Trust needed to rebuild Australia, Indonesia police partnership: report

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A new report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), says trust needs to be restored to forge ties between Australian and Indonesian law enforcement agencies once more.

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Tensions mounted between the two countries over last year’s spy scandal, causing Indonesia to freeze police cooperation with Australia over people smuggling and cybercrime.

The ASPI interviewed both Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Indonesian National Police (POLRI) officers for its report, ‘A return on investment:The future of police cooperation between Australia and Indonesia’.

It cites the Bali bombing as one of many incidents of strong co-operation between Australian and Indonesian authorities.

“At the time of the bombings, a number of AFP officers were already in Bali and within 24 hours. A team from the AFP and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation flew in to join them—including experts in disaster victim identification and bomb-blast investigation,” the report states.

As Australia and Indonesia’s foreign ministers prepare to resume talks this week, the report says both countries should be focused on restoring trust.

“The primary objective should be to re-establish a trusting partnership across all crime areas of mutual concern,” it states.

It suggests the day-to-day police partnership will likely resume, “but it’s smart to recognise that the relationship and both forces’ needs will change; and the magnitude of change will be related to the duration and depth of the current ‘freeze’ and the outcome of the negotiated code.”

“Having a clear re-engagement strategy, which should be based on demonstrating respect and building trust, is essential.”

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Govt delays laws until WA Senate vote-oppn

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Federal Labor has accused the government of shelving unpopular changes to financial advice laws until after the West Australian Senate election.

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The Abbott government is delaying a controversial roll back of Labor’s financial advice reforms amid concerns it would weaken protections for investors.

The government has decided to wait until Finance Minister Mathias Cormann consults all relevant stakeholders “before pressing the go button” on changes to Future of Financial Advice laws.

But shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says the coalition is just delaying the overhaul until after the April 5 WA election, where consumer protection is a key concern after the Westpoint collapse.

“You’ve got these very unpopular and controversial changes all of a sudden delayed, conveniently until after the West Australian election,” Mr Bowen told ABC radio.

Mr Bowen said Senator Cormann, a West Australian, would be “very alive to the politics”.

“So forgive me for being cynical,” Mr Bowen said.

The government has been under fire for proposing to water down Labor’s ban on advisers receiving commissions so it only applies to personal financial advice, and exempts the likes of bank tellers from giving general advice.

Senator Cormann said the government had no plan to get rid of consumer protections, but Mr Bowen accused the minister of spin.

“If it walks like a commission, and talks like a commission, it’s a commission,” Mr Bowen said.

Labor wants the proposed changes scrapped entirely.

Senator Cormann said it was “ridiculous” to suggest the government was delaying changes until after the WA Senate election re-run.

“It is very apparent that there is some confusion about what we’re proposing to do,” he told Sky News, adding he would consult with stakeholders.

The government had no plans to reintroduce commissions but was committed to ensuring the right balance between consumer protection and affordable access to high quality advice.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants welcomed the government’s decision to delay its changes.

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US landslide death toll rises to 14

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The death toll from a devastating landslide in the northwestern US state of Washington has risen to 14 after six more bodies were found.

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More than 100 people remain potentially missing or unaccounted for after the disaster on Saturday, described as “like a small earthquake”, said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary.

“Search and rescue crews have located an additional six bodies, bringing the total number of deceased to 14,” he said in an online update in the disaster.

“The number unaccounted for has not changed, as the identity of the victims still needs to be verified,” he added.

The death toll had remained at eight since Sunday, while officials said earlier they had a list of 108 names of people missing or unaccounted for.

The wall of mud, rocks and trees smashed into the rural town of Oso, northeast of Seattle in the northwestern US state, destroying houses and part of a highway.

Some 100 emergency workers were searching for survivors in the field of mud and rubble about 2.4km across and some four to six metres deep in areas.

“The situation is very grim,” said Snohomish County fire district chief Travis Hots. “We’re holding out hope that we’ll find people that are still alive, but we haven’t found anyone alive since Saturday.”

Emergency management chief John Pennington said 49 dwellings of various types in the area were hit by the devastating landslide, he said, adding that there were likely to have been more people at home on a Saturday than during the week.

Mini hovercraft are being used to skate across the vast mudslide’s surface, while tracker dogs and helicopters are also being used.

Rescuers reported hearing voices calling for help on Saturday, but Hots said they “didn’t see or hear any signs of life” on Sunday.

