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How Miranda Kerr keeps looking good

Three Generations: Anne, Miranda and Therese Kerr.
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Topics has long wondered how Miranda Kerr attained her radiance.

Now we know: she got it from her mamma…. and organics.

Herald journo Penny Green spoke to the supermodel’s mum, Therese Kerr, ahead of her appearance at Organic Feast in East Maitland on March 16 and 23 to talk about living without toxins and herorganic beauty product business, The Divine Company.

Therese is right into organics, which she passed on to her daughter.

Therese was proud that Miranda’s business, Kora Organics, and her brother’s restaurant, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen in Rothbury, were focused on good health.

“It is beautiful and so lovely,” Therese said.

“When we do something good in the community and for people, with Kora or Devine doing good for the environment, that is important and we are all connected.

“It’s so important that we leave our children with a land that is fertile, that has the ability to sustain them. My children doing that is just beautiful.”

All this talk of beautiful children and organics is positively inspiring.

Mind you, the family has been caught up in its fair share of controversy.

In 2013, Therese stood down from her position as general manager and chief executive officer of her daughter’s company. Some reports said Miranda sacked her mum from the position, but Therese denied this and said “Miranda and I just had different visions”.

In 2014, the Kerr family featured in an episode of ABC’s Family Confidential.

On the program, the family urged Miranda to spend time with them, saying they hadn’t seen her for “over a year”.

“Miranda’s life is so different now – she’s surrounded by ‘yes’ people all the time. It’s so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be,” Therese said on the show.

Miranda’s grandmother Anne Kerr added: “We had this beautiful girl and everybody was after her and that’s how it’s been ever since”.

Miranda wasn’t overly happy with the show, later sayingshe “feels sorry for her family” and claimingthey were “naive” to give the interview.

“They got sucked into a situation,” she said.

When Penny asked Therese about the fallout from the show, she said: “We did [the show] really as a thing for Flynny (Miranda and ex-husband Orlando Bloom’s son). My mum died when I was pregnant with Miranda, so she never got to see my children. We were approached by Family Confidential and we thought, ‘you know what, it’s a beautiful opportunity to have something that Flynn will have forever’.

“It’s a beautiful piece and the media picked up on what it wanted to.

“As a family we are an open book, there are no airs or graces, I don’t do pretentiousness well, I don’t take to that, we are all made of the same stuff.”

She said the family simply shared their feelings about not being able to see Miranda as much as they would like because of her success.

“But that’s OK,” she said.

“It was turned into ‘Miranda’s mum pleas for her to come home’.

“We were just being real, not saying that it’s right or wrong. Then I got crucified. It is what it is.”

In the SpotlightThe Oscar-winning film Spotlight could easily have been set inthe Hunter.

Instead of a story about Boston Globe journalists, it could have featuredNewcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy and the editors behind her at the time, the likes of Chad Watson and Jason Gordon.

That’s why Newcastle is mentioned in the film’s credits and that’s why the film is massively important to the region.

A special screening will be shown at Towers Cinemas Newcastle at 6pm on Friday, March 18.Prior to the film, Joanne McCarthy will speak about her work to shinethe light on child sexual abuse in the Hunter– which led to the royal commission.

Funds from ticket sales will go to the Clergy Abuse Network in the Hunter and Manning areas. This group is working with the royal commission to establish a suicide register,help victims and survivors and bring offenders to justice.

Saving the DayMerewether surf lifesaver Graham “Tamba” Adam is doing more than saving lives, he’s also retrieving stolen property.

Grant Sproule, founder of Throwing Buckets magazine, had a signed poster of pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons stolen at Surfest.

“Someone stole it on Sunday after the event had finished,” Sprouley said.

“Tamba, a Merewether local, found it out the back of The Beach Hotel in the car park.”

Sprouley reckoned someone had stashed it while they were at the pub, with plans to pick it up on their way home.

“Tamba the lifeguard saves the day again,” said Sprouley, who gave the poster to the surf lifesaving legend for his efforts.

