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    Minimum wage case: ACTU submission to increase compulsory super contributions

    2019 - 06.21

    ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver: ”For a 20-year-old minimum wage worker, the Abbott government’s decision to not pass on the 0.5 per cent increase in compulsory super until 2021 means they will be $18,401 worse off in retirement,” Photo: Janie BarrettThe ACTU will for the first time make a claim for an increase in compulsory superannuation contributions as part of its submission for an increase in the minimum wage.
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    The submission to the Fair Work Commission’s annual review of the minimum wage will aim to compensate Australian workers for the federal government’s decision to freeze superannuation increases until 2022.

    The ACTU said its submission, to be made on Friday, will include an application for compulsory superannuation to rise from 9.5 per cent to 10 per cent. It will also call for an increase in the minimum wage which is now $640.90 per week.

    ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said it was the first time such a claim has been made since the introduction of the current system of mandatory superannuation payments. The ACTU would seek an extra 0.5 per cent to the minimum super contribution in awards in addition to an increase in minimum wages.

    Mr Oliver said a full-time worker on the national minimum wage will be $3.20 per week, or $167.09 per year, worse off as a result of the freeze on minimum superannuation entitlements.

    “For a 20-year-old minimum wage worker, the Abbott government’s decision to not pass on the 0.5 per cent increase in compulsory super until 2021 means they will be $18,401 worse off in retirement,” he said.

    Unions have campaigned for compulsory superannuation to eventually increase to 12 per cent.

    Mr Oliver said entitlements had been expected to rise to 10 per cent on July 1 this year under the Superannuation Guarantee before Treasurer Joe Hockey last year announced a freeze on any increases.

    “Mr Hockey should support the half per cent increase on the basis of his suggestion last year that employers would pass on the cut in superannuation through wage increases,” he said.

    Mr Oliver said maintaining a fair minimum wage is essential to avoid the creation of an underclass of working poor in Australia.

    “The annual minimum wage case is the only opportunity for 1.86 million of Australia’s lowest paid workers to receive a pay rise,” Mr Oliver said.

    “Research shows boosting the minimum wage is good for workers and does not have a negative impact on employment.”

    Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Kate Carnell said the annual review of the minimum wage is “to do just that – to determine any movement in cost of living issues”.

    “The review has nothing to do with retirement savings,” Ms Carnell said.

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    Thomas Kelly’s killer Kieran Loveridge moved to Supermax after claimed assault on inmate and affair with guard

    2019 - 06.21

    Kieran Loveridge is led from court after his original sentencing in November 2013. Photo: Kate GeraghtyTeenage killer Kieran Loveridge has been moved to the state’s highest security prison after having an “improper relationship” with a female guard, just a week after he allegedly stomped on the head of another prisoner.
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    Loveridge is serving a minimum of 10 years for the manslaughter of Thomas Kelly, who was punched once on the back of the head on his first night out in Kings Cross in 2012.

    Loveridge was also convicted of a string of random assaults on the same night.

    2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley revealed on radiolast week that Loveridge, now 21, was being investigated by police for allegedly stomping on the head of an inmate in a Kempsey jail on March 10.

    Loveridge and another inmate, aged 22, allegedly assaulted the 31-year-old man in a cell. He had to be treated for facial injuries in Kempsey Hospital.

    The two inmates were segregated, moved to other jails and given higher security classifications, a Corrective Services NSW spokesman said.

    On Thursday, Hadley revealed Loveridge had been moved to Goulburn Supermax and prison officials were also investigating an affair he was having with a female guard at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre.

    “A female correctional officer has been suspended from duty at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre after it was learnt she had allegedly commenced an improper relationship with an inmate,” the Corrective Services NSW spokesman said.

    “CSNSW is investigating the alleged relationship.”

    Hadley said other prison guards raised the alarm after they noticed odd behaviour between the pair.

    Loveridge was initially sentenced to five years and two months for manslaughter but it was raised to a minimum of 10 years after the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed against the “manifestly inadequate” sentence.

    Mr Kelly’s death caused public outrage and partly led to the introduction of mandatory sentences for drunken violence and a state-wide liquor crackdown.

    Loveridge could remain in jail until 2026.

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    Attacker tried to drag nurse into car boot in Crows Nest: police

    2019 - 06.21

    A nurse has fought off an attacker who grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her into the boot of a car as she walked along a street in Sydney’s lower north shore, police say.
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    Police are now hunting for the man, thought to be aged in his 30s and who was dressed in black when he ambushed the woman in Crows Nest about 10.25pm on Wednesday.

