Independent senator John Madigan has suggested that HECS debts should be frozen for five years for primary caregivers. Photo: Alex EllinghausenA key crossbench senator has raised a five-year freeze on student debts for mothers who have graduated from university as a bargaining chip in negotiations over the government’s proposed higher education changes.
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Education Minister Christopher Pyne is continuing to negotiate with the Senate crossbenchers in the hope of striking a deal on his reform package, which includes allowing universities to charge as much as they want for a degree.

A Fairfax Media Ipsos poll, conducted between Thursday and Saturday last week, found 64 per cent of voters oppose deregulating university fees.

Independent Victorian Senator John Madigan, whose vote on the reforms could be crucial, said: “I’m concerned about the effects of higher HECS debts on women who graduate and have children.

“I’ve suggested that HECS debts should be frozen for five years for primary caregivers. Debts continuing to accrue interest while people are out of the workforce will have a nobbling effect on families with young children.”

Mr Madigan welcomed signals from Mr Pyne that he will abandon plans to peg student debts to the long-term government bond rate, rather than inflation, but said the government should go further.

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon praised Mr Madigan’s proposal as the type of “lateral thinking” that will be needed to strike a deal on university reform.

Senators Madigan and Xenophon told Fairfax Media they have serious concerns about fee deregulation but intense lobbying from the university sector has convinced them the current funding system is unsustainable. With Labor and the Greens opposed to fee deregulation, the government will need the support of six of the eight Senate crossbenchers to pass its reforms.

“Universities have been hit by funding cuts from both sides. They are starved of cash and need to be more viable,” Senator Xenophon said.

“I can see why they want fee deregulation but I am wary of unintended consequences.

“I don’t want to see the Americanisation of our universities where people are reluctant to take on lots of debt.”

Asked about negotiations with Mr Pyne, Senator Xenophon said: “He is as frustrating and enigmatic as he was when I lectured him at the University of South Australia 25 years ago.”

Senator Xenophon said the government had gone about reform in an “awful” way by announcing a complicated set of reforms in the May budget.

Senator Madigan said: “I’m very reticent on fee deregulation at this point of time. I don’t want to see families saddled with debts that will be higher than Ayers Rock to climb over.

“What the government is putting forward I wouldn’t accept – there would need to be a lot more safeguards put in place for me to consider supporting it.”

Mr Madigan, from Ballarat, said he was particularly concerned about the impact of the government’s policies on regional universities.

But he acknowledged that “no legislation is perfect” and he is open to a package that “ticks most of the boxes”.

“There is no doubt that something has to be done but it has to be done in a considered manner,” he said.

A spokesman for Mr Pyne said the package “represents essential reform that will expand opportunity for students and ensure our universities are sustainable and competitive internationally into the future.

As the Government has indicated on many occasions, this will inevitably involve negotiations with the cross benches as the Coalition does not have a majority in the Senate.”

Mr Pyne said on the weekend he was prepared to negotiate into the new year to strike a deal on higher education reform.

“Timelines can always be shifted and I’m not going to be hidebound by timing schedules,” Mr Pyne said. “What I want is an outcome for students and universities. That is a more important result than [meeting] timelines and schedules.”

Clive Palmer and Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie have said the party will oppose fee deregulation. But previous PUP backflips on climate policy, financial planning laws and the mining tax have fuelled government hopes that the party could do a deal on higher education.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Senator Xenophon lectured Mr Pyne at the University of Adelaide 25 years ago. The lectures were in fact at what is now known as the University of South Australia.

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Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX
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Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX

Hello again: Prince Edward leaves the Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper, Sydney, on Monday afternoon after a luncheon. Photo: DIMEX

He might not have the star clout of his nephew the Duke of Cambridge and his glamorous wife, Catherine, but His Royal Highness Prince Edward’s arrival in Sydney marks the beginning of a five-day tour during which  he will meet more than 1000 young people and 1200 volunteers  throughout the country.

The Earl of Wessex is in NSW to commemorate more than 50 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia. Flying the flag for his 93-year-old father, Prince Philip, the earl met Premier Mike Baird on Monday, after visiting the Prince Edward Yacht Club at Point Piper. An afternoon reception at Parliament House was also attended by  Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres.

On Tuesday, he will visit the Art Gallery of NSW before meeting Duke of Edinburgh Award participants from eight inner west schools at Ashfield Boys High School. About 22,000 young Australians are enrolled on the scheme, the largest youth development program in the world.

