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Of bricks and bravery: Joanne McCarthy recalls moments of shark rescues and grace under pressure

ONE of my favourite photos from a trip to Tasmania nearly two decades ago shows my father and my brother Bill, both bent slightly forward beside an old wall at Port Arthur, examining the brickwork.
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My late father, a brickie, taught Bill the trade.

I have no idea what they were discussing at the time, but I took the photo because it represented a recurring theme during our week together in that most beautiful state.

We would arrive at a place, walk around, and invariably Dad and Bill would find something to inspect that was old and made of brick.

They would talk about the shape and make-up of the bricks themselves, what it would have been like to have laid them, the tools of trade in the 1800s, the bonds (the patterns in which bricks are laid), the “lines” and “perps” (the horizontal and vertical mortar joints between bricks) and loads of other things that I wouldn’t hear because I’d have becomebored by that stage and have wandered off to look at something else.

The photo album from that trip shows Dad and Bill inspecting bricks at Port Arthur, on a bridge at Richmond, on the waterfront at Strahan and in other places I haven’t identified. If ever I lost themI’d just walk around for awhile, looking for brick walls, and eventuallyfind them.

My brother is the fourth in a family of 11 children. I am the eldest. There are another two girls between us.Bill and I spent most of our childhoods trying to seriously maim each other, or worse. I didn’t take kindly to suddenly having a sibling described as“the son and heir” because he was male. It was a direct challenge to my exalted status as the eldest. Bill didn’t appreciate the little despot four years ahead of him.

As adults we worked out we are fundamentally male and female versions of the same personality, and made our peace.

Bill has two sons.

On July 17, 2016 he took the boys fishing at Erina Creek on the Central Coast.

A report of the day even records the time and where on the creek they were fishing. It was 9.45am, a Sunday, and they had thrown in a line off the wharf.

If my young nephews are anything like my three sons when they went fishing as children, a more likely story is that the boysthrewin multiple lines whichbecame entangled,snared orhooked on bushes or people, and Bill spent his time disentangling, unsnaring and unhooking the boys’ lines from bushes or parts of his body.

A report of what happened on that day as Bill and my nephews fished, which was made public by the Royal Humane Society after a ceremony at Government House in Sydney on October 20, notes that shortly after 9.45am a car stopped at a boat ramp near the wharf.

“Suddenly the car drove straight into the water, where within a very short timeit sank, becoming submerged,” the report said.

Bill has always been an action man, and capable. The report says he “immediately stripped to his underwear, grabbed a spanner from his car andentered the water”.

The report doesn’t record that he told his sons “DO NOT MOVE” first and rang 000, before throwing his phone to a couple out walking their dogs. The man in the couple, Jeffrey Doyle, also stripped to his underwear and swam to the car.

The report says the two men used the spanner to smash the back window and pulled the woman out. She was taken to hospital.

Royal Humane Society of NSW patron,NSW Governor David Hurley, presented 43 people with bravery awards for 2016-17 at the ceremony on October 20, including bronze awards to Bill and Mr Doyle.

It’s worth going to the Royal Humane Society website from time to time, if everyou think society is going to hell in a handbasket, to see how average ns respondwhen others are in danger.

Dr Hugh Giles and Matthew Meadows received gold awards at the ceremony for trying to save the life of Tadashi Nakahara, 41, who was attacked by a four-metre great white shark at a Ballina beach on February 9, 2015.

Mr Nakahara bled profusely after the shark bit off his legs and the back of his board.

“Most of the surfers quickly made their way to shore,” the Humane Society report said.

Dr Giles and Mr Meadows swam towards him. They placed themselves on either side of the dying man and towed him in.

A third man, Darren Rogers, jumped from rocks to help keep Mr Nakahara’s head above water. He received a silver award.

The report notes that throughout the rescue “the shark was still in the area and the victim was suffering substantial loss of blood into the surrounding waters”.

The three continued to try to keep Mr Nakahara alive once they reached the beach but he died.

