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Density: What can Canberra learn from Canada?

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TT: In July, architect Murray Coleman gave his responses to the recent clear felling and future revitalisation of Northbourne Avenue corridor. One reader suggested we look at the minimum density requirements being considered in Ottawa. What did you find out, Murray?
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MC: I started by reviewing the Federal Capital Design Competition won by Walter Burley Griffin and discovered the initial plan envisaged a city of only 25,000 people. The most surprising find was a reference in the competition rules to a 1910 planning conference in Britain, which included architect John Sulman’s detailed presentation anticipating our city growing to 100,000 but fobbing off further growth as a problem for later generations.

TT: But isn’t the issue more about density rather than just population size?

MC: If we were still a small city, density would be a non-issue. Walt’s plan for the Parliamentary Triangle and Civic has been well implemented and he developed major avenues intended for shared use by trams. With our population shooting past 400,000 and a 24-minute light rail journey from Gungahlin to Civic, and more to Woden, we have reached the geographical limit of light rail. It’s sensible to look at left-field solutions, such as the draft Ottawa regulation for minimum population density requirements, and apply them to Griffin’s avenues.

TT: It always seems strange to me that everyone seems to want to invent a new planning regime from scratch when good templates exist elsewhere. What might those regulations look like?

MC: Quite simply, Ottawa intends that, “intensification is directed to specific target areas … that have the potential to develop at moderate to high densities in a compact form”. Target areas include the CBD, avenues, town and group centres, while “compact form” limits creep into RZ1 areas. They propose minimum density targets for both housing and employment rather than minimum setbacks and maximum heights which combine to eat away at intensification and its potential for a safer, healthier social ambience.

TT: OK, so you are suggesting “fine-tuning” our urban density. What safeguards do they propose to avoid creating slums?

MC: Ottawa seeks to maximise employment, recreational and social opportunities within the transport corridors: for Canberra, owner-occupied housing opportunities should predominate, they should be suitable to downsize into, freeing up many under-utilised RZ1 family homes. And, yes, in Ottawa they do propose a nuanced range of density requirements for different parts of the city.

TT: Do you seriously think this intensification model could work for Canberra?

MC: It’s a chicken and egg situation: if light rail can be extended to and beyond each town and group centre, supported by a suitable network of minibuses or park-and-ride, then intensification along these corridors and centres would be a lasting benefit to all Canberrans: the alternative is miserably unending sprawl.

Tony Trobe is director of the local practice TT Architecture. Is there a planning or design issue in Canberra you’d like to discuss? Email [email protected]苏州夜网.au.

AFL Round 20: Geelong Cats and Sydney SwansPhotos

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AFL Round 20: Geelong Cats and Sydney Swans | Photos Zach Guthrie (centre) and Sam Menegola (left) of the Cats and Will Hayward of the Swans contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith
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Dan Hannebery (left) and Luke Parker of the Swans react after Hannebery kicked a goal during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Brandan Parfitt of the Cats is seen in action during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Coach of the Swans John Longmire is seen during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Zak Jones of the Swans (left) and Tom Hawkins the Cats wrestle during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Scott Selwood of the Cats (right) and Luke Parker of the Swans contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Zach Touhy of the Cats is seen in action during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Kurt Tippet of the Swans (left) and Zac Smith of the Cats contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Zak Jones of the Swans (left) and Tom Hawkins the Cats wrestle during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Will Hayward of the Swans (centre) is seen in action during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Zak Jones of the Swans (left) and Sam Menegola of the Cats contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Lance Franklin of the Swans (left) and Cameron Guthrie of the Cats contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Jarrad McVeigh (left) and George Hewett (third from left) of the Swans and Jackson Thurlow of the Cats contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Sam Menegola of the Cats (left) is seen in action during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Lewis Melican of the Swans (left) and Sam Menegola of the Cats (centre) contest during the Round 20 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium in Geelong, Friday, August 4, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

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‘It’s almost frightening’: Small cottage sells $200k above reserve in trendy Melbourne suburb

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The two Brighton East properties sold separately at auction on Saturday.?? Click here for Saturday’s auction results.Click here for the Market Snapshot.
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Two country Victorian investors are rubbing their hands together after their small cottage in Melbourne’s inner north sold more than $200,000 above reserve.

