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  • Australia, US alone on Syria air strikes after British change of heart

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Justice Minister Michael Keenan. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The Turnbull government has expressed veiled disappointment that Britain will not join Australia in expanding air strikes into Syria, leaving the RAAF and the US Air Force as the only contributors.
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    Justice Minister Michael Keenan said on Wednesday that the decision was a matter for Britain but added twice that Australia would like to have the “broadest possible coalition” to help in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

    He was commenting on the decision by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday to shelve plans for a parliamentary vote on expanding air strikes to Syria amid concerns by Downing Street that the government could not muster enough MPs to back the expansion.

    “Obviously we’re keen to see the broadest possible coalition participating in those strikes on ISIL,” Mr Keenan said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State.

    “That issue of air strikes in Syria from the British perspective is clearly contentious domestically for Britain. It’s clearly a matter for them and their parliamentary processes about the way they see fighting ISIL going forward.

    “But clearly from Australia’s perspective, we’re keen to have the broadest possible coalition participating with us in degrading and destroying ISIL.”

    Defence Minister Marise Payne was in Kuala Lumpur attending the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting and could not be reached for comment.

    Downing Street’s change of heart came as a British parliamentary committee recommended against expanding air strikes into Syria in the absence of a clearer strategy for the broader civil war in the country.

    The foreign affairs select committee, chaired by one of Mr Cameron’s own Tory MPs, found that while an expansion would be welcomed by coalition partners, it would have only a “marginal effect” on the overall campaign.

    “We believe that there should be no extension of British military action into Syria unless there is a coherent international strategy that has a realistic chance of defeating ISIL and of ending the civil war in Syria,” the MPs concluded.

    Australia is the second largest contributor to the fight against the Islamic State after the US.

    Britain has eight Tornado fight planes operating over Iraq, which have carried out about 300 air strikes compared with 434 strike missions by the RAAF’s six Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft as of about one month ago.

    The Hornets had carried out nine missions over Syria as of October 2 and launched strikes against two targets. The RAAF’s KC-30 air-to-air refueller had carried out five missions over Syria and its Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft one mission.

    Canada had carried out a handful of strikes in Syria but its new government has decided against continuing those missions.

    The US recently announced it will deploy up to 50 special forces soldiers to train and advise Syrian rebels and will step up special operations raids against high-value ISIL targets in both Syria and Iraq – widely seen as an escalation by the Obama administration.

    Fairfax Media understands Australia will not make any such expansion, reflecting a view in Canberra that the Australian Defence Force is already pulling its weight.

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  • Former Labor premiers back GST rise, putting pressure on Bill Shorten

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has given conditional support to increasing the GST. Photo: Daniel MunozLiberal MPs push back on tax reformComment: A sure bet Turnbull will raise the GST
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    A trio of respected former Labor premiers has put political pressure on Bill Shorten, backing a GST rise from 10 to 15 per cent subject to certain conditions.

    In comments that could create a headache for the Opposition Leader and will be welcomed by the Turnbull government, former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, Queensland’s Peter Beattie and Western Australia’s Geoff Gallop have all outlined the conditions under which the tax change could be implemented as part of a reform package.

    The Turnbull government is modelling a rise in the GST as part of a tax reform package.

    But two other former NSW Labor premiers, Bob Carr and Nathan Rees, backed Mr Shorten and federal Labor’s stance, with the party so far staking out a “no change” position on the consumption tax.

    That stance has set up a clear contest with the Coalition government and placed the issue at the centre of political debate in recent weeks, and ahead of next year’s federal election.

    Malcolm Turnbull has thus far promised any prospective tax changes would not disadvantage the most vulnerable Australians as he and Treasurer Scott Morrison have left open a raft of tax reform options on the table.

    Mr Beattie, who won four elections for Queensland Labor and was at the table as Premier when John Howard introduced the GST, said he had been adamant at the time the rate should not rise.

    But 15 years later, he told Fairfax Media that Australia’s tax system needed major structural change that spurred innovation and productivity growth.

    “This extra five per cent has to go to health and education, I will have trouble supporting an increase beyond 10 per cent unless it goes to service delivery for the states,” he said.

    “It should also be linked to competition reform and be innovative, it has to be a total package that includes ways to stimulate the economy.”

    To that end, Mr Beattie suggested business tax breaks should be in the mix, rather than personal income tax cuts which “we all know bracket creep will pull back”.

    Ms Keneally urged federal Labor to engage in a constructive manner in debate about reform of the federation and the tax system and that “the GST is obviously part of that mix, though Labor shouldn’t give in to a simplistic view that increasing consumption tax fixes everything”.

    “My support for a rise in the GST is conditional on three things. Fixing a flawed federation, dealing with incredibly generous tax concessions provided to the most well-off and ensuring we don’t ask those who can least afford to pay to bear a disproportionately higher tax burden,” she said.

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  • HSC 2015: 77,000 students celebrate pens down for the HSC

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Dulwich High School students Lucy Howroyd and Thomas Carman with their art. Photo: Edwina PicklesEat, sleep, party.
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    Those are the top three priorities for 77,000 NSW HSC students, the last of whom finished their final HSC exam on Wednesday.

