Concerned families, community ‘need easier access to authorities to stop extremism’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the summit with national counter-terrorism co-ordinator Greg Moriarty. Photo: Andrew MearesAnalysis: Building trust the key to countering terrorism
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Families, friends and teachers of youngsters who show signs of budding Islamic extremism need to feel more comfortable about approaching authorities, Malcolm Turnbull’s urgent counter-terrorism summit has concluded.

National security and law enforcement chiefs as well as top bureaucrats from education and social services departments met in Canberra on Thursday and are set to recommend to federal and state governments that earlier intervention is needed to stop youngsters becoming extremists.

Fairfax Media understands that much of the discussion – which will form the basis of recommendations to governments – revolved around giving concerned families and community members easier ways to reach out to authorities.

This reflects a long-held concern by police and intelligence agencies that they cannot spot every extremist, nor stop every plot, and therefore need the community’s help as a source of information.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan, speaking after the summit, said concerned family members, friends and teachers needed to come forward about suspected extremists but this did not mean arrests and charges would follow.

“Just because you’ve called the national security hotline does not mean that a law enforcement intervention will follow. It is possible that when the facts of the particular individual’s circumstances become clear, that we could … divert people away from this dark path without having to go down a law enforcement intervention,” he said.

“It may well be that we could work with the school community, it may well be that you could work with a social worker. These are the sorts of things that are available to us if we have concerns about somebody.

“The earlier we know, the more likelihood we’ve got of being able to work to save somebody.”

The national counter-terrorism co-ordinator Greg Moriarty, who chaired the meeting, said this was the strong view among police gathered at the Canberra summit.

“Talking to all of the police forces gathered in the room today, they are looking where they possibly can to keep people out of the justice system. They are really wanting to work with communities, to work with educators, to work with others to makes ure that people can be put onto pathways that avoid the justice system.”

Sources inside the meeting said that “alternative pathways” such as new phone hotlines, websites and apps were discussed for the community to come forward earlier.

Much of the talking was done by officials from outside law enforcement, such as education and multicultural affairs agencies, it is understood.

Mr Keenan said the meeting had covered “the need for further teacher training, for resourcing for youth, and for how we can run interventions that are aimed at peer groups”.

The meeting’s recommendations will go to the Council of n Governments, when Mr Turnbull meets with state leaders, expected to be at the end of November.

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NSW to push treasurers on GST increase to meet federal health cuts

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is planning further spending cuts and other savings. Photo: Dominic LorrimerNSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will continue the push to increase the GST from 10 to 15 per cent to address a looming health funding gap at a meeting of her state and federal counterparts in Sydney on Friday.
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The meeting with new federal Treasurer Scott Morrison is expected to cover implementing the abolition of the $1000 GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas and establishment of a national register of foreign ownership of land titles.

Mr Morrison has also placed the recommendations of the Harper review of competition ­policy on the meeting agenda.

The review urged reforms across government sectors including health and education to which Mr Morrison has said he is keen to have the states and territories respond.

It was the cuts to health and education grants unveiled in former Treasurer Joe Hockey’s first budget that prompted NSW Premier Mike Baird to raise the prospect of increasing the GST to 15 per cent.

Mr Baird proposed the increase at a meeting of state and federal leaders in July to cover an estimated $35 billion national health funding shortfall by 2030.

He proposed that there would be no broadening of the GST base to include fresh food or education.

Ms Berejiklian told Fairfax Media that she looked forward to working with Mr Morrison and that state and territory treasurers “have a once in a generation opportunity to modernise the Federation”.

“As far as NSW is concerned, our focus remains on addressing the looming fiscal gap which hits our Budget from 2017-18,” she said.

“All options should remain on the table as we work constructively with our State and Federal counterparts on addressing our shared funding needs.

“NSW will continue to argue for the GST rate to be increased to 15 per cent with compensation for households with incomes of $100,000 or less.”

Ms Berejiklian also welcomed Mr Morrison’s focus on the Harper review recommendations.

“NSW welcomes the renewed focus on productivity enhancing reform,” he said.

“Promoting effective competition will be a critical aspect of this reform.”

