Canberra Grammar School goes co-ed: Arguments for and against co-education

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There is evidence to support both sides of the argument – depending on which evidence you want to put forward. Photo: Erin JonassonCanberra Grammar School to become co-educationalGirls Grammar responds to co-ed announcementCanberra Grammar switch to co-ed divides parentsEditorial: Canberra Grammar’s move a long time coming
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In April 1951, there was a debate organised by the Telopea Park Parents’ and Citizens’ Association on the merits or otherwise of co-education.

Although a Canberra Times article from the time quotes the school’s headmaster as saying the trend is “definitely towards co-education”, which is “said to be the most natural arrangement”, more than 60 years later the debate lives on.

This is a subject unlikely to be settled anytime soon, with Canberra Grammar’s intention to enrol girls after 86 years of boys-only education dividing parents.

There has been a prolific number of studies on the topic over many decades. There is evidence to support both sides of the argument, depending on which one you want to put forward, as the headmaster of Sydney’s King’s School recently wrote.

Then the people who review those studies overall say that co-education is neither here nor there when compared to single-sex schools on quality of education and academic achievement. The arguments for co-education

The Armidale School will turn its back on 123 years of tradition next year when it allows girls to enrol.

Its headmaster of 18 years, Murray Guest, said the decision was about growing the size of the school overall, and being able to offer the breadth of programs, specialisation of teachers and resourcing that comes with size and tuition fees of those extra students.

His own review of the research dismissed pre-conceptions about how children fare better in programs that are designed for their gender, he said.

“The problem with it was those tailored programs tend to reinforce stereotypes of maleness or femaleness that are probably not healthy, and are not ones that we would like put forward.”

He argued that opposition to the change at The Armidale School was based on people valuing the tradition of single-sex education over the tradition of providing high-quality education.

“It wasn’t the fact that there were only boys here that made this a good school,” he said, adding that there is a place for both single-sex and co-educational schools.

When it comes to gendered teaching styles, Professor Judith Gill, a leading researcher in the field, has previously argued that the similarities within the population of boys or girls is much greater than the differences between them. The arguments for single-sex education

Fran Reddan is the president of the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. She argued that movement toward co-education is often driven by economic rather than educational outcomes, especially for girls.

“Single-sex schools give girls and boys the opportunity to be taught in relevant ways to suit their different stages of development,” she said. “Parents also choose girls’ schools for their safe, nurturing environment [and] for the quality of pastoral care that is designed specifically for girls.”

Professor Alice Sullivan, a British researcher on the subject whose work the Alliance refers to, has reported findings that suggest gender stereotyping is worse in co-educational schools. For example, she found that after the age of 16 in single-sex schools, boys were more likely to take english and modern language subjects, and girls more likely to take maths and science subjects than their counterparts in co-educational schools.

The Alliance says the distinguishing factor in girls’ schools “is that there are no boys in the classroom to distract, discourage or intimidate girls, and nor are teachers trying to teach to two groups who have differing needs and interests”.

In the n context, the Alliance says NAPLAN data shows that 46 out of 109 schools ranked in ‘s Top 100 Secondary Schools are girls schools, despite only 7 per cent of n secondary schools being girls-only.

What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.

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Fact: Sharks pretty much only bite men. Here’s why

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Maneater: NSW has seen a spike in shark attacks in 2015. Photo: istock Men, perhaps, need to be less foolhardy when it comes to swimming with sharks Photo: Darren Pateman
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There are exceptions to the rule. American professional surfer Bethany Hamilton had her left arm bitten off by a shark in 2003. Photo: Darren Pateman DJP

Are you a woman? Good news: you’re probably not going to get bitten by a shark.

In fact, nearly every single person ever bitten by a shark, in and around the world, since records begun, has been a man.

Go on ladies, dip your toes in the water. The odds are forever in your favour.

In there have been 1132 recorded shark attacks since 1941. Of those, 968 involved men and only 64 involved women (there were also 100 attacks without a victim’s gender recorded).

For every 100 shark attacks, a little over six will involve women, according to data from the global shark attack file. And the disparity holds up pretty much across the world.

That number has been on the increase over recent decades as more women take to the water. Between 1940 and 1959, only four women were involved in incidents compared with 139 men (2.8 per cent). But 29 of the 283 incidents between 1990 and 2015 involved women (10.2 per cent). But male incidents vastly overrate female incidents.

