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PENRITH five-eighth Travis Burns faces bans of up to 16 matches, while South Sydney star Greg Inglis has been hit with a possible five-match suspension after being among nine players charged by the NRL match review committee.
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Among them are three St George Illawarra players – Dan Hunt, Josh Miller and Trent Merrin – all of whom were charged with grade one careless high tackles.

Burns is set to miss the rest of the season after he was charged for an intentional high tackle and a chicken wing incident in the Panthers 28-16 victory over the Roosters at Centrebet Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

He was was sent-off for a high shot on Martin Kennedy and received a grade three intentional high tackle charge that carries a suspension of 12 matches, while he is also facing a grade a grade two dangerous contact – unnessary arm/shoulder pressure for his chicken-wing style tackle on Roosters forward Mose Masoe.

If the Panthers take the early plea to both charges, the five-eighth would be ruled out for a total of 12 matches.

Inglis was charged with a grade four dangerous contact – shoulder, for his tackle on Young in the 33rd minute of the Rabbitohs’ 36-14 victory at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

An early guilty plea would sideline him for four matches but he faces a five-match ban if he unsuccesfully challenges the charge at the judiciary.

Brisbane’s Ben Te’o is facing a week suspension after he was charged with a grade two careless high-tackle on Titans forward Luke Bailey.

Teammate Josh Hoffman is facing a one or two-match suspension for a grade two dangerous contact charge.

Canberra’s Josh Papalii was charged with a grade one dangerous contact with a kicker, but will be free to play if he takes the early guilty plea.

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Question: I share an undercover double car space with a tenant. Because he parks his car too far forward I have extreme difficulty getting in and out.

I had the garages measured and a line painted in front and a letter was sent to him from his real estate and strata telling him to park behind the line.

He has ignored the request and has said he will park how he wishes as his tyres are on the line.

Is it OK to park like that, even though the front of his very big ute with a massive metal frame on it hangs way over onto common property? – Butterflyness2006, via Flat Chat Forum

Answer: If he’s parking over common property he’s parking on common property – it doesn’t matter where his wheels are.  The next time the strata manager or rental agent writes to him it should be to explain that he is breaching a by-law which means he is also breaching the terms of his lease.

It’s a shame you can’t work this out amicably but this person seems to have no consideration for his neighbours so it may take a warning that he could be evicted if he doesn’t pull his head (and his truck) in.

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QUESTION: I share an undercover double car space with a tenant. Because he parks his car too far forward I have extreme difficulty getting in and out.

I had the garages measured and a line painted in front and a letter was sent to him from his real estate and strata telling him to park behind the line.

He has ignored the request and has said he will park how he wishes as his tyres are on the line.

Is it OK to park like that, even though the front of his very big ute with a massive metal frame on it hangs way over onto common property? – Butterflyness2006, via Flat Chat Forum

ANSWER: If he’s parking over common property he’s parking on common property – it doesn’t matter where his wheels are.  The next time the strata manager or rental agent writes to him it should be to explain that he is breaching a by-law which means he is also breaching the terms of his lease.

It’s a shame you can’t work this out amicably but this person seems to have no consideration for his neighbours so it may take a warning that he could be evicted if he doesn’t pull his head (and his truck) in.

Read about the whole parking madness here.  

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.Firebrand Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is believed to be under investigation for abusing an umpire during a junior football carnival yesterday.
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The Age has been told Clarkson, who punched a hole in the wall of a coaches’ box at the MCG on Saturday, was an official runner for his son’s under-nine team when he allegedly fell foul of an umpire.

The Age understands it has been claimed that Clarkson directed abuse, including the word “f–k”, at the umpire when he was told to leave the field during the South Metro Junior Football League’s end-of-season lightning carnival.

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Approached by The Age for comment, Hawthorn Football Club spokeswoman Leah Mirabella said she was preparing a statement but “wanted to get all the facts straight” first. Clarkson could not be reached for comment.

Asked by The Age if the incident involved Clarkson, David Cannizzo, general manager of the SMJFL, said a team official had been reported for “unacceptable behaviour” but it was league policy not disclose the names of players or officials “to protect the people involved”.

