Short Takes November 30 2017

Send yours to [email protected]苏州夜总会招聘.au or text 0427 154 176, including your name and suburb.WHILE the Supercars circus was in town on the weekend I was glued to a true sporting contest in which the participants only had access to a bat and a ball. For those of us blessed with a longer attention span it was compelling watching Smith’s artistry, the brutal fast bowling and the courage from some of the English. Reality TV at its very finest.
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Greg Hunt, Newcastle WestLET me get this straight. They’re going to demolish the Queens Wharf tower (“Tower on its last legs”, Herald 29/11) because it’s ugly, or is it because people can’t get their brains above their belts?

Peter Grant,Speers PointIF the Queens Wharf tower has to come down (“Tower on its last legs”,Herald29/11) it could be a good idea, as it’s on the water, to put it on a barge.Tow it out to sea,turn it into a fish reef andadd more as time goes on – boats, trains, planes. Great for tourism.

Alan Ackroyd,HamiltonTO Les Hutchinson (Letters, 29/11):if you’re a native to Britain you are British,a native to Canada you are Canadian.Myselfbeing born in from n parentsmakes me a native n. Therefore I believe I can be classed as an indigenous n, andI have no problem with celebrating Day on the 26th of January.

Brad Hill,SingletonIS anyone else sick of seeing discarded dirty nappies littered around the car park of Lambton Pool and surrounds? How about you put them in the bin or take them home? Set an example for kids instead of passing on your self-entitled mentality. Not hard.

Ann Walker,LambtonREGARDING the port helicopter(Letters 29/11), perhaps it will be able to help showcase our area to the cruise ship passengers, saving them a long bus trip? A shuttle service by air to the vineyardswith a commentary on theviews sounds like perfect way to showcase our area to cruise passengers in the short time they are in port.

Graham Fox,Clarence TownIN my profession I’m required to do work in people’s houses on a daily basis. To put people at ease, as a stranger in their house, I break the ice by bringing up the latest news. I’ve noticed at least 90% of people don’t care about royal babies, royal weddings and so on. I wonder why the media goes into meltdown when people just don’t care. As one old bloke stated maybe coverage of world champion marbles will be next.

Rick Sharp,BelmontI WOULD like to thank all the people from Mount Hutton and Jewells shopping centres who generously donated to my Multiplying Gift Appeal for World Vision. With your help I raised over $600 which is equal to over $6000 worth of food aid. I’d like to say avery big thank you to you all!

Adrian Pypers,RedheadTHE POLLSDO you support the demolition of the Queen’s Wharf Tower?

Yes46%, No54%

For new US Fed chief, easy times demand some tough calls

Incoming US Federal Reserve chief Jerome “Jay” Powell may indeed be the “continuity candidate” that the market assumes, but it’s unclear that more of the same in terms of monetary policy is what is needed right now.
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On Tuesday night, n time, Powell toed the party line in his confirmation hearing with US senators, repeating the consensus positions of the Fed’s board under outgoing boss Janet Yellen: there will be a rate hike in December, a few more next year, and a continued run-down of the central bank’s bloated balance sheet.

Powell will be appointed at what looks like a sweet spot for the global economy, with investors unruffled by the beginning of the end of the post GFC years of monetary stimulus.

The reduction in central bank support programs, in terms of asset purchases, is halfway through, Citi strategists estimate. And “so far, the impact on markets has been limited,” they note. “Perhaps the second half of the taper will bring more market turmoil.”

Perhaps. But the timing of when this “paradigm shift” away from extraordinary support will really kick in remains a mystery. This time last year there was a lot of talk of higher rates and losses in bond markets, which would put expensive asset markets around the world under pressure. Instead it was another fabulous year to make money in at the riskier end of financial markets.

The upbeat mood is nicely captured by the fact that International Monetary Fund forecasters in recent months have for the first time since 2010 begun to upgrade their growth outlook.

All of which, as Macquarie economists put it, means now is the time to “make hay while the sun shines”. The Macquarie view chimes with what looks like an emerging consensus that the turn in the cycle won’t happen until 2019, a year that “is likely to be more dangerous as stronger wages and inflation in the US along with the first rate hike in Europe, collide with further China weakness”.

