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Peter Marshall: The man behind the CFA row

Dec 20 2018 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

UFU secretary Peter Marshall speaking at a rally. Photo: Justin McManusPeter Marshall drives through the night. It might be 2am or 3. Through the industrial flatlands of outer western Melbourne, or the tree-ferned foothills of the Dandenongs –anywhere his members work around the clock waiting for the call: fire.

The Victorian secretary of the United Firefighters Union is renowned for his commitment. “He works tirelessly for his members, 18, 20 hours a day, he only sleeps four or five hours,” says Electrical Trades Union secretary Troy Gray. “If you text him at 4 in the morning you’ll get one back.”

Texting is becoming an issue for Marshall, the man behind the CFA row now threatening to send an otherwise productive and progressive Andrews government up in flames.

He is to be the subject of a formal bullying complaint by former emergency services minister Jane Garrett. It is believed his haranguing texts during the row are one of the reasons the minister came to feel bullied by Marshall.

In some parts of the media he has been cast as an archetypal union villain – a thug who counts Mick Gatto among his best mates, and stops at nothing to win a fight. To his mainly loyal – often deeply so – members, he is a hero.

“He’s fanatical about protecting his members,” observes Phil Cleary, the left-leaning former Coburg footy champ and one-time independent MP for Wills. A senior Labor insider says Marshall is “addicted to war”. The one thing everyone agrees on is that he is uncompromising.

The CFA row has led to the ministerial resignation of one of Labor’s rising stars, Garrett, the sacking of the CFA board, the resignation of a string of senior officers and internal Labor friction that is eroding Daniel Andrews’ leadership.

An Age poll yesterday highlighted the dispute as the reason for the collapse in Andrews’ popularity. It came after a terrible week in which: the state Labor caucus imploded amid allegations Garrett had leaked to damage the government; Garrett announced her intention to make a formal complaint; and Malcolm Turnbull opened his first term as elected prime minister with a bill to thwart the CFA deal and enshrine the protection of volunteers.

Back in the heady days of late 2014 some newly elected Labor MPs expected the CFA enterprise agreement to be a routine industrial matter for the new Andrews government – a bit of family “argy bargy” between Labor and a public sector union quickly resolved.

Anyone who believed that didn’t know Marshall and wasn’t considering the consequences of fully enlisting him in the 2014 election campaign.

Peter Marshall is old school. He was raised working class in pre-gentrified, industrial Brunswick.

He became a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade – and a believer in class politics. He has run the UFU as a militant left union for more than 20 years. It is formally part of the Labor family, and pays affiliation fees, but Marshall has never looked comfortable in Bob Hawke-styled modern Labor.

His relationship with the ALP is transactional. He threatens Labor people with destruction of their political ambitions or governments. And he means it. Some know it, too. Or do now at least.

He has oscillated between Labor and the Greens for years. He backed the union’s lawyer, the Greens’ Adam Bandt, in 2010 and 2013 for the once-safe Labor heartland seat of Melbourne.

But at the state level, and especially in the 2014, the UFU fought hard for an Andrews government, turning out to doorknock, and gathering at the Collingwood Town Hall in honour of their man: Dan Andrews.

The UFU is small but special. In an election campaign, firefighters are a dream come true. Everyone respects them. They are tribal and work together with military precision.

Marshall was especially supportive of Garrett in the seat of Brunswick, his home turf, a traditional Labor stronghold under challenge from the Greens.

The two had worked closely when Labor was in opposition from 2010-2014. Garrett’s predecessor in the seat of Brunswick, Carlo Carli, recalls them together at campaign functions, and firefighters “thick on the ground” in polling booths across the Brunswick electorate in 2014.

Marshall is renowned for his loyalty to those who back him – like Bandt – and fierce on those who cross him. Carli says the roots of the current CFA imbroglio lay in the closeness of the relationship in 2014.

“It was a terrible mistake to make Jane the minister responsible for emergency services, responsible for Peter, given their friendship and the support he gave her.”

As minister, Garrett agreed to many of the union’s demands, including a substantial pay rise and a large increase in the number of professional firefighters.

But she backed the CFA in resisting some of the union’s more outlandish demands, assuming, probably, that there was ambit in its claims.

There wasn’t.

At the core of the row is what CFA chiefs saw as a union bid to unreasonably extend its control over the volunteer-based CFA. Marshall denies a power grab.

