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NSW Blues skipper Steve Smith hails arrival of ‘mature’ opener Nic Maddinson

Slam Dunk: Ben Dunk is bowled by Nathan Lyon. Photo: Chris Lane Centurion: Nic Maddinson bats during the Matador Cup match between Tasmania and NSW at Hurstville Oval. Photo: Mark Nolan
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Test skipper Steve Smith believes the emergence of Nic Maddinson as a “mature” player is a huge boon for n cricket after his NSW teammate hammered 118 not out in the eight-wicket one-day victory over Tasmania on Monday.

Maddinson hammered 15 fours and four sixes in his run-a-ball knock – the last six winning  the game with 25 balls to spare – in a knock that ensured NSW remained undefeated in the Matador Cup. He couldn’t have picked a better time to impress with the national selection panel, including  chairman Rod Marsh, at Hurstville alongside n coach Darren Lehmann.

Maddinson said his summer’s goal was to build upon each innings after throwing away chances to make big scores in previous campaigns.

“Nic Maddinson was outstanding,” Smith said. “He’s maturing and starting to play some very good cricket which is exciting not just for NSW but n cricket as well – he’s a huge talent. He’s been hitting the ball nicely all pre-season and I think he’s done that over the last couple of years; scored runs in pre-season games but died off when the real games have come around. He’s started well and hopefully he can keep it up.”

NSW dismissed Tasmania  for 217 after Mitchell Starc bagged 5-39 and they were set 193 to win off 43 overs. Rain twice stopped play. Maddinson wasted no time mowing them down and finished with the second one-day century of his career a week after what could well have been his breakthrough 108 against the CA XI.

“The emphasis has been [being] hungry for runs,” said Maddinson, the man of the match. “I’m not looking for the boundary ball quite as often and be happy to get down the other end and just chill out for a little while and soak up some balls in the game.”

Maddinson and Eddie Cowan launched the Blues off to a flying start with a 117-run partnership before Cowan was stumped for 47 off Xavier Doherty’s bowling.

NSW skipper Steve Smith strode to the crease the highest run-scorer in the tournament and was dismissed the same way off the very next ball. However, Maddinson and Shane Watson, who finished 25 not out, steered the home team to victory.

NSW fast bowling coach Geoff Lawson hailed Starc as a great example of what a paceman with rhythm and confidence can achieve after Starc took his 19th tournament wicket at an average of six.

“In a few of the matches he’s played, especially against the CA XI, he was entitled to have a rest after eight overs but he was ‘Nah, give me the ball’,” Lawson said. “He’s like any athlete in form; he’s in a great vein and wants to keep going.”

However, his first three overs were a far cry from the efforts that had terrorised batsmen over the last week, yielding 0-24.

Tasmania’s Dom Michael inflicted plenty of damage and seemed determined to help his state regain pride after their shock last-start loss to the CA XI. While willing, Michael didn’t get much of an opportunity to savour his half century – he was bowled by Starc  for 54 – providing the catalyst for Starc to run through the Tasmanians.

Housing bust now the greatest recession risk, say investment banks

Analysts have flagged an oversupply in the housing market as a potential risk. Photo: Erin JonassonHouse prices are set for a 7.5 per cent decline from March next year, with the resulting slowdown hitting the broader economy and risking a recession, economists have warned.
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Several leading investment banks have tipped that ‘s housing market, which has been a driver of economic activity as mining has slowed, is close to peaking as household budgets are stretched and supply begins to outstrip demand.

Although softening prices would make the market more accessible to aspiring home owners, they could trap highly leveraged buyers and push up unemployment as the sector cooled.

Macquarie forecast in a research note on Monday that the nation was looking at a 7.5 per cent reduction from “peak to trough”.

Credit Suisse goes a step further, warning that property investment in is “riskier than the equity market”, particularly in NSW.

“Home-buying conditions have deteriorated sharply,” equity analysts Damien Boey and Hasan Tevfik​ wrote.

“Housing is no longer the safe haven asset relative to equities.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Alex Joiner said household debt measures had soared to their highest ever levels, raising the risk of a “hard landing”.

The dwelling price to income ratio is at “never before observed” levels of five and a half times, and the household debt to gross domestic product ratio is at a “record high” 133.6 per cent.

