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December, 2018

AFL 2016: Return of Carlton captain Murphy still weeks away

Carlton captain Marc Murphy hasn’t played since being injured in Carlton’s round-10 win over Geelong. Photo: SuppliedCarlton have pushed back the return of captain Marc Murphy, and say he’s another three weeks away from recovery with an ankle injury.
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Murphy hasn’t played since being injured in Carlton’s round-10 win over Geelong.

The club had hoped he would miss only two to three weeks, but announced late on Tuesday the further delay.

Murphy, 28, could return for the round-18 clash with Sydney at the SCG.

After Murphy underwent CT scans and Carlton sought advice from specialists, the club announced he would not undergo surgery.

Leading sports physician Peter Larkins said the expectation that Murphy’s recovery would take two to three weeks was never realistic.

Watching the round-10 game from the boundary the radio commentator said the Carlton skipper was unlikely to return to the field earlier than six to eight weeks from the time of the injury.

The syndesmosis injury that Murphy suffered is more serious and complex than a normal ankle injury, Dr Larkins said. “The expectation that he would miss two to three (weeks) was not realistic given the mechanism of his injury.

“The concept of the high-grade ankle, which involved medial and internal ligament damage, is a well-established AFL injury. The discussion always revolves around surgery going to get a better result than non-surgery.

“Murphy was medium to higher-grade syndesmosis.

“The syndesmosis ankle injury is notorious for staying sore for more months after the player returns, more so than a typical lateral ankle injury.”

As of a week ago, Murphy was still in a moon boot and reported to be frustrated not to be playing for the team while it’s performing so well under new coach Brendon Bolton.

It’s a big set-back for the Blues, who go into a vital three-week stretch without their skipper.

The club faces arch-rivals Collingwood on Saturday night, before hosting Adelaide and West Coast, all at the MCG.

If they are to make a bold and unlikely run towards the finals, the Blues must  win at least two of those games, given they still face the Swans in Sydney and the Hawks in Tasmania.

It’s been a strange year for the club on the injury front. But while Murphy’s ankle problem is lingering, key big men Matthew Kreuzer and Levi Casboult have both returned weeks earlier than expected.

Kreuzer and Casboult ended up missing one week each, despite Kruezer having key-hole surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee and fears that Casboult had broken his leg.

In better news for the club, young forward Charlie Curnow is likely to make his return this weekend at VFL level.

He was due to play in the Northern Blues development side last week – his first game since contracting glandular fever – but rolled his ankle at training late in the week and was forced to sit out.

Curnow’s return would come a week after fellow first round draft pick Harry McKay made his return from a back injury.

Uncertainty surrounds another 2015 draft pick, forward Jack Silvagni, and whether he makes his senior debut on Saturday.

The son of Carlton legend Stephen Silvagni has been kicking goals consistently in the VFL and is seen as a good chance to make his debut this week, adding spice to the clash between  the games’ most bitter rivals.

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Mouse In The House wins NSW Group 1

The Steve Turnbull trained and driven Mouse in the House won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings.Mouse In The House, a horse which has a strong link to Parkes, won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings at Menangle last Sunday.
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The Steve Turnbull trained and driven Mouse in the House won the Group 1 $102,000 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old entires and geldings.

On a supreme day for harness racing where there were seven Group 1 races on the 11-event program, the Steve Turnbull trained and driven gelding ran the 1609 metres in 1m51.4

It was a big day for the Bathurst-based Turnbull stable with Conviction winning the two-year-old colts and geldings final, while he also came within a head of winning the four-year-old mares final with Hey Porsha.

Owned by Parkes man, John Dwyer, his sons Charles from Forbes and Matthew, Sydney and Ian Thomson of Emu Plains, Mouse In The House defeated a quality field to take the $60,000 first prize money.

After settling Mouse In The House mid field from barrier 13, Turnbull timed his run to perfection in the home straight to win the race by 1.7 metres.

It was third time lucky for Mouse In The House which also competed in the two and three-year-old series’ of the Breeders Challenge, his best efforts being last year when he won the heat and semi-final of the three-year-old event before finishing third in the final.

Despite finishing second in his past three starts at Menangle, Mouse In The House started at the good odds of $10.70 for the final.

