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Admire Rakti

Weight is the only query with this seven-year-old but most of his top rivals are too close to him. He has been given a perfect Japanese preparation, the same as Delta Blues before his 2006 win. Will appreciate the anticipated firm ground, which could take a toll on others, and has the benefit of an Aussie navigator in Zac Purton.


A nine-year-old but age hasn’t wearied him as he is in career best form, which keeps him on the radar on Tuesday. Failed badly in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, run at a dawdle, but has subsequently been successful in Dubai and the UK. Jockey Craig Williams is a plus.


The best local hope and the hardest to beat. An excellent second in a strong Cox Plate confirms the necessary class, but will it extend to 3200 metres? The gelding was sixth last year after giving a long start – mastermind and owner Lloyd Williams intimated jockey Nick Hall “went to sleep”. Expect both horse and man to be lively, mentally and physically, on Tuesday afternoon.

Red Cadeaux

Another old-timer who looks good and has a penchant for Flemington. Second in two previous Melbourne Cups, but I can’t see him adding to that tally here.


A five-year-old from Germany, this rising star is potentially the best horse in the race, coming along a similar European trail to Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011). Also has the benefit of Australian experience, finishing fourth in the Herbert Power at Caulfield. I’m gambling against him. It could be the wrong move.


Widely travelled and a group 1 winner in Germany. Failed pulling hard in the Caulfield Cup and was subsequently described by jockey Craig Newitt as “dour”. Too slow for mine.


Benefited from a great Blake Shinn ride to take The Metrop at Randwick but with 55.5 kilograms could be tested against this company. Has the assistance of Hugh Bowman, a great distance rider, but it won’t be enough.

Royal Diamond

Another nine-year-old eligible for the pension or the paddock and regarded as the second pick of the John Murtagh stayers. Acts over two miles, but not with any brilliance. Back with the cap-catchers.


Did not like Sydney and a failure for Chris Waller. A Geelong Cup winner (2012) and subsequently back with John Gosden in the UK. His form has been good in much weaker races. Not a contender.

Mutual Regard

Being an Ebor winner last start and still having the bloom of youth at six, he appeals strongly but I did not include him in my first four because he has not had Australian experience. Great rides win the Melbourne Cup and none do it better than his jockey, Damian Oliver.

Who Shot Thebarman

Likes Flemington and is a proven 3200m horse, having won the Auckland Cup. Failed in the Caulfield Cup but on later examination was found to have mucus in his lungs. Lacks the necessary class to figure in the top bracket but, with Glen Boss up, he should get a good passage.

Willing Foe

An eight-year-old which has had three starts in the last two years. Regarded abroad as “gifted”, but fragile. Maybe he’s just a travelling companion for Godolphin’s major player, Cavalryman.

My Ambivalent

Obviously top-class, but a flighty mare. Targeted at the Caulfield Cup but withdrawn because of to injury. Under the circumstances, the 3200m journey is a problem.


Remarkably, did not make the field last year when in better form. Had excuses for his last-start Moonee Valley Cup failure and lacks the lead-up credentials of his past three Melbourne Cup attempts.  Only the fact that J.B. Cummings is in his credentials entitles him to any respect.


Certainly his effort in the Mackinnon at Flemington on Saturday was ordinary, not unlike Viewed (2008) before he won the Big One. But Viewed struck interference. Brambles was too slow but has enough pace to take a position here. However, not where it matters.

Mr O’Ceirin

Concussion plates going on as a gear change indicates the firm ground could be a problem. Also, his recent Cranbourne Cup failure hardly puts him into the form horse category.

Au Revoir

Prepared by Andre Fabre, known as a champion French trainer, the five-year-old can improve fitness-wise on his Moonee Valley Cup third, but could this be more an exploration exercise for the future, for the trainer if not for the horse?


Like Lidari, the last four Melbourne Cup winners have been northern hemisphere six-year-olds. He was sixth in the Caulfield Cup and lacks quality and a staying element, in my opinion, but Racing And Sports has him highly, if not, top rated.


Catch him on his day and he is better than average. However, this was not the case in the Moonee Valley Cup last start. Perhaps a tidal wave would help. But that appears unlikely.


