Robbie Katter flags alliance with Billy Gordon

Katter’s Australian Party state leader Rob Katter. Former Labor MP Billy Gordon. Photo: Facebook
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Gordon not mentioned at meetings: Premier

While the major parties fight out who should accept Cook MP Billy Gordon’s vote, the Katter Party wants to make it clear they have his number – and they are willing to call it.

Robbie Katter said he had met with Mr Gordon on Monday and came to the conclusion the now-independent had the same aspirations for north Queensland and the regions as the Katter party.

Mr Katter said it made sense for the group to work together on the cross bench as a caucus, and that “mathematically”, it meant the two Katter MPs and the two independents now had “a lot of leverage” in the Labor-led hung Queensland Parliament.

“It is important for people to know that we have been speaking with Billy Gordon and we have had agreement to caucus on issues in parliament so that we are working together and I think it is important for people to know that the KAP recognises that many of the issues that face his electorate of Cook, are very closely aligned,” he said.

“We fight the same battles and it stands to reason that we should caucus and we should be working together in parliament.

“What came out strongly in the statements made by Mr Gordon yesterday is he is there primarily for the seat of Cook and to champion those same issues that we look at.”

Mr Katter said while he expected Mr Gordon to still be tethered to the Labor party given he was elected under their banner, he said he was no longer bound to support it on every issue.

“His starting point is he is a representative of the Cook electorate, I think that is good news for the KAP and also good news for Queensland,” Mr Katter said, adding that he did not agree with the treatment Mr Gordon had received.

“I think he has every right to be there … I think Billy Gordon was treated badly and I think it is a great thing that he stood up and said I am not going to be pushed aside and used.

“As long as Mr Gordon is in Parliament there and willing to progress things, get jobs in those aboriginal communities, the peninsula development road, those sort of things, as long as we are having those sort of conversations, we will be a supporter of him and I think we can expect the same support back from him.”

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Club’s golden anniversary

DROUGHT BROKEN: Kerang Golf Bowls Club’s 2012/13 Northern District Bowling Division Saturday Pennant Division Three title ended an 18-year premiership drought.CELEBRATIONS will be held tomorrow night to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kerang Golf Bowls Club.
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Current and former members will gather at the Kerang Golf Club clubhouse for the event, which doubles as the club’s annual presentation night.

“We’re really looking forward to the celebration, and it is shaping up to be a really nice event,” club president, Frank Boxshall said.

Like most bowls clubs aligned with golf clubs, the need for golfers to play a sport during summer months drove the initiative to form the Kerang Golf Bowls Club.

At the time of the club’s formation, the Kerang golf course used sandscrape greens, which could only be used during the winter.

Efforts to form the Kerang Golf Bowls Club began in 1964, with members working to establish a six-rink green.

The club joined the Royal Victorian Bowls Association in 1965, and played its first competitive matches in the Murray Valley Bowls Association action from 1966.

A second six-rink green, developed on a section of reclaimed golf course land, opened in 1985.

During the past five decades the club has won four pennant titles across the men’s, ladies, midweek and Saturday competitions, all within Division Three sections.

The club broke an 18-year drought in 2013 when it won the Northern District Bowling Division Saturday Pennant Division Three title.

“We are still only a small club compared to the other clubs in the district, but we continue to have an emphasis on the enjoyment of the game,” long-serving member Tony Laughlin, who has been compiling the club’s history, said.

Festivities will kick off at 6.30pm, with numerous club memorabilia items to be on display.

Entry is $20, which includes a meal and entertainment.

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Battle under lights

LIGHT IT UP: Wandella coach, Peter Morris and Murrabit counterpart, Nathan Henry are looking forward to tomorrow’s historic Golden Rivers Football League twilight encounter.
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THE final touches are being put in place for tomorrow’s historic Golden Rivers Football League twilight match.

Local rivals, Murrabit and Wandella will open the 2015 season with a match under lights at the Murrabit Recreation Reserve.

