Curry and Durant shine brightest to leave LeBron in shade

Game 2: As it happened
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OAKLAND: If anyone needs LeBron James, he will be in his trailer. Actually, he will be at his locker.

On Sunday night, in game two of the NBA finals, James finished with typical numbers: 29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists. And Cleveland still lost 132-113 to Golden State.

Afterwards, he refused to attend the main media conference – the podium, as they call it here – and instead spoke to a handful of reporters in the locker-room long after delirious Warriors fans had streamed out of Oracle Arena.

When one reporter suggested he was a “podium guy”, he fired back: “Yeah, there’s a reason ??? It has nothing to do with wins and losses, though.”

He’d already been snappy with the media.

Reporter: “LeBron, do you just feel this is a case where you just have to defend home court at this point?”

James: “Well, aren’t you a smart guy?”

Reporter: “I think so.”

James: “Well, if we don’t defend home court, then what happens?”

Reporter: “Then you guys are looking at getting swept.”

James: “Alright, so that answers your question.”

Reporter: “Did you get any or will you need any IV?”

James: “No, I’m good. I just need some food and some wine and I’ll be all right.” “They’re a different team. You guys asked what was the difference and I told you…”

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In the media room that James didn’t want to go near, Durant’s teammate, Draymond Green, sat on the left of the podium, microphone in one hand and most of the room eating out of the other.

Durant sat on the right with head bowed and black cap pulled over most of his face. He was almost embarrassed to be there.

When Durant made that play, Green was on the court and he flexed his biceps for the fans in celebration.

“When you make a play like that,” Green said. “He blocked the shot, gets the rebound, start talking … see, that’s the big part for me, you know, he blocks a shot and starts talking, so that’s what got me hyped. That was a man play. I don’t really know if I could put this power in these arms, though.”

Durant shook his head: “Oh, my gosh.”

The other defining play came from Curry in the third quarter with the Warriors out to an 81-73 lead.

A year ago, when the Warriors blew a 3-1 leads in the finals series, James put Curry firmly back in his box when it mattered.

Here, the pair came up against each other. Curry went left then right, then left again, finally finding a way to drive past James on his way to the rim and then making the shot.

Up until then, this match had been a streetfight. There and then, it turned into a mugging.

“It’s basketball, man, I mean, every possession you have the opportunity to impact the game, doesn’t matter who really is across from you,” Curry said, downplaying the moment.

Green wasn’t having it. He gushed like he was one of the fans.

“I see two guys … Steph has been around for five years, K [Durant] who I’ve been a teammate now with for a year, but played against for five years, more locked in than I’ve ever seen either one of them in my life. Whether it was playing against him, other than when he put 52 up on my head ???”

“Fifty-four,” interjected Durant, referring to his 54 for Oklahoma City against the Warriors in 2014.

“My fault,” Green grinned. “Short-changed him. Other than that, when you got somebody doing you like that, it’s just like a burning fire in their eye and you know you don’t stand a chance. But that’s like the look that I see in him throughout this finals. And both of them, to me, it seemed like it’s personal for both of them. And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that’s why we’re up 2-0.”

And that’s the point: the three best players in the world are playing in this finals series. Two of them are playing for Golden State.

Durant’s move from the Thunder at the end of last season was slammed by many critics who claimed he took the easy option to find a championship.

Outspoken ESPN commentator Stephen A Smith was the harshest, branding Durant “weak”. Before the match, Durant’s mother, Wanda, had something to say about it.

“I thought [what Smith said] was quite harsh,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Who are you, Stephen A, to come at my boy like that?’.”

So, Golden State continue their unbeaten run in this year’s play-offs and head to Cleveland for game three on Thursday morning (AEST) coming off a 19-point win. Then again, they won game two last year by 33 ???

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who announced two hours before tip-off he would be making an appearance on court despite a debilitating back problem that has sidelined him for six weeks, could only joke about how easy it would all be.

“Oh, we have got a plan in Cleveland,” he said, tongue-in-cheek. “We’re going to shut him [James] down. We have got this great plan that for sure is going to just completely stop him. I don’t know what you do with him. He’s one of the great players of all time, we all know that, I think he’s playing better than he’s ever played, and you just do your best.”

Hopefully, James has left his locker by then.

The author is covering the NBA finals as a guest of ESPN. Every game of the NBA finals is live on ESPN. Game three will be shown on Thursday at 11am AEST.

Mid-season report: Are the Cats a lock for a top-four berth?

