SLIDE: University batsman Michael Radnidge steals a run against Belmont during the Tom Locker Cup final last season. The NDCA has cut one-day cricket from 50 overs to 40 this summer. Picture: Jonathan Carroll Newcastle District Cricket Association has cut one-day games to 40 overs a side but left first-grade two-day cricket untouched after a review of playing formats.

In a letter to clubs on Tuesday, the NDCA said two-day games in first grade would continue to start at 11am and comprise 90 overs a day.

A competition review committee had proposed aligning first grade with second grade, which plays 80-over days starting at noon. The move was designed to makethe game more attractive for players with families.

But, after consulting clubs, the NDCA opted to leave first grade as a longer format while cutting Tom Locker Cup one-dayersfrom 50 overs to 40 with a midday start, rather than 10am.

“There was a desire and passion from some clubs and individuals to maintain the status quo, so we’ll leave as is with ongoing reviews,”NDCA chairman Paul Marjoribanks said.

“We want to see matches going deep into the second day. Is the standard still there to play 180-over cricket? At this stage we said, ‘Yes, there is.’”

One of the goals of the review was to cut the amount of compulsory Sunday cricket, which is reflected in a decision to separate the Twenty20 competition from the first-grade points ladder this summer, although T20 points willcount towards the club championship.

The association has also changed the rules for first-grade two-day games which lose the entire first day to rain. These washouts used to revert to a 50-over one-day match in the second week but will now become a continuation of the two-day gameover 90 overs.

The NDCA has also introduced a final for second grade in one-day cricket, mirroring the first-grade Tom Locker final.

It has also flagged talking points for future seasons, including phasing out one-day cricket entirelyand adding an optional fifth grade.

“Phasing out one-day cricket was left-field from the committee,” Marjoribanks said.“A lot of our rep programs are one-day based these days, and a lot of the junior carnivals are one-day cricket for the guys going down that pathway, so it’s not something we’re looking at in the short-term.”

BAD DIVE: The air war was not just deadly above the trenches facing opponents, controlling the new machines required great skill. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony​Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for August 27 – September 2, 1917.

ON THE YPRES LINEField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the West Front, reports:“On the Ypres battle front we slightly advanced our line south-eastward of Saint Jeanshoek.There has been considerable enemy artillery fire in the neighbourhood of Lens and Ypres.”A previous communique stated: “The enemy artillery is active near Nieuport. The weather is wet and stormy.”

AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERYFrom C.E.W. Bean, n Official Correspondent.

The n artillery is still engaged in the thick of the Ypres battle. Two days’ heavy rain has plunged the whole battlefield into thick red clay and mud.Almost every morning some German aeroplane escapes the vigilance of our air scouts and hurries low over the mud-field like a skate over the sea-bottom. The visit is followed by attempts to obliterate batteries.In this long fight one main set-off to the tremendous strain and almost overpowering work is the knowledge that in the air and on the ground the enemy certainly gets more than he gives. The strain on the Germans must now be appallingly heavy.Other n units involved in the great fight at Ypres previously not mentioned have been n clearing hospitals. These came under shellfire both during the Ypres battle and Messines, and were also bombed by aeroplanes. The nurses behaved with the utmost gallantry, staying in the wards and even placing basins on the patients’ heads instead of the steel helmets. They bitterly resented when ordered to leave the wards.Five n nurses have now been given Military Medals. Medical officers, though a bomb killed one and blew seven nurses’ tents to rags, continued to work as if this heavy additional strain was non-existent.

AUSTRALIAN AIRMENBy C.E.W. Bean, n Official Correspondent.

The officers of the n Flying Corps have been for a considerable time past in France, gaining experience with the Royal Flying Corps.There were several in action in the great battle on July 31st. At least one of these was actually leading his patrol within a fortnight of his first appointment. Another was so bitten with excitement flying low behind the German lines, that he, with a fellow-n of the Royal Flying Corps, flew day after day low over the German area, along German roads, until the Germans wounded him. Another within the first few days had a shell through both planes and the elevator control shot away by a German machine. Despite this, by cleverly working his engine, he managed to safely reach the aerodrome. The first to be brought down was in a fight between seven British planes and 25 German ones, eight miles behind the German lines. It was a glorious fight, for all the rest got back after bringing down seven German planes. The magnificent fliers of the British Flying Corps tell us that they find the n airmen always ready and eager for any adventure, and extraordinarily self-reliant in carrying it out.

FIELD FORCE FUNDThe committee would be glad to receive small tins, suitable for filling with cigarettes and sweets, as goods of these kinds cannot be sent abroad except in tins. Empty jam jars and bottles will also be acceptable for the street stall. As large quantities of warm clothing will be needed for the troops this winter, a special appeal is being made for mittens, which should not be of the glove variety.

