Who voted yes, who voted no and who abstained

The Senate votes on the Marriage Amendment Bill, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 29 November 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Penny Wong, Attorney-General George Brandis and Senator Dean Smith celebrate as the Marriage Amendment Bill goes through the Senate, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 29 November 2017. fedpol Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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A bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed the Senate on Wednesday in a historic moment in n politics. Here’s how senators voted:


Liberals/NationalsSimon BirminghamGeorge BrandisDavid BushbyMathias CormannJonathon DuniamMitch FifieldIan ???MacdonaldNigel ScullionAnne RustonJames PatersonJane HumeMarise PayneLinda ReynoldsScott RyanDean Smith

LaborCarol BrownCatryna BilykDoug CameronKim CarrAnthony ChisholmKimberley Kitching???Sue LinesJenny McAllisterMalarndirri McCarthyClaire MooreLouise PrattLisa SinghAnne UrquhartMurray WattPenny Wong

GreensAndrew BartlettRichard Di NataleSarah Hanson-YoungNick McKim???Lee RhiannonJanet RiceJordon Steele-JohnRachel SiewertPeter Whish-Wilson

Crossbench???Stirling GriffRex PatrickDavid Leyonhjelm???Derryn Hinch


LaborChris KetterHelen Polley

Liberals/NationalsConcetta Fierravanti-WellsEric AbetzSlade BrockmanJohn WilliamsMatt CanavanBarry O’Sullivan

CrossbenchLucy GichuhiFraser AnningCory BernardiBrian Burston


Liberals/NationalsMichaelia Cash (abstained)David Fawcett (abstained)James McGrath (abstained)Zed Seselja (abstained)???Arthur Sinodinos (on leave)Bridget McKenzie (abstained)

LaborJacinta Collins (paired)Sam Dastyari (attending funeral)Pat Dodson (leave)Don Farrell (attending funeral)Alex GallacherKaty Gallagher (leave)Gavin Marshall (overseas)Deb O’Neill (abstain)Glenn Sterle

CrossbenchPauline Hanson (abstained)Peter Georgiou (abstained)

50 years ago today, China entered the space club

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on November 30, 1967
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‘s first satellite, launched in swirling red dust at Woomera rocket range yesterday, was in its seventh orbit at 1 a.m. today. The 160lb satellite, lifted aloft by a U.S. Redstone rocket, was circling the earth each 100 minutes at five miles a second as it returned scientific data to world tracking stations.

is now the fourth nation to have it’s own satellite put into orbit from its own territory. The others are the United States, Russia and France. It was 97 degrees in the shade and 115 degrees in the sun as about 200 visitors, scientists and technicians watched the launching from 24 miles away. The 71ft white rocket shivered in a heat haze and was surrounded by willy-willys which flung the red dust upwards. It lifted off slowly at 2.18 p.m.

It took n scientists and engineers at the Weapons Research Establishment and Adelaide University 12 months to design and build the 5ft high black cone-shaped satellite and n and U.S. rocket experts only 5 minutes 30 seconds to get it into orbit.

The satellite went into orbit at a higher velocity than planned and will range between 100 and 700 miles up.

The Minister for Supply, Senator N.H.D. Henty, followed the launching at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration communications centre at Deakin. A.C.T. He heard the countdown, the firing, then voices coming in from tracking stations around the world as the n satellite came into each area.

The first report came from Guam, about 20 minutes after lift-off. This was followed by reports from Alaska, Newfoundland, Carolina, and stations down the west coast of South America. Supply Department officials said tonight that although on some orbits the satellite would pass near Sydney it would not be visible. This was because it was painted black and would not reflect light at the great height at which it travelled.

The satellite will report on the effects of the upper atmosphere on weather, particularly solar physical phenomena, including x-ray and ultra-violet radiations, which have a long term effect on climate.

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on November 30, 1967

‘It’s going insane’: Bitcoin hits $US10,000

Bitcoin’s hyper-frenzy saw exchanges pummelled with trading volumes on Wednesday as Bitcoin surged above $US10,000 for the first time in the technology’s history.
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The cryptocurrency is up 950 per cent or the year, enjoying a manic 54 per cent lift in the last two weeks alone, which brought its market capitalisation to $US167 billion ($210 billion).

The cryptocurrency was fetching $US10,029 ($13,277) in afternoon trade in Sydney, on CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index.

