Aboriginal drinkers punished by APOs

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Suspected terrorists are not faced with the wide-ranging police stop-and-search powers that indigenous problem drinkers in the Northern Territory deal with, an Aboriginal legal aid organisation says.

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The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) says the law regarding alcohol protection orders (APOs) is so broad and unstructured that it is open to racially discriminatory implementation.

APOs ban people from buying, possessing or consuming alcohol, as well as attending licensed premises, for between three and 12 months if charged with an offence that carries a six-month jail term while affected by alcohol.

But offences punishable by six months in prison include basic summary offences such as loitering, disorderly behaviour and shoplifting, NAAJA’s principal legal officer Jonathon Hunyor says.

“The idea it relates to serious crime is something we’ve told the government before is inaccurate, yet they continue to make that claim, which is disappointing because it’s not how those laws work and not how they’re being put into practice,” Mr Hunyor told AAP.

“The law gives police extraordinary powers in relation to APOs which frankly you wouldn’t expect suspected terrorists to be subjected to.”

He says that if police reasonably suspect a person is subject to an APO, they can search them without a warrant, without believing they have breached an APO or committed an offence, or even that they are in possession of alcohol.

“That’s completely unjustifiable, that they don’t even have to suspect that someone’s done something wrong to be able to stop them and search them,” Mr Hunyor said.

“That is the sort of extraordinary power you wouldn’t even give in the matter of national security.”

On Tuesday the Territory government announced that more than 800 people had been issued with the orders.

A number of NAAJA’s clients have been issued multiple APOs, with one person issued 10, a sign they are not working, Mr Hunyor said.

A total of 631 people were charged with assault last February, compared with 496 people this February, according to preliminary police data, the government said.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said this represents “an unbelievable drop” of 22 per cent.

“It’s only very early days, but if the long-term trend is even close to this, it will be a major win for police in their efforts to keep the community safe,” he said.

He also said property crime had dropped to its lowest rate since record-keeping began, and attributed both sets of statistics in part to APOs, which were implemented from December.

However, official year-on-year crime statistics show that from 2012 to 2013, there was a 12.3 per cent increase in alcohol-related assaults across the Territory.

“We’re always pleased to see a reduction in crime rates, and a one-month reduction in assaults is always welcome … (but) it’s just not credible to suggest that there’s a link between a one-month reduction in assaults and APOs that have been in place for a couple of months,” Mr Hunyor said.

He said APOs were a punitive, knee-jerk law-and-order response to a public health problem, and they criminalise alcoholics.

“To be placing people on these orders that they obviously can’t comply with – if you’re an alcoholic you can’t stop drinking tomorrow, that’s the nature of being an alcoholic, but now you’re subject to a police search without a warrant at any time,” Mr Hunyor said.

“That is just completely a unprincipled way to deal with a difficult issue.”

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Qld juveniles to serve time in adult jails

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Queensland’s repeat young offenders will be sent to adult jails when they turn 17 and publicly named and shamed.

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Parliament was set to pass legislation on Tuesday that would make the state the harshest in Australia for juvenile criminals, as the principle of detention as a last resort is jettisoned.

“We will no longer tolerate shallow slaps on the wrists,” Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told parliament.

About 60 per cent of young offenders had been to court five times or more, while about 30 per cent committed about three quarters of all offences, he said.

Repeat motor vehicle offenders in Townsville will be sent to boot camp as a mandatory sentence.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said out-of-control youth had been running amok in his Townsville electorate.

“The people we represent are under siege,” he said.

“Gangs of youth are out of control.

“People are living like prisoners in their own homes, going into the front driveway and some little thug with a knife car-jacking them.”

The Queensland Law Society told a committee consultation on the bill that juvenile detention increased the likelihood of reoffending.

Amnesty International said the bill would breach the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Australia signed in 1990.

It states that the arrest, detention and imprisonment of young people should only be used as a last resort.

Labor is opposing the bill, with the opposition’s police spokesman Bill Byrne noting that not one committee submission backed it.

