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Seven dead in Indonesian terror raids

THE death toll from the latest anti-terror raids in Indonesia has risen to seven after specialist police unit Densus 88 raided four locations on Wednesday.
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Another 13 suspected terrorists were captured alive, according to the national police spokesman, Brigadier General Boy Rafli Amar.

It’s the biggest terror cell to have been exposed since 2010 when police shut down a training camp set up by Abu Bakar Bashir in the jungle in Aceh.

Mr Boy said the seven who died had been involved in fire-fights with police.

The raid in a village near Bandung, south-east of Jakarta, yielded four pipe bombs, 200 rounds of .38 calibre ammunition, 80 rounds of 9mm ammunition and about 6 million rupiah ($A600) in cash.

Mr Boy said police were working on mapping the terror network, and anticipated that there would be more raids. He did not comment on what, if any, attacks the group had planned.

The Indonesian police chief, General Timur Pradopo, had earlier defended the high death toll in the police operation, saying the heavily-armed officers had tried negotiating with the men in the Bandung house for 3 1/2 hours, but the reply was “explosions, gunfire and bombs”.

Security expert Johanes Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the cell was responsible for an attempt last week to plant pipe bombs at the embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta.

Radical preachers including jailed extremist Abu Bakar Bashir have been calling for jihad against Buddhist-majority Myanmar because of the violence there against the Rohingya muslim majority in the country’s east.

Mr Sulaiman told Fairfax Media that the old terror network of the Bali bombings had been fractured by ruthless police work and decimated by arrests. However, their spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was still influencing young people with his fiery speeches from the jail where he’s serving 15 years for terror-related offences.

Mr Sulaiman said a talented new jihadist preacher, Aman Abdurrahman, who was linked to Bashir, was inspiring a new and widely dispersed generation of young radicals who were “desperate to do jihad”.

“If you look at the strand (of ideology) most comes from Abu Bakar Bashir — but the new terrorists are not part of the old network,” he said.

“The young people got influenced and they figure they must do quick holy war.”

However, they had not so far developed the discipline, training or networks to mount large-scale attacks.

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Airport’s world-first ‘sleeping pods’ allow private naps for passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed 20 ‘sleeping pods’ for passengers, with a futher 35 to be fitted later this year. The pods are available for use at $12 an hour and will eventually feature internet access and power sources for electronic devices.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed dozens of bizarre-looking “sleeping pods” that allow passengers to nap in privacy.

The Finnish-designed “GoSleep” chairs, a world-first unveiled on Sunday, feature a sliding door/roof designed to either partially or fully enclose passengers within the pod, shielding them from surrounding noise, light and crowds.

Ten pods now reside in Terminal 3, and 10 more in the Al Dhabi Lounge at Terminal 1, while a further 35 are to be fitted later this year. Once all are installed, the pods will be upgraded to provide internet access, storage space for luggage and other valuables, as well as a power source for laptops, mobiles and other electronic devices.

The pods are currently available at a cost of 45 Dirham ($A12) per hour, payable using a credit card.

They may look unusual, but are a step up from the Ostrich Pillow, which was launched last year. The portable device is placed over your head to “enable power naps anytime, anywhere”.

Design firm Kawamura-Ganjavian claims the device, which includes a mouth hole to allow easier breathing, is ideal for airport lounges, trains and aeroplanes.

Hotels offering compact, short-term accommodation have been popular in Japan for years. The Capsule Inn Osaka was one of the world’s first capsule hotels when it launched in 1979.

Capsule hotels have also reached British shores. The Yotel chain – the brainchild of the founder of the YO! Sushi – now has branches at two London airports – Gatwick and Heathrow. Its single and double cabins offer free wifi and are equipped with flat screen TVs, multiple power outlets, and showers. A Yotel can also be found at Amsterdam Schiphol and in New York City, two blocks from Times Square.

Earlier this year, Moscow installed its first city centre capsule hotel, the Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, which features 50 windowless pods that can each accommodate up to three people. Each has internet access, and is soundproof and air conditioned.

Portable ‘modular bedrooms’ were also introduced by the Barcelona-based firm Dream and Fly, at Barcelona’s international airport. The compact ‘Bubbles’ are able to accommodate both individuals and families, and each comes with a bathroom.