A trivia event at the Powerhouse Museum rounds off the Sydney leg of the prince’s tour, which takes him on to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The Queen’s youngest child is not accompanied on the trip, the second by the British royal household to Australia this year, by his wife Sophie the Countess of Wessex, or their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

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Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all RacingFull coverage: Melbourne Cup 2014Melbourne Cup sweep
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Bookmakers across the country have vowed to take on Admire Rakti as punters rallied behind the Japanese star, which could still relinquish Melbourne Cup favouritism to Lloyd Williams’ Fawkner.

Tomoyuki Umeda’s Caulfield Cup hero brought to life an otherwise pedestrian call of the card at the traditional Cup eve bash on Monday after $6.50 was bet about the top pick.

Most odds-makers are expecting him to be a similar quote by jump time, while support for Cox Plate runner-up Fawkner is gathering momentum.

This year’s Melbourne Cup appears to be one of the most open in recent memory.

“Admire Rakti is our worst result, but there has been a massive move for Fawkner in the last 24 hours and the money is coming from the right places,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “Fawkner is still $8, but if the money keeps coming he could be favourite.”

The Fawkner following had one big-time supporter at the call of the card, Sean Bartholomew knocking back a wager to win $1 million on the Australian-bred grey.

Bartholomew eventually accepted a smaller investment to win $250,000 at odds of $9.

While there was money for Willing Foe, suggesting some believe Godolphin can break its Cup curse, punters patiently waited for Admire Rakti to be the last of the 24 runners shopped.

Mark Sampieri was knocked off his stand after offering luxurious odds before he passed the baton to Warren Woodcock, who also could not keep pace writing tickets.

Robbie Waterhouse was next to hold the call, accepting the largest single bet of the day when one punter had $50,000 on Admire Rakti at $6.

Quizzed on whether he thought Admire Rakti would be so well backed, Waterhouse said: “No, I didn’t actually. I’m happy to bet against him and I was surprised he was so well supported.

“The other surprising thing about the call is it was nearly all cash. I would think [Admire Rakti’s] price will still be around $6 on race day.”

It is a similar quote to what other online bookmakers are prepared to offer, BetEasy’s Matt Tripp suggesting they will band together to take on Admire Rakti.

BetEasy took a wager of $40,000 on the seven-year-old, which is attempting to set a modern day weight-carrying record in the Cup and also become the first horse to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne cups double since 2001.

“I think I will bet around the $6 or $6.50 mark [until jump time] and I reckon the bookmakers will all want to take him on,” Tripp said. “I think the money will come for Fawkner and Signoff and there’s been good money for Protectionist so far.”

Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said despite continued interest in Admire Rakti he would not be surprised if one of several horses started favourite by jump time.

“It will just depend which one the money comes for,” he said. “At the moment our losers are Fawkner, Admire Rakti, Lucia Valentina and Signoff, but it’s that sort of race.”

Added Glenn Munsie of Tab南京夜网.au: “For us overall Admire Rakti is a million-dollar loser, especially after the Caulfield Cup. The doubles are just killing us. There have been a couple of good pushes in the last couple of days, particularly Who Shot Thebarman and Fawkner.”

There were few other fireworks inside the Crown Palladium for the call of the card.

Tom Waterhouse snapped up the $31 about Willing Foe, asking bookmaker Anthony Doughty to risk a $500,000 payout. Doughty eventually stood to part with $250,000 to Waterhouse.

The best-supported outsider was Seismos, one wager a $2000 by $1500 each-way bet on Marco Botti’s import at $101. A couple of $1000 each-way bets were also taken before his price was wound into $81.

There were nibbles for some of Chris Waller’s long shots, including a single bet to win $151,000 on Opinion ($71) and another to win $100,000 on Who Shot Thebarman.

Darren Weir’s Lexus Stakes winner Signoff was friendless at $7.

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This tree was uprooted in The Hills during the weekend storm. Photo courtesy M Palmer-Burton, as posted on The Hills SES Facebook pageThe Hills SES was the third-busiest SES unit across Sydney Western Region on the weekend, receiving 140 storm job requests from Saturday, 2pm.
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The Hills SES controller, Evelyn Lester, said crews dealt with trees down on houses, blocked roads and damage to property caused by strong winds which at their peak reached 95 kmph at Balcombe Heights Estate, where her SES unit is based.

