Hospital from A Country Practice up for grabs

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‘Wandin Valley Hospital’ for sale Scenes from A Country Practice, featuring the Wandin Valley Hospital.

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Dr Terence Elliott (Shane Porteous) and matron Marta Kurtesz (Helen Scott) outside Wandin Valley Hospital.

The house now.

Nurse Judy Loveday (Wendy Strehlow) looks after her cousin Jo Loveday (Josephine Mitchell) who has contracted typhoid.

Dr. Terence Elliott (Shane Porteous) weds Director of Nursing Rosemary Prior (Maureen Edwards) n a 1987 episode.

Brendan Jones (Shane Withington) and Dr Simon Bowen (Grant Dodwell) in Wandin Valley Hospital.

Jo (Josephine Mitchell) and Shirley (Lorrae Desmond) protest over proposed closure of Wandin Valley Hospital in 1987.

Life without Molly begins for character Brendan Jones in this 1985 episode.

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappClare House at Oakville, better known as Wandin Valley Hospital in TV show A Country Practice, is up for auction next month.

The agents said it was only the eighth time in almost two centuries it has been on the market.

The house was a location shoot for the long-running Channel 7 series A Country Practice, from1981-1993, which at its height was said to have been watched by half Australia’s population.

Several buildings around Pitt Town including the Bird in Hand were used in filming, Molly’s house was at Maraylya, Windsor High was the local high school and the Country Practice clinicwas in North Street, Windsor.

Last year what was the Wandin Valley police station in Johnston Street, Pitt Town was sold too.

When the house sold a decade ago, it had been owned bythe O’Briens for nearly 30 years.

Gazette journalist Shannon Tonkin talked to Ron and Trish O’Brien at the time. Theysaid a man appeared on their doorstep in 1981 and said he was doing a story about nursing in the bush.

“In less than six weeks, we had film crews here,” Mrs O’Brien said.

“They only ever took footage of the outside of our house, but we had our fair share of actors and actresses on the property.They’d be here all day filming for hours, and when you saw it on TV there’d only be five or six seconds of our house, but it was great to see it on the screen.”

Mrs O’Brien said many visitors wanted to see ‘inside the Wandin Valley Hospital’.

“Contrary to popular belief, it never was a hospital, it’s always been a home, but we’d have plenty of people knocking at the door asking to see inside,” she said.

The actor who played the show’s character Brendan Jones, Shane Withington, came to Thompson Square in Windsor in December last year to support CAWB’s fight against the new Windsor Bridge plans.

Clare House was built of convict brick on Andrew Thompson’s estateafter whom Thompson Square is named, around 1828.

Now on one hectare of land, it also has a dressage arena and new stables with wash bay and kitchen and bathroom facilities. It’s listed with Hamish Rogers.

It will be auctionedon site at 11am onSaturday,September 30,unless sold before.

Hawkesbury Gazette

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Why this ordinary 1970s house just sold for $6.5 million

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25 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid BeachGetting into beachfront real estate on the Gold Coast just got harder.

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This very original 1970s beach house may look like your average suburban home but this week it changed hands for an eye-watering $6.5 million.

Proving it’s anything but ordinary, 25 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach was snapped up by a mystery buyer in an off-market deal brokered by Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents.

While the house may not look $6.5 million, it’s all about the location – set on Mermaid Beach’s Millionaire’s Row, it happens to be positioned on a stretch of beachfront that is quickly becoming priced out of most people’s reach, including cashed-up Sydney and Melbourne buyers.

But if you think 15 metres of absolute beach frontage on a 607-square-metre block is expensive now, $6.5 million is going to look cheap in no time, Mr Kollosche says.

“There’s still a lot of forward growth in these assets,” he says. “People will be looking back on these prices in two years time saying that these prices were such good value.

“The Mermaid Beach market is very tightly held and so property prices are performing stronger and stronger, month on month,” Mr Kollosche says.

Earlier this year, 25 Hedges Avenue made headlines when a local buyer pulled out of a contract, forfeiting their $100,000 deposit in the process. Related: Chinese buyers on Gold Coast spreeRelated: What’s behind the Gold Coast boomRelated: Nearly $7 million profit in two years

They then went 600 metres up the street and bought a vacant block at 127 Hedges Avenue for $6.3 million instead.

A new buyer came forward not long after, despite the property having been taken off the market, quickly making an offer and the deal settled this week.

Not surprisingly, the new owners plan to demolish the two-level brick house to make way for a brand new multimillion-dollar beach mansion, which they will eventually make their principal place of residence.

Land on the beachfront is at a premium, even more so than existing houses, Mr Kollosche says.

David Henderson, one of the owners of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente, recently reduced the price of his sprawling beachfront mansion at 187-191 Hedges Avenue to $16,995,000.

