Explainer: What you need to know about double dissolution elections

The Abbott government does not hold a majority in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen How the current Senate stacks up.
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PM Turnbull announces he will bring Parliament back early ahead of a likely double dissolution election. Photo: Andrew Meares

PM Turnbull announces he will bring Parliament back early ahead of a likely double dissolution election. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny: Malcolm Turnbull throws caution to the windMalcolm Turnbull names date for early double dissolution election

What is a double dissolution election?

The governor-general, on the advice of the prime minister, has the power to dissolve the House of Representatives and the Senate and call an election. The point of the double dissolution election is that it allows the Australian people to break a deadlock in Parliament caused by particularly contentious legislation.

How is it triggered?

Both chambers need to disagree on at least one piece of legislation. This can occur when the government of the day – holding a majority in the House – does not have a majority in the Senate. The bill needs to pass the House and fail in the Senate on two occasions, more than three months apart. The Governor-General can, under section 5 of the constitution, appoint times to hold sessions of the Parliament “as he thinks fit”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday he had received permission from the Governor-General to recall both houses of parliament on April 18 to reconsider the government’s key union reforms, which have been stalled in the Senate since last August, and could form triggers for a double dissolution election.

How does it work?

When the governor-general dissolves the Parliament, all members and senators face a general election. Once the new composition of the chambers is decided, the bill that caused the disagreement is again presented to the Parliament.

The option for a double-dissolution election is available until May 2016, as they cannot occur within the last six months of an ordinary three year term of the House of Representatives.

What triggers does the current government have?

If the Senate fails to pass either the ABCC Bill or the Registered Organisations bill when Parliament is recalled in April, Mr Turnbull will advise the Governor-General to dissolve both houses and call the election for July 2.The Senate has once rejected the ABCC Bill, which aims to reinstate the Howard-era Australian Building and Construction Commission – abolished under Labor and twice rejected the Registered Organisations Bill – to create an independent union regulator with stricter penalties on union officials. The latter is most likely to form the trigger for a double dissolution election.Mr Turnbull said that the bills would ensure that “unions are more accountable, more transparent, managed in the same manner, transparent manner that public companies should be managed.”

It is possible for a government to stockpile triggers for a double dissolution if they wish to get them all passed in one go.

While the government has other failed legislation, including a bill to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, one to establish the Asset Recycling Fund and another to abolish the Australian National Preventative Health Agency – Mr Turnbull made clear that they would only call a double dissolution election if either of the industrial relations reforms failed to pass.

Has it happened before?

There have been six examples in Australian history. Between 1914 and 1987, the government of the day lost those elections on three occasions. The most famous double dissolution election occurred in 1975 when one was called by newly installed caretaker prime minister Malcolm Fraser after the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

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Twenty per cent still think it’s OK to discriminate against Indigenous Australians

Called lazy: Indigenous actor Greg Fryer (right). Photo: Paul RovereAn advertising campaign that explores the casual racism of Australians towards Indigenous people has been viewed more than 3.75 million times, but 20 per cent of respondents to a beyondblue survey still think it is OK to discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
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Beyondblue’s “The Invisible Discriminator – Stop. Think. Respect” video highlights research by the charity that found one in five young Australians would move if a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent sat next to them and the same percentage would keep an eye on an Indigenous person if they were shopping.

After the campaign was launched, beyondblue commissioned an independent evaluation by market researchers TNS, the results of which were released on Thursday.

The evaluation found that up to 21 per cent of respondents who had seen the scenarios depicting subtle discrimination in the video still thought the behaviour they depicted was acceptable, while 70 per cent agreed that “almost everyone has been a racist at some point in their lives”.

The findings were a concern to beyondblue’s chief executive Georgie Harman.

“There was a segment of the target audience who saw the ads and didn’t think there was anything wrong with the scenarios,” she said. “This illustrates how much work still needs to be done to change entrenched racist attitudes.”

The evaluation of the campaign confirms beyondblue’s original research findings, released in July, which were based on the opinions of more than 1000 participants, aged between 25 and 44.

 

It found Western Australia had the highest levels of discriminatory attitudes towards Indigenous Australians, while 41 per cent of respondents in NSW said that “they were given an unfair advantage by the government”.

