Wannon MP Dan Tehan says continuing to build and expand regional tertiary education will be a high priority

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan. Picture: Rob GunstoneWannon MP Dan Tehan says he will have a strong focus on regional tertiary education in his new role as education minister.

Mr Tehan worked along side south-west business and education advocates to save Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus from closing in 2016.

Thecampus is slowly regaining students after it came close to shutting in 2016dueto declining enrolments.

2018 enrolment figures revealed more students were choosing to study nursing, while teaching is less popular than in previous years.

“One of the key focuses that I want to bring in this role in the higher education space is about what we need to do in rural and regional areas to make sure we have tertiary institutions,” Mr Tehansaid.

“It is something I have learnt from the ground up from what happened to the Deakin campus in Warrnambool and the fight save it, which was incredibly important for our local area.”

Mr Tehan said lessons could be learnt from the tertiary system abroad.

“I do see an identifiable need for us to look at this area,” he said.

“If you look at other areas such as the United Kingdom or the United States they have tertiary institutionsspreadright across their nations, not just focused in their capital cities. This is something I want to look at and something that I will be very passionate about in this new role.”

Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said Mr Tehan was a “good friend”to the university’scommunity.

“Mr Tehan noted in his maiden Parliamentary speech in 2010 that ‘education is a key reason I am standing here today’,” Professor den Hollander said.

The Standard, Warrnambool

Chinan Instagram model Sinead McNamara dies in Greece

n Instagram model and former Port Macquarie local Sinead McNamara has died in Greece. Photo: FacebookFORMER Port Macquarie woman and n Instagram model Sinead McNamara, 20, who died on a boat in Greece this week, has been remembered as a “beautiful soul”.

“My camping buddy and twin! I’ll always treasure growing up with you. Rest in peace beautiful girl,” one person wrote on her Instagram page.

“Beautiful kind happy soul,sending love and strength to her family,” said another.

“A beautiful life taken way too soon. Rest In Peace gorgeous.”

Ms McNamara is believed to have been working on superyacht Mayan Queen IV, owned by Mexican mining magnateAlberto Baillères, in Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia at the time of her death.

The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

She was found in a critical condition on the boat and transferred to a local hospital but later died on the way to Hygeia hospital in Athens, local media is reporting.

Greek authorities are currently investigating her death.

Ms McNamara’s mother is reportedly travelling to Greece and a spokeswoman for the n Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is providing consular assistance to Ms McNamara’s family.

Ms McNamara, who was born and raised in Port Macquarie and lived in Sydney, arrived in Greece in mid-June this year after travelling to Bali, Alaska and the Whitsundays.

Ms McNamara graduated from Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus in 2016 and turned 20 about four weeks before her death.

Her last Instagram post was from the Greek island of Kefalonia and has since been inundated with tributes from her friends and followers.


Birdsville Races puts on the style

Birdsville races puts on the style Nick and Blake from Brisbane at Birdsville Races 2018.

Shoey from Mount Isa with Pauline and Peter from Yeppoon.

Sandra Johns (Texas, Qld) and Angela Doran (Warwick, Qld) step out in park style at the Birdsville Races along with 5000 others. Photos: Derek Barry

The 12 jockeys line up before the Birdsville Cup but only one of them can win the big race.

Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta.

Mayor Geoff Morton and wife Bev watch the Calcutta.

The Melbourne Cup went on tour to Birdsville.

Drawing horses in the Calcutta outside the Birdsville Hotel.

The Adelaide mob were on hand.

As was this colourful crew from Melbourne.

Mary, Nat and Darlene get ready to enter the racecourse.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The Sydney mob went all flowery.

Judith and Lee from Wollongong and Sydney.

They hailed from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra but got together to make a bright impression.

Simon, Carsten, Di and Laura all the way from Tassie.

The Scoop wins race 1 for trainer Craig Smith.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

The flamingo suit crew from Adelaide.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Fashions on the fields heats.

Gretta Allen (Winton), Sophie Stringer (Longreach), Russell Bennett (Melbourne).

B1 and B2 from Bananaland. Actually Emerald, Qld.

Afdiato holds off Safdie to win Race 2.

Dylan, Greta and Sophie.

Slug, Ton and Dazza from Brisbane.

Colleen, Ernie and Shannon study the form guide.

Curtis Corneliusen and Alec Dyball (Brisbane).

Satan Da wins Race 3.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion finals.

Ladies fashion winner.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Men’s fashion final.

Fashion judges at work.

Ladies millinery.

Ladies millinery winner.

16-month old Ivey Ison stole the show in the best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Best dressed couples or families.

Jayeffkay wins Race 4.

Jayeffkay’s owners celebrate the win.

Kerry Espin and Tracy Igglesden from Gympie.

Some of the large Rockhampton crew.

Interviews with the ladies fashions runner-up and winner.

Race 5 goes to Mount Isa and Damgoodchoice.

Trying out the Birdsville Cup for size.

All the jockeys in the big race with the Birdsville Cup.

Gary Brook, Vice President, Birdsville Race Club.

Crowd lines every vantage point to watch the big race.

Blue Jest wins a thrilling finish.

Blue Jest and jockey Adin Thompson.

Trainer Bevan Johnson is a happy man.

Celebrating Blue Jest’s win in the Cup.

