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British tourist charged after Port Macquarie crash

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The girl died at the scene. Photo: 9NEWSA young British tourist is facing charges after a car crash left a teenage girl dead and two people with serious injuries on the NSW Mid North Coast.
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The horror smash occurred when a Mitsubishi van and a Toyota Prado carrying a family of seven collided on the Pacific Highway south of Port Macquarie just before 11am on Thursday.

The van driver, 20, from Britain, has been charged with negligent driving causing death and not giving way.

He has been granted conditional bail and will appear in Port Macquarie Local Court on Friday.

Police allege he pulled out from the verge of the Pacific Highway and started to head north.

Police said it appeared the vehicle carrying the family swerved and rolled several times. A 16-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the Prado, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver of the Prado, a 37-year-old woman, and a nine-year-old girl suffered fractures and were flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle where they are in a stable condition.

The remaining family members, a 40-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and two boys, aged 15 and six, were taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the van was treated at Port Macquarie Base Hospital where he underwent mandatory testing.

His passenger, another 20-year-old man, did not require medical treatment.

Friends of the dead girl have flooded social media with tributes, describing her as “gorgeous and bubbly” and an “angel”.

Police are urging road users to take care and slow down over the long weekend.

Double demerits will be in place over the entire long weekend for all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

CBA’s Narev won’t earn long-term bonus this year

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Departing Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev will not be eligible to earn new long-term bonus shares this financial year.
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In a note to shareholders before next month’s annual general meeting, at which CBA will try to avoid receiving a second “strike” on executive pay, chairman Catherine Livingstone said Mr Narev’s exit from the bank was behind its decision on long-term incentive shares.

It came as the banking industry warned of serious gaps in the government’s planned laws to make senior bankers more accountable, saying the proposed changes were poorly defined, and could even affect large numbers of mid-level and junior executives.

CBA has said Mr Narev will leave the bank by the end of next June, and Ms Livingstone said the board had started an “extensive” search for a replacement.

“The board has also determined that as a result of his retirement, Ian Narev will not be eligible for a long-term incentive award this year,” Ms Livingstone said.

Last year, the board determined Mr Narev could have earned up to 55,000 incentive shares under the scheme over the coming years if he had hit the required hurdles.

CBA says it is company policy for a CEO who is leaving to miss out on this type of incentive, and it had the same approach for Mr Narev’s predecessor, Ralph Norris, when he left the bank.

Dean Paatsch of proxy adviser Ownership Matters said the move seemed “logical” but was not widespread among companies with a departing chief executive.

“It seems an entirely logical approach given he has signalled his intention to retire. It’s a gesture that’s open to all companies, unfortunately not that many take it,” Mr Paatsch said.

CBA, the country’s biggest bank, been embroiled in a money laundering compliance scandal since early August, which was followed by the announcement of Mr Narev’s exit from the bank, and a board shake-up.

The entire banking industry, meanwhile, is being targeted by the federal government’s banking executive accountability regime, or BEAR, a series of proposed law changes announced in the budget, and released in draft legislation last week.

The BEAR will give the banking regulator the power to have senior bankers disqualified; it will require senior executive bonuses to be deferred for at least four years; and it could leave banks facing civil fines of more than $200 million.

The n Bankers’ Association on Friday lodged a submission on the draft laws, saying it was not clear which bank employees would be affected and what would constitute a breach of the new rules.

Chief executive Anna Bligh said the legislation suggested it would apply to banks’ subsidiaries, potentially affecting “a large number of mid-level and junior executives”.

The BEAR will apply to issues that threatened a bank’s “prudential standing” or “reputation,” but Ms Bligh said it remained unclear what would constitute a breach.

“Neither of these terms are defined, nor do they have an equivalent in any other law,” she said.

Banker pay is likely to remain a hot topic at CBA’s annual meeting, on November 16, at which Ms Livingstone will explain to shareholders changes to its remuneration policies.

Last year, 50.9 per cent of CBA’s shareholders rejected the remuneration report, making CBA the first major bank in to receive a first strike. If CBA receives a second “strike” next month, it will trigger another vote on whether to call another meeting to spill the board.

Ms Livingstone said that since last year’s strike, the company had undertaken a detailed review of its remuneration policies, and moved to make them more transparent. There is now a greater emphasis on financial hurdles, after a shareholder backlash last year over linking bonuses to “soft targets” such as employee engagement.