“It reflects a historic pattern of more males engaged in marine aquatic activities, especially those that put humans most at risk, for example surfing, diving, long distance swimming, kayaking, etcetera,” he told Fairfax Media.

“It in no way can be attributed to sharks ‘preferring’ males over females. In recent times proportionately more females are being attacked because more females are engaging themselves in riskier, formerly male dominated water activities.”

So you’re being attacked by a shark…

The International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History is responsible for this amazing graph, which shows the responses of people being attacked by sharks, and the effectiveness of those responses.

Striking a shark seems to be by far the most useful option, with a near-65-per-cent effectiveness rate. Don’t bother with poking, which is just as likely to make the shark more aggressive.

To minimise the risk of shark attack, the ASAF recommends:Swim at beaches patrolled by Surf Life Savers (they are there to keep an eye on your safety, to look for signs of danger and to assist if you get into trouble).Do not swim in dirty or turbid water (there is little chance of seeing a shark in these conditions).Avoid swimming at dusk, dawn or at night (many sharks are more active during these times and in low light conditions you may not be able to see an approaching shark).Avoid swimming well offshore, near deep channels or along drop-offs to deeper water (sharks are more likely to inhabit the deeper water).Avoid entering the ocean near a river mouth, especially after a rainstorm (rain can wash potential food items into the sea that might attract fish and sharks).If schooling fish congregate in large numbers, leave the water (sharks can be feeding on the baitfish schools).Do not swim near people fishing or spear fishing (as these activities can attract sharks).

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Rugby World Cup 2015: Michael Cheika v Richie McCaw – Will Super Rugby history repeat?

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LONDON: Remember when a Michael Cheika-led team overpowered Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in a grand final?

Or when the Queensland Reds ran rings around New Zealand rugby’s golden boys in 2011?

The jersey colours might be different and the stage much, much bigger, but the Wallabies can call on winning Super Rugby experience to break down the All Blacks aura in the World Cup final.

Cheika is swapping sky blue of NSW for Wallabies gold in the final against New Zealand at Twickenham in one of the biggest trans-Tasman battles in history. But while Wallabies players and coaches boast grand final wins against All Black champions, Bernard Foley says it won’t have a bearing on the result.

The Wallabies and All Blacks are competing for a slice of World Cup history, with the winner to become the first country to lift the Webb Ellis Cup three times. The All Blacks boast a squad full of World Cup-winning experience. But the ns can draw on their Super Rugby triumphs to chase victory.

Almost half of the Wallabies’ 31-man squad have beaten McCaw and his Canterbury Crusaders in Super Rugby finals. Cheika led the Waratahs to victory last year, with Foley booting a last-minute penalty to secure the first Super Rugby title in NSW history.

Four Queensland Reds players were part of the 2011 championship-winning side that also beat McCaw’s men. Super Rugby battles will arrive on the biggest stage of all as Foley takes on Dan Carter, Michael Hooper fights McCaw and Kane Douglas clashes with Sam Whitelock.

Foley says those experiences are nice to have, but won’t help the Wallabies rise to World Cup glory.

“You can draw on those big games for sure and it’s great to win those, but you can’t really compare that to this week or the momentum,” Foley said. “What we’ve done as a side here has been great, we’ve really enjoyed it and what we’re trying to do is be really proud to go out there and put on a display for all ns getting up in the middle of the night. I don’t think you can compare [the Super Rugby final and World Cup final], but you can take confidence that you’ve been in those games before. But this is a new magnitude.”

Foley’s boot will be crucial in the match and he has proved he’s the man with ice in his veins in kicking into the final. He scored 28 points against England and booted a winning penalty in the last minute to beat Scotland in the quarter-final.

The five-eighth says working with World Cup-winning playmaker Stephen Larkham has helped develop his game even further.

“Steve’s been really good with the way he manages games as a player and as a coach,” Foley said. “He’s very strategically sound with the way he goes about managing games and about his preparation, what he wants to do and how he visualises games unfolding.

“I’ve really learnt from that and also the basic skills he’s had that have been drummed into me – the passing and kicking game he was so sound at. He’s got a really smart rugby mind and he looks at it from a really creative angle.”

Larkham labelled Foley’s opposite number, Dan Carter, the No.1 five-eighth in world rugby.