CHARLESTOWNThere was a large attendance at the Institute hall on Saturday to give Privates Bell and Haddow a send-off. Mr A.W. Garratt, who presided, congratulated the men on their decision to join the forces of the Empire and her Allies. MrT. Oswald and MrDann, of Newcastle, also spoke in appreciation of the men who were going to do their bit for their country, and trusted they would return speedily to their families and friends. MrGarratt presented each soldier with a gold ring suitably inscribed from the Patriotic Committee. Privates Bell and Haddow responded, thanking the speakers for the kind things said concerning them, and the committee for the valuable and suitable presents. MrJ. Haddow also expressed his thanks for the kind expressions toward his son. One son was now in hospital abroad, having done his bit until compelled to give up. He trusted that the whole of the soldiers would soon return home.

WARATAHMrsP. Crebert, of Church Street, Mayfield, has been informed by the military authorities that her son, Private Percy Crebert, is on his way home from the front, and will shortly arrive in . Mrs Crebert has another son also serving at the front.

MrsA. W. Buchanan has received a notification from the military authorities, stating that her son, Private Roy C. Buchanan, is returning home. Private A. Buchanan, another son of MrsBuchanan, is expected to reach home very shortly.

NEW LAMBTONThe following is a letter received by Mrs. F. Brogden in reference to her son, Private Frederick Brogden, who fell on active service, from the chaplain of the Battalion: “I wish to express to you on behalf of the officers and men of the battalion their very sincere sympathy with you in the death of your fine young son, an honoured member of the battalion. You will doubtless have heard that he fell in action on the 31st May last. His body was committed to its last resting place by me on the morning of the following day in the little military cemetery known as Charing Cross, near Ploegsteert Wood. His grave will be marked and kept in order and the battalion intends to erect a suitable memorial over it, of which a photograph may be sent to you later. We know that your cup of sorrow will be full, as you think of the boy who will not return. But may we also hope that your sorrow may be relieved by a feeling of pride that your son played his part nobly and well, and when he fell it was at the post of duty.”

NEWCASTLE RECRUITINGAt the Newcastle recruiting depot on Friday five volunteers were accepted and three rejected. Among those accepted was Private E. Ley, D.C.M., late of the Inniskillings, who won his distinction in the historic retreat from Mons.

A recruiting meeting was held later in front of the Newcastle Post-office when addresses were delivered by Sergeants Benson, M.M, Townsend and Lewis, Sapper Geoghan, and Private Ley, D.C.M.

LATE SERGEANT HILLIERAn enlarged framed photograph of the late Sergeant W. Hillier, who was killed in action in December, was last night presented to the parents of the deceased soldier, by some of his comrades of “Newcastle’s Own” Battalion.

Quartermaster-sergeant Morrison, in handing over the picture, said that their late comrade had given his life for King and country. They had been drawn together in camp, and their relations continued to the last to be of the most cordial character. “The men of the battalion deeply regretted Sergeant Hillier’s death, and had taken this means of’ showing in some tangible form their appreciation of a fine comrade, and a gallant man. Corporal C. A. Clarke, in endorsing these remarks, extended on behalf of Corporal J. Thorpe and Private Ryan, his sympathy with the parents and family of the late sergeant in the loss they had sustained.

In accepting the gift on behalf of his family and himself, Mr Hillier said the expressions of regard and good feeling had softened a great deal the blow that had fallen on them. Their boy’s comrades had shown their appreciation in a touching manner, and the life-like photograph would be long cherished by the family. He was naturally proud of the part his son had taken in the great war, and could assure those who had fought with him that their sympathy and presentation touched the hearts of Mrs. Hillier and himself very much. Major Sneddon had personally tendered his sympathy, as others had done, and the widely-expressed esteem was something they would ever remember.

LATE PRIVATE THOMPSONThe following letter has been received by the parents, Mr and MrsThompson, Little Gipp Street, of the late Private M. Thompson, who was killed in action on May 17, from the chaplain of the battalion:“I wish to express to you on behalf of the officers and men of the battalion their sincerest sympathy with you in the loss of your fine young son, Private M. Thompson,” of this battalion. You will before this have been advised of his death in action on May 17th last. It occurred during a German raid on our trenches during the night, which, thanks to the sturdy resistance of our boys, was completely defeated and though the artillery fire was heavy our casualties were comparatively light, but among those who fell was your boy, shot through the chest, death supervening very soon after. We laid his body to rest in the little military cemetery known as Xavier Farm, in Southern Belgium; The grave will be kept in order, and a memorial cross erected by the battalion, and a photograph be sent to you later.”

LATE PRIVATE H. PEASEMr and MrsJ. Pease, of Young Road, Lambton, have received the following letter from Private Maurice Gray, now on active service, relating the facts of the death of their son, Private H. (Dooley) Pease, who was killed in action:- “It is with deepest sympathy I write you these few lines about your brave son, Private H. Pease who was killed in action on the night of May 19, 1917. Although I was in the same company, I was not on the spot when he was killed. The last I saw of him was at tea time on the eve of his death, when Harry left for the trenches, when he gave his life for those he loved. He was a brave lad, well-liked by his comrades and officers, always willing and devoted to duty, and although your loss is greatest, I can assure you he will be missed by his comrades, to whom he was so attached. He was buried on the 1st of June, 1917, and prayers were read by the minister belonging to his church at the graveside. All that could possibly be done by those in charge was done, but he died the day after being wounded. He suffered very little pain. He was happy in this world; let us hope God will be good, and that he will be happy in the next. Always think of him as one who fell while fighting for his friends, “For greater love hath no man than he that lays down his life for his friends.” I know your loss will be hard to bear, but try and be brave, in the thought that he was no shirker, but gave up all for those he loved, and died a noble death while doing his duty.”

