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Fireworks, a funhouse and a family-friendly event for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle

Fireworks, a funhouse and a family-friendly event for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle

ACTION: Maryville arts collective Studio One, which will be performing on New Year's Eve, at Queens Wharf on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers A SEMI-CONSTRUCTED cardboard funhouse will be the centerpiece of Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve celebrations that will conclude with afireworks finale at the family-friendly time of 9pm.
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The giant funhouse has been designed to allow for public interaction, encouraging attendees to roll up their sleeves and unleash theirhome renovation skills.

Local artists will provide creative materials to help decorate the construction, which will be on the rejuvenated Market Street Lawn.

Fireworks will be launched from Griffiths Park at Stockton to allowfor viewingfrom all along the harbour's foreshore and will last for 15 minutes.

Live music consisting of legendary rockers Dragon, Bowie Unzipped and GW Freebird Blues will keep partygoers entertained on the foreshore, along with a string of food stalls on Wharf Road.

“Our New Year’s Eve event will see families celebrate with a hands-on creative collaboration for the whole community and a fantastic line-up of entertainment throughout the evening - before enjoying our fireworks display,”Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“I want to thank Port of Newcastle for partnering with the City to provide this safe and fun activation to celebrate the New Year.”

Port of Newcastle chief executiveCraig Carmody said the organisationwas proud to be part of the celebration for another year.

“Since our first shipment in 1799, the Port and the City have grown and prospered together,”he said.

“We are proud to partner with the City of Newcastle to deliver a celebration for the community that will mark the beginning of our 220th year of commercial shipping in the Port.”

Colourful costumes can be created on the night to take part in a musical parade,inflatable slides and jumping castles will be on offer, and Happy Senses returns with a VIP experience.

“Following positive feedback from last year’s event, we’re repeating the VIP Sensory Area, which provides a safe base from where registered participants can explore the whole event or simply relax and enjoy the music,” Cr Nelmes said.

Opinion || Encryption laws impact on human rights

Opinion || Encryption laws impact on human rights

In the last hour, of the last day of Federal Parliament this year, unprecedented encryption access laws were rammed through the Senate and became law.
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This occurred despite politicians knowing that serious problems still exist.

The measures are complex, seemingly targeted, and to the everyday person, possibly of little consequence.

But they are some of the most far-reaching laws of their type introduced in the world and should be taken seriously by all ns – they impact our most basic rights.

The Law Council of , the voice of the legal profession, supports the purpose of the laws to keep us safe from the horror of terror attacks. But we believe that in the rush to get the legislation enacted it has been poorly executed.

This could have serious unintended consequences and there is a real risk these laws could be used for purposes outside protecting our national security.

The legislation’s capabilities can be exercised in relation to any crime with a maximum penalty of three years’ jail or more – a low threshold that sets a very broad scope.

Before they passed, the Law Council submitted these laws should only apply to crimes carrying a seven-year plus maximum prison term and should be specific to particular crimes, such as terrorism and child exploitation offences.

In the current form, however, these laws could, in theory, be used to target people suspected of relatively minor offences, such as theft.

The encryption access bill gives our law enforcement and intelligences agencies unprecedented powers to exercise intrusive covert powers, accessing messages sent over encrypted messaging software and intercepting communications.

The need for a warrant is also potentially side-stepped, as law enforcement agencies now have the power to issue “technical assistance requests” or “voluntary assistance requests” to designated communications providers to access and decrypt an individual’s private information.

Further, individuals – such as IT experts – could be held and forced to provide compulsory assistance without the safeguards necessary for detention, including being able to contact a lawyer. There is also a stark lack of assurances for lawyers, with a failure to protect the integrity of legal professional privilege.

It is the Law Council’s firm view our law enforcement agencies should not be allowed to bypass the need to obtain a warrant when accessing information via encrypted or intercepted communications.

The n Government’s rushed and politicised encryption access legislation, as it stands, is not fit for purpose and poses a real risk to the rule of law.

Next year Parliament has the chance to immediately revisit these laws and ensure they get them right.

The consequences of not doing so can impact us all.

