Four Final Wins for the Aussies at Henley Royal Regatta Finals

The sun broke through with calmer winds than seen all week to reveal a picturesque Henley-on-Thames for the Henley Royal Regatta Finals. Australian athletes claimed The Stewards’ Challenge Cup, The Double Sculls Challenge Cup, The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup and The Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy at the 2022 Regatta.

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Nine Australian Crews Progress to the Henley Royal Regatta Finals

Australia will defend their race record in the Grand Challenge Cup and the Remenham Challenge Cups tomorrow, as both Men’s and Women’s Eights fielded by the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre won their Semi-Finals in the Henley Royal Regatta today. Australia will field athletes in nine crews in the finals tomorrow, including the Men’s Four in The Stewards Challenge Cup, a straight final between Rowing Australia and the British Four – the first time the two have battled since their showdown in Tokyo last year.

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Dutton’s policy-driven agenda

Mr Dutton’s first foray into policy reform in opposition – proposing a doubling in the amount of money age pensioners can earn before their pensions are cut – gained traction immediately. In a time of severe skills and labour shortages, it would benefit the economy as well as the pensioners keen to work and earn.

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Let Pensioners

Cut Centrelink red tape,
don't cut their pensions!

Australia has critical labour shortages across multiple sectors. Fewer than 76,000 pensioners (3%) currently work, but many would work (or work more) if they did not lose 50c in the dollar when they work more than once day a week.

Jokes and Joys

A giggle a day keeps the doctor away

Major Highlights

Rinehart’s backing for Olympians

AOC president John Coates said the partnership would deliver significant benefits. “This is a major commitment to Australian sport,” he said. “We welcome and thank Mrs Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting for this investment. On the eve of farewelling our team to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the timing is perfect.”

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Rinehart honoured for service to mining sector

Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting executive chair Gina Rinehart has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division, as part of the Australia Day 2022 Honours list. The mining magnate, who was one of only 25 Australians selected for the honour this year, was recognised for “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives and to sport as a patron”.

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Australia Day honours: Billionaire patron Gina Rinehart goes from strength to strength

Hancock is one of the biggest taxpayers in Australia and has weathered the Covid pandemic. Its company profit for the year to June came after revenue for Mrs Rinehart’s Hancock rose to a record $16.6bn from $10.5bn a year earlier and the business paid a huge $2.7bn in federal corporate and state taxes. Last year was also a significant one away from mining for Mrs Rinehart, who watched strong performances by athletes in the four sports she backs at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Swimmers, rowers, beach volleyball players and artistic swimming representatives all receive direct support from Mrs Rinehart, as part of charitable and sponsorship pursuits the billionaire undertakes that also includes helping Cambodian girls out of poverty. All of the support has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours, with Mrs Rinehart gaining the title of Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to sport as a patron.

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