It was previously listed at nearly $20 million and so far hasn’t found a buyer, however Mr Kollosche believes properties like this, which cost Henderson $13.65 million for the land alone, will be worth $30 million in the near future.

“Smart buyers will move in on properties like that because it represents excellent value,” he says. “The number of buyers does narrow as you go up in price but it’s worth waiting.”

Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson says the Gold Coast has now surged ahead of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s clearly out on its own ??? We’ve got the Gold Coast up around about 8 per cent on a year-on-year basis at the moment, while Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast are about 4 to 5 per cent,” he says.

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Rolador’s temptations make you linger longer

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Where morning dreams are met Fresh start: Warm surrounds, delicious food at Rolador. And coffee that holds its own on Beaumont Street. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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facebookSHAREtwitterTWEETemailwhatsappRolador, 1 Beaumont St, Hamilton, Mon-Fri 6am-4pm / Sat-Sun 7am-3pm

Many an early morning train trip to the big smoke has been made better by a quick detour to Rolador, Beaumont Street’s number one coffee shop. Every day around sunup, countless commuters shuffle over to the roller door in the wall and order their favourite brew to take with them on the long ride to the city. However, if you venture beyond the hole in the wall you’ll get to enjoy a myriad of other things that Rolador do just as well as their fantastic cups of joe.

Eating at Rolador is like dining in your grandmother’s garage; welcoming, comfy, and wholesome, not to mention the 50s and 60s dining settings dotted about the narrow space, or the sideboard full of vintage trinkets on display, or the red retro lights slung from the ceiling above a small community of hungry diners eating their food with antique silverware. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days, Rolador’s kitchen makes a mean meal in such a tiny space, serving simple food done exceptionally well.

If time isn’t on your side, and a cup of the good stuff won’t suffice to see you through your exceptionally busy morning, grab somethingfrom the ‘Snack’ side of the menu. The muffins are baked daily and served with warm butter, or there’s crunchy pieces of toasted sourdough, multigrain, or Turkish bread slathered with strawberry jam, peanut butter or vegemite. Maybe, a slice of house made fruit and nut loaf is more to your taste. Otherwise, try the smoked ham and cheese croissant; a baked croissant with butter and jam; or, perhaps a slice of gluten-free banana bread served with citrus and pistachio ricotta.

Personally, though, when wego out for breakfast we like to make sure that time is nothing more than mere construct to ignore and exploit as we see fit. Thus, the last time we both ventured behind the colourful painted mural on the outside wall and into the cosy comforts of nan’s Rolador workshop, we did so with plenty of time to spare.

We sat down at a chrome and white laminate table on a section of timber bench scattered with blue cushions that runs almost the entire length of the room. The ‘Specials’ board above the kitchen reads ambitiously of many things, including grilled salmon served with a salad of strawberries, feta, mixed greens, roasted almonds and balsamic glaze, which would be a superb way to start the day, except that, instead, I was keen to eat the berry bircher muesli with a chocolate milkshake and a flat-white, while my dining associate was craving eggs on toast with a loving spoonful of house made chilli jam, and a glass of orange juice.

Now, of course, everybody – at least around the northern end of Beaumont Street – knows that Rolador is famous for their strong, darkly roasted brews, but did you know that they’re also capable of producing an outstanding chocolate milkshake? Served in a crucial aluminium tin with just the right amount of froth and the classic taste and texture of creamy milk chocolate. Come for the coffee and stay for a milkshake; 5 Stars.

For such a tiny kitchen Rolador pumps out some great breakfast options. The ‘brekkie burrito’ sounds super yum packed full of scrambled eggs, bacon and rocket, topped with fresh avo and tomato salsa. The coconut porridge sounds healthy and delicious as well with loads of chopped up fresh fruit swimming in an old-fashioned bowl full of oats and toasted coconut. A bit like the berry bircher museli featuring oats and nuts and seeds and strawberries and blueberries and slithers of pear and orange and yoghurt, which I ate with salubrious, nourishing joy.

It would be fair to say that my time-affluent dining associate got a bad case of food envy… but, then again, so did I, as her simple eggs on toast had more taste and sophistication than a writer with a laptop in a coffee shop. Served with a spoonful of house made chilli jam that packs a sweet punch, and some fresh spinach on the side, the eggs were fried golden yellow, which ran all over the softly toasted multigrain sourdough.

There’s way more to explore at Rolador than just coffee. Buy some time and venture inside, before your next commute.

