Georgia Matts with Sarah Baum and Skye Burgess.Picture: Sylvia LiberIllawarra Mercury photographer Georgia Matts isn’t a fan of how some female surfers are portrayed in surf films – so she has made one herself. She speaks to AGRON LATIFI about making Smile and Wave. SURFING COUPLE: The surfing adventures of Sarah Baum and Skye Burgess are highlighted in the film. Picture: Georgia Matts
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Sex sells but that’s not what Smile and Wave is about.

The film from first-time film-maker Georgia Matts looks to highlight purely the ‘’tremendous’’ surfing ability of female surfers.

Matts tries to capture this by telling the surfing storyof her two best friends, Skye Burgess and Sarah Baum.

For thepast two and a half years the trio travelled up and down the coast of New South Wales surfing and filming their adventures.

The 23-year-old film-maker from Fairy Meadow also joined the couple in Baum’s home country of South Africa for two months.

‘’It’s been a fantastic experience. I’ve had the chance to travel around the world with my two best friends,’’ Matts said.

‘’I started shooting this film twoand a half years ago because I knew how good the girls surfed.They didn’t have much publicity and I knew they deserved it.

AIR TIME: Skye Burgess surfing for Georgia Matts’ surf film “Smile and Wave”, which will play in New York City in August. Picture: Georgia Matts

‘’We’ve had a lot of fun making this film, that’s one of the reasons why I’ve called it Smile and Wave.

‘’But in saying that it’s a deeply personal story of the hardships faced by two athletes who happen to be gay, who love each other and are passionate about a sport they’re really good at.’’

Lake Heights surfer Burgess’ love of the ocean meant she was always going to try and surf for a living.

The 25-year-old started surfing 10 years ago and in recent years has competed in a number of World Qualifying Series (WQS) events.

Durban surfer Baum has also enjoyed success on the WQS. In fact, the 23-year-old is still considered one of the best female surfers in South Africa.

As an eight-year-old Baum was identified as one of the country’s brightest surfing stars and was sponsored by Roxy. That sponsorship only ended when Baum turned 20 and moved to to live with her partner Burgess.

Three years later theduo struggle to affordto travel all around the world to compete regularly.

Burgess and Baum both work 40-hours a week at a Port Kembla cafe to save enough to travel to compete at a couple of events a year.

Sarah Baum. Picture: Georgia Matts

Matts feels her friends deserve better and hopes to showcase their surfing talent to prospective sponsors through Smile and Wave.

‘’My aim with this movie was to show off their abilities,’’ she said.

‘’Because the women’s surfing scene is majorly about marketability, and until recent times the way women actually surf is not as high of a prerequisite as their physical looks and sex appeal.

Picture: Sylvia Liber

‘’They are treated like a reluctant bikini model rather than a high-class athlete.’’

Matts doesn’t like the fact some surfers get ahead just on their good looks.

She highlights the rise to fame of the Coffey sisters, the Gold Coast surfing sisters dubbed the ‘Aussie Kardashians’.

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Ellie-Jean Coffey, 22, and 17-year-old Holly-Sue have racked up over one million followers on Instagram thanks to a heady combination of surfing prowess and smoking hot bikini shots.

‘’They have been marketed all over The Today Show and The Project just because of their looks. But Sarah and Skye and a host of other surfers are much more talented but struggle to get noticed,’’ she said.

’’Bikinis get smaller as “lifestyle” footage gets bigger, and somehow, being a surfer is second to being hot.

‘’When you look at how men are portrayed and women are portrayed, particularly in magazines and on websites, usually the men are portrayed in the act of doing the sporting performance and the women are shown in their bikinis or a view from behind.

‘’I don’t think that is right.

‘’There aren’t many female surf movies out at the moment but when they do make them you can bet it’s generally them in their bikinis and lifestyle shots instead of focusing on their undoubted talent out in the surf.

‘’I want to change this in my film.’’

Skye Burgess was happy to join her friend’s film-making adventure.

‘’The film is based on us adventuring and just having fun doing what we love,’’ Burgess said.

‘’Sarah and I have both competed in a few contests over the past year or two, but have taken a step back from doing the tour full time at the moment.

‘’We are just taking things as they come and enjoying doing what we love, spending time with friends and when we have time we go and travel and get good waves around the world and see the country and culture without having the stress of competing.

‘’We work full time together so it does get hard to train and surf as much as we’d like to but we make the most of our days off and try go away up or down the coast and get some waves.

