Now that Trump is US president, world braces for Trumpnomics

Rex Tillerson, former chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp and now US secretary of state nominee, for president-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Kevin DietschIf Australia does indeed catch a cold when the US sneezes, should we be preparing for a crippling dose of influenza when Trumpnomics takes hold?
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In the months following the end of the US presidential campaign, the rhetoric of Donald Trump moved from boisterous statements on (mostly undoable) plans to build walls and ban Muslims to more practical announcements about economic policy.

This rhetoric reflects Trump’s understanding that the way to make America great again is through economic prosperity. Hence the need to articulate an economic plan, which, with this weekend’s inauguration, will soon become reality.

So what does this plan look like and what effects will it produce?  How are we in Australia going to be affected by the new course of US economic policy?

Mission impossible: saving manufacturing

On the basis of what we know, the centrepiece of Trumpnomics is a restriction of international trade to protect domestic manufacturing (and possibly some other declining industries and sectors).

President Trump is threatening to implement a policy of import substitution, whereby tariffs and/or quotas will be imposed on imports of manufacturing goods produced abroad, even if by US corporates.

Import substitution is not a new idea. In the past, it has been used in many countries to drive industrialisation. While the circumstances and practical implementation of this policy significantly differed across countries, one thing was common: import substitution did not work.

In the countries that tried it, domestic industries failed to develop and the government (read: taxpayers) had to pick up the tab of what turned out to be a very costly experiment.

In principle, import substitution could work if manufacturing was suffering from a temporary loss of competitiveness. In this case, targeted protection would provide the sector with the necessary time to adjust to the new environment (or to respond to whichever shock caused the initial loss of competitiveness) and regain competitiveness.

But in the US (and in most other advanced economies), manufacturing is now structurally uncompetitive; it is a declining sector that tariffs and quotas would keep artificially alive for some time, but at the cost of higher domestic prices on manufactured goods.

Furthermore, if tariffs and quotas were accompanied by some sort of subsidisation of the manufacturing sector (eg tax discounts, direct payment of subsidies and transfers), the import substitution policy would also place a heavy toll on the federal budget.

Actions and reactions

Another undesirable effect of Trump’s import substitution plan is that it will trigger responses from other countries.

Here of course the mind immediately turns to China and the rest of east Asia. One option for China and other US creditors (possibly including Japan) would be to stop financing the US debt.

This could potentially lead to a financial crisis that would significantly reduce the long-term growth potential of the US economy.

However, this is not likely to happen because China and other countries hold large volumes of US debt. There is no rational reason why creditors would want to dump a good investment.

A more likely option would be for China to return to a policy of systematic devaluation of the renminbi.

This would make Chinese goods cheaper and offset to some extent the effect of the tariffs imposed by the US. If China devalued its currency, one would expect other emerging countries to do the same, with the risk that the global economy might be shaken by a domino of competitive devaluations.

The devaluation of the renminbi in response to Trump’s actions would be good news for Australian consumers but bad news for Australian exports. Consumers would enjoy cheaper goods from China and other countries whose currency loses value relative to the Australian dollar. Exports would become less competitive on international markets.

Service (including education) and tourism would suffer the most. To prevent that, Australia could also engage in some form of exchange rate management to devalue the Australian dollar. But this could lead to inflationary pressures at home.

Neglecting fundamental issues

Certainly, the jobs that are being lost in US manufacturing and other declining sectors are a matter of concern. However, rather than trying to save these jobs through a costly import substitution policy destined to fail, President Trump should think of more structural and dynamically efficient interventions.

As an entrepreneur, he should know that while some sectors and activities decline, others emerge. Workers who lose their jobs should be helped to move to the new, emerging sectors of the economy.

To this end, active labour market policies that support the requalification and upgrade of workers’ skills ought to be implemented via the federal budget. Unfortunately, there has been no mention of such policies in President Trump’s rhetoric.

The other big item in Trumpnomics is a combination of corporate tax cuts and investment in infrastructure. This package is becoming more and more popular across many governments.

Yet President Trump’s belief that more infrastructure and lower corporate taxes will stimulate private sector activity and economic growth is questionable.

Economic growth is essentially a process of innovation that leads to productivity gains and to the emergence of new sectors and industries. Infrastructure and tax cuts across the board do not automatically facilitate innovation and hence do not guarantee growth.

However, they do require to be financed. The most likely candidates for a cut in the federal budget are social welfare and public health and/or education. This in turn will increase disparities and inequality in income distribution.

