Choc’s away: Waters claims he has Mundine’s measure

BOXER Ryan Waters has dismissed his next opponent, Anthony Mundine, as ”just another speed hump” on his road to the world title, adding that a training partner had shown him how to defeat the former rugby league star.The pair are scheduled to fight in Wollongong on September 15, with the victor promised a shot at the WBA’s junior middleweight title held by Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto.Waters, the Cronulla warrior who promotes his own bouts at the Sharks Leagues club, was adamant he had the power, skill and fight plan to become the first Australian to defeat Mundine, ranked No.2 by the WBA after his last-fight victory over a little-known from Argentina.”I can definitely beat him,” said Waters, who’s ranked seven and five respectively by the WBA and the WBO. ”It takes a lot to faze me. We could fight in a phone box and it wouldn’t worry me. Actually, I’d prefer it.”I think he’ll struggle to make the weight [Mundine has dropped two divisions] and I doubt he’ll be able to go my pace for 12 rounds.”Time will tell whether I catch Mundine early or later on in the fight. I have a good game plan that my trainer David Birchell has drilled into me.”Waters acknowledged a long list of other fighters had said the same thing only to be beaten by Mundine.He said watching his stablemate Kurt Barham spar against Mundine during the build-up to his recent campaigns had bolstered his belief a good game plan was crucial for victory.”I’ve seen what Kurt can do to him when they’ve sparred and his game plan is ‘on’,” Waters said. ”I’m a lot quicker and stronger than Kurt and he’ll [Mundine] struggle. His last hit out was not so good. To get hit by clean shots [by Carlos Adan Jerez, ranked by BoxRec as No.2 in Argentina] was not good. If that had been me he wouldn’t have been standing.”He thinks I’m a one-dimensional fighter. He’d think I was aggressive but I have a lot more skills than he’d give me credit for. He’ll underestimate my level of skills and that will be shown on the night.”I have an array of punches, including some he hasn’t seen before, and they’ll be the ones that sit him on his arse.”Despite this, Waters said he would not underestimate Mundine.”He’ll be a lot better at this weight the second time round,” he said. ”He’s a great athlete and can step up to the occasion. I won’t underestimate him. In Mundine I see a guy who is a good boxer and one who works well under pressure.”He’s awesome at what he does and he’s shown that over the years. But I can’t see myself losing.”? Victoria’s Sam Soliman has been linked to an IBO world title fight with American Peter Manfredo jnr later this year. Manfredo, who made his name on the original The Contender series in the US, fought Australian-based Sakio Bika for the same belt in 2008 but lost by TKO in the third round.
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England pacemen aim to come out swinging

London: England’s fast bowlers will start practising with the unfamiliar Kookaburra cricket balls well before the Ashes in the hope of reproducing their impressive swing-bowling form in Australia.The threat posed by Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and newcomer Steven Finn was reinforced as England demolished Pakistan’s top order in the first innings of the teams’ series-opening Test this weekend.England bowling coach David Saker, the former Victorian swing bowler, revealed that once the fourth Test was over on August 30 the pacemen were scheduled to stop practising with their customary Dukes-brand balls in favour of the Kookaburras to be used in Australia this summer.”It definitely still swings,” Saker said. ”It obviously doesn’t swing as much as the Duke ball but some of that’s got to do with the English conditions, which are usually conducive to swinging the ball, whereas Australian conditions sometimes aren’t.””We’ll be training hard and we’ll be trying to put things in place that [assist] the English bowlers to swing the ball when they get to Australia. I still believe strongly that that’s one of the best ways to bring down any batting line-up, not just in Australia.”We’ll be endeavouring to try and move the ball in the air for sure, but also we’ve got two pretty tall, strong pace bowlers [Broad and Finn] who can get the ball through. There’ll be different ways we’ll attack the Australians, for sure.”Last month’s two-match series against Pakistan confirmed Australia’s susceptibility to deliveries that move in the air. The impressive form of Anderson, in particular, and 21-year-old beanpole Finn at the start of the Pakistan series highlighted their potential to be similarly effective if they can harness the different conditions in Australia.Saker, who had a nine-year first-class career but was never selected for the national team, is unequivocal about the topic of the Ashes – specifically, about whether it will mean torn loyalties for him.”My loyalty is definitely with England,” said the 44-year-old, who was appointed in April.”I worked for the Victorian cricket team. I never got asked to work for the Australian cricket team – not at any stage have I done any work for the Australian cricket team at international level.”
