo: Zac Rowlandson

Near Cobar. Photo: Chris Moffitt

North of Booligal. Photo: Michelle Crossley

North of Booligal. Photo: Michelle Crossley

Photo: Ned Kelly

Photo: Katie McCall

Photo: Koralta Angela Tansell

This was over One Tree just north of Hay. Photo: Sammy Ellis

Tibooburra. Photo: Renee Cooper.

TweetFacebookIncredible footage of dust storms hitting NSWhttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/R7sDaMurkWxVpij7Babdbr/b91d1628-2d12-485b-ae36-5cf2958458b5.jpg/r8_0_737_412_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgYour photos and videos of the dust storm wreaking havoc across NSW.news, national, dust2018-11-22T11:30:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970125739001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5970125739001Massive dust storm hits western Riverina, NSWGabrielle Woodhouse, forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in NSW said although there had been rain in centres such as Alice Springs earlier in the week there had been only sporadic falls over western NSW.

“The soil is so dry it will not be enough to tamp the dust down in the event of high winds.”

She said on Wednesday the worst of the dust would be seen in areas roughly west of Dubbo, but on Thursday, as the cold front pushed through, dust areas would push east, possibly even over the Great Dividing Range.

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Short Takes November 26 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

WHILENSW will be boosted with an extra 1500 police over the next four years, congratulations must go to one of our own. Congrats to Senior Constable Kath Emerson on taking out the prestigious title of Rotary NSW Police Officer of the year.
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Charles Farley,Adamstown HeightsRESIDENTS of southern Lake Macquarie, might well feel pleased to have sewer connection, but will they feel the same when they get theirwater rates with $200 or moreper quarter in charges for it?

John Bonnyman,Fern BaySOfar I have only heard about the danger of light rail for push bikes. I believe there area lot more at risk includingpeople with walking aids, people who wear high heels, non-slip footwear and rubber car tyres. I expectyou will properly see council erect signs saying cross at your own risk.

Alan Ackroyd,HamiltonANOTHER example of the Labor-controlled council handing out taxpayers’ money with gay abandon (‘Council EBA gets flexible’, NewcastleHerald 20/11). They sack staff and give in to the unions. Still,if it can get some of them to do some work for nine days I believe it would be an improvement on the present ergonomic output.

Sandy Buchanan,LargsTO realise the size of the damage being done to the most vulnerable of our society, one only has to look at any number of current affairs shows highlighting the hardships, stresses andlosses of lifesavings brought about by shonky tradespeople, unscrupulous employers and scammers. This isnot to mention the activities uncovered by the financial royal commission. Worst of all, the cost of seeking justice for the majority of these people is completely out of their reach, begging onequestion: why isn’t everyone entitled to justice and a fair go in ?

Allan Earl, ThorntonGLADYSBerejiklianrecognisespeople have had enough of crowded roads schools and hospitals (‘States should have a say on migration’: Berejiklian population policy expert’, SMH 4/11). A cynic might suggest that this is pre-election rhetoric and that an immigration reduction of just 30,000 comes nowhere overcoming the increases implemented by the Howard government. The real danger is that politicians are ignoring the scientific advice on the impact of climate change. We are warned that it will be impossible to support the current population, let alone one that continues to grow.

Don Owers,DudleyI BELIEVE theNewcastle Heraldcartoons drawn by Pope show no respect for the position of n Prime Minister.These cartoons display massive distortions of political events.There are never any cartoons ridiculing the n Labor Party.The political imbalance displays a very poor reflection on impartial reporting.

Raymond Parkes,LambtonTHE POLLSWOULDyou stay or leave if a bushfire threatened your home?

Stay and defend 32%, Leave early because safety is most important68%

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Short Takes November 24 2018: readers have their say on the day’s news

ALAN Ackroyd (Short Takes 20/11) –supermarkets will eventually get lottery licensing and pharmaceuticals, ending small retailers in the suburbs.After 35 years in the meat industry I am getting out soon. I can’t see a future in small retail.One thing that bothers me most is all the small community groups and sports clubs that ask small retailers for sponsorship and discounts on sausages for their barbecueswon’t be able to get the same from supermarkets. Funnily I see the members of these organisations rarely support the local butcher.
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Steve Barnett,Fingal BayWHAT a circus.The mediaturned Renae Lawrence into some sort of pariah on her way home to . She’s a convicted drug runner.

