Cricket Australia court battle with Channel Seven set to see airing of governing body’s laundry

The latest development in the Seven-CA feud is significant not just because the network has gone down that route but because of what might be made public as a result of it.

Seven’s request for documents concerning CA’s amendment of the international and Big Bash League schedule for the 2020/21 season stands to potentially lift the lid on some of the game’s most crucial relationships.

Steve Smith put on a show on Sunday and the second ODI was a ratings winner for Foxtel.Credit:Getty Images

Among the emails Seven wants ahead of claiming CA breached its contract with the fixture changes this summer are those between Australian officials and their counterparts from the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India, including its president Sourav Ganguly, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’.

The network’s lawyers are also eager to see correspondence between CA and Foxtel, believing the interests of India and the News Corp-owned pay television provider were favoured over Seven’s in the limited-overs portion of the men’s international season being placed before the Test series.

They also want to view emails between state government and health agencies and CA executives and staff to ascertain whether the Big Bash League really needed to operate in a travelling bubble rather than something more closely resembling a regular home-and-away season.

The results should make for compelling reading but the airing of CA’s laundry could well be highly embarrassing.

Most fascinating may be the back-and-forth between CA executives and board members and BCCI office bearers and senior staff. India’s financial might has made it cricket’s undisputed superpower in the 21st century, with the fees paid by Star India and Sony for television rights helping prop up the game around the world and topping up the bank balances of many Australian players.

CA would maintain it is an equal, not a subordinate, to India in the global game’s hierarchy but it is not often that the BCCI doesn’t get its way. That was the case when the Indian Premier League was shifted to a window from September to November, ensuring the men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia was postponed.

Seven believes CA also acquiesced to India’s demands, at the network’s expense, in putting the white-ball games before the Tests this summer so the tourists could return home to prepare for a series against England.


As it turned out, Australia’s second one-day international against India at the SCG on Sunday was a ratings bonanza for Foxtel, the most-watched ODI in the history of the subscription TV outlet and its third highest ever sports event.

The figures meant that a combined audience of more than a million tuned in to see Steve Smith’s exploits in Sydney and the Women’s Big Bash League final on Saturday night, which was shown by both Seven and Foxtel, despite neither being screened on a primary free-to-air channel.

The ratings are music to the ears of executives at CA, who will argue they demonstrate there is still great value in live cricket for broadcasters and that Seven, burdened by debt, is simply trying to back-track on the terms of the six-year deal it agreed in 2018.

As relations with Seven have soured, cricket’s top brass have lately been of the view they should not be terrified by an existence without the FTA network should it follow through on a threat to terminate.

A separation looks increasingly like the end game – but expect some fireworks along the way.

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Ghislaine Maxwell says she can’t recall a ‘laundry basket full of sex toys’ in Jeffrey Epstein testimony

Accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell repeatedly denied that she recruited underage girls for her former partner, the disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein, in a deposition released Thursday that she had fought to keep secret.

The denials form part of perjury charges brought against the British socialite, who is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein, who killed himself in prison last year.

Maxwell – the daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell – denies sex trafficking dozens of minors and is due to go on trial in New York next summer.

Prosecutors also accuse the 58-year-old of lying in testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by long-time Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Maxwell’s lawyers fought for months to prevent the 465-page document from becoming public, citing sensitive private details, but earlier this week an appeals court ordered that they be unsealed.

“Stop right there. I never recruited girls,” Maxwell says in the deposition.

Elsewhere, she says: “I never had non-consensual sex with anybody ever, at any time, at anyplace, at any time, with anybody.”

Maxwell – who was intimately involved with Epstein in the 1990s – testified that her work for him included hiring pool attendants, gardeners, chefs, housekeepers, butlers and chauffeurs for his numerous properties.

She said all staff she hired were “age appropriate adults”.

Maxwell also repeatedly tried to evade attorneys’ questions by saying she had no recollection of dozens of events put to her.

“I don’t recollect anything about a laundry basket of sex toys,” she said.

Ghislaine Maxwell fought to keep the deposition secret.

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Maxwell also said that she had “never observed” Epstein having sex with a minor.

“I don’t know what you are talking about,” she replied when asked whether Epstein ran a pyramid scheme to recruit underage girls to give him sexual massages.

Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted in the criminal case, which covers alleged crimes from 1994 to 1997. She is also accused of sometimes participating in the alleged abuse.

Victims say they were farmed out to some of Epstein’s wealthy associates.

Giuffre claims she had sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew when she was 17 after being procured by Epstein, an allegation the royal has repeatedly and vehemently denied.

