Abbott meets Lambie after she calls him a ‘political psychopath’

Senator Penny Wong congratulates PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie during the swearing-in of new Senators in the Senate, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Alex EllinghausenTony Abbott has met the Palmer United Party’s Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, just days after the new senator labelled the Prime Minister a “political psychopath”.
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The meeting is the latest in a series between Mr Abbott and the incoming senator crossbench, most of whom are expected to back the government’s long-held desire to repeal the carbon and mining, taxes but who could block billions of savings outlined in the budget.

Senator Lambie has also accused Mr Abbott of “parading his daughters around” during the election campaign, potentially risking their personal security.

The meeting took place before Senator Lambie was formally sworn into her role along with other senators, including 11 new arrivals. Liberal Senator Stephen Parry was voted in as Senate president in a secret ballot.

Mr Abbott and Senator Lambie met for about 30 minutes and discussed areas of concern to the Tasmanian senator, including the needs of her home state, veterans and defence issues.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said the meeting was a chance for the pair to compare notes on issues of concern to Senator Lambie.

Mr Abbott has held meetings with Motoring Enthusiast senator Ricky Muir, Palmer United leader Clive Palmer, Family First senator Bob Day, Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm, Democratic Labor Party senator John Madigan and independent Nick Xenophon.

Senator Richard Colbeck (left) and Senator David Bushby (right) “drag” the new President of the Senate, Senator Stephen Parry to the chair, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

He is expected to meet Palmer senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang in the coming weeks.

The new senate is sitting for the first time on Monday, with senators being sworn in and Tasmanian Liberal senator Stephen Parry to be named the chamber’s new president.

Beginning the process of repealing the carbon tax will be the first order of business for the new senate.

Labor Senate leader Penny Wong said the government should wait until a Senate committee report into the carbon price repeal is delivered on July 14 before reintroducing legislation to scrap it.

Ms Wong said the government was rushing the new crossbenchers to score a “political win”.

On being described by Senator Lambie as one of her political heroes, Ms Wong told ABC radio: “It’s very kind of her. I was going to say to Jacqui when I see her in person: it’s not often I’m on the same list as Margaret Thatcher. Women in politics, as we know, have to hold their own and I think Jacqui demonstrates her capacity to do that and good on her.”

Just three of those taking their seats on the red benches for the first time ran the media gauntlet outside Parliament House on Monday.

Senator Leyonhjelm told reporters that his new role, ”scares the crap out of me”.

And Matthew Canavan, flanked by his Nationals colleagues, said it all felt rather like the first day of school.

”It’s a bit better here though because I get along much better with these teachers than I did with my actual teachers,” he said.

The more experienced senators had plenty of advice for the newcomers.

”Take a breath, learn your surroundings and don’t make rash statements,” said Senator Madigan.

Labor’s Doug Cameron advised them not to panic when they didn’t understand what was going on, while iSenator Xenophon urged them not to be forced into gagging debate on the carbon tax repeal.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari had similar wisdom to share: ”Don’t let them bully you, don’t work on their timetable.”

Senator Day said his fellow debutants were eager to prove their critics wrong.

The Family First senator noted the crossbench had been called ”a mish-mash, flotsam and jetsam, bunch of barnyard (animals), licorice all-sorts, Star Wars aliens”.

”All those things we think are hilarious,” he deadpanned. ”We’re all committed to doing a good job.”

with Matthew Knott and AAP

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Call for poppy makers in preparation for Anzac centenary

Interested people are asked to come and help make poppies in preparation for the Anzac centenary.TO commemorate the Anzac centenary, a morning tea is being held on July 19 from 9am-4pm at the Northam Memorial Hall.
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Attendees are asked to bring along red wool, needles, hooks and any green and black buttons.

Knitted and crocheted poppies will be made during the day.

Some wool will be provided and knitters will be on hand to help.

This is a Northam RSL Sub Branch Women’s Auxiliary Project in conjunction with RSLWA.

If those attending wish to have lunch, at the cost of $5, contact Donna Prytulak on 0409 290 972 before July 18.

Thanks to the companies providing wool.

Collection points for the poppies will be at the Northam Memorial Hall on any Friday morning from 9-11 until September, or give Donna a ring for pick up.

For further information and patterns for the poppies visit 5000poppies.wordpress南京夜网, or contact RSL Women’s Auxiliary secretary Donna Prytulak on 0409 290 972.

5000 Poppies is a group based in Melbourne which is looking to place 20,000 fabric poppies in Federation Square in Melbourne next Anzac Day.

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Tea and company kill chill at post-seeding get together

Ideas flourish: Southern Brook Community Association committee members back Paul Antonio, Cheryl Lawrence, Carmel Sands, Mike Vincent, front Dennis Saunders, Allen Lawrence, Dianne Dwyer and John Dwyer (absent Johnno den Hollander).DESPITE the cold it was pleasing to see a good crowd turn up at the annual post-seeding casserole tea night at the local Southern Brook Hall on June 20.
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Southern Brook Community Association president John Dwyer welcomed the gathering and made special acknowledgement to the Shire of Northam for the recent maintenance and repairs to the historic 105-year-old hall.

