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No danger: Cats star breaks Brownlow record

Patrick Dangerfield gives his Brownlow Medal a kiss. Photo: Quinn RooneyPatrick Dangerfield may remain “bitter” at having been denied the team success he had craved but the Geelong superstar was on Monday night crowned the AFL’s best player.
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Dangerfield, 26, polled 35 votes in the Brownlow Medal count at Crown Palladium to claim the league’s highest individual honour, breaking Dane Swan’s all-time record of 34 votes.

The All Australian raced away from Sydney’s Luke Parker (26), Richmond’s Dustin Martin (25) and Adelaide’s Rory Sloane (24). The dynamic Crows midfielder had been ineligible to win because of his controversial one-match ban for striking Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert in round 22.

While his season had ended earlier than he had hoped, when the Cats were thumped by the Swans in a preliminary final last Friday, Dangerfield could take solace from earning the prestigious award in his first year with his new club.

“It was a weekend of real disappointment because our team has played some wonderful footy this season and, unfortunately, when we really needed to produce it, we weren’t able to do it,” he said.

“It just feels we had unfinished business in the season. So, there is all that disappointment still thereand is for our players. I suppose it was easier tonotfocus on tonight because quite a few of us are still very bitter with how it ended on Friday.”

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The victory capped a stellar year for the former Adelaide Crow, who had already collected a swag of awards, including being named the most valuableplayer by the AFL Players Association and the AFL Coaches Association, and all major media awards, including those of The AgeandHerald Sun.

The shortest-priced Brownlow favourite in history,Dangerfieldclaimed a best-on-ground in round one against Hawthorn with 43 disposals, while skipper Joel Selwood was given two votes.

In a year when the Cats finished second on the ladder and enjoyed 17wins,Dangerfield, yet to taste premiership joy,and Selwood were the chief architects.

Dangerfieldsaid Selwood had been “an inspiration” to him.

“It has been a great year. I have been so lucky at what is an incredible football club in Geelong,” he said.

“There are so many stories to this football club to why it’s great. I feel privileged.”

Dangerfield became the seventh Cat to claim the honour, the last being Gary Ablett junior in 2009. He said he hadn’t comprehended the magnitude of what potentially lay ahead until the count paused to hear four retired Cats discuss their former teammate Paul Couch, the 1989 Brownlow Medallist who died this year.

“It didn’t hit me until halfway through the night when the scenes of Paul Couch and the older Geelong players talking about him, and then you think of the past players to have won the medal and realise what it actually means,” he said.

“It’s the oldest award the AFL has. My mind is racing now as is my heart. It’s hard to articulate it properly but it’s certainly something that I will look back on with great pride.”

Having finished sixth, fifth and fifth in the Brownlow count in the past three years, Dangerfield elevated his game this year, averaging 31.7 disposals and booting 24 goals.

His dominance either as an inside midfielder or providing outside run and carry, while also being a goal-kicking threat when sent forward, ensured he was regularly in the play. He also thanked the Crows for his eight years there.

“I am sure there will be plenty of bitter Adelaide supporters but I had a wonderful time in Adelaide, wonderful people, such a community-centred football club and I learnt so much. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having spent time there and I still have so many mates (there),” he said, pointing to former teammate Eddie Betts who had snuck into the press conference.

​Dangerfield’s strong start to the count continued with a best-on-ground in round three, but it was Parker, with 10 votes, and Gold Coast midfielder Aaron Hall (nine), who would enjoy the lead after five rounds. Parker, another favourite, had claimed the maximum six votes from the opening two rounds.

Dangerfield would follow up with another best on ground, against the Suns in round six. So would Parker who, with 13 votes after six rounds, had the most votes ever to that point of a Brownlow count.

Dangerfield would have another three votes, against West Coast in round seven, but Parker, who said through the count he surprised himself by his strong start, regained the lead after round nine. Come the end round 12, Dangerfield had leapt back into top spot, Parker was second, Swans midfielder Dan Hannebery third, while Martin had enjoyed three best on grounds in the previous four matches, having begun the count sluggishly.

Emerging Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli had also begun to find the eye of umpires.