So what, as the newly ensconced boss of the world’s most important central bank, do you do in this situation? What does “making hay” look like in terms of monetary policy? Ahead of the curve

It seems the incoming crop of top central bankers – Chinese and Japanese central banks are also likely to have new chiefs – will have at least a year of sunshine under which to bask. That should embolden them to try to get “ahead of the curve” – tighten policy in anticipation of rather than in response to climbing inflation. Perhaps they will begin paying more than lip service to the fact that low and even negative yields around the developed world have contributed to what some call “the everything bubble”.

For what it’s worth, the rich countries club, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, has pinned its colours to the mast and said the RBA should preference financial stability over inflation targeting and lift rates now to ward off further risks of a bubble and bust in the housing market.

The RBA is surely not averse to that thinking. In August 2012, former boss Glenn Stevens said he “would have thought that by this point we have to conclude that simply expecting to clean up after the credit boom is not sufficient any more; the mess might be so large that monetary policy ends up not being able to do the job when the time comes”.

If Stevens was saying that five years ago, then what has happened since is a collective failure of nerve under the pressure of almost single-handedly guiding the country through the post-mining investment boom era with only the blunt tool of interest-rate setting. Stevens cut rates eight times over the intervening period, from 3.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent now.

Do central banks have the nerve to “lean” against bubbles now? Do they “make hay while the sun shines” and increase rates to get ahead of the curve, leaving them with enough ammunition to ease rates come the next downturn?

Our central bank seems further from that point than do others, such as the Fed or the Bank of Canada.

The RBA under Philip Lowe – who as far back as 2002 was penning papers on the importance of financial stability concerns in monetary policy making – appears happy with the way regulatory interventions have taken the steam out of the housing market. Lowe also has the (very thin) cushion of rates at a plump 1.5 per cent, which suggests rates could, in a pinch, be cut a couple of times before losing any leverage over the economy.

For central bankers, like politicians, the decisions you make when times are good can sometimes be as important as the ones you make when times are bad.

Newcastle business Escape Travel moves to create ripples by chartering an entire ship for a cruise in Southern France

It takes two: Adam and Fiona Pearson own and run Escape Travel franchises in Newcastle.You attended Whitebridge High then abandoned plans for uni. Why?
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My Dad was home from work recovering from a heart attack, and I’d just finished the HSC. We were chatting and I mentioned I wouldn’t mind giving what he did a go. Although I did well at [school]and had enrolled in computer science at The University of Newcastle, I was tired of studying. I just wanted to work. I did six weeks work experience at Jayes Travel in Newcastle, when it was owned by the original Jenkins family, loved it.I quickly realised I wanted to travel. I really didn’t like history at school, but seeing it in the flesh is a whole other story – there’s nothing like standing in Rome and seeing thousands of years of history. It’s fantastic and I love it. I guess I’m living proof you don’t have to go to uni to have a successful career.

Adam Pearson

Your first impressions of the travel industry?

I loved it. It is fast paced, fun, the people we worked with and clients we dealt with where happy and it was all about making great holidays for people – while some things have changed, this hasn’t.

When did you and your dad openyour Harvey World Travel store and how did the partnership work?

Twenty oneyears ago. We had 28 years of experience between us(Dad had been in the travel industry for 20 years and by then I had been for eight years)and coming together meant we were able to capitalise on this. We’re lucky to have a great relationship so there’s been no problems working together. Mum did the books and my brother joined us later the same year that we opened, as did Angela Jenkins, who is still with us.

In 2015 you took over the business, which rebranded to Escape Travel and has five Newcastle franchises. What role do you and wife Fiona have?

Although we own the business together our roles are different. I manage day to day operations and oversee all five offices in Toronto, Mt Hutton, Charlestown, Glendale and Kotara, and Fiona does the administration.

Describe your average day?

Supporting frontline staff, arranging advertising, negotiating group travel arrangements and looking for future opportunities, liaising with travel partners, suppliers and our head office, keeping an eye on finances and generally ensuring that every thing is running smoothly – I have a great team and get a lot of help!

