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Clueless John Oliver Shows His True Colors – Accuses Israel of War Crimes

But he failed to explain why he is such an expert on the matter.

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John Oliver is just another comedian who thinks he is an expert on politics and so started his own political talk show. But like many of the others, he is incapable of just acknowledging when there is an issue which he knows little about. On the latest episode of his program Oliver showed that this was the case when it comes to Israel.

In a factually flawed – to say the least – and very hostile rant, which lasted for more than ten minutes, to open his Sunday night program “Last Week Tonight,”  Oliver took it upon himself to blame Israel for all of the violence which has transpired in the last week. The man who has no journalistic credentials, no background in history, politics or foreign policy, and who cherry picks the news reports which he in turn uses to defend his weekly rants on the issues, has spoken: It is of course all Israel’s fault no matter what the facts may actually be.

HBO seems to be so embarrassed by Oliver’s ravings that it has removed the entire opening segment from his last show as it appears on its YouTube channel.

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At one point Oliver had the Chutzpah to say these words: “One side has suffered over 10 times the casualties, something which speaks to both the severe power imbalance at play here and how that often gets obscured by how we choose to talk about it.”

Where to begin? This is not a zero sum game. Even Hamas will admit that a large number of the casualties in Gaza are its own terrorists. The casualty figures cited every time there is a conflict in Gaza cite local health authorities as the source. These “authorities” are run by Hamas. And Israeli authorities have reported that a large percentage of Hamas missiles misfired or blew up on the ground, hitting buildings within Gaza. So who knows how many people there have been harmed by Hamas’ own weapons?

Here is some more of Oliver’s rantings:
“But we have got to start having this conversation honestly, and falling back on convenient, sanitized terms like ‘real estate dispute’ and ‘airstrikes on militants’ feels a little disingenuous when what you’re describing is forcing people from the homes they’ve lived in for decades and killing civilians and children. And again, none of this frees Hamas from responsibility, but Hamas doesn’t represent all Palestinians, just as what Israel is doing right now doesn’t represent all Israelis or indeed, Jewish people.”

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“Lots is complicated here. But some things are pretty simple. One side is suffering much more. And if America really wants to help, it might want to seriously consider changing its long-held position here, because for decades, the backbone of America’s policy in the Middle East is that America is an unwavering friend to Israel. Which is a great thing to try and be, but at the end of the day, I would hope that a real friend would tell me when I’m being an asshole, and definitely when I’m committing a fucking war crime.”

John Oliver seems to think that Israel is more culpable here because it can defend itself with the Iron Dome anti-missile system. He even condemned an Israeli general for saying that Hamas has its own version of the Iron Dome which is to simply stop firing missiles at Israel. Because, of course, how dare anyone imply in any way that these attacks are not justified, or that they are the cause of Israel’s reprisals.

No one should be surprised by the level of Oliver’s self-importance, self-righteous indignation, nor the level of his unveiled disdain for Israel. John Oliver did, after all, get his start as a protégé of Jon Stewart’s working under that comic for many years on “The Daily Show.” His This Week is just a weekly knock off of Stewart’s old show.

Oliver joined Stewart as a comedian who thinks he is a political pundit and who just spits out one sided rants on a regular basis. At least Jon Stewart used to have guests on his show for interviews. And these guests were frequently people who disagreed with him on the issues, but he granted a forum to give the other side’s view of things.

And as for Israel, Jon Stewart was always able to hide behind the fact that he happened to be born Jewish as somehow giving him a right to criticize the country, no matter how wrong or ignorant he always seemed to be about the conflict. What is John Oliver’s excuse?

Oliver is just an Englishman who abandoned his homeland to make more money in Hollywood, but after failing as a comic had to start a weekly political show. For some reason people like him think that as long as they tell a few jokes here and there then they can just say that theirs is really just a comedy program. But in the case of “Last Week Tonight” it is kind of hard to find the laughs, if they exist at all.


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Evil dad John Edwards had a post-it note on desk saying ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’


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Metres from where John Edwards killed himself after murdering his two children, police found a post-it note on the desk in his study. Written on it was “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Also on the desk were family law documents, with more discovered in folders in the same room. Court orders were stuffed in the driver’s door pocket of the retired financial planner’s golden Nissan Patrol 4WD.

