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Luis Suarez holds his mouth as Giorgio Chiellini protests in the background. Photo: APWorld football’s governing body FIFA has acted swiftly to ban rogue Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for nine international matches and from any football-related activity for four months.
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Suarez brought international opprobrium on himself when he bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s 1-0 win over the Azzuri on Tuesday.

The victory saw La Celeste through to the knockout round of the World Cup, where they will face Colombia on Saturday night, while Italy were sent home as a result of the loss.

The ban will also mean that Suarez once again misses several matches at the start of Liverpool’s next Premier League campaign.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said in a statement that Suarez was guilty of ‘unsporting conduct towards another player’.

“The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine (9) official matches. The first match of this suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture between Colombia and Uruguay on 28 June 2014. The remaining match suspensions shall be served in Uruguay’s next FIFA World Cup match(es), as long as the team qualifies, and/or in the representative team’s subsequent official matches….”

Bite marks: Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini shows where he was bitten by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. Photo: Reuters

“The player Luis Suarez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) months”

”A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suarez … the player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban. The player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension”.

“Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field.

In addition, Suarez has been fined 100,000 Swiss Francs ($118,876).

“The Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suárez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the (disciplinary) Code. The decision comes into force as soon it is communicated,” said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

The Uruguayan FA will appeal against the ruling, but Suarez cannot play even if a challenge is lodged. The imposition of the fine could be delayed pending the appeal.

Suarez is one of the most gifted players in world football, scoring 31 league goals in 33 games for Liverpool last season.

He returned from a month on the sidelines with an injury to score twice in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England last week, transforming the team’s World Cup which began with a loss to Costa Rica in a game Suarez missed through injury.

But he is also one of the game’s most troubled players and has been banned twice previously for biting opponents.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo had no sympathy.

“Football must set an example and show examples of good players,” he told reporters. “People who are out of line must be punished.

“If my little children bit me, they are sent to the dark room with the big bad wolf. This is football’s equivalent.”

Suarez will not be able to train or attend matches with Liverpool until late October, a huge blow to their domestic and European ambitions.

“Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment,” Liverpool chief executive officer Ian Ayre said on the club’s website.

Adidas, who have used Suarez in a frontline promotion role in recent months, said it would stop using him in adverts for the rest of the World Cup.

“Adidas fully backs FIFA’s decision,” a spokeswoman said. “We do not accept the recent behaviour of Luis Suarez and shall remind him of the high standards we expect of our players.

“We have no plan to use Suarez for any other marketing activities during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

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GALLERY: Images of the heartless vandalism at Bathurst cemetery DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.
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DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery. Barry Konemann from the Bathurst Family HIstory Group inspects some of the damage.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery. Alan McRae from the Bathurst Historical Society and Barry Konemann documenting what has been lost.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery. Alan McRae from the Bathurst Historical Society and Barry Konemann from Bathurst Family History Group.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery. Barry Konemann from Bathurst Family History Group.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery. Barry Konemann from Bathurst Family History Group.

DEVASTATING: Vandals have damaged 70 historic headstones in the Bathurst cemetery.

TweetFacebookWestern Advocate photographerZenio Lapka captured the damage.

STORY, VIDEO: VANDALS ATTACK HISTORIC HEADSTONE IN BATHURST CEMETERY

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A man has been charged with biting off the nose of a Hells Angels bikie in Sydney’s inner west.
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The 28-year-old was driving when he was stopped by police in Hurlstone Park about 4pm on Thursday and arrested over the attack which left Peter Zervas in hospital for surgery to have his nose reattached.

Mr Zervas, 38, is the brother of Anthony Zervas, who was killed during a fight between the Hells Angels and rivals Comancheros at Sydney Airport in 2009.

The accused allegedly bit off part of Mr Zervas’ nose while he was inside his Leichardt unit complex about 5pm on Tuesday and then fled the scene.

Mr Zervas took himself and his nose to hospital, where it was later reattached.

After arresting the suspect on Thursday, police searched his nearby home.