Four men –Paul Pollard, Michael O’Rourke, Hayden Griffiths and Thomas Raymen –received silver awards for their extraordinary attempts to rescue people trapped in their cars after ashocking petrol tanker crash at Mona Vale in 2013. A fifth man, Andrew Cochrane, has already received a gold award for his courage on that day.

My brother attended the awards ceremony alone,and was later roundly abused by some of his siblings for not letting his family know about it.

It was after the ceremony, while on a verandaatGovernment House overlooking Sydney Harbour, that he teared up while inspecting the brickwork of that beautiful old building.

Our father died in November last year. Checking out the brickwork in solitary silencewas a poignant reminder of that loss. Bill’s courage, though, is testament to our father’s legacy.

Falling profits could affect flight cancellations

The Virgin Holdings Ltd. logo, left, and Qantas Airways Ltd. logo are displayed on the tails of aircraft at Sydney Airport in Sydney, , on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Virgin is scheduled to announce half-year earnings on Feb. 11. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg From: TheAge OpinionSent: Tuesday, 18 October 2011 4:25 PMTo: Scott MortonSubject: FW: photo tony webber From: tony webber [mailto:[email protected]苏州夜场招聘.au]Sent: Tuesday, 18 October 2011 3:17 PMTo: TheAge OpinionSubject: photo tony webberHi Ian, Is this photo OK?
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Falling profits and passenger demand on flights between Canberra and Sydney could be to blame for nation leading cancellation rates, a former Qantas chief economist says.

Tony Webber, chief executive and founder of Airline Intelligence and Research, said the 8.1 per cent cancellation rate on flights between the two cities in September follows a reduction in passenger demand over the past six years and is likely related to cuts to public service travel budgets since the Global Financial Crisis.

Dr Webber said the number of passengers on the route had fallen by 12.5 per cent since 2010, resulting in excess capacity for carriers including Qantas and Virgin .

“This manifests itself in two ways – lower yields and lower seat factors,” he said.

“Seat factors on the route have fallen from 67 per cent in 2010 to 61.5 per cent in 2013.

“The decline in the seat factor was arrested by consecutive reductions in airline capacity by 9 per cent and 10 per cent in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

“On a route like Sydney-Canberra excess capacity can be devastating because demand is highly insensitive to fares – it’s very hard to fill excess seats on this route by offering cheaper fares.”

In a post on networking website LinkedIn Dr Webber said he suspected considerable passenger yield reduction had taken place on the route, information closely guarded by the airlines.

Airline Intelligence and Research runs databases of aviation financial and operational information as well as data subscription services.

“Why has demand weakened? We can pinpoint forces that are specific to Sydney-Canberra but I think it is the wider Canberra domestic market.

“I say this because Melbourne-Canberra passengers carried have fallen by 10 per cent, Brisbane-Canberra by 6 per cent and Adelaide-Canberra by 10 per cent between 2010 and 2016.

“I suspect the answer lies partly in a steep reduction in public servant travel budgets since the global financial crisis.”

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development statistics showed flights between Canberra and Sydney topped the nation for cancellations last month, at 8.1 per cent and ahead of Sydney to Melbourne flights at 7.5 per cent and Melbourne to Sydney at 7.4 per cent.

There were 59 cancelled flights on both the Canberra to Sydney route and Sydney to Canberra, far higher than the 30 cancellations between Canberra and Melbourne in the same period.

This week Canberra Airport managing director Stephen Byron called for the federal government to investigate higher than average flight cancellations in Canberra and to consider introducing new national performance benchmarks.

In September, Qantas cancelled 32 flights from Sydney to Canberra, 6.8 per cent of its schedule for the month, while Virgin cancelled 27 flights, or 10.5 per cent.

Qantas cancelled 31 flights in the other direction, or 6.6 per cent, while Virgin cancelled 28 flights, or 10.9 per cent of its schedule.

Nationally, cancellations represented 2.7 per cent of all scheduled flights, up from 1.7 per cent a month earlier and above the long term average of 1.4 per cent.

