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NRL: Newcastle Knights Peter Mata’utia knows his opposite numbersphotos

Mata’utia keeps close eye on rival Rabbitohs MONITOR: Newcastle Knights centre Peter Mata’utia reckons he has always been a student of the game. Picture: Getty Images
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STACKS ON: Knights centre Peter Mata’utia gets mobbed by teammates after scoring the try which leveled the scores at 26-all against Gold Coast in Newcastle with five minutes remaining on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

TweetFacebook Peter Mata’utiaPictures from Fairfax Digital CollectionBy his own admission Peter Mata’utia watches too much rugby league.

From growing up to life as a professional player, the Newcastle Knights centre can’t get enough and has always gravitated towards it.

But despite a drought-breaking and morale-boosting NRL victory for the Knights on Saturday afternoon it has remainedbusiness as usual for the 26-year-old ahead of hisnext assignment at home against South Sydney.

“I know whose playing in front of me,” Mata’utia said.

“I used to tell [younger brother and teammate] Sione I watched too much footy when Iwas growing up, but I think it has worked out now.

“I know every centres favourite run and favourite step, it’spart of my job to know who I’m playing each week.

“I watched the Souths game over the weekend and they have a very good team so we need to be ready to play.”

Mata’utia will likely line up against Hymel Hunt and winger Braidon Burns on his left edge with Robert Jennings and Bryson Goodwin on the other side of the field for the Rabbitohs while Alex Johnston replaces injured superstar Greg Inglis in the No.1 jersey.

“It doesn’t really change anything[without Greg Inglis],” he said.

“Alex Johnston is asuperstar player as well and they’ve got [halfback] Adam Reynolds back, who they didn’t have round one and lost but returned last week and won.

“Plus they have [lock] Sam Burgess, so it will be a very tough game for us and we’ll have to be on song to get the two points.”

It was the Raymond Terrace junior who helped levelproceedings with five minutes left against the Gold Coast Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium before the Knights kicked on to secure a 34-26 triumph in round two.

Mata’utia, who debuted with the Knights in 2011 and returned to the club midway through last season after a stint with St George Illawarra, said it was a specialmoment to crash over for that try near the uprights at the southern end of the ground.

“It was just a surreal feeling,” he said.

“Once I got over the line I felt everyone’senergy.”

Newcastle and Souths sit next to each other on the competition ladder, either side of the top eight with one win apiece, and share the exact same points differential (56 for, 52 against).

The Knights named an unchanged 17 playerson Tuesday but English import Joe Wardle and former n Schoolboys representative Jacob Gagan were included in the extended 21-man squad for the first time.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS: 1 Brendan Elliot2 Ken Sio 3 Dane Gagai 4 Peter Mata’utia 5 Nathan Ross 6 Brock Lamb 7 Trent Hodkinson ©8 Daniel Saifiti 9 Daniel Levi 10 Josh Starling 11 Sione Mata’utia 12 Jamie Buhrer 13 Mitch Barnett 14 Luke Yates 15 Jack Stockwell 16 Sam Stone 17 Jacob Saifiti 18 Jacob Gagan 19 Joe Wardle 20 Josh King 21 Anthony Tupou

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Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League: North Newcastle and South Newcastle rivals once again

One of the region’s oldest sporting rivalries will be reignited when the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League season kicks off later this month.
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Traditional outfits North Newcastle and South Newcastle will go head-to-head in the A-grade competition after gradings for 2017 were officially unveiled on Tuesday.

It will pit the foundation teams, who were part of the original Newcastle Rugby Leaguecompetition in 1910, against each otherfor the first time in almost three decades.

OLD RIVALS: North Newcastle v South Newcastle in first grade. Picture: Legends Of League – A History Of The Newcastle Rugby League 1908-1999.

Norths, also known as the Bluebags, have basically been defunct since merging with Nelson Bay in 1989 but have recently reformedwith inaugural Knights skipper and Kiwi international Sam Stewart on the books.

Souths, who normally play exclusively in thetop flight district competition, will be one of three clubs featuring in second divisionafter open grade, or thirds, was replaced by ladies league tag on match day for this season.

Souths will also be joined by fellow district clubs Macquarie and Maitland, who have both entered B-grade.

There are 42sides from A to D grade and another14 in ladies league tag.

Some of the new or revived entities include Aberglasslyn, Kearsley, Maitland United andMorpeth.

