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Romulus, My Father scoops five AFI awards

May 30 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久



Richard Roxburgh's film adaptation of Raimond Gaita's critically-acclaimed memoir, Romulus, My Father, was crowned the best film of 2007 at an awards dinner at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Bana took out the best lead actor award ahead of co-star Smit-McPhee, but the 11-year-old did not leave empty-handed, walking away with the young actor award.

When nominations were announced in late October, Smit-McPhee said he was looking forward to facing off against his famous co-star, but didn't think Bana would take it seriously.

“It's pretty exciting and … it is pretty funny,” Smit-McPhee said at the time.

“I think he'll say: 'real funny joke'.”

The film, which tells the story of new migrant Romulus and his wife Christina's struggle in the face of adversity to bring up their son, Raimond, in Australia, also won the award for best

support actor for Marton Csokas.

But the movie won only four awards from a total of 15 nominations after it failed to pick up any “craft” awards at the AFI Industry awards last night.

Home Song Stories wins gongs

The Home Song Stories tonight added another three awards to its impressive haul of five AFI Industry gongs.

Tony Ayres received the best direction award for his semi-autobiographical story about a Chinese nightclub singer who brings her two children to Australia in the 1970s, as well as best


Joan Chen picked up yet another award for her portrayal of Ayres' mother Rose, winning the best actress trophy less than a week after taking home the same award at the Turin International Film Festival in Italy.

Ms Chen says she was ready to retire from acting when she received the script for Australian film The Home Song Stories but was so inspired by the story she couldn't say no.

Hosted tonight by Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush, the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards celebrate excellence in Australian film and television production.

The award for best supporting actress was presented to acting newcomer Emma Booth, for her role in the sexy and poignant coming of age flick, Clubland.

Love My Way received the award for best television drama series for the third year in a row, while Claudia Karvan won best lead actress in a television drama for her starring role in the show.

Damages star Rose Byrne collected the international award for best actress, and Dominic Purcell won the male equivalent for his role as Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break.

Stephen Curry's turn as Graham Kennedy in The King earned him the award for best lead actor in a television drama.

Sally Regan and Anna Broinowski were recognised in the best documentary category for their real-life thriller, Forbidden Lie$, about con artist Norma Khouri.

Happy Feet director George Miller received the global achievement award.

The full list of the award winners:

* International Award for Best Actor – Dominic Purcell for Prison Break (Seven Network)

* International Award for Best Actress – Rose Byrne for Damages (Nine Network)

* Young Actor Award – Kodi Smit-McPhee for Romulus, My Father

* Byron Kennedy Award – Curtis Levy

* Raymond Longford Award – David Hannay

* Global Achievement Award – George Miller for Happy Feet


* Best Television Drama Series – Love My Way (Showtime)

* Best Telefeature or Mini Series – The King (TV1)

* Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama – Stephen Curry for The King (TV1)

* Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama – Claudia Karvan for Love My Way (Showtime)


* Best Documentary – Forbidden Lie$

* Best Short Animation – The Girl Who Swallowed Bees

* Best Short Fiction Film – Spike Up


* Best Film – Romulus, My Father

* Best Direction – Tony Ayres for The Home Song Stories

* Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) – Tony Ayres for The Home Song Stories

* Best Lead Actor – Eric Bana for Romulus, My Father

* Best Lead Actress – Joan Chen for The Home Song Stories

* Best Supporting Actor – Marton Csokas for Romulus, My Father

* Best Supporting Actress – Emma Booth for Clubland

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AFP arrest three men over drug ring

May 30 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久



The 40-year-old man from Melbourne was arrested by police in Amsterdam after the AFP alerted Dutch authorities.

Arrest warrants were issued in November for the man, alleged to be the head of an international drug smuggling operation spanning three continents, the AFP said.

The AFP will ask the federal government to seek his extradition to Melbourne to face charges of importing a marketable quantity of cocaine into Australia.

