Fair Trading cracks down on illegal tongue studs at Paddy’s Markets

Consumer protection officers from the NSW Department of Fair Trading force a stall owner at Paddy’s Markets to remove magnetic tongue studs which pose a swallowing danger. Photo: Ben Rushton A stall at Paddy’s Markets selling tongue studs. Photo: Ben Rushton
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A stall at Paddy’s Markets selling tongue studs. Photo: Ben Rushton

You may not have heard of it, but an illicit trade in fake tongue studs is alive and well in NSW – and the Department of Fair Trading is cracking down on it.

Plainclothes consumer protection officers from the department conducted a sting on sellers of the illegal studs at Paddy’s Markets in Sydney’s Haymarket on Thursday.

Although the tongue studs may not appear to be a pressing issue for consumer protection bureaucrats, the items in question – namely magnetic or suction suds – are potentially quite dangerous, the department says.

“There is a strong concern that consumers could be harmed by these small devices and we are strongly urging people not to purchase or use these,” Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said.

Unlike traditional studs, which poke through a  hole in the tongue, these newer studs do not require a piercing, instead using magnetic or suction force to stay attached. Because they are not permanently fixed, they can be swallowed.

In the case of the magnets, the department is concerned they can do bowel damage if they connect up with each other, because of their strength.

The woman who sold the earrings, which have been illegal since 2010, claimed she did not own the market stall.

She claimed they were not for tongues, but for earlobes.

“What [the sellers] tell you is rubbish,” director of Fair Trading’s Consumer Protection, Compliance and Enforcement Division, Michael Cooper, said.

“These items are [often sold by] spray-on tattoo artists, and fake tattoo artists,” Mr Cooper said.

They were often sold at fairs, he said,

The department fined the stall $550 for each piece of jewellery sold for “supplying a good in contravention of a prohibition order”, Mr Cooper said.

Consumer protection officers procured two items from the stall, so issued a fine of $1100. Offending sellers can contests the fines.

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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser dead at 84

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Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has died.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015,” a statement from Mr Fraser’s office read.

“We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time.”

Mr Fraser was prime minister of Australia and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 to 1983.

He was Australia’s 22nd prime minister, taking the job in events so dramatic they still reverberate decades on.

Mr Fraser was sworn in as caretaker prime minister in 1975 after the Whitlam government was dismissed in a constitutional crisis that followed months of budget deadlock in the Senate.

He led the Liberals to victory in the 1975 election before being succeeded by Labor’s Bob Hawke in 1983.

While the political left loathed Mr Fraser for his role in the 1975 “coup” against Gough Whitlam, the pair developed a close friendship post politics.

Mr Whitlam died in October last year.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, said Mr Fraser’s death marks “a sad moment for all Australians”.

“It’s a particularly sad day for all who cheered Malcolm Fraser on in those stirring days when he led the fight against what many of us thought was a bad government, the days of 1975,” he said.

“He was, as he put it, determined to turn on the lights and to restore Australia’s economic fortunes.”

Treasurer Joe Hockey said “history will be much kinder to Mr Fraser than many of his critics have been over the years”.

“He was a very strong character who was not afraid to stand up for what was right. The Liberal Party will be mourning his passing.”

“I think many Australians will be mourning his passing because he provided stability and reassurance at a time when Australia had gone through incredible upheaval,” he said.

“It is the end of an era, two towering figures,” he said, in reference to the deaths of political rivals Mr Whitlam and Mr Fraser.

Former prime minister John Howard, who also served as treasurer in the Fraser government, spoke to the media, paying tribute to the “remarkable strength and capacity Malcolm Fraser displayed in holding the Coalition together” during the constitutional crisis of 1975.

“Anybody who achieves what Malcolm Fraser achieved in his life deserves respect as a quite extraordinary Australian. He brought to the government of this country, he brought great integrity. As chairman of cabinet he had a fiercer knowledge of any submission that came across the cabinet table and pity help any minister who hadn’t sufficiently read the submission that had been prepared for him or her by the respective department,” he said.

Former prime minister Julia Gillard issued a statement of condolence, saying: “Malcolm Fraser in and beyond politics was a leader in the fight for racial equality.

“His brave stance against the evil of South Africa’s apartheid helped changed the world for the better. Malcolm will always be remembered kindly for his commitment to multiculturalism and his specific actions to resettle Vietnamese boat people in Australia.”

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd issued a statement honouring Mr Fraser’s achievements in fighting apartheid in South Africa, advancing the interests of Indigenous Australians and the passage of the Human Rights Act in 1981.

