Bathurst fighter Joel Noonan has claimed the MASA junior middleweight NSW amateur title after he beat Penrith’s Jake Rasion at the Conquest 2 competition in Orange recently.
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Noonan, who trains at High Impact Gym in Orange, was coming off his first loss in the sport a month before but avoided two in a row by taking a unanimous points decision.

“The fighter I was against [Rasion] was undefeated as well until I beat him,” Noonan said.

“It went the whole five rounds but I won by unanimous points. It was a good fight and my shins are still feeling it.”

A month earlier in Tamworth, Noonan put in an impressive showing against three-time Australian champion Brendon McLean but ultimately went down in a close decision.

While he was disappointed to lose his undefeated status, Noonan was very pleased with how competitive he was.

“He’s contested about three times the amount of fights that I have. There was barely anything in it,” the fighter said.

Conquest was the brainchild of Phil Bennett, who has some high profile contacts and wanted to bring quality fights to the Central West.

Noonan said he enjoyed being a part of them and is hopeful that the opportunity arises again.

“The Conquest event manager, Phil Bennett, lived in Thailand for a couple of years but his hometown is Wellington. He moved back there with all these contacts in Thailand and for this one he brought two of the best fighters from Thailand to take on two Aussies,” he said. “It was a big event and I got to be four fights under the main events, which was good.”

Noonan’s High Impact Gym mate Tristan Roach celebrated a win over Penrith’s Ben Kelly in their junior featherweight bout while fellow club mate Charlie Bubb drew his catchweight fight with Jayden Phillips from Parkes. Phil Tyquin went down in his bout.

Bennett is currently trying to organise two more Conquest tournaments, one in Bathurst in October and another in Orange in November. It is hoped that some big names in Muay Thai will be lured to the events.

HOW BOUT THAT: Joel Noonan with the two belts he now holds in kickboxing and Muay Thai after he won a bout at Conquest 2 in Orange recently. Photo: CASEY BAYLISS 060712noonan

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THREE-nil defeats aren’t usually cause for a positive reaction, but after seeing what Bathurst ’75 had to deal with against Hakoah on Saturday night at Alec Lamberton Field in their State League Division Two contest, coach Mark Rooke had a pretty good point.
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Against the runaway competition leaders, who dismantled Rooke’s team 8-0 last time they met, ’75 gave a strong account of themselves and managed to compete on level terms with the high-flyers for most of their match.

In the lead up to the contest Rooke had spoken of Hakoah’s attacking potency and the class of some of their players and it took them just 10 minutes to make his words prophetic, with both Justin and Nathan Kosmina finding the back of the net.

The pair are sons of A-League coach John Kosmina, himself a former Socceroo and one-cap Arsenal player, and their class ultimately proved the difference on Saturday night at Alec Lamberton Field.

“I couldn’t be happier with the effort and attitude of the players, especially in the second half,” Rooke said.

“Early on it was as though we were watching Hakoah a little bit in awe of how good they were but in the last 15 minutes of it [first half] we started to get ourselves into the match and compete on even terms.

“In the second we conceded another goal, but in general we gave as good as we got all around the pitch and I can’t fault any of the players. The contrast between this game and the first game against them was chalk and cheese.”

Justin Kosmina scored his team’s first from a well-directed header before his brother fired in their second and another thrashing looked a distinct possibility.

As Rooke correctly pointed out though his players began to find some possession and move the ball around.

The contest was willing and there was no shortage of physicality, but the home team weren’t going to be pushed off the ball and they would have been relatively satisfied to go to the break at 2-0 down.

Early in the second half Ranni Rimmer trapped a pass in Bathurst’s 18-yard box and turned nicely to finish his team’s third goal. Again a blow-out became a distinct possibility, but the scoring was to end there.

In terms of the territorial battle ’75 could even claim bragging rights in the second half as they regularly took the ball forward, but in reality the Hakoah defence were too classy to allow them any scoring chances.