But the hot auction has been described as “almost frightening” for those still looking to get into the property market.

It was one of 762 auctions across Melbourne. By Saturday evening, Domain Group reported a clearance rate of 73 per cent from 560 reported auctions.

Sixteen years ago Trevor Bonney and his business partner bought the two-bedroom house in Fitzroy North as an investment.

“We got some good advice,” Mr Bonney said just minutes after the property sold under the hammer for $1,175,000.

“We sort of got the crystal ball out, and we got the advice to buy within four kilometres of the city.”

Title records show they paid $299,000.

Mr Bonney, who drove from his hometown of Warrnambool for the auction, described the area as eclectic.

“It’s a cool place because of the pub culture and its proximity to the city,” he said.

Four people competed for the house on Saturday. In a flurry of strong bidding, the $950,000 reserve was quickly surpassed. Related: Melbourne median house price soarsRelated: New suburbs join million-dollar clubRelated: Toorak residents buying next door

Auctioneer Rob Elsom from Jellis Craig Fitzroy said demand for property in the north was getting stronger.

“It’s almost frightening for people looking to get into the housing market because it is a pretty simple two-bedroom, single-fronted Victorian home,” he said.

“But if that’s entry level now – just under the $1.2 million mark – it’s a bit scary.”

The successful buyer, a woman nursing a toddler as she bid for the property, plans to move into the house, Mr Elsom said.

While carpenter Andrew Armstrong hoped to buy and renovate the house as an investment, the bidding quickly exceeded his budget.

“I’ve been to a few auctions in the last year or so around here and I think it’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time,” the 33-year-old Collingwood resident said.”I’ve seen some places go for very reasonable amounts and then if you’re at the wrong auction when everyone’s there sometimes the price can be crazy.”

Meanwhile in Albert Park, a crowd of more than 100 watched a renovated old dairy sell for $5 million under the hammer.

Two bidders competed for the keys to the former Morris Bros Union Dairy on Herbert Street, with bidding opening at $4.5 million before quickly exceeding its $4.6 million reserve.

It was a family that eventually came out on top, paying $400,000 above reserve.

The vendor bought the property for $626,400 in 1999 and went on to completely remodel and refurbish it.

Listing agent David Wood from Hocking Stuart Albert Park said it was an emotional day for the owner. “It was with a heavy heart that he bought it to the marketplace,” Mr Wood said.

In Brighton East, two homebuyers fought off developers for two side by side properties that went to auction.

To the dismay of interested developers, the home at 1 Roosevelt Court sold to an owner occupier for $1.8 million. The underbidder from that auction then bought number 3 for $1.7 million.

Listing agent John Clarkson from Buxton Brighton said it was a great result for the vendor, who owned both properties.

In Toorak, a 650-square-metre block of land on Balmerino Avenue with a price guide of $4.3 million to $4.7 million also went under the hammer.

The block passed in at auction, but listing agent Justin Long from Marshall White Stonnington said a deal had been struck by Saturday afternoon.

Swans are flying – but still waiting for Buddy to hit form

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Perhaps the most frightening thing for opposition coaches as the Swans continue their irresistible stampede towards the AFL finals is that superstar forward Lance Franklin has been nowhere near his best.
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The Swans’ leading goalkicker is in the midst of his most inaccurate year as a power forward, and managed just a single goal in Friday’s 46-point thumping of the second-placed Cats, which qualified Sydney’s flag credentials while significantly dampening those of Geelong.

