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‘I can’t praise her enough’

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Love: Ellen and Barry Robinson said showing affection was important. “I can’t sleep without my cuddle first,” Mr Robinson said. Picture: Marina NeilBARRY Robinson knew the night he met Ellen Stacey that she was the woman he wanted to marry.
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Fast forward 60 years, three children,nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren later and Mr Robinson, 80, is as enamoured with his bride, 79, as he was on their wedding day.

“I can’t praise her enough,” Mr Robinson said, his eyes welling.

“My love for Ellen can’t be calculated or put into words.

“I could not live without her, I would not want to breathe. She’s been my goal in life.”

The couple will enjoy a simple lunch, most likely at Charlestown Bowling Club,to mark their diamond anniversary on September 7.

“We just see it as another day – we’ve still got each other, that’s the main thing,” Mrs Robinson said.

Her husband agreedthe anniversary was “not a big thing”.

“There’s no reason to make a fuss out of it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next 20 or 30 years together.”

The couple met at a dance at The Rivoli in Parramatta in the winter of 1956.

“For me, she was it – there were sparks straight away,” Mr Robinson said.

“I knew that she was special and there was something with us. I knew I was going to marry her that night.

“I knew in my heart I had to have her.”

Mrs Robinson said while she “thought he was nice” and they shared a kiss, she wasn’t quite convinced that she had met her future betrothed.

Still, she ran to her friend’s house a few days later to answer the call young Barry, who was doing his boilermaker apprenticeship, had promised to make.

They were engaged about six months later – “everyone thought I was pregnant, but I showed them!” – and married on September 7, 1957, in Glebe.

“It felt right,” she said. “I just loved the way he was. He was just so good.”

Mr Robinson said his wife “just ‘got’ me”.

“I couldn’t believe she was mine,” he said. “I was in a rush to get away to our honeymoon [to The Entrance].”

They welcomed son Mark in 1958, 16 months after theymarried, then David 16 months later and Peter 16 months after that.

The family moved in 1971 from Marayong to Charlestown.

The couple have done almost everything together, weathered Mr Robinson’s diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy and only spent a handful of nights apart.

“It’s all about loving one another, it’s as easy and hard as that,” Mr Robinson said.

“We have our blues, our arguments, but we get over them.

“My love has just got deeper and deeper and deeper. It’s the way she treats me, she’s very thoughtful, loving and tolerant. She’s put up with me.”

Mrs Robinson said it was crucial to trust each other.

“Forgive and forget, live and learn,” she said.

“We still kiss every morning and every night and say I love you every day.”

Troye Sivan to return to film in gay conversion drama

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Troye Sivan has been cast in Joel Edgerton’s upcoming film ‘Boy Erased’. Photo: SuppliedSinger Troye Sivan is set to star in Joel Edgerton’s upcoming gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.
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The South Africa-born Australian performer became a household name after his EP TRXYE rocketed to No.1 on the iTunes charts in 58 countries back in 2014.

Boy Erased, due out in 2018, will explore the life of a young man who is the son of a baptist teacher. After he is outed to his conservative parents, he is forced to participate in a gay conversion therapy program.

“This movie is gonna be so important and I’m honoured to be part of it,” Sivan wrote on Twitter.

While Sivan is best known for his music, he did play a younger version of Hugh Jackman’s character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and had a key role in the Spud franchise.

Edgerton, who is perhaps best known for his work on The Secret Life of Us and minor roles in the Star Wars prequels, will oversee the film after his 2015 directorial debut The Gift.

Boy Erased will also star Tony award winner Cherry Jones – whose more recent performances include Amazon’s critically acclaimed TV drama Transparent – and Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The film is based off a critically-acclaimed 2016 memoir by American writer Garrard Conley. Conley was 19 when his parents told him he could either go to gay conversion therapy or be disowned.

The memoir recounts the harm he was subjected to at the Love in Action ex-gay program, and also includes accounts from other participants.

Conley has said he believes the film adaption of his book will treat conversion therapy survivors with the respect they deserve.

