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Woman tells royal commission of the night she realised her husband Grant Davies was a paedophile

The former wife of dance teacher Grant Davies fought back tears as she told a royal commission about the night she discovered her husband of more than a decade was a paedophile.
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The woman, given the pseudonym BZB, gave evidence that she was at home with the couple’s young daughter in April 2013 when she checked Davies’ computer.

She found messages he sent to a student, then aged about 13, and photos the student sent to him.

“The content of the messages was sexually explicit,” she said.

“There were messages in which Grant was saying ‘Delete the messages so your mum doesn’t see’. It seemed to me that Grant was grooming [the student]. I also found various photos of [the student] wearing a g-string.”

BZB printed out the material and contacted Davies’ sister and business partner in the RG Dance school, Rebecca Davies.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard BZB and Ms Davies reported the matter to police, against the wishes of other family members.

“[Grant’s parents] didn’t necessarily feel like it was something we needed to go to the police about,” she said.

Davies was arrested and charged with 63 child sex offences in May 2013, pleading guilty to a string of charges in September last year. He is in custody awaiting sentencing in May.

BZB told the commission Davies was violent towards her during their marriage and was the subject of two apprehended violence orders but, before her discovery of the material on his computer, she did not believe he would sexually abuse children.

“Even though I knew he was emotionally and physically abusing me, I never once through that Grant was capable of harming a child,” she said.

“He convinced me that he was a loving father, that he genuinely cared for his students and that he could be relied upon to have these children’s best interests at heart.”

She accused police and the Department of Family and Community Services of failing to properly address allegations about Davies which first surfaced in 2007 after parents complained he sent sexually explicit messages to teenage students.

“I believe that the authorities who had knowledge of both his domestic violence and the full nature of the allegations laid against him in 2007 did not do enough to protect those around him,” she said.

“I believe that the system failed us by not informing us of the danger he posed.”

Representatives from NSW Police and the Department of Family and Community Services are due to give evidence at the hearing into performing arts schools later this week.

BZB, a primary school teacher who used to perform comedy routines with Davies, said he would belittle her if she questioned his behaviour with students.

“I ended up feeling like I was the crazy one,” she said. “I ended up feeling like I was being silly.”

BZB divorced Davies in the middle of last year.

Rebecca Davies told the commission she could have done more to protect children at the school.

“I failed to do the right thing in seeing [Davies’ behaviour] as a red flag of paedophilia,” she said.

The inquiry before Justice Jennifer Coate continues.

For help or information call Lifeline 13 11 14; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or the Royal Commission 1800 099 340.

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Australia sends asylum seekers back to Indonesia

Indonesian crewmen Isai Rano (left with blue towel) and Lajimu (right) from Kupang at the East Nusa Tenggara water police office. Photo: Joy Christian Three Bangadeshi nationals wait at the East Nusa Tenggara water police office after being returned to Indonesia.3 Bangladeshi2 indonesian crew with blue towels. Isai rano (brown shirt) lajimu (grey shirt) both from kupang. Photo: Joy Christian
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People smuggler cash scandalBoat turn-back payment to people smugglers the first of its kind

Jakarta:  Six Bangladeshis were returned to Indonesia on Indonesian fishermen’s boats after being intercepted by the Australian Border Force, according to an Indonesian police officer.

East Nusa Tenggara water police chief Teddy J.S. Marbun told Fairfax Media the six Bangladeshi “suspected illegal immigrants” left Kupang with two Indonesians on March  3. “They made it to Australian (waters) but their boat sunk,” he said. “The eight people then were rescued by an Australian customs ship for three days.”

Mr Teddy said the men were then transferred onto nearby Indonesian fishing boats that were fishing near Ashmore Reef. “They can’t understand each other’s language, so they just used sign language,” Mr Teddy said. “The fisherman were given fuel and supplies, they know if you breach Australian waters, they will turn you back. So they took the eight people back.”

Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg tweeted that Australian Border Force maritime patrol had assisted an Indonesian vessel in distress.

“The vessel was NOT scuttled – was unseaworthy and sank. Pax (passengers) assisted & okay,” he tweeted. The boat’s skipper, Isai Rano, 34, said he had been offered 92 million rupiah (about $AUD9000) to take the six Bangladeshis to Australia.