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Outside of the race track,Fashion on the Fields was a final day highlight, with classic, contemporary and novelty divisions for men, women, couples and families.

As in previous years, entertainment and trackside hospitality were also key draw-cards, while live music, pub festivities and Fred Brophy’s famous Boxing troupe kept crowds bustling in the township of Birdsville itself.

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Centenary of the Great War

READYING: n Flying Corps aircraft crew prepare to help the advance of their companions on the ground. Picture: Courtesy of The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for September 2-8, 1918.HINDENBURG LINEA New York message says: The British armies have smashed the Hindenburg line and are beginning to roll up the German armies on the Picardy front. They have captured Le Transloy. The Germans have abandoned Bailleul. The British have crossed the Hindenburg line south-east of Arras and south of Bullecourt.The New Zealanders have taken Bapaume.

The United Press correspondent says: The ns faced Peronne across the Somme, and reached almost to striking distance on the north bank. They crossed the bridge to Clery. Combles was taken, together with a battery of field guns.

ACROSS THE SOMMEMrPhilip Gibbs, continuing his narrative of the fighting around Peronne says:

Peronne fell on Sunday, in consequence of the ns’ brilliant attack on Saturday. A fine feature of the capture of Mont St. Quentin was the rapid way the ns moved their guns over the Somme and fired on the enemy at close range. This was largely due to the Engineers at the river crossings. At one crossing the ns discovered several land mines, but an explosion was prevented. Part of the secret of the light n losses was the quick manner in which they dived into the German trenches at Clery, taking 150 prisoners, and securing shelter where a hail from machine-guns passed harmlessly over their heads.

The individual gallantry of the men reached the summit of audacity. An n corporal heard his comrades debating how to take an enemy post, which had been giving great trouble. He said, “That’s all right; I’ll take it.”He slipped a Mills bomb into his pocket, crawled through the tall corn, jumped into the German trench, knocked down the first German, and then, by sheer force of spirit, cowded the garrison officer and 13 men, who surrendered.

The enemy is putting up the fiercest resistance in the centre around Bullecourt; Reincourt, and Ecoust, A fierce counter-attack was made by a new German division on Friday, which hard pressed the Londoners and West Lancashires. Between August 26 and 31 the ns have taken 10 times more prisoners than the whole of the n casualties.

Another correspondent states that the ns started for Peronne with the simple object of taking the city, but on the banks of the Somme the plan was suddenly altered, whereby the ns were ordered to swing round towards the left. The movement meant the encirclement and capture of the city. The whole army is ready to storm the Hindenburg line frontally, but the new plan is to go over nothing where there is a way around.

The United Press Association’s correspondent says that 10 counter-attacks on Sunday pushed back the ns at Mont St. Quentin on the flanks, but the summit held, and the ns recaptured the flank positions, while other ns won further ground.

AROUND MONT ST. QUENTINMr. Gilmour, the correspondent of the n Press Association, telegraphing Wednesday night, says:

The success of the divisions around and beyond Mont St. Quentin, which attracted attention, was only achieved after heavy fighting. The enemy’s proximity to the river, holding commanding trenches on the high ground overlooking the Somme, necessitated long marches on the part of the ns to enable them to come to grips with the Germans on the north bank.

Mont St. Quentin was frontally attacked on the north-west, west, and south-west. The New South Wales troops, who made the first assault, had to contend with heavy artillery fire from batteries to the northward, near Bouchavesnes. They clung to the slopes tenaciously, although the Germans counter-attacked them 15 times in 24 hours. Mont St. Quentin stands like a sentinel guarding Peronne, which lies helplessly on low ground in a bend of the Somme. When the Victorians pushed through the New South Welshmen on Sunday, with a view to completing the capture of the commanding height and wood, beyond which the enemy had fled at the last moment, the German artillery put down an intense artillery strafe on the whole summit. It was impossible for hours to see anything of the houses and trees through the rising smoke screen, but the Victorians pressed on. The lifting of the German guns from the target on Mont St. Quentin, and resuming their fire some points beyond, showed that the Victorians had gone out of sight, reaching the lower ground on the further side, getting away well to the north-east of Peronne. The Bapaume road from Peronne runs up over the nearer side of Mont St. Quentin. Above it rises a series of naked clay cliffs and bare green slopes to the north and south, which make it difficult for troops to advance without great peril. The main communication is easily distinguishable owing to the chalky nature of the soil thrown up, and wriggles up the hillside, crossing the road entering the wood just to the northward of what was once the village. This was the main line of attack.

The New South Welshmen had an exciting time reaching the village. A Newcastle man who was sent back as a runner said he belonged to the foremost party, who had an exciting time with Lewis guns and rifles firing up into the fleeing Germans on a small road off the main road. They pursued fifty into a quarry on the north side of the village. Considerable bomb fighting occurred before the bulk of the Germans surrendered. The ns tackled the proposition discreetly. The leading man crawled out, rose up and ran a few yards then hurled bombs, ran back and dropped and rolled in a shell hole. Then another rose up and repeated the performance, the Germans meanwhile doing the same thing. The battle with bombs continued until the Germans, finding themselves outbombed, walked forward with their hands up.

Strong counter-attacks found the New South Welshmen at nightfall holding the main road. The Victorians commenced on this line and pushed on at daybreak and cleared up the whole of Mont St Quentin ridge. They pressed beyond the Queenslanders, West n, Tasmanians and South ns this morning doing the third stage.

