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Victorian trio’s careers on line

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

DAVID Hussey, Cameron White and Glenn Maxwell have all departed Sri Lanka with their reputations dented.
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The three Victorians played a part in Australia’s suspect middle-order, though in Hussey’s case it was an inglorious last-minute cameo. He was entitled to feel disgruntled at being left out of the side despite his wealth of Twenty20 experience, but didn’t make the selectors regret their call with his performance in the semi-final against the West Indies.

Chris Gayle was on the lash when Hussey bowled, returning figures of 0-22 from two overs, but to be bounced on a slow pitch by Ravi Rampaul, no one’s idea of a menacing fast bowler, was not a good look. Nor did an awkward misfield off Brad Hogg’s bowling help his cause.

Hussey has been a dangerous and successful limited-overs batsman for Australia, and he’s come back from selection setbacks before, but at the age of 35 his international future looks uncertain, at best.

Maxwell was encouraged to bat with the audaciousness that is his trademark, and captain George Bailey defended the shot that hastened Australia’s unravelling against Pakistan’s spinners in the last Super Eight game.

Still, he finished the event out of the team after an awful game that included dropping the batsman who mounted the match-winning partnership. There is plenty of time for the 23-year-old to come back, and no one doubt’s Maxwell’s talent or his unwavering self-belief, but a campaign that yielded eight runs in two innings and 1-53 in seven overs amounts to a reality check for the emerging all-rounder.

There are mitigating factors; the middle-order was sheltered for the first four games by the broad bat of Shane Watson and the big winning margins in those games left them short of exposure in pressure moments.

White presents the most perplexing case of the three Victorians. He batted Australia to victory against Ireland and South Africa with 21 not out and 22 not out, but on both occasions the top three had set a formidable platform. Still, this was not a triumphant return to Australian colours for the ex-captain.

Dropped after a dismal season in January, White fought his way back into the team through the Indian Premier League, but he couldn’t transfer that explosive form onto the international stage.

When the pressure was on in Colombo, against Pakistan and the West Indies, he made 12 and five. The 29-year-old has some further rebuilding to do if he is to get there.

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Guineas next: Pierro is hot favourite.GAI Waterhouse celebrated a group 1 double as a farewell to Sydney for the spring at the weekend, and believes she will repeat the dose with her stars Pierro and More Joyous at Caulfield on Saturday.
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Three-year-old Pierro is already in Melbourne and, following his Bill Stutt Stakes romp at Moonee Valley, is at short odds to add the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate over the next three weeks.

Waterhouse added to a treble at Randwick by winning the Gilgai Stakes with Hallowell Belle at Flemington. And the cavalry arrived in Melbourne yesterday in the form of More Joyous and Kabayan.

More Joyous will be out for successive Toorak Handicaps on Saturday and Waterhouse is unconcerned about a possible topweight of 60 kilograms.

”She is the best horse in the field and will carry a good horse’s weight and win,” Waterhouse said.

”She was on the float with Kabayan, who will run in the Norman Robinson in a couple of weeks. He can wait a week because I have the winner of the Guineas, Pierro. I only need the one.”

More Joyous will use the Toorak as a final tune-up for the Cox Plate showdown, for which she is a $7.50 second elect behind Pierro at $2.70.

Proisir will take Waterhouse’s Cox Plate team to three despite being beaten in the Spring Champion Stakes.

”I have no doubt he will run the 2040 metres and that’s the right race for him,” she said.

”He was completely and utterly disadvantaged by the way the race was run on Saturday and you will see a different horse in the Cox Plate.”

It was Tommy Berry’s and Waterhouse’s day at Randwick, where they combined for a treble, including the group 1s of the Epsom and Metropolitan.

Fat Al gave her a seventh Epsom to match her father Tommy Smith’s record. The four-year-old will head to the Emirates Stakes on the last day of Melbourne Cup week.

Metropolitan winner Glencadam Gold rocketed to the top of betting for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups after his 3¾-length romp.

Glencadam Gold, unbeaten in four starts since coming to Australia, was given a 1.5 kilogram penalty for his win in the Newcastle Cup last month and is liable for another penalty for his dashing all-the-way win at the weekend.

Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter, who is in France for the Arc de Triomphe meeting (which was run overnight), will announce a penalty later in the week.

Glencadam Gold needs a penalty of at least 1 kilogram to be assured of a start in the Caulfield Cup on October 20, but he is likely to receive more than that.

”[But] I don’t think he is going to get Nash Rawiller’s [weight],” Waterhouse said.

”Tommy is going to get his chance to ride him again. He did a marvellous job on Saturday.” With ANDREW EDDY

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Williams shores up Plate ride on Pierro

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

JOCKEY Craig Williams has confirmed he will ride super colt Pierro in the Cox Plate if the unbeaten star continues on that path as expected after Saturday’s group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
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Regular rider Nash Rawiller partners Pierro this weekend, where he runs as the scorching-hot $1.35 favourite in the $1 million Guineas. But he must stand aside for the lighter Williams on Cox Plate day as the three-year-old carries just 49.5 kilograms when he tries to rewrite history.

It seemed a no-brainer for Williams to choose to ride Pierro in the $3 million Cox Plate, but he has to part ways with Green Moon to do so. He rode the import to a most impressive win on Saturday in the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, where Green Moon confirmed he was a genuine Cox Plate contender.

While the jockey who rode last year’s winners of the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate was shoring up his Cox Plate ride yesterday, Williams plans to confirm his position in both the Caulfield and Melbourne cups later tomorrow.

He will re-acquaint himself with Dunaden when the pair gallop at the quarantine centre at Werribee.

Dunaden had a small setback when in quarantine with a foot abscess but Williams expects to see the same fit and healthy French horse as when he partnered him to wins in last spring’s Geelong Cup and Hong Kong Vase.

Williams has also reaped the benefit of suspensions to Damien Oliver and Vlad Duric at Moonee Valley last Friday night.

On Saturday, he takes over from Oliver on Awesome Bro for Leon Corstens in the Caulfield Guineas and on Elite Elle in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes, while he picks up Duric’s mount Strike The Stars in the group 1 Toorak Handicap.

Meanwhile, owner Lloyd Williams is looking to strengthen his already strong hand in the three spring majors when he tries to qualify Excluded for a Caulfield Cup run via the group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on Saturday.

Williams, fresh from a winning treble at Flemington – including the quinella in the Turnbull Stakes – as well as a feature race winner in Sydney, already has import Seville down as his Caulfield Cup horse, but Excluded can win an exemption from the ballot for the race if he can win the 2400-metre race on Saturday.

Williams told RSN yesterday that he fancied the chances of an Australian victory in the Melbourne Cup this year as the French winners of the past two years, Americain and Dunaden, would carry hefty weights (58 kilograms). He also said he wasn’t overly impressed with co-Melbourne Cup favourite Mount Athos, who he could have bought last year.

”I’m not keen on Mount Athos. I don’t think he’s a champion,” Williams said.

Tommy Berry, the rider of the new Caulfield and Melbourne cups favourite, Glencadam Gold, yesterday put paid to the theory that the import might be exposed over the tricky anti-clockwise course in Saturday week’s Caulfield Cup.

”He’ll get around as good as he does in Sydney,” Berry said of Saturday’s Metropolitan winner. ”His last piece of work the Melbourne way, he got around better than he does when on his Sydney leg.”

As for the galloper’s ability to handle the 3200 metres of the Melbourne Cup, Berry was just as upbeat. ”He’ll relish it.”

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Threat to TV racing rights

November 29th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

THE future of a multimillion-dollar deal for the TV racing rights in New South Wales is being stalled by infighting over who should sit on the board of broadcaster TVN.
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The TVN board has been in caretaker mode for more than three months and remains at a stalemate as powerbrokers in NSW and Victoria attempt to gain control of the pay-TV racing broadcaster.

The new board needs to be in place before a chief executive can be appointed to replace Peter Sweeney, who will leave this month. More importantly, the deal that will secure the broadcaster’s future, cannot be finalised until then.

TVN owns the rights to screen metropolitan racing in Sydney and all meetings in Victoria. It also has a heads of agreement with Racing NSW to broadcast NSW provincial and country racing from 2013, which is expected to add more than $100 million to the value of the company.