Franklin’s 52 goals this year have come with 51 behinds, and only twice has he kicked five or more majors in a single match: he had eight against Brisbane in round seven in helping Sydney to a first win of the year, and then five against his old side Hawthorn three weeks later.

Since Franklin’s eight goals against the Lions, Sydney have produced an imposing run of form, winning 11 of their past 13 games and storming into sixth spot despite starting the year at 0-6.

Should they qualify for the finals, they’ll become the first team in the AFL era to do so after losing their opening six matches.

In two finals series for the Swans, Franklin has bagged 19 goals and he once again looms as the danger man if Sydney can secure a 19th top-eight finish from their past 22 seasons.

“He still has such a big impact even when he doesn’t hit the scoreboard,” first-year forward Will Hayward said.

“In that sense it’s good and a few of the smaller players kicking a few is huge as well. I don’t think he needed it [a bag against the Cats], so we’ll see what happens.”

Hayward is one of the Swans’ youngsters benefiting from Franklin’s dominant presence in the forward line.

He and fellow goal sneak Tom Papley helped themselves to three majors on Friday as Sydney handed Geelong their biggest home defeat since 2006, and Hayward now has 17 majors in his debut season after being selected with pick No.21 in last year’s draft.

Franklin has 37 goals for the past three months during Sydney’s stellar run, and still averages a shade over three a game. But his kicking accuracy is just over 50 per cent, not factoring in shots for goal that go out on the full, and that’s a career low for the 30-year-old.

He kicked at 56 per cent in 2008 when bagging a century of goals to help Hawthorn win the premiership that season.

In 2013 when the Hawks won another flag he shot at 62 per cent, and in two losing grand final campaigns with the Swans he’s gone at 61 per cent in 2014 and 60 per cent in 2016.

The Swans’ favourable run home includes two matches at the SCG against lowly Fremantle and Carlton, with an away blockbuster against ladder-leading Adelaide sandwiched in between.

Two more wins would secure a finish in the lower half of the eight, from where the Western Bulldogs won last year’s premiership, but Hayward said the club was still refusing to allow themselves a peek at another finals campaign.

“We need to stay grounded and enjoy the win … but now we move straight onto Fremantle,” Hayward said.

“Everyone’s stepping up, everyone’s back to their best.”

NRL figures show it’s getting harder to buy a premiership

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The days of buying premierships are long gone and for proof you need look no further than Cronulla.
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At a time when the NRL is poised to announce a cap on football club spending – the biggest club equalisation measure since the establishment of the salary cap – there is clear evidence that opening up the chequebook doesn’t necessarily equate to success.

Take, for example, the Sharks. An NRL-produced benchmarking document shows the Shire outfit broke through for their maiden title at a time when they were ranked 15th for football department spending. The Sharks, along with previous premiers North Queensland and South Sydney, have consistently ranked outside the top eight for total football spend. The only team to spend less than Cronulla last season, the Gold Coast, defied all predictions to make the top eight.

On the flip side, the Roosters and Parramatta were among 2016’s biggest spenders but failed to make the play-offs. There were mitigating circumstances for both clubs whose campaigns were derailed by Mitchell Pearce’s Day antics and the salary cap scandal respectively.

However, it provides further proof that the days of splashing the cash don’t guarantee a return as the focus shifts to getting the most bang for your buck.

“I haven’t seen a successful model where you continually buy premierships,” said Cronulla chief executive Lyall Gorman, who also has extensive experience as an administrator in the A-League.

“The fundamental premise is you don’t buy culture. You don’t buy footy teams, you build them.

“Successful teams are those that have played together for a while and have values and commitment to each other, a non-negotiable resolve and an absolute clarity of roles.

“We do a massive amount of work on that. We did that at the Mariners and the Wanderers. Both of those were low-spending clubs as well. I remember in year one of the Mariners, we spent $4 million and Sydney FC spent $9 million and they popped us 1-0 in the grand final with Dwight York.