But he issued a statement confirming the league was “investigating an incident involving an umpire representative and a team official” during the carnival yesterday at King George Reserve in East Bentleigh.

“Following a review of the match report, the SMJFL has requested an explanation from the relevant club,” the statement reads.

“The League does not believe it is appropriate to release the names of those people involved and will not be making further comment at this time.”

The president of one of the junior clubs confirmed Clarkson’s son was an under-nine player and the club was co-operating with the SMJFL investigation, but would offer no further comment.

The lightning carnival is the premiership round-robin playoff for all under-nine teams in the SMJFL. Each participating team plays in three matches of two 12-minute halves.

Meanwhile, the club is believed to be footing the bill after Clarkson damaged a wall in a coaches’ box at the MCG on Saturday after Hawthorn defender Matt Suckling conceded a goal to Collingwood at the end of the first quarter.

Hawthorn went on to beat Collingwood by 47 points, and sits in third spot on the AFL ladder behind Sydney and Adelaide.

Clarkson gained a reputation for his fiery temper following a spiteful match between Hawthorn and Essendon late in the 2009 season when he had to be restrained by Hawthorn football manager Mark Evans as he shouted abuse at Bombers players.

In recent years the AFL has taken a firm approach to incidents of perceived umpire abuse as it attempts to tackle problems with umpire recruitment across all levels of the game. Last month Richmond was fined $5000 after the AFL found one of its staff had abused an umpire following a game against Fremantle.

Last month, Carlton players Jarrad Waite, Jeremy Laidler and Marc Murphy were fined $2500 each by the AFL after they posted comments on Twitter that criticised umpires who officiated during Carlton’s losing match to West Coast.

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Greece retakes its position at the heart of the European debt crisis this week as its creditors assess how far off course the country is from bailout targets, raising again the spectre of its exit from the euro.
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Greece’s troika of international creditors – the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – will arrive in Athens tomorrow amid doubts the country will meet its commitments and reluctance among euro-area states to put up more funds should it fail.

“If Greece doesn’t fulfill those conditions, then there can be no more payments,” German Vice Chancellor Philipp Roesler told broadcaster ARD yesterday, adding that he is “very skeptical” Greece can be rescued and that the prospect of its exit from the monetary union “has long ago lost its terror.”

After euro finance ministers failed to staunch a fresh low for the single currency last week with the approval of a 100 billion-euro ($120 billion) aid package for Spain, the troika will be tasked with determining the fiscal position of the nation where the crisis began almost three years ago. Greece is clamoring for more help as efforts to cut its debt to 120 per cent of gross domestic product by 2020 fall short.

The euro weakened to the lowest level in more than 11 years against the yen today after Spain’s 10-year note yields surged toward a euro-era record last week.

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index tumbled 1.5 per cent in Tokyo as Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index slid 3.1 per cent. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 0.4 per cent.

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The slump was compounded as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy forecast a second year of recession and Spain’s regions lined up to seek bailout funds from the central government. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, his country also burdened under surging borrowing costs, blamed unrest in Spain.

In Greece, officials have been struggling to hold to obligations tied to 240 billion euros of rescue funding over the past two years.

The IMF, which indicated in March it won’t commit more money to Greece, will make a decision on its next disbursement in late August at the earliest based on the troika’s findings, two fund officials familiar with the situation in recent days.

The Washington-based IMF has signaled to European officials that it will stop paying further rescue aid to Greece, bringing the country closer to insolvency in September, Der Spiegel yesterday cited unidentified European Union officials as saying. It’s “already clear” to the troika that Greece won’t reach the 120 per cent target, Spiegel said.

Additional aid?

Missing the targets means Greece would need between 10 billion euros and 50 billion euros in additional aid, a potential outcome that the IMF and several unidentified euro- area states are not prepared to accept, Spiegel said.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s three-way coalition, formed last month after a June 17 election ended a six-week political deadlock in the country, has scrambled to assemble budget cuts to convince troika officials.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has identified about 8 billion euros of spending cuts and savings for the next two years out of 11.5 billion in additional cuts required. Stournaras is fending off pressure to impose more reductions this year as the economy shrinks faster than originally forecast. He is scheduled to present his proposals to the troika on July 26.

