Fletcher rated the No. 1 suburb for families in Newcastle and Lake MacquarieTopics

Posted on 04/25/2020

NEWCASTLE’s outer suburb and growing residential retreat of Fletcher has been christened the number oneplace to live for families, according to a recent publication.

NEW LIFE: Faye, Joshua, Ella, and mum Lyndsey McKenzie. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers MMH

A report released by Aussie Home Loans titledMost Popular Suburbs for Familiesidentified the Top 20 suburbs in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Commissioned by Aussie but compiled by CoreLogic, the report useddatafrom the 2016 Census, as well as information about typical suburb house values.

Despite 14of the top 20 suburbs for from the analysisbeing in the Lake Macquarie region, including 11 on the eastern side of the lake,Fletcher came out on top.

The report suggested the “most popular family locations tend to be located across the middle ring and outer ring suburbs” of major cities. It suggested suburbs in those areas“show more affordable housing prices” and“the houses are often perched on larger blocks of land and there is a clear bias towards houses rather than units.”

While it’sperhaps an obvious observation of regional urban sprawl, Topics decided to follow up with the fine folk of Fletcher to see what makes the suburb so appealing.

This Top 20 list. (Image from the report)

Lydnsey McKenzie, 35,and her husband Craig, 36,moved to in 2012 after serving in the Royal Air Force in England.

They moved to Fletcher in July, 2017, after five years of renting around Newcastle.

“We decided that if we were ever going to buy a house in , it would have to be a bit further out,” said Mrs McKenzie.

“At the time we were living in Adamstown. My husband just said: ‘Have you ever thought of Fletcher?’ and I told him I’d never heard of Fletcher…”

After making a drive through the suburb, they quickly decided they would build a family home on Minmi Road.

“It was just the most beautiful bit of land, it has beautiful outlooks,” Mrs McKenzie said.“I just kind of fell in love a little bit.”

With three kids all in primary school, Mrs McKenzie say the family revels in the like-minded neighborhood.

“It’s just such a wonderful communityand because it’s a new development, everyone’s moved in with the same sort of situation,” she said. “We’re all young families trying to get on the property ladder. When you all move in at the same sort of time, you naturally kind of get that community.”

The McKenzies are fresh to Fletcher, but the Wilson familyhave seen the suburb blossom for the past 16 years. They came from Lake Macquarie, butafter 18 months in their new digs, decided to stay for good.

NEVER LEFT: Ethan, Angela, Olivia, Wesley & Lucas Wilson with dog Scooby.

“We built our first house here when we first got married, and then we built our second house out here a year and a half later,” Mr Wilson said.“Our street is all owner-occupied, so everyone looks after their property and looks out for each other.”

Mr Wilson said the appealing qualities from 15 years ago still remain the same.

“What attracted us was the quietness, the security, affordability, and access to the freeway and town,” he said.

“We say it’s 20 minutes from everywhere.It’s close to the expressway up to the [Hunter] Valley, close to the M1 to Sydney and not far to the coast.”

From Beresfield to the Super Bowl PERFORMANCE: The Super Bowl 52 halftime show on Monday.

Newcastle was front and center, well to the left at least,ofJustin Timberlake’sSuper Bowl halftime show on Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Beresfield’sZenya Bashford is a singer/songwriter who has performed as Timberlake’s vocalist for a number of yearsand she was right by the American during the mid-game gig.

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She’s been working in the States since 2008 and is now performing with Timberlake’s bandThe Tennessee Kids.

OpinionNational rail plan would boost Hunter growth

Posted on 04/25/2020

GET WHEELS MOVING: Investing in rail not only moves people and freight, it addresses some of the nation’s broader economic and human challenges.Great challenges always bring greater opportunities.In the next few decades, has a golden opportunity to use a planned increase in rail industry investment to reinvent our advanced manufacturing sector.At least $49 billion in rail investment is planned in the next decade, with state governments moving forward with projects like the Melbourne Metro, Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Perth METRONET.Then there are projects under development, like Western Sydney Rail, the Inland Rail Link between Brisbane and Melbourne and, in the longer term, High Speed Rail between Brisbane and Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra.

must position itself to not only supply the steel for these railways, but to produce the rolling stock, rather than sourcing it offshore.

