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FEARFUL asylum seekers have threatened each other with knives, fought among themselves and rescued at least one passenger who had fallen overboard during treacherous voyages to Australia in the past two years.
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They have also been beaten and threatened by boat crews that they would be forced to swim for their lives, so the crews could make clean getaways back to Indonesia.

The snapshot of life aboard the rickety and often leaky boats that have brought tens of thousands of people to Australia has emerged through documents obtained by The Sunday Age under freedom-of-information laws.

Released by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the documents relate to 10 boats that were intercepted and ended up at Christmas Island between March 2010 and June this year. They give an insight into the angry, distressed and frightened people, many of whom made clandestine emergency calls to Australian authorities, fearing that one way or another they were about to die at sea.

Interviews given by passengers and summarised by Australian agencies in the documents also reveal the tactics used by the people smugglers to avoid being discovered and stop passengers taking phones on board the boats.

In one account, passengers recounted how they had been locked inside a villa before they left Indonesia and had their mobiles taken to ”prevent any information leaks”. They were given back the mobiles and told to call home, before all the information was deleted from the phones and the SIM cards taken away.

In another case, people smugglers used metal detectors to scan each passenger to determine if they were hiding mobiles. One passenger who did not surrender his phone – hoping to keep it in case of an emergency – was discovered. He was then slapped and punched several times in the head.

”This was done in front of other passengers and so a few passengers who also had phones hidden took them out and threw them away before being scanned,” passengers told authorities.

In another case, several passengers revealed that although the boat they were travelling on was seaworthy, they were so scared they secretly made emergency calls to Australian authorities, fearing they would be thrown into the water and made to swim or that they would hit the rocks of Christmas Island.

A report said that on one boat, the crew had told passengers they would drop them off on the land somewhere and then go back to Indonesia, so the asylum seekers called 000 from a phone that had not been detected. They did not tell anyone else they had rung the emergency number because they were scared the crew could find out.

Other documents reveal that a boat carrying 35 asylum seekers, which made distress calls to Australian authorities, floundered for three days before it was discovered ”dead in the water” during a routine fly-over by an RAAF maritime patrol aircraft. The boat and all aboard were eventually rescued by HMAS Ararat.

Three weeks later, another boat that had also made several distress calls in vain ended up capsizing after two days – on June 21, 2012 – leaving 17 men dead and another 73 missing, presumed dead.

The documents demonstrate that in both cases the boats had called the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for help and a spokeswoman for the authority said it had passed the information to the Indonesian authorities.

However, no one came to the rescue of the boats.

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CANBERRA coach David Furner used to consider himself tough under pressure, until he watched his wife Kellie undergo a double-mastectomy for breast cancer in February.
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Furner has endured the most intense season of his NRL coaching career, surviving mid-season calls for his sacking to incredibly guide the Raiders from the bottom of the ladder to the finals.

But Furner has revealed the private pressure on his family this year that became his own personal inspiration – wife Kellie’s ongoing battle with cancer.

A legend of 200 first-grade games with the Raiders, Furner said he had never been more inspired than by watching his high school sweetheart’s strength this year.

”I’ve played a lot of football, you go through a lot of injuries and operations,” Furner said.

”But I watched Kel and, to be quite honest, I don’t think I could have gone through that. She’s inspired me.”

Kellie Furner lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 45.

But the couple, who have been together since they were 16 and have three children, were shocked when Kellie consulted a Canberra doctor early this year.

”She was advised, in these exact words: ‘If you were my wife I’d be getting the double-mastectomy straight away,”’ David Furner said.

Only weeks before the kick-off of the NRL season, David Furner was by his wife’s side when she underwent the operation in Sydney. Due to hormonal cancer, she has since had her ovaries removed too.

”I’ve always relied heavily on Kellie, she’s got tremendous strength, she’s been tremendous with our family and the kids. It was probably the first time my wife had to rely solely on me, I just felt it was where I needed to be,” David Furner said.

”There was a time there in the pre-season I said to the players I’ve got to go to Sydney. I didn’t really give them the details, I just said I’d be away for four or five days.

”It was probably the best four or five days; it put a lot of things in perspective. When you talk about the pressure of the job and going into the season, I think I was ready for anything really, through the strength of my wife.”

Furner was able to complete this season with the support of family. His mother, Marion, moved into their home to help look after the kids, aged 10 to 19, during the season.

Although there was public and media pressure for Furner to be sacked as Raiders head coach mid-season, Furner said standing down ”would have felt like quitting”.

Furner prefers to keep his personal life private, but he agreed to this story to show his wife’s strength as an inspiration for others. Furner has been a long-term ambassador for the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.