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As AFL clubs enjoy their mid-season bye and list managers turn their attention more towards 2018, we take a daily look at one club and how it has performed so far – and what to expect from here.


Pre-season expectations: Having been crunched by the Swans in last year’s preliminary final, and seen champions Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel head into retirement, the debate surrounding the Cats was this: Were they still a top four, even premiership, contender or more likely to finish in spots five to eight?

Record: 8-3

What’s gone right: Home cooking, that’s for sure. Having endured three straight defeats (more on that below) the Cats have enjoyed the taste of three home matches under lights at a redeveloped Simonds Stadium. Wins against legitimate premiership contenders Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide and Adelaide have shown they are for real – but questions abound. Elsewhere, Patrick Dangerfield, averaging a team-high 29.64 touches, has backed up his record-breaking Brownlow year with another blue-chip campaign, and is always looking to bring teammates into the contest, while skipper Joel Selwood has been equally effective at finding the ball as he is at leaving the field with a bloodied face. Mitch Duncan has also found plenty of the ball, averaging 28.36 disposals, while former Blue Zach Tuohy, given the role Enright once had, has struck the right balance between defence and counter-attack at half-back – as shown in his blanketing of Eddie Betts on Friday night. A streamlined Tom Hawkins (team-high 30 goals) has been more active up the ground and Daniel Menzel has been managed well, for his ability to play as a marking small forward is crucial. The Cats boast the league’s second-most potent forward line. Lachie Henderson and Tom Lonergan have been key pillars inside defensive 50. The return of tackling machine Scott Selwood has added midfield depth. Coach Chris Scott adopted a philosophical line when asked about the campaign so far. “At the halfway point of the season we are just among a group of teams that are fighting and scrapping to finish as high as we possibly can,” he said.

What’s gone wrong: The Cats began the season with five straight wins, but only one was against a side now in the top eight (Fremantle at Domain Stadium in round one). Concerns were raised about their defensive character when they had three straight defeats – two on the wider expanses of the MCG, against Collingwood and Essendon, and one against the Suns at Metricon Stadium. Hawthorn great Dermott Brereton is one who has questioned whether the Cats can seriously handle the heat when away from the more narrow boundaries of Simonds Stadium. They have only two more home-and-away matches at the MCG – against Hawthorn in round 17, and Collingwood in round 22. That they were out-tackled by the Bombers 81-40 also exposed them to questions about their mental toughness. The Cats say the Harry Taylor experiment has achieved the desired outcome, ensuring Hawkins isn’t the only tall marking option. Taylor has nine goals, including five against the Bulldogs in round five, but his best role would still appear to be in defence. Mark Blicavs, the 2015 best and fairest, is averaging 16 touches a game and has provided ruck relief but hasn’t had the impact many would like. Steven Motlop, in a contract year, can be brilliant or disappear at inopportune times.

Standout star: Hard to split the “Dangerwood” pairing of Patrick and Joel, but the votes would have to edge slightly towards Dangerfield this season. Even when he was relatively well held by the Power in round 10, Dangerfield snatched victory off his left boot with just over a minute remaining. Still battling sore ribs from the round-four clash against the Hawks, Dangerfield was omnipresent against the Dogs five weeks later, claiming a game-high 36 disposals, 12 tackles, 10 clearances and four goals. He is equal leader in voting for The Age’s player of the year award.

Players under the pump: The Cats have some interesting list management decisions to make, particularly if they welcome Gary Ablett home. Motlop and Menzel are restricted free agents. The latter almost certainly stays, but will Motlop again be put on the market? Will premiership veterans Tom Lonergan and Andrew Mackie go on? Lincoln McCarthy and Josh Cowan are both off-contract and have struggled for a regular senior game.

The run home: The Cats don’t appear to have the most difficult of run homes. They begin post bye with a trip to Domain Stadium to face the inconsistent Eagles, but then have Fremantle at Simonds Stadium. A major test then awaits against the Giants at Spotless Stadium, and the clubs meet again in round 23. That Brisbane, Hawthorn, Carlton and Sydney are still to come should mean the Cats are a lock for a top-four berth.

Grading:A minus. The three-straight defeats took a touch of gloss off their campaign but they are well positioned for a run deep into September.

Stalker cop littered lawn with ‘fake used condoms’

A former AFP officer has been sacked following a bizarre stalking episode which culminated in him scattering fake used condoms across his then-girlfriend’s lawn.
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An investigation found the officer had also intimidated the woman by leaving a slashed t-shirt on the bonnet of her car and repeatedly ringing her only to hang up when she answered.

