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It is just before midnight and an 18-year-old girl is sitting in the gutter after her high school formal after-party.
The end-of-year celebration at a house in Auburn in Sydney’s west has been shut down. The teen, from a Catholic school on the north shore, is eager for a lift home after several hours’ drinking.
A car, with a man in his 30s behind the wheel, pulls up beside her and sparks up conversation.
The teen will later tell police the next thing she recalls is being in the passenger seat of his car and feeling the overwhelming effects of alcohol as they weaved through the streets of western Sydney.
It was the beginning of a nightmare 24 hours for the school student, who was allegedly kept captive, sexually assaulted repeatedly by three men and forced to smoke drugs.
The scale of the allegations can be revealed after a statement of facts was tendered in Penrith Local Court, where the accused, Ali Imrak, 37, and Ruhi Dagdanasar, 45, made a failed attempt for bail last week.
Another man involved in the alleged sex attack hasn’t been identified.
Four separate videos showing the alleged sexual assaults at a house in Glenwood were played during the bail hearing with the crown alleging the victim was so intoxicated she was incapable of giving consent.
According to the fact sheet, after getting into the man’s car outside the after party, the victim was driven to a two-storey house where Imrak and Dagdanasar were.
Feeling uneasy, the teen sent her friend a text stating “can you come and get me. I am scared. I am at these weird druggo guys house”.
She was allegedly pressured into drinking alcohol before Dagdanasar put a pipe up to her mouth and told her to smoke the white substance inside.
Over the next few hours she was allegedly sexually assaulted by three men despite being dizzy and unable to stand.
At one point, Dagdanasar allegedly commented that the victim was drooling and unable to lift her head while one of the other men was allegedly having sex with her.
She passed out and woke up to someone forcing her to have oral sex. The teen was allegedly led up to a bathroom and undressed while the unidentified man stood watching her, stating “you’re so f—ing gorgeous”.
The teen was allegedly made to have sex but “continued to fall over due to her level of intoxication”, according to the facts.
“(The teen) yelled out in pain saying no,” the court documents state.
“At this point the unknown accused moved away grabbed his clothes and said ‘you’re really fucking annoying me, you’re so frustrating’.”
When the teen moved down stairs she was assaulted again, with the men allegedly taking turns to have sex with her with Imrak remarking “you love it”.
After a few hours, it was just the teen and Dagdanasar left at the house as the alleged victim started to feel the effects of alcohol wearing off.
It was 5pm on November 10 – hours after she was found sitting in the gutter – when the teen texted her sister: “I got raped, I am still here I need to leave”.
Trying to remain calm, the girl convinced Dagdanasar to let her leave, according to the facts.
Walking her to the door, Dagdanasar let the teen outside, telling her: “You’re always welcome back here babe.”
In the rain in the middle of the night, the teen walked through the streets following directions from her sister on the phone until police met up with her.
The victim was left with bruising to her legs and knees and a tear to her tongue from the force of the assaults.
She told police she felt she had no choice but to be at the house and was forced to take drugs so she was in a limp state.
The court was closed while Dagdanasar and Imrak, charged with sex assault and deprivation of liberty, made bail applications last week but both were refused.
Outside court lawyer Elias Tabchouri said he had been instructed to defend the charges.
Foreign minister Julie Bishop speaking at the opening of the Kimberley Process in Perth on Monday May 1, 2017.?? Photo: Supplied continues to assist in international prosecutions where the death penalty is an option, while underpinning its bid for a seat on the United Nation’s Human Rights Council with a call to abolish capital punishment worldwide.
Newly released figures, obtained through freedom of information laws, show the n Federal Police have assisted in nearly 130 foreign investigations involving more than 400 people since 2015, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop lobbied for ‘s election to the Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term in New York this week, and has stated the worldwide abolition of the death penalty is one of ‘s goals.
But the AFP continues to assist foreign investigations where the death penalty could be handed down, refusing to co-operate in only nine of 129 cases it has been asked for information.
AFP approval rates for international assistance, mostly involving drug crime, have been steady since 2010. In 2015, 92 per cent of requests were, rising to 96 per cent in 2016. No other information, such as the countries requesting the information, or the cases involved, was given.
has used its opposition to the death penalty – and a call for a global abolition of the punitive measure used in nearly 60 countries – as a key argument for its inclusion on the UN Human Rights Council.
But this year, the government quietly rejected recommendations from a parliamentary committee which would have banned the AFP from sharing drug crime information with other countries unless provided with assurances the death penalty would not be applied, prompting fears of a repeat of the Bali nine heroin plot which saw ns Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran executed after tip-offs to Indonesian authorities.
The committee recommended ministerial approval be required for “high-risk” cases and the AFP refuse co-operation on drug trafficking cases unless assurances that the death penalty would not be sought, both of which were rejected by the government.
A spokeswoman for the Attorney-General’s department said the government “has and will continue to seek suitable assurances in appropriate cases where it is clear that the death penalty is likely to be imposed”.
But Emily Howie of the Human Rights Law Centre said was sending mixed messages.
“Global abolition of the death penalty is meant to be a core objective of ‘s Human Rights Council bid,” she said.
“But whilst the Foreign Minister spouts the right language to delegates in New York, the reality is that every week the AFP continues to share information that puts peoples’ lives at risk. If really opposes the death penalty, it must do so not just through the speeches of our ministers but through the actions of all n departments and agencies.
