Adam Reynolds made history with the first long-range two-point field goal in the NRL era as he piled more pressure on South Sydney to keep him in the 35-6 win over Brisbane.
Reynolds’ future has remained the biggest issue at Redfern for months, with the halfback told again this week he would not receive more than a guaranteed one-year deal.
But while it remains an off-field issue, there are still no signs it will impact either Reynolds or the red-hot Rabbitohs on the field.
The Rabbitohs are among the NRL’s true premiership heavyweights, with Latrell Mitchell in close to career-best form with a try-scoring double at Stadium Australia.
Reynolds easily won the battle of the off-contract halves, with Anthony Milford enduring a difficult night for Brisbane in their second straight loss.
The Rabbitohs’ number seven had a role in four of his team’s tries on Thursday night, including his third four-pointer of the year when he backed up a Dane Gagai break.
He helped set up the Rabbitohs’ first when he kicked across field for Alex Johnston, before a series of flick passes put Benji Marshall across.
The halfback also threw the last pass for a Latrell Mitchell try early in the second half, picking the right option as Mitchell stayed alive and got the ball down.
Mitchell’s second also came from Reynolds, this time when he leapt high to take a kick from his teammate and push his way through four defenders.
The night was not perfect for Reynolds, however, with an uncharacteristic error in attack and a miss on Jamayne Isaako for Brisbane’s only try.
But regardless, Reynolds’ 43-metre field goal on half-time was the enduring image of the night, after the NRL offered two points for drop goals kicked beyond 40 metres this year.
It marked the first two-point field goal since the drop goal was reduced to one in 1971, with Rabbitoh Eric Simms the last player to kick a two-pointer.
Meanwhile, Alex Johnston was also dangerous for the Rabbitohs on the left wing, busting six tackles and bagging a first-half try from a Mitchell cut-out ball.
Marshall also thrived in the number six jersey with an assist to Campbell Graham to go with his own first-half try, while Tom Burgess topped 200 running metres.
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There were many reasons for celebrations apart from the fact that it was the Saints’ second successive win against West Coast in Perth.
It was a double birthday celebration, with Peter Everitt, the extroverted ruckman who sported new blond dreadlocks for the occasion, best-afield on his 24th birthday. He not only shared best-player honors with South Australian recruit Daniel Healy, who also entered the world on 3 May 1974, but both players finished with six goals.
“They gave me the birthday present,” quipped Alves as he praised the players for their persistence, their courage and their ability to survive the warm conditions.
Everitt was simply superb.
He led the ruck and held the honors over a hard-working Michael Gardiner; he filled in at full-forward to be a reliable spearhead and his marking and creativity around the ground was inspirational.
Healy, one of the best kicks in football, wasn’t far behind as he bobbed up everywhere in attack, while the midfielders, Robert Harvey, Aussie Jones, and Nicky Winmar, never stopped trying.
West Coast had its heroes, too.
The enormous influence of Glen Jakovich on the Eagles’ fortunes was never more evident than in the team’s third-term reversal.
The mere fact that the nation’s best centre half-back opened the third term at full-forward seemed to inspire the side.
The Eagles struggled to find goals in the first half, with Max Hudghton curbing Fraser Gehrig, while the Wakelin twins, Darryl and Shane, had the brakes on dangerous forwards McIntosh and Chris Lewis.
Jakovich, who had filled in as a ruckman for a while as well, spent just 10 minutes at full-forward and that seemed enough to spark the Eagles. He returned to defence to continue his dominance, but the revived forwards presented a new image.
Andrew Donnelly, who came off the bench in the second term to grab a handy goal, added four more in the second half and his three-goal third term was the difference.
Gehrig got on top of Hudghton and broke open the tight defence, marking in the square to bring up the team’s eighth goal at the 10-minute mark.
That triggered an orgy of goals with three more in four minutes and suddenly the margin was 13 points to the Eagles. With eight for the term and just two to the Saints, the Eagles had three goals to spare at the last break.
Despite the efforts of Everitt and Healy, the Eagles extended that to 27 points before the steam ran out of the machine.
When Luke Beveridge goaled on the run and Healy marked close in, the Eagles were still in control, but a couple of inspirational goals from Everitt, including one where he roved his own ruck work, cut the margin to four points.