Morry Bailes, President, Law Council of

Not-for-profit Newcastle wellness centre Integrated Living helps seniors stay active

Not-for-profit Newcastle wellness centre Integrated Living helps seniors stay active

Staying active: Wickham residents Ken and Jocelyn Hullick exercise at Newcastle's "wellness" centre for seniors twice a week.
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A “wellness centre” for seniors in Newcastle is bringing exercise and health services together to help improve the lives of older people.

The centre, run by a not-for-profit organisation, overlooks Newcastle Harbour.

It includes a gym with digital exercise equipment, manufactured in Finland.

“The machines actually have seatbelts in case you reckon you’ll fall off,” Wickham’s Ken Hullick, 80, said.

The equipment also has software to monitor customised exercise programs for each user.Gym-goers at the centre are given a swipe-card that is used to adjust resistance settings on each piece of equipment. This helps users to maintain a personalised program, while monitoring improvements.

The gym is designed to help older people stay active. It’s also aimed at those who require exercise for rehabilitation.

The Integrated Living site has been dubbed “Newcastle’s first purpose-built wellness centre for seniors”.

It’s considered a place where older people can socialise, as well as exercising and accessing health services.

For example, the centre has just launched other services for improving memory, foot care, diabetes, massage and nutrition. There’s a focus on ways to improve and manage chronic conditions.

Mr Hullick attends the gym with his wife, Jocelyn, twice a week.

Ken Hullick.“As we get older, we become more sedentary and get less exercise, then we start a downhill spiral,” Mr Hullick said.

Going to the gym, doing cardio and resistance exercises, helps build confidence, he said.

“As you get older, you lose a bit of confidence. You tend to avoid doing things because you’re not too sure whether you’re up to it.

“If you build up your strength, you build up your awareness and confidence.”

Mrs Hullick, 74, said she’d “had a couple of falls”. After attending the gym for a few months, she’d “certainly noticed the difference in my strength”.

“I really needed to build up my strength. I am feeling much fitter and getting stronger.”

The gym overlooks the harbour through big glass windows in Wharf Road.

No one can see in, which is a relief to self-conscious types, but it’s not so good for those who like to show off their muscles.

Integrated Living chief executive Catherine Daley said staying mobile “plays an integral part in remaining independent and healthy as we age”.

“We have one lady who used to need a walking stick, now she is so confident in her mobility that she often leaves her walking stick behind.”

CBS grants $A28m to women’s rights groups

CBS grants $A28m to women’s rights groups

There is news surfacing of other instances of sexual misconduct by top exec Les Moonves at CBS.CBS has pledged to give $US20 million ($A28 million) to 18 organisations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.
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The announcement comes as the network's crisis deepens, with details emerging from an ongoing investigation into Moonves' conduct and news surfacing of other instances of sexual misconduct at CBS.

In the latest revelation, CBS acknowledged that it reached a $US9.5 million ($A13.2 million) confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku, who said she was written off the show Bull in March 2017 after complaining about on-set sexual comments from its star, Michael Weatherly.

The funds for the grants to the 18 organisations are being deducted from severance owed to Moonves under his contract, and the company had previously said the former CEO would have a say in which groups would receive the money.

CBS said its donation to the 18 groups will go toward helping expand their work and "ties into the company's ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture."

The 18 organisations issued a joint statement praising the donations as a first step while calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation and the company's efforts to rectify practices that may have enabled misconduct.

"We thank CBS for these donations. We also recognise these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behaviour," the groups said.

Moonves was ousted in September after the New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who said he subjected them to mistreatment that included forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted. Moonves has denied having any non-consensual sexual relationships.



Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor identified

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailor identified

Charles C. Gomez Jr was among the more than 2300 American military personnel killed at Pearl Harbor.Full military honours will be given to a Louisiana sailor whose remains have been identified more than 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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The remains of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles C. Gomez Jr. were accounted in September, the US's Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Friday.

Gomez was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship on December 7, 1941 when Japanese aircraft attacked it at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.

Among the more than 2300 American military personnel killed that day were 429 USS Oklahoma crewmen, including then-19-year-old Gomez.