ENLISTMENTSJames Adair, Newcastle; Edwin Anderson, West Maitland; Stanley Bowden, Carrington; Thomas Chapman, Muswellbrook; William Keith Chapman, Singleton; David Hunt, Stanford Merthyr; Emile Ley, Newcastle; Frederick Lewis Morgan, Newcastle; Frederick Rees, Minmi; Edward August Roberts, Mayfield; William Smith, Waratah; Edward Allen Tremain, West Maitland.

DEATHSPte Alexander McArthur Lambert, Wickham; Pte William Lynch, Cessnock.

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Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 2 December 2015. Photo: Alex EllinghausenThere is a $2.85 billion-a-year shortfall in what employers should be paying their employees in super.

For the first time, the Tax Office has estimated the shortfall by comparing what employers should be paying with how much actually ends up in the super funds of their employees.

The estimate comes after a report by the Senate inquiry into unpaid super, released in May 2017, found the Tax Office’s approach to unpaid super to be “inadequate” and “problematic”.

Half of the inquiry’s recommendations were aimed at improving the Tax Office’s monitoring and compliance efforts.

The Tax Office estimates the compulsory super gap to be 5.2 per cent, or $2.85 billion, of the total estimated $54.78 billion that employers were required to pay in 2014-15.

Employers are legally required to pay 9.5 per cent in superannuation to every employee over the age of 18 earning more than $450, gross, a month.

Research released earlier this year by Phil Gallagher, a special adviser at Industry Super , the umbrella group for industry super funds, showed the underpayment and non-payment of super varies greatly across the country.

The research fund the federal electorate of Sydney, held by Labor’s Tanya Plibersek, had more than 37,000 people who are not receiving their super entitlements – either non-payment and underpayment of compulsory super.

That made the seat the worst in the country, ranked as a percentage of the electorate for non-payment or underpayment of super.

The seats of Fowler and Werriwa in Sydney’s south-west had more than one in three people not receiving their correct super guarantee entitlement.

Mallee was the only Victorian seat in the top 10 of the worst federal seats for underpayment or non-payment of super.

“Superannuation has a vital role in providing for people’s retirement and any non-payment is of concern,” ATO deputy commissioner James O’Halloran said.

“We encourage people to report instances of non-payment to us and we respond to every one of the approximately 20,000 reports of possible non-payment of the super guarantee from employees or former employees we receive each year.

“In addition to following up all reports of unpaid super guarantee, we are increasing our proactive super guarantee case work by one-third this financial year,” Mr O’Halloran said.

Industry Super has criticised the Tax Office for not doing more to ensure that employers meet their legal obligations.

It has estimated the amount of unpaid super at $5.6 billion – twice that of the Tax Office.

Industry Super said the problem with relying on employee complaints is many employees are reluctant to involve the Tax Office to investigate their employer because they don’t want to jeopardise their jobs.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has slammed a new TV advertisement by opponents of same-sex marriage as “total rubbish” licensed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Coalition for Marriage’s debut TV ad, which Fairfax Media understands is due to air on commercial networks from Tuesday night, links marriage equality to sex education at schools.

It claims that in countries which have legalised same-sex marriage, “parents have lost their rights to choose”, and features an unidentified woman who says her son was told “he could wear a dress” to school.

A screenshot from the Coalition for Marriage’s new television advertisement. Photo: YouTube / Coalition for Marriage

The ad, which has been uploaded to YouTube and was authorised by Sophie York of the Marriage Alliance, does not directly address the question of whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.

But it features another unidentified woman who claims: “When same-sex marriage passes as law overseas, this type of [school] program becomes widespread and compulsory.”

Mr Shorten, who opposed the postal survey and its plebiscite predecessor, told Fairfax Media the ad was “offensive and hurtful to LGBTI ns and their families”.

“This is exactly what was predicted when Malcolm Turnbull decided to waste $122 million on a postal survey. He gave the green light to this rubbish,” Mr Shorten said.

“This is not freedom of speech. This is freedom to hurt. I just want to tell LGBTI families that they are not on their own. Most people know this is total rubbish.”

The Labor leader nonetheless encouraged ns to participate in the postal survey and promised to “campaign hard” for a “yes” vote.

The ad also drew criticism from the executive director of the Equality Campaign, Tiernan Brady, who labelled it “disgraceful and dishonest”.

“The people behind this ad know that the n people are for allowing all ns the right to marry, so they have resorted to misleading people, to pretend this is about something else,” he told Fairfax Media.

“Sadly, over the next few weeks, the n people will get used to this daily dose of red-herrings and lies, served up by a bucketful of cash. As the no side seek to divide ns, we will continue to seek to unite them.”

In a statement, Ms York said parents across “are speaking to each other about the impacts of radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education programs”.

She said parents had “a right to know how a change in the marriage law will affect what their kids are taught at school” because “the education departments won’t tell them”.