Attempts to appoint a new board have hit several obstacles. It is believed Victoria Racing Club chairman Michael Burn and Melbourne Racing Club counterpart Michael Symons have both been put forward by their clubs.

But The Age understands there is opposition to them in some quarters because they previously held consultancy contracts with the broadcaster.

It is understood Burn and Symons both charged TVN $15,000 a month for work on a failed attempt to take over Sky Channel and to secure the continuation of the television rights for Sydney metropolitan racing with the Australian Turf Club in 2011.

Supporters of Burn and Symons argue that they are among the most qualified investment bankers in the country, working for Macquarie Bank and Canterbury Partners respectively, and that the consultancy was done at less than market rates.

The consultancy contracts were identified while Racing NSW was carrying out due diligence on TVN.

Sources have told The Age that another contract delivered a monthly payment of $30,000 to a consultant involved in the network’s foundation, a payment that has stood since TVN was established in 2006.

That ongoing payment has been stopped. It was one of the reasons Sweeney lost the support of the stakeholders in TVN.

The new board will have eight members, two each from the ATC and Racing NSW and one each from Racing Victoria, the VRC, MRC and Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The ATC owns 50 per cent of TVN and has asked Racing NSW, as the state’s racing regulator, to join the board to represent provincial and country clubs in NSW. ATC chief executive Darren Pearce, ATC board member Laurie Macri and Racing NSW boss Peter V’landys are set to be three of the NSW representatives on the board.

The other half of the company is owned by the MRC, VRC, MVRC and Country Racing Victoria.

The three metropolitan clubs will each hold a seat on the board, while CRV interests will be looked after by another RVL representative as the regulatory authority in the state.

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SYDNEY will get its man but it has also raised the ire of rival clubs that have called for the ”archaic” salary cap concession for the Sydney clubs to be scrapped.
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Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold and Adelaide counterpart Rob Chapman both voiced their frustration at the concession they believe had helped enable the reigning premier afford to entice Kurt Tippett from Adelaide and away from Queensland.

Newbold called on the AFL to review the 9.8 per cent concession (an additional $862,000) in the salary cap that Sydney and Greater Western Sydney received to offset higher costs of living there.

Newbold said the league should review the Swans’ contracts to ascertain if the cost of living concession was spread evenly across all players’ contracts or was being hoarded to allow them to bid for a big-name player like Tippett.

”I think it is just an outdated policy and one that we as a league should have reviewed a long time ago,” he said.

”I don’t know that Melbourne and even Perth costs are that much lower than Sydney now. I think it is an archaic policy setting that needs to be reviewed.

”Don’t get me wrong, I think Sydney are an extremely well-run and organised business, and I am sure they have managed their cap very well.

”They have a very even list of players, but I think this proposed trade has highlighted something that should have been looked at.

”When the reigning premier can go out and have the money to get a player like Tippett when they have that extra money in their cap, I think it is something we need to look at.

”We are not crying over spilt milk [about losing the grand final], we are not saying you cannot do this deal, but what this deal does is show up an anomaly that should have been looked at before.

”I will speak with other presidents, but I think it is something the AFL needs to review and I think it is reasonable for the AFL to look at contracts and say, ‘Has the concession been spread across players or hoarded to find money for a player like this?’ ”

Adelaide president Chapman reportedly had similar concerns to Newbold.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou was not available for comment yesterday.

The Tippett deal will need to be brokered between the Swans and Adelaide today, but due to ”an understanding” with Adelaide when he signed his last contract, that deal should be completed for a second-round draft pick and or a third-round pick or player.

The trade period officially opens today when all clubs will meet at Etihad Stadium. The father-son bidding will also be done and it appears Melbourne will need to use its first pick – third overall – if it wants to secure Jack Viney as a father-son recruit, with the Gold Coast almost certain to bid for the highly talented inside midfielder with its first pick.

The loss by the Suns of Josh Caddy may have in part helped persuade them to bid for Viney as a replacement for the tough inside midfielder.

Clubs are also expecting Brisbane or Port Adelaide to bid for Joe Daniher, forcing the Bombers to use their first-round pick – number 10 – on the tall key-position player and son of former player Anthony. It is uncertain if any club intends to bid for Bulldog father-son nominee Lachie Hunter.

