NT ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming announces early retirement, citing ‘challenging’ year


The Northern Territory’s first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption has announced his retirement, two years before his term is due to end.

Ken Fleming QC was appointed as the head of the NT’s anti-corruption watchdog in July 2018 and plans to relinquish the role in July this year.

“It is with regret that I announce my retirement as the Northern Territory Independent Commissioner Against Corruption,” he said in a statement.

“2020 was a challenging year for many people, and for me reinforced the importance of being close to family.”

During his tenure, Mr Fleming has overseen the establishment of the powerful corruption-fighting unit, which last year commenced 56 investigations into allegations of serious and systemic misconduct.

His office has publicly released three reports into its investigations, the most notable of which found the NT’s long-serving former Speaker Kezia Purick responsible for breaches of public trust that amounted to “corrupt conduct”.

Former Speaker Kezia Purick rejected adverse findings made against her by the ICAC Commissioner.(ABC News: Michael Donnelly)

Ms Purick resigned from her role following the finding that she had inappropriately interfered with the creation of a political party.

But she told Parliament last year that she did not accept ICAC’s findings against her, saying she had not been afforded natural justice.

Mr Fleming’s time as ICAC Commissioner has not been without controversy.

In late 2019, he relinquished his oversight role in an investigation following the shooting death of 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker at Yuendumu, after making controversial comments.

Another significant ICAC report looming

In September last year, Mr Fleming flagged the release of a “major report” in November 2020 that “may just fill all of your expectations and longings”.

But the report, including what it related to, was yet to be made public.

Mr Fleming on Thursday said he remained confident his office would continue to fulfil its mandate once he departed in the middle of the year.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to have served as the first NT Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and to have established an office dedicated to preventing, detecting and responding to improper conduct within the Northern Territory.”

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner, whose government established the ICAC, thanked Mr Fleming for his “outstanding service”.

“Commissioner Fleming is experienced, intelligent and intrepid — qualities that made him the perfect person for such a challenging role,” Mr Gunner said.

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AFL 2021: New life members, AFL inductees, Jack Riewoldt, Ken Hinkley, AFL hall of fame


Richmond premiership star Jack Riewoldt and newly re-signed Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley are among 12 new life members the AFL has announced it will induct in 2021.

The AFL revealed this week revealed the members, who will be inducted at the league’s upcoming annual general meeting in March for their services to Australian Football.

Nine of the inductees have qualified automatically having reached 300 total AFL games as a player or coach, including Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak, Geelong stalwart Harry Taylor and former West Coast Eagles captain Shannon Hurn.

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The remaining three inductees qualified under the ‘Special Service to the Game’ provision, were Richmond Club Director Emmett Dune, long-time Carlton staff member Shane O’Sullivan and current AFL Boundary Umpire Coach Darren Wilson, the first boundary umpire inducted in the code’s history.

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Minister Ken Wyatt wants Indigenous voice to government to pass Parliament before next election


Legislation to create an Indigenous voice to government should pass Federal Parliament before the next election, according to Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt.

The Coalition has faced criticism for ruling out enshrining such a voice in the constitution, despite it being called for in the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Mr Wyatt argued changing the constitution was a fraught process, with only eight out of 44 referendums in Australia’s history proving successful.

“If you fail on a question for constitutional referendum, it is never resurrected,” he told the ABC’s Insiders program.

“I don’t want this to fail.”

Instead, the Government will put forward legislation to create an Indigenous voice to government. Mr Wyatt said it was his “aspiration” for that bill to pass Parliament in this term of government.

Last year, Indigenous leaders Marcia Langton and Tom Calma were appointed to lead a group to design a model for an Indigenous advisory body.

That report has now been delivered to the Government, with the Minister describing it as “very comprehensive”.

“The regional and local bodies have been extremely impressed with the work they have done, because they appointed people with contrasting views, including those strongly supportive of the Uluru Statement,” Mr Wyatt said.

Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, said her party remained committed to enshrining a voice in the constitution. She called for any legislation to include a timeframe for achieving that.

“The Government, and the Prime Minister, has the opportunity still in front of it to leave one of the most astounding legacies any prime minister could, and I can’t understand why he is being so stubborn in that,” she told Insiders.

Disappointment over Senate’s refusal to fly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags

Ms Burney was disappointed with the Senate’s decision earlier in the week to vote down a motion to fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the chamber, alongside the Australian flag.

Ms Burney, a former state politician in New South Wales, argued the flags had been displayed inside the state parliament for many years.

“We have in this country a remarkable story of 65,000 years,” she said.

“Everyone should be proud of that, and that’s what anthems and that’s what flags help us do.”

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The motion was moved by Labor and the Greens, and was defeated by just one vote after the Coalition said it did not support the idea.

Mr Wyatt, a member of the House of Representatives, said it was an issue for the Senate, but added he would rather see the flags displayed permanently outside the building rather than just during special events such as NAIDOC week.

“I’m proud of the Australian flag, but I am as equally proud of the Aboriginal flag because it represents what we fought for, what we have obtained and what unites us,” he said.



