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House of the Week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

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House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

House of the week: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

TweetFacebook House of the week: 24 Algona Road, CharlestownIt has an expansive deck overlooking an inground pool and offers year-round entertaining options.Whether it is summer or winter, the expansive deck of this spacious family residence is the place to be.

It has been one of the most loved features of the home for owner Tania Eddon.

“The deck is pretty extensive, it goes along two sides of the house,” Tania said.

“The best thing is sitting on the deck having a cuppa in the morning, getting the morning sun coming up.”

Its L-shaped deck enjoys an elevated position overlookingan inground pool and barbecue area.

It has a separate “man cave” retreat with bar as well as an almost internal outdoor area which adjoins the dining area and offers protection in winter.

The three-bedroom residence was built in 2006 and although“a well-worn family home” is immaculately presented.

“It was aproject home but we changed a few things so it was more spacious,” Tania said. “Instead of four smaller bedrooms we wanted three larger bedrooms and a bigger main bathroom.

“It’s anice family home with plenty of space.”

The home set on 841 square metres is unassuming from the road but once through the front door a hidden sanctuary is revealed.

The master suite, with bathroom and walk-in robe, enjoys position at the front of the house. It adjoins a large living space which can be separated from the rest of the residence.

At the rearis the open plan kitchen, living space and two other bedrooms.

It is located close to schools, Charlestown Square and beaches.

House of the Week

Address: 24 Algona Road, Charlestown

Price: $890,000

Agency: Century 21 Carkeet Johns Smith

Contact:Robert Russell on 4943 6333 or 0423 604 071

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After two dismissals, Hazlewood won’t let Root off the hook

Josh Hazlewood is relishing being Steve Smith’s man for the moment as the giant quick eyes off the scalp of England captain Joe Root in Perth.
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Despite still working his way back to his best after an injury enforced lay-off, Hazlewood has delivered two searing bursts that swung the Brisbane and Adelaide Tests in ‘s favour.

Although Root’s return of 142 at 38 has been steady, former England captain Michael Vaughan believes he needs to make 150 if the visitors are to win the third Test.

Hazlewood has developed a reputation for nullifying star batsmen, having dismissed South African great Hashim Amla five out of six times last summer.

The giant quick identified Root as England’s key wicket before the series and has nailed him twice, both at key moments in games when he appeared set for a big score.

“I think all the bowlers want that wicket and there’s obviously a couple of key ones which we’ve talked about,” Hazlewood said.

“Joe is obviously the key – he can hold the innings together and score runs pretty freely when he gets some poor bowling his way so everyone has to be ready when he comes in and stop that quick 20 or 30 runs early.”

Root’s dismissal on the final day in Adelaide cruelled England’s bid for an unlikely victory.

“The time of that, start of the fifth day when things could have gone either way, so you’re obviously bit more focused and not as much room for error against those better players,” Hazlewood said. “Still the key to him is bowling your best ball more often than not and hopefully keep the runs to a minimum and keep taking his wicket.”

Two Tests into the series, Hazlewood says he is still improving his length having not delivered the consistency that has become the key part of his game throughout his 33-match career.

Although former Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson told the n pacemen to bowl fast and short at England, Hazlewood has been at his best when he has pitched up, surprising batsmen with his extra bounce. He has also been at times ‘s fastest quick.

England’s batsmen have struggled against a relentless n attack that has no weak link. They have passed 300 only once and no player has reached triple figures.

Vaughan believes the time has come to change England’s batting order. Jonny Bairstow needed to move up from seven to six while first drop James Vince and No.5 Dawid Malan needed to switch. Root, however, should stay at four, Vaughan said.

“You look at the best players in this series, they tend to stick at four – Virat Kohli, Steve Smith,” Vaughan, who led England to Ashes glory in 2005, said. “I think England to be the best team they possibly can be they’ve got to find a three. If I was England I’d jig the order. [Malan] bats at three for Middlesex so that’s a position he’s used to. He looks to me the kind of player that I don’t think he’s going to be over-aggressive but he’d fight to get rid of that new ball.