Rooke is under no illusions as to the quality of the victors.

“They’ve conceded eight goals all season, their transition from the back is fantastic and so hard to break down,” he said.

“To be honest, no, I can’t see any team beating them this season. They were actually missing a few guys tonight too, good players. They would give most NSW Premier League sides a run for their money.”

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

TESTED: While ’75 lost the match 3-0, they still provided some good resistance. Photos: ZENIO LAPKA

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Bathurst products Esther Hotham and Claire McGarity and their New South Wales team-mates will be out for revenge when they get their Under 21s Women’s Australian Championships campaign underway with a match against defending champions Western Australia this morning.
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The opening game of the tournament in Adelaide will be a rematch of last year’s final, but NSW will be hoping that they avoid a repeat of their 1-0 loss.

The NSW team arrived in Adelaide yesterday for the competition and had two training sessions in the morning to prepare.

It is McGarity’s last year in under 21s, while Hotham has been named in next year’s squad, but both are hoping that can reverse their state’s fortune after going close in the last three years, but ultimately falling short of the title.

“It’s my last year so it would be good to go out with a win,” McGarity said.

“We’ve been pretty unlucky, in the three years that I’ve been playing, we have finished second, third and second, so we are still searching for that win.”

McGarity said NSW had brought together a side that is capable of winning the tournament, but knows that they will face plenty of competition.

She believes they will have a good idea of their chances after their first three games, which are against their traditional rivals.

“We’ve got quite a strong team. Most of the players from last year have come back but there are a few young ones to replace those who are too old,” the former Souths player said.

“Our first three games are against the teams that we expect to be the strongest. Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria are always very strong teams but you really can’t rule anyone out because the other states can improve from year to year.”

Both Bathurst women played in last year’s final, in which neither team was able to score in 70 minutes of regular time. Eight minutes into extra-time, a piece of individual brilliance from WA attacker Kathryn Slattery saw her beat several defenders and put the ball into the net to ruin NSW’s title hopes.

Orange-based assistant coach Pete Shea is looking forward to the competition and said this year’s side had a very youthful make-up.

“We’ve got the basis of a good side. It will be interesting to see how they compete against opposition of this quality at this level,” he said.

“We have two 16-year-olds, a core of 18 and 19-year-olds and then a few older ones. It’s a young group, but that’s the talent in NSW at the moment.”

Shea is also of the belief that a good start will be crucial for NSW’s chances.

“It should be interesting. We had a good training session last week. We worked on a few things which are important like our set plays and our attacking structure,” he said.

“The first three games will be a big challenge for the young kids.”

NSW start their campaign today, taking on Western Australia from 9am (11am AEST).

STATE DUTY: Former Souths player Claire McGarity (left), seen here playing one of her last games for the two blues in 2010, and Bathurst City’s Esther Hotham will start their Australian Championships campaign with NSW this morning. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 071010csths3

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WHEN George Rose first pulled on a Manly Sea Eagles jumper and stepped onto the field for the NRL club in 2006, the barnstorming prop was not able to mark the occasion with a win.
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However, his 100th game for the defending premiers on Sunday was a different story.

With a bus load of his relatives and supporters making the trip from Bathurst to Brookvale Oval cheer him on, Rose helped the Sea Eagles to a 40-24 win over Parramatta.

There were some nervous moments as the Eels launched a second half comeback, but when the final siren sounded the former Bathurst junior was delighted.

“Was so good to have 16000+ screaming fans supporting us today at Brookvale Oval,” Rose tweeted.

“The best feeling. Love playing at our home ground.

“An ugly but effective win today. We had some negatives but some awesome positives too.”

After coming through the ranks at Bathurst and making a foray into higher level rugby league as part of Penrith feeder club St Marys Cougars, Rose got his real break with the Sydney Roosters.

He made his first grade debut with the Bondi club against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium in 2004, but it has been since switching to Manly that Rose has gained a cult following.

