Archive For 03/29/2019

Sea wall? now you don’t

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HIGH TIME: Cr John Nell said work on a replacement sea wall at Kangaroo Point was well due. A remnant of the old timber sleeper-style wall was all that was left on Wednesday. Picture: Sam NorrisBuilt from timber and back-filled with construction rubble, a sea wall that “should never have been” was pulled down this week.
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“It’s the kind of wall you would normally see at a golf course,” Cr John Nell said.

“They’re useless in a marine environment.”

The wall was built in the 90s at Kangaroo Point as part of a residential development behind Soldiers Point Road.

From their backyards residents could walk down across the manicured grass to water’s edge below.

After nearly 20 years the wall gave way in a storm last winter.

GOING: Back-filled with builder’s rubble, the timber sleeper sea wall has past it’s best-by.

“The design of them maximises the impact of the waves,” Cr Nell said.

“The crashing waves have eroded the sand at the base of the wall to the point where it collapsed. The whole thing has been a debacle, even getting it replaced.”

The council and Marine Parks have spent the past six months in discussions on the project.

“Time has been taken to make sure we have the right design and approvals so that we get the best outcome for the environment,” the council’s asset section manager John Maretich said.

“Works will cost between $25,000 to $30,000 and will include removal of the vertical wall and replacement with a tapered slope.

“This design reduces erosion by allowing the waves to run up the slope so that the wave energy dissipates.”

Whether the wall complied with environmental and building regulations at the time remains unclear but there’s no doubt it had to go.

The seawall is past its use-by date and not up to modern standards – both the design and materials would not meet current requirements.

“The wall has been there for such a long time, it is hard to attribute liability to the original builder,” Mr Maretich said.

“But it’s certainly past its use-by date and not up to modern standards – both the design and materials would not meet current requirements.”

Cr Nell said the replacement ought to do a much better job but he’s not convinced residents have seen the last of their troubles.

“My expectation is it’s really going to need rocks to slow down the waves,” he said.

“Council’s going to try without them but I think its really going to need them.”

The council said routine inspections were part of it’s asset maintenance program with funds allocated for maintenance and upgrades prioritised to the level of risk and available budget.

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Full-time looms for Gidley

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SURVIVOR: Former Knights skipper Kurt Gidley has announced he will retire at the end of the Super League season. Picture: Getty ImagesFORMER Knights skipper KurtGidleyhas vowed to end his illustrious career on a high after announcing this will be his last season with Warrington.
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The 35-year-old playmaker willretire after17 seasons and more than300 appearances in both the English and Australian competitions.

Gidley has spent the past two seasons in the north of England, after playing 251 games for the Newcastle Knights, forwhomhe amassed 1228 points and scored 80 tries.

“I knew deep down that two years was probably the right amount of time, although I was open to playing more,” Gidley told the Warrington website.

“Coming into this season this decision has to do with not wanting to push myself too far and wanting to finish on my own terms.

“I’ve never been motivated by money to play an extra year and I’m content with what I’ve done in my career. I wanted to let my teammates know first and then everyone else as it then helps me move on and enjoy the rest of the year. I’m content with what I’ve achieved so far at Warrington and I’d like us to finish on a high note.”

Warrington, who finished runners-up in last year’s Super League and also the Challenge Cup final, are ninth on the points table, 10 points behind the top four.

A former captain of the Knights and NSW, Gidley made 12 Origin appearances and represented Australia on as many occasions.

Knights CEO Matt Gidley believes his brother’s career should be a source of inspiration for up-and-coming players in the game.

“He’s had a great career,’’ Matt said. “He’s one of those players that wasn’t super talented at a young age but he always worked pretty hard … if you keep working hard and chipping away and keep giving your all, that will be recognised.’’