On the ABC’s Q&A on Monday night, Attorney-General George Brandis – a supporter of same-sex marriage – said any bill introduced under the Coalition would contain “very strong protections” for religious freedom.

But he warned against obfuscation of the issue by opponents of same-sex marriage.

“Let us remember what this plebiscite is about. It is about one question and one question only: should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry,” Senator Brandis said.

“That’s it, that is the only question the n people are being asked to decide.”

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The Canberra Vikings will be bolstered by the return of Wallabies scrumhalf Joe Powell, but a second-row battle will ignite the opening round of the National Rugby Championship.
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Wallabies rookie Izack Rodda is set to square off against the man he replaced in the Test squad, ACT Brumbies captain Sam Carter, when the Vikings play against Queensland Country on Saturday.

Powell, Rodda and Izaia Perese have been released from Wallabies camp and cleared to play in the first game of the NRC season.

Powell has played just 126 minutes of rugby in the past three months after being used sparingly since making his Wallabies debut against Fiji in June.

Rodda made his Test debut against New Zealand last weekend and the big Queensland lock beat Carter for a spot in the Wallabies training squad.

The individual battle will add spice to the clash at Viking Park as Carter fights to prove he deserves a spot in the n squad.

The Brumbies skipper was dropped despite a strong Super Rugby season, with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opting for Rodda, Rob Simmons, Rory Arnold and Adam Coleman.

Rodda, 21, is tipped as a star of the future and didn’t look out of place when he was thrown on to the field in an intense Bledisloe Cup clash last weekend.

Carter is expected to play the bulk of the NRC season if he isn’t recalled to the Wallabies squad, but the Brumbies will monitor his workload.

Powell will be a massive inclusion for the Vikings and will be keen to use the game to impress Cheika enough to earn his first Rugby Championship cap.

The Vikings will wear an ACT Kookaburras heritage jersey to connect with Canberra’s rugby community, while the junior finals will also be played at Viking Park this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Brumbies have re-signed back-rower Rob Valetini despite the 19-year-old not making his Super Rugby debut this season.

Valetini will use the NRC as his launching pad to Brumbies duties next year after impressing in his n under-20s campaign.

But the teenager will not be eligible to play for the Vikings against Queensland after being ruled out for 19 days following a concussion.

Valetini was given a mandatory 19-day stand-down time because of his age.

The 113 kilogram versatile flanker wants to learn off David Pocock next season and chase his dream of playing for after moving away from his family in Melbourne to link with the Brumbies.

“I am loving life at the Brumbies and I am happy that I have the opportunity to continue to learn my rugby at the club,” Valetini said.

“This last season has been very enjoyable and I have learnt a lot. Moving away from Melbourne was tricky at the start and I had to leave my family behind to chase my rugby dream. But I feel like I have exchanged one family for another.

“The Brumbies is a very close-knit group and they have made me feel very welcome. I have made some good friends during my time at the club and I feel I am improving as a player every day.

“The coaching staff here is first class and we have a great bunch of blokes in the squad and just being around the experienced guys means that I am learning new things and how to be a professional athlete.”


Saturday: Canberra Vikings v Queensland Country at Viking Park, 3pm. Tickets available at the gate.

Dumped Wallaby Samu Kerevi is one of 12 players from the n squad who will be released by coach Michael Cheika for the opening round of the National Rugby Championship that kicks off this weekend.
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Kerevi, who had a game to forget against the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney, will get a chance to find some form for Brisbane City in the NRC, should he be selected.

Second-rowers Kane Douglas and Adam Korczyk have been released for City, while recent Wallabies debutant Izack Rodda and Izaia Perese may get an opportunity for Queensland Country.

Joe Powell (Canberra Vikings), Tetera Faulkner, Curtis Rona and Billy Meakes, of Perth Spirit, and Marika Koroibete, Jordan Uelese and Lopeti Timani, of Melbourne Rising, have also been released from Wallabies duties to play for their NRC teams.

A similar-sized Wallabies squad will fly to Perth on Sunday for their next Test against South Africa at nib Stadium.

Meanwhile, Perth Spirit captain and Western Force representative Michael Ruru says it would be detrimental for the code in Western if they were to lose their NRC side.

With the axe hanging over the Force ahead of next week’s appeal in the NSW Supreme Court, people in the west are concerned Rugby WA may be stripped of its NRC franchise as well from next season.

“It’s still a bit up in the air,” Ruru said. “We’ll just have to roll with it and see what happens.

“It’d be detrimental to the game if it wasn’t there. You’ve got these young kids coming up, aspiring to be footy players and playing club rugby with aspirations to play NRC ??? so if there’s no NRC squad there’s no real point to play rugby in WA, other than socially, because there’s no aspiration to go higher.”

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver, who will leave his position in the next few months, said having an NRC team in the west was “absolutely” imperative.

“We really want to make sure that there is the appropriate player-development pathway in every corner of the country, including WA,” Pulver said. “My own personal view is a Perth NRC team is a very important part of that pathway.”

Pulver later joked that when he makes an appearance in Perth next week to watch the Wallabies, “I suspect a couple of Western Force fans might sidle up beside me, so I can look forward to that”.