Anthony Lovell brought the crowd back to life to make it 10 points, but Jones, who had run hard all day, turned the scales back again with just one minute 52 seconds left.
Then . . . enter Gavin Mitchell.
3.2 8.8 10.13 18.13 (121)
3.4 6.4 14.7 18.11 (119)
St Kilda: Healy 6, Everitt 6; Jones 2; Beveridge, Cripps, Winmar, Mitchell.
West Coast: Donnelly 5; Gehrig 4; Phil Matera 2, McIntosh 2; Heady, Lovell, Cousins, Gardiner, Morrison.
St Kilda: Everitt, Healy, Harvey, Jones, Hudghton, S Wakelin.
West Coast: Jakovich, Donnelly, Banfield, Gehrig, Cousins, Read.
St Kilda: Darryl Wakelin (concussion).
West Coast: Michael Braun (calf) and Dean Kemp (concussion) replaced in selected side by Anthony Lovell and Phillip Matera.
36,152 at Subiaco Oval.
H Kennedy, V Sercia, D Ackland.
Robert Harvey v Drew Banfield: One of the few contests that remained constant throughout a much-changing match. The Saints star worked tirelessly as usual to gather more than 30 possessions, but the close-checking Banfield was never far away and showed he could match the Brownlow medallist for stamina.
Guy McKenna v Jason Heatley/Daniel Healy: Deputising as skipper gave McKenna extra responsibility and the task of standing alongside his former Eagles teammate in the goalsquare came with that. He saw Heatley off to the bench early on, only to be matched up with Healy, who finished up as a major destroyer of the Eagles defence.
FROM THE ROOMS
Stan Alves (St Kilda): “This game was won by courage and character; they never lost belief in themselves; they kept at it and that’s why I’m so proud of them. It was the best win I’ve been associated with as coach.”
Guy McKenna (standing in for Eagles coach Mick Malthouse): “It wasn’t flash; five goals up. Good sides don’t lose those games; bad sides do and today we were a bad side.”
Gavin Mitchell (St Kilda): It was a mixed day for the former Western Australian player. While he has settled in well at St Kilda, nothing went right for him on his first homecoming match – except for the final 60 seconds when he received a free kick in the forward pocket and kicked truly to give his side an unexpected but important victory.
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Gilmore is one of a new breed of home-grown coaches and a product of the elite coaching pathway.
He started his coaching career at Toowoomba Grammar before leading Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School to a 1st XV premiership in 2014.
From there, he earned a job as the Queensland Rugby Union’s elite development head coach before making the leap to Rugby Australia and replacing Simon Cron as Junior Wallabies coach.
In 2019, Gilmore led the Junior Wallabies back to the World Rugby under-20s championship final for the first time since 2010. His side fell one point short of becoming the first Australian team to win the tournament against France.
He started with the Waratahs last year and now having worked under Penney, Gilmore knows the results of the next two months will likely determine whether he’s a chance of earning the job on a permanent basis.
“First things first, we have to deliver results. All of that stuff will take care of itself later,” he said. “But we want strong performance week to week at the Waratahs, first and foremost.”
The Waratahs played their best match of the season against the Brumbies but Gilmore is cognisant of the bounce a coach being fired can bring, and that it could easliy wear off before next week’s clash with the Force in Perth.
“It’s about embracing what they did in the second half [against the Brumbies],” Gilmore said. “It’s the first time the boys have felt confident about what they were doing. And they had some really good energy in that second half.
“When you have both sides of the ball combining really well, you want to drive that. Not happy with the loss but we have to take stock of that second half.
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Former Wallaby Drew Mitchell tweeted on Sunday evening: “The coach was never the biggest issue … just a case of making a decision to make it look like something is being done.”
Penney isn’t a miracle worker, and with the greatest respect, assistants-turned-interim coaches Chris Whitaker and Jason Gilmore are highly unlikely to get the Waratahs out of this rut, at least in 2021.
Punting Penney means the NSW board can say it did something. However, questions need to be asked of those higher up and some responsibility shared now that a coach with proven results, a track record of nurturing young talent, doing his best in the circumstances, has been told not to bother turning up to training on Monday.
However, win rates are what coaches live and die by. Penney’s was 26 per cent – a touch higher than the worst ever by a Waratahs coach in Michael Foley (25 per cent). Gibson’s record was 28 wins from 64 games – a winning percentage of 43.8.
