• Wesley Mission program helps foster kids become independent

    Date: 2019.04.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Response: 0

    Jessica Wilson entered foster care as a five-year-old.Photo: Edwina PicklesWhen Jessica Wilson left her foster home as a teenager, she had little idea how to shop, cook, clean, run a car or manage household bills.
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    Having lived in multiple foster placements from the age of five, she never absorbed what she describes as “the most basic life skills.”

    “It was a steep learning curve,” she said. “I had to learn by experience and learn by my mistakes.I had no family support to fall back on; I could only rely on myself. Luckily, I’m pretty determined.”

    Ms Wilson, now 27, put herself through a social sciences degree at the University of Newcastle, found a job and bought her first home on the NSW Central Coast in 2011.

    Her story is not typical for most young people leaving out of home care in NSW. Many leave their foster homes as teenagers, havelow rates of further education and suffer higher incidence of unemployment, homelessness and mental illness.

    A new pilot program from Wesley Mission aims to help young people leaving foster care make a smoother transition to adulthood by providing support with accommodation, education, employment and life skills.

    There are 20,000 children in out-of-home care in NSW with 670 supported by Wesley Mission in Sydney, the Central Coast, the Hunter and the North Coast.

    Wesley Mission chief executive, Keith Garner, said young people exiting the care system at 18 were particularly vulnerable.

    “There is almost no support to help these young people successfully take charge of their own lives as they leave foster care,” he said.

    “Few have extended family or community networks to fall back upon. Research indicates that the ensuing years are marked by low levels of educational attainment and high rates of unemployment, mobility, homelessness, financial difficulty, loneliness and physical and mental health problems.”

    The 12-month pilot, a joint scheme between Wesley Mission, theRotary Club of Sydney and the NSW Government, will initially be offered to 100 people leaving foster care in Sydney. The Take Charge of Your Life program, to be launched on Wednesday, could be extended nationally if successful.

    Ms Wilson, who now works as a team leader with Wesley Dalmar on the Central Coast, said such a program would have been invaluable to her as a teenager.

    “I was lucky because I was resilient and really wanted to break the cycle,” she said. “No one in mybiological family went on to further study so I just put 110 per centinto school. I wanted to prove it to myself and prove it to others.”

    She knows not all children leaving foster care are as fortunate, with figures from advocacy group the Create Foundation showing that only one-third finish high school and less than 3 per cent undertake further education.

    “A lot of these young people want to be independent just to escape the foster kid stigma,” Ms Wilson said.

    “It’s difficult to become a strong adult without a support network. A lot of these children do fall through the cracks.”

  • Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire

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    Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage on fire on Wednesday. Photo: Jo Bennett Goulburn’s historic St John’s Orphanage roof collapses in fire Photo: Darryl Fernance
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    A fire at St John’s Orphanage that destroyed a large section of the roof is now under control.

    Emergency services were called to the Mundy Street building shortly before 4pm on Wednesday after a man travelling along Hume Street, who noticed the smoke, called Triple-0.

    Unconfirmed reports are that a loud bang was heard moments before the building caught fire.

    Some 40 fire fighters joined the efforts. Uniformed police, police detectives and Ambulance crews were also present.

    It is understood Fire & Rescue NSW Trucks from Goulburn, Crookwell, St Andrew’s, Moss Vale, and Busby were tasked to the incident. Rural Fire Service crews also attended.

    Goulburn Mulwaree Council and NSW Police on Wednesday afternoon closed both Mundy and Bourke Streets in a bid to ease the flow of traffic to the area.

    Police, at 5pm, were still urging people to stay away.

    More smoke from the old St John’s home #Goulburn. Large sections of the roof have gone. pic.twitter南京夜网/2v8ct2ms0O— Goulburn Post (@GoulburnPost) November 4, 2015

    Initially the Goulburn Fire Brigade concentrated their attack on the fire from the front of the building using 70mm hose lines to spray water onto the roof level where the fire had taken hold.

    RFS units from Crookwell went around to the Combermere St side of the home, setting up two hoses to battle the flames.

    The sound of collapsing masonry could be heard from within the building, as roof tiles fell inward, leaving the timber frame skeleton exposed. GOULBURN | UPDATE: #FRNSW crews working to contain a bld’ing #fire on Mundy St. Partial roof collapse. pic.twitter南京夜网/9muhjZBPBQ— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) November 4, 2015

    Journalist Peter Oliver, one of two journalists on the scene, said smoke appeared to be pouring from an area of the roof, where a section had been destroyed.