Details about the chilling note and documents can be revealed for the first time and further highlight the serious risks to women and children in the family law system.

At the West Pennant Hills house where Jack and Jennifer lived with mother Olga, and where Edwards shot them dead, family law documents were found in a green suitcase in the lounge room. They were in piles, plastic sleeves, folders. They were on Jennifer’s school file.

John Edwards murdered his own children before killing himself. His wife, Olga, took her own life several months later. 60 Minutes
Camera IconJohn Edwards murdered his own children before killing himself. His wife, Olga, took her own life several months later. 60 Minutes Credit: Channel 9

The proceedings were at the forefront of Olga’s mind when a neighbour approached outside her house, shortly after she learned on the evening of July 5, 2018, that her children had been killed.

“I said, are you OK? What’s going on?” the neighbour told police. “She said, ‘My ex has come and killed my children. He has killed my children. Our court settlement day is in two weeks. This is so fucked up.’”

State coroner Teresa O’Sullivan said in April as she handed down her findings into the deaths of Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, that it was “impossible” to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings that dominated their final years.

John Edwards had a post-it note saying: ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ 60 Minutes
Camera IconJohn Edwards had a post-it note saying: ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ 60 Minutes Credit: Channel 9

The court case offered context to pivotal moments, Magistrate O’Sullivan said, such as Olga reporting to police that Edwards had physically abused the children a week after those same allegations had been treated dismissively in court. Officers misrecorded her complaint and took no further action.

Hayley Foster, the CEO of Women’s Safety NSW, told NCA NewsWire the Edwards case “shows all of the massive failings in the system”.

“But they are not one off incidents,” she said. “They are not rare occasions. The sort of failings we saw in this case are failings we see every day.”

Ms Foster said significant moments in family law proceedings are, like the time of separation, a dangerous time in which the risk of violence is heightened.

She said much of the behaviour displayed by Edwards after the separation, including the note on his desk and a reference to “my abducted children” in an email, was typical of perpetrators who end up in the family court system.

The coroner said it was ‘impossible’ to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings. 60 Minutes
Camera IconThe coroner said it was ‘impossible’ to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings. 60 Minutes Credit: Channel 9

“Most people using violence and abuse in relationships actually identify as the victim, as the aggrieved,” Ms Foster said.

Usually there is a strict prohibition on the reporting of family law proceedings to protect people’s privacy. But in the unique and tragic circumstances of Jack and Jennifer’s homicides and Edwards and Olga’s suicides, this was significantly lifted at the inquest.

When Olga filed the proceedings in April 2016, she attached an affidavit saying the kids did not want to see John and disclosed numerous instances of violence, including him hitting Jack under the eye with a book and pinning him up against a wall in Paris. She wrote that she feared “one day I would come home and find my child dead”.

A family consultant report in the case, dated September 2016, said “While the children may have some valid reasons for being upset with their father, their complete rejection of a relationship with him seems extreme and could lead to emotional difficulties in later life if they are not provided the opportunity to attempt to repair the relationship”. It also noted the children’s views may be tied to Olga’s feelings.

Olga reported John Edwards to police. 60 Minutes
Camera IconOlga reported John Edwards to police. 60 Minutes Credit: Channel 9

In December 2016 the children were ordered to spend three hours with their father every Saturday following a court hearing at which Magistrate O’Sullivan found independent children’s lawyer Debbie Morton misled the court by underplaying Edwards’s history of violence as “heavy-handed parenting”.

In May 2017, Ms Morton wrote to Olga’s lawyer that if she continued to be “uncooperative” in getting the kids to therapy with their father, she would be left with “no other alternative” but to recommend Jack and Jennifer be placed in Edwards’ care.

Olga and John Edwards.
Camera IconOlga and John Edwards. Credit: News Regional Media

At a hearing in June 2017, Judge Geoffrey Monahan expressed frustration the Saturday hours were not being adhered to. He said he had not seen anything to suggest Jack and Jennifer, then 14 and 12, should not see John other than they “don’t want to go” and said of Olga: “I think mum can try a bit harder, frankly”.