The man was taken to Burwood Police Station and charged with affray and cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear in Burwood Local Court on Friday.

Mr Zervas was shot multiple times while getting out of his car at his mother’s house in Lakemba in 2009. The year before, a tattoo parlour he opened in Brighton-le-Sands was firebombed.

The former Comanchero bikie boss, Mahmoud “Mick” Hawi, who was found guilty of killing Mr Zervas’ brother, recently had his conviction quashed.

He faces a retrial and was granted bail on Monday under new amendments to the Bail Act.

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Stawell Harness Racing Club and the Martin family will honour the late Ray Martin on Monday with the running of the Ray Martin Memorial Pace.
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Wheatsheaf Avaball will contest the Ray Martin Memorial at Laidlaw Park on Monday.

Martin was a great supporter of harness racing for most of his life and his son Owen has continued the tradition of the Martin family being involved with harness racing as an owner and trainer.

The Martin family have donated a trophy to the winning connections of the race on Monday, open to C4 to C5 pacers.

Last year’s winner Amajorfrost launched his career after winning the race and went on to win several more races before being sold to Tasmania to continue his career.

This year’s race has attracted a top field with local chances from the Great Western stables of Grant Campbell and Kerryn Manning.

The Noble Steed has just returned to racing this season and is set to break through for a win.

Campbell has Well Oiled Lombo entered and the horse has been going well this season.

Michelle Wight has Wheatsheaf Avaball entered and will be a chance.

Grins Rendition will be a big chance after running some big races against stronger company in his last few starts.

The David Lewis trained Twentyfivetolife heads to Stawell to try and score another win after winning at Stawell’s last race meeting in March.

A great day of harness racing action will be on offer on Monday with the Trackside Bistro open from noon for meals and snacks during the afternoon. Entry is free.

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Police are investigating the attempted robbery of a Dominos pizza delivery driver in Mollymook overnight.
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About 8pm (Thursday, June 26), the 23-year-old man went to a house on Settlers Way, Mollymook to deliver a pizza.

There was no answer at door so the driver returned to his car.

When the driver got back into his car he noticed a male standing next to the front of the vehicle.

Another male allegedly threatened the driver with a baseball bat and demanded property from him.

At the time a third male was standing at the rear of the car.

The driver has then accelerated away from the scene and during this the male armed with the baseball bat has hit the car damaging it.

The males were last seen running west along Settlers Way.

Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command are investigating the robbery and have descriptions of the three males involved.

One male was aged about 18 to 22-years-old, Caucasian appearance, 170 to 180cm tall, dark hair and wearing a black hooded jumper.

The second male is also of Caucasian appearance, 16 to 20-years-old, 160 to 170cm tall and wearing a grey hooded jumper and hat.

The third male is described as being 16 to 20-years-old, wearing a hooded jumper.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via the Shoalhaven Police Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The tide turned last year for Fremantle as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final. Photo: Candice BarnesThe Fremantle Dockers are not only solid favourites for this weekend’s western derby but also winners in the merchandise game.
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The Eagles blue-and-yellow dreadlocked beanies may stand out in the crowd but AFLstore南京夜网.au sales manager Geoff Amoore said Dockers merchandise was selling faster than that of their WA counterpart.

Mr Amoore is in charge of sales online as well as for supplying official merchandise stores throughout the country.

“It’s all Freo at the moment,” he said.

“The Eagles are very strong because of the good supporter base they have is strong but Fremantle have come from the clouds.”

Mr Amoore said this year’s merchandise sales for WA teams were split between the Dockers and Eagles 60/40. He said in past years it had been 70/30 in favour of the Eagles.

The tide turned last year as a result of the Dockers good performance when they made it to the grand final.

“The gift shop over there ran out of stock in the lead up to it,” Mr Amoore said.

He said Matthew Pavlich and Nic Natainui were the most popular players in terms of sales of products with their names or faces on.

“They are pretty hard to split but at the moment around Pavlich’s 300 games there’s been a lot of his gear sold lately,” Mr Amoore said.

