‘I didn’t tell them that I was pregnant’: Call to scrap maternity loophole

A legal exemption that allows employers to refuse to hire someone who knew they were pregnant when they applied for the job is being targeted for abolition.
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Two subsections in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 allow employers to dismiss women who knew they were pregnant when they applied for a job.

NSW Greens MP and spokesperson for the status of women, Mehreen Faruqi, will introduce a new bill to Parliament to repeal the sections.

“It’s time for NSW to come into step with all other state and federal laws on sex discrimination and remove these exemptions that protect employers who have been discriminatory towards pregnant women,” Dr Faruqi said.

“We know pregnancy discrimination at work is still a huge problem in and many women suffer in silence.

“The fact that NSW has these exceptions means that they are turned away from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commission which is unacceptable. We urgently need to change this law to protect pregnant women from discrimination.”

A woman who made a complaint to Dr Faruqi’s office but did not want her name published told Fairfax Media she was pregnant when she recently applied for a communications strategy job.

She did three face-to-face interviews and submitted essays and examples of her work before being offered a job when she was about 4?? months pregnant.

“I didn’t hide my pregnancy, but I didn’t tell them that I was pregnant,” she said.

After being hired the woman called the CEO of the company and told him she was pregnant “as a courtesy” and said she would need four months of maternity leave.

“Then I could jump back into it. We were launching a product, but the launch would have been happening in June and I would have been on maternity leave from September.”

The CEO then offered to put her on a temporary four-month contract instead of the full-time job she had been offered.

Within days after starting work she was dismissed on the basis that she lived 45 minutes away from the office.

After the woman tried to lodge a complaint about the employer, she was told exemptions under the Anti-Discrimination Act applied.

Subsections 25 (1A) and 25 (2A) of the act have exemptions that allow an employer to refuse to hire or to fire an employee who was pregnant at the time of applying for the job, at the time of interview or at the time of hiring. There is an exception for a woman who did not know and could not reasonably be expected to have known that she was pregnant.

“It makes no sense to me. I’m the one being discriminated against,” the woman said.

Dr Faruqi said the NSW Law Reform Commission reviewed the Anti-Discrimination Act in 2009 and proposed a draft bill that removed the exemptions and included pregnancy protections. However, this recommendation had not been adopted.

“We know we still live in a society where too many people think pregnancy and motherhood are incompatible with work,” she said.

“On top of this, we have these laws that protect employers who discriminate against pregnant women, when we should be making it easier for women to overcome discrimination wherever and whenever it happens.

“It is unacceptable that these discriminatory laws have been left unchanged after several reviews have recommended otherwise.”

Belinda Smith, associate professor of law at the University of Sydney and an expert on sex discrimination laws, said NSW was lagging behind federal and other state legislation in addressing pregnancy.

“While we may appreciate that some employers are disheartened to hear that a relatively new employee is pregnant, the fact that someone is pregnant when they are being recruited or hired should not allow discrimination,” she said. “[O]ther acts provide for suitable tailored exceptions rather than this carte blanche one.

Dr Smith said the recent n Human Rights Commission inquiry into pregnancy and maternity discrimination had revealed that even after decades of anti-discrimination laws, pregnancy and maternity discrimination is still “remarkably pervasive”.

She said the NSW protections were limited by not having pregnancy as a separate ground or attribute. Pregnancy had been provided for as a characteristic pertaining generally to women which meant it effectively only provided for direct not indirect discrimination.

“To allow the defence provided for in these sections significantly waters down an already limited protection,” she said.

“Some women would be able to pursue protection under the federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984, but this does not apply to state public servants (who only have the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act available), and entails much greater litigation risks (because for hearings of federal discrimination matters in court, the default costs rule applies, which means the loser pays all).

“In any event, that some women have some protections under federal law is not a good reason for NSW to have such backward and limited state protections.”

Fairfax Media on Tuesday reported a case involving an employer who had made an employee redundant two days before she was due to start maternity leave. This was found to be unlawful because of its timing.

Aphotic takes aim at Newcastle CBD coffee market

Aphotic: Baristas Bell Montgomery and Anthony Ferris with co-owner Melissa Askew. Picture Simone De PeakAphotic, 266 King Street, Newcastle (ground floor), Mon-Fri: 6:30am-2pm.
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If there are any caffeine fanatics in Newcastle who still haven’t had their heart rates sent into the stratosphere by a Suspension coffee then you are fast running out of excuses.

Forget for a moment that in this café family the eldest sibling in Islington pumps out a near metric tonne of high octane fuel seven days a week.

Or even that the younger and better behaved Good Brother has held up the eyelids of the office workers in the inner city for many a year by now.

You can savour their best blends in Carrington and, as if you needed any other reason to visit The Edwards in Newcastle West, the Suspension stuff flows night and day out of their machine as well.

Just this week yet another Suspension fuelling station has been added to the network. You might notice that this one looks and sounds a little different from the others.

If the older siblings have been a little loud, rough and ready then Aphotic at 266 King Street, Newcastle is definitely the most clean cut of the bunch.

You are unlikely to find any dirt under the nails in here. The clientele wear shirts and ties. The music is down to a respectable volume. This place means business.

When owners Graham and Mel Hardes decided to open up a café on the ground floor of one of the busiest office buildings in Newcastle they knew exactly where to turn for their supply.

Literally hundreds of sleep deprived employees would pass by this coffee window every morning. Graham and Mel almost felt that a responsibility had been bestowed upon them.