Rose’s first NRL game with the Sea Eagles six years ago resulted in a 40-14 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

His time since in the maroon and white has seen enjoy arguably the biggest moment of his career thus far and well as one of the biggest setbacks.

In 2007 he broke his leg in a match against Melbourne, the extent of the injury meaning it took Rose until 2009 to force his way back into Manly’s NRL side.

He went on to make his return season a good one – being named the Sea Eagles Player of the Year – but it was being a member of last year’s grand final winning side that stands as his highlight.

On Sunday as Rose prepared to mark his 100th game for the club, his Twitter account was flooded with congratulatory messages and best wishes while he had 58 relatives make the trip to Brookvale.

Sea Eagles head conditioner Donny Singe was one who paid tribute to him on the club’s website, saying the 113 kilogram prop knows how to use his size well.

“Lucky for us George, even though he worked two or three times harder than the next person, has always embraced that [his size],” Singe said.

“Despite the focus that falls on his size, the overriding factor is that he’s a tremendous player and a tremendously skillful footballer.”

Off the bench against the Eels Rose played 41 minutes – his second longest involvement of the season thus far – and during that time he made 12 tackles and 89 metres.

“Manly is a big part of who I am now. I’m doing what I love and I think I’ve learned a lot from the players and people here,” Rose said.

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HAPPY 100th: Former Bathurst junior George Rose carts the ball up on Sunday in what was his 100th game for the Manly Sea Eagles. He celebrated the milestone with a win over the Eels. Photo: GETTY IMAGES 070912georgey

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COUNTRY Rugby League chief executive Terry Quinn has said he will support the referee who called off Sunday’s Group 10 premier league match between Mudgee and Lithgow after 37 minutes.
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Eglinton based referee Brett Masters called time on the game after four separate brawls had broken out and three players had been sin-binned.

At the time Lithgow were leading 8-6 in the top-of-the-table clash in Mudgee.

Speaking on The Ray Hadley Morning Show yesterday, Quinn said he would back Masters in his decision to call the game off before half-time had even been reached.

“We’ll support the referee in this,” Quinn told Hadley.

“I’ve got his report, it has just come through now … and what he’s done is absolutely correct. We’ll back him on that because we don’t want to see these brawls happening.”

The first brawl broke out in the seventh minute and Masters spoke to both sides about their actions.

After a second fight, Mudgee’s Jono George and Lithgow’s Corey Willmott were sin-binned.

A third fight broke out in the 22nd minute and resulted in Lithgow halfback Josh Howarth getting 10 minutes in the bin.

The fourth fight erupted with less than eight minutes left in the half and Masters pulled the pin.

After the game Mudgee captain Mat Stott said it was a disappointing way to finish the game.

“I don’t know what to say,” Stott said.

“It’s a shame really. It’s a waste. It did get physical out there but that is what happens.”

Lithgow coach Graeme Osborne had a similar opinion.

“It’s disappointing for the fans and disappointing for the game,” Osborne said.

“It’s probably an easy way out. It was a top-of-the-table clash, two good sides, two good clubs, and unfortunately the crowd probably got a bit too riled up too and perhaps encouraged players on the field.”

Hadley suggested the players and coaches from the two clubs needed to take more responsibility for what happened in Sunday’s game and Quinn agreed.

“They’re in control of their players on the field and they should do a better job,” Quinn said.

“This is one of the areas which concerns us greatly, particularly in Group 10.”

Sunday’s shortened match comes almost a year after the derby between Orange CYMS and Orange Hawks was called off 25 minutes early following an ugly brawl.

The fall-out from that match was massive with the Hawks club suspended from the remainder of the 2011 competition.

Hawks’ first division and under 18s sides were later reinstated following an appeal to the CRL.

Two Hawks players and one CYMS player were also suspended for a combined 32 months.

Meanwhile, Group 10 president Linore Zamparini said the Group executive were meeting last night with two representatives each from the Lithgow and Mudgee clubs along with the referees involved in the match.

