Ryan Callinan pushes world No.1 all the way to end European tear

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LOOKING AHEAD: Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan in action at the MEO Rip Curl Pro at Supertubos on Thursday (AEDT) against Gabriel Medina. Picture: WSLRyan Callinan was focused on sticking to his own game on the championship tour after ending his amazing European stint with a controversial loss to world No.1 Gabriel Medina in Portugal.

The Merewether surfer lost 13.6 to 7.33 in round three but itwas far closer than the score indicated. Callinan, competing on the CT again as a wildcard, trailed 13.6 to 12.76 and needed a 6.28 when the pair had a fierce paddle battle with one minute,40 seconds left. Medina had priority and Callinan the inside line when they paddled into a wave. Medina grabbed Callinan and appealed to judges as both pulled out.Officials later hit Callinan with an interference call, which wiped his second-best score, a 5.43.

The dramatic end took nothing away from Callinan’s tear on the CT, which came after victory in the 10,000-point qualifying series contest in Portugal last month. Itall but secured hisspot on the 2019 CT and gave him a start at the Quiksilver Pro France, where he lost the final to Julian Wilson.

“I’ve had an amazing run over here. I can’t be disappointed at all,” Callinan said after the loss to Medina.“I’m so happy just to be here and to be here so long.

“He’s a ferocious competitor and I guess that’s why he’s got the yellow jersey, but it’s always good to have a battle with the guy in yellow. He’s obviously the best in the world right now and just to try and push me and push myself to overcome him, it was exciting.”

Asked if he neededto battle harder for continued success on the CT, he said: “I don’t think so.I think my wave selection was maybe a little bit off …I tried to make him make a mistake but it kind of backfired on me unfortunately.I don’t think I need to battle hard, just stick to my own game and try not to get caught up in everything that’s going on.”

Medina, who lost to Callinan in the semi-final of the QS event in Portugal, was relieved to get through. The win kept him on track to claim the world title, possibly at the current event at Supertubos.

“He was a really dangerous guy to surf against,” Medina said.

“He’s been having a good time with results and everything has been working for him, so he was like a sketchy guy, so yeah, no space.”

Meanwhile, Merewether’s Philippa Anderson won her first heat at the 3000-point Hyuga Pro in Japan on Friday with a 13.1 total.

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Major changes to My Health Record laws needed to safeguard Chinans, Senate inquiry finds

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Health Minister Greg Hunt’s changes to My Health Record do not go far enough, a Labor-led Senate inquiry has found. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENThe deadline to opt-out of the federal government’s controversial My Health Record system should be extended by 12 months and legislation substantially rewrittento safeguard patients’ safety and privacy, aSenate inquiry has found.

The Labor-led inquiry, which released its findings on Thursday, found that Health Minister Greg Hunt’s implementation of an opt-out model had meant that “an unreasonable compromise may have been struck” between the system’s utility and patient rights.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King renewed Labor’s call for the government to suspend the My Health Record rollout and “commission an independent review of privacy provisions”.

Labor has already promised to extend the opt-out period by a year beyond the November 15 deadline if the party wins government.

But Health Minister Hunt refused to further extend the opt-out following the Senate report’s release.

“The opt-out date has already been extended and the opt-outs are travelling at a significantly lower rate than expected,”a spokesperson for Minister Hunt said. “We will not be extending it further as it would not be appropriate to delay the benefits to patients.”

The spokesperson added that the government would “review and respond to other items in the report”.

Submissions to the inquiry by privacy advocates, domestic violence campaigners, medical practitioners and unions had raised a raft ofconcerns about the potential for sensitive data to be misused by employers,insurance companiesand evenviolent offenders seeking information about the whereabouts of their former partners.

Shadow Health Minister Catherine King says she has concerns about how the roll-out is being managed. Picture: AAP

Default access codes, locking out employer doctors, restriction on data matching by government agencies and a blanket ban on commercial use of data were some of the amendments proposed in the Senate report.

“Access codes should be applied to each My Health Record as a default and … individuals should be required to choose to remove the code,” the report said.

Currently, it is up to patients to set-up access codes and most people enrolled in the system have not done so.