The Greek government is also behind on state asset sales, having so far brought in 1.8 billion euros, a fraction of the 50 billion euros it aims to raise by 2020, half from sales in company stakes and half from real estate. The state is unlikely to generate more than 300 million euros this year, short of the about 3 billion euros targeted for 2012, according to the outgoing chief of the state’s asset-sales fund, Costas Mitropoulos.

Bond payment

Mitropoulos announced his resignation from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund last week, citing a lack of support from Samaras’s government.

Greece is due to make a 3.1 billion-euro bond payment, mostly to the ECB, in August, a challenge that euro-area officials have said won’t be an issue, while so far declining to specify how they’ll ensure the bond redemption gets paid.

German officials over the weekend torpedoed the possibility of renegotiating the terms of Greece’s agreement.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Hamburger Abendblatt that his Free Democratic Party, the junior partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government, won’t agree to any attempts by Greece to overhaul its bailout terms.

“That won’t work – that’s a Rubicon we can’t cross,” Westerwelle told the newspaper. “It’s in Greece’s own hands to ensure it stays” in the euro, he said. Last month, Westerwelle said negotiators might consider giving Greece more time.

No extension

That option also was rejected by Volker Kauder, the parliamentary caucus leader for Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. He told party colleagues that “there will be no adjustment, also no more time,” according to WirtschaftsWoche.

Once taboo, the possibility that Greece could exit 17-member monetary union has been voiced by European officials this year who consider the fallout from such a scenario would be the lesser evil against a seemingly perpetual crisis.

Roesler, who is Germany’s economy minister as well as the Free Democratic chairman, told ARD that a curtailment of aid to Greece would lead to a sovereign default, which would in turn lead to “Greeks coming to the conclusion that it is probably wiser to leave the euro area.”

Spiegel reported that German officials were holding off on such a decision until the permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, comes into operation in September. The 500 billion-euro ESM is on hold pending a decision by Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, set for Sept. 12.

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SACKED Sydney FC goalkeeper Liam Reddy has finally found a club – in Iran.
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Don’t think the 30-year old will be too unhappy with his destination, though – he’s joining one of the most famous clubs in Asian football, Esteghal.

Reddy is said to have signed a two-year contract worth an estimated $200,000 per season, a significant pay rise on what he stood to earn in his final year at Sydney FC.

Reddy was shown the door after being found to be drunk on the plane to Wellington before last year’s elimination final match, won 3-2 by the Phoenix.

Reddy had already been displaced by usual back-up keeper Ivan Necevski by that point and was thought to be unhappy at his role in the team.

After being sacked, he was training alone under former Soccerooo goalkeeper Jim Fraser and was linked heavily with a move to the Western Sydney Wanderers before agreeing terms with Esteghal.

The Persian powerhouse will play in next season’s AFC Champions League, a tournament they have won twice, and have begun the new Iran Pro League – which they have won seven times, most recently in 2008-9 – with a win on the opening weekend.

On their books are five present Iranian national players, including national captain and former Osasuna midfielder Javad Nekounam. Another big name at the club is Mehdi Rahmati – a 70-cap goalkeeper who will Reddy will have a hard time displacing for the No.1 jersey at club level.

Former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel also calls the club home alongside two highly-rated Brazilian imports, Fabio Januario and Rodrigo Tosi.

Reddy will hope to have a better experience in Iran than former Adelaide United midfielder Paul Reid, who lasted all of five days with Mes Sar last year before returning to the A-League to sign with Melbourne Heart.

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A meeting between three senior clergy and alleged paedophile priest Father F will be examined by a Catholic Church inquiry, according to its terms of reference released today.
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The church-commissioned inquiry, headed by former Federal Court judge Antony Whitlam QC, will examine whether the church acted appropriately when managing allegations made about the former priest.

Father F, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stands accused of repeatedly sexually abusing altar boys while based in the Armidale diocese from the early 1980s and after he was later transferred to Parramatta.

He was removed from public ministry in 1992 following a meeting with three senior clergy, prompted by repeated complaints of sexual abuse.

The three men have since given conflicting accounts of Father F’s admissions at that meeting and why he was not reported to police.

