The foodies’ pot of gold at the end of the Great Ocean Road

There’s a chance you missed the biggest news ever to hit the tiny Victorian town of Port Fairy. In 2012 the seaside village, with its whalers’ cottages, red-doored lighthouse and jaunty little fishing fleet, was voted the Most Liveable Town (population under 20,000) in the world. Yes, the world. There’s a sign declaring it as you drive into this hamlet at the end of the Great Ocean Road, also known for its folk festival and, more recently, its food.
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Having holidayed there for more than a decade, I can attest that the peak of its liveability comes in October through to April, when the winds whip far less frigidly up from the Antarctic. The months when, armed with a fishing licence purchased from the local newsagent, you can take a rubber dinghy out to nearby bays and inlets and pluck black-lip abalone from the rocks. Through extensive trial and error, we’ve learnt that the best way to cook them is to slice them into slimy slivers and throw them onto a smoking barbecue.

For a less hands-on but even more divine way to eat them, head to Fen. With two hats in the just-released 2018 Good Food Guide, the restaurant is run by Ryan and Kirstyn Sessions out of a 19th-century sandstone pub in the centre of Port Fairy.

From a miniature kitchen, Ryan Sessions produces one of this country’s great abalone dishes: shaved slices of the meat, flecked with roasted sea lettuce and fanned out over smoked eel and shiitake. With a focus on native produce, Fen is an exemplar of the trend that some of the most exciting eating in right now is happening in regional areas. It’s done a lot to plant a flag for Port Fairy as a food-lover’s destination over the past five years.

Last year, well-credentialled chef Matthew Dempsey – who owns the one-hatted Tulip in Geelong – opened Conlan’s Wine Store in a former Port Fairy solicitor’s office. He pours local wines alongside snacks like saganaki, watermelon and pine nuts, and mussels with corn, coriander and red onion.

Families should head straight to Coffin Sally, where big-city cocktails get shaken at a candlelit bar while pizzas are slung in a barnyard-style dining room strewn with animal skulls. Pizzas, like the Buffalo Sally with cherry tomato and basil, are made using Shaw River mozzarella from a buffalo farm in the neighbouring town of Yambuk.

We know when our favourite coffee place is open because the old-school yellow bike is parked out the front of its hidden laneway location. The Farmer’s Wife brews an excellent flat white and bakes an even better oozing chocolate brownie to go with it.

Saturdays for us mean an early trip to the weekly market to load up on local produce like garlic and spuds (this is an Irish-settled region with rich, volcanic soil perfect for potato growing). But if you’re staying at the town’s award-winning boutique lodgings, Drift House, you’ll probably opt instead to lie in. If you’ve snared an upstairs room, you’ll be able to admire views to the Moyne River through the town’s trademark, heritage-listed Norfolk Island pines.

Drift House is a kid-free zone, so families are better off renting one of the many bluestone cottages with their rambling gardens and memories of the whalers and seal hunters who settled here 180 years ago.

Ardyn Bernoth is national Good Food Editor. ROAD TRIP: PORT FAIRY

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All-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coup?? and Cabriolet. Two doors. Dual 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit. Cutting-edge driver assistance systems. AMG styling package.

Taking on the Great Ocean Road with the Mercedes E-Class. Photo: Supplied

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Drift House(03) 5568 3309; from $395 per night

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The food and wine

Fen (03) 5568 3229

Conlan’s Wine Store (03) 5568 2582

Coffin Sally (03) 5568 2618

The Farmer’s Wife (03) 5568 2843

Fen’s famous abalone dish. Photo: Supplied

Ardyn Bernoth travelled to Port Fairy in a car loaned by Mercedes-Benz.

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FLASHBACK: Halloween in the HunterYOUR PHOTOS

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Halloween in the Hunter Dakota from Largs
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TweetFacebook Hunter HalloweenBoo! It is almost Halloween time in the Hunter.

Trick or treaters are ready for a frightening time wanderingthrough the streets looking for Halloween candy. There are also ghoulish weekend festivities across the region.

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Leaking through the AFP sieve

Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash during a Senate estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 October 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The silliest joke in the Michaelia Cash leaking affair is the idea that the n Federal Police should investigate how information about its raids on n Workers’ Union offices found its way to the media 30 minutes or more before the warrants were executed.
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Tipping off selected journalists in advance of a big operation is a key part of the AFP’s modus operandi. It is by no means clear, yet, that the media leaks do not have AFP fingerprints all over it. Both the AFP Commissioner, Andrew Colvin, and the AFP national media office rejected two clear invitations from me on Thursday night to publicly deny any AFP involvement in the leaks.