“It would allow Vince to bat a little more freely at five. He is a player that likes to play his strokes and against the Kookaburra new ball, particularly against the quality the Aussies have got you’ve got to fancy they create chances. Also, I’d have Jonny at six.”

Vaughan said Moeen Ali needed to “come to the party” though he is battling a cut on his spinning finger. He has only two wickets at 98 compared to Nathan Lyon’s 11 at 23.

“He’s a senior pro in the side now. If he’s not getting wickets at worst he’s got to hold an end,” Vaughan said. “For England to compete out here and potentially win a Test match, you’d have to say the off-spinner will have to play a role.

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Drained Horn drops 4kg overnight to make weight for Corcoran fight

Drained, quite literally, but relieved, Jeff Horn insists his late rush to make weight won’t have any impact on his energy levels when he meets Gary Corcoran to defend his WBO welterweight crown in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
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Horn had to strip almost four kilograms overnight to get under the WBO limit of 66.68kg, eventually tipping the scales at 66.52kg on Tuesday. A lean, chiselled Corcoran had no such problems, weighing in at 66.47kg.

While his trainer Glenn Rushton later said Horn had made the weight ‘comfortably’, privately there had been concerns given the way he had been tracking. They weighed Horn privately before the media was allowed in and when the official number was called out, Horn couldn’t get out of there quickly enough.

Horn will be closer to 70kg by the time he fights, which his camp feel will be more than enough to combat the taller Corcoran, whose camp insists has a physical advantage over the 29-year-old Queenslander.

“I’m very relieved,” Horn said. “It’s always good to get in nice and close to that weight but not go over it, because it can be stressful.

“It’s always a struggle … [but] I’ve done this plenty of times before. I feel like I’ll be feeling good tomorrow.

“I’m going to have a good feed tonight and just relax, watch a movie, have a nice sleep, get up and do the business.”

Horn’s issues with weight on this occasion could simply be a hangover from his lengthy celebrations after beating Pacquiao. He was ferried to America for the ESPY Awards and has spent endless hours at functions and charity events.

Corcoran’s trainer Peter Stanley was quick to pounce on Horn’s weight issues, while they didn’t appear overly impressed with Horn’s shape as he took off his shirt.

“No doubt, he had to suffer,” Stanley said. “The more times you go to the well the more times you’re going to struggle.

“I’m not saying he’s going to struggle – tomorrow night he’s going to be a big, big boy, another five or six kilos for sure.

“Will it make him suffer in the fight? We’ll see.”

There’s a good chance the bout could get nasty, with relations between the fighters and the rival camps deteriorating during the week. Horn’s camp also have concerns about their fighter opening up old cuts, a number of which are the legacy of a brutal win over Pacquiao.

But Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton wasn’t having any talk about his champion meeting his physical match in Corcoran, saying he was simply the latest fighter to sell Horn short in the lead-up to a fight.

“Jeff is as big and strong as any welterweight in the division, I have no doubt about that,” rushton said. “It’s a strength of will as much as a strength of body. It’s overwhelming. Gary Corcoran will experience that tomorrow night.”

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Spy agency ASIS looks for new recruits with virtual reality test

‘s next generation of spy agency recruitsis asked to spot patterns, notice small details and listen carefully in a virtual reality test finding the right peoplefor the nation’s foreign intelligence service.
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The n Secret Intelligence Service, which sends agents overseas, is looking for new spiesto join its ranks with a series of unconventional questions in a test called ‘The Most Interesting Job Interview’ that will stump those not paying attention.

The new online recruitment test for the next generation of spies for ASIS.

In a virtual interviewlasting about fiveminutes, prospective recruits have to figure out the missing number from a series of buttons in a lift, remember information given in background noise and extract details while listening to multiple people speak.

