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Telstra seals Pacnet deal for $US697m

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Telstra has dramatically increased its presence in Asia with a long awaited major acquisition.

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Australia’s largest telco will buy Pacnet, a telco and owner of the world’s largest private submarine cable network, for $US697 million ($A754.12 million).

The move will double the size of its presence in Asia, said global enterprise and services group executive Brendon Riley.

The price was below previous speculation Telstra could pay $US1 billion.

Pacnet’s equity value was $US2 billion in 2008.

Telstra chief financial officer Andrew Penn acknowledged that Pacnet’s performance had declined during that time, but had returned to growth in the last two-and-a-half years since chief executive Carl Grivner took over.

“Through that process they refocused the business, which also accounts for a little bit of a reduction in the size of the business,” he said.

Mr Grivner has previously called on large foreign telcos such as Telstra to properly commit to and build infrastructure in Asia, rather than just rely on partnerships with local providers.

Last year Telstra teamed up with Indonesian telco Telkom to sell technology services in the region but Tuesday’s announcement is its biggest deal.

Telstra will acquire more than 46,400km of undersea cable stretching from Asia to the US and join its Chinese joint venture, PBS, the first time a foreign company has provided an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network there.

It believes its experience as a global leader in rolling out 4G mobile communications technology positions it well in what are still relatively young Asian markets, Mr Penn said.

The acquisition was aligned to Telstra’s growth strategy in Asia and a significant step in expanding beyond Australia, Telstra chief executive David Thodey said.

“We believe this acquisition will help us become a leading provider of enterprise services to multinational companies and carriers in the region,” he said.

Telstra’s shares closed down four cents at $5.96 after closing $6 on Monday for the first time in more than 13 years.

CMC Markets chief market strategist Michael McCarthy said it looked like a positive for Telstra.

There had been concerns it might take an ill disciplined approach given past failures in Asia and how keen it was on expanding in the region, he said.

The company experienced major financial problems with its Reach joint venture cable business formed in 2000.

“It gets capital working for the company, which is an important aspect from a shareholder’s point of view,” Mr McCarthy told AAP.

Telstra has $5 billion-plus in cash.

The transaction would target $65 million a year in synergies and was more value accretive than a share buyback, Telstra said.

Pacnet’s revenues in 2013 were $US472 million with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation $US111 million.

Haddin confident batting slump will end

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The solution to Brad Haddin’s poor batting form is as simple as it is maddening.

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“I don’t feel in bad touch – I just need to get some runs,” the Australian cricket vice-captain said of his lean trot.

Haddin added that was also the extent of the advice from team coach Darren Lehmann.

“There’s no big secret to it,” he said.

“We’re not sitting behind closed doors and having it out.

“I’m comfortable with where my game is at – everything is going in the right direction – I just need to get some runs.”

This time last year, Haddin repeatedly saved Australia in their Ashes whitewash with his rearguard heroics at No.7.

His highest score in the seven Tests since has been 22.

Haddin said he had been in slumps before and is confident his form will turn.

“My preparation has been spot on,” he said.

“Leading into this summer, I probably felt better than I did last summer.

“It’s just about getting that luck at the start of your innings.

“If you get through that first bit then you start to get into the rhythm of the game, then you work from there – I don’t feel in bad touch.”

Likewise, Haddin said he had no problems with Steve Smith becoming Test captain ahead of him saying it was an outstanding choice.

Haddin was vice-captain under Michael Clarke and has retained the role with Smith temporarily in charge.

“They’ve made a very brave and very good decision in giving Steve the captaincy,” he said.

“I think it’s the perfect time for him.

“He’s on top of his game at the moment, so that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about as captain if you’re playing as good a cricket as he is.

“He’s a good leader – he’s only young and he’s going to get better and better in the role.”

Asked if he would have liked to have become captain, Haddin replied: “I’d much rather you remember the last two hours I did in Adelaide (when Clarke was injured) than have to do it full-time.”

A big positive for Haddin in this series has been his superb wicketkeeping.

He feigned outrage at the end of his Tuesday media conference that no-one wanted to ask him about his glovework.

