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    A big drop, but Rinehart is still richer than everyone else

    29/04/2019 - Author: admin

    The richest of the rich.Gina Rinehart’s personal wealth has shed a staggering $7 billion in the past 12 months, but even her losses exceed the total wealth of Australia’s next richest person, according to the BRW Rich 200 list, released on Thursday.
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    The mining magnate easily retained her position as Australia’s richest individual, with total wealth estimated at $22.02 billion, down from $29.17 billion last year. However, the $7.15 billion drop sustained by the mining magnate surpassed the total wealth of the man in second place, shopping centre developer Frank Lowy. His total wealth was up $400 million this year to $6.87 billion.

    Mr Lowy replaced commodities heavyweight Ivan Glasenberg in second place on the list after the chief executive of the newly merged GlencoreXstrata shed $1.79 billion, to drop to $5.61 billion and fifth.

    Mr Lowy is one of 18 people who has appeared in the Rich 200 every year of its 30-year run.

    Conspicuous by his absence from the Rich 200 is Nathan Tinkler, the coal mining tycoon who was beset by a series of debt problems and falling asset values that devalued last year’s listing of $915 million to a paltry-by-comparison $235 million.

    Another to depart the list is Therese Rein, the Queensland-based work services entrepreneur and wife of federal politician Kevin Rudd. Her absence reduces the number of women in the Rich 200 to 14, down from 16 last year.

    Making one of the biggest debuts in the history of BRW’s Rich 200 List is Hui Wing Mau, a Chinese-born property developer who resides in Hong Kong, but whom BRW discovered was educated at the University of South Australia and holds Australian citizenship.

    The 62-year-old is one of China’s largest real estate developers, with more than 70 projects in progress, rising to seventh on BRW’s list with an estimated wealth of $4.8 billion.

    He is one of 16 list members to be based overseas, up from 14 last year.

    Old money in general played a solid game over the past 12 months, with eight of the 18 long-time Rich 200 listees finishing the year with greater personal wealth than when it started.

    The country’s biggest private developer of residential apartments and another 30-year Rich 200 veteran, Harry Triguboff, lifted his wealth to $4.95 billion from $4.85 billion last year and rises one position to sixth.

    Solomon Lew bounced back after a few tough years for the retail sector, lifting his wealth to $1.70 billion from $1.15 billion this year.

    One of the best performers this year is James Packer, whose growing gambling and hospitality business boosted his wealth to $6 billion from $5.21 billion last year.

    Anthony Pratt and family move from fifth to fourth with $5.95 billion after good performances at their packaging business.

    Other standout performances include private hospitals owner Paul Ramsay. His wealth rose by $1.04 billion to $2.70 billion after strong share price growth by Ramsay Health Care.

    Retailer Gerry Harvey has also proved a few people wrong by lifting his wealth to $1.44 billion from $1.10 billion last year.

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    Khawaja plans to silence his critics with key role in bringing home urn

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    Stranded on the periphery: Usman Khawaja (left) wants to confirm himself as a worthy member of Australia’s top six. Photo: Brendan EspositoUsman Khawaja says he is misunderstood by some in the Cricket Australia hierarchy, admitting a casual exterior is often mistaken for a bad attitude by those who ”don’t really know me well enough”.
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    The 26-year-old has pinpointed the Ashes series in July and August as the battleground to finally confirm himself as a worthy member of Australia’s top six. He has been largely stranded on the periphery in the past two years, playing only six Tests since his debut in an Ashes Test in Sydney in 2011, and against England is desperate to put his days of being 12th man, a standby or an extra batsman on tour behind him.

    Khawaja, based in Queensland after quitting NSW last year, is well aware of a belief held by some within Australia’s management that his attitude needs improving.

    Being one of four players controversially stood down for a Test in India during that abysmal tour did not help his cause but the gifted Pakistan-born left-hander is adamant he works as hard as anyone.

