A crash between three trucks has left motorists facing big delays northwest of Melbourne as investigators examine the scene.
The crash occurred just after 1am on Friday on the Western Highway in Gerang Gerung and involved three trucks, one of which rolled off the road and into a paddock..
A 20-year-old man from Dandenong North was driving the truck that rolled into the paddock.
He has been left with life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital.
A 64-year-old Wangaratta man was driving the second truck and he was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The third man, a 61-year-old from Bayswater, was taken to hospital for observation.
The Western Highway is expected to remain closed for hours while investigators look at the scene.
The cause of the collision is yet to be determined and anyone with information have been urged to contact CrimeStoppers.
The highway was closed both ways between Dimboola and Nhill.
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The state government has announced the city to be developed on the doorstep of Sydney’s second airport will be named Bradfield, after the renowned engineer.
The city centre, which until now has been referred to as the Aerotropolis, sits north of the existing suburb of Bringelly and is not far from the new Western Sydney International Airport.
The name Bradfield was chosen after the community was asked to have a say, with a panel settling on the final decision to honour engineer John Bradfield, who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s original rail network.
“We wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a bureaucratic name anymore. We wanted to put, like Bradfield did for the rest of Sydney, the citizen at the heart of what we are doing,” Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said today.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she wanted the new city of Bradfield to be a thriving high-tech manufacturing and research hub, creating up to 200,000 jobs.
“When people are standing in Parramatta they won’t be looking east for the best jobs in the future, they’ll be looking here,” she said.
Koala habitats derail coal mine plans
A growing koala habitat is threatening to derail plans for a controversial coal mine in the state’s north-west.
Shenhua’s proposed Watermark mine on the Liverpool Plains has long triggered concerns about the potential impact on koala populations.
Recently released minutes from the company’s Koala Working Group reveal 25 koalas have been mapped in one area, including four breeding females.
A researcher advising the company said that area, earmarked for a key rail line, should now be considered “core habitat” and not destroyed.
A Shenhua spokesperson said the company was consulting widely as it developed its Koala Plan of Management.
Delivery riders win back jobs
Two food delivery riders say they’ve won their workplace battle with Hungry Panda to have their jobs reinstated following a pay dispute.
The pair last month launched unfair dismissal claims with the Fair Work Commission, arguing they were removed from the Hungry Panda app after they organised a small strike to protest changes to pay rates that they claimed disadvantaged riders.
Mr Yang said the court action, launched with the help of the Transport Workers’ Union, would no longer need to go ahead after Hungry Panda “reversed” his removal from the platform.
“After weeks of protests, meetings with politicians and negotiations with the company, I have been offered my job back at the high level I had worked hard to maintain for over a year,” he said.
Regional water prices to increase
Water prices for regional NSW are set to increase under an Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) draft report into water supplies and costings.
Charges for water delivered to irrigators and small towns could go up by as much as 25 per cent from July 1 and be in place for the next four years.
Tribunal acting chair Deborah Cope said the increases were justified.
“There is a risk that the assets will deteriorate and this will increase the costs more in the future. And also it could impact on the long-run security and reliability of water to people,” she said.
Farmer protests divide Indian community
Sydney’s Indian community leaders are meeting today over growing tensions among locals taking opposing views of India’s new farming laws.
A group of men pummelled the car with wooden bats and hammers.
Amar Singh of charity Turbans 4 Australia (T4A) said Sikhs were experiencing online hate, “where people are spilling out venomous statements against our community”.
Eleven Indian community groups will attend the meeting with NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell in an attempt to address the issue.
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A man is behind bars tonight after a siege in Sydney’s west yesterday.
Police were called to Denison street, Carramar, about 1pm yesterday following reports a man was armed with a machete.
Charlie McGee, 35, is accused of threatening police with a weapon before holing up inside the house for nine hours.
His 22-year-old girlfriend was inside the home with him.
Specialist officers eventually removed the accused about 9.45pm, at which point he was taken to Fairfield police station and then on to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.
He was taken to Fairfield Police Station before being transferred to hospital with minor injuries.
Already on parole, he was charged with failing to comply with a supervision order and using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention.
The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today. He remains in custody until his next appearance.
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The Blues might have applied some cosmetic surgery to the scoreboard in the end, but make no mistake, this game was well and truly over by three-quarter time.
Port Adelaide emphatically won the disposals 400-334 and marks 110-95 while also getting the edge in contested possessions 141-134.
Amazingly, the Blues had 10 more inside 50s (58-48) and four more clearances (36-32), but as has been the case for most of the year for them, they were way too inefficient.
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Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants Preview
Sydney had a bit of a scare last week but proved too good for Essendon and remain undefeated after four games this season.
The Giants have a really good and much needed win over Collingwood.
Really hard game to line up given we still don’t know which Giants side will show up. I’ll be backing the Swans to win this but very cautiously.
The Sydney Swans are still the relatively short priced favourites in the match but they are unwanted late in betting and are out to $1.43 after opening at $1.38 earlier in the week.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants are who the punters want to back late in the betting and are now into $2.86 after opening at $3.05.