    The 27-year-old woman, who is employed as a nurse, told police she was walking along Falcon Street when the man grabbed her from behind, covered her mouth and tried to force her into the boot of a silver or grey sedan.

    The woman began screaming loudly and punched the man in the groin, forcing him to release her.

    The woman fell to the ground, and the man got back in his car and drove away.

    The distraught woman raised the alarm at a Caltex Service Station a short distance away on Falcon Street.

    Police from the Harbourside local area command were called to the service station, but could not find any trace of the man.


    The woman was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where she was treated for a number of minor injuries, including grazing, bruising and swelling.

    A NSW Police spokeswoman said police investigating the incident believed it was a random attack.

    Police described the man as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern or Indian/subcontinental appearance, aged in his early to mid 30s, about 175 centimetres tall with a stocky build and short, dark hair.

    At the time of the attack he was wearing a black T-shirt and black pants.

    Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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    No limits: rights holders could potentially block hundreds of piracy websites in Australia with a single strike

    2019 - 06.21

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull will introduce the legislation on Thursday. Photo: Andrew MearesEnding online piracy in Australia long overdue, say rights holders
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    Movie, music and TV rights holders will be able to request judges block an unlimited number of overseas websites facilitating online piracy in the one court case under the Abbott government’s website-blocking legislation, due to be introduce into parliament on Thursday, Fairfax Media has learned.

    The Copyright (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, which is set to cost telcos about $130,000 a year, contains no cap on the number of websites rights holders can request a judge to block in a single injunction.

    Critics of the regime are likely to argue that having no cap on the scheme could result in what happened in India, where a number of legitimate websites were blocked, including Google services, when a judge agreed to block some 472 websites. An updated judgment fixed the error.

    The bill, a draft of which Fairfax obtained before a final version became publicly available on Thursday, also does not say how the sites should be blocked. This means that it will be up to judges to decide whether to stipulate in their rulings how a site is blocked, or for internet providers to figure it out for themselves if a judge makes no mention of this.

    The bill only states that the injunction requires internet providers listed in court cases by rights holders to take “reasonable steps to disable access to the online location”.

    How sites are blocked is important, as some of the cheaper blocking methods can result in collateral damage. Australia’s corporate watchdog ASIC, for instance, inadvertently blocked access to more than 250,000 innocuous websites when trying to block one believed to be defrauding Australians.

    ASIC did this by identifying the IP address of the web server the fraudulent website was hosted on and ordering internet providers to block it under a controversial section of the Telecommunications Act called section 313, which requires the providers to co-operate with Australian enforcement agencies.

    But the problem was the IP address blocked was shared by many other websites, leading to hundreds of thousands of other sites also being blocked.

    Also not in the bill is a mandated consumer advocate in the court cases, meaning it will be up for the judge to weigh up the public interest in blocking a website. Citizens and digital rights groups won’t be prevented from going to cases and raising issues as a third-party, although this could be costly.

    But it appears consumers and rights groups won’t be able to apply to a court to revoke blocks, as they are not listed as one of the types of parties that can do this.

    The competition watchdog, the ACCC, and the communications regulator, the ACMA, are the only people envisaged by the government to be able to apply to revoke a block other than the people behind a blocked site, an internet service provider asked to block it, or a rights holder.

    Scheme to cost internet providers $130,000 a year to run

    There is also no provision in the bill for ISPs to be compensated for setting up a site-blocking regime. The bill’s explanatory memorandum states that the introduction of the site-blocking regime is estimated to cost the entire Australian telecommunications industry $130,825 a year to run, which could push up the price of internet.

    Sites proposed to be blocked will have to be informed; however a judge could waive this requirement “if the court is satisfied that the owner of the copyright is unable, despite reasonable efforts, to determine the identity or address of the person who operates the online location” facilitating access to the infringing material.

    Before ordering websites to be blocked, a judge must take into account a number of things, including whether other jurisdictions have blocked the site and whether it is in the public interest to disable access to the piracy site.

    An earlier draft of the bill also suggested that freedom of expression be taken into account but this was not in the final bill.

    A judge must also consider whether blocking the site is a proportionate response; the site also has to be hosted outside Australia.

