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Hitman Kyron Dryden out to conquer the world

Kyron Dryden at One World gym. Picture: Jonathan CarrollKYRON “Hitman” Dryden dreams of being a world champion.
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The 21-year-old welterweight from Mayfield will take his next step towards that goal when he fights Wollongong southpaw Alex Ah Tong in a non-title fight on the One World Boxing Academy “Detonation 4” program at Newcastle Panthers on Friday night.

A personal trainer by trade, Dryden has won five of his six professional fights, four by knockout, and good judges rate him one of the next big things in Australian boxing.

“I want to be the biggest name coming out of Newcastle, a Mayfield boy taking on the world,” Dryden said. “I’m not aiming any lower than world champion.”

Dryden and his entourage, which includes twin brother Darkon and their father and trainer, Joey, will have their faces obscured by his trademark black “Hitman” bandanas as they enter the ring on Friday night behind rapper “Relevent”, aka Jon Tupou.

“That’s just my thing. It’s my gimmick,” he said.

“You’ve got to have something different to stand out. I don’t want to be the bloke that just walks out like any other fighter.

“The ‘Hitman’ chants, getting rapped out instead of just coming out to any old song, it’s the whole thing. I love it.”

Joey Dryden said Ah Tong, a journeyman who has won just nine of 43 professional bouts, accepted the fight because no one else would.

He was scheduled to fight NSW welterweight champion Joel Galea, but Joey said Galea dodged him and instead fought Joel Dela Cruz at Dubbo Showground on March 14 and lost a majority decision over eight rounds.

“Now Dela Cruz won’t fight him, either, but he said he might fight him later in the year,” Joey said.

“No one wants to fight him. He’s ranked number 13 in Australia, but if he wins this, he will go into the top 10.

“The sky’s the limit for him. He’s trained with Jeff Fenech throughout his career, Roy Jones Jr did some work with him when he came here last year and we’ll head over there [US] either this year or next year and do some more training with him.

“He’s very driven, he’s never touched drugs, never touched alcohol. Well, he tried drinking once but he didn’t like it.”

When he is not training with his father and Rob Fogarty at OWBA in Newcastle West, Dryden is usually working out with his best mate, Kye Mackenzie.

From Gunnedah but now based at St Marys with Lincoln Hudson, Mackenzie was in front of Jack Asis in their International Boxing Organisation world super-featherweight title fight in Newcastle a fortnight ago but was knocked out in the eighth round.

Dryden describes himself as a powerful puncher who can box or mix it up inside, depending on what is required.

“I just love to fight. I’m not just in there for the sport,” he said. “If it comes down to a boxing match, I can box, but if it comes down to them just walking down and trying to bully you, I love to do that anyway.”

Sydney weather: Carnival Spirit voyage ‘very scary’ but the crew kept passengers calm

“They are turning the ship to make it more bearable. It is very scary”: passengers could be trapped for up to two days. Photo: Youtube The luxury cruise liner Carnival Spirit. Photo: Supplied
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Carnival Spirit unable to enter Sydney HarbourLIVE: Storm batters NSW coastThree killed, homes washed away

We got caught in the storm on Monday night, with 10-metre swells. We went through Newcastle at 3am. It was horrific.  You couldn’t hear a thing anyone said, the noise was so loud and the rain was blowing sideways.

The glasses and teacups in my room smashed – they just blew off the table and hit the wall.

Then we found out this morning the port at Sydney was closed and we couldn’t get in.

There are 2500 passengers – 800 of them children – and 1500 crew on the ship and we have been bobbing around on 10-metre waves all day and we will be here for the next two days.

The staff are telling us there is enough food and water and nothing is being rationed. There seems to be enough to go around.

They are telling us the ship can withstand the storm, but there is a fair bit of damage. Glass panels are smashed and there are shards of glass lying around the pool.

There is a lot of water coming into the ship.

Level four is an open deck and plenty is coming in there. The staff are using towels and blankets to stem the flow.

The staff have been really good and calm and are doing a good job keeping the passengers calm, but some people are starting to lose it and I have to admit I am a bit nervous.