The media office responded that because the “unauthorised disclosure” was under investigation, the AFP would make no further comment on the matter. (It is also a part of the AFP’s media modus operandi to claim that operational or sub judice considerations prevent it from discussing anything damaging to the force’s image. Such considerations never inhibit the AFP if it expects good publicity from trusted journalists.)

Colvin also said he noted that AFP success depended on public confidence in the force and its leaders. Commentary and innuendo this week had impugned the force’s independence and the ability of its members to carry out their work objectively and without political interference, he said.

The AFP “undertakes its activities without fear or favour. The AFP rejects in the strongest terms any suggestion to the contrary. The AFP makes all its operational decisions independently, based on experience, operational priorities and the law. The AFP’s primary obligations are to ensure the safety and security of the n community and enforce the rule of law. The AFP prides itself on its independence and integrity, and has a proven track record of these values while operating under the remit of eight individual prime ministers and their governments since it was founded in 1979.”

Colvin seemed rather sensitive given that the Labor Party, which, with the AWU, was the intended target of the AFP raids, went out of its way to avoid criticising the AFP and to avoid suggesting that it was behaving, as it normally does, as a lapdog of the government of the day. Labor had Michaelia Cash and Malcolm Turnbull in its sights, and had no desire to start an unnecessary brushfire with the AFP. So instead of reproaches for the over-the-top way in which the AFP responded to the call for help from the Registered Organisations Commission, ALP statements gave ritual praise to AFP integrity, suggesting darkly that the operation was compromised by the malign acts of a minister’s office.

Experienced ALP operators do not believe that for a second. Labor has not been so long out of power that it forgets how assiduously the AFP serves ministers and their political needs. The AFP behaves like a government department, not as an independent entity. Mutual dependence is fostered by close scrutiny of budgets and priorities, by regular briefings of ministers in the AFP feeding chain, and by a studied reluctance of senior police officers to investigate any matter likely to embarrass the government of the day, or, if embarrassed into a token investigation, to take it to any sort of conclusion.

Nor did many journalists hint at AFP involvement. That may damage the supply of golden eggs.

In the 38 years since the AFP was founded, I can think of only one task it took up that caused any problems or embarrassment to government. That was the investigation and prosecution of Liberal renegade and (Labor-appointed) speaker Peter Slipper for alleged rorts of travel expenses. No doubt the investigation was exhaustive and completely professional; it failed, however, to result in a conviction. By the time Slipper was investigated and prosecuted, he was, in any event, a liability to the Gillard government, and it is unlikely that anyone would have regarded the AFP as being particularly treacherous in pursuing loud public allegations being made about him.

Meanwhile, intense AFP investigations into leaks by ministers, staffers, into allegations of bribery and corruption by mates of ministers in the n Wheat Board or referrals of matters to the AFP by oppositions (of whatever stripe) have failed to excite any AFP enthusiasm, or forensic success. In many cases, diligent officers trying to do their duty are frustrated by the obvious antipathy of senior officers to particular investigations.

I wrote several months ago about how AFP national media briefed selected journalists in advance about raids on people accused of involvement in an elaborate tax conspiracy. Journalists were briefed in advance about the raids but also, in detail, on the alleged involvement of particular individuals, including a senior tax officer. The “guidance” went well beyond the material later presented in brief statements of fact tendered in court. Remarkably, similar “investigative journalism” by those reporters regarded by AFP media operatives as sound and trustworthy followed for several days, with any “help” from the AFP not credited.

Those not so regarded, or out of favour for failing to regurgitate AFP spin, had to be content with bland general media statements and a considerably less-detailed media conference, during which senior AFP officers basked in the limelight and assumed most of the credit for the investigation’s successful outcome.

The primary effect was to poison the well and cause what, in different circumstances, police pretend to deplore: trial by media with undisclosed police aid. This is, no doubt, only an “accidental” by-product of praiseworthy efforts by marketeers to bring credit to the force.

(Five months ago, I put in a freedom of information request for AFP documents handed to these trusted journalists. I am no further advanced than the day I put it in. It is now before the Information Commissioner to consider whether, as police contend, there is any public interest in disclosure, warranting waiver of charges. One can confidently expect further lengthy delays as the AFP resists any disclosure, word by word if necessary.)