Palmer United Party MP Carl Judge, a former police officer who defected from the ruling Liberal National Party, was another critic.

“It is an ideological and immature approach to law-making not to adopt an evidence-based position which in this case requires an understanding of the causations of crime and recidivism,” he said.

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Venezuela forces take protest plaza

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Venezuela’s authorities have deployed hundreds of security forces, including troops in combat gear, into an opposition stronghold to stamp out protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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The show of force came as the death toll from a month and a half of protests rose to 29 on Monday, after a National Guard captain shot one day earlier during a protest in the city of Maracay died.

Government forces quickly established control after moving into the area around the Plaza Altamira, a focal point of nightly clashes in eastern Caracas between masked protesters and security forces.

The government described the operation as a “liberation” of the neighbourhood, an area of middle and upper income residences and small businesses called Chacao.

At a hastily arranged meeting, Venezuela’s Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres told the opposition mayor of Chacao he was “turning over the plaza as a territory of peace”.

Rodriguez told reporters the aim was “to develop intensive patrolling that will return this municipality to normalcy.

“We are establishing the rights of thousands of citizens of Chacao who have been shut up in their homes because of the violent actions of groups taking place here,” he said.

Several hundred National Guard troops in combat gear and armed with rifles patrolled the area in groups of four to eight, making spot checks of passing vehicles.

About 150 civilian “Guards of the People” were seen patrolling the neighbourhood on motorcycles.

Columns of police vehicles lined the streets, while workers cleared away barricades built by protesters with garbage and rubble.

Chacao Mayor Ramon Muchacho said more than 1000 security force members took part in the operation.

“The government has informed us that there will be no restrictions on constitutional guarantees, nor on freedom of movement or on the right to protest,” he said.

Residents’ reactions appeared mixed as the day progressed.

“I think it’s good that the Guard comes in so people can get around,” said insurance agent Osvaldo Reyes. “I work around here and I’ve had to swallow tear gas, I’m still hoarse. This is the right thing to do.”

Physical therapist Cynthia Valcazar, however, said the operation was “to intimidate, so that the people won’t go out and protest”.

Saturday, Maduro warned he would not tolerate any more incidents, and intended to take control of the Altamira Plaza area.

His government has been the target of daily protests in cities around the country since February 4, fuelled by public anger over violent crime, inflation, shortages and further stoked by often heavy-handed police tactics.

Maduro contends the protests are part of a “fascist” right-wing, US-backed plot to destabilise his year-old government.

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NZX 50 rises to new record

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The NZX 50 Index has climbed to a new record, following a global equities rally.

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Power companies paced Tuesday’s gains after political polls have put the government ahead, helping dispel fears the opposition parties will be able to regulate the electricity sector as proposed after the September election.

The benchmark index rose 47.638 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 5135.664. Within the index, 27 stocks rose, 12 fell and 11 were unchanged. Turnover was $167 million.

Better than expected US industrial production figures kicked off the global rally in equity markets.

Mighty River Power climbed 3.2 per cent to $2.07, while fellow partially privatised electricity provider Meridian advanced 1.9 per cent to $1.095.

Contact rose 0.6 per cent to $5.25. Vector, the Auckland-based lines company, lifted two per cent to $2.54.

“The electricity sector is up, and I’m going to put it down to the Herald DigiPoll results which were published, because they’re up across the board,” said Greg Easton, investment adviser at Craigs Investment Partners.

“If there is no change in government, then that sector could really outperform after the election.”

Xero, the cloud-based accounting software developer, led the market higher, up 3.7 per cent to $43.61. Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, advanced 1.5 per cent to $9.74.

Chorus, which has dropped 41 per cent over the past year, rose 1.8 per cent to $1.71 as it continues its court appeal against the Commerce Commission’s pricing of its copper lines.

“They are still at half of where they were, but they have generated enough confidence in certain sectors of the market for people to be interested in it again,” Mr Easton said.

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Chris Brown ordered to stay in jail

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A US judge ordered US rapper Chris Brown on Monday to remain behind bars for allegedly breaching his probation stemming from his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

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The 24-year-old, arrested on Friday after being booted out of a rehab facility in Malibu, will have to stay in custody until a probation violation hearing on April 23.

