From left, Channel Seven’s Mel Doyle, Nine’s Lisa Wilkinson and Channel Ten’s Sandra Sully at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week on Sunday. Photo: Sandra Sully/InstagramMary, crown princess of Denmark, may have skipped on heading to the homeland for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, preferring to stay in Europe and help twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, 6, settle into school.
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But her husband Prince Frederik and a number of well-known faces have all made their way to North Queensland for the annual VIP event.

Fashion and interior designer Collette Dinnigan kicked off proceedings on Saturday night, hosting a beachside dinner “under the crescent moon” with the help of Today’s Lisa Wilkinson as emcee at Outrigger in Catseye Beach.

Inspired by the 1985 film, Out of Africa, guests including actors Teresa Palmer and Richard Roxburgh, and fashion influencer Nicole Warne, all donned their best khaki-chic ensembles, as they sat back and enjoyed a spread by chef Matt Moran.

The next day Wilkinson cosied up to Channel Seven’s Mel Doyle and Channel Ten’s Sandra Sully for a windswept snap on the back of a yacht.

“What network rivalry?” she tagged it.

But Sully didn’t seem to share the sentiment, showing off her competitive side by jokingly holding up two fingers behind Wilkinson’s head as bunny ears in a similar snap on her Instagram.

It was another star-studded affair on Sunday night when Audi celebrated a milestone 20 years supporting the race week at Long Pavilion, Qualia.

Hacksaw Ridge star Palmer was announced as a new ambassador, as was chef Andrew McConnell, while guests were treated to a nostalgic photographic exhibition of past representatives, including Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman.

In between races and soirees, guests were making sure to soak up their eye-watering surroundings with the likes of fashion influencer Nadia Fairfax and models Jimmy Niggles and Zac and Jordan Stenmark paddleboating while sipping on champagne at Whitehaven Bay on Monday.

“Boats, bubbles, boards a few backflips .. What more could [one] need?” Fairfax captioned the snap.

On the way to join in in the festivities are Francesca Packer, niece of James Packer, Sweaty Betty boss Roxy Jacenko and US model, Jessica LaRusso.

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$30m solar farm plans for power station Vales Point power station at Mannering Park. Picture: Dr James Whelan of Environmental Justice Australia.
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One of the solar panels Delta Electricity is trialing for use at Vales Point near Lake Macquarie. Picture: Supplied

One of the state’s largest solar farms in Moree. Picture: supplied

Vales Point power station looking west from Chain Valley Bay. Taken in March, 2005. Picture: Glen McCurtayne

Opposition leader Luke Foley takes his election campaign to Vales Point power station in 2015. Picture: Edwina Pickles

Vales Point power station from the banks of Lake Macquarie in 2012. Picture: Michele Mossop

Vales Point power station in February, 1982. Picture: Antonin Cermak

Installation of two 660 MW turbo-generators at Vales Point power station presented engineers with some challenging transportation problems in the mid-1970s. Parts for the first generator had to be delivered by boat from Newcastle Harbour and through a specially dredged channel at Swansea into Lake Macquarie.

Vales Point power station in June, 1982. Picture: Paul Wright

A 3D Google map of Vales Point power station ash dam from 2013. The ash dam is the site of a proposed solar farm.

Minister for Energy Ports and Waterways Joe Tripodi at Vales Point power station in 2006, for the announcement of a $52 million project to reduce emissions. Picture: Glen McCurtayne

Vales Point power station at dusk in 2005. Picture: Glen McCurtayne

A fire at Vales Point power station in 2006. Picture: Stefan Moore

Superintendent Geoff McKenchnie speaks to the reporters after a fire at Vales Point power station in 2006. Picture: Dean Osland

ARENA is helping to fund SunSHIFT’s 1 megawatt movable solar farm.Supplied picture is a solar farm in Maitland.

ARENA is helping to fund SunSHIFT’s 1 megawatt movable solar farm.Supplied picture is a solar farm in Maitland.

TweetFacebookConstruction of the solar farm would begin next year and around 100 jobs would be created during the 18-month build. Once operational, the farm would require five permanent employees.

Delta Electricity company secretary Steve Gurney described it as an “exciting” project in terms of its scale and the potential for expansion down the track.

However he rubbished suggestions the company was turning its back on coal-fired power.

“If you shut down coal tomorrow, I can guarantee the lights will go out. There is still a role for coal for the foreseeable future,” Mr Gurney said.

“You hear people saying you’ve got to get rid of coal or go solar or go wind. The reality is you’re going to need a mix of all of the above. This is about having two energy sources, side by side.”

One of the state’s largest solar farms in Moree. Picture: supplied

But with the solar farm expected to have a lifespan of at least 30 years, it appears inevitable it will outlive the power station, slated for closure in 2029.

The power station was valued at just $1 million when the state government sold it toenergy consultant Trevor St Baker and coal baron Brian Flannery in 2015.

Mr Gurney said what happened beyond 2029 would depend on demand, but acknowledged it would be a costly proposition to extend the life of the power station.

“What this means is that we will have power generation happening on the Vales Point footprint well beyond the possible life of the existing power station,” he said.

A preliminary environmental assessment said the project would help to bridge anyshortfall in energy supply brought about by the closure of the Munmorah power station in 2012.

Delta has met with Lake Macquarie and Central Coast councils over the proposal, which will go on public exhibition later this year.

