Warners Bay post office inquest day two: Stephen Hodge shot four times after lunging at police with large knife

Police were not carrying tasers when they confronted Stephen Hodge FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Mr Hodge was later shot dead by two police officers when he advanced on them. Picture: Supplied
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FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

FOOTAGE: A CCTV still of Stephen Hodge, armed with a large knife, as he chases his boss, Brendan Hogan, out onto the street. Picture: Supplied

The fatal confrontation between police and Stephen Hodge in the car park of Warners Bay post office.

The fatal confrontation between police and Stephen Hodge in the car park of Warners Bay post office.

The fatal confrontation between police and Stephen Hodge in the car park of Warners Bay post office.

The fatal confrontation between police and Stephen Hodge in the car park of Warners Bay post office.

TweetFacebookPolice were not carrying tasers when they confronted Stephen Hodgehttps://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/v6ZqFubQfSczSV22Th78nc/2135081f-fbe2-4a03-8381-5ea3bfd0572a.JPG/r0_44_1800_1061_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgThe detail, which may provide some explanation or insight into the tactical response taken by the two Lake Macquarie constables, came during the inquest on Tuesday.news, local-news, steve hodge, postal worker, australia post, warners bay, post office, police shooting2018-02-13T17:00:00+11:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5732347263001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5732347263001″I always had feelings that maybe one day something might go awry,” Warners Bay postmaster Brendan Hogan said in reply toquestions about whether he was scared of Mr Hodge or feared one day Mr Hodge would harm him.

Mr Hodge had been sent home on the day of the shootingafter he disappeared from work and then become aggressive with Mr Hogan.But he re-emerged at the rear of the post office a short time later armed with a large kitchen knife.

Mr Hogan detailed on Tuesday the terrifying moments when Mr Hodge advanced on him from the counter area of the post office with the large knife raised at head height.

“I kept talking to Steve asking him to put the knife down,” Mr Hogan said.

“He didn’tsay anything. From the time I first saw him to the time he was chasing me he never said a single word.”

The inquest wasalso shown a 20-minute compilation video of CCTV and mobile phone footage stitched together to show the final hours and minutes in the postal worker’s life.

The video concludes before the officers fire the fatal shots and includes audio from one witness asking why the police don’t deploy tasers to subdue Mr Hodge.

It’s often the first question asked by the public after a police shooting, but one of the officers involved, constable Darren Hamilton explained that he and Jamie Taylor were attached to the special operations group and wearing plainclothes on the day of the shooting.

“There is no plainclothes tasers,” now senior constable Hamilton said.

“Usually with firearms youkeep them concealed under your shirt. “But there is nowhere to hide the taser under your shirt.”

The week-long coronial inquest will explore a number of issues relating to Mr Hodge’s death, including the significance of the fact that one officer became trapped behind a gate before Mr Hodge was shot and whether a change in managing Mr Hodge’s behaviour and performanceby Post contributed to his erratic behaviour on the day he died.

Centenary of the Great War

GRIM WAIT: German troops around a wrecked British tank, await their orders to attack the Allied front lines. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for11-17 February, 1918.
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THE WEST FRONTField-marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the British Commandant on the West Front, reports:The enemy on Saturday morning raided a post north-westward of St. Quentin.

We drove off raiders who were attempting to approach our line north of Arras.

The ns raiding on Sunday night south-east of Messines took 37 prisoners, three machine guns and trench mortars, and inflicted heavy casualties. It is estimated that the raiders killed 100 men, apart from the losses caused by our preliminary bombardment. We successfully repulsed a counter-attack.

Hostile artillery has been intermittently active south-east and west of Cambrai. Our batteries in this area effectively engaged working parties.

GERMAN TROOPS REHEARSINGMr. Percival Phillips, telegraphing from the West Front, says:- It is clear spring-like weather. The ground is drying steadily, yet our front is unnaturally calm.

The ostentatious German idleness is intended to deceive us, but our aeroplanes see the “storm troops” rehearsing open warfare behind the German lines, and it is impossible to conceal the steady stream of fresh German divisions and new concentrations of heavy artillery.