What are the biggest challenges to your industry?

The misconception that booking online saves money – it doesn’t. The experience of a well travelled agent counts when booking a holiday, especially someone who’s been there and done what you want to do. I’ve heard of so many stories where people have missed some amazing experiences in various parts of the world because they simply didn’t know it was there or booked flights that have taken more than 30hrs to get to Europe! Find a good agent and stick with them. A travel agent is an agent for their clients. Book online or direct with a supplier and you’ll only get their options. A good agent will know the options and the differences between them.Cheapest and best are two different things.

And to your business?

In line with the above, we employ local people who genuinely care about our customers and love the opportunity to make the best holidays – the internet doesn’t. Purchasing your holiday through an agent keeps some of the profits here in and doesn’t cost you any more.

You have just said you are the only travel agent in to charteran entire ship on a cruise down the Rhone to southern France. How do you know it’s the first of its kind?

I’ve double-checked this with Emma Davey at Scenic, and she assuresme this is an n first for a travel agent. It’s also a first for Escape Travel (and the Flight Centre group of companies), for Newcastle and Scenic. Plenty have taken groups to Europe, none have charted the whole ship though.

Why the move?

Chartering an entire luxury cruise ship means all of the customers come from us, and from the same geographic region, ie Newcastle/Hunter. Over the years of taking groups of people overseas, we’ve seen some lovely friendships blossom. This happens because everyone lives in the same region and friendship can be continued after the trip. Just imagine going on a trip with 150 people who all know each other. The South of France has always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit. We’re visiting the Beaujolais wine region, a gourmet splurge in Lyon, and dinner and a classical concert in the Pope’s Palace in Avignon. The palace is not open to the general public and is only available to the French Parliament and Escape Travel for access. There are also other stops.

For those who haven’t cruised, what’s the appeal?

All inclusive luxury and unpacking once! Everything’s included. The only extra’s on board are spa treatments and getting your hair done, everything else is taken care of – meals, drinks, entertainment, shore excursions and even specialty dining.

Favouritedestination?

My ‘win lotto’ go-back-to place would be the Maldives. Spectacular – the quintessential island paradise.

NBN delay could cost up to $790 million, Labor claims

Delays for millions of future NBN customers expecting to connect through their existing pay television or internet cables could cost taxpayers up to $790 million, a statement from Labor claims.
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The delay of new customers being added to the hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network for six to nine months, could cost from $423 million to $790 million, according to a joint announcement from shadow minister for communications Michelle Rowland and shadow minister for finance Jim Chalmers.

They pointed to the 2016 NBN Corporate Plan, which included a sensitivity analysis for a situation where delays occurred – and a revenue per home of $47 a month.

But the government has questioned the accuracy of the figures – saying the NBN was still working through the financial forecasts, and the estimates in the Plan were made before the HFC network was being rolled out.

Labor’s calculations were made on the assumption that three quarters of two million homes were delayed for half a year, leaving a $423 million shortfall. The upper end of the range assumes three quarters of 2.5 million homes are delayed for nine months, resulting in a shortfall of $793 million.

But a spokeswoman for the Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said the Labor announcement was based on NBN’s 2016 Corporate Plan, which was released in August 2015 and updated twice.

“The figures used by Labor reflect estimates made before the HFC network was being rolled out. In the time since that corporate plan was issued, NBN has rolled out HFC to more than a million premises – the fastest rollout of any technology type in the network,” she said.

“NBN’s latest Corporate Plan estimates a peak funding range of $47 to $51 billion.

“As the Corporate Plan notes, NBN’s management continues to forecast a range of possible outcomes due to the long term uncertainty inherent in a complex infrastructure build over multiple years.”

In a radio interview, Mr Fifield agreed the NBN had some “teething issues” with the HFC technology, but said the multi-technology mix approach was “the right one”.

“The issues that have been identified are very fixable. They will be solved,” he said.

“And the NBN will be completed by 2020. That’s still the target and what will be achieved.”

