New player muscles in on footy broadcast battle

We have all read about the impact online streaming is having on traditional viewing habits, with the likes of Stan, Presto, Apple TV and Netflix attracting more and more eyeballs. It’s only a matter of time before they boast more sports product. Netflix already has the superb 30 for 30 documentary series, produced by ESPN.
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While media companies of this kind are unlikely to have a role in the next AFL broadcast rights deal, the time will come, as noted by AFL chief Gillon McLachlan.

“You have seen Netflix, and you are seeing with Presto and Stan, essentially it’s instead of watching by cable or satellite, it’s via the internet on whatever device you want,” he said.

“That seems to be the future. I am not sure it will be in the next broadcast deal but, at some point, it will play a role.”

Local sports content is increasingly being consumed on tablets and smart phones, and now AFL clubs, away from the match-day broadcast rights, are looking to muscle in on an increasingly fragmented market by maximising their own online platforms.

The Collingwood Football Club, appearing to be awash in cash, is leading the way, to the point that it has produced its own slick documentary (complete with the use of drones to aid footage) covering the team’s pre-season campaign, with three more to come this year.

The Magpies have spent $1.2 million in infrastructure in establishing their own studios in recent years, will pay about $500,000 in wages this year and are set to pocket about $1 million in revenue from their media “products”. Club chief executive Gary Pert said his club had adopted a model established by power European soccer clubs.

“Our model on Collingwood media has certainly come from Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal and the way they bring the club to their supporters,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, or the digital or communication platforms that you are on, we don’t ask the supporters now to say come and experience the club through this channel because it suits us. What we say is: ‘Tell us how you are connecting with the club and we will find a way to deliver content, deliver access and get insights and feedback’.”

What clubs can do is guarantee access to talent and the inner-sanctum – something even host broadcasters Channel Seven and Foxtel can struggle to do. In this regard, clubs can be a step ahead.

“A lot of the international clubs that we have been monitoring, they actually don’t get a lot of access to their players. Their players won’t be involved. But our football department has been amazing,” Pert said.

However, the thirst for information can have its problems, a point coach Nathan Buckley has acknowledged.

“It’s a great thing that we are opening up these areas that people didn’t see in the past but the old school in me just says that there has got to be something that the team owns, that there is an inner-sanctum there that bonds a group of blokes together because this information is our’s and no one else gets it,” he said.

It’s also debatable whether clubs would fully detail adverse stories about themselves on their own platform. The Magpies have had two players provisionally suspended for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs. Just how this is covered in the next documentary will be intriguing.

While we await to see how that eventuates, Pert has said the club’s expanding media department has provided opportunities, even for curious players.

“We actually have some of our players behind the scenes, coming up with the stories, the creation, learning how to produce a show as well as go on and host it. It’s going to be part of our development program,” Pert said.

So important has their own creation become that the Magpies this year opted to not renew their weekly club-based show on Fox Footy, preferring to retain their own rights.

Pert said the Magpies had no intention of securing match-day rights, something US and European clubs actually crave as part of their overall offering.

“That’s not what we are about. We work with the AFL to make sure our supporters can get the broadcast,” he said.

What the Magpies do have is the flexibility to quickly change direction and service viewers, with feedback directly coming to the club. It’s something traditional media still grapples with.

WWI in the Herald: April 30, 1915

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FRIDAY 30 APRIL 1915

London, Thursday.

The War Office states that despite continual opposition, the troops have established themselves across the peninsula north-east of Hissarlik.

They have beaten off attacks at Sari Bair, and are steadily advancing.

The four principal points of debarkation by the Allied force operating against the Turks were at Suvla, Helles, Kum Kaleh, and at a spot on the Coast of Saros, below Ghennikos, and in line with the town of Gallipoli.

The majority of the forces were landed at Sedd el Bahr, on the European side, opposite Kum Kaleh.

The War Office states that the Turks’ preparation against landing included entanglements on land and sea, and deep pits, with spiked bottoms.