    The site must also be a service whose “primary purpose” is to facilitate copyright infringement. It must also be proven that it is facilitating an infringement in Australia.

    Also to be taken into account is whether the site is “flagrantly” infringing copyright, the bill states.

    There is no mention of a public register or similar where Australians can see which sites have been blocked. There’s also no mention of whether citizens will see a message when accessing a site that informs them why it was blocked.

    In good news for digital rights groups, a judge may limit the amount of time a site is blocked for and, upon application, revoke or vary a block.

    The bill was introduced into parliament on Thursday by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. It is due to be referred to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.

    It’s understood that only six weeks will be given for the committee to examine and hold public consultations.

    “There will be adequate time for consultation and for people to make submissions throughout this process,” a spokesperson for Attorney-General George Brandis said.

    Unintended consequences in drafting

    The bill was initially slated to be introduced last week. But a number of “unintended consequences” identified in the bill caused it to be delayed, Fairfax Media has been told.

    One of those unintended consequences, according to sources familiar with the drafting of the legislation, could have resulted in the websites of virtual private networks (VPNs) also being caught up in the blocking regime if they were deemed by a judge as facilitating copyright infringement.

    VPNs are often used to circumvent website filtering in countries by allowing users to “tunnel” their internet traffic through another country where there is no filtering. But some countries, such as China, have attempted to block access to them.

    One such VPN website, TorGuard, promotes itself as being able to “unblock any website regardless of geographical location”, and it’s understood there were fears in some circles that the way the legislation was initially drafted could have meant VPNs facilitating or allowing piracy could have been blocked as well.

    A number of other drafting issues meant the bill was sent back to the Attorney-General’s Department for redrafting by the Attorney-General.

    “He didn’t like the drafting,” a government source said of Senator Brandis’ reading of the bill.

    “In an area such as this if you are not really specific you end up catching a lot more stuff than you are potentially targeting,” another source said.

    It’s not clear whether the final bill addresses the concerns of VPNs being blocked.

    Simon Bush, head of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association, which represents the $1 billion Australian film and TV home entertainment industry, confirmed the bill had been delayed because of a number of unintended consequences in the drafting.

    But Mr Bush would not say whether one of them was the prospect of VPN websites being blocked.

    “There did appear to be some unintended consequences in the drafting of the bill,” he said. “The minister’s office has identified those [and has looked to fix them].”

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    Jeremy Clarkson: ‘Assault’ of Top Gear’s Oisin Tymon investigated by UK police

    2019 - 06.21

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    Matters may be about to get a whole lot worse for Jeremy Clarkson after UK police confirmed they are investigating the alleged assault that led to the Top Gear star being sacked.

    North Yorkshire Police have asked for a copy of the BBC’s internal investigation into a fracas involving Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon at the Simonstone Hall Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales.

    “The information will be assessed appropriately and action will be taken by North Yorkshire Police where necessary,” they said in a statement.

    The BBC investigation, conducted by senior executive Ken MacQuarrie, made clear the seriousness of the alleged incident, which took place on March 4 on the hotel patio.

    “Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson,” concluded MacQuarrie. “During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.”

    The alleged attack – which MacQuarrie said Clarkson admitted – was only halted when a bystander stepped in to break it up.

    Clarkson continued to abuse Tymon after the incident using “the strongest expletives and threats to sack him”.

    Tymon then drove himself to a local accident and emergency department for attention to his injuries.

    The fracas allegedly erupted after Clarkson was told the hotel kitchen had closed and he couldn’t be served steak and chips for supper.

    In his own statement announcing Clarkson’s dismissal, BBC Director-General Tony Hall said a line had been crossed.

    “There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations,” he said. Clarkson fans left in the dark

    Tens of thousands of local fans hoping to attend next month’s two-day Top Gear festival in Sydney have been left in the lurch after Clarkson’s sacking.

    Organisers of the Top Gear Festival planned for April 18 and 19 at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek were scrambling on Thursday morning to respond to news that the corporation had punted Clarkson.

    “We are working through the implications of today’s announcement with our partner Brand Events and will make a definitive statement on the Live tour as soon as possible,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement.

    Clarkson has a seven-figure contract with BBC Worldwide to front the live shows staged around the world.

    BBC Worldwide insisted it was “still planning ahead as scheduled” but chances of the event taking place are looking increasingly unlikely, especially after an event in Norway has already been cancelled before the bombshell announcement.