NBN Co was unable to provide confirmation or denial of the figures.

“NBN is still working on our revised financial forecasts following our decision to temporarily pause sales on the HFC network,” a spokeswoman said.

Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn gave his support to the NBN for delaying the roll out at an address to the American Chamber Of Commerce in on Tuesday.

“While there are financial implications for Telstra as a result of this decision, I applaud nbn for prioritising customer experience over roll out and taking this action to address a significant customer issue,” Mr Penn said.

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Bali flights cancelled into fourth day as Mount Agung erupts

A group of surfers from Sydney wait for updates on their cancelled flight. Picture: AAPThe normally bustling airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali is a near- ghost town, dotted by anxious n tourists desperate to get home.
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The Mount Agung volcano lies a fair distance – about 70 kilomteres away – but the threat it poses is very real, and visible.

Activity at the mountain has ramped up in recent weeks culminating with the cancellation of flights in and out of Bali this week due to a large ash cloud thrown up by the volcano.

Indonesia has raised its alert for Mount Agung to the highest level, warning of the risk of a lava eruption is “imminent”.

Mount Agung, which sits more than 3000 metres high over eastern Bali, last erupted in 1963 killing more than 1000 people and razing several villages.

On Monday night, tourists settled down for the night on makeshift beds on the airport’s dusty floors.

Some were considering making the more than 10-hour journey to Surabaya and catching a series of flights across Indonesia back to .

All are frustrated by what they say is a lack of updated information from their airlines about what happens next.

The first Janeen McKay heard about flight cancellations was in a text from her brother back in as she was on her way to Bali’s airport.

“I had nothing from Jetstar, they had my mobile number,” the West n said.

An empty Bali International Airport after volcanic ash forced its closure.Photo: James Hall

After a 12-hour wait at the airport, she’s now been told she won’t be able to get home until Saturday at the earliest.

“We had a really nice time in Bali but then we get here and this has just ruined it,” Ms McKay said.

“Why does it take five days to get us out of here? Not very happy.”

Ms McKay, an office manager, is keen to get back to Geraldton, north of Perth, to take over the care of her elderly mother from her sister, a nurse, who’s needed back at work on Thursday.

Veronika Naberezhnova is also non-plussed.

“It’s a bit annoying,” the Department of Human Services worker said.

“My family’s waiting there (in Sydney) as well, they’re all waiting, they’re all stressed.”

On the other side of Bali, at Sanur beach, the distant crackle of lightning and an afternoon rain shower were the only annoyances for tourists lounging on sun beds and sipping cocktails.

For them, the airport’s closure means an extended holiday.

Due to the significant volcanic ash and current weather conditions, Denpasar Airport is currently closed. As a result, we have cancelled all flights between Bali and today and Wednesday 29 November. More info available on our Travel Alerts page. https://t苏州夜场招聘/LD8rC5LZdZ

— Virgin (@Virgin) November 28, 2017[Travel update] All Wednesday Bali flights cancelled: https://t苏州夜场招聘/ipKqIRVLSf#MountAgung#volcanoNext update by 7pm AEDT tonight.

— Jetstar Airways (@JetstarAirways) November 29, 2017

JQ101 to Townsville and JQ117 to Perth –a flight originating in Singapore –won’t be going ahead.

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Archbishop Philip Wilson plans to work on despite Alzheimer’s diagnosis putting trial on hold

ARCHBISHOP Philip Wilson plans to remain head of Adelaide archdiocese for the next eight years despite his lawyers telling a Newcastle court on Tuesday that he had Alzheimer’s disease and might not be fit to stand trial.
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In a statement on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the shock diagnosis put his landmark trial for allegedly failing to report child sex allegations on hold, the archbishop, 67, told his Adelaide archdiocese he could see out his term until the mandatory retirement age of 75.

“I am aware that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is one that will alarm many people,” Archbishop Wilson said.

“An initial reaction by many people is to think that life is all but over, and that a person with such a diagnosis cannot continue to live a productive life and contribute to society. I am fully aware that some people will now judge me in this light. But I hope to prove them wrong!”

