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Artist Peter Lankas features in Rockin’ the Suburbs at Gallery 139 in Hamilton

The Newcastle man with the lawnmower on his head | PHOTOS The Burbs: A Peter Lankas painting of a bloke with a lawnmower on his head.
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A Lankas painting of a couple having fun with a shopping trolley at Charlestown.

A Lankas painting of a bloke crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Newcastle artist Peter Lankas.

TweetFacebookOff Your Trolley A Lankas painting of a couple having fun with a shopping trolley at Charlestown.

Another Lankas painting that captured the wry eye of Topics was a couple skylarkingin a shopping trolley at theCaltex on the highway at Charlestown.

“You know how teenagers muck around –they’reout late at night at twoin the morning, running through the streets with a shopping trolley.

“It’s about your first love and she’s in the trolley and having fun.”

Peter has a penchant for painting service stations.

“Service stations are like lit-up beacons in the night, saying ‘come in, come in’. You drive past and there’s a beauty in the lighting and brightness.

“The irony is that you walk in there and it’s full of junk food,coke and petrol. It looks so good, but there’s nothing good there.”

Adamstown Bloke A Lankas painting of a bloke crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Another Lankas painting we thought we’d share features a bloke dressed in a black shirt and jeans, crossing Glebe Road at Adamstown.

Peter said he has a bag filled with “two-minute noodles, ciggies ora drink – whateverhe’s into”.

Peter is interestedin capturing “ordinary things that we see and do everyday and people take for granted or miss”.

“I try and document that there’s beauty everywhere in the most mundane, ordinary elements that happen in everyday life.”

Newcastle, he says, has “a lovely, slow beauty to it”.

“There’s a lot of colour in some of the houses that were painted by the guys working in the steelworks. They used to take home leftover paint, which had bright colours. They used to paint their houses with it,” he said.

Turn it On and OffTopics has oftenheard the advice from IT experts to “turn it off and on again”when there’s a problem with ourcomputer.

But we’d never heard this one before.

Our Foxtel box was on the blink. We rang Foxtel and spoke to someone overseas, who advised us to “turn the HDMI cable around”.

That is, unplug the cable from the TV and Foxtel box, turn the cable around and plug each end into the opposingslot from which it came.

“That doesn’t make sense. It’s not logical,” we said, all conceited, to our foreign friend.

Lo and behold, it worked.

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Super granny salutes

FISH OF THE WEEK: Chriss Gallagher wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this jew hooked up Crescent Head way last week.
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For Fish of the Week winner Chriss Gallagher, the jewfish she plucked from the river at Crescent Head last Tuesday was a super surprise.

“For a granny who goes fishing once in a blue moon this was excitement,” she reported. “Using my friend’s Defiance rod with a braid line (so I’m told) I hooked this jewfish using chicken breast soaked in garlic and Parmesan cheese on a 20lb line at Crescent Head on Tuesday.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes as I thought I must have caught a little shark or something–it sure put up a fight! But was delicious!!! It was around 80cm long and weighed 4kg. Hope you agree it was an awesome catch for an old girl!”

Obviously Chriss is milking the Granny card, and you have to feel for Daniel McDowell from Newcastle who would have figured strongly for Fish of the Week with his similar sized jewfish hooked in Newcastle Harbour last Sunday.

“I had to put up with the wind and rain but it was all definitely worth it,” Daniel said of the two fish he caught, one measuring 91cm, the other 85cm.

“Both were taken on live bait and during daylight hours.”

It was a similar story for Reed Sweetnam, from Vacy, who sent in a pic of a super bass caught and released in the Paterson River last week, and RileyFitzsimmons, of Singleton, who landed a 71cm flathead in Lake Macquarie.

All were worthy Fish of the Week entries, but ultimately, in the interests of diversity, unusualness and just plain feel good factor,the super excited granny got the chocolates.

Lazzo legendLee “Lazzo” Stevenson took out the Newcastle District Anglers Association freshwater competion held at Lake St Clair last weekend.

A strong contingent of 41 anglers competed and for the first time as club spokesman Craig Oaten can remember Lazzo managed to catch the maximum 17 fish.

“The last couple of years the yellowbelly and silvers have been hard to get but he managed to get five of each, along with five catfish and two bass,” Craig said.

“Most of the yellowbelly were around the 40cm mark. His 17 fish weighed in at a winning 16.85kg.”

Lazzo hails from Burwood Bowling Club and it was the first NDAA comp he’s ever won and to say he was chuffed would be an understatement.