​QUICK BITEWhat: Rolador,1 Beaumont St, Hamilton, 4969 1786. Wheelchair accessible.Owners: Ryan and Doris NgoChef: Brendan OrrDrinks: Coffee (Felici by Di Bella Coffee), Tea, Milkshakes, Smoothies, Juices, etc.Vegetarian: YesBottom Line: $ ($50 for two, with drinks)Do Try: Eggs on Toast (with chili jam), Coffee, Chocolate Milkshake

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Melbourne’s suburban office sales strong

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MARKET WRAP

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SALES

Malvern

A fully tenanted office property, returning $212,500 per annum, at 275 Wattletree Road has sold off-market to a Melbourne-based private investor for $4.07 million giving a yield of 5.2 percent. Colliers International’s David Minton and Andrew Ryan conducted the sale achieving a land rate of $8734 per sq m.

Mount Waverley

An owner-occupier has paid $7.25 million for a modern office warehouse at 411-415 Ferntree Gully Road. The 2956 sq m building is occupied by Toshiba who will be vacating the premises. Knight Frank’s Stuart Gill brokered the off-market deal.

Box Hill

Located near Box Hill train station and shopping centre, a 1020 sq m industrial site at 480-482A Station Street has sold for $3.5 million. Cushman and Wakefield’s Robert Colaneri and Andrew O’Connell said the deal achieved a land rate of approximately $3500 per sq m, representing a sub 3 per cent yield.

Camberwell

Savills Melbourne director Nick Peden with colleagues Jesse Radisich, Julian Heatherich and Benson Zhou sold, prior to auction, two adjoining residential properties at 1059-1061 Toorak Road to a Chinese developer for $5.5 million.

Dandenong South

A mortgagee auction for the single-level brick office-warehouse at Unit 3, 10-16 Stephen Road, achieved a sale price of $720,000. This was almost 20 per cent over the reserve said Facey Industrial Commercial’s partner and auctioneer Matt O’Dea.

Elwood

The park frontage triangular site at 27 Gordon Avenue, with a permit for five townhouses, sold for $4.35 million, representing a land rate of $5701 per sq m. The deal was brokered by Leon Ma and Jimmy Tat from CBRE’s Victoria Development Site Sales team.

Dandenong South

An asbestos removal company looking to expand its business has purchased 3/10-16 Stephen Road for $110,000 over the reserve. Facey Industrial Commercial’s Matt O’Dea (auctioneer) and Tim Dark sold the property for $720,000.

Collingwood

A small inner-city cafe has fetched a big price. Fitzroys has sold a cafe at 18 Peel Street, at the base of developer Small Giants’ Oxford & Peel apartment project. It sold under the hammer at a record strata retail building rate for the suburb of $14,200 per sq m, Fitzroys’ Adam Lester and Terence Yeh said. Seven bidders vied for the property that was eventually knocked down for $640,000, representing a tight 4.6 per cent yield.

Cremorne

An owner-occupier has paid $1.81 million for a modern office building at 33 Dover Street. The three-level office features a bathroom, courtyard, city views and five undercover car spaces, said Teska Carson’s Tom Maule and Matthew Feld.

LEASES

Melbourne

Kosch Fertilizer took advantage of a 12.45 per cent net incentive fit-out contribution when signing a five-year lease on part of level 4, 492 St Kilda Rd. Lemon Baxter’s Will McMullin brokered the deal at $260 per sq m.

Melbourne

Global Investment Partners have signed a three-year lease on a small office space located on level 5, 606 St Kilda Road. Lemon Baxter’s Will McMullin achieved $400 per sq m on the deal

Notting Hill

Greenwood Early Education Centres has signed a 12-year lease on the 1659 sq m property at 16 Ferntree Place located in the Ferntree Business Park. Colliers International’s Ash Dean and Travis Myerscough negotiated the deal for mid-$200 per sq m.

Port Melbourne

Lemon Baxter’s Ned Kuci and Nick Bade negotiated a four-year lease sublease at $282,600 per annum to the ABC on the office/warehouse at 391 Plummer Street.

Prahran

Windsor eatery Mr Miyagi has signed a five-year lease for its second outlet in the suburb paying $85,000 per annum on the 24 Chatham Street property. Joe Shahin’s Peregrine Projects negotiated the lease.

South Melbourne

A four-year lease at $100,000 per annum on the office/showroom at 154 Moray Street was negotiated by Lemon Baxter’s Ned Kuci and Nick Bade within four weeks of going to market. This represents $400 net per sq m.

South Melbourne

Lemon Baxter’s Will McMullin negotiated a three-year lease for the unique ground floor space at 23 Union Street at a rate of $400 per net sq m.

West Melbourne

Andrew Thorburn and James Shaw of Gross Waddell have leased 513-521 Victoria Street to short-term tenant Quinn Civil for $50,000 per annum.

