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My Kitchen Rules recap: Don’t try the veal, Hapless Harry drops the prize

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Tough night over the stoves … My Kitchen Rules contestants Harry and Christo. Tough night over the stoves … My Kitchen Rules contestants Harry and Christo.
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MKR … The low-scoring Evil Jack Nicholson (David) and Mean Barbie (Corinne) snapped at the boys heels.

Judgement time …. the knives are out and it could mean the chopping block.

Poor Harry. You had to feel sorry for him. For all three meals so far, both he and “best mate” Christo had been nothing but dorky, polite dinner guests. So with the low-scoring Evil Jack Nicholson (David) and Mean Barbie (Corinne) snapping at their heels from the get go, we had ourselves an underdog.

The episode opens with a montage pitching Harry and Christo as potential champions. Melbourne’s food reputation and their alleged creativity are standard enough reasons but then Harry adds “what more do you need in a recipe for greatness?” showing both average punning skills and cruelly ironic hubris.

First, it’s off to the supermarket. This is a chance to show off Harry’s marking ability (we get it, they’re men) and reveal the menu. Entrée will be a caramelised onion tart, for mains they’re planning smoked mozzarella and prosciutto rolled veal and a sweet finish starring blueberry frangipane tart with blueberry ripple ice cream.

On the way back to the car, it’s time for Hapless Harry to make his first appearance with an upturned trolley in the parking lot. “Classic Harry” says Christo laughingly, a statement that proves sadly true as the show unfolds.

After painstakingly setting up the instant restaurant (“It’s not my decoration rules!”), the boys are already behind time.

In a rush, Harry botches the shortcut pastry finding he has over-kneaded it in the food processor. He then tries to “get the butter out of the pastry” with an action that looks suspiciously like kneading, knocks over a carton of eggs and discovers his finger is bleeding.

Anxious and unhygienic, Harry realises it’s time for Plan B and he runs back to the shops to buy what looks like a trolley full of “safety pastries”.

In the car, Haz, “the dropsy king” gets emotional. This is not the game face of a hard-bitten real estate agent but a best mate with a sinking guilty feeling. Things are not looking good.

By the time Harry returns, Christo has made excellent progress without him, making us wonder if Harry should just scoot on over to sick bay for the rest of the show. Despite this, the boys are still well and truly behind schedule.

The timer hits zero and the boys suit up to welcome their guests. David’s polite dinner banter starts early: “we’re going to need a disaster” he says.

With everyone already seated, the onions start caramelising, a process which can take hours. Panic is starting to set in when in strides man of action Manu with a “bonsoir” and a word of advice: to take a moment to calm down.

This pep talk gives the pair a second wind, eventually getting the tarts on the plate with roast tomatoes and rocket. By the time they walk in to serve, however, it has been a long wait and both Harry and Christo are nervous wrecks. “The boys look pretty bombed out” says empathetic newlywed Shanelle.

As if by fluke, the tart does anything but bomb out. A particular highlight was Manu talking about tomatoes “bursting in his mouth”. Not quite as good as when he proclaims something to be “cooked to perfection” but still pretty good. Pete is equally pleased, cautioning the undercooked grey onions let it down.

Back in the kitchen for main meal and yet again the boys prove slow and clumsy. Christo overcrowds the pan with veal, Harry makes too few potato croquettes. There is no crueller sight than watching tiny portion of veal overcook as croquettes are frantically subtracted from plates.

Decades later, mains are served and the conclusion foregone.

Manu, the broken record, is livid. “Why would you not put a sauce!”  he says. It’s a bloody good question. The boys have lost their minds, using half a grilled lemon to dress an entire main course. Adding insult to injury, David couldn’t be happier. “That was terrible,” he beams.

The boys slump into the kitchen to prepare dessert, the final nail in the coffin. Two and a half hours later, they emerge with slightly undercooked pastries, a non-intentionally “funky” tasting ice cream and toasted almonds that took so long they had to have been activating.

By the end of the show, it was carnage to be sure, but carnage worse than David and Corinne? The judges thought so, scoring the mains a devastating two points each. This brought Christo and Harry in at the bottom of the scoreboard with 44  out of 110 points. Don’t you just hate when the underdog loses?

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Daniel Morcombe murder suspect led police to body after elaborate ruse, court told

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Brett Peter Cowan listens to evidence in Brisbane’s Supreme Court. Photo: Nine News Murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe. Photo: Supplied
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After giving evidence at an inquest into the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe, Brett Peter Cowan boarded a domestic flight back to Perth.

It was early 2011 and the Sunshine Coast teen had been missing since December 7, 2003. Mr Cowan did not know he had been a suspect since a fortnight after the Sunshine Coast boy disappeared.

But he also did not know that the passenger seated next to him on the flight, known as Joe, was actually a police officer.

Queensland Crown prosecutor Michael Byrne, QC, on Tuesday outlined how an elaborate undercover police operation began, as he opened the case against Mr Cowan in Brisbane’s Supreme Court.

