BARING IT ALL: Western Sydney band Pist Idiots proudly promote their working-class roots in their music.
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DON’T let the colourful band name or the barechestsfool you –Pist Idiots frontman Jack Sniff takes his music seriously.

The western Sydney four-piece are at the forefront of the pub-rock revival along with bands like West Thebarton and Bad//Dreems.

It’s high-energy,abrasive and unashamedly blue collar, but in the case of Sniff, there’s also vulnerability.

Whether it’s singing about being unable to find love (F—k Off)or delving into his own feelings of self-worth by singing “I over-drink, I tend to overeat,” on 99 Bottles, Sniff isn’t afraid to express his own insecurities.

“I’ve never thought about a wider message or anything, it’s always been pretty personal to me,” Sniff said.“Everyone’s in the same boat. No one has a perfect life.”

They’re feelings which have struck a chord with youngn men.

In the past year the explosion of the #MeToo movement has challenged men to change their behaviour towards women, and the music industry has been at the vanguard of thatdiscussion.

Sniffunderstands that Pist Idiots can play a role in changing behaviour.

Pist Idiots – Leave It At That“The way the world is twisting and turning at the momentis definitely for the better,” he said.“It won’t happen immediately, but maybe in five, 10 or 20 yearsthe way society is functioning will hopefully be better with a lot less dickheads.”

The south-west Sydney suburb of Revesbyisn’t known for itsarts scene.All four members of Pist Idiots grew up in the suburb, went to high school together andstill live in Revesby.

The band began as an excuse to “get drunk in the garage,” but after gigging for two years they released their debut self-titled EP in 2017 and toured with Newcastle punk heroes The Gooch Palms and Skegss.

Momentum grew in January when the release of the single Leave It At That convinced triple j to label Pist Idiots as one of the “ones to watch” in 2018.

Then in July Pist Idiots released their second EP Princes.

Sniff, with his moustache,frizzy dark hair and burly frame, cuts a similar appearance to ’70s legend Captain Beefheart.He’s also earning a reputation as araucous performer.

“Sometimes we forget we’ve got a show on because we’ve having lots of fun performing,” he said.“I like to feed off the crowd a lot and I can gauge the energy and the approach off that.

“The main thing is to have a good time and make sure everyone’s safe. I’ve got to be those eyes. Regardless of what it looks like, we’re always watching.”

Pist Idiots bring their Princes tour tothe Cambridge Hotel on August 30.

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Manly coach Trent Barrett has quit the NRL club, following another poor season.
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AAP understands Barrett has resigned and will finish up at the end of the season.

There is expected to be a formal announcement on Wednesday.

It is the latest movement in the code’s coaching merry-go-round, with former Penrith assistant Barrett now in the box seat to replace the sacked Anthony Griffin at the Panthers.

Barrett worked there as an assistant coach for three years before getting the top job at Manly.

His whole time at the club has been a rollercoaster ride ever since he was appointed to replace club legend Geoff Toovey in controversial circumstances in time for the 2016 season.

Barrett threatened to walk out only last week after a season in which the club has lurched from one crisis to the next.

It was the second time this year reports arose about Barrett expressing dissatisfaction with his level of support from club officials.

In May, he vowed to stick with Manly after he was filmed meeting with his management and lawyers about the situation.

Earlier on Tuesday, some of the club’s senior players publicly said they expected Barrett to stay until the end of his contract.

“He’s here for the next couple of years. Baz is a great coach, the players love him and we’d love to have him around,” said veteran Trent Hodkinson.

“I’m sure it will all work itself out.”

Forward Frank Winterstein said the players had “full faith” that Barrett would stay.

Barrett has had to deal with a lot since he took the reins at the northern beaches club, with his team never far from the headlines.

First there was now-disproved match-fixing allegations from before his time, then the club was fined for breaching the salary cap.

Soon after that, captain Daly Cherry-Evans was fined for getting into a fight with teammate Jackson Hastings at a strip club in the Queensland city of Gladstone following a loss to the Gold Coast.

After that night, Hastings spent most of the season playing NSW Cup, leading to allegations of him being frozen out after Barrett repeatedly didn’t pick him when first-choice five-eighth Lachlan Croker suffered a season-ending injury.

Hastings has since left the club to head to Super League side Salford.

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PROWLING: Jones The Cat launch their double A-side single on Friday night at the Small Ballroom.JONES The Cat frontman Jack Watterson admits his wife Sophie hates his Newcastle punk band’s latest song, I Want You Still.
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“I maintain it’s the angriest love song that anybody’s ever written,” Watterson said.“There’s this spoken word thing, which is basically me ranting.”

Jones The Cat will launch the track and its double A-side companion,Time Waster,at the Small Ballroom on Friday night.

