Barnaby Joyce’s book due in August

Barnaby Joyce has pleaded for privacy but he’ll soon have a political memoir out after already taking $150,000 for a tell-all TV interview.

Barnaby Joyce. MP and the former deputy Prime Minister will release a book in August.

Weatherboard & Iron: Politics, The Bush And Me is due out in August and the publishers promise it will surprise readers.

The former Nationals leader quit as deputy prime minister after it was revealed he was having a baby with his staffer-turned-partner Vikki Campion.

“Joyce not only provides a context to this calamitous series of events but also offers an insight into the inner workings of politics and the media in this country,” New Holland Publishers said.

“Coming so quickly after his public stoush with actor Johnny Depp, the High Court ruling that he was a dual citizen and his stunning victory in the subsequent by-election in the NSW seat of New England, Joyce was rarely far from the front pages of national and international news media.”

The publishers promise the book will reveal what drove Mr Joyce during his career – “a career that is far from being over”.

Mr Joyce recently called for changes to privacy laws after doing a $150,000 tell-all TV interview with Ms Campion.

He also accused a photographer of hiding in the bushes outside a church to harass him.

“Private individuals, kids especially, should have greater protections than what they’ve got. They haven’t got any,” Mr Joyce said.

He said the couple did the infamous interview in the hope it would be a “circuit-breaker” which would end the intense scrutiny on their private lives.

Mr Joyce declared the book deal on his parliamentary interests register.

The former deputy prime minister is on two weeks of sick leave, but he has found time to campaign against laws preventing harassment of women outside abortion clinics.

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Toowoomba’s Albert Brimblecombe to sell restored tractors in one of the biggest single owner offerings

Albert Brimblecombe, Highfields, with one of his favourite restorations, the John Deere Model-H. He will sell his entire tractor collection later this month. Pictures: Melody Labinsky A TOOWOOMBA man’s restored tractor collection, hailed as one of the best in the country, is set to go under the hammer this monthwithbuyers travelling from as far as America and New Zealand.

Former St George cotton grower and now Toowoomba resident,Albert Brimblecombe, will bid farewell to over 400 lots of his vintage tractor and machinery collection, including more than 100 restored machines, at an auction later this month.

The 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee was released in the aftermath of a court case with Ferguson.

Mr Brimblecombe has been collecting and restoring forgotten machinery since the mid 1980s, with word quickly spreading of his restoration gift.

While he never had any formal mechanic training, Mr Brimblecombe picked up the art of restoration along the way.

Albert Brimblecombe, Highfields, with a line of John Deere tractors.

He would returnan engine to a driving state and paint them original colours, with some machines taking eight years to complete.

“If I had spare time I used to put all my efforts into getting old tractors in order and getting them going again,” he said.

The 1911 Titan Type D is the oldest tractor in Albert Brimblecombe’s collection.

“If you have a tractor that is complete, all the parts are there, you can get it going in a few months, I had another one took me eight years to all all the parts together for it.”

But with age catching up with him, Mr Brimblecombe, 78, said it was time tosee the tractors off to their next chapter.

“I’ve always thought, I’ve got them to this stage, someone else will carry them on to the next stage, hopefully never go back to a paddock and rust out,” he said.

A variety of tractors will be offered.

Bundaberg Auctions Australia Wide will conduct the sale from 9.30am on June 23 at104 Cronin Road, Highfields.

Owner and auctioneer Matt Beer said with no reserve, no buyer’s premium and no GST, interest had come from collectors and small museums as far as America, New Zealand, Western and Southern Australia and Victoria.

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He predicted the tractors to make up to $60,000, with some items a one off in Australia.

A cross-engine Case tractor.

“I truly believe that this auction will easily set a precedence for prices of vintage tractors in Australia,” he said.

“Them sort of blokes (restorers like Albert) have saved a lot of those tractors that would have gone to the scrap heap and now they are forever.

“Where it is a sad day for him to see the tractors go, a little bit of Albert Brimblecombe will be spread around Australia.”

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Son testifies at trial over mother’s death

The son of a Sydney woman fatally struck by a truck on a pedestrian crossing in 2016 has told a court he offered to drive her home that day but she declined and decided to walk.

Nicholas Thwaites on Wednesday said his 60-year-old mother had dropped her car off to be serviced and wanted to do some shopping as she made her way home on the morning of May 20.

“She just bought some new exercise clothes that she was trying to fit into,” Mr Thwaites told the NSW District Court.

“She was really just excited to get back into a lot of exercise, she was quite fit for her age.”

Emmanuel Xiberras, 38, is facing a jury trial after pleading not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning death and failing to stop and assist after the Brookvale crash that killed Jo-Ann Thwaites.

The Crown says that if Xiberras was paying attention he would have seen Ms Thwaites on the zebra crossing, which was on a slip lane at an intersection.