“Dan Carter will be No.1 in the pantheon. Clearly No.1,” Larkham said. “Probably over here in England Jonny Wilkinson will be No.1, but in the southern hemisphere Dan is ranked No.1. He’s shown really good composure during this tournament. His skills haven’t dropped off at all, he picks and chooses when he wants to run and he does that really well.”

The Wallabies will name their team on Thursday night with prop Scott Sio in contention to make a comeback from an elbow injury. 

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Hunter syndicate hope for some Magic in Mackinnon

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Jamie Lovett and trainer Andreas Wohler will line up Magic Artist in the Mackinnon Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesAUSTRALIAN Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett is confident German trainer Andreas Wohler can provide the Midas touch again for the Hunter-based syndicators at the Melbourne Cup carnival when Magic Artist runs in the group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday at Flemington.
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Wohler prepared Protectionist for Melbourne Cup glory last year when n Bloodstock owned half of the German stayer.

The syndicate, headed by Hunter pair Lovett and Luke Murrell, took full ownership of Protectionist after the Cup, but injury has since ended the six-year-old stallion’s campaign for back-to-back victories.

Four-year-old Irish entire Magic Artist will lead n Bloodstock’s charge in Melbourne in their champion’s absence, and Lovett believes he will challenge in a hot Mackinnon field.

Magic Artist is a two-time group 3 winner in Europe and was fifth in the group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis in Germany and Manhattan Handicap in America at his past two starts.

He will make his debut in and under Wohler on Saturday before transferring to Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

“Andreas has been in the country since the weekend, and he’s very happy with the horse,” Lovett said. “He’s got a soft draw in two, but it’s obviously a strong race, and probably stronger than we ever had envisaged when we started into it.

“It happens every year, though, that the horses out of the Cox Plate back up in this race, but for us it’s a grand final and for them it’s an afterthought.

“We’ve got every box ticked, it’s just if he’s up to that level at weight for age, which is obviously a massive step.

“I think it will run well, and Andreas is very happy with him, and usually when he pulls the trigger they run up to their expectations.”

A strong performance from Magic Artist, with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle on Saturday, could lead to a group 1 campaign in Hong Kong.

If not, the horse will be spelled with a view to the Sydney autumn carnival.

“It’s strong race, but we’ll get a good read on him because if he can run top five in that and we’re happy with them, we’ll go on to Hong Kong after that,” he said. “He won’t get a harder race over 2000 metres anywhere in the world than the one on Saturday, so if he can race well, he’s a good horse, because there’s nowhere to hide there.”

Magic Artist will be n Bloodstock’s only runner on Derby Day and they will have two-year-old filly Pop in a maiden on Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday.

“You’re in a bit of the lap of the gods there,” Lovett said of Pop. “They are all having their first starts, so you don’t know what other stables are going to produce, but she’s shown above-average ability, so I think she’ll run well.”

He was confident of Brook Road’s chances in the group 3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) on Oaks Day next Thursday.

Oriental Lady will contest the group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) on Emirates Day the following Saturday, when she will likely meet Lees star Lucia Valentina. The 2014 Melbourne Cup runner and dual group 1 winner was nominated for the Mackinnon but has been saved for the Matriarch.

Newcastle Jets star Leonardo holds few surprises for Melbourne City boss John van ‘t Schip

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No surprises: Leonardo in action against the Victory. Photo: Max Mason HubersMelbourne City coach John van ‘t Schip is expecting Friday night’s opponents, Newcastle Jets, to be defensively organised and to try to hit his side on the counter as they look to continue their strong start to the new campaign, a bright beginning that has confounded many pundits who predicted the Jets would continue to struggle.
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They are tactics that have helped the Jets pick up six points from their first three games, including tough matches against both of last season’s grand finalists, champions Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, and a tough road trip to Wellington.

The Jets, under youthful new coach Scott Miller, have beaten Victory and the Phoenix, but lost at home to Sydney.

Brazilian attacking midfielder Leonardo, who joined the Novocastrians in the off-season, looms as a key player in the Jets’ quick transition from defence to counterattack. But he won’t hold too many surprises for City’s Dutch manager, who has both coached Leonardo and coached against him as a senior player and as a junior in the Netherlands.

The Brazilian has spent most of his career in Holland, starting at the big Rotterdam club Feyenoord but also playing for Amsterdam giants Ajax as well as having two spells at NAC Breda.

