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Loss puts Tahs’ season in the balanceAs it happened: NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes
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Daryl Gibson says the Waratahs need to win with a bonus point win against the Blues at Eden Park if they are any chance of topping the Australian conference.

NSW take on the Blues in Auckland on Friday while the Brumbies host the Western Force the following evening, with only one team able to qualify for the Super Rugby finals.

The Force have battled throughout the year and will be massive underdogs against the Brumbies in the latter’s own backyard, meaning the Waratahs have come to the conclusion they will have to win with a bonus point, for if they don’t their ACT rivals could go through with a small win.

The Waratahs need to take away more competition points in the last round than the Brumbies otherwise their season is over given no Australian team has accumulated enough points to earn a wildcard spot.

“We’ve got a more difficult task,” Gibson said. “You saw how well the Blues played against the Brumbies and so to go to Eden Park and firstly win and get a bonus [point] will be a hugely difficult task.”

Asked whether he thought the Waratahs would need a bonus point to go through, Gibson replied: “With all respect to the Force, I think they’re going through some teething issues and so on the Brumbies have probably got the easier of the fixtures.”

Gibson pinpointed errors at crucial moments as one of the main reasons why his men went down to the Hurricanes 28-17 in Sydney on Saturday.

“At times we built pressure well and we let the Hurricanes off the hook with some mistakes and I think that was pretty costly,” Gibson said. “We’d be more disappointed around the performance of our team. As we alluded to, those moments that we lost were crucial in the game and that’s the most disappointing thing.

Offloads worked a treat for the Waratahs against the Sunwolves in Tokyo but they contributed more handling errors than normal in wet conditions.

Gibson said he wasn’t displeased by the team’s intent to try and offload.

“I’d asked the team to play with a tackle offloading type game to try and continue and keep the ball alive,” Gibson said.

The Waratahs will travel to New Zealand with a largely unscathed side despite a bruising encounter.

Rob Horne left the field in the 64th minute because of a migraine but is expected to be right for training on Monday.

Captain Michael Hooper conceded it was a hollow feeling not being able to give a number of players a fitting send-off in what could be their last game at home.

Dave Dennis is off to England, Wycliff Palu is not expected to be there in 2017, while Matt Carraro (50th) and Dean Mumm (100th) celebrated game milestones.

“Regardless of the result tonight we’ll go into the change room and celebrate some fantastic achievements by many players tonight,” Hooper said.

“Disappointing we couldn’t do the job and it’s always disappointing on 50th and 100th caps when you can’t pull a win and really celebrate how they should be.”

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Candice Meisels with daughters Chloe, 6, Hannah, 4, and Abby, 21 months. Photo: Kirk GilmourCandice Meisels does not just want to make her three daughters happy. To her that would mean unlimited lollies and iPad time, “whatever their heart desires”.
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Instead she wants to help them become good people. “My goal is to raise kind, compassionate children who have respect for every race and religion, who don’t discriminate,” Ms Meisels said. “It would be great if they’re happy, but I can’t imagine indulging my children to make them so.”

Yet according to a new report, most Australians think parenting is all about raising happy kids, which comes naturally to happy, “normal” people. Parenting experts warn this is an unproductive view, and parents should instead focus on cultivating their child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities.

“Happiness is a worthy goal,” Parenting Research Centre director Annette Michaux said. “But the danger is that it tends to flatten out all the other aspects of parenting that are very important.”

The Perceptions of Parenting report from the Parenting Research Centre has exposed the significant disconnect between the public’s view of parenting, and that of the experts. It interviewed parenting experts and members of the public to understand generally held assumptions about parenting, and how this differs from what the actual research says.

The general community believes parenting comes naturally to “good” people, whereas experts counter that parenting is a skill which is learnt on the job.

“There is a very strong public perception that if you are a good moral person you will instinctively and automatically know how to be a parent,” Ms Michaux said. “This is really the opposite of what we know as experts.”

