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Grammar poised to strike

BOYS FIRSTS: Ballarat Grammar boys open division one crew members Tom McMullin (bow), Luke Wright (two seat), Clare Stewart (cox), Harrison Doust (three seat) and Ben Trotter (stroke).BALLARAT Grammar is quietly going about its business in the lead-up this year’s Head of the Lake regatta.
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As the reigning boys open division one champion, expectations could have been sky-high for Friday’s event.

However, with Grammar’s boys scarsely appearing at regattas throughout the summer – and only one member returning from last year’s winning crew – it’s hard to pinpoint just where they fit in this time around.

Grammar rowing coordinator Sam Pullin told The Courier he was confident the group would perform well on the day, despite their somewhat interrupted preperation.

“We missed a couple of regattas through other commitments, but we’re pretty confident that we’ll go well,” Pullin said.

“Ideally we would have liked to have raced more. I feel the crew is going well without having those races, but it’s always nice to hit out against your competition as much as possible.

“I’m not overly worried about it. They’ll definitely be competitive.”

Year 12 student Ben Trotter (stroke) is the solitary rower from last year’s victorious Grammar crew. The rest – Harrison Doust (three seat), Luke Wright (two seat), Tom McMullin (bow) and cox Clare Stewart – are new faces, though Stewart coxed the girls firsts the last two seasons.

GIRLS FIRSTS: Ballarat Grammar girls open division one crew members Tash Whitehead (bow), Aislinn A’Speculo (three seat), Conor Delahunty (stroke), Amy Rix (two seat) and Millie Nye (cox). Pictures: Kate Healy

Pullin said his team would need to lift for the occasion against strong competition, particularly Ballarat Clarendon College and St Patrick’s College.

“It’s a tight field, so it’ll come down to who can punch harder on the day,” Pullin said.

“Clearly College and St Pat’s have shown that it’s a bit of a battle between them at the moment. With us and (Ballarat) High School missing a few events, it’s hard to place us in there, but looking at speeds and times and watching all the boats train I think we’re thereabouts.”

Though there may be some question marks surrounding the boys, the school’s girls firsts crew has staked a genuine claim for this year’s title.

Consisting of returning members Conor Delahunty (stroke) and Amy Rix (two seat), as well as newcomers Aislinn A’Speculo (three seat), Tash Whiteside (bow) and cox Millie Nye, the crew has performed remarkably well in this season’s regattas.

Pullin said there was much to like about the group.

“They’ve been holding good margins and we’ve been having some good battles with College throughout the season,” Pullin said.

“We haven’t seen a lot of Loreto (College), so they’re still a bit of a mystery, and we’ve had some interesting races with High School too, so again I think it’s going to be a genuinely close race.

“College have held this race pretty tightly for the last two to three years and this is the first time we’ve been quite confident that we have a crew to match them or beat them.”

Pullin also said that overall he was optimistic about the two big races on Friday.

“This is definitely one of the fitter groups we’ve prepared,” he said.

“It comes down to their belief in their ability. The coaches have given them all the tools and skills to put a good result in on the day. It just comes down to them trusting and believing in the stuff they’ve been taught.”

CREW PROFILESGIRLS FIRSTSCONOR DELAHUNTY

YEAR 12

Age: 17

Seat: Stroke

History: Delahunty is the girls captain of boats and was a member of last year’s open division one crew.

AISLINN A’SPECULO

YEAR 11

Age: 16

Seat: Three

History: A’Speculo has made the jump from last year’s open division one crew to the girls firsts this season.

AMY RIX

YEAR 12

Age: 18

Seat: Two

History: The experienced Rix is back for her second year in the girls open division one crew.

TASH WHITESIDE

YEAR 11

Age: 16

Seat: Bow

History: After previously rowing in the year nine and 10 division one crews, Whiteside has progressed to the girls firsts.

MILLIE NYE

YEAR 11

Age: 16

Seat: Cox

History: This is Nye’s first season in an open division one crew, after coxing the boys seconds last year.

BOYSFIRSTSBEN TROTTER

YEAR 12

Age: 18

Seat: Stroke

History: Trotter is the only returning member of last year’s victorious open division one crew.

