I still call Westralia home

Poll reveals most Sandgropers think of themselves as West Aussies first and Australians second … compared with just 6% of residents in NSW. Most West Australians identify more strongly with their State than their nation — placing Sandgropers at odds with the rest of the country.

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Gina’s Paspaley reward

Diary is reliably informed mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, already a huge financial supporter of the Australian Dolphins and other athletes at both a Paralympic and Olympic level, is taking it one step further than ScoMo. Rinehart is offering Paspaley jewellery not only to gold medallists, but to every single Paralympian swimmer who has competed in the pool in Tokyo. Rinehart is also quietly providing direct financial assistance to many athletes in Tokyo. For the last seven years, the Dolphins’ patron has also been offering invaluable financial support specifically to Swimming Australia’s Paralympic program.

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Annastacia Palaszczuk and Reza Adib attend event to celebrate Queensland Olympians

Gathered guests gave Fraser, who won gold medals in the 100m freestyle at the Melbourne, Rome and 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a standing ovation and then sang happy birthday to mark her 84th birthday yesterday. VIPs at the event included Tokyo gold medallists Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. Australian Swimmer, Cate Campbell said the Olympic team came back in “drips and drabs” and so were unable to celebrate together especially with the absence of a closing ceremony. “It’s really nice to finally be able to relax and just enjoy the night.”

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DAWN’S GOLDEN GIFT

OLYMPIC legend Dawn Fraser has sensationally presented her three 100m freestyle Olympic gold medals to Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart, in recognition of the mining magnate’s support for Australia’s swimmers. Fraser made the extraordinary gesture at an official welcome home dinner for Australia’s Tokyo Olympics team at the Brisbane showgrounds last night. “Gina you’ve done so much for our athletes – this is the least I can do,” Fraser said in an emotional speech in front of a 1000-strong crowd. Ms Rinehart said she was thrilled by the honour. “Dawn is Olympic royalty and I’m over the moon,” Ms Rinehart said.

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‘Overwhelming support’: how mingling with mayor raised an eye-watering sum for DV support

“This is the beginning of a new future for the women and families in need of help right here in Noosa and we are determined for permanent, positive change to start today,” Ms Falla said. Patron of the event, Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart, said it was an enormous effort.“Last Saturday night we spoke up and the community stood up. I have never been prouder.” Many identities supported the cause, including mining magnate Gina Rinehart and Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser.

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Event of the week | Brisbane fashion Festival 2021

After a year’s hiatus, the Brisbane Fashion Festival was back in full force with runway shows. This year’s Festival sold out in record time, within three days, and each night was jam-packed with socialites, business identities, designers, local personalities and politicians.

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Gina Rinehart enjoys a glass of champagne

Earlier this month, it was revealed Gina had quietly funded many of the sportsmen and women at the Tokyo Olympics so they could chase their dreams. The likes of veteran swimmer Cate Campbell, rowing gold medallist Lucy Stephan, and silver medallist beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy were all funded by the generous Rinehart. ‘I don’t say this lightly, but Gina Rinehart saved swimming,’ three-time Tokyo medallist Campbell told the Australian Financial Review. ‘She made funds available that went directly to athletes. This allowed many athletes – myself included – to see that there was a future career in swimming.’

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