Blues personnel spent this week testing the venue’s lighting to ensure players and spectators will be able to watch the action, with the seniors match commencing at 5.30pm.

“Hopefully we will get a few more people attending than normal, considering Central Murray (Football Netball League) starts a week later,” Murrabit president, Rowan McKerrow said.

The home side lobbied the competition’s board for the event, receiving approval from a league level at the 2014 annual general meeting before embarking on negotiations with Wandella.

All matches scheduled have been moved back three hours to ensure the majority of the seniors match will be held under lights.

The under 17.5 match between the Blues and the reigning competition premiers will begin at 1pm, with the under 14s to take to the field at 2.50pm

The reserves will open their season at 3.50pm, with the seniors starting prior to dusk.

“As far as the playing group is concerned, there are no differences (to playing at dusk compared to the afternoon), Murrabit coach, Nathan Henry said.

“The players are feeling excited about the match. It will be a way to showcase the league to other people.

“It will also be good to get the first match out of the way after training for so long.”

Wandella will go in to the match with three night matches under its belt, thanks to its participation in the Swan Hill night series.

“We train under lights, but we have not played for points under lights,” Bombers coach, Peter Morris said.

“We have been pretty excited by the night series at Swan Hill. Obviously we played the three games there, so it has given us a bit of a leg up for Saturday.”

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DEVASTATED: communities mourning murdered bride-to-be Stephanie Scott

Leave your tributes to Stephanie ScottRead rolling coverage hereCANOWINDRA’S Stephanie Scott was supposed to be walking down the aisle on Saturday.
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But two days out from the happiest day of her life, a 24-year-old Leeton man has been charged with her murder.

His arrest followed a massive social media campaign to find the high school teacher after she failed to come home on Easter Sunday.

Helping to spread the word was Leeton’s Michelle Tweedale, who said her family was devastated by the news of her murder.

She said it was difficult to watch people speculate on social media about the reasons behind her disappearance.

Absolutely gutted and heartbroken for the Scott and Woolley families from Canowindra. Been a very rough year for my little home town. RIP

— Michael Earsman (@mickearsman) April 8, 2015A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist the family in their search for Ms Scott and to bring her body home when it’s found.

The page, created by Mr Leeson-Woolley’s mate and co-worker Brad McKinnon, is hoping to raise $5000.

“The fund will help with the search, the helicopter expenses and any various support needed for the family,” Mr McKinnon said

“We have a set a target for $5000 but any donation would be great.”

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#147notjustanumber: the faces of the Kenyan university massacre victims

Kenya university massacre ‘a preventable tragedy’
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As a three-day period of national mourning ends in Kenya for the massacre of nearly 150 students at a university in the country’s east, a social media campaign has coalesced around the mounting outrage and grief to commemorate the individual victims.

Photos of the victims flooded Twitter under the hashtag #147notjustanumber and #theyhavenames, as family, friends, journalists and others attempted to humanise those lost, rather than have them reduced to a gruesome statistic. The death toll has since risen to 148.

The students were murdered when four gunman from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, stormed Garissa University College last Thursday, seeking out and killing the Christian students.

Captioning many of the images are brief but intimate insights into the personalities and passions of the students.

Among them is a photo of a young woman identified as Yvonne Makori. She is described as “a friend, a sister, a daughter, a family’s only hope”. “May her soul rest in Peace!! @amoitmiriam: Yvonne Makori, a friend, a sister, a daughter, 147notjustanumber pic.twitter南京夜网/iezJbh6rpD” — Zee (@ZeeNneoma) April 5, 2015 Beatrice Njeri Thinwa, 20, died in Garissa. She hoped to get a phd, loved taking pictures & “she loved Kenny Rogers” pic.twitter南京夜网/QhQZIep0aq — Edith Honan (@edithhonan) April 7, 2015 Gideon Mwakulegwa, 21, died in Garissa. He loved football, to dance, to sing. “He was my bro, I’ll never replace him” pic.twitter南京夜网/9z7YknfZAb — Edith Honan (@edithhonan) April 6, 2015