Martin’s run gained pace with three votes against Brisbane in round 14 but when Parker polled two in a loss to the Bulldogs at the SCG, he and Dangerfield were knotted.

Dangerfield then broke away, with best on grounds in rounds 17 and 19, while Parker was voteless and could only watch as teammates attracted the votes he needed.

That changed in rounds 20 and 21 with successive best on grounds, while Dangerfield could only muster the one vote in that period. Bontempelli also enjoyed a maximum six votes, kick starting his comeback.

With three rounds remaining, Martin, seven votes off the lead, said he didn’t give himself any chance of winning. He would poll another best on ground but Dangerfield secured the medal with six votes in the final three rounds. He had the medal won before the count of the final round.

LEADERBOARDPatrickDangerfield(Geel) 35

Luke Parker (Syd) 26

DustinMartin (Rich) 25

*Rory Sloane (Adel) 24

Andrew Gaff (WC) 21

DanHannebery(Syd) 21

Adam Treloar (Coll) 21

MarcusBontempelli(WB) 20

Lachie Neale (Frem) 20

Robbie Gray (Port) 19

NickRiewoldt(StK) 19

ZachMerrett(Ess) 19


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South Coast Morning Wrap | Monday, Tuesday September 27, 2016

Good morning here’s your headlines from around regional Australia and beyond. Scroll down and refresh for weather, road reports and more.
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Roads and Rail:All roads are clear and the South Coast rail line is running smoothly.

Weather:Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

Before we get into the serious stuff (although some would argue this very much is), let’s have a look at the red carpet arrivals at the 2016 Brownlow Medal last night. Check out all the photos here.

RegionalNEWCASTLE:A random act of kindness from a Newcastle-based bloke has won a host of admirers on social media.Read more.

BENDIGO:A THIRD housemate has been charged with the murder of Kangaroo Flat woman Samantha Kelly.Read more.

ALBURY:An Albury manhasadmitted he almost tossed away his division one winning TattsLotto ticket, which netted him more than $684,000 inthe weekend’s TattsLotto draw.Read more.

TAMWORTH: POLICE allege a man who wielded a shortened shotgun at patrons in a pub usedthe firearm two days before the bizarre incident near Gunnedah.Read more.

TASMANIA:A MAN has died in a single-vehicle crash at Forthside on Monday night.Read more.

BALLARAT:Western Bulldogsruckman Jordan Roughead has shown positive signs in his recovery following a freak eye injury suffered in the club’s historic victory over the Giants.Read more.

BALLINA:A great white shark was seen off Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, on the NSW North Coast, a short time after a teenage boy was bitten on the leg while surfing, police say.Read more.

FORBES:Floodwaters have peaked in Forbes, but residents have been warned that more wet weather forecast for later in the week could cause river levels to rise again.Read more.

DENILIQUIN:Securing Keith Urban as the headline act was a “dream come true” for theDeni Ute Musterteam.Read more.

MT ISA:THE 25-YEAR-OLD man alleged to have tried to stranglea police officer at the Mount Isa Races on Saturday has not applied for bail.Read more.

National news

Australia has lost in its claim that an international commission has no jurisdiction to hear a complaint by East Timor in the bitter dispute over undersea oil and gas riches. Read more.

Three federal politicians are calling on whistleblowers to send them poker machine industry secrets with a promise they will be made public using parliamentary privilege. Read more.

High-level talks between the Turnbull government and the opposition on the same-sex marriage plebiscite have achieved nothing but animosity, with both sides blaming each other for a failure to compromise. Read more.

National weather radarInternational newsUNITED STATES:An active shooter in Houston may have injured at least six people Monday morning before being shot by police, authorities said. Read more.

INDONESIA: The boyfriend of Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has “come up with the courage” to apologise to the family of a police officer found dead on Kuta beach. Read more.

PHILIPPINES:A seven-monthspregnant mother of two has told how a masked assassin accompanied by police shot dead her husbandthey mistook for a pusher in president Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drugs crackdown across the Philippines. Read more.