Operations as I write are in full blast, but already the ns have gone three thousand yards to the north-east of Mont St. Quentin, capturing the twin villages of Allaines and Haut Allaines. Pressing on they probably have already passed Almecourt. The British troops are making a determined push on our northern flank this morning, and are going strongly, taking Moislans. They are now fighting towards Nublu.

A prisoner yesterday stated that the defensive line is almost complete from Nublu southward along the main road. The ns are already in contact with the enemy at the lower end. The capture of the whole of the important region around Mont St. Quentin makes the position at Peronne and southward extremely satisfactory.

The New South Welshmen, co-operating on the southern flank with the Victorians, moved eastward and south-eastward, mopping up Peronne itself. They captured a good many prisoners, and a small village on the riverbank, also Anvill Wood. They then swept through the ruins of Peronne, which was subjected to heavy bursts of shelling during the day. The comparatively few Germans found in Peronne included a battalion commander, also a Pioneer, who was surprised, and admitted he had been left behind. Sunday’s prisoners numbered nearly 1500 men, and 10 guns, including a complete battery of seventy-sevens, captured by a Queensland battalion.

The thoroughness with which the Germans were everywhere dug in deeply against bombing was a splendid tribute to the night activities of our pilots. Many notices remain in the ruined villages warning the troops of the necessity of immediately taking cover on the approach of our aircraft. False alarms were frequently given, with a view of practising the troops in taking shelter. The serious demands made upon the German reserves are obvious, when it is known that since August 8the high command has been compelled to throw in an average of four divisions dally along the west front. Disorganisation is apparent from the fact that on the n sector on Sunday, between the commencement at dawn of the battle and midday the prisoners taken belonged to 19 different units. Many minenwerfer men were put into the line with rifles.

REISSUE OF BOOTSAs a measure of economy, the military authorities have decided to renovate and reissue for wear stocks of partly-worn boots that have been allowed to accumulate in ordnance stores in several military districts. Very large quantities of such boots are believed to be available. Before they are released every pair is to be thoroughly washed and oiled.

MAILS FOR SOLDIERSA parcel mail for the Expeditionary Forces in Egypt will close at Newcastle at six o’clock on Tuesday evening next, and for letters, parcels and newspapers at half-past five o’clock on Wednesday morning. A mail for letters and packets for the Expeditionary Forces in England and France will also at Newcastle at quarter to nine o’clock on the morning of Monday, September 10.

LATE MAURICE DIXThe late Maurice Dix, news of whose death in France has reached Newcastle, was a son of the late MrThomas Dix, miners’ general secretary and adopted son of Mrand MrsJames Wilson, of Newcastle Road, Wallsend. The deceased was in his 28th year, He was known throughout the Newcastle district as Jimmy Wilson, he having been adopted by Mrand MrsWilson when only four years old, He left Newcastle for active service with the 30th Battalion in November1915, but at the time of his death he was attached to a trench mortar brigade. Prior to enlisting, Dix was a prominent league footballer. He was picked to go to England with the Kangaroosbut declined the offer, preferring to go a year later, but the chance did not come his way. His brother, Private T. Dix, was killed in action last May.

LIEUTENANT FRYMrand MrsH. W. Fry, of West Maitland, have been notified that their son, Lieutenant Sydney C. Fry, was killed on August 24 in an aeroplane accident, in England. The deceased officer enlisted in 1915, and left in November of the same year, with the 6th Light Horse. He spent some time in Egyptand France, and was transferred to the Aviation Corps, and a few weeks ago received his pilot’s certificate and commission. He was nearly 23 years of age.

WEST WALLSENDMrsJ. O. Cherry, of Brooks Street, West Wallsend, has received word relating to the death of her step-brother, Private Erskin Jackson. Private Jackson and a mate were lacing their boots up in their dugout, leaning forward with their heads out, when a shell burst over the trench, wounding them both. They were taken to the clearing station, but Private Jackson never regained consciousness, and died the same day.

ENLISTMENTSPte James Michael Cahill, Cessnock; Pte William John Hooey, Catherine Hill Bay; Pte Whitby Coleman Kempe, Cessnock; Pte Ronald Stanley Lamborn, Bulahdelah.

DEATHSPte Pearce Barton, Tenambit; Pte Albert George Burt, Wallsend; Sgt Oswald James Driscoll, Moonan Flat; Cpl Bertie Lorrimore Gordon, Teralba; Pte Henry Gunn, Scone;

Pte William Arthur Phillips, Newcastle; Lieut Bertie Danson Rush, Newcastle East; Capt Percy Lascelles Smith, Adamstown; Pte Ronald Herbert Welsh, Scone.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter Valley-based military historian and member of Hunter Living Histories. Follow his research at facebook老域名购买/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

Toxic chemicals contaminate Wreck Bay creek

Toxic firefighting chemicals from a defence facility contaminated a South Coast creek where the water is used for swimming, drinking and fishing.

Tests detected the potentially carcinogenic foam in the Indigenous community at Wreck Bay, near Jervis Bay. Authorities took four months to stop people using the contaminated waterway, documents released under freedom of information laws reveal.

