Committed to early learning nationwide

PROGRESSIVE AND INCLUSIVE: Staff and children at Gateshead Goodstart engage in early learning activities.Goodstart Early Learning is Australia’s largest early learning provider, with 643 centres Australia wide.
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The not–for–profit social enterprise exists purely to improve the lives of Australia’s children and their families, with all surplus funds reinvested for the benefit of the children.

There are 10 Goodstart centres in the Newcastle region, located in Broadmeadow,Cameron Park, Cessnock, Gateshead, Glendale, New Lambton, Rutherford, Thornton,Anna Bay andNelson Bay.

“At any Goodstart Centre there is a focus on contemporary, inclusive and progressive play-based learning through an ‘attachment lens’,” Mandy Portlock, director of Nelson Bay Goodstart said.

“By attachment, I mean that we ensure all children are treated with dignity and have a strong bond with key adult educators, working together in small, tight-knit groups to reach the best possible learning outcomes.

“When childrenleave Goodstart, yes they can read their names and identify letters, they have had access to many early literacy opportunities, but they will also be armed with the skills to persevere, take on challenges, and realise they are part of a bigger picture world.”

Goodstart invests millions every year in the development, training and qualifications of their educators and the ongoing improvement of the centre environments and equipment.

“Goodstart provides professional development opportunities for staff and educators,” Mandy said.

“There’s fabulous access to technology likesmartboards in the rooms and robots that we use for programming, while the training is modern with a strong focus on infant psychology and learning.”

Each Goodstart centre aims to become the heart of an inclusive and supportive local community and welcomes every child regardless of their background or the challenges they may face, to help them reach their full potential.

Goodstart Nelson Bay, for example, works closely with other centres and schools in the Tomaree Transition to School Network.

“We believe relationships with families are just as important as those with the children,” Mandy said. “It leads to the best outcome for childrenand families. Goodstart provides its educators time to establish and maintain those relationships.”

Many of the Newcastle centres engage with their local Community Centres to provide external playgroups.

These playgroups give children who are not yet enrolled at Goodstart Early Learning exposure to early earning programs offered by qualified professionals.

“Families are welcome to come along to playgroup once a week. This is an excellent networking opportunity for families, builds community connectedness and supports our priorities of inclusion and partnership,” Mandy said.

“It’s part of our equity-of-access approach based on Goodstart’s guiding principle that all children are entitled to the best possible start in life regardless of their background.”

Goodstart staffwork closely with local Aboriginal groups to ensure culture is embedded and connection to country is established.

“The work is based around reconciliation, liaising with local land councils, attending meetings and smoking ceremonies and making ties in order to honour our first Australians,” Mandy said.

”Children do acknowledgment of country each morning, and we embedculture through everyday practices right down to planning gardens and going on excursions to get connection to country and understand what that country means to traditional custodians.”

Goodstart partners with local universities, colleges and schools to provide career pathways for indigenous students.

“Students can attend acentre one day a week in a structured and supported environment and get a feel for what it’s like to work at Goodstart,” Mandy said. “It’s all about increasing long-termengagement with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce in orderto make reconciliation authentic.”

Goodstart staff and children regularly visit aged care facilities to provide inter-generational experiences

“It’s about working with children to build empathy and respect, and it’s a great outcome for both the children and the residents,” Mandy said.

“Nelson Bay has a large ‘transient’ community made up of ‘Sea Changers’ and Defence families, and often there’s not so much family support. By doing these visits we provide everyone with a chance for inter-generational experience.”

Goodstart Nelson Bay staff and children participate regularly in community events, like the Human Whale project each year.

“It’s a way to strengthen ties and be a presence in the community.”

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Connection to carer is key

FOCUS: Staff at Lambton Early Learning Centre create a safe and comfortable, home-away-from home environment where everyone is valued and treated with respect.
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Alicia Ferris is a qualified teacher and mother of four who understands what it’s like being a full-time working mum looking for childcare.

