04 Dec

The Catholic Church has been rocked by sexual abuse uncovered in the royal commission

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ABOUT this time four years ago, the crisis of child sexual abuse in Australia had reached boilingpoint.The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry was underway, the Special Commission for Inquiryinto the Catholic Diocese of Maitland Newcastle would shortly be announced and there wereoverwhelming calls for an Australia-wide royal commission into child sex abuse.
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Much of that agitation was coming from the Hunter, and the Newcastle Herald’s roleindriving the public advocacy for a royal commission cannot be underestimated.

During this time the crimes and cover-ups within the Catholic Church in Newcastle were rightlylaid bare for all to see.

Now, after almost four years, as the royalcommission enters its final phase, it, too, is turning itsattention to what happened in the Catholic Church in the Hunter.

The damage to victims of the child abuse scandal can never be fullyexpressed or understood. Confused identities, broken homes, failed careers, unfulfilled dreams,and undermined communities.The scandal has shaken the Catholic Church across Australia to its very foundations.

In the past three and a half years I’ve had well over 100 meetings with groupsdirectly related to the work of the commission. I’ve met with survivors groups, parish groups,lawyers, and people working in education and social services. I’ve also met with priestsand volunteers who work in Catholic communities around Australia.

Significantly, most of those public meetings have been held in local parishes, organised by localCatholics. The depth to which the child sex abuse scandal has affected people coming to thesemeetings, mostly ordinary, practicing Catholics, is profound.

The anger at the Church leaders who failed toprotect children is more than evident. The demands for current Church leaders tobe fully transparent is unmistakable and the compassion for the peoplewho have sufferedis palpable.

In places like the Hunter, Ballarat, Townsville and regional Western Australia, the commissionhas exposed the abuse of power within the Catholic Church and the depravity that that unleashed.

Many people could be forgiven for thinking Catholic and other institutions have beensitting on their hands as the extent and depth of the abuse has been exposed.

At least for the Catholic Church this is not true.We’ve developed and put in place new guidelines for when victims want torevisit their claims. And there are new civil litigation guidelines that help church authoritiesidentify an entity for victims and survivors to sue.

The Church has also maintained its call for anindependent, national redress scheme, which would provide fair and just compensation for abusevictims.

We’ve also seen widespread implementation of safeguarding officers and structures withindioceses and religious orders.

While the Maitland Newcastle Dioceses has had in place for some time a groundbreakingapproach to the Church’s response to child sexual abuse, the Catholic ChurchAustralia-widewill never be able to do enough to alleviate the suffering so many have endured and continue to live with.

What I hope we are seeing at this point in the royal commission’s work is not just policyresponses to emerging issues, but the beginning of a genuine cultural shift in the Catholic Churchand other institutions that have been exposed by the work of this royal commission and themyriad other inquiries.

Francis Sullivan is the chief executive of theCatholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council

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04 Dec

ISIS would have targeted Australian cricketers: report

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Steve Smith. Photo: AP PhotoCricket Australia pulled out of a tour of Bangladesh last year because of a “credible” security threat but Steve Smith’s side had not been invited to attend a function where they reportedly were to be targeted by ISIS.
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London’s Daily Mail has reported disturbing allegations from Bangladesh Cricket’s former head of performance, Mal Loye, who quit his position after learning of the alleged planned attacks against the Australians in October.

But the security threat at the time was against Australian nationals who were to attend a major function in Dhaka – not the team itself. The team had not been scheduled to attend the gathering.

CA’s statement in October said “an independent security assessment confirmed there is a risk of terrorism in Bangladesh targeting Australian nationals”.

Soon after the Australians pulled out of the trip, extremists murdered a group of Italian tourists in the city.

CA said on Sunday it stood by the decision to avoid the tour on security grounds. Specific details of who were behind the threats have not been publicly released.

“We are still hopeful of rescheduling the postponed Test tour but the safety of players and officials will always come first,” a CA spokesman said.

“We stand by our decision to postpone tours to Bangladesh due to serious concerns about the safety and security of the Australian team and officials. We will continue to monitor advice from ASIO, DFAT and our own security advisers about the security risk for any future tours of the Australian team in Bangladesh and make a decision based on this advice closer to any potential tour.”