It’ll be the four-piece’s first tastefromtheir forthcoming EP, which will be released through Canadianindependent label Dine Alone Records later this year.

The label release was part of Jones The Cat’s prize for winning last year’s Uni Sounds competition at Sydney’sOxford Art Factory.

Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman Simon Berckelman produced the music for the unnamed EP, while the vocals were recorded by Peter Holz (Gang Of Youths, Peking Duk).

“There’s a lot of argument about what the name of the EP should be,” Watterson joked.

Jones The Cat are also steadily building their Sydney fan base through a month-long Wednesday night residency at The Record Crate in Glebe.

BRAVE RETURNCESSNOCK country starTravis Collins will follow-up his Golden Guitar-winning album Hard Light (2016) and collaboration with Amber Lawrence, Our Backyard (2017), by releasing his new album Brave & The Broken on Friday.

The first singleoff the album, High Horse, was released in May. Collins will launchthe LP in his own backyard of Cessnock Leagues Club on Thursday night with support from Viper Creek Band and Mickey Pye.All proceeds from the night will be donated to drought-stricken farmers through Buy A Bale.

FARMERSHEARDTRAVIS Collins isn’t the only member of the music industry digging deep.Newcastle’snew music festival Scene & Heard is offering 100 free tickets to farmers for its November 4 show at Wickham Park. Other punters at the festival will also be able to donate throughcollection tins towards the Buy A Bale charity, which helps to provide food for rural stock.

WORLDLY LEECENEWCASTLE alt-country troubadour Ben Leece is renown for his poetic lyrics, so it’s little wonder he’s chosen an intriguing title for his debut solo album. No Wonder The World Is Exhausted will be released on October 19 through alt-country indie label Stanley Records.

You can catch cuts fromNo Wonder The World Is Exhausted, like lead single Villains, on Friday when Leece and his band Left Of The Dial perform at the Stag and Hunter Hotel.

B WISE COMING UPSYDNEY emerging hip-hop artist B Wise will be dropping beats at the Cambridge Hotel on October 6 during his Area Famous national tour.

The Nigerian-n recently premiered his new single Actin’ Different and smooth funk version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic Under The Bridge for triple j’s Like A Version.

FOR THE RECORDGET that spare cash ready vinyl lovers because the needle drops on the bi-annual Hunter Record Fair on Saturday at Kotara High School. Thousands of new and second-hand vinyl records are on sale across all genres.

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Adelaide Archbishop Philip Edward Wilson leaving Newcastle courthouse during his hearing. Picture: Darren Pateman/AAPENRAGED Hunter abuse survivor Peter Gogarty called the Catholic Church a “disgusting corrupt organisation” outside Newcastle Courthouse after dramatic scenes as Archbishop Philip Wilson started home detention for concealing Hunter priest Jim Fletcher’s child sex crimes.
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Mr Gogarty called on Wilson to say sorry and show contrition,accused a Wilson supporterof calling him “rubbish”, and vowed to continue standing up to the church only weeks after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed his campaign to have Wilsonresign or be sacked, that ended with Pope Francis accepting the archbishop’sresignation.

“Where is the contrition from former Archbishop Philip Wilson?His Grace, as somebody just said upstairs, has shown no grace,”said Mr Gogarty, who once knew Wilson well enough to call him Phil, and whose family knew Wilson as a young Hunter priest from the mid-1970s.

Archbishop’s home detention: survivor labels church ‘disgusting, corrupt’https://nnimgt-a.akamaihd苏州夜场招聘/transform/v1/crop/frm/GJZ5TVpAk84wrTzsQfLQRB/b589b690-d081-4b0d-9929-46dbf5273b9a.jpg/r2_49_798_499_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgThere were dramatic scenes as Archbishop Philip Wilson started home detention.news, national, 2018-08-14T15:18:00+10:00https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5821724198001https://players.brightcove苏州夜场招聘/3879528182001/default_default/index.html?videoId=5821724198001“Thisman (Wilson) said two weeks ago that he was resigning because of the hurt to people like me. But I’m still here still hurting and he’s now going to lodge an appeal, and we could wait months and months and months for that process to play out,” said Mr Gogarty,after telling the media he was“beside myself about this” as Wilson left to begin home detention.

“We’ve had one priest, who was going to give evidence against the archbishop, take his own life. We have another victim ofFletcher who can’t be here today because hehas serious health problems, and the archbishop does not have a single, solitary word to say to anybody like me that says ‘Sorry for your suffering’.

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The Catholic Church turned its back on Father Glen Walsh, says his brotherAdelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson found guiltyPope accepts resignation of archbishop Philip Wilson’Why don’t you call?’, said the abuse survivor to the Pope“We’ve just had another member of the Catholic Church basically call me dirt,” he said of an altercation between himself and a Wilson supporter where the supporter used the word “rubbish” in a comment in response to Mr Gogarty’s call for the man to speak to him “on camera, right now, you and me”.

