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.

Victoria Towers, 36-38 Victoria street, Burwood. Property records show Phillip Doueihi purchased a two bedroom apartment at 36-38 Victoria Street, Burwood for $700,000 on May 28, 2015.Burwood, Sydney. 29th August, 2017. Photo: Kate GeraghtyBurwood Liberal councillor Tony Doueihi did not declare an interest and voted to approve extra apartments in a $26 million development in which his son had recently purchased a unit when it came before a state government planning panel on which he sits.

Cr Doueihi also voted when the matter came before Burwood council, despite rules stating councillors must leave the chamber if they or a relative have a pecuniary interest.

Property records show Phillip Doueihi purchased a two-bedroom apartment at 36-38 Victoria Street, Burwood for $700,000 on May 28, 2015.

Despite this, Cr Doueihi did not declare an interest when a development application to add additional floor space came before the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Cr Doueihi, along with panel members John Roseth, David Furlong and ALP Burwood councillor George Mannah approved the application on July 14, which added 11 units to the building.

Burwood council had recommended approval.

At a Burwood council meeting on July 27, Cr Doueihi put forward a motion that the council enter into a voluntary planning agreement with the developer, P and N Group Holdings Pty Ltd.

Voluntary planning agreements allow developers extra floor space in return for a financial contribution to the council for community facilities. Minutes show Cr Doueihi did not declare an interest.

Records show stamp duty was paid on the transfer of ownership of the apartment to Mr Doueihi on January 11, 2016. Separate records state settlement occurred on February 11.

The NSW Local Government Act states that a pecuniary interest is one where there is “a reasonable likelihood or expectation of appreciable financial gain or loss to the person”.

It says such an interest extends to a councillor’s “spouse or de facto partner or a relative of the person, or a partner or employer of the person”.

Councillors are required to disclose a pecuniary interest at a council meeting “as soon as practicable” and leave the chamber during discussion and voting on the matter.

The same rules apply to members of a Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Cr Doueihi, who is standing on the Liberal ticket for Strathfield council at the September 9 local government elections, did not respond to repeated phone calls, texts and detailed questions.

Phillip Doueihi is travelling overseas and Fairfax Media was unable to contact him via his business partner.

The owner of P and N Group Holdings, Peter Sleiman, said it was “news to me” that Cr Doueihi had participated in approvals of the development application after his son had purchased his unit.

Mr Sleiman said he had “no particular dealings” with Cr Doueihi about the purchase of the unit.

Mr Sleiman said he “knows of” Cr Doueihi. “He’s Lebanese, I see him at Mass,” he said.

However he insisted: “There were no favours” over the development, which was first approved in 2012.

“If someone was doing me a favour, they didn’t because [the development approval process] nearly killed me,” he said.

“That’s how long it took”.

The Good Universities Guide ranked the University of Wollongong at number eight for overall experience. Picture: Adam McLeanThe universities that are the hardest to get into may not be delivering the best experience or employment outcomes for their students, new research shows.

Students at the University of NSW, Sydney University, the University of Melbourne and the University of Western have some of the highest entrance scores in , according to this year’sGood Universities Guide.

However, none of these universities are in the guide’s top 10 for staff qualifications or overall experience, which measures engagement, resources, skills development, support and teaching quality.

All four scored below the national average for overall experience and nationally, UNSW, Sydney and UWA ranked among the bottom seven in this category.

The guide, which is compiled annually, ranked Bond University at number one for overall experience, followed by Notre Dame and Edith Cowan University.

Among NSW universities, the University of New England was ranked at number seven, followed by the University of Wollongong, n Catholic University and the University of Newcastle.

Only UNSW was ranked in the top 10 for full-time employment outcomes with 76.4 per cent of its students finding jobs within four months of graduating.

Some 70.4 per cent of Sydney graduates find full-time employment within four months. This falls to about 65 per cent at UWA and 63.6 per cent at Melbourne University.

