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16/06/2019

NSW makes seven changes for State of Origin Game II against Queensland

Brad Fittler has rolled the dice, making seven changes to the New South Wales line-up ahead of a must-win game two of State of Origin in Perth on Sunday.The Blues coach has opted for an all-Penrith halves combination, with James Maloney joining game one half-back Nathan Cleary.There were suggestions selectors were looking to pick Mitchell Pearce with Cleary, but the Knights' star was ruled out on Sunday morning with a hip injury after playing the full 80 minutes in Newcastle's thumping 34-4 loss to the Storm in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.Game one debutant Payne Haas was also ruled out of...
16/06/2019

Sydney Roosters beat Canterbury Bulldogs 38-12, Manly defeats St George-Illawarra 34-14

The Roosters entrench themselves in the top four with a win over the Bulldogs at the SCG after Manly defeats the Dragons at Brookvale.More to come. Roosters v BulldogsLive streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard Sea Eagles cruise to win over DragonsManly superstar Tom Trbojevic has starred in the Sea Eagles' 34-14 demolition of St George Illawarra to seal his return to the NSW State of Origin side.Des Hasler's side scored 34 unanswered points on Sunday to inflict further pain on the Dragons. They have lost six of their past seven games to leave them stagnating heading into the representative-round break.The Dragons...
16/06/2019

Greater Western Sydney beats North Melbourne by 23 points at Bellerive Oval

The Giants move up to second, denying the Kangaroos a third-straight win under caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw with a victory in Hobart.More to come.Kangaroos v GiantsLive streamLive summaryLive statsAFL ladder More stories from Tasmania

16/06/2019

North Melbourne Kangaroos v GWS Giants: AFL round 13 live scores, stats and commentary

The Kangaroos are chasing a third-straight win under caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw when they meet the Giants at their home away from Melbourne, Hobart.Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.Kangaroos v GiantsLive streamLive summaryLive statsAFL ladder More stories from Tasmania
16/06/2019

Sea Eagles v Dragons, Roosters v Bulldogs: NRL round 14 live scores, stats and commentary

The Sea Eagles host the Dragons at Brookvale. Later, the Roosters take on the Bulldogs at the SCG. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary. Sea Eagles v DragonsLive streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard Roosters v BulldogsLive streamLive summaryLive statsLive chalkboard NRL ladder
16/06/2019

Railton hopes to top topiary with a mountain bike-led revival in Tasmania's north-west

By Jessica Moran Railton in north-west Tasmania is known as the home of topiary.The main street is lined with living sculptures of all shapes and sizes. But the town is now trying to create a new image as a mountain biking mecca.Stage two of the Wild Mersey mountain bike network is now open for bike enthusiasts of all abilities.The 16-kilometre project includes a bike and scooter park, a five-kilometre loop climb, gravity trail and a dual walking and cycling track, connecting the existing trails at Warrawee Reserve with the Railton trailhead at Goliath Park.Grant Macken has been mountain biking for...

16/06/2019

Growth in NT public service politically dangerous to curb despite budget woes, experts say

By Emily Smith A mistake made more than 40 years ago has created a powerful voting bloc that some experts believe will railroad any Territory Government plan to bring its budget back into the black.Northern Territory Treasurer Nicole Manison chose a quiet Friday morning before Christmas last year to reveal the woeful state of the Territory's finances — it was borrowing $4 million a day to cover public servants' wages and was set to be in $35 billion worth of debt within a decade.After its current budget forecast a debt of $6.2 billion by the end of next June, Chief...
16/06/2019

'Sleep with me ... or I rape you': Backpackers speak out ahead of working visa change

By Sarah Mullins Next month, Australia's working holiday visa program will be extended, allowing backpackers to stay in Australia for a third year, but some are warning it could increase exploitation and abuse of young workers.For British backpacker Frances Fairs, the damp and dreary working hostel in regional Victoria looked nothing like the photos she had seen online — there were holes in the walls, doors that didn't lock, and the fire alarm was broken.But she knew if she could make it through just 88 days of working there, she could stay in Australia for a second year.That decision would...
16/06/2019

Call for federal intervention in Tasmanian housing crisis as latest plan fails to impress

By Monte Bovill and Jessica Hayes A social welfare advocate wants the Federal Government to intervene in Tasmania's housing crisis, just days after the State Government announced its plan to house more homeless people in hotels, hostels and at caravan parks.The plan to move Tasmania's homeless into pre-fabricated units at homelessness shelters and offer incentives to hotel, hostel and caravan park owners, was announced following an emergency meeting on Friday.Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) chief executive Kym Goodes said the plan was short term, and Canberra needed to contribute money now."It's time now for the Federal Government to step...

16/06/2019

Australia captain Aaron Finch delivers at Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka with dominant ton

By Geoff Lemon in London In England this summer you've known when rain is on the way. You walk outside and feel it in the air — a thickness, a dampness, a foreboding. Rain that announces its imminence long before it arrives.This English summer you've known that Aaron Finch has been on the way. A cloud that will break soon enough. There was some early spotting, signs in the sky. But overnight against Sri Lanka at The Oval came the deluge, an opening fusillade of 153 from 132 balls. Over the past week water has fallen on every team but...
15/06/2019

Rising Indigenous hip-hop artist Tasman Keith and father Wire MC tell three generations of stories

ABC Radio Darwin By Gabrielle Lyons and Rebecca McLaren Stories of struggle, the Stolen Generations, mission communities and the death of a traditional language: how would you vocalise three generations of Indigenous history?Hip-hop artist Tasman Keith turns to his family to best articulate their story. "First and foremost, music is an outlet," he said."But for my family, music is the best way to share our story and it has been that way for thousands of years. It connects us to our past."Heralding from the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Mr Keith hit the stage with his father, Aboriginal hip-hop...
15/06/2019

Australia v Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup live blog

By Dean Bilton and Simon Smale Australia bounced back with victory over Pakistan, but now takes on a Sri Lanka side chomping at the bit and ready to play after enduring two consecutive washouts. Follow all the action from the Oval in our live blog. Contact Dean Bilton