Population may hit 30 million by 2029: ABS

could add another five million people in the next 11 years, new statistics show.
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The country’s population is projected to reach 30 million between 2029 and 2033, the n Bureau of Statistics revealed on Thursday.

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb says the population could advance by five million in a quicker time than it did from 20 to 25 million.

Pushing ahead to 35 million could happen in 20 years’ time, while the highest possible projection for 2066 has the population at 49 million.

” could add a further 10 million to our current 25 million by the year 2043,” Mr Grubb said.

“However, under our higher range of fertility, mortality and migration assumptions, the population would reach 35 million five years earlier in 2038.”

The release of the figures comes at an interesting time following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plans to slash ‘s immigration cap.

Mr Morrison wants move new migrants to regional areas to avoid overcrowding in Melbourne and Sydney.

But the ABS figures suggest the percentage of people living in major cities will only rise.

Melbourne could jump to 6.2 million people by 2027 and make up 79 per cent of the state’s population, while Sydney would hang on as ‘s biggest city at 6.4 million.

But one projection has Melbourne toppling its northern metropolitan rival in population by 2031.

The projected population for Melbourne in 2066 is between 8.6 and 12.2 million, while Sydney’s would sit at 8.5 to 11.2 million.

Brisbane is set for a rise from 2.4 million to about three million by 2027.

A breakdown into states and territories revealed Queensland could hit six million by 2027, up from the current figure of 4.9 million.

The n Capital Territory will almost have a population the equal of Tasmania in nine years’ time, with the gap to be cut to as few as 35,000.

Modest jumps are predicted in the Northern Territory, Western and South in the next decade.

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Aussies to use lessons of World T20 pain

Meg Lanning says have the options needed to beat the Windies in their World T20 semi. are ready to employ lessons from their 2016 final defeat when they attempt to avenge that only-ever loss to West Indies in their Women’s World T20 semi-final in Antigua.
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The ns received a big boost in their bid to reach a fifth straight final when the tournament’s form player Alyssa Healy (concussion) got through a nets session unscathed and now faces only a final assessment hours before the match starts on Friday (7am AEDT).

The meeting will be the first between the two teams since the 2016 title match in India, where West Indies beat for the first time in nine attempts, chasing down 149 with three balls to spare.

It marked the Windies’ women’s first global trophy, and the first time since 2009 that the ns had dropped a women’s World Cup in either format.

“It did sting,” Healy told AAP of the 2016 final loss.

“Whilst it hurt a bit you’ve got to lose eventually. Unfortunately for us it was on the world stage in a big game.

“I think we’re just a more adaptable side now … That was an eye-opening occasion for us and (a lesson) for us to adapt and have a Plan B or C when teams are coming at us.”

That loss – combined with last year’s semi-final defeat to India in the one-day World Cup – sparked a change in ‘s approach to the short-form game.

Beth Mooney and Healy are given a license to hit at the top of the order, as is No.3 Ashleigh Gardner before the arrival of more conventional batting stars Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry.

But West Indies will field the same dangerous top order they had in Kolkata in 2016.

For the hosts, Hayley Matthews has a tournament strike rate of 142.59, while Stefanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are as powerful as ever, having taken the game away from the Aussies two years ago.

Stopping them will be the job of quicks Perry and Megan Schutt, who have all gone at less than a-run-a-ball for the tournament armed with more variations in their game.

“It’s a new game tomorrow,” n captain Lanning said.

“They’ve got plenty of x-factors. Dottin has been playing extremely well throughout with bat and ball.

“We’re very wary of them, we know when they’re on they’re very hard to stop, and we expect them to be on tomorrow.

“We feel like we’ve prepared very well and have the options there if we need them.”

Meanwhile Healy’s inclusion will be vital for , given she’s been player-of-the-match in all three of the team’s wins in the tournament – averaging 78.50 at a strike rate of 160.20

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Hunter Hero: Top fundraiser Emily Taylor stayed sober to support twin

SISTERS IN ARMS: Emily Taylor raised $10,000 for Calvary Mater Newcastle where her twin sister, Christina Milojeski, is receiving treatment for cancer. Picture: Marina NeilGiving up alcohol for a month was“pretty hard” for Gateshead’s Emily Taylor.
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But the cause she contributedto put it all in perspective, she said.

“Christina couldn’t drink becauseof the medicationshe was on.

“I thought if peoplecan do it longer than a month, thenI’ll be fine,” she said.

“It was a challenge and you feel good in accomplishing that.”