    Almost two hours after the blaze was first reported, small flames could still be spotted flickering through the roof of the building.

    Neighbours ‘forever’ reporting vandals

    Phillip Phelps, who lives a couple of doors from the old orphanage, told the Goulburn Post he was forever ringing the police about people in the building and the sounds of damage from within.

    Mr Phelps said kids and others often got into the place without permission.

    Christine McLaughlin, who lives across the road from the former home, echoed Mr Phelps’s comments, saying she could often hear the sound of windows smashing.

    In recent times people have been conducting ghost tours at night

    Mrs McLaughlin said the first thing they knew about the fire was the siren from the fire engine arriving at the orphanage.

    Another person standing outside the police line said that he had contacted  a couple of relatives who had spent part of their childhood at the orphanage, and they were very upset that their childhood home was being destroyed.

    They had been hopeful that the owner could eventually give the building a new purpose, he said.

    In November 2014, the Goulburn Post reported former residents of St John’s were “dismayed and saddened by the state of the building”.

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  • Mark Bouris’ son Dane found not guilty of domestic violence charge

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    Dane Bouris leaves Downing Centre Local Court after being found not guilty of assaulting his girlfriend Photo: Janie BarrettThe son of businessman Mark Bouris has been found not guilty of accusations he tried to choke his on-off girlfriend and pulled her hair out.
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    Dane Bouris​, 33, who runs the Morgans Boutique Hotel at Darlinghurst, maintained he never attacked the woman but rather she kicked him in the head and chest after he tried to hug her.

    Alexandra Dankwa​, a 23-year-old model, was living with Mr Bouris at Watsons Bay in Sydney’s east at the time of the alleged attack in April. The pair continue to see one another, she told the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday.

    The night before the alleged assault, Mr Bouris had gone to watch the football with his brothers and father, the founder of Wizard Home Loans and host of the television series Celebrity Apprentice.

    The accused had said he would be home that night but returned at 4pm the next day, intoxicated and “coming down”, according to Ms Dankwa. The pair fought.

    Ms Dankwa said later that evening she was collecting her belongings to leave when Mr Bouris pulled out three of her hair extensions, along with some of her natural hair.

    He allegedly placed her in a headlock and called her a “f—ing bitch”. Ms Dankwa said he later pinned her down on a bed and started choking her.

    “I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even scream.”

    Ms Dankwa said the accused let go of her after she kicked him, but then complained of a headache, so she sarcastically offered him a paracetamol.

    Police photographs taken that night do not show bruises on Ms Dankwa’s neck. She did not return to the police station to show them the leg bruises she said emerged days later.

    Ms Dankwa admitted to sending Mr Bouris a text message two days after the alleged assault saying her police statement was “wrong in many areas”.

    She told the court she sent that message because she felt at the time as if she was doing the wrong thing by her partner.

    Giving evidence, Mr Bouris denied choking his girlfriend, holding her down or pulling her hair. He said had been kneeling, trying to give her a hug, when she lashed out.

    “I remember being kicked to the chest about twice and to the head once,” Mr Bouris said.

    Magistrate Michael Barko said there was no independent evidence pointing toward hair pulling or choking. He said both witnesses had appeared honest and genuine but he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that either attack occurred.

    Magistrate Barko dismissed the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

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  • Gender pay gap higher in bonuses, report finds

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    Sabiha Vorajee says not only do women not ask about pay, but they can be perceived negatively if they do. Photo: Jessica Hromas Sabiha Vorajee says not only do women not ask about pay, but they can be perceived negatively if they do. Photo: Jessica Hromas
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    Steel yourselves, female workers of the world. You know that male colleague, the one who is not as diligent or talented as you are?

    Well, odds are that the last time you both went for a bonus, he got more than you, even if he did not perform as well.

    Not only do women earn less base pay, on average, than men, but this inequity extends to performance-based rewards like bonuses, new Australian research shows.

    Despite getting the same performance ratings as their male colleagues, women get smaller bonuses on average, according to a report from human resources consultants Mercer.

    Even men who only partially met their performance objectives got bonuses that were 35 per cent larger than their female counterparts.

    And the gap increases as salaries increase and women progress through their careers, according to 60,000 data records collected by Mercer.

    The problem with bonuses is that their allocation is never transparent, says RMIT’s Professor Sara Charlesworth. And while managers might not intend to pay women less, the data clearly shows “unconscious bias” kicks in.

    “It’s the old truism; women have to be performing at a certain level, while men just have to be seen as having the potential to perform to that level,” Professor Charlesworth said.