 

The study also revealed that 37 per cent of people surveyed believed Indigenous Australians were lazy. “The results were consistent with my experience,” Indigenous Australian actor, Greg Fryer told Fairfax Media.

 

Thirty-one per cent of respondents believed that Indigenous Australians should behave more like other Australians.

 

The data also suggested that other Australians are suspicious of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in shops, with 21 per cent saying that they would keep an eye on an Indigenous person while they were shopping.

 

Ms Harman, said many people harboured an unconscious bias towards Indigenous Australians.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t realise when they are discriminating against Indigenous people and therefore don’t understand the profound effect it has on how they feel about themselves,” she said.

This attitude was mirrored in the result for Australian’s attitudes towards changing discriminatory practices, with 28 per cent saying it wasn’t a priority.

The beyondblue campaign aimed to point out that day-to-day discrimination was a cause of depression and anxiety for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

 

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Abbott government and Labor reach deal on metadata retention laws

The Abbott government doesn’t believe the extra protections for journalists are necessary but are keen to get the bill passed. Photo: Andrew Meares The Abbott government doesn’t believe the extra protections for journalists are necessary but are keen to get the bill passed. Photo: Andrew Meares
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The Abbott government doesn’t believe the extra protections for journalists are necessary but are keen to get the bill passed. Photo: Andrew Meares

The Abbott government doesn’t believe the extra protections for journalists are necessary but are keen to get the bill passed. Photo: Andrew Meares

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there’s nothing the the metadata bill that should concern journalists. Photo: Andrew Meares

The division in the House on the metadata bills, with Andrew Wilkie, Adam Bandt, and Cathy McGowan opposing. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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A public interest advocate will be created and will be able to argue against police access to a journalist’s metadata for the purpose of identifying their sources, under a deal struck between Labor and the Abbott government.

This means media companies will be left in the dark over whether or not their journalists’ metadata is being accessed but allows for a warrant application to be tested in court.

The public interest advocate will be based on Queensland’s Public Interest Monitor.  A judge will have to weigh up whether the disclosure of the journalist’s source outweighs the public interest in protecting source confidentiality.

Labor insisted that the legislation include a “presumption against issuing the warrant”, setting a higher bar for agencies seeking access.

The legislation says the judge “must not issue a journalist information warrant unless” the public interest outweighs the disclosure of the source.

A judge will also be asked to consider whether the matter being investigated is “serious or trivial” and keep in mind the “importance of personal privacy”.

The amendment was passed in the lower house shortly after the deal was made public and the bill was passed just before question time on Thusday. The entire bill, which will ask telcos to keep customer records for two years from 2017, is all but set to be passed by the Senate with the Coalition and Labor commanding an overwhelming majority in the upper house when they agree on legislation.

Police would only need warrants when wanting to access a journalist’s source but would not require the same permission if they suspected a person of being the source and wanted to look up their metadata.  No warrant would be required for an ordinary citizen.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the public interest advocate as a “very important protection” for journalists.

“There is nothing in the bill therefore that should concern journalists about their right to do their job, their duty to do their job and to deal confidentially with their sources,” he said the House of Representatives.

“All of us understand that the work that journalists do is just as important in our democracy as the work that we do as legislators.”

Labor has forced the government to provide extra protections for journalists. The opposition believes the public interest advocate will address fears the warrant process for accessing a journalist’s metadata will simply be a “tick and flick process”.

The Coalition believes they aren’t necessary but is agreeing to the demands because it wants its third phase of counter-terror laws passed through Parliament by the end of next week.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was frustrating that the negotiations, which began on Monday, took so long to conclude.

“It’s even more frustrating that the government still refuses to acknowledge that the stronger protections today needed to occur,” he said.

Currently, up to 80 organisations can request permission to access the logs of an internet user or mobile phone customer without a warrant.

Under the proposed laws, the number of authorities able to access metadata would be reduced to 20 crime-fighting agencies but would include the Australian Tax Office, the corporate regulator and competition watchdog.

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm said he would support extra protections under the new metadata laws but opposes what he describes as increased government “snooping”.

“But I have to say the whole idea is bad in principle,” he said, arguing the legislation treats all citizens as potential terrorists or paedophiles or “criminals in waiting”.

