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Bullsharks snap gold at championships

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Gold medallists: Wauchope-Bonny Hills claimed the under-23country championship title at South West Rocks on Saturday.Photo: Sheenah WhittenLAST year Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Club were pipped in the under-23 men’s division for a country championship title.
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History wouldn’t repeat in 2017after they claimed a Country Championship gold medal at South West Rocks ahead of Minnie Waters from Wooli on Saturday.

Boat captain Tony Kee was thrilled with the performance of the crew who row regularly in the open men’s division in the North Coast Surfboat Series.

“Because the North Coast Surfboat Series is an ongoing competition, there’s no doubt the country championships are the highlight,” he said.

“The boys went one better this year and any time you can bring home some bling is always a good effort especially when it isa country title.”

Kee said the under-23 crew was made up of the same rowers who fell agonisingly short last year.

“Last year we focused more on our technique, but this year they were building up their training and it’s shown.

“It was good to see them improve on last year’s performance.”

Wauchope-Bonny Hills also claimed a silver medal in the reserve grade men’s division against some high-quality opposition.

“It was a really tough competition because the top three crews were Yamba and Mollymook,” Kee said.

“Yamba usually compete in the Queensland competitionand Mollymook usually compete in Sydney. We don’t usually race against crews like them so it was a great effort.”

To cap off a successful day for the club, the master’s women surprised everyone and won a silver medal as well.

“The girls snuck into the final and got better and better as the day went on,” Kee said.

“They finished fourth, then third and then second throughout the day.”

Kee was thrilled at the performance of the girls after current Australian champions Woolgoolga took out the gold medal.

“There’s nothing wrong with coming second to them,” he said.

Kee said the under-23 men put together a beach relay team on the day and finished with a silver medal to go with their gold.

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Malcolm Turnbull’s company tax cut is even more unpopular than his government

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his business tax ideas are ‘not rocket science’. Photo: Jessica HromasVoters in two pivotal Liberal seats are at odds with the Turnbull government over its core economic initiative for 2017 – an ambitious $48 billion plan to slash the 30 per cent corporate tax rate to 25 per cent over 10 years – with many inclined to see companies pay more tax, not less.
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And voters are also offside over green energy, with some six in 10 favouring policies closer to Labor’s steep 50 per cent renewable energy target for 2030.

A survey of voter attitudes in Malcolm Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth, and Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah, found 57 per cent of respondents think current company tax at 30 cents in the dollar for most companies, is either about right or perhaps too low.

That suggests the political case in Australia against multinational tax avoidance, tax minimisation, and profit-shifting, led by Labor and the Greens, has tapped public opinion more than the government’s claim that cutting business taxes automatically leads to higher wages for employees and to more of them.

A ReachTEL poll of electors in the two Sydney Harbour-based seats on February 1, sought responses from residents on whether the current company tax rate was too high, too low, or about right.

It then asked voters if the 30-cent tax rate should be increased; stay the same; be cut for all businesses – as the government is attempting to legislate – or be cut but for small businesses only.

Labor favours a cut in business taxes to 27.5 per cent only for businesses with an annual turnover below $2 million.

The government wants that definition broadened to encompass those with annual turn-over up to $10 million.

In Wentworth, the percentage of voters who think the current rate is about right plus those who think it is too low, amounted to a staggering 56.7 per cent. That’s well more than half of voters in the Prime Minister’s own well-to-do constituency who think companies could and perhaps should, pay more.

The result underscores the depth of the government’s political/communications challenge.

Mr Turnbull was asked about that task last week and remarked that selling the link between lower businesses taxes would lead to stronger growth, more jobs, and higher wages, was “not rocket science”.

“This is actually a pretty straightforward proposition . . . if you want more of something, lower the tax on it,” he had said. “If you want more investment, you lower business taxes and you will get more investment . . . it is not rocket science, believe me.”

But the findings of the automated telephone poll commissioned by the left-leaning Australia Institute suggest that selling a tax cut for big companies, could be almost as difficult as teaching rocket science because some Coalition voters are yet to come on board.

In Warringhah, there was strong support for the small business cuts at 46 per cent but just 17 per cent of the 723 voters surveyed wanted the relief to extend to all companies.

In Mr Turnbull’s seat, where the sample size was 750, support for increasing the corporate tax rate was at 43 per cent and 33 per cent for cutting it. However, when those backing the current rate and those wanting it increased were combined, there was a solid 57 per cent-plus who are effectively opposed to the government’s tax-cut policy.

“Estimates of a growth dividend have not been made and even the Prime Minister’s own electorate is not convinced,” executive director of The Australia Institute Ben Oquist said.

“The plan to give $50 billion dollars in cuts is electoral poison. This research shows that even in blue-ribbon Liberal seats, voters think that companies don’t pay enough tax.”