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Uriah Heep singer Ken Hensley dead at 75



Uriah Heep singer Ken Hensley dead at 75: Composer and poet behind iconic British rock band dies ‘suddenly’ while in midst of creating new solo album

Ken Henlsey, best known for his work with 1980s rock band Uriah Heep, has died at the age of 75, his family have announced.

The English singer-songwriter passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, according to his brother Ken Hensley.

He was said to be creating a new solo album at the time of his death. 

In a statement on Facebook, he said: ‘I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening.

‘His beautiful wife Monica was at his side and comforted Ken in his last few minutes with us.

‘We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and ask that you please give us some space and time to come to terms with it.

‘Ken will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain so please don’t ask for information about a funeral.

‘Ken has gone but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.

He added: ‘Stay safe out there.’

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Rueful Ken Hinkley named AFL coach of 2020


Port Adelaide’s Ken Hinkley has been named coach of the year for 2020, but he can’t help but wonder if he made a crucial mistake in his team’s preliminary final loss to Richmond.

Hinkley was announced the winner of the coaching award named after AFL great Allan Jeans, finishing with 236 votes to beat Brisbane’s Chris Fagan (191 votes) and Geelong’s Chris Scott (154 votes) on Tuesday night.

It’s the second time Hinkley has won the award after also taking the honours in his first season as coach in 2013.

Hinkley guided Port from 10th on the ladder in 2019 to the preliminary final this year.

Port also became just the third side in the AFL era, and first for 20 years, to top the table throughout an entire season.

But the six-point preliminary final loss to Richmond still plays on his mind, and he can’t help but wonder if he could have done more in the box.

“They (the players) were giving me everything with effort and energy out on the ground,” Hinkley told AFL360.

“And you think, ‘gee, could I have done more?’

“We just needed one more decision. I look at it as not one more mistake from the players, but one more good decision from us as the coaches and we may have gotten over the line.”

When asked what he would have done differently, Hinkley was frank with his answer.

“I would have filled the stoppage up a bit more. In the last quarter Richmond got on top at the stoppage,” he said.

“I should have helped support them a bit more, and that’s what burns a little bit.

“If I could have helped a bit more, I probably would have done that.”





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“I am very grateful especially when you look at all the great coaches who have received this award in years’ gone by.

“Ultimately though this award is a team effort and a reflection upon an entire group at Port Adelaide.”

Coaches’ association chief Mark Brayshaw paid tribute to Hinkley.

“We know this award is held in high esteem, because it has been determined by more than 150 AFL coaches this year. We congratulate Ken, for winning this award for the second time, his assistant and development coaches and also those around and above him at Port Adelaide,” Brayshaw said.

Veteran coach and administrator Neil Balme received the lifetime achievement award from Neale Daniher, after whom the award is named.

Western Bulldogs assistant Daniel Giansiracusa was named assistant coach of the year.

2020 MONJON ALLAN JEANS SENIOR COACH OF THE YEAR

1. KEN HINKLEY – PORT ADELAIDE – 236 Votes
2. CHRIS FAGAN – BRISBANE LIONS – 191 Votes
3. CHRIS SCOTT – GEELONG– 154 Votes

2020 AFL COACHES ASSOCIATION ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR

1. DANIEL GIANSIRACUSA – WESTERN BULLDOGS
2. NIGEL LAPPIN – GEELONG
3. LUKE POWER – CARLTON

2020 Neale Daniher AFL Coaches Association Lifetime Achievement Award: Neil Balme

AFL Coaches Association’s Media Award: Gerard Whateley

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Kane Cornes on Ken Hinkley, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Dustin Martin


Former Port Adelaide premiership star turned media personality Kane Cornes has taken the gloves off and hit out at his old club.

The Power claimed minor premiership honours, but failed to advance to the Grand Final after falling short against Richmond during Friday night’s preliminary final.

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A low-scoring affair saw the Tigers claim the 6.10 (46) to 6.4 (40) victory and advance to a Grand Final showdown against Geelong.

Richmond star Dustin Martin once again played a staring role for the Tigers, ending the contest with 21 disposals and kicking two goals.

But it was the Power’s decision of who to line up alongside the 2017 Brownlow Medallist that caught the eye of Cornes.

Martin continued to float forward, a tactic he has used to devastating affect, and it was Darcy Byrne-Jones who was there to meet him when he did.

Cornes couldn’t believe the decision to send the undersized and underweight defender to Martin.

“I’ve got to Vol-Kane-O Ken Hinkley, I have to Ken, I don’t want to rub salt into the wound but I have to,” Cornes said on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.

“I was nervous this was going to happen, but I want to take you back to the start of the week when he was asked what they were going to do with Dustin Martin.”

Hinkley said: “Collectively the job on any of their players will be done by the team and that’s what will happen, Dusty is a great player.”

Cornes didn’t like what he had heard during the week and his worst fears were realised on Friday night.

“We’ll back our own systems in, if I hear that one more time against Dustin Martin, I’m actually going to explode,” he said.

“You’ve got two weeks to come up with a matchup for Dustin Martin and the best you could give me is Darcy Byrne-Jones.

“He weighs 77 kilograms and he’s on Dusty Martin, what is going on? Have a look at this running to the front, nobody on him.