In 2015 relations between Garrett and the union broke down, a rift that came to a head in an October meeting which, according to insiders, ended in disarray after a Marshall rant including a direct threat to the minister.

Multiple departments, agencies, experts and labour luminaries had been brought into the fray to try and resolve the dispute. Among them Dean Mighell, the former firebrand union leader and Marshall friend.

“You wouldn’t meet anyone who would be more fanatical and work harder for his members,” says Mighell, who worked as a consultant for the UFU last year.

Still, despite his considerable negotiating skills and friendship with both antagonists – Marshall and Garrett – Mighell was not able to get the dispute resolved. He wasn’t alone.

The bamboozling thing for many involved has been Marshall’s apparent lack of concern for the government and the wider Labor project. (It’s a charge laid against Garrett also, especially since Andrews controversially intervened to settle the dispute in June by backing a union-friendly version of the agreement.)

Carli says many young Labor people struggle to understand Marshall’s loyalties. “Peter is deeply dedicated to a cause and the cause is firefighters.”

“It’s his life,” is a comment made repeatedly by those who know him. There would not be many – if any – paid firefighters he has not met.

“Putting aside everything that is supposedly happening between him and Jane Garrett, I actually kind of like Peter Marshall,” says Cleary, who has devoted much of the past 20 years campaigning against violent treatment of women. “I see him as cut out of the old Labor rock, from the craft, manual labour unions.

“He’s like a worker from the coalface, he’s got street smarts and the capacity to argue a point and argue it theoretically about the rights of his members.”

Sometimes though, Marshall’s intensity is hard to be around. In full flight in negotiations or even with his own staff, he can be confronting. “It’s bullying,” says one observer.

This is also reflected in his aggressive class-war language preferred by the old warriors of the labour movement but deemed inappropriate in the 2000s – the kind of language is now at the centre of a serious rift between Andrews and Garrett.

Some Labor MPs and union leaders are dismissive, saying Marshall’s language is standard in the rough and tumble of the labour movement. And Garrett is, after all, very close to the CFMEU.

Others point out that it is not just the language but also Marshall’s alleged haranguing of Garrett night and day that got to her, and UFU members turning out to niggle her at public events. One senior Labor figure earlier this year described Marshall’s approach as war declared “on a daily basis”.

It is a view that attracts sympathy, not just from supporters of Garrett, who are alarmed at the win-at-any-cost approach he takes.

“He’d rather a fight than a feed,” is how one union comrade puts it, affectionately. And says another: “The need to be at war seems greater than anything else. There’s something driving it that’s not normal industrial relations.”

Neither Mr Marshall nor Ms Garrett would be interviewed. Nor did either want to comment.

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The mystery of Mount Eliza: Who killed Colonel Duncan?

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Retired Colonel John Norman Duncan was shot, execution-style, at his Mount Eliza home. Photo: Victoria PoliceSydnaFerguson crept down the hallway of the Colonel’s house.

She was scared and worried because her friend had failed to turn up for their regular night of dinner and cards. So she came to look for him.

Ferguson had entered the house by using the key from behind the garden wall, where the Colonel always kept it. Another friend, Nan, waited outside in her Volkswagen.

Two hours earlier, Ferguson had circled the driveway but left because she thought no one was home.

This time, a light was on inside. In the loungeroom, she found the Colonel’s Labrador dog, Prince, but no sign of his owner.

The Colonel wasn’t in the bedroom or the kitchen either. She noticed both rooms were messier than usual.

Suddenly, the phone rang. The Colonel’s brother was calling to see if they’d found him yet. Ferguson said no.

Nearly overcome with fear, Ferguson went to the laundry. But as she tried to enter, she felt something pushing against the door.

Two years later, at a coronial inquest, Ferguson recounted what happened next:

“I saw there was something on the floor. It appeared to be a material. On the floor under the material was something that looked like beetroot juice.

“I ran out the front door and called out to Nan. I was upset; I think Nan came up to the house, but I am not certain. I said to Nan, ‘I think something dreadful has happened,’ or words like that.

“Nan said, ‘What’s happened.’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ Nan and I then drove straight home and rang the police.”

At 9.15pm, the call came through to Frankston police station that a body had been found in the laundry at Glenburn, 1 Old Mornington Road.

Police arrived 20 minutes later, where they found the Colonel lying in a pool of his own blood.