They keep reassuring us everything will be all right and have been keeping everyone up to date.

Most people are bunkered down in cabins now. When we  couldn’t dock in  Sydney, they sailed down to Coalcliff, then circled back and we are now sitting outside of Sydney.

They are turning the ship to make it more bearable.  It is very scary but the crew is reassuring.

We were headed to Noumea [the capital of New Caledonia] but Tropical Cyclone Solo got in the way and we had to divert to Fiji. It’s not been plain sailing.

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Newcastle storms 2015: Thousands of fallen trees damage homes, roads in Lake Macquarie

Thousands of fallen trees damage homes, roads A shelter smashed by a fallen tree at Wangi Wangi. Picture Max Mason-Hubers
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A fallen pine tree at Redhead. Picture: Darren Pateman

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Swell on Lake Macquarie at Wangi Wangi. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Picture: Sylvia Lee.

Picture: Sylvia Lee.

Picture: Sylvia Lee.

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A shelter smashed at Wangi Wangi. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Tree falls across Vita Cafe at Wangi. Picture: Jason Gordon

Freeman’s Drive Cooranbong. Picture: Tania Rossiter

A car crushed by a tree on Arcadia Ave in Arcadia Vale. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Red Rooster Chicken on Main Road Edgeworth gets blown away. Picture: Simone De Peak

A Lake Macquarie jetty is consumed by the swollen lake. Picture: Hugh Robson

Cyclone floods Swansea backyard. Picture: Sylvia Lee

Lake surges across the public jetty in Dobell Park at Wangi. Picture: Jason Gordon

A boat half submerged in Pelican. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

A boat half submerged in Pelican. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The waterfront at Warners Bay. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The swell at Wangi Wangi. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

The swell on Lake Macquarie & a tinny washed up on the shore at Wangi Wangi. Picture Max Mason-Hubers

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THOUSANDS of trees in southern Lake Macquarie have also been uprooted as the lake surges into homes in low-lying areas.

At Wangi Wangi, wind gusts of more than 120km/h were recorded by residential weather stations.

Several homes were significantly damaged by fallen trees. Huge trees had also fallen in Watkins Road and on Dobell Drive where one narrowly missed a preschool.

Dobell Park had also lost many of its trees, some crashing through picnic shelters and children’s playgrounds and sending corrugated iron flying through the town’s main street.

The wind has created a huge swell in the southern expanses of the lake, destroying some public jetties.

Further south at Morisset, about 50 large trees have fallen at Morisset Country Club. Homes have been damaged at Wyee while low-lying properties at Dora Creek have been inundated by lake surges.

At Toronto, almost all businesses and schools have been closed as emergency services begin the task of clearing roads and restoring power and phone services.

All suburbs in the south-western corners of Lake Macquarie remain without power which was first lost at Wangi Wangi shortly after 11pm on Monday.

One in five former A-League players experience mental health problems after retirement

A cautionary tale: Former A-League player Dez Giraldi retired following battles with anxiety. Photo: Steve Christo A cautionary tale: Former A-League player Dez Giraldi retired following battles with anxiety. Photo: Steve Christo
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A cautionary tale: Former A-League player Dez Giraldi retired following battles with anxiety. Photo: Steve Christo

A cautionary tale: Former A-League player Dez Giraldi retired following battles with anxiety. Photo: Steve Christo

The night before a game against Melbourne Victory in 2007, Dez Giraldi sat in the front seat of his car parked outside a hospital in Adelaide. He thought he was going to have a heart attack but was too afraid to enter the building.

He didn’t move all night and the sun that beamed through the windscreen to signal the arrival of game day beat against his sagging eyelids.

Without any sleep, he played in front of 14,000 people at Hindmarsh Stadium. It was his long-awaited return from injury and the start of what was supposed to be the next step of his career. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

“I would fake injuries so I wouldn’t have to get on a flight to go interstate because I felt something would happen. I was concerned about my physical health,  and this happened every day. It affected my business and how I went about my training,” Giraldi said.