HARRISON DOUST

YEAR 12

Age: 17

Seat: Three

History: Now in his fourth year in the program, Doust has made a sizeable leap from last season’s boys thirds.

LUKE WRIGHT

YEAR 12

Age: 17

Seat: Two

History: Wright has progressed to the boys firsts after rowing in the open division three crew last year.

TOM MCMULLIN

YEAR 12

Age: 18

Seat: Bow

History: McMullin has been promoted to the boys firsts, having rowed in the seconds throughout the 2014-2015 season.

CLARE STEWART

YEAR 12

Age: 18

Seat: Cox

History: Stewart has moved over to the boys firsts after coxing the girls open division crew the last two years.

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Aurora Australis runs aground

Blizzard conditions are forecast to continue for the next 24 hours. Photo: Colin CosierAustralian icebreaker the Aurora Australis has run aground at Mawson Station in Antarctica.
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The ship broke from its moorings just after 3pm on Wednesday during a heavy blizzard with 67 expeditioners on board, the Australian Department of Environment confirmed.

All crew are safe and well, according to the Australian Antarctic Division who are responding to the incident.

The Aurora Australis was re-supplying the station when it ran aground in the West Arm in Horseshoe Harbour.

“The ship remains watertight, with no damage to the hull of the vessel,” Australian Antarctic Division said in a statement.

“Current blizzard conditions are hampering a full assessment of the damage, and the crew are closely monitoring the hull from inside the ship,” the statement read.

Mawson Station has recorded sustained winds of more than 130km/h leading up to the time the Aurora Australis broke its mooring lines.

Blizzard conditions are forecast to continue for the next 24 hours.

“The Australian Antarctic Division is working closely with P&O Maritime Services, owners of the Aurora Australis, to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew as a priority,” the division said.

The Aurora Australis arrived at Mawson Station for resupply on Saturday after departing from Hobart on 11 January.

It has been undertaking marine science around the Kerguelen Plateau region.

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Flower power rules Britain in 2016

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey. Photo: VisitBritainImagesSPONSORED ARTICLE
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England is renowned for gardens and flower shows, and 2016 offers an ideal opportunity to tiptoe among the tulips as its Year of Gardens blooms.

Gardens make people smile, no more so than in the northern hemisphere, when springtime banishes the long winter with apple blossoms, dancing daffodils and multi-hued tulips. Flamboyant spring then slowly matures into summer, which sees gardens at their green best. Later, autumn provides a palette of reds and oranges.

There are few better places to see the seasonal spectacle than England, famous for its green-fingered inhabitants and long history of garden innovation. It offers some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, and this year is a particularly good time to visit, with the Year of Gardens opening up rarely-seen private gardens to visitors, and many public gardens featuring special shows and exhibits. Some 3000 gardens are on show as part of the National Gardens Scheme (ngs.org.uk) for charity, culminating in National Gardens Festival Weekend (June 6-7), when 380 gardens across England – many rarely accessible – allow public entry.

The Year of Gardens is also celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, famous for landscaping the grounds of many of England’s most notable stately homes. His style is now synonymous with English gardens: sweeping lawns, lakes, abundant shrubbery and flowerbeds, and pretty vistas studded with statues and monuments. Some 150 Capability gardens (capabilitybrown.org) will be on show, some rarely open to visitors.

Gardens apart, here are some special shows to highlight a blooming marvellous year in England. ‘Capability’ Brown at Blenheim Palace Exhibition, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace, childhood home of Winston Churchill and one of England’s most significant stately homes, also boasts one of Capability Brown’s most important landscape creations. A special exhibition provides maps, plans, artefacts and pictures that illustrate the importance of the pioneering English gardener’s work and creations. An interpretive trail leads around the palace’s always-spectacular gardens. Exhibit until May 2, gardens open all year; blenheimpalace南京夜网. RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Worcestershire

