When a stony-faced Mathias Cormann opened his mouth and said “it’s with great sadness…” it was over for Malcolm Turnbull.
The Finance Minister has been the prime minister’s most effective and competent ally, shepherding laws through a difficult Senate and deftly fending off Labor attacks.
But Senator Cormann looked uncomfortable standing next to Mr Turnbull in the prime minister’s courtyard on Wednesday, even as he professed his loyalty.
He looked even more unhappy on Thursday.
“It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart that we went to see the prime minister yesterday afternoon to advise him that in our judgment he no longer enjoyed the support of the majority of members in the Liberal Party party room,” Senator Cormann said in Canberra.
“And that it was in the best interests of the Liberal Party to help manage an orderly transition to a new leader.”
The West Australian senator, who appeared upset, praised Mr Turnbull for his successes.
“I believe that Malcolm Turnbull has been and is a great prime minister. I believe that he will go down in history as having secured amazing achievements for Australia,” Senator Cormann said.
So why dump him?
“I can’t ignore the fact that a majority of colleagues in the Liberal Party party room are of the view that there should be a change,” Senator Cormann said.
“We are very conscious of the seriousness of the decision that we’ve made.”
Senator Cormann and ministers Mitch Fifield and Michaelia Cash tendered their resignations and all backed Peter Dutton to take the leadership.
They did not say why they thought he would be a better choice for Australians than the man elected as prime minister in 2016.
“I’m not here to run a campaign for Peter Dutton,” Senator Cormann said.
Mr Dutton’s supporters have been pushing for Senator Cormann to publicly step away from Mr Turnbull for days, and now without his support, the prime minister’s leadership is effectively over.
Behind every door is a new drop of red, white, bubbly or rose for you to enjoy. Pic: ALDICome December, the thrill of opening the tiny doors of an advent calendar to gorge on the chocolate prize inside is an unparalleled joy for youngsters.
Then we all grew up, responsibility crashed into our lives and the new joy in our lives became thefirst sip of a glass of wine after a long day of Christmas shopping, navigating family drama and averting cooking crises.
Now the brains at ALDI have graciously combined the two to help grown-ups survive the silly season this year.ALDIhas released a wine advent calendarfilled with single-serve bottles of red, white, bubbly and rose varieties straight from the ALDI shelves.
The variety of wine on ALDI’s shelves has included some notable dark horses over the years. The supermarket chain has at least eight wines that boast a gold medal from at least one Australian wine show, including the star wine: a $4.99 South Point Estate Rose that has won goldin Perth, Hobart and Sydney in the past few years.
Cheese and wine, truly a match made in heaven. The cheese advent calendar could be hitting Australian shelves soon. Pic: ALDI
Pair your wine advent calendar with the ultimate fromage accompaniment – ALDI has also released a cheese advent calendar. Behind each tiny door is one of 24 imported mini cheeses, with varieties including Edam, Cheddar and Gouda to enjoy each day.
The wine advent calendar will cost $70, while the cheese advent calendar will cost just $12.99. The calendars have been released in the United States and the United Kingdom and are expected to roll out through Australian stores too. An ALDI spokesperson encouraged Australian shoppers to stay tuned.
“ALDI have an array of exciting and unique Special Buys coming into stores in the lead up toChristmas this year that are perfect for gifting and celebrating. More information around theseproducts will be released as the festive season draws closer.”
Hopefully Australians have been well-behaved enough this year for Santa to deliver these goodies.
FUN TIMES: Running from 24 to 26 August, Newcastle Pride will celebrate the diverse LGBTI communities of the Newcastle and Hunter region.
As the region’s primary organisation working to support and improve the health and wellbeing of the Hunter LGBTI community, ACON is a key partner of Newcastle Pride and will have a broad presence throughout festival.