It anticipates the long-term noise and air quality impacts of the 70-hectare farm would be negligible and any environmental impacts would be “entirely reversible” upon decommissioning.

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley was enthusiastic about the plans, labelling them a “demonstration of the future”.

“While we’re talking about it, they’re actually putting their money where their mouth is,” Ms Catleysaid.

The sentiment was shared by Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser, who said the project fitwith the future economic direction of the city.

“As Lake Macquarie transitions from a traditional reliance on mining and coal-fired power generation, we will have a greater focus on sustainable industries and new technologies,” she said.

The three largest solar farms in NSW – at Broken Hill, Nyngan and Moree –are all located in the western parts of the state,where sunlight is more intense than on the coast. However according to Mr Gurney, the advantage of the Vales Point farm was its distanceto existing transmission lines.

“Our solar yield might be a little bit less but at the same time we’re much closer to the end user,” he said, adding that the project would contribute to achieving state and federal government renewable energy targets.

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GIG OF THE WEEK: Former Newcastle genre-hopping artist Mojo Juju returns to the Cambridge Hotel on Friday to unveil her funky new sound.MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, DJ Sean Andrews. Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.
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Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Smoke N Mirrors.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Bar Petite Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Holly Mae.

Battlesticks BarThursday,Nicko. Sunday,Aqwa.

Bay Hotel Saturday, The Fedz.

Beach Hotel Friday, Battle of the Band –heat 3. Saturday, The Black Sails. Sunday, The Col Teg Experience.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, The Core.

Belmont 16sFriday, Bobby C, Matchbox. Saturday, The Years, Tim Harding. Sunday, John Noble.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Jackson Halliday. Friday, Snowblind. Saturday, The Dreamcatchers. Sunday, Robbie Long.

Belmont SportiesSaturday, Viagro.

Belmore HotelSaturday, XYZ.

Beresfield Bowling Club Friday, Triple Zero. Saturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Flattrakkers.

Black Malabar Friday, The Julian Banks Group. Saturday, The Bearfoot Band.

Blackbutt HotelFriday, David McCredie.Saturday, The V Dubs.

The BradfordFriday,Pat Vs Cat.Saturday, Creedence Show & Women Of Rock.

Burwood InnFriday,Brown Bear & Hooves.Saturday,DJ Tone.

Cambridge HotelFriday, Mojo Juju, Demi Mitchell. Saturday,Lny Tnz (Neth),Nemo. Sunday, Rachel Maria Cox, Bandintexas, Boudicca,Antonia & The Lazy Susans,Crazy Old Maurice.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Kellie Cain. Saturday, Misbehave.

Catho PubSaturday, Brett O’Malley.Sunday, Smokin Rosie.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Dragon, Adrianna Mac.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, Just Jade. Saturday, Bobby C.

Central HotelStroud Saturday, Kenny Jewell.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Kim & Mik. Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Civic Theatre Saturday,Musica Viva: Takacs Quartet.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren. Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Club KotaraSaturday, Rendezvous Duo.

Club LemonTree Friday, Jumpin’ Jukebox. Saturday,Greg Bryce.

Club Maitland City Friday, Big Pete.

Colliery Inn Friday, Zane Penn.

Commercial HotelBoolarooFriday, Sami.

Commercial Hotel MorpethFriday, Layth Gunn.Saturday, Iguana.

Country Club HotelSaturday, Dream Catchers.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Big Pete. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Customs HouseFriday, Dave Owen. Saturday, Sarah Christine. Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Cypress Lakes Friday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

D’Albora Marina Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Denman HotelSunday,Michael Bryers.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday, Matt Scullion.Saturday,The Duo Tones.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Defaced. Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Easts Leisure & Golf ClubSaturday, David McCredie.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Friday, The Heart of the Matter –Eagles show. Sunday, Boney Rivers. Sunday, Roxy.

The EdwardsFriday, Truman Smith Duo.Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Erringhi HotelSaturday, The Remedy.

Exchange Hotel Friday, 4 Letter Word. Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Family Hotel MaitlandFriday,Deborah Sinclair.

Finnegans Saturday, Lady Lauryn.

FogHorn Brewhouse Friday, Shawn Lidster. Saturday, Gareth Jay.

Gallipoli Legion ClubThursday,The So What Supper Club. Saturday, The Rattlesnakes.

Gateshead TavernFriday,Loose Lips.Sunday,Duanne Marshall.

George Tavern Friday, Max Jackson. Saturday, Triple Zero.

Grain StoreSaturday, TrumanSmith. Sunday,JJ King.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Vincent Gardner (US) & Belinda Munro (US).

Grand Junction Hotel Friday,The Montgomery Brothers,Hank Green. Sunday, Wanderers.

Great Northern HotelSaturday, Jordan Fleming.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Mark Wells.

Gresford Bowling Club Friday, The Lineburners.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Summerland Kings.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record. Sunday, Newcastle Flyers.

​Hamilton Station HotelFriday,The Cities,The Cereal Picnic,Michael Ferfoglia.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, X & Y Band. Saturday, Tim Pringle, Purple Rain. Sunday, Dai Pritchard.

Hexham Bowling Club Friday, Hayden Johns. Saturday, Snape & Son.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Matt McLaren, Prestige Inc.

Hotel CessnockFriday, Daxton Monaghan.Saturday, David J Bull.

