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Rudd sizzles sausage as campaign nears end

February 15th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 上海性息 - (Comments Off on Rudd sizzles sausage as campaign nears end)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken his turn at the barbie to sizzle a few sausages and the opposition at the same time.


He’s visited the North Entrance Surf Life Saving Club on Sydney’s Central Coast for breakfast with about 50 Labor supporters and the local candidate for Dobell, Emma McBride.

Labor is on the backfoot, but Mr Rudd hasn’t given up on Saturday’s election.

Mr Rudd indicated he would go down fighting, saying that there were still many people who had not made up their minds about which way to vote.

“We’ve got about three points to make up,” he said.

“And what I know about Australians is that there’s a whole bunch of people who don’t sort out which way they’re going to vote until the day itself.

“So what I’d say to each and every one of you is to encourage you to get out there and to fight and to fight and to fight right through until 6pm on polling day.

“There’s a lot of people out there … worried about what the future means for them if Mr Abbott was to become prime minister.”

Mr Rudd touched upon his commitment to schools and education and was applauded from the party faithful who were wearing blue T-shirts promoting Ms McBride and which carried the slogan – “part of Kevin Rudd’s team”.

Mr Rudd also posed for photographs with some Labor supporters, including 72-year-old retiree Janice Day, who was scared Mr Abbott would increase the GST.

“He’s going to put it up. You can bet your bottom dollar on it,” she said.

Mr Rudd also posed for a photograph with 19-year-old Daniel Turner, who asked the prime minister about the School Kids Bonus and the Education Tax Refund.

Dobell is held by Craig Thomson, who was dumped from the Labor Party amid allegations he misused union funds.

Factbox: The Senate

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(Transcript from World News Australia Radio)

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, or the federal Parliament, is made up of two houses – the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Both are directly elected by the people of Australia.

The functions of the Senate are to represent the states equally, and to review the proposals and decisions of the House of Representatives and the executive government.

Equal representation of the states is designed to protect the less-populated states, Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland, against possible domination by the more populous states of Victoria and New South Wales.

Today there are twelve Senators from each of the six states, and, since 1975, two from the Northern Territory and two from the Australian Capital Territory, making a total of 76 Senators.

While issues of importance to particular states still arise, the increasing importance of national issues and the growth of national political parties means the principle role of the Senate is to review and revise laws.

Senators are elected by a system of proportional representation.

Proportional representation aims to ensure that political parties gain representation in proportion to their share of the vote.

The House of Representatives and the Senate have different electoral mechanisms for registering electors’ preferences.

Both systems of voting are preferential, in that electors indicate an order of preference among the available candidates.

Preferential voting avoids so-called ‘first-past-the-post’ systems still in use in many major countries, where the candidate with more votes than any other candidate is elected.

Preferential voting for the House of Representatives is designed to secure the election of one candidate with a majority of votes.

The proportional representation voting used in the Senate is designed to secure the election of several candidates in each state, each of whom obtains a number of votes equal to or exceeding a required quota, or proportion, of votes.

Analysis – Cooper’s credibility depends on frontline defence

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The New Zealand-born playmaker is running out of time – he either proves he can defend in the frontline at test level, or he settles for life as a very good Super Rugby player who for want of an effective front-on tackling technique never quite made it at international level.


It’s a career-defining moment for Cooper – his first start as Wallabies flyhalf in almost a year.

Some would say Cooper is lucky to even be in the side, his international career only revived thanks to the appointment of his mentor at the Reds, Ewen McKenzie, to the coaching job.

There’s some truth in that. McKenzie has been an unabashed admirer of Cooper’s attacking capabilities and, at the Reds at least, has been prepared to overlook his turnstile tackling by allowing him to switch to fullback in defence.

Will McKenzie, as national coach, make that same concession against the Springboks on Saturday? McKenzie won’t say.

“You’ll see on the night,” he told journalists this week.

Cooper has been equally tight-lipped.

“You can’t give all your secrets away,” he said. “You have to keep something for the game.”

The mystery of where Cooper defends is a big talking point leading into the match and even has the Springboks stumped.

They’re expecting James O’Connor to come off his wing to defend for Cooper.

It’s an understandable line of thought given the selection of the Wallabies’ most potent attacking weapon Israel Folau at full-back.

McKenzie is unlikely to burden Folau with any instruction other than ‘get the ball in your hands and run’. And, besides, Folau doesn’t need a job-sharing arrangement against a team likely to keep him busy enough with high balls.

In fact, the only possibility that hasn’t been explored in depth is the most obvious one: Cooper actually defending his channel like every other international flyhalf.

It ought to be the obvious solution. But then again, we are talking about Cooper, who has rarely been a clear-cut fit for many things on and off the pitch.

The timing of Cooper’s re-introduction is a double-edged sword. He comes into a side under immense pressure to win after three straight losses. A fourth could well tip supporters over the edge, leaving Cooper once again exposed to his harshest critics.

While a loss could kill off his career once and for all, it could also be his last chance to bury the perception that he can’t tackle to save his life.

Against these psychological pressures stands Cooper’s record against the Springboks – 7-2 in nine tests, including five wins from his last five.

Unlike the All Blacks, Cooper can truly claim to have the Boks’ number. So in that sense, provided he can handle the pressure of a must-win test match, the timing couldn’t be better.


Speaking of timing, it’s always worth noting when Cooper’s manager Khoder Nasser surfaces.