He didn’t know it at the time, but Giraldi suffered from anxiety, a mental condition that would end his promising career at the age of 23. A former Young Socceroo and a regular at Italian club Empoli, Giraldi struggled to cope with the pressure of the game. After leaving Sydney FC in 2009, he had no motivation to play professionally again as his priority turned to his health.

“It got to a stage where I thought I couldn’t even train any more because I thought I’d have a heart attack. Once it started to affect my everyday life and training, I made a decision not to be there any more,” Giraldi said.

Unfortunately for Giraldi, he says the anxiety only got worse in the immediate months after his retirement when he found there was no support network in place.

People who would jump at the opportunity to have a chat with him when he was playing regularly in the A-League were not even returning his calls and he found little support outside of his immediate family.

“Every man and his dog wants to be your friend while you’re on the big screen on Saturday night and then all of a sudden nobody wants to assist you. I know personally I reached out to a lot of people in the 12 months I left the game. No phone calls were returned, others said they couldn’t help me and it was disappointing,” Giraldi said.

On Wednesday, the A-League players’ union – the PFA – will unveil their first report into the difficulties players face in transition into retirement and the statistics from their surveys show a concerning figure for mental health problems.

According to the survey of 164 past players – of which half were internationals – one in five experienced mental health issues shortly after retiring, a figure higher than the national average. From his experience, Giraldi expects the real number is higher.

Now assisting BeyondBlue as a speaker, Giraldi’s experience is that many men aren’t forthcoming about issues of depression and anxiety or in a lot of cases simply are not aware of symptoms.

The report is the first step to what the PFA hopes will be a network of past players helping the transition from playing to retirement with mental health and wellbeing among the primary focuses.

If you or someone you know requires assistance, contact Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. 

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FFA confident of finals deal, just not this year

There might not yet be any agreement over a venue for this year’s A-League grand final if it is to be staged in Melbourne. But the FFA and AFL have at least come to an accommodation that the stand-off over Etihad Stadium’s availability for soccer’s showpiece game will not happen in future.
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FFA boss David Gallop has been in discussions with his AFL counterpart Gillon McLachlan to ensure the impasse will not be repeated should Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City qualify to stage the championship decider in future seasons.

“I have spoken to Gillon McLachlan and AFL is broadly supportive of coming to an agreement with FFA to avoid any repeat of the position this year,”  Gallop said.

“That would see a long-term arrangement to allow  Etihad Stadium to be  kept free for hosting the Hyundai A-league grand final. This accommodation has the support of the Victorian government as well, so we are in a good position to reach agreement.”

AAMI Park looks most likely to host the May 17 grand final if Victory wins through to host it, although its capacity of about  29,000 is just over half Etihad Stadium’s capacity.

The Australian Rules governing body has said that it had received the request too late – last October – to shift the game between the Western Bulldogs and Fremantle Dockers on May 17.

Sydney tourism and stadium chiefs are watching the situation closely and are understood to be prepared to put up ANZ Stadium as a potential host should Victory and Sydney win their way through to the title decider.

A-League boss Damien De Bohun is due in Melbourne on Thursday for further talks over stadium availability.

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Last chance to nail new Jets contracts

Edson Montano is among those playing for their futures.ECUADOREAN striker Edson Montano heads a list of nine Jets players unsure of their futures entering the final game of a horror A-League campaign against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
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Montano, who is on loan from Barcelona FC (Ecuador), has scored in the past two games and, along with import Enver Alivodic and home-grown defenders Taylor Regan and Nick Cowburn, will start against the Roar and get a final chance to press their claims.

Sam Gallagher, Travis Cooper, Allan Welsh, Max Burgess and the injured James Virgili (ankle) are also yet to be offered a new deal.

“It is well documented that we have a substantial amount of positions to fill,” Jets coach Phil Stubbins told the Herald on Tuesday. “Every one of those boys should be champing at the bit. They all recognise the situation.”

Stubbins said a final decision on the players off-contract would be made after Friday.