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Cyclone Nathan strengthens with ‘hot towers’ as it heads towards Queensland coast

Cyclone Nathan’s winds may gust to 260km/h. Photo: earth.nullschool上海龙凤419 Cyclone Nathan intensifies off the Queensland coast. Photo: NASA
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Cyclone Nathan’s expected track. Photo: BoM

Cyclone Pam cut a cool swathe across the South Pacific in terms of sea-surface temperature anomalies. Photo: BoM

Heatwave predicted ahead of the cyclone for much of Queensland. Photo: BoM

Cyclone Nathan track points to a category 4 storm when it crosses the coastline Photo: BoM

Cyclone Nathan track points to a category 4 storm when it crosses the coastline Photo: BoM

Cyclone Nathan track points to a category 4 storm when it crosses the coastline Photo: BoM

Cyclone Nathan track points to a category 4 storm when it crosses the coastline Photo: BoM

Cyclone Nathan is closing in on the north Queensland coast, with US space agency NASA identifying “hot towers” at its core as a signal that the storm is intensifying.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting that Cyclone Nathan will hit near Cape Flattery in the early hours of Friday, possibly bringing wind gusts as strong as 260km/h.

The storm, now rated a category 3, is expected to intensify to a category 4 event, bringing dangerous conditions to about 150 kilometres on either side of the landfall point.

“Locations to the north and the south are going to be getting [a] very, very strong storm surge, wind and also rainfall associated with the crossing of the system,” Jess Carey, a meteorologist with the bureau, said.

The storm was about 350kilometres off the coast about 9am, EST, and travelling westwards at a rate of 8-10km/h, Mr Carey said.

Damage from the coastal storm surge may be limited because of fortunate timing. On present forecasts, Nathan’s crossing will coincide with low tide.

“The later it goes, the closer it’s going to be to the high tide and the more issues it’s going to cause,” Mr Carey said, adding that dangerous surf conditions would extend all the way south to Cairns.

Cyclone Nathan neared Cape Melville to the north of its present course last week, before looping back out to sea. That approach dumped as much as 500mm of rain in some places.

The same region will most likely collect about 100-300mm of rain over a 24-48 hour period, with some falls of 400mm, depending on how fast the storm moves inland, Mr Carey said.

NASA said satellite monitoring showed Cyclone Nathan was sporting powerful thunderstorms near its centre, known as “hot towers”, “which are indicative of a strengthening storm”. Rainfall was intense on the eastern side of the storm, the space agency said.

Mr Carey said the presence of thunderstorms within the cyclone was not uncommon, noting that ex-cyclone Oswald in 2013 spawned tornadoes in the Bundaberg region.

“It’s quite likely within cyclones that you do get significant storm activity,” Mr Carey said. “That’s another risk associated with those winds.”

He noted that Cyclone Nathan was compact and condensed, much like Cyclone Marcia, which struck central Queensland last month as a severe category 5 event.

Both differed in scale from Cyclone Pam, which tore through Vanuatu over the weekend and which meteorologists say was probably the second most-intense cyclone on record in the South Pacific. Cyclone Zoe in late 2002 is considered to have been slightly stronger at its peak.

The region’s waters remain warmer than average, even though Cyclone Pam was big enough to create short-term cooling over a wide swathe of ocean as it sucked up huge amounts of energy.

Mr Carey said the region’s cyclone season had about another six weeks to run, leaving the possibility of more big storms.

“There’s nothing to say we won’t get more cyclones,” he said.

Cyclone Nathan’s expected landfall will be nine years to the day that Cyclone Larry battered a region slightly to the south.

Cyclone Larry was a severe category 5 event, which devastated the banana-growing region around Innisfail. This week’s storm is likely to spare Innisfail although heavy rain and gusty winds are possible in the area, Mr Carey said.

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Former Marist Brother, Francis Cable, known as Brother Romauld,pleads guilty to more sex assault charges

Francis Cable, also known as Brother Romuald, leaving Newcastle Court in 2013.A FORMER Hunter Marist Brother who was found guilty of 13 serious child sex offences against two students on Tuesday after a trial in Sydney has entered guilty pleas to offences against another 17students on Thursday.
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Francis William Cable, 82, known as Brother Romuald when he taught at Marist Brothers schools at Hamilton and Maitland, is in custody after a short appearance this afternoon before Sydney District Court Judge Whitford.

