Woman dead, man hurt

Last updated 09:17 12/09/2013

Titirangi crime scene

The scene of a homicide on Takahe Road in Titirangi, West Auckland.

Homicide house in West Auckland

The house in West Auckland where a woman was found dead and a man seriously injured.

Neighbours of the couple attacked in their West Auckland home last night understand friction between family members may have caused the incident.

A woman was found dead in a Titirangi house and a man taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a serious assault.

Police were alerted to the incident in Takahe Rd about 7.50pm yesterday and quickly confirmed it was a homicide investigation.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she was “in disbelief” when she heard what happened.

She said she did not know the family who lived next door, but said it was not a random attack.

After an hour-long manhunt last night, a male suspect was located near the scene and this morning Senior Sergeant Grant Tetzlaff said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Police would not confirm the man in custody was the son of the victims.

A homicide investigation has been launched and the site had been guarded overnight. A scene examination will start this morning.

The male victim’s condition was listed as “serious but stable” this morning.

– © Fairfax NZ News 

Liberal candidate Andrew Nguyen says party treated ethnic candidates as ‘second-class citizens’

September 11, 2013 – 5:11PM

Heath Aston

Political reporter


Andrew Nguyen liberal member for the seat of Fowler.

A Liberal candidate who suffered a humiliating loss to Labor says ethnic candidates in western Sydney were treated as “second-class citizens” by the Liberal Party campaign hierarchy.

Andrew Nguyen has claimed in an interview with Fairfax Media that Tony Abbott’s campaign staff physically escorted him away from an appearance by the then opposition leader in Liverpool during the third week of the campaign.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott walks the streets of Liverpool, NSW with Kent Johns (left) , Liberal candidate for Werriwa.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott walks the streets of Liverpool, NSW with Kent Johns (left) , Liberal candidate for Werriwa. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

“They told me Andrew please go home, you can’t be here,” Mr Nguyen said.


“I was given no reason, I was escorted to my car and they made sure I turned right towards my [Cabramatta] office and didn’t turn to come back to Westfield shopping centre.”

“We were treated like second-class citizens. Me, [Jaymes Diaz in] Greenway and [Martin Zaiter in] Paramatta.

Justin De Domenico

Justin De Domenico.

“The Liberal Party won’t win western Sydney for the next 10 years because of the way they treated the ethnic candidates and the ethnic voters.”

Pictures from Mr Abbott’s street walk in Liverpool – parts of which are in the electorate of Fowler – on August 19 show him with Werriwa candidate Kent Johns, whose electorate borders Fowler and Liberal MP Craig Kelly from nearby Hughes.

Mr Nguyen, 74, is seething at his treatment, having mortgaged his Bankstown home to plough an estimated $300,000 into his campaign.

Mr Nguyen, who arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1979, said he spent a further $90,000 out of his own pocket on the campaign, maxing out three credit cards to pay for campaign literature translated into Vietnamese, Arabic and Indian.

He said Tony Abbott had spent a lot of time with Fiona Scott in Lindsay and thought he would expect to see him when he visited Liverpool, inside the Fowler electorate.

He said he was gagged from speaking to the media, including the local Vietnamese channel of SBS radio and Vietnamese press, or from taking part in any public debates.

This meant he could not respond to what he calls a smear campaign by the Labor campaign team of Chris Hayes, who eventually won the seat with a thumping 9.4 per cent swing to him. The swing went against the statewide trend of 3 per cent toward the Liberal Party.

The dirt sheet, “the facts about Andrew Nguyen”, claimed Mr Nguyen is a property developer and a migration agent and quoted a letter from state Liberal Charlie Lynn, a political enemy, that Mr Nguyen “isn’t fit for public office”.

Mr Nguyen said: “How can I respond to a smear campaign if I can’t talk to the media? We were told we would be disendorsed if we spoke to journalists. We were given an instruction not to answer the phone if we didn’t recognise the number.”

Mr Nguyen told Fairfax the man who escorted him was called “Justin”.

“I would say Justin removed me. I looked like a criminal and he was a policeman removing me from there.”