Within weeks, Joe introduced Mr Cowan to some friends of his, including a man known as Fitzy – also an undercover police officer.

The covert officers allegedly convinced Mr Cowan they were part of a wide-reaching criminal gang, with friends in high places, who could ”fix” anything.

”Part of what he was consistently told over a period of months is that there were three main mantras, or three main rules that members of this gang had to live by: loyalty, respect, honesty,” Mr Byrne said. ”This was a ruse. It was part of the undercover operation.”

Mr Cowan was slowly included in the gang’s criminal activities and was eventually allowed to observe some.

”He was then allowed to do some tasks for the gang,” Mr Byrne said. ”He started with the minor and it increased in significance.”

He took part in a total of 24 scenarios, the court heard.

On August 9, 2011, Fitzy took Mr Cowan to a Perth hotel room to meet the gang’s boss, Arnold – also an undercover police officer.

Arnold told Mr Cowan he expected loyalty, respect and honesty, Mr Byrne said. In return, he could make Mr Cowan’s problems go away.

It was then that Mr Cowan allegedly confessed to Daniel Morcombe’s murder, saying he had spotted him waiting at the bus stop and offered to give him a lift to the nearby shopping centre.

Instead of taking him to Maroochydore, Mr Cowan allegedly drove Daniel to an abandoned house on a Beerwah macadamia farm.

Mr Byrne read the recorded confession. ”I never got to molest him or anything like that. He panicked and I panicked and grabbed him around the throat and, before I knew it, he was dead,” Mr Cowan allegedly said.

Arnold told Mr Cowan he would need to see the alleged murder site to ensure no incriminating evidence was left behind.

Mr Cowan boarded a flight to Brisbane the following day, where he met another of the gang’s supposed members and drove with him to the site where he claimed to have dumped Daniel’s body.

There, in the bush, the undercover operation came to an end.

The trial continues.

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Abbott moves towards Medibank Private sell-off

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The Abbott government has taken its first serious steps towards the privatisation of $4b-valued Medibank Private. Photo: JOSH ROBENSTONEThe Abbott government is working on the sale of Medibank Private before receiving expert advice on the suitability and timing for the $4 billion privatisation.
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In November, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann appointed investment bank Lazard to advise on a sale – the biggest government sell-off since the float of rail company QR National.

Lazard has until the end of the month to deliver a scoping study advising on the readiness of Medibank for privatisation, a method of sale, timing and estimated proceeds.

In announcing the appointment of Lazard, Mr Cormann stressed: “The government has not made any decisions yet regarding the timing and structure of any sale.”

But the appointment of corporate spin doctors to a $2000-a-day, six-month contract is the clearest signal yet that Medibank will be put on the block before Treasurer Joe Hockey’s first Budget in May.

Newgate Communications, whose 10 senior executives include four former Liberal government staffers and former James Hardie and News Ltd spin doctor Greg Baxter, has been handed a $211,000 contract that runs until June 30.

According to the government’s AusTender website, Newgate has been appointed to “assist with the scoping study into the sale of Medibank Private.

Mr Cormann’s office said Newgate would provide communications advice on any announcements flowing from the findings of the scoping study. The contract contained the option of retaining the company for a sale process.

Fairfax Media understands that Newgate has been working for the past fortnight on ways to sell the case for a sale to the public.

Lazard will advise whether a full float on the Australian Stock Exchange, a partial float or a so-called “trade sale” to another health insurance provider will maximise value for the taxpayer. Medibank, which returned a profit to government of $315 million in 2013, is valued at about $4 billion by market analysts.

Labor claimed the government had already decided to sell Medibank without waiting for advice or demonstrating how it would increase competition or put downward pressure on health insurance premiums.

“$2,000 a day to spin to Australians why assets should be privatised is simply the most extraordinary government waste,” said shadow health spokeswoman Catherine King. “[the government] will pay $2000 a day for a spin doctor, but they won’t support Toyota jobs.”

Mr Cormann declined to comment. He has previously said there is “no compelling policy reason” for the government to retain ownership of Medibank, which operates in a competitive market against 34 other health funds.

Given the protracted time frames for government privatisations any full or partial listing may not be completed until 2015, according to reports.

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Failure to narrow gap on Aboriginal employment

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Federal politics: full coverageSinging praises of reconciliation
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Australia has made no progress towards halving the employment gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a decade, six years after the effort began.

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott delivers the annual report on progress towards closing the gap in Federal Parliament on Wednesday, he will also describe as ”disappointing” progress on reading, writing and numeracy.

Mr Abbott will report that while progress has been made in some areas, ”it is clear we are still failing in too many”.

”Our challenge is to turn good intentions into better outcomes,” he writes in his first Prime Minister’s report on progress towards closing the gap. ”For the gap to close, we must get kids to school, adults to work and the ordinary law of the land observed.

”We should want nothing less for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than we want for every Australian.”