Williamstown

The Laundry Box, the dry-cleaning and alterations group, has signed a three-year lease for a rental of $40,000 per annum on Shop 7, 18 Ferguson Street, part of the Punthill Apartment Hotel. Allard Shelton’s Simon Southey negotiated the deal at a rate of $615 per sq m.

Williamstown

Allard Shelton’s agent Simon Southey brokered a five-year lease for a $65,000 per annum rental on a shop at 44 Ferguson Street realising a rental rate of $650 per sq m.

Camberwell

A retail property at 708 Burke Road has been leased for two-and-a-half years for $59,000 per annum by Ned Kuci from Lemon Baxter.

Braeside

JR Storage & Logistics has taken over buildings 1-19 Industrial Drive on a two-year lease. Colliers International’s James Stott negotiated the terms at $55 per sq m, saying it was “a strong result” for the landlord, David Barr.

South Yarra

Sofa, so good! Sydney-based furniture retailer Lounge Lovers will recline into a new tenancy at 507 Chapel Street, South Yarra, after signing a three-year lease for the 600 sq m site. Colliers International’s Chris Meehan, Cam Taranto and Jarrod Herscu negotiated terms at about $500 per sq m on behalf of Sunway Group.

Southbank

Melbourne-based construction and maintenance provider Sterling Group has committed to levels one and two at 70 City Road for three years. Colliers International’s Chris Meehan and Vincent Tran negotiated terms for the 600 sqm tenancy at $400 per sq m.

Toorak

Women’s clothing and accessories retailer, Who Fish, has taken a new lease at Hawksburn Village in a deal brokered by Teska Carson’s Luke Bisset and Fergus Evans. Mr Bisset said Who Fish took a five-year lease over Shop 3 at 537 Malvern Road plus a five-year option at a rental of $73,000 per annum net.

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End of an era for Chapel Street antiques dealer

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A family business that has been running since 1901 will end 93 years of continuous trading in Melbourne’s popular Chapel Street when it sells its historic shop.

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McPhee’s Fine Antiques, which focuses on 18th century English and French furniture, has put its store at 200-202 Chapel Street on the market with price expectations above $5 million.

The business originally opened around the corner in High Street.

The two-level, double-fronted, 497-square-metre Victorian-era building, Holywells Terrace, which is in near original condition is in a part of Chapel Street dominated by similar historic shopfronts.

Fourth-generation antique dealer Duncan McPhee said the family business would remain open but move to another location.

“We’re keeping on the business. Chapel Street has changed so much it doesn’t suit that type of business any more. It’s a different type of street to what it was years ago,” he said.

Mr McPhee and his brother took over the business from their father Christopher.

“It was my great-grandfather who started the business. My brother and I are the fourth generation.”

They buy all their furniture in England and France and ship it back.

“We’ve been doing that for 60 years,” he said.

The property will be sold through Teska Carson’s Matthew Feld and Tom Maule.

Mr Feld said Prahran was undergoing significant redevelopment.

“This part of Chapel Street has an enviable aura and reputation driven by its eclectic mix of tenancies from cafes to restaurants, bars and entertainment venues,” he said.

A recent Knight Frank survey of 11 suburban shopping strips across Melbourne highlighted Chapel Street’s historically high vacancy rate.

At worrying levels of 13.5 per cent last year, the vacancy rate fell slightly to 12.4 per cent, but still remains above the long-term average of 8.6 per cent.

Vacancies across the 11 streets surveyed, which included Bridge Road in Richmond, Toorak Road in South Yarra and Church Street in Brighton, fell marginally to an average of 8 per cent.

High vacancies have not deterred investors, particularly self-managed super funds, who are looking to gain a foothold in retail with a view to long-term capital gain.

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Global coalition defends deaths of children of jihadist

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London: Civilian casualties, including the child fighters of the Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, are part of the “price of the war,” despite efforts to minimise their deaths, says the spokesperson for the global coalition fighting Islamic State.

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While refusing to comment directly on the case of Sharrouf and his two sons, reported killed in an airstrike in Syria last week, Major General Rupert Jones said the global coalition goes through “really detailed, targeted processes.”

Speaking to international journalists in London from Baghdad via Skype, General Jones said: “This is the most precise, targeting process that I think any coalition has ever achieved in any previous conflict,” he said.

He declined to give any details about Sharrouf’s death but said in general children on the battlefield would be treated differently but it would not always be possible to tell if they comprised part of a target or not.

“If you can patently see they’re children then you’re going to treat them as children but that will often be quite difficult to define, you can’t necessarily tell the age of an individual,” he said.

“We go to the very, very greatest lengths possible to make sure that casualties are minimised.”

He said the military always aims for zero civilian deaths but said that the licence to kill is greater depending on the target.