“For us, winning clubs and winning teams come from that total buy-in to culture and key values.

“At times you can risk that when you go outside the square. A lot of clubs focus on the marquee player concept. That can add some value, particularly off the field in a commercial sense, but it can also be divisive if you’re out there on $100k and someone is out there on $1 million.”

After a protracted battle, the clubs have won the argument for funding to the tune of 130 per cent of the salary cap, giving them the money they require to be sustainable. To ensure it isn’t squandered, the NRL will implement a soft cap on off-field expenditure from next year to prevent an arms race. The move follows research that shows club spending had increased by $15.6 million from the previous season, $6.7 million made up of football department spending. The bulk of that was made up of “unplanned” expenses, including transfer fees, fines, terminations and injury payments.

Clubs will now have to be smarter in their pitch to prospective players, with culture likely to be a bigger selling point than staff size or a marked difference in the quality of facilities.

“One of our recruitment strategies revolves around spreading the wealth, that we’re all in this together,” Gorman said. “We rely greatly on depth and have invested a massive amount in our sports science program with Andrew Gray and his team.

“Last year we only used 25 players and we would have used less if it wasn’t for State of Origin when we had five out. We’ve invested a lot in that part of our business.

“Recruitment strategy is really important in our view, sharing the wealth and having depth, having great sports science and having the buy-in around values and culture.

“We believe that’s a winning formula and there have been many examples of that over the years. You don’t buy comps. And if you do, so what? You’re trying to build a club that’s sustainable forever, not just be a one-year wonder.”

The week in pictures: July 31-August 5, 2017

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The week in pictures: July 31-August 5, 2017 BALLARAT: St Alipius Parish School prep students Stella, Charlie and Billie in costume for 100 days of Prep. Photo: Luka Kauzlaric.
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BALLARAT: 9 sets of lamb twins have been born at a property in Mitchell Park. Photo: Kate Healy.

BATHURST: Isaac Lane and Thomas Borland consider their next move at the Bathurst region chess tournament at St Philomena’s School.

BATHURST: Bathurst couple Grant and Cheryl ‘Chezzi’ Denyer have signed on to be Jeans for Genes Day ambassadors this year. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BENDIGO: Michael Burton arrives at the County Court. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Olympic gold medallist Lydia Lasila at the Bendigo Small Business Festival. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Angela Wyatt with the ashes of her dog, Panda, who was killed by Parvo Virus. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Bendigo Spirit Star Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Mikayla Campbell went through ECT twice. The second course left her with severe memory loss. Picture: DARREN HOWE.

BENDIGO: Photo of Odin Gillin up for murder charges. Picture: NONI HYETT.

BENDIGO: Mason Jessop and Shona O’Brien get ready for a new children’s market. Picture: NONI HYETT.

BENDIGO: Young umpire Fletcher Gallagher is back after officiating at a national school carnival. Picture: DARREN HOWE

DUBBO: A rainbow decorates the main street of Dubbo on Thursday afternoon after Dubbo received almost 15 millimetres of rain. Photo: BEN WALKER.

HUNTER: Sharone Cubby, left, with daughter Jenarli, and Kyeisha Cubby with son Casey at Fort Scratchley. Picture: Simone De Peak.

LAUNCESTON: QVMAG Collections and research manager Martin George with lunar partial eclipse. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

LAUNCESTON: Launceston College’s production of In the Heights at the Princess Theatre. Picture: Paul Scambler.

LAUNCESTON: Jeans for Genes Day with four month old Max Ellis. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

LAUCNESTON: Celebrating Tasmania’s Whisky Week at Launceston Distillery with distiller Chris Condon. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

NAMBUCCA: Clarke Hema drives the Brisbane to Sydney route daily and was the first high-flow diesel customer at the new service centre. Photo: Mel Davis.

NEWCASTLE: Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll.

NEWCASTLE: Newcastle East paediatrician Dr Barry Springthorpe celebrates 80th birthday. Picture: Marina Neil.