Archbishop Wilson said he had been prescribed medication “that may assist me greatly in slowing the progress of this disease, and indeed improve my present condition”.

“However, if a point comes in the next eight years before my mandatory retirement as Archbishop of Adelaide, at 75 years of age, and I am advised by my doctors that the effects of Alzheimer’s disease may be beginning to impair my ability to function properly as archbishop, I will offer my resignation to the Holy Father.”

Archbishop Wilson said he had informed the Pope’s representative in , the Apostolic Nuncio, of his diagnosis and would provide him with medical reports and updated tests with his neurologist “during the years ahead”.

Archbishop Wilson did not appear in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday for the expected start of a two-week trial after he was charged in March, 2015 with failing to report child sex allegations involving Hunter priest Jim Fletcher to police between 2004 and 2006 when Fletcher died in jail after his conviction.

Archbishop Wilson has pleaded not guilty to the landmark charge that made him the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged with such an offence. His three attempts to have the charge dismissed, including a NSW Court of Appeal application in June that was dismissed by three judges, were unsuccessful.

In his statement Archbishop Wilson said his recent problems started with a fall on October 11 where he was “unconscious for a small amount of time and I lost a lot of blood”.

The court heard he required eight sutures to a head wound when he was seen in an Adelaide hospital emergency department.

“In the weeks following this event, some of my colleagues noticed that I was not myself and advised me to have a number of medical tests.As a result of those tests, it was determined that I needed a pacemaker attached to my heart, and the neurological tests have diagnosed that I have Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.

In court on Tuesday magistrate Caleb Franklin was told lawyers for Archbishop Wilson referred him to see a neurologist after they were concerned about his cognitive abilities during a meeting to discuss the Newcastle trial.

Adelaide neurologist Dr Andrew Lee told the court he gave a “working diagnosis” of Alzheimer’s disease after conducting three tests, including a “Montreal” test where Archbishop Wilson was unable to draw a clock and had difficulty drawing clock hands showing the time of 11.10am.

Archbishop Wilson was also unable to do a simple test of counting backward by seven from 100, or nominating words starting with the letter ‘f’ in under one minute.

Dr Lee agreed with barrister for the Crown, Gareth Harrison, that the archbishop might have been “malingering” in failing to complete some of the tests within the time frames. But he “didn’t get the impression he was trying to put this on”, Dr Lee said.

A YouTube video of Archbishop Wilson, posted by his diocese on October 31, might have seemed to show a senior cleric in command of his faculties, Dr Lee said. But slight verbal stumbles at several points, for a man as experienced a speaker as the archbishop, were further signs of the need for more intense assessment of his cognitive abilities, he said.

Magistrate Franklin adjourned the matter until Friday morning, when the court will hear if Archbishop Wilson can get an appointment to see a neuropsychologist for a further assessment, in time for the trial to start on Monday.

Mr Franklin rejected a Crown application to start the trial before Archbishop Wilson is assessed by the neuropsychologist, telling the court “If he’s not fit to stand trial then I can’t force the matter to proceed”.

But Mr Franklin expressed dissatisfaction with the timing of the archbishop’s adjournment application.

“I have to say it’s a completely unsatisfactory state of affairs it’sbeen left so late,” Mr Franklin said.

In his statement Archbishop Wilson said he was “at peace with the situation in which I now find myself”.

“I am in God’s hands and I trust in the love and care of the Lord on the journey of life I have before me,” he said.

“I ask that you take this information that I am providing to you calmly and peacefully. There is no cause for panic.

“I will continue to be present to you with all the love I have for the Archdiocese of Adelaide. And I intend to reach out to others who live with the Alzheimer’s condition and to be a sign of support and encouragement to them.”

The full statementTo the priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters, and all the People of God in the Archdiocese of Adelaide,

I wish to share with you some important information about my health.

On October 11 this year, I had a nasty fall and injured my head. I was unconscious for a small amount of time and I lost a lot of blood. The blood thinner medication I take contributed to the significant blood loss.

In the weeks following this event, some of my colleagues noticed that I was not myself and advised me to have a number of medical tests.