Third in The Metrop and that is a reasonable credential, as was his Caulfield Cup fifth. But the 23 launch is hardly a plus for a stayer which needs all the breaks.

Lucia Valentina

Highly talented and the youngest entrant in the race. Produced an outstanding Melbourne Cup trial when third in the Caulfield Cup. So why didn’t she make my top four? She has the class but maturity and staying power are the queries.

Unchain My Heart

The Flemington metric two miles are much to her liking, but class and tempo will test this eight-year-old mare, still racing at an age when most of her gender are at stud or in a paddock.


With 51kg, he has the handicap to test the topweights, even allowing for the possibility of Joao Moreira riding another half kilo overweight. Trainer Darren Weir has given the five-year-old gelding a strong foundation and he should look sweet in the run for a long way. Then class will kick in. Top three for sure.

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Kris Lees’ Cup hope Lucia Valentina. Photo: Eddie Jim Kris Lees’ Cup hope Lucia Valentina. Photo: Eddie Jim

Kris Lees’ Cup hope Lucia Valentina. Photo: Eddie Jim

Kris Lees’ Cup hope Lucia Valentina. Photo: Eddie Jim

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In a geographical sense, Andreas Wohler and Kris Lees could not be further apart. In every other sense, they just about share everything.

The same syndicator, the same Melbourne Cup dream, even at various stages the same line of betting for the big race but perhaps no link is more profound than their origins in the training game.

Wohler, the master German trainer who has won three Derbies at home, was thrust into the racing game at just 24 when he downed his economic textbooks and took over the family stables after the death of his father Adolf.

Lees, too, was completely unprepared when his father Max succumbed to a cancer battle no one knew he was fighting two weeks after being ordered by his wife Vicki to see a doctor about his back pain.

The Newcastle trainer was eight years Wohler’s senior when a stable suddenly needed someone to step up.

Wohler has been at the wheel for almost 30 years since his father’s death and has won races all over the world but remembers how hard it was to even think about training at such a young age.

“I was studying – how do you say? – something like economics,” he said. “My father was ill for a long time and I had the stable running for already half a year. He took it over, but just for two weeks [before he died].

“I would have learned so much more [if he had lived longer]. The plan was to always be his assistant and get different experience in different countries and he would be my assistant later on. That was the longtime plan, but it didn’t happen.

“It was tough because it was our living for the family. We had to get on. To carry it on I had to do it, but I needed the backing of my owners.”

Lees, perhaps, was far more underprepared when the family’s business suddenly rested on young shoulders. He remembers sending a horse of his father’s to the races the day after his dad died in August 2003. It was called Carry On Mate. Fittingly, it won.

“Dad was irreplaceable and a one of a kind gentleman,” Lees said. “He was a family man and just a great bloke.

“He had County Tyrone for the first [in 2002] Melbourne Cup and then I had him for the second. That is a long time ago and it was a big learning curve.”

One man who has been there the whole time was syndicator and Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett. Along with fellow director Luke Murrell, they remember the time Lees was just “shoeing a few” while foreman for his father.

“When Max passed away with cancer there was no contingency plan,” said Lovett, who races Protectionist in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup with Wohler before it transfers to the care of his great mate Lees.

“I could remember the morning he had a sore back and we said ‘Doc, you don’t look too good’ as he was walking up the stairs.

“We took him to acupuncture thinking he had a sore back and his wife Vicki said three days later ‘Go and see a doctor’. He had cancer – was riddled with it – and died [two weeks] later.

“But now [Kris] has taken [the stable] to a level not many people thought he could have.”

Eleven years on and Lees has returned the family name to the Melbourne Cup book with Lucia Valentina. For once, Lovett and Murrell won’t be by his side in the mounting yard.

The pair lament the “one that got away” when another German they imported, Lucas Cranach, ran third in 2011. This time they hope to share the bulk of the $6 million purse with their fellow Novocastrian.

“If we can’t win it I hope he does … I really do,” Lovett said. “He’s a good mate of ours and we all grew up together. I’d love to win the race with Andreas and have Kris run second.”

And Lees would still be happy with that?