In response to the money laundering scandal, Ms Livingstone dumped short-term bonuses for the bank’s top executives, in a move that experts said was a first for an n bank.

After CBA’s executives pay packets were announced in its annual report in early August, Ms Livingstone also said Mr Narev would leave the bank by the end of this financial year. She said the move was in response to “speculation” about Mr Narev’s future in the financial markets and the media.

CBA shareholders will also be voting on a resolution from a group of shareholders to “provide certainty” that the company would align itself with the goal of limiting climate change to no more than 2 degrees, in line with the Paris agreement.

CBA’s board said the shareholders held 0.0077 per cent of the company, and argued it was “inappropriate and unwise” to single out climate change as an issue that required more board attention than others.

Shareholders will also vote on former Westpac banker Robert Whitfield’s proposed board appointment, alongside the re-election of directors Andrew Mohl, Wendy Stops and David Higgins.

Why Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova is giving back

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Natalia Vodianova has the accent of a seductive James Bond villainess: husky, her native Russian laced with Parisian fricatives. She’s probably a good deal tougher than Bond though, despite her bone-snapping appearance. She has a focused determination that seems uniquely Russian: unrelenting and hard.
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Whereas the cliche once belonged to gymnasts and piano players, Russia now seems to export these gritty female entrepreneurs whose work ethic makes us all look idle.

Last time I met her she was eight months pregnant and wearing a sweatshirt over a bump the size of a bumbag. Two babies in the intervening three years and I detect a little concealer around the eyes, maybe a shallow frown line. At 35, she’s a mother of five (five!). Is she done? “For a while,” she smiles. “I need to make sure I do well with everything else I have on, which is a lot.”

Yes, well she certainly packs it in. There’s the modelling from which she made her name, a multimillion-dollar career trimmed to an efficient 20 days a year. Then there is her Naked Heart Foundation, which has raised $50 million since 2004 for children with disabilities. Four years ago she launched Elbi, an app which allows people to “micro donate” by pressing a “love button”.

She calls it “a philanthropy collective”, happily reclaiming a word once soaked in communist propaganda.

“It’s a very Russian idea,” she continues. “You don’t have 100 roubles but you have a hundred friends. It’s about collective power.”

It’s tempting – oh, so tempting – to see her as just another rich celebrity patronising the poor and relieving her conscience with “good works”. After all, she was married at 19 to the aristocrat Justin Portman, 13 years her senior, whose family coffers pulsate with revenue from the large chunk of central London it owns.

Now she lives with the father of her two youngest children, Antoine Arnault. He’s the son of Bernard Arnault, the owner of luxury-goods company LVMH, worth $73 million and ranked the eighth-richest person in the world. Arguably, she has a Marie Antoinette existence in central Paris, with a view of the Eiffel Tower from her apartment and any material thing her fluttering heart desires.

But that is to oversimplify. Hers is a rags-to-riches story: a childhood below the poverty line in Nizhny Novgorod, a bleak industrial city in western Russia. She and her mother, Larissa, were abandoned first by her father, then her stepfather after her half-sister Oksana was born with autism and cerebral palsy.

By 11 she was selling fruit by the side of the road. Cold, hunger, survival – these were not alien or romanticised concepts. The mark of poverty is still on her, she says, most explicitly in her understanding of the “shame” that surrounds it.

When I ask if she can see it in others, she surprises me: she starts to cry. It touches something visceral.

“It’s a very emotional question. For those simple families who nobody cares about, really living with that stigma [for example] of disability, then even if I give them money, it’s not enough. The best thing I can do is spend time with them.”

She says shared traumatic experiences such as living in poverty or losing someone to cancer transcends friendship, nationality, blood “or any other bond”. In an ideal world, she says, we would draw on our experiences to comfort one another more often. “We have blind corners ??? we may have next door someone who we could understand.”

I’m sure psychologists could find an unconscious link between the hardship of childhood and her attraction to extremely rich men. But one driving, and very conscious, ambition has been to improve her mother’s life.

“And I have succeeded. My mother has a little business and is independent. She can buy me presents that I did not pay for.” She says Larissa instilled in her two things: self-reliance and a steely drive. (“I tell myself this is the heritage I am leaving my kids: a work ethic.”)