On this day1066 – William the Conqueror’s troops set sail for England

1290 – Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000

1540 –Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola comfirmed by Pope Paul III in Rome

1779 – John Adamsnegotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

1821 – Mexican Empire declares its independence; Mexican revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw

1822 -French scholar Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone

1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishesAlbert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the equation E=mc².

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The faces of Australia:“Bulldog Ray” NevilleRight now, “Bulldog Ray” Neville is in Swans territory.

This was not how he had dreamed of spending an AFLgrand final week, before his beloved Western Bulldogs’ ‘big dance’, but he knows it will be an experience.

Read hisstory.

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Sharks’ $1.5m windfall

Great support: Lyall Gorman says NRL officials were surprised and delighted by the turnout of Sharks supporters and the atmosphere they created. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Sharks could receive a boost of up to$1.5 million from Sunday’s grand final.
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However, chief executive Lyall Gorman said there were more important benefits that could not be measured in dollars.

Club benefits: Lyall Gorman says the club is back to where it should be in the upper echelon of sporting organisations in Australia,Picture: John Veage

“The grand finalsees our community standing as one and our club beingback to where it should be in the upper echelon of sporting organisations in Australia,” he said.

“It’s about where our club is, where it’s heading, andbeinga benchmark NRL club.”

The financial boost, which Mr Gorman said would be“in the range of $1 million to $1.5 million” will come from NRL prize money, bonuses in some corporate partnerships, merchandise sales and leagues clubtrading.

The grand final winner receives $400,000, and the runner-up, $200,000.

Clubs also receive corporate hospitality and cash incentives for achieving gate and attendance targets.

Mr Gorman said the club had been taking in $100,000 a day in merchandise sales since qualifying for the grand final.

He said said the grand final meant different things for the club’s stakeholders.

“For our footballers, it is the ultimate goal, an incrediblemoment to get to a grand final and especially to win one,” he said.

“There isstill a job to do, but come Sunday they will be very ready.

“From our community perspective we have not been in a real grand final since 1979.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate itscharacter, its football team, it’s pride, passion and parochialism.

“For our club, our members, corporate sponsors, our board that have worked so hard to reshape our club on the back of some challenges a few years ago, it is also a great achievement.”

Mr Gorman said the support shown by Sharks supporters at the preliminary final had surprised and delighted NRL officials.

“Everyone was excited by Friday night…35,000 people, a sea of blue,a cacophony of noise, a wonderful atmosphere,” he said.

Mr Gorman said NRL officials hadadvised him the grand final was on track for a sellout, “and a very largepercentage will be our members, our community”.

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Up to 100 million expected to watch Clinton’s first head-to-head with Trump

1. Debate night is here
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It’s on at 11am AEST and you don’t have go any further than the Sydney Morning Herald or your Fairfax website for the liveblog and broadcast. (It’s on at 2am in London and yes, I’ll definitely be staying up/getting up so join me on Twitter @latikambourke)

It’s a 90-minute affair and the first time we see Clinton and Trump on-stage, face-to-face.  [Five things to watch] Up to 100 million people are expected to tune in in the US alone across a range of networks and streaming platforms.

There’s a huge gulf in the expectations on the candidates going in to the debate, with no doubt the “heat is on Hillary”.

“She will have to answer every single question flawlessly, exude gravitas…not cough, wear an acceptable pantsuit, smile enough, be likeable, not laugh and have a good hair day. Donald Trump will just have to show up,'” an Ohio Democrat told reporter Steven Shepard. [Politico]

Guests lists are out. Trump has invited a survivor of the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which Republicans blame Clinton for, and a Gold Star mother – an apparent admission that his attack on a Muslim Gold star family who appeared at the Democratic convention cost him.

Clinton’s asked along a 9/11 survivor, a domestic violence survivor, a woman with cerebral palsy who has long worked with Clinton, and a pen pal of Clinton’s during her time as First Lady. [The Hill]

Trump excelled in the crowded Republican debates. Photo: Bloomberg

How Trump and Clinton deal with each other is going to be fascinating. We know Clinton’s style, having participated in numerous debates against Obama and Bernie Sanders. Trump really shot to prominence in the Republican primary debates but has no experience in a one-on-one with a single political rival.

