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Messages reveal how alleged terror cell would carry out deadly attack

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Sydney 30July17: Terrorism: Police and AFP raid a number of houses across Lakemba, Punchbowl and Surry Hills after a plot to shoot down and aircraft with an IED is uncovered.Sproule St LakembaPhoto MIchele MOssopA senior Islamic State figure in Syria dictated a plan to execute mass-casualty terrorism on n soil and managed to send a “military-grade explosive” to Sydney undetected.

The alleged terrorism conspiracy that police cracked open last week served as a chilling example of how IS figures use supporters as puppets to carry out terrorism in foreign countries.

The method of “virtually planning” involves IS operatives feeding overseas supporters instructions via encrypted communication platforms on how to carry out terrorism.

This is what police allege occurred when men in an alleged Sydney terror cell began communicating with the terrorist group in April.

Messages between Lakemba man Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, 49, and IS spanned months and delved into how the most destructive plot ever concocted on n soil would be executed.

In one message seen by Fairfax Media, the men signed off with “thanks be to God”.

At some point during the following three months, the IS senior operative sent components of an improvised explosive device (IED) to , from Turkey, via air cargo.

“With assistance from the IS commander, the accused assembled the IED into what we believe was a functional IED to be placed on that flight,” n Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said.

The IED was secreted inside a meat mincer, packed inside luggage and carted to Sydney International Airport on July 15.

The plan was for the bag to end up on a Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Khaled Mahmoud Khayat’s brother, Amer Khayat, was the unwitting passenger, who had no idea a bomb had been planted in his check-in luggage.

However, the plot was abandoned, possibly because the luggage was too heavy.

Khaled Mahmoud Khayat was allegedly directing the terrorism plot and his other brother, Mahmoud Khayat, 32, was also allegedly involved. Both have been charged with terrorism offences.

Mr Phelan would not quantify how much explosive material was sent to but it was “enough to cause significant damage”.

“We are alleging that explosive device, components of it, including the propellant, did come from overseas,” he said.

Screening at cargo points is now under review and was immediately bolstered after n intelligence agencies learned of the plot on July 26.

The plane bomb plot was abandoned after July 15 and a new plan was hatched to build an improvised chemical device to release in a public place.

Messages between the Sydney group and IS operative detailed what chemicals to use, particular chemical reactions to try and what can be used to create the most amount of damage in a confined place, Mr Phelan said.

The IS “controller” also spoke with the ns about the best places to release the chemical device, including crowded spaces and public transport.

IS has been increasingly using virtually planned attacks as a way of infiltrating overseas supporter groups.

The operatives often pick the targets, tactics and provide emotional support right up until the moment of the attack, Monash University terrorism researcher Andrew Zammit says.

Zammit said the recent development emerged as part of IS’ “widespread use of social media and other online means to mobilise transnational support”.

“[It] has enabled IS to orchestrate violence in places where its capabilities were too limited for centrally planned attacks,” Zammit wrote in a journal article for the Institute of Regional Security.

Virtual planning has been involved in several n plots, most prominently the 2015 Anzac Day plot in Melbourne in which Sevdet Bessem received online instructions from IS recruiter Neil Prakash and a 14-year-old British boy who was in close contact with IS.

They discussed various targets and tactics at length, down to what he should wear on the day of the attack.

Sydney Swans stun Geelong to stay in hunt for top-four finish

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Sydney have continued their unlikely yet remarkable charge towards the top four with a superb 46-point win over Geelong at Simonds Stadium on Friday night.

The Swans, who began the year with six losses, set up the victory with seven goals to two in the first quarter. Geelong couldn’t recover on a night where their sloppiness and inability to convert chances hurt them dearly.

Cats captain Joel Selwood finished the game on the bench after he injured his ankle late in the second quarter. He returned to the field but had minimal impact as he visibly struggled with the injury before going off for good early in the final term.

Geelong, already missing star Patrick Dangerfield through suspension, were outsmarted by the Swans on their home deck in what was their first loss at Simonds Stadium since the Swans beat them there in round 16, 2016.