“My mother was in a desperate situation, working four jobs, raising kids alone. From a young age she taught me, ‘Only rely on yourself. You have to be strong. You have to do it for yourself.’

“And she lived it. For me, the government was a faraway thing that did not affect me, touch me or help me.” Of course, her children are growing up in a different universe, with easy proximity to the government. She has met French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte.

We sidetrack to discuss the age difference of 25 years between Macron and his wife, and Natalia gives a Gallic shrug and says this is not unusual in Paris. “I often see it where you have this incredibly handsome young guy with this beautiful older woman – and obviously much older. It’s quite common. If he wasn’t the president, no one would blink.”

We are sitting in the showroom of made苏州夜总会招聘 on Rue ??tienne Marcel surveying yet another of her projects combining tech and fundraising, a children’s furniture range she has designed for the online company co-founded by her friend Brent Hoberman of lastminute苏州夜总会招聘 fame. A bedroom scene – bed, wardrobe, bookshelves decorated with matryoshka dolls – has been set up in a little tableau vivant beside us.

Natalia tells me she met Hoberman through the online community of tech entrepreneurs, Founders Forum, and he insisted she get involved, which wasn’t a chore as she loves tech. Importantly, all proceeds go to Naked Heart.

She takes me through the detail – the pull holes for drawers to stop little fingers getting trapped. “This is a phobia for me because when I was five someone closed the door on my finger. I still remember the pain.”

So what was her own bedroom like growing up? “I didn’t have a bedroom,” she says.

In 2015 with her children by ex-husband Justin Portman: Lucas, Neva and Viktor. Photo: Getty Images

“Every single one” of her children – Lucas, 16, Neva, 11, Viktor, 10, with Portman; Maxim, 3, and Roman, 1, with Arnault – have just done a publicity shoot here and “loved it”, she says. She softens when she talks about her kids, flipping one thigh-high boot over the other, her rod-straight back dissolving a little.

They were all breastfed, “which is very, very tiring. None of my children slept, so for 15 years I’ve been up every night twice at least.”

She has help – “of course, or I wouldn’t be here” – and keeps tabs on each of the children by carving out one-on-one time. “I have moments where I feel I’m losing control – that’s motherhood.”

They don’t complain, although recently she overheard the youngest of the Portman brood saying to the eldest, “Yes, but you had Mummy to yourself for four years.”

The three eldest moved to Paris from a rural house in England’s West Sussex in 2012. “Of course, they left friends behind and I do sense that they miss the pleasures of the countryside because they don’t have this in Paris. But they’ve settled well. And now they speak another language.”

Are they very Parisian now? She smirks. “No, they are still very English.” Paris was the first European city the 17-year-old Natalia experienced on arriving from Russia as a fledgling model. “I spent one year here as a girl with no money, going on the Metro, really discovering the city. And it’s probably the city I know the most, apart from my home town.”

At 18 she moved to New York, where she threw herself into work. And it was there she met the sybaritic Portman, an artist and prince charming with a taste for models (he’s recently been dating Ukrainian Anna Shut, 23).

Natalia could have lived happily ever after if her happily ever after had been going to parties, looking pretty and staying up late. She once said that “the biggest differences between England and France is royalty versus republican, and my marriages reflect that. My first husband was a member of the aristocracy, did not work, but was a walking encyclopaedia. My second husband is a workaholic.”

I ask her to elaborate. “I am a workaholic as well,” she says brightly. “That’s why it didn’t work with my ex-husband. We loved each other but we were just very ???” She searches for the elusive word. “Our rhythm of life was different.”

In the past she has described Portman’s parenting as ‘hands-off’. “With Antoine, we love to get up in the morning, be with the children, then go to work.”

The British aristocracy, she says, was “another world”, not necessarily welcoming to outsiders. “It’s a beautiful world, yes. But if you haven’t been born into it, it can be difficult to be part of. I was born into a working-class family.”

By age 19, she was married to Portman and had her first child. She stepped back on the runway 10 days after giving birth. “[Portman] had all this free time to follow me and our baby around in my crazy career. At the time I thought I knew everything. I thought that it didn’t matter that we were so different because we had complicity elsewhere. In emotional ways we were very supportive of each other.”

On returning to England, they bought a country house and filled it with children and animals. But the “glue” of their relationship began to come apart and Natalia’s patience with Portman’s partying wore thin.