This workers above them were going to need endless cups of coffee. Expertly prepared, super humanly strong and freshly roasted ones. They would need something created by Suspension.

Your first taste of this coffee will remind you of all the flavours that are familiar to one of their outstanding medium roasts.

It has subtle acidities but is full of richness and bold, full bodied flavours – Guatemalan, Tanzanian and the famous well roundedness of the Papua New Guinean Kongi Gold.

Yet something is noticeably different. It is take-away coffee but not as you know it.

Amidst the everyday beiges of the flourescent office foyer, the interior of this realm is a black and cobalt blue. This is the Aphotic zone. The deepest, bottom floor portion of the ocean that is least affected by sunlight.

These baristas work like they have been surviving on something else as well. Fast, efficient and focused only on the coffee order at hand. A brand new perk for working in an office.

Maguire clone Seibold to land Rabbitohs gig

He’s almost cloned Michael Maguire’s career development and Rabbitohs assistant Anthony Seibold will be announced as the South Sydney coach’s replacement on Thursday.
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The softly-spoken Seibold, who has quietly cultivated a coaching resume away from the harsh glare of the NRL head coaching spotlight, is set to rise to the helm of the proudest club in the league after Maguire’s Redfern exit was confirmed on Tuesday.

Seibold, 42, was shortlisted for the vacant Titans coaching job, but Rabbitohs officials have moved swiftly to lock up the highly regarded Queensland State of Origin assistant to lead South Sydney’s resurgence.

Rabbitohs officials will unveil Seibold at a scheduled press conference on Thursday morning.

The similarities between former teammates Maguire and Seibold are uncanny, the pair both serving apprenticeships under Craig Bellamy at the Melbourne Storm.

They were teammates at Canberra in 1998 during Seibold’s only season in the NRL.

But the little-known Seibold, who served as Trent Barrett’s understudy at Manly last year before joining the Rabbitohs and was hand picked by Kevin Walters to be a Maroons assistant for the last two years, is said to vary greatly in his methods from the famous disciplinarian in Maguire.

“I think he is really good to be honest,” Queensland Origin star Darius Boyd said. “He knows a lot about his footy and gets along well with the players.

“We’ve had him at Origin for two years now and I have been really impressed with what he has done.

“It’s easier when you are an assistant, I don’t know what he is like as a full- time coach but around the blokes at Origin he is quiet but gets through what he needs to say and gets his point across.”

The future of Maguire, who was said to be caught off guard by the Rabbitohs’ decision to cut him loose, doesn’t appear as bright in the immediate future despite interest from English Super League club Warrington.

It’s understood the Titans are reluctant to pursue a coach who employs the similar hard nosed methods of ex-boss Neil Henry, meaning Maguire could be forced to bide his time if he decided to remain in .

But with a resume which is highlighted by being South Sydney’s drought breaker, opportunities are sure to present themselves.

Seibold’s career path might mirror one of the most unlikely elevations to NRL head coaching having completed a Bachelor of Teaching after his retirement from playing.

He has previously spoken about his tertiary qualifications and passion for teaching as a great grounding for rugby league, perhaps not too different to one of the most successful coaches in the modern NRL era in under fire Bulldogs clipboard carrier Des Hasler.

The Rabbitohs have never hidden their desire to promote coaches from within their own system and Seibold, who is set to be guided by current South Sydney assistant David Furner, fits the bill.

The central Queensland-raised Seibold will welcome back a fit-again Greg Inglis next year while the Rabbitohs’ capture of Knights star Dane Gagai has filled their fans with hope they can return to the finals after two years outside the top eight.

The support for Maguire from ex-players continued on Wednesday with Eels’ centre Kirisome Auva’a hailing the coach’s influence on his career.

“He was a really good mentor and a father figure given I was an interstate boy moving to Souths from the Storm,” Auva’a said. “He being there, he looked after me off field and obviously on the field as well. It’s sad to see him leave, he’s obviously done good for the club.”

‘Why are Asian women’s feet so small?’ Discrimination rife in Aussie workplaces

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“Why are Asian women’s feet so small? So they can stand closer to the sink!” a male employee joked with his Asian colleague, then got angry when she didn’t like it.

“Why are you so uptight?” he asked. “You’re misconstruing what I’m saying.”

She replied: “That’s not it, it’s just that I want to be treated with respect.”

Explicit bias, racist and sexist comments and offensive “jokes” are rife in corporate , according to a report from Diversity Council and the University of Sydney Business School, which asked 230 culturally diverse businesswomen (defined broadly in the report as someone with a non-Anglo Saxon background) about their experiences in the workplace. Women told to ‘move overseas’

The tale above was one of many similar stories featured in the report, Cracking the Glass-Cultural Ceiling: Future Proofing Your Business in the 21st Century. The report found only 12 per cent of culturally diverse women surveyed strongly agreed they had the same opportunities in their workplace as anyone else with commensurate ability and experience.

Some women said “well-meaning” mentors had recommended they move overseas where their “difference” would be viewed as an asset rather than a liability. “They see you as three strikes and you’re out – a woman, a woman with children, and a woman with an accent,” a respondent said.

Male Anglo-Celtic leaders preferred and selected people who dressed, looked and sounded like themselves. “It’s like a voting system that doesn’t work because, well, look who’s voting,” another respondent said.

