Peter Beattie faces thrashing in Forde, new poll shows

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Poll shock: The former Queensland premier Peter Beattie. Photo: Andrew Meares

Game on: The LNP Member for Forde, Bert Van Manen. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

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Labor’s shock decision to recruit Peter Beattie as its candidate for the federal Queensland electorate of Forde appears to have backfired spectacularly, with the Coalition on track to win the seat in a landslide, The Australian Financial Review reports.

Forde is one of eight marginal seats polled by JWS Research, the results of which will be published exclusively in Saturday’s AFR Weekend.

The poll of four Labor marginal seats and four Coalition marginal seats around the country was conducted using the names of the respective major party candidates in each seat, ensuring maximum accuracy.

The poll shows that in Forde, in south-east Queensland, the incumbent Liberal-National Party Member Bert van Manen is thrashing the former Queensland premier on a two-party preferred basis by 60 per cent to 40 per cent.

This 10-percentage point lead represents a two-party swing of 8.4 per cent to the Coalition in Forde since the 2010 election.

Mr van Manen is beating Mr Beattie on the primary vote by 54 per cent to 33 per cent, while the Greens are on 4 per cent and 9 per cent are undecided.

The primary vote swing to Mr van Manen since the 2010 election is 9.9 per cent.

Mr Rudd announced Mr Beattie would stand in the first week of the campaign, pushing aside Labor’s preselected candidate Des Hardman.

Billed as a coup by Labor, it was hoped in the ALP that Mr Beattie would not only win Forde but drive up Labor’s vote across Queensland, where it needs to pick up at least six seats from the Coalition to have any chance of a victory on September 7.

But the eleventh-hour substitution may achieve the opposite.

The polls shows that Mr van Manen has a 49 per cent approval rating in Forde and a 19 per cent disapproval rating, giving him a net favourability rating of 30 per cent.

By contrast, Mr Beattie has a 35 per cent approval rating and a 51 per cent disapproval rating, giving him a net favourability rating of minus 16 per cent.

Similarly, in Forde, Mr Rudd has a net favourability rating of minus 18 per cent whereas Tony Abbott’s net favourability rating is just minus 1 per cent.

More than half of the Forde respondents, 51 per cent, believe Mr van Manen deserved re-election whereas only 34 per cent believe Mr Beattie deserves to be elected.

The poll was conducted on Thursday night. In all, the views of 4739 people were sampled across eight seats, including 568 voters in Forde.

The margin of error is 4.2 per cent.

Exclusive polling of eight marginal seats across NSW, Victoria and Queensland, out Saturday in AFR Weekend.

View the Financial Review’s Poll of polls, with the latest results from all major, national opinion polls.

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Apartment of the week: Brighton

Brightonians are both born and made. There are those whose first (and last) steps are taken along Church Street and there are those who begin life outside the large suburb’s borders but aspire to the lifestyle the affluent beachside village allows.
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It is into this context that Brighton has become a popular place for developers to create small blocks of luxurious apartments – it allows retirees to downsize without leaving their familiar patch, and allows those outside the area to move to a place that has beach walks, coffee, shopping, cinemas and restaurants all in one easy place.

This block of four apartments, named ”Villa Blanco”, is one block back from the beach and has three apartments on the ground level and one upstairs. Apartment No.2 is at the back of the ground level and opens from a foyer served by the lift from the basement car park and also accessed via a side garden walk.

Inside, the elevated entrance hall leads down six steps to the large living area that sweeps around to the right. Honey-coloured parquetry floors keep things bright, and large areas of glass offer northern and western light. Bi-fold doors lead to a wraparound patio that has steps leading down to a lap pool and entertainment area. Private and sunny, the poolside area looks a great spot to while away an afternoon.

The kitchen is along one wall and partly sheltered from view by the entrance hall stairs. It has stone bench tops, Ilve appliances, more of the parquetry floors and a cute jelly-bean shaped breakfast bar protruding slightly into the living space.

As in many of these apartments aimed mostly at empty nesters, the main suite is huge – perhaps all the developers and architects recognise that, for the older buyers, ”It’s all about me” is finally true. The large sleeping area opens to a balcony overlooking the pool and, behind the sleeping area, there is a wall of wardrobes, another walk-in wardrobe and a large en suite with a bath.

On the other side of the living area, a hallway leads to two more bedrooms, a laundry, powder room and another bathroom. The bedrooms are light and sunny with built-in wardrobes. Overall, the feeling is of comfort, space, warmth and privacy and with Brighton’s charms outside the door.

2/5 Tennyson Street, Brighton $1.65 million-$1.75 million 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 car spacesInspect 12.30-1pm, SaturdayPrivate saleAgent Hodges, 9596 1111Brighton median house price $1.75 millionMedian apartment price $711,000 Source: REIV

Recent sales 15/18 Warleigh Grove, two-bedroom apartment $538,0003/913 Hampton Street, two-bedroom house $702,0004A Vaucluse Street, three-bedroom house $1,635,000

Surrounding area: Brighton is a large bayside suburb that has the beach at its western end, including the famous bathing boxes at the Dendy Street beach.Serviced by large shopping areas on Church and Bay streets that have cinemas, train stations and supermarkets.Close to Elwood in the north and Hampton in the south, Brighton is large enough – and well serviced enough, including many schools – that residents rarely need to leave its borders in search of something.

