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Barnett to shore up his own position

But both senators deny there is any rift between them, despite insistence from party sources that there is a frantic scramble for the top position on the party’s Senate ticket at the next election.
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Senator Abetz is under siege from some party members who want to see him dumped from the safe no. 1 spot.

There is an organised push to have Senator Barnett preselected at the top of the ticket over Senator Abetz.

Both have to recontest their seats in the next half-Senate election, and the make-up of the party’s new 61-member preselection panel appears to be leaning against Senator Abetz.

Senator Barnett has publicly stated that Senator Abetz, Special Minister of State, deserves to go into the next election at the top of the ticket.

But party sources said yesterday that Senator Barnett had rethought his strategy out of concern for his own position.

Until recently it was assumed that Senators Abetz and Barnett would go into the election as nos. 1 and 2 respectively.

But a concerted move to have a female candidate preselected to the no. 2 position means that whichever senator does not win the top spot could find himself relegated to the less secure third spot.

Liberal sources said yesterday that Senator Barnett would no longer be talking up Senator Abetz but would instead focus on his own campaign.

“He is very conscious that there is a big push on within the party for a female candidate to take second spot,” one source said.

“He knows he has to forget Abetz and concentrate on himself, because he is worried about where he will end up on the ticket.”

A spokesman for Senator Barnett said there was no growing distance between the two senators, and that Senator Barnett was just getting on with his job.

Senator Abetz has said nothing on the matter since news of his crumbling support first broke.

Some within the party now see him as the underdog – a status that one source said Senator Abetz was counting on in order to win a sympathy vote.

A spokesman for Senator Abetz said yesterday that he and Senator Barnett continued to work well together and both expected to be returned to the Senate.

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Police seek help over lost girl

She is of slim build, 165cm, with shoulder-length brown hair and fair complexion and was last seen carrying a blue backpack with M and M stickers on it.
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Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 005 555 with information.

Also, police have released an indentikit picture of a person wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Eastlands Cinema car park, Rosny, at 1.45pm on Saturday.

Police said that a man had been walking at the Winkleigh St end of the car park when he was robbed by a man armed with a gun.

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Naked rambler back in court

Stephen Gough, 44, was admonished after appearing at Dingwall Sheriff Court – where he wore only a blue blanket tied around his waist. Mr Gough, also known as the “Naked Rambler”, is due back before the same court tomorrow following his re-arrest.
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Mr Gough, who had been spotted walking naked in woods near Tore in Ross-shire in August, represented himself at the trial.

He said he was aiming to prove to society that the naked human form was acceptable.

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State’s lifters on display with their body of work

Muscling in: Dominic Vrolijks, 24, and Anna Gleeson, 23, both of Launceston, will be competing at the titles after training together.The Earl Arts Centre will host the competition, which will see 18 entrants muscling in for a place at the national championships in Canberra later this month.
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“Hopefully someone from Tasmania will then qualify for Natural Olympia or the World Titles in the US or New Zealand respectively,” organiser Don Macdonald said.

The fifth annual competition will feature more than six divisions for both male and female body-builders, who will be assessed by a panel of seven judges.

Among those will be former US Navy power-lifting champion Ernest Ervin, who has moved to Tasmania.

Launceston body-builder Dominic Vrolijks, 24, who will this year compete at the State titles for a second time, has drawn flatmate Anna Gleeson, 23, into the competition.

“We train together and live together, have a similar diet and similiar training schedule, so we’re pretty supportive of each other in that way,” Vrolijks said yesterday.

“It’s only her first go but I’m sure she’ll do quite well.”

All profits from the titles will be donated to the Tasmanian Acquired Brain Injury Services support group. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $10 for concession.


WHAT: The Tasmanian Physique and Figure titles.

WHERE: The Earl Arts Centre, Launceston.

WHEN: Starts at 1.30pm, today.

COST: $19 for adults; $10 for concession.

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Bacon pledges more York Park money

Another goal: Premier Jim Bacon has a shot at the uprights at York Park yesterday after he officially opened the latest batch of undercover terraced seating in time for the Rugby World Cup match. PictMr Bacon was at York Park yesterday to open undercover terraced seating that has been completed in time for the Namibia-Romania match on Thursday, October 30.
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The $2.5 million redevelopment has increased undercover capacity at the AFL-standard stadium to 10,000 seats.