Their temperament will be more closely watched than in any other debate. And there are predictions this will be the most watched political event, ever. [The Economist]

Trump has already attacked the moderator for being a Democrat, even though he’s a registered Republican. [Josphine Tovey/Fairfax]

Meanwhile, Donald Trump in office would be constrained by the US political system, writes Conservative Australian Senator Cory Bernadi who is on a study tour to the United Nations. [News Corp]  2. Aus politics

Education minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: Q&A

Newspoll: Coalition’s primary is below 40 per cent. This is for the first time under Malcolm ­Turnbull’s prime ministership and lower then what it was when Turnbull cited Abbott’s performance in the polls as a key reason for knifing him. [Philip Hudson/The Australian]

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says some private schools are “over-funded” by the Commonwealth and could lose some funding if there is agreement with the states and territories. [Georgina Mitchell/Fairfax]

Labor has signalled the direction of at least some its punches ahead of next week’s inquiry featuring the CEOs of Australia’s big banks. MP Pat Conroy will demand to know why Australian banks’ profits are so high – boosted by higher returns on equities compared with other countries. [Joanna Mather/Financial Review]

Cabinet is set to consider a compromise/backdown on another of Joe Hockey’s budget savings measures – a plan to make foreign holiday workers pay more tax aka “The Backpacker Tax.” [Michelle Grattan/The Conversation]

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Bill Shorten has fallen out of the mainstream if he really can’t understand why 49 per cent of Australians support banning Muslim immigration, writes former Labor leader Mark Latham. [Daily Telegraph]

Three cross benchers are urging anyone in the pokie industry to leak to them so they can reveal the information in parliament under privilege. Senator Nick Xenophon says he’s already received a USB with data from a pokie machine. [James Thomas/ABC]

The Permanent Court of Arbitration has agreed take up the long-running dispute between East Timor and Australia over disputed territory rich in oil and gas. The decision to hear the case is against Australia’s position. [ABC]  3. Disney to buy Twitter?

Imagine a world where Disney owns a major live-news distribution service in an increasingly streaming-orientated world.

Disney is evaluating a bid for Twitter, reports Bloomberg. [Read]  4. Labour’s civil war continues

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Getty Images

The Labour party’s defence spokesman Clive Lewis has launched a blistering attack on leader Jeremy Corbyn’s disarmament position on nuclear weapons.

Earlier Corbyn’s spin-man Seamus Milne doctored Lewis’s autocue to remove a reference to nuclear weapons, just minutes before Lewis began his address to the party conference underway in Liverpool. [Politico EU]

The other big story of the conference on Monday was Shadow Treasurer John McDonnell’s pledge to raise the minimum wage. [BBC]

“We’ll charge a new Living Wage Review Body with the task of setting it at the level needed for a decent life. Independent forecasts suggest that this will be over £10 (about $17) per hour,” he said.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.20 ($12.20) and is set to rise to £9 ($15.30) by 2020 under April’s New Living Wage.

Australia’s minimum wage, which is set by the independent Fair Work Commission” is currently $17.70 per hour.  5. Russia rejects criticism over Syria

Russia has hit back at Britain and the United States, who both accused Moscow of war crimes over the bombing of a UN aid convoy last week. Russia says the tone and rhetoric is “unacceptable” and might damage efforts aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war.  [BBC]

A Russian news agency is carrying comments by the German Foreign Minister Martin Schaefer saying a long-term no-fly zone over Syria is impossible. [Tass]

Australia is calling for the US and Russia to consider leaving Syria altogether.  [Primrose Riordan/Financial Review]  6. A Cat wins a Brownlow

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats poses after winning the 2016 Brownlow Medal. Photo: Quinn Rooney

A 26-year man named Patrick Dangerfield, who is also known as a “cat” won a very important medal called “The Brownlow” for playing with a football. [Jon Pierik/The Age]

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Segovia day trip from Madrid: Feast on history

The mighty Roman aqueduct of Segovia, Spain. Photo: JTB MEDIA CREATION, Inc. / Alamy Segovia is the perfect day trip from Madrid.
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Alcazar castle in Segovia at twilight. Photo: Jeremy Horner / Alamy Stock Photo

One of author Sally Webb’s sons at Alcazar castle. Photo: Sally Webb

It is snowing when we arrive in Segovia. Heavy flakes float silently to the ground, settling onto the terracotta rooftops of the medieval buildings surrounding Plaza Azoguejo like icing sugar dusted over the top of a cake. Above us, the Roman aqueduct is an imposing and awesome presence, and evidence of the strategic and architectural importance of this town for millennia.