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Five of a kind: Local harvest

Saffron grown by L & L Menhenett, Arcadia. Photo: Kerrie O’BrienSaffron
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Grown and used for four millennia, saffron is a spice woven into the fabric and food of human history. These days it is known largely for its subtle flavour and its expense: in Australia, wholesale prices of saffron as sold by weight cost more than its equivalent in gold. In the Goulburn Valley, Lisa Menhenett has spent four years building up her crop, sold chiefly at the Echuca Farmers’ Market at the end of each autumn harvest. Its success when grown in Tasmania prompted her to plant a test run in the Goulburn Valley region. The dried stigmas of the saffron crocus form the saffron threads, with a kilogram of saffron requiring between 110,000 and 170,000 flowers. A jar containing 0.05 milligrams sells for $10.

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Murray River Salt

A lot is spoken about French salt, but up on the border of Victoria and NSW, the harvest and sale of Murray River Salt has created an international appetite for Victoria’s own subtly pink crystalline mineral. Harvested from an ancient inland aquifer far saltier than the sea, the aquifer water is diverted to shallow lake beds where the sun evaporates the water, leaving only a salt crust that is then cleaned and packaged. The result is a mineral-rich product with a pink glow and subtle, savoury taste that has made it a favourite among chefs (Neil Perry is a vocal fan). While diversion of the aquifer originated as a way of saving the Murray from harmful levels of salinity, the product has become widely regarded courtesy of local trace elements that imbue the crystal flakes.

Murray River Salt, Mildura; 5021 5355. sunsalt南京夜网.au

Wasabi

Wasabi farming has become something of a family tradition for Michelle Dundas: her father turned to the idea after seeing the plants growing in riverbed systems in Japan. Fifteen years later, the farm at Thornton grows vast numbers of the spicy green brassicaceae for restaurants and home growers. Though it’s the long root of the plant that produces the famously spicy wasabi paste, both the stems and leaves are edible. The hydroponic growing methods of earlier days have been left behind in favour of placing the plants in the ground: clearly the Thornton climate is cold enough to mimic growing conditions in Japan. Pots of wasabi can be bought by contacting Dundas at the nursery; it takes about 18 months before the root is large enough to be harvested.

Rubicon Mountain, 1123 Taggerty Road, Thornton; 0409 042 858. [email protected]南京夜网.au

Coriander

A quest for a hobby sent John Pahl and Bev Shawadler in search of their first coriander seedlings following the purchase of a farm in South Leongatha 13 years on. Today, the couple have a modest though very successful commercial enterprise spreading across 3.25 hectares and selling primarily to supermarkets. It’s no longer a hobby. Known for its complex flavour profile spanning the spectrum from citrus to sage, fresh coriander is essential when preparing many south-east Asian dishes. Victoria’s climate supports good growing conditions for three quarters of the year, though high summer temperatures can prove a killer. The pair plant all seedlings by hand, with the herb harvested between four and six weeks after planting.

Herbit Herbs, Leongatha South. [email protected]

Garlic

”Garlic ain’t garlic,” according to Port Campbell-based garlic farmer Simon Illingworth. One of a growing number of Australian farmers relishing the increased appetite for home-grown garlic, Illingworth grows eight varieties of the pungent bulb, representing species from Cuba and Russia to France and California. Farming just one kilometre from the Twelve Apostles, he says garlic thrives in the howling winds and salt spray, resulting in a product of purety and intense flavour, not to mention visual variety. Bulbs range in colour from cream to purple to blood-red. Sold nationally online, he is also producing a range of garlic products including black garlic and dehydrated garlic. With no quarantine required, the product is also free from chemical sprays.

Ethical Farm, 98 Currells Road, Port Campbell; 0431 933 406. garlicworld南京夜网.au

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BOXING: “I can’t wait to wear the green and gold again.”

25 YEAR OLD Shelley Watts from Laurieton has been boxing competitively since 2010. She juggles her competitive roster with work commitments plus study at Southern Cross University.
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Shelley’s immediate goal is to make the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. With her selection to travel to Europe as part of the Boxing Australia Academy Team tour, she is one step closer to achieving this.

Shelley was selected for the eight week tour by Boxing Australia after her performance at an Australian Institute of Sport training camp in late July.

“The European tour will give me the opportunity to see what other countries are doing and more importantly, the competition I’m likely to face in Glasgow,” she said.

“I can’t wait to wear the green and gold again.”

Some assistance is needed to help the talented athlete achieve her dream. She is seeking some financial support to ensure she can take full advantage of the European tour and continue to train for the Commonwealth Games team.

“Financial support for female boxers is limited,” Shelley explained.

“Unfortunately whether you achieve your dream can come down to dollars.”

Shelley has worked hard to give herself the best possible chance to get to Glasgow.

“Adrenalin Fitness plus Mike and Paula from the Laurieton Hotel Bistro have been great supporters,” Shelley said.

“Lately I’ve needed to travel interstate for competition, which really eats into my savings.”

If you can help, Shelley would love to hear from you. She is not looking for thousands, just enough to help her reach her goal.

Shelley can be contacted via email at [email protected]南京夜网.

Laurieton’s Shelley Watts (blue) in action.

Laurieton’s Shelley Watts (blue) in action.

Laurieton’s Shelley Watts (blue) in action.