His family was informed of the identity match earlier this week.

"I still can't believe it," said Charles Fogg, Gomez's nephew.

"It's unbelievable after all this time."

Fogg, 65, of Pearl River, Louisiana, never met his uncle but often heard his mother and her siblings talk about him during family gatherings.

"As a kid, I'd often hear my grandpa say, 'Pray for my son to be found.' I guess I was 6 or 7 at the time. But it all comes in God's time I guess," he said.

Until now, Gomez's remains had been interred among 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

His name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the site. Officials say a rosette will be placed by his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Fogg said the DPAA took DNA samples from his mother and one of her brothers to help identify the remains.

"We were hoping the identification would happen in their lifetime," he said. "We almost made it. Both of them recently passed away."

Fogg said a memorial service will be held at the Veterans Administration facility in Slidell on June 3, 2019, on what would have been Gomez's 97th birthday.

"That gives us time to really plan it and line things up right and give family time to get here. We're really excited about it. He's going to get full military honours," he said. "We're looking forward to it. It's a sad but exciting time, knowing that he's finally coming home."



Jets’ Jair wants flood of A-League goals

Jets’ Jair wants flood of A-League goals

Newcastle's Jair (L) hopes for a flood of goals after breaking his A-League duck against Brisbane.Jair hopes the rain won't be the only thing that pours this weekend in Newcastle.
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The Jets' import has ended a frustrating 18 months after breaking his A-League goal drought in last week's 2-0 win over Brisbane.

His first goal since scoring in April, 2017 in the K-League, the Brazilian celebrated emotionally with home fans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

"It's the first one and I have to celebrate a lot because, today, I'm here three months," Jair said.

"That's why I put too hot my emotion because it wasn't easy for me. So I prepare myself and also it's a big challenge to change the weight. But I'm happy."

The 30-year-old struggled to adapt to his new home, as well as attempting to shed weight over the pre-season.

He only signed in September with the Jets.

"I work so hard to lose my fat; I lost eight kilos between this time," he said.

"I got this gift (of a goal) and, hopefully, I'm keeping this weight, now with more confidence and hopefully score more.

"It's not easy. It's a new country, also.

"The language - sometimes is difficult to understand what the players will do. But (after) today, I think things will happen more naturally."

A confident Jair will be a huge boost for the Jets who have struggled to match last season's fairytale campaign that had ended in a title shot.

Failing to win a game over the opening month, they have triumphed in two of their past three and sit sixth on the table.

On Sunday, they take on undefeated ladder leaders Perth, who are off to the best start to a season in the club's history under new coach Tony Popovic.

The contest appears set to be soggy, with storms predicted to bash the eastern seaboard over the weekend.

Popovic identified the Jets' attack - which also includes Dimi Petratos and Ronald Vargas - as their most-dangerous asset.

"They've got four very dangerous players in attack," he said.

"They showed that last year, and they've shown glimpses of it this year without getting the result. There were certainly longer periods of that against Brisbane.

"We have to be aware of it. We don't have to fear it, certainly not."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Newcastle have won just two of their past 20 matches against Perth. Their last win at home came more than seven years ago

* Newcastle are one of just two teams - including Brisbane - who are yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game this season

* Perth defender Ivan Franjic has made nine successful crosses from open play this campaign - three more than any other player.



Trump’s 2016 inaugural committee probed

Trump’s 2016 inaugural committee probed

The investigation marks the latest potential threat to Trump and people in his inner circle.US federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating the finances of President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and whether foreigners contributed to its events using straw donors.
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The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that prosecutors in New York are investigating whether some of the committee's donors made contributions in exchange for political favours and access to the Trump administration - a potential violation of federal corruption laws.

The inquiry, which the newspaper said is in its early stages, is also focused on whether the inauguration committee misspent some of the $US107 million ($A149 million) it raised to stage events celebrating Trump's inauguration.

The New York Times reported that prosecutors are examining whether people from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries made illegal payments to the committee and a pro-Trump super political action committee in a bid to influence American policy. Foreign contributions to inaugural funds and PACs are prohibited under federal law.

