Adelaide shake the Fever in Super Netball

Adelaide Thunderbirds coach Dan Ryan hailed his side’s fearless fightback to mow down West Coast Fever 56-51 in their season-opening Super Netball clash at Priceline Stadium.

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After trailing by seven goals at three-quarter-time and still 46-50 in arrears with 7:59 on the clock, the Thunderbirds dominated late in Sunday’s match, with eight unanswered goals amid a 10-1 overall flurry.

“In the last quarter we just encouraged them to be fearless and go for it,” Ryan said.

“With that lack of hesitation and basic structure in defence things just fell into gear.

“They were very unified and very connected.

“It looked like we were dead and buried, seven goals down in the third term.

“All guts in the end to get across the line.”

With Kate Beveridge proving a handful in the shooting circle early, the visitors had their noses in front following a topsy-turvy, fast-paced first half.

The Fever led 16-14 at quarter-time and 29-27 after a goal-for-goal second stanza. They got the better of Adelaide again in the third period with skipper Nat Medhurst taking control and Courtney Bruce shining in defence.

The home side kept Beveridge largely under wraps after halftime when the hosts substituted Jamaican Malysha Kelly in for Fiona Themann at goal defence.

The injection of debutant Gia Abernethy sparked the Thunderbirds in the middle as the Fever lost their grip on the contest.

West Coast coach Stacey Marinkovich accused her charges of playing too much like individuals in the fourth term, veering away from the team ethos that served them well for the first three quarters.

“You’ve got to be able to keep to your game plan and we probably detoured away from that and put ourselves under more pressure than we needed to be,” she said.

“We started to try and do everything individually and didn’t stay to our structures.

“It’s certainly a valuable lesson.”

Alcohol, drugs and lesbianism: Arab Israeli film faces backlash

The culture clash in “Bar Bahar” starts off when Nur, a veiled and conservative Muslim, moves into a flat with two other Arab Israeli women and sees their drug-taking, party-going lives.

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But for its director, the real shock of the film, which opened last month in Israel, has been the controversy it has whipped up, even death threats on social media.

Maysaloun Hamoud, herself an Arab, always hoped her first feature film would hit hard.

In its two hours, the Galilee-born filmmaker, 35, tackles almost all the taboos of Arab Israeli society: drugs, alcohol, homosexuality.

Salma is rejected by her Christian family for being a lesbian, while Leila leaves her boyfriend when she discovers he is more conservative than he claims.

But above all, there is the story of Nur, a native of the conservative city of Umm al-Fahm – a stronghold of the Islamic Movement, close to the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Conservative, and initially shocked by the attitude of her roommates, Nur and the other two become friends and allies.

She ultimately rebels against her family and traditions by leaving her religious fiancé Wissam after he rapes her, a scene shown on screen.

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The film has already been released in the United States, under the title “In Between”, and it won three prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain last year.

US magazine Variety called it a “compelling” drama and The Hollywood Reporter trumpeted it as a “sparkling, taboo-breaking first feature”.

The film company has not released ticket sale numbers but Hamoud said there had been a lot of feedback, mostly positive but some less so.

The response from Umm al-Fahm has been particularly sharp.

The municipality issued a statement condemning a film as being “without the slightest element of truth” and barring it from being screened there. 

They insisted, however, that they were happy to support “meaningful” art, but did not reply to a request for an interview.

Hamoud as well as her actresses have received death threats.

“Those who speak ill of Umm al-Fahm dig their own grave,” said one. “You need a bullet in the head and another in the heart,” a second read, Hamoud told AFP.

“For me as an artist, a director and a screenwriter who is a part of this society, it is my right to tackle any issue I feel is important enough for me to talk about,” Hamoud said in a cafe near where she lives in Jaffa, a predominantly Arab district of Tel Aviv.

“For the audience, if they want to see it they are welcome and I will be very happy. But if you don’t want to, don’t go,” she added.

Her face is framed by short black hair and she has tattooed arms, including one with the title of the film in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

Her film, she said, brings to the screen issues usually “hidden” among Arab Israelis, such as lustful, youthful evenings where cannabis smoke billows among dancers.

Bar Bahar, literally meaning “land and sea” in Arabic, translates as “neither here, nor there” in Hebrew.

For its director it aims to be “the voice of a generation” of young Arab Israelis who feel trapped between cultures.

