The Block’s Elyse and Josh are set to sell their Coburg home

The Block’s Josh Barker and Elyse Knowles are set to sell their Coburg home at auction just three weeks after the show’s finale.
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The couple renovated the three bedroom, two bathroom California bungalow, giving it all the modern touches while still keeping its heritage charm.

Barker is a carpenter, so had the technical know-how, but for model Knowles, renovating was a whole new experience.

“We bought the house when I was 21, and I’d never had any experience in this so I was really relying on Josh and his knowledge,” Knowles said. “I think I’ve always been a creative person and I think it opened up more doors for me and I learnt a lot along the way.”

Hocking Stuart director David Wood said said the property is expected to sell between $1.35 and $1.45 million at the auction, to be held on November 18. Mr Wood said the pair did a fantastic job on the renovation, particularly with the huge undercover outdoor entertaining space.

“It’s really Josh and Elyse out the back – it’s really stylish and chilled,” Mr Wood said. “It’s an area for all seasons.”

Knowles said she and Barker wanted to inject some of their personality into the home, and the outdoor area was a way to do that. Related: View inside The Block houses for saleRelated: Josh and Elyse win Domain magazine coverRelated: Race between Block teams heats up

“It becomes another room, and that’s what we wanted – an extension of the house outside. We’re outdoor people, we like to entertain outdoors,” Knowles said.

The home is close to schools, Sydney road shopping and cafes, parkland and public transport. It is also a three-minute drive to CityLink.

Barker said the couple was nervous about both auctions, but that Coburg was very important to them.

“It’s probably more stressful going through that auction than it is The Block because it’s our own money and our own blood, sweat and tears over 18 months to 2 years,” Barker said.

Knowles agreed: “We lived in the old shack, showered outside, we cooked on the barbecue. Every wall was a different wall paper, the bathrooms were every colour under the sun – it was a very interesting time.”

The couple plans to renovated their third property in the near future, this time in a blue chip suburb in Melbourne’s leafy east.

“We’ll be living through it all again – I’m so excited – not,” Knowles said laughing.

Barker is more optimistic.

“We want to do a nice architectural built that showcases top end quality,” he said. “We want to really capitalise on our experience on The Block and show people what we can do.”

The Block houses are live on Domain:

Josh and Elyse: 46A Regent Street, Elsternwick

Sticks and Wombat: 46B Regent Street, Elsternwick

Ronnie and Georgia: 46C Regent Street, Elsternwick

Clint and Hannah: 46D Regent Street, Elsternwick

Jason and Sarah: 46E Regent Street, Elsternwick


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‘Tip of the iceberg’: Emma Thompson’s comments on ‘predator’ Weinstein go viral

British actress Emma Thompson has labelled Harvey Weinstein a “predator” and said the allegations against the disgraced movie mogul are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to abuse in Hollywood.
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“I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me and they’re endemic to the system anyway ??? What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg,” Thompson told BBC Newsnight about the string of allegations levelled at the former Miramax head in the wake of recent exposes.

“I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict’; he’s a predator,” she continued.

“What he’s at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment and belittling and bullying and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the old days as ‘pestering’.

“This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial.”

Echoing earlier calls by fellow star Jane Fonda, Thompson drew a direct line from Weinstein’s behaviour to that of US President Donald Trump.

“What we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behaviour, and the fact that it is not only OK but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment,” she said.

When asked by journalist Emily Maitlis if she thought there were others like Weinstein in Hollywood, Thompson replied: “Of course, many!”

“Maybe not to that degree … [but] does it only count if you really have done it to loads and loads and loads of women? Or does it count if you do it to one woman once? I think the latter,” she said.

Thompson’s comments, which were trending on Twitter on Friday morning, come as more and more high-profile stars add their names to the list of women accosted by Weinstein, including model Cara Delevigne, and actresses Claire Forlani and Kate Beckinsale, who said she was propositioned by Weinstein when she was just 17.

“A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting. I realised he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not,” Beckinsale wrote on Instagram.