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Jets away to Adelaide in FFA Cup

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Tara Rushton hosts the FFA Cup draw in Sydney on Thursday. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Newcastle Jets could play up to three trial games against Northern NSWNPL clubs before beginning the Ernie Merrick era with an FFA Cup trip to Adelaide United in early August.
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The Jets will face A-League opposition in the FFA Cup round of 32 for the fourth year in a row after Thursday’s draw pitted them against the Reds.

Newcastle lost 2-0 to Perth in 2014;4-3 on penalties to the Glory in 2015 after drawing 2-2;and 3-1 to Melbourne Victory 3-1 last year. All three games were at Magic Park.

Broadmeadow and Edgeworth will also be on the road in the round of 32.Magic drew an away tie against Brisbane’s Moreton Bay and Edgeworth face a trip to Victorian NPL heavyweights South Melbourne.

Datesand venues for the round of 32 will be announced on Monday.The round of 32 will begin in late July, but A-League clubs will not be in action before Tuesday, August 1.

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“This year we’re going to be looking to rectify that.We’ve got the new boss in now, the new players have come in, and we’re expecting nothing less than success this year, whether it be in the cup or the league.”

Adelaide will also play under a new manager in German Marco Kurz. The Reds have hosted their past cup games at Coopers Stadium.

Edgeworth coach Damian Zane said the away tie against South Melbourne, who are leading the Victorian NPL and pushing for an A-League licence, was not ideal,but the Eagles had beaten then Victorian champions Bentleigh Green away from home in last year’s NPL Finals series.

Edgeworth became the first club from Newcastle to win an FFA Cup game when they beat Far North Queensland 3-0 in Cairns last year before losing 2-1 to Melbourne City in the round of 16.

“It’s winnable. We were just hoping for a home game, to be honest. We didn’t care who. The risk playing away is that you really get nothing from it apart from experience, from aclub perspective,” Zane said.

“We went down and beat the champions in Melbourne last year, and we’ll back ourselves again. I think we’re better this year.”

Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich had been hoping for a home tie against an A-League club but welcomed the social side of a road trip to face Moreton Bay, who are fifth on the Queensland NPL ladder.

“Maybe this is more of an achievable task,” he said.

“I think at this stage of the competition they’ll all be hard, but it’s a good chance for our boys to get away from home. There’s a bit of fun in that as well for players at NPL level.”

Magic lost 2-1 to the Brisbane Strikers at home in the round of 32 in 2014 and 3-1 at home against Heidelberg in 2015.

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Venture makes waves

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Driven: Joel Pilgrim said there was “stacks of evidence around the science and chemistry of surfing and what it provides for the mind and body”. Picture: Beau Pilgrim
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Was there an event or moment that made you choose to become a mental health Occupational Therapist?

I was always interested in helping people. I wanted to be a physiotherapist on the world surfing tour. When I didn’t quite get the marks to study this at uni, I explored OT and absolutely loved it! The variety in disciplines and the ability to help people from diverse backgrounds was a big drawcard.

Early in your OT career you worked at the Bondi Early Psychosis Program. What can an OT offer in the mental health space?

My role in this job was to help clients get back on their feet, returning to meaningful activity following first episode psychosis. Mental health OT involves everything from counselling and mindfulness, to finding a job, keeping a job, returning to education, family therapy, psychoeducation, physical health and exercise. An OT’s role is to increase functioning and quality of life, focusing on the desires of each and every individual.

In simple terms, what is early psychosis and what treatments are currently the norm in helping those experiencing it?

Early psychosisis when someone experiences psychosis for the first time. Seeing and hearing things, hallucinations, delusions and paranoia are all things which can be experienced. It can be brought on by a range of things including trauma, stress, and drug-use. Physical activity plays a massive role in recovery, in conjunction with a range of psychological supports. Medication can sometimes play a role in providing reliefbut it’s not always the answer for everyone.

Have you ever personally suffered from poor mental health or been close to those who have?