We’ve come to Segovia for a day trip from Madrid, choosing it, on the advice of a friend, over the more famous and visited Toledo. It is the perfect detour – beautiful, easy to explore on foot, packed with cafes and restaurants and easy to reach. The train journey from Madrid’s Charmatin station on the Renfe Ave fast train takes only 28 minutes, although the whole journey takes closer to 90 minutes as we have to connect from the centre of Madrid to Charmatin by metro, and take a taxi from Segovia station into its historic centre.

It is bitterly cold on this winter’s morning when we leave the Spanish capital and it’s even colder in Segovia as the snowflakes settle in our hair. My husband and I have left our hats in the hotel so first stop is a tiny shop near the tourist office to kit up with knitted beanies. Second stop is the obligatory churros and hot chocolate that has come to be a staple of our Spanish diet (to the delight of our children Archie and Lulu, who think doughnuts for breakfast is the best thing about Spain).

Grabbing a map from the tourist information office we set out to explore this Unesco World Heritage City. The aqueduct, symbol of Segovia and the most important in Spain, is the obvious place to start. Built in the 1st century it has 166 stone arches set without mortar and was used until the mid 19th century to transport water to the city from a spring 17 kilometres away.

We climb the steps next to the aqueduct for a different perspective of this architectural phenomenon, getting superb views over Plaza Azoguejo as a bonus, then meander through the narrow streets. We find history lessons and photo opportunities at every turn, from the thick limestone walls that formed the boundary of the city in the 11th century, to the 15th-century Casa de los Picos with a facade covered in intriguing pyramid-shaped granite blocks. Originally a mansion for a patrician family, and designed in the style of grand Renaissance palaces in Italy, it now houses the Segovia School of Applied Arts and Crafts. In the 13th and 14th centuries, we learn, Segovia was home to a significant Jewish community who lived harmoniously throughout the city. This all changed in the early 15th century when their synagogue was confiscated and they were forced to live in a segregated area. Brass plaques embedded in the cobblestone streets indicate the ghetto’s rough location.

It feels like all roads lead to the cathedral, situated at the highest point of the city. Built between 1525 and 1768, it has Flemish tapestries and significant altarpieces by Van Eyck and Morales, among others, but the kids are more intrigued by the instruments of torture on display in the light-filled cloister.

Walt Disney is said to have modelled Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland on Segovia’s Alcázar, and as we approach the turreted building the resemblance is uncanny. A fortress was first built on this strategic site – a rocky crag at the confluence of two rivers – in Roman times and it has always played a significant role in the history and defence of the Castile kingdom, although the current building dates mainly from the 13th century.

The kids adore exploring its decorated throne rooms and dank prison cells deep in the basement, but especially love posing with swords and cannon in the armoury.

The snow continues to fall as we wander back through the streets, with stops for snowball fights and the creation of the obligatory snowman. It’s weather that makes you hungry and fortunately Segovia’s other drawcard is of the culinary variety.

We mange to score a table at Mesón de José Maria, famed for its extraordinary cochinillo, or suckling pig. Our waiter brings the whole roasted, crisp-skinned animal to the table, snout, ears, splayed feet and all, and with a theatrical flourish proceeds to cut up the meat not with a knife but with the side of a bread plate. It’s that tender, and extraordinarily delicious, and even better with a glass of the house red, Ribera del Duero.

