Hodgson considers psychologist to overcome penalty woes

“We are considering the possibility of inviting someone with us but I think it’s very important they’re someone who is part of the group.


I’m not sure just suddenly shipping someone in to give the players a lecture would work.

England have suffered a miserable record in penalty shootouts, having been knocked out of six tournaments since 1990 after failing from the spot, including their quarter-final defeat by Italy at the 2012 European Championships, Hodgson’s first event in charge of the national team.

Their only success in that period came in a quarter-final win over Spain at Euro 1996, and Hodgson said he was prepared to enlist the help of a professional to help his players prepare, as well as spending time practising on the training pitch.

“I think there’s another possibility, we should be encouraging players to know their penalty, to practise that penalty. When you practise penalties within your group the goalkeeper knows the players, so maybe we won’t do it with a goalkeeper.

“It’s a matter of how we assure ourselves that when those players go up they are as well prepared as they can be. In the final analysis it will be their character, their confidence and their ability to block out tomorrow morning’s headlines.”

“Some players are good at that, other players find it harder. If a psychologist can find a way of getting a player to block that out we’ll be very, very happy.”

Hodgson has also invited Dave Brailsford, the man who helped grow British cycling into a global force, to speak to his players, most likely ahead of England’s friendly against Peru on May 30.

England have been drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D in Brazil.

(Reporting by Josh Reich; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Myles confirmed for NRL round one

Gold Coast co-captain Nate Myles has confirmed he will be fully fit for the Titans’ NRL opener after overcoming off-season groin surgery.


And Titans prop Matt White looks set to complete his recovery from a knee reconstruction after surprising Gold Coast staff with his pre-season comeback.

Myles ended weeks of speculation when he gave the thumbs up to a round one start against the Sharks on March 10 despite a gruelling off-season which featured a World Cup campaign and December surgery to relieve nagging osteitis pubis.

“I am feeling good,” Myles told the Titans website.

“I have amped up the training in the last couple of weeks. I know it won’t be the best feeling running out there (against the Sharks) – I will certainly be sucking in the seagulls.

“Everyone will be pretty even (fitness-wise) for round one. Some players will have more fitness than others. My lungs don’t go too bad.

“Whether I am in the starting line-up is up to the coach but whatever happens, I will be right (to play).”

Myles added: “Players like Whitey (Matt White) and Mark Ioane are coming back in and Bailes (Luke Bailey) is playing very well and the competition for the front row spots is intense which will bring out the best in everyone.”

White’s recovery from a serious knee injury suffered against the Broncos in a 2013 trial has been described as “exceptional” by Titans head strength and conditioning coach Daniel Ferris.

He said while most players returning from a knee injury would wean themselves back, Ferris was impressed that White had soaked up 40 minutes in his three trials to date.

“To come back from that sort of injury with no limitations is first class, as good as anyone I have seen,” Ferris said.

“I can’t speak highly of his attitude. He’s just a real tradesman with an outstanding work ethic.

“He is back in better physical shape than what he was last year when he was just about our best trainer.”

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Reds can’t kick Folau out: Waratahs

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has warned the Queensland Reds there’ll be no hiding from try-scoring wizard Israel Folau in Saturday night’s Super Rugby blockbuster at ANZ Stadium.


The Reds know they can’t eliminate the ever-present Folau from the match entirely, but are planning to limit the Wallabies superstar’s impact on the game better than the Western Force did, by either kicking to open space or not at all.

Cheika said he’d be surprised if Queensland followed through with that tactic, and even if they do, he’s confident Folau’s brilliant kick-returning ability can’t be curbed.

With both teams clambering for a psychological foothold ahead of a match which could have a major bearing on the Australian Conference, Cheika was quick to claim underdog status.

Queensland have won their past five matches against NSW spanning back to early 2011, and have only lost once in their three visits to Homebush.

Cheika attempted to call Reds coach Richard Graham’s bluff on talk of defusing Folau.

“If we were going to kick, it would be pretty hard not to kick to the fullback. He’s going to be back there somewhere,” said Cheika.

“And even if they do kick to the other bloke, he can pass to the fullback.

“I think they’ll kick like they normally do.

“It’s not that easy to say, ‘we’re not going to kick this week’. You train all the time and have habits. Richard Graham’s a smart guy.

“He’s not going to set up a whole way of playing this week because ‘we’re worried about the Waratahs.’