I’ve never been diagnosed with a form of mental health issues, but I have certainly had my ups and downs in life. It’s hard to find someone that hasn’t battled with their mental health at one point or another, and my family is not exception – mental health issues doesn’t discriminate, and everyone can be susceptible to it.

How did you get involved with OneWave, which incorporates surfing and the ocean as a means of recovery for those with mental health issues?

I met Grant the Founder of OneWave in its second week of existence, and together we have built the organisation up over the last four years. It’s all about dressing up in bright clothes and drawing attention to the invisible issue of mental health through surfing. Grant has an inspiring story of triumph in adversity, where surfing provided solace following a diagnosis of bipolar. Through sharing his powerful story and starting a global movement, we’ve been able to support people in far corners of the earth.

What was your rationale for founding the Waves of Wellness Foundation, and what is the scope?

In my experience, traditional mental health support has been rather one-dimensional, not encompassing much flexibility around the individual and their needs. I’m a big believer that for people to reach out and connect with services, we need to approach things on the level of the people we set out to help, not forcing our goals and aims. The Waves of Wellness Foundation (WOW), is normalising mental health and embracing wellbeing with this innovative approach.

WOW is a mental health deductible gift recipient charity delivering innovative support and prevention programs. We facilitate three waves of support, including adventure therapy, education and corporate programs.

Is there evidence to support to link between surf therapy and positive mental health?

Surfing provides an avenue of escape. Whether it’s from the stresses of the external world, or respite from internal thoughts and emotions, surfing provides an emotional and spiritual outlet.The release of positive endorphins in the brain, and a phenomenon known as the ‘flow state’, all contribute to a sense of achieved wellbeing. Our research shows that surfing impacts our participants in many important ways, including improved confidence, strengthened social supports and decreased anxiety.

Where is WOW operating and are there plans to take it elsewhere?

We’re currently inNSW, Queensland and Victoriawith our flagship sites being Newcastle and Sydney. Surf therapy is our core program currently, and there’s big plans to implement adventure therapy programs well beyond the geographical restrictions of the coastline.

Is the cut and thrust of the digital, modern lifecaused a rise in mental health issues or does it seem like it is more prevalent because slowly the stigma around it is being removed?

Technology is certainly playing a role in the emerging mental health issues. Today we’re more connected than ever with technology and telecommunications, but we’re also more disconnected than ever as people. The greater awareness leads to more people seeking help, but there’s also more screening taking place too.

If money wasn’t an issue, where would you spend it in the area of mental health?

I would make sure that every person got support around mental health and well-being. This means operating programs in far corners of the world to people and communities who are often overlooked. We are losing too many people to suicide – these are lives that can be saved. I dream of the day that invisible mental health issues are treated like any other physical injury, where there’s no social stigma, and people struggling know don’t have to ever go it alone. It’s important to note that the concept of mental health is not just about dealing with crisis, it’s also about finding healthy outlets for people who are struggling, recovering and doing fine.

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What the Tax Office will home in on this year

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Higher-than-expected tax deductions relating to cars, travel, clothing, internet and mobile phones, and self-education expenses are among the top claims the tax man will be keeping a close eye on this tax time.
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Each year the Australian Taxation Office targets work-related expense deductions due to the large value of claims made by the majority of more than 13 million Australians lodging tax returns every year.

In 2015-16 Australians claimed about $23 billion of work-related expense deductions –and as the agency has noted, there’s a lot of over-claiming.

“This tax time, the ATO is looking at higher than expected work-related expense claims by comparing taxpayers with their peers in similar jobs, earning similar amounts of income,” Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said.

“While larger than usual claims might be legitimate, it may cause the ATO to ask further questions and check with your employer.”

Car expensesThe most common work-related expense claims are for car expenses, which amount to more than $8 billion in claims each year.

The ATO says trips between home and work cannot be claimed unless your home was a base of employment and you were required to travel to a different workplace to work for the same employer.