Day trips or detours are underrated. We’re all so busy ticking off big-ticket sights in major cities that we often forsake visiting smaller towns and villages to get away from traffic and busyness and travel a little slower. In a city like Segovia, with a good lunch and some unforgettable landmarks, you’ve got the perfect day out. TRIP NOTESGETTING THERE

The journey between Madrid’s Charmatin station (north of the centre but on the metro line) and Segovia takes 28 minutes on a high-speed train. However, Segovia’s high-speed train station is about 5 kilometres out of town, so you need to take a taxi or bus from there into the centre. EATING THERE

Meson de Jose Maria, Calle Cronista Lecea, 11, 40001 Segovia, +34 921 461 111


There are other dishes on the menu – lovely warming soups, cured jamon, croquetas – but it’s really all about the sickling pig.

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Dentsu Mitchell dumps AdCorp from major government advertising contract

AdCorp has placed federal government recruitment ads since 2009. Department of Finance merged ad buying into one contract in 2014. Photo: Melissa Adams
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Advertising powerhouse Dentsu Mitchell has dumped listed company AdCorp from an alliance on a major government media-buying contract worth up to $150 million annually.

The two agencies jointly won the four-year contract in 2014 and Denstu Mitchell has been sub-contracting AdCorp to book non-campaign federal government advertising, such as recruitment advertising, public notices and tender notices.

The contract for information campaign and non-campaign work is worth up to $150 million annually. When AdCorp last held the contract for non-campaign ad booking on its own, it was worth about $40 million annually.

BusinessDay understands AdCorp is considering legal action over the abrupt move.

In a statement to the market, AdCorp said Dentsu Mitchell would “consolidate the management of the Australian government’s Master Media Agency contract” and would no longer use AdCorp to place non-campaign ads.

“After several years providing services to the Australian government and its many clients, we are disappointed this relationship will no longer continue,” AdCorp chief executive David Morrison said in the statement released on Friday.

AdCorp would provide the market with another update this week, Mr Morrison told BusinessDay, as it was too early to know what impact Dentsu Mitchell’s decision will have. Up to 15 people were working on that government contract, but their future is unknown, he added.

Acting national manager of Dentsu Mitchell, Penny Davy-Whyte, said she hoped the “transition-out plan” from the alliance would be finalised this week with “minimal impact”. The non-campaign media buying would now be done by a team in Melbourne.

Ms Davy-Whyte added Dentsu Mitchell alone held the contract and sub-contracted work to AdCorp.

The decision leaves AdCorp with a big revenue hole. On Friday shares traded hands, but did not drop below the opening price of 1.7 cents. Once worth $1.80 a share more than a decade ago, AdCorp has been hit by cuts to government hiring – which reduces recruitment advertising – and declines in advertising spends.

Last year it raised $3.76 million through a renouncable rights issue and bought a $1 million stake in video-production company Shootsta.

Founder and chairman Ian Rodwell remains the company’s largest shareholder with 74.3 per cent of shares.

Two state government contracts were recently renewed, but the federal government contract has been a reliable source of income.

However, the Department of Finance decided to consolidate campaign and non-campaign advertising contracts in 2014, and awarded it to Mitchell and Partners (since re-branded Dentsu Mitchell) in alliance with AdCorp.

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How to choose a primary school? Not just academic results, say parents

Chebiwot Kipsaina and her Australian-born daughter Malaika Kisia. Photo: Chris Hopkins Kenyan migrant and mother Chebiwot Kipsaina and her Australian born daughter Malaika Kisia. “I wanted a school that went beyond that,” says Chebiwot. Photo: Chris Hopkins
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A government primary school in Melbourne’s south-east was Chebiwot Kipsaina’s first choice for her daughter, six-year-old Malaika.

Close to home and near to public transport, initially at least, it ticked all the boxes.

But Malaika would have been the only black African at the school, so during orientation Chebiwot asked the principal how it promoted diversity.

“We have children from Denmark,” was his reply.

“It was very limited,” Chebiwot says with a wry laugh. “That kind of put me off. I wanted a school that went beyond that.”

For most of the 20th century, it was uncommon for Australian parents to actively choose a primary school for their children, but this is changing.

And while academic or sporting prowess might feature in high school deliberations, less is known about how parents decide which primary school is the best fit for their kids.

