Monthly Archives: September 2019

Port ruckman due a luck change: Hinkley 

Port Adelaide ruckman Jarrad Redden is due a change of luck when he makes his AFL comeback against Sydney on Saturday night, Power coach Ken Hinkley says.

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Redden will play his first AFL game since round 10, 2013 after suffering a series of shoulder, hip and knee injuries.

Such was Redden’s rotten run, Hinkley doubted the ruckman would ever return.

“There was points in the last 12 months that I’m sure Jarrad Redden thought his football career was over … I didn’t know if Reddo was going to play footy again,” Hinkley told reporters on Friday.

“I thought there was a significant chance he probably wouldn’t.

“I think right now he is pinching himself a bit and thinking `I have come a long way from a relatively short period of time’.”

When Redden dislocated a shoulder in mid-2013, he was Port’s first-choice ruckman.

In his absence Matthew Lobbe assumed that status – but ironically will miss the Swans game because of a thigh injury which also prevented him playing in Port’s season-opening loss to Fremantle.

But Hinkley is a big admirer of the talents of Redden, who at 205cm is the tallest player on Port’s list.

“He’s in great shape, he just needs a bit of luck,” Hinkley said.

“In all seriousness, Reddo’s ruck work is as good as anyone’s we have at the club, including Lobbe.

“He was first-choice ruck (in 2013) and we were really excited about what his future may have been.”

Redden replaces the omitted John Butcher while Sydney also made one change for the Saturday night fixture, dropping Harry Cunningham in favour of Jarrad McVeigh.

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Shorten leadership ballot above board 

An independent review has upheld the election of Bill Shorten as federal Labor leader, despite concerns about flaws in the ballot process.

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Mr Shorten defeated Anthony Albanese 52 per cent to 48 per cent in a historic party ballot for the leadership in October 2013, involving the federal caucus and grassroots members.

But in February, party member and Auburn councillor Hicham Zraika was suspended for six months over allegations about changes to the postal addresses of a number of members in his branch.

The NSW party’s review tribunal found 73 out of 124 changes to branch member postal addresses before ballot had occurred in the Auburn electorate.

However, tribunal chairman Greg James QC confirmed on Friday that nothing had emerged from the review to suggest the election of Mr Shorten as leader was flawed.

Mr James also found there was no prospect of a further inquiry producing any such suggestion.

NSW ALP secretary Jamie Clements said the party’s administrative committee had agreed with Mr James’ finding.

But the committee will introduce reforms to the way change of addresses are made in future ballots.

This will mean any change must be based on a request in writing and clear consent from the member whose address is being changed.

Changes will also be routinely reported to the administrative committee.

“These are significant measures which will ensure that future changes to branch member postal addresses will be beyond the manipulation of any individual,” Mr Clements told AAP.

He said the Left faction’s assistant secretary would be granted access to the NSW branch membership system and the party would ask the NSW Electoral Commission for advice on whether it could run future state leader ballots.

Mr Shorten earlier told the ABC he had been assured by the NSW branch about the integrity of the ballot.

“I’ve got zero tolerance for people who want to break the rules of the party and play any of those sort of games,” Mr Shorten said.

“But there has been an investigation … and we’ve got to keep involving people, ordinary people, in decision making in politics – it’s how we build up the level of trust.”

Mr Shorten said he supported improving the leadership ballot process.

Asked whether the independent Australian Electoral Commission should run the ballot, he said: “I’m open to that suggestion, yes.”

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Reaction to the death of the ‘Voice of Cricket’ Benaud 

Benaud died late on Thursday aged 84.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

“He was the accompaniment of an Australian summer … He has been a part of the lives of millions of Australians and he will certainly be very much missed.”

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International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson

“Richie was a true legend, charismatic but always the perfect sportsman and gentleman. He was also one of the most complete sportsmen who dedicated his life to cricket. Cricket will miss Richie Benaud but will remember him with fond memories.”

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Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards

“Richie stood at the top of the game throughout his rich life, first as a record-breaking leg-spinner and captain, and then as cricket’s most famous broadcaster who became the iconic voice of our summer.”

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Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke

“He was a great player and a great captain; a wonderful leader of men and he continued that off the field. He loved winning. He helped the Australian team have the attitude where they wanted to win. He played the game the right way.”

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann

“Richie was truly one of the game’s greats.”

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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh

“His legacy to the game will always live on. More so Richie’s stature as a true gentleman and role model for life will remain his greatest gift.”

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Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar

“Wonderful personality who was always warm and encouraging. Had great insights on the game. Was not well but full of enthusiasm. Great loss to the world of cricket. Heartfelt condolences to Richie’s family and friends.”

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Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan

“Saddened by the death of Richie Benaud, one of the greatest cricketing brains.”

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Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram

“The Voice of Cricket and a truly great man. Thank you for everything you gave us. You will be missed by so many.”

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Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara

“So sad to hear about the passing of Richie Benaud. The great voice of cricket is no more. He defined an era with conviction and sincerity.”

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BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew

“He was quite simply peerless. Nobody else had his authority, popularity and skill. If you speak to any broadcaster from any sport, they will point to Richie as the standard-bearer.”

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Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne

“As a cricketer, commentator and as a person, you were the best there’s ever been and to top it off, an absolute gentleman.”