— Evelyn Lester‘‘Pizza it is, still in the dark”

— Shane SpringerNews shortly after 6pm.

She reminded residents to secure or put away loose items from yards and balconies, bring children and pets indoors and park cars under cover during storms.

They should also stay clear of fallen trees and power lines and damaged structures, she said.

For emergency assistance in floods and storms call the NSW SES on 132 500.

‘‘Follow the Hills SES Facebook pagefor regular updates during storms,’’ Ms Lestersaid.

■The NSW SES is divided into 17 regions based on major river systems.

■Sydney Western Region takes in The Hills, Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains,Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Mount Druitt, Parramatta, and Penrith.

■Each region controller is responsible for the operational control of emergency flood and storm responses, including planning, training, operational support and other functions within their area of control.

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STUDENTS studying the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk have had their learning experience boosted with laboratory sessions relating to their plant and animal courses.
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A key feature of the three-year degree being delivered in a partnership between Charles Sturt University and C Y O’Connor Institute is its practical, hands on approach to learning.

The classes in the laboratory have focused on factors affecting production levels in both animal and plant systems. During one session, students dissected the female reproductive tracts of sheep and pigs, identified the component parts and related them back to classroom theory about function and factors affecting reproductive efficiency.

Hands on: Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton with students Mitchell Hutton (Morawa) and David Storer (Meckering) during an animal reproduction laboratory practical at Muresk.

The laboratory work was followed by a practical session in the sheep yards where the students were given a pen of merino rams and asked to do a reproductive soundness examination on them.

Using these results in conjunction with data on wool production, quality and body size, the students had to identify animals to cull from the flock.

Lecturer, Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton, said the exercises in the laboratory and sheep yard, gave students a clearer picture of the parts of the reproductive system and an understanding of factors that affected efficient reproduction.

In their study of soil and plants, the students visited a local farm to look at formation, structure and classification of soils.

They also carried out tests to determine texture and pH and used the data to decide the usefulness of each soil type for agriculture.

Lecturer James Fisher said in the laboratory, students measured water infiltration rates in different soil types. In another experiment they measured water usage of plants under a range of conditions including different temperatures, moving and still air, light and dark.

The students are also observing various summer and winter crops growing in the glasshouse.

“I’d like to acknowledge the effort of members of the Higher Education Project team in re-equipping the laboratory and thank DAFWA, Ballard Seeds, WANTFA and Landmark for donating the seed used by students,” Dr Fisher said.

Enrolments for 2015 are now open. To apply online or download and print a form go to csu.edu.au/apply.

For further assistance contact Daisy Bulloch on 9622 6789 or email agri [email protected]

Hands on: Dr Kathryn Egerton-Warburton with students Mitchell Hutton (Morawa) and David Storer (Meckering) during an animal reproduction laboratory practical at Muresk.

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Bowls Sunraysia Saturday pennant’s match of the round was a thriller at Irymple.
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Bowl: Shawn Fullerton bowls for Red Cliffs against Mildura in round 10 of pennant competition at Mildura Bowls Club on Saturday. Pictures: Stacey Lowe

Cheers: Mildura’s Peter Harrison supports his side on Saturday.

The Irymple Suns hosted the Euston Bandits in the Round 10 blockbuster. Wind howled across the green making playing conditions difficult.

Both sides were evenly matched with no draw or green advantage to be taken by either side.

Col Sherriff drew Tich Halls and fought for a five-shot victory to the Bandits.

Halls drew the match-winning bowl on the 24th end when, one shot down on the head, trailed the jack for four shots and Col Sherriff had no bowls left to play to counter it.

The other rinks of Sandy Tarrant and Mark Tarrant were in a titanic struggle with Brendan O’Brien and Terry Wright, respectively.

The Irymple players were holding a slender advantage over their opponents and won both rinks by one shot for O’Brien and three shots to Wright. However, the Tich Halls rink had done the damage and Euston beat Irymple eight to four.

Merbein Hawks hosted Ouyen, and the Two Blues led by Robbie Jay were looking to atone for their previous round loss.

Merbein chose to play them on the three rink green and allowed Ouyen to dictate some terms on the windy greens.

This time it was not the Jay-led rink at the centre point of the Ouyen attack, but the Norm Latta and Alan Crook-led teams that cemented the tie for Ouyen.