“I have worked with many people to ensure that my story and the story of other queer folks who suffered through conversion therapy would not be stereotypical or threadbare,” he wrote on his website.

“Every draft has been sent to me in the first round, and though the draft may change, I believe it will only change for the better. The team is working hard to get this story right.”

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Spring outlook tilts towards wetter conditions eventually

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Prospects are improving for a wetter-than-average spring for coastal NSW but the shift away from the recent dry spell may not occur until later in the season, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
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The forecast comes as Australia closes out what is likely to be the country’s warmest winter on record for maximum temperatures.

In its latest update to its three-monthly outlook, the bureau said a strip of the eastern Australian coast from southern Queensland down to Victoria now had odds favouring better spring rains than usual.

The season, though, is likely to continue the trend of above-average temperatures for both day and night for much of south-eastern Australia and the northern third of the country, the bureau said.

“We’re expecting Sydney’s conditions to stay relatively dry for the first few weeks of September,” Andrew Watkins, manager of climate prediction services at the bureau, said.

“Certainly October is the period when we start to see the odds swing around” to wetter weather, he said.

Sydney’s near-term outlook points to the dry spell continuing, with rain only a 5 per cent chance for each day until next Thursday.

Sunday looks to be the pick of the week for those looking to wave winter goodbye, with 28 degrees forecast for the city and similar warmth in the west.

The absence of cloud cover means nights will remain on the cool side. Those preparing for Saturday morning outdoors can expect the mercury to start from a low of 7 degrees before topping out at 22 degrees on a sunny day.

A cold front moving through late on Sunday will knock daytime temperatures back down below average levels by early next week before they start to climb again by the following weekend,” Tom Gough, a Weatherzone meteorologist, said. Fire season watch

Winter was one of Australia’s driest on record, particularly in northern and eastern NSW.

That prompted the Rural Fire Service last week to bring forward the fire season in nine areas in the state, including Bathurst, Lithgow and the Blue Mountains, to September 1.

The bureau’s outlook for September rainfall alone (see chart below) points to a modest shift towards wetter-than-average conditions for a narrow band around Sydney.

The agency rates its model accuracy for spring rainfall predictions as “moderate”.

The bureau said that with the El Nino conditions in the Pacific neutral, the influence driving a tilt towards a wetter spell for much of the country is warmer-than-usual waters in the central Indian Ocean.

“With the circulation patterns expected, [and] high pressure favoured to the south of Australia, we will see a greater easterly flow across southern Australia,” Mr Gough said. “With these onshore winds in this pattern this would favour increased rainfall on the east coast, and drier in the west.”

This pattern will have a clearer impact for spring as a whole, as shown by the bureau’s rainfall projection chart below: Warm outlook

If fire authorities were hoping for cooler-than-usual conditions during spring to slow down the loss of fuel moisture, the seasonal outlook doesn’t offer much encouragement.

According to the bureau, the odds clearly favour above-average daytime temperatures for south-eastern and northern Australia.

This outlook is particularly true in September, especially for the eastern third of the continent and Tasmania. (See chart below of the chance maximum temperatures will be above average for the month.)

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Could Future Fund manage your retirement savings too?

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Future Fund chairman Peter Costello has hinted the sovereign wealth fund could possibly start managing money on behalf of superannuation funds.
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While ruling out managing retirement savings directly, Mr Costello said that if a super fund wanted the Future Fund to manage some of its money, that could be possible.

However, he said that the money would have to be managed separately as the Future Fund is “legally a sovereign fund and, therefore, we cannot mix private monies into it”.

Mr Costello made the comments while announcing the Future Fund produced a 8.7 per cent return for the year to June 30, 2017.

For the past 10 years, which is almost the life of the fund, it is has produced an average annual compound return of 7.9 per cent.

Over the same period, balanced investment options – the options that most workers have their super with – returned less than 6 per cent.

“The Future Fund continues to perform well and has exceeded its benchmark return objective,” Mr Costello said.