That meeting, and the sequence of events leading to Father F’s termination of ministry, were to be examined by the inquiry, a joint statement from Bishop of Armidale, Michael Kennedy, and Bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, said.

It would also consider the history of Father F’s appointments, ministry and activities within the two diocese; the processes that led to his transfer to Parramatta; and the treatment of complaints made against him.

The inquiry, which would not take the form of public hearings, would begin immediately. “And at its conclusions a report will be made available for public access,” the statement said.

“Bishop Kennedy and Bishop Fisher are committed to ensuring that victims of abuse and their families receive justice and are treated with compassion and respect. Once again, the Bishops encourage victims to contact the police.”

A NSW police strike force has been formed to investigate the allegations against Father F, who was defrocked in 2005 and lives in Armidale.

A police spokeswoman would not say last week if the strike force would consider if the three priests broke the law under section 316 of the NSW Crimes Act by failing to report Father F to police.

Bishop Fisher told congregations at the weekend that the church would co-operate with police “to ensure that any criminal conduct is investigated and dealt with appropriately”.

But he also called on parishioners to support their clergy during these “times of soul-searching for all Catholics”.

“I urge you, my dear people, to love and to support your priests, the vast majority of whom are dedicated men, loyal to their mission as priests, and do not deserve to be tarnished by association with the perpetrators of these crimes,” he said.

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On his first visit to China in five years, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is being feted in Beijing like a prime minister-in-waiting.
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China is trying to impress Mr Abbott with an unusually high-powered line-up, beginning with the fourth-ranked Politburo member, Jia Qinglin, at the Great Hall of the People this afternoon.

Mr Abbott arrives without extensive experience in China, having visited only twice in his parliamentary career, but he is unlikely to be deluded about the challenges ahead.

Mr Abbott’s small entourage is using temporary mobile phone numbers and personal email accounts, rather than parliamentary phones and email addresses, in what seems to have become a standard policy of leaving electronic devices beyond the reach of mainland Chinese spies.

He could face testing questions about what he has described as liberal and Anglophone values, with last week’s speech to a conservative US think tank likely to be at the top of the Chinese briefing notes.

Mr Abbott said he welcomed China’s rise, but he tied his optimism to an assumption that rising prosperity would be contingent upon deep-rooted democratic reform.

“The Asian century, to the extent that it comes to pass, will be less a repudiation of Western values than a vindication of them,” Mr Abbott told the Heritage Foundation on July 18.

“A China that was freer as well as richer would be the best guarantee of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

He made it clear that Australia stood with the United States and Britain in bringing democracy to the world.

“English-speaking countries have beckoned to people everywhere, especially in troubled times, harkening to the immortal words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Abbott has visited China twice in his parliamentary career, in 2006 and 2007 as health minister in the Howard government.

Tomorrow morning he will present his most detailed guide to how he would handle what is simultaneously Australia’s most important economic partner and its most vexing security challenge, at a business breakfast hosted by the China-Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Abbott will have the opportunity to discuss his views on free trade negotiations with Commerce Minister Chen Deming this afternoon.

Last year Labor accused Mr Abbott of “trashing” Australia’s most important economic partnership when he said a free trade agreement with Japan would be easier than with China because it is “a fellow market economy and a fellow liberal democracy”.

This morning Mr Abbott met his Beijing host, a vice-minister at the Party’s International Department, and this afternoon he is due to meet a vice-minister of foreign affairs.

Mr Abbott’s most senior interlocutor, Mr Jia, is responsible for the Party’s “united front” operations, including winning friends and isolating foes in the overseas Chinese community.

The meeting is an opportunity for Mr Abbott to ask about what Foreign Minister Bob Carr said was an implication from his counterpart that ethnic Chinese Australian citizens will be treated like Chinese citizens in Chinese courts.

In 2010, Mr Abbott talked at length about Labor’s lack of leverage in the trial earlier that year of Stern Hu, Rio Tinto’s Chinese-born iron ore executive, who was convicted of bribery and corporate espionage.

“In part, show trial; in part, star chamber exercise … the Stern Hu trial has reinforced concerns about government-controlled Chinese companies investing in Australia,” Mr Abbott said at the time.