Family and friends farewell Tori Johnson

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Tibetan monks and sunflowers have accompanied Tori Johnson’s coffin on its way from his funeral, a week after the man, hailed a hero, lost his life in a siege in Sydney’s city centre.

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Hundreds of mourners, including survivors of the Lindt Cafe siege and dignitaries, on Tuesday joined Mr Johnson’s family at a private church service just a 100 metres from where the 34-year-old cafe manager was shot dead.

“Celebrating Tori’s Love, Generosity and Life,” read the memorial booklet for the man who was shot as tried to wrestle a gun from Man Haron Monis in the final moments of the 17-hour siege.

Tori’s father, Ken, read the eulogy at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, where NSW Premier Mike Baird, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Governor David Hurley joined mourners.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull also attended, while Sydneysiders lined Macquarie Street outside to pay their final respects during the hour-long service.

Johnson’s long-term partner, Thomas Zinn, who read one of five tributes, was the first to leave the service while a white hearse carried Mr Johnson’s coffin to a private cremation in Sydney’s east.

A group of siege survivors, including co-workers, a little later walked from the church to a makeshift memorial near where a sea of flowers had just hours earlier been removed before rain could destroy the tributes.

They added their flowers to the hundreds of bouquets that had been placed under a marquee to protect them from the weather.

Standing together, they watched, along with Reverend Bill Crews who’d led the service, while funeral staff placed dozens of white roses and sunflowers on a black table.

They then embraced each other, while a nearby busker played Silent Night on a guitar.

And, passers-by continued to lay their flower tributes as the survivors left.

By Patrick Troy, Australian National University

 

READ MORE: Tom Uren, the fighter who loved

Tom Uren was a “Big Man” not only in stature but in his public life.

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Uren, who has died at the age of 93, was born into a working-class household. Typical of the 1920s and ‘30s, he had a limited formal education and received his training in what he called the “university of adversity”.

Uren did not support or engage in personal diatribes or vendettas. Instead, he tried always to be true to what he saw as important social issues but in ways that were built on respect for others.

Uren first came to prominence as a peace campaigner. He had been a Japanese prisoner of war, having been captured early in the Second World War. His experience working on the Burma-Thailand railway and later outside Nagasaki, the site of the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan which he saw from the nearby prison camp, was significant in shaping his world view.

Uren was not a pacifist but stood against those who argued that resorting to force was a way to resolve differences between nations. He had experienced and witnessed the depths to which men could sink if they were denied the ordinary civilities of human relations, incarcerated and treated with little respect. He was one of the many who benefited from the example provided by Weary Dunlop, seeing him as someone who retained his integrity and decency in even the most appalling conditions.

Taking a stand on principle

 

Once falsely smeared as a ‘commo’ sympathiser, Tom Uren was invested as a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2013. Government House, Canberra, CC BY-NC-ND


 

Uren’s left-wing views brought him to the attention of the press and of some of the more extremist elements of the Menzies government. He was the subject of a claim that he and other ALP members of parliament were close to Soviet embassy officials. Newspaper reporting of the slander led to legal action against the Australian Consolidated Press and Fairfax, which Uren won.

The leadership Uren provided in the struggle over whether Australia should be involved in the Vietnam War was significant. In 1970 he took part in an anti-war demonstration, during which he felt that he had been assaulted by a constable. He took legal action against him, but the charge was dismissed.

Uren felt that the issue was politicised because of his stand against the war and refused to pay the costs awarded by the judge. Turning up to be jailed for non-payment of a fine for participating in an anti-war demonstration dramatised the way in which laws introduced to limit freedom of expression were being used to stifle dissent. It is a salutary reminder of the direction current initiatives could take us.

Uren’s fine was paid anonymously but clearly by someone aware of the damage that could be done to the government’s position if he was not released from jail.

Championing the fair go

Part of Uren’s approach to issues that he saw emerging in Australia was to try to understand the processes that produced the manifest inequalities to be found in the nation, in particular in those areas of Sydney in which he lived.

Uren lived in an outer-Sydney suburb near the home of Gough Whitlam. They were not close friends or factional allies but they shared the frustrations and indignities of living in areas that lacked the most basic of services.