Judge James Brandlin said he found it troubling that Brown had told a group therapy session there: “I am good at using guns and knives,” prompting his ejection from the centre for drug and anger management.

Brown also violated the centre’s internal rules by “touching elbows or standing very close to a female client,” the singer’s lawyer Mark Geragos acknowledged.

Geragos asked for Brown to be allowed to begin another rehab program immediately, but prosecutor Mary Murray opposed this, saying the court had given him “repeated opportunities.

“He’s put himself in custody,” Murray told the Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Brown was arrested in February 2009 after getting involved in a physical confrontation with Barbadian superstar Rihanna that left her with a bruised and battered face.

He pleaded guilty to the assault and was sentenced to five years’ probation and community service, as well as being required to take part in domestic violence counselling.

California authorities filed probation violation charges against Brown last year, giving him an additional 1,000 hours of community service work on his sentence for beating the pop star.

In October, Brown checked into the rehab facility two days after being charged over an altercation in the US capital Washington, in which he allegedly hit a man trying to take a picture of him outside a hotel.

In February, judge Brandlin said Brown was doing well with the court-ordered treatment program, but ordered him to remain at the rehab facility.

The judge warned him at the time that any negative change in behaviour “could dramatically change your custodial status.”

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‘Missing jet’s path changed from cockpit’

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The turn that diverted the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off its flight path was programmed into the aircraft’s computer navigation system, probably by someone in the cockpit, the New York Times reports.

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That reinforces the increasing belief among investigators that the aircraft was deliberately diverted, the newspaper said late on Monday, quoting US officials.

Rather than manually operating the plane’s controls, whoever altered Flight 370’s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer situated between the captain and the co-pilot, according to officials.

The computer is called the Flight Management System. It directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before a flight.

It is not clear whether the plane’s path was reprogrammed before or after it took off, the Times said.

Flight MH370 vanished on March 8 with 239 people, including six Australians and two New Zealanders, aboard a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysia said on Saturday it believed the plane had been diverted because its transponder and other communications devices had been manually turned off several minutes apart.

But there is confusion over the timeline of events before ground controllers lost contact with the aircraft.

Malaysia on Monday said it was the co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid who was the last person in the cockpit to speak to ground control.

Identifying the voice had been deemed crucial because officials initially said the words were spoken after one of the Boeing’s two automated signalling systems – Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) – had been manually disabled.

But Malaysia Airlines director Ahmad Jauhari Yahya contradicted that chronology, saying that the ACARS could have been switched off before or after Fariq spoke.

The Times said the changes made to the plane’s direction through the Flight Management System were reported back to a maintenance base by ACARS, according to an American official.

This showed the reprogramming happened before the ACARS stopped working, at about the same time that oral radio contact was lost and the aeroplane’s transponder also stopped. This fuels suspicions that foul play was involved in the plane’s disappearance.

Investigators are scrutinising radar tapes from when the plane first departed Kuala Lumpur because they believe the tapes will show that after the plane first changed its course, it passed through several pre-established “waypoints”, which are like virtual mile markers in the sky, the Times said.

That would suggest the plane was under control of a knowledgeable pilot because passing through those points without using the computer would have been unlikely, it added.

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Pre-dawn quake jolts jittery Los Angeles

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Los Angeles has been shaken by a pre-dawn earthquake with a magnitude of 4.

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4 that jangled nerves in the West Coast but caused no major damage or casualties.

Car and burglar alarms went off and a few objects fell off shelves after the tremor, which struck just before dawn with its epicentre about 32km northwest of Los Angeles, at a depth of only five miles.

It was the most significant shaking caused by an earthquake in southern California since one with a magnitude of 5.5 in 2008.

“I woke up to feel the building swaying from side to side,” Wes Lashley told KCAL 9 news, while local resident Mary Lyon added: “It felt like a 5.9 or 6 to me.”

The quake was initially estimated as a magnitude 4.7 by the US Geological Survey (USGS), but later downgraded it to 4.4.