Greg Stewart,WoodberryDONALD Trump has America cracking along.The people love him. I suggest this is because he is a very successful businessman and not a politician.I wonder how many of our cartoon heads have run a successful business. I’d imagine not too many.

Brad Hill,SingletonIN reply to Neville Aubrey (Short Takes 21/11) and “our convict origins”:I don’t know yours, but can assure you there is no convict in our family’s origins.

Colin Atkins,WyongCRICKET seem to have taken over the high ground in respect to ethical and fair play in all things. They should, by my reckoning, by now have sacked and dissociated itself from its Commonwealth Bank as sponsors.I believe the bank has not played in the spirit of the game, and as has been shown in the Royal Commission appears to be lacking in ethical behaviour, duplicitous in dealing withcustomers and, more generally, a deceitful organisation. To be blunt, I think it’s much better to scratch your ball than it is to have it ripped off.

Roger Peters,Cooks HillON A positive note, at least Renae Lawrence got home just in time for the Supercars (Herald 23/11). Pity about the residents of Newcastle East, who are leaving in droves to avoid all the noise and disruption as the cars roar past their doors and windows. As they say: collateral damage.

Ross Edmonds,WaratahGRAEME Tychsen (Short Takes 22/11)and Peter Sansom (Short Takes 20/11),get over it. The trains are gone, light rail is here. Newcastle West is not the end of the world. Forget the “global” rubbish.

Jim Cowburn,Garden SuburbWELLsaid, Steve Barnett (Short Takes 21/11). It’s the differences of opinion that make this page worth reading. Anyone who can string a sentence together and knows how to spell their own name can play. Whilst I have copped a couple of abusive anonymous phone calls, I’m yet to get a letter. Clearly I’m going tohave to try harder.

Dave McTaggart,EdgeworthI AM humbled by the support from Fingal Bay (Short Takes 21/11).As Oscar Wilde famously said, and you know it, Mr Barnett:be yourself becauseeveryone else is taken.

Mac Maguire,Charlestown

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Vic leaders clash over injecting centre

Children could be walking over dead bodies on their way to school if Melbourne’s supervised injecting centre is shut down, Daniel Andrews warns.
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The premier and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy on Thursday came face-to-face for the second time in 12 hours for a tetchy debate on the ABC, just two days before the state election.

The 30-minute debate was often heated as the pair canvassed the cost of their campaign promises, infrastructure plans, the injecting room, TAFE funding, youth crime, and law and order.

Disagreement peaked over the North Richmond heroin and ice injecting centre which opened earlier this year after a spate of deaths in the area.

Mr Guy said he would shut down the centre in less than a week if he wins government on Saturday.

“I don’t believe it is good social policy. And I guess that’s a value judgment that we all have to make,” Mr Guy said.

“I want to have mandatory drug rehabilitation and I’ll pay $40 million to do it and I think getting people off drugs is a better way than making excuses for them.”

But Mr Andrews argued there would be deadly consequences if the facility closes, saying the school next door and residents had been calling for help.

“We don’t want our kids walking over, tragically, dead bodies,” he said.

“There’s in no drug rehabilitation if you are dead.”

There were some points of agreement.

Mr Guy said there was merit in Labor’s promised royal commission into mental health and that he would not revisit the controversial assisted dying laws passed by parliament last year.

But the leaders clashed over whether it was appropriate for Mr Andrews to stand beside police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton at a press conference about counter-terrorism arrests on Tuesday.

Mr Guy said it was a breach of caretaker conventions during an election, which Mr Andrews denied.

Mr Guy said the Liberal policy of boot camps for non-violent youth offenders would address youth crime, which led to Mr Andrews attacking the coalition on cutting funding to TAFE.