Brown confident new partnership will fire

PRIMED: Trent Hodkinson will partner Jarrod Mullen in the Knights halves for the first time against the Gold Coast on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollNATHAN Brown has no doubts that Jarrod Mullen and Trent Hodkinson will hit it off.
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If it’s not against the Gold CoastTitans in round one,it will be down the track.

Many pundits believe the Knights chances will hinge on the star halves and how well theycombine.A club-imposed ban on Mullen sidelined the five-eighth from the 34-28 trial loss to Canberra.The up-shot is that Sundaywill be their first game in tandem.

The theory is that with Hodkinson predominantlyplaying first-receiverit will freeMullen to unleash his running game wider of the ruck.

“They have trained well enough together,” Brown said. “All this stuff about combinations and all that. Last year [at the Broncos]Ben Hunt and AnthonyMilford hadn’t played together and I didn’t see too many people at the end of the year worried about their combination. They lost the first game and then won a heap in arow. We can make an excuses and have a song and dance, but at the end of the day they have a job to do.If they do it well they will work well with each other.”

Hodkinson will on Sunday play opposite the man he replaced in Newcastle, Tyrone Roberts, who will partneremerging star Ashley Taylor.

“Watching the Titanslast year from the outside, they were one of the better attacking teams in the comp,” Brown said. “Unfortnately for them, young KaneElgey has hurt his leg and they lost AidenSezer (Canberra)and James Roberts (Broncos). The halves they have brought in; Tyrone Roberts is obviously well known around here, and young Ashley Taylor is a highly regarded playerfrom the under-20s who was wanted by a number of clubs. I’m sure the attacking side of the game for them is going to be hard to stop but I don’t think any side is going to be perfect in round one.”

Roberts had defensive issues at the Knights and was often a target for opposition back-rowers. As well as test the diminutive play-maker defensively, the heavy workload was aimed at blunting his attack.

“I don’t think there are any smaller players in the competition who don’t have bigger people running at him,” Brown said. “It doesn’t matter who the coach is or the opposition. I don’t think it will be any different for our halves as it will be for their halves.”

Like the Knights, the Titans have had a big turnover in personnel. In their main trial they finished strongly, scoring a late try, only to go down 22-20 to South Sydney.

“​For us at the moment –obviously we will have a small look at theGold Coast –it’s more about us getting our systems and what we want to do right,” Brown said.


HARD YARDS: Korbin Sims, Pauli Pauli and Jeremy Smith wrestle Tariq Sims to the ground at training on Tuesday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.COACH Nathan Brownhas put the onus on his senior men to spearhead a fresh-faced Knights outfit in the NRL opener, warning they have no excusesnot to start the season well.
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As expected Brown will giveFijian twin-towers Daniel and JacobSaifiti, former Warriors lower-grader David Bhana, and Knights juniorsJaelen Feeney and Pat Mata‘utia theirfirst crack in the NRL against the Gold Coast Titans at CBus Stadium on Sunday.

The 19-man squad named on Tuesday, which will be trimmed to 17, bearslittle resemblance to the outfit which collected the wooden spoon last year.Gone areKurt Gidley, Beau Scott, Chris Houston and David Fa’alogo, and with them more than 1000 games of first-grade experience.

Brown, who takes charge of his first NRL game in seven years,has the utmost faith in the young brigade but said they need support.

“They are all in there for a reason,” he said of the rookies.“They all tick a number of boxes. If they get out there and do what they do well and contribute to the team, that is all we can ask. I would expect them to be a little bit nervous, and I expect them to be excited.Theirperformance will hopefully reflect the senior players. The older ones are the ones who need to hit the ground running. There is no excuse for a senior player to not start the year off well.”

Co-captains Jeremy Smith (193 games) and NSW halfbackTrent Hodkinson (116) and home-grown products Jarrod Mullen (197), Kade Snowden (173) and Ukuila Uate (151) provide the bulk of experience.Dane Gagai (90), Robbie Rochow (66) and Korbin Sims (54) are also deep into their NRL careers.