Laurieton’s Shelley Watts (blue) in action.

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Back streets given new life and style

Sharp: Syracuse features 27 apartments in a range of configurations with contemporary decor.Hawthorn streets between the railway line and Burwood Road are being eyed by developers for apartment developments, replacing the not-so-special mix of low-rise commercial buildings and what can best be described as ”remnant” housing.
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From Power Street in the west through almost to Burke Road in the east, the ”backstreets” are being revitalised with apartment blocks that put residents within walking distance of Glenferrie or Burke Road shops and either Glenferrie or Auburn train stations.

The latest project is Syracuse, at 8 Queens Avenue, which will put a seven-level block of 27 apartments on a wide site now occupied by a two-storey commercial building.

Queens Avenue has the Auburn Road shops at its eastern end and, at the western end, there is Henry Street and its underpass connection to the large and pretty Central Gardens. So, for residents there will be shops, transport and open space within easy walking distance. Unlike some developments, the block will not back onto the train line but will be on the other side of the street.

There are eight one-bedroom apartments and 19 two-bedroom apartments in a block whose exterior will add a sharp modern look to the street, with green, white and grey the highlight colours on the angled frames that front each level. At ground level, Syracuse will front the street but the upper levels will be set back.

One-bedroom apartments range from 46 square metres to 62 square metres and have balconies ranging from eight square metres to 13 square metres. Prices are from $379,000 to $479,000.

Two-bedroom apartments range from 60 square metres to 78 square metres and have balconies of between eight square metres and 56 square metres. Eight of these have two bathrooms, and all apartments have parking and a storage cage. Prices vary widely – from $539,000 to $759,000.

A sixth-floor, two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, with views from the wraparound balcony, is $629,000 while, one floor down, a similar-sized apartment with a smaller balcony is $564,000.

Buyers have a choice of two colour schemes featuring grey and white. Many apartments have a study nook, and kitchens have Smeg appliances. Apartments also include a Fisher & Paykel fridge, washing machine and dryer.

A little more than half have sold, to a mix of investors and owner-occupiers. Construction is due to begin later this year.

A display suite is open Saturdays 11am-noon and Beller, 9510 1966, is marketing the project.

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GALLERY: JACK NEWTON: 30 years after the accident

Jack Newton at home. Picture: Simone De Peak Jack Newton at home. Picture: Simone De Peak
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THE distinctive scent of freshly cut grass and horse manure greets me as I pull up at the Newton family’s sprawling seven-acre Cardiff Heights property. It is an idyllic setting featuring a natural spring, quaint stone bridge, decades-old timber stable, statue-still chestnut horses, white fence posts, a flock of brown flecked ducks, squawking cockatoos, a large swimming pool, tennis court and white weatherboard home.

When the family moved here from Warners Bay in 1984, Newton named the property Augusta in honour of the famed American golf course in Georgia that is home to the annual Masters tournament. Newton was first invited to the prestigious competition in 1976 and was runner-up in 1980, tying for second behind Seve Ballesteros and joining the group of five Aussie runners-up that also includes Jim Ferrier and Bruce Crampton.

Queenslander Adam Scott ended decades of near-misses and heartbreak in April this year when he defeated 2009 champion Angel Cabrera with a birdie at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off. The 32-year-old’s victory was stunning and Newton, who challenged Scott two years ago at a Melbourne press conference about his lacklustre putting form, reckons it came down to two factors.

‘‘He accepted it [putting] was an issue and changed to the long putter and he’s now got the best caddie in the game. [Steve] Williams is the sort of guy who expects majors wins – he’s caddied for Norman and Woods. They were two significant changes and his career’s turned around. He’s starting to believe he can win majors and so he should.

‘‘But I don’t think I’m on his Christmas card list,’’ the straight-shooting 63-year-old adds with a devilish chuckle.

We are sitting at the dining table; Newton at the head with his back to the glass doors that open out to the alluring swimming pool, and wife Jackie closest to the kitchen. The unpretentious home has been extended over the years to accommodate the couple’s children, former golf pro Kristie and Penrith Panthers second-rower Clint, who grew up swimming and riding with friends on weekends when they weren’t playing sport.

While the children now live separate lives – Kristie in Melbourne and Clint in Sydney – Augusta remains the sentimental centre of Newton family life. The interior is the antithesis of contemporary minimalism with shelves lined with knick-knacks collected during extensive travels and white walls adorned with artwork. The treasured clutter charts the family’s colourful history, but the one event that dramatically altered all of their lives is represented in the most profound way – the empty right sleeve of Newton’s navy and white polo shirt.

July24 marked the 30th anniversary of Newton’s horrific accident at Sydney Airport, which shocked the nation and made international headlines. The facts are well-known: Newton had travelled south with four friends – including the experienced pilot – in a small plane to watch the Sydney Swans play; as the plane readied for departure that Sunday night Newton, who had not made it on board, was struck by the Cessna’s propeller.

Friend Frank D’Arcy, who was credited with helping to save Newton’s life as he lay injured and bleeding profusely on the tarmac, told the Herald: ‘‘We didn’t think he was coming, then he appeared outside on the left side of the aeroplane. He couldn’t get aboard and must have been trying to get around to the door on the other side … But an aeroplane is not like a motor car, you can’t just walk around to the other side. And there are no rear vision mirrors on a plane. It was very dark there. Pitch black’’.