She first met Arnault in 2008 at a shoot for Louis Vuitton, although she doesn’t remember it. They met again in 2011, and after two dates she was smitten. Moving her three children to Paris wasn’t difficult, as Portman spends so much time wrapped in a sarong on a sprawling estate in Uruguay.

But shortly after they separated, Portman wrote a post on Facebook saying that his life was not in “synchronicity” with her “fashion” life. He claims she was embarrassed by him, treated him like an “old Louis Vuitton handbag” and that after a stint in rehab she didn’t receive him home with any warmth.

She describes the 40-year-old Arnault – chief executive of menswear brand Berluti and the chairman of Italian cashmere company Loro Piana – as “always happy to go to work: very driven and very hardworking”.

She continues, “We are very well balanced. He inspires me and I think I inspire him because of the same energy I give, but to philanthropy.

“He is an incredibly compassionate person. But like any man his view is, ‘Make your own money first, secure your career, your wellbeing, the wellbeing of your family – and then you think of everything else’.” She says she feels guilty about working so hard, “especially when, in principle, I don’t have to work any more”.

She compensates by having no time to herself – and even then she feels guilty. Last night, she says, she tried to enhance her evening beauty routine by five minutes. “I swear to god, I am standing there doing this, thinking, ‘Ah, my husband is already in bed. I could be cuddling with him.’ I tell myself, ‘Shut up. Stop it. You’re crazy.’

“But I can’t help it.”

Koroibete risk is worth taking

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Rebels winger Marika Koroibete is something of an anomaly in this Wallabies team.
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His introduction into the Wallabies has been so gradual it gives the impression that Michael Cheika is a conservative selector.

Cheika has been anything but in other areas but while others were handed their starts Koroibete has had to wait. It is now 10 months since Koroibete made his initial appearance in a non-Test fixture against the French Barbarians.

Cheika has either shown he is more methodical than first meets the eye or he simply realised early on how much polishing this potential diamond needed.

And Koroibete needed work. His Rebels debut against the Hurricanes was a struggle. Not only did his positioning look bad but he didn’t look to have the beating of Julian Savea for pace, and Savea wouldn’t be in the top five in New Zealand, probably not even top 10.

Then again Koroibete may have had a reason. He looked troubled by a knee on that sunny Wellington afternoon and watching him closely for the rest of the year I think he may have been inhibited for at least half the season.

Still, he doesn’t look the type that goes looking for excuses.

But after that debut, two things started to happen that brought Koroibete to this point in South Africa.

First, he started to learn the game and narrow down the areas where teams could target him. He made himself less of a risk.

Second, his rivals for the Wallabies jersey – and here I think he is going up directly against Eto Nabuli and Henry Speight – didn’t take ownership of the jersey. Speight has been decent but decent doesn’t cut it at the top level when you are trying to progress the team. The Wallabies need one wing who is doing something special.

So they have arrived at Koroibete knowing that he is far from the finished product but has delivered enough on the potential they saw in him at the Storm.

It hasn’t been an easy path for Koroibete. Our friends in the 13-man code no doubt thought he was going to walk into the Wallabies and start carving teams up but that was never going to happen.

There were speedbumps. In fact he became one himself when Ned Hanigan ran over the top of him in Melbourne but slowly Koroibete started to increase the number of involvements that highlighted the good things about his game – his carries and his finishing. He’s at his best when he is hovering around the halfback looking for a gap or with turnover ball.

But by the end of the Super Rugby season he was just a threat, pure and simple. The pace was there. It was a minor surprise not to see him involved during the June series, although this was perhaps a nod to some of the positional aspects of the game.

For there are two areas Koroibete does not want to find himself in against the Springboks. The first is dealing with any ball over his head. He actually looks reasonable under the high ball but when he is forced to turn it exposes his lack of a kicking game and instinct to run sideways, which can be so costly in Test rugby.

The second is defending from a Springboks scrum if the home side have a decent blindside to work with. Of course, every winger can be exposed in this situation but Koroibete’s tendency – at least in Super Rugby – to rush up and smack the ball carrier, be it the No. 8 or halfback, creates an easy overlap for the winger outside.

Presumably, these are the things the Springboks have been looking at and there is no doubt that in handing him a debut against South Africa in Bloemfontein Cheika is heightening the risk in picking him.