Muslim women also reported discrimination and intolerance. “Stereotypes about Muslim women result in them being written off as leadership material,” a respondent said. “They see a hijab and think I must be subjugated and I’m submissive and passive and therefore not able to lead.” Not valued

The report found that, while 88 per cent of culturally diverse female talent surveyed planned to advance to a very senior role, only one in 10 strongly agreed that their leadership traits were recognised or that their opinions were valued and respected.

Further, 26 per cent said cultural barriers in the workplace had caused them to scale back at work, including reducing their ambitions and working fewer hours. And 60 per cent of culturally diverse female executives and 79 per cent of senior managers surveyed were considering leaving their employers in the next year.

The report suggests raising awareness about common gendered cultural stereotypes, that leaders and colleagues commit to understanding different cultures, and ensure that unconscious bias training considers this. In the same way companies are setting and reporting on gender-based targets, the report suggests they also report publicly on cultural diversity inclusion and outcomes.

The number of culturally diverse women in ASX100 and ASX200 companies is minuscule. Only 2 per cent of ASX directors are culturally diverse women. In 2015, there were fewer than 25 female ASX200 senior executives, chief executives or chief financial officers, and 10 or less women in each of these positions in ASX100. The numbers of culturally diverse women in these categories were even smaller. Time for quotas?

AMP Capital Funds Management and DCA board member Ming Long, who participated in the research, told Fairfax Media it was time for gender-based quotas, noting they had worked in Sweden. “The case for quotas is getting much stronger because we’re not seeing the pace of change we need for women and, when it comes to ethnic women, we’re still in the dark ages.”

Ms Long said given women were making the bulk of purchasing decisions, it made sense to have more women, including women of non-Anglo saxon backgrounds, on boards.

The report notes that the n “multicultural market” has an estimated purchasing power of more than $75 billion a year, while the global buying power of women is estimated to reach $40 trillion by 2018.

“I’d love to challenge leaders to actually speak to ethnic women they have in their business, get to know them and earn their trust, ” Ms Long said. “They’ve probably been overlooked for leadership. Please, look beyond gender and ethnicity. You might actually find there’s a gem in your midst.”

Google, Aurecon, the Commonwealth Bank and Deloitte also supported the research. Google had to face hard questions following the anti-diversity memo from one of its US-based engineers James Damore.

Google and New Zealand managing director Jason Pellegrino said: “We strive to create an environment where everyone can feel comfortable bringing their best selves to work, so they can be more innovative, creative, and inspired.”

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The incredible shrinking sharemarket

A strange thing has been happening on the world’s stockmarkets over the past couple of decades: Despite all of the hype and headlines (mostly justified) about the great new IPOs (new sharemarket listings) here and overseas, the number of public companies has actually been falling.
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Just recently, The Economist reported that in 1996 there were 7322 companies listed on the US bourses; a number which had fallen to only 3671 earlier this year. That’s near enough to a clean halving of companies on those exchanges.

And that’s in the world’s premier capital market. If your business relies on listing fees, brokerage and assorted services, as the NYSE and NASDAQ does, that’s a seriously unwelcome decline.

But the decline has some more important side effects for investors. And not just in the United States. Indeed, one of the biggest recent n IPOs wasn’t on the ASX at all – the tech superstar Atlassian bypassed us altogether and listed directly on the NASDAQ exchange.

Part of the answer is the rise of private equity firms. Not only in number, but in ability to raise previously unimagined amounts of capital.

Put simply, companies – large and small – just don’t need to go public in the same way they once did. And that can present a problem for investors.

Traditionally, small companies either get larger, go broke or get bought out. Which is fine, as long as the flow of new companies continues.

But when our brewers, our food companies, our miners and our financial services businesses are being bought out by bigger local and international rivals – and corporate raiders – without being replaced, that shrinks the pool of potential investments.

Lastly, think about the newest high-profile businesses. They are, by their very nature, winner-takes-most companies. Amazon doesn’t leave much room for other online retailers. There aren’t many other social networks after Facebook. The increasing concentration of market power within many industries makes it harder to compete – and leaves fewer options for investors.

Lest this be only a story of gloom, remember that the world’s stockmarkets have become much, much bigger – in terms of the aggregate value of all listed companies – over the last 20 years.

So while the number of options available to us is receding, the opportunity to earn attractive returns hasn’t taken a commensurate fall. Foolish takeaway

But it does change the nature of investing to a degree, in two important ways. With fewer small companies, those with the time and inclination may need to work a little harder to find the real potential winners. Companies like Webjet, Integrated Research and Corporate Travel Management.

And if you don’t have the resources or interest, find the large companies that are destined to become larger, because they’re increasingly dominating growing industries. Locally, that might be Ramsay Healthcare and Cochlear and, increasingly, you’ll need to look globally, to the likes of Google and Facebook. To the winners go the (increasingly globalised) spoils.

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How Ainsley ticked off her travel ???bucket list’ in free accommodation

Ainsley Micallef doesn’t have a fairy godmother, but listening to her travel stories you might think that she does. The 40-year-old recently returned to after spending 12 months in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica; a “bucket list” trip where she lived in a succession of deluxe homes.
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“I stayed in gated estates with pools, gyms and tennis courts, beachfront luxury apartments with rooftop pools, resort-style homes and penthouses,” says Micallef. As an international housesitter, this accommodation didn’t cost her a cent.

House sitting within is booming as people try to save money on living expenses, but online sites also list opportunities to live in other people’s homes overseas. Savvy travellers can create an online profile and connect with home owners in desired travel locations, offering home and pet care in exchange for free accommodation.