“Investment returns have added over $73 billion to the original contributions from government of $60.5 billion,” the former federal treasurer and current chairman of Nine Entertainment, said.

The government recently lowered the fund’s return objective to inflation plus 4 percentage points, a reduction of half-a-point, to reflect low interest rates around the world.

It has also said that it will not withdraw money from the fund for the next 10 years.

Ian Silk, the chief executive of AustralianSuper, said the Future Fund has strong investment performance, but managing money on behalf of a client, like a super fund, is different to managing a sovereign wealth fund.

The Future Fund can invest in the knowledge that there will be no withdrawals from the fund for at least the next decade, he said.

Because of the very long investment time-frame, the Future Fund can afford a bit more risk in its portfolio, which can produce higher returns.

Super funds have to invest in way that provides liquidity to be able to pay members withdrawals.

Mr Costello said that would allow the fund to be able to pay all of the unfunded liabilities of federal public servants. He added that the fund would still likely have assets for the remainder of this century.

“I would be very confident that if there is no drawdown before 2026 the assets of the Future Fund would be sufficient to meet any unfunded liabilities for the century,” he said.

The fund’s chief executive, David Neal, said the fund’s asset allocation had changed little over the year.

The fund has maintained a cash level of about 20 per cent and the fund can quickly take advantage of any investment opportunities that arise, Mr Neal said.

On the outlook, Mr Neal said economies around the world were doing alright, but that “it’s more the structural backdrop that concerns us”.

“The high debt levels that existed during the financial crises have not moderated, and central banks have taken on a lot of that debt,” he said.

“But at some point it [debt] still needs to paid off, and the concern is that many economies are rather hooked on low [interest] rates.”

Mr Neal is concerned that interest rates, when they do rise around the world, could have a dampening effect on asset prices.

He said that asset prices were also reliant on those low rates.

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MudgeCorp in 7th heaven

Monday, 14 January, 2019

Steve Mudge, MudgeCorp managing director

LUXURY home builder MudgeCorp won a trifecta of honours at the 2017 MBA Newcastle Excellence in Building Awards, bringing its total to 17 industry awards over seven consecutive years.
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The Gosford-based company received accolades for building excellence in three categories: Custom Built Homes $2million-$3million, Best Use of Tiles, and Best Use of Timber.

“We would like to give a special thanks to the MBA Newcastle, which made all of this possible,” MudgeCorp managing director Steve Mudge said.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: MudgeCorp specialises in luxury and bespoke buildings that consistently deliver outstanding, high-quality results

“A big thank you also goes out to the clients, design teams and dedicated suppliers and subcontractors that worked tirelessly with us. Together, we made each dream a reality.”

While honoured to receive the awards, Mr Mudge admits he has a different focus.

EXCELLENCE: Steve Mudge (MudgeCorp MD), left, and Tobias Drengenberg (MudgeCorp project manager), with Leeanne Farmer (MBA Insurance Services).

“It’s our people, our clients and our commercial relationships that are always at the forefront of what we do,” he said.

“At MudgeCorp we look at excellence as a habit, and not one act.

“We are inspired and motivated by the clients that come to us with an idea, and we use this inspiration from concept to completion with communication, honesty, integrity and shared knowledge. This, to us, is excellence.

Mr Mudge said theyhave the tools (no pun intended), the vision, the values and the expertise.

“We have the team that takes such pride in their work; who stop, reflect on their creations and critique themselves extensively.

“They support one another, and most importantly, they listen. This, to us, is excellence.

Mr Mudge cited a testimonial from a client last month that was really ‘on the mark’ about his company and epitomised why their clients come to MudgeCorp.

“It said, ‘…we have been impressed with the work ethic of Angus, Jake and Matt, and their ability to add suggestions, which has ultimately led to a higher-quality finish’,” Mr Mudge said. “This, to our clients, is excellence.

“Receiving recognition through awards is an honour that we are very proud of, but testimonials like this is recognition like no other. Our clients don’t want us to just build a luxury house, they want us to deliver their dream. They want collaboration, passion and a genuine project team. They want excellence, and that’s where we come in.”

