Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration

President Donald Trump says the US will not become a ‘migrant camp’ as he defends his policy.US President Donald Trump has defended his administration’s border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents.
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Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the US “will not be a migrant camp” on his watch.

Images of children held in fenced cages fuelled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders.

The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings.

Trump on Monday falsely blamed Democrats – the minority party in Washington – for obstructing legislation to fix the situation. In fact, it was Trump’s administration that broke with longstanding practice of processing migrant families in civil, rather than criminal, proceedings that allow families to be held together.

“I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” Trump said Monday as his administration rejected criticism that the policy has resulted in inhuman and immoral conditions.

Nearly 2000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions announced the new “zero-tolerance” policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Prior procedure had limited prosecution for many family entrants, in part because regulations prohibit detaining children with their parents since the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

The policy change was meant to deter unlawful crossings – and Sessions issued a warning last month to those entering the US illegally that their children “inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions.”

Audio of sobbing children calling out for their parents dominated the discussion Monday. “Papa! Papa!” one child is heard weeping in an audio file that was first reported by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press.

Administration officials said they do not like the family separations either – calling it the result of legal loopholes – but insist migrants who arrive illegally simply won’t be released or loosely kept track of.

“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump declared. “Not on my watch.”

But the White House signalled it would oppose any narrow fix aimed solely at addressing the plight of children separated from their parents under the immigration crackdown. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump’s priorities, like funding a border wall and tightening immigration laws, must also be fulfilled as part of any legislation.

“We want to fix the whole thing,” she said. “We don’t want to tinker with just part of it.”

The administration is hoping to force Democrats to vote for the bills or bear some of the political cost in November’s midterm elections.

Trump’s commitment to the current policy showed no sign of faltering as voices of outrage and condemnation grew louder and more diverse.

Australian Associated Press

Thousands honour Eurydice Dixon in vigils across the country

Emotions ran high during a candle-lit march honouring Eurydice Dixon and other victims of violence as hundreds of Ballarat residents took part in one of 20 vigils held simultaneously across the country. Photo: Mark SmithThey came in their thousands to honour 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon, who is alleged to have been murdered.
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For Sarah Robinson, 21, the murder of Eurydice Dixon in Carlton’s Princes Park last week hit close to home.

Janet RobinsonBallarat march and vigil to remember Eurydice DixonPost by Ballarat march and vigil to remember Eurydice Dixon.

Bendigo vigil for Eurydice Dixon discusses women’s right to feel safe in public spacesOrganiser of the event in Bendigo, Stacey Dean, said it was important to reclaimthe public space following the alleged rape and murder of 22-year-old Eurydice Dixon in Carlton last week.

“Rosalind Park is a big, beautiful park in the middle of town and a lot of women don’t feel safe walking through here at nightin part because of sexualassaults that have occurred in this park,” she said.

Bendigo’s vigil on Monday night.

Ms Dean said she had never organised a community event like this before.

“Aswomen especially, we have been victims ourselves or know survivors of attacks like what Eurydice went through,” she said.

“The main driver for me was that we need to speak up about itand do things about it to make people aware.

“I thought it might have been me and a few friends. I wasn’t prepared to organise something of this scale but I’m glad people are coming out for it and show their support. It means a lot.”

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Taking action against violence at Reclaim the Park solidarity vigilSupport, respect and a gentle resistance were felt at the Reclaim the Park solidarity vigil held for Melbourne women Eurydice Dixon following her rape and murder last week.

Alison Butcher organised the event to allow the community to make a stand.

“As a woman, you have a right to walk safely and not worry about, whether you have your car keys in your hand or if you can run in your shoes,” she said.

Read more from Devonport Devonport was one of the many vigils held across Australia to show solidarity against violence to women. Picture: Rebecca Morris

Silent vigil held in Launceston for Eurydice DixonOne week ago thename Eurydice Dixon would not likely have meant much to Tasmanians.

