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    Public servant wins Comcare bid for running shoes


    2018 - 12.13

    A former public servant who was hit by a car on his way to work 31 years ago has won a legal bid forcing the government to pay for his cushioned running shoes.
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    James Dalgleish worked for the Housing Department in 1986 when a car ploughed into him and fractured his left ankle, an accident which Comcare subsequently agreed to cover.

    Twenty years earlier, while employed by the Defence Department, he had been injured in another accident while travelling home from the office.

    Between 2012 and 2015 his doctor wrote to Comcare at least four times, requesting the government cover the $250 cost of cushioned running shoes to help treat ankle pain.

    In September 2016 Comcare wrote back to deny Mr Dalgleish’s claim.

    “Currently, the available medical evidence does not indicate that running shoes meets the above criteria for your accepted compensable condition of injury and fractures to left foot,” they wrote.

    Prior to the 2016 letter, Comcare had agreed to pay for Mr Dalgleish’s running shoes on a number of occasions, following the recommendations of his doctor and a podiatrist.

    Dissatisfied with their decision to stop doing so,??? Mr Dalgleish took the case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in August.

    The tribunal overturned Comcare’s recommendation and directed them to cover the cost of Mr Dalgleish’s “cushioning runners”.

    They said Comcare should also play for replacement runners “from time to time as he reasonably requires”.

    Earlier this year the tribunal ruled against a similar claim made by former public servant Jeffrey Chalfont.

    Mr Chalfont, who had been on compensation since a brief stint as a Commonwealth public servant in 1993 ended in a twisted knee, lost his legal bid to force the government to keep paying for his “exercise shoes”.

    Mr Chalfont’s regular GP wrote a letter, at his patient’s request, to Comcare in 2013 saying Mr Chalfont should be provided with two pairs of exercise shoes per year.

    He again claimed compensation for exercise shoes in January 2015 but this time Comcare said no, deciding “exercise footwear is not therapeutic treatment”.

    On internal review of the decision, a Comcare officer determined there was no medical justification or opinion to justify buying more pairs of trainers for Mr Chalfont.

    The 66-year-old then took his case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal but had no luck there either, with tribunal member Dominique Griggs not impressed by Mt Chalfont’s claims,

    “There is insufficient evidence to determine that Mr Chalfont is still suffering from the effects of the knee injury,” Ms Griggs wrote in her decision.

    “It follows therefore that the exercise shoes are not reasonably required.”

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    Can Nathan Lyon topple Shane Warne and be the greatest?


    2018 - 12.13

    Nathan Lyon loathes the “greatest of all time” tag but Australian Test legend Michael Hussey has challenged him to usurp Shane Warne and become just that.
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    Lyon ripped through the Bangladesh line-up with 22 wickets in two Tests to take his career tally to 269 – well short of Warne’s mark of 708.

    But Hussey says Lyon is just entering his prime and has backed him to silence the critics and forge a legacy as one of Australia’s best ever players.

    The Australian cricket team has three esteemed positions in the captain, vice-captain, and the one that leads the victory song, Under the Southern Cross I Stand.

    The latter is a position of distinction only eight players have held since its institution in 1974 and Hussey was the man that passed the duties on to Lyon following his retirement in 2013.

    Hussey mentored Lyon when he first came into the Australian squad and always thought “if he was given half a chance he would have a great career”.

    Now he has handed him a challenge that shapes as nearly impossible, but it’s one that could end up making Lyon’s name one remembered for generations.

    “My last message to him was ‘you’ve just got to catch Warney now’,” Hussey said.

    “He’s number two for Australian spinners, now it’s time to catch Warney. You never know, it might be a bit of a tough ask but if he keeps playing and keeps performing well, there’s no reason why he can’t keep performing for quite a few years to come.

    “I think he’s just coming into his prime now.”

    Lyon has long had his doubters but reaffirmed his position as Australia’s premier spinner with 22 wickets in two Tests against Bangladesh.

    While Lyon’s epic series made a huge statement to the knockers, Hussey says “he doesn’t have to prove it to me, I already knew” the former Wests-UC tweaker is the best in the country.

    Hussey admits Lyon has his fair share of critics but the 29-year-old’s record proves he will be a vital cog in the Australian team as they look to win the Ashes and return to the mantle as the world’s best.

    “It’s a difficult one for the spinners, for anyone to follow Shane Warne,” Hussey said.

    “You’re just expecting miracles all the time because that’s pretty much what Warney did for Australia for over a decade.

    “The stereotype is the spinner is just going to come on and rip through the opposition and win the Test match for Australia on the last day.

    “That’s what everyone expected after Warney, but unfortunately the game is a lot harder than that. We had Warne and McGrath there for over a decade and they’re two of the greatest players to have ever played.