Yet the Wallabies have been crying out for something more from their wingers. Koroibete has shown flashes of it. The selection has merit, regardless of the outcome.

‘No sign of slowing’: Now one apartment for every two houses

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – July 2, 2017: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AFR NEWS: 170702: New apartments under construction adjacent to an existing developement at 86 Courallie St, West Homebush in Sydney’s western Suburbs. Buyers of the units still being built are having ongoing issues with the property developers. (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media) SMH News. Story by, Matt O’Sullivan. Story about the huge demand for public transport due to the boom in apartments around Green Square. This is leading to severe overcrowding of the train service at Green Square. Photo shows, In and around Green Square Station. Photo by, Peter Rae Tuesday 16 May, 2017.
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A rapidly developing pocket of Sydney has overtaken the central business district as the city’s apartment resident hotspot.

The building boom saw the former semi-industrial area of Zetland, Beaconsfield, Waterloo and Rosebery overtake the inner city and five other regions as having the most people living in apartments.

The area – home to developments including Green Square – saw an 81 per cent increase in unit occupants between 2011 and 2016, thanks to an extra 5213 occupied apartments recorded on census night last year.

With about 27,550 people counted in its apartments, data released by the n Bureau of Statistics shows the Waterloo-Beaconsfield statistical area is second only to inner-city Melbourne in terms of the number of apartment residents – which houses 37,916 people.

But Sydney in its entirety is the apartment capital of – there are now only about two occupied separate houses for every occupied apartment.

And within the next two decades there could be just as many occupied apartments as detached houses.

“It’s quite possible that it will happen probably within 20 years [in Sydney], but in the rest of it will take quite some time,” said demographer Glenn Capuano, from population consultancy .id.

He noted Melbourne would be unlikely to catch up to Sydney’s unit population – which made up 46 per cent of all ns living in apartments on census night – as it had more room to grow on the city fringe. Green Square penthouse sells for $3.6 millionHow Waterloo is becoming family friendlyGreen Square is Sydney’s ‘public transport disaster’

With record building approvals in recent years, particularly for high-density development in infill areas, high overseas migration and high housing costs, Capuano said Sydney’s surge of apartment dwellers was showing no signs of slowing down.

Affordability issues and the fact that more than half of the apartment population was born overseas, was behind an increase in high-density family living, according to Georgia Sedgmen, an associate town planner at Tract Consultants.

“People from Asia and Europe are more likely to have grown up in apartments, they find it quite unusual that people aspire to own a detached dwelling,” she said. “That’s a very n idea.”

The ease and convenience of apartment living, which Sedgmen said particularly appealed to Millennials, was another driving factor. She noted people’s increasingly busy lifestyles weren’t conducive to the great n dream of the quarter-acre block.

But with development on the north-west and south-west fringe of the city still heavily focused on houses, Sedgmen said it would be decades before apartments equalled or outnumbered houses.

However, she said the high number of apartments to roll out in the state government’s priority precincts, risked dividing the city into high-density and low-density areas, when there should be more of a focus on the missing middle.

While apartments and semi-detached terrace and townhouses in Sydney both had about a 23 per cent occupancy increase in the latest census, Sedgmen said this didn’t account for all the apartments still in the construction pipeline.

She expected that by the 2021 census areas in Sydney’s west, such as Liverpool, would have caught up to the Parramatta-Rosehill region – home to Sydney’s third largest apartment dweller population.

“I also suspect we’ll see a lot more pressure on anything with access to the city from the south,” she said. “We really need to have a proper understanding of infrastructure capacity before we push for too much in any given area.”

Sydney’s biggest problem was the disconnect between infrastructure and planning, said Philip Vivian, the director of architecture firm Bates Smart and co-chair of the 2017 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference.

“We can go build in old industrial areas and create apartments and then later it’s like ‘oh where should we put parks, do we maybe need a hospital, another school,’ ” he said. “We need infrastructure first, then we can provide the density around it.”

With Sydney predicted to need an extra 726,000 homes by 2036 to accommodate a population of 6.42 million people, Vivian said a variety of well-designed high and medium-density dwellings was key to creating a compact, walkable and well-connected city.

“You just can’t [accommodate that population] with quarter-acre blocks,” he said. “Places with high density can be quite exciting as it supports urban life. But it needs to be mixed use and it’s vital that it’s on a good transport line, has open spaces for community living and a diversity of dwellings.”