The AFP alleges the syndicate, operating out of Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, conspired to import cocaine using an international network of drug couriers.

“Taking out the principals in this alleged drug syndicate will help disrupt the flow of illegal narcotics into both Australia and Canada,” AFP spokesman Roman Quaedvlieg said.

“This operation depended heavily on international law enforcement cooperation from Canada and Holland.

“Its success is a testament to the efficacy of our cooperation with foreign police agencies.”

The 40-year-old man is believed to have given evidence against gangland figure Tony Mokbel, who was convicted of drug trafficking by the Victorian Supreme Court last year.

Mokbel is currently serving a 12-month jail sentence in Greece after being found guilty of identity fraud.

A 31-year-old man from Hawthorn, in Melbourne, and a 37-year old Canberra man, also believed to be major organisers in the drug syndicate, were arrested at their homes yesterday.

The Hawthorn man has been charged with a proceeds of crime offence in relation to the syndicate's activities, the AFP said.

The Canberra man has been charged with conspiracy to import a marketable quantity of a border controlled drug.

He was expected to be extradited to Melbourne today.

Documents, mobile phones and computers were seized at the Canberra address.

AFP officers also executed search warrants at five inner-suburban Melbourne premises in Southbank, Prahran, South Yarra, St Kilda and Hawthorn, seizing credit cards and materials which could be used in the production of narcotics.

The maximum penalty for the drug offences is a fine of $550,000 and/or 25 years imprisonment, the AFP said.

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Kangaroo Island bushfires claim life

May 30 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久

A 22-year-old man has died in his truck as he tried to flee a bushfire raging on Kangaroo Island's southern coast.


The man was found dead in the burnt out truck near Vivonne Bay yesterday.

Initial investigations revealed the vehicle had crashed.

Police forensic officers were heading to the island today to conduct further inquiries into the death and prepare a report for the South Australian coroner.

Assistant Commissioner Madeleine Glynn said it was not yet clear whether the man died as a result of the crash or the fire.

“At this stage it's being investigated as a vehicle collision,” she said.

“But certainly, subsequently or as part of that the fire went through and he and his truck were burnt.

“Which came first, we're not quite certain.”

The Country Fire Service (CFS) said 12 fires, all caused by lightning strikes, threatened properties at various locations on the island, destroying at least one shack and killing 300 sheep.

Seven fires were still burning today with the CFS expecting them to continue to pose problems for at least the next 48 hours.

Properties in various locations remained under threat.

The CFS said it still had 270 firefighters on Kangaroo Island while police declared the western side of the island a dangerous zone, prohibiting the movement of people into those areas.

NSW bushfires

Firefighters have also been busy with several blazes across New South Wales overnight.

Fire crews were called to a factory fire at Wagga Wagga, in the state's south, about 2:00am (AEDT).

About an hour later, a fire broke out in a loading dock underneath shops and flats at Fairfield, in Sydney's south-west, forcing the evacuation of eight people.

Superintendent Terry Farley, from the NSW Fire Brigade, says there were more evacuations on the South Coast.

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AWB executives to face court

May 30 2019 Published by under 苏州半永久

Six former executives of wheat exporter AWB will face court over their alleged roles in more than $126 million of kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.


In November last year, Commissioner Terence Cole recommended 11 former AWB executives face possible criminal charges.

In the first action from the regulator since the Cole inquiry, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) yesterday launched civil proceedings against six of the 11 executives in the Victorian Supreme Court.

ASIC chairman Tony D'Aloisio said the investigation was ongoing and did not rule out future criminal proceedings against the six men or other executives.

He also refused to reveal whether the conduct of ministers or departmental staff was investigated.

Each executive charged faces a fine of up to $200,000 for each breach and a possible ban from running any corporation.

AWB's former chairman Trevor Flugge and former managing director Andrew Lindberg – against whom Commissioner Cole made no adverse finding – are among the executives charged with breaching the Corporations Act.