‘He’s always been competing, and had a few second and thirds,” Craid noted.

Mick “Mountain” Price was runner-up with 15 fish, for 15.3kg.

“All competitors got a lot of fish this year, with the average about 10 fish each,” Craig said.“Seventy per cent of the yellowbellies were caught trolling deep divers.”

Light rain, wind and stillness oscillated over the weekend, with the fish on the bite during the stillness.

Serena Downie tied with Jan Jeffs in the ladies division.Veteran champion was Bob Hodges, Les Jeffs claimed super veterans honours while sub-junior champ was Mia Downie.

Matthew Small got the largest bass –1.15kg; Matt Finn got the biggest catfish –2.16kg; Mel Watfield got the biggest golden perch –2.12kg; and Steve Hector got the largest silver –0.99kg.

The next NDAA comp is the estuary event in February.

Orca talkJumpin’ Johnny Frith from Fisherman’s Warehouse reports consistent catches of flathead, bream and jew in Lake Macquarie, and even the odd orca spotted about out wide.

“Corey [workmate Corey Reid]was out yesterday and got 14 flathead in the shallows and a few nice flounder,” John said.

“Some nice meaty blue swimmers on the march at the moment and I havebeen getting some nice bream in Swansea channel.A lot of schoolies biting on prawns.”

Prawns edgySpeaking of prawns, the next prawn run is due Tuesday, November 14.

They usually move 10 days after the full moon which was last Saturday.

“It might sound obvious, but when they’re running, prawns are the best bait to use in the lake,” John said.

“The last prawn run, I caught all my bream on prawns even though I had mullet and chicken breast baits out at the same time,but they weren’t biting on those. It makes you wonder. It’s not like I was fishing in the channel where there are heaps of prawns, but they just seemed to favour the prawns.”

Super pestsThe barracouta are still about in plague proportions off the coast, causing anglers no end of frustration.

“Never seen it like this,” John said.

“Plenty of bonito about but they’re pretty small.A few kings responding to jigs in close and afew marlin have been switch baited out wide.

“There’s even been a few killer whales spotted frolliicking about which is pretty unusual in these waters, but not unheard of.”

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‘This is human rights’: Frances Abbott sweats on survey

Frances Abbott was all smiles on the red carpet at Oaks Day but said on the inside she is sweating the outcome of the same-sex marriage postal survey.
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“I’m waiting with held breath, fingers crossed that it’s a ‘yes’ vote. If for some reason it is not a yes win, then it’s not the end. This is not something that’s going away … it’s really important, it’s human rights,” Abbott told Fairfax Media at Oaks Day at Flemington.

The former “first daughter” went public recently with her decision to vote “yes” in the campaign, despite Mr Abbott’s strong opposition to same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott at the Myer lunch for Oaks Day.

Mr Abbott’s sister, Christine, is gay and also supports same-sex marriage.

Frances Abbott said the family didn’t let their views get in the way of their personal relationships.

“I have my views, Tones has his view, aunty Chris. When we’re all together we focus on the family stuff and leave the politics outside,” she said.

Frances was a guest of Myer at a lunch celebrating n women of influence and inspiration at the department store’s marquee at Oaks Day.

She said her mother, Margie, was her greatest inspiration.

“She is a goddess, I love her. She is so strong but so soft. She is kind but firm, I credit everything I am to who she is,” Frances said.

Frances Abbott has recently gained a profile on the bodybuilding scene and said she generally feels more comfortable on the stage than the red carpet.

“I fell in love with that [bodybuilding] … it was performing, I would do my little winky face. It was so much fun. All those weeks of hard work leading up to it felt awesome,” she said.

The postal survey results will be released on Wednesday November 15.

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ASX-listed daigou business surges 25pc

Keong Chan (tallest) Director of ITM with Jiahua (Joshua) zhou managing director and Co founder of AuMake andLINGYE (Lyn) ZHENG non executive and Co founder of AuMakePic Nick Moir 29 june 2017Investors have poured into ‘s only listed daigou business, boosting the share price more than 25 per cent this week, enthused by the company’s recent acquisition spree.
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AuMake – a retail business that connects n suppliers directly with daigou shoppers and Chinese tourists – this week announced the acquisition of wool manufacturer Jumbuck .

The deal comes just one week after AuMake acquired Health Essence, a health supplements business, and one month after raising $6 million and listing on the n Stock Exchange.

“We are having to move quickly because there is just so much demand for n products in China,” says Keong Chan, chairman of AuMake.