Round one is scheduled to start on March 31. The draw has yet to be finalised.

Last month A-grade outfit Shortlandannounced the signing of two-time NRL top-try scorer Nathan Merritt.

A-GRADE: Cardiff, Fingal Bay, Maitland United, Mallabula, North Newcastle, Shortland, South Newcastle, Swansea, Tea Gardens, Umina.

B-GRADE: Belmont South, Carrington, Dora Creek, Dudley, Macquarie, Maitland, Morpeth, University, West Wallsend, Windale.

C-GRADE: Abermain, Clarence Town, Dungog, Gloucester, Hinton, Karuah, Kearsley, Paterson River, Stockton, Stroud, Wallsend, Waratah Mayfield.

D-GRADE: Cardiff reserves; East Maitland, Glendale, Hexham, Kotara, Maitland United reserves, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Swansea reserves, Woodberry.

LADIES LEAGUE TAG: Aberglasslyn, Cardiff, Carrington, Dora Creek, Maitland United, Mallabula, Morriset, Raymond Terrace, Shortland, Swansea, Tea Gardens, Umina, Waratah Mayfield, West Wallsend.

Powerhouse controversy may give birth to a twin

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has left open the possibility of two Powerhouse museums – one for the city and one for the west – as controversy over the institution’s move to Parramatta gathers pace.
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Appearing on ABC radio on Tuesday, Ms Berejiklian reaffirmed the NSW government’s commitment to “a Powerhouse museum” in Parramatta, but said all options were on the table as the government considered the business case for the move.

“I don’t know if I’ve said this publicly but I’m looking at the costings to see how we can deliver this in the best way and to see what opportunities exist,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Asked if this meant the government might build a second Powerhouse museum, Ms Berejiklian said: “I’m just saying we’re looking at opportunities but I want to say straight away that western Sydney is going to get a cultural institution, a Powerhouse museum, but I’m looking at all the options.”

The government announced in 2014 that the Powerhouse museum would move from Ultimo to Parramatta, following several years of declining crowds and a major redundancy program, but opponents have claimed it would be better to invest in the current heritage site and move some of the collections to a satellite in the west.

A proposed site has been found on the banks of the Parramatta River and western Sydney leaders want it to be housed in an iconic building that would draw visitors from around the state.

The plan is now the subject of a parliamentary inquiry, which is investigating plans to sell off the Ultimo site of the Powerhouse as part of a broader examination of museums and galleries.

Former Powerhouse director Lindsay Sharpe has put the cost of the relocation as high as $2 billion, which would be 10 times the estimated sale price of the current site.

This figure was ridiculed by Parramatta Council’s interim general manager Greg Dyer in a speech to the Property Council last week, who claimed that opponents of the move were peddling misinformation.

“Melbourne built a new museum – and relocated 16 million artefacts and specimens from its CBD – for less than $450 million in today’s terms,” Mr Dyer said.

“So for $2 billion you could build three museums and still have plenty of change.”

But Ms Berejiklian said the government was not doing it for financial reasons.

“Western Sydney is the fastest growing part of Sydney and it’s appropriate for them to have a cultural institution,” she said.

Some observers believe the government is backing away from moving the Powerhouse in its entirety, raising fears in western Sydney, which is relying on the museum to lift its cultural profile.

Parramatta Council released a cultural plan on Sunday that described the relocation of the Powerhouse as “a catalyst for increased opportunities and enhanced arts and culture”.

Western Sydney Business Chamber director David Borger said it would be a challenge for the government to run two operational budgets, especially given the Ultimo site needed significant rehabilitation.

Parramatta had been named in the State Infrastructure Strategy as the second cultural precinct of NSW, Mr Borger said. “The linchpin to that is the Powerhouse.”

Arts Minister Don Harwin was asked in the upper house in February whether the government was considering a backflip on the decision.

He replied: “Once the final business case has been received it will be looked at by me and considered by cabinet and a final decision will be made.”

Controversial nuclear waste plans back under the spotlight

Issues at two of ‘s largest radioactive waste storage facilities have put a controversial government plan back under the spotlight.
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For years the federal government has tried in vain to build a national dump for the country’s nuclear waste.

Staunch opposition from prospective locations has repeatedly stalled the project, which opponents believe is an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

Each year produces about a shipping container full of low and intermediate-level waste through industrial, medical and research applications.