At a meeting in August, ‘s treasurers agreed to impose the GST on all goods bought online from overseas from July 1, 2017.

The treasurers are also likely to discuss details of a proposed national register of foreign ownership of land titles to be administered by the Commonwealth, including the cost to states of gathering the data.

The NSW budget surplus for last financial year has grown to a record $2.9 billion, according to the total state sector accounts released on Thursday.

The June budget estimated the 2014-15 surplus at $2.1 billion, but Ms Berejiklian said it had increased by $823 million.

This was largely due to one-off items including higher than expected distributions from managed investments and Commonwealth payments, she said.

JOANNE McCARTHY: My cup runneth over

IT was Sunday morning, 6.30am.
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The sun was up, the coffee was steaming at a friendly cafe, and a woman sat in a chair, concentrating on the cup in front of her despite the chatter from nearby tables.

She picked up a little sugar packet, slowly.

She tore the corner, let the contents fall into her coffee, and placed the empty packet back on the table, taking the time to place an edge under the cup so it wouldn’t fly away.

She picked up the spoon, put it in the cup and stirred, slowly, moving her hand and arm in a rhythmic motion around, and around, and around, without taking her eyes off it.

She lifted the spoon out of the cup, placed it in the saucer, and watched the steam rise without making any move to drink.

Then she kept watching. And watching. And watching.

Until I couldn’t stand it any longer.

“What the hell are you doing?” I said to my friend, the weird coffee woman.

“I’m being mindful,” she said.

“What?” I said.

“I’m practising mindfulness. I’m in the moment. I’m savouring what’s happening right here and now, without thinking about the past or the future. Just now. This coffee. This sense of appreciating it for what it is.”

On a Sunday morning for heaven’s sake, while the rest of the world was in bed, probably sleeping, and only I was stuck with Sense-of-Wonder-Woman having a deep and personal moment with a hot beverage.

Normally normal, my friend has a demanding job that’s been more demanding than usual this year.

She has coped by drinking slightly more than normal, then giving up; running slightly more than normal, then taking up a gym class; driving her husband insane, driving her children insane, and now driving her friends insane by adopting the latest trend in do-it-yourself therapy, mindfulness.

Hence the coffee staring.

“What exactly are you getting from watching your coffee go cold?” I asked, ever the supportive friend.

“I don’t aim to get anything,” she said. “That’s the point. I am allowing my mind to appreciate the coffee for what it is, to feel everything I’m feeling now without making any judgments. It’s very freeing.”

I kept drinking my coffee. It was hot. It was nice. It was there to be drunk. I did so. I finished.

“I was mindful as well,” I said.

“I was mindful of the fact that I hate a lukewarm coffee so I drank the thing.”

She looked at me.

“I’m sensing you’re not really into mindfulness,” she said.

“I thought you weren’t into making judgments,” I said.

“Shut up,” she said.

She is a good friend, and one of the funniest women I know.

She just has a tendency to embrace fads, thus providing an endless form of entertainment for her friends.

There was the army-style beach training period, when she trudged up and down in the sand lugging a heavy rope, then a big ball, then a big man, until she gave it away a few months later because – surprise – lugging a big man in soft sand with a bunch of other grim-faced people wasn’t fun.

And so she took up pole dancing.

During the pole-dancing period you couldn’t walk more than 20 metres down the street without having to drag her away from upright objects – taxi stands, traffic signals, awning supports, people collecting money for charities, or startled commuters waiting in line for their buses.

When the paleo diet was all the rage, she went paleo.

When people were “cleansing” their systems by giving up coffee, alcohol, meat, dairy, fish, sugar, bread, and basically any known foods except cabbage and organic chickpeas, she “cleansed”. Mindfulness was inevitable.

She had even given up using the dishwasher because of it.

“You’re supposed to pick a mundane job like washing up to practise being mindful,” she said, a couple of weeks before the coffee-staring incident.

“So how did that go?” I asked.