    The most recent figures show the gender pay gap in Australia sits at 18 per cent, with full-time male workers earning an average of $1590 a week, while women earn $300 less, on average.

    Sabiha Vorajee​ worked for two decades in the “rewards” (bonuses and salary) area of large corporations, and noticed most of her conversations about how to get better conditions were with men.

    “I would get the woman at the company together and ask, ‘Why aren’t you coming to me to have these conversations?’,” she said.

    Frustrated, Ms Vorajee, started her own Sydney-based business coaching women in their careers. Clients tell Ms Vorajee they struggle to be assertive and find it nerve-racking to talk to their manager about pay.

    “Global research shows that not only do women not ask, but they can be perceived negatively if they do ask,” Ms Vorajee says.

    Corporations serious about addressing the gender pay gap for staff should have checks in place when allocating bonuses, says Garry Adams, the leader of Mercer’s talent division in the Pacific.

    “This provides hard evidence of why pay equality can’t be simply viewed through the lens of fixed pay,” he said.

    For the past two decades, the national gap has never fallen lower than 15 per cent. In Victoria, it is currently 13.5 per cent. The Mercer report compares men and women who do the same job within the same organisation, and therefore arrives at a smaller pay gap, of about 6 per cent for women in management.

    Since 2012 all private sector firms that employ more than 100 people – which represents about a third of workforce – have to report data on gender pay gaps to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

    The most recent data revealed an even bigger pay gap of 24.7 per cent because, unlike the ABS weekly earnings, this figure includes bonuses.

    There are more women working than ever before. Female participation in the Australian workforce increased from 60 per cent in 2001 to 65 per cent in 2011.

    The difference in pay – as well as career breaks for women having children – has other implications too. Australian women, on average, are retiring with a super balance that is only 53 per cent of the average male balance, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

    And while about two thirds of companies provide superannuation on the paid portion of parental leave, almost none (5 per cent) paid super throughout the duration of parental leave, the report from Mercer found.

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  • Woman who posted selfie with barcode on Melbourne Cup ticket had $825 winnings stolen

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    A woman who posted a selfie of her winning Melbourne Cup ticket – including its barcode – has been fleeced for her $825 winnings.
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    “Winner winner chicken dinner”, read the caption on the photograph of an elated Chantelle holding her winning ticket.

    The Perth woman – whose last name has been suppressed – backed the 100-to-1 shot Prince of Penzance and jockey Michelle Payne in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

    But someone else dined out on her winnings after they used the barcode on the clearly displayed receipt to withdraw the cash from an automated machine.

    “When we found out we naturally took a bit of a selfie to show my friends,” Chantelle told Merrick Watts on Triple M.

    Just 15 minutes later she took her winning ticket to the TAB only to be told it had already been claimed.

    “Someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine,” Chantelle said.

    The theft was made all the worse after Chantelle realised the culprit must be one of her Facebook friends.

    “To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You’re a massive dick. You ruined my day,” she later posted to Facebook.

    “I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now,” she said.

    Police were able to track down the machine that was used to withdraw the money and were confident they would be able to identify the person or people involved, Chantelle told Triple M.

    The incident served as a warning to social media users posting seemingly innocuous images that may contain sensitive information.

    Facebook users were sympathetic and scathing in equal measure once the radio station posted the story online.

    “Wow what a scumbag,” wrote one user.

    “Wow !!! Who need enemies with a ‘friend’ like that? [sic]” posted another.

    Then came: “Stupidity at its worst. Moron.”

    “Bahahahaha serves her right,” read another comment.  Do Not Post Your Winning Ticket On Social Media: https://t.co/AQOuujIlIcpic.twitter南京夜网/10i5tXpnTi— Triple M Melbourne (@TripleMMelb) November 4, 2015

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  • Stockland Green Hills centre in $377m upgrade

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    Stockland will undertake a $377 million redevelopment and expansion of its Green Hills Shopping Centre at East Maitland in the Lower Hunter Valley.Stockland has cemented its presence in the Hunter Valley, with a planned $377 million upgrade of the Green Hills Shopping Centre at East Maitland.
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    As part of the new project, Stockland will more than double the size of the centre and will include a new David Jones department store that will showcase a new, smaller format of about 6225 square metres on a single level.

    David Jones chief operating officer David Thomas said it was on a “mission to bring world-class, premium retail to Australia”.