“The State Government has so far invested $3.8 million into capital works at York Park and last week I announced a further $1.1 million would be spent on a new media and corporate area,” Mr Bacon said.

“This will bring our total investment in upgrades to York Park to $4.9 million and we will continue to invest money at the venue as long as people keep supporting events there.

“More than 11,000 tickets have been sold (for the World Cup match) and I urge Tasmanians to get behind the game so that we get a sell-out crowd at York Park.”

Launceston Mayor Janie Dickenson thanked Mr Bacon and his Government for their commitment to York Park.

“It’s fantastic that the State Government has worked with the council to develop York Park into such an outstanding venue,” she said.

“The new terraces and roofs really add to the atmosphere. The sound is amplified and colours are intensified. (But) the best thing is that our new-and- improved stadium still retains the traditional feel of York Park.”

AFL roster matches at the Inveresk ground attracted more than 17,000 people on average this year – an increase of almost 2000 people on the previous year.

A survey showed that between 17-25 per cent of the crowd comes from interstate.

“The fact that so many people come across in the winter – a tourist down-time – is a great benefit to Launceston but a much wider benefit to the whole State,” Mr Bacon said.

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Bishop’s aid offerto victims

THE head of Ballarat’s Catholic Church has accepted a County Court judge’s criticism of the church for failing to take action against former priest, Gerard Ridsdale.Ridsdale was last week sentenced to a further four years jail for sexually abusing 10 boys between 1970 and 1987.Judge Bill White criticised the Catholic Church for allowing Ridsdale to continue to prey on boys as young as six-years-old by moving him from parish to parish after complaints were lodged against him.”I came to the diocese nine years ago, so therefore everything that happened with Ridsdale happened before I was here,” Bishop Peter Connors said.”Certainly I’ve since met a number of victims of Ridsdale’s and agree with the judge that the nature of the assaults was terrible and the ongoing effects on the victims and their families has been terrible.”Ridsdale, who admitted to 24thcounts of indecent assault on a male person under 16, four of buggery and seven of gross indecency, was removed from the priesthood in 1992.”We have learnt a lot about paedophiles in the last 20 to 25 years. Now if there was even one incident of complaint, I would say to that priest that you cannot continue in the ministry,” Bishop Connors said.”People who decide that the church is corrupt or always protecting paedophiles can be assured that that is certainly not true.”Bishop Connors said he had not received a complaint about a priest assaulting a minor during his nine years as the head of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat.He said Ridsdale’s crimes had a terrible effect on the morale of his brother priests.Bishop Connors said he had endeavoured to visit the communities across the western district where Ridsdale had committed his crimes while working as a priest.”I have offered practical assistance to those victims who wish to meet with me,” he said.”I dont want to be defensive about this. I think it is good that these people have been able to have their day in court because I think that helps their healing process.”Ridsdale’s sentence, the second the former priest has received for former sex crimes, extended his earliest release date to 2013.
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22/07/2019 0


Photographer Moran
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not a spy: family

[BB] SYDNEY – Family and friends of an Australian cameraman killed in Iraq have broken their silence to reject allegations he was a CIA spy. Freelance cameraman Paul Moran, 39, died on March 22 when a car bomb exploded where he was filming for ABC television in northern Iraq.

The Adelaide Advertiser later reported that Mr Moran had spent more than 10 years assisting the CIA to destabilise the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.

However, Mr Moran’s family have told Australian Story his work for a Washington-based public relations company in the 1990s was misconstrued.

He had been hired by the Rendon Group to help Kurds and Iraqis opposed to Hussein establish a television station, and only later learned the client was the CIA, they said.

WA votes to join

Australian Greens

CANBERRA – The Australian Greens became a truly national party yesterday when the West Australian Greens formally joined the organisation.

A referendum within the WA party was passed by 80 per cent of members to join the national organisation.

Greens senator Bob Brown said: “This is a fresh page of history in Australia’s most dynamic new political party.

“The Australian Greens is now truly national and heading into next year’s Federal election with excellent Senate prospects in every state, including WA.”

US extends terrorist

blacklist to Internet

WASHINGTON – The US has for the first time extended its terrorism blacklist to the Internet, designating four Web sites affiliated with an extremist Jewish group as terrorist organisations, State Department officials said.

The move was all but unnoticed when it was put into place last week in a routine redesignation of 25 “foreign terrorist organisations” whose inclusion on the list was about to expire.