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Warning over youth mental health

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More must be done to help parents and teachers spot signs of mental illness in children or thousands of youngsters could be at risk of alcohol and drug abuse, self-harm and even suicide, UK experts have warned.

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A group of child health specialists have cautioned that many children are at risk of “slipping through the net” if awareness is not improved among adults.

The comments come as a new survey found that more than a third of adults are unsure about the signs of mental illness in a child.

And over half fear approaching the subject in case they are mistaken.

The poll of 2100 British adults found 38 per cent did not know the signs and symptoms of mental illness in youngsters and 51 per cent would be worried about raising the issue for fear of being wrong.

Meanwhile more than a third of men polled believe many children diagnosed with a mental health condition were just “badly behaved”.

The news comes as a new website has been launched to try to teach adults about mental illness in youngsters.

The Department of Health-funded site, 南宁夜网.minded南宁夜生活,.uk, aims to address a lack of understanding around mental illness in youngsters.

A number of leading health bodies have contributed to the site including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and charity YoungMinds.

A spokeswoman for the website said: “Without increased education or awareness to help adults identify and understand children and young people with mental health issues, thousands are at increased risk of alcohol and drug misuse, self-harm, neglect and in extreme cases, suicide.”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it would be an “invaluable” tool for people who work with children and young people.

It warned that there has been a large increase in mental illness among youngsters over the last 25 years – with one in 10 suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder.

Dr Raphael Kelvin, child psychiatrist and clinical lead for the MindEd program, said: “Half of all diagnosable mental health conditions start before the age of 14 and 75 per cent by the age of 21, so identifying children at the earliest opportunity is crucial in setting them on the best path in life.

“It’s clear from these results that there’s still stigma attached to mental health.

“It’s also clear that many adults are not confident in being able to spot the signs of ill mental health in children. So it’s vital that people know what to look out for so they can address the issue before it worsens and that’s where MindEd can help.”

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said spotting the signs of mental health problems early in children and young people was essential to prevent problems from escalating and continuing into adulthood.

“That’s why we have invested STG3 million ($A5.45 million) in MindEd – so that people working with children, from teachers to dinner ladies and sports coaches to Scouts leaders, can recognise when a child needs help and make sure they get it.”

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Video games linked to aggressive behaviour

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Youths who play video games are more likely to think and act in aggressive ways, according to a three-year study of more than 3,000 schoolchildren.

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Frequent use of video games was linked to higher rates of aggressive behaviour and thoughts, according to self-reported answers to survey questions.

Answers were similar among boys and girls, and parental involvement was not likely to change behaviour.

The researchers said their findings support previous research that has shown a link between video games and aggression.

“Habitual violent video game playing increases long-term aggressive behaviour,” the authors concluded.

The kids, all of whom went to school in Singapore and had an average age of 11, were asked to respond to six questions about aggressive behaviour.

Questions included, “When someone has angered or provoked me in some way, I have reacted by hitting that person.”

Responses were given on a scale of one to four, ranging from “strongly disagree” to strongly agree.”

Three questions on hostile thoughts were included, such as, “Suppose a boy says something bad to another boy John. Is it wrong for John to hit him?” Answers were also given on a four-point scale, from “really wrong” to “perfectly okay.”

Outside experts questioned the methodology of using self-reported answers rather than measuring behaviour itself, and said the study does not prove that violent video games caused aggressive behaviour in the youths.

“This study shows an association, of unclear magnitude, of violent video game-playing with subsequent aggressive behaviour,” said David Spiegelhalter, a professor at the University of Cambridge, who was not involved in the study.

“It does not, and cannot, show that the association is causal.”

The research was published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal.

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Smith ‘right’ to question ref over tackle

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Melbourne centre Will Chambers has defended skipper Cameron Smith for questioning Alex McKinnon’s action in a tackle that left the Newcastle forward with a fractured neck.

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McKinnon suffered the injury in Monday night’s NRL match at AAMI Park when he landed on his head in a three-man tackle by Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich and Jordan McLean.

He was carried from the field and the tacklers were put on report by referee Gerard Sutton but Smith said the 22-year-old back-rower’s actions in the tackle contributed to the injury.

“I don’t want to see that happen to anyone in our game but, if he doesn’t duck his head, it doesn’t happen,” Smith told Sutton on the field.

Asked whether such comments were “insensitive in light of the injury”, Chambers said it was part of Smith’s role to talk with the referee during a match.