    As of Thursday morning tickets for up to $400 to see “Jeremy, James and Richard all together for the first time” were still being sold on Ticketek’s website.

    It is unclear how many tickets have already been sold for 2015 but last year about 46,000 motorsport fans attended the Sydney event to see their idol, Clarkson, and watch events including “Star in a Car” and “Car Football”.

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    ACCC keeps its eye on Heinz-Kraft $59b merger

    2019 - 06.21

    Mondelez’s local operations stated it’s trademarks are not affected by the Kraft-Heinz merger. Photo: RICK WILKING Kraft Food’s trademarks such as Vegemite and Cadbury in the Asia-Pacific region were taken over by Mondelez International in July 2013. Photo: Eddie Jim
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    The competition regulator is keeping an eye on a proposed mega-deal that would create the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company.

    The privately held H.J. Heinz will merge with the listed Kraft Food Group to create Kraft Heinz, it was announced overnight, in a deal that valued Kraft at about $US46 billion ($59 billion) before net debt.

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital, which bought Heinz in 2013, will invest $US10 billion into the deal to take a 51 per cent stake. Kraft shareholders will retain the rest.

    Kraft split into two separate public companies three years ago. Kraft focused on US groceries, while Mondelēz International became an international biscuit, chocolate and lollies operation.

    Following this, Kraft Food trademarks in the Asia-Pacific region were taken over by Mondelēz International from July 2013.

    Mondelēz International’s brands here include Cadbury, The Natural Confectionary Co, Ritz and Oreo. It also holds trademark rights for Kraft products such as Vegemite, Kraft Peanut Butter, and Kraft Singles.

    A Mondelēz International spokesman said “our rights on trademarks are not affected by today’s announcement from Kraft Foods Group”.

    Questioned whether there was any cross-ownership between Kraft and Mondelēz International, and when those trademarks expired, he replied: “There’s no relationship between Mondelēz International and Heinz and the licensing arrangements are commercial in confidence.”

    A spokeswoman for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it was “aware of the transaction. If it decides to conduct a public review, it will be listed on the ACCC’s website.”

    If the merger is seen to be substantially lessening competition in Australia, a review would be held, with divestments one possible outcome.

    Neither the competition regulator nor the industry body the Australian Food and Grocery Council have local market-share figures on Mondelēz International or Heinz.

    Heinz products include baby food, baked beans, tomato sauce, and pasta. The last accounts for its Australian operations showed revenue of $534 million and a $12.3 million loss for the eight months to December 29, 2013, due to big changes on its balance sheet from the Berkshire Hathaway-3G Capital buyout.

    The last thorough inquiry into the grocery industry was held in 2008, although this focused on grocery retailing.

    Mondelēz International does not file accounts to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. The Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and China, accounted for $US4.6 billion of its $US34.2 billion ($43.8 billion) in revenue in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

    Mondelēz International is led in Australia and New Zealand by Amanda Banfield, and employs more than 3,500 people, according to its website.

    It was controversially promised $16 million from the Coalition to help expand its Tasmanian chocolate business. That pre-election promise was recently ditched.

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    Sachin Tendulkar is the Paul the Octopus of the Cricket World Cup

    2019 - 06.21

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    It’s the video that has gone viral in India ahead of the country’s crunch Cricket World Cup semi-final on Thursday against hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    In the eyes of many Indians, Sachin Tendulkar could already walk on water thanks to his record-breaking batting feats over a 25-year international career. But now it’s his skills in prediction that has captured the attention of his fans and drummed up comparisons with Paul the Octopus.

    Paul, who resided at a Oberhausen aquarium in Germany, gained fame at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for his successful predictions during the tournament.

    Tendulkar has matched Paul’s feats. Whereas Paul had to clamber into a box with a country’s national flag to make his calls, Tendulkar simply spoke at a media conference.

    During a book launch in London in February for his autobiography Playing It My Way, the former Indian captain was asked who will win the World Cup.

    “I can’t pinpoint any one team but there are a few competitive teams,” said Tendulkar.

    “I would like to name Australia, South Africa, New Zealand (as a dark horse), and India”.


    The four countries qualified for the semi-finals with New Zealand the first through to the final after an epic semi-final win against South Africa on Tuesday at Eden Park in Auckland.

    Tendulkar was then asked whether England could make the semi-finals.

