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Domestic violence orders against Queensland police officers double in 2015

Updated December 14, 2015 20:02:34

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The quantity of Queensland police officers subject to domestic violence orders (DVOs) has far more than doubled in a year, outstripping the improve in the wider neighborhood.

Figures obtained under Right to Info by the ABC showed that in 2015, so far 50 officers have had DVOs taken out against then, up from 24 in 2014 and 20 in 2013.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart stated it was a “sadly a reflection of our own neighborhood, that is been proven time and time again”.

“We have extremely, very robust requirements about this and we deal with these on a case-by-case basis,” he mentioned.

Police officers were prohibited by law from carrying a firearm while subject to a DVO, which meant they have been properly deskbound.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers stated even though he in no way condoned domestic violence, he mentioned given the impact on an officer’s career by being taken off the road he believed some partners had been making use of DVOs as leverage in partnership breakdowns.

“Tragically what I do see throughout society is some folks will misuse the domestic violence legislation for their own personal gains,” he said.

Mr Leavers also blamed the boost in DVOs, in portion, on the psychological effect of policing.

“I was at an information session on post-traumatic anxiety and what it essentially says is most police [officers]with 5 years or a lot more service have some form of post-traumatic stress,” he mentioned.

“That destroys relationships and that could, or could not, lead to domestic violence.”

Even with doubling of the DVOs against police officers, the rate was about half of that of the wider neighborhood.

Police statistics showed there have been 25,661 DVOs taken out in Queensland in 2014/15, which was up 6.two per cent on the year ahead of at 24,155.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk stated the increase was not necessarily a undesirable factor.

“The awareness that’s happening out there in the media is generating folks report and that is a great point since they are obtaining the assist that they require,” Ms Palaszczuk mentioned.

At last week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, Ms Palaszczuk committed to hosting a national domestic violence summit in Queensland towards the finish of subsequent year.

Topics: police, domestic-violence, activism-and-lobbying, household-law, family, qld

First posted December 14, 2015 20:01:18

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Rally planned against downgrade of Gerard Baden-Clay’s murder conviction

Posted December 14, 2015 10:48:45

Household and friends of Allison Baden-Clay are planning a rally on Friday to protest against the downgrading of her husband Gerard’s murder conviction to manslaughter.

The rally will be held in Brisbane’s CBD and a website and Facebook web page have been produced ahead of the occasion, with nearly 9,000 currently following the later.

“We require women, men and kids to show that domestic violence have to cease,” the site reads.

“We require to let our political leaders know the social and legal structures made to help and safeguard against domestic violence are not working.”

Gerard Baden-Clay was convicted by jury in 2014 of murdering Allison at their family members home in Brookfield, in Brisbane’s west, in 2012.

The Court of Appeal last week set aside the murder conviction, replacing it with manslaughter, saying there was not sufficient proof to prove the former true estate agent had intentionally killed Allison.

During the appeal his lawyers argued it was achievable he could have unintentionally killed his wife throughout an argument at their residence in Brookfield, in Brisbane’s west.

His lawyers then recommended a hypothesis that he covered up the death out of “panic”.

But throughout the 2014 trial, Baden-Clay denied killing Allison and mentioned scratches on his face have been caused by shaving rather than a struggle.

A lot more than 73,000 individuals have already signed a petition which calls on Queensland’s Acting Attorney-Common Cameron Dick to appeal the downgrading.

He has sought legal tips on regardless of whether an appeal could be productive.

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Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, law-crime-and-justice, activism-and-lobbying, brookfield-4069, qld

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Pattinson relishes Test revival against troubled West Indies

Posted December 12, 2015 19:03:19

James Pattinson celebrates a wicket Photo: James Pattinson’s took five wickets in six overs on day three in Hobart, wiping through the West Indies’ dismal prime order. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

Absolutely nothing hurt far more, mentioned lengthy-suffering Trinidadian commentator Fazeer Mohammed, than hearing Australian cricket supporters wish West Indies would play far better.