The Telegraph, London

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Search and rescue operation underway for missing cruise ship passengers 

AN air and marine search and rescue operation is underway off the coast of Forster for two people missing from a cruise ship.
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About 11.30am (Thursday 9 May 2013), staff from a cruise ship contacted police after they discovered two passengers – a 30-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – missing after the ship had docked at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal.

Police attended and conducted a thorough search of the ship, however the pair was not located.

Officers attached to Marine Area Command reviewed CCTV footage and determined the pair had gone overboard about 8.50pm on Wednesday (8 May 2013).

Police and Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) have determined a search area approximately 60Nm east of Forster and have deployed aircraft and marine vessels.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the pair and, in these early stages, are focused on the search efforts.

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Wimmera to vote on Australian Constitution change

WIMMERA residents will vote on local government recognition in the Australian Constitution when they go to the polls on September 14.
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Thursday thata referendum would be part of the federal election.

The national vote was a pre-election commitment by the Australian Labor Party during the 2010 federal election campaign.

Referendums, which require a majority of Australians and a majority of states to pass, are notoriously unsuccessful with just eight of the nation’s 44 votes being approved.

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Andrew Evans said councils had been fighting for years to correct the ‘glitch’ in the Constitution that failed to recognise local government.

He said it would allow the Federal Government to direct money straight to councils rather than having to go through state governments.

“I think the Constitution needs to be updated to reflect the modern world and to reflect what we do in practice,” he said.

“Local government is surely here to stay so that should be recognised in the Constitution.

“The best thing for the overall community is for local government to be fitted into the Constitution.

“We are the tier of government closest to the community and it is only right and proper for us to be recognised.”

Northern Grampians Mayor Wayne Rice said constitutional recognition would act as a safeguard protecting local government.

“What people seem to forget is that there is more and more cost shifting from both upper levels of government to local government so you can’t do away with the people on the ground in councils,” he said.

“It will allow us direct access to the Federal Government so if they want to keep giving us more responsibility they can’t do away with us.

“There seems to be a bit of a ground swell in favour of this referendum.”

West Wimmera Shire Mayor Bruce Meyer said he was concerned that local government recognition would hand the Federal Government too much control over councils.

“If they want the right to be able to give grants directly to local government they could surely legislate it or work out a way to get it done,” he said.

“We still need to be dealing with our own states on the big issues for local government rather than going to Canberra with the Federal Government.

“I would reserve my judgment until we see the wording of this referendum legislation – is this a full takeover of control of local government by the Federal Government or are we just dealing with this direct funding issue?

“If it is a full takeover I am not interested.”

Horsham Mayor David Grimble said the referendum would require state support to be successful.

“Probably what we need to do is ensure that the public actually understand what this referendum is all about and its importance,” he said.

“The challenge is going to be to get all the states to support it too.”

Hindmarsh Mayor and Rural Councils Victoria chairman Rob Gersch said the referendum on September 14 would be the only chance for constitutional recognition for ‘many years’.

“It would be a lifetime to have another crack at it so it is imperative it is successful,” he said.

“The success rate of referendums is not good so when you go to a referendum you have to be fairly sure you are going to win it.

“If all state governments are on board and willing to support it, I am happy to roll with it.”

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Staying mum on maternity leave

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave plan will be a big incentive for women in the workforce to have children, according to Member for Calare John Cobb.TRADITIONAL political stereotypes have turned on their head in the current debate over maternity leave entitlements.
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Opposition leader Tony Abbott is standing by his controversial scheme that would see new mothers receive 26 weeks of maternity paid at the rate of their wage when they finished working, up to a salary of $150,000.

That means new mothers stand to receive up to $75,000 in maternity entitlements – significantly more generous than the existing scheme.

Currently, eligible new mothers can receive 18 weeks of maternity leave at the rate of the minimum wage – $606.40 a week, for a total of almost $11,000.

You would think women’s groups would be effusive in their praise for the Abbott proposal, but that has been far from the case.

With a few notable exceptions – such as feminist author Eva Cox – prominent women have been strangely muted in their support for the opposition scheme.

The reason, it seems, is that this is the same Tony Abbott who was famously labelled a misogynist in federal parliament last year. And his reputation precedes him in this instance.

