Monthly Archives: September 2019

Evergreen Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis lead Sydney Thunder to thrilling Big Bash win

When Mike Hussey and Jacques Kallis began playing senior cricket Twenty20 wasn’t even thought of as a format. Yet what was designed as a young man’s game to attract a new audience was on Sunday night set alight by a pair of 39-year-olds who in the old days would have their feet up by now. As it happened: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat
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Hussey (98 from 60 balls) and Kallis (97 not out from 55) were a sight to behold to get Sydney Thunder, the laughing stock of the Big Bash League in the past few seasons, off to a flyer with a 56-run win.

Their opponents, Brisbane Heat, were set a mammoth target of 209 thanks to a jaw-dropping 160-run opening stand between the veteran openers and there was no coming back from there thanks in no small part to the impressive Gurinder Sandhu (3-19) and Andrew McDonald (3-20).

The BBL is well removed from their Test heyday but Hussey and Kallis in full flight were thrilling, the duo bludgeoning 13 sixes between them. Both feature only on the T20 circuit these days and hadn’t played since the Champions League in September but didn’t look remotely rusty, with the ageless Hussey offering a reminder of how valuable he could still be to Australian cricket had he not retired from international cricket two summers ago.

“What’s Mike Hussey doing over February & March 2015 #WorldCup” asked former World Cup winning Tom Moody on social media, and it was a fair question as the Thunder’s captain showed he could doubtless still cut it.

Kallis, in his first outing in the franchise’s electric green, at the other end showed he is not simply in town to collect a pay cheque. The South African stood and delivered with a brutal arrival to the competition and like Hussey deserved the hundred that narrowly evaded him.

If that wasn’t enough for modern-day cricket’s greatest allrounder, Kallis then bowled Heat opener Dan Christian and took a key catch in the deep.

“It was great fun out there,” Hussey said. “It was great fun batting with Jacques Kallis. I’ve been playing against him all these years it’s good to play with him.”

The only disappointment was that there weren’t more backsides on seats, with only 10,152 seeing the masterclass.

The BBL faces a similar challenge here as the Olympic Stadium’s primary tenant, rugby league: a television product that many would argue is superior to what you get at the ground. Why would you turn up, they say, when you can stay at home listening to the excellent Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist and a miked-up player?

That doesn’t seem to be an issue in Adelaide, where more than 27,000 witnessed the first game of the tournament last week, but in western Sydney the Thunder are playing catch-up after several seasons of woeful results and failure to gather a following.

Even so, given the cast playing on Sunday night – a dozen internationals past and present, including England’s new Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan and Test bolter Joe Burns – there were no shortage of attractions.

Where else would you be able to watch Andrew Flintoff bowl to Kallis in the flesh without access to a time machine?

The former England captain might have wanted to take off in one – back to the English summer of 2005 perhaps – after disappearing for 14 in his first over in the BBL, with Hussey the principal aggressor.

It didn’t get much better for Flintoff when he returned later to be slugged by Kallis. While the Thunder’s grand old stagers soared, it wasn’t his night, ending 0-25 from two overs. The 37-year-old was then sent packing late in the Heat’s run chase for nought.

Santa and team on lolly run save Rutherford man’s life

Please enable Javascript to watch this video► Ambulance’s tardy arrival queried
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IT MIGHT not be Christmas just yet, but Santa has already given a Rutherford man the best present of all – saving his life.

Telarah fire brigade members were on their annual lolly run on Saturday when, about 2.30pm, they chanced upon a house that was beginning to seep smoke from its front window.

Immediately, the team of retained firefighters kicked into action and began their remarkable rescue operation.

Still dressed in his Santa suit, Nick Carey broke the lock on the front door with the help of incident controller Grant Norman.

Kitted up, Bill Rowles and Joel Philip then made their way into the haze of smoke.

Inside they found a shirtless man, aged about 20, slumped and unconscious in a small black chair in the corner of the living room.