Mr Abbott’s plane was delayed for eight hours on Sunday when torrential rain left 80,000 people stranded at Beijing’s main airport.

The heaviest rain in 60 years claimed 37 lives, according to official reports, once again triggering debate in China about the comparative welfare of the Chinese state and the Chinese people.

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A crisis meeting will be held in Canberra tomorrow to discuss the alarming slump in housing construction that could threaten the territory’s economic growth.
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The housing downturn is highlighted in two reports to be published today by economic forecasters, with both reports giving differing scenarios for the territory’s economic health.

The ACT economy is seen as one of the strongest in the country but is facing a slowdown as housing construction falls and public service cuts begin to bite deeper.

CommSec’s quarterly State of the States again puts the ACT in the second tier of economies, with Western Australia first ”and daylight second”.

The Housing Industry Association says it is convening the emergency summit at Parliament House against the backdrop of the worst conditions in the residential construction industry across the nation in decades.

”Residential construction is experiencing its second recession in four years,” the association’s managing director Shane Goodwin said last night.

Growth in the ACT has to date shrugged off public sector layoffs and fast cooling housing construction, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

”However some of the negatives associated with these two big growth engines are still worsening so the capital’s growth is projected to fall back through 2012-13 as a result,” the group’s Business Outlook says.

”Housing starts and leading indicators of construction have fallen further in the ACT than anywhere else in the last year, yet the fall is merely back to the levels seen as recently as 2008.

”Canberra is now witnessing the end of one of its occasional bursts of home building, with an astonishing level of apartment construction now coming on to the market.

”What happens next will depend on the key drivers of housing construction in the territory – population (the fastest outside of the surging West, though that’s unlikely to last) and federal government spending (where falls, even with increasing demands for doing-more-with-less, are truly yet to bite into local employment levels).

”Both could turn sour and drag housing demand lower, though these forecasts take a more measured view.”

Mr Goodwin said 20,000 fewer homes were being built each year, compared to the average for the past 20 years.

”This represents thousands of employees and contractors that won’t have work and millions of dollars in materials and related services that won’t be purchased,” he said.

”Without the right policy responses from federal, state and territory, and local government to address the on-going contraction in the industry, we will continue to see real consequences for jobs, businesses, the supply of new housing and rental costs.”

CommSec says the strongest growth areas for the ACT are housing finance and dwelling starts, flowing from an above-average population and a strong growth market.

For each state and territory, latest readings for the key economic indicators were compared with decade averages, that is, against the ”normal” performance.

”The ACT remains the second strongest economy, benefiting from low unemployment and solid population growth,” the analysis says.

”The housing market is losing momentum but the territory government has trimmed taxes in an attempt to counteract weaker public service jobs.”

The measure of decade averages puts retail trade in the ACT as the second lowest in the nation, with growth of 8.1 per cent, just above Tasmania.

”The jobless rate stands at 3.6 per cent in the ACT, the lowest in the nation, but that jobless rate is actually 5.6 per cent higher than its ‘normal’ level or decade average,” the study says.

”Annual population growth [in the ACT] of 1.79 per second is second strongest and this is 24.7 per cent above ‘normal’.

”In the ACT, the number of housing finance commitments is 5.0 per cent above the decade average and commitments in May were also 4.4 per cent higher than a year ago.

”The ACT is in the strongest position for new housing construction but even in this economy, the position is deteriorating.

”In the March quarter the number of dwellings started was up 12.9 per cent on the decade average but dwelling starts are now down 36 per cent on a year ago – the biggest slide in 11 years and the biggest decline of any of the state and territory economies.”

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said the report reaffirmed the territory economy was travelling strongly.

”While the housing market remains strong, it is softening off a high base,” he said. ”The ACT has Australia’s third highest economic growth, at 19.7 per cent above the decade-long average. The ACT is the only state or territory to record housing finance commitments above the decade average.

”The ACT is in the strongest position for new housing construction … and the ACT has the lowest jobless rate in the nation.”

Deloitte Access Economics says Australia’s national growth continues to be a multiple of that seen in many other rich nations.