So rather than laud Mr Abbott’s support for working women – to be funded by a levy on Australia’s biggest companies – much of the commentary has instead focused on the inherent inequality of the scheme.

That’s certainly a valid criticism, of course, because paying wealthier women more in maternity entitlements than poorer women is some sort of reverse means testing.

But isn’t this a time when pragmatism should triumph over principle?

Under the Abbott scheme, even the lowest paid women in the country will receive more in maternity entitlements than under the Gillard scheme.

By playing the man and not the policy in this case, all women will end up the poorer.

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Farmers struggle after record dry spell

WIMMERA farmers are struggling as the region’s record dry spell continues through autumn.
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In a statement released earlier this week, the Bureau of Meteorology said the seven months up to April 30 had been the driest on record for many agricultural regions in western Victoria.

South-eastern Australia continues to experience severe rain deficiencies and April rainfall was below average for most of Victoria.

Rainfall deficiencies in the Wimmera range from severe to lowest on record for the seven months.

Beulah farmer Ross Williams said he had never seen it this dry before.

“It is having a huge effect on us,” he said.

“We are thinking about changing to different crops and different varieties.

“We have dropped off canola and are doing a lot of thinking at the moment.”

Mr Williams said he had started dry sowing.

“I don’t really like doing it that way, but we had to do something,” he said.

“But if we don’t get rain soon, we won’t grow anything.

“I’m hoping someone has a nice crystal ball that can tell us what will happen.”

Goroke farmer Andrew Robertson said he had started dry sowing beans.

“It is often dry at this time of year, but this is a much longer dry period than we have had in the past,” he said.

“I would love to get some good rain so we can start throwing seeds into damp soil.”

Nhill farmer Andrew Colbert said this year’s start to the season was a familiar scenario for him.

“Nhill had a drought last year, so it is business as usual for us,” he said.

“We put all our crops in dry last year, so we are doing it that way again.

“We have actually had about 20 more millimetres of rain than this time last year.”

Department of Primary Industries agronomist Chris Sounness said the majority of Wimmera farmers had started dry sowing.

“There are different risks involved with dry sowing,” he said.

“If farmers sow before the break, the crop can come up more quickly and be more advanced at the end of the season,” he said.

“But there are risks of poor emergence and frost damage.”

He said some farmers were hesitant to sow canola.

“People are waiting to see what happens through May and will decide whether to sow it or not later on,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen King said there wasn’t much rain expected for the Wimmera in the coming week.

“We have a band coming through on Sunday, but it will only bring about five millimetres of rain,” he said.

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Cloncurry on Virgin radar

EMERGING mining town Cloncurry is set to move one step closer to being linked to Brisbane via airline Virgin Australia.
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Representatives from Virgin Australia will meet with industry heads and local businesses in Cloncurry next week to discuss the possibility of linking the town to Brisbane.

Cloncurry Shire Council CEO David Neeves said the council initiated the visit after meeting with Virgin Australia in Brisbane recently.

Mr Neeves said council’s role was to give the airline an opportunity to meet with businesses in the community that would be likely to commit to regular usage of a Brisbane to Cloncurry flight service.

“We met with Virgin representatives in Brisbane a few months ago and presented a number of letters from mining companies, doctors and other members of the community considered to be high air travel users,” he said.

“From those discussions they committed to come to Cloncurry and have a look and hopefully the numbers stack up.”

The representatives will be welcomed to Cloncurry with a tour of the current airport, a facility council plans to upgrade in line with growing passenger numbers.

“Last year we had 50,000 passengers through the airport but this year to date we’ve exceeded 80,000,” Mr Neeves said.

“With mines beginning construction soon we expect see that number exceeding 140,000 in the future.”

Council will also hold a luncheon and presentation afternoon for the visitors to provide an opportunity for local business, health professionals and mining industry representatives to discuss their transport needs with the airline.

“Virgin are wanting to understand the opportunities out here as part of their business planning,” Mr Neeves said.

“If we could get a direct Brisbane to Cloncurry service it would make the shire a very attractive place to live.”