“Prime Minister Fraser will be remembered as a compassionate Australian, who cared for people at home or abroad, who had little or nothing to protect them,” he said

In recent years, Mr Fraser had become an outspoken critic of the Liberal Party and quit the party in 2010 over the party’s lurch to the right on issues such as immigration.

In a statement, former prime minister Paul Keating described Mr Fraser’s death as a “great loss to Australia”

“He detested what he saw as our strategic subservience to the United States and our willingness to be easily led from the path of a truly independent foreign policy.

“His public life also enshrined other important principles: no truck with race or colour and no tolerance for whispered notions of exclusivity tinged by race. These principles applied throughout his political life,” Mr Keating said.

Just last month, Mr Fraser wrote in Fairfax about what he saw as a worrying expansion of ministerial powers over asylum seekers.

Mr Fraser was a prolific user of Twitter in recent years.

His last message, a day ago, linked to an Australian National University website story: “Time for a new China vision – Asia and the Pacific – ANU” MPs pay tribute

In a statement, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Fraser would be remembered, among many achievements, for introducing the Aboriginal Land Rights Act in 1976 and for his fight against racism.

Mr Turnbull said Fraser’s passionate belief in immigration and multiculturalism enabled large scale migration from Asia, including more than 50,000 refugees from Vietnam, and the establishment of multicultural broadcaster SBS.

“In office and out of it he showed himself to have a big and compassionate heart,” he said.

“Modern Australia would be very different without his vision and leadership.

“Whether one agreed with him or not, in whole or in part, one thing was never in doubt. Malcolm Fraser was a passionately patriotic Australian with a big, liberal vision for our country and its people.”

Attorney-General George Brandis credited Mr Fraser for inspiring him to enter politics when as a teenager he was struck by his dramatic resignation from the Gorton government in 1971.

“Although in his older years he was a very emollient figure, perhaps even more fondly thought of by the left than by the right, in his early days he was actually a divisive and rebarbative figure. He was the opposition leader who was responsible for the blocking of supply in 1975, so it just goes to show that in the course of a long life and in the course of a long career, people can mellow and soften as Malcolm Fraser undoubtedly did.”

Father of the House, Philip Ruddock, pleaded for people to look past the way Mr Fraser came to office in the wake of Gough Whitlam’s dismissal.

“Those who recall the manner of his election discouragingly should remember Malcolm as a liberal on issues of race and human rights,” Mr Ruddock tweeted.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne said: “Vale Malcolm Fraser. A life dedicated to the service of our country. We will be poorer without him. Thoughts are with his family.”

Assistant Education Minister Simon Birmingham wrote: “Though many disagreed with him at different times #MalcolmFraser was a man of conviction & compassion who gave much to public life – vale.”

Human Services Minister Marise Payne tweeted: “Vale Malcolm Fraser. A Liberal leader, great Australian, mentor to many in the political generations who followed him.”

Labor senator Doug Cameron was shocked to hear of Mr Fraser’s death on Friday, having only recently dined with the former prime minister and his wife Tamie.

“I am just devastated that Australia has lost a great voice for human rights,” Senator Cameron told reporters in Canberra.

Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor passed on his condolences on Twitter.

“Rest In Peace Malcolm #Fraser. A Man of considerable dignity and rare gravitas.”

Senior Labor MP Michelle Rowland tweeted: “Malcolm Fraser provided strong leadership on matters of multiculturalism and racial equality. May he rest in peace.” Time for a new China vision – Asia and the Pacific – ANU http://t上海龙凤419/vbSJiGDcmW — Malcolm Fraser (@MalcolmFraser12) March 18, 2015The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

YVONNE CAMPBELL: Taxout of house and home

THE NSW Greens propose to reinstate the vendor duty introduced by the former Labor government in 2004 but abolished in 2005.
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The 2.25per cent tax was payable by the seller of land where the sale value exceeded the purchase value by more than 12per cent. (The family home or farm was exempt).

They say reinstating the duty would raise $645million a year. But this is flawed thinking.

Last time round, the vendor tax stalled the real estate market.

Then the thriving investment property market, driven largely by mums and dads, turned into a ghost town overnight. That extra tax on the already over-taxed property market caused them to flee to other asset classes.

Scroll forward a decade and little has changed. The industry is still heavily taxed and much of the burden falls on owners.

In recent times, we’ve been given the message ‘‘don’t rely on a pension, invest to prepare for retirement’’. And many mums and dads have done just that – buying investment properties to fund their own retirement and, in the process, providing much needed housing stock for renters.