OUTSIDE IN: The award-winning layout of Lambton Early Learning Centre provides numerous spaces for age-appropriate play and education.

In many ways it’s why she established Lambton Early Learning Centre.

“Leaving your child with strangers and making sure they receive the highest level of care can be daunting,” Alicia said. “Finding a childcare centre near work is another challenge.”

When the old Salvation Army Church on Pearson Street in Lambton came up for sale a decade ago, Alicia and builder husband Josh saw the potential immediately.

“Childcare needsto be in the right location – this was close to John Hunter Hospital and Newcastle University, where people needed childcare,” Alicia said.

“As a building it had to be inspiring: a place that was great to work in, with great flow. The old church fit the bill perfectly.”

The pair renovated the historic building, winning a swag of awards along the way.

“We kept the bulk of building, but altered the layout and floor plan to bring the outside in and vice versa,” Alicia said.

“We created rooms for each age group, from babies through to five year olds, and made sure that all rooms had direct access to the outside so children could play in a safe environment.

“We used a lot of glass to promote vision inside and out and we made sure that the place feltlike a home away from home.”

Today Lambton Early Learning Centre is a fully-accredited, long-day, childcare centre with 21 staff providing individualised pre-school curriculum culminating in a school readiness program with high educator ratios right in the heart of suburban Newcastle,

Open 7.30am to 5.30pm each day, bar three weeks over Christmas, Lambton Early Learning Centre relies primarily on word of mouth to promote itself – no website or signs required.

But with enrolments for next year looming, and an extension recently completed, Alicia finds herself in a unique position.

“With our recently completed extension, we can offer a few new spots,” Alicia said.

“I want to let people who are looking for that connection with their carer to know that Lambton Early Learning might be the environment that’s right for their child.”

Connection is critical for the 130 families currently enrolled and thousands Alicia has dealt with over the last decade.

“As a parent, I know what a juggle it is and that your major concern is you’ve got a carer you can trust.

“I know what it’s like to sit in the car and cry that first day you drop them off, and I tell my parents it will be OK, that the things they learn will be amazing, and that we have that connection.

“Hearing from my families that they don’t worry about their child when they are in my care is my greatest reward.”

Staff retention has been central to establishing that connection.

“I recognise the great contribution educators make and work tirelessly to retain staff,” Alicia said. “Most of our staff have been here 10 years. They’re qualified, valued and amazing.”

Alicia’s passion for childcare is palpable.

“The relationships you have with a family can last for many years from one sibling to the next. This relationship that I develop with families is key to providing excellent childcare and is what brings me the most joy.”

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‘There’s no cure’: Distressing diagnosis for one in five women

Lucy Ogden-Doyle was only 14 when she learnt she may develop fertility problems. It was distressing news for someone who went to see her GP about irregular periods.
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Her doctor said she might have a hormonal condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and she should drop five kilograms – despite then being 52 kilograms and 172 centimetres tall – to “pre-empt” weight gain, a symptom.

Tessa Copp, a PhD student at University of Sydney, is the lead author of the BMJ article on the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome. Photo: Supplied – CareFlight Facebook page

“It was quite a dramatic thing to tell someone so young that they may be infertile and to lose weight, which would have made me underweight,” Ms Ogden-Doyle, now 24, said.

“Two years later I had tests and I do have PCOS but I’m not showing the symptoms like excess hair or extra weight so, while it has been a negative experience, right now I’m not letting it affect me.”

The arts student is among one in five women diagnosed with PCOS, a deeply stigmatising condition. The figure is based on eight separate studies across six countries including Australia and China.

PCOS, which occurs when a woman’s ovaries or adrenal glands produce more male hormones than normal, is the most commonly diagnosed endocrine disorder in reproductive aged women.

In an opinion article in the latest British Medical Journal, Australian researchers argue that an expanded definition had inadvertently led to overdiagnosis, and therefore too much treatment and even harm.

