Tony Abbott to face vote

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald
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West Australian Liberal MP Luke Simpkinshas emailed his colleagues, announcing he will move a spill motion against thePrime Minister.

It will be seconded byDon Randall.

Follow the live blog here.

In an email to his colleagues, Mr Simpkins said “the knighthood issue was for many the final proof of a disconnection with the people …

“I have therefore submitted to the Chief Government Whip (Philip Ruddock) a motion to spill the leadership position of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party…”

Chief Government Whip Philip Ruddock has confirmed he has received the notice of motion:”That the Liberal Party Room resolve, via secret ballot, that the senior positions of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party be declared vacant”.

He saysthe Prime Minister hasindicated this motion will be listed for discussion at the Liberal Party Meeting on Tuesday.

►Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has raised the stakes even higher, telling Fairfax Mediathe Nationals may walk away from the Coalition in the wake of theupcoming spill.”If all of sudden a different person is walking down the aisle towards us, don’t necessarily think the wedding is still on,” he said.

►Tasmanian Liberal Senator David Bushby sayshe still supports Mr Abbot:”I believe that Tony Abbott is the best person to lead the nation to recovery from the chaos and economic wreckage left by Labor,” he said.

►A spokeswoman for Senator Richard Colbeck said he also backed Mr Abbott andBass MP Andrew Nikolic has told his West Australian colleague Luke Simpkins that his spill motion against Prime Minister Tony Abbott is “disappointing and divisive”.

►Lyne MP David Gillespie has backed his party’s agreement to support the leadership of Prime MInister Tony Abbott.

► Wright MP Scott Buchholzwill support Prime Minister Tony Abbott in next Tuesday’s expected leadership spill.

►Lindsay MP Fiona Scott has said she supports the Prime Minister on Sky News after West Australian MPLuke Simpkins confirmed he will call a leadership spill against Tony Abbott on Tuesday.

►Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon (ALP) said:”I pray for Tony every day but I called him dead man walking a week ago and I haven’t changed my view.The Libs will dump him out of desperation but without changes to their unfair and poorly considered policies, changing jockeys won’t help them”

►Allbets are off regarding the future of the Coalition should the Liberal Party change leaders on Tuesday, member for Riverina Michael McCormack has declared.”People get thoroughly sick of this … we are in a joint partnership and the joint partner is not playing ball.”

►Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis says she was surprised to learn of a possible leadership challenge.“I was running from one issue to another and this came as a bolt out of the blue,” she said.“Having read the email, it stated it the issue has been put on the agenda to decide whether or not there should be a vote over the leadership.It is a precursor to an actual motion being moved. So it is not as dramatic as is being made out.”

►Wannon Liberal MP Dan Tehan said: “I will be voting against the spill motion on Tuesday.I have been out and about in the electorate all week and the feedback I have received is that people want a government that is united.We have to stop focusing on ourselves, work as a team and get on with governing.My number one priority is working and delivering for the people and communities of Wannon.The Prime Minister has my support.”

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Buildings at Newcastle station under rail truncation plan as Pru Goward unveils Design Newcastle vision

Buildings near Newcastle station in new vision BEFORE: Civic Station as it stands.
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AFTER: Concept plans for Civic Station

BEFORE: Queens Wharf.

AFTER: An artist’s impression of Queens Wharf if the plans go ahead.

BEFORE: Newcastle from the air.

AFTER: An artist’s impression of Newcastle from the air under the new plans.


The plan includes a major regional park on the foreshore, preserving the station building as a market and turning Queens Wharf into an entertainment quarter.

Several priority projects’ futures remain in limbo until the rail corridor’s future is nailed down, but Ms Goward said negotiations were underway with Newcastle City Council for a joint venture foreshore.

“Novocastrians told us they want heritage preserved, and they told us they want a new produce market to enliven the city,” Ms Goward said.

“We are wasting no time. Late last year we gathered the feedback, and now we are using that feedback to plan the future.”

“I am pleased to reveal today the early impressions of what that future could look like.

Ms Goward said it was vital that the community understood there were no plans for “a Gold Coast style foreshore”.

“In fact the priority is open space and sensible, sensitive options to reactivate the precinct,” she said.

Newcastle Liberal candidate Karen Howard said the plan put “a very clear vision” to Novocastrians.

“Light rail is coming, and additional projects like produce markets, an entertainment precinct, and harbourside park are fantastic initiatives which would truly cement Newcastle as a destination to live, work and play,” she said.

“I am hopeful we can reach an agreement with Newcastle City Council to make this vision a reality, so Novocastrians can have an active space close to the harbour to enjoy the outdoors within a stone’s throw of the CBD,” Ms Goward said.