FIERCE AUSTRALIAN ATTACKMr Philip Gibbs telegraphs: The n raid near Warneton was the fiercest affair. The bombardment was followed by violent fighting in trenches and dugouts, which was responsible for the heaviest casualties. The Germans, holding the sector strongly, met the ns with a sweeping burst of machinegun fire.

Though the ns sustained some casualties, they were nothing like those Inflicted on the enemy. This body-grabbing business is keeping both sides alert all day long and all night long. The Germans are nervous, and are lavishly using rockets, and sudden spasms of machine-guns whenever their sentries see visions in No Man’s Land.

LEAVE FOR SOLDIERSSenator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, has arranged with General Birdwood to have the leave for England for members of the n Imperial Forces increased from ten to fourteen days, preference being given to those longest without leave, and each division receiving its proportion according to the tactical situation.

Senator Pearce wished that special arrangements might be made for men who left with the first division, but General Birdwood points out that the reorganisation of this division in Egypt involved the distribution of those men equally between the first, fourth, and fifth divisions. Under the arrangement now made the division out of the line of action receives the largest share of leave in turn, and during the winter months 12,000 men have had leave each month in England. This is quite apart from eight days Paris leave given to good conduct men, which is not counted against leave to England.

AUSTRALIAN RED CROSSIn consequence of the lull in the fighting, and the mild weather, the number of n Red Cross patients and convalescents at French depots during January showed a marked falling off.

The n Red Cross Commissioner in France, after a tour of 760 miles, reports that the depots are being run on businesslike lines, and are satisfactorily attending to ns in the Imperial hospitals.

The Commissioner visited Paris, and handed over to the French Red Cross £1158. A portion of this amount will be devoted to an annexe to the sanatorium for French military consumptives as a tribute by the Red Cross to the ns for their unwearying generosity in assisting France. The Commissioner said he was thankful for everything that helped to augment the efforts to combat tuberculosis.

FINE AUSTRALIANSThe latest n reinforcements have made an excellent impression. A system is now in full swing by which experienced n officers, assisted by Imperial instructors, many Mons men, command the training depot on Salisbury Plain, and put the final polish on the reinforcements under war conditions.

Many drafts have gone to France during the past two months, a considerable proportion being recovered men, who had been in England in some cases for twelve months undergoing a slow hardening process.

The recruits have great respect for the men who have been through the fighting in France, and many warm friendships spring up with the instructing commissioned officers. When the latter are ordered to France they are besieged with appeals for recruits to be allowed to accompany them, notwithstanding that their period of training is not finished.

Some even willingly forego disembarkation leave if they are permitted to go to France with a popular officer. As an instance of the general keenness, the latest arrivals, a batch of artillerymen, offered individual bonuses to their instructors to give them extra instruction in gun laying, including night practice.

SOLDIERS’ LETTERSA major of the 2nd n Auxiliary Hospital, Middlesex, writing to his father, of Newcastle, says: “I am still alive and kicking, and my spare time I am devoting to ophthalmic work at the Royal Westminster Hospital, where, for two afternoons a week, I do the work of assistant clinical surgeon. A rumour has been going the rounds that Sydney was bombarded the other day by a raider. I cannot help but think that it will do the people a vast amount of good if such a thing has happened, because, in a very small way it will make them realise what war really is, and might be the deciding factor at the conscription polls. I have heard from a more or less reliable source that a few mail boats have lately come to rest on the sub-aqueous terra firma by reason of having met torpedoes half way. I hear that the result of the conscription poll is wrapped in the folds of doubt. That should not be, methinks, and personally I know quite a number of young men and younger medicos who should be forced to do their little bit. After all, it is hardly fair to send men into the firing line again and again. The strain is a thing not lightly to be passed over, and when you have to stand that strain again and again — well, I have seen men go mad, and it was not nice. Sad to relate, most all of my old friends have gone on their last route march, and many of them were fine lads, and clean. So I think that it is only fair that the gaps should be filled by fresh men, who have not had to keep constantly in the cauldron of things. This will be my third Christmas on active service; first one on Lemnos, second one in a mud-hole in France, and this last in England. I believe I could get home now if I tried, but honestly, don’t you think it only decent when other families are making such huge sacrifices, that one of our lot should keep on facing the music. General Howse was very decent to me when I came over after that big stunt at Messines. He saw my face, which was blistered by that mustard gas of Fritz’s, and gave me a week’s leave, for which I was not sorry.”

