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October 31, 2015

BP to drill for oil in Australia\’s Great Australian Bight

BP to drill for oil in Australia’s Great Australian Bight

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On Wednesday, 28 October BP was advised by Australia’s independent government National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) that it will require addition time to examine the company’s envirionment plan in relation to BP’s proposal to commence exploration drilling in Australia’s Great Australian Bight. The company’s $605 million exploration programme will determine whether the area, which is home to a vast array of marine life including endangered species, has commercially recoverable volumes of petroleum (oil, gas or condensate).

At the closest point to the Australian coast the drilling area will be located approximately 395km west of Port Lincoln and 340km southwest of Ceduna in South Australia. The drilling area has water depths ranging from between 1000 and 2500 metres.

NOPSEMA has advised that the extra time is required due to the complex nature of the proposal as well as the intense public interest.

The infrastructure and jobs from the initial exploration programme have already made a significant economic contribution to South Australia. The discovery of hydrocarbons such as oil or gas, would further boost the Australian economy and the discovery of oil or gas is important considering people’s reliance on them in their daily lives such as for heat, light and transport.

As with any exploration there is a risk of an oil spill. In the event of a spill the probability of oil making it to shore would depend on the direction the oil drifts and this can vary due to seasonal differences in current and wind direction. The Great Australian Bight is very remote and is known for its rough seas and extreme weather conditions.

The Great Australian Bight is also home to a vast array of marine life which includes threatened and endangered species. The waters of the Great Australian Bight are a nursery for the Australian sea lion colonies to raise pups and is one of the largest breeding grounds for the southern right whales. The Bight is also home to the great white shark, sperm, blue and beaked whales as well as orcas and southern Bluefin tuna.

Four exploitation wells will be established and drilling is expected to commence in late 2016.


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BP\’s environment plan for drilling in Australia\’s Great Australian Bight delayed

BP’s environment plan for drilling in Australia’s Great Australian Bight delayed

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On Wednesday, 28 October BP was advised by Australia’s independent government National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) that it will require addition time to examine the company’s envirionment plan in relation to BP’s proposal to commence exploration drilling in Australia’s Great Australian Bight. The company’s $605 million exploration programme will determine whether the area, which is home to a vast array of marine life including endangered species, has commercially recoverable volumes of petroleum (oil, gas or condensate).

At the closest point to the Australian coast the drilling area will be located approximately 395km west of Port Lincoln and 340km southwest of Ceduna in South Australia. The drilling area has water depths ranging from between 1000 and 2500 metres.

NOPSEMA has advised that the extra time is required due to the complex nature of the proposal as well as the intense public interest.

The infrastructure and jobs from the initial exploration programme have already made a significant economic contribution to South Australia. The discovery of hydrocarbons such as oil or gas, would further boost the Australian economy and the discovery of oil or gas is important considering people’s reliance on them in their daily lives such as for heat, light and transport.

As with any exploration there is a risk of an oil spill. In the event of a spill the probability of oil making it to shore would depend on the direction the oil drifts and this can vary due to seasonal differences in current and wind direction. The Great Australian Bight is very remote and is known for its rough seas and extreme weather conditions.

The Great Australian Bight is also home to a vast array of marine life which includes threatened and endangered species. The waters of the Great Australian Bight are a nursery for the Australian sea lion colonies to raise pups and is one of the largest breeding grounds for the southern right whales. The Bight is also home to the great white shark, sperm, blue and beaked whales as well as orcas and southern Bluefin tuna.

Four exploitation wells will be established and drilling is expected to commence in late 2016.


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November 27, 2014

Australian cricketer dies after being struck in neck

Australian cricketer dies after being struck in neck

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Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney today (Thursday, local time). Hughes was playing a Sheffield Shield match for South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he was struck in the neck by a bouncer.

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“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Phillip Hughs passed away,” said Australian national team doctor Peter Brukner in a statement.

As the news broke, condolences came from around Australia’s sporting community.

“A sad, sad day. Absolutely devastating. Thoughts go out to Phillip Hughes’ family and friends. #RIPPhillipHughes,” Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with Philip’s family and everyone affected by this tragic accident,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.