The Daily Mail has reported on the aborted tour because of safety concerns over England’s planned tour of Bangladesh from September 30. Players have yet to give their commitment, with some reportedly reluctant to go.

Loye, a former England one-day international player, reportedly lived on the same street in Dhaka where nine Italians and a US citizen were killed in July.

“The week I left, the Australia team didn’t turn up because the terrorists had planned to take us out when we had an event sorted with the touring team,” he said.

“My boss’s wife was arranging the event with the Australians. The Australian government saw the plans from the underworld guys about what was going to happen. The plans didn’t work out for the terrorists because the Australia team didn’t arrive there.

“The Italians got shot that week. The terrorists obviously thought they’d take a few people out while they were there. That was enough for me. I knew after the shootings that my freedom as a Westerner had gone.”

The trouble in Bangladesh has meant Australia is unlikely to tour there and Pakistan again, at least in the immediate future, because of safety fears.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website on Sunday urged potential travellers to Bangladesh to “reconsider your need to travel”.

“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh due to the high threat of terrorist attack and the uncertain political situation,” the website said.

The England team’s head of security, Reg Dickason, who once held the same job with the Australians, head of operations John Carr and players association boss David Leatherdale have told the players they are satisfied with the security arrangements provided for the tour.

Australian Cricketers Association chief Alistair Nicholson said in October the right call had been made to cancel the tour.

“The circumstances that led to the decision to cancel the tour are bigger than the game of cricket, and it’s important to view the issue in this context. Where there are elements that are beyond our control – as there are in this case – the importance of player safety is brought sharply into focus, and this is absolutely paramount,” he said.

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04 Dec

Premium parking spaces are being used by workers, not shoppers, in Newcastle’s east end

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AVAILABILITY: Businesses argue free parking spaces in the east end on Saturdays are making it difficult for customers and visitors to easily access the area.

FOLLOWING the decision at last Tuesday night’s council meeting to reject a proposal to trial thereintroduction of paid parking in Newcastle’s east end, the Newcastle Now BusinessImprovement Association will continue to advocate on behalf of business owners to improveparking conditions and work with Newcastle City Council to drive action.

Despite the decision, Newcastle Now and many traders still strongly believe the trial represented the best interests of businesses.

Newcastle Now facilitates a Precinct Advisory Group program where businessrepresentatives meet to discuss issues and parking isalways on the agenda. There are 393 businesses in the east end and almost all receive meeting invitations and minutes, and the opportunity to have a voice.It is disappointing that a few owners who are not active in the program contacted councillors to say they did not support the trial. However, we will respond to requests tosurvey all business owners and will use our volunteer City Ambassadors to conduct surveys and ensure they have the right information.

Parking in the east end is currently free on weekends which results in on-street parkingspaces being used by long-term parkers. Workers generallyarrive early and take the parks convenient to their workplace, leaving fewer parks for visitorsand shoppers. Because paid parking applies in other areas of the city centre, workers fromthese precincts are parking their vehicles in the east end to avoid the on-streetfees. The ultimate losers are the east end businesses as those valuable on-street parks arebeing taken, making it more difficult for visitors and shoppers to find a convenient park.

According to local retailer Colin Scott, owner of Frontline Hobbies, the arrangementof free street parking on the weekend has diminished his weekend trade.

“By 8.30am on a Saturday all street parking is taken up by workers occupying spaces outsidetheir businesses,” he said. “They then stay for the day because the parking is free and not adequatelypatrolled.”

Newcastle Now’s proposal was to trial the reintroduction of paid on-street parking onSaturdays between 9am and 12pm, bringing the east end precinct in line with the west end,civic precinct and honeysuckle, where paid parking is already in place.

To assist inner city workers during the trial period we proposed opening the council-owned mall car park on Saturdays free of charge for the three-month trial. Thiswould give workers and shoppers the opportunity to park for free and open the premiumspaces for those who prefer convenience.