NSW Country Eagles Paddy Ryan said it would be a shame if the Spirit, last year’s NRC champions, did not feature in the competition in years to come.

“If they weren’t to have a Super Rugby team and the decision were to be upheld, I think they should certainly have something for the NRC,” Ryan said. “They won it last year, they’ve always been strong. If you asked a few of them they would say their Super Rugby success for the Force came off the back of how close the Perth Spirit team was.”

Players from all nine NRC teams were present at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday morning for the launch of the tournament, which will see a Fijian side added for the first time.

“The boys can’t wait to get on the field,” said Fijian Drua halfback Seru Vularika. “People back home are very excited. They can’t wait for the boys to play at our home ground. We’re going to play the Fijian style of rugby with plenty of offloads.”

2017 NRC round one fixtures (all kick-off times local)

Saturday September 2: Brisbane City vs Fiji Airways Drua at Ballymore, Brisbane, 3pm

Saturday September 2: Canberra Vikings vs QLD Country at Viking Park, Canberra, 3pm

Sunday September 3: Sydney Rams vs NSW Country Eagles at TG Millner, Sydney, 3pm

Sunday September 3: Perth Spirit vs Melbourne Rising at McGillivray, Perth, 3pm

In the market for a brand new property? Whether your budget is big or small, here’s two of southeast Queensland’s best new developments:ONE Palm Beach
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Have you heard of ONE Palm Beach yet? One of two sister developments on the Gold Coast by Velocity Property (the other being the sold out ONE Burleigh Headland), it’s promising to be one of the more luxurious offerings along the highly-desirable Gold Coast beachfront.

Just like the old auctioneer saying goes, they aren’t making any more land ??? and absolute beachfront is rarer still. Only recently a block with a 1970s house in Hedges Avenue sold for $6.5 million, which just goes to show how much value people are placing on the Gold Coast.

If Velocity had put up garden variety apartments on the beach, they would have flown off the shelves by themselves. But what’s on offer at ONE Palm Beach is a little more than that.

The luxury apartments are two per level so that means less neighbours and more peace and quiet ??? if you can hear them over the sound of the ocean. The units also promise to be eco-friendly, offering powerwalls, solar glass panels and natural cooling methods to save on power bills and the environment.

That’s not to say the developer skimped on the luxury features??? there’s marble in the bathrooms, marble in the kitchens, which also feature Miele appliances and butler’s pantries.

Every apartment has an ocean view, from the wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows that take up as much space as possible. With three bedrooms in each apartment and anywhere from 170 to 250 square metres of space, downsizers won’t have to compromise much when making the move either.

Apart from the obvious beachfront location, Palm Beach is conveniently located near the Burleigh Village, which has seen a renaissance of cafes and restaurants in recent years.

If this the first time you’ve heard about ONE Palm Beach, you’d better get onto it quick. More than half of the apartments are sold already. Prices for the remaining units start at $2,195,000.

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On the other end of the spectrum, a brilliant opportunity to grab some land for a remarkably affordable price has come up, just outside of Toowoomba.

Essence Estate is a master planned community nine kilometres from Toowoomba’s CBD, with blocks starting from $149,900. Land sizes vary from 400 square metres to nearly 750, giving buyers plenty of land to build their perfect home.

Essence is very much a family-orientated development, with lots of emphasis placed on how family-friendly Toowoomba is. And it’s all true ??? the “Garden City” has graduated from being a “large country town” to a thriving regional centre, with lots of opportunities for families to establish themselves.

As a city, Toowoomba has incredible heritage and historically good infrastructure and education facilities. Now it’s beginning a journey towards becoming a commercial and retail hub.

The Wellcamp airport has provided a boost to the local economy and commercial developers are building a huge new shopping centre which will bring more jobs and options for locals.

Just a short drive in to Toowoomba takes you to those history rich attractions, such as the Empire Theatre and a variety of gardens, which presents plenty of opportunities to keep busy on the weekend.

As Toowoomba grows, more developments are beginning to spring up, giving buyers more of an opportunity to buy into the rapidly expanding regional city; Essence is one of the first to do so.

After you buy you have 18 months to build your home, which is subject to approval to covenant laws. That means that you can rest easy knowing Essence will keep the same look and feel for years to come, protecting the value of your home.

Interested buyers are encouraged to get in contact with Colliers International’s Brad Lipp. Click here to find his phone number and the listing on Domain.

The AFL Commission and league bosses could not reach a resolution on the expansion of the AFL Women’s competition at Tuesday’s day-long board talks in Geelong and have put off a decision on the distribution of new licences until grand final week.
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A robust two-hour debate broke up with chairman Richard Goyder and his commissioners instructing the AFL to do more work on the women’s format after refusing to ratify a range of recommendations put forward by Gillon McLachlan and his football lieutenant Andrew Dillon. Eight AFL clubs, including five provisional licence-holders, face a nervous wait of a further five weeks before learning whether their clubs will be handed licences in time for the 2019 season.