The RHS or Royal Horticultural Society’s most famous show might be in Chelsea, but it runs several others, including this one in Worcestershire. It features stunning show gardens against the borrowed backdrop of the Malvern Hills. There are also plant exhibits, gardening talks and demonstrations, and a very family-friendly range of activities, with some of the gardens designed and planted by schoolchildren. A similar Malvern Autumn Festival in September celebrates seasonal produce and colour. May 5-8; rhs.org.ukRHS Chelsea Flower Show, London

Perhaps England’s greatest floral display is the Chelsea Flower Show (rhs.org.uk), which showcases stunning gardens created by the world’s leading garden designers and horticulturalists. Some demonstrate cutting-edge landscaping, others traditional English gardens, and yet others what you can do with urban courtyards or roof gardens. Glasshouses contain floral displays and new hybrids in a fabulous clash of colour and scent. The show has all the razzmatazz of celebrity appearances and a visit by the Queen. May 24-28; rhs.org.uk BBC Gardeners’ World Live, Birmingham

Experts from the BBC television show Gardeners’ World are on hand to give lectures and demonstrations, sign books and give exclusive tours at this show. You can sniff your way around the Rose Festival and a display of the latest plant hybrids in the floral marquee, inspect the show gardens, and be inspired by a showcase of small-garden solutions for those with limited space. Even better, the adjacent BBC Good Food Show runs simultaneously. June 16-19; bbcgardenersworldlive南京夜网 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey

Set on the Thames River outside London, Hampton Court is often visited as the palace of Henry VIII and many subsequent monarchs. In July, though, attention shifts to its grounds, which feature spectacular summer blooms, show gardens and exhibits, and a festival of roses. There’s a family Saturday, and kids will also love the flower-filled Butterfly Dome, with its free-flying butterflies from Asia and South America. July 5-10; rhs.org.ukRHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire

Leading gardeners are once more let loose to create show gardens in various styles; this year sees the return of the Water Garden category, while Evolution Gardens try and anticipate the look of the future. A floral marquee flaunts the latest creations of horticulturalists. There’s live entertainment, talks, and fun activities for children too. As an added bonus, the show is held on the grounds of an historic country estate. 20–24 July; rhs.org.ukRHS London Harvest Festival Show, London

As the gardening year comes to an end, this show focuses particularly on garden foods, with plenty of autumnal delights such as a giant vegetable competition (a 509-kilo pumpkin took out the prize last year) and fruit competition for the best apples and pears. You can also taste your way through chutneys, jams, pickles and other seasonal flavours.October 4-5; rhs.org.uk

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Dungog a better partner: Port GM

IF not allowed to stand alone Port Stephens Council will turn to Dungogas apreferred merger partner, over Newcastle.
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MERGER INQUIRY: One of the registered speakers at the merger inquiry held at Port Stephens Country Club, Shoal Bay.

“We do acknowledge that if the state government is hellbent on a merger our preference is to join Dungog,” Port Stephens Council general manager Wayne Wallis told the fourth and final merger inquiry at Shoal Bay on Wednesday night.

Mr Wallis said independent calculations revealeda $12 million cost to merge with Dungog as opposed to $20 million with theNewcastle option.He also noted that communities of interest was an important criteria.

“We have much more similar communities [Dungog and Port Stephens]and more similar lifestyles compared to Newcastle,” Mr Wallis said.

More than 100 people turned out to the inquiry bolsteredby a busload of Raymond Terrace residents. Port Stephens Council organised the free bus when Raymond Terrace was shunned as aninquiry location.

“You held two inquiries in Nelson Bay and none in Raymond Terrace. It’s a bloody disgrace,” MayorBruce MacKenzie said.

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Icebreaker Aurora Australis runs aground at Mawson Station in Antarctica

Blizzard conditions are forecast to continue for the next 24 hours. Photo: Colin Cosier “The ship remains watertight, with no damage to the hull of the vessel”: Australian Antarctic Division. Photo: Colin Cosier
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Horseshoe Harbour at Mawson Station Photo: Christopher Wilson

Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis has run aground at Mawson Station in Antarctica.

The ship broke from its moorings just after 3pm on Wednesday during a heavy blizzard with 67 expeditioners on board, the Australian Department of Environment confirmed.