Merbein took a solitary rink win but it was not enough to take overall victory.

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A local sports car driving experience is attracting growing interest from Sydney. Picture: GREG ELLISA fleet of Porsches operated by Cliff to Coast Sports Car Drives in Helensburgh are becoming increasingly popular with Sydneysiders keen on a new way to check out locations such as Bald Hill, Sea Cliff Bridge, Macquarie Pass and Austinmer Beach.
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Many who come to see the local sights do it from the seats of four different Porsches in one day.

The business, started by Gavin Little earlier this year, has also helped other local tourist operators such as Cliffhanger Cafe.

Mr Little was keen to share his cars with people on some of the most scenic and most sensational roads in NSW. He discovered how great they were from the seat of a 1977 Carrera 3.0 over the past decade.

He is a Porsche enthusiast, but his hunch that others would be as well is proving correct as the warmer spring weather helps the new business grow.

His tours start from the business park at Helensburgh and wend their way south to Bald Hill and then over Sea Cliff Bridge.

“Ducking through 100-year-old mining villages, we head south to a stretch of road that is equal to anything I’ve ever driven in Europe,” Mr Little said.

The drives involve drivers regularly swapping cars, taking in Macquarie Pass with mainly second and third gear turns.

“I could easily do this job forever,” Mr Little said.

His fleet includes an early model Boxster and a 911 993 Variocam.

“Our philosophy is not to have ‘executive express’ type experiences – we’d rather have people working for their revs and pace, and then hopping out of the car with a big smile and feeling a bit, but not too, shaky.”

Drives include lunch at the Burrawang General Store Cafe before coming back down Jamberoo Valley Road to Saddleback Mountain and then up to Bulli Tops for a quick coffee before returning to base.

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ROCHESTER pacer Cool Machrista can continue her rise through the classes with another victory in the Laser Electrical Lighting Pace at the Nyah trots meeting to be held at the Swan Hill circuit tonight.
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Cool Machrista is racing in career-best form with five wins from eight starts this season including three victories at Tabcorp Park, Melton.

The five year old is a versatile pacer as she raced outside the leader throughout before proving too classy at Shepparton last month and then at her next start she led all the way to win in a 1:56.5 mile rate at Melton.

Cool Machrista will appreciate a big drop back in class at Swan Hill tonight after a fifth placing behind the rising star Philadelphia Man in a Listed Classic race at Melton in a sizzling 1:53.4 mile rate after racing outside the leader.

Cool Machrista is a fast beginner who should be able to hold the leading position from her perfect draw in barrier one.

Trainer-driver Gary Coghill will be hoping the mare can record her first win at a northern region circuit, having been placed in all of her previous outings at Nyah, Swan Hill and Mildura (twice).

Lake Boga pacer Gollahman will provide plenty of opposition in the race. Despite returning from a spell tonight, Gollahman has won when first up in the past.

Gollahman is a handy pacer for trainer-driver Paul Gadsden with five wins from 23 outings and he raced well at the end of his previous campaign with a third placing in the Provincial Cup Final at Melton as well as a heat and semi-final victory of the Northern Region Championship in April before being unplaced in the final.

Gollahman races well at his home track at Swan Hill. He was placed second behind Hotasel in fast time back in April and look for him to be sprinting home hard at the finish.

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Fashions on the Field winners Alli Peterson and Murray Yeomans. Photo: CHERYL BURKE.Dubbo will pause today for the race that stops the stops the nation.
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About 1600 people are expected to gather for the Melbourne Cupfestivities Dubbo Turf Club president Michael Edwards said.

Revellers will gather under marquees for refreshments and betting from metropolitan bookmakers Mr Edwards said.

“We’re hopeful a lot of people should come out for the race,” he said.

“It’s a great day at the races and the weather looks really good.”

Fashion always rates highly on Melbourne Cup day and Dubbo residents love to get involved Mr Edwards said.

“Today’s the day of fun at today’s Melbourne Cup race meet,” he said.

“Derby Day’s fashion is traditionally black and white, today is more about fun and colour.”

Fashions of the field prizes will be presented to best dressed children and adults.

Entry to the Dubbo Turf Club is $20 and $10 for pensioners.

The first race starts at 1.30pm and the final race is at 5pm.

The Melbourne Cup race takes place at 3pm.

Cup favourite is Japanese stallion Admire Rakti, after recently winning the Caulfield Cup.