The hot favourites are Geelong, West Coast and a hybrid North Melbourne-Tasmanian team, with Richmond and St Kilda also determined to convince the commission their submissions are compelling. The Kangaroos had tentative plans to fly to Tasmania this week and hold a joint announcement with premier Will Hodgman had their push been successful, but that has been placed on hold.

Gold Coast, led by new boss Mark Evans, have also heavily lobbied to join Brisbane as the second Queensland team, while Essendon and Hawthorn – which did not bid last time – have put forward strong cases.

The disputes yesterday centred not only on the number of clubs and which clubs deserved licences but also the structure of the competition once the league increased and whether the competition would be played in two conferences from 2019.

There were a wide range of different views at the meeting with some commissioners and executives concerned at pushing forward too fast for talent to develop while others were strongly of the view that the AFL – having brought forward the launch of the national league by several years – should continue to maintain its ambitious expansionist strategy.

Tuesday’s talks marked the second time this season the commission has failed to accept a recommendation from its executive regarding the expansion of the AFLW. In May it instructed the AFL team to do more work on its proposal before capping the league at eight teams for another year.

Beijing: Ten days ago, amid a lull in rockets, it seemed the diplomats were making headway, and a Beijing-brokered return to the negotiating table with North Korea was on the cards.
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson even said so.

Beijing had backed tough economic sanctions, and appointed a new point man.

So what happens now, after Kim Jong-un’s provocative firing of a ballistic missile over northern Japan, the first since 2009? Japanese subway stations blared warnings to take cover.

Analysts say it could be Kim and Trump are tussling to define the parameters of any talks. Muscling up, North Korea wants the world to accept it as a nuclear state.

“This is mostly a duel between Trump and Kim Jong-un, but both have left the back door open to a deal,” says John Delury, a professor of international relations at Seoul’s Yonsei University.

He says Tillerson’s comments last week that North Korea was showing pleasing “restraint”, as the US and South Korea proceeded with a military drill opposed by Kim, have “boomeranged and hit him in the face”.

While the choice of a Japan launch was “a bolt from the blue”, he says it is the unrelenting pace of North Korea’s missile tests that is unnerving the world.

Renmin University’s professor of international relations, Shi Yinhong, sees the missile trajectory over Japan’s northern Hokkaido as a bluff.

“He will not take action that is suicidal and will not destroy a part of Japan. But he can make a bluff to force the other side to finally accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Negotiations would then be about North Korea becoming more peaceful and having a more reasonable foreign policy,” said Professor Shi, an advisor to China’s State Council.

Both analysts agree that Washington, Seoul and Beijing are in a hard situation.

South Korean parliament was told on Monday that North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site appears to have been prepared for a nuclear test.

“This is a very difficult diplomatic situation for China,” said Professor Shi.

He said the threat of military action talked up by Trump over the past three months has failed as a strategy.

“No-one has any plausible or convincing solution … China, under US pressure, has used up almost all of its leverage, up to cutting oil supply, yet there is no indication that North Korea has changed track. On the other hand, North Korea is becoming more and more hateful against China.”

Professor Delury says North Korea’s hyperbolic statements have left open that it could negotiate – but in the context of the US ending its “hostility”.

As for what next, he says in Washington there is a view “this could be Kim’s last little spasm because he is worried about sanctions hitting”.

Washington will wait, he says.

“The idea is Kim Jong-un will come to us [the US] … But from Kim’s perspective, he is doing the same thing. If there are negotiations it’s because you guys [the Americans] want it more than me. His country will bear the sanctions.”

In South Korea, the new liberal President Moon Jae-in, who had pledged to open the door to dialogue with North Korea and revive inter-Korean exchanges and trade, is instead falling into the trap of his predecessors of threatening a tougher line at each rebuff from Pyongyang, Delury says.

This is playing into North Korea’s game.

“It is very reactive now.”

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It’s no easier to move from rags to riches in than it used to be, and no easier than anywhere else.

That’s the surprising finding from a new study of intergenerational mobility that negates the traditional wisdom that it’s twice as easy to get ahead in as in Britain or the United States.

The new study has created ‘s first very long run estimates of social mobility, using data on rare surnames among doctors and university graduates from 1870 to the present.

“What we find is that even although some apples might fall away from the tree, they have a tendency to roll back,” said one of the authors, Andrew Leigh, a former professor of economics and a Labor member of parliament. “In other words, a rich grandparent might have a poor son, but the grandkids may end up closer to their grandparents’ social status.”

With Melbourne University economist Mike Pottenger??? and the author of an American study of surnames, Gregory Clark from the University of California, Davis, Dr Leigh has compiled a list of the rarest surnames among the graduates of Sydney and Melbourne universities between 1870 and 1899.

Among the 500 rare surnames are A’Beckett, Brissenden, Clubb, Westacott and Zwar.

He then examined the electoral roles from 1903 on to determine the occupational status of voters with those names. He finds that even in recent years they are much more likely to be in elite professions than people with names such as Smith.

A separate examination of graduation records from Sydney and Melbourne universities found that even today people with the rare surnames of earlier graduates are 76 per cent more likely to obtain university degrees than people with names such as Smith.

Another examination of rare surnames among the doctors listed on the 1875 n Medical Pioneers Index held by the State Library of Victoria found that even today people with those names are 28 per cent more likely to be doctors than the rest of the population.