More than $12 million dollars poured into n exchange Independent Reserve on Wednesday morning, with the company now signing up as many as 800 new customers a day, up from 200 last month, as mainstream mania takes hold.

“It’s going insane,” said Adrian Przelozny, chief executive of Independent Reserve. “We are seeing much more sophisticated investors who have been sitting on the sidelines now entering. We’re talking to hedge funds, self-managed super funds, the next wave of investors.”

The blockchain was groaning under billions of trades, though largely only “buy” orders as speculative punters bet on Bitcoin’s continued rise.

Mainstream interest was well and truly piqued, and headlines around the world broadcast people swapping houses for cryptocurrency and chatrooms exploded as more Aussie dollars, euros, greenbacks and yen were swapped for Bitcoin than ever before. The whale song

But long-term watches are warning there are some Bitcoin holdings that are so large – worth hundreds millions of dollars – that they have been known to emerge at times of peak-exuberance sending dramatic shocks through the markets to wipe out smaller holders who have taken on too much risk.

“There’s been extreme mainstream penetration recently and these new guys have the jitteriest hands,” said Duncan Campbell, director of Digital Currency Experts, an education consultancy .

“We’ve seen it time and time again, where these big whales think it’s time to give the market a haircut and they move a couple of thousand of Bitcoin. That’s enough to melt the exchanges and these new guys will be left extremely, extremely panicked.”

Whale traders can spook an overheated market by selling a moderately large block of the assets below the market rate. This generally causes a panic sell-off by small-time traders, who flood the exchanges with sell orders.

The whale then waits and scoops up the assets when they’ve reached a satisfactory low. The practice is often known as “shaking out weak hands”.

Earlier last month, several extremely large Bitcoin holders swapped their large holdings of Bitcoins for Bitcoin Cash – an alternative crypto-asset developed for faster transactions.

These moves saw a dramatic $US2,000 plunge in the Bitcoin price and showed just how many Bitcoin are centralised in a few wallets.

“There definitely are some guys who have a lot of power in the market,” says Mr Przelozny. “And we are cautioning people because there is a good chance there will be a dip in the next month or two. This does look like irrational exuberance.” How the tech is holding up

While there is hysterical chatter above, Bitcoin miners seem to be comfortably managing the extreme Bitcoin demand with the average transaction time around 8.5 tp 9 minutes, and around 7.3 blocks an hour. Not too dissimilar to the rates at the beginning of the year, given how many new mining participants have come online.

But given most people are buying and holding cryptocurrency at present, this is not as demanding on a blockchain. Whereas if billions of commercial transactions were to begin taking place and the blockchain became infinitely more dynamic, the verification pipeline is likely to become clogged.

Indeed, Bitcoin developers are still debating scaling solutions for mainstream adoption particularly with respect to how much energy is needed to power the verification network.

For example, the mining of bitcoins this year has consumed more energy than the average electricity consumed annually by 159 nations, according to Digiconomist.

The same research showed energy consumption had increased 20 per cent in the last month alone and should it continue at this rate Bitcoin mining will consume all of the world’s available electricity by February 2020.

There are 16.7 million Bitcoin in circulation, according to data from Chainalysis, bringing bitcoin’s market capitalisation to some $US167 billion.

Of those in circulation, about 37 per cent have been spent or traded in the past year, while some 22 per cent are being held by “strategic investors”, and most of the rest have been lost.

Hunter wine marketer aims for great experiences

Ebony Tinkler: “It’s about giving people a wine experience that is delicious, interesting and creative … from the vineyard to the glass.” Picture: Simone De Peak
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A series of tall, clear bottles with pink-coloured wine stand side by side on a shelf, behind the counter at Usher Tinkler Wines. A rosé by any other name, and yet, the wine inside these bottles is not really a rosé … or is it?

There are blended red grapesinside, it’s true, but there are also white grapes in there, as well. At the base of each bottle – called the punt – is a dimpled diamond design that adds an intriguing textural detail to match the striking visuals of the wine label itself -a wraparound diamond shaped sticker featuring a teal-coloured skull grinning inside a white circle enclosing a triangle that sits inside an irregular hexagon … of course.

“The figure is called an enneagram,” Ebony Tinkler says. “It’s basically an ancient model of the human psyche that helps to classify nine interconnected personality types. The wine itself is composed of nine different grape varieties, picked by nine different people, and then fermented together, just to see what would happen.”