If we get the industry policy approach right, we can create jobs while lifting economic growth.We can also boost apprenticeships and improve the skills base that will propel n manufacturing forward for decades.This approach would be of particular benefit for regional , with companies like Downer Rail and Lovell Springs both operating in the Hunter.

To take advantage of the potential to increase opportunities in rail, needs intense collaboration between industry, governments, training providers and trade unions.

needs a National Rail Industry Plan – a framework to ensure we extract maximum national dividends from growth in the rail sector.States must co-ordinate procurement strategies and all levels of government must invest in research and innovation.

In the 21st century, there are two sure-fire ways to generate economic growth – investing in infrastructure to lift capacity and boost productivity, and investing in people through education and training.A National Rail Industry Plan can address both.

Too often, debates about training become bogged down in arguments about whether it is the public sector or the private sector that is best placed to deliver skills.The more important question is whether training meets the needs of industry.

In places such as the Hunter, it is crucial that our training providers deliver exactly what is required by industry to ensure the jobs created in the region are filled by locals.Developing advanced manufacturing also requires genuine bipartisan political commitment over the long term.

The easy option for governments expanding rail is to buy the rolling stock overseas, particularly if it is cheaper than building it here. But we need to understand that investing time and money to build the capacity of local manufacturing will not only produce trains, but is an investment in our nation, in our people and in our future.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has reported that traffic congestion in our cities cost the n economy $16.5 billion in 2015. Freight rail takes trucks off the road.Passenger rail takes cars off the road.As the Australasian Railway Association notes, every passenger train service reduces the cost of congestion to the economy by up to $8500.

needs a National Rail Plan – one that not only addresses manufacturing industry policy, but promotes rail investment in the full context of all of its economic benefits.

Anthony Albanese is the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

OpinionBe great at sales, even if you hate sellingCraig Wilson

Posted on 04/25/2020

READ THE SIGNS: Which sales strategy road are you on?

I have a secret.

I really don’t like selling.

The thought of contacting someone and trying to convince them to buy something they may or may not need is something I dread.

But sales and new customers are the lifeblood of any business, so it is something we have to confront if we want to grow our businesses.

My aversion to ‘selling’, in the traditional sense, led me to explore other ways of winning new business and to eventually develop a process that takes the ‘suck’ out of sales.

The key is flipping the traditional sales funnel from an outbound process of identifying targets and pursuing them through emails, direct mail, cold calls and sales teams, to an inbound process of attracting relevant, motivated customers who genuinely require the solutions you offer.

Do this well and you’ll never have to make a sales call again.

1. Become a specialist

Trying to be everything to everyone is a surefire recipe for mediocrity.

It makes it almost impossible for you stand out in a crowded marketplace and generally means you have no point of difference.

Specialists focus on being exceptionally good at one particular thing and charge a premium for it.

Identify where you can be one of the best in your field, focus on the benefits of this offering and then start communicating them.

2. Don’t sell, help

Most businesses invest way too much time, money and effort in trying to explain how great they are and why you should buy from them.

The problem is that customers are only interested in solutions that will help them with their particular needs, especially when they most need it.

Instead, concentrate on how to help potential customers. Publish advice, tips and how-to guides.

Focus on the benefits and solutions rather than the features.

Be seen as the authority your your industry, confidently helping without the expectation of an immediate transaction.

This builds goodwill and trust and can make you the preferred option when the time is right.

3. Optimise your website for search

Nothing, in my experience, delivers more qualified leads or customers in a more reliable and cost-effective manner than ranking highly in search for your products, services and solutions.

The fact is that when we want something, we generally start with a Google search and we rarely go past the first page. That’s where your business needs to be.

Optimise absolutely everything you can on your website and watch the traffic and sales flow.

