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Another tragic chapter in the war on terror

ALMOST 16 years have passed since the 9/11attacks launched America and its allies –including Australia –into the long and bloody international battle referred to in the West as the War on Terror.
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Largely because the West has a huge advantage when it comes to military power, the various Islamic groups waging jihad have made civilian attacks –by definition, acts of terrorism –their signature calling cards.

They have also succeeded in radicalising worrying numbers of westerners, who have gone on to carry out atrocious acts of mass violence, either as agents of various radical Islamic groups, or as “lone wolves” inspired to kill on their own accounts.

At the time of writing, it is still too early to be definitive about the tragic events that transpired at theAriana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night, British time, or early on Tuesday morning in Australia. But byTuesday afternoon, British police were describing the tragedy –which killed at least 22 people and injured at least 59more –as the work of a suicide bomber, who died at the scene after detonating an improvised explosive device.

With condolences pouring in from around the globe, British Prime Minister Theresa May and other politicians suspended campaigning for theUnited Kingdom general election, scheduled for Thursday, June 8.

Recent history has shown that even if a radical group of some description does not claim responsibility for Manchester, authorities will be able to use a combination of modern forensic methods and painstaking intelligence gathering to quite quickly hone in on the person or people responsible.

Far harder is the task of preventing further attacks, and far harder, again, is the search for a successful mixture of military and diplomatic means that can somehow bring this lumbering battle –this clash of perhaps ultimately incompatible ideologies –to some sort of detente, if not an honourable end. Those with sympathies towards our foes will point to the numbers of civilian casualties killed or wounded by Allied forces abroad, and as a people, we should always examine our motives when we partake in war. But Western ideology does not tell individuals to strap massive loads of explosives to their backs, and to wade into a crowd of teenagers, intent on causing as much death and disaster as possible.

To all in Manchester, Australia’s thoughts are with you.

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Immigration department ignores Manus Island leak to Andrew Bolt

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The immigration department has declined to investigate how sensitive CCTV footage from Manus Island became known to conservative commentator Andrew Bolt despite the department’s refusal to release it publicly.

A group of asylum seekers, accused of “leading” a boy into the compound on April 9, have urged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to release CCTV footage of the incident, claiming it would clear them of wrongdoing.

The department refused Fairfax Media’s request to see the footage on Tuesday, despite Australian Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg confirming at Senate estimates it was not classified material.

A spokeswoman said it would be “inappropriate” because the matter had been referred to PNG police.

The footage was the property of contractors Broadspectrum and Wilson Security but was also possessed by the department and Mr Dutton’s office, Mr Quaedvlieg said.

On April 26, Bolt told his Sky News viewers the footage showed the boy was “walked well inside the camp” with one man’s hand “on his shoulder”. The men left the boy outside a dormitory tent, gave him a bag of food and then took a “selfie” with him, Bolt said.

He also referenced the contents of an ABF report on the incident, while Mr Quaedvlieg provided on-the-record quotes to Bolt’s program.

On Tuesday, Mr Quaedvlieg told the estimates hearing it was “in the detriment of the public interest to be commenting on [the video] in public” and said: “I’m not going to discuss it and prejudice a potential criminal investigation.”

Mr Quaedvlieg also said he had not followed Bolt’s commentary but confirmed the apparent leak was not under investigation by the department.

“We’re not investigating,” he said. “I don’t know whether Andrew Bolt actually has possession of the footage. I certainly haven’t shared it with him.”

The department took a different view on leaks of classified material, having last year called in the Australian Federal Police after the ABC’s Lateline program obtained sensitive department documents.

A Fairfax Media story on visas and citizenship also became the subject of an AFP investigation after referral from the Department of Human Services.

Immigration boss Mike Pezzullo told the estimates hearing it was “regrettable” journalists were not required to adhere to the same secrecy provisions as public servants.

“We don’t refer journalists to the Australian Federal Police because they don’t have obligations – unless they’ve broken the law otherwise – to protect official secrecy,” Mr Pezzullo said.