“That is the greatest finals player we’ve ever seen and you are letting him run around and do whatever he wants in a prelim final.

“In a game that is won by six points you get that, that’s a ragdoll. That’s the best matchup you can come up with in two weeks and unfortunately for Ken it’s probably, maybe, cost him a premiership.”



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Brad Ebert retirement, Ken Hinkley pays tribute, Richmond defeats Port Adelaide


Port Adelaide veteran Brad Ebert has retired without speaking a word outside of his footy club after a nightmare preliminary final loss to Richmond on Friday night.

Ebert led his team from the field and was spotted wiping tears from his eyes after he appeared to suffer another serious head knock late in the last quarter — ending his career on the spot.

Ebert, who has battled concussion symptoms all season and missed a string of games mid-way through the season as a result of repeated head knocks, does not have a contract for 2021 and had not declared he wanted to play on next year.

Power coach Ken Hinkley said after the game his senior player had hung up his boots.

Hinkley said Ebert will make the announcement in coming days.

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“I think it is pretty clear if you watch him coming off the ground tonight, that he’s done as an AFL player,” Hinkley said.

“He’s got to put himself, his health, and his family first. And he gives everything to our footy club. He will walk away from the club knowing he did everything he possibly can.

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“I had a lot of conversations with Brad through this year and the courage of that man is amazing. He just kept at it right to the end.

“Brad will certainly retire, I think. Tonight, if anything, tonight would have absolutely confirmed it for Brad. As much as he’s probably not thinking clear now. But he’s been pretty certain that this was probably going to be the end because he wasn’t prepared to risk any further injury to his head. It is too important. So Brad will definitely retire.”

His final act in football summed him up — a brave, selfless act that inspired his teammates.

With six minutes left in the fourth quarter he appeared to take an accidental elbow to the head while attempting to spoil a Jack Riewoldt mark.

He crashed to the Adelaide Oval turf, needing to be helped from the ground by trainers and was groggy on his feet.

Hinkley, though was philosophical about Ebert’s sad finish.

“He gave everything he had,” he said.

“He’s a great teammate. Obviously a great dad. He’s a great husband. He’s got lots of things going for him, Brad,

“He won’t be lost from the club all together. Obviously Brad will always be a part of the Port Adelaide footy club as he should be.”

The emotion of the moment was all too much for Ebert at full time, with several of his teammates also brought to tears when they embraced the retiring veteran.



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How Ken Hinkley inspired a nearly “perfect” quarter of finals football


Port Adelaide midfielder Tom Rockliff has credited a spray from coach Ken Hinkley for the club’s dominant second half in the Qualifying Final win over Geelong.

The game was even on the scoreboard at half-time thanks mostly to the Cats’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

However, the third quarter was all Port, kicking three goals and locking the ball in their forward half.

Geelong’s only goal came from an incredible Patrick Dangerfield play, beating multiple Power defenders in the middle of the ground and running into an open goal.

Rockliff said they played close to the “perfect” quarter of footy.

“I think every team had a mulligan at some stage and ours was against (Geelong) so we knew that we had to go to school on what they did that night and what we did and I think we executed it pretty well,” Rockliff told SEN Breakfast.

“I think Geelong played some really good footy in that first half, all night really, but they were definitely on top in that first half.

“Then in that third quarter Kenny (Hinkley) came down and told the midfielders we needed a little lift and we got our fair bake at half-time and I think we turned it around and played front-half footy.

“I think at one stage (in the third quarter) we were at 85 per cent in our front half. We almost played the perfect quarter of finals footy, bar that one goal that Dangerfield got through that we feel like probably should have been stopped at half back.”

Rockliff was dropped earlier in the year by the Power, but has been in strong form since returning to the side.

The former Brisbane captain says he is playing with a desperation to keep his spot in the team.

“(I was) obviously disappointed, you always want to play senior footy. I had a quiet game against Brisbane and Ryan Burton was coming back into the team and we wanted to play Dan Houston in the midfield at that stage as well so I knew I was in a bit of strife,” Rockliff said.

“I just had to go back and show him how hungry I was and I think I did that. It was obviously challenging because we didn’t have a reserves competition to go back and perform in.

“We played a 15 on 15 against the Crows and I felt like I played pretty well and I knew when I got my opportunity to come back in I just had to grab it.

“We played Melbourne and for me it was just making sure I set up the stoppage the right way and I think that’s a strength of mine, I see the game reasonably well and I can help others out in that and also play that defensive type mid for us that just gets a hand in or gets a tackle and try to get the ball to bobble around so we can get it to the outside.

“That’s my game in a nutshell, it’s inside the contest and making sure I feed it to the outside runners and get them involved. It’s never going to be me streaming down the wing taking three or four bounces.

“I’ve just got to make sure my game is where it needs to be. At AFL level there’s so much pressure you’ve got to be one-touch and for a little period I wasn’t that.

“I wasn’t taking the ball as cleanly as I would have liked and so I made that a focus since I came back in to make that a strength of mine.”

Port Adelaide will take on the winner of St Kilda and Richmond’s Semi Final in the third week of finals.






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