A sign-posted disabled set down area making easy access to the hall and surrounds was well noted and accepted along with hall maintenance to walls and flooring.

The hall soon warmed up with much chatter and the smell of country casserole dishes and plenty of rice that tempted taste buds.

Dessert followed with tasty cheesecake and home-made apple tart.

It was great to have the company of Kerry and Barbara Saunders, Craig and Fiona Hitchcock and Carmel Sands, all who travelled up from Perth to attend.

Families mingled throughout the evening and included Paul Antonio, Johnno den Hollander, Joan, John and Dianne Dwyer, Angela and Jacob Fitzgerald, Allen and Cheryl Lawrence, Ted and Lorna Leeming, Dennis and Kathy Saunders, Mike Vincent and Mark Wilding.

Congratulations to the parents and siblings of new babes in the area over the past six months.

Nathan and Kylie Lawrence with the arrival of their first born, a son Veejay Nathan. Warren O’Neill and Louise Holder on the birth of their first child, a boy Hamish George.

Jarrod and Allison Street (nee Lawrence) on the arrival of their second daughter Sophie Rose.

Well wishes to local resident Robyn MacMillan who is recovering in hospital after an unfortunate fall on her property.

The catch up at the social event spurred committee members to meet at the hall early this month to discuss, progress and action events and projects for the next year.

The next Southern Brook community calendar event for members and friends is the annual spring picnic to be hosted by Ted and Lorna Leeming at Ullaring on October 20, from midday onwards.

Association enquiries should go to 9622 3494.

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Drivers to choose Hunter’s worst roads

HUNTER drivers are being urged to vent their frustrations on the region’s worst roads.
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The NRMAis asking all drivers to complete the fourth annual survey voting for the worst roads in the area after BrokeRoad, the New England Highway and the Pacific Highway topped last year’s list.

The Seeing Red on Roads campaign will allow drivers to flag frustrating roads on an interactive map.

NRMA President Kyle Loades said the state budget commitments would help, there was still a lot of work to do.

“The NSW Government has committed to several major projects in the Budget, including Stage 5 of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, the Pennant Street Bridge/Glendale interchange and the extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace,” Mr Loades said.

“However, the Government has also extended the deadline for the completion of the Pacific Highway to 2020, and motorists need to let them know that they will be accountable for their commitments.’’

To vote go to mynrma南京夜网.au/redflag. Voting closes on August 31.

Tippety, tap, whack

SERBIAN tennis ace Novak Djokovic summed it up best when he declared his latest Wimbledon victory as the best grand slam win of his career.
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For those who call tennis as just being tippety, tap, tippety, tap, then footage of the 2014 Wimbledon final between Djokovic and Swiss legend Roger Federer may just sway those views.

This contest between Djokovic and Federerwas not just all about brute force.

There were sublime drop-shots, incredibly accurate serves, and stunning volleys .

This five-set thriller had it all and showed what’s so great about sport.

Never knowing what will happen draws thousands to the court and millions more to tune into the telecast match after match, year after year.

Not just to tennis, but sports of all sorts.

Leading two sets to one and holding a match point in the fourth, Djokovic was on the cusp of victory.

Federer showed the mental toughness and skilll that has netted 17 slams, including seven at Wimbledon, by fighting back to win the fourth set.

Momentum was suddenly back with Federer, who had won the first set, before Djokovic started smashing winners from the baseline.

Over the years I have watched many Wimbledon finals and marvelled at Federer’s play to capture the trophy seven times.

In the early hours of Monday morning it looked like he would rule centre court at Wimbledon once again.

But it was not to be as Djokovic won the fifth and final set, 6-4, and duly celebrated a remarkable victory.

In doing so Djokovic regained the world No.1 ranking and netted a seventh slam.

A four-time Australian Open champion, dual Wimbledon titleholder, and one US Open title, Djokovic has all the court-craft to add to the tally.

Novak’s support team includes Boris Becker as a coach.

Although Novak has overtaken him in terms of grand slam victories, Becker holds a record that’s unlikely to be beaten.

At just 17, Becker won the Wimbledon final in 1985.

Yours truly was a year 12 student at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, but still found time to watch most of Becker’s incredible run to win the most cherished prize in tennis.

The epic battle between Djokovic and Federer capped another remarkable fortnight of tennis-watching.

Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios showed he could be the next “big thing” as his run to the quarter-finals included beating Rafael Nadal.

The victory by Petra Kvitova in the women’s final was one of the most complete performances I have seen in any tennis match.

Kvitova’s play brought back memories of the years when Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf reigned supreme.

Wimbledon, there’s no tennis tournament quite like it.

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