Aviation rescue and firefighting training exercises involving toxic foam at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport in 1998, supplied by the United Firefighters Union. Photo: Supplied

The ACT government was warned in a August 2016 briefing that tests were needed urgently, and clear steps including closing the area would be agreed “as a matter of priority”.

“Advice from the chief health officer is that if Mary Creek flowed through the ACT, the ACT government would already have closed this waterway to human contact, including swimming, drinking, foraging and fishing, enforced by signage and supported by communications directly with the community,” the brief said.

ACT chief health officer Paul Kelly and the ACT’s top bureaucrat, Kathy Leigh, pleaded for urgent action. But two early community meetings warning of the discovery attracted just 20 of the 200 residents.

For years, the poly and per-fluoroalkyl chemicals – known as PFOS and PFOA – leached from HMAS Creswell, the navy base next door, into Mary Creek, which runs through the Wreck Bay community.

PFOS and PFOA ingredients were in firefighting foam used for defence training from the 1970s and were phased out in 2004. The national environmental health standing committee has reported there is no consistent evidence that exposure to the chemicals causes adversely affects human health, but recent reports uncovered a possible link with cancer among residents of RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle.

As further studies are undertaken, the Defence Department has restricted people from accessing the affected areas.

Dozens of sites across are under investigation for elevated levels PFAS chemicalsIn documents released to Fairfax Media, Dr Kelly expressed frustration with the situation. In August 2016, Dr Kelly wrote to the Chief Minister’s delegate for Wreck Bay, urging that the investigation be progressed immediately and be prioritised above competing demands.

He noted that, quantitatively, the level of contamination and the population of the affected area was very similar to Williamtown, but the contrast in the way they had been treated was stark.

In Williamtown, an independent environmental consultant wrote a 3550-page report while, in Wreck Bay, there had been “a half-page email by a Commonwealth public servant on their last day on the job”.

“I am getting increasingly uncomfortable about reputational risks to the ACT government and to me personally,” Dr Kelly said.

The half-page email he referred to said that, through conversations with the Wreck Bay community, a federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development public servant had determined that children were known to explore the surrounding bush and creekbed of the contaminated area, and the creek was used occasionally, but not regularly, for food gathering and for swimming.

In Williamtown, land and water use was restricted after initial testing.

In Wreck Bay, testing of the area was not undertaken for more than a year, and the waterway was not closed for months after positive tests results.

In September 2016, Dr Kelly emailed Ms Leigh to advise that “based on the environmental results to date, Mary Creek should be closed right now to all human contact”.

On October 4 and a week later, he again urged the government to close off the area and tell the community about the contamination.

Later in October 2016, a federal public servant emailed Dr Kelly to say the Wreck Bay board had been informed, and they were preparing warning signs to close the creek as a precautionary measure.

The email said the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council had advised the government that Mary Creek was not a source of drinking water, and the community had been “well aware” of contamination in the creek since the 1990s.

An ACT government spokeswoman said it had consistently urged the Commonwealth to act collaboratively, openly and quickly to respond to PFAS in the Jervis Bay territory.

“The ACT has provided prompt and extensive public health advice when asked and stands ready to support Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities in any further investigations and response,” she said.

“[The federal department] is the decision-maker for all health protection activities and the release of public health advice to the community. The ACT has no jurisdiction to take unilateral actions unless specifically engaged by [the department] to do so.”

Wreck Bay is a secluded village on the coast near Jervis Bay. In 1986, the federal government gave the land to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, which effectively acts as a body corporate for the self-regulating community.

The council’s chief executive, Mal Hansen, declined a request for comment. “The board of directors of council have advised that, until the final test results have been received and examined, then it is premature to discuss this issue,” he said.

The village is accessed by invite only. It is technically a Commonwealth territory managed by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, however the ACT and NSW provide services.

This tangled web of decision makers proved complicated for the Department of Defence, who has responsibility for managing the contamination investigation. An old agreement permitted Environment Protection Agency testing on the land being undertaken from the 1990s, when separate contamination concerns were first raised, and this agreement was used to test the water initially.

However, in March 2017, the community’s board requested an independent expert to represent them in the new matter before any further samples were taken, which delayed a detailed environmental investigation for a year.

It was also noted that when faced with “near certain but undocumented” contamination in May 2016, not a single community member came to the open meeting to find out about the issue.

Another meeting held in October that year saw just two people attend. In March 2017, a meeting attracted 18 people.

A Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities spokesman said the community’s wellbeing was “our absolute focus” and they would work with other deparments to provide advice and assistance.

“While these chemicals can persist in humans, animals and the environment, there is currently no consistent evidence that PFAS are harmful to human health,” the spokesman said.

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China must secure its own region: Pyne

Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says must take responsibility for securing its own region, while brushing off suggestions Donald Trump has snubbed an upcoming Asian summit.

Mr Pyne said there was no doubt America takes the region seriously, despite the US president’s decision not to attend this year’s APEC summit in Papua New Guinea.

“The US is as engaged in the Indo-Pacific as it has ever been and whether President Trump attends a particular meeting or not doesn’t indicate what a higher priority they’ve placed on our part of the world,” he told Sky News.

“From ‘s point of view, we also have to look after our own, take responsibility for our own destiny.”

Mr Pyne, who assumed the Defence portfolio last month, counts ‘s relationships with Indonesia and India among his highest priorities.