Much of the country’s waste is stored at a CSIRO facility in Woomera, South , and a government warehouse in Lucas Heights, Sydney.

Lucas Heights is approaching full capacity and Fairfax Media has revealed significant concerns about conditions at the CSIRO facility.

Professor Ken Baldwin, the director of the Energy Change Institute at ANU, said it was about time settled on a long-term plan for nuclear waste.

“In the same way that it’s important to have a coherent approach to the disposal of chemical waste, petroleum products and used car tyres, we need to have a long-term plan for storing the waste products arising, for example, from the creation of nuclear medicines in the fight against cancer,” he said.

The search for a publicly acceptable site to store nuclear waste has plagued successive governments since the doomed National Repository Project in 1992.

Started by the Labour government in 1992, the project was wound-up without success in 2004 by Liberal Prime Minister John Howard.

Bruce Wilson, head of resources at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, said ‘s current arrangements did not conform with international best practice.

“Radioactive waste is held in more than 100 locations around the country, and is strictly regulated by the independent nuclear regulator, ARPANSA,” he said.

“International best practice and government policy is that this be consolidated into a safe, purpose-built, national facility on land volunteered by a landowner and at a site broadly supported by nearby communities.” /*\n”,color:”caution”, title:””, maxWidth:200, open:0},{lat:-30.29857, lon:138.36247, text:”

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Many residents in the 700-strong town were motivated by the economic kick the rural region would get by hosting the centre, consultation documents showed.

However, others were concerned about possible health impacts and whether the facility would damage the region’s environmental and agricultural reputation.

Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson has previously said many in the town were coming around to the idea as more information was provided on its risks and rewards.

Another site in Barndioota, South , was earmarked to host the facility in April last year and is currently undergoing an in-depth technical assessment.

A final decision on the location of the site was unlikely to be made this year, the government said.

“A landowner at Barndioota, in regional South , voluntarily nominated a section of their land, and the community around it elected to enter into the current process of deep consultation and technical and heritage studies,” Mr Wilson said.

“That process will continue throughout this year.

“Two new applications have been received from landowners near Kimba in regional South , and if they meet basic technical and other criteria, one or both may enter into a phase of initial consultation.”

Newcastle Newmarket 2017: Jay Hopkins chases upset win with Got Unders

WINNING TEAM: James Innes jnr takes Got Unders to victory at Rosehill in his only race ride on the gelding last August. Picture: bradleyphotos苏州夜总会招聘.au Jay Hopkins
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Broadmeadow trainer Jay Hopkins never expected nominations for Friday’s group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400 metres) to be as strong when heput Got Unders down for the race.

With his family, many of whom are part-owners in the horse, coming from Coffs Harbour for a visit on Friday and the $11.2 million course proper opening at Newcastle Racecourse, Hopkins was hoping just to be part of the action at his adopted track.But after seeing the nominations, including Happy Clapper and Kris Lees’ Doncaster-bound Sense Of Occasion, Hopkins wasn’t so sure.

“I more than likely will accept,” Hopkins said on Tuesday. “I just want towait until morning and go from there. I want to see how many are accepting because if it’s going to be a big field, I don’t really want to start him.”

Got Unders was one of 17 nominations for the 16-horse field, which included several runners also listed for races elsewhere.Hopkins believed the opening of the new state-of-the-arttrack and likely heavy conditions for Saturday’s Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill would mean a strong Newmarket field.

However, the rookie trainer, who had his first winner in January when Got Unders saluted at Randwick, said it was worth a first shot at black-type racingwith his seven-year-old gelding.

“I didn’t think the noms would be as strong as they were,” he said.“It will be tough for him but he’s in form, he’s had a bit of a freshen up, so we might as well. It’s just down the road.

“He’s probably in the best form of his career, it’s just that he’s an older horse. He worked really well this morning so he will more than likely go around.The owners are coming down anyway for the day, so they’d obviously like to have a runner in it.”

Hopkins has bookedJames Innes jnr, who has ridden Got Unders once for one win,for the race.

Randwick trainer Pat Webster confirmed on Tuesday that Happy Clapper would start in the Newmarket rather than the $1 million George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill, where Winx will chase a 16thconsecutive win against the likes of Black Heart Bart, Chautauqua and Lees’ Le Romain.

Lees, though, may not have a runner in the Newmarket.