    His answer of “No, not really” was met with laughter from the room. He went on to say of England, “Anything is possible at this point, but going by the current form England will not be that competitive.”

    Tendulkar’s comments came after England had twice beaten India in the tri-series in Australia in January, but he added that it was the defending champion’s spin options that gave them the edge over other teams.

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    AROUND THE BLOCK: Oasis in the middle of the city

    2019 - 06.21

    6 Noster Place NewcastleIT manager Linda Hack and her young family swapped weekend skiing for ocean swimming when they moved from Zurich, Switzerland, to Newcastle.
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    The family have lived for the past four years in one of the city’s best-kept secrets, Dartford, but have recently listed it for sale after deciding to downsize.

    “We left Canberra to live in Zurich for six years for my husband’s job, but when we decided to return to Australia we saw the potential Newcastle had,” Mrs Hack said.

    “We hoped the city would develop. When we found such a quiet family home in the CBD, we knew it was unique.”

    Since purchasing 6 Noster Place in 2011, they have painted the interior, laid turf and planted trees.

    “The property’s best feature is that it provides our son with a backyard to play in, in the middle of the CBD,” Mrs Hack said. “We also love the location – we walk everywhere.”

    Quietly secluded behind a row of quaint terraces and accessed off Wolfe Street, the historic family residence spread over four levels has an entry foyer leading through to a separate lounge and to the open-plan gourmet kitchen, meals and living area. This flows through aluminium bi-fold doors out to a large tiled alfresco area.

    At the top of a flight of stairs are three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two of which open out to the wrap-around verandah to take in the vistas of the city, harbour and Stockton Bight.

    There is also a home office or sewing room and master bathroom complete with his and hers vanities and dual shower.

    Above all of this – and hidden away by pull-down stairs – is the loft, which is large enough for a teenagers’ retreat.

    Other features include ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning, security system, gas outlets, ample storage, three storage sheds, off-street parking for two cars and permits for on-street parking for two cars.

    Josh Mana, of Raine and Horne Newcastle, has listed the property on 319 square metres for offers above $1.29 million.

    464 Webbers Creek Road PATERSON

    ALISON Perrott’s family don’t have to jostle with crowds on New Year’s Eve.

    From their picturesque Paterson property they can see four sets of fireworks explode – down the street, at Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland.

    “It’s quite remarkable,” she said of her home at 464 Webbers Creek, which has recently been listed for sale.

    “There is no one around and through the beautiful vista of trees you can see civilisation is just there, but you’re not quite in it.”

    Investment adviser Mrs Perrott and her business adviser husband David grew up in Parkes and Armidale respectively and wanted to give their two now-teenage children a similar experience of growing up on a farm.

    The couple had lived in Sydney and later on eight acres at Dunnes Creek, but fell in love with the Paterson parcel of land “as soon as we saw it” in 2005.

    They finished building their architect-designed “dream home” at the end of 2007.

    So determined were they to spend the rest of their lives there that they made the hallways wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

    But increased responsibilities in their careers – each sits on a number of boards and travels regularly – has led the family to make the difficult decision to downsize to Adelaide.

    Bernadette Berlyn and Nathan Berlyn, of McGrath Edgecliff, have listed the five-bedroom house for offers over $950,000.

    The property has views over the Moonabung Range and is on 169 acres registered for livestock or primary production.

    The house features a formal lounge and dining areas; a living area and a family retreat with a built-in freshwater fish tank.

    It also has a gourmet country kitchen with Bosch appliances; guest quarters with queen-sized bedrooms and a private bathroom; and a parents’ wing appointed with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

    There is ducted airconditioning as well as cosy fireplaces and nine-foot high ceilings.

    Outside, the house has alfresco entertainment areas, verandahs, a self-cleaning swimming pool with heated spa, machinery sheds, fire equipment, water tanks, two dams and a creek.

    3/266 Darby St Cooks Hill

    INVESTOR buyers and those seeking low-maintenance living are expected to be among bidders when a distinctive, modern townhouse in Cooks Hill is auctioned on March 28.

    Designed by Schreiber Hamilton Architecture and built by Foteff Property Group a decade ago, 3/266 Darby Street is part of an eight-unit complex, with the ground and first floors of each townhouse constructed from concrete.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Anthony Merlo of Dalton Partners – who sold the development on behalf of the Steve Foteff 10 years ago and owned a unit in the complex until four years ago – said the design of the townhouse would never date.