Thursday’s debate, which aired on radio and TV, follows Wednesday night’s people’s forum at Frankston, a marginal seat in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Undecided voters put questions to the leaders on issues including policing resources, hospital services and religious freedoms in schools.

Mr Guy, who has billed himself as the tough-on-crime candidate, offered a rare personal insight during the Sky News event, sharing details of the premature birth of his first son.

After an emotional start to the debate, tensions rose as Mr Andrews and Mr Guy clashed on bail laws and the defunct East West Link toll road, which cost the state more than $1 billion when Labor came to power in 2014.

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Citizenship crackdown on Aussie extremists

The govt will introduce laws allowing dual nationals convicted of terrorism to lose citizenship.n-born terrorists could soon be stripped of their citizenship and kicked out of the country far more easily, under sweeping new powers to be debated in parliament before Christmas.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will introduce new laws within weeks aimed at revoking citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terror offences, regardless of the length of their sentence.

He wants to remove an “unrealistic” requirement that a person be sentenced to at least six years behind bars.

“Terrorists have violated everything about what being an n is all about,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

“For those who have engaged in this sort of activity, if they have citizenship elsewhere, and we reasonably believe they do, well they can go.”

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton would also be given far greater powers to revoke n citizenship from people he believes may be entitled to citizenship elsewhere.

Mr Dutton could strip n citizenship from a convicted terrorist if he was “reasonably satisfied” they were entitled to foreign citizenship in another country.

The Law Council of has flagged concerns about the changes.

“Measures to remove citizenship challenge key legal principles on which our democracy was founded, and therefore demand very careful consideration,” council president Morry Bailes said.

Mr Bailes said the coalition has also not made clear why a requirement convicted terrorists be sentenced to at least six years in jail before their citizenship is revoked – set through 2015 laws – should be removed.

Many of the 400 suspected terrorists being monitored by ASIO are either dual nationals or believed to be eligible for citizenship overseas, based on the birthplaces of their parents or grandparents.

So far, nine dual-national terrorists have been stripped of their n citizenship.

Mr Dutton estimates another 50 ns may be open to losing their citizenship under existing laws, and expects far more dual nationals to be captured by the changes.

The proposed changes have been announced in response to the deadly Bourke Street attack, and the Melbourne arrests of three n men of Turkish ancestry, who are accused of planning a terror event.

Mr Morrison also wants to introduce “temporary exclusion orders” of up to two years for foreign fighters returning from the Middle East.

Once back in , the person would be subject to various controls including reporting to police, adhering to curfews and complying with restrictions on technology use.

The Law Council said the temporary exclusion orders may have the effect of rendering an n stateless for the duration of the order, which could contradict ‘s international obligations.

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Labor unveils ‘Just Transition’ policy to protect redundant power station and mine workers

Liddell power stationA LABOR federal government would co-opt other energy generatorsto find work for those retrenched when big coal-fired power stations such as Liddell close down, Labor frontbencher Pat Conroy has told the Newcastle Herald.
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The “just transitions” policy was due to be mentioned as part of opposition leader Bill Shorten’s energy policy speech on Thursday but the details have been fleshedby Mr Conroy, who is Labor’s spokesperson on just transition and clean energy.

Mr Conroy saidthe “pooled redundancy” scheme would be a legislated version of what had happened at the closure of Hazelwood power station in Victoria, where other La Trobe valley power stations found work for about 100 of 550 retrenched workers.

It would be part of a broader just transitions policy that would be headed by the creation of a Just Transitions Authority, which would have a staff of about 75 towork with government departments and affected communities to help driveeconomic diversification of those regions losing coal-fired power stations, including the La Trobe andHunter valleys.

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Mr Conroy said Labor’s new energy policy would require power stationsto give three years’ notice of any intention to close down, which would in turn trigger the pooled redundancy scheme.

He said that when a power station gave notice of wanting to exit the industry, the authority would find out how many employees wanted to stay in the industry. Other power stations in the region would then have to offer voluntary redundancies to their employees. He said the age of the workforce meant there would be a lot of people wanting to leave, creating vacancies that would be taken up by the people transferring from the closing power station.