“ACON is excited and proud to be a part of Newcastle Pride as it’s an important event that brings together regional LGBTI communities of Newcastle and the Hunter,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
“Despite progress made over recent years in fostering a more inclusive society in Australia, many LGBTI Australians continue to be targets of prejudice and discrimination. Supporting Newcastle Pride provides organisers and the local community a great opportunity to demonstrate that the Hunter is welcoming and celebrates diversity and inclusion.”
Throughout the festival, ACON will provide sexual health screening and information services, including a pop up HIV and STI screening service, run in partnership by ACON Hunter and Hunter New England LHD, and dried blood spot HIV testing kits.
ACON community health promotion officers will be on hand to provide information on PrEP, HIV testing and HIV treatment and other LGBTI health issues affecting our communities, including breast/chest health, cervical cancer screening and mental health.
“Pride events in regional and rural NSW provides an important opportunity for local communities to come together to not only celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion, but also get informed and engaged on issues affecting the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people,” Parkhill said.
“Events like Newcastle Pride enables ACON to connect with local LGBTI people and people living with HIV in regional areas. As our communities are becoming more visible in regional Australia, partnering with local groups and services to promote HIV prevention, support and LGBTI health services is a key priority for us.
“By working together, we can continue to build the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
Newcastle Pride runs from 24-26 August, various events and locations. To view the event program, go to newcastlepride南京明升m88官网官方网站.au.
THE Taj Mahal of chicken coops is perched on a little promontory overlooking the bush.
It is a thing of beauty.
It has multiple levels, a penthouse with views, a viewing platform where the chooks can be the mistresses of all they survey, and a large lower lounge area where they can sun themselves and scratch in the dirt to their hearts’ content. It has two hay bales for the fastidious, a baby mulberry tree and a pot in which a very healthy succulent is growing. No spa though, I noted to the owner.
If there was aVogue Livingfor chook pensthe Taj Mahal would be featured in a spread, with the chickens draped across their little wooden benches sipping martinis andeating worm mousseon crackers.
The coop is home to eight bantam hens of different colours. I first saw them a few months ago when they were tiny puff balls in the frontyard, before the Taj Mahal was built. I wasn’t the only one who worried for them as they wandered and scratched near the road, as quiet as the road usually is. But they were street-smart chooks, their owner assured me this week after I dropped in to admire their home.
The chickens didn’t cross the road, in other words.
They were out of the coop the other day when I dropped in, fluffed-up and scratching in bushes beneath a large tree. They weremoving as a loose group in that endearing way little chooks do, looking self-important and determined in the never-ending search for worms and bugs, and hunkering down every so often when a noisy miner bird buzzed them.
The chooks have elaborate names -so elaborate that I can only remember one of them. Shake ‘n Bake. I laughed when I heard. But before I had the chance to ask “Why Shake ‘n Bake?”, with a tiny alarm bell ringing in the back of my headabout the answer, I was introduced to the next which had an even more improbable name –something like Lady Penelope Blinkington-Phelps, and we moved on.
A quick Google search turns up a product called Shake ‘n Bake,a “flavoured breadcrumb-style coating for chicken” which comes with a bag that you shake the crumbs and chicken in, so I’m glad I didn’t ask.
The chickens’ owners are a young woman and her husband who built the Taj Mahal using materials recovered from family, friends and neighbours.
The young woman, and I’ll call her Belle,is 12 days younger than my middle son.
Belle’s mother, and I’ll call her Joy,and I were pregnant together and ourbabies were born in 1987.
Our eldest children –a girl for Joy, a boy for me –were born six weeks apart in 1985, my son first.
Joy, my former husband and I first met a year or so before we became pregnant. She was one of the sweetest, most beautiful women I have known, with a radiancethat came from herinner goodness. I can hear her voice as I write this –soft and with a lovelylilt from her home country.
We hit it off. When she introduced us to her husband we became friends who spent a lot of time together. I have photos of those years when our children were young –of us camping, sharing holidays, eating at each others’ homes, spending Christmas together.
I had a third and final son. Joyand her husband had another three children –two boys and a girl.