Head To Head Bet
We’re tipping Sydney Swans to win at $1.43 odds.
First Goal Scorer
First Goal Scorer:
Tom Papley at $13.
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Brody Mihocek had just kicked a goal to keep the Magpies in touch in the Eagles’ 27-point win, when the camera panned to ScoMo sitting between former WA federal minister Mathias Cormann and Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs.
“Nice reception,” Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw said after hearing the noise.
“You wouldn’t like to be in that job and come to the footy, would you?” added co-commentator Brian Taylor.
Morrison is visiting Western Australia for the first time in 18 months. Since his last visit the WA Liberals suffered a landslide defeat in the state election as Mark McGowan’s Labor government recorded an easy win.
Voters satisfaction with the PM’s performance plunged by a stunning 7 points from 62 per cent to 55 per cent in the space of just two weeks in late March.
Mr Morrison also suffered a four-point plunge as preferred PM. His rating now stands at 52 per cent support as the preferred prime minister, still well in front of Labor leader Anthony Albanese who rose two points to a modest 32 per cent.
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The Western Force have declared their intention to go after rookie Waratahs No.10 Ben Donaldson but NSW co-coach Jason Gilmore is adamant the 22-year-old will handle the traffic and come through with the goods after having his position in the team questioned this week.
Force coach Tim Sampson praised the new Waratahs playmaker, who will make his first start at Super Rugby level in the must-win match in their penultimate round of Super Rugby AU’s regular season, and said he would come in for special attention.
“He’s quite a skilful young fella and has a nice passing game,” Sampson said. “He’ll be a handful but we’re going to put a lot of pressure through that area of the field with our defence. We’ll try and take away his space.”
Force captain Kyle Godwin added: “We’d be wanting to put pressure on him.”
Gilmore hit back, saying Donaldson’s calm character would help him overcome any Force barrage and reiterated Chris Whitaker’s promise that he was ready for a maiden Super Rugby start, having come off the bench a number of times last season.
“Every No.10 gets pressure put on them. It’s no different for [Force five-eighth Domingo] Miotti with us. We want to make him as uncomfortable as we can,” Gilmore said. “Donno is a pretty laid-back style of guy. He takes everything in his stride, so he’s a pretty composed player. He’s coming back from injury, played pretty well for Randwick [on Saturday], so he’s coming into this game feeling pretty good about himself. Tane [Edmed] is just behind him. We’re pretty confident with those two.”
The selection of Donaldson over Edmed has prompted debate in NSW rugby circles following Eastwood coach Ben Batger’s insistence that Edmed should have been picked.
Batger said it was “crazy” to pick Donaldson and slammed the logic of going with a player with next to no football under his belt this year.
“I definitely think people have forgotten about him,” said Gilmore of Donaldson, who he coached in the 2019 Junior Wallabies team. “Last year he played a lot of Shute Shield, came off the bench behind [Will Harrison], got some really good minutes against the Reds at the SCG and played really well.
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The Giants’ other co-captain, Callan Ward, won the Brett Kirk Medal for his inspiring 31-possession effort, as his young side answered all questions about their ability to last four quarters by overwhelming the Swans 6.4 to 0.5 in the last term.
It was easily the most significant of the four wins GWS has achieved, the others coming against Gold Coast and Port Adelaide in 2012 and Melbourne last year.
“Going through these tough times really does make you enjoy the days that are good,” midfielder Ward said.
The Giants led 19-12 early before the Swans kicked three straight goals to set up a 13-point lead at the first break.
Cameron said during the delay he addressed areas like contested ball and clearances in which they subsequently lifted after play resumed.
Swans coach John Longmire lamented his side’s inability to capitalise on a dominant period in the second quarter in which they led by as much as 24 points, but were outscored 3.0 to 1.6.
“We didn’t take those chances in that first half, that second quarter in particular,” Longmire said.
“Then they really lifted after halftime and we couldn’t go with them.
“We should have responded particularly in the last quarter.
“We didn’t hit the bodies hard enough and weren’t clean enough. We missed tackles – all the things you can’t afford to do.”
Asked about Franklin’s effort Longmire said: “He was quiet, we had a few.”
The day started badly for Sydney, with co-captain Kieren Jack pulling out with a sore back.
It got even worse during the reserves match when defender Alex Johnson suffered another knee injury and will require a third knee reconstruction in a year.
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A 58-year-old Western Australian man is expected to appear in Busselton Magistrate’s Court today (13 April 2021) on charges of accessing and possessing child abuse material.
The man was charged last month (2 March 2021) following an investigation that started when the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an online user uploading child abuse material to Facebook and Yahoo.
Investigators from the WA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) – which comprises AFP and WA Police Force members – allegedly linked the man, from Margaret River, to the accounts uploading the content.
On 2 March officers executed a search warrant at the man’s home and allegedly found a quantity of child abuse material on electronic devices.
The 58-year-old was charged with:
Using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to sections 474.19 and 474.22(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); Possession of child abuse material obtained using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offences is 15 years’ imprisonment.
