Monthly Archives: May 2019

  • One Nation under fresh scrutiny over possible electoral breaches


    Pauline Hanson poses in front of the One Nation plane during her “Fed Up” tour. Photo: Onenation苏州夜总会招聘.auLabor has referred Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to Queensland authorities amid claims the party has breached electoral rules.
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    ALP senator Murray Watt has asked the Queensland Electoral Commission to investigate a report that One Nation secretly switched legal structures last year and now risks being deregistered as a party.

    The report inThe Saturday Paperclaimed One Nation’s operating structure was changed in November last year from that of an unincorporated association to an incorporated association. The report said the change was made to shift legal liability away from senior party officers.

    The report goes on to allege Senator Hanson, the party’s registered officer, failed to notify the QEC or One Nation members as required under electoral laws. It also says that under this new structure the party’s constitution does not comply with the requirements of a registered political party.

    Labor senator Murray Watt has referred One Nation to the Queensland Electoral Commission. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

    Senator Watt says the episode was consistent with One Nation’s bid to centralise power to a small number of party officers in Queensland.

    In a letter to Queensland Electoral Commissioner Walter van der Merwe, Senator Watt says if the allegations are true they may amount to grounds for the cancellation of the party’s registration in Queensland.

    “If these series of allegations are correct they suggest a pattern of behaviour by Senator Hanson and PHON’s senior officials and a belief that they do not need to comply with n laws, in a manner expected of all other political parties,” Senator Watt said in his letter.

    “I ask you to investigate these serious allegations concerning PHON’s registration, and take any required action to ensure compliance with the Electoral Act.”

    A spokesman for Ms Hanson said: “At this time the party is making no comment.”

    This is the third matter recently referred to authorities.

    It has been previously alleged that the party has been collecting GST without proper n Tax Office approval. There are also claims the party failed to properly declare the donation of a light plane used by Ms Hanson.

    In an episode of the ABC’sFour Cornerslast month former One Nation treasurer Ian Nelson claimed he urged Senator Hanson and her high-profile chief of staff James Ashby to disclose the donation but was overruled.

    Mr Nelson, who has since fallen out with Senator Hanson, alleged Melbourne property developer Bill McNee transferred funds to buy the plane to Mr Ashby and that it was insured in his name. Ms Hanson used the Jabiru plane – decorated with party logos – to campaign for last year’s election.

    However Mr Ashby says his company bought the plane and he was happy for the AEC to investigate the matter.

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  • Illegal brothel complaints spike after NSW government blocks sex industry reform


    Complaints about the spread of illegal brothels have jumped by more than a third in Sydney since recommendations to improve industry regulations were blocked by the NSW government last year.
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    Fairfax Media can reveal that since a proposed licensing system and specialist police unit were rejected in May 2016, the City of Sydney has witnessed a 37 per cent increase in reports from disgruntled businesses and members of the public, triggering 80 separate investigations that can take up to two years to complete. One of those involves an alleged illegal sex establishment located less than 100 metres from St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney’s CBD.

    The head of the NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad recently warned a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into human trafficking that exploited overseas workers were slipping through the cracks because there was now no way to identify – or stop – underground brothels.

    “The industry should be regulated and if someone wants to operate as a prostitute they should be licensed,” Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett told the hearing.

    When asked if she thought it would “limit human trafficking of young women into “, she replied: “I do, because … in order to get a licence you know they have had to provide their passport, all their details.”

    Former premier Mike Baird established a brothel inquiry in 2015 after an extensive Fairfax Media investigation showed that councils had become powerless to prevent illegal parlours opening anywhere, including alongside schools, learning centres and within residential buildings.

    Hundreds of those businesses were found masquerading as remedial massage centres – with some even offering medicare rebates on sexual services. But when councils, such as Hornsby, invested more than $60,000 trying to individually close them through the courts – they failed on legal technicalities. In the words of Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades: “We have the ridiculous state of affairs in which councils are forced to waste ratepayers’ money hiring private investigators to go undercover and actually buy sex from prostitutes to obtain the necessary proof to launch a prosecution.”

    Among those to give evidence at the inquiry was former deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas, who spoke of Asian sex workers on student and tourist visas being drawn into a life of virtual slavery. The committee recommended a new standalone police unit to work alongside councils, with greater powers to enter premises and monitor illegal activity. However, the Baird government declined to rubber stamp those changes, arguing it would recriminalise prostitution and put the health of sex workers at risk.

    The decision sparked celebrations among sex industry groups who had pointed out that police had previously been stripped of such powers and the industry decriminalised, in the mid-’90s, because of widespread corruption.