After opening the third of three temporary crossings on the rail line, Ms Goward said the city needed to make its thoughts clear on the new vision.

“The government is hopeful of a favourable ruling from the court on the issue of the rail corridor, but it is more important than ever that the community in Newcastle sends a strong message that it supports our positive vision for the future,” Ms Goward said.

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Backbenchers confirm spill motion to depose Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed not to repeat the “chaos” of Labor’s leadership drama despite a leadership spill flagged for Tuesday.
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“The first point tomake is that they are perfectly entitled to call for this, butthe next point to make is thatthey are asking the partyroomto vote out the people that theelectorate voted in,” Mr Abbott said.

“I want to makethis very simple point. We arenot the Labor Party … and we arenot going to repeat the chaosand the instability of theLabor years.”

Mr Abbott said he and deputy leader Julie Bishop would urge the party room to defeat the motion and “vote in favour of the stability and the team that the people voted for at the election”.

“We have a strongplan. It’s the strong planthat I enunciated at the Press Club this week and we aredetermined to get on with it,and we will,” he said.

Mr Abbott addressed the media for less than a minute afterWestern Australian backbenchers Luke Simpkins and Don Randall announced they will move a leadership spill on Tuesday.

The MPs saidTony Abbott’s decision to knight Prince Philip was the “final proof” of the government’s disconnection with voters.

Mr Simpkins emailed colleagues on Friday to say he had been inundated by voters with concerns about the direction of the government.

Luke Simpkins.

“The last time this outpouring of concern happened was when we were being led to support the Rudd government’s ETS [emissions trading scheme] and faced with this erosion of our base support we acted,” he said.

“I think that we must bring this to a head and test the support of the leadership of the party room.

“I have therefore submitted to the chief government whip a motion to spill the leadership positions of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party.”

The motion, whichthreatens to end Tony Abbott’s tenure as Prime Minister but no other leadership candidate, has declared their hand.

Don Randall

Leadership speculation has been building since Mr Abbott’s infamous Australia Day honour, with his decision to knight Prince Philip widely ridiculed. The party’s disastrous performance in the Queensland state election on the weekend put further pressure on the Prime Minister.

Two backbenchers supporting Mr Abbott expressed dismay at the call for a spill.

“This is a motion for a spill, it’s not a spill,” said Liberal MP Angus Taylor.

“My view is the majority of MPs won’t support a spill for the simple reason that history has shown agains and again that a messy spill, while seductive isn’t effective.

“The wise heads of the party understand that, unfortunately there are some who don’t.”

Tasmanian Andrew Nikolic tweeted his reaction.

Disappointing repetition of worst excesses of Labor Govt, which Australia rejected in 2013. We need stability & unity of purpose. #auspol

— Andrew Nikolic (@andrewnikolic) February 6, 2015

The call for a spill of all positionsalso means deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop’s position will also be up for grabs.

Dissidents attempting to overthrow the Prime Minister are working for Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to be reinstated as leader, Julie Bishop retained as deputy and Joe Hockey dumped for Scott Morrison as Treasurer.

The Foreign Minister’s office declined to comment as Ms Bishop held a media conference earlier in the day.

Earlier on Friday, Ms Bishoppassed up an opportunity to try and quell backbench unrest, saying those pushing for a spill to topple Mr Abbott as Prime Minister will do as they see fit.

Ms Bishop, who a week ago was considered a leadership contender, is now shoring up her own position as deputy.

When asked if she would advise her colleagues against launching an attempt to dislodge Mr Abbott,Ms Bishop declined.

Comment is being sought from Mr Turnbull.

In a statement, Chief Government Whip Philip Ruddock said Mr Abbott had agreed to have the spill motion “listed for discussion” on Tuesday.

Mr Ruddock said the motion by Mr Simpkins and seconded by Mr Randall proposes that “the Liberal Party room resolve, via secret ballot, that the senior positions of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party be declared vacant”.

In his email to colleagues, Mr Simpkins said “this gives you all an opportunity to either endorse the Prime Minister or to seek a new direction”.

“As I have said in the past, I have no front bench ambitions. I just want to make sure that the economic vandals do not get back into power and our children and grandchildren are not left to pay Labor’s bill,” he wrote.

“I do this because I believe it is in the best interests of the people of our country.”

“No, I don’t have any advice for my colleagues because they are elected members of Parliament and they will take whatever action they see fit,” she said.

“My message to the backbench is focus on teamwork, focus on what we can achieve as a united cohesive team.”