All crew are safe and well, according to the Australian Antarctic Division who are responding to the incident.

The Aurora Australis was re-supplying the station when it ran aground in the West Arm in Horseshoe Harbour.

“The ship remains watertight, with no damage to the hull of the vessel,” Australian Antarctic Division said in a statement.

“Current blizzard conditions are hampering a full assessment of the damage, and the crew are closely monitoring the hull from inside the ship,” the statement read. All on board the Aurora Australis are safe and well, the ship remains watertight. The blizzard is forecast to continue overnight.— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) February 24, 2016

Mawson Station has recorded sustained winds of more than 130km/h leading up to the time the Aurora Australis broke its mooring lines.

Blizzard conditions are forecast to continue for the next 24 hours.

It is understood the crew will likely sit tight until conditions ease.

“The Australian Antarctic Division is working closely with P&O Maritime Services, owners of the Aurora Australis, to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew as a priority,” the division said.

The Aurora Australis arrived at Mawson Station for resupply on Saturday after departing from Hobart on 11 January.

It has been undertaking marine science around the Kerguelen Plateau region.

The Australian Antarctic Division does not expect to have another update on its progress until Thursday morning.

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FFA promises grand final debacle won’t be repeated, ANZ Stadium a possibility

No home-ground advantage: the Mariners celebrate winning the grand final against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium. Photo: Ryan PierseThe somewhat ridiculous sight of the A-League grand final being played at a boutique venue won’t be repeated, according to Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop – flagging ANZ Stadium as potential host for a Sydney-based grand final.
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Last season’s decider between arguably the A-League’s two biggest clubs, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, could have filled any stadium in the country but due to a planning error, was shoe-horned into the confines of AAMI Park. Only 29,843 saw the game live.

At this stage, Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers are the two sides most likely to play host, and while the Roar can obviously play host at Suncorp Stadium, the Wanderers couldn’t host at the 20,000-capacity Pirtek Stadium, leaving them to consider alternatives.

Should either of the two Melbourne teams be able get themselves into a position to host the match, Etihad Stadium, which has hosted three grand finals, has been booked out by the governing body – who have also requested use of Adelaide Oval should Adelaide United earn the rights.

Gallop insists the game, to be held on May 1, will be played at a more appropriate venue than last season – and has opened up the possibility of ANZ Stadium hosting the game, particularly if Wanderers are the host team and certainly so if the match is a derby.

“You would have to say that we’re looking at it carefully,” he said. “We want as many people as possible to be able to go to the game, but there’s always discussions with the [host] club and the commercial terms that would need to be nutted out.”

Wanderers fans were left somewhat aggrieved when they were forced to play the 2012-13 season decider at Allianz Stadium, the home of Sydney FC. They were beaten 2-0 by the Central Coast Mariners.

“That’s obviously a consideration and it’s a different environment in 2013,” Gallop said. “I don’t think ANZ Stadium was available. The Wanderers have gotten bigger and bigger and more people want to see them, so that lends support to ANZ Stadium – apart from the neutral ground issue.”

With the Wanderers and Sky Blues currently in the top six, there’s also a real possibility of a derby final, a game that would easily reach capacity at the former Olympic venue.

“We reserve the right [to choose] – we could take it to ANZ Stadium or we could leave it at Allianz. That will be a decision made at the time,” Gallop said. “Again, we’d need to look at the horses for courses approach and what’s the best place to play the game.”

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Scots College: Presbyterian Church stacks school council of Sydney private school

The Scots College in Bellevue Hill. Photo: Dallas Kilponen The Scots College has announced a new management committee. Photo: Edwina Pickles
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Scots College: Church takes over top private Sydney school

The Presbyterian Church has replaced 12 members of the Scots College school council largely with senior church figures.

A letter from the Bellevue Hill school to parents said the 13-strong council had not been dismissed, “although a number have now resigned”.

“The trustees became concerned about the actions of the council and exercised its constitutional right to govern the college directly,” the letter said.

The school has deleted all history of its former council members from the internet and immediately renewed principal Ian Lambert’s contract, which had been up for review by the former council.