Hotel Delany Friday, Rocket. Saturday, Code Red.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Crawfish Stew.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Something From Nothing –Foo Fighters show.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Jordan Fleming.

Kahibah Sports Club Saturday,Last Stand – Chisel Barnes show.

Kent Hotel Friday, Alias. Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Grant Walmsley & Friends.

King Street Hotel Saturday, 2000-2012 Anthems.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, The Andy Show.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubFriday, Kelly Hope.Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,Holly Wilson.Saturday,Tim Rossington Band.

Lass O’GowrieThursday,Ezra Woodward.Friday,E4444e,Soda Eaves,Grand Master Monk.Saturday,Jackson,Bruise Pristine,Hello Bones.

Lizotte’sThursday, Josh Wade. Friday, All Hail Chuck Berry. Saturday, Ed Kuepper. Sunday,Rick and John Brewster. Tuesday,St Phillips Christian College Stage Band.

Lucky Hotel Friday, The New Cool. Saturday, Adrianna Mac.

Mark HotelFriday,Karen O’Shea.Saturday,Counterpart.Sunday,The Years.

Mary Ellen Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, Wild Oats. Sunday, Jordan Fleming.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Pete Gelzinnis. Saturday, The Levymen.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Joel Oakhill. Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Mayfield Ex-Services Friday, Busta Thong, Love That Hat.Sunday, Lee Rolfe.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Friday, One World.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersFriday,Love That Hat.Saturday,Tre Soul.Sunday,Alias.

Morriset Country ClubFriday, The Way.Sunday, Sami.

Muree Golf ClubFriday, James Naldo.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, The Andy Show.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Mark Lee.

Nelson Bay DiggersFriday, Outerphase. Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Matt Semmens.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Friday, Ryan Daley. Saturday-Sunday,Hummingbirds.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Saturday, Dan Beazley. Sunday, Ty.

Newcastle Jockey Club Saturday, Max Jackson.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Tim Rossington.Saturday,Elisa Kate.

Pedens HotelFriday, Kaylah Anne.Saturday, Allstar.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Tim Harding, Phonic. Saturday, The De Lisle Project. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Potters Brewery Friday, Chad Shuttleworth.

The PourhouseSaturday, James Naldo.

Premier Hotel Friday, Austin Mackay. Saturday, Hornet, The Rattle. Sunday, Loko.

Prince of Wales HotelFriday,Audio Collective.Saturday,Jess Holland.

Queens Wharf Hotel Friday, Jerome, Dr Zoom Duo. Saturday, Ryan Daley, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Mark Wells, Wharf Life DJs.

Racecourse HotelSaturday, Todd Stewart.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Royal Hotel Dungog Friday, Marriah.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoFriday, Cotton Sax & Strings.Saturday, Junior & Luana.Sunday, Grace Fuller.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Seabreeze HotelFriday, Misbehave. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Dos Eager.

Shenanigans at the ImperialFriday, Little Cents.Saturday, Grant Walmsley Freebird & Friends Unplugged.Sunday,Nick Connors.

Shortland Hotel Friday, Reg Sinclair.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Small BallroomThursday,Nucleust, Stone Empire, Below Oceans, Nekrology. Friday,Rick Dangerous and the Silkie Bantams,The Med Heads.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Friday, Jim Overend. Saturday, Defaced.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Arley Black.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Pistol Pete.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, Vortex, Helena Kitley. Saturday, Baghead. Sunday, Passport To Airlie –heat 3.

Star Hotel Friday, Iguana. Saturday, Jungle Kings. Sunday, Steve Cowley.

Stockton Bowling Club Friday, Bounce. Saturday, DJ Symon.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Andy & The Cruisers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Kazzie.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, D’Lish.

Tanilba Bay Golf ClubFriday, Angie.

Tilligerry RSLFriday, Duplexity.Saturday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Toronto Diggers Friday, 40 Up Club. Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Toronto Hotel Friday, Frick N Orson.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Friday, Roxy. Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Kazzie.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Friday, Kristy James. Sunday, Andrew G.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Phil McKnight. Saturday, Wicked.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Kick –INXS show.

Weston WorkersSaturday, Wayne & The Wanderers.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests New LambtonThursday,Angamus.Friday, The Rattle.Saturday,Dr Zoom Duo. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park HotelFriday,Overload.Saturday,Crimson Tide.Sunday,Jye Sharp, Voodoo Express.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Friday, Vegas.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Tom Christie.

MOVIES47 Metres Down (M)Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.

A Quiet Passion(PG)The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days to her later years as a reclusiveartist. (Regal)

All For One (M)United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit.

Annabelle: Creation(MA)A nun and several girls becomethe target of adollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

American Made (MA)A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s..

Baby Driver(MA)A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game.

Cars 3(G)Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.

Churchill(M) Drama about Winston Churchill’s objections to the D-Day invasion plan. (Regal)

Despicable Me 3(PG) A child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan and Heffley family antics ensue.

Dunkirk(M)Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Hampstead(PG) American widow Emily Walters feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald.

Logan Lucky(M)Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Paris Can Wait(PG)A womantravelling with her film producer husband, finds herself on aroad trip with his business associate. (Lake Cinema)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Remasteredin 3D (M)A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (Glendale, Event)

The Dark Tower(M) The last Gunslinger battles the Man In Blackto prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Eagle Huntress(G)A 13-year-old girl trains to become the first female eagle hunter in the 1,000-year history of her family’s tribe. (Regal)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (MA)The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice(PG) Gerda dreams of finding her parents who were taken away by the North Wind.)

