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May 13, 2016

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird leaves parliament during lockout law debate

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New South Wales Premier Mike Baird leaves parliament during lockout law debate

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New South Wales (NSW), Australia Premier Mike Baird reportedly left the state parliament on Thursday before the end of a debate over his government’s controversial ‘lockout laws’, which require Sydney pubs and clubs to close their doors to new patrons after 1:30am and forbid the sale of take away alcohol after 10pm. The debate was called after a petition organised by lobby group Keep Sydney Open attained over 12,000 signatures in opposition to the laws. Baird has come under fire for his refusal to negotiate the matter with anti-lockout campaigners.

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In 2012 and 2014 two young men, Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, were killed as a result of single punch incidents in Sydney‘s Kings Cross. The ‘lockout laws’ were introduced by the NSW state government in January 2014 in response to mounting public pressure that the government take action to combat alcohol-fuelled violence in the area.

A study conducted by the research and development group City of Sydney found that since the implementation of the lockout laws, Kings Cross and the Sydney Central Business District experienced significant drops in foot traffic on weekend nights.

This has lead to claims the laws have destroyed Sydney’s business and nightlife. At the forefront of this debate is the Keep Sydney Open Alliance who have been advocating strongly against the laws since their implementations.

In allegiance with NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, Keep Sydney Open have gathered more than 12,000 signatures in opposition to the lockout laws, which has allowed them to bring the matter to parliament for debate. The debate took place on Thursday, and was considered generally successful by the Keep Sydney Open Alliance. They presented the argument that the laws were a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to a broader cultural issue, and said “a vibrant nightlife and safe streets are not mutually exclusive.”

However, NSW Liberal Party leader and State Premier Mike Baird — who has been a central target of the anti-lockout law campaign — reportedly left parliament before the debate’s conclusion. Members of the public in attendance, including concerned business owners, expressed outrage on social media.

The debate preluded an independent review into the effectiveness of the laws, set to be released this August.



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May 5, 2016

Australian student mistakenly receives $4.6 million from Westpac bank

Australian student mistakenly receives $4.6 million from Westpac bank

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A Sydney, Australia chemical engineering student has been arrested whilst attempting to board a flight to Malaysia on Wednesday, after allegedly receiving $4.6 million from Australian bank Westpac in the form of an unlimited overdraft.

Instead of informing the bank of the error, Christine Jiaxin Lee, aged 21, went on to spend $3.3 million on luxury items, including as expensive handbags, and has been charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Lee was granted bail on Thursday by magistrate Lisa Stapleton, who agreed that the police would have difficulty proving that the spending was illegal due to the fact that if the money was given to Lee and it wasn’t stolen, she wouldn’t have broken the law. Instead, she’d simply owe the bank the money she spent.

In the process of opening a statement account in August 2012, Westpac accidentally provided Lee with an unlimited overdraft. According to Sergeant Turner, both the bank and the police had made an effort to contact Lee after the investigation began in 2012, but she didn’t return any emails or calls.

In regards to the conditions of the student’s bail, Lee is to report to Ryde police station twice a day, live with her partner in Rhodes and also surrender the emergency passport she applied for just weeks after the warrant for her arrest was issued.

Prosecutor Marc Turner attempted to oppose Lee’s bail based on her application for an emergency passport, yet Fiona McCarron, Lee’s Legal Aid lawyer, said the application was due to Lee losing her passport and flying home to visit her family, who were allegedly unaware of the arrest.

Lee is due back in court in June.



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Australian student arrested over A$4.6 million overdraft from Westpac bank

Australian student arrested over A$4.6 million overdraft from Westpac bank

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A Sydney, Australia chemical engineering student has been arrested whilst attempting to board a flight to Malaysia on Wednesday, after allegedly receiving A$4.6 million from Australian bank Westpac in the form of an unlimited overdraft.

Instead of informing the bank of the error, Christine Jiaxin Lee, aged 21, went on to spend A$3.3 million on luxury items, including as expensive handbags, and has been charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Lee was granted bail on Thursday by magistrate Lisa Stapleton, who agreed the police would have difficulty proving the spending was illegal because if the money was given to Lee and it wasn’t stolen, she wouldn’t have broken the law. Instead, she’d simply owe the bank the money she spent.

In the process of opening a statement account in August 2012, Westpac accidentally provided Lee with an unlimited overdraft. According to Sergeant Turner, both the bank and the police had made an effort to contact Lee after the investigation began in 2012, but she didn’t return any emails or calls.

In regards to the conditions of the student’s bail, Lee is to report to Ryde police station twice a day, live with her partner in Rhodes and also surrender the emergency passport she applied for just weeks after the warrant for her arrest was issued.