The Swans are making a habit of winning in Geelong. Including this win, the Swans have won three games at the ground since 2008. All other visiting teams have won a combined four.

The Swans were without their midfield dynamo Josh Kennedy, but their efficient performance, which was spiked with moments of brilliance from Lance Franklin (although otherwise quiet), Isaac Heeney and Luke Parker, made up for the loss of their captain.

Despite grinding to stay in the contest in the middle two quarters, Geelong capitulated in the final quarter with the Swans opening up a 37-point margin early on in the term in bizarre circumstances.

After Dan Hannebery kicked the first goal of the final term, Cat Mitch Duncan punched Tom Papley in the gut. Papley missed the set shot from the resulting free kick but before he kicked, the umpire blew his whistle for a 50-metre penalty and so he kicked an easy goal with his second chance. That effectively ended the game as a contest and kept Sydney’s faint top-four hopes alive. As for Geelong, who play Richmond (Simonds Stadium), Collingwood (MCG) and Greater Western Sydney (Simonds Stadium) to end the year, the loss means their top-four spot isn’t set in stone.

Geelong started the game the better side and dominated the possession and clearance count early, a tone which continued through the evening despite their loss. It took Sydney six minutes to register their first inside 50, but once they did they took charge.

Geelong kicked the first goal of the evening, but Sydney piled on five in a row, and then another two after Zac Smith’s goal for Geelong.

Alarmingly for the Cats, Franklin kicked none of those and had only three disposals in the first term. Instead the damage was done via two goals each to Sam Reid and Papley, while Parker’s 55-metre goal from the pocket, the Swans’ third, sucked the life out of the home crowd.

Geelong tightened the screws on Sydney in the second quarter and kicked three goals for the term, but two Sydney goals to end the term, the last a Franklin special, meant their hard work counted for little on the scoreboard at the main break.

The Cats had 14 clearances to Sydney’s six in the second quarter but the Swan defence dealt admirably with the onslaught that the home team’s stoppage dominance created.

Chris Scott’s men dominated the third quarter but only kicked two goals, with Selwood again looking worse for wear on his left leg after a Franklin tackle at the end of the term.

Reid was influential for the Swans as the spare man in defence in the second half. His positioning regularly disrupted Geelong’s forward play and made life easier for Sydney’s back six, who had their hands full early dealing with Tom Hawkins.

Litbits: A look ahead at the Canberra literary scene

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August 8:Poetry and Public Apology: Judith Wright in the 20th Century, a free Fellowship Presentation by Dr Bridget Vincent exploring the relationship between Judith Wright’s poetry and her activism, is on at the National Library of Conference Room, Level 4 at 5.15pm. nla.gov.au.

August 9: With his deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, Pulitzer Prize finalist David Haskell will make you look at trees in an entirely new way. . RSVP: 6262 1111, 6pm, Theatre, National Library of Tickets: $25 (includes refreshments and book signing). nla.gov.au/event/author-talk-with-david-haskell.

August 9: The next Poetry in the House reading is at 7.30pm in the Fellows Bar at University House and will feature Andrew Burke (Perth), Merlinda Bobis (Canberra) and John Stokes (Canberra). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. Bookings: [email protected]苏州夜生活.au.

August 10: In the 2017 Kenneth Myer Lecture, 2020 Vision – Where is Headed?, Dr Anne Summers explores how she would promote positive change in . Free entry, National Library of theatre, lower ground 1, 6pm. nla.gov.au.

August 13: Join Louise Page, soprano singer, for conversation and afternoon tea in Winter Tales. National Library of ,Conference Room, Level 4. $15 includes afternoon tea. nla.gov.au.

August 14: At 6.30pm in the Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Building, Crawford School, 132 Lennox Crossing, ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Gail Kelly will discuss her her new book, Live, Lead, Learn. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6pm.

August 17: Cartoonist Judy Horacek will be in conversation with Irma Gold about Horacek’s collection of more than 200 cartoons, Random Life, at Paperchain Manuka at 5.45 for 6pm. RSVP 6295 6723..