Ebony Tinkler is an emerging force for change, innovation and creativity in the Hunter Valley wine industry. The owner/manager of Usher Tinkler Wines cellar door on McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, she has a science degree from the University of Newcastle, where she majored in biotechnology andcompleteda post-graduate diploma in marketing.

Married to gun winemakerUsher Tinkler, whogrows the grapes and creates the wines, she is the creative force behind the ideas and detailed images that captivate the intrepid energy distilled within this relatively new Hunter Valley wine brand.

“From day one, we’ve asked the question, ‘how do we make the whole brand unique?’” Ebony says. “The wine is obviously very important, it’s the reason we’re all here, but it’s not all about the wine … It’s about the whole product; the branding, the design, and the presentation are all just as important. Otherwise, people might not be inclined to visit and that means they won’t taste the wines anyway, no matter how good they are.”

It’s this thinking that saw Ebony Tinkler named marketer of the year at the 2017 n Women in Wine Awards.

“It felt like a reward for all the hard work over the last few years,” Tinklersays. “It was also a great opportunity to go somewhere I had never been before and meet other like-minded women to network and socialise and talk about our ideas, share stories and information.”

The number of women working in the n wine industry is estimated to be between 8-10 per cent of the industry, with even fewer in important areas like viticulture, management and other senior roles. The n Women in Wine Awards in London were set up to affirm female contributions to the industryand provide a forum for females within the industry to connect.

Ebony Tinkler, manager/owner, Usher Tinkler WinesWhile the mysteriously-detailed skullmight grin menacingly from the bottle, signifying elements of ‘the individualist’ or ‘the achiever”, with a dash of ‘the enthusiast’, the wine inside tastes more akin to drinking one of the rides at a carnival fun park, with a stick of pink fairy floss in one hand and a mixed punnet of raspberries and strawberries in the other. It’s even more delicious chilled.

A taste of Usher Tinkler Wines: 2017 La Volpe Prosecco, 2017 Nose to Tail White, 2017 Nose to Tail Red, 2017 Enneagram, 2017 Nose to Tail Rosé, 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, Mr T’s Rare Batch Fortified Verdelho.

Flash flood warning to follow scorching spring weather

Pack away your bathers and get your umbrellas ready – summer is set to be rung in with a fierce rainstorm.
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As Melbourne breaks records on Wednesday for warm spring weather, we are being asked to brace ourselves for “extreme” rain to hit on Friday.

The city is forecast to be lashed with more than its monthly December rainfall average in just the first two days of summer.

Meanwhile, some areas of the state are expected to cop up to 250 millimetres.

“It’s certainly going to be a very wet start to summer,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said. Hot weather in #Melbourne sets a new record of 13 days over 30 degrees prior to Summer, beating the previous record of 12 days in 2009. 35 degrees forecast today, but don’t tell #[email protected]_Qld…..they haven’t had one 30 degree day this November! https://t苏州夜场招聘/VQTDMcLcODpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/dSp3GpNZ9R??? Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 28, 2017 iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_weather_3″);

Melbourne is forecast to receive up to 50 millimetres of rain on both Friday and Saturday, almost double December’s entire average of 60 millimetres.

Mr Carlyon said rain levels could rise quickly and a flash flood warning was likely for the entire state. #VICStorms outlook for today. Severe thunderstorms possible in western #Victoria this afternoon with large hail and heavy rain the main threats. Thunderstorms also possible over the Eastern Ranges. Keep an eye out for warnings: https://t苏州夜场招聘/ap6V1hCrbEpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/wUsCPwbijM??? Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) November 29, 2017 iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},”#pez_iframe_weather_35″);

At 1.30pm the mercury had hit 34, with a predicted high of 35.

It breaks the previous record of 12 pre-summer days above 30 degrees in 2009.

Greens throw support behind Nationals bank inquiry

Senator Richard Di Natale and Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. Photo: Joe CastroThe Greens have thrown their weight behind a commission of inquiry into the banking and financial services sector after securing last minute amendments from Nationals senator Barry O’Sullivan.
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The inquiry will now also examine the pay packets of senior executives and be broadened beyond its focus on farmers and rural businesses to cover all aggrieved customers of financial institutions.

But it will not examine political donations from financial institutions in detail or the impact of interest-only home loans after the Nationals rejected those Greens amendments.

Independent senator Lucy Gichuhi told Fairfax Media she would also now vote in favour of the legislation, which means it will sail through the Senate by Thursday.