Now, using data from 8000 families across Australia, researchers have discovered that parents decide on primary schools based on a whole host of largely personal factors that go beyond academic results.

“Australian parents and mothers, in particular, tend to do a lot of research into the school community, its reputation, academic performance and the affordability of fees,” said Anne Hollonds, researcher and director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The proximity of a school to home, whether other family members are attending, academic quality, and its religious or philosophical outlook were the main considerations, researchers found.

But the reasons behind school choice differ considerably depending on whether parents send their children to private or government schools.

Government schools are still the main providers of primary school education, while about 20 per cent of students go to Catholic schools and 12 per cent go to private schools.

Those who sent their kids to government schools were most concerned with convenience and if another family member was already at the school. Those who chose independent schools were motivated by academic results and religious values.

Kipsaina, who came to Australia as a student and then became a citizen, decided not to enrol Malaika at the government school and opted for a Catholic primary school in their south eastern Melbourne suburb instead.

Malaika is still the only black African student at this school, but when her mum asked the teachers about diversity she liked their response: “She was quite frank, she said they hadn’t had children from an African background specifically, but she said it was a learning opportunity.”

Religion is a central part of Kipsaina’s life, but she has had to adjust to the Australian approach, where not all parents at her daughter’s school are practicing Christians.

Some parents expected religiously-affiliated schools to demonstrate active religiosity, while others saw them as a haven for their children from unsatisfactory government schools, the study noted.

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‘Pokie-Leaks’ campaign calls for gambling industry secrets

Whistleblowers are being urged to reveal poker machine industry secrets. Photo: John Woudstra Greens deputy leader, Larissa Waters, Andrew Wilkie MP, Senator Nick Xenophon, and former pokie machine victim, Shonica Guy launch PokieLeaks in Sydney CBD. Photo: Peter Rae
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Andrew Wilkie MP, with Senator Nick Xenophon, and former pokie machine victim, Shonica Guy launch PokieLeaks in Sydney CBD. Photo: Peter Rae

Three federal politicians are calling on whistleblowers to send them poker machine industry secrets with a promise they will be made public using parliamentary privilege.

The Pokie-Leaks campaign is being launched in Sydney on Tuesday by independent senator Nick Xenophon, Greens senator Larissa Waters and independent Denison MP Andrew Wilkie.

They will call for confidential information, such as details of how machine design targets vulnerable players and undisclosed industry interaction with political parties, to be sent directly to them for release in Parliament.

It comes as Crown Casino and Australian pokie manufacturer Aristocrat are taken to court by former pokie player Shonica Guy, a supporter of the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

Ms Guy is seeking an order that the machines she played are deceptive.

Potentially, information made public via the Pokie-Leaks campaign could be used by lawyers Maurice Blackburn in the case.

“This information needs to be out there in the court of public opinion,” Senator Xenophon said.

“If you know something that needs to be revealed, tell us, and with parliamentary privilege, we can tell everyone. For too long, this predatory industry has relied on secret and harmful features, which are designed to be addictive.”

Senator Waters said information about dishonest or illegal behaviour in the pokies industry “can help us hold them to account in Parliament” and that the identity of whistleblowers would be protected.

Mr Wilkie, who was included in a recently abandoned defamation action brought by Clubs NSW against the ABC, said the poker machine industry “is fundamentally exploitative and very careful to try and keep its methods secret”.

“Pokie-Leaks will establish a valuable mechanism for industry insiders and members of the public to tell us what they know,” he said.

The defamation action was launched after ABC’s 7.30 program broadcast claims by former federal MP Peter Garrett that someone from Clubs NSW handed him an envelope full of cash after his election in 2004. Mr Wilkie described it as a bribe.

Mr Garrett later said it was a cheque, not cash, and was given before he was elected.

Clubs NSW denied the claim and sued, but dropped the action after the court granted the ABC access to its financial records.

“It was telling that Clubs NSW dropped its legal action against the ABC on account of the court discovery process and requirement to open its books to scrutiny,” Mr Wilkie said.