The 29-year-old property manager decided to take upthe Dry July challenge after her twin sister, ChristinaMilojeski,was diagnosed with stage fourbowel cancer in April.

Through the campaign Ms Taylor raised almost $10,000 for Calvary Mater Newcastle’s cancer unit, where her sister was undergoing chemotherapy.

Ms Taylor said her mission was supported byfriends and family,as well aswork colleagues.

“Itgave people something to do to contribute,” she said.

“It was going to alocal hospital, so it’s actuallygoing somewherewhere they have been and wherethey may need to go in thefuture.”

The impressive amount put her in the top 10 fundraisers in forthe 2018 Dry July campaign, which allows participants to raisemoney for cancer-related projects of their choosing.

“We are extremely grateful for participants’ fundraising efforts and dedication,” Mark Jeffrey, general manager ofCalvary Mater said.

“Thissupport has enabled Calvary Mater Newcastle to fund projects and equipment that assistour patients, their families and carers, toward a more comfortable experience during andfollowing their cancer treatment.

“On behalf of staff and patients at Calvary Mater Newcastle, we would like to thank everyone who kindly participated in this year’s Dry July challenge and supported our hospital.”

The combined$111,950 thehospitalreceived from’smonth of sobriety has enabled the oncologyunit to buy updated equipment, includingnew chairs for the day treatment centre, and beginrefurbishment of the melanoma waiting room.

Ms Taylor said she hopedher sister would not have to use the new items.

“Yeah, she is doing really well,” she said.

MsMilojeskirecently underwent the procedure to removeher tumourafter five months of chemotherapy.

“Shehad her big operation onOctober 18. It was a massive success, they arepretty confident they got it all,” Ms Taylor said.

“She has an appointment with theoncologist next week tofind outif she has to havemore chemo at theMater.”

Ms Taylor saidat the end of Julyshe“felt good” about her achievement, and had a well-deserved beverage.

“I am partial to a Moscato.”

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Gilmore faces US duo in world title quest

Stephanie Gilmore will shoot for a seventh world surfing championship in Hawaii next week.American pair Sage Erickson and Alana Blanchard are the first obstacles in Stephanie Gilmore’s path as she aims to secure a seventh world surfing championship in Hawaii.
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Gilmore has been drawn against the two United States surfers in the opening round of next week’s season-ending Maui Pro.

If Gilmore reaches the semi-finals, she’ll claim the title and match Layne Beachley’s record of seven women’s world championships.

Gilmore, the defending event champion, holds a 6915-point lead over nearest rival Lakey Peterson in the title standings.

Blanchard, a former full-time tour competitor, is competing under a wildcard for the Maui Pro in what will be her first World Surf League event since giving birth to son Banks in January.

“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous but I’m just so excited and I need to settle down,” the 28-year-old said.

“It will be good to see everyone and to have the chance to surf such an amazing wave with just one other girl.”

Peterson has been drawn against fellow Americans Malia Manuel and Zoe McDougall in her opening heat.

The American must win the event to have any hope of forcing the world title into a surf-off.

The window for the Maui Pro begins on Monday AEDT, with Gilmore’s heat the third in the first round.

HOW THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE DECIDED

* Gilmore will win her seventh world title with a third or better at the Maui Pro

* If she finishes fifth or worse, Peterson must win the event to force a surf-off for the title

* In the event of a tie for any world title at the end of the season, the tied surfers will have a “surf-off” during the final event and the format will be determined by the Commissioner’s office.

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Mueller urges prison for Papadopoulos

US Special Counsel wants former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’ (C) jail term to start.George Papadopoulos’ barrage of tweets, including accusing Alexander Downer and the n government of spying on him and seeking to undermine Donald Trump, could ensure he begins his US federal prison sentence next week.
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Papadopoulos is scheduled to surrender to the US Bureau of Prisons on Monday to serve a 14-day sentence for lying to the FBI.

The former Trump campaign aide, however, has asked a judge to delay the sentence until separate court proceedings challenging the constitutionality of US Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s appointment is decided.

Mueller on Wednesday hit back at Papadopoulos’ attempts to delay the prison surrender, repeatedly citing Papadopoulos’ use of Twitter after pleading guilty to the FBI lying charge in the US District Court in Washington DC on September 7.

“Following the defendant’s sentencing, he made a variety of public statements that appear to be inconsistent with his stated acceptance of responsibility at sentencing,” Mueller’s legal team wrote in their reply to Papadopoulos’ motion to continue bail.

“For example, on October 25, 2018, the defendant publicly tweeted that his prosecution constituted ‘the biggest case of entrapment!’