“He would, he’s that sort of guy,” Lovett said. “He’s one of the very few selfless guys who is not jealous. For a big race it would be lovely to have a couple of cowboys from Newcastle quinellaing it.”

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Good to go: Patrick Hogan and Bart Cummings run their eyes over Precedence on Monday.Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all RacingFull coverage: Melbourne Cup 2014Melbourne Cup sweep

The first thing Bart Cummings wanted to check on Monday morning was his horse for the Melbourne Cup. Precedence stood in his box, head in his feed bin as Bart and owner Sir Patrick Hogan peered in and looked at him.

Co-trainer James Cummings waited for the verdict from the legend, who will turn 87 next week.

“He turned to me and gave his seal of approval,” James Cummings said. “He said ‘he looks in good nick, but he always looks in good nick. We will find out if he is good enough tomorrow’.

“He was just happy to be there with Sir Patrick and it has given him a real lift coming down here.”

Bart Cummings is part of the fabric of the Melbourne Cup. His record of winning it on 12 occasions is remarkable but add the fact he has also quinellaed it five times, it shows why he is called the ‘Cups king’.

“Whenever I talk to him he wants to know how the Melbourne Cup horse is going. It really sparks him,” Cummings said. “It is a very special race to him and he wanted to be here.

“This time of year you really get to know how much he means to racing.”

In total, Precedence will be Cummings’ 89th Cup runner, a record that will never be equalled. His dozen winners have complemented by six seconds and four thirds.

On Tuesday, Precedence will become the first horse to run in four Cups for Cummings. The only other runner to start in three Melbourne Cups for Bart was 1979 winner Hyperno.

The nine-year-old has history against him, no horse of that age has saluted in the Melbourne Cup but he remains the sentimental favourite. Although his price was $61 on fixed odds, he was just $32.70 in the TAB market with more than $700,000 in the pool on Monday afternoon.

“You can see the once-a-year punters want to be on him, just look at the tote, it’s half his fixed odds price,” Tab’s Glenn Munsie said. “Everyone seems to want to be on the dream result of Bart winning the Cup again. Even in our book he is the third worst way behind Who Shot Thebarman and Fawkner in strictly win bets, and is a loser.”

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Sione Mata’utia takes a high ball under pressure in the last moments of the Test. Photo: Matt King Sione Mata’utia of Australia is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England at AAMI Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe

Sione Mata’utia of Australia is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England at AAMI Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe

Sione Mata’utia of Australia is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England at AAMI Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe

Sione Mata’utia of Australia is tackled during the Four Nations match between Australia and England at AAMI Park on Sunday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe

Australia’s youngest Test representative, Sione Mata’utia, says he will have mixed emotions if chosen to play against Samoa in Sunday’s Four Nations match at WIN Stadium.

Mata’utia, who was spotted walking the streets of Melbourne in a suit early on Sunday, had been expected to be chosen alongside brother Peter in the Samoa squad until an impressive performance for the Prime Minister’s XIII convinced Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens to select him for Australia.

He made his Test debut against England at 18 years and 129 days on Sunday and despite a defensive error that allowed England winger Ryan Hall to score in the first half produced a sound performance.

“I am not sure he shoudn’t be playing in the forwards he is that big, so it was a good test for me to go up against him,” Mata’utia said of Hall.

“There was only one try let in so I was happy with my performance against him and it is something I can improve on for next time. It was on my behalf that we let in that try that we had talked about all week. It was my fault but Dylan Walker [and I] talked about it and we rectified that.”

Mata’utia showed his maturity when he managed to field a bomb under pressure in the dying minutes of the match to help Australia hold onto a 16-12 lead.

“As a winger it is your job to catch those ones,” he said. “You practise every sesssion catching bombs and credit to the boys around me, too, who helped me out. We had a bit of a strategy around defending cross-field kicks and it paid off on that occasion.”

Before the match Mata’utia had been allowed to leave camp to attend church and said some fans who saw him might have thought he had been out the night before.

Afterwards he said the experience of playing his first Test had been everything he imagined and said he was emotional during the national anthem.

“It was fast, loud,” he said of the game and atmosphere. “It is good I have got a little bit of a taste and a bit of experience I can look back on, and know what to expect next time.