Brisbane’s Sue Pearse did just that and has been house sitting in different countries ever since. “We always knew we wanted to travel full-time. We just didn’t know how we were going to fund it,” she says. That changed when she read about international house sitting on a travel blog, and she and husband Dave decided to try it out. She describes the nomadic life they’ve created as “one continuous bucket list tick”.

Particularly close to Pearse’s heart is a three-month stint in a 350-year-old converted barn in the Brittany region of France. Having always wanted to live in a French community they both jumped at the opportunity. “We certainly pinched ourselves … Every day we commented ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is the life we have’. It completely fulfilled every dream we had of being in another culture.”

Their house sitting responsibilities were minimal – taking care of a low-maintenance cat and keeping an eye on the place. The rest of their time was spent driving a hired Fiat throughout the region, and getting to know their new neighbours.

For Pearse, making these social connections greatly enriched the travel experience. “Straight away we were getting invitations to lunch and dinner. We were busy!” she says. Socialising with new friends helped them learn more about the culture: “Little things that you don’t know if you’re just there for a day or two.”

This was also the case for Micallef, who made so many friends in the Mexican beachside town of Playa Del Carmen that she sees it as a second home. “I was considered a local in Playa Del Carmen and plan to go back there. I created an amazing group of friends.” Part of this was thanks to the welcoming attitude of home owners, who introduced her to friends and even let her use their bikes and car to get around. Related: A guide to a rent-free lifeRelated: The psychology of house sittingRelated: Awkward house sitting moments

While house sitters reap obvious benefits, the advantages do go both ways. Home owners can engage with house sitters via email or Skype to receive updates on their home and pets, and there’s the added bonus of having someone on site if problems arise. Pearse says she and her husband have repaired fences after a storm, and sorted out a water leak that might have otherwise caused extensive damage to the home.

It’s taking these responsibilities seriously that helps build a good reputation. “I’m very quick to say if you don’t like animals – don’t do it!” Micallef says. “It’s a reciprocal arrangement that needs to put the animals first.”

For those happy to meet these obligations and looking for affordable travel, Pearse has nothing but encouragement for potential house sitters. “I’d say just do it. Read other people’s blogs ??? I’ve got a blog. Every day I’m learning about a new couple or single people who are doing it; people with children are doing it. It’s not just for retired people. Go with your style, go with your heart.”

Inside eclectic retreat of artist David Bromley, just up for sale

An important piece of advice agents give vendors about presenting their house for open for inspections is, remove all autobiographical and personality pieces (photographs etc) and minimise clutter.
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Yet this is exactly what you hope artist David Bromley and his wife Yuge haven’t done in marketing their rambling Hepburn Springs country home near Daylesford.

You want to (respectfully) snoop through the private digs of the most eclectic and inventive artistic couple in ??? who have parlayed their taste, idiosyncratic collector impulses and boundless creativity in all zones of the fine arts into a fascinating commercial empire, Bromley & Co ??? to see if the story holds up on the domestic front?

It so does.

Every wall, surface and incidental space of the former Wyuna Guest House that rambles through big, high-ceilinged period rooms that mutate spatially in and out of each other, are so fully furnished and appointed with paintings by David and other artists, with objects both precious and utilitarian, and so much engaging detail, that it becomes a never-ending aesthetic and Bromley-style biographical adventure.

“It’s got heaps going on,” Hocking Stuart agent Nathan Skewes says. “Everywhere you look, there is another nook.”

The room tally of four to seven bedrooms ??? depending on how you configure rooms ??? also includes four or five bathrooms or bathing pavilions, an out-the-back, semi-detached manager/teenager accommodation option, an undercover barbecue room and a laundry in which the walls, cabinetry and ceilings are decorated by David Bromley.

As part of the built fabric these daubings will stay with the house when the private sale, expected to fetch $1.7 million, is concluded. Related: Bromley brings energy to cutting-edge developmentRelated: A tree change could keep property dream aliveRelated: Best places to buy affordable art

Bromley’s recognisable line-drawn nudes on gaily-patterned canvases, and his Enid Blyton-style paintings of children; his bronze or resin sculptures of giant rabbits, pigs and more gambolling children, have made him a household name and an artist n interior designers love to display in their own houses.

Bought unseen off the internet only a few years ago when the Bromleys decided they’d done their time in Byron Bay and wanted to return to the richer cultural feeding grounds in the south, their family weekender marks the first time the substantial old weatherboard in the 2200 square metre garden has been used as a private home.

It was built in the late 1880s in the heyday of Hepburn as a Victorian spa resort and was later a nursing home. Yuge Bromley says that when the couple actually got to see it in the flesh, “we loved it – we’re tinkerers and we knew we could add our touches to it”.

Without doing what most people taking possession of a period building usually do, and gutting and modernising it out of all recognition, the couple did their interior design thing, their way.

They introduced interesting colour effects (lime green kitchen benches), unexpected room connections – a main “family bedroom” that steps through a huge wood framed circle into a dressing room; quirky inventions, hanging racks made of copper plumbing pipes, and wallpaper made of blown up, black and white images of 1960s rock stars.

“We never set out to reconfigure places. David says ‘there is always a good reason why places were built the way they were’. So what we do instead,” Yuge says, “is add our touch on top of the character that’s already there.”

Having recently installed an exceptional glass mosaic wall that will stay in the outdoor bathing pavilion, the restless creatives and their two young children are selling to move into another house they own locally.

