Man jailed after breaking into university student’s room and touching her breasts during Canberra crime spree


An ACT Supreme Court judge has described the “appalling” actions of a man who broke into an Australian National University student residence and touched a woman’s breasts while she slept.

Paul David Kelly, aged 39, has been sentenced to five years and nine months’ imprisonment over 17 convictions, ranging from committing an act of indecency to theft and burglary.

Kelly went on a three-day crime spree in September last year, stealing a car, breaking into buildings and robbing a second residence at the university.

The victim told the court she had woken to find him in her room touching her, looking down at her through eye slits in a dark balaclava.

She said: “Who are you? What are you doing?”

Kelly replied: “You don’t know me.”

He then tried to steal her laptop but she grabbed it back from him.

The woman said she began yelling at him to leave.

When he let go of the laptop, he went to the door and threatened her as he left.

After he had gone, the woman discovered her car keys and wallet had been stolen, along with a phone.

Kelly tried to use her bank card at a local shop to buy an iced coffee and three chocolate bars but was forced to abandon them at the checkout because the victim had asked the bank to suspend the card.

Police finally caught up with him in a car he had stolen before the incident.

The woman’s keys and cards were on the console, along with a small sealed bag containing the drug methylamphetamine, often called ice.

The victim deferred her studies at the Australian National University.(ABC News: Niki Challis)

The court heard Kelly had little recollection of the events and had an ongoing issue with drugs.

He also has a previous conviction for an act of indecency.

The victim told the court she left her job and deferred her study after the incident.

Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson said the act of indecency was by far the most serious of Kelly’s crimes.

She said she accepted that Kelly was remorseful but was guarded about his prospects for rehabilitation.

She addressed Kelly directly, telling him the offences were very serious.

“It’s not the first time you have committed an act of indecency or burglary.

“Drugs are not an excuse, and you know that.

“You will have a lot more time in jail to reflect on what you have done. Use that time.”

Kelly will not be eligible for parole until 2023.



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US set to resume Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine trials after illness review



A J&J spokesman on Tuesday said the study remains on pause as the company continues its review of medical information before deciding to restart the trial. J&J noted that its “study pause” was voluntary, in contrast to AstraZeneca’s “regulatory hold,” which is imposed by health authorities.

Vaccines are seen as essential to helping end the pandemic that has battered economies around the world and claimed more than 1 million lives – over 220,000 of them in the United States.

Responding to a request about the AstraZeneca trial, British regulators shared with Reuters a draft of a form letter to UK vaccine trial participants, dated Oct. 14 and signed by the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Team. It says the US FDA had “completed their analysis” and said vaccination in the United States would resume shortly.

FDA “has come to the same conclusion as the other drug regulators including the MHRA,” the letter states.

The Health Research Authority, which helps oversee UK medical research, said in an email to Reuters that it vetted the communication to make sure it was suitable to ensure informed consent among study volunteers. It could not confirm that the letter had been issued.

An AstraZeneca spokeswoman said the communication is not from the company and it “cannot verify the content”, referring to the draft letter to study participants.

“We also cannot comment on a pending FDA decision,” she said. The Oxford study team has not responded to requests for comment.



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Northern Suburbs knock off Sydney University as Gordon end Randwick’s season in thriller


A win would have guaranteed the Students a semi-final spot but now they’ll have to hope Eastern Suburbs can defeat Eastwood on Sunday in order to stay alive.

However, University players would have had their hearts in their mouth in the dying stages of the Gordon and Randwick match when the Galloping Greens took a late lead courtesy of a try to Triston Reilly set up by Jeral Skelton from a quick tap.

In the end Gordon, head and shoulders the best team all year, survived a major scare by kicking a clutch penalty to nab a 15-14 win.

Had Randwick prevailed, University would have been bundled out regardless of Sunday’s result.

Randwick can hold their heads high after what happened last week. They were on the receiving end of an ugly 81-24 loss against Easts, which prompted a few club legends, including two of the Ella brothers, to go show up at training this week to provide some support and help on the barbecue.

A mistake-riddled first half ended with Randwick ahead 3-0, highlighted by some terrific Gordon defence.

Both sides had men in the bin in the first half, with Randwick reserve hooker Adam Freier called on earlier than expected to replace David Vea, while Waratahs and Wallabies back-rower Jack Dempsey was sent for a short spell 10 minutes from half-time.

Randwick bombed a number of potential tries while Dempsey was off the field and will be kicking themselves as Gordon remained calm in defence.

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Despite Reilly’s five-pointer, Randwick gave up their lead at a critical moment when Vea was shown a second yellow card for a ruck infringement as Rod Iona stepped up to nail the match-winning penalty from in front.