Mr Gogarty, who was sexually abused by Fletcher from the age of 11, vowed to “take every opportunity over the next few months to do everything I can to bring the attention of the public to this disgusting corrupt organisation and I hope that at the end of this the archbishop’s conviction sticks, and I hope he enjoys his six months having a holiday at his sister’s house”.

“I am a nuisance. And if the Catholic Church thinks I’m a nuisance now, brace yourselves, because I’m going to stay a nuisance. The community is on my side and on the side of victims and survivors everywhere.”

Archbishop’s home detention: survivor labels church ‘disgusting, corrupt’ Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Local Court, in Newcastle after a post-sentence decision on home detention assessment ,Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

TweetFacebook Photos from outside Newcastle Courthouse on August 14, 2018 The archbishop did not respond to any requests to speak outside the court after a short hearing whereNewcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone said an assessment found Wilson could complete his 12-month jail sentence as home detention, with a minimum six-months at an undisclosed NSW location.

A previous hearing was told Wilson’s sister’s Central Coast home was a suitable location to complete the sentence.

Wilson’s barrister Ian Temby, QC, said the archbishop would lodge an appeal today against his May 22 conviction for failing to report child sex allegations about Fletcher to police, but Wilson did not apply for bail pending the appeal. Heelected to start his sentence on Tuesday, with the six-month home detention termending in February.

Hunter man Daniel Feenan, whose statements to police in 2003 led to Fletcher’s conviction for child sex crimes, also criticised Wilson outside the court for failing to speak and backed Mr Gogarty’s call to Wilson of “One word of contrition, Philip?”

“I’d like to see him show some type of remorse and I’d like to see him apologise,” Mr Feenan said, after Mr Stone noted in his sentencing remarks in early July that Wilson had shown no remorse or contrition, and his primary motive in not reporting Fletcher to police was to protect the church.

“I’ve had to show remorse over the years and apologise for things that have happened in my life and he still hasn’t done that,” Mr Feenan said.

Wilson’s decision to starthome detention on Tuesday rather than wait for the outcome of an appeal against his conviction was read by Mr Feenan “that he’s accepted his sentence and he’ll be serving it”.

Mr Feenan declined to comment about whether home detention sent a strong enough message to the community about how the criminal justice system viewed concealing child sex offences, but said he was happy Wilson was convicted and that he was sentenced to jail, although to be served as home detention.

“I can’t comment on how our legal system works,” he said.

Hunter woman Anthea Halpin, who was sexually abused by Hunter priest Denis McAlinden, and whose complaint to police led to the establishment of Strike Force Lantle which charged Wilson, said she was not surprised that Wilson will serve the sentence as home detention.

“I expected this would happen but I’m not unhappy. He’s a convicted criminal. He was called a prisoner in court and he’s lost his job. I think that sends a clear enough message,” Mrs Halpin said.

Newcastle Herald

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Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull used Question Time to promotes the National Energy Guarantee.WHAT WE LEARNED
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* If scientific experts recommend a meningococcal B vaccine be listed, the government will make it available on the national immunisation program and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTED TO SPIN

The National Energy Guarantee can be a long-term bipartisan policy which delivers cheaper and more reliable electricity and lower emissions.

WHAT LABOR WANTED TO TALK ABOUT

Whether the prime minister will rule out spending taxpayers’ money on a new coal-fired power station.

WHAT THEY SAID

“What we are in favour of is cheaper electricity and the market will work out what is the cheaper model.” – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“That is the strongest full-year growth in youth employment in 30 years – before Taylor Swift was born. Now, the Labor Party might shake that off, Mr Speaker, but we are not going to shake it off.” – Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“A year ago the Treasurer said: ‘There’s no such thing as new, cheap energy with a coal-fired power station.'” – Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.

“If you build a new plant, the cost of capitalising that means the cost of that is going to be higher than an existing plant right now. It is simple economics.” – Treasurer Scott Morrison.

“Why would ns trust any promise this government makes about lower power bills – promises which the Member for Warringah, the former prime minister, described today as ‘merchant banker gobbledygook’?” – Labor energy spokesman Mark Butler.

“The problem with the Labor Party is that they think should be more like the Shire in The Hobbit – they think we should all be living like Bilbo Baggins in our turf houses, smoking our weed pipes, sitting in front of our fireplace with the smoke curling out of the chimney, no economy, no industry, no primary industries.” – Leader of the House Christopher Pyne.

TWEETED

“Every time the PM says ‘the time has come’ I think of the walrus. Didn’t work out very well for the oysters.” – Labor MP Terri Butler (@terrimbutler)

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