    The townhouse’s lower level comprises a laundry and bathroom, two bedrooms, ensuite and courtyard, while the upper level offers a third bedroom, large open-plan living and kitchen area as well as an alfresco deck.

    Offering a sunny northern aspect, the townhouse also features ducted air conditioning, a garage and an additional covered car park – a rare find in the suburb.

    The townhouse will go under the hammer on site at 10.30am.

    Mr Merlo suggests bidding will commence from $650,000.

    The Gables, Booral

    A METICULOUSLY restored home set on the site of a former silk work farm has been listed for sale. Denise Haynes of R & R Rural and Residential Property at Stroud said Lea-sa and Rob Thomsen’s Booral property The Gables was set on a private parcel of 20 acres and would be an idyllic family home or weekend retreat.

    The renovated house with its stunning gabled roof line contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms – one with a claw foot bathtub – spacious living areas, a large galley kitchen and separate pantry storeroom. It also features polished timber floorboards underfoot, original pressed metal ceilings, an open fireplace, combustion wood heating and a partly covered in-ground saltwater swimming pool.

    Believed to have been built in 1864 by Robert Carnell, the double-storey house is aptly named for its six gables, with the front three featuring picture windows. Ms Haynes said she understood Mr Carnell – who also built St Barnabas’ Anglican Church in Booral and churches in Raymond Terrace – completed much of the building work during the night while his son held a lantern for him. The Gables was also known as The Wormery from its time operating as a silk farm.

    It is listed for offers over $750,000.

    35 & 37 Girling Street ISLINGTON

    A PAIR of cottages just minutes from the CBD will be auctioned together next week, offering buyers double the opportunity to invest and renovate in vibrant Islington.

    Nick Scott bought the houses at 35 and 37 Girling Street in the 1980s as investment properties, but has decided the time is ripe to sell.

    The three-bedroom cottage at number 35 has a new iron roof and a small gated side yard with room for off street parking.

    The four-bedroom cottage at number 37 has a lounge room and eat-in kitchen, plus a gated side yard providing off street parking for two cars, a caravan or a boat.

    It also has room for a shed, subject to council approval.

    Listing agent and auctioneer Debbie Wiseman, of LJ Hooker Hamilton, said serious bidding was anticipated from $300,000 for No.35 and from $370,000 for No.37.

    “Affordable real estate like this is hard to find so close to the action,” Ms Wiseman said.

    The properties are close to Tighes Hill TAFE and less than a kilometre to the cycle way at Throsby Creek.

    They will be auctioned at 6pm on Wednesday, April 1, at The Travelodge, King Street, Newcastle.

    NSW election 2015: Muslim group turns on Labor leader Luke Foley in Auburn

    2019 - 05.21

    NSW Premier Mike Baird in Auburn on Thursday morning with Liberal candidate Ronney Oueik. Photo: Brendan Esposito Mike Baird visits locals in Auburn on Thursday morning.Photography Brendan Esposito Smh,news,26th March,2015Sent from my iPadDSC_6193.JPG Photo: Brendan Esposito
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    The influential Lebanese Muslim Association has criticised Opposition Leader Luke Foley and backed his Liberal opponent in the seat of Auburn, after Labor chose not to preselect the group’s controversial preferred candidate.

    It came as Premier Mike Baird took the election fight to Auburn on Thursday, where Liberal hopeful Ronney Oueik is hoping to thwart Mr Foley’s bid for a lower house seat. Labor holds the seat by 7.2 per cent.

    Mr Foley, an upper house MP, lives just outside the electorate boundary in Concord West. He was parachuted into the seat and is fighting to raise his profile over that of the highly visible Mr Oueik, the mayor of Auburn, whose posters are blanketing the electorate.

    In an online video, Lebanese Muslim Association president, Samier Dandan, endorsed Mr Oueik. He indicated Labor should have preselected Hicham Zraika, an Auburn councillor, who “was well groomed to run for that seat”.

    More than 27 per cent of Auburn residents are Muslim, giving the electorate the second-highest Muslim population in NSW, after Lakemba.

    Mr Zraika was suspended from the Labor party for six months in February after a tribunal found he engaged in “unworthy conduct” including falsifying the meeting minutes of his own branch. The decision scuppered the plan by ALP head office to parachute him into the upper house at the election after he withdrew from preselection in Auburn to make way for Mr Foley.