Uren found compelling Whitlam’s analysis and articulation of the problems confronting urban Australia. He began to respond to his challenges by developing his own complementary position.

Whitlam’s setting out of the urban planning challenge in the Burley Griffin Memorial Lecture of 1968 energised Uren. Building on his experience of having to build his own house in suburban Sydney, as so many families in western Sydney had, he recognised the fundamental inequality of access to a wide variety of urban services.

Recognising the role of government

 

Tom Uren’s pioneering legacy as minister for urban and regional development endures to this day. National Archives of Australia, CC BY


 

Much of the inequality grew out of the failure by the Commonwealth, especially during the Menzies years, to help the states develop housing and infrastructure services. This arose from the failure by the Menzies governments to recognise that their policies were the immediate cause of the lack of quality services.

Whitlam and Uren saw that the post-war re-conformation of the national taxation system left the Commonwealth in control of investment in the cities and, through its control over migration, gave it significant control over the demand for urban services. Both immediately recognised that the Commonwealth had a major role to play in improving the quality of life in and operation of Australian cities.

Both were also determined to develop a national role in improving the protection of the environment. Uren often referred to his concern for environmental issues; the National Estate provided opportunities to give effect to what he saw as the gentler side of his personality.

Although Uren had made a name for himself as a boxer of some ability, he reserved that aggressive side of his nature for the ring. He would often caution his departmental staff that he wanted “no hairy-chested behaviour” from them in negotiations with state officials or politicians.

Uren’s larger view of and respect for the abilities and sensitivities of his Commonwealth and state colleagues was the reason he enjoyed productive relations with state governments on a wide range of urban programs.

We could do today with Tom Uren’s skills, integrity and commitment.

Patrick Troy does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at the pageant in Miami.

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Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said on Sunday the contests leading up to Miss Universe were the first she had participated in.

She also said they would be her last as she would be eager to return to her studies in Colombia after her reign.

“It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today,” Vega had said earlier in the week in talking about the role of the winner.

“A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.”

Following Sanchez, the 24-year-old Miss USA from Las Vegas, Nevada, the second runner-up was Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen were also among the top five, emerging from the field of 88 contestants.

Sanchez, a 24-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, had spoken earlier of looking forward to the often-dreaded interview portion.

She had been running practice questions all week with her roommate Miss Australia Tegan Martin, who made it to the top ten.

Sanchez has a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has travelled the country teaching others. She spoke previously about equipping women to defend themselves against crime.

“It’s just something that’s so prevalent in our society and why not empower women to take control of a dangerous situation into their own hand,” she said.

Miss Colombia was crowned by the outgoing Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.

Eight former Australians of the Year have penned an open letter urging for the immediate release of asylum seeker children from detention.

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Prominent Australians who have signed the letter included:  Ian Kiernan (1994), Professor Peter Doherty (1997), Professor Gustav Nossal (2000), Professor Fiona Stanley (2003), Professor Ian Frazer (2006), Professor Pat McGorry (2010), Simon McKeon (2011) and Geoffrey Rush (2012)

The letter, addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, writes: 

“Australia is a country that justly prides itself on our commitment to fairness and equality. We are a country of hope, with a commitment to the freedom and dignity of all people, embracing the strength in our diversity, that strives to protect the rights of the most vulnerable.

“Indefinite detention of children and babies is at odds with these hopes and principles. 135 children, including babies who were born in Australia, are currently held indefinitely in harsh and unsafe conditions on Nauru.

“Late last year, we were encouraged that the government took the welcome step of announcing the imminent release of child asylum-seekers, scheduled to occur before Christmas. However, we are now concerned that despite this promise, 333 children remain behind wire.

“These children and their parents came to us in desperation, seeking our help. They came to us seeking safety, knowing of Australia’s reputation as a fair, inclusive and just society and knowing we are a people who are never afraid to lend a hand to those in need.”

The letter was organised through UNICEF, which has consistently argued against children in detention. 

“Children who have sought asylum and been detained for many months are extremely vulnerable and should never be used as political leverage as has been alleged here. Detention causes harm to all children, and no children should be left behind,” the organisation has previously said.

Watts wins and slips at SAG Awards

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Naomi Watts has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, but almost fell flat on her face while walking to the microphone for to accept the award.