If Melbourne is forced to use its first pick on Viney, it is likely to scupper plans for the ambitious deal to trade pick four to Collingwood for Chris Dawes and Sharrod Wellingham.

Melbourne has indicated it would prefer to keep one live early pick in the draft.

That deal already looked unlikely to come to fruition after Wellingham nominated West Coast as the club he wanted to move to and flew out of the country, leaving the negotiations to his manager.

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Bouncing back: Luke Ball works on his recovery.IF COLLINGWOOD supporters are quietly hoping Luke Ball will be the Lenny Hayes of 2013, then reports of his progress could not be more encouraging.
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Ball has quietly worked his way through a faultless recovery from his knee reconstruction and appears likely to complete most, if not all, of the pre-season in preparation for an 11th AFL season.

The 28-year-old has attacked his rehabilitation buoyed by the return of former teammate Hayes, who capped off a stunning comeback from his own long-term knee injury by winning St Kilda’s best and fairest this year.

Hayes was dubbed the recruit of the year in 2012, given he missed virtually all of 2011 after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in round two of that year.

Ball, who has re-signed with the Magpies for another two seasons, injured his knee in round three, so he will be in the same situation as Hayes, having had a traditional reconstruction and spent a full season on the sidelines.

Had this season dragged on for another month, Ball might have been an outside chance to play, such has been his progress.

When Collingwood returns to pre-season training soon, Ball is expected to be there with the rest of his teammates and also at the club’s high-altitude training camp in Utah.

The Pies hope a strong pre-season will allow its premiership hero to hit the ground running in the lead-up to a much-anticipated return in round one.

”He’s coming along really well,” Magpies football director Geoff Walsh said yesterday.

”He wasn’t all that far away from being ready at the end of the season. By the time we resume training, he’ll be virtually joining in nearly full training.”

The importance of Ball’s absence this year was somewhat under-played, because his replacement in the midfield, Dayne Beams, went on to have a breakout season in which he won a first Copeland Trophy as best and fairest, and All-Australian selection.

But it was evident during the Magpies’ finals campaign how valuable Ball’s experience and hardness at stoppages and around goal would have been to the Magpies.

The thought that the Magpies can now throw Ball back into the midfield alongside Beams and fellow stars Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan is a tantalising one for Magpie fans.

The club has also moved to strengthen its on-ball division by securing Quinten Lynch as a back-up ruckman to Darren Jolly.

Lachlan Keeffe is the other Collingwood player battling back from a torn ACL. The key-position youngster played the first nine games of the season, but his rehabilitation has gone well and medical staff have been pleased with his progress.

”He would be somewhere towards the back end of the pre-season, I would think, in terms of him being up and going in full training,” Walsh said.

”It’s too far away and there’s too much water to go under the bridge before we can work out when he would start playing again.”

Meanwhile, Sydney speedster Gary Rohan has revealed he will start running next month and believes he is on track to reach peak fitness by the start of next season.

Rohan’s season was wiped out when he broke his leg in a collision with North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas in round four.

The injury reduced him to a spectator on grand final day. Rohan told the AFL website that missing out on being a part of Sydney’s premiership this year would drive him next season. ”[I’m] quite emotional that I missed out, but so excited I’m going to be in the same team next year and I’m more determined to come back,” he said.

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IT WAS the final Holden-versus-Ford duel at the Mountain, and it was arguably the best.
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Jamie Whincup used all his guile to hold off a hard-charging David Reynolds by just three-tenths of a second. That makes it the second-closest competitive finish in the race’s history, and the closest between a Holden and a Ford.

In typical Bathurst fashion, the race developed into a two-man duel in the final 10 laps. Whincup was in front but was being pressured to save fuel by his crew, while Reynolds was stalking him from behind with his team urging him to use as much fuel as he wanted.

In the end Whincup’s greater experience paid off and he joined an elite group of Bathurst legends as a four-time winner of the Great Race; Allan Moffat and Greg Murphy.

It also lifts him ahead of Dick Johnson and it was that legend’s criticisms during the week that Whincup says spurred him on during the closing stages.

”What came into my head was Dick’s comments during the week, saying I didn’t have the mental capacity to win this race,” Whincup said.