The fallout over Weinstein’s string of abuse has put the spotlight on Hollywood’s tendency to turn a blind eye to such allegations, with actors Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek also revealing their own experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of industry power-players.

“I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger,” Van Der Beek, the former star of Dawson’s Creek, shared on Twitter.

“I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness and inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome,” he wrote.

Crews, a former NFL star and actor on the hit sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, shared a similar story, saying “a high level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates” at a Hollywood function last year.

He said the potential headlines – “240lbs black man stomps out Hollywood honcho” – and the threat of jail time dissuaded him from confronting his abuser.

“I decided not to take it further because I didn’t want to be ostracised – par for the course when the predator has power and influence,” he added.

“I understand why many women who this happens to let it go … I understand and empathise with those who have remained silent,” he wrote. Emma Thompson tells us the Harvey Weinstein allegations are just the tip of the iceberg of a wider and systemic problem in Hollywood pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/VDxswrUP5Z??? BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 12, 2017I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him .After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries – I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh “Kate lives to say no to me .” It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said ” well, that’s just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here ” will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let’s remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.A post shared by Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale) on Oct 12, 2017 at 6:02am PDT


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Investment basics: the difference between ETFs and LICs

LICs and ETFs have similarities but there are nuanced differences. Photo: Erin JonassonIn recent years investors have been increasingly drawn to the diversification benefits offered by listed investment companies (LICs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Despite this, many investors are seemingly unaware as to the nuances between the structures and the impact they may have on portfolios.
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Fundamentally, the variance between the two stems from the difference in their structures. ETFs are open-ended unit trusts, meaning they incur unlimited daily in-flows and out-flows of funds. While this does provide investors with certainty regarding liquidity, it also means units are regularly created or redeemed as investors buy and sell an ETF.

Alternatively, LICs are closed-ended listed companies – meaning, for the most part, investors looking to buy an LIC must do so on a secondary market, purchasing shares off an existing holder.

This structure allows managers to invest for the long term, as they are not affected by daily fund flows and hence rarely find themselves to be forced to buy or sell holdings. This is a luxury not enjoyed by ETFs, which are required to sell underlying shares to fund redemptions and purchase shares in order to deploy newly invested capital.

Further, LICs have the ability to retain capital gains and income earned. This allows them to evenly spread dividends, across a range of market conditions, a benefit not afforded to ETFs, which are forced to pay out all returns each year. Additionally, the structure of LICs and the imputation credit system allows tax paid to be paid out to investors in the form of franking credits.

While the benefits of LICs are compelling, specific attributes of ETFs are favourable. ETF units are easily created or redeemed by “market makers” subject to fund inflows or outflows. The positive impact of this is ETFs trade very closely to their underlying net asset value and provide investors with a high level of liquidity.

Conversely, as shares in LICs can only be bought and sold by third parties, liquidity is solely reliant on investor appetite. Further the market price can deviate from the underlying net asset value to trade at either a discount or premium to the LICs true value. An important consideration for any investor thinking about purchasing an LIC is its true value compared to its market value, as buying an asset at a considerable premium may impact ongoing returns.

Additionally, ETFs typically offer superior transparency as they are required to regularly publish the entire contents of their portfolio and intra-day pricing on units. Conversely, many LICs only provide investors with an update of their underlying net asset value and largest investments on a monthly basis, limiting transparency and making it difficult for investors to accurately assess the true value of the underlying portfolio.

The advantages and disadvantages of both investment structures should be considered alongside the objectives of each individual investor.

Daryl Dixon is the executive chairman of Dixon Advisory. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au


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‘Longtime ethics crisis’: Investors slam Murdoch empire

An organisation that advises several union pension funds invested in Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox called on Thursday for the company to overhaul its board and conduct a comprehensive review of its workplace culture in the wake of sexual and racial harassment scandals at its Fox News division.
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The organisation, CtW Investment Group, sent a letter to Viet Dinh, the chairman of the board’s nominating and corporate governance committee, accusing directors of failing to effectively address a “longtime ethics crisis” at Fox News, and risking the company’s reputation, operations and long-term value.