The government has another headache on its hands over the renewable energy target with conservative-aligned electors fond of increased clean power even as Mr Turnbull swings behind coal as a bedrock energy source for the future.

In Warringah, where Mr Abbott advocates scrapping the current RET, 57 per cent support an increased target or at least retention. In Wentworth, just 28 per cent want the mandated target reduced.

“Everyone can see that the price of renewables is in free fall. The idea that we need to subsidise new coal plants in Australia is quite rightly a fringe one,” Mr Oquist said.

“Billions have been poured into carbon capture and storage, and it still doesn’t work. It’s still expensive. Renewables, combined with battery storage, means cheaper reliable clean energy is here right now.”

Mr Turnbull has indicated that rising household energy costs will be a key battleground area and plans to use the opening two weeks of Parliament to hammer home the message that Labor stands for more expensive, less reliable electricity.

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Smith and Wade on track for India

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Matthew Wade and Steve Smith during game five of the ODI series between Australia and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval. Photo: Morne de KlerkAustralia’s injury clouds are starting to clear before the four-Test tour of India, with Steve Smith and Matthew Wade both taking key steps in recent days.
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Skipper Smith, who was ruled out of the recent ODI series in New Zealand because of a medial ligament ankle injury, has arrived in Dubai and started batting.

Wicketkeeper Wade, who made the trans-Tasman trip but returned to Melbourne without playing a game because of back spasms, boarded his flight to Dubai on Sunday night.

‘‘They’re all good,’’ coach Darren Lehmann said of the injured duo.‘‘So that’s a bonus, everyone fit to pick from and fit to prepare.’’

Smith was always expected to be passed fit long before the first Test starts in Pune on February 23. Medicos are likewise upbeat about Wade’s back spasms, triggered when he took a catch at training in Auckland prior to the ODI series starting.

Wade will continue his rehab in the United Arab Emirates. The big question is how the 29-year-old’s back responds to a 14-hour flight.

Wade and team doctor John Orchard had been optimistic about the stumper’s prospects of playing the second game in the trans-Tasman series. An hour-long flight from Auckland to Napier proved a setback; the following day Wade was restricted to walking laps and sent home for scans.

‘‘He’ll be fine. He’s got on the plane,’’ Lehmann said.

‘‘If there was any doubt, he wasn’t going to get on the plane. So that’s a good thing.’’

Lehmann confirmed there were no plans to summon a second keeper to the training camp in Dubai, where the visitors will play an intra-squad game, or India.

NSW gloveman Peter Nevill, dumped as part of a mid-summer overhaul of the Test XI, has scored tons in two of his past three Sheffield Shield games.

‘‘Unless something flares up during the Dubai leg or tour game (in Mumbai), we’ll stay status quo,’’ he said.

‘‘The bonus with the squad is you’ve got someone who can keep pretty well. That’s handy, having that just in case something happens.’’

Back-up keeper Peter Handscomb took the gloves in New Zealand, working on his technique with Brad Haddin. Haddin toured as an assistant coach because some members of Lehmann’s support staff were already in Dubai.

Handscomb claimed three fine catches during Sunday’s match in Hamilton, scoring a total of seven runs in the ODI series Australia lost 2-0.

‘‘He was a bit rusty when he only got 10 minutes notice at Eden Park,’’ Lehmann said. ‘‘He had a good couple of sessions with Hadds, which was a bonus … he kept well (at Seddon Park).’’

Haddin briefed Handscomb about the challenge of keeping at short notice on the subcontinent.

‘‘We talked the other day about having a routine … that can switch him back into wicketkeeping mode,’’ Haddin said.

‘‘If he’s doing that routine once every couple of weeks, or once every week at training – it’ll only be 15 minutes, that’ll make sure he’s getting his head around having to keep if these situations come up.

‘‘He’s a natural catcher. It’s not foreign to him to keep.’’AAP 

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Prices point to confidence in season ahead

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THE RATES being paid at saleyards across SA indicate the confidence farmers have in the sheep and lambindustry, as well as the season ahead, believes Combined Independent Agents Association member Garry Willson.
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Last week a Dublin record was broken, with crossbred lambs making to $232.

While the sale did not reach quite the same highs this week, Mr Willson said it was still strong.

“One line of lambs made $214, and another made $205,” he said.

“Most lambs made $160 to $180, which is still a very good return.Most heavy lambs made $6 a kilogram, which is where the hooks price is anyway.”

Mr Willson said store and light lambs were nocheaper than the previous week.

“Light lambs are making extremely good money, with graziers chasing them,”he said.

“They’re making up to $125 because there is a lot of feed out there, and a lot of cheap grain.