“We used 35million rupiah to buy a boat. We kept a fee of 10million and gave 47million to our family.”

Mr Isai said they left for Australia on the morning of March 3. “After sailing for three days, our boat sank, the Australian navy saved us. We were interrogated aboard the navy ship. When they found Indonesian fishing boats, we were transferred onto them on monday. We were given rice and life jackets and the fishermen were told to take us back to Kupang.”

The incident comes two weeks before the main regional forum to combat people smuggling is held in Bali. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will attend the Bali process, which is co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia.

Australia’s boat push-back policy is a sore point in the Indonesia-Australia relationship. Indonesia considers the policy an affront to its sovereignty and an example of one country pushing its responsibility onto another.

Mr Teddy said two days into the journey back to Indonesia some of the fishermen’s boats had engine problems. “That was when the water police found them. We evacuated them to the water police post.”

Mr Teddy said the skipper, Mr Isai, and the second Indonesian crew member were being interviewed by police. He said the six Bangladeshis were suspected illegal immigrants and were now being detained at an immigration detention centre in Kupang.

A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said: “The government doesn’t comment on operational matters.”

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Western Sydney Wanderers marquee Dario Vidosic reveals Swiss hell at FC Sion

Doesn’t miss Swiss league: Wanderers star Dario Vidosic. Photo: Mark KolbeThe grass isn’t always greener for footballers aspiring for Europe, just ask Dario Vidosic.
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Misdiagnosed injuries, late payments, undelivered win bonuses and a short-tempered interventionist owner who made seven coaching changes in two years made his Swiss foray seem like torture. Despite making 51 appearances over two seasons with FC Sion and establishing himself as an entertaining player in the league, Vidosic has no plans to return to Europe. At 28, he plans to remain in Australia where for all the gulf in stature, players are afforded much greater working conditions than other more established leagues.

After an impressive six months at FC Sion, the problems began to surface. The fractures began with their outspoken and volatile president Christian Constantin who was twice so furious with performances of coaches that he took charge of the coaching duties and officiated games from the dugout.

“We had this one guy who does what he wants. There were times he delayed payments, win bonuses were promised and he wouldn’t pay. It was a circus. You leave your family, you leave your friends, you want professionalism and good coaching. I can’t even describe how we were treated at times,” Vidosic said. “He was probably the most crazy [football] president in Europe, I’d say.”

It continued with the club’s coaches ignoring medical advice, diminishing a ruptured posterior ligament in his knee as a simple knock. A month-long stint on the sidelines extended to 14 weeks due to their refusal to allow proper medical treatment.

Amid the pressure of a president happy to sack coaches, it wasn’t long before players became scapegoats for poor results. Vidosic was publicly said to have given up on the club and lost interest when absent from a game despite being hospitalised with a serious virus.

“I was sent to hospital, had a bad rash, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, had a bad virus. My face was swollen and turned purple and even my teammates feared for me a little bit,” Vidosic said. “I was sick for two weeks in hospital and then the coach comes out and says I was saving myself for the World Cup.”

Despite having other options to remain in Europe, the experience at FC Sion prompted Vidosic to return to Australia. He says the standard of the A-League is not far off that of the Swiss league with the fewer number of games the only major detraction. However, the standard of player welfare offered in the A-League is significantly greater than he experienced at Sion.

“The A-League provides a level of professionalism that sometimes Europe doesn’t. When you’re young you just think of going to Europe. There’s a lot of leagues there, a lot of good football and a lot of good coaches. You want these things but you don’t always get that,” he said.

Vidosic missed the Wanderers’ 3-2 defeat to Brisbane Roar last weekend due to a hamstring injury the previous week against Perth Glory but is confident of returning to play Newcastle on Sunday having returned to full training on Wednesday. 

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Parramatta Eels star Corey Norman feared his career was over after opening-round neck scare

Corey Norman uses his mobile phone in the dressing room while the game is still live. Photo: Nine NRL Power Rankings: Round 1NRL Team of the WeekNRL Previews: Round 2
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For a split second, Corey Norman thought his career might have been over.

Hurdling a teammate then hurtling head first for the Parramatta Stadium turf, the Eels star feared all the ongoing contract talk he had been through was pointless when there was a chance he might not get back on the field.