As inequality increases, innovation becomes less likely because its main source (the “middle class”) progressively disappears. At that point, Trumpnomics will have achieved the opposite of what it was meant to achieve: less innovation and slower long-term growth.

In conclusion, Trumpnomics is more than likely to damage the US economy; and if the US economy is hurting the rest of the world is destined to feel the pain.

Professor Fabrizio Carmignani is Head of Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Griffith Business School.

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Sydney lights up with Lunar New Year festivities

Sydney prepares to welcome the Year of the Rooster with lion dancers. Photo: Edwina Pickles Lord mayor Clover Moore beats the drum for Sydney’s Chinese New Year festivities. Photo: Edwina Pickles
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Sydney will celebrate a multicultural Australia over 17 days as the Lunar New Year makes way for the Year of the Rooster.

The city’s Lunar New Year festival will celebrate its 21st anniversary as the biggest outside of Asia.

“The Chinese New Year will be colourful, it will be noisy, it will be a lively celebration, and I hope Sydney will join us in this wonderful celebration,” Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore said.

The annual celebration will bring together residents and visitors to the “sights, sounds and tastes of Asia”. The festivities will begin on January 23 and conclude February 12.

“It celebrates not only our citizens of Chinese heritage but also Vietnamese, Thai and Korean,” Councillor Moore said. “So many Sydneysiders have that Asian heritage.”

The famed lanterns, representing the 12 Chinese zodiac signs and the rooster, will line the foreshore from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point during the festival.

“This year there will be an illuminated park,” the lord mayor said. “Tall, larger-than-life lunar lanterns around our harbour in celebration.”

The program of events will include dragon boat races, community performances, workshops, and red lights on the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Town Hall.

Chinese New Year festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw said the event would be a “spectacular display of shimmering lanterns”, with a focus on the Rooster across the foreshore.

“You can not miss them. They are absolutely huge,” Ms Chan Shaw said. “Displaying true Rooster traits of power and love of the limelight, the rooster lantern will be displayed here at the Opera house.”

In addition to the lights, the festival program offers 80 events across the city with a focus on Dixon Street and Chinatown, as well as Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place.

Chinese New Year festival advisory group chair Robert Kok said the upcoming festival and performances will showcase how “Sydney embraces Chinese New Year”.

“These community celebrations are always at the heart and soul of our Chinese New Year festival,” Mr Kok said. “It brings the community together to celebrate our multicultural society.”

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Canberra man dies after being swept off rocks at Tathra – as locals aid in rescue of four others

Emergency crews were called to Tathra after a group of Canberra fishermen were swept off the rocks. Photo: Jacob McMasterA fishing trip ended in tragedy when a Canberra man died after being swept off rocks at Tathra.
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The incident occurred around 1.10pm on Saturday, when the 54-year-old and four other men were dragged into the water by dangerous seas while rock fishing near Kianinny Bay

Chief Inspector Tony Moodie of Bega Police said the men came from the ACT as a group.

Two of the town’s locals, Shane Babington and Bill Aliendi, were instrumental in the ocean rescue.

Commercial fisherman Mr Babington heard cries for help from his house and ran down to the rocks to get a look.

He saw four people in the water and while one made it back up the rocks on his own, there were still three left in the water with one life jacket between them.

He then dashed up back up to the house to ring 000 before calling out to his neighbour Mr Aliendi.

The pair hitched up the boat and made a dash to the Kianinny boat ramp, where they were able to pick up two of the men from the water.

“It took us only a couple of minutes to get in the water and by the time we got there we could see two people in the water so we picked them up,” he said.

“They told me there was another person in the water.”

The Far South Coast Local Area Command, Marine Area Command, Tathra Surf Life Saving Club and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter all searched for the remaining man, but later found the 54-year-old unconscious.

The lifesavers and paramedics provided CPR to the man, but he could not be revived.

CPR was also performed on a second man.

A dangerous surf warning for deceptively powerful surf was in place for Saturday.

Neither the deceased man nor the other man requiring CPR were wearing a lifejacket at the time they were washed into the water, but one man pulled from the water uninjured did have one on.

Three of the men were taken to the South East Regional Hospital, but all were discharged on the day with minor injuries. One man required stitches.

Mr Babington said he could not have made the rescue without his neighbour’s help.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did without Bill,” he said.

Bega District News

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James Cameron returning to Terminator franchise in ‘godfather’ role

Director James Cameron is reportedly returning to The Terminator franchise. Photo: Paul Archuleta Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
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The Terminator franchise has spawned five films and even a TV series.

He’s back. Well, sort of.

James Cameron is reportedly returning to the Terminator franchise after stepping back from the Hollywood blockbuster that catapulted both himself and Arnold Schwarzenegger into the spotlight.