If successful in Cup victory Admire Rakti will take home more than $3.6 million.

Although Derby Day tops local race meets with a half a million dollar expenditure the Melbourne Cup should still bring decent revenue into local pubs and clubs.

Australians are expected to punt more than $300 million.

The average Australian has been found to bet an approximately $29 at odds 24 to one to picking a winner.

More than three million people watched the Cup broadcast last year.

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SEATS are selling quickly for the Northam Theatre Group’s production of The Nifty Fifties.
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Because of the temporary seating, tickets are for the discount price of $18 per numbered seat.

The group is working constantly towards adding to its sponsorship goal to achieve a proportion of the retractable seating costs.

Nifty night out: Rehearsals are well underway for the Northam Theatre Group s production of The Nifty Fifties.

It is still accepting sponsorship deals and donations.

Contact Wendy Richards on 0408 222 889 for information.

The Nifty Fifties is fun and laughter, dancing and music and would be ideal for a Christmas Party group.

Many new young faces are prominent in the cast, as well as those the Northam patrons now expect to see in musical productions at the Link.

There are restricted seating numbers, so make sure to book this week at Everlastings.

The dates for the musical production are November 13, 14, 15, and 20, 21 and 22.

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THE Clackline Progress Association was delighted with the turn out of about 50 residents, visitors and passers-by, at the free sausage sizzle held on October 25 and 26 to open the barbecue facility at the Lion Park in Clackline.
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The barbecue was made possible by a grant from the Shire of Northam, plus extra funds from the Progress account, and was erected by the members.

Cooking: A free sausage sizzle was held at Lion Park.

The shelter over the barbecue was locally made by an association member to match existing shelters.

Lion Park is a well-used stopping spot for travellers, picnickers and bus trippers, and the barbecue will no doubt cause an increase in traffic.

The Lion cairn is an attraction to visitors and there are also toilet facilities at Lion Park.Over the last two years the Progress Association has planted many native shrubs in two areas of the park and maintained them through the summer weather.

This year the flowering was exceptional on most of the shrubs and attracted many passers-by. Native flowers were entered in the Northam Show, with great success.Also on the weekend the association held a Trash and Treasure stall at the Clackline railway carriage.

Again the support was excellent and hundreds of dollars were raised.

An amount from this total will be donated to the Cancer Council.

This is the third donation to the Cancer Council from white elephant and trash and treasure stalls.

The association thanked all those from the district who gave their time over the weekend and enjoyed a sausage.

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IN THENortham Magistrates Court on October 27, Breanne Felicia Best was remanded on bail until November 24 on two counts of stealing.
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John Henry Bligh was remanded on bail until December 8 for having no authority to drive, disqualified/suspended.

Tracey Michelle Blythe was remanded on bail until November 20 on two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of failing to stop on approach to hand held stop sign, one count of disorderly behaviour in public and one count of breaching bail.

Allan Blackhall was fined $1400 with $301.60 costs on one count of being without lawful excuse trespassed on a place, one count of possessing methylamphetamine, one count of possessing of stolen or unlawfully obtained property and one count of driving with a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood.

Richard Burles was fined $350 with $150.80 costs for driving with a prescribed illicit drug in oral fluid or blood. Debra Louise Cook was fined $850 with $150.80 costs on three counts of having no authority to drive fines suspended.

Nathn Owen Dawkins was remanded in custody until December 8 for having no authority to drive disqualified (other than fines suspension).

Jay Ryan Dymock was fined $1500 with $150.80 costs for damaging property.

Bradley Stewart Hayden was remanded on bail until November 3 on one count of breach of protective bail conditions and one count of common assault in circumstances of aggravation or racial aggravation.

Glen Robert Miller was remanded on bail until December 1 on one count of threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and one count of breach of police order.

Michelle Florence Morgan was fined $1100 with $150 costs on one count of possessing methylamphetamine, one count of possessing dexamphetamine and one count of possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited plant.

Peter James Shuard was fined $250 with $150.80 costs for possessing drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug or plant, which was ordered to be destroyed.

Christopher Daniel Woodford was remanded on bail until December 1 for assault occasioning bodily harm.

Keith Lawrence Woodley was remanded on bail until November 3 for breach of police order.

Mary Joan Yarran was remanded on bail until April 2 for breach of violence restraining order.

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