    “It was always going to be a lot tougher but I think he’s found what his role is within the team. He has a really good understanding of his game and what makes him successful.”

    Hussey likened Lyon’s critics to those in search of the next Adam Gilchrist as Australian wicketkeeper, which has some losing sight of a gloveman’s main role – to keep wicket, not score runs.

    Former Test batsman Ed Cowan has already set Lyon the task of eclipsing 500 Test wickets to join an elite group featuring only Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath and Courtney Walsh.

    Lyon is ranked second behind Warne for the most wickets in Asia by an Australian following a “brilliant” showing in Bangladesh.

    Now Hussey has backed Lyon to reap the rewards when Australia start their Ashes campaign against England in November.

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    Could Canberra have its own BBL team within five years?


    2018 - 12.13

    Canberra’s hopes of securing a Big Bash League team of its own have been revived with Cricket Australia planning to capitalise on the competition’s “explosive growth”.
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    Canberra fans have been crying out for BBL action in the capital and could have a team to call their own within five years.

    CA boss James Sutherland says expanding the BBL is a matter of being able to “give fans what they want” after Australian cricket launched its new five-year strategy on Thursday.

    The league has already expanded to include another eight games this summer with Manuka Oval all but locked in to host the Sydney Thunder’s clash with the Melbourne Renegades on January 24.

    Cricket ACT boss Cameron French would love to have a BBL franchise playing out of Canberra but for now is intent on locking down a deal with the Thunder.

    “If there was ever expansion we’d certainly put our hands up,” French said.

    “Our focus at the moment is hopefully supporting the Thunder to get great crowds whilst they bring games here for the next couple of years.”

    Potential expansion bids have emerged in Geelong and the Gold Coast but Canberra already meets a host of operational considerations.

    The commercial viability of a Canberra franchise could be the only stumbling block, with BBL officials determined to ensure Cricket ACT would not suffer financially.

    While it varies from club to club, the Thunder have previously indicated to Fairfax Media the yearly costs of running a BBL club could total up to $6 million.

    While formal criteria for expansion has not been issued,a venue that is satisfactory from a cricket operations, spectator, and broadcast perspective is a must.

    Manuka Oval has already hosted a BBL final, while a new media centre is being built at the venue ahead of the region’s first Test match in the 2018-19 summer.

    BBL expansion is seen as a package deal which means any new franchise would need to sustain men’s and women’s teams.

    The framework is already in place at Cricket ACT with staff accommodating the Comets and Meteors, who play in the Futures League and Women’s National Cricket League respectively.

    The $6.2 million high performance centre at Phillip Oval would also be a huge tick in Canberra’s favour, with the venue seen as a potential training base for a BBL club in Canberra.

    The venue will open later this year and it will double the number of turf practice wickets at Cricket ACT’s disposal, including indoor nets.

    Canberra’s hopes of securing a BBL game might not remain in limbo for much longer with Thunder general manager Lee Germon keen to finalise a deal with the ACT government within a week.

    There has been little movement since Australian cricket’s new memorandum of understanding was struck.

    But French reassured Canberra cricket fans a deal is nearing completion for the January 24 blockbuster.

    “It looks really positive from everything we’re hearing,” French said.

    “It’s just a matter of the finer details and making sure everyone’s comfortable with the final arrangement. Hopefully as Lee said, an announcement in the next week.”

    Canberra could host a double header this season with the Thunder still looking to confirm a venue for a home WBBL fixture on January 24.

    The ACT government is desperate to secure elite men’s cricket given Canberra won’t host the men’s Australian team this season despite being midway through a four-year deal to have international cricket played at Manuka Oval.

    Meanwhile, Canberra will host the under 18 female national championships in Twenty20 and 50-over competitions from November 27 to December 7.

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    Five of the best houses for sale south of the River


    2018 - 12.13

    The south side of Brisbane is home to South Bank and West End, but just a little further down the road are streets with some of the most expensive homes in the city, but are surrounded by more affordable options too.
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    Whether it’s a multi-million dollar home on Fairfield’s answer to Hendra’s Mein Street, or a relatively affordable home in Yeerongpilly, there’s something for most buyers below the Brisbane river. 41 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield

    Price: $3.95 million

    Agent: Brett Greensill and Jermaine Jones

    4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 car parks

    This stunning architecturally designed home is on the Brisbane Corso, a riverfront street that stretches from Fairfield to Yeronga.

    It would be close to impossible to find a house along the Corso that would sell for less than a million dollars, and this home is no exception.

    Built about eight years ago, the home was designed by the award-winning Push firm. The forward-thinking build maximises the space available to it on a relatively narrow 1046-square-metre block.