While the Dockers would not provide sales figures, a spokesman for the Eagles said $2.3 million worth of team merchandise was sold in 2013 and so far this year about $1.3 million worth had been sold.

“Nic Naitanui is our most popular player with player badges, guernseys with his number on them etcetera,” the spokesman said.

The Eagles take on the Dockers in the 40th western derby at 2.40pm on Saturday at Patersons Stadium.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens delivers her valedictory speech on Tuesday night. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.THE events of June 24, 2010 ruined Australian politics. That’s a parting thought from Goulburn-based Senator Ursula Stephens, who today draws the curtain on a 12-year career at Parliament House.
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Dr Stephens used an exclusive interview with the Post to draw light on the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd quagmire, poke holes in the Abbott Government’s first budget, reflect on the need for Senate election reform and outline dreams of the future.

She’ll use the immediate downtime from a heavily scrutinised world of politics to focus on the health of her husband Bob, recovering from a stroke, welcome into the world grandchild number five and chair a United Nations panel dedicated to finding ways of most effectively conducting third world aid projects.

Dr Stephens hasn’t ruled out a return to politics, admitting she’s considering offers to stand as the Labor Party candidate for a new-look seat of Goulburn in next March’s NSW election.

“That’s a decision for another day,” she explained during an interview this month.

“If it feels right, I’ll make up my mind then. Right now, I don’t feel as though as I have to make a decision.”

The long-time primary school teacher and philosophy doctorate holder concedes she’s served office in the most extraordinary of eras – often for the wrong reasons.

The decision to commit troops to Iraq, the knifing of consecutive prime ministers and a personal style of opposition politics, which she labels ‘vitriolic’, occurred during her reign.

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Dr Stephens accused the post-Howard Coalition of becoming sore losers and described dismissals of Labor leaders as the darkest days in her party’s history.

The childish behaviour of politicians leaves voters, in particular the young, disengaged and dissatisfied, she says.

“Politics from 2007 really changed dramatically.

Since that big swing when Rudd won government, the thing that was so tangible was the extent to which the opposition were prepared to stoop,” she said.

“They weren’t prepared to accept that they’d lost.

They were pretty sore losers, quite vitriolic. They started the personal vendettas.”

Labor was equally responsible for the demise. Dr Stephens is ashamed of her party’s decision to dump Kevin Rudd as Prime Minster on June 24, 2010.

She was further disillusioned by its move to punt Julia Gillard almost three years later to the day.

On both occasions, she supported Mr Rudd. On both occasions, she was vehemently opposed to the sagas.

“I hated it. The way in which the political operatives run around, stitch up the deals and promise people everything – everyone gets promised a favour, everyone gets promised a job,” she recalls.

“It stunk. The environment in which it all happened, it’s this hothouse of pressure. It’s feral.

“When you go that low, how do you get back? I don’t think we’ve got back. When you’re in the gutter, how do you lift the national dialogue out of the gutter? It’s pretty hard.”

The May Budget handed down by Treasurer Joe Hockey does nothing to pull morale from the gutter, Dr Stephens says.

Nor does a convoluted Senate election process, a system that next week culminates in the swearing- in of micro party members who secured as little as 0.2 per cent of the primary vote.

Despite dissatisfaction at the hustle of modern day Parliament House, Dr Stephens’ term as a Labor Senator for NSW was predominately positive.

She formally signed off during a valedictory speech in the Senate on Tuesday night.

In it, Dr Stephens paid homage to those who’ve shown support over the last 12 years and urged future politicians to steer clear of slander.

“I’ve never been an adversarial politician. Instead I believe in the power and potential of respectful negotiation, collaboration and relationship building – even in defeat,” she said.

“Everything worth working for takes time, effort and commitment, and the determination not to give up simply because it’s a long, hard run.”

Among her final words as a Senator were those used to formulate an analogy featuring a wounded duck and his loyal friend.

“On my way into work last week, traffic was delayed. A duck had been hit and injured by a car,” Dr Stephens explained.

“What held us up was not the wounded duck, it was its companion.