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The Australian actress and her cast in Birdman won the SAG ensemble award, upsetting the favourite Boyhood, at Sunday’s ceremony at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

The ensemble prize is the SAG equivalent to the Academy Awards’ best picture trophy and boosts Birdman’s campaign at next month’s Oscars.

“Oh my God,” Watts laughed after recovering her footing on stage.

“Almost tripped.”

The slip continued an up and down night for Watts, who was nominated earlier in the ceremony for her supporting role as a pregnant Russian prostitute in the film comedy-drama St Vincent.

That award went to Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette.

English actor Eddie Redmayne, who plays wheelchair-bound theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, scored an upset win over Birdman’s Michael Keaton for best actor.

Redmayne’s win turned the Oscar best actor race into a thriller, with the Englishman and Bradley Cooper, bolsted by his $US200 million-plus box office hit American Sniper, making a late charge at Keaton.

Keaton didn’t appear fazed, as the jubilant Birdman cast won the ensemble prize.

“This is very, very exciting,” Keaton said on stage with Watts, Ed Norton, Emma Stone and Birdman’s other cast members.

“It is the ultimate team sport, what we are doing.”

Best actress was won by Oscar favourite Julianne Moore for Still Alice and supporting actor JK Simmons continued his march to the Academy Awards with a win.

Australia can also claim a SAG win with the stunt team from the Australian-shot, Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken claiming the outstanding action performance by a film stunt ensemble.

The 21st SAG Awards are voted on by more than 100,000 actors.

Murray to play Open party pooper role

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Andy Murray is unbeaten against Australians, but admits he’s never taken on 15,000 at once.

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That’s the challenge Murray faces when plays Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster Australian Open quarter-final at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night.

And having ridden a wave of emotion all the way to his 2013 Wimbledon triumph, the British ace is bracing himself against a similar tide of patriotic fervour as he sets about reaching the last four in Melbourne for the fifth time in six years.

“Obviously the crowd will be right behind him. Understandably so,” Murray said on Monday.

“That’s just something that I’ll have to deal with in my way. I’ve played a lot of matches. I’ve played in French Open against French players where the crowd can be very difficult.

“I’ve experienced it before, so hopefully I’ll deal with it well.”

Murray thumped Kyrgios 6-2 6-2 in their only previous meeting, in Toronto last year, but the dual grand slam champion acknowledged that win came in altogether different circumstances.

“Obviously it’s best-of-five sets and it was a fairly empty stadium when we played in Toronto,” Murray said.

“I think Nick enjoys playing in front of a crowd. So that will probably change things a bit, too.”

Kyrgios has lit up Melbourne Park with his electrifying run to the last eight and even Murray says the teenager’s charge has been exciting to see.

“I enjoy watching him play. I think he’s entertaining,” he said.

“He’s had an unbelievable tournament so far. He’s only going to get better and I’m going to have to play a great match to win against him.

“I read that he felt like he could win the Australian Open this year a few weeks ago, so he obviously backs himself a lot.”

But Murray backs himself too, the sixth seed happy to be into his 14th consecutive grand slam quarter-final having dropped only one set in four matches to date this campaign.

“I think my results have showed I have played my best tennis, or played very consistent tennis, at the slams,” he said.

Murray will carry an impeccable 10-from-10 strike rate against Australian opponents into the match.

The winner will face either 2009 champion and third seed Rafael Nadal or seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals.

Cooper optimistic over Rugby World Cup

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Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper believes his latest injury setback will not damage his bid for World Cup selection.

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Cooper will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the collarbone he fractured last week in a freak training accident, which looks set to sideline him for the first half of the Super Rugby season.

The 26-year-old had troubles with the same shoulder last year, after an AC joint injury kept him out of action for four months and opened the door for Bernard Foley to cement himself as Australia’s first-choice No.10.

But as much as he needs a solid Super Rugby campaign to mount a challenge to Foley, the Queensland fly-half is adamant time is still on his side.

“For it to happen right now, I’d rather that than two months before the World Cup or a month before,” Cooper said.

“That’s something where you’re racing the clock. Something like a collarbone … I can live with.