“There is no hiding and no time to catch your breath, it is sort of 110 per cent from the starting horn to the ending horn so it was a good lesson for me and I learnt a lot.

“All my family was there … when I saw my mum during the anthem I had to close my eye to shed a tear.”

Mata’utia will again catch up with family this week as Peter, who plays for St George Illawarra, lives in Wollongong.

He said playing against Samoa would be special.

“It will ring a lot of bells in my family and the family back home, too, so if I get a chance I will do my best to do them all proud,” he said.

“Peter was meant to play for Samoa but he had to pull out. He lives down in Wollongong so once I get down there I will go and see him, we will play a game of golf and catch up. My other brothers will be down there, too, so it will be good.”

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More than half of the European horses racing in Australia leave their owners out of pocket and their success at group 1 level has stalled in recent seasons, according to the results of a recent study obtained by Fairfax Media.

As a record 11 internationally trained horses prepare to line up in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup – many bought by local interests to target the race – the new figures reveal 57 per cent of imported European horses earn less than $50,000 in prizemoney once racing in Australia. Eight per cent do not earn any prizemoney at all.

The $50,000 figure is the industry-agreed estimate for quarantine, shipping the horse to Australia and subsidising its first racing preparation. That figure does not include any purchase price.

The study reveals 39 per cent of imports fail to win more than $30,000, the minimum cost for the horse to travel, leaving owners counting their losses without taking into account purchase price.

The rush to win Australian riches, in particular the Melbourne Cup, has driven the number of European imports flooding the Australian market from 29 in 2008-09 to 128 in 2013-14.

Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Darren Dance, who has Seismos in this year’s renewal, has been one of the more successful importers of late through the deeds of money-spinners Dandino and Jakkalberry. But even he concedes most purchases would run at a loss as the squeeze has been applied on the market in recent years.

“I would think the majority of horses are going to lose, much like the rest of the industry,” he said. “Most horses cost money but it’s your hobby. Apart from the travel costs, you’re looking at about $70,000 to $80,000 in fees for noms and acceptances. You can spend $130,000 really quickly.

“In a Melbourne Cup, if you can run top eight, you will get $120,000 back. My strategy has always been to not bring a horse here if you don’t think they can run top eight. So far we’ve been able to achieve that with a fifth and a third in the race.”

The study’s figures suggested Australian breds had a mortgage on the group 1 sprints over 1450 metres or less, winning 71 of 76 in the past three seasons. But as expected, Australian breds won only 42 per cent of majors over staying distances over the same period.

In a further sign that the Australian breeding industry is not in tatters, like many have suggested, the number of European-bred horses made up 11.5 per cent of horses contesting group 1 races in Australia last season but won only 9.7 per cent.

In most cases the earning potential of imported horses is restricted to prizemoney with none sold on to Hong Kong or Singapore yet. Very few follow the path of previous Melbourne Cup winners Americain and Fiorente and head to stud.

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Both openers were gone inside 20 balls, and the next pair were having a torrid time of it, feeling for full deliveries, ducking under bouncers and sometimes into them. Dim as it is in the memory now, that is how it was in Dubai on the first morning of this mini-series. Improbable as it seems, the team under siege was Pakistan.

So what did Azhar Ali and Younis Khan do? They waited and watched, played a few, left more, won some and wore some, faced up and waited again. They scored at a trickle, less than two an over. They wore down the Australian bowlers, and wore them out. Later batsmen accelerated steadily, Sarfraz Ahmed slashed 109 from 105 balls, Pakistan made 454, romped away to victory and pretty much hasn’t stopped scoring runs since.

What Pakistan did was to read Australia a lesson in Test match tempo. Evidently, it was in Urdu – or Arabic. Between games, Adam Gilchrist counselled Australia on the need to know when to sit tight, in batting and bowling. Gilchrist, one of the most attacking cricketers in Australia’s history, admitted that studied inertia did not come naturally to Australians. “Attack is our best form of defence, but there are times when you have to realise the need to shut down,” he said.

But current captain Michael Clarke was having none of it. He pledged an even more attacking bent in Abu Dhabi, and was given a team with two more attacking players, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc, to replace two who were defensive, and lost again, by an even more gargantuan margin, making for a series defeat so comprehensive that it stands now to undo all the moral gains of last summer before the next begins.