Despite taking the glory by driving the final stint of the race, Whincup was adamant his co-driver Paul Dumbrell deserved just as much credit for the victory. The two have been mates since school days and Whincup was instrumental in bringing Dumbrell into the powerhouse Triple Eight team for this year’s endurance races.

Dumbrell decided to retire from full-time driving at the end of last year after admitting he wasn’t good enough to compete at the front of the field on a regular basis. And he says his friend and the Triple Eight team took a risk hiring him for the two biggest races of the season.

”I haven’t had the best record for being consistent and bringing the car back in one-piece and trouble-free,” Dumbrell admitted. ”[Triple Eight team boss] Roland [Dane] and the team worked hard to make sure my head was on straight.”

And he also wasn’t afraid to admit that the pressure to not let down his best mate was beginning to get to him in the build-up to the race.

”I woke up last night in a cold sweat because I had a dream that I threw it away for Jamie,” Dumbrell said.

Reynolds may have lost the race but he had the last laugh – literally. He laughed and joked his way through the post-race media conference with a smile; clearly happy with scoring his best V8 result to date, even if it wasn’t the win.

”I always said if I get on the podium I’d make it a good one and second at Bathurst isn’t bad,” Reynolds said.

”I always thought that if it came down to the last few stints, I’d drive my absolute brains out, and I did.

”It would have been life-changing if I’d won the race, but I wasn’t brave enough on the last lap. I was brave, but not …”

Reynolds’ co-driver Dean Canto was also making his first visit to the Bathurst podium. And he believed his partner had what it took to win the race if they hadn’t been held up during their last pit stop.

Reynolds lost four seconds because he was unable to get away from his pit stop when Lee Holdsworth’s Stone Brothers Racing Ford blocked him in. Canto believes if Reynolds had got away cleanly, he would have taken the lead off Whincup and could have held it to the end.

Third place went to the second Triple Eight Holden driven by Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff. The pre-race favourites managed to fight back from an unscheduled pit stop on only the 10th lap because of a damaged tyre.

In the end, Lowndes, a five-time Bathurst winner, produced another great Mount Panorama performance to storm from outside the top 10 to third place and claim the final podium spot.

It was Lowndes’ eighth podium finish in the past 10 years at this race, further strengthening his claim as Peter Brock’s heir as the King of the Mountain.

Former series champion James Courtney and co-driver Cameron McConville took fourth place for the Holden Racing Team. Their teammates, and defending race winners, Garth Tander and Nick Percat endured a disappointing day when the latter hit the wall on lap 37 and knocked them out of contention.

One of the outstanding results of the day was the sixth place of Jonathan Webb and rookie Scott McLaughlin. Webb runs his own team and has struggled this year to attract a full-time major sponsor.

But the pair simply kept their noses clean and stayed quick and consistent throughout the day to embarrass some of the big budget operations.

One of those bigger teams that suffered a nightmare day was the factory-backed Ford Performance Racing team.

The race started well with polesitter Will Davison taking the lead at the start and pulling out a comfortable lead during the opening stages.

But things soon began to go wrong. Davison’s co-driver John McIntyre pitted for a suspected tyre problem. He then struggled for pace and spun under safety car conditions, dropping back in the field. He was then knocked into a spin that damaged the rear suspension.

They eventually finished 24th; second last.

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Heart out to build on hot start

October 28th, 2018 / / categories: 南京夜网419 /

MELBOURNE Heart had never won its first game of the season until it beat Melbourne Victory in round one in front of a bumper crowd on Friday night.
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Now the ”second” team in the city will never get a better chance to make a flying start to its campaign than this weekend.

Heart is at home to Wellington Phoenix, which will be missing more than half a team of first-choice players as the fixture clashes with New Zealand’s Oceania World Cup campaign. The All Whites play against Tahiti twice in four days.

Heart’s gain and Wellington’s pain is also Melbourne Victory’s loss.

Ange Postecoglou’s side struggled to put in place his new game plan in the loss on Friday night and its chances of gaining some continuity and improvement will also be hit by the demands of the international calendar and World Cup qualifying.

Victory will lose Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan to Holger Osieck’s Socceroos squad as the Australians seek to dig themselves out of a stuttering qualifying campaign when they meet Iraq in Qatar tomorrow week, while Marco Rojas will be a key part of Ricki Herbert’s NZ party.