The officer was sacked in November 2016 following a lengthy internal investigation and last month had an unfair dismissal application thrown out by the Fair Work Commission.

A report by the commission described how the sordid affair unfolded after the officer moved from Canberra to Sydney to pursue a relationship with the woman, which eventually broke down.

“It was the events around the breakdown of that relationship which the [officer] says…led to the accusations against him and ultimately his dismissal by the AFP,” read the commission’s report.

The officer was alleged to have intimidated the woman on a number of occasions between December 2013 and April 2015.

The AFP’s professional standards unit investigated the allegations after the woman rang the former officer’s boss to complain about harassment.

In interviews with internal investigators, the officer denied harassing the woman over Facebook but admitted other allegations.

“The [officer] admitted that he placed a slashed t-shirt that [his ex-girlfriend] had given him on the bonnet of her car on 11 December 2013,” the commission found.

“The [officer] admitted that he placed condoms made to appear used on [her] front lawn in March 2014.

“The [officer] further admitted to making ‘hang up’ calls to [the woman] after the relationship had broken up.”

Such behaviour was inconsistent with the standards required of a police officer, the professional standards investigation concluded.

“I am satisfied based on the [officer’s] admissions and the balance of probabilities with respect to the Facebook allegations that the allegations of stalking and intimidating behaviour are made out,” the commission found.

In April 2015, the woman applied for an apprehended violence order against the officer – later withdrawn – after she spotted him driving near her local shops.

The officer, who had served the AFP for seven years, denied this and submitted time sheets to prove he was working at the time.

But an investigation found these time sheets were false, and that the officer had swiped into work an hour later than he had claimed.

The officer later said the discrepancies were a mistake that had been made during a period of “considerable stress” following a work-related motor vehicle accident and the breakdown of his relationship.

“I am satisfied that the [officer] made a false record as to his starting time…and that this was not done inadvertently or as a result of an instruction by his superior,” the commission concluded in its ruling.

The Fair Work Commission’s deputy president, Jeff Lawrence, ruled that the officer’s dismissal under the circumstances “was not harsh, unjust or unreasonable”.

“I have taken account of the [officer’s] personal circumstances and the medical evidence but I am not persuaded that these lead to a different result,” he said.

“Similarly, the length of the [officer’s] service of seven years is not such as to alter the result.

“The application for unfair dismissal relief is there dismissed.”

Pasha Bulker 10 years on: Heartbreaking twists of fate as nine die during storms

Heartbreaking twists of fate Pasha Bulker off the Cowrie Hole. Picture: David Wicks
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Westpac Rescue helicopter crewman Glen Ramplin down sick after rescuing crewmen from the Pasha Bulker. Picture: Darren Pateman

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Westpac Rescue helicopter crewman Glen Ramplin after rescuing crewmen from the Pasha Bulker. Picture: Darren Pateman

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Police take Pasha Bulker crew members away from the surf club on June 8, 2007. Picture: Darren Pateman

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TweetFacebookJadie Beeston, ayoung mother and wife of Nigel, adds: 鈥淚 think people remember that weekend was just an exciting storm, you hear people remembering the Pasha Bulker, the cars and homes being flooded.

鈥淏ut they are all replaceable.

鈥淚t should also be a time where we honour those who we lost.

鈥淚t is difficult for everyone. His parents. His sisters. You don鈥檛 get over it, you just learn to live with it.

鈥淚t is still as bad now as it was then. For everyone.鈥欌€?/p>And Wayne Bull鈥檚 sister, Michelle Schmitzer, is even more passionate about the need to remember those lost.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 like the Pasha Bulker at all. I hate it,鈥欌€?she says.

鈥淎 ship鈥檚 captain is told to lift anchor and take a boat out to safety. He doesn鈥檛. My brother is missing and he is on page three.鈥欌€?/p> WASHED AWAY: Linda and Bob Jones were killed after their four-wheel-drive was washed off a bridge near Clarence Town. Picture: Peter Stoop.

The painful memories are the same. The ache of lossnever completely dissipates. And the levels come in waves.

Libby Herington remembers that her sister Linda didn鈥檛 always go with her husband to his doctor鈥檚 appointments.

No one will ever know why she decided on June 8, 2007.

But she did. The love of her life, whom she met while they both worked at Stockton Hospital, also had a love of the rural life. And the pair settled in beautifulClarence Town.

鈥淗e was very clever with his hands, Bob, and he loved a drink,鈥欌€?Ms Herington says.