“Which is regrettable at times because it used to be the case that more weight was placed on the protection of official secrecy. But that doesn’t seem to be the fashion.”

Bolt never confirmed whether he had physically seen the CCTV footage or sighted the ABF report. He declined to comment Tuesday.

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Manchester attack: The morning after

Manchester attack: The morning after Ariana Grande concert attendees Vikki Baker and her daughter Charlotte, aged 13, leave the Park Inn where they were given refuge after last night’s explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images
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A Union Flag flies above Victoria Railway Station, close to the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

A man embraces a woman and a teenager as he collects them from the Park Inn Hotel where they were given refuge afterthe explosion at the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

An ambulance arrives as police officers stand at the Miller Street and Corporation Street Crossroads, near the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Police forensic officers arrive at the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Police forensic officers arrive at the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Police officers stand at the Miller Street and Corporation Street Crossroads, in front of the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

A man embraces a woman and a teenager as he collects them from the Park Inn Hotel where they were given refuge after the explosion at the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Police officers stand at the Miller Street and Corporation Street Crossroads, in front of the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Ariana Grande concert attendees Vikki Baker and her daughter Charlotte, aged 13, leave the Park Inn where they were given refuge after the explosion at Manchester Arena . Photo: Getty Images

Ariana Grande concert attendees Karen Moore and her daughter Molly Steed, aged 14, from Derby, leave the Park Inn where they were given refuge after the explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

riana Grande concert attendees leave the Park Inn where they were given refuge after last nights explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Police forensic officers arrive at the Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Ariana Grande fan Molly Steed, aged 14, from Derby, holds her VIP backstage pass as she leaves the Park Inn where they were given refuge after the explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Ariana Grande concert attendees Karen Moore and her daughter Molly Steed, aged 14, from Derby, leave the Park Inn where they were given refuge after the explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Ariana Grande fan Molly Steed, aged 14, from Derby, holds her VIP backstage pass as she leaves the Park Inn where they were given refuge after the explosion at Manchester Arena. Photo: Getty Images

TweetFacebook22 confirmed dead in Manchester Arena explosionEntertainers respond to Manchester explosionAt least 22 people were killed and about 50 others were injured in a suspected ‘terrorist incident’ after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.

These are the scenes from Manchester the morning after.

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Escape the everyday this winter

TAKE A LOOK AROUND: There’s never been a better time to get away from it all and behold the natural wonders of NSW at some of the state’s most iconic holiday locations. MAGIC MOMENTS: Switch off and share an everlasting holiday experience with those who mean the most at NSW Holiday Parks.
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There’s a time and place for everything. Remember walking along the beach collecting sea treasures? Or toasting a marshmallow on the end of stick over the campfire?

Sharing natural experiences creates timeless holiday memories, and NSW Holiday Park’s collection of idyllic NSW holiday destinations is waiting for you to enjoy this winter.

CAMPING SAFARI: For a cabin escape that captures the imagination, try locations like the fabulous Jimmys Beach on Nelson Bay.

Make your memories on the incredible North Coast.

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Be reminded of a time when the days were long and the stresses were few.

While away the hours dolphin or whale watching, or simply relax by the river with fish and chips.

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Hire a bike and cycle your way around the quaint Coastal towns, or drop a line in the lake and let your worries disappear as you share it with the people who mean the most.

The call of the wild from Country NSW is hard to resist with our waterside inland destinations offering a quintessential Australian holiday.

Spend the days exploring breathtaking bushwalks and NSW’s best fishing locations.

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Watchdog investigates misuse of funds at ANU school of music

NewsDate: February 2 2016The Canberra TimesPhoto: Elesa KurtzProfessor Andrew Podger will be heading a review into the School of Music at the ANUA government watchdog has agreed to investigate alleged nepotism and misuse of public funds inside the Australian National University School of Music.
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The investigation, by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, is in response to a complaint made under public interest disclosure laws by a former head of the school, Professor Peter Tregear, who resigned in 2015.

The allegations to be investigated were outlined in a letter to the professor from the Ombudsman’s office dated February 13 this year.