”She’s on the mend, there’s a couple more operations to go,” he said.

”But Kel’s super-positive.”

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Sea throws up challenges

May 31st, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

Launceston’s Jordan Harries leads the run during the Freycinet Lodge Challenge yesterday. A GUTSY effort on two wheels from Hobart’s Alex Hunt helped close the gap on Victorian James Pretto to one minute at the halfway point of the 2012 Freycinet Lodge Challenge.
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Pretto had built a handy lead thanks to strong form over both the 16-kilometre Hazards Circuit run and 13km Muirs Beach kayak legs.

But Hunt dragged himself back into contention during the 51km road cycle and 24km mountain bike legs, gaining four minutes on Pretto to set up what promises to be a tantalising finish on Wineglass Beach today.

In the women’s individual race, Hobart’s Meghan Johnson leads ahead of Janine Pearson and Jacqui Guy.

Victorians Reece Stephens and Michael McIntyre head the veterans and masters races respectively, while the Avanti Plus crew from Launceston sit first in the four-man team category.

Race director Tim Saul said more than 500 competitors had entered the 13th edition of the Freycinet Challenge.

Mr Saul said yesterday’s cooler conditions were ideal for the run and bike legs, though ocean conditions made for some interesting moments on the kayak.

“Yeah there was a bit of a swell, and we had a few in the drink, he said.

Today’s 84km course will start with the Coles Bay kayak leg, followed by the road and mountain bike legs, with the Wineglass Beach run the final hurdle.

RESULTS: Individual leaders after day one:

Men: 1 James Pretto, 2 Alex Hunt, 3 Mark Hinder

Women: 1 Meghan Johnson, 2 Janine Pearson, 3 Jacqui Guy

Veterans: 1 Reece Stephens, 2 Andrew Winkler, 3 Adrian Petrie

Masters: 1 Michael McIntyre, 2 Roger Butorac, 3 Glen Wickman

SCHEDULE: Day two

Leg 1 – Coles Bay Kayak 13 km

Leg 2 – Road Bike 35 km

Leg 3 – Freshwater Lagoon Mountain Bike 24 km

Leg 4 – Wineglass Beach Run 14km

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Bathurst glory relived

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NOT many people can claim to have won at Bathurst with the legendary Peter Brock.
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Tasmanian racing car driver David Parsons belongs to that select group.

This weekend the 53-year-old Wynyard resident returned to the scene of his greatest motor sport triumphs at Mount Panorama by special invitation of V8 Supercars as one of the legends of the sport.

It’s a long way from the paddock at Spreyton where he learnt to drive as a 10 or 11-year-old sliding an old car around on the grass.

“It’s a big event being the 50th anniversary year at Bathurst, and the crowd and the excitement and the build-up has been overwhelming,” Parsons told The Sunday Examiner yesterday.

“I’d struggle to spell legend, let alone be one – but it’s been really good.

“I am looking forward to the race tomorrow – to have a Ford and a Holden on the front row for the very last time is just fantastic – you couldn’t get it any better.”

Nicknamed “Skippy”, the son of Tasmanian touring car racer Graham Parsons began his involvement in motor racing driving Holdens at Symmons Plains in the 1982 Australian touring car championship.

He joined privateer racer Peter Janson as his endurance co-driver, and his fourth place at the 1982 James Hardie 1000 brought him to the attention of Brock and the Holden Dealer Team.

Co-driving John Harvey’s No. 25 Commodore, Parsons was part of the HDT’s dominant 1-2 finish at the 1984 James Hardie 1000.

He went on to win the 1987 race as co-driver with the famous “Brocky”.

When the 05 car Parsons shared with Brock experienced a major engine failure in the early running, they commandeered the team’s second car, No. 10, which had been driven to that point of the race by Peter McLeod.

As rain affected the second half of the race, they crawled their way back to finish third behind the 1-2 finish of the Ford Sierras.

Subsequently the two Sierras were disqualified, giving Parsons, Brock and McLeod the race victory.

“I’ve got a lot of memories here when I first started back in 1982 with Peter Janson when we finished fourth outright, which was a huge highlight.

“The 1-2 finish in ’84 with Brock in the Marlboro cars was really special.

“And then I guess you progress along to ’87 with Peter when we were the first Holden home.

“We ended up winning that in the end, which was a huge plus to how Brock was with the legality of the car and the relationship breakdown with Holden, and we did that on a shoestring budget, which was very rewarding.

“Then I have strong memories of racing Fords with Glenn Seaton, the most unlucky man around who never won Bathurst.