That level of debt coupled with a downturn in housing could further crimp consumer spending and property investment once the Reserve Bank of was forced to tackle inflation by lifting interest rates.

He said that while the chance of a “hard landing” in the Chinese economy was small, a sharp decline in demand for housing in overheated markets such as Melbourne and Sydney was more probable and would drag the broader economy with it.

“We are not forecasting collapse or the bursting of any perceived bubble,” Mr Joiner wrote in a note.

“That said, it is not difficult to envisage a more hard landing scenario in the property market.

“This would clearly have a greater negative macroeconomic impact channelled through households and the residential construction cycle.” Housing oversupply

Housing oversupply was also a risk as population growth slowed and property prices in ‘s two biggest cities remained inaccessible to many, he said.

Mr Joiner’s concerns chime with several other economists and analysts, who argue that ‘s reliance on residential property construction and buying to fill the hole left by the downturn in mining infrastructure spending and, more recently, commodity prices, has made the country vulnerable to a further growth slowdown, or even recession.

Efforts by the n Prudential Regulation Authority to lean against the stimulatory effects of record low interest rates by controlling speculative investment appear to be working, but could prove counterproductive, some argued.

“Housing has certainly been the sector keeping afloat post the mining boom. However, the sector appears to have peaked as regulators apply restrictive measures,” JCP Investment Partners’ head of of institutional business, Wes Campbell, wrote.

“Macro prudential policy tightening, tighter lending standards, interest-only loans being discouraged by regulators and the repricing of credit are all expected to negatively impact [on] house prices and the demand for credit,” he wrote.

He rated the chance of recession – after nearly 25 years without – as “elevated”.

“The combination of weak disposable income and high household debt is concerning, particularly given may have to raise interest rates in the future to follow the United States,” Mr Campbell warned.

Macquarie also cautioned that slowing population growth could eventually lead to an overhang in new housing supply, which could, ultimately, drive property prices down and leave over-leveraged households exposed to negative equity.

“Building approvals and housing commencements, at 200,000 plus, are running well ahead of estimated underlying demand, which we peg at 170,000 to 180,000 once current and prospective population growth rates are incorporated,” analysts James McIntyre and Kevin Ge wrote on Monday.

They said supply had undershot demand for “several years”, and this had been reflected in higher property prices.

This would have to reverse, they argued, once supply outstripped demand.

They forecast a slowing in housing starts in 2016 and 2017, particularly in the high-density apartments segment.

“This is likely to be accompanied by weaker dwelling prices as the market struggles to absorb the currently bulging supply pipeline,” they wrote.

BRENT JENKINS: Risk-takers vital to our future

THE Hunter’s natural resources have supported economic growth in the region for 150 years. In agriculture, mining, equine and wine, this region has the resources to support export markets into the future with Newcastle’s world-class port as the focal point.
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However, it is no longer a recipe for success to just export natural resources.

Commodity cycles have driven coal prices down and adverse weather events have played havoc with agricultural crops and produce. The key to economic sustainability for the Hunter is to utilise our skills to add value to these resources, to not only reduce the risk of commodity or natural cycles, which will always be present, but to increase employment and economic value.

To do this requires a skilled workforce, connection to global markets for goods and services, engineering and design capabilities, and an eco-system that supports investment and entrepreneurial activity.

We have many of these factors in the region and the Hunter has the potential to transform itself into a globally competitive region.

The university’s move to engage more with the economic growth of the region has the potential to unlock value like its namesake in the UK and cities such as Pittsburgh and Oklahoma in the US have done. Our port has more capacity and our regional logistics chain is world-class. However, there are a number of factors that the Hunter seems to be lacking.

We have limited access to finance, especially at the higher-risk end that supports new industries and start-ups.

We are well behind the world in innovation and productivity, especially in preparing for the inevitable impact that digitalisation will have on the workforce.

The recent CEDA report – ’s Future Workforce – estimated that up to 5 million jobs could disappear within the next 15 years as technology revolutionises our working lives. The job-loss rate could be much higher in regional areas.

How will these changes play out in our region, where we already have youth unemployment at crisis levels?