Both newspapers cited anonymous sources familiar with the inquiry.

The US attorney's office in Manhattan did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

The inaugural committee said it has not been contacted by federal prosecutors and is not aware of any investigations.

The investigation marks the latest potential threat to the president and people in his inner circle.

The Times and Wall Street Journal reported that it stemmed in part from materials the FBI seized earlier this year while probing the business dealings of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime fixer and personal lawyer.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison this week for tax evasion and campaign-finance violations.



Mueller: FBI not to blame for Flynn’s lies

Mueller: FBI not to blame for Flynn’s lies

Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison.US President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn knew better than to lie to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he was not warned that lying to federal agents was a crime, US prosecutors say.
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The rebuke by Special Counsel Robert Mueller came after Flynn's lawyers argued that the lack of an explicit warning before an interview with FBI agents in January 2017 should be a mitigating factor in his sentencing on Tuesday.

"A sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents," Mueller's office said in a court filing.

"He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth."

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI agents about his conversations with Russia's then-ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, and has been cooperating with Mueller's probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election.

The FBI interview took place on January 24, 2017, soon after Trump took office.

In the filing Mueller said Flynn lied to the media and senior administration officials in the weeks leading up to the interview, telling them he had not discussed US sanctions against Russia with Kislyak when in fact he had.

"Thus, by the time of the FBI interview, the defendant was committed to his false story," Mueller's prosecutors wrote.

Mueller's filing was in response to an order by the judge to turn over documents related to the interview.

That order, in turn, followed a sentencing memo earlier this week by Flynn's lawyers in which they argued for leniency.

As mitigating factors, Flynn's lawyers cited both the lack of a warning about lying and a suggestion by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to Flynn that the "quickest way" to conduct the interview was without counsel present.

Critics of the Mueller probe had jumped on those assertions to promote the idea that Flynn had been set up.

Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison. His plea agreement states, however, that he is eligible for a sentence of zero to six months and can ask the court not to impose a fine.

Mueller, who last week cited Flynn's "substantial" co-oepration in recommending no prison time, said in Friday's filing that Flynn still deserved a sentence at the low end of the federal guideline range providing "the defendant continues to accept responsibility for his actions".

Trump has denied there was collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, and has labelled Mueller's probe a "witch hunt."

Russia has denied it meddled in the election, contrary to the conclusion of US intelligence agencies.



China gives access to detained Canadian

China gives access to detained Canadian

China has provided Canada consular access to detained former diplomat Michael Kovrig.Canadian officials have confirmed they were granted consular access to one of two Canadians detained in China on suspicion of "endangering national security."
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"Today, Canada was granted consular access to Michael Kovrig," a statement by Global Affairs Canada said.

Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum, met the former Canadian diplomat in Beijing, the statement said.

"Canadian consular officials continue to provide consular services to him and his family and will continue to seek further access to Mr Kovrig," the statement said.

Tensions between China and Canada have risen after China said Kovrig and the second arrested Canadian, Michael Spavor, are being investigated for endangering national security.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said "compulsory measures" have been taken against Kovrig and Spavor, whose disappearance is seen as retaliation for Canada's arrest of Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou.

The men are "suspected of being involved in activities endangering China's national security law," Lu said. He said China has notified the Canadian embassy and is guaranteeing the men's legal rights.

Canada said it continues to press for consular access to Spavor.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China to release the two Canadian citizens, denouncing their "unlawful detention."

"The detention of these two Canadian citizens in China ought to end," Pompeo said in Washington, standing alongside the Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, and defence minister, Harjit Sajjan.

Freeland said Chinese officials have not drawn a connection between the detention of the two Canadians and Meng's arrest in Canada, in their discussions with her.

Canada was acting "scrupulously" in the Meng case and the country follows the rule of law, Freeland said. She insisted there should be no political interference in the judicial process.

Her comments were seen directed as much at Chinese authorities as at US President Donald Trump, who suggested on Tuesday that he might intervene in Meng's case if it served national security interests or helped him get a better trade deal with China.