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Park burn-off bureaucracy gone mad

CATTLE farmers bordering the Moorrinya National Park, 90km south of Torrens Creek, are fighting to stop Queensland Parks and Recreation from conducting a scheduled burn off next week.
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Graziers watching their cattle struggle to survive in severe drought conditions have signed a petition to stop the burning and allow cattle onto the national park land, an opportunity afforded to other producers north of Hughenden and the Upper Burdekin in recent days.

John Glimore from Cranford Station, adjacent to the park, said an email notifying graziers of the scheduled burn-off added insult to injury.

“They haven’t given a definite date but the neighbours said they emailed them saying they’d burn it off next week,” he said.

“That’s called rubbing salt into the wound – they’re going to burn it off while hungry cattle watch from the other side of the fence.”

Mr Gilmore spoke at the Richmond Beef Crisis Summit on Tuesday, telling of the distress farmers faced every year watching good fodder on the parklands burn up.

While the petition to halt back-burning at Moorrinya circulated yesterday, two producers north of Hughenden had more reason to rejoice after the Newman Government accepted their requests to run cattle on Blackbraes Resources Reserve, 170km north of Hughenden.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said while grazing on national parks tenures remained prohibited under the Nature Conservation Act, other tenures may be made available for such use on some occasions.

“The reason these farmers require hardship grazing is because their situations are dire and urgent and accordingly the department agreed to make the property available for a short time,” he said.

“Wildfires late last year, exacerbated by prolonged drought conditions, have destroyed grazing fodder on pastoral holdings near Blackbraes Resources Reserve, north of Hughenden.

“This is not a solution which will always be available and will always be decided on a case-by-case basis, however I am glad to be able to offer help in this instance, when it’s needed most by Queensland farmers.”

Hughenden mayor Gregory Jones said allowing cattle to chew down over-grown grasses on national parks like Blackreas could actually remove the need for a burn-off.

“Normally they don’t look after the national parks so at least somebody is in there chewing the grass down and helping stop the fire hazard,” he said.

“It’s good to see they (the government) are using their brains a bit to use the cattle take care of the place.”

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Is Ferguson the greatest coach of all time?

The sight of the bright red cheeks of Sir Alex Ferguson intensely chewing gum on the sideline at Old Trafford is set to become a memory after the great Scot announced the end of his 27 years in charge of Manchester United.
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The curtains may be about to close on a managerial career that boasted 49 trophies, but the debate about whether he was the greatest ever is set to begin in bars, cafes, restaurants and around office water coolers.

It’s hard to find a better football coach by the numbers. Ten-time manager of the year, 13-time English Premier League champion, two-time European champion and a coach that has reared more winning players than Bart Cummings has horses. Few football coaches challenge those feats, although perhaps some of Australia’s greats from other codes come close.

In 2010, Harry Kewell spruiked for one coach to make the transition to Australian football. It wasn’t any of his former bosses in the English Premier League, but rugby league great Wayne Bennett. “The way he manages people and deals with sportsmen, surely he’d be worth a look at for football,” Kewell said.

Much like Ferguson, Bennett will be remembered as the man that transformed one club into the powerhouse of their competition. His 21 years at the helm of Brisbane Broncos delivered six premierships and turned the Queensland club into the most consistent performers in the NRL for two decades. While Bennett’s trophy cabinet may not be overflowing to the extent of Ferguson’s, his achievements with the Broncos – and later with St George – are perhaps equally astonishing due to the constraints presented by the NRL salary cap.

While former Collingwood and Brisbane Lions boss Leigh Matthews boasts one of the most enviable win-loss records in AFL, it’s Kevin Sheedy who is perhaps the closest Australian to replicating the longevity of Ferguson. The charismatic Aussie rules guru led Essendon’s Bombers from 1981 until 2007 and guided the club to four flags across three generations of players. Sheedy won back-to-back titles in 1984 and ’85 and tasted grand final success again in 1993. He had to endure another lengthy break between titles before he returned Essendon to the podium in 2000.

From football to stumps, John Buchanan’s eight-year career with Cricket Australia delivered some of the nation’s best success across all formats. A former teacher, Buchanan was renowned for his versatility with his man-management style and his adaptability lead to results such as a whitewash in the Ashes and two ICC World Cups. Upon his own retirement, Michael Hussey attributed much of his personal success to the style of Buchanan’s coaching.