In comparison, about 84 per cent of students at the best university for employment outcomes, Charles Sturt University, find full-time work within four months of leaving. About 55 per cent of students at Flinders University, ranked lowest in this area, find full-time jobs within four months.

The four universities are also falling behind in students’ starting salaries, with only UWA ranked in the top 10 for median graduate incomes.

Its graduates earn about $60,900 after leaving university, while UNSW graduates earn $60,000, Sydney University graduates earn $56,000 and University of Melbourne students earn about $53,500.

Chris Lester, chief executive of the Good Universities Group, which compiles the guide, said the most in-demand universities are lagging in these areas partly because of the high proportion of their students who are school leavers, rather than mature-age students.

“Now, people [coming to university] straight out of school are finding it difficult to get a job,” Mr Lester said.

He said starting salaries are also linked to the proportion of mature-age students as well as “the mix of courses that universities are offering and the mix of students they have”.

However, Mr Lester said that a number of the universities delivering the best graduate outcomes also offer specific programs and internships “that are definitely helping students get jobs when they finish”.

“The University of Wollongong is one of the big standouts in the way they’ve moved, and some of the things they say they’re doing is trying to make sure that someone’s not just a number, and having differentiated programs for different students,” Mr Lester said.

Chris Lester, chief executive of the Good Universities Group

Mr Lester said that universities’ high entry scores and high demand are at least partially linked to reputation rather than quality.

“Parents have a big part to play in relation to where students go and when they came out of university 20 or 30 years ago, [things] were very different,” Mr Lester said.

“Parents need to be very mindful of the changing landscape. Younger universities are trying different things now.”

The University of Sydney and UNSW were contacted for comment.

Some Foxtel Now customers experienced issues watching the Game of Thrones season finale on Monday night. Photo: HBOIt was billed as Game of Thrones’ longest episode to date, but for some people, season seven’s finale was much longer than anticipated.

Foxtel customers have complained of buffering issues while watching the season seven finale of HBO’s fantasy blockbuster on Monday night.

With nowhere else to let off steam, frustrated Game of Thrones fans turned to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the quality of Foxtel Now.

“Awesome work doubling the length of the episode,” one person wrote. “I got to enjoy it for almost two hours instead of 80 minutes! Please don’t try this again, I hate the glitchy, skippy aesthetic.”

Another person said their attempt to watch the episode was an “epic failure”.

“Will be cancelling my subscription today,” he wrote.

On Tuesday morning, Foxtel began apologising to miffed customers and informing them the issue had been fixed. The company said high demand caused issues for people using its apps.

It wasn’t the first time the pay TV provider had to apologise to furious Game of Thrones buffs. Last month, season seven’s premiere resulted in widespread issues for Foxtel customers due to unprecedented demand.

Monday night saw even more strain on Foxtel’s services, with a record-smashing 887,000 people tuning in to watch The Dragon and the Wolf – 60,000 more than the season premiere.

Streaming issues, however, appeared to not be as widespread this time around due to the measures put in place by Foxtel engineers after the July fiasco.

Foxtel has been contacted for further comment.

Kim Kardashian West with daughter North West. Photo: Kim Kardashian West/InstagramNorth West, daughter of app and beauty mogul Kim Kardashian West and Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, has given her first “tell-all” interview at the age of four, accompanied by her artwork (well, she is her father’s daughter).

No stranger to the spotlight, she featured in her first Vogue spread captured by Annie Leibovitz at 10 months and wore Chanel in CR Fashion Book one month later, is a Keeping Up With the Kardashians and front row regular, and the focus of hordes of paparazzi on a daily basis, frankly, it’s surprising that a compelling sit-down and cover shoot has taken so long.

For the September issue of Interview magazine, the pint-sized heiress fielded questions from other A-listers, including model Kaia Gerber (daughter of 90s supermodel Cindy Crawford), Strangers Things actor Millie Bobby Brown, Sean and Jayden Federline (Britney Spears’ sons), Penelope Disick (her first cousin and fellow reality TV star, daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Lord Disick), and the late Andy Warhol (who founded Interview magazine in 1969).