@edithhonan Priscilla Kathure,20 was a jovial, beautiful young lady. Met her in Jan at HELB. #RIP#GarissaAttackpic.twitter南京夜网/kokX9ApsLL — Kiogora DMK (@DMK_Kiogora) April 7, 2015

Peter Masinde,the officer who took bullets while saving students. Leaves behind a pregnant wife #147notjustanumberpic.twitter南京夜网/WixatgmYuM — Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) April 7, 2015

Mildred Yondo, 18, died in Garissa. She excelled at theater, loved music. Charismatic outspoken. Loved to eat mangoes pic.twitter南京夜网/5NMErVIsfe — Edith Honan (@edithhonan) April 7, 2015

Selpher Wandia, 21. Her dream was to be a teacher. #147notjustanumber#TheyHaveNames via @edithhonanpic.twitter南京夜网/1xYAC8C81y — Maskani Ya Taifa (@Maskani254) April 6, 2015#147notjustanumber#GarissaAttack ANGELA ‘Ka/Jojo’ KIMATA. STUDENT. You’re NOT forgotten. RIP https://t.co/Zw9ucayy8Kpic.twitter南京夜网/Rd12opBsLk — Nyakio (@GhekoLishous) April 5, 2015

Alex an only child 19.Killed under a hail of bullets. #GarissaAttack#147NotJustANumberpic.twitter南京夜网/2PcZzgRAJN — Muthoni☆ (@MsoMuthoni) April 5, 2015 Milton Namai Mukhwana, 21, died in Garissa. Loved English lit, wanted to be a lecturer, played gospel on his keyboard pic.twitter南京夜网/eiVhg6Z6CH — Edith Honan (@edithhonan) April 8, 2015 R.I.P Ivy Betty Wanjiku (Shiko) 1st yr student #GarissaAttack#147NotJustANumber cc @Maskani254pic.twitter南京夜网/JqBZzXrTP0 — Ian (@ianmslim) April 6, 2015 Lydia Melody Obondi #147notjustanumber#TheyHaveNamespic.twitter南京夜网/cc5PqtSST8 — Maskani Ya Taifa (@Maskani254) April 5, 2015 This is Tobias, he died in #GarissaAttack; to us he’s not a number, he’s a son, bro, friend. #147notJustANumberpic.twitter南京夜网/dUSLXnCv9V — Mr. B (@Benogola) April 5, 2015 Mary Muchiri Shee, Miss Garissa University #147notjustanumber We will name them one by one. pic.twitter南京夜网/WuUBOkBsye — Tom Vandenbosch (@TVandenbosch) April 5, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Roos’ run to continue

SEASON STARTS. Reigning E.H. Hunt Medallist, Tom Isma and his Ultima teammates will begin their Golden Rivers Football League title defence against Macorna tomorrow.
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REIGNING Golden Rivers Football League premiers, Ultima will be looking to chalk up a unique statistic with an opening round win against Macorna tomorrow.

If Luke O’Toole’s men win their first match of the season, it will mean the side has won its past 18 consecutive games – effectively going through a whole year undefeated.

The Roos last lost in round two, 2014 – the club’s opening match of the season – and the Tigers will be looking to stop the premiers’ run.

Ultima has kept the majority of its premiership team, adding Mitcham under 19 player, Lachlan Button to its line-up.

This stability will be beneficial to the club’s aim of successive flags.

On the other hand, Macorna has been busy during the summer period, with club personnel working hard to develop a team capable of breaking a 45-year premiership drought.

New coach, Wayne Ladson and his recruiters have been able to bolster the side’s forward and midfield options.

Former Central Murray Football Netball League leading goalkicker, Brett Collins will play for the Tigers in 2015, as well as Matthew Ladson, who returns after a stint with Strathfieldsaye.

