60 Minutes interview spurred Maroons' Origin demolition job: Smith

60 Minutes interview spurred Maroons' Origin demolition job: Smith

Updated May 29, 2016 09:26:17 Cameron Smith says Alex McKinnon’s controversial interview with 60 Minutes helped inspire Queensland to demolish New South Wales in last year’s State of Origin decider. McKinnon was left a quadriplegic in March 2014 as a result of a tackle in an NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and Smith’s Melbourne Storm. The former Knights forward criticised Smith in a 60 Minutes interview for comments the Queenslander made on field, and also for an apparent lack of contact since the incident. Smith was not granted a…

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Victoria’s top Paralympians ready for Rio

Victoria’s top Paralympians ready for Rio

Our Australian Paralympic hopefuls — Maddy Hogan, [javelin] Richard Colman [multiple T53 events], Ahmed Kelly [swimming], Tanya Huebner [swimming] and Jessica Gallagher [track cycling] at the Victorian Institute of Sport. Picture: Alex CoppelTHEY’RE Victoria’s superhumans — our talented Paralympic athletes who have overcome huge personal ­obstacles to be ready to make their mark on the world stage. About 35 Victorian Institute of Sport Paralympians will be in Rio de Janeiro 100 days from ­tomorrow. VIS chief executive Marie Harrison said anticipation was building. “Our Paralympians did the VIS and Australia…

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Politicians' perks: High Court will hear former MPs' bid for bigger pensions

Politicians' perks: High Court will hear former MPs' bid for bigger pensions

Former Defence Minister John Moore is one of four former MPs in a High Court bid for better taxpayer-funded retirement benefits. A group of retired politicians trying to claw bigger pensions and more free travel from the taxpayer will get their day in court next month. The High Court has agreed to hear the challenge by four former federal MPs – Labor’s Barry Cunningham, Tony Lamb and Barry Cohen, and Liberal John Moore – seeking a big boost to their entitlements. While the federal government has sought to have the…

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Crows end Giants' streak with 22-point win

Crows end Giants' streak with 22-point win

Updated May 28, 2016 22:37:39 Photo: Eddie Betts may well have kicked the goal of the year as the Crows beat the Giants. (Getty Images: Morne de Klerk) The Adelaide Crows have halted GWS’s momentum with a blistering second-half display that secured a 22-point win and left the Giants reeling. The Giants had been the league’s form team coming into the match after a streak of six wins, but they were second best to the Crows for much of the night. Only wayward kicking kept the visitors in the contest…

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