“No … that’s his part. He obviously saw something and had a chat,” said Chambers.

He said he couldn’t watch as McKinnon was put into a neck brace and stretchered from the field, with scans at a Melbourne hospital later confirming a fracture.

The full extent of injury won’t be known for at least a few days.

McKinnon could initially be heard via the referee’s microphone saying he couldn’t feel anything.

Chambers said it was tough to see any player suffer a serious injury in a tackle.

“I walked away last night when it happened because you hate to see people in that situation,” he said.

“You don’t want to look. It’s a scary thought, and I stayed away from it.”

Chambers, a member of the Storm’s leadership group, didn’t want to be drawn on any possible penalties from the match video review panel over the tackle.

“I haven’t spoken to them (the tacklers),” he said.

“Obviously you don’t go out to do those sort of things.

“It was an accident and we just hope that he recovers now and he’s back on the field soon.”

The Storm travel to Perth on Thursday ahead of their Saturday NRL clash with the Bulldogs.

It’s believed the three players involved in the tackle will speak with the club’s welfare officer, while the club said it would also work with the Knights and the NRL in offering support and assistance to McKinnon and his family.

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PSG ready for acid test of Euro ambitions

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When Qatar Sports Investments bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, they gave themselves five years to win European Champions League.

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But hopes are high in the French capital that they could get there ahead of schedule.

Having matched last season’s achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of Europe’s leading club competition, PSG are now preparing to face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in this year’s last eight.

It will be the first true test of Laurent Blanc’s side, who have not been suitably challenged domestically and have cruised through to next month’s stage in Europe without having to play any of the continent’s biggest names.

PSG have lost just one league game since March last year and last Friday’s 1-0 victory at Lorient allowed them to make it a club-record eight wins on the bounce in all competitions.

Under Blanc, they are 10 points clear at the top of the French league and are almost certain to retain the title won last year under Carlo Ancelotti.

They have scored 70 goals in 30 league matches and Zlatan Ibrahimovic alone has 40 in all competitions, breaking the club record for the most goals in one campaign.

But they are only doing what their enormous budget means they should be doing. In France, no other club can really compete financially – not even Monaco – and that gulf has translated onto the field.

Two draws in two games against Monaco and a draw at home to third-placed Lille before Christmas suggest that it has not been a cakewalk, but even Blanc himself says that their domestic league is not enough of a challenge to prepare them for the pressures of Europe.

Even there they have not been presented with a true test of their credentials, having cruised through a group containing the modest trio of Olympiakos, Benfica and Anderlecht before brushing aside a struggling Bayer Leverkusen.

No wonder sports daily L’Equipe’s front page headline asked if PSG were “Ready For The Big Step Up” prior to the draw being made last Friday, and Chelsea will be just that.

Possession is king for PSG, with Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti and Yohan Cabaye all available to Blanc in midfield, but Mourinho’s side will be happy for their opponents to have the ball.

Chelsea will also ask serious questions of a defence that has looked vulnerable at times in Europe this season – goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was PSG’s best player in the second leg against Leverkusen – and a fractured cheekbone suffered by captain Thiago Silva against Lorient is a cause for alarm.

Silva and Ibrahimovic are the biggest influences in this PSG side and, at the age of 32, the latter is personally driven by the desire to win the biggest prize of all in club football having fallen short so many times before.

“There are teams who have a legitimacy in the Champions League in terms of experience that we don’t have, but I think the consideration that our opponents have for us has increased,” said Blanc recently, although PSG need only look to Chelsea if they doubt that patience might still be required even when throwing enormous of money chasing the dream.

A decade ago, the London club were themselves new to this level and they reached the last eight or further seven times in 12 seasons before finally winning the trophy in 2012.

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Bad weather halts MH370 search

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The search for debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean has been suspended due to bad weather.

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says HMAS Success has left the search area because of rough seas.

It will head south until the seas – with waves up to two metres and a swell up to four metres – abate.

The search area is also forecast to experience strong gale force winds of up to 80km/h, periods of heavy rain, and low cloud with a ceiling between 200 and 500 feet, AMSA said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

“AMSA has undertaken a risk assessment and determined that the current weather conditions would make any air and sea search activities hazardous and pose a risk to crew,” it said.

“Therefore, AMSA has suspended all sea and air search operations for today due to these weather conditions.”

AMSA says it consulted with the Bureau of Meteorology and weather conditions are expected to improve in the search area in the evening and over the next few days.