Regan Williams and Joel Woolhouse left during the pre-season, but the club is confident their new recruits will be up to the challenge.

Those going to this match could see reigning E.H. Hunt medallist, Ultima midfielder Tom Isma, battle with Ladson, with O’Toole and Tigers talisman, Wayne Mitrovic to battle it out for another match.

The Tigers back line, led by Mathew Trigg and Warren Ellwood, will also need to stop the ball reaching the variety of avenues the home side boasts in front of goal, ranging from tall option Stewart Broussard, rover Jarrod Rogers and playmaker Kyle Symons.

The Tigers failed to get within seven goals of Ultima last year, but a closer encounter may occur tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Ultima will record an 18th consecutive win with a 30-point victory.

Rivals’ night strike

ONE of the most anticipated GRFL opening round encounters in the past decade will start after the opening three games of the season have finished.

A large crowd is anticipated to watch Murrabit and Wandella’s historic night encounter, with the local rivals certain to provide an entertaining spectacle.

The home side will be looking to rebound from a poor 2014, which resulted in two wins and an eight-place finish.

Despite losing forward, James Murphy and defender, Callan Randall during the pre-season, Blues coach Nathan Henry is confident that the club’s new batch of recruits will guide the side back to finals contention.

These new players – led by Alan Egan, Sheldon Nelly and Michael Wall – have shown in the club’s two pre-season hit-outs that they can filter between the midfield and forward line.

Wandella will go in to the match after a season to remember in 2014, bouncing back from missing the finals in 2013 to finishing as preliminary finalists.

The Bombers picked up former premiership player, Peter Morris during the pre-season, who will coach the side in 2015.

However, missing from line-up that took the field in the preliminary final loss to Nullawil are ruckman Joel Osbrough and utilities Nick Farley and Mitch Treacy.

Tomorrow night will also mark the return of one of the most talked-about match-ups within the GRFL.

After one year of reprieve, Henry will face off against returning Bomber, Tim Robinson across Murrabit’s half-forward line.

The battles between the veteran Blue and the GRFL and Central Murray Football Netball League premiership defender have mesmerised crowds for the past five years, and another exciting chapter will be added tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Wandella will open its 2015 season with a 25-point win.

Maroons, Saints seek perfect beginning

NULLAWIL and Quambatook will be looking to begin season 2015 in positive fashion tomorrow.

The Maroons are one of the sides tipped to challenge for the premiership come September, and will be buoyed by the return of key players from injury.

The only confirmed player missing from the 2014 grand final side will be Geordan McLoughlan, who will play for Donald in 2015.

The challenge of playing a consistent top-three side to open the season will be something new Saints coach, Steve Reeves will look forward to.

The Saints may have lost forward Paul Messer and youngsters, Dylan McGrath and Zac Wandin during the pre-season, but a number of new players will give the club hope for a return to finals action.

One player to watch for the Saints tomorrow will be Palmerston recruit Brodie Bennett, who spent the past few months playing alongside former AFL players Alwyn Davey, Daniel Motlop, Shannon Motlop, Marlon Motlop and Liam Patrick.

Another highlight will be the battle between Nullawil forward duo, Sean Bedggood and Kal Heslop, and Quambatook defenders, Luke Parker and Ash Davis.

The Maroons hold a 14-match winning streak against the Saints, which should expand to 15 tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Nullawil should win by 30 points.

Southern battle

WAKOOL and Moulamein – two teams whose recruiters have been busy behind the scenes during the pre-season – will meet for bragging rights tomorrow.

The home side will go in to the match against its southern New South Wales rivals as favourites, despite the loss of its Picola and Mathoura contingent.

The group, which includes six 2013 premiership players – have returned home, impacting on the side’s back line.

The contingent included Callum Harding Davis, Justin Hartshorn and Ashley Neal – all who were capable of holding some of the competition’s major goalkickers.