“I felt he knew what to say to you according to your personality. He knew how to motivate the different players according to what made them tick. He understood personalities, and to me he was very positive, reinforcing and encouraging all the time.” Mike Hussey told ESPN.

Footballing rivals

Ferguson’s legacy at Manchester United and the dynasty he established separates his career from many other great football managers.

Unlike Jose Mourinho, Marcelo Lippi, Fabio Capello and other iconic coaches, Ferguson did not depart Old Trafford after his first few champagne showers, nor did he subside to the mounting pressure during the difficult spells.

The 71 year-old Scot’s long and successful era with United draws parallels to that of former Real Madrid boss Miguel Munoz. The Spaniard won three European Cups with Real Madrid in the 1950s as a player and became the first person to win the continent’s greatest prize as a player and a coach when he lifted the cup in 1960, just two years after his retirement.

His 14-year spell as Madrid’s manager is widely seen as the platform for their legacy as one of the most successful clubs of any sport. Munoz went on to win another European Cup in 1966, won La Liga nine times as well as three Copa del Rey titles. He had stints with Sevilla, Las Palmas and Granada before taking charge of the Spanish national team but never lived up to the success he earned at Madrid. His win-loss ratio was dragged down in the latter stages of his career but still equalled that which Ferguson earned at Manchester United.

A name that may not be familiar with many sports fans in Australia but is often brought up when discussing Ferguson is Valeryi Lobanovskyi.

The Ukrainian held a 21-year tutelage of Dynamo Kyiv across two stints and guided the Soviet Union team for 15 years before its collapse. In his first season in charge of Dynamo, he won the 1974 Soviet league and cup double and went on to win 31 more trophies. He became the first coach to guide a Soviet club to a continental title when he won the 1975 UEFA Cup Winners Cup. Given he was aided by the two-horse race that became the Ukrainian top-tier following the Soviet collapse, his achievements could not live up to Ferguson’s.

In what will be the Scot’s 1500th and last game as a coach, many will reflect on a white banner that was held up at Old Trafford in 1989. “3 years of excuses and we’re still crap, ta-ra Fergie.” Twenty-four years, 38 pieces of silver, a bronze statue and knighting later, that fan will not just farewell his club’s greatest ever manager, but perhaps one of the best of all sports.

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Baz Luhrmann: Dancing with devils and demons

Luhrmann with Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Great Gatsby.The film world often wonders how Baz Luhrmann’s mind works as he creates movies as hyperkinetic as Moulin Rouge, Australia and now The Great Gatsby.
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It must be awash with images.

In a private moment before the Great Gatsby opening, the Australian director said a popular rumour that he is dyslexic is not true but he has to surround himself with “crazy lists and charts” to keep up with the way his mind throws up ideas.

“I exhaust people so much,” he said, resigned to it.

In his home office in New York’s Greenwich Village – where Luhrmann, wife Catherine Martin and their two children live when not in Sydney – dictaphones, leather notebooks, writing boards and giant yellow Post-it notes are dotted around to catch a constant flow of ideas – about projects, people to see and things to do.

Moulin Rouge producer Martin Brown said he had never known the couple to have any downtime in 10 years of working together.

“If you’re doing something that you utterly believe in and you’re totally committed to, why would you go to the footy?” he said.

“To achieve what they’ve achieved, you don’t have a normal life.”

Luhrmann, who has two assistants working around the clock, said there were special rules at BazMark, his production company.

“I recognise [my team] need to sleep odd and weird hours because we just work … well, it’s a blur.”

When things get too much, anyone in his inner circle can take “a NASA nap – no less than 20 minutes, no more than 40”.

His racing mind won’t let him nap, though.

“I’m an incredibly difficult sleeper,” Luhrmann said. “I can have periods when a night can be like you really believe it will never end and you’re dancing with devils and demons. It’s terrifying and I just can’t wait for the sun to come up.

“It’s a wacky thing, my sleep. It’s imagination-related. I’ve got the basic things like everyone has: ‘My god, I’ve got some big deal tomorrow.’ But a lot of it is like fighting – not verbal fighting, it’s emotional fighting. I’ve got to find within myself the confidence or the belief to convey an idea.”

The Great Gatsby is released in the US this weekend then opens the Cannes Film Festival next week. It opens in Australia on May 30.

