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The sun sets on Jesse’s fairytale Married at First Sight dream

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Poor Jesse. He strode onto the beach with dreams of riding the Married at First Sight wave all the way to happily ever after. Instead, he got dumped on the rocky shore of I really like you, just not that way.
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Worse still, he may have been the only person in who didn’t see it coming.

The second round of vow renewals ended with vastly different fortunes for the men who had fallen for the Marsh twins from Western .

While Michelle stared down Jesse’s declaration of undying affection, Sharon met Nick’s in kind – but only after first leaving him hanging on a loaded “however”, just as Vanessa had done to Andy on Monday night.

Is this just the way it goes when a woman is weighing up the pros and cons of a suitor who has only had eight weeks to prove his worth? Or do we detect the guiding hand of a script editor at play? Don’t tell me all this reality isn’t exactly real?

Things got off to a bumpy start as the girls headed back to Perth to think about the path ahead. Sharon’s trust issues had been bubbling away in her last few days with Nick, but the revelation that Michelle had begun to follow him on Snapchat prompted an explosion of angst and doubt.

Sharon convened an emergency session of the Council of Blondes, who all agreed that not being able to trust a chap was a deal breaker.

Married at First Sight 2017: Sharon and the Council of Blondes Photo: Nine

Back in Melbourne, Nick convened a sesh of his own, with the Council of Blokes of Wildly Divergent Views, one of whom insisted it was too early to use the L word in his vows, the other equally insistent the time had come. “Now I’m more confused than ever,” said Nick, who thought that was something worth drinking to.

Married at First Sight 2017: Nick says cheers to that Photo: Nine

Not that there was really any doubt which way he would jump. “This experiment is probably the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. “If it didn’t work out I’d be a wreck. I couldn’t imagine life without Shaz.”

Married at First Sight 2017: Nick and Sharon Photo: Nine

When he finally got said Shaz to the Place Where the Vows Are Renewed, as it is traditionally known, Nick went the whole hog.

“Sharon Marsh, you’re the girl for me. If you give me the chance I’m going to be the kind of husband that’s going to complement your life through trust, loyalty and understanding.

“There is just one more thing you need to know,” he continued. “Sharon Marsh, I love you.” Boo-ya! Does Nick have Sharon’s? #9Marriedpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/L9akKtdZ2I??? MarriedAtFirstSight (@MarriedAU) March 21, 2017#9Married And Nick drops the L word… pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/wtKbWdNTUf??? Joe Calleri (@JDC9876) March 21, 2017Shaz loves Nick. Oh the suspense. Here it comes…. #mafs#[email protected]苏州夜总会招聘/9WTC9BCb81??? Eliza Hodgson (@elizahodgson) March 21, 2017Nick and Sharon #9marriedpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/r7YU603pzP??? Meg Rayner (@megrayner) March 21, 2017 Photo: Nine

She enjoyed meeting Jesse’s family in Adelaide, and visiting the market stall where Jesse works with his father. But she wasn’t biting when Dad said, “she’s got the right personality for the shop”.

“Have I thought about working in a fruit and veg shop,” she reflected. “Not really. It’s not something I’ve dreamt about.”

Really, how else could this play out?

Jesse, though, couldn’t, or wouldn’t, see it. “I feel like Mish is the girl for me,” he said, “because she’s like the wow girl I’ve been looking for. I look at her and sometimes I go wow.”

Like, wow. Has Jesse missed his chance to be more than friends with Michelle? #9Marriedpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/SqVK2FOlCg??? MarriedAtFirstSight (@MarriedAU) March 21, 2017#9Marriedpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/2aiIwhHEcU??? 9Honey (@9HoneyAU) March 21, 2017 Photo: Nine

“It’s pretty much nearly impossible for a guy to get a girl out of the friend zone,” he said. “It’s like climbing a barbed wire fence.”

And with that, the sun set on another television marriage.