Melbourne, Thursday.

Mr. Fisher, the Prime Minister, announced in the House of Representatives today the following cable message from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, has been received by Mr. Fisher, the Prime Minister:-

“London, April 27th –

His Majesty’s Government desire me to offer to you their warmest congratulations on the splendid gallantry and magnificent achievements of your contingent in the successful progress of operation at the Dardanelles.”

The following cable message has been sent to the Secretary of State by the Governor-General:-

“The Government and people of Australia are deeply gratified by learning that their troops have won distinction in their first encounter with the enemy. We are confident that they will carry the King’s colours to further victory.” (Hear, hear.)

In the Senate, Senator Pearce, the Minister for Defence, announced the receipt of the message from the Secretary of State, congratulating the Australians on the gallantry of their troops in the Dardanelles.

The bulk of the first Australian Expeditionary Force had arrived at the Dardanelles, having been successfully transported without any loss, and had landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where an action had taken place.

It had proceeded successfully, and was proceeding successfully.

He added that when the operations first commenced it was essential that no particular should be given of the movements of the troops. He was aware that the prohibition had given rise to some inconvenience to the press and to the friends and relatives of the forces, but he thought it would be realised that this was in the interests of the troops themselves.

He was glad to say now that the operations had been successfully carried out. All news in possession of the press regarding the operations could be published.

Senator Bakhap (Tasmania) inquired as to the arrangement for making known casualty lists.

The Minister for Defence: Before any casualty list is published in the case of officers, the Governor-General will convoy the news through a suitable channel to the relatives of the deceased.

In the case of the rank and file the announcement is made by myself by telegram or special messenger, through a clergyman of the denomination to which the soldier belongs, so as to ensure that the first news of the casualty reaches the relatives of the soldier.

Until the Government is assured that it has reached its destination no casualty list will be published. As soon as sufficient time has elapsed the casualty lists will from time to time be made available.

I may say that up to the present the Government has not been advised of any casualties except deaths from sickness.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Pte Henry Chadban, Stroud, 6th Reinfts 13th Inf Bn

Pte John Joseph Connor, West Maitland, 4th Inf Bn

Parliamentary Budget Office warns federal government decisions have put more pressure on state government budgets

The Parliamentary Budget Office has warned that federal government decisions to shift hospital and school spending obligations onto state governments will put more pressure on state budgets in the next few years.
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It also warns state governments have not yet fully incorporated these added pressures into their budget forecasts.

The PBO’s warning, delivered just two weeks from the Abbott government’s second budget, comes as Goldman Sachs told clients on Wednesday that Australia could risk of a ratings downgrade for the first time since 1989.

The PBO’s report says the fiscal position of state and federal governments in Australia has “deteriorated significantly” over the past decade, with the fiscal balance dropping from a surplus of 0.9 per cent of GDP in 2002-03 to a deficit of 2.4 per cent of GDP in 2012-13.

It says the growing national deficit was driven mainly by the deterioration in the Commonwealth’s fiscal position.

The deterioration of Australia’s fiscal balance has seen the country’s net debt increase from 2.1 per cent of GDP in 2002-03 to 12.4 per cent of GDP in 2012-13, it says.

It warns net debt is projected to peak at 19.9 per cent of GDP in 2016-17, before dropping to 19.5 per cent the following year, it says.

But the PBO report also warns that current projections for spending and taxation levels, at all levels of government, which show an improvement in government fiscal positions over the next four years, could be easily compromised by the deteriorating terms of trade.

In the case of the Commonwealth, the projected improvement in the budget position relies on a strong recovery in economic growth and significantly reduced spending growth, the report warns.

A recent update from the Reserve Bank pointed to a softening of the economic outlook, it says.

Recent dramatic falls in mineral commodity prices, particularly iron ore, are expected to put further downward pressure on Commonwealth revenues, it says.

“[And] the projected reduction in Commonwealth spending growth is reliant on the Parliament passing significant savings measures that, to date, remain unlegislated​, and the states assuming a greater proportion of funding for hospitals and, to a lesser extent, schools.”