Although senior police media advisers have long exercised significant independent power within the AFP decision-making structure, one can be sure that most of the leaks coming from the media office are authorised from above. Or, at least, that more senior officers are well aware of both the strategy and tactics involved.

The beauty of it is that those on the drip will not blow the whistle on how well they are nourished. The sillier such journalists believe they are under some duty of confidence to their snouts. The more astute recognise that the AFP, like most state police forces, is a reward-and-punishment organisation, and that those who do not dance to the master get cut off. It sometimes happens that the grief is not visited on the employing media organisation as such (at least if its profile – a matter closely studied by AFP media strategists – is what is wanted.) Instead, another journalist from the same organisation is selected, groomed and becomes the recipient for information that, when published, promotes that career instead of the person who fell out of favour.

The mutual interdependence of reporters focusing on crime and police has long been a bad feature of n journalism. It has often been remarked that the closer the relationships, the less likely that such journalists will notice anything wrong about the way their mates and confidants act. Thus, for example, during the 1960s, the fabled good-old-boy police reporters made personalities and heroes, not villains, of police officers we now know to have been totally corrupt, such as Freddy Krahe and Ray Kelly, and others of variable honesty, such as Roger Rogerson. Their activities were exposed by outsider reporters, a remarkable number of whom were women, often in those days excluded from the blokey, boozy mutual back-slapping club.

Almost all exposure of systemic police corruption and incompetence demonstrated by royal commissions in the states (if never at federal or territory level, because such inquiries have been avoided) have followed journalistic exposure, but from outside the police media club.

I have known AFP commissioners in the past to directly offer editors regular diets of inside stories in exchange for more “helpful and friendly” coverage. A good many editors do not need the message explicitly, given they are well aware of the importance of crime news, and of the many minor and major disadvantages of being out of the loop.

But more than the club is involved. Cops and commissioners in enjoy a good deal of statutory discretion and independence from politicians. But the modern tendency – at federal, state and territory level – is for the police organisation to be keen to keep their own ministers well informed about police activities. Ministers do not know how to detach themselves; many commissioners are so keen to please that their very readiness to stand alongside ministers invites questions about their real independence.

The political relationship involves assiduous attention to the “heads-up” and “no-surprises” understandings, by which ministers are told well in advance of any proposed police activity likely to cause significant public comment, political embarrassment for the government, or when there is some “opportunity” for a minister to look good. Ministers like to look good. The satisfaction of that appetite also gives publicity-hungry senior police bureaucrats, up to commissioner level, occasions to look thoughtful and wise, alongside ministers, prime ministers and, these days, n flags.

Keeping the minister informed involves keeping his or her office informed. If a minister, or ministerial adviser, sees a political opportunity in leaking something, police are at a deniable distance. All the more so if one staffer tips off a staffer in another office.

Police involved in such matters are not politically naive. Many ambitious cops recognise the advantage (once regarded as a handicap) of doing a stint as a liaison officer in their minister’s office. Some such liaison officers have, in the past, become great favourites of ministers. Some years ago, a minister became angry that one such favourite did not get a promotion and, in effect, went on strike, for over a month, refusing to process any AFP paper at all. The commissioner got the message.

This week saw selected journalists tipped off about AFP raids on the AWU. Labor spokesmen accused ministers, or their staff, of tipping off media. This suggestion was made before question time on Wednesday and Cash, and her senior media adviser, David De Garis, attended on Turnbull to brief him before question time. Turnbull was told, apparently, that Cash was not the source of any leaking. Either Turnbull did not think to ask a follow-up question – whether Cash’s office was involved – or he did and was lied to. During the afternoon, Cash indignantly and repeatedly denied that either she or her office had tipped off the media.

Journalists who were on the drip stayed mum. Or at least some did (and some of these believe that those who admitted getting a tip-off were unethical in betraying the source of their story, which is rubbish). But two unnamed journalists told a reporter from BuzzFeed that De Garis had tipped them off. After this went online, De Garis resigned and Cash, still insisting she had no advance information, corrected the record.

Cash said De Garis himself was tipped off by a media source. But she has rebuffed efforts to get further and better particulars, and has shown a studied uninterest in having the matter, and the apparent total disloyalty to her, investigated.

A pity, unless there are still facts undisclosed that would compound her existing problems. Until the truth emerges, the media, and the public, are likely to focus on her inept management of the affair, not the original point of the exercise, which was the hope of putting an unfavourable spotlight on Bill Shorten.