Married at First Sight 2017: The sun goes down on Nick’s dream. Photo: Nine

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Pete and Manu step in over Josh’s treatment of Amy on MKR

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Away from cameras, My Kitchen Rules hosts Pete Evans and Manu Fieldel have had to speak to Broome bad boy Josh about his behaviour towards wife Amy, warning that their marriage was more important than the show.
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The couple’s feuding reached a pinnacle on Tuesday night’s episode when Amy walked off on Josh to stand in a corner to watch the Sudden Death elimination between Mell and Cyn and Court and Duncan in peace.

It all began with Josh attacking his favourite arch nemesis Court, which appeared to get personal since it was edited out, with Della and Tully seen shaking their heads and sighing (“Oh my gosh!”).

“From a competition perspective, I would like to see Court and Duncan stay in the competition so we can verse them in Sudden Death because that’s what Court wants,” said Josh to a tight-lipped, angry Amy.

While the microphones focused on Tully explaining to Josh that the Melbourne hipsters did not want to face any Sudden Death “end of story”, Amy is seen scolding Josh and eventually gives him the finger.

“Josh, stop it,” Amy tells her grinning husband, who can’t take the hint, even from the death stares of Queensland siblings Tyson and Amy. “Josh, I’m out of here. I’m going to sit backstage. So annoying.”

“Court and Duncan were having a field day standing [here], watching us cooking that crab. It’s payback,” says an unrelenting Josh. “I’m just saying how it is. The only person who’s actually doing that.”

But the surrounding women were not going to accept that from Josh, with Court observing from the Sudden Death kitchen: “On the sidelines, basically all of the girls and Amy were fighting with Josh.”

“If you’re wife’s not standing here, you’re doing something wrong. Otherwise she’d be backing you, so you need to stop it,” Della tells Josh, as Amy continues to watch alone from a corner. “I really don’t want to stand next to him,” Della adds as she trades places in the gallery.

“I feel sorry for Amy, I always feeling f–ing sorry for Amy. She married a douche,” Court tells the cameras.

“Babe I promise I won’t say anything beside food,” Josh tries reconciling with an unimpressed Amy (“You can’t help yourself. You just always have to bark back.”). “OK well I’m sorry.”

“Josh is an arsehole and I tell you if we get eliminated before he does than I’ll be devastated,” said the usually up-beat midwife Karen. “He needs to look after his wife, and he needs to respect her.”

For viewers, it’s a common belief that verbal tiffs between Josh and his fellow contestants could have been ramped up during the editing process. But it’s understood that the war of words actually got played down by producers during final edits.

“Josh has been edited kindly. They’ve cut out the worst… he’s a lucky boy,” Courts told Fairfax Media after a pervious showdown between the pair.

Even during the Coles sauce challenge, 26-year-old Amy shocked one elderly shopper by telling her 25-year-old husband to “F— off” after his constant niggling at her became too much.

Josh told New Idea at the start of the year (published this week) that they went through their “ups and downs” on the show, and the pressure “brought out the worst in me”.

“It got the better of me a couple of times,” he told the magazine. “Even Pete and Manu had a chat with me at one stage and said: ‘You have to realise the show is a small part of your life, but you have a whole marriage together’.”

A Seven spokesperson confirmed that Pete and Manu had an off-camera private conversation with Josh, “as they often do with all contestants throughout the course of the series, for any number of reasons”. Woah..even #KarenRos have had enough Josh #MKRpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/zSiO4MI6RA??? #MKR (@mykitchenrules) March 21, 2017Josh are you relating to a pressure cooker?#MKR#JoshAmypic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/upCspseutH??? #MKR (@mykitchenrules) March 21, 2017Josh is quick to forget the pressure of sudden death and pounce on a weakness pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/UKYwbNSJHB??? #MKR (@mykitchenrules) March 21,

Couple turns ugly duckling into swan

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FRESH START: This house on Alfred Street, Waratah, received a modern makeover which transformed it inside and out. Where other potential buyers saw a dilapidated frame, outdated appliances and overgrown yards, the eventual owners of this Waratah property had a vision for a stylish new home.
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SMART: A blackbutt timber deck with built-in seating is a highlight.