    But a year on, statistics demonstrate that councils such as the City of Sydney are having to dedicate even more resources trying to curb the spread of illegal operators. Superintendent Howlett placed the issue firmly back on the agenda by advising the current human trafficking committee that, until the industry was licensed, Asian sex workers would continue to suffer, off the grid, in underground parlours.

    Last month she told the hearing about victims who had journeyed to knowing they were to work as prostitutes and pay off a certain amount of money. However, on arrival, the conditions changed, their debts tripled and their passports were taken.

    “The hurdle for us is that the ladies who come here will all be on student visas. The industry is not regulated in any way, shape or form. We do not have the powers to go in and check.”

    Superintendent Howlett acknowledged there remains “a lot of angst” surrounding the introduction of greater police powers over the sex industry. “I realise what happened in the past. I do not necessarily agree it would happen in the future,” she said of the brothel-related police corruption uncovered at the Wood Royal Commission two decades ago.

    “It is not a criminal offence to be a prostitute in NSW. A lot of girls [sex workers] who are n citizens use the outreach services, get the appropriate health checks and so on. My concern is there are probably a lot of girls who are coming into this country … and do not know what their rights are.”

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  • Cross training comes in various forms and has many health benefits


    I have never been much of a gardener. To be honest, I have never seen the appeal.
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    But until recently, when I spentfive hours on the end of a mattockas we overhauled our backyard, I never really appreciated the physical and mental benefits garden work provided.

    I was less than 10 minutes into my slog when I realised this could be exactly the cross training I needed as I prepared for some upcoming long runs I have signed up for in an attempt to be Fit at 40 this year.

    Cross training is basically challenging your body and firing up muscles that may not be specifically targeted when you run, for example.

    This could be cycling, swimming, hitting the gym for a fitness class and there are many benefits, including adding a new challenge to training, breaking up the monotony of the same training sessions if you are starting to feel a bit stale, as well as improving muscle balance and possible injury prevention.

    So, as I wielded the mattock and repeatedly sunk it deep into the soil, I could feelvarious parts of my body getting a good workout.

    It did not take long before I could feel my whole core working hard. First it was my abdomen, back and hips. Then my hamstrings started to burn and the muscles of my shoulders were firing.

    Then when I picked up the shears for some hand hedging, my whole arms felt the impact.

    I felt invigorated as well as a touch worried about the severe case of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, also sometimes referred to as second-day soreness which generally has you walking pretty gingerly) I knew I was destined for.

    It wasn’t just the muscular benefit I knew I was getting, I also felt a strong sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and an improved mindset.

    There was something good about being outside in the fresh air while also achieving a household task that the whole family can essentially take part in.

    INCIDENTAL EXERCISE: Mowing the lawn can achieve much more than keeping your lawn in order. It gets the heart rate up and uses plenty of muscles. Picture: Andy Zakeli

    It can be of benefit to all ages. The kidswere helping lift things out of the way and moving clippings around the yard to various piles.

    MANUAL WORK: Staying active does not have to mean running kilometres on end or lifting heavy weights at the gym.

    I found a great article, on the health benefits of having an “edible garden”.

    It said, “Research shows that gardening is a healthy activity” and went on to list many benefits, including:“Enjoyment– from the physical activity; exercise– physical activity improves your endurance, strength, mobility and flexibility” and “relaxation– helps you relax and reduce stress levels”.

    It also suggested things like having a warm-up before you start so you don’t hurt yourself. Treat it like a fitness session and ensure your muscles are warm and ready to work.

    Drinking plenty of water and bending at the knees when lifting were also good tips. Gardeningcan involve a lot of bending overand, if not done properly, can cause strain on different parts of your body.

    Not everyone likes running, or is able to run, but there are other ways to be active that are good for your mind and body.

    Getting the right posture

    I have enlisted the help of Wickham physiotherapist Felicity Dan, ofThe Physio&Pilates Co (www.thephysioandpilatesco苏州夜总会招聘),for some exercise tips for runners ahead of the Winery Running Festivalon July 16.

    Herfirst tip is“Finding your running posture”:

    Stand with your feet directly under your hips with yourweight evenly distributed. Push your feetinto the ground and spread the ground apart.Hold for threeseconds, then relax. Keep your hips level, draw your shoulder blades down and back and lengthen through the back of your neck. This is good forabdomen, hipand knee muscles and forimproving power and efficiency in your run.

    Upcoming fitness events

    Run With a Story, May 7, Fernleigh Track:Raisingmoney for community members in need of assistance. 5km, 10km, 15km, 30km, 45km or 60km. Find out more atplanetfitness苏州夜总会招聘.au/run-with-a-story/.

    Memory Walk & Jog, May 21, Tulkaba Park in Teralba:Raisingfunds and awareness for dementia and offering6.5km or 3km options.www.memorywalk苏州夜总会招聘.au/.