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Better performing schools – Education Queensland 2012

Brisbane Grammar School – Spring Hill, 244 OP eligible students
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OP1-5: 134 (54.91 per cent)

OP6-10: 68 (27.86 per cent)

OP 11-15: 34 (13.93 per cent)

OP16-20: 6 (2.45 per cent)

OP21-25: 2 (0.81 per cent)

Brisbane State High School – West End, 356 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 152 (42.69 per cent)

OP6-10: 103 (28.93 per cent)

OP11-15: 82 (23.03 per cent)

OP16-20: 19 (5.3 per cent)

OP21-25: 0.

St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace – 202 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 83 (41.09 per cent)

OP6-10: 80 (39.6 per cent)

OP11-15 25 (12.38 per cent)

OP15-20 14 (6.93 per cent)

Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Spring Hill – 227 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 92 (40.5 per cent)

OP6-10: 79 (34.8 per cent)

OP11-15: 43 (18.9 per cent)

OP16-20: 13 (5.72 per cent)

OP 21-25: 0.

St Margarets Anglican Girls School – Ascot, 80 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 32 (40 per cent)

OP6-10: 23 (28.75 per cent)

OP11-15: 20 (25 per cent)

OP16-20: 3 (3.75 per cent)

OP21-25: 2 (2.5 per cent)

Schools with fewest OP1-5s and fewest offers of a tertiary place

– Mackay State High School: Only 78 per cent of the OP eligible students offered a tertiary place;

– Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, Alexandra Hills; only 67 per cent of the OP eligible students (6) offered a tertiary place;

– Dysart State High School, Dysart: No OP1-5; no OP6-10 students. Just 67 per cent of the OP eligible students offered a tertiary place;

– Everton Park State High School, Brisbane: No OP1-5 students and 83 per cent of year 12 students offered a tertiary place;

– Australialian International Islamic College, Durack; No OP1-5 students, NO OP6-10 students; Just 56 per cent of OP eligible students offered a tertiary place;

– Rosedale State High School, north of Bundaberg: One OP1-5 student and no OP6-10 students, 82 per cent of OP eligible students offered a tertiary place.

Performance of high profile schools

All Hallows – South Brisbane, 197 OP eligible students.

OP1-5: 62 (31.4 per cent)

OP6-10: 73(37 per cent)

OP11-15: 50 (25.3 per cent)

OP16-20: 12 (6.09 per cent)

OP21-25: 0

Anglican Church Grammar School – East Brisbane, 192 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 68 (35.4 per cent)

OP6-10: 62 (32.29 per cent)

OP11-15: 37 (19.27 per cent)

OP16-20: 24 (12.5 per cent)

OP21-25: 1 (o.52 per cent).

Sommerville House, South Brisbane – 136 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 50 ( 36.75 per cent)

OP6-10: 43 (31.61 per cent)

OP11-15: 34 (25 per cent)

OP16-20: 9 (6.6 per cent)

OP21-25: 0

Moreton Bay College – Wynnum West, 119 OP eligible students (girls)

OP1-5: 43 (36.13 per cent)

OP6-10: 44 (36.97 per cent)

OP11-15: 21 (17.64 per cent)

OP16-20: 11 (9.24 per cent)

OP21-25: 0

St Hildas, Southport – 84 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 24 (28.57 per cent)

OP6-10: 29 ( 34.57 per cent)

OP11-15: 23 (27.38 per cent)

OP16-20: 9 (10.71 per cent)

OP21-25: 0

St Laurences College, South Brisbane – 145 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 26 (17.93 per cent)

OP6-10: 41 (28.27 per cent)

OP11-15: 48 (33.10 per cent)

OP16-20: 25 (17.24 per cent)

OP21-25: 5 (3.44 per cent)

St Josephs College, Nudgee – 168 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 44 (26.19 per cent)

OP6-10: 43 (25.59 per cent)

OP11-15: 47 (27.98 per cent)

OP16-20: 30 (17.86 per cent)

OP21-25: 4 (2.3 per cent)

Ipswich Grammar School – 110 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 28 (23.52 per cent)

OP6-10: 39 (32.77 per cent)

OP11-15: 34 (28.57 per cent)

OP16-20: 15 (12.6 per cent)

OP21-25: 3 (2.52 per cent)

Ipswich Girls Grammar School – 70 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 17 (24.29 per cent)

P6-10: 20 (28.57 per cent)

OP11-15: 22 (31.43 per cent)

OP16-20: 11 (15.71 per cent)

OP21-25: 0.