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WWI in the Herald: February 9, 1915

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Paris, Monday.

The latest communiques are as follow:-

The British have captured a brickfield a kilometre east of Guinchy, to the south-west of La Bassee, which had always been held by the enemy.

Except for small attacks at Nieuport and bombardment of the northern quarter of Soissons, operations have been uneventful.

A message from Dunkirk states that a Franco-Belgian force forced a passage between the west of the Great Dune and the sea, sending damaging fire from their new positions against the enemy’s extreme right before Westende.

London, Monday.

The S.S. Lusitania, when leaving Ireland, hoisted the American flag, in pursuance of the Admiralty’s instructions.

She has arrived safely at Liverpool.

Petrograd, Monday.

The following is the latest communique:-

We have made successful night attacks at Rypin. Our artillery routed a column marching towards Bolimow, and their guns were captured.

Fighting has occurred along the whole front. In the Carpathians we shattered the enemy’s resistance at three fortified positions at Mozojaborez, and pursued the enemy for several versts, capturing 172 officers, and upwards of 10,000 men, 18 field guns, and 2 machine guns.

The enemy’s attacks in the Foukholka and Beskid Passes were repulsed with heavy losses. The enemy retreated in disorder.

The cruiser Breslau exchanged shots with the fortress at Batoum, and retired.

Cairo, Monday.

Many of the enemy are deserting to the British.

Some of the deserters say they see German and Turkish officers shooting runaways.

None of the enemy’s shells reached Ismailia. Most of them dropped into Lake Timsab. The enemy’s arrangements for traversing the desert were good. They marched well, covering from Beersheba to the Canal in ten days

The chaplains were instructed to warn the soldiers that victory or paradise awaited them in Egypt, and death or hell if they retreated.

The Syrian troops came bravely on until a shell from a warship wiped out a party of officers. The latest news indicates the enemy’s advanced guard is in full retreat.

London, Sunday.

The Press Bureau reports that Turkish officers imprisoned at Toussoun state that a division subdivided at Katab-el-Khiel, four hours’ journey from the Canal, in order to attack different points.

Six hundred attacked Toussom, and when they reached the Canal encountered a hot and well-aimed fire, sustaining many casualties.

They were then surrounded, and their commandant, Aris Bey, was wounded, and carried off the field. The second in command was also wounded, and taken prisoner.

Another officer states that his subdivision marched all night, and commenced an action at dawn. The first line recoiled from the British fire, but a half company of the second line launched and entered a boat, which was riddled and sank.

Only one officer and one man out of the party survived, and they surrendered to the Indians.

Athens, Monday.

Four of the Allies’ torpedoers bombarded the Turkish forts at Karatepe, in the Dardanelles, and the ammunition depots.

Word was received in Newcastle yesterday of the death in Egypt of Private William Raymond Law, of H Company, Second Battalion, of the First Expeditionary Force.

The Rev. J. B. Fulton, of West Wallsend, a former chaplain in the Commonwealth forces, received a telegram from Colonel Luscombe, Victoria Barracks, Sydney, asking him to convey the sad news to Mr. and Mrs. James Law, Junior, of Lambton, the parents of the deceased soldier. The telegram tendered to the relatives deep regret and sympathy, and on behalf of the King and Queen, as well as the Commonwealth Government, conveyed a sense of the loss sustained by the death of the soldier.

The deceased enlisted soon after the commencement of the war, and left Sydney in November. He was twenty years of age, and his death occurred in the Mena Hospital from pneumonia and heart failure. The Rev. J. B. Fulton carried out his sad duty with as little delay as possible. Mrs. Law was prostrated by the shock of hearing of the death of her son.

Miss Mary Scobie, secretary of the Military Kitchen Fund, is in receipt of the following letter from Major F. W. Page, Acting Quartermaster-General of the Second Military District:-

“I am directed by the District Commandant Colonel E. T. Wallack, C.B., to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 29th ultimo, and to inform you that he will gladly arrange for the necessary purchase and due presentation of the travelling kitchen which you and your co-workers in the movement desire be placed at the disposal of the Second Battalion First Infantry Brigade, A.I.F., commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Braund. He will be glad if you will accept yourself and convey to all concerned, his thanks for the warm interest taken in the matter. To give effect to the foregoing I will be glad if you will kindly forward to me a bank draft for £150, the cost of the kitchen in London, payable to the High Commissioner for Australia, London, when arrangements will be made for purchase and early presentation of the kitchen to the Second Battalion.”