“If you’re going after [Islamic State leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi would we take a bit more risk than if we were going after some low-level fighter? Yes and I think nations would expect us to do that,” he said.

Sharrouf slipped out of Australia using his brother’s passport to join Islamic State in 2013. His wife, Tara Nettleton joined him soon after with their five children Zaynab, 15, Hoda, 14, Abdullah, 12, Zarqawi, 9, and Humzeh, 6. In an image that made international headlines, Abdullah was photographed holding a severed head of a Syrian soldier in 2014.

Abdulla and Zarqawi are believed to have been killed in the strike on August 11. Zaynab was married to another Australian foreign fighter Mohammed Elomar and gave birth to a child. Elomar is thought to have been killed in an air strike in Syria in 2015, the same year the mother of the Sharrouf children, Tara Nettleton died from appendix surgery in Syria.

The global coalition issues a monthly report on the number of civilians killed. It disputes claims by Airwars of nearly 5,000 innocent casualties and says the figure of verified civilian deaths is 624. To date, based on data between August 2014 and June 2017, the Coalition conducted a total of 22,983 strikes that included 48,636 separate engagements.

“Now I’m not saying to you that is the totality but that is the totality that has been presented to us, of credible cases that we’ve been able to investigate and resolve,” he said.

But he said it was impossible to liberate cities like Mosul and Raqqa without civilians being caught in the crossfire. “You can’t defeat Daesh without there being some price, our job is to keep that price as small as possible.” ‘Surrender or die’

General Jones said there were “undoubtedly” foreign fighters in the last remaining strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Tal Afar and the remainder of Ninewah province in Northern Iraq.

He said it was becoming extremely difficult for them to escape via Turkey and infiltrate Europe or countries in the north of Africa, saying there was no evidence of many fighters leaving cities like Mosul and Raqqa.

“It’s equally hard to move back out, in the same way if you can’t get across through Turkey easily, you can’t get out easily either,” he said.

He quoted Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi saying ISIS fighters had one of two options: “surrender or die.”

Australia is hoping that within months, Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash will be returned home to Australia to face terrorism charges. He was caught trying to escape Syria via Turkey last year.

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The boys falling behind in maths and reading

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One in five boys in year 3 have an emotional or behavioural problem, according to new research. Photo: Virginia StarOne in five boys in year 3 have an emotional or behavioural problem that sees them lag a year behind their peers in reading and numeracy, according to research that stresses the mental health of young people needs to be a focus in primary schools.

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The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study looked at common emotional and behavioural problems and academic performance in more than 1000 eight and nine-year-old children.

The research found about one in five boys and one in seven girls had at least borderline emotional and behavioural problems.

Boys with emotional and behavioural difficulties – 20 per cent of the sample- were 12 months behind their peers in both reading and numeracy, based on data from NAPLAN tests.

The study’s lead author, Lisa Mundy, said it was unlikely increasing academic pressure was causing emotional and behavioural problems, which were more common in secondary school.

“A more likely explanation is that mental health and behavioural problems are directly contributing to poor academic performance, possibly through reduced attention to school work or school absence,” Dr Mundy said.

“Children with emotional and behavioural problems are at high risk for academic failure. This risk is evident in mid-primary school.”

Previous research showed that children with behaviour problems tended to struggle at school but this was the first study to show that boys with emotional problems were also falling behind in their learning, according to the authors.

For girls with emotional and behavioural difficulties, the results were more modest but peer problems were associated with lower numeracy scores for girls.

“Our findings that emotional and behavioral problems are associated with poorer academic performance after only three full years of school carry further significant implications for school policies,” the report, published in the Journal of School Health, said. “Social and emotional skills are increasingly seen as important for educational achievement.

“Taking steps to prevent the onset of emotional and behavioral problems in children and responding effectively to those with visible problems are likely to bring multiple further benefits, including educational, for children in primary school.”

The study said the major focus of many mental health initiatives in school had been with adolescents in secondary school.

“The current study suggests we will need to begin these efforts earlier to optimise education achievement, reduce rates of later mental disorder and ultimately improve the quality of life of many children,” the report said.

Senior author George Patton said the mid-primary school years were a time when emotional and behavioural problems commonly emerged and these were often the precursor to health problems in adolescence and adulthood.

Professor Patton said it was increasingly clear that students would not reach their academic potential unless schools also promoted the social and emotional development of students.

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Vodafone uses NBN to launch first fixed line products

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Vodafone is entering the fixed-line market for the first time with a range of NBN products, as the government corrals industry and regulators together to try and improve customer experiences on the national broadband network.

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General manager of broadband at Vodafone, Matthew Lobb, said the company will gradually connect into all of NBN Co’s points of interconnect in coming years. Initially its product will only be available in the east coast cities of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle and Wollongong.