“The committee further recommends that the ability to override access codes in the case of an emergency should only be available toregistered healthcare providers for use in extraordinary and urgent situations,” the report said.

It also called on Mr Hunt to “extend the period for which a My Health Record can be suspended in the case of serious risk to the healthcare recipient, such as in a domestic violence incident” beyond the current 30 days, and strengthen the legislation to ensure that patient data could not beused for commercial purposes.

Currently, while data may not be used soley for commercial purposes, it can be used for a mixed public health and commercial purpose.

The Community Affairs References Committee also recommended that the government amend the My Health Record Act “to protect the privacy of children aged 14 to 17 years unless they expressly request that a parent be a nominated representative”.

Doctors had warned that the current system could undermine the ability of young people to access confidential medical care, by discouraging them to discuss their sexual health with their GP.

Mr Hunt has alreadydrafted an amendment to the My Health Record Actto ensure that patient records will be destroyed if the person decides to opt out of the system, and the police will only be able to access records with a court order.

A separate Senate committee last week recommended that those amendments be passed.

The Community Affairs References Committee said the agency in charge of My Health Record, the n Digital Health Agency, shouldengage with “vulnerable groups” and provide additional support “toensure that they have the means to decide whether to opt out, whether to adjust the access controls within their My Health Record and how to do this”.

A ban on third-party access without patients’ explicit consent, except “to maintain accurate contact information”, was recommended by the committee, which said the legislation must be amended to make clear that a person’s My Health Record “cannot be accessed for employment or insurance purposes”.

Data matching by government agencies should be restricted to a person’s name, address, date of birth and contact information, it said.

The ADHA should “revise its media strategy” to provide “more targeted comprehensive education” andreport regularly and comprehensively to Parliament” on the My Health Record system’s management, the report said.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Religious freedom: the decision lies with us

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Leaked details from the Ruddock Inquiry into religious freedom have led some critics to baselessly whip up fears that gay pupils are in imminent danger of being expelled from religious schools simply because of their sexuality.

Religion has been front page news since last year’s vote on same-sex marriage. Faith-based opposition to gay marriage was denounced as “homophobic bigotry which would lead to youth suicide”. Then Malcolm Turnbull appointed the Ruddock Inquiry to examine the true extent of our religious freedoms.

Ruddock received 16,000 submissions and reported back in May. But nothing was known about the report until last week’s leak. The big story was that now religious schools were to be given the freedom to expel gay students. Christianity’s critics leapt on the rumour.

Totally ignored was the fact that the federal Sex Discrimination Act already allows schools to discriminate if their reasons are in accordance with religious teaching or doctrine. Also ignored was the fact the Ruddock actually wants to tighten those provisions and limit the exemptions — and ensure that faith-based schools always act in the best interests of the child.

No Christian school is going to expel any student simply because of their sexuality. Nor has any journalist yet been able to identify a single Christian school in where booting gay kids is standard practice. It would go totally against the grain of what a Christian school aims to be: a place of tolerance and inclusion.

Certainly, it’s not a stance shared by leading Muslim educators, who would prefer Islamic schools uphold that religion’s very strict teachings about homosexuality when it comes to enrolling students. Yet blatant discrimination by any religious schools against gay kids strikes most ns as harsh and cruel.

But the position becomes more complex when the debate turns to the rights of religious schools to hire staff – especially teachers – who conform to, and uphold, the fundamental tenets of the faith.

’s Grand Mufti has already expressed open hostility to the idea of Islamic schools hiring gay teachers; saying they engage in “abnormal practices that contradict nature.”

Most Christian leaders and educators will distance themselves from the Grand Mufti’s tirade and would never denigrate a person in that way. Instead, their concern is with upholding the culture and Christian ethos of schools so that the tenets of the Christian faith can inform every aspect of the school’s life.

After all, it is precisely because of that ethos that many parents — of all faiths (and sometimes none) — choose to send their kids to Christian schools. They want their kids to be imbued with the values expressed in Christian life: tolerance, forgiveness, compassion, and attention to the needs of others.

And because we live in a free country, those who don’t want their kids exposed to that kind of environment are completely free to choose other schools they consider more appropriate.