Amid the tensions, Canada's tourism minister also cancelled a trip to China at the last minute, her office announced on Friday.

Meng's arrest has caused an anti-Canadian backlash on Chinese social media sites with many users calling for a boycott of Canadian goods.

Kovrig is an ex-diplomat who works as an expert on North-East Asia for the non-governmental think tank International Crisis Group. He was arrested on Monday by state security in Beijing, the Canadian Foreign Ministry confirmed.

Spavor runs a China-based non-profit that organised the trips to North Korea by basketball star Dennis Rodman in 2013 and 2014.



Ponting’s simple batting advice for Finch

Ponting’s simple batting advice for Finch

Aaron Finch (L) received some simple but vital advice from Ricky Ponting (R) before the 2nd Test .By recalling his own troubles facing Ishant Sharma 10 years ago in Perth, Ricky Ponting helped Aaron Finch to make a minor adjustment that delivered major results in the same city.
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Finch struggled in 's first-Test loss to India at Adelaide Oval, with only a Sharma no-ball saving him from the ignominy of a pair.

But the national white-ball skipper, under increasing pressure to prove he's a viable option at the top of the Test order amid spirited debate, looked far more comfortable in a knock of 50 on day one of the second Test.

If are to level the four-Test series at Optus Stadium, they're likely to highlight the importance of a 112-run opening stand between Finch and Marcus Harris.

And the origins of Finch's innings can be traced all the way back to Sharma's maiden tour of , when he worked Ponting over in a brilliant spell and twice dismissed him at the WACA.

Ponting and Finch shared a long chat on Thursday in the nets, with the legend passing on a simple piece of advice.

"It was basically around covering my off stump and just lining up slightly different," Finch told reporters.

"It was just moving my guard slightly further over - my line where I want to try and hit the ball, with the ball swinging back in.

"Obviously, Ishant troubled Punter a little bit at the start of Ishant's career in , moving the ball back in.

"It was good to have someone to chat to who has had to work through that, and just (about) your alignment and things like that."

Ponting, speaking on Seven during day one, downplayed the importance of his discussions with Finch and other members of 's Test squad.

"He ('s coach Justin Langer) invited me down," Ponting said.

"To be around the boys for a couple of hours, it's always an enjoyable time."

It isn't the first time Ponting has worked closely with Finch, whom he had bought during the 2015 Indian Premier League auction while coaching Mumbai.

Finch returned home because of a hamstring injury and missed Mumbai's charge to the title, but Ponting's mentorship left a big impression.

"It's his first coaching job and he was absolutely outstanding," Finch told AAP at the time.

"Being one of the best players in the world for a long time, he commanded that respect.

"But what impressed me was his energy and drive for the players to get better, plus his attention to detail."



EU refuses to budge on Brexit agreement

EU refuses to budge on Brexit agreement

Theresa May says she had a 'robust' exchange with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a rescue mission for her ailing Brexit deal, after the European Union rebuffed her request to sweeten the divorce agreement.
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EU leaders meeting in Brussels have shown little appetite to resolve May's Brexit impasse for her, saying the UK parliament must make up its mind.

The choice was either back the Brexit agreement or send Britain tumbling out of the bloc in March without a deal and into unknown economic chaos.

"There is one accord, the only one possible," French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters on Friday, at the end of a two-day summit.

He said it was "the British parliament's time" to decide whether to accept or reject May's deal.

May came to the EU summit seeking legally binding changes to the agreement, which is opposed by a majority of British lawmakers.

But the 27 other EU leaders offered only reassurances.

They said they would seek to move swiftly on forging a new trade deal after Britain leaves the bloc, and promised that a legally binding insurance policy to keep the Irish border open would only be used temporarily.

The EU rejected British pressure to put a fixed end date on the border guarantee, and refused to re-negotiate the Brexit agreement.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Britain of failing to give detailed proposals on Brexit, saying it was "up to the British government to tell us exactly what they want".

May was filmed speaking sternly to Juncker as leaders arrived at Friday morning's session of the summit. She said they had a "robust" exchange.

Nonetheless, May told reporters in Brussels that she welcomed the EU's reassuring words - words that she said had legal status, as formal conclusions of an EU summit.