At a time when the Klu Klax Klan are back on the rise and North Korea are firing actual missiles, her answers are refreshingly distracting, and surprisingly relatable, like her love of cheese, particularly on pizza.

“Just Cheese! Cheese, cheese – everywhere cheese,” North explains.

Other revelations include: North carries toys and makeup in her handbag, particularly when she is going to church, she does her nails “very well”, Jasmine is her favourite Disney Princess, her family’s nickname for her is “Bubs”, her purple dress is her most beloved and her best friend is her “Mama”.

Her favourite colour is “rainbow” (you couldn’t expect the daughter of Kimye to chose but one colour, surely?), she gives toys to her 20-month-old brother Saint West, while she and Penelope are planning on a four-day sleepover and a “rainbow princess cake” baking party with their matching teacup Pomeranian dogs [North’s is sometimes called Sushi, other times Diamond, while Penelope called her’s Honey].

With music running through their veins, fellow celebrity offsprings, Sean and Jayden Federline, made sure to ask about her favourite song.

“My daddy’s song Amazing. So amazing,” she said, ensuring to plug the family businesses, like the good little capitalist her grandmother Kris Jenner has helped rear.

North’s interview was accompanied by a Steven Klein shoot with her bestie, Kim, dressed as Jackie Kennedy. “America’s New First Lady,” the cover line shouts.

After taking a break from the spotlight following a robbery at gunpoint in Paris in October last year, Kardashian West spoke to author and activist Janet Mock on subjects such as maintaining privacy post-robbery and post-Kanye West’s public rants, raising mixed-race children, the changes to her identity, the influence her fans have on her and what she thinks about constantly being referred to as “not talented”.

“You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don’t work hard. I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t act. But I am not lazy,” she said.

However, some notable issues were glazed over, particularly when she was asked about handling controversies within the family, but didn’t mention their controversial dealing of their brother Rob Kardashian’s incident of revenge porn against his ex-fiancee and the mother of his daughter, Blac Chyna, last month. Chyna also accused Rob of domestic violence but no charges have been brought.

The Kardashian family have refused to comment on the incident.

Interestingly, while Kardashian West was dressed as Jackie O, and in the accompanying interview dubbed “America’s New First Lady,” at a time when her husband plans to run for the US Presidency in 2020, there was no mention of politics or the current social issues dividing the nation.

Lyn Bowtell – He BurnsLyn Bowtell has a heart of gold and a voice to match.

FREE AS A BIRD: Lyn Bowtell has a new single and an EP and is ready to take her new sound to the masses. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The talented singer-songwriter is one of those people you feel like you have known forever – even though you’ve just met.She is warm and giving and she smiles when she sings. It’s a smile that reaches her eyes.

As a singer, her voice is sweet as honey with a gravelly edge. As a writer, herlyrics come straight from the heart.

When asked if she is “finally free from the clutches of The Voice”, Bowtell laughs. Loudly.

“It was great to be part of The Voice and it was a real boost for me but it is also great to be free to do what I want again.”

Bowtell had years of experience as a professional singer under her belt when she auditioned for The Voice and turned all four judges’ chairs. Well known in the country music community as a solo performer and a member of popular trio Bella, Bowtell had six Golden Guitar awards and an ARIA nomination to her name.

She didn’t need The Voice for her “big break”. What she wanted was the opportunity to expand her musical horizons.

Life is certainly busy for Bowtell these days. She has just been added to the Newcastle leg ofCulture Club’s nationaltour and when Weekender calls she is on her way to a photo shoot on the Central Coast for her six-track EP, Calling You, which is due for release on September 15. Her first single, He Burns, is now available for pre-order.

Lyn Bowtell

“It’s bloody exciting,” she says, laughing.

“I worked with Shane Nicholson again and couldn’t be happier. He is such an incredible producer and a very talented man who can pick up just about any instrument and make it work.We had a great band involved and it was lots of fun exploring different musical styles in a way that I had wanted to do for some time.