“The fact remains that if the Bali nine case were to happen again tomorrow, there is nothing to stop the AFP from doing exactly the same thing.
“Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran learned from their mistakes, we owe it to them to learn from ours.”
Researcher Sarah Gill, who has studied ‘s response to the death penalty, said neither legislation, or the guidelines the AFP follow when asked for co-operation “present much of an obstacle to information sharing”.
“The question we need to ask is: are we serious about human rights or aren’t we? Capital punishment is a core human rights issue, and we ought to have a consistent approach, including in relation to law enforcement co-operation, if we think this really matters,” she said.
Under the guidelines, a senior AFP official can sign off on requests from overseas before detention, arrest, charge or conviction. After an individual has been arrested, detained, charged or convicted, requests for information must have ministerial approval.
Police-to-police assistance can include everything from providing personal information like dates or birth or criminal records to wider co-operation in investigations. Some of the data includes foreign citizens.
Philip Ruddock, who served as attorney-general in the Howard government and is now ‘s special human rights envoy, led calls for a ban on sharing information in prosecutions where the death penalty could be handed down as a sentence following the executions of Chan and Sukumaran in 2015.
The Coalition said those recommendations were impractical because foreign law enforcement partners could not provide such assurances and it would be “inappropriate” to undertakings from prosecutors.
It is believed there are 12 ns sitting on death rows across the world, mostly for drug crimes.
Bayleigh McIntosh from Sydney’s east knows the risk if her child car restraint isn’t buckled snug and tight: “If you are in crash you will fall out a window,” the five-year-old said.
Properly secured and in the right child car seat for her age, a child like Bayleigh is the safest occupant in the car, said pediatric surgeon Susan Adams, director of surgery with The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.
Yet Dr Adams has treated children who were severely injured in “horrific preventable crashes” with broken necks, backs and internal injuries because of errors in how they were restrained.
Experts say the number of potentially fatal mistakes in how child restraints are fitted or installed hasn’t improved, becoming an “intractable problem” threatening the lives of children.
A 2010 study of 503 children from newborn to the age of 12 found half of all restraints had errors in how they were used. Some had up to seven errors each, ranging from failing to buckle the child in to slackness in the belts and sashes. Most often parents weren’t aware they had made a mistake.
Now, a new study has found the error rate is even worse, with nearly all parents struggling to understand manufacturers instructions and manuals.
Researchers from Neuroscience Research (NeuRA)watched as parents read manuals and then attempted to correctly fit and install a child-sized mannequin in a rear-facing restraint.
They found 90 per cent made at least one mistake. Many made several. Yet after many rounds of revisions using suggestions from parents, the level of errors dropped to 10 per cent.
“Everyone is seeing this intractable problem of incorrect use,” said Dr Julie Brown, a senior research fellow with NeuRA.
Researchers around the world were witnessing a similar level of mistakes.
“What we’ve been doing over past decades has made no difference to correct use,” Dr Brown said. “It’s a longstanding problem, and nothing has really changed.”
Nearly all n children now wear the right restraint for their age, following the introduction of national laws in 2009 and 2010. Car crashes remain a leading cause of death and disabling injuries among children, but the fatality rate for child passengers has dropped from 70 to 40 a year in recent years.
Since January, 11 children under 16 have died on NSW roads alone, including a young child who died when a car rolled over late on Friday in the Hunter Valley. In 2016, nearly 1000 NSW children under 16 – many passengers in vehicles – were seriously injured in collisions.
A properly-installed and fitted child restraint stops a child moving in a crash, by attaching them to the vehicle’s rigid structure. It ensures the force of an impact hits the strongest parts of the body more likely to recover, like bones, instead of internal organs and the brain which may never heal properly.
Mistakes occur in three ways:
In what could be music to the ears of anyone who has struggled to install a car seat, Dr Brown and her colleague Professor Lynne Bilston are asking parents for advice.
“Instead of a group of experts sitting around, we are actually talking to parents, and parents and consumers are driving the direction of our research,” Dr Brown said.
“We are trying to ensure information supplied with child restraints is comprehensible, and to improve restraint design so they’re actually difficult to use incorrectly,” Dr Brown said.
They are conducting three different projects: a naturalistic study where 700 families will have videos installed in their cars to see what really happens; focus groups asking parents for feedback; and laboratory studies that watch adults install car seats and then try to improve the design.
Professor Bilston said the research had shown it was possible to develop instructions and manuals that reduced dangerous mistakes. But sometimes it took seven iterations – for each type of restraint – before users could install them with 90 per cent accuracy.
“We keep going until they can be understood,” she said.
The key was breaking instructions into simple and numbered steps, and providing clear diagrams.
In focus groups of more than 40 women, users found images unrealistic and uninformative.
Others wanted prompts to remind others looking after children to do the right thing: “Have a big sign saying ‘fasten me tight.”
Another suggested linking warnings to specific risks such as “your child is going to have a punctured spleen or something if this [strap is twisted]”.
Dr Adams said the uptake of the new restraints had been good, but much more energy needed to be devoted to making them easier to use. “Parents want to do the right thing, but they need support to do that,” she said.
The impact of these crashes was “awful because it is so sudden. One day your life is going on in one direction, and if you had your time over you would do something different,” she said.