“We need to cover the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific as the areas that are most geographically closest to and that’s the priority of the government,” he said.

On China’s rising influence in the Indo-Pacific region, the minister said Beijing must be shown respect.

“Not just because they are a great power in our region, an economic power and military power, but they are also an ancient culture, an important civilisation in human relationships over thousands of years, and they should be treated with that respect.”

Mr Pyne has no plans to visit Beijing at this stage, but said he was not against the idea.

“I do have immediate plans to visit in Southeast Asia of course, to India and Japan and to the countries that we regard as close allies and friends.

“We work closely with China as an economic friend but our greatest military relationship is with the United States.”

Climate change is currently dominating discussions at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

Mr Pyne said Pacific Island nations would have a “dim view” of for stepping away from action on climate change.

“There’s no doubt the Pacific Islands would have a dim view of reducing its commitment to climate change measures – reducing our emissions footprint – but we have no plans to do so,” he said.

He insisted Pacific countries did not need to fear was not committed to its Paris climate change targets, despite the collapse of emissions reductions legislation.

“We take it very seriously,” he said.

A well-punished politician benefits nobodyOPINION

Julie Bishop quit as Foreign Minister after five years in the job and more than a decade as the Liberals’ deputy leader. She says she was caught up in an ‘unbelievable conflict’ within the Liberal Party. Photo: Alex EllinghausenTo speakun français châtiéis to speak ‘a well-punished French’. Lauren Collins wrote about the phrase inLove in Translation,a 2016articleinThe New Yorker.

It relates to how well someone perseveres through the pain of learning the language, and how the concepts of suffering and excellence are intimately entwined in the complexities of the task.

It came to mind this week as I readThe Political Life is no Life at All, a 2017 Meanjinessay written by Katharine Murphy, author and Guardian ’s political editor. It is a disturbing insight into the gruelling existence of an n politician.

Schedules begin before sunset and can end closer to midnight for MPs and staffers, many of whom spend most of the year away from home and family.Parliamentary, portfolio, local electorate, stakeholderand caucusresponsibilities are compounded by constant media spotlight and brutal character assessments on social media.

Add to the mix all-too-common factional rebellions and leadership spills over the last decade, and it’s not hard to see whydepression and anxiety plague many within parliament’s toxic work culture.

Greens leader Richard diNatale described 80-hour back-to-back sitting weeks and witnessing extreme burn out.

“Are we making worse decisions? Absolutely,”Di Natale told Murphy.“We’ve got a political class here in Canberra disconnected from the real world, because this is a job that many people from the real world wouldn’t do.”

Colleagues from Western , a five-hour flight and two timezones away from Canberra, are under particular duress during parliamentary sittings. About half of the year,weekends are all but eaten away by committee work or meeting preparation.

Julie Bishop enjoys running along Cottlesloe Beach in Perth when she’s home in her electorate of Curtin. It’s hard to imagine how often she is able to enjoy such a pastime.

In 2013, when pressed on the reason she never had children –worth noting this is a question male politicians are not routinely asked –she told NewsCorp that she hadn’t been able to strike the balance betweenthe demands of her career and child-rearing.

“It wasn’t a decision – it is how life turned out… I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve had the kind of career that is so consuming that I don’t feel I have a void in my life.”

A startling mutiny by her Western n colleagues meant Bishop was passed over in the recent leadership spill. Her brutalisation in the ballot was a treacherous manipulation. Factional members allegedlybelievedBishop would not succeed against Dutton if Morrison was knocked out first round. Bishop’s response was characteristically clippedwhen prodded.

“You would have to ask the individuals involved but it appeared to be a tactic to promote Peter Dutton into the prime ministership, whatever the cost.”

Whatever the cost indeed. No doubt it’s a rough, mean job in parliament. Sure, they choose the professionand they’re paid generously. But if the reality of an n political career isa toxic work culture,what of our future policy-making and leadership?

Will politics as a profession only attract self-serving ideologues who can withstand a noxious pressure-cooker?Will we see a rise in over-wrought adrenalin junkies getting high off insular political game-playing? You have to wonder if we aren’t already.

Furious crossbench MPs Adam Bandt, Andrew Wilkie, Cathy McGowan and Rebekha Sharkie vote against closing down the House of Representatives. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Not that there’s been strong support for taking it easier in recent weeks. The adjournment of the House of Reps the day before the ballotgave some 150 MPs an afternoon off, though this downtime proved crucial in pivotingthe country away from a Prime Minister Peter Dutton.

Pausing Parliament to allow the inter-factional divisions within the Liberal Party to convenewasmet with round condemnation. A damning Labor analysis loudly declared the cost of thosehalf-day salaries at almost $45,000 forthe taxpayer.

No doubt the Morrison Ministry wanted to move forward from the messiness of the week with a united front. No such luck.

Making news this week was the resignation of Liberal MP Julia Banks, who cited reasons of unrelenting bullying and intimidation within her party and from Labor.

A successful corporate lawyer turned politician, the member for Chisholm was the only Liberal candidate to wrestle a seat from Labor in 2016. That corporate law did not properly prepare a person to withstandn politics is a damning insight.

It seems the pressureon our politicians from every directionis creating a political class of burnt out, dysfunctionalrepresentatives, who, like them or loathe them, run the country.

