As polling day dawns, Morrison and Shorten in a race to the finish line

Just as the final week of the election campaign was reaching its frantic peak – 24 flights, 30,000 kilometres, six states in six days – everything ground to a halt. Still, with the election only a day away, the show had to go on. On Friday, Hawke’s widow, Blanche d’Alpuget, told Shorten to “go and and do it”; it was what Bob would have wanted. Morrison, having paid his respects, boarded his plane and flew to northern Queensland. The 2019 federal election has long been regarded as Shorten’s to lose.…

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Tony Abbott supporter stabbed with screwdriver

The 32-year-old was not badly injured during the attack and was treated by paramedics at the scene at Balgowlah Heights Public School, on Sydney’s northern beaches, about 8.30pm. The man was with others putting up campaign material for Mr Abbott, who is facing a major challenge from independent Zali Steggall for the seat he has held for 25 years in today’s election. While plastering posters they were yelled at by another man who was walking by, The Daily Telegraph reported. The two men got into an argument before the 32-year-old…

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Powerhouse Broncos star Payne Haas gives Roosters the Blues

Fittler had played only a dozen NRL games when he was picked for NSW at 18. Given the way Haas has been manhandling some of the best forwards in the game, there seems little reason why he wouldn’t be worthy of a spot in the 17 as the Blues try to defend their crown. Haas was superb for Brisbane against a Roosters side that was off a short turnaround following a Magic Round appearance at this stadium last Sunday. They lacked some of their customary energy but equally, Brisbane were…

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West Coast come from behind to punish wayward Demons

They kicked in to gear in the final term though, kicking six goals, including the last three of the game. The last time they played Melbourne in Perth was last year’s preliminary final when the Demons failed to show up. Melbourne scored 0.6 in the first half time to trail the Eagles by 63 points. The Eagles were already plotting their premiership victory in the second half as the Demons steadied and lost by just 66. Melbourne’s first goal came a lot quicker on Friday night, with Nathan Jones hitting…

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Peter Beattie says Dragons forward Jack De Belin ruling no time for celebration

In every sense, it was a slam dunk. After weeks of public debate, four days in court, hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal fees (about $300,000 of which de Belin must now pay), it took just three minutes for the NRL to be completely vindicated by its rule to sideline players facing criminal charges carrying a minimum of 11 years or more in prison. If Jack de Belin is found innocent, he will be welcome back. This is about protecting the game of rugby league. Peter Beattie Beattie and…

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Controversial stand-down ruled deemed “necessary” to protect NRL

Justice Perry took into consideration the seriousness of the charges levelled at de Belin, their impact on the NRL, the concerns of broadcasters and the evidence of financial damage being sustained by head office and its clubs in reaching her decision. “The court accepted that nothing short of a rule precluding Mr de Belin and others charged in the future with serious offences of a similar nature from taking the field was likely to address the clear and present danger established by the evidence,” Perry stated in her summary. Loading…

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Dunkley cooking up a storm in the midfield

Along with Bontempelli, Dunkley is studying applied management at Federation University. The idea of opening a cafe or restaurant one day appeals. Josh Dunkley, versatile Bulldog and cooking enthusiast. Credit:Scott McNaughton His repertoire will likely have expanded by the time that occurs. Much like it has on the field. Dunkley is just 22, in only his fourth season in the AFL, but he has experienced so much. A premiership player in his first season, a year in which he played largely as a pressure forward, Dunkley has also played as…

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‘More giraffe than thoroughbred’: Presnell’s Election Day steeplechase

2 – Bill Shorten: Bad action, more giraffe than thoroughbred, and begins slowly; cuddled near the tail of the field, a wise tactic, but finishes boldly. 3 – Clive Palmer: Tried over the course and distance previously but hardly impressive: could need the run again. 4 – Josh Frydenberg: Hope of a depleted outfit sadly lacking in fillies and mares; scratched Julie Bishop, the only weight-for-age performer in the spring; shows potential when most of his team are past their peak. 5 – Tony Abbott: Has the bone-and-muscle look that…

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