“We are quite comfortable with where we are at as a squad,” Brown said.“It’s obviously inexperienced, but we have a core group of senior players who have been around long enough to know what they need to do. If they do it well, I’m sure the younger players will feed off the back of them.”

Five is the most debutants theKnightshave fielded since their inception in 1988 and the most in the NRLsince the “Baby Broncos” chose six first-timers in 2002.

“When we got here as a coaching staff, we made it quite clear that the team will be picked on form,” Brown said. “We are not too worried about the age of people. It is no good not having confidence in them. All the guys we have put in had really good parts to their game in the Canberra, and they also had parts they would want to get better. The only way they are going to get better is by training and playing.”

Brown is not expecting perfection from the L-platersbut saw enough in the 34-28 trial loss to Canberra, especially in the second half, to select them with a degree ofconfidence.

“When you put a fair number inwhat you expect is that they should be able to fulfill their role in our team reasonably well,” Brown said. “They are going to have some errors. One of thoseerrors can’t be commitment. They have to compete hard and get themselves in the right positions to do the job for their teammates. Along the way they will have little ups and down, that is what young people do. As a whole, we have a lot of confidence in the guys. Against Canberra there was some positive stuff that came from the rookies. No-one should expect them to be perfect. As long asthey compete hard and get the roles right I’m sure they will give the opposition stuff to think about most weeks.”

New lease of life for fire-affected festival

New lease of life for fire-affected festival Birds of Tokyo’s Ian Kenny performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal.
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The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Members of UK band Bloc Party with Southbound crew at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: Supplied.

The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

The crowd at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Fremantle band San Cisco performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Bloc Party’s Kele Olereke performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

Bloc party performing at the Sunset Bushfire Fundraiser Appeal. Photo: supplied.

TweetFacebookBusselton’sSouthbound Festival, which was cancelled in January due to the Waroona Yarloop bushfire, has been rescheduled for December this year.

The three-day music festival, which is in its 12thyear and regularly sees a roster of international artists descend on Sir Stuart Bovell Park every year., was cancelled over concerns for people’s safety, with the fire that devastated the township of Yarloop limiting any travel between areas north of Mandurah and Busselton.

The festival will now run December 27-29, which will be the ongoing date of the festival.

A release from Sunset Events, the promoters of Southbound, said the group is “calling out to their loyal supporters to help to rebuild and continue the festival legacy and its future with these new dates”.

“The inspiration to change the dates came from the fire,” Sunset Events managingdirector Dave Chitty said.

“We were determined to deliver the 2016 event if we could and the City of Busselton supporting that means we can deliver that.

“The change in dates and the impact on how we look at the event as a result of the fire has made us even more determined to deliver an even better Southbound for 2016 and beyond.

“Our resolve to strengthen the event and look at things differently will result in many changes which we look forward to sharing with Southbound fans as the announcements unfold in the coming months.”

Concerts hosted by Sunset Events and other companies in the wake of the bushfire raised more than $150,000 in relief, and a spokesman from the company said they would continue to be involved in the fundraising effort in the lead-up to the festival.

While ticket holders for the January festival have received refunds in full, the company will be opening a special pre-sale window to those who already purchased tickets for the rescheduled event in December.

Cyclists gear up for tougher finesPoll

SKEPTICAL: Ted Anderson of Ted’s Bike Shop in East Maitland is sceptical about the new cycling laws. Photo: Perry Duffin
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Cyclists face dramatically higher fines as new bike laws roll out across the state this week.

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Maitland Triathlon Club member and cycling advocate Ted Anderson said the new cycling laws would act as a further disincentive to the already maligned bike-riding community.

“These are laws written and enacted by a government thinking more about cars than bikes,” he said.

Mr Anderson said there was a culture of disrespect for cyclists in Australia.