A local Liberal Party member active in the campaign confirmed to Fairfax it was Justin De Domenico, who had been assigned by Liberal head office to supervise in Fowler.

“I saw Justin take him away. It was all part of keeping candidates away from the media who they thought might embarrass them like Diaz,” the source said.

Mr De Domenico did not answer his phone.

Liberal Party director Mark Neeham said there was no order to avoid media. “Each request was considered on its merits,” he said.

“Head office and the local party gave Andrew a huge amount of support in the lead up to the campaign. I have not heard about Andrew Nguyen being kept away [from the Liverpool event] but I’m surprised he didn’t raise it with me during the campaign if that was the case, “Mr Neeham said.

A local Liberal backer of Nguyen’s told Fairfax he was “gobsmacked” by the result in Fowler. “Look at the results by individual booths, he was being beaten in Vietnamese areas like Lansvale, Cabramatta and Mount Pritchard,” the source said.

In the Cabramatta booth, Mr Hayes received 1561 first preference votes to Mr Nguyen’s 302.

A Liberal source said: “He was a dud candidate, simple as that.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

The games Scott Driscoll plays

Amy Remeikis

State political reporter


Member for Redcliffe Scott Driscoll.

Just hours after Premier Campbell Newman declared he wanted his former party room colleague Scott Driscoll out of Parliament, the member for Redcliffe defiantly took his place on the cross benches.

It was only his third appearance since March 27 and rounded out to about six the number of hours he has spent in Parliament since he was placed under investigation for his dealings with a lobby group, a community centre and his own words to the House.

Most people would be cowed; by the pressure, by the mutterings, by the weight of the allegations.

Not Scott Driscoll.


The man who slunk into Parliament under the cover of darkness on August 6 and September 10 for just an hour, resetting his absentee clock for another 21 days each time, strutted into the chamber on Wednesday, just moments before the day’s session was due to begin.

Mr Newman’s words, heavy with disgust for the man his party had preselected and nominated for Redcliffe before the 2012 election, had echoed across media outlets and social media just four hours earlier.

The Premier broke from parliamentary etiquette to say he hoped the Ethics Committee, currently investigating Mr Driscoll, expelled the member.

Ultimately, the Ethics Committee can only make recommendations. Mr Driscoll’s fate then, would lie in the hands of the Legislative Assembly. If found guilty of contempt of Parliament, Mr Driscoll could make history as the only sitting member of the Queensland Parliament, at least in modern memory, to be thrown out.

But Mr Driscoll plays the role of Damocles well.

His medical certificates have been accepted by the Speaker; he could, if he wished, not appear in Parliament until the 2014 sittings. Given the public condemnation, most would.

But not Scott Driscoll.

While the Speaker laid out recommended amendments to the parliamentary absentee rules, changes he had inspired, Mr Driscoll sat and played with his iPad.

While the Premier stood and gave a statement about turning Parliament gold in honour of a little boy gone too soon, who had asked for help in raising awareness about children’s cancers, Mr Driscoll turned to the member next to him and tried to engage in conversation.

As question time played out, Mr Driscoll stayed glued to his electronic devices and his conversations.

He knew eyes were on him. He ignored them all. But he noted them.

He acknowledged journalists tweeting about him in the gallery – pointing to the screen on his iPad, he then turned his attention to the media gallery.

The tweets, the only form of direct communication with the member who almost always refuses interviews and only occasionally sends out statements, became more bold, requesting interviews outside of Parliament.

Mr Driscoll, visible from the gallery, would occasionally smile, but he did not respond.

Instead, knowing that the media fanned out following question time, working together like a murder of crows to guard exits, Mr Driscoll remained in the chamber, slumped in his chair, playing with his devices.

As government staff and MPs enjoyed the spectacle of journalists lining the Speaker’s Green, balconies and escape routes, by posting photos and tweets, Mr Driscoll began a game.

He left the chamber, sparking a flurry of action, before walking back in and taking back his seat.

The media stood down and resumed waiting.

He stood and walked out of the chamber a second time, this time disappearing into a room not accessible by the media, and waited.

Most people not wishing to talk, but knowing they were being stalked by a media pack, would try and stay as invisible as possible.