Making up around 18 percent of Israel’s population, the 1.4 million Arab Israelis are descended from Palestinians who remained on their land after Israel was established in 1948.

Many identify as Palestinian but feel torn between identities – saying they experience discrimination and racism living and working in major Israeli cities.

“I’m not exaggerating, every scene is realistic,” Hammoud insisted.

Shaden Kanboura stars as Nour in the film ‘Bar Bahar.’Supplied

‘Contradictions’

Hamoud chose to set the film in Tel Aviv, regarded the most tolerant and liberal city in Israel, to make a point that even there racism against Arabs is prevalent.

She wanted to show the girls’ “otherness” in the city.

“They discover that no matter how far they go from their towns and the traditions they came from, they are shocked that the place where they are (Tel Aviv) doesn’t accept them.”

Hamoud wants to make films that help society “face its contradictions in order to move forward”.

“No one should feel good after the movie, neither Israelis nor Palestinians in this society.”

Trump insists White House running ‘so smoothly’

Donald Trump employed a loud and muscular delivery – one which won over millions of voters on the campaign trail last year – to assure Americans he is fulfilling his promises to shrink government, rebuild the military, and repeal and replace health care reforms enacted by predecessor Barack Obama.

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“This will be change for the ages,” the new president told several thousand supporters in an airport hangar in Melbourne, a sun-bleached city on Florida’s Space Coast.

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But Trump was completing his first month in office with his administration under a cloud back in Washington, where lawmakers pledge to further investigate his possible pre-election ties to Russia, his national security advisor was forced to resign in disgrace, and a cabinet nominee withdrew amid controversy.

“The White House is running so smoothly, so smoothly,” Trump stressed, before going on an extended rant about the US media.

“I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news,” Trump said. 

“The dishonest media, which has published one false story after another, with no sources… they just don’t want to report the truth,” he said.

“They’ve become a big part of the problem. They are part of the corrupt system.”

Trump, who relishes campaigning perhaps like no other US politician, arrived to a thunderous cheer when Air Force One, the presidential jet, rolled up to the hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. 

Aside from the fact that the billionaire businessman is now leader of the free world, the feel was extremely similar to that of a Trump campaign event from last year — from the speakers, to the recorded music, to the president’s brash, largely impromptu delivery.

“We’re going to start producing jobs like you’ve never seen before,” Trump said, highlighting how his pro-growth agenda has already led some US firms to commit to domestic investments.

He reiterated his pledge to crack down on terrorism, saying he has asked Defense Secretary James Mattis to draft a “plan to totally destroy ISIS,” the Islamic State extremist group.

“I’ve ordered decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” he said, drawing loud cheers.

At one point Trump broke security protocol by inviting a supporter to hop a barrier and join him onstage.

“I wouldn’t say that the Secret Service was thrilled with that,” he said.

 

Stronger laws sought for super payments

The Nick Xenophon Team wants stronger laws to help millions of Australian workers claw back billion of dollars of unpaid superannuation from dodgy employers.

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NXT say there are at least 2.4 million workers who have been underpaid their super entitlements, totalling some $3.6 billion in retirement savings.

“If we don’t do something to make it easier for workers to find out that they haven’t been paid their full entitlements, and give them more power to stand up for their rights, that retirement rip-off is going to balloon out to $66 billion by 2024,” NXT MP Rebekha Sharkie says.

Ms Sharkie introduced a private bill into parliament on Monday aimed at assisting workers who feel they are being ripped off.

The suite of provisions includes giving employees a direct legal avenue to recover unpaid super, a more effective way of tracking whether contributions are being made and removing a loophole which allows salary-sacrifice contributions to be claimed as employer contributions.

The bill will remove an exemption that allows workers who are paid less than $450 in a month not to be paid a super contribution, while it also requires the taxation commissioner to conduct a review of employers’ compliance with their super obligations.

“All too often, the employer eventually winds up their business, and manages to avoid paying either most or the entirety of the outstanding amount of superannuation that they owe their employees,” NXT leader Nick Xenophon said.

Fellow crossbench MP Cathy McGowan backed the proposal, saying it addressed a serious problem.

She urged the government to allow the draft laws to be debated and voted on.

“Let’s do something about this,” she told parliament.