But it felt stronger to many Angelenos. One AFP reporter in the Hollywood neighbourhood said several objects fell off shelves.

Morning news anchors on the local KTLA television station dived under their desk as the quake visibly shook the studio around them.

No disruption was reported at the city’s LAX airport, although Metro trains were delayed as engineers checked tracks for damage, officials said.

USGS seismologist Robert Graves said small aftershocks would likely continue for a few days, while there was a five per cent chance that the quake was a forerunner to a larger earthquake.

“This is a reminder that we live in earthquake country here in southern California,” he told reporters.

The quake came a week after a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern California, the biggest in years.

California has long braced for the “Big One.”

Geologists say a quake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99 per cent certain of hitting California in the next 30 years.

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Brisbane Roar defend Berisha tackle

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All is forgiven for Besart Berisha at Brisbane Roar, it seems, despite the Albanian international missing a match that can seal the A-League minor premiership due to his latest red card.

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German import Thomas Broich has not only defended Berisha’s tackle against Sydney FC that earned his marching orders but believes Saturday night’s Suncorp Stadium clash with Melbourne Victory will help them prepare for life after the star striker.

Berisha was sent off for his studs-up tackle on Sebastian Ryall in their 1-1 draw last Friday night.

It ensured the fiery forward will miss his eighth game this season – but Saturday night’s clash looms as not just any game.

A-League officials are believed to be planning to have the minor premiership trophy on hand so the Roar can raise it in front of Suncorp Stadium fans if they seal the honour.

A win over second-placed Victory – who trail by nine points – will also clinch a place in next year’s AFC Champions League.

Berisha copped a death stare from coach Mike Mulvey as he trudged off the field against Sydney FC but Broich on Tuesday believed his teammate was “a bit unlucky”.

“It looked like his tackle was not directed towards the player,” he said.

“Besart came flying in and looked intense but I don’t think he was going in to hurt the player.”

Broich even looked forward to seeing how the Roar attack would respond without their talisman.

No doubt he will be hoping for a repeat of the Roar’s 3-0 thrashing of the Victory on January 4 at AAMI Park when Berisha was also sidelined.

Berisha will again miss out on taking on the club he will join next season on a two-year deal worth more than $1.5 million.

“Who knows maybe it’s even better that way,” Broich said of Berisha’s absence.

“We need to get ready playing games without him in the future.

“We played some of our best football against Sydney (with Berisha sidelined).”

Broich claims the Roar have taken a similar “out of sight, out of mind” attitude towards the minor premiership.

“It’s not about winning this game no matter what and holding up a trophy.

“We are building momentum for finals and improving our game.

“This is one more step up the ladder.”

The Victory will have to back up from a Champions League clash with Yokohama F. Marines on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Roar have confirmed young defender Corey Brown will miss four weeks of football after having his appendix removed on Monday.

The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital after complaining of stomach pain at Monday’s training session.

“Corey will be rested and his return to training will be guided on the advice of the club’s medical staff,” Brisbane head physiotherapist Tim Oostenbroek said.

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Abbott to unveil red and green tape cuts

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared he will light the nation’s “biggest bonfire of regulations” on Wednesday as he aims to take $1 billion of red tape off business this year.

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But Labor and the Greens fear that some of the changes will adversely impact on families, business and the environment.

Mr Abbott will tell parliament on Wednesday the government intends getting rid of 10,000 redundant acts of parliament and regulations, putting it about three-quarters of the way to meeting the $1 billion target.

“This is essential if we are to get our competitiveness and our productivity up,” he told parliament on Tuesday.

“It will be the biggest bonfire of regulations in our history.”

The government to date claims to have found $350 million in savings, taking away the administration of the carbon and mining taxes and easing checks on financial advisers.

It will also save business and charities $48 million a year by getting Centrelink to administer parental leave payments.

Savings are expected to come from companies operating across state borders being able to join the federal workers’ compensation scheme.

A simplified government tendering process and electronic payment system is expected to save $38 million.