Bayleigh’s mother had taught her to sit still: “I don’t wiggle around!” she said. Older children may unbuckle restraints, or ask to sit in the front. The current recommendation is that children 12 and under should sit in the rear seat.
Lisa Keay from the George Institute for Global Health, said parents needed to introduce hard rules early and stick to them.
“You may think it is quite safe because you are just going down the street,” said Professor Keay, a deputy director of the Injury Division at The George Institute,
“But there is a risk always. Even a low speed crash can cause injury.
“You have to be inflexible: it is like you don’t let kids eat poisons.”
AFR, GENERIC, OFFICE Businessman walking out of a revolving door — money, business man, commuters, employment, wages, jobs, economy, CBD, city, building, property. Monday 24th November 2003S photo illustration Louie Douvisafrphotos苏州夜总会招聘 AFR, SPECIALX 21948 ***afrphotos苏州夜总会招聘*** Photo: Louie DouvisScott Morrison’s budget projections rely entirely on orthodox economic thinking about what drives wages. Unfortunately that orthodox thinking is demonstrably wrong.
The textbooks say that, as unemployment falls, the labour market tightens and wages rise. Supply and demand and all that. But it’s not happening.
The fancier version of that story is that we’re enjoying a surge in national income as our resources export volumes rise, a surge that will result in higher profits that labour will subsequently want a share of. But wanting and getting are two very different things.
Last week’s n Bureau of Statistics wages index showed wages growth falling to 1.9 per cent and lower in the private sector. Real wages shrunk despite the economy overall motoring along reasonably well.
It takes a huge leap of faith – or perhaps blind belief in old textbooks – for Morrison to forecast in the face of present experience that wages growth will double in the next four years. It’s more likely that we’ll run into the problem of inflation rising and wages failing to respond.
And it’s not just an n problem. Much of the developed world is suffering weak wages growth . Over the weekend, Bloomberg offered eight possible reasons why wages aren’t picking up despite the US unemployment rate dropping to 4.4 per cent.
The answer to the conundrum for is likely to be a combination of those factors.
Rising underemployment on top of unemployment is an obvious suspect. The increasing casualisation of the workforce, the rise and rise in part-time rather than full-time jobs, eats away at labour’s ability to demand wage rises.
The collapse of organised labour. Over the past quarter century, trade union membership for the individual’s main job has fallen from 40 per cent to 15. In the private sector, 942,000 workers are trade union members in their main job – 10.4 per cent. There are more private contractors now than private sector unionists.
Globalisation – the pressure to be internationally competitive – weighs on wages even when local unemployment is down.
Low inflation expectations become self-fulfilling – since the global financial crisis, workers have become used to wage increases of about the inflation rate and have accepted low inflation. The Fair Work Commission determining minimum wages tends to stick around the inflation rate.
Corporate culture since the GFC has swung towards chief executives and chief financial officers relying on cost cutting or containment to get their bonuses. In a highly competitive business environment, where there’s often little confidence to invest in the business to grow the bottom line, reducing costs has become an important KPI. The boss just says “no” – and gets paid more for saying it.
At the extreme, there are cases such as Coates Hire looking to cut wages by as much as 40 per cent by terminating an existing pay agreement. And that’s despite Coates doing increasingly well from the infrastructure boom taking off on the east coast.
Yet Treasury is sticking with its textbook fairy tale despite the official family’s wage price index forecasts being consistently wrong, as the accompanying Reserve Bank graph shows.
While Treasury and the RBA sip from the same forecasting cup, it seems our central bank is becoming less assured of the Happy Ever After projections.
The May board minutes released last week sounded much more cautious than Treasury:
“Members noted that, although it seemed unlikely that wage growth would slow much further, wage pressures were expected to rise only gradually as the effects of structural adjustment following the mining investment and terms of trade boom, which had weighed on aggregate wage growth, continued to wane.”
A research paper in the RBA’s March bulletin on low wages growth concluded it was difficult to identify if structural changes were driving the wages outcome, but they need to be monitored.
The paper noted that only about 20 per cent of workers have wages determined by awards, with another 10 to 15 per cent indirectly influenced. Wage growth in industries that have a higher prevalence of individual agreements has declined most significantly over recent years.
Individuals did well when the economy was booming, when employers were willing to compete for them, but with the boom days over, so is the average individual’s bargaining power.
And aside from the falling proportion of organised labour, much of the remaining union movement has mellowed. With a few obvious exceptions, unions such as the shoppies seem more interested in maintaining jobs – and union membership – than pushing for wage rises that could threaten employment.
Disruption is heavy upon the land. The great achievement of the internet isn’t the ability to go online and buy a cheap shirt from China, rather it is the empowerment of customers – they can’t be fooled any more. Everything is effectively up for tender, resulting in competitive pressure being a daily reality. That generally means containing costs.
The irony of retailers and cafes pushing for reduced weekend penalty rates is that such employers want to pay their own staff less, but want all other employers to pay their staff more so they can afford to eat in cafes. It could prove a bitter victory for the business lobby to find that pushing for a “more flexible” labour force ends up meaning fewer customers.
The bigger danger for the budget is the possibility of a double whammy. The lack of much faster wages growth means the government won’t get the income tax boost it’s relying on. On top of that, inflation edging higher through energy and housing costs means real wages shrink more, which would flow onto lower consumption growth – unless we blow out our debt levels even further.