“We have literally 20 business enquiries every day, people asking us to please, please work with them. They want access to China and Chinese tourists and we are just so convenient for them.”

Daigou means to “purchase on behalf of” in Chinese and there are an estimated 40,000 shoppers who buy high quality n products and ship them back to China.

AuMake has identified four key categories that underpin the voracious Chinese demand for high quality n products: wool, healthcare, skincare and infant formula.

Jumbuck – previously run by a Chinese family – will produce wool products for AuMake under the trademark UGG AUS.

Prior to its acquisition, Jumbuck recorded (unaudited) sales of $285,895 in FY16 and $754.624 in FY17, enjoying a 260 per cent increase on year-on-year sales and at an average gross margin of 32 per cent.

“Daigou tastes can change very quickly,” says Mr Chan. “So we wanted a business that had all the manufacturing plants and equipment here in . It’s important for us to control the supply chain.”

Health Essence products include fish oil, liver detox, grapeseed oil, squalene and propolis.

“So many of these smaller brands were not getting the traction with Chinese shoppers they thought they would,” says Mr Chan. “We have those shoppers.”

AuMake uses a far-reaching network of WeChat users to connect directly with customers and build relationships.

But further to this, the company has opened a new facility in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, designed to operate as a showroom for busloads of Chinese tourists looking for n products on their way to the Blue Mountains. To facilitate this, the company has a strategic alliance with the local Chinese Tour Guide Association.

Shares in AuMake have jumped over 300 pper cent since listing at 8 cents and are trading around 32 cents.

Several other enterprises serving the daigou market have sprung up in the last twelve months. DaigouSales is an e-commerce website allowing n brands to market directly to Chinese nationals. The brands pay $249 a month, plus a 2.5 per cent transaction fee.

While the daigou model has certainly piqued investor attention, these businesses are still at the mercy of Chinese authorities who have been known to suddenly crackdown on the import of foreign goods.

Earlier this year, the government imposed bans on foreign books, movies and games being imported into China.

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Batting at three won’t harm Maxwell’s Test hopes: Handscomb

Victorian skipper Peter Handscomb does not believe batting Glenn Maxwell at No.3 for the Bushrangers will hamper his chances of hanging onto his spot in ‘s middle order for the upcoming Ashes series.
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Maxwell hit twin half-centuries coming in at first drop against South in a timely return to form after only making seven and 20 against Queensland in Victoria’s Sheffield Shield opener last month.

Debate has been raging over who will assume the No.6 spot in the n line-up for the first Test against England starting November 23 at the Gabba, and it is sure to intensify with another full round of Shield matches commencing on Monday.

Hilton Cartwright, Moises Henriques and bolter Jake Lehmann have all been thrown up as possible contenders for the spot, but if it was up to Handscomb, Maxwell would win the race.

“If he can make runs at three, he can make runs at six so that’s not an issue in terms of if he’s in the Ashes,” Handscomb told RSN radio on Thursday.

“It was more just a team balance with the squad we’ve got.”

Handscomb, who has made a dream start to his Test career with an average of 53.07 in his first 10 matches, said he didn’t need to give Maxwell a pep talk in a bid to solidify his spot in the national side.

“Each individual has their own game plans and I’m not going to tell them how to bat because if they try and change too much from what they know, they’re not going to score and that’s pointless for us,” Handscomb said.

“With ‘Maxi’, we just said, ‘mate, just bat. Go out there and enjoy it’. He always makes runs when he comes back to Victoria in the long form, he’s got a great average for us with the red ball so we weren’t too worried and we’ve given him his opportunity at the top and he’s taken it this game which is awesome.”

Meanwhile, Handscomb believes playing against Bangladesh in oppressive conditions on ‘s recent tour of the subcontinent has served as the perfect preparation for his first Ashes series.

The 26-year-old lost 4.5kg while batting during the second Test in Chittagong as he crafted a crucial knock of 82 in just over three hours in the first innings.

“It does help knowing that I’ve done that, more just mentally. I didn’t carry on. If it gets hot at the Gabba or if it gets hot in Perth, I can just say, ‘well, it’s not like Bangladesh’. So hopefully I carry on pretty well,” he said.