But on Monday night, thousands around the nation came together to celebrate her life after the comedian was killed in inner-city Melbournewhile walking home from a gig last week.

More than 100 people attended a candlelit vigil in Prince’s Square in Launceston. The vigil was organised by three local 18-year-olds and a 25-year-old formerly from Melbourne.

Read more from LauncestonWarrnambool pays tribute to Melbourne comedian Eurydice and Sydney woman Qi YuWarrnambool woman Esmae Gray joined a crowd of more than 50 paying tribute to Eurydice and Qi Yu on Monday night.

The former Melbourne woman wrapped in winter clothing, lita candle and left a hand-written note for herchildhood friend.

Ms Graysaid hearing the news of Ms Dixon’s murder had taken days for her to mentally process and she was horrified it had takenplace in such familiar territory.

“Rydi was my friend’s baby sister and we allwent to the same school,” she said.“I have walked that same park so many times myself.”

The silentvigil held at the city’s Civic Green was one ofdozens held across Australia.

Read more from WarrnamboolEurydice Dixon remembered at Wodonga reclaim the park eventReclaiming public spaces is about breakingthe public and internalised idea that a woman’s behaviour contributes to a murder, rape or assault, one survivor of rape told those gathered at Monday night’sReclaim the Park event in Wodonga.

Hundreds gathered for a candlelit vigil simultaneously held across the state in memory of Eurydice Dixon and in protest of victim-blaming culture.

The Wodonga event. Photo: Mark Jesser

Eurydicewas raped and murdered in Melbourne’s Princes Park on her way home last Monday.

Erin McCallum, 26, said rape and murder can happen at anytime of the day, with the majority of rapes and murders committednot by strangers in the dark, but by someone known.

She hoped people gainedunderstanding about the impact of victim-blaming through her speech.

“It happened to me in the day, in the middle of Wodonga, not at night in a dark creepy alley,” she said.

“Victim-blaming makes you become your own worst enemy, your inner dialogue is saying ‘you could have done this or that’

“But it wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t Eurydice’s fault. No one this hashappened to has it been their fault, we need to hold people accountable for their actions, not blame women.”

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Philippines overturns Aust nun expulsion

The Philippines has overturned an order for the deportation of Australian nun Patricia Fox.The Philippines justice department has overturned an order for the deportation of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox.
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Justice Department Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday determined the cancellation of her missionary visa was without legal basis.

Fox, 71, from the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, was arrested on April 16 and detained for 22 hours for purportedly being involved in partisan political protests.

She was subsequently ordered to leave the Philippines by May 25, but Guevarra announced a reprieve on the day of the deadline pending a review of her case.

Her deportation was put on hold until Monday.

Sr Fox had claimed a lack of due process and denied that her involvement in human rights campaigns breached the terms of her missionary visa.

“What the Bureau of Immigration did in this case is beyond what the law provides, that is why it has to be struck down,” Guevarra said.

The Australian nun, who grew up in Melbourne and obtained a law degree at the University of NSW in Sydney, has been a missionary in the Philippines since 1990.

The deportation bid against Sr Fox came amid a wider clampdown on critics of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.

A spokeswoman for Sr Fox said there was still a case to be pursued against the deportation order even though the revoking of her missionary visa had been cancelled.

“But for now, Sister Fox can stay in the Philippines,” she said.

Sr Fox welcomed Monday’s decision.

“I will continue to fight the deportation case,” she said.

“I want to stay here to work for the poor.”

Australian Associated Press

Newcastle child sexual assault case:’Naming and shaming’ on social media can affect how a matter proceeds in court

THE sexual assault of a child is confronting and sickening to any person who recognises the specialvulnerability of children, and their lack of defences when adults abuse their power.
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It is why the Australian public so strongly supported establishment of theRoyal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2012. As a community we said yes to a five-year inquiry that was, at its heart, about the rights of the child to remain innocent,safe,loved and respected.

It is also why there is a lot of emotion about court cases involving the sexual assault of children, particularly now that the royal commission has laid bare the potential lifelong impacts of such crimes.