“If the board was aware of the settlements and refused to investigate and mitigate the risk, instead allowing the problem to fester, then it failed in its risk oversight function and facilitated a tone at the top that permits unethical behaviour by high performers,” Dieter Waizenegger, CtW’s executive director, wrote in the letter, referring to settlements paid to women at Fox News who made sexual harassment allegations.

“If the information of the settlements did not reach the board,” Waizenegger added, “then it failed to ensure that the proper corporate controls were in place.”

In a statement, 21st Century Fox said, “We take seriously all communications from shareholders and investment groups, and will respond accordingly.”

The move is one of the investment community’s harshest public critiques of 21st Century Fox over its handling of the scandal at Fox News.

The company has been dealing for more than a year with the fallout from a crisis that exposed a workplace that women said was rife with harassment and where they feared reporting inappropriate behaviour. The scandal led to the departure of Roger Ailes, the founding chairman of Fox News; Bill O’Reilly, the former Fox News host; and several others.

Even as 21st Century Fox tries to move on, the US attorney’s office in Manhattan is conducting a criminal investigation into Fox News’ handling of the sexual harassment complaints. The company also faces continuing regulatory scrutiny in Britain over its $19 billion bid to acquire full control of Sky, the European satellite giant.

The financial price of the scandal has mounted, with 21st Century Fox incurring about $US50 million ($63 million) in costs tied to the settlement of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations involving Fox News in the year that ended June 30.

That figure does not include a $US40 million payout to Ailes or a $US25 million payout to O’Reilly. And, according to CtW, 21st Century Fox could face penalties of $US140 million if the Sky deal is delayed into 2018 and $US164 million if it falls through altogether.

The company said in a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month that it had “made significant changes to the leadership and management of Fox News Channel after allegations of misconduct at the Fox News Channel business.” It also said it had hired a new global head of human resources at 21st Century Fox and a new head of human resources at Fox News. And, the company said, nearly 7,000 employees had received training about workplace behaviour in the past 12 months.

In addition, 21st Century Fox said it had approved the creation of a new “compliance steering committee” to be made up of company executives and answerable to the board.

CtW said in its letter that the changes were inadequate and that 21st Century Fox needed to commit to making corporate governance changes in order for the organisation to support the re-election of the board’s audit committee members at the company’s annual shareholder meeting next month.

CtW called specifically for the resignation of Roderick Eddington, the company’s lead director and the chairman of the audit committee, saying that he “clearly failed in his risk oversight responsibilities.” The group is also urging that 21st Century Fox appoint two new directors with backgrounds in human resources, expand the number of independent directors and increase the number of women on the board. (The company board has one female director.)

In addition, CtW said 21st Century Fox should create a new committee composed of independent directors focused on “organisational culture, workplace safety and health, work force diversity and pay equality, and employee engagement and development.”

Charles M. Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, said the scandal at Fox News had raised concerns about management and board oversight of the parent company.

The broader corporate governance issue at 21st Century Fox, Elson said, was the company’s dual-class share structure, which gives voting rights to the owners of one class of stock but not to the other. The Murdoch family controls about 40 per cent of the voting stock in the company, giving it significant sway over the board.

“The question is, if the independent directors had known, could they have done anything?” Elson said.

Shareholders are expected to vote at the company’s annual meeting on a proposal from the Nathan Cummings Foundation that would end the dual-class share structure in favour of giving each share of common stock one vote.

The foundation made a similar proposal with regard to 21st Century Fox’s share structure in the past, and the allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination at Fox News have revived the focus on the company, said Laura Campos, the foundation’s director of corporate and political accountability.

“For us, that is underpinning many of problems the company has faced,” Campos said of the dual-class structure.

The 21st Century Fox board has recommended that shareholders reject the proposal, stating that “the current dual-class capital structure continues to be appropriate and is in the best interest of the company and its stockholders.”