Whetheryou feel empathy for them as peopleis your prerogative – whether you feel dread at the thought of what sort of policy and leadership arises from this sort of normalised toxic work culture is quite another.

Public life not only creates aun politicien châtié– a well-punished politician – it requires one too.

Emma Elsworthy is a Fairfax journalist.

Pay back threat over Vic cabinet docs dump

Confidential Andrews government documents will be released in a revenge move by the opposition if it wins government at the Victorian election.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has threatened to release Labor cabinet documents after the state government made public 80,000 pages which revealed a multi-million dollar secret settlement over a botched planning decision.

“(Premier Daniel) Andrews doesn’t believe in cabinet process, Daniel Andrews doesn’t believe in anything that doesn’t suit himself, so therefore every cabinet document of an outgoing Labor government will then be subject to the same level of scrutiny,” Mr Guy told reporters.

“It will mean government will be very difficult to run in Victoria when you know every single decision being made will be thrown open the moment you leave office”

Mr Guy said if he wins power in November, he would first release documents about the $1.5 billion decision to dump the East West Link and the ongoing CFA pay dispute.

“There’ll be a whole range of documents that this has now set a precedent for,” he said.

In an unprecedented attack, the state government on Monday released 80,000 pages of confidential documents from Mr Guy’s tenure as planning minister in the previous government.

In 2011, Mr Guy controversially rezoned Ventnor on Phillip Island for housing, sparking public outcry and attracting the attention of US pop star Miley Cyrus.

He eventually reversed the decision, prompting legal action from the landowners and the now-public documents show the saga cost $2.5 million for settlement and another $1 million in legal costs.

“It would have been a lawyer’s picnic otherwise, it would have been a hell of a lot more to go to court,” Mr Guy said..

According to some of the documents, lawyers told Mr Guy at the time the case was winnable, but notes by counsel remarked the minister was disinclined for the matter to go to court because it was unwinnable politically.

“This can’t go to court. I shall not be in the job,” the lawyers noted him saying.

Deputy Premier James Merlino on Tuesday demanded Mr Guy resign as opposition leader and pay back the taxpayer money used to settle the case.

“This is not about looking stupid, this is about wilful misconduct in public office, this is a crime,” he told reporters.

Both major parties are now heading into the poll with controversy hanging over their heads – Labor is under police investigation for the misuse of parliamentary entitlements which went towards paying campaign staff.

There are less than two sitting weeks left before Victorians head to the polls on November 24.

Cats star Ablett primed for finals return

Gary Ablett is set to play the 18th final of his career when the Cats take on Melbourne.After an eight-year absence, two-time Brownlow Medal winner Gary Ablett is primed for a starring role when he takes to the big stage of the AFL finals once again.

Ablett was 26 when he played his last final – a preliminary final loss for Geelong to eventual premiers Collingwood in 2010.

The midfield maestro then departed for fledgling Gold Coast on a hefty contract, hopeful a big leg up from the AFL would translate into finals and eventually premiership flags.

But after 110 games in seven unsuccessful seasons with the Suns, Ablett will play the 18th final of his decorated career when the Cats take on Melbourne at the MCG on Friday night.

“I know that he’s excited about the opportunity that he gets again,” skipper Joel Selwood said.

“There was probably a period for Gaz when he didn’t think it was going to come for him.

“It’s really what he’s come back for, to be honest.

“He wanted to come back to play finals footy and he gets the opportunity … he’ll be ready.”

Ablett, now 34, has been at pains to remind people he just isn’t capable of ripping games apart with the regularity he was once capable of.

But even though he’s struggled on occasion in his heralded return, coach Chris Scott is quietly confident Ablett is ready to turn back the clock.

“He had some challenges early in the season … he’s had some peaks and troughs throughout the year, but he’s ready to play his best footy when it really counts,” Scott said.

“I can’t guarantee that’s what will transpire but he’s certainly given himself every chance to produce when it really counts.

“They’re the players that the whole footy industry really rates … the ones who can somehow find an extra level on the big stage.

“I suspect he’s primed for that.”

The Chinan Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2018 revealed

Rosie Batty has become an influential campaigner against family violence, through The Luke Batty Foundation. Photo: Jamila ToderasStanding in front of Parliament House in Canberra in 2015, n of the Year Rosie Batty dedicated her award to her son Luke, killed by his father in a violent incident the year before. “He is the reason I have found my voice and I’m able to be heard,” she said.

The tragedy experienced by Batty is horrifying and something most of us are unable to identify with – but her voice has indeed been heard. Batty has become an influential campaigner against family violence, through The Luke Batty Foundation, which she closed earlier this year, and as chair of the Victorian government’s Victim Survivor’s Advisory Council.

As one of the 2018 The n Financial Review 100 Women of Influence, Batty joins a host of women who have overcome periods of hardship to rise to positions of influence.

This year’s 100 Women of Influence, presented by Qantas, was unveiled today. The list features women working across a spectrum of industries demonstrating a strong sense of commitment to a cause: from Ronni Kahn, whose company OzHarvest has partnered with United Nations Environment to host events across the country to raise awareness about the alarming rates of global food wastage, to White Rabbit Gallery founder Judith Neilson, Emma Johnston, Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales and author, journalist and broadcaster Tracey Spicer, who has dedicated the past decade to amplifying women’s voices and broke the first #metoo stories in this country.