But in order that religious schools can maintain their distinctive ethos, few would deny they need to appoint staff sympathetic to the tenets of the faith.

In order to shape the life of the community according to its religious tradition, a faith-based school is likely to have a hiring policy that covers the personal lives and opinions of its staff. A person who openly renounces the school’s stand on Christian ethics or doctrine might struggle at interview.

Equally, if somebody was applying for a position with Greenpeace or the n Greens, the applicant’s beliefs, lifestyle, and opinions would certainly be relevant. A person committed to eating whale meat and who thought the future lay with fossil fuels might struggle in those interviews.

If we really are committed to a diverse society where a wide range of beliefs and practices can be openly adopted, we will also need to be committed to a wide diversity of organisations and communities – even though at times the beliefs and practices they espouse offend us.

The debate about religious freedom shows we need to make an important choice: either we can opt for all the constraints of a totalitarian society where dissent is stamped out and conformity rigidly enforced, or we can cherish living in an open society with all its untidy complexity and diversity. The decision lies with us.

Peter Kurti is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.

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Heath Franklin gets real about the return of Chopper Read

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SAINTLY: Heath Franklin brings Mark “Chopper” Read back to life in Bogan Jesus.

WHEN comedian Heath Franklinis asked if Mark“Chopper” Read would be residing in heaven or hell these days, he pauses.

Finally henervously answers,“I think he would have been pretty lucky to get to heaven. Once again, it’s not up to my judgment.”

Five years on from his death from liver cancer Read remains arguably ’s most colourful convicted criminalcome author and entertainer. A man with an iconic voice, appearance and intriguing personality that was so incrediblyportrayed by actor Eric Bana in the filmChopperin 2000.

While Bana’s theatrical career soared to new heights after his gritty performance as Read, Franklin has also developed a following in and New Zealand since donning the handle barmoustacheand ocker accent in 2007.

Franklin’s latest Chopper showBogan Jesus – The Resurrection Tourasks the question, what would Read do if he returned from the afterlife to deliver his sermonto our increasingly politically-divided world?

“This is basically Chopper sick of everyone else doing religion so badly that he’s decided to step in and offer his own version for people’s consideration,” Franklin says.

Theblasphemous title Bogan Jesus is Franklin’s take of where Christ would figure in nculture.According toThe Biblethe son of God was acarpenter inNazareth, a vocation that would these days label him a blue-collar tradesman.

“Christianity these days hasbeen co-opted and re-appropriated into capitalism, there’s all these alarming cross-overs between really rich people and the church,” Franklin says.

“I wanted to casually remind everyone that if Jesus was alive today he wouldn’t be driving an Audi and projecting horse racing advertisements on the side of the Opera House, he’dprobably be driving a ute somewhere havinga few after-work beers.”

At the heart of Bogan Jesus is Franklin’s humourous commentary on the divisive state of n political discussion. Right versus left. Inner city versus the outer suburbs. Discussions you can imagineRead whipping himself into a lather about.

“The subtext of this show is I’m a bit of leftie when it comes down to it in terms of politics, but I also can’t stand how people from the left are so critical of working-class people in ,” Franklin says.

“I think over the last few years there’s been a sizable intolerance for regular ns who may not have a degree in social studies or politics. They just get up and go to work and hang out with their family and friends on the weekend.

“This is a little bit in defence of those people, but it’s also to a certain extent speaking about my leftie ideas. In some ways I’m trying to meet people halfway and say we all can get along.”

Who would have thought -Chopper Read, the peacemaker.

Chopper’sBogan Jesus – The Resurrection Tour plays at Newcastle City Hall on November 22.

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Cricket:Lake Mac Attack push for Regional Bash semi-final spot in maiden mtach against Newcastle Blasters photos

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Cricket: Lake Mac go all-out attack in new Regional Bash rivalry RIVALRY: Lake Mac Attack captain Adrian Chad and Newcastle Blasters wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb at Waratah Oval on Friday. Picture: Josh Callinan

RIVALRY: Lake Mac Attack captain Adrian Chad and Newcastle Blasters wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb at Waratah Oval on Friday. Picture: Josh Callinan

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald on Friday.