Brendan Williamson and Bonnie Marcus bought the Alfred Street property in 2012. As a builder and graduate architect respectively, they soon put their professional skills into action.

MODERN: The original 1950s kitchen had red laminate benchtops.

Over three yearsthe couple created a modern abode.

“The house was on the market for a while before we bought it because of the condition it was in,” Williamson says.

“It was a good thing for us because, being handy, we could fix it.We did a full renovation.”

SUNNY: Louvre windows in the en suite overlook the garden and back deck.

The renovation included everything from stripping the old cracked horsehair plaster and replacing it with modern material to reconfiguring the layout of rooms.

“All the gutters had fallen off, the weatherboards hadn’t been painted in 30 years or so, the floor was about 150 millimetres out of level from the front to the back,” Williamson says.

“So we re-piered and levelled the house back up.The ceilings were all out of level. It was a ’50s kitchen in the middle of the house with red laminate benchtops.”

A three-metre Silestone island bench takes pride of place in the new kitchen, which was opened up along with the living and dining areas.

The revamped home also includes two bedrooms at the front of the house, an enlarged bathroom and a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with louvre windows overlooking the garden and back deck.

The yard also had a major overhaul.

“The backyard was terrible, it was all overgrown, one-foot high grass, so that was the first thing we did, we cleaned all the yards up. We’ve got a vegie garden now, we established all that.”

A blackbutt timber deckwith built-in seating and recessed stepsis a highlight of the outdoor space.

With knowledge and contacts obtained through his business, Brendan Williamson Constructions, Williamson was able to find and recycle pavers and timber for outdoor features.

Pavers came from a former Lambton church converted to a preschool. Hardwood timber columns in the carport were once church rafters.

“We’re pretty big on trying to re-use materials,” Williamson says.

Bricks in the front path came from a fireplace in a Belmont cottage undergoing renovation, while those in the front fence were leftover from the renovation of another builder’s Hamilton East home.

When it comes to a favourite part of the house, the couple nominate the main bathroom.

“We both think it’s pretty nice,” Williamson says.

“Everyone that’s come through the house loves it. It’s just a nice space.”

All the plumbing fittings are from Reece, while the tiles are a mixture from Beaumont Tiles and Tile Warehouse. The couple used 20-millimetre matt-finish penny rounds on part of the walls. Cabinetry with mirror doors was custom made and tallowwood timber used for the recess shelf.

“What we tried to do with it, we didn’t try to go all out with gadgets, we made a small space work,” Williamson says.

Having completed the house in the second half of 2016, the couple already had“itchy feet”. They have sold the Alfred Street residence and plan to build a house on a two-hectare property in Kangaroo Valley.

Bombers hope Sheedy’s jacket wave returns

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Essendon will launch a nostalgic pre-game ritual for home games with Saturday night’s emotional clash with Hawthorn to see a return of the famous Kevin Sheedy jacket wave, in front of an expected bumper crowd of more than 80,000.

In a bid to reinvigorate fans and welcome back returning players from a traumatic year, Essendon supporters will be asked to stand up and wave their scarves as Bombers players walk up the race and run onto the ground.

The act, which Essendon hopes will become an entrenched part of their match-day experience – like Port Adelaide’s use of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart – was made famous by Sheedy when coaching the Bombers against West Coast in 1993.

“We’d love to create an iconic match-day experience and something iconic to Essendon is Sheed’s jacket wave,” Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell told Fairfax Media.

“Imagine 60,000 Essendon fans waving scarves around as the players run out.”

The scarf wave is one of several things the club has planned for Essendon’s most significant home game since the supplements saga began.

Premiership players and club greats Paul Salmon, Terry Daniher and Dustin Fletcher will be joined by Sheedy on the main stage, while the 1984 and 1985 grand finals – both premiership victories against Hawthorn – will be played on big screens.

Up to 10,000 fans will be led by a five-piece brass band in the march to the MCG from Birrarung Marr at 6pm, in a dramatic show of support for their club and everything it has been through since 2012.