Their interpersonal skills, empathy and knowledge of foreign cities are also put to the test.

“As you’ve probably noticed, ASIS officers are great at noticing small details,” the virtual interviewer says.

“In intelligence, having sharp ears is just as important as having sharp eyes.”

The test is an unusually public recruitment effort from the secretive agency and indicates the qualities it wants in its spies.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that for obvious reasons not many knew of ASIS’ work, making it hard forthe agency to find people cut out for espionage.

“Applicants are invited to take what will be the most interesting job interview they are likely to face, which will identify those smart, perceptive, empathetic individuals with the ‘human intelligence’ to work for ASIS,” she said.

“While these qualities are special, they are not unique. Thesame skills are required for a variety of professions ranging from teaching to customer service. Potential applicants could come from diverse backgrounds.

“Applicants need to show they can build relationships, pay attention to detail and they must be willing to live overseas.They must also be discreet and capable of collecting foreign intelligence from human sources.”

While the test is likely to get people talking about how they fared, Ms Bishop said that the process was confidential and should not be discussed.

A notice at the beginning of the “interview” also asks those taking it to wear headphones to keep it private, and those finishing it are invited to retry or apply for a job.

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Ballpark figures: case for building stadiums doesn’t add up

It’s human nature that when someone is appointed to a big job, they want to be seen to be Doing Something.
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When there’s a new marketing director at a company, you can bet they’ll soon put the advertising contract up for tender or redesign the branding. A new chief executive will bring in a team of highly paid consultants to synergise the strategy or perhaps strategise the synergy.

And for state politicians, the drug of choice is typically building new stadiums and convention centres – or sometimes both. Stadiums are in favour because they’re big and flashy, there’s a well-organised lobby behind them, and sport is popular with the punters.

The bill to taxpayers is usually justified by modelling that predicts a pay-off in economic growth.

The case for stadiums likens them to medieval cathedrals in their attempt to dominate the skyline and inspire civic pride – and also because they’re massive building projects that provide a huge number of construction jobs.

Although the jobs are temporary, they last for several years. And, proponents argue, they’re replaced by consumer spending once the stadium opens. Every dollar that goes to pay ushers and concession stand attendants or into the coffers of nearby businesses has a “multiplier effect” as the earnings are spent again and the money circulates through the economy.

Finally, a shiny new stadium can spur other development nearby.

So does the economic case stack up? Actually, the touted benefits are illusory or at least exaggerated, analysis from the United States suggests. And that’s despite the fact the sporting codes are bigger and richer over there.

Sports economist Michael Leeds, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, argues professional sports have very little economic impact, noting that a baseball team with 81 home games a year has about the same benefit as a mid-size department store. His research suggests if every professional sports team in Chicago (including the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks) were to suddenly disappear, the economic impact on Chicago would be a fraction of 1 per cent.

Roger Noll, a Stanford professor emeritus in economics and author of books such as Sports, Jobs and Taxes, has this to say: “NFL stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, and the incremental tax revenue is not sufficient to cover any significant financial contribution by the city.

“By comparison, other billion-dollar facilities – like a major shopping centre or large manufacturing plant – will employ many more people and generate substantially more revenue and taxes.”

Smaller arenas for basketball or ice hockey deliver slightly better returns than NFL stadiums because they’re used more often, Noll says.

And, of course, there’s an opportunity cost – if the government funds stadiums, it comes at the expense of other programs.

NFL teams are much, much wealthier than any club in any football code in , and could in fact fund the cost of new stadiums themselves. Why don’t they? Noll says it’s simple – the business returns are negligible.

If it’s not worthwhile for wealthy NFL teams, why would it be attractive for taxpayers?

Let’s drill into the detail.

First, the economic impact analysis is not always rigorous because it’s not designed to be. Sometimes it’s done as a PR exercise by consultants hired to produce the numbers the government wants. Other times it might be done with rigour and integrity but not made public.