“If it was a knee injury, a reconstruction or another shoulder injury, that’s when you get a bit down.

“A collarbone is sort of like if you have a car incident, a dent in the door, rather than popping all four tyres.”

Cooper will be out for 12 weeks, with his return likely to be the Reds’ home game against the Hurricanes on April 26 – but he said he will do everything in his power to bring that date forward.

“My last shoulder injury was something I learned a lot about how to look after myself and how you come back from it,” he said.

“Having a broken collarbone is probably the most easy thing to come back from.

“They’re going to put a plate in there, it’s going to be nice and strong.

“I’ve just got to make sure I keep myself in good condition so that soon as it’s healed, physically and mentally I’ll be able to contribute to the team.”

Reds coach Richard Graham slammed reports that suggested Cooper’s injury was the result of an attempted “revenge tackle” on under-20s backrower Lolo Fakaosilea in a training game on Thursday, and said it was nothing more than an innocuous collision.

“It sheds light on a 19-year-old kid that certainly isn’t warranted,” Graham said.

“That’s the disappointing thing, it happens a thousand times every training session.”

The show business satire “Birdman” picked up another important award in its march toward the best picture Oscar by winning the top honor from Hollywood’s actors.

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The actors from “Birdman” won the best ensemble cast in a motion picture from the Screen Actors Guild the day after the film from Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu prevailed at the Producers Guild awards.

While the SAG award for the best ensemble cast does not always translate to a best picture win at the Academy Awards, it does indicate that actors, the largest voting bloc for the Oscars, favor it over another strong contender, the coming of age tale “Boyhood.”

“This is very, very exciting – the ultimate team sport,” said “Birdman” star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed up superhero actor trying to make a comeback on Broadway in a biting commentary on fame and film.

The top individual SAG acting awards also went to the four artists who won Golden Globes two weeks ago – Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons – making them virtually unstoppable in their quest for Oscars on Feb. 22.

Moore won best actress for her role as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice,” while British actor Redmayne took the SAG best actor for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Arquette won the best supporting actress trophy for her role as the loving yet struggling mother in “Boyhood,” a small movie filmed over 12 years with the same actors.

“I can’t tell you what this means to me,” an emotional Arquette said upon accepting her first SAG award. “I’m a fourth generation actor.

My family has been committed to acting through feast or famine.” Simmons, an actor with a long resume in television and film, was honored for his portrayal as the intense music teacher of a young jazz drummer in the independent film, “Whiplash.”

“I would like to thank the 49 actors who appear on screen in ‘Whiplash’ for realizing Damien Chazelle’s vision so beautifully,” Simmons said, referring to the movie’s young director. In the television awards, it was a particularly strong night for streaming company Netflix Inc. Its women’s prison comedy, “Orange is the New Black,” won best comedy ensemble and best actress for Uzo Aduba. Kevin Spacey won best actor in a drama series for his conniving congressman Frank Underwood in the political thriller “House of Cards.”

But it was also a big night for recognizing diversity in Hollywood, a much debated topic this awards season, with black actresses taking two of the top acting honors. In addition to Aduba, Viola Davis won best actress in a drama series as the lawyer in “How to Get Away with Murder.”

“I love you guys so desperately, so much,” Aduba told her fellow cast members as she accepted her first SAG award from her first nomination.

“This is not done without you at all.” “Downton Abbey,” the British period series that airs on PBS, won best drama series.

Australian boys looking up to Kyrgios

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Marc Polmans is both inspired and a little daunted by the quarter-final charge of fellow Australian teen Nick Kyrgios.

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At 17, Polmans is only two years younger than Kyrgios, but playing in the Australian Open junior boys tournament rather than the men’s draw, feels worlds apart.

He’s hoping that will change before too long.

The young Victorian led the local brigade on Monday at Melbourne Park, booking a third-round berth with a 6-1 6-1 thrashing of Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.

He was joined there by his good mate and doubles partner Jake Delaney, who beat South Korean 15th seed Oh Chan-yeong 6-0 6-2.

Polmans, who made it through to the second round of Australian Open men’s qualifying, said he was happy with his form.

“I got a bit of confidence from a good first-round win (over French 10th seed Corentin Denolly),” Polmans said.