It affects Web sites run by or tied to the Kach or Kahane Chai group, which have been on the blacklist for years.

The four Web sites are: www.newkach南京夜網, www.Kahane南京夜網, www.Kahane南京夜網 and www.Kahanetzadak南京夜網.

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Clean hitting: Waugh[BB] PERTH – Australian captain Steve Waugh called it the cleanest ball-hitting he has seen during his 18-year Test career. Former skipper and opening partner Mark Taylor said Matthew Hayden simply had the bowlers at his mercy for six hours.
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These were just the first of the tributes to flow for Hayden’s world record innings of 380 against Zimbabwe at the WACA Ground yesterday.

The powerful Queenslander’s concentration barely wavered during his 10-hour innings and neither did the praise for his phenomenal knock.

“Phenomenal performance concentration-wise, combined with technical brilliance, the cleanest ball-striking I have ever seen, thoroughly deserved,” was Waugh’s evaluation.

Taylor, who shared the Australian Test record with the peerless Don Bradman at 334 before yesterday, was amazed at how mistake-free Hayden’s innings was.

Remarkable: Brown BRISBANE – It was an innings The Don would have appreciated, Australia’s oldest living Test cricketer Bill Brown said.

The 91-year-old described Matthew Hayden’s knock where he passed Sir Donald Bradman’s and Mark Taylor’s Australian Test record of 334 and then Brian Lara’s world record of 375 as “remarkable”.

“He scored quickly and technically,” he said of Hayden’s 380. “The innings was superb.”

Brown said Sir Donald, who held the Australian record since 1930 and with Taylor after 1998, would have been the first to congratulate Hayden’s Bradmanesque feat.

“I think Don, if he was here, would have appreciated the fact that records are made to be broken,” Brown said in Brisbane.

“It’s almost inevitable that someone would come along and break the record. He’s a really nice guy and it couldn’t have been done by a better fellow.”

So proud: Howard CANBERRA – Australian Prime Minister John Howard last night paid tribute to batsman Matthew Hayden.

Mr Howard was given score updates through the day as Hayden approached firstly the Australian all-time record of 334, and then the world record of 375.

He said he was greatly impressed by Hayden’s performance.

“What a fantastic performance by Matthew Hayden,” he said.

“Congratulations from all the millions of cricket tragics and other Australians from all across the country. We’re very proud of you.”

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Talented novices impress in rally

While Jamie and Simon Vandenberg were the overall winners of the series with an outstanding performance, there were others who might have gone unnoticed but should be acknowledged.
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This year there were 11 drivers who qualified for the novice award, and it proved to be a great battle between Matthew Turner and James Wilson in their diminutive Daihatsu Charades and Peter Sutcliffe in his Datsun Stanza.

Turner and co-driver Catherine Ratcliffe scored three firsts and a third for a total of 74 points to win not only the novice award but also their class in the series.

It was an outstanding effort that was further enhanced with a brilliant fifth outright in the final round against cars and teams that should have been in front of them.

Wilson and his brother James also had a great season, with two firsts, a second and a third to finish just four points behind in the Novice Award and second in their class.

Sutcliffe finished third in the novice award with two seconds, a third and a fifth for a total of 56 points, while co- driver Adrian Lee had to settle for fourth place in the novice co-drivers award behind Silja Svennsen.

On the national scene, the Les Walkden rally team of Juha Kangas and Julia Rabbett finished fifth overall in last weekend’s NGK Rally of Melbourne after finishing fifth in heat one on Saturday and third in heat two on Sunday.

The gap between first and fifth in heat one was only 30 seconds after 120 competitive kilometres, but incredibly the gap between first and third in heat two was an amazing four seconds over a similar distance.

The cold conditions that prevailed on Sunday morning proved costly for the team, with Kangas unable to generate enough temperature in the tyres, which meant the grip levels were down and they lost about 18 seconds to the opposition.

Kangas and Rabbett scored the greatest number of fastest times during the event, winning six of the 18 stages to score bonus points towards their championship total.

As a result, they have moved up to fourth place in the championship behind Rally of Melbourne winners Simon and Sue Evans and five points clear of Dean Herridge – Glenn Macneall in the works Subaru WRX.

Tasmanian Lee Peterson and co-driver Graham Legg-Stoker, in the Mitsubishi Cyborg, scored their third consecutive heat win on Saturday but failed to finish heat two on Sunday.