鈥淟inda was quieter but had such a beautiful heart, she loved her family鈥?

The pair had been to the doctors and were heading home as the rain continued to bucket down.

It was11.20am when they reached a small bridge on Clarence Town Road which spansWallaroo Creek, between Glen Oak and their home town.

But the creek, borne in Columbey National Park before it gathers momentum into Stony Creek and then the mighty Williams River,was already swollen from the endless rain.

Bob stoppedthe couple鈥檚 four-wheel drive before the bridge and watchedon as atruck successfully navigatedthrough the rising floodwaters.

Fatefully, hedecidedto take it on鈥?nbsp;they werejust a few kilometres from the safety and dryness of their own home.

Witnesses watched on as the four-wheel drive hits the bridge before the wall of water took control鈥?nbsp;andall before it.

A Westpac rescue helicopter was called from the Pasha Bulker rescue to help in the frantic search.

But the Jonesesnever stood a chance and would later be found just metres from the bridge.Still in their seatbelts. And, importantly for their families, still together.

鈥淲e couldn鈥檛 believe it,鈥欌€?Ms Herington says.

鈥淢um was devastated. I don鈥檛 think she ever got over it. I don鈥檛 think any of us did.鈥?/p> REMEMBERED: Wayne Bull was killed after being washed down Styx Creek. He was a Mayfield United Soccer Club life member, with players forming a guard of honour at his funeral.

A few hours later, Wayne Bull hadfinished his shift at Steve Koulis Smash Repairs on Griffiths Road at Lambton.

But his car hadbeen playing up and the 46-year-old was worried he wouldn鈥檛 get home. Heaskeda workmate to follow him home to Adamstown in the business鈥?loan car.

Wayne, a father of two, gothome safely and decidedto jumpinto the Ford Festiva with his workmate to get him back to the shop. It was a decision which costs him his life.

Stormwater drains across the city had been overflowing for hours now. The sheeramount of water hadtaken its toll. And the one that ranalong the old water course known asStyx Creek was one of them.

As the Festiva travelledover the rail overpass alongGriffiths Road, the pair wereunaware of what was just a few metres ahead of them.

It was 6pm and dark.The Festiva iscaught in the floodwaters, and as Mr Bull attemptedto flee, he waswashed away.

His mate never sawhim and yelledfor help.

Just like the Joneses, the father of twonever stood a chance. His body was recovered several kilometres away towards Throsby Creek.

鈥淭he ferocity of the water coming down that drain was extraordinary and as Wayne opened the door he just got dragged out,鈥欌€?sister Michelle Schmitzer says.

鈥淲e miss him terribly.He was just a good egg. I am not just saying that because he wasmy brother. He was a great bloke and we want people to remember him for his smile, not what happened to him.鈥欌€?/p> HEADING HOME: Nigel Beeston, pictured with wife Jadie and daughter Skyla, was nearly home when a tree fell on his ute.

That Friday night, Nigel Beeston got home to Heddon Greta safely after spendinghours travelling along battered roads.

He was a hard worker, the family鈥檚breadwinner, and he didn鈥檛 shirk an overtime shift the following day, despite the weather.

He finishedthat shift about 4.30pm. It was Saturday afternoon and, againhe was struggling to find his way through the maze of flooded roads. He ranghis wife again at 6pm.

鈥淗e said it was slow going but he was going through Freemans Waterhole and he was only 10 minutes away,鈥欌€?Jadie Beeston says.

鈥淏ut he never made it home.鈥欌€?/p>As he travelledalong Leggetts Drive near Brunkerville, a roadside tree succumbedto days of its roots being undermined by rainwater. It felland crushedNigel鈥檚 utility cab.

Jadie, who was waiting for Nigel to get home to her and their five-year-old Skyla,receiveda call from hisgrandmother.

鈥淗is nan rang and asked who was driving the ute and I said it was Nigel. When she couldn鈥檛 speak I knew something was terribly wrong,鈥欌€?Jadie says.

鈥淚 kept ringing his phone constantly trying to contact him. But I obviously couldn鈥檛. I said it couldn鈥檛 be right, I had just spoken to him. But it was.鈥欌€?/p>If they were to allow fate to enter their nightmares, the familiesofthose lost during that storm weekend could be lost in grief.

The Joneses could have waited. Wayne Bull could have stayed home. and Nigel Beeston was a split second from safety.

鈥淚t is a moment that constantly goes through my head,鈥欌€?Jadie Beeston says.