Cameron hasn’t been directly involved in the time-travelling, post-apocalyptic universe he brought to life since directing Terminator 2 in the early ’90s.

Since then, there’s been another three Terminator films and even a TV spin-off. None of these have been considered a massive success, though.

But the franchise’s fortunes could be about to change, with Deadlinereporting that Cameron is in early talks with Deadpool director Tim Miller to direct a possible sixth film.

If it goes ahead, this means Cameron will be “godfathering” the project instead of sitting in the director’s chair.

It’s unclear at this stage whether the talks relate to just a sixth film to conclude the franchise, an entire reboot, or both.

Whatever happens, there’s no denying the curious timing. After all, Cameron regains certain rights to The Terminator in 2019.

Usually, rights-holders simply have to ensure their claim to a film remains ‘alive’ in order to ensure the rights don’t return to the original owners (hence why there are so many Spider Man films).

But it appears Cameron managed to strike a specific deal when he stepped away from the Terminator franchise that saw the rights revert to him after a set period of time.

If this new project goes ahead and is a commercial success – think of Titanic or Avatar – then Cameron is about to get a whole lot richer. And that’s not even considering potential game spin-offs and other merchandise.

But devoting time and energy to a new sci-fi project would be a momentous task, given Cameron is currently working on shooting not one but four Avatar sequels, tentatively scheduled for release through till 2023.

One only needs to look at George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels to see how revisiting an old favourite could all go wrong. Surely this time the new terminator movie will be good right? pic.twitter南京夜网/xvy9VX6qXo— Callys Caves 3 (@CallysCaves) January 22, 2017if there is going to be a new #Terminator film it should better be @Terminator Genisys sequel and please dont reboot pls pls— Kiran (@imKiranDuvvuri) January 22, 2017James Cameron and Tim Miller working on a new Terminator film seems like something from a weird drug induced dream— Leigh A. Jones (@whee_leigh) January 21, 2017

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Solar, battery demand set to surge as energy prices soar, survey finds

The times increasingly favour solar panels – and soon batteries, a survey finds. Photo: Mark MetcalfeSoaring prices of electricity and gas are prompting many more people to consider adding solar panels and batteries to give them greater control over costs, a consumer survey has found.
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The study, involving almost 2500 households conducted by UMR Research for Energy Consumers Australia and KPMG, found about 34 per cent were considering adopting solar panels within the next five year compared with the 15 per cent now owing photovoltaics.

The interest jump for batteries was even greater, with 27 per cent examining adding batteries compared with just five per cent owning storage.

“Their overall assessment is that they are not happy with the value they are getting from energy prices and the energy sector,” Rosemary Sinclair, chief executive of ECA, said. “Consumers now have an option which is to take matters into their own hands, and invest in assets that give them independence.”

The survey should serve as a warning shot for energy companies that consumers aren’t willing to cop increasing fuel bill when tumbling prices for solar panels and now batteries offer them alternatives.

“Even Joe Blogs out there looking at ever-increasing energy bills is becoming less and less convinced by the conservative [argument] that we’ll get your energy prices down,” said Ben Larsson, a project manager who installed a 2-kilowatt solar PV unit in 2010 and added another 2.5 KW last year.

“People are getting the sense of ‘Right, I want to an option to have get some control over my energy consumption, and I’m starting to need to because it’s becoming that expensive,'” he said. Hip-pocket pressure

The ECA was set up two years ago by states and the federal government to give consumers a greater voice in an industry increasingly dominated by just three big generator-retailers: AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy.

The survey found financial rather than environmental interests were the foremost drivers in consumers seeking solar PV. (See table below.)

The research was conducted last May before a series of grid issues, including the super storms that took out a major South Australian transmission line and triggered a state-wide blackout.

How those outages might contribute to greater consumer demand for solar and storage was “a very interesting question”, Ms Sinclair said.

While not among the top motivations for shifting to solar, consumers were aware of the environmental aspect of the change including the need to decarbonise the economy, she said.

“People understand that there is a transition underway and their concern is that the transition costs as little as necessary,” she said.  Just add batteries

Mr Larsson said his first panels, aided by a generous NSW feed-in tariff at 60 cents per kilowatt hour exported to the grid, paid themselves off in just “four and a bit years”.

Even with the voluntary feed-in tariffs now offered by retailers slashed to just 6-8.4 cents in NSW, the pay-off period for solar remains about five years. That’s because PV prices have dropped as much as 70 per cent since he bought his first panels, Mr Larsson said.