The move will heap pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to back the inquiry – with the votes of two Nationals MPs and Greens MP Adam Bandt now secured in the House of Representatives, the legislation could pass before Christmas.

But questions remain over how the inquiry will be funded as cabinet is the only legislative power with the authority to appropriate funding.

The Greens said they have received advice from the clerk of the Senate that “it would be a very brave government who rejected the will of both houses of Parliament and therefore the n people,” and that refusing to fund legislation that had been passed was “a very remote possibility”.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Treasury spokesman Peter Whish-Wilson told the country’s financial institutions to prepare for an inquiry.

“There are only two options, this legislation passes both houses of parliament or the Prime Minister announces a royal commission,” said Senator Di Natale.

“If I was the banks I would be getting ready, you are going to have to answer to the victims who you fleeced through your predatory practices.

“My message to every bank CEO across the country is: it’s coming, it’s coming fast – you are going to have to answer to the victims that you have preyed on for so long.”

The commission of inquiry would have the same powers as a royal commission, but report to Parliament, not cabinet.

Senator O’Sullivan, who will introduce the bill on Wednesday, has offered Mr Turnbull the opportunity to take over the terms of reference and swing behind the legislation.

Mr Turnbull has repeatedly refused his advances.

In a letter sent out to Senate colleagues, Senator O’Sullivan said the inquiry will drive significant cultural change in the sector.

“I am now confident we have developed a solid working document that can achieve this objective,” he said.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said the inquiry, which will make it an offence to fail to attend and give evidence under oath, was necessary to bring financial executives to account beyond the power of conventional Senate hearings.

It will have the ability to refer matters to the Director of Public Prosecutions, followed by criminal prosecutions.

“We need a commission of inquiry, not just the dog and pony show of the CEOs, but the middle management that have been directly involved in six or seven scandals,” he said.

He said former n Securities and Investments Commission chair Greg Medcraft – who was previously responsible for regulating the sector – had told him that “nothing has happened in recent times that has changed the culture in the banks”.

Business leaders have been alarmed at the momentum of the legislation.

Financial Services chief executive Sally Loane said reforms to the sector had already cost it $3 billion and an inquiry would just require going over old ground.

“What concerns us is the focus that will go on the explanation [required for an inquiry]. We have no idea of costs or length of time; losing those valuable years in a sector that is powering the economy,” she said.

Chinan PGA: Green has good vibe about chances

ON COURSE: Nathan Green is one of four Hunter players competing at the n PGA Championships at Royal Pines. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNATHAN Green expects there will be holes –periods –where his game struggles at the n PGA Championship at Royal Pines, starting Thursday.
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That is the by-product of taking a step back from playing on the tour to spend more time with his young family.

But the 42-year-old Novocastrian hopes that a month of solid playing combined with a course that suits his game will be the catalyst for a strong run at the $1.5m event, headlined by Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.

“I have played well before in the PGA when it used to be at Coolum,” said Green, who tees off the 10thhole at 12.10pm.“I like the vibe of the event.I actually really like this golf course. It’s a course that doesn’t play into the long-hitter’s hands. You have to plot your way around a bit more.”

Green, who spent 10 years in the US and earned nearly $9mplaying on the USPGA and web苏州夜总会招聘 tours, finished41stat the n Open last week after rounds of 71-71-70-75. He was 60that the NSW Open, his other four-round tournamentsince the Fiji Open in August.

“I’m playing OK,” Green said. “The amount of golf I have been playing, I struggle when I am under pressure. I three-putted three times last week which I don’t do. I have put that down to lack of play and hopefully this week will be a bit better. I will try and get around decent on the first day, hopefully get good conditions the next morning, and post a good score.”

Green turns back the clock for shot at PGA TweetFacebook Hunter hopefulsPictures: Fairfax photo library, AAPGreen, who returned to Newcastle in 2014, doesn’t miss“the stress” ofplaying on a major tour or the travel.

“I worry about my game, and when Ilose my game I panic a bit and have sleepless nights,” he said. “That sort of stress, I don’t miss. I mainly miss the camaraderie with the other players. I don’t miss the pressure and the grind. You know there are always going to be periods whereyou struggle. But it is still good when you put a half-decent round together.”

Green is one of four Novocastrians alongside Andrew Dodt, Callan O’Reilly and James Nitties at the PGA.