Also bred by his owners and raised at the Dumesny family’s Valley View farm at Cookamidgera, Mouse In The House has a solid racing record of 14 wins, six seconds and four thirds from 36 starts for more than $191,000 in prize money.

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The Border Mail Election Guide 2016 | FARRER

The Basics- 126,590 sqkm,111,466 enrolled to vote and13,022 pre-polled up to June 29
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– The local governments ofAlbury (key booth), Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Conargo, Corowa, Deniliquin, Greater Hume, Griffith (key booth), Hay, Jerilderie, Leeton, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Urana, Wakool and Wentworth make up the electorate. Broken Hill is no longer a part of the electorate

– Industries include livestock, orchards, irrigation and other agricultural activities

– You can follow our coverage of the election and send us photosusing#FarrerVotes through social media platforms or staying glued toThe Border Mailwebsite andFacebook page.

What happened last timeA landslide win for incumbent and Health and Sport Minister Sussan Ley who got 57 per cent of the first preference vote. Six-thousand first preference votes went to the Palmer United Party and the Katter Australia Party last time around, although neither of them have a candidate for 2016.

The Issues- Health

– Water

The Candidates Liberal – Sussan Ley

Sussan Ley

Ballot order:5

Party:Liberal

Bio: Sussan Ley is likely to be celebrating another win early on Saturday evening. There has been no groundswell of opposition against the sitting member unlike what was seen in Indi in 2013. Ms Ley has been a fixture at several Farrer forums to debate her challengers.Read more.

The Greens – Amanda Cohn

Amanda Cohn

Ballot order:2

Party:The Greens

Bio: Albury doctor Amanda Cohn declared for the Greens late last year and has travelled to the far reaches of the electorate to try and boost the Greens numbers. The withdrawal of the Labor candidate from the election is likely to benefit her the most.Read more.

Australian Liberty Alliance – Ron Pike

Ron Pike

Ballot order:1

Party: Australian Liberty Alliance

Bio: Ron Pikehas been one of the most vocal challengers in this year’s election for Farrer. Coming down from Griffith, he’s main focus has been attacking the water policies of the coalition specifically the Murray Darling Basin Plan.He says it would “destroy every community in this electorate”. Mr Pike has also been in the media for his comments about the aboriginal people of Australia and those of the Muslim faith.Read more.

Mature Australia Party – Trevor O’Brien

Trevor O’Brien

Ballot order:7

Party: Mature Australia

Bio: Mr O’Brien is a farmer and transport manager from Griffith in the northern reaches of the electorate and was roped into the gig after being coaxed by fellow contender Brian Mills. He wants to see a “transaction tax” of one or two cents on every transaction for everyone.Mr O’Brien’s party wants the pension to be raised to75 per cent of the minimum wage.Read more.

Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) – Paul Rossetto

Paul Rossetto

Ballot order: 3

Party:Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

Bio:PaulRossetto’s party polled the lowest in the last federal election. The Griffith City councillormade the most waves this election by claiming Ms Ley’s website had information saying she was in support of same-sex marriage, something Ms Ley rejected. Mr Rossetto’s party is pro-life and against euthanasia.Read more.

Independent – Brian Mills

Brian Mills

Ballot order: 4

Party: Independent

Bio: Disillusioned with the major parties,Brian Mills also has concerns about water and specifically the orange industry telling The Area News“I have issued and advertised 26 debate challenges (to Sussan Ley), the most pressing debate relates to my long term plans to save the Valencia orange industry.”Read more.

Labor (withdrawn) – Christian Kunde

Christian Kunde (Withdrawn)

Ballot order: 6

Party: Labor

Bio: Trainee doctor Christian Kunde from Albury was a late addition to the race and the first to exit amidst controversyover his alleged links to an Islamic extremest group. Mr Kunde withdrew from the election but it was too late for Labor to get another candidate. His name will still appear on ballot draws and his preferences flow elsewhere.Read more.

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The West Australian to cut jobs as acquisition of The Sunday Times looms

Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes (right) and CEO Tim Worner. Photo: Marco Del Grande The West Australian has confirmed it will cut jobs as the proposed acquisition of The Sunday Times and PerthNow by parent company Seven West Media gets closer.
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The daily newspaper wants a new organisational structure that required staff cuts, an email to staff on Wednesday from CEO Chris Warton said.