IN THE MEDITERRANEANMr. James Dart has received a letter from his son, Norman, who is in the n Navy. He is at present on his ship, in the Mediterranean Sea, watching and waiting. The letter is dated 7th November last, and in it he writes: “We are on rations for the first time during the war, the whole of the ship’s crew from the captain downwards. Our flotilla has a lease of an island here, and when in from the sun and off duty, we are tilling it, growing potatoes and pumpkins, etc. Each area of ground has a name. I am working in the ‘Kookooburra Estate;’ the next place to mine is called the ‘Kangaroo gardens,’ and the next the ‘Emu’s retreat,’ and so on. We are not the only ship’s crew tilling the soil here. When are you going to make a start building those ships at Walsh Island we hear so much about? We want tucker. You have plenty of it, do send us some. Hurry on with the ships and when finished load them up with good things and send them along. By so doing you will be helping us boys to win the war for you. I’m only 16 years of age, and doing my bit for . Remember that you cannot fight on an empty belly. The commander of the torpedo destroyer I am on is a Newcastle boy, and he takes kindly to us all. I think he has a special regard for me, perhaps because I remind him of his home and mother. His mother lives in Newcastle, and is a daughter of a well-known and respected family resident there. I am looking forward to Christmas. There is going to be something doing on board the ship.”

EAST GRETAOn Saturday evening the residents of East Greta assembled in the local hall to extend a welcome to three of the local boys who have returned from active service, Privates W. Rix, C. Bunn, and C. Hoskings being the guests of the evening. Mr. J. Coulton occupied the chair, in the absence of Mr. M’Coy, president of the patriotic committee, and said that he was delighted to welcome the three heroes home again. They had done their duty as far as they had been permitted by circumstances, and their friends were proud of them. He was pleased to hand to each of them, on behalf of the residents of the town, a gold medal, suitably inscribed, and trusted that the three would soon be restored to good health. Private Bunn, who was present at the famous Messines battle of June, 1917, thanked the speaker for his welcome, and said that whatever they had done had been a duty that was required of them by the Empire. He spoke of the comrades they had left, and trusted that some of the residents would be welcoming them home. He also told how the parcels of comforts which leave the town monthly for the boys, were appreciated in the trenches. Private Rix thanked the people sincerely for their welcome, and said he had done what he could and was sorry that it had not been more, but fate had willed it otherwise. Private Hoskings said it gave him great pleasure to be with the people of East Greta once again, and thanked them heartily for their reception. He had received a medal departing and one on returning, and prized them both, knowing the spirit in which they were given. During the evening songs were rendered and dancing was indulged in. The evening was brought to a close by the National Anthem.

LAMBTONPrivate Maurice Gray returned home from the front on Thursday evening. He was met at the railway station, Newcastle, by the Mayor, Alderman Charlton, and Alderman J. J. Fitzpatrick, representing the Lambton Soldiers’ Welcome Home Committee. After a few words of welcome, he was driven to his home in Young-street in a motor car, a large number of relatives and friends awaited his arrival. After partaking of refreshments, the Mayor proposed the toast of our guest, and expressed his pleasure at his safe return. They were proud to know that he had done his duty, and they hoped he would soon be restored to his former health. The toast was supported by Alderman J. J. Fitzpatrick, Mr. T. Smith, and Mr. D. Mason. Private Gray, in responding, stated it was difficult to explain the pleasure of once more meeting his friends and associates. He related some of his experiences, and made reference to the engagements in which Private Gibbs, Pease, Corporal Allsop, and Captain Jarrett, all Lambton soldiers lost their lives. He spoke of the esteem in which Captain Jarrett was held, and characterised him as a brave and fearless soldier. The Mayor stated that a public welcome would be accorded Private Gray, and other Lambton soldiers, who were expected to return at an early date.