Almost 1 million trips on bus services and ease of driving between the capital and Sydney are likely contributing factors.

Qantas and Virgin didn’t directly address the cause of frequent cancellations in statements to Fairfax Media this week.

Qantas crew members at Sydney Airport told ticket holders last week the repeated delays for flights to Canberra were caused by staffing shortages and competing priorities on other routes.

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Former Howard minister cleared in ASIC case

The corporate watchdog has suffered a devastating legal blow after a court threw out its case against the former directors of collapsed retirement village owner Prime Trust, including former federal health minister Michael Wooldridge.
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The loss could cost taxpayers millions of dollars as the Full Court of the Federal Court awarded costs in the long-running case against the n Securities and Investments Commission.

The court ruled that ASIC had filed its case one month after the statute of limitations for corporate wrongdoing ended.

A statement by the regulator said it was considering the judgment, raising the possibility that it would appeal to the High Court.

Corporate wrongdoing in has a six-year statute of limitations under the Corporations Act.

On Wednesday, the Full Court of the Federal Court threw out all findings against n Property Custodian Holdings, the manager of the Prime Trust.

The court also threw out the Federal Court’s declarations that the directors of Prime Trust, including founder Bill Lewski, Dr Wooldridge and high-profile Melbourne political figure Peter Clarke had breached the Corporations Act when they agreed to sign off on a $33 million fee on the listing of Prime Trust.

Retirement village owner Prime Trust, once worth $560 million, collapsed in 2010 wiping out the savings of about 8000 investors.

Wednesday’s judgment clears the slate for the directors with all declarations of wrongdoing overturned.

The original Federal Court ruling banned Mr Lewski from being a company director for 15 years and Dr Wooldridge, the company’s former chairman, for two years and three months.

Mr Clarke, who had only just signed on as a director at the time of the alleged wrongdoing, was not banned. Fellow former directors Kim Jaques and Mark Bulter were each banned for four years.

However, the Full Court of the Federal Court last year overturned the bans after finding ASIC had run out of time to bring the case.

“The failure of ASIC to commence proceedings before August 23, 2012 has been the primary cause for the complexities introduced into the proceeding, as no direct reliance could be placed upon the conduct that occurred on July 19, 2006 as establishing a contravention,” the Full Court found last year.

NPL: Lambton Jaffas shape up for defence with Griffiths brothers and two new faces

Coach James Pascoe believes his championship-winning Lambton Jaffas can be stronger in 2018 after the recruitment of Bren Hammel and Cade Mapu and the decision of former Socceroos Joel and Ryan Griffiths to play again.
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STRIKEFORCE: Joel and Ryan Griffiths celebrate the Lambton Jaffas’ grand final win over Edgeworth at McDonald Jones Stadium on September 2. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Joel Griffiths debuted in the Northern NSW NPL this year in his return from a career-ending knee injury and Ryan joined Jaffas mid-season after a short stint with Western Sydney Wanderers.

The brothers helped Jaffas deny Edgeworth a third consecutive grand final win onSeptember 2 but were unsure whether they would play on next year.

Pascoe met with the pair last week and said “they’ve indicated that they are happy to go around again”.

The Jaffas lost Riley McNaughton (Charlestown), Rhys Tippett and Nathan Morris (retired) from their 2-0 grand final victory but have secured Hammel and Mapu to help fill the void.

Hammel was a stalwart atEdgeworth but left the club in July. Mapuis the younger player of grand final scorer Ridge Mapu and joins Jaffas from Central Coast’s National Youth League squad. Both will add to the Jaffas’ speed and options down the flanks.

Pascoe was on the lookout for a centre-back to replace Morris but was pleased with the initial signings and the retention of most of his squad, which finished third in the premiership.

“I’dlike to think if we can replace Nathan Morris the right way, we might be just a tad stronger,” Pascoe said.“But also because it’s thesecond year for the group together after such a big rebuild the year before.

“I think all indicators are we’ll be able to play even better football again, and that’s important for me. Results are most important, but I think with the cattle we had last year, we didn’t quite hit the heights in performancesenough.”