Despite all the traffic, the fog and the danger, the duck hovered about its fellow creature, concerned for its wellbeing. And I thought to myself: ‘yes, even a duck looks after its weaker mate’.”

Ursula Stephens’ fifth grand child is expected to enter the world on July 5. Two days’ later, she’ll celebrate her 60th birthday.

Will her name appear on the ballot paper at the March 28 NSW election? That’s a question for another day.

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Girls go to state champs

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June 16th, 2019

AFTER final selection into teams in January, Hastings Valley’s four Junior representative teams have been training very hard to meet the stiff competition that will be encountered at Wollongong this weekend.
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Teams from associations all around the state will gather in Wollongong and Campbelltown to contest the Netball NSW State Age Championships.

The Port teams will travel all together by bus with their coaches and managers on Friday with the competition being run over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In the lead up to the main event, the teams have participated in several local carnivals as well as travelling further afield to meet stronger associations in a carnival atmosphere to improve skills and work on team building and playingcombinations.

15s: Emma Marsden, Molly Fraser, Emily Weaver, Maddison McKenna, Jade Horton, Olivia King, Courtney Kelly-Scholes, Eleneoa Wilson, Jade Milroy,Front: Coach Stephanie Fraser, Manager Kylie WeaverAbsent: Tayla Reid.

Manager Daphne McInherny, Tegan Holland, Bayleigh Duck, Ellie Cross, Alana Grose, Georgia Clarke, Lucy Hills, Georgia Caire, Sophie Smith, Amber Stokes, Lani Dwyer, Coach Helen Miles.

13s: Manager Erin Barker, Annaliese Ray, Jacqueline Palmer, Monique Copelin, Grace Biron, Molly Styles, Georgia Marino, Kayla Milroy, Courtney Gallagher, Ellie Richards, Isabella Turnbull, Coach Natalie Jordan.

12s: Coach Ann Heaton, Clare McLaughlin, Grace Kucera, Jemma McIntyre, Sophie Newman, Caitlin Rogers, Piper Thompson, Manager Marg MorganFront row: Mattarley Kelly-Scholes, Maia Marino, Aleigha Biron.

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AFL legend Jason Akermanis. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
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AFL legends Peter Daicos and Jason Akermanis will headline a special Sunday event to officially mark the end of the Horsham RSL Diggers on July 6.

Natimuk United officials and former Diggers executive members have planned the day to farewell the old club and commemorate the start of a new era.

MEGA GALLERY: Horsham RSL Diggers throughout the years

Natimuk United vice-president Stuart Hall will sponsor the event and said it was about bringing together members and supporters of both former clubs.

“When we voted to merge with Natimuk, we told the Diggers members that we would have a party to send off the clubrooms and wind things up formally,” he said.

“It’s hard to organise a Saturday night event during the footy season, so we are having a Sunday event that will start out as a family day and then continue on for the adults.”

A magician will open the day for children, and there will be a gold coin donation lunch.

Mr Hall said he wanted to see old and new supporters attend.

“A lot of Wimmera people have been involved at some stage with United as either a player or supporter of football or netball, and they are all invited,” he said.

“We’ve made the day free for former members and current Natimuk United members as well.

“It’s also for club sponsors and the idea is for it to be one big party.”

Mr Hall said Daicos and Akermanis would mix with supporters and the night would finish with comedian Pommy Johnson.

Peter Miller said bookings would be necessary despite it being a free event.

He said those interested could book tickets by contacting him on 0400 824 247 or Tim Friend on 0438 077 282.

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Penrith’s first Twilight Markets, on June 13,was hailed a ‘‘success’’ by organisers.
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‘‘I was happy with the turn out,’’ said market organiser Monique Annetts.

‘‘For the amount of people that cameand the amount of time that we had to let people know about the market, we had a really good response.

‘‘It was quite cold but all the store holders were happy with the money that they made.’’

The markets are held monthly in Penrith’s ‘‘pop-up’’ parkand include more than 20 stores selling food, jewellery, gift ware, homemade arts and crafts, fashion, toys and many more.