Mrs. R. Hobden, treasurer of the fund, yesterday sent to Colonel Wallack a bank draft for £150, and a balance of £90 in hand, will be sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Braund in Egypt for use at his discretion for comforts for the Second Battalion of Australian Infantry.

Sydney, Monday.

“Judging from a report in the press, there seems to be some misunderstanding in regard to civil servants and instructors, which ought to be cleared up,” said Mr. Carmichael, Minister for Education, speaking at a meeting at Balmain tonight.

“Secretaries of rifle clubs should not apply direct to State departments for special officers, or great confusion will result. A register of all civil servants capable and willing to act has been collated throughout the service. I am having those tabulated, and from day to day sent on to the military authorities, under whom it must be distinctly understood they are placed for the time required, and for that purpose only. This register is kept by the military, and is supplied them in three divisions:

(a) Those whose service can be most easily replaced during absence; (b) those less easily; and (c) emergency men, who can be called on at any time to fill a gap. Instructors from the civil service required to drill rifle club reserve companies will be notified by Major Buchanan in advance of the time and place they are to take up duties.

So far we have sent upwards of three hundred names. It is presumed that instructors in private employ also will be made available by their employers later, if the necessity arises, in the same way, so that there may be one controlling authority.

The rifle movement is being taken up so earnestly that it suggests a very big thing in the future, demanding a complete organisation at its inception, and no confusion. The procedure should be quite a simple one.

In order to initiate a rifle company, application should be made to Captain Sherbon, Victoria Barracks for a rifle club form.

This must be signed by not less than 30 persons, who guarantee to be active members.

As soon as the company is formed, I would suggest it should be registered with the authorities, and application be made, if necessary, for instructors, giving the drill ground and time of drill. By these simple means a military register can be kept of the essentials for a smoothly working organisation.

The results to date have been eminently satisfactory.

As expected, the men of Sydney have taken volunteering up in a quiet, effective, and determined manner, which augurs well for its expansion.

There are approximately two thousand men drilling now, which will increase to four thousand on present showing before the end of the month, and, in addition, we have new companies forming practically every night throughout the different suburbs, while in the city, I am given to understand, there is to be a general organised movement of employers that will immensely increase the city companies.

When we consider that it is just a month today since the first suggestion appeared in the press, and it was practically 20th January before any move was made towards the rifle reserve, we may congratulate ourselves on the results to date, of less than 3 weeks, and on the prospects of the future.

By today’s mail I have had applications from five different Sydney centres, and one from the country, informing me companies were being formed, and asking for particulars of procedure, so there is no need to do any ‘flogging up.’”


(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private George James Anderson, Merewether, 22nd Infantry Battalion

Private Frederick Andrew Conlon, West Maitland, 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment,3rd Reinforcements

Private Robert McAllister, Tighes Hill, 13th Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements

Private Bryan Moffatt, Newcastle, 19th Infantry Battalion

Private William John O’Hara, Liddell, 25th Infantry Battalion

Private John Stanley, Nords Wharf, 18th Infantry Battalion

Corporal Shoeing-Smith Patrick Bernard Walsh, Newcastle, 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment

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Bunbury company JCW Electrical fined after employee Jayden Zappelli’s death

Jayden Zappelli. Photo: Facebook. The Bunbury electrical company responsible for the death of an 18-year-old trade assistant in February 2013 was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Friday.
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Jayden Zappelli had been on track to start an electrical apprenticeship when he was fatally electrocuted while working in a Bunbury roof.

Last month his employer JCW Electrical pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a working environment in which employees were not exposed to hazards.

A fellow employee Dale Francis Mortley pleaded guilty tocausing the death of a person by failing to avoid a situation which adversely affected the safety or health of any person.

In sentencing Magistrates Dianne Scaddan said the men were working on an older property at the time of Mr Zappelli’s death.

“Assumptions made about the home led to the fatality,” she said.

“Isolating the mains power before entering the roof instead of the single circuit that was being worked on was a simple step which would have reduced the risk to the employees.

“JCW Electrical failed to provide a work environment where employees were safe by not ensuring employees turned off the mains power before entering a roof space.

“This appears to be a case where JCW Electrical was not intentionally risky but complacent to follow an industry standard practice which has been identified as not-sufficient.”

Magistrate Scaddan said the small, family-run company had shown remorse.

JCW Electrical was fined $50,000 which was reduced to $38,000 with an early plea of guilt and a previous good record.

“The value of the deceased’s life is not measured by this fine and thereis no doubt it has had a profound effect on family and friends,” Magistrate Scaddan said.

“This fine should ensure that employers are encouraged to ensure a safer workplace for employees.