Hunter Research Foundation’s (HRF) own research shows that only 10 per cent of Hunter businesses export internationally and 71 per cent have a website that is used to conduct business.

These are critically low figures given the globalisation of markets and the digitalisation of our economy. Why is this?

The first place one needs to look is business confidence. HRF has recorded a downward trend in business confidence since 2010.

We will not see the level of investment required to capture global opportunities without a significant upturn in confidence.

The federal government must develop policies and programs that support investment, risk-taking and employment.

The state government should not just continue milking the Hunter ‘‘cash cow’’, but offer a serious and resourced regional renewal program that supports fundamental change, not window dressing.

Both governments need to place n jobs as a priority when procuring infrastructure and transport.

The second place to look is our youth. The young men and women graduating from our university and TAFE systems are brimful of the skills and capabilities that will define the region’s economic future.

If we cannot employ these resources locally, in areas that will create new businesses, they will take their talent, energy and tolerance for risk-taking elsewhere.

The areas of new media, design and information technology are the ones that excite our young people and these are exactly the ones that we desperately need.

The Hunter has a bright economic future – we just have to have the confidence to grasp it.

Dr Brent Jenkins is chief executive of Hunter Research Foundation

GREG MOWBRAY: Authenticity the defining trait of able leadership

What people say or do behind your back can define your leadership capabilities. Picture: iStockWHAT are people saying about you as a leader behind your back?
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You might not care but you should.

If you could eavesdrop, would your people be saying things like they trust you, that you follow through on your promises and that you are clear about your values?

Or might they say that you don’t always tell the truth, you say one thing and do another and you put off the hard decisions?

The perception of other people about you as a leader has the potential to make or break your ability to influence them.

There is one area that you simply must get right if you want be an effective leader.

It’s authenticity and many of us are unaware of its importance and how we rate.

Let me ask you a question.

What is the opposite of authentic? I’ll bet you thought of fake, false or phoney.

Am I right? Here is the thing with leadership – pure and simple.

If you are not authentic, you are a fake.

If you are not authentic, you are not who you say you are.

You are not the real deal, and your people know it.

It is a fact that if people don’t see a high level of authenticity, they won’t follow you.

It will be a major barrier to your effectiveness as a leader.

Sam Cawthorn is a professional speaker, author, philanthropist and a friend of mine.

He influences people all over the world in the area of resilience, specifically via his ‘‘bounce forward’’ message.

A key to Sam’s power to persuade is that he is completely and utterly authentic.

What you see is what you get. His integrity is everything to him and it pervades every word he shares. His audiences get it and respond accordingly.

There is a lot you can do to increase your ability to influence your audience. Here are five key things to focus on:

■Do what you say you are going to do. Sometimes we don’t deliver on our promises because of reasons beyond our control. Other times we let ourselves off the hook. Perhaps we say yes and know in our hearts that we simply can’t deliver. Being authentic means that we don’t make promises unless we are sure we can make good.

■Have difficult conversations without delay. No one likes conflict but as a leader there are times when we need to show courage and address people and issues that we don’t want to. If we ignore the problems and delay acting on them, we simply aren’t being authentic.

■Be consistent in your dealings with people. It’s a fact that we get on better with some people more than others. If we are inconsistent with how we deal with different people, and perhaps even play favourites, we will suffer in the eyes of others. Strive for consistency even though it may be difficult.

■Say what you mean and mean what you say. People appreciate straight shooters and straight talkers. I believe most people have good ‘BS detectors’. They will know if you are trying to mislead them or if you don’t believe what you are telling them. Tell it straight.

■Be the same on the outside as you are on the inside. Faking it can be exhausting. If there isn’t alignment between who you really are and who you are pretending to be, you’d better be a really good actor. Keep it simple by being yourself.

Being a leader can be a tough gig.

There are so many things to think about and make sure that we deliver on.

It’s hard to say what area of leadership is most important but if you ask me, without authenticity, you’ve got no hope.

Greg Mowbray is the founder and CEO of the Licence to Lead Leadership Development program and author of Road Rules for Leadership.