Prosecutor Marc Turner attempted to oppose Lee’s bail based on her application for an emergency passport, yet Fiona McCarron, Lee’s Legal Aid lawyer, said the application was due to Lee losing her passport and flying home to visit her family, who were allegedly unaware of the arrest.

Lee is due back in court in June.



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April 22, 2015

Three people die in New South Wales storms

Three people die in New South Wales storms

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In New South Wales (NSW), Australia, two men and a woman died yesterday after search-and-rescue operations failed to rescue them from floods in Dungog, roughly 200 km (125 miles) north of the state’s capital, Sydney.

Storms hit communites along the east coast of Australia including Newcastle, the Hunter Region, the Central Coast, the Illawarra region, and Sydney. The Bureau of Meteorology reported a deep low-pressure system has caused heavy rainfall and strong winds which reached 130kph (80mph). Winds were predicted to ease today.

There have been blackouts throughout the region and severe flooding which has caused roads, bridges and houses to be washed away. More than 500 volunteers were working with the State Emergency Service to assist with operations and protect individuals, with firefighters from the Rural Fire Service and Fire Rescue according to State Emergency Service deputy commissioner Steven Pearce. They issued a warning that residents in Newcastle and surrounding areas might experience flash flooding.

The Insurance Council of Australia reported already during the day yesterday more than 5500 policyholder claims due to the storms. New South Wales premier Mike Baird said people should leave work early and arrive home before dark, as storms were predicted to intensify.

NSW transport authorities said 300 sets of traffic lights in Syndey were out and motorists should be cautious or preferably not drive. Authorities advised residents to stay away from flood-waters and from areas exposed to surf, where heavy surf can lead to coastal damage and erosion.

The New South Wales Emergency Services Minister David Elliot said it was a “once-in-a-decade storm”.


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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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November 8, 2013

Cleo and Dolly merger leaves senior Australian Cleo editor Sharri Markson out of work

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Senior Editor for Australia’s Cleo magazine Sharri Markson confirmed on Wednesday that she will not be competing for the role of editor between the sudden merger of Dolly and Cleo titles. The news came only days after German-based Bauer Media announced the merger of two of their most popular Australian magazines, with an expected loss of half the production staff by early next year.

The production team was informed of the merge in a staff meeting on Monday. Chief executive Matt Stanton and publisher Sebastian Kadas explained the merger process, which will see the separate mastheads continue under the one production team and half the size of the normal magazine printing dimensions.

Both current editors Sharri Markson and Tiffany Dunk, along with the entire production team, were required to re-apply for their positions and compete against one another to secure a position. However, according to The Australian, after only three days of consideration, Markson informed staff that she is not prepared to accept the role given it would mean producing two magazines with half the staff.

Former editors of both Dolly and Cleo are turning to Twitter to show support for the staff in danger of unemployment. Mia Freedman posted; “Sad for all the girls who dream of working in magazines. The dream is sadly very much over. No joy today. Thinking of Dolly & Cleo staff”, and Lisa Wilkinson posting “Very sad to hear news that Dolly & Cleo magazines are merging, with expected losses of half the staff. End of an era. And a personal one …” Wilkinson told The Sydney Morning Heald. “I just hope the magazine publishers in this country have been mentoring that new talent otherwise it simply will not work”.

Bauer Media have released a statement addressing the situation, claiming to be “continually reviewing every aspect of its business, looking at new opportunities for growth and investment, whilst ensuring all divisions are working as efficiently and effectively as possible”. Bauer’s CEO who addressed the staff on Monday continued, saying “it makes sense to bring the staff creating these young women’s lifestyle titles together. The single publishing unit enables us to tap the synergies and expertise between the mastheads to further enhance the reach and relevance of these two much-loved Australian magazine brands.”

The production staff along with popular media personalities are publicly questioning the efficiency of the merge, as both titles have distinctly different audiences; with Dolly aiming at teenager readers and Cleo at women in their 20s and 30s. This combined with the ever increasing stress of publishing will only maximise the pressure on the new production team. Ita Buttrose highlighted the concern, telling Crikey, “I know everybody is cost-cutting at the moment, but this seems a bit extreme. You’d have to be a very experienced, very talented editor to put out both titles. I ran the women’s division at ACP Magazines, but all the titles had their own clearly defined editors. For one person to edit two magazines — that may be something they do in Germany, but it’s new for me … I’d like to see their business plan.”

The move comes closely after Bauer discontinued women’s magazine titles Madison and Grazia in Australia earlier this year due to continuing financial pressures.



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September 20, 2013

United States wins Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Sydney

United States wins Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Sydney

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Cathedral Square, Sydney — The United States won the Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series against Australia and New Zealand at Cathedral Square in Sydney today.