August 18: At 11.30am in the National Library of , Lower Ground 1, The Children’s Book Council of and the Library are holding the presentation of the Book of the Year awards and the launch of Book Week 2017, followed by book signings. Free, places limited. nla.gov.au.

August 18: Paul Field, author of Gimme Shelter, telling the stories of 16 returned service men and women, will be in conversation with David Savage and Don Barnby at 5.45 for 6pm at Paperchain Manuka. RSVP Telephone 6295 6723 or email [email protected]苏州夜网.au.

August 25: The Canberra Writers Festival 2017 – theme: Power, Passion, Politics- is on until August 27, beginning today from 9am to 9pm in the National Library’s Conference Room, Ferguson Room, Foyer, Theatre, Level 4. Ticket prices vary. See: canberrawritersfestival苏州夜网.au.

August 25: The Minister for Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay , will launch Frances Isaac’s novel ISABEL: I’ll walk with you again in the Ferguson Room of the National Library of at 1pm. Admission free.

August 30: At Muse Canberra, The Long Table from noon to 1.30pm features lunch with Hugh Mackay, author of Selling the Dream. Tickets $75 include two-course meal, drink, tea or coffee and a copy of the book. musecanberra苏州夜网.au.

August 30: Poet Maggie Sharpley’s first collection, Proof, will be launched by Professor Paul Hetherington at the National Library of Bookshop at 6pm. Admission free. nla.gov.au.

September 12: At 6pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU will be a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event with Julian Burnside QC in conversation with Professor Simon Rice on Burnside’s new book Watching Out. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September. 19: At 6.30pm in the China in the World Auditorium, ANU, Benjamin Law and Professor Mary Lou Rassmussen will be in conversation on Law’s new Quarterly Essay, Sexuality, Schools and the Media Out. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

September 20: At 6pm in the Conference Room, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU in a free ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author event, Stuart Kells will be in conversation with Colin Steele on Kells’s new book The Library, about great libraries of the world and how they are portrayed in fiction. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144.

October 11: At 7pm in The Hall, University House, at Eat Drink and Be Political, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with Alex Sloan on Evans’ s new book, Incorrigible Optimist. A Political Memoir. Bookings at anu.edu.au/events or 6125 4144. Pre-book signings at 6.15pm.

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Social Seen: Roxy Jacenko and Erin Molan talk weddings

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This time last year she was undergoing an operation for breast cancer while her husband, Oliver Curtis, celebrated his 31st birthday behind bars at Cooma Correctional Centre.

But fast-forward 12 months and all eyes were on an uber-glamorous Roxy Jacenko in a monochrome ensemble accessorised with her new 6.5-carat round-cut diamond engagement ring at the launch of Birkenhead Point’s multimillion-dollar fashion precinct on Tuesday.

Arriving in style in a black Aston Martin, worth a cool $400,000, the Sweaty Betty boss, who recently became re-engaged to her husband of five years, Curtis, spoke at the event about how his 12-month prison stint had taken a toll on their relationship.

“The reality is I didn’t know whether we’d stay together, that’s the truth ??? I didn’t think there was any hope,” she said.

Jacenko has yet to start planing their wedding, not too unlike Channel Nine’s newly engagedThe NRL Footy Show host, Erin Molan, who told Fairfax Media she and her fiance, police officer Sean Ogilvy, had yet to even decide on a location.

“We have not planned a thing. We won’t wait that long. He’s 42 and I am 33 ??? but we are just waiting for a day to sit down and actually try and plan,” she said.

“I’m so bad with all of that stuff; logistically, I just don’t really care. We are very normal, simple people. As long as both of our families are there, that’s all we really care about.

“For now we are just enjoying being engaged.”

Holly Asser, Jacenko’s right-hand publicist at Sweaty Betty, oversaw the event that included a champagne-filled morning tea at a hedged pop-up French bistro, to welcome high-end store Bally and Harrolds to the Drummoyne outlet centre.

At the same time across town on Castlereagh Street, Cerrone celebrated its 45th anniversary with a rare diamond exhibition. An impressive 450 carats were on display, curated by society jeweller Nicola Cerrone.