”Yet we didn’t celebrate our happy 21st birthday without a recession on July 1 because we were too busy seeing a glass half empty,” it says. ”Although the pace of housing construction continues to fade, consumer spending is surprisingly strong. Yet much still hinges on Europe and China.”

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‘One thing for certain is that it is unwise to expect the boom conditions to persist indefinitely.’The estimated 228,000-home shortfall, cited by everyone from the construction industry to economists at the major banks as evidence for why prices remain so high, may, in fact, be an excess of 341,000 homes.
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Whether the new figures are accurate will only become clear in time, as house prices either level off because real estate is scarce, or prices fall and attract more scrutiny about the fundamentals of the market.

But the all-important nature of house price movements underscores a bigger issue: we simply don’t know what impact elevated property prices have on other aspects of the economy because we don’t have a long history of clean, robust and comparable data to rely on.

I used to marvel at the way the private-sector real estate research groups like RP Data, Fairfax-owned Australian Property Monitors and SQM Research took swipes at the quality of each others’ data.

But the debate is fuelled in part by the shallow history of robust and consistent house price data.

There is no clear, undisputed authority of information in this area crucial to the economy.

Even overseas, the S&P Case-Schiller index, which measures changes in prices of the same properties over time in the US, is only 25 years old.

In Australia, Residex’s repeat sales index goes back to 1991, essentially just before the two-decade run-up in house prices began.

So it is difficult to forecast how high house prices interact with faltering consumer confidence and uneven domestic economic growth over a protracted period.

One thing for certain is that it is unwise to expect the boom conditions to persist indefinitely.

In 2010, Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens appeared on breakfast TV to warn viewers it was a mistake to ”assume a riskless, easy, and guaranteed way to prosperity is just to leverage property”.

What he did not say was: where else should people look to get ahead in a service-based economy with more people working part time than before?

The lack of dynamic domestic industries that can produce sustainable high wages is partly why people, rightly or wrongly, confused their homes for piggy banks on a multi-year growth spurt.

The question now is: what comes next?

If it is any consolation, that question is one that faces much of the rest of the world’s advanced economies years after their real estate sectors stopped being a one-way bet.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has accused his St George Illawarra counterpart Steve Price of influencing the NRL match review committee’s decision to hit Greg Inglis with a possible five-match ban and called for the Dragons to be sanctioned.
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Angry Rabbitohs officials issued a statement within minutes of the NRL announcing that Inglis was one of nine players charged from weekend matches in which Maguire claimed that Price had prejudiced the case against Inglis.

Maguire and Souths chief executive Shane Richardson said Price had broken the NRL rules on public comment about potential judiciary cases and called on the ARL Commission to take action. Inglis and the Rabbitohs have until tomorrow afternoon to submit their plea to the grade four dangerous contact charge, but Maguire said that Price’s comparing of the tackle on Dean Young to one in which Matt Prior was sent off earlier this season had “played a role in the unusually high grading of the charge”.

Prior was suspended for five matches for his tackle on North Queensland’s Johnathan Thurston.

“Steve Price’s comments have exacerbated this situation resulting in a high grading for this incident,” Maguire said.

“He came out and compared this tackle to one where his player was charged earlier in the year, where he raised his elbow and struck an opposition player square in the face.

“To compare these two incidents is ridiculous to say the least, and to do so can only be designed to be inflammatory and to try and prejudice the case before it reaches the match review committee.

“We operated within the rules of the NRL. The Dragons didn’t.

“It is against the NRL rules to comment on any matter that is subject to review by the match review committee or the judiciary, and Steve Price’s comments have incited a media frenzy around this incident.

“His comments have exacerbated this situation, and if this isn’t a clear case of trying to prejudice a case against a player then I don’t know what is.

“We want to know what the ARLC is going to do about his comments, which were made two days ago, which are clearly against the rules, as it is harmful to the game and reputation of our player and our club. It’s bad for the game, yet despite several conversations with the ARLC by myself and the CEO since Saturday’s game, nothing has been done about it.

“It’s not good enough.”

Richardson agreed and said a clear line needs to be drawn.

“It clearly states in the NRL Code of Conduct, section 30, sub-sections (1) and (2) under the heading of ‘Public Comment’, that no one shall comment on any subject of a proceeding before the Match Review Committee,” Richardson said.