“Customers want simple and straightforward plans that are relevant to their use of technology,” Mr Lobb said.

“As a first for a major telecommunication company, we’ll be providing bonus mobile data rather than insisting customers receive an outdated, plain old fixed telephony service”.

Vodafone says it will test the speeds available on a customer’s line within the first two weeks to ensure higher speeds are possible. And it will not actively market the lowest speed tier of 12 megabits per second (Mbps), for which it charges at least $70 per month on a two-year contract.

All the plans will have unlimited data and range in price from $80 to $110.

Vodafone will drive customers to its product by inviting “thousands” of customers who sign up early and offering three months free broadband if they help test-drive the new fixed service.

Vodafone will buy directly from NBN Co and has already announced plans to re-sell to Kogan so it too can offer NBN services.

“Over the past year Vodafone has listened to what many Australians who have connected to the old DSL services or the NBN have had to say about their experience,” Mr Lobb said.

“People are feeling frustrated with the connection process, underwhelmed by the products and information they were provided when they signed up, and are confused about the speed options on offer.”

Vodafone has already announced it will provide customers with a modem that defaults to its 4G mobile network if NBN’s fixed service is delayed or broken.

Meanwhile the Communications Minister Mitch Fifield is trying to find ways to reduce customer complaints about the government-owned network, which nearly every household will be forced onto in coming years.

Senator Fifield hosted a forum on Tuesday between major telcos and industry peak bodies, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

His office released a statement saying “the industry has committed to tackling the key migration issues for consumers including confusing information, handballing customer complaints, lead times for connections and rescheduled appointments.”

On Monday the ACCC released new industry advertising guidelines cracking down on excessive speed claims and forcing telcos to provide average speed data to consumers. The government has also asked the ACMA to use its information gathering powers to find out how widespread problems NBN connection problems are.

“Internet retailers, NBN and Government will continue to work together over the coming months to make more changes that will ensure the processes for switching to the NBN better cater to consumers’ needs,” the Minister’s office stated.

The forum will report back within three months.

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Eric Abetz calls for drug testing of welfare recipients

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Senator Eric AbetzTasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says the high level of drug dependency in Burnie makes it an ideal site for a radical newdrug-testing program.

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The federal government from January wants to drug-test up to 5000 new welfare recipients and impose sanctions on those who return positive results.

The two-year trial is planned tostart in south-west Sydney and two other sites,yet to be decided upon.

Labor and the Greens have expressed opposition to the trials which means that the government will need to lobby crossbench senators hard.

An initial positive test means that a welfare recipient will have 80 per cent of their payment placed on a cashless welfare card for two years.

Another failed test would result in a referral for medical treatment.

Senator Abetz saidhe would write to Social Services Minister Christian Porter to see if the program could be rolled out in Tasmanian once the first trial was underway.

“There’s no sense of social justice, any sense of fairness or equity, in allowing people with drug problems to sit on welfare and not seek to help them off drugs and into work,” he said.

“Clearly there are a number of drug dependency issues in the North-West of Tasmania and I believe a pilot site would benefit the community to see if this programme can help Tasmanians come off drugs and find employment.

“Taxpayers want welfare to be a safety net and not a hammock.”

Bass Labor MHR Ross Hart said labelling certain groups as drug users did nothing to solve the underlying problems associated with poor levels of employment or high levels of substance abuse.

“We need to address the causes and not the symptoms,” he said.

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said if welfare recipients and workers in the private sector had to be tested, so did politicians.

“These politicians are kidding themselves if they’re saying that drug problems begin and end in Western Sydney,” she said.

“If politicians are going to ask members of the public to be drug tested, it’s fair for the public to ask for politicians to submit to the same treatment.

“What’s there to hide?

“Shouldn’t the public have the same confidence in their elected representatives?”

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RLPA Dally M boycott would punish everyone but the NRL

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At a time when the NRL is desperate for every dollar it can get its hands on to keep clubs and stakeholders happy, how does the Rugby League Players Association’s threat to boycott the Dally M Medal ceremony punish the governing body?

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Fairfax Media understands the NRL has budgeted $500,000 for the awards night at the Star on September 27, but they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank should the RLPA follow through with its mooted boycott.

What better way to stick it up Todd Greenberg and co than saving them the half-million they were planning on forking out for the players to celebrate their achievements over the season.

Who would this action actually punish? The 1000 fans from all clubs that have been invited to attend the night of nights?

Cameron Smith, the president of the players’ association, who is expected to be crowned the runaway winner of the award?

The game’s broadcaster, Fox Sports, whose $1 billion contribution to the sport over the next five years is the main reason why the players stand to receive a 52 per cent increase in pay by 2022?