“The West Australian Football Commission [WAFC] on behalf of football in WA extends sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Phillip Hughes,” tweeted the WAFC.

Today was meant to be the third day of the Sheffield Shield match Hughes was involved in. The entire round of matches was abandoned after the incident.



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December 14, 2013

Council of Australian Governments agree on reduced environmental regulation

Council of Australian Governments agree on reduced environmental regulation

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At a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments yesterday leaders of the Australian states and territories agreed to a deal with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott which would delegate more environmental decision-making powers to the states and territories about projects that might affect the environment. The “one-stop shops” policy would mean that the states would do more of the assessments for projects with the intention that eventually some states would have the full authority to make the decisions.

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Two states, Queensland and New South Wales, have agreed with Abbott a policy of “assessment bilaterals”. Abbott described them as follows: “Under those assessment bilaterals the states will do all the assessment work and we hope that in the not-too-distant future we will have approvals bilaterals in place which will mean the states will not only do the assessment but will also do the approvals.” All of the states and territories signed memoranda of understanding with the federal government on the issue of environmental regulation.

Tony Abbott argued it would not harm the environment and the “same high standards of environmental approval” would be used, but decisions would be quicker. The Australian government would still hold the power of veto over projects they deem environmentally problematic.

The Business Council of Australia welcomed the move, saying the regulation changes were a “long overdue breakthrough”.

The Australian Green Party has condemned the policy. Senator Larissa Waters, environment spokeswoman for the Greens, told reporters: “These deals pave the way for Tony Abbott to abolish a 30-year-old federal safeguard for our most precious natural places and wildlife, established when Bob Hawke stepped in to save the Franklin from being dammed […] Labor governments in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT are trashing Bob Hawke’s legacy and contradicting federal Labor’s position”.

She continued: “Tony Abbott wants to put states and territories in charge of approving environmentally destructive projects that impact our World Heritage Areas and nationally endangered species.”

Jess Abrahams from the Australian Conservation Foundation also expressed opposition to the changes: “The memoranda of understanding signed today paves the way for the undoing of 30 years of national protection for places and species of national environmental importance”.

The Council also discussed truancy by indigenous students and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.



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April 17, 2013

High Court of Australia dismisses appeal against conviction, compulsory voting

High Court of Australia dismisses appeal against conviction, compulsory voting

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Last Friday, following over two years of lawsuit over failure to participate in general election, Anders Holmdahl attended a High Full Court of Australia hearing with an audio-link from Canberra to Adelaide, South Australia, claiming voting is a right, not a duty, citing the Australian constitution. However the Justices dismissed the application for leave to appeal against conviction, ruling it had “no prospect of success” over a point that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was enacted within power.

Anders Holmdahl was represented by Kevin Borick, QC, the president of the Australian Criminal Lawyers Association, throughout the process.

Anders Holmdahl cited “fundamental distinction” between the words vote, which he defined as “exercise of free will”; right, “something you are privileged to be granted”; and duty, “something you are required to do”. After a 20-minute discourse with the lawyer representing the applicant, Justice Kenneth Hayne said, “An appeal to this Court would enjoy no prospect of success. Special leave to appeal is refused.” and adjourned the Court. Justices Stephen Gageler, Patrick Keane were also present at the hearing and participated in the verbal discourse, also enquiring the lawyer about their reasoning but not specifying reasons other than what Hayne J said. Wikinews contacted both Anders Holmdahl and the High Court and confirmed there was no other documentation of reasons behind the judgment.

The standard High Court procedures involve hearing each matter by a single Justice and only escalating it after a special leave to appeal is granted. The current case had been irregular, as the matter had been escalated to the Full Court (three Justices) directly.

The appeal also had exhausted lower means of appeal before being lodged in High Court; the Supreme Court of South Australia had dismissed it on September 24, 2012. It cited that the Australian Constitution allows each state to enact their own election laws, and the Federal Parliament has the power to make laws “with respect to … matters in respect of which this Constitution makes provision until the Parliament otherwise provides”. The Court concluded that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was legislation enacted within power.