    “That was the most stressful year of my life,” said 18-year-old Lucy Howroyd.

    The student from Dulwich High School of Visual Arts could barely wipe the smile off her face as the clock ticked down on her school career.

    “I couldn’t stop staring at the ceiling wondering what is next,” she said.

    Her classmate, Grace Davidson-Lynch, did not leave much time for contemplation.

    “I’m just thinking about tomorrow, sleeping in and no more study.”

    More than 9000 of Grace and Lucy’s fellow visual arts students were the last group to put their pens down for the HSC at 3.30pm on Wednesday.

    Some were already looking ahead to a life outside the school gates beyond the work of Cezanne or Reg Mombassa.

    “Hopefully I’ll scrape my way into a sociology degree,” said 18-year-old Caitlin Boyce.

    For a “liberated” Thomas Carman, kickboxing is the dream. “Fighting is a form of art,” he said, while his classmate Jacky Chen hopes art will influence his career in architecture.

    Their creative major works through sculpture, painting and film in subjects like menstruation, terrorism and chinese culture will be left behind, as they leave the shelter of school one last time.

    “This is a huge moment in the lives of these students, who are marking the end of 13 years of schooling and starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives,” said NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

    “Students have spent the past 18 days of exams demonstrating their skills and knowledge and now it’s time for a well-earned break.”

    And as the party starts, the nervous wait begins.

    HSC students will receive their results on December 16.

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  • Weather station to benefit growers

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Weather station to benefit growers Under the wheather: The West Midlands Group will establish a weather station and soil moisture probe before the next growing season.
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    TweetFacebookTHE WEST Midlands Group (WMG) is one of fourteen grower groups selected to host an automatic weather station and soil moisture probe as part of a project to develop new technology to benefit the Western Australian (WA) grains industry.

    Real time weather information generated from the technology will benefit growers from the west midlands area.

    This information will empower growers with decision making tools to manage risks and boost the profitability of their grain production business.

    WMG will assist with providing direction on how to use this information more effectively.

    In total, more than 1,000 growers will be engaged in the project throughout the WA wheatbelt.

    The funding for the technology was made possible by the eConnected Grainbelt Royalties for Regions project, which is part of the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative led by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

    The weather station and soil moisture probe will be installed before the start of the 2016 growing season at the WMG main trial site at Brennan’s property on the corner of North West Rd and the Dandaragan Moora Rd.

  • Aggressive New Zealand will perish against speed demons in first Test, warns Steve Smith

    Date: 2019.07.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Steve Smith has warned New Zealand’s batsmen they will meet a swift demise if they fight fire with fire against Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson in the first Test.
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    Australia will unleash a pair of left-arm speed demons, who teammates say are breaking the 150km/h barrier, on one of the fastest wickets in world cricket. But the Black Caps are not deviating from the attacking style that has lifted Kiwi cricket out of the doldrums.

    Starc’s trail of destruction this year, particularly in the 50-over game, has not gone unnoticed by visiting captain Brendon McCullum, who rates the quick as one of the most feared bowlers in the game.

    Smith endured a torrid net session at the Gabba on Tuesday where Starc troubled one of the world’s premier batsmen with his swing and pace.

    “It’s certainly been hard work facing him in the nets,” the Australian captain said.

    “He’s presenting a pretty similar seam, some balls were swinging back late, some were going across, that’s extremely hard to face when they’re coming down at 150 km/h as well.

    “If he can do that out here this week we can expect a lot of the same results he’s been having over the last couple of weeks.”

    The Black Caps were lauded by Sir Richard Hadlee for their high-risk brand of play but Smith claimed their World Cup capitulations with the bat against Australia gave the hosts a mental edge.

    “The two games we played in the World Cup, we got 10 wickets twice, for 150 and 180,” Smith said.

    “We know how they play, a lot of them will come out and play their shots, which will play into our hands nicely.”

    Starc is the world’s No.1 one-day international bowler but is yet to transfer that to the five-day game, but Smith has no doubt he can also be a force in Test cricket.

    “With Mitchell, one thing I’ve been most impressed with is when the ball’s not doing anything he’s found a way to make sure he’s getting the ball across the right-hander and building a bit of pressure – that’s going to be a real key for us if it’s not swinging,” Smith said.

    “If it is, what he’s been doing really well is swinging the ball late, at pace and hitting the stumps.”

    The Black Caps are expecting Australia to use Starc, whose bouncer/yorker combination has been near unplayable recently, as a strike weapon against incoming batsmen.

    “Where he sits in world cricket, he’s probably one of the most feared bowlers,” McCullum said.

    “But if you want to win in Australia … you don’t expect people to hand it to you.

    “You’ve got to expect to play against good players and some of the best players in the world and you have to find a way to counter that.

    “I’m pretty confident our guys will play well and if we are beaten then we’ll make it bloody tough for them to do so.”

    Hadlee, his country’s finest player and a New Zealand Cricket board member, said the Black Caps were exciting to watch under McCullum’s leadership.

    “It’s attacking, aggressive, proactive, particularly from McCullum, the way he sets fields and changes his bowlers,” Hadlee said.

    “At times [it’s] high risk but with that risk are great rewards.”

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