Kennedy Oaks Day 2020, field, tips, predictions, latest odds, ultimate guide, when, start time, where can I watch it


Now, we all know we have Derbies around the world – for the best staying three-year-olds of both genders – thanks to the 12th Earl of Derby, who came up with the idea for the race in at a booze-up in 1780 (because no good ideas were ever hatched over a salad).

But how do we get the fillies-only equivalent, a race called The Oaks?

The 12th Earl of Derby of course.

This guy! Did he have an influence on global horse racing or what?

In fact, The Oaks came first. The aforementioned Derby-spawning soiree was held to celebrate the running of the first Oaks, in 1779. That was another idea by the Earl, to start a new race for which he’d put up the money. Why name a classic after a bunch of trees, rather than say, after a drinking vessel? The Earl lived on an estate, just to the east of Epsom Racecourse where the race would end up being run, called The Oaks.



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Ultimate guide to the state election



 

From the promises of jobs to the questions that leaders refuse to answer. Here’s your ultimate guide to Queensland political party policies ahead of the 2020 state election.

 

BIG FIVE POLICIES:

 

Labor

 

Build a second M1

 

Introduce legislation to legalise euthanasia

 

Hire 9,475 frontline health staff

 

No new taxes

 

Hire 2,025 new police personnel by 2025

 

LNP

 

Build a New Bradfield Scheme

 

$300 rego rebate for every registered vehicle owner

 

Partner with the private sector to fast track surgeries

 

No new taxes

 

Four lane the Bruce Highway and build a second M1

 

 

JOBS:

 

Labor: The Palaszczuk Government has steered clear of

committing to a jobless target if it wins the October 31 poll. They claim their

“economic recovery plan” will support 55,000 jobs.

 

LNP: The LNP has set an ambitious unemployment target of 5 per cent, with the aim to reach it before the end of the next term of government.

 

BUDGET:

 

Labor: Labor has promised to hand down a Budget by the week

of November 30. It is yet to release its costings (despite attacking the LNP

over it), but has promised to fund their pledges with $4bn in borrowings. They have also ruled out asset sales, tax hikes and cuts to the public service.

 

LNP: They have ruled out asset sales, tax hikes and cuts to

the public service. And have committed to aiming towards a Budget surplus by

about 2023-24. But they are yet to release their costings and say how they will

pay for their plan.

 

 

CRIME

 

 

Labor: They want to hire an extra 2025 police personnel over the

next 5 years in what they say is the biggest investment in 30 years. At least 150

new officers would be deployed to each region across the state. Premier

Annastacia Palaszczuk has previously said the regions had been asking for more police on the beat.

 

LNP: An LNP government would trial a night time curfew in

Townsville in a bid to crackdown on youth crime. There would be a curfew of 8pm

for kids aged 14 and younger. And there would be a curfew of 10pm for kids aged 15 to 17.

They have also promised to boost Crime Stoppers’ funding by $1.5 million.

 

EDUCATION:

 

Labor: They have promised to hire 6100 teachers and 1100

teacher aides over the next four years at a cost of $2.2bn. But more than half

of those positions would be replacements, boosting classroom teacher numbers by

2,190.

 

LNP: The LNP have promised to hire an additional 3350

teachers and 760 teacher aides over the next four years at a cost of $1.05bn.

They say these figures don’t include replacements, which they would also hire under their plan.

 

 

 

HEALTH

 

 

Labor: A re-elected Labor government would hire 5,800

nurses, 475 paramedics, 1,500 doctors and 1,700 allied health professionals.

They claim the cost of the commitment would come from the existing health

budget.

 

LNP: They have pledged to hire 4500 more nurses, doctors,

paramedics and allied health workers, costing taxpayers $1.3bn. An LNP

government would also invest $300 million to “fast-track” surgeries, by

partnering with the private sector.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT:

 

Labor: Invest $40 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef including through eco-tourism to create more than 200 jobs across Queensland. Funding package includes $10.1 million for upgrades to National Parks and World Heritage Areas. Will also consult on expanding the ban on single use plastics

 

LNP: Pledged $60 million to stimulate the recycling sector to turn Queensland into the “Recycling State”. An LNP government would also introduce a voluntary fishing license buyback scheme, implement a ReefSafe labelling policy for seafood sustainably sourced from the Great Barrier Reef and deliver three new artificial reefs to support recreational fishers.