They include a possible conflict of interest, the promotion and preferential treatment of staff, and claims an academic’s salary was paid for from an account connected with an ACT government grant.

Other allegations to be addressed include that when staff raised concerns no action was taken by ANU senior management and also claims the head of school was unable to access budget information, despite repeated requests.

“I am reasonably satisfied that the information provided tends to show instances of disclosable conduct, namely, conduct that constitutes maladministration and conduct which if proved would be grounds for disciplinary action and/or conduct which is in breach of a law,” the letter said.

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The school has sought to rebuild itself after a troubled few years culminating in an independent review in 2016 by Professor Andrew Podger, who concluded the school was not delivering the excellence in teaching required of a top university.

Following Professor Podger’s report ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt announced a $12 million investment, and on Tuesday the school opened a $1 million “state of the art” recording studio.

Professor Podger had also recommended a moratorium on action initiated by the university to pursue instances of mismanagement or misbehaviour.

On Wednesday, Professor Tregear told Fairfax Media he did not invoke the powers of the public interest disclosure laws lightly but as a matter of conscience.

“I am sure the ANU and I share a desire to move on from the recent difficult few years. But we also have an overriding responsibility to uphold the integrity of the positions we hold and thus preserve the broader trust that the public vests in us,” he said.

“I also confess that I disagree with the Podger Report’s recommendation of a blanket moratorium for the ANU’s treatment of the school and its students and staff over the past few years. There is indeed truth to that old adage that ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.'”

The public interest disclosure laws, introduced in 2013, protect from reprisal public officials who blow the whistle, and make them immune from civil, criminal or administrative liability after disclosing information deemed to be in the public interest.

There are strict rules around who can disclose what and what makes the information in the public interest.

A spokesman for the ANU said it was unaware of any investigation. It strongly rejected claims of a conflict of interest at the school and any impropriety in the use of public funds.

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How did Roger Moore rank as the best James Bond?

Roger Moore was well into his 80s – still tanned, debonair and doted on by his Swedish socialite wife – when he reflected on the best and worst thing about playing James Bond.
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“The best of it is you know you’re going to be well-served, because they’ve got you and you’re their Bond and they’re going to do everything to make you look good,” he said. “The worst is the aches and pains.”

From all the stunts? “No, chasing the girls.”

As he proved at yet another Bond gig – the launch of all the 007 movies on Blu-ray in 2012 – Moore’s wit never left him. Asked whether he considered himself the best Bond, his cheerful response was “Only in the eyes of my wife.”

For fans who discovered suave secret agent when Moore was playing him for a record 12 years, he defined the role.

But his death at 89 raises the age-old question: who really is the best Bond?

For years, the answer for many fans was Sean Connery, whose good looks, roguish charm and physical presence established the character with Dr No (1962). He battled some of the best villains, had some of the most memorable female companions, employed the best gadgets and was in one of the best Bond movies in Goldfinger.

He was the first of six actors to play Bond in the 24 “official” movies in the series. But as to whether he’s still the best, let’s count them down …

George Lazenby as 007. Photo: ScreenSound Australia


The only Australian to play 007 admitted in an Australian Q&A session a while back that he was a car salesman who talked his way into On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969.

But Lazenby fell out with director Peter Hunt so badly that the filmmaker wouldn’t talk to him on set. He admitted that Hunt even left his own birthday party when the actor arrived, so Lazenby kept the fur coat he was planning to give him.

Lazenby left playing Bond believing there were better movies in store. It’s fair to say there weren’t.

Timothy Dalton as James Bond in 1987.


He shot just two Bond movies ??? The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

A dark, troubled Bond – a stark contrast to Roger Moore’s earlier flippancy – Dalton could definitely act but he brought nowhere near the warmth nor the wit that the best Bonds brought to the role.

Roger Moore as James Bond and Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. Photo: Supplied


He took over from Sean Connery for Live and Let Die (1973) and shot seven movies with more comedy than any other 007.