The markets came about when the CBD Corporation formed a partnership with Monique Annetts – who runs Glenmore Park Monthly Market and the Markets at Panthers.

CBD Corporation chief executive officer Gai Hawthorn said the aim of the markets was to attract more people into area, especially into Penrith’s trial ‘‘pop-up’’ park.

‘‘The markets are engaging the area and allow people to utilise the area more,’’ Ms Hawthorn said.

‘‘The markets will create economic development for the surrounding local businesses in the pop-up park.’’

Ms Annetts hopes to make themarket themed.

‘‘Next month we are thinking of doing a Christmas in July market and hope Santa can visit,’’ she said.

The next Twilight Markets will be held on Friday, from 5pm.

There will be a jumping castle for the kids and live entertainment.

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Horsham Cricket Association’s Josh Carroll has been selected for Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRISEVEN Wimmera cricketers will be put through their paces at Dimboola on Monday and Tuesday as part of Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program.
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Horsham Cricket Association’s Dawson Cross, Angus Adams and Josh Carroll, Wimmera-Mallee’s Joseph Reid and Jack Landrigan, and West Wimmera brothers Louis and Darcy Preston have been picked for the program.

Cross is currently injured, but will still attend both days.

Reid, Landrigan, Cross and Louis Preston were picked in the under-15 section of the program, while Carroll, Adams and Darcy Preston are in the under-19 section.

The seven are among 23 players picked from western Victoria to participate in the program, which aims to unearth talent that might be overlooked in areas of regional Victoria.

Several state players have been found through the program, including Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and Cameron White.

Cricket Victoria western country regional manager Stephen Field said the program presented a great opportunity for the players.

“For all of these kids except for the ones out of under-18s, it is a great chance for state selectors for junior age groups to have a look at them prior to all their normal trials,” he said.

“A great example is Sam Kerber from Jeparit, who wasn’t actually on the radar of state selectors, but was really on for the Diamonds in the Bush and ended up making the state squad and being Victoria’s highest run-scorer.

“It really is a big opportunity for kids in the middle of football season, because the ones who are thinking about cricket can get a real leg up.”

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Colleagues congratulate Greg Hunt after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House at Parliament House on Thursday. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENThe most politically costly reform in politics in decades is to end with the Senate preparing to wind up Labor’s carbon tax and scrap the automatic move to a market-based trading scheme from next year.
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Just before the House adjourned on Thursday, there were jubilant scenes on the floor of the House of Representatives as the Coalition passed the carbon tax repeal bills for the second time.

The final vote went through on the voices after which Environment Minister Greg Hunt was embraced and high-fived by colleagues.

He had earlier successfully moved an amendment to split the Clean Energy Finance Corporation abolition – which will not pass the Senate – from the package of bills.

Labor unsuccessfully moved an amendment to repeal the carbon tax and move straight to an emissions trading scheme.

Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not present to see the repeal go through as he was attending a function out of Canberra.

The government’s carbon tax repeal bill will be voted on by the newly configured Senate as early as July 7, but more likely a week later on the 15th – due to Senate procedural rules – after Tony Abbott secured the final crossbench support from Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party.

It will pass with the support of the Coalition, and most of the cross-bench independents and the PUP bloc which includes the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party’s senator-elect, Ricky Muir.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with Mr Palmer on Thursday morning and emerged happy that the minor party’s four upper house votes would support the abolition of the fixed price, subject to just one condition – a guarantee that the package would contain legislated assurances of cheaper electricity for households.

The pair met in Mr Abbott’s Parliament House office for 30 minutes – their first formal meeting in their current roles – to do the deal, jointly sounding the death knell of the policy issue that more than any other, Mr Abbott had built his 2013 election pitch on.

”This government will deliver on its commitment to abolish the carbon tax and I’m delighted that crossbench senators will deliver on their commitment to abolish this toxic tax once and for all,” a triumphant Mr Abbott told Parliament later in the day.

”I look forward to working with him to ensure all the savings from the abolition of the carbon tax are passed on,” he added.