The report prepared by council’s Planning and Regulatory Unit stated that a $5 flat ratewould be introduced for the second and third months of the trial. Newcastle Now was notgiven the opportunity to see this report and we did not support this$5 fee. We believe the revenue from on-street parking should be used to fund the opening ofthe mall car park and reprogramming the meters, making the trial cost neutral.

In line with an extensive parking study funded jointly by the council and Newcastle Now our long-term objective is to see free 15 minute parking across the city, then a nominal fee thereafter,up to three hours. If a vehicle stays over three hours, they pay an inflated rate. Research shows 2-3 hours is the optimum time forshoppers so we need to encourage a‘churn’ of premium parks.

This trial was intended to inform the wider parking strategy and as Newcastle growsup so must our attitudes toward parking.

Edward Duc is the chair of the Newcastle Now Business Improvement Association

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04 Dec

Adam Reynolds was so sick that Souths doubted he would play against Newcastle.

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ADAM Reynolds was so sick on Saturday night that South Sydney coach Michael Maguire thought his star halfback was no chance of playing against Newcastle.
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But Reynolds overcame the vomiting bug to play a starring role in the Rabbitohs 34-12 win over the Knights at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, laying on three of his side’s tries with deftly placed kicks.

Reynolds had failed to finish the Rabbits last two games, succumbing to a hamstring injury against the Warriors and suffering a head-clash in the win against the Sharks.

But despite being named to start, Maguire revealed after Sunday’s win that Reynolds was no guarantee of playing against the Knights.

“Fair credit to him,” Maguire said. “Last night I wasn’t quiet sure that he was going to play. He came down with an illness last night and he was actually quite crook, actually very sick.

“So it was a great effort for him to wake up this morning, he was still probably a little bit sick throughout the morning, but he turned up and played very well.

“The attitude of the players has been really strong and they are the little things that they are doing for each other, which is great.”

Maguire said Reynolds had been vomiting, while South Sydney captain Greg Inglis described his halfback’s symptoms as “a bit of everything”.

Maguire said Reynolds’ improvement over the past few weeks could be traced back to Origin.

“I think the whole team has been building,” he said.

“The forwards have been putting a platform for him to be able to kick off the back of it. The little areas of his game has continued to grow.

“After the Origin period he has come back and I can see he’s a better player for that experience.’’

“I think there is still a lot of upside in Adam’s game.”

Reynolds laid on the first try for Inglis in the ninth minute, changing the direction of the play before grubbering into the in-goal. The ball bamboozled Knights winger Cory Denniss and Inglis was on the spot to pounce on the ball just millimetres from the in-goal.

Reynolds was at it again just before half-time, this time landing a well-placed chip kick in the hands of a steaming Cody Walker who raced over untouched.

He put the icing on the Rabbits win with another chip kick, this time finding Alex Johnston for his second try.

MATCHWINNER: Adam Reynolds

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04 Dec

Racing: Mick Kent looks to defy spring convention with stable star Abbey Marie

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Not many horses can win a group 1 race first time up, let alone one over 1600 metres.
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But that is the test that Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent may set his unbeaten mare Abbey Marie as he lines her up for success in one of the most competitive events of the season.

Kent’s audacious plan is to run the daughter of Redoute’s Choice first up in the Myer Classic for fillies and mares on Derby Day, a race that is generally one of the hardest contests all year for those restricted to the female sex.

Abbey Marie has, however, already defied convention and Kent believes that the now four-year-old has such ability that what looks like the impossible may actually be achievable.

Abbey Marie already has tasted success at group 1 level, having won the Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide over 2000m at only her third racecourse start. That success came barely six weeks after she made her racetrack debut, winning a 1300m maiden at Sandown. In between she scored over 1400m at Caulfield in a lowly benchmark race for fillies.

It would be some achievement if Kent could pull it off, particularly as Abbey Marie is also recovering from an illness that laid her low for a month shortly after her Oaks triumph.

“Because Abbey Marie had a few weeks in hospital she only had the month off, so really I have only got the Myer [as a target] for her. But she’s come back terrific,” Kent said.

“She could go  straight into the Myer. If I am happy enough she might have a prep race over 1400m before that, but I am happy enough to go straight into the Myer with her.”