Once at the ground, thousands of specially designed red and black t-shirts will be left under seats for many Essendon members, which will pay tribute to the “comeback story”, turning large sections of the crowd into a sea of red and black.

“It’s a particularly important home game for us. It’s the first game unencumbered of a range of issues from the past,” Campbell said.

“It’s the full group back together which we’re really excited about.”

Essendon are keen to stress that the “comeback story” is not limited to the return of a group of senior players from doping suspensions.

Instead, the club wants the messaging to point supporters back to what the club used to stand for, before the supplements saga engulfed the team.

The AFL is expecting a massive crowd of more than 80,000 for Saturday night’s match, which will see new captains Dyson Heppell and Jarryd Roughead toss the coin before the match.

It will be a far cry from the last time the two teams met – less than half a season ago in round 12 – when l fewer than 28,000 fans turned up to see a 108-point Hawthorn victory.

If a crowd of 80,000 is reached, it will be a record for the two sides in a home and away game; the previous record is 77,278 in 2009. The last time an Essendon and Hawthorn match drew more than 80,000 people was the 2001 preliminary final. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframe_afl_tiles’);

Inside the heart of West Coast’s drug darkness

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Success on the field. Cover-ups off it. Arrogance and infallibility from the players, and club officials failing to act. All lie at the heart of the report into the destructive, drug-taking culture at West Coast in the early 2000s, an era that culminated in the 2006 premiership before the near-fatal overdose of Chad Fletcher forced the Eagles to confront what they had long ignored.

A toxic culture was created by the potent mix of the “rock star” adulation of AFL players in Perth; the failure by the club to deal severely with off-field player misconduct, “serious criminal acts” and rumours of drug-taking; the players’ strong belief, voiced by Ben Cousins and Chris Judd, that they were not role models and their lives off the field were private; and the on-field success of 2005 (runners-up to the Swans) and 2006 (winning the flag).

The 87-page report from former Victorian Supreme Court judge William Gillard, delivered to the AFL in February 2008, lays bare the darkness of this infamous chapter of West Coast’s history.

“It was based on success, arrogance, a belief that what the players did in their own time was their own business and a failure by the club to properly punish players in a way that acted as a deterrent,” said Gillard in the report, which was posted publicly by News Limited on Tuesday.

“The culture that prospered in the club of ‘we are doing alright on the field, so do not worry what you do outside, the club will look after us’ developed in main because the club did not take a strong stand on players’ misconduct including taking a stand on illicit drugs.”

The AFL and West Coast did not comment on the report’s public release on Tuesday.

From 2001-07, the Eagles did not have a set procedure to deal with off-field misconduct by players, of which there was an avalanche involving 13 players with Cousins, Michael Gardiner and Daniel Kerr the “worst offenders”, and the Eagles the worst in the league for player behaviour.

Initial reports of illicit drug use surfaced about three players on a post-season trip to Spain in 1998. In 2001, the club was told by a senior coaching staff member of five or six players seen “outside a hotel smoking marijuana”. An internal investigation “whitewashed the complaint”.

In 2002, coach John Worsfold was told by “at least three fairly reliable sources”, including police, “that some players were taking illicit drugs” with Cousins and Gardiner mentioned, as were their connections to Perth’s criminal element and underworld figure John Kizon, who they had been seen with. He spoke to the duo who “responded that there was nothing to worry about”.

“An internal investigation of this allegation cleared the players of any wrongdoing however the allegation should have been a warning sign to the administration that some players may be involved in illicit drugs,” the report stated.

In 2004, as the AFL was negotiating its drugs policy with clubs and the AFLPA, Kerr forged a prescription for 50 Valium pills. As Gillard pointed out, Valium can be used to help someone who is “high” to get to sleep, or to prolong a “high”. Kerr was fined $400 by the courts and $5000, “a slap on the wrist”, by the club.

“The CEO Mr [Trevor] Nisbett initially dealt with the misconduct but in the end it was left to the club doctor [Rod Moore] to deal with the problem,” the report said.