The calls for corporate governance reform at 21st Century Fox echo a push by shareholders for the Murdoch media empire to make changes six years ago after a phone-hacking scandal in Britain prompted investor concern.

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The Commons Hobart aiming to be China’s first truly “carbon positive” building

A line of architect-designed, super-sustainable, mid-rise residential buildings are growing into an interesting family of developments known as The Commons. The next will emerge in Hobart when an eight-level, nine-star-energy-rated structure comes out of the ground on the edge of the business district.
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The Commons Hobart, which has ambitions to be not only energy neutral but to become ‘s first truly “carbon positive” building, will have 30 one, two and three-bedroom apartments that face north and give all buyers power-producing sun exposure along with superb views of Mount Wellington.

Like the original Commons in Brunswick, that in 2013 scooped many awards in design and sustainability competitions, the Hobart project brings together another crack creative team.

Proven “deep green” builder, St Kilda-based Small Giants Developments, and an award-winning Hobart architectural firm, Core Collective, see the black trellis-faced building – that will become entwined with greenery – as an exciting project.

The credentials of a structure that will be measured for its carbon footprint, from the moment the 450-square-metre corner site in Bathurst Street is demolished, to the actual sustainable contribution, is apt in a town “that has a lot of climate change research going on”, says Core Collective’s Chris Clinton. Related: Melbourne’s Nightingale precincts a model worth replicatingRelated: How to live green in an apartmentRelated: Some our most creative architects come from Tasmania

“Hobart is the launch place of ‘s Antarctic science and there are already a lot of very educated people here. So because of the big claims (for the building), we’ve got to get it right.”

With the apartments being priced from $350,000 for one-bedroom units to $815,000 for three bedrooms, early marketing indicators reveal locals have engaged with the offering.

“In Hobart, where a lot is happening with talk of a lot of tall and quite controversial new high-rises, The Commons is a departure,” says Clinton. “It’s being designed for a 100-year lifespan.”

Hobart’s Commons is also being designed to socially connect its future occupants.

Along with the shared roof space and laundry there will also be a multi-purpose studio space “that can be used for things like cooking and yoga classes”.

And beyond the proprietary residents, the building is also seeking to give back to the street, with ground-level commercial spaces and a cut-out corner that Clinton says “is still part of the building but that will become a pocket park that the public can use”.


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University of Wollongong research will look into access to high-quality cannabis

HIGH-ORDER THINKING: The study will look into medicinal cannabis use.Access to consistent cannabis products will be one of the main focus areas as Wollongong joins Newcastle university as leaders in a new study of medicinal marijuana.
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The University of Wollongong’s Professor Nadia Solowij will be the co-leader of the new n Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), which will be established by $2.5 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Newcastle’sco-leaderProfessor Jenny Martin said people had difficulty accessingreliable, consistent and clinically suitable cannabis products that are safe and effective.

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“Recent legislation has improved the situation but appropriate research is needed to enable evidence to guide doctors on products and dosages that are safe and effective,” Professor Martin said.

University Of Wollonogng Professor Nadia Solowij. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

ACRE will undertake medical cannabinoid research, consolidate existing data into guidance, and link health outcomes from people currently accessing local and imported products to guide plant growing and product formulation into appropriate medicines.

Read more:Medical cannabis advocates seek ‘urgent’ release of scheme details

“At this critical juncture where legislation around cannabis and cannabinoids is rapidly changing in and worldwide, there is tremendous opportunity for to establish world leadership in cautious and appropriately balanced management of the implementation of medicinal cannabinoids into specialist and primary health care settings,” Professor Solowij said.

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Robert Dillon: Sporting Declaration

DAZED AND CONFUSED: Sione Mata’utia receives treatment after a head knock this season. He has suffered multiple concussions in the past two years.The club will make no further comment at this stage.
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Any time a statement on the Newcastle Knights’ website culminates in that paragraph, Sporting Declaration can’t help suspecting that there must be more to the story. Further information, in other words, that Knights officials would prefer to keep under wraps.