鈥淚f he was driving one kilometre faster or two kilometres slower. It was the worst luck and timing possible. There are so many things he could have done and he would still be with us. Stopping and tying his shoelace. Anything.鈥欌€?/p>

The Pasha Bulker storm of 2007 worth reflecting on

ON that awful long weekend in June, 2007 it was hard to imagine how it was ever going to end.
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The clash of storm fronts and freak meteorological conditions that smashed the NSW coast between Sydney and Newcastle built in intensity from early Friday, June 8, peaked at midnight, but continued to batter the region for that whole long, dark weekend.

By early afternoon on Friday torrential rain in the Somersby area of theCentral Coast turned the usually tame Piles Creek into a thunderous beast that gouged at weaknesses in the Old Pacific Highway above it and collapsed.

Several cars were able to stop in time. Adam Holt, driving to work, did not.

As Newcastle braced for thestorm centre to hit the shocking news from the Central Coast came through -that Adam Holt, partner Roslyn Bragg, their daughters Madison, 3, and Jasmine, 2, and Roslyn’s nephew Travis, 9, were lost in the raging Piles Creek and presumed dead.

Off the Newcastle coast the MV Pasha Bulker and other coal ships that did not respond to numerous warnings to head out to sea were already in serious trouble by that time, as an 18-metre swell did its best to tear them apart.

More than 100,000 homes across the region lost power that weekend, making the news that did come through seem all the more horrific –aClarencetown couple washed away in their car, presumed dead;a man lost in raging water in a drain at Lambton, and on Saturday, June 9, another man killed when his car was crushed by a falling tree at Brunkerville.

And the rain just kept falling, the wind kept howling, and it was days before the first glimpse of sunshine allowed people to emerge from battered homes to count the cost.

For some that storm was a turning point in their lives.

Jim and Helen Bragg have the lives they lived before June 8, 2007 and the lives they have lived since, where a beautiful lawn cemetery has become their “second home”. They lost five family members that day.

The Pasha Bulker storm joins the Sygna storm, the Maitland floodand the Newcastle earthquake as one of the most significant natural disasters to ever hit the Hunter region. They are events that remind us how little we can control the environment, but how resilient we are when put to the test.

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Silo Art Trail attracts international attention photos

Silo Art Trail’s fame builds Sheep Hills silos
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Irene and Authur Eichler, Warracknabeal, visit the Brim silos.

Brim General Store’s Wavell McPherson.

Kevin Hoffmann, Jackson, 9, and Harry, 7, of Horsham visit the Brim silos.

Don and Sue Flynn from Roxby Downs watch on as Fitzroy artist Adnate works on a silo project at Sheep Hills.

Jordan Weidemann features on the Rupanyup silos.

Sheep and wheat farmer Nick Hulland, who is depicted on the disused silos at Patchewollock, with his dog Wally. Photo: Eddie Jim

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Artist Adnate painting the Sheep Hills silos

Artist Adnate painting the Sheep Hills silos

Artist Adnate painting the Sheep Hills silos

Artist Adnate painting the Sheep Hills silos

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Guido van Helten painting the Brim silos.

Brim silos.

Guido van Helten painting the Brim silos.

Fintan Magee paints the Patchewollock silo

Fintan Magee paints the Patchewollock silo

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TweetFacebookYARRIAMBIACK Shire’s Silo Art Trail is continuing to attract international attention, despite there being two silos left to complete.

The trail includes painted silos at Brim, Patchewollock, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup.

Silos and Lascelles and Rosebery will be painted later this year.

The project has now gained attention from international travel guide Lonely Planet, with articles about the silos appearing on its website.

Brim General Store’s Wavell McPherson.

One Lonely Planet article said the huge murals were drawing travellers from all over the world to drought-stricken regions of north-west Victoria.

“Melbourne is globally renowned for its street art scene centred on its laneways, but towns around the region have been stealing some of the metropolis’ glory – and in ways a big city can’t match,” the article said.

Yarriambiack Shire chief executive Ray Campling said the project had gone beyond anyone’s expectations.

“It’s been very positive so far,” he said. “It’s proven to have quite an impact.”

TOURISM: Don and Sue Flynn from Roxby Downs visit silos at Sheep Hills as they were being painted. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

The shire received $200,000 from both the state and federal governments last yearfor the project.

Council contributed $50,000 and GrainCorp donated the canvases.

Mr Campling said the completed silos were amazing.

He said theywere bringing people to the region from all over the state.

Jordan Weidemann features on the Rupanyup silos.

“I was up at Patchewollock not long ago and ran into a couple from Cedunawho had heard about the silos and wanted to come for a look,” he said.