The study concludes that the intergenerational correlation of status is a very high 0.7, twice as high as found in earlier father-son studies, and about as high as in Britain and the United States. A correlation of 0.7 means the status of earlier ns explains 70 per cent of the status of their descendents.

The correlation has changed little over time.

Dr Leigh himself conducted one of the earlier father-son studies in 2007 and wrote at the time that “n society exhibits more intergenerational mobility than the United States”.

His findings were used by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann??? in a speech to the Sydney Institute this month to claim that when it came to providing opportunity to succeed in life through effort and hard work ranked “ahead of other significant countries including the UK, the US, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden”.

Dr Leigh told Fairfax Media that his earlier study was about what happened in a single generation. The new study was about what happened across multiple generations. There appeared to be a “surprising degree of persistence” at the top.

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AFR 4 October 2008. AFR 4 October 2008. Caltex service station Hazelbrook NSW. Generic Fuel petrol Infurstracture Pic Sasha Woolley SPECIAL 0000Caltex’s ranks of company-run corporate stores is growing at an accelerated pace as the oil giant’s pursuit of wage fraud amongst in its network of service stations runs in parallel with a complete review of its retail operations.
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On Tuesday, the oil giant Caltex revealed it had taken over the running of more than 80 service stations after discovering potential underpayment issues, as part of its half-year results announcement.

The company has been trying to investigate and stamp out wage fraud, after a Fairfax Media investigation showed widespread worker exploitation among some store networks.

Over the past 12 months the number of company-run stores has increased by almost 70 per cent, as Caltex absorbs those franchisees who have left the network over wage fraud issues and makes new acquisitions.

In June last year Caltex operated just 138 stores. By December that number had grown to 152. And by June this year it had grown again to 233.

Meanwhile the number of franchisee-run stores has fallen from 645 in June 2016, to 641 in December and 572 in June 2017.

The bulk of these changes have resulted from franchisees who have exited after being audited for wage fraud, however some may have resulted from the acquisition of new stores.

The cost of combating wage fraud has also taken a toll. It’s half-year results show the contribution of non-fuel income fell 14 per cent to $72 million, weighed down by the transition costs of existing franchisees with underpayment issues.

Income from franchise fees fell by $2.6 million, royalty income was down $2.5 million, while fee relief to struggling franchisees increased.

Caltex has pledged to investigate all its franchise stores to get a handle on the extent of wage fraud in its network. In May, Fairfax Media revealed almost 80 per cent of stores audited in the first phase of the investigation, were underpaying their staff.

The company said at the time the high rate was not unexpected because it started with those operations where it had suspicions wage fraud had occurred.

Tuesday the company said by July, 107 sites had been “transitioned” from existing franchisees, but only 35 had been re-franchised.

It comes as the company announced a review of its operating model, which will include looking at its franchise network.

Called “Quantum Leap”, the review will be looking at all aspects of the business including the proportion of stores run by the company and the proportion run by franchisees

“It is fundamental review of the way we do business,”chief executive Julian Segal said Tuesday.

“Nothing is off the table.”

Mr Segal however said there was no link between Quantum Leap and increased corporate store ownership count resulting from franchisees existing the system over underpayment concerns.

“There is no correlation between the outcome of what we are doing in terms of fixing the fraud issue that has been perpetuated by some of our franchisees,” he said.

“The question of how many sites we run … is in the realms of Quantum Leap.”

Terminating a franchisee enables Caltex to take back a store for a fraction of its market price. This has led some aggrieved franchisees to accuse the company of using the underpayment to cheaply bolster its corporate-store numbers.

In one case revealed by Fairfax Media last year, a franchisee was terminated from seven stores, which he estimates were worth $5 million on the secondary market if sold to another franchisee.

In the past Caltex has denied this. Mr Segal previously said terminating franchisees was a costly exercise and even when it did occur, franchisees were remunerated for their assets.

The “Buddy effect” and Sydney’s rags to riches tilt at the flag are proving a box-office hit, with the Swans faithful flocking to the club in numbers rivalling the Tony Lockett-era.
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Sports fans love a tale of redemption and the Swans’ recovery from near oblivion to become a genuine premiership contender is no different.

The Swans, with an average of 33,397 per game, fell only a few hundred short of matching last year’s home crowds, making the last two seasons among the most well patronised in the club’s history. They rank behind only 2006-07 and 1997, when Lockett was at his pomp.

The club’s pulling power was evident in its final three games at the SCG, with crowds averaging 38,000 to see the Swans continue their September charge against lowly ranked clubs St Kilda, Fremantle and Carlton.

They have also been a prime-time TV success, featuring in four of the top-10 rating games of the season.

“Once the team started to get on a roll it’s that added interest with not much margin for error,” Swans chief Andrew Ireland said.

“As it turned we were good enough to get there. When you look back and see no team has ever done it from 0-6 it is a unique season. Winning 14 out of 16 is a good run.”

A crowd of more than 40,000 is expected to pour through the turnstiles next weekend to see the Swans take on Essendon in a cut-throat final.