Investors bear a heavy burden – stamp duty, lender’s mortgage insurance, legal fees, interest, maintenance costs, property services costs, and capital gains tax when they sell.

Is it any wonder many see a more liquid, less costly share portfolio as a better bet?

But that doesn’t increase housing supply.

Greens NSW MP John Kaye said, as before, the vendor duty would not apply to the family home or farm, and would help prevent first-home buyers being priced out by another housing bubble.

But that is simplistic, to say the least.

First-home buyers are not being priced out of the market by increasing property prices alone, but by general economic circumstance.

Those first-home buyers who choose to buy new property are supported into ownership through grants and stamp duty relief.

Those who are struggling to get onto the property ladder do so for reasons other than purchase price. The lack of employment, too little deposit, too many debts or not enough income to qualify for a loan are common reasons. Or they are resistant to buying new properties over old, better located ones that don’t attract grants and stamp duty relief.

The Greens assume revenue would be in the order of $645million a year, over four years.

But that is assuming that investors continue to buy property. History shows they do not.

With unemployment now over 6per cent, the Reserve Bank has been confronted with a dilemma: how to stimulate job growth without fuelling a renewed property bubble in Sydney.

The Greens say their package offers a unique response: ensuring that lower interest rates and new spending will stimulate jobs, not speculation.

Stimulating jobs should be the focus of any policy, but it should not involve taxing those who are trying to plan for their retirement.

Jobs growth needs to be aimed at our youth, not at infrastructure schemes that benefit big business, which can then argue a need to employ foreign skilled labour at the expense of our own unemployed.

And while the Reserve Bank may have its hand on the interest rate brake, that is of no use in controlling Sydney’s property market.

What will, though, is the market forces.

Major banks will eventually put a brake on that market by tightening lending criteria, so they are not exposed to too much risk.

Real Estate Institute NSW president Malcolm Gunning has warned that the government should not turn to the property market every time it needs money.

“The data from the last time we had a vendor duty is clear. The NSW government will be significantly worse off, as revenue from total tax collected will reduce because the property market will freeze up as it did last time,” Mr Gunning said.

NSW Labor’s policy to allow first-home buyers to pay stamp duty in instalments is also flawed. Many elect to roll that cost into their home loan. When interest rates rise, which they will, those young homeowners may find the looming stamp duty instalment difficult to pay, along with other regular housing costs such as insurance, rates and maintenance.

Deferring paying a tax that shouldn’t be as high in the first place is not going to pave an easier path for next generation home owners.

Best of the rest Barbarians out to cause upsets at under-20s championships

Jordan Fulivai scored the match-winning try for the Australian Barbarians on Thursday. Photo: Jay CronanThey’re the group thrown together as “the best of the rest” in a bid to end the dominance of NSW and Queensland, and Australian Barbarians coach Russell Ingram believes his side can cause havoc at the national under-20s championship.
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The Barbarians side is made up of the best players from Canberra, Victoria, Western Australia and country zones, combining their talent to take on the might of traditional powerhouses NSW and Queensland.

They passed their first test against Tonga on Thursday, with Gungahlin Eagles star Jordan Fulivai scoring a try after the siren to lift the Barbarians to a 40-36 triumph at Viking Park.

But their next challenge is against Queensland on Saturday before clashing with NSW on Monday and finishing the titles with a match against Fiji in Canberra on Wednesday.

“The boys are excited to be a part of it … it’s really set up for the Australian selectors so they can pick the best players,” Ingram said.

“By combining all of these guys, picking the eyes out of the best kids, we’ve got a pretty good side. We just lost to NSW and beat Queensland last year.

“Through Schoolboys Queensland and NSW dominate, but we put the best of the rest together and we’ve got a fairly good unit. The challenge is just pulling them together.”

Fulivai, the son of former Canberra Raiders cult hero “Prince” Albert, was called into the Barbarians squad only on Wednesday.

But the 18-year-old arrived at the perfect time to lift the Barbarians to a thrilling win against Tonga, finishing off an almost length-of-the-field build up to score the match winner.

The Barbarians team boasts 11 ACT representatives, including front-row trio Lloyd Harrison, Connal McInerney and Tyrell Lomax, who are rated as future Wallabies.

Wests junior Brode Leber will start at No.7 against Queensland, despite being just 17 years old.

“Jordan only came in when Jonah Placid was called into the Melbourne Rebels squad [to play Super Rugby] … We were a bit scrappy in game one.

“Leber’s come through the Wests juniors since he was seven years old. He’s not even 18 yet, we’ve got a support system around him so that hopefully he can develop through.

“In most of the systems, these boys are getting little opportunities to train with the elite team. It’s fantastic for their development.”