 

 

COLOURFUL QUOTES:

 

“I don’t need someone to hold my hand for a week.” –

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s veiled swipe at Scott Morrison’s week long visit to

Queensland, where he campaigned with Deb Frecklington.

 

“I can guarantee that Jackie Trad will never be in my

Cabinet.” – Deb Frecklington’s dig at Labor, when Annastacia Palaszczuk faced

questions over Ms Trad’s future.

 

“I think this guy’s got to grow up, I really think he does.” – Scott Morrison’s swipe at Steven

Miles, after the Deputy Premier accused the PM of taking a week off the job to

campaign with the LNP.

 

“I cannot be any clearer, minority governments don’t work.” – Annastacia Palaszczuk, who ran a minority government between 2015 and 2017 with the support of independent MP

Peter Wellington.

 

 

“Minority government can work. It can work, it just requires a lot of work.” –

former premier Peter Beattie, who ran a minority between 1998 and 2001 with the

support of the same independent MP Peter Wellington.

 

“Of course they will do whatever they need to try and form government and I think for her to

suggest otherwise is completely disingenuous.” – Greens MP Michael Berkman on

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s claim that she won’t do any deals in a hung parliament.

 

“No, Campbell Newman.” – Deb Frecklington, when asked if she’s afraid to speak the former

premier’s name.

 

 

LNP & LABOR MYTHS BUSTED:

 

What they have claimed:

Labor is warning of public service cuts under an LNP government.

Ministers are even being driven around in a bus emblazoned with ‘Don’t Risk LNP

Cuts’.

 

What we know:

The LNP have repeatedly insisted they will not make cuts to the public service –

as well as sell assets or hike taxes. They have said their costing will be

released before October 30.

 

What they have claimed:

The LNP has claimed the Labor government is the only government in the

country that won’t be delivering a Budget this year.

 

What we know:

Labor have promised to hand down a Budget in the week of November 30 if they

are re-elected on October 31.

 

What they have claimed:

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington

have both claimed they will not do any deals if they fall short of a majority

at the October 31 poll.

 

What we know:

Ms Palaszczuk made the same claim at the 2015 election, before she went on to

form a minority government with the support of independent MP Peter Wellington.

 

THE ELECTORATES THEY HAVE VISITED:

Annastacia Palaszczuk:

Day 1 – Lytton

Day 2 – Trager

Day 3 – Townsville, Mundingburra

Day 4 – Barron River

Day 5 – Currumbin

Day 6 – McConnel

Day 7 – Pumicestone

Day 8 – Maryborough

Day 9 – Gladstone

Day 10 – Rockhampton

Day 11 – Kawana, Caloundra

Day 12 – Caloundra

Day 13 – Macalister (Campaign launch)

Day 14 – Gaven

Day 15 – Coomera

Day 16 – Burdekin, Townsville

Day 17 – Mulgrave

 

Deb Frecklington:

Day 1 – Bonney

Day 2 – Nudgee

Day 3 – Cairns

Day 4 – Townsville

Day 5 – Theodore, Currumbin

Day 6 – Mansfield, Bundamba

Day 7 – Hervey Bay

Day 8 – Redcliffe

Day 9 – Whitsunday, Townsville

Day 10 – Mundingburra

Day 11 – Algester, Miller

Day 12 – Pumicestone, Glass House

Day 13 – South Brisbane (Campaign launch)

Day 14 – Lytton, Oodgeroo

Day 15 – Keppel, Rockhampton

Day 16 – Townsville, Barron River

Day 17 – Gaven, Mudgeeraba

 

THE QUESTIONS THEY WON’T ANSWER:

1. How will Labor spend its $4bn in borrowings?

Labor has committed to $4bn in borrowings, but is yet

to fully spell out how it will spend it. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has

promised that Treasurer Cameron Dick will release those details before polling

day.

2. Will Annastacia Palaszczuk or Deb Frecklington stand down as leader if both parties fall short of a majority?

Neither leader could answer this question. They have

both promised to do no deals if their parties fall short of a majority. Could

they step aside to let someone else in their party do that deal? We don’t know.

3. How will the LNP fund their election promises?

The party has ruled out cuts to the public service, asset sales or tax hikes to pay for its promises. And they are also aiming for

a Budget surplus within the next four years. They say their costings will be

released next week.