The widening of the definition (to include the sonographic presence of polycystic ovaries) in 2003 led to a dramatic increase in cases, from 5 to 21 per cent.

Lead author Tessa Copp, a PhD student at Sydney University, said many women were being “given a lifelong disease label” in their teenage years when symptoms such as acne and irregular periods overlapped with signs of puberty.

She referred to three studies that found the prevalence of PCOS by age decreased rapidly after 25, suggesting the symptoms may be transitory for some women.

“A lot of my friends had it and were feeling quite dissatisfied because there’s no cure, nothing you can do, except to undergo treatments that focus on alleviating symptoms,” she said.

“Some cases are severe and they will benefit from the label, but women with milder symptoms may experience harm from the overdiagnosis and overtreatment.”

The authors said women diagnosed with PCOS had higher levels of depression, anxiety, poorer self-esteem, negative body image, disordered eating and decreased sexual satisfaction.

They said it was unclear whether these impacts were due to the condition, its symptoms, or from the psychological effect of being labelled a PCOS sufferer.

“It’s associated with infertility, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, so it labels women as abnormal but the consequences are not the same for everyone,” Ms Copp said.

The authors argue that, given the uncertainties, the risk of psychological harm and the impacts of applying a one-size-fits-all diagnostic criteria to a wide-ranging set of symptoms, it was important for doctors not to rush diagnosing women.

“We need better understanding and research to characterise the benefits and harms of diagnosis and treatment for women with both severe and milder symptoms,” Ms Copp said.

“Instead of diagnosing women in adolescence, note they’re at risk, follow up with them over time and use treatments that target the symptoms.” Call to action

The article comes as influential health groups, including the Consumers Health Forum and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, launch a call to action to address overdiagnosis in general and “the problem of too much medicine”.

In an initial statement via a Wiser Healthcare collaboration, they said there was an urgent need to develop a national action plan.

“Expanding disease definitions and lowering diagnostic thresholds are recognised as one driver of the problem, and the processes for changing definitions require meaningful reform,” it said.

Dr Ray Moynihan, from Bond University and a Wiser Healthcare member, said the problem of too much medicine was driven by many factors, including the best of intentions.

“PCOS appears to be a strong example of the problem of expanding disease definitions or lowering diagnostic thresholds that are potentially labelling too many people,” he said.

PCOS is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure and poorer psychological wellbeing.

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Clubs agree to $9.4m salary cap for 2018

NRL clubs have agreed to a salary cap of $9.4 million next year, in signing off on a pay offer that will on Monday be put to the game’s players.
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Clubs have been split down the middle about next year’s cap figure, with as many as nine saying that it should not be lifted above the $9.2 million as indicated back in April.

Others, including Canterbury, had pushed for it to go as high as $9.6 million.

They voted, they agreed unanimously at a two hour meeting at League Central on what effectively amounts to a $9.4 million cap. That includes a flat cap of $9.2 million, plus a $200,000 portion of the veterans and development player’s allowance, which can be spent at the club’s discretion.

The Bulldogs are the club under the most salary cap stress for 2018, but chairman Ray Dib emerged from the meeting saying he was happy with the deal.

“It’s a good outcome for everyone, we are all going to settle on $9.4. We are very happy with it actually, it’s close to what we wanted.” He said.

When asked whether Canterbury would have to shed players, Dib was non-committal.

“That’s something we’d consider, but we’re happy with the outcome.”

The new cap will be put to the RLPA on Friday.

“This is an important step but we are still in negotiations with the RLPA,” NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

“Getting the clubs to agree on a package is very important for the game and especially the players.

“The clubs are all in different positions in relation to the salary cap next year which makes it even more significant that they united today to agree on a figure.”

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Australia’s PNG offshore detention of asylum seekers valid

The High Court has again upheld the legality of Australia’s asylum seeker deal with Papua New Guinea, ruling it does not breach the Migration Act or the constitution.
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The court was asked to reconsider the arrangement struck by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, in light of a court ruling in PNG last year that found Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on the island breached that country’s constitution.