    ”I think there has been a lot of new people in Cricket Australia and I think I get a lot of people that do say that don’t really know me well enough,” said Khawaja, who heads to England having clinched the County Championship Division 2 title for Derbyshire last year.

    ”I don’t think you can get to state level, or even playing for Australia for that fact, without working your arse off. I think it’s impossible. I’ve done a lot of hard work to get where I am. All I can do is go out there and prove myself on the field. All we’re thinking about right now is getting those Ashes back. I know if I can contribute to that then I can get a bit more comfortable where I am in international cricket.”

    Whether it’s the laconic gait that can give an impression he is not going full tilt, at training and on the field, he is not quite sure. ”What’s going on on the exterior is not always what’s happening on the interior for me,” he said. ”I might look very calm or whatnot when I’m batting, but it’s funny because sometimes in my head things are happening a lot quicker than what’s happening on the outside. All I care about is my teammates and what Pup [captain Michael Clarke] and the coach think and they’ve never said anything of that sort.”

    Speaking for the first time about being a member of the so-called Mohali Four – the players suspended for March’s third Test for not completing performance feedback on time – Khawaja explained his bitter disappointment but said he had learnt from the experience. He would likely have been recalled there, after the also dumped Shane Watson returned home for the birth of his son, but instead watched on from the naughty corner and did not play a Test all tour.

    ”I was training as hard as I could, as long as I could, trying to tick all the boxes, and it was unfortunate, probably miscommunication on my part, that I didn’t hand in what we had to hand in on time,” he said. ”I was disappointed, a bit frustrated, a bit angry, but … I’m just grateful to be on this Ashes tour.”

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    Wanderers and Eels unite

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    Strange bedfellows: the Western Sydney Wanderers and Parramatta Eels have teamed up in a bid to get Parramatta Stadium a much-needed upgrade.Parramatta and the Western Sydney Wanderers might be cross-code rivals, but they have joined forces in their campaign for a better stadium.
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    Eels officials have been in talks with their Wanderers counterparts about their future venue needs, with a revamp of Parramatta Stadium or the construction of a new facility in the region their preference. The teams are in heated competition for fans, members and sponsors, but they have found common ground in their desire to provide them with the best possible amenities. Both have ambitions of building membership bases that far outstrip the 20,000-seat capacity of their current premises.

    Eels chief executive Ken Edwards, who has extensive experience in stadiums strategy as the former chief executive of ANZ Stadium, confirmed he was in talks with Wanderers officials. ”We’ve had some discussions with the Wanderers around what their plans and what our plans are,” Edwards said. ”Our public position is that Parramatta is our home and where we always want to be. At the end of 2012 we had 12,000 members and now we have 16,000 members. Our market research, coupled with the work we’ve done with the NRL, tells us we should have up to 40,000 members by 2017.

    ”That obviously brings into sharp focus our stadium issues in terms of capacity and the facilities that go with it. Parramatta Stadium was built in the ’80s, and pretty much nothing has happened to it since then. In the meantime, there have obviously been redevelopments at ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium, meaning that, as a club, unless there are upgrades at Parramatta Stadium we are at a significant financial disadvantage and our members aren’t getting the sorts of facilities other members are getting. Anything that we and the Wanderers can do to get a better facility at Parramatta Stadium – or a new facility somewhere in Parramatta – is a good thing.”

    Parramatta have managed to grow their membership base during difficult times on the field – they ”won” the wooden spoon last year – while attendances for home matches remain fairly stable. However, the Wanderers became the hottest ticket in town during their fabled run to the A-League grand final. Their supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, grew exponentially throughout the club’s debut season, and Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop is on record as calling for an upgrade of Parramatta Stadium ”based on the phenomenal success of the Wanderers in year one which has seen three sold-out matches”.

    The NSW government has outlined a stadium consolidation strategy, with ARL Commission boss David Smith confirming there will be a move towards playing matches in two or three larger venues in future. The Eels also plan to create a centre of excellence to replace their aged training facilities.