AUSTRALIAN UNDER-20s CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday: Australian Barbarians v Queensland at 1pm, NSW v Tonga at 3.15pm.

Monday: Australian Barbarians v NSW at 1pm, Queensland v Fiji at 3.15pm.

Wednesday: Australian Barbarians v Fiji at 1pm, NSW v Queensland at 3.15pm.

All games at Viking Park.

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Friends pay tribute to Malcolm Fraser, also dubbed king of the camellias

It is a small and close community on the Mornington Peninsula which Malcolm and Tamie Fraser have called home for close to two decades.
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A community of families and friends.

The local wineries and restaurants are popular meeting places and the golf course a social hub.

Local resident and former managing director of The Age, Ranald Macdonald, often met the Frasers for dinner, a swing of the sticks and to chew over meaty conversation on topics such as foreign policy.

Mr Macdonald is effusive in his respect for Malcolm Fraser, who spent almost three decades in federal parliament, his sharp intellect and his willingness to make a point or open a discussion.

“He encouraged lively debate with really intelligent and thought-provoking opinions,” Mr Macdonald said on Friday.

“He was good company, a challenging man and someone who contributed right to the end, unlike a lot of other people who left politics.”

Mr Macdonald described Mr Fraser as “a very remarkable Australian” who challenged us all.

Malcolm Fraser was the youngest member of federal parliament when elected at the age of 25 after growing up on Nareen Station near Hamilton in the Western District.

The Melbourne Grammar and Oxford-educated Mr Fraser was a brave and sharp conversationalist.

Mr Macdonald said the enthusiasm, fascination and intellect of Mr Fraser’s argument on important national and international policy issues remained to his last days.

“We spent quite a lot of time with him … lively chatter over good food and good wine,” he said.

The flags flew at half mast at the Flinders Golf Club on Friday where the Frasers are members.

Malcolm Fraser came to golf late and enjoyed the sport, Mr Macdonald said.

“But being a tall man perhaps didn’t have the ball under control,” he said.

Mrs Fraser, also a keen golfer, helped organise an annual charity golf day at the club to raise money for the National Stroke Foundation.

It’s rumoured Tamie Fraser is a little more successful with the clubs.

“We would see Malcolm and Tamie play together fairly regularly in the afternoons,” a Flinders Golf Club regular said.

He said the couple were well liked at the club.

Mr Macdonald talks of the remarkable support Tamie provided to Malcolm and the warmth of their relationship.

“A genuine full-time love affair for over 50 years – it was a love affair right to the end,” he said.

Another of their joint loves was gardening on their 1.6-hectare Red Hill South property, Thurulgoona.

In a 2003 article Mrs Fraser described Malcolm as “king of the camellias”.

Mr Fraser even accidentally bred a new variety that was named Camellia japonica.

The former prime minister was also a car enthusiast and a keen fly fisherman, stocking trout on the Red Hill South property.

He discovered the cathartic allure of casting a fly during the pressure-filled days of federal parliament.

Today’s politicians remembered a great Victorian.

“Malcolm Fraser was a Victorian of purpose and principle – an architect of our diversity and a giant of stature, intellect and legacy,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“For decades, he served the people of Western Victoria. For a lifetime, he served the contest of Australian ideas. We’re all better for it.”

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Bookmakers cursing top two as Vancouver, Exosphere well backed in Golden Slipper

Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber
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Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Popular pick: Money keeps flooding in for Golden Slipper hopeful Exosphere. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Bookmakers are dreading chart toppers Vancouver and Exosphere dominating the world’s richest two-year-old race as money continues to tumble in for the top two in betting ahead of the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

Exosphere – the top pick of John O’Shea’s four-strong Golden Slipper hand – firmed into $4 with Ladbrokes on Friday evening as he edged ever closer to laying down the challenge to Gai Waterhouse’s unbeaten colt for favouritism.

But Vancouver has maintained his iron-clad grip as the market leader despite having to launch from the outside barrier in 16.

“The market has solidified at the moment, but Exosphere is still our worst way,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “The favourite Vancouver hasn’t flown the way we thought it would and the Slipper is a funny race, and a few of the winners have come from way back.”

The rest of the Godolphin army – Furnaces ($14), Haptic ($16) and Ottoman ($31) – also met with support on race eve as O’Shea seeks to notch up his second and perhaps career-defining group 1 win for the operation.

Di Cioccio said Ladbrokes was bracing for Furnaces to be one of the best backed runners in the hours before the Slipper. Vancouver was only slightly easy as the $3.10 top pick.