She said parents who struggle with raising their children can feel quite blamed that it doesn’t come naturally to them, and stigmatised if they need outside help.

“In the daily world of parenting you are constantly adapting, learning what you need to do, the differences in individual children. Most parents need some kind of help and support along the way.”

People believed that if you had bad parents, there was a greater likelihood you would be a bad parent yourself. “It’s almost hereditary isn’t it,” one survey participant said. “If you had a bad childhood experience, your parents were shitty to you, then I would assume that’s likely to be carried on.”

People think that parenting today is harder, and of worse quality, than it was in the past, according to the PRC report. Those surveyed said modern parenting was complicated by the influence of the internet and social media, competition among parents, the tendency to coddle children, and the breakdown in community supports.

Ms Meisels agreed there was a lot of pressure being a parent. “In the past parenting was a lot more relaxed, there weren’t so many guidelines or pressures. Today it causes anxiety in parents, makes them more helicopterish.”

Ms Meisels said social media in particular intensified the pressure, as people made judgmental comments online which they would never say to a parent’s face.

The Parenting Research Centre will use the findings to communicate productive and helpful parenting messages, and avoid unconsciously reinforcing negative assumptions people make about parenting.

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Nearly one in four voters shunned both major parties and sent their first preference elsewhere. Photo: Alex EllinghausenMalcolm Turnbull says Australia has a trust problem. A few days after nearly one in four voters shunned the major parties and directed their first preference elsewhere, a chastened Prime Minister admitted citizens were disillusioned with politics. He acknowledged a “general distrust or sense of disenfranchisement” from government.
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But the dissatisfaction goes even further. There’s also widespread suspicion of business, the media and even non-government organisations. A barometer of public trust taken in 28 countries by the global public relations firm, Edelman, recently ranked Australia among 17 “distruster” nations where average level of trust in key institutions (governments, business, media and NGOs) was below 50 per cent.

The survey revealed a crucial dimension to Australia’s trust deficit – it is not uniform. A wealthy, media-savvy elite now has far more confidence in public institutions than the rest of the population does.

The average level of trust among a group described as the “informed public” was 63 per cent compared with but just 47 per cent among the “mass population”. (It defines the “informed public” as those with a degree, who consume a lot of news media and are in the top 25 per cent of household income for their age group, while the “mass population” is the remaining 85 per cent of the population).

The gap between those two groups in Australia has widened from 14 to 16 percentage points since 2012. This reflects an international trend – the average gap between elite levels of trust in institutions and the mass population in the nations surveyed is now at its widest since the Edelman Trust Index first started measuring trust levels four years ago.

Despite 25 years of uninterrupted economic growth the fissure is especially wide in Australia, only the US (20 points) and UK (17 points) had a bigger trust gap between informed and mass populations. Australia’s trust gap was especially large among young adults aged 25-34. In most emerging nations, including China, South Africa and Brazil, the trust gap between informed and mass populations was smaller than Australia’s.

There’s a strong economic dimension to this “inequality of trust”. High-income earners had a larger average level trust in key public institutions than low-income earners. When asked about Australia’s economic prospects over the next five years the “informed public” was 10 percentage points more optimistic than the mass population (41 versus 31 per cent). Although neither result was particularly encouraging – Australia was the fourth least optimistic nation in the survey after Japan, France and Germany.

There’s every chance the trust gap between wealthy, well-informed elites and the rest of Australia’s population will continue to grow. Stand by for more political instability if it does.

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Former PM Bob Hawke appeared in the most prominent of Labor’s “Mediscare” ads. Photo: SuppliedAustralians overwhelmingly want truth in political advertising laws as part of a crackdown on false and misleading scare campaigns.
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Political advertising is back in the spotlight after the July 2 election partly because of the apparent success of Labor’s “Mediscare” campaign.

Crossbench kingmaker Nick Xenophon is among those calling for new laws to ensure political parties are governed by the same advertising rules as individuals and companies. Presently, they’re exempt.