    “Our new store at Stockland Green Hills will showcase our considerable investment, not only in the look and feel of our store, but in training local full-time and part-time customer service staff who will be so crucial to our efforts to win customers in regional Australia,” Mr Thomas said.

    The smaller stores are the new way for David Jones, which is now owned by the South African Woolworths group.

    In August, David Jones revealed plans to open a 1400-square-metre boutique store in Sydney’s Barangaroo, the first of up to 10 small-format stores that will sell mainly clothing, cosmetics and accessories.

    The group has also said it plans to sell two of David Jones’ four company-owned stores – Market Street in Sydney and Bourke Street in Melbourne – raising more than $300 million to fund refurbishments and expansion.

    It is said the owners are already fielding calls from overseas investors and Australian super funds for the Sydney site, which could be transformed into an apartment block, with retail on the ground level. Upmarket label Hermes is said to be looking at the store as a potential new site, once its Elizabeth Street lease expires.

    The planned development comes as Australian retail sales grew +0.4 per cent in September in line with the previous month’s consensus expectations.

    The data was characterised by solid gains in household goods and cafes, which improved at +1.02 per cent month on month and +0.86 per cent month on month respectively, while there was some decline in department store sales (-1.96 per cent month on month).

    Colliers International associate director research  Daniel Lees said when examining the data year on year, overall retail sales remain stable.

    “While some of the major Australian retailers are undergoing a period of strategic change and turbulence, in many cases this is occurring because new entrants see our market as appealing and are choosing to pursue businesses ventures here,” Mr Lees said.

    “Australians are affluent, well travelled and have an appetite for global brands at compelling prices. Our domestic players are simply reacting to increased levels of competition with well-developed omni-channel business models.”

    Once completed, the new Stockland centre will be more than doubled in size to about 70,000 square metres and in addition to David Jones, will include BIG W and an exciting, new-format Target with its latest products and customer service innovations. Stockland will also develop the biggest and best new Dan Murphy’s store in the trade area.

    The centre will also have a new-concept JB Hi-Fi Home store, and a Harris Scarfe department store, bringing the total to 225 stores.

    Stockland chief executive Mark Steinert said the group had identified Stockland Green Hills as a highly “accretive redevelopment opportunity”.

    “It’s already one of the most productive centres in Australia and this expansion will enable us to capture a portion of the estimated $867 million of escape expenditure that leaves the primary trade area every year,” Mr Steinert said.

    John Schroder, chief executive of commercial property at Stockland, said Green Hills was already one of the group’s highest-performing centres, and one of the retail industry’s most productive.

    “This $377 million redevelopment will take Green Hills from strength to strength to ensure it becomes an absolute powerhouse within the regional economy,” Mr Schroder said.

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  • Australia v New Zealand series: Steve Smith’s men given ‘rev up’ as era begins

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    Australia have turned to one of the country’s most senior military officers for guidance to help usher through the start of the Steve Smith era.

    Major-General Stephen Day stressed to Smith’s men the importance of team work, a message which holds even more weight following the spate of retirements of senior players this year.

    Invited to speak to the team to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Anzac landing at Gallipoli, General Day spoke of the need to respect the opposition and the bond between Australia and New Zealand.

    General Day, a passionate cricket fan, addressed Australia’s bowlers on the Gabba and had a long chat with vice-captain David Warner in the nets.

    A veteran of Namibia, Iraq, East Timor and now the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra, General Day will stay in Brisbane on Thursday and join the players in the rooms after play.

    “He was talking a lot about teamwork. New Zealand were our ally throughout the war, it’s a bit different coming up against them in the battle,” Smith said.

    “For us it’s about respecting the opposition and being able to go out there and make sure we play as a team.

    “He used the phrase a champion team rather than a team of champions. That kind of thing he was trying to get across. It was great to have someone like him come in and give us a rev up before tomorrow.”

    Smith, who deputised as leader for Michael Clarke in Brisbane last year, has vowed to lead from the front in his first Test appearance in the top job since formally taking over the reins.

    “Last year when I was captain I did that, I’d like the same results as last year,” said Smith, who averaged 93 in his three Tests at the helm against India last summer.

    Smith wants his team to buck the current international trend by winning more series abroad. While he stated he will continue the Australian tradition of playing aggressive cricket, he will happily forego the flair of his predecessor in favour of pragmatism.

    “With me it’s about making sure I’m adaptable to each of the conditions,” Smith said.

    “In Australia you can be more attacking, for instance, than in India with our quicks.

    “My captaincy style I need to be adapting to the conditions we face as well. If the time calls for it I’ll certainly be able to set those really attacking fields and let our bowlers go to work.”