Prior to escalation to the Supreme Full Court of South Australia, in May 2012, a single Justice Gray had forwarded the matter for consideration of Full Court (three Judges) at his discretion. This happened several months after a Magistrate had recorded the conviction following a trial in February 2012. Anders Holmdahl originally pleaded not guilty during his first Magistrates court appearance in December 2011 regarding the August 21, 2010 election.

The electoral system of Australia requires all citizens to enroll. Then they must vote at each general election — election of members of the House of Representatives and Senate of the Parliament of Australia. At the time of the election, Anders Holmdahl was enrolled as an elector on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll for the Division of Hindmarsh.

The High Full Court hearing was a last instance of appeal with further escalation only possible at international level. Anders Holmdahl had decided to take the case before the United Nations Human Rights Council.



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January 27, 2013

Australian Manns Mitre 10 hardware store closes after rent dispute

Australian Manns Mitre 10 hardware store closes after rent dispute

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

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Store closed notice.
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Warrant to distrain.
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Notice of re-entry and termination.
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A photo of the store.
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A photo of the store.
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Wednesday, an over-90-year-old Manns Mitre 10 hardware store, run by Alex P Mann Pty Ltd, closed until further notice after a rent dispute in Port Adelaide, South Australia. The rent dispute involved $315,060.70 of rent for months of September 2012 to January 2013 unpaid to the landlord, Fourteen Sails Pty Ltd. The site was distrained. The store had to fire about 40–50 employees without a warning in advance.

The store was closed three days before Australia Day, January 26, Saturday.

The store administrator, Tim Clifton, said they had to ring the workers out of the blue: “I was advised the landlord had distrained for unpaid rent over the business and that left the directors in the position where the business was untenable. I presume at this stage trading was poor and the company just didn’t have the money to pay the rent. … Unfortunately they had to terminate their employment this morning and we’ve rung them all. We’ll do our best to get them their entitlements under the government schemes, and we calculate what they’re owed in the next few days and hopefully get that underway for them. … It’s a sad day. It’s a sign of the times isn’t it. Things are tough out there.”

Inventory schedule.
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Inventory page 1.
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Inventory page 2.
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Inventory page 3.
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Inventory page 4.
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Inventory page 8.
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Inventory page 10.
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Inventory page 11.
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Inventory page 12.
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Inventory page 13.
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Inventory page 14.
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Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union state secretary Dave Kirner said workers were not allowed to collect their personal belongings left inside of the store: “I spoke with a worker who said the locks have been changed, they were asked to leave and all their personal belongings are in there”.

On Saturday, Wikinews took photos of the documents available at the store entrance. The rent dispute details and an inventory were available for everyone to read. During the ten minutes of taking photos, around seven people visited the closed entrance and read the documents a first time. One of them commented, “oh hey, Bunnings will be stronger”.

The store owner, Jarred Spearman, reported negotiations ongoing with the landlord and said he would “hopefully try to work [our] way out of this … We are pretty lucky to have the customers and staff we had”.

Port Adelaide Mayor Gary Johanson said the loss of the store is a significant loss as Port Adelaide is being redeveloped: “Their staff were extremely good, the service levels were high, the store was always well stocked and it was a great example of a family business. That will be a great loss to the Port.” “The landlord is not at fault here. The landlord is acting within their rights. … This is the sort of thing we cannot afford to lose if we’re serious about the Port being redeveloped. This is not a multinational company. This is a franchise of a bigger company but it is a family franchise and it employs a lot of staff. The staff that they employ are local people and they’re employing large amounts of staff in relation to their turnover. We need to take stock of what local businesses we have left and say, how can we ensure they stay with us?”



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January 26, 2013

Australian Menns Mitre 10 hardware store closes after a rent dispute

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mitre 10 logo

Store closed notice

Warrant to distrain

Notice of re-entry and termination

A photo of the store

A photo of the store

Last Wednesday, a 90 years old Menns Mitre 10 hardware store, run by Alex P Mann Pty Ltd, closed until further notice after a rent dispute in Port Adelaide, South Australia. The rent dispute involved $315,060.70 of rent for months of September 2012 to January 2013 unpaid to the landlord, Fourteen Sails Pty Ltd. The site was distrained. The store had to fire 50 employees without a warning in advance.