Sense Of Occasion is also down to trial at Randwick on Thursday ahead of the April 1Doncaster Mile.Lees said last week that Sense Of Occasion would run first-up in the Doncaster.

Meanwhile, Lees’ The Wasp, Raido and Twist Tops were down to chase a Provincial Championships final start at Gosford on Wednesday. Newcastle’s Paul Perry (Gadfly) and Alan Scorse (What Could Be) also have runners in the qualifier.

Slipper favourite Houtzen drifts after drawing gate 16

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Trainer Toby Edmonds’ confidence has been slightly dented after his Golden Slipper favourite Houtzen drew gate 16 for Saturday’s $3.5 million two-year-old classic.

Houtzen had a look at Rosehill on Tuesday morning and pleased jockey Jeff Lloyd, who made the trip from Queensland to ride her in the gallop, but the barrier would have had been a downer when he landed back in Brisbane.

“I’m happy that she got a look at the track and she handled it in her stride,” Lloyd said. “She is a straightforward two-year-old and nothing seems to worry her.”

The second part of the morning didn’t go to plan for the unbeaten Magic Millions winner as she came up with gate 16. Sportsbet easing her from $3.80 to $4.

“I’m hopeful more than confident now after the barrier,” Edmonds said. “I think she is going better now than she was leading into the Magic Millions and Jeff was happy with her this morning.

“She drew wide in the Magic Millions and it didn’t stop her.

“We will just have to see how the track is playing with this rain around come Saturday.”

Gary Portelli was happy even though second pick in betting She Will Reign drew gate 13, which will become 11 if the emergencies come out.

“Eleven is my lucky number and if you had asked me before the draw I would have said six to 10 would be ideal. ” Portelli said. “She will be able to get right run but it is going to come down to how the track is playing.”

She Will Reign remains a $5.50 while Blue Diamond winner Catchy is $7 after drawing perfectly in gate eight and Diamond runner-up Pariah at $9 got four.

There a couple of shorteners at long odds in Menari and Formality, which drew gate one and two respectively.

Godolphin retained jockey William Buick elected to ride Trekking despite the fact he will jump from the outside gate after drawing barrier 18, in front of Veranillo.

Golden Slipper

1 122 PARIAH (4) Blake Shinn 56.5 $9

2 1×123 VERANILLO (11) Brenton Avdulla 56.5 $31

3. 141TRAPEZE ARTIST (5) Tim Clark 56.5 $26

4 2231 SINGLE BULLET (3) Tye Angland 56.5 $31

5 2×1 DIAMOND TATHAGATA (7) Glyn Schofield 56.5 $81

6 1×2 TREKKING (18) William Buick 56.5 $31

7 4×2512 INVADER (15) Hugh Bowman 56.5 $21

8 125 MENARI (1) Corey Brown 56.5 $26

9 1111 CATCHY (8) Craig Williams 54.5 $7

10 113 FORMALITY (2) Ryan Moore 54.5 $17

11 1241 TULIP (10) Kerrin McEvoy 54.5 $11

12 11×12 SHE WILL REIGN (13) Ben Melham 54.5 $5.50

13 2211 FROLIC (17) Tommy Berry 54.5 $15

14 1×13 TEASPOON (14) Zac Purton 54.5 $31

15 1111 HOUTZEN (16) Jeff Lloyd 54.5 $4

16 13132 MADEENATY (9) Regan Bayliss 54.5 $81

Emergencies

17 1325 CHAUFFEUR (19) Josh Parr 56.5 $51

18 2×434 SHOWTIME (6) 56.5 $81

19 04×234 THE MISSION (12) 56.5 $251

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South African rugby boss says an Chinan team will be cut

A decision on the future of n Super Rugby clubs could linger on for another two weeks after a meeting between club chief executives and the n Rugby Union provided little clarity. The ARU spoke with chief executives of all five Super Rugby teams on Tuesday but did little to allay fears a franchise will be cut following a report from South Africa suggesting the competition would be reduced from 18 to 16 teams.
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There has been no official word out of the ARU or SANZAAR as to whether a team will be cut, however it is understood the meeting was simply consultation between chief executives and the ARU.

“There’s nothing unfortunately to say, that’s just the reality,” Western Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry told Fairfax Media.

It is understood there is still a fair way to go before SANZAAR pulls the trigger on its plans for the 2018 season.