The Zoo Keeper’s Wife(M)A heroic Polish couple help save hundreds of people and animals during WWII. (Regal)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets(M)In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Viceroy’s House (PG) The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

War for the Planet of the Apes(M)A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

THEATRE2017 Micro Theatre FestivalNew short plays written and staged by Hunterpeople. Each venue has performances nightly at 7pm until Saturday.Curve Gallery, Newcastle: Wogs, by Willa Hogarth; Do Not Touch, by Julia Lewis; ThisMorning, by Debra Hely; Spaceman and Executioner, by Tristram Baumber.The Press Bookhouse, Newcastle: Elementary, by Kylie Farrugia and Tracey Dwyer; Grass,by Carl Caulfield; 梧桐夜网seniourdating南京夜网, by Peter King; The Almighty Bank Home Loan,by Simon Tonkin.Vinyl Cafe, Newcastle: History Lesson, by Simon Tonkin; Space Commander versus the MudMonsters, by Frank Leggett; Dinner for Two, writer and director Danielle Asquith; TheInterview, by Sally Davies.Studio21 Artspace, Hamilton: Late, by Helen Hopcroft; The Water’s Edge, by Michael Lill;He Said it was at 12, by Sheree Christoffersen; The Pitch, by Kylie Farrugia and TraceyDwyer.

Frontier Comedy: Josh WadeThe 22-year-old national comedian explores the many masksand characters he has developed since a child to try to fit in. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday:dinner and show from 6pm; show only at 8.30pm.

Funny and DarkTwo short plays – Trevor, by Nick Jones, with the title character a petchimpanzee, and Victim Boyfriend Sidekick Me, by Hilary Bell, with a girl celebrating acriminal court decision. Regional Institute of Performing Arts, at the Civic Playhouse,Newcastle. Nightly at 7.30pm, until Saturday.

Glorious! The hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins,who attracted audiences in the 1940s because her singing was so bad; with Diana McLean asFlorence. HIT Productions, at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. Wednesday, at 8pm.

Inherit the WindA legal battle over teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution raisesquestions on freedom of information; drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Leebased on a UStrial. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton.Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Les MiserablesA prisoner jailed for stealing a loaf of bread helps care for people after hisrelease and becomes involved in a revolt against a corrupt regime; spectacular musical set in19th century France. Metropolitan Players, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Friday andSaturday, at 8pm, plus 2pm Saturday(final shows).

Love’s Labour’sLostA young king who has sworn off women while he studies is visitedby an attractive princess; amusing Shakespeare look at relationships. Reamus Youth Theatre,at Maitland Repertory Theatre. Friday and Saturday at 8pm (final shows).

The Crucifer of BloodA woman engages detective Sherlock Holmes to investigate thethreats her father and three others face over a stolen treasure chest in India; comedy-drama byPaul Giovanni. DAPA Theatre, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday, at 7.30pm, Sunday at2pm.

The Game’s AfootAn actor who has played Sherlock Holmes throughout his career sets upan investigation at a Christmas party after someone tries to kill him; comedy-drama by Ken Ludwig. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Fridayand Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm, until September 2, plus 2pmSunday.

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Warren Entsch at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 7 August 2017. Fedpol. Photo: Andrew Meares Angry Coalition MPs are blaming the citizenship fiasco for the Turnbull government taking another hit in the polls, and hoping the High Court will swiftly resolve the issue to allow the government to reclaim the political agenda.
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The federal government was rocked by revelations that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, deputy Nationals leader Fiona Nash and former cabinet minister Matt Canavan are dual citizens, which puts them in breach of section 44 of the constitution, and endured a torrid week in Parliament last week.

At the same time, public debate in the Coalition over protections for religious freedoms, if same-sex marriage is legalised, have escalated and caused another distraction for the government.

Fairfax Media spoke to half a dozen MPs in the Liberal Party on Monday who blamed the citizenship debate, and to a lesser extent the same-sex marriage postal survey, for the Coalition’s fall to a 46-54 per cent two-party-preferred share in Newspoll, as well as hits to Mr Turnbull’s preferred prime minister and satisfactions ratings.

When Mr Turnbull took the leadership in 2015, he cited the Coalition trailing in 30 consecutive Newspolls as one of the reasons for his move. The Coalition has now trailed in 18 consecutive Newspolls.

Veteran Queensland MP Warren Entsch said the citizenship revelations had been a fiasco and that “it creates the perception that we are focused on this, rather than dealing with the issues, and that hurts us”.

“People think it [the citizenship issue] is bullshit, but we are the government, and this has played a role in the Newspoll [result]. The solution is to get this dealt with – hopefully the High Court will resolve this quickly and sensibly.”

And NSW MP Craig Kelly said a full audit should be conducted – after the High Court rules on Mr Joyce, Senator Canavan and One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts. Both major parties have so far resisted calls for an audit, which the Greens have also backed.

The High Court will hold a preliminary directions hearing on this case on Thursday, but the matter is not expected to be dealt with until October.