“The aim will certainly be to play a nice brand of football that gets results as well.”

Pascoe was excited about the additions, especially Hammel.

“I was fortunate that I was made aware of his interest in coming to us,” he said of Hammel.

“It’s been the case with about half a dozen really good footballers and I’ve just got to be strategic in what I add, and in terms of what we lost.

“He’s someone who can play down that right side in higher and deeper roles, plus he’s got the capability to play centrally if needed.

“Add on to that his level of experience, maturity andleadership, he’s a super pick up.

“He’ll fit in beautifully and probably add a little more than we’ve actually lost.”

Cade Mapu is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury but Pascoe expects him to be back in full training in December.

“He can play as a winger down either side and as a No.10 if needed,” he said.

“I’ve seen a little bit of him playing but I’ve spoken to a lot of people who suggest he’s as quick as Ridge and maybe slightly more technically consistent as his brother.”

The Jaffas return to training on Monday but captain Jobe Wheelhouse is not expected back anytime soon as he continues recovery from a fractured ankle.

Wheelhouse played through the injury in the semi-finals and grand final and will see specialist Dr Kim Slater about the problem.He has had further scans and faces potential surgery but Pascoe said: “He’s confident it’s not going to hinder him in any way come February”.

BoatingClipper series to push boundariesMark Rothfield

NEW NAME: Perpetual Loyal, which has been on Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club’s marina, has a new Sydney owner.TO help celebrate its 40th anniversary in , Clipper Motor Yachts is poised to launch a glamorous European-inspired series that will compete in the international long-range luxury cruiser market.
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After months of intensive research, focus groups, one-on-one interviews with current and prospective owners and design workshops held in , Asia and the US, the new-generation Clipper is finalised and will be unveiled globally at the end of the year.

Managing director Brett Thurley sees it as an exciting new era in Clipper’s growth and development.

“We will always keep the core elements inherent in the Clipper DNA, such as walk-around decks, semi-displacement hull design, shaft-drive diesel technology, long-range economical cruising capacity and exemplary seakeeping ability, however we’ve given the range a massive change in styling and aesthetic direction for the future,” he said.

“This has been done at a visual, engineering and design level so the new generation of flybridge, sedan bridge and sedan vessels will be cutting-edge compared with Clippers of the past.

SLEEK: Clipper Motor Yachts will mark its 40th birthday in by launching a European-inspired series.

“Our heritage is in traditional, solid, trawler-style cruisers and we have now taken that style of vessel to a completely new level of contemporary design and finish.”

The new series evolved through a partnership with Patrizio Facheris Yacht and Product Design Studio based in Florida. Facheris has more than 30 years’ industry experience designing everything from luxury tenders to state-of-the-art superyachts.

“Patrizio is the epitome of Italian design and flair … so his expertise, passion for elegance in design and ability to achieve excellence is well known,” Thurley added.

“We met with him, showed him where we had come from, what we were currently producing and where we wanted to head, then threw down the challenge for him to work with us to design a range of models that would position us as leaders in our niche for years to come.

“Patrizio has a passion for our style of motor yacht and was really enthusiastic about being involved in pushing the boundaries of what we could achieve.

“He’s with us on this journey to produce truly world-class, bluewater cruising motor yachts.”

The new Clipper range will encompass a sleek, Euro-styled sedan bridge Hudson Bay model with three versions – a 500S, 540S and the flagship 640S. In addition, the same hull will be produced in a sedan version starting with the Hudson Bay 350.

Jewel in the crown will be a range of new Cordova Motor Yachts including the 50MY, the 55MY and the 65MY. These vessels will be true long-range cruisers designed to tackle virtually any sea conditions and deliver their owners to any destination in safety and comfort.

“We will be staging the international release of this ground-breaking new range before the end of the year and we have already commissioned several of the new generation of boats to show our potential customers exactly how special this range is,” Thurley adds.

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Perpetual Loyal’s new ownerTHE Hunter’s hopes of snaring a de-facto Sydney-Hobart line-honours victory have been dashed, with Perpetual Loyal now sold to a Sydney buyer.