The 100 Women of Influence were selected with the help of executive search firm Korn Ferry and a highly respected panel of judges, including two previous overall winners of the award, Ann Sherry, executive chair of cruise company Carnival , and Moya Dodd, lawyer and soccer official.

The other judges were Mark Scott, secretary, NSW Department of Education, Barry Irvin, executive chair, Bega Cheese, Paul Zahra, retail adviser and diversity advocate, Sam Mostyn, director of Sydney Swans, Vanessa Hudson, chief customer officer of Qantas, Financial Review Chanticleer columnist Tony Boyd, Financial Review managing editor Joanne Gray and Sally Patten, editor of AFR BOSS magazine.

Journalist and broadcaster Tracey Spicer has dedicated the past decade to amplifying women’s voices and broke the first #metoo stories in this country. Photo: Janie Barrett

This year’s list was chosen from a record 850 entries, a large increase on the 370 received in 2016, the last time the awards were held.

Jacqueline Gillespie, senior client partner and head of leadership development at Korn Ferry, says hardship can play a significant role in shaping leaders.

“It often helps galvanise their core values and their sense of purpose. The other thing it does is broadens perspectives and creates more meaning about things that happen,” she says.

Entrants this year were asked to demonstrate the competency of self-leadership (courage, resilience, self-development) through challenges and hardships.

This doesn’t mean women who had not experienced hardship scored less but it does perhaps explain why a large number of women disclosed stories of overcoming adversity on the way to where they are now.

“The stories of these women’s journeys were really compelling and quite important to their journey as women of influence,” Gillespie says.

“I do think people see themselves more holistically in the workforce, so they kind of bring all their experiences to bear as leaders and that includes what happens to them in their personal journeys as well.”

A 2014 Centre for Creative Leadership study of hardship concluded there are many lessons that can be learned from adversity, including self-knowledge, sensitivity and compassion, limits of control and flexibility.

Because hardship experiences are not intentional, they act as a “wake-up call” to look inwards and decide what is important for one’s life, the study found.

For Batty, throwing herself headfirst into a cause gave her a reason to get out of bed again.

“I’ve always wanted to make a difference in my life,” she tells The n Financial Review. “I didn’t know what that looked like or what that would end up being, but I’ve always had a drive to make a difference and [the belief] that my life should count for something.

“Yes, busyness is a distraction, but it’s also giving you purpose and meaning and direction, and when you lose your child, you’ve lost all of your meaning and all of your purpose in your life and the direction you were on as a mother. I feel very privileged and indeed lucky that as a white, privileged, well-educated woman, I was given the opportunity to be heard.”

Ronni Kahn’s company OzHarvest has partnered with United Nations Environment to host events across the country to raise awareness about the alarming rates of global food wastage. Photo: Jessica Hromas

In a business environment, the ability to overcome adversity, which helps build leadership characteristics such as resilience, self-awareness and a broader perspective on problems, can be useful in times of layoffs, budget cuts, mergers and acquisitions or corporate scandals.

But more generally, it often gives people a sense of what they care about, Gillespie says.

At 23 Nataly Tormey was in hiding, protecting her two young daughters as she escaped a violent relationship. Tormey, who is also on the 100 Women of Influence list, wanted to make a difference not only to her own life, but to improving access to first aid for those who were unable to afford it.

Three years ago she founded The Parentmedic Movement, a global community of parents, doctors, nurses committed to educating parents about child first aid, sleep and safety.

“There is this really wonderful shift around people, and women especially, using hardship and translating it into a viable mission or business idea; of women going through rough patches and coming out the other side saying, ‘You know what? I want to make a difference in people now going through that’,” she says.

Shukufa Tahiri was separated from her father when she fled civil unrest and fundamentalism under the Taliban in Afghanistan at the age of six.

She spent the next six years in Pakistan in a refugee enclave, before reuniting with her father in in 2006 at the age of 12.

Now a policy officer with the Refugee Council of , she says she wouldn’t describe herself as someone who has experienced terrible suffering, but she does recognise her ability to identify with people who may have gone through something similar.

“For me it was defined in the sense that there were policy issues that I could take on and work on in the sector to improve the lives of people around me: people who are more marginalised than I have been. There is a sense of familiarity in that. You can connect with the sense of injustice that they’re feeling,” she says.

Gillespie says authenticity is what makes a leader someone people can connect to. “That shows up in lots of different ways, but certainly it’s about understanding the leader better and knowing what they care about, what drives them, what their passions are, what their interests are.”

Liz Dawes, who founded the Robert Connor Dawes foundation after her son passed away from brain cancer in 2013, says, “being a leader feels natural for me, but being a real person is important”.

Five years on, she has expanded the charity to be the biggest paediatric brain cancer foundation in and has been crucial in lobbying the federal government to secure funding for a disease which kills more young people than any other cancer.

“We have so many people volunteering, helping, and I think they feel connected to what we’re trying to do.”

Dawes says talking about her son is part of celebrating him. “I knew the day he died that was never going to get easier and it hasn’t. But we’re channelling his positive energy into doing something, hopefully, that will make a difference.”

The winners of each of the 10 categories and the overall winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 17.

See the 100 Women of Influence list here.