4. Be willing to say no

Salespeople are generally quick to say yes to anything to get a sale, even if it’s not necessarily going to lead to the best outcome for either party.Smart businesses actually say noa lot. If you don’t believe you are the best fit or solution for the customer it’s better to say no rather than take the sale. It seems counter-intuitive, but it actually reinforces that you are here to help rather than sell.

It leads to greater respect and can even result in referrals from the person you turned away.

Craig Wilsonis managing director of Sticky.Digital

Crocodile Dundee Super Bowl ad airs in US

Posted on 04/25/2020

A Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV tourism ad featuring Paul Hogan has aired for Super Bowl viewers.A new, star-studded Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial has aired for a potential 110 million Super Bowl viewers in the US as part of a record $US27 million ($A38 million) Tourism campaign targeting American travellers.

It is the federal government’s most ambitious and expensive tourism campaign for a single overseas market.

Most advertisers paid US TV network NBC around $US5 million for a single 30 second slot in Sunday’s clash between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tourism , however, negotiated a two-year $A15 million deal with NBC for the Super Bowl spot and other opportunities using NBC’s vast platform.

The Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home ads, starring Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie and other n A-Listers, are the central plank of Tourism ‘s $US27 million campaign designed to make the most desired destination to visit among US travellers by 2020.

The new Super Bowl ad is a continuation of faux trailers that have emerged online in recent weeks to make it appear a Crocodile Dundee film sequel would soon land in cinemas.

The Super Bowl ad features a humorous appearance by the original Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, who also headed ‘s successful “shrimp on the barbie” tourism ads of the 1980s.

‘s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, is confident the investment will pay off.

“Creative ideas such as this are what we need to captivate our key target audiences,” Mr Ciobo told AAP.

“I am confident that many Americans are looking at booking their next holiday to right now.”

Russell Crowe, Ruby Rose, Isla Fisher, Liam Hemsworth, Isla Fisher, Luke Bracey and Jessica Mauboy also appear in the ads and faux trailers.

The Super Bowl is by far the biggest TV broadcast in the US each year with last year’s drawing 111.3 million viewers.

Tourism said the campaign, before the Super Bowl ad aired, already had a social media reach of 412 million people, the faux trailers were viewed 68.8 million times and double the number of any other Super Bowl ad online.

American comedic actor Danny McBride plays the central role in the ads as Dundee’s long lost doofus son returning to the outback to save his dad.

In the Super Bowl ad Hemsworth takes McBride to see “37,000 miles of pristine beach, mate,” and taste “some of the finest wines in the entire world”.

As they sit at a Sydney harbourside restaurant it finally clicks with McBride he is in a tourism commercial and won’t be the star of a Crocodile Dundee film.

“Yes, but listen,” Hemsworth, trying to calm McBride, said.

“You’re the best Crocodile Dundee since Crocodile Dundee.”

The camera then crosses to a disapproving Hogan sitting at the bar holding a schooner of beer.

Pepper Tree Wines reveals the ace up its sleeveFOOD NEWS

Posted on 04/25/2020

NEW ROLE: Patrick Haddock, of Reserve wine bar, has joined Pepper Tree Wines as its new business development manager.One of the Hunter’s most well-known wine personalities is joining Pepper Tree Wines as its new business development manager.

Sommelier Patrick Haddock isco-owner of Reserve wine bar, which earneda coveted three-glass rating from Gourmet Traveller wine magazine in 2014 and ’15.

He has more than 10 years’ experience in the wine industry including direct market copywriting, wine writing and wine show judging, and in 2015 he attended the Len Evan’s Tutorial with Pepper Tree Wines head winemakerGwyn Olsen.

“Patrick is a highly-respected sommelier and his experience in the wine industry will really enhance our already-strong team,” Pepper Tree Wines owner John Davis said.

“To have someone of his calibre and dynamism step up as our business development manager is exciting for us – it’s a really important role for Pepper Tree and we wanted to appoint the best person for the job.We’re really looking forward to our next chapter.”

As for Haddock, he couldn’t be happier.