“We realised there was nothing else we could add to the house and we need to keep doing things,” Yuge says.

Mr Skewes says although the house has only come onto the market this week, there is already good interest. It’s certainly an usual proposition, even in a town increasingly popular with wealthy Melburnians taking to it as an alternative retreat destination to the Mornington Peninsula.

The agent can see huge scope for the old Bromley house as “a fantastic holiday rental for group accommodation – hen’s parties, that sort of thing”.

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Twiggy, here’s how we can get the Bledisloe Cup back

This is where a mere journalist tries to give a successful billionaire gratuitous investment advice: Mr Forrest, if you really want to help rugby union in Western , don’t throw scores of millions of dollars at the Western Force.
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Andrew Forrest offered the n Rugby Union $50 million to keep the WA franchise in the Super Rugby competition next year. It was a very generous offer, a passionate expression of support for the WA team. The excuse used by the ARU for rejecting the fortune – that the offer was “late”, as if the lockout laws were in force at the ARU boardroom – was lame.

Now “Twiggy” is promising to set up an alternative international competition for the Force This is an extraordinary development, a gesture of Russian oligarch proportions.

It’s a bit like ‘if you won’t let my kids play with you, I’ll hire some other kids who will’.

Twiggy’s “IPL of rugby” would be a second-rate competition without the first-rate sides – i.e. the Kiwis.

There is a not-unreasonable argument that the Super Rugby competition has become more than a little silly in trying to expand to five nations, that it could do better with a two-tier promotion-and-relegation structure. All the n franchises would be in second division at present, but with the hope of making first grade.

But a quick $50 million or $100 million for either a rebel competition or the ARU won’t really help WA or n rugby.

Mr Forrest, you didn’t become a multi-billionaire with a quick cash splash. Some of your earlier, er, “less fortunate” ventures were a bit like that.

You made the very big time by building Fortescue up from zilch. It took time, including some very difficult times, to finally get there.

So it is with n rugby right now. The game they play in heaven is going through hell here. Short-termism and petty fiefdoms have let it down. Those problems can’t be fixed quickly.

You’d be fooling yourself to think n rugby has anywhere near the depth required to be consistently competitive with the very best. One close test every few years does not a Bledisloe Cup make.

Money is certainly needed, but as a long-term investment in the game. Instead of taking money from the kids and amateurs, the professionals have to put money back into the base of the game. In mining terminology, there’s a lot of survey work required, vast mapping and sampling and a comprehensive drilling program before the gold can be mined.

Specifically, rugby has to peg out the kids. It’s been losing them to claim jumpers from other codes. They have to be fought for.

Here’s one simple investment that would eventually pay off more than a “rugby IPL”:

I’m a little rusty but back in the day when coaching junior rugby, only the relatively few elite private primary schools played competitive sport against each other. The state schools, the Catholic schools, did not. That seems not to have changed.

Change it. You can’t rely on parents taking their children to rugby instead of myriad other activities. You have to take the rugby to them. And you have to take it to the children who don’t have the parental support necessary to play any club sport.

(On a sideline once, I met a bloke who said his job was headmaster of a school that had being expelled from another school as its entrance requirement. He said 90-something per cent of his pupils had never played team sport.)

Provide the development officers to coach and organise mixed-team Walla-rugby (touch) competitions that run all winter. Provide the buses and the insurance and the grounds. Capture their sweet little hearts with the unbridled joy of running with and passing a rugby ball, of banding together against a common foe, of competing, of learning to win and lose.

The schools and teachers would love it – someone else taking the kids off their hands. Heavens, they let in AFL types just for catch-and-kick stuff. For reliable, regular, very professionally organised, wonderfully healthy sport for all shapes, sizes, skills and sexes – they’re yours and off to the staff room. The better teachers will want to be part of it themselves.

And the kids, oh, the kids more than love it. I’ve seen it happen twice in primary schools. Unfortunately they were just one-off tournaments, one a knock-out tackle comp, the other a half-day touch festival.

After a few weeks training, the mixed Walla-rugby team went so very close to winning the school a new TV. It was huge, as was the cheer squad.

As for the boys’ rugby, I’d like to tell you a little north shore Catholic school, with a core of club rugby boys bolstered by classmates quickly converted from soccer and Aussie Rules, overcame the odds of drawing a much larger school from rugby league heartland as their first opponents.

But they didn’t. They weren’t disgraced. They were certainly tackled. They were bruised and scraped. They never stopped. They scored tries, but not enough. And with red and green frogs all round after the game, they were happy. They’d all played rugby together. And not all of the heathens stayed with soccer thereafter.

Invest $50 million in rugby by making it cheap and welcoming for primary school boys and girls to play. Make junior club rugby much cheaper than the other codes. Ensure the highest standards of sportsmanship. Make it the game of choice.

Do that and rugby will grow, even in the hard-core AFL states. It will take years, but it would win Bledisloe Cups. Get enough cattle, enough enthusiasm, it will happen.

It’s called long-term thinking, the sort of thing that’s required to find an ore body, prove it up, and eventually mine it.

It’s not going out and buying a team or competition. Leave that to the Russians.

Indonesia files complaint against China in World Trade Organisation

Jakarta: Indonesia has complained to the World Trade Organisation over a protectionist tariff imposed by on paper imports, in a move that could overshadow the last months of sensitive free-trade negotiations.
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The latest salvo comes as the Indonesian government also expressed its “deep concern” after launched an investigation into the alleged dumping of steel rods exported from Indonesia.