Romantic couple recreates wedding photos at Merewether 30 years later

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Romantic couple recreates wedding photos at Merewether 30 years later True Love: John and Elizabeth Ure recreated their wedding photos at Merewether.
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John and Elizabeth Ure.

John and Elizabeth Ure.

TweetFacebookHerald reporter Renee Valentine reported last Saturday that this house –at81Patrick Street – was on the market for the first time in its 130-year existence.

The memories came flooding back for John and Elizabeth.

They returned to the house and recreated their wedding shots.

“Looking at the photographs, some keen-eyed observers might detect that our appearances have changed in the intervening 30 years,” John, of Mount Hutton, said.

“However we choose to believe that we have not changed one iota, at least in each other’s eyes.”

The couple were married at Scots Kirk, a church at Hamilton, on November 21, 1987.

“Elizabeth was brought up in Merewether and I’m an Adamstown boy, however we were both living in Sydney when we started courting,” John said.

Topics loves that John said courting.

Austen-maniaSpeaking of romance, an event will be held in Newcastle on Saturdayabout Jane Austen.

Jane Austen.

Austenis the Queen of epic romance novels.

Pride and Prejudice has long been considered the bestselling novel of all time. It’s neverbeen out of print.

Austen-mania has been growing in recent years, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the author’s death in July.

That’ll continue at Harbourview Function Centre inNewcastle, with a conference titled “Jane Austen on Stage and Screen”.

We asked the Jane AustenSociety’sHunter Chapter to explain what all the fuss was about.

Keira Knightley in the film Pride and Prejudice.

Leanne Garvey: “Jane Austen novels are about the indoor life of women. Everyone can relate to annoying younger sisters, hysterical mothers and vain relatives. Throw in a bit of romance, what more could you want?”

Cerilea Baker: “Austen-mania has grown from a reaction against the coarseness and vulgarity of modern romantic dramas and the frequent dramatisations. Jane Austen presents us with a formal social code, heroines who are engagingly unconventional and who, with spirit and humour, triumph over disadvantage and deceit and find their hero”.

Kerrie Lamrock: “In this day and age, people are still reading books and there is a timeless charm about Jane Austen’s writing.It takes us away from our age of rushed text messages and back to a time when language was elegant and crafted.Her books are a joy to read over and over”.

Leanne Garvey:“Her novels capture what was happening in society during her lifetime and endure because they are so well written”.

Cerilea Baker: “Jane Austen is loved for the humour, irony, the entrancing bad-boy villains, the sparkling strong-minded womenand the plots. In addition you can read the books, hear the CDs, go to the plays and watch the films. There are universal themes of love, the power of money and influence, with insight and drama thrown in”.

Leanne Garvey:“Jane Austen sells. You can walk into a newsagency, a bookstore and even a post office and you will find merchandise that claims some relationship to Jane – socks, stationary, cups with quotes and even Jane Austen toothpaste”.

Austen FashionLeanne is right. Jane Austen is everywhere. Fashion brand Laura Ashley just launched its new spring collection, which was inspired by –you guessed it –Jane Austen.

Laura Ashley clothing inspired by Jane Austen.

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Marcos family vows to return loot to Philippines

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Bangkok: By the time Ferdinand Marcos fled a popular uprising on the streets of Manila, he had amassed a fortune estimated at $US13.5billion ($17billion).
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His annual salary during 21 years as president of the Philippines never rose above $US13,500.

Now, 31 years, later Marcos’ heirs have offered to return some of the wealth they claimed never existed.

“They [the Marcos family] told me they’ll open everything and probably return what is uncovered,” incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters, after being approached by an unnamed Marcos family member.

“They are ready to bring it back???including a few gold bars,” he said.

But Duterte, a political ally of the late president’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos jnr, said the amount offered was not “Fort Knox”, referring to the vault that stores United States gold reserves.