“People are coming from all over the place.

“From talking to the public, it’s clear the silos are having a regionalimpact and bus loads of tourists have been coming and stopping in our towns for lunch.”

Sheep and wheat farmer Nick Hulland is depicted on the silos at Patchewollock, with his dog Wally. Picture: EDDIE JIM

Mr Campling said council tried to promote the silos locally, regionally and internationally and the Lonely Planet attention would assist in that promotion.

“In Rupanyup, we also had a few other murals that were painted around town, which also helps bring in tourists,” he said.

Mr Campling said Lascelles silos would be painted later this month.

Full cuts to Sunday penalty rates delayed until 2020

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The landmark cuts to weekend penalty rates in several industries will be phased in over the next four years, in a decision that has angered retailers and unions alike.

‘s workplace umpire, the Fair Work Commission, has ruled that the reductions to existing penalty rates of up to “double time” paid to retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy staff will be phased in gradually and not take full effect until 2019 and 2020.

The first penalty rate cuts of five percentage points will begin next month.

Since the commission decided in February to slash Sunday penalty rates, the trade union movement and the business community have been at odds over how quickly the changes should be implemented.

“Retailers need a break and they need it now,” National Retail Association chief Dominique Lamb said.

A shorter transition to reduced penalty rates would have been a “welcome relief”, she said, as it would have allowed retailers to focus on improving customer service by having “more employees on the floor”.

Russell Zimmerman, head of the n Retailers’ Association, said businesses had been hoping for a two-year phase-in for the cuts, and were bitterly disappointed.

“Retailers wanted this phased in much more quickly so we can get on with the job of employing more people,” he said. “What this will do is create an incredible amount of extra work for retailers, who won’t be able to employ more people as quickly as they would like.

For full-time and part-time workers in the retail and pharmacy sectors, Sunday penalty rates cuts from 200 per cent to 150 per cent will be staggered until 2020.

Fast-food employees will have their 150 per cent Sunday rates cut over the next three years until 2019.

Hospitality workers’ Sunday pay will gradually fall from 175 per cent to 150 per cent over that period.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the decision “confirmed the worst fears of workers” – that cuts would begin next month. He called on the Turnbull government to support his private members’ bill to stop the cuts.

“This is an appalling decision and comes at a time when wages are falling in real terms,” Mr Shorten said. “It doesn’t matter if the cuts are phased in over two or three years, the damage is the same – people will be losing real money.”

But Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the decision would help small business while affecting only three to four per cent of ‘s workforce.

“The adjustments to Sunday penalty rates will even the playing field for ‘s small businesses, which have to pay more for staff on Sundays than big businesses who do deals with big unions. This will help thousands of small businesses open their doors, serve customers and create jobs on Sundays,” she said.

She called on Labor to respect the commission’s independence and ditch its “scare campaign”.

Trade unions have been fiercely fighting against the Fair Work Commission’s decision to slash Sunday pay rates.

“n workers area already suffering as a result of stagnant wage growth,” said n Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus. “They can’t afford a $1.42 billion wage cut.”

Hospitality union United Voice said the decision to begin the cuts from July 1 this year meant 700,000 low-paid ns who worked Sundays and public holidays and would now face their first pay cut within weeks. National secretary Jo-anne Schofield confirmed the union would be appealing the commission’s “unfair” decision to cut Sunday rates at all.

“The system has completely failed the hundreds of thousands of ns who give up their time with their loved ones to work on weekends and public holidays,” Ms Schofield said.

Employers in the hotel and tourism sectors said they would have preferred a two-year phase-in period but they welcomed the certainty provided by the commission’s ruling.

Former Labor minister and ACTU leader Martin Ferguson, now chairman of industry group Tourism Accommodation , said he realised that reforming penalty rates was a tough decision “but ultimately this was essential.”???

The Greens’ Adam Bandt said the decision was “devastating news” for low-paid workers: “With profits up a massive 40 per cent this year but wages only 0.9 per cent, it beggars belief that business says it can’t afford to pay penalty rates.”


OPinionLeadership love challengeGreg Mowbray

BIG QUESTIONS: Where do you need to love more? What are you going to do about it?
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Leaders love lots.

They love theirindustry– that’s where their passion comes from. They lovemakinga difference and influencing outcomes.

They see their contribution as bigger than just having a job.

They love theirorganisation– they deeply care that it succeeds and grows. They love the customers that it serves. They believe in the products and services they deliver.

They love theirpeople– they want to see them grow, develop and be happy.

