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Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce at odds over new mining tax proposal

Barnaby Joyce, left, and Malcolm Turnbull appear to be divided over a proposed iron ore tax. Photo: Alex EllinghausenPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls it “troubling” but his deputy Barnaby Joyce apparently doesn’t have a bad word to say about a West Australian plan for a new $7.2 billion mining tax.
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Mr Turnbull and Mr Joyce appear to have split over WA Nationals leader Brendan Grylls’ proposed iron ore tax hike.

While Mr Joyce was a leading critic of federal Labor’s now-defunct mining tax and has close ties to mining magnate Gina Rinehart, he appears to have an open mind on Mr Grylls’ controversial plan.

“Minister Joyce said the proposal was a matter for the state government and he would not run down any proposal that was designed to get a better deal for its constituents,” said a spokesman for Mr Joyce, who is currently acting PM.

WA Labor opposes the plan, in a reversal of the political positions taken on Kevin Rudd’s mining tax in 2010.

The apparent split has been exposed by the West Australian newspaper. Miners BHP and Rio Tinto are said to be infuriated by the proposal that would increase from 25¢-a-tonne to $5-a-tonne the “production rent” on iron ore, bringing in an estimated $7.2 billion over four years.

Speaking in Laos this week Mr Turnbull told the newspaper that Mr Grylls’ plan could damage investment in WA.

“It obviously sends a very troubling message to mining companies and other people considering making long-term investment,” he said.

“It’s a state issue, of course, but we view with great concern, as does the whole business community, the imposition of substantially increased taxes on particular, nominated companies.”

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan – a Nationals MP – has said he has “grave concerns” about the proposal.

Mr Joyce called Labor’s mining profits tax a “debacle” and a “shambles” and even criticised respected senior public servant Ken Henry for proposing it in his comprehensive tax reform review.

Grand designs: Inside Eddie Obeid’s unfinished Lebanese mansion

The stalled Lebanese mansion of the former Labor powerbroker Photo: Eryk Bagshaw Eddie Obeid leaves Darlinghurst Supreme Court in June. Photo: Christopher Pearce
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The living room of Obeid’s Metrit mansion. Photo: Eryk Bagshaw

Inside the stalled Lebanese mansion of former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid where 17 arches greet visitors. Photo: Eryk Bagshaw

The swimming pool Obeid was building for his grandchildren. Photo: Eryk Bagshaw

The villa is very Eddie.

Dominating a hilltop in northern Lebanon, the Obeids’ sandstone mansion features 17 archways, a domed roof, a swimming pool and a terraced garden. The master bedroom looks out towards an ancient grove of cedar trees. A lift well connects three storeys, including the basement “teenager’s retreat”.

Both Obeid’s ambition and taste for luxury are evident in the $US1.2 million ($1.6 million) renovation plan of the home bequeathed by his father.

“I want it to be a place my grandchildren can say, ‘This is where our grandfather was born’,” he said in 2013. “It’s a legacy to the family.”

Except the pool is empty, unlined, the staircase untiled. An overturned wheelbarrow rusts in one of the rooms upstairs. The “teenager’s retreat” contains a mouldy cushion, a lawn mower and wire.

Relatives in Obeid’s home village of Metrit say the renovation is in limbo. They have not seen the former Labor powerbroker and convicted criminal they call Edward for more than a decade.

A rare summer rain fell when Fairfax Media visited in late August.

“Press?” asked one villager, less used to tourists.

“Are you against Obeid?” asked a relative, wary of tales that have spread from the NSW Supreme Court to the village’s fig-covered lawns.

Another laughed while making a throat-slitting motion.

Metrit, population 100, with no transport and no school, is the ancestral home of the Obeids and many Lebanese-Australian families who fled during two decades of conflict between the 1970s and 1990s.

“Eddie done very well during the civil war,” said one of his relatives, who asked not to be named, after serving Fairfax Media a banquet lunch of tabbouleh, marinated eggplant, rice and supreme pizza.

“Too many people, their house had been destroyed, he talked to the government and took them over there to Australia.”

Obeid’s migration work made him a popular figure in the mainly Maronite Catholic village. He is also the reason a 40-house hamlet with no shop has a nine-person council.

He lobbied his Lebanese government connections for the village – ahead of other, much larger places – to become a municipality with hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funding for roads, electricity and water.

“You’re born here, you grew up here, that’s his village,” said the relative. “He was good to everybody.”

News, if not the finer details, of Obeid’s Australian court “troubles” have reached the village’s inhabitants, who are unlikely to see Metrit’s most famous political son anytime soon.