“I was saying to the boys, ‘that could have been me’,” Norman said. “It could have been my career over and I was done.

“I was just jumping over ‘Takas’ [centre Brad Takairangi] and my hands were caught and as you saw I was going down head first. I kind of blanked out and then came to it. I checked my feet to make sure I could move and everything and then I was all right.

“You never know how it’s going to pan out and if I tuck my neck a bit more it could have happened. You definitely think about [career-ending injuries].

“[The Alex McKinnon tackle] was such a horrible incident to happen and anything to happen with the neck … people are going to think of Alex. Like I said I’m very thankful it didn’t happen.”

Miraculously on Saturday night, Norman will stride over the same blades of grass where Josh McGuire’s awkward, but legal tackle had friends and family collectively holding their breath nine days earlier.

The dressing room “phone-gate” – “I thought it was a bit over the top … I was getting a few texts seeing how I was and I was just letting everyone know” – is done after Channel Nine cameras filmed Norman telling concerned relatives he was OK after being replaced at half-time.

And the neck scare will be consigned to the same memory bin after dispelling any further fears by watching a replay of the incident.

“When I play this week I’ll just be playing like nothing has happened,” Norman said. “I haven’t seen something like that for a while and I’m hoping it doesn’t happen again.”

Perhaps Norman’s teammate Nathan Peats could best understand the fragility of the off-contract star’s mind having played 36 minutes of a match last year with a fractured neck.

“Lucky he sort of landed on his face and skidded out rather than his head getting rolled under,” Peats said. “It couldn’t have been worse and thankfully it wasn’t.

“[Norman] has been good for us ever since he’s signed for Parra. I think this year is going to be his best year.”

It will certainly be Parramatta’s best halves pairing in a while as marquee man Kieran Foran makes his belated debut against Johnathan Thurston’s premiers, who staged the third-biggest comeback in NRL history coming from 24 points down in the corresponding fixture in 2015.

North Queensland piled on five tries in the space of 12 minutes in that match with Gavin Cooper bagging a six-minute hat-trick for their 10th straight win.

“I wish I didn’t [play that game],” Norman said. “It was [a feeling of] embarrassment. I guess you’re pissed off as well how we let that go.

“I’m sure the boys won’t let that happen again. It was a long time ago and we’ve just got to worry about how they’ve played in the last couple of weeks.

“She’s your standard Cowboys and you know what you’re going to get: they’re going to be playing for 80 minutes and there’s quality across the park.”​

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Essendon 34: AFL to rule on salary cap help on banned Bombers

The remainder of the clubs without banned Essendon players are angry at the preliminary interpretation of the rules. Photo: Phil Carrick The AFL will wait for a deal to be struck between Essendon and the suspended players over payment of their wages before ruling on whether the four non-Essendon clubs can receive a salary cap windfall for not having paid their former Bombers this year.
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Such a ruling would enable the clubs to potentially secure a highly paid recruit with the salary cap relief they could receive and has incensed the rest of the league’s clubs.

The remainder of the clubs without banned Essendon players are angry at the preliminary interpretation of the rules and nearly all have written to the league arguing strongly against the move.

The AFL has deferred a final ruling on the situation until a deal is completed between Essendon, their insurers, the players and the four clubs over who pays the players and how much they pay.

The league has indicated the rules would allow the Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide, Melbourne and St Kilda to exclude from their salary caps the amount they do not pay the banned players for this year.

That amount excluded would create space in the salary cap to pay existing players this year or bank for next year and so make substantial space to recruit a valuable player.

The four clubs were not permitted to sign top-up players and must get through the season without Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries (Port Adelaide), Jake Carlisle (St Kilda), Jake Melksham (Melbourne), and Stewart Crameri (Bulldogs).

The league’s investigations officer Ken Wood and head of integrity Andrew Dillon have indicated to clubs a first reading of the rules and how they have been applied in the past would indicate the money should not be in the clubs’ salary caps if they have not paid the players.

The league has pointed to the fact Collingwood did not pay banned pair Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas a portion of their contracts last year and that amount was also excluded from their salary cap.

The clubs have argued the significant difference between Keeffe and Thomas and the Essendon players is that no-one paid Keeffe and Thomas whereas these players are all going to receive payment by a third party – Essendon – for their contracts.