Asked if the citizenship issue had hurt the government, Mr Kelly said: “It is very damaging – people see there is chaos…and the government is the one who wears it, irrespective of whether or not it is something completely outside the government’s control.”

“It has been a frustrating issue [citizenship], that has taken away from a lot of the work the Coalition government is trying to do, to act on things that we need to do – the action we are taking on electricity prices and the action we are taking to try and get the budget back in balance, the actions we are taking on national security.”

A third MP, who asked not to be named, said voters believed the looming postal survey on same-sex marriage and the citizenship issue were government navel-gazing while a fourth MP said he had expected the poll result to be worse, given what had taken place last week.

Mr Entsch also suggested that Labor needed to be “very careful about jumping up and down about this” as it may well turn out it also has MPs who have broken the rules.

The government has attempted to turn up pressure on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, demanding he release papers proving he has renounced British citizenship, while also questioning whether other Labor MPs including Susan Lamb, Justine Keay, Tony Zappia and Maria Vamvakinou were eligible for election – even though those MPs have released detailed breakdowns of what steps they took to ensure they were not dual nationals.

Mr Shorten said on Monday he would not be distracted by the polls but “the Turnbull government is totally obsessed with Newspoll”.

He repeated previous public statements that he had renounced his British citizenship in 2006 and mocked the government’s “newest conspiracy that I am a secret English agent. The reality is that no, I am not.”

“We [Labor] have a strict vetting process. There is no cloud over any of our people, let’s be straight here…it is not Labor’s fault if government MPs and senior government ministers are not in compliance with the constitution.”

On Monday, Turnbull government frontbenchers also publicly disagreed over whether legalising same-sex marriage had implications for religious freedom.

Attorney-General George Brandis insisted that religious freedoms would still be protected and suggested the postal survey and that the postal survey was about the rights of two people of the same gender.

But junior frontbenchers Angus Taylor and Zed Seselja disagreed, arguing it would affect religious freedom, parental rights and freedom of speech.

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Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter enlistments for August 20-26, 1917.ARTILLERY’S FINE WORK(From C. E. W. Bean, Australian Press Correspondent.)
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The Australian artillery has again been involved in very heavy fighting.

German counter-attacks several times during the recent fighting came under a murderous fire from the Australian guns.

Scottish officers state that on one occasion the Germans were advancing when our guns suddenly opened on them with perfect range. The German artillery, not knowing the precise position of their own troops, was also firing heavily. That particular attack melted under the combined Australian and German fire.

The great battle of Flanders has been a battle of artillery in a sense which is applicable to no other battle. Day after day, during the long bombardment preceding each attack, and during the drawn out troubled intervals between the battle stages, the artillery has borne the brunt both of the work and danger in this colossal fight.

The artillery would not claim that it had to face a whirlwind of the sort into which the infantry plunges day after day, and week after week. The gun crews stand by, living, eating, sleeping, and working amid a desultory shower of shells from the biggest to the smallest, which now never ceases, week in and week out, often increasing to angry, black, purposeful storms. Day and night, up and along roads, constantly barraged, often through darkness, impenetrable except for gun-flashes, past unspeakable mires, wherein mules have been known to disappear up to neck, head, and ears, comes an ammunition train. And in this trial, artillery drivers have come by their own at last. Till now the drivers have not been considered men on whom the brunt of the fighting falls. Yesterday, both Australian and British battery officers told us: “Don’t forget the drivers. If anyone deserves credit out of this show, it is they.”

Officer after officer, and sergeant after sergeant have given their lives ungrudgingly, and they speak of their men with a pride which makes the heart glow. Our Australian drivers, when a barrage is before them, have one rule. It is best to go straight ahead and take what comes. There are fewer losses that way, in the end, they say. “Give the horses their head and room, do not hesitate, and do not crowd.” That is their answer to the German barrages. There is a comradeship between the driver and his horse these wild days, which could scarcely be realised before. “Your horse knows quite well when things are dangerous,” one told us as we left that desolation. “If a corner is awkward, and you are anxious to pass it rapidly, the horses quicken up instinctively. If shells begin to fall where you are standing the horse will always get close up to you and press his side against yours. If they are left by themselves when shells fall near they begin whinnying and neighing for you immediately.”

We left that Australian artillery towards evening in their desolate pink shell-pitted landscape, amidst scattered black bursts, carrying out the day’s work as simply as if they were driving home cows on northern rivers farms. I came out with a British major, whose battery nearby had been doing glorious work. He had been allowed 48 hours’ rest, after long and continuous fighting, and he was enjoying that prospect like a schoolboy, and was hardly able to talk without laughing. The way he spoke of his men and ours simply brought tears to your eyes. “Before God,” he said; “they have been making a tradition worthy of Britain and Australia.”

CAPTAIN STEELCaptain L. G. Steel, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Steel, of Wallsend, who was killed in France on the 6th August, was a native of Wallsend. He was 34, and leaves a widow and three children. The deceased had been associated with the Education Department for many years, and at the time of his enlistment was acting as science master at Albury. He took a keen interest in the school cadet movement, and at the time of the coronation of King George, he was one of the officers who proceeded with the cadets to London. He was a proficient musician, and occupied the position of church organist at Wallsend and other places at which he was stationed. At one time he was conductor of the Wallsend Choir, and he also had charge of the Summerhill Juvenile Choir, the Fort-street Boys’ Choir, and the Cleveland-street Boys’ Choir. In September, 1914, he went into camp, and was at the landing with the First Division’s field artillery at Gallipoli. Subsequently, he returned to Australia with an attack of enteric fever. Recovering, he returned to France, and to the firing line. His only brother, Sergeant Cecil B. Steel, is at present in France, with the artillery.