The store administrator Tim Clifton said that they had to ring the workers out of the blue, “I was advised the landlord had distrained for unpaid rent over the business and that left the directors in the position where the business was untenable. I presume at this stage trading was poor and the company just didn’t have the money to pay the rent. … Unfortunately they had to terminate their employment this morning and we’ve rung them all. We’ll do our best to get them their entitlements under the government schemes, and we calculate what they’re owed in the next few days and hopefully get that underway for them.”

Inventory schedule

Inventory page 1

Inventory page 2

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Inventory page 4

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Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union state secretary Dave Kirner said workers were not allowed to collect their personal belongings left inside of the store, “I spoke with a worker who said the locks have been changed, they were asked to leave and all their personal belongings are in there”.

On Saturday, Wikinews took photos of the documents available at the store entrance. The rent dispute details and an inventory were available for everyone to read. During the ten minutes of taking photos, 5-7 people visited the closed entrance and read the documents a first time. One of them commented, “oh hey, Bunnings will be stronger”.

The store owner Jarred Spearman was negotiating with the landlord and said that he would “hopefully try to work out way out of this … We are pretty lucky to have the customers and staff we had”.

Port Adelaide Mayor Gary Johanson said that the loss of the store is a significant loss as Port Adelaide is being redeveloped, “Their staff were extremely good, the service levels were high, the store was always well stocked and it was a great example of a family business. That will be a great loss to the Port. … The landlord is not at fault here. The landlord is acting within their rights. … This is the sort of thing we cannot afford to lose if we’re serious about the Port being redeveloped. This is not a multinational company. This is a franchise of a bigger company but it is a family franchise and it employs a lot of staff. The staff that they employ are local people and they’re employing large amounts of staff in relation to their turnover. We need to take stock of what local businesses we have left and say, how can we ensure they stay with us?”



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Australian Manns Mitre 10 hardware store closes after a rent dispute

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mitre 10 logo

Store closed notice.
Image: Gryllida.

Warrant to distrain.
Image: Gryllida.

Notice of re-entry and termination.
Image: Gryllida.

A photo of the store.
Image: Gryllida.

A photo of the store.
Image: Gryllida.

Last Wednesday, a 90-year-old Manns Mitre 10 hardware store, run by Alex P Mann Pty Ltd, closed until further notice after a rent dispute in Port Adelaide, South Australia. The rent dispute involved $315,060.70 of rent for months of September 2012 to January 2013 unpaid to the landlord, Fourteen Sails Pty Ltd. The site was distrained. The store had to fire about 40–50 employees without a warning in advance.

The store was closed three days before Australia day, January 26, Saturday.

The store administrator, Tim Clifton, said they had to ring the workers out of the blue: “I was advised the landlord had distrained for unpaid rent over the business and that left the directors in the position where the business was untenable. I presume at this stage trading was poor and the company just didn’t have the money to pay the rent. … Unfortunately they had to terminate their employment this morning and we’ve rung them all. We’ll do our best to get them their entitlements under the government schemes, and we calculate what they’re owed in the next few days and hopefully get that underway for them. … It’s a sad day. It’s a sign of the times isn’t it. Things are tough out there.”

Inventory schedule.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 1.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 2.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 3.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 4.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 5.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 6.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 7.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 8.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 9.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 10.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 11.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 12.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 13.
Image: Gryllida.

Inventory page 14.
Image: Gryllida.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union state secretary Dave Kirner said workers were not allowed to collect their personal belongings left inside of the store, “I spoke with a worker who said the locks have been changed, they were asked to leave and all their personal belongings are in there”.

On Saturday, Wikinews took photos of the documents available at the store entrance. The rent dispute details and an inventory were available for everyone to read. During the ten minutes of taking photos, around seven people visited the closed entrance and read the documents a first time. One of them commented, “oh hey, Bunnings will be stronger”.