 

TOP THREE CONTROVERSIES:

 

A calculated move by Labor to release old Facebook posts made by LNP’s Mundingburra candidate Glenn Doyle derailed the LNP’s campaign for days. Mr Doyle copped criticism for seemingly questioning the virtue of women’s education and linking death and famine as a way to beat climate change.

 

Whether or not high-profile former frontbencher Jackie Trad would be returned to cabinet became a major sticking point for Labor after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the unions ended up in a biffo over who determines the makeup of the ministry.

 

Deb Frecklington courted controversy after allegations, which she denied, her own party had referred her to the electoral commission over concerns about the possibility of illegal property developer donations finding their way into LNP coffers.

 

PREFERENCES:

The LNP controversially declared the party would preference Labor last across the state, a move Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk branded a “recipe for chaos and instability”. The LNP’s preference plan, in effect, would put the Greens above Labor, a move that will have the biggest impact in Jackie Trad’s seat of South Brisbane.

Labor, as is tradition, placed One Nation last on its how-to-vote cards though a number of Labor candidates were given a slap on the wrist after being caught telling voters to put the LNP last instead.

Katter’s Australian Party and One Nation have struck a preference swap deal, with both minor parties putting each other second.

 

EARLY VOTING:

Pre-polling votes as at 3.30pm Thursday: 459,000

Postal votes issued: 898,062

Electronically assisted voting: 800.

Polling booths open on October 31: 1425

 

 

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He can be an immortal the ultimate compliment for Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary compared to Johnathan Thurston by James Tamou


Johnathan Thurston, carried from the field in his last game in Townsville, will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.Credit:NRL Photos

‘‘Nathan has proven it with his drop goals and his ability to read the play. It’s almost like playing with JT. He’s nearly two steps ahead of you and you need to be on the ball. Sometimes we’re in video sessions and he’s telling us where we need to be, what we have to do. His brain is on another level, two steps ahead, and that was JT.’’

Cleary turns 23 next month and has arguably achieved more than Thurston had at the same age. Cleary has already played and started in 99 NRL games, while Thurston had only played 62 games before his 23rd birthday (12 off the bench).

Cleary has scored 801 points, 35 tries and kicked seven field goals, while Thurston at the same age had 206 points, 22 tries and two field goals. Cleary also has two State of Origin series victories, having won three of five games for NSW, while Thurston had won just one of three games for Queensland at the same age.

Thurston holds on to bragging rights in the premiership stakes, having won a grand final off the bench for Canterbury in 2004 before losing the decider against the Tigers the following year. Sunday’s clash against the Storm will be Cleary’s first grand final appearance.

‘‘JT’s the best player I ever played with, but Nathan is top three already,’’ Tamou said. ‘‘By the time he’s finished his career he probably could be up there with JT. They speak about luck of the bounce, but you make your own luck in rugby league and Nathan does that in every game. He might get the bounce of the ball, but he has to be there to be in a position to get the ball.

‘‘He’s always competing, and that’s one trait JT proved every game; he’s a competitor. Nath’s almost there. He’d probably be in the Australian team this year if there was one.’’

The Panthers put their faith in Cleary when they handed the young halfback a five year $5million extension at the end of 2018. At times in 2019 it appeared that faith may have been misplaced, but the club insists it never questioned the decision to invest so heavily in a player who looks set to collect the Dally M medal on Monday night.

Nathan Cleary thanks the Panthers supporters after Saturday night's preliminary final victory against South Sydney.

Nathan Cleary thanks the Panthers supporters after Saturday night’s preliminary final victory against South Sydney.Credit:NRL Photos

‘‘The investment in Nathan wasn’t an investment in one year. It was a long-term thing,’’ chairman Dave O’Neill said. ‘‘You might be critical of how Nathan performed last year, but Nathan was on well unders the two years before that. You can be as critical as you want but it balances out in the end.

‘‘You have to bide your time and do your apprenticeship. Having a player come in and demand $500,000 or $600,000 in year one is not good for the player. It might be good for the manager, but not many players can handle that pressure.’’