​Obeid, who recently suffered a stroke, had to surrender his passport last year to the NSW Supreme Court. He was tried over allegations he lobbied a maritime official without disclosing family business interests in Circular Quay cafes.

Convicted in June, he now faces a possible jail sentence. At the same time, Obeid and his son Moses face trial over a $30 million coal deal.

“Everyone can make a mistake,” says the relative. “No one deserves to be destroyed.”

Obeid still calls every month, says another, reflecting his emotional attachment to the village in which he and his five siblings were born.

In 2002, Obeid told Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star the Lebanese diaspora “not only feel nostalgia for their country” but also contribute to the country’s economic development.

But Obeid has also been accused of becoming too involved in local affairs.

More than a decade ago he intervened in a mayoral election to support a Shiite Muslim candidate over his Christian niece, Yolla Obeid.

Having requested two months’ parliamentary leave to attend to “urgent family business” in Lebanon, Obeid arranged for 22 people to fly in and vote for his preferred candidate. The politicking was allegedly an attempt to shore up Muslim support in case Obeid decided to enter Lebanese politics.

But signs suggest Obeid’s influence in a place 14,000 kilometres from Macquarie Street is on the wane. George Elias – a key Obeid backer who said in 2013 the authorities would “never get anything against him” – no longer serves as Metrit mayor.

And no work has been completed on the Obeid mansion for years, according to locals. Labourers were on site in 2013 but their abandoned work boots now house spiders.

Obeid declined to comment on the progress of his home. “You take the risk and write what you want,” he said,

One resident said there were no laws in Lebanon requiring completion of the home. The monument to the Obeid family could stand, incomplete, for decades in the town he once influenced from continents away.

ATO warns of phone scammers requesting payment for tax debts

The ATO is warning of telephone scammers. Photo: Erin Jonasson An ATO phone scam is doing the rounds. Photo: Ken Robertson KRZ
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The woman didn’t catch all of the threatening message on her elderly mother’s answering machine but the end part certainly caught her attention and left her frightened.

“Call this number or there will be consequences.”

The 82-year-old woman from Box Hill in Melbourne, who received the threatening call on Friday demanding she pay a “tax debt” over the phone, is just one of thousands of Australians being targeted by tax scammers.

“Part of the message had been cut off so I didn’t catch all of it, but I did catch the part about the consequences,” her daughter told Fairfax Media. “It took me by surprise, because I’m used to email scams but this call was quite brazen. It’s a disgusting message to leave on an elderly person’s phone.”

The call advised the woman to immediately phone a NSW number but the woman’s daughter, who did not want to be identified, said she suspected the call was a scam. “I thought I’d Google it first to get some background,” she said.

Her search revealed 19 other Australian households had been contacted by the same number within the week, all in regard to supposedly-outstanding tax debts or tax evasion.

The Australian Tax Office is reminding Australians to be wary of aggressive tax debt scams during tax time. From January to May this year, the ATO received more than 40,500 phone scam reports. It says more than 220 Australians were persuaded to hand over a total of $1.2 million to scammers.

Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said the ATO would never cold call about a tax debt. “We would never threaten you with jail or arrest, and our staff certainly wouldn’t behave in an aggressive manner,” he said.

Edwin and Annie Fabry, from Gold Coast, were told they had to pay $4300 in tax arrears.

“I told the man that I wouldn’t do any such thing over the phone and to put it in writing and mail it to our address, which he already had with our full name and home address,” Mr Fabry wrote in an online forum.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission urged Australians to hang up on tax scammers following a spike in the number of people reporting that they had lost money to tax scams this year.

More than $1 million was reported lost to the ACCC’s Scamwatch website in the six months to June 30. This compares to a total of $1.6 million lost to tax scams last year.

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said the scams come in many guises but generally claim that the call recipient has underpaid their taxes and are required to replay the tax debt immediately or face frightening repercussions.

“Tax scammers are particularly aggressive so many people feel pressured to pay quickly without questioning them,” Ms Rickard said. “The most threatening scammers even say that police are on their way to arrest you but can be stopped if you pay immediately.”

She said scammers often use personal information found online to convince people of their legitimacy. They usually ask for payment for an “unpaid debt” via money transfer, credit card, direct debit cards or even iTunes cards, and calls appear to come from a local phone number but most use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone numbers.

The numbers often look like Australian numbers, but are a proxy for a call made through an internet connection.

You can report suspected ATO email scams by forwarding the original email to [email protected]

You can also report scams to the ACCC via the Scamwatch report a scam page or by calling 1300 795 995.