They now share the lead in the F1600 championship on 104 points with Peter Lockhart and Paul Bennett in the Proton Satria.

The final round of the Australian Rally Championship will be run in Tasmania on November 14-16, with Cody Crocker – Greg Foletta going into the round with a 19-point lead over Ed Ordynski – Iain Stewart and a further 14 points back to Simon and Sue Evans.

With bonus points up for grabs, it’s not in the bag for the Subaru team, so it will be a great finish to the championship.

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Drug test case cleared to proceed

AN application by the State of Victoria to have a defamation claim by cleared Ballarat man John De Jong struck out has been unsuccessful.Mr De Jong is seeking compensation after he was publicly named and shamed in December 2004 for returning the world’s first positive roadside drug test during a police operation in Melbourne. The truck driver was cleared nine days later when independent laboratory tests found no trace of illicit drugs in his saliva. The father-of-two said he suffered injury to his reputation caused by the broadcast of his positive drugs test on four Melbourne television stations later that day.Justice Bongiorno ruled in Victoria’s Supreme Court on Friday that the State had failed in its bid to have a writ filed by Mr De Jong for unspecified damages struck out.Counsel for the State of Victoria, Mark Dreyfus QC, alleged that each of the television broadcasts was made in contravention of express directions given by members of Victoria Police.He also argued that Mr De Jong’s claim did not set out the alleged defamatory words spoken by Victoria Police’s media spokesman Sean Cadd, the media representatives Mr Cadd spoke too, nor the other members of Victoria Police present on the day.But Justice Bongiorno said the words used by Mr Cadd were not important.”The plaintiff’s (De Jong) case is not based on what Cadd said but rather upon the whole of the circumstances in which Cadd informed the press of the plaintiff’s positive drug tests,” Justice Bongiorno said.”It is the information which was conveyed by what he said, together with the actions performed by one of more police officers which, the plaintiff says, lead to his being libelled in the television news broadcasts.”Mr De Jong’s lawyer, Katalin Blond, said her client had now been asked to serve an amended statement of claim.”He is relieved by this positive step in his case and now looks forward to getting on with the merits of his case,” Ms Blond said.”Any plaintiff is open to negotiation without the need to proceed to court but if that is not forthcoming, he will have no alternative than to pursue this to the end.”Mr De Jong said he decided to take legal action after Victoria Police failed to apologise for its mistake. Victoria Police yesterday declined to comment on Mr De Jong’s case as proceedings were still active.
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Sport Briefs

Jordan rules out comeback
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[BB] CHICAGO, Illinois – Michael Jordan would not make a comeback to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, even if his former coach Phil Jackson asked him. Jackson, who coached Jordan to six National Basketball Association titles with the Chicago Bulls, might be looking for a guard for the Lakers if star Kobe Bryant, who faces sexual assault charges, is unable to play.

Jackson said he would consider asking Jordan, 40, if he would be interested in coming out of his third NBA retirement and joining the Lakers.

Tszyu in Moscow re-match

MOSCOW – Australia’s undisputed world junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu says he is looking forward to his first professional fight in his homeland when he faces American Sharmba Mitchell in Moscow in February.

The title rematch was originally scheduled for September 27, but was put back because of an achilles tendon injury Tszyu suffered in training earlier this year.

The fight is set to take place at the 10,000-seat Luzhniki Sports Palace on February 7.

Tszyu, who turned 34 last month, has won 30 of his 32 professional fights, with 24 knockouts.

Layne closing on ratings lead

HOSSEGOR, France – Five-time world surfing champ Layne Beachley took another step towards reclaiming the ASP ratings lead by advancing to the Roxy Pro France quarter-finals yesteray.

Beachley had the tournament’s highest heat score of 17.43 out of a possible 20 in eliminating American Julia Christian (10.50).

The Sydney surfer needs to win the world championship tour event to pass ratings leader Keala Kennelly, of Hawaii, who was eliminated in round three yesterday.

Other Australians remaining in the French event are Samantha Cornish, Chelsea Georgeson and Lynette Mackenzie.

Beachley is seeking to become the first surfer ever to win six consecutive world titles.

Olonga will stay in Britain

LONDON – Former Zimbabwe Test fast bowler Henry Olonga was yesterday granted a five-year visa to remain in Britain.