In Octopussy (1983), he had one of the great mid-air action scenes – chasing a villain on horseback, he jumped on the tail of a taxi-ing plane, climbed on the roof as it took off, dispatched the villain, clambered inside the plane then jumped to safety with the kidnapped Octopussy before it crashed.

But the same movie also pushed the series into ludicrous camp, when Bond defused a nuclear bomb while wearing a clown suit.

While Moore had warm charm and wit in spades, his romance with Grace Jones in A View to a Kill (1985) was not exactly convincing. At the time the debonair actor looked more ready to go to bed with a hot cocoa.

Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike in Sydney to promote the James Bond film Die Another Day. Photo: Dean Lewins


From Goldeneye (1995) to Die Another Day (2002) Brosnan’s four Bond movies expanded the series to modern blockbuster scale.

While the action was sometimes outlandish, Brosnan brought a suave charm to the role.

Tomorrow Never Dies had two classic action scenes – Bond firstly stealing a jet carrying nuclear weapons from a terrorist arms bazaar then steering his BMW by remote control during a chase through a car park.

But when he launched Die Another Day in Sydney, it was clear there had been tension with the producers when Brosnan said he had been “blindsided” by all the product placement in GoldenEye.

“Certain discussions were had around tables and certain agreements were agreed … now I’ve got one big fat lawyer in Los Angeles who sits there like a rottweiler. [I say] ‘Get ’em,’ and that helps,” he said.

But it only helped so much. Negotiations for Brosnan to make a fifth movie collapsed.

Sean Connery in Dr No.


As well as being first actor to play the role, many fans still consider him the definitive Bond.

Dressed in a suave tux, he introduced himself to a glamorous brunette across a casino table in Dr No with a line that has become iconic. “Bond,” he said, cigarette dangling from his mouth. “James Bond.”

Connery shot six movies and has been the only actor to have a strong career after stepping aside from the role – even winning an Oscar for The Untouchables (1987).

He featured in one of the great scenes in the scenes, when Bond was strapped down with a laser about to slice him in half in Goldfinger. “Do you expect me to talk?” he asked. Fans all know Auric Goldfinger’s response: “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die.”

For a witty riposte or a knowing look, there was no one better. Until recently.

Daniel Craig is the most recent actor to tackle the role.


Before winning the role, Craig was best known for playing the poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia, Angelina Jolie’s rival in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and a cocaine dealer in the crime thriller Layer Cake.

But his first movie as 007, Casino Royale (2006) is arguably the best in the series for action, wit, energy, glamour and entertaining story.

Craig was a convincing cold-blooded killer who could carry off a parkour chase, wear a tuxedo and banter brilliantly with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd. “Skewered,” he admitted. “One sympathises.” He was charismatic, bristling with physicality and darkly brooding.

Reflecting the impact of an new generation movie spy with a similar name – Jason Bourne – the series became grittier, with more realistic action and emotion. For once, the blood and bruises from all those fights and near-fatal scrapes looked real.

Follow-up Quantum of Solace (2008) was a major disappointment. But the scale and character development in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) have confirmed Craig has become the definitive Bond.

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Let it snow these holidays

SEEK SNOW: If you have never been to the snow before I’m sure the task has found a very comfortable place on your never-ending list of must sees. Take the chance to cross it off this winter.WHETHER it’s sitting with a cuppa by the warmth of the fire, watching television wrapped up under a blanket, or soaking in a hot bathtub with a book, many of us use winter as a time to escape from the outside world.
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But why hibernate through the months of June, July and August when there’s so much to see and do outdoors? There’s no better time then the present to dig out your thermals and change the stereotype that summer holidays are the perfect time for getaways.

Here’s a few ideas for you:

SEEK THE SNOW If you have never been to the snow before I’m sure the task has found a very comfortable place on your never- ending list of must sees.

Australian ski fields are renowned for being some of the most beautiful, offering unbelievable views and exhilarating experiences.

While Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory are widely known for their range of ski resorts, other states have been lucky enough to experience minor snow falls in recent years.