They love that they are providing an environmentinwhichtheir people feel like they belong and canmakea contribution beyondjust earning money.

They love theirfamilies– that’s why they strive for and achieve balance between their career and time for their loved ones.

They are mindful that whatever they do, it must be sustainable

They love theircommunities– they give back and theymakesure that their organisations are good corporate citizens. They care for individuals, community groups and the environment.

And finally, they lovethemselves– they look after their physical and mental health, they challenge themselves to grow and develop and they want to be the best they can be.

Take theleadershiplove challenge– how many can you tick? Where do you need to love more? What are you going to do about it?

Can we help you to find more love through yourleadership?

PS: You may not beinlove with your industry, for example you don’t have to be passionate about money to workinthe finance industry, but you might at least care about the difference, for instance, thatmaking money available to familiesmakes. It will be harder for yourleadership to surface if you really dislike the industry you workin.

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London attack: What we know so far

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Seven people were killed and 48 injured after a terrorist attack in London. Three terrorists also died in the attack.

What we knowTerrorists carrying large knives drove a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before heading to the busy restaurant area of Borough Market, where they slashed and stabbed patrons.Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed that seven victims are dead, as are the three men involved in the attack.London Ambulance Service has taken48 people to five hospitals and treated scores of others for less serious injuries at the scene. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says two ns are “directly affected” by the attack: one is in hospital, but the condition of the second is unknown. One of the first officers on the scene was an on-duty British Transport Police officer, who responded to calls for help from the public coming from the London Bridge incident. He was stabbed, receiving serious but not life-threatening injuries to his head, face and leg. He is being treated in a London hospital.Police were called to London Bridge at 10.08pm, responding to reports of a vehicle crash with pedestrians.Shortly after, they responded to reports of stabbings in the Borough Market area. Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said the three attackers were shot dead within eight minutes of the first call. Around 50 bullets – which he said was an “unprecedented number” – were used on the three suspects.The attackers were wearing what looked like explosive devices – including canisters strapped to their bodies – but Assistant Commissioner Rowley says these were revealed to be hoaxes.At 12.25am, the incident was declared a terrorist attack.A Vauxhall stabbing initially thought to be part of the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks was unrelated, police say.At 0025hrs 4/6/17 the incidents at #LondonBridge & #BoroughMarket were declared as terrorist incidents.??? Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017Photo of suspected attacker shot by police , note cannisters wrapped around his body + other people on floor #LondonBridge#boroughmarketpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/4fpDw6XqvK??? Back the BBC (@back_the_BBC) June 4, 2017#Londonbridge#boroughmarket#vauxhallpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/a7OciBEBjH??? Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 3, 2017London police are amazing.had us in lockdown then evacuated us past the site. Horrific scenes. (2of3)??? Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) June 3, 2017My statement on the cowardly terrorist attack in London tonight: https://t苏州夜场招聘/PaGXogN60N Please continue to follow @metpoliceuk for updates pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/AcGaju2Svp??? Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 4, 2017

Injured emergency services workers welcome inquiry

HOPE: Former police officer, paramedic and NSW Ambulance call taker Cindy Modderman is hoping the parliamentary inquiry is just the beginning. Picture: Max Mason-HubersRebecca* will pay for the nearly 20 years she served as a police officer for the rest of her life. She grapples every day with memories of the bad jobs; murders, crashes, assaults and dead babies, as well as the loss of two colleagues to suicide and the feeling of hopelessness that comes with not being able to have helped them.
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Her daily battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is compounded with another fight – for the condition and the bullying that followed her speaking out to be acknowledged by her former employer.

It is a fight that has taken up much of her time, energy and emotional reserves. In short, she says the ordeal has ruined her life.

“It’s too late for me” the former Newcastle and Lake Macquarie officer said. “You only have so much fight in you.”

But she has joined other formerand current emergency services workers battling the illness incautiously welcoming the parliamentary inquiry into bullying in the sector.

“It’s not too late for the future ones,” Rebecca said.“It’s way too late for me, it’s 20 years too late for me, butyou know what, we all need a voice.”

The inquiry, announced last month, will look at the prevalence of bullying, harassment and discrimination in the state’s emergency services, as well as the effectivenessof the procedures in place to resolve complaints.

For former paramedics and police officers the Herald has spoken to, the inquiry has brought hope that their stories may finally be heard.

Cindy Modderman is a former police officer and paramedic who has spoken out about bullying in the NSW Ambulance Service, the way the workers compensation system traumatises people and the way intrusive surveillance can prevent people getting well.

Ms Modderman hoped the inquiry would expose the “rife” bulllying within NSW Ambulance and eventually lead to a royal commission.

“They will be surprisedby the number of submissions,” Ms Modderman said. “I am just hoping that we will get people doing their submissions because some people will be scared.

“There are a lot of people who are bullied that can … still go to work, so they are frightened that if they start talking their job is gone, which is another form of bullying in itself.”

Ambulance call taker Sarah*, who has slammed bullying at the Northern Control Centre in Charlestown, hoped the inquiry was just the beginning.

“I’m hoping and praying with everything I have in me that there’s a royal commission at the end of it,” she said. “I want them to read my submission and I want them to know that they’re not just hurting people, they’re not just breaking people down mentally, they are damaging people’s lives.

“It’s an organisation that is meant to care about people’s health but the ironic thing is that not only do they not care about their people’s health, they are doing things to diminish it.”

– former police officer Rebecca

Rachel*, a former police officer who said she was destroyed by bullying in the force, hoped she could muster the courage to revisit her trauma to write her submission.

“I really want to make one (a submission). But it’s just digging up old stuff,” she said.

“Even though I live it every day, I try to avoid thinking about it but if I was to sit down and try and actually write about it I think it would make me worse and I’m really bad at the moment and I’m scared. But I do need to get it off my chest, I know I should do it.”

Former paramedic and founder of support group No More Neglect, Steve McDowell, also hoped the inquiry would be a stepping stone to a royal commission.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” he said.“My hope is that the portfolio committee … literally can’t cope with the number of submissions and have to call a royal commission.

“This is abhorrent what’s going on and the public need to know.

“There are lives at stake and they can’t keep doing nothing.”

He said he would be helping with submissions of some of his support group’s 3200 members.

“You’ve got people in their darkest hour who call 000 for and expect these people who turn up will be in the best of health, not being bullied, not having mental health issues. The public needs to be aware that the emergency services are being neglected by these government agencies.

“The day that this thing starts will be one of the happiest days in this state because some of the people have waited decades, literally decades, for this. They are retired now and they never thought they would see this day.”

Rebecca, who has criticised the NSW Police Force for the way it targets injured workers in a bid to manage them out, said the force had plenty of policies about how to help workers struggling, but had done little to address a culture where mental health issues are frowned upon and officers are ostracised, seen as weak and targeted if they admit they need help.

“They’ve got all the policies in the world and they don’t use any of them,” she said.

“They know that a drop in work performance or an increase in sick leave, an increase in disharmony in the workplace are all symptoms and they know all this but they treat you as disciplinary issues.”

She encourarged all traumatised emergency services workers to muster the strength and make a submission.

“If I could say one thing to all of those cops, it is if this ends up beating you and you end up dead, they are going to strip you bare at coroner’s court. They are going to rip into you and you are not there to defend yourself. This is possibly the one and only opportunity that you can try to make a change. There’s no point complaining to the cops …but this is your one and only chance, so do it.”

The NSW Police Force said it had “no tolerance for any form of bullying and harassment”.

“Constant vigilance and education is required to stamp out this type of behaviour in the workplace,” a spokesperson said.

“The NSWPoliceForce does not hesitate to take the most serious management action when this type of behaviour occurs. We have strong and specific policies to deal with these matters.

“These issues were examined in the Ronald’s Report of 2006 and subsequent recommendations were acted upon, including providing appropriate avenues for employees to report unacceptable behaviour.”

“Ongoing education is a must,” the spokesperson said. “The NSWPoliceForce is currently rolling out the Respectful and Inclusive Workplace campaign as part of continuing education and early intervention efforts.

“No organisation the size of the NSWPoliceForce could ever claim to have completely eliminated all instances of unacceptable workplace behaviour, however the appropriate avenues for reporting, investigation, the imposition of sanctions and ongoing education are key to ensuring staff are safe and supported in the workplace.”

A spokesperson forNSW Ambulance said the organisation “does not accept bullying and harassment in the workplace and fully supports the Parliamentary Inquiry”.

“As an organisation tasked with the care of others, we have a responsibility to promote a healthy workplace,” the spokesperson said.

“NSW Ambulance encourages staff to speak up about unacceptable behaviour. Only by being proactive, can staff help strengthen the policies, training and supports already under way.

“All personnel were advised of the Inquiry and invited to make a submission.”

Submissions to the inquiry are open until July 23 and can be made via

For crisis support contact Lifeline 13 11 14.

*Names were changed