After setting a record time of 1 day 13hrs in last year’s race, slicing five hours off Wild Oats XI’s mark, the supermaxi has resided on Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club’s marina.

The new owner, Sydney software giant Christian Beck, has renamed the 100-footer InfoTrack. It will join rival Wild Oats XI, Black Jack and Comanche on the start line.

Beck’s aspirations are: “To win. But more realistically, the yacht has the potential to win in heavy weather conditions such as last year”.

SLOW START FOR LAKE PAIRTHE Volvo Ocean Race isn’t won on the first leg but Lake Macquarie sailors Kyle Langford and Lucas Chapman are off to a slow start.

Langford’s Team Brunel and Chapman’s Turn the Tide on Plastic slugged it out for last place of the seven entries. Brunel narrowly managed to avoid the wooden spoon, with skipper Bouwe Bekking clearly frustrated.

“The synergy within the team is good but we really missed speed, especially in the second part of the leg,” he said. “But the race is long and we’re focused on getting the boat back in shape.”

Leg 2 from Lisbon to Cape Town starts Sunday.

The best sights along the east coast of Italy

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Even better would be to start in Ravenna, just a little north of Rimini, and take in some of the wonderful mosaics in its churches, which must surely rate among the most wonderful collections of early Christian artworks. For several hundred years this was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, a role that left it bestowed with an artistic treasury, don’t miss it.

Rimini is essentially a beach resort and in April the city will be slumberous, although it does have a wonderful Roman museum, a grandiose cathedral in the Tempio Malatestiano and a Roman triumphal arch commissioned by Emperor Augustus.

Pesaro is another beach resort although it’s worth stopping just for the architectural wonders of the Piazza del Popolo. South is a string of seaside towns that come alive in the summer, Civitanova Marche, San Benedetto del Tronto, Pescara and Termoli. Further south Barletta is a real gem with a great history and well worth stopping for a couple of nights, and the same applies to Bari. Rather than stopping at Brindisi you’d be well advised to continue to Lecce, one of the gems of the Puglia region.

Three weeks is a long time to devote to this journey. In April I’d be more inclined to start in the south to take advantage of the better weather and work your way north. You might even consider a side trip to take in the Croatian coast and its islands, easily done with a ferry trip from Ancona to Split.


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Three teenagers charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl after party at Bolton point

Newcastle courthouse. A 14-YEAR-OLD girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by three teenagersafter leaving a party at Bolton Point on Saturday night repeatedly told the trio to “stop”, according to detectives.
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But it wasn’t until the grandmother of one of the 18-year-old menburst into the bedroom that the alleged ‘gang rape’ ceased, according to police facts.

Two men, both 18,appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday charged withaggravated sexual assault in company.

A 17-year-old male has been charged with the same offence and was granted conditional bail to appear in Broadmeadow Children’s Court in December.

The 14-year-old girl told detectives she met the three teenagers at a party at Bolton Point on Saturday night and kissed both of the 18-year-oldsa number of times.

Police arrived at the home to break-up the party about 9.30pm and a large number of party-goers fled through the back gate into bushland.

Among them was the 14-year-old girl and the two 18-year-old men.

One of the 18-year-old menkissed the 14-year-old girl before he allegedly exposed hispenis and placedthe 14-year-old’s hand on it.

The 14-year-old girl told detectives she asked the 18-year-old: “can we go somewhere safe?”

He allegedly suggested they go back to his house.

The 14-year-old girl told detectives she was “carried” for some part of the walk and police say a witness saw the 18-year-old “grabbing” the 14-year-old by the arm and “dragging” her, according to a statement of police facts.

Once at home, the 18-year-old is alleged to have removed the 14-year-old girl’s skirt and underwear, but the girl says she told him“no”.

A short time later the other 18-year-old man and the 17-year-old boy knocked on the bedroom window and the manallegedly told the 14-year-old girl “I’m going to let my friends in”.