“The tackle was put on report, and was therefore going to be reviewed by the match review committee.

“We did the right thing and made no adverse comments on the situation, but Steve Price did, and he’s broken the rules.

“The ARLC should be doing something about this, and as yet nothing has been done. It needs to be acted upon, and it needed to happen yesterday.”

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People comfort each other at a makeshift memorial near the cinema in Aurora where the shooting took place.US President Barack Obama has wept with victims of the horrific Colorado cinema shooting and told people in the stricken town of Aurora that brighter days are ahead.
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“I come to them not so much as president as I do as a father and as a husband,” Mr Obama said, visibly holding back the tears even as he addressed reporters after consoling the survivors and the relatives of those killed.

The president described the shooting incident, which left 12 people dead and 58 injured at a cinema on Friday, as an “evil act”.

But he said the attention surrounding the shooter “will fade away and in the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy”.

Despite welling up, the president fought back his tears and tried to give an upbeat message in a press conference televised across America.

“You see young people who have come in and just two days ago or 36 hours ago or even 24 hours ago, it wasn’t certain whether they would make it and now suddenly their eyes are open, they are alert, and they are talking and it reminds you that even in the darkest of days … life continues,” he said.

Mr Obama ended his remarks by recounting one particular tale of heroism he was told by 19-year-old Allie Young and her friend Stephanie Davies.

“When the gunman initially came in and threw the canisters, he threw them only a few feet away from Allie and Stephanie who were sitting there watching the film,” he said.

“Allie stood up seeing that she might need to do something or at least warn the other people who were there … and she was shot in the neck and it punctured a vein and immediately she started squirting blood.

“Apparently as she dropped down on the floor, Stephanie, 21-years-old, had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where Allie had been wounded and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting.”

Mr Obama said that although Allie told Stephanie she needed to run, Stephanie refused to go and instead called 911 with her one remaining hand on her phone.

Once the SWAT team arrived and the shooter had been apprehended, Stephanie then helped others to carry Allie across two parking lots to the ambulance.

“And because of Stephanie’s timely actions, I just had a conversation with Allie downstairs and she is going to be fine,” Obama said.

“I don’t know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did or the courage that Allie showed.

“And so as tragic the circumstances of what we’ve seen today are, as heartbreaking as it is for the families, it’s worth us spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Allie and Stephanie,” he said.

“Because they represent what’s best in us and they assure us that out of this darkness, a brighter day is going to come.”

Among the many tragic stories from the massacre, a young mother shot in the neck and stomach was said to be “absolutely devastated” after finally being told of her six-year-old’s daughter’s death at the hands of gunman James Holmes.

Ashley Moser, 25, was in a critical condition after the shooting and was unaware that her daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan was among the 12 people who lost their lives when Holmes opened fire during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday.

Holmes was due to make his first court appearance today. It is expected he will be formally charged but it could be months before he faces trial. It is thought that he will face at least 71 charges, one for each victim. Reports speculated that he could attempt a defence of insanity.

Prosecutors have to decide whether to ask for the death penalty, which has not been carried out in Colorado since 1997.

The names of all 12 victims were released over the weekend and included that of six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Veronica’s father, Ian Sullivan, said of his daughter: “She is the last girl I will ever love.” Veronica was “vibrant” and “excitable”, and just days before her death had bragged about how she had recently learned to swim, her family said.

“She loved to dress up, and read and was doing well at school. She was beautiful and innocent,” Mrs Dalton said. “She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a six-year-old girl.”

Veronica’s mother is expected to survive and have use of her hands but may have some paralysis, her aunt said.

Other victims included Matthew McQuinn, a 27-year-old shop worker who died shielding his girlfriend Samantha Yowler, also 27, from gunfire.

Alex Sullivan, who had gone to watch the film to celebrate his 27th birthday was also named as one of the dead.

Jon Blunk, 26, died trying to protect his girlfriend Jansen Young, she said.

Jessica Ghawi, a 24-year-old sports journalist, was the first person to be confirmed dead on Friday. It emerged that she had survived a similar massacre at a mall in Toronto last month.