Second, economic activity is not the same as tax revenue, and the net benefit to taxpayers would also have to include the expense of providing services such as policing and traffic control for the event – though you’d hope that would be included in the analysis.

Third, the economic activity includes any spending in the vicinity of the event, with little regard taken of whether the consumer would have spent the same money with a different business on a different form of entertainment or at a different time of year.

The problem is that household budgets are not magic puddings. Should the government really be spending taxpayer funds trying to persuade us to spend money with Business A at the expense of Business B – or, worse, to spend money with both but go into debt?

In a best-case scenario, the city or state might attract tourists from interstate for a special event. This was the rationale when Victoria poached the Formula One grand prix from South .

This boosts the local economy but does nothing for the nation as a whole. For very big events such as the Olympics, you might attract tourists from overseas.

The problem with poaching events is that cities end up in an arms race to have the biggest stadiums, and you wind up demolishing infrastructure early.

It used to be that it took 50 years before the wrecking ball would come for a stadium, but Noll says 20 years is roughly average these days.

“Usually at around 20 years teams start threatening to move if they don’t get a new stadium,” he says. “By the time a new one gets built, it’s usually more like 25 years, but nobody ever stays in the same stadium for the term of their lease any more.”

In other words, any analysis showing how the stadium would pay for itself over the long term is probably moot.

The Sydney Convention Centre was only 25 years old when it closed so the NSW government could build a bigger and better one. Allianz Stadium in Moore Park and Parramatta Stadium are only about 30 years old, while the Sydney Olympic Park stadium was built less than two decades ago.

The Berejiklian government hasn’t released its economic analysis for its plan to spend $2.5 billion rebuilding the three stadiums.

But my colleague Jacob Saulwick has seen the analysis from Infrastructure NSW about the economic impact of rebuilding Allianz Stadium at Moore Park – an earlier iteration of the plan when Mike Baird was premier.

Infrastructure NSW provided advice that there would be no economic benefit to the state of NSW as any events would be relocated from other areas in Sydney.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons is the Money editor and a Fairfax columnist. Twitter: @niltiac. Facebook: @caitlinfitzsimmons.

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‘World changed after Stokes’: Cook tells England to smarten up

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Alastair Cook says England have taken too long realise the change in landscape since the Ben Stokes scandal, as another former captain called for a crackdown on the team’s “stupid” behaviour.

On the eve of becoming the first Englishman to play 150 Tests, Cook stridently defended England’s team culture, saying they had been unfairly portrayed in the media in the wake of recent alcohol-related indiscretions.

He also spoke wistfully about the different expectations now placed upon the English side at a time when they are battling to win over a new audience at home.

England have come under intense fire after a third off-field controversy in a matter of months plunged an already unhappy Ashes campaign into further disarray.

Although Jonny Bairstow’s “headbutt” greeting of Cameron Bancroft and Ben Duckett’s dousing of James Anderson with beer are minor incidents in isolation, they have fuelled perceptions of a booze-ridden tour. Bairstow says he feels sorry for coach Trevor Bayliss, who is struggling to control his team.

Those blunders came after Stokes was investigated for his part in a late night fight outside a nightclub in Bristol which forced him out of England’s Ashes squad.

It’s hard to imagine England would have imposed a curfew if not for the Stokes affair, which is looking increasingly like the moment their defence of the urn unravelled.

Cook, who stood down as captain last year, spoke wistfully about how the side’s misbehaviour in was being viewed in a different context because of Stokes’ actions.

“The world’s obviously changed for the England cricket team in September. And it’s probably taken us a couple of months to really realise that,” Cook said.

“These last two incidents have probably proven that. I’ve seen the words written down ‘trivial’, ‘a misdemeanour at best’, ‘very low key’ but since the Stokesy thing in September the times have changed for the English cricket team.

“It’s sad in one sense because, a bit different to football, we’ve always been able to go under the radar a bit and enjoy playing cricket for England and also enjoy seeing the country outside of that.