“Being able to play in different conditions is awesome. You find out things about your game, certain weaknesses or strengths that you have in those conditions and then you know that if you come back to and you see similar conditions, you’ve had the toughest of it so hopefully you can come back and do it in .” iFrameResize({checkOrigin:false},’#ashes-squad-selector-2017′);var frame = document.getElementById(“ashes-squad-selector-2017”);

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Rachel Jarry admits concussions are ‘worrying’

Canberra Capitals forward Rachel Jarry admits the lack of knowledge about the long-term effects of concussion is “worrying” as she prepares to spend a month on the sidelines.
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Jarry will miss the next four weeks of the WNBL season with a concussion in a major blow to the Capitals’ hopes of reviving their season.

It’s Jarry’s second concussion battle in the past fortnight and the latest in a string of head injuries that have cruelled her career, but she isn’t too stressed about any long-term effects.

It means the Capitals will be without the n Opals star for a crucial stretch as they fight to save their season, beginning with a clash against Perth on Saturday night.

Jarry’s absence opens the door for Chevannah Paalvast and Eziyoda Magbegor to play more minutes, while Jordan Hooper could play a different role against the Lynx.

Jarry is spending the week with her family in Melbourne as she recovers from the concussion suffered against the Sydney Flames, which is not related the one she had last month.

“As much as we think we know a bit more about it all, we don’t really know that much,” Jarry said.

“A lot of the studies done, especially on NFL players, are really skewed towards the athletes that do have symptoms.

“They don’t do any studies on athletes that don’t have symptoms later in their life at all so it’s unknown and that’s what the worrying thing is.

“Playing basketball, you don’t lead with your head and get hit in every game like you do in a full contact sport so I’m not too concerned.

“I just think it’s about making sure I’m symptom-free anytime I get concussed. That’s just the best we can do for now but I don’t have any long-term effects so that’s good news.”

The WNBL uses the Basketball concussion policy and competition boss Sally Phillips is working with the players’ association to develop clearer guidelines.

Jarry won’t change her hard-nosed approach when she returns to the court, adamant it’s her tenacious mentality that turned her into an Olympian.

“I’ve been going in hard my whole life, ever since I was a kid and I first stepped onto the court. I don’t think I could change that,” Jarry said.

“What separates me from other players is how hard I do play so I wouldn’t like to change that. I just hopefully don’t get too many more knocks on the head. It’s a hard thing to change how you play.”

Capitals coach Paul Goriss says it won’t take much to adjust to life without Jarry on the court having been through it last week.

Goriss was also left to sweat on the fitness of captain Natalie Hurst, who only returned to training on Thursday having battled a middle ear infection during the week.

“It’s obviously disappointing for us and disappointing for her to be ruled out over the next four weeks so we’ve just got to plug along with who we’ve got and just make some key adjustments to that,” Goriss said.

“She’s had quite a few so this is a precaution obviously after having one and having another concussion within a week.

“The doctors have said four weeks off so she’ll just do some light training and light fitness work so we’ll keep monitoring her situation.”

Instead of travelling to Perth Jarry will be racing the clock to be fit for the Capitals’ return to Canberra – which won’t come until December 7 against the Sydney Flames.

A month-long stretch on the road means the 25-year-old’s absence could not have come at a worse time for the Capitals as they fight to snap a seven-game losing streak.


Saturday: Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, 6.30pm.

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A-League: Milestone skipper Nigel Boogaard compares Newcastle Jets’ buzz to early years at Central Coast Mariners

DOUBLE TON: Nigel Boogaard at Ray Watt Oval on Thursday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNigel Boogaard has been around long enough now to know the highs and lows of football life.
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And on the eve of notching up his 200thA-League appearance, which includes the inaugural FFA Cup title and a grand final loss almost 10 years ago, the homegrown skipperputs thiscurrent vibe at the undefeated Newcastle Jets right up there.

MILESTONE: Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard will make his 200th A-League appearance. Picture: Marina Neil

“I’d almost have to compare it to early days when I was at the [Central Coast] Mariners,” he said before making the trip to Adelaide for Saturday’s sixth-round clash with United.

“There’s just this camaraderie within the group. It’s a great bunch of boys and there’s a belief there that we can achievesomething.

“We all belivethat we have the right recipe to succeed this year, but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“We’re five games in and it’s been a great start, but we’re nowhere near where we believe we can be in a lot of aspects of the game.

“At the moment there’s just a good buzz and a good vibe around the club so hopefully we can carry that on throughout the season.”

FAMILY: Nigel Boogaard with wife Kerryn and daughter Audrey in July. Picture: Marina Neil

The Dudley-Redhead junioris now31,husband to wife Kerryn and father to three-month-old daughter Audrey. It’s a far cry from the teenager that debuted off the bench more thana decade ago in the old National Soccer League competition.

