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Australian national security officials have denied that classified plans of ASIO’s new headquarters were stolen by Chinese hackers, and say the opposition was told this in a security briefing.
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According to security officials familiar with the matter, cyber intrusions were attempted against contractors on the ASIO headquarters building project. The attacks are understood to have taken place in 2009-10. The malware employed in these efforts targeted building drawings and schematics.

But the attempted hacking was ”not successful” in obtaining sensitive classified information. ”This was one of many attempts to obtain sensitive Australian government information, most likely by Chinese intelligence services, but there was no compromise,” one security official said.

On Monday the ABC’s Four Corners program quoted anonymous informants as saying Chinese hackers targeted a contracting firm working on the ASIO building and stole ”the blueprints, not just of the overall building but also of the communications cabling and server locations, of the floor plans, and the security systems”.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Four Corners, which canvassed several alleged cyber security breaches, included ”unsubstantiated allegations” and ”inaccurate reports”.

After a classified briefing by ASIO on Tuesday evening, shadow attorney-general George Brandis accused Ms Gillard of making a ”false” claim about the Four Corners report.

”She dismissed the allegations … as being incorrect and inaccurate, and that statement is wrong,” he said.

An ABC spokesman said Four Corners ”strongly stands by the accuracy of the story but the source is strictly confidential”.

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Directors of mining services companies again took a big hand on the spending front, accounting for about 21 per cent of turnover.
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The chairman and two other directors of Boart Longyear bought shares in the global drilling concern at around 66¢ to 71¢.

The company recently said the downturn in capital and exploration spending had reduced the demand for drilling services.

It said that current year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation would be at the lower end of a range of analysts’ forecasts, which in April ranged from $199 million to $271 million.

The stock has halved since mid-April.

Chairwoman Barbara Jeremiah told the annual meeting last month that more than $70 million in costs had been extracted from the business since the middle of 2012.

Elsewhere, Wang Xiao Bin added to recent director-buying of WorleyParsons scrip, while two directors of Resource Equipment were buyers of heavily discounted scrip.

Elsewhere, a director of buoyancy products outfit Matrix Composites & Engineering, added to his stake.

This has been a very costly conveyance for punters since early 2011 when the shares hit $10 or thereabouts amid much hoopla.

Matrix lost nearly $26 million last year – a far cry from what various experts were tipping. For example, book-flogger and Buffett disciple Roger Montgomery was at one stage tipping earnings of 51¢ a share.

In the latest December half, the group made just $586,760 pre-tax on $82 million of sales.

Among sellers, two folk from Xero dominated proceedings. The accounting software concern is valued by the market at $1.3 billion and has yet to make a zack. The group released a bullish investor briefing this week.

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Hunter coal towns disappearing
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Camberwell church to be deconsecrated

HUNTER coal trains do not produce more dust than other trains, a second round of coal wagon dust emissions has found.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation yesterday published the results of the testing conducted at Raymond Terrace Drive in Metford from November 30 2012 to January 2013.

It found loaded coal trains passing through the site did not have a stronger association with elevated particulate matter concentrations than other trains.

It did, however, reveal that average concentrations of total suspended particles and particulate matter associated with unloaded and loaded coal trains were higher compared to no trains.

Environment Protection Authority chairman and chief executive Barry Buffier said: “The EPA will not consider imposing additional requirements on industry, such as covering of coal loads, unless clear evidence becomes available which demonstrates the need for further studies or measures to control coal dust emissions from loaded coal trains.”

However, Coal Terminal Action Group spokesman James Whelan said the study did not address community concerns.

“The Environment Protection Authority instructed the ARTC to monitor particle pollution because community members wanted to know how much coal dust we’re being exposed to and how to control it, not because we wanted to know if there’s a difference between coal trains, freight trains and passenger trains,” Dr Whelan said.

The group will start fund-raising on Monday for a second coal dust study to monitor particle pollution.