JAIMIE ABBOTT: Best thing to do for an interview is be prepared

MANY people think of a media interview as just answering a bunch of questions about a topic with which they are familiar.
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How difficult can it be answering questions about a business you have been working for or with for a significant part of your life? Well, if you are not careful, it could well be very difficult! I’ve seen many people miss out on the opportunity to get their key messages across in a media interview, which is then a wasted PR opportunity.

Here are my five top tips to get the most out of media interviews.

■Know your interviewer. Until you are aware of who is going to be asking you the questions during your media interview, you can never really know what to expect, or what to prepare for.

If you know which journalist is going to be interviewing you, it might be helpful to look through some previous stories they have done so you know what you have in store.

■Rehearse. It is always helpful to practise giving a media interview before the actual thing.

It might be difficult to know what questions to expect, but you could try a wide range of them just to be sure you are perfect on the day.

Practising not only helps get rid of interview jitters, but it also gives you a chance to hear your answers and do any tweaking if you feel necessary. Get a friend or colleague to throw some questions at you.

■Be honest. If you don’t know the answer to a particular question that the interviewer has posed, the best option is to just be honest and say you don’t know.

Many interviewees become flustered when they don’t know what to say, and end up saying something that may not be in their best interest. If the interview is not live, you may even offer to come back with an answer at a later time.

■Be precise. The last thing you want to do in an interview is volunteer information beyond what is being asked of you.

Not only can it put your interviewer off, you may also end up saying something that is detrimental to your interests.

It is important to remember that sometimes less is more, and that brief, precise answers are best for most media interviews. While sticking to the point, try not to repeat questions, especially if they are negative.

■Key messages. Prepare three to five key messages that you want to see included in the story and what you want your audience to remember.

When developing the key messages, use simple words and make sure they cover Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? – which are the main questions reporters are likely to have about your story.

Jaimie Abbott is the owner of Newcastle-based public relations agency Jaimie Abbott Communications

Q&A: Lisa Wilkinson, Today presenter, Huffington Post editor-at-large

Lisa Wilkinson.Where did you grow up and what was your first job?
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I was born in Wollongong, where my grandparents lived and worked, and I spent just about every one of my school holidays there, but I grew up in Campbelltown in Sydney’s west. My first job was in year 9, working Thursday nights and Saturday mornings at Wrench’s Shoe Store in Campbelltown. But my first full-time job after leaving school and then spending a year at business college was at Dolly magazine, where I was the receptionist who was ‘‘prepared to do anything’’. I was .. and I did!

Being bullied at school led you to throw away your dream of becoming a professional ballerina. What prompted you to speak out?

Time has given me confidence. Experience has given me a voice.

Did the bullying affect your career choice?

No, but I made a decision on the day I sat my very last exam in year 12 as I walked out the school gates, that I would never again let another person determine who I was, or what I was capable of.

At 21 you were the youngest editor of Dolly, a touchstone for so many female teens. How did you feel when it merged with Cleo, another magazine you edited, as a cost-cutting measure?

I absolutely loved working on both of those magazines. My relationship with the readers was so incredibly strong … but they are very different markets, and I can only imagine that it is a difficult juggling act for the editor.

You’ve been in television for close to 20 years. Whatkeeps you there?

Hard work, a good moisturiser, and a strong feeling of immense gratitude that stops me from ever taking the privilege of the job for granted.

Were you surprised that your scathing review of Fifty Shades of Grey as “domestic violence dressed up as erotica” made worldwide headlines?

One of the good things about social media is, if you hit a nerve, you get a response. And clearly I wasn’t the only one who was appalled by the subliminal (and not-so-subliminal) messages in that movie.

Much is made of the ratings war between Today and Sunrise. Do you feel pressure to perform?

We feel pressure to put out the best, most informative, most entertaining show we can each morning. Everything else is out of our control.

You are the new n editor-at-large of The Huffington Post. What is your focus in that role?

To help shine a light on what is a brilliant news site that is a world-wide phenomenon. Over 200million people visit the site each month .. and now we have a strong n focus. I’m writing for them as well, which is great to get back to my love of publishing and the written word.

What issues concern you the most in the news and political landscape in ?

The appalling level of domestic violence in this country. There is something broken in the system right now, and I’m doing everything I can to lobby those in power to fix it.

Do you think business can play a bigger role in some way to address these sorts of problems?