While batteries are not yet justified by financial criteria alone, even that mark could be crossed over the next 12-15 months as global competition in storage intensifies, the Randwick resident said.

(See survey responses for storage below.)

“People are starting to come to the conclusion we’re no longer helpless and at the whim of the three big retailers, and whatever they throw at [us] in terms of an energy rate,” he said.

Bruce Mountain, an energy economist with CME Australia, predicts consumers will switch to solar PV and batteries much faster than regulators predict.

He said Tesla’s new 13.5-kilowatt-hour Powerwall 2, costing about $8800 before installation, offered a lower battery price per capacity than the Australian Energy Market Operator had predicted for 2040.

That meant residents in cities such as Adelaide – where power prices have doubled in the past eight years – were now be better off with panels and storage. A similar result was likely for Sydney and Melbourne, he said.

The impact on demand for electricity from utilities could be significant since a household with solar PV typically cut power usage from the grid by about a third. Adding a battery, however, slashed grid purchases by about 95 per cent, he said.

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Bourke St mall driver refuses to appear in court

Alleged Bourke Street killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulasen route to the Melbourne Magistrates Court. Photo: Eddie JimThe man alleged to have carried out the deadly rampage through Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD has been charged with five counts of murder.
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The accused man, Dimitrious”Jimmy”Gargasoulas, 26, refused to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court because he was “unwell”.

Mr Gargasoulas was interviewed by homicide squad detectives on Monday following his release from hospital, where he had surgery on his arm from a gunshot wound.

The court heard 37 people were hit during the CBD rampage —the five dead and 32 other pedestrians.

It is understood more charges will be laid.

Mr Gargasoulas’ defence lawyer told the court her client was unwell and had asked to be excused from attending court. Magistrate JelenaPopovic granted his request.

Prosecutors asked for a much longer time to serve defence lawyers with the brief of evidence given Friday’s “unprecedented events”, saying it would be monthsbefore Mr Gargasoulas

was served with the brief of evidence.

Ms Popovic remanded Mr Gargasoulas in custody to appear on December 15.

But the magistrate set down a special mention for the case, to be held on August 1.

Detectives had been waiting to question Mr Gargasoulas since Friday afternoon, when he allegedly drove a stolen car along Bourke Street and hit dozens of pedestrians.

Five people were killed, includinga three-month-old baby boy,10-year-old Thalia Hakin, Matthew Si, 33, Jess Mudie, 22, and a 25-year-old man.

Two other people are still fighting for their lives at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Others are still being treated in hospitals across Melbourne.

Police allege Mr Gargasoulas deliberately drove at pedestrians and hit them in Bourke Street about 1.30pm, before a police vehicle rammed the maroon Holden Commodore and he was shot in the arm.

More to come


Hunter Track Classic warm-up for Australian representatives Peter Bol, Linden Hall and Anneliese Rubie

OLYMPICS: Peter Bol representing Australia in Rio during round one of the men’s 800 metres last year. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Victorian Milers Club’s latest meetinghas provided a productive lead up for three Rio Olympians competing at the Hunter Track Classic this Saturday.
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Australian representatives Peter Bol, Linden Hall and Anneliese Rubie all recorded middle-distance wins at Box Hill on Thursday night ahead of attacking the Glendale track this weekend.

Bol, the 22-year-old who made his Games debut in August, stopped the clock at three minutes and 42.35 seconds in claiming the recent 1500 metre race.

The Sudanese-born runner has entered in both the 1500 and 800 metre events on January 28 and matching hispersonal best time (1:45.4) over the shorter length would easily eclipse the existing Hunter Track Classic record set by Ryan Gregson (1:47.06) in 2010.

Bol will be up against Australian record holder Alexander Rowe (1:44.4), reigning NSW champion Mason Cohen (1:47.4) and World Junior Championships representative Joseph Deng (1:47.9) in what shapes as a hotly contested 800m clash.

RIO: Linden Hall after the Olympic women’s 1500 metre semi-final in August. Picture: Getty Images

In the women’s division Hall is on a similar program, having comfortably clinched the 1500m in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in a time of4:09.26 she will drop back to the 800m atthe Lake Macquarie Council-backed occasion.

The 25-year-old Games semi-finalist will meet tough opposition at the Hunter Track Classic with title holder Rubie, fellow Rio Olympian Zoe Buckman as well asthree-time Australian champion and meet record holder Brittany McGowan also entered.

Rubie, the 24-year-old who contested the 4x400m relay final at Rio, ran a2:03.40 in clinching the Victorian Miles Club affair last week.