“At the moment I don’t think we’re getting painted fairly in the media, on our culture. Clearly there’s been – it sounds silly me saying it, but a couple of things in the media that have been brought up.

“But the world’s changed after the September incident, so it’s now down to us to adjust to that quickly.”

English cricket is in a similar position to last decade when it introduced the Big Bash League after realising it no longer captured the hearts and minds of the younger generation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board earlier this year approved of a new eight-team city-based Twenty20 league to start in 2020.

“We can’t afford any more mistakes, because we understand the stakes, with the ECB and with sponsors, trying to make kids play cricket, which is ultimately what we want to do,” Cook said.

“You go back to 2013 when we won an Ashes series 3-0, but the public weren’t that happy. It was a strange one, as the captain of that. There was a big disconnect between the players and the public, and over the last three or four years we’ve made a massive effort to get that connection back.

“I think people have seen that. Clearly over the last couple of months, we’ve damaged that. We have to try and rebuild that a lot, because it’s so important to the players, and we’ve got to understand it quickly.”

While Cook described this England touring party as the hardest working squad he had been part of, Michael Vaughan lashed out at their poor behaviour.

He said the fact a midnight curfew had been imposed showed England had the wrong personnel. He called for the ban to be lifted and urged England to send home the next player who stuffed up.

“If you bring a curfew and release the curfew it is like letting the wolves out, they go nuts, let them be who they want to be, it’s their careers,” Vaughan said.

“Of course they are representing the England team but make it dead simple, if you bring any bad PR for off-field activities you get sent home and you have got to be dead strong with it.”

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One in seven actors and crew sexually assaulted, survey finds

Around one in seven people working in live theatre in has been sexually assaulted, and the perpetrator is usually a fellow cast member, according to the findings of a survey set to be released by the actors’ union Equity next week.
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The startling figures were revealed on Tuesday by the union’s executive director, Zoe Angus, at a forum organised by film and television industry groups in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal.

The Safer Workplace Strategies Forum, held in Sydney and streamed around the country via Facebook live, heard that the industry was sorely lacking in procedures and strategies for combating sexual harassment, assault and bullying in the workplace, in large part because so many of its participants were sole practitioners.

But things will need to change, and fast, if they hope to receive government support, Screen chief operating officer Fiona Cameron said.

“The Screen board has instructed us to develop a code of conduct that obliges those applying for production support to take a pro-active stance,” she said.

“I envisage a code that sets out zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace, that identifies a suitably qualified and experienced sexual harassment contact officer, that clearly spells out what constitutes sexual harassment, that sets out the employer and employees’ rights and responsibilities, that is readily available to all employees, that is talked about on and off set, that is published on and off set, and finally that requires a formal report back.”

Such a code would not be merely box-ticking, she insisted.

“It has to be a genuine process of education, information and changed behaviour.”

And the sting in the tail: “If the code is breached, the government should have the right to refuse further support [no more funding].”

The Screen Producers Association, which represents around 450 independent producers and production companies, is also developing a code of conduct for its members.

SPA’s Mark Donaldson said the work on a workplace safety code began in the wake of the death of stuntman Johann Ofner???, who was fatally shot in the chest while working on a film clip for Bliss N Eso in January, “but we later realised sexual harassment, assault and bullying needed to be included in it. That has now risen to the top.”

It was the Equity figures, though, that best highlighted the scale of the problem.

“The data is compelling,” said Ms Angus.

The survey, which drew an unprecedented 1200 responses, was carried out in the area of live performance “because that’s where we were hearing most reporting and rumours and anecdotal stories, but those themes are also well and truly prevalent in screen,” she said.

The survey found that almost half of all respondents had had “first-hand, often multiple” experiences of sexual harassment, including unwanted familiarity, leering, or unwanted jokes of an overtly sexual nature.