Corporate dollars would be of enormous help.

You have three children with your husband, former Wallaby and writer Peter FitzSimons. How do youcope with such a gruelling schedule?

By realising I’m human, I’m not perfect, but I am blessed. And I’m great at cutting corners when things don’t really matter. (What ironing?)

What’s your advice to those considering a journalism career?

Work hard, listen, stay enthusiastic, be interested, read lots, look for challenges, ask questions, and always be grateful for whatever comes your way.

Lisa Wilkinson is the keynote speaker at the Newcastle Business Club monthly luncheon on November 10. See newcastlebusinessclub上海龙凤论坛m.au

TRENT BAGNALL: Innovation needs structured tactics

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s insightful words need to be heeded. Picture: Nic WalkerIN his recent acceptance speech, our new Prime Minister quipped, ‘‘’s future is agile, innovative and creative. We can’t be defensive, we can’t future-proof ourselves’’. While the first sentence got the headlines perhaps the most insightful statement is that ‘‘we can’t future-proof ourselves’’ This statement is a direct challenge to government and importantly to corporate innovation in .
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There are unsurprisingly not many good examples of n companies disrupting themselves, primarily because it sounds like a counter-intuitive thing to do.

In reality, most corporate innovation programs either produce little or are slow and expensive to run. It is important for leaders to recognise this and often the best approach is not to use brute force for change from above.

If you don’t have skills in starting, it makes sense to use organisations that can produce innovation cheaply and quickly. These include technology startups whose single aim is to disrupt existing businesses by executing their business plans, as Malcolm Turnbull states, in an agile, innovative and creative way. But where do you find these startups? Entrepreneurs have been good at hiding. Recently, the rise of co-working spaces, incubators, meet-ups and accelerators means that corporates can now engage with startup talent more easily. It makes sense for startups to get together with corporates who can help them scale. Once you have found them, though, it’s simply not good enough to have a cup of coffee and suggest they meet the management team someday. Corporates need to ensure they have a structured program that can bring innovation into the organisation and has capacity to look at a wide range of ideas and startups that could add value to your customers.

So what factors lead to a successful innovation program?

Culture: 27 per cent of n corporates think they are highly innovative, however only 13 per cent think is highly innovative! Unless you have a strong culture of innovation, your company is at risk of disruption. Google is good at innovation because it was born with a culture that allows innovation to thrive within. If you do not have this, it is important to first recognise this – potentially bring in some innovation talent and, importantly, work closely with external startups in your market.

KPIs: Management, particularly middle management, have to be allowed to participate in innovation projects and also be incentivised to do so. Even though employees see the importance of adopting innovation, if they are not incentivised to do so, it just looks like more work.

Framework: All employees need to understand the company’s innovation frameworks. There needs to be a structured program and approach to innovation. How does the company go from idea, problem testing and customer validation, through prototyping and on to market testing? Is it coherent and do employees understand how it works?

Vocabulary: We see a lot of innovation projects run by an internal ‘‘cool kids’ club’’. The majority of the employees of the business not only do not understand why we are doing these projects, they do not understand the language the innovation team is using. There are many acronyms in innovation so it is important to demystify how the company talks about innovation.

As the Prime Minister suggests: ‘‘We have to recognise that the disruption that we see driven by technology, the volatility in change is our friend if we are agile and smart enough to take advantage of it.’’

Punters jumping with choice

Kids from Hunter Christian School in Mayfield playing a game of Bubble Soccer at Revolution Trampoline.Hunter Christian School pupils play bubble soccer at Revolution Trampoline Sports Park while Lochlan Buller, from competitor Flip Out, keeps an eye on the business’ trampoline arena.
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Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

MARYVILLE is topical in property investment conversations and its reputation as a fun hot spot is also on the rise.

Not one, but two, indoor trampoline and activity centres – Flip Out and Revolution Trampoline Sports Park – are trading directly opposite each other in The Avenue, the latter business opening three weeks ago.

Flip Out supervisor Lochlan Buller. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Both businesses say they are doing steady trade and, well, bounce off each other, as punters try out both centres.

‘‘Opening opposite Flip Out [was] a very brazen play … but it’s been our best selling point,’’ Revolution Trampoline Sports Park regional manager Daniel Thompson says.