“Appearing on a national television show the next day, the defendant stated that he was ‘considering withdrawing his agreement’ because he should not ‘have to serve even one day in jail for something that now it seems was completely orchestrated and I was framed’.”

Papadopoulos claims he was pulled into a plot involving Downer, the n government and UK government to undermine Trump.

Downer has denied Papadopoulos’ claims.

In May 2016, six months before Trump’s presidential election win over Hillary Clinton, Papadopoulos met with then n high commissioner to the UK Downer at a London wine bar.

Downer claims during the drinks session Papadopoulos said “the Russians might use material that they have on Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the election, which may be damaging”.

Mr Downer, in an interview with The n newspaper earlier this year, said he reported the information to Canberra.

The information about a potential Russian dirt file on Clinton has been credited with launching the FBI investigation that led to the Mueller probe into Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Papadopoulos admitted at his sentencing he lied to the FBI about his interactions with “a female Russian national” and Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese professor whom Papadopoulos “understood to have significant ties to the Russian government”.

Mueller reminded the judge that Papadopoulos had signed a “favourable” plea agreement and urged him to send the 31-year-old from Chicago off to jail.

“The defendant received what he bargained for, and holding him to it is not a hardship,” Mueller’s legal team wrote.

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University of Newcastle chooses Women in Research Fellowship recipients

Recipients: Standing: Dr Narelle Eather, Dr Melissa Tadros, Dr Kcasey McLoughlin. Sitting: Dr BoBae Choi, Dr Karen Blackmore, Dr Rachel Buchanan, Dr Rachael Unicomb.DR Kcasey McLoughlin feels “excited” and “humbled” to have been chosen as one of seven recipients of the University of Newcastle’s Women In Research Fellowship, saying it complements her owninterest in and commitment to gender equity.
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UON Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Professor Deborah Hodgson said the fellowship was designed to champion diversity and gender equity in the workplace and support the development of women’sacademic careers.

She said women represented 56 per cent of the university sector workforce, but held only 35 per cent of senior academic positions.

“The program empowers recipients to pursue their research goals, manage their career trajectory and exceed in ways that may otherwise not be possible,” Professor Hodgson said.

Fellows have access to mentorship from senior academics; training, placement and travel opportunities; as well as support juggling family and carer responsibilities.

“I was really excited and really humbled by the opportunity,” said Dr McLoughlin, who is a lecturer in Newcastle Law School.

“It’s a real investment in my career.

“It really lifts my spirits that my employer is supportive of women in research and willing to think creatively about how to address some of the barriers or hurdles of womenprogressingat the university.”

Dr McLoughlin’s PhD was conferred in 2016 and received the n Political Studies Association PhD Thesis Prize. It explored the relationship between gender and judging in the High Court of .

“It used to be thought that women spoke in a different judicial voice,” she said.

“My research shows its not as simple as that –people don’t judge based on gender alone.

“Judging is more or less a human activity.

“It’s important to have diversity in voices so it reflects the population.”

Dr McLoughlinsaid she was interested in applying her research in domestic courts in the United Kingdom and USA and international courts.

She said she was also interested in how the law can be used as a tool to achieve gender equity and exploringthe notion that the law is gendered or reflects a particular gender bias.

She said the fellowship will allow her to attend international conferences and providearesearch assistant to help “turbo-chargemy research output for the year”.

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Ariana Grande, Piers Morgan in twitter row

Singer Ariana Grande has slammed UK TV host Piers Morgan in twitter for his recent comments.Pop star Ariana Grande and Piers Morgan have become embroiled in a Twitter spat over the TV presenter’s recent comments.
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Morgan, 53, sparked controversy when he criticised a nude image of the girl group Little Mix that was intended to champion body positivity, claiming they had swiped the idea for the shoot from US band Dixie Chicks and were “using sex to sell records”.

He also had a pop at Ellen DeGeneres’s chat show, tweeting: “Ellen drooling today over famous men’s bodies on #InternationalMensDay2018. Yet I’ve been abused all day for complimenting @hollywills on her legs. The hypocrisy of modern feminism laid bare.”

US singer Grande’s mother Joan took aim at Morgan, asking: “Honestly what is wrong with you @piersmorgan? Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it! You came for @TheEllenShow yesterday which was disgraceful, she is an angel. @LittleMix today, did you ever hear of paying homage? And..well never mind.”

He replied: “Hi Joan, my mother taught me to speak my mind & never be afraid to express honestly held opinion. Ellen’s a hypocrite – and as for Little Mix, I’d just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity. As your own daughter does…!”