“Pepper Tree has a strong tradition of winemaking and it’s exciting to think about building on the success of the business and brand and seeing just how far we can take it. It was an opportunity I could not resist.”

He starts the role in mid-February and will be based at the winery’s Pokolbin headquarters.

The Atrium opens48 Watt Stis as versatile a venue as it is attractive. The former church in Newcastle’s east end will become an outdoor pop-up bar and eatery from 5pm this Friday, February 9. The Atrium, as it will be known, will offer a boutique range of craft beer, Hunter Valley wines, classic cocktails and Newcastle’s best street food on rotation. This week’s theme is Vietnamese street food and fresh, summery cocktails.

The Atrium will operate on Fridays and Sundays for a limited time and will feature a regularly evolving decor and menu.

“We want to create an ongoing feeling of discovery,”events coordinator Katie Smith said. “We had so many great ideas for the space. In the end, we decided to do them all.”

Banh Mi timeRoy’s Banh Mi Kitchen is now open at 301 Hunter Street and selling Vietnamese rolls, salads, rice paper rolls and Vietnamese curry pies. It’s just around the corner from Screemin’ Veemis on Darby Street. Check it out at royskitchen老域名购买.au. The prices are very reasonable.

Relax, enjoyThe Corner House Cafe at 29 Union Street opened late last year and is serving breakfast, lunch and coffee. The interior’sbotanical themeis attractive and relaxing and the service friendly.

Baking gloryHunter TAFE teacher and baker extraordinaire Dean Tilden is flying the n flag at the 2018 Bakery Masters in Paris in the“nutritional bread making” category. HisOpera House-themed sourdough loaf was a thing of beauty. Theoutcome is currently in the hands of the judges. Watch this space.

Fresh and funkyDoughheads has a new February menu–notable mentions go to the citrus cheesecake, neapolitan and strawberries and cream varieties.

Spanish flavoursMoor Newcastle East isnow open seven days however will no longer offer a dinner serviceon Friday and Saturday nights (private functions can, however, be catered for). Thursday is stilltagine nightand Moor is introducinga new themed night once a month. The first is on March 3 whenflamenco dancerDeya Miranda Ginerwill perform with her husbandPaco Lara Puerto, a renowned flamenco guitarist, and a Spanish flamenco singer. ASpanish tasting menu will be offered and rest assured, there will be plenty ofsangria. Bookings are now being taken.

Shop for funKwon Mart at New Lambton has opened a second Asian grocery store at Westfield Green Hills. You never know what you will find at Kwon Mart but browsing the aisles is always interesting –and fun.

Doors closingPino Italian restaurant at Islingtonwill close its doors –for good –on February 24. Owner Lisa Sams thanked customers for their support over the past two years and said the business was still on the market for sale or lease.

Know your fishMargan Family Wines at Broke is hosting a special hands-on cooking class on Sunday, February 11, 10am to 1pm. A chefwill guide you through the process of filleting, descaling and deboning a fish, as well as curing and plating up. Lunch will follow in the hatted Margan Restaurant. Cost $150 per person, bookings essential at margan老域名购买.au.

A new chapterDaniyella Spudic closed the doors to her beloved King St Depot in Warners Bay on December 16. It was an emotional time for the much-loved business owner and barista, who ran the cafe with her partner Johan Astrud. He tragically lost his life to brain cancer in 2013. The good news is that the sassy Spudic is having thetime of her life travelling the world and you can follow her hilarious journey on social media.

True romanceLove will be in the air at King Edward Park this Valentines Day. On February 14, 6pm to 9pm, you can sample Mexican fare from El Poco Loco, handmade eclairs from CHOUX Patiesserie, French crepes from Kid & Cat and coffee from Retro Kombi Co. while listening to smooth jazz tunes from local band Soda. Two Wild Hands will be selling flowers and Magnetic Shots will have a free photobooth on site to capture loved-up memories.

Super Bowl 2018: The game, halftime and the ads

Posted on 04/25/2020

Super Bowl 2018: The game, halftime and the ads Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles holds his daughter Lily after the NFL Super Bowl.

Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate the team’s victory.

the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Mills celebrates on the field.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hoists the Vincent Lombardi trophy.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz celebrates.

Jeep Brand/Universal Pictures shows a scene from Jeep Brand’s “Jeep Jurassic” Super Bowl spot. Photo: Jeep Brand/Universal Pictures via AP

Philadelphia Eagles’ Kenjon Barner celebrates.

New England Patriots’ Johnson Bademosi (29) and Nate Solder walk off the field.

This photo provided by Toyota shows a scene from one of the company’s Super Bowl spots. Photo: Toyota via AP

New Tourism US Super Bowl ad. Photo: Supplied

This photo provided by Hyundai shows a scene from the company’s Super Bowl spot. Photo: Hyundai via AP

A Crocodile Dundee-inspired TV commercial that aired during the 2018 Super Bowl. The commercial was part of a $A38 million Tourism campaign. Photo: AAP Image/Supplied by Tourism

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, right, talks to Nick Foles during the first half.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles catches a touchdown pass during the first half.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Corey Clement is stopped by New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung.

New England Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore, top, breaks up a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery.

New England Patriots’ James White runs for a touchdown during the first half.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown run by James White during the first half.

New England Patriots’ Duron Harmon, center, intercepts a pass during the first half.

TweetFacebookIt all came down tocelebrated quarterback Tom Brady making a last-ditch attempt to win the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. It failed.

Instead, the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at USBank Stadium in Minneapolis.

A 48-yard Jake Elliot field goal, nailed with just 65 seconds on the clock, proved to be the match-winning play.

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Government response to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse set for June

Posted on 04/25/2020

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman. Photo: Kate GeraghtyIn June the NSW government will release a formalresponse to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said NSW aims to honour the commission’s recommendation that all governments formally respond to its final report within six months.

“Survivors and their families deserve nothing less than swift, considered action,” he said.

“We are deeply committed to getting this right and will work closely with our state and federal counterparts on national recommendations.”

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The state has made someprogress on the recommendations of earlier Royal Commission reports, namelyRedress and Civil Litigation,Criminal Justiceand Working with Children Checks.

“NSW remains committed to a single national redress scheme as the best way to ensure consistent, accessible justice for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, regardless of where the abuse occurred,”Mr Speakman said.

Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said NSW has led the way in responding to key issues raised in prior Royal Commission reports

“That leadership has put us in a strong position to respond to the final report’s recommendations within the timeframe requested by the Royal Commission,” she said.

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“NSW has introduced comprehensive reforms to improve the lives of children and young people in out-of-home care – no child should suffer abuse and the NSW Government will continue to work so that children and young people in NSW are protected from harm.”

Victoria’s parliament resumes for 2018

Posted on 04/25/2020

Victoria’s politicians will head back to parliament for 2018 with an election looming.Victoria’s crackdown on crime and road-building revolution are set to continue as state parliament returns for 2018.

Two mass-casualty car attacks, a spate of car-jackings, home invasions and street riots involving youth gangs – some of African appearance – have made crime a hot-button issue in the past 13 months.

The Labor government will continue to push through bail reforms more than a year after the devastating Bourke Street Mall rampage which left six people dead.

The first tranche of the laws will come into effect on July 1 after passing parliament in 2017, while the second instalment is due to be debated this week after parliament resumes sitting for 2018 on Tuesday, Attorney-General Martin Pakula said.

There are on-going funding concerns over construction of the West Gate Tunnel and the coalition opposition promises to resurrect the East-West Link road, if elected in November.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy says it’s time to ease the city’s “congestion calamity” and build the tunnel, which will connect CityLink with the Eastern freeway.

But builders have already started clearing a site for the West Gate Tunnel, with boring machines to begin digging from early 2019 and construction to be largely funded by toll giant Transurban.

Neither the tunnel plans, nor a concession deed to extend Transurban’s tolling of CityLink to help fund it, have passed parliament.

But that hasn’t bothered Premier Daniel Andrews, who says there is no need for legislation to pass until the road is finished in 2022.