An Iranian asylum seeker, whose bid for refugee protection was rejected, claimed the PNG ruling invalidated the deal because the constitution prevented the Australian government from undertaking business with another country that was unlawful in that country.

Refugees at the Manus Island regional processing centre protesting earlier this month. Photo: Supplied

In dismissing the claim, the High Court declared that to be a “novel and sweeping proposition”, and one that had no basis in law.

In a unanimous ruling, the full bench found there was no constitutional requirement for the Commonwealth to conform to international law or the law of another country.

The court also dismissed the claim that the regional resettlement arrangement could not be seen as a valid “arrangement” because PNG lacked the lawful capacity to enter it. Neither of the plaintiff’s claims were tenable, the court ruled, and the plaintiff was ordered to pay costs.

It is not the first time the High Court has examined the legality of Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers – it was also considered in 2015 and upheld as lawful.

Maria O’Sullivan, deputy director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, said she was “totally unsurprised” by the High Court’s latest ruling.

“Trying to argue that the judgment of the PNG Supreme Court … affects the Australian constitution and how we justify things under the Australian Migration Act is a long stretch,” she told Fairfax Media.

“Having said that, there is such an interaction between what Australia does and what’s happening in PNG. I’m just not sure whether constitutional arguments are the way to go.”

Despite the ruling, Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island is scheduled to close by October 31, following the Supreme Court ruling in PNG last year.

Tensions on Manus Island have been building in recent weeks as parts of the regional processing centre are shut down ahead of an October 31 closure deadline.

Asylum seekers have been encouraged to move to the transit centre in Lorengau, but many have elected to remain in compounds where electricity and water supplies are being cut off.

The Turnbull government has confirmed a deal to resettle refugees in the United States, despite the reluctance of President Donald Trump, but as yet no refugees have been accepted by the US.

It is not clear what will happen to refugees who are not accepted by the US, or asylum seekers who have no valid protection claim but who cannot be forced back to their home countries.

In June, the government agreed to compensate about 1900 current and former asylum seekers on Manus Island to the tune of $70 million to settle a class action alleging mistreatment.

The Iranian man who brought the case has failed to be recognised as a refugee under PNG law and remains in custody awaiting deportation.

Fairfax Media contacted Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for comment on Thursday’s High Court ruling.

Separately on Thursday, the government suffered a loss in the Federal Court, which upheld an injunction preventing a ban on mobile phones in immigration detention. The court found it did have the jurisdiction to decide the matter, and will hear the government’s full appeal at a later date.

Solicitor George Newhouse said the bid to remove mobile phones was “part of the process of criminalising asylum seekers”.

“Mobile phones are a life line to the outside world that enables them to maintain their sanity and communicate with their families, their loved ones, the community and their legal representatives,” he said.

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The trouble with ibuprofen-codeine painkillers

One in five Australians are taking too many painkillers, new data shows, prompting doctors to warn about the harmful – and sometimes fatal – consequences.
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New research by NPS Medicinewise shows that 19 per cent of Australians have exceeded the recommended daily dose of some widely used medicines.

It found 17 per cent of people consuming paracetamol-codeine tablets and 9 per cent of those taking ibuprofen-codeine tablets have exceeded the recommended maximum dosage of six tablets a day.

“If it’s not under doctor supervision, taking higher doses of something like ibuprofen or aspirin, you’re at a higher risk of gastric bleeds, stomach ulcers and bad indigestion,” said the non-profit’s CEO Lynne Weekes.

“Paracetamol is actually really toxic once you get to certain doses, affecting people’s livers in ways that are not easily reversible, and people can die.”

Nurofen Plus contains codeine, which the TGA says is “increasingly a drug of abuse in Australia”. Photo: AAP

Ibuprofen-codeine tablets, such as Nurofen Plus, are of particular concern because codeine may lead to dependency and increase the intake of ibuprofen, which in high amounts can damage the kidneys, stomach and liver.