While Senator Xenophon secured three Senate spots in his native South Australia, his overall vote was down from 2013. He believes a “misleading and deceitful” Labor scare campaign on penalty rates was part of the reason.

The ads claimed Senator Xenophon wanted to cut penalty rates – a decision that is actually up to the Fair Work independent umpire.

“It was a lie,” Senator Xenophon said. “I had to put up corrective advertising, but nowhere near to the extent of their misleading advertising. Why should politicians be exempt from the sort of laws that apply to misleading and deceptive advertising that apply to corporations and individuals?”

The Greens are also planning to move amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act to incorporate truth in advertising provisions.

“Blatantly false political advertising runs counter to the public interest,” Greens democracy spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon said.

New research by progressive think tank The Australia Institute shows huge support for truth in advertising laws.

In a national ReachTEL poll of 2875 people conducted last week, 87.7 per cent of people said they want the change. Just 5 per cent of people are against such laws and about 7 per cent were unsure.

The institute’s executive director, Ben Oquist, said the self-regulating system for truth in political advertising was abolished in 2002 and since then it has effectively been a “free-for-all”.

“It is time for an inquiry about how truth in political advertising could be implemented fairly, consistent with the constitution, in Australia,” he said.

“Political campaigning needs to be strong and robust, but it is time to have a fresh look at the system.”

Perhaps not surprisingly in the wake of “Mediscare”, 94 per cent of Coalition voters want the new laws. Just 78.3 per cent of Labor voters want tougher laws.

While there is an implied freedom of political communication in the Australian constitution, Mr Oquist believes there is still scope for reform.

Parliament did introduce such laws in the 1980s but quickly repealed them after finding them unworkable.

Labor spent much of this year’s campaign warning that the Liberals were planning to privatise Medicare. They ran three separate advertising campaigns on the issue, with one featuring former prime minister Bob Hawke.

In fact the Coalition had merely formed a taskforce to examine how to update the Medicare payments system, with one option being outsourcing. But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has since conceded there was some “fertile ground” for the lie to take root because of the Coalition’s historic approach to Medicare.

Advertising analysts Ebiquity says the political parties spent more than $13 million on ads during the campaign, with the Liberals and Labor accounting for 90 per cent of that. The Liberals outspent Labor by nearly 40 per cent, buying $6.9 million of ad space to Labor’s $4.9 million.

But Ebiquity says Labor was much more inclined towards negative advertising. A whopping 75 per cent of Labor’s advertising was considered negative, to just 45 per cent for the Coalition.

Labor ran its first negative ad on day one of the campaign – “Seriously out of touch – Malcolm Turnbull” – while the Coalition did not run a negative ad until almost a month into the campaign.

Pressure groups and trade unions spent another $5 million, with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia at the top of the pile.

Almost 70 per cent of all ads came in the final two weeks.

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CELEBRATION: Mabel Mob primary school dance troupe perform a traditional dance. Photo: SuppliedThere wasn’t a spare seat in the room as approximately 250 people packed into Logan Central Community Centre to celebrate Australia’s traditional owners.
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The event held inacknowledgment ofNAIDOC Week, Australia’s annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

The audience was entertained by performances from the Mabel Mob primary school dance troupe and some traditional Torres Strait Islander music from the Keriba Mabaigal dancers.

Mayor Luke Smith said Indigenous communities had had a positive influence on his childhood.

“I learned so many values from the Aboriginal elders and people in the Berrinba community, through my involvement in an Aboriginal youth group,” he said.

“Thefirst of those values was acceptance.

LIVING: Traditional Torres Strait Islander music from the Keriba Mabaigal dancers. Photo: Supplied

“I remember being the young white boy running around and there was never a moment when I didn’t feel accepted by that community.

“The values I learned and the wisdom I gleaned helped shape and form who I am today.”

Aunty Peggy Tidyman spoke about Songlines, the theme for NAIDOC week in 2016.

“Songlines are like a road map. They are a way for us to cross country and find those important places we need to go to for ceremonies,” she said.

“It’s about being able to go back home to country and practice our culture.