“We should have won it in 1995, when we were a lap and a quarter in front with eight laps to go and the car stopped, which was unbelievable.

“And then we had another situation in ’96 – we were fastest in the top 10, pole, and a rotor guard came loose in the engine, which was ridiculous.

“We still finished 10th or 11th after being dead last – so it’s been the highs and lows, but others will understand it that way.”

Parsons said he still held a soft spot for Holdens because of his early connection racing with Brock and driving the VK Commodore, which he described as a “special car”.

“The things Brocky did were very special and I admired him as a driver.

“I’ve been in a car with him out on the road while he was driving and I’ve been driving while he was a passenger.

“He and I had an enormous respect for each other and we drove hard.”

Parsons got to relive the memories of his Bathurst victory yesterday, piloting the Marlboro VK Commodore on a memorable lap around the Mount Panorama circuit for the first time since 1984.

“Bathurst is the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia – the grand final if you like,” he said.

“Even now when I come up here after all these years, it still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck just as it did when I first came here in ’82.

“It is a track you have to attack and take by the scruff of the neck, but by the same token you have to respect it otherwise it will bite you.

“I just really enjoyed driving the VK again and it brought back special memories.

“Across the top of the mountain I got stuck into it and it was unbelievable – you could hear the crowd and they could relate to it – it sounds like a real V8 and they enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Tasmanian racing driver David Parsons in 1984

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Shipping containers have long been part of Tasmania’s housing scene.
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But while most people use them to move their contents from one house to another, Bishopsbourne’s Graeme and Fiona Turner are using their seven containers to make a home.

Mr Turner said the couple checked building prices to see what options were affordable and the container option worked out best.

”It was not so much about the end price, but we couldn’t borrow at the time and only had our own money available,” Mr Turner said.

”I wanted to do as much as possible myself to save money.

”I’m not a builder, but because the containers are structurally sound, we could have them put on the foundations and I could get to work adding to the basic structure.

”The council has been great, very supportive and we’ve got them involved all the way along to give us advice and tell us what they needed.

”The containers arrived on site and were welded together and on to the footings – it was quite a process.”

Mrs Turner said it cost about $54,000 to get the containers on site and to lock-up stage, but a major flaw was uncovered.

”They’re not insulated yet – they will be when it’s all finished.

”They’re hot in the summer and cold in the winter,” Mrs Turner said.

”We moved in in May last year and it was freezing – we had a wood heater and electric blankets this year and that made a huge difference.

”The idea of recycling old containers really fits with our philosophy – we’re right into recycling and are using second-hand items wherever possible, even the raised garden beds are made from second-hand apple bins.”

Mrs Turner’s response was immediate when asked how much the total project would cost.

”I think the jury’s still out on that one, but it allowed us to move out of rental accommodation sooner,” Mrs Turner said.

Graeme Turner and his daughter Rhianna, of Bishopsbourne, outside their unique shipping container house. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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Flakemore lives up to the hype

May 31st, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

HOBART cyclist Campbell Flakemore lived up to the hype when he claimed yesterday’s Burnie to West Mooreville road race in the 2012 Tour of Tasmania.
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The Genesys Wealth Advisers young gun was touted as a leading contender before the six-day tour.

“I knew people thought I might be up there in the general classification but it’s such a hard tour,” he said.

“I had a bad day on the second stage.

“You have one bad day here and you can lose 10 minutes.”

While the 20-year-old today broke through for his first stage victory of the tour, Drapac Professional Cycling defended the leader’s jersey, with Lachlan Norris holding a 14-second advantage over Mark O’Brien (Team Budget Forklifts) heading into the final day today.

Flakemore was pleased to be able to tick off the goal of standing on top of the podium in his home state’s renowned tour.

“Being from Hobart, winning a stage in the Tour of Tassie is pretty huge,” he said.

“This was the first proper race I did in 2010 and this is my third one now.

“To win a stage here is pretty cool.”

Flakemore was in the leading group of eight riders during the undulating 77.9-kilometre trek from Burnie to West Mooreville.

The group established a decisive two-minute gap almost 50 kilometres into the race, which they extended by 30 seconds before the last of six hill climbs.

Flakemore then attacked with about six kilometres to go, and was followed by Plan B Racing’s Bradley Linfield, with the duo battling for line honours.

Rounding out the podium was Team Polygon Australia’s Sam McCallum.

Team Polygon Australia rider Ben Grenda consolidated the Derrico Cycles criterium jersey yesterday morning by taking out the Burnie criterium.

It was the second successive criterium triumph for the Tasmanian, who again mastered a familiar course.