“Mr Nisbett accepted that it did go through his mind in 2004 that the Valium may have been used for other purposes other than its normal prescribed purpose. He also gave evidence which suggested Kerr was not acting alone in seeking to obtain the Valium pills, that another player or players may have been involved in the attempt to obtain pills by deception.”

That this did not trigger a significant alarm shows West Coast’s unwillingness to tackle its star players head-on. Combined with a (common to AFL clubs and big business) PR strategy of damage control and suppression, a dangerous and reckless culture was flourishing.

“It is clear that those who were interviewed, whether employees of the club or players, adopted an approach that unless drug-taking was actually observed, there was no proof that players were taking drugs.”

Of all the West Coast players interviewed by Gillard for the report, only Cousins admitted to taking drugs.

The infamous Fletcher incident from the 2006 Las Vegas footy trip, and the handling of Cousins, was particularly indicative of the way in which West Coast handled drug allegations during in the early 2000s.

“Swept under the carpet” is the repeated description of how Cousins was dealt with when he turned up to training in an unfit state or missed training sessions, and when his family told Worsfold in early 2006 of his drug problem. The “booze-bus” incident may have resulted in the loss of the captaincy but the club did not take a strong stand over drugs, and “as was frankly stated to me [Gillard], the club was concerned that their best player may walk out on them”.

The context, of course, was on the field: In 2006, having lost the previous grand final in 2005, the cup was within their grasp. Their best player, although drug-addicted, was needed for the premiership push.

After the cup was claimed and the season done, Fletcher had been photographed in a Las Vegas bar appearing to hold a “supply of a substance that looked like the drug, ice”. Days later he was rushed to hospital having “flat-lined” and been revived, spending four days in hospital before being discharged, lucky to be alive.

Fletcher refused to release his medical records, and would only state to Nisbett and Gillard that he did not know what had caused the collapse. Fletcher’s management denied drug use, and for the club, who had five officials on that trip, that was the end of it after their own investigation.

“All officials and players I interviewed denied that he had collapsed or that any players were taking drugs,” Gillard stated.

“This whole episode reflects on the club. It exemplifies the attitude which had persisted for some five years previously, and that was to ignore any suggestion of drug taking … It hid behind the fact that it was alleged it could not prove that Fletcher had taken drugs in Las Vegas despite all the circumstantial evidence pointing to it, did not put the onus upon him to prove to the club that drugs were not involved and let the incident pass without any form of penalty. Again the wrong message was sent to all the players.”

The wrong message was repeated and reinforced throughout one of the ugliest periods of history at an AFL club. It was a message that West Coast changed through a major internal overhaul and commitment to the creation of a new culture to ensure that this never happened again. But the full tale makes for sobering reading, and nine years on, while the club is undeniably changed and has been so for years, still some repercussions are felt through drug addiction, jail time, broken lives, and questions over that 2006 premiership. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframe_afl_tiles’);

No Dalai Lamas for Warner despite Test slump

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RANCHI: David Warner insists he has the game to succeed in India but the numbers are suggesting otherwise as the dynamic opener strives to end his worst form trough since he rescued his career from the brink four years ago.

The reigning Allan Border medallist is down on luck and runs but a big score in the deciding Test at the adopted home of the Dalai Lama will go a long way to sending to cricket manna in Dharamsala.

The last 13 months have not been a happy time for the vice-captain in the five-day arena though, curiously, he has excelled in the 50-over game.

Since the start of the 2016 series in New Zealand, the star batsman is averaging less than 36 – by no means poor but modest by his impeccable standards. His position in the team is not in any danger.

Centuries in Melbourne and Sydney during the Christmas-New Year period have been the exceptions rather than the norm. He has averaged above 40 in only one of his past five series. This series, only Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell have faced fewer balls than Warner’s 217.

His lean run this tour is consistent with his underwhelming record once he leaves the hard and fast tracks of home. Statistically, Warner is no better than a middle of the road player abroad, averaging 35 compared to 59 at home where he is a world beater.