“They’ve got the wood on us.”

NSW are preparing for a titanic forward battle against the Reds, and Cheika has called South African hardman Jacques Potgieter into his starting side at lock in place of 21-year-old Will Skelton.

Captain Dave Dennis missed training on Tuesday with a knee injury and a final decision will be made on the make-up of the side on Thursday.

Cheika denied NSW can benefit from a size advantage against Queensland, but said he had a “gut feel” that Potgieter’s experience could be crucial against the skilled 2011 Super Rugby champions.

Prop Paddy Ryan, retained over Sekope Kepu, said it didn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what former Springbok Potgieter brings to the mix in the back row.

“He’s a big unit. He’s got shoulders the size of a bloody door and he whacks blokes with them,” Ryan said.

“He’s brought physicality and he enjoys the combative style of rugby.”

Last year, NSW went down 14-12 to Queensland at ANZ despite dominating the forward battle.

Five-eighth Bernard Foley believes the Waratahs’ star-studded backline are better placed to capitalise on a solid platform from the forwards than they were in the corresponding fixture last year.

“There’s a lot of strike weapons in the backline,” he said.

Waratahs: Israel Folau, Alofa Alofa, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Peter Betham, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Jacques Potgieter, Paddy Ryan, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves (to be finalised): Tola Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton, Stephen Hoiles, Brendan McKibbin, Rob Horne, Matt Carraro, Pat McCutcheon, Jonno Lance.

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China, rivals sign naval pact

China, the US, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.


The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, which was agreed on on Tuesday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, would reduce the potential for “situations to arise that could lead to conflict in busy sea lanes”, the state-run China Daily said.

China is embroiled in a series of territorial disputes with neighbours in the South and East China Seas, which have frequently led to military jets being scrambled but not open conflict.

Beijing also feels threatened by an increase in US naval power in the region.

In December, a US-guided missile warship, the Cowpens, had to make a sharp turn to avoid colliding with a Chinese naval ship that cut in front of it, according to the Pentagon.

Gary Li, an analyst with the consultancy IHS, described the agreement as “the ideal thing for China to grab hold of – the rules of the road.

“It is not some kind of comprehensive ‘covers all’ code of conduct. It is a mechanism towards de-escalation,” he told AFP.

“If anything happens again during one of these confrontations, or they run into the US Navy, which they undoubtedly will do more frequently in the next few decades as China builds up more blue water capability.

“So I see it coming into play more crucially in these moments, so you will not have a repeat of the US Cowpens, for example.”

The agreement would allow redress for China if it was blamed for an encounter, Li said, adding that China would also benefit from the agreement being “flexible”, given that it is not legally binding.

The agreement was passed at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, a meeting held every two years of more than 20 countries, including the US, Japan and the Philippines, which are locked in bitter disputes with China over contested territory.

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Mental illness still stigmatised in workplace

But Adam doesn’t want to use his real name because he fears people at his new high-tech job will see it and think less of him.


Adam has depression. Since high school, the 27-year-old California resident occasionally has suffered periods when he is more than just blue; he has no energy to get out of bed, feels hopeless and like he’s “been hit by a truck”.

Recently, he considered allowing a reporter to mention his depression in a news story about a community project in which he was involved. His depression was one of the reasons he got involved: “I guess I was tired of feeling like I have to hide this piece of me,” he says.

But he was job-hunting at the time, and friends worried that prospective employers would see the story online and toss his application. The pragmatist in him conceded, and he asked to keep his depression out of the story. Coming off two years of unemployment in a tough economy, he needed a job. Also, he didn’t just need to work to pay his bills; having a job was crucial to his sense of self-worth.

Was Adam being overly cautious? After all, many of us think we live in enlightened times when people don’t lose jobs or opportunities because they have depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

But that’s not the case. Mental health advocates point to studies that show people with mental illness have the highest rates of unemployment of all disabled and that many employers are reluctant to hire someone with a past psychiatric history or undergoing treatment for depression.

The issue reflects our culture’s understandably ambiguous feelings about mental health issues.

In one news cycle, a celebrity such as Catherine Zeta-Jones or a film such as Silver Linings Playbook is hailed as courageous for presenting positive images of people with mental illness. But the next day’s story dwells on how the latest suspect in a mass shooting was hearing voices, fuelling the belief that people with mental illness are unreliable, emotionally unstable, even dangerous.