As a result of those tests, it was determined that I needed a pacemaker attached to my heart, and the neurological tests have diagnosed that I have Alzheimer’s disease.

And all this has been occurring while I have been preparing for the trial that begins today (November 28, 2017) in Newcastle, NSW. I have informed the Court about my recent diagnoses which I hope will not prevent the process from at least starting. However, I am advised that it is now solely a matter for the Court to determine what will need to happen from this point.

Of course, I am aware that the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is one that will alarm many people.

It is a present reality that much stigma is still associated with Alzheimer’s disease. An initial reaction by many people is to think that life is all but over, and that a person with such a diagnosis cannot continue to live a productive life and contribute to society. I am fully aware that some people will now judge me in this light. But I hope to prove them wrong!

I have been prescribed medication that may assist me greatly in slowing the progress of this disease and indeed improve my present condition and I will, of course, see my neurologist regularly for testing and medical support. However, if a point comes in the next 8 years before my mandatory retirement as Archbishop of Adelaide, at 75 years of age, and I am advised by my doctors that the effects of Alzheimer’s disease might be beginning to impair my ability to function properly as Archbishop, I will offer my resignation to the Holy Father.

I have informed Pope Francis’ Ambassador in , the Apostolic Nuncio, of my diagnoses and will provide him with the medical reports from my specialist physicians and I will update him regularly with the results of tests and consultations with my neurologist during the years ahead.

With the grace of God, I am at peace with the situation in which I now find myself. I am in God’s hands and I trust in the love and care of the Lord on the journey of life I have before me.

I ask that you take this information that I am providing to you calmly and peacefully. There is no cause for panic. I will continue to be present to you with all the love I have for the Archdiocese of Adelaide. And I intend to reach out to others who live with the Alzheimer’s condition and to be a sign of support and encouragement to them.

Yours sincerely

Most Rev Philip Wilson DD JCL

Archbishop of Adelaide

In praise of JLaw saying she’s an ‘a–hole’ around fans

Jennifer Lawrence has confessed aloud in front of another famous human being that she turns into “a huge a-hole” in order to preserve her sanity around fans.
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“Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude. I turn into a huge a-hole,” Lawrence told Adam Sandler in a promotional interview for Variety Magazine, (below). “That’s my only way of defending myself.”

Lawrence said that the situation only worsened when she was out with her friend, comedian Amy Schumer.

“I take my dog to the park all the time, to Central Park,” Lawrence said. “As soon as I meet her in the park, we’re f???ed.”

Lawrence is also not afraid of a quick quip in order to stop a fan taking a Selfie with her, often offering the excuse that it’s her “day off”.

On the surface, this might appear a little ungracious. Nobody thrust J.Law into the spotlight, it is her own choice. But Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-winner, movie star, imaginary best friend to everyone under the age of 30, is still a woman. And women everywhere can relate to what she’s saying, which is that when a female asserts her right to not please everyone all the time; when she puts up boundaries, or says no, it’s interpreted as a-hole behaviour. Who among us has not been told to “smile” because it can’t be that bad? The inference being that women should be cheerful because it can’t be that serious.

But a man frowning? He’s probably got a lot on his mind!

Lawrence is no idiot, she understands that if she doesn’t make light of her boundary-setting, someone is going to accuse her of being a b—h. She also knows that, as a young woman, if she’s not firm from the outset, interactions with fans can quickly go from annoying to dangerous.

A quick glance around at the current climate shows clearly how little regard men in power have for a woman’s refusal to accommodate their wishes. How much more concentrated then, is the ordinary entitlement of a fan who believes he made Lawrence what she is today?

So let us raise our glasses to J.Law, who is unafraid of asserting herself, even if it means being perceived as an a-hole.

Real Housewives’ Krissy Marsh: In 18 months, we doubled our money

The supremely organised reality TV star even labels her egg containers.
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What is your strongest memory of your childhood home?

Growing up on acreage with my parents, three sisters, 13 horses, four dogs and 100 birds in Queensland. We loved it when it rained because the three dams overflowed and ran into each other and would we make mud slides and swim our horses.