“Employees in the electricity field must understand the dire consequences of not acting safely.”

When sentencing Mr Mortley, Magistrate Scaddan said Mr Mortley had been “careless”.

“I know if Mr Mortley could take back the events of the day he would,” she said.

“He has expressed a genuine remorse and since the incident he has been deemed as a competent electrician by Energy Safety WA.”

Mr Mortley’s fine of $9000 was given the same reductions as those granted to JCW Electrical – reducing it to $6,800.

His application for a spent conviction was denied with Magistrate Scaddan siting the fact that the seriousness of the conviction and the overwhelming public interest in knowing what occurred outweighed the damage the conviction may cause Mr Mortley’s future employment prospects.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said the case was a stark reminder of the dangers of working with electricity.

“This tragic incident should serve as a reminder of the extreme importance of checking and re-checking that the circuits being worked on are indeed not live,” Mr McCulloch said.

“When working with or around electrical circuits, any assumption could be a fatal one.

“The case also sends a clear message to employers that electrical work should not under any circumstances be performed by assistants or anyone not qualified to undertake the work safely.”

The maximum penalty that could have been handed to the JCW Electrical was $200,000 and $20,000 for Mr Mortley.

Mr Zappelli’s family declined to speak to the media outside the court.

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WWI in the Herald: February 8, 1915

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Paris, Sunday.

A communique, issued at midnight, states:-

We slightly progressed northward of Massiges, 28 miles east of Rheims.

A previous communique states:-

We mined a trench westward of Arras, on the Lille road, and killed or captured the occupants.

We also recovered a trench we had lost at Bagatelle, and have progressed beyond that point.

There was no infantry action on the 5th. Our artillery in the Woevre, and the Argonne dispersed several convoys, and set fire to a train of 25 coaches.

There has been heavy fighting in the Bethune-La Bassee triangle. Two trains of wounded have arrived, including 400 Germans.

Cairo, Sunday.

No fighting occurred on Friday.

A German major, who was shot in the fight at the Serapeum, was found to be carrying a white flag.

The streets of Cairo are full of newly arrived Australian and New Zealand troops. The city has not lost its gaiety, crowds of natives waiting at the station, in the hopes of seeing prisoners.

High native dignitaries, hitherto pro-German, now wholly support the British.

It is understood that an Arab regiment delivered the attack at Toussoun. A Sikh regiment, withholding its fire, allowed the enemy to come to close quarters, and then vigorously attacked, and completely routed them.

The enemy employed heavy guns, and though they expended a great deal of ammunition, there was little result.

The British captures include: 8 machine guns, 90 camels laden with ammunition, and 600 prisoners. The Turks abandoned 400 dead, and their total casualties are estimated at 2400.

London, Sunday.

The “Morning Post’s” correspondent at Alexandra says: “Considerable surprise has been created by 12,000 troops having reached the Canal, lacking commissariat transport.

It is conjectured that the main body may succeed in crossing the desert, since the Germans have made tremendous efforts in building a railway to the frontier, via Sebasties, Lydda, and Gaza. A thousand labourers are taking up rails at the Haifre-Damascus and Jaffa-Jerusalem railways for the new railway.

London, Friday.

General Sir John Maxwell, the commander of the Australasian forces in Egypt, has sent a cable message to Sir George Raid, commending the services of the Australian Engineers under fire.

New York, Friday.

America has decided not to challenge for the Davis Cup this year, owing to the war.

Petrograd, Sunday.

The Germans threw a barrel bridge over the Rawka River, and three companies managed to cross the river.

The Russian guns destroyed the bridge, and the three companies of Germans were out off. They were shot, bayoneted or drowned.

London, Sunday.

It is rumoured in Berlin that the Kaiser, after a visit to the western front, ordered the commanders to abstain from sacrificing too many men in operations of secondary importance. One consequence of this order is that the Germans will begin to believe that the German troops in the west are numerically inferior to the enemy.

London, Sunday.

The Queen’s Work for Women Fund amounts to £132,070.