RBA board members this month “noted that the ABS would issue revised expenditure weights for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the December quarter 2017 CPI release, which would reflect changes in consumption behaviour over the preceding six years in response to factors including large changes in relative prices”.
In other words, we might find our inflation rate is higher than we thought. If workers can’t win wage increases to at least keep pace with it, the government will have another political fire to put out before the next election.
“This is just a hiccup for America,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He is at the Cannes Film Festival to help promote a documentary about underwater life, called Wonders of the Sea. Spectacular as it is, everyone wants to talk to Arnie about his attitude to Donald Trump. For a start, they have had closely followed spats on Twitter. More importantly, Schwarzenegger’s career shift from body-builder to action movie star to the governor of California makes him perhaps the ultimate American immigrant success story. Even as a high-profile Republican, surely he can’t support bans on Muslim visitors or walls along the border
At first, the Terminator doesn’t want to be drawn. “We are promoting Wonders of the Sea, not Trump,” he says. “This is a whole other campaign.” But Schwarzenegger is a born campaigner – he is particularly proud of having signed off on America’s toughest environmental legislation when governor – insists he’s not bothered by Trump’s proposals for budget cuts to environmental protection and reducing refugee numbers. “I think America will work its way through it. You will see the reaction and the way it is all going to unravel very quickly.”
The United States is still a democracy, he insists. Nothing depends on the will of just one man. “I think everything will sort itself out. I think that the kind of un-American tone has been struck down by the judges, so I am not worried. We have gone through Watergate, all these different troubles and America always came out well.”
Wonders of the Sea is a 3D film shot and edited by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the great oceanographer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau, who won the top prize in Cannes with his The Silent World in 1956. It follows a spectacular journey across the Pacific, with stop-offs on reefs in Fiji, Hawaii and California. The point, says Cousteau, is to encourage children and their parents to love the underwater world and want to help preserve it. It carefully avoids any hint of political ideology or blame for the toxic pollutants still poured into the sea by Industry.
“It presents something so beautiful to people they will fall in love and want to protect it,” says Schwarzenegger, who narrates the film’s commentary. It was knowledge, he says, that turned him into an environmentalist. “I wasn’t into it at all, like everyone I ws just living my life, I appreciated the environment because I grew up in Austria but when I became governor I saw people die because of pollution and saw what offshore drilling does, all this stuff.” He approached the Democrat bloc in the state legislature to help him push through new regulations. “They said: ‘You’re a Republican, are you serious?’ And I said ‘I’m very serious because I don’t see this as a political issue. We must do it.'”
Why that isn’t working for President Trump he can’t explain. “I don’t know what makes people tick. All I know is that when I see him going in the wrong direction, as we have done, whether it’s about him striking the budget of after-school programs or the environment or in any other way, we will speak up. We have the power to make changes. Let’s not wait for this one guy to change his mind.” Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show??? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017Hey, @realDonaldTrump, I have some advice. See you at Hart Middle School? Here’s more info about #afterschool: https://t苏州夜场招聘/NOgdhBHyyppic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/NQI2OdVqtF??? Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 21, 2017
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou praised the way Celtic have managed Tom Rogic’s return from injury and expects the Canberra product to be fresh for a big month for .
Postecoglou named Rogic in his 30-man squad for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, as well as the friendly against Brazil and subsequent Confederations Cup.
The squad will be cut to 23 next Wednesday ahead of the Saudi clash at Adelaide Oval on June 8.
Rogic came off the bench at half-time in Celtic’s 2-0 victory over Heart of Midlothian on Sunday to wrap up their record-breaking Scottish Premier League title triumph.
The 24-year-old scored in his first full 90 minutes after overcoming an ankle injury in a 5-0 victory over Partick Thistle on Friday and will finish his Celtic campaign with the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen this Saturday.
Rogic missed almost four months due to the injury, which required surgery, but returned to the pitch in early April to finish the season.
He faces a hectic couple of months with not only the Socceroos games, but also Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers in July.
Postecoglou was happy to have the Canberran back in the selection mix as the n team begins their push to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
“It’s good to have him playing again obviously and he missed an extended period of time, but I think Celtic are using him pretty wisely – they haven’t just thrown him back in there,” Postecoglou said.
“He’s playing bits and pieces of games and [Friday] night was probably his first 90 minutes, which was great for us because I think they [Celtic] have already programmed in that he’s got a big June ahead of him and are looking after him.
“So from that perspective I guess the positive is that Tommy won’t come in jaded after a long season. If anything I think he’ll be looking forward to having some games.”
The Socceroos squad will start arriving in Adelaide on June 2 to begin preparations for the crucial clash against second-placed Saudi Arabia.
sits three points behind the Saudis, who are level with group B-topping Japan on 16 points.
They have to finish in the top two in the group to avoid a couple of tricky play-off games to force their way to Russia.
A win over Saudi Arabia would see them draw level with them on points ahead of their final two group games – away to Japan on August 31 and then home against Thailand on September 5.
Postecoglou felt the Socceroos were in good shape going into their deciding three games.
“We’ve done a lot of work over the last couple of years for these games. We kind of knew the final three games in qualification were going to be the key ones and starting with Saudi at home,” he said.
“I think we’re in good shape – the work we’ve done over the last couple of years, the players we’ve exposed to international football and the experiences they’ve had.
“I’ve got no doubt we’ll be up for the contest and hopefully start June off with a really strong performance and the right result and carry us through the rest of June.”