It’s also alleged he then didn’t stop when he knew – or ought to have known – what had happened.

Mr Thwaites, in giving evidence, said that on the day of his mother’s death, he heard there’d been a traffic incident in Brookvale so he avoided driving through the area.

When he returned to her home and she wasn’t there, he got “this extremely sick feeling in the stomach and panicked”.

Mr Thwaites went to the scene just 200 or 300 metres away, where police told him what had happened.

A teenage boy also told the court he saw the fatal incident from the passenger seat of his mother’s car as she drove him to school.

During a recorded police interview, he said he saw a woman stumble “while crossing the pedestrian and a white truck has come over, not seeing her, and rolled over her”.

“I went to tell my mum what happened and I looked back and the lady was missing,” he said.

During his opening address on Tuesday, defence barrister Richard Pontello said Xiberras stopped and looked both ways before he drove onto the crossing.

He stopped again when he was on the crossing and giving way to traffic on his right, the lawyer said.

He said that in circumstances where Ms Thwaites tripped and fell into his client’s truck, there was nothing he could have done to avoid the tragedy.

“He had absolutely no idea that he had hit a person … and he had no reason to think that he had done so,” he said.

The trial continues.

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University of Newcastle appeals for help to fund Shaping Futures Scholarships after big demand

BOOST: Natasha, who is studying to become a criminal psychologist, said the Shaping Futures scholarship gave her a boost to continue her education. The University of Newcastle says demand for the scholarship has grown beyond what it can afford. IT helped hundreds of students cope with trying circumstances beyond the classroom. Now, the University of Newcastle is seeking public help to fund a program designed to help promising students shine.

On Wednesday the university launched a public appeal tohelp meet enormous demand for ascholarship program designed to helptalented students snared in circumstances that have limited their opportunities to succeed.

Vice-chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said more than 400 students applied for Shaping Futures Scholarships this year, far beyond what the University could support without the help of the community.

The scholarships offer students experiencing disadvantage $4000 for safe accommodation, transport, books and other necessities.The university said it caters toa larger proportion of students from a low socio-economic background than other institutions, with its ratio of almost one in four above the sector average.

“I encourage community members and local businesses to consider a tax-deductible donation before 30 June so that together we can provide more students with the powerful gift of education and new opportunities,” Professor McMillen said.

The 154 students supported through the scholarships since 2011 include Natasha, a survivor of family violence who attended more than 12 schools fleeing domestic violence situations.

“Some days, I wondered if I’d ever make it out of that life,” she said.“But as I grew older, I started picturing a different life for myself and my siblings.”

Natasha, who is studying psychology towards becoming a criminal psychologist and caresfor her siblings, said receiving one of the scholarships last year helped immensely.

“I was finding it hard to support myself and the scholarship helped me afford things such as food, books and a laptop,” she said. “It was encouraging that someone out there cared about my future – I’ve never had that kind of help before.”

Biotechnology graduate Brandan said the scholarship helped ease the burden of juggling study, work and caring for his father, who has a disability. Healso overcame his own health issues during his studies.

“Without the scholarship, I would have been completely ruined,” he said. “It helped me buy essentials, like a bed and fridge.

“But it also gave me reassurance that I was doing a good job and that I’d get through the hard times.”

“I’m excited to start my research career and give back to the world.”

Professor McMillen said the scholarship could help unlockgreat potential by supporting students in their education.

“I have seen many bright students like Brandan and Natasha who have a hunger and heart to make a difference,” she said. “With help from the community we can continue to support these students with the education and opportunity that every young person should be granted.”

NSW Opal fares to increase by 2.2 per cent

Commuters are set to pay more to travel on NSW’s public transport network, with Opal fares to jump by 2.2 per cent.

The increase, worth an average 39 cents a week, will kick in from July 2.

The rise, however, won’t affect seniors and pensioners, with Gold Opal prices to remain at $2.50 for all day travel any day of the week.

A train trip from Penrith to Town Hall, for example, will go up by 15 cents, while a ferry ride from Manly to Circular Quay will rise 16 cents.

A week’s worth of travel for an adult will be capped at $63.20, up from $61.60.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the increase was in line with inflation, and well short of the NSW pricing regulator’s recommendation.

The official inflation rate for the 12 months to March was 1.9 per cent, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show, but most economists expect the rate to rise above two per cent later in the year.

“We’ve had five years of fare freezes and now we’re just starting to adjust it in line with the cost of living,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal had proposed a 4.2 per cent rise in transport fares.

But Mr Constance assured travellers won’t be slugged down the track to make up the difference.

He noted there had been an 11 per cent increase in patronage on Sydney trains in the past year.

“The more people who are using public transport we can obviously on a customer basis lower the cost,” he said.

The 30 per cent discount on regional bus fares in parts of the state that don’t use the Opal system, announced by the government earlier this year, will be kept.

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