It’s the equivalent of saying: “Move on please, there’s nothing to see here, and for goodness sake don’t bother us with awkward questions, because it’s none of your business.”

The “no furthercomment” line seemed to be trotted out on a weekly basis during Nathan Tinkler’s reign of error. Ever since then, almost as a default reaction, it continues to pique my curiosity, although maybe I’m too eager to subscribe to a conspiracy theory.

There haven’t been many “no further comment” episodes in recent times, which is perhaps why I was surprised last week to find it as a footnote to a media release confirmingKnights co-captain Sione Mata’utia had been “rested” from representing Samoa at the World Cup “as a precaution”.

The Knights certainly left it until late in the piece to rule out Mata’utia and new signing Tautau Moga. Samoa had actually named both in their squad, only to receive belated notification that neither were available.

“It’s disappointing when a player tells you the night before you pick the team he’s fine and then they pull out after talking to their club,”Samoa coach Matt Parishsaid last week. “I don’t want to be too critical of Newcastle but …”

Parish added that Samoan officials ”were led to believe both players were fit”.

In the case of Moga, who this week posted a photoon social media of himself recovering in hospital after shoulder surgery, it would appear Parish may have underestimated the former Brisbane centre’s injury.

The Mata’utia situation is far more complex.

The dynamic back-rower was stood down from Newcastle’s final two matches of 2017, after suffering a head knock playing against Melbourne –his fifth known concussion of the past two seasons.

It was expected he would be cleared for the World Cup, on the basisthat there would be a nine-week gap between his last game for Newcastle and Samoa’s tournament opener.

But after an array of scans and consultations with specialistsin Newcastle and Melbourne, the Knights pulled him out.

Given that Mata’utia felt it was “ridiculous” that he was not allowed to play in the final two rounds of the NRL season, after he had apparently complied with concussion protocols, it would seem fairto assume he is frustrated about missing the World Cup, especially as it might have been his last chance to play alongside his elder brother Peter, who has signed with Leigh Centurions.

If Newcastle have erred on the side of caution to safeguard Mata’utia’s welfare, that would appear a sensible policy. But the bottom line is that if there was nothing wrong with him, he would be playing for Samoa.

And therein lies the dilemma for Knights officials, and perhaps the reason behind their “no further comment” position.

Mata’utia rates as arguably Newcastle’s most valuable playing asset.

He is the youngest-ever Kangaroos representative and no 21-year-old in the NRL can match his tally of 67 first-grade games. He has the potential to become one of the great players of his generation, someone who can lead Newcastle into a new golden era.

Off contract at the end of next season, preliminary talks about an extension reportedly kicked off months ago. In normal circumstances, Knights officials would be eager to tie him up to a new, long-term deal as soon as possible. But now there is more to consider than just his on-field ability.

The Wests Group have already shown their concern about the issue of concussion and liability, demanding,before they agreed to take over the Knights, that the NRL indemnify them against any historic cases.

In particular, they were referring to James McManus, who is suing the Knights in the Supreme Court for their handling of a number of career-ending concussions that he claims left him with a “traumatic” brain injury.

As of November 1, Wests will be sole owners of the Knights and Mata’utia’s next contract will be signed on their watch.

Nobody can be sure when, or if, he will be troubled by concussion again. Hopefully he enjoys a long and prosperous career and some point gets to hold aloft a premiership trophy for the Knights.

But what if, in the first game next season, he is again knocked out?What if, as was the case with McManus and other players such as Liam Fulton and Nigel Plum, the cumulative effects of head knocks prematurely curtail his career?

It’s a worst-case scenario Wests will surely have to consider because, as was shown when Anthony Watmough retired at Parramatta, insurance companies are loath to offerpayouts if they can establish evidence of a pre-existing condition.

All of which must be a concern for Knights management on a number of fronts. And while “no further comment”is their public position, behind the scenes it is likely a top topic of conversation.