‘’The sponsors we do have now support us as we are. We love the image that they have and want to work alongside them to showcase what they represent and what they stand for.’’

Making the film has also been ‘’mostly’’ enjoyable for Matts.

‘’I got robbed twice. Some $30,000 worth of gear was taken. That made filming difficult at times but we had a lot of help from our friends and sponsors,’’ she said.

‘’It has cost a lot of money making this film but I’m not making it to make money. I just hope it helps my friends.’’

Matts will show Smile and Wave at Rockaway Beach Surf Club in New York City on August 11-12.

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NCH NEWS rent, rental, house for rent, rental shortage, for lease. Newcastle. 2nd April 2008 NCH NEWS Picture by DEAN OSLAND SPECIAL 000000 Photo: Dean OslandThe 50 best Sydney suburbs for renters: Domain dataSydney in world’s top 10 most expensive rental cities: reportFrom 51 suburbs in 2000 to four in 2016: The last areas Sydney first-home buyers can afford
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I have recently embarked on the tortuous journey of hunting for an apartment in Sydney on a budget. Now there’s two words you don’t often see in the same sentence – ‘Sydney’ and ‘budget’.

Not only is this my first time searching for an apartment to rent here, but it will also be my first time renting, and – just one week in – there are three things that have already become strikingly clear to me.

Firstly, prices differ dramatically between suburbs, even those sitting right next to each other.

Secondly, buying a car in Sydney was a bad idea.

Thirdly, working a weekend job while flat hunting is impossible.

To start with the first item here, I am absolutely confounded as to how a tiny studio apartment in one street could be asking twice the price of a spacey two-bedroom apartment, with a balcony and a garage, just two streets away, purely because of the name of the suburb.

And the difference just seems to get more and more ridiculous if you start to look into the western suburbs, even the inner-west. I understand the way cities work, how the closer you are to the city centre the more desirable the location and so the higher the price, but this is more than that. This is suburbias!

Secondly, Sydney has no parking. I guess this one I probably should have been expecting. It is a busy and very popular city and so it is logical that the ‘burbs would mirror this.

However, now I have realised the true extent of the lack of parking in Sydney, it has made me wonder how so many people are able to own cars while living here.

Finally, if you work a Monday to Friday job and have recently had to move apartments, I’m sure you would have appreciated all those Saturday morning viewings.

And I’m also sure there are also a number of people who, like me, work Saturdays and are frustrated that most properties only seem to offer viewings then. What the hell do real estate agents do during the rest of the week?

There are few feelings worse than having to serve coffee on Saturday mornings to couples as they quibble over whether they’d prefer the flat with the view or the car park – it’s like rubbing salt in the wound. Where’s the compassion, people?

The reality is, if you can find a decent flat at reasonable rent in an area that’s not completely undesirable, because you managed to get away from work, there will be at least half a dozen other prospective tenants there when you go to inspect it. They will have their neatly bound CVs, complete with personal and professional references, and their application forms already filled in, and the ability to pay a little sweetener on top of the asking price.

Don’t trust them, Rental Agent Person! Their documents are fake and the property will be on Airbnb before the keys have stopped jangling in the door. You should just give it to me instead.

I can’t tell whether these are issues specific to Sydney, or if they plague all big cities. But I now no longer blame the rise in property prices nor the increasing popularity of smashed avo for the reason most youngsters are living with their parents for increasing lengths of time.

It is simply too much hassle to move out!

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It’s the illness we don’t talk about, but depression is killing double the number of young people than it did 10 years ago.
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Perry Williams was a bright, charismatic, talented hockey player who took his own life last week.

His family share their raw and painful story to raise awareness of the “undiagnosed cancer” depression is.

A family’s message: Have the tough chatsA grieving mother saysher son’s depression was so deep he transformed from a charismatic, charming boy to a soulless man who saw no way out of his darkness.

Angela and Grahame Williams are not shying away from a tough subject.

Their son, Perry Williams, died by suicide last week. He was 18-years-old.

At his best Perry was outgoing, chatty, bubbly. He had a passion for hockey and video games. He dreamed of becoming a robotics engineer.

On his darkest days Perry went for long periodswithout sleep or food. Hewithdrew from hockeyand stopped caring for himself, those close to him and his dog.

Angela describes her son’s debilitating illness as an undiagnosed cancer that broke his mind. Angela and Grahamecan see no clear trigger of the disease that engulfed Perry’s mind for three years.