Chief executives went into the conference call wanting answers on where their club stood but weren’t given anything more than reassurance they would be informed and kept in the loop.

On a day when certainty was sought, speculation has become even more rife after a report out of South Africa quoted Free State Cheetahs boss Harold Verster saying he had heard Super Rugby would be reduced to a 16-team competition.

In the wake of speculation the Cheetahs, Kings and an n team would be punted – given New Zealand went into the SANZAAR meeting with a 15-team preference – Verster spoke confidently that his franchise would be safe from the chopping block.

“All I can say is that we are safe. I keep my ear to the ground,” Verster told Netwerk24. “There is much discussion about the current series and the format and two teams of South Africa will fall out and a team of .

“There was even speculation that we would return to a Super 12, but my information is that we are going to be reduced from the current 18 to 16 teams, which means the Cheetahs are safe.”

Verster may well be correct but Fairfax Media understands no such decision had been communicated on Tuesday.

And South Africa may well represent the wild card in negotiations, with some reservations over whether SARU, a Union that operates across a complicated political landscape, would sign off on a reduction of teams in a nation where the code remains highly popular.

The Queensland Reds are one team assured of a place in any competition and had no comment when contacted on Tuesday, deferring their stance to the ARU, who also declined to comment.

Either a 15-team model or a 18-team model was seen as the two most workable solutions but if these reports are true that a 16-team proposal will get the green light, the make-up of the competition could be equally as confusing.

“Until such a time as a definite decision is announced, such speculation and uncertainty will continue,” said RUPA chief executive Ross Xenos. “A 16-team model was not favoured in advance of the Ex-co meetings and raising it now is the most recent example of very inconsistent rumours across each nation.”

While 16 teams would appear to divide equally into four conferences, this is not possible because there are five New Zealand teams who are in no danger of being cut.

16 teams would create the potential for a competition-wide round robin, with each team playing each other once.

However, such an option is very expensive from a travel perspective and would reduce the number of n home derbies.

It would also create the potential for longer tours which creates a lack of local content.

There is confusion about how a round-robin style competition would work and how conferences would be split up to ensure broadcasters are guaranteed a quarter-final match in their respective countries.

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper threw his support behind five n teams on Tuesday and implored the ARU to keep the his former club the Brumbies in Super Rugby.

“I think can have five teams in the competition,” Hooper said. “We want guys having as much chance to wear a Wallabies jersey as possible so I’m all in favour of having five teams.

“From being a part of the club, it has a rich history and people are very passionate about our Capital Territory having a team, so I’m not sure what going to happen but the Brumbies is a strong club and one that you would like to see continue in the comp.”

Centenary of the Great War

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for 12-18 March 1917.
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BREATHER: Members of a field artillery battery take a break, seemingly oblivious to the muddy conditions of their trench. Picture:The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.

AUSSIES IN OPEN WARFAREFrom C. E. W. Bean, n Official War Correspondent, British Headquarters, France. March 7. For the last five days the position in front of Bapaume and along the line on both flanks of it remained quite unchanged. On Monday, March 2, a German commander clearly ordered his divisions to find out who was following them, and six or seven small attacks which were made by the Germans about dawn that morning, were certainly most expensive attempts by the Germans at identification. It is no exaggeration to say that he lost 200 killed and 50 Prisoners.

The n troops have had a new excitement and the very real interest of following a retreating enemy over open ground, and this short experience of open warfare, despite the tremendous labours and sleeplessness, especially of the first few days, has been like a draft of new life to the men after the hardships of the winter. During more than one attack last week the troops which came up against thick wire under fire tackled it first one day and then another day until they found some means of getting through or round It. One company of Western ns tried for 11 hours before they reached their objective.

MERCHANTMEN ARMEDPresident Wilson has called an extra session of Congress for April 6th.Meanwhile, he will arm American merchantmen without waiting for power from Congress. Mr Lansing, Secretary of State, states that Mr T. W. Gregory, USAttorney-General has advised President Wilson that the President possesses the power to arm merchantmen.Guns will be supplied to merchantmen from the ex-navy’s supplies, and gunners from the active or reserve lists. The navy will instruct the gunners as to whether the appearance of a submarine in the neighbourhood of the ship is sufficient warrant for opening fire.While secrecy is maintained as to the plans for arming ships, State Department officials admit that merchantmen, if convinced of the hostile intent of a submarine, are justified in firing at a U-boat without waiting to be attacked.