“We’ve got it all to play for and I think all the guys are really keen for it. Hopefully we can put on a good showingand go through.”

Following a disrupted fortnight with uniform delays and washed out fixtures,Lake Mac mustdefeat the now out-of-contention title holdersthis weekend in order to draw level with unbeaten pool leaders Central Coast Rush.

Top spot would then be decided on net run rate, calculated on both runs scored and conceded as well as overs faced and bowled.

Central Coast, who accounted for both Newcastle and the Hunter Hitmen at Harker Oval on Sunday, have a net run rate of 1.63.

Lake Mac, who also eased past Hunter, are sitting at 1.44.

This means the Attack need to improve their net run rate by at least 0.2 in the upcoming T20 encounter.

“I don’t think it [the equation]really changes our tactics too much because we were always going in to win and win well, we neverplay to just get across the line,” Chad said.“We’ll be playing the same sort of cricket –looking to be aggressive with both bat and ball, doing the simple things right and hopefully come out on top.”

Thiswill be the first time the Attack and Blasters have played against each other.

“It would be nice as the new kids on the block to maybe dethrone the victors from last year,” Chad said.

“But we just see it [two teams in Regional Bash] as an opportunity for guys from an extended group to put their best foot forward for things down the track like NSW Country Championships and the [Newcastle] Steel.”

Lake Mac pairMatt Willett and Dan Bailey were part of Newcastle’sgrand final XI last year.

Elsewhere and Coffs Coast have already advanced to the semis while 2016-17 champions the Orana Outlaws, Illawarra Flames and Central West Wranglers meet in Bathurst this weekend.

The Sloggers host the ACT Aces, Border Bullets and Murrumbidgee Rangers in Wagga Wagga on October 27 and 28.

Finals day at the SCG is scheduled for December 2.

LAKE MAC ATTACK: Adrian Chad (c), Daniel Arms, Matthew Bench, Daniel Bailey, Rahul Bakshi, Aaron Bills, Daniel Chillingworth, Jed Dickson, Ryan Fenning, Griffin Lea, Nick Watkins, Matthew Willett, Dylan Robertson.

NEWCASTLE BLASTERS: Nathan Price (c), Brad Aldous, Ben Balcomb, Zac McGuigan, Josh Claridge, Jonty Durrheim, Nick Foster, Josh Geary, Rhys Hanlon, Nathan Hudson, Peter Lojszczyk, Jacob Montgomery, Toby Gray.

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Babbel writes off Bolt’s A-League chances

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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has dismissed Usain Bolt’s prospects of playing in the A-League, declaring the experiment with the Central Coast Mariners isn’t working.

The eight-time Olympic champion Bolt has been trialling at the Mariners for most of the past two months in a bid to earn a contract.

He scored two goals in a pre-season game last week and knocked back an offer to play in Malta.

Bolt wasn’t included in the Mariners squad for their opening A-League game in Brisbane on Sunday.

Mariners coach Mike Mulvey has said frequently the club may not make a final decision on Bolt until January.

Babbel, who was capped 51 times for Germany, will make his debut as an A-League coach in Perth on Sunday.

He described Bolt as a legend and fantastic person and praised him for bringing global attention to the Mariners and the A-League.

But he said it was difficult to change sports because of the different movements involved in athletics and football.

“If it’s possible many, many other people would do it. For me, it’s not working,” Babbel said.

“For the A-League it was a fantastic period, it was top, but I can’t believe that he will play in the A-League.”

Asked if he found it disrespectful that Bolt thought he could play in the A-League, Babbel said: “If I would be a player from the Mariners that would be strange for me because I’m doing this for 20 years, 25 years.

“Then someone has come in and never played professional football before and thinks he’s good like me, it’s not working.”

Speaking to Swiss newspaper Blick, Babbel made it clear he didn’t think Bolt was good enough to play in ‘s domestic competition.

“The A-League receives much attention from him but honestly, I cannot take that seriously,” Babbel said.

“I saw him play. For all that love, that’s not enough in 100 years.”

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has also cast doubt on Bolt’s hopes of earning an A-League contract at the age of 32.