He was a little firmer at $2.80 with the country’s largest bookmaker, Tab上海龙凤419m.au, with Exosphere ($4.20) the only other runner under double figures.

“The most popular runner [on Friday] has been the favourite [Vancouver], then Exosphere,” Tab上海龙凤419m.au’s Glenn Munsie said. “Since Tuesday’s barrier draw the punters still want to back Vancouver and they haven’t been worried about the gate.”

Waterhouse’s task of preserving Vancouver’s impeccable record was made just that tad harder after the scratching of outsider Look To The Stars with a foot abscess. Only one horse has won the Golden Slipper when starting from barrier 16.

But it didn’t matter at the call of the card at Randwick with Vancouver, shopped at $3.30, well supported alongside Waterhouse’s other runners English and Speak Fondly.

Mike Moroney’s Serenade takes her spot in the field after Look To The Stars’ scratching.

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Golden Slipper preview

Vancouver: “He’s probably more like Sebring in that he’s a similar type being a very loose horse. From out there he can do what he likes – he can go forward or back. He can do anything.” – trainer Gai Waterhouse
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Headwater: “John [Hawkes] couldn’t understand why he ran like he did the other day [in the Todman Stakes] but he must have really liked what he saw on Tuesday because he rang me straight away to say I’ve got the ride. It was a confident call.” – jockey Glen Boss

Furnaces: “He has run solid placings in two key Slipper lead-ups and we have elected to add winkers to his gear. He gives the impression he is coming to a peak and has an ideal inside draw.” – trainer John O’Shea

Haptic: “An unassuming colt that has done everything asked of him and won well at both starts. He has freshened up well and a lovely soft draw should give him his chance to settle right on speed.” – trainer John O’Shea

Exosphere: “On exposed form looks our most likely candidate, he is a big imposing colt with a great attitude and from an ideal middle barrier he should get his chance to finish the race off strongly.” – trainer John O’Shea

Ready For Victory: “She’s as good a two-year-old as I’ve ridden this season. I wasn’t surprised at all when Mick [Price] wanted to go straight to the Golden Slipper and I was ready for it.” – jockey Nick Hall

Odyssey Moon: “Obviously it’s worth a lot for a colt – even if he doesn’t win, but runs well in a Slipper. We’re not going to let him hit the front too soon as we’d prefer him chasing down other horses.” – trainer Rod Northam

English: “I was very impressed with her Reisling [Stakes] win and she has a sense of timing about her. We have got a good draw and I should get the right run and as we saw at Randwick she has a great sprint.” – jockey Blake Shinn

Reemah: “She is a Blue Diamond runner-up and we are going to ride her the same in the Slipper. From the bad gate we will take our time and the harder and faster they go the better it will be for her. She will be charging late.” – trainer David Hayes

Speak Fondly: “You can’t forget about this filly. She will put herself on the speed and be in this race for a long way and shouldn’t be underestimated.” – trainer Gai Waterhouse

Fireworks: “She is a Widden Stakes winner coming with a late charge and that’s how I’ll be riding her again. I’ll let her find her feet out of the barriers and if they overdo it up front look out.” – jockey Brenton Avdulla

Haybah: “She has drawn perfectly for her in two. She will race on pace and if they go slow she will lead. She is capable of giving a good kick and at some time in the straight she will be front. I think the market has got her wrong at $61.” – trainer David Hayes

Ottoman: “This filly has shown obvious talent at her race starts to date and the team feel she has made nice improvement. She has drawn ideally to get good cover in the early stages.” – trainer John O’Shea

Lake Geneva: “She’s drawn to get a gun run and it’s hard to win a Slipper at your third [start] – I think Forensics did it – but she’s ready to go. She’ll be behind the speed and as long as she gets out cleanly that’s all that matters.” – co-trainer Michael Hawkes

Single Gaze: “She has been so honest and tough this filly and never run a bad race. I rode Chance Bye in a Golden Slipper and I honestly think she is just as good a chance as she was. We just need a bit of luck from the draw.” – jockey Kathy O’Hara

Look to the Stars: 

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Taking out the trash but too clever by half

Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Dominic LorrimerFull Moss Review reportRapes, sexual assault, drugs for favours: review findsSomeone owes someone an apology
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Is there no limit to the cynical manipulation of public information to minimise political pain?

Sadly, the late Friday release of the Abbott government’s Moss Review into sexual and other abuse issues in Australia’s outsourced immigration detention centre on Nauru suggests such conniving may have been pushed to a new low.