BEFORE THEIR 23RD BIRTHDAY

Johnathan Thurston
Games: 62 (12 bench)
Record: 41 wins, 21 losses (66 per cent)
Points: 206
Tries: 22
Field goals: 2
Origins: 1 win, 2 losses
Grand finals: 1 win, 1 loss

Nathan Cleary
Games: 99*
Record: 61 wins, 38 losses
Points: 801
Tries: 35
Field Goals: 7
Origin: 3 wins, 2 losses (2 series wins)
Grand finals: 1*

Tigers’ bid to get paws on Suaalii

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire recently bumped into Joseph Suaalii’s advisor, mysterious art dealer Steve Nasteski, while on holiday in Byron Bay. Maguire, who knows Nasteski from his time at South Sydney, went back to his apartment and called Suaalii’s family to gauge their interest in the Tigers. Little has transpired since but the Tigers have thrown their hat into the ring. The Broncos have also recently made inquiries about the teenage prospect.

Stephen Crichton has been one of Penrith's best players in 2020 and is a strong contender for rookie of the year.

Stephen Crichton has been one of Penrith’s best players in 2020 and is a strong contender for rookie of the year.Credit:Janie Barrett

Panthers unmoved by Crichton delay

The hold-up in Penrith announcing the re-signing of boom centre Stephen Crichton relates to a management issue. The deal was all but done three months ago, but Crichton and his family want to wait until their current management deal with Mark Stewart expires on October 30 before signing the new three-year, $1.5m deal on the table.

Crichton’s value has probably risen beyond $500,000-a-season since both parties agreed a few months ago, and he is now on the verge of selection in Brad Fittler’s 27-man NSW squad. However, Crichton has given coach Ivan Cleary an assurance that he will honour the deal. The club has no qualms about the verbal agreement because Crichton, whose father is the pastor at Rooty Hill Assembly of God church, is a man of his word.

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Broncos’ Bird keen to fly south

Jack Bird is awaiting a meeting with Broncos officials to determine just how much the club would be willing to chip in if he was to move on in 2021. Bird is on $900,000 and could return home to St George Illawarra if Brisbane are willing to pay a large chunk of his salary.

Ray of humour in Anderson statement

There were a number of people at the Bulldogs who saw the funny side of the statement Lynne Anderson put out after standing down from the board two weeks ago.

“There is a Bulldogs logo at the entrance to the club’s headquarters at Belmore Oval that spells out our motto – ‘Club First, Team Second, Individual Third’. It is how people involved with this special club should conduct themselves,” Anderson said.

Turns out that motto was created by former chairman Ray Dib, who Anderson helped overthrow, in his final days at the club. A number of people at the Bulldogs have reached out to Dib in the hope he would return, especially given the financial strength of the club under his watch, however he has knocked back every request.

No raise in grand final capacity

The NRL had been pushing in the background to have crowd capacity lifted from 40,000 to 50,000 for this Sunday’s NRL grand final, however the request has been denied. The NRL remains optimistic of its chances of increasing capacity to at least 50,000 for State of Origin II at ANZ Stadium on November 11.

Klemmer op closes door on Origin

Newcastle prop David Klemmer went under the knife a few days ago to clean out his knee. Fittler had indicated that Klemmer may still be a chance of earning a spot in the Blues’ 27-man squad if there were injuries to players in the last couple of weeks of the finals, however the Knights enforcer is now out of action for the next six weeks.

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Penrith Panthers centre Brent Naden prepared to make ultimate sacrifice for title triumph as he fights to keep spot for decider against Melbourne Storm


“You would definitely take it,” Naden said. “You can either be sitting on the bench and still be in the 17 or sitting in the grandstand. That’s what Jack Hetherington spoke to me about [on Saturday night]. He said, ‘you’re still in the 17’.

“I had a few slip-ups against the Roosters and Tyrone has played centre before. Ivan had a plan and that plan didn’t go as expected, I just ended up sitting on the bench all game.

Penrith Panthers centre Brent Naden is fighting for his spot in the grand final squad.Credit:NRL Photos

“I’ve got one more to week to prove to Ivan that I’m capable of playing in that team. But if he wants to put me on the bench or not play me, that’s his decision. I’ll stand by it.

“You know where you stand [with Cleary]. There’s no beating around the bush and he won’t p*** on your back and tell you it’s raining.”

Naden has been a shining light on the field for the Panthers this year and maturely handled a racism storm when he alleged he was abused by a group of men in the crowd during Penrith’s win over the Warriors on the Central Coast in August.