“We’ll have the video. We’ll view all the evidence and decide whether anything needs to go to the judiciary,” Zamparini explained. “We haven’t seen any evidence yet so we don’t know if it’s a problem with the ground management, the players or the referees.”

The president was clearly unhappy with what had happened in Mudgee.

“It’s very, very disappointing,” he said.

“It’s not good for the game and it’s not good for our competition.”

Still, Zamparini was confident this was an isolated incident.

Group 10 Referees Association president Mark Edwards did not wish to comment on the matter prior last night’s meeting.

Last night’s meeting would also decide what the match result was.

Lithgow were leading 8-6 when the game was called off, but an official match result is still to be confirmed.

There is also the question of whether enough time had been played to constitute a match and Zamparini said he didn’t have the answer.

“That’s a technical thing we’ve got to work through,” he explained.

“Everyone has a different opinion. Some people think you have to play atleast three-quarters of a game to make it a game. Hopefully it’s in the constitution.”

UGLY SCENE: Players from Lithgow and Mudgee’s Group 10 premier league sides were involved in four separate brawls on Sunday, their actions leading to referee Brett Masters calling an early end to the match.

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Police feared there would be ‘civil disorder’ if Cold Chisel arrived late to a concert in Margaret River in November.There was no time for cheap wine and three day growth when it came to a police escort getting Cold Chisel to a Margaret River concert on time.
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Yesterday, a police officer was found guilty of reckless driving in Bunbury Magistrates Court for escorting the legendary Aussie band along the Bussell Highway 48km/h over the speed limit last November.

According to Senior Constable Shane Clarke, police feared there would be “civil disorder” if Barnesy and co arrived late.

Mr Clarke’s not guilty plea was rejected by Magistrate Paul Heaney, who fined the officer $1250 and suspended his licence. The magistrate said he regretted having to find the veteran policeman guilty.

Mr Clark has been a traffic officer for 22 years and was one of three policemen caught speeding on Bussell Highway while providing an escort for Cold Chisel about 4pm on November 26.

The court heard police were under strain when concert organisers asked for a police escort to get the band to the venue on time.

However, Prosecutor David Leigh said the situation did not constitute a genuine emergency, and therefore police officers were not exempt from the law.

He said the Cold Chisel concert, which attracted 12,000 punters, coincided with the Margaret River bushfires and 7000 schoolies arriving in Dunsborough.

Sergeant Craig Anderson, who headed the police escort “there were concerns if Barnes was late, there could be problems with the crowd, because of liquor consumption”.

He said the police district office had approved the escort but there was confusion as to whether officers were authorised to drive “with speed”, and he had allowed two officers – one Mr Clarke – to drive 20km/h over the 100km/h speed limit.

Mr Clark said he had followed orders and was a trained and safe driver. He said his actions helped avoid a potential riot at the concert.

The officer has been put on non-operational duties for the duration of the licence suspension.

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The Voice U.S.The Olympics can’t come soon enough for the Nine Network after their experiment with The Voice (US) failed badly last night.
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The one-hour debut of the overseas version of the talent show ranked 19th overall last night, capturing none of the audience magic of the Australian edition. It drew in a meagre 669,000 viewers, more than 100,000 fewer than the two repeats of The Big Bang Theory did in the same time slot last week.

Executives at Nine are said to have been divided on whether to run the show, with fears that it would tarnish the brand that so recently gave them hope in the ratings war. Having gone to air with the first episode, the network are committed to the show for three weeks, regardless of results.

Not only did the show, which went to air in the US in February, finish fourth in its time slot, it was also beaten by network stable-mate The Hot Seat – the game show hosted by Eddie McGuire which goes to air at 5.30pm. It was not beaten by Nine’s airing of the movie Spider-Man 3, which did not make the top 20 with 454,000 viewers for the critically-panned film.

The combination saw Nine, with 15.2 per cent of the audience slip behind the ABC (15.4 per cent) to finish in third place for the night, only just ahead of Ten on 14.9 per cent.