Grande, 25, then chimed in herself, tweeting: “Ellen is an incredible & kind human being.. I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because i choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it’s OUR choice.

“& we will keep fighting til people understand.

“i say this w all due respect but thank u, next.”

The last line of the tweet made reference to Grande’s latest single titled Thank U, Next.

Morgan snapped back: “Hi Ariana! How lovely to hear from you so soon after your mother. Of course, women can do what they like – but if they/you use nudity to sell records to impressionable young female fans, I’ll continue to call them/you out on it. All due respect, but thank YOU. Next…”

Grande retorted: “Also @piersmorgan, i look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticise young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do. i think that’ll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or what’s left of it.”

Grande also raised an old image of Morgan advertising Burger King almost naked, asking: “When u do it it’s ok tho right?

Morgan also invited Grande to go on Good Morning Britain to “settle this like mano-to-womano”.

“We can bring our mothers too, if you like,” he added.

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McCullough’s Wolf of Wall St NRL moment

Brisbane’s Andrew McCullough has referenced a Leonardo DiCaprio line from The Wolf of Wall Street.Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough has channelled his inner Jordan Belfort in response to reports NSW rival Damien Cook could be moving in on his turf.
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McCullough is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2021 but Cook, off contract after next season, has been linked with a move north to join current South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold at Red Hill in 2020.

The Broncos and Queensland hooker was humorously defiant when asked about the situation on Thursday, turning to Hollywood to make his point.

“No it’s definitely not (a worry); I’ve dealt with bigger things in my life than worrying about that,” the 28-year-old said.

“I don’t know where that’s coming from … as Leonardo DiCaprio said in Wolf of Wall Street, ‘I’m not leaving’.”

His quip drew plenty of laughter but McCullough will hope he doesn’t follow a similar fate to former Wall Street broker Belfort.

The man glorified on-screen by DeCaprio in 2013 famously defied orders to walk away from his business but was later jailed for defrauding more than 1500 investors out of more than $US200 million ($A275m).

Cook’s manager Mario Tartak told News Corp this week that four clubs, including Souths, were chasing his client’s signature.

The Broncos are reportedly among the interested parties and if successful would create an awkward situation for McCullough, who debuted at Origin level opposite Cook this year.

Cook’s pace out of dummy half exposed Queensland but McCullough said he wasn’t ruffled by his opposite number’s skill set.

“Everyone’s different, different styles, different teams,” he said.

“Damien’s done tremendously well; he’s had a lot of adversity over his times, didn’t get an easy run to getting a starting spot in the NRL.

“He’s had his ups and downs and clubs not wanting him.”

McCullough is just happy to be fully fit after a knee reconstruction kept him on the sidelines this time last year.

“It’s good to be back out there on day one, running,” McCullough said.

“I’ve dealt with this before.

“It’s a blessing in disguise for me; I’ve turned up in one of the best shapes I have been.”

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Harvest workers ripped off more than $1m

ACTU secretary Sally McManus says wage theft is now a national crisis.More than $1 million in lost wages has been recovered for 2500 workers after a major investigation uncovered widespread problems on fruit and vegetable farms.
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The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Harvest Trail Inquiry completed 836 investigations in the past five years, involving 444 growers and 194 labour hire contractors, with the majority picked at random.

More than half of the investigations found breaches of workplace laws including underpayment and failed record keeping.

But the ombudsman believes the full extent of worker underpayments is significantly higher than the $1,022,698 clawed back for workers who follow fresh fruit, vegetables and wine grapes harvests around .

“Our inquiry highlighted unacceptable practices of underpaying workers in one of ‘s largest rural industries,” Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said on Thursday.

Growers rely heavily on overseas workers who commonly do not have a good understanding of n work rights and entitlements, the report found.

“Migrant workers may not seek help because of language and cultural barriers, concerns about visa status, or because they are unaware of their workplace rights,” Ms Parker said.

The vast majority were on working holiday visas, with people on that category particularly vulnerable to exploitation.

As well as underpayments, the FWO found examples of other exploitation including substandard accommodation, transport and extra charges.

During the inquiry, the ombudsman took court action against eight employers for serious alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act, with four actions involving labour hire contractors.

Six matters have now been finalised, resulting in over $500,000 in penalties, and two remain before court.

The ombudsman handed out 150 formal cautions, 132 infringement notices, 13 compliance notices and seven enforceable undertakings and commenced eight legal proceedings.

Despite expressing concern about the findings, the vegetable industry is confident actions already undertaken will remove law-breaking operators.