But his spot will be under threat with the return of Viliame Kikau from suspension and the potential availability of Spencer Leniu, who missed the grand final qualifier with illness.

Kikau’s return is likely to push Kurt Capewell back to the bench. Capewell has previously filled the utility role when he was at the Sharks.

May was told more than a week before the Rabbitohs match he would be starting at centre, partnering best mate Nathan Cleary on the right edge defence which will be targeted by Cameron Munster and Justin Olam at ANZ Stadium.

“It’s not like I haven’t done it before so I was all right,” May said. “I had a whole fortnight to get my head around it. Luckily I get to defend inside someone that I live with and two boys that I grew up playing with.

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“[Earlier in the year] I was thinking ‘how am I going to get in the squad?’ for starters. I was thinking, ‘if they’re going to keep winning why would you change a winning squad?’ Injuries happen throughout the year and I was lucky enough to get thrown in and hold my spot now.”

It was a positive start to grand final week for the Panthers when James Fisher-Harris and Zane Tetevano both escaped match review committee charges for high shots which were penalised against South Sydney.

Ivan Cleary will name his 21-man grand final squad on Tuesday as the Panthers go in search of their 18th straight win to cap a remarkable season. Their record winning run started against Melbourne back in June.

“I’ve worked out [on Saturday] night I’m a nervous watcher,” Naden said. “The last 10 minutes I couldn’t really sit down. It was an odd one. I don’t know if the relief was more excitement that you get one more week. You work so hard for so long in pre-season and now you’re there.”

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Sam Burgess scandal has put South Sydney Rabbitohs’ fractured relationships to ultimate test


Richardson had a fateful warning for Souths chief executive Blake Solly when he left the club earlier this year: he said dealing with Burgess would be his greatest challenge.

There is a growing anger towards Burgess from the Souths hierarchy. They have been waiting for him to clear them of any knowledge of his alleged drug-fuelled binge. That is obviously difficult given Burgess’ court battles. His failure to make any statement has tarnished the club’s brand.

Souths think a short statement from Burgess would take the heat off the board, the chairman and the CEO. It would also clear Crowe, who has done so much for the Burgess family.

Souths have said time and again they knew nothing of Burgess’ alleged behaviour. That seems implausible, given that their club doctor was allegedly present on the now infamous night. They say they didn’t know because Souths doctor Andrew McDonald was treating Burgess as an individual patient, not as a player.

Expect McDonald to argue that a script was allegedly written in the name of Mitchell Hooke, the father of Burgess’ wife, Phoebe, because the doctor didn’t think it would be safe to leave Burgess alone. Smarter people than me will determine whether this is plausible.

Burgess has had some contact with the outside world since this story broke. He rang his bosses at Fox Sports to stand down. Celebrity accountant Anthony Bell was part of that discussion. It is difficult to know if Bell was acting as a manager or a mate. He has previously let Burgess stay in his luxury home during rocky periods in his marriage with Phoebe in the past.

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There is now a whispering campaign aimed at discrediting the journalists who broke the story, one of whom has a personal relationship with Phoebe.

Burgess’ lawyer, Bryan Wrench, made some very strong points in court during the week about the ‘‘job’’ that has been done on Burgess by the Hooke family and provided context about the timing of the story in The Australian and what is going on between Phoebe and Sam.

Sam and Phoebe Burgess did not respond to calls and text messages seeking comment.

Bunny and power

The NRL must take some blame for the situation at South Sydney in relation to the Burgess affair because it has allowed the club to dominate past investigations.

New chief executive Andrew Abdo faces a stern test. Many in the game feel the Rabbitohs have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of head office in the past.

It all dates back to 2015 when Luke Burgess and John Sutton were arrested following a boozy night in an Arizona bar. The club notified the NRL integrity unit about the incident, but said charges had been withdrawn by authorities.

What Souths didn’t mention is that they were dropped only after a secret payment was made to a bouncer who was injured in the incident. They played the NRL off a break. Souths escaped with a $20,000 fine after an investigation could not prove that club officials knew about the payment. The case was highly embarrassing for the NRL, but Souths escaped with a slap on the wrist.