While the World Cup qualifier was the most important in the Socceroos’ June schedule, he was hopeful they would be able to add a trophy to their cabinet in the Confederation Cup, where they have drawn Germany, Cameroon and Chile in their group.
They’ll warm up for that with a friendly against Brazil in Melbourne on June 13.
“When you look at Brazil, Germany, Chile and Cameroon – particularly the first three – you’re talking about three top-10 nations,” Postecoglou said.
“It’s exactly the arena we want to be in and the environment we want to test ourselves.
“It’d be great to get to the end of that month knowing we’ve acquitted ourselves well and maybe have another trophy in our cabinet.”
Socceroos squad: Mark Birighitti, Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Dylan McGowan, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Bailey Wright, Mustafa Amini, Craig Goodwin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak (captain), James Jeggo, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Riley McGree, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tomi Rogic, James Troisi, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Jamie Maclaren.
The Parkville tram derailment has created traffic havoc and left the driver shaking. Photo: Channel 7Fourteenpeople havebeen taken to hospital after dozens of passengers wereinjured when a truck slammed into a tram in Melbourne’s inner-north on Monday morning.
Emergency servicesrushed to the scene of theserious smash in Parkville after a truck slammed into a crowdedWest Coburg route 58tram on Elliott Avenueabout 8am.
The force of the accident buckled one side of the tram, forcing it several metres off its tracks, and tippedthe truck on its side causing it to leakfuel.
Paramedics treated29people for mostly minor injuries at a triage area set up at the scene. Police were also at the scene.
Fourteenpeople were taken to hospital, including threetoThe Royal Melbourne Hospital, fourto St Vincent’sHospital, four to The Alfred hospitaland three to Footscray Hospital.
The remaining injured did not need further treatment.
The tram driver was photographed lying next to tram witha defibrillator after reportedly complaining of chest pain but hiscondition is unknown.
Twelve firefighters are on the scene of the diesel spill with the clean up expected to take hours.
“The tram has been derailed so Yarra Trams heavy maintenance will attend to put the tram back on its tracks,” aMFB statement said.
Elliott Avenue between Flemington Rd and Royal Pdein Parkville remainsclosed in both directions and is not expected to reopen until after Monday afternoon’s peak-hour commute.
Drivers have been advised toavoid the area and seek an alternative route such as usingBrunswick Rd to Mt Alexander Rd and then travelling to Flemington Rd from there.
Tram services on routes 70, 75 and 58 have also been affected.
Photos from the scene show the tram’swindows have been smashed by the force of the smash and the inside of the tram is covered in dirt the truck was transporting.
One woman named Jennifer who witnessed the crash told ABC Radio Melbourne thatpassengers heard screams before being thrown from their seats.
She said after the crash the truck driver had been seen sitting next to the tram, shaking, and passengers were “lying everywhere”.
Schapelle Corby (right). Photo: Dimas Ardian. Cassandra Sainsbury faces 20 years jail if convicted. Photo: StarNowSix days from freedom, many years later and a million years wiser, you could easily imagine what Schapelle Corby was thinking if she had a60 Minuteslive stream in Bali on Sunday night.
Just who got their money’s worth here?
Answer: Not the woman behind bars. And probably not the program waving the big bucks.
Almost 13 years to the day after the Corby family pocketed its first alleged Channel Nine cheque to tell the alleged story of an alleged innocent waif abroad caught up in an alleged drug-smuggling sting, the family of alleged Colombian jailbird Cassandra Sainsbury took the same alleged time-honoured route to … what?
What – allegedly – indeed?
It’s hard to know what anyone is thinking when these cluster-farts of media hysteria and foreign judicial systems collide in an explosion of moral outrage and moral confusion, breathlessly presented to a national audience over Sunday night dessert.
Colombian police released this photo of Cassandra Sainsbury with the drugs she is alleged to have smuggled. Photo: Colombian National Police
But once again on60 Minutes– direct from the streets of Bogota, Colombia and the red-lit doorways of Sydney – came a tale of moral turpitude and questionable ethics, most of it related to the program delivering the story.
Here were some of the opening lines from a program Nine flagged as a “special edition”.
If only there had been anything special about it; alas, it was entirely predictable.
“The most extraordinary development….”!
“But that’s not all about Cassandra’s secret past…”!
“Her life as a prostitute…”!
“An admission she did it…”!
“Her lawyer tells us she…”!
The latter line – “our investigation” – should be treated with caution when dealing with a program whose investigative techniques have sometimes amounted to throwing large sums of money in the direction of people who’ll talk to them.
In 2004, it was60 Minutesand Nine who did more than most to forge the national belief that Schapelle Corby came from a Brady Bunch-like clan from the classier areas of the Gold Coast, and that her unjust incarceration deprived the nation of a young heroine’s wisdom on eyebrow maintenance. And when Corby went down in 2005, it was60 Minuteswho paid their way into both the courtroom and the family’s post-conviction Bali villa.
Cassandra – Schapelle for a new generation? Please, no! – risks the same fate, at least as the subject of gratuitous media carry-on.
One wonders what Sainsbury’s mother, Lisa Evans, and sister, Khala, are thinking this morning, after viewing Sunday night’s chequebook-laden tale. It came complete with staged jail phone calls and pointless but camera-friendly hollering outside the prison walls – juxtaposed with a second story reported from Sydney.