President Wilson is now exercising his constitutional power as Commander-ln-Chief of the Army and Navy, as if the United States were actually at war against Germany.

TIGHES HILLThe NSW Public School Teachers’ Association has adopted a scheme, for helping to raise reinforcements to assist our men at the front. Each school, or each department, has to make itself responsible for at least one accepted recruit, who will be that school’s representative in the Public Schools’ Reinforcement Units, and the school will undertake the responsibility of keeping him supplied with parcels of comforts. While in Sydney they will be looked after by the council of the association. The teachers and pupils of the Tighes Hill School will be glad to hear of any men who are thinking of enlisting, and would be the school’s representatives.

BAPAUME ADVANCEWhile the British successes in Mesopotamia must have a marked effect upon the war, it is the British advance on the west front which is of the greatest importance at the moment. Its progress has been continuous for some time, and although occasionally momentarily checked, it does not stop. Sir Douglas Haig’s forces, in which n troops are playing no unimportant part, have latterly gained success after success which, had they fallen to the lot of Germany, would have been the subject of stilted messages of congratulation from the Kaiser and flag-wagging in Berlin. The explanations given by the Germans for their continuous retreat before the British forces are obviously only excuses for home consumption, and to save their face in the eyes of neutrals, although that is nowadays becoming a very difficult job. The story has been given out that the Germans are withdrawing with a view to shortening their line. The circumstances of their retreats give a denial to this assertion, but it may be assumed that they have been compelled to strengthen their lines at particular points where they most fear attack. It may, however, be taken for granted that Sir Douglas Haig is fully alive to their movements, and as far as the British forces are concerned, is perfectly prepared to meet them. As much, no doubt, may be said for the French military authorities. It may be assumed that the Allies would welcome a strong German attack, inasmuch as the attackers in most cases sustain greater losses then the defenders, although so far as the British attacks are concerned that has not latterly been the case. Their intense artillery fire accounts for this, and must to some extent prove a check upon attacks by the enemy. That the Germans will go on fighting desperately there can be little doubt, but it may be questioned whether they will venture upon any great assault. It is impossible, however, to attempt to forecast German action. But the Allies will be prepared for all kinds of surprises. The British are not only straightening their line from Ypres to the Somme, recapturing territory as they advance, but threaten to go on beyond Bapaume, on through villages and towns of which the names will ever be reminiscent of the time when the German invaders drove the Allies before them from Belgium and into France. Le Cateau, Avesnes, Le Quesnoy, and Maubeuge, which lie beyond Bapaume, all recall poignant memories. Their recapture will send a thrill through the people of the Allies as betokening the nature of the end of the war. Beyond them again are Mons, Charleroi, and Namur. What the immediate object of the British advance is can only be known to those who are in the secrets of the military controllers of the war, but that it presages the battles for the recovery of the freedom of Belgium there can be little doubt.

AMERICA ARMINGThe State Department has notified foreign diplomats that armed guards will henceforth be placed on all American ships sailing through the danger zone, and that American navy gunners will be provided for both passenger and munition ships.

The State Department makes a complete change of front regarding the status of merchantmen, and now holds that they do not become warships in any sense through being armed.

It is believed that the substance of the Government’s instructions to the naval gunners is that they can fire on submarines on sight. The gunners are given discretionary power, to some extent independent of the captains of the ships.

The officials are now taking the necessary steps, and the first armed liner will leave at the weekend.

American military experts agree that the military news of 1917, the series of Allied successes in France, the German retirements, and the British success on the Tigris route, shows that the pendulum has begun to swing back.

AUSTRALIAN CASUALTIESThe 279th list of n casualties, issued Thursday, contains 891 names. It shows that 74 were killed in action, 47 died of wounds, one accidentally killed, and 39 died from other causes, including two from gas poisoning. There are 368 reported wounded, 44 missing, 304 sick, 13 Injured, and two prisoners of war. In addition 25 are reported returned to duty.

ENCIRCLING BAPAUMEField-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the west front, reports: “Our line has advanced on a mile and a-half frontage south-westward and eastward of Bapaume.We progressed on a 2000 yards frontage southward of Achiet le Petit, and occupied a thousand yards of trench south-westward of Essarts, which is north-eastward of Gommecourt.We raided trenches eastward of Armentieres, and effectively bombarded positions northward of the Somme and eastward of Arras.”