It was just one year, five months and 26 days since former chief executive Andrew Hore sat beside Penney at the Hilton at Tokyo Bay in front of journalists, explaining why he was the best candidate from a worldwide search.
Penney was polite, relaxed and certainly understood the enormity of the task he was about to embark on.
He spoke about ideally wanting a tight-head prop and perhaps a centre. Oh how simple times were.
Penney may have been dealt the most unlucky hand of any NSW coach.
There was an exodus of Wallabies after the World Cup. This is normal for a World Cup cycle, sure, but this one was a particularly deep cut.
The first team Penney named was particularly raw. Only three starters – Kurtley Beale, Rob Simmons and Michael Hooper – were in the World Cup squad the year before. None were there on Saturday night.
Then COVID-19 hit. It affected every other team, but the hits kept coming for NSW. Penney flew back to New Zealand at the height of lockdown and was stood down without pay in April.
Perhaps this was the first sign he was being pushed outside the tent.
Once the pandemic settled down, Waratahs management decided it wasn’t going to engage in player contract discussions, concerned it wouldn’t have enough money if Rugby Australia failed to get a handsome broadcast deal.
Penney was gobsmacked when told the Waratahs were budgeting to spend less than $1 million under the salary cap. Any chance of being able to build a roster that was entirely his would have to wait until 2022.
But the drums were already beating. One win from six starts in Super Rugby last year. Four wins from eight games in the Super Rugby AU competition that followed.
Then more players went. Beale, Simmons, Staniforth, Robertson, plus others.
But the killer punch? Michael Hooper, without a doubt.
His leadership, now more than ever, would have been invaluable.
The Wallabies captain was entitled to take a Japanese sabbatical as part of a deal negotiated with RUPA, but he’s been the only person eligible in Australia to take up the offer so far. Hooper did accept a heavier pay cut than anyone last year in Australian rugby.
Penney joked that support staff might need to lace on the boots. A former back-rower himself, maybe he needed to pack his too.
The 2020-21 off-season should have been a settled period for Penney, but it was far from that. Instead it entailed begging players to stay for less money, uncertainty around a competition, while trying to boost the confidence of young players with small scars developing.
By the time the season came around, everyone knew the Waratahs would be underdone. Most pundits tipped them to finish last. Fans were happy to cut Penney some slack. It had also emerged Penney and general manager, Tim Rapp, had a difficult working relationship.
Rapp was able to leave on his own terms, according to the Waratahs.
Even when the losses mounted, Penney’s first concern was the welfare of his players. That was admirable and they will respect him in the long run.
Then the Wallabies coaches came to keep a closer eye on things. Even then, Penney didn’t feel threatened and was welcoming and happy to let them observe.
Don’t forget the injury toll. Losing a captain and inside-centre in game one was bad enough, to go with Izaia Perese’s three-match suspension for a red card.
Then an injury to Angus Bell. Then two more to another couple of Wallabies in Lachie Swinton and Jack Dempsey.
When both his second-rowers went off hurt in the first half of Saturday’s match, it was almost too much for Penney but he kept his cool.
“We’ve got more moon boots in our place than NASA,” Penney said. “It’s just ridiculous the amount of high ankle sprains and foot issues we’ve got.
“This would be one of the worst injury-wise that I’ve certainly had to deal with.”
Penney said recently someone might write a book one day about what has happened recently at the Waratahs.
If he has anything to do with it, it will be a beauty.
Tom Decent is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
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West Coast forward Imahra Cameron has produced a stunning second quarter to lead her side to a crushing 39-point AFLW win over Geelong in Perth.
Cameron kicked three goals in the second quarter of the Eagles’ win
It is the Eagles’ second victory of the season
The Cats did not register a goal until late in the third quarter
Cameron booted three goals in the space of six minutes during a second-quarter blitz to set up the 8.5 (53) to 2.2 (14) triumph.
The result left Geelong winless after seven matches, while the Eagles now have two victories to their name.
Cameron finished with three goals from six disposals, while Irish sisters Grace Kelly and Niamh Kelly kicked two goals apiece and created numerous other attacking forays.
Grace Kelly limped off with what looked like a groin injury after booting her second goal of the match in the final quarter.
Geelong was best served by Amy McDonald, with the star midfielder tallying 24 possessions, nine clearances and a goal.