Victory’s depth should, however, allow Postecoglou to paper over the cracks. Theo Markelis and Danny Allsopp look the likely forward replacements for Thompson and Rojas, while Spase Dilevski could come in at right back, with Matthew Foschini moving into a central position to deputise for Milligan, alongside skipper Adrian Leijer.

For Heart, however, things look rosy. If it can beat a weakened Wellington – which itself got off to a flying start with a 2-0 win over Sydney, raining on Alessandro Del Piero’s debut parade – it will most likely top the table at that early stage of proceedings.

More importantly, the win in the opening derby brought credibility to a club that has had its share of doubters in the off-season. Heart showed on Friday that you didn’t necessarily need to invest huge amounts in marquee players to forge a competitive squad. Striker Dylan Macallister looked immediately at home in the red and white, while David Williams, who scored the opener, looked determined to make the most of the chance coach John Aloisi has given him.

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EDITORIAL: Air pollution comes back
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Residents in the Hunter’s most toxic postcode footprint are being exposed to some toxins at levels more than 100 times higher than they were a decade ago.

Many residents of postcode 2304, which includes Kooragang, Mayfield, Warabrook and Sandgate, fear increasing industrial activity will bring a return to the pollution levels not experienced since BHP’s heyday.

A Newcastle Herald analysis of National Pollution Inventory data shows the number of pollution-generating industries in the area increased from nine to 16 between 2001 and 2011.

The number of pollutants increased from 35 to 38.

While tougher pollution controls have resulted in a decrease in some emissions, such as arsenic, lead and mercury, others have increased.

Ammonia emissions increased 188per cent, benzene by 600per cent, sulphur dioxide by 312per cent and carbon monoxide by 6per cent.

The majority of the increased industrial activity in the postcode area has occurred on Kooragang Island, which is set to become home to more industry in the next decade.

Among the largest is the proposed $5billion fourth coal loader.

The cumulative impacts of airborne pollutants are of greatest concern.

‘‘There’s certainly more pollution than there was a decade ago,’’ former BHP worker and lifelong Mayfield resident Gionni DiGravio said.

‘‘If a place like Mayfield, one of the birthplaces of the Hunter, is still dealing with pollution issues then you know that’s where the country is at. We are still in the fossil fuel world, we are not really targeting new technology at all,’’ he said.

An Environment Protection Authority spokeswoman said the conditions of environment protection licences should prevent pollution, maintain environmental standards and monitor environmental performance.

The authority may also order licence holders to undertake pollution reduction programs.

‘‘For example, the [authority] recently required Koppers Carbon Materials to introduce nitrogen blanketing to naphthalene tanks on its premises … resulting in a reduction in naphthalene emissions from the site’s process tanks.’’

New legislation was introduced to strengthen requirements for industry to notify and respond to pollution incidents in the wake of Orica’s hexavalent chromium spill on Kooragang Island.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said pollution licences needed to take into account an industry’s cumulative effect rather than being assessed in isolation.

Mayfield residents want emissions study

CLAIRE Charles has lived in Mayfield for the past decade and could not be happier with the lifestyle enjoyed by residents.

In addition to its proximity to Newcastle and its beaches, Mayfield boasts a selection of historic homes equivalent to anywhere in Australia.

Having moved into the area soon after the closure of BHP, Ms Charles and her family did not experience the ‘‘bad old days’’ when residents complained that pollution rained down on them day and night.

But she is worried things could be turning for the worse.

‘‘I’ve noticed there are more industrial emissions and odours today than a few years ago,’’ she said.

‘‘The thing we worry about most is what’s in the odour.’’

Ms Charles is secretary of the Correct Planning for Mayfield Group.

A master plan for the development of Newcastle Port, which includes land in Mayfield, is at the top of the group’s wishlist.

‘‘We really need to see that so we can get an idea of what sorts of industry will be operating in the area in years to come,’’ Ms Charles said.

Mayfield resident Clair Charles is concerned about the quality of air in her suburb. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The group is also lobbying for a health impact study for all new industry that wants to establish in the area.