The leaders of Indonesia and have committed to reaching a free-trade deal by the end of the year.

However, announced in April that it would impose dumping duties on A4 paper exported from Indonesia and three other countries in a crackdown on “unfair dumping into the n market”.

A dumping duty is a protectionist tariff imposed on foreign imports priced below their normal value in the country of export.

The decision was celebrated at the Maryvale mill of n Paper – ‘s sole copy paper manufacturer – where jobs had been at risk from cheap imports.

But on September 1, Indonesia filed a complaint claiming that ‘s actions appeared to be inconsistent with provisions under the World Trade Organisation’s Anti-Dumping Agreement regarding the determination of dumping.

Director of Trade Defence Pradnyawati said the anti-dumping measures were based on allegations by the n Anti-Dumping Commission that Indonesia’s ban on the export of timber logs had distorted the price of A4 copy paper.

The commission found exports of paper from Indonesia were dumped with margins of up to 38.6 per cent.

“The Indonesian government has pursued diplomatic approaches by explaining to the n government that the policy does not cause price distortion, however, it did not affect the course of investigation and decision on imposition of anti-dumping duties,” Ms Pradnyawati told Fairfax Media.

“Therefore, the government of Indonesia decided to raise this issue as a dispute case in the World Trade Organisation.”

Indonesia’s “request for consultations”, the first step in a trade dispute, gives 60 days to settle the issue. After that period, Indonesia could ask the WTO to adjudicate.

Indonesia’s chief trade negotiator, Deddy Saleh, said the A4 paper case would not affect the negotiation of the free-trade deal, known as the Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

But he said if Indonesia’s complaint were successful, ” should no longer make accusations without strong foundation”.

“Because if it is continuously done it will obviously disturb the trust of the Indonesian business sector and government so that IA-CEPA won’t be easily implemented.”

A spokesman for Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said the government had made clear to Indonesia the independence of ‘s anti-dumping system and processes.

He said the Anti-Dumping Review Panel was undertaking a domestic review of the paper dumping duties.

“The government understands the panel has just instructed the Anti-Dumping Commission to re-investigate,” the spokesman said.

Indonesia and three other tobacco-producing countries have also appealed against ‘s world-first cigarette plain packaging laws to the World Trade Organisation, arguing they created an illegal trade barrier.

The final ruling is yet to be made but Bloomberg reported in May that a leaked draft report found ‘s laws were a legitimate public health measure.

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Deuces high: David Simon turns the clock back to the sexual revolution of the ’70s

In the hectic world of the HBO drama The Deuce, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy Merrell stands as a woman ahead of her time: a working girl who isn’t defined by the world in which she finds herself, but by the world she hopes to build for herself and her child.
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“It’s become clear to all of us that we live in a world that’s full of misogyny, [and] that I think we thought we had moved further than we have,” she says. “So playing a prostitute who ultimately gets involved in pornography is a very interesting perspective from which to explore women and our relationship to power, to art, to money, to sex.

“Candy says it explicitly in the first episode, she says, this is my job, this is not the entirety of who I am. You see her intellectual life, you deeply see her artistic life, you see her sexual life, you see her as a mum, you see her as a daughter. You see her as a full person.”

The Deuce, the story of how the mob, massage parlours and the emerging porn industry intersected in New York in the early 1970s, also stars James Franco, as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, who become proxies for the mob in Times Square.

Created by David Simon and his long-time collaborator George Pelecanos, the series can trace its origin to an earlier project, Treme, which was filmed in New Orleans. A colleague at that time told them the story of man in New York he knew who had lived through the events now fictionalised in The Deuce.

“We heard that and we thought, ‘we don’t want to do a porn show’,” Simon says, laughing. “We went up to New York for some editing on [Treme] and we met this guy and he started telling us stories. Three hours later George and I walked out of the meeting and we said, we are going to have to do a porn show because the stories were so compelling.”

The story of The Deuce pivots on the legal system’s inability – or unwillingness – to quantify what pornography was, Simon says.

“There’s a moment where the rules changed, so one moment you weren’t allowed to do things and then the next moment you were,” he says. “And the money and the human beings arrayed themselves around that new truth.

“Was the country ready for that kind of libertarian notion of we are not going to judge this anymore? Apparently, because we did it and this is what the courts felt comfortable saying in 1972 that they never would have felt comfortable in 1952. But that was the moment.”

It is, he adds, a powerful statement on “free market capitalism”.

For Gyllenhaal, the series tells a feminist story though that might not be immediately apparent.

She says it offers a chance to reflect on how women “have to twist themselves in order to feed themselves the things they need to stay alive intellectually, artistically, sexually, whatever, emotionally”.

Initially, the series’ depiction of sexuality is transactional, Gyllenhaal says. “For the first episodes most of the sex you see is performance, you see people going, I’m going to dress like this because I need to make this much money tonight and if I wear these clothes, more people are going to pick me up.

“Then you get to see a different kind of sex, sex that’s about female desire. And all of a sudden [it] shifts all the other sex you saw into relief. We’re so used to seeing sex portrayed on TV and in bad TV and bad movies. Here, in the middle of the piece, you have the bottom drop out.”

For Gyllenhaal the appeal of Candy was that she lives “in the dark side, and I think I’m interested in the dark side”, she says. “But also I think when you’re playing someone who’s just keeping their head above water, which is true for Candy, you don’t have the luxury to feel sad and sorry for yourself, those are middle-class problems.