Eagles skipper Emma Swanson faces a nervous wait for her heavy shepherd in the dying minutes that sent Georgie Rankin crashing to the turf.
Rankin lay dazed on the ground for more than a minute before being helped off.
The Eagles dominated the opening term, but their wayward kicking meant they came away with just four behinds to their name.
Two of those were touched just before the line, while they had another two shots that did not even register a score.
Cameron turned the match on its head in the second quarter with a series of dazzling moments.
She booted her first goal courtesy of a mark at the top of the goal square, while her second came when she ran on to a loose ball and snapped truly from 35 metres out.
The destruction was complete when she took a big pack mark and duly converted from 30 metres out, with West Coast heading to half-time with a dominant 28-1 buffer.
Geelong’s first goal of the match did not come until the dying seconds of the third quarter, when McDonald twisted and turned out of trouble to kick a spectacular goal.
But the score was already 40-1 when she kicked that goal, with the match out of reach.
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A first-up tangle with All-Australian defender Harris Andrews won’t deter Sydney coach John Longmire from handing gun draftee Logan McDonald a round-one AFL debut.
McDonald, the No.4 pick at last year’s draft, is one of three Swans youngsters in the mix to play their first senior matches against the Brisbane Lions on Saturday night at the Gabba, along with impressive academy graduates Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell.
McDonald, 18, is seen as the long-term successor to Lance Franklin in Sydney’s forward line and showed glimpses of his incredible promise in a pre-season cameo against the Giants a fortnight ago.
But given Franklin’s absence and the Swans’ lack of other quality tall options in attack, the West Australian may not have to wait very long for his first taste of AFL action.
Longmire said multiple factors would dictate McDonald’s involvement or otherwise, but the calibre of his probable opponent – Brisbane star Andrews, who is arguably the game’s premier key defender – wasn’t one of them.
“These young blokes when they come into the team, there can be high expectations on them, but we’re also conscious that careers aren’t built overnight – we need to take small steps before you get going,” Longmire said on Monday.
“We also know that at some point, you need to take a step, and that’s against whatever defender you play on … when you play your first game at AFL level they’re going to be really good. You look at [McDonald] and think he’s going to be a short, medium and long-term player – it’s not just about this week.
“If you’re looking at this week’s game, absolutely in a tall-forward sense, could he help us? Yes, he could … [but] it’s not just about Logan, it’s about all the players that could play that role for us, and then it’s about how many we take in for that first game.”
Longmire mentioned Hayden McLean and Joel Amartey as Sydney’s other options to join Sam Reid in the forward 50, but McDonald’s use throughout pre-season would suggest he most likely is the frontrunner, and he already has experience playing against men after coming second in the WAFL’s leading goalkicker standings last year.
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Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha left reporters stunned and amused when he interrupted his own news conference to spray them with hand sanitiser in a bid to dodge tough questions.
Prayuth became frustrated on Tuesday, local time, when asked about a list of potential candidates for vacant cabinet posts, following last week’s jailing of three of his ministers for insurrection during protests seven years ago.
“Is there anything else to ask?,” he said, standing at a podium. “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. Isn’t it something the Prime Minister should know first?”
In the live briefing, Prayuth then left the podium, grabbed a small bottle of sanitiser, casually walked over to the journalists and sprayed each of them while holding a surgical mask in front of his face.
Prayuth, a former military coup leader, is known for his casual, at times comical, remarks to media but he often lashes out at reporters.
He was later filmed speaking with the same group of journalists and looking increasingly vexed, talking inaudibly while spraying them with broad sweeps of his hand before walking off again.
In the past the quick-tempered former army commander, who overthrew the elected government in a 2014 coup, has spoken to a media scrum while fondling the ear of one of the reporters, and flung a banana peel at camera operators.
After an event in 2018 he declined to speak to the media, and instead set up a life-size cutout of himself.
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A-League: Melbourne Victory coach Grant Brebner is under pressure to retain his job after his side fell to a humiliating 6-0 loss to cross town rivals Melbourne City.
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State Parliament has a “rotten” and “toxic” workplace culture where women are routinely made to feel like “second class citizens” and feel pressured to remain silent when they experience sexual harassment and assault, a damning independent review has found.
The review, led by acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner Emily Strickland and tabled in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, found that over 27 per cent of South Australian MPs or their staffers – the majority of whom are women – who responded to a survey have experienced sexual harassment at least once at work.