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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nation series- Australia v New Zealand
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Game Four, played at 12:30 yesterday, was played between the New Zealand Wheel Blacks and the Australian Steelers before a lunchtime crowd. Australia scored six straight goals in second quarter, to lead 29-44 at half time, and eventually came out the winners 41-57. The game featured an unusual duel between two 3.5-point players, Australia’s Ryley Batt and New Zealand’s Barney Konerferisi.

In Game Five, played under lights at 17:30 yesterday, the United States proved too good for New Zealand, winning 36-62. Game Six followed immediately after at 19:30. This game, between Australia and United States attracted a sizable and animated crowd that filled the venue. Australia had only beaten the United States once in the last seven years. The Steelers managed to win gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London without having to play them.

Australia opened the game with three straight goals, but the United States caught up, and the score was 14-15 at quarter time, after a last second United States score was counted. While the United States frequently rotated its players, the Steelers had Ryley Batt, Chris Bond, Ryan Scott and Nazim Erdem on the court the whole time. Their strong defence caused timeouts and subsequent turnovers. Low-pointer Ryan Scott became an unlikely hero by prompting two turnovers. Australia won 64-53.

Game Seven was the Semi-Final, between Australia and New Zealand, and was played at 12:00 today. The weather was warm and sunny. The New Zealanders performed a Haka, but it did not bring victory. This time Australia rotated its players, and Bond and Batt were on the court together only briefly just before half time, and again in the last four minutes. Australia won handily, 62-45.

The Final game was therefore between the United States and Australia under lights at 17:00 on today. The commentators called it “Friday Night Footy”. Australia once again played Bond, Batt, Erdem and Scott together, and took off to a three-goal lead, but the United States fought back with good defensive plays, tying the score at 14-all at quarter time. The United States scored three goals straight in the second quarter to take a 29-25 lead at half time. Hopes that Australia could repeat its win of the night before were dashed. The United States team had tight discipline and made few mistakes, in the end, winning 58-54.

Medals were presented to the players, coaches and team staff by Greg Hartung, the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee. The players of all three teams voted for the Most Valuable Player of the series, which went to Ryley Batt.

This is believed to be the first time that an international wheelchair rugby tournament has been held outdoors.



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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series begins in Sydney

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Cathedral Square, Sydney, Australia — Wikinews attended the Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Cathedral Square, Sydney, ongoing from Wednesday. This is the first time an international wheelchair rugby event has been held outdoors, and in this arena. Three nations are competing: the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Left to right: Chuck Aoki (US), Andrew Harrison (Aus), Cameron Carr (Aus), Jeremy Brown (US), Ryan Scott (Aus), Derrick Helton (US)
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Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell and CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee Jason Hellwig
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The venue is Cathedral Square, Sydney, which is adjacent to Hyde Park. The Sydney Central Business district is on the other side of the park. An outdoor stadium has been constructed specifically for the tournament, which is believed to be the first time an international wheelchair rugby tournament has been held outdoors. This choice was validated by the fine and warm weather. Free sunscreen was given to the crowd.

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Australian Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Jason Hellwig. In attendance were the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Robyn Kemmis, and Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. A large crowd, mostly consisting of school groups, was entertained by boy band Justice Crew singing their hit Best Night.

Each team is to play the others two twice, on Wednesday September 18 and Thursday September 19. Finals are to be held on Friday. All three teams are highly ranked internationally. The United States team is ranked number one in the world. It won bronze at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, gold at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and bronze at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, and is the current world champion. This is its first visit to Australia since the 2000 Summer Paralympics.

The Australian team, known as the Steelers, is ranked second in the world. It won silver in Beijing and gold in London. The team is almost unchanged from the one that won in London. Greg Smith has become the assistant coach.

The first game, held immediately after the Opening Ceremony, was between the United States and Australia. The United States proved the better team, forcing errors and turnovers. Three turnovers in the first quarter were especially costly for the Steelers, who lost 56–43.

The second game was held at 17:30 under lights. The crowd was small, but there were a number of New Zealand fans in the crowd, including a few Maori. Two of the New Zealand players are also Maori. The well-disciplined United States team proved too good for the Wheel Blacks as well, who lost 58–40 in an entertaining contest.

The third game was at 19:30, between Australia and New Zealand. The Australians led the whole game, which was nonetheless entertaining to the last. In the dying seconds of the game, Australia’s Ryley Batt shunted a stalling New Zealand player across the line to force him to score, then threw the ball to team mate Chris Bond, who raced for the line at high speed but was beaten by the buzzer. Australia won 61–48.

The New Zealand team, known as the Wheel Blacks, is ranked tenth in the world. It won gold in Athens.

Highlights of the tournament are scheduled to be shown on Foxtel Sports in Australia on September 28 and 29.