Ms Foster said the family law system prioritises contact over risk.

“If the person using violence or abuse is getting messages somewhere in the system that they are aggrieved and they should be able to expect more, that can enliven him. It can make him feel more entitled to continue to pursue his rage,” she said.

“If he is starting to get stopped in the system … there can be a backlash effect.”

In February 2018, a judge granted sole custody to Olga, noting it was up to the children whether or not they continued to see their father. They did not want to.

Around this time, a family friend told police, Edwards “started to become more serene” and “seemed like he was moving on with things”.

“He started to talk about things other than Olga, he didn’t seem to need to debrief about what was happening with her,” the friend said in her witness statement.

It was also around this time, Magistrate O’Sullivan found, that Edwards decided to kill Jack and Jennifer.

The coroner found the deaths were preventable, occurring after a litany of individual, systemic and regulatory failures. She made a number of recommendations to improve information sharing between the family law courts, NSW Police and the gun registry.

Ms Foster said such changes were a “no-brainer” and called for them to extend to state and territory magistrates as well as specialist domestic violence services working with women on the front lines.

She said a new initiative requiring judges to undergo family violence training was positive but lawyers, report writers, and all involved should be specially trained in things like perpetrator behaviour and the impact of violence and abuse.

The Edwards family. 60 Minutes
Camera IconThe Edwards family. 60 Minutes Credit: Channel 9

“When we have actors in the system that don’t have that understanding, or that hold problematic or archaic views around gender roles and expectations, then we have a very dangerous situation where the abuser can be given dangerous signals about the course of entitlement they are proceeding with,” Ms Foster said.

“In this case, everything went wrong, and it did result in a homicide. There are many factors why someone might escalate to homicide or not.

“But the reality is many, many, many women currently are unprotected in situations where there is that serious risk. And they can’t at the moment consistently rely upon police and the courts to keep them safe.”

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John Edwards: Evil dad’s desk had post-it note about ‘justice’


Metres from where John Edwards killed himself after murdering his two children, police found a post-it note on the desk in his study. Written on it was “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Also on the desk were family law documents, with more discovered in folders in the same room. Court orders were stuffed in the driver’s door pocket of the retired financial planner’s golden Nissan Patrol 4WD.

Details about the chilling note and documents can be revealed for the first time and further highlight the serious risks to women and children in the family law system.

At the West Pennant Hills house where Jack and Jennifer lived with mother Olga, and where Edwards shot them dead, family law documents were found in a green suitcase in the lounge room. They were in piles, plastic sleeves, folders. They were on Jennifer’s school file.

media_cameraJohn Edwards murdered his own children before killing himself. His wife, Olga, took her own life several months later. Picture: 60 Minutes

The proceedings were at the forefront of Olga’s mind when a neighbour approached outside her house, shortly after she learned on the evening of July 5, 2018, that her children had been killed.

“I said, are you OK? What’s going on?” the neighbour told police. “She said, ‘My ex has come and killed my children. He has killed my children. Our court settlement day is in two weeks. This is so fucked up.’”

State coroner Teresa O’Sullivan said in April as she handed down her findings into the deaths of Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, that it was “impossible” to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings that dominated their final years.

John Edwards had a post-it note saying: ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ Picture: 60 Minutes
media_cameraJohn Edwards had a post-it note saying: ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ Picture: 60 Minutes

The court case offered context to pivotal moments, Magistrate O’Sullivan said, such as Olga reporting to police that Edwards had physically abused the children a week after those same allegations had been treated dismissively in court. Officers misrecorded her complaint and took no further action.

Hayley Foster, the CEO of Women’s Safety NSW, told NCA NewsWire the Edwards case “shows all of the massive failings in the system”.

“But they are not one off incidents,” she said. “They are not rare occasions. The sort of failings we saw in this case are failings we see every day.”

Ms Foster said significant moments in family law proceedings are, like the time of separation, a dangerous time in which the risk of violence is heightened.