The propeller sheared off his right arm, sliced open his abdomen and struck the right side of his face, destroying his eye. Renowned ophthalmologist Fred Hollows was one of three highly respected medicos who repaired Newton’s brutal injuries. ‘‘It was really lucky that the Prince of Wales had its A team on that night,’’ quips Newton.

While he can’t remember anything about that night, witnesses have told him that he tried to get up off the tarmac. D’Arcy held him down.

‘‘I could have walked around the corner and got an Aeropelican flight,’’ reflects Newton, but it is the only time he even hints at regret.

He would normally have been at the British Open golf tournament, but a persistent elbow strain – he can no longer remember which arm had been afflicted though he thinks it was the right one – meant that he didn’t make the trip to the UK that week. ‘‘It’s like most accidents,’’ offers Jackie philosophically. ‘‘It was an accumulation of a few factors.’’

When did Newton first learn of his injuries? ‘‘I can remember waking up after the first operation and I sort of went …’’ – he rubs his right shoulder – ‘‘and said, ‘Where’s my arm gone?’ The nurse said, ‘You’ve lost your arm’. Jesus, you can imagine. I think at that point I passed out again. It was a gradual process of accepting the fact that it was gone.’’

He also had to accept that his career was gone, too.

For younger readers, and even those with hazy memories of that time, to put the sudden and premature end of Newton’s career into a contemporary context, imagine Adam Scott ‘‘being struck down before his US Masters win’’, says sport journalist Will Swanton, co-author of Amen: How Adam Scott won the US Masters and Broke the Curse of Augusta National. ‘‘It’s very cruel that Jack was robbed of the same chance [to win a major]. He was a giant of the game and probably would have done it. Maybe that’s why he loses patience when he thinks young guys are wasting their talent.’’

‘‘You don’t become a giant of the game without the wins,’’ says former professional golfer-turned-commentator Brett Ogle, ‘‘and he was winning. He was contending for majors and was very unlucky not to win a couple, very unlucky. He was a superstar in his prime.’’

He had been runner-up in the 1975 British Open, which the preppy 25-year-old American Tom Watson won by one stroke after an 18-hole play-off with Newton, also 25, and described by an English commentator as ‘‘casually, shamblingly [sic] flamboyant’’.

He won the Australian Open in 1979 and tied for second at the US Masters in 1980. He was 33 at the time of the accident.

‘‘I felt there were all sorts of options for me,’’ he says. ‘‘The common perception was that you were at your best as a golfer between 30 and 40.’’

While the accident crushed Newton’s dreams and almost claimed his life, it is what he did next that defines him.

JACK Newton snr was a Cessnock coalminer like his father. He was also a hard task master and strong golfer who instilled a love of sport in his rambunctious son, known by family members as Jack jnr. (‘‘Don’t ever call your kid the same name as a parent, especially when they both play golf,’’ complains Newton). When Jack snr moved the family to Sydney so he could retrain as a police officer, Newton ‘‘had a go with most sports’’. ‘‘I went to school to play sport, really,’’ he jokes. ‘‘I played rugby, league, soccer, cricket. Dad had been a league player in Cessnock, but he told me to give the game away and concentrate on golf. I enjoyed the rough and tumble, the team thing, but golf is a very good game for young people. It involves discipline, honesty and integrity.

‘‘When I was at Epping High I copped a bit of stick about golf. It was seen as a pussy’s game,’’ he laughs heartily, with the confidence of someone who became a professional player at 21 and won his first international tournament, the Dutch Open, a year later. He may be many things – egotistical, opinionated, brutally honest, competitive and stubborn – but no one would describe him as a pussy.

Newton has always been one of the boys. He enjoys a drink and a good time, and likes to be around people who enjoy a drink and a good time. His colourful language is legendary and he loves telling stories. He tells me about meeting the British actor and writer Robert Shaw, well-known for his role as the dissolute Quint in the film Jaws, in a small bar in Spain.

‘‘Tuesdays were practice round days, pretty boring, so me and this South African guy I used to travel with went and had a drink,’’ Newton recounts. ‘‘A guy came over and said, ‘I heard you talking, you’ve got an Australian accent’. He introduced himself as Robert and we had a few more drinks.

‘‘I said, ‘What do you do?’. He said he was an actor staying at Orson Welles’s villa and writing some short stories. I asked him what sort of acting, and he said stage and film. I asked which movies and he said, ‘Jaws, [The Taking of] Pelham One Two Three. It was Robert Shaw!

‘‘We talked about all those really important issues such as who was the best sort in Hollywood.’’ More belly laughs.

The pair became friends. ‘‘In those days, there were none of those,’’ says Newton, nodding in the direction of the snoozing laptop at the other end of the table, ‘‘so everywhere I went [to compete] he’d send me a telegram and wish me luck.

‘‘The poor bastard died when he was 52.’’

Newton believes the 1970s was the best era to be a professional golfer. Strict fitness regimens, intense media scrutiny and large entourages didn’t begin to make an impact until the ’80s. ‘‘We had more fun. It’s all about the money now. The numbers are now greater, the depth is greater, but the great players of my era, with the equipment they’ve got now, those blokes would murder ‘em. I’m talking about Nicklaus, Player, Trevino, Seve.