O’Reillywill be hoping for betterluck after a lost ball, and two-stroke penalty, in the second round at the n Open resulted in him missing the cut.

“On the first hole, I hit it right, down near the 17thtee and the chipping green,” O’Reilly said.“There were a lot of spectators and kids around. It was a long way right, but it was in-bounds and I would have been able to play a shot if Ifound it.It was frustrating, but I had my chances to play well enough on Friday. The damage was done round one. I had perfect conditions in the morning and shot one-over.Hopefully I can brush that off and get back to where I was playing.”

Tanna’s Martin Butler and Bentley Dean win Byron Kennedy Award

Tanna directors Bentley Dean (left) and Martin Butler with Lingai Kowia who appeared in the film. Photo: Supplied
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They made a film with traditional South Pacific villagers who wear penis sheaths, shun electricity and still hunt with bows and arrows.

But since their inventive collaboration with a Vanuatu tribe to make Tanna, n directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean have had to get used to another cultural experience – black-tie film awards ceremonies.

The acclaim for the romance, centring on two young lovers trapped by conflict between their tribes, started at the Venice Film Festival and continued all the way to the Oscars with a nomination for best foreign language film this year.

Now the so-called “two-man film crew” have won one of the top prizes in n film – the Byron Kennedy Award for outstanding creative enterprise.

Announcing the honour, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller said the duo’s integrity shone through in all their films.

“Because of this, they are held in the highest regard by their collaborators and audiences all over the world,” he said.

Butler is a former director-producer on Four Corners and Foreign Correspondent; Dean is a director-cinematographer whose documentaries have included The President Versus David Hicks and The Siege after coming to filmmaking through the ABC TV series Race Around The World.

After meeting while working on Dateline, they teamed up to make Contact, ???an acclaimed 2010 documentary about a remote indigenous community’s first contact with white settlers in the 1960s.

They have also made the documentary series First Footprints, which charted 60,000 years of Aboriginal history, and A Sense of Self, about journalist Liz Jackson’s life with Parkinson’s disease.

The $10,000 award, honouring the late Mad Max producer Byron Kennedy, has been won over the years by such notables as Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Ivan Sen and, last year, Lynette Wallworth???. It will be presented at the n Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney next Wednesday.

Butler described the win as “incredibly exciting” on top of the acclaim for Tanna.

“We didn’t expect it when we started but once we’d made it, I thought it was a pretty good film,” he said. “I thought it could get some recognition but obviously we really never expected anything like the Oscars,” he said.

The duo are developing a new film from an idea that came up as they made First Footprints.

“The whole process of shooting Tanna was very low-key – small crew, very close relationship with the actors [and] lots and lots of workshopping and improvisation,” Butler said. “We’re definitely hoping to use those skills to bring this [new] story to life.”

Butler said they had always taken on challenging projects.

“They all had all sorts of issues relating to remoteness and relating to very traditional people unused to the filmmaking experience. Very expensive to make in general so the getting of the money is a huge problem …

“They do take a long time and they are very difficult but it’s been fabulous that they’ve all come off.”

Butler said Jackson, his wife, was “slightly better” than she was during A Sense Of Self after learning to manage the disease better.

“It’s still horrible and dreadful but it’s not full-on panic, which it has been in the past. We’re powering on and she’s been involved in the new project too, doing some of the research.”

Newcastle league: Western Suburbs target former New Zealand international and Sydney Roosters enforcer Frank Paul Nu’uausala

High-profile target: Former Kiwi international Frank Paul Nu’uausala is in talks with the Western Suburbs Rosellas. Picture: Melissa AdamsFormer New Zealandinternational Frank Paul Nu’uausala is considering quitting glamour English Super League club Wigan to play with Western Suburbs in the Newcastle Rugby League premiership next season.
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In what would be a stunningcoup for Westsand the domestic competition if they manage to pull it off, Rosellas coach Matt Lantry confirmed the club is in negotiations with the former Sydney Roosters and Canberra enforcer, who played 15 Tests for the Kiwis.

The sticking point is he is contracted to Wigan for the next two seasons and will need to gain a release from the Super League club.

“It is by no means over the line and there is a bit to do to make it happenbut there is certainly a chance he could play with us,”Lantry said.

“He has to work through a few things at Wigan with his existing contract but he wants to return to and a signing like him would be huge for us.