He had been shot twice in the back of the head and once through the right shoulder blade. A pillow was used to muffle the shots. It was sufficiently intact that you could still sleep on it.

Police also discovered that the Colonel was not where Ferguson said she found him.

Before the police got there, someone had dragged his lifeless body to the patio.

The unsolved murderof Colonel John Norman Duncan is one of Victoria’s oldest cold cases.

His violent execution-style death on September 5, 1966 rocked the small community of Mount Eliza and remains a mystery of the Mornington Peninsula.

Police believe Duncan’s killers could still be alive and that someone in the community knows something that could bust the case wide open.

However, the investigation is not a priority for the homicide squad. There hasn’t been a fresh call for information for almost 15 years.

But back in 1960s Melbourne, Duncan’s murder was front-page news. The slaying was shocking in its brutality and the victim’s backstory made it even more compelling.

Duncan was a dashing man, particularly in uniform. He was one of the Rats of Tobruk and was mentioned in dispatches during World War II.

After the war, he built on wealth already made in mining by becoming a shrewd investor. There were dealings with friends on the Mornington Peninsula. The founder of Clark Rubber invited him to join the board.

Duncan also lent money with interest rates of up to 10 per cent, a possible motive for his death. When he died he left an estate of $210,000, worth $2.6 million in today’s money.

Handsome in his day, Duncan also built a reputation as a ladies man with a dangerous taste for married women.

A divorcee, newspaper reports referred to him as the “lonely colonel” but he still managed to keep his bed warm at night. It may have cost him his life.

He had charm, drove a distinctive gunmetal grey Jaguar mark 10 and was involved in the local theatre group. The audiences were mainly female. He was spotted on the Frankston foreshore in his car with much younger women.

“It conjures up images of a 1960s era James Bond, with the car, the money and the women,” says Detective Sergeant Gordon Hynd, who handled the case when it reopened in 2002.

“A man of that era, we referred to him as a playboy.”

One of those women was Sydna Ferguson – the person who stumbled across his blood in the laundry on that rainy evening 50 years ago.

Their relationship didn’t come out at the time but Hynd now believes that the pair were in a sexual relationship with the agreement of Ferguson’s much older husband.

That “agreement” may have gone sour, says Hynd, and become a possible motive for murder.

Whether that’s true or not has become hard to prove. All three members of the love triangle have taken what they knew to the grave.

Police struggled fromthe start trying to piece together where Duncan was the day he died.

One key witness saw Duncan in the hours leading up to his murder in his Jag along with a group of two or three men in their teens or early 20s.

Police believe those men are probably Duncan’s killers, however their motive remains murky.

The method of the murder  –  execution style, hand restraints, a pillow to muffle the sound –  suggests a contract killing.

Whoever organised the murder could have been on the wrong end of a dodgy business deal or may have been a jilted lover.

There was a third theory, that Duncan surprised a group of youths in the middle of a robbery.

Hynd says police made an arrest when they last reopened the case in 2002.

Investigators believed the suspect may have been one of the men in the car but could not connect him to the crime.

“One of the challenges of a cold case that old is how do you give an alibi? How do they remember what they were doing, unless it was connected to something significant,” he says.

Adding to the mystery is that Duncan’s death didn’t go completely to plan.

Police think Ferguson turning up when she did probably interrupted the murder, forcing the abandonment of efforts to fake Duncan’s disappearance.

Suitcases were stuffed haphazardly with his belongings, including his glasses which would normally be used for such a task.

A brand new shovel and pick were also found near the scene with price tags still on. The tools would have probably been used to dig Duncan’s grave.

In a chilling twist, the killers may have been pushing the other side of laundry door when Ferguson tried to open it.

The murder weapon was never found.

Fifty years later and the killing is still a talking point on the Mornington Peninsula, although some newer residents may be completely unaware it ever happened.

Duncan’s social circle included membership of the Mount Eliza Country Club, a men’s only establishment which grew out of meetings in the garage of Hendra, the historic estate of the Coles family.

Captains of industry like Sir Reginald Ansett were members. Then premier Henry Bolte was said to have granted the club a rare liquor licence.

One recent committee member describes the club as reasonably exclusive, particularly in its heyday when people could be blackballed for no apparent reason.

Duncan used to drink at the club and there has been speculation that someone he knew there was involved in his murder.