“The boys really had to dig deep there,” Gordon captain Jordy Goddard said. “We knew Randwick were going to be a tough match.”

The second-versus-fifth clash between Easts and Eastwood will kick-off at 4pm on Sunday at Rat Park.

The sides locked horns in round five this year, with Eastwood getting the job done 20-17 at Woollahra Oval.

Shute Shield preliminary final results

Northern Suburbs 24 – 22 Sydney University
Gordon 15 – 14 Randwick

Sunday: Eastern Suburbs vs Eastwood – Sunday 4pm @ Pittwater Rugby Park.

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University fees are changing. How will it affect you?


As year 12 exam season kicks off around Australia, thousands of students will be weighing up their options for university next year.

The federal government has recently made significant changes to the way it funds universities to teach domestic students, in the hope that the changes will encourage more students to study certain fields where there are more job opportunities. From January 1, the cost of some degrees will dramatically increase while others will be cheaper – and some won’t change much at all.

The changes were preceded by months of debate among universities, higher education experts and politicians, culminating in a stoush in the Senate where Labor, the Greens, and some crossbench members opposed them. Ultimately, the changes passed by just a single vote after the government secured the support of One Nation and Centre Alliance.

But this was not before Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie captured the spotlight with an emotional speech on the Senate floor, saying the changes would make university life harder for disadvantaged kids and their parents. “I’ll be damned if I’ll vote to tell those kids in those rural and regional areas of Tasmania that they deserve to have their opportunities suffocated in a way they’ll never even know,” she said.

Meanwhile, the fee changes have outraged student groups, prompting a string of co-ordinated protests at campuses across Australia.

So, what are the changes? Why have they been introduced now? And will they work?

I plan to go to university. Will my degree cost more?

Yes, if you plan to study humanities, law, economics, commerce, communications or visual arts. No, if you plan to study science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT, engineering, agriculture, maths, teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages.

Here are the changes:

Fees for humanities and communications subjects will rise by 113 per cent. Law, commerce, economics will increase by 28 per cent. A full four-year program in these disciplines will cost students about $58,000.

Degrees in teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages will become up to 42 per cent cheaper. For example, a three-year nursing degree will cost $11,850, down from $20,412.

Agriculture and maths degrees will become around 59 per cent cheaper. Science, health, architecture, environmental science, IT, and engineering degrees will be up to 18 per cent cheaper. Fees for medicine, dental, and veterinary science degrees will remain largely stable.

The funding changes are aimed at making certain courses more attractive for school-leavers.Credit:istock

I’m already at university. Will my fees change?

It depends. If you are studying a degree where courses fees are set to increase – such as law – the changes will not apply to you. This is because the government decided to “grandfather” the fee changes so that current students are not worse off as a result of the changes. However, students part-way through degrees where the courses will become cheaper, such as nursing and engineering, will benefit from the lower fees.

The government says the new funding model will result in lower or unchanged fees for 60 per cent of students.

Exactly how will these changes work?

In Australia, university students are charged fees for each unit (also called courses or subjects) they study, rather than the overall degree. Each semester, students receive a statement telling them how much they owe, although most elect to defer these fees through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

Some subjects have higher tuition fees than others. Exactly how much a degree will cost will depend on which subjects a student chooses to study across the course of their degree.

Most domestic students enrolled in bachelor degrees at Australia’s 37 public universities have a “Commonwealth Supported Place”. This means the Australian government subsidises the cost of the course, leaving students to pay the balance.

In 2021, students will be charged $14,500 for a full year of an arts degree, while the government has lowered its contribution to $1100.

Each subject a student enrols in is funded in this way – that is, through a Commonwealth contribution (the portion the government pays to the university) and a student contribution (the fee the student owes to the university).

For example, to study a full year of an arts degree (eight subjects) in 2020 students were charged $6684 in fees while the government picked up the rest of the tab ($6116). In 2021, students will be charged $14,500 for a full year of an Arts degree, while the government has lowered its contribution to $1100.

How did the reforms come about?

The fee changes were the centrepiece of a package of reforms dubbed the “Job Ready Graduates” reforms, announced by federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in June. He said the changes would produce “job ready” graduates by cutting fees for courses where the government predicts there will be a future demand for jobs and increasing student fees for courses where there is an oversupply of graduates.

The rationale underpinning this plan is that students will be incentivised to study the cheaper degrees, thereby producing more graduates in fields where they are needed – science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as teaching and nursing.

From next year, students will have a choice. Their degree will be cheaper if they choose to study in areas where there is expected growth in job opportunities.