“Search operations are expected to resume tomorrow, if weather conditions permit,” AMSA said.

HMAS Success will return to the search area once weather conditions improve.

On Monday night, the ship attempted to locate objects sighted by a RAAF P3 Orion aircraft but was unable to find them.

The Malaysian government says it now believes the plane crashed in the desolate southern Indian Ocean, with no survivors.

“In light of the statement by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak overnight, AMSA offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the passengers and crew of flight MH370,” AMSA said.

The airline has released a statement saying it must now be assumed the flight has been lost.

The families of MH370’s passengers have been “at the heart of every action the company has taken” since the jet disappeared on March 8.

“When Malaysia Airlines receives approval from the investigating authorities, arrangements will be made to bring the families to the recovery area and until that time we will continue to support the ongoing investigation.”

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said Malaysia’s announcement moved the operation to a new phase.

Under international conventions Malaysia would control investigations and Australia stood ready to assist, he said.

“Essentially it will be a matter now for the Malaysian government to request what assistance they may need to undertake the investigation,” he said.

Mr Truss said many nations would want to be involved, including Malaysia, the US where the Boeing 777 aircraft was built, and countries with passengers aboard, including Australia.

“We would expect some direction and requests from the Malaysian government in due course about what action they want to be taken from now on,” he said.

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Focus on ourselves, warns Celtic keeper

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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has warned his teammates to focus on their own fixtures as the Glasgow giants close in on the Scottish Premiership title.

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The Parkhead club face are just four points away from claiming their third successive league title after claiming a 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.

Neil Lennon’s side will make the short trip across Glasgow to Firhill on Wednesday to take on Partick Thistle, knowing victory could set up a championship clincher at home to Ross County three days later.

The Hoops could even secure the title at Firhill should Aberdeen, who are 24 points behind Celtic, fail to defeat Ross County on Tuesday.

However, Forster knows that Celtic just need to focus on their own fixtures, and the title will arrive in due course.

Celtic needed a late Amido Balde goal to secure victory on their previous visit to Thistle earlier this season and Forster expects a similarly tough fixture this time round.

“It’s a challenging place to play at as it’s a high ground and the playing surface is probably not the best in the league,” the one-cap England international said.

“But you have to earn the right to play. It will be important that we go out, win the battle and try and get the ball down to play football like we want to do.

“It was tough there earlier on in the season and they will be up for it but we will be expecting to go out and perform and play well.

“The last time they came to Celtic Park it was difficult and it will be the same again.

“They get the ball down and try and play football which is good, and that will benefit us as well. It should be a good match.”

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Bondi trio lose bid to stop house clean-up

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Three women have lost their court bid to stop a Sydney council from cleaning up piles of “putrid” rotting rubbish at their Bondi home.

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Mary Bobolas and her daughters, Elena and Liana Bobolas, have been locked in various legal stoushes with Waverley Council over the removal of piles of rubbish from outside their home in Sydney’s famous beachside suburb.

The waste, which includes decaying vegetation, plastic crates, tins, bricks and books, is a public health risk as it could attract insects and vermin, the council says.

The current legal battle comes after the women were again told to clean up in December 2012.

After failing to do so, Waverley Council took them to the Land and Environment Court (LEC) seeking further orders to remove the rubbish.

In a hearing earlier this month, the LEC heard that waste at the house had “increased significantly” from 2012 to 2014 and was the “worst” one council officers had seen since 2006.

There was pooling water containing a slurry of decaying vegetation and an unpleasant odour was coming from the house, the court heard.

Following this hearing, the LEC ordered the council to clean up the “putrid and offensive smelling” waste at the house.

But on March 14, the three women took the matter to the NSW Court of Appeal, seeking, among other things, an order to prevent the council from entering their home before an appeal on the LEC’s decision is heard.

Elena Bobolas told the court that council workers had “deliberately taunted” her mother by smashing pots during a previous clean-up in 2004.

But on Tuesday, Justice Julie Ward dismissed the claim, saying the women had known about the clean-up since December 2012.

“While they have assured me that they wish to (and will) remove the items themselves, the history of the matter to date … is such that I am not confident that, left to their own devices, the applicants will, or will be able to,” Justice Ward said.

While she conceded the women may be burdened with the cost of the clean-up, she said “it is a circumstance that the applicants have brought upon themselves”.

She dismissed the notice of motion with costs.

The clean-up is now able to take place from March 31.

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