“I feel The Voice has given me the confidence I neededto have a go.”

Moving from “country” to “alt country” to “anything goes” has been surprisingly seamless. Bowtell had expected a backlash of sorts.

“Look, there’s been the odd negative Nancy but overall I was impressed, surprised even, that there wasn’t that much of a negative response,” she says.

“Iremember my first record contract with Bella and a big label wanting to pigeon-hole our sound. They wanted to know what our genre was and put us in a box. It still seems to happen in this industry today. To me that’s prehistoric.”

Bowtell is philosophical about the constantly changing state of the music industry.

“There are a lot of negatives and people are scared but I think one of the positives is that you can release more music, more often. It used to be one album every two years, every 12 months if you were lucky.

“Now EPs are far more common because it’s a singles market. We can release singles and tour off them. And the faster turnaround gives you an opportunity to stay fresh.

“Italso helps you to reinvent and renew and people aren’t so shocked when they hear a new sound.

“I think thatwas the mental attitude for me with this particular EP. I went in there with a different vibe and I wasn’t trying to conform.”

Bowtell’s rendition of Foy Vance’sShe Burnshas definite pop and rock influences but doesn’t stray too far from her alt-country roots. She says she recorded the renamedHe Burns “with a different vibe”.

Lyn Bowtell on The Voice 2017.

“In a way I was terrified, I’m not going to lie,and it took some convincing from my partner and manager just to think in a different way and get my head around it,” she explains.

“Now I’ve embraced it and am excited about it.”

The only thing that could possibly slowthe bubbly Bowtell down is her health –notthat she lets it.

This is a woman who continued a performance at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival in January while in excruciatingpain andstopped to sign autographs for fans after the show. That night, though,she was admitted to hospital andtold an ovarian cyst had ruptured while she was on stage.

It also happened to be the week that The Voice was filming her for the upcoming series.

Bowtell simply gritted her teeth and continued. The show, after all, had to go on.

She has endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome andexperiences chronic musculoskeletal pain for which she is receiving treatment from the Bostock Institute in Queensland. Nerve blockers and painkillers were, she says, hindering her voice and making her “feel drunk all the time”.

And before the recentGympie Muster Bowtell was struck down with influenza. Regardless, she played to standing-room-only crowds, shared the stage with Judah Kelly and did a songwriting workshop with Tom Busby and Graeme Connors.

“I’m feeling amazing. I could run a quarter mile the way I am feeling now compared to how I have been,” she says.

“OK, I’ve never run a quarter mile but you know what I mean. Another cyst exploded the other week and I ended up at John Hunter but I think we’re coming to the other side of all that.”

Lyn Bowtell performs at Lizotte’s on September 16 and at Newcastle Entertainment Centre with Culture Club and Hoseah Partsch on December 3.

Sydney’s main weather radar at Terrey Hills will be offline for more than a month for an upgrade ahead of this year’s thunderstorm season.

The Bureau of Meteorology is updating equipment at sites near Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to improve forecasters’ ability to differentiate types of precipitation and improve early-warning services.

Existing Doppler radar sites in those cities now only issue horizontal pulses that are reflected off rainfall droplets in clouds.

The upgrade will add a vertical detection capability, providing the bureau with a clearer view of the size and shape of the rain droplets – and whether it’s falling as hail – or if the reflections are from smoke particles or even insects.

“This will give us the ability to distinguish heavy rain within a thunderstorm from a mix of rain and hail,” Simon Louis, the bureau’s acting weather services manager, said.

“It will help us confirm thunderstorms are occurring and help emergency management’s response.”

Sydney’s multitudes of weather watchers will still get radar coverage from sites near Wollongong and Newcastle, while bureau forecasters will also be able to access radar information from Sydney Airport. “There shouldn’t be any significant reduction” in coverage, Mr Louis said.

The Terrey Hills site will be down from Wednesday until the first week of October, with the timing deliberately avoiding “the middle of the peak storm season”, he said.