Despite this, the Hawks have boosted their midfield, thanks to the return of premiership midfielder, Ben Jones, and forward, Tyson Webb.

Add in the recruitment of Mernda premiership forward David Hutchinson – who will link up with reigning leading league goalkicker, Luke Kirkland and former Melbourne player, Paul Wheatley – and attack may be the new form of defense for Locky Gleeson’s men.

Moulamein will take to the field tomorrow with a new-look side, with the club aiming to bounce back after a one-victory year in 2014.

Peter Spinks role as coach, as well as his past links at Tooleybuc/Manangatang, played a role in securing former Central Murray Football Netball League Rookie of the Year Jack Spinks, Joshua Standen, as well as Cody Wilkins and Ricky Wilkins to the club.

These players, as well as the recruitment of James Maney (Koondrook/Barham), Michael Morson and James White (both from Wakool), will easily cover the loss of key defender, Colin Keatch.

The Hawks won by more than 10 goals on each occasion these sides met last year. A closer result may be on the cards tomorrow.

PREDICTION: Wakool should win by 40 points.

* HAY has the bye, and will open its season at Macorna on April 18.

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Adnan Syed: new podcast to examine Serial case

Case re-opened … Adnan Syed was convicted of the 1999 murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Photo: This American LifeThe case of convicted murderer Adnan Syed, the subject of Serial, the world’s most popular podcast, is to be further examined – in a new podcast.
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But in a move sure to arouse further controversy, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed is to be presented by Syed’s lawyer Rabia Chaudry and will be clearly biased in favour of Syed, convicted in 1999 of killing his girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Serial smashed all records, reportedly being downloaded more than 76 million times. Presented by journalist Sarah Koenig, it attempts to give an even-handed if somewhat tortured account of the myriad twists and turns in Syed’s case.

Undisclosed, according to Chaudry, will answer many of the questions Serial left unanswered.

“Undisclosed will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one,” says a statement on the podcast’s website.

It will begin its bi-weekly episodes on April 13.

A spokesman for This American Life, who produced Serial, told Buzzfeed there was no connection between the two productions.

“There is no affiliation between Undisclosed and Serial,” said the spokesman. “We have not been working with the Undisclosed team on their podcast.”

Funding for the new podcast has come from public donations to the Adnan Syed Trust, which has so far raised $US93,000 of its $US250,000 target.

Syed’s case is to come before the courts again after the Maryland Court of Special Appeals allowed a request in February to re-open it.

Syed, who has maintained his innocence all along, claims his original lawyer, who has since died, didn’t represent him adequately.

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Derek Rielly: I…uh…might have downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club

Let’s just presume Derek Rielly did download Dallas Buyers Club – then let’s also presume he might have given up on it half-way through. Photo: SuppliedDallas Buyers Club slays iiNet in landmark caseDBC wants to shut down pirates’ connectionsPirates may pay only $20 compo each
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What surprises life throws at a man. Who knew that, one day, I’d be thrilled to’ve signed an overpriced two-year contract with Telstra’s Big Pond, one hundred slugs a month for a paltry 200 gigabytes of downloads. And all wrapped up in Telstra’s aggressive late-fees.

But now that Voltage Pictures have come after iiNet and a handful of smallish ISPs, I feel like tap-dancing up and down the street. Why?

I, uh, might’ve downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club.

Not saying I did, because that would put me in the sights of the American intellectual property lawyers who plan to cut a swathe through Australian piracy. And that might lead to one of those terrifying letters that are called “speculative invoices” by lawyers but are referred to by everyone else as blackmail.

As in, give us, $100, $1000, $10,000 – or we’ll take you to court and attempt to ruin you financially as a deterrent to anyone else who might want to download and share one of our films.

Sure, they might lose the case. But you’ll lose everything trying to defend the reason why, on that windy Saturday night, you thought, oh, wouldn’t it be nice to see a Matthew McConaughey film.