    Asked if they could share a high-performance unit with the Wanderers, Edwards said: ”It’s very difficult to share high-performance facilities, there aren’t too many examples that we’re aware of where that works. Our rugby league high-performance training requirements are very different to those of football. That’s not to say it couldn’t work … While have been having some informal discussions with the Wanderers we haven’t done anything formal with them. We’re still pursuing our own stand-alone high-performance community centre.”

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    Tigers board cools on Marshall

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    Just hours before Benji Marshall returns to the Wests Tigers’ starting side against North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval, chief executive Stephen Humphreys will hold talks with the five-eighth’s manager about his future at the club.
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    Marshall’s desire to sign a long-term deal with the club has been complicated by coach Mick Potter’s decision last week to dump him to the bench, potentially jeopardising the prospect of the Kiwi international finishing his career as a one-club player.

    In another potential sticking point, Humphreys announced his resignation on Saturday following the Tigers’ eighth straight defeat, a 54-10 shellacking at the hands of South Sydney.

    Humphreys has signalled his intention to leave the club in good shape and has made retention and recruitment a priority before he departs in two months. However, it is understood there are factions on the board who are opposed to parting with a large chunk of the club’s salary cap on a player struggling to regain his best form.

    Marshall is contracted until the end of 2015 but has a clause in his contract allowing for a renegotiation following any increase in the salary cap. Tigers powerbrokers viewed the discussions as an opportunity to also extend his tenure, on a deal believed to be worth $4 million over five years. However, it’s likely the Tigers will table a revised – and probably lower – offer for the next two years and put extension discussions on the backburner.

    It’s unclear whether Marshall will get an update on the talks before marking up on the world’s best pivot, Johnathan Thurston, later that night.

    ”It’s a situation that needs to be watched because Benji is a great and talented footballer, a very valuable property,” Tigers chairman Mike Bailey said. ”We are intending to get down to business on that before too much longer.”

    In a further development off the field, Bailey wrote to ARLC boss David Smith to formally invite him to propose a new corporate structure for the Tigers.

    After years of infighting, the Balmain and Western Suburbs factions have resolved to work together with the league to improve their corporate governance. One of the first things the ARLC is likely to review is the policing of rotating chairman, where a member of each faction chairs the joint-venture club for 12 months at a time. Smith and commission chairman John Grant expressed reservations about the structure at a meeting with Tigers officials on May 2, and the joint-venture club’s directors resolved to ask for the ARLC’s input at a board meeting last week.

    ”I’ve actually written a letter back to the league to thank them for the time they spent with us and tell them we’re only too happy to hear from them on the various fronts that were raised in the meeting in terms of what they wanted to put to us,” Bailey said.

    ”We’re asking for that assistance and guidance, and we will listen to what they have to say. It will then come back to the board to make a decision as to where we go from there. It’s in the post now, so to speak, and we are happy to hear from them.”

    The club expected to appoint a recruitment firm to find a replacement for Humphreys next week.

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    Security footage after ordeal

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    DETECTIVES investigating the apparent abduction of a man at gunpoint believe a man caught on security cameras at two Hunter railway stations could help them in their hunt for the suspect.
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    Closed circuit television footage at Beresfield and Hamilton stations within hours of the abduction show a man getting onto a Newcastle-bound service at Beresfield before alighting at Hamilton.

    Central Hunter detectives said the man in the stills was only wanted for questioning as they continued the hunt for the person who ordered a salesman into the boot of his car after forcing him to drive from Thornton to the outskirts of Woodberry on Monday.

    Mystery still surrounds the motives of the gunman who, after getting the 22-year-old victim to drive him to a dirt road at Millers Forest, forced the man into the boot with his mobile phone and fled on foot.

    The victim, who told police he was first threatened as he walked to his car in Huntington Drive in the Thornton Industrial Estate, was able to ring police from the boot of his white Holden Commodore sedan.

    The operators then directed him to pull an emergency release switch on the back of a seat and crawl to safety.

    He was found uninjured and trying to flag down passing motorists.

    The abduction caused a major search through scrubland surrounding Raymond Terrace Road on Monday afternoon.