The rumours were so persistent that one member was referred to as “the suspect” when he would walk into the country club bar.

“He didn’t take kindly to that but he was definitely interviewed in the 1980s about what he knew,” recalls a former committee member.

Other locals are not so sure. A fellow bar fly says the so-called suspect “couldn’t have done it, his wife used to make us lunch on Fridays”.

Andrew Duncan, the Colonel’s nephew, was 16 at the time of the murder. He remembers being on school holidays when his uncle was shot.

“At the time it was pretty traumatic for the family,” he says.

“My father and I went into Frankston that day and we were going to call in and see John but we were running late and just didn’t do it.”

In the aftermath, Andrew’s father, Colin, issued a $5000 reward to catch the killers, which was matched by the state government. Both went unclaimed.

So after five decades will the murder remain unsolved?

Hynd thinks the killer could still be alive but concedes the case will only progress if police get a fresh lead.

The key, he says, is whether the culprit ever spilled the secret.

If they did then someone out there, even after all this time, may have the information police need.

“Often, the ones that don’t tell anyone are the ones that get away with it,” he says.

“In this case they’ve got away with it for a long time.”

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Donnybrook triumph in junior finals fever

Dec 20 2018 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Stephen Harper, right.

Donnybrook junior footballers had a great day out on Saturday, winning two South West Junior Football League finals matches.

In welcome spring sunshine, the Donnybrook Football Club’s year seventeamdefeated Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault 8.7.55 to 0.3.33in their semi final to set up a preliminary final match against Collie next week. The winner will progress to the grand final on September 17.

Having socred a similar win againstHBL earlier in the season, Donnybrook wereconfident and were on the board early with a goal to Scott Tuia.

The Dons saw plenty more of the ball in the first term but failed to convert it onto the scoreboard.

In the second term,Ryan Babich, Mason Cooper andLouis McCully were dangerous in attack while Aidan Hutchinson, Mitchell Russell andTom Anderson were controlling the midfield. By the main break, the Dons had control of the match 4.4.28to 0.3.3.

Offload: Donnybrook junior footballer Zac Trigwell gets the handball out.Photos: Felicity Graham

Staunch defence by Mitchell Woods, Riley Vitali, Ben Wedderburn, Ryan Aldridge, MacFleay and Jarrah Tinker helped keep the opposition goalless.

The third quarter was an arm wrestle, but the flood gates opened in the last as Donnybrook took control.

Babich kicked his third goal and the mosquito fleet of Kade Wallace, Stephen Harper and Phillip Wringe got right into the action.

Donnybrook year eightswere next and this time the opposition was South Bunbury. A slow start from the Dons meant the team had to work hard for their win.

Darcy Healey, Cale Mifflin and Jayden Sutton were called on to do plenty in defence as the Tigers were generally first to the ball and had the half time advantage 4.4.28 to 2.2.14.

The momentum started to swing the Dons way in the third with the Hodgetts brothers, Adrian and Cam, goinghard at the ball whileMitchell Brown was getting in and under and Jared Bowers was marking everything that came his way.

Nick Scott takes a mark.

Down by a point at the final change,Dons’ coachJulian Burgess swung a few changes and they all worked.

Rory Beeson was excellent across half back, Nick Scott was sent to the midfield with immediate effect and Mifflin was asked to do the ruck work.

Cale Mifflin

The two Zacs, Burgess and Trigwell, helped lock the ball in the Dons forward line and eventually South Bunbury buckled.

Josh Cusato found his touch to bag two majors whileAussie Tinker lookeddangerous and the Dons piled on fivegoals for the quarter to triumph 9.8.62 to 5.8.38.

Having finished top of their division, the year eightteam move directly to the grand final and enjoy the benefit of a week off next Saturday.

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Michelle Bridges endorses your right to wear activewear to the shops

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Michelle Bridges with son Axel and partner Steve “Commando” Willis. Photo: Instagram/@mishbridges Michelle Bridges models her range of activewear for Big W.

Michelle Bridges has long been a pioneer. Not only did she help make fitness interesting enough for reality television but she also spearheaded the activewear trend. A look that made her feel like an outcast when she arrived in Sydney 20 years ago from the Northern Territory.

“When I first moved to Sydney I was working full-time as an instructor and personal trainer in the city, so I was going from gym to gym to gym with my backpack on dressed in my tights and workout gear,” she said.