    Mr Dandan said if Mr Zraika “wasn’t fit enough to run for the seat of Auburn” then the incumbent Labor MP, Barbara Perry, “could have had someone else prepared to run for the seat”. “Are we saying that Auburn doesn’t have enough good people to actually represent Auburn?” he said.

    However Mr Dandan backed Labor’s candidate Jihad Dib in the nearby seat of Lakemba. Mr Dib is a celebrated former principal at Punchbowl Boys High School.

    Mr Foley denied he had lost the endorsement of the association despite his opponent winning the endorsement of its president.

    “I think that’s somewhat of an exaggeration,” he said. “I’ve met with many members of the Lebanese Muslim Association who are very supportive of my campaign.”

    However Mr Dandan said he spoke on behalf on his entire association, claiming Mr Foley’s discussions with supportive LMA members took place “in his dreams”.

    As Fairfax Media has previously reported, the Turkish community in Auburn is reportedly concerned about Mr Foley’s membership of the Armenia-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group, and it is understood his endorsement of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel has caused disquitet in the Arab community.

    Mr Baird and Mr Oueik walked the streets of Auburn on Wednesday morning, meeting shopkeepers and locals two days out from the election.

    At a later press conferece, Mr Baird was asked about whether Mr Oueik, a property developer, posed a problem for the party, given that political donations from property developers are banned.

    “[Mr Oueik] is involved in business, he’s involved in property. Ultimately what he is doing is trying to seek election, the honour and privilege to represent the people of Auburn,” Mr Baird said.

    “There is someone running that actually lives in the electorate, loves the electorate and is actually on the ground. Where has the leader of the opposition [been] in his own electorate?”

    Earlier on Thursday morning Mr Baird visited Sydney Markets with Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli, who is facing a strong challenge from Labor’s planning spokeswoman and former minister Jodi McKay.

    Mr Baird was warmly received by the market’s stallholders, including Anthony Giansante, a flower seller who hurriedly painted the words “Back Baird” on a cardboard box when he saw the Premier approach.

    “Saturday morning, number 1, back Baird,” Mr Giansante said. “I just believe in what he’s trying to promote and Labor is just trying to do the scare tactics.”

    Mr Foley will be at Campbelltown Hospital this morning, before travelling to Goulburn Hospital.

    – with James Robertson

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    ‘Did you abuse my son?’ mother asks priest 40 years after son died

    2019 - 05.21

    Still grieving: Audrey Nash with a picture of her son Andrew. Photo: Jonathan Carroll Andrew Nash, a smiling, bright and much-loved boy of 13. Photo: Supplied
    Nanjing Night Net

    Andrew Michael Nash was 13 when he died in his bedroom.

    Other family members were in the Newcastle home, watching television and doing homework, at the time.

    His death, in 1974, came after an apparently uneventful day at school where his class teacher was also a serial child sex offender.

    More than 40 years later, his mother Audrey Nash, 89, wants that teacher, former Marist Brother Romuald to answer a devastating and heartbreaking question.

    “I want him to tell me if he sexually abused my son,” said Mrs Nash, who still lives in the home where her son died.

    “I’m 89 years of age. There’s no other reason why it happened, and I thought his conscience might be getting to him now.

    “I believe Andrew was abused. I believe he committed suicide. I want him [Romuald] to tell me if he abused [Andrew]. That could put my mind at rest before I die.”

    Romuald, 82, whose real name is Francis William Cable, is in jail awaiting sentence because of offences against another 19 Hunter and Sydney students in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Andrew was one of three boys in his class at Marist Brothers Hamilton who died at a young age, and in distressing circumstances.

    A second student died after an incident at a cliff at Bar Beach in 1977, aged 16, and a third died after an incident at a Merewether cliff in the 1980s when he was in his early 20s.

    On the night Andrew died, in October 1974, Romuald was one of three Marist Brothers and three Maitland-Newcastle Catholic priests who arrived at the Nash home after Mrs Nash ran into the street and begged a passing taxi driver to call an ambulance and a priest.

    “We didn’t have a phone. I was hysterical. I wanted the ambulance but I wanted a priest to deliver the last rites,” Mrs Nash said.