It warns the “upward pressure” on state spending – resulting from the reduction in growth in Commonwealth funding for hospitals and schools – is yet to be “fully incorporated into state budget forecasts.”

Goldman Sachs on Wednesday warned that Australia risked losing its AAA credit rating from agency Standard & Poor’s, due to the country’s “poor fiscal performance.”

But it said the possible credit downgrade would be a consequence of sharply lower commodity prices, weak growth and a political impasse, not of Australia’s overall public debt burden which “remains favourable” relative to other comparable countries.

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Tourism venture proposition in Belmont South

Harry, Thompson, Hilda & Green Streets, Belmont,Bordered by Harry, Thompson, Hilda and Green streets at Belmont South and adjacent to Belmont Golf Club, the vacant land comprises 18 separate allotments, but would be ideally suited to a sale in one line or as two separate parcels.
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Sized at 4961.7 square metres and 8487.7 square metres respectively, the majority of the land is zoned at RE2 Private Recreation, with a very small portion of R3 Medium Density Residential.

Listed through Colliers agent Matt Kearney, the two-lot property would be suited to caravan parks, childcare centres, places of public worship, educational establishments, registered clubs or tourist/visitor accommodation (subject to council approval). It is for sale by expression of interest closing at 2pm on Thursday, May 28.

Invest in the employment zone

84 Munibung Road Cardiff

BLUE-CHIP tenant Laminex Group comes with the sale of a strategically positioned industrial complex in Cardiff.

Listed through Raine & Horne agent Alan Tonks, 84 Munibung Road is leased until 2017 with options at an annual rent of $292,671.

Mr Tonks said that represented a great return when compared to bank interest.

Laminex Group is a division of Fletcher Building Limited and is a leading marketer, distributor and manufacturer of premium decorative surfaces in Australia.

The asking price is $3.4 million for the property, which comprises a building of 3135 square metres and a total site area of 6294 square metres on Munibung Road.

“This is a great opportunity to acquire an industrial building with a blue-chip tenant in Newcastle’s most geographically central employment zone,” Mr Tonks said.

Office and warehouse for lease

A CARDIFF office with a warehouse has been listed for lease through Colliers International Industrial agent Byrne Tran.

Located at 95 Mitchell Road, Cardiff, the property has an extensive office fitout over two levels of approximately 576 square metres and a warehouse of approximately 471 square metres.

The building offers extensive security, a central location and 23 on-site parking spaces, while the total site area is approximately 1937 square metres.

It is for lease at $100,000 per year plus outgoings and GST.

Style proposition in Singleton

13 Campbell Street, Singleton

PASSED in at auction recently, a heritage character building in Singleton is now on the market with an asking price of $450,000.

Currently leased to Hunter Floor Style flooring specialist on a five-year lease expiring July 2019 with a further five-year option, the two-storey brick and tile building at 13 Campbell Street is on the eastern fringe of Singleton’s main retail and commercial shopping strip on a 1201-square-metre site with two street frontages.

Zoned B4 Mixed Use, it has a lettable area of approximately 420 square metres over two levels comprising a ground floor retail/showroom, first-floor storage area, and a rear loading dock with access off Bourke Street.

It currently attracts an income of $25,000 per year plus GST and is listed for sale through Colliers International agent Matt Kearney and LJ Hooker agent Allan Cruickshanks.

Bali nine executions: Canberra and Jakarta’s diplomatic relations on hold

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott address the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, during a press conference at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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“Cruel and unneccessary”: Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop address the media on Wednesday morning. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Indonesia responds to Australia withdrawing ambassadorAnalysis: Cold comfort in diplomatic deep freezePolice officers face jail for death penalty tip-offs: Palmer proposal

Full diplomatic relations between Canberra and Jakarta are on hold in response to the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, but the attention-grabbing freeze will last weeks rather than months as both sides insulate vital trade and security ties from damage.