Bullying claims: Glendal Foods workers (from left) Hiep Nguyen, Nuong Nguyen, Quyen Le, Lieu Phan and Huong Vu.ALMOST half the staff at an inner-city gourmet food manufacturer – which makes food for Ikea, Qantas, Costco and other high-profile clients – have spoken out about alleged extreme bullying in their workplace.
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Eighteen staff out of 38 at Glendal Foods in Brunswick have accused their employer of allowing bullying to go unchecked, despite numerous complaints and the involvement of a trade union.

The alleged bullying among the staff, most of whom speak little English, is said to be so intense that one worker harmed herself two weeks ago. She was admitted to the Western Hospital, where doctors later asked WorkSafe to become involved. The authority is now conducting an investigation.

Another staff member alleged a heavy trolley was pushed into her belly while she was pregnant.

The 18 staff took the unusual step of speaking publicly about the alleged bullying, which they said had gone on for at least six years, because they hoped doing so would help their situation. The workers said management at the plant had, among other things, allowed a senior staff member to:

■Regularly scream at them and make sexual and personal comments.

■Tell workers they needed to give 48 hours’ notice if they wanted to take sick days.

■Demand staff work overtime on any day, without any notice.

■Tell any casual worker who became full time they must ”celebrate” by buying lunch for the entire workplace, or buying a supervisor a gift.

■Ban any contact with the company’s owner.

■Keep the wages of some employees for up to eight weeks.

Qantas and Ikea confirmed on Friday that Glendal Foods was among their suppliers but declined to comment further. Costco could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

Glendal Foods makes items such as samosas, filo pastries, soups, curries and casseroles for its many clients.

It is owned by Chandra Kanodia, a chef who opened the Phantom India restaurant in Swanston Street, Carlton, in the 1970s.

Most of the bullying complaints centre on one supervisor, Van Phan.

In the most serious case, staff alleged Ms Phan had succeeded in pressuring most to pay her – in cash – 10 per cent of a backpay payment made to them in July after they signed a new workplace agreement.

Ms Phan declined to discuss the allegations on Friday, although she said employees who gave her a cut of their backpay had given it as a gift. ”They were happy to do that,” she said.

After the union became involved, the company asked Ms Van to voluntarily pay back this money.

One employee, Hiep Nguyen, said she had been instructed, when given a full-time job with the company, to shout the entire factory lunch, because ”it was the rules”.

Ms Nguyen said she was threatened with the sack if she did not do so.

”I am a new arrival. I came to Australia legally. I work, and pay tax and try to be a good citizen. But because I have really limited English, I don’t know a lot of rules. And for someone who has been here a bit longer than me to make my life really difficult is not fair for me,” she said through an interpreter.

Few Glendal Foods employees had been members of the National Union of Workers (which covers some food manufacturing) until August, when a complaint was made to the union by Ms Nguyen, who also contacted the federal government’s Fair Work Ombudsman, which in turn referred her to WorkSafe.

Another employee, Quyen Le, said she had been regularly yelled at by Ms Phan, who had also pushed a heavy trolley into her belly while she was pregnant, so forcefully she thought her baby had been harmed.

All of the employees alleged Mr Kanodia knew the bullying was happening but ignored it.

Mr Kanodia declined to discuss the allegations, although he said WorkSafe was investigating. ”WorkSafe will take care of this; the allegations are going to be sorted out by them,” he said.

Asked why so many of his staff had complained of bullying, he said: ”They are all union members, are they? That says something, don’t you think?”

Later, he issued a brief statement saying his company was concerned about the matter and taking it very seriously.

National Union of Workers organiser Monique Segan has regularly met staff at Glendal Foods since August.

She said the bullying was among the most extreme the union had seen, and that raising it with Glendal Foods had exacerbated problems. After this, the workers had decided to tell their story publicly.

The case will throw a spotlight on laws passed last year by the Baillieu government that were aimed at tackling workplace bullying but that the state opposition says are doing little to help protect the most vulnerable.

Opposition spokesman on WorkCover Robin Scott said the community had made it clear there was no tolerance for bullying in workplaces, but that the Baillieu government’s anti-bullying laws had failed to result in any prosecutions.

Government spokeswoman Fiona Telford said the legislation introduced last year gave police more powers to investigate and had made clear that threats and abuse could now be prosecuted. Labor had failed to introduce any laws like it, she said.

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