    “When Romuald came, I said to him: ‘What happened at school today?’ He said nothing had happened, that everything was fine. Then he said to me ‘Did Andrew leave a note?’ “

    The three priests who visited that night included former St Pius X Adamstown principal and Toronto priest Tom Brennan, who died in 2012 after he was convicted for making a false statement to police about paedophile priest John Denham, and charged with child sex offences and concealing Denham’s child sex offences.

    “They [the priests and Marist Brothers including Romuald] left and we never saw them again,” Mrs Nash said.

    “No one ever came back to the house after that night, or sent a card. Nothing. Complete silence. No compassion. No pastoral care. I was ignored. It didn’t matter that I’d lost a son. My children were in other Catholic schools but nobody said anything to them; not the priests or the Brothers or the nuns. A wall of silence from all of them. You have to wonder now what was said. These days there’s all this talk about pastoral care but I wonder where it was at that time.”

    Romuald pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting students behind his desk with other students in the room. He has admitted sexually abusing students while swimming with them, and during camps. He has admitted to sexually abusing boys at Bar Beach.

    Andrew Nash was in Romuald’s year 8 class, went on Duke of Edinburgh camps with Romuald, went to swimming training with Romuald and other sporting activities. Andrew’s late father was often absent from home because of his work, and after a significant work accident in early 1974 which left him in hospital for many months.

    Small incidents less than three months before Andrew’s death are the most troubling for Mrs Nash to recall more than four decades later.

    “He always came home from school at the same time, about 3.30,” she said.

    “There was a day where he didn’t come home. It got to 6 o’clock and I was frantic. I was about to ring the police when he came home, very subdued. I was relieved but I was also angry with him because I thought something had happened to him. I remember saying ‘Where the hell have you been?’ or something like that, and the only thing I could get out of him was that he’d been at Bar Beach.”

    In an agreed statement of facts to a Sydney District Court judge last week Romuald admitted committing offences at Bar Beach where he took boys for Duke of Edinburgh training and at least one school excursion.

    The court heard that Romuald tried to persuade boys aged 12 and 13 to strip naked in the change room while he walked naked with an erection.

    “On a couple of mornings in the months before he died, Andrew said he didn’t want to go to school,” Mrs Nash said.

    “He’d say he was sick and I knew he wasn’t so I’d tell him he had to go. Those are the sorts of things you regret. When you think you’d sent them off to that.”

    The details of how Andrew died are distressing, but show a process that stopped a coroner from finding his death was accidental.

    His younger sister raised the alarm when she tried to open his bedroom door. Mrs Nash and another son discovered his body. Andrew was in his bedroom, believed to have been doing homework, for 10 or 15 minutes.

    Coroner Reginald Radford delivered an open finding on December 19, 1974.

    “Whether he died accidentally or otherwise, the evidence adduced does not enable me to say,” he found.

    A finding of suicide would have made Andrew one of the youngest people recorded in Australia to have taken his life. Mrs Nash believes it was suicide, and the coroner was simply unable to say the word at an inquest in front of a grieving Catholic mother and her surviving son.

    Less than two years after Andrew’s death, her parish priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Monsignor Patrick Cotter, who was found after his death to have protected two notorious Hunter priests, was involved in the placement of Vince Ryan at Mrs Nash’s parish.

    This was after Ryan returned from a year in Melbourne following serious child sex allegations against him.

    Ryan and Mrs Nash became close friends. The priest had dinner at the Nash home each Wednesday.

    It was the charging of Ryan in October 1995 and his subsequent conviction and jailing that started Mrs Nash’s questioning of the Catholic Church after decades of working as a parish housekeeper, and significant volunteer work including as parish social secretary.

    Mrs Nash believes it is time for Catholics to speak up about the betrayal of people by the church.

    “I still believe in God. It’s just [that] the people in the church who are running it have done enormous damage, but they don’t seem to get it, do they? They still think it’s them up there, and everyone else is much lower down the scale.”

    In an anonymous obituary for Andrew in the Marist Brothers Hamilton newsletter in 1974, his fellow students and their parents were told that “God took Andrew at his best”.

    “He was at a wondrous height of innocence and beauty and holiness, and who knows what might have been?” the obituary said.

    Mrs Nash imagines what her son might have been like today, aged 54, but the much stronger image even after all these years is of the smiling, bright and much-loved boy of 13.

    “I think of him every day. I see his photos. I talk to him all the time. When people read this I don’t expect that one of the priests will ring up and say sorry. I don’t expect anything. Just as long as people know.”

    Newcastle Herald

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