Setka’s leadership suffers its most serious blow as deputy quits

“Quite the opposite. It is purely a decision made with my family based on personal values I will live and die by.” Mr Reardon and Mr Setka have been long-term leaders of the CFMMEU in Victoria. They faced going to jail together after being charged with blackmail in a case that collapsed in 2018. Mr Reardon, in his resignation email, said the situation at the CFMMEU was now untenable. “To the staff members, officials and members who have been relying on my leadership, I sincerely apologise but commit to stay…

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State of Origin: The real reason Mitchell Pearce pulled out of Origin II

The reason proffered was injury. It can now be revealed that there was a little more to it. Pearce’s withdrawal had as much to do with him being asked to wear the No.6 jumper instead of No.7, which has been retained by Nathan Cleary. Mitchell Pearce has been in superb form for the Knights, but is carrying several injuries.Credit:NRL Photos Pearce, who plays halfback for Newcastle, had been pencilled into the Blues’ side before taking the field against the Storm at AAMI Park last Saturday afternoon. In the lead-up to…

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Here’s a dirty little secret about Australian sporting crowds

It’s a paradox. Personally, I don’t like any of the ingredients I’ve listed that go into making these crowds. I’m not that kind of barracker. But I also know that if everyone was like me, sport would be dead. Truth is I owe some of my most precious experiences to people who behave in ways I’d never want to condone. And it’s just about impossible to have those transcendent moments without the things that spill out of it: rancid language, torrents of abuse, occasional crowd violence. It’s these things that…

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Aussie charged with planning to engage in terrorism overseas

The 29-year-old was arrested at his Roxburgh Park workplace in the city’s north shortly after 8.30am on Thursday. He is set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday charged with preparing for an incursion into a foreign country for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities. No further arrests are expected, but the investigation is ongoing. “Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police would like to reassure the community there is no ongoing threat against the Victorian community as a result of this investigation,” a statement from state…

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Whatever happened to the ‘Australian values’ citizenship bill?

Loading But an election victory changes everything. The new law is no longer as urgent as it seemed in April 2017. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has been dropped into a filing cabinet and may never be seen again. The quiet demise of this proposal is a curious shift from years of government warnings about the need for citizens to speak better English and respect Australian laws. “We want them to demonstrate that they’re adhering to Australian values and…

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Eagles miss a trick as they cruise to victory over the Bombers

Zach Merrett and Dyson Heppell were outstanding – and they finished strongly with four more goals in the last quarter. However for too much of the game, scoring was difficult for Essendon, while the home side produced chance after chance on the back of solid work from Dom Sheed, Jack Redden, in his 200th game, and Elliot Yeo. Jack Redden gathers the ball for the Eagles.Credit:AAP Busy days ahead Eagles key defender Jeremy McGovern was booked after he pushed Bombers youngster Matt Guelfi into the boundary fence during the first…

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Women’s stars now making their own name

“NRLW last year, for example, the game we won against the Warriors, me and Kezie (Apps) just looked into the crowd and we were just amazed to hear them calling our names, wanting to be with us, and wanting to get photos and autographs with us,” she said. “When I go and see Zac, I see him get that, so when I got to experience it I was like – wow this is what it must feel like.” Sergis’ experience is echoed by fellow winger and ex-rugby star Tiana Penitani,…

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Cowboys star alleged to have abandoned hire car after holiday crash

In a statement, a Queensland Police Service spokesperson said: “Between 4am and 5am on the 20th [of June], a vehicle was travelling along Arcadia Road from Nelly Bay into Arcadia. “[The] vehicle has veered to the left and hit the rockface of the hill to the left of the road. Driver has then exited the lease vehicle with the keys, leaving the vehicle behind. “The vehicle was registered to a 25-year-old man who has since attended the Magnetic Island Police Station to confirm he was the driver.” It said investigations…

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Carlton 2019 mid-season report card

Carlton head for their mid-season bye with two wins and 11 losses. We look at what’s gone right, and what’s gone wrong. THUMBS UPThe Blues might be sitting on the bottom of the ladder with just two wins, but believe it or not there are actually a few bright spots for them to boast about. If Patrick Cripps isn’t the best player in the competition, he’s mighty close and is a huge chance to win the Brownlow this year. He is ranked No.1 in the competition for clearances, second for…

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Billings re-signs with Saints

Jack Billings has signed a new deal with St Kilda that will tie him to the club until the end of the 2021 season and take him to free agency. The Saints announced on Thursday night that the 23-year-old, who has started this year through the midfield and half-forward, had signed a two-year extension with the Saints. Re-signed: Jack Billings.Credit:AAP “To have Jack recommit to the club is really exciting and further confirms that we’re building something really special,” Saints list manager James Gallagher said about the former No.3 draft…

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