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ONE WIN AWAY Sydney FC Captain Terry McFlynn is set to return from injury in tonight’s game against Brisbane where he hopes to guide his club into the A-League Final. The Sky Blues are just one win away from guaranteeing their place in the top six, but a draw or loss to the Roar could still see them squeeze in depending on the results of Perth and Newcastle.
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The Hoodoo Gurus have hand picked a massive line up for the second Dig It Up Festival to be held in Enmore on April 21.
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lassic and modern rock will echo through Enmore when the second Dig It Up festival returns to the Enmore Theatre and surrounds on April 21. With and array of artists on offer, all hand picked by Australian music legends the Hoodoo Gurus, the event will feature time-honoured names like Blue Oyster Cult, Buzzcocks, Flamin’ Groovies and Peter Case of The Nerves as well as local acts like The Stems and Lime Spiders. Hoodoo Gurus front man Dave Faulkner said
he is looking forward to an encore after the fi rst Dig It Up festival in 2012. “We had such a great time,” he said. “Basically it’s like the world’s best festival. It’s a musical cornucopia, you’ll see what’s influenced people for generations, a music history in the true spirit of rock and roll. “It’s across several venues and you can help yourself to whatever artists you want... Blue Oyster Cult have never played in Australia, so it’s a rather star studded line up, action packed.” Faulkner said former Gurus bassist Clyde Bramley would even spin a mix comprised of an “incredible collection of 1960’s music” before the
Flamin’ Groovies set. “The acts are all so good, you don’t want to miss a minute of it... Last year, it brought out all kinds of people like young people and people with families who don’t come to gigs, who started seeing all their old friends,” he said. “There was this incredible feeling of nostalgia, but also this feeling we should be doing this every year.” And to celebrate their dodge of the so-called sophomore jinx, when a band’s second album breaks or makes them, Faulkner said the Hoodoo Gurus will perform their highly successful 1985 album ‘Mars Needs Guitars’ in its entirety.
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et me give you some insight into what happened in Canberra last Thursday. Rumours of a leadership challenge had been swirling for some time and the talk was it was all going to come to a head on Thursday – the last sitting day of Parliament for seven weeks until Budget Day. For the Rudd camp it was now or never. His supporters had been agitating for weeks and needed a trigger. Th ings were oddly quiet in the morning – contacts who were so willing to offer comment in the weeks prior were suddenly silent. Texts, calls and emails were going unanswered. Then Simon Crean held an event in the Mural Hall at Parliament House for an announcement on the arts – it raised a few eyebrows. There was no official press conference – but his office said he was happy to answer some questions from the press. Hmmm. Was this the trigger? As it turned out, no. But the press conference was weird. Mr Crean was forthcoming on criticism of the government, and he made some veiled sledges at the Prime Minister. Then in a sign he was clearly under pressure and perhaps torn by his conscience – he started getting stuck into the waiting journalists. I was one of them
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– and actually, I was the target of the mini tirade. Responding to a question I asked about the Government’s handling of the media law reforms, Simon Crean accused me of accusing Labor of trying to suffocate free speech. “What do you think? Why don’t you support changes to media laws?” he asked. To which I answered, “I’m not an independent and I’m not the one that has to be convinced”. Mr Crean then said, “but your newspaper…”. My answer: “I don’t work for a newspaper”. He briefly hung his head and said, “but you know what I mean”. Th is was a man under pressure – politicians rarely go at journalists like that and it was particularly uncharacteristic of Simon Crean. Th ree hours later it was revealed why. He held another media conference and called for a spill of all leadership positions – he would nominate for deputy. After that journalists scrambled and we at Sky News went into rolling coverage for the next 12 hours. Question Time went ahead as planned – Julia Gillard called a leadership spill for 4.30pm and survived a censure motion. In the intervening hours Parliament
was a strange place (well, stranger than usual), the security guards were particularly officious. We were told not to approach or talk to politicians in the corridor, the ministerial wing was cordoned off and the only MPs visible were those on the Coalition side and Anthony Albanese. As journalists gathered outside the Whips office waiting for a result, we monitored Twitter and watched Sky News on our iPads. Kevin Rudd walked up to a camera on the way into caucus. He knew it was going live to air, and declared he would not be sticking his hand up. Julia Gillard was to stay Prime Minister. We waited for the official result anyway – and there wasn’t even a vote. But for Julia Gillard it was over, fi nally over! She walked back to her office to a guard of honour, her staff clapping as she walked in the door. To which she told them to “get back to work” with a big smile on her face. After it all, she’d won the three year running battle.