    Raffertys Coastal Run, July 8, Lake Macquarie:An 11km, 22km or 35km trail run along the stunning coastline of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation Area. raffertyscoastalrun苏州夜总会招聘.au.

    Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of thre. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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  • NNSW NPL: Valentine pip Jets Youth to jump to top of table and Eagles win with stunning strikesvideo


    VALENTINE coach Darren Sills knew hisside had made big strides in the openingrounds of the the Northern NSW National Premier League, but there was one element missing.
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    JUST AHEAD: Valentine’s Josh Murray, a former Newcastle Jets Youth player, wins a header over Kieran Hayes on Saturday in their round eight NPL 1-0 victory at Cahill Oval. Picture: Marina Neil

    That box has now been ticked after Valentine recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Jets Youth team at Cahill Oval on Saturday.

    The victory, Valentine’s fifth, movedthem to 15 points and the ladder lead before Sunday’s games.

    WORK HORSE: Matt Paul battles Jackson Frendo for possession on Saturday. His first-half strike was enough to secure Valentine a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets Youth team at Cahill Oval. Picture: Marina Neil

    “Good teams are able to grind out a result,” Sills said. “I said to the boys in the sheds after the game we must be a good team because we went all right today.”

    A Matt Paul goal in the 40thminute was the difference against a Jets outfit that gave as good as they got.

    “I seriously don’t know why the Jets are at the bottom,” Sills said. “They have a lot of good engines in them and their system is quite good.We were very happy to get away with the result.”

    Paul was again among Valentine’s best and Sills said his goal typified what he meant to the team.

    “Matty Paul was outside the box calling for the ball,” Sills said. “Scott McGinley slipped a ball to Alex Tserepas out wide. Matt Paul made a late run to the far post and tapped in a cross.I can’t believe he got there. His engines are amazing.”

    The win was Valentine’s fourth straight and a confidence boost heading into a testing fortnight against Hamilton Olympic (home)and Edgeworth (away).

    “The main thing for us is that we have won four in a rowand had three clean sheets in a row,” Sills said. “That is what we pride ourselves on. Last year we conceded so many goals (43), and we are working really hard to turn that around.

    “The next two weeks will be a big test but they are the games you want to play. It doesn’t take much to get the boys up for that. Playing them off the back of four wins in a row has to help.”

    Edgeworth beat Charlestown 2-0 on Saturday night thanks to cracking long-range strikes from Kieran Sanders and Brody Taylor at Jack McLaughlan Oval.

    Sanders’swerving, dipping strike from outside the box gave the Eagles the lead in the 36thminute and Taylor hit his own highlight-reel shot in the 63rd.

    The win, which followed a 1-0 midweek victory over the Jets Youth, lifted Edgeworth to 12 points from seven games.

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  • Newcastle Rugby League: Wests spoil Kurri Kurri’s 300 party but coach Matt Lantry wants more


    CRUNCH: Callan Richardson crossed for a try in Wests 36-6 win over Kurri Kurri on Saturday. WESTERN Suburbs spoiled the party for Kurri Kurri prop Mick Campton on Saturday and made it consecutive wins to open the Newcastle Rugby League season.
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    But coach Matt Lantry insists the Rosellas will need to improve on the 36-6 win over the Bulldogs at Kurri on Saturday to compete with the competition heavyweights.

    Wests led 6-0 at half-time and 12-6 midway through the second half before breaking the game open.

    Lantry, who is in his first season at Harker Oval, was highly critical of the error rate in the opening 40 minutes.

    “We made nine errors in the first half and completed at 55 per cent,” Lantry said. “We addressed thatand came out and played some good footy in the second half.”

    The Rosellas host Lakes on Sunday at Harker Oval.

    “We are well off the pace with where we need to be with the footy,” Lantry said.

    “I’m comfortable with where we are at defensively. But if we turn up with that attitude with the footy and complete at that rate, Lakes will make us pay.”

    A Wests victory was not how Campton hadhoped to mark his 300th game.

    At Peacock Field, Macquarie coach Adam Bettridge admitted the Scorpions got out of jail after fullback Mitch Manson scored a converted try late to snatch a 28-26 win over a plucky Maitland.

    “We didn’t deserve to win,” Bettridge said. “They were the better side and it wasgood to get out of jail.

    “After Mitch scored, they had three sets on out line and we managed to hold them out, which was the positive from it.

    “Anyone who takes Maitland lightly will get their pants pulled down. They are a good side. It was a gutsy win and a win we needed leading into the state cup.”

    At Cessnock Sportsground, Souths five-eighth Ryan Glanville scored a hat-trick to help steer the Lions to a 28-8 triumph over the Goannas.

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