Aust road crashes costing $30b a year

The federal government is being urged to do more to reduce the number of road crashes in Australia after a new report found they are costing the economy nearly $30 billion a year.

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The Australian Automobile Association says while the number of people killed on our roads has dropped by a quarter since 2006, the annual cost of road trauma has not fallen by anywhere near as much.

A report commissioned by the AAA estimates the cost of road trauma was $29.7 billion in 2015. In 2009 the cost of road trauma was estimated by the Australian government to be $27 billion. In today’s dollars that’s equivalent to around $35 billion.

AAA chief executive Michael Bradley says the report’s findings suggest that the federal government’s 2011 National Road Safety Strategy, which aims to reduce annual road deaths and serious injuries by at least 30 per cent by 2020, is doomed to fail.

He wants the federal government to re-establish the National Office for Road Safety, which was shut down 15 years ago, to help improve driver education and research about crashes including the roles played by drug driving and mobile phone use.

Mr Bradley also argues the billions of dollars the federal government spends on road infrastructure projects each year should be linked to specific safety targets.

“The government can choose not to act, but choosing not to not only kills a lot of Australians but it costs billions of dollars every year,” he told AAP on Monday.

“Even though fewer people are dying, more are getting injured probably because crashes are getting more survivable thanks to car technologies and airbags so when you have a crash what used to kill you will now just disable you or maim you.

“The cost of that disability care and the income support for carers, that’s a huge part of this.”

The report, prepared by Economic Connections, found while road fatalities dropped by a quarter to 1205 between 2006 and 2015, the number of people needing to be hospitalised rose by nearly the same amount and pushed up overall costs in the process.

The number of road crashes also rose four per cent to 679,359.

It estimates the direct cost to government for just one year’s worth of road trauma is about $3.7 billion, which covers expenses relating to healthcare, emergency services, forgone future tax revenue and income support for the people injured or killed.

In terms of the $30 billion overall cost of road trauma to the economy, fatalities, health and wellbeing are make up the biggest share of the pie at more than $9 billion, followed by vehicle damage at $4.3 billion and $2 billion for disability care.

Mr Bradley said the federal government should be playing a leadership role for the states when it comes to reducing road trauma by co-ordinating the collection of standardised data on crashes so better research can be done to help reduce the road toll.

Injured Pope Francis ends Colombia tour

Pope Francis, his eye bandaged and blackened after a minor accident in the popemobile, has left Colombia after appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” after a 50-year civil war.

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His last day in the Andean country got off to a rocky start when he lost his balance and bumped his head while riding in the popemobile. He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow, blood staining his white cassock.

The Vatican said he received ice treatment and was fine. A smiling pope continued the trip wearing a bandage over his cut. “I was punched. I’m fine,” the 80-year-old pontiff joked afterward, the bruises on his face clearly visible.

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At the end of the day, when he said Mass for about 500,000 people in the city’s port area, the bruise had swollen and he had a black bag under his eye.

“If Colombia wants a stable and lasting peace, it must urgently take a step in this direction, which is that of the common good, of equity, of justice, of respect for human nature and its demands,” he said in a strong voice in the homily of the Mass, accompanied by Caribbean and salsa music.

“Only if we help to untie the knots of violence, will we unravel the complex threads of disagreements,” he said.

The pontiff left Colombia on an Avianca flight to Rome after watching a “cumbia” troupe perform traditional coastal singing and dancing with President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife, Maria Clemencia.

Cartagena, a top tourist destination famous for its colonial walled ramparts, was the home to Saint Peter Claver, a Spanish priest who ministered to slaves in Colombia in the 1600s, defying Spanish colonial masters who treated them as chattel.

The pope also used the occasion to again decry modern slavery and human trafficking and defend the rights of immigrants.

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Shark attacks surfer on NSW north coast

A Byron Bay surfer was hospitalised on Sunday after an apparent shark attack left him bleeding and his board snapped in half on the NSW north coast.

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The 35-year-old-man was surfing at Main Beach, Iluka, about 6.30am on Sunday when his board was hit hard from below by what he thinks was a shark.

The board snapped and he was thrown into the air.

“He’s told police the shark began to circle and then turned away,” police media said in a statement.

He then grabbed the pieces of his board and swam to shore.

One of Mr McGrath’s friends posted an image of his broken board to Instagram.