“That first taste was only a few minutes, but it was enough for me to go I belong here and I think I can make a career out of this,” he said.

“That was the first time I genuinely believed it and looking back I’m thankful to be given that opportunity at such a youngage.

“A lot’s changed [since then]. I’d say I’ma lot more mature these days. I’m a family man, I’ve got a daughter and a beautiful wife.

“Perspective on life changes as you grow and my football knowledge has comea long way. Hopefullywhat I’ve learned over the last 13 or 14 years as a professional I can pass on now to some of the younger players.”

BODY AND SOUL: Nigel Boogaard wins a header for Adelaide against the Jets. He played 98 times for United.

The central defender started out with the Mariners, originally signed and kept by now Jets chief executive officer Lawrie McKinna despite setbacks. Boogaard thenmoved to Adelaide for six campaignsbefore returning to Newcastle from 2015.

The most-capped Jets captain will become the 23rdperson to reach the double-century milestoneand isone of thefew remaining players from theA-League’sinception in 2005-2006.

“It’s exciting times and hopefully there’s a few more years in this body and there’s a few more milestones and achievements to come,” he said.

STARTING OUT: A young Nigel Boogaard in action for his first A-League club, Central Coast Mariners.

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Stuck in the jam

CONSERVE YOUR ENERGY: The sweet sweet science of jam making raises many burning questions for the unwary.SIMON WALKER: That’s Life archive
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It’s easy to forget we’re governed by seasons, and even easier to lose sight of what we’re supposed to make during those seasons. Or rather how.

Take jam for example. Nan used to be so good at making it when the various fruits came into season.But unlike Nan, the jam-making skill didn’t pass on when she did, leaving later generations prey to suggestionsany fool can do it.

Fast forward tolast Saturday,wewalked into a veritable fruit-nado at the local grocer.

Trays of not only strawberrys 16 punnets strong, but blueberries similarly laden, clearly in season and being sold for a song. So we loaded up, high on economies of scale, low onwhat we were going to do with the tonnage when we got home.

We talk a good cottage industry but the realities of village life soon became apparent.

Firstthere was a lot of shuffling in the fridge to make room for the bulk berries in order to stave off the mass decomposition we figured was coming as surely as the realisation we didn’t have enought room in the fridge. Soserious was the shuffling, the beer got booted out.

To justify this drastic action, there was then a lot of re-calculating about how much money we’d save by buying in bulk, because that made us feel better than the idea most of the berries might end in the compost bin if we didn’t act quick.

Cue the move into preserving mode: first our dignity, then the berries –into bags inthe freezer; into coolies, whatever they are; and finally into jams –ye olde, tricky, artform.The only thing driving me on at that stage wasthe promise that we could stonker ourselves on strawberry leftover daiquiris (or warm beer) at the end.

Nan was never too much into daiquiris but she once killed a six-foot carpet snake with an axe, and she sure could jam. And on face value, jammin’ sounds so easy – boil bulk fruit, add horrendous amount of sugar, bask in river cottage delight. Or insulin shock, whatever hits first.

The reality in our case was heaving strawberry swill leading toheated debate over the cooktop about whyjam doesn’t set as reliably as Jamie, or Nigella, or Nan insist, but rather splatters like molten lava onto any exposed parts of your body. Timeless questions were asked about pectin, thermometers, preserving sugar and what constitutes cheating when it comes to making jam.The answer being, nothing, if it makes your jam set.

There was drama over bunson and burning and how when you combine the two with jam you get toffee on the bottom of your saucepan. Or rather the metallic taste of burnt sugar, which is not like mulberry at all, as one party in the literal heat of stirring battle tried to suggest, having urged we burn past the point of no return when the thermometer wouldn’t push up to the magic 105 degree celcius mark, where apparently the jam fairy does its setting magic.

The end result was four jars of intensely sweet slop. Not jam as such, but potentially a very handy base for strawberry dacquiris. Not a bad thing to stew on as we move out of the jam season, and into the cricket.

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Activists try to unfurl ‘Evacuate Manus’ banner on Opera House

At 10:30 am activists tried to unfurl a protest banner over the west-facing sail of the Sydney Opera House with personal banners calling to #EvacuateManus. Pictured are the two protestors arrested. Thursday 9th November 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 171109 At 10:30 am activists tried to unfurl a protest banner over the west-facing sail of the Sydney Opera House with personal banners calling to #EvacuateManus. Pictured are the two protestors arrested. Thursday 9th November 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 171109
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At 10:30 am activists tried to unfurl a protest banner over the west-facing sail of the Sydney Opera House with personal banners calling to #EvacuateManus. Pictured are the two protestors arrested. Thursday 9th November 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 171109

A group of activists climbed the Sydney Opera House on Thursday morning and tried to unfurl a banner displaying the words “Evacuate Manus #BringThemHere”.