ANZ director Andrew Leithhead, TressCox partner Phillip Mitchell, Macquarie Bank’s former head of strategy Greg Simitian, Blue Summit Financial Solutions director Ben Graham, prominent Cronulla lawyer Rod Simpson and former UNSW academic Gillian Heard are no longer on the council in the wake of the church’s power grab.

Only one of the school’s former council members has survived: Scots old boy Bill Mclaren, an aged-care adviser.

Fairfax Media can reveal that at least six of the eight newly installed council members on the rebranded “management committee” are deeply connected with the Presbyterian Church.

The new council members include the church’s moderator-general, the Rev David Cook, the church’s state manager the Rev David Seaman, one of the church’s six current non-minister trustees, Kip Turner, and the editor of Presbyterian Church magazine The Pulse, Wayne Richards.

The new chairman of the Scots management committee, Simon Fraser, is also in charge of all the church’s legal affairs. He was the head of the old Scots council two years ago before being replaced by Dr Heard. Dr Heard is an expert in educational governance compliance.

The sandstone school is one of the most expensive in Australia, earning up to $38 million in revenue a year while charging its students more than $30,000 a year in school fees. It received $4 million in federal government funding in 2014, MySchool data shows.

On Wednesday, teachers raised concerns about the numbers of families leaving the school during the crucial transition between primary and high school. Parents said up to 25 families left last year while up to 40 staff have left the school over the same period.

Remaining staff have been split over the direction of the school. At a meeting on Friday to announce the renewal of Dr Lambert’s contract, a teacher said he felt “incredibly awkward”, when the room gave him a standing ovation.

On Wednesday, the joint statement from the church’s general manager, Jeoffrey Falls, Mr Fraser and Dr Lambert sent to parents said that media coverage had attempted to drive a wedge between Dr Lambert, the Presbyterian Church, staff, parents and old boys.

“This is our own news service, if you like,” the emailed statement said. “We want to reiterate that the operations of the college remain unaffected and we will continue to work to improve what is, undoubtedly, one of the best schools in Australia.”

A spokesman for the Federal Department of Education said the government was monitoring the situation.

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Defence boss blasts ‘stalking horse’ critics of Australian of the Year David Morrison

Australian of the Year David Morrison is being ‘stalked’ by his critics, says defence force secretary Dennis Richardson. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Department secretary Dennis Richardson. Photo: Jim Rice
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Australia’s most senior Defence official has delivered a stinging rebuke to critics of Australian of the Year David Morrison, branding them a “stalking horse” for resistance to the gender reforms the former chief of army imposed.

Dennis Richardson, the Secretary of the Defence Department, suggested in Canberra on Wednesday night that retired Lieutenant-General Morrison had become a lightning rod for people with a deeper agenda against improving the military’s culture on dealing with sexual and other abuse.

“The [Australian Defence Force] leadership is genuinely committed. This is not a passing fad. A lot of the focus has been on David Morrison and a lot of the criticism he’s come in for has been really bad,” Mr Richardson told a gathering held by the Menzies Research Centre political think tank.

“For instance, attempts to denigrate him for doing his job as chief of army because some people didn’t like the cultural direction he wanted to go, I think, is second-rate to say the least.

“David Morrison sits squarely within the mainstream of cultural change in the ADF … I think some of the criticism of David has been the engagement of a wider cultural issue that sits behind it and [is being used] as a stalking horse.”

General Morrison, who was appointed Australian of the Year in January, became widely known for his public condemnation of sexist soldiers and efforts to improve female recruitment to the Army. He has since gone on to become a gender equality advocate and was recognised for this work in his January appointment.

But he has been the subject of attacks by right-wing commentators, some veterans groups and independent Senator Jacqui Lambie.

Mr Richardson said the “restorative justice sessions” in which victims of sexual abuse in the ADF could lay out their grievances to senior defence leaders had made a deep impression on him.

“You can’t engage in those sessions without coming away without a really deep feeling of what behaviour can do to the destruction of people.”

He said the ADF leaders had been “exemplars” in their approach to this.

“I see it personally on a daily basis,” he said.