The night was topped by Seven with each of its shows from 6pm until 9.30pm rating above a million, including Home & Away, which climbed back above the magic number thanks to The Voice’s poor performance.

MasterChef continued to look healthier in the absence of the Australian version of The Voice, taking second spot in Melbourne and fourth across the country, though it dropped slightly against last week’s 1.396 million viewers.

5-City Metropolitan Ratings – 9th July 20121 Seven News (Seven) 1,379,000 2 Revenge (Seven)  1,328,000 3 Nine News (Nine) 1,305,000 4 Masterchef Australia (Ten)  1,259,000 5 Today Tonight (Seven) 1,167,000 6 A Current Affair (Nine) 1,122,000 7 Australian Story (ABC) 1,079,000 8 ABC News (ABC) 1,065,000 9 The Amazing Race Australia (Seven) 1,023,000 10 Home And Away (Seven) 1,014,000 11 Ten News At Five (Ten) 840,000 12 Four Corners (ABC) 830,000 13 7.30 (ABC) 790,000 14 Last Man Standing (Ten) 787,000 15 Hot Seat (Nine) 768,000 16 Media Watch (ABC) 747,000 17 Body Of Proof (Seven) 697,000 18 The Project 6.30pm (Ten) 672,000 19 The Voice U.S. (Nine) 669,000 20 Q&A (ABC) 662,000SOURCE: OzTam

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An extended warranty firm that has failed to return customer calls or pay staff has reportedly gone into liquidation.
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U-NITED Warranties, which until recently provided extended warranties on electrical goods sold through Myer and Big W, appeared to be on the brink of collapse in recent weeks.

Dozens of customers have complained to consumer affairs watchdogs in Victoria and New South Wales after electrical goods sent in for repair had not been returned, or they had been unable to contact the business. The owner of the company, Vern Rickman, has failed to respond to calls or emails from Fairfax.

Former staff have also spoken out, telling MySmallBusiness that almost employees had quit in the past three months. Many claim they are owed wages and superannuation entitlements.

The warranty group, plus two connected businesses, are reported to have gone into liquidation yesterday, with company Grant Thornton stepping in. Grant Thornton did not immediately return calls.

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A federal Western Australian Labor MP has called on her colleagues to stop attacking the Greens, saying the outrage was “a confected non-issue” that was playing into the hands of the Coalition.
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Melissa Parke stepped up her calls this morning after saying yesterday the NSW Right, which has led the attack on the Greens, had more to do with Labor’s current woes than anyone else.

Ms Parke, who belongs to the Left faction, told the National Times today that the “Greens bashing must stop”.

“It’s a confected non-issue. The Greens have, along with the independents, helped Labor pass an enormous amount of legislation through the Parliament,” she said.

“This sniping within the progressive side of politics is a gift to Tony Abbott. It is mutually assured destruction.”

Ms Parke said if she were from NSW, she would not be supporting a motion to be put to this weekend’s NSW state Labor conference, which enables party officials to “no longer provide the Greens party automatic preferential treatment in any future preference negotiations”.

If the threat were carried out and adopted nationally, the Greens could lose their balance of power in the Senate.

But the move has sparked a much wider debate. The floodgates have opened and Labor MPs and ministers are lining up to attack the Greens, making Ms Parke a lone voice among colleagues.

In speech last night, Finance Minister Penny Wong took issue with the Greens for blocking the original emissions trading scheme in the Senate.

Senator Wong, who was the climate change minister at the time, said that if the Greens had passed the scheme, it would now be embedded, rather that at the risk of being repealed by Tony Abbott.

“We would be debating new progressive challenges and causes, rather than continuing to fight on this one,” she said.

“Where the Greens claim to share our values, their inability to compromise, their unwillingness to take on board evidence and their refusal to accept that politics inevitably involves trade-offs, means they cannot deliver policy outcomes to reflect these values.