“We have a team model we want to adhere to, in how we want to play next year,” Stubbins said. “We want the strongest list possible.”

Sydney FC midfielder Mickaël Tavares is the latest player to be linked to the club.

“We have not had any discussions with Tavares, but a player of that ilk is someone who would be a valued member of any squad,” Stubbins said.

Qatar-based former Socceroo Brett Holman is also understood to have rejected an approach from the Jets.

Ben Kantarovski (groin) will not travel to Brisbane, but Stubbins did not rule out a farewell game for departing midfielder Zenon Caravella.

“We will have a look at things tomorrow,” Stubbins said.

“We have not closed the door on anyone. In saying that, the young kids have been doing a great job.”

The Jets were forced to cancel training on Tuesday due to cyclonic conditions and hope to resume on Wednesday at Northern NSW Football’s headquarters at Speers Point.

“Hopefully the wind keeps up and the rain stops,” Stubbins said.

The Jets have won their past two away games against Wanderers (2-1) and Melbourne Victory (1-0) and have a good record in Brisbane.

“We certainly go to Brisbane confident that we can not only challenge teams, but get results,” Stubbins said.

“Since we played Wanderers, and probably before that, we have been very competitive.

“We have tried to get away from just trying to be defensively resolute. We have tried to create chances and openings. That has been pretty clear over the later stages of the campaign.”

The Roar, who cannot finish higher than sixth, will be backing up from an Asian Champions League clash against Beijing Guoan in China on Tuesday night.

“We are expecting nothing but a strong Brisbane Roar at home, understanding it is their last game,” Stubbins said.

People are poor because they have no money – rich platitudes from ‘experts’

Extreme poverty: The reasons for employment and income differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians are complex, according to a new report on addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia. Photo: David Gray Extreme poverty: The reasons for employment and income differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians are complex, according to a new report on addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia. Photo: David Gray
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Extreme poverty: The reasons for employment and income differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians are complex, according to a new report on addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia. Photo: David Gray

Extreme poverty: The reasons for employment and income differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians are complex, according to a new report on addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia. Photo: David Gray

Extreme poverty is a generally bad thing, apart from the economic opportunities it provides for people parsing, analysing, counting and pontificating on it. There’s a lot of it about, though not quite as much as we have previously thought, and, amazingly, it seems to be disproportionately present among people who are indigenous, mentally ill,  in single parent households, or any combination of them.

These are chief among the entirely unremarkable insights and conclusions of a report on “addressing entrenched disadvantage in Australia” issued on Tuesday by the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

Among secondary conclusions from the experts consulted are that the problems are difficult, “wicked” and warrant further study, presumably by professionals such as those who have offered the insights contained in the report, or, indeed, those professionals themselves.

Otherwise, there’s not much new. A vast industry of bureaucrats, academics, lobbyists and helping professionals have long been describing the problems of poverty, and of those who cannot seem to shake it from their shoulders..

Generally, such reports provide little in the way of guidance about effective action, apart from motherhood slogans about consulting with, engaging with and having the active involvement of the subjects of one’s social experiments, or about the critical role of education, or housing, or employment, or job opportunities, or a good many other things, if anything much is to change. That nothing much ever does may be testament to the fact that they are wrong, or that no one pays any attention.

The fact that most such statements are entirely obvious and have been said many times before does not, of course, mean that they are integrated into policy, or are about to be. Indeed, it is perhaps entirely typical of an insipid report presented by an organisation headed by a former Labor Speaker, “Professor” Stephen Martin, that general comments in the report about policy failures of ministers are never sheeted home to particular politicians, such as Malcolm Brough, Jenny Macklin, or Kevin Andrews. Perhaps doing so  might introduce a defensive edge among politicians that would inhibit their capacity to stand around looking concerned and worried as yet another such report is launched.

But alas for those who are concerned, and would like to see something done, there are few solutions that can be reduced to a slogan, and the problem is much too complex for Bill Shorten to have an opinion, even a worried-looking face.