Of his 18 Test centuries, only four have been scored abroad – three of which came in South Africa where the pitches are similar to .

Warner denies this is bothering him, saying “numbers always pop up everywhere”.

While Warner has been well below his best this series, he has not been terrible, reaching double figures in all six innings. The glass half-full view suggests a big score is not far away, the less optimistic approach is not worth considering for Warner.

A player who loves the ball coming onto the bat, Warner has been dismissed five times by spin this series to Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but otherwise there has not been a common theme.

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In Ranchi, Warner lost his wicket through poor execution in the first innings and dubious shot selection in the second when he left his gate wide open cover driving out of the footmarks.

A naturally aggressive player, Warner denies he has been hobbled by ‘s newfound belief in defence but admits local conditions do not suit his game.

“It’s quite challenging to play the way I do when the ball is up and down or it’s not really coming onto the bat,” Warner said.

“You try and play as straight as you can. The Indian players are very, very good at playing off their pads.

“Go across the line, that’s not in my preparation. And I’m not prepared to do that, because you’re giving up your stumps.”

When Warner had gone 17 innings without a ton heading into Boxing Day he had a mountain of ODI runs to draw comfort from. Here, he has only net form from which to build his confidence.

“That’s where in the back of your mind you’ve got to keep telling yourself you’ve done the hard yards, you just don’t lose it overnight,” Warner said.

“There were tough periods where I kept on thinking to myself ‘Am I actually doing the work at training?’.

“I sort of second guessed myself. I had a couple of words to some boys around Christmas time and they weren’t seeing any trends or anything with my dismissals, everything I was doing at training was spot on and in the normal way I go about it.

“Nothing’s changed, it’s still the same. I’ve just got to go out and keep backing myself.”

Waratahs hint at changes for ‘must-win’ clash

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Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey has foreshadowed a number of changes to the NSW side to face the Melbourne Rebels on Friday, but the exact makeup of the team ahead of a “must-win” game might not be known until right before kick-off.
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The Waratahs will officially announce their team on Wednesday but have another two days to make a final call on whether Bernard Foley, Sekope Kepu and Irae Simone will be fit to play.

Foley and Kepu will undergo the usual concussion tests through the week, with a final decision on both players expected to be made on Thursday.

Foley has been touch and go to play since the start of the season, while Kepu is nursing a sore head after a heavy knock in the Waratahs’ 28-12 loss to the Brumbies on Saturday.

Irae Simone was a no-show at training on Tuesday and will be out of action until at least Thursday afternoon after receiving a knee injection.

“He’s been carrying a bit of a knee [injury] for a while, so we thought now is the time to get that done and give him the best possible chance in terms of being available to play,” Grey said.

Israel Folau also sat out training and spent most of his afternoon doing light duties with Kepu, but Grey insisted his absence was to do with workload management because of the six-day turnaround.

“He pulled up a little bit sore from the game with that short turnaround,” Grey said. “He’s a player we know who can perform on limited preparation and in terms of making sure he is really firing on all cylinders ready to go, the decision was made with the medical staff to let him sit out [training] and he’ll drop back in [Wednesday] for a real high-speed session.”

There was further evidence at training to suggest that Jake Gordon, who scored his first Super Rugby try on Saturday, will replace Wallabies representative Nick Phipps at halfback.

Phipps has struggled for form at times this year and Grey said the moment had come for those impressing at training to be rewarded ahead of what he believes is a crucial game against the last-placed Rebels.

“He [Gordon] has been training consistently well for a long time. He’s pushing for that halfback spot,” Grey said.

“I think we’ll probably see some changes. The guys who have been training well and sticking their hand up at training, they make us make hard decisions and they make the coaching staff look at them and look to put them in the side.

“It’s definitely a must-win for us.”

Dean Mumm, who has experience in the back row, said he was happy to remain in the second row for the time being but threw Michael Wells’ name forward as a replacement for the injured Jack Dempsey at No.6.