What do you recall most about buying your first home?

I bought my first home with my three sisters – we each put in $8000 for the deposit that we had saved and bought an old Queenslander in Clayfield. In less than 18 months we had doubled our money – not only was it a very wise investment, but it gave me a taste for the property market and led me to pursue a career in real estate and become a licensed real estate agent.

What was the best part of home ownership?

For my sisters and I, it was that we had the capital appreciation and could begin to value-add to our property with renovations and furnishings – we could start to make the property our own. Because we all went into the investment with the same goals, it made for a great experience and kick-started our financial independence.

And the worst?

By far it has to be DIY reno disasters … I once ripped up old lino with a kitchen spatula as I was replacing the flooring with floorboards. It meant it took much longer to get the flooring in because the mess I had made had to be cleared up and removed properly. There was also the time I painted my windows and they dried in the closed position. Of course it was summer. I finally got them fixed in winter. Related: Krissy Marsh swaps Dover Heights for VaucluseRelated: Real Housewife Nicole O’Neal snaps up $7m houseRelated: At home with Melbourne’s Chyka Keebaugh

Can you share any tips for organising a home?

Where do I start? I have so many tips for home organisation – everything should have its place and you should constantly audit and throw things out. Go to IKEA and buy their plastic boxes in all the different sizes – one for swimming gear, one for batteries, sort the bathroom with trays for toothbrushes, soaps and other toiletries. Use larger boxes for sporting goods, crafts, bags. I love a Dyno labeller and label absolutely everything in the house, including pantry items, so I know when something has run out or needs replacing. I even label the egg container so I know which end to take the eggs from so the oldest are used first.

Do you have a favourite room?

It has to be my kitchen – it is the heart of the house and looks out into our garden. My husband and I love to cook, as do our three kids. We have a very large six-metre island bench where family and friends like to congregate. My kitchen is filled with two of everything from ovens to sinks to dishwashers.

What is the best piece of furniture or household item you have ever owned?

Without a doubt it is my 18th century antique Chinese sideboard that I bought in Shanghai. It has a drawing of Yellow Mountain on the side which I climbed when I first went to live in China. It is a much-treasured piece and suits the style of our property.

What is the worst household item?

Not a typical household item but phone chargers: with three kids, they always go missing, so we fight over who has taken them.

Do you enjoy gardening?

Gardening is one of my favourite past-times and I have spent time creating my backyard so that it is a lovely summer sanctuary for family and friends to enjoy. I also enjoy growing herbs I can use for my cooking.

If you could live in a dream house, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

My current house is absolutely my dream home – my husband is an architect and we have designed every inch of it how we want and to suit our family life. We are fortunate to overlook beautiful Bondi Beach and have a north facing sun-drenched backyard. Honestly, there is no better place in the world to live than Sydney with its beautiful beaches and fresh air (much appreciated after living in China), harbour and boating life.

Trained real estate agent and valuer Krissy Marsh starred in Real Housewives of Sydney. Sister series Real Housewives of Melbourne returns to Foxtel’s Arena channel on December 6.

Sutton to referee World Cup final as Cecchin pays price for Tonga call

Top NRL whistleblower Gerard Sutton has beaten Matt Cecchin in the race to be appointed referee for the World Cup final despite the latter widely being considered the leading official in the game.
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Cecchin, who came up with a correct last-minute split-second call to deny Andrew Fifita what would have been a match-winning try in Tonga’s stirring semi-final comeback against England, was tipped to control the decider between and the old enemy in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Tonga coach Kristian Woolf blasted Cecchin’s call not to refer the play to the video referee, but World Cup head of officiating Tony Archer later backed the decision.

Sutton, who teamed up with Cecchin to take charge of the NRL grand final last month, will officiate his first World Cup decider.

“It was obviously a difficult decision to pick the referee for the [men’s] final after Matt Cecchin’s and Gerry’s excellent performances in the semi-finals and throughout the tournament but I’m confident were have chosen the right person to do job,” Archer said.

“I’ve been very satisfied with the performances of our officials and we will certainly continue to see the benefits of having the opportunity to bring refs together from the northern and southern hemispheres into camp and learn from each other in such an environment for the first time.”