The upgrades, costing about $4 million for the four locations, won’t necessarily assist with the prediction of tornadoes. The use of similar equipment in the US, though, has helped identify when tornadoes have begun by detecting the debris thrown up by the twisters.

The bureau’s investments in new equipment and computing power mean forecasts one week out are now as accurate as the next day’s forecasts was 20 years ago, Mr Louis said.

The Smashed avocado w lemon and green tea salt at Cafe Lamour Lygon St East Brunswick. Photograph by Chris HopkinsVarious government policies have fuelled the demand for housing over time, expanding the wealth of older home owners and pushing it further and further beyond the reach of young would-be home buyers. A new study highlights this divide between millennials and their boomer parents.

The study is part of a Committee of Economic Development of (CEDA) report called Housing . It compares trends in property ownership across age groups over a period of three decades.

Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk the most, by more than 20 per cent. On the other hand, the share of home owners among those aged 65+ years has risen slightly.

The rate of renting has spiralled among young people. By 2013, renting had outstripped home ownership among 25-34 year olds. Same policies, different impacts on generations

There is undoubtedly a growing intergenerational divide in access to the housing market. The timing of policy reforms has been a major driver of this widening housing wealth gap.

Negative gearing has long advantaged property investors, potentially crowding out aspiring first home buyers. While negative gearing was briefly quarantined in 1985, this was repealed after just two years.

The appeal of negative gearing grew as financial deregulation spread rapidly during the 70s and 80s. This deregulation widened access to mortgage finance, but also pushed real property prices to ever higher levels. Related: Suburbs with the most mortgage-free homesRelated: Has the n dreamed died?Related: Financial abuse of elderly rising

In 1999, the Ralph review paved the way for the reform of capital gains tax on investment properties. Instead of taxing real capital gains at investors’ marginal income tax rates, only 50 per cent of capital gains were taxed from 1999 onwards, albeit at nominal values.

The move, designed to promote investment activity, actually aggravated housing market volatility. The confluence of negative gearing benefits and the capital gains tax discount encouraged investors to go into more debt to finance buying property, taxed at discounted rates. The First Home Owners Grant, introduced in 2000, was another lever that increased demand. In the face of land supply constraints, these sorts of subsidies were likely to result in rising house prices.

Other policy reforms, while not directly housing related, have also affected young people’s opportunities to accumulate wealth.

The Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was introduced in 1989, at a time when many Gen X’s were entering tertiary education. This ended access to the free education that their boomer parents enjoyed.

HECS parameters were tightened over time. And in 1997, HECS contribution rates rose for new students and repayment thresholds were reduced.

Of course, the 1992 introduction of the superannuation guarantee would have boosted Gen X’s retirement savings relative to boomers. However, these savings are not accessible till the compulsory preservation age, so can’t be used now to buy a house.

All these policies have clearly had varying generational impacts, adversely affecting home purchase opportunities for younger generations while delivering significant wealth expansion to older home owners. An intergenerational housing policy lens

A new housing landscape has emerged in recent years. It is marked by precarious home ownership and long-term renting for young people.

It’s also dominated by a growing wealth chasm – not just between the young and old – but also between young people who have access to wealth transfers from affluent parents and those who do not.

The majority of housing-related policies do not consider issues of equity across generations. There are currently very few examples of potential housing reforms that can benefit multiple generations.

However, there is one policy that could – the abolition of stamp duties. It would remove a significant barrier to downsizing by seniors.

The equity released from downsizing would boost retirement incomes for seniors, while freeing up more housing space for young growing families. Negative impacts on revenue flowing to government could be mitigated by a simultaneous implementation of a broad based land tax. This would in turn push down house prices.

As life expectancies increase, the need for governments to take into account policy impact on different generations is critical. On the other hand, policies that take a short-term view will only worsen intergenerational tensions and entrench property ownership as a marker of distinction between the “haves” and “have nots” in .

Rachel Ong, Deputy Director, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Curtin University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.