    Crime scene experts have scoured the Commodore for clues and possible fingerprint and DNA profiles before sending samples to Sydney for further forensic analysis.

    Information should be forwarded to Central Hunter police on 4934 0200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    QUESTIONS: Police believe this man may be able to help them in their investigation.

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    $1.3m for teacher’s suffering after fight

    29/03/2019 - Author: admin

    SCENE: Kariong Juvenile Detention Centre.A TEACHER who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing a fight between maximum security inmates at a juvenile detention centre has been awarded $1.3 million in compensation from the NSW government.
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    The teacher and a teacher’s aide were locked in a classroom within the grounds of Kariong Juvenile Detention Centre when the fight broke out between two inmates on November 5, 2007, the NSW District Court heard this week.

    The teacher did not have her duress alarm with her, but the teacher’s aide did.

    She pressed the button on her duress alarm, but no one responded.

    A guard was meant to be patrolling nearby, but it wasn’t until the principal and deputy principal unlocked the door and entered the room that the fight was broken up.

    The teacher had a key for the door, but was too scared to make her way across the room to escape, Judge Michael Elkaim said.

    The teacher suffered chest pains after the incident and has been seeing a psychiatrist twice a week ever since.

    She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has not returned to work.

    She sued both the Department of Corrective Services that ran the centre and her employer, the Department of Education and Communities.

    Judge Elkaim awarded her a total of $1.3 million compensation, which includes provisions for her psychiatric care.

    “It is also worth mentioning at this stage there was only one [corrective services] officer on duty within the school premises,” Judge Elkaim said.

    “This is in contrast to the position prior to 2004 when the facility was operated by the Juvenile Justice Department.

    “It was then the practice for there to be an officer stationed in the classroom together with the teacher and the teacher’s aide.”

    Judge Elkaim noted that it was the principal’s suggestion that only one corrective services officer nearby would be effective to provide security at the school.

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    Paedophile turned hide-and-seek into horror

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    A CONVICTED paedophile who preyed on a three-year-old girl who was playing hide-and-seek in a Newcastle department store with her sister pleaded guilty yesterday after telling police that the drug ice sexually aroused him, court documents stated.
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    Timothy Michael Burchell, 41, was on the child protection register.

    He was also subject to a child protection prohibition order when he entered the Marketown shopping centre on March 17 and walked to the cosmetics and babywear section of a store, a statement of facts said.

    The girl was playing hide-and-seek with her sister around the clothing racks while her mother looked at clothes.

    The mother lost sight of her daughter for only about two minutes before the child came running up to her crying.

    The girl said a man had just touched her.

    The mother alerted the store’s management, who called police.

    They viewed closed-circuit television footage, which showed a man walking through the store carrying a drink from McDonald’s.

    Officers then viewed footage from the nearby McDonald’s restaurant and saw Burchell purchase a meal, including the drink, and then use a debit card in his name.

    Police were also able to record the number plate of his car.

    Detectives spoke to Burchell at his workplace on March 22 and later he requested to speak with police.

    He repeatedly said he couldn’t remember what he did before eventually confessing.

    He said he’d taken ice that day and that the drug increased his sexual arousal.

    Burchell, of Brown Street, Newcastle, pleaded guilty yesterday to indecently assaulting the girl and was committed to the district court, where he will face a sentence hearing later this year.

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    McCloy frustrated as development blocked

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    NEWCASTLE lord mayor Jeff McCloy has taken a swipe at fellow councillors “who constantly vote against progress in the city” by opposing development applications.
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    At Tuesday night’s council meeting, after a lengthy debate about a rail maintenance facility near homes at Carrington, Cr McCloy expressed his frustration at councillors who opposed the plans.

    Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy

    Cr Michael Osborne

    The lord mayor, himself a successful property developer, told the chamber he would publish voting records to highlight which councillors supported development.

    “[Opposition to development] does reputational damage to [the] council, it’s an impediment to jobs and growth and the tidying up of our suburbs,” he said yesterday.