Education Minister Dan Tehan

Tehan said government projections prepared before the COVID-19 pandemic showed that over the five years to 2024 almost half of all new jobs would go to someone with a bachelor or higher qualification. Health care, science and technology, education and construction were expected to provide 62 per cent of total employment growth over the next five years.

Tehan laid out this vision in these terms: “From next year, students will have a choice. Their degree will be cheaper if they choose to study in areas where there is expected growth in job opportunities.

“To deliver cheaper degrees in areas of expected employment growth, students who choose to study more popular degrees will make a higher contribution.”

The government says the changes will fund an extra 30,000 university places next year, and up to 100,000 places by 2030.

Students at the University of Technology, Sydney. The government says the fee changes will fund up to 100,000 places by 2030.

Students at the University of Technology, Sydney. The government says the fee changes will fund up to 100,000 places by 2030.Credit:Janie Barrett

What do the universities think?

There is no single unanimous view. This was partly because the reform package contained multiple elements, some of which were very appealing to some universities.

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For example, regional universities have largely endorsed the package because it contains a number of sweeteners for their institutions. The most significant of these was a government commitment to increase their funding by 3.5 per cent to enable them to offer extra student places.

Most universities expressed at least some concern with the fee hikes but, on the whole, the sector was restrained in its criticism of the changes.

There was a prevailing view among universities that a fight with the government would only delay much-needed funding certainty while resistance could provoke a worse funding outcome.

The peak body Universities Australia ultimately conceded that even without amendments the Parliament should support the changes.

“What we need is some sort of stability and funding and policy certainty and the passage of the bill would equate with that,” chief executive Catriona Jackson told a Senate inquiry set up to assess the merits of the Job Ready Graduates bill.

The University of Sydney was the exception. It vehemently and publicly opposed the reforms, especially the fee changes.

Vice-chancellor Michael Spence said the changes would be “bad for future students and bad for the nation”.

“For example, it punishes students for choosing to study the social sciences and humanities, when the best research suggests that a broad education, and many of the core skills that these disciplines offer, will most future-proof our students with the skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and effective oral and written communication that will be most transferable to the jobs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, especially if they can be combined with training in fields such as data science, as they can at most Australian universities.”

University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence advocates a broad education.

University of Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence advocates a broad education.Credit:James Brickwood

Will this work?

Whether or not the reforms will actually result in more students studying STEM, teaching or nursing degrees is hotly contested.

University of Melbourne higher education expert Mark Warburton says there is scant evidence that students pay attention to price signals when choosing what to study.

“Governments have done this sort of thing for the past three decades and there is little evidence that it has ever worked,” he says.

This view was echoed by economist Bruce Chapman, architect of the HECS-HELP system, who says the ability of students to defer their fees through loans blunts the impact of price on decision-making.

“And that was kind of the plan. It was to have a system where the payments would not affect behaviour,” Professor Chapman said earlier this year.

Students predominantly influenced by personal interest are likely to enrol in a course they find personally satisfying or rewarding regardless of cost.

The Department of Education points to the example of fee decreases for maths and science courses in 2009, which were followed by a 14 per cent spike in enrolments.

But in a submission to the Senate inquiry, it concedes that price is only one factor influencing a student’s choice of course. Parent and peer aspirations are another factor, it says, citing a Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth – and so is personal interest.

“Students predominantly influenced by personal interest are likely to enrol in a course they find personally satisfying or rewarding regardless of cost. Aspiration or career motivations also play a significant role in choosing a course of study.”

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BREAKING: Southern Cross University announces job cuts



SOUTHERN Cross University has announced they will cut as many as 63 full-time positions in an effort to balance the books.

Like all universities, SCU has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and today Vice Chancellor Tyrone Carlin addressed staff regarding major reforms.

In a statement this afternoon, the university referred to the reforms as their ‘road map to a stronger financial footing’, necessary to establish a foundation for long term success.

“Unfortunately this also involves some job losses as the University adjusts to a series of external shocks,” Professor Carlin said.

“This is, in part, a response to the really challenging and significant impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including the loss of international students,” Professor Carlin said.

It is unknown how this will effect the Coffs Harbour campus, which has only just opened $3.2 million training hub for health students.

The reforms will reduce six academic schools to four academic faculties – Health, science and Engineering, Education and Business, Law and Arts.

SCU says the changes will bring together expertise, reduce duplication and ensure the very best teachers interact with as many students as possible.

“The proposed changes are also designed to take account of an additional set of forces that will be brought to bear on the University as a result of recently legislated changes to Commonwealth funding arrangements for education and research.”

