Supervision order for IS fighter’s brother

Ahmed Elomar will be subject to an extended supervision order for two years.The brother of slain Islamic State terror fighter Mohamed Elomar will be subject to a strict anti-terror order limiting what he can do, where he can go and who he can talk to following his release from custody.


In a NSW Supreme Court judgment on Wednesday, Justice Geoffrey Bellew said Ahmed Elomar would be subject to the extended supervision order (ESO) for two years.

The order, issued with Elomar’s agreement, has more than 50 conditions including that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, live at an approved address and surrender any passports.

The 35-year-old can’t access R18+ material or transfer cash overseas without permission, visit unapproved places, drive heavy vehicles or have sleepovers at other people’s homes.

The judgment comes after Elomar won an appeal in June over a conviction for threatening to kill a spectator at a Sydney junior soccer match.

The appeal judge couldn’t be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the Crown had proved its case about what was said at the May 2017 game.

Elomar was on parole at the time of the match for assaulting a police officer in 2012 during the Hyde Park riots.

He’s one of the first people in NSW to be subject to the ESO under the Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Act.

Attorney-General Mark Speakman said there were other applications on foot and he expected more in coming months.

“This is a very tough regime, but an appropriately tough regime with checks and balances,” Mr Speakman told reporters in Sydney.

“NSW makes no apology for having the toughest anti-terrorism regime in the country.”

Hewson urges defence contract transparency

John Hewson says the public has been given mixed messages about the future submarine program.Lack of government transparency around the $50 billion future submarines program has led the public to doubt its authenticity, says former federal opposition leader John Hewson.


Dr Hewson, leader of the Liberal Party between 1990-1994, says the public has been given mixed messages about where the submarine construction would be carried out.

With initial suggestions up to 90 per cent of the work could be done in SA but then indications more than a third would be carried out overseas, the situation was confusing, Dr Hewson said.

“I think those sort of differences in the message are very important and they cause people to doubt the authenticity of the project itself.”

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has said at least 60 per cent of the build will be carried out locally – the minimum for a project to be defined as a local build.

But Sean Costello, the former local boss of French designer Naval Group, had in 2016 flagged that figure would be 90 per cent.

His successor, interim chief Brent Clark, would not recommit on that target before a Senate committee last year.

Dr Hewson said transparency in defence procurement had been an issue over many years.

“People need to know the detail,” he said.

“You can’t pretend that you shouldn’t have to provide that or that it’s commercial-in-confidence because, quite frankly, that’s nonsense.”

The first of the fleet of 12 submarines, which will replace the ageing Collins-class vessels, is due to enter service in the early 2030s.

Mr Pyne has said the program is expected to generate an annual average of 2800 jobs during its lifetime.

Gus Gould is old school, not me: Griffin

Anthony Griffin has hit back at Phil Gould in an explosive interview addressing his shock sacking from Penrith a month out from the NRL finals.


In his role as Panthers general manager, Gould nominated Griffin’s “old-school approach” to coaching as the prime reason for his axing on Monday.

But – while stressing he was not out to assassinate Gould’s character – Griffin had his own shot back on Wednesday night.

“Gus (Gould) hasn’t coached for 20 years. He hasn’t had his head in the fire for 20 years. If there’s anyone old school in the conversation … he’d need to be there as well,” Griffin told NRL 360 on Fox Sports.

“I’ve got my own methods. I’ve been in the business now for six or seven years and part of (being) a coach, you need to have a belief in yourself and your strengths.

“But I wouldn’t be sitting here today if I didn’t know what I was doing and if I didn’t have a team over three years (that progressed from) playing off for a wooden spoon to finishing sixth, sixth and now being a genuine premiership contenders.

“So if that’s old school, I’ll take it any day.”

The now unemployed 51-year-old said he publicly responded to his sacking for the sake of his family.

Griffin said Gould’s claim that the coach had lost the dressing room was merely “spin” to justify his sacking to the Panthers board.

“I can handle getting axed but suggestions that I don’t get on with the players is absolute rubbish,” Griffin said, backing up what star playmaker James Maloney said on Tuesday.

“I’ve had a great relationship with the players … I’ve spoken to most of the players on the phone. I’ve had some nice text messages.”

Griffin also suggested Gould, not him, was the control freak that caused their fractured relationship and denied Gould’s claims that he failed to utilise his assistants enough.

“My relationship with Gus was very good at the start and he’s got a brilliant football brain,” Griffin said.

“One of the main reasons I did come down was to work with him and obviously he’s a different style of football brain to me and I learned some things off him and he was really good to work with.

“But … I understand how brutal our game is, so we can spin it as much as we like about why or when, but why I’m not coaching anymore is because we had a difference in philosophy on how the team should be coached – not the structure or the use of staff or anything like that.

“The suggestion that I didn’t involve staff is totally untrue.”

Griffin declared his near-three-season tenure at Penrith as “very successful” and said he’d done everything – and more – asked of him when Gould head-hunted him to take charge of the Panthers in 2016.

“I was brought in to do a job from the inside out. Or that was my vision for the players – and it’s happening,” Griffin said.

“I know something Gus said about the next level or we couldn’t go to the next level (under my coaching). Well, we’re at the next level and we’re there quicker than I thought we would be.

“They’re a real good chance of winning the comp this year – and we’ve done that mainly with players we’ve produced.”

China, Germany defend business with Iran

China and Germany have defended their business ties with Iran in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.


The comments from Beijing and Berlin signalled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran, over its threat to penalise businesses from third countries that continue to operate there.

“China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said.

“China’s commercial co-operation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters.

“China’s lawful rights should be protected.”

The German government said US sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and it expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions.

The reimposition of US sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb.

European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their US business.

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a US plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed.

US officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

“If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper.

“They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.”

AFL great says Mitchell has to learn grey

West Coast assistant Sam Mitchell is returning to Melbourne and may look for a gig with the Hawks.Before Sam Mitchell commits to any AFL club’s colours, coaching great David Parkin thinks he needs to learn the meaning of grey.


Parkin, a major influence in Mitchell’s career, smiled on Wednesday when asked about what the aspiring coach should do next.

He compared Mitchell to Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, another famously-driven footballer, perfectionist and high achiever.

“Sam has the problem Bucks had early – he doesn’t know the difference between black and white,” Parkin said.

“There’s a thing called grey in between. Sam is smart enough to do what Bucks has done over time.

“It’s taken a while for Bucks to become the person he is, which has allowed him to become a better coach.

“He understands there’s a lot of grey in the world, which I don’t think he understood originally.”

Late last month, Mitchell confirmed that he wants to leave his role as an assistant coach at West Coast and return to Melbourne for family reasons.

There is strong speculation that Mitchell will return to Hawthorn, where he built his reputation as one of the game’s best midfielders.

Parkin acknowledges the argument that Mitchell should go to another club first and continue to build his coaching resume, perhaps at a struggling outfit such as Carlton or St Kilda.

But the Hawthorn and Carlton premiership coach thinks a more successful club might be a better option.

“You might go to a club that needs help and make a difference there,” Parkin said.

“My advice to him would be to go to fertile ground, where you know what’s there will help you develop personally, but then you can make a difference and help that club go where they want.”

Parkin was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s MCG launch of a book commemorating the Norm Smith Medallists.

He has watched every grand final live since 1949 and said Gary Ablett Snr’s nine goals in the 1989 decider remains the best Norm Smith Medal performance.

“I was entertained, despite the fact he was in the opposition camp, like nobody has entertained me in any grand final before,” Parkin said.