“The main conclusion from the results and research [of materials about entrenched disadvantage in Indigenous communities] is that the issue is complex, and that there is unlikely to be one single or dominant cause of disadvantage,” says Dr Nicholas Biddle of the ANU. Fancy that.

“Education is important, as is where people live. Discrimination, health, disability and caring are all likely to combine to significantly affect hiring decisions (of employers) and labour supply responses. Preferences of indigenous Australians and development of social norms and attitudes to work are also likely to play a part.

“Each issue alone is not enough to explain employment and income differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

“Such complex policy issues require a careful policy response with a long-term perspective. This includes the best available evidence on what works. … Indigenous communities are diverse and local conditions and aspirations matter. Policies designed to reduce disadvantage need to be carefully evaluated and developed in genuine collaboration with affected communities.”

There’s not a phrase with which one disagrees, but it hardly seems a manifesto for doing anything in particular, apart, perhaps, from having more evaluations, and hiring some more bogus consultants to certify that the local community is entirely au fait with, and on board with, the latest thought bubbles emanating from the minister, the people he is listening to this week, and the department.

The author of the best paper, Professor Peter Saunders, did make a mordant remark suggesting that one of the things entrenching poverty was not the ineptness of the schemes intended to deal with it, but the inadequacy of the sums devoted to alleviating it. This novel idea is not, of course, taken up in the executive summary.

Saunders comments that there are two broad strategies that can be used to address poverty. One is an employment  strategy for getting more people in jobs. The other is a benefit strategy that raises the benefits for those out of work.

“These are not alternatives,” he says. “Both are important. However, recent Australian governments have emphasised the former and shown great reluctance to address (or even acknowledge) the other.

“This is evident in the long-running (and bi-partisan) failure to adequately index Newstart Allowance (NSA) – the main benefit paid to the unemployed. As a consequence of this failure, the maximum single rate of NSA (including rent assistance) has fallen below 40 per cent of median income, well below the accepted international adequacy benchmark of 50 per cent implicit in the poverty line.

“Raising NSA to this benchmark would do much to reduce poverty among single working-age people, but the change should be accompanied by investing in the human capital of the unemployed (and others on benefits) through training programs that increase their employability while meeting the skills shortage and other needs of employers.”

But it might be more complicated than that. As the analysts perpetually complain, rightly, the broad attitude of government (on both sides of politics) is to pander to a view in the community that all people on welfare benefits are idle scroungers, shirkers and malingerers, who can be forced to work only by the stockwhip or starvation. For most Australians, instead, time on benefits, whether because of unemployment, illness, difficulties of getting a roof over one’s head or structural change, is only only for a short period, after which the person is able to re-engage with the workforce.

But the underclass, or the entrenched disadvantaged, are, in many respects, just what the straiteners all fear. In many households of the underclass, there is not an adult currently working; in many of them, the fathers and mothers, perhaps grandparents of the adults have not had regular work habits. Poverty, as well as what the straiteners consider fecklessness and a lack of work ethic, is heredity, as is, often, a failure to properly look after and educate children. Illness, including mental illness, is often compounded by discrimination, violence, drug and alcohol abuse and the sheer rawness of life without much money.

These are what Jesus described as the poor who are always with us. Put another way, even general economic prosperity, and a multitude of jobs for unskilled, often illiterate workers, will probably not have many such people out of poverty, dependence and social dislocation. One may argue until the cows come home about whether or how much the victims contribute to their disempowerment, helplessness and continuing poverty, but one cannot improve them by starving them out, or by further punishing their children or their dependents. It’s not a moral issue. Nor can the current minister return victims, under a media blackout, to Indonesia.

This report estimates that this underclass  is between four and six per cent of the population. They are doubly poor. They are on benefits and, in this sense, by definition living under the poverty line. But for them, poverty is not a temporal incident but, often, a cradle-to-grave affair, a fate from which many seem unable to escape. (My own guess is that the underclass is bigger – between seven and eight per cent.)