The report shows the nation is on track to meet two of the six targets, relating to child mortality and year 12 completion.

There have been positive early signs on preschool enrolments but data to show whether this target has been met will not be available until later this year.

While there has been a small improvement in indigenous life expectancy, the report says progress will need to ”accelerate considerably” if the gap is to be closed by 2031.

All Australian governments committed to the six targets after the national apology in 2008.

In his reply, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will urge Mr Abbott to adopt three new targets proposed by Labor, relating to higher education, criminal justice and disability support. He will defend Labor’s record and plead with Mr Abbott not to discard the work of the Rudd and Gillard governments.

”I beseech the government – please don’t start again just because you can,” he will say. ”Please don’t go back to a blank piece of paper, just to enhance your claim to authorship.”

Signalling Labor would not automatically support Coalition measures on indigenous affairs, Mr Shorten will appeal to Mr Abbott to empower Aboriginal people to find their own solutions.

”Aboriginal people deserve better than being told it’s as simple as ‘go to school, go to work and obey the law’,” Mr Shorten will say. ”One size does not fit all.”

In a thinly veiled criticism of the Coalition’s efforts to lift school attendance, Mr Shorten will argue fostering a love of learning in children would do more than ”limited interaction with a time-poor truancy officer”.

Mr Shorten will also argue ”a sense of urgency” is required to achieve the recognition of the first Australians in the nation’s founding document.

”We risk missing a unifying moment,” he will say. ”We must be resolute and swift. Because justice delayed is justice denied.”

Mr Abbott has identified constitutional recognition as one of his priorities and has promised to release a draft proposal for public consultation by September.

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Schapelle Corby interview deal splits Seven’s David Koch and Mike Willesee

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Nothing on camera yet: Mike Willesee speaks to the media in Bali on Tuesday. Photo: Justin McManusTwo of Channel Seven’s biggest stars clashed spectacularly on Tuesday over the network’s paid exclusive interview with Schapelle Corby and whether she should be allowed to benefit from the proceeds of crime.
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But the Indonesian authorities threatened to throw a dampener on proceedings, issuing a warning that there were some limits to what the parolled drug trafficker was legally able to say after her release.

The clash came as a bidding war between media organisations netted $20,000 for the first photo of Corby without her mask.

David Koch hit out at his network colleague Mike Willesee’s exclusive contract with the Corby family over the reputed $2 million fee.

”I reckon we should have nothing to do with her as a network. Totally disagree with paying a convicted drug smuggler $2 million,” Koch said on Sunrise.

Co-host Samantha Armytage responded: ”Too late for that.”

While noting his wife disagreed with his view, Koch said: ”I know Indonesia’s corrupt and all that sort of stuff but, you know, she’s convicted, so why pay the money?”

Willesee struck back immediately, saying the figure quoted by Koch was ”crazy … way silly”.

”Kochie can speak for himself. He got it drastically wrong, he’ll be proven to be wrong. That’s the only bit of dissension that I’m aware of and that’s just one guy having his opinion.”

The way Willesee tells it, no money has yet changed hands, and it is not even certain an interview will take place. ”I really don’t know. There are a few things up in the air … It’s not a sure thing and it’s not a close thing.”

On Monday, Corby was swept away from the media pack at the Bali Corrections Board office, with Willesee as part of the family convoy. He and his crew followed her into her luxury accommodation at the Sentosa Seminyak spa and villas, where they are staying.

The TV current affairs legend said that, by Tuesday morning, he still had not met Corby, had not spoken to her or any members of the family, and did not know which family members were located in the compound.

A note of warning about the interview came from Bali Corrections Board head Ketut Artha who said ”it’s possible” Corby’s parole could be revoked if she spoke too provocatively.

”We’d have to review what exactly has been said … and we’ll advise her, warn her, about it,” Mr Ketut said. ”But if it’s fatal, we’ll definitely review her parole.”

Asked what statement might prove ”fatal”, Mr Ketut would not comment.

Indonesian newspaper Kompas quoted an MP saying the Parliament’s legal affairs commission would soon discuss establishing a ”Corby working committee” to investigate the process of her being granted parole.

Sarifuddin Sudding said the prospect had already been canvassed informally among committee members: ”Corby deserved the death penalty from the start,” he said.

The first clear picture of Corby has been published after Woman’s Day paid $20,000 for an image of her celebrating after her release.

The snap showed a smiling Corby clinking a beer with her brother Michael. Fairfax Media has been told the image was taken by a friend.

Late on Tuesday, Mercedes Corby said ”the sums being reported are ridiculous” and her sister would speak to someone she trusted: ”It was never a matter of going with the highest bidder.”

”We also love the style of Sunday Night and, after meeting Mark Llewellyn, felt it was a good fit, particularly as we believe Mike Willesee is a great choice of interviewer.

”This choice was made easier with Channel Nine broadcasting a film based on a book which is full of false allegations and which we are taking defamation action against.”

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