The wives and girlfriends of the players, sponsors and corporate partners, who will miss out on attending the game’s night of nights?

The RLPA has done a fantastic job in negotiating the offer now on the table from the NRL. But nonsense about boycotting the Dally M, the captain’s call during the finals and World Cup just doesn’t reflect well on the players.

The sad part for the RLPA is there are people inside League Central who find the Dally M threat beneficial to their cause. The NRL is aware there is a chance the players pull the pin and are waiting before making arrangements, such as entertainment, that would leave them out of pocket.

Remember, the NRL recently had a $30 million loan application rejected and is still trying to work out how it is going to fund the clubs because of a cash flow issue. We’re tipping the $500,000 they never budgeted on would come in handy.

New dawn for Lolohea

Wests Tigers five-eighth Tuimoala Lolohea has admitted he “drowned his sorrows” in alcohol during his final months at the Warriors as a way to deal with frustrations over a lack of opportunity across the ditch.

Lolohea, who will shift to fullback next season to accommodate the arrival of Josh Reynolds at five-eighth, has shown glimpses of brilliance as he finds his feet at the Tigers.

The 22-year-old, who has shed six kilograms since linking with Ivan Cleary and the Wests Tigers mid season, has revealed the level of unhappiness during his last days at the Warriors where he was forced to play on the wing in NSW Cup. “I got to a point where I felt that just wasn’t me,” Lolohea said.

New dawn: Lolohea says he turned to alcohol at the Warriors, but hasn’t had to rely on it since joining the Tigers. Photo: Melissa Adams

“I had enough of playing on the wing. I never played on the wing growing up but they chucked me on the wing and first grade and had to stay there. I got the opportunity here to get more involved here and I feel like I’m playing some good footy.

“I was overweight. I was unhappy. I was struggling. Playing reserve grade on the wing probably didn’t help. I was off it a little bit. I’ve lost six kilograms since coming here and each week I’m feeling better on the field. In the first month at the Tigers I was struggling and my weight had a lot to do with it.”

He admitted he turned to alcohol to help him deal with the emotional rollercoaster while at the Warriors, but hasn’t had to rely on it since joining the Tigers.

“I was going through some pretty tough times back home. All the alcohol … all the little stuff it got to me,” Lolohea said. “I was drowning my sorrows in it to be honest. But I’ve been pretty good over here. The things I used to do back home, I don’t do over here. I’m fully focused on my footy here.”

Fittler’s challenge

We all know Brad Fittler lives life differently to most. So if you drive past him in the streets and hear some Arabic music blaring from his car, don’t be alarmed. The Lebanon coach has taken it upon himself to learn the national anthem of the team he will be coaching at this year’s rugby league world cup.

Not satisfied with learning the anthem himself, he’s ordered all his players, including Robbie Farah, Michael Lichaa, Tim Mannah and Mitchell Moses, to learn the anthem by the time the world cup rolls around at the end of October. “He’s told me he’s listening to the Lebanon national anthem in his car and learning that, so on game day he’s ready to go,” Lebanon assistant coach Luke Burt said. “I’m struggling, but he’s told me I have to learn it as well. I’ll keep working on it.”

Hopes pinned on Wallace

Peter Wallace is one tough player. Not that he needs to prove that after playing through the pain of a ruptured testicle during a State of Origin game. He had a pin inserted into his hand to repair a knuckle injury a week ago and his coach is expecting him to play this weekend against the Dragons in a match that will make or break Penrith’s top four hopes. “He’ll almost certainly play,” Anthony Griffin said. “He’s just one of those tough competitors. He’s very resilient. He’s got full strength back in his hand and as far as he is concerned he’s playing.”

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Multinational giants accused of shifting Australian revenue offshore

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Facebook’s global vice-president of tax and treasury Ted Price said the US company had been under Tax Office audit. Photo: APFour of the world’s largest companies have been under investigation by Australian tax authorities, amid new evidence from US executives about how Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft are shifting money to offshore tax havens.

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Appearing before a highly anticipated public hearing into corporate tax evasion, the executives endured questions about why so much of the revenue generated in Australia ultimately ended up booked elsewhere.

Microsoft’s corporate vice-president of worldwide tax, Daniel Goff, said some of the $1.8 billion revenue generated in Australia had been transferred to Microsoft’s regional headquarters in Singapore and Ireland to fund research and development.

He also revealed the global tech giant had reached a last-minute confidential settlement with the ATO ahead of the hearing – a development Australian Taxation Office commissioner Chris Jordan described as “awfully coincidental”.

Explaining the various audits, Mr Jordan told the inquiry that “enough was enough” and publicly accused multinational companies of shirking their obligations.