Duterte attempted to justify one of the largest plunderings of state coffers in modern times, claiming that Marcos, who died in Honolulu in 1989, had kept the wealth because he was just protecting it for the economy.

Marcos family members have enjoyed a remarkable political comeback in recent years and are grooming Bongbong to become the next president.

After running for the vice-presidency last year, Bongbong is challenging the vote in court in a fight that could install him in the country’s second-highest office.

When the late Ferdinand Marcos and his family fled the country in 1986, the 1220 pairs of shoes his wife Imelda left behind became a symbol of kleptocracy??? in a nation where many still walked around barefoot in abject poverty.

Over the decades, the shoes, stored in a museum, were damaged by termites, storms and neglect, as staff appointed to a Presidential Commission on Good Government initiated legal action across the world to track down the Marcos fortune.

They recovered $US4.4billion from Swiss bank accounts, shares, real estate, paintings and jewellery, including three of the world’s top jewel collections that included “diamond studded tiaras, necklaces, brooches, earrings, belts and other gems”.

But powerful Philippine politicians are now demanding the return of the remaining billions.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, a staunch Duterte ally, said it isn’t enough that the Marcos family only return part of their ill-gotten wealth.

“Everything that was stolen should be returned???it’s not like we will be satisfied just with crumbs,” he said.

Senator Francis Pangilinan said the intentions of the Marcos family should not be taken at face value.

“Aside from returning the ill-gotten wealth the Marcoses should also apologise for atrocities committed during martial law,” he said.

But BongBong denies his parents ever committed any crime. He seems assured of Duterte’s backing in his bid for the presidency at the next elections.

Despite ordering a war on drugs that has left more than 12,000 mostly poor Filipinos dead, Duterte’s popularity remains high among the country’s 100 million citizens.

Duterte stunned his nation in November when he allowed the late president’s body to be buried in the national Heroes’ Cemetery. Critics said Marcos should have been denied such an honour.

The Marcos family has again become one of the Philippines’ most powerful political clans.

Imelda, now 88, has been a congresswoman since 1995. Attempting to justify her extravagant lifestyle, she has often claimed her late husband’s fortune came from a recovered treasure hidden by a Japanese general during World War II.

The oldest Marcos daughter, Imee, is Governor of northern Illocs Norte, the family’s stronghold.

After winning office in a landslide last year Duterte thanked the Marcos family for their financial support during his campaign.

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Principal discourages teachers from publicly supporting same-sex marriage

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Edict: St Pius X principal Robert Emery wrote to teachers he did not mean to alarm anyone by suggesting they not make comments contrary to church teachings. “My only intention is to to keep us all safe.” Picture: Marina NeilTEACHERS at one of the Hunter’s largest Catholic high schools have been issued an edict not to “say or suggest or imply” they support same-sex marriage.
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St Pius X High School Adamstown principal Robert Emery has written two emails to staff warning that while they should vote in the upcoming marriage law postal survey according to their conscience, they shouldn’t “put yourself out there in a way that could be detrimental to your employment or promotional prospects in a Catholic school”.

Mr Emery said while staff didn’t need to delete comments previously made on social media, they should “be careful from this point onwards not to say or write anything online or in class that could be seen as contradicting Catholic Church teaching”.

“That is not a sensible thing to do when you are an employee of the Catholic diocese,” he wrote.

“It is completely permissible to answer student questions about the issue provided you present both sides of the debate in a fair and non-judgemental way.

“You are of course also OK to say that you agree with the church’s view on the issue, if that is what you believe.

“It is NOT OK [sic] to say or suggest or imply that you believe the other side of the debate is the correct one – even if you do!”

A Catholic Schools Office (CSO) spokeswoman said Mr Emery wrote the emails based on hisresponsibility to ensure staff were acting in compliance with the CSO’s code of conduct.

A concerned parent who saw the emails said they were “blown away” by the reference to future opportunities for career advancement.

“The overwhelming feeling I got was that they seemed threatening,” the parent said.

But the CSO refuted this, saying “all decisions on employment, promotion and reward will be made on the basis of merit and will not discriminate on the basis of particular attributes”.