You also must show you regularly worked at more than one site each day before returning home (for example, a tradesperson) and you had to use your car to carry bulky tools or equipment.

The most common work-related expense claims are for car expenses, which amount to more than $8 billion in claims each year. Photo: Rob Homer

Bulky goods transport”To get a deduction for carrying bulky tools it is not enough to simply choose to carry bulky tools or equipment, such as ladders, wheelbarrows and cement mixers, to work,” Ms Andersen said.

To claim this deduction, you need to show your employer required you to transport all the tools or equipment to work (that is, you did not carry them as a matter of choice or convenience).

You cannot get a deduction simply for carrying bulky tools, such as cement mixers, to work. There are tougher hurdles. Photo: Michele Mossop

You also need to show the equipment was essential to earning your income (that is, without the equipment, you couldn’t earn your income), and there was no secure area to store the equipment at work and the equipment was bulky and difficult to transport.

Travel –meals and accommodationMore than $2 billion of work-related travel expenses are claimed each year. Taxpayers can only claim costs for accommodation and meals if they are required to work away from home overnight, and petrol and parking for their car for work trips.

Taxpayers can only claim costs for accommodation and meals if they are required to work away from home overnight.

“You can’t claim a deduction for any private component of work-related travel,” Ms Anderson said. “Receiving an allowance from your employer does not automatically entitle you to a deduction. If you receive a travel allowance amount on your payment summary you must declare it as income, and you can only claim for the expenses you actually incur.”

Internet and mobile phoneTaxpayers are not entitled to claim mobile phone and internet use that is for private purposes.

The ATO allows a claim of up to $50 for work-related mobile phone and internet use without the need to provide detailed records. Photo: Michele Mossop

The ATO will focus on the apportionment between private and work use.

“We allow a claim of up to $50 for work-related mobile phone and internet use without the need to provide detailed records,” Ms Anderson said.

When it comes to mobile phones, the ATO will focus on the apportionment between private and work use. Photo: Andrew Darby

“However, you still need to be able to demonstrate that you spent the money and were required to incur these costs for your job.”

Clothing”A lot of people are claiming for their work clothes when they aren’t meant to be,” Ms Anderson said.

Protective gear used for work is claimable.

You may be entitled to claim a deduction for work clothing if you purchased it and it is uniform, such as those with company logos and protective gear. Basically, it must be clothing that would not be worn outside the workplace.

“You can also claim the cost of laundering these items but you must use a reasonable basis to calculate your expenses,” Ms Anderson said. “You can’t claim the cost of purchasing or laundering plain clothing, such as black pants or white shirts, or clothing that doesn’t meet the above requirements even if your employer requires you to wear them.”

You can’t claim the cost of purchasing or laundering plain clothing, such as black pants or white shirts. Photo: Supplied

Self-educationClaims for self-education expenses –which amount to about $2 billion annually –must be related to current employment, not future or desired employment.

“You cannot claim a deduction for courses that do not have a strong connection with your current employment or a course that might help you get new employment –even if it is your dream job,” Ms Anderson said. “You might be able to claim a deduction for work-related education expenses if your studies directly relate to your current job, such as upgrading your qualifications or improving specific skills.”

Claims for self-education expenses – which amount to about $2 billion annually – must be related to current employment, not future or desired employment.​ Photo: Michele Mossop

Home office and work equipmentEach year more than $7 billion in home office costs and tools, equipment and other assets are claimed. Deductions for tools, equipment or other assets can only be made if they are used to earn income.

Accessories such as a bag used specifically for work to transport a laptop, papers or other work-related items in doing your job can be claimed.

If you were required by your employer to work from home, you can only claim a percentage of your running expenses for your home office.

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‘A disaster’: 10 years on, the iPhone’s bumpy start is mostly forgotten

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Apple’siPhone turns 10 today, evoking memories of a rocky start for the device that ended up doing most to start the smartphone revolution and stirring interest in where it will go from here.
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Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones since June 29, 2007, but the first iPhone, which launched without an App Store and was restricted to certain phone networks, was limited compared to today’s version.