GREAT COMFORTThe following letter was received by the secretary from the O.C. 17th Battalion, Major Pye: France, 27th December 1916 – “I would like to thank you very much on behalf of the officers and men of this battalion for your simply magnificent collection of Christmas comforts, which arrived safely, and well up to time. I cannot tell you how much they were appreciated. If you could have heard the men express their gratitude, I am sure you would have felt rewarded for your splendid efforts.”

REVOLT IN RUSSIAThe Czar Nicholas II, of Russia has abdicated.The Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitz, his brother, who was born in December, 1878, has been appointed Regent.The fact was announced in the House of Commons by Mr Bonar Law, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Bonar Law added that the soldiers had taken sides with the Duma. There had been no serious loss of life. The discontent in Russia was not due to a desire for peace, but because the people were dissatisfied, believing that the war was not being conducted with sufficient energy.A trans-ocean wireless message received in New York from Berlin states that an official announcement from Petrograd states, that the Duma on the 11th instant refused to obey the dissolution ukase, and because of the breakdown of transport and the food situation, they formed an executive committee.The committee declared itself a Provisional Government, and arrested all the Ministers. The Petrograd garrison supports the revolution.The Duma declared the Cabinet no longer in existence, and appointed Deputy Engelhard, a colonel on the General Staff, commander of Petrograd.

THE ADVENT OF SPRINGFrom C.E.W. Bean, official n war correspondent, British Headquarters, France, March 12. Yesterday, the wintry weather suddenly changed to that of spring. There was a blue sky and a bright sun, with some warmth in it, quite unlike the clear but bitterly freezing days of last month. There are sure to be a few cold snaps yet, perhaps even snow and showers, but the ns are certainly emerging at last from their first winter in France.

ENLISTMENTSAlbert Leonard Anderson, Pelaw Main; Benjamin Edward Baglee, The Junction; Oscar Edward Bond, Dalwood; Ernest James Brookes, Kurri Kurri; Allan Bush, Pelaw Main; John James Carruthers, Hamilton West; James Cranney, Sandhills; Alfred John Curties, East Maitland; Edward James Davis, West Maitland; Bernard Sidney Duggan, Newcastle; Albert Duncan, Tighes Hill; Charles Duncanson, Newcastle; Paul Joseph Feneley, West Maitland; William Francis Goodhew, Maryville; Clapham Henry Gow, East Maitland; Clifford Griffiths, Pelaw Main; George Gunther, Kurri Kurri; Samuel Higginbottom, Kurri Kurri; Frederick Theodore Jones, West Maitland; Alexander Laurence Keddie, Hamilton; William Marsh, Hamilton; Ernest John McElroy, West Maitland; James Arthur Miller, Newcastle; Keith Reginald Morris, Newcastle; Oscar O’Toole, Kurri Kurri; Annaniah George Pellow, North Rothbury; William Roland Perrau, Hamilton; Robert Probert, Wallsend; Bertram Ronald Searl, Singleton; Joseph Brian Shaw, Scone; Walter Gordon Sutherland, Mayfield; Kitty Hughes Thomas, Plattsburg; George Richard Warren, Raymond Terrace; Jack Leonard Waterhouse, Newcastle; Samuel Michael Whiting, Bellbird.

DEATHSPte Arthur Herbert Bowden, Singleton; Pte Norman Bright, Cooks Hill; Pte Reggie Nathaniel French, Merriwa; Pte Samuel John Fuller, Maitland; Pte David Powell Gibb, Dudley; Pte Leslie Gray, Lambton; Pte Ernest Hayward, Wyee; Pte William Aubrey Johnson, Wallsend; Pte John Victor Lodge, Sawyers Gully; Sgt Frank Robert Moore, Tighes Hill; Pte Joseph Richard Nubley, Kurri Kurri; Pte Leslie Alexander Richards, Bungwahl; Pte Roy Geoffrey Small, Muswellbrook; Pte Albert Charles Smith, Carrington.

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Letting first home buyers raid super could work: minister

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen speaks in the Omnibus Bill at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 14 September 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares Photo: Andrew MearesThe minister charged with pulling together the Turnbull government’s looming housing affordability package has suggested ns could be allowed to use superannuation when buying their first home but that such a change would have to be a part of broader reforms. Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar, who is spruiking housing affordability as a key platform of the May budget, said any changes on the “demand side” such as superannuation reform could work if supply in the housing market was also increased.
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“If all a government does is try to pump further liquidity into the residential housing market, inevitably all you do is push up housing prices,” Mr Sukkar told Sky News on Tuesday.