While most trainers will be targeting the Cups races and the three-year-old classics, during spring, Kent’s big guns – Abbey Marie, Charlevoix and Supido – are all earmarked for tests towards the end of the carnival.

Supido reached group 1 level last season when he ran third in the Goodwood behind star galloper Black Heart Bart and subsequent Stradbroke winner Under The Louvre, while  promising stayer Charlevoix was well backed in the South Australian Derby but could finish only fifth to Howard Be Thy Name.

“I want to run Supido in the Manikato [at Moonee Valley]. I am not sure whether he will go to the Gilgai first up or straight into the Manikato.

“I will give him his big break now. There are not a lot of races for him in the spring, but in the autumn there are a million races he could go for.

“Charlevoix, I took him a step too far, five weeks [without a run]  into the Derby, he just raced really flat. It’s the Sandown Classic for him, he is unbeaten at the track.”

*Jockeys are known for being tough, and apprentice Jake Bayliss showed he was no exception to the rule at Caulfield on Saturday when he scored on his only ride of the day, Lord Barrington for Mike Moroney.

Bayliss had only returned to race riding in mid-August having missed just 18 days after fracturing two ribs and sustaining a chip on his shoulder bone after a fall at Sandown on July 27 from the Moroney-trained Bonnie Belle.

The youngster rode a terrific race, getting his mount out from the widest barrier to land on the fence and make all the running.

“I have came back in at the wrong time really, things are starting to get a bit warm with the spring carnival so it’s been a bit quiet [for an apprentice like him] but Moroneys have stuck loyal to me and keep putting me on like they do so it was good to get a result for them with my only ride.

“The doctor  said I would be looking at a month and a half on the sideline but I was well enough to ride trackwork within two weeks.  I was happy to come back quickly.”

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04 Dec

Olympian Simon Orchard’s return not enough to get Maitland Rams over the line

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Once a Ram, always a Ram SUBLIME: Simon Orchard in action for the Maitland Rams against Norths on Sunday. Picture: Perry Duffin
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SUBLIME: Simon Orchard in action for the Maitland Rams against Norths on Sunday. Picture: Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

HOCKEY: Maitland Rams v Norths. Picture Perry Duffin

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04 Dec

Fox Sports considers plan to simulcast Channel Nine’s international cricket coverage

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Fox Sports is shaping as a major player in the next round of cricket broadcast rights.Fox Sports is shaping up as a major player in the next round of cricket broadcast rights, indicating it would be prepared to simulcast matches in conjunction with Channel Nine or even have its own commentary team.
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Fox realises it needs a major summer sport to retain subscribers, and cricket remains the key sport, despite the pay television network investing heavily in the A-League.

It is set to aggressively bid for domestic international rights and also for a slice of the Big Bash League, which it broadcast fully before Channel Ten won the rights in 2013.

Nine is also set to bid for the BBL, which has been a ratings success for Ten despite the network’s financial troubles. Ten will be desperate to retain the BBL rights, which some analysts say could treble in value from $20 million annually, for the competition also allows it to promote its new season shows.

Unlike international cricket played at home, the BBL is not on the anti-siphoning list, meaning Fox could exclusively broadcast matches.

Broadcasters are tipping Cricket Australia will seek about $200 million annually for the overall rights, which will include streaming rights that Telstra and Optus would bid for.

The current deal does not expire until 2018, but discussions are set to intensify later this year or early next year. Should a deal be reached early next year, the final year of the current deal could be renegotiated.

The Australian Cricketers’ Association will also keep a close eye on negotiations as it prepares to enter into discussions with CA over a new memorandum of understanding.

Fox has also been sounded out about a dedicated 24-7 cricket channel. But the network has maintained it needs domestic content, and not just the rights to overseas tours it currently enjoys, to launch such a channel.

Should Fox win a slice of the action, it could ultimately help Nine, whose chief executive Hugh Marks last week warned CA another leap in the value of the rights would be “uneconomical”.