He admitted that while some break the law, cyclists frequently deal with outright hostility on the roads and lacking infrastructure everywhere else.

“People scream and say they pay rego to drive on the road,” he said.

“Roads are built out of consolidated revenue, not rego.

“But if cycling licenses built cycleways we’d all happily pay.”

Under the new laws motorists are required to give a one metre berth when passing cyclists at up to 60km per hour.

“The passing law will be almost impossible to enforce,” Mr Anderson said.

“I don’t think it’ll achieve anything apart from give police a chance to check our I.D.”

The fine for not wearing a helmet has risen from $71 to $319, and the penalties for running a red light, riding dangerously and not stopping at pedestrian crossings have increased from $71 to $425.

Other offences, including not having a bell or riding at night without lights, will also rise from $71 to $106.

Cyclists will not be required to carry photo identification until March 2017.

The laws are part of the NSW Government’s Go Together campaign.


Drivers who pass a cyclist must provide 1m of clearance when travelling at 60km/hr or less.This distance increases to 1.5m above 60km/hr.Fine for not wearing a helmet up from $71 to $319Fine for running a red light up from $71 to $425Fine for riding dangerously up from $71 to $425Fine for holding on to a moving vehicle up from $71 to $319Fine for not stopping at children’s/pedestrian crossings up from $71 to $425FROM MARCH 1 2017

Cyclists over 18 years-old will be required to carry photo identificationWHAT YOU SAID

“If they wish to ride their bikes on main roads/highways the should pay registration & obey the road rules like all motorists do”

-Kath Williams Gillis

“More vigilance with stopping the cyclist riding two abreast, in any situation except on a properly closed road for races.”

-Leonie Isenhood

“Why not have a rule where cyclists can only ride if bike lanes are present?”

– Kathy Moore

“Bikes should be in bike lanes or over the white line where ever possible and not ride side by side.All bikes should be made to have side mirrors as well.”

-Andrew Borland

“Trying to police the onemetre rule will be impossible. What’s the law on cyclists riding side by side?”

-Rodney Mark

“What a joke, try driving a truck that takes up the entire lane.”

-Scott Russell Hamilton

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$1.4 billion reportedly deposited in Malaysia PM Najib Razak’s account

More than US$1 billion ($1.4 billion) was deposited in the bank accounts of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak – millions more than was previously identified, according to the Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed people familiar with the matter.
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The newspaper published the allegation hours after Malaysia’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad quit his country’s ruling party, saying he did not want to be associated with a group that is seen as supporting corruption under Mr Najib’s leadership.

The Wall Street Journal said millions of dollars arrived in Mr Najib’s accounts in 2011 and 2012, citing two people familiar with flows into the accounts and a person familiar with one overseas investigation.

Mr Najib, a British-educated son of a former Malaysian prime minister who has close ties to the Australian government, denies any wrongdoing and says the allegations are part of a plot to topple his government.

The report will intensify pressure on Mr Najib in the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) where powerful division chiefs have refused to move against him.

The Prime Minister has purged key party members who have questioned the source of the money, put a lid on investigations into his actions and cracked down on media outlets that looked into the case.

Kadir Jasin, an influential commentator in Kuala Lumpur who has supported a fierce campaign against Mr Najib, described Dr Mahathir’s resignation as a “kick in the groin of UMNO”.

Asked about the resignation before travelling to Saudi Arabia for official meetings, Mr Najib smiled but made no comment.

Dr Mahathir, 90, who served as prime minister and president of UMNO for 22 years before stepping aside in 2003, said he has no plans to start a new party.

“I want to leave UMNO because it is no longer UMNO,” he said.

“It’s a party dedicated to protecting Najib. I can’t be a member of such a party.”

Last week Muhyiddin Yassin, a prominent UMNO member and former deputy prime minister, called on Mr Najib to step down over the “dark episode” of his financial dealings involving Malaysia’s heavily indebted sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, which the prime minister founded and oversees through an advisory board.