Perry’s resilience was a strength –until he became too strong, too good at locking in the pain.There were little moments that Grahameand Angela could tap into their son’s mind and speak openly.

When Perry was learning to drive his mum would have long chats. But the older Perry grew, the less frequent they became. Angela and Grahame are sharing their story in the hope that other families will not have to go through the pain of losing a son this way.

“Why did he take his life? We will never know, but depression is a serious illness that can effect everyone,” Angelasaid.

“Depression has best been described by a sufferer as being locked in a windowless room, it’s dark and there’s a feeling of being unable to let the light in.”

There were moments that Perry would appear to enjoy himself, but he rejected these moments, seemingly determined to remain sad.

“It was almost like a protection –because he didn’t want to feel. Things that used to give him joy, didn’t give joy,” Angela said.

Angela and Grahame are calling for more support for parents who can see their child falling through the cracks but don’t know what to do. Ina heartfelt eulogy Grahame called on Perry’s family and friends to not be blind to signs of depression.

“Watch, see, notice, talk and listen.Do not avoid the tough conversation. Do not yield to the barriers that are put up. Seek help and seek guidance,” he said.

Grahame and Angelafound themselves feeling helpless –watching their son fall to pieces, but feeling unable to save him. Perry refused to see a doctor towards the end. He would not seek help and spent most of his time inside his room.

“The way Perry manifested his pain is that he would not sleep. There were days and days were he would not sleep.It wasn’t like you could ring and say my son was bleeding,” Angela said.

Perry’s resilience meant he could put on a face, he could convince people he was okay.

“Perry’s pain, Perry’s problem was not obvious. He would work with me every day in the office –he would be happy and attentive he would be everything he needed to be,” Grahame said.

There were windows of opportunitiesthat Grahame feels he could have spoken to his son.

“(But I always thought) how do I deal with that? When he was happy I avoided the subject because he was happy and I wanted him to stay there.”

The family has been buoyed by the wave of community support since Perry’s death.They want everyone in the community to know where to reach for help. To know who to speak to and to recognise thesigns of depression.

“Do I think we can solve this issue? No. But we can make people aware, between professional people, parents and sporting groups,” Angela said.

“Hopefully we can work towards making it better and improving the odds.”

If they can spareone family from experiencing the eternal griefthey will never be free of, they will feel a sense of peace.

A parents’ pain: depression takes another young life TweetFacebook‘Our chance to make a change’: clubsSPORTING clubs must step up and do more to ensure the young men and women in their clubs know how to access mental health support, a club leader says.

Eureka and Golden City hockey club president Jeff Sly says the suicide death of player Perry Williams has left a gaping hole in the close-knit hockey community.

“Perry’s death has clearly effected ourclub enormously,” Mr Sly said.

“There is real feeling of disbelief that Perry couldn’t find someone to talk to share his pain with.:”

Perry, who played representative hockey for WestVic, was a leader. He coached juniors and was a well-respected senior.

“By the number of people at his funeral you could see he was loved and respected. It breaks our hearts that he didn’t realise that.”

An Orygen report found clusters of suicide were far more likely to occur among youths than adults. Mr Sly said Perry’s suicide was a “genuine wake-up call for the club” and would drive its leaders to do more to ensure young people felt supported.

“(Mental health) has to be a greater focus for the club. One of ours roles as a club is helping those who are at-risk. It is a genuine wake-up call and we have to look at what we can do,” Mr Sly said.

“One of things that is really obvious is that Perry’s happiest times were when he was playing hockey. We need to be providing support not only in season but also outside of the season.”

Immediately, the club is providing counselling to its players. Inthe long-term it hopes to establish more social gathering to engage young people.Psychologists have already extended services to the club, but Mr Sly said leaders needed to make sure they understood the signs of depression and knew where to direct players and members who might need assistance.

Rising rates of youth suicideWe simply cannot afford to let the nation’s youth suicide crisis go unnoticed.

Experts have called for the community to stand up and take notice.

Young men and women are taking their lives at a higher rate than 10 years ago.

A third of all young people who die between 15-24 years-of-age die by suicide. While twice as many young women took their own lives in 2015 than in 2005, Orygen research shows.

“Suicide rates among young ns are at their highest in 10 years and rates among young women have doubled during this time,” head of Orygen’s suicide prevention Dr Robinson said.

“We simply cannot afford for this to continue and a new approach to suicide prevention is clearly needed.”