Eight people reported being victims of sexual harassment in the last five years, with all the alleged incidents being perpetrated by either MPs or their staff.
According to Strickland, six alleged incidents of sexual harassment reported to her “might otherwise be considered assault”.
Allegations ranged in seriousness and included sexually suggestive and unwelcome comments, indecent exposure and physical assault.
Strickland also slammed what she described as a “systems failure” at Parliament, where harassment and assault victims are “often left to develop their own protective strategies in the workplace”, leaving them feeling “isolated and vulnerable with continuing health impacts”.
The review, which was supposed to be handed down in August last year but delayed several months due to stalling in the House of Assembly, made 16 recommendations to State Parliament to improve its response to complaints about harassment in the parliamentary workplace.
They include developing new reporting policies and strategies, training MPs and staff about sexual harassment awareness and seeking White Ribbon accreditation for Parliament.
Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told Parliament this afternoon that the Government and Parliament would consider Strickland’s recommendations and provide a response.
I’ve seen male MPs from the other side cross the chamber and sit next to female MPs in the chamber with their legs up against them
As part of Strickland’s inquiry, Members of Parliament and their staff who work at Parliament House, ministerial offices or electorate offices were asked to complete a survey, or provide written or oral evidence about their experiences of harassment at work.
“The Review confirmed that sexual and discriminatory harassment is prevalent in the parliamentary workplace,” Strickland wrote.
Words used by MPs and their staff to describe Parliament’s workplace culture included “toxic” and “rotten”.
According to the review, sexually suggestive comments or jokes were the most common types of unwelcome sexual behaviour followed by inappropriate staring, leering or repeated physical proximity.
“I’ve seen male MPs from the other side cross the chamber and sit next to female MPs in the chamber with their legs up against them several times but in a jokey kind of way that you really couldn’t say anything about it,” one respondent told Strickland.
Another reportedly said: “I’ve seen it at social events where, you know, [young female staff] are not comfortable that they have got a male, usually MP, lurking over them.”
Strickland wrote that one respondent told her they repeatedly overheard inappropriate comments made by MPs about women, including “Oh, they have got their tits out” and “Oh, they’re always really wearing a bit skanky outfits”.
People say things they shouldn’t say, touch people in ways they shouldn’t touch people
Strickland said she was also made aware of physical intimidation and sexual assault occurring in Parliament, with 23 respondents reporting they experienced “unwelcome touching such as hugging, kissing or placing a hand on your knee”.
“Respondents reported feeling uncomfortable in various situations at work, including while a colleague rubbed their back, being kissed as a greeting and having their ‘backsides’ touched,” Strickland wrote.
“One respondent commented generally on behaviour ‘being more friendly than you would expect your employer to be’.
“The Review also heard of an instance of a male exposing himself in front of co-workers.”
Strickland wrote that female staff felt vulnerable to advances from male MPs, including when travelling for work or attending work events, “leading female staff and their supporters to self-manage their movements and attendances to avoid interactions with certain Members, or avoid potentially compromising situations, and ensure their safety”.
Women are just second class citizens at parliament
One respondent told Strickland: “In terms of comments at social events, where there’s excessive alcohol consumption … people say things they shouldn’t say, touch people in ways they shouldn’t touch people. That happens.”
Another said: “You don’t want to be sitting next to him when he has had some drinks. And I learnt that one, never again… he put his hand up my skirt, really far up my skirt.”
According to the review, female staff are informed that are required to wear skirts in the chambers of the Houses of Parliament – an informal direction Strickland said likely constituted unlawful discrimination.
“Parliament House, you know, there’s ways that things have been done there for decades and it is, it’s the old establishment, it’s the boys’ club, and you don’t disrupt that,” one respondent told her.
“Women are just second class citizens at parliament,” another said.
Strickland wrote that there was “some fundamental gaps in policy, training and complaints practices” at Parliament.
I appreciate your efforts, but I doubt you will be able to change anything
She wrote that she was advised of two instances where allegations of sexual harassment were dealt with by management within the parliamentary workplace ostensibly through “investigation”.
“In one instance, the victim reported the behaviour informally to a leader for advice and support,” she wrote.