While he was outside of the bedroom, the 14-year-old girl says she put her clothes back on and walked outside, only to be “confronted” by the 18-year-old she had been kissing, who grabbed her arm and took her back into the bedroom.

The other 18-year-old and the 17-year-old male came into the bedroom and the three young men all allegedly kissed the 14-year-old girl and exposed their penises.

The 18-year-oldis then alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the 14-year-old girl, during which the girl says she said: “Stop, I don’t want to”.

After this, police allege either the other 18-year-oldor the 17-year-old boy digitally penetrated the girl and rubbed her breasts.

Again, the girl says she said “stop” several times.

The group were then interrupted by the 18-year-old’s grandmother, police said.

Live it up at one of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts

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The Halekulani, Honolulu THE LOCATION

The Halekulani, perhaps Hawaii’s most iconic hotel, has been welcoming guests for more than a century. On the famed Waikiki beach strip, the historic hotel commands a plum beachfront position and oozes style and grace. Order a Mai Tai and wander through the open courtyards, lush gardens and swaying palms where former Miss Hawaii winners perform the hula nightly under a magnificent century-old kiawe tree. I could easily picture actor Clarke Gable, who stayed at the hotel in the post-war years, leaning on a doorway smoking a cigar.

The original Halekulani began in 1907 as a beachfront home with just five bungalows owned by Robert Lewers. The fishermen of the area would bring their canoes onto the beach in front of the property to rest. The welcome they received was always warm and friendly, so the locals named the location “house befitting heaven” or Halekulani.

A decade later Juliet and Clifford Kimball bought the hotel, expanded it, and established it as a stylish resort for wealthy holidaymakers. Almost 100 years on, it’s a 453-room resort on two hectares of prime Waikiki beachfront, cocooned from the surrounding bustle of sprawling tourist hotels, shops and restaurants. While the Halekulani has beachfront access, it’s a slim strip of sand directly in front of the hotel. What it lacks in terms of sandy real estate, it makes up for with views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean, which can be seen from most guest rooms. From the Halekulani you can browse the shops along the touristy Kalakaua Avenue and stroll the 3.2-kilometre stretch of the famous Waikiki Beach. THE SPACE

The Halekulani is made up of five low density buildings ranging from two to 17 storeys. It’s a reasonable sized hotel, but feels boutique. Guests arrive at a porte-cochere, and are directed through to an airy, floral filled reception. At the heart of the hotel is the orchid mosaic pool fashioned from 1.2 million South African glass tiles. Neat rows of white terry towelling covered sun loungers face the pool where guests are waited on by attendants. Overhead are swaying palm trees. There are also three restaurants, three cocktail lounges, SpaHalekulani with a Polynesian treatment menu, fitness room, business centre, bakery, florist, meeting and banquet rooms. THE ROOM

My oceanfront room is a generous place of calm and understated elegance in the hotel’s signature “seven shades of white” colour scheme, with a large lanai overlooking the ocean, all the way to Diamond Head. There’s a king-size bed and underfoot is plush carpeting. The all-white bathroom has a Kohler deep soaking tub, separate shower, and marble vanity. On arrival, guests are welcomed with a fruit plate and chocolates, scattered with purple orchids; at night small gifts are left on your pillow during the turndown service. There are also three premium suites – the Halekulani suite designed by Vera Wang, Orchid and Diamond Head suites. THE FOOD

The Halekulani has three well-regarded restaurants, including its formal fine diner La Mer, serving modern French cuisine from a Michelin-star chef, with ocean and garden views. Due to our short stay we didn’t get to try any of the restaurants; however, we did enjoy cocktails and canapes on the verandah at Lewers Lounge at sunset, which was pretty special. STEPPING OUT

Bills Hawaii (n chef Bill Grainger’s Waikiki outpost) is a two-minute walk from the Halekulani for good coffee and breakfast. Koko Head Cafe is a short taxi ride away for an interesting brunch menu and all day dumplings. There’s good shopping just outside the hotel or head nearby to the gigantic Ala Moana Centre. Take a 15-minute walk to the sprawling Kapiolani Park for people-watching and beach yoga. At night, book a table at the Pig and the Lady, a hip restaurant in China Town, serving lip-smacking Vietnamese fusion dishes and lush cocktails. THE VERDICT