The first contingent of 120 girls has sailed to take on domestic work in Australia. The fund provides each with a complete outfit, £1 towards the fare, and £1 to be paid on landing.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Alexander Dale Fraser, Newcastle, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 4th Reinforcements

Private Albert Howie, Hamilton, 26th Infantry Battalion

Private Francis Love, Cessnock , 20th Infantry Battalion

Private Richard Treleven, Newcastle, 17th Infantry Battalion


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WWI in the Herald: February 6, 1915

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We had an enthusiastic meeting of men here on Thursday night to form a rifle company in view of the defence of our homes in Australia, which are now being defended by a strong contingent of our best men – men to whom home and country are of more account than the fighting stadium or the football field and over 60 of all sections of the community gave in their names. But there is one item of defence I would like to mention, and that is teach our women to shoot, one and all, and the shooting of the men will improve as the children grow up, and pen rifle accidents will become rarer as the boys begin to know the danger and uses of firearms. Napoleon the first said many times, and others before him, “Educate the mothers of France, and the Frenchmen will be well taught.” He only repeated the maxims of the ancients, who well understood psychological influence under some other name. I would suggest that a woman’s club of miniature rifle shots be formed, and if any number of ladies from 15 years of age upwards will form such a club I am willing to teach the feminine eye how to shoot, and can give them two or three afternoons a week at a miniature rifle range to be selected. If the idea takes on with our wives and sisters, you have my permission to give them my name and address. I will also assist in forming such a club.

I am, etc., Rifle, Toronto.

Mr. Hughes, the Attorney-General, in reply to a question, said that as far as he knew no naturalised persons had been employed in any capacity on troopships. He believed that all members of the crew were Britishers.

Entirely new and most important work is to be undertaken shortly by the Commonwealth Aviation Corps at Point Cook, near Melbourne. On February 10, eight permanent staff and artillery officers will start a course of training as observers, and will carry out observation flights across country for some weeks. They will have nothing to do with the actual piloting and flying of aeroplanes, but will be taken as passengers, and will direct their attention solely to the country beneath them. In all probability bodies of troops will be employed to be reconnoitred, and each officer will have a special parallelogram of country to report upon, working as though he were upon active service. Work of this kind requires highly specialised training. It is this training which will be given to the officers at Point Cook during the next few weeks. On March 10 also, a fresh three months’ pilotage course will start. This is the ordinary flying course – training of officers in actual management of an aeroplane. A number of prominent airmen in Great Britain have written to the Defence Department, requesting that they be allowed to join the Commonwealth Aviation Corps when the war is over.

Paris, Friday.

The following communique was issued yesterday:-

Our artillery repulsed a big attack at Notre Dame de Lorette, and destroyed several blockhouses in the Albert region.

We also recaptured a position momentarily held by the enemy north of Massiges, in the Argonne.

Amsterdam, Thursday.

Cabrinovic, Janovic, and Illio, the accomplices of the youth Prinzip, who in June last year assassinated the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, have been executed at Sarajevo.

Cairo, Friday.

The enemy advanced on Toussoun at daybreak on Wednesday.

Their artillery bombarded Toussoun and Derapaum. Our artillery and also the ships in the Canal replied.

The enemy, falling to cross the Canal, retired at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

The casualties included eight officers killed.

Six batteries and 1200 Turks participated in the attack on Kantara. Twenty five were taken prisoners.

The Turks attempted to cross the Canal at Toussoun on rafts on Wednesday, but were repulsed with heavy losses, 252 being taken prisoners.

Two British officers and thirteen men were killed and 58 wounded.

The enemy was repulsed at Kantara, 21 being killed and many wounded.

The British wounded included a few of the Egyptian Field Artillery near Sera, who behaved with splendid courage.

Two thousand Turks were discovered entrenched near Ismalia, 800 yards from the British line. Intermittent firing took place.

The Turks attacked the British outposts at El Kantara early in the morning, but were quickly driven off, losing 29 killed, 25 wounded, and 36 prisoners. A British officer and 28 Indian troops were killed or wounded.

The Turkish prisoners were marched through the streets of Cairo roped together. Some of the deserters belonged to a body of irregulars forcibly impressed from the Bedouins in Southern Palestine by Mustaz Pasha, Enver Bey’s former aide-de-camp, who was imprisoned for murdering a brother officer at Salonica. Mustaz escaped, and became a highwayman in Palestine. He is now the leader of the Turkish advance.

Cairo, Friday.

The fighting did not affect the through shipping traffic, and the railways are working as usual.

There was heavy firing close to the Canal on Wednesday, and the pilot of a vessel passing through was wounded.

The Turkish Army is experiencing great difficulties with its transport. Many of the camels are dying, and others are being brought from Asia Minor to take their places.

It is stated that Colonel von Kressentein is with the invading forces.

During the fight at Kantara 250 prisoners were taken by the British. The prisoners look more like ragamuffins than soldiers.

Melbourne, Friday.

Senator Pierce, the Minister for Defence, today received the following cable message from Major-General Sir John Maxwell, Commander-in-Chief, in Egypt:-

‘The Australian engineers are now employed on the canal defences. They have been under fire, and comported themselves as you would wish them to.”