“My grandson, who is 16, is the first in 70 years to be able to go back home to his country and be given a traditional name.

“These are things we haven’t been able to practice freely in the past. These are things that are very important to us, to our young people and make us who we are as First Nations People.”

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Pauline Hanson’s $1.2 million payday

Pauline Hanson has garnered significant Senate support in NSW, especially in the closest coalition-held seats in outer-suburban, provincial and rural areas. Pauline Hanson puts media on notice on the Facebook page Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain. Photo: Facebook
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Nick Xenophon may well help decide who forms the next government. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Tony Windsor is running for the seat of New England as an independent against Barnaby Joyce.

Independent MP Rob Oakeshott. Photo: Andrew Meares

Derryn Hinch. Photo: Fairfax


Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is on track to get almost $1.2 million in electoral funding from taxpayers.

The right-wing firebrand will get the cash no matter how many senators she ends up with and regardless of how much the party actually spent on campaigning.

The money will add to an estimated $6 million in public funding she and her party has received since first entering politics in 1996.

Under election rules, the Australian Electoral Commission pays parties and candidates $2.62 for every first-preference vote they get in each state or division in which they attract more than 4 per cent support.

Ms Hanson’s party got 9 per cent of the upper house vote in Queensland and just over 4 per cent in NSW.

As long as her NSW vote doesn’t dip below the threshold as counting continues she will get about $765,000 for her Senate vote.

Each of her 15 lower house candidates also got more than 4 per cent of the vote, giving her a further $400,000.

She is expected to benefit from the public funding more than any other party outside the Coalition, Labor and the Greens, whether she ends up with just two senators or as many as six.

The major parties are expected to get north of $20 million each from the AEC. The Greens are likely to get close to $6 million. The total cost to the taxpayer is expected to be around $60 million.

A number of unsuccessful independent candidates are also in line for a healthy payday.

Former crossbenchers Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott both attracted about 26,000 first-preference votes, meaning they will take home a little under $70,000 each. Mr Oakeshott only threw his hat into the ring a few weeks before polling day and has said he was running his campaign on the “smell of an oily rag”.

He has since said he spent about $50,000 on campaigning and he would keep the rest for his next campaign.

Television presenter James Mathison will get an estimated $23,000 for his roughly 9000 first preference votes in the Sydney seat of Warringah, which was retained by former prime minister Tony Abbott.

The only other minor party to come close to Ms Hanson’s total will be the Nick Xenophon Team. The populist’s 21 per cent upper house vote in his native state of South Australia will give him more than $400,000.

All 11 of his SA lower house candidates also cleared the threshold, as did four of his interstate candidates. That should net him another $500,000, taking his total to close to a million – up from $642,000 in 2013.

But Senator Xenophon says he won’t be able to follow through on his plan to pay back his main benefactor, Melbourne businessman Ian Melrose, who as revealed by Fairfax Media, donated $115,000 to the crossbencher.

Senator Xenophon says he did not do well enough in states outside SA. “It’s not going to work out. That’s the harsh reality,” he said.

Derryn Hinch’s strong showing in Victoria means he is in line for about $350,000 in election funding. Fellow Senate crossbencher Jacqui Lambie will get about $60,000 for her campaign.

The Sex Party will also get a piece of the pie. It managed to clear the threshold in both the ACT and NT, giving it about $30,000.

The vast majority of the election funding will be paid out by the end of the month.

The Greens want the law changed so the AEC only refunds actual campaign spending and candidates cannot make a profit.

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Sue King had her identity stolen while she was holidaying in the US. Photo: Katherine Griffiths A fraudster gained access to Sue King’s Telstra account. Photo: Craig Sillitoe
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Sue King had her identity stolen. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

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Sue King was holidaying in the US when she received an odd email from Uber on her Wi-Fi connected phone saying she had just taken a short ride to the Sydney suburb of Canterbury.

That day in late May became stranger when her Facebook friends began asking her why she was requesting a reference for a loan. One pointed out her account may have been hacked.