In this back-after-the-break knees-up, the harbour city’s allegedly long-dead nightlife was given an alleged new lease on life: “This is ‘s party strip, the notorious Kings Cross in Sydney’s eastern suburbs”.
One imagines the only people cheering were the city’s tourism chiefs, relieved to finally have someone painting the area allegedly known as “the notorious Kings Cross” as still breathing, let alone notorious.
60 Minutes’ endeavours to convince us that it, too, is still breathing consisted of interviews with Cassandra’s mother and sister, conducted in environs ranging from the back of a cab, to a park bench, to the aforementioned hollering outside prison walls, to breast-laden pictorial renditions of Sainsbury’s alleged previous life as a Sydney sex worker. (Corby-case aficionados will recall that Schapelle’s downfall included allegations that she had taken a similar path in Japan, prior to her alleged Bali misfortune.)
On60 Minutes, the story of Sainsbury’s alleged previous life was delivered with the implication from an alleged former colleague that Cassandra’s alleged life was (take your pick) illegal, immoral or that she-got-what-she-allegedly deserved: “I can guarantee you 100 per cent that is her body, that is her in that profile”.
This was a judgment no doubt encouraged by the60 Minutespromise to the woman making it: “We have agreed to conceal her identity and change her voice.”
The main alleged conclusion to draw from it all?
That60 Minutesmay be willing to conceal the identity and change the voice of the people it pays for stories … but none of it conceals the modern identity of the program itself.
You can pay for anything – but you can’t buy credibility. Allegedly? No, you can bank on that.
Larah James first experienced feelings of anxiety four months after her daughter Abigail was born.
“I’d never suffered any anxiety or mental illnesses at all,” she said. “Probably the most frightening part for me was that the feelings were very unfamiliar.”
Mrs James said the initial joy of motherhood was overwhelmed by physical symptoms of anxiety, which began around the time she stopped breastfeeding.
Her heart would race and she experienced shortness of breath. She had a dry mouth and could not sit down and focus.
Mrs James suffered sleepless nights, often several in a row, and suffered rapid weight loss – an experience that would be repeated following the birth of her son Charlie.
“I became completely obsessed with sleep and not only my own or lack of it but also the sleep routines of my children,” she said.
She also suffered several panic attacks that left her overwhelmed and frightened.
“I thought I was going mental,” she said. “It wasn’t so much the physical symptoms but the thoughts in my head, just the confusion.
She added: “It’s so hard to describe what goes on in your head during a panic attack. It’s like racing thoughts, it’s 100 thoughts at once. You’ve got no control over what you’re thinking.”
Mrs James is not alone. Anxiety and depression felt during pregnancy through to one year after birth affects around 100,000 families every year, according to Perinatal Anxiety and Depression .
“Anxiety is at least as common as depression during the perinatal period,” chief executive Terri Smith said.
Research by PANDA, which operates a helpline for people affected by perinatal anxiety and depression, suggests a majority of people do not know perinatal anxiety is an illness, with almost half unable to recognise its signs.
Philip Boyce, a professor of psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, said perinatal depression and anxiety was caused by a combination of “genetic endowment, social and interpersonal variables”.
“However, the majority of cases are related to psychosocial factors such as social disadvantage, lack of social support, marital or interpersonal difficulties with a lack of support and personality vulnerability,” he said.
It also comes at a high cost. The direct cost of health services to deal with perinatal depression was an estimated $78 million in 2012, according to the Deloitte Access Economics reportThe Cost of Perinatal Depression in . Indirect costs were more than $350 million, which Deloitte attributed mainly to an estimated $310 million in productivity losses.
A NSW Health spokesman said between 10 and 20 per cent of women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby.
He said the 2010 n National Infant Feeding Survey suggested perinatal depression was less commonly reported among mothers who had higher levels of education, were working at the time of the survey and primarily spoke a language other than English at home. Mothers living in major cities also reported slightly lower rates of perinatal depression.
Marie-Paule Austin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of NSW and director St John of God Perinatal & Women’s Mental Health Research Unit, said was doing better in detecting perinatal depression and anxiety compared to a decade ago.
But she said: “We still need to come a long way in NSW compared to other states in terms of our lack of any public mother-baby beds that allows mothers to be admitted with their infant thus avoiding separation at this critical time in the infant’s life.”
A NSW Health spokesman said 90 per cent of these women suffered mild mental health symptoms that could be treated by their GPs or organisations such as Karitane and Tresillian.
“Of the remaining 10% of women who require specialist care for severe and complex mental health problems generally associated with significant clinical risk, a small proportion might require an admission to an inpatient unit and may also receive specialist care through public community mental health services,” he said.
He said there were various primary care and specialist services, and NSW Health had spent $3 million this financial year on supporting 900 people with moderate to severe perinatal mental health disorders.
Mrs James was fortunate to have a strong support network of family and friends but she said: “For a male it can be very difficult for them to understand.”
Some of her female friends understood, others did not. “Some of them normalise it and said ‘It’s just part of those early days. You’ll get over it’.”
When Mrs James realised the anxiety she felt following the birth of Abigail was not normal, she sought help from her GP.
“He certainly helped me survive the day-to day through sleep medication and also anti-anxiety medication,” she said. “But I didn’t really recover until she was about nine months old.”
At that point, Mrs James began sleeping and eating well, and bonding again with her daughter.