He pleaded guilty to multiple child sex offences between 1960 and 1974 after he was found guilty on Tuesday of all 13 indecent assault and buggery charges against two students.

The guilty pleas mean a series of trials over the next two months are no longer required.

The offences occurred at the schools, and at Myall Lakes, Bar Beach, New Lambton and Pagewood.

Former students spoke of their fear of Brother Romuald, who indecently assaulted boys behind his desk after calling them out in front of class or after ordering them to stay behind alone after lessons.

‘‘I was so scared of Romuald that I actually used to wet my pants every time he came near me in class,’’ a former student said in his statement to Strike Force Georgiana police.

A woman whose husband was sexually abused by Romuald said he became increasingly agitated over the years as Hunter priests and Brothers were charged with child sex offences.

In one conversation the woman said her husband cried: ‘‘If I hear about one more priest that we know getting charged, I’m out of the church. I’m finished. I can’t take it any more.’’

Francis Cable will be sentenced at a later date.

Crazy brave or crazy crazy? Crossbenchers laugh off suggestions of a double dissolution election

How the current Senate stacks up.The Pulse Live: Stephanie Peatling blogs live from ParliamentTony Abbott canvasses prospect of double dissolutionExplainer: what you need to know about double dissolution elections
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Double dissolution election speculation is not “crazy brave” but “crazy crazy talk” aimed at preserving Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s leadership, independent Senator Nick Xenophon believes.

However other crossbenchers are taking the threat more seriously. Motoring Enthusiast Party senator Ricky Muir feels the “writing is on the wall” for an early election and Palmer United Party senator Zhenya “Dio” Wang is urging the government to make good on its threat if it believes the crossbench is defying the will of voters.

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm confirmed on Thursday that the prospect of a double dissolution had come up during discussions with Education Minister Christopher Pyne over the government’s higher education reforms.

The government plans to resubmit the same bill to uncap university fees, which was defeated in the Senate on Tuesday night for the second time in three months time. If it is rejected again it will provide the Coalition with a trigger.

“He wants that trigger to be available, he didn’t say they were going to use, it, he just wants that trigger to be available,” Senator Leyonhjelm told reporters on Thursday.

Senator Leyonhjelm told Mr Pyne be believed a double dissolution election was an “empty threat” and added the government “would have to have rocks in its head” to call an early poll because it would lose.

A spokesman for Mr Pyne said the assertion the government had deliberately attempted to create a trigger was false.

“The government wants the bill passed,” the spokesman said.

The government already has a double dissolution trigger because its bills to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation have twice been rejected by the Senate.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann sought to quash the speculation and said the government wanted to serve a full term ahead of the next election, due in the second-half of 2016.

Senator Xenophon said talk of an earlier poll was “crazy crazy talk” from the Prime Minister.

“This talk of a double dissolution election is more of a threat to nervous Coalition backbenchers than it is to the crossbench,” Senator Xenophon said.

“It seems not so much crazy brave talk but crazy crazy talk.”

But Senator Leyonhjelm believed talk of double dissolution was deliberately aimed at the crossbench.

“There’s no doubt that some of the crossbench is feral, I think that’s true and they won’t engage with the government, they won’t be productive, they won’t be constructive and I can’t blame the government,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

Senator Wang said the PUP had been constructive with the government on a broad range of issues, including the abolition of the mining and carbon taxes and asylum seeker visas.

But Senator Wang urged the government to make good on its threat because it would be a “good opportunity” to “listen to the voters” and “put themselves to the test of democracy”.

“If they think the Senate is defying the wishes of the public, they should go to a double dissolution,” Senator Wang told Fairfax Media.

Senator Muir said while the government has not raised the possibility of a double dissolution election with him personally, the “writing seems to be on the wall”.

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie told Fairfax Media she found the talk “disturbing” and said the government should ask itself three questions.

“One, do we have the best leader? Two, do we need a complete reshuffle of our cabinet and three, why aren’t our policies getting through the Senate?” she said.