“We still have a long way to go,” said Lisa Smusz, executive director of Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, or PEERS, a California-based nonprofit organisation working to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

More of us are dealing with various forms and degrees of mental illness than we may realise, she said.

Mood and thought disorders are prevalent, but usually are less understood because they are “invisible,” said Nadine Dixon, a former member of the Berkeley/Albany Mental Health Commission in Berkeley, California. In a workplace, a person’s condition may only show up in subtle ways he behaves, or in gaps in his work history.

At the same time, the ability to work is an important part of recovering from mental illness – along with getting medication, a good therapist, family support and a healthy lifestyle, said Brian Hill of Black Men Speak, an organisation that helps African-American men with mental health challenges.

Work allows people who tend to isolate and feel inadequate to engage socially and feel needed and successful, experts say. But people say they’ve lost jobs or work opportunities because of their disabilities.

Chris Velarde, 33, would like to be open about his bipolar disorder. He receives plaudits for regularly sharing his story with medical schools and community organisations.

But being candid during an interview for a personal trainer job at a gym did not go over well.

“I told them because I wanted them to know there might be special issues. I wanted to be an honest employee and figured they were going to find out eventually.” His interviewer told him, “We don’t have the time for that”.

The lesson for Velarde? He won’t be an “honest employee” again – at least not until after he’s landed the job.

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Harradine remembered as above politics

Australia’s longest-serving independent senator, Brian Harradine, has been remembered at a state funeral in Hobart as a politician with an integrity above politics.


Mr Harradine has been farewelled by family, friends and politicians of all stripes during a requiem Mass.

Former prime minister John Howard joined hundreds of mourners at St Mary’s Cathedral to remember the “father of the senate” who had represented Tasmania for close to 30 years.

They also included federal ministers headed by Senator Eric Abetz, Tasmania’s governor Peter Underwood and the state’s premier, Will Hodgman.

Archbishop Julian Porteous echoed what most already knew – Mr Harradine’s politics were shaped fairly and squarely by his deep Catholic faith.

“It motivated him and informed his actions,” the archbishop said in his homily.

“But he did not seek to impose his beliefs.

“He sought to protect the dignity of human life from inception to its natural end.”

Mr Harradine was a “just man” who leaves behind “an extraordinary legacy of good”, Archbishop Porteous said.

“He was seen by allies and those opposing him as a man who would not go down the path of expediency or compromise in order to achieve objectives.”

Mr Howard, who sparred with the balance-of-power senator over the GST, Telstra and Wik, described him as a man of “great integrity”.

“Brian Harradine was a just man and he identified with principles and he stuck with them, he never deviated,” Mr Howard told reporters.

” … He was tough but faithful.

“If he gave his word on something he stuck to it, and when he wouldn’t give his word on something you knew you had no hope of getting him.”

Writing in the official program, son Bede described him as humble but visionary.

“Many tried to stereotype and pigeon-hole my father,” he wrote.

“Yet Brian Harradine – the statesman in the tradition of Thomas More – was always far deeper, his vision broader, than they could ever fathom.”

Labor colleagues remembered Mr Harradine as a Labor man long after his expulsion from the party in 1975 for alleging party links to communists.

“He’s been redeemed in a way because it was later established that there were some of them very close to the Communist Party,” friend and long-serving Tasmanian Speaker Michael Polley said.

“It cost the Labor Party nationally and here in Tasmania.”

Mr Harradine and his second wife Marian celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary two days before his death on April 14.

The 79-year-old, who had suffered several strokes, is also survived by 13 children.

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Brisbane-born Jason Jang becomes K-Pop sensation

It’s the lucrative industry that has turned South Korea into one of Asia’s pop capitals.


Known commonly as K-Pop, young men and women are scouted from all over South Korea and transformed into pop stars by record labels.

23-year-old Jason Jang, is one of the products of South Korea’s manufactured pop industry.

Born and schooled in Brisbane, Jason now lives in South Korea with his family and is the lead singer of Led Apple.

“The reason why I looked into the K-Pop industry instead of a singing career back in Australia is because of the perspective that Aussies have for Asian artists,” he tells Dateline.

“And how difficult it is for an Asian artist to be successful in a Western country. That’s the only reason why I came back to my parents’ home country.”

