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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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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Charge up and put brake on climate change

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About eight years ago my wife and I decided to take a very practical step to reduce our carbon footprint by buying an electric car.

However, the only option at the time was converting our petrol car to electric drive, which we completed with a 1990 Subaru Sherpa.

Since then we have driven it more than 40,000 carbon-neutral kilometres, with our 1kw solar system at home offsetting the energy we use.

The Sherpa covers over 90 per cent of our daily trips and the only maintenance has been changing the windscreen wipers and putting on a new set of tyres.

Over the years I have seen a growing interest in electric vehicles.

Last April, for example, the n Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) hosted a Green Drive Day in Adelaide where over 400 people came to test drive an electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, Hyundai, Nissan and Tesla are all due to release EV models into , by early next year and Renault’s Zoe is already on sale here.

Two of the most common questions I am asked is about EV range and what happens if you run out of power.

Interestingly, the average n commute is only 30kmaccording to the NRMA and the Electric Vehicle Council and 40 per cent of EV owners charge their cars at home using solar power.

If you want to do a road trip, fast charging networks are being installed and there are a large number of charging points compared to only a few years ago.

AEVA, in conjunction with the Tesla Owners Club has established a charging network that covers the main routes around , including from Adelaide to Darwin.

So, with a little bit of planning you can be confident you will be able to find a charging point.

Although I see a bright future for electric vehicles, adoption can be accelerated with leadership from all levels of government, otherwise we risk losing out on the benefits that flow from moving to a low carbon future.

We all need to work together towards building a sustainable, cheaper, and efficient clean energy future for generations to come.

The more people that invest in electric cars, the more likely government will be forced to take action.

Our experience shows it’s possible, and the benefits far outweigh the small changes you make to the way you commute.

Paul Koch is a chairperson for the n Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA).

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OpinionDevil Ark’s wildly successful breediing program

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Lunch break at Devil ArkA dream came true last week when I took a guided tour of the Devil Ark and Aussie Ark facility on Barringtons high country between Scone and Gloucester.

Truly groundbreaking conservation biology is on show at the Reptile Park’s breeding outpost for some of ’s most threatened species.We saw and heard at close hand the progeny of a breeding program to save the Tasmanian devil, while they tore their kangaroo meat dinner apart.

Devils are extinct on the mainland and are close to extinction in Tasmania due to a transmissible and lethal facial tumour that is rapidly spreading from animal to animal. Despite their name, the Tassie devil is not an apex predator but more a scavenger, hence their preference is road kill when in the wild. Presumably the advent of the dingo cleared devils from the mainland about 3000 years ago. Tasmania has no such apex predators and plenty of roadkill. The breeding of disease-free devils at Devil Ark has been very successful, with about 300 animals born since the program started in 2011 with the arrival of 44 foundation disease-free devils.

The breeding program is highly regulated with genetic analysis as the basis of allocating mating couples to grow the genetic diversity of the population. Some of the Devil Ark animals have been released back into regions of Tasmania free of other devils. The program is understandably expensive and, despite about 3000 hectares being donated by the Packer family, the daily running costs are high. The best way to donate is to join a tour for $150 a person. The drive up from Gundy through Moonan Flat is exciting, and spectacular, as you pass from the parched farmlands to the alpine vegetation of snow gums, grass trees and lomandra.

Devil Ark has spawned Aussie Ark, with other threatened marsupials being bred for release. We saw the eastern quoll and soon there will be programs running for brown bandicoot, long-nosed poteroo, southern rufous bettong, and parma wallaby. Before we brought foxes and let our cats and dogs run wild these animals used to roam the Barrington Tops, but now they face extinction. These breeding programs grow insurance populations for our grandchildren.

Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts is from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle

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Horoscopes: Week beginning October 21

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ARIES: There will be temptations to gamble with money and life this coming month, with October 24, 25 bringing out the worst of these tendencies. Make certain of your position before making your investment. Parents may find their children moody. On the bright side, positive trends are active for other peripheral financial interests such as taxation, loans, wills, especially on October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13

TAURUS: You will strongly identify with your partner this coming month, so it would be wise to have your house and home in order if you wish life to make the most of this transit. Trends are most active on October 24-29, November 5-8, 11-13, although October 24, 25 tends to bring out the worst in situations. The remaining dates are positive.