"There is work still to do. And we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the further assurances that the UK parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal," May said.

However European Council President Donald Tusk said no talks with Britain were scheduled.

"I have no mandate to organise any further negotiations," Tusk told reporters.

"But of course, we will stay here in Brussels, and I am always at Prime Minister Theresa May's disposal."

EU leaders expressed deep doubts that May could live up to her side of their Brexit agreement and vowed to step up preparations for a potentially catastrophic "no-deal" scenario for Britain's departure.

"We are going to be sure to prepare for all hypotheses, including the hypothesis of a 'no deal', Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said.

But there was also sympathy for a leader who has endured the toughest week of her career.

Juncker said May was "a good friend, and I am admiring her, because this is a woman of great courage doing her job in the best way possible".



Robert Clark new Vic Liberals president

Robert Clark new Vic Liberals president

Former Liberal MP Robert Clark replaces Michael Kroger as president of the Victorian Liberals.Former Liberal MP Robert Clark has been elected president of the Victorian Liberal Party.
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Mr Clark won the ballot of Liberal state assembly members on Friday night, succeeding Michael Kroger, who resigned last month amid pressure following Labor's thumping election victory.

"My priority now is to work with fellow Liberal Party members to prepare for next year's Federal election campaign and to re-build following our state election loss," he wrote in a Facebook post.

"This will include examining a wide range of opportunities to improve the party's governance and how we advocate Liberal values and policies in the community."

Mr Clark represented Balwyn and Box Hill for 30 years, from 1988 to 2018, but was beaten last month by Labor's Paul Hamer.

The 61-year-old father-of-two grew up in St Albans and was a solicitor before entering parliament and joined the Liberal Party in 1976.

The Victorian Liberal-National opposition also announced its shadow cabinet on Friday, naming 15 men and eight women to "hold the Labor Government to account".

A joint press release on Friday - from new Opposition and Liberal leader Michael O'Brien and Opposition deputy Peter Walsh - said their new team would "reset the way we engage with the Victorian community to develop solutions to the challenges facing Victoria".

Two women - Roma Britnell and Bridget Vallence - are among three new additions to the shadow cabinet, covering the rural roads, ports and freight and secretary to cabinet portfolios.

Prominent Liberal shadow cabinet members such as John Pesutto and Heidi Victoria are noticeably missing after they lost their seats in Labor's thumping election victory.



Roar’s Bautheac needs protection: Aloisi

Roar’s Bautheac needs protection: Aloisi

Brisbane Roar star Eric Bautheac let frustration get the better of him against Melbourne Victory.Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has demanded better protection for marquee man Eric Bautheac.
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The French winger's frustrations tipped over against Melbourne Victory when he was sent off in the Roar's 4-2 A-League loss at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Bautheac, clearly incensed by an earlier incident where Victory's James Troisi had caught him on his left ankle, launched into a wild challenge on Corey Brown.

Referee Adam Fielding showed Bautheac a yellow card for the challenge but the Roar star then got into a push and shove with Troisi and Swedish striker Ola Toivenen.

Fielding showed Bautheac a second yellow and the Frenchman kicked advertising hoardings and the wall of the stadium tunnel as he departed.

Aloisi didn't condone Bautheac's actions but said he can understand why his import was upset.

"It's been happening all season to Eric," he said.

"I don't want him to go and bring it into his own hands.

"I just want the referees to help him earlier and protect him earlier and then have a bit of common sense as well.

"Know that he's the one that's being kicked from pillar to post in every single game and then when he does one thing, calm the situation down."

The defeat leaves the Roar floundering second-last on the ladder with just one win from eight games.

Aloisi though remains confident his team has the ability to turn their season around.

"It's three losses in a row. Against Adelaide we didn't deserve to lose. Last week, the last half hour wasn't great. Tonight (Friday) the first 20 minutes was very good," Aloisi said.

"It will turn for us. When you keep playing like that, it will turn.

"We're not going to get too carried away that we're not a good side ... we went on a run last year, seven out of 10 games we won, we'll go on another run like that."