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190km/h and then woman crashes

190km/h and then woman crashes

A WOMAN has been arrested after a brief chase along the Hume Highway yesterday that ended in her crashing.
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Police received several calls from drivers saying a maroon Commodore was travelling at up to 190km/h near Benalla at 11.30am.

Highway Patrol officers tried to stop the car near the Baddaginnie exit, but the driver would not pull over.

They pursued it for about 30 seconds before the chase was called off due to safety concerns.

Its speed was monitored for more than 100 kilometres before it left the highway at Broadford.

The driver then lost control and crashed the car into a guardrail.

The driver, a Werribee woman, 23, was arrested but required medical treatment and was taken to the Northern Hospital at Epping.

Last night she was still being treated and had not been interviewed or charged.

Investigators wish to speak to anyone who witnessed the car hitting the guardrail, or the Commodore before it crashed.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers南京夜网.au.

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Mirabella hits back at Q&A critics

Mirabella hits back at Q&A critics

Sophie Mirabella looks on as fellow Q&A panellist Simon Sheikh suffers an apparent seizure last night. Picture: ABC Sophie Mirabella looks on as fellow Q&A panellist Simon Sheikh suffers an apparent seizure last night. Picture: ABC
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1:20PM UPDATE: MEMBER for Indi Sophie Mirabella has hit back at those who have criticised her response to last night’s collapse of a fellow panellist on the ABC’s Q&A television program.

Mrs Mirabella said she and other panellists were all shocked when Simon Sheikh, the national director of online action group GetUp, fell forward onto the desk in front of him while seated next to her.

A social media onslaught followed in which Mrs Mirabella was criticised for leaning away from Mr Sheikh and staring at him while crew from the television program came to his aid.

“I initially assumed Simon was bent over laughing at something Greg Combet was saying, although I thought that was odd,” Mrs Mirabella told The Border Mail this morning.

“I didn’t have the same view of him as those in the audience; I don’t have good vision in my right eye and I had to turn to see what Simon was doing.

“It was a shocking experience, a terrible thing to happen on air and I have texted Simon to ask him if he is alright.”

Mr Sheikh keeled over next to Ms Mirabella who leant away and stared at his body prone on the desk in front of her.

Mr Sheikh, who suffers from epilepsy, regained consciousness as another panellist, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet, and studio crew members rushed to his aid.

Almost immediately, Twitter was alive with criticism of Ms Mirabella’s reaction.

Joe Hildebrand tweeted: “If I’m ever in need of first aid I really hope the first person on the scene isn’t Sophie Mirabella”.

Gavin Heaton said: “Some politicians couldn’t get out of their own way to help others. Sophie Mirabella just proved it”.

Another tweeter commented: “Never liked Greg Combet before. Do now. Like Sophie Mirabella less and less”.

Comedian Anthony Lehmann tweeted: “Sophie Mirabella is not good in a crisis. She seemed disgusted by Simon Sheik and couldn’t wait to get him away”.

Survivor Geek said: “Mirabella can see Nauru from her desk but she cannot see a person in need right next to her”.

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Car-stealing arsonists risk death

Car-stealing arsonists risk death

CAR-stealing arsonists are risking death.
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That is the fear of police and fire authorities in response to the latest spree of vehicle torchings.

A car thief’s attempt to destroy the proof of their crime could end their own life or someone else’s, Albury police’s Insp John Wadsworth said.

“They want to hide the evidence of what they’ve done,” Insp Wadsworth said.

“But what they don’t realise is that any flammable stuff with cars can really explode.”

Albury Civic fire station captain John Vandeven said death and serious injury were always a serious threat, especially if they used something like petrol to fuel the flames.

“They could get accelerant on themselves and then there’s a huge potential for them to ignite themselves as well,” he said.

“When you’ve got something that’s got a fuel tank, a lot of fuel, it depends on where they put the vehicle.

“If it’s near a building or something like that, they endanger other people as well.”

Often they were not smart enough to understand the ramifications of what they were doing.

Mr Vandeven said these people were trying to set something on fire, but have no idea how to do it.

“In any case where there’s arson, you’ve always got a chance of harming yourself,” he said.

Setting a car or motorbike on fire somewhere such as Nail Can Hill presented problems you would not get in a built-up area.

“There is a potential there that when we get drier weather they could set the hill alight,” Mr Vandeven said.