“We were fed up with those corporate taxpayers choosing to engage in behaviour amounting to gaming and stooging tactics to avoid their tax obligations,” he told the inquiry.

Facebook’s global vice-president of tax and treasury, Ted Price, confirmed the ATO was conducting an audit of the US-based company, covering “most of the years it had been in operation in Australia”.

Despite the social media giant’s predominantly online interface, Mr Price said advertisers had to meet face-to-face with Facebook in their offices in Sydney and Melbourne for advertising revenue to be booked in Australia for tax purposes.

The comments suggest the actual revenue figure from Australian advertising could be much larger than the sudden tenfold increase the company recorded after an ATO crackdown last year.

Facebook paid $3.4 million in tax last financial year after its revenue jumped from $33.5 million to $327 million over the space of just 12 months.

The chair of the committee, Chris Ketter, told Mr Price: “The average person in the street would look at that and say ‘Up until now you haven’t been reporting your true revenue in Australia’.”

Independent senator Nick Xenophon said Facebook’s claimed $327 million revenue was “not credible”.

Mr Price said prior to the introduction of Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law last year, Facebook’s Australian revenue would have been booked in Ireland, where the company tax rate is 12 per cent.

At a separate inquiry on Tuesday, Melbourne Business School professor Mark Ritson gave evidence that up to $6 billion in advertising revenue was being divided between Facebook and Google in Australia.

Google’s director of international tax, Damon Richardson, told the inquiry Google had placed its headquarters in tax havens Singapore, Ireland and Bermuda for several reasons.

In Ireland he said the company’s 6000 employees needed to “speak a multitude of languages to connect with advertisers across the European region”.

He said until this year the company’s Australian revenue had been booked through its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, but from now on all advertising from an Australian postal address would be taxed through Google Australia.

Google Australia made up 0.9 per cent of the company’s global profits, 0.4 per cent of Australian taxes and 0.3 per cent of global tax, Mr Richardson said.

Senator Ketter said the figures “seem misaligned”, given Australia made up to 2 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product.

“We believe that we’re paying the correct amount of tax,” said Mr Richardson.

“What happens outside in terms of the Irish structure has no impact on how much tax we pay in Australia.”

Apple Australia’s managing director, Tony King, said neither the introduction of the Diverted Profits Tax or the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law had caused the technology giant to change its business model.

The hearing was told Apple Australia’s cost of sales – the price it pays to purchase products from global Apple subsiduaries – is 50 per cent higher in Australia than the global average.

Apple’s yet-to-be released 2016 report will show company revenue of$7.5 billion, while earning a profit of $400 million in Australia during that time. That would put its income tax bill at $120 million – $30 million less in tax than it paid last year.

Mr Jordan appeared to suggest Apple had brough its practices up to date through its most recent audit.

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Is Stevie J good enough to make the Giants 22?

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Stevie Johnson may be fit and available for a potential last game at Simonds Stadium, but he is no guarantee to come in to the Giants team to take on the Cats in a critical top-four game.

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Johnson is still to be cleared fit to play after his troublesome knee, but with an understanding of a venue that is difficult for visiting teams, the former Cats star would be a logical selection. But who goes out to fit him in is the issue.

Matt de Boer has played well and applies defensive pressure. The other alternative is Devon Smith.

Rory Lobb is likely to be fit, which puts pressure on Harry Himmelberg to keep his spot.

The Cats will certainly welcome back Tom Hawkins after suspension.

Geelong football manager Steve Hocking said Rhys Stanley and Mark Blicavs would be tested later in the week and were both reasonable chances to be fit.

Essendon’s former captain Jobe Watson is almost certain to play against Fremantle on Sunday. The Bombers must win to stay in the eight but against lowly Fremantle that would seem likely.

Josh Green has a suspected fractured foot and will not play again this year. Travis Colyer is likely to come in for him. Jake Long would have been in the mix to come into the side but he was suspended for three matches in the VFL.

For Melbourne, co-captain Jack Viney has recovered slower than expected but he will be assessed and push to play this week against Collingwood in a game the Demons must win to stay in the eight. The bye the week after this last round will be a consideration for managing his foot.

“Jack’s probably been a little bit slower than we thought he’d be,” Melbourne’s high-performance manager David Misson told Melbourne TV. “He had a little bit of soreness after not having a long time [on the sidelines] after his initial surgery.

“He’s been loading that foot up with those games that he’s played, so he’s improving every day. As [coach] Simon Goodwin’s been saying, we’re taking it day-by-day and we’ve been encouraged by how much he’s improved in the last couple of days, but we’ll assess him later in the week.”

Demons ruckman Jake Spencer is a chance to play weekend after missing the past two matches in the VFL with an abdominal injury.

“Jake is looking really good,” Misson said.

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