“Well, I think it’s easier to be mindful if I’m doing the washing up and it’s just me and Barry, but if the kids are round I use the dishwasher, otherwise I have to be mindful for ages. I can only be mindful for about 10 minutes doing the washing up, then I start getting cranky with the whole thing,” she said.

“Aren’t you supposed to be so in the here and now that you can keep doing the washing up for hours because you are just appreciating the moment, and feeling the silky smoothness of the water and the detergent, and smelling the washing-up smells?” I asked.

I’ve read the mindfulness websites as well. I know the drill.

My friend looked at me in a very mindful way.

She wasn’t thinking about matters from her childhood. She wasn’t anticipating events in the future.

We were there, in the moment, the here and now, unburdened by life’s distractions.

“Shut up,” she said.

‘Significant privacy concerns’ over myHealth Record system

Privacy concerns have been raised over the government’s e-health bill. Photo: Andrew Quilty Liberal Party elder Philip Ruddock. Photo: Andrew Meares
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New laws to give doctors and pharmacists instant access to medical records may pose a risk to human rights by violating privacy.

A parliamentary joint committee on human rights has called on Health Minister Sussan Ley to explain what safeguards are in place to protect ns’ privacy when their health records are uploaded onto a central electronic database, under the new myHealth Record system.

Currently, ns’ health records are only included on the database if they choose to register.

Longstanding Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, who chairs the committee, told Parliament the e-health bill raised “significant privacy concerns”.

It was questionable whether the bill’s objective – to drive increased use of the database by health professionals – justified the potential privacy breach, Mr Ruddock said.

“To be capable of justifying a proposed limitation of human rights, a legitimate objective must address a pressing or substantial concern and not simply an outcome regarded as desirable or convenient.”

The e-health bill is the federal government’s attempt to revamp the troubled electronic record system introduced by Labor, which spent $1 billion on the scheme but only one in 10 people registered.

In a bid to increase participation, the health records of all ns will automatically be uploaded onto the database, unless they actively choose to opt out.

Proponents of the database say that it will lead to better co-ordination between health professionals, reduce unnecessary hospitalisations due to prescription errors and medication misadventures, and cut down on the duplication of tests.

But the n Privacy Foundation has raised concerns in its submission to the legislation discussion paper that the information will be perceived as “a thinly disguised national identity number attached to some health information”.

“We suggest that the identity data … will be seen as very useful to the government, especially when cross-matched against the internet and telecommunications data and other databases such as those operated by the ATO, Immigration and Medicare, as well as a range of law enforcement agencies.”

The foundation’s health committee chair, Bernard Robertson-Dunn, said the benefits of the system needed to outweigh the risks to privacy, and it was not clear that the advantages of the electronic record system – which was designed to be opt-in – justified a move to an opt-out arrangement.

“If I go to a hospital to get a stitch in my foot, anybody can see my record,” Dr Robertson-Dunn said of the electronic record system.

“They can see my mental health record, they can see if I’ve had an abortion, they can see anything about my health record.”

The Health Department said in a written response that individuals would have a range of privacy options, including the ability to set access controls to their myHealth Record, cancel their registration or request that their healthcare provider not upload certain information.

They would also be able to monitor activity to check whether somebody had accessed their record, “effectively remove” documents from it and make a complaint about privacy breaches.

Contacted for comment, Health Minister Sussan Ley said: “I can assure all ns that as we develop an electronic health record system for the 21st century, all privacy and security measures will be taken to ensure the protection of a patient’s personal details.”

It’s not over until a fat lady swims

Tony Moy wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 100cm flathead, caught and released in Lake Macquarie this week.NOW the weather is warming up, the flathead are on the move throughout all local estuary systems, according to Brett “Hammer” Hancock from Tackle World Port Stephens.
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“The water warms up quickly and it’s a breeding time of year.

“Guys are mainly getting them on soft plastics.

“You get one or two big females hanging with a bunch of males.

“The big girls can be easy to catch because they congregate in numbers.

“You want to let those fish go, anything below 60 centimetres keep, but above, let them go – it’s not good to kill the big girls.

“Everyone wants a feed of fish but be selective.”

Hammer said flathead usually have two breeding times: October/November and March/April.