In political circles, the practice of dropping out unpopular or embarrassing announcements is called “taking out the trash”. The orthodoxy is that with early weekend deadlines, such releases are left off the front pages.

Obviously, this was not just any Friday either but one dominated by the death of a former prime minister. Was this a conspiracy or a stuff-up?

The review in this case is embarrassing because it has failed to validate incendiary government claims from last October that Save the Children employees had been involved in coaching detainees to manufacture sexual abuse allegations as part of a wider discrediting of government asylum-seeker policies.

The government had commissioned the report after it ordered 10 Save the Children case-workers off the island, citing intelligence that they had been involved in either fabricating stories of abuse of children and women or had otherwise engendered behaviour to bring government policy into disrepute.

Critically however, the review could not substantiate these claims, finding no conclusive evidence on which to rely.

Coming on the heels of the tawdry character assassination of the president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, the timing of this report reveals Canberra’s extreme sensitivity to any criticism of its questionable human rights treatment of detainees.

It should be noted that the government strenuously denies altering the release timing to take advantage of the focus on Malcolm Fraser’s sudden death, arguing it had always planned the release for mid-afternoon on Friday.

This is hardly the most robust defence, given it would be a cynical time in any week. Besides, why not postpone given it had been sitting on the report for more than a month?

The risk of being seen to hide the review in the media maelstrom of Mr Fraser’s death should have rung alarm bells anyway, given the former Liberal’s well-known contempt for the harsh treatment of asylum seekers.

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Queensland researchers search for the beer that soothes your hangover

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers. Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.
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Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Griffith University researchers want to survey the nation’s beer lovers.

Queensland researchers have embarked on the most noble of quests – to develop a beer that allows you to drink more while minimising your hangover. And they want to talk to Australia’s ale aficionados.

Previous research has established the importance of electrolytes in aiding hydration, but in the context of alcoholic beverages, scientific knowledge was less clear.

But Ben Desbrow, an associate professor at Griffith University who is leading the studies, said his researchers have shown that adding sodium (an electrolyte) to low- or mid-strength beer improves fluid retention, meaning the body stays better hydrated.

Improved hydration would potentially improve cognitive function after drinking, and could even reduce an imbiber’s suffering the next day, he said. Beer might be a liquid but that does not mean it keeps the body well-supplied with water.

“Beer itself is not what I would call a dehydrater, but it’s a very poor rehydrater,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

“You lose the majority of the fluid that you bring in. It doesn’t cause you to lose further fluid, but you just don’t get any benefit from the drinks that you’re having.”

Maintaining hydration while imbibing is important, especially for those who may have exerted themselves before or during their night out, perhaps on the dancefloor.

The team’s earlier studies, in which sodium (an electrolyte) was added to participants’ alcoholic drinks, showed electrolytes assisted hydration in low-alcohol beer, but had no significant effect in full-strength beer.

But at low strengths, the effect of adding sodium was more pronounced than reducing alcohol concentration by a small amount, the study showed.

The 12 male participants were made to exercise before drinking various strengths of beer. The light beers contained two different doses of sodium – those with the higher dose had “significantly lower” urine output following the drinking session, and their “significantly higher” net body mass showed they had retained more liquid.

The study used a “repeated measures design”; each volunteer participated in four separate trials. The results were published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Now, in order to get the balance right between function and taste, the researchers want to survey regular beer drinkers to better understand how and why people consume the amber ale.

“As a scientist I’ve got a very good idea of what to do in a lab, but I don’t understand consumer behaviour,” Associate Professor Desbrow said.

Any resulting product would not be a miracle-product, but might provide a safer alternative for drinkers.

“We’re on a bit of a harm-minimisation strategy,” he said. “We’re not saying this will ever be the ideal rehydration solution.”

The Griffith University survey is available here.

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Bowlers brace for tough Hobart pitch in Sheffield Shield final

There are some fine fast bowlers, most notably James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who will feature in the Sheffield Shield final. And they will need to be at their best to prosper, with the captains of Victoria and Western Australia both predicting tough conditions for them at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena for the match starting on Saturday.
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“I just had my first look at the wicket and I don’t think the bowlers from either team are going to be happy with what they see,” said WA captain Adam Voges. “It means it’s probably going to be a fight and a grind for five days. That isn’t a bad thing for us.

“I think we’ve shown throughout this season our fighting qualities at different times when things get tough, so hopefully we can get into a scrap with them over the next five days.”

Victoria captain Matthew Wade said the pitch, which was used during the recent stint of World Cup matches at the venue, was “drier than what we’re used to”.

The Bushrangers are confident veteran Chris Rogers, who is highly likely to retire from the shield after this season, would play despite the grade-one glute strain he suffered last Saturday while batting.