Maybe you thought it would rouse your spousal into some kind of marital fervour and so you figured, yeah, I’ll watch this crummy American film. McConaughey won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, yes, but this is more a reflection of the Academy’s desire to see handsome, and beautiful, actors ugly themselves in the name of cinema than the quality of the film.

Presuming I did download Dallas Buyers Club, I might then admit I switched off half-way through as the narrative arc became boringly apparent.

The only people safe from Voltage Pictures action are autistic kids and their carers, the disabled, the mentally ill and anyone on the dole. Interestingly, if you’re a pirate in uniform you’re immune, too, a legacy of Voltage’s American roots. What patriots!

Like everyone else, of course, as soon as I heard the Voltage Pictures action was successful, I hit the panic button or, more accurately, the delete button.

All those flms, all those TV shows that I might have, but can’t say for sure, downloaded via a third-party BitTorrent browser are gone. Trash securely deleted. Hard-drives wiped. People will claim they never shared the films they downloaded but peer-to-peer downloads mean every time you have the program open you’re automatically sharing everything in your library. We’re all guilty.

I knew this day would come. It had to. There’s a moral frenzying by defenders of free downloads, and some of the excuses are fairly convincing, as in “we want it… now”, but you would have to have sticks in your head not to think the film studios wouldn’t come after you eventually. Why wouldn’t they want to defend their turf?

I don’t believe downloading a film that I wouldn’t have gone to the cinema to see anyway is the same as shoplifting or knocking off someone’s car. But it does fall in the realm of tweaking your insurance claim, the same sense of righteousness that says, “Those companies are ripping us off anyway. Let’s get something back”.

Eventually, you pay. You pay higher insurance premiums to cover the scammers.

And, right now, as the piper demands payment, you might be paying a lot more than the $20 you would have tossed over the counter at the cinemas.

What’s going to be worse than any kind of punishment, however, is the shrill, “I told you sos” from all the luddites who couldn’t work out the whole downloading thing, anyway.  Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Mack Horton on his 1500m ambition: “I have a goal time, but I think that is a secret”

Mack Horton has a “secret” target time in mind for the 1500-metre final at the Australian swimming championships on Friday night and pledged after qualifying in Thursday morning’s heats to “attack” the race in an all-out bid to reach or better it.
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Horton, 18 and a world junior champion, swam within himself to place second in his heat of the 1500-metres at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in Homebush.

He swam 15 minutes 26.66 seconds. His heat, the second of two for only nine entries, was won in 15:12.63 by NSW’s Jarrod Poort who later withdrew from the final.

“I was just trying to save energy for tomorrow night,” Horton said after his heat. “I want to go pretty fast tomorrow night. I was just doing what I need to do to do that.”

The first heat saw Jordan Harrison win in 15:28.95, from fellow Queenslanders Jack McLoughlin who was second in 15:29.47 and Joshua Parrish, third in 15:39.25.

Horton, who has already won the 400-metres and 800-metres freestyle titles, would not reveal what time he believe he can go for in Friday’s final, but he is on the cusp of bettering Grant Hackett’s Australian age record for the event.

Horton, touted as Australia’s next distance star, has a 1500m personal best of 14:48.76, recorded at last year’s Commonwealth Games where he won silver.

That time was just outside Hackett’s 1999 age record for 18-year-olds of 14:48.63.

These national titles at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre in Homebush is the last chance Horton has to break the mark, as he turns 19 on April 25.

Asked on Thursday morning what time he hopes for, Morton said: “I have a goal time, but I think that is a secret. I will tell you if I get it or not tomorrow night.”

As for his race plan, he said: “Traditionally, I tend to attack it and it usually works pretty well, and just try and hang on for those last couple of hundred metres.”

He said with a conservative start, “you might get to the end and have heaps left and you could have used that at the start. It’s just better to get out there and attack it.

“Keeping in mind … you still have 1500m to go, so [it is] a steady strong attack.”