External Hyperlink: Australia v West Indies First Test

He said it with a smile, but a very good part of the sentiment was genuine. As soon as Australians longed for the day they would see a win more than the Caribbean side, at home or away. Now they longed for their former rival to be competitive.

But the current iteration of West Indies cricket still gives its opponent one point: a rehabilitation program for broken players. More than the very first two days of the Hobart Test, the going to cricketers have been absorbed in assisting Shaun Marsh, Australia’s perennial Lost Boy, discover some sense of a cricketing home.

Then on the third day they turned their restorative powers on James Pattinson, whose youthful status as a tearaway fast bowler had subsided into several years hobbled by injury.

Throughout West Indies’ initial innings Pattinson looked terrible. Australia coach Darren Lehmann gave a generous description of “rusty”. There was a lack of pace, a lack of accuracy, a lack of menace. Pattinson has often been a massive lump of a lad, the kind who attacks the crease as even though it has just said something spiteful about one particular of his relatives. With no his hustle he was a changed player.

Six occasions Pattinson was lashed to the fence by Darren Bravo, the streakiness of some shots due more to carefree batting than unsafe bowling. There had been no balls, there had been byes and leg byes from frequent misdirection onto the pads, there had been practically 5 runs an over.

Bravo ended up with 94 runs by stumps of the second day, and soon completed a century the following morning created all the far more commendable due to the lack of help. He was final man out for 108, making almost half of West Indies’ 223 and batting over 4 hours.

With five overs gone in the day when Bravo fell, Steve Smith enforced the stick to-on. Pattinson had not yet bowled but took the second over of West Indies’ second innings. Immediately things had been different.

External Hyperlink: Interview: James Pattinson

It only took three balls for him to get a bit of shape away from Rajendra Chandrika, some great bounce from a length, and a thick edge into the slips. 3 boundaries followed, but within two overs Pattinson had his left-handed tormentor Bravo failing to account for a tiny bit of shape in towards him, and edging a massive drive into his stumps.

“He looked much better when he began hitting the pitch a lot more rather than trying to swing it and floating it up,” was Grandstand commentator Simon Katich’s assessment of the distinction between Pattinson’s two bowling days.

“Anytime there is variation in bounce it’s easy, you run in and bang the wicket.”

That is what he did, and that is what worked. Right away. Markedly. In consecutive balls.

The first was to Marlon Samuels, who hung about on the back foot only to get a ball that snorted out of the pitch at him from a full length. Samuels flinched, got the ball near his gloves, and skewed it over gully where David Warner leapt back to take the catch.

The second was to Jermaine Blackwood, who hung around on the back foot only to get a ball that was quickly and kept very low, totally beating his uncertain hopping prod to smash into his off stump. Both balls have been not possible to predict from a bowler who was now employing the circumstances.

“That is a excellent sign that he’s in fact pondering in the course of the game,” added Katich’s fellow commentator Chris Rogers, a former Victorian team-mate of Pattinson’s.

James Pattinson celebrates bowling Darren Bravo Photo: James Pattinson bowled with pace and objective in the second innings, in contrast to a poor first-innings displaying. (Getty Pictures: Cameron Spencer)

“The criticism might have been that he’s just a large quickly bowler who hurls them down when there is in fact a lot a lot more to him. The greatest I ever saw him bowl was at this ground against Tasmania.”

When he added Jason Holder to his dismissals following a nick down the leg side, Pattinson had a five-wicket haul to mark his return to Test cricket, just as he took one to register his debut more than four years ago. Queries about the good quality of the opposition do not count for too a lot: in this case it was the top quality of the deliveries that mattered.

It was not just about Pattinson feeling that he could nonetheless provide the right standard of bowling. It was about him obtaining by way of the game physically, offered a body that has been so frail. And about him receiving through the game mentally, provided Rogers’ assessment that he can be the sort of player who gets very down on himself right after a poor day.