Van ‘t Schip coached him at Ajax and against him as a youngster, when the Rio De Janeiro-born Leonardo was a prodigy in the Feyenoord youth set-up and van ‘t Schip was working with the Ajax juniors from the club’s famed development academy.

“He can create something out of nothing. He was, and he still is, fast, he can score goals, give assists, he is all these things,” van ‘t Schip said.

“He had some injuries in the past and some knee problems, but in general he was one of the most talented players. I worked with him but I know him from when he was 17 or 18 when he was playing in the youth at Feyenoord and I was coach from the youth of Ajax.

“We played against each other with the youth teams, and in that period he was unbelievable. But he got setbacks with knee operations. He still stayed on a good level, but it didn’t help him fulfil his talent to the highest possibilities. He is a great guy as well. I wish him all the best, but not tomorrow.”

City played the Jets in a pre-season game which ended in a 1-1 draw at the City Football Academy in August.

But, as van ‘t Schip says, there have been plenty of changes since then. The Jets have strengthened with the addition of Leonardo and Serbian striker Milos Trifunovic and their confidence will be high after their bright start to the new season.

“They had a few additions with their striker and Leonardo for example. It’s a very solid team. Defensively they have a good structure and going forward Trifunovic is a pure striker,” he said.

“They have shown out of their defensive structure they have gained confidence and played some good football, and scored goals and have done this against top teams in the league.

“It’s a credit to them … we have to focus on our game. They have been getting results because they want to frustrate their opponent, so the longer it stays 0-0 for them the better.

“That’s their approach until now, but it can change. With getting points, the confidence, wins and players start playing a bit more differently, so does the team.

“We have to be ready for every kind of approach they could have. We just have to be patient. When we have the ball it’s about being aware that when you lose the ball that is where their danger starts. We have to make sure we can defend immediately and are in good positions.”

It is expected that City will retain the same squad that defeated Central Coast 3-1 in a highly entertaining encounter at AAMI Park last Sunday.

Club captain Patrick Kisnorbo, dropped for the FFA Cup semi-final defeat in Perth, responded well to being restored to the line-up by scoring the team’s opener, while another experienced player who has been left out, Erik Paartalu, is not guaranteed any quick return while youngsters like Jacob Melling, who have returned from injury and taken his place, have done well.

Marquee player Robert Koren is still not available with a calf injury, while Michael Zullo is also on the easy list.

“Koren and Zullo are not ready yet. And Harry is not ready … Erik is fit, so he’s in contention for selection. Koren is almost ready to play but he needs a little bit more. It’s a little injury. The medical staff said to start him tomorrow could be a bit of a risk,” van ‘t Schip said at the pre-match press conference.

“Paartalu has to work hard, and wait for his chance. Other players get their opportunity now. Adelaide [where City play on November 5] is maybe too early for Michael. Hopefully he can be close to the game against Western Sydney [on November 14]. We have to see that day by day. He is getting closer so that’s something.”

City’s coach did not want to get involved in the politics of the FFA’s decision to warn Wellington Phoenix that it could be axed at the end of the season, but said it was a shame for the players and the club’s fans.

“The only thing I can say is that Wellington Phoenix has a good team. It would be very sad if those players or the club would not be able to play any more … but that’s my own opinion and I think the competition should grow.

“If you take away a team, it doesn’t mean that you are growing, or there maybe should be other plans that other teams are coming into the league. I think they have thought about it very carefully, they will come with an explanation why.”

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Baby Bjay abuse warning email delay

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Bjay Johnstone’s grandmother Hellen Dykstra arrives at the inquest on Thursday.AN EMAIL telling the Health Department baby Bjay Johnstone was being abused sat in departmental inboxes for more than a day before reaching Child Protection in the North-West.
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By then, the Railton baby had received further injuries and was in hospital, an inquest into his death heard on Thursday morning.

Bjay’s grandmother, Hellen Dykstra, told the inquest, in Devonport, she sent the email via the department’s website on the morning of November 1, 2012.

Crown counsel Paul Turner said Ms Dykstra sent the email at 9.57am, and it reported concern about Bjay and injuries he had, including a black eye and bruising.

Ms Dykstra at 10.44am that morning posted on Facebook: ” … I have a funny feeling about today.”

