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Dockers to fly Brayshaw home to Melbourne

Andrew Brayshaw will head home to Melbourne after copping a broken jaw from Andrew Gaff.Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says he will allow Andrew Brayshaw to return home to Melbourne to continue his recovery from a broken jaw.
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Brayshaw underwent surgery on Sunday night after being punched in the face by West Coast’s Andrew Gaff during a fiery western derby.

Gaff copped an eight-week ban over the punch.

Brayshaw can’t eat solid food for the next four weeks, and he will also require more dental work in the future after having three teeth displaced by the punch.

Lyon said Brayshaw will come into the club on Wednesday, before being granted leave.

“There’s a significant time of not eating well, and we’ll fly him back to Melbourne with his mum, and he’ll stay there until he can come back and join in with club activities,” Lyon told Channel 7.

Lyon described Gaff’s punch as being 100m off the ball during his post-match press conference on Sunday.

Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett hit out at Lyon over the inaccuracy, given the true figure was about 20m.

However, Lyon didn’t want to get drawn into a tit-for-tat when questioned about Nisbett’s criticism.

Nisbett has also been criticised for telling the media that Gaff had played golf with Andrew Brayshaw and his older brother Hamish Brayshaw in the week leading up to the western derby.

That story was later debunked, with confusion about where Nisbett had got his information from.

Brayshaw’s housemate – Dockers midfielder Lachie Neale – said he was left distressed by the seriousness of his friend’s injury.

And Mundy revealed his own two sons were impacted by the incident.

“When I got home after the game, my five-year-old and three-year-old both came up to me and said ‘What happened to that boy, why did that man hit him?” Mundy told Perth radio station 96FM.

“We talked to them about how hitting is naughty, and you’re not allowed to hit.”

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NAB charged dead super customers fees

The National Australia Bank continued charging advice fees to superannuation customers after they died, an inquiry has heard.
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The banking royal commissioner has raised the question of whether taking money for no service breaks criminal and civil laws, amid a wider fees-for-no-service scandal across the financial services industry.

NAB is paying more than $100 million in compensation to super customers charged a plan service fee for general advice when they did not have an adviser linked to their account.

The bank, which has Australia’s largest retail super fund, has admitted super members have also been charged adviser service fees when the services were not provided.

Nicole Smith, the recently-departed chair of its super trustee NULIS, revealed it included adviser service fees continuing to be deducted from a member’s account after NULIS or another trustee had been advised of their death.

That occurred “for a period” or until the retirement benefit had been paid out, Ms Smith’s statement to the commission said.

Ms Smith on Wednesday said the issue was identified in May this year, with the regulator notified in June.

It followed investigations into whether NULIS was deducting fees from people who had died in the wake of royal commission revelations involving Australia’s largest bank.

The May financial advice hearing revealed some advisers at Commonwealth Bank of Australia subsidiary Count Financial continued charging clients fees after they died, in one case for more than a decade.

NAB’s Ms Smith has outlined other cases of fees for no service being deducted from super member accounts, including where there was no active adviser, and an issue with the fund administrator retaining fees instead of paying them to the adviser.

The bank has denied trying to find way to avoid refunding money to super customers for a plan service fee for general advice they should not have been charged, given there was no adviser linked to their account.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission last year imposed additional licence conditions on NULIS over breakdowns in internal procedures, partly connected to the plan service fee issue.

Documents from 2016 show ASIC had favoured imposing an enforceable undertaking.

Senior counsel assisting the commission Michael Hodge QC asked if the trustee thought it got off lightly given ASIC did not suggest taking court action against NULIS or the administrator.

Ms Smith said absolutely not.

She said the possibility of facing a civil proceeding was not contemplated by the trustee.

Commissioner Kenneth Hayne QC questioned if there was any contemplation of a criminal proceeding, but Ms Smith said no.

She added that ASIC was still investigating one of the plan service fee matters.

Mr Hayne asked: “Did you think that taking money to which there was no entitlement raised a question of the criminal law?”

Ms Smith said she did not.

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Vic MP calls for half-mast flag on Jan 26

The Aboriginal flag should fly at half-mast on January 26 outside Victoria’s parliament and the day be recognised as one of mourning, the state’s first indigenous female MP says.
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In a grievance motion to parliament on Wednesday, Greens MP Lidia Thorpe said she does not feel at home in parliament and more needs to be done to include indigenous Victorians.

“I recognise that the parliament of Victoria was established at a time when respect for the first peoples of this country was very low,” Ms Thorpe told the Legislative Assembly.

“But there have been many years between then and now and many opportunities to improve things.”

Ms Thorpe has written to the presiding officers calling for an Aboriginal Cultural Advisory Group to be created to provide ongoing advice about how to acknowledge the nation’s first people in and around state parliament.

“As an Aboriginal person, I don’t feel at home at parliament,” she said.

“I am surrounded by monuments to British colonialism and history. It’s as if Aboriginal history, art and culture doesn’t exist.”

Among her suggested changes is recognition of January 26, Australia Day and the anniversary of the First Fleet, as a day of mourning for first nations.

“It marks the invasion of this country and the beginning of massacres, the frontier wars and my people being removed from their land, stripped of their honour and culture and forced to live in prison camps,” Ms Thorpe said.