    “The development application process in NSW today is tortuous already.”

    Cr Michael Osborne (Greens) was one of three councillors to vote against the Carrington application after attempting to add a condition establishing a 24-hour complaints line.

    He said he often supported development and was proud of his voting record.

    “I hope [Cr McCloy] follows through and we’ll also see the councillors who rubber stamp the reports every time,” Cr Osborne said.

    “Where possible I’ve tried to mitigate the impacts on local residents.”

    Cr McCloy said the council should not add onerous conditions to its development approvals.

    “An applicant gets a recommendation from the staff with 83 bloody conditions,” he said.

    “There are enough blocks in the way without adding more of them.

    “If we look to . . . modify that development by adding conditions imposed by councillors we’re ourselves up to land and environment court action.”

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    It’s welcome home for region’s top cop

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    RECOGNITION: Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, and takes over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York.ALMOST 30 years to the day after he became the youngest officer in the then Hamilton police district, Jeff Loy will return to Newcastle as the region’s most senior cop.
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    Assistant Commissioner Loy, 52, was yesterday confirmed as the new Northern Region commander, a job that looks after a region from the Hawkesbury River to the Queensland border and a workforce of about 2500 officers.

    He will start next month.

    It will be something of a homecoming for the current boss of the force’s forensic services group.

    The son of a locomotive driver, he began his primary schooling at Jesmond in 1965 when his father was based at Broadmeadow, returned for his stint at Hamilton in 1983 and later at Belmont, and was a detective for the homicide squad in Newcastle for three years from 1987.

    He still has family in the Northern Rivers area and spent time at Tweed Heads and Lismore during his career.

    “It is a position I have aspired to and I feel the opportunity to lead the Northern Region is the highlight of my career,” he said.

    “The Northern Region is very fortunate to already have a very effective and productive police force.

    “It is already in place, I just hope I can enhance it.

    “I still have a lot of emotional ties to the region and am looking forward to the challenge.”

    Mr Loy beat a crack field of several dozen applicants for the top job, taking over from Assistant Commissioner Carlene York, who is now the head of the force’s human resources department.

    He is expected to start at the Newcastle headquarters next month, almost 30 years to the day since he was sent from Sydney as a lowly ranked constable.

    Known as a hard but fair boss who rose through the detective ranks before taking on managerial roles, Mr Loy also spent time in the regional crime squads based in Newcastle and the north coast.

    “All I ask is that people turn up and do their work, do the best they can for the community, and get home safely,” Mr Loy said.

    “That, and lock up crooks.”

    Mr Loy has won an Australian surf lifesaving medal representing Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club and won a rugby league premiership with the Dudley Magpies.

    After stints in the homicide squad in Newcastle from 1987-1990 and in the regional crime squad based at Tweed Heads, Mr Loy ran the target action group at Lismore from 1995.

    He became crime manager at Shoalhaven before looking after local area commands on the far south coast and, in 2007, at Campsie.

    At the end of 2008, he became the director of operations of the force’s Professional Standards, formerly internal affairs, before taking on the role of assistant commissioner in charge of the forensic services group in 2010.

    He has been widely applauded as the person responsible for reducing a crippling backlog in dealing with crime scene evidence.

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    Black eye for the NRL

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    KAYLA Boyd is standing by her husband, Darius, the Newcastle Knights fullback who is believed to have been in a Brisbane house last month when South Sydney forward Ben Te’o allegedly punched a 22-year-old woman in the face and broke her eye socket.
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    The incident, which is being investigated by the NRL’s new integrity unit, allegedly took place in the home of Broncos fullback Corey Norman on April 20, the day after Boyd had represented Australia in the Anzac Test against New Zealand at Canberra Stadium.

    Boyd and Norman were believed to have been in the house at the time of the alleged incident but the woman, Katie Lewis, has made no assault allegations against them.

    Ms Lewis said she heard Boyd saying “stop” when Te’o allegedly struck her repeatedly.

