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Australian IS recruiter Neil Prakash in new video calling for attacks at home

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The Australian Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled Al Cambodi, features in a highly-produced video urging his “brothers in Islam” to launch attacks in Australia.

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“You must start attacking before they attack you,” he said in the recently surfaced video. “Send a message to my brothers, my beloved brothers in Islam in Australia… when are you going to rise up and attack them for attacking you?”

The video came just days after three Australian teenagers were charged over an alleged Anzac Day terror plot thought to be inspired by Islamic State.

Monash University Terrorism expert Greg Barton said there was a link.

“It was almost certainly released this week because of events on Saturday. It is possible they were holding over initially the video until after, they were hoping for a successful operation,” he said.

However, both the Victoria’s Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright and Victoria’s Islamic Council secretary Kuranda Seyit said they were not aware of any link between the charged men and Prakash. 

“It was almost certainly released this week because of events on Saturday. It is possible they were holding over initially the video until after, they were hoping for a successful operation.”

Neil Prakash said in the video that Muslims needed to stand up for their sisters, in the wake of rising Islamophobic sentiments in Australia. 

“All I hear in Australia is this sister was hurt. This sister’s hijab was ripped off.”

He referred to his “dear brother Numan”, likely a reference to Numan Haider, the 18-year-old shot dead after stabbing officers outside Melbourne police station in September 2014.

“The media has portrayed that we come here, that we’re social outcasts, that we had nobody, that we have to turn to Islam because we were just troublemakers in the past,” he continued in the video. “But this is far from the reality.

“We came to establish a state, we came to give our blood, we came to pave the way towards establishing the caliphate (Islamic State).”

 

Prakash, who is Fijian-Indian and Cambodian, converted to Islam before travelling to Syria in early 2013.

 

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Anton Enus meets Anh Do as artist launches first solo exhibit

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The first time I met Anh Do was at the MCA in Sydney.

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He just came up and introduced himself. Within five minutes I felt like he was my best friend. He’s that kind of guy. In fact, the most noticeable thing about Anh Do is his disarming personality. He smiles a lot, he speaks from the heart and he doesn’t self-promote.

And so it is when we catch up in Sydney as he’s preparing for his new show. He talks freely about the men he’s painted, his own shortcomings, his kids, his daily routine (drop off the kids at school, paint, pick up the kids).

Olsen Irwin Gallery director Rex Irwin playfully describes Anh as “Mr Not-Good-Enough”. When the Paddington Gallery decided to work with Anh about 18 months ago, his initial feedback to the artist was that the painting he saw was not quite ready for exhibition. Little did he know that Mr Not-Good-Enough would take the comment literally. He went home and destroyed the canvas. Such is the hunger for artistic excellence in this 37-year-old who came to Australia as a refugee when he was a young child.

“The most noticeable thing about Anh Do is his disarming personality. He smiles a lot, he speaks from the heart and he doesn’t self-promote.”

His first solo exhibition is called Man. The works – and there are just eight in all – are powerful portraits. Almost all the subjects look directly at the viewer, intensity apparent in their eyes and sharp lines defining their faces. The impasto technique, reminiscent of Nicholas Harding and perhaps even Ben Quilty, lends itself to this overload of emotion. It’s no coincidence that the paintings speak of lives the tough way. The subjects, Anh tells me, were chosen because they had experienced things they were proud of, and things they were not so proud of. Just like me, he adds.

One is a struggling artist he met on the roadside in Italy. Another is a fellow he befriended down Wollongong way who trades in odds and ends. An older man with a plaited beard was a fellow art student and the man who stares intently through a pair of thickly framed spectacles was his former Tafe teacher.

It’s astonishing to sum up all that Anh Do has achieved in his short life. He’s a trained lawyer but rose to fame as a comedian. He also starred in Footy Legends, a movie made by his director brother, Khoa Do. On the side, he’s written a memoir, The Happiest Refugee, which won the Book Industry Award for Book of the Year. And for good measure, got to the finals of Dancing with the Stars.

But his abiding passion since childhood is art. His talent has taken him to the finals of the Archibald Prize (a portrait of his previously estranged father) and now this: his first solo exhibition.

As I walk through the gallery amidst the presence of these intense subjects, I can’t help but wonder what’s next for the man who seems to know no boundaries.

‘Man’ will be showing at Olsen Irwin in Woollahra from April 22-May 10.

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A closer look at the inflation figures: What you’re paying more – and less – for

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The headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.

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2 per cent in the March quarter, and is 1.3 per cent higher for the year.

While that number gets the most media attention, it is the core or underlying rate which the Reserve Bank is more concerned about.

That’s because it strips out one-off volatile moves in the index, to give a more accurate read on inflation.

The Reserve Bank likes to keep underlying inflation between its 2 to 3 per cent target band, which it says is a rate which sufficiently low enough that does not material distort economic decision in the community.

At 2.35 per cent, it is well within the RBA’s comfort range.

NAB Chief Economist of Markets, Ivan Colhoun told SBS World News, “The Reserve Bank would like to lower interest rates because the economy is not growing particularly strongly, and unemployment is higher than it would like, but it is also concerned that housing prices are quite elevated, and that also it may be encouraging people to borrow more than is warranted.”

He adds, the latest data looks a bit better on the economy.

“It’s a very close decision, tending to think the risk of another cut as early as May has been reduced.”

NAB will make a formal forecast after the release of its Quarterly Business Survey tomorrow.

A closer look at the inflation numbers reveals prices rose the most in the three months to March in tertiary education, domestic holidays and medical and hospital services.

The biggest price falls were seen in fruit and petrol.

In fact, the quarterly petrol price fall was the biggest since December 2008.