After sluggish initial sales, Apple slashed the price to spur holiday sales that year.

“The business model for year one of the iPhone was a disaster,” Tony Fadell, one of the Apple developers of the device, told Reuters in an interview this week. “We pivoted and figured it out in year two.”

The very concept of the iPhone came as a surprise to some of Apple’s suppliers a decade ago, even though Apple, led by CEO Steve Jobs, had already expanded beyond computers with the iPod.

“We still have the voicemail from Steve Jobs when he called the CEO and founder here,” said David Bairstow at Skyhook, the company that supplied location technology to early iPhones. “He thought he was being pranked by someone in the office and it took him two days to call Steve Jobs back.”

The iPhone hit its stride in 2008 when Apple introduced the App Store, which allowed developers to make and distribute their mobile applications with Apple taking a cut of any revenue.

Ten years later, services revenue is a crucial area of growth for Apple, bringing in $US24.3billion ($31.8 billion)in revenue last year.

Excitement over new modelFans and investors are now looking forward to the 10th anniversary iPhone 8, expected this fall, asking whether it will deliver enough new features to spark a new generation to turn to Apple.

That new phone may have 3D mapping sensors, support for “augmented reality” apps that would merge virtual and real worlds, and a new display with organic LEDs, which are light and flexible, according to analysts at Bernstein Research.

A decade after launching into a market largely occupied by BlackBerry and Microsoft devices, the iPhone now competes chiefly with phones running Google’s Android software, which is distributed to Samsung and other manufacturers around the world.

Even though most of the world’s smartphones now run on Android, Apple still garners most of the profit in the industry with its generally higher-priced devices.

More than 2 billion people now have smartphones, according to data from eMarketer, and Fadell, who has worked for both Apple and Google, sees that as the hallmark of success.

“Being able to democratise computing and communication across the entire world is absolutely astounding to me,” Fadell said. “It warms my heart because that’s something Steve tried to do with the Apple II and the Mac, which was the computer for the rest of us. It’s finally here, 30 years later.”

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Renewables may include coal: Labor

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NO LIMITS: NSW Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park was in Newcastle on Thursday to talk up the party’s commitments to the Hunter after the NSW budget. LABOR has not ruled out providing fundsto “clean coal” technology through income from the transfer of the Snowy Hydro project if it wins government in 2019.
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On Thursday the shadow treasurer Ryan Park said during a visit to Newcastle that Labor would not “limit” itself in thinking about where it would direct funds if the Commonwealth eventually buys out the state’s share of the scheme.

The federal government’s budgetannounced plans to buy some or all ofNSW’s near 60 per cent stake in the Snowy Hydro power company.

NSW and Victoria jointly own about 87 per cent of the shares inSnowy Hydro Limited, a stake that could be worth $5.5 billion.

Labor has said that it would support the sale to the Commonwealth if all of the proceeds from the transfer went to regional areas, including the Hunter.

Part of theinvestmentwould bein renewable energy generation, and when asked if that could potentially include so-called “clean coal” technologies likecarbon capture and storage or high efficiency, low emissions coal-fired power stations, Mr Park said Labor was “talking about all of those things”.

“We want to make sure that we’re not limiting ourselves to what we think is going to be a bright future for renewables,” he said.

“This region has got a strong history and a proud history, and we’ll always have that with coal, but we know that we’ve got to continue to invest in renewables.”

Part of the energy debate has centred around calls in some quarters for state and federal governments to help fund electricity generators.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has not ruled out doing so, and Mr Park said Labor were “not going to commit just yet”.

However in February Luke Foley said he was skeptical about the prospects of funding clean coal technologies.

“I don’t see why governments should be in the business of subsidising industries that are frankly not viable on their own,” Mr Foley said at the time.