If that’s happens again near you this year, pull on your boots and head outdoors to see what all the fuss is about.

BEAT THE CROWDS Winter is perfect time to take advantage of special travel offers and beat the unattractive crowds peak-seasons attract.

While you may have to lug your umbrella around everywhere you go, it’ll all be made worth it when you get to skip the long queues.

Places such as Margaret River, in Western Australia, and even the Gold Coast, in Queensland, thrive in warmer months but become a little more secluded when the skies turn grey.

Plus, you may even get lucky with some sunny weather too.

SEARCH FOR SUMMER If you insist you hate the cold, wet weather and that winter is not for you, then maybe a tropical holiday is on the cards.

You can seek the sun in many north eastern parts of Australia – including the picturesque Port Douglas, Whitsundays and Cairns – or if your wallet permits, you could spread your wings even further and experience a European summer.

Why not sail your way around the Greek Islands, attempt to find true love in Paris, or eat your way through Rome.

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Ardent considers developing part of Dreamworld precinct

Ardent Leisure will consider developing land surrounding Dreamworld as profits slump in the wake of the tragedy that claimed four lives at the Gold Coast theme park last year.
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The company announced on Wednesday morning it had begun the process of reviewing its 2015 master plan for its Dreamworld precinct, which it stated was located on “prime real estate”.

The precinct covers about 60 hectares, of which the theme park takes up about 35 hectares.

The remaining land, about 25 hectares, was the focus of the review, Ardent Leisure’s chief executive Deborah Thomas said.

“We started looking at this back in 2015 with a master pan in light of (the development of) Coomera town centre adjacent to our land,” she said.

“We looked at a range of options, everything including retail precinct, restaurants, hotels, other attractions … really what is possible to enhance that precinct given the location of that land and the expansion of the Gold Coast.

“It is an exercise in understanding the potential – we haven’t got a plan to move in there tomorrow.”

Credit Suisse analysts have valued the land, including Dreamworld theme park, at about $225 million. Dreamworld’s 35 hectares was valued at about $70 million.

“In the case of Dreamworld, a partial development, without compromising the integrity of the theme park, makes sense given a strong market and a large Westfield being built nearby,” the Credit Suisse analysts said.

In February Ms Thomas, who announced she would stand down from her CEO position in July, had dismissed speculation the land on which the theme park was built could be sold off for residential developments.

There were no plans to close the park or redevelop it into residential buildings, she said.

“At the moment the zoning is parks and entertainment. Obviously, different zoning such as residential and commercial could increase that value quite significantly, but at the moment, the highest and best use is certainly as a theme park,” she said.

The review was to consider a range of factors including the impact of the October 25, 2016, Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy.

The company said the review would analyse Dreamworld’s existing “footprint” to find future opportunities for “unlocking value”.

A town planner had been appointed to undertake the feasibility assessments.

Ardent Leisure also announced it would continue to engage with third party developers regarding possible development opportunities within the precinct.

The company assured it would continue to invest in Dreamworld to help its recovery and “ensure it remains one of the Gold Coast’s key tourist attractions”.

In a May trading update, the company posted its theme parks visitations were down 36.7 per cent for the combined months of March and April.

Ardent Leisure estimated a loss of up to $4 million in its theme park division for the 12 months ending June 30 this year.

-with Carolyn Cummins

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Quadrant online editor laments Manchester blast not against ABC

The Australian Federal Police has been notified that the online editor of the Australian conservative journal Quadrant wrote an opinion piece saying that, “had there been a shred of justice”, the Manchester blast would have “detonated in an Ultimo TV studio”.
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He added that, if such an attack took place, “none of the panel’s likely casualties would have represented the slightest reduction in humanity’s intelligence, decency, empathy or honesty”.

The piece, written by Quadrant’s online editor, Roger Franklin, was posted on Tuesday night as coverage continued of the terrorist attack in Manchester that has so far killed 22.

The contentious passage was later amended to begin: “What if that blast had detonated in an Ultimo TV studio?” and it remains on the journal’s site, entitled “The Manchester Bomber’s ABC Pals”.