“The other thing is being in such an isolated position, if something does happen to themselves or passers-by it might take some time for help to arrive.

“You’d have to get a four-wheel-drive ambulance up there if they got into trouble.

“And we’ve got to wait for a four-wheel-drive truck to go up there to put the fire out, so there’s a double-edge sword.”

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‘King’ Michael of Jerilderie is dead

‘King’ Michael of Jerilderie is dead

Michael Abney-Hastings, died on Saturday aged 69.THE Jerilderie man who could have been King of England has died after a long illness.
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The 14th Earl of Loudoun, Michael Abney-Hastings, died on Saturday aged 69.

His claim to the throne was canvassed in 2004 in Britain’s Real Monarch.

It repeated the claim — disputed among historians — that King Edward IV was born illegitimate, making Mr Abney-Hastings, as the senior descendant of George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, the rightful king of England.

While he was best known for this connection, that’s not how he’ll be remembered by those who knew him best.

His second wife and Urana Shire mayor Margaret Buntin said: “he was a very special person, not because of his notoriety but because of the type of person he was”.

“He was a kind and loving person, a very courteous man,” Ms Buntin said.

Mr Abney-Hastings, 69, is survived by two daughters, three sons and nine grandchildren.

He is also survived by four step-children and 12 step-grand-children.

“He was a true father in every sense of the word, he cared a great deal for his family and was always there for them,” Ms Buntin said.

“They were always his pride and joy.”

Mr Abney-Hastings was born in 1942 but left England for Australia at 17 — part of the Big Brother movement.

When interviewed last year he told The Border Mail that he loved Australia so much he stayed.

He worked on properties from Corowa to Deniliquin, and met his first wife (deceased) at Jerilderie.

Mr Abney-Hastings said the royal claim was “a bit of fun” he enjoyed if it promoted Jerilderie.

He was elected to Jerilderie council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He pushed for the buildings visited by Ned Kelly to be preserved to promote tourism.

He was a member of the historical society and supported the football club, Catholic Church and primary school.

A Mass will be offered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Jerilderie, on Thursday at 11am.

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Couple back behind bars

Couple back behind bars

Robert Carter Barbara Carter
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A CENTRAL Coast couple allegedly found with almost 16 kilograms of cannabis near Holbrook last month are back in custody after being charged with more drug matters.

Robert James Carter, 66, and his wife Barbara, 66, were granted bail on June 13 in Albury Local Court with a condition they lived separately.

But they were nabbed in dawn police raids on Friday and it has been alleged they are part of a family drug syndicate.

A total of 171 charges were laid by police and 20 kilograms of cannabis found following raids on the central coast and in Sydney.

Eighteen search warrants were executed simultaneously at 7am with 145 police officers involved.

The searches took place in nine police area commands, including Cabramatta, Campsie, Bondi, North Sydney, Tuggerah Lakes, Central Hunter, Forster and Tamworth.

Officers arrested 18 people and charged them with offences relating to cannabis supply.

The investigation was part of Strike Force Whitmont which was formed in March by the Tuggerah Lakes area command to investigate large- scale cannabis supply within the command along with numerous metropolitan and regional areas.

Robert Carter was charged with two counts of supplying cannabis between an indictable and commercial quantity and knowingly participating in a criminal group.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Wyong Local Court on July 11.

His wife faced the same three charges and applied for bail but it was refused at Wyong on Friday.

Carter and his wife were living together which contravened bail conditions imposed by Albury magistrate Tony Murray last month.

Two sons attended court in Albury in June to accompany their parents home after they spent two nights in custody.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Robert Carter would continue to live in the family’s Housing Department home at Killarney Vale where they have been living for the past 23 years.

His wife would live with a son at Berkeley Vale and report to Gosford police.

Both were due back in court at Albury on July 30.

Police allegedly found 15.983 kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $125,000 after stopping their car near Holbrook.

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Playing the double no trouble for Ben

Playing the double no trouble for Ben

POINT-scoring machine Ben Jeffery plans to double up for NSW Country and Albury Thunder at Greenfield Park later this month.
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Jeffery, who has been named in the centres for the Country tier two team, yesterday said he was confident of getting through successive matches against Victoria and reigning Group 9 premier Southcity at 2pm and 4pm.

“I’ll double up,” Jeffery said. “I haven’t done it for a while, but I should be right.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

The July 21 charity-day clashes could attract the biggest home-and-away crowd seen at Greenfield Park with Jeffery’s selection sure to be another drawcard.