Mrs James was once again beset with post-natal anxiety about three months after the birth of her son Charlie.
As soon as she was on “the slippery slope of stressing and not sleeping”, she visited her G.P. and was referred to a consultant psychiatrist.
Recalling that period in her life, Mrs James said: “It was so bad. It was really frightening. I felt guilty I wasn’t enjoying motherhood any more.”
Tributes flow for Doohan the ‘Becker wrecker’ | VIDEO, PICTURES Newcastle’s Peter Doohan after defeating Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.
Peter Doohan waves to a friend as he leaves the court with a happy Pat Cash after their doubles triumph on October 03, 1987.
Peter Doohan and Pat Cash in the Davis Cup, October 3, 1987.
Pat Cash leaps for a forehand smash as Peter Doohan looks on in the Davis Cup doubles encounter, March 15, 1987.
Peter Doohan (foreground) with Alton Bowen in 2012.
Peter Doohan and Rod Stubbs, at Nelson Bay Tennis Club.
Peter Doohan in November 2012.
Peter Doohan in 2011.
Peter Doohan at the Nelson Bay courts during upgrades in 2009.
Peter Doohan with Roger Federer in 2011.
Peter Doohan and Pat Cash at the Davis Cup Semi at White City VS India on October 3, 1987.
Peter Doohan in action in April, 2005.
Peter Doohan in 1987.
Peter Doohan in action against Leconte, January 14, 1988.
Peter Doohan in 2001.
Newcastle tennis player Peter Doohan was inducted into the Hunter Region sporting hall of fame in 2005.
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— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) July 22, 2017Newcastle Herald journalist Carrie Fellner spoke to Peter Doohanabout his devastating diagnosis. Here is her story from May 21, 2017.
Hunter sporting great Peter Doohan has spoken bravely about his battle with motor neurone disease, revealing he is about to begin a course of powerful, experimental drugs in a bid to prolong his life.
The 56-year-old admitted things have been “up and down” since hereceived the shock diagnosis last Tuesday, with his neurologistgiving him months to live.
There has since been an outpouring of support for Doohan, both from within the Hunter and the broader tennis community.Pat Cash, Wally Masur and John Fitzgerald have been among those to send messages of support from and abroad.
Doohan spoke to theNewcastle Heraldon Sunday from a pub near the Sydney hospital where he will begintreatment on Monday.
He was accompaniedby family members so he could watch his beloved Newcastle Knights take on the Panthers.
“They are very powerful drugs to try and settle down my immune system, which happens to be in overdrive,” he said.
“I’m just hopingto get some strength back, because at the moment my body is very weak. A little bit of quality time would be good. I won’t ask for too much”.
Doohan – better known as the “Becker Wrecker” –pulled off one of the most memorable upsets in tennis history with his defeat of two-time defending championBoris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987.
By doing so he helped clearthe way for Pat Cash to claim eventual victory in the tournament.
“I’ll have to remind him to send me the royalty cheque in the mail,” he joked.
Doohan counts his undefeatedDavis Cup record and his singles win over Andre Agassi among other career highlights.
Hereached a career-high world ranking of 43 in singles and 15in doubles, winning six ATP titles.
Will O’Neil, who runs the Cessnock Tennis Centre, has been close friends with Doohan for decades and said the news had left him “completely and utterly gutted”.
He said he was“clinging”to hope that the experimental drug treatment wouldbe a success.
“Peter is a friend and a mentor and someone I’ve looked up to since I was 10 years old,” he said.
“He’s an absolute gentleman and a real stalwart for Newcastle. A finer example of a gentleman you couldn’t find.”
Motor neurone disease is terminal disease wherepeople progressively lose use of their limbs and their ability to move, speak, breathe and swallow. The mind and senses usually remain intact.
There is no known cause or cure for the disease, which has an average life expectancy of two-and-a-half years.
More than 2000 people have the disease in , about 60 per cent male and 40 per cent female.
Mr O’Neilwas confident Doohanwould fight his battle with the same tenacity that earnedhim the nickname‘The Bear’ on the court.
“That’s why I’m still giving him a chance, I know how much of a fighter he is,” he said.
“You’d think you had the match and then you’d lose and go ‘I don’t know how the hell that happened, but it did.’”
Doohan spent his formative years atMerewether High School, playing tennis at District Park in Broadmeadow on weekends under the guidance of coach Frank Brent.
After turning professional, he spent 20 years playing and coaching in the United States. He was based inArkansas, where his sons John and Hunter still live.
Doohan returned to Nelson Bay in 2009 and coached up until June last year. Since becoming unwell, he has been spending much of his time with his mother, who lives in Hamilton South.
Reflecting on his career, he said one of the most rewarding aspects has been the close bonds forgedwith many of his former students and their parents.
“I get a lot of satisfaction from the way those students grow and learn life lessons through sport,” he said.
Tennis taught children integrity, he added, because unlike other sports they were forced to make line calls against themselves.
“Things like perseverance, persistence, commitment and hard work.We don’t expect them all to be Wimbledon champions. The reason we play sport is because of the things they learn for life.”
Doohan admitted he is passionate about his home town, to “the point of being overzealous”.
“I love the Knights,” he said. “I flew back from the US in 2001 to watch them win the premiership.”
He said his proudest moment as a Novocastrian was when his Wimbledon winwas ranked number four in the Herald’stop 101significant moments in Hunter history.