SERGEANT MALCOLMThe late Sergeant E. Malcolm, whose name appears in the list of district casualties, was at the time of his enlistment employed as a shipping clerk in the Newcastle office of Messrs. Gibbs, Bright, and Company, and was at one time a clerk in the office of the Newcastle City Council. He was as a boy a bugler in the Naval Brigade, and was a member of the Naval Reserve at the time war broke out. He was one of four members of the reserve selected to proceed to Sydney soon after the commencement of hostilities. He was secretary of the Cook’s Hill Lifesaving Club, in which capacity he showed much energy. He enlisted in one of the battalions which was chiefly recruited in the Newcastle district.

LETTER FROM FRANCEMrs. Shakespeare, wife of Joe Shakespeare, the veteran boxer, of Neath, has received the following letter from French school teacher, Fernando Durant, of 54 Rue au Ein, Amiens: “I have seen last time your husband, and I promised him to write to you, but I cannot speak English as well as I speak French, and it is not easy for me to write a long letter. I think you know me, because Mr. Shakespeare told me he spoke to you about me. When he visits Amiens he comes to see my parents and me, and I send you the letters he writes to you. I don’t know where he is now, but I think he is always in good health. When you will write to him will you tell him l have written to you. For some days I am not at home. I am at school with my pupils, because I am a school teacher. I hope your little family is quite well. Your husband told me to give four kisses for each of the children – Joe, Lizzie, and Georgie. I wish you see him again very soon.

BATTLE: Members of the 36th Heavy Artillery Group, four of whom were killed in action. Picture: Courtesy of The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony

PELAW MAIN GATESDuring the past few months the residents of Pelaw Main have been endeavouring to raise funds for the purpose of erecting a roll of honour in memory of the boys who have enlisted for active service. It has been decided to erect memorial gates at the entrance to the Pelaw Main Public School at a cost of about £70. The gates, which will be made of iron, will be swung on two stone pillars, with the names of the miners who have left the district on one, and the names of the ex-pupils on the other. The whole of the arrangements in raising the funds have been carried out by the Pelaw Main Progress Association. As the result of two sports gatherings and concerts, the required amount of money is now in hand.

ENLISTMENTSLawrence Anderson, Aberdare; Joseph Augustus Deitz, Kurri Kurri; John Edwards, Newcastle; James Auchterlonie Fairfull, Newcastle; Alexander Greig, West Maitland; Arthur Raymond Hancock, West Maitland; Robert Harris, Merewether; William Hilton Henry, South Singleton; Harry Langford, Cooks Hill; John McLeish, Minmi; William Leo Murphy, North Waratah; Soren Frank Olsen, Stockton; Robert Scott, Minmi; Charles William Walton, West Wallsend.

DEATHSNil.

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FORMER Knights winger James McManus has claimed a significantearly victoryin hislegal battle to prove the club was negligent in its handling of a series of concussions that ended his career.
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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that McManus’s lawyers were entitled tosubpoenamedicalrecordsrelating toincidents involvingformer teammatesRichie Fa’aoso and Robbie Rochow, along with the game-day diaries of ex-Newcastle coaches Rick Stone and Wayne Bennett.

McManus’slawyers argued suchinformation was essential“to establish that his position is not unique and that other players have been treated … in the way that he contends he was treated and which, on his case, amounted to a breach of duty causing damage”.

Lawyers representingthe Knightsfiled a motion arguing that permission to accessmaterial relating to Fa’aoso and Rochowshould be“set aside” because“there can be no legitimate forensic purpose in the material that is sought”.

But in a decision announced on Monday, Justice Ian Harrison ruled that McManus’s proposed subpoena“does have a legitimate forensic purpose” and dismissed the notice of motion filed by the defence, awarding costs to McManus.

Moreover, Justice Harrison ruled that there was“potential significance of specific cases showing how the defendants treated similarly injured players in the past”.

McManuslaunched his landmark case in February, arguing that he was forced into premature retirement and left with“traumatic brain injury” after suffering repeatedconcussions.

He has alleged that on a number of occasions he suffered“severe” head injuries and symptoms but was allowed to continue playing, even though the Knights“knew or ought to have known” that would expose him to“the cumulative effects of further concussive injuries and foreseeable permanent brain damage”.

He is suing two companies–Newcastle Knights Pty Ltd, which was owned by Nathan Tinkler and is in liquidation, andKnights Rugby League Pty Ltd, the company formed when Tinkler was removed as the owner of Newcastle’s NRL franchise in 2014.

The incidents involving Fa’aoso and Rochow occurred two years apart, and McManus played in both games.

In a loss to Manly in March, 2011,Fa’aoso was knocked senselessand continued to play after stumbling around, trying toregain his footing.

LAW SUIT: James McManus.

The following day, coach Rick Stone arguedFa’aoso was a player capable of recovering quickly from a head knock, but the incident prompted the NRL to almost immediatelytighten concussion protocols.