YOUTH SUPPORT: Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson, MTV’s Kate Peck, headspace Youth Reference Group’s Brittany Szlezak and Silverchair’s Chris Joannou at the headspace opening yesterday. Picture: Marina Neil YOUTH SUPPORT: Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson, MTV’s Kate Peck, headspace Youth Reference Group’s Brittany Szlezak and Silverchair’s Chris Joannou at the headspace opening yesterday. Picture: Marina Neil
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YOUNG people in Newcastle can get help for problems ranging from bullying to anxiety now that the mental health headspace centre in Hunter Street has opened.

Silverchair’s Chris Joannou, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson and MTV’s Kate Peck, Paul Mac and Blue Juice’s Jake Stone came together as the Rock N Ride Crew on Fridayto mark the opening.

The centre, at 582 Hunter Street, is the second headspace to open in the region and follows the success of the Maitland office.

It was opened under a $200 million federal government program to open 90 new headspace centres around the country.

Newcastle manager Andrew Steele said there had been a growing demand for youth mental health services in Newcastle.

“Newcastle is fairly typical, many young people are presenting with mental health needs around anxiety and depression.”

“Certainly things like bullying have an impact on young people,” he said.

Newcastle headspace will offer services for an estimated 80,000 young people aged between 12 and 25 in the area.

Its work will include counselling, health and sexual health advice, education and employment information, and alcohol and other drug services.

The staff will include an occupational therapist, psychologists, social and youth workers, youth charity representatives and a general practitioner.


PEACEFUL: Simone Sheridan, from Hunter Development Corporation, and Nicole Hellyer, from Newcastle NOW, with hand-made lanterns, which people will be able to create themselves. Picture: Max Mason-HubersWINTER Heat organisers are promising an “assault on the senses” in Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct this month with lanterns, fire performers, drummers and a newly added laneway full of food vendors.
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Newcastle NOW marketing officer Nicole Hellyer and Hunter Development Corporation placemaking co-ordinator Simone Sheridan said the event, in its eighth year, was including a “taste of Honeysuckle” in the lane behind the precinct’s restaurants.

“We’ll be lighting up just outside the Maritime Centre,” Ms Hellyer said.

“It’s going to be vibrant, bright and spectacular.

“It’s going to be an assault on the senses,” Ms Sheridan added.

“The sound of the drums and the fire, and the smell of the food; it’s really going to be quite amazing.”

While in previous years the event was held at multiple locations on multiple nights, this year’s instalment would take over Honeysuckle for one evening in June, Ms Hellyer said.

Newcastle artist Ken O’Regan will host lantern-making workshops in the lead-up to the Winter Heat event.

Mr O’Regan will be near the Maritime Centre tomorrow and every Sunday until June 16, between 10am and 1pm.

The best lanterns will then be used in the lantern parade during the Winter Heat finale event on June 22.


OLD JOLLY ROGER A DRUG SLUM
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DANGER: Discarded needle at the old Jolly Roger in King Street, Newcastle.

CONVERSATION isn’t the best tool to understand how a 36-year-old man ended up living among the rotting ruins of the old Jolly Roger nightclub.

He’s a man of few, often confused, words, but his eyes tell you everything you need to know about him.

The man said he used to earn a solid wage as a builder’s labourer before things turned bad a few years ago.

Since then he has spent his time staying with friends throughout the Lower Hunter and squatting in the city’s derelict buildings.

He has spent two weeks sleeping on a dilapidated couch behind a wall of the former shopping village.

“It’s OK when you don’t have any money,” he said. The man hoped to secure a Department of Housing property next week.

His mate, 28, said he lived at the Hunter Village site a couple of years ago but now had permanent accommodation in Maitland.

“I still come down to visit,” he said.

Wesley Mission chief executive Keith Garner said the causes of homelessness were multiple and varied: “From Wesley Mission’s experience and research there is a strong probability that if you are homeless as a child you are likely to be homeless as an adult and find it difficult to form meaningful relationships as an adult.”

Wesley Mission helps about 10,000 people in the Hunter annually.

“We quite often find that a homeless person needs some of the services, apart from a roof over their heads.”


NEWCASTLE Surf Life Saving Club is taking the muck out of the obstacle course craze and bringing it to picturesque King Edward Park tomorrow.
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And it’s all for a good cause.