It is, of course, entirely possible that the ultimate source of De Garis’s information was an over-responsive public servant in the Registered Organisations Commission, though even the possibility of this seemed to have been ruled out by its commissioner, whose own management of the matter has itself been criticised.

My bet, though, is that the ultimate source of the leak was the AFP. While that is a live and obvious possibility, it is entirely wrong for the AFP to investigate the leak.

Not that there is any risk of the wrong person being charged. The successful investigation of leaks has never been an AFP speciality. I can think of only one leaker, a young Aboriginal public servant, ever found by detective work.

How well do I recall the remark of a senior AFP officer, commenting when ministers pretended to want an inquiry into the source of a leak of a classified document from Alexander Downer’s office to ideological soulmate Andrew Bolt. He remarked that the detectives who couldn’t solve that one wouldn’t be able to find their bums with both hands.

Alas, despite this public encouragement, a no doubt very diligent investigation was unable to bring any miscreants to justice. Derrieres remain covered up.

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times. [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘

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Famous Rock Shop at Newcastle is one of the coolest places in town

Rock and roll at a famous Newcastle shop | PHOTOS Rock On: Kiss legend Ace Frehley at the Famous Rock Shop in Newcastle.
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Ace Frehley with Mario Borrelli at the Famous Rock Shop.

Alice Cooper and Leanne Elizabeth Hudson at Westfield Kotara.

Rosalie and Mario Borrelli with another Kiss legend – Gene Simmons.

Peter Garrett with Mario Borrelli at the Famous Rock Shop

Alice Cooper with Rosalie Borrelli and kids at the Famous Rock Shop in Newcastle a decade or so ago.

Alice Cooper and Mario Borrelli at the Famous Rock Shop in Newcastle.

Chuck D from Public Enemy with Mario Borrelli at Famous Rock Shop in Newcastle.

Wiggle Murray Cook with Mario Borrelli at the Famous Rock Shop.

Tony Hawk at the Famous Rock Shop.

Rosalie Borrelli with Bud (David Anthony Faustino) from Married with Children.

Rosalie Borrelli with Kiefer Sutherland.

Chopper Reid with Mario Borrelli.

Lemmy from Motorhead with Mario and Rosalie Borrelli.

Mario Borrelli with John Butler at Famous Rock Shop.

TweetFacebookAlice in WestfieldLeanne Elizabeth Hudson ran into Alice Cooper at Westfield Kotara this week.

“Before the concert I met my rock idol and his beautiful wife, while they were shopping at Westfield Kotara,” she said.

“What a wonderful friendly couple. I have loved him and his wife for decades as performers, but after this chance meeting, they are just lovely down-to-earth people. Much respect. Oh, and the concert was amazing.”

Floor CollapseThe Alice Cooper gig on Tuesday revived memories of Newcastle’s rock and roll past for Janine Evans, of Raymond Terrace.

Alice Cooper and Leanne Elizabeth Hudson at Westfield Kotara.

Janine posted on the Lost Newcastle Facebook page, asking whether anyone recalled the floor in front of the stagecollapsing at Civic Theatre at a gig in the 1970s.

She initially thought it was an AC/DC concert, but others suggested it could have been Status Quo or Sherbet.

Janine told Topicsthe floor “caved in a bit” at the ‘70s gig, as fans were headbanging.

“We wereright up to the stage back then. You didn’t have a barrier,” she said.

“You had the feeling that you were falling and panicking,trying to get out of something, but not realising what was going on.”

She saidthe gig was stoppedwhile security moved people back from the stage. But the show went on.

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Status Quo in Newcastle in the ’70s. Picture by Janine Evans.

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How a university degree can earn you an extra $1.2m

Students currently cramming for end-of-year university exams might be tempted to question whether it’s all worth it.
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Certainly in financial terms it is.

Imagine two people finishing high school this year – one of whom chooses to go to university, while the other opts to move straight into full-time employment.

At first, the university attendees are dining on two-minute noodles while worrying about their accruing student debt. Meanwhile, their former school friends are enjoying the fruits of paid labour.

The chart above uses 2016 census data released last week which found the median weekly income for someone with no non-school qualifications was $836. We’ve assumed, for simplicity’s sake, that a high-school graduate can start earning that straight away, and that their earnings are consistent for the rest of their life.