“When you are just surviving, you have to be an optimist and so there’s a brightness about her and just reaching for the next rung, that was nice to play. I felt empowered by playing someone who was so comfortable with her sexuality. It was really fun. I felt inspired by that.”

Securing Franco’s services followed a slightly unconventional route, Simon says, noting that he and Franco essentially came to a verbal agreement, outside of the traditional machinery of agents, lawyers and managers.

“I was one of the biggest fans of The Wire, I met David and we were talking about Show Me a Hero,” Franco says. “I couldn’t do that because of scheduling but I was like, do you have anything in the pipeline you might do in a year or two and he said, ‘well, I got this show about the old 42nd Street and the dawn of pornography’.”

At that point, Simon had no plan to proceed with The Deuce and Franco, some time later, found himself reading Difficult Men, Brett Martin’s book about television showrunners, which included a section on Simon. His interest in working in television, generally, and with Simon, specifically, was rekindled.

“I was so drawn to this new kind of design of television shows,” Franco says.

So he called Simon. “I was like, I’m in,” Franco says. “That show about 42nd Street, how do we do it? We had to go shoot a pilot because HBO had Vinyl, another show about New York in the ’70s. We shot it and it was great and they picked us up.”

The series does not use overt signalling to differentiate between the two brothers.

“These are identical twins and they don’t have the exact same style but they look pretty similar,” Franco says.

“To differentiate them, it came down to behaviour and energy and how they speak and that kind of thing. Frankie’s a much more kind of swinging dude, he’s a degenerate gambler, he’s a bit of a ladies’ man, and he doesn’t take responsibility for anything. Vincent is the responsible one.”

Franco also directed two episodes, noting that the scripts were densely packed with detail. “These guys [Simon and co-writer Pelecanos], they come from journalism and writing, if there’s one thing they know how to do, it’s research,” he says.

“There was plenty of material that they just gave me that I could read and look at, but more than that, I had already done a lot of the research, watching my favourite movies from the ’70s, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Serpico,Dog Day Afternoon and The French Connection.”

The era depicted in the series is, in relative terms, a somewhat innocent time, Franco says.

“Of course, there was exploitation and all this stuff happening but compared to where porn went and a lot of things that are happening in pornography now, it was in some ways a lot more innocent,” he says. “They were trying to tell stories. There were actually porn films that had artistic aspirations.”

One of the episodes Franco directed deals with a groundbreaking piece of gay cinema, Boys in the Sand, a pornographic film notable because it was considered legitimate enough to be reviewed in the Hollywood trade newspaper, Variety.

“They were trying to do something there more than just titillate,” Franco says. “They were trying to do something artsy. The period we’re depicting and the films, a lot of the films, or some of the films that they were making at that time were very different than what you’ll find nowadays streaming online.”

The drawcard for fans of Simon’s work, Franco says, is that The Deuce takes on an almost Dickensian examination of its world and the people who inhabit it.

“Now, I think David Simon’s porn is political corruption, that’s what gets him off,” Franco says. “[But] here we’ve got characters on all levels of society and that’s what’s exciting.

“I think that was one of the most exciting things about The Wire. You’re looking at the drug war, but you’re not looking at it just from the police force’s point of view and you’re not looking at it just from the dealer’s point of view, you’re looking at it from all sides. That’s what we have here.”

WHAT: The Deuce

WHEN: Showcase, Monday, 11am and 8.30pm

Coles hops into half hour delivery with Deliveroo

Coles has added another twist to its experiments with online delivery, teaming up with the bicycle-based service Deliveroo to offer 30-minute home deliveries on groceries.
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Deliveroo, which mostly delivers food from restaurants, has been offering “food packs” such as a selection of barbecue items or entertainment snacks for delivery to customers in Melbourne’s inner-east since early this year.

The partnership upped the ante last month and is now offering a range of basic groceries for home delivery, including milk, bread, cheese, spreads and fruit and vegetables, plus a range of “meal packs” that include ingredients to make dishes such as pork noodle soup and risotto.

Coles has started promoting the offer to customers, advertising home delivery within 30 minute on those products through Deliveroo’s network, which is made up of contractors mostly using bicycles or scooters.

???Deliveroo is the second “share economy” service Coles has teamed up with as it tries to improve its online and home delivery offering ahead of digital retail giant Amazon’s arrival in some time next year.

The supermarket last month started a short trial with Silicon Valley giant Uber, in which the “ride-sharing” company’s network of drivers completed same-day deliveries for items that were left out or needed to be replaced from orders Coles’ own trucks delivered. The Uber trial was run out of Coles’ online-only “dark store” in Richmond South.

A Deliveroo spokeswoman said the service was only available to customers living within about three kilometres of Coles’ Richmond store, but that “based on the success of the partnership, we’re wanting to roll it out further”. A Coles spokesman declined to comment.

Retail consultant Steven Kulmar, founder of Retail Oasis, said Coles and Woolworths were both improving their online offering and deliveries with an eye on Amazon, which is due to open a full retail service in some time next year.

It is not clear exactly what Amazon’s local offering will be, but it could include its grocery service Amazon Fresh, which in the United States offers customers same-day grocery deliveries.

Mr Kulmar said delivery models like Uber and Deliveroo were attractive because consumers were moving towards smaller, more frequent shops.

“Customers are more interested in fresh – they’re interested in tonight’s meal and tomorrow night’s meal, not meals for the next fortnight,” he said.