Mick Gilmour from the Newcastle surf club is the driving force behind the inaugural Surf’n’Turf Obstacle Race, which is putting the city spin on the endurance event phenomenon sweeping the country.

The 5km event through King Edward Park and along Newcastle Beach will include a tyre field run, cargo net climbs, balance beam, commando crawls, hurdles as well as sandbag and log carries. No swimming is involved. Gilmour came up with the idea for the event while running in and around King Edward Park over the past 18 months.

He believed the race was a first because all proceeds from it go to worthy cause – buying lifesaving equipment for the Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club. “This is unique because it is run by a community, a not-for-profit group,” Gilmour said.

More than 300 people had registered online and Gilmour hoped many more would sign up on the day.

He hoped to grow the race into an annual fundraiser for the club.

“At a lot of these events you have to travel to the back of Joe the farmer’s paddock and drive home muddy,” he said. “Here you get to have a shower straight after then go to a nice restaurant or bar nearby. We believe it has a lot of appeal.”

The event is a timed race for teams or individuals starting in waves of 70 people every 15 minutes from 9am.

Food, refreshments, and live music will be available on the day at Newcastle SLSC.

HEAVY LOAD: Mick Gilmour in the heat of battle in King Edward Park.


Canberra’s Michael Rogers will take another step in his comeback to cycling on Sunday when he starts the Dauphine Libere, the lead-up race to the Tour de France.
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Since leaving Team Sky in the off-season to take up a position at Team Saxo-Tinkoff, the 33-year-old has endured more health concerns – firstly with the Epstein-Barr virus, before repeated bouts of tonsillitis.

After making his return with a second place finish at the Tour of California a fortnight ago, the three-time time trial world champion is now confident of a full recovery, but concedes there is a long road still ahead.

”Over the last couple of years my health has been a real sore point for me, and it’s starting to hopefully turn things around, physically.” Rogers told cyclingnews南京夜网.

”But it’s a tough road back. You have three or four months out the sport and you’re so far behind. When you start off already on the wrong foot at the start of the year, it’s hard to progress and to catch up again. I’m slowly getting there. Hopefully for the Tour I’ll be back to my usual self.”

Canberra’s Michael Matthews will also compete, for Australia’s Orica-GreenEdge, having been forced to sit out the Giro d’Italia because of illness.

But Rogers will engage in a tenser battle with Australian Richie Porte. They were teammates on the all-conquering Sky last year, but instrumental in helping Bradley Wiggins to victory in the Tour de France.

This time they will be fierce rivals, Rogers as the main domestique for Alberto Contador and Porte for Sky’s Chris Froome.

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Sydney is often accused of being a city of fair-weather sports fans but the NSW Swifts are set to break that stigma by setting an attendance record when they host Adelaide Thunderbirds.
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To prove the city doesn’t just love a winner, more than 7000 people are expected at Allphones Arena on Sunday to set a record attendance for a regular-season game despite the Swifts’ horrible form this year.

The Swifts are eighth in the trans-Tasman competition and were only propelled off the bottom of the table after a surprise 19-point win against Northern Mystics last weekend.

Netball NSW chief executive Carolyn Campbell confirmed the pre-sale and membership take-up indicated a crowd well above their record of 6928 set in 2010.

”The NSW Swifts are hugely excited to be on track to break its highest-ever regular home-game attendance record,” Campbell said. ”Sales remain strong this week and we are on course for a crowd of over 7000.”

The lure of another bruising encounter between the Swifts and the Thunderbirds is thought to have led to the spike in interest for Sunday’s game. The two sides met a fortnight ago where the league leaders came from behind to snatch a two-point win against the Swifts in a fiery contest.

NSW’s veteran defender Sonia Mkoloma said the disappointment of letting the match slip from their grasp was a motivation for Sunday.

”It was nail-biting. We are disappointed we didn’t get over the line. We had them by the scruff of their necks, so for us it’s going back to what worked well,” Mkoloma said.

Injured co-captain Mo’onia Gerrard will be given until game day to prove her fitness.

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