Studio 10’sIta Buttrose was spotted trying on a 20-carat white oval-cut diamond worth $4.2 million for size, while 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon slipped on a $4.7 million, ???7.37-carat pink radiant-cut number.

Other heroes on display guests that could peruse as they sipped Veuve Clicquot included a $2.9 million, 1.52 carat blue pear-cut; and a 1.04 carat, deep green cushion-cut diamond valued at $865,000.

No one left empty-handed; each guest received a pair of Cerrone rose gold earrings valued at $500.

Later that evening at the Museum of Contemporary Art at The Rocks, overlooking the Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s leading celebrity make-up artists for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Hung Van Ngo, unveiled six new Eye-conic Multi-finish Eyeshadow Palettes for the brand.

Hung, who has worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Karlie Kloss, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner, to name but a few, took to the stage to share his tricks of the trade with the gathered beauty industry types, media and influencers.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s not like a haircut, if you don’t like [your make-up] you can wipe it off,” Hung said.

He also suggested to go where no man or woman had gone since the 1980s – blue eyeshadow. “It’s fun and it looks good with all eye colours; there are no rules,” he said.

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Plans to form East Timorese government thrown into disarray

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The hero of East Timor’s independence struggle Xanana Gusmao has resigned from the presidency of his party only days after national elections, throwing moves to form a coalition government into disarray.

Mr Gusmao, a former president and prime minister and still the most powerful figure in Asia’s newest democracy, made the surprise announcement that his National Congress for Timorese Reconstruction (CNRT) party would not enter into a coalition with the leftist Fretilin party, which narrowly won the July 22 vote.

The parties have jointly ruled through a parliamentary majority alliance that Mr Gusmao set-up in 2015, saying at the time he favours a “government of national unity” for the stability it brings East Timor.

In a speech to a closed meeting of party officials, Mr Gusmao took blame for the party’s loss and said the vote showed Timorese “do not trust the CNRT to govern,” the Portuguese newsagency Lusa reported from Dili.

The CNRT won 29.5 per cent of the vote, down from 37.7 per cent in 2012, when it was the top polling party.

Fretilin this time captured 29.7 per cent of the vote and its leader Mari Alkatiri claimed victory.

But Fretilin fell short of winning the 33 seats needed in the 65-seat parliament for one party to rule alone.

Some analysts say Mr Gusmao’s resignation may be part of a negotiating ploy and predicted he would probably still cut a deal with Fretilin.

But Mr Gusmao said his party “will not accept proposals from anyone, nor invite any party to form a coalition because it does not intend to participate in government,” Lusa reported.

“This is the right moment for Fretilin, as the winning party of the 2017 elections, to assume, and with full legitimacy, the reins of government,” he said, adding the CNRT would serve in opposition “to contribute to the process of nation building, to consolidate the democratic transition in this country.”

Jose Ramos-Horta, East Timor’s former president and prime minister, praised Mr Gusmao for “gallantly” honouring the people’s verdict by accepting defeat and responsibility for the election loss.

“Xanana has elevated himself higher,” Mr Ramos-Horta said on social media.

“Now it is simple. It is incumbent on Dr Mari Alkatiri to actively engage other parties in forging a government that will continue to consolidate peace and democracy in Timor-Leste (East Timor), build on many positive achievements the country has experienced, improve on what has been successful, change where it has to change,” he said.

Referring to Fairfax Media’s report that Mr Gusmao’s decision has thrown moves to form a coalition government into “disarray,” Mr Ramos-Horta said “Mr Murdoch like many other media cohorts never see anything positive whatever Timorese leaders do.”

Many CNRT members believe Fretilin should allow the CNRT to name the next prime minister after the party supported Fretilin’s Rui Araujo as the last prime minister and endorsed Fretilin’s Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres, who won presidential elections in March.

Mr Alkatiri said the day after the election that his party will “do everything to embrace anyone and will continue to work with Xanana Gusmao, the inescapable figure of the country, in order to respond to the clear message from our people.”

Michael Leach, an expert on East Timor from Swinburne University of Technology, said Fretilin’s narrow victory has made the outcome of negotiations to form a government less predictable.