“He got put through his paces today. He’s pulled up really well. We’ll probably just sleep on it and wait and see how he goes overnight, but it’s all looking good for him,” Wade said.

The Bushrangers captain credited the role of his bowlers in the Bushrangers’ progressing from last to first this season. After collectively claiming 118 wickets at an average of 42.39 last season they have this season taken 160 at 28.32.

Wade also highlighted the impact of the three young players who have earned first-choice status this season: Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Scott Boland.

“I think our younger players have stood up. Stoinis, Handscomb and Boland have had terrific years. Petey Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis would have to be close to Australia A selection, if not pushing for Australian selection, after this World Cup,” he said.

“Going from last to first, those younger players have made a huge difference, and our experienced players have definitely played a lot better.”

In addition to the pitch conditions, Wade said the quality of WA’s batting line-up, led by shield player of the season Voges, would provide the Bushrangers’ bowlers with a stiff challenge.

“Three or four of their players are averaging above 60 so we’ve got to bowl well enough to dismiss them twice,” he said.

Wade said the imminent departure of coach Greg Shipperd, disclosed to the players earlier this month and then publicly on Friday, would motivate Victoria.

“‘Shippy’ has been with me since the start of my career … he’s going to be sorely missed, but I think he understands where the organisation are coming from,” he said.

“We’d just love to win a shield final for him and get him the respect he deserves.”

VICTORIA (from): Matthew Wade (c), Fawad Ahmed, Scott Boland, Daniel Christian, Peter Handscomb, John Hastings, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Rob Quiney, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Siddle.WA (from): Adam Voges (c), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Tom Beaton, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marcus Harris, Michael Klinger, Simon Mackin, Shaun Marsh, David Moody, Nate Rimmington, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.

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ARU ignites push to re-schedule in-bound Tests

The Australian Rugby Union has called for a rescheduling of the in-bound Test series in the non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.
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The request has been canvassed by previous ARU regimes, but current ARU chief executive Bill Pulver tabled the request at a World Rugby meeting of national chief executives in Dublin two weeks ago.

Pulver said the ARU is “frustrated” that in non-World Cup years Super Rugby must stop for the in-bound Tests in June, only to resume in late June for the three last rounds and then the finals series that ends two weeks before the Rugby Championship kicks off in mid-August.

He said the ARU would like to see the Super Rugby played in full without a break and then followed with the international season made up of the in-bound Tests and Rugby Championship.

Pulver recognises, however, that  he faces a challenge convincing his northern hemisphere peers who would be wary of such a rescheduling impacting on their national interests, and those of clubs in the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 competitions.

Nevertheless, Pulver,  said he is determined to push ahead with his request, hoping that some proposed “options” he submitted at the Dublin meeting might prove convincing.

“From a southern hemisphere perspective, we are frustrated that the June in-bounds, force this big break in Super Rugby. We would love to change that,” Pulver said.

“In an ideal world you would have a Super Rugby season that starts in February and ends in the end of June, and then you would roll into your internationals …

“That is an item on the agenda. [But] change on the international match calendar is bloody hard.

“We have put a couple of options to them that we think could work – some that are quite exciting.

“I don’t want to talk about them just yet, but we have thrown a couple of options at them that we really think are worth looking at.”

Pulver said when Super Rugby is made to break, interest in the competition falls.

“There are two or three Super Rugby teams that are out of the ‘comp’ as soon as you get to that break, “Pulver said.

“Then you come back for two or three games after [the break and] their fans are gone.

“It’s a brutal impact on their season.”

Meanwhile, Pulver understands why the Australian Super Rugby teams would be reluctant to release any of their players who are keen to be selected for the Olympic Sevens team.

“The Super Rugby clubs are not going to have you in their team unless you play right through the finals [into early August],” Pulver said.

“And the Sevens coach won’t allow you to walk in two weeks before the event.”

Pulver says contractual negotiation between Super Rugby players who do want to be considered for selection in the Sevens squad and their clubs will be needed.

“I don’t think there will be many players involved,” Pulver said.

“[But] if Australian rugby was taking them to the Sevens event, I wouldn’t be expecting the Super rugby club to keep paying for them.”  

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Unique opportunity for piper to sound arrival of Gallipoli dawn

Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will play the pipes at Anzac Cove at the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Picture: Peter StoopWHEN the sun rises over Anzac Cove on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, Corporal Adam Cameron-Taylor will think only of the job at hand.
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Corporal Cameron-Taylor is a member of the Australian Army Band Newcastle and the army’s only full-time piper. He will be the lone Australian pipe player sent to Gallipoli to play at the dawn service.