In another boost to the gate, no Ovens and Murray football will be played that weekend.

Jeffery will go into camp with the NSW team in Albury on July 17.

“It will be good,” he said.

“The coach (Dave Elvy) rang me on Saturday to let me know and it was a bit of a surprise.”

Jeffery was named in the team after Group 11 defeated Group 20 in the country championships in Queanbeyan on Saturday and will be joined in the team by big names including Wellington’s Ally Beale, Gerringong’s Rixon Russell and Wauchope’s Robert Trembath.

Thunder coach Josh Cale said he was confident Jeffery could handle the workload.

“Benny knows his body well,” he said.

“He’s a team player and says he wants to back up.

“It’s a good effort making the NSW Country side and he’s always striving to play as well as he can.”

Thunder will be looking to continue its unbeaten run, against Kangaroos in Wagga on Sunday, with Chris Mosbey a strong chance of returning.

He was a late withdrawal against Tumbarumba at the weekend with a corked thigh.

Ben Jeffery

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Bail over big drug stash

Bail over big drug stash

A VIETNAMESE boat refugee, who fled his country in 1986, was yesterday granted bail over a $1.25 million drug stash police found near Holbrook.
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Ngoc-Dinh Nguyen, 51, of Footscray, has been in custody since May after being charged with drug possession and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

Police say five bags of “ice” were found in a car travelling south on the Hume Highway about 5.35pm on May 24.

It is alleged that Nguyen was involved in a criminal enterprise with Ho Pham, 47, of Sunshine.

But magistrate Tony Murray said in Albury Local Court yesterday that he regarded the case against Nguyen as being weak.

Solicitor Michael Mantaj said the co-accused was driving Nguyen’s vehicle. He said Pham had taken possession of a backpack containing drugs and there was no inference Nguyen was involved.

Nguyen agreed to provide a sample for DNA testing and Mr Mantaj said he would surrender his Australian passport to police.

Nguyen’s wife and two nephews were in court for his bail application.

One of the nephews provided $20,000 cash as part of the bail conditions imposed by Mr Murray for Nguyen’s release.

Director of Public Prosecutions representative Rennae Gee opposed bail, saying the supply charge carried a maximum of life imprisonment.

Ms Gee said Nguyen was the owner of a vehicle which was driven to a Sydney location and he saw a transaction where a backpack was exchanged for money.

She said presumptive tests on the drug showed it was methylamphetamine.

Mr Murray said there was no forensic link between Nguyen and the drug packaging or bag.

Nguyen was released on $20,000 bail with a similar cash surety.

The charges against him were adjourned until next week while he lives at an Albury motel.

Mr Mantaj said a suitable place for him to live in NSW was being arranged.

Nguyen has a 6pm to 7am curfew and cannot contact his co-accused.

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Hall ‘done with boxing’

Hall ‘done with boxing’

Barry Hall trains with a squad of Euroa and Wangaratta players in Brunswick. Picture: FAIRFAX
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JUST days out from his debut for Wangaratta Rovers, Barry Hall says he has no regrets after turning his back on a lucrative boxing career.

The star forward has forfeited a hefty pay packet after choosing country footy over a career in the ring but says he has closed the door for good on boxing.

Hall was expected to pocket a reported $500,000 from a fight against Sydney bouncer Ben “The Overcomer” Wrotniak in May — his first professional bout — but will instead earn an estimated $5000 a game for the Hawks.

The 35-year-old admitted to leaving it too late for a career change.

“I’m done with boxing,” Hall said.

“I love the sport but my heart’s not in it.

“If I had gone into it a couple of years ago I could have gone on.

“I’ve trained pretty hard for 16 years in footy and to go into that is even harder again.

“I did it for four or five months. Every day, twice a day.

“That’s the good thing about playing with Rovers.

“Training on the Wednesday has been my only real commitment.”

Hall, an interested onlooker at Corowa-Rutherglen at the weekend, will play the club’s last four home games, plus finals, starting with Sunday’s big clash against Yarrawonga at W.J. Findlay Oval.

He kicked 746 goals in 289 AFL matches in a 16-season career with St Kilda, Sydney and Western Bulldogs but has placed modest goals on himself.

“I’m not expecting too much,” the big man said.

“I’ve been training on a Wednesday night with the (Melbourne-based) guys for about a month.”