AFP Acting Inspector Joel Van Den Brun said this case is a reminder that the AFP is working closely with international partners to combat the exploitation and abuse of children, including the online transmission of footage and photographs of these crimes.
“Anyone who accesses or shares this material is complicit in the physical abuse of children and we are committed to identifying them and bringing them before the courts,” Acting Inspector Van Den Brun said.
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.
Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.
Note to media:
Use of term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’
The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.
Use of the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:
indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.
Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.
AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297
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Four rounds into the new AFL season and three teams remain undefeated.
The Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Sydney are deservedly occupying the top rungs on the table, having embraced a proactive style of football assisted by — but not solely attributable to — the new standing the mark rule, which has led to a more attacking, free-flowing and enjoyable product.
As impressive as Melbourne and Sydney have been, the Bulldogs’ form has been the most eye-catching and looks the most sustainable. Melbourne has earned a level of mistrust that can be hard to shake but even the most cynical observer must be coming around after Sunday’s 25-point win over last year’s grand finalist Geelong.
The football experts I work with predict Sydney’s talented youngsters to strike a flat patch at some point, but how brilliant they have been in the side’s wins over Brisbane, Adelaide, Richmond and Essendon. In four rounds, the Swans have already registered more than half of their entire score from the abbreviated 2020 season. Let’s hope it lasts.
There’s no doubt the Bulldogs are a premiership contender. I’ve called all of their matches this season, each time walking away more convinced of their potential. If they beat the Suns on Saturday, it’ll be the club’s best start to a season since 1946.
To my eye, they look every bit — if not more than — the side that won a drought-breaking premiership in 2016. The Bulldogs’ have a midfield the envy of any club in the competition, with the blue-chip Marcus Bontempelli complemented by brilliant ball winner Jack Macrae, emerging star Bailey Smith, a desperate Josh Dunkley and free-wheeling Adam Treloar.
In Tom Liberatore the club has a player with Bulldog blood in his veins, a lethal weapon with a ferocious work ethic and commitment to the family business. While Houdini would struggle to escape from his tackles, Burling Hull would marvel at his sleight of hand. He’s a beauty, Libba.
Luke Beveridge’s side still looks to be lacking at least one tall defender, but is well served in other key positions. Aaron Naughton is becoming a beast of a player, one capable of 70-goal seasons if he straightens up his kicking and gets a better run with injury.
With a vastly fitter Josh Bruce having a much-improved season and ruckman Tim English afforded the luxury of greater stints in attack, the Bulldogs have the weapons to post significant totals.
The acquisition of veteran Stefan Martin from Brisbane has been a masterstroke as the physically raw English develops his ruck craft without the relentless weekly batterings.
I’m not sure there’s been a more influential recruit to any club this season.
While the Bulldogs, Swans and Demons have hit the ground running, reigning premier Richmond and its 2020 grand final opponent Geelong have won only two of their opening four matches.
Despite the slow start, I’d still expect both to push for a top-four finish again.
Richmond won only one of its first four matches last year and two in 2019 but the Tigers still claimed back-to-back flags in those seasons. Their performance against Sydney in round three was underwhelming but Friday night’s clash with Port Adelaide could easily have fallen their way. There was much to like.
Geelong’s form is more worrying. The Cats’ slow and methodical ball movement seems at odds with the prevailing game style of 2021.
The Cats’ 2011 premiership captain Cameron Ling and fellow ABC Grandstand AFL expert Mark Maclure both believe Geelong coach Chris Scott must adapt and encourage less conservatism.
There is simply too much talent at Scott’s disposal not to contend again. Patrick Dangerfield’s return from suspension this week will have an immediate impact and star recruit Jeremey Cameron’s (hamstring) inclusion in coming weeks should further change the Cats’ fortunes.
The Cats should be 3-2 after Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne before a crunch game against West Coast at Kardinia Park and a trip to Sydney to face the surging Swans.
In contrast to Richmond and Geelong, Collingwood’s prospects this season have plummeted.
The Magpies’ five-goal loss to the previously winless Giants appeared a tipping point for a club recently in premiership contention but now facing difficult decisions.
In the last year of his contract, Nathan Buckley is in a quandary. On-field results ultimately determine the fate of football coaches, but Collingwood needs to regenerate.
Buckley has already shown some willingness to prioritise young players and Saturday night’s performance further illustrated the need to depart from the old and look to the new.
But that comes with the likelihood of more losses and missing the finals, further agitating sponsors and fans already aggrieved by recent off-field controversies.
The Magpies also have salary cap challenges illustrated by the messy departure of Treloar, whose wage they continue to subsidise as he runs rampant for the undefeated Bulldogs.
During his almost decade-long tenure as senior coach, Buckley has been defined by his pragmatism and a team-first mentality. It’s obvious which way he’ll go, prioritising Collingwood’s long-term prospects.
But will a hierarchy that no longer includes his greatest champion, Eddie McGuire, be willing to back him in for what looks a longish haul?
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