They also argue ‘buyer beware’ and that all of the clubs knew the risk of the players being suspended when they recruited them, arguably with the exception of Angus Monfries.

In their submissions to the AFL the clubs have also pointed to the inconsistency of the league’s position and the Buddy Franklin contract situation.

When Franklin was recruited to the Swans on a mega deal the AFL decreed that even if Franklin were to retire and not be paid his full contract amount for the duration of his long contract the money would still need to be accounted for in the Swans salary cap.

It has also been pointed out that if the four clubs do not include the portion of the players wages in their salary cap because Essendon is paying them then logically those amounts should be included in Essendon’s salary cap. The league has already changed the rules to prevent this, acknowledging the unique circumstances of the Essendon situation.

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Brisbane welcomes world renowned physicist by naming spider after him

World renowned physicist and World Science Festival founder Brian Greene with Queensland’s newest spider Dolomedes briangreenei. Photo: Chris Hyde World Science Festival founder Brian Greene with the spider, Dolomedes briangreenei. Photo: Chris Hyde
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Queensland has welcomed a world renowned physicist in the most Australian way possible. We’ve named a spider after him.

Brian Greene, a science communicator and string theorist, graced Brisbane’s Cultural Forecourt at South Bank on Wednesday morning with his wife Tracy Day and their two children ahead of the World Science Festival launch to meet the spider lucky enough to be named after him.

Queensland Museum arachnologist Dr Robert Raven discovered the water spider, named Dolomedes briangreenei, while he was searching for specimens for the new display.

“I looked down and saw all these water spiders sitting there and then all of a sudden an insect hit the water and the spider raced out to get it, got it and dived under the water and then swam back to the shore and started eating it and then it twigged,” Dr Raven said.

He explained the water spider, common around Brisbane streams and a key component to keeping cane toad populations down, uses vibrations from the water’s surface to find its way around and catch prey, a procedure that relies on the waves created from something landing on the water to indicate movement.

“These guys are fantastic because they sit on the edge of the water with six of their eight legs out waiting for the water to tremble,” Dr Raven said.

“These guys are doing amazing things in physics, we just don’t understand a lot of things going on in biology so seeing this connection, waves though not quite string, I thought it was a great thing and was very special to get it to Professor Greene.”

Professor Greene said he shared more things than waves in common with the spider, who was one shedding away from becoming an adult.

“It is a tremendous to have a spider named after me and beyond waves we do have something in common, I am male as well as the spider and I too have one shedding to go before I become an adult and my wife will confirm that,” he joked.

“I was talking to my wife and was saying if we were to do this in New York we would have to name a cockroach after somebody so it is so much more gratifying to have a spider so thank you for this honour.”

The renowned science communicator, who has written extensively on “heady” scientific ideas in a digestible way for the public, spoke eloquently about the importance of waves and how they help us understand the universe, drawing on the recent discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves.

“Remarkably, three weeks ago, a wave rolled by planet Earth that was generated 1.5 billion years ago on the other side of the universe when two colliding black holes had set off a tsunami of ripples in the fabric of space that washed by earth and remarkably we had two detectors standing at the ready and they caught that wave,” he said.

Professor Greene said the goal of the festival, which he co-founded with Tracy Day in 2008, was to “experience science in a way that feels compelling and dramatic, not intimidating and utterly inspiring.”

“I think it is critical that kids see science in a very different way to what they do in the classroom,” he said.

“There are many great teachers so I hate to generalise in this way but I see so many kids, at least in the United States, whose perspective of what science is is like the stuff in a textbook, you kind of memorise it and then spit it back onto an exam and that is what it is all about.

“When I get a hold of some of those kids and start to talk about black holes, the big bang or the weirdness of quantum physics, they look at me and their eyes go wide and they say, ‘Wow, that’s science?’.

“If kids can have that experience going from a state of confusion to understanding, if they can recognise science as the power of insight, then I think they start to look at science in a very different way.”

It seems Greene’s children obviously share their father’s love for all things science, however they weren’t too excited to hear a spider had found a namesake in their father.

“It is cool except I wish it was something else like a koala or a new type of lion, I don’t really like spiders that much,” Alec, 11, said. His sister, Sophia, 8, agreed.