The ABC’s managing director, Michelle Guthrie, has written a letter of complaint to Quadrant, describing Franklin’s piece as vicious and offensive.

“To take issue with our programming and our content is one thing,” she wrote. “But to express the wish that, if there were any justice, the horrific terrorist bombing in Manchester would have taken place in the ABC’s Ultimo studio and killed those assembled there is a new low in Australian public debate.”

She said that a result of the piece was that, while ABC staff in Sydney and Manchester worked to cover the bombing, management was forced to call in security experts to assess any possible threat to their safety.

She asked that the piece be removed and an apology made.

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield has described the comments as “sick and unhinged”.

A senior staff member at the ABC said it was sickening that an editor at Quadrant would “appropriate the tragedy in Manchester to use in some sort of hate campaign against the ABC”.

Because the ABC’s Q&A program regularly invites prominent guests to interact with members of the public, it maintains a relationship with the federal police.

Fairfax Media understands that the federal police have been notified about Franklin’s comments.

Security is expected to be particularly tight during the program’s next episode, which is to be held at Parliament House.

Franklin told Fairfax Media that he stood by the point he was seeking to illustrate in the essay, which he said he had first posted in draft form and updated progressively over the evening.

“The whole piece was an attack on terrorism. It is absurd to suggest that in the third-last paragraph I would advocate a terrorist act.”

He said he was making a rhetorical point about the absurdity of a suggestion by one of the panelists on Monday night’s program that accidents involving refrigerators kill more people than terrorism, and what he saw as the ongoing refusal of ABC commentators to acknowledge the true causes of terrorism.

“Our lives and the way we live are being constricted, we live in fear and the causes are being obfuscated,” he said.

On Wednesday morning, a note was sent out to ABC staff saying comments had been made that constituted “veiled threats” against the ABC’s Ultimo premises and had caused concern to some staff.

“ABC takes all threats against staff seriously and pro-active steps have been taken to ensure the safety and welfare of all staff and users of ABC Ultimo.

“While consideration is given to minimise inconvenience please appreciate that intermittent increased security presence and more rigorous security screening is to ensure staff safety and well-being,” the note said.

Asked to comment, Quadrant editor and prominent historian Keith Windschuttle, a former ABC board member, told Fairfax Media: “You’re talking bulls—, don’t call back.”

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Suburb profile: Eleebana

SUBURB SNAPSHOTEleebana is an Aboriginal word meaning quiet, peaceful and place of beauty.
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The choice of namea century agofor this suburb on the eastern edge of Lake Macquarie could not be more fitting. The blue ribbon postcode is known forits parks, beautiful modernhomes and leafy streets.

A subdivision plan wasdrawn up by Henry Halloran in 1918, for an area to be known as‘Eleebana Point Estate’. Howeverit was not settledbecause the land was not suitable for agriculture.

The first real growth occurred in the 1930s, as the result of the construction of a road from Warners Bay through Eleebana to Valentine.

The expansion of the suburb acceleratedin the 1970s and 1980s as urban sprawl from Newcastle spurred a series of new subdivisions.

Eleebana is about 18 kilometres south west of Newcastle and a 10 minute drive from Charlestown.

LIFESTYLEEleebana benefits from a superb location, enveloped by large tracts of bushland and with some of the most stunning views on the lake.

The suburbs of Warners Bay and Mount Hutton immediatelyto the north offer thriving commercial precincts within a short drive, peppered with shops, cafes and eateries.

Thomas H. Halton park is a popular destination for walkers and lazy Sunday picnics.

LAVISH: ‘Woodside Villa’ on Woodside Drive is one of Eleebana’s grandest homes. The suburb consists of mostly modern, freestanding homes.

Eleebana’s population is older than the state average and it has a high proportion of professionals.

Eleebana consists nearly entirely of freestanding homes.Many of the original properties built 30 years ago are being knocked down or stylishly renovated by their owners.