    Te’o strenuously denied Ms Lewis’s version of events, saying he would co-operate with any investigation.

    In an interview with Ms Lewis last night on Nine News, reporter Danny Weidler said: “Katie ended up at the home of Broncos star Corey Norman . . . This is where accounts differ but according to Katie, when Souths star Ben Te’o entered the room things got ugly.”

    The Newcastle Herald spoke to Mrs Boyd earlier yesterday at her recently opened CBD fashion house business. The 25-year-old former model said she was aware of the alleged Brisbane incident but was unable to reveal any details.

    “I am not worried about it and besides that I really have no comment,” said Mrs Boyd, who married the Queensland Origin and Australian Test representative in a tropical wedding ceremony at Mission Beach in Queensland last November.

    In her interview with Weidler, Ms Lewis said: “Ben Te’o was at the door and I tried to get out. I had my shoe in my hand and I hit him, like, on the shoulder. He punched me in the face, on my eye, and I now have a broken eye socket.

    “He made a comment that I was a slut, and I wasn’t very happy with that. After he hit me in the face, I fell down and, like, curled into a ball, and he just kept hitting me and I remember hearing Darius say, ‘Stop’, or yelling, and then I must have gone unconscious.

    “Then I remember coming to, just laying in the hallway with blood everywhere, and just being scared, and there was no one there.”

    Ms Lewis, who was later taken by police to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said the three footballers agreed to leave her in the house.

    “I could have been seriously hurt. I could have been dead for all they know,” said Ms Lewis, who told police at the time that she did not want to press charges but is now considering her options.

    The Herald attempted to speak to Boyd yesterday but was unsuccessful. A Knights spokeswoman instead referred the Herald to a statement on the club’s website, which Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said could be attributed to him.

    “Following reports earlier on Wednesday involving three NRL players during the representative weekend, the Newcastle Knights have undertaken to fully co-operate with any NRL integrity unit investigation,” the statement said.

    “The Knights have not been formally advised of any complaint or allegation in relation to the alleged incident. The club has no further detail and subsequently will make no further comment at this time.”

    Te’o issued a detailed statement denying Ms Lewis’s version of events.

    Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said Te’o, who joined the club this year from the Broncos, had informed him of an incident on the Monday following it.

    “We’re trying to be as open as we possibly can about what’s happened here, and once the investigation is completed we’ll act accordingly, and we’ll act with the NRL,” Richardson said. “Let’s see all the information, all the facts . . . and let’s find out exactly what the story is.”

    Te’o said he had offered to co-operate with “the police, the NRL integrity unit, my club and other authorities to ensure that this matter is dealt with in the appropriate way”.

    “On the night in question, I found myself in unfortunate circumstances that were not caused by me and I acted appropriately to deal with a difficult situation,” the Queensland forward said.

    “I called the police to report the incident and have the female removed from the house. I have not pressed charges against the female and to the best of my knowledge no charges have been laid against me. I don’t wish to go into any further detail about this matter because I regard the incident as unfortunate and something I wish to leave behind me.”

    Queensland police confirmed the matter was “no longer under investigation”.

    “Police attended an incident but the allegation was formally withdrawn by the complainant. There was no further police action,” a spokesperson said.

    An independent investigator has been enlisted to assist the NRL’s integrity unit, who will investigate the matter.

    “If it turns out to be true, then clearly we will take the necessary action,” NRL CEO Dave Smith said.

    Boyd and former Broncos team-mates Karmichael Hunt and Sam Thaiday were investigated over an alleged sexual incidence in a Fortitude Valley nightclub in September 2008, Boyd’s final year with the Broncos. They were not charged by police but the Broncos fined them $20,000 each for bringing the club into disrepute. It was alleged Boyd, Hunt and Thaiday engaged in sexual acts with a 24-year-old woman in a toilet cubicle in the Alhambra Lounge nightclub on September 13.

    Katie Lewis. Picture courtesy Nine Network

    TRAINING: Knights player Darius Boyd yesterday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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