She said much of the behaviour displayed by Edwards after the separation, including the note on his desk and a reference to “my abducted children” in an email, was typical of perpetrators who end up in the family court system.

The coroner said it was ‘impossible’ to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings. Picture: 60 Minutes
media_cameraThe coroner said it was ‘impossible’ to understand what happened in the Edwards family without understanding the family law proceedings. Picture: 60 Minutes

“Most people using violence and abuse in relationships actually identify as the victim, as the aggrieved,” Ms Foster said.

Usually there is a strict prohibition on the reporting of family law proceedings to protect people’s privacy. But in the unique and tragic circumstances of Jack and Jennifer’s homicides and Edwards and Olga’s suicides, this was significantly lifted at the inquest.

When Olga filed the proceedings in April 2016, she attached an affidavit saying the kids did not want to see John and disclosed numerous instances of violence, including him hitting Jack under the eye with a book and pinning him up against a wall in Paris. She wrote that she feared “one day I would come home and find my child dead”.

A family consultant report in the case, dated September 2016, said “While the children may have some valid reasons for being upset with their father, their complete rejection of a relationship with him seems extreme and could lead to emotional difficulties in later life if they are not provided the opportunity to attempt to repair the relationship”. It also noted the children’s views may be tied to Olga’s feelings.

Olga reported John Edwards to police. Picture: 60 Minutes
media_cameraOlga reported John Edwards to police. Picture: 60 Minutes

In December 2016 the children were ordered to spend three hours with their father every Saturday following a court hearing at which Magistrate O’Sullivan found independent children’s lawyer Debbie Morton misled the court by underplaying Edwards’s history of violence as “heavy-handed parenting”.

In May 2017, Ms Morton wrote to Olga’s lawyer that if she continued to be “uncooperative” in getting the kids to therapy with their father, she would be left with “no other alternative” but to recommend Jack and Jennifer be placed in Edwards’ care.

Olga and John Edwards.
media_cameraOlga and John Edwards.

At a hearing in June 2017, Judge Geoffrey Monahan expressed frustration the Saturday hours were not being adhered to. He said he had not seen anything to suggest Jack and Jennifer, then 14 and 12, should not see John other than they “don’t want to go” and said of Olga: “I think mum can try a bit harder, frankly”.

Ms Foster said the family law system prioritises contact over risk.

“If the person using violence or abuse is getting messages somewhere in the system that they are aggrieved and they should be able to expect more, that can enliven him. It can make him feel more entitled to continue to pursue his rage,” she said.

“If he is starting to get stopped in the system … there can be a backlash effect.”

In February 2018, a judge granted sole custody to Olga, noting it was up to the children whether or not they continued to see their father. They did not want to.

Around this time, a family friend told police, Edwards “started to become more serene” and “seemed like he was moving on with things”.

“He started to talk about things other than Olga, he didn’t seem to need to debrief about what was happening with her,” the friend said in her witness statement.

It was also around this time, Magistrate O’Sullivan found, that Edwards decided to kill Jack and Jennifer.

The coroner found the deaths were preventable, occurring after a litany of individual, systemic and regulatory failures. She made a number of recommendations to improve information sharing between the family law courts, NSW Police and the gun registry.

Jack and Jennifer Edwards did not want to see their abusive father.
media_cameraJack and Jennifer Edwards did not want to see their abusive father.

Ms Foster said such changes were a “no-brainer” and called for them to extend to state and territory magistrates as well as specialist domestic violence services working with women on the front lines.

She said a new initiative requiring judges to undergo family violence training was positive but lawyers, report writers, and all involved should be specially trained in things like perpetrator behaviour and the impact of violence and abuse.

The Edwards family. Picture: 60 Minutes
media_cameraThe Edwards family. Picture: 60 Minutes

“When we have actors in the system that don’t have that understanding, or that hold problematic or archaic views around gender roles and expectations, then we have a very dangerous situation where the abuser can be given dangerous signals about the course of entitlement they are proceeding with,” Ms Foster said.

“In this case, everything went wrong, and it did result in a homicide. There are many factors why someone might escalate to homicide or not.