Using Liddell as an example, Mr Conroy said the operators of other Hunter Valley power stations such as Vales Point, Eraring and Bayswater wouldoffer voluntary redundancies to their workforce.

“If 300 wanted to continue from Liddell it would mean the other power stations offering a corresponding number of voluntary redundancies, with the costs to be funded by the operator of the closing station along with the federal and state governments,” Mr Conroy said.

He said a similar scheme had operated in the NSW coal industry in the 1990s at a time of multiple mine closures and massive job losses.

He said the new energy scheme could also apply to employees in the coal industry if their jobs were threatened by the loss of domestic coal contracts associated with power station closures.

The Herald raised a number of issues, including the wisdom or even the legality of one company having its hiring policy dictated by the closure of a rival, but Mr Conroy dismissed these concerns and said the policy was in the national interest.

He agreed that the Coalition would likely be opposed to the plan, but said the power industry was a special case and looking after those workers losing their jobs in the transition to renewables was in the national interest.

He said major energy companies had been briefed on the policy on Wednesday.

The Labor policy follows the release of a “Just Transitions” report commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union from University of NSW academics and released last month.

The Herald is seeking responses from industry players.

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Not guilty Eastman in line for huge compo

David Eastman may be entitled to millions of dollars for wrongfully spending 19 years in jail for the shooting murder of a federal police boss.
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An ACT Supreme Court jury on Thursday found Mr Eastman not guilty of murdering federal police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989.

Mr Eastman, a former Treasury official, pleaded not guilty to the murder in 1993 but was sentenced to life in jail in 1995.

The conviction was quashed in 2014 over concerns about the original evidence and a new trial began in June this year.

Mr Eastman’s lawyers Ken Cush and Associates in 2015 filed a wrongful imprisonment claim, which was on pause until Thursday’s verdict.

Solicitor Sam Tierney said Mr Eastman could have the n record for the most time wrongfully spent in prison, but it’s difficult to estimate potential compensation.

“How long is a piece of string?,” Mr Tierney told AAP on Thursday.

Mr Tierney cited a 2009 case where the WA government issued a $3.25 million ex-gratia payment after Andrew Mallard spent 12 years in jail for a wrongful murder conviction.

Mr Eastman’s lengthy retrial ended with gasps from the packed court, as the 73-year-old said “thank you” to the judge after the verdict was delivered.

It took the jury about one week to reach a decision, initially telling the judge it was finding it difficult to come to a verdict.

Mr Eastman’s solicitor Angus Webb said “justice has been done”, requesting privacy for the 73-year-old.

But the Winchester family are “extremely disappointed” and believe the verdict is wrong.

Mr Winchester was shot twice in the head as he parked on the driveway next to his Canberra home about 9.15pm on January 10, 1989.

The prosecution alleged in the retrial Mr Eastman had developed a murderous hatred of Mr Winchester, who he blamed for imperilling his bid to rejoin the commonwealth public service.

The defence counsel told the ACT Supreme Court there were too many unknowns and gaps for the jury to find Mr Eastman guilty.

Listening devices placed in Mr Eastman’s flat revealed him whispering to himself: “He was the first man, the first man I ever killed.”

Although he never held an ACT firearms licence, Mr Eastman made numerous attempts to buy guns as far back as early 1988.

The murder weapon was never found, but police identified it as a semi-automatic rifle sold by a Queanbeyan man on January 1, 1989.

A witness testified to seeing Mr Eastman at the home of the gun seller, but the defence attacked the credibility of that witness.

The police investigation included a theory of mafia involvement but uncovered no evidence pointing to that.

Terry O’Donnell, who was Mr Eastman’s lawyer at the original trial, said the investigation in the 1990s had been an “absolute disgrace”.

When asked if the killing was a mafia hit, Mr O’Donnell told reporters: “Put it this way: I have enough evidence to know that it is.”

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Greg Inglis pleads guilty to drink-driving

NRL star and South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has pleaded guilty to drink-driving in regional NSW mere hours after he was announced as Kangaroos skipper.
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The 31-year-old was clocked by highway patrol police driving a black Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan at 99km/h in an 80km/h zone, on the Great Western Highway in South Bowenfels, on the afternoon of October 1.