One man told how he played dead after being shot twice as the gunman stood over him.

Pierce O’Farrill, a minister from Denver, said he felt Holmes’s boot touch his head as he lay on the floor and listened to the gunman open fire on other cinemagoers.

Agence France-Presse; The Daily Telegraph, London

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt RomneyForeign Minister Bob Carr has been caught in the crossfire of the US presidential election, after a meeting with Republican hopeful Mitt Romney.
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Senator Carr has been in the US for four days for talks with former US secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice.

But before boarding a plane back to Sydney today, he had a meeting with the presumptive Republican nominee and former Massachusetts Governor.

The meeting was reported to be brief, warm and friendly and mainly to discuss Afghanistan, southeast Asia and the Australian-US alliance.

The high level chat, at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, also touched on Senator Carr and Governor Romney’s shared Olympic organising history.

So imagine Senator Carr’s surprise when he gets off the plane tomorrow to find out that Governor Romney has been using the meeting as political ammunition against his presidential rival.

According the Republican presidential hopeful, Senator Carr also touched on America’s economic vulnerabilities during their chat.

“I met today with the Foreign Minister of Australia. He said something, and I said ‘Can I quote you?’ and he said yes. He said, ‘America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline,”’ Governor Romney told attendees at a fundraiser today.

”And this idea of America in decline, it was interesting [Carr] said that, he led the talk of America being in decline. See that’s not talk we hear about here as much as they’re hearing  there. And if they’re thinking about investing in America, entrepreneurs putting their future in America, if they think America’s in decline they’re not gonna do it.”

The repeated comments can be seen as a not-so veiled attack on US President Barack Obama and his handling of the economy.

But despite headlines today such as ”Mitt Romney Gets Grim Warning From Australian Leader”, a spokesman for Senator Carr says Australia’s Foreign Minister was talking up the US economy, not talking it down.

That is, any fears that Australia’s foreign minister has been overseas criticising a key alliance parnter, would be misplaced.

”That interpretation is not correct,” the spokesman told The National Times.

Indeed, Senator Carr has used a similar phrase about the US budget before – on people such as former World Bank chief Robert Zoellick – to indicate his belief in the US economy’s strengths and potential.

The comments did not get as many attention at the time. Then again, Mr Zoellick was not running for president.

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A “spiteful” and “physical” boys’ rugby game in Sutherland Shire led to police being called when an alleged king hit sparked a brawl between two teams.
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The clash between the under-16 teams of Sylvania Bulldogs and Coogee Seahorses happened when a Coogee player allegedly punched an opponent in the face as the teams went to shake hands after the match yesterday. Parents and supporters restrained players in a scuffle that lasted up to 30 seconds, witnesses say.

Sutherland police were called to the incident at A.R. Hurst reserve and interviewed referees, linesmen and spectators.

“It’s something which is out of the ordinary here,” Sutherland police Inspector Bourchier said. “Obviously there was a bit of spite during the match and there was some conversation in the match between the man that we’ve classified as the offender and the victim. The offender was allegedly held back from his own players and then ran around them and punched the victim in the face.”

Police described the match as a “spiteful” and “physical” game that twice needed an ambulance to be called to the ground. One player dislocated his elbow and an opponent broke his arm as a result of seperate incidents during general play.

Coogee won the game but their celebrations were cut short by the alleged king hit by their own player. Police will continue their investigations and, depending on the evidence, will decide whether to press charges.

“Bearing in mind that they’re kids, a lot of outside influences come in to play so it depends what evidence we have at the end of the investigation,” Inspector Bourchier said.

Sylvania Bulldogs president Craig Townsend said that there was no ongoing rivalry between the clubs or pre-existing tension from past meetings that may have attributed to the fight.

“The whole incident is disappointing, to be honest with you. The fact that a player from a winning team would choose to do what he did is a disgrace,” he said. “The full-time whistle went, the boys all lined up to shake hands at the end of the game. One of the players from the opposition allegedly king hit one of the Sylvania players and that made the whole thing erupt.”

The Coogee Seahorses would not comment on the incident but they are conducting their own internal investigation which will be sent to Sydney Junior Rugby Union.

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