FROM THE EXPERTS-From Anthony Di Nardo, Principal at McGrath Charlestown

Eleebana is an attractive suburb to families due to the range of activities it offers with easy access to Lake Macquarie’s walkways, parks, boating facilities and the buzzing Warners Bay Esplanade.

PRISTINE: Waterfront homes on the Eleebana shoreline have some on the best views across Lake Macquarie. Picture: Phil Hearne

The suburb over the last fiveyears has seen a steady annual growth rate of approximately 6.5 per cent. Itis extremely sought after for young families as the primary school is one of the best in the region.

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New apartment developments in south-east Queensland: Three of the best

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Your inside look at some of the best new developments across south-east Queensland.La Riviere on Cannes

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The La Riviere on Cannes development sits on one of the Gold Coast’s true sweet spots right on Main River. Look down the river and the bright lights of Surfers Paradise beckon, while up the river the tranquility and adventure of the Gold Coast hinterland are calling.

The views can also be enjoyed from the large communal entertainment deck that houses the pool and a barbecue area.

It’s not just the views, however, that make these 16 apartments a stand-out on Queensland’s southern coast. Most of the two, three and four-bedroom residences are over two storeys and all have access to secure parking facilities.

Designed with the utmost elegance in mind, each has spaces for showcasing artwork, private study areas and there are marina berths for those who like their water sports.

Their proximity to the Gold Coast’s famous beaches alone would make them an attractive investment but the region has much on offer and ??? with the Gold Coast light rail a few minutes walk away, the Gold Coast International Airport a 35-minute drive away and access to plentiful public transport, including buses and trains ??? all attractions, from hiking and biking through Mt Tamborine to boating, surfing and sunbaking by the sea, are easily accessible. Maasra Coorparoo

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Coorparoo is one of Brisbane’s older suburbs, populated with stately Queenslander homes perched on leafy streets down which the winds of residential change are blowing with trendy dining and retail precincts being built or planned and sophisticated apartment developments underway.

Maasra Coorparoo, with its elegant touches of wood and stone, is a 131-apartment complex with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom residences all above a storey of retail and dining outlets.

The development is the brainchild of Coorparoo-born and bred brothers Anthony and Jason Karam, who know the area and have said that they wanted to create something that would be embraced by the local community.

To truly appreciate one of Maasra’s greatest assets, one need only look over the balcony, where one of Brisbane’s newest green spaces provides a verdant oasis in the middle of a busy suburb.

Coorparoo Creek Park has been reinvigorated with cycling and pedestrian paths, picnic and barbecue facilities and parklands to explore.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite after a jog through the park, there’s a plethora of dining options available just a stroll from home, from Thai and Greek, to all-day breakfast and homemade pizza.

Then it’s home to an apartment with spacious bedrooms, open-plan living and European appliances. Residents also have exclusive access to a large entertainment area, furnished with a BBQ, gym and 25 metre lap pool. Cyan by Mosaic

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Kings Beach, on the much-loved Sunshine Coast, has been a turquoise beacon for home-and-holiday makers for many years.

If its magnificent swimming beaches, coastal walks, family-friendly playgrounds and sensational surfing aren’t enough reason to call this beautiful stretch of Australia’s east coast home, there’s now one more – Cyan.

Cyan is the latest property development from the Mosaic Property Group and the company’s managing director Brook Monahan says the $20 million, eight storey, 31 apartment project perfectly reflects the current demand for this type of product on the Sunshine Coast.

“The success of this project vindicates our decision to start to invest in the region, and we are confident that this will carry through to the other exciting projects we have planned for future release in this region,” says Monahan.

“As with all of our developments, Cyan has been meticulously designed with the end-user in mind and this has thankfully resonated very positively with buyers.

“Kings Beach is a great location, but we absolutely still needed to get the product right from a design, size, finish and price perspective – it’s a delicate balance.

“We went to great effort to ensure that Cyan was a perfect fit for its environment and the residents that we know will ultimately end up living there – right down to small features such as the pet showers where you can wash your pet after a long walk on the beach.”

And this latter aspect, along with the sublime location, could be one of Cyan’s greatest assets – it’s a pet-friendly, boutique development that would make it the perfect place to call home.