The figures on what she called “the hard face of crime” are stark, she added. “Nine per cent have experienced indecent exposure, 10 per cent have experienced being stalked by someone at work, 11 per cent are talking about physical assault, and 14 per cent sexual assault.”

The current focus on the issue represented a “once in a generation” opportunity for change, noted Ms Cameron.

“The behaviour you tolerate is the behaviour you consolidate,” she said. “It’s time to consolidate a new culture of mutual respect.”

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You’re 100 times more likely to die from drowning than a shark bite

The NSW and Queensland governments should phase out shark nets and immediately replace lethal drum lines with more sophisticated gear to limit unnecessary harm to marine wildlife, a Senate inquiry has concluded.
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The final report on shark mitigation and deterrent measures, released on Tuesday, noted the frequency of shark bites on humans was “infinitesimal” even as the number of beach visits continue to climb.

Among the recommendations was increased funding for shark research to establish population trends and on the emerging technologies that may deter attacks.

The report also recommended that environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg should refrain from permitting lethal shark controls until after a scheduled review of the biodiversity conservation act due in 2019.

It noted fatalities from sharks in totalled 47 during the past 50 years – or fewer than one a year. People were almost 100 times more likely to die from drowning than from a shark bite.

“[The] hodge-podge of policies around the country is guided by politics, rather than by evidence and consultation,” said Peter Whish-Wilson, the Greens Oceans spokesman who chaired the inquiry.

“[Technology] is rapidly developing in terms of personal and whole-of-beach scale deterrence devices, and along with drones and phone apps this allows us to set a timeline for the full withdrawal of shark nets around the country,” he said.

Fairfax Media sought comment from Mr Frydenberg.

A spokeswoman for Niall Blair, NSW’s Minister for Primary Industries, said the state now deployed only SMART drum lines, with range from Ballina in the north to Narrawallee on the south coast.

“To date we are actively tracking 245 great white, 10 tiger and 42 bull sharks,” she said.

“SMART drum lines are complementing our meshing programs,” she said. “However, we will continue to compare the results of both technologies to make sure we can make decisions about the best protections.”

Mark Furner, Queensland’s new fisheries minister, said the Palaszczuk government remained “steadfast in its support for the Queensland Shark Control Program as it has undoubtedly saved lives”.

“That is why it is so highly valued and why it will continue,” Mr Furner said. “While we continue to monitor emerging technology, the safety of swimmers is paramount.”

Lisa Mondy: a shark bite survivor who argues against shark nets and says the chances of an attack on humans remain minimal. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers

Step forward

Lisa Mondy, who was bitten by a shark seven years ago near Port Stephens, supported the recommendations calling for the removal of nets but queried the efficacy of SMART drum lines.

These devices more precisely lure target sharks – such as great whites, bulls and tigers – and allow the animals to be tagged and released. .

“It’s a step towards something better but I think there’s going to be better ways,” Ms Mondy said.

“As much as killing or moving sharks seems like it could be helping, there’s not really any evidence to say that it is,” she said, adding that people “making informed choices about when we’re going into the water and where is a much better way of managing to keep safe from sharks”.

David Woods, a former Ballina fisherman, predicted more fatal shark bites in the future and “it will be more dangerous to swim in the ocean than drive a car on the road” if white sharks were not taken off the endangered species list.

“Instead of seeing one every 12 months or six months you’re seeing one every second day,” Woods said.

Dissenting views

Coalition senators provided additional comments to the report, saying public safety in the water was “paramount”.

They “largely support[ed] the use of non-lethal and deterrent measures where such measures are proven to be as effective as existing measures”.

They also strongly rejected the Greens’ view that nets and drum lines didn’t make beaches safe. They noted there had been only one death during the past half-century at the 85-odd protected beaches in NSW and Queensland.

Labor senators, meanwhile, backed most of the report’s 20 recommendations while noting it was “unfeasible to place a blanket restriction” on the federal environment minister for the next two yearsmore. Still, they dubbed the proposal of the former Liberal government in Western for a shark cull as “absurd”.