GEMINI: Your interests will be varied this coming month: from the welfare of those around you to the assessment of your own health. You need to have your routine chores running smoothly, and are likely to get your wish on October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. However, daily routines and communications tend to be more difficult on October 24, 25.

CANCER: There’s much to gain by involvement with your children during the next month, with reward measured in happiness. Speculative interests also fare well then, and there is an opportunity to bring home a bigger pay packet. Best days are October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. Be more cautious on October 24, 25 when there could be a few upsets.

LEO: During the next month Leo will relish his or her role as protector of, and provider for, the family. Living conditions as well as family relationships are therefore emphasised, enabling you to enjoy family connections and make progress in property matters, especially on October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. However, October 24, 25 is disruptive.

VIRGO: There are many things, which you will turn over in your mind during the next month: the emphasis is on those neglected aspects of your life and how to manage them. These concerns may be as trivial as how to approach someone or how to best organise your calendar. Best days are October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. Matters seem to be disorganised on October 24, 25.

LIBRA: The main thrust of your ambitions this coming month is directed towards the acquirement of possessions or the generation of income, and generally you should be successful in doing so, perhaps including a little extra income on the side. Your ethics may also be highlighted. Best days are: October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13.

SCORPIO: You’ll beam with renewed energy and fervour during the next month, when a greater chance exists for achievement and recognition, especially on October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. The spotlight is shining on you then, for better or worse, so make it count. Exercise caution on October 24, 25 when things do not proceed as planned.

SAGITTARIUS: Life seems to quieten down until November 22 because this is a time of year when you need to get your life in order. Often this may simply mean giving yourself sufficient time to recoup or attend to matters you normally neglect. You need this time to sort out your thoughts, so various other matters must be held in abeyance until then.

CAPRICORN: Whilst various people pass out of your life in the next month, Capricorn will experience a renewed zest for life. It’s time to make changes, set new goals and explore new friendships, even though at times you may not feel like doing so. Parties and social opportunities are on the increase, so be selective. October 24, 25 are not the best dates but October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13 are great.

AQUARIUS: The Sun is shining on the Aquarian career sector during the coming month, so this is a great time generally to work with other individuals in achieving these objectives, especially on October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13. Partnership interests and developments affecting your life direction are also favoured then, although October 24, 25 are difficult.

PISCES: Piscean individuals seeking work in the next month would do well to explore the possibilities of the media, educational, and medical institutions, along with the travel industry. Others may be travelling or studying in connection with work, and October 26-29, November 5-8, 11-13 bode well for all these interests. However, difficulties are likely to arise on October 24, 25.

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Former Nats leaders warnJoyce to abandonleadership comeback

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Former Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.Former Nationals leaders have warned Barnaby Joyce to abandon a growing push to reinstate him as deputy prime minister while also urging federal MPs to “save the ship” by rejecting the leadership turmoil that has taken hold in Canberra.

Tim Fischer and John Anderson, who served as deputy prime ministers under John Howard, told Fairfax Media the party had to stop disputes over the leadership and help fix a “trust deficit” with voters that was fracturing n politics.

“There is a federal election coming and the last thing the n people want is any confirmation that white-anting has taken a permanent place in the n political landscape,” Mr Anderson said.

The Coalition is bracing for its second leadership challenge in less than two months as Nationals MPs count the numbers to topple Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack as soon as Tuesday.

The unrest has infuriated the Liberal Party, which isfighting to retain its one-seat majorityat Saturday’s crucial Wentworth byelection.

Mr McCormack insisted on Thursday his colleagues had not complained to him about his performance and his core supporters warned against a spill, saying it would be an electoral disaster to restore Mr Joyce just seven months after he resigned in disgrace over an affair with a staffer and a separate allegation of sexual harassment.

Mr Anderson likened the party to a ship in trouble ahead of the next election after the sudden resignation of Mr Joyce in February.

“It’s really important that we recognise that it’s very hard to pick up the baton when the captain on the bridge finds that he can’t navigate the ship anymore and you unexpectedly find, having not been prepared because there was no reason to prepare for it, that you’re in charge of the ship yourself,” he said.

“He deserves the support of his fellow officers and they need to pull together now to save the ship, not argue over who is going to be the captain.”