“Life could have been very different this morning,” he said.

“So stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse.”

He said Mr McGrath limped up the beach after the attack.

An image of the injury posted to Facebook showed Mr McGrath’s wetsuit torn at the hip, exposing a bleeding laceration.

Friends drove him almost 100 kilometres to Ballina District Hospital where he was treated before being sent to nearby Lismore Base Hospital.

Main and Bluff beaches were closed after the incident.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries said a shark biologist would assess the injury and try to determine the size and species of shark involved.

A second shark net trial for the region was announced this month for five beaches in Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head.

The department began deploying 25 drum lines daily, as well as drone and helicopter surveillance, in response to several incidents on the same stretch of coastline.

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Paperwork busting plan for NSW principals

NSW principals will be freed up from drowning in paperwork, coordinating school repairs and IT troubleshooting under a $50 million-a-year plan by the state government aimed at getting school leaders back to teaching.

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NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the plan, which aims to give principals more time to focus on actual teaching, curriculum planning, teacher quality and student progress, at Sydney’s Killara High School on Monday.

It comes after a study by Deloitte found that principals in NSW’s 2200 public schools spend just 30 per cent of their day on teaching.

Dealing with the daily deluge of administrative tasks is a struggle said Killara High School principal Jane Dennett who describes it as “being pecked to death by ducks”.

“A typical day can range from anything from negotiating canteen menus to working out what trees are about to fall down or why the water was suddenly cut off,” Ms Dennett told reporters on Monday.

“I know that more time spent with professional development and reflection to drive improvement can only be a good thing, but I just can’t compromise that quality time.”

The NSW government hopes the money will allow government schools to appoint business managers, similar to those in private schools, to take on the bureaucratic load.

The ongoing funding will be distributed among schools based on their scale and complexity, with smaller schools advised to pool their resources to get the administrative support required.

Mr Stokes said principals have been burdened with administrative tasks that has relegated their role to being managers rather than leaders.

“(It is about) providing principals with the capacity to give them back the time so that they can be in classrooms supporting our teachers or they can be in the schoolyard supporting our students,” Mr Stokes told reporters on Monday.

A new team of trained officers also will be established to remove the compliance burden on principals, including annual work, health and safety inspections.

The strategy has been welcomed by the NSW Primary Principals Association and the NSW Secondary Principals Council.

“We believe this is one of the most comprehensive multi-phased strategies put in place to support schools for some time,” Secondary Principals Council President Chris Presland said on Monday in a statement.

Jolie to unveil Khmer Rouge film in ‘second home’ Cambodia

Cambodia’s king and survivors of the communist regime will be among some 1,500 people invited to the debut screening of “First They Killed My Father”, directed by Jolie and based on the memoirs of Loung Ung.

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Loung Ung was five years old when Khmer Rouge troops, led by Pol Pot, swept into Phnom Penh plunging her family into a harrowing ordeal that saw them sent to brutal labour camps before her eventual escape to the United States.

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In its quest for an agrarian Marxist utopia, the regime killed up to two million Cambodians between 1975-79 through execution, starvation and overwork.

It is the second movie by Jolie to tackle the subject of genocide – in 2011 she made a film about the Bosnian conflict featuring mostly local actors. 

But her latest silver screen offering is more personal. 

Jolie adopted her first child Maddox from an orphanage in Cambodia’s western Battambang province in 2002 and she has been given Cambodian citizenship. 

The Hollywood star previously said it was Maddox who pushed her to make the film. 

At a press conference in Siem Reap, Jolie described Cambodia as a “second home”, adding that she chose Loung Ung’s book because she wanted to tell the story of the Khmer Rouge era “through the eyes of a child”.

It also brought her closer to her son, she said.

“I wanted to focus not just on the war but on the love of family and on the beauty of the country and in fact I wanted to understand what my son’s birth parents may have gone through. And I wanted to know him better and I wanted to know this country better,” she said.

Maddox is accompanying his mother on the trip and was seen visiting the Angkor temple complex on Friday.

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In a tribute to those who survived the brutal regime, Jolie has pushed to ensure the film would be both made by Cambodians and accessible to them.

Almost the entire film is in the Khmer language while the cast members and much of the crew were local hires, including the two child protagonists.

The film is also co-produced by Rithy Panh, Cambodia’s most acclaimed filmmaker. 