Southern Cross staff are now invited to provide feedback on the proposals as they move through the consultation process over the coming months.

The proposed reforms would ultimately result in the reduction of about 63 full-time equivalent staff. The University employs about 1700 people.

“There is no easy option for Southern Cross and we have done all we can to minimise job losses. Wherever appropriate staff will be offered redeployment opportunities but there will be some roles that are no longer required,” Professor Carlin said.

“Importantly, our commitment to our three main campuses at Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast remains steadfast.

“This has been a challenging year for almost everyone in Australia but these reforms will make Southern Cross University stronger and more viable as we step into an ever more competitive higher education landscape.”

Southern Cross announced earlier this year that the COVID-induced crisis had created a budget shortfall in 2020-21.

Initially forecast at $38 million, that figure has been revised down to $33m and non-salary savings of almost $10 million have been made so far this year.

A proposal in July for salary savings that would have saved the University another $5.6 million was voted against by staff.

Southern Cross is teaching all classes online at present, with most staff working from home and only limited access to campuses as the COVID-19 restrictions continue to impact





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Curtin University building collapse probe continues after fatality, questions raised over steel on site


The Electrical Trades Union says workers had previously raised concerns about safety on the site of a roof collapse at Curtin University yesterday, where a 23-year-old apprentice fell to his death and two others were injured.

The steel and glass structure caved in just after 12:00pm on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was working on top of the roof when it gave way.

His body was later pulled from the rubble, while the two injured men, both aged 27, were rushed to hospital.

One of them underwent emergency surgery and is in a critical condition, while the other is stable.

Investigators are expected to focus their attention on the steel beams used to hold up the glass panels.

Previous concerns about site: union

Electrical Trades Union official Damian Clancey was at the site when the collapse happened.

He said he was still coming to terms with what he saw.

“I was probably 25 or 30 metres away. I saw one of the men lying on the ground screaming,” Mr Clancey said.

“I stopped myself from rushing into the building. You want to help but you realise it could continue to collapse.

“That’s something I’m struggling with at the moment.”

Electrical Trades Union official Damian Clancey said workers had told him they had raised concerns about deflection in the steel used at the site.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

Mr Clancey said he had spoken to other workers after the collapse, who told him there had been previous concerns about the roof structure.

“(They) said they’d visually noticed a deflection in the steel, and there had been surveyors on site to check it out,” he told ABC Radio Perth.

“Several work crews raised it with management.

“I can only assume the attitude was ‘well we have to have faith in the engineers’ and continue working.'”

But Worksafe commissioner Darren Kavanaugh has told ABC Radio Perth his agency had not previously been aware of any issues at the site.

“These incidents invariably take a long time to investigate. The team will look at all of the evidence at the scene. ” he said.

A man in an orange Worksafe WA hi-vis vest stands with has back turned to the camera talking to two workers.
Worksafe commissioner Darren Kavanaugh said no issues had previously been raised with his agency about safety on the site.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

Cause of accident unknown

Mr Kavanaugh refused to speculate on what caused the tragedy.

“Obviously a roof has collapsed,” he said.

“There’s steel and glass framing that’s failed. We’ll need to look at all of the elements.

“I don’t know if our inspectors had been to the site, but there hasn’t been any formal complaints from the workplace.”

Mr Clancey stopped short of alleging any wrongdoing.

“I accept accidents can and do happen,” he said.

“Legitimate accidents that are not always the result of negligence.

“But from my experience, when this sort of thing happens, it is almost always preventable if things have been managed properly.”

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A student lays flowers at the site where a roof collapsed, killing one man and injuring two others.(ABC News: Charlotte Hamlyn)

This morning students laid flowers near the site of the accident, and flags on campus were lowered to half-mast.

Student Piper Brown, who was in an adjacent building when the accident happened, returned to the scene today.

“There were a few of us in the common room and we heard the crash so that was pretty scary,” she said.

“It’s horrible. Usually at this time of the morning there are construction workers everywhere and it’s busy but it’s quite a sombre mood today.”

Work safety bill before Parliament

WA’s most recent construction site death comes as a the Government’s long awaited Work Health Safety Bill edges closer to passing through Parliament.

That legislation would strengthen penalties for companies that fail to ensure worker safety, but faced strong opposition in the Legislative Council.

A wide shot of the collapsed roof of a building at Curtin University with police, workers and emergency service vehicles below.
The fatal accident occurred as legislation to strengthen worker safety remains stalled in Parliament.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

The bill has sat in the Upper House since February, and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Marmion has accused the WA Liberals of deliberately delaying its passage.