Hunter Track Classic community races start at 5pm.

RETURN: Anneliese Rubie wins the women’s 800 metres at last year’s Hunter Track Classic. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers


Knights recruit Rory Kostjasyn faces surgery and at least 12 weeks on the sidelines.

NEWCASTLE have suffered their fourth body blow in the space ofa cursed week after the club confirmed on Monday that key recruit Rory Kostjasyn was facing surgery and at least 12 weeks on the sidelines.
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Kostjasyn suffered a fracture tothe Cricoid cartilage in his neck in a training accident two weeks ago, and the initial prognosis was that the former Melbourne and North Queensland hooker would be out of commission “for a minimum of six to eight weeks”.

That estimate has been upgraded indefinitely after the Knights announced on their website on Monday that the 29-year-old was still unable to talk and might be waiting more than a fortnight before specialists can operate.

SETBACK: Rory Kostjasyn

“At the moment they can’t touch it, simply because it’s just so swollen, so sore,’’ Newcastle’s physical-performance manager, Tony Ayoub, said in an interview on the club’s website.

“Then they’ll have to decide whether they can relocate that dislocated cartilage, or they put an implant in.

“Either way, Rory’s got to have some surgery and we’ll have some more clarity in the next two to four weeks, depending on when he has that surgery, of just how long he’ll be. But at the moment it’s certainly looking like 12 weeks, at least.”

Because the injury is so rare, Ayoub admitted that predicting a return date for Kostjasyn was guesswork.

“At the moment, he’s in limbo, we’re in limbo,’’ Ayoub said. “We’re just not sure how long it’s going to be.’’

The 126-game veteran attended Newcastle’s training session on Monday to provide his teammates with moral support.

“We’ve got him back for the first time, but unfortunately he can’t talk,’’ Ayoub said.

“His voice is still really low and he’s got to rest it, so we’re trying not to tax him.’’

Just a fortnight after Knights coach Nathan Brown was pondering which of three contenders would tag-team with Kostjasyn at dummy-half in round one, Newcastle have been reduced to their same two hookers as last season –Danny Levi and Tyler Randell.

Jarrod Mullen appears definitely out of contention after last week’s revelation that he had tested positive to a banned steroid.

That shattering setback was exacerbated by the news that heavyweight forward Pauli Pauli had suffered a dislocated hip in a car crash, and then enigmatic prop Korbin Sims was released to join Brisbane.

Wooden spooners in 2015 and 2016, Newcastle are $1.60 favourites with TAB Sportsbet to finish last this season. Despite the worryingoutlook, Newcastle’s membership numbers are reported to have increased by 27 per cent (8476 to 10,122) on the corresponding point of last season.


Gig guide

TEEN ANGST: Live music returns to the University of Newcastle’s Bar On The Hill on Thursday in a massive way with hardcore rockers The Amity Affliction. MUSIC5 Sawyers Friday, AK Morris. Saturday, DJ Salt. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.
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Albion Hotel SingletonFriday, Hendo.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Slam Tango.Sunday, Dean Dee.

Argyle House Friday, Zombie Nation.

Australia Hotel CessnockThursday, Pat Vs Cat.

Bar On The Hill Thursday, The Amity Affliction,Hellions, Ocean Grove.

Battlesticks BarSaturday,Richard Walker,Meages Hill.Sunday, Pana,Mark Wood.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Thread. Sunday, Grayson.

Bellbird HotelSunday, Hendo.

Belmont 16sFriday, Anyerin, Midnight Drifters. Saturday, The Years, Bobby C. Sunday, Marissa.

Belmont Hotel Thursday, Triple Hottest 100, Mic & Josh.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Rocket.

Beresfield Bowling Club Thursday, Phonic. Friday, 24 Hours. Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Be Bop A Lula.

Blackbutt Hotel Friday, Layth Gunn. Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Thursday, Redline. Friday, Frets With Benefits. Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, David McCredie.

Burwood Inn Thursday, Triple J Hottest 100, Timmy Coffey. Friday,Brown Bear & Hooves.

Cambridge Hotel Friday, Split Feed,Jacob,Altai,Shysters.

Cardiff RSL Club Friday, Aaron Hood. Saturday, The Smarts.

Carrington Bowling Club Friday, Pap & That. Saturday, Newcastle Blues & Roots Festival ft.Ngariki Larouqe & The Lazy Lamas,Plastic Voyage,Swamp Stompers,The New Black Shades,Roy Rose,Annie O’Dee And The Hotshots,Merewether Fats Blues Band,Helena Kitley,Dan Southward,Ball and Biscuit,Walter Jnr Blues Band.