Postecoglou, who won back-to-back A-League titles as coach of Brisbane Roar, said “good on” Bolt for trying but the 53-year-old was quick to underline the scale of his task.

“It seems to have got some good attention for Central Coast Mariners, the club there,” Postecoglou, now coaching Japanese club Yokohama, told local media.

“But beyond that I’ve always believed that football is one of those sports that’s very, very difficult to just change from one to the other.

“If you haven’t done it from a very small age and hone your technique and skills, (it’s) very, very difficult at a later age to switch to our sport and play at the highest level.”

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Four Aussies caps in PX’s XI side

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George Bailey is one of four players with international experience picked in the PM’s XI side.George Bailey will captain a Prime Minister’s XI side to face South Africa in the tourists’ only warm-up match before next month’s one-day series against .

Bailey is one of four players with international experience picked in the host’s side for the October 31 day-night clash at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, alongside Nic Maddinson, Jason Behrendorff and Gurinder Sandhu.

Teenage NSW batsman Jack Edwards’ dream rookie summer will also have a chance to continue, named to play his first match against a senior national squad in the Chris Rogers-coached side.

It comes just a month after he became the youngest player to notch up a century in the domestic one-day cup at age 18 against Queensland, scoring 116 off 112 balls.

“It’s pleasing to have a number of players who have represented , led by George Bailey, and as in recent years there’s a good blend of experienced cricketers and some of the country’s best young players,” selector Greg Chappell said.

“On the batting front, there are four players aged 21 or under in Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, Max Bryant and Jason Sangha.

“Josh, Jack and Max impressed with their performances in the JLT One-Day Cup and this is a great chance to test them against an international line-up.”

South Africa will travel from Canberra to Perth for the first of three one-dayers on November 4 then play in a one-off Twenty20 match on the Gold Coast.

PM’s XI: George Bailey (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Max Bryant, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Nic Maddinson, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Usman Qadir, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha. 12th man: Tom Engelbrecht.

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Police won’t apologise to ‘terror suspect’

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Charges have been dropped against a Sri Lankan man accused of a plot to kill then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and foreign minister Julie Bishop, with police admitting he probably didn’t write threats contained in a notebook.

But they’re refusing to apologise to 25-year-old Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen, who’s planning to sue for compensation after being detained in Goulburn’s supermax jail.

The University of NSW contractor was charged with creating a document in connection with preparing for a terrorist act, and spent four weeks behind bars before being released on bail in late September.

Hand-writing experts found differences between the script in the notebook and Mr Nizamdeen’s own writing, and following “definitive advice” on Thursday the charges were formally withdrawn on Friday.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney subsequently told reporters “at this stage, based on the evidence we’ve got, it’s likely he did not write those comments in the notebook”.

NSW Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing denied police had ruined the young man’s life, stating “those who were involved in the production and manufacture of (the notebook) are the ones who’ve had an impact on Mr Nizamdeen”.

He said the investigation was ongoing because “there were very serious threats against individuals contained within that document”.

The senior police argued investigators had acted in good faith and notified prosecutors as soon as they realised there could be an issue with the evidence.

Asked if Mr Nizamdeen had been framed, Mr McCartney replied: “There are a number of lines of inquiry in relation to this investigation.”

Both assistant commissioners refused to apologise to Mr Nizamdeen.

The NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team said it supported the decision to withdraw the charges.

“The very nature of terrorism matter often means that police need to intervene earlier than they would in normal criminal matters,” NSW Police said in a statement on Friday.

The business systems analyst was not present in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Friday when prosecutors withdrew the charge.

Outside court, his lawyer Moustafa Kheir told reporters “what authorities have done to this young man is absolutely unforgivable”.

“We will be seeking justice for him in the NSW Supreme Court,” he said.

“It’s a terrible experience, as a young man who has done everything right in life, he has gone through supermax jail in unforgivable circumstances.”

Mr Nizamdeen was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at the university in August after a tip-off from a colleague.

Police said the university worker had found a notebook that allegedly named several “symbolic locations within Sydney” and individuals as “potential targets”, including Mr Turnbull and Ms Bishop.