“On the available information, the Commission understands this matter was dealt with by another leader in the workplace who spoke with the alleged harasser (who denied the conduct) and another person not present at the time of the incident (who could not confirm the incident).
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“The Review was told that witnesses were not approached. The claim was found to be unsubstantiated.”
Strickland wrote that in another case, the “investigation” simply involved talking with the alleged harasser.
“The Review was told witnesses were not consulted and, despite having offered documentation to illustrate aspects of the complaint, the victim was not asked to produce this evidence for consideration,” she wrote.
“The Review was told it was concluded that there was no evidence of bullying or harassment.”
According to Strickland, the “systems failures” have caused people to resign from their roles, with speaking up viewed as “career suicide”.
She wrote that a culture exists in Parliament of “minimising, normalising and keeping quiet instances of harassment”.
“Participants reported that inadequate support was provided to them – some reported feeling like politics was prioritised over their welfare, she wrote.
One respondent reportedly said: “Presently the only way to escape bullying and harassment in the parliamentary workplace is for victims of harassment to resign from the organisation.”
Another stated: “I’ve spoken to people who were impacted by behaviour, worse than the behaviour I would say than I had, and they’ve said to me “If I do anything, everybody is going to know in a heartbeat, and I’m never going to work in Adelaide again”. And that’s the bottom line for them.”
Allegations of what has occurred in this Parliament are distressing to many
The findings come as ex-Liberal MP Sam Duluk faces a basic assault charge over an alleged incident at a Parliament Christmas party last year.
The review also comes as rape allegations rock Federal Parliament, with both major federal parties now facing sexual assault allegations against a man in their ranks, including a sitting cabinet minister.
Recommendations made by Strickland include:
The development of a “centralised human responses” body to provide services across the parliamentary workplace
Creating a new strategy to increase diversity across the parliamentary workplace
Implementing flexible work practices
Developing sexual and discriminatory harassment policies
Developing training for all MPs and staff aimed at increasing awareness of sexual harassment and discriminatory harassment
Having both Houses of Parliament commit to leading cultural change, including by seeking White Ribbon accreditation
Having each political party implement internal policies regarding harassment
Developing a behavioural code requiring all staff in parliament to act in a safe and respectful manner
Developing harassment complaint procedures
Ensuring victims of harassment have access to ongoing counselling services
Having SafeWork SA conduct a compliance audit of Parliament, with a focus on the health and safety risks arising from psychological hazards, including those arising from harassment
However, one respondent told Strickland that the recommendations would not change Parliament’s culture.
“The powerful will remain powerful. I appreciate your efforts, but I doubt you will be able to change anything,” they said.
Chapman told Parliament this afternoon the Government and Parliament would consider Strickland’s recommendations and provide a response in the “near future”
“Everyone has a right to be safe and be treated with respect in their workplace, whether it’s in the Parliament or on a building site,” she said.
“Allegations in recent weeks in Canberra have been profoundly disturbing.
“Allegations of what has occurred in this Parliament are distressing to many.
“While this review and the Government’s response to the review cannot traverse these allegations, what we as a government and as a parliament can do is put in place measures to ensure the South Australian Parliament is a safer workplace for everyone.”
Chapman said her door was “always open to those who wish to confidentially discuss any matters of misbehaviour or misconduct in this Parliament”.
Premier Steven Marshall told reporters this morning that he was yet to read the review.
Treasurer Rob Lucas in August said that funding the investigation – originally costed at $152,873 but which actually came in at $60,000 – would pose an “issue” for the budgets of the House of Assembly and Legislative Council.
A similar inquiry has also been launched into prevalence of harassment within South Australia’s legal profession.
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Collingwood has stamped itself as AFLW premiership favourites after disposing of a wayward Melbourne by 35 points.
The Magpies, who went top of the ladder as the league’s only unbeaten team, destroyed the Demons by running out 7.7 (49) to 1.8 (14) winners in the IndigenousRound match.
Earlier on Sunday, star performances from Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips propelled Adelaide to a crushing 53-point win over St Kilda at Norwood Oval.
And West Coast broke through for its first win of the season, posting a pulsating one-point victory over Gold Coast in Perth.
Collingwood kept Melbourne goalless until late in the third quarter in a commanding all-round display in front of 2,931 spectators at the Magpies’ spiritual home of Victoria Park.