“Until they are smart enough to realise that these are their three major problem areas and be big enough to admit they themselves are in chaos, then they themselves will remain their own worst enemy.”

Family First senator Bob Day said the idea of an early election didn’t faze him.

“No I don’t think so because the threshold [for a Senator to be elected] is halved so it makes it easier for minor parties,” he said.

Senators Lazarus and Madigan were contacted for comment.

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Same-sex marriage debate to reignite in Federal Parliament

Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue. Photo: Andrew Meares Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue. Photo: Andrew Meares
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Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue. Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue. Photo: Andrew Meares

Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue. Photo: James Alcock

Chris Teoh and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality, with LDP senator David Leyonhjelm on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Teoh and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality, with LDP senator David Leyonhjelm on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Teoh and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality, with LDP senator David Leyonhjelm on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Chris Teoh and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality, with LDP senator David Leyonhjelm on Thursday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Pressure is mounting on the Liberal Party to allow a free vote on same-sex marriage, with libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm saying it was time for government MPs to discuss the matter.

Senator Leyonhjelm will make his second-reading speech on his “freedom to marry” bill next Thursday, and says that the Liberal Party should decide whether it will allow a free vote on the issue at their party room meeting next Tuesday.

He said this meant Prime Minister Tony Abbott could not “stand in the way”.

“The time has come for the Prime Minister to reveal whether the word ‘liberal’ actually means anything to him or it’s just a brand name like Datsun or Krispy Kreme,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.

“I support marriage equality because I believe people should have the freedom to choose their own life path.”

Senator Leyonhjelm introduced his bill, which would amend the Marriage Act to allow marriage between same-sex couples, as well as transgender and intersex Australians, last November. But he has not yet given the major second-reading speech, which triggers a parliamentary debate on the bill.

He has previously threatened to block government legislation if MPs are not allowed to properly debate his proposed legislation.

Labor MPs are allowed a conscience vote on the matter, but Liberal MPs currently are not.

While Mr Abbott is a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, he repeatedly said prior to the 2013 election that the question of a free vote on the issue would be a matter for the post-election party room.

Senator Leyonhjelm said the Liberal Party should use their next party room meeting – scheduled for Tuesday – to discuss a free vote.

“Once a matter, a bill, is listed for debate, they have to have a position on it,” he said.

Last year, Mr Abbott cautioned that Senator Leyonhjelm’s bill may not necessarily be discussed by the Liberal party room, noting that “normally, opposition private members’ motions in the Senate are dealt with without a vote [in the party room]”.

On Wednesday, with Labor’s support, the Senate passed a Greens-initiated motion that all MPs and senators be given a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

Senator Leyonhjelm said that in discussions he has had with Liberal MPs – including ministers – there was significant support for a free vote.

He said Queensland Coalition MP Wyatt Roy would sponsor his bill in the lower house and that there would be a government MP to co-sponsor it in the Senate, but would not name who.

Senator Leyonhjelm conceded that it was unlikely his bill would get enough votes to pass the Parliament, adding that he would not bring it on to a vote until he was confident of success.

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87 Estell Street, Maryville: Perfectly thought out and a great location

Perfectly thought out and a great location Privacy on Throsby Creek: 87 Estell Street, Maryville.
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Privacy on Throsby Creek: 87 Estell Street, Maryville.

Privacy on Throsby Creek: 87 Estell Street, Maryville.

Privacy on Throsby Creek: 87 Estell Street, Maryville.

Privacy on Throsby Creek: 87 Estell Street, Maryville.

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Designed to capture water views from both ground and top levels, it is a beautiful build which sits sensitively within the landscape.

The clever layout, which orients windows and doors throughout towards the river, captures natural canopy-filtered light which, combined with top-quality finishes, creates a restful space within.

The ground floor has been designed as a functional space which lends itself to visitor or extended family accommodation or a work-from-home proposition.

An open living area greets the visitor on entry, which flows out through bi-fold doors to a private outdoor covered balcony.

An office space, double garage with dedicated storage rooms, two double bedrooms and a kitchenette – as well as a bathroom – are included on this level. To the rear is a private, low-maintenance courtyard.

A wide stairwell leads to the upper level and a huge contemporary family living space with high louvred windows, built-in storage and a huge covered balcony.