ORANGE: Layla Duffy, Lacey Omrod and Paddy Cooper are ready for eisteddfod stage. Photo: JUDE KEOGH.

PARKES: Kirstine and Paul Roadley with their children, from left – Ziva (8), Annika (7) and Cooper (6) with Paul’s psychiatric assistance dog Luna. Photo: Barbara Watt.

PARKES: Kirstine and Paul Roadley with their children, from left – Ziva (8), Annika (7) and Cooper (6) with Paul’s psychiatric assistance dog Luna. Photo: Barbara Watt.

PORT MACQUARIE: Hastings Driver Reviver Centre coordinator Gordon Toms.

TAMWORTH: Matt Wheatley and his Sigma Aerospace team are excited to be heading to the Tamworth Business awards after being named finalists. Photo: Peter Hardin.

TAMWORTH: Caroline Marr of Sydney with organiser Euan Coutts, invite you to the Antiques and Collectables Fair. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

WOLLONGONG: Keiraville’s Michael White, with wife Teresa, won a swag of medals at the World Transplant Games. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

WOLLONGONG: Surfers enjoy swell at Shellharbour. Photo: Sylvia Liber.

WOLLONGONG: Balgownie builder John Totenhofer with his imported Japanese-wood granny flat. Photo: Adam McLean.

YOUNG: Ms Salvin’s class 1S cannot wait for the new play equipment in the Young Public School infants play area. Photo: REBECCA HEWSON.

BALLARAT: Ballarat’s historic SMB Botanical Gardens will be reinstated as part of a major redevelopment. Photo: Kate Healy.

BALLARAT: Six six-week-old dingo pups getting their vaccinations, with Michael Church and Dr Ruth Gore. Photo: Lachlan Bence.

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Bolt wins ugly in heat

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Usain Bolt did it ugly, but he did it.
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Bolt clumsily but effectively completed his first step towards the golden exit from the sport when he won his heat at the world championships.

He won in 10.08 seconds in messy fashion, slow out of the blocks and struggling in the middle of the field before he was able to do just enough in the second half of the race to win.

“That was very bad, I stumbled coming out of the blocks. I’m not very fond of these blocks. I think these are the worst ones I’ve ever experienced. I have to get this start together because I can’t keep doing this,” Bolt said.

“It’s shaky. When I did my warm up it pushed back. It is just not what I am used to. Not as sturdy or firm.

“The crowd is always wonderful. They always show me so much love and I always appreciate being here. I’m excited about getting through to that final and doing my job to my best.”

The whippy Japanese Shuhei Tada, about half the size of Bolt, was sharper from the start and for most of the race made a stark contrast to the tall and big striding but labouring Jamaican.

Bolt now has two runs – just 20 seconds – left in his individual career at best. If he does not fix up his start he might have just ten seconds remaining.

Meanwhile the London crowd proved that just as they have good memories of the 2012 Olympics and erupted at any eyebrow raise of Bolt’s, they also they also have strong, long and not so fond memories of others such as twice banned drug cheat Justin Gatlin.

The American was as popular here as he was in Rio last year. He was booed loudly by the capacity crowd as he was introduced at the blocks and then again when he won his heat in 10.05s.

“I am not worried about the crowds and I just focus on my start and my race. I am just here, seeing my team mates, seeing my countryman and just have a good time,” Gatlin said.

“Bolt looks good. He has his long legs so is not out of blocks very fast but he keeps the energy very well so that is going to count in the end.”

The 2011 world champion Yohan Blake finished second in his heat (10.13s) behind Japan’s Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (10.05s)

Jamaica’s Julian Forde was the only man to run sub 10 seconds winning his heat in 9.99s.

American Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year heading into the championships, comfortably won the first heat in 10.01s into a slight head wind.