Well-placed official sources concede personal and government-to-government relations have sunk to their lowest level in years but expect the recall of Australia’s ambassador Paul Grigson to be a short and sharp affair even if it is the first time Canberra has gone to such lengths to express its displeasure with Indonesia.

The decision means the embassy in Jakarta will continue to operate but at a lower level.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the move within hours of the deaths by firing squad, which came after the convicted pair served 10 years in jail.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi​ brushed off the gesture, depicting it as relatively minor, noting it was always the right of countries to recall their envoys for talks.

The worsening spat reflects strong Australian public opinion against the executions, and white-hot anger in Australia’s political class over the refusal of Indonesian President Joko Widodo​ to show mercy or even to receive representations from Mr Abbott as the executions loomed.

“These executions are both cruel and unnecessary, because both of these young Australians were fully rehabilitated while in prison,” Mr Abbott said.

“We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty but we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot be simply business as usual.”

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Mr Chan and Mr Sukumaran were “examples of the hope and transformation that can come about through reflection, rehabilitation and remorse”.

Fairfax Media understands Mr Grigson will be recalled for just over a week but will likely have to return to Jakarta around the time of the May 12 budget to explain possible foreign aid cuts to the Indonesian government, though he may then come back to Australia after that.

It remains unclear whether the Abbott government will cut aid to Indonesia in response to the executions, given the overall aid budget is to be reduced by about 20 per cent and cuts will need to be made across the board.

Sources confirmed the campaign for clemency had been multi-pronged and involved academics with links to the Indonesian government, serving and retired military leaders, business figures, and medical professionals.

Senior government figures remain concerned about the future of the relationship given the way Mr Joko has handled the Bali nine affair.

Mr Joko is widely regarded as having taken a hardline stance on the executions to bolster his flagging popularity at home, given his poor performance in other areas, notably battling corruption.

Government figures fear the case signals that Mr Joko – backed by former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, who herself has a complicated relationship with Australia – will continue to run foreign policy through the prism of domestic populism.

Both the Labor opposition and the Greens supported the diplomatic pause which also will include a suspension of minister-to-minister contacts, a ban which has been in place since January after it became clear Indonesia meant to go ahead with the executions.

While Ms Bishop orchestrated a personal diplomatic blitz, with frequent discussions with her counterpart in the days and weeks leading up the executions themselves, Mr Abbott’s attempts at top-level representations were ignored by Mr Joko.

In a calculated snub reflecting strong Indonesian resentment at being pressured by Australia over the death sentences, the two leaders last spoke directly a month ago on the sidelines of the funeral of former Singapore government leader, Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Joko has since rebuffed attempted phone calls and the administration has failed to respond to letters from both Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop.

The Australian government was particularly incensed when the Indonesian government announced the executions on Anzac Day despite a specific request not to do so on such an important national day.

One former senior foreign affairs official said this appeared to be a deliberate move by Jakarta to “say ‘Look we’ve had enough … there’s no point in another phone call. It’s more of the same. And as for Anzac Day, if it’s not one thing it’s another, so no we’ve had enough.'”

WWI in the Herald: April 28, 1915

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WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL 1915

An effort is being made by the National Rifle Association to form a corps of sharpshooters for service abroad.

All the rifle clubs of New South Wales have been circularised, asking for volunteers between 18 and 45 years old.

As there are over 20,000 riflemen in the State, it is considered there should be no difficulty in forming the corps.

London, Monday.

A combined Admiralty and War Office communique has been issued.

The general attack in the Dardanelles by the fleet and army was resumed yesterday.

Disembarkation of the army, covered by the fleet, was begun before sunrise at various points on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and, despite the serious opposition of the enemy, from behind strong entrenchments and entanglements, was completely successful.

Before nightfall, a large force had been established ashore, and the landing of troops continues.

London, Tuesday.

“The Times” welcomes the landing of General Sir Ian Hamilton’s army at the Dardanelles. It says it would seem that there was conjoint action between the two services throughout.