“But we should know the composition of a new government within a few days,” he said.

Damien Kingsbury, an expert on East Timor from Deakin University, said East Timor went into the election with a general expectation that Fretilin and the CNRT would continue to dominate politics and return to the coalition that brought the country stability since 2015.

“That stability is now in question,” he said.

“Timor-Leste’s political unity that promised such stability now appears broken,” he said.

Mr Gusmao has been leading East Timor’s negotiations with over a maritime border between the two countries that will decide the future of the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea.

With East Timor’s income from existing oil and gas projects drying up in a few years, East Timor could be broke within a decade unless Greater Sunrise is developed.

Mr Gusmao has insisted gas from the field be piped to a yet-to-be built industrial complex in East Timor, but a Woodside-led consortium says this is unviable and wants to build a floating platform over the field.

Voters in key Liberal seats back same-sex marriage and free vote, poll shows

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Justice Minister Michael Keenan addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 30 May 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen A majority of voters in six seats held by Liberal MPs who are undecided on marriage equality support same-sex marriage and a free vote in Parliament, new polling shows.

However, Liberal voters in those seats were significantly less inclined to support marriage equality or a parliamentary free vote – concerns MPs will need to weigh ahead of a special party room meeting on Monday.

The ReachTel poll, commissioned by activist group GetUp, examined six seats in Queensland and Western – Hasluck, Moncrieff, Ryan, Stirling, Swan and Tangney – held by Coalition MPs whose position on same-sex marriage is undeclared according to n Marriage Equality.

In five of the six seats, more than 50 per cent of voters wanted same-sex marriage to be legalised. In Stirling, a metropolitan seat in Perth held by Justice Minister Michael Keenan, the figure was 48 per cent, with 42 per cent against change and 10 per cent undecided.

A majority of voters in all six seats backed a free vote on same-sex marriage in the Parliament “as soon as possible” (in the Perth seat of Swan it was 49.9 per cent, with 33 per cent against and 17 per cent unsure).

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo’s seat of Moncrieff, in south east Queensland, had the strongest support for change, with 60.2 per cent of voters backing same-sex marriage and 59 per cent calling for a free vote by MPs.

ReachTel polled about 700 people in each seat on Wednesday night, as the Turnbull government wrangled over a fresh internal push to legalise same-sex marriage by ditching the failed plebiscite policy in favour of a free vote.

Liberal MPs will decide between those options at a special party room meeting on Monday, convened by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to quell weeks of infighting.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne, who was caught on tape in June speculating same-sex marriage could be delivered “sooner than everyone thinks”, on Friday said: “I think the overwhelming view of the party room is support the current [plebiscite] policy.”

However, some moderate Liberals are reserving their right to ignore such a resolution and demand debate on a private member’s bill which has been drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith, to be presented to colleagues ahead of Monday’s meeting.

If a free vote is rejected, it could see Labor and crossbenchers team up with a handful of Liberals to suspend standing orders and bring on a vote on gay marriage, which would have a reasonable chance of passing.

Senator Smith held his ground on Friday, reiterating Liberal MPs were “free to uphold their own conscience on issues”, unlike Labor.

“It’s a distinction that I will use on this particular issue at this particular point in time,” he told Sky News.

The ReachTel poll showed Liberal voters in the six seats were less inclined to support same-sex marriage, and were generally split on a free vote.

In Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt’s seat of Hasluck, 43.2 per cent of Liberal voters wanted a free vote, while 44.7 per cent were opposed.

In the Queensland seat of Ryan, held by Jane Prentice, 52.4 per cent of LNP voters opposed a free vote, but 37.1 per cent were in favour.

And 44.2 per cent of Liberal voters in Mr Keenan’s electorate of Stirling supported a free vote straight away, compared to 35.5 per cent against and 20 per cent undecided.

Voters were not polled about their feelings toward a plebiscite, but were asked: “Do you believe the government should hold a free vote in Parliament for marriage equality as soon as possible?”

GetUp campaign director Sally Rugg said the poll results showed voters “aren’t buying” the plebiscite and that “people are really sick of hearing about this issue”.