Now he is surrounded by adoring fans, especially in South Korea and Japan, and it’s something of a surprise for his old classmates in Brisbane.

“‘I didn’t know you could sing’ is their main reaction,” he says. “Because I’ve never sung in front of my Aussie friends…ever.”

K-Pop is incredibly popular. The carefully manufactured bands have caught Asia’s attention with their perfect looks and catchy songs, but it hasn’t all been easy for Jason.

“My audition was a failure. I went back up to the CEO of the agency and I asked, begged, that he pick me to be in this group,” he reveals.

But fame hasn’t yet produced a fortune for the fast rising star. He is feeling the pressure of stardom and his parents are not happy.

“I’m not enjoying the pressure that much,” he says. “I feel as if I have to work twice as harder so that I don’t disappoint them because they’ve made a big sacrifice.”

Listen: Dateline reporter Jeannette Francis speaks to Peggy Giakoumelos and explains more on the reasons why Jason had to leave Australia to find fame.

Watch Dateline on Tuesdays at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Saints get reward for AFL effort: Montagna

St Kilda’s senior players have led the way in the Saints’ 3-2 start to the AFL season and Leigh Montagna is puzzled why people are so surprised.


Key forward Nick Riewoldt is firming in Brownlow Medal betting markets and fellow veteran Lenny Hayes is firing in midfield at 34.

“A lot of us have played relatively good footy for a long time together so I don’t think it’s anything new or any surprise,” Montagna told reporters on Wednesday in New Zealand.

“We’re just focusing on trying to lead by example for the younger kids.

“It’s all just based around our effort and how we want to play.”

The ninth-placed Saints will start as favourites in Friday’s Anzac Day clash with bottom side Brisbane in Wellington, following St Kilda’s breakthrough win over Essendon by 16 points last weekend.

Two-time All-Australian Montagna is enjoying his mentoring role with No.3 draft pick Jack Billings, who booted two goals against the Bombers in his second AFL game.

“If we’re going to talk to them about what it takes to play AFL football and play consistently well, we need to be setting the tone,” Montagna said.

Youngsters including No.18 draft pick Luke Dunstan, 19, and 18-year-old Billings have added midfield grunt and flair to the side, Montagna said.

“The older guys are setting the example, but the younger guys are really buying in and playing some terrific football,” Montagna said.

“I’ve been working with Jack Billings. It was really exciting to see a bit of a glimpse of what he’ll be able to produce on a regular basis.

“He’s one guy that I’ve spent a bit of time with behind the scenes and I was really proud to see him so excited when he kicked that goal in the last quarter.

“It is exciting to see and it’s probably more the third-year and fourth-year guys, Jimmy Webster, Tom Curren, to see Rhys Stanley take 13 marks. They’re probably more the guys we were hoping would take that step up.

“And they’re the ones who have made more of a difference this year, rather than the first-year guys.”

Montagna said the win over Essendon had boosted the players’ self-belief about being capable of beating good sides.

“While we continue to give great effort, we’ll continue to be in games,” he said.

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Warne keen to help AFL with Ireland series

Cricketing great Shane Warne could join the big AFL names who are throwing their clout behind the troubled international rules concept.


Warne says he is serious about becoming a mentor for the Australian team if the AFL wants him involved.

Collingwood president and high-profile commentator Eddie McGuire will take on a new role as the team’s chef de mission – essentially their spruiker and also the ambassador for the series against Ireland.

Hawthorn’s reigning premiership coach Alastair Clarkson will coach the team for one-off Test against Ireland at Patersons Stadium in Perth on November 22.

After McGuire briefly spoke about the series on Wednesday morning during his radio program, Warne also offered to become involved.

“Within point five of a second, the world’s greatest texter and spinner sent through a message saying he would love to be our international ambassador and facilitator of fun on our (future) trip overseas,” McGuire said.

“He’s pretty good at all those things.”

The AFL has canvassed 10 of the game’s top players for their thoughts on how to make the series flourish.

The chequered history of the international series hit a significant rocky patch last year when an AFL Indigenous All-Stars tour of Ireland failed to gain traction.

That has prompted several months of negotiations between the AFL and the Irish Gaelic Athletic Association.

On Wednesday, the AFL announced only past or current All-Australian players will be considered for selection.

“It’s fair to say there was a great deal of uncertainty with the continuation of this concept,” said AFL football operations manager Mark Evans.