Catho PubThursday, The Bad And The Ugly.Saturday, Duncan Woods.Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Caves Beachside Hotel Thursday, Triple Hottest 100. Friday, Banddits. Saturday, Matt Gresham, Redline.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Friday, The Andy Show. Saturday, Michael Muchow.

Central HotelStroudThursday, Circus Mule,Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues Club Friday, Tim Harding. Saturday, Solid Gold Party Night.

Cessnock Racecourse Sunday, Zane Penn.

Charlestown Bowling Club Friday, Mick Jones. Saturday, Mardmax.

Clarendon Hotel Friday, Matt McLaren.

Club LemonTree Friday, Let Loose. Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Colliery Inn Thursday, Mardy Leith. Saturday, Michael Peter. Sunday, Lee Rolfe.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Friday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Criterion Hotel WestonSaturday, In The Van.

Customs House Friday, Bonny Rai. Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Marissa.

D’Albora Marina Thursday, Mick Jones, Matt McLaren. Friday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Denman HotelSunday, Ian Henry.

Duke Of WellingtonFriday,Bobby C.Saturday, The Dreamcatchers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Friday,Phonic. Saturday, Loose Bazooka. Sunday,Andrew G.

Edgeworth TavernFriday, The Way.Saturday, Ian Henry.

Family Hotel MaitlandThursday,The Way.Saturday, Witchery.Sunday, Dan Killen.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ Dyan Sanders, MC Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn BrewhouseFriday, Elwood Myre. Saturday, Hot Cop.

Gallipoli Legion Club Friday, The Lamplighters.

Gateshead TavernFriday, Loose Lips. Sunday,Kevin O’Hara.

George Tavern Friday, CrocQ. Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Grain Store Thursday, Triple J Hottest 100. Saturday,TomBuckley. Sunday, Tim Rossington.

Grand Hotel Tuesday, Steve Hunter Trio.

Grand Junction Hotel Friday, Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric, East Coast Love, Garry David. Saturday, Little Georgia. Sunday, Beef Week.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Greenroof Hotel Friday, Lauren Arms. Saturday, Mike Horbacz.

Greta Workers ClubFriday, Rock Oz.

Gunyah Hotel Friday, The Remedy. Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Damien.

​Hamilton Station HotelThursday, Madhouse DJs. Saturday,Heads of Charm,Family Dog,PALS,Big Chief and the Bottle Openers. Sunday, Jen Buxton.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Friday, Overload. Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Dos Eager. Sunday, Arley Black.

Holmesville HotelSunday, The V Dubs.

Honeysuckle Hotel Friday, Sundays Record. Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Jerome.

Hotel Delany Friday, Sean Andrews, Code Red.Saturday, The Urge.

Hotel Jesmond Friday, Michael Mills.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Thursday, Dr Zoom. Saturday, Hornet.

The Junction Hotel Friday, Aqwa. Saturday, Tim Rossington.

Kent Hotel Friday, Dos Eager. Saturday, The V-Dubs. Sunday, Giant Blues Band.

King Street Hotel Friday, Generik.

Lake Macquarie Tavern Friday, Michael Muchow.

Lakeside Village Tavern Wednesday, Viagro.

The Landing Saturday, Dave Carter. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Lambton Park HotelFriday,Ryan Daley.Saturday, Bounce Trio.

Lass O’GowrieThursday, Sailors Grave.Friday, Drama,Dos Enos,Jucy Lucy. Saturday Owen Rabbit,Hey Lady!,Dark Ally,The Breakfast Club. Sunday, The Dershwins, Hypno Fuzz, Voodoo Youth, Cool Kaye, Bryen, El Spanko, Geyer, Haestings, James Edge.

Lizotte’s Friday, Mental As Anything,James Chatburn. Saturday-Sunday, Russell Morris, Daniel March.

Lochinvar Hotel Thursday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Friday, Howie & Alex. Saturday, CrocQ. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maitland Bowling Club Friday, Stephen Boyd.

Maitland Leagues Club Thursday, Louis Burt.Friday, Start The Boats, Mayday Hey Way, Unfit For Human Consumption.

Mark Hotel Thursday, Hornet. Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Mary Ellen Friday, Phase III. Saturday, The Cassettes. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Friday, Daniel Arvidson.Saturday, Full Throttle.

Maryville Tavern Saturday, KarenSoper.

Mattara Hotel Thursday, Anyerin.

Mavericks On The Bay Friday, Todd Schmoo. Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Mavericks On Darby Friday, Jerome. Saturday, Zane Penn.