At 10.30am, five members of a group called the Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) were about to spread the banner across the west-facing sail of the building when they were stopped by police.

The protesters held up smaller signs that said “n world leaders in cruelty” and “Evacuate Manus”.

The action was in protest against the treatment of refugees on Manus Island.

“The Sydney Opera House is ‘s international icon,” said Laura Mastwyk, one of the climbers on the Opera House sail.

“But increasingly, our country is internationally recognised for our human rights abuses to refugees,” she said in a written statement to the media.

All five climbers were brought down by the NSW Police Rescue & Bomb Disposal Unit, arrested and taken away in police vehicles within 90 minutes of the protest’s start.

Another member of the group was arrested earlier, after breaking a lock to gain access to the Opera House sails. He did not climb the building.

Two men aged 23 and 26, and three women aged 25, 27 and 27, were taken to Day Street police station, where they were charged with trespass.

They were granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court next month and issued with place restrictions not to enter the Sydney CBD.

Three protesters on the ground – two women and a man – were issued with a move-along direction.

NSW Police will be speaking to venue operators in relation to the matter.

Marco Avena, one of the climbers, called ‘s refugee policy “brutal”, and said it had “reduced us as a nation and a community”.

“We act today in the interest of our own humanity not just the humanity of those left on Manus Island,” he said in the statement from WACA.

WACA spokeswoman Lily Matchett said the group members were protesting “because the n government is failing to uphold basic human rights”.

“We call on both Liberal and Labor to end offshore detention and bring the refugees here immediately,” she said in the statement.

“Right now men on Manus Island are starving, stricken with thirst, and suffering enormous torment. This is the result of incompetence, bigotry, and a sick political process.

“The n government must let New Zealand take 150 of the men today and bring the remaining 450 men to and allow them to choose where they resettle,” Ms Matchett said.

An application to restore operations at the decommissioned Manus Island processing centre was rejected by Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court this week, increasing pressure on almost 600 men who have refused to relocate to new “transit centres”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday the new facilities were of a “very high quality” and urged the detainees to move.

The stand-off has been labelled an “unfolding humanitarian emergency” by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The men have been stockpiling rainwater in garbage bins, lost access to medication and authorities have reportedly been turning away PNG locals coming to the centre offering food.

Protesters against ‘s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees had disrupted Melbourne Cup festivities on Tuesday, and warned of escalating action.

Two separate groups intervened in the celebrations; one delaying racegoers by parking a car across a train track and the other unfurling a banner from a crane above Victoria’s Flemington track.

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‘In a bad mood’: Kangaroo attacks man on South Coast

A kangaroo “in a bad mood” has left a man in hospital on the South Coast, after attacking the 80-year-old on Thursday.
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NSW paramedics treated the man about 10:45am in Bendalong for multiple cuts to his lower legs suffered during the attack, including “one and a half inch lacerations below the knee”.

Attending Paramedic Rob Hilliar said the man fed the local roos each morning and one had become particularly aggressive.

“He’s a lovely bloke who spoils them a little, feeding them jam and cream on toast,” Mr Hilliar said.

“On this occasion one of the roos was in a bad mood and pushed him over.”

The man was taken to Milton Ulladulla Hospital in a stable condition, where he remained as of Thursday afternoon.

A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said, while he had not heard of any other recent incidents of kangaroos attacking people, anecdotally the animals were known to be aggressive at times, especially during mating season.

He said this particular roo was unharmed in the incident, watching on “presumably in amusement” as paramedics treated the man before hopping off.

“The bloke came off second best,” he said. “But maybe aside from his pride, he seems to be doing ok.”

In the past three months, NSW Ambulance said paramedics had attended 38 incidents involving kangaroos, three with wombats and two involving possums, though the incidents largely involved collisions with cars.

NSW Parks and Wildlife warns people against feeding kangaroos on its website.

“Kangaroos and wallabies eat a range of native grasses and herbs and are adapted to chewing and digesting these grasses,” it says.

“When kangaroos and wallabies become used to being hand-fed, they sometimes attack people in their quest for food. Remember, they have sharp claws and a strong kick.”

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