The controversial player agent, who also represents former All Black Sonny Bill Williams, rarely speaks in public these days.

Yet, Nasser was out there this week pushing a story about Cooper knocking back a A$1.8 million ($1.64 million) deal to play in Europe so he could prove himself again as a Wallaby.

“Quade definitely wanted to prove a few things in Australia. He knocked back a great offer in France,” Nasser told Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper.

Nasser went on to talk about how Cooper had become tougher because of his foray into the fight game earlier this year.

“Boxing makes you look at yourself. You have to be real because it’s only you making the call on how hard you train and being honest about your weaknesses,” Nasser said.

“And you’ve got to have balls to stick your head in any ring,” he said in closing.

It was a curious interview. Nasser only talks to journalists when it suits him to do so.

The perception Cooper can’t tackle is bad for Nasser’s business, though, as it lowers his client’s market value, whether it be in Australia or France. It’s in Cooper’s best financial interests to tackle in the frontline.

Perhaps that’s why Nasser has surfaced, to send out a message to the marketplace: ‘My client can tackle. Wait and see’. ($1 = 1.0957 Australian dollars)

(Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

Dogs tightlipped over Barba

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Not even the prospect of having Ben Barba fit in time for an NRL title tilt could excite coach Des Hasler after Canterbury spectacularly fell at the final hurdle ahead of the playoffs.


The usually softly spoken Hasler could not hide his frustration over Thursday night’s 16-11 loss to lowly Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium – but went back to his low key ways when asked about Barba’s head space.

The stage was set for the Bulldogs to cruise into next week’s sudden death finals clash when they lined up against a Brisbane side keen to draw the curtain on their worst season in club history.

Especially after Barba was dramatically cleared from a long term ankle injury – albeit just days after an NRL probe was launched into the club’s early season suspension of the Dally M Medallist.

However, a butterfingered Bulldogs were their own worst enemies as Brisbane claimed a rare victory despite next year’s prized recruit Barba inspiring a Krisnan Inu try that locked up the scores 10-10 in the 56th minute.

Hasler said he wasn’t even confident of victory when halfback Trent Hodkinson appeared to break Brisbane’s spirit with a 72nd minute field goal that made it 11-10 to the visitors.

“Not really mate. It wasn’t a good performance,” Hasler complained.

“I thought we tackled fantastic. But that doesn’t matter.

“We can be a real force in the semi-finals, we just have to do a simple thing like hang onto the ball.”

Asked how his side would get their minds back on the job next week, Hasler said: “Well it’s sudden death from here on in.”

But it remains to be seen where Barba’s head is at next week.

The dynamic fullback started on the bench and was understandably rusty after weeks battling injury.

However, it was debatable whether it was his time away from football or the old wounds reopened by the NRL probe that was the cause.

The woman at the centre of the NRL integrity unit investigation – Barba’s partner Ainslie Currie – appeared on the matchwinner’s mind on Thursday with the initials “AC” clearly seen written on his wristband.

Currie had approached the club earlier this year with concerns over the star fullback’s welfare.

Allegations have since emerged Currie had been the victim of physical abuse when she went to the Bulldogs.

Asked how important it was to get Barba back playing after the latest off-field distraction, Hasler said: “It was more him getting that match fitness, getting his timing back.

“He had some nice touches for someone who has been out for five weeks.”

Asked if Barba’s head was right, Hasler simply nodded before the Bulldogs media man ended the press conference with an abrupt “thank you”.

Syria on G20 menu: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says the G20 will discuss the Syria crisis over dinner as it seeks to overcome bitter divisions over a US-led push for military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.


With pressure mounting on the G20 group of nations to make concrete progress towards ending the conflict at their summit in St Petersburg, the United Nations announced that its special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was on his way to attend the meet to push for peace talks.

US President Barack Obama arrived in St Petersburg from Sweden after clearing the first hurdle in his race to win domestic congressional backing for punitive strikes over the alleged use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

In a bid to smooth over the tensions, the two leaders put on a show of smiles for the cameras as they shook hands just before the summit got under way.

Putin opened the summit by revealing that the Syria crisis – which has threatened to overshadow all other items at the meeting – would be formally discussed over dinner.

“Some participants have asked me to give the time and possibility to discuss other… very acute topics of international politics, in particular the situation around Syria,” Putin told the opening plenary session of the meeting on the shores of the Gulf of Finland at a former Imperial palace outside St Petersburg.

“I suggest we do this during dinner so that we … in the first part can discuss the (economic) problems we had gathered here for and are key for the G20,” he added.

An Obama aide said he would argue his case for military action against Syria and explore what type of “political and diplomatic support they may express for our efforts to hold Syrian regime accountable”.

But Syria’s allies remained unmoved by Obama’s push, with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling allegations of an August 21 chemical weapons attack by the regime a “pretext” to launch strikes against the country, and pledging to support Damascus “until the end”.

On the eve of the summit, Putin bluntly warned the West that any military action without UN Security Council approval would be an “aggression” and once again demanded watertight proof of chemical weapons use.

According to US intelligence, more than 1,400 people living in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus were killed in the strike, which involved the use of the sarin nerve gas.

Beyond convincing Russia, Obama has a tough sell ahead elsewhere, with China – another veto-wielding Security Council member state – having already expressed its “grave concerns” over unilateral military strikes.