Mr Joyce has denied canvassing votes but his Queensland-based backers have been counting the numbers.MPs agitating for change have discussed forming a delegation to ask Mr McCormack to resign, fearinga wipeout in Queensland at next year’s federal election.

Some of Mr McCormack’s own supporters believe the Deputy Prime Minister could command just eight votes out of the 22-member party room if a spill is called when Parliament resumes next week. Another option being canvassed is a move in late November or early December.

“The fact is I have the majority support in the National Party,” Mr McCormack said.

“Not one National Party member has come to me and said they’re dissatisfied with anything.”

Mr Fischer told Fairfax Media that Mr McCormack deserved more time to stamp his authority on the party and build his profile.

“Michael McCormack has covered more ground than I ever did in the seven months he has been leader and Deputy Prime Minister,” Mr Fischer said.

“I think everyone should go back to their electorates, lie down and have a Bex.”

A switch back to Mr Joyce would guarantee his return to cabinet and trigger a wider frontbench reshuffle just two months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new-look ministry was sworn in at Government House in Canberra.

Nationals senator John Williams said he had not been approached by any camp but acknowledged”someone” is leaking against the Nationals leader and likened the situation to pouring petrol on a fire.

“It grows and grows,” he said.

The senator said he was “surprised” Nationals MP Michelle Landry had publicly predicted Mr Joyce would eventually return to the leadership.

“I think Michael needs time and he will get time, I have no doubt about that,” Senator Williams said.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud – who is widely viewed inside the government as a future Nationals leader – has ruled himself out of running in any spill.

Mr Fischer said a Nationals leader needed to be a unifying figure in all parts of the country, not just Queensland.

“I am backing Michael. I think he is off to a flying start. He needs to continue to step up in that role. And in so many ways it’s important to bridge the very real Brisbane line,” Mr Fischer said.

“There is a gap in what flies north of the Brisbane line versus what happens south of the Brisbane line.

“Until you learn how to come up with the right set of words that cuts through both sides of the Brisbane line, you will be done over, on nothing more so than the issue of multiculturalism.”

Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie said Nationals MPs had a tradition of waiting patiently for leaders to retire before they rose to the leadership.

Mr Anderson said Mr Joyce needed to recognise “what is required” if the Coalition was to have “any chance” at the next election.

“The enemy at the moment is an alternate government that will take this country back to the utterly failed policies of the 1950s and the 1960s,” Mr Anderson said.

The former leader also pointed to wider fault lines in n politics.

“The trust deficit in the system of politics, our major institutions, the banks, the churches, the media and even academia today is very serious,” he said.

“Western democracies have always depended on a high level of trust. There has to be confidence that people will do what they ought to do, not be coerced into what they should do.

“So we as ns need to recognise that this is very serious and that, over the last five decades in particular, we have atomised and fractured our society.

“To some extent this is showing up in our politics. It’s not just being driven by politics and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s being driven in no small way by the atomisation of our culture – in common with all other Western countries.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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Banks slow to clean up misconduct: ASIC

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ASIC boss James Shipton says banks need to take urgent action to clean up their act.The financial regulator says despite reassurances from the nation’s top bankers that the lessons of the royal commission are being heeded, they are taking too long to clean up their act.

James Shipton, the chair of the n Securities and Investments Commission, told a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra on Friday he accepted criticism of ASIC by the royal commission.

But Mr Shipton said banks needed to take urgent action to clean up their act, as the financial industry had “abandoned its core role that of being custodians of other peoples’ money”.

“This dishonesty must not stand,” Mr Shipton said.

“And unfortunately, whilst we are hearing important acknowledgements from leaders of financial institutions about change, such change is not happening as quickly as it should.

“ASIC is still experiencing slow and delayed responses from financial institutions and, in some cases, overly technical responses aimed at delay.”

Mr Shipton said if institutions lied or were otherwise dishonest with ASIC the watchdog would use “every power available to us to punish that behaviour”.

ASIC was already addressing some of the concerns raised in the royal commission interim report about it, including better use of its enforcement powers, especially against the biggest institutions.

In criticising ASIC, the royal commission found “important deterrents to misconduct are missing”.

While internal changes were important, it was just as crucial for ASIC to get access to increased penalties and regulatory powers and for the government to take a fresh look at ASIC’s budget, Mr Shipton said.

“Hong Kong’s financial regulators are three times the size of ‘s,” he said.

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