“This just goes to show the steps that this particular industry player will go to in order to avoid scrutiny, and of the need for whistleblowers to speak up.”

A Clubs NSW spokesman said the campaign appears to be “a typical Nick Xenophon and friends publicity stunt”.

“Sadly, it shows yet again how little regard is held by some politicians for the serious business of governing our nation,” he said.

An Aristocrat spokeswoman declined to comment.

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New law will compel websites, including IMDB, to delete actors’ ages if they ask

How old is Jen? A new law will prevent you finding out. Photo: Richard ShotwellEntertainment industry websites that publish the ages of actors will be forced to stop the practice in the wake of new legislation in California intended to combat ageism in Hollywood. The law, which becomes effective on January 1, 2017, will force online databases that publish filmographies, resumes and actor headshots to remove an actor’s age if a formal request is made to do so.
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The most obvious example is the online film and television resource Internet Movie Database – IMDB – which publishes agents, headshots and other biographical material. But the law would apply to any casting website that accepts payment for the posting of professional information. It also affects any individual who works in entertainment, though it is principally aimed at actors.

“Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry,” California assemblyman Ian Calderon said. “[The law] provides the necessary tools to remove age information from online profiles on employment referral websites to help prevent this type of discrimination.”

Though the principle is essentially to protect actors from having casting directors discount them from roles on the basis of their age, the debate over the legislation has provoked fierce opinion on both sides.

Advocates of free speech and a free internet say the law is risky because in principle it advocates suppressing factual information on the internet.

“Requiring the removal of factually accurate age information across websites suppresses free speech,” internet freedom advocate Michael Beckerman said earlier this year. “This is not a question of preventing salacious rumours; rather it is about the right to present basic facts that live in the public domain.”

The law only affects paid casting websites, and requests for information to be taken down can only be made by a paying client of the site. That limitation may also insulate the legislation from a constitutional challenge on the grounds that it contravenes the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.

The California legislature also came up against the powerful Screen Actors Guild, which supported the law. “It is time to stop the ageism that permeates Hollywood’s casting process,” SAG president Gabrielle Carteris said earlier this year. “This problem exists for all performers, but most distinctly for women.”

Carteris is best known to television audiences as one of the stars of the 1990s drama Beverly Hills 90210.

SAG issued a statement thanking California’s governor Jerry Brown for signing the legislation into law on behalf of “everyone in the industry who has struggled with age discrimination”.

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Houston shooting: Nine people injured and gunman shot dead

Houston: A Houston lawyer whose business was struggling opened fire on morning commuters on Monday, injuring at least nine people before being shot dead by police, authorities said.
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Six people were taken to hospitals and three were treated at the scene after being shot at while inside their vehicles in the affluent neighbourhood of West University Place, acting Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo told reporters.

One victim was in critical condition and another was in serious condition but both were expected to survive, officials said. The FBI said there was no indication that the shootings were linked to a radical group.

Police declined to identify the suspect, but local media reported that he shot at vehicles from a black Porsche registered to Nathan DeSai.

Public records showed that DeSai lived in a condominium near the shooting scene and that he had no criminal record.

DeSai, who received his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1998, started a small law firm but his former law partner, Ken McDaniel, said they closed it about six months ago.

McDaniel told local television the shooting was “out of character” for DeSai.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, in Cuba to develop trade relations, told reporters, “The motivation appears to be a lawyer whose relationship with his law firm went bad”.

Prakash DeSai told ABC television’s Houston affiliate that his son drove a black Porsche, and that he was “upset about his law practice not going well” and money woes.

Police said the suspect was dressed in a military-style uniform and that military paraphernalia that included Nazi items was found in his possession.

The police bomb squad secured the shooter’s car, which contained more than 2600 rounds of ammunition. Police said a handgun was found on the suspect’s body and a rifle was found in this car.

An agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the firearms had been legally purchased.

Christopher Miller, who lives near the site of the shootings, said he watched much of it from his apartment. “The only way I can explain it is like a firework show; you hear a shot, a shot, then more shots, then a finale of a bunch of shots. Then you know it’s over.”

Police said more than 75 shell casings had been recovered.  

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