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The Australian community was shocked last week at reports an 11-year-old girl was abducted at Adamstown Heights on her way to school and sexually assaulted over a number of hours. The police response was immediate and comprehensive. The community responded well by providing police with a lot of information.

Aman was charged over the weekend and will appear in court on Wednesday.

On social media sites the accusedman has been named, photos of him have been posted, and he’s been declaredguilty by some members of the public. People have made extreme suggestions about what should happen to him.

On social media sites a man has been named, photos of him have been posted, and he’s been declared guilty. People have made extreme suggestions about what should happen to him. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

In some posts people have acknowledged that identifying the accused man on social media might prejudice thetrial. But they have justified their posts on “naming and shaming” grounds, or as a show of support for the child and her family.

There is no indication any of the comments have been made by people who know the family, or have any direct knowledge of the incident.

In court on Sunday a registrar agreed to a defence lawyer’s request to place a non-publicationorder over the charged man’s identity, based on an argument he could be at risk while in custody.

The prosecution opposed the suppression order but the registrar agreed with the defence.

The problem here is that people on social media who “nameand shame” individuals in these kinds of cases are in breach of the non-publication order and handdefence lawyersarguments on a plate. And in my experience these suppression order requests are becoming more common.

But I also strongly urge people not to take matters into their own hands. “Naming and shaming”, while it might provide some emotional release, really can affect how a matter proceeds in court. It really can prove a problem.

The mob rule approach can also get things terribly wrong. There have been appalling cases where social media posters have named completely innocent people, with tragicresults.

I’m not arguing that the criminal justice system has provided justice to all child sexual abuse victims in the past. The royal commission made clear just how many obstacles there were to overcome. It also provided 85 recommendations for change to address those obstacles, and the states appear to be responding well to those recommendations.

What I am arguing is that the rule of law matters, and the right to a fair trial based on the fundamental principle of a person being presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The abduction of a child is a shocking thing. But it is worth remembering that only a small minority of child sexual assaults involve people not known to the child.

The vast majority involve a parent, relative, family friend, acquaintance or neighbour.

At a media conference last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged Australians to “speak up” if they have suspicions aboutchildren being abused. In that situation we are protecting children. We are being members of the village raising the child.

But the “speaking up” was about alerting authorities like police. It was about being alert to warning signs and not looking the other way. It was not about taking matters into our own hands.

Social media posting might allow people to let off steam, but it is inherently dangerous.

The young girl and her family are entitled to our strong community support,and our restraint, during what is already a very difficult time.

Newcastle Herald

Robin went into Bomaderry aged care for two weeks. She didn’t make it out alive

Arthur Kirby wants to know why his wife’s pneumonia wasn’t detected until the day she died. A day never goes by when Arthur Kirby doesn’t regret the decision to place his wife Robin into respite care at Opal Aged Care in Bomaderry.
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He’d cared for his wife of 56 years for the past eight years as Pick’s disease, an aggressive form of dementia, took hold.

In December 2017, she developed a urinary tract infection and Arthur decided a two-week stay at the aged care facility would see her course of antibiotics administered and would give him a break from the exertions of being Robin’s primary carer.

Robin Kirby, photographed in 2008.

She was admitted on December 19. The summary of care from Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital described her as “very comfortable at rest withnormal vital signs. Chest was clear and abdomen soft with some tenderness in the suprapubic region.”

Seven weeks later, on February 5, 2018, Robin was dead, struck down by hypostatic pneumonia, a disease associated with invalid and bedridden patients.

Stunned by her sudden death, and determined to get to the bottom of it, Arthurbegan a lengthy battle with Opal Aged Care to have her care notes released to him.

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The corporation initially told him the notes were its property and would only be released by way of a court subpoena. For weeks, he went from agency to agency, trying to force the hand of Opal.

“All I wanted was truth and justice,” he says, stifling sobs.He is man who was clearly devoted to his wife.