Since 2011 the government had kept 30 per cent of cash raised from allasset sales for infrastructure into regional areas, and Deputy Premier John Barilaro has indicated a similar deal from the government if the transfer of the Snowy Hydro went ahead.

Mr Barilaro has said he would preferregional NSW received 30 per cent of all stateasset transactions than 100 per cent fromone sale.

On Thursday Mr Park said it was “astonishing” that Mr Barilaro hadn’t matched Labor’s Snow Hydro commitment.

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Shops chipping away at Hunter fishers

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FED UP: Fishing boat captain Brett Bollinger of Adamstown Heights (at right) and his deck hands James Mackenzie (L) of Salt Ash and Andrew Bollinger of Carrington eating part of their catch aboard the Maxie-2. Picture: Max Mason-HubersHUNTER fishermen are hopeful a national hunt for the best fish and chips can shine a spotlight on the dearth of their catch appearing in Newcastle’s fish and chip shops.
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The National Fish and Chip Awards, a biannual search for the nation’s best fries and flake, rolled through the Hunter on Thursday as the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation competition narrows its focus in NSW.

But it has also highlighted a Hunter secret about the popular feed –according to the region’s fishers, their catch is ending up in paper baskets from just a few committed chippers.

Commercial Fishermen’s Co-operative general manager Robert Gauta, a former judge in the awards,said “a lot” of Hunter fish and chip shops don’tuse local seafood.

“We’ve seen a couple of fish shops give it a real good effort [in the Hunter]and they’ve failed, not because they didn’t have a good product but because they’re five bucks or two bucks dearer than the place down the road.”

“We’re hoping that the public learns more about fish and chips, and what good fish and chips are.

“They’remissing out on tasting the real fish.”

Mr Gauta said he believed using local seafood could galvanise readers in the same way cheap supermarket milk sparked boycotts to support farmers.

“We want to be able to give the public the opportunity to ask for that sort of product and not necessarily put pressure on, but give them the ability to say [to businesses] “I want local stuff”,” he said.

“That helps our local fishermen by getting them a better price and making them viable.”

Adamstown Heights fisherman Brett Bollinger, whose trawler Maxie-B chases red-spot whiting and flathead off Newcastle, said he rarely orderedthe popular dish himself due to the proliferation of foreign imports.

The fisherman of 37 yearssaid he was hopeful the FRDC awards could start a conversation among consumers about seeking the best in their seafood.

“I’d like to see people actually go and enjoy fish [but you] can’t really go and buy good fish and chips now, that’s my opinion,” he said.

“You go and buy some green prawns from the co-op, cook them, and then try some that have been frozen. They’ve just got no taste.”

Mr Gauta said he understood cost was a factor, conceding it was difficult to blame sellers given the cost difference between fresh local produce and frozen imports despite the dividein quality of flavour.

“If you’re five bucks a plate dearer than the guy down the road, you’re going to find it hard,” he said.

NSW residents can cast a vote for their favourite at www.fishandchipsawards南京夜网.auuntil July 6.

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A momentous day: Cardinal George Pell’s case is a testing time for Pope Francis

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A momentous day: Cardinal George Pell’s case is a testing time for Pope Francis INSIDE THE VATICAN: Pope Francis greets Cardinal George Pell at the Clementina Hall in Vatican City in late 2014. Picture: Getty Images
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Charged: Cardinal George Pell outside the Quirinale Hotel in Rome in March, 2016 after giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He says he is innocent of historic child sex offences.

TweetFacebookThe Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis was always going to peak at the Vatican. The only surprise is that it was an Australian who took it there. Then again, we’re the only country in the world that’s held a national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Merchants in the Temple: Inside Pope Francis’s Secret Battle Against Corruption in the Vatican, Italian author Gianluigi Nuzzi said of the Pope about Pell that he was ‘‘indifferent to criticism of the man’’.