It is probable that the navy was watching the lines at Bulair while the landing force was attacking the south-westerly end of the Gallipoli Peninsula in order to cover further landing operations.

The attention of the Germans and Turks was diverted by feints at other points, giving the Allies in Gallipoli time to entrench, which they have done successfully.

Melbourne, Tuesday.

Senator Pearce, the Minister for De fence, said today that the authorities were unable to recognise any special military corps such as the Sharpshooters Corps suggested in Sydney.

“The place for the good shots is with the bad shots, so that the general shooting standard would be raised,” he added.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Pte Charles McKeachie, West Maitland, 9th Reinfts 7th ALH Regt

Pte Sidney James Wynne, East Maitland, 13th Inf Bn

Be part of the Tighes Hill crowd

An auction notice from 1885 shows the suburb as Moss Vale Heights with home sites in Rose, George, John, Margaret, Throsby and William streets for sale, with 1/10 in cash payable on the fall of the hammer with the balance in six, 12, 18, 24, 30 or 36 months and no interest.
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Earlier still, it was known as Tighes Bridge and before that, Bingle Hill – when in 1840 Robert Tighe was granted 2000 acres there.

It has been the site of a slaughter yard, a smelter, a coal mine and the gateway to the steel industry.

Today the gentrification of the worker suburb is well under way. Cottages are tightly held and well sought after.

Two opportunities to buy into Tighes Hill present themselves next weekend.

5 Mitchell Street Tighes Hill

Bidding is expected from $520,000 for a rare 350-square-metre waterfront opportunity at 5 Mitchell Street, which goes under the hammer on Sunday, May 10, at 11am on site through MDRE Property Advantage agent Mark Dowling.

5 Mitchell Street Tighes Hill

Regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the classic old miner’s cottage with views over Throsby Creek has an old granny flat down the back.

The front cottage consists of two bedrooms, a central lounge room, a retro 1970s kitchen, tidy bathroom and large sunroom with views. Downstairs, there is a large rumpus room and second bathroom and toilet.

Mr Dowling said the granny flat “definitely needs updating” but is large in size with a kitchen, lounge room and bedroom. Vehicle access is available, leading to a double tandem garage.

The property will be open for inspection today from 9.15am to 9.45am or by appointment.

A large block at 12 Union Street, Tighes Hill, will be auctioned on Saturday, May 9, at 11am on site through Borrelli Quirk Newcastle agent Bill Quirk.

12 Union Street Tighes Hill

Overlooking public reserve, parklands and Throsby Creek waterway, the approximate 825-square-metre block of land houses a three-bedroom house with one bathroom.

“Circa 1900s, the property has been compromised by nature and time which have hidden the classic features throughout, and it is now awaiting a kind hand or redevelopment,” Mr Quirk said.

It will be open today at 11am to noon and next Saturday, May 9, from 10am to 11am.

12 Union Street Tighes Hill

Boutique development

A NEW development in Merewether called Oceans Reach will soon be released to the public for sale.

An artist’s impression of what an internal space at Oceans Reach will look like.

Already 11 buyers for the 37 apartments have been secured after an initial release to Robinson Property’s database.

They are located on the corner of Merewether and Llewellyn streets, and agents Mike Flook and Ben Robinson expect demand for the boutique development to be high, particularly with Merewether locals who want to stay in the area.

Located walking distance to shops, the beach, and transport, the project is made up of five, one-bedroom, 30 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments with prices ranging from $519,950 to $1.09 million.

The apartments are designed by Snell Architects and have premium finishes, a security basement car park, storage with each apartment, airconditioning and huge balconies.

Construction is due to start around the middle of the year and is expected to be complete in the second half of 2016.

Patience will be rewarded

55 Morehead St Lambton

TIGHTLY held in the same family for 60 years, a development site at 55 Morehead Street, North Lambton, will go under the hammer on site next Saturday, May 9, at 10.30am.

With panoramic views spanning north, south, east and west, the site on the top level section of the street houses a three-bedroom cottage.