Scores of names were redacted in the deposition, in which Maxwell called Giuffre “an absolute total liar”.

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Sisters of Mercy hand historic Brisbane laundry to developers

The development and design team behind Wooloowin’s first masterplanned community: Jeff Brown, Farzana Gujarati and Peter Starr (front). Picture: Richard Walker

Brisbane’s newest masterplanned inner-city community will go ahead at the site of a historic convent after nuns agreed to hand it over to developers.

One of the founding fathers of architecture in Brisbane will have his work incorporated into the new masterplanned community – the first of its kind in the inner northern suburb of Wooloowin.

Greville is a 3.6 hectare, 280-home development that has been five years in the planning after a negotiated sale between Cedar Woods Properties and the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, who have owned the elevated site, 5km north of Brisbane CBD, since the 1880s.

The sale of the site went through in December 2015 for the sum of $27.06 million.


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The Holy Cross Convent in Wooloowin is also part of the masterplanned community. It was designed by Hall and Dods architects in 1912. Picture: Richard Walker

At its heart is a heritage-listed laundry that was designed by the most prolific government architect in Queensland, Francis Drummond Greville Stanley, who also designed the General Post Office (GPO) and was the first president of the Queensland Institute of Architects in 1888.


The General Post Office (GPO) in Brisbane.

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The Holy Cross Laundry House at Wooloowin. Picture: Richard Walker

The community has been named in his honour and three of the apartment buildings will be named Francis, Drummond and Stanley.

“Back in the day, these industrial buildings were made with care, crafted by architects,” RotheLowman Architects principal Jeff Brown said.

“They were seen as important parts of the infrastructure of the city and were therefore given the care and the love to become impressive works of architecture, which I have always loved. They are so well thought out and tell the story of the city in a way.”

RotheLowman Architects has designed the new masterplanned community of 84 terrace homes and 189 apartments and will convert the laundry into seven residential apartments on the edge of a 4000 sqm community park within the development.

The RotheLowman designed terrace homes planned for Greville Wooloowin.

The residential reuse of what was one of the largest commercial laundries in Brisbane will lead to the original building being turned into generous living areas with 4m-high ceilings. A modern two-storey addition will be added behind, which will house the garage, laundry and upstairs bedrooms.

Between the two buildings will be a bridge to allow for private courtyards between the old and the new sections.

Green space and the pool area planned for Greville Wooloowin.

“We’re making sure we’re not taking away the storytelling or the narrative of the site,” Mr Brown said. “The modern additions pay homage to the scale of those buildings, we haven’t tried to break it up into little houses.”

An original convent that is next to the Holy Cross Catholic Primary School facing Morris Street, will be adapted for community use.

Cedar Creek Properties senior development manager Peter Starr said the $180 million community would keep the ‘garden’ feel that Wooloowin is known for and will be sympathetic to the Queenslander style of surrounding homes, but the new homes would be grounded in a contemporary design.

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View of Brisbane city from Morris Street in front of Greville, Wooloowin. Picture: Richard Walker

“All our terrace homes have an optimal north-south orientation, meaning they are designed to enjoy abundant natural light and breezes, with our first release in an elevated enclave, meaning some also enjoy city skyline views,” Mr Starr said.

City glimpses from Greville Wooloowin.

“We have created four different floor plans so there is a design to suit people at all stages of life – whether they are downsizers looking to have their master bedroom and living on one level, or younger purchasers wanting their bedrooms separated.”

The Greville courtyards will include lots of green space.

There are generous landscaped courtyards, and open-plan living that integrates with either a courtyard or balcony, creating light-filled indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.

Civil construction will begin this season and the first 12 town homes will begin construction in autumn or winter of 2021. The development is expected to take five years to complete.

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General Post Office (GPO) in Brisbane.

1873: Roma Street railway station

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Roma Street Railway Station. Picture courtesy of George Washington Wilson Collection of Photographs, Aberdeen University Library.

1876: Holy Trinity Church, 141 Brookes St, Fortitude Valley

1879: The Port Office, 39 Edward Street

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Early 1880s: All Hallows’ St Ann’s Industrial School

1881: National Australia Bank, 308 Queen Street

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National Australia Bank (NAB) headquarters. Picture Derek Moore

1882: The Queensland Club, 19 George Street

1887: St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43 St Paul’s Terrace, Spring Hill

1889: Tighnabruaich villa, 203 Clarence Road, Indooroopilly


Tighnabruaich at Indooroopilly.

1889: Sisters of Mercy Holy Cross Laundry House, Morris Street, Wooloowin

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The Holy Cross Laundry House at Wooloowin. Picture: Richard Walker


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