The Waratahs are desperate to turn their season around with one win from four starts and Mumm said the playing group needed to take as much accountability as the coaching staff.

“If there’s going to be personnel changes ??? some people have had chances,” Mumm said. “If you don’t perform then someone might get the opportunity to play. Poor Daryl [Gibson] gets to do all the work during the week and has to watch it on the weekend. Well, we’re the guys who are doing it on the weekend. If he’s taking accountability, well certainly we have to do it as well. We’re going to get better.”

Dutton working behind the scenes to legislate same-sex marriage

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton – who last week lambasted corporate leaders for publicly supporting marriage equality – has been working behind the scenes to help Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull find a path to legalise same-sex marriage in this term of Parliament.
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Mr Dutton, one of the government’s leading conservatives, told colleagues following the defeat of the plebiscite in the Senate last year that the issue would be an ongoing distraction unless it was dealt with before the next election.

Fairfax Media can also reveal he said privately it wasinevitable that same-sex marriage would become law in so it would be better for the Coalition, rather than Labor, to control the process. This would ensure there would be maximum protections for religious freedom in any legislation.

The forcefulness of Mr Dutton’s attack on corporate chief executives last week – in which he told them to “stick to their knitting” – has aroused suspicion among some colleagues who believed he was committed to achieving a breakthrough on the issue. Mr Dutton’s actions are increasingly viewed through a leadership prism given he has been touted as a potential replacement for Mr Turnbull if the polls don’t improve.

Mr Dutton and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann are Mr Turnbull’s closest confidants on the Liberal Party’s conservative wing. Both are personally opposed to same-sex marriage but have been looking to find ways to clear the issue off the agenda.

Some of Mr Turnbull’s conservative backers recognise a victory on same-sex marriage would enhance the Prime Minister’s standing with voters, although it would inflame tensions in the Coalition. This contrasts with other conservatives who want to delay action for as long as possible.

According to colleagues, Mr Dutton and Senator Cormann are now pushing for a postal vote plebiscite to be held before a parliamentary vote on the issue.

This idea was originally proposed by same-sex marriage advocate and Liberal MP Warren Entsch as a way to legalise same-sex marriage without breaking the Coalition’s election commitments.

Unlike a regular poll, a postal vote would not require legislation to establish, voting would be voluntary and would be far cheaper to administer.

But Mr Turnbull is understood to be wary of the postal vote idea.

Alex Greenwich, the chair of n Marriage Equality, said the proposal was a “desperate ploy” that would be a “pretty sneaky and underhanded way” to finalise the issue.

A spokesman for Mr Dutton said he remained committed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

He pointed Fairfax Media to a speech on Saturday in which Mr Dutton said: “The position of our party was made very clear at the last election, that is that we would go to a plebiscite, we would ask the n people what their position would be and the issue would be dealt with subsequent to that.”

There is a strong view in the Liberal Party that the intervention by the 30 chief executives – who penned an open letter calling on Mr Turnbull to abandon the plebiscite – had backfired and damaged a push by moderates to force a free vote.

In a Linkedin post on Tuesday, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce – who was singled out for criticism by Mr Dutton – said business bosses “absolutely should” speak out on same-sex marriage.

“Polls show that’s also what the majority of the n community believes – people who are our shareholders, customers and employees,” he said.

“So, we’re comfortable with our position and on speaking out about it.”

Accused murderer Ron Medich ‘slowly wiped his hands’ of his co-conspirators

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As the police closed in on those involved in the murder of Cremorne businessman Michael McGurk, the alleged mastermind Ron Medich “was slowly wiping his hands” of his co-conspirators, his murder trial has heard.
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In her closing address to the jury, Crown Prosecutor Gina O’Rourke, SC, said that Mr Medich wanted his “business foe” murdered because his relationship with McGurk was toxic.

Several witnesses gave evidence that Mr Medich was consumed by anger over McGurk fighting him in court for millions and millions of dollars and that at every turn Mr Medich was losing.

He turned to his close friend Lucky Gattellari to get rid of McGurk on his behalf, the jury heard.