The Halekulani lives up to its reputation as one of Hawaii’s most acclaimed and luxurious hotels with elegant rooms, beautiful views and impeccable service. It was so hard to leave. ESSENTIALS

2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu. Rooms start from $US540, or $US585 (Sunrise package) including breakfast for two in either Orchids or House Without a Key. Tel (808) 923- 2311. See halekulani成都夜总会招聘HIGHLIGHTS

A Mai Tai on the lush lawns, and the flawless service. LOWLIGHTS

The Halekulani’s small beach area made it near impossible to swim during high tide.

Sheriden Rhodes was a guest of Hawaii Tourism Oceania

Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat review

The Location
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On the Bittern-Dromana Road in Merricks North, Tussie Mussie is smack bang in the middle of Mornington Peninsula. It feels secluded, on 11 hectares, but it seems close enough to be almost no more than five or 10 minutes away from every restaurant and winery in the area. Within a 10-minute radius are big guns Jackalope, Montalto and Ten Minutes by Tractor; an extra five will take you to Dromana Beach. The Place

Tussie Mussie is a private retreat on top of a valley overlooking its vineyards. There are three properties you can rent on the site – a two-bedroom owner’s cottage, the “old laundry” suite which is designed as a private space for couples, and the Vineyard Lodge, more of a large house with four king bedrooms each with their own en suite. Book out one of the properties, or all three.

Adjoining the lodge is a professional kitchen with a casual dining space and a cold room, and another outdoor dining area contains a wood-fired pizza oven. There’s a rustic outdoor dining table in front of the vineyards which would be a perfect setting for a wedding, or an episode of The Bachelor, or a picturesque spot for a hen’s do (of which there are plenty around) or a more casual getaway for a group of friends or family. The Space

Oh, the serenity. We’ve got the entire place to ourselves for the stay and we barely heard a noise all weekend. The only living things we shared the property with were king parrots and a half-dozen rabbits. Apart from vineyards, the property is surrounded in an endless supply of lavender, fresh herbs and flowers, the smell of each intoxicating. Inside, a French rustic design embraces neutral colours. Props such as old suitcases appeal to the travel ethos and an akubra hat and driza-bone is a nod to its former life as a country cottage. Across the three properties there are plenty of leafy spaces for quiet reflection and there’s also a grass tennis court. The Rooms

Sometimes private accommodation gets the details right more than hotels. And here, there was no struggle to find the right light switch. Not a hint of sunlight entered the blinds in the morning. The heating set-up was amazing – there are heated floors in the bathroom and WC, an oil heater in every room, and electric blankets on the beds. In the lounge, a reverse cycle air conditioner and a wood fire. Back in the bathroom, the shower had two manoeuvrable heads. On the downside, the no-name brand television would be better served in the hard rubbish along with the musty collection of DVDs. A Chromecast is cheap and guests can BYO their own Netflix. The Food

This is the kind of place you don’t want to leave, and with a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, pizza oven and several barbecues plus an endless supply of some of the state’s best wineries nearby it is hard to find reason to. Unless you don’t like to cook, in which case some of the peninsula’s best restaurants are close by. Stepping Out

It would be remiss of you to not visit Jackalope and its seriously good food while so close. Drivers can take comfort in the knowledge that Jackalope’s wines can be served by the half-glass. Take heed, fellow country wineries, for this is a smart idea.

Further west, at brand-spanking new Point Leo Estate you can grab yourself a glass of wine and wander through their unique sculpture park that has spectacular views over Phillip Island, and then go dine in its restaurant run by three-hatted former Rockpool chef Phil Wood.