‘‘In ’72 I had eight top 10 finishes and won two tournaments – all for £19,000. These blokes today wouldn’t get out of bed for that.’’

‘‘I’ve heard some amazing stories [about the ’70s],’’ offers Ogle. ‘‘Back in the days of Bob Shearer and Ian Stanley the winner’s cheque would go on the bar on a Sunday night and they’d drink through to Monday.

‘‘Things started to change in the mid-’80s. Greg Norman really changed it up, hitting the gym, and fitness programs and trainers came in. Everyone was looking for an edge.’’

But it wasn’t all boozy post-tournament celebrations. While sport psychology was in its infancy, Newton admits to hiding in the toilet and reading The Power of Positive Thinking and Maxwell Maltz’s influential Psycho-Cybernetics, which included techniques to develop a positive inner goal as a means of developing a positive outer goal. ‘‘If anyone had seen me reading, they would have thought I was a lunatic.’’

It was all about finding that edge.

NEWTON has always been a tough bugger.

‘‘His parents were doers,’’ says Kristie Newton, ‘‘and they held down all these different jobs to pay for him to be at two different [golf] clubs.

‘‘You can see that the way he was raised affected how he dealt with his injuries.’’

Kristie remembers the night of the accident, though she hasn’t told many people. The 35-year-old recalls waking up during the night and going in to see her mother, only to find family friends in her parents’ bed.

‘‘I freaked out,’’ she recalls. ‘‘They didn’t tell me there’d been an accident, they just said that mum had to go to Sydney to be with dad. I can remember flashes – visiting mum at the hospital quarters where she was staying to be near dad, and waiting around a lot and forever doing crayon drawings. We were too young to have bad memories.’’

Jackie, 65, had been stitching a pair of Newton’s pants in readiness for a tournament in Japan the following week when friends knocked on the front door. ‘‘They told me there’d been an accident. I rang the hospital and they said to get down there. They couldn’t tell me if he’d survive or not.’’

Newton was in intensive care for eight weeks. A large part of his bowel had to be removed and he lost half his liver.

‘‘I took the kids to Coogee one day and told them what happened,’’ Jackie recalls through tears. ‘‘Kristie looked at me and said, ‘Can daddy still cuddle me?’ I said, ‘Daddy can cuddle you with one arm’.’’

Once Newton was eventually discharged from hospital – he had two more operations in the first 12 months – the family moved in with his parents at Carlingford so he could travel to the Mount Wilga Rehabilitation Hospital near Hornsby. It was a challenging period. Newton, who had been so powerful and fearless on the golf course, had to learn to use his left hand to hold a pen, to tie his laces, to ‘‘wipe my bum’’, as well as having to adjust to having one eye. ‘‘If the accident didn’t sharpen me up, that did,’’ he says. ‘‘I was so right handed, it was a joke. A few pens whistled around the room with frustration.’’

He and his packed lunch would get picked up in a mini bus filled with other outpatients.

Newton worked hard with the ‘‘physical terrorists’’ and was determined to reclaim his independence. There was no room for self-pity or defeat.

‘‘I saw young kids aged 14, 15, who had all sorts of things wrong with them. There was a bloke who’d been blown up in the Vietnam War and I remember distinctly he took one step in Mount Wilga and the roof nearly came off because everyone was happy because this bloke had taken one step.

‘‘That put things in perspective for me. I thought, shit, I’m not that badly off really. To play golf you psychologically have to be pretty tough. You’re on your own and it’s such a difficult game. I think that helped me as far as my mental strength went and I’ve always maintained that people who have these sorts of things happen to them, the worst thing is pity because that will drive you to sit in the corner for the rest of your life.

‘‘All I needed was the support of friends and family.’’

EVERYONE adores Jackie Newton. She is the rangy, attractive, former British model who smooths out Newton’s rough edges. Where Newton is pugnacious and stubborn, Jackie is warm and diplomatic. They are chalk and cheese, but very tight-knit. They met in England at a 1972 tournament and have been married 39 years. They relish being grandparents to Kristie’s three-year-old daughter Matilda with husband and former Hawthorn player Ben Dixon, and are looking forward to welcoming the couple’s second child in November. Clint will become a first-time father in October.

‘‘I see them as Bonny and Clyde, as Sonny and Cher,’’ jokes Clint Newton, 32. ‘‘They’re meant to be together. I’ve never shied away from the fact that I was extremely lucky to have two loving and supportive parents. Like every family, we’ve had the odd argument, but we’d always make up.’’

‘‘Everyone tells me how lucky I am,’’ says Newton, ‘‘but as I keep reminding her, I dragged her out of the gutters of London and brought her to treasure island, which she hates to hear,’’ he cackles.

‘‘If you hadn’t run into me, you’d be in the gutters of London,’’ Jackie fires back.

Their desks are side by side in the home office and both work tirelessly for the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, which was established in 1986 and funded largely from the proceeds of the annual Jack Newton Celebrity Classic. Newton has raised more than $3million for junior golf, as well as diabetes research and awareness campaigns (Newton was diagnosed with the disease in the early ‘90s and his father died from diabetes-related complications).

‘‘I don’t care what level kids play at, if you’re in that [sporting] environment, I think your chances of ducking all the problems out there are far greater than if you are not playing something,’’ says Newton.