Inglis had two male passengers in the car and was returning to Sydney after playing in the Koori Knockout tournament.

“He was asked if he had consumed any alcohol recently and he replied: ‘We lost the football in Dubbo yesterday and I had alcohol last night’ and ‘I just finished one schooner at the club in Lithgow about 10 minutes ago’,” the police facts state.

Officers noticed Inglis had enlarged pupils and glassy eyes and he was taken to Lithgow police station where he returned a mid-range drink driving result of 0.085.

At the station, Inglis “appeared to be only slightly affected by intoxicating liquor” and told police he’d had a single schooner of Great Northern Super Crisp beer.

His lawyer, James Jordan, entered the guilty plea on Inglis’ behalf at Lithgow Local Court on Thursday.

Mr Jordan apologised to magistrate Cate Follent for the player’s “non-attendance” due to shoulder surgery.

“He does consider himself to be a role model and he hopes that in accepting full responsibility, he will be able to continue as a role model,” Mr Jordan told reporters outside court.

The lawyer said Inglis, who has already publicly addressed his personal disappointment over the offence, remains “extremely remorseful”.

Inglis was charged the day he was announced as ‘s rugby league captain. He was subsequently suspended for two international games and replaced by Boyd Cordner as Kangaroos skipper.

Inglis, who was also issued an infringement notice for speeding over 10km/h that afternoon, has no other drink-driving offences on his record.

The South Sydney player was noted in court documents as a “high profile professional athlete” who was “polite and professional at all times” during the incident.

“Police were of the opinion that he was remorseful for a miscalculation that led to this matter,” the documents state.

Retired Kangaroos great Johnathan Thurston last month said Inglis should be reinstated as captain, with head coach Mal Meninga also hoping to see the 31-year-old back in a green and gold jersey in 2019.

“He has shown real leadership by the way he has been accountable for his actions,” Meninga said in a statement on October 2.

The matter was adjourned to Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court for sentence on January 14.

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Bennett back ahead of Broncos talks

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough has urged the club to make a call on Wayne Bennett sooner rather than later after the coach made a ninja-like return to Red Hill on Thursday.
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Bennett is back at the Broncos’ helm but upcoming talks with the NRL club’s bosses could see him at South Sydney as soon as next week.

But he did his best to avoid the cameras, sidestepping awaiting media on arrival and then using decoy vehicles before hiding in the back of a car when leaving Broncos headquarters later in the afternoon.

Senior Broncos players were also welcomed back with a series of fitness tests on Thursday, with Bennett an early arrival after returning from English coaching duties in Europe.

The veteran Broncos mentor will reportedly meet with club chiefs for crunch talks aimed at facilitating his exit and triggering Anthony Seibold’s immediate arrival from South Sydney.

Both coaches signed deals at their rival clubs last month with tenures set to begin in 2020.

But the unusual situation, which has sparked fears over a conflict of interest, has led to speculation an exchange could be struck as early as this week, enabling both men to move on 12 months ahead of schedule.

McCullough said the playing group were operating under the assumption Bennett would remain but admitted he’d like some clarity.

“Yep,” he said bluntly when asked if he wanted a quick resolution.

“Everyone just needs to move forward in the right direction but in the time being Wayne’s here and we’re happy to get on with it.

“It’s out of our control, what happens; there’s plenty of big guys upstairs that can make the tough decisions.

“Yes (we’re prepared to play under Seibold); it’s the nature of the game if it comes to that.”

Bennett, who only returned home on Wednesday, has repeatedly stated he intends seeing out his Broncos contract.

Seibold also says he’ll remain at the Rabbitohs until the end of next season.

However reports suggest Broncos chairman Karl Morris is ready to call Bennett in and thrash out the terms of his early departure, while Bennett has refused to say whether he believes his axing is imminent and where that leaves him.

“I’ll be honouring my contract by going to training,” the 68-year-old, who has won six titles at Brisbane, told the Courier Mail.

“I’m not commenting any further other than to say I’ll be at training.”

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