‘‘People will come in and say well we just wanted to see what you had in comparison.’’

Founded by Sydney businessman Brent Grundy, franchised business Flip Out was the first to open for business in May.

Mr Grundy was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Herald, however Flip Out Maryville’s manager, Lochlan Buller, said the centre had the longest trampoline arena of all of the 22 franchised centres across .

Mr Buller said the arena will soon be lightly shortened to make way for a trampoline basketball court.

‘‘It will be the first one for Flip Out – we have had a lot of people ask for it and down the track the business will change as other ideas come through,’’ he says.

Flip Out specialises in trampoline facilities for young and old and runs classes to suit all ages.

Revolution Trampoline regional manager Daniel Thompson. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Its ninja classes cater for children aged four to 12 years old, with a focus on flipping and tricking and building confidence.

Those over the age of 15 can do adult agility classes which aim to increase flexibility and balance by incorporating movements from disciplines such as trampolining, parkour and gymnastics.

Flip Out hosts children’s parties and groups ranging from football squads to Scouts and school students.

‘‘Everyone loves trampolines – it’s good for fitness and it’s fun,’’ Mr Buller, who plays for Wests Under 19s, says. ‘‘There is a lot of cardio and I’m big on that with my footy, so if I have a day off I’ll come in here for an hour and jump around for some extra training.’’

With five Sydney-based owners, Revolution Trampoline Sports Park opened in mid-September and, says Mr Thompson, has built a steady following.

The business has identified two other sites in NSW for new centres and it is already planning a rebrand as a ‘‘sports’’ park rather than trampoline park due to its diverse activity mix.

Its cavernous 4672-square-metre building is home to scores of trampolines, with a special area for kids, bubble soccer, laser skirmish, slam dunk basketball, dodgeball and an Air Trak mattress ideal for gymnasts.

It is close to finishing its so-called Leap of Faith jumping platform and Mr Thompson says there are plans afoot to use a vacant 800-square-metre space as an ‘‘inflatable field with waterslides’’.

‘‘There will be at least one major waterslide, we want to tailor it to business even when it’s hot,’’ he says, saying the first spell of hot spring weather inspired the idea.

The centre plans to introduce competitions in dodgeball, slam dunk and bubble soccer and bring in other fitness classes.

‘‘The whole business philosophy is diversity, so the same customers can come in time and time again and go away with a new experience each time, whether it’s bubble soccer, trampolines, doing a trick into an air bag … we want complete customer satisfaction,’’ he says.

Mr Thompson says the centre is the only one in Newcastle to offer bubble soccer – where players hop into giant, transparent plastic balls and bump into each other as they play – and will introduce futsal and indoor cricket.

With a background in computer science and sharemarket and property investment, Mr Thompson says his current job is allowing him to indulge in a passion for working with staff to create a good business culture.

ACCC shoots down new ihail taxi app

Taxi drivers protesting against Uber in Melbourne last month. Photo: Justin McManus Ingogo chief executive Hamish Petrie, pictured with a screenshot of the taxi hailing and payments app he created. Photo: Ben Rushton
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GoCatch chief executive Ned Moorfield. Photo: goCatch

‘s consumer watchdog says it will block a taxi-hailing smartphone app proposal from major taxi companies because it would reduce competition and “produce significant public detriments”.

Yellow Cabs, Silver Top Taxi Service, Black and White Cabs, Suburban Taxis and Cabcharge​ submitted plans for the ‘ihail’ app to the n Competition and Consumer Commission in May. Together, the companies make up more than 50 per cent of all cabs in , but significantly more of the market in major cities.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said while convenient for consumers, the app — largely designed to compete with Uber and other app-based taxi industry disruptors — would in the long run have a “significant impact on competition in the taxi industry”, with the potential to drive up prices and reduce service quality.

The app would give ihail a potentially dominant position from launch – not through competition, but because of the larger fleet of taxis its ownership structure delivers, Mr Sims said.  Passengers would be able to to locate and book a cab regardless of which network they were on, similar to apps  goCatch​ and ingogo​.

Mr Sims raised concerns the potential dominance of ihail would squeeze out these existing start-ups.

