No apologies for boat policy: Turnbull

SCOTT MORRISON US TAX LEGISLATION PRESSERMalcolm Turnbull says the coalition makes no apologies for taking a tough approach to people smugglers.
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Cabinet documents obtained by the ABC show former immigration minister Scott Morrison requested ASIO in 2013 to delay security checks so asylum seekers would miss a deadline to obtain permanent protection visas.

It is unclear whether ASIO complied with the written request.

But Mr Morrison said in a statement on Tuesday, “As minister for immigration and border protection, it was my policy and practice to put ‘s national security interests first”.

The prime minister backed up his cabinet colleague, saying Mr Morrison had “stopped the boats”.

“We make no apologies for sending the clearest message to the people smugglers and to their would-be customers: if you think you can come to on a people smuggler’s boat, you’re wrong. You won’t. You won’t get here, you will not become a permanent resident,” Mr Turnbull told reporters in Sydney.

“Keeping our borders secure is a critical obligation and responsibility of government.”

Asked about two days of cabinet leaks from the Abbott era, Defence Industry Ministry Christopher Pyne said he didn’t look in the rear vision mirror.

“Four-year-old stories are four-year-old stories,” he told reporters in Canberra.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he would examine the cabinet documents, but was concerned the government continued to mischaracterise Labor’s position on people smuggling.

“We want to stop the people smugglers,” he told the National Press Club in Canberra.

“When the government says Labor won’t do that, they are giving a signal to the people smugglers to test our system – I wish for once they would think about the national interest and people’s safety rather than trying to turn it into a partisan issue.”

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching says the cabinet leaks appear to be aimed at making Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s leadership rivals Mr Morrison and Tony Abbott look bad.

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WineMudgee’s great bunchJohn Lewis

SUCCESS: Veteran vigneron Malcolm Roth, whose Westcourt 2016 Riesling was champion wine of the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show, with Mudgee Winemaker of the Year award-winner Jacob Stein of Robert Stein Wines.MUDGEEhas had more than its share of booms and busts since the first wine grapes were planted 160 years ago, but today there’s a spirit of optimism, excitement and innovation abroad.
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That spirit evidenced in the wake of the 2017 Mudgee Wine Show, as Mudgee Wine Association showed great initiative by sending wine writers samples of the trophy winners.

In tasting the wines and I’ve been impressed how makers large and small are pushing boundaries. Boutique brands are adding panache and they won seven of the 17 show trophies – with the Westcourt 2016 Mudgee Riesling being crowned show champion, best white and best other than chardonnay and semillon white.

Westcourt is owned by 79-year-old Malcolm Roth, the great grandson of Mudgee winemaking founder Adam Roth and the triple-trophy riesling sells for $25 onvisitmudgeeregion苏州夜总会招聘.au/wineries-cellardoors.

Another fine boutique wine is the Naked Lady 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, judged the best cabernet sauvignon and reviewed below. The vineyard at Bylong Valley Way, Rylstone, gets its name from the naked lady lily, the South African-origin amaryllis belladonna bulb, that grows abundantly on the land.

The vineyard was planted in 2000 and bought in 2013 by wine enthusiasts and former Sydney optical business owners Mike and Diane Quaife.

A lone oak tree and plans for a relaxing country lifestyle led Paula Hanson and David Riley to pick the name Lazy Oak for the 10-hectare Sills Lane, Eurunderee, vineyard they bought in 2015.The pair, a Mudgee diesel mechanical supervisor and a former grief education officer, shed ideas of lazy days in the face of a growing fascination with winegrowing, now rewarded by the bestrosétrophy to the$24Lazy Oak 2017 MerlotRosé, selling onlazyoak苏州夜总会招聘.au.

With ace young winemaker Jacob Stein at the helm, the Stein label has become an area flagship – a status bolstered at Mudgee judging when Jacob was declared winemaker of the year and the company won trophies for most successful exhibitor, best semillon and best museum white. The semillon was the Robert Stein 2017 Aged Release Semillon, reviewed below, and limited stocks of the best museum white 2009 Riesling ($80) are atrobertstein苏州夜总会招聘.authe Mudgee cellar door.