The store owner, Jarred Spearman, was negotiating with the landlord and said that he would “hopefully try to work out way out of this … We are pretty lucky to have the customers and staff we had”.

Port Adelaide Mayor Gary Johanson said that the loss of the store is a significant loss as Port Adelaide is being redeveloped: “Their staff were extremely good, the service levels were high, the store was always well stocked and it was a great example of a family business. That will be a great loss to the Port. … The landlord is not at fault here. The landlord is acting within their rights. … This is the sort of thing we cannot afford to lose if we’re serious about the Port being redeveloped. This is not a multinational company. This is a franchise of a bigger company but it is a family franchise and it employs a lot of staff. The staff that they employ are local people and they’re employing large amounts of staff in relation to their turnover. We need to take stock of what local businesses we have left and say, how can we ensure they stay with us?”



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July 10, 2012

2012 Australian Paralympic swim team announced

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With fifty days left to until the start of the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the Australian Paralympic Committee earlier today announced the 35-member final swimming Paralympic squad bound for the London Games.

New South Wales swimmers are well represented with Michael Anderson of Repton, Tim Antalfy of Georges Hall, Michael Auprince of Peakhurst, Blake Cochrane of Scarborough, Taylor Corry of Anna Bay, Maddison Elliott of Gillieston Heights, Jacqueline Freney of Skinners Head, Amanda Fowler of Blaxland, Mitchell Kilduff of Carlton, Kara Leo of Penrith, Matthew Levy of Northbridge, Andrew Pasterfield of Castle Hill, Katrina Porter of Newtown, Aaron Rhind of Yass, Sarah Rose of Pymble, Sean Russo of Revesby, Teigan Van Roosmalen of Bateau Bay, Reagan Wickens of Grays Point and Annabelle Williams of Cheltenham being named.

Five Queensland swimmers have earned spots to London, including Kayla Clarke of Silkstone, Daniel Fox of Cleveland, Brenden Hall of Petrie, Grant Patterson of Cairns and Rick Pendleton of Sippy Downs. Only four Victorians booked a trip to London, including Matthew Haanappel of Croydon Hills, Tanya Huebner of Hampton, Ahmed Kelly of North Melbourne and Prue Watt of Hawthorn East.

South Australia qualified three swimmers, including Matthew Cowdrey of Seaton, Jay Dohnt of Ferrydon Park and Esther Overton of Enfield. Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory are each sending two swimmers, with Katherine Downie of Quinns Rocks and Jeremy McClure of Mount Pleasant representing Western Australia and Ellie Cole of Bruce and Richard Eliason of Flynn representing the Australian Capital Territory. Tasmania and the Northern Territory did not qualify any swimmers.

The team will travel to London for a training camp on August 10 ahead of the August 29 start of the Games.



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March 24, 2012

Paralympic swim world records tumble at Australian championships

Paralympic swim world records tumble at Australian championships

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thirteen world records were broken by disability swimmers at this week’s Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, which also acts as the national selection trials for the forthcoming London Olympics and Paralympics.

Seven of the records were in freestyle events, three in breaststroke, two in butterfly, and one in backstroke. The week also marked a changing of the guard in Australian swimming, with a handful of Olympic champions coming out of retirement, but with the exception of Libby Trickett, failing to qualify.

Five swimmers set seven freestyle world records between them. Matthew Cowdrey broke the S9 50m and 100m records, with times of 25.66s and 55.20s respectively. In the 100m he was beaten by Daniel Fox who set a record in the S14 class with a time of 54.38s. The 50m race also saw a second record fall, with Mitchell Kilduff setting the new mark of 24.84s in the S14 class. Brenden Hall now holds the S9 400m record, with a winning time of 4:14.67. Jacqui Freney won the women’s 100m in a time of 68.03s, an S8 record. Kayla Clarke took the 50m event in 28.66s, an S14 record.