ENLISTMENTSGeorge Wingfield Mason, Newcastle; John Llewellyn Pitt, Cessnock; Robert Harry Tricker, Georgetown.

DEATHSPte John Brenell, Cessnock; Cpl James Mackie, Homeville.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter Valley-based military historian. Follow David’s research at facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

Surfing superstar Julian Wilson making Newcastle a second home

FAMILY TIME: Julian and Ashley Wilson during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Newcastle. Picture: Ashley Wilson InstagramSURFING superstar Julian Wilson won’t be at Surfest this month but he’s planning to spend plenty more time in Newcastle.
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The world No.3-ranked surfer, who hails from the Sunshine Coast,and his wife, Newcastle model Ashley Wilson (nee Osborne), are expecting their first child in late March.

The glamour couple recently spent the holiday season with friends and family in Newcastle, and sightings of Julian carving up big swell around city beaches sparked speculation of apermanent move.

Julian confirmed they hadbought an apartment in Merewether, but only as a “second home”.

“I was there for about five weeks,” Wilson said. “We’ve got our first baby on the way and wanted to spend more time with Ashley’s family at Merewether.

“We had that big chunk of time over Christmas there, which was good and we’ll find ourselves down there quite a bit from now on.

“We have a little home base there.We’re on the road pretty much the whole year, so we’ve got a home base on the Sunshine Coast, where I’m from, and a unit in Merewether.

“It’s a strong surf community. We had some great waves over the five weeks and the wave quality is good.

“I’ve got some good friends there, Ryan Callinan and Craig Anderson, who are great surfers and quite a few other mates who don’t like to be in the public eye.”

Wilson’s recent stay in Newcastle, though, ended on a sour note when he injured his shoulder in a mountain bike fall atGlenrock State Conservation Area. It has put his campaign for a maiden world title in doubt.

I figured this is the best way to explain my current state. Injuries suck and forced rest is never fun but I’ll be back stronger and better! pic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/I5ouVBgZui

— Julian Wilson (@julian_wilson) January 30, 2018AFR’stop 50 n sports earners list for 2017 with an estimated $2.9 million. That came despite Wilson,whose sponsors includeHurley, Nike,Red Bull andOakley, having career prizemoney of $US1.8 million.

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Wilsonis probably best known forpaddling towardsthree-time world champion MickFanning to help him during his great white shark attack at J-Bay in 2015.However, he has been in the world title race himself heading into the final event forthe past two seasons and he was determined to overcome his injury and again join the likes of two-time defending champion John John Florence in the battle.

“It just takes a few more heats in order to achieve my goal and dream, so I’ll just keep working extremely hard at it,” he said.

“I think I can put together a stronger year than I have yet to do, and I think that’s what it’s going to take to get the title, and that’s what I’ll be working towards.”

As for adjusting to life as a father, Wilson said: “We’ll travel as a unit to quite a few of the events and I think it’s just a matter of dropping a few hobbies that I’ve had through my life so far and focusing definitely on the baby, my wife and surfing, and simplifyingmy life a bit to make room.”

Meet an old-fashioned wordsmith in a modern world

ON A ROLL: Gilbert O’Sullivan brings his 50th anniversary world tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre next month.
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Gilbert O’Sullivan lives and breathes to write songs. It is his passion and his talent, and the piano his constant companion.

In another life, though, he might have given comedy a go. The quietly-spoken Irishman is quick to injecta witty anecdote or quote into a conversation. The delivery is deadpan and he doesn’t wait for a reaction.

After 50 years in the music industry, though, O’Sullivan remains a dedicated and talented wordsmith. The technology might have changed but he sits comfortablyin the eye of the storm.

“The state of the business today, it doesn’t really affect what I do to be honest with you,” he says. “As a writer I sit at the piano and write songs. All the technology in the world can’t change that.Mind you, I have all the technology. I have a purpose-built recording studio with everything you care to mention that makes it easier to record but I don’t really like it.