AFL: Geelong v Hawthorn: It’s the Cats, posthumouslyPhotos

AFL: Geelong v Hawthorn: It’s the Cats, posthumously | Photos Isaac Smith of the Hawks reacts after missing a shot on goal after the siren to win the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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Cats players celebrate on the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Scott Selwood (left) and brother Joel Selwood of the Cats remonstrate with Sam Mitchell of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Players react after the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawks players look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Lincoln McCarthy of the Cats celebrates a goal with Tom Hawkins of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jack Fitzpatrick and Sam Mitchell of the Hawks look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks looks dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks and Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks line up for the national anthem during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats speaks with Sam Menegola of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Joel Selwood of the Cats hugs Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Isaac Smith of the Hawks misses a shot on goal after the siren to lose the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks remonstrates with Andrew Mackie of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cats players celebrate on the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Joel Selwood of the Cats addresses his teammates during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats looks on during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Scott Selwood (left) and brother Joel Selwood of the Cats remonstrate with Sam Mitchell of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Hawks line up for the national anthem during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks runs through the banner during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks takes a spectacular mark over Corey Enright of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Scott Selwood of the Cats looks on with a bloodied eye during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Brendan Whitecross of the Hawks is tackled by Jimmy Bartel of the Cats during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Players react after the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Players react after the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Patrick Dangerfield (left) and Tom Lonergan of the Cats celebrate during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks runs onto the field during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Isaac Smith of the Hawks misses a shot on goal after the siren to win the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cats players celebrate after Isaac Smith of the Hawks misses a shot on goal after the siren to lose the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

: Sam Mitchell of the Hawks and Scott Selwood of the Cats wrestle as Grant Birchall of the Hawks and Joel Selwood of the Cats look on during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Chris Scott, Senior Coach of the Cats congratulates his players during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cats players celebrate after Isaac Smith of the Hawks misses a shot on goal after the siren to lose the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawks players look dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Corey Enright of the Cats marks ahead of Paul Puopolo of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Brendan Whitecross of the Hawks is tackled by Sam Menegola and Josh Caddy of the Cats during the 2nd AFL Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tom Hawkins of the Cats and James Frawley of the Hawks compete for the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jimmy Bartel of the Cats marks the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Jimmy Bartel of the Cats is tackled by Ben McEvoy of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Daniel Menzel of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Mark Blicavs of the Cats and Luke Hodge of the Hawks wrestle at quarter time during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cats players celebrate on the final siren during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sam Mitchell of the Hawks is tackled by Sam Menegola of the Cats during the 2nd AFL Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Tom Hawkins (left) and Lincoln McCarthy of the Cats celebrate during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

James Frawley of the Hawks spoils a mark by Tom Hawkins of the Cats during the 2nd AFL Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Rhys Stanley of the Cats remonstrates with Sam Mitchell of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks and Umpire Dean Margetts share a discussion during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Paul Puopolo of the Hawks marks the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Hodge of the Hawks comes from the ground with a cut head during the 2nd AFL Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Cats players celebrate after Isaac Smith of the Hawks misses a shot on goal after the siren to lose the match during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Steven Motlop of the Cats fends off a tackle by Ben Stratton of the Hawks during the 2nd AFL Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 9, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats celebrates during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks marks the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Cyril Rioli of the Hawks celebrates a goal with Josh Gibson of the Hawks during the 2016 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 09, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookWhat a beautiful thing, when finals football between two great rivals not only lives up to, but exceeds expectations.

Geelong’s two-point win over Hawthornat the MCG on Fridaynight will be remembered as something special, ending, almost inevitably, with a kick for goal after the siren.

It was the Hawks’ Isaac Smith who took the shot and missed in front of 87,533 fans, a moment which will surely haunt the 27-year-old.

But the form shown by both these teams will be enough to have every other finalist shaking in their boots.

The Hawks ran out without forward James Sicily, who had fallen ill.

He was replaced by 20-year-old Daniel Howewho did not have a big impact on the game – not that Hawthorn were ever likely to lack fire-power in their forward-line.

Take this piece of play in the second quarter.

Paul Puopolobooted a lovely centring kick to the front of the Hawks goal to partner-in-crime Cyril Rioli, who tapped the ball out of the air into the the hands of Jack Gunston.

Looking good? Isaac Smith kicks for goal after the siren to win the game for Hawthorn. Photo: Getty Images

As if infected with the whatever Puopoloand Rioli had, Gunstonwas lightning-fast with his handpass toLuke Breustwho booted the goal from just metres out.

Where were Geelong’s defenders in all this?

They were around, but they were nowhere.