“We categorically condemn the mistreatment of farm workers in any form and this type of behaviour has no place in the horticulture industry,” AUSVEG Chair and Victorian vegetable grower Bill Bulmer said.

n Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus called for laws to be changed to give workers quick and easy access to justice to recover stolen wages.

“How many more inquiries like this one will it take before the Morrison government admits that wage theft is a national crisis?” Ms McManus said.

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Department confirms employee mining link in Ridgelands $5 million community fund case

Concerns: Muswellbrook mayor Martin Rush, council staff and Ridgelands Resources representatives after the company’s secret approval condition with the NSW Government to fund a $5 million community fund was made public. A HUNTER Departmentof Planning employee married to a coal miner playeda key role in mining company Ridgelands’ attempt to cut a community fund from $5 million to $500,000, prompting questions in NSW Parliament about associations with the mining industry and ending months of silence from the NSW Government about department involvement.
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Documents obtained by theNewcastle Heraldunder freedom of information legislation show themid-levelemployee recommended the reduction in March, 2017, despite the $5 million fund being a condition of Ridgelands’exploration licence consent, and despite the company’sfailure to establish and publicise the fund “as soon as reasonably practical”from 2013, as required under the licence.

The employee said her unit had“no objections” to a“significant decrease” in thework programRidgelands was required to complete within the exploration licence’s five years, including establishing the fund, because the companyhad experienced“circumstances beyond”its control.

Confirmation of department support for the reduction has raised new questions about whether it played a part in the Resources Regulator’s decision not to prosecute Ridgelands for breaching the condition –with a maximum penalty of$1.1 million if convicted. The Resources Regulatoraccepted an enforceable undertaking from Ridgelands in June.

While the department on Thursday continued to deny the community fund condition was varied, an email written by a Ridgelands consultant to a Hunter department employee in July, 2017 showed Ridgelands believed the “revised community fund spend” was “negotiated and approved” by the department.

“Where does this leave Ridgelands? I would have thought an approved variation would put Ridgelands in a legally strong position,” wrotethe consultant after a meeting with Muswellbrook Shire Council in July, 2017, during which Ridgelands offered the council $500,000.

Email from Ridgelands consultant to Department of Planning manager after questions about $5 million community fund reduction.Herald’sattempts to obtain documents through freedom of informationrevealed this week that the department supported amending the community fund so that funded projects“have a commercial value toRidgelands”.

“Neither Ridgelands nor the department conducted any sort of public consultation or made any of that information transparent before apparently reaching an agreement between them. The attempt to vary the condition without a public process was, in council’s view, unlawful,” Mr Rush said.

He said there were other occasions wheremajor project proponentstold the councilthe departmenthad assured them of an outcome before any public consultation or process.

Referral: Resources Minister Don Harwin declined to answer questions in NSW Parliament about Hunter mining controversies after allegations were referred to ICAC this week.

“These are all matters which should now be the subject of a judicial commission of inquiry,” Mr Rush said.

In Parliament Mr Harwin declined to answer questions about Ridgelands, after confirmingallegations raised by sacked Department of Planning mining titles operations manager Rebecca Connor had been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

“I’m not confident that matter isn’t connected to the matters that have been referred to the ICAC so I am not going to add anything to my answer at this stage,” Mr Harwin said.

Department secretary Carolyn McNally referred allegations by Ms Connor to ICAC this week after theHeraldspoke to a farmer, 83, whose agricultural land objection to a NSW mine in August, 2016was not assessed before the mine was approved three months later.

The department denied receiving the objection but an employee produced it shortly after a mining licence was granted in October, 2017.

The farmer was not advised his objection was found until September, 2018, one month after Ms Connor complained to the NSW Ombudsman that she was sacked after making a protected disclosure to a superior about the farmer’s case.

Mr Harwin told Parliament he would be“doing whatever I can to make sure there’s a satisfactory outcome as far as all of the stakeholders involved” in the farmer’s case if the matter was not referred to ICAC, but he was waiting for a briefing from Ms McNally.

Labor resources spokesperson Adam Searlesaid it was“staggering the minister appears to not have been briefed on the issue of the‘lost and found’ mining objection” after months of controversy about Ridgelands.

“It is clear the minister has no control of his portfolio and that there now needs to be a full external inquiry into theadministration of mining in this state,” Mr Searle said.

“As to Ridgelands, the matter of why thecommunity fund obligation was reduced from $5 million to just $500,000, and what has been done about it, has never been properly addressed by the minister.”

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