Only after the intercession of the South Coast Register, Opal changed its tune and said its legal counsel had instructed the records should be made available to the executor of Robin’s will. The executor was Arthur.

The unnecessary fight for the records simply lumped one trauma on top of another for the 82-year-old.

“What I went through just to get Robin’s records was horrendous. To be asked for subpoena, I should never have been put through that,” he says.

Those records raise serious questions about the care Robin received when she was in the care of Opal.

On the day of her death, at 7.47am, the doctor’s note says: “RLL chest infection, possiblypneumonia.” There is a prescription for Zinnat and Rulide followed by “D/W [discuss with] spouse re advance directive and decision to transfer to SDMH [Shoalhaven Hospital]for CXR [chest X-ray].”

At 6.33pm, just 11 hours later, another doctor’s note says “End stage hypostatic pneumonia. D/W spouse palliation with Morphine, Midazolam and Buscopan as charted.”

Then, at 9.33pm:“Ceased breathing @ 9pm”. And: “Hypostatic pneumonia 1 week.”

There is no mention of pneumonia anywhere else in Robin’s records.

“In a matter of 13 and a half hours Robin went from possibly having pneumonia to dying from hypostatic pneumonia which she’d had for a week,” Arthur says.

“The first I knew about pneumonia was when I saw it written on her death certificate.

“I want the truth. Why wasn’t Robbie in hospital to save her life? It’s unforgivable.”

The decision to send her to the nursing home will haunt Arthurfor the rest of his days.

“We’d made a pact that as long as I was alive she’d never be put into a nursing home,” he said.

“She was only meant to go in for two weeks but ended up staying for seven.”

Arthur suspects his wife’s decline from December to February was becauseofthe regime of care to which she was subjected.

On the first morning he visited, he was horrified to find his wife confined to a “tub” or “comfort” chair, a device for the immobile.

“It was the start of the nightmare,” he says.

“I made it clear from the start that I didn’t want her in one of those horrible contraptions.

“They never took my concerns into consideration.”

The physiotherapist notefrom December 20 reads: “Robin is to be transferred with full body lifter yellow medium arjo toilet sling to comfort chair, so she can be supervised. May go for short walks with Ax 2 physio staff and pelican belt.”

Arthur cannot understand this assessment. He had managed on his own to ensure Robin was walked daily. The slings and lifters would have terrified his wife, he says.

“I never had the opportunity to tell the physio staff about how best to manage Robbie’s care,” he says.

“They wouldn’t even let me show them how I got her out of bed every day. If they had, she would not have had her stay prolonged.”

Before she was admitted into Opal, Arthur cared for Robin in a two-storey home in Callala Beach.

Every day, he managed to have her walk at least 25 metres before settling her in a lounge chair.

“Pick’s disease is a terrible thing. It takes things away from you, simple things like being able to cough. Robbie had no short term memory, she couldn’t blow her nose –she forgot how to.

“She never lost her ability to read, nor did she lose her ability to understand. She losther ability to talk. Our communication was by eye contact, a look, a smile.

“These people didn’t understand that because I never got the opportunity to tell them.”

Every morning Arthur would manage, with gentle reassurance, to coax Robin up out of bed. He’d clear her upper respiratory system of mucus by gently patting her back and chest. He’d wash and dress her unassisted.

He says he knew better than anyone the best way to care for his wife but insists no one at the nursing home would listen.

“They used the tub chair simply because they didn’t know a better way to manage Robbie because they didn’t discuss it with me.”

Arthur suspects the care given to his wife contributed to her growing immobility, prolonged stay and ultimate death.

A physiotherapist’s note on January 10 says: “Unable to walk Robin in pm [afternoon] as resistive and wanted to sit down as soon as we stood her up. Knees bent so sat back down in comfort chair and positioned for comfort.”

Arthur maintains he kept telling the physiotherapist that he could coax Robin to walk but was not allowed to show her how.

“She just needed coaxing and reassurance being in a strange place.”