“We have to make the right decisions for us financially, but the costs of sports rights, as we adjust our business to whatever the new landscape is between mobile devices and viewing etc, the sports rights costs will start to adjust to what consumption behaviour is around that as well,” he said.

“If we just focus on free-to-air, I don’t think there can be a lot of cost inflation in free-to-air, but if you focus on how do you grow sports revenue then there are ways to do that and I think we as a partner look at making sure that we’re a good player and make sure that those sports continue to advance and progress.”

Nine paid $450 million in cash and contra for the rights over five years from 2013, having handed over $45 million annually under the previous deal. If a simulcast deal with Fox was to be achieved, it would require a major philosophical shift by Nine, for it has closely guarded the rights since Kerry Packer won them during the World Series split.

Cricketing broadcast rights have exploded around the world in the past decade but dedicated sports networks, even in India, have struggled to recoup their outlay.

Despite this, CA continues to enjoy lucrative overseas deals. It is set to finalise a new contract in New Zealand, with India also on the agenda, possibly with incumbent broadcaster Ten Sports. India remains the most lucrative source of income for the organisation.

CA has this year signed new deals in the United States and Canada, including a one-year contract with the NBC Sports Network to show 10 BBL matches. The governing body also continues to expand its own in-house content and is in negotiations with Qantas over live streaming on flights.

With Jon Stensholt

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04 Dec

Newcastle overpowered by South Sydney in 17th successive loss

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FAREWELL: Jeremy Smith played his last home game for Newcastle.JEREMY Smith walked off Hunter Stadium for the final time with two points alongside his name.
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Just not the two points he was hoping for.

The veteran lock landed a close-range conversion in the dying minutes of Newcastle’s 34-12 loss to South Sydney –just the second goal of his 212-game NRL career.

But that was as close as he came to a fairytale farewell as the Knights’ club-record losing streak grew to 17 games.

For a player who has enjoyed so much success in his career –winning grand finals with Melbourne and St George Illawarra and a World Cup with New Zealand –to finish in such fashion must be beyond frustrating.

But he will walk away with the respect of his teammates and opponents.

As his co-captain, Trent Hodkinson, said afterwards: “Jez is a guy that you hated playing against, and now that I’ve experienced having him on my side, he’s just a great footy player …he’s probably the only old-school player left in the game.’’

Those sentiments were endorsed by Souths skipper Greg Inglis and coach Michael Maguire, both familiar with Smith after their time together at Melbourne.

“He’s one of those blokes that you know what you’ll get from him, every week,’’ Inglis said.“He won’t let you down and he’s one of those old-school type players that’s still running around in the modern game.’’

Maguire added: “I was fortunate to work with Jez down at Melbourne, quite a few years ago, and it’s a real credit to see how he’s gone throughout his career.He’s a real character. A great player and one thing Jez did, he put his body on the line every single time he played.’’

Smith joked afterward that “I rate myself as a goalkicker”, and perhaps so he should –having kicked eight goals for New Zealand in Test matches.

“We do a lot of practice at training, for coffees, and I got an easy one today,’’ he said.

“It just shaved the post actually.’’

The 36-year-old took to the field with his four children before kick-off and afterwards paid tribute to Newcastle’s supporters, 15,212 of whom turned out on Sunday.

“The fans have been great,’’ he said. “They just keep turning up for us.’’

Souths, who were playing in Newcastle for the first time since 2012, had won the previoussix games between the two clubs by a combined scoreline of 227-60.

Inglis opened the scoring withhis 12thtry in 13 games against the Knights.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Jeremy Smith and his children before kick-off.

WingerAlex Johnston scored a double, giving him a remarkable nine tries in four games against Newcastle.

A spectacular chip-and-chase try from Knights fullback Jake Mamo in the 75thminute allowed Smith to convert from almost in front.

Smith kicked one goal for Melbourne in 2008 and also landed eight goals at international level for New Zealand.

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04 Dec

Village paying the price of our thirst for power

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THE village of Wollar is a far way from anywhere.
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You drive to Denman and then you keep on driving until you hit Wollemi and Goulburn National Parks. And then you hit the coalmines –kilometres and kilometresof Wilpinjong, Moolarben and Ulan coalmines as viewed from a heritage train on Sunday.

