Jason Demetriou to take over from Wayne Bennett as South Sydney Rabbitohs coach in 2022

Bennett has given the plan his blessing, believing Demetriou is ready to take charge of an NRL club. The 44-year-old was part of the Cowboys brains trust when the club beat Bennett’s Broncos in the 2015 grand final and the pair have subsequently worked together. Wayne Bennett is ready to hand the reins over Souths to assistant Jason Demetriou from November of next year. Credit:AAP After a season on the St George Illawarra coaching staff, Demetriou joined Bennett at Brisbane and then followed him to South Sydney last year. A…

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‘Driven too far?’ comment from Queensland Police sparks anger

On Thursday, Queensland police held a press conference about their investigation into the horrific car fire that shocked the nation one day earlier. “Our job as investigators is to keep a completely open mind,” Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said today. “We need to look at every piece of information and, to put it bluntly, there are probably people out there in the community that are deciding which side, so to speak, to take in this investigation. “Is this an issue of a woman suffering significant domestic violence, and her and…

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We’ve yet to see what Scott Morrison really stands for

Parliament will meet on Monday for the same waiting game. The government’s tactics in the past have been to avoid major announcements when Parliament is sitting, on the grounds that the distractions in the chamber or the party room will drown out the major news. Loading This has been a mistake – and a revealing one. Ministers who are across their briefs should be able to cut through the bluster of Parliament to set direction or announce policy. Their words should matter. The relative inexperience of the ministry is evident…

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New-look Saints look set to impress after pre-season win over Hawks

However for the bulk of the 8187 at Linton Street, this night was about the hope delivered by Ratten’s men. They played boldly, sending through seven first-term majors. Off-season recruit Bradley Hill’s run was a highlight while Hunter Clark continued his form from the latter stages of 2019 with a silky showing. King of the Hill: Hawthorn’s Mitchell Lewis struggles to get to grips with new Saints signing Bradley Hill.Credit:Getty Images The Hawks had few standouts although Isaac Smith was prominent and could have ended with a bag had he…

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Best of cartoons, February 21, 2020

Best of cartoons, February 21, 2020 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 7 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. February 20, 2020 — 9.52pm 1/7 Illustration: Jim Pavlidis 2/7 Illustration: Matt Golding 3/7 Illustration: Simon Letch 4/7 Illustration: Matt Golding Credit: 5/7 Illustration: John Shakespeare 6/7 Illustration: Matt Golding 7/7 Illustration: Oslo DavisCredit:OSLO DAVIS Politics

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Eddie Betts shines early as Carlton Blues return in practice match against Collingwood Magpies

The only blip for the Blues came when key defender Jacob Weitering left the ground after stretching for a mark with Carlton saying it was a precautionary measure while Collingwood midfielder Brayden Sier also left the ground early after getting a head knock. Loading Although the scoreboard was irrelevant the Blues looked further advanced than the Magpies in the first half with their tackling pressure and intensity at the fall of the ball stronger than Collingwood who were missing dynamic forwards Jamie Elliott, Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson. They…

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Murder charge laid after man selling earphones dies in hospital

Ross Houllis, 28, died three days after he was allegedly assaulted by two men and then dragged through the car park of a shopping centre on Bulls Rd at Wakeley on February 14. He had attended the site about 9pm to meet a potential buyer for items he’d advertised online, police said. Ross Houllis, 28, died in hospital on Monday after being assaulted in Wakeley on February 14. Picture: NSW PoliceSource:Supplied Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden on Thursday said they were still investigating “the finer points of the online transaction”, which…

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Young and old struggle for work as job market weakens

Of more concern, particularly for the RBA – which believes the jobless rate needs to fall to at least 4.5 per cent to put upward pressure on wages – there was a 0.4 per cent drop in the number of hours worked. Loading The national under-utilisation rate, which combines the unemployment rate with the number of people underemployed, climbed to 13.9 per cent. It is the highest under-utilisation rate since April 2018, with younger workers and those over the age of 55 struggling the most to get the hours they…

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Collingwood star Jordan De Goey in the mix to play against Richmond Tigers next week as Magpies build

Jamie Elliott is also in the mix to play, having missed Thursday night’s hit-out against Carlton. Harvey said that apart from the players with long-term injuries, Collingwood was tracking well towards round one with their key players all on individual programs as they target the blockbuster against the Western Bulldogs. Jaidyn Stephenson has recovered well from glandular fever and is beginning to build his fitness having had his second season interrupted when he was suspended after breaching the AFL’s betting rules. Loading The only concern from the scratch match was…

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People trapped as train derails in Victoria

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) said five carriages derailed near Wallan station, 45 kilometres north of Melbourne, on the North East line about 8pm on Thursday. Emergency services are on their way to the scene and the rail lines between Melbourne and Sydney have been closed. Emergency services are on their way to the scene. Picture: Picture: Twitter/@Rickard_ScottSource:Twitter At least three helicopters have been deployed to a scene CFA described as “very chaotic at this stage”. All passengers who were able to walk from the train have been taken to…

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