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Emerton no home-town hero

Sydney FC 1 Blackburn 2SOCCEROOS star Brett Emerton scored as Blackburn edged past A-League champions Sydney FC 2-1 in the final match of the Sydney Festival of Football last night.Emerton’s neat chest-and-volley in the 37th minute set his side up for victory in front of 15,237 fans at the Sydney Football Stadium before Morten Gamst Pedersen doubled the advantage in the second half.Striker Alex Brosque finally got Sydney on the board in the 81st minute in a solid hit-out for Vitezslav Lavicka’s side before their season opener against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.Blackburn put in their best performance of the four-team pre-season tournament to score their first win and finish second behind AEK Athens, who earlier made it three wins from three games by beating Rangers 1-0. Emerton, who was born in Bankstown, was pleased to have scored for his club on home soil and praised Sydney’s effort against the Premier League side.”It was difficult conditions out there … I’m not sure what it looked like from afar but the pitch was very, very heavy, but they gave a good account of themselves,” said Emerton, who admitted he expected bigger crowds over the festival.Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce was also complimentary.”They fought to the end,” he said. ”For us it was a better performance … and some players getting a bit of game time that they’ve not had since World Cup football.”Brosque said Sydney, who started with a youthful centre back pairing of Sebastian Ryall and Antony Golec, would benefit from the experience.”In terms of opposition you really can’t ask for more when it comes to who we’re up against in the past couple of days,” Brosque said.”I guess it was hard for us to play the sort of football we normally play through our season but we won’t coming up against the likes of Blackburn and Rangers in the A-League.”Emerton and Australian teammate Vince Grella started before both were substituted in the 57th minute, while captain Ryan Nelsen returned to the starting line-up following New Zealand World Cup duties in South Africa.Sydney were far from disgraced and could have scored more than one had striker Mark Bridge not wasted a golden 65th-minute chance set up brilliantly by new marquee signing Nick Carle. Sydney finished the tournament without a win but will benefit from high-quality opposition.The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute when Emerton made the most of a gift from Sydney defenders, who failed to deal with a long-range Gael Givet free kick.Givet’s ball missed just about everyone to find Emerton unmarked in close range and the Socceroos winger displayed fine skill in a swift manoeuvre to beat Liam Reddy.Pedersen doubled Blackburn’s advantage in the 67th minute with a simple tap-in before Brosque got Sydney off the mark with a side-footed finish after he was played into space by substitute Brendan Gan.¦ The Young Socceroos claimed their second Asean Football Federation under-19s championship title by defeating Thailand 1-0 on Friday night. An 81st-minute goal by substitute Eli Babalj earned Australia their second title in three years.AAP
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Classy Cats put Swans to sword

Sydney 9.18 (72) Geelong 20.5 (125)SYDNEY coach Paul Roos last night conceded that despite a significantly improved performance by his team, they would be one of two teams effectively just making up the numbers if they make the finals.Despite a nine-goal defeat at ANZ Stadium, the Swans managed to keep their spot in the top eight, but what was truly shown last night is the chasm between the top teams with a chance to win the flag, and those, like Sydney, battling to just play September football.The Swans were barely a speed hump on the road to the finals for defending premiers Geelong, the Cats showing they plan a ferocious defence of their title with a clinical 53 point win.Roos conceded there are likely to be six teams with legitimate chances heading into the finals. When asked if his team was one of those, he ran through the contenders, but did not name the Swans, then added: ”I think there’s probably a couple of teams there which will make up the numbers, yeah.”Although it might seem hard to believe, the Swans did play significantly better than they did six days earlier, when Melbourne humbled them to the tune of 73 points.The problem last night was that their inaccurate kicking was costly, they were playing against the best team in the competition who had an ”on” night, and they seemed to lack the poise and class to take their opportunities when they had them early in the contest.”I think the difference in the game was the talent and skill level of both sides,” Roos said. ”I thought the effort from both sides was really good, but the difference was we couldn’t use the ball as well as they did and when we turned it over they made us pay and they kicked accurately – we didn’t. Against a good team, you just can’t do that.”The talent level between our team and their team is pretty vast at the moment.”I think if we had done everything right we could have