But listing agent and auctioneer Anthony Merlo said the drawcard is two separately titled blocks measuring 440 square metres and 438 square metres respectively, providing a combined area of about 878 square metres and offering a 21.79-metre frontage with services running directly in front of the property.

“Interest has come from single house block buyers, developers and mum and dad baby boomers looking to develop two to three quality dwellings, given its prominent position with views to the city and ocean to the east, parkland to the north and bushland to the south and west, combined with positioning within a short stroll to the Lambton CBD,” he said.

Mr Merlo said the owners, Louise Ferguson and Greg Moran, remember as children their now deceased mother, Valarie, being pestered over many years by people inquiring if she wanted to sell the prominent parcel of land.

Mr Merlo said bidding was expected to start from $560,000.

The property will be open today from 1.30pm to 2pm for inspection.

Tax Office statistics reveal the 55 millionaires who paid no tax

The 55 millionaires managed to write down their taxable incomes to below the tax-free threshold.Fifty-five of Australia’s highest earners paid no income tax at all during 2012-13, not even the Medicare levy.
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All earning at least $1 million, they managed to write their taxable incomes down to below the $18,200 tax-free threshold, although for most the exercise was expensive.

Tax statistics released Wednesday reveal that 40 of them claimed an extraordinary $42.5 million for the “cost of managing tax affairs” meaning they each paid an average of $1 million to an adviser prepared to help to bring down their taxable income, which is itself a tax deduction.

Between them they reported earning $129.5 million, an average of $2.3 million. By the time their accountants had finished with them they reported losing a combined $12.8 million.

The implausibility of someone earning $2.3 million and paying half of it to a tax adviser suggests some may be understating​ their earnings.

A tax office spokeswoman said there were “legitimate reasons why a wealthy taxpayer might not pay tax in a particular financial year”.

These included tax losses through poor business performance, tax losses in previous years which could be carried forward indefinitely and dividend imputation credits.

She said the majority of wealthy Australians paid the right amount of tax.

Most of the 55 were either ungenerous or modest when it came to giving, claiming nothing for gifts. However 10 of the 55 gave between them $10.4 million, also suggesting their incomes were higher than reported. The gifts may not have all gone to charities. The Tax Office also allows deductions for gifts to political parties.

Fifteen were unsuccessful in business, losing $2.7 million between them. They carried over previous losses of $22.5 million.

They were more successful when it came to investing, receiving $8.8 million between them in so-called ‘franked’ dividends, and only $839,000 in unfranked dividends. Franked dividends allow the recipients to cut their taxable incomes to take account of company tax already paid.

They were also surprisingly successful landlords. Whereas 1.3 million Australian landlords claimed between them losses of $12 billion, the 15 of the 55 millionaires who rented out properties made a combined $1.6 million dollars.

Around 9.5 million Australians paid tax in 2012-13, slightly down on the 9.7 million who paid tax in 2011-12. The number of tax returns on which no tax was paid climbed from 2.9 million to 3.3 million.

Two thirds of the tax was paid by Australians earning $80,000 or more. More than one quarter was paid by Australians earning $180,000 or more.

The biggest deductions were for work-related expenses (19.7 billion), negative gearing ($12 billion), personal superannuation contributions ($2.9 billion) and the cost of managing tax affairs.

The emergence of e-Tax made little difference to Australia’s traditional reliance on tax agents in 2012-13. Around 9.4 million of the 12.4 million tax returns were filed by agents and only 2.8 million filled by individuals electronically, little more than in 2011-12. Half a million tax returns were filed by individuals on paper, down from almost a million the year before.

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Islington terrace steeped in history

11 Chinchen Street IslingtonThe magnificent dual-level, free-standing house has belonged to Sonya and Graham Philip for the past 19 years and was restored before that by two previous couples in the 1980s.
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But Mrs Philip has traced the history of No.11 way back to 1892, when retired miner Mr Howley and his wife bought the land and built the terrace.