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Power game: Motlop nominates Port but wait for Watts

Geelong free agent Steven Motlop has declared Port Adelaide as his preferred new club from next season in a move that could impact other trades.
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Motlop, 26, had been considering a major offer from Adelaide, and had twice met with Gold Coast, but confirmed on Friday that he hoped to continue his career with the Power and accept what is understood to be a four-year deal.

The Power lodged paperwork with the AFL, giving the Cats three days to consider whether they would match the offer for the restricted free agent. It’s almost certain the Cats won’t do that, ensuring they receive a compensation pick.

The Power have been active through the trade period, securing free-agent Tom Rockliff from the Brisbane Lions and allowing Jarman Impey to join the Hawks, and Jackson Trengove to join the Western Bulldogs.

Motlop’s move will give the Cats greater financial room to trade for Gary Ablett, and complete other deals. The Cats have twice met Melbourne’s Jack Watts, who is also weighing up an offer from the Power. Watts has left for an overseas holiday.

Watts was said to have been impressed with the Power’s pitch but his manager Paul Connors told Fairfax Media on Friday that his client had yet to nominate his club of choice amid reports he had chosen the Power.

The Motlop family has a rich history with the Power, for Steven’s brother Daniel played 83 games while his cousin Marlon also played five games.

Motlop played 135 games and booted 175 goals for the Cats, who are likely to get a second-round compensation pick. This pick could be used as part of another deal.

Compensation picks are tied to a club’s original draft pick and so would be after the Cats’ pick at 34 and not the earlier second-round pick the Cats have at 21 – a pick they received from Carlton as part of the Zach Tuohy deal last year.

AFL trades, free agency: paperwork lodged.

The decision by Motlop to choose the Power over a slightly superior financial offer from Adelaide is expected to impact the Crows’ thinking on a trade, allowing Charlie Cameron to join Brisbane. The contracted small forward had asked for a trade for family reasons.

The Lions have pick 19 in the national draft – compensation for Rockliff joining the Power – and that could still form part of an offer to the Crows. But Adelaide’s decision to trade or not to trade is likely to be influenced by Motlop’s decision.

The decision could also force the Crows into reconsidering their position on launching a bid to lure Bryce Gibbs from Carlton.

Crows list manager Justin Reid has been firm that the club was not pursuing Gibbs but that position was considered likely to be reviewed in light of moves made this week.

The Power are also open to ruckman Matthew Lobbe moving clubs despite having two years remaining on his contract.

Lobbe, denied opportunity because of Patrick Ryder’s emergence as a dominant ruckman, has managed only 25 matches in the past three years.

Lobbe met the Suns and Brisbane Lions in Melbourne on Friday.

Power football-department chief Chris Davies said the club would work with Lobbe to help him find greater opportunity elsewhere.

Jake Stringer remains in limbo, with the Western Bulldogs trying to come to terms with missing out on pick 11 from Essendon as part of a deal for their outcast forward.

Essendon are still eager to secure Stringer and will seek to do so by bundling together two second-round draft picks – either both from this year or one from next year’s draft – and possibly shifting around some picks later in the draft.

Given the Dogs were firm on receiving pick 11 for Stringer and rejected a strong offer from the Dons prior to them trading that pick as part of an exchange with GWS for Devon Smith, it would be a difficult offer to now accept from Essendon.

However, two second-round picks in the 20s might be able to be bundled together by the Bulldogs and on-traded to try to secure an earlier draft pick.

Essendon is likely to trade a future pick to Gold Coast for Adam Saad. His manager Marty Pask insisted on Friday that Saad would join the Bombers.

Carlton and the Giants remain in negotiations over inside midfielder Matt Kennedy but a deal has yet to be struck with other clubs retaining an interest if talks fail. A deal is expected to be done.


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Banks bolts into Wallabies contention after Baabaas call up

ACT Brumbies fullback Tom Banks will get a chance to launch a last-minute bid for a spot on the Wallabies’ tour of Europe when Test selection goes on the line in an exhibition match in Sydney.
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Banks and Brumbies skipper Sam Carter were named in the Alan Jones’ Barbarians squad to play against the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium on October 28.