When Burgess was embroiled in an alleged sexting scandal two years ago, Souths again made the NRL look amateurish. The club quickly announced its own investigation into the matter, rather than allowing the integrity unit to head up an inquiry, which is normal practice. Somehow the NRL allowed Souths to investigate their own player. Not surprisingly, the club cleared Burgess of any wrongdoing.

Then, just over 12 months ago, Burgess labelled the NRL judiciary a ‘‘kangaroo court’’, even though it was headed by Supreme Court judge Geoff Bellew. Rather than being hauled over the coals, former NRL boss Todd Greenberg invited Burgess for a cup of tea in his office and fined him $10,000. But the fine was suspended; he didn’t pay a cent.

It all played into the narrative that strong clubs have been able to run rings around the NRL too long.

Sonny will

At 35, and with a limited preparation, it was Sonny Bill Williams who proved again that knocking a champion is fraught with danger. He had to endure false claims that he was dropped for the clash with Penrith and he was the man who played a huge role in dragging the Roosters back from 16-0 down on Friday night to nearly snatch an unlikely victory from the Raiders.

His career has been nothing short of stellar and he still may have football ahead of him. He has a huge deal with Toronto that may be honoured. If not, he could find himself playing in the NRL.
Meanwhile, there are still two boxing matches on his agenda.

Titan of Aussie music

A few weeks back we told you about Australian music star Amy Shark giving a boardroom performance for ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys and NRL boss Andrew Abdo at Sony Music’s headquarters.

Well, she must have really impressed them because Shark will be the main music act at the grand final this year and the best thing about it is her rugby league links. Her husband, Shane Billings, was the Gold Coast Titans’ chief financial officer a few years back, and Shark also worked for the Titans as a video editor.

Anthony Seibold flopped as a coach at Brisbane, but he deserves significant praise for his efforts in battling online trolls.Credit:Getty

A heavy troll

Plenty of sports fans will tune in for Tom Steinfort’s 60 Minutes story on Sunday about online trolls because two prominent names in rugby league will bare their souls.

The program has conducted extensive interviews with Anthony Seibold and Erin Molan about the horrendous attacks they have had to endure by faceless cowards. Molan has called for the trolls to be jailed. All eyes will be on who was behind the vicious rumours about Seibold and, after months of speculation, the show has promised to reveal intriguing new information.

I’m told the person of interest has links to league. I have also been told that the place of work of this person, who is close to the epicentre of the Seibold rumours, will be made public. The person does work in an official capacity in the sport of rugby league.

Seibold flopped as a coach at Brisbane, but he deserves significant praise for his efforts in this area.

If from a really negative situation there is some legislation change … then I think that’s a fantastic legacy.

Anthony Seibold

‘‘I went through some pretty dark times a few weeks back, because of the amount of hate and defamatory comments that was spread,’’ he tells 60 Minutes. ‘‘And people were happy to spread it. It was crazy, really. And that’s not the Australia that I grew up in.

‘‘If from a really negative situation there is some legislation change and there is some further accountability around using identification on social media accounts, then I think that’s a fantastic legacy to leave.’’

Molan is just as strong in her views on the issue.

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‘‘This is not about celebrities,’’ she said. ‘‘This is not about politicians. This is about every single Australian, because this impacts every single Australian. The time to ignore trolls is over … I want these people locked up. You prosecute five of these people … and the majority of the rest will stop.’’

Credit where it’s due?

A fascinating spin-off from Zac Lomax’s selection in Brad Fittler’s extended NSW Origin squad is the men he credited for his incredible rise.

He skipped straight past former head coach Paul McGregor and nominated current and former St George Illawarra assistants Shane Flanagan, James Shepherd and Dean Young as the men who set him on the path to Origin. He also said he was excited to play under Anthony Griffin.

‘‘We met him last Wednesday and I have to say I liked what I saw,’’ Lomax said. ‘‘He is straight-up old-school and that has appeal to me.’’

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Can a player win the Rising Star award after managing four-and-a-bit (breathtaking) games?

Technically, yes. Morally? That’s what this year’s AFL Rising Star judges have been contemplating over recent days and weeks.

Not only was Gold Coast’s Matthew Rowell, an 18-year-old midfielder in his first AFL season and representing the team almost unanimously tipped pre-season to ‘win’ the wooden spoon this year, a ridiculously short favourite to win the Rising Star award after four rounds, he was also one of the favourites to win the Brownlow Medal.

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