Mr Najib’s loyalists in UMNO then suspended Mr Muhyiddin as UMNO’s deputy president.

Mr Najib has declined to comment on the latest Wall Street Journal allegation.

Malaysia’s attorney-general recently claimed that US$681 million that was deposited into his accounts in 2013 was a donation from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, and most was returned.

But the Wall Street Journal and the London-based Sarawak Report earlier reported the money flowed through a series of international transactions from the sovereign fund.

Investigations into the fund are underway in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Mr Najib has not directly explained the source of the money or what happened to millions of dollars that is still publicly unaccounted.

But the Prime Minister has declared the matter closed and urged Malaysians to unite and move forward from the scandal that has dogged his leadership for months.

A Malaysian government spokesperson lashed out at the Wall Street Journal over its report, accusing the newspaper of becoming “a willing vehicle for certain political actors who are seeking to damage the prime minister and Malaysia for personal gain.”

The spokesperson said multiple lawful authorities who conducted exhaustive investigations have verified the funds were a donation from Saudi Arabia.

“It is therefore telling that the Wall Street Journal, and its sister entities, are continuing their attacks and trying to link 1MDB (the sovereign fund) to the donation,” the spokesperson said.

“They keep repeating the same old allegations without providing evidence; they keep relying solely on anonymous sources that might not even exist; and they keep choosing to omit key known facts.”

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How to start running

Teaching yourself how to run for fun starts with the shoes and a great app. The key to learning how to run is mix up your work outs with walking and jogging. Photo: iStock
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Resilience a skill we can all learnHow much weight should you lift?

Running for fitness, not due to being chased by a bear like Leo in The Revenant, has many benefits, not just an excuse to legitimately wear activewear.

However when starting out, in order to become either a seeded sprinter or just to enjoy some fun run follies, it’s all about strolling to the start line.

Walking is a key element when it comes to taking the first steps, especially if you recruit the help of apps to help you learn how to canter.

For those looking for a simple way to get moving you can’t go past the tried and tested Couch to 5K. There’s a reason more than four million people have downloaded it – and not just because it’s free. You’ll be channelling your inner Cathy Freeman in a little over eight weeks when you commit 30 minutes of your life to training three times a week. Like a PT in your earphones it tells you when to walk and when to run and will also ignore your pleas for mercy.

According to Runner’s World – the cardio lovers bible – “Alternate running until you hear your breath, and walking until you catch your breath for a total of 20 minutes. No formulas or intervals—run by your body and breath.”

Physiotherapist and level two distance running coach Jane Miles agrees.

“I find the best way to start running is to intersperse some easy jogging in with some walking. The amount people do and the ratio of running to walking depends on their entry level fitness, but for someone who is already exercising three to four times per week a good way to ease into it is with 20 minutes total,” The Athlete’s Foot running expert said.

“Most people start running too fast and hard. The intensity of these jogs should be such that you could still talk to someone while running. Initially this could be quite slow but eventually as you become fitter and stronger the pace will naturally increase while still being able to maintain the same low intensity.”

Here’s her tips:

Start with 4 minutes of walking, followed by one minute of running. Do this the first two sessions and see how your body responds.

For the next session:

Do three minutes of walking and two minutes of jogging for 20 minutes. Keep this pattern up and you will eventually be running for 20 minutes without a break.

Now for the fun stuff.

The shoes, the music and most importantly the tights or shorts to wear that won’t falter at the first sign of sweat.

When it comes to running, one must be sure the sneakers are fit correctly. It’ll take just one slight injury or strain to realise fashion is nothing over function when you’re on the road to your first marathon or just heading out to your weekly running club meet. Before you start get your kicks fit by professionals – The Athlete’s Foot staff use specific technology and techniques to ensure your trainers are winners for your body and the track.

The choice of running tights are also important, regardless of brand or cost, moisture wicking and a comfortable length are key as these elements will keep you comfortable and chafe free.