“So many people support this reform and understand that it’s a simple positive thing that will bring happiness to thousands of families across ,” she said.

‘I would pinch myself’: Prime Palm Beach mansion for sale

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Former squash world champion Rodney Eyles has listed his stunning Palm Beach beachfront mansion at 63 Jefferson Lane for sale.

“I would pinch myself every single morning that I lived here. I love this house,” Mr Eyles said. “It’s been the best place in the world for our kids to grow up.”

You can walk directly off of the 597-square metre block and onto the sands of Palm Beach and there’s unbeatable ocean views from the home’s living areas too.

“It is truly [heaven] to walk out the back door and be right on the beach,” Mr Eyles said.

After 17 years the Eyles family are giving up the family home; they no longer need it. Recently, the former squash world number two has been working in the US.

Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Troy Dowker said apart from the obvious benefit of being able to walk onto the beach, Jefferson Lane was a prime location.

“On a global scale, Palm Beach also has something special as its gated by two estuaries on either end with national parks at Currumbin to the south and Burleigh Heads to the north.”

Mr Eyles said he was a big fan of the opportunities for fun the lifestyle offered. “I love to surf and kayak here,” he said. “There’s great spots from here to Currumbin to go running and cycling.”

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Mr Dowker said Jefferson Lane was often overshadowed more well known streets like Hedges Avenue. “It’s always been a part of the who’s who but it’s sort of been shadowed by Hedges but now Jefferson is coming into it’s own,” he said. “It attracts a lot of high profile people and they choose Palm Beach over anywhere else on the Gold Coast.

Jefferson Lane’s sale prices were also closing in on Hedges Avenue.

“Hedges has always been the pinnacle. In 2007 is was twice the price [of Jefferson Lane] as a rule of thumb, but now it’s 1.5 times,” he said. “Jefferson is closing the gap.”

The four bedroom house goes to auction on September 2.

Why Nathan Buckley should coach the Pies again in 2018

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Heading into what shaped up only weeks ago as his final month as Collingwood senior coach, the overwhelming evidence is that Nathan Buckley will save his career and will be offered a new contract with the Magpies.

Call it serendipitous timing, call it one last chance or call it an admission finally from Collingwood’s hierarchy that the club failed to provide adequate support structures around its favourite son who entered the top job six years ago woefully inexperienced for the task ahead.

Whichever way you consider it, Buckley emerges deserving of another crack at the Collingwood coaching job. If that is the way Eddie McGuire decides to go ??? and we predict he will ??? then surely the call should be made in the coming week or two to end the uncertainty that is haunting so many key figures at the club.

While Gary Pert’s departure did not in itself help to secure Buckley’s position it certainly didn’t hurt the coach’s chances. And the fact of Pert’s removal from the landscape has exposed the folly behind the club’s management of its football department and other key staff in recent years.

Much has been made of Buckley’s revolving door of football bosses and the disenchantment with McGuire’s move to install Graeme Allan in place of Neil Balme a year ago, but you have to wonder how tough it must have been for the senior coach when virtually every one of his assistants feared for his future on one-year agreements which was the CEO’s strategy in recent years.

So not only has Buckley not known where the future lies but he has had to deal for some time with a group of often insecure assistants and colleagues. Of Buckley’s five-man match committee only football boss Geoff Walsh and new assistant Brenton Sanderson have any certainty at the club beyond the end of September. Of the club’s eight assistant/development/academy/VFL coaches all bar Sanderson and Brad Gotch come out of contract this year.

As does high performance boss Bill Davoren and ditto list manager Derek Hine, who was given a one-year deal at the end of 2016, and his recruiting team.

All the out-of-contract assistants have been encouraged to seek alternative positions at other clubs because the Magpies cannot guarantee anything until the coach is decided. Several will be moved on but the sooner the club makes a call on Buckley the sooner it can retain those it wants to keep ??? preferably moving to show more faith in them by offering longer than one-year contracts.

Acting CEO Peter Murphy, who has been reviewing the Collingwood administration while Geoff Walsh has been examining the football structure, unearthed low morale and a less than vibrant workplace along with other shortcomings in the business.