Fighter released

THERE’S been no shortage of flathead in Lake Macquarie this week either.

Tony Moy, pictured, caught a 100cm flathead at Swansea on Friday.

Tony and mate Steve hit the water just after sunrise and while targeting bream on light gear, Tony’s rod buckled over and line went spooling from the reel.

Steve thought a big jewfish had picked up Tony’s bait from the way it ran for deeper water.

“After a long battle on light line with the fish running from the boat several times, we found it was too big for our net so it was lifted in carefully with a gaff placed under its jaw so as not to hurt the fish,” Tony said.

“She was always going to be returned to the sea to breed and keep the waters filled with fantastic fish like this.”

Later in the day Tony landed a 75cm flathead so there are plenty of lizards about.

Byrnne Tran with his 80cm flattie.

Byrnne Tran got an 80cm flattie fishing the lake around Valentine last Saturday. He backed that up with a bag of bream on Sunday.

Sasha Garner got this 70cm flathead off Pulbah Island.

Sasha Garner got a 70cm flathead off Pulbah Island on Sunday, while Noah Hamilton caught and released a 76cm lizard on plastics using bream gear.

Noah Hamilton caught and released this 76cm lizard.

Meanwhile, Ryder Sutton, 11, opened his fishing account with a shovel-nosed shark up at Forster the other day. Check out the pics online.

He’s on. Ryder Sutton braces for battle.

Holy cow. Ryder takes on board what he’s taken on board.

Easy does it now. Ryder takes control.

Proud moment. Ryder parades his catch.

Flathead Classic

WHILE we’re talking lizards, don’t forget the Allworth Flathead Classic is running next weekend, October 24 and 25. Pre-entries are available online. For further details ring 0428 945 860.

Marlin whispers

THERE’S been some great snapper around on the inshore reefs off the coast. Plenty of fish around the 5-7kg mark in the shallows off Big Island and even off the rocks, according to Hammer and Duff.

“Blake Chaffey nailed some nice reds up to 3kg around Boat Harbour,” Hammer said.

“And there’s a good chance you’ll get drummer too after this southerly change. Definitely worth a crack early morning.”

Duff reports a few kings and jew off Horse Shoe Bay and around Big Island and flathead in the 50m line.

“There have been a few whispers about marlin but nothing out of the box.”

Those whispers may have come from Hammer who tagged an 85kg striped marlin out on the Shelf a week or so ago.

“It was in a patch of water about 21 degrees with plenty of pilchards,” Hammer said. “We were hoping for a yellowfin to no avail.”

Hammer was speaking to a longliner this week who said he’d been getting stripes and big-eye tuna about 110 kilometres off Forster.

“It’s that time of year where the water fluctuates on the Shelf,” Hammer said.

“It can be a lot of water between fish but if you put the time in you’ll get results.

“We should see some big dolphin fish wandering down in this water soon, it doesn’t have to be that warm for dolphin fish to show up.”

Weekend for jew

SPEAKING of warm, local beaches have been red hot hot, throwing up jew, whiting and bream, along with a steady supply of tailor and salmon.

“This should be a really good weekend to target jew on the beaches, actually,” Hammer said.

“We’ve got some really good tides just after dark and it’s about a week since the full moon.”

There’s been some nice whiting turning up on Fingal and Samurai and still plenty of salmon to keep people occupied.

Off the rocks anglers are getting squid in most of the inlets.

Drummer and luderick are lurking too.

Mud crabs on go

ROSS Duff, of Salamander Bay Bait and Tackle, reports lots of luderick on Nelson Bay breakwall and some nice bream around the oyster rack.

Jew have landed up to 15 kilograms around Middle Island.

Sand whiting are starting to come into Shoal Bay and Jimmys Beach and are well worth a shot on the turn of the tide with live worms.

Mud crabs are on the go, with lots of good size.

Diggers day out

A LARGE turnout attended Nelson Bay Diggers Fishing Club’s monthly outing last weekend in glorious weather.

Barry Malvern took overall honours with heaviest fish going to Ken Higson’s prize flathead.

Pam Dooley took out ladies and Mitch Dooley saluted in juniors.