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Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath

“Very sad news about Richie Benaud. A legend of Australian cricket & the commentary box. We’ve lost a true Aussie icon”

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Multiple Olympic medal winning cyclist Anna Meares

“Rest In Peace Richie Benaud. What a marvellous innings you had!”

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Former Australian batsman Dean Jones

“A part of cricket died today.”

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Australia all-rounder Shane Watson

“Respected and looked up to by all, you will be sorely missed #Legend Vale Richie Benaud”

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Australia opening batsman David Warner

“Sad to hear the passing of the voice of cricket, great player and a true gentleman”

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson

“A truly great person, you will always be remembered for what you gave to this world.”

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England and Wales Cricket Board

“Our thoughts are with the family & friends of legendary former Australia captain & cricket commentator Richie Benaud who has died aged 84.”

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New Zealand Cricket

“NZC is sad to hear that one of the game’s great personalities Richie Benaud has passed away at the age of 84.”

(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Investor lending continues to fall 

The value of loans to housing investors has fallen for a second straight month, potentially giving the Reserve Bank room to cut rates without overheating the property market.

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The value of total housing finance fell 1.0 per cent in February, with a 3.4 per cent fall in approvals for investment housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

The number of home loans approved rose 1.2 per cent, well short of market expectations of a three per cent rise.

Investors have been driving housing demand in recent years, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, pushing prices to record levels and pushing owner-occupiers and first home buyers out of the market.

Investor loan growth in NSW has more than doubled in the past three years, Reserve Bank figures show.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority responded in late 2014 by tightening rules for investor loans, with the aim of cooling the housing market.

St George senior economist Janu Chan said softer growth in lending to investors should begin to ease some of the RBA’s housing market concerns when it next considers interest rate movements.

“It is too early to conclude that recent measures by APRA to cool investor lending are working,” she said.

“Today’s data suggests that the RBA has some breathing room and should give greater comfort to lower official interest rates again.”

The RBA cut the cash rate in February and another reduction is expected in May, and Ms Chan expects this will continue to support a healthy housing sector.

“Home lending growth has eased for both owner-occupiers and investors, but the level of overall financing for housing remains buoyant,” she said.

JP Morgan economist Tom Kennedy said it appears growth in loans to investors has lost momentum, with the annual rate of growth at its slowest in since 2012.

“Today’s slip in investor loan growth broadly coincides with the announcement by APRA last December that oversight on banks’ lending activity would be increased,” he said.

“Specifically, APRA is now alert to any Australian deposit taking institutions with growth in their investor loan portfolio materially above 10 per cent per year.”

CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian expects there will be a shift in the sector later in the year, driven by home construction.

“Interest rates are at record lows and we haven’t been building enough homes to house our growing population,” he said.

“Activity levels in the new home building sector will continue to lift and should provide further support to an array of dependant sectors over the rest of 2015.

“It does seem to suggest that potential home investors are taking heed of the Reserve Bank’s warnings on over-leveraging in a low interest rate environment, in conjunction with the changes announced by APRA earlier this year.”

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Crows aiming for big AFL win in Melbourne 

New Adelaide coach Phil Walsh has borrowed Ross Lyon’s “anywhere, anyone, anytime” motto as the Crows aim to continue their barnstorming start to the AFL season.

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After dismantling North Melbourne by 77 points last weekend, Adelaide have another big test in Saturday’s twilight match against Collingwood at Etihad Stadium.

Lyon’s mantra of playing well whatever the circumstances has been a key element of his coaching stints at St Kilda and Fremantle.

Now Walsh is determined the Crows will be the same.

“As soon as you get on a plane and travel, you’re at a disadvantage,” Walsh said on Friday at Adelaide Airport.

“We’re a club who want to be able to perform anywhere, any venue, any time.

“It’s a great opportunity to show the people in Melbourne what Adelaide can do this year.”

Walsh was happy to play up the outsiders tag ahead of the clash, even though the Crows would start favourites on the basis of their outstanding demolition of North.

“It’s the AFL, but the reality is there are nine teams in Melbourne,” he said.

“It’s a very Melbourne-centric competition; three quarters of the media industry comes out of Melbourne.

“Unless you get the job done in Melbourne, they don’t rate you.

“What greater opportunity than Collingwood at Etihad on Saturday night? We’re really looking forward to it.”

Star onballer Rory Sloane did not train on Friday morning, but Walsh was adamant he would play.

“He’s right to go – just a little bit tight, didn’t want to train two days in a row, but he’s fine to go,” Walsh said.

The Crows’ coach added he wanted Scott Thompson to have another run in local Adelaide football as the All Australian midfielder returned from a hamstring injury.

“I’m probably a coach who likes all my players to play two practice games,” Walsh said.

“Scott is probably a little bit of an exception because of his experience.

“He was really good last week, but again it (was) round one.

“I was really happy with the guys who played, so we’ll give Scott one more game at the state league.”

The ‘Pies are also coming off a round-one win, away against Brisbane, and Walsh expects stars such as Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Travis Cloke to be formidable opposition.

“They have a great onball group, still … (Taylor) Adams, Pendlebury and Swan, with a really young ruckman who I rate in Brodie Grundy,” he said.

“That will be a battle in itself and then they have Travis Cloke.

“They are the areas where we have to do really well.”

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