The review into the governance of the club and the functioning of the board remains intriguing given McGuire’s despotic style and the unlikelihood he will change now whereas Walsh’s conclusions would seem more predictable given his history of backing coaches and erring on the side of stability. This along with his strong historic relationship with Buckley.

But in the end it will be McGuire’s call and surely his heart is telling him now that Buckley has strong internal support. Selling the decision to supporters, who have stayed away in alarmingly big numbers this season, will prove his toughest task particularly given the Magpies are 13th and look likely to finish in their lowest position since Buckley was appointed six years ago.

But then so would selling the decision to replace him with a promising but untried rookie senior coach, however solid his apprenticeship. Particularly after the club has invested so heavily in the 45-year-old and McGuire’s tenure is so strongly linked to Buckley. If the president is so determined to revitalise his leadership then sticking with the coach within a better structure would prove a masterstroke should it work and far less risky than the current alternatives.

There is evidence Collingwood felt at some point during the early part of the season that Alastair Clarkson and Hawthorn might be questioning one another and that the game’s SuperCoach might be available. No one thinks that now. Nor does there seem an appetite to try to lure Brad Scott from North Melbourne, which we thought might have proved a good fit a month ago.

Since the round-16 loss to Essendon, Collingwood have beaten Gold Coast, West Coast and endured a heartbreaking draw with ladder leaders Adelaide. People can scoff all they like about coaches “losing” players and players “playing” for the coach but there is no doubt internally a sense that Buckley has somehow galvanised this team. Despite being horribly let down over the past year by some recruiting-list decisions and a couple of key individuals, namely Daniel Wells, who came to the club out of shape, and Jordan De Goey.

Certainly he has won over significant sections of the football community in the manner he has carried himself this season and if public performance wins him points in a job Ross Lyon joked was one of the game’s hottest hot seats, then throw that onto the pro-Buckley argument.

Recent AFL history shows that untried favourite sons fail when thrown into the job. The experience of the highly public Geelong review demonstrated that the coach should not always shoulder the blame and that strong clubs look deeper than simply sacking the customary fall guy.

It would be wrong to say that Richmond have become a long-term successful football club just yet but the example of last year’s review and subsequent decisions would suggest that the Tigers are on the right track. By identifying key weaknesses to help a coach who has struggled but not failed rather than giving up on him has strengthened Richmond’s culture.

Collingwood looked on track to become a strong club when it won the 2010 premiership. For all sorts of reasons it then fell away and in falling it became apparent that Nathan Buckley was not the messiah.

But Collingwood remain a machine with a daunting upside. Now McGuire and his team have had the strength to call for this major review they will surely realise that Buckley might have made mistakes along the way but his character, work ethic and experience and the right leaders around him could still see him become a very good coach. Preferably with at least a two-year contract.

Matildas hit every KPI, it’s time their bosses did the same

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When Matildas coach Alen Stajcic boldly stated “We want to win the World Cup” earlier this week, he might have been greeted with a few wry smiles. But after his side beat the US on home soil before cruising past Japan and following that with a 6-1 demolition of Brazil on Friday morning, the doubters have become believers and the question has changed from “really?” to “why can’t we?”

The Matildas have long been the darlings of n football and this week they showed they could be so much more. Their whitewash of the Tournament of Nations delivered them another trophy, drew plaudits from around the world and strengthened their claim as ‘s most successful national team.

It was as much a display of character as it was of an emerging force in the women’s game. Goalkeeper Lydia Williams was inspirational with her heroics against the US. Midfielders Katrina Gorry, Emily Van Egmond and Elise Kellond-Knight were typically ruthless and classy. A new leader flourished once more in defender Steph Catley while girls around the country will now be playing for their local clubs on Saturday morning trying to emulate four-goal hero Sam Kerr.

Yet again, the Matildas hit every KPI. But if they’re to take the next step forward, they’ll need Football Federation ‘s marketing team to do the same.

The players are no longer just able to match the best in the world, they are clearly among them. It’s not so much opposing teams that threaten that newfound status, but the lack of investment.