Not Scott Driscoll.

Not a man who has an image of himself being interviewed by reporters as his social media background photo.

He began acknowledging the journalists he knew were outside waiting for him on Twitter. A favourite here, a follow there.

And then, as darkness fell and still the media awaited, at 6.15pm @scottdriscollau broke his silence with a churlish tweet, sending out the written equivalent of blowing a raspberry to those who had attempted to hold him to account.

“Congrats ABC’s @ChrisOBrien & @MelindaHowells who wrapped their exclusive approx 2.45pm but still enjoy hiding behind pot plants #qldpol”.

The ABC did not record their interview until 5.15pm.

As he has since February, when media articles began running questioning his dealings, Mr Driscoll denied any wrong doing.

But he sent a return volley to the premier through his ABC interview.

“I wouldn’t like to say he’s pre-empting anything quite frankly because the provisions are simply not there within the Parliament of Queensland Act and they’re not there within the provisions of the Ethics Committee,” he said.

“I’m not really sure what parallel universe Campbell’s been travelling on today. It probably makes more sense to him than anyone else, but so be it.”

And then he left, but not before letting the rest of the media knowing he had won.

But really, it appears the people of Redcliffe are the ones who have lost.

Brisbane Times

Warnings of trauma in federal job cuts

September 12, 2013

Noel Towell

Reporter for The Canberra Times

Federal public service bosses have been warned of the psychological impact on workers of the staffing cuts in the wake of the Coalition’s election victory.

Federal workplace insurer Comcare has written to departments and agencies reminding them of the risk of ”psychosocial” injuries as the bureaucracy faces traumatic times.

The incoming Abbott government has pledged to cut 12,000 Commonwealth jobs and impose an efficiency dividend on departments, as well as moving an unnamed agency to Gosford on the NSW central coast.

A ”commission of audit” will also examine all facets of Commonwealth public sector spending with Canberra’s bureaucracy firmly in its sights.


Comcare chief executive Paul O’Connor has urged bosses to try to minimise the trauma suffered as a result of the likely downsizing.

”We all know change – of any nature – can be disruptive,” Mr O’Connor wrote. ”Major organisational decisions around restructuring can have health and safety consequences for workers.

”I encourage you during this time of change to ensure appropriate support for your workers.”

Psychosocial injuries in the public service have contributed to a half-billion-dollar blow-out in the Comcare insurance scheme.

Such claims are four times more common in the public service than in the private sector and are up by 30 per cent in the past three years.

Workers claiming for psychological harm take more than a year to get back to their desks on average, compared with four months for victims of falls, slips and trips.

Psychological injuries account for less than 10 per cent of ”compensable” injuries, but more than 35 per cent of the cost of claims.

Mr O’Connor urged managers to use fact sheets on mental health in the workplace that identify poorly managed changes as a key cause of psychological injury claims.

”Workers’ compensation claims for psychological injury are often the result of poorly managed change,” according to the internal public service material.

”Continuous change, including uncertainty over the future and rapid shifts in the direction of work, is one of the central challenges for maintaining mental health and well-being at work.”

Mr O’Connor also reminded public service bosses to remember the thousands of bureaucrats who are away from their workplaces on workers’ compensation claims.

”If your organisation is subject to … changes or staffing cuts, it’s important you consider the interests of all of your workers,” he wrote. ”This includes those who receive rehabilitation assistance and support and may be off work.

”Out of sight – especially at this time – should not be out of mind.

He reminded bosses that a worker’s compensation claim would not necessarily end simply because the employee had been made redundant and reminded managers of their responsibilities to try to get claimants back to their desks.

”If your organisation is offering redundancies, it’s important you consider the rehabilitation needs of each injured worker prior to making a decision,” he wrote.

”In most cases, your workers’ compensation liabilities can be better managed if the connection with work is maintained, so the injured worker has access to rehabilitation and the ability to return to work.”

Canberra Times

Football Federation of Australia and Match Officials announce revised Standard Agreement

FFA and Match Officials announce revised Standard Agreement

Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League Match Officials received a boost ahead of the coming seasons with Football Federation Australia today announcing that a revised Match Officials Agreement has been finalised.