“But the reality is many, many, many women currently are unprotected in situations where there is that serious risk. And they can’t at the moment consistently rely upon police and the courts to keep them safe.”

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John Edwards emailed SpouseBusters to spy on wife Olga: inquest


John Edwards sent detailed instructions to a private investigator on where to find and surveil his estranged wife to “see if she meets up with a boyfriend” a year and a half before he murdered his children.

Police believe the private eye Edwards spoke to in December 2016 was disgraced investigator Brett Sutcliffe, who lost his licence in 2008 after being busted lying to a 77-year-old woman who later spotted him on TV.

John Edwards, a retired financial planner with a long history of domestic and family violence, was 68 when he gunned down Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, at the West Pennant Hills home they shared with mother Olga on July 5, 2018.

He then drove home and killed himself. Olga took her own life five months later.

Court documents obtained by NCA NewsWire reveal the full extent of how Edwards wielded private investigators to stalk and terrorise Olga and an adult daughter, who can’t be named, in the years before the murders.

Edwards emailed an organisation called SpouseBusters on December 13, 2016, with detailed instructions of where to find Olga, what she looked like, and the kind of surveillance he wanted done, the documents reveal.

“At this state I am thinking Friday 16/12/16 after work – to see if she meets up with a boyfriend – but at this time of year she may just go to a work related Xmas party,” he wrote to a man named Shane Johnson.

“Surveillance again on Sunday evening 17/12/16 – based on the assumption that if she is in a serious relationship she will spend Saturday night with him – either by going out, or at his place, or him coming to her place.”

He wrote he would “really like to know if she takes my kids with her” if Olga went over to a man’s house.

Invoices reveal he paid $2823.64 to SpouseBusters for surveillance of Olga over three Friday and Saturday nights in December 2016.

After Jack and Jennifer were killed, police received an anonymous tip that Edwards had used SpouseBusters, and identified Brett Sutcliffe as the former holder of a licence revoked in 2008, court documents say.

According to court documents, Sutcliffe registered SpouseBusters and was licensed as a private eye in 2006, but two years later his career came crashing down after Pauline English, 77, asked him to move from a disabled parking zone during a stake-out.

Sutcliffe refused and even sent the woman a letter claiming she had “wrongly interfered” with an AFP investigation.

But Ms English later recognised him in a current affairs story about SpouseBusters and he lost his licence after being convicted of falsely representing an official and using the postal service in a menacing way.

Sutcliffe’s file in the police database indicated a “lengthy adverse history” of unlicensed surveillance, and noted he “uses the alias of Shane Johnson”, according to the statement of Detective Senior Constable Scott Tindale.

A former associate told police in 2011 that Sutcliffe operated SpouseBusters under the assumed name Shane Johnson, and another swore a statutory declaration in 2013 that Sutcliffe had told him “Shane Johnson is an alias I use”.

The man pictured on Shane Johnson’s LinkedIn page can also be found on stock image website iStock, where it sells for $36 with the caption “Mature businessman with arms crossed”.

The same man also features on a website for New Jersey planning officials, a blog promising help with marriage problems, and as a model for hair powder that claims to conceal bald spots.

When Detective Senior Constable Scott Tindale emailed Sutcliffe asking for information about his dealings with Edwards, Shane Johnson replied, stating he had “personally dealt” with Mr Edwards.

When Constable Tindale suggested a meeting, Johnson wrote back, “I won’t be able to meet face-to-face.”

He described the surveillance as “uneventful” and sent police information including two invoices, five photographs of Olga and some field notes.

Neither Shane Johnson nor Brett Sutcliffe responded to questions from NCA NewsWire.

SpouseBusters was not the first private detective agency Edwards hired to keep tabs on family members that wanted nothing to do with him.

After her children were killed, Olga showed police an email chain that Edwards had forwarded to her in July 2016 after they had separated and she and the kids had moved out.

It contained emails between Edwards and Sydney Private Investigations, an agency he contacted in July 2010 about surveillance on his adult daughter JC.

The firm sent him JC’s married name, her husband’s name and employment details, and their residential address in November 2010, according to the statement of Senior Constable Michael Dimech.