Dynamite forward Chloe Molloy produced another electric display with three goals to take her to equal top of the league goal-kicking list alongside Phillips and Western Bulldogs ace Isabel Huntington.
But there were late concerns for Molloy as the Magpies star went off the field in the final term clutching her shoulder.
Collingwood also lost Jordan Membrey to a knee injury in the third quarter.
Magpies ball magnets Brittany Bonnici and Jamiee Lambert had days out with a dominant displays in the midfield.
After struggling through their first three AFLW seasons, the Magpies have emerged as surprise flag threats under coach Steve Symonds.
Fremantle’s shock defeat to the Brisbane Lions on Saturday means Collingwood is a match clear on top of the standings with a perfect 5-0 win-loss record.
The Demons, who were unbeaten after three rounds, have endured back-to-back horror defeats to kick a combined total of 3.20 in two weekends after booting 2.12 against the Bulldogs in round four.
The high-flying Crows held the Saints scoreless until late in the third term on their way to an 8.13 (61) to 1.2 (8) win, their first victory at their home ground since round two last season.
It was a disappointing day for the Saints, who recorded their lowest score and heaviest defeat in their short AFLW history.
Marinoff (23 possessions and nine tackles) and Phillips (21 disposals and a goal) were the standouts for the Crows, who had winners across every line.
Both defensive units held sway in the first quarter, with the only goal for the term coming off the boot of Phillips, who converted a free kick after the siren to give her side a nine-point lead.
But while the Crows were able to keep the defensive clamps firmly tightened in the second quarter, they were also able to find their feet offensively.
Chelsea Randall continued her fine run of form in attack to boot Adelaide’s second major and back-to-back goals from Teah Charlton blew the margin out to 30 points at the main break.
The scoreboard at half-time told a grim tale for the visitors, but even more damning was the lopsided 29-2 inside 50 count.
The Saints did not manage to go inside their attacking 50 once in the second term and could not conjure a single possession inside forward 50 for the half.
Danielle Ponter and Ash Woodland hit the scoreboard to deepen St Kilda’s woes after the break before Kate Shierlaw ran onto a loose ball in the goal square to open the visitors’ account with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Jessica Sedunary kicked her first goal since returning to Adelaide from a stint with the Saints after the restart and Justine Mules kicked the first goal of her AFLW career as the Crows cruised to a percentage-boosting win.
Remarkably, West Coast led 25-11 early in the third quarter despite the inside 50s count reading 22-5 in favour of Gold Coast.
The Eagles still led by eight points with just over two minutes remaining in the match.
But in a thrilling finish in front of 1,119 spectators, Suns forward Kalinda Howarth kicked truly to close the margin to two points before a Jamie Stanton snap reduced the gap to one point after rolling just wide.
The Suns were handed a free kick 60 metres out from goal with more than a minute remaining when an Eagles runner got in the way of play, but West Coast bravely repelled the attack to hold on for the 5.4 (34) to 4.9 (33) win.
Eagles defender Mikayla Bowen tallied 21 disposals and a crucial final-quarter goal in a superb display, while Maddy Collier and Emma Swanson were also crucial.
Gold Coast was made to pay dearly for a series of early misses from forward Maddison Levi, who ended the first term with three behinds to her name.
Her worst shank came when she missed a set shot from 15 metres out on a slight angle.
The Eagles, in contrast, registered four scoring shots from their four inside 50s for the term.
Three of those resulted in goals, including one to late inclusion Kate Orme, who was on the end of a beautiful series of passes.
The Eagles led by 15 points at quarter time, but worryingly they were fast losing players.
Defender Tayla Bresland limped off late in the first quarter with a match-ending right hamstring injury, while forward Imahra Cameron was helped off by two trainers on half-time with what looked to be a painful leg injury.
The Suns dominated play for most of the opening quarter and they finally broke through for their first goal when Sarah Perkins took a solid pack mark and duly converted.
Perkins limped off a short time later with a knee injury when West Coast’s Maddy Collier clattered into her in clumsy fashion, ruling her out for the rest of the match.
The Eagles did not enter their forward 50 at all in the second term, but they still clung to a 19-11 lead at the long break.
Gold Coast’s horror display in front of goal was summed up in the third quarter when Hannah Dunn kicked into the person on the mark when taking her set shot directly in front.
In the end, all those missed opportunities came back to haunt them, leaving the Suns winless after five rounds.
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