“We probably missed a bit of an x-factor in the pack when we fell just short [of a premiership] last season and have been chasing a good, aggressive middle forward. He certainly more than fits that bill.”

It is understood Nu’uausala 30, is close mates with ex-Knights and Cronulla forward Mark Taufua, who is theRosellas captain, and the pair have been in close contact in recent weeks over a potential move.

There is alsoa strong family connection with his wife from the Newcastle area.

Lantry revealed the club has signed former South Newcastle and Newcastle Rebels forward Beau Simpson but havelost prop Uti Baker to Queensland Cup side Souths Logan.

Meanwhile, wooden spooners Kurri have been active on the recruitment front, signing former Wests premiership-winning halfback Jade Porter,ex-Cessnock and Newcastle Rebels captain Sam Wooden, who spent last season with Group 10 club Mudgee, and Maitland Blacks rugby outside back Jono Maloney.

The Bulldogs are also hopeful of signing former Macquarie and Country backrower Josh Schmiedel, who won a premiership in Group 21 last season with Aberdeen and have been in negotiations with former Knights and Wests grandfinalhooker Chad Redman.

“I’ve had a meeting with Chad and he would obviously be a great pick-up for us,”Kurri coach Ron Griffiths said.

“I’d like to think we are a good chance but it is far from being done yet.

Redman and the Rosellas have already parted company, with Wests signing Oliver Powell from Cessnock to bolster their hooking stocks.

“We’ve got Chris Knight, Liam McKenna and now Oliver Powell from Cessnock so there is plenty of cover there,”Lantry said.

“It should be a good battle between the three of them to wear the number 9 jumper.”

Former Knights, Canberra and Wests Tigers forward Joel Edwards is believed to be close to making a decision on his future.

Lakes United, Kurri and Maitland are understood to be the three local clubs vying for his signature.

Rachel Jarry has no interest in making unwanted history

The Canberra Capitals are on the cusp of the second-worst losing streak in club history but returning forward Rachel Jarry isn’t interested in making unwanted history.
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The Capitals have lost 10 games in a row and only once before have they slumped to 11 – when they lost 21 straight games in 2015-16.

The basketball gods have not smiled on the nation’s capital this season with injuries and heartbreaking losses becoming par for the course but Jarry says Canberra’s self-belief has never wavered.

Canberra face the unenviable task of trying to reverse their fortunes on the road when they face the Perth Lynx at the Bendat Basketball Centre on Thursday night.

Things are going from bad to worse for the Capitals after Mistie Bass was ruled out of the Perth fixture with her son Braven sick in hospital – however she looks set to rejoin the squad for a clash with Melbourne on Saturday.

Abbey Wehrung has been rushed back into the line-up for the Perth clash but she isn’t back to full fitness as she continues to nurse an ankle injury.

It makes Jarry’s timely return even more significant for a Capitals outfit limping through the halfway point of the season.

“Winning can become a habit and so can losing,” Jarry said.

“I think we’ve just left ourselves in a bit of a hole where we can’t quite find what we need to win games.

“Even though we might have played brilliant basketball all game we just have a five-minute lapse and it just goes back to be able to find that concentration for a full game.

“We believe that we can win and we’ve talked about it all week. We enjoy each other’s company and we work so hard at training so we just need to take the confidence that we get out of training and apply it to games.

“It does come down to concentration, and leadership as well, so myself and the other vets in the team need to do a better job of keeping everyone focused for the full 40 minutes.”

Jarry missed the best part of a month with a concussion in the latest in a string of head knocks that have cruelled the n Opals star’s career.

But she has been symptom-free for almost three weeks and now wants to reach the end of the script in Canberra’s version of Groundhog Day.

“It’s very hard, obviously with the losses it’s hard to sit on the sideline and watch that,” Jarry said.

“I’m just trying to help contribute and turn our season around a little bit. I think the girls have played some really good patches of basketball, it’s just about trying to find that consistency.

“Hopefully I can just come out this weekend and help the girls do that and contribute, and hopefully we can put a full game together.”

Canberra will travel more than 8000 kilometres in four days when they face the Perth Lynx on Thursday, before fronting up against the Boomers in Melbourne on Saturday.


Thursday: Round nine – Perth Lynx v Canberra Capitals at Bendat Basketball Centre, Perth, 9.30pm.

Saturday: Round nine – Melbourne Boomers v Canberra Capitals at State Basketball Centre, Melbourne, 7.30pm.