ACTU ratchets up work-for-the-dole campaign

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Sally McManus , Secretary of the ACTU. Photo Nick Moir 30 March 2017A $1.5 billion work-for-the-dole program that overwhelmingly targets Indigenous communities has been labelled racist by n Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus, with the prominent unionist arguing the government’s policy denies Aboriginal people rights enjoyed by other ns.
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In a speech to the Garma Festival on Sunday, Ms McManus will ramp up a union campaign against the Community Development Program, which covers approximately 37,000 mostly Indigenous ns. While the ACTU has long been hostile to the CDP, the speech marks the union leader’s highest-profile and clearest attack on the program since she was elected in March.

“The bare-faced discrimination of the Community Development Program is a stark reminder that systemic racism endures,” Ms McManus will tell an audience at the high-powered Indigenous event in the Northern Territory, also attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and prominent Aboriginal figures.

“Unlike every other ‘work-for-the-dole’ program or the $4 per hour internships the Turnbull government has introduced for young unemployed people, the CDP is compulsory. It is important to remind the rest of of this – we have a system in our country where we make working for social support when unemployed compulsory for some ns and not others.”

The CDP, announced by the Abbott government and begun in July 2015, requires people to undertake work or training for 25 hours a week for 46 weeks a year in order to receive welfare payments. The scheme operates in approximately 1000 communities and participants undertake activities such as landscaping, cleaning and maintenance.

The ACTU has established a union to represent CDP participants – the First Nations Workers’ Alliance – and launched a national campaign against the policy.

Ms McManus said the program imposes a different set of rules for a group of regional and remote people, 85 per cent of whom are Indigenous. Some participants are working jobs that previously attracted award wages and conditions and the employers are now enjoying free labour.

“The workers are being paid $10 per hour – way less than the minimum wage of $18.86, with no rights, no leave, no superannuation, no workers compensation – so much less rights and protections of any other worker,” she will tell the Garma audience.

The government has consistently and staunchly defended the CDP, arguing it is not discriminatory, applies to all unemployed people in remote communities and equips jobseekers with experience.

A spokesman for Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the ACTU was pursuing a “political campaign motivated by the self-interest of the union movement rather than the best interests of remote communities that have called for an end to passive welfare and better engagement in communities”.

ACTU Indigenous officer Lara Watson said the CDP should be replaced with a scheme that mandates minimum award conditions and involves Aboriginal communities in policy development and management.

“In my view, if you’re doing council work, you should be paid as a council worker. If you’re cleaning, you should be paid as a cleaner. I don’t understand how people can be working in remote and regional for less than everyone else in .”

At Garma, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have also been pressed on the Referendum Council’s recommendations on constitutional change. The Opposition Leader has backed a constitutionally-enshrined “Voice to Parliament” while the Prime Minister has expressed caution about moving too quickly with ambitious proposals.

Mr Shorten has called for a bipartisan parliamentary inquiry to be immediately established to finalise a referendum proposal and consult further with Indigenous leaders on the Makarrata process.

Mick Fanning announces new parnership with Mercedes-Benz

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n surfer Mick Fanning at the Corona Open J-Bay at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Photo: AAP Image/World Surf League, Kelly CestariIt’s not all surfing and sharks for Mick Fanning.
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There’s alsobeerand cars, adding to a career (let’s call it a lifestyle) he somewhat casually agrees is pretty good.

“What else do you need?” he laughs.

The Aussie almost as famous for punching a shark as he is for his three world surfing championships has lots more keeping him busy in between waves.

A recently announced partnership with Mercedes-Benz – where he will represent vehicles such as the Marco Polo camper and upcomingX-Class ute– provides fresh opportunities. And a way to arrive at the beach in style.

Your shoutThen there’s the Balter beer business, founded in 2016 with the help of three surfing mates – Bebe Durbridge, Josh Kerr and Joel Parkinson –and named after a word Fanning randomly stumbled upon on Pinterest.

While the image of the brewed-on-the-Gold Coast beers is all about mates sharing a laugh, Fanning acknowledges there is hard work behind the starkly presented cans.