“I acknowledge the recent difficulties we’ve had in fielding our best side in the last couple of series.

“We had to find a different way.”

That included going to the 10 players – six of them current club captains – and asking them what they wanted.

While there is strong support among AFL players for representative and international games, the concepts suffer because of timing and club commitments.

The international fixture will move from October to November to fit in better with players’ post-season leave.

Officials also will change the rules of the hybrid format so AFL key position players can become better involved in what has become a running game.

“When I knew there was going to be a high calibre of people participating, particularly from a players’ point of view … it was a no-brainer for me,” Clarkson said.

“I have a great passion for this game and if we can showcase that to the world, then it’s a great thing for our code.”

McGuire, whose mother is Irish, has great memories of past international series and has big ideas for the concept.

He wants Australia to play Ireland in New York and for the matches to be part of an overseas trade fair.

“We have to put the prestige back into it – we’re not handing out the Australian guernsey to anyone … so it’s not a hit-and-giggle game of football or an end-of-season trip.”

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Outkast leak ‘no big deal’ for Splendour

A Splendour in the Grass producer says festival organisers weren’t annoyed hip-hop duo Outkast leaked the news they were on the line-up days before it was officially launched.


According to Paul Piticco, who co-produces the festival with Jessica Ducrou, the slip-up helped generate more excitement for the Byron Bay event.

“I think that actually if anything it kind of built the anticipation towards the festival a little bit so I don’t think it was a bad thing,” Pittico told AAP on Wednesday.

“I think everybody’s pretty happy that Outkast are playing, so no harm, no foul.”

The July 25-27 festival’s line-up was announced on Wednesday morning. Piticco said the Atlanta duo, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, were happy to rectify the slip-up.

“We just said that you know we’re not meant to announce until Wednesday and they just went `Woops’ and took it down.

“No big deal.”

Pittico said the leak happened because the duo had confirmed a “bunch of festivals” and Splendour just happened to be in that bunch.

“I would assume there were other festivals that hadn’t announced them yet who were in the same situation,” he said.

Aside from Outkast, other big names on the line-up include Lily Allen, Interpol, Two Door Cinema Club, London Grammar, Kelis and Foster the People.

Local acts include Angus and Julia Stone, Triple J’s Top 100 winner Vance Joy and The Preatures.

The festival will take place in North Byron Parklands for the second time and the main stage will move to the site’s natural amphitheatre. The three-day festival will include comedy, craft, karaoke and shopping, alongside the musical delights.



Two Door Cinema Club

Lily Allen


Foster the people

Angus & Julia Stone

City and Colour

London Grammar

Vance Joy



Ben Howard



Hoodoo Gurus



The Jezabels



Wild Beats

Danny Brown


First Aid Kit

Violent Soho



The 1975

Ball Park Music

Art Vs Science

Buraka Som Sistema

The Preatures

Parquet Courts

Sticky Fingers

Peking Duk

Sky Ferreira

Future Islands

Courtney Barnett


DZ Deathrays

* Splendour in the Grass takes place July 25 – 27, Byron Bay.

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Tokyo stocks close up 1.09pc

Tokyo stocks have ended 1.


09 per cent higher, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11 per cent on its return to the Japanese market.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points higher on Wednesday to finish at 14,546.27, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.97 per cent, or 11.31 points, to 1,173.81.

Seibu closed at 1,770 yen ($US17.25), up 11 per cent from its 1600 yen initial public offering price, which valued the group at about 605 billion yen.

The firm’s return to market came about a decade after it was delisted following a major accounting scandal and is a welcome solid result after some recent IPO bombs in Japan.

“The most logical reason why Seibu is up is that it was priced so low that the chance of failure was greatly minimised,” Tatsunori Kawai, chief strategist at kabu广西桑拿, Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires.

With US President Barack Obama due to in Tokyo late Wednesday, traders will be watching for any mention of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, which has hurt ties between the Asian trading partners.

They will also be hoping for signs of progress in talks on the vast Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, with Washington and Tokyo at loggerheads over tariffs on Japanese agricultural products.

New York supplied a positive lead thanks to solid earnings and major pharmaceutical sector deals.

The S&P 500 added 0.41 per cent and the Nasdaq jumped 0.97 per cent, with each index clocking up a sixth successive advance after suffering heavy selling earlier this month. The Dow climbed 0.40 per cent, a third straight gain.