“I still use cassettes. I take the ghetto blaster with the inbuilt microphone, stick it on top of the piano, put in a cassette and off I go. When Istarted with a piano in the garden shed all those years ago,I used a tape recorder to put the songs down.So nothing has really changed dramatically for me in terms of the work that I do.”

The most important aspect of making music, for O’Sullivan, is the songwriting. He says he finds the process “fascinating”.

Gilbert O’SullivanAlone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down – all released in the early ’70s and still heard on radio to this day.

His first singleNothing Rhymed was released in 1970, from album Himself,and was an instant hit in the UK, reaching the top 10. In 1972 his second album Alone Again (Naturally)topped both the UK and US charts for six weeks, earning him three Grammy nominations.

He had another hit single in the 1980s – What’s In A Kiss? – which wasa top 10 hit in Ireland and made thetop 20 in the UK and the US.

“If you ask me to sum up my lyrical style I wouldquote a verse from one of my songs: ‘Iwanted to give her my heart but as the doctor observed, what would she do with it?’,” he says.

“At arts school I was into Spike Milligan, his humour, so there’s an aspect of that that I bring out in songs.That’s pretty much my lyrical approach in many ways.I started off doing silly poems and thenthe songs came and with the piano, the melodies.

“I enjoy lyric writing because I enjoy writing about things that are going on today.

“It’s interesting, the covers I get, like Diana Krall and Michael Buble. The Neil Diamond cover was really nice because he wrote to me and was curious to know what I thought of it.

“I am always flattered, deeply flattered, and I always find it a compliment to me as a songwriter, whatever the version it is of my song. The fact that someone is prepared to do it, wants to do it,that’s the real compliment to me as the writer.

“Youdon’t set out to do that, you know, you basically set out to write a song and record it yourself and hope that you’re successful with it. So the fact that I end up having other versions of my songs is really satisfying.”

It hasn’t always been that way, however.

O’Sullivan was part of a landmark case in the ’90sthat changed an artist’s ability to sample and use another artist’smusic and set the precedent on artist copyright of their music. Hesuccessfully sued rapper Biz Markie for samplingAlone Again (Naturally) in his song Key of G,and won 100 per cent of the royalties.

But O’Sullivan finds no pleasure in the result. He thinks the decision was the right one, and that justice was served, but he would rather not have had to go through the ordeal.

“Some good came out of the case because weset a precedent that meant from there on, if anybody else’s music was sampled they could use our case. But I would rather not have had to go to court. I had to go to New York and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight a case that was clearly illegal,” he says.

“This personhad asked my permission to sample my song however Iwanted to hear what they plannedto do with it before I said yes or no. And I didn’t like it. The particular person was a comic, and Alone Again is a serious song, so I said no but the guy still went ahead and did it.”

O’Sullivan’s irritation, 30-plus years later, is evident.

“Ifound it really wrong. First of all, I had to sit in court and be questioned and he didn’t have to do that. In fact the guy didn’t even come to court. I’d rather not have had to go to court. It’s a bit like the Ritz Hotel: it’s like anybody can go in there but can you stay there?”

Out of the blue, there’s that offbeat humour again.

“But Ihave control over who has the right to use my songs because I own the copyright and Iown the master recordings. People have to seek permission. A lot of sampling goes on today but it’s all done correctly,” he concludes, with a hint of pride.

O’Sullivan celebrated his 50thyear in music in 2017 with asolo performance at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool and was awarded a brick on The Cavern Wall Of Fame. And last September he was chosen to perform at BBC Radio 2 Proms In The Park at Hyde Park, London, to a crowd of 50,000 people alongside the likes of Sir Ray Davies and Texas.

“The passion is the writing but the joy is the performing,” he says.

“Seeing people enjoy the concert is wonderful. I meet them afterwards and they will tell me what they thought of the concert, what songs of mine they loved and what songs I didn’t do and I should have done.

“Ilove itbut I’m not really a 50-weeks-a-year kind of performer like some people. I’m more like eightor nine months writingand three months performing.But in that time I get to travel and it’s hugely enjoyable.”

And it remains, he says,a privilege to be able to share his work with an audience.