London, Thursday.

Reuter’s Buenos Ayres correspondent reports that H.M.A.S. Australia has sunk a German liner, of the Woermann line, off Patagonia.

The crew of the liner were conveyed to the Falkland Islands.

An officer of the Australia, in a letter, states that they sighted the steamer on the Brazilian coast on the 6th January at a distance of twelve miles, and chased her for five hours, when she surrendered. Her crew of 99 were taken off.

Two 12-inch shells were fired into the superstructure, and two four-inch shells below the water-line. The steamer sunk in 25 minutes. Her cargo was worth a quarter of a million pounds.

Melbourne, Friday.

The Imperial Government have accepted an offer of a third Commonwealth contingent of 10,000 men, to be available in April.

With previous contingents and reinforcements at the rate of 4000 per month, the approximate total sent by the end of April will be 60,000.

Private William Raymond Law, Lambton, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Egypt

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Edward Lawton, Newcastle, 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcements

Private Joseph Maxwell, West Maitland, 18th Infantry Battalion

Private Robert Smith, Dora Creek, 18th Infantry Battalion

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Things to do in Byron Bay: One day three ways

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The lighthouse at Byron Bay. Photo: Robert Rough

The lighthouse at Byron Bay. Photo: Robert Rough


Early morning energy comes courtesy of the $7.50 organic, wood-fired fruit toast with macadamia honey from popular coffee joint Espressohead. That’ll come in handy for a few hours in the surf – either at Main Beach or Watego’s Beach, depending on the wind direction. Black Dog (blackdogsurfing整形美容医院m) has boards tailored for everyone from beginners to pros, rentable for $25 a half day.

Afterwards, the supersized fish burritos with locally made chilli sauces at Ozy Mex (byronbaychilli整形美容医院m/ozymex) are great value at $11.

Make an afternoon of strolling along the beaches and through the nature reserve to the Cape Byron headland. Once there, take a free, volunteer-led tour of the photogenic lighthouse and watch out for pods of dolphins down below.

Go low-key Vietnamese for dinner, with a surprisingly excellent $16 pho at Lemongrass (3/17 Lawson St), before walking home to the solidly decent apartments at the Byron Bay Side Motel ($125, byronbaysidemotel整形美容医院


Diving hotspot Julian Rocks is a great place to splash around with turtles, rays and more than 400 species of fish – but the Byron Bay Dive Centre (byronbaydivecentre整形美容医院 runs $65 snorkelling tours for non-divers.

That finishes in time for the most important meal of the day, which in Byron is always brunch. The Dip Café at 21 Fletcher Street serves up a tremendous eggs Florentine for $14.

Take the bus ($4.40 return, blanchs整形美容医院 to the Arts and Industry Estate for a $60 flying trapeze lesson with Circus Arts (circusarts整形美容医院, then come back for an early dinner. Open to the street Targa ($26, targabyronbay整形美容医院m), with its classy Italian menu, is a good choice.

Before resting your head in a timelessly upmarket beach cottage at The Atlantic ($170, atlanticbyronbay整形美容医院, there’s more wildlife to spot. Vision Walks (visionwalks整形美容医院m) runs $99 after-dark tours of the Nightcap National Park, spotting owls, bandicoots and pademelons with the aid of military night vision goggles.


After a slap-up classic fry breakfast with added local chorizo at the Eatery on Jonson ($26, theeateryonjonson整形美容医院m), take to the skies. Byron Bay Gyrocopters (flygyro整形美容医院 offers 90-minute flights over Mt Warning, the rainforest hinterland and surrounding beaches in a mini-helicopter for $315.

For lunch, Swish new Italian joint Cicchetti (cicchetti整形美容医院 offers Venetian-style treats such as mushroom and truffle-stuffed chicken for $36.

The afternoon is best devoted to pampering – and a 2.5-hour massage, body wrap and facial package will set you back $325 at the Balinese-themed Buddha Gardens Day Spa (buddhagardensdayspa整形美容医院

Catch a cab ($40 return) to the Byron at Byron (thebyronatbyron整形美容医院 for a locally farmed three-course menu ($69), including ravishingly good Berkshire pork, before a nocturnal swim. Your two-bedroom penthouse apartment at Beach Suites ($1500, beachsuites整形美容医院 comes with a private rooftop deck and pool, plus jealousy-inducing beach views.

TOTAL: $2311

The writer was a guest of Beach Suites.