won, but you need to do everything right. You can’t turn the ball over, you can’t miss shots at goal. We had the effort to be able to beat them tonight, we just didn’t have the talent and when you couple that with the turnovers …”Led by a brilliant, six-goal performance by Steve Johnson, Geelong might have threatened the record loss Roos suffered as a coach last week, except for switching off in the final quarter, and a Swans outfit this week determined not to throw the towel in. What might have been more alarming than the result for the Swans was that just 30,710 fans turned up at ANZ Stadium, well below the 40,000 the club had expected.That crowd is the second lowest in the nine seasons the club has been playing at Homebush. The only time there has been a smaller attendance was in 2008, when 19,127 braved the wet to watch Sydney beat North Melbourne in an elimination final.Sydney took the game to the Cats in the first term and although they had 10 scoring shots to six, Geelong led 5.1 (31) to 3.7 (25) at the first break.Wayward kicking continued to cost Sydney, adding 1.5 for the second quarter to Geelong’s five straight goals, then in the third term the real Cats arrived, kicking eight goals to one – including some sublime efforts – to lead by 65 points at the final break, 18.3 (111) to 5.16 (46).As most expected before the opening bounce, the result was now not in dispute.The only things to be decided were whether the final margin would be a record breaker or whether the Swans could show something worthwhile which they could take forward into next week’s game.What’s next on the agenda for both teams? Vastly different contests await them.The Cats meet Collingwood in what could be a grand final preview next Saturday night at the MCG, while the Swans host Hawthorn at the SCG on Saturday afternoon.Both of those sides lost yesterday and are desperate for a win to help them secure finals berths.
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Hayne Plane grounded by team effort: Smith

IT TOOK a Lightning Todd to finally ground the Hayne Plane.”I thought we had a temporary closure of the airport tonight,” Roosters coach Brian Smith quipped.Smith did not sleep well on the eve of last night’s clash against Parramatta. Perhaps it was because, despite his side’s stunning climb from the outhouse to the penthouse, they had not yet encountered the high-flying Eels. A chance to win five in a row. During the past two victories – the last achieved without Mitchell Pearce and Nate Myles – the Roosters overcame deficits and questionable refereeing decisions.But this was the real test. Parramatta. Full house. Away from home. The Hayne Plane with the afterburners on.Eight Roosters tries later, Smith was feeling more at ease. ”I’ll be sleeping very well tonight,” he said.Having secured the Jack Gibson Cup, Smith may well be dreaming of another, more coveted trophy. His Roosters, in the words of Eels counterpart Daniel Anderson, were ”smoking”. Smith was at pains to come up with a man of the match, such was the contribution of all 17 of his charges. But if pressed for a standout, the logical choice would be Todd Carney. The playmaker was everywhere, setting up tries and kicking with precision, including eight goals from as many attempts.The build up was all about Hayne versus Carney and the latter emerged victorious. His personal transformation mirrors that of his club.”We knew if we won tonight, after a short turnaround against a team that has been on fire in Parra, we’d get some respect,” Carney said.”We done that tonight and hopefully we can start to get a bit of that.”Not that Carney had it all his own way. When the Eels were down 18-0, they needed someone to step up.Someone to create something out of nothing. What they needed was to throw the ball to Jarryd Hayne. And just like that, Hayne busted through two defenders, dragged another across the line and then channelled his inner Peter Jorgenson.The roof nearly came off the joint. Alas, Nathan Hindmarsh was the only other Eel to trouble the scorers in a Roosters blowout.”My God, [Hayne] stretched us at every opportunity,” Smith noted.”In the end he came up with some errors. It’s only that he’s such a competitive guy who is still trying to find a way to spark his team.”It was a hell of a job our guys did. Mitch Aubusson in particular … it was a collective thing as well. No one guy can shut Haynesy down.”This was a complete Roosters performance. At one stage a statistician whispered in Smith’s ear that the Eels had 40 sets in their quarter as opposed to four. And yet their try line was only breached twice.Anderson conceded his side was ”belted”. ”We were beaten by a team that were white hot,” Anderson said.”They beat us to every single play in the game tonight.”There were many heroes for the Roosters. Anthony Minichiello crossed twice in his 200th appearance for his beloved Roosters. He sat next to Smith in the press conference and blushed at the praise in his direction.”I’ve never enjoyed coaching anyone more than Mini,” Smith said.”He’s just been a shining light for our club … he epitomises what every young player in the game should be one about. The setbacks, a lot of people