“All the songs you’re doing in a two-and-a-half-hour set, the 30 or 40 songs, they’re all yours.There’s fast, there’s slow, there’s humorous, there’s serious, there’s ballads. There’s a good mix of songs to make the performance enjoyable. Well, I hope so anyway.”

Gilbert O’Sullivan performs at Civic Theatre Newcastle on March 16. Tickets are on sale now.

Pioneer leading the way

ONE-STOP SHOP: Warners At The Bay has been at the vanguard of craft beer in the Hunter providing an unmatched range of craft beers, spirits and locally produced wines.Warners at the Bay Hotel was one of the first businesses in the Hunter/Newcastle area to really get behind the craft beer scene and drive it locally.
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With extremely knowledgeable and passionate staff, Warners At The Bay bottleshop has won a swag of awards including: Best Retail Liquor Outlet in NSW in the n Hotel Association Awards; three years in a row Rate Beer Best Awards; finalist in the ALIA awards for Best Bottleshop in ; and now a finalist in best Retail Liquor Outlet in in the AHA National awards later this year.

“The bottleshop has evolved out of sight in the last two years,” spokesperson Matt Jeffrey said.

“Whilst still being firmly focused on craft beer with 1000+ beers on offer and usually no less than 10 new beers arriving a week, we have seen a huge trend towards whiskey and craft spirits and a large portion of this crowd are craft beer drinkers.

“We now offer over 100 whiskeys and over 100 Hunter Valley wines.”

The hotel has a great craft offering with 26 different beers on tap and a nitro tap.

“Regular craft events are a feature of Warners At The Bay, including such events as the upcoming Double Down Korben D Launch with one of Sydney’s best craft breweries Akasha Brewing Co, and easily one of the best Double IPAs available in ,” Matt said.

“Our menu in the restaurant is diverse offering something for everyone with a focus on beer matching, suggestions are on the menu for each meal. We also offer amazing value special days for those on a budget with our Thursday and Sunday $6 craft beers all day.”

The Warners At The Bay Craft Beer Festival is heading into it’s 12th year in November and continues to grow.

Matt said current trending styles to keep an eye out for are New England IPAs like Ekim Brewing Co’s Hocus Pocus, andTropical Pale Ales such as Kaiju Krush, both offering massive fruit flavours and aromas.

“These styles are literally flying out, making it hard to keep up with demand,” Matt said. “Trending breweries to keep an eye on include Bentspoke Brewing Co, Balter and Pirate Life.”

Facilities available at Warners At The Bay include the hotel, motel (50 rooms), restaurant, function facilities including a private bar andbottleshop.

Warners At The Bay is located at 320 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay. For more information visitwww.warnersatthebay苏州夜总会招聘.auor ring 4956 6066.

Lealiifano to lead Brumbies in final trial

Christian Lealiifano (c) has played 117 games for the Brumbies since his debut a decade ago.Christian Lealiifano returns to start as captain and playmaker in a strongest-available Brumbies team for their final Super Rugby trial match against the Chiefs on Wednesday.
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Rehabbing from recent knee surgery, David Pocock is the only big name missing in new coach Dan McKellar’s team for the clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium in Kawana.

It will be Lealiifano’s first start for the Brumbies since his return from battling leukaemia, having previously returned via the bench in last year’s Super Rugby quarter-final loss to the Hurricanes and a playing a stint in Europe.

Lealiifano joins a talented backline which includes halfback Joe Powell, Wallabies centres Kyle Godwin and Tevita Kuridrani, with Henry Speight and ex-Force star Chance Peni on the wings and Tom Banks at fullback.

Another recruit from the Force, Isi Naisarani, gets another chance at No.8 after impressing in the 50-19 thrashing of the Melbourne Rebels two weeks ago.

Thirteen players have been named on the bench and will all play a part at some stage.

The Brumbies start their Super Rugby season away to the Sunwolves in Tokyo on February 24.