‘‘On the day I really focus on my job and filter everything else out,’’ he said.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘this is Gallipoli’, or that it has been 100 years since the first Anzac Day.

‘‘You can’t afford to think, ‘there’s a camera six inches from my face with a feed going back to Australia’. If you think about anything other than what you’re doing, that’s it, you’re finished.’’

This year is the centenary of the fateful World War I military landing that has woven itself into the fabric of Australia’s identity.

It is also Corporal Cameron-Taylor’s third time playing at Anzac Cove, but that does not take away from the nerves he is feeling.

‘‘I get the nervous before every performance. The nature of being a musician is that you don’t know how things are going to go,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a unique thing though. ‘‘It’s cold. You’re usually up all night before so by 4.30am you haven’t really slept. And it’s a big thing. It’s high profile. It will certainly be a highlight of my military career.’’

Playing the Gallipoli service previously has meant becoming familiar with the area, and the peculiar feeling of the place.

‘‘The commemoration site is on the edge of the cove. There’s a steep hill behind you, and you stare out to the sea,’’ he said. ‘‘You hear the sea before you see it. It’s dark when you begin, and then the sun rises and you slowly start to see the water and an island out off the coast.

‘‘It’s quite eerie [but] more than anything it’s sad. Very, very sad.’’

Business declares war on council ‘cash grab’

● Too much take, not enough give, saysunhappy owner
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NEWCASTLE council’s pursuit of a 46.9per cent increase in residential and business rates has hit a new battlefront as the region’s key business group takes aim at City Hall.

It has also sparked a war of words between two of the city’s most powerful and influential leaders.

The latest salvo was fired by Hunter Business Chamber chief Kristen Keegan, who accused the council of a ‘‘cash grab’’ that could force some businesses to the wall.

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes fired back, saying the council was seeking the rises to not only balance the council’s books but meet the cost of city revitalisation projects which the community and business groups want.

The council surprised many in November when it voted to apply for a 46.9per cent increase to residential and business rates over the next five years. The move came after it was widely tipped to seek a 37.5per cent increase over the same period.

The council’s public consultation found more people favoured the 37.5per cent increase over other options.

If the application is approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in May, the average residential rates bill will soar by $500 a year by 2020. The average business rates bill will rise by almost $3000 to $9422 a year in 2020.

Many of the city’s small business owners are livid, with some telling the Herald they will need to find another $5000 a year to pay rates on their home and business.

The chamber has emailed its 1800 members and urged them to lodge submissions with IPaRT opposing the council’s application.

Besides the added cost to business, the chamber was angry the council was ignoring its own feedback.

The chamber also took aim at the council’s application which said the community had indicated its support for the higher rise at the recent byelections.

‘‘Are they kidding?’’ Ms Keegan asked. ‘

‘There was no ‘clear feedback’ for the higher rate rise at all. Which one of them went to the election saying they were going to raise rates by nearly 50per cent? Council’s submission suggests that the engagement campaign demonstrated ‘strong community support for a higher rate increase’ but failed to mention that [the smaller increase] was supported by the vast majority in both the independent survey and the council survey.

Ms Keegan said the 37.5per cent option was reasonable as it was underpinned by an ‘‘agreed strategic plan to deliver on services in a financially responsible manner’’.

The average business rate this year is $6437. A 37.5per cent increase over five years will take the annual bill to $8841 by 2020, or $9422 if the council’s application for 46.9per cent is approved.

The difference between the two options, Cr Nelmes said, is only $116 a year, but that doesn’t include the cumulative increases.

She said the chamber’s attitude was ‘‘disappointing’’ given it had called for council to balance its books and invest in infrastructure.

‘‘Essentially the chamber is asking for support to stop council funding city revitalisation,’’ Cr Nelmes said, and that ‘‘will hinder many projects’’ including the restoration of City Hall, replacing bus stops, accelerating work on Hunter Street, as well as road, footpath and cycleway projects.

‘‘The chamber’s view is short-sighted and shows a complete lack of understanding of what Newcastle requires,’’ Cr Nelmes said.

‘‘We need the chamber to be working with us, not just be a mouthpiece for conservative politics. Our city has been divided for too long. Council has embarked on a road to financial recovery with a mandate to protect and improve services.’’

‘‘What mandate?’’ Ms Keegan replied. ‘‘Their own public consultation showed that a 46.9per cent rate rise is not what the majority of people want. And to suggest the chamber is not supportive of the city’s revitalisation is ludicrous.’’