What makes it a special find today – and what attracted Sonya and Graham in the first place – is that the original features remain.

“We love heritage properties and it would appeal to someone who wants a heritage building because the terrace is totally intact. It has the original cedar windows, doors, stairs and ceilings and the kitchen even has a recycled cedar benchtop.

“The bathroom and laundry were added in the 1940s, and we did an extension about five years ago with lovely stained glass.

“It is just a beautiful, solid home with a lovely feel. It is the longest we have ever stayed in a property, and I love the convenience and the fact that I can walk everywhere,” Sonya said.

Offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 257-square-metre block footsteps from the delights of Beaumont Street, other features include a north rear block and off-street parking.

The original detail includes three working fireplaces, rich timber floors, a sweeping Australian cedar staircase, soaring ceilings, elaborate hallway arches and an upper-level lacework verandah.

The hallway runs past two elegant rooms interchangeably used as a formal lounge and dining.

From here, the floorplan flows to the kitchen and casual meals area, family bathroom with original clawfoot bath and laundry. Upstairs, there are three generous bedrooms, including the private master retreat.

An opportunity to buy the block next door also exists and more information is available through PRDnationwide agent Cveta Kolarovski. Inspections are by appointment.

Bali nine executions: Australian Federal Police to break silence on Bali nine

Scott Rush, one of the Bali nine, after being caught in Indonesia after an AFP tip-off.Comment: Why we must reach for hopeLaw would jail police for death penalty tip-offsAnalysis: Cold comfort in diplomatic deep freezeAustralia withdraws ambassador to Indonesia’A low in Indonesian-Australian relations’
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Australian Federal Police officers are set to be called before a parliamentary committee within weeks to explain the organisation’s role in delivering the executed Bali nine ring leaders Andrew Chan and  Myuran Sukumaran to Indonesian authorities a decade ago.

The AFP gave information to Indonesian officials about the Bali nine which led to their arrests for drug smuggling in 2005. The AFP has previously declined to comment in detail on the matter while the Australians’ case was before Indonesian courts.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon said he intends to raise the issue with AFP officials at upcoming Senate estimates hearings in May. Senator Xenophon also  wrote to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade on Wednesday to ask that the matter be examined separately.

“This is not about recriminations – it is about making sure that this never, ever happens again,” he said.

A spokesman for the AFP said it  will hold a press conference to answer questions from journalists on their role in the Bali nine case.

Bob Myers, the barrister who tipped off the AFP about the Bali nine’s plans in an effort to prevent a family friend from committing a crime said Wednesday’s executions were a “black day” for the AFP.

Mr Myers said police had handed the Bali nine to Indonesian authorities knowing they were subjecting the group to potential death by firing squad.

“This is a black day for the AFP, a day they deliberately exposed nine Australians to the death penalty,” he said.

But Chris Ellison, who was the minister for justice and customs at the time of the Bali nine arrests, said it was unfair to blame the AFP for the executions.

“To say they have blood on their hands is unfair,” he told Sky News.

“One of the guidelines the Australian Federal Police works under is that it should co-operate with international law enforcement, and it was doing that.

“If it had allowed the transaction to happen in Indonesia that could well have damaged relations as well.”

Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, who was attorney-general at the time the Bali nine were arrested, said a review by Judge Paul Finn in 2006 found that the AFP had acted lawfully.

“These are difficult issues and I don’t think there should be recrimination about it,” he said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that AFP guidelines on providing information which could see people face the death penalty were changed in 2009.

He said it would be appropriate for Parliament to debate possibly tightening these guidelines further in future weeks.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the government was satisfied with the guidelines on information sharing.

Clive Palmer said he would introduce a private member’s bill, co-sponsored by Victorian independent MP Cathy McGowan, into the House of Representatives to minimise the chance of Australians facing the death penalty overseas.

Under the draft legislation circulated by Mr Palmer, public officials who disclose information that could lead to the execution of Australians overseas would face a minimum prison sentence of a year and a maximum sentence of 15 years.

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