Some players are earning a base salary as little as $30,000 a year. The W-League can’t afford to stage a full home-and-away series while the budget for the national team places limitations on games and training camps. After their latest triumph, the question must be asked “where are the sponsors hiding”?

Surely they should have started to trickle in seven years ago, when the Matildas became the first n team to win an Asian title. When they reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, the players were expecting things to change. They were entitled to a share of prize money and they were relishing the prospect of a bonus from a sponsor. That bonus never arrived. And neither did the commercial partners. They were one penalty kick away from a medals match at the 2016 Olympics but remained much further away from the much-needed lucrative sponsorship deals. Now, after claiming another trophy at the expense of the world’s No.1 nation, the Asian and South American champions, it’s now or never for the FFA to field offers.

For all their appeal, the Matildas commercial return remains paltry. Only Westfield – with family ties to the FFA – and the n government (AIS) are listed as stand-alone sponsors of the team. Their appeal should be rewarded with more and their latest triumph should change that, according to sports marketing experts.

“Most companies see themselves as the best and they want to associate themselves with the best and I don’t think the Matildas can do anything more,” said Nicholas Livermore, director of Dynamic Sports Marketing.

The Matildas are successful, athletic, charming, removed from the threat of controversy and seemingly the perfect role models. They’re representative of all corners of the country; The strike force of Kerr and De Vanna represent Perth. Sydney has future stars in Ellie Carpenter and Princess Ibini. Queenslanders Gorry and Tameka Butt run the midfield while the capital holds the fort through goalkeeper Williams. That’s just the start.

Just as importantly, they’re flag-bearers of our cultural make-up. The current squad boasts players from Indigenous, Indian, Lebanese, Nigerian, Italian, Croatian, Portuguese, Dutch and anglo-n backgrounds, only furthering the potential of their mass appeal. Put simply, the Matildas are the sum of their parts.

Surely, they tick every box for a potential sponsor. That appeal is only set to become more valuable with their 2018 Asian Cup, 2019 World Cup and the bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. But there’s something holding them back.

“I won’t comment on the FFA but they need more exposure on free-to-air television,” Livermore said. “I think they’re extremely marketable and attractive but unfortunately free-to-air TV dictates what sponsorship is worth.”

The Matildas have two more games on home soil against Brazil next month, televised on Fox Sports and ABC. The iron remains hot for another month at least. Surely, the FFA must realise the potential of ‘s most successful national team becoming its most marketable.

Strike Force Ballin: Oxley detectives and homicide squad investigate Walcha farmer’s death

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Deceased: Matthew Dunbar was found dead on Wednesday near Walcha. Photo: Walcha NewsUPDATE: Death ‘suspicious’A murder investigation is underway after police confirmed a popular Walcha man’s death is being treated as suspicious.

Oxley police are now treating Mathew Dunbar’s death as a suspicious with homicide police called in.

Police won’t be drawn on the nature of Mr Dunbar’s death but confirmed it is suspicious.

Strike Force Ballin has been set-up by Oxley detectives and the State Crime Command’s homicide squad to investigate how the 42-year-old died after his body was found on his Thunderbolts Way property outside Walcha in the early hours ofWednesday.

Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff BuddEARLIERA CRIME scene remained in place for a third straight day on Friday as specialistpolice continued their probe into the death of a popular farmer.

Mathew Dunbar’s‘Pandora’ sheep farmon the Thunderbolts Way, outside of Walcha, was still cordoned off on Friday afternoon as Oxley detectives continued to investigate following the discovery of his body at 2am on Wednesday.

Detectives spent another day speaking with friends and neighbours of the well-known Walcha local.

Oxley police are remaining tight-lipped on much of the details surrounding the death but specialist resources have been deployed to assist Oxley detectives who are leading the probe.

Oxley Acting Superintendent Jeff Budd toldFairfax Mediainvestigations are continuing.

“A crime scene remains in place and that is being processed by police,” he said on Friday.

“A post-mortem on the body of the 42-year-old will take place in the coming days and police will prepare a report for the coroner.”

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