“This was a long time ago and people would stare at me like I was some kind of strange person. I felt certain that the shopkeeper was thinking I was going to steal something but now it’s the fashion to be wearing your fitness gear with your little backpack on.”

The Biggest Loser trainer laughed at new research, conducted by ING Direct, which highlighted that Australians, on average, spend about $1400 on workout wear every year but only 19 per cent put it to use in the gym.

“That old chestnut,” she said. “I’ve always encouraged people to put their fitness gear on even when they may not be specifically training because you tend to just move with more freedom.”

The aftershocks of the activewear tsunami are still being felt and look to continue. Last week’s annual shopping festival – Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out in Sydney – had an “athleisure” theme. FitBit sponsored the official bar and the fashion bible’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann swapped heels for white trainers for the event.

It’s a look Bridges endorses.

“Just put your gear on and if you get an opportunity of 10 minutes or 20 minutes at least you are dressed and ready to go.”

She is now slowly getting back into her daily exercise routine following the birth of her son, Axel, last December and was one of the 25,000 who took part in Saturday’s Medibank Personal Better Day at her local Park Run meet – the five kilometre fun run held every Saturday morning at various locations around Australia.

It was her first sweat-covered public appearance since she and partner, Steve “Commando” Willis welcomed the new addition to the family eight months ago.

“I’m not working out enough,” she said. “I get three or four sessions in a week. I miss my habitual training session every morning.

“I’ve just started to get back into that because most mornings for the last couple of months I’ve been waking up feeling like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck. But he’s now starting to sleep through the night and I feel like I’m getting my groove back on again with my training.”

Another change brought on by motherhood was her approach to the way she trains other mums.

“Motherhood has given me a lot more empathy for my mums,” Bridges said. “I’ve always been very respectful and empathetic, but I guess it’s not until you really live that sleep deprivation side of things that you think: ‘More power to you, you’ve turned up. You’ve got out of bed, you’ve put your clothes on. Sure they may be inside-out and back-to-front, but you’re here. Congratulations’.”

While she continues to grow her online “12-week body transformation” program, she may not be returning to the small screen, admitting that the format of The Biggest Loser franchise seen in Australia will be “completely changed”.

“I don’t think you’ll see Biggest Loser again unless they dust it off and bring it back in a couple of years’ time,” she said. “It’s going to be a whole new format, a whole different kind of vibe, which is exciting for those that are going to be doing that. Whether I’m going to be part of that, remains to be seen.”

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Note to self: Guy Sebastian writes a letter to his younger self

Dec 20 2018 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

Guy Sebastian. Photo: Gusde Mahendranata

Dear Little Guy,

I realise that at your age you believe you know everything about everything, but please believe me, you have a lot to learn. First, and most important, this letter is not about asking you to change.

Yes, your actions and attitudes are what define the outcomes of your life, however it’s not about getting it all “right”. You’re going to make mistakes. Get over that. It’s okay. Mistakes are the only way to learn.

Sometimes people will let you down. Sometimes you will let yourself down. Sometimes things won’t go your way and sometimes your heart will get broken. Here’s the big one: Sometimes, actually often, your trust will be broken and people will take advantage of you.

However, don’t ever let this change you. Don’t let the negative things in your life shape your behavioural patterns and the way you interact with people.

Remain trusting, loving and positive because there are people who love you and believe in you. If you let the bad experiences close you up, you won’t be able to receive these things.

All that time you’re spending on music, keep doing it.

People will tell you it’s not a possibility, that you don’t have the right “look”, that you’re not good enough. They don’t have a crystal ball.

University might seem like a hindrance from the dream; however, your degree will lead you to work with people much less fortunate than you and this will teach you invaluable lessons.

With success comes temptation. Situations will present themselves that can alter the course of your life forever. Have some foresight and choose wisely.

Try to discern the difference between what is fleeting and what is eternal. The latter will soothe your heart, the former only your physical needs. Hold on to what matters with a clenched fist.

Finally, put love first. Don’t lose your love for people. It will be easy to at times. Try to understand perspectives other than your own, because you are hard-headed and will often be wrong.

P.S. Don’t steal those lollies just because Paul dared you to. You will get banned for life from Foodland.

Letter to My Teenage Self (Affirm Press, $20) is out now. All profits from the book go to The Reach Foundation.

This article originally appeared in Sunday Life magazine. 

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