Hall hasn’t ruled out playing again next year.

He said his performances would ultimately decide if he deserved a contract extension.

“If it works out and everyone is happy I will be happy to listen (to the club),” Hall said.

“The indicator would be how I go and how the club sees fit.”

Hall’s second match will be against arch rival Wangaratta on July 29.

His other games will be against Lavington (round 16) and Albury (round 18), when he is likely to face Sydney teammate Tadhg Kennelly.

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‘Dad died in my arms’

‘Dad died in my arms’

A WALLA farmer has told how his father died in his arms on Friday after he fell into a grain auger on the Rand property they farmed together.
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Jason Schilg said he became worried last Friday afternoon when his father Leon hadn’t returned after several hours at Rand where he had been picking up a load of grain destined for customers in Melbourne.

“It was a job dad has done 1000 times before,” Mr Schilg said.

“It was just a normal day. We were doing jobs on the farm at Walla when dad said he was going to load the truck.

“It should take a couple of hours

or so to drive to Rand, load the truck

and return to Walla where he would have fuelled up before heading for Melbourne.

“When he was not back, I went to look for him.”

Mr Schilg found his father, still alive, where he had fallen.

“We reckon he was so tough and determined that he would have stayed awake until someone found him,” he said.

“He didn’t speak. He groaned and squeezed my hand.

“I called 000 but he died in my arms before the ambulance arrived from Corowa.

“I have to say it would have been the longest 45 minutes of my life, waiting for that ambulance.

“But I was really glad to have found him while he was awake, he knew I was there.”

Leon Schilg, 61, had farmed throughout the Jindera, Walla and Rand districts for 45 years, leaving school at 16 to join his late father Keith on the family property, Rosedale at Jindera.

His wife of 40 years, Sandra, said her husband had little time for interests other than farming but he “could turn his hand to anything”.

“He was excellent at fixing machinery, at welding and he renovated our first home at

Table Top,” she said.

“He’d never pay anyone to do anything because he said he’d do it.”

Grain was his passion.

“He was big on the computer, it almost drove me mad. He was forever on conference calls about the grain market,” she said.

Mrs Schilg said since Friday the family had been overwhelmed by support from people throughout the region.

“The generosity of

people, the food and phone calls, they have not stopped,” she said.

Mr Schilg said his father obtained a licence to drive a semi-trailer at the age of 55, when the pair had expanded their grain-growing operations to the farm at Rand and additional leased ground.

While his family joked that he was going through a mid-life

crisis, Leon Schilg tackled the grain marketing and delivery business with the same gusto he had addressed every part of their rural business.

“Each trip away brought a new and different yarn,” Mrs Schilg said.

“He would arrive home with pockets and boots filled with wheat, leaving trails for me to find.”

“Dad worked hard all his life, he never stopped,” Mr Schilg said.

“He would never give up and he always used to say ‘you will learn something new every day; don’t be afraid to get advice and listen to others’.”

Leon Schilg’s mother, Doris, 86, said her son had told her only in the past week or two that he spent so much time on the road he slept better in the truck cabin than anywhere else.

Jason Schilg said, “In the past fortnight he’d been to Melbourne almost

every day and he had been due to make a delivery there on Friday”.

“We sold our grain directly to dairy farmers in Gippsland and in the Kiewa Valley.”

Sandra Schilg said when Jason had finished school, he had delighted his father when he returned home to work on their property, Hill & Dale at Walla.

“His dad always said he could do what he wanted but you could tell at an early age Jason was interested,” she said.

“He wanted to do every­thing on the farm, he was even putting crops in, in the sandpit.

“When we decided to buy the truck, we employed people to help Jason on the farm with the stripping and sowing, while Leon concentrated on the marketing and delivery.

“He was strong-willed and determined, a perfectionist and you couldn’t change him.”

Mrs Schilg said one of her husband’s proudest achievements was to walk the Kokoda Track in 2008 with several good friends including daughter-in-law Shelley’s father, Ian Burrowes.

He had been among the fittest in the group.

“He’d go for long walks around Jindera and one night he tried to jog home from one of his walks and did his achilles tendon,” Mrs Schilg said.

“He had to have several cortisone injections to overcome the pain just before leaving to make the trek but he was determined.

“It took them nine days to walk the 96km track.”