They picked him up and dragged him to the front door, where Mr Carey was waiting and helped by picking up his legs.

They carried the man to the front lawn, where Mr Carey and Mr Norman began CPR – at one point thinking he might not make it.

The other firefighters went back into the house because they had seen a cot and were worried a baby might be inside.

Santa’s rescue mission.

The blaze, a small kitchen fire, was quickly extinguished. By the time an ambulance arrived the man, known to neighbours only as “Wayne”, was conscious.

He remained at John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition on Sunday.

Mr Norman said the Telarah fire station was usually unmanned so it was extremely lucky they were driving past when they were.

“We all come from home if we get a fire call, so it would have taken around 10 minutes longer,” he said.

“He was unresponsive when we came across him so every second counts; it was incredibly lucky.”

Rutherford resident Michael Johnson, 66, captured footage of the brave rescue on his mobile, and the video can be seen at theherald上海龙凤419m.au.

It reveals just how serious things were when it shows one of the firies carrying out CPR saying: “We’re going to lose him”. “Without a doubt these guys saved this kid,” Mr Johnson said.

“I want people to know what an incredible job they did and how lucky this person was that they happened to be there.

“I guess you could say Santa’s come early this year.”

Ian Lazar: Dognapping victim charged with cattle duffing

Ian Lazar and his pets. Photo: Brendan EspositoDognapping victim and accused fraudster Ian Lazar has been hit with another raft of criminal charges, including cattle duffing and using “trickery” to obtain a concert promoter’s luxury wheels.
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Mr Lazar, who changed his name from Ian Rogut when he was bankrupted in the late 1990s, is currently behind bars, bail refused, having been charged with a raft of fraud offences and conspiring with a well-known standover man to assault and intimidate a police officer.

Mr Lazar’s hopes of getting bail before Christmas were dashed last Thursday when the lender of last resort was hit with another nine charges.

They include three counts of stealing cattle, a fraud offence relating to the disappearance of a $100,000 tractor which Mr Lazar borrowed and a broken promise to pay an $11,000 bill for helicopter hire.

Mr Lazar was also charged with “larceny by trick” in relation to a Lexus motor vehicle which was owned by music promoter Kevin Jacobsen and his wife Billie.

Mr Jacobsen had gone to Mr Lazar for financial assistance in 2010 after a legal dispute which saw Mr Jacobsen fall out with his brother and then business partner Colin Joye.

According to the police fact sheet, which was presented to Central Local Court last Thursday, the Jacobsens’ Lexus ended up in the hands of a prominent standover man.

Many of the charges against Mr Lazar stem from former clients who, having found themselves in financial distress, are alleging they ended up even more distressed after their dealings with Mr Lazar.

In 2011 Mr Lazar was hit where it hurt most when four of his seven lapdogs were kidnapped.

The dognappers demanded payment of $300,000 for the safe return of the pooches, who wore matching day clothes and then were dressed in pyjamas for bed.

When Mr Lazar demanded “proof of life” he was sent a photo of his dogs cowering in a cage, with the front page of that day’s Australian Financial Review.

“They’ve been watching too many movies,” Mr Lazar said at the time.

Three of the four dogs were eventually recovered.

Mr Lazar’s matter will be mentioned in court on January 15.

Department of Human Services spends $500,000 on legal fees fighting $6000 child support dispute

A “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money”: Nick Xenophon. Photo: Quinn RooneyFull public service coverage
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The Department of Human Services has spent more than half a million dollars of taxpayers’ money in legal fees fighting a child support dispute over $6000.

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money … to protect the butt of the department”.

Now the department, which runs the Child Support Agency, Centrelink and Medicare, has hired more high-end lawyers to try to block the release of information on its own conduct in the matter, exposing taxpayers to up to a million dollars in legal and other costs.

Child Support Agency bosses have spent the money despite knowing, since August 2011, that their public servants broke the law in the man’s case and were on shaky legal ground from the beginning of the dispute.

