Josh Reynolds’ Sydney suitors dwindling after heading to open market

“It’s still early days. There a lot of machinations to come but there hasn’t been anything significant yet, no,” Reynolds’ manager George Mimis told the Herald. Reynolds last week said he would be open to a return to Canterbury but Bulldogs coach Dean Pay shot speculation of a potential homecoming down on Thursday after his team’s loss to Brisbane. Josh Reynolds has endured a tough run at the Tigers.Credit:AAP “That’s the first I’ve heard of it, that he’s coming back,” Pay said. “So, we’ll have to address that one as it…

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Another chance looms to transfer refugees to New Zealand

“We’ve consistently made it,” Ms Ardern said. “The Australian government knows that it’s there. We’ve always said that it’s a matter ultimately for them. Loading “However, of course we’ve always said as well it would be an offer for refugees. So that’s the area where we would make sure New Zealand’s input would be.” The offer was first made by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in February 2013 and was continued under his successors, Bill English and Ms Ardern. While the Gillard government accepted the original offer, Tony…

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Indigenous recognition is a moral imperative

As Justice Gleeson notes, though, what is proposed is “voice to Parliament, not a voice in Parliament”. This has never been about creating a third chamber of Parliament. That was the somewhat hysterical language of misguided and uninformed critics, including former National Party leader Barnaby Joyce. Nor is the notion of enshrining a voice for Indigenous people about elevating one group of people above another or, indeed, above the Parliament. It is about ensuring there is a body, guaranteed by the Constitution, which (on the version promulgated by Professor Anne…

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Make nuclear power free, Barnaby Joyce says

Mr Joyce said nuclear technology had come a long way in the past few decades and rejected claims that even if Australia’s nuclear ban was overturned, communities would refuse to host reactors over safety and environmental concerns. “You just have to come up with the right policy settings and they will accept it … People will think with their wallets,” he said. Mr Joyce floated a potential policy whereby “if you can see the reactor [from your house], your power is for free. If you are within 50 kilometres of…

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Storm heap more misery on Titans with comeback demolition

With assistant Craig Hodges thrust into the hot seat, the Titans would have thought their luck had turned when 401-gamer Smith’s first touch of the ball gifted them first points after just two minutes. The Storm hooker’s pass found the grass, with Brenko Lee swooping to run 45m untouched to score. Nathan Peats was denied what appeared a try on review three minutes later, with officials ruling there was a hand under the ball. That only allowed the Gold Coast to improve their position though, when Jarrod Wallace barged through…

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Darius Boyd won’t wear the No.1 jersey again, says Lockyer

Loading Lockyer, a Broncos board member, said Boyd would not wear the No.1 again but didn’t rule out another move before he retires, saying he could end up at centre. “Darius is improving with every game in the five-eighth role, Milford is doing his job at fullback,” Lockyer told the Sunday Footy Show. “But I think as he gets more time in that role he’ll find more spark. Asked where Boyd will play out his career, Lockyer said: “Six or the centres, in the front-line anyway. “I just don’t know…

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Advocates warn of ‘payback’ for marriage equality in extra religious freedom bill

Equality Australia’s legal spokesperson Lee Carnie said the amendments appeared to be similar to those proposed by then-treasurer Scott Morrison and Liberal MP Andrew Hastie during the parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage, but which were voted down. “In 2017, the Australian community legitimately and overwhelmingly voted for marriage equality. It’s clear to us that these amendments are payback.” Carnie said LGBTIQ+ advocates were particularly worried the old definition of marriage could be put back into Commonwealth legislation and “undermine marriage equality by stealth, using technical legal detail”. They noted there…

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Doctors in stand-off over plans to shake up specialist billing

Melbourne GP Mukesh Haikerwal said time-based billing “detracts from the fact you’re providing a clinical service”. Loading “You’re not looking after patients, you’re looking after the clock,” he said. Dr Haikerwal said the MBS review had descended into a “farce” and had always been about “cutting costs, reducing services and giving the presence of innovation – which just will not happen”. The current system of Medicare rebates – focused on “episodic care” – was poorly suited to dealing with Australia’s ageing population and rising burden of chronic disease, he said.…

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New twist raises chances decider could leave Sydney for first time

Allianz, previously known as the Sydney Football Stadium, hasn’t hosted a premiership decider since Brisbane beat Canterbury in the final game of 1998. There’s a feeling the novelty of going to the rebuilt ground as a one-off would be acceptable to the NRL if compensation is provided to offset the loss of earnings of having ANZ Stadium unavailable. But the prospect of two consecutive deciders at the SCG has little appeal to the governing body due to the relatively poor spectator experience that comes with watching league at a cricket…

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Liberal Party women’s boss Helen Kroger hails election result

Instead, the party ended up with 13 female MPs in the lower house, an increase of two on its pre-election numbers. This includes first-term MPs Gladys Liu and Katie Allen in Victoria, Angie Bell in Queensland, Fiona Martin in NSW and Celia Hammond in Western Australia. Loading “It’s more than double the projections that were being talked about,” Ms Kroger said. “It’s an absolutely stellar turnaround.” In the upper house, the party increased its female senators from eight to 10. This includes the first Liberal women elected to the Senate…

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