    The Gabba surface is likely to offer plenty of encouragement to the quicks, with plenty of green still on the pitch on the eve of the match.

    Australia have backed the height and bounce of Josh Hazlewood over the steadiness provided by veteran Peter Siddle, who will carry the drinks.

    Hazlewood captured seven wickets on Test debut in Brisbane last year, which played a big factor in his recall after missing the final rubber of the Ashes.

    “I think we saw it last year against India the way he could hit high on the bat and bring the keeper and slips into play,” Smith said.

    “This and the WACA will certainly suit him. He’s come a long way, he’s learned a lot in England and he bowled really well last week in the Shield games.

    “He’s in a good place and hopefully he can have similar results to what he had last year.”

    Smith confirmed Mitchell Marsh would bat at No.6 ahead of Peter Nevill, despite speculation the two would swap places in the order.

    The Kiwis opted for Doug Bracewell, their hero from their victory in Hobart four years ago, over Mark Henry as their third seamer.


    Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

    New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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  • AFL players unlikely to follow NFL player’s lead with lawsuit against fantasy sports site, says legal expert

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    Different ball game: A lawsuit by AFL players against fantasy sports operators is unlikely, says a legal expert. Photo: Greg NewingtonA lawsuit taken out on behalf of all NFL players against a fantasy sports website is unlikely to be repeated in Australia, says an expert in the legality of sports betting.
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    Washington Redskins’ Pierre Garcon last week filed a lawsuit in the US District Court against daily fantasy sports website FanDuel. Daily sports fantasy sites have risen to prominence in the US in recent years, with DraftKings the other major player in the area. Garcon has accused FanDuel of using his name, image and likeness without permission in television advertisements and infomercials.

    Whereas traditional fantasy websites, such as the AFL’s Dream Team, News Corp’s Super Coach or Fairfax’s Ultimate Footy are all built for season-long participation, the daily competitions have gained popularity in the US due to the minimal time commitments required to play them. Games are based around one day or week of a season, with cash prizes available.

    Australia’s first daily fantasy sports website, Moneyball, launched in March. The status of DraftKings and FanDuel is itself controversial, with Nevada last week becoming the first US state to declare the sites gambling operators.

    Australian lawyer Jake Williams cast doubt both on Garcon’s prospects of success, and the chances of a similar action being taken in a major Australian league, such as the AFL.

    “I am certainly not an expert on US intellectual property law but I would say that FanDuel would have to be favoured at this point,” Williams said from Munich. “First Amendment protection goes hand in hand with right of publicity claims, so it won’t be easy for Garcon, especially with regards to his name and statistics.”

    Williams is the legal counsel for Sportradar, the world’s biggest supplier of sports and betting-related live information, odds services and fraud detection. The organisation has been employed by Cricket Australia to help monitor betting trends.

    Contemplating whether an Australian sportsperson could be successful against a fantasy sports website, Williams outlined the differences in the law between Australia and the US. “We don’t have right of publicity laws in Australia like they do in the US. It would need to come along the lines of misleading or deceptive conduct or the law of passing off.

    “The problem is that a player in Australia would need to show some type of misrepresentation and harm. That isn’t very likely, especially given gambling is legal in Australia, it obviously is not in the US so affiliation with it can arguably be seen as damage to reputation.”

    “Moneyball is the FanDuel equivalent in Australia so it would have to be a player suing someone like that. I think the US litigious culture is also a factor that is not as strong in Australia. We don’t think about suing for every little thing … like the US.”

    Victorian Williams is now based in New York, having obtained a masters in international and comparative sports law at St Johns University.

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  • Melbourne Cup 2015: Paddy Payne says hard work was the answer for Michelle Payne

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    Older brother and mentor Patrick Payne admits that when he was watching Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup he was more concerned about his now-famous sister not running into trouble than creating history .
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    Payne, 40, while understandably elated at Michelle Payne’s Cup victory, maintains there were some anxious moments in the early stages of the $6.2 million handicap.

    “I knew Prince Of Penzance was a hard-pulling bloke and I could see them slowing up in front and I thought ‘Oh heck, hold on Michelle, because there’s every chance you could clip the heels of the one in front’.”

    “But after half the race was gone, I knew she was OK and she suddenly crept forward and the rest was history.”

    Payne says that his youngest sister, the baby of the household, was the least athletic of her seven sisters. “To be honest, we all could run a bit. Cathy was a good netballer and Marie was terrific at all sports, but I’ve got to be honest, Michelle looked like a baby elephant,” he said.