Merewether Surfhouse Sunday, Jerome.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersThursday,Russell Snape & the Country Covers.Friday,The Cassettes.Saturday,GenR8.Sunday,Greg Bryce.

Morisset Country ClubThursday, Spank N The Monkey.

Murray’s Brewery Thursday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, The Remedy.

Nelson Bay Bowling ClubFriday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Nelson Bay Diggers Friday, 2GoodReasons. Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Thursday, The Years. Sunday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Leagues Club –The Vault Friday,HorrorwoodMannequins, From Love To Violence, Saralisse,Beast Impalor.

Northern Star HotelFriday,Milli Casey.Saturday, Deanna Rose.

Pedens Cessnock Friday, Kaylah Anne. Saturday, 2 To The Floor.

Pippis At The Point Friday, Zane Penn, Dean Kyrwood. Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Friday, James Naldo.

The PourhouseSaturday, Samantha Broadbent.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Banddits. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Queens Wharf Hotel Thursday, Loko, Jerome, Alessandro. Friday, Matt Meler. Saturday, Todd Schmoo, Surian. Sunday, Kylie Jane, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Big Pete.

River Royal Inn MorpethSaturday, Dean Dee.

Royal Federal HotelBranxton Friday, Rocket. Saturday, Sundays Record.

Royal Hotel SingletonSunday, Lennie and Carter.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Jack Attack.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoThursday, Dean Dee.Friday, Dynamic DJs.Sunday, Maryanne Rex.

Salamander Shores Saturday, Viagra Falls.

Seabreeze Hotel Friday, Witchery. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Rendezvous.

Small BallroomSaturday, The Front Bottoms (US).

Soldiers Point Bowling ClubFriday, Chad Shuttleworth.Saturday, Snape Brothers.

Spinning Wheel Hotel Friday, Phil McKnight.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Friday, The Urban Chiefs. Saturday, The Hunted Crows.

Stockton Bowling Club Thursday, Ken Jones. Saturday, Steve Edmonds Band. Sunday, Barracuda.

Stockton RSLClub Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Swansea Hotel Friday, Kevin O’Hara, Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Loko.

Swansea RSLClub Saturday, Back Beat.

Tanilba Bay Golf ClubThursday, Rock Factor.

Tea Gardens Country ClubSunday, Frets With Benefits.

Tea Gardens Hotel Friday, Darren Gould. Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Telarah Bowling Club Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Tilligerry RSL Friday, Junior & Luana. Saturday, Mark Lee.

Toronto Diggers Friday, 40 Up Club. Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Thursday, Karen O’Shea. Saturday, The Bad & Ugly. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Town Hall Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Victoria Hotel HintonFriday, Murray Byfield. Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Wangi HotelThursday, Duncan Woods.Sunday,Sarah Christine.

Wangi Wangi RSLClub Thursday, Leigh Warren. Friday, Lee Rolfe. Sunday, Mark Lee.

Warners At The Bay Friday, Emily Smith. Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Warners Bay Foreshore Friday, Hey Poncho.

Westfield Kotara Thursday, Gareth Hudson. Saturday, The Andy Show.

Weston WorkersSaturday, Rock Oz.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests City Saturday, RUFUS.

Wests New Lambton Thursday, Angamus. Friday, Cruzers. Saturday, The Rattle. Tuesday, Angamus.

West Wallsend Workers Friday, Alias.

Wickham Park HotelThursday,Monsters Of Rock.Friday,Milestones.Saturday, Hey Poncho.Sunday, Pat Capocci,Stormcellar.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, The Andy Show.

MOVIESAllied(M)1942. Max (Brad Pitt), a French-Canadian spy, falls in love and marries French agent Marianne (Marion Cotillard), after a mission in Casablanca. Max is notified that Marianne is likely a Nazi spy and begins to investigate her.

Assassin’s Creed(M)When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

Ballerina(G) Ayoung orphandevises a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is still being built.

Collateral Beauty(M) When a successful New York advertising executive experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, his colleagues devise a drastic plan to force him to confront his grief.

Jackie(MA)Following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

​La La Land(CTC)A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Lion(PG)A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Kolkata, thousands of kilometres from home.

Live By Night (MA)A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.

Moana(PG)A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

Middle School – The Worst Years of My Life(PG)A quiet teenage artist Rafe Katchadorian has a wild imagination andcomes up with a plan: break every rule in the school hand book and as you expect trouble follows.

Monster Trucks(PG)Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, a high school seniorbuilds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. An accident at a nearby oil-drilling site soon displacesa strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed.

​Passengers(M)A spacecraft travelling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 60 years early.