However, the Greens have promised to side with the coalition to block changes to the planning rules that would enable the new toll road.

Plans to demolish part of Melbourne’s Federation Square to build an Apple store have also been met with opposition from the Greens party which has vowed to block the contentious move.

It comes nine months out from a state election, with the Labor government having to fend off growing Greens support in traditional inner-city strongholds.

The government suffered a stunning loss in the Northcote by-election after Greens candidate Lidia Thorpe won 45 per cent of the vote, a swing of 11 per cent.

Man caught in Sydney terror raids in court

Posted on 04/25/2020

Khaled Merhi intends to plead guilty to possessing a Taser-type weapon, his lawyer says.One of four men arrested in connection to an alleged terror plot to down a passenger plane is suffering mental health issues as a result of his treatment by police during raids last year, a Sydney court has been told.

Khaled Merhi faced Downing Centre Local Court on Monday on an unrelated weapons charge. He has not been charged with any terrorism offences.

His lawyer, Moustafa Kheir, said the 40-year-old intends to plead guilty to possessing a type of Taser without a permit.

But he noted that Merhi “experienced significant physical contact” at the time of his arrest in Surry Hills in late July 2017 and, as a result, has suffered some “mental health issues”.

Merhi was arrested with three other men in raids across Sydney relating to an alleged plot to bring down an Etihad plane with a bomb in mid-July last year.

Two of them have since been charged in relation to the alleged plan to target the flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.

Khaled Khayat, from Lakemba, and Mahmoud Khayat, of Punchbowl, have each been charged with two counts of acting in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act.

Lebanon’s interior minister has said another brother, Amer Khayat, was to have knowingly carried out the suicide bombing but n authorities have suggested he had no idea he was to carry an improvised explosive device.

He caught the flight without his checked baggage after it was rejected at a Sydney Airport check-in counter because it was too heavy. He then travelled to Lebanon, according to the interior minister.

Lebanon in August 2017 said a fourth brother, Tareq Khayat, had moved to the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria and become a commander in the jihadist group more than 12 months earlier.

Merhi is scheduled to be sentenced on the weapons charge on March 29.

Labor’s Lamb High Court referral ‘likely’

Posted on 04/25/2020

The Coalition says Labor MP Susan Lamb should resign over doubts about her citizenship.Labor MP Susan Lamb is hanging onto her seat despite questions about her British citizenship, but the government believes a referral to the High Court is “irresistible”.

The Longman MP is a British citizen by descent but the UK Home Office could not process her renunciation before the 2016 election because it could not be satisfied from the documents available that she held British citizenship.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said Opposition Leader Bill Shorten should send Ms Lamb’s case to be tested in the High Court.

“I think it’s almost to the point now where it’s irresistible the argument that (Mr Shorten) should refer and my view is he likely will in the very near future,” he told Sky News on Monday.

Manager of opposition business Tony Burke says Ms Lamb has clearly taken every reasonable step she can to renounce UK citizenship.

But he said Liberal MP Jason Falinski had taken no steps to relinquish his Polish citizenship.

Labor wants all MPs potentially breaching Section 44’s ban on dual citizenship to be referred to the High Court.

“Let’s just refer them all, and it’s done,” Mr Burke told ABC radio.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Shorten was standing up for the rights of British citizens to sit in ‘s parliament, with Labor MP David Feeney taking months to resign.

“It took months and months to get the then-member for Batman to resign and the member for Longman is still hanging in there,” Mr Turnbull told parliament.

“It may well be in the leader of the opposition’s mind there will always be an England, but there will always be a section 44 as well.”

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the government would refer Ms Lamb to the High Court if Labor refused to.

“We’d rather not refer people unilaterally,” Mr Pyne told ABC radio.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the saga could have been resolved when the Greens proposed an audit to put the issue to bed.

Ms Lamb argues she took all reasonable steps to renounce her citizenship in time to run for the July 2016 federal election.

But authorities told her in a letter in August 2016 they could not process her renunciation.