Mr O’Neil describedDoohan as a “true mate” and a very caring dad to his two boys.
“The amazing part about Pete is he will just always go out of his way to help you.”.
Up to 7500 asylum seekers who arrived in by boat have been given four months to apply for refugee status or face deportation.
Branding them “fake refugees”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they have until October 1 to provide detail about their protection claims. He says some have refused to lodge protection claims while others have refused to give even basic information about their identities.
“This is a very serious situation and it’s costing n taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” Mr Dutton said on Sunday. “Money that could be spent on education, on health, on police, on other services in the community. Now we aren’t going to tolerate that any longer.”
Many arrived without identity documents on boats run by people smugglers up to seven years ago under the previous Labor government, he said.
Mr Dutton said many were residing in on government benefits which last year cost around $250 million in income support alone.
But refugee advocates are furious over the move, saying it punishes people who have been waiting patiently to submit their claims.
The Refugee Action Coalition’s Ian Rintoul called the deadline “completely arbitrary” and said it was a cruel hoax on people whom the government has left in limbo.
“These people have been denied legal help by this government,” said Mr Rintoul. “They have systemically denied them the possibility of making an application. To suggest that they are unreasonably consuming taxpayers dollars is simply vicious.”
Human rights lawyer George Newhouse said the move showed a “blatant disregard’ for the processes of the law and the cost of legal aid.
And advocates at the Edmund Rice Centre accused Mr Dutton of “yet another unfair and extreme attack” on refugees and asylum seekers.
“Peter Dutton and the Turnbull government are deliberately making the process of applying for protection as difficult as possible,” the centre’s Dominic Ofner said.
“There are over 21 million refugees worldwide and the international community is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. In this context, it is simply beyond embarrassing that our government is doing everything it possibly can to deny basic rights to 7,500 people seeking asylum in .”
Labor’s immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann criticised Mr Dutton for branding people “fake refugees” before they had even lodged their applications.
“I think the public will see what this is all about. It’s about Peter Dutton putting his name in the paper, angling for the prime ministership – not doing his job and angling for Malcolm Turnbull’s job,” he said. He also questioned why the government was only now acknowledging it had a problem after nearly four years in power.
One of the world’s biggest retailers continues to register trademarks in , despite insisting it has no plans to set up here.
German discount supermarket Lidl – which will open stores in the US next month, offering up to 50 per cent off rivals’ prices – has trademarked the words LIDL TO GO and LIDL YOU.
LIDL TO GO is the chain’s convenience assortment. LIDL YOU is a streaming service.
A Lidl representative told Fairfax Media the chain had “no plans” to enter .
It’s speculated Lidl is keeping open the option of launching here, once it has bedded down its aggressive US expansion.
Lidl is owned by the privately held Schwarz Group, one of the world’s largest retailers, which also owns discount department store Kaufland.
Until last year, Lidl planned to open in and emulate the success of its arch-rival Aldi.
But Schwarz Group chief, under executive Klaus Gehrig, decided Lidl would focus on the US and Kaufland would head Down Under to increase its international sales.
Michael Bate is the head of retail at Colliers International, which conducted research for Lidl about the n market.
Mr Bate said Lidl was initially excited by but concluded the market was too small and too concentrated, and was now focused on the US.
He said Lidl was “hedging its bets” by continuing to register brands here. The LIDL YOU application was lodged after Kaufland confirmed in November it was looking for land and staff in .
Lidl has applied for thousands of trademarks in since the year 2000, around the time Aldi set up here.
Last year it applied for trademarks covering hundreds of products, held talks with the Victorian government, and contacted suppliers.
It’s understood Schwarz Group plans to launch a bespoke Kaufland in , rather than use its German or Eastern European formats. It’s unclear when the first Kaufland stores will open here, although it’s speculated it will be several years from now.
After years of competing, Fairfax Media understands Lidl and Kaufland are now being encouraged to work together and share resources at a top level.
Forensic police at the scene on Sunday. Picture: Ian KirkwoodONE man is recovering in hospital with stab wounds, while another sustained a cut to his head while detaining an intruder during separate home invasions in the Hunter over the weekend.
A man, 28, suffered lacerations to his arm and chest after he was confronted by two men at Charlestown on Sunday morning.
Police said the man was outside his home on Hillsborough Road about 5am when he was attacked by the men, who police said were dressed in dark clothing and armed with an “edged weapon”.
NSW Police spokesman
Paramedics were calledand treated the man for lacerations to his left arm and chest.
He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.
The man’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to a NSWpolice spokesman.
Meanwhile, a man, 58, has appeared in Newcastle Bail Court after he was allegedly found inside a home in Hamilton East on Friday night.
The man, who police identified as Shane Anthony Nicholls, was allegedly found in a bedroom of a home on Warrah Street about 8.20pm, police said.
Three people were inside the home when one of the occupants heard noises coming from his bedroom.
The man, 54, went to investigate and allegedly found Mr Nicholls, 58, standing in the room.
The two allegedly became involved in a scuffle, with the 54-year-old suffering a cut to his head, police said.
The 54-year-old’s family came to his aid and one of the occupants called police.
Newcastle City police arrived moments later and arrested the 58-year-old.
He was taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter.
He was refused bail by police and appeared in Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday morning where the matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
Forensic police at the scene on Sunday. Picture: Ian Kirkwood