would have given up with the injuries he had.”The result has ramifications for both sides. The Eels, who could have slipped into the eight with a win after the Rabbitohs lost on Friday, need to win at Skilled Park on Friday night to keep their finals hopes alive.On last night’s form, the Roosters have every chance of going from wooden spooners to premiers within 12 months. But first, they square off against the Dragons.”Next Sunday at the SCG will be a ripper … I’m counting the minutes off already, it will be a beauty,” Smith said. ”We’re playing against the best defensive team in the comp on stats and they put us to the sword last time we played them.”SYDNEY ROOSTERS 48 (P Graham 2 A Minichiello 2 M Aubusson S Kenny-Dowall K Linnett F Nuuausala tries T Carney 8 goals) bt PARRAMATTA 12 (J Hayne N Hindmarsh tries L Burt 2 goals) at Parramatta Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton. Crowd: 19,824
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2000 troops fight forest fires in Russia

Thousands of firefighters, including army troops, battled hundreds of forest fires that raged across central Russia in the worst heatwave for decades, destroying houses and killing more than 30 people.More than 2000 troops have been sent in to help firefighters, a defence ministry spokeswoman told ITAR-TASS news agency on Saturday.A total of more than 16,000 firefighters are battling the flames, along with 56 helicopters and planes, the emergency ministry said on Saturday.Four hundred fires were still burning over more than 120,000 hectares on Saturday morning, while 387 fires had been extinguished in the past day, the ministry said in a statement.In the Nizhny Novgorod region, one of the worst hit, firefighters struggled to quench flames amid strong winds, with 11 separate fires still burning on Saturday, the ministry said.Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday visited the village of Verkhnyaya Vereya in the region where more than 300 houses were destroyed by the fires, leaving more than 500 people homeless, and was confronted by tearful residents.”By winter, all the houses will be standing. I promise you that your village will be restored,” Putin pledged, as residents circled round him in a televised encounter.He also promised to give each person 200,000 rubles ($A7341) in compensation for their lost possessions.Putin allocated five billion rubles ($A183.14 million) to rebuild houses and said he would personally control the process, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies on Friday.Three bodies were found on Saturday in burnt-out houses in the district visited by Putin, the regional emergency ministry told the Interfax news agency, raising the toll from nine to 12.Officials had reported deaths of 29 people in fires on Friday, although the emergency ministry did not give a toll for the whole of central Russia.The defence ministry allocated 550 troops, including a tank regiment, to help the firefighting in the region, the emergency ministry said.Temperatures of around 40C are predicted for the Voronezh region on Saturday, where more than 500 people have been left homeless by fires raging in the suburbs of the regional capital and television reports showed the city shrouded in smoke.A television report showed residents returned to scrape through the ashes of their burnt-out homes, with some carrying out jars of pickles that survived the flames in cellars.A record-breaking heatwave has seen the agriculture ministry declare emergency situations in 23 regions, with crops blighted by drought on around 10 million hectares of farming land.In Moscow, smoke from smouldering peat and forest fires swathed skyscrapers with smog this week and Thursday saw temperatures hit 38.2C, the hottest recorded in the city since records began.As people cool off by taking dips in lakes and rivers, many of them without life-saving equipment, Russia has also seen a high death toll from drownings.Thirty-five people drowned on Friday alone, the emergency ministry said.AFP
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Thousands mourn Love Parade victims

Thousands of people paid their respects on Saturday in the German city of Duisburg to the 21 people who died in the Love Parade tragedy a week earlier.The memorial at Salvator Church, which opened with sombre organ music, was shown on screens in a football stadium and a dozen other churches in the western city of Duisburg. Several TV stations carried the service live, and flags across the country flew at half-mast.Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff were among several hundred mourners in a church service. Family members of the victims also attended.The 21 people who died were aged 18 to 38 and included foreigners from Spain, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, China and Holland.The ceremony was led by Roman Catholic and Lutheran Protestant clerics – representing Germany’s two main denominations.”The Love Parade was danced to death,” Nikolaus Schneider, the head of the Rhineland Lutheran Church Assembly, said in his sermon. “In the middle of a celebration of lust for life, death showed its ugly face to all of us.”Franz-Josef Overbeck, the Catholic bishop of the neighbouring city of Essen, said: “Life can be so oppositional: One moment there is a party, the next moment we are lying helplessly on the ground.””We want to stir our life in secure ways, but don’t have it under control.”After the sermons, rescue helpers lit 21 candles for the victims of the tragedy.In Duisburg’s football stadium, a large black cross several metres high was set up on the pitch. Many of those in the stadium wore black and had tears in their eyes. The solemn ceremony was also carried live on television.Before the service church bells rang mournfully out across the western industrial city of half a million people, where flags were at half-mast, as they were across the whole of a shocked Germany.”I was there, working as a helper and saw it all happen. A friend of mine was hurt,” Markus Spanke, aged around 20, told AFP in the stadium. “I will never forget it.””We were at the Love Parade, we saw everything from the bridge. We can’t shake those images of panic from our heads,” said Phil Napeirala, 21, from nearby Essen.Later on Saturday a march was due to take place from Duisburg train station towards the narrow tunnel that served as the only entrance to the grounds hosting the techno music festival. Reports said 20,000 people were expected.It was in this lethally packed bottleneck of a tunnel, now a solemn sea of candles and flowers and photos, that the victims died as revellers desperately tried to escape.The dead included seven foreigners, from Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Bosnia and Spain who had come for one of Europe’s top techno events. More than 500 people were hurt, 25 of whom are reportedly still in hospital.One man absent from public view however was Adolf Sauerland, the mayor, who has come under intense pressure to resign amid accusations that he ignored warnings that the event was a disaster waiting to happen.An interim police report on Wednesday also put the blame on Love Parade organisers, listing a catalogue of catastrophic mistakes in managing the crowd of hundreds of thousands. Prosecutors have opened an investigation.The grounds opened nearly two hours late, leading to an initial blockage in the tunnel, Dieter Wehe, chief of police in the local North Rhine-Westphalia state, said as he presented the preliminary findings.Thereafter, police said organisers were incapable of dispersing the crowds at the tunnel’s exit, partly because there were fewer stewards than promised and partly because there were no loudspeakers to control the crowd.When the scale of the crush became clear, police ordered stewards to close the heaving access points but this order was not carried out, Wehe said, fighting back tears at a news conference.”It’s going to take a long time before Duisburg can get back to normal,” said Reiner, one of the mourners at the football stadium.AFP/AP
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New MP earns more than PM

NICK LALICH, Labor MP for Cabramatta and mayor of Fairfield City Council, is one of State Parliament’s ”double dippers”.When he was elected to Parliament in 2008 at a byelection he decided to keep his job as mayor and collect both salaries.His parliamentary salary is $130,540 a year, his annual electoral allowance is $39,950, his logistical support allowance is $31,380 and he has a mail-out allowance of $65,384. Total pay and allowances: $267,254.As mayor he receives $53,980, plus $20,320 as a councillor. He enjoys the full-time use of a council-supplied Ford sedan, and ratepayers pick up the tab for his petrol, registration, insurance and servicing. Total council remuneration: $74,300.To sum up, as MP and mayor Lalich receives a total of $341,554 a year, which is more than the salary of Prime Minister Julia Gillard ($335,580).The 65-year-old former electrician entered Parliament after the abrupt resignation of Reba Meagher, the permanently suntanned former health minister. She held Cabramatta with a 29 per cent majority even though she lived in the breezy comfort of the beachside suburb of Coogee. The anti-”Grim Reba” backlash was so great that Lalich suffered a 22.7 per cent swing against him but still squeezed home.He may not be so lucky in March, when he again faces the conscientious Liberal candidate Dai Le, a former ABC journalist. Her victory would end Labor’s hold on Cabramatta since it was carved out of Fairfield in 1981.As the local Labor powerbroker, Lalich had a role in recruiting Mekong Club founder Phuong Ngo to the NSW ALP. He wrote to then Labor general secretary John Della Bosca: ”I believe the membership of the party would be greatly enhanced by the presence of Mr Ngo.”Unfortunately, Ngo’s enhancing gifts did not extend to Cabramatta Labor MP John Newman. He was gunned down in the driveway of his home in September 1994 in Australia’s first political assassination and Ngo was charged with his murder.Lalich made headlines when he visited Ngo while he was on remand behind bars, and voted with the Labor group to continue to pay Ngo’s council allowance before his trial. Ngo is now serving life in Goulburn jail’s Supermax section.Team Keneally – packed with colourful characters.