Young people are also self-harming at an alarming rate, with one in four young women aged 16–17 years having self-harmed in their lifetime.

“Young people told us loud and clear that we should be less afriad to talk openly about suicide, including in school settings,” Dr Robinson said.

Beyond Blue’s research and evaluation leader DrStephenCarbone said signs of depression and anxiety were sometimes hard to spot as they build up and are gradually accumulated over a period of time.

“Some of the changes are often subtle and progress over a period,’ Dr Carbone said.

“The core symptoms of depression are a deterioation in mood – (someone might be) sad and unhappy and blue and almost a bit empty day after day.”

There is an associated loss of interest, pleasure and enjoyment in usual activities. The person starts to be more moody, irritable and then withdraw.

But for parents and friends it is often hard to pick up on a loved one’s depression.

“It can be confusing for parents trying tounderstand what’s going on,” Dr Carbone said.

“The key thing is –it’s reasonable and important to check in and enquire.

“One of the best places to start is to express a concern – maybe, that they’re not going out as much as usual, don’t seem as happy as usual.

“It important to think about opening the door (to conversation).It’s sometimes about being a good listener. Making it clearyou’re interested that you care about finding solutions.”

Sometimes these actions won’t work. The young person won’t be accepting, this means it’s time, Dr Carbonesaid,to ramp up involvement. If needed, call mental health support lines.

Sometimes, as a last resort, a critical assessment team needs to be called.

“If a person is not willing to be seen –thereis a CAT team and that is there. Sometimes a last resort is what can be life saving.”

Who to call for help?THE only way to reduce the occurrence of suicide is to talk about it, leaders say.

Lifeline Ballarat program manager Michelle MacGillivray previously toldThe Courierpeople need to start having more open conversations with family, friends and colleagues.

“It’s raising our awarenessabout when we recognise when somebody may be in distress and working out how to approach them and encourage them to seek help,” Ms MacGillivray said.

She said it was particularly important to ensure men reached out to services as traditionally they are far less likely to speak out than females.

Lifeline is continuing to invest in new resources and will roll out a text-line this year. The current online chat model allows the service to engagewith a different, younger demographic than the traditional phone model.

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EMBARGOED UNTIL 15TH MARCH 2017. Sally McManus will be the first female secretary of the ACTU. Photographed here in the banner room at Sussex street HQ. Thursday 2nd March 2017 SMH photo Louie Douvis . Photo: Louie DouvisBuilding company Grocon has demanded ACTU secretary Sally McManus correct her “manifestly untrue” statement that it was fined $300,000 for killing five workers.
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The company issued the statement on Friday saying it did not deny tragic deaths had occurred on its sites, but insisting it had not caused them.

“Findings on the public record are that Grocon has not caused the death of any individual,” a company statement said.

“It is beholden on Ms McManus to publicly correct her statement and Grocon will be writing to her seeking this correction.”

During her interview on ABC’s 7.30 Report this week, Ms McManus said the CFMEU was fined more for strike action than the company Grocon paid for “killing five workers” on its sites.

Grocon and the CFMEU have fought a bitter industrial battle in Melbourne that has included unlawful strikes but also a secondary boycott against concrete company Boral which also has prompted criminal charges.

The statement from Grocon said Ms McManus’s statement was “manifestly untrue”.

The company said the Victorian Coroner’s Court confirmed in 2014 there were no workplace safety issues involved in the death of a crane driver, William Ramsay, on Grocon’s Emporium building site in February, 2013.

It said WorkSafe had also confirmed Grocon’s conduct did not cause a wall to collapse on a Swanston Street footpath, killing three people.

However the Swanston Street case did see a Grocon subsidiary fined $250,000 after it pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a safe workplace.

Ms McManus sparked controversy when she told ABC’s 7.30 on Wednesday that she believed in the rule of law “where the law’s fair, where the law’s right, but when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continued his criticisism of the comments on Friday saying her statements were from “a union leader who said the unions are above the law”.

“She believes that you only have to have to obey the law, or unions only have to obey the law, if they agree with it,” he told radio 3AW.

“What she has done is defied the whole rule of law and this is the culture of thuggery and lawlessness that the CFMEU, of course is the great example of, and this is the culture of the union movement, it is the culture of the Labor party in 2017.

“This is a nation governed by the rule of law and if she thinks if she and her unions are above the law then there is not much work we can do with her, I am afraid.”

Federal Labor spokesman on employment Brendan O’Connor, the brother of CFMEU national secretary Michael O’Connor, supported Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s criticism of law breaking behaviour.

“When you have a bad law, you change it. The only way to change unjust laws is to change the government,” Mr O’Connor said.

National secretary for the Rail Tram and Bus Union, Bob Nanva, who is affiliated to the right-wing of the Labor Party accused Mr Turnbull of “confected anger” in response to Ms McManus’s comments.

He said Mr Turnbull and business groups had expressed no outrage about law-breaking companies who were underpaying workers.

“Once upon a time [Prime Minister] Malcolm Turnbull stood up in court to defend an alleged traitor and challenged the validity of laws made by the British Parliament,” Mr Nanva said.

“Now he’s just another rich conservative cutting the pay of vulnerable workers, giving tax breaks to multinationals, and waging war on unions.”

Mr Nanva said Mr Turnbull’s statements contradicted those he made when defending Peter Wright, author of the “Spy Catcher” novel.

“In his public defence of … Peter Wright, Malcolm Turnbull said that ‘the issue of principle is whether you have a sensible approach’ to laws around classified information,” Mr Nanva said.

“In other words, Malcolm Turnbull used to believe that it’s OK to challenge, and even break, laws which are not sensible.

“Now he believes people should accept whatever laws are in place, and he says has ‘nothing in common’ with the values of people who stand up against the misuse of power.”

Mr Nanva said Ms McManus was “one hundred per cent right – when laws are unjust, unfair and discriminatory, then they must be challenged”.

“The RTBU stands proudly with Sally McManus, and we will always fight against the misuse of power and authority,” he said.

ACTU President Ged Kearney also threw her support behind Ms McManus on Friday.

“Sally McManus has my full support, the support of the entire n union movement, and from her colleagues at the n Council of Trade Unions,” Ms Kearney said.

Community and Public Sector Union National Secretary Nadine Flood said ‘s “one-sided industrial relations laws are not working, as is clearly demonstrated by the fact that enterprise bargaining in Commonwealth agencies is still not resolved after well over three years”.

“For most working people, particularly women and low-paid workers, those laws are delivering fewer rights, declining living standards, job insecurity and ever tougher lives,” she said.

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There won’t be a dry eye on the racecourse should Ruark claim Sunday’s $150,000 Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) at Albury.
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Ruark is prepared by local trainer Brett Cavanough and without his insistence the horse may still be roaming around a paddock.

“The horse was owned by Trevor Parker (stock agent) who died 12 months ago after being badly burned in an accident on his property,” Cavanough explained.

Trevor Parker had been refilling a generator at his Chiltern Valley property when the fuel ignited and he was severely burned. Mr Parker spent seven weeks in hospital before passing away.

“Ruark had been just lying around in a paddock after the accident so I asked his wife (Bernadette) what she wanted to do,” Cavanough said. “I said we should have a throw at the stumps and go for the Country Championships and she agreed.”

Ruark has only raced on seven occasions but has shown plenty of ability, winning two successive races at Albury (1175m) in October-November 2015. The four-year-old has not been seen since finishing fifth to Vinnie Vega on his home track in March last year.

“He’s had a throat operation since his last start and we’re pleased with where he’s at,” Cavanough said. “His trial was okay, nothing sensational, but it was alright.

“However, we worked him this morning and he lit up the track. He’s improved a great deal so we’re pretty happy with him.”

Cavanough will be chasing his third straight win in the Southern Districts Racing Association qualifier, having won in 2015 with Loved Up (Richard Bensley) before scoring with Steakandbernaise (Kayla Nisbet) last year. Richard Bensley will be aboard Ruark on Sunday.

Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland will miss Sunday’s qualifier: “We’ll probably sit out this year’s Country Championships,” he rued. “We have a young team and the flood put us back around six months.

“We’ll be represented by a few runners at the Albury Cup Carnival but it doesn’t look like we’ll be in the Championships, next year for sure!”

Sutherland wrote himself into the history books last Saturday week when he prepared all six winners on the Carrathool program.

“I didn’t really think about it on the day, even though the racecaller was quite excited during the last race. It was a day or two later before it really sunk in.”

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brumbies Captains run, 17th March, prior to the away game V Waratah’s. Captain Sam Carter. Photo by Karleen Minney. Photo: Karleen MinneyThe ACT Brumbies expect an n derby sloppy slog on Saturday night, but insist they will avoid targeting the NSW Waratahs’ stars at Allianz Stadium.
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The Waratahs have recalled giant lock Will Skelton after missing the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, but playmaker Bernard Foley has been ruled out as he continues to battle concussion symptoms.