The elegant kitchen is anchored by a granite island bench with waterfall ends, and has a well-located butler’s pantry, a vertical pantry and Smeg appliances, including an induction cooktop, oven and dishwasher.

The kitchen opens out to the private upstairs balcony which overlooks the soft backdrop of treetops and sparkling water views.

A luxury master suite towards the rear of this level has a large walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with a tempered glass shower recess, granite vanity and an under-bench hidden laundry chute.

Other inclusions of this home are a fully ducted airconditioning system, additional covered off-street parking for two cars, recycled rainwater to the gardens and toilets, as well as several energy-efficient details.

Newcastle Knights re-sign Mata’utia brothers

Knights until 2018: Pat, Chanel and Sione Mata’utia. Picture: SuppliedTHE Knights have kept three of their prized possessions from the clutches of the Bulldogs by re-signing brothers Sione, Chanel & Pat Mata’utia for three more years.
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Off contract at the end of this year, the brothers have signed new deals that will keep them at Newcastle until the end of the 2018 season.

“By re-signing the three brothers, we show we have and will continue to work hard on retaining our best young juniors,” Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said in announcing their retention on Thursday morning.

The three boys signed letters of intent with the Bulldogs last September for four-year contracts beginning next year, but under NRL rules, the Knights had until round 13 this season to convince them to change their minds.

Eighteen-year-old Sione became Australia’s youngest-ever Test representative after playing the last seven NRL games last season, Chanel played in the same seven games and looked comfortable at that level, and Pat has been tipped to make his senior debut later this season.

Sione said staying together in Newcastle and developing their careers was always their priority.

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“The club means a lot to me because of what everyone here has done for my mum and our family over many years.

“I get what the club is trying to do now and for the future and I want to be a part of that. I hope I can be a one-club player.”

The news of their retention comes a weekafter promising prop Korbin Sims signed a new two-year deal, and a fortnight after utility Tyler Randell re-signed for two more years.

Swiss plan for Europe’s tallest skyscraper

The proposed 381-metre-high luxury hotel would be built outside Val, a tiny village that sits at 1219 metres above sea level in the Swiss Alps. Photo: The Telegraph, UK Developers are aiming to build Europe’s tallest building on the outskirts of Vals, a Swiss spa village of 1000 people. Photo: The Telegraph, UK
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Plans are being drawn up to build the tallest skyscraper in Europe at a remote spa resort high in the Swiss Alps.

The proposed 381-metre-high building would tower over London’s Shard, which measures a mere 304 metres.

Developers want to build it on the outskirts of Vals, a tiny spa town of just 1000 people, nestled 1219 metres up in the Swiss Alps.

It is not the headquarters of some particularly secretive Swiss bank. It is a proposed luxury hotel, aimed at guests from the Middle East and Asia.

The proposed tower will reportedly contain around 100 suites, with the cheapest priced at around 1000 Swiss francs ($1313) a night, and the most expensive at an eye-watering 25,000 Swiss francs ($32,821).

The project, which will reportedly cost around 200 million Swiss francs ($262.57 million) is to be officially unveiled next week in Zurich.

According to a report in Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper, the developers have chosen a plan by the prize-winning American architect, Thom Mayne.

The tower will rise from an extremely small base, measuring just 30.48 metres by 15.24 metres, and will have to anchored in the ground by unusually deep foundations.

The project is the brainchild of Remo Stoffel, the owner of the Vals spa, and Pius Truffer, a local quarry entrepreneur.

“I know we’re reaching for the stars. We want to build one of the five best hotels in the world,” Mr Truffer told 20 Minuten newspaper.

But the proposed skyscraper has already come in for heavy criticism in Switzerland.

“Skyscrapers in the Alps are an absurdity,” said Vittorio Lampugnani, Professor of Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

There is no need to accommodate people in such a small space in the mountains, he said.

“It’s marketing,” Benedict Loderer, an architecture critic, told Basler Zeitung newspaper, adding that he did not believe the project would come to fruition.

“It’s a question of the skyscraper’s position. If you put it in a valley, that’s relatively meaningless,” he said.

The project still has to get planning permission before it can go ahead.

Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, it will be put to a vote of local citizens in the autumn.

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