Eagles a tad worried about Magpie Treloar

West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits he’ll feel a slightly worried if Collingwood select star midfielder Adam Treloar for Saturday night’s qualifying final at Optus Stadium.

Treloar hasn’t played since injuring both hamstrings during the Magpies’ round 14 win over Carlton in June.

The 25-year-old has returned to full training and is pushing for an AFL recall this week.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has hinted he’s unlikely to select Treloar against the Eagles.

But if Buckley ends up rolling the dice on Treloar, West Coast would definitely sit up and take notice.

“He’s an A-grade midfielder,” Simpson said of Treloar, who’s averaged 31 disposals and five clearances a game this season.

“He breaks the lines and he hits the scoreboard so there’s definitely some worries if he plays.”

Simpson said he wouldn’t devote too much of his planning on a single player.

Instead, it’s Collingwood’s system as a whole he would focused on.

Collingwood’s defence has been plagued by injuries this year but Simpson doesn’t see it as a weak point.

“We went through that in 2015 – we lost Mitch Brown and Eric Mackenzie through reconstructions and we had to play a different way, and we found a way,” Simpson said.

“I see Collingwood very similar how they’ve gone about it. It’s based around their whole team, not just three or four individuals. I don’t see that changing.”

Collingwood’s defence will be boosted by the return of Jeremy Howe (thigh), while Tyson Goldsack is also pushing for a return after recovering from a knee reconstruction.

West Coast will welcome back Josh Kennedy (shin) and Lewis Jetta (calf), meaning Simpson has some tough selection decisions to make.

Two-game swingman Oscar Allen appears the most vulnerable, while veteran defender Will Schofield could also be on the chopping block.

Kennedy, who hasn’t played since round 18, declared himself a certain starter.

“I’ll be playing – that’s if Simmo picks me,” Kennedy told Perth radio station 6PR.

“I got through a lot of training last week and this week as well.

“We’ve been trying to mimic training to get the same amount of kilometres as what I would run in a game.

“I’ve got enough load into the legs and I don’t really leave the (forward) 50, so I think I should be alright.”

PM Morrison picks fight with CFMMEU, threatens to shut it down

CFMMEU official John Setka. Photo: Justin McManus’s powerful construction union is gearing up for a brawl with the Morrison government after the prime minister threatened to shut it down.

Scott Morrison is considering deregistering the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union after voicing his disgust with a Victorian official using his children to campaign against the building industry watchdog.

CFMMEU Victorian official John Setka posted a picture of his children holding a sign saying ‘Go get f*#*ed’ with the caption “Leave our dads alone and go catch the real criminals you cowards”.

He later deleted the tweet, admitting he shouldn’t have included his kids and saying he was emotional on Father’s Day after a tough year on his family.

The union’s national construction secretary Dave Noonan said the CFMMEU would vigorously resist any attempts to deregister it.

He accused Mr Morrison of trying to distract from problems within the Liberal Party.

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that a broken and divided government is resurrecting the CFMMEU bogeyman in an attempt to frighten voters,” Mr Noonan said.

He said the prime minister had nothing to say about the alleged criminal behaviour of banks, along with stagnant wages and the death toll in the construction industry.

“And now he wants to leave construction workers with no representation,” Mr Noonan said.

Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O’Dwyer said the government would “consider all options” on the future of the CFMMEU.

“John Setka’s use of his own children in an obscene image to target the hardworking officials of the n Building and Construction Commission is beyond the pale,” she said.

Ms O’Dwyer called on Labor to support a bill before the Senate which would allow unions to be deregistered for widespread lawlessness.

“Labor should stand up for n workers, not law-breaking union thugs,” she said.

The legislation would also see union mergers, like the CFMMEU’s amalgamation with the maritime union earlier in the year, subject to a public interest test.

Morrison not bothered by government leaks

Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists he’s not concerned by the second leak from his government in as many days revealing his predecessor was days away from striking a major schools funding deal.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was on the verge of signing a $4.4 billion 10-year deal with the Catholic and independent education sectors before he was ousted in a leadership coup last month.

The deal was dependent on the Catholic education hierarchy agreeing to implement a needs-based funding model that assessed parents’ ability to pay school fees, according to News Corp.

The revelation is the second leak out of Mr Morrison’s new government and comes less than two weeks since he took the reins of power during the failed leadership challenge from Peter Dutton.

“I’m not terribly concerned at all,” the prime minister said on Tuesday in response to the leaks.

Mr Morrison said he had made no secret of the fact he was working with the Catholic and independent schools sector to resolve the funding wars.

“This is unresolved business at this point, this is unfinished business,” he told reporters in Cairns.

“When we make decisions on those, and when we reach a conclusion on those, then I’ll announce it.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was evidence of Liberal Party chaos and division, just when schools needed certainty.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Mr Morrison’s honeymoon has been very short. Shorter than a Las Vegas wedding,” Mr Shorten said in Rockhampton.

“What we’re seeing is the government leaking on itself, taking announcements away, taking the wind out of Mr Morrison’s sails.”

Labor education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek described the leaks as an “extraordinary” display of disunity.

Ms Plibersek said 85 per cent of cuts the government has made in the first two years have hit the public school system.

“The idea that they would have a peace deal with just the Catholics and independents but not the public sector is completely unacceptable and absolutely would have reignited the school funding wars,” she told ABC radio.