For the students, university fees are set to rise in 2018. Fees vary between degrees, of course, but the federal government has placed a fee cap of $50,000 on a four-year degree. For ease, we have used this figure, and also assumed that the student isn’t working while studying.

After four years, our worker has earned nearly $175,000 while our student is $50,000 in the red.

However, it doesn’t take long to see that lead erased once the student starts earning the median weekly income for those holding a degree or higher, which is $1436. (Again, this is simplified by the fact we are using career-long median earnings, while most people’s income grows during their twenties.)

And from there, ‘s one-in-four degree holders go on to enjoy the benefits of their increased income until the new retirement age of 67 and beyond.

The career earnings of our school leaver are $2,130,128 while our university graduate accrues $3,310,240 – a difference of $1,180,112.

In fact, the benefits may well be much more, with increased superannuation contributions also enjoying the effect of compound interest, which we haven’t aimed to capture here. Degree holders are also less likely to face periods unemployed, even though this calculation assumes each person works full-time their entire career, something that’s relatively rare.

You don’t need to earn a degree to boost your earning power, though.

The data shows diploma and certificate holders enjoy a financial advantage of $460,000 and $355,000 respectively over those who don’t pursue further study.

Consider that motivation enough to get back to the books.

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Jeff Corbett: The power play between men and women has entered a new theatre

THERE’S an interesting similarity in the Harvey Weinstein lynching in the US and the same-sex-marriage bludgeoning here: if you want a seat in the new ark you have to declare your allegiance to the lynching and bludgeoning mobs.It seems to me that every woman who’s ever had even a minor starring role in a movie made anywhere has announced her condemnation of the powerful Hollywood producer even if they’ve never had an untoward moment with him or, even, met him.
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Those female stars of the film world who’ve been slow to do so have been themselves condemned.

Down Under it seems to me that every bod who’s ever pretended to be anything other than a whooping boor with a cage of pig dogs in the ute is required to announce their support of same-sex marriage, their horror that anyone would disagree with them, and their disgust that those who disagree have been allowed to record that fact.

Those individuals and organisations that don’t are condemned and threatened with exclusion. That was succinctly illustrated recently in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra moving from announcing it did not believe it “has the right to take a position and commit our stakeholders to one side or the other” to taking an unequivocal position and committing its stakeholders to the “Yes”vote.

The Harvey Weinstein destruction is the same old play in a new theatre. It’s the power play between men and women, or I should say prospective sexual partners, and in the new theatre the balance of power has changed dramatically. The allegations against Weinstein range from rape and sexual assault to predatory sex, and while Weinstein denies he had non-consensual sex with anyone, the predatory sex allegations stand uncontested. The fact Weinstein has not been convicted or even charged with any sexual offence seems to be irrelevant to those in the baying mob.Predatory sex is about an imbalance of power, and I’d imagine that Weinstein had a great deal more power than all bar very few women in his industry. Is there an element of coercion in the predatory? If coercion is forcing then the sex is rape, and most of Weinstein’s many accusers have not made that allegation.Persuasion? Then almost all of us are guilty.

In the old theatre and for a very long time, perhaps all time, men have taken protection, influence, status, money and a good time to the negotiating table, and women have taken sex.That’s why men strive to drive flash cars and why those with the flashest car get the sexiest women.That’s why women at a negotiating age spend so much of their time and money trying to look as alluring, as enticing, as sexy as possible.

Watch a woman walking in high heels and tell me she’s doing so because it’s comfortable. Look at a woman’s painted face and tell me the lipstick and foundation is sun protection.

This negotiation applies in marriage as much as a nightclub encounter, and in the marriage market men offer financial security and protection and women offer sex. (Men seem to be held to their part of the deal for longer.) In short, men provide a house and women provide a home.Anyone who didn’t recognise that base position has an unrealistically cute view of the world.

Not even his supporters, if he has any, would argue that if Weinstein had sex with women in his industry he did not take his power and star-making capacities to the negotiation. Yes, improper, according to the proprieties of those with none of Weinstein’s power, but improper is not itself an offence.

In any event, all that is the old theatre. In the new theatre women have influence, status and money, and when they talk about the new independence of women what is meant is women being newly independent of men.

It used to be that men didn’t become irrelevant in marriage until they’d reached my age, until they’d provided the wife with the money, the house and the children, but now they’re irrelevant from the outset.Not only are men no longer required to provide the house, they are no longer required to father the children. That impregnating role can be and now often is an anonymous and medical process, effectively removing the male from the transaction.