Mr Nizamdeen was in on a student visa which has since expired.

His supporters and family rallied in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in September, carrying posters saying he had been framed.

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National apology to child sexual abuse survivors: John Pirona’s father Lou on the tragedy and the apology

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Legacy: Retired Hunter solicitor Lou Pirona supports a national apology to child sexual abuse survivors and their families, after his son John’s suicide in 2012 was the catalyst for the child abuse royal commission. John Pirona was a victim of priest John Denham. Picture: Simone De Peak.LOU Pirona’s son John has a tragic place in n history, as the child sexual abuse victimwhose suicide in July, 2012 was thecatalyst for a campaign that led to aroyal commission.

“I have to recognise John’s death was an important cog in the making of the royal commission,” said Mr Pirona this week on the eve of a national apology to thousands of n abuse survivors.

While he appreciates and supports the apology by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Federal Parliament on Monday, Mr Pirona will not be there. He will be camping with a friend at Barrington Topswhere he took John as a child.

“I will be close to him there,” Mr Pirona said.

John Pirona was sexually abused as a student atSt Pius X High School atAdamstownby notorious Catholic priest and teacher John Denham, described by a judge as a sadistic predator. Denhamwas protected by St Pius principal and priest Tom Brennan,recentlyacknowledged by the church as a child sex abuser.

Denham, 76, was found guilty on October 10 of sexually abusing his 58thvictim between 1968 and 1986. John Pirona, a Lake Macquarie fire brigade officer, was 13 when Denham sexually abused him in 1979. In a statement to police John Pironadescribed the school as brutal, where he feared being bashed if people knew he had been abused.

“Every day to me was just survival,” he told police.

John Pirona, 45, left a suicide letter to his family that ended with the words “Too much pain”.

The then Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited Newcastle on August 8, 2012,the day of Mr Pirona’s funeral, where mourners including Lou Pirona backed theNewcastle HeraldShine the Light campaignfor a royal commission.

‘‘No person or organisation should be above or outside the law,’’ Lou Pirona said in front of mourners who included the then NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher.

Too much pain: John Pirona in 2010 for a Newcastle Herald article in which he talked about the consequences of abuse, and the need for on-going support and treatment.

Mr Pirona, a retired solicitor, said the dictionary definition of “apology” was an “expression of regret offered for some fault, failure, insult or injury”.

“In that context I think it’s very appropriate that the government that represents all ns should express its empathy or regret that circumstances have been allowed to happen in this country that’s enabled children to be sexually abused, causing some of them, like our son, to take their own life,” he said this week.

“I think my son, if he were alive, I think John would have, I think he’d appreciate it.”

Mr Pirona said his wife Pam appreciated the national apology.

“But she finishes most of our discussions with ‘But it doesn’t bring John back, does it?’, and it doesn’t. Nothing will do that.Nothing will ease the pain, and particularly of a mother,” he said.

“Pam often says, and I think it’s true, that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church can apologise until they’re blue in the face but they don’t really get it. I don’t think they really get the impact that their actions and failures have had on victims and their families.”

Mrs Pirona wrote to Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright after the bishop in September acknowledged Tom Brennan as a child sexual abuser, and after he issued an apology to Brennan’s victim, former barrister and St Pius X student James Miller, and Mr Miller’sparents.

“Pam picked up on that. Pam wrote the bishopa letter and said this is the first time we have seen an acknowledgement by any person in authority inthe churchof the betrayal of trust that parents placed in the Catholic Church. That struck a chord with us because kids go to Catholic schools because their parents put them there.”

In its final report the royal commission noted the value of genuine apologies for many survivors.

“They are an important and necessary form of redress for many survivors,” the royal commission concluded.

“We also acknowledge that, for some survivors, no apology could repair the impact ofabuse and for some, insincere apologies are more damaging than no apology.”

Mr Pirona said he hoped the national apology acknowledged royal commission chair Justice Peter McClellan’s warning in a speech in 2015, that the societal norm that “Children should be seen but not heard” provided the opportunity for adults to abuse their power over children and silence them.