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Words of wisdom for parents-to-be

Congratulations,you are pregnant!
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Advice: Whether you have been planning pregnancy for a long time or you have unexpectedly found yourself pregnant, you are likely to have many questions.

You may have been planning your pregnancy for a long time, or perhaps you have unexpectedly found yourself pregnant.

Either way, you are likely to have a long list of questions to be answered.

The best place to start is with a visit to your local general practitioner, obstetrician or midwife.

Not only will they get you to take a test to confirm that you are in fact pregnant, but they will also set you up properly to ensure you get the right care throughout your pregnancy and be able to coordinate your prenatal screening tests, such as screening for Down Syndrome.

Keep in mind it is important to see these professionals before you are 10 weeks pregnant if you wish to undertake the prenatal screenings, which are staggered throughout the 40 weeks.

After the first check-up, the number of visits with your midwife or doctor varies – usually, in a low-risk pregnancy, they will be scheduled for every four to six weeks at the beginning of the pregnancy and more often later down the track.

At these visits, you will have the opportunity to talk freely and openlyabout your pregnancy and health;check your blood pressure;check the baby’s growth and wellbeing;gain information about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting; andhave all your questions answered.

If you become worried about anything or have any questions between your visits, you can always contact your midwife, hospital antenatal clinic, labour ward, birth unit or doctor.

Even though you may be feelingwell throughout your pregnancy, regular check-upsare really important.

These visits to a midwife or doctor make it easier to treat any arising problems early, so you are less likely to have complications with later pregnancy and birth.

Other ways to make sure you are giving your baby the best start in life include consuming a healthy and balanced diet, continuing to keep fit and active, and ensuring you are getting sufficient rest.

It is also highly recommended that you quit smoking,give up drinking alcohol and refrain from taking illicit drugs during pregnancy and also while breastfeeding.

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Julie Bishop urges Australians to avoid Manchester

The Australian government’s travel advice for Britain has changed after British Prime Minister Theresa May upgraded the terrorism threat from “severe” to “critical”, meaning another attack may be imminent.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade now urges a “high degree of caution” for anyone visiting Britain.

Also, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has advised Australians not to travel to Manchester for the time being.

Ms Bishop also said there was still no suggestion that any Australians were caught up in the Manchester bombing, which has claimed 22 lives.

After a meeting of the Australian government’s high-level National Security Committee on Tuesday night, the domestic threat level will remain at “probable”, where it has been since late 2014.

“We would recommend that anyone seeking to travel to the United Kingdom read our travel advice, which is under constant review and brings the latest information that we have to the Australian public,” Ms Bishop told Nine’s Today show.

“Obviously with the threat assessment being raised that will change our assessment of travel to the United Kingdom.”

British authorities are investigating whether the suicide bomber, named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was working alone or as part of a network.

A 23-year-old man, believed to be the alleged attacker’s brother, has been arrested.

Mrs May has announced that the country’s armed forces will be deployed to work with police to help secure key sites and other public events.

Following discussions with the Australian high commissioner to Britain, Alexander Downer, and the British authorities, Ms Bishop said there was still no evidence any Australians were involved.

“But I must point out that the grisly task of identifying bodies continues and we are in touch with all the major hospitals in Manchester,” she said.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said security arrangements, including for mass public gatherings, were constantly being reviewed and upgraded by federal and state authorities.

“It is vitally important that we destroy the terrorists in the Middle East, destroy the so-called caliphate, which they [the Islamic State group] have used as such a big recruiting tool both drawing people into the Middle East and, of course, recruiting adherents outside,” Mr Turnbull told ABC radio.

“We have to do that and we also need to be constantly vigilant and improving our intelligence services and our hard security protections here at home.”

The Prime Minister noted increased police presences at crowded events and the introduction of more obstacles, such as bollards and barriers, to hinder attacks with vehicles.

According to the government, 63 people in Australia have been arrested on terrorism-related charges and 12 terrorist plots have been foiled since September 2014.

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