But when Brisbane and the first Test against India comes around, expect to hear again that Australia will attack, take the game on, be on the front foot, play its natural game, da da da. It has become a mantra, heard repeatedly as Australia crumbled to a 4-0 defeat in India last year, heard as it quickly fell 2-0 behind England in England, and heard again now in the dust and shimmer of the Middle East. Instead of “stop the boats”, “stoke the bats”, instead of “a great big new tax”, a “great big new score”.

It was also heard last summer at home, for once in an environment in which Australia could make good its slogan. Even then, a more prosaic explanation is available, wryly advanced by retired England spinner Graeme Swann, who said England was well placed to win last summer “until Mitchell Johnson took off his blindfold”.

Foot-to-the-floor for five days is no more workable in a Test match than on a highway. The young Steve Waugh understood only all-out attack in all disciplines, until he had flailed his way out of Test cricket. Chastened, he reinvented himself as a cut-down cricketer, who said he had discovered how a well-constructed defensive stroke to a crafty ball was more demoralising to a bowler than to have a half-volley put away to the boundary. It left Waugh open periodically to accusations of selfishness, but it led to thousands more Test runs and many victories for Australia.

There is lineage here. The late David Hookes announced himself to the world in the 1977 Centenary Test with that quintet of fours from Tony Greig. Hookes played all his cricket with that mien, and later captained South Australia in the same vein. But his haunt was the Adelaide Oval, as unpropitious for bowlers as Abu Dhabi. So, from Barry Richards, another great free-flowing batsman, Hookes learned about dry lines and ring fields and the power of subtle pressure, passive-aggressive cricket if you like. Arguably, it came too late for Hookes the batsman; 23 Tests and one century undersold his talent.

Hookes was mentor to the young Darren Lehmann. Lehmann in his time was the most attractive batsman in the country to watch. But he never quite managed to tone down his game sufficiently for the more severe rigours of Test cricket, and his 27 Tests and five centuries (two against Bangladesh) also did his gift an injustice. Now he is the man guiding Australia’s philosophy.

In the Middle East, the Australian batsmen have failed their test of cricket. The batsmen either have swung from the proverbial, or Pakistan’s spin-bowling Gorgons have turned them to stone. Between black and white, there were few shades. The drawing of the Australian bowlers’ sting has not helped, but the batsmen have not helped themselves, nor the selectors helped them. Maxwell at No. 3 was not so much a Test batsman, with all the scope and responsibility that entails, as a suicide bomber, who Pakistan safely detonated twice.

Maxwell and Misbah-ul-Haq tell this tale. They batted with similarly furious intent. But Misbah came in at 3-332, and in the second innings, effectively 3-461. Maxwell was in at 2-34 chasing 470 and 1-19 chasing 603. This should have been a case of different strokes for different folks. Instead, Australia finds itself on eBay, looking for a drawing board. Last summer, against England and South Africa, Australia’s record was 7-1. In bookend series, its record now is 0-9, with two draws. Last summer is beginning to look suspiciously like a freak in its time.

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State election full coverageAnalysis: Voters need a visionAnalysis: Napthine on the way out

Denis Napthine has tried to reclaim the political agenda, declaring the November 29 election will be a referendum on “choice, trust and good decisions”.

The election campaign officially kicked off on Monday after the Premier travelled to Government House to deliver the writs for the election to Governor Alex Chernov.

After a series of disastrous opinion polls for the Coalition, Dr Napthine predicted the government would stage a comeback once voters recognised its economic credentials and the risks of Labor.

“It is about trust,” he said.

“Trust that your government will stand by its word and work to improve the lives of all Victorians. Not like Daniel Andrews and Labor who would govern for a self-interested few and their rogue union mates.”

Dr Napthine’s pitch to voters coincided with explosive comments from racing identity Lloyd Williams, who was filmed telling Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews that multi-billionaire James Packer would “kick every goal he can” for the Labor leader.

The Premier spent the afternoon campaigning on the East West Link in the potentially vulnerable seat of Ringwood, while Mr Andrews campaigned in Richmond and the marginal seat of Bentleigh.