Some may enjoy listening to the world around them and treat running like upright meditation, others may need an extra boost. While a banana may load you up with energy, the best of Bananarama will help you burn it off. Be sure to load up your iPod with a range of songs with varying tempos to help you set, steady and quicken your pace when needed.

Like Miles says: “Running can be an enjoyable activity if you do it correctly. For all those people wanting to give it a go, ease into it, start slowly and learn to know your body and your body’s limits. It is then likely to become quite a pleasant way to get fit and feel good.”

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Flight to safety drives bond yields back down

ECB president Mario Draghi: market expects further stimulus. Photo: Jasper Juinen Bond yields across the globe are heading down again.
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Government bond yields fell sharply this week as sub-zero inflation, central bank stimulus and investor flight to low-risk assets amid global growth concerns drove up prices across the world.

The latest rally – yields fall as prices climb – has accentuated again the allure of Australian bonds, which offer one of the widest return spreads over European, Japanese and US counterparts.

After easing late in 2015, so-called carry trade – where investors borrow in one currency at a low rate and invest where fixed-income returns are better – is returning, market watchers say.

Economists have ascribed the Australian dollar’s resilience in 2016 partly to demand for the currency from investor flows into the country’s government bond market.

The benchmark Australian government 10-year bond on Tuesday was offering a yield of 2.36 per cent, compared with a high of 2.43 per cent on Monday and a 12-month peak of 3.14 per cent. The current level was last seen in April 2015.

The equivalent US Treasury, meanwhile, was on track this week for its biggest two-month decline in almost four years, Bloomberg data showed. On Tuesday, the 10-year Treasury was offering a 1.73 per cent return, down from 1.76 per cent on Monday and 1.78 per cent late last week.

The latest bout of bond buying was triggered by a raft of disappointing economic data from the US and Europe. Negative inflation rate

Germany’s benchmark 10-year bund yield, for one, hit its lowest point since April 2015 after the eurozone’s annual inflation rate dropped to negative 0.2 per cent in February, from 0.3 per cent in January.

On Tuesday the 10-year bund was offering a yield of just 0.1 per cent, down heavily from 0.14 per cent before Monday’s data release. It was the lowest yield since April 2015, just after the European Central Bank stepped up its quantitative easing, or bond-buying, program in a bid to stimulate investment and growth.

Markets are betting now that the ECB will be forced to expand its stimulatory policy again.

“Inflation is now negative throughout the big four eurozone economies – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – with the core measure also slipping, to 0.7 per cent from 1 per cent,” National Australia Bank’s global co-head of foreign exchange strategy Ray Attrill wrote.

“That is seen to mandate a strong response from the ECB . . . a fact not lost on the bond market,” he said.

Consumer prices across the world have been contained by a combination of low oil prices, flat wage growth, weak aggregate demand and lower input costs.

Even in Australia, where the official consumer price index is well above its US, Japanese and European counterparts, inflation is weak.

The Melbourne Institute said on Monday its monthly inflation gauge for February dropped 0.2 per cent from January, reducing the annual rate from 2.3 per cent to 2.1 per cent.

“The fall is largely due to continued downward pressure in fuel prices, which fell by 5.6 per cent [in February], following a 4.8 per cent fall last month,” Melbourne Institute’s senior research fellow Dr Sam Tsiaplias said.

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Imports surprise points to GDP miss

Trade surprise: net exports’ contribution to GDP growth was overestimated. Photo: Jessica ShapiroEconomists are revising down their estimates for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the December quarter after another set of weaker than expected figures.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics said net exports’ contribution to GDP would be zero after the trade surplus came in smaller than forecast following a surprise jump in imports.

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a 0.3 percentage point contribution from Australia’s trade and foreign income position.

The fourth-quarter current account deficit also blew out further than expected, adding to downward pressure on the income measure of GDP, which includes company profits, wages and rental and interest income.

Some economists began tweaking their GDP estimates after Monday’s surprisingly weak corporate profits and inventory results.