“The Burnie club has been running crits here since I was a junior,” Grenda said before explaining he was pleased that his friends and family could watch him race first-hand, rather than have to follow online as they do when he is racing overseas.

Search2Retain’s Neil Van Der Ploeg was awarded the sprint jersey in both of yesterday’s stages.

The tour wraps up today with a Devonport road race, with riders to complete 12 laps of a 4.3km circuit which takes in Coles Beach.

It starts in Bluff Road-Victoria Parade at 12.30pm.

Tour leader Norris, who also retained the Norske Skog King of the Mountains jersey, again heaped praise on his Drapac teammates and said he was confident of holding on to the yellow jersey.

RESULTS

Stage 7

1. 74 Ben GRENDA (PGN) 32:09 12

2. 81 Alex WOHLER (TDU) +0 8

3. 46 Scott LAW (STR) +0 6

4. 1 Anthony GIACOPPO (GEN) +0 4

5. 23 John WALKER (DPC) +0 3

6. 138 Jay MCCARTHY (VIS) +0 4

7. 107 Samuel WOOD (DCR) +0

8. 122 Benjamin HILL (SZT) +0

9. 6 Brenton JONES (GEN) +0 3

10. 52 Caleb JONES (GWR) +0 1

Stage 8

1. 3 Campbell FLAKEMORE (GEN) 2h06:16 em20

2. 93 Bradley LINFIELD (PLB) +0 13

3. 72 Sam MCCALLUM (PGN) +10 13

4. 41 Neil VAN DER PLOEG (STR) +10 9

5. 31 Harry CARPENTER (SAS) +10 2

6. 83 Jay BOURKE (TDU) +10 16

7. 203 Brodie TALBOT (CNC) +1:02 18

8. 17 Peter HERZIG (BFL) +1:02 1

9. 122 Benjamin HILL (SZT) +3:01

10. 147 James WILLIAMSON (PBR) +3:01

General Classification

1. 25 Lachlan NORRIS (DPC) 13h36:02

2. 11 Mark O’BRIEN (BFL) +14

3. 4 Nathan EARLE (GEN) +51

4. 138 Jay MCCARTHY (VIS) +3:28

5. 21 Darren LAPTHORNE (DPC) +3:57

6. 17 Peter HERZIG (BFL) +4:03

7. 2 Jai CRAWFORD (GEN) +4:05

8. 7 Ben DYBALL (GEN) +4:17

9. 71 Alex CLEMENTS (PGN) +5:02

10. 93 Bradley LINFIELD (PLB) +5:51

Cyclists climb Wilmot Street during the Burnie Criterium yesterday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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Thyne building reborn

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LAUNCESTON’S historic Thyne building has been reborn as long-term accommodation for young people and is regarded as leading edge nationally.
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It is nearly 12 months since the building, most recently the home of the former Tasmanian School of Fine Furniture, underwent a $6 million makeover to transform it into long-term housing for 16- to 24-year-olds.

The heritage-listed “Thyne House” has become the centrepiece of a program in the North to provide homes for young people who would struggle to house themselves.

Funding for the developments, including another Launceston site in Thistle Street, has come from Housing Tasmania and the federal government’s Nation Building economic stimulus package.

Community Housing Limited state manager Brett Wake said that his company now ran the two sites as landlords, while Anglicare ran the support and training programs for residents who needed life skills training.

“Thyne House has provided us with a way of providing accommodation for this age group built around a community hub,” Mr Wake said.

The renamed Thyne House now has 30 self-contained one-bedroom and studio units, each with a kitchen and ensuite.

But there is also a commercial kitchen that is used as a training facility and a gymnasium available for community and residents’ use, he said.

People offered a home for low-cost rent have been identified as those who need stability in life to avoid homelessness, Mr Wake said.

There are also residents from outside Launceston who would struggle to afford private rental, as well as young people with jobs or job training looking for a home, he said.

“We’ve tried to keep a mix of residents so that there are not stereotypes,” Mr Wake said.

“These are young people who need a home, it’s not student accommodation.”

Mr Wake said that community housing projects that catered directly for young people were not common around Australia.

“Thyne House is on the leading edge of the community housing model,” he said.

The main building has a communal dining room as well as the commercial kitchen, a common lounge area and laundry as well as rooms for on-site training and education.

It has numerous outdoor spaces, gardens and terraces as well as a caretaker’s cottage that is used as the front office and on-site manager’s accommodation.

The new Thistle Street site for 18-year-olds and over has 19 units including three studio units, 12 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units.

Each of them is self contained with its own kitchen, but designed in such a way that some units can be joined together to create two or even four-bedroom accommodation.