He lost almost all his immediate family during the Khmer Rouge years but went on to produce searing documentaries that helped break the silence surrounding the genocide.

Loung Ung, who Jolie described as a “family friend”, said that while the film centred on her family’s experience, her story would be familiar to all Cambodians. 

“I view it as the story of all of us,” she told reporters.

Despite the prosecution of a few top Khmer Rouge cadres, the genocide continues to be a controversial subject. 

Strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was a former regime cadre before he defected and has run the impoverished country for more than thirty years, is opposed to any new prosecutions of regime leaders.

But the Cambodian government has welcomed Jolie’s film so far. 

“The movie reflects the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime,” Sin Chanchhaya, director of Cambodia’s Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department, told AFP.

“This is a big deal for us. There is a strong interest among the Cambodian people (for the film),” he added. 

The premiere will be followed by screenings across Cambodia, some seven months before the film is released to a global audience on Netflix.

Jolie’s arrival in Cambodia marks a rare public appearance since her high-profile split last year from Brad Pitt.

Together they had brought up Hollywood’s most celebrated family with three of their six children adopted from overseas

Rumford’s big Super 6 golf lead irrelevant

Australian Brett Rumford says it’s a shame his five-shot lead will count for nothing on Sunday when the World Super 6 switches to match play.

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Rumford recovered from a slow start on Saturday to post a four-under-par 68 in his third round, taking his overall tally to 17 under.

It gave Rumford a five-shot buffer over a group of six golfers tied for second spot.

Under normal circumstances, Rumford would be the hottest of favourites to win the tournament from this point given his sizeable lead.

But unfortunately for the world No.274, the World Super 6 switches to match play in the final round, with the top 24 golfers thrust into a series of knockout, six-hole battles.

Rumford at least earns a seeding after finishing in the top eight, meaning he gets to skip the first round of match play.

But he could be knocked out in the round of 16 if he loses his first contest.

Rumford was thrilled with his hot form but felt a bit sad his big lead effectively counted for nothing.

“Someone had to finish in this situation, didn’t they? It’s a bit of a shame,” Rumford said.

Australians Jason Scrivener, Adam Blyth, Lucas Herbert and Steven Jeffress all earned seedings after finishing equal second at 12 under.

British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and Canadian Austin Connelly also finished at 12 under to earn a bye during the first round of match play.

Star amateur Curtis Luck missed the top-24 cut by four strokes after finishing at four under.

Oosthuizen feels like a defending champion of sorts after winning the now-defunct Perth International last year.

The world No.25 enjoys plenty of match-play fun with friends, but it isn’t often he plays it in tournaments.

“Our normal game is just play for 20 bucks,” Oosthuizen said.

“It’s more about the pride of winning than it is anything else.

“It’s just always good fun playing with your mates and, sometimes, I think I get more nervous playing them than playing a tournament.”

West Australian Scrivener finished third last year at the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, and was looking forward to featuring in the match play.

But he also wants to make good use of his seeding.

“I can have a bit of a sleep in tomorrow,” Scrivener said.

“It’s nice to be able to skip that first round of match play.

“My goal was to be part of the match play, whether I was 24th or eighth.

“I haven’t played match play (in a tournament) for about 10 years, so we’ll find out tomorrow how I go.”

Oh eyes Australian Open golf title

Eight years after contesting her first Australian Open as a 12-year-old, Melbourne’s Su Oh says she a fighting chance of winning her first national championship.

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Oh enters the final round just two shots shy of the lead after shooting a stellar five-under in Saturday’s third round at Royal Adelaide.

American Lizette Salas is the pacesetter at 10-under with Australian Sarah Jane Smith nine-under, and Oh joined in third place by Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum at eight-under.

Oh carded 68 – Saturday’s low round – on a day when only a dozen golfers broke par in testing winds.

Korean-born Oh played her first Australian Open in 2009 – she remarkably shot rounds of 79 and 81 as a year seven student.

Now aged 20, Oh says she’s well-placed for her first LPGA Tour title and the Australian Open crown.

“There are still 18 holes to go … but it’s my national title so I really want to fight for it,” Oh said.

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot. You can’t really put a word to that.”

After mastering the testy third-round conditions, the world No.70 is one of few golfers hoping the winds return again on Sunday.