Her youngest daughter was born the day Joydied of a cerebral haemorrhage in the mid 1990s. She was in her late 30s.
Like a lot ofshocking events it is remembered as separate, vivid images and phrases –turning my car too quickly into adriveway while crying and hitting a median strip; the tightnessin my husband’s face when I told him, and the way he didn’t respond at all for quite a few seconds while he struggled with disbelief; standing in the kitchen with Belle and her older sister that night and talking about food we had no stomach to eat; seeing Joyin the hospital, kept alive by the drugs she was given for her daughter’s birth; seeing her newborn sleeping baby in a crib in the nursery, surrounded by other babies.
She had her mother’s dark hair. She was beautiful and healthy and in that setting with its lowered lights, the babies wrapped and mainly sleeping, she looked like the others. But her life, only minutes old, was already very different.
In two weeks I will be a grandmother for the first time. A little baby girl. My youngest son and his partner are prepared and live a few streets away. I have been the butt of every joke going around about what deals were done to ensure I am the closest grandparent.
I have photos of my youngest son when he was barely two, walking around the backyard of the house we had at the timecarrying a big fat black chook in his arms. She wasone of four we kept in a largepen where they produced big brown warm eggs.
Our sonsnamed them. Thus we had four chooks called Joanne. I was the butt of the joke back then as well and my children hadn’t even started school. It was my youngest son’s greatjoy to walk around the yard carrying the chooks, one at a time. The chooks must have felt supported because they sat in his arms until he plopped them down, and went off to get another one.
Joy did not live to see her grandchildren. She now has four. There was an echo of grief all over again, even all these years later, as I left her daughter’s house and headed in the direction of where my youngest son now lives. Her youngest daughter –the baby whose head would turn a certain way and cause a pang for those who saw it, because she was so much like her mother –is a mother.
Joy is gone but not gone.
I stood in that yard the other day talking to Belle’s husband while the chickens clucked and scratched, and Joy was there –in the love of that home and the sense of welcome. Which is how we should remember.
An attempt to hack the Democratic National Committee’s US voter database has been thwarted.An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s voter database has been thwarted, two years after Russian operatives hacked into the organisation’s systems and facilitated the release of tens of thousands of emails amid a US presidential election.
A cyber security firm uncovered the plot, which involved creating a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in order to access the Democratic Party’s voter database, a DNC official, who was not authorised to speak publicly on the matter, said.
The voter file contains information on tens of millions of voters and the FBI has been notified of the attempt to access it.
Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt.
The attempt came as Democrats gather for their summer meeting.
The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and revealed internal communications that exposed divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as they vied for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the campaign.
Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.
“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement, adding US President Donald Trump was not doing enough to protect American democracy.
Previously, Trump has mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on US intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday the quick response to the attempted hack showed the system was working.
In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the security firm Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats, Mike Murray, the company’s vice president of security intelligence, said.
The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.
“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.
“As soon as we realised how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.”
Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.
When one chocolate biscuit turns into a whole packet Dr Libby Weaver.
Dr Libby Weaver.
Dr Libby Weaver.
TweetFacebookThere is no such thing as junk food,celebrity nutritionistDr Libby Weaver says.
“There is just food and there is junk,” the author and speaker, known as Dr Libby, said.
Dr Libby is on a national tour, titled The Hormone Factor.
She’llspeak at a public event at the University of Newcastle on Wednesday nightaboutthe powerful effect that “hormones have on your body and your health”.
When it comes to nutrition, she said “people in the Western world tend to refer to foodas ‘whole, real food’when really this is just food. It’swhat we have evolved to eatfor eons,” she said.
She’s no fan of diets.
“A diet is something someone forces themselves to do untila certain point at whichit becomes unsustainable.
“It’s a mentality that the person has to restrict, deprive or control themselves,and it’s something that seems to be all or nothing – they’re either onthe diet or they’re off it.”