The Brumbies are still stinging from a 53-17 loss to the Waratahs in a pre-season trial last month.

Skelton is a massive inclusion and the 140 kilogram beast is the key to NSW stopping the Brumbies go-to move of a rolling maul.

Skelton will partner lineout general Dean Mumm in the second row, setting the stage for Brumbies skipper Sam Carter and Rory Arnold to go head to head in an all Test battle.

“You’ve just got to get in Will’s face and defend as a team, if we can counter all of their threats we’ll go a long way to winning the match,” Carter said.

“It’s a big game and big responsibility, any time you play the Waratahs there’s no extra motivation needed. Nothing comes easy.”

NSW linchpin Israel Folau is also searching for form at outside centre, and the cross-code superstar has scored three tries in his past four games from the Brumbies.

But conditions may dictate Folau’s involvement, with Sydney’s wet weather to favour a set-piece showdown.

“The Waratahs are a dangerous attacking side, either way we’re going to be in for a tough game,” said Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham.

“Have you ever seen [Folau] have a bad game? He’s a consistent performer and is relishing his chance to get his hands on the ball.”


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Brumbies team: 15. Aidan Toua, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Nigel Ah Wong, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Jordan Smiler, 7. Lolo Fakaosilea, 6. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Josh Mann-Rea, 1. Ben Alexander. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Nic Mayhew, 18. Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19. Blake Enever, 20. Ben Hyne, 21. De Wet Roos, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23. Andrew Smith.

Waratahs team: 15. Andrew Kellaway, 14. Reece Robinson, 13. Israel Folau, 12. Irae Simone, 11. Rob Horne, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Jed Holloway, 7. Michael Hooper, 6. Jack Dempsey, 5. Will Skelton, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tolu Latu, 1. Tom Robertson. Reserves: 16. Hugh Roach, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. David Lolohea, 19. David McDuling, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Michael Wells, 22. Jake Gordon, 23. David Horwitz.

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Kingpin: Lord Von Costa (Jason Collett) parades prior to finishing second in a TAB Highway race at Royal Randwick. Image by Bradley PhotographersFor a trainer with less than a handful of horses currently in work, Graham Hulm is a small player who should make a big impact with his team during the Albury Gold Cup Carnival.
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Hulm prepares his four-horse squad in Albury and has enough fire power to draw plenty of attention over the two days of the carnival this Sunday and the following Friday.

The trainer is in dashing form with three winners from his past nine starters and one of his best prospects is four-year-old mare Supply Money who will contest the $150,000 SDRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400m) on Sunday.

“She’s (Supply Money) as honest as the day is long,” Hulm said.

“She is a 1600m horse so she’ll be strong over the 1400m. My only concern is she’s a class two horse in a class five race.”

Supply Money has raced just eight times for two wins and three placings, including successive victories at Wangaratta (1590m) and Corowa (1600m) last December.

“She drew wide at Wangaratta (barrier 11) so she had to work hard to go forward and be near the lead but just kept going and it was pretty much the same thing at Corowa.

“She led them and beat off all the challengers down the straight.”

At her last start on January 17 Supply Money finished second to Dreadlock at Wagga (1400m).

“She ran second to a pretty smart horse and stuck on well over the last 200m. The winner has since run in Sydney.

“She is up in grade on Sunday but if she draws an alley she’ll keep them honest.

“I’ve freshened her up since her last run in January with a couple of weeks on the water walker.”

Hulm barrier trialled Supply Money at Wangaratta when fourth on March 6:

“She was a little disappointing although it was only 900m and she’s a miler. However, I’m expecting her to run a big race in the Country Championships Qualifier.”

Regular jockey Amanda Masters will again take the ride on Supply Money, having ridden the horse seven times from her eight starts.

“Amanda knows the horse very well so we’re happy to keep the partnership going.”

One of the stable’s kingpins, Lord Von Costa, is a Stakes-winner of nearly $150,000 and will be returning from a spell at Albury, last having raced at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

The horse is likely to be entered for the $50,000 David Wallace City Handicap (1175m) next Friday and will be hard to beat having won the Listed Cresswick Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight last July.

“He’ll be first-up on Albury Cup Day and is coming along nicely for his return,” Hulm said.