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Qld MP quits role amid blackmail claim

Queensland government MP David Gibson has stood down from the powerful select ethics committee over “mistakes” he made 15 years ago.


Mr Gibson says he’s been subjected to a two-year campaign of intimidation and blackmail and is launching a defamation suit against political rival Scott Elms, who published details about his past.

Mr Gibson admits he faced unspecified charges in 1999 but no conviction was ever recorded.

When first selected as a candidate for the 2006 election, Mr Gibson didn’t disclose the matter and Premier Campbell Newman says he found out about a number of claims three weeks ago.

Early on Wednesday the Gympie MP refused calls to quit as chair of the committee.

But on Wednesday afternoon he did just that.

He said media interest in the court matter could impede the work of the committee, set up last year to investigate acting chairman of Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission Ken Levy.

“The media interest with regards to my role as chair of the ethics committee brings, unfortunately, the findings of that committee, whatever they may be, into question,” he said.

“I’m not denying that I made a mistake 15 years ago.

“There are a lot of us who have regrets.

“I guess I’m human, I don’t go around trumpeting my failures.”

Former LNP member turned independent candidate Mr Elms set up the “No Dave” website to air grievances against the third-term MP.

He said he approached the local LNP branches last year about rumours but nothing was done.

Mr Elms said documents posted this week showed Mr Gibson wasn’t fit to sit in parliament, let alone lead the ethics committee.

“I’m not being judge and jury on this – I’m saying that the community has the right to be judge and jury on this when they go to the polls,” he said.

“Normally, you blackmail someone and they give you money. I can’t remember ever receiving any money from David Gibson or any other favour for that matter.”

Mr Newman has asked the police commissioner and speaker to investigate whether there has been an attempt to blackmail and intimidate Mr Gibson.

He learnt of allegations on April 2 and referred the matter to the clerk of parliament, who had formed the view that there was not sufficient evidence to disqualify Mr Gibson from serving as an MP.

It’s the second controversy Mr Gibson has endured since the Newman government rose to power in 2012.

He was forced to resign as police minister, after just a few weeks, when it emerged he’d failed to pay speeding fines and had driven without a licence.

There have now been three controversial departures from ethics committees in the Newman government.

Liberal National Party MP turned Palmer United Party MP Alex Douglas was dumped as the chairman of the ethics committee in November 2012.

He later accused the premier of tampering with due process.

His replacement, the LNP’s Peter Dowling, was forced to quit as chair in August 2013 over a sexting scandal.

Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss has been nominated to replace Mr Gibson as the head of the select ethics committee.

Mr Gibson will continue to sit in the parliament.

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VC recipient on minds in Burnie

Corporal Cameron Baird VC will be on the minds of those attending Anzac Day ceremonies in the Tasmanian port city of Burnie.


The 100th recipient of the Victoria Cross, who lost his life saving mates in Afghanistan last year, was born and spent his earliest years in Burnie.

Corporal Baird will be remembered there on Friday before a memorial plinth is completed and unveiled for his family in coming months.

“We feel quite privileged that he’s the 100th recipient and the only one that we’ve had from Burnie,” local RSL president Michael Davis told AAP.

“It’s a very bittersweet time because he had to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

“The family has also said the only solace they take is in the fact that he saved lives of his mates.”

The special forces soldier became the 40th and last Australian killed in Afghanistan aged 32.

He’d charged an enemy-held building three times to draw fire away from his comrades and was mortally wounded on the third attempt.

Corporal Baird was posthumously awarded the VC in February, the first commando to receive the nation’s highest military honour.

“To know that somebody from your own home town has aspired to the greatest military honour that you can get in the Commonwealth, we’re quite proud of him,” Mr Davis said.

The Bairds left Burnie for the mainland when Cameron was three but the family is well remembered in the city.

“I’ve had a few people contact me rather irate that we haven’t done anything yet to commemorate,” Mr Davis said.

Corporal Baird will be acknowledged in Anzac Day speeches before the permanent monument is completed late this year or early next year.

“He will be remembered in an appropriate manner for the high, distinguished honour that he got,” Mr Davis said.

Burnie’s dawn service, parade and civic service will be one of 80 to held in various locations around Tasmania.

Hobart’s dawn service at the Cenotaph in Queens Domain begins at 6am (AEST) and its parade at 11am.

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