Next month that club will host its annual Invitational Fishing Tournament.

Clubs from Sydney, North Coast, Hunter and Newcastle will attend.

Last year they had 124 entries.

If you want to find out more, ring Chris on 0407 945 192.

China-China social queen Sheri Yan arrested for bribery

Sheri Yan with Bob Hawke and Frank Lowy. Photo: supplied Phil Scanlan, John Ashe and Sheri Yan. Photo: supplied
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Sheri Yan and her husband Roger Uren, a former analyst at the Office of National Assessments. Photo: supplied

The queen of the -China social scene has been charged in New York with funnelling almost $1 million in bribes to the president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sheri Yan – who had deep connections in the n foreign policy establishment and shuttled regularly between luxurious apartments in Canberra, Beijing and New York – remains in a US prison ahead of a bail hearing on Friday.

She and her husband Roger Uren, a media executive and former n intelligence analyst who was once tipped to be former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s ambassador to Beijing, have long been a fixture at n embassy events in Beijing. The pair recently moved their family base from Beijing to the Canberra suburb of Kingston, where they keep a valuable collection of Chinese classic and erotic art.

Underlining her deep ties to , Ms Yan was once also paid to act as a lobbyist by the ABC in her native China when the public broadcaster made an ultimately futile effort to secure local broadcasting rights for its overseas television channel Network.

She used her high level connections in and China to act as a go-between. Her office and online business profiles were plastered with photographs such as an encounter with former Labor leader Bob Hawke and billionaire Frank Lowy.

“You can trust her,” reads a glowing endorsement from Greg Rudd, Kevin Rudd’s brother, posted on Ms Yan’s LinkedIn page.

“She’s well connected in all jurisdictions and understands what works and what doesn’t work. Most important she is a woman of high morals and principle … and is the queen of entertaining and hosting. Sheri is always worth talking to.”

But in a dramatic turn of events Ms Yan, also known as Shiwei Yan, was arrested last week and accused by US prosecutors of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in payoffs to John Ashe, then a diplomat from the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

The money – allegedly spent by Mr Ashe on expensive Rolex watches, tailored suits and lavish first-class holidays – is said to be part of a conspiracy to curry favour for unnamed Chinese “security” and “media” companies, working across Macau, the Caribbean and Kenya.

Ms Yan is accused of making several large transfers to Mr Ashe, with US investigators citing private emails from Google and Yahoo accounts, obtained under warrant. In one email from 2012, Ms Yan is alleged to have written to Mr Ashe: “Dear John, a quick note to let you know that I will send first $300,000 to the account this week”. Mr Ashe later responded that would “start the conversation”, it is claimed.

Mr Ashe was elected to a one-year term as president of the General Assembly beginning in 2013, about the same time Ms Yan is accused of making monthly payments of $20,000 to him under the guise of a non-governmental organisation she headed, known as the “Global Sustainability Foundation”.

Prominent Melbourne businessman Phil Scanlan, the founder of the elite n-American Leadership Dialogue, initially was listed to sit on an advisory board for Global Sustainability Foundation, along with n insurance lawyer Ian Hutchinson.

Mr Scanlan could not be reached for comment, but Mr Hutchinson said he was “absolutely bewildered” by the criminal allegations against Ms Yan.

“I know Sheri very well and I’d be awfully surprised if they are true. I think she’s a woman of integrity and honesty,” he said.

Fairfax Media does not suggest any wrongdoing by Mr Scanlan or Mr Hutchinson.

Ms Yan, 57, is the daughter of a celebrated Chinese artist who, she said, worked with the People’s Liberation Army’s cultural troupe. She is known for being well-spoken, charming and impeccably dressed.

She met Mr Uren when he was working at the n embassy in Washington in the 1980s after she had left a state radio job in China to pursue her studies overseas.

Ms Yan helped Mr Uren research his well-regarded book about a reviled Chinese intelligence chief, The Claws of the Dragon: Kang Sheng – The Evil Genius Behind Mao, which revealed how the official kept a huge collection of erotic art seized by his Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.