The survey of a thousand Australians found millennials are twice as likely as Baby Boomers to have overused ibuprofen-codeine painkillers.

“Millennials are probably using it to manage symptoms that are inconvenient and from acute conditions,” said Ms Weekes.

“They’re under a lot of pressure in their workplace and they don’t want to take time off work, but they should not be exceeding the recommended dosage.”

Millennials were found to be much more likely than Baby Boomers to mix alcohol and prescription painkillers and to swap prescription medication.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen, from the National Drug and Alcohol Centre, said that earlier research showed about 5 per cent of Australians had misused medicine in the past year.

It showed three in four recent users of painkillers containing opiates reported misusing over-the-counter codeine products such as Nurofen Plus and four in 10 reported misusing prescription codeine products such as Panadeine Forte.

“If you look at our overdose statistics of pharmaceutical opioids, we see there are increasing numbers and some of the big contributors to that are combining opioids with other sedatives like alcohol, benzodiazepine and sleeping pills,” she said.

“So we know that can be a dangerous combination and it is something that we caution against.”

Ric Day, Professor of Pharmacology at St Vincent’s Hospital, encouraged anyone who recognised they were taking too much medicine to speak with their doctor or pharmacist and visit the NPS Medicinewise website.

He said the fact so many Australians were taking more painkillers than recommended indicated that their conditions were not being properly managed.

“If you look at people with spinal pain, we know that medicines are only a part of the solution, and we know that things like keeping moving rather than lying down and losing weight can help,” he said.

“Sometimes with back pain, the chance of completely eliminating it is unlikely, but the point is, you can live a useful and happy and productive life, while putting medicine in its right place.”

The NPS Medicinewise survey revealed 30 per cent of Australians drank alcohol soon after taking prescription pain relief medication, with one of the key reasons being they wanted to enjoy themselves on a night out and avoid a headache.

“It looked as though people sometimes took pain relief to prevent a headache and that’s certainly not going to work very well because these medicines are only going to work for six to eight hours so probably by the time you actually get the headache you’ll need another dose,” said Ms Weekes.

“There were also those who already had a headache and took it as a precautionary measure, and we recommend they give themselves a bit of a gap, a couple of hours, especially with ibuprofen because it can upset the stomach.”

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The best bank account for your kid’s savings

Hi Nicole, I wonder if I’m doing the right thing. My son is 15 and is earning decent money from a part-time job. I’m so impressed he has already managed to save $7000 for his first car – we’ve always encouraged saving – but I wonder if it’s in the right place. A while back we opened some sort of trust account where I have to withdraw the money on his behalf. I’m not sure if it’s a good account – I think he earns about $5 interest on it – and whether he’s old enough to now have access himself. Can you recommend a good account for his age? Will this see him through to adulthood? Tracey, Sunshine Coast
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Saving for a car is great, but try not to spend too much. Photo: Vicky Hughson

Wow, that’s tremendous Tracey – you are surely bringing up your son right. Now $5 in interest – I’m assuming that’s a month – is dreadful. And yes, it’s time your son had control of his savings -with his attitude and so-tantalising-he-can-almost-taste-it goal, he sounds more than ready.

There are plenty of better-paying options than your trust account (indeed 2 percentage points-plus better than any adult account). You just need to watch out for any conditions attached to the higher interest. As with “grown-up” accounts, you sometimes have to deposit a certain amount each month and make no withdrawals, or forfeit interest.

So my recommendation would be to use such an account for the car savings only, and another account for his presumably growing week-to-week expenses (more in a mo).

Canstar says the top-paying youth bonus account, for under 18s, is First Option Credit Union’s Kids Bonus Saver. It pays 5.15 per cent but note virtually all of that is foregone if you make a withdrawal or fail to deposit $5 each month.