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ast weekâ€™s Labor leadership spill was a blessing in disguise for Anthony Albanese, with the Federal Grayndler MP gaining a promotion within cabinet. In the reshuffle Mr Albanese, who was a Kevin Rudd ally, gained the additional portfolio of Regional Development and Local Government. On ABCâ€™s â€˜Latelineâ€™ show Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she believed Mr Albanese was the right choice for replacing Simon Crean who was sacked from his ministerial position after calling for the spill, which was then uncontested. Although Mr Albanese did not support the Prime Minister in the leadership battle, Ms Gillard showed confidence in the Member for Grayndler, who said he would never vote against a sitting Labor Prime Minister. â€œIâ€™ve always felt a sense of comfort with Minister Albanese,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s appropriate for him to not only continue but to be promoted and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve taken the decision.â€? Mr Albanese told â€˜Latelineâ€™ the Prime Minister made a clear choice as to who would take over from Simon Creanâ€™s portfolio.
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Newbornsâ€™ special welcome Over 40 new babies were celebrated at a ceremony during Childrenâ€™s Festival ederal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese this week welcomed more than 40 babies into the local community at a special ceremony held in Marrickville. The event was part of the Marrickville Childrenâ€™s Festival held at Marrickville West Public School. â€œTh is is about recognising the fantastic jobs that new parents do and making them feel part of the wider community around them,â€? Mr Albanese said. â€œYou donâ€™t realise how much work is involved in raising a baby until you become a parent. It turns your life upside down. That is why itâ€™s so important to welcome and celebrate the new babies and parents in our community.â€? The mums and dads received certificates and gift bags containing useful products donated by local organisations and information about raising babies and toddlers. â€œIt was also a fantastic illustration of the diversity of the inner west. We had babies from a range of different backgrounds,â€? Mr Albanese said. A total of 45 babies were welcomed on the day with the youngest being Louis Aan Douglas who was just three-weeks-old. The event was also attended by Member for Marrickville Carmel Tebbutt and Councillor Emanuel Tsardoulias, who represented the Mayor of Marrickville and brought along his own newborn twins. Mr Albanese thanked Aboriginal elder Glendra Stubbs who provided a welcome to country, Ruth Bradfield-Ling from Marrickville West Public School who acted
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Two men have been charged after a fi rearm and cannabis were allegedly found during a search warrant at Dulwich Hill. About 8am on Thursday, March 21, police from Marrickville Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a house on Canonbury Grove. Police will allege they located a replica fi rearm, four cannabis plants and a pair of roller blades believed to have been stolen during a recent break and enter in the area. A 49-year-old man and 54-year-old man were arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station, where the younger man was charged with ‘possess unauthorised pistol’ and ‘breach bail conditions’. He was refused bail. The other man was charged with ‘cultivate prohibited plant’, ‘possess prohibited drug’ and ‘larceny’. He was given strict bail conditions to appear at Newtown Local Court on April 9, 2013.
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Pet stores will now be able to sell reptiles if they obtain a Fauna Dealer’s licence.
ew rules are in place to allow pet shops to sell scarce snakes, lizards and turtles in New South Wales. Pet shops will have to carry a Fauna Dealer’s licence that is a condition of sale enforced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The purpose is to ensure the reptiles are going to be kept in a suitable habitat. The pet shop will also be armed with information to supply those buying the special reptiles. However, Gus Sowmi who owns a pet shop in Newtown disagrees with the lack of consultation
from the NPWS to enforce the fauna licence. “There was never any consultation between any of the shop owners as to how the proposals would be implemented or the format of the proposals,” he said. “The problem is we are buying these reptiles from people who sell them on various websites. They are licenced keepers, selling the reptiles far cheaper, we just can’t compete.” It is estimated there are over 16,800 people who have a licence to keep reptiles as pets, and the numbers are growing. The Pet Industry Association CEO Roger Perkins is pleased the government has introduced the Fauna licences: “We’ve been lobbying for this for 15 years”.
Marrickville Police are currently investigating a break, enter and stealing incident which took place at a grocery store in Illawarra Road, Marrickville. The owner left the premises about 9pm on Sunday. The owner was alerted about 2.20am Monday morning that the alarm had been activated. The owner attended the store sometime later and noticed the rear door open and the safe door ajar. Cash including a box of cigarettes and a laptop computer were taken. Marrickville Police are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Marrickville Police on 9568 9299.
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Malicious damage: Large scratch around car Marrickville Police are currently investigating a malicious damage incident which took place between 3.30pm and 5.45pm on Thursday. The victim had parked her car in the driveway on Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill near the intersection of Durham Street. On returning to her vehicle the victim noticed the car had a large scratch around the entire car, all four doors, boot and the bonnet had been damaged. Marrickville Police are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Marrickville Police on 9568 9299.
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