“I played pretty well today so I’m kind of hoping it will be windy tomorrow … I’m feeling pretty comfortable in the wind,” Oh said.

Fellow Australians Minjee Lee, Hannah Green and Rebecca Artis are all three-under but compatriot Katherine Kirk’s chances blew away in the wind with a seven-over 80 to drop to even par.

World No.1 Lydia Ko is also even par, though not discounting her chances after a luckless opening three rounds with the putter.

“My stroke was good and not many putts went in,” Ko said.

“Hopefully I’m just saving it up for tomorrow … there are so many good things that are going right that hopefully it will all be able to come together.”

Defending champion Haru Nomura is in contention for consecutive titles – the Japanese native is six-under after a four-under round on Saturday.

Paediatrician calls for a re-think on ‘No Jab, No Pay’ immunisation policy

The number of children in Australia who have received all their vaccinations has increased over the past twelve months, according to new figures.

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The Federal Government says almost 200, 000 children who had not met vaccination requirements have now been immunised against common illnesses.

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But the parents of more than 142, 000 or 5.5 per cent have been denied family payments because they have failed to prove their children have been vaccinated.

The Federal Government says parts of Adelaide and the Gold Coast hinterland have the lowest vaccination rates in the country and it is promising to rectify that.

But paediatric Doctor Margie Danchin from The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne said the ‘No Jab, No Pay’ scheme is overreaching.

She told SBS News 6.2 per cent of children are not immunised because their parents have simply missed medical appointments or they have difficulties accessing services.

And for migrants and refugees, there can be added challenges.

“Many of  them have a number of children and to get them up-to-date is quite a complex issue in terms of what vaccines they’ve had previously, what country they have come from and so for a provider to determine an effective catch up schedule for that child and multiple children in the one family is very challenging,” she said.

Even if those challenges are overcome, she said it can still difficult for migrants to get their children listed as vaccinated on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and that can cost them thousands of dollars a year in lost welfare payments.

“So many of those families whose children are actually up-to-date miss out on these payments.”

Dr Danchin wants a complete evaluation of the scheme focusing not only on immunisation rates but also the financial and social implications.

   

Patton stars in Giants’ AFL pre-season win

A strong performance from key forward Jon Patton and eyecatching efforts from their high draft picks has highlighted a 33-point AFL pre-season win by Greater Western Sydney over West Coast in the NSW Riverina.

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Patton kicked three goals and pulled down seven marks on Saturday as the Giants scored a 0.10.10 (70) to 0.5.7 (37) win at Narrandera.

Starting with a strong breeze at their backs, GWS bolted to a a 27-6 advantage by quarter-time and never relinquished their lead.

23-year-old Patton looks ready to build on a strong finish to his 2016 campaign.which gleaned 38 goals from 23 games.

“I think he (Patton) will take his game to another level this year,” acting Giants captain Josh Kelly told Fox Footy.

“He showed some signs towards the end of last year and there’s no-one working harder than him on the track at the moment, so it’s exciting for him and it’s exciting for the team.”

Kelly was another standout for the Giants, logging a match-high 29 possessions.

Another big plus for GWS was the form of their leading draft picks Tim Taranto and Will Setterfield.

Taranto, who was taken second, accumulated 21 possessions, six clearances and five tackles and Setterfield, who was fifth, was prominent early and finished with 16 disposals.

The Giants fielded several other handy looking youngsters and look to have massive depth considering many of their stars weren’t playing on Saturday.

“It puts pressure on our guys sitting at home,” Giants’ coach Leon Cameron said.

“The good thing about it is there was probably 10-12 guys that put their hands up to say ‘have a look at me’, so that was the real pleasing thing.”

Eagles coach Adam Simpson was philosophical about the outcome given their lack of experienced forwards and a very young side across the park.

“We got jumped early with the pressure,” Simpson said.

“But I thought in the second and third quarters we probably had our noses in front,” he said.

The Eagles’ possession getters were headed by Sharrod Wellingham with 28 touches. with Dom Sheed notching 27 and Mark Hutchings 24.

One positive for the Eagles was the effort of new recruit and former Geelong player Nathan Vardy, who collected 27 hitouts.

West Coast’s Will Schofield hurt an ankle, while the Giants’ Zac Williams suffered an adductoir issue in the closing moments..