Thiscould explain, by the way,the great increase in the number of lesbian couples. Perhaps, I accept, it’s an great increase in the visibility of the same number, but I believe the fact men are now optional has seen many embrace what has to be a nicer and neater arrangement.

Because men no longer take anything special to the negotiating table they are an unattractive prospect. In the past few weeks commentators and his accusers have taken to describing the destroyed Weinstein as ugly, and while he was always ugly, in the new theatre that’s all he is.

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Yueqiong Fu granted bail over botched breast procedure

A woman charged with manslaughter over a fatal breast procedure at a Sydney beauty clinic will be placed in an immigration detention centre after she is released on bail.
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Yueqiong Fu, 29, was in a treatment room at The Medi Beauty clinic in Chippendale on August 30 when manager Jean Huang went into cardiac arrest while having fillers injected into her breasts.

Ms Fu helped to deliver CPR to Ms Huang, 35, who was taken to hospital in a critical condition and later died.

A forensic pathologist and toxicologist at Glebe Morgue judged the preliminary cause of death to be an overdose of the painkiller lidocaine, the NSW Supreme Court heard. However, police are investigating if the painkiller tramadol and the fillers themselves were also responsible.

Ms Fu has been charged with manslaughter, using poison to endanger life, and hindering a police investigation after she allegedly lied to police about her role in the cosmetic procedure.

Yueqiong Fu has been granted bail and will be released to the custody of the Border Force. Photo: Nine News

Her lawyer, Greg Smith, SC, told the court on Thursday his client was merely following the instructions of Jie Shao, who has also been charged with manslaughter over the death, and was “scared” when she first spoke to officers.

Ms Fu has been in on a student visa since 2013, and lives with her husband, whom she married in 2012.

Her visa was cancelled on October 14.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Mark Peebles, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Ms Fu would be taken to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre upon her release.

“If she is granted bail she will be detained by the Border Force,” he said.

“I don’t know how her visa was cancelled. It certainly wasn’t at the request of me.”

Justice Geoffrey Bellew granted bail on strict conditions, including that Ms Fu live with her husband at Campsie, surrender her passport, report to police daily, abide by a curfew, and have no contact with any employee or former employee of The Medi Beauty.

A member of her family will also deposit $100,000 in cash and agree to forfeit it if Ms Fu fails to show up for court.

Justice Bellew said there was “little or no evidence” to suggest Ms Fu would endanger the community or commit a further offence if she was released.

“There is no suggestion that, since being allowed to enter this country, the applicant has acted criminally,” he said.

“The applicant has been living with her husband in Sydney for some time. She has, through her husband and father-in-law, significant community ties in this jurisdiction.

“Notwithstanding the serious allegation against her, it is my view the application should be granted.”

Lawyers for Ms Fu are applying through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have her visa reinstated.

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Caltex weighed name change as exploited workers wait

Simon BoschAs oil refiner and petrol station giant Caltex continues to battle widespread wage fraud scandal across its franchise network it has come to light that it considered changing its name.
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A name switch would have saved the company tens of millions of dollars a year in licence fees to multinational Chevron Texaco.

It is understood that Caltex came within a whisker of asking shareholders to approve the name change to CTX at the annual general meeting held in late March, but it got cold feet. It is understood that it got as far as including it in its notice to shareholders before pulling it after conducting further investigations that revealed it could hurt petrol sales in the short term.

Caltex is rumoured to pay Chevron Texaco – which recently settled a landmark case with the n Taxation Office in a deal estimated to be worth $1 billion – at least $100 million a year in licence fees as part of a trademark licensing agreement for the use of Caltex, Star Mart, Star Shop and Vortex, among other brands. Caltex refused to reveal the size of the fee but sources close to the company said it was well below $100 million.

Whatever the case, it is believed that Chevron has been in for the past week visiting Caltex branded petrol sites to keep tabs on how its brands are being used. It has prompted speculation that Chevron’s visit could result in a significant increase in fees.

Whether the licence fees cost Caltex $100 million or less, it must be tempting for a company battling reptutational damage from an underpayment scandal as well as paying a fortune to use the brand of a multi-national, to start afresh.

It must be doubly so when it is seeking to transform its business as it grapples with the longer term trend of declining income from fuel and the hole it has to fill in the wake of the loss of the Woolworths contract. (The ACCC will release its decision on a Woolworths sale to BP on November 30).