If a high proportion, perhaps half, are of Aboriginal descent, most Aborigines are not members of this underclass. Likewise with single mothers, or people with mental illnesses. One is not of the entrenched disadvantaged merely by conforming for some label (or, as the report shows, unhappy simply because one is of the entrenched poor). But social disadvantages are particularly concentrated among particular groups, and strategies for dealing with it must, perforce, concentrate on such groups.

It does not help much simply to re-describe and recatalogue their misery, which, alas, is what I fear is all this latest report does. More than 30 years ago, I wrote a chapter in a book in which I remarked that there were by then (1980) already more than 30,000 articles in the medical literature describing, one way or another, the ill health of Aborigines. I predicted that a day would come when there was at least one per Aboriginal Australian. It must have by now.

But just as one cannot cope with or help such people by mere punishment, it seems to me unlikely that their problems can be addressed merely by treating them as a subset of the temporarily poor, people transitting briefly through some bad times. The (entrenched) poor are different, and in major part because they have less money, and fewer means of getting any. 

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Five million visas into Australia this year likely to set new records

Australia is set to issue, for the first time, more than 5 million visas this year, presenting a range and scale of policy challenges not seen since World War II.
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Surging numbers of students, tourists and workers on short-term visas mean that as many as 1.9 million foreigners are likely to be in the country at any one time over the course of 2015, according to Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of the Department of Immigration.

The number of traditional permanent migrants is also surging, with this year’s intake likely to surpass the existing record of 185,000, which was set in 1969.

“We face no less a set of challenges than our predecessors did in the aftermath of the Second World War,” said Mr Pezzullo, in a speech at the Australian National University on Tuesday night.

He pointed to a rapid shift in the ethnic composition of new migrants away from Europe towards east and southern Asia.

The number of Chinese-born Australians has more than tripled to almost 450,000 in the space of two decades, he said.

Those born in India has risen more than four-fold in that time, to almost 400,000.

Those numbers compare to about 1.2 million born in Britain and more than 600,000 in New Zealand, as part of an overall foreign-born population of 6.6 million.

The huge influx means a higher proportion of the population was born overseas than at any time since the gold rushes of the 19th century.

“This is equivalent to a migrant-to-population share of almost 28 per cent,” said Mr Pezzullo. “And the composition of that population is changing in ways that the proponents of ‘White Australia’ could never have imaged.”

George Megalogenis​, who has written a book and produced a documentary linking Australia’s economic success to its immigration program, said ethnic groups that had been at war in their home countries had consistently proven they could live peacefully side-by-side in Australia.

He pointed to Croats and Serbs, Vietnamese and Chinese, and different groups of Muslim migrants.

He said the recent spate of terrorism-related arrests should not affect Australia’s attitudes to Muslim migration any more than the Martin Bryant massacre should affect mainland attitudes towards Tasmania.

“The question of people bringing old-country disputes to Australia is as old as Australia itself,” he said.

And Mr Pezzullo pointed to his department’s “ever-improving capabilities for real-time data fusion and analytics, intelligence-based profiling and targeting of high-risk border movements”.

“Such capabilities will increasingly allow us to minimise our interventions in relation to low-risk border movements, and concentrate our firepower where it can make the most difference,” said Mr Pezzullo.

He also noted a profound shift towards skilled migrants, which was carefully targeted to meet the nation’s economic needs.

“If a nation’s immigration programme is well crafted and targeted, and migrants enjoy high levels of economic participation, as distinct from high levels of social exclusion and welfare-dependency, immigration has beneficial impacts in terms of growth in the demand for goods and services; increases in national income, and living standards; improved labour participation; expansion of the economy’s productive capacity; and growth in household consumption and public revenues,” Mr Pezzullo said.

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Significant Investor Visa scheme halted as government decides how to spend billions

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash said the scheme’s suspension would enable Austrade to start overseeing the complying investments. Photo: Andrew MearesThe federal government has put a halt on visas for cashed-up foreign investors while it decides how best to spend the billions worth of capital flowing into Australia.
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A spokesperson for the Foreign Investment Review Board confirmed on Tuesday that the government is looking at better ways to capitalise on the Significant Investor Visa cash cow.

Visa nominations will be suspended from this Friday until the end of the financial year while new complying investment proposals are approved that are expected to funnel more of that money into venture capital businesses.

A rework of the scheme coincides with a survey showing that demand from foreign buyers is surging.

New property sales to foreign buyers increased from less than 15 per cent in the December quarter to 21 per cent in the three months to March, according to the latest NAB Residential Property Survey.

Currently, the Significant Investor Visa gives residency to applicants who invest at least $5 million in complying investments, such as Commonwealth, state or territory government bonds. Any property purchase by the visa-holder is not included in that investment.

Of the 751 visas approved since the scheme started in November 2012, there has been $3.75 billion worth of complying investment in the Australian economy.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash said the scheme’s suspension would enable Austrade to start overseeing the complying investments, while visa approvals will remain the responsibility of the immigration department.

“This measure will ensure that prospective applicants have clarity about the investment framework that will apply to their application,” said a statement from Senator Cash.

“The government has been consulting extensively on the design of the new complying investment framework.”

Senator Cash dismissed media reports that the suspension had been put in place to cool the property market as “completely unfounded and incorrect”.

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TRY THIS:Chook & Brewsky

Chook & Broosky’s Honey soy chicken, waffles with sour cream and bacon bits, and chilli cheese fries with classic slaw. Picture: Phil Hearne CHOOK & BROOSKY
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Address: 65 Hunter Street, Newcastle

Open: Wednesday to Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch

Phone: 4929 5961

Website: chookandbroosky整形美容医院m, facebook整形美容医院m/chookbroosky

Owned by: Aaron Ong and John Anthony

THE name might be simple but do not underestimate the chicken and beer on offer at Chook & Broosky.

Taking inspiration from Korean fried chicken and beer joints (which the owners say are ‘‘on every corner’’) and US Southern fried chicken, Chook & Broosky brings the freshest fried chicken, triple-cooked chips and beer pulled straight from the tap or ice cold from the fridge to inner-city Newcastle.

Owners Aaron Ong and John Anthony worked on the idea for the beer and chicken joint before teaming up with chef Kelvin Kang to come up with their signature recipes. For months, they’d spent just about every second night experimenting with different batters and, after as many as 70 or 80 different combinations, they found what they wanted for Chook & Broosky. It’s a batter which is crispy on the outside, packed with flavour, doesn’t fall apart when you eat it, and stays crispy even as the chicken cools. It is served naked (crispy fried with sauce on the side) or glazed with sauce.

The chips are taken seriously too: they’re triple cooked to make them crispy on the outside yet soft in the middle. All the sauces (except the sweet chilli, which was added to the menu due to customer demand) are made in house by Kelvin and Henny Park. The menu is ideal for sharing, so order up a serve of chicken, pick your sauces and your sides, add in a tower of beer from one of their taps, or grab one of the more than 30 bottles of beer from the fridge and you’re set for a feast.

Chicken: Naked BBQ Jack Daniels: crispy chicken with a side of Jack Daniels-spiked barbecue sauce; Naked citrus mayo: crispy chicken with a side of mayonnaise with hints of citrus flavours; naked lemon, garlic and chilli; glazed Korean yang nyam: peppery sauce with a combination of mild spiced flavours; glazed sweet chilli; glazed honey soy; glaz harakiri (be warned, it’s very hot!); spiced with Asian spices. Choose from supersized (24 pieces) $20; large (12 pieces) $28; #ijustwantchickenplease (6 pieces) $15; snack (2 pieces) $6; set (5 pieces of chicken, two sides) $19. Other options: Grilled chicken salad $15; tofu salad $12; grilled chicken kebab served with couscous and mint yoghurt $19.

Sides: Hand cut eight-hours triple cooked chips with salt and pepper; lemon, lime and rosemary; chilli cheese; or paprika, sweet chilli and sour cream, $5/$10. Grilled Belgian waffles with maple syrup $6/$11, cold and crispy classic house-made slaw $5/$10.