Bunnamagoo Estate, owned by the Paspaley family of pearling fame, won the best museum red trophy with its 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot and the best sweet white trophy with the $25 2016 Autumn Semillon.

The latter is atbunnamagoowines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Henry Lawson Drive, Mudgee, cellar.

Bunnamagoo has vineyards at Mudgee and at the historic 2000-hectare spread at the Central Tablelands village of Rockley.

Wine reviewsTOP MUDGEE SEMILLONTHISRobert Stein 2017 Aqed Release Semillonwon’t be officially released until 2019, but is available now on requestatrobertstein苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Pipeclay Lane, Mudgee, winery.It is pale straw and has honeysuckle scents and crisp lemon front-palate flavour. The middle palate has green apple, sherbet and gunmetal and a slatey acid finish. PRICE: $30. DRINK WITH: oysters. AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 5 stars

A SPICY NAKED LADYWITH 14% alcohol, theNaked Lady 2015 Cabernet Sauvignonshines bright garnet in the glass, has bouquet garni scents and spicy blackberry front-palate flavour. Maraschino cherry, licorice, mint and mocha oak marry on the middle palate and chalky tannins play at the finish. Get it onnakedladywines苏州夜总会招聘.auand the Rylstone cellar door.PRICE: $45. DRINK WITH: lamb koftas. AGEING: six years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

OATLEY DOUBLE ACTFITTINGLY this Oatley group’sMontrose 2015 Stony Creek Chardonnaywon the Bob Oatley trophy as Mudgee’s top chardonnay.It’s green-tinted straw and has almond scents and ripe peach on the front palate. The middle palate has fig, citrus, mineral and cashew oak and a flinty acid finish. Atrobertoatley苏州夜总会招聘.au, shops and Craigmoor winery.PRICE: $22.95. DRINK WITH: paella. AGEING: five years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

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Darryl McLellan back in winners’ circle after track fall setback

COMEBACK: Darryl McLellan at Newcastle Racecourse in November during his recovery from hip replacement surgery. Picture: Jonathan CarrollGroup 1-winning Newcastle jockey Darryl “Digger” McLellan is aiming to build his fitness after a successful but delayed second comeback on the weekend.
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McLellan, 47, rode Givem Hell to victory for former Scone trainer Toby Edmonds in the first at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

It was the now Queensland-based hoop’sfirst race ride since November 4 last year, after which he returned to Newcastle to have hip replacement surgery.

McLellan hadreturned to racing in August, after almost six years on the sidelines, and startedwith eight winners in 49 rides. A shoulder injury and surgeriesfrom a race fall onBoxing Day2011 at Newcastle had derailed his career.

Before his 2011 fall, McLellanrode more than 1000 winners, including group 1s on Magic Of Money in the 1995 The Galaxy and the 2002 Sydney Cup on Henderson Bay.He also took Lonhro to victory in the 2001Warwick Stakes.

The popular jockey was glad to finally return tothe races after a frightening track work accident in his first week back on the job postponed his comeback.

“It’s fine,” McLellan said of his hip.

“It was good, getting a winin my first ride back, so it was brilliant.

“I got put back a bit because I had a track work incident and it put meback three or four weeks.

“A horse flipped over on me and landed right on that hip. I couldn’t believe it.

“I s–t myself.I thought, ‘No, this can’t be happening’, but it’s all right.I tore the groin muscle and the hip flexor a bit.”

He had four rides last Saturday and was focused now on getting back into shape. McLellan was down to 51.5 kilograms before his hip surgery.

“When the horse landed on me, it put my fitness program back a bit as well,” he said.

“I’m 55 kilos and I need to get my weight down and get a bit more fitness. I did kind of struggle a bit there on Saturday.”

McLellan moved to the Gold Coast to revive his career after being denied a jockey’s licence by Racing NSW.