There are other serious questions Arthur wants answered from his reading of his wife’s care records.

He wants to know why on February 3 the doctor’s note states, in part: “no effect from Sinemet Rx cease Sinemet trial”.

Sinemet is a drug prescribed for the treatment of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, includingmuscle stiffness,tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control.

Arthur says he was never advised she was being given the drug.

“Why was this done without my knowledge or approval?I was Robbie’s husband, guardian and carer.”

He wants to know why he managed to ensure Robin got more exercise when under his care at home than she did at an aged care facility.

He wants to know why the first he heard about pneumonia was on the day Robin died.

Why was the disease not picked up beforehandand treated?

“I was Robbie’s primary carer for eight years but I was never consulted about how she should be cared for.

“I managed for eight years to look after her. She would still be alive if she had been properly cared for in that place,” he says.

Shortly after being approached by Fairfax Media, we put a long list of questions to Opal Aged Care.

Those questions were sidelined by the discussionofwho had rights to Robin’s care records and remain unanswered.This is despite an assurance on May 17 that the answers to our questions would be forthcoming.

Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis took the issue to Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.

Meanwhile, Arthur Kirby has lodged complaints with the Aged Care Complaints Commission and the Health Care Complaints Commission.

South Coast Register

SBS to show World Cup for next 48 hours

Optus has agreed to let SBS broadcast all World Cup games through until Wednesday.Optus has agreed to let SBS broadcast all World Cup games until Wednesday as it urgently seeks to resolve the streaming saga, which has already prompted the intervention of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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SBS onsold broadcast rights for most World Cup games to Optus Sport, with Fairfax Media reporting that deal was worth approximately $8 million.

It threatens to cost the telco much more in reputation damage, with technical issues – causing poor-quality match footage or no vision at all – having plagued its broadcast of the tournament’s opening weekend.

Many football fans, including those who signed up for a $15 package specifically to watch World Cup games, are furious because they’ve been unable to access the Optus broadcast.

Optus chief executive Allen Lew apologised “unreservedly to all Australians” on Sunday, but there were further issues that night.

SBS confirmed on Monday night it will air all World Cup games for the next 48 hours following talks with Optus, with Lew saying sorry once again.

“There’s no doubt this had adversely affected the Optus brand … everybody is very disappointed, to put it mildly,” Lew told reporters on Monday night.

The situation, which is being monitored with interest by many sporting bodies in Australia given streaming is widely considered the future of broadcasting live sport, has already attracted the interest of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

“We are seeking further information from Optus on what steps it is taking to comply with the Australian Consumer Law,” an ACCC spokesperson said.

“Under the Australian Consumer Law, services must be fit for the purpose and deliver on what was promised.

“Consumers impacted by the streaming problems are advised to contact the service provider directly.”

Optus offered disgruntled customers a free ‘Fetch’ set-top box on Monday. However, this created more angst as some users reported difficulties collecting these units from local stores.

Optus insists its stores will be restocked regularly this week.

Industry sources told AAP it’s likely the provider spectacularly underestimated demand for the service.

“We obviously did not (anticipate demand),” Lew said.

“We will take full responsibility.”

Demand is likely to grow as the tournament unfolds; Optus has exclusive rights to broadcast some quarter-finals and round-of-16 games.

Aside from issues during live matches, some users have complained about difficulties in accessing highlight packages and replays on demand.

“Optus states the number of people affected are less than five per cent of their viewerships,” SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid said, having consulted the telco.

The World Cup is on the nation’s anti-siphoning list, but only the final and matches involving Australia.

Ebeid cited 2014 budget cuts as part of the reason his network, Australia’s World Cup broadcaster for the past 32 years, signed the Optus deal.

“It enabled us to retain the World Cup, where we may not have been able to afford to do it on our own,” Ebeid told radio station SEN.

“SBS is very limited in things like its advertising revenue.”