“Richie can look untidy when he gets knocked out but he comes to fairly quickly,” Stone said at the time. “Sometimes giving a bloke a couple of minutes to clear his head doesn’t look good on TV but … I wanted to give him a minute or two to reassess where he was at.”

Stone conceded, in hindsight, he should have replaced Fa’aoso.

“For player safety, Richie probably should have come straight off on the weekend, there’s no doubt about that,” Stone said.

“If I had my time again, I would definitely do that. But sometimes you leave them out there to see if they can get back into the gameandyou don’t have to make an interchange.”

Fa’aoso played a week later against St George Illawarra.

Two years later, playing against Penrith in round 19, 2013, Rochow suffered two head knocks in the space of 14 minutes and coach Bennett was criticised for not replacing him.

At the time, Bennett referred to the critics as“drama queens, saying:‘I don’t really need a whole lot of procedures for me to do the right thing by players withconcussion.

“I’ve done it all my coaching life, so there’s no chance that those players will play on the weekend if there’s any doubt about their health.’’

Rochow played the following week against Sydney Roosters.

Meanwhile, Newcastle’s current co-captain, Sione Mata’utia, will have to pass concussion tests to play against Canberra on Friday. He wasreplaced after a head knock in Saturday’s 44-12 loss to Melbourne.

It was the third time this season the 21-year-old has been replaced in a game and not allowed to return after a head-injury assessment.

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DELTA Electricity has more than 80 hectares of land on the southern section of its Vales Point power station holdings that it describes as “capped and rehabilitated”.
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The land is the power station’s ash dam area, where the ash waste from operations is stored. It includes heavy metals. There is growing controversy across Australia about the future of power station ash dams as they close, sometimes abruptly as in South Australia and Victoria, or face imminent closure, as is the case with the Hunter’s Liddell power station in 2022.

They are a potential environmental hazard. In Port Augusta the closure of the Northern power station in 2016 left the city dealing with a 220-hectare ash dam. Earlier this year capping was breached and wild winds blew power station ash across the city.

At Vales Point there is a more practical reason constraining what can happen with its ash dam area, rehabilitated or not. A zoning restricts any future development to that which can be construed as energy-generating.

Delta Electricity’s proposal for a 45 megawatt solar farm that it says could power up to 15,000 homes is a sensible option for the future, as long as the considerable environmental issues associated with the site are raised, considered and addressed.

Delta owner –the aptly named Sunset Power International –has looked forward like other energy providers in this country and registered that the Paris agreement is real, will have impacts whether Australian politicians want to recognise that or not, and has committed to solar energy.

It is to be applauded for that.

As Total Environment Centre executive director Jeff Angel noted: “It’s another big signal that old coal-fired power stations and the utility owners are changing for the better.”

It comes hot on the heels of AGL Macquarie’s strong commitment to solar and wind as the “most economic options” to replace coal-fired power at Liddell.

Of course there are competing realities in this equation. We cannot ignore industries like Tomago Aluminium that say renewables cannot supply the baseload power they need to operate. We also cannot ignore that the Parisagreement will change everything, and sooner than we think. It has already changed how lenders look at coal. It’s why they won’tfinancecoal-fired power stations.

Times are changing, faster than we realise.

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The Australian Cricketers Association has welcomed the news that Australia’s Test players will have three Sheffield Shield matches to prepare for the first Ashes Test this summer.
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Cricket Australia released its domestic fixtures for the upcoming season on Monday, with three rounds of the shield season to be played before the first Test between Australia and England that begins in Brisbane on November 23.

One of the rounds will again be a day-night affair played with the pink ball, serving as preparation for the second Test of the Ashes series, a day-night Test in Adelaide.

CA also confirmed the back half of the season will again feature the Dukes balls used in England, serving to better prepare Australian players for away Ashes series.

The domestic one-day series will be sponsored by insurance firm JLT and will again be held as a standalone event at the start of the season, played between September 27 and October 21, with matches in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Hobart, where the final will be held.

A development Cricket Australia XI – featuring young players on the fringe of state selection – will again participate in the one-day tournament despite mixed views on its worth.

Players had sought a greater say in scheduling during the recently completed memorandum of understanding negotiations, with ACA chief Alistair Nicholson giving his approval to the fixture list.

“The Sheffield Shield has been proven as the best high-performance environment to prepare players for Test cricket,” Nicholson said.

“The Ashes is an incredibly important Test fixture, so to get three competitive games in before the series will be of huge value.

“The selections in the national team of Peter Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw on the back of strong shield performances last year, paved the way for their strong start to their Test careers.

“The players value Sheffield Shield immensely, and are pleased that they have been given the best opportunity to succeed in the upcoming summer of cricket.”

Cricket is also set to return to the newly redeveloped Junction Oval, with a shield match between Victoria – searching for their fourth-straight title – and New South Wales, marked down for early March. The match will be the first first-class match played at the St Kilda venue since the 2008-2009 shield final.

The ahield final begins on March 23.

CA’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach explained the features of the schedule. “The way the schedule has been structured also reinforces the significant role our domestic competitions play in helping players prepare for cricket at international level. From the high-level of competition in the domestic one-day cup to start the summer, to day-night rounds in the Sheffield Shield, we want our players to have the skills to succeed not just domestically but at the highest level against international opponents,” Roach said.

“After just two years, Australian cricket is starting to see significant benefits from exposing Australia’s emerging talent at a higher level through the CA XI.