The 27-year-old Olonga hit the headlines at the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year when he and team-mate Andy Flower staged a black armband protest against the government of Robert Mugabe, mourning the “death of democracy” in their country.

Olonga fled to England after the World Cup after receiving e-mailed threats.

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Williams shines at Canadian time trial

IMPRESSIVE: Stephanie WilliamsWilliams rode strongly through the first half of the course, recording the fastest time at the intermediate time check, but faded toward the end of the ride to eventually finish 37 seconds behind Bianca Knopfle, of Germany.
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Williams told cyclingnews南京夜網 after the race that she could not have gone any harder and actually made herself physically ill with the effort.

The 17-year-old TIS rider will also race in the 75km road race on Friday.

Another Tasmanian, David Klyne, was in action last night in the junior men’s time trial.

Klyne will be joined by Matt Goss for the 125km junior men’s road race on Saturday.

The Hamilton world championships finish on Sunday with the 260km men’s professional road race.

¤¤¤ Australian representative mountain bike rider Craig Gordon will be the No. 1 cyclist at two events on the North-West Coast this weekend.

Gordon will compete in both the opening round of the City of Burnie mountain bike series tomorrow and the Toll Shipping Burnie 20 on Sunday.

Sunday’s race is again being held as a lead-up event to one of the country’s premier 10km foot races, the Burnie Ten.

The Burnie 20 race will be a mass-start event held on an out- and-back course starting outside the council chambers in Wilson St at 9.45am.

As well as Gordon, the race has attracted some of Tasmania’s top cycling talent, including Mark Jamieson, Karl Menzies, Caleb Manion and last weekend’s Hobart race winner Stephen Pearce.

The race features a prize list of over $4000 including $1000, a Skilled Engineering jersey and trophy for the winner.

A number of cyclists will be making their season debut in the 20km event and organisers will be taking entries from any others who would like to test their legs over the fast but flat course.

¤¤¤ Saturday’s opening round of the City of Burnie Cycling Club mountain bike series will be held at Tasmanite Rd near Railton.

The five race series will have courses and grades to suit all levels, including a beginners race for children.

Craig Gordon, of NSW, will headline the first event of the series, sponsored by Hillross Financial Services of Devonport.

Racing starts at 10.30am with registrations closing 30 minutes beforehand.

The race start can be reached by travelling 6.5km along the Railton Rd from Latrobe then taking Great Bend Rd where there will be a sign to follow to the race area.

Entry fee is $10 for open events and $5 for beginners.

More details are available by telephoning 0418320922.

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Pedophile guilty of 35 extracharges

VICTIMS and their families talked about the life sentence inflicted on them by convicted pedophile Gerald Ridsdale after he pleaded guilty to a further 35 counts of child sex abuse yesterday.”I came today because I wanted to hear from his own mouth that he was guilty,” one victim, who can’t be identified, said outside the Ballarat County Court.”My life has never been normal since I was a teenager. You sit there and feel that you’re the dirty one, you’re the guilty one because that is what you are made to feel.”Ridsdale, who is currently serving an 18-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in 1994 to 46 similar charges involving 21 children, admitted to 24 counts of indecent assault, seven of gross indecency and four of buggery committed against 10 male victims between 1972 and 1987.”There’s not been one day or one part of my life that hasn’t been affected by this,” another victim said. The 45-year-old man, who had earlier broken down in court as he listened to the charges being read out, said he could remember “disgusting stories” from his classmates at St Alipius Primary School, where Ridsdale was a priest.”There were four suicides from my class and another two from my family. There’s at least another six from the school. That’s a total of at least 12. This was just a small school, with four classes back then, not a large school.”The father of two other victims said his “beautiful boys” had never been the same since the offences took place. “They were two of the happiest little boys you could ever meet,” he said. “When the boys were abused, they grew apart. They lost growing up together as teenagers. They couldn’t stay in the same room with one another. They fought and that is all because one didn’t protect the other and they were blaming one another.”Ridsdale, who appeared in court yesterday wearing a patterned woollen jumper and green slacks, stood with his head bowed as the string of charges were read out.He only raised his eyes to utter “guilty”.”Look at me,” one of the victims demanded, but the 72-year-old refused to make eye contact.
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Dying man’s ‘crime of love’