Stuartholme School, Toowong – 121 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 40 (33.05 per cent)

OP6-10: 38 (31.4 per cent)

OP11-15: 33 (27.27 per cent)

OP16-20: 10 (8.26 per cent)

OP21-25: 0/

The Southport School, Southport – 123 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 25 (20.32 per cent)

OP6-10: 36 (29.26 per cent)

OP11-15: 37 (30.08 per cent)

OP16-20: 22 (17.89 per cent)

OP21-25: 3 (2.43 per cent)

Kenmore State High School, Kenmore – 240 OP eligible students

OP1-5: 69 (27.7 per cent)

OP6-10: 72 (28.91 per cent)

OP11-15: 52 (20.88 per cent)

OP21-25: 52 (20.88 per cent)

Notes:

All school’s outcomes can be read using this link to an alphabetical list of schools. The top half of the file includes general information about the school, while in the second half of the file you can check the OP and QCE achievements of each school.

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Just the ticket: crackdown on scalpers as game chiefs meet ministers

Sporting bodies could soon be able to create and enforce their own terms and conditions on ticket sales as part of anti-scalping legislation proposed by the NSW government.
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Sports Minister Graham Annesley and Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts met with representatives from sporting bodies including the NRL, ARU, Cricket Australia and Netball Australia on Thursday to discuss how to protect fans from scalpers.

The government hopes legislation will be passed through Parliament in about three or four months, allowing laws to come into effect before marquee sporting events including the Bledisloe Cup, the NRL grand final and next year’s Ashes Test at the SCG.

The issue is a timely one, with tickets for the Wallabies versus British and Irish Lions Tests being sold for up to six times the original price. A bronze category ticket for the Suncorp encounter is selling on viagogo南京夜网.au for $549 when the original price was just $95. A platinum ticket was recently put up for sale at $855 (original price $295), while some eBay tickets for the Sydney match are selling for more than double.

There will be further consultation with the entertainment industry and other stakeholders, but the final version tabled to cabinet is aimed at “reducing red tape” for sporting bodies. For instance, they will be able to directly force secondary sellers, such as eBay, to cancel tickets and remove them from sale if they are being sold at exorbitant prices.

In Queensland, where anti-scalping legislation exists, there is an extra step as sporting bodies have to report the matter to police, who then have to pursue the matter with resellers.

The sporting bodies themselves will also be able to determine the maximum price that tickets are able to be resold at. They could determine, for instance, that nothing gets resold at a premium of more than 10 per cent.

There were also discussions about requiring websites such as eBay to display a photo of the ticket. This will allow purchasers to view the original purchase price, minimising the risk of being lumped with a premium fee for lower-category tickets. It will also make it easier for sporting bodies to cancel tickets they believe are grossly overpriced.

“We are about empowering the sporting codes to do whatever they feel they need to do to protect the interest of their own fans,” Annesley said. “It’s giving them the option to determine to what extent they feel the obligation to protect their fans. The legislation will also enforce the outcome of that. There will be requirements on the secondary marketplace they will have to adhere to to be within the law.”

Roberts added: “We’re bringing back openness, transparency and honesty in the secondary marketplace, which is crucial. There’s a great deal of fraud that occurs to the detriment of consumers.

“As a fan, how can you compete with these auto-bots when the tickets are released? We’re empowering the sporting codes to address the issues.”

The proposed legislation was greeted warmly by sporting bodies. “The proposal . . . would also position NSW as a leader in fighting ticket scalping,” an ARU spokesman said. “We would encourage other jurisdictions to follow their approach.”

A Cricket Australia spokesman added: “Our hope is that potential future NSW legislation would become a best-practice model.”