“From year one to year two we have seen massive advances in the performance of the squad.

“On Dukes balls, players welcomed this change positively and our analysis from the season just gone showed that the ball slightly favoured the bowlers over the batsman when compared to the red Kookaburra ball.”

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Crowds numbers to Vivid rose 35 per cent in 2017. Photo: Yaya StemplerTOKYO: This year’s Vivid festival attracted a record 2.33 million visitors, with national and international visitors to the Sydney light show up by 35 per cent.
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Launching the dates for next year’s Vivid to the Japanese tourism industry in Tokyo, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the world’s largest light show would be 10 years old in 2018.

This year, 5000 Japanese tourists travelled to Sydney to attend Vivid, but Ms Berejiklian said the NSW government wanted to boost Japanese tourism around the event, and would host a large delegation of 50 travel agents at Vivid in 2018.

Toru Ikuta, chief executive of major Japanese tour company, JTB World Vacations, said 20 years ago, 800,000 Japanese visited Australia annually. But the number of Japanese tourists plummeted by half in the following decades as tourism promotions stopped, and airlines reduced flights.

In the past year, Japanese tourist numbers have begun to rise again, with around 400,000 visiting Australia in 2016. The number of Japanese tourists to NSW rose by 20 per cent to 165,000 last year, assisted by more direct flights.

Mr Ikuta said an increase in Australian tourists travelling to ski in Japan, as a result of marketing by the Japanese government, had led to Qantas, JAL and ANA increasing flights between Australia and Japan.

This has reduced the flight cost for Japanese travellers wanting to come to Australia, who might have previously been deterred by the high cost of food and accommodation compared to other Asian destinations.

Mr Ikuta said Sydney was the top destination for Japanese tourists visiting Australia for the first time, and they liked the city’s urban atmosphere and food. For repeat visitors, Queensland beaches are popular.

Ms Berejiklian said NSW wanted to attract more repeat visitors from Japan, by promoting events such as Vivid.

“We are seeing a resurgence of Japanese visitors to our shores and we want to see that grow even further,” she said.

Vivid will be held from May 25 to June 16 next year. The NSW government said the tourism generated by Vivid contributed $143 million to the NSW economy.

The 2017 Vivid attendance figure was up slightly on 2016 levels of 2.31 million. Last year 17,827 Chinese tourists travelled to Sydney for Vivid.

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afr Dr Andrew Leigh MP shadow assistant treasurer speaking at the Debate on Negative Gearing at the Four seasons hotel 21st June 2016 photo by Louise Kennerley AFRThe executives of the world’s largest technology companies will be grilled by a Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance on Tuesday, as the government hopes to claw back $4 billion in missing tax revenue.
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Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM Australia leaders are all expected to appear at the inquiry in Sydney, while a 1000-person taskforce combs through the records of Australia’s largest companies in a bid to turn around endemic levels of multinational tax avoidance.

Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer issued a blunt warning to all company executives ahead of the hearing.

“You don’t get to choose whether or not you pay tax,” she told Fairfax Media. “Companies that book sales in Australia are going to be taxed in Australia. This revenue ultimately goes to providing the services and the infrastructure Australians demand and expect.”

While not commenting specifically on the companies appearing, Ms O’Dwyer said she had written to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann urging him to stop government contracts, sometimes worth more than $1 billion, being awarded to companies who do not pay the full company tax rate.

Google’s director of international tax, Damon Richardson, will be interrogated by the economics committee less than six months after the $630 billion US company restructured its tax affairs to reflect the amount of advertising revenue it actually earned in Australia.

In April, following the introduction of the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Legislation, Google recognised $882 million in Australian advertising revenue for the first time.

“Google Australia made a pre-tax profit of $121 million and paid $33 million in corporate income taxes,” a company spokesman said at the time.

In its submission it said it paid billions of dollars of corporate tax every year. “In fact our overall corporate tax rate in 2014 was about 19 per cent, a few percent lower than the OECD average of 25 per cent.”

The company declined to comment ahead of the hearing but emphasised everyone “would benefit from a simpler, more transparent tax system”.

Social media giant Facebook, who will also appear before the committee, declared its Australian revenue had suddenly increased tenfold in the space of a year after the introduction of the Multinational Anti-Avoidance Legislation.

After booking in an increase from $33.5 million to $327 million in revenue last year it paid $3.4 million in tax.

Computer giants Microsoft and IBM, who are scheduled to face questioning after lunch, are expected to come under increasing pressure to sign up to the federal government’s tax transparency network.

IBM earned more than $4 billion in revenue in 2013/14 and paid just 9 per cent tax in that year after claiming research and development credits.

At the same time it has won a $1 billion contract to overhaul computing at the Department of Human Services as part of 178 tenders in the past decade.

Labor’s shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh called on the government to go further and introduce mandatory country-by-country taxpaying reports for multinationals.

“High-level tax information about where and how much tax was paid by large corporations [over $1 billion in global revenue] should be released,” he said.

The Uniting Church’s social justice spokesman, Mark Zirnsak, who will be the first to give evidence on Tuesday, said the companies have responded to legislative changes, but are only doing what is absolutely necessary to not fall outside the law.

“I’m not convinced they are paying legitimately what they should be,” he said.

“The Multinational Anti-Avoidance Legislation has been a good start but it’s not the whole story.”

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