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September 10, 2013

Western Stars win Women\’s National Wheelchair Basketball League championship in a thriller

Western Stars win Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League championship in a thriller

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Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, Sydney — Wikinews attended the finals of the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League at the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre over the weekend. The Be Active Western Stars won the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League championship 40–43 in a low-scoring game on Sunday night against the Sachs Goudcamp Bears characterised by relentless defence by both sides.

Western Stars women’s wheelchair basketball team. Players are, left to right: Sarah Vinci, Clare Nott, Georgia Inglis, Amanda Nott, Mandy Bonavita, Amber Merritt, Natalie Alexander
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Amber Merritt attempts (unsuccessfully) to steal the net after winning the Western Stars won the 2013 WNWBL championships.
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Victoria women’s wheelchair basketball team. Left to right: Melanie Domaschenz, Brett Paxton (coach), Alice Hammond, Shelley Chaplin, Ellie Cole, Lynne Panayiotis, Leanne Del Toso
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The Stars fought their way back from being nine points down at three quarter time to take the lead with only minutes to go, thanks to a spectacular shot by Georgia Inglis. The match saw Amber Merritt and Kylie Gauci engage in a protracted duel. At one point Merritt suffered a bone-crunching sideways fall that the crowd feared meant she had injured her shoulder, but Merritt got back up again.

Gauci was fouled out in the last minutes, and Merritt used her free throws to put the Stars three points up. Japanese import Mari Amimoto attempted to tie the game with a three pointer, but missed.

Merritt has suffered injury this season. She showed Wikinews a long scar along the right forearm. Surgeons had corrected where she had torn the muscle away from the bone.

The Bears won their place in the final by beating Victoria in the Qualifying Final on Friday night 40–62. The Stars had to defeat the Sydney Uni Flames 66–34 on Friday night and then Victoria 32–48 on Saturday night to earn their place in the final. Victoria defeated the Sydney Uni Flames 59–42 to claim the bronze medals.

After the games there were the presentations. The Western Stars’ Clare Nott was named 1 point player MVP, Kylie Gauci was 2 point player MVP, Sarah Stewart from the Sydney Uni Flames was 3 point player MVP and Merritt was 4 point player MVP. These four players, along with Cobi Crispin from Victoria form the All Star Five for 2013. Victoria’s Ellie Cole, who won four gold medals in swimming at the London Paralympics, was named Best New Talent. Nonetheless, Cole told Wikinews that she was not giving up swimming to become a basketball player.

Despite her injury, Merritt was the league’s high scorer for the season. Mari Amimoto was named the MVP of the finals series, but Gauci was season MVP.

Liesl Tesch made a special presentation to Lisa Edmonds, a pioneer of the women’s game who has been playing wheelchair basketball for 24 years. Lisa was part of the original Australian Women’s basketball team back in 1989, and played in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Paralympics.

This was the last season to be administered by Disabilty Sports Australia. Starting next season, the league will be administered by Basketball Australia



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April 2, 2013

Sydney plans loss of rainbow

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The cost of painting the crosswalk was misstated here as 11,000 AUD; the cost was reportedly about 80,000 AUD, with funds allocated of 110,000 AUD including about 30,000 AUD for removal if necessary. We apologize for the misstatement.
 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Yesterday, the deadline expired for the rainbow colored sidewalk located at Rainbow Oxford St, Taylor Square in Sydney, Australia to remain intact.

The pedestrian crossing had been painted with the colors of the rainbow to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT) pride march in Sydney during this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations, at a cost of AU$11,000 and, according to a spokesman for the City of Sydney, it had a very positive impact for local tourism and within the community.

The initial idea plan was to conduct a month long pilot and, if positive, keep the crossing painted in rainbow colors for twelve month period. However, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) warned of the potential danger the painted the road could pose for drivers and demanded the road be painted over. Despite an online petition gathered almost 15,000 signatures to save the rainbow, the Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Premier Barry O’Farrell decided not to meet the requests from the City of Sydney for the road to remain with the colors of rainbow.

A spokeswoman for Gay’s office cited road safety hazard and unsafe behavior as the reason for removal, including people who sat in the road to take pictures. Alex Greenwich, the local representative from Sydney in the New South Wales state government, had organised the petition earlier and said Gay exaggerated the potential safety hazards, and said that people took pictures during the parade of Mardi Gras, when there was no traffic.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore also disputed Mr Gay’s claims, citing no safety hazards, “The audit also shows that generally the risk to the public of having the rainbow crossing is low. This is bureaucracy gone wild — the Minister wants to remove the crossing because he doesn’t like some pictures that people have been taking. Those pictures are a drop in the ocean compared to the tens of thousands of other pictures of the crossing that have … promoted Oxford St as one of the best LGBT tourism destinations in the world.” The walk is scheduled to be painted over this week and will cost about AU$35,000.



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