“The Liberal party simply will not allow the Bill to pass, and they will not vote on it,” he said.

“I don’t understand why they think they need to delay, delay, delay.”



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Despite cuts, job losses, more Australians are enrolling at university


Across the country, universities are seeing rising domestic demand for places, in a rare silver lining for the coronavirus-devastated sector.

University of NSW (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Universities across Australia are recording higher levels of interest among prospective students, with more young people turning to higher education as the sector struggles during the pandemic.

Data from the University Admissions Centre, which handles undergraduate entry for NSW and the ACT, shows more than 43,000 students applied early for tertiary study in 2021 — an 8% increase on last year’s numbers.

Universities across the country are seeing a similar growth in domestic demand. In Queensland, there’s been a 20.3% increase in new enrolments compared to last year, the Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) says — although that increase is just 6.5% when the state’s reduced 2019 year 12 cohort is factored in.

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University of Washington professor with amnesia shoots dead his wife because she was ‘abusing me’


A retired University of Washington professor is in custody after confessing to shooting dead his wife in the early hours of Thursday morning. 

Thomas Jarboe, 75, allegedly shot his wife Kay Saw, 63, in their Bellevue home but told cops he was acting in ‘self-defense’ as she was ‘abusing me’ and ‘destroying me’. 

Jarboe, who has advanced Parkinson’s disease and amnesia, was waiting for cops on the porch to hand himself in as they responded to his 911 call, according to KOMO News.  

Retired University of Washington professor Thomas Jarboe, 75, allegedly shot dead his wife Kay Saw, 63, in their Bellevue, Washington, home in the early hours of Thursday morning

He told officers that his wife was his caregiver but that he was angered as she hated his children. 

‘It was on purpose but in self defense, Jarboe told the 911 operator, stating that he had shot his wife with a 12-gauge shot gun.  

‘She has been abusing me, she is my caretaker, and is completely destroying me. She hates all my kids, my kids all hate her,’ he added. 

It is not clear if the couple had children together or if they had children with previous partners. 

Saw’s body was found inside their home on the 17100 block of 60th street at around 4.30am Thursday. 

She has suffered two gunshot wounds.  

‘The man came out of the house willingly and turned himself in to the officers,’ police spokesperson Meeghan Black said. ‘When they went inside, they found his wife deceased inside.’ 

Neighbors have paid tribute to Saw who they said was a ‘hospitable person’. 

‘She was very hospitable. Brought fruit over. Befriended my son,’ Mike Hopkins told KOMO News.   

Yet he added that something had seemed off with the couple in the past year. 

‘We heard the two gun shots,’ he said. 

Officers responding to the 911 call found Jarboe waiting on the porch to hand himself in

Officers responding to the 911 call found Jarboe waiting on the porch to hand himself in

The former university professor was suffering with advanced Parkinson's and amnesia

The former university professor was suffering with advanced Parkinson’s and amnesia

Jarboe, pictured bottom right with students, retired last year and his wife was his caregiver

Jarboe, pictured bottom right with students, retired last year and his wife was his caregiver

‘Often times yelling about medications. Not taking medications. Or altercations thereof,’ he added over their arguments. 

‘I think everyone in the neighborhood is broken up to say the least. My heart goes out to the family. I can’t even imagine what that must be like.’ 

Jarboe had retired from the University of Washington last year where he worked as a professor of aeronautics and astronautics, an adjunct professor in physics, and a researcher with the University of Washington’s nuclear fusion experiment. 

Jarboe said that his caregiver wife was 'abusing me' and 'destroying me' when cops arrived to their home Thursday morning

Jarboe said that his caregiver wife was ‘abusing me’ and ‘destroying me’ when cops arrived to their home Thursday morning

He was a well-regarded scientist and had contributed to the likes of CNN.  

The University confirmed with KOMO News that he retained the title of professor emeritus when he retired which still allowed him to stay connected to the school. 

He did not have any teaching assignments.  

Jarboe was due to appear in court Friday but waved his right to his first hearing. A judge set his bail at $2.5million. 

He will remain behind bars until his next court hearing later this month.

The motive for the crime is still unclear.  Jarboe had no criminal history.

Saw’s death was the fifth domestic violence killing in Bellevue this year. 

‘The three years prior to that, we had zero,’ Black said. ‘So, this is extremely unusual.’ 

The city has also had a 28 percent increase in felony domestic violence assaults. 

A local group that works to prevent domestic violence believes it may be as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘We think that has everything to do with the COVID pandemic and the fact people are isolated and are at home with abusive partners under increasing stress and isolation,’ said Rachel Krinsky, executive director of LifeWire.  



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