Although this encourages continued discipline, if the restrictive conditions won’t work, he can do almost as well with Select Encompass Credit Union’s Kick Start Saver on the first $5000 only. The base rate is 5 per cent until that point, when it drops to just 2 per cent. You’ll need to weigh that loss of interest against the number of months he’s likely to forfeit interest with the above.

A further consideration is that Canstar says First Option Credit Union also offers the best transactional account for youth: the Smart Start Access Saver. There are no fees (important), a rate of 2.1 per cent (market leading if minimal) and at-call access to his money. This one will also see him through to age 24; just assess carefully whether the other “Smart Start” products offered from 18 really are competitive.

Then your challenge is convincing your son to buy the cheapest car he can tolerate driving around in (though remember that old cars are less safe) – and keep saving for his future.

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More Taylor residential blocks to be sold by ballot

If you missed out on buying a residential block in the burgeoning suburb of Taylor earlier this year, you’re in luck.
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The Suburban Land Agency has announced a ballot of another 142 lots in the northern Gungahlin suburb.

Blocks available in the latest release of Taylor land include $225,000 for 250 square metres and $425,000 for 575 square metres.

Ballot registrations open on Monday, September 4 at 10am and close on September 15.

The ballot will be drawn on September 19 and successful applicants will have the chance to choose their preferred block on November 1.

Those lucky registrants drawn first will get first preference and so on until all blocks are sold.

The last ballot of Taylor blocks in March was a sell-out with all 126 lots snapped up in less than two days.

More than 2000 prospective buyers requested appointments to choose an available block. Related: First blocks in Taylor sell outRelated: Residential blocks in Throsby, Taylor auctionedRelated: Cat containment in new suburb Taylor

Another 22 “premium” Taylor blocks were auctioned in April.

As part of the latest release, eligible purchasers will have access to the ACT’s Land Rent Scheme on blocks valued at $300,000 or less.

The ACT government is also hosting a Taylor information expo on Saturday, September 2 from 9.30am to 3pm at the Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club.

Once complete, Taylor will encompass local shops, a neighbourhood park, green space and a primary school that is due to open in 2019.

The ACT government has budgeted $1.97 million for an oval at the school. The oval will be open to the community.

Earlier this week the government announced Taylor would become the city’s 12th cat containment area due to its proximity to Kinlyside Nature Reserve.

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Low-profile Swan who could be their most important player against Crows?

Sydney’s most important player on Friday night may not be Lance Franklin, star midfielder Luke Parker or even returning skipper Josh Kennedy. In fact, he could be someone most football fans have heard little of.
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Youngster George Hewett does not have the profile of his more accomplished teammates but the second-year midfielder is set for the key job on Adelaide’s gun ball-winner Rory Sloane.

In the era of team defence, tagging is not as common as it was but there have been enough cases this year to show it’s not a dead craft. Think Levi Greenwood on Joel Selwood in round six or Greater Western Sydney’s Sam Reid on Brisbane star Dayne Zorko.

The Swans have made a habit of targeting the opposition’s best rebounding defender this year but it’s midfielder Sloane who has become Adelaide’s barometer.

The one time Brownlow favourite has proven susceptible when sat on and so too the Crows. While they have still won games with Sloane having little impact, his numbers are markedly higher when the Crows salute.

The gun midfielder is averaging 25.5 disposals and 8.2 score involvements when Adelaide win but that drops to 18.8 and 4.5, respectively, when they do not.

Hewett has proven to be adept at the dark art of tagging. His biggest scalp is Norm Smith Medallist Jason Johannisen, who was limited to just nine possessions, but he has also performed soundly on Selwood and Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.

Used primarily as a forward in his debut year, Hewett is now being given more time in the middle. He is following in the footsteps of former captain Kieren Jack, who cut his teeth as a stopper before becoming a fine midfielder in his own right.