“Realistically, if you want to buy a good store lamb at the moment, you need $120 in your pocket. Even the ordinary types are making $100-$110.

“Merino lambs are also selling very well, making $140-$150 this week, and up to $194 last week.”

Mr Willson did not see prices comingback dramatically anytime soon because of supply and demand.

“There’s plenty of demand out there, and I don’t believe there’s much supply,” he said. “Most lambs have already been contracted.”

Mr Willson said seasonal conditions were also helping to buoy confidence.

“The season is looking very good, we’ve had more than 170 millimetres on the upper Yorke Peninsula in the past seven weeks, which is just unheard of for this time of year,” he said.

Pinkerton Palm Hamlyn & Steen director Robin Steen agreed there was plenty of confidence in the industry at the moment.

“I think it’s a pretty good time to be in agriculture full stop, but particularly in the livestock industry,” he said.

“The market will always fluctuate backwards and forwards, depending on the demands of the exporters, but I think we’re in for a good year.”

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Swimming club’s carnival success

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A squad of 13 swimmers for QASC competed at the 2017 Country Championships at Renmark SA in January. They brought home 14 medals including six individual medals, and two lots of relay medals, both won by the women’s 18 years and under relay team. The team, consisting of Jayde Finlay, Tayla Finlay, Chloe Hilder and Tori Kaesler won Bronze in the Freestyle Relay and Silver in the Medley Relay.
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Lorraine Hilder, one of the parents attending countries said “It is uncertain if the QASC has ever achieved relay medals at Country Championships before, but if they had it would have been over 35 years ago!”

By swimming in finals and medalling or making a top 8 placing, swimmers gained 158.5 points and put the club in 17th overall team placing from a total of 32 other clubs including nine interstate clubs.

Swimmers making the top eight in finals were Jarred Hilder (5 individual finals), Tori Kaesler (3 individual finals, 3 relay finals), Chloe Hilder, Tayla Finlay and Jayde Finlay (all swam 2 individual finals and 4 relay finals) and Chelsea Solomon (one relay final).

Out of these, individual medals were won by Tayla Finlay – Gold 50m Breaststroke, Tori Kaesler – Silver in 100m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke, Jarred Hilder – Silver 200m Butterfly and Bronze in 100m Butterfly and Jayde Finlay – Bronze in 50m Breaststroke.

The club also made up two other relay teams: a men’s open team with swimmers Joel Finlay, Anthony O’Loughlin, Jarred Hilder and Ben Hilder, and a women’s open teams with swimmers Zoe Solomon, Chelsea Solomon, Mackenzie Chapman, Dani Chapman and Lisa Rasmussen.

Quorn also had four Superfish who competed on the Friday night: Joel Finlay, Mackenzie Chapman, Anthony O’Loughlin and Zoe Solomon. All of them made PBs and Joel Finlay came third in the 50m Breaststroke. They also put in an amazing effort to swim in the relay teams in the open age group.

Ben Hilder was awarded the Swimming SA Acknowledgement Award for QASC which was a lovely embroidered towel, for making the effort to come to Countries so that the boys could have their own men’s relay team.

Quorn Amateur Swimming club coach Stuart Giles said that it was a great achievement by the club. “Tayla Finlay picking up a gold medal in the breaststroke was something she can look back on in many years to come. The girls relay team and Ben and Jarred Hilder done an excellent job in their swims gaining PBs. Chelsea Solomon and Dani Chapman helped out in the relay teams and Lisa Rasmussen for her first ever Countries done an excellent job.” Lisa is an international exchange student from Denmark who is attending Quorn Area School for 12 months.

Giles, or ‘Stewie’ as the kids call him, has coached swimming since 1978 and been the Quorn coach since 2010. For the past six years he has travelled to Quorn four times a week, for five months each year, to oversee his swimmers at training.

At the swimming club breakup in 2014, he announced that “we’re going to Countries!” No one had represented Quorn Amateur Swimming Club at the annual Country Championships in decades.

During this time, the only Quorn based swimmers who attended countries were swimming for other clubs, such as the Port Augusta Piranhas.

SWIMMING CLUB’S SUCCESS: Jayde Finlay, Tayla Finlay and Tori Kaesler with their individual medals for 50m breaststroke.

MEDALS: Tayla Finlay, back, Tori Kaesler, Jayde Finlay, front, and Chloe Hilder with their bronze medals.

A squad of 9 swimmers attended countries in Mount Gambier the following January, with Tori Kaesler winning a bronze medal for 50m Breaststroke. 12 swimmers attended at Loxton in 2016 but no medals were taken home.

“I’m looking forward to seeing more swimmers going to Countries in Broken Hill in 2018 and really putting Quorn on the map in the swimming world,” said Mr Giles.

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