“He is a classy sprinter and he should prove hard to beat.

“I also have his half-sister (by Ilovethiscity) running at Albury and she is pretty good.

“I trialled her at Wangaratta on March 6 and she was caught four-wide the entire trip and still beat them easily.She will go well on debut.

“I’ll also be taking Smakatus and he is an honest type who always puts in 100 per cent.

“He won’t have had a run for a month but is a city winner in Melbourne and Brisbane and goes okay fresh.”

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Former n captains Cath Cox and Kim Green have praised the women’s sport movement over the past six months, but don’t believe netball is under threat.
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The Diamonds legends spoke ahead of the Giants Netball and Adelaide Thunderbirds clash at the AIS Arena on Sunday where Green will skipper the Giants, while Cox will call the game.

Green, 31, believes female athletes have more choice than ever before and said there is a spot at the table for everyone.

“Netball has been leading the way for quite a while and I get asked ‘are you threatened’ and I say ‘are you kidding me this is amazing’.”

“It’s outstanding what’s going on and it provides a great environment for young women to grow up in. Girls can chose netball, Aussie Rules, soccer, rugby, basketball and with some hard work they can basically go whichever way they want.”

Green believes women’s sport will continue to grow and more professional avenues will only make netball stronger.

“It’s so good for our future and ultimately it’s only going to make netball more proactive to keep players in the system,” Green said.

“We’re slowly building and have long way to go but man it’s been a good year for women’s sport.”

Cox agreed with her former teammate and said the benefits are also felt in the junior ranks, but the movement cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

“It’s about changing the idea of what women’s sport is like in people’s head, as the leagues get better and people come and see what it’s like they’ll understand it more and come back,” Cox said.

“A lot of people picture netball as a Saturday morning sport played by girls with ribbons in their hair but it’s not like that at all, it’s actually a really physical and rough game with heavy hits and plenty of contact.

“It’s about reaching that wider audience and not just males but females who haven’t seen netball live either, we just just need to get them through the gates because once they do they come back.

“I don’t think our sport is ever really going to be threatened with our massive participation rates, but it’s great kids now have so many options to keep active which is an issue with younger generations.”

n netball has long been a staple of women’s sport on TV, while the AFLW and WNCL received blockbuster ratings this summer and the WNBL is reportedly returning to the small screen.

“I could watch sport 24/7, I don’t care if it’s men or women, but it’s nice to see your fellow females competing an and getting appreciation [on TV] for what they do,” Cox said.

“We know we’re as capable as anyone else and once they get on TV it’s there, it’s just about getting there so other females can watch their heroes.”


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Bali: n Sara Connor could face more years behind bars over the death of a Bali police officer after prosecutors announced they would appeal her four year jail sentence.
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Prosecutor Agung Jayalantara told Fairfax Media the appeal to the High Court was because prosecutors had requested both Connor and her British DJ boyfriend David Taylor face the same sentence over the killing of Wayan Sudarsa, a father of two and member of the Bali police force for 35 years.

“This afternoon prosecutor Oka filed the notification to appeal to Denpasar District Court,” he said.

However Mr Agung said prosecutors were unlikely to appeal Taylor’s six year sentence.

The appeal is an ominous sign for Connor as it is common for appellate courts in Indonesia to impose harsher sentences on appeal.

Taylor, 34, and Connor, 46, were found guilty of fatal group assault in the Denpasar District Court on Monday and sentenced to six and four years’ jail respectively.

Both punishments were light by Indonesian standards given an on-duty police officer had been killed and prosecutors had requested that both be sentenced to eight years’ jail.

The maximum sentence for fatal group assault is 12 years.

Mr Sudarsa’s widow, Ketut Arsini, said she wanted Connor to receive the maximum 12 year sentence over the killing of her husband of 31 years..

“If the prosecutor is appealing, then they believed four years is not enough punishment,” she said.

“I myself, find it not enough, four years, not enough. If the law only allows a maximum 12 years, then I want her at least to be sentenced for the maximum, the full 12 years.”

Connor’s lawyer, Erwin Siregar, said he would also advise Connor on Monday morning to appeal.

“She’s innocent, in my opinion she should appeal,” he said.

“I will also advise her that prosecutors have decided to appeal, their reason to appeal is to get her to serve longer prison time. That would be my advice to her.”

The judges rejected key elements of Connor’s sentence including her claim that her only role in the police officer’s death was to break up a fight between Mr Sudarsa and Taylor.