He is insistent that sportspeople give back to the community. ‘‘He’s given it to me right between the eyes before and I respect that,’’ says Brett Ogle. ‘‘I don’t like it, but he’s probably right. He’s done it when he’s thought I’ve been dodging something I should have doing such as putting more back into golf. He doesn’t see it as just about signing cheques.’’

After three decades, Newton still endures frequent pain. The non-existent fingers attached to his phantom right arm regularly cramp. At other times, his fist will clench and pain ‘‘as bad as the worst tooth ache you can ever imagine’’ will shoot down his arm. Keeping busy provides a welcome distraction from the discomfort, and Newton isn’t one to sit around doing nothing.

‘‘I’ve never heard him complain about the accident; he’s just always been so positive,’’ says longtime friend and former Belmont Golf Club pro Paul Robertson. ‘‘His zest for life is probably what helped him pull through. He likes participating. A lesser person could have turned into a loner and just dropped out, but he’s come through and is someone to admire.’’

As well as his charity work, Newton has also carved out roles as a golf course designer and respected commentator – mainly with Channel 7 – though it seems ‘‘they have pensioned me off’’.

He still lives and breathes the sport, having taught himself to play with his left hand and a right-handed stance. He is due to tee off at Newcastle Golf Club today and is eager to finish the interview on time. He’s ‘‘on a hot streak at the moment’’, though Jackie says he still comes home and says he’s going to give it away. ‘‘I’ve heard that so many times,’’ she laughs.

‘‘He loves the game and he loves to win,’’ says Robertson, 67. ‘‘He’s got a couple of handicaps – the handicap he’s on, and the handicap he can play, which are two different things.

‘‘My handicap is about 12 and I reckon he should be on the same one, but sometimes it’s more than me so I’ve got to give him some start. He always seems to win.’’

Ogle, who fronts The Golf Show on Fox Sports, recorded a special with Newton three months ago. They played at Cessnock’s Stonebridge Golf Course, which Newton designed.

‘‘At the third hole he chipped in from about 50 yards out, left handed, up on to the green like the Jack of old. It was just awesome,’’ Ogle laughs.

‘‘I gave his stump a high five it was so good. I thought, you’ve still got it you old bugger. And then he says to me,rubbing it in, ‘Get that up ya Bogle’.’’

Jack Newton speaking at the Lake Macquarie Business Club lunch in 2007.

Jack Newton watches his son Clint during the the 2007 NRL grand final between the Melbourne Storm and Manly.

Jack Newton upon receiving a Queens Birthday honour for his service to golf in 2007.

Jack Newton.

Golfer Jack Newton playing golf again at Noosa a year after his accident.

Jack Newton in action on day two of the NSW Open Golf Championship at The Lakes golf course on November 2, 1979.

Jack Newton in 1979.

Jack Newton.

Jack Newton.

Jack Newton.

ack Newton, left, and Tom Watson, of the USA, hold the British Open trophy after they tied for a playoff in 1975.

Jack Newton in 1979.

Jack Newton and wife Jackie in 1975.

A smoking Jack Newton during the Piccadilly World Match Play golf championship in 1975.

Jack Newton at Noosa in 1984.

Jack Newton on October 8, 1983.

Jack Newton before July 24, 1983.

Jack Newton shows Newcastle lord mayor Joy Cummings and caddy Gavin Croush of Beresfield how to use an iron at the opening of the 11-hole Beresfield golf course on June 4, 1983.

Jack Newton and his wife Jackie leaving hospital on September 24, 1983.

Jack Newton lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the British Open in 1975.

Jack Newton before his accident in 1983.

Jack Newton on October 8, 1983.

Jack Newton and three-year-old daughter Kristie on a practice fairway during the Australian Open in 1981.

Jackie and Jack Newton with baby Kristie (4 weeks) at Warners Bay in September, 1978.

Jack Newton (left) with golfers Greg Norman and Neil Gaudion.

Jack Newton at home. Picture: Simone De Peak

Jack Newton with wife Jackie at home. Picture: Simone De Peak

The front page of the Newcastle Herald on July 26, 1983.

Jack Newton with granddaughter Matilda, in 2012.

Snowden not interrogated by Russians: Assange

Julian AssangeUnited States intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has not been interrogated by the Russian security services, according to WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who is hopeful there will be a wider “rollout” of revelations about the global nature of US internet and telecommunications surveillance.
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In an interview with Fairfax Media, Mr Assange has confirmed that WikiLeaks personnel have continuously accompanied Mr Snowden since he left Hong Kong for Moscow on June 23, and that he has not been interviewed by Russian intelligence.

“Since Hong Kong we have had someone physically by his side the entire time,” Mr Assange said. “We have had someone with him for 54 days.”

Numerous US and other media reports have speculated that Mr Snowden has fallen into the hands of the Russian state security services, specifically the Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the Soviet-era KGB.

However Mr Assange said WikiLeaks has been “watching the situation closely and the Russian authorities have behaved well”.

“My interpretation is that this is a political and diplomatic matter that long ago rose above being just an intelligence matter,” he said.

Specifically asked whether Mr Snowden had been interviewed by the FSB or any other Russian intelligence agency, Mr Assange replied “No, he has not”.