The Catholic Schools Officedeclined to comment on ramifications for teachersfound to publicly support the ‘yes’ vote, except to say they had been “remindednot to bring personal opinion into the debate, but rather address both sides of the same sex marriage debate with their students”.

Principal RobertEmery said teachers hadn’t been discouraged from discussingthe issue.

“The students are really interested in the same sex marriage debate, very much from a social justice perspective and teachers have spoken about both sides of the debate with their students,” he said.

“The discussions have detailed what is currently occurring –that there are people fighting for the right for marriage equalityand conversations also touch on the church’s teachings.”

But a concerned parent said hearing personal opinions only from teachers whodid not support same sex marriage could skew students’ understanding of the issue.

“I can’t believe the email basically said feel free to speak out against it [same sex marriage], but don’t you dare say anything for it,” the parent said.

“What messages are being sent to kids of a vulnerable age?

“Is this the start of the negativity everyone predicted?

“It’s really concerning and upsetting because Bishop Bill Wright hasnot put any formal statement out, the principal has just taken it upon themselves to put this out.”

Bishop Wright said in a statement to theHerald“the diocese respects each individual’sright to their personal opinion on what the law should be on same sex marriage”.

Catholic schools St Ignatius’ College in Sydney and Xavier College in Melbourne have cautiously endorsed same-sex marriage in messages to parents, staff and students.

They referred to Pope Francis’ teachings on love, mercy and non-judgement and encouragedtheir school communitiesto dwell on their own consciences.

The Independent Education Union said it was“extremely concerned that our schools could become fertile ground for damaging speech” during the debate.

It said it wouldexpect schools to be “safe havens” and that“neither staff nor students are put into situations where inappropriate or hostile commentary, or action, is directed at them”.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) published a tip sheet this week about talkingwith children and young people about marriage equality and related issues.

It includes:

Let your children know it is ok to talk about marriage equality.Listen carefully to children to understand what they really want to know.Explain the meaning of LGBTI+ words.Let children know there is diversity in relationships.Talk to children about what marriage equality means.Offer alternate views of relationships – not everyone wants to get married.Clarify any confusion and misconceptions about the marriage equality vote.The Herald, Newcastle

Feast on Father’s Day

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

FISH OF THE WEEK: Darcy Ittensohn wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this 41cm whiting in the Swansea Channel recently.
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The Father’s Day weekend promises fishing fun, with reasonable weather on the radar and the lure of winter species in abundance.

The weather has been wild outside but will possibly abate by Saturday and present a great chance to chase snapper.

“They’ve been gettingreds up to 2kg in close this week and we’ve got a cracking tide just on 5am on Saturday,” Jason “One For” Nunn, from Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, said.

“If the seas calm down and you can get offshore its a grand opportunity to fish for a Father’s Day feast.”

Down south around Texas, there’s some been great kingfish about, up and over a metre, and a lot of longfin perch.

“The perch are great eating and only ever caught in deep water,” Jason said. “Generally in 100m to 120m of water, and they stick to the bottom.

“You fish for perch like you would for snapper, generally with smaller hooks, pillie strips, bonito, mackeral and even a prawn if you can get them down.

“At the moment there’s not a lot of current around so it’s a fantastic time to have a shot.”

Cool tailor

Closer to shore, the tailor have been going wild.

Jason bagged out during a windy, brisk but productive midweek session on the lake in an open tinnie.

“Bloody cold, with the wind chill but there is plenty of tailor around,” he said.

“The late afternoons go good with fishranging from 1kg to 1.5kg.”

Jason suspects they are starting to gather in the run-up to the full moon due next week.

“All the fish I caught through the week were fully roed up,” he said

“The deeper patches of water between Marks and Coal Points seem to be holding a heap of fish.

“I was casting to fish with shallow divers and they were absolutely crunching them.

“When they were coming into the boat they were spewing up white bait.

“It was pretty uncomfortable with the wind and chop, but it confirmed the theory that these conditions tend to raise the bait to the surface and the tailor were smashing them.