Alarmed, she contacted her broadband provider Telstra, which told her an impersonator had passed all identity checks and gained access to her account, changing her Bigpond email password.

“All that person needed was my full name, date of birth and home address to get into my inbox and I’m concerned it’s just too easy,” said Ms King, a teacher from Lilyfield.

“I also have a feeling they stole my mail, because they gave Telstra my account billing number.”

The use of such simple identity verification processes is widespread, with information security experts saying big organisations are struggling to strike a balance between solid security and seamless customer experience.

Ms King managed to change her email password but the worst was yet to come. When she returned home, she couldn’t use her mobile phone because her Optus number had been transferred to another SIM.

She found out the fraudster had tried to mess with her details at Teachers Mutual Bank and enter her PayPal account.

Her Commonwealth Bank card was swallowed by an ATM because of irregularities. And she discovered $3800 was transferred over 10 days to a Surry Hills-based online merchant using her St George credit card.

A Telstra spokesman confirmed that as a minimum it verified a customer’s identity using their full name, date of birth and home address.

He said the telco considered its identification process as “adequate” and similar to that used by other business across many industries. It was constantly under review.

“In this instance, it appears the customer’s identity was obtained fraudulently as the scammer provided the necessary verification information … also providing the account billing number,” he said.

Ms King has since swapped from paper bills to email and changed her passwords. She said the police were also investigating her case.

Mail theft and identity fraud has been on the rise, with organised crime syndicates taking advantage of Sydney’s apartment boom and targeting the clusters of letter boxes.

Identity crime costs governments, private industry and individuals upwards of $1.6 billion each year, according to Attorney-General’s Department.

James Turner, an advisor at Intelligent Business Research Services, which counts Telstra as a client, said security teams at companies were working hard to strengthen identity verification procedures, but this had to be balanced with customer experience.

He said while identity checks, such as that used by Telstra, were common, it was important to note signatures – “the weakest biometric ever” – were still being used.

“We’re dealing with the area of risk. It’s not a binary situation of ‘They must have done more’,” he said.

“I know the heads of security of all these large organisations and they are genuinely concerned and constantly trying to raise their capabilities so the easy way is the secure way. That’s the end game,” he said.

“It’s like turning an oil tanker, when you’ve got marketing people saying: ‘No, no, we need to make this as fast and friction-less as possible’.”

David Lacey, founder of Australia’s only free helpline for victims of identity fraud IDCARE, said companies should place greater focus on the way they help victims who in some cases feel like they’re treated as criminals.

“If you’re not harmed by the crime itself, you almost certainly will be by the response [of the telcos and other service providers],” he said.

He said the number of calls to the hotline has been doubling every three months. He said a criminal begins abusing a person’s identity within 48 hours of it being stolen.

“You don’t ever get your identity back once it’s stolen. They have a life sentence, because the problem can re-appear in the future,” he said.

An Optus spokesman said it verifies identity using security questions, including personal details and account information.

“Optus also provides customers the opportunity to add a PIN to their account which can be used to help verify identify,” he said.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said if a customer can’t provide account details and a PIN, they proceed to a set of questions.

“If we are not satisfied, we may ask the caller to provide further evidence to authenticate their identity and their claim to the account or direct them to a retail store with appropriate identification,” she said. Protect your identity (credit: IDCARE)Ensure all devices have the newest available security updates and run weekly anti-virus and malware protection software.Never open or click on links from emails you don’t know.Never provide your personal or security details in response to any email, even if it looks legitimate.Where available use two-step authentication – such as SMS codes to your mobile.Regularly change your passwords and PINs and be careful about selecting your passwords.Never communicate personal details on social media sites.Ensure you have a secure letterbox for postal deliveries.