The amendments to the standard Match Officials Agreement signify the first changes since Season 1 of the Hyundai A-League.

Some of the key upgrades to the agreement are:
• An average increase of 19 per cent to Match Fees across all competitions;
• Reimbursement of costs associated with the pre season medical test;
• Reimbursement of out of pocket medical expenses for injuries sustained in organised training (in addition to matches);
• Confirmation that FFA will maintain medical insurance cover to include injuries sustained in FFA organised training (in addition to matches).

Head of A-League Damien de Bohun said Match Officials remain extremely important for FFA. “It is important we constantly strive to improve management in all facets of the game, and Match Officials are an important focus for FFA,” de Bohun said.

“The new agreement is indicative of FFA’s commitment to investing in refereeing, which includes significantly enhanced resourcing for Match Officials. At the start of last season there were no full time employees dedicated to refereeing. Now we have a Referee’s Department with three full time staff members and one part time staff member, dedicated to providing increased coaching and administrative support to all Match Officials.

“I’d like to thank the Match Officials for the collaborative approach to finalising the standard Match Officials Agreement as we look forward to exciting seasons in the Hyundai A-league, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League.”


Football Federation of Australia

SBT cancela reprise de “Carrossel” e voltará com o programa “Aqui Agora”



Em uma decisão feita nas últimas horas, o SBT irá com o jornalístico “Aqui Agora”, sucesso nos anos 90 e que teve uma versão fracassada em 2008.

A ordem da alteração partiu do próprio Silvio Santos, depois de gravar seu programa na tarde desta quarta (11).

O policialesco, que marcou época quando foi exibido entre 1991 e 1998, será exibido às 18h30, com a apresentação de Neila Medeiros, que acabou de se mudar para São Paulo, vinda da filial da emissora em Brasília.

O “Aqui Agora” voltará no lugar da reprise de “Carrossel”, que reestreou há duas semanas e não teve uma audiência satisfatória para o dono da emissora – entre 4 e 7 pontos.

Em 2008, o noticiário policial foi exibido em um formato mais leve, mas os números não passaram dos 6 pontos, mesmo com o caso Isabella Nardoni, que fez com que os telejornais aumentassem seu Ibope.

Nesta noite, uma chamada exibida no intervalo de “Chiquititas” anunciou a novidade. Nela, o locutor disse: “A reprise de Carrossel não deu o resultado esperado pela direção artística desta emissora. Por esta razão, deixará de ser exibida, voltando a nossa programação dentro de 1 ano. Esse horário terá como atração Neila Medeiros, a unica jornalista capaz de apresentar sozinha o programa Aqui Agora, enfrentando Datena e Marcelo Rezende. Estreia segunda-feira, dia 23 de setembro”.


A chamada revoltou os fãs do SBT nas redes sociais.

O fato é que Neila Medeiros terá o seu primeiro grande desafio em rede nacional. Desde que se mudou para São Paulo, no mês passado, a jornalista só substituiu os titulares no “SBT Manhã” e no “SBT Brasil”.



Sabrina Sato poderá ser jurada do Miss Brasil



Sabrina Sato tem convite da Bandeirantes para integrar o júri do Miss Brasil em Belo Horizonte.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Flávia Freire vai assumir o Bem Estar no lugar da Mariana Ferrão


Mariana Ferrão se despede amanhã, sexta-feira, da apresentação do “Bem-Estar”, em função da sua licença-maternidade.
Por conta disso, na segunda, Flávia Freire passará a dividir os trabalhos do programa com Fernando Rocha.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Record exibirá nove especiais em sua grade de fim de ano



Direção da Record também encomendou da autora Margareth Boury um outro especial para o fim do ano.
Serão, no total, nove projetos de parceria da Record com produtoras independentes…
… Alguns já serão conhecidos nesta sua programação de fim de ano.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Altas Horas fará homenagem ao Champignon depois de amanhã


Serginho Groisman, depois dos Estados Unidos e Canadá, volta a gravar o “Altas Horas” nesta quinta-feira…
… O programa prepara, para este próximo sábado, uma homenagem ao Champignon.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery