Archive Month: September 2019
Sep 29 , 2019 / By :

Lazy days at Adelaide’s beaches with the promise of fish and chips at twilight is what television’s Anne Fulwood looks forward to when catching up with family.

ADELAIDE’S beaches face west and as the sun sets a beautiful, soothing calm comes over the water. It’s not like the crashing waves we get at east coast beaches; these are gentle, rolling waves that make for a very different beach experience — one that I yearn for more often as I get older.

I grew up in country South Australia where searing summers were spent making sure the crops were harvested and watered, and I loved escaping to my grandparent’s place by the beach at Adelaide’s Brighton.

I remember my mother and father saying I loved the beach from the age of 12 months and would scream when they tried to remove me from my water playground. My grandfather enjoyed walking along the beach and my brother and I would go with him; we’d while away an afternoon and wander home at sundown. It was a celebration of the senses, and to this dayI can still recall the feeling of that soothing water on my hot skin and the smell of salt air. I remember how overwhelmingly big the sea seemed and still see the buckets, spades and sandcastles.

There was the occasional late-afternoon meal of fish and chips after a bit of lolling about in the water.

Years later, when I was at university, that became a meal of chicken and chips and maybe theodd glass of champagne on the beach.

At Christmas my family have since stayed in an apartment at neighbouring Glenelg Beach. When the unrelenting heat of the sun fades, we emerge on to the beach for fish and chips, sitting under the magnificent old jetty while we eat. Twilight on those beautiful long summer evenings is really something special.

This series of articles produced with support from Tourism Australia.

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Sep 29 , 2019 / By :

Can he be contained? Sam Newman on The Footy Show.Memo Channel Nine executives: If you want to keep your long-time linchpin Sam Newman from savaging your network, it might pay to give The Footy Show a little more love at your season launch.

That’s if you intend to keep the larrikin stalwart on Channel Nine for another year.

In an extraordinary outburst on SEN radio Thursday, Newman said “complacency’s back” at Channel Nine, which “couldn’t give a stuff” about The Footy Show, and he wouldn’t be surprised if it was canned next year.

Newman complained that the move of the show from 9.30 to 8.30pm next season, which pits it head-to-head against the successful Channel Ten offering Before the Game, was mentioned only as an afterthought at the season launch.

“As they said, ‘Thanks very much for coming.’ The bloke said, ‘By the way, The Footy Show’s going from 9.30 to 8.30.’

“They did not show an excerpt, a snippet, a promo, nothing, and I thought, ‘Well, they couldn’t give a stuff if we’re on or not.’

“They’re from Sydney. So I reckon they’re just going to suck it and see and if it’s no good in a month they’ll just cancel it.”

Newman seemed to be paying out on his bosses and their “gaggle of spruikers” for some laughs but the attack continued.

“I have no idea why we’re on at 8.30. I’m not sure why it is. I don’t know what they’re doing.

“Just if they could have mentioned the longest-running television show of its timeslot . . . of its style in the world . . . that would have been good, it would have given us a bit of heart. But I honestly don’t think they give a stuff if we go on or not. In fact . . . I have a feeling they hope we fail.

“I tell you what: for the amount of promo they’ve given us, I reckon Andy Maher and Before the Game will give us a belting.”

Newman said that the launch “trawled through” every other type of show the network would offer in 2013, including many not yet made, and featured “market placement, companion advertising, brand awareness, consumer focus”, but ignored his show.

“They’ve got a swagger on them. Did they wander down from Sydney? . . . ‘Great to be here,’ they said . . . They couldn’t have given a stuff if they were here or not. Just the imposition of getting on the plane and flying down and speaking to the great unwashed down here . . .

“I know you think I am joking but to not even pay lip-service to The Footy Show . . . I think they’ve got a different agenda; I don’t think they could care less.”

Newman has been a fixture on The Footy Show since its launch in March 1994. Though its ratings are not as high as in its 1990s heyday, it remains a timeslot winner for Nine. Its annual grand final extravaganza packs out Rod Laver Arena and delivered an audience of 1.1 million this year, ensuring Nine won that night’s ratings comfortably.

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Sep 29 , 2019 / By :

Australia’s Ricky Ponting bats against South Africa on the third day of the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Ponting said the Perth Test will be the final of his career.

“This Test match will be my last,” Ponting told a press conference on Thursday.

The 37-year-old has been under immense pressure to keep his place in the Australian side with a poor start to the summer against the Proteas in which he’s made only 20 runs in three innings.

‘‘Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance hasn’t been good enough,’’ he said.

‘‘My passion and love for the game hasn’t changed.

“At the end of the day (the decision) was based on my results.

‘‘In this series so far they have not been up to the level required of batsmen and players in the Australian team.

‘‘I’m glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms.’’

Ponting said he would in no way be distracted for the series-deciding Test against South Africa where the world No.1 ranking is up for grabs.

‘‘I want this win more than any other game I have played in.’’

Ponting will equal Steve Waugh’s mark of 168 Test matches in this match, the most in the history of Australian cricket.

The entire Australian squad turned up for the press conference on Thursday in Perth where Ponting made his announcement.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke broke down as he addressed Ponting’s retirement.‘‘I didn’t have a feeling it was coming,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match . . . he’d made his decision over the last little while, the last few days. The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He’s been an amazing player for a long time.’’

Turning 38 next month, Ponting is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time and has been described as the greatest Australian batsman outside Sir Donald Bradman.

The Tasmanian has 13,336 Test runs to his name, only Indian Sachin Tendulkar has scored more in the history of cricket. 

Ponting bought what now appears to be an extra year to his career last summer with a stellar series against India in which he scored two centuries on the way to a series tally of 544 runs at a princely average of 108.

His century at the SCG ended a run of 33 innings, spanning two years, without a ton.

Ponting, however, was unable to carry that hot form to the Caribbean where dogged by bad luck and freak dismissals he made just one half-century from six innings, averaging a modest 24.33.

A strong start to the summer in the Shield for Tasmania left him with high hopes he could return to his best against the world No.1 South Africans but pressure on his position in the side grew after scores of zero, four and 16 in the first two Tests.

Ponting, who led Australia to three Ashes defeats, had been hoping to continue his career to next year’s twin series against England.Australia’s failure to regain the urn two years ago was his final series as Test captain.

with Andrew Wu and AAP

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Sep 29 , 2019 / By :

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens MP Adam Bandt speak with Chief Government Whip Joel Fitzgibbon during a division in the House of Representatives on Thursday morning. Leader of the House Anthony Albanese speaks to the crossbench MPs during the pokies reform legislation debate in the House of Representatives.

Poker machine reforms have been passed after the industry won a two-year extension to comply with the changes following days of negotiations between crossbenchers, Labor MPs who have a large clubs presence in their marginal seats, and the industry.

The amendments secured crossbenchers’ support in the lower house for the bill, which requires all pokies to offer punters the option to preset how much they are willing to lose.

Officials from the pokies industry have been in Canberra all week lobbying for concessions.

Under the amendments, clubs with 11-20 machines will have until 2022 to comply, clubs with 21 or more must make the changes by 2018 and clubs with 10 or less pokies have an unlimited period and are expected to get the technology when machines are replaced.

Many Labor MPs in marginal seats, mainly from New South Wales, where clubs have a large presence and influence, were keen for the extension.

The NSW Right, led by chief government whip Joel Fitzgibbon, put pressure on both the government and the crossbenchers to extend the transition period to two years.

Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson, who sits as an independent, was also heavily involved.

The Greens and independent Andrew Wilkie, who view a simple $1 maximum bet on pokies as the best way to curb problem gamblers, had already reluctantly agreed to the government’s watered-down bill.

With the government and other rural independents keen on the extension, pressure was put on the Greens and Mr Wilkie to either support the extension or effectively kill poker machine reform.

The minor party and Mr Wilkie both voted for the legislation.

The Coalition opposed the legislation. It is likely to pass the Senate.

NSW independent Tony Windsor moved the amendments, which were seconded by the suspended Mr Thomson, who has been a big advocate of extending the timelines.

Mr Windsor said it was a tough issue and that “if I was God … I would ban poker machines”.

Fellow independent Rob Oakeshott said the reforms would lift the standards of tackling problem gambling and took a swipe at those voting against the bills.

“I can only find one sound reason for voting against this legislation and that is fear,” he said. “It is fear of the power and influence of vested interests that are around this topic and that is not why I vote in this chamber, nor is it why any member of Parliament should vote in this chamber.”

The reforms also pave the way for a $250 ATM withdrawal limit in gaming venues, and a trial of mandatory pre-commitment – where punters are forced to preset how much they are willing to lose – in the ACT.

Laws also require machines to be able to be switched over to a system that would force punters to set limits (mandatory pre-commitment) if a trial in the ACT proved successful.

Clubs and the opposition had argued the original 2016 deadline was not enough time for venues, particularly small ones.

Pokies reform was thrust onto the national agenda after the 2010 election, when in exchange for Mr Wilkie’s support the Gillard government said it would roll out a national mandatory pre-commitment scheme.

Clubs launched a massive campaign against the reforms, with MPs in marginal seats targeted. Once Labor secured an extra vote with Peter Slipper becoming speaker, the reforms were dumped in January.

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Sep 29 , 2019 / By :

Eddie Obeid … alleged to have used a series of “front” companies.A “clever forger” signed a number of documents on behalf of the Obeid family’s former in-house lawyer, Mario Sindone, a corruption inquiry has heard.

Mr Sindone worked in the Birkenhead Point office of the family of Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid between May and December, 2009, the Independent Commission Against Corruption was told.

In June 2009, Mr Sindone became a director of Buffalo Resources which later negotiated for a share of the mining company set to win a government tender being run by the department of them resources minister Ian Macdonald.

The inquiry has heard that the Obeid family used inside information to acquire land where an exploration licence was going to be granted. The family is also alleged to have used a series of “front” companies to hide their interests in three rural properties as well as negotiating deals to take shares in the mining companies which won the tenders.

Mr Sindone claimed to have never have heard of Buffalo Resources and did not know, until recently, what the company did despite being its director.

He suggested that a “clever forger” was putting his signature on various trust documents used to disguise the Obeids’ interests.

Mr Sindone said he “genuinely believed [that] something untoward” has occurred and that his signature has been forged on several documents involving transactions with the Obeids. However, he was unable to indicate who the “clever forger” might have been.

In earlier evidence, Robert Macaulay, who is representing Obeid frontman Andrew Kaidbay, was castigated by the commission.

When Mr Kaidbay left the commission on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Macaulay took Mr Kaidbay to the emergency exit and then blocked the media from following him.

Counsel assisting Geoffrey Watson, Sc, described the incident as “regrettable,” saying: “We are lucky enough to live in a country where there is a free press” and that lawyers should not be involved in preventing press access to a witness, let alone blocking access to a fire escape.

Mr Watson said that ordinarily he would have requested Mr Macaulay’s leave to appear before the commission be withdrawn, but due to time constraints he would not ask that this be done.

Mr Macaulay, who works for the Mascot firm Pryor Tzannes & Wallis, denied he had done an anything wrong.

Mr Kaidbay was questioned further on why he had given ICAC witness Gardner Brook $22,000 for legal fees before he gave evidence at a private commission hearing in March this year. Paul Obeid gave Mr

Kaidbay the money. But Mr Kaidbay claimed that it was his idea, not the Obeids, to pay Mr Brook’s legal fees as Mr Brook had been stopped at Brisbane airport by ICAC investigators, his passport had been seized and he had no money.

He denied Commissioner David Ipp’s suggestion that Paul Obeid wanted to make sure that Gardner Brook was legally represented so he wouldn’t “spill the beans.”

The inquiry continues.

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