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Most private schools can’t prove they spend government funds appropriately: watchdog

State education minister James Merlino says the government is strengthening reporting and accountability requirements for private schools. Photo: Damian WhiteHundreds of millions of dollars in education department grants are being given to private schools with no measures to track how the money is being spent, an auditor-general’s report has found.
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The state’s financial watchdog has found little evidence that the money, estimated to be $676 million this year, is being used appropriately by the schools.

More than a third of Victorian students go to private schools.

In a scathing report, acting Auditor-General Dr Peter Frost said the education department had “weak” funding agreements with the schools, no performance measurement or targets, and that the schools were unable to prove funds were spent as they were intended.

“My audit found that there is limited assurance that grants are used for their intended purpose or are achieving intended outcomes,” Dr Frost said in the Grants to Non-Government Schools report, which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

“The absence of clear, appropriate governance by [the education department] has led to poor grant administration, including inadequate monitoring … of whether grants are used as intended.”

In a sample audit of 22 schools, none could prove that their funding was not used on capital works, which is forbidden.

And only 20 per cent of schools receiving student disability grants could prove that they were used for the purpose that they were intended.

In his opening remarks, Dr Frost launched a blistering attack on the Catholic schools’ administrative arm, the Catholic Education Commission Victoria, which accused the watchdog of conducting a biased report.

The audit revealed that due to a funding model that relates only to Catholic schools, some wealthier Catholic schools received substantially more in government grants than they would have under the department’s funding arrangement, while poorer schools received less.

Government funding for Victoria’s nearly 500 Catholic schools is distributed by the Catholic Education Commission Victoria.

The Catholic Education Office’s chief executive, Stephen Elder, said the audit was “limited in scope” and the auditor-general was trying to endorse previous criticisms it had made to media about school government grants.

“It is hard not to conclude that the scope was intentionally designed to serve this purpose, given that a broader scope would have challenged many of VAGO’s findings,” Mr Elder said.

Dr Frost rejected the criticism, saying that the audit “may not have been the one the CECV [Catholic Education Commission of Victoria] wanted”.

The auditor-general investigated more than $640 million in non-competitive grants given to private schools in 2014 and found most of it was “untagged”.

The report made a range of recommendations to the education department, advising that it improve its record keeping and reporting requirements.

Independent Schools Victoria’s chief executive, Michelle Green, pledged to work with the department to improve the administration of grants.

“The public has a right to know how taxpayers’ money is spent,” she said.

An education department spokeswoman said the department accepted all of the recommendations presented, and would “work closely with the non-government schools sector to deliver greater clarity, transparency and accountability for state funding”.

A spokesman for Education Minister James Merlino said the government “has already undertaken significant reforms” to strengthen reporting and accountability requirements for private schools.

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The Port of Melbourne sale: what does it all mean?

When will the Port of Melbourne be sold?
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To say the port will be sold is only right in a colloquial sense. Technically it is being leased for 50 years. Up until about 2066, a “buyer” will control the asset, collecting various port charges and rents. The charging regime will be subject to monitoring from the Essential Services Commission. The owner will also have to comply with existing environmental and safety laws. The timing of the sale isn’t yet locked in, but the transaction is most likely to happen later this year, or possibly in early 2017. What will it sell for?

Although it was never explicit, the former Napthine government factored about $5.3 billion into the bottom line from the sale. Despite this, Labor hopes to get at least $6 billion. In May last year, Treasurer Tim Pallas said he expected the sale price to be “appreciably larger” than the Coalition’s original estimate, with “very substantial” private sector interest.

The state government will use money from the port sale to remove 50 level crossings. Photo: Paul JeffersWhat is the money to be used for?

Before the 2014 election Labor trumped the Coalition, announcing it would be selling the port and ploughing the cash into its $4.5 billion program to remove 50 level crossing over two terms. Labor also hopes to access the Commonwealth’s asset recycling program. Under that policy, states who sell assets and reinvest the cash in productive infrastructure get bonus payments equivalent to 15 per cent of the sale price. That means Victoria could get as much as $1 billion extra out of the sale. Who wants to buy it?

We don’t yet know. As Australia’s largest container port, there is likely to be considerable interest, even with several other ports, including the Port of Fremantle, on the market. The privatisation is also likely to face a tough national security hurdle, with the federal government recently flagging new powers potentially allowing it to bar foreign governments from buying it. That follows alarm about the century-long lease of the strategically significant Port of Darwin to a Chinese company. What does it mean for congestion?