From April 2013 when Pope Francis appointed Pell to a council of eight senior cardinals, the Australian was groomed to ‘‘take control of the Curia’’, which is shorthand for reforming the Italian stranglehold on the Vatican and its finances.

Nuzzi’s book – which was produced in part on Vatican documents quite sensationally leaked to Nuzzi by Pope Benedict’s butler – ended on a pessimistic note after describing Pell as one of Pope Francis’ handful of ‘‘reformers’’.

‘‘Francis – the great, singular Pope – has to count the number of his friends every day to make sure he will not be left alone,’’ Nuzzi wrote.

And now the Pope’s number three has been charged with historical sex offences in Australia.

Cardinal Pell has always strongly argued his innocence and is entitled to that presumption.

Cardinal Pell is a big man who radiates power, and his open displays of that power explain, in part, why he has become something of a lightning rod for community anger about the Catholic Church and the global child sexual abuse tragedy.

He walked into a royal commission hearing in Sydney in March 2014 to give evidence about the Sydney archdiocese’s dreadful treatment of abuse victim John Ellis and people silently stepped back to clear his path.

He didn’t seem to notice.

Those of us who were there will never forget seeing Pell leave the witness box after reading an apology to John Ellis, then pass within a metre or so of Ellis without pause, without blinking or acknowledging him at all.

In Pell’s evidence he conceded the treatment of John Ellis by the church had been un-Christian.

Ellis was put through the legal wringer after approaching the church for compassion and help.

At the royal commission Pell did himself no favours when he summed up his response to notorious child sex offender priest Gerard Ridsdale, that ‘‘It’s a sad story but it wasn’t of much interest to me”.

But Cardinal George Pell is just one member of a Catholic Church responsible for a global tragedy, decades in the making and under successive Popes, propped up by governments and the powerful who were prepared to ignore the truth for too long, and despite the courageous efforts of survivors to speak that truth.

The charging of one of the church’s most senior members with sexual abuse is a momentous day, but also a solemn one.

Joanne McCarthy is a Gold Walkley-winning Newcastle Heraldjournalist whose reporting of church abuse cover-ups sparked the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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It’s time to celebrate the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever

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It’s time to celebrate the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever TweetFacebookWuthering Heights will take place on Saturday, July 15, following a successful debut event last year.
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The idea originatedat the 2013 Brighton Fringe Festival when 300 ‘Kates’ performed Bush’s ethereal dance from the original clip in an open field.

The Woodford Academy is granting a special discounted entry of $2 per person to everyone dressed as Kate on the day.This will provide ‘Kates’ access to the museum, cafe and amenities as well as the academy’s current exhibition, Ephemeral Threads, by floral artist Edith Pass andphotographer Jennifer Leahy.

Mr Darcy and Heathcliff will make an appearance again this year and the fun continues afterwards as the Kates are invitedpaint the town red at The Metropole Hotel in Katoomba who have donated the upstairs venue for the after celebrations.

While entry is free there will be buckets collecting donations to cover the cost of equipment hire as well as raisedfunds for The Altitude Project, a series of contemporary art exhibitions to be held on heritage-listed sites in the Blue Mountains.Last year a donation was made to a local women’s domestic violence service.

The community event is made possible by the support of the Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, The Woodford Academy (National Trust), Shine Dance School, The Metropole Hotel Katoomba and the Blue Mountains City Council.

All agesand genders are welcome.

Organiser Miriam Williamson said participants should wear ared dress, red stockings, and black belt (wig and makeup optional). They should also bring asense of humour.Beards are welcome too.

Rehearsals will be held onThursdays, July 6 and 13 from 6.30–7:30pm at The Holy Trinity Church Wentworth Falls (gold coin donation).

The event startsat 1pm with arehearsal at 1.30pm before theperformance at 2pm.

For further detailscontact Miriam Williamson on 0409 032 211, email [email protected]南京夜网.au or visit the Facebook event page.

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