Former Network chief Bruce Dover said he was introduced to Ms Yan in 2005 by her husband and she was later paid around $5000 per month as part of a bid by the ABC to secure broadcasting rights in the tightly controlled Chinese market.

“After about six months I wondered what we were getting,” Mr Dover said. “It was all talk and not a lot of progress, and we parted ways.”

Her arrest promises to shed light on the hidden connections between the Chinese Communist Party, the People’s Liberation Army, and n politicians, diplomats and business people seeking access to China.

Ms Yan had or claimed to have close links with several powerful revolutionary families in China, particularly in the military and propaganda systems.

For example, she said she could arrange interviews with the favourite daughter of Chairman Mao, Li Na, because they shared the same masseuse.

Those connections, real and imagined, were parlayed into diplomatic and commercial opportunities for a range of politicians, officials and business people.

Many of those connections were made at the n embassy, including at colourful parties hosted by former ambassador Geoff Raby, and Ms Yan has played an important role in facilitating relations before and since.

As well as building bridges, she was also known for breaking them, particularly with ambitious but naive ns who had no way of verifying the connections she claimed to have lined up behind her.

Paediatric cardiologist reprimanded over unnecessary surgery on three-day-old baby

A doctor at Sydney Children’s Hospital has been reprimanded for his care of two babies with heart problems. Photo: Gabriele CharotteA doctor at the Sydney Children’s Hospital ordered unnecessary open-heart surgery on a three-day-old baby and put another at risk of permanent heart damage, the health regulator has found.
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Paediatric cardiologist Christoph Camphausen​ previously headed the Randwick cardiology unit, but has since been suspended from clinical duties and will now not work without supervision because of serious concerns about public safety.

The case has also raised questions about the organisation of paediatric cardiac services in NSW, with allegations of dysfunction and tension in one of Sydney’s top children’s hospitals.

Dr Camphausen was prosecuted by the Health Care Complaints Commission after concerns were raised by colleagues about his treatment of seven patients.

In the two cases heard by a Medical Professional Standards Committee he was found to have made “extremely serious” departures from the expected clinical standards for treating babies with heart problems and to have inadequately consulted with expert colleagues.

In the first case, expert witness and Melbourne paediatric cardiologist James Wilkinson said Dr Camphausen had made an “astonishing error” when he misdiagnosed a three-day-old baby in 2012. His belief that the baby boy had a congenital malformation of a heart valve led him to order the baby undergo unnecessary exploratory heart surgery.

In the second case, Dr Camphausen mistakenly delayed for two years surgery that should have been done within six months on a baby girl born with Down syndrome and a heart murmur in December 2010.

Professor Wilkinson told the Committee there was “…was no benefit in postponing surgery in this child and the delay will undoubtedly have resulted in some damage to her [blood vessels in her lungs], with an adverse effect on her long-term prospects of getting a good result.”

In the hearings, Dr Camphausen said he did not consult with his colleagues because an “extremely stressful environment” had developed as the units at Randwick and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead prepared to merge.

He said there was a “lack of mutual support and trust within the department” and his relationship with his colleagues had deteriorated.

“To consistently practice paediatric cardiology at a high level, an individual needs to function as a member of a team,” he told the committee. “Over the course of 2011 and 2012 I had to work in an increasingly unsupportive environment.”

He admitted he had made errors, but said his two years suspended from clinical practice had given him “more than enough time to learn from my mistakes”.

Other clinicians also defended his attitude and work, calling him “honest [and] hardworking”, “highly regarded” and “collaborative and collegial”.

But despite Dr Camphausen trying to learn from his mistakes and continuing his medical education while suspended, the committee said his conduct still “raises serious concerns in relation to clinical standards and the protection of the public”.

“It is somewhat problematic that Dr Camphausen as an experienced, highly trained, hard-working, specialist paediatric cardiologist has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in the circumstances outlined,” it wrote.

The committee gave Dr Camphausen an official reprimand, and ordered he must inform them if he restarts or changes clinical practice, and that any practice must be supervised by an approved supervisor.

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, where Dr Camphausen remains employed in a non-clinical position, apologised to the affected families and said it regretted that their children did not get the best care.