Australian Associated Press

Risdon Prison guard’s punched, kicked during ‘sickening’ attack

Risdon An attack on five prison guards in Tasmania has been described as “sickening” and “premeditated”.
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The officerswere taken to hospital after maximum security prisoners allegedly punched and kicked them after being let out of their cells on Monday.

Risdon Prison went into lockdownafter the incident, with some of the officers suffering “quite serious injuries”.

Community and Public Sector Union state secretaryTom Lynch said at least one staff member had suffered a broken bone that would require surgery.

“We are talking about serious, criminal assault,” he said. “I find it quite sickening, there is no excuse.”

Tasmania Police was called to the prison and is now investigating the attack.

Mr Lynch said it was not the first time correctional officers had been subjected to violence at Risdon Prison.

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“We have had bad incidents in the past, but things have been reasonably good for a while,” he said.

“The response from the prison has been excellent, they made sure the unit was secured and brought in the tactical response group to make sure there was no further violence.

“We were pleased to hear police were there and charges will be laid, there will be repercussions.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the incident had been “initiated by a non-compliant prisoner”.

“Five Tasmania Prison Service staff were taken to hospital as a precaution,” they said.

“The incident was quickly resolved and the prison has returned to normal operations.”

The union plans to discuss the incident further with the department.

“This needs to be taken very seriously,” Mr Lynch said.

“There are learnings from this, about the way the unit operates. Maybe there needs to be more officers or fewer inmates out of their cells at that particular unit.

“I really hope Tasmania understands what a difficult job this is and why these people need to be admired for being able to go back to a workplace and face thesesituations. And then there is the families of these people, who are very worried about their loved ones going back to work.”

Guards at the prison do not carry weapons, he said.

“Some of them carry some sort of equipment, like capsicum spray, but they are vulnerable,”Mr Lynch said.


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The Examiner

Family helps Deledio cope with AFL injury

GWS star Brett Deledio hopes to return in round 17 or 18 after suffering a calf injury last month.Family matters – good and tragic – have given Brett Deledio perspective in the wake of his latest AFL injury setback.
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The GWS star hopes to return in round 17 against his old club Richmond after suffering another calf muscle injury.

Persistent calf and Achilles injuries last year meant he played only seven games after moving from the Tigers.

He was buoyed after showing strong form in the opening six rounds this season, but then a hamstring injury and the current calf problem in his left leg stopped Deledio in his tracks.

While Deledio says this latest setback initially flattened him, his children are a constant reminder of what is important.

Earlier this month, Deledio and his family also went through the death of a nephew.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it … we had quite a few things going on in the family,” he told Fox Footy.

“You certainly do stress about these sorts of things, but you walk in the door and your kids give you a huge smile.

“You realise things aren’t so bad in the scheme of things.”

Immediately after the calf injury, Deledio’s daughter was a great help.

“It really knocked me about a bit, but I got a cuddle from my little girl and she told me everything was going to be alright – because I was a bit upset about it at the time,” he said.

“She certainly put a smile on my face.

“All things considered, with what my family has been through in the last six months, it’s not too bad to just have a little calf injury.

“I’m just very grateful my family is healthy and we’re living and breathing, enjoying every day.”

Deledio said this latest injury also took him by surprise, because he had done a lot of work on his fitness over the off-season and he was back playing solid football.

But he never considered retirement.

“It never crossed my mind. I still have another contract for next year, so I’m going to give it absolutely everything to make sure I’m ready and raring to go if Leon (coach Leon Cameron) needs me,” he said.

Deledio is also bullish about the Giants’ chances this season as they return from the bye for Saturday’s away match against Brisbane.

GWS have won their last two games and are half a game outside the top eight, with several frontline players set to return and ease their heavy injury toll.

“If we can get everyone humming come the end of the season and make the finals, I think we can give it a real shake, for sure,” he said.

Australian Associated Press

Arzani eyes World Cup start against Danes

Teenager Daniel Arzani has put his hand up to start in Australia’s World Cup clash with Denmark.Socceroos teenager Daniel Arzani has moved to dispel doubts over his staying power, putting his hand up for a World Cup start against Denmark on Thursday.
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The second-up clash for Australia in Russia could make or break the Socceroos’ tournament.