When Hawthorn plays this well, when they seem able to simply sense where their teammates are and respond accordingly, opposition players could almost be excused for simply shaking their heads – that is what the rest of us did.

There were other times however, where Geelong could have done more but were simply caught flat-footed.

Early in the third term Breust managed to break away from a scrambling pack in front of Hawthorn’s goal.

He chipped the ball to Gunston, who had been waited alonefor at least 10 seconds in the goal score and put the Hawks two goals in front.

The Cats were often the slower team and theirdefence could not match thedynamism of the Hawks’ attack.

Although the scores were close, for much of the game Hawthorn had much more of the ball and many more inside-50s.

It was in the third quarter that they really looked like they were going toslip away, showing on the scoreboard the dominance they had enjoyed around the ground.

Fans of the reigning premiers were on their feet as Rioli flew through the air for a beautiful overhead mark, which set Dunstanup for a goal.

But just when the Hawks seemed like a sure thing, Geelong surged, electrifying the MCG.

Consecutive goals from DanielMenzeland Lincoln McCarthy, from a brilliant, instinctive snap shot put them back within striking distance, then a third fromMark Blicavs from the goal square had Geelong two-points in front.

A controversial free kick to Breust gave him the opportunity to kick one of the goals of the night – 40m out, from beyond the boundary line and under plenty of pressure, the ball soared through the middle.

But just moments later and with seconds to go until the last break of the game,Motlopreturned the favour to put the Cats two points up.

Rioli put the Hawks four points up with a set shot just minutes in and Breust could have extended the lead had he kicked truly from 45m out on a 45-degree angle.

Patrick Dangerfield set Cameron Guthrie up for a quick goal for Geelong, only for Hawthorn’s great veteranShaun Burgoyneto send one scoring through at the other end.

This was edge-of-your-seat finals football, showcasing the skills of some of the best in the game and almost too tense to watch.

Geelong’s Josh Cowan hit the post from a set shot, whichcould have been costly, so too Motlop’s miss on the run.

But persistent, dogged teamwork put Caddy just metres on a tight angle and he goaled, the chant Gee-lon, Gee-long erupted around the ground.

What had seemed unlikely at halftime suddenly became a reality – Geelong took victory and Hawthorn would be forced to fight for their place in the rest of the finals.

GEELONG 2.3 5.5 10.9 12.13 (85)

HAWTHORN 1.2 6.6 10.7 12.11 (83)

GOALSGeelong:Caddy 2, McCarthy 2, Motlop 2, Hawkins 2, Guthrie, Menzel, Selwood, Blicavs.Hawthorn:Breust 3, Rioli 2, Gunston 2, Schoenmakers 2, Burgoyne 2, Hill.

BEST Geelong:Dangerfield, J Selwood, Guthrie, Blicavs, Menegola, Hawkins, Caddy, S Selwood.Hawthorn:Burgoyne, Lewis, Hodge, Rioli, Breust, Mitchell, Whitecross, Birchall.

INJURIESHawthorn:Burton (calf), Duryea (hand), Sicily (illness) replaced in selected side by Howe.

UMPIRESStevic, Meredith, Margetts.

CROWD87,533 at the MCG

2016 Spring Awakening festival in CessnockPHOTOS, VIDEO

Spring Awakening festival | PHOTOS, VIDEO The Cessnock City RSL Pipes and Drums Band leads the lantern parade down Cooper Street to kick off the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.
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The Cessnock City RSL Pipes and Drums Band leads the lantern parade down Cooper Street to kick off the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Hundreds of people took part in the lantern parade at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

The Cessnock TAFE grounds were filled with lanterns, lights and fires for the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

The Cessnock TAFE grounds were filled with lanterns, lights and fires for the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

The Adrianna Mac Trio performed at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Emmie Hallett and Michael Murphy at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

An interactive drumming workshop was part of the fun at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Jessica Carmichael, Andrew Carmichael, Noah Attewell, Liz Attewell and Jaye Hoelscher at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Front, Trudy Agunbiade and Olu Agunbiade, and back, Joanne Worthington and Lara Boyd at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Cheryl Moore and Pat McCarthy at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Kerry McKendry and Margaret Barr at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Audrey Goodsir, Karen Goodsir, Macy Blake, Cleo Hunt and Lynn Burr at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

Gracie Lennard, Lochie Lennard, Jaxyn Brook, Isla Lennard and Bobby Schrader at the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

The Cessnock TAFE grounds were filled with lanterns, lights and fires for the Spring Awakening Festival in Cessnock on September 9.

TweetFacebookSpring Awakening lantern paradePost by Spring Awakening lantern parade.