”Something is going to happen.”

She confirmed to Mr Turner that meant she expected something to happen in relation to the email.

Mr Turner established the email was sent to the department’s general inquiries inbox, and that Ms Dykstra had not used the section where child abuse could be reported directly to Child Protection by email, or used the emergency and notification phone numbers on the website.

When Mr Turner said nothing happened because she did not use the other methods listed on the department’s website, Ms Dykstra said: ”I wondered why they never responded.”

She went on to give evidence she and Bjay’s mother, Fleur Atkin, took the boy to hospital on the afternoon of the next day after they noticed a problem with his eyes.

Mr Turner said the email was forwarded to Child, Youth and Family Services early in the afternoon of the day after it was sent by Ms Dykstra.

Late that afternoon, Mr Turner said, it was forwarded to Child Protection in the North-West.

Bjay died from his injuries, aged 45 days.

Ms Dykstra had given evidence Bjay’s father, Simon Johnstone, would hurt him.

Earlier in the inquest, she labelled Mr Johnstone a baby killer.

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Seven announces dating show ‘Kiss Bang Love’ where people snog their way to love

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Seven have announced their new dating show Kiss Bang Love, where contestants will kiss – and potentially sleep with – suitors on national TV. Photo: Supplied Sam Frost and Sasha Mielczarek in the finale of The Bachelorette, one of the biggest ratings hits of 2015. Photo: Ten
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Farmer Wants a Wife will be back on Nine in 2016, starring former Married at First Sight farmer Lachlan McAleer. Photo: Supplied

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Would you watch a television show where contestants kiss and fornicate their way to love? Channel Seven certainly hopes so.

Following the huge success of Ten’s Bachelor and Bachelorette, Seven are jumping on the dating show bandwagon with a daring new program where people attempt to kiss, and sleep, their way to the perfect mate.

From the creators of Married at First Sight, the show crudely dubbed Kiss Bang Love will match 10 single ns with 15 potential suitors – translating to a lot of on-screen action.

Surprisingly, there is scientific merit behind the “provocative” new show which smacks of a strange blend of Bachelorette and Jersey Shore and was unveiled last week Channel Seven detailed plans for 2016.

According to the production company behind Kiss Bang Love, the average person kisses 15 people and has two one night stands before falling in love.

But how to make that into a program?

Over each episode, one blindfolded contestant will kiss 15 potential suitors. Most will be strangers, some will be acquaintances, and some may even be former lovers.

The top five suitors will get a second kiss, without the blindfold. From there, two people will be selected to spend a night in a luxury hotel with the contestant.

After the one-night stands, the contestant then has to choose a final suitor to take on a romantic holiday.

Forget awkward group date encounters à la The Bachelor – Kiss Bang Love promises to skip the dates and go straight to the making out.

Channel Seven is currently casting for the program – to be filmed in early 2016 – touting it as “a show designed to help single girls and guys find their perfect partner – in a very unique way”.

“Kissing is a powerful tool in our search for the right mate – but can it find love? This is your chance to find out.”

Reality dating programs are emerging as the zeitgeist of n television, with The Bachelorette emerging as one of the biggest ratings hits of 2015.

The Farmer Wants a Wife will return to Nine later this year, while Married at First Sight, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette return in 2016.

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The two Chinan girls and their mother living in ‘jail’ at Villawood detention centre

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Salwa Abas stands out in the busy school drop off: she is the only child escorted by a guard. Classmates tease the five-year-old for living in a “jail” and when she returns home, each pocket of her bag is searched.

Salwa and her sister Yasmin, 3, are n citizens. But they have been living with their mother behind locked gates at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre for almost a year, after the federal government cancelled their mother’s visa.

In doing so, the government acknowledged the decision was not in the children’s best interests. Their mother Zahra, who is pregnant with her third child, has begged Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene.

“They were happy n kids, why [did the government] do this to them, they don’t deserve to be here,” she told Fairfax Media from inside the detention centre.

“[My children] are really upset inside and they are asking me ‘What are we doing for Christmas, are we getting out? Why are we here?'”.

Ms Abas, originally from Iraq, arrived on a boat from Indonesia in 2009 with other family members. They were taken to Christmas Island then granted protection in .

Her father, known as Captain Emad, arrived in in 2010. He fled two years later, after ABC’s Four Corners program alleged he was running a people-smuggling racket from Canberra.