If they’re offit, they might feel likethey’ve “fallen off the wagon or they’ve failed”.
“It is this kind of thinking that can really sabotage our health efforts,” she said.
“The truth is, there is no wagon to fall off, there is just life.”
In simple terms, when it comes to food, she said people “either make choices that are more or less nourishing”.
“It is whenwe judgeourselves for a poorfood choicethat theone chocolate biscuitwe atetends to turn into the whole packet.”
She said losing weight wasn’tas simple as “calories in versus calories burned, as the calorie equation would have you believe”.
“It saddens me that many people are still told to eat less and exercise more.
“Of course, the way we nourish ourselves does play a big role and many people would benefit from moving more, but there are numerous other factors that influence our body shape and size.
“These include our gut microbiome and various hormonal systems, so if one of these factors is out of kilter, eating less and exercising more is not necessarily going to be the answer.”
Dr Libby’s anti-ageing tips includeeatingwhole, real foods – mostly plants – for their antioxidant and nutrient properties.
She suggests that peopleminimise highly-processed foods,high in refined sugars or artificial substances,which“don’t offer the body much in the way of nourishment”.
Additionally, she urged people to “build muscle and maintain mobility”.
“From the age of 30, if we don’t actively maintain our muscle mass we gradually lose it,” she said.
To age well, people should make water theirmain drink.
“And consider your perception of pressure and urgency and have strategies in place to help you manage your stress response.”
Dr Libby urged people to believe that “itis possible to slow down”.
“You can live a complete and fulfilling life without driving your health into the ground,” she said.
“It is possible to slow down your pace and accomplish what you set out to do.”
Tickets are availablehere.
THINKING of downsizing and putting some of the proceeds of the sale of your former home into superannuation? Here’s what you should know.
The new measure, which came into force from July 1, allows people who are 65 and over to make a contribution of up to $300,000 (for an individual) or up to $600,000 (couple) into their superannuation from the proceeds of the sale.
The change has been made because under existing contribution rules there are limited opportunities and amount restrictions for individuals 65–74 years old to contribute into super. Individuals 75 years and older are not able to contribute into super.
From 1 July 2018, eligible individuals 65 years and older (with no maximum age limit) will have the opportunity to contribute proceeds from the sale of their home into super. A new fact sheet from the Australian Taxation Office is a must for anyone considering taking advantage of the measure.
Build up your super: From 1 July 2018, eligible individuals 65 years and older can contribute proceeds from the sale of their home into super.
The downsizer contributions will not count towards your concessional or non-concessional superannuation contribution caps.
However, when your total super balance is recalculated at the end of the financial year, the downsizer contribution amount will count towards your total super balance.
Downsizers need to make their contribution within 90 days of the change of ownership, however in some circumstances you may be able to request a longer period.
The new measure does not apply to caravans, houseboats or other mobile homes.
You or your spouse must have held an ownership interest in the home for 10 consecutive years andyour home must be exempt or partially exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) under the main residence exemption, or would be entitled to an exemption if the home was a CGT rather than apre-CGT asset (acquired before 20 September 1985).
You should seek financial advice before entering into the arrangement, as the downsizing contributions will count as an asset for the age pension assets test. Also check that your super fund will accept a downsizer contribution.
Expertise: Dr Anne Capp is a radiation oncologist at Genesis Care in Newcastle, where a personal approach is taken to treat patients with cancer.
Termed as the silent hero, radiation therapy is an often misunderstood treatment used to treat cancer patients. 40 per cent of all patients cured of cancer will have received radiation therapy as a part of their treatment plan and 16 per cent of all cures can be attributed entirely to radiotherapy. It’s been in existence for nearly 100 years, with significant advances made via research and technology in the last 20 years.
Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy as it is often known, uses high energy x-rays produced by a machine called a linear accelerator to target and kill cancer cells, avoiding healthy tissue.