At Bellerive, Pattinson’s mental and corporeal selves each and every survived the rigours of the game intact. He showed some physical stability to get via, and a level of psychological resilience to shrug off his poor initial attempt and redeem it by way of his second.

Such is the activity, although on a considerably grander scale, that lies ahead of the whole West Indies group. They crashed to five for 30 following on to shed by an innings and 212 runs.

The only upsides for them were the efforts of Bravo in the very first innings and Kraigg ‘Daryl’ Brathwaite in the second, each final males out while none around them could lend assistance. Brathwaite played spin and pace with equal ease and thrashed the Australians about, including 4 consecutive boundaries from Mitchell Marsh when he knew he was down to his final batting partner.

External Link: Grandstand At Stumps: Hobart, Day 3

The back-foot punch, the late cut, the flick and the square slash. Cover point, third man, square leg and backward point. It was the final flourish in a gorgeously futile knock of 94 that ended when Josh Hazlewood hit his stumps.

Out of a West Indies score of 148, it also scored quite high on the Charles Bannerman index, comprising 63.51 percent of the team’s runs.

It tells you that there is at least one thing in the West Indies’ modify area. Some capability, some want to do nicely. But that wants to take on far far more substance.

It can not take place even though Marlon Samuels sulks about like he couldn’t be less interested, or strike bowlers refuse to operate from one particular finish of the ground. Not even though a young captain with a thankless and hard job gets no help from these with most duty.

Some shake-up in the squad is required desperately. In the meantime, West Indies administration is a larger and messier residence to place in order. The administrators are what want sweeping out, according to the CARICOM committee investigating the West Indies Cricket Board.

Myriad are the troubles, and the on-field ones are but the most apparent. Placing them in order by Boxing Day is unlikely: at ideal a begin can be created. But so the discussions have gone for years with no clear alter. On the positive side, if Australia has any a lot more broken players needing a turnaround, they only want to come to the subsequent game.

Topics: cricket, sport, hobart-7000, tas, australia

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Fishers protest against Government response to Cockburn Sound fish deaths

Posted December 12, 2015 17:50:12

Recreational fishers and conservationists have urged the Western Australian Government to take action to ensure a mass fish death in waters off Perth’s south will not take place once again.

Around 200 people have attended a protest on the Rockingham foreshore, expressing anger at the Government’s response to the deaths in Cockburn Sound.

Far more than two,000 fish from much more than a dozen species have died in the area in recent weeks.

Mystery surrounded the circumstances of those deaths for weeks, before the Government announced recently it believed an algal bloom was accountable.

But some men and women at the protest expressed their doubts about the accuracy of that claim, while also saying the Government’s response to the deaths was slow and inadequate.

“We held the rally simply because we wanted answers to questions due to the fact they have not been answered adequately,” a rally organiser Tim Barlow said.

“If the Government’s response to this had been timely, proportional and transparent we wouldn’t be right here today.”

Mr Barlow mentioned he believed there was further information to come out about the deaths and demanded action to avoid it from happening once more.

There have been also fears from some at the protest that the Mangles Bay marina improvement, on the Point Individual peninsula, would worsen water high quality in the sound.

Labor leader Mark McGowan said there necessary to be an independent inquiry into the incident.

He mentioned there was clear neighborhood doubt more than the answers the Division of Fisheries provided.

“I feel folks are now a bit disbelieving of the answers that are becoming provided … individuals would like far more assurances than what’s been offered,” Mr McGowan mentioned.

“Several people’s social lives and recreational lives depend on the sound and the atmosphere of the sound is extremely important, which is why we want to get to the bottom of what has gone on.”

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston stated the Government was continuing to closely monitor the situation.

“The Department will be functioning closely with the recreational and industrial sectors to monitor fish stocks,” Mr Baston stated in a statement.

“Testing for the microscopic algae responsible for the current fish kill is also continuing.”

Topics: fish, atmosphere, perth-6000

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Victorian Labor requires legal action against member amid allegations of branch stacking

Posted December 10, 2015 22:18:35

Connected Story: Labor members to have cards torn up over membership irregularities
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The conflict more than branch stacking in the Victorian division of the Labor Celebration has intensified, with the party taking legal action to force a dissident member to destroy records he says prove widespread stacking is occurring.

The ABC has been told the celebration will seek in an injunction in the Supreme Court on Friday to force Eric Dearricott, a rebel member of its administrative committee, to destroy the records, which he says are evidence of the widespread use of pre-paid present cards to stack Victorian branches.

Mr Dearricott has long agitated against what he claims is the manipulation of celebration membership to advantage Labor powerbrokers, particularly in the party heartland of the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Celebration officials have claimed Mr Dearricott improperly accessed membership records, such as names, addresses, payment particulars and internet protocol addresses, and last month lawyers for the celebration demanded Mr Dearricott destroy the records.

Mr Dearricott claims he was entitled to access the information, and was truly asked by the celebration to study the records to determine regardless of whether rorting was occurring.

Media reports have alleged widespread use of the pre-paid gift cards — which can be bought and utilised without the purchaser providing any identification — to sign up ALP members with out their information, or to spend for huge numbers of memberships to cement manage of branches in several Victorian electorates.

Nevertheless, in leaks to other media outlets, opposing sources apparently aligned to the party hierarchy have denied that the rorting is widespread or systemic, and mentioned the party was operating to stamp out the practice.

A recent investigation at the behest of the administrative committee, carried out by the right’s Garth Head and the left’s Liz Beattie, determined that widespread membership rorting making use of pre-paid cards was not occurring.

Nevertheless, critics have suggested Mr Head and Ms Beattie’s report did not expose the accurate extent of the difficulty.

Legal action comes as celebration prepares for Wills pre-selection

The ABC revealed earlier this year that a former staffer to party heavyweight Senator Stephen Conroy, Haykel Handal, had been kicked out of the party for utilizing the pre-paid cards to sign up numerous members.

The ABC also revealed that a Moreland City councillor linked to alleged Italian organised crime figures, Michael Teti, utilized the office of former federal Labor Senator and acolyte of Senator Conroy, Mehmet Tillem, to improperly sign up folks to the Labor Party with no their understanding.

The ABC does not recommend Mr Tillem knew of Mr Teti’s links to the alleged crime figures or the alleged branch stacking.

The legal action against Mr Dearricott also comes as the celebration prepares for a potentially bruising pre-selection ballot in the formerly rock-solid Labor-held electorate of Wills.

The pre-selection, triggered by the impending retirement of MP Kelvin Thomson, is shaping up as a battle between Mr Tillem, reviled by some in the celebration as an archetypal Labor factional operator, and whoever emerges as the candidate of the anti-Tillem forces, who are agitating for a neighborhood, female candidate who will hold off the encroaching tide of Greens help.

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten is generally described as an ally of Senator Conroy’s but is believed to be contemplating backing a female candidate against Mr Tillem, due to Labor’s stated goal of ladies filling 50 per cent of all celebration positions by 2025.

Both Mr Dearricott and the ALP’s state assistant secretary, Kosmos Samaras, have refused to comment.

Topics: alp, political-parties, state-parliament, courts-and-trials, vic

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Australia however to take action against teenage hacking fugitive

Posted December 11, 2015 00:16:07

Australian authorities are however to formally request the extradition of a teenage personal computer hacking suspect, a lot more than a fortnight right after he boasted about fleeing to Europe although below police surveillance.

Dylan Wheeler from Perth was just 17 when he was charged over involvement in a main international hack of Microsoft and US Army computers.

The FBI says the hackers are believed to have stolen international home worth $ US100 million.

Nearly 3 years later, facing a possible ten-year jail sentence, Mr Wheeler fled the nation.

Last month he told the ABC’s 730 program it was “scary” how easily he was able to leave.

“I left Australia due to the fact my case went on for about two to 3 years and it was obtaining nowhere,” Mr Wheeler said from his new house in the Czech Republic.

“It was quite scary that I was in a position to leave on my Australian passport, due to the fact they truly have a program called PACE … it is a method they use at border manage to basically figure out if you are a criminal if you are attempting to leave the country, and generally it will flag you.”

The Australian Government is refusing to comment on the case, or say no matter whether it is looking for to extradite Mr Wheeler.

“As a matter of longstanding practice, the Australian Government does not disclose whether it has produced, or intends to make, an extradition request to a foreign country till the person is arrested or brought prior to the court in a foreign nation pursuant to that request,” a spokesperson for the Lawyer-General’s Division mentioned.

Nevertheless, a spokesman for the Czech government has confirmed to the ABC that Australia is however to formally request Mr Wheeler’s extradition.

“[The] Ministry of Justice hasn’t been contacted by any authorities in this matter, so we have no information about the case of Mr Wheeler,” the spokesman stated.

Because leaving Australia, Mr Wheeler claims he is using his skills for very good, by helping European government agencies protect themselves from malicious hackers.

He stated he was not afraid of getting caught or that his previous would catch up with him.

“The accusations they have claimed are untrue, and to the greatest of my expertise I have not committed a crime,” Mr Wheeler stated.

“I would like them to just drop the charges, drop the accusations and face defeat and say, ‘Hey, we stuffed up’.”

Topics: hacking, international-law, foreign-affairs, federal-government, computer systems-and-technology, czech-republic, australia, perth-6000

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Case against murder accused ‘a college of red herrings’

Posted December 08, 2015 22:03:47

The case against a man accused of murdering punk rock fan Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber is “a school of red herrings” and “stinking kippers by the dozen”, his lawyer has told a court.

Christopher Navin, 29, has admitted stabbing Mr Sofer-Schreiber to death, but has pleaded not guilty to murder by explanation of mental impairment in the ACT Supreme Court.

Significantly of the trial, which has run for 3 weeks so far, has been devoted to evidence about Navin’s mental well being and regardless of whether he was suffering psychosis at the time of the killing.

The crown outlined a case suggesting Navin was motivated by animosity, soon after he blamed the victim for isolating him from close friends in the punk rock scene.

The pair had fallen out when they shared a home, with the victim taking legal action against Navin, partly more than damage to Mr Sofer-Schreiber’s garage.

The case was resolved and pals mentioned Navin laughed it off.

Prosecutors also detailed forensic evidence about blood patterns, suggesting the victim was not first stabbed at the front door, where Navin said the attack started, but at his dining table.

The court heard Navin attempted to cover up the crime by burning the knives and other evidence, and that he lied to the police.

Another essential piece of evidence was repeated phone calls and text messages Navin produced to the victim shortly just before the killing, to which Mr Sofer-Schreiber did not responded, in spite of the pair agreeing to meet up for lunch.

Prosecutor Margaret Jones told the jury many of Navin’s actions afterward suggested he knew what he did was incorrect.

“He goes to the funeral, and you may discover that was to give a veneer of innocence,” she mentioned.

It was clear proof of someone getting dictated to by psychosis.

Stuart Littlemore

She also told the court he gave varying accounts to the psychiatrists.

Navin’s personal account recommended the decision to kill the victim solidified when he left his parents on Boxing Day.

For months he stated he had it in his thoughts that the voices in his head have been in league with Mr Sofer-Schreiber and he must make friends with him, as he feared he was a threat to his family.

By the time of the killing, he believed the victim was organizing to hire a hit man to kill members of his family members.

Navin said he saw warning indicators, including when he went to feed a friend’s cats and saw a book with the words “on the loose”.

He said he took that to mean there was a hit man on the loose.

Then at his parents’ residence, he saw a piece of wire in the shape of a noose on a bench and saw his mother move a necklace in a manner that produced him consider she was in quick danger.

Landmarks for psychosis did not modify: Littlemore

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber Photo: Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber was found stabbed to death in his Canberra apartment on December 29, 2013. (Supplied: ACT Policing)

The prosecution pointed to differences in the narrative told to many psychiatrists who treated and interviewed Navin, some a lot more than a year later, as evidence he was not telling the truth.

But defence barrister Stuart Littlemore described it as “a case theory that is irresponsible and mindlessly prejudiced”.

He stated it would be unusual if the stories were precisely the exact same.

“But the landmarks along the road for the psychosis did not modify,” he said.

Mr Littlemore said it simply was not accurate that Navin was socially isolated, and said he had contact with buddies and family.

He stated his actions could be explained in the context of his mental illness.

“It was clear proof of an individual being dictated to by psychosis,” he stated.

Mr Littlemore told the jury there was 1 situation to make a decision: “The only genuine query is how psychotic he was on Boxing Day two years ago, when he knocked on the door of the Lyneham property.”

The case is continuing.

Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, crime, law-crime-and-justice, lyneham-2602, act, australia, canberra-2600

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Ravenswood student speaks out against captain’s criticism of the school

Posted December 08, 2015 ten:23:00

External Hyperlink: Ravenswood Captain Sarah Haynes addresses school on Speech Day 2015

A Year 12 Ravenswood student has spoken out against her school captain for accusing these running the exclusive Upper North Shore girls school of putting its image ahead of the welfare of the students.

Head girl Sarah Haynes created national headlines yesterday soon after a recording of her controversial end-of-year speech at the Sydney college went viral.

“It appears to me that today’s schools are being run far more and much more like organizations, exactly where every little thing becomes financially motivated,” she told teachers and students in a speech which earned a standing ovation from fellow pupils.

“Maybe this is a naive view, but either way I’d adore to see Ravenswood work towards anything much better, where every single member of the college feels valued equally, as they should be.”

The chairman of the Ravenswood school council, Mark Webb, has linked Ms Haynes’ criticism of the college to an alleged bullying incident involving her sister.

Ravenswood Year 12 student Hannah Richardson said she was upset by her captain’s speech.

Audio: Listen to David Taylor’s report (AM)

“When she speaks on behalf of the student body, I’m not actually confident if she’s speaking on behalf of absolutely everyone,” she said.

“So I believe that is a bit upsetting, due to the fact that undoubtedly doesn’t agree with me, and I know a lot folks, a lot of my pals, I never consider they would agree with almost everything that was stated.”

Ms Richardson did not attend the school’s Speech Day because she was engaged in volunteer function in Japan, but she has noticed the recording of the speech posted to YouTube.

“Ravenswood is a very, extremely caring atmosphere, and I’ve often from my encounter felt that student welfare has often come very first and it really is often been about performing your ideal, rather than attempting to sell a brand,” she mentioned.

College says girls have ‘a right to feel valued’

College council chairman Mr Webb said the hyperlink to the alleged bullying incident, which he stated was ahead of the courts, meant the college could not make any additional comment.

“As this relates to a matter prior to the courts, it is not feasible for us to comment on the specifics other than to say this relates to a disagreement about disciplinary action taken against a quantity of students following an incident of alleged bullying,” he said in a carefully worded statement sent to the college community.

“We have deliberately restricted any comment to the media as we do not want to compromise the girls, their families or the legal technique.

“Ravenswood has an overriding obligation to provide a secure and respectful finding out atmosphere for every single student – and all our girls have the appropriate to really feel valued.”

Ms Haynes has declined to comment.

The ABC understands Ravenswood teachers have been told not to speak to the media.

Subjects: secondary-schools, education, schools, gordon-2072, sydney-2000, nsw, australia

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Lanning shines as Stars double up against Heat on 1st day of WBBL

Updated December 05, 2015 17:37:50

Related Story: Ash Barty joins the Huge Bash party
Map: St Kilda 3182

A pair of half-centuries by skipper Meg Lanning have led the Melbourne Stars to dual victories over Brisbane on the inaugural day of Women’s Big Bash League action.