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Tangle: Bulldog Lin Jong is tackled by Richmond captain Trent Cotchin at Etihad Stadium.WESTERN BULLDOGS  3.3      5.9      6.11      12.13     (85)RICHMOND 3.1      6.2      8.6      11.9     (75)GOALS Western Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Redpath 2, Bontempelli 2, Smith,  Johannissen,  Suckling,  Dickson. Richmond: Castagna 2,  Riewoldt 2, Edwards 2, BEllis, Griffiths, McBean, Lloyd,  Cotchin.BEST Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Stringer, Macrae, Boyd, Suckling, Wood. Richmond: Martin, Cotchin, Castagna, Markov, Hampson, VlastuinUMPIRES Chamberlain,  Farmer,  Bannister.CROWD 39,679 at Etihad Stadium.
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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick had effectively drawn a line through his side’s top eight prospects after last weekend’s loss to Port Adelaide. But midfielder Anthony Miles said on Friday that his team hoped to shape the logjammed top eight in the final two months of the season.

They very nearly did that at the first attempt, with only four second-half goals from Western Bulldogs livewire Jake Stringer – including the last two of the game – preventing another round 16 upset.

For much of the night, the Dogs looked directionless going forward, beaten 13-5 in contested marks, badly missing Tom Boyd, and being challenged by a Tigers side spurred by the promising performances of teenagers Jason Castagna and Oleg Markov. But with his team behind by a point at the 23-minute mark of the last quarter, Stringer converted a set shot, adding another four minutes later to secure the four points.

The Dogs had six more inside 50s in the first term but used it poorly both on entry and in front of goal. For the second night in a row, the game’s first score came from a player who had made headlines during the week. But where Kieren Jack had converted, Lin Jong sprayed his kick to the right, displaying one of the reasons why he had been in and out of the Luke Beveridge’s side.

Marcus Bontempelli hit the post, before Matt Suckling kicked the game’s first major, spearing the ball home from 45 metres. But the Dogs’ goals were being scrounged rather than created. Their second came about after David Astbury picked out Clay Smith, who duly guided the ball to Jack Redpath in the pocket. Their third was fortuitous too, as Easton Wood’s kick to the goal square ricocheted off the fingertip of Dustin Martin, and into the lap of an eager Smith.

The Tigers were classier going forward. Ben Griffiths got their opener with a neat set shot from 50 metres. It was soon bettered by the effort of skipper Trent Cotchin, who silkily goaled on the run from the arc. Castagna then capitalised on a spilled Jason Johannisen mark, and the margin was just two points at quarter time.

Richmond didn’t have to wait long though to hit the lead. Shane Edwards belied his height to take a contested mark in the pocket, before coolly converting. Hitherto quiet, Jack Riewoldt had two shots within minutes, the latter of which was a goal. Sam Lloyd added another, and Richmond found themselves in front by 12 points.

The Dogs needed a spark, and they found it from Bontempelli, clearly their best player in the first half. Providing rare danger in the Dogs’ forward line, he goaled. Soon after Tory Dickson soccered home from close range, and the Dogs went to half-time with the most slender of advantages.

But they were dealt a blow moments before the siren when Tom Liberatore – who had been lively in the second term – copped a knee to his rib cage. He fell to the ground in agony before eventually making his way to the bench, but his night was over, wheeled away into an ambulance.

Richmond started strongly when the sides returned. Brandon Ellis sprung into action with seven third-quarter disposals, including the term’s first goal. Then Castagna grabbed his second  and again the Tigers led by two goals. With Redpath battling, the Dogs were forced to play Bontempelli forward, robbing them of another key onballer. Martin continued his excellent night, finding the ball 11 times in the term.

But perhaps searching for one fend-off too many, he was caught deep in defence by Stringer. The much-hyped forward had been extremely underwhelming, but  took his chance, and added the Dogs’ sixth. Richmond wasted opportunities as the quarter wore on, and while Smith missed a gilt-edged chance off the ground, the door was open at the final change – the gap just seven points.

The last quarter was chaotic. The Dogs looked on track to prevail when Jason Johannisen and Stringer put through the first two goals. But Riewoldt spotted Liam McBean deep – the young forward finding a fine time to kick the first goal of his fledgling career.