The Greens, though, were disappointed that the report failed to call for an immediate removal of all shark nets while noted the “political difficultly” of such a step.

The report also highlighted the role of the media. Coverage of deaths from shark attacks “greatly exceeds” that given to most other cause of fatalities or injury, it says.

“[Sensationalised] media reporting is problematic for supporting responsible and respectful public debate on shark issues and for the public perception of beach safety generally,” the report says.

Media coverage was one factor in the decision in October 2016 by the then Baird government to backflip on its policy and introduce nets for northern NSW beaches after a spate of shark bites. The nets cover just 600 metres of about 32 kilometres of beaches and resulted in more than 250 animals being caught.

A great white shark: Senate report looks into the myths around shark bites. Photo: Paul Johnston

Leading shark myths

The report addressed popular misconceptions about sharks, including:

– Shark numbers have soared

There is no evidence to support the idea the shark population is dramatically rising despite two decades of protection. Experts say this misconception could have developed from more people in the water resulting in a greater number of sightings. It could also be due to changes in the distribution of prey leading to a higher number of sharks approaching the coast.

– Sharks target humans as prey

Experts say that sharks don’t target humans as prey and encounters that occur are usually due to the shark mistaking a person for their natural targets. Sharks are curious animals that are known to investigate anything they come across.

– Killing ‘rogue’ sharks is the solution

Sharks do not hunt humans and they haven’t developed a taste for human flesh. Experts say sharks are continually roaming over long distances and most are not permanent residents at one location. Several shark encounters in one area cannot be attributed to one shark.

– More sharks equate to more attacks

Just because there are sharks in the ocean does not mean there will be attacks. Large numbers of sharks are constantly travelling through our waters along the coastlines and this activity commonly occurs without incident.

– Shark nets don’t let the sharks close to shore

Nets are not shark-proof and they do not act as barriers separating humans and sharks. They only have limited coverage as they are 150 to 186 metres wide and six metres deep. Experts say nets are not designed to create an enclosed area but are used as a passive fishing device to catch and kill sharks .

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Newcastle Beachwatch with Dave Anderson: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Beachwatch Saturday, December 30, 2017 SURF: Jesse Adam four times winner Open Mens Division Merewether Surfboard Club 2017. Piucture: Davbe Anderson
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BEACH: Ollie and Felix with dolphins at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 9. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 8. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Newcastle Beach … Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Beautiful morning. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Chris Davis at Merewether on October 25. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nick at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Todd at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn at Merewether on October 23, 2017. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Erosion at Cliff. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Axel-Rose Curotta at the Mattara Classic. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Kite-surfers at Nobby’s. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sunday arvo at Newcastle. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Merewether morning on September 21. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys Spit on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Stockton on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gleaming grom at Merewether on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Hollow shorey at Pogos on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Heavy shorebreaker at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backpacker surfer at Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The spit at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morning SUP at Pogos. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ski Paddle at Dixon. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Cleaning at Merewether beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie Ryssenbeek navigates The Ladies on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Off-reef at Nobbys on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Paul Snow at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backside glide Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn sets at Merewether on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gulls at Nobbys on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Twin Peaks at Merewether on September 6. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys spit on September 5. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sanding-up at Merwether on September 4. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Super Grom at Merewether on September 3. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Father’s Day at the beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

TweetFacebookBEACH WATCHThe extended period of small surf is set to continue. Best to get in early as the high tide may just bring an increase.

Swell from the east to N/E at around 1m. Wind North to N/E turning S/W to South late evening.

Northern facing beaches best options with Newcastle, Bar Beach and Dixon Park shorebreak. Dudley, Redhead and Moonie to the south. Boxy and Birubi up at Port Stephens. Change on Sunday will be short lived and not much increase.

Waters clean and clear in and swim in the flagged areas. Slight sweeps to the south. Water21C.