“Cancer cells are more vulnerable to radiation than normal cells and we exploit this by delivering targeted beams directly at the site of the cancer,” explains Dr Anne Capp, a Radiation Oncologist at Genesis Care Newcastle.
Radiation therapy may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. Around half of all cancer patients receive some form of radiotherapy as part of their overall treatment plan.
Like cancer treatments radiotherapy has some side effects, however the advances in treatment technology means some side effects have been reduced and with better understanding can be well managed. Side effects occur only at the site of treatmentand may vary from patient to patient but will be discussed with the Radiation Oncologist, along with the expected length of treatment.
“Radiation therapy is often delivered in more than one treatment,termed as fractions with the averagetreatment around 15 minutes,
“The number of fractions a patient receives is confirmed by their consultant Radiation Oncologist. A specialised form of treatment called stereotactic radiotherapy may only require 1 to 5 fractions whereas other treatments may require 20-30,most commonly delivered daily,”
The radiation oncologist and commonly a multi-disciplinary team, will consider the role of radiation therapy for each patient and determine the best approach. This way the radiation therapy forms part of comprehensive cancer care plan.
“We aim to care for the patient not just treat the disease, this is achieved through partnership and innovation to continue to deliver better care.”
Approximately 50 per cent of all patients with cancer will require radiation therapy as part of their overall care. Personalised care provides patients with the best chance of cure or symptom control includingradiation therapy.
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Peter Dutton says a former solicitor-general has advised him he is eligible to sit as a member of parliament, putting to rest “spurious and unsubstantiated allegations” about his eligibility.
Late on Thursday Mr Dutton tweeted a three-page document signed by David Bennett QC that states the opinion that Mr Dutton is “not rendered ineligible” by section 44 of the constitution.
“Today I received advice from former SG David Bennett AC QC which clearly states I am eligible to sit as a Member of Parliament,” Mr Dutton tweeted.
“Mr Bennett was successful in the High Court in Re Canavan and provided advice to Malcolm Turnbull on the eligibility of Justine Keay, Susan Lamb & Rebekha Sharkie, later confirmed by the High Court,” he continued.
“…Mr Bennett’s unequivocal advice puts to rest the spurious & unsubstantiated allegations raised against by (sic) eligibility.”
Mr Dutton is gunning to replace Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister but has been facing questions over his interest in two Brisbane childcare centres through his family’s RHT Family Trust.
From July this year, childcare centres receive a direct subsidy from the federal government, raising questions as to whether Mr Dutton could be under a constitutional cloud.
Section 44 of the constitution bans people from parliament who have “any direct or indirect pecuniary interest with the public service of the commonwealth”.
Mr Dutton initially relied on legal advice from December 2017 to say he was eligible, but his lawyer Guy Reynolds then updated the advice to include the recent law changes.
Mr Turnbull is awaiting advice from the current solicitor-general on the issue, and says it needs to be seen by Liberal MPs before another leadership spill.
Mr Turnbull said if the solicitor-general’s advice cleared Mr Dutton on Friday morning, there could be a partyroom meeting and a spill motion, but he also wants to see the letter purportedly signed by 43 Liberal MPs calling for the meeting – to be held at noon.
“You can imagine the consequences of having a prime minister whose actions and decisions are questionable because of the issue of eligibility,” the prime minister told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.
Labor MP Tony Burke moved a motion on Thursday to refer the matter to the Court of Disputed Returns, which if proven could have led to Mr Dutton being disqualified from parliament.
The lower house vote was narrowly lost 68-69.
Mr Dutton queried why the story came out as he was challenging the prime minister.
“The timing on the eve of current events in Australian politics is curious,” he said in a statement.
“There has never been any doubt about my eligibility to sit in the parliament and I attach the unequivocal legal advice I obtained in 2017 to that effect.”
Former finance minister and close friend Mathias Cormann believes Mr Dutton has nothing to worry about, backing him as the best person to lead the Liberal Party.
“Peter Dutton is a validly elected member of parliament – that’s a distraction,” Senator Cormann said.