​Chief operating officer for ihail Nick Kings said ihail was working closely with the ACCC and expected a positive final decision from the watchdog following some amendments to the proposed app.

“We don’t see this as the end of the road, just a speed hump,” Mr Kings said.

While he declined to go into detail, Mr Kings said offering customers the potential to select between taxi brands to promote competition between its members was one possible amendment on the table.

Both ingogo and goCatch, and controversial ride-sharing service Uber, all welcomed the ACCC’s draft decision.

Chief executive for ingogo Hamish Petrie said ihail would potentially return to the “bad days” of a Cabcharge monopoly on taxi payment processing.

“The proposal by ihail would see all payments processed through Cabcharge and a potential return to the monopoly that existed for so long, something recognised by the ACCC as not being in the best interests of the taxi-travelling public,” Mr Petrie said.

Cabcharge, which runs taxi payment services and would have provided the payment gateway for ihail, said the ACCC decision would not impact Cabcharge’s own apps and payments services. Cabcharge has about a 10 per cent holding in ihail.

Chief executive for goCatch Ned Moorfield said ihail was a threat to competition because in some major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, its members represented “something in the vicinity of 70 per cent of taxis on the road”.

“We’d see the next major competitor to Cabcharge networks, being Silver Top, joining in on the grouping — so that’s going to concentrate a lot of market power into that one offering,” Mr Moorfield said.

It was “pretty clear” ihail was an attempt by Cabcharge and other incumbents to catch up with the app economy, he said.

However, former ACCC chairman professor Allan Fels, who led a Victorian government review into the taxi industry, said n governments needed to take a more liberal approach to regulating the pre-booked taxi industry.

Unlike goCatch or Uber, ihail planned to allow passengers to book a cab at a future time, as well as finding one nearby in real time through GPS services.

The ACCC also took issue with ihail’s proposal to allow users to tip a driver upfront to give their booking priority over others. Mr Sims said a tip function could reduce taxi access for financially disadvantaged people during peak periods of taxi use. However, goCatch and ingogo already have a priority tipping service.

“We’ve had a conversation with the ACCC about that and unfortunately it’s their view that they don’t have the power to currently deal with that issue,” ihail’s Mr King said. NormalfalsefalseEN-USJAX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}

Refugee who says she was raped on Nauru thanks government, supporters over abortion treatment

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton Photo: Andrew Meares Lawyer George Newhouse says Abayan wants to thank supporters of her cause as well as the government, for bringing her to for treatment. Photo: Kate Geraghty KLG
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The Somali refugee who says she was raped on Nauru has thanked ns who rallied to her cause and helped convince the government to bring her to the mainland for an abortion.

News of her arrival in came as Nauruan police rejected claims made by a second Somali refugee she was also raped on the island where, under n government policy, asylum seekers who come by boat are sent for processing and resettlement.

The 23-year old woman, known as Abyan, is now more than 12 weeks pregnant and had been pleading with the government behind the scenes for a week but had not had any response to her request to have a termination in . Abortions are forbidden on Nauru.

Fairfax Media first highlighted her case last week, after her requests for help went unanswered by the federal government. More than 61,000 ns have since signed a petition calling on the government to allow Abyan to come to for the specialist medical treatment she required.

On Friday Immigration Minister Peter Dutton gave strong hints she would be brought to for an abortion and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said her needs were “well understood” by the government.

Fairfax Media has confirmed Abyan is now in detention accommodation in and awaiting treatment.

Her Sydney-based lawyer, George Newhouse from Shine Lawyers, told Fairfax Media on Monday Abyan was grateful for the support of those ns who supported her plea for help and to the Prime Minister and minister for granting her request.

“Our client is relieved that there has been a resolution to this sensitive matter,” he said.

“She is now in and the Commonwealth Government has agreed to provide her with medical treatment.”

“Our client has asked us to thank concerned ns for their support and the PM and the Minister for Immigration for their understanding.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation and to ensure our client receives the treatment and care she requires,” he said.

Abyan is one of two women who have reported being raped on Nauru by local men. The ABC’s 7.30broadcast distressing footage of what 26-year old Namjan (not her real name) says is her call to police after being raped. Nauruan authorities have closed her case saying there is no evidence to support her allegations.