    “I’d take her to the running races at school and she’d run last. I said ‘What is it? We’re all good athletes except you. She just shrugged her shoulders.”

    But the former champion jockey believes Michelle’s lack of sporting ability made her push herself harder.

    “What a lot of people don’t understand is that jockeys need serious fitness. And when you get to that level of fitness, it helps your level of confidence so much that your riding gets better,” he said.

    “You have no idea how hard Michelle worked on her fitness. Walking or running or whatever, she just did it to get better. I said to her about three months ago, ‘Michelle, you’re looking better than you ever have before, are you doing anything different?’ And she told me that she’d just started a new fitness plan and that it was working perfectly.

    “But I’m more proud of Michelle for the hard work she put in establishing herself. It’s not easy, I know first hand. I’ve got five other sisters who worked and worked to become jockeys, and Michelle was no different.”

    Payne said he couldn’t help smiling at his younger brother Stevie when he went up to pick the barrier for Prince Of Penzance on Saturday night.

    “I could see that cheeky grin on his face. He was desperate to get No.1 and when he picked up the No.1 trophy, I laughed and laughed. I think he’s become a national treasure.”

    Payne believes his father Paddy snr had his share in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. Overcoming a triple bypass, the head of the family of 10 children made time for all of the children, according to Payne, all of the time.

    “He never let us get ahead of ourselves. You’d ride a treble at Caulfield but he’d make sure your head didn’t get too big, but at the same time he was the first one there when you couldn’t ride a winner anywhere.

    “You know, Dad could see one of the girls had had their heart broken when they’d split up with a boy. He’d be on the phone and send Stevie around to stay with them for a week or two to make sure they were OK.

    “We are a big family and for as long as I can remember we’re either fighting each other or loving each other, but we’re always there for each other.”

    Michelle may have been the baby elephant of the athletics track but she’s done something none of her family, or gender, have ever done and that’s bring home a Melbourne Cup.

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  • NRL must promote tolerance in wake of Adam Goodes booing, says Preston Campbell

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    Important match: Preston Campbell at the launch of the Indigenous All Stars match in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photo: NRLNRL All Stars founder Preston Campbell believes the fixture has taken on deeper significance in the light of the hounding of former AFL star Adam Goodes, saying rugby league must continue to preach tolerance and respect among players and fans.
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    The All Stars match has been given a tweak ahead of its 2016 instalment at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, with an indigenous side now set to take on a World All Stars that includes a minimum of four NRL players from Australia, New Zealand and England.

    Squads would be rounded out by Pacific Islander nations and Papua New Guinea, giving coach Wayne Bennett plenty of selection headaches as he tries to assemble a team to beat the Indigenous stars.

    The All Stars week remains hugely popular with players and League Central has continued to back the fixture after some speculation around its future prior to its staging on the Gold Coast last February.

    Campbell, one of the men at the heart of the original concept, said the match now commanded an even greater meaning after the abhorrent treatment of former Swan Goodes by certain sections of the AFL fan base.

    Goodes, an Australian of the Year, was booed every time he touched the ball at various stages of the season and didn’t take his place in the lap of honour for retiring players on grand final day.

    Campbell said he couldn’t see the same thing happening in rugby league but that didn’t mean the sport didn’t continually have to be vigilant and educate supporters and stakeholders.

    One of the best ways to do that, he said was via the All Stars game, which puts indigenous culture and the contribution of indigenous players front and centre. And while some AFL fans were worried by a pretend spear, the pre-game dance has become a spine-chilling highlight.

    “To be honest, I couldn’t understand why they were doing it. I think people were getting on board just because others started. They weren’t aware of what was really going on, not aware about why Adam is doing what he’s doing,” Campbell said.

    “He’s passionate about who he is, he’s proud of who he is and where he comes from. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nobody should be booed for being who they are and being proud of who they are, whether they are indigenous or not. It doesn’t matter.

    “If they (fans) can see it and they can listen to an explanation to what it’s all about, they’ll get a lot more from it. It’s all about respect.”

    One man Bennett would love to pick is Sam Burgess, the former Rabbitohs now playing rugby in England. He said he would be an automatic selection if he returned to Australia, even if Todd Greenberg ruled out using NRL funds to make it happen.

    “He’d be good,” Bennett said. “He played actually (in the All Stars match) the first year he came out to Australia. I picked him then before he played a game of rugby league.

    “He loved the week – I remember him coming to me afterwards and thanking me. If he’s available, you can put him down.”

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