Also listed for the axe are re-approval and re-registration processes for agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

Bills will be introduced to parliament on Wednesday with the expectation of passing the lower house the following week.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says changes to accountability in the financial planning system could leave the industry open to another crisis, just when the future of financial advice had been bedded down.

“We’ve seen the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos engage in the wholesale dismantling of oversight which protects our consumers,” he said.

Another of the changes under fire is a “one-stop shop” for environmental approvals of major projects, which Mr Abbott says will save $120 million a year.

Former independent MP Tony Windsor, who on Tuesday launched an Australia Institute report critical of the coal seam gas industry, said there was strong public support for federal oversight of CSG development.

But a trigger for federal environment checks on CSG, relating to water quality, was now under threat.

Greens leader Christine Milne said it was “farcical” to repeal so many regulations in one day and the party would scrutinise every change especially in regard to the environment and women in the workplace.

The government earlier this week announced every policy proposal or submission to cabinet would need to have a regulatory impact statement attached to it, outlining its cost impact on business and whether better ways can be found to achieve the same aim.

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Missing planes cast shadow on flight 370

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As Australia searches for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, many missing planes have simply never been found.

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Some are believed to have crashed into mountains or water in bad weather, while others simply vanished. All remain lost, despite the best efforts of Australian search teams.

The most famous is the Lady Southern Cross, a Altair monoplane, which disappeared over the Andaman Sea, between India and Singapore, in the early hours of November 8, 1935.

Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and co-pilot Tommy Perthybridge, who were trying to break the England-to-Australia speed record, were lost.

Although a group of fisherman in Myanmar found the plane’s wheel 18 months later, years of searching failed to find any other part of the Lady Southern Cross.

Seven years earlier, New Zealand aviators Lieutenant John Moncrieff and Captain George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman crossing.

About 12 hours into the flight, and within 300 kilometres of New Zealand, signals from the plane ceased.

Despite searches, Moncrieff, Hood and their plane had vanished without a trace.

Perhaps the strangest disappearance involved pilot and UFO enthusiast Frederick Valentich in October 1978.

About halfway into Valentich’s flight aboard a Cessna from Melbourne to King Island he reported seeing a strange aircraft above him, but Melbourne air traffic controllers said no other aircraft were in his area.

Minutes later he made another a strange call to base.

“Melbourne, that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again,” Valentich said.

“It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”

Valentich and his plane disappeared and a four-day search of Bass Strait turned up nothing.

A cowl flap from the plane was found near Cape Otway five years later, but despite an official investigation no one knows what really happened.

Planes vanishing over water is one thing, but one plane has been lost somewhere in NSW for almost 33 years.

Pilot Michael Hutchins was flying over the Barrington Tops National Park with four passengers when his Cessna went missing in August 1981.

The weather was extremely cold with howling winds and Hutchins told air traffic controllers the plane had picked up “a fair amount of ice” over the park’s mountain ranges.

In his last transmission Hutchins told the operator the Cessna was “at 5000 (feet)”.

Despite countless searches, including one last year involving 150 people, the bodies of Hutchins and passengers Rhett Bosler, Noel Wildash, Phillip Pembroke and NSW police superintendent Ken Price have never been found.

Light planes disappear from time to time, but in the modern age of globalised connectivity it’s eerie and unprecedented that an entire airliner, with 239 people aboard, could vanish without a trace.

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Sinodinos job at AWH for political clout

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Federal Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos was employed by a water company at the centre of a corruption scandal because of his political connections, the firm’s former chairman has said.

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Senator Sinodinos is under intense scrutiny after he was identified as a key witness before NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in its ongoing Operation Credo inquiry.

The ICAC is examining Australian Water Holdings (AWH), which attempted to secure a multi-million dollar deal with the then NSW Labor government to provide water infrastructure in Sydney’s northwest.

The value of AWH, which was allegedly part-owned by the family of disgraced former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, would have soared $200 million if the deal went through.

Senator Sinodinos, who was employed in 2008 as AWH’s director and deputy chairman, stood to receive a $20 million bonus, while other shareholders would have secured huge cash windfalls.

