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Moment of clarity comes too late for veteran

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A family friend recently passed away. Most of his 87years had been tough after his leg was amputated during World War Two.
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I last saw him three years ago back in England after his wife had had a stroke.

In an unexpected moment he opened up to me. Unexpected because we were not close. Unexpected because his emotions were usually hidden like so many other men from his generation.

He spoke of sadness as he could do nothing for his wife who needed full time care.

His disability and the long years of sufferinghad left him physically and emotionally unable to help.

All he wanted was to repay his wife after years of looking after him.

She had been the rock since he had returned from the war, a young man whose life had changed dramatically.

But it wasn’t just thecare she gave him for his disability. It was the day-to-day routines that he was most grateful for.

Cooking, cleaning, raising their children; tasks once seen as the expected role of wives were being re-evaluated by a husband who saw their true value.

The moment was brief and I had no time for a response to console him. In fact I cannot remember what I said so I imagine it was so poor that I conveniently cast it from my memory.

I’ve often thought about that moment and with his passing I now realise what I should have said:“Have you told her how you feel?”

I’ll never know the answer to this question. Knowing the man he wasit was probably a no.

The idealist in me believes that if he had shared this with his wife, it would have given her the boost he wanted.

It may have also lifted his burden in his later years.

I’ll share thestory with his wife in the hope it provides light in dark times.

GAVIN STONE, Fairfax Media

Chinan Derby hope Hollywood Mo tipped for improvement in Tulloch Stakes

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PUSHING: Hollywood Mo, with jockey Stephen Baster in yellow and black, right, finishing second in the listed Geelong Classic last October. Picture: Getty Images
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Newcastle trainer PaulPerry believes theTulloch Stakes on Saturday at Rosehill should have Hollywood Mo primed for the group 1 n Derby on April 1.

Hollywood Mo, seventh in the Rosehill Guineas last Saturday on a heavy 10,was among acceptances for the group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000 metres) on Wednesday. Perry also has The Mission in the group 3 Schweppervescence (1400m) and Wouldn’t It Be Nice in the group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m), where Kris Lees has Dal Cielo, Danish Twist and Savoureux.

Lees, meanwhile, has Beretta, Knit ‘N’ Purl, Star Reflection and Fashion Sniptz in the Kembla Grange Provincial Championships qualifier on Thursday.

Perry said Hollywood Mo had“pulled up super” from his effort in the Guineas, where he improved from last on the home turn in the tough conditions.

“He travelledgood and he needed the run, it will only benefit him,” Perry said.

“He should be more competitivethis week than the run before and it should top him off for the Derby anyway.”

The Mission was fourth in the Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) last start to finish short of a run in the Golden Slipper. Perry expected the Choisir colt, which isnominated for the Inglis Sires’ on April 1, to feature prominently on Saturday.

“The 1400 should suit and he’s dropped down in grade so he should run a nice race,” he said.

Lees accepted with Slow Pace but not Singing for the group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m).

Also, Country Champioships 2016 winner Clearly Innocent was an impressive victor in his first hit-out for Lees in trials at Wyong on Wednesday.

Clearly Innocent has switched from Greg Bennett’s stables after the Scone trainer’s decision to take up a job in Queensland.

Minister intervenes to stop deportation of 92-year-old war veteran

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A 92-year-old war veteran who had been slated for deportation due to potential health costs has been granted a reprieve from Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who has intervened in the case.
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As Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday, the family of James Bradley had pleaded with the government for clemency, claiming the frail great-grandfather could not survive deportation to Britain.

Bureaucrats had determined Mr Bradley fell foul of a sub-sub-paragraph of the Migration Act, which can deny a visa if the applicant is deemed to pose a “significant cost” to the health system.

Mr Bradley and his 91-year-old wife Peggie applied for permanent residency in 2007 but were caught in the lengthy queue of about 80,000 people. Mr Bradley’s health has since deteriorated.

Mr Hawke’s office confirmed on Wednesday the minister has granted both nonagenarians a permanent visa, which will allow them to remain in with their family for the rest of their lives.

“That’s absolutely marvellous,” Ms Bradley said upon being told the news. “I can’t believe it. It’s made my day. God bless him.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen if we were suddenly dumped in a country that we’d left 10 years ago. We’ve been in the doldrums for the last month or two. We’ll be able to sleep at night.”

Daughter Sharon Bradley thanked Mr Hawke for his intervention and compassion.

“We just couldn’t possibly be more thrilled. The feeling of relief is absolutely indescribable,” she said.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Alex Hawke for his rapid response, and for bringing some much-needed humanity and compassion to the proceedings.

“My heart goes out to other families who are still on that dreadful waiting list. It seems to be that the system is badly flawed and it needs to be addressed.”