In response to questions about super amendments being on the table, Mr Sukkar said 2014 comments from Finance Minister Mathias Cormann that allowing people to access super would only drive up house prices in isolation, were “largely correct,” but any changes would be “finely calibrated to make sure we are not lazily pumping more money into the market.”

“We’ve got to be a bit more sophisticated about it and I’m confident we will be,” he said.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Labor would oppose any move to raid super, labelling the idea “stupid”.

“Early access to superannuation for a home deposit would undermine retirement savings, create new financial risks, and ultimately serve no credible purpose other than bidding up the price of housing and pushing home ownership further out of reach of young aspirating ns,” he said.

On Monday, Treasurer Scott Morrison singled out initiatives by the Victorian government to put a tax on unoccupied housing to relieve market pressure.

“We are looking to encourage all of these types of initiatives,” he told Bloomberg.

Mr Sukkar echoed Mr Morrison’s comments.

“We don’t want any properties empty, people can do what they want with their assets, but I think moves by some state governments to try and encourage those who own properties to actually have them tenanted are good in principle,” he said, before talking tough on foreign investors increasing demand in the property market.

“On the one hand we are a county that welcomes foreign investment, on the other hand we are a government who says foreign investment has to be on our terms and has to be in our national interest,” he said.

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Regions pitch for government departments in APVMA inquiry

Armidale may have an unexpected new rival to its claim on hosting the national pesticides authority.
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Southern Downs Regional Council, based 150km inland from Brisbane, is on the hard sell for the n Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority in a Senate inquiry into its forced move from Canberra.

The small farming community, home to about 36,000 people, joined 16 other regional councils and bodies from across the country using the Senate inquiry to pitch for government departments.

It marks a transformation for the inquiry, originally intended to focus on the APVMA’s move and risks to human and animal health, the profitability to the agriculture and fisheries sectors, chemical industries and ‘s trading reputation.

The driving force behind the APVMA’s relocation, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, last month encouraged regional communities to write to the Senate committee about the benefits of decentralisation, drawing accusations he was derailing the inquiry.

As regions pitched for federal agencies, the inquiry learnt Southern Downs had its eye on several including Meat and Livestock , and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

It wants to lure them with its ‘crisp country air’, shopping complexes and lack of rush hour traffic.

“There have been many examples of successful relocation with regional cities such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong all attracting a plethora of different public authorities through various decentralisation programs,” Mayor Tracy Dobie said.

The council pledged to “actively campaign” for an agency in one of its centres, Warwick (population 15,000) or Stanthorpe (5,000).

And it offered something appealing to APVMA bosses tired of working in McDonald’s at Armidale, boasting of “available office space or zone commercial land that can accommodate an agency.”

“The Southern Downs Regional Council will facilitate the logistics of any move to ensure an agency that moves to the region is able to perform its function seamlessly.”

Albury City Council made a pitch for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, while Mid-Murray Council, outside Adelaide, included the Education, Industry and Employment departments in a long list of large government agencies that could move to regional areas.

The council joined others inviting the Senate inquiry to hold a hearing at regional areas.

Lockhart Shire Council, in southern NSW, urged the government to look further afield than major centres such as Albury and Wagga Wagga in relocating departments.

“Smaller sub-regional towns should not be overlooked when considering the decentralisation of government agencies,” mayor Rodger Schirmer said.

“Other smaller towns could and should be considered in respect of relocating individual business units, shared service centres, outreach posts and other government services that can be provided remotely.”

Lachlan Shire Council, centred in Condobolin, said it would benefit from the relocation of people to nearby centres Dubbo, Orange and Griffith.

“This improves medical, social and educational services that residents can travel to and to take advantage of these improved services,” general manager Robert Hunt said.

“Lachlan Shire would support a federal government department relocation to its area but reality is that a research office from agriculture or chemical testing would be of greater benefit.”

In a submission, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr condemned the forced move as “a misguided exercise in public governance that has failed to achieve the desired public policy goals for the APVMA or Armidale.”

It is a signature policy of Mr Joyce, whose New England electorate includes Armidale.

The plan has been labelled as “blatant pork barrelling” by the opposition.