The case cast a spotlight on his family, and the Department of Immigration determined Ms Abas, who was 19 when arriving in , had falsified information on her visa application, including the reason why she needed protection.

Ms Abas said this week her father was “abusive, controlling and angry” and told the family to lie to immigration officials about their names and background.

“In Indonesia he wanted to break my legs because I wanted to run away from him, and he took a hammer and hit my leg and I got stitches from it,” she said.

“He told us to tell un-genuine information and I did, but my intention wasn’t anything bad, I just wanted to live [in] freedom without him abusing me any more.”

Under the former Labor government, the department said while Ms Abas had breached her obligations under migration law, her visa would not be cancelled.

But in December last year when the Coalition was in office, then Immigration Minister Scott Morrison personally intervened to cancel Ms Abas’ visa. She was informed on Christmas Eve.

In a letter to Ms Abas, the veracity of which the department did not dispute, Mr Morrison wrote that she had been living in Malaysia for many years, rather than in Iraq where she claimed to have suffered persecution, and should not have been granted a protection visa.

He said there was no evidence she was under duress from her father when applying for a visa.

“Notwithstanding that the best interests of the dependent children would be served by a decision not to cancel the mother’s visa, this is outweighed by the seriousness of the non-compliance,” Mr Morrison wrote.

Ms Abas was taken into detention in January, and lives in residential-style housing. Her n citizen husband suffers medical problems and depression after an accident and cannot care for the children, forcing them to live with their mother at Villawood indefinitely.

Ms Abas’ husband visits the family in detention and she is 21 weeks pregnant. She is also severely depressed and fears for the future of her unborn baby and young daughters.

Salwa, once a bubbly child with many friends who loved the film Frozen, is now lonely and suffers nightmares. Yasmin has become unhappy and clingy.

“Every day [Salwa] says ‘I had a really bad day, I hate this school, I hate you, I hate this place’, and then she goes in her room and cries. She doesn’t want to go out, she doesn’t want to eat,” Ms Abas said.

“It’s like a jail – you have no freedom, no control over your life or your children’s life.”

Mr Dutton and the Department of Immigration refused to answer questions regarding Ms Abas, or explain why she was the only family member being detained. A spokeswoman for Mr Dutton said his department was “managing” the case.

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Mafia history of Gino and Mark Stocco’s alleged victim Rosario Cimone revealed

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Mark and Gino Stocco, who were captured on a property where Rosario Cimone’s body was also located. Photo: NSW Police Gino Stocco is led to a prison vehicle after appearing in Dubbo Local Court via video link. Photo: Wolter Peeters
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Mark Stocco is led to a prison vehicle after appearing in Dubbo Local Court via video link. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Mark Stocco at Dubbo police station on Wednesday. Photo: Nine News

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The long-awaited capture of father and son fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco has taken another bizarre twist as links have emerged between their alleged victim and the Italian Mafia, long-term cannabis cultivation and a fatal electrocution last year.

The pair, who had been on the run for eight years, were charged on Thursday morning with the murder of Italian-born farm caretaker Rosario Cimone, 68, on October 7.

They did not appear in Dubbo Local Court on Thursday and magistrate Andrew Eckhold ordered they remain behind bars until their case returns on January 20.

Mr Cimone’s decomposed body was discovered in a shallow grave at Pinevale, a remote property near Dunedoo, in central western NSW, just hours after police captured the Stoccos in a dramatic, covert operation on Wednesday morning.

The elusive pair had worked on the extremely isolated property with Mr Cimone, who was reported missing to Green Valley police by his daughters, Maria and Vicenza, on October 8.

When a white ute, similar to the one allegedly stolen by the Stoccos, was spotted in bushland behind the property on Tuesday, police had their “final pieces of the jigsaw” and descended on the 385-hectare spot.

Fairfax Media can reveal Mr Cimone, from Green Valley, was a cannabis cultivator with a string of past convictions and a long history with the Calabrian Mafia in .

His son, Phillip, 35, was also convicted in 2013 of cultivating more than 1000 cannabis plants on a remote property near Bundarra, in the northern tablelands,

Rosario, known as Ross to his friends, was charged with cultivating substantial cannabis crops in the early 1980s, charged with the sale of cannabis in the mid-1980s and convicted in 2003 of a $30-million cannabis operation at a property in Nimmitabel, in far southern NSW.