On the upside, cash from the sale will be used to remove 50 level crossings. That will have a dramatic impact on congestion, removing delays caused by boom gate closures and allowing more trains to run on the network. On the downside, the deal could extend the operation of the Port of Melbourne for years, or even decades, with the new owner likely to expand its capacity to extract the maximum value. Under the deal, a viable rail shuttle is still about eight years away. That means – in the short to medium term at least – more trucks moving containers to and from the city. What will it mean for the price of imported consumer goods?

Probably not much at all. Don’t worry, the price of a flat-screen TV made in China almost certainly won’t change as a result of this deal. For most of us, the Port of Melbourne privatisation won’t have an impact.

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Expiry date mix-up prompts alert over EpiPens

An expiry date mix-up has prompted an alert over a batch of EpiPens, which thousands of people carry for the emergency treatment of life-threatening anaphylaxis.
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On Wednesday, Australians carrying EpiPens, and carers of people who need them, were urged by health authorities to check the expiry dates on the injections because of a recently discovered labelling problem.

Alphapharm, a company that distributes the medicine, said a small number of reports from pharmacies in Victoria had revealed the expiry date on the pens did not match the expiry dates on cartons they were packed in.

A spokeswoman for the company said she did no know of any cases where the discrepancy had caused harm to people. She said the reports of questionable products had come from a particular area of Victoria but she would not reveal the location. The spokeswoman said the expiry date on the pen was the correct date, not the expiry date on the carton.

On Wednesday, the company said people with an EpiPen® Adrenaline Auto-Injector should check the expiry date on the device and compare it with the information on the carton.

“If the batch number and expiry date on your EpiPen® device are different to the batch number and expiry date on the EpiPen® carton, please return both the carton and the device immediately to your pharmacy for replacement with unaffected stock,” a written statement said.

Head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Professor John Skerritt, said people should not use the EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-Injectors beyond their expiry date.

EpiPens are used for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis (acute severe allergic reactions) due to insect stings, drugs or other allergens.

Professor Skerritt said that consumers and health professionals are encouraged to report problems with medicines to the TGA through the contacts available on the TGA website at 梧桐夜网tga.gov419论坛/safety/problem.htm or by phoning 1800 044 144.

For more information people should contact Alphapharm by telephone on 07 30006258 or 07 30006294 or email product南京夜网[email protected]南京夜网419论坛.

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Dad who punched and shook newborn son walks free from custody

The boy’s parents took him to hospital three days after the shaking incident.A man who shook and struck his newborn son – actions which could cause the baby developmental problems and the loss of sight in one eye – has walked free from court and won’t have to add to his 107 days in jail.
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The father, who cannot be named, told police he was angry his son would not sleep in the early hours of May 24 last year and so shook him and struck him several times on the head. The baby was eight weeks old at the time.

Now almost one, the baby has been assessed by medical specialists and they fear the child might experience developmental problems and be blind in his right eye, though they say it is too early to be sure.

The father, 22, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and was freed from custody having previously served 107 days in jail, and put on a three-year community corrections order by a County Court judge.

The order comprises 300 hours of unpaid community work and mental-health treatment and attending a program to address the risk of reoffending.

The judge said the man was his son’s primary carer at the time. A previous court hearing was told the baby’s mother was at a party at the time of the incident.

The parents took their son to hospital three days after the assault, a previous court hearing was told, when they saw the baby’s arm twitch.

The man then volunteered his offending to police and conceded he had punched the baby.

“Your crime is grave,” the judge told the father on Wednesday.

“It is the type of crime that shocks the community.

“You breached what could be regarded as the most sacred trust that any adult can take on, namely the responsibility of parenthood.”

The judge said parts of the father’s personality and upbringing made reoffending “a real prospect”, and that his actions had to be denounced, as deterring others was a major focus in sentencing.

But he said the man’s early plea indicated remorse. The court also heard the father had made efforts to address his anger management issues and drug and alcohol problems and had got a job.

It is understood the father has since separated from the baby’s mother and cannot see his son unless on a visit supervised by the Department of Human Services.

The man hugged his mother as he left the court.

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