– Dave Anderson

HUNTER BOATINGWindsNortherly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon then becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.

Seas1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.

SwellNortheasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.

WeatherCloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.


Yesterday:Spitha, 3.20am; Ikan Jenahar, 4.15am; Star Triumph, 5.36am; Challenge Polaris, 7.06am; Wincanton, 10.42am; GI La Paz, 10.48am; Queen P, 11.35am; Soma Maru, 1.20pm; Ishizuchi, 4pm.

Today: Legato Ii, 6.45am; Ing May, 7.45am; Chin Shan, 12.45am; Glory Atlantic, 3pm; Plover Arrow, 3.30pm; Sakizaya Leader, 4.45pm; Jin Qi, 10pm.


Yesterday: British Cadet, 2.17am; Jin Mei, 6.46am; MBA Giovanni, 7.50am;Honey Badger, 8.10am; Vika, 5pm; Ikan Jenahar, 5pm; Earth Ocean, 6.15pm.

Today: Spitha, 3.30am; Cape Lambert, 5.03am; Soma Maru, 5.30am; GI La Paz, 9.15am; Ishizuchi, 11.30am; Aal Hong Kong, 1.30pm; Wincanton, 2pm; Star Triumph, 6.15pm; Queen P, 7.15pm; Shoyo, 8.30pm.

AIR QUALITYWallsend Fair

Newcastle Fair

Beresfield Fair


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State government drops plan to strengthen race hate laws

The state government has quietly shelved plans to overhaul race hate laws to crack down on violent extremists, in a move condemned by the Labor Opposition and community leaders who pushed for change.
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World-first laws criminalising serious racial vilification coupled with a threat of violence, or inciting others to violence, were introduced in NSW in 1989 but have not resulted in a single prosecution.

The laws are bedevilled with procedural difficulties, including a requirement that the Attorney-General consent to a prosecution, and have lower maximum sentences than similar offences. It has led prosecutors to rely on other offences in race hate cases, such as encouraging riot and affray.

The government had promised to fix the laws in 2015 after the Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to lay race hate charges against Ismail al-Wahwah, the Sydney-based leader of fringe political group Hizb-ut Tahrir, over two speeches calling for a “jihad against the Jews”.

An independent report canvassing the community response to potential changes was delivered to the government in May this year and was expected to lead to an overhaul of the laws. It followed a cross-party parliamentary review in 2013, which concluded the effectiveness of the offence was hindered by “procedural impediments” and recommended a raft of changes.

But it is understood the issue divided cabinet and plans to overhaul the laws have been shelved. Attorney-General Mark Speakman said there were “no present plans to amend section 20D of the Anti-Discrimination Act”.

Mr Speakman said “existing general criminal law provisions, including in the Crimes Act, are potentially capable of covering conduct of the kind in question”.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley said the proposed changes had “widespread support across the community” and “the only group not in favour of the changes … are the Premier and her cabinet colleagues”.

“Major ethnic, community, religious and legal groups have all supported the changes. A parliamentary committee made up of all parties supported the changes,” Mr Foley said.

“The government is pandering to Pauline Hanson and the offensive, racist attitudes she proclaims.”

Mr Foley said NSW was “a successful multicultural society” but “to maintain that, we have to make sure our laws protect people from the promotion and advocacy of violence on the basis of race”.

“The only people in NSW who seem to be afraid of doing that are in the NSW government,” he said.

An alliance of 31 community groups and leaders called the Keep NSW Safe coalition, including the n National Imams Council, Hindu Council of and Chinese n Forum, had urged the government to amend the laws to increase the maximum penalty and make it easier to bring prosecutions.

Vic Alhadeff, spokesman for the Keep NSW Safe campaign and chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, said the coalition was “profoundly disappointed at the government’s failure to honour its public commitment to fix this law”.

“It is unacceptable, it is unconscionable, that one can incite violence against fellow ns and that the law should be powerless to do anything about it,” he said.

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