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A 33-year-old man was arrested by police after making a 100-metre dash naked across the playing field to interrupt play in the closing minutes of the State of Origin decider at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.
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t is the question on every spectator’s lips: was he a Queensland fan or a New South Welshman? Because the 33-year-old man who decided to streak across the field in the closing minutes of the tense Origin decider on Wednesday night at ANZ Stadium didn’t do either team any favours. Origin fans were on the edge of their seats on Wednesday night when in the fi nal three minutes of the match, Queensland looked to
cross the line. The Blues were moving quick in defence, but the course of history was forever changed when the 33-year-old man from Tempe ran 100 metres across the field to trip just short of the tryline and interrupt play. He was wearing nothing but his running shoes, and was dived on by stadium security and police officers. The game was halted and Queensland given a new set of six as per the rules, the fate of the game sealed: an eighth series win in a row for Queensland, 12-10. The streaker was restrained by security
guards before being arrested by officers, removed from the field under a pile of blankets and taken to Auburn Police Station. It is believed he is the same man who ran onto the field when Wests Tigers played the Warriors in an NRL fi nals game in 2011. The 33-year-old man has been issued with a court attendance notice for the offences of ‘wilful and obscene exposure’ and ‘enter or remain on playing field without authorisation’. He will appear in Burwood Local Court on Tuesday, August 6. He will also be issued with a banning notice prohibiting him from attending future events
at ANZ Stadium. Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Peter Gillam, in charge of a safety operation on the night, said the stupidity of one man marred what was an enthralling match. “Sadly one man’s actions disrupted the game during a crucial time. His running onto the field and into the middle of the play was not only dangerous but also idiotic and senseless,” he said. “No one wants to see a grown man running around naked at a footy match and this man can expect to not only feel the wrath of the crowd but also a magistrate.”
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feel as though the Australian public have lost all sympathy for asylum seekers. It’s no real surprise when you consider the vitriolic political debate. Asylum seekers are never referred to by name, they rarely have identities and even when they perish, they are reported as mere statistics. In the past week alone we’ve seen at least 15 people drown, including a baby boy. It’s becoming an all too familiar fi xture in the news cycle. A predictable one too – an unseaworthy wooden fishing vessel, overloaded with men, women and children, it takes on water or capsizes, and then authorities scramble to rescue them with varying degrees of success. 3,000 people are arriving on our shores in this way every month – it’s a life and death risk. Literally. About 1,000 people have died at sea since 2009 – and that’s a conservative estimate. The truth is no one knows exactly. Imagine the families left behind – never knowing what happened to their son, daughter, mother, father. Unimaginable. But the boats do have to be stopped – and I fear it must be a ‘cruel to be kind’ approach. I agree with Scott Morrison when he says “the time for talk is over”. Sure, there needs to be regional summits and global solutions – but the
government needs send a strong message, effective immediately. Kevin Rudd is yet to work out his strategy. Tony Abbott’s tough stance is unfl inching. In 2008 Mr Rudd dismantled John Howard’s measures – the number of arrivals started as a trickle and now six years later it’s a burst water main unable to be contained. Kevin Rudd refuses to admit his mistakes. The reissued Prime Minister and his government are going through the Seven Stages of Grief. • Shock • Denial • Anger • Bargaining • Guilt • Depression • Acceptance Shock – when the boat arrivals started picking up in 2008. Denial – refusing to admit the pacific solution worked. Anger – blaming the world for changing circumstances. Bargaining – The Malaysia solution. Guilt – acknowledging that the number of arrivals is almost unmanageable. Depression – Kevin Rudd returns to the Prime Ministership and the situation is worse than where he left it, coming to the realisation that he has to fi x it. The Government now appears to be between Depression and Acceptance. Kevin Rudd needs to show he’s got a plan. Without a plan, he doesn’t have an
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evin Rudd has missed the point entirely when it comes to the pressure on him to announce an election date. For the past few weeks, Mr Rudd and senior MPs – including Chris Bowen on ‘Meet the Press’ last Sunday – are going with the “in good time” line, saying only that the election will be called and held within the rules and allowances of the Constitution. In any ordinary election year, that would be considered a fair and reasonable tactic. But this is no ordinary election year and no ordinary situation. The truth of the matter is that up until a few weeks ago, we had an election date that had been announced by former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. We were going to the polls on September 14. Th ree weeks ago Mr Rudd made the
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decision to roll a sitting Prime Minister. As a result, he must now face the consequences and that includes calling an election immediately, particularly given the broken promises he made about not challenging for the top job. It is an insult to the collective intelligence of the nation for Mr Rudd to be gallivanting around the country – and other countries – building his PR profi le while confidence from individuals and businesses only worsens given the uncertainty of the election date. Back in 2010, Julia Gillard waited 23 days between rolling Mr Rudd and calling the election. Ironically, today marks 23 days since Mr Rudd was returned as Prime Minister. It’s 23 days too long, but one gets the feeling that Mr Rudd will continue with his unofficial election campaign.
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election win or a campaign strategy. Th is week we had a hint from Kevin Rudd – he’ll tackle this from three angles. Global, regional, domestic. The Refugee Convention by which Australia is bound will be reassessed. I don’t think he will go as far as to tear the agreement up or suspend it. What is likely is a reinterpretation of the rules to suit the government’s tougher stance. Kevin Rudd will continue to pursue a regional cooperation effort particularly with Indonesia and other source countries. First stop – the IndonesianPresident-inspired meeting of ministers that would include not only the transit and destination countries, but also the countries of origin – including Afghanistan, Burma and Iran. And fi nally – there will come a re-writing of what it means to be a refugee, tightening the determination process for economic migrants or those not fleeing persecution but looking for a better standard of living. The signals are that those that fit into that criteria will be sent straight to PNG for processing and then sent back home. Kevin Rudd needs to announce something soon. The message needs to convince not just the people smugglers but the electorate.
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he Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey dropped into Garlo’s Pies in St Peters last week to promote the Liberal party’s stance on the carbon tax and other “red tape”. After a quick tour of the business, Mr Abbott and Mr Hockey packed pies into boxes and chatted with staff to promote the business and learn more about its operations. However Mr Abbott took the time to remind those present that he would get rid of the carbon tax altogether if elected at the next election, and added he would do away with other areas of government policy that proved to be a stumbling block. “The pledge that Joe Hockey and I and the Coalition team make to businesses like Garlo’s Pies is that we want to make your life easier not harder… our plan for small businesses in Australia is to get rid of the carbon tax,”he said. “Our attack on regulation, red tape and green tape is about making it easier for the businesses of Australia to invest and employ because we understand in a way that Labor doesn’t, that small businesses have put [everything] on the line.” Business owner, Sean Garlick said a message needed to be sent to the current government that the carbon tax was crippling his business. “The carbon tax is costing my business the better part of $1,000 a month. My costs have risen by 80 per cent. Prior to the
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carbon tax being introduced my bill for gas was $12,000. That cost has now risen to $40,000 for the same gas.” Mr Garlick said that money could be
better spent on other areas of his business. “That money could be spent employing more people,” he said. Mr Hockey said that the only way small
businesses could get rid of the carbon tax, guaranteed, and allow small business to flourish was to vote Labor out of office at the next election.