The Coalition’s attack strategy will focus heavily on Labor’s record at managing major projects such as the desalination plant and the Myki ticketing system. It will also highlight Labor’s ties with allegedly corrupt unions.

In the latest development, embattled Labor MP Cesar Melhem came under fire at the royal commission into union corruption, which heard he acted “improperly” with a slush fund. The Napthine government has attempted to highlight Labor’s ties with allegedly corrupt unions and hopes the royal commission inflicts pain on Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews.

In a busy day of campaigning alongside his wife Catherine, Mr Andrews said the election would be about jobs, citing the highest unemployment rate in more than a decade, and fixing the education and health systems.

Labor made two policy announcements on Monday including $22.2 million for the music industry and news that it would remove the level crossing at McKinnon station if elected.

“Labor has a plan to put people first, focus on the basics and to make sure we don’t have another four years like the last four, four years of cutbacks and closures,” Mr Andrews said.

Asked about the Premier’s comments that the election was about trust, Mr Andrews said he was “not here to talk about Denis Napthine”.

“Mr Napthine is completely irrelevant to my plan to put people first.”

A series of opinion polls suggest the Coalition is on track to become Victoria’s first single-term government in more than 50 years, although strategists on both sides expect the contest to tighten.

The Coalition will also campaign on its record managing the budget, having delivered the strongest financial position in the nation.

“We’ve repaired the budget and put Victoria in the strongest financial position of any state or territory in Australia. This strong economy is the foundation on which we can build a better Victoria for you and your family. If you don’t have a strong economy, you can’t fix problems and you can’t improve things,” Dr Napthine said.

He repeatedly said Labor could not be trusted, and they said one thing and did another.

On Monday afternoon, Dr Napthine spruiked the first stage of the Coalition’s signature East West Link at a garden supplies business in Ringwood East.

He said the $6 billion to $8 billion project would “massively benefit” the business by saving it time, improving productivity and creating opportunities for growth.

Trucks would save half an hour for every trip they made from the end of the Eastern Freeway through to City Link and Tullamarine, he said.

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Julia Gillard takes the stage Newcastle Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

Spruiking her book: Julia Gillard at Newcastle Town Hall was interviewed by the Herald’s Rosemarie Milsom. Pictures: Dean Osland

TweetFacebookFORMER Prime Minister Julia Gillard has admitted she ‘‘wrestled’’ with the decision to call a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2012, saying she spent a weekend weighing up how much more pain the inquiry would cause victims.

In Newcastle to promote her new autobiography ‘‘My Story’’, Ms Gillard addressed about 900 people at a packed Newcastle City Hall on Monday night.

In a wide-ranging interview with Newcastle Herald journalist Rosemarie Milsom, Ms Gillard discussed her term as Australia’s first female prime minister, her relationship with Kevin Rudd, issues of misogyny and gender bias in Australian politics and public life and the night of her final address.

Ms Gillard also gave an insight into her thinking in 2012, when she announced the creation of a national royal commission into institutional responses to instances of child sexual abuse.

The move came following the Herald’s ‘‘Shine the Light’’ campaign, spearheaded by award-winning journalist Joanne McCarthy.

‘‘I knew through [then Newcastle MP] Sharon [Grierson] and I also knew through [then Charlton MP] Greg Combet, just how much focus there was in the local community and through the Herald, through Joanne’s writing on child sexual abuse and how it was tearing at people,’’ Ms Gillard said.

‘‘So I had that in my mind and then the groundswell was coming up, the proper inquiries, the NSW government’s response, and obviously there were separate issues around that, and it all sort of built to what we should do nationally.

‘‘I say in the book, I wrestled with this over a few days, particularly one weekend I really wrestled with the decision.

‘‘I couldn’t see a way forward that was going to be without further pain and that was what made the decision so difficult.

‘‘If you didn’t have a royal commission then it would be slamming a door shut in people’s face again and for so many people all they had ever experienced in their life when they were trying to tell their story was doors being slammed in their face.

“If you did have a royal commission then people would end up re-living dreadful experiences, some of them in quiet formalised court style proceedings and that has a set and real pain associated with it.