Mr and Mrs Bradley live with their daughter Sharon and grand-daughter Karon in the Sydney suburb of Croydon, and draw on their British pensions for daily expenses.

Official documents show the pair will be granted subclass 151 “former resident” visas, one of the few options available to the minister, which allow them to remain in permanently.

The Bradley case, which made headlines in British newspapers and on television after Fairfax Media reported it on Sunday, highlighted the lengthy visa queues that can waylay potential migrants.

Mr Bradley passed medical checks when he applied for residency, but his heath deteriorated in the 10 intervening years and he now relies on a walker. He is also in the early stages of dementia.

Specialist migration agent Anna Dobos said the system was objective but often “ineffective”. “It doesn’t suit any purpose to have people sitting in the queue 20, 30 years,” she said.

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Building watchdog cut deal with blackmailer to testify against CFMEU

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The federal government’s building watchdog cut a deal to keep a disgraced former union official out of jail in return for testifying against his former colleagues, the Federal Court has found.
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Seven of Canberra’s top CFMEU officials could have been hit with fines of more than $1 million over the allegations of breaking industrial laws in a case which relied heavily on the word of convicted blackmailer Halafihi Kimonu Kivalu.

But the n Building and Construction Commission’s case against seven members of the union’s ACT branch has failed with the evidence of Mr Kivalu deemed, by Federal Court Judge Geoffrey Flick, too unreliable.

A criminal case against CFMEU official, former rugby league player Johnny Lomax, which also relied heavily on Mr Kivalu’s evidence, collapsed last year and the Canberra Raiders great is now suing the n Federal Police over their conduct in the matter.

Taxpayers were left with a hefty legal bill after the ACT Supreme Court ordered the AFP to pay the bulk of the CFMEU’s costs in a legal battle over an illegal raid on the union’s Canberra office in August 2015 by up to 20 officers attached to the Trade Unions Royal Commission.

Monday’s Federal Court decision is the latest legal setback for the ABCC, in its campaign against the building union after another judge last week sharply criticised for mounting a large and expensive case against the CFMEU over “virtually nothing”.

In the case against the union’s ACT branch secretary Dean Hall and his colleagues, ABCC alleged the CFMEU’s Canberra branch organised a blockade of the building site in the city’s inner-north in June 2014 on the false pretext of having safety concerns for the safety of the construction workers there.

But the real reason the union wanted work shut down, the commission alleged, was building firm Built had refused to sign a union-endorsed enterprise agreement.

The ABCC has other witnesses who alleged some of the union officials offered to end the safety dispute if the company signed the agreement and that Mr Hall threatened a “war” after police were called to the blockade.

But Justice Flick found that the ABCC director Nigel Hadgkiss had not met the burden proof to substantiate his allegations and found in the union’s favour.

“The evidence of Mr Kivalu is subject to such serious reservation that no reliance can be placed upon it,” Justice Flick wrote.

Reacting to the decision on Wednesday morning, Mr Hall was sharply critical of Mr Hadgkiss for running the case.

“Nigel Hadgkiss has always been a Liberal Party apparatchik, but, even for him, this was overreach,” Mr Hall said.

“The ABCC have made their political motivations evident in this case.”

Mr Hadgkiss issued a brief statement on Wednesday.

“The agency is reviewing the court’s decision,” he said.

Nearly two years since the Royal Commission into union corruption hearings came to Canberra in a blaze of publicity, there has only been one conviction as a result of allegations aired in the proceedings; that of Mr Kivalu who was given a suspended jail sentence in June 2016 after pleading guilty to blackmail charges.

What Emma Watson stands to earn from Beauty and the Beast

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She may have missed out on landing a lead role in La La Land, but Emma Watson still has a reason to smile.
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The actress, who became a household name for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, could soon have a $20 million cheque coming her way thanks to the new Beauty And The Beast film.

Watson was paid more than $A3 million upfront for her role as Belle in the live-action remake. However, she is set to earn a further $A20 million should the film gross $A1 billion at the box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is well on track to smash that milestone, scooping up more than $A200 million in ticket sales during its US debut alone.

Some analysts are even tipping the live-action remake to earn as much as $A1.5 billion over the course of the next few weeks. Others are dubbing it the “fastest-selling family film in history”.

Watson has previously revealed how she was considered for one of the lead roles in La La Land, but turned down the opportunity because she knew she had to turn her full attention to Beauty and the Beast. Among the former Harry Potter star’s schedule was hours and hours of horse training, as well as gruelling song and dance routines.

The lead female role in La La Land, of course, ended up going to Emma Stone, who won this year’s Oscar for best actress in a leading role.

The original Beauty and the Beast movie, released in 1991, is one of Disney’s most successful animated films to date. It made more than $A500 million at the box office, and was the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.

Beauty and the Beast opens in n cinemas on Thursday.