ASIC alleges the executives failed to act with care and due diligence in relation to five contracts and between the wheat exporter and the Iraq Grain Board.

The contracts allegedly involved the payment of $126.3 million in breach of United Nations sanctions between December 20, 2001 and December 11, 2002.

AWB group general manager trading, Peter Geary, former general manager of international sales and marketing, Michael Long, and former general manager of international sales and marketing,

Charles Stott, are alleged to have implemented the contracts, which included illegal “inland transportation fees”.

Mr Flugge, Mr Lindberg and former chief financial officer Paul

Ingleby are alleged to have either known about the kickbacks, or they ought to have known about them.

Mr D'Aloisio said it will be alleged the executives' behaviour hurt AWB.

“What we are saying here is that the alleged misconduct has overall damaged the AWB as a corporation,” he told reporters.

An AWB spokesman said the company would continue to cooperate with investigators.

“We note the action taken by ASIC against former directors and officers of the company,” he said.

“AWB will continue to cooperate appropriately with all investigations.

“AWB believes it is inappropriate to comment further on individual cases or current legal action.”

A spokesman for Attorney-General Robert McClelland said it was not appropriate to comment while the matter was before the courts.

AWB is facing a class action by Iraqi citizens, filed in the

United States.

University of Melbourne Centre of Corporate Law director Ian

Ramsay said ASIC's move today was significant because it was the first enforcement action brought by the regulator since the conclusion of the Cole Inquiry.

During his inquiry into $290 million of kickbacks to the Hussein regime, Commissioner Cole found AWB had a “closed culture of superiority and impregnability, of dominance and self-importance”.

“Today's development is in this broader context of accountability if you like for what Cole found were just major and profound failings in governance and corporate culture by a very high profile company,” Professor Ramsay said.

ASIC expects the matter to be before the court early next year.

Mr Lindberg and Mr Geary are each charged with 10 breaches of the Corporations Act.

Mr Flugge is charged with seven breaches, Mr Long with 17, Mr Ingleby 16 and Mr Stott 12 alleged breaches.

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Astronauts comb ISS for meteorite strike

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Two astronauts on the International Space Station will make a spacewalk next week to find out if a micro-meteorite strike damaged a critical part of the outpost’s power system, officials say.


The station is not in any danger and is still producing enough power to support the arrival of Russian cargo ship later this month, said station deputy program manager Kirk Shireman.

NASA has now announced the space shuttle Atlantis will not take off until January 10 with Europe’s Columbus science module on board.

That flight, originally planned for last week, was postponed when sensors in the shuttle’s fuel tank failed during two launch attempts.

Shireman said the power problem would probably not affect plans to attach Columbus to the station next month. But flights of Japanese modules in February and April could be affected.

Without repairs, “we know we can’t go too much farther,” he said.

Station commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Dan Tani are scheduled for a 6.5-hour spacewalk on Tuesday to inspect two joints needed to position the station’s right-side solar panels toward the sun.

The primary joint, which rotates the panels 360 degrees, was locked in place in October after spacewalking astronauts during the last shuttle mission discovered metal shards inside the mechanism.

Additional inspections were planned during Atlantis’ mission, but the work was shifted to the station crew’s schedule after the launch was postponed.

An additional problem with a second joint, which lets the panels pivot even while the primary joint is locked, surfaced on December 8.

“It makes power generation much more difficult,” Shireman said.

Because several independent pieces of equipment were simultaneously affected, engineers suspect a micro-meteorite strike may be to blame.

They also theorised a piece of debris may have worked itself free and floated into an area that shorted out electrical components.

Spare parts to fix the second joint are on board the station, though if the problem is with the device’s cables a repair would have to wait until supplies arrive on the next cargo ship or aboard the shuttle, Shireman said.

“This (spacewalk) is a fact-finding mission,” he said.

“It is hoped that something the crew sees can help us narrow down the problem.”

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