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Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen and tow truck driver Ben De Jonk phone recordings revealed

Tow truck driver Ben de Jonk. Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. Photo: Peter Rae
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Cunneen v the ICAC: play the tape

Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC, was so concerned about the insurance implications of her son’s girlfriend failing a blood test after a car crash she hoped a “miracle” would remove any trace of alcohol, secret phone taps reveal.

“Let’s hope that St Anthony does a miracle and takes all the alcohol out of the sample,” Ms Cunneen told a tow truck driver.

In that same conversation Ms Cunneen confided that she had encouraged her son’s girlfriend Sophia Tilley to “start having chest pains” to delay a blood alcohol test.

Ms Tilley, who was not at fault in the May 2014 accident, was driving Ms Cunneen’s work car.

It was this conversation, which occurred two days after the accident, which sparked a corruption investigation into whether Ms Cunneen had attempted to pervert the course of justice.

Fairfax Media can reveal that Ms Cunneen was talking to tow truck driver Ben de Jonk, whose phone was being intercepted by the Australian Crime Commission as part of an investigation into drugs and money laundering.

Mr de Jonk, 33, co-owns a panel beating shop in Artarmon with members of the Geokjian family.

One of Mr de Jonk’s former panel beating partners is Vahe “Wayne” Geokjian, who was jailed for four-and-half years in 2009 after pleading guilty to the importation of almost two kilograms of cocaine hidden inside the brake drum of a Volvo truck. Mr Geokjian also pleaded guilty to cannabis and firearm offences.

When police arrested Mr Geokjian in 2007 they also found two loaded pistols and a .22 rifle with a silencer attached.

Mr de Jonk has not been charged with any offence.

Fairfax Media has previously revealed excerpts of two conversations caught on tape by the crime commission show Ms Cunneen told Mr de Jonk she had sent a message to Ms Tilley to “start having chest pains” to avoid a breath test at the scene of the accident.

Ms Tilley, a P-plate driver, was not allowed to drive with any alcohol in her system. She admitted that she had consumed alcohol prior to the motor vehicle accident.

In the second intercepted call, Ms Cunneen told Mr de Jonk that the “chest pains” had “bought her a few more hours”. Ms Tilley returned a zero blood alcohol reading when eventually tested at the hospital.

New details show that Mr de Jonk and Ms Cunneen were both at the accident scene. The phone intercepts reveal that Mr de Jonk called his mate, smash repairer George Kharadjian​, who was at the Willoughby Hotel, to tell him Ms Cunneen’s car had been involved in the accident.

He then put Mr Kharadjian, who is one of Ms Cunneen’s local drinking buddies, on the phone to speak to Ms Cunneen himself.

“I could get away with a member of my family [driving]. I am just hoping she hasn’t had a f—ing drink,” Ms Cunneen said to Mr Kharadjian.

In a new twist, the phone taps – which Ms Cunneen is trying to prevent from becoming public – suggest Ms Cunneen – one of NSW’s most senior legal figures – knew Mr de Jonk prior to the accident and that they planned to meet for a drink.

In the conversation on the night of the accident, Ms Cunneen handed the phone back to Mr de Jonk, who told Mr Kharadjian of the conversation he’d had with Ms Cunneen’s son, Stephen Wyllie, at the scene of the accident.

He said he’d remarked to Mr Wyllie that it was a government car to which Mr Wyllie said: “I’d rather not say who my mum is” and Mr de Jonk replied, “I know your mum”.

Mr de Jonk instigated the second conversation with Ms Cunneen, which took place just before midday on June 2, 2014.

Much of the conversation was about praying to St Anthony, to whom many Catholics pray for miracles and help finding lost items.

“You know I have been so worried about it. I have been praying to my favourite saint, St Anthony, ever since [both laugh].”

Ms Cunneen said that Ms Tilley “is praying too … I’m not sure how severe they get on a .01 or a .02 [blood alcohol reading] and you should be nothing. Theoretically, she might be liable for the whole lot.”

Mr de Jonk finished the conversation saying, “Nice to see you again but yeah not on that occasion.”

Ms Cunneen replied: “Yeah, yeah. That’s right. Next time we’ll have a beer and won’t drive home.”