He was sentenced to four years in prison for growing 14,000 cannabis plants and possessing unauthorised firearms.

He was one of a group of prisoners to be given early release, in exchange for bribes, under the corrupt 1980s prison boss, Rex Jackson.

One of his seven co-accused in the Nimmitabel drug gang, Mario Cataldo, 58, was killed in October last year when he was electrocuted by an illegal hydroponic set-up in Bringelly, on the western outskirts of Sydney.

He lay dead in a shed for two days, and his body was eventually found when his family called an ambulance because they had not heard from him.

Former friend, Giuseppe Mammone, said Mr Cimone was “a nice man” who used to own a butcher’s shop in Edensor Park in the 80s and loved going to the Marconi Club when he was in Green Valley. 

Former assistant police commissioner Clive Small, who is writing a book on the Calabrian Mafia in , said Mr Cimone played a “mid-level” role.

He had been working in the Dunedoo area in recent months but it is not known whether drugs were being grown on the rugged, isolated property, described by locals as a “perfect hideout”.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told Fairfax Media that she had made calls to CrimeStoppers in recent years to report suspicious people working on the property, that had no farms.

It’s not known whether the Stoccos had direct involvement but Mr Small said they would most likely have been considered too unreliable by the Mafia.

They were erratic, conspiratorial characters who were known to move frequently, barely staying on farms for more than a few weeks.

“When [the Mafia] are recruiting people to be pickers or cultivators … or crop sitters, that is, people who might go there to plant the crops under supervision with others and just sit there and make sure no one steals it, they tend, generally, to deal with people they have had experience with in the past or whose families they know.”

He said the Mafia was well and truly alive in and had a violent but little-known history.

“There are probably a number of reasons why they’ve been able to get away with it,” he said. “If you deny it’s existence, then you don’t have to do anything about it.”

In addition to murder, Gino, 57, and Mark, 36, are each charged with 17 NSW offences, including shooting with intent to murder, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, police pursuit and discharging a firearm with intent to resist arrest.

Wanted for a string of property and violent offences in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, the men became the focus of a large-scale manhunt after police were shot at during a high speed pursuit near Wagga Wagga on October 16.

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Randwick’s Highway Handicap brings Steven Cummins to town with first city runner

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Perhaps the best advertisement for a young trainer is to take on a problematic horse and show you can get results with them. Steven Cummins could not have asked for a better start.

Lion Of Africa was the first horse in his stable when stewards stamped his training papers and he didn’t end up making it to the racetrack until he was a five-year-old.

“When I picked him up he had sesamoiditis so he was turned out to the paddock for 12 months when we got him and it was just a matter of nursing him back,” the Moruya-based Cummins said. “But he’s as good as gold now and he’s had a couple of small injuries in the paddock.

“He went through a couple of fences twice. It was just a matter of nursing him and getting him through, but he’s good and solid now.”

The results tend to suggest that. Lion Of Africa has been racing for less than a year, but has already been placed seven times from just 12 starts, including a first-up win at Nowra this campaign.

It was enough to convince the former John Marzol pupil, whose partner also works as a vet down on the South Coast helping tend to the team of six, to bring Lion Of Africa to Rosehill to become his first metropolitan runner in the Highway Handicap on Saturday.

“He’s definitely taught me a lot,” Cummins said. “For the right horses I would take more on, but you’ve just got to find the right ones.

“Short-term I’m just aiming at these races in the next six to eight weeks and we’ll see how he measures up. Last prep he was getting to the front early and not putting them away, but [apprentice] Josh [Cartwright] rode him that little bit quieter the other day and his work between the 300 and the 100 was really good.

“He coasted to the line a little bit and he needs to keep stepping up, but if he does we’ll reassess down the line.”

Cartwright will again have his work cut out from barrier 14 in the Highway Handicap, where Greg Bennett’s Invienna, a runner-up in the inaugural staging of the race, will launch from barrier six.

“Josh is a good rider and he’s in good form,” Cummins said. “He knows the horse well and I spoke to him earlier [on Wednesday] and I said, ‘I don’t mind where we possie up, just make sure we’ve got cover’. The horse needs further anyway and if I’m two or three off the fence it’s not going to affect him.”

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