Redpath at long last marked inside 50 but bizarrely played on and failed to score. The Tigers made him pay, with Riewoldt slotting another, before Edwards snapped brilliantly from the pocket. But Redpath made amends, levelling the scores. Stringer’s final acts – after being earlier dragged for a missed tackle – were still to come.

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Canterbury Bulldogs run down Wests TigersAs it happened: Bulldogs v TigersEXCLUSIVE: Eels star allegedly given cash in car park
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The Wests Tigers were forced to apply to the NRL for a salary cap exemption to hand a first grade debut to teenage hooker Jacob Liddle, who is unlikely to feature in the top squad for the rest of the season.

The Tigers’ hooking stocks have been the subject of much debate this season, but coach Jason Taylor revealed his club was forced to apply to League Central for a second tier exemption given Robbie Farah was on State of Origin duties to compound the injuries to Matt Ballin and Manaia Cherrington.

Liddle, 19, put the Tigers ahead early in the second half with an opportunistic try before the Bulldogs wore down the top eight fringe dwellers for a 32-22 win at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Taylor conceded Liddle was unlikely to feature in the top grade again this season in a scenario reminiscent of the Luke Brooks wrangle in late 2013.

“For salary cap reasons he probably won’t play any more part,” Taylor said. “That’s disappointing. We can’t do anything about it and that’s how it works.”

The NRL only agreed to the Tigers’ application given their hooking stocks were so depleted for the pivotal clash against the Bulldogs. Cherrington will be available for the Tigers’ clash against the Dragons after the bye.

Taylor spoke at length in the Tigers’ dressing room to the gathering of about 20 family and friends who had come to watch Liddle, a Wyong junior, make his NRL bow.

The mad surfer said he had no idea about the salary cap jigsaw he had been caught up in, but said it was worthwhile after embracing his tearful mum Kellie over the ANZ Stadium fence at full-time.

“This has been a great opportunity and I’ll just keep developing as a player and hopefully get a run next season,” Liddle said. “We’ll just see how we go.

“It was an unbelievable experience. I didn’t know what to expect to come into it and it would have been good to come away with the win on debut, but you can’t ask for much more than that.”

Liddle made making his NRL debut over playing for the NSW’s under-20s side in the annual State of Origin clash on Wednesday night.

Taylor said Liddle, who is under contract at the Tigers until the end of 2018, didn’t put a foot wrong on debut.

“He didn’t look out of place for a second against a team with those big guys and his defence was superb,” Taylor said. “He did a really solid job. Early in the week we knew that was the way we were going to go.”

The Tigers’ missing State of Origin trio of skipper Aaron Woods, James Tedesco and Farah might have added greater composure late in the game, but the Bulldogs always looked the more likely.

Canterbury coach Des Hasler said his side would have to improve to trouble premiers North Queensland, who he regards as the competition favourites, when they return from the bye before heading to Townsville.

“I think we might have only dropped one game in the Origin period and it’s a testament to the way this side has handled itself during a difficult period,” Hasler said.

“There was a fair bit of adversity we had to overcome, but we were patient and when we got our opportunities we capitalised on them. We need to play better and we can play better, particularly in a fortnight’s time when we play the favourites in Townsville.”

Brett Morris bagged a double to make it a stunning seven tries in only three matches back from injury as the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to four to cement a place in the top four.

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Demons Jesse Hogan and Jack Watts celebrate a goal in Darwin. Photo: Robert CianfloneMELBOURNE  6.5      9.8      11.11      12.15     (87)FREMANTLE  2.0      3.1      7.4      8.7     (55)GOALS Melbourne:  Hogan 4,  Kent 3,  Watts 3,  vandenBerg, Jones.  Fremantle:  Pavlich 3,  Mayne 2,  Ballantyne, Taberner, Suban.BEST Melbourne: Tyson, N Jones, Viney, T McDonald, Gawn, Grimes, Hogan, Watts, Kent. Fremantle: Neale, Sutcliffe, Hill, Crozier, Blakely.UMPIRES Ryan, Margetts, Mitchell.CROWD 8163 at TIO Stadium.
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Melbourne’s recent battles with Fremantle haven’t produced much success. Nor, for that matter, have their annual ventures to Darwin. Which made Saturday’s win significant, the Demons able to kill two birds with one stone.