The US government has condemned Mr Snowden’s disclosure of top-secret National Security Agency surveillance programs and called for him to be returned to the US to face prosecution. On August 1, Mr Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year. In response US President Barack Obama cancelled a planned summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Assange said that “bellicose threats” from Washington over Mr Snowden’s case had scored a “diplomatic own goal” in the United States’ relations with Russia and other countries, especially in Latin America after Bolivian president Evo Morales’ plane was forced to divert from a return flight from Moscow after US authorities wrongly alleged Mr Snowden had been smuggled aboard.

Asked why WikiLeaks had been the only organisation to intervene directly to support Mr Snowden, facilitating his travel from Hong Kong to Russia and organising a legal defence fund, Mr Assange said it was a matter of “having the skills set and international network to do it” as well as a case of “practising what you preach”.

He said media organisations had an obligation wherever possible to protect sources by maintaining confidentiality or, when a source disclosed themselves, by offering other practical assistance.

“There is a moral obligation, and in order to maximise the amount of important information coming to the public you have to make the source feel comfortable with that. That’s one of the reasons for our involvement in the Snowden matter.”

Mr Assange said WikiLeaks’ assessment of the legal situation in Hong Kong had been that sooner or later the Hong Kong government would have moved to process a US extradition request, and that Mr Snowden would have most likely been denied bail and imprisoned while the matter was decided.

In contrast, Mr Assange said it had always appeared he would be “safe from extradition from Russia”.

Asked about The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s statements that as far as he is aware only he and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras have access to the full archive of classified intelligence documents leaked by Mr Snowden, Mr Assange said he would not comment on a question relating to the sourcing of a publication or possible publication.

However he did suggest that a wider disclosure of Mr Snowden’s material may yet take place beyond the “heavy US and European focus” of reporting by The Guardian, The Washington Post and Der Spiegel newspapers.

“Hopefully one day, not too far in the future, we will see a WikiLeaks file rollout to media organisations,” Mr Assange said. “That is the way I would do it, like Cablegate [WikiLeaks’ release of US diplomatic cables in late 2012] that had an important effect on every country.”

“I would like to see the organisations involved learn from our successes and see a global rollout like Cablegate.

“Everything else being equal, material should be published as soon as possible … otherwise governments or agencies start to cover up, [and] work out how to prepare their spin.”

In a statement released on Thursday Mr Snowden said he wanted to set the record straight after lawyers associated with his father, Lon Snowden, had “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation”.

In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post news website, Mr Snowden said that neither his father, his father’s lawyer Bruce Fein, nor Fein’s wife and spokeswoman Mattie Fein “represent me in any way” and “do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans”.

Ms Fein had told The Wall Street Journal that Lon Snowden’s legal team didn’t trust Mr Greenwald or WikiLeaks.

Mr Snowden responded to “correct the record”, saying that “I’ve been fortunate to have legal advice from an international team of some of the finest lawyers in the world, and to work with journalists whose integrity and courage are beyond question. There is no conflict amongst myself and any of the individuals or organisations with whom I have been involved.”

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What to drink … McLaren Vale Wines

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One of the many vineyards in McLaren Vale. Photo: Adam Bruzzone

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Paxton Shiraz Rose 2013 $19

If McLaren Vale producers couldn’t make decent rose from shiraz, something would be awry. And that’s certainly not the case with the Paxton shiraz rose, sourced from a biodynamically grown single vineyard; it has a spicy nose that follows through on the palate. I generally prefer super dry styles of rose, but the sweetness on the palate of this juicy, full-bodied wine is balanced by acidity and fleshier texture. It means this rose can handle food with a bit more heat, such as beef with black bean sauce and chillies. Available from paxtonvineyards南京夜网.

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Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Vermentino 2013 $24

McLaren Vale is famous for its full-bodied luscious shiraz, but it’s also perfect for more alternative varieties. Oliver’s Taranga vineyards have been leading the way with selections of those from sagrantino and tempranillo to fiano and vermentino. It is spurred on by winemaker Corrina Wright’s love of these wines. The 2013 whites have just been released and, as this vermentino reveals, they are super fresh and vibrant. Tasting this, I’m craving summer and a bowl of salty fried shrimp. And an ocean view. Try oliverstaranga南京夜网.

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S.C Pannell Grenache 2011 $55

Each year I look forward to what Stephen Pannell does with grenache, whether in blends or this varietal sourced from 69-year-old vines, and that’s because he makes some of the most profound yet energetic examples. The cooler and demanding 2011 vintage has resulted in a wine that’s just shy of full-bodied with more red fruits – the wine is, as always, a savoury nuanced grenache. Neatly balanced with refreshing acidity, sandy yet ripe tannins – all that’s needed is paella studded with lots of spicy chorizo and mussels. From Prince Wine Store.

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Toby Bekkers Syrah 2011 $110

Toby Bekkers is a specialist in organic and biodynamic practices who has established a label of the same name with his French-born wife and winemaker, Emmanuelle. The 2011 syrah is the inaugural wine and most definitely in the splurge category. But it is also superb with great definition and will age at least 12 years. It reveals a surprisingly subtle yet fragrant nose, plus a savoury more meaty character; it’s the palate that’s so good. Full-bodied but not heavy, and the oak adds to the wine’s mouth-feel. At bekkerswine南京夜网.