“The experience with the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is an example, but it is only one.”

Members of the NSW left are certain to back the motion by the NSW Labor general-secretary, Sam Dastyari, so long as the assault does not mean a policy shift to the right.

“My only concern is someone using this to go further to the right,” said the NSW Senator Doug Cameron. “I don’t support that but I do have real criticism of the Greens. It’s all care and no responsibility for those guys.”

Left convener Stephen Jones concurs.

There is significant anger within Labor that the government has suffered politically because of its alliance with the Greens while the minor party has not helped in return. For example, it refused to help Labor with asylum seeker policy.

The party’s refusal two weeks ago to allow offshore processing, even on an interim basis, while a more lasting solution could be pursued was especially irksome to the ALP Left, which has had to bend its own principles to accommodate a policy change.

Senator Cameron said the Green’s adherence to the “purist approach” prevented an interim solution to the surge in asylum boats.

The ministers Martin Ferguson, Wayne Swan, Stephen Smith, Greg Combet and Bob Carr are among those who have attacked the Greens in recent days.

Ms Parke maintains that the NSW Right – the faction which led the ousting of Kevin Rudd and brought spin-driven politics to Canberra – is the real villain.

“The Mark Arbib/Karl Bitar model of doing business is what caused our problems,” she said.

“Where Labor has suffered in the polls is when it has equivocated on its principles. I’ve got no interest in taking advice from the NSW Right.”

Labor tends to automatically preference the Greens first but the Greens do not always respond in kind, at both a state and federal level.

Labor now reasons that the Greens need Labor’s preferences more than it needs theirs and Mr Dastyari’s motion, if adopted, will give him and other party officials greater power when negotiating preferences.

The Greens have nine senators, three of whom will be up for re-election at the next ballot. At least two will struggle to be returned without Labor support, raising the possibility of the Coalition or independents having the balance of power.

The Greens have warned that Mr Abbott could then easily revoke the carbon and mining taxes and bring back WorkChoices.

Many in Labor see the government’s climate change woes linked to the alliance partner and are angry at intransigence by the Greens on such policies as asylum seekers. They refuse to allow offshore processing, leaving Labor powerless to act.

Some in Labor suspect the assault is to prepare the ground for a return of Kevin Rudd, who would demand support from the Greens to soften the carbon tax by moving quickly to a floating price.

Mr Dastyari said his motion would not lead to a policy shift to the right but was more about Labor taking back ownership of progressive issues.

“Its not about abandoning that space,” Mr Dastyari said of the Left. “You can only do this in conjunction with winning over those voters.”

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The wife of the man accused of killing five members of the Lin family in northern Sydney gave inconsistent statements to police and later refused to formally put her name to them, a Sydney court has heard.
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Kathy Lin is considered by police to be a key witness in relation to the crime, in which her husband, Robert Xie, 48, allegedly strangled and beat five members of her family to death in their North Epping home in July 2009.

The victims included Ms Lin’s brother Min “Norman” Lin, sister-in-law Yun Li “Lily” Lin, their two young sons and the boy’s aunt, Yun Bin “Irene” Lin.

Police allege that Mr Xie was motivated by a deep-seated resentment toward his wife’s family. They want to call Ms Lin as a witness in his upcoming committal hearing.

But she continues to support her husband and is opposing the subpoena ordering her to testify.

In a hearing to decide this question in Central Local Court today, Crown prosecutor Kara Shead said that there were inconsistencies between the two interviews Ms Lin had done with police, and a statement she made to the NSW Crime Commission.

“The Crown will make submissions that there are differences in the interviews together with the crime commission transcript,” Ms Shead said.

The court also heard that, having done the interviews with police, Ms Lin later refused to attend the police station to formally sign the transcripts.

This refusal, along with the inconsistencies in the interviews, would be a key element of the prosecution argument as to why she should be ordered to give evidence at the August 20 committal.

The hearing before magistrate John Andrews continues.

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