The wage fraud scandal isn’t about to go away either. Earlier this week, the Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James told parliament that the wage fraud investigation into Caltex was ongoing and likely to result in compliance outcomes.

James was critical of a $20 million compensation scheme Caltex set up for underpaid workers on the basis it had failed to engage with the regulator to develop the fund or report those individuals it had breached or terminated. She said the ombudsman had no oversight or visibility as to whether workers were being compensated appropriately.

Underpaid workers are also questioning the fund. Almost six months after Caltex set it up, only 131 workers have applied and of those 51 have been paid a total of $1.2 million. In sharp contrast, 7-Eleven has had an uncapped scheme going for two years and has paid out $150 million to more than 3000 workers.

Given Caltex’s own figures show that 49 franchisees who owned 113 sites have been terminated due to wage related issues and another 9 franchisees representing 21 sites have also left the system due to their having competitive interests or the franchise agreement expired, and others have settled rather than participate in a company wide audit, the worker figures are disturbingly low and raise serious questions.

Professor Allan Fels previously described the fund as bogus and a “public relations stunt” requiring regulatory scrutiny. One worker described it as a “hoax”, while others said it makes low ball offers and uses the information to terminate franchisees. Abused and threatened

Zafar Aziz is one of a number of workers who has contacted me in recent weeks about the Caltex fund.

He feels Caltex used him.

“Caltex used me and tore me up like I was a piece of tissue paper,” he said. “I gave them documents, signed a statutory declaration and gave evidence about my boss, then they refused to pay me.”

Aziz worked for four different Caltex stores including a store in Hamilton in Victoria from 2012. When he called Caltex to report the underpayment, he was told to lodge a claim. He was then called and followed up with interviews that required him to give details about the franchisee.

He says he was shocked when he then received a call from the franchisee. “He abused me and threatened me,” he said.

He says Caltex had used his testimony to terminate the franchisee’s rights to a store.

Then on October 20 Aziz received an email saying: “I wish to advise that as your time at Hamilton was before the start date of the Fund of 1 January 2015, unfortunately it is not eligible.”

Aziz said he was disgusted. “They used me.”

The email suggested he lodge claims for two other sites he had worked at, including Islington and Caltex Woolworths at New Lambton.

“What am I to do?” he said.

Caltex is facing allegations it is exploiting the chain’s wage fraud scandal to seize control of hundreds of service stations run by franchisees at fill a hole caused by the loss of the Woolworths deal. Franchisees can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single service station franchise site.

Caltex illustration by Simon Bosch Photo: Simon Bosch

Caltex is allegedly doing this by conducting mandatory audits across its network.

Through those audits, Caltex can seize hundreds of stores. Stores which franchisees have paid a fortune to buy can have their agreements torn up with little or no compensation if workplace laws are violated at any level. Some sites sell on the resale market for up to $1 million.

For franchisees, termination can mean financial devastation as many lose the store, receive no compensation and are left with a big bank debt they have to repay.

On top of the audit process, franchisees whose five to 10-year franchise agreements are due to expire are either not being renewed or put on short-term contracts while the retail operating model review is in progress.

In a statement Caltex said 292 sites had been audited to date, of which 126 were still ongoing. Of the sites terminated, Caltex has converted a number to corporate stores. It said in a statement it now runs 229 corporate stores, or Calstores, compared with 138 in the first half of 2016.

Caltex has a market capitalisation of almost $9 billion but it has an image problem. It has created a toxic relationship with its franchisees and workers believe the compensation scheme is a sham.

It only goes back two years and workers have a short window to lodge a claim. Successful claims receive an ex gratia payment instead of the full amount and workers aren’t protected from franchisees. It is little wonder so few have applied.

Caltex has decided to stick with its name – for now,. Chevron might be the one taking a closer look at what Caltex is doing to one of its key brand names. It might find it isn’t pretty.

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How a miniature Daschund took down a brown snake and won

BRAVE: Priya Hartigan, 11, of Stockton with her dog Slinky. The five-kilogram dachshund fought a one-metre eastern brown snake to the death in the family’s backyard this week. Picture: Simone De PeakSHE might be small in stature, but this Stockton dog is now known as Slinky the brown snake slayer.
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Named after the toy dachshund with the stretchy bodyfrom the movie Toy Story, Slinky weighs in at just five kilograms, and this week she took on a deadly eastern brownand won.

The one metre snake entered the backyard of Slinky’s Newcastle Street home on Wednesday afternoon.