“It can get testing, but we’ve been really lucky and haven’t had any problems so far,” he says of what appears to be a perfect partnership. “When you start a business you’re always very wary about business and friendship can erupt sometimes.”

But he says there’s plenty of brains behind the quartet of surfers that are the face of the brand.

“We have other people in place to … steer the ship. We’re pretty much just cheerleaders with pom poms.”

Mick Fanning’s unforgettable encounter in South Africa. Photo: Association of Surfing Professionals

Surf’s upRather than a job or a hobby Fanning describes surfing as a lifestyle.

“If I didn’t go and compete I’d still be surfing anyway.”

He has put his life on the line many times, including at some of the world’s most dangerous breaks.

“As you progress you always want to keep pushing your boundaries,” he says of the decision to surf mega waves with plenty of danger lurking beneath the surface.

“Pipeline and places like Teuhupoo in Tahiti, that’s pretty much it; you want to go and challenge yourself in those waves.”

His new venture with Mercedes-Benz will see the surfer putting their X-Class ute to the test. Photo: Supplied/Executive Style

Not about the winBut these days he says he is more aware of when things are too dangerous.

“Some guys are dead-set crazy but for me I kind of make calculated risks,” he says. “Because I’ve experienced it so many times I can calculate a little bit better –but I still put myself in stupid places!”

That said, his once intense focus on winning titles has waned because it wasn’t as fulfilling as it once was.

“It’s definitely different to where it was a few years ago. It’s more about enjoying my time there … now it’s more about personal performance and going out there and doing the best I can and coming in and feeling good about that rather than if I win or not.”

Mick Fanning with his game face on at the Margaret River Pro in 2015. Photo: Mark Boskell

Driving forceEarly in 2018 Fanning will get behind the wheel of Mercedes-Benz’s first ever ute, the X-Class.

Expected to cost up to $80,000, it’s very different to his first car, a Ford Laser built in 1981, the year he was born.

While he’s never owned two of the most famous surf mobiles in – a Holden Sandman or a Volkswagen Kombi – he says he’s always been interested in cars, and he likes driving.

Moving up a classFortuitously, Fanning has a soft spot for utes, having once owned a V8-powered Commodore SS ute.

“That was sort of where I started getting into putting everything in the tray and keeping the front clean.”

The X-Class will be a big step up.

“The car fits in perfectly with my lifestyle, having all the wet boards and wetsuits and everything in the back and being able to keep the front clean.”

More waves to goHe’s a man that’s made his life on the waves of the world – but Fanning isn’t done with surfing yet.

At 36 he jokes that he has at least a couple of years of competitive surfing left in him yet, probably more.

And despite surfing on some of the world’s best beaches Fanning says there are many more waves to surf – and plenty of locations he wants to visit.

“There’s a lot of waves in the world I really want to go and surf,” he says, nominating European hot spots such as Madeira Island and Sardinia.

“Sort of mix surfing with culture a bit,” he smiles.

n surfer Mick Fanning of during a press conference ahead of the Corona Open J-Bay at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Photo: AAP Image/World Surf League, Kelly Cestari

Kick back, and enjoyBut he’s increasingly happy to look beyond the waves.

“I’ve been trying to go and put myself in places that I never thought I’d get to. We went into the wild in South Africa, which was really fun and learnt how to track rhinos and lions and elephants and learn about all the problems they’re having over there with anti-poaching and stuff.”

More than anything, it seems Fanning is a man on a mission to enjoy life.

Yes, it’s illegal for employers to ask women this question …

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ns have come to regard our revolving door of prime ministers as something of a structural weak point in our democratic process.
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But maybe there’s a silver lining.

Across the ditch – in the land of the long white cloud – New Zealand’s new Labor opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern, faced immediate questioning last week about her intention, as a 37-year-old woman, to fall pregnant in the near future.