He then quipped, smiling, that his plan was: “The Australian way,” before walking off.

Harrison, 19, his confidence boosted after his 4 x 200-metre relay success with the Miami club in a club record time on Wednesday night, didn’t hide his intent to shadow Horton in the final and then see what he has left to take him on.

“He’s been 14.48 before and he is swimming faster in the 400 than he was at ‘Commies’ when he went 14.48,” Harrison said.

“Your logic would say he is swimming faster at the 1500 as well, and I guess if he is swimming fast at sub-14.50 I will try and stick with him and see what I can pull out.”

Meanwhile, the Campbell sisters – Bronte and Cate – qualified first and second fastest for the women’s 50m freestyle semi-finals that will be held on Thursday night.

The pair both admitted to being short on some sleep after world champion Cate Campbell, 22, beat Bronte, 20, to win the 100-metre final on Wednesday night.

But again they were pleased with their heats that – like the 100-metres heats – saw Bronte clock the fastest time of 24.72 seconds. Cate was second fastest in 24.76.

However, the sisters were still beaming with a mixture of joy and even relief after both qualified for individual spots on the Australian team – the Dolphins – to race the 100-metres event at the world championships to be held in Kazan in Russia in August.

They stayed up to 2am to relax, enjoy a late dinner, and also watch a movie – the romantic comedy, ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ that Cate labelled as “an oldie but a goodie”.

Cate Campbell revealed how important the Australian titles are for a swimmer, as they double as trials for the world championship team.

“I find trials the most stressful competition of the year,” she said.

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Australia 108 penthouse sale smashes national price record

The penthouse of the super skyscraper Australia 108 has sold for national record price of $25 million.
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Spread across the entire 100th floor of what will be the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, the ultra luxury penthouse is the most expensive single apartment ever sold in Australia.

The buyer, a businessman based in China – whose identity has not been disclosed – has inked the off-the-plan deal, agency CBRE has confirmed.

Building has started and Australia 108 is due for completion in 2019.

The sale launches Melbourne into the national stratosphere of luxury real estate.

The previous benchmark was set by the sale of two apartments in Sydney’s Bondi for a combined $25 million in November last year.

The off-the-plan purchase of the amalgamated apartments atop The Bondi Pacific development was made in a company name linked to Andrew Roberts, the former chief executive of Multiplex.

The previous highest recorded apartment sale in Melbourne was a $19.3 million pad in the deluxe 150 East complex.

On the edge of the Fitzroy Gardens, 150 East is dubbed the “tower of power” for its wealthy and influential residents from business and entertainment.

The sale of the 750 square metre penthouse of Australia 108, which will hover in the clouds at 319 metres above the Southbank promenade, was promoted as the highest dwelling in the southern hemisphere.

The new owner will enter through a private grand foyer on level 98, and have use of a private glass elevator.

He will come home to a multi-million dollar view – the apartment takes in a 360 degree vista of city, the bay and the mountains.

 

Australia 108 from CBRE on Vimeo Domain last month there were three local buyers who had shown interest in the penthouse.

“The interested parties couldn’t be more different with their background, their demand and use of the property,” he said.

There had been dozens of inquiries for the penthouse, which had been marketed with a “certain level of sophistication” in the package of printed material they handed out to prospective buyers, Mr Leoncelli said.

“Some of it goes to the highest level of detail and quality and consideration, so it’s different to what we give to people on the lower levels,” he said.

Australia 108 trumps the height of the 297 metre-tall Eureka tower and has secured the monster sale that has not been achieved at Eureka.

A full-floor apartment in Eureka, occupying all of level 82 – with 360 degree views and a plush, designer fit-out – has been on the market through RT Edgar and Christie’s for several months, with an expected price of $20 million.

The 82nd Eureka penthouse, like the Australia 108 penthouse, is designed by architecture firm Fender Katsalidis. It’s owned by self-made business and property developer Elias Jreissati.

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