Tracey Hartigan was inside when she heard seven-year-old Slinky barking.

When she went to investigate withher 11-year-old daughterPriya, theyfound the miniature Daschund running around the yard with the snake in her mouth.

“She was fighting the snake, she had it in her mouth and was shaking it like crazy,” Mrs Hartigansaid. “We were calling her, but she just kept going until the snake was dead. It went on for about five minutes all around the yard andI could see the snake striking at her.”

After the snake was dead, Slinky collapsed on the back deck and was rushed to the nearest veterinary clinic where shewas given a half-dose of anti-venom. Three hours later, herface started to swell and she was given the other half of the serum that costs about $700 per vial.

Nathan Hartigan and snake.

The eastern brownis the second most venomous snake in the world

Mayfield Veterinary Hospital also treated a cat that was bitten by a brown snake at Stockton this week and survived.

Slinky’s battleis the latest in a run of snake encounters on the peninsula in the past few months.

In September, the Johnson familywas trappedinside after a large brown snake took up residency at their front door. Earlier this month, customers at Lexies on the Beach found a 1.5 metre eastern brown coiled up in a pot plant.

Judith Martin, of Reptile Rescue, said there were “heaps and heaps” of brown snakes living inthe rock wall alongthe Hunter River in Stockton.

“They eat the water rats,” she said. “We’re in breeding season at the moment so they’re all out looking for mates, it will settle down in the next few weeks.”

Mrs Martin said it waslikelySlinky suffered“dry bites”, where the snake does not inject venom when it strikes. There is, however, a small amount of venom on thefangs.

She said new subdivision works at Fern Bay might also have seen a migration of snakes to Stockton.

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Weinstein sues for emails he says may exonerate him

Harvey Weinstein says he can help the film studio he co-founded clear itself of alleged wrongdoing if he can just get a hold of his own personnel file and emails he wrote on the job.
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The beleaguered movie producer sued the Weinstein Co. on Thursday to force it to turn over records that it refused this month to provide to his lawyers.

Weinstein, 65, was fired from his post as chief executive officer of the company three weeks ago after the New York Times and the New Yorker published accounts in which several women accused him of sexual harassment and rape. He has denied any non-consensual sexual activity.

His lawyers want to review his corporate email account and other records to determine whether there is “any exculpatory information” that would help the company defend against any claims filed against it — and also to investigate whether he was wrongfully terminated or whether company insiders leaked contents of his personnel file.

“Mr. Weinstein believes that his email account — which is the primary, if not only, account he used during the term of his employment by the company — will contain information exonerating him, and therefore the company, from claims that may be asserted against him or the company,” Weinstein said in the complaint in Delaware state court.

Weinstein said he’s in a “unique position to offer insight and further explain and contextualise his emails” and can help the company defend itself in lawsuits and a probe launched by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He noted that his younger brother Robert, the studio’s co-founder, is also accused of misconduct

A producer who worked on the Weinstein Co. television drama “The Mist” accused Robert Weinstein of sexual harassment while she was working on the show, Variety reported this month. Robert Weinstein’s lawyer, Bert Fields, told Variety the producer’s claims are “false and misleading” and that he has the “emails to prove it.”

Harvey Weinstein said he wanted the same information as his brother and said his emails contained “exonerating or exculpatory information,” according to the complaint.

Harvey Weinstein said it’s in his interest to help the company as he holds the largest individual stake in the studio along with his brother. His interest will suffer should the company “be forced to pay out unjustified settlements or judgments” or sell itself “for less than it would be worth because of the threat of unsubstantiated or false allegations,” according to the complaint.

The Weinstein Co. is close to obtaining a crucial loan of about $US35 million from Fortress Investment Group, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The funds could be available as soon as this week, buying time for the New York-based film company to weigh options including a possible sale and avert job cuts, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

Billionaire Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital backed out of plans to help the company this week.

The Weinstein brothers started their namesake company in 2005 after leaving Miramax Films, which they started in 1979 and named after their parents. The company has produced television shows such as “Project Runway” and movies like Oscar winner “The King’s Speech.”

Harvey Weinstein also thinks some information in recent press reports came from his personnel file and is seeking to confirm its source to pursue potential claims against the company and its representatives and officers for leaking confidential information, according to the complaint.

Ron Hofmann, a spokesman for Weinstein Co., didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit. Fields also didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The case is Harvey Weinstein v. Weinstein Company Holdings LLC, 2017-0765, Delaware Court of Chancery.


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