Jack has said playing on Gary Ablett, Chris Judd and Ben Cousins helped his development. Hewett said he learned plenty in his three-quarters on Selwood.

“I expected he would be very physical,” Hewett said. “He’s just a natural competitor, he keeps going harder and harder and harder.

“The way he goes about it you can’t help but admire him at times. He’s always good to watch when you’re not playing.

“You have to be hard and clean on him. He doesn’t do much wrong. That’s why he’s so well respected. He’s as tough as they come. It was good to play against him and see what happens in there.”

While it’s in the midfield where Hewett’s long-term future lies, he has become one of the Swans’ more reliable kicks for goal at a time when the club has struggled in front of the big sticks.

Hewett has kicked 9.3 this year after managing 18.8 in 2016. He is also deadly on the set shot with a success rate of 89 per cent (eight from nine), placing him equal fifth for anyone who has kicked eight or more set shot goals this year.

“I had to work hard on it the past two years, it’s a big area I tried to improve on,” Hewett, who played his junior football as a midfielder, said.

“I knew if I could crack into the side I’d be forward and kicking goals is one of the most important things.”

Hewett says he has about 10-15 shots after training – “not a whole heap just in case you’re sore the next day” – for a 50/50 return. And there’s not much science behind his approach either.

“When you’re practising at training you feel comfortable in what you’re doing,” Hewett said. “Keep it simple, just kick it. Sometimes it is just as simple as that.”

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Warnings after $26,000 bill at Adamstown

HUNTER Water has reminded its customers to frequently check their household meters after an undetected leak at a house in Adamstown led to a$26,000 bill for the owners.
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The Newcastle couple were told in April they owed the staggering amount from an underground leak at their investment property in Adamstown that hemorrhaged11,773 cubic metres of water, almost enough to fill five Olympic pools.

Hunter Water said it hadconfirmedthe house’s meterwas accurate, then contacted the owners’ plumber to file an “undetectable leak rebate” or 50 per cent discount.

Following Newcastle Herald enquiries, the utility knocked a further 25 per cent off the exceptionally large bill.

“With the in-kind discount, the remaining payable water usage amount is 25 per centof the original bill. We’re committed to working with the property owner to ensure the payment plan is manageable and will not put the owner in a position of hardship,” a Hunter Water spokesman said.

“This is an unfortunate situation, and highlights the importance of maintaining access to your water meter and being vigilant of your private water usage.”

Hunter Water said its employees had twice tried to take readings at the Adamstown house but couldn’t access its meterbecause the property was overgrown.

It said it had warned the owners and requested a photo reading of the meter dial in order to calculatean accurate bill.

Had Hunter Wateremployeesbeen able to access or see a photo ofthe meter earlier, the utilitysaid,the leak couldhave been found andcontained.

“Hunter Water’s approach is to balance the value of water in the short and long-term with the cost to the wider customer base of subsidising the marginal costs of water used in these instances,” the spokesman said.

“The original [$14,000] offer with the customer to halve the balance outstandingrepresented the marginal cost of the water used and what was subsidised by Hunter Water’s wider customer base.”

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Senate

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wears a burqa during Question Time at Parliament House. Photo: Alex EllinghausenFace fully covered, the woman in black didn’t need to say anything as she entered the Senate.
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Senator Pauline Hanson pulls off the burqa. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Pauline Hanson had made her point.

The One Nation leader took her seat forQuestion Time wearinga black burqa, ahead of her motion to ban the garment due for debate lateron Thursday.

The Queensland senator has rallied against the burqa since returning to Parliament last year.

Senate President Stephen Parry admitted there was not a lot he could do about the stunt.

Senator Hanson entered the chamber shortly after Question Timestarted at 2pm, eliciting groans from the chamber.

While media rushed in to cover the performance, senators from all sides did their best to ignore it, studiously avoiding looking in her direction.

They were forced to look her way when she dramatically shrugged off the garment to ask a question of Attorney-General GeorgeBrandis, calling on him to ban the burqa.