Leon Schilg is survived by his mother Doris,

wife Sandra, son Jason and his wife

Shelley, daughter Nicole Beckett and her husband Peter, and five grandchildren, Campbell, Breanna, Larissa, Natasha and Lily.

Funeral details are still to be announced.

Leon Schilg pictured during the canola harvest on the family’s Rand property in 2005.

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Worlds clash in pair’s mansion make-over

Worlds clash in pair’s mansion make-over

FASHION designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are ”rearranging” East Melbourne’s elegant Fairhall House museum, part of the Johnston Collection of fine and decorative arts so, naturally, a disco mirror ball is suspended over the 18th century silver teapots and platters in the kitchen. A grinning ”monkey-mermaid Japanese mythical creature-thing” is posed under a glass dome among the antiques and gilt-framed paintings of ships ploughing through storm-lashed seas in a downstairs study. A pair of owls, big as dogs, puffed and fluffy as chinchilla cats, are the focal points of a ”jungly, foresty, woodsy” theme going on under the drawing room’s crystal chandelier. And, everywhere, there is evidence of Plunkett and Sales’ incorrigible imagination: their sparkly red ”lobster dress”, the quivering, crystal-crusted wedding gown they based on Falcor from The NeverEnding Story, the infamous ”nana frock” Cate Blanchett wore to such howls of derision before it was copied on catwalks around the world.
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The couple behind the seven-year-old label Romance Was Born, hope a new young crowd will flush through the Johnston, curious about their interpretation of, ”these beautiful old things”. Their ”The Bride, The Ship & The Wardrobe” arrangement opens for appointments today, and there’s a definite crackle of clashing worlds in the air. ”This is such a cool, hidden-away place,” says Sales. ”It’s its own little world and that’s what Anna and I do in our shows.”

Three times a year the Johnston Trust invites a new creative professional to ”do their thing” with the contents of the mansion museum which was bequeathed to Victoria by collector William Johnston in 1986. More than 1000 strange and lovely items of art, craft, furniture, utensils and bric-a-brac are arranged under its lofty ceilings or stored at the National Gallery of Victoria. They form a kind of ”tool kit” or language with which to construct new ideas. Japanese-Australian designer Akira Isogawa, for example, explored narcissism and self-image in clusters of mirrors, and the scourge of time in a crowd of clocks.

Plunkett and Sales admit they were flummoxed at first, about what to do. ”Really confused,” says Plunkett, a delicate beauty with hanks of pale, lolly-pink hair. ”It was about someone else’s – William’s – life but it felt empty. By bringing our own pieces in, I felt we brought a bit of life back in, too.”

She worried, however, about dis-respecting the hushed, history-loaded museum with the wild and vibrant Romance Was Born aesthetic. ”But then, our pieces are collected by museums like the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse, too,” she says. ”So, I thought, in that context, in a museum context, they really work.”

As they drifted from room to room, Plunkett and Sales’ first plan to base the rearrangement on the colours and themes of existing rooms, became more tangled with their mushrooming ideas. In one large bedroom, for instance, they explored a horizon of weighty themes, from life, death, love, hate, illness, royalty, and family history, to the simple, formal task of popping on a pair of jim-jams before climbing into bed to dream. It’s all there, in a black, handpainted kimono from their summer collection, a pair of ”love, hate” slippers, and a quiet arrangement of golden ornaments and clocks, silk and gilt chairs, and a gallery of moody 19th century portrait paintings.

”I liked those portraits, because the families had to sell them to make enough money to live on,” says Sales. The daily mechanics of past and present lives, is sub-text in many rooms, mixed up in the flamboyant, richly coloured pieces from their Romance Was Born archive.

In one of the smallest rooms, for example, simply called the ”craft room”, Sales mustered a small forest of Johnston’s Staffordshire porcelain figurines to set in context with his and Plunkett’s explosive, multi-coloured creations in wool yarn and cloth. The figurines are quite lovely, but not delicate. Sales says he picked them because they were cruder, cheaper, and preferred by poor people as home decorations than the finer, biscuit ceramics of the mid-19th century.

”They even had children paint them sometimes, ” he says. ”And, look at this; this piece is older than this country.”

Eight rooms in Plunkett and Sales’ rearrangement of the Johnston Collection, including the cupid and angel infested Bridal Room, the silver and crystal kitchen and a ”woodsy” drawing room will be on show by tour appointment until October 24.

Bookings: johnstoncollection.org; Phone: 9416 2515

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