The Stars and Heat played back to back games at St Kilda’s Junction Oval and opener Lanning was named player of the match in each as she finished with a combined tally of 165 runs off 114 deliveries.

The national captain scored 75 not out off 56 in the second match of the day as the Stars battled to four for 147 off their 20 overs.

Jess Jonassen scored 52 but, for the second time in the day, Brisbane failed to match the hosts, falling ten runs short.

It was a equivalent story in the 1st match as Lanning belted 90 off 58 balls to set up victory for the Stars.

Englishwoman Nat Sciver (33 off 25) was the only other batter to get out of single figures as they reached 7 for 156.

The Heat in no way got close in their chase as wickets fell with startling regularity.

Opener Grace Harris (42 off 21) helped the Heat recover soon after the loss of opening partner Beth Mooney (2) on the fourth ball of the innings.

Harris and 1st drop Jonassen’s second-wicket partnership was worth 54 runs but the latter contributed just six of them before falling to the stingy Alana King (1 for 14 off four overs).

Batting at number six, tennis convert Ash Barty went about attempting to rebuild the innings when she came out to the middle in the 12th more than – hammering 39 off just 27 deliveries, which includes a six, in her very first outing – but it was not adequate.

The final 5 batters contributed just 16 runs and Barty was the last woman out, bowled by Sciver for her second wicket of the innings.

Kristen Beams and Morna Nielsen completed with 3 wickets apiece.

Topics: cricket, sport, st-kilda-3182, vic, australia, brisbane-4000, qld

Very first posted December 05, 2015 17:32:29

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Violent threats against Tasmanian principals highest in nation: survey

Posted December 03, 2015 11:37:51

A teacher gives instructions to her pupils in a classroom. Photo: The Education Union says it is unclear why rates of violence against Tasmanian principals are escalating so much. (Anne-Christine Pouloulat, file photo: AFP)

A national survey has identified 60 per cent of Tasmanian principals received violent threats this year, the highest price in the nation.

Nationally, the Australian Catholic University found one in 3 principals surveyed had experienced physical violence in their work.

In Tasmania, 114 principals completed the survey.

Their results showed rates of actual violence had increased from almost 27 per cent in 2011 to 42 per cent this year.

Terry Polglase of the Education Union told 936 ABC Hobart the figures had been worrying.

“There is a concerning trend, our price of improve of assaults is the greatest of other states,” he said.

“Appear it really is something that we want to look at – what has been causing this more than the final four years.”

He said in main schools the violence came mainly from parents and in high schools students have been far more likely to be the perpetrators.

“You have to appear, socially, appropriate across the board, what is causing that, you know, what is going on in Tasmania?” he mentioned.

“Also, we need to look at what is going on in our support of the schools, the [spending budget] cuts that occurred final year, you know when you take two teachers out of the schools, you put principals on classes and have them obtaining less time to deal with issues, meet with parents and so on, you know, men and women get angry.

“Undoubtedly for Tasmania we need to have to appear at the effects of what we are actually carrying out within our policies.”

Mr Polglase mentioned the physical school environment also left principals vulnerable to violence.

“The atmosphere isn’t precisely best is it? You know, open doors, stroll into the office, somebody is angry, we now take away glass dividers, we try and have open communication, we try to do all the right factors to guarantee we are as welcoming as possible inside our schools.”

The survey also asked principals who they turned to for help, such as spouses, colleagues, physicians and senior staff.

Mr Polglase said most principals would not turn to far more senior colleagues.

“They just will not admit to folks above them that there is an concern and as a result their pressure levels are via the roof and that is sad for a system, it says one thing really poor about the culture that is going on inside our systems and our schools, we like to say items are great but they are not,” he said.

Topics: assault, teachers, tas

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