In the other strokes, three swimmers set six world records between them. Blake Cochrane dominated the men’s breaststroke, winning both the 50m and 100m, and setting records for his S8 class of 36.73s, and 79.06s. Tim Antalfy set S13 records in two disciplines, winning the 50m backstroke in 28.20s, then twice breaking the 100m butterfly record (55.31s in the preliminaries then 54.92s in the final), beating his nearest competitor by over six seconds. Prue Watt capped the record breaking run on the final night of competition, setting the women’s S13 50m breaststroke mark at 36.27s.

For national championships, disabled events are combined into “multi class” races which include competitors with a range of disabilities. They compete according to a point scoring system, with their performance measured against the world record for their classification. Thus not only have these swimmers qualified for London and written their names into the record books, they have also raised the bar for themselves in future competitions.

Ian Thorpe – Australia’s most prolific Olympic gold medal winner – failed to qualify for the London Olympics after his return from retirement
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In the able-bodied championships, all eyes were on the ex-champions attempting to return to the top level from retirement. Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, and Geoff Huegill all missed qualification. Responding to their disappointments: Thorpe intends to continue swimming; Klim announced his retirement; and Huegill will discuss his options with his family. Libby Trickett scraped into the 4x100m relay team, placing fifth in the women’s 100m final.

A new generation will take national titles with them to their first Olympic competition. James Magnussen will be a serious contender in two individual and two relay events, after winning both the 50m and 100m freestyle. David McKeon won the 400m and 800m freestyle. Thomas Fraser-Holmes took the 200m freestyle and 400m individual medley, and Daniel Tranter took the 200m medley. Mitch Larkin secured the 200m backstroke title. Chris Wright won the 50m and 100m butterfly. Nick D’Arcy, winner of the 200m butterfly, now has a chance at Olympic redemption. He was originally selected for Beijing, but was kicked off the team for assaulting a fellow team-member.

Three women have also booked their Olympic debut wearing the mantle of national champion. Alice Tait won the 50m butterfly title. Tessa Wallace won the women’s 200m breaststroke, relegating Leisel Jones, a former world record holder and world champion in the event, to fourth. Leiston Pickett edged out Jones to take the 100m breaststroke title.

Many of Australia’s top performers from the Beijing Olympics have secured a place on the team heading to London. Among the women, Stephanie Rice, Jessicah Schipper, Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm, Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt, Cate Campbell, Melissa Gorman, Belinda Hocking, and Melanie Schlanger all booked their trip with wins this week. Although Jones missed out on Olympic selection in the 200m, second place in the 100m was enough to secure a berth to her fourth Olympic Games.

In the men’s events, Olympic silver medallists Brenton Rickard, Christian Sprenger, Hayden Stoeckel, Eamon Sullivan, and Matthew Targett will all get another shot at gold. Kenrick Monk missed out on the finals of the 200m freestyle in Beijing, but will contest the event again in London.

Two national title winners did not qualify for the Olympics. Jarrod Poort won the men’s 1500m freestyle, but finished outside the Olympic qualifying time. Benjamin Treffers won the mens 50m backstroke, which is not on the Olympic program.

After the meet, Swimming Australia named the Olympic team. Along with those mentioned above, the men on the team are Daniel Arnamnart, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Jayden Hadler, Matson Lawson, Cameron McEvoy, Ned McKendry, Ryan Napoleon, and James Roberts. Completing the team for the women are Olympic newcomers Jessica Ashwood, Bronte Campbell (Cate’s sister), Brittany Elmslie, Blair Evans, Samantha Hamill, Yolane Kukla, and Jade Neilsen, and veterans Angie Bainbridge, Sally Foster and Meagen Nay.

The Paralympic team has not yet been announced. Alongside the record-setters, favourites for Games selection include disability class winners Ellie Cole, Michael Anderson, Grant Patterson, Taylor Corry, Esther Overton, Maddison Elliott, Katherine Downie, Matthew Levy, Rick Pendleton, Amanda Fowler, and Sarah Rose. Ahmed Kelly, abandoned as a baby with severe deformities in an Iraqi orphanage, and rescued by an Australian charity, qualified in the 50m breaststroke.

The eight day meet was held during the period March 15-22 at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, in Oakland’s Park, South Australia. It was run by Swimming Australia, with Energy Australia as the principal sponsor.



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