The one-referee system has had mixed reviews throughout the World Cup with some of the game’s biggest figures applauding the consistency of having just a single person making consistent decisions, while critics have bemoaned a slower ruck speed.

n players have warned the final might not evolve into the free-flowing spectacle the fans crave after a dour clash with England in the tournament opener.

On the one-referee system, England prop Chris Hill said: “I don’t think it’s affected it one little bit. I think the referees have done a great job.

“From what I’ve seen – and I’ve watched other games in the pool stages – I think they’ve done an excellent job and I don’t know why they’ve copped criticism.

“[Sutton] will do his job whether he’s English, French, n, [from] New Zealand .. it doesn’t matter. Let him get on with his job.”

England coach Wayne Bennett has named skipper Sean O’Loughlin for the final despite the 35-year-old veteran battling a quadriceps injury.

James Roby has been confirmed as Josh Hodgson’s (knee) replacement at No.9.

Meanwhile, n skipper Cameron Smith is expected to win his second Golden Boot at the grand final lunch in Brisbane on Wednesday.???

He is shortlisted alongside Jason Taumalolo, England winger Jermaine McGillvary and Smith’s Melbourne teammate, Fijian Suliasi Vunivalu, for the highest individual honour in the game in what would cap a record-breaking year.

“It’s probably the only award he hasn’t won this year, along with the Clive Churchill,” Kangaroos prop Aaron Woods said.

“The year he’s had has been phenomenal and you’d think someone at his age … it would be hard to keep producing the performances he does. The bigger the game the better the player he becomes.

“Origin, a lot of people said he was done and come game two he said himself he was quiet and game three was the best game you’ve ever seen him play. The grand final was just like game three of Origin.

“I’m hoping for another solid performance from Cameron on the weekend. He’s such a team player and that’s why he’s so deserving. He doesn’t worry about his stats, he just wants to do his job for his team and the best he can possibly do. Him doing that he’s he best player in the world.”

Interest rate rises coming sooner than we think, warns OECD

The Reserve Bank is getting close to lifting its 1.5 per cent cash rate, the OECD believes.
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In commentary accompanying its global economic outlook released in Paris on Tuesday night the organisation says stronger terms of trade and continued growth in resource exports are boosting n incomes and tax revenues.

Mining investment looks to have bottomed out, while rising capacity utilisation and high business confidence point to “a renewed cycle in business investment outside the resource sector”.

The recovery in employment growth and a rising number of vacancies indicate a strengthening labour market. However, underemployment has edged higher and wage growth and inflation remain steady. Rising household indebtedness and signs of a cooling housing market are keeping consumer sentiment “relatively soft”. Household spending remains subdued.

The OECD expects the Reserve Bank to push up its cash rate in the second half of 2018, “when the pickup in wages and prices becomes more entrenched”.

ASX futures pricing is less bullish, implying an unchanged cash rate for all of 2018.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says the higher rate “will ease pressures on house prices and will reduce the threat of the build-up of other financial distortions,” something it says has already started to happen as regulators have taken steps to limit investor loans and loans with high loan-to-valuation ratios.

Its forecasts stick closely to those in the May budget.

Economic growth will climb from 2.5 to 2.7 per cent by 2019, inflation will climb to 2.2 per cent, the unemployment rate will remain little changed at 5.3 per cent.

In a sign of reluctance to embrace unfunded tax cuts, the OECD says the present budget settings are “appropriate” given projected growth.

Only if the economy grows more weakly than expected should the government use the improving budget position to delay the projected return to surplus or go deeper into deficit.

“Developments in commodity markets, particularly those linked to China, remain a source of uncertainty and risk,” the commentary says. “High house prices and rising household debt, amid subdued income growth, pose macro-economic and financial risks, calling for continued use of macro-prudential tools.

“Large corrections in house prices could reduce household wealth and consumption, and damage the construction sector, leading to job losses. In addition, some highly indebted households could face financial stress when interest rates rise.”

Peter Martin is economics editor of The Age.

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