“It even disclosed that they may be away as their mail is being collected for them,” Constable Dimech wrote.

Six months after the agency sent those details to her father, JC reported to police that she was being stalked by Edwards and sought an AVO.

Constable Dimech wrote that police believed Edwards may have forwarded the emails to Olga as a message to let her know she could be located.

How Edwards obtained a piece of paper with Jennifer’s movements written on it, which enabled him to stalk her home from Pennant Hills station and kill her and her brother, remains a mystery.

Police investigated if he had again hired a private investigator, but only hit dead ends.

Shane Johnson told police that Edwards’ last contact with SpouseBusters was in December 2016.

Women’s Safety NSW chief executive officer Hayley Foster told NCA NewsWire family violence perpetrators frequently used private investigators, sometimes very openly, as it was not against the law.

“At the moment, the offence of stalking, you have to have the intent to cause fear or physical harm … and that can be a really big sticking point,” she said.

“The law needs to catch up and start to realise that ongoing surveillance of any form is unacceptable and it forms that pattern with other types of conduct … like social isolation, or degradation, or assault, intimidation.”

“Those sorts of things combined is really the common experience of domestic abuse victims.”

Ms Foster said criminalising coercive control, which encompassed forms of family violence such as emotional and financial abuse and controlling behaviour, could help to protect women.

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Matthew John Freeborn jailed for having sexual relationship with student


A former music teacher has been jailed for having a sexual relationship with a student, which an Adelaide District Court judge described as an “appalling breach of trust”.

Matthew John Freeborn, 45, was sentenced to four-years-and-two-months’ jail with a non-parole period of two years and four months for having a sex with a student at a Fleurieu Peninsula school over a seven-month period.

Freeborn read a letter to the court ahead of the sentence, apologising for his behaviour.

“I offer my profound apologies for my gross dereliction of my duties as a teacher,” he told the court.

“I failed to see my actions for what they were — an illegal relationship with a vulnerable student in my care.

“Although I know the difference between right and wrong, I chose a course that had grave consequences.

“I acknowledge and apologise for the pain and suffering I have caused her — I sincerely hope in time that she’s able to recover from the emotional scars of this traumatic period and she finds happiness.”

He also apologised to his former employer, ex-wife, current partner and children.

Judge scathing of teacher’s conduct

During sentencing, Judge Joanne Tracey said Freeborn tried to blame his victim for the relationship.

She said he told a psychologist that his former student was confident, highly intelligent, mature and had a “supermodel-like appearance” before describing himself as naive and overwhelmed.

Judge Joanne Tracey said Freeborn abused his position of power over his student.(

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“You said your conduct was not predatory because it was a relationship of love and affection … and you didn’t force her to do anything against her wishes,” she said.

“You were a teacher in a position of authority — the strength of your position is what made you attractive to her.”

Judge Tracey said Freeborn lent his victim a book which had “graphic sex scenes” in it and explored the theme of a teacher-student sexual relationship.

She said he then suggested she start playing an online game about advanced music theory, which was how the pair started communicating outside of the classroom.

“She believed you loved her and had her best interests at heart,” she said.

“The shame she has carried for so long is not hers to carry. This was an appalling breach of trust.”

Judge Tracey said the offending was “very serious”, but she took into account that Freeborn had no previous convictions, and the student was nearing the end of her schooling when the relationship started.

Freeborn will be eligible to apply for parole in June 2023.

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Sacred Heart Cathedral organist John Hogan is retiring after 40 years and 7,000 masses


After 40 years and 7,000 masses, John Hogan, the organist at Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral, has retired on a high note.

The 74-year-old began his career in Melbourne as an assistant and organist at various churches in the city, including St Joseph’s South Yarra and St Patrick’s Cathedral in the city centre.

It was during those years that he learned to move audiences with his playing.

“I can remember many an Easter Sunday, I would do something big and grand at the beginning, five to 10 minutes before the service started,” Mr Hogan said.

“And because I would play some huge chords, you would see the congregation stand before mass and then realise, ‘Oh we haven’t started yet — sit down.'”

One of Mr Hogan’s career highlights include a performance in front of the Pope.

“I conducted our choir in 1986 for Pope John Paul II at Flemington Racecourse,” he said.

“We had 100,000 people there by the time mass started.

Mr Hogan will be parting ways with a large pipe organ built by Bishop & Son of London and installed in 1905.

“It’s been wonderful to hear so many parishioners say, I came because of the music,” he said.

“A church without an organ is like a zoo without an elephant — it just wouldn’t be right.”

Mr Hogan was involved with multiple weekly practices, the occasional wedding and up to three other masses during the week.

Then there were the two large services on Sunday morning.

“There’s a real enjoyment about it,” he said.

“But once it’s done, put your feet up for the afternoon on a Sunday.”

When Mr Hogan is away from the organ and playing music at home, he loves the classics.

“It’ll be Bach or Mozart if I had the choice,” he said.

“But then, I love all the Beethoven stuff too.”

Mr Hogan now sits in the congregation on a Sunday morning and runs tours of the cathedral during the week.

The organist hopes his high standards will live on.

“When I first started, someone said I was a bit tough on the choir — ‘You’re asking too much, they’re only country kids,'” he said.

“I’ve always believed you don’t say, ‘Oh, that’s a country group’, because they can do just as well as a mainstream city choir.

“We don’t say the same with footballers and let them get off with less than the best.

“That’s what I was used to at St Patrick’s — my teacher was an international organist.

“So you’d heard the best, you’d been taught by the best — why go for less?”

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John Bateman says club insiders are undermining Canberra Raiders


It’s a notion Stuart is privately fuming about, but Bateman says there were many times in his Raiders career when he felt people within the organisation were working to undermine the players.

He says he even confronted Stuart about it.

“I don’t understand how you’re told to keep things internally but the next minute you’ve got [journalists] chatting about it within 24 hours of what’s been said at the club,” Bateman said. “You ask yourself, ‘Who is leaking that stuff out? Who is mates with who?’ You question it, don’t you?

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“Player-wise, you all trust each other. I never thought it was the players. I trusted the players. I trusted them like my own mates.

“It had to be someone in the back room, or someone who knew what happened in the conversations. I had a conversation with Ricky before and he told me it wasn’t him. I asked him about my situation.

“I asked him where all these stories were coming from and he said, ‘I’m not too sure, it might be your management’. You’d love to know, wouldn’t you? You can get over it when it’s once. When it’s two or three times, you’re like, ‘Come on, what’s going on here?’”

Bateman was also critical of how a private conversation between Williams and the club three weeks ago, in which the halfback admitted to struggling with homesickness and wanting to return home to England, became public.

George Williams and John Bateman remain close friends and are in regular contact despite living on opposite sides of the world.

George Williams and John Bateman remain close friends and are in regular contact despite living on opposite sides of the world.Credit:NRL Photos

He understands Canberra’s reluctance to let their No.7 return home but raised concerns about the impact it will have on the halfback if he is forced to see out his deal when his partner is pregnant and away from family, and he no longer wants to remain.

“If you have a player and you’re making him stay, you’re not going to get a player that’s going to play good rugby [league],” Bateman said. “He wants to be somewhere else totally different. If he’s not happy, you’re not going to get the best out of him.

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“From a business side of it, Canberra want to do what’s best from their end. They’re looking at the fact they had to pay a transfer fee for George and stuff like that. Then George wants to go home. It’s a tough one. I understand George gets paid to play rugby. But if he’s not happy, he’s not happy. His missus is pregnant. I can’t imagine how tough it is in his household.”

Canberra have shown before that they aren’t afraid to hold players to their contracts, keeping Anthony Milford at the club for 12 months despite an offer from Brisbane. Their intention is to keep Williams until the end of 2022.

“I understand John saying that, of course he would,” Raiders boss Don Furner told the Herald of Bateman’s plea to release Williams. “He would like him back at Wigan.”

The other Englishman in the headlines is Hodgson, who stepped down from the captaincy a fortnight ago.

Bateman also questioned how that story hit the media. In Canberra’s defence, Hodgson informed the the entire playing group two weeks ago.

