Hundreds of millions lost from vocational scheme

Supported by Labor and Liberal governments, the scheme granted up to $100,000 in taxpayer-funded loans for every person enrolled in a course. Loading This created a perverse incentive for some colleges and brokers to enroll as many “students” as they could, often offering free laptops and other incentives to vulnerable people to sign them up for courses they would likely never finish. But three years since the program was scrapped, numerous providers have avoided being fully held to account, while the cost to taxpayers keeps rising. The Sunday Age can…

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Jenna O’Hea’s perfect free throws help Southside Flyers to victory over Melbourne Boomers

Loading Southside’s starting five continued their excellent form as they all scored in double figures with O’Hea, Sara Blicavs (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Leilani Mitchell (18 points) leading the way. Boomers forward Cayla George (19 points, eight rebounds, four steals), Maddie Garrick (18 points) and Lindsay Allen (15 points, eight assists) led their side who were left with too much work to do after a 31-15 second term from the Flyers. O’Hea said she worked extra on her free throws after missing two in a row last round. “I…

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Lure of top four propels Bullets over Hawks

Consecutive wins have been difficult for Brisbane but they should feel optimistic as they powered home on the back of heavy contributions from import Lamar Patterson (19 points, six assists) and centre Matt Hodgson (14 points, nine rebounds). Representatives of NBA clubs Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at the game to assess Lamelo Ball were left with blank notebooks when the teenager sat out with a foot injury. There was nothing to excite them from a forgettable first half blighted by fouls and low scoring percentage. Brisbane looked in control…

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Karl and Jasmine pregnancy rumours intensify after ‘baby shower’ pics

The couple, who married one year ago in an opulent Mexican wedding, have jetted overseas to celebrate the wedding anniversary — and photos of Yarbrough at an intimate celebration hint at something else they could be celebrating. RELATED: Karl’s big Channel 9 comeback RELATED: Real scandal behind Karl’s Today return The shoe designer, 34, attended a small dinner in New York which one pal dubbed a “baby shower” in a social media post. “I love baby showers,” the attendee wrote over an Instagram Story, while another friend posted a baby…

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Adam Le Fondre bags hat-trick as Sydney FC slam five past hapless Brisbane Roar

Making it all the more impressive, Sydney were without midfield dynamo Brandon O’Neill, who was rested due to a sore knee, and left-back Michael Zullo, who had reported calf tightness. Steve Corica’s men didn’t miss a beat. “The first half set the standard,” Corica said. “They played some very good football … it was a joy to watch. It’s improving. It’s getting better. But there’s still improvement [to come]. “We’re pleased with where we are at the moment, it’s been a good start, but there’s still a long way to go.”…

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Broncos put the feelers out for Folau

Folau promised rugby’s bosses that he would toe the line when he re-signed, but that did not eventuate. The NRL is expecting clubs to make approaches about Folau, despite consistent statements from former Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter Beattie and new chairman Peter V’landys that Folau and his anti-gay, non-inclusive attitudes are not welcome in the game. They have been very strong in their stance. But you can be sure that they will have to be guided by lawyers and follow a precise course of action should a formal…

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Wanderers pay penalty again after another VAR-fetched decision

A battered Mitch Duke leads the way for the Wanderers.Credit:Getty ‘‘The penalty decision changed the game for us. I think we were a bit unfortunate today, I think we deserved a lot more,’’ he said. ‘‘But football’s a ruthless game. If you don’t finish your chances, you get punished. We had enough to win about three games in the first half.’’ Earlier, Nicolai Muller’s first goal for the Wanderers cancelled out the game’s opener from Wellington winger Jaushua Sotirio, against the club he represented for the five previous seasons.Both teams…

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Strikers to face Heat in WBBL final

Despite losing Green and Beth Mooney (15) in consecutive deliveries off Molly Strano (4-28), Harris smashed 43 off 27 balls including four sixes to ensure the Heat eased to Sunday’s decider. Harris and fellow Australian international Jess Jonassen (38 off 23) were ruthless on the Renegades attack, their 80-run third-wicket partnership coming off just 44 deliveries and included five fours and six sixes. Strano’s late scalps of Jonassen and Laura Harris (0) made her the pick of the Renegades’ bowlers as the Heat finished on 6-166 with 12 balls remaining.…

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‘Coach whisperer’ Bradley Charles Stubbs shares his secrets

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Bradley Charles Stubbs calls it “believership”. It is a term he coined to describe an unshakable faith in one’s purpose, a force strong enough to make the seemingly impossible possible. It was a concept Stubbs attempted to impress upon his first client of note, Michael Maguire. They met for the first time in May of 2014. Despite not having an appointment, Stubbs soon found himself in the office of the then-South Sydney coach. “Madge” had earned a reputation for not suffering fools,…

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Shawn Long stars as Melbourne celebrate Goulding’s 300th with big win

“Shawn was unbelievable, he did a great job of presenting a target. At times we haven’t done enough to find him so it was great we could reward him tonight,” Goulding said. In his earlier seasons, Goulding might have been concerned about a quiet game but he would have had no problems taking a back seat in this one, as United’s offence was ticking over, firing out to a 33-17 quarter-time lead and never trailing again. Chris Goulding reacts to an umpire during his milestone game. Credit:Getty Images After four games…

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