But the Attorney-General’s response, in which he called the stunt “appalling” and both “counselled and cautioned” Senator Hanson for causing offence to religious groups, received an extraordinarystanding ovation from Labor and the Greens.

Labor cheered as Senator Brandis said the vast majority of those who practiced the Islamic faith were law-abiding citizens

“No, Senator Hanson, we will not ban the burqa,” he said.

Coalition MPs remained seated during the standing ovation.

After receiving her answer, Senator Hanson left the chamber, to calls of “good on you George” from Labor senators.

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wears burqa in Senate

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wears a burqa during Question Time at Parliament House. Photo: Alex EllinghausenFace fully covered, the woman in black didn’t need to say anything as she entered the Senate.
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Senator Pauline Hanson pulls off the burqa. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Pauline Hanson had made her point.

The One Nation leader took her seat forQuestion Time wearinga black burqa, ahead of her motion to ban the garment due for debate lateron Thursday.

The Queensland senator has rallied against the burqa since returning to Parliament last year.

Senate President Stephen Parry admitted there was not a lot he could do about the stunt.

Senator Hanson entered the chamber shortly after Question Timestarted at 2pm, eliciting groans from the chamber.

While media rushed in to cover the performance, senators from all sides did their best to ignore it, studiously avoiding looking in her direction.

They were forced to look her way when she dramatically shrugged off the garment to ask a question of Attorney-General GeorgeBrandis, calling on him to ban the burqa.

But the Attorney-General’s response, in which he called the stunt “appalling” and both “counselled and cautioned” Senator Hanson for causing offence to religious groups, received an extraordinarystanding ovation from Labor and the Greens.

Labor cheered as Senator Brandis said the vast majority of those who practiced the Islamic faith were law-abiding citizens

“No, Senator Hanson, we will not ban the burqa,” he said.

Coalition MPs remained seated during the standing ovation.

After receiving her answer, Senator Hanson left the chamber, to calls of “good on you George” from Labor senators.

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A lifetime of works on exhibition

A potrait of the artist Mazie Turner. Picture: Richard Tipping
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AN exhibition of works by Newcastle painter the late Dr Mazie Turner will open at Newcastle Art Gallery in September.

Mazie Karen Turner: Between Dreamand Earthhas been curated by Newcastle Art Gallery’s Sarah Johnson with Turner’s former partner, Richard Tipping, and the Turnerchildren, Grace, Jasper and Kai.

“They have been really wonderful and really opened their doors to me,” Johnson saysof the family’s participation in the show.

“When you are working without theartist there are complexities involved with that. She has been top of mind throughout this process and having the family involved was wonderful.”

Johnson first met Turner in 2012.

“I was a big fan of her practice and got to know her,”Johnson says.“Mazie and I met in her studio and we talked art . . . had a cup of tea and I think the seeds were sown there for an exhibition.

“Sadly, she was very ill at that stage.”

Turner died from cancer aged 59 in 2014.

“Six to nine months after Mazie passed away, Richard invited me down to the studio because they were starting to go through Mazie’s archive,” Johnson says.

The exhibition will feature one of Turner’s works from the Newcastle Gallery collection,Soft Walls.

Another work from the University of Newcastle collection,Out of Darkness,considered by the artist herself to be her“seminal painting”, is also in the exhibition.

In all there are 80 works in the exhibition.

“A lot of people don’t realise she was also an amazing photographer,” Johnson says.“She studied photography and printmaking at university.”

Some of her photographs are in the National Gallery of Australia collection.

In terms of Turner’s painting the exhibition brings forth the artist’s fascination with colour.

“She interrogated colour, she based her PhD study at Newcastle uni on it . . . a really deep intuition, a painter’s painter essentially,” Johnson says.

“She was an artist who was informed by travel and place. Wherever she lived was an important site to inform her practice.”

The exhibition opens at Newcastle Art Galleryon September 2 until November 5.

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