“The question is, is it OK for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?” demanded Mark Richardson, a former cricketer turned radio presenter, who had just the previous day used his national platform to confess to defecating off the back of a jet ski.

Right-wing radio shock jocks. Everyone’s got ’em.

Instead of leaping from her seat to throttle her knuckle-dragging interlocutor, Ms Ardern trod the path of so many female leaders before her, insisting she’s totally down with answering this question herself – no one likes a whiney woman – but insisting the question was “totally unacceptable” to ask of other women.

“It is a woman’s decision about when they choose to have children, and it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job or have job opportunities,” Ms Ardern unleashed.

Amen, sister.

Just to be clear: In , it is unlawful for employers to quiz female employees about their intentions to have children.

For the avoidance of doubt, I asked our sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to clarify. This is what she said:

“Under the federal Sex Discrimination Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the basis of their sex, pregnancy, potential pregnancy, family responsibilities and breastfeeding. This includes, for example, refusing to employ a woman because she is – or may become – pregnant, unless there are genuine health and safety concerns.”

“Section 27 of the Sex Discrimination Act specifically states that it is unlawful to ask a woman during a job interview whether she is pregnant or intends to become pregnant if that information is requested in connection with determining whether to offer her employment.”

Only last month, the NSW president of the n Medical Association, Brad Frankum, wrote to members after it came to his attention hospitals had been asking female candidates for advanced or specialist trainee positions about their pregnancy plans, either in formal interviews or informal chats beforehand.

But if the question is whether it is possible for a prime minister to take time out from his or her fixed term for parental leave, it’s a question New Zealand’s northerly neighbours – us – have answered in the affirmative.

For the past decade, there has been a bi-partisan experiment with a novel new job-sharing arrangement for the position of prime minister, in which PMs leave their post frequently to recover from a painful physical procedure – not childbirth, but the altogether more humiliating procedure of removing a knife lodged deep in one’s upper lumbar region by one’s colleagues.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott had only a brief two-year spell in office before being forced by colleagues to take an extended period of leave from which – after approaching two years – he seems keen to return from.

Kevin Rudd was only PM for two-and-a-half years before taking a three-year extended break – more than enough time to deliver a child, breastfeed it to World Health Organisation standards, and have it constructing full sentences before he returned to work.

But while fresh female leaders still face intrusive questions about their ability to their juggle work while potentially raising infants, no-one thinks to quiz ‘s male leaders on their ability to juggle their aspirations for a lengthy tenure with the increasingly fevered tantrums and dummy spits from backbenchers that would make any toddler blush.

It all begs the question why such an innovative job-sharing arrangement should not be extended to all members of parliament – to facilitate more mothers, or fathers, juggling the demands of full time parliamentary work and exhausting travel to and from Canberra.

In addition to taking extended parental leave periods – which several have – why shouldn’t two MPs with parental responsibilities share the job of one? Given the tendency of part-time working parents tend to regularly chip in work well beyond their paid hours, n taxpayers would likely be ahead on the deal.

The right to request flexible working arrangements – including part-time work – is enshrined in n anti-discrimination laws. But it is strangely absent with it comes to the persons who actually make those laws.

Perhaps ns could have retained the skills of talented mothers such as Kate Ellis or Nicola Roxon if such flexibility were extended to all.

In the broader workplace, the best way to neutralise employer concerns about potential female employees skipping work to change nappies is to not confine periods of parental leave to one parent – usually the mother.

Why not enforce a “use it or lose it” period of lengthy paid leave for fathers? Or, for a cheaper option, force parents to split existing parental leave entitlements down the middle? Three months for mum to recover physically from birth and give breastfeeding a go, and then three months for dad to take over, easing the transition for mum back to the workplace?

It might not suit everyone, but if employers knew that young men and women were just as likely to take time out to rear children, they could extend their unlawful inquiries about parenting plans to men as well as women.

Or, better yet, they could stay mum on the subject altogether.