Mr de Jonk: “Willoughby pub and yeah, all right.”

Ms Cunneen: “And we’ll all be safe. Thanks Ben, see ya.”

In a brief conversation with Fairfax Media on Wednesday, Mr de Jonk said that he had met Ms Cunneen once prior to the accident. Asked if he had ever been to the pub with Ms Cunneen, Mr de Jonk said, “I can’t remember.”

Earlier in the day he had threatened to “kick the shit out of” the car of a Fairfax photographer, which was outside Prestige Auto Body Repairs.

For her part Ms Cunneen says she has never heard of Mr de Jonk. “I’ve never spoken to him on the phone either.”

The senior prosecutor also said, “I don’t know him at all” and that she had only met him “on that single occasion”.

“I was terribly distressed at the time, to arrive at that scene with ambulances, multiple police cars and fire brigade all in attendance and the cars obviously write-offs, as the many eye witnesses can attest.”

Ms Cunneen has previously told News Corp she might have jokingly referred to Ms Tilley’s “fake chest pains” with Mr Kharadjian . In December Mr Kharadjian told Fairfax Media “I’ve known Margaret for years just through the area. We drink at the same pub.”

He said that after the accident he’d had a “tongue-in-cheek conversation with Margaret about Sophia’s fake boobs.”

Asked how this topic had come up, Mr Kharadjian said, “Because when I first met Sophia – she was in the pub and Margaret and I were just having a laugh about her fake boobs.”

Ms Cunneen is fighting the potential release of the phone taps tapes by a NSW parliamentary inquiry examining ICAC’s investigation of Ms Cunneen, which it was forced to abandon after the High Court ruled it was beyond its jurisdiction.

The inquiry is seeking legal advice about its powers to publicly release the tapes, which were tabled by ICAC commissioner Megan Latham in defence of the agency’s decision to investigate.

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Enlighten 2016: Wild Shakespeare and Twilight Safari at National Zoo

National Zoo and Aquarium senior wildlife keeper Renee Osterloh with Burnie the Burmese Python and Tilda Blackbourn-Rooney from Wild Voices Music Theatre who will perform at the zoo during Enlighten. Photo: Melissa AdamsA live Burmese python would seem an unlikely prop to perform highlights from Shakespeare with, but it’s likely to be among the spectacles when the National Zoo becomes the backdrop for performances from a local musical theatre group.
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Over two nights during Enlighten around 33 members of the Wild Voices Music Theatre group will bring to life scenes from Shakespeare’s plays with a focus on nature and animals.

The event will take audience members through the zoo with performances along the way “in nooks and crannies”, Wild Voices director Dianna Nixon said.

“It’s really quite moving, we pull bits out of Shakespeare that talk about human nature and there’s a very subtle message in there about the environment and what we can learn from animals and the environment, all drawn from Shakespeare’s text,” she said.

The group will include three professional multidisciplinary artists and musicians, together with young performers, and about 14 members of a community choir.

Small Business and Arts Minister Chris Bourke said Enlighten was one of the biggest events on the ACT’s cultural calendar each year, providing local artists an opportunity to showcase their talent.

“The work of more than 70 talented local artists will light up the hearts and minds of Canberrans during the 10-day festival,” he said.

“With close to 300,000 people expected to attend the event this year, participating in Enlighten provides a platform for members of our passionate arts community to engage with new audiences, and to experience all of the hype and buzz that surrounds this after-dark event.”

The zoo’s visitor experience manager Renee Osterloh said she expected visitor numbers to peak during Enlighten.

“I think it’s really important to be part of these annual festivals that bring a lot of visitors to Canberra and highlight the local talent we have,” she said.

As well as the zoo, the National Archives, Royal National Botanic Gardens, Canberra Glassworks and Parliament House will also feature the work of local artists.

Wild Shakespeare will be on at the National Zoo and Aquarium on March 4 and 5 at 5.30pm and 7pm. The zoo will also host ticketed Twilight Safari Tours on March 11 and 12, as part of Enlighten which is on from March 4 to 13. For more information visit enlightencanberra南京夜网419论坛.

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