Preschool sector fears looming funding cut

Peak body Early Childhood Australia has been calling for preschool funding to be made long-term and expanded to three-year-olds. But it is worried the government may instead reduce its involvement, particularly as it looks to fund extra support for aged care, mental health and drought relief, while maintaining a surplus. “We’re of the view that the federal government may be considering walking away from preschool funding,” ECA chief executive Samantha Page said. “I think it would be a terrible outcome for children. It would undermine parents and concern all those…

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Mariners blow early lead as Reds hammer home three first-half goals

The win means Gertjan Verbeek’s side can finish the round in fourth spot should Sydney FC get beaten soundly on Sunday by Melbourne Victory. Nikola Mileusnic after scoring for Adelaide United.Credit:Getty Images “The opponent was more aggressive in the first 15-20 minutes, (and) that cost us a goal,” Verbeek said. “After that, we became better in the game and we scored three beautiful goals … I’m satisfied with 3-1 but we could get better.” For the Mariners, coach Alen Stajcic will go back to the drawing board after his side…

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NRL won’t pay $1m for Tina Turner anthem

The NRL is planning to stick to its marketing budget. Unwell: Tina Turner with Oprah Winfrey in New York this month.Credit:AP If the NRL paid near $500,000 for Simply The Best it would be a massive win for Turner’s camp, but I’ve been told the NRL consider even that figure too much. I asked the NRL for comment but they won’t talk on the record at the moment because the deal is still being discussed. They do say though that they picked up Bon Jovi’s This is Our House for…

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Brisbane Heats strike down Sydney Thunder in convincing WBBL display

Out-of-form captain Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell and Phoebe Litchfield were also unable to build momentum as the asking rate spiralled out of control. The Heat’s Kirby Short against the Thunder at Drummoyne Oval.Credit:Getty Images Earlier, Laura Harris smacked an aggressive 30 and Kiwi teenager Amelia Kerr slugged an important enterprising 21no to ensure the Heat posted a defendable total. Beth Mooney, the tournament’s leading run-scorer, saw wickets fall regularly at the other end and though her 22 was her lowest score of the summer, her doggedness prevented the Thunder attack…

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Cairns Taipans beat Brisbane Bullets in ‘Sunshine Stoush’

Young gun Kouat Noi (20 points) led the scoring for Cairns, while Nate Jai (14), DJ Newbill (14), Majok Deng (13), Cam Oliver (13) and Scott Machado (12) also made useful contributions. While Brisbane led the rebound count, it was the Taipans’ hustle on the court which proved decisive. Cairns had eight steals and 18 points from turnovers to underscore their dominance on the floor. Nathan Sobey was Brisbane’s shining light with 20 points and seven assists. However, star import Lamar Patterson struggled to find his rhythm for most of…

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papua New Guinea Kumuls humiliate Great Britain to heap pressure on Wayne Bennett

Bennett has spoken of his desire to take England into the 2021 World Cup but it is difficult to see how he can survive a disastrous tour, culminating in a thrashing by a team containing just two NRL regulars and two who play in the third tier of the English game. The Lions got off to the worst possible start, losing captain James Graham with a head knock in the very first tackle. Yet it was a promising opening quarter from the tourists, with makeshift winger Blake Austin opening the…

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Opals thrash India, all eyes on Japan clash

The Australian Opals have secured a place in the final round of Olympic qualifying but their focus is now on ending their losing run against Japan. The Opals thrashed India 114-29 in their second FIBA pre-Olympic qualifier in Malaysia on Saturday night and did so without Liz Cambage, who was in street clothes after playing in Thursday night’s win over Chinese Taipei. No information was provided by Basketball Australia or FIBA about whether Cambage was injured or rested. She didn’t show any signs of strapping or injury when spotted behind…

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CA hits right note on mental health but Bancroft selection baffles

We may as well cancel the Sheffield Shield as a proving ground for Test cricketers if this is the rationale to be used by the national selection panel, which at the moment constitutes only Langer and Hohns because Cricket Australia hasn’t gotten around to making the third appointment even though they have had several months to sort it out ahead of the international summer. Loading George Bailey and Michael Klinger are reportedly the only two left in the race, one a current player and the other just retired from Western…

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How Wests Tigers hope to lure Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell

Loading The bond Hartigan and Mitchell forged on Leichhardt Oval in those moments endures to this day. Hartigan is no longer at the Roosters after taking up the role of head of football at the Tigers in July. Mitchell is also likely to be departing Bondi Junction after the club pulled its offer of a contract extension, worth $1.6 million over two years, from the table earlier this month. The Tigers have $1.7 million to spend on talent in 2020 alone and have a shortlist of targets that include Dragons…

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