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Sin Bin: SBW in Dragons’ sights – all in charity’s name, of course

Once were teammates: Manly’s Steve Matai (middle row, second from right) and Sydney Roosters Sonny Bill Williams (front row, centre) were chuffed in this team photo of Mount Albert Grammar School rugby league side in Auckland in 2001. Photo: SuppliedSydney Roosters officials have been assured they have nothing to fear after a member of St George Illawarra chief executive Peter Doust’s staff successfully bid for a lunch with Sonny Bill Williams at a charity event. Williams donated the lunch date to help raise funds for St George Hospital’s Cancer Care Centre at last Saturday night’s Hurstville City Council Mayoral Ball, of which the Dragons were a sponsor. However, she insists the lunch is for her brother and father, who are big Roosters fans, and no one will attempt to persuade the dual international to join the Red V.
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Reddy for Queensland?Just weeks after representing City, Wests Tigers centre Joel Reddy wants to play for Queensland under the new father-son rule. Reddy, who also played for City in 2010, grew up in South Australia but had always been considered eligible for NSW as he was born in Sydney. However, his father Rod played for Queensland in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980 and Joel now wants to follow suit if he gets the opportunity.Carney in Kogarah

Dragons officials were as surprised as anyone by Todd Carney’s appearance at Jubilee Oval last Monday night for their match against Manly and had given up on signing the Sharks five-eighth some time ago. Instead, their focus is on finding a halfback who can join them this season after being unable to finalise a deal with Castleford to release Rangi Chase. Warriors back-rower Feleti Mateo is also on a list of other possible signings in St George Illawarra’s sights. The Dragons were interested in Carney before signing Melbourne five-eighth Gareth Widdop but were unable to compete with big money offers from the Warriors and Penrith. Sin Bin was told Carney only attended the match because his manager David Riolo was going to watch the under-20s game and he had arranged to go out for dinner nearby. Carney sat with Riolo while the Holden Cup clash was on but left before the NRL game to go to a restaurant.Rumour mill in overdrive

Officials at a non-Sydney club are rumoured to be getting tired of constant reports about one of their rising stars out nightclubbing. If the player in question can’t stay at home, Sin Bin has been told that he should at least change venues as the club is aware every time he goes to his regular haunt.Rodwell backs himself

It’s not often that a match official phones a radio station to defend his decisions, as Matthew Rodwell did last Monday. Rodwell, who was the video referee in last Saturday night’s Melbourne-Canberra match, phoned Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast program after hearing Terry Kennedy and Michael Slater discuss a controversial decision to award a try to Billy Slater, despite what appeared to be obstruction by Storm teammate Jason Ryles. Rodwell said that Shaun Fensom had planted his feet and dropped his shoulder so the Canberra second-rower was already committed to tackling Ryles and therefore had not been impeded. While it was refreshing to hear a match official publicly explain a ruling, Sin Bin understands that not everyone in the NRL refereeing ranks agreed it was the right call and if the Raiders hadn’t won the match Rodwell’s decision would have come in for far more scrutiny.Lazarus’ bizarre bid

Former Wests Tigers halfback Blake Lazarus has made a unusual bid to return to the NRL club by tweeting a YouTube compilation of his career highlights and telling coach Mick Potter, “ill play for free #ifneeded”. However, the problem for Lazarus, who plays for Calliope Roosters in Rockhampton with Steve Southern and Josh Cordoba, is that the Tigers’ huge injury toll has put the club over the second-tier salary cap and they have to shed players to use anyone else.

Saad stands up

Joe Saad, who campaigned alongside Roy Spagnolo when the 3P ticket swept to power at Parramatta in 2009, will stand as an independent in Saturday’s leagues club elections. Saad is said to have been on the outer with the 3P directors for some time, and resigned from that ticket. He sent flyers out that read: “While I am very proud of what has been achieved with the current board, there comes a time when people’s ideas and visions differ. Given this, I now feel that I can best serve our club as an independent member of the board should I be re-elected. This will allow me to drive successful and strategic initiatives that better our beloved club today and into the future.” Saad was believed to have been angered by the decision to sack coach Stephen Kearney without his input last year. He confirmed to Fairfax Media that he was standing as an independent.Support in Wellington

The last league match in Wellington was the 2010 Four Nations Test between New Zealand and England, in which Bulldogs props Greg Eastwood and James Graham wore the No.8 jerseys for their respective countries. On Saturday night, they will pack down alongside each other against the Warriors. A crowd of about 25,000 is expected.

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