This week’s weaker than expected data, coupled with a sharp fall in building approvals in January, could put pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut the cash rate again, with the jobs market now central to its deliberations.

The RBA is expected to hold interest rates at 2 per cent when its board meets on Tuesday.

However, some economists expect a further cut as early as May.

“Building approvals were weaker than expected in January, supporting our view that the pipeline of planned housing construction is narrowing,” ANZ Bank economist David Cannington said.

“Today’s data highlights the risk that the Australian economy is unlikely to be able to rely on building construction to support jobs growth and economic activity for much longer. “

Westpac economist Andrew Hanlan was quick to tweak the bank’s GDP calculation on Tuesday.

“We have revised down our forecast for fourth-quarter GDP to 0.3 per cent, lowered from 0.5 per cent,” he said.

“This takes on board the downside surprises from inventories and net exports.”

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Bedroom ‘drops through floor’ as building collapses in Enfield

An excavator demolishes the building, which was structurally unsafe. Photo: Ben Rushton The hairdressing salon before the adjoining building was demolished. Photo: Google StreetView
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Residents evacuated as building collapses in Enfield

The owners of L.A. Lulu’s Touch of Style hairdressing salon stood on Liverpool Road in Enfield on Tuesday and watched as the family business they had built up for nearly 30 years literally was reduced to rubble.

“It’s a bit emotional for all of us, but especially mum, being 28 years there, and my sister has worked there for 15 years. It’s quite a big thing,” said Eleni Endt, as an excavator moved in to demolish the salon’s crumbling walls.

“After 28 years, it’s rubble. We had no opportunity to get anything out.”

The previous evening, the business had closed as usual and one of the salon’s employees, Josh, had retired to the small apartment where he lived above the business.

About 6.30pm, he started to feel vibrations in the floor and saw a crack forming in the wall, so he called Mrs Endt’s mother, Lulu Ross, to report what was happening.

“He felt really nervous, so he left to go to the neighbour’s house,” Mrs Endt said.

“About an hour later, mum rang him back just to see how things were. While she was talking to him, they heard a loud bang in the background. The bang was the wall collapsing. His [Josh’s] bedroom became the bottom floor. It went through … down to the salon, which is below.

“Luckily though he [Josh] had his wits about him and had decided to leave. Otherwise, we’d be having a very different conversation now.”

Police and firefighters arrived at the site on Monday night to find the building had partially collapsed into an adjoining construction site, causing a gas leak.

No one was injured in the incident. About 40 residents were evacuated from surrounding apartments, and spent the night in alternative accommodation.

The decision was made early on Tuesday morning to demolish the salon and apartment, which firefighters said was extremely unstable.

Mrs Endt co-owns the business with her mother, and her sister and brother-in-law Andry and Jim Vareltsis. They watched on Tuesday as an excavator moved in and demolished their business.

Mrs Endt said the building next door had previously been a mechanic’s workshop and smash repairers, but the council had recently given approval for apartments to be constructed there.

The old workshop had been demolished in recent months in preparation for the apartment construction, Mrs Endt said.

“Since then we’ve had vibrations and things like that happening. We kind of didn’t think anything about it though,” she said.

Mrs Endt said her family had insurance for the building, but were yet to speak with the insurance company to work out the finer details.

Despite the shock, Mrs Endt said the local community had shown incredible support.

“We’ve had a couple of people locally saying we could use their home or garage [to run the salon], or even one of the local salon owners said we could use their shop and work there,” she said.

“One of our stockists called to say they’re going to give us free stock to restart the salon, with all the colours, which is really nice. It’s been something positive out of it.”

She said the salon’s customers, including those who had appointments, would be kept up to date on the business’ Facebook page.

West-bound lanes of Liverpool Road remained closed at 1pm on Tuesday, and Detective Superintendent Mark Jones said crews were working to make the area safe for residents to return home.

“At the moment we’re in the process now of trying to knock the premises down to make it safe,” he said.

“We’re obviously very mindful of not causing any damage to any neighbouring premises.”

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