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Changes but no rebuild: Mick Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has vehemently denied the Blues are rebuilding and dismissed criticism from premiership coach Robert Walls, describing him as a negative person wallowing in “his own misery”.
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Walls, in his column for The Age, said Carlton had stagnated under Malthouse and called on the board to come clean about whether the club had abandoned its plans for short-term flag success in favour of regenerating the list.

When this question was put to Malthouse on Friday, he denied that the introduction of five debutants this season (including Morrish Medallist Nick Graham who has been picked to play against Richmond on Saturday), or forecast changes to the list, amounted to a rebuild.

“How is this a rebuild? We’ve brought in [Jaryd] Cachia, [Troy] Menzel, [Sam] Rowe, who would have come in earlier had he not had cancer, and Graham. I hardly suspect that is what you call a rebuild. That is just bringing in players who are in form and they take over from players who are not in form or injured. You use this word, rebuild. Every side builds on a yearly basis to be better. Sydney built their side this year on the basis of being better than last year, the premiers… West Coast have just had two retirees. Is that a rebuild? No, it’s just natural attrition.

“We will make changes like every other club,” Malthouse added. “I’ll make a bet now that we are far from the most picks in the draft. Other clubs will go deeper than us… How far we cut depends on how well we go for the rest of this year.”

Malthouse said he had taken a gentle approach to correcting the deficiencies exposed in last weekend’s dispiriting defeat to the Western Bulldogs – “we don’t whack people in here” – before taking a whack at Walls. “I am so used to Robbie Walls being a critic. Fair dinkum, I’ve had Robbie Walls for – how long have I coached? – long enough to know that he is a very negative person so I take absolutely nothing in what Robert says. He lives in his own misery and so be it.”

The Blues are on nine wins and 10 losses with three games remaining. Their best hope of September action, however remote, is to finish ninth and be on standby if Essendon is ejected from the finals by the AFL commission.

On that topic Malthouse, alone among coaches and officials from rival clubs, has been outspoken in his view that the league must not go soft on the Bombers. However, he clammed up on Friday except to say he had no regrets about airing his views, including fears that the supplements scandal could turn the finals into a shambles.

Malthouse also leapt to the defence of captain Marc Murphy after Walls claimed Carlton had made the handover from Chris Judd one year too soon.

“It’s a learning process for him as much as anyone because he has come out of the shadows of a very, very talented, domineering player, one of the greats of the AFL,” he said, reminding critics that Murphy had come off a short preseason because of knee surgery. “Murphy is made for captaincy but it will take some time, it’s a learning process.”

Judd said this week he had not given up on returning from a knee injury, and would play on in 2014. Even so, Malthouse said, the dual Brownlow Medallist could not be the explosive, magnetic figure he once was.

“Chris Judd is not Benjamin Button. The role he played in this organisation was to draw people to him, opposition players, and that allows others to escape a lot of scrutiny. Chris is another one who has chased his tail a bit on the training track. With him out of the side it will give others a chance to demonstrate they can take his spot. When he does play the expectations are far greater on him than they should be.”

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Lawyer takes on the Dees presidency

Former Victorian treasurer Alan Stockdale has lost out in his bid to become the president of the Melbourne Football Club, with lawyer Glen Bartlett taking on the top role.
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Bartlett was appointed president after a board meeting on Friday. He now faces the job of helping to rebuild a club that is struggling financially and set to lose about $1.5 million this season, and also pursuing a new coach and head of football.

”I am excited by the challenge and look forward to working with the club’s stakeholders to make the Melbourne Football Club strong and successful,” he said.

By having a president in place, the Demons believe they can sell stability to a prospective coach.

Lawyer Chris Lovell, a national managing partner of Holding Redlich and a long-time Demons supporter, had also expressed his interest in the key role.

Stockdale had pushed hard for the presidency, and had even established a website to attract support.

”It got lots of activity, particularly on Facebook, and lots of support, but the AFL has its own way of doing things,” Stockdale told Fairfax Media. ”I congratulate Glen Bartlett. I certainly wish him well. Nothing would please me more than for the club to get the best possible people into the coaching position, the football manager, the recruitment and every other vacant position in the club and to see Melbourne with a plan to head back to success. I wish them well.”

There had been questions as to how well Stockdale, the Liberal Party national president, could work with the no-nonsense Jackson. He will not seek a spot on the board, with three positions still up for grabs. ”I am not interested in going on the board,” Stockdale said.

Bartlett, who played with the West Coast Eagles in their first AFL season, joined the Demons’ board in July. He replaces interim president Peter Spargo. Former chief Don McLardy stepped down in June.

AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon, who was on the board nominations committee, said Bartlett would make the necessary changes after the league-endorsed decision.

”Glen Bartlett is very well credentialled in both a football and business sense, and has the support of the AFL in leading the Melbourne Football Club board as it moves to take the club into an era of sustained competitiveness and success,” Dillon said on Friday.

”Glen’s extensive experience with football in Western Australia and his passion for the Melbourne Football Club, combined with an impressive legal career, means he has the right skills and insights to lead the Demons at this critical time.”

Bartlett, a father of four boys, will give his maiden address ahead of the Demons’ clash against Fremantle at the MCG on Sunday.

He had been a managing partner of law firm Clayton Utz until recently. In a distinguished career, he had also been president of the WAFL Players Association and had established a sports management business with John Worsfold, the former Eagles premiership captain and now coach.

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