Judge Wayan Sukanila said Connor was not trying to separate Taylor and Mr Sudarsa when she sat on top of the police officer but was trying to help Taylor and prevent the victim from fighting back.

He was equally sceptical about her claims that she cut up Mr Sudarsa’s cards in order to protect him from identity theft, saying she instead acted out of guilt.

“There is a disparity between the findings of the court, which were very damaging for Sara, and the relatively light penalty, which may not survive an appeal,” Professor Tim Lindsey, the director of Melbourne University’s Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, told Fairfax Media earlier this week.

Connor was ultimately given a lesser sentence than Taylor despite prosecutors requesting parity on the grounds Connor had given “convoluted statements” to the court and did not admit her guilt.

The judges took into her account that her two sons “still needed her very much” and she was separated from their father. They also said she was polite during the trial, had no criminal record in Indonesia and had offered to make a donation to Mr Sudarsa’s widow, even though it was refused.

There are multiple precedents of foreigners having harsher sentences imposed as a result of appeals.

Heroin smugglers Scott Rush, Si Yi Chen, Matthew Norman and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, part of the Bali nine, had their sentences increased to the death penalty on appeal to the Supreme Court.

And convicted cannabis smuggler Schapelle Corby had her 15-year sentence increased to the original 20-year term when it was appealed in the Supreme Court.

Prosecutors have until March 27 to submit the full appeal documents to the Denpasar District Court.

“Our superior believes that since David and Sara were charged with the same crime and in the same capacity they should also serve the same time,” Mr Agung said. “It is about a sense of fairness. That is why we are appealing.”

The High Court appeal will be in the form of a written submission which will then be considered by judges.

It could take up to two months to process.

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Portrait of Nationals Senator John Williams in his office at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 4 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (GOOD WEEKEND PHOTO) Photo: Alex EllinghausenNationals senator John “Wacka” Williams has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that has begun to affect his mobility.
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Describing the illness as “something I thought I’d never, ever get”, Senator Williams confirmed he was diagnosed 12 months ago after experiencing difficulty with his left leg.

Universally known as “Wacka”, a childhood nickname, the outspoken New South Welshman encouraged other men to see their doctor if they encountered health problems.

“Too many men, when they have a problem, bottle it up,” he said on Sky News on Friday. “It builds up inside [and] serious things happen. You’ve got to get it off your chest, speak to people.”

Senator Williams thanked his wife Nancy, his friends and his political and parliamentary colleagues for their support.

He said he had experienced some pain and difficulty when walking, especially in his left leg, but had otherwise avoided serious symptoms or associated depression.

However, some friends, including his Nationals colleague Dr David Gillepsie, had their suspicions.

“It affects each individual differently. I don’t have tremors. I’m not shaking,” Senator Williams said.

“The good news is they’re making a lot of research. We’re very lucky to live in these years when our medical profession and our research has developed so many solutions in solving so many of these problems.”

Senator Williams, 62, has already announced plans to retire at the next election, and doctors have advised him he should be able to serve the two remaining years of his term.

Since his election in 2007, he has used his position in Parliament to crusade against dodgy financiers, bankers, businessmen and the big end of town.

Among his targets have been supermarket giants Coles and Woolies, the corporate regular, ASIC, and perhaps most notably the Commonwealth Bank.

Wacka was at it again just a fortnight ago, grilling CBA’s head of wealth management on whether consultants Deloitte had actually interviewed any customers during its investigation into the scandal-plagued life insurer CommInsure.

“I’m just a dumb broken-down old shearer,” he said, frustration evident. “Did Deloitte speak to customers, yes or no?”

The answer was no.

Asked on Friday about his many years of combat with the industry, Senator Williams was modest. “I’m just trying to right the wrongs,” he said. “I just think people should be treated fairly.”

In a message for Wacka’s 60th birthday, then prime minister Tony Abbott described him as “one of the parliament’s great characters”, as well as “a voice for those who have no voice”.

Parkinson’s disease, which affects about 70,000 ns, involves the loss of cells in parts of the brain and a decline in the production of dopamine. It can be slow to progress, but usually comes to impair a person’s movement, balance, posture, mood and memory.

The cause of the incurable disease remains a mystery. On average, 32 ns are diagnosed with the condition every day, according to the Shake it Up Foundation, and it is the second-most common neurological disease in the country after dementia.

Senator Williams remained resolute on Friday. “We can manage this,” he said. “So far, so good.”

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