“They have been in this deep stretch of water for about a fortnight, compressed, stacked up on top of each other and as the moon approaches they push up.”

Outside inAnglers have been getting jew on squid, but they are pretty scarce in the lake. Squid that is.

It’s a different story offshore, but as mentioned the seas have made it tough getting out.

The upside to the big seas is they have pushed the bream inside.

“Bream have been going off in the southern sections of the lake, responding well to lures,” Jason said. “August is always a good month.”

Lean whitingThere’sgenerous numbers of whiting building up in the channel and they’ve been about in numbers near Aeropelican in the lake.

“They’re stacked up on the sand but not really on the chew,” Jason said.

“They seem lean and probably won’t bulk up until the next prawn run probably due mid-October out of the channel.”

It’s been a similar story with salmon; plenty about but not too much action.

“We’re seeing heaps on the surface doing their ‘guppie’ thing where they look like they’re biting at air, but not biting at anything else,” Jason said.

“I think it has something to do with spawning.”

Meanwhile, there’s a few luderick about but the best might be yet to come through September as fish begin to push back in from offshore.

“We’ve seen a few luderick around Swansea Bridge and out on Lucy’s Breakwall but the bigger fish tend to come in around September and are normally of a very good quality,” said Jason, who is a big rap on the weed fly if you can’t get hold of any genuine green weed.

Bay reportBream have been prevalent throughout Port Stephens and surrounds, responding to soft plastics and floating fish baits worked in chicken pelletberley, according to the guys at Duff’s Salamander Bait and Tackle.

Similarly, luderick have been about in numbers.

Stockton Beach has been throwing up plenty of bream of a night, biting on pipi, mullet and beach worms in thegutters. Don’t be surprised to find tailor, jew and whiting in the mix.

Local rock platforms, when accessible,have been producting tailor, bream, and jew.

Trag up to 3kg off the BIg Gibber have had anglers excited north of Nelson Bay while snapper continue to inhabit Sambo Reef, 21 and the V as well as the odd jew and rock cod around Broughton Island and Uralla Reef.

Closure overThe three-month fishing closure for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch in local rivers closes at midnight on August 31, allowing anglers to get back to targeting some of Australia’s great native sportsfish.

‘World’s number 1 anti-vaxxer’ denied entry to Australia

Thursday, 13 December, 2018

The self-proclaimed “world’s number one anti-vaxxer” has been denied permission to visit Australia.
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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.

“We’re not going to allow him to come here,” Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB.

“These people who are telling parents that their kids shouldn’t be vaccinated are dangerous. We have been very careful in having a look right through this particular case and it’s clear to me that it’s not in our national interest that he should come here.”

Mr Heckenlively, who lives in northern California, contributes to a website that claims autism is “an environmentally induced illness, that it is treatable, and that children can recover”.

He also has links to Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced former doctor whose debunked study was central to the anti-vaccination movement and has since gone on to make the film Vaxxed.

The film has been banned by several film festivals but has been shown in secret locations around Australia.

The Turnbull government has strong views on the effectiveness of childhood vaccinations. Photo: Karleen Minney

Immigration officials recently banned British campaigner Polly Tommeyand US campaigner Suzanne Humphries from entering the country for three years after the pair toured Australia with Vaxxed, which alleges there is a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism.

The opposition had written to Mr Dutton requesting Mr Heckenlively’s application for a visa be denied.

“Dangerous misinformation peddled by anti-vaccination proponents should never take the place of proven, scientific advice, and we have a responsibility to make sure parents are getting the right messages,” the opposition’s health spokeswoman, Catherine King, said on Thursday.

“The fight against vaccination misinformation is continuous – earlier this month, we saw two anti-vaccination advocates tour the country and show a film that wrongly claims a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism. While our immunisation program has historically been effective, there is growing evidence that anti-vaccination advocates and their political allies like Pauline Hanson and One Nation are now undermining our success – as shown by the doubling of measles cases between 2013 and 2014.”

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