“We will work with the families involved to ensure they are aware of the findings and indicate that better care should have been provided,” a spokeswoman said. She noted the investigation had been initiated by the network and staff acted in the best interests of children.

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Fork-lift truck safety warning issued after eight die, 1300-plus injured

Paralympian Kahi Puru’s leg was amputated after a fork-lift truck accident. Photo: Peter StoopKahi Puru’s leg had to be amputated at the hip after he was injured in a fork-lift truck accident at work.
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He overcame the injury to compete in the Paralympics as a powerlifter and on a handcycle in the New York Marathon.

The latest available figures from SafeWork​ NSW show 1360 workers were injured in fork-lift truck incidents in two years from July 2012 to July 2014.

Figures for fatalities, including the past 12 months, show there have been eight deaths in the past three years, prompting the state government to issue a work safety warning.

The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, said workplace safety needed to be the “number one priority for every business”.

SafeWork NSW has produced a new safety video and traffic management advice. It is also offering businesses rebates of up to $500 to implement safety improvements.

Traffic management plans include separating pedestrians from fork-lifts, using barriers and pedestrian walkways.

“Workplace incidents involving fork-lifts often result in serious injuries and operators need to be conscious of pedestrians at all times,” Mr Dominello said. “We want all workers to return home safely to their families at the end of each day.”

Mr Puru, of Newcastle, represented at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics. In 2004, he completed the New York Marathon on a handcycle.

He was placed seventh at the Paralympics after lifting 207.5 kilograms.

The powerlifting began after he watched a competition while he was swimming as part of his rehabilitation therapy.

He was working as an industrial cleaner in 1993 when he was struck by a fork-lift after he stepped out of his truck.

“I was coming towards the end of a 13½-hour shift and I was on an industrial site where I couldn’t see the fork-lift and he couldn’t see me,” Mr Puru said.

He was rushed to hospital and his left leg was amputated at the hip.

“I think fork-lift drivers need to be more aware of their surroundings. I don’t think a lot of them realise they have a job that can cause injuries,” he said.

Mr Puru works as a motivational speaker and ambassador for SafeWork NSW.

Hume City chasing David Trezeguet, Ronaldinho and Arda Turan for FFA Cup match against Melbourne Victory

One of the biggest names in world football will be playing for a suburban Melbourne football club in an FFA Cup semi-final pending the approval of documents from the Department of Immigration to free-up a visa-player spot. National Premier League Victoria club Hume City, who will host A-League champions Melbourne Victory in a cup semi-final on October 28, are deep in negotiations to sign one of Ronaldinho, Arda Turan, David Trezeguet or Giorgios Karagounis as a guest player.
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The ambitious state league club is made up of little more than 300 registered participants but could boast one of the most high-profile stars to have played in . However, standing in the way of Hume City signing one of the four drawcards hinges on the residency application of goalkeeper Chris Oldfield, who is scheduled to receive his paperwork just weeks after the FFA Cup semi-final.

An FFA spokesman confirmed the governing body would not break competition rules to allow Hume City adding a third visa-player to their squad even if it was to sign a notable guest player that would potentially attract a sell-out crowd AAMI Park in Melbourne. Oldfield’s citizenship application is understood to have been approved but the club requested to fast-track the delivery of documents to register the shot-stopper as an n player before the match, paving the way for one of the most unlikely signings in n football to occur. Hume also have British player Nick Haggarty on their books.

Fairfax Media understands former World Cup winner David Trezeguet is the most likely to become the remarkable guest player for Hume City having agreed to a deal to play one game with the club. The former Juventus and France striker quit playing in January but has agreed in principle to a $50,000 deal to come out of retirement for one match in . The 37-year-old last played professionally in December last year but is said to be fit having played in many friendlies since.

Hume have also been in discussions with former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho for the lucrative guest spot though the former Barcelona and AC milan playmaker would be a more expensive option. The 35-year-old Brazilian agreed to play for up to 60 minutes to help propel Hume to the FFA Cup final.