The senator’s alleged remit was to open doors to senior Liberal identities once it became clear the party was going to win the 2011 NSW election.

The inquiry has heard he was paid $200,000 for about 100 hours of work per year and was employed in the senior role despite having no previous experience in the water infrastructure sector.

“He was brought in because of his profile and to help us with direct negotiations with major financial organisations,” former AWH executive chairman John Rippon told the ICAC on Tuesday.

“What about his political connections?” asked counsel assisting the inquiry Geoffrey Watson.

“That too,” replied Mr Rippon.

Senator Sinodinos, who was appointed to the Senate in 2011, was finance director of the NSW Liberal Party when he was employed by AWH.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday he received the backing of Prime Minister Tony Abbott who told parliament the former chief of staff to John Howard had served the country “long and faithfully”.

Labor grilled Senator Sinodinos about the ICAC inquiry in the Senate on Tuesday.

“Watch this space, I will be vindicated in terms of what I’ve said to the Senate,” he said, referring to his earlier professions of innocence.

The ICAC heard on Tuesday that Mr Obeid’s family took a 30 per cent stake in AWH but wanted the arrangement kept quiet.

After buying the stake, it’s alleged Mr Obeid lobbied fellow Labor NSW ministers to approve the business deal between the state government and AWH.

The deal, if approved would have sent AWH’s value soaring from about $47 million to $246 million over six years.

The then Labor Minister Joe Tripodi is alleged to have doctored a cabinet minute to try and have AWH’s proposal approved.

Another former Labor minister, Tony Kelly, and his chief of staff are alleged to have also altered or at least approved the cabinet minute.

Ultimately the deal was knocked back by the NSW government.

AWH has since secured a contract with the current Liberal state government.

Mr Watson on Monday described that deal as entirely “fair” and above board.

The inquiry continues.

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Smith talk a distraction: McCullough

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Rather than confront coach Anthony Griffin, Andrew McCullough opted to let his footy do the talking when speculation linking Test captain Cameron Smith to the Broncos became impossible to ignore.

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Smith has since rejected a lucrative Broncos deal and re-signed with Melbourne but McCullough’s attitude has not changed.

Days after Smith announced he would remain at the Storm, McCullough notched 56 tackles and scored the match-winning round two try against North Queensland last Friday night.

Yet McCullough did not have to be told that he would have been on the outer if the Melbourne, Queensland and Test hooker had snapped up a Brisbane deal reportedly worth more than $800,000 a season.

McCullough revealed on Tuesday that speculation about the Broncos’ pursuit of Smith had become a distraction ahead of the 2014 NRL season.

“Obviously you think about those things but I had a contract until 2015, all I could do was train hard,” McCullough said of the Smith rumours.

Brisbane teammate Josh Hoffman had reportedly asked repeatedly for a release upon learning his fullback spot would be in jeopardy due to Bulldogs recruit Ben Barba’s off-season arrival.

Peace talks with Griffin finally ended a three-month drama.

But asked if he was tempted to thrash out the Smith speculation with Griffin, McCullough said: “I didn’t need to.

“I just turned up to the first day of pre-season fit. That’s all I could do. Whatever happened happened.”

Rather than being replaced at Brisbane by Smith, McCullough has shown form that has the likes of Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday tipping the rake to succeed the Queensland and Test hooker on the representative front.

“He is a young player who is only going to get better with age,” Thaiday said of the 24-year-old McCullough.

“I am sure at some stage he will be taking over that No.9 jersey from Cam in the Queensland and Australian sides.”

But McCullough said on Tuesday: “I don’t know about that.

“It’s a nice call but I just want to be consistent this year.”

His goal has been helped by someone the Broncos were able to lure from Melbourne – ex-Storm high performance guru Alex Corvo.

McCullough agreed the Broncos had a “harder edge” this year, ensuring an unbeaten season start thanks to their never say die defence.

“No disrespect to other trainers but he has a few different ideas and the playing group has bought into it – it’s paying off,” he said.

Their biggest test yet comes on Friday night against reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters.

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