The court heard that Gattellari and Mr Medich where “joined at the hip” and that their relationship grew even closer after the September 2009 murder of McGurk, which Gattellari has confessed to orchestrating on Mr Medich’s behalf.

The “mutual dependency” and trust between Mr Medich and Gattellari saw the wealthy property developer plough $16 million into Gattellari’s failing electrical businesses.

The two men lunched almost daily and attended massage parlours together.

All that changed in the days before Gattellari’s arrest on October 13, 2010, when Mr Medich, who talked almost daily to Gattellari, refused to have anything to do with him.

The pair knew that “the gig was up” and the police were closing in, said the prosecutor.

On the day of Gattellari’s arrest, Ms O’Rourke told the jury that Kim Shipley, an accountant at Gattellari’s electrical business, asked Mr Medich if he had been involved in the murder.

“Don’t be bloody silly. Watch what you say, the walls have ears,” Mr Medich is alleged to have said.

Mr Shipley told the jury Mr Medich’s hands were shaking.

Gattellari, who had been charged with murder, got a message to Mr Medich requesting $1m for his impending legal fees, only to rebuffed.

Gattellari’s view was that “the accused owed him big time,” Ms O’Rourke said.

Within days Gattellari began co-operating with the police and several weeks later Mr Medich was himself arrested. Gattellari received a substantial discount on his sentence in return for giving evidence against his once close friend, who has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The jury heard that Mr Medich was the only one who had a motive to murder McGurk and then to intimidate his wife Kimberley when she didn’t settle her late husband’s legal actions against Mr Medich.

Mrs McGurk told the jury that the man on August 8, 2010, a man had come to her house telling her not to be a “conman” like her husband and to pay his debts.

The jury has heard that the only person chasing Mrs McGurk for money was Mr Medich.

Ms O’Rourke told the jury that the “accused was guilty beyond all reasonable doubt” of both the murder of McGurk and the intimidation of his wife.

‘Profound disappointment’: Anglican dioceses fail to agree on sex abuse policy

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The Anglican church has failed to achieve a nationally consistent approach to child sexual abuse due to lack of consensus between its 23 dioceses, a royal commission has heard.
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The inquiry into how the church has responded to child sexual abuse was told a national body was established to develop child protection standards that were enacted by the general synod in 2004.

Not all dioceses have adopted the Professional Standards Commission’s models or have only partially implemented them over the past 13 years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard.

Garth Blake SC, a Sydney barrister and chairman of the church’s Professional Standards Commission, told the hearing the inaction left him “deeply” troubled.

“Part of the strategy … of the Professional Standards Commission has been to try and develop best-practice policies,” he said.

“What we have seen over the past 13 years is that they have not been picked up by all dioceses and that’s a matter of profound disappointment to me.

“We have made a lot of progress but the fact that there is this fragmentation has led to … different standards of care around what should be core minimum standards.”

Data released by the royal commission shows almost 1100 people alleged they were sexually abused as children in Anglican institutions, with 22 out of the 23 dioceses identified in the report.

The data shows 64 complaints of child sexual abuse related to alleged incidents in the 2000s and 18 related to alleged incidents in the 2010s.

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald told the hearing the lack of consensus among the dioceses was “almost inexplicable”.

“It seems astonishing that the Anglican church is still not not capable of putting aside relatively minor differences to come to a common approach,” he said.

Audrey Mills, a member of the Anglican Professional Standards Commission told the hearing that dioceses retained autonomy under the church’s constitution.

“Diocesan autonomy is something which each diocese very much values, seeks to retain, and that has been a real barrier,” she said. “It is almost embedded in the culture.”

Ms Mills told the commission that a nationally consistent approach to child protection would be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the general synod.

“There has been a lot of change but there is still work to be done,” she said.

Assistant Bishop of the diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Matthew Brain agreed there needed to be a common approach to alleged misconduct.

“This particular matter to do with child sexual abuse is of such moment we need to provide clarity around this particular issue and do it as soon as we can,” he said.

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