It also has communal areas, including common kitchen and dining areas and an outside barbecue.

“The Thistle Street property provides long-term accommodation to a range of people, including some who have previously experienced homelessness and a small number of people who have support needs,” Mr Wake said.

“Tenants are selected based on their ability to live independently in this type of environment – residents are required to sign a tenancy agreement, pay rent and be good neighbours.”

Community Housing Limited state co-ordinator Leonnie Hyde and tenancy administrator Jennifer Harris at the revamped Thyne building, now a home to young people in need. Pictures: GEOFF ROBSON

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PROPERTY prices will rise if stamp duty relief goes to home buyers, economists warn.
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But both Northern Tasmania economist Tony Gray and economic commentator Saul Eslake believe the idea of a grant for first-home builders has merit.

The Examiner revealed on Friday that the state government is considering measures, being pushed by the real estate and construction industries, that could address falling house sales and builds.

Mr Gray has warned that there is “no free lunch” in providing stamp duty concessions or first-home owner grants.

“The decline in stamp duty (revenue) is really from boom time levels of both sales activity and high price jumps. The problem is that the government spent all of the money and naively budgeted for boom conditions to continue,” Mr Gray said.

“The (real estate industry) proposals undermine government tax revenue and, while it may stimulate property sales, the need by government to run a balanced budget over time means they will need to cut back on employment and the provision of services and infrastructure – weakening the economy when the cycle is already weak.”

Mr Gray was more enthusiastic about the Housing Industry Association proposal to give a $14,000 grant to first-home builders, and scrap the $7000 that goes to first home buyers – as long as it has a short time limit.

He still believes this will increase the cost of building a home, and other construction as the demand for workers rises.

Mr Eslake describes first-home owner grants and stamp duty relief as a complete waste of time.

He said long-term evidence showed such measures only served to push up property prices and benefit vendors and their real estate agents.

Mr Eslake said stamp duty should be abolished, and replaced with land tax on owner-occupiers under a phased-in system.

“Stamp duty is a bad tax and you don’t make it a better tax by exempting some people from it – you do that by abolishing it,” he said.

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POLL results released by the Liberal Party yesterday show the party would have received nearly 63 per cent of the vote in the Northern seat of Bass, and a majority statewide, if an election had been called this week.
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The survey, conducted by ReachTel for the state Liberals on Thursday night, asked 230 people in the Northern electorate which political party would receive their first preference vote if an election was held that day.

Of those asked, 17.4 per cent said they would vote Labor, 62.9 per cent said Liberal and 13.6 per cent said the Greens.

The remaining 6.1 per cent would vote for other candidates.

Bass has two members of each major party: Labor’s Michelle O’Byrne and Brian Wightman, and the Liberals’ Peter Gutwein and Michael Ferguson.

Leg 1Greens MHA Kim Booth holds the fifth seat.

In the North-West seat of Braddon, the poll showed 23.2 per cent of the 232 respondents would vote Labor, 56.8 per cent would vote Liberal and 14.6 per cent Greens, with 5.3 per cent voting for other candidates.

The poll also showed an apparent majority vote for the Liberal Party across the state, with 51.5 Leg 2per cent of the 1200 people surveyed.

Denison Liberal MHA Matt Groom said the results showed Tasmanians wanted a majority government.

“It shows that Tasmanians are very unhappy with the direction taken by this government,” he said.

“Only one party can deliver a Leg 3strong majority government, and that is the Liberal Party.”

However, Bass Labor MHA Michelle O’Byrne attacked the poll, saying the government

was more focused on creating jobs and opportunities, and solving the current challenges.

“Still 18 months from an election, the Tasmanian Liberals are spending money on their own polling,” she said.

“Sadly, it just shows they’re obsessed with polls and votes, instead of hard work and constructive policy.

“The Liberals are spending money on polls and wining-and-dining a Queensland Liberal Premier who’s shown he’s all about slashing jobs, breaking promises, and contempt for working people.”

The Liberals hosted a “gala dinner” with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at Aurora Function Centre at York Park last night.

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IT’S BATHURST WEEKEND: The hats, to keep the sun off. IT’S BATHURST WEEKEND: The view from the dorms at CSU. Photo: Alice Hogg.
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IT’S BATHURST WEEKEND: The yummy track food.

IT’S BATHURST WEEKEND: The line up of motor homes. Photo: Annette Robinson.

IT’S BATHURST WEEKEND: The flags supporting your team.

We asked what you had seen around town to know it was race week.These are the photos we have received.

If you have a great photo send it through to [email protected]南京夜网.au and we will add it to the gallery.

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