“I ask that a policy or protocol be introduced that the Aboriginal flag be flown at half mast on parliament house on the 26th of January in recognition of Aboriginal people’s view that it is a day of mourning.”

The Northcote MP also suggested a space for smoking ceremonies on parliament’s grounds, more welcome-to-country ceremonies and recognition of 38 Aboriginal languages as official languages of the parliament.

Ms Thorpe will wait for the parliamentary Speaker’s response to her proposals.

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Woman set to avoid jail after Vic hit-run

A woman who fled the scene after her car collided with a 13-year-old girl on a bicycle in suburban Melbourne is likely to avoid a stint in jail.
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Thi Nguyen, 42, pleaded guilty in the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday to failing to stop and failing to render assistance after a motor vehicle accident.

Additional charges against Nguyen, including dangerous driving causing injury, had previously been withdrawn by prosecutors.

Both the Crown and defence have asked Judge Gabriele Cannon to punish Nguyen by way of a community corrections order rather than a term of imprisonment.

On November 5 last year, Nguyen was driving a black BMW along Bell Street at Coburg when the child was riding her bicycle towards traffic, weaving between lanes.

Nguyen’s car and the girl’s bike collided with the girl “thrown into the air before she landed on the road”.

The girl, who was not wearing a helmet, was placed in an induced coma with life-threatening internal injuries and a fractured rib.

Nguyen did not stop at the scene.

She handed herself into police four days after the accident.

“Suddenly I heard a bang and I didn’t know what was going on and the windscreen was shattered,” Nguyen told police.

She also claimed that although she didn’t stop at the scene, she pulled over at a nearby side street.

“At the accident I went a bit further and there was an off-street and I pulled over there,” Nguyen claimed to police.

“I was thinking of stopping on Bell Street but there were cars travelling so I couldn’t stop.

“I was frightened.”

Defence lawyer Tim Grace said Nguyen’s driving did not cause the child’s injuries.

“This young girl…was riding her bicycle in this completely reckless fashion along Bell Street,” he said.

“My client has suffered this, being charged by police with these serious offences as a direct result of circumstances where none of her driving caused the terrible injuries that (the child) suffered.

“She panicked, she was frightened. She didn’t see what had happened.”

But Judge Cannon didn’t accept that Nguyen didn’t know anyone had been injured.

“She left her for dead, didn’t she?” she said.

Mr Grace said Nguyen had realised “the error of her ways”.

“She’s continually prayed at her temple for the welfare of (the child) and she feels terrible about what happened,” he said.

Nguyen previously made a bid to have her case dealt with by a magistrate but it was knocked back and sent to the higher County Court.

Judge Cannon adjourned the matter pending a report from Community Corrections.

Nguyen, who is on bail, will return to court on August 17 for further plea and sentence.

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Usain Bolt commits to train ‘indefinitely’ with Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt commits to train ‘indefinitely’ with Central Coast Mariners Usain Bolt.
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Jamaica’s former sprinter Usain Bolt, center, takes part in a practice session of the Borussia Dortmund soccer squad in Dortmund, Germany, Friday, March 23, 2018.

Usain Bolt.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the men’s 100-metre final, for the third time, during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Graham Arnold celebrates winning the grand final for the Central Coast Mariners in 2013, with a 2-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Mariners fans.

Mariners fans.

Mariners fans.

Josh Rose celebrates the grand final win in 2013.

The Mariners celebrate victory in 2013.

The Mariners grand final winning side in 2013.

TweetFacebookIt’s official. Usain Bolt will be training with the Central Coast Mariners this month.

The Marinersconfirmed on Tuesday night that the world’s fastest man hadcommitted to an “indefinite training period” with the club, with the aim to develop into a professional footballer.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp is due to comment to the media on Wednesday at 10.30am about the agreement with Bolt.

The agreement between theMariners and Bolt does “not guarantee a professional playing contract”.

However, itdoes providetheeight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunityto “achieve his burning desire to play football professionally”, the Mariners said in a statement.

Bolt has recently trained with Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Mamelodi Sundowns FC in South Africaand Strømsgodset in Norway.

The superstar athleteis scheduled to “link up with the Central Coast Mariners for the first time later this month”.

“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” Bolt said in a statement.

“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League.

“When I spoke to the head coach Mike Mulvey on the phone he outlined the ambitions of the club and his plans for the upcoming season. I hope I can make a positive contribution to the club and look forward to meeting the other players, staff and fans in the coming weeks.

“I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.”

Mielekamp welcomed the opportunity to host “one of the greatest athletes of all time here on the Central Coast”.

“Our goal is to be the most innovative, entertaining and community-minded sports brand in Australia – this is our competitive edge,” Mielekamp said.

“Having Usain Bolt come to the club to train and hopefully develop into a professional football player is perfectly aligned to this part of the club’s philosophy.

“It is important that we don’t get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but the reality is that Usain Bolt has placed his faith in the Central Coast Mariners to accelerate his football journey.”

He said Bolt’s arrivalmust be “tempered with the reality that there is a job to do andhard work ahead”.

“We are committed to building a team that will win matches and instil belief. Hopefully Usain can help us on this mission.”

He said the club would welcome Bolt“with open arms”.

“We will always remain grounded and focused on the job at hand. Ialsolook forward to seeing the Central Coast catching theattention ofsports lovers all over the world,” he said.

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