There are loads of monster-wineries near Tussie Mussie, but we preferred some of the smaller cellar doors nearby. Quealy, just down the road, produces wine made from Tussie’s vineyards. Ocean Eight produce fine chardonnay in Shoreham, and stop by Bass and Flinders distillery for gin and vodka (go early to avoid bus tours). We also took great delight playing with kids of the four-legged variety at Main Ridge Dairy, the goat’s cheese farm in Main Ridge. The Verdict

A gorgeous retreat in lush country surrounds and a perfect base for hunting and gathering the area’s top quality produce. Highlight

Quiet comfort and solitude in close proximity to Mornington Peninsula’s best wineries. Lowlight

The crappy TV. OK, so we didn’t really have time to switch on a telly but it would have been nice to had we stayed more than one night.


206 Bittern-Dromana Rd, Merricks North, VIC 3926.

Ph 0437 403 778, tussiemussie成都夜总会招聘.au. Rates start from $395 per night.

The writer was a guest of Visit Victoria, visitvictoria成都夜总会招聘.au

ASIC’s case against Westpac a ‘fallacy’, court hears

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 15: Generic Westpac Bank on September 15, 2014 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Fairfax Media via Getty Images). Westpac logoThe corporate watchdog’s case against Westpac alleging the bank had rigged one of ‘s key interest rates is a “fallacy”, a court has heard.
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The n Securities and Investments Commission has accused Westpac of rigging or attempting to rig the bank bill swap rate (BBSW), a key rate used to set interest rates for business loans, on 16 occasions between 2010 and 2012.

Westpac’s defence to the claim in the Federal Court in Melbourne was challenged by Justice Jonathan Beach on Wednesday.

Westpac lawyer Matthew Darke spent Wednesday afternoon explaining that recordings of Westpac’s internal conversations ASIC says show the bank was manipulating the rate was “nothing more than light-hearted banter”.

Mr Darke told the court Mr Roden’s statement to Commonwealth Bank trader Garfield Lee that Westpac “controlled the market” was “just industry jargon”.

“What Mr Roden is talking about is controlling the bank bill market,” Mr Darke said.

Justice Beach responded: “He does use the word control, it is a very unusual word to use.”

On Tuesday, the court heard Westpac’s lead trader Colin Roden had used expletive laden language to his colleagues to describe his alleged manipulation of the market including “I know it’s wrong but f???k it,” and that he would “f-ck the rate set”.

Mr Darke is yet to explain in detail what Mr Roden meant by saying “I know it is wrong, but f–k it”, references he made about to going to jail over his alleged actions.

Mr Roden is expected to give evidence in the coming weeks.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Darke said ASIC’s case against the bank was weak on both factual and technical grounds.

“ASIC’s case completely disregards Westpac’s circumstances,” Mr Darke said.

“There were legitimate reasons for Westpac trading on those days.”

Mr Darke said that conversations between Westpac’s traders including those with Mr Roden and his colleague Sophie Johnson were not about rigging the bank bill swap rate.

“They [the conversations] have been misinterpreted by ASIC; Mr Roden and Ms Johnson have signed affidavits to that effect,” Mr Darke said.

“They are, it seems, the best ASIC can do,” Mr Darke said.

Mr Darke also told the court that concerns Westpac had breached its Chinese walls and that traders within its treasury department were sharing information about the rate set with its financial markets team were unfounded.

Yesterday the court heard Ms Johnson had communicated with Westpac’s financial markets trader Adam Parker about where the bank bill swap rate would be set.

“We would respectfully submit that was not so,” Mr Darke said.

“When one looks at the communication, Ms Johnson refrains from giving Mr Parker any information.”

A key plank of Westpac’s defence is that its traders inside treasury were working to shore up Westpac’s balance sheet and its treasury function is completely separate from its other departments.

ASIC has accused Westpac of engaging in unconscionable conduct by rigging the BBSW. Last week ANZ and NAB settled their cases with the regulator for $50 million each.

The bank bill swap rate, known as BBSW in financial markets, is a key rate at which banks lend to each other over short periods. It is one of the most important interest rates in the economy, providing a benchmark for the setting of a range of business loan interest rates.

The case before Justice Jonathan Beach continues.