While it is unclear how many positions may go, Mr Warton said the cuts would “assist in building a strong foundation for the future of our business”.

“An unstable economic environment and changes to the media industry have presented many new and greater challenges for our organisations,” he said in the staff email.

“As a result of those challenges, we face increased pressure to transform the way we operate to secure our future.

“It is imperative that we effectively manage our costs to ensure long-term viability and growth.”

Mr Wharton refused to comment on whether the job cuts were linked to the purchase of the The Sunday Times.

MEAA WA media section president Martin Turner said he was concerned about the possibility of fewer staff being required to deliver a Sunday title as well.

“This would seem to scupper much hope of a reasonable movement of staff from News to SWM in that transition,” he told WAtoday.

“It seems more than a little concerning that we would be losing diversity of voice at the same time as the remaining dominant media group is reducing its own capacity to deliver daily news through its newspapers.

“However this is resolved, and bearing in mind we appreciate the severe financial constraints our industry is operating under, we would hope that media owners understand the need to provide sustainable, manageable jobs for journalists that lead to quality journalism in reasonable working conditions.

“A healthy industry depends on a healthy workforce and the community is far better served when quality journalism is encouraged.”

WAtoday revealed in February that Seven West Media was in advanced negotiations to buy the Sunday paper and its online website from News Corp.

The proposed acquisition is being considered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which will review what impact the purchase would have on the quality and diversity of content and advertising prices.

The union that represents WA journalists last week wrote to the ACCC about its concerns the proposed sale would negatively impact editorial independence at the state’s only daily newspaper.

Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance regional WA director Tiffany Venning said merging journalists from The Sunday Times and PerthNow website into the rival newsroom of The West Australian would create a litany of problems if they could not work independently of each other.

“There would be a threat to the diversity of news and opinion in WA if Seven West Media gained control of The Sunday Times,” she told the the ACCC.

“The two papers under different owners have ploughed their own furrow. The different approaches allow the news agenda of WA to have a variety of major influences and influencers.”

A transaction without editorial conditions could give SWM chairman and prominent businessman Kerry Stokes unprecedented influence over government and business interests in WA, the union said.

“It will put incredible power in the hands of one mogul, Kerry Stokes, whose business interests in WA extend far beyond the media to include property investment, land development, oil and gas exploration and iron ore,” Ms Venning wrote.

“This involves commercial relationships with major mining groups and fellow entrepreneurs.”

The WA branch also expressed doubts about The West Australian and Seven News Perth to objectively report on interests that affect Mr Stokes and shareholders and executives on the SWM board.

“SWM shareholders and senior executives are also heavily involved in the Perth business scene at large and in dealings with the state government,” she wrote.

“These dealings … also include attempts to acquire significant assets or significant contractual benefits through those dealings with the state government.

“There is an obviously greater potential for problems in objectively reporting or analysing these business activities, especially involving government, when that same group controls all the daily newspapers in town.”

The alliance suggested a joint venture vehicle controlling The Sunday Times and PerthNow would help journalists from both newspapers maintain their independence and rivalry.

Submissions on the proposed acquisition by Seven West Media should go to [email protected]论坛, with the ACCC to release its findings on July 28.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Focus on party policies after long campaign

I CONFESS I’m entirely over this election campaign and the endless cycle of candidates running around offering inducements to people for their vote.So keeping it simple, I’ve focused on the main economic argument. One side wishes to give $50 billion dollarsof our money in tax cuts to big business and the other wants to give that money instead to health and education.
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The business argument relies on the “trickle down” theory – sometimes described as “a few crumbs falling off the rich man’s table to the poor below” where the increased business profitability may create a few extra jobs. I’m a little dubious that the likes of Google and Facebook, the big banks, or the multinational miners will do little other that pocket the extra profits. And they pay little tax anyway.

The majority of spending on health and education goes directly to local jobs, doctors and teachers, nurses and assistants, clerks and gardeners etc.These are the jobs and services that maintain our small cities and towns in Tasmania, whereas most of the business interests don’t know or care who/where we are. It’s an easy choice for me.