Larger items were better suited to a click and collect “drive through” model, which had been “incredibly successful” for Amazon Fresh and which Woolworths was trying to emulate, Mr Kulmar said.

Amazon has signalled its intention to become a bigger player in the supermarket space with its $18 billion aquisition of Whole Foods.

Call for power to ban ‘unfit’ financial services bosses

The corporate watchdog should be given stronger powers to ban senior financial services managers and directors who oversee serious breaches of the law, an official review suggests.
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As part of a push to promote greater accountability in finance, the n Securities and Investments Commission Enforcement Review Taskforce has argued the regulator lacks the power to ban some senior managers or directors who are “unfit” for their role.

The gap in its legal powers has meant that some banned financial advisers continue to work in the industry as managers, potentially putting customers at risk, a consultation paper says.

It may also mean senior managers who oversee repeated breaches of the law are able to move within the industry without being punished, the paper said.

In response, the paper argued there was a need for ASIC to have powers to take action against senior managers or directors who have overseen businesss that have had “serious systemic compliance failures”.

“The government and the community are demanding better from those who occupy senior roles in banks, and the financial services sector generally,” financial services minister Kelly O’Dwyer said.

Such changes would beef up ASIC’s powers at the same time as the n Prudential Regulation Authority will also get greater power to ban senior managers and intervene in how top executives of banks are paid.

After a run of scandals in financial services in recent years, the government has appointed the ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce to give the watchdog stronger powers when policing the sector.

Under current rules, ASIC can ban someone from providing financial services, but not from acting in a managerial position in the sector.

Nor can ASIC ban a director or manager “who may not have breached financial services laws but were nonetheless integral to the operation of the business,” the paper said.

ASIC can ban directors or managers who knowingly broke the law, but the paper said said there was a “residual concern” over its powers to take action against managers who “were responsible for the relevant business and failed to ensure that it was conducted in a lawful manner”.

The paper provided a case study in which ASIC identified “widespread breaches” of the law from a “large” licensee, and it accepted an enforceable undertaking.

The case study said ASIC had concerns about several senior managers within the firm, including a manager dubbed “Mr G,” who was later involved in further management failings at another firm.

“Despite the fact that Mr G appears to be involved in management failings at a number of licensees, ASIC is unable to ban him from managing financial services providers,” the case study said.

In response, the paper proposes the circumstances in which it can ban people to should be broadened, to expressly cover directors, company officers and managers.

It should be able to ban these people if ASIC has reason to believe they are “not a fit and proper person to provide a financial service”, the paper said.

Richmond star Dustin Martin’s dad locked out of China by new law

???Dustin Martin’s father will be unable to see his son play finals footy, or possibly win a Brownlow medal, after a new law was pushed through that would prevent Shane Martin from returning to .
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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton had an amendment passed to the Migration Act to stop the Richmond star’s father, and up to 20 other people, whose visas have been cancelled, from re-entering .

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government was “proud” of its decision to cancel Mr Martin’s, who he said posed a threat to .

Mr Turnbull made no apologies while speaking to radio station 3AW on Thursday.

Dustin Martin and his father Shane.

“His [Dustin Martin’s] father has had his visa cancelled because of his criminal record and association with outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Mr Turnbull said.

“People who are outlaw motorcycle gang members, who are criminals or threats to national security cannot stay in the country”.

When asked if Mr Martin posed a threat to the safety of the country, Mr Turnbull replied “of course”.

The new laws were passed on Monday, in anticipation of a High Court decision.

The High Court found on Wednesday that Mr Dutton had been wrong to kick out two men accused of being Rebels bikies, AJ Graham and Mehaka Lee Te Puia.

The High Court ruled 6-1 in the men’sfavour and ordered the government to pay their legal costs.

The men were extradited from based on secret information from police and intelligence services.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed off on an amendment on Tuesday, just hours before the High Court ruling, to ensure any other decisions on visa cancellations by Mr Dutton under Section 503A of the Migration Act would stand.

Mr Dutton’s office said Mr Martin’s visa was cancelled for the safety of the n community because of his criminal record and association with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

“He [Shane Martin] should have thought about the consequences of his actions on his family and the victims of crimes at the time of his offending. This amendment ensures that people who are outlaw motorcycle gang members, organised criminals and threats to national security cannot stay in ,” a statement from Mr Dutton’s office said.

Mr Dutton strengthened his resolve while talking to radio station Triple M on Thursday morning.

“He’s not coming back, no,” he said of Mr Martin.

“I feel for the Martin family in the circumstances but I’ve got to take into consideration not only those people that have been victims of crimes committed by outlaw motorcycle gang members and those associated with them but also the future impact, that is we want to try and reduce crime.”

Mr Dutton said among the 20 people whose visas has been cancelled were “some pretty nasty characters”.

“If they’re going to harm ns I don’t understand how they can expect to stay here on their visas.”

The AFL star and his father last week opened up about their bond in separate interviews on the Nine Network’s The Footy Show.

Mr Martin has previously denied being involved in criminal activity.

He also revealed his desire to come back to to watch the Brownlow where Dustin is a favourite to win, or to see him play in an AFL football final.

Dustin’s family said last week that they were hopeful the High Court decision on Wednesday would allow Shane Martin to return to as early as next week.

Mr Martin has previously said he would take his fight to return to the High Court if necessary and said the weight of Dustin’s decision on his football future with the Tigers had taken its toll on the family.

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