It had been 2011 since they’d been able to beat the Dockers, seven consecutive losses the sorry tale. Likewise, notch a win in the top end, the last four trips ending in defeat.

But the Demons’ 32-point win in this match was never really in doubt from shortly after quarter-time, by then they led by seven goals, and after which the tropical heat began to take an obvious toll on the basic skills of both teams, let alone their capacity to score.

They’d dominated Fremantle to that point even more in general play than they had on the scoreboard, which at one stage told of a 50-point lead to Melbourne. And while the Dockers were at least able to claw their way back to an eventual losing margin less embarrassing, this result was inevitable a long way from home.

It hadn’t taken Fremantle long to get on the board at the start, Matt Taberner getting the Dockers underway a minute in with a superb left-foot dribbler from the tightest of forward-pocket angles.

Their second goal was even better, Nick Suban spinning out of a pack on to his left foot and dobbing one, again from a tight angle.

But Melbourne had scored the two intervening goals with far more ease. The first was a snap from Dean Kent after a long kick to the teeth of goal from Jesse Hogan and a sharp handball from Aaron Vandenberg. The second, to Jack Watts, capped off a lovely transfer of the ball by the Demons from end to end.

And that would be the first of three for Watts in the first term as Melbourne piled on 6.5, Freo scoreless after Suban’s effort. Fellow small forward Kent was just as sharp near goal, and Jesse Hogan, working a long way up the ground, managed to make it back far enough to convert a free kick.

It was a 29-point lead to Melbourne by quarter-time, and it could have been even more, given their dominance around the ground.

By the first break, the Demons had enjoyed 55 more disposals, doubled the Dockers for forward entries (18-9) and thanks to Max Gawn, were completely dominant in the ruck, winning seven of eight centre bounce clearances for the quarter.

Fremantle’s haplessness was perhaps best summed up by the moment when Hayden Ballantyne chipped a little pass to skipper Matthew Pavlich only 25 metres out. The “Pav” of old would have just turned around and steered it through. This more hesitant, faltering version instead tried to handball over the top, and the Demons cleaned it up with no damage done.

Melbourne’s on-ballers had a picnic, Jack Viney and Dom Tyson especially, the Joneses Nathan and Matt both busy, and Jayden Hunt continuing to impress with his speed and flair off half-back, key defender Tom McDonald easily mopping up what few attacks the Dockers were able to mount.

A break and a new quarter did little to stop the procession, and by the time Aaron Vandenberg snapped truly and Kent posted his third goal to join Watts, the margin had ballooned out to 43 points, in the steamy conditions, a gap that felt closer to 70 or 80.

Which means Fremantle deserve some credit at least for fighting things out. Their third term saw them outscore Melbourne four goals to two.

Pavlich, perhaps chastened by his earlier blunder, booted two of them and looked a lot more competitive.

Chris Mayne chipped in for a couple, and even last year, a five-goal gap at the final change would have had Demon fans still anxious.

But both sides’ energy by now was spent. Just one goal to either team came in the last term, the siren a relief for the victors, losers, and to be frank, spectators.

With it, however, came Melbourne’s seventh win of the season, as many as the Demons could manage in the whole of 2015.

And seven games still to go, Melbourne are on target for their best season in 10 years.

That year, 2006, came with a finals appearance attached. That won’t be happening in 2016, but perhaps another isn’t all that far around the corner.

Votes MELBOURNE v FREMANTLE (Rohan Connolly)

Dom Tyson (Melb) ……………8 Nathan Jones (Melb)…………8 Jack Viney (Melb)……………..8 Tom McDonald (Melb)……….7 Max Gawn (Melb)……………..7

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