The SCG Trust believes the pulling power of superstar forward Lance Franklin, who arrived in 2014 on a mammoth $10 million contract, has helped put bums on seats.

“The Swans draw the most fans and have the largest average crowd of any of the football teams in Sydney,” SCG Trust chief Jamie Barkley said.

“And the Buddy effect means that fans come from every corner of Sydney regardless of the weather, the draw or the other reasons that keep them in front of the TV for rival clubs and codes.

“We’ve had more than 367,000 people through the gates this season, including the eight millionth Swans fan since the club relocated to the SCG 35 years ago.

“The atmosphere with 40,000-plus for the final will be as good as anything you’d see in n sport.”

The Swans are keen to downplay Franklin’s influence and believe their ability to regularly contend for the flag under John Longmire has been a major factor behind their popularity.

“You couldn’t say a player like Lance doesn’t help get people through the gate,” Ireland said. “People are coming to watch AFL footy games hoping for a great contest and for players to do what they do best.

“When Lance is on he clearly adds to that capacity from our team.

“The thing I’d stress is he’s part of a team, the fact the team has played finals regularly and three grand finals in five years is a big influence.”

The Swans have also become must-see viewing for football lovers around the country. Their clash against Adelaide was the most-watched Friday night game of the home-and-away season, proving again that it’s not only the big Melbourne-based clubs that can pull an audience.

“We now have a true national competition. People know when it’s a good game – that was typified by the game in Adelaide,” Ireland said.

“The ratings were strong all around . The AFL will be really pleased it doesn’t matter which teams are playing as long as they are playing well.”

has vowed to help exert “increasing pressure” on North Korea after the rogue regime launched an apparent ballistic capable of carrying a nuclear warhead across Japan, pushing tensions to their highest level yet in the Korean crisis.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined other world leaders in swiftly condemning the “reckless, dangerous and provocative act”, which came despite a looming wave of fresh economic sanctions against the regime.

” will continue to work with all our partners, including the United States, Japan, South Korea and China, to bring increasing pressure on North Korea to end its dangerous behaviour, which poses such a threat to the security of our region and of the world,” Mr Turnbull said.

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Experts were generally pessimistic about the chance the West has to find some peaceful way to reverse the course of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who they said is moving ever closer to becoming a fully-fledged nuclear power.

While the timing of the test and its strategic purpose was widely discussed, many experts said the regime was simply marching ahead with its testing program and other considerations were secondary.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe branded the latest launch of what appeared to be a new Hwasong-12 ballistic missile an “unprecedented” threat to his country and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

South Korea carried out its most aggressive military show of force in recent times by conducting a live-fire drill in the form of F-15 fighter bombing runs to demonstrate “overwhelming force” it said could destroy “the enemy’s leadership”.

The missile flew about 2700 kilometres, meaning if it had been fired from Sydney it would have easily cleared New Zealand.

The test prompted warnings about miscalculations sparking conflict. Japan’s Ambassador to , Sumio Kusaka, said that “of course there is always a danger of miscalculation”, which was all the more reason to pressure Pyongyang to stop.

John Blaxland, a defence and strategic expert with the n National University, said: “The next time they do something like this, there’s no guarantee that even if they aim for the sea of Japan, that they might not hit land.”

Japan would then be compelled to respond, he said.

Mr Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop – who discussed the North Korean launch at a scheduled meeting of Cabinet’s national security committee meeting on Tuesday – both used the North Korean missile test to praise China’s recent participation in tough economic sanctions.

But Mr Turnbull also demanded China do more, saying that it had “unique economic leverage over North Korea and with that greatest leverage comes the greatest responsibility and we urge Beijing to use it, to bring this North Korean regime to its senses.”

In an earlier radio interview, Mr Turnbull said that “China has to ratchet up the pressure”.

The latest sanctions, which have not fully kicked in yet, include a Chinese ban on imports of North Korean resources such as iron ore, coal, lead and seafood – seen as the toughest yet as it could slash the hermit state’s export revenue by a third according to some predictions.

Ms Bishop said some of the sanctions would not come into effect until early September, but they would have a “serious impact on North Korea and we hope it will make it change its risk calculation”.

She said that stood “ready to support Japan at any time”.

But some experts were less confident that the sanctions would have much effect, with Euan Graham, director of international security at the Lowy Institute, saying this was “unduly optimistic”.

“I don’t see an indication that North Korea is about to suddenly abandon course or come back to the table.”

Dr Graham and others said Mr Kim was clearly determined first and foremost to have a full nuclear weapons program. He said the focus on timing and the provocative aims “neglect the obvious point that this is just getting them down the track”, though Pyongyang tended to use its scheduled tests as a way to gain some political advantage both internationally and domestically.

Dr Blaxland said that “North Korea is on the path not only to get the ballistic weapons, but go nuclear, and the failure of the United States to do anything about this reinforces a sense that maybe Japan does need to do nuclear”.

That in turn could provoke South Korea to go nuclear.

Japan would likely in the shorter term ramp up its missile defence, Dr Blaxland said.

This would also worry Beijing because it justified Mr Abe’s more assertive military posture which, while partly aimed at North Korea, was also aimed at China.