For the year, petrol is down 22.5 per cent, the largest decline in the history of the series.

But the ABS points out, prices for unleaded fuel across the country have already trended up since March, suggesting the low prices have ended.

What the economists are saying about inflation and interest ratesRiki Polygenis and Katie Hill (ANZ)

“While slightly above market expectations, there is not enough in today’s figures to justify a re-think of the moderate inflation outlook, which is neither too strong nor too weak to substantively impact on RBA deliberations. But the ongoing downside risks to growth in our view point to a further rate cut in May to support the transition underway in economic activity, although we admit that this is a close call.”

Craig James (CommSec)

“At present inflation is very much under control; Overall the latest result is likely to see the Reserve Bank discuss the merits of another rate cut at the upcoming May meeting. CommSec believes that the cash rate will be cut by 25 basis points to a historical low of 2 per cent in May.”

Janu Chan and Jo Horton (St George)

“The current below-trend pace of economic growth suggests another rate cut from the RBA is likely. Today’s inflation data confirms the RBA has room to cut interest rates again in May.”

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Australian boxer Billy ‘the kid’ Dib out to win world super-featherweight crown

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Billy “the kid” Dib wants this title really badly.

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He takes on Japan’s Takashi Miura on May 1 to fight for the WBC world super-featherweight crown.

The title eluded Jeff Fenech in his bouts with Azumah Nelson, and Lionel Rose failed to capture it in 1971.

Dib is now aiming to heal past wounds and he’s out to prove there is no Australian curse.

“We have had some history with this title – nothing that people actually want to remember – but hopefully on May 1st I’m going to flip that around,” he said. “I’m going to bring the world title back home to Australia, and we’re all going to enjoy it together.” 

Dib is proud of his Lebanese and Palestinian heritage, and vocal about his love for Australia.

“We have had some history with this title, nothing that people actually want to remember, but hopefully on May 1st I’m going to flip that around.”

At age 13, he wrote on his bedroom wall that he would be a boxing world champion. He’s done that in two different classes, and worn his heart on his sleeve all along.

As a teenager he turned down a chance to box for Lebanon at the Olympics because he couldn’t comprehend facing another Australian.

He’s faced “demons” since losing the IBF featherweight title to Russian punching-machine Evgeny Gradovich, who is responsible for two of his three professional losses.

But he says, “Your mentality is your reality,” and he’s very confident of silencing the home crowd at the Ota City Gymnasium in Tokyo.

‘Very tough fights against punchers and fighters’

Daniel Geale is making his own way back to the top, and there’s no easy road to get there.

He takes on Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto for the WBC World middleweight title in New York on June 6.

Having always fought for his family, Geale has a new inspiration; three-week-old Harper is his fourth child.

Like Dib, he feels very confident about the challenge ahead, and intends to make Australia proud.

“There are some huge fights coming up, and I wish Billy all the best, he’s a good friend of mine, and we’ve both got very tough fights against punchers and fighters that are going to come forward, and try and knock our heads off, so we’re going to have to use our skills and bring these titles home.”

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Town like ‘war zone’ after superstorm

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The torrential rain that has battered the NSW east coast has claimed a fourth life, with a body being pulled from floodwaters in the NSW Hunter region.

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Cyclonic conditions have lashed Sydney and surrounding regions with a severe weather warning still in place for the Illawarra while residents in Sydney’s southwest have been ordered to evacuate after the Georges River broke its banks.

As night fell in Maitland on Wednesday, a rescue operation turned to grim recovery.

Police divers retrieved the body of an elderly woman whose car was swept into Wallis Creek along Cessnock Road at about 9am as witnesses watched on in horror.

Despite initial fears that two women had drowned, officials now believe the hatchback’s driver was its sole occupant.

Three people from a second car were rescued at the same location, while a mother and her baby were also saved from rising waters nearby.

With authorities advising the worst was over, stories from some of the worst-hit areas continued to emerge, with the town of Dungog where three people were killed and homes washed away described as a “war zone”.

Three people were killed in Dungog, after a flash flood swept through the town on Tuesday morning.

Colin Webb, 79, Brian Wilson, 72 and Robin MacDonald, 68, were all believed to have been trapped in their residences with the men caught in their retirement village homes while Ms MacDonald had refused to leave her pets.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has urged people in the worst-hit areas to “hang tough”, confirming Dungog, bucketed with 300 millimetres of rain in 24 hours, along with Maitland and parts of the Central Coast, would be declared natural disaster zones.

“With the storm easing, we’re beyond that and what’s going to be the key focus is getting our communities back on their feet,” Mr Baird said.

“To give you a sense of the size and scope – in Dungog there’s more rain that has come down in the last 24 hours than they have seen in a 24-hour period for the past century.”

Helicopters had been dispatched to assess the damage.

“It’s like a war-zone,” Fire & Rescue NSW Superintendent Greg Rankin said.

Dungog resident Colleen Jones spoke of the horror of the rising floodwaters and watching her home be washed away.

“We just got out,” she said just metres from where her home was ripped from its foundations.

“I was just terrified,” she told AAP.

“It is just unbelievable, the current of water. It is just heartbreaking.

“It was just horrific to watch, just to see your house crumble.”

As of Wednesday evening, more than 205,000 homes were without power.

More than 110 people had been rescued from floodwaters, while emergency services had responded to more than 11,100 calls for help since Monday.

So far there have been more than 19,500 insurance claims across NSW.

The opening of Sydney harbour brought to an end a long, uncomfortable wait off shore for more than 2000 passengers aboard a cruise ship that had been prevented from entering on Tuesday.

The Carnival Spirit docked at Circular Quay on Wednesday morning.

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