Wollar is, literally, the community that’s out of sight and out of mind –and because of this it’s been slowly destroyed.

The giant Wilpinjong mine, owned by troubled US company Peabody, and supplying coal by contract to AGL’s Bayswater power plant, is the source ofmuch of the state’s electricity.

Every time we turn on a light, or watch television, or cook dinner, we rely on that energy chain. And Wollar pays the price.

Wilpinjong was approved in 2006, despite concerns about environmental and social impacts which were dealt with by conditions. And like virtually all Hunter mines it expanded –six times –and is currently subject to another expansion proposal.

On the train on Sunday energy analyst Tim Buckley said Australia’s leaders were wilfully blind to the global structural decline of thermal coal, because of political donations by mining companies, the movement of politicians and political staff to mining companies and back again, and because coal royalties are “money for jam”.

He provided evidence to argue that China, America and India are moving from coal –and won’t be moving back again.

He argued it’s misguided to believe Japan, Korea and Taiwan will fill the void because global prices will drop with a shrinking global market for coal.

So where does it all end?

On the heritage train tour of Hunter and Western coal fields on Sunday –with the train stopped frequently to make way for coal trains –consensus was that Australia needs a price on coal in line with our commitment to keep the global climate change temperature increase to two degrees.

And while federal action remains mired in climate change politics, with the Coalition caught between its climate change progressives and a noisy minority of climate change sceptics, community and environment groups are acting, with plans to campaign against energy providers like AGL.

The Hunter Region is beautiful,richand significant, both to the communities within it, and in world terms.

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04 Dec

Deadly Thurston stuns Rabbitohs

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JOHNATHAN Thurston put injury-hit South Sydney to the sword to pilot North Queensland to a rare hat-trick of wins on the road.
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Thurston bagged a try-scoring double, had a hand or boot in two others and slotted four conversions as the Cowboys crushed the premiers 30-12 at ANZ Stadium on Monday night.

The champion halfback’s five-star, 16-point performance lifted North Queensland into a six-way share of sixth spot, out of the top eight only on differential, after the Cowboys opened their campaign with three straight defeats.

Thurston also outpointed Souths skipper Greg Inglis as debate swirls around which of the two Queensland State of Origin superstars are most deserving of Immortal status.

While Thurston and Inglis didn’t go head-to-head in the halves after Souths coach Michael Maguire pulled a minor surprise pre-game and thrust ball-playing back-rower Glenn Stewart into the five-eighth role, the two giants of the game were in everything for their respective sides.

The premiers struck first blood in just the second minute when Dave Tyrrell crashed through Jason Taumalolo for a soft try next to the posts.

Assuming goalkicking duties in Adam Reynolds’ absence, Issac Luke added the conversion to give Souths a 6-0 head start.

But it didn’t take long for Thurston to get the Cowboys back in it.

After setting up the Cowboys’ last six tries in wins over Melbourne and Penrith, the champion No.7 laid on his side’s first of the night in the eighth minute with a pinpoint crossfield kick for leaping winger Justin O’Neill.

Thurston missed the conversion and his errant pass 12 minutes later landed in the arms of Luke, who raced 40 metres clear to put Souths deep on the attack.

Inglis sized up the situation superbly to put winger Alex Johnston over from the very next play and Luke’s conversion made it 12-4.

Inglis looked to have put the Rabbitohs further ahead when he swivelled through four attempted tacklers only for the video referees to rule he knocked on while trying to ground the ball for a try.

Steve Folkes and Steve Clark also denied Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan a try on the stroke of half-time for an obstruction in the lead-up.

Down by eight points at half-time, Thurston needed just eight minutes after the break to tie the game up, scoring 34 seconds after the interval and then slotting a penalty goal to make it 12-12.

Thurston’s quick hands helped winger Antonio Winterstein to squeeze over in the corner as North Queensland hit the front for the first time after 55 minutes.

Thurston fittingly clinched victory when Morgan put him over seven minutes from time before hooker Jake Granville’s 70-metre dash from dummy half earned the Cowboys their fifth try. AAP

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