Patriots Day (M)An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Red Dog: True Blue(PG)Explores the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (MA)Following the events of “Resident Evil: Retribution”, Project Alice is forced to race against time as the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story(M)Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Sing(G)A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition.

Split (M)Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, is compelled to abduct three teenage girls. As they are held captive, a final personality – “The Beast” – begins to materialize.

The Edge of Seventeen(M)Two high school girls are best friends until one dates the other’s older brother, who is totally his sister’s nemesis.

The Met Opera: Lamour De Loin (E)Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Trolls(G)Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, andBranch are polar opposites. Together, theyembark on an adventure that takes them beyond their world.

Where Am I Going? (M)An unemployed factory worker is trying to make ends in working-class France.

Why Him?(CTC) An overprotective but loving dad, andhis family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his nightmare: her well-meaning, but socially awkward,billionaire boyfriend.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage(M)Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (PG)The stakes have never been higher; the rivalries never as fierce; the risks never so great. One wrong move?one card short?and it’s game over for good.

THEATRELaughter on the 23rd FloorPlaywright Neil Simon looks amusingly at the problems thatfaced him and other television comedy writers in the 1950s. Newcastle Theatre Company,Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturdayat 8pm, until February 4, plus2pm Saturday on January 28.


Braddy-Whyte cold case: Families want answers 49 years on

Lynne Ireland and Kevin Whyte speak of their missing siblings, after police announced a $1 million reward for information. Picture: ADAM HOLMESRelated:
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Coroner says lack of evidence to chargeQuestions on missing teensBraddy-Whyte inquest: ‘I saw a body’Braddy-Whyte inquest: Relatives relieved and optimisticBraddy-Whyte inquest: Detective angry at lack of murder chargeBraddy-Whyte inquest: Father stands by ‘slavery’ claimsBraddy-Whyte inquest: Maureen was in trouble, aunty tells courtTHE families of Maureen Braddy and Allan Whyte –missing from Bendigo since 1968 –say they want to give them the “burial they deserve”, and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Maureen’s sister Lynne Ireland, and Allan’s brother Kevin Whyte, both spoke at a Victoria Police press conference announcing a $1 million reward for information that leads to a conviction.

The pair have been missing since November 23, 1968.

Ms Ireland said they just wanted answers.

“We’re not after a conviction or anything, all we’ve been after from the day dot is the kids –the remains,” she said.

“We just want them brought back to the family so we can give them the burial they deserve.”

Maureen and Allan were last seen leaving a dance in Mundy Street, California Gully. A coronial inquest, completed in 2014, found there was not enough evidence to lay a murder charge in relation to the disappearance.

The $1 million reward is the most significant step in the case since the inquest was completed.

Maureen’s father Stanley Braddy was named as the only suspect during the inquest, and was questioned by barristers in Bendigo.

Ms Ireland said he treated the court with disrespect.

“If you read the testaments from the coronial inquest, the suspect in question sat back in the chair and said ‘prove it’. Showed very little respecet for the judge,” she said.

“To me, the attitude of the accused in that courtroom, and what was said in that courtroom, does state to what happened to those kids that night – they were definitely murdered.”

Ms Ireland also spoke of the last time she saw her sister alive, and the daily reminders of the disappearance..

“It doesn’t matter what you do, you look in the mirror and might see Maureen, because you’re being sisters, you’re looking back – the little delights – and some of the things you do you think, yep, that’s Maureen, she would have done that,” she said.

“She was only 16, she had no life.”

Maureen came home from her grandmother’s earlier on the day of her disappearance. Ms Ireland said she looked “really upset over something”.

That was the last time she saw her.

Mr Whyte said it was a devastating incident for the families involved.

“It’s hard, bloody hard,” he said.

“I want to find the remains, have them brought back home.”

Mr Whyte spoke of the relationship he had with his younger brother, including working on farms together.

“He was a happy go lucky boy. We used to go fishing, camping, we used to go away on farms, working on farms, different areas,” he said.

He claimed to have spoken with Allan as he was leaving the dance in California Gully. Allan told him he was going to take Maureen home.

“And that was the last I ever saw him,” Mr Whyte said.

Police announced the reward with the hope that even the smallest piece of information could give detectives the lead they need.

Detective Inspector Stephen Dennis said it did not matter how insignificant the information might be.

“The coronial inquest highlighted the fact that they fell on foul play,” he said.

“We know they were at the dance, and they’ve disappeared after. A number of people were there, probably people aware they were going there, that’s why we appeal for anyone with info to come forward

“It may be something trivial”

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Maureen Braddy and Allan Whyte is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.