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Daniel Christie case: Shaun McNeil applies for a non-jury trial

Teenager Daniel Christie died in Kings Cross on New Years Eve 2013. Teenager Daniel Christie died in Kings Cross on New Years Eve 2013.
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Teenager Daniel Christie died in Kings Cross on New Years Eve 2013.

Teenager Daniel Christie died in Kings Cross on New Years Eve 2013.

The man accused of the one-punch murder of teenager Daniel Christie has requested to have no jury when his high-profile case goes to trial later this year.

On Friday, Shaun McNeil was committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court on May 25.

Crown prosecutor Richard Herps revealed that Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi wanted to take on the matter but he was committed to several high-profile trials this year, including the murder of the five members of the Lin family in Epping.

Justice Peter Johnson said he did not want any further delays due to community interest in the trial, so it would have to be taken up by another Crown prosecutor.

The court heard that Mr McNeil has made an application for a judge-alone trial, meaning his guilt or innocence would be decided by a single judge rather than members of the public.

The application will be determined in a two-day hearing in March.

Mr Christie’s death was the subject of intense media coverage and triggered debate across Sydney over alcohol-fuelled violence.

The debate led to the introduction of sweeping alcohol laws including early closing times for pubs and bars, a 1.30am lockout, a freeze on new liquor licences in the city and a 10pm closing time for all bottle shops in the state.

McNeil, 26, is accused of punching Mr Christie, 18, once in the head at 9pm on New Year’s Eve, 2013, on Victoria Road in Kings Cross.

It was just metres from where Thomas Kelly, 18, was fatally punched by Kieran Loveridge on July 7, 2012.

It is alleged Mr McNeil had assaulted two teens who then ran behind Mr Christie and his brother Peter for cover.

Mr Christie fell and hit his head on the pavement following the single punch. His life support was switched off two weeks later.

Mr McNeil’s trial in May is expected to last four weeks.

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Leaked emails reveal Liberal tensions over Tony Abbott’s knights and dames

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A Liberal MP’s plan to abolish knights and dames provoked a withering backlash from one of his colleagues, who described it as “fatally flawed”, according to leaked emails.

Queensland MP Andrew Laming revealed in a media release his plan to introduce a private members bill to abolish the honours on Monday, shortly after Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceded during a speech to the National Press Club he “overdid it” by knighting Prince Philip on Australia Day.

Just hours after Mr Abbott announced he knighted Prince Philip, furious Coalition MPs spoke out publicly to criticise the Prime Minister’s decision and question the relevance of the honour.

Behind the scenes, according to the leaked email trail, Dr Laming had also sent a copy of the media release to his colleagues seeking their feedback at the same time the release was hitting the inboxes of media organisations.

The initial email drew an immediate rebuke from Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic, who wrote back, copying in other Liberal MPs: “I’m pretty sure this matter is not actually determined by legislation, so a private member’s bill wouldn’t apply?”

But the exchange between the MPs did not stop there.

Late on Monday evening, Dr Laming replied to the group message: “True mate…. It’s letters patent, but there is legislation governing that. Your knowledge is impressive”.

By Thursday, a more irate Mr Nikolic sent a lengthy tirade to Dr Laming – again copying in his colleagues  – that took the Queensland MP to task.

“Andrew, I refer to our previous correspondence on your proposal for a private member’s bill relating to the conferral of honours.  Given its broad circulation – including into the public domain – I thought it worthwhile to provide you and our colleagues some context. Your decision to publicly intervene in this matter prompted me to do some digging and, notwithstanding your follow-on response, I remain of the view your proposal is fundamentally flawed,” Mr Nikolic wrote.

In the detailed response, Mr Nikolic pointed out that honours were not conferred by law but rather “conferred in an exercise of the royal prerogatives, and the rules of the Order of Australia are set by its constitution and rules, made under this prerogative. You can find abundant informed opinion on this matter from the long discussions the States and the Commonwealth had in the lead up to the enactment of the Australia Acts in 1986.”

“For more on this, I commend to you Anne Twomey’s book The Australia Acts 1986 – Australia’s Statutes of Independence; 2010; Federation Press.

“I can understand your lack of knowledge on this, because it is an esoteric area of constitutional practice, but may I say that before launching a national media campaign on this issue, you should have done your homework first.

In another of the tensions within the Liberal Party, Mr Nikolic then stated: “Your private member’s bill proposal is wrong-headed and, as the lawyers would say, ultra vires. Having made your point I suggest you abandon this idea and concentrate on those things we are all working for, above all – jobs, restoring our economic freedom of action, and helping ensure the security of our wonderful nation.”

Mr Abbott has announced all future decisions on knights and dames would be made by the Order of Australia Council.

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