Clubs pushing Anzac parties may face fines

Sydney nightclubs advertising Anzac-themed parties could face large fines for disrespectful “misuse” of the term, the federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs has warned.

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A cluster of venues along Oxford Street are under scrutiny for advertisements promoting events this week that feature scantily clad models in some military clothing.

The poster for Stonewall Hotel’s “Anzac Day – Annual Uniform Party” on Tuesday depicts a shirtless male model in a sailor’s cap and pants and competitions including karaoke, best abs and “sexy sailor”.

The nearby Colombian Hotel’s “Anzac Week” line-up includes “sexy caged boys” and a DJ on “Anzac Eve”.

The Colombian’s licensee on Monday told AAP he wouldn’t comment on the furore.

But a Facebook post advertising the event, which showed a shirtless man in camouflage pants and warpaint, has since been taken down.

A department spokeswoman said formal permission to use the word “Anzac” had to be sought from the veterans’ affairs minister to protect against its “misuse”.

An Act in place since 1920 ensures the term is treated with the respect and dignity it deserves, she added.

“However, it should be noted that the words ‘Anzac Day’ may be used in connection with certain events or entertainment held on April 25 itself, or on consecutive days, including April 25.

“This means some advertising that may be considered to be in poor taste can be compliant with the regulations.”

The posters will be reviewed by the department and the clubs will be contacted if it’s determined they breached the regulations.

A formal “cease and desist” letter can be issued to organisations that fail to stop using the term.

Further action can take the form of large fines or in extreme cases, pursuing a prison sentence, the spokeswoman said.

NSW Veterans’ Affairs Minister David Elliott said businesses should think twice before using the term because Anzac Day is to be commemorated, not celebrated.

It’s a “very, very emotional time for lots of families across NSW”, Mr Elliott said on Monday.

“It (inappropriate advertising) is distasteful, it’s wrong, it’s unethical and it’s a breach of the law,” the minister said.

“That’s not to say we shouldn’t have a game of two-up and a drink … as far as I’m concerned it’s a given.

“But don’t use it as an opportunity to tout for business, don’t use it as an opportunity to promote commercial interests, and don’t use it as a reason to get drunk and beat up your mates.”

Stonewall Hotel has been contacted for comment.

Boy, 12, who drove across NSW had bingle

A 12-year-old boy who drove 1300 kilometres across NSW on his own in the family car managed to evade suspicion partly because he looks much older and is “about six foot tall”.

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After leaving the state’s east coast on Friday morning, the boy topped up at Cobar service station without paying for the fuel on Saturday morning.

He was only stopped a few hours later in Broken Hill when police noticed the car’s bumper dragging on the ground.

The boy’s attempt to drive to Perth started after 11am on Friday when he took off from the family home in Kendall, near Port Macquarie.

“His parents reported him missing immediately after he left home, so they were looking for him,” Detective Inspector Kim Fehon told AAP on Monday.

The boy stopped to get petrol about 6am on Saturday at a Caltex service station in Cobar.

Manager Vamshi Reddy said the boy took $19 worth of fuel but left without paying.

“When I saw him, he looked like a nice person who was maybe 19 or 20,” Mr Reddy said on Monday.

“When police told me he was 12 … I was shocked.”

Det Insp Fehon confirmed that “despite being 12 years old he is about six foot tall”.

Mr Reddy said the boy was driving what looked like a white Hyundai SUV.

Det Insp Fehon said the car had suffered some damage.

“So it appears (the boy) did have an accident while driving,” she said.

Highway patrol officers spotted him at Broken Hill about 11am on Saturday.

The boy was arrested and taken to Broken Hill police station before being released to his distressed parents. Police said they were “extremely relieved” to see him.

The family are expected to arrive back on the state’s mid north coast on Monday afternoon, with the boy to be questioned by local detectives there.

It’s likely he’ll be charged under the Young Offenders Act with three offences, including the illegal use of a car, unlicensed driving and failing to pay for petrol.

Some people on social media praised the boy’s escapade, calling him a “pretty clever kid” who deserved a “gold star for effort”.

“Clearly he’s a top driver. No ticket in 1300km,” Lou Steer wrote on Facebook.

But Det Insp Fehon said the boy should not be commended.

“Not only was the child’s life at risk but all the people he went past and came in contact with,” she said.

“He was lucky he had an escape (after his accident).

“But so did all the motorists on the way from Kendall to Cobar. They all had a lucky day as well.”

Titans downplay Hayne attitude issues

Jarryd Hayne has every right to impose himself over his Gold Coast teammates, according to Titans forward Joe Greenwood.

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Hayne was spotted in heated discussions with halfback Ashley Taylor in the Titans’ 16-12 win over Cronulla on Saturday night.

He also appeared to express frustration at Titans winger Dan Sarginson after he dropped a routine catch in a try-scoring position.