It will be the final match before the Wallabies start a four-Test trip to Japan, Wales, England and Scotland.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has thrown down the challenge to Barbarians players to prove their worth, saying he will delay announcing a tour squad until after the match.

Banks looms as a bolter after being called into the Wallabies training group last month and enjoying a breakout Super Rugby season in Canberra.

Carter is also trying to force his way back into Test contention after being left out of Cheika’s squad for the Rugby Championships.

“Banksy has come a long way from the pre-season and we really saw what he could do towards the end,” Carter said.

“I’ve got no doubt he’s ready for this next step up. There are a lot of blokes who have a chance to show what they’ve got in this game against the Wallabies.

“Everyone who is in contention or wants to show they’re in contention is going to do everything they can to stick it to the Wallabies players in their position.”

Jones, who led to grand slam glory in 1984, was a mentor to Carter’s father, David, when he was starting his rugby career.

But Jones will now take charge of a young group of forgotten Wallabies who are trying to show Cheika what he’s missing.

Sam Carter will play for the Vikings on Sunday. Photo: Rohan Thomson

“You play to win and we will be playing to win, there is no mistake about that,” Jones said.

“We have an obligation to the players when we’re bringing them from all over the world to make sure that they understand we’re fair dinkum. There has been a bit of a tradition where the Barbarians is a bit of a holiday and there’s plenty to drink and so on.

“That would be doing a disservice to the tradition of the Barbarians and also to the people who are coming through the turnstiles. We don’t want any Nick Kyrgioses playing for us here.”

Quade Cooper will captain the Barbarians side while Brumbies recruit Isi Naisarani and former Western Force captain Matt Hodgson will also play.

Giant lock Richie Arnold could be set for a confusing showdown with his twin brother, Brumbies second-rower Rory Arnold, for the first time in their careers.

Richie will play for the Barbarians while Cheika could call on Rory for the game as he fights to keep his spot for the spring tour.

Carter is trying to reignite his international career after falling out of favour with Cheika and being dropped from the Test squad after a mid-year series.

The 28-year-old will return from a two-week break to play for the Canberra Vikings against the Sydney Rays at Viking Park on Sunday.

He will then turn his attention to the Barbarians game and trying to earn a spot in the second-row rotation.

“The beauty of these types of games is that it gives guys a chance to prove they can handle international rugby,” Carter said.

“I remember I played against the Barbarians in one of [Cheika’s] first games for the Wallabies and I got to play for the Barbarians last year.

“I’m really excited. It’s a chance to get out in front of a big crowd. It’s a hell of an experience.”

Barbarians 24-man squad: Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Philip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, TanielaTupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams, Tom Banks.


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photographer Marina Neil wins a Walkley Award

Snapper’s pictures among country’s best IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.
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IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Heraldphotographer Marina Neil was assigned the task of capturing the heat for the next day’s edition.

After spending more than an hour scouring the beaches for the perfect moment, there it was: a fast-melting chocolate Paddle Pop shared by two little girls against the “beautiful blue” backdrop of historic Newcastle Ocean Baths.

Neil moved fast and had the shot in the bag within minutes.

The photograph was this week named among n press photography’s best, with a collection of Neil’s pictures winning a Walkley Award in the community/regional prize category, backing up a great run for yourHerald,which was recently named Newspaper of the Year.The broad body of work also included pictures from the Kurri Kurri bushfires, a police stand-off at Tighes Hill, Mia Gundy’s rise in the Aboriginal Model Search and a muddy shot from local rugby league.

The portfolio showed “the diversity of a regional photographer’s job”.

“Neil has a good eye and there is a lovely natural sense to these images,” judges said.

Neil paid tribute to her mother, Hetty Neil, who bought her first cameraand “always encouraged me to do what I love”.

The Walkley Awards are n journalism’s highest honour.

IN THE FRAME: Newcastle Herald photographer Marina Neil’s Walkley-winning body of work captured on assignment across the Hunter.


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