DHS has been ordered by the government’s information watchdog to hand over a briefing it prepared for its minister, along with other documents, but the department has hired top-end lawyers Clayton Utz to fight the decision of the Australian Privacy Commissioner.

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Throughout the three-year legal battle with the father, a determined litigant known simply as “DT” because of strict Family Court rules on identifying parties, Human Services have tried to resist handing over documents to the court and defied orders to release information to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Transparency and accountability at Human Services, the government’s largest department, has been under fire since a report by the Information Commissioner revealed an organisation obsessed with process, that preferred legalese to plain English and had increasingly lost sight of its duty to share information.

As of April this year, DHS had paid more than $500,000 to defend the DT case and refuses to say what has been spent since.

The department refused this week to say how much taxpayers’ money was being paid to Clayton Utz for the latest legal manoeuvre but a spokeswoman insisted the department was justified in another round of legal action to keep documents suppressed.

“Matters are generally appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal where the decision being appealed contains an error of fact or an error of law,” the spokesman said.

“As this matter is subject to ongoing litigation, the department will not be providing further comment at this time.”

Senator Xenophon has been trying to use Senate estimates to get answers on the spending on the case, but his questions have been taken on notice, with Human Services then refusing to answer, citing “confidentiality”.

“This is bureaucracy gone mad and now they’re refusing to answer how much has been involved,” Senator Xenophon said.

“Taxpayers should expect a better response than this, they are hiding behind confidentiality and it seems a cowardly way to avoid accountability.

“This seems to be a scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money for no good effect other than to protect the butt of the department.”

Violent offender Richard Reay stays behind bars

DANGEROUS: An artist’s impression of Richard Reay, who will spend another year in jail despite the expiry of his sentence. HE’S one of Australia’s most dangerous offenders whose random unprovoked violence has caused havoc in NSW and Queensland while at liberty and in jail.
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As recently as September he fractured a fellow inmate’s jaw.

Windale’s Richard Reay will finally be released in December next year after a Supreme Court judge ruled that he should remain behind bars even though his most recent jail sentence expired in October.

Reay’s record is littered with assaults of varying ferocity including an unprovoked attack on a man with a baseball bat at Windale in 2003. He fled NSW and was later arrested and charged in Queensland with a number of violent offences.

His violence and disturbing behaviour in the Queensland prison system, such as drinking from his toilet bowl and masturbating persistently in front of others, resulted in him being segregated with no real human contact for three years, the court heard.

After being extradited to NSW in 2011 using a specialised prison van that was constructed to transport serial killer Ivan Milat, Reay, 40, was sentenced for the Windale attack, which expired on October6.

The state of NSW won an 11th-hour application in October to keep him behind bars under its high-risk offenders legislation after more evidence emerged of his behaviour in jail including attacking a dental nurse, prison guards and inmates.

Justice Richard Button recently ordered Reay to remain in jail until December 2015, at which time he will be released under an ‘‘extended supervision order’’ that will run until December 2017.

Under the order Reay will be electronically monitored and will not be allowed to enter the Newcastle or Lake Macquarie areas without the permission of a parole officer, but Justice Button remained concerned Reay may have nowhere to live when he is released.

The court heard that Reay is finally undergoing a one-year violent offenders’ program in jail ‘‘and seems to be progressing very well’’, Justice Button noted.

Two forensic psychiatrists reported to the court that Reay still posed ‘‘a high risk of committing a serious offence of violence if released’’ after diagnosing him with ‘‘a severe antisocial personality disorder and substance use disorder’’.

Reay appeared at the most recent hearing via audio-visual link from Parklea prison where he was ‘‘a little disruptive throughout the course of the hearing’’, Justice Button noted.

But Justice Button also believed that was natural for someone who was ‘‘resentful and exasperated’ at being held in jail beyond their sentence.

Reay must continue in the violent offenders’ program and must co-operate with psychiatrists and psychologists between now and his release.