Founded by Turkish migrants in 1979, Hume used an extensive network of connections in Turkey to try and lure current Barcelona and Turkey star Arda Turan. Hume directors spoke directly with the winger who was happy to come play one match in while awaiting his transfer clearance in Spain. Due to Barcelona’s transfer embargo, Turan can not play until January 2016 after completing his switch from Atletico Madrid in the European summer. Barcelona would likely command a fee to loan the player to Hume for one game despite yet to register him in La Liga. Any loan deal for Turan would include the support of a sponsor and Hume also hoped a deal with Etihad Stadium would help sign one of the world’s best attacking players. A war of words broke-out between the FFA and the Melbourne club over the venue for their semi-final against Victory after Hume made a late request to host the match at Etihad Stadium. After initially submitting their venues for broadcast games as Lakeside Stadium and AAMI Park, Hume were offered minimum $150,000 to host the game at Docklands with the venue covering all operational risks and costs.

Both Hume and FFA remained tight-lipped on the matter when contacted by Fairfax Media on Thursday but are at loggerheads over the events that led to the match being played at the smaller capacity of AAMI Park. Hume have the opportunity to earn a significant pay cheque from AAMI Park but will face a financial risk having to cover up to $90,000 in hiring costs.

Greece’s most capped player of all-time, Giorgos Karagounis was also approached by Hume but is considered an outside chance to play.

‘One in 27 million’ chance of cobalt reading occurring naturally, Hopes’ hearing told

Trainer Peter Moody is facing cobalt charges. Photo: Pat ScalaThe chance of one of the horses at the centre of a cobalt scandal returning the recorded elevated level of the substance – without intervention – was one in 27 million, a leading expert says.
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Thoroughbred trainers Shannon and Lee Hope appeared before the Racing Appeals Board on Thursday, fighting to continue working in the industry in the face of positive urine tests returned by three of their horses last year. The horses had recorded cobalt readings above the permissible threshold of 200 micrograms per litre in urine.

The Hopes are the first two of five leading n trainers — including Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien and Mark Kavanagh — charged with both presentation and administration in relation to cobalt positives..

Their Sydney-based lawyer Robert Stitt QC said his clients accepted that the substance could be performance enhancing but, in a surprise move, entered a not guilty plea to all charges, including one of presenting horses with cobalt in their systems on race day.

Stitt argued that the scientists who would present evidence on behalf of the racing stewards had failed to take into account the “bio-accumulation” of cobalt in the horses.

He said once tissue reached a saturation point with a substance, it would then start accumulating, and that meant the Hopes’ horses could have a returned the high readings as a result.

Veterinarian Martin Wainscott had conducted a trial on five horses over three weeks, feeding and administrating the same medicines the Hopes said they had given their horses.

In cross-examination of Wainscott, Stitt argued he had not accurately modelled the Hopes’ regime, because the trial period was too short and did not take into account that cobalt could have built up in the Hopes’ horses’ systems.

When questioned by stewards’ counsel Jeff Gleeson CQ, Wainscott rejected the claim, saying he was not aware of any trials that had shown accumulation could result in very high readings of cobalt.

Stitt sought to suggest that the trial of five horses could not be considered statistically significant, but Wainscott said it had been approved by the Department of Primary Industries in NSW.

In his opening remarks, Gleeson flagged that a chemistry professor had submitted a report  stating that the chances of the Hopes’ horse, Best Suggestion, returning a cobalt reading of 510mg/L naturally was about one in 27 million.

The chances of Windi City Bear returning a cobalt reading of 270mg/L naturally was one in 1 million and of Choose returning 450mg/L was one in 12 million, Gleeson said.

Stitt said Lee Hope had been licensed under the racing act for 49 years and been a trainer since 1976 without ever being charged or found guilty of breaking any rules. His son Shannon had been licensed for two decades and had a similarly spotless record, he said.

Stitt indicated that he intended to contest all charges, in part on the basis that Racing Victoria’s rules had been interpreted incorrectly by the stewards.

Fellow accused Flemington trainers O’Brien and Kavanagh will have their cases heard on November 28, while Moody’s case will be heard on December 14.