Win, and their fate is in their hands heading into the last match with Peru.

Draw, and a narrow pathway should remain open to get out of the group.

Lose, and it’s curtains.

Until now, Arzani has been widely regarded as an impact player best suited coming off the bench.

On the eve of Australia’s opening loss to France, Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk said the 19-year-old was “not capable at this level to play a whole game”.

But the confident Melbourne City winger believes differently, and that he’s proved as much in the hot-weather preparation the team undertook in Turkey over the last month.

“I feel like I’m ready,” he said.

“Especially given the intensive training camp in Antalya where we were training two times a day on most days.

“I’ve given myself the best opportunity.

“I’ve tried my hardest and that’s all you can do. It’s just up to the boss now.”

Arzani came on in the 84th minute against France, replacing Robbie Kruse, and taking it up to the tired French legs with his pace and trickery.

And he thinks a more attacking approach will be needed against the Danes, given Australia’s inability to create chances from open play.

“Definitely if you’re going into a game and it’s a must-win the only logical solution is to make sure you’re attacking more and creating more chances,” Arzani said.

Australia’s goal came from Mile Jedinak’s penalty following Samuel Umtiti’s handball.

Arzani said he was filled with pride in his World Cup debut, becoming the youngest Australian to play in a World Cup.

“The biggest moment for me was at the beginning of the game,” he said.

“Looking around, seeing Aussie fans in yellow shirts everywhere. Singing the national anthem.

“Your heart is absolutely pumping through your chest and you realise the gravity of the situation, you’re representing a whole nation on the biggest stage.

“It is emotional.”

With the goosebumps out of the way, Arzani said he didn’t feel overawed when he took the field against the highly-rated French.

“It wasn’t anything crazy or something I couldn’t handle,” he said.

“This is what I’ve wanted to do for so long.

“I just want to be me, I just want to do the best that I can.

“Some people think that’s me being cocky but I’m just happy being me.”

Australian Associated Press

Time runs out for RU sevens star Stannard

James Stannard has called time on his sevens rugby career, ending his World Cup farewell plans.Time ran out for Australian rugby sevens stalwart James Stannard but he leaves the program convinced it’s in better shape than when he started playing.
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Former Australian sevens captain Stannard says he will make a full recovery from injuries he suffered in an assault last March, which ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games.

But he says there’s no way he would have been able to make his swan song at next month’s World Cup in San Francisco.

Stannard had planned to retire after that tournament, but brought that forward after failing to fully recover in time from the incident that left him with a fractured skull and forced him out of the Commonwealth Games.

“I was doing a bit of training, trying to get back for World Cup and the boys were away at the time and I started doing a bit of contact and upping the ante,” Stannard said.

“I just started getting a bit light-headed and a few headaches.

“I just thought at that time, if I can’t get through this light sort of training, there’s no way in the world I can get through a tournament.

“It was a tough decision but an easy one because I can live with it knowing that I’ve given everything I can.”

“My health comes before anything and my family.”

Dual Commonwealth Games medallist Stannard has been a stalwart of the squad for the best part of a decade.

“I just wanted to come into the program and leave it better than what it was when I came in,” he said.

“It has done that, not just from what I’ve done, it’s from how the program has progressed over the years.

“We came in a week before we went away on tours and now it’s centralised and we’ve got contracts and people are making a living out of it.”

He pointed to how several players had graduated from the sevens program to the Wallabies, including Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps.

The man affectionately known as “Chucky” is Australia’s all-time leading international sevens pointscorer.

He’s optimistic about Australia’s prospects under recently appointed coach Tim Walsh, the mentor of the 2016 women’s Olympic gold medal winning squad.

“We’re going to go well. We’ve got some good young talent there, Walshy has got a great brain for the game,” Stannard said.

Australian Associated Press