“I just thought it through and obviously came down on the side that the best way forward, though it would be very painful to some individuals, was to have the royal commission, give people an opportunity to tell their stories, try and manage that royal commission so that it could take evidence in a whole different series of ways so that not everybody would have to be in a witness box with very direct, adversarial questions being put to them.

“So that was an important decision for me and an important decision for us as a government and whilst it is inevitably going to take a lot of time, I think it will be viewed as something that does change the nation and change the attitude towards how we keep children safe.’’

Throughout the 90 minute chat with Milsom and the audience, Ms Gillard came across as warm and personable, honest and funny. She had those present hanging on her every word and received a standing ovation at the end.

She was even asked by one audience member if she would consider running for Newcastle Lord Mayor at the November election, but respectfully declined. Another young girl asked if she would have to move to Canberra if she too wanted to be PM one day. Ms Gillard, who had a measured response for everything, suggested the girl should start lobbying council to get a prime minister’s residence built in the city, so she could ‘‘govern the country from home’’.

AS punters head to the Mallee Cup today, many in Merbein are still recovering from the excitement of yesterday’s Merbein Cup.

Laura Peterson, Jasmine Matotek, Denholm Martin and Brock Stevens with their box horses (below). Pictures: Carmel Zaccone

Kiara Brown shows off her dress on the pink carpet.

High FashioN: Harper Banks, Abby Lovell, Shania Menegaldo, Taylah Morrish, Allira Grey, Olivia Beyen, Alysha Gebhart, Chloe Blythe and Kiara Brown in the Fashions on Field.

The day is a much-loved tradition at Merbein P-10 College and features a fashions-on-the-field competition and relay race.

Students gathered at recess to watch Year 9 and 10 fashion design students strut down the catwalk in their own creations.

This year’s trend was far from the haute couture usually associated with the races, with students using garbage bags to construct their garments.

Fashion design teacher Chris Bettison said the dresses were an assessment task, with students marked on things such as composition, colour choices, creativity and planning.

First place went to a fitted, black and white dress designed by Brittany Vanoest and modelled by Allira Grey.

The students’ attention then turned to the big relay race, featuring students from Prep to Year 10.

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EIGHT junior cricket teams are competing this season with under 13s and under 16s divisions.

All games are played on Saturday mornings.

Fixtures and match results can be found on the website njca.wa.cricket苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au.

Action: Action from 2013-14 under 13s grand final between Northam Primary and AvonWest Blue.

The under 13s are made up of five teams.

AvonWest Cricket Academy has two teams coached by Jermaine Davis, St Joseph’s coached by Brenden O’Driscoll, Northam Primary by Ross Hall and a new team sponsored by Cadds Fashion Surf and Sport called Northam Renegades and will be coached by Ian Truscott.

The under 16s teams include Northam Senior High School coached by Dan Negus, St Joseph’s by Luke Gentle and Toodyay by Paul Morgan.

Some of the highlights from games on the weekend are as follows:

Under 13s

Northam Primary: Connor Sargeant 33 no, Harry Sargeant 35 no, Callum Norrish 14 no, Seth Rose 1 for 3, Jarrod West 1 for 7, Mack Hall 1 for 8

St Josephs: Bailey O’Driscoll 16 no, Kirwan MacTaggart 13 no, Adam Vincent 12 no, Dylan Pimlott 1 for 8, Hayden Bishop 1 for 12, Bailey O’Driscoll 2 for 19

Avon West: Jordan Kickett 40 no, Deekan Garlett 2 for 3

Under 16s

St Joseph’s: Zac Casey 49, Kaydn Beazley 3 for 3 off four overs, Dylan Borrett 2 for 6 off 3.4 overs

Toodyay: Jack Morgan 4 for 6 off 5 overs, Ryan Mawer 3 for 9 off 5 overs, Bodhi Tauder 16, Dakota Mountford 12

On November 16 Northam will host the first round of the Rutherford Shield under 13s regional competition at Bert Hawke.

Northam will play Mortlock and Avon/Merredin will play Central Midlands.

Trials run by Nick Norrish will be held down at the Bert Hawke nets next Sunday at 9am.

Thanks to Northam Retravision and Lloyd’s Earthmoving and Garden Supplies for sponsoring the shirts.

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