A TERMINALLY ill pensioner who planted a marijuana crop worth about $100,000 to financially support his wife after his death may end up leaving her homeless.Victor Allan Astbury, 73, of Landsborough, is facing a maximum penalty of 25 years’ jail for cultivating a narcotic plant in a commercial quantity.However, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and is only expected to live another three years.The County Court in Ballarat heard Astbury was fearful his wife may lose their six-hectare property if she was unable to meet mortgage repayments after his death and made a “foolish decision”.Crown prosecutor Tim Doherty said Astbury had an extensive set-up of caravans and sheds on his property which he used to grow about 33kg of cannabis over about one year.The crop has an estimated street value of $80,000 and could be worth up to $120,000 if sold in gram lots.Mr Doherty said when police searched the property on March 17 last year they found hydroponic equipment, scales, zip-lock bags, a commercial bag sealer, electricity timers, watering systems, heaters and transformers.Police also discovered a hidden entrance to a large water tank containing more hydroponic equipment, 42 cannabis plants in the orchard and two loaded firearms in the Astbury’s bedroom, he said.Defence lawyer Matthew White said while the former shearer’s actions were misguided they were undertaken with best intentions.”It’s not a clichaacé to say this is a crime of love and devotion,” he said.”It’s an exceptional and unusual case – the court is not dealing with an offender motivated by greed or self-interest.”For this reason, Mr White called for a non-custodial sentence for his client, who walks with a cane, suffers greatly from poor health and trafficked cannabis “at the lower end of the scale”.He pleaded for his client to be able to live out his dying days with his wife by his side.The grandfather-of-four has previously served 18 months of a five-year prison term for stealing 11 truckloads of wheat in 1972.Astbury appeared in court yesterday pleading guilty to one count each of cultivating a narcotic plant in a commercial quantity, trafficking a drug of dependence, possessing an unregistered category handgun, possessing an unregistered category A or B longarm.Astbury’s wife, who supported her husband in court yesterday, will not face court over the offences.Judge Bill White extended Astbury’s bail and is expected to sentence him on Wednesday, August 9.
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Bit of Changi Prison
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[BB] SINGAPORE – Prison authorities said they planned to preserve a “small part” of historic Changi Prison, but had not changed their minds about demolishing it despite pleas to leave the notorious World War II facility intact. “We know that the prison holds a special place in the collective memory of our people, as well as many Australians,” said Prisons Department official Melvin Wong.

A mega-prison complex is to be built by 2005.

Nearly 76,000 people were confined under harsh conditions at Changi after Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942 to 1945, primarily Australians and British prisoners of war, some Americans and thousands of civilians.

40 children among

massacre victims

KINSHASA – The known death toll from a massacre in north- eastern Congo has risen to 65 people, including 40 children, UN officials said yesterday.

UN spokesman Hamadoun Toure said the dead were all victims of an attack on Tuesday in the remote village of Katshelli, which UN troops visited yesterday.

He said other hamlets had also been attacked, and more people may have been killed.

“Information is coming in bit by bit about the massacres, but we can confirm that Katshelli was only one of four or five hamlets in close proximity hit by the attack,” he said.

The dead included women and they had been either shot or hacked to death by machetes.

Not enough evidence

for Biko murder trial

JOHANNESBURG – Five policemen accused of killing anti- apartheid activist Steve Biko in 1977 will not be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence, Justice Ministry officials in South Africa said yesterday.

A murder charge could not be supported, in part because there were no witnesses to the killing, officials said.

Charges of culpable homicide and assault had been considered, but because the killing of the black consciousness movement leader occurred in 1977, the time frame for prosecution had lapsed.

The ruling African National Congress objected to the decision, saying it might give the impression that the Government tolerated “such evil”.

Bear expert found

mauled to death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A self- taught bear expert who once called Alaska’s brown bears harmless was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in a national park.

The bodies of Timothy Treadwell, 46, and Amie Huguenard, 37, both of California, were found on Tuesday in Katmai National Park by a pilot who was supposed to pick them up, state troopers said yesterday.

Treadwell, co-author of Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears In Alaska, spent more than a dozen summers living alone with and videotaping Katmai bears.

China announces

manned space flight

BEIJING – China will send its first person into space on October 15 in a single-orbit, 90-minute flight, China’s largest Web site reported yesterday, quoting a space programme official.

“China’s space technology has been created by China itself,” China Rocket Design Department director Xie Guangxuan said. “We started later than Russia and the US.

“It’s amazing how fast we’ve been able to do this.”

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