The historic agreement came just 14 hours after Mr Palmer, flanked by one of the world’s most prominent climate advocates, former US vice-president Al Gore, announced his party bloc would vote to scrap the carbon price.

However, in a setback to the government’s overall plan, Mr Palmer also committed to retaining key pillars of the Labor-Greens climate change architecture in the form of the Climate Change Authority, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and the Renewable Energy Target.

The RET is the subject of an review which is due to report next month. There are concerns that mandating a 20 per cent quota for energy from renewable sources, had made electricity more costly and was harming the economy.

Many Liberals want the RET dumped but that option looks to be off the table given Mr Palmer’s support. Mr Palmer also skewered the government’s ”Direct Action” plan declaring it was a waste of money and would therefore not receive PUP support.

That has left the friendless scheme in a legal limbo along with more than $1.1 billion in funds already appropriated. It means any future program run under that name may need to be scaled back and done through regulation rather than legislation.

Mr Hunt confirmed the government saw no obstacle to strengthening consumer protections following the dumping of the carbon tax, to ensure households received the full benefits of its removal.

The government has consistently said the tax has cost the average household $550 a year, meaning consumers should receive at least that discount once the tax is removed.

Mr Hunt said the new measures would add to the price monitoring role of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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Top 10 in state

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May 17th, 2019

TOP 10: Angus Ross (manager), Aaron Mendoza, Susan Wilkinson (manager), Josh Reynolds, Nathan Anderson (captain), Jacob Lucas, Nathan Hislop, Joe Schiller, Nick Schiller, Joel McKenzie, Jayke Hogan, Harry Dunn, Matt Murray, Kye Tiedemann and coach Ben Cooper make top 10 in state touch football. (sub)Young High School’s Opens Touch Football team are absolutely ecstatic after their win on Monday against the champions of the Sydney East region, Sylvania High School.
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The team had played a regional carnival and a finals carnival in Wagga to progress through to the top 20 school touch teams in the state.

Sylvania High School’s well-drilled squad travelled to Young to play Young High School’s best touch team.

With a great crowd of students, staff, parents and community members in attendance, Young High had the crowd behind them and were super keen to play in front of their family and friends.

In a fast and furious display of energetic touch football, Young High were able to put early points on the board as Jayke Hogan dived to score a try set up by a great pass from Joel McKenzie.

Centres Nathan Anderson, Luke Doldissen and Joe Schiller perfected the driving pattern and ensured forward play at all times.

After the excitement of scoring first, Young continued to hold onto greater possession with Matt Murray controlling the ball play with some skilful passing and flare.

After some solid driving and excellent execution of set plays, Hogan was again able to cross the line to bring the score to 2-0 at half time.

The 20 twenty minutes of the game saw Sylvania High School erupt with some fast flowing and sensible play which saw them cross the line early in the half.

Thanks to excellent defence from Kye Tiedemann and Harry Dunn, the attack from Sylvania was restricted.

Captain Nathan Anderson rallied his troops and led with example, running into a gap to score a brilliant try.

Young’s wingers Aaron Mendoza, Josh Reynolds, Nathan Hislop and Jacob Lucas used their speed to continually attack along the sidelines.

Sylvania responded with another excellent try to bring the score to three to two with five minutes to go.

Young had to dig deep in the last five minutes to ensure they could hold onto the win.

“We really worked together as a team and our training efforts paid off,” McKenzie said.

Young High’s touch football coach Ben Cooper commended his team on their exceptional performance.

“The team has played some amazing touch this season and have worked together as a squad to improve our set plays,” he said.

“I am very proud of the team and they have proved that hard work, determination and a positive attitude breeds success.”

Opens teams are generally made up of senior students, but with Young High fielding players as young as Year 7, there is scope for continued success in the coming years.

After Monday’s exceptional performance, the team now progresses through to the top 10 teams in the state. They will attend a carnival in the Central Coast region next term to finalise the top ten rankings.

“With the worst case scenario being 10th in the state…. you’ve got to be pretty happy,” team manager Susan Wilkinson said.

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