He said he seeing the success of Kyrgios, as well as another Australian teenager Omar Jasika, who won the US Open boys title, made him work harder.

“That’s good inspiration to see those guys doing so well so I’ll keep training hard and maybe one day I’ll be where they are.

“It’s incredible how they’re winning matches in slams when they’re only a bit older than me.”

If Polmans and Delaney make it through their round three matches they will play each other in the quarter-finals.

“It will be a bit weird playing against each other but at least one of us is guaranteed to make it through to the semis,” Polmans said.”

The Australian girls had a day to forget with the three in action all eliminated.

Seventh seed Naiktha Bainees, who has been troubled by an ankle injury, lost to Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0 3-6 6-1 while Olivia Tjandramulia was beaten by Japan’s Chihiro Muramatsu 6-4 6-4 and 14-year-old Violet Apisah went down to Anastasia Gasanova 7-5 7-5.

Aus family violence probe merited: Shorten

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Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says a nationwide Royal Commission into family violence should be considered.

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It comes a day after Victorian mother Rosie Batty was named 2015 Australian of the Year, in recognition of her advocacy against domestic violence in the face of a personal tragedy.

Ms Batty’s 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his father while training at a Melbourne cricket ground almost a year ago.

The Victorian government has responded by holding a state-based Royal Commission into family violence, and Mr Shorten told reporters on Monday there was merit in expanding this Australia-wide.

“I certainly would be prepared to consider that,” Mr Shorten said.

He said it was appropriate for Federal parliament to address the issue, noting that Australia could not arrest its way out of the problem.

“There is a great Australian silence about family violence in this country,” Mr Shorten said.

“Rosie Batty’s award is not just for her, I think it’s on behalf of all of those victims of family violence which have never been able to speak up.”

Ms Batty began speaking out about domestic violence in the wake of her son’s death, and later established the Luke Batty Foundation to help others.

She has dedicated her award to Luke.

“He is the reason I have found my voice, and I am able to be heard,” Ms Batty said, after receiving the honour from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the lawns in front of Parliament House on Sunday.

“Family violence may happen behind closed doors but it needs to be brought out from these shadows and into broad daylight.”

Ms Batty, 52, will use her profile to further expose domestic violence, encouraging people to take ownership of their actions.

“We need to look at cultural change, where does violence come from?” she asked.

“You need to look in you own backyard.”

Luke was killed by his father who, at the time, was the subject to two intervention orders.

Greg Anderson was shot dead by police.

Victoria’s Royal Commission into family violence will get underway in February.

Premier Daniel Andrews pledged the inquiry before the November state election.

Comment is being sought from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the prospect of a national royal commission into family violence.

Atlanta Hawks clinch 16th straight NBA win

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Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Al Horford added 19 as Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-100, extending the Hawks’ club record with their 16th straight NBA win.

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Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven of Atlanta’s 30 assists on Sunday as the Hawks won for the 30th time in 32 games.

Thaddeus Young had 26 points and Mo Williams added 20 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference, have lost four straight and 20 of 22.

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, as the Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 for their sixth straight win.

James made a pair of three-pointers and a nasty fade-away jumper to give the Cavs a 91-80 lead.

Later, the four-time MVP fed Kevin Love for a three-pointer with 3:38 left that put the Thunder away.

The Cavs are 6-1 since James returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee.

Kevin Durant scored 32 and Russell Westbrook had 22 for the Thunder, who went 3-2 on their longest road trip this season.

Miami’s Hassan Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a team-record and career-high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help the Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 96-84.

Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 20 and Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago.

Pau Gasol had 13 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, giving him 50 over the past three games. Derrick Rose scored 19 for Chicago, but missed all six 3-pointers.

The Indiana Pacers defeated the Orlando Magic 106-99 to end a seven-game losing streak after David West scored 20 points and reserve Damjan Rudez added a career-high 18.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points each to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Phoenix Suns 120-100.

In other games, the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-106, Andrew Bogut contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors downed the Boston Celtics 114-111, the Washington Wizards edged the Denver Nuggets 117-115 in overtime and the Houston Rockets were 99-87 winners over the Los Angeles Lakers.