AAP reports: Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has been cleared to ride after recovering from a broken hand.

McEvoy needed surgery on his right hand after breaking his third metacarpal in a pre-race incident at Randwick on December 16.

He was taking Sugar Bella, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees, to the barriers when she made a sudden sideways move and he twisted his fingers.

McEvoy was given the all-clear on Monday and hopes to be back riding competitively on Friday.

“Got the all clear from the doctor re. the injured hand so looking fwd to doing a few gallops in the morning, possibly races Friday at Canterbury” McEvoy tweeted.

He is the regular rider of Redzel whichis set to have his first start for 2018 in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 17, ruling McEvoy out of the ride on Winx in Sydney if Hugh Bowman fails to have a careless riding ban reduced.

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Parole increase halts NSW prison growth

SILVERWATER JAIL STOCKThe rapidly growing and overcrowded NSW prison population has finally plateaued but only because many more criminals are being paroled, a government report has found.
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The data comes the same day a new 400-bed prison, designed to ease pressure on the overcrowded corrections system, opens in the Hunter Valley.

The NSW prison population increased 33 per cent between December 2011 and December 2016, but in the 12 months that followed it only increased by a further 0.7 per cent, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research announced on Tuesday.

The prison population would have continued to increase, BOCSAR executive director Don Weatherburn said, but for a large increase in the number of offenders released on parole.

“Between 2014 and 2017, the average monthly number of offenders released on parole increased by 35 per cent, from 504 to 682 offenders,” he said in a statement.

The paroles offset the new intakes, BOCSAR found.

The Public Service Association last year referred to the state’s prison system as being “grossly overcrowded” and said it was housing 13,000 inmates despite being designed to accommodate 11,000.

The NSW government hopes to relieve pressure on the system with the Hunter Correctional Centre, which was opened by Corrections Minister David Elliott in Cessnock on Tuesday.

The minimum and maximum security rapid-build prison was ordered as part of the state government’s $3.8 billion prison infrastructure program.

But the state opposition says “pop-up” prisons – including the one that opened in Wellington last year – are plagued with problems, including security issues.

“Band-aid solutions won’t work. Minister Elliott has lost control of the corrections portfolio, leaving him scrambling to fix all the problems that have happened under his leadership,” opposition corrections spokesman Guy Zangari said.

The NSW government is investing $237 million in programs to reduce reoffending with a focus on persistent domestic violence offenders and other high-risk offenders, Mr Elliott’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

BOCSAR data predicts little growth in the prison population over the next 12 months, which is expected to reach 13,244 by December 2018.

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Pink lashes Grammy Chief Neil Portnow

60th Annual Grammy Awards Arrivals – NYCThe backlash from Grammy chief Neil Portnow’s comment after the show that female artists and executives need to “step up” has met with a furious reaction online that was picked up by Pink, a frequent Grammy performer who sang on the show.
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In a handwritten post on her social media accounts, she wrote:

“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ – women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also steppin aside. Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

Earlier in the day, Charli XCX tweeted: “ugh bout 2 step up on 2 ur face.. women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about ?????”

There was a striking absence of female nominees and winners, even though it featured two #MeToo-related segments via Janelle Monae’s powerful “Time’s Up” speech and Kesha’s moving performance of Praying.

But the #GrammysSoMale situation was exacerbated the day before the show when Variety reported that New Zealand singer Lorde – the only female Best Album nominee – was also the only such nominee who hadn’t been offered a solo performance on the show (sources say she was offered a spot in the Tom Petty tribute and declined).

Lorde posted on Twitter on Monday, writing: “IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE… COME SEE IT FOR URSELF,” a reference to her upcoming tour.

That narrative was thrown into stark relief by the perhaps hasty and definitely unfortunate post-show comments from Grammy chief Neil Portnow – who said female artists and executives “need to step up”.

When asked whether a Lorde performance should have been included in the show, Ehrlich said “we’ve got a lot of spots to cover”.

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