But Greenwood said Hayne’s high expectations were warranted in his return match from an ankle injury.

“He’ll (Hayne) float around and speak to Ash about where he wants to go – he sees a lot at fullback and he’ll just let Ash know where he needs to be,” Greenwood said.

“He’s a really good organiser. He played a little bit in the halves for a couple of minutes he just organises the team around him.”

Hayne’s attitude has regularly been questioned since he signed with the Titans at the end of last year after returning from the NFL and rugby sevens with Fiji.

He is signed until the end of next year, but has an option to leave the club at the end of 2017 in his favour.

His commitment was a regular topic of conjecture throughout the pre-season, before he missed the past five matches through injury.

And despite winning the Anzac Medal for the best player on field in Saturday night’s win, he earned the ire of former Australian players Mark Gasnier and Justin Hodges for his blow up at Sarginson – who feared a negative influence on the club’s young squad.

But Greenwood said it was just a sign of Hayne’s passion.

“We’re all competitive and he’s just as competitive as anyone,” Greenwood said.

“If you drop a ball it is a chance missed and then we have to defend a set so there’s a lot more pressure on you so it’s just competitive nature.”

Griffin out for NRL redemption: Thaiday

This time, it’s personal.

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Sam Thaiday believes Penrith coach Anthony Griffin will be out for redemption when he faces off this week with the man who replaced him at Brisbane – Wayne Bennett.

The third-last Panthers are in need of inspiration ahead of Thursday night’s NRL clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium after losing four straight.

And Thaiday believed Griffin would provide it in a bid to “get one over” the man who replaced him at the Broncos helm after the 2014 season.

“I am sure Hook (Griffin) will have them fired up this week to play us,” Thaiday said.

“It’s almost a redemption round for him.

“He likes coming up against Wayne now.

“I am sure throughout this week he will be getting the boys pumped to play on Thursday night.”

Thaiday admitted Brisbane were wary of Griffin, who groomed a number of current Broncos as the club’s Under-20s coach.

“He has coached a lot of the boys in the team, some since 18, 19 years of age,” he said.

“He knows a fair bit about us and I am sure he will be using that knowledge to come up with a gameplan to try and beat us at home.”

Asked if it would be good to get one over his former coach, Thaiday said: “It would be good just to get a win in an easier fashion than the last couple of rounds.

“We have cut it close. It’s almost as if we are trying to kill off Wayne with a heart attack nearly every week.”

Brisbane needed a late field goal to down South Sydney 25-24 last round.

Six of their eight games have now been decided by three points or less.

Thaiday said pre-season favourite Penrith’s record may not be the best but believed it was a matter of time before they clicked into gear.

“I think they have been a little unlucky of late,” he said.

“They have been there or thereabouts but haven’t closed out a lot of games.

“I am sure at some point they will flick the switch and play some good footy – hopefully it is not against us.”

Meanwhile, winger Jordan Kahu ran freely at Monday training after missing the win over South Sydney with a groin strain.

Halfback Ben Hunt trained separately but is not expected back from a hamstring injury for another three weeks.

Bangalore’s star power refuses to translate into IPL success

Their blockbuster batting line-up, containing the likes of prolific India captain Virat Kohli, swashbuckling West Indian Chris Gayle and the versatile South African AB de Villiers, were bundled out for 49 inside 10 overs.

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Skipper Kohli fell for a first ball duck, Gayle made seven and de Villiers managed eight with none of the Bangalore batsmen reaching double digit after restricting Kolkata to 131.

“Our worst batting performance,” Kohli said after the team’s spectacular meltdown at Eden Gardens. “It really hurts. After the kind of half that we had, we thought we could capitalise and chase it down.

“Reckless batting, I can’t say anything at the moment. It was that bad. This is just not acceptable.”

Rajasthan Royals’ 58 against Bangalore in 2009 was the previous lowest total.

With their fifth defeat in seven matches, last year’s runners-up Bangalore slipped to the bottom of the points table at the halfway stage of the Twenty20 tournament.

“We need to forget it and move forward. We’re a much better team,” said Kohli, who missed Bangalore’s first three matches with a shoulder injury.

“We got 200 plus in the last game. I’m sure everyone realises what they’ve done wrong. You have to come out, show intent and back yourselves. I’m sure we won’t bat like that again in the tournament.”

Kolkata’s pace attack claimed all 10 Bangalore wickets with Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile, England’s Chris Woakes and New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme claiming three each.

Woakes said the track at Eden Gardens was fair to the seam bowlers.

“It definitely assisted the seamers and it is probably the first time that we had good pace and carry since the time we started playing here,” said the 28-year-old all-rounder.

“It swung a bit to start with as well which helps. But you still got to put the ball in the right areas and we managed to do that tonight.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)