Bob Cohen, Launceston.ECONOMIC FACTSWhen the Liberal Government gained power in 1996 under John Howard, they inherited a $96 billion debt from Labor. Forty billion of this debt was brought forward from the Liberal Fraser Government and left as debt to the Hawke Government.

The Liberals will not reveal how Howard and Costello rid themselves of this debt.

This was entirely achieved by asset sales which totalled $72 billion in 2007 dollar terms (which was the time they lost power to Labor) to pay off the $56 billion debt incurred by Labor. The Liberals sold off 75 assets worth $72 billion.

Some of these assets included Telstra, Dasfleet, Commonwealth Bank, several airports and airlines, together with the sale of two thirds of our gold reserves (some 167 tonnes of gold at $306 an ounce which was at bargain basement price).

Australia survived the economic recession best of all countries under the guidance of Kevin Rudd, preventing a recession.Australia gained AAA ratings from all three agencies (Moody’s, S&Ps and Fitch) for the very first time under Julia Gillard in 2011.

If you google who was the most wasteful government in Australia’s history, the statistics clearing indicate it was during the Howard/Costello era.

The Abbott/Turnbull government, despite their slash and burn policies, have managed to double the deficit because there is very little left to sell off.From these facts, it is impossible for the Liberal Government to claim they are the better economic managers of our country’s coffers.

Peter Stevenson, Launceston.JOBS AND GROWTHJOBS and growth, jobs and growth and jobs and growth.Not one mention from any party about a straight across the board rise in the age or veterans pensions.

In addition, the way veterans are being treated when applying for pensions or other compensation from the DVA is nothing short of obscene. The DVA should be ashamed of itself.I know because I gave up after over a year of trying to obtain the standard veterans pension.Andrew Nikolic should really be putting the boot in over the DVA debacle.

Unless something is released soon about rises in pensions in the run up to the election, I will not be voting Liberal or for that matter, any party which does not have veterans or pensioners in mind.

Gerry Kite, Legana,HUNG PARLIAMENTI AM not clairvoyant, but as someone who got a terminating pass in political scienceat university, let me make a few comments about the electoral campaign at this stage.

It is going on for too long and many voters are suffering from overkill and turning off.Many are sick of the two main parties which they see as out of touch and self seeking. As for the great debate, I agree with Laurie Oakes, it was very sleep producing.

I predict voters will turn to the minor parties which they see as more aligned with their personal interest and objectives.Everybody seems to have completely forgotten about the relatively minor piece of legislation rejected by the Senate that caused the elections. Trade unions are not on the agenda.

You could have the ridiculous situation that even with a joint sitting, it still may not be passed.Watch the Xenophon party in South Australia which will be standing candidates for the Lower House.

I predict the result will be a hung parliament with neither major party getting a majority in its own right. There will be a swing to Labor but not enough with the Xenophon party, Independents and Greens holding the balance of power.

In the Senate more minor party cross benches than before.So far the only really interesting things have been Barnaby Joyce nearly causing a diplomatic incident and the Liberal candidate for McWean, Chris Jermyn, fleeing unable to answer a simple question on the party’s position on Medicare.

Malcolm Scott, Newstead.BELIEFSIT IS great to see both major party leaders presenting their beliefs in what seem to be a reasonably open manner.

Mr Turnbull is completely clear, he believes that giving businesses and high-income earners tax relief is a way of stimulating the economy which will eventually result in a trickle down to the common man and those in need of societal support.I wonder if there is ever a time when the hard right believes it is the right time to directly assist the ordinary man and the needy.Trickle down is a bit too nebulous for me.

Mr Shorten claims there are always choices to be made in budget decisions.How many new submarines or fighter planes or tax reductions or other advantages, weighed up against global risk and judgements about how generous should be, a National Disability Insurance System or a National Medical Insurance Underwriting scheme for example?His view is to educate the population well and capitalise on the new renewable energy economy. I agree wholeheartedly with this approach.I hope he really is interested in chasing tax loopholes and union standover merchants too.We get to choose what we feel is good, and then we can just hope the pollies stick to their commitments, something that is certainly not a given.

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