“It was the old saying, and that’s partly how abusers got away with things, because they could rely on the fact that children were probably taught that, and to just put up with whatever life throws at you,” Mr Pirona said.

As painful as his son’s final wordsare –“When I was young I was frightened. When I went to school I was bullied and abused by people who should have been nurturing and guiding me” –Mr Pirona said they helped his family deal with his loss.

Although they knew he wasone ofDenham’s 58 acknowledged victims,they did not realise the depths of his despair.

“I’m just so thankful he left the note because if he hadn’t left that, we wouldn’t have put two and two together, we wouldn’t have known,” Mr Pirona said.

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Total solar eclipse in 2028 will hit the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney

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Shine Through: A total solar eclipse above Kentucky in the US in August last year. Col Maybury reckons it’s an “amazing coincidence”.

That is, the fact that themoon can“completely and exactly cover the Sun”,causing atotal eclipse.

The sun, he pointed out, is 1.4millionkilometresin diameter and 150 million kilometres from Earth. The moon is 3500kilometres in diameter and385,000kilometres from Earth.

Col, president of the Astronomical Society of the Hunter, said would experienceeighttotal solar eclipsesin the next century.

The next one, in 2028, will be a big one for Newcastle.The path of totality will fall across parts of theHunter,the entire Central Coast and Sydney.

This means large areas will experience atotal eclipse, which castsa shadowalmost as dark as night.

According to a map onthe website timeanddate苏州楼凤, areas of the Hunter that don’t experience the total eclipse will experience apartial eclipse, with80 per cent to 90 per cent of the sun covered by the moon.

The mapshows that thepath of totality will dissect Lake Macquarie on an anglefromSwansea toToronto, extending toCessnock and beyond. Areas to the south of this line will experience a total eclipse, while areas northwill experience a partial eclipse.

Dark pink shows the total-eclipse zone and light pink the partial-eclipse zone.

It’ssafeto say traffic will be quite busy that day [July 22, 2028] on the roads heading south from Newcastle into Lake Macquarie.

Col said apartial eclipse can last for about 90 minutes, but a total eclipse usually lasts forone to 7 minutes.

“Avid eclipsophiles hire jets and fly along the path,” hesaid, adding that this increases thetime they get to witness the spectacle.

The total eclipse map for 2028 on a larger scale.

Col has seen five eclipses –South in 2002,Turkey in 2006,China in 2009, Cairns in 2012 and the USin 2017.

“A real eclipse chaser has to have 20 under his belt,” he said.

Those who have seen 20 eclipses are named umbraphiles [ones who loveeclipses]. The umbra is the darkest part of the shadow of a total eclipse.

“I know a Swiss guy who has seen them at both poles and all over. There are oneor two eclipses per year, but all over the Earth.I also knew a guy who fell for a Russian girl online and went to Siberia to meet her parents. It was overcast,very dark andcold with snow all over,” Col said.

They hadn’t even known an eclipse was due to occur.

“As they entered the house, a gap came in the clouds andthe sun and moon wentinto totality.”

That’s one for the astrologerswho saya solar eclipse marksanew beginning.

Office FridgesOffice kitchensare hazardous places at the best of times, especially the fridges.

It’s a curious thing when lunchboxes of food are left for too long in the back of fridges.The words cross and contamination do come to mind.

A Topics spy sent us this message circulated at a Newcastle-based office last week.

“Who owns the bag in the fridge which contains prawns, salmon and an old salad? These seem to have been in the fridge for a number of days as they stink!” itsaid.

Fangs Out A snake captured in an esky. It wasn’t a happy chappy. It was “ready to attack”.

Topics reported last week thatMargaret O’Brien used an Aldi bag to movea diamond python off the road atMacquarie Hills, stopping it from being roadkill.

She’s been at it again. This time the snake was in her house, also in Macquarie Hills.

“Iopened my flyscreen door to go inside and wasmet with a snakelooking to get out.I caught it and put it in an esky.”

It wasa baby snake, which made herwonderwhere its siblings were.

She didn’t know the snake’s type, but she knew itwasn’t happy in the esky. Itsfangwereout “like it’s ready to attack”.

She’s a brave soul thatMargaret.

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