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Now Sartor tipped to exit sinking ship

ENVIRONMENT Minister Frank Sartor has been urged by friends to quit politics for a career in the private sector, as the resignation of John Della Bosca added to expectations that a stream of Labor MPs will jump ship before almost certain election defeat in March.Mr Sartor firmly denied whispers doing the rounds of Macquarie Street that he has sounded out a number of financial institutions in the city about possible roles post politics.The former planning minister and former long-time lord mayor of Sydney said he was still considering whether to stand again in March but would not decide until November or December.”People have said, ‘If you’re looking around, here’s a suggestion’, but actually I have more people bailing me up in supermarkets in the electorate saying ‘Run again,”’ Mr Sartor said.”Every election, every MP has a think about it.”Most politicians are pretty unemployable – it’s the nature of the job.”You become unpopular with some sections and your skills are very general.”That did not stop Mr Della Bosca, a former health minister and key election campaign strategist, landing a $150,000-a-year role as head of the National Disability and Carer Alliance’s campaign for the establishment of a national disability insurance scheme.Mr Della Bosca announced his departure on Thursday.Premier Kristina Keneally conceded a day later that she was expecting more departures before the election.Blue Mountains MP Phil Koperberg, a former environment minister, is weighing up his future.Joe Tripodi was recently linked with a $400,000-a-year job as general manager of Club Marconi.Others who will be reviewing their positions are Blacktown MP Paul Gibson and Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery.The veteran MPs are believed to be under pressure from ALP head office to free up their safe seats.Treasurer Eric Roozendaal is rumoured to be open to offers from the big end of town, perhaps following in the footsteps of former premier Bob Carr, who landed on his feet at Macquarie Bank after he retired from politics.As Mr Della Bosca showed last week, the charity sector is another avenue for retired Labor politicians.John Watkins, the deputy to Morris Iemma when he was premier, now heads Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.Disillusioned former juvenile justice minister Graham West also went to the charity sector.Opposition MP Brad Hazzard said he expected more Labor MPs to jump ship before the election.He said they realised they had not delivered the services and improvements that NSW people expected.
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Greens hope for two more seats in Senate

THE Greens will make a bid for votes today at their campaign launch, saying they are the only party offering stable leadership and a vision for the future.Leader Bob Brown will also warn that the Coalition needs to pick up only one more Senate spot to have the power to block legislation in its own right.”The electoral ogre waiting in the wings is like the Senate in 2004 when [former prime minister] John Howard gained control,” Senator Brown said. ”No one listened to me then. If there was a push to Tony Abbott [on August 21] and he picked up one more extra seat he would have control.”If the Coalition gained one more seat in the Senate it would have 38 – out of 76 – spots. That would mean it could block legislation because tied votes are resolved in the negative.The Greens’s campaign launch will be held in Canberra and comes at the start of the third week of campaigning.Labor will not launch its campaign for another two weeks and the Coalition is likely to wait at least another week as well.The Greens are confident both the Senators that are up for re-election – Christine Milne and Rachel Siewert – will be returned.In addition they are hopeful of at least another two Senators being elected to their ranks.Senator Brown said disillusionment with Labor and the Coalition would play to the Greens’ advantage.”People are very undecided,” he said.”There’s a lack of real choice but there’s also no vision.”It’s no good saying you’re moving forward if you can’t say where you’re moving forward to.”At today’s launch the Greens will renew their bid for a high-speed rail link between major capital cities.They want a one-year, $10 million feasibility study to be commissioned to examine the proposal and will release a Galaxy poll showing that 74 per cent of people are in favour of the project.The Greens will also announce plans to push for more marine reserves, saying 30 per cent of Australia’s ocean waters should be protected from fishing and resource extraction and exploration.This puts them in direct contrast with the Coalition which said last week it would stop the government’s work on expanding marine parks.The third announcement to be made at the launch will be pitched at carers and will push for the Fair Work Act to be amended so carers are given the right to request flexible work arrangements.At the moment only parents of preschool-age children and carers of children with disabilities are covered but the Greens want to include parents caring for adult children with disabilities and people caring for elderly parents.
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