    “This is best property along there for sale right now,” selling agent Brett Greensill said. “Including the fact it’s at an elbow in the Brisbane river, it’s got great aspects.” Related: What it’s like inside the Gold Coast’s best penthouseRelated: City dwellers are filling their homes with plantsRelated: Property investors aren’t as rich as you think4502/15 Anderson Street, Kangaroo Point

    Price: $889,000

    Agent: Cecilynne Jurss

    2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    For a two-bedroom apartment, this home in the recently renovated Yungaba estate is unusually spacious. The floor space clocks in at 126 square metres, which is practically unheard of.

    But the price is a little steeper than usual, but you’re paying for prestige, extra space, and quality fittings with this one. 56 Nathan Terrace, Yeerongpilly

    Price: $1.3 million plus

    Agent: Emil Juresic and Taylah Rossiter

    6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    According to Emil Juresic, Yeerongpilly is a criminally underrated suburb.

    “I believe Yeerongpilly is truly undervalued,” he said. “You can buy this property [for] $1.3 million. In other suburbs, you’d have to pay that much just for the land this close to the city.”

    The large six-bedroom house is perfect for a big family, and is in a relatively quiet and private suburb.

    The downstairs area also features a kitchenette, so if your family isn’t quite big enough to require all that space, the option to rent it out is available too. 3/34 Dutton Street, Hawthorne

    Price: $499,000 plus

    Agent: Trent Ballantine

    2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car park

    When apartments are renovated, it’s almost always an incredible end result and this home is no exception. This is another one of those apartments with an exceptional amount of space, and a perfectly modern bathroom to boot.

    On the southern edge of Hawthorne, Dutton street isn’t as close to the famous Oxford Street as you’d like but it makes up for that by being closer to arterial roads. That means your commute into the city would be a little easier than if you were right up near all the Oxford Street action. 44 Clara Street, Annerley

    Price: $639,000

    Agent: Greg Black

    3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car parks

    This townhouse would make an excellent family home or a premium rental product. It’s finished to a different standard to other complexes, and all of the bedrooms aren’t crammed into the top level, as per usual.

    The bedroom on the lower floor has its own courtyard, and the master has its own balcony. The home seems to encourage indoor-outdoor living, and would almost certainly be a good fit for families with older children who need space, or like to fight over which bedroom they get.

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    Logies migrate north following bizarre tug-of-war


    2018 - 12.13

    A week is a long time in television.
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    Over the course of just five days, the Logies went from calling Melbourne’s Crown Casino home to announcing its new home on the Gold Coast.

    The Victorian state government announced it would put an end the “substantial” subsidies for Australian television’s night of nights at the beginning of the week, a move that displeased the likes of TV royalty Bert Newton.

    Today host Karl Stefanovic also joined the outrage bandwagon, arguing the Andrews government had “lost the plot”. He went as far as to threaten to boycott the awards altogether.

    By Monday evening, the sunshine state had emerged as the most likely state to host the 2018 TV Week Awards – with both Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate offering to dig deep to bring the Logies to a warmer, sub-tropical climate.

    Despite this, NSW was still clinging to the hope the Logies would undertake a regional roadshow of towns such as Dubbo and Albury. NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian even floated Western Sydney as a potential home for the new-look Logies.

    But those hopes were dashed on Friday when Palaszczuk claimed victory during an early-morning interview on Channel Nine.

    “It’s coming here to the Gold Coast and it’s going to be fantastic – in fact, why don’t we rename it the Goldies?” the Queensland premier told Karl Stefanovic.

    Palaszczuk also questioned the Today host’s boycott, arguing he should support the state where he started out as a journalist. The TV personality later changed his tune, pointing out he should “definitely be hosting” the 2018 awards.

    “If the bosses let me come, I’ll be coming and I’ll be having a great time,” he added, perhaps a subtle nod to his infamously tipsy post-Logies performance on Today in 2009.

    The Queensland government has remained tight-lipped on how much money it will give the Logies. However, Palaszczuk has said it will bring millions of dollars’ worth of tourism to Queensland.

    “We went in hard, put the best possible deal on the table and, of course, this means increased tourism to the Gold Coast,” she said. “We expect the flow-on impacts will be around $40 million.”

    Cr Tate said the Logies will call the Gold Coast home for at the least the next four years.

    “For Gold Coasters, the hosting of this award is for you, I know we’ll make all the stars from Sydney and Melbourne who’ll be flying in feel very welcome,” he said.

    The Logies have been held in Melbourne for the past 30 years. The 2018 awards ceremony will be held at the Gold Coast’s Star Casino.

    – with Rob Moran

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