Brumbies team for trial match: Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin, Chance Peni, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani, Lachlan McCaffrey, Rob Valetini, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Josh Mann-Rea, Scott Sio. Res: Robbie Abel, Ben Alexander, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Blake Blake Enever, Richie Arnold, Tom Cusack, Lolo Fakaosilea, Matt Lucas, Wharenui Hawera, Lausii Taliauli, Andrew Smith, James Dargaville, Andrew Muirhead.

ACOSS chief rejects tax cut mantra

ACOSS chief Cassandra Goldie says essential services are being slashed to pay for tax cuts.A leading welfare advocate says the Turnbull government should not be pursuing business and personal tax cuts when the budget can’t afford it and essential services are being slashed to pay for them.
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n Council of Social Service chief executive Cassandra Goldie also rejects the government’s mantra that a cut in the business tax rate will result in higher wages.

“We have got corporations that are extremely profitable today and we are not seeing the kind of wage movements the treasurer seems to suggest would be delivered,” Dr Goldie told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Wage growth is flatlining at a 20-year low and only just keeping in line with inflation.

Dr Goldie is not alone, with the latest Essential Research survey finding fewer than a third of respondents believe a corporate tax rate cut to 25 per cent for all businesses will feed through to workers’ pay.

The survey also found almost three-quarters of ns want businesses to be forced to pass on a proportion of planned tax cuts as a pay rise for workers, an idea that drew support from voting groups across the political divide.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is sticking to his guns, saying the effects of a tax cut would be “immediate”.

“The only way we can secure more jobs and higher wages instead of increases in the unemployment rate is by making sure that the businesses that have to pay for them … have the best possible opportunity to be successful and profitable into the future,” he told reporters.

But shadow treasurer Chris Bowen is still questioning how the business tax cuts will be funded.

“You can’t just say it’s in the budget so it’s paid for,” he told ABC radio.

“If I just said ‘Oh, it’s paid for because it’s in our budget, but I’m not going to tell you the particular measures that will pay for it”, well I’d be drummed out of the business and so should (Treasurer) Scott Morrison be if he’s going to try that sort of sophistry.”

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said there was no guarantee that giving big business tax cuts would lift wages.

“This is the biggest furphy,” she told reporters in Canberra.

Council of Small Business of head Peter Strong said small firms would prefer a cut in payroll tax rather than company tax cut but says that is a state issue.

“We know that it creates whole new problems for states with their budgets,” Mr Strong told Sky News.

But he also said would become internationally uncompetitive if the corporate tax rate is not cut.

Chinan Water Polo League: Hunter Hurricanes deliver mixed results against UWA Torpedoes in first home games of season

ACTION: Hunter Hurricanes v UWA Torpedoes at Lambton Pool on Tuesday night. Picture: Facebook via Hunter Hurricanes The Hunter Hurricanes have delivered mixed results from their opening home matches of the 2018 n Water Polo League season andget a second chance against visiting UWA Torpedoes at Lambton Pool on Wednesday.
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The Hurricanes men made it three wins from five this year with an 8-5 triumph against the Perth-based outfit on Tuesday night while the Hurricanes women came back but to no avail in a 10-7 loss to the same opponents in the double header.

Hurricanes men’s player Mitch Baird said the hosts were stronger in defence than attack throughout the third-round affair, especially after getting ahead of the Torpedoes in the first half.

“Our attack isn’t really where we want it to be and we missed a lot of chances, but our defence was rock solid and to hold the opposition to five goals was a reflection of that,” he said.

Baird nominatedgoalkeeper Alek Ruzic and Keenan Marsden asthe best Hunter performers.

In the earlier women’s fixture the Hurricanes were unable to prevent a third straight defeat but rallied during the middle of the game to give themselves a chance.

Down 6-1 to the Torpedoes after the opening quarter, Hunter went on an unanswered run of six goals either side of the main break to lead by one approaching the final stanza.

But the University of Western rallied to score the last four.

“We just used up so much gas getting back in the game,” Baird, also the Hurricanes women’s coach, said.

Wednesday’s encounters start at 5pm (women) and 7:30pm (men).

The Hurricanes, who were coming off a winless weekend in Sydney, willhost Fremantle this Saturday and Sunday.