“I feel sorry for him,” Bateman said. “Last year, people were saying he’s as good as Cameron Smith. Now everyone is saying they should be getting rid of him and Tommy Starling is the man.

“If a club wants to get rid of a player they start sending their name to other clubs saying he’s available. Hodgie’s name has been tossed around at Brisbane, all of a sudden saying he might go up there. Where’s that coming from?”

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John Cameron Mitchell Teases Details About Joe Exotic Series – E! Online


A role worth auditioning for.

In an exclusive chat with E! News, John Cameron Mitchell opened up about his highly anticipated portrayal of Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel. Back in April, it was announced that the Hedwig and the Angry Inch writer and star would be starring opposite Kate McKinnon in UCP’s Joe Exotic miniseries.

The 58-year-old actor, who currently plays Aidy Bryant‘s boss on Shrill, said he was “very excited” to tackle the wild role. In fact, John even compared Joe Exotic to his Shrill character Gabe as he’s “also a boss from Hell.”

As he continued, John noted that he jumped at the chance to audition for the headline-making character, even though he hadn’t auditioned for a part in some time. “I haven’t auditioned for something in 25 years,” he exclusively told E! News. “I thought, ‘Here’s a role that’s worth auditioning for.’ You know, this is a crazy enough role to sink my teeth into. So, I’m over the moon.”

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Super Rugby 2021: news, Waratahs coach, John Connolly, Michael Cheika, update,


The Waratahs have hit the road hoping to inspire the next generation and they are about to start the process of appointing their next coach.

One person believed to be out of the running is highly respected Shute Shield coach Darren Coleman, who is understood to have been offered a new three-year deal with LA Giltinis in the USA’s Major League Rugby Competition. The Giltinis sit atop the MLR and easily top the try count and Coleman is being credited for once again putting together a list and having them fire.

But former Wallabies coach John Connolly – who is currently the director of rugby at Brothers in Brisbane – is believed to be interested in the role.

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Motorcyclist John Hadley dies on Ingle Farm street after being put in car following crash in Enfield


Neighbours have described their confusion after a motorcyclist injured in a crash was bundled into a car before later dying on a street in a different northern Adelaide suburb.

The victim, John Hadley, 45, was described as a loving dad by friends and family visiting the scene of the crash.

SA Police said emergency services were called to Whittington Street, Enfield, about 2:00am this morning after receiving reports that a motorcycle travelling east had crashed on the street.

Witnesses told police they saw a car stop and load the motorcycle rider into the car before driving away.

Later, around 2:40am, emergency services were called to Mark Court, Ingle Farm, about 6 kilometres away, after receiving reports that a motorcycle rider had been found unconscious on the street.

Mr Hadley died at the scene despite efforts from paramedics.

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Neighbours see man taken away

After crashing, Mr Hadley ended up under Taitusi Lasainajia’s work van on Whittington Street.

Mr Lasainajia said he heard a bang and went outside, only to see Mr Hadley underneath his van while his motorcycle whirred about 8 metres away.

He said it was obvious Mr Hadley was in pain but he did not know how badly he was injured.

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He said he went back inside to get his phone and then the victim had disappeared with what appeared to be friends.

Another neighbour, Sunil Bhetuwal, said he heard a person under the van shouting and crying before a woman spoke to him, “grabbed” him and put him in the back of a car.

“We don’t know the story behind it, but it was really shocking,” Mr Bhetuwal said.

Friend Tamla Clogg said Mr Hadley was “a great guy”, while comforting the victim’s distraught daughter at the scene in Enfield.

“He’s a good dad, he loved his daughter so much, he loved his kids so much — the best friend you could ever have,” she said.

“I’m going to miss him totally.”

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Police investigating circumstances

Major Crash investigators examined the scene to work out the circumstances that led to the crash and the man’s death.

Police said investigators have spoken to those involved in picking up the man, but did not release any further details.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers.

The number of people killed on South Australia’s roads this year now stands at 22, compared to 19 at the same time last year.

Three men and a woman died in crashes over the Adelaide Cup weekend.

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