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Dave’s pepperoni pizza budgie smugglers could win him the title of “Australia’s Most Ordinary Rig”

Dave’s pepperoni pizza budgie smugglers could win him the title of “Australia’s Most Ordinary Rig” Hot Stuff: Dave Eddy is the third Novocastrian to qualify for the prestigious Budgy Smuggler Ordinary Rig Gala.
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Dave Eddy striking a pose.

Dave Eddy and some other budgie smuggler-wearing mates.

Dave in his budgie smugglers.

Dave in his budgie smugglers.

Dave’s budgie smugglers.

Dave’s budgie smugglers.

TweetFacebookToday show on Wednesday, December 27, wherefinalists strutted their stuff ahead of the grand final to be held in the New Year.

At theevent –to be held on January 3 at Ivy nightclub’s pool bar in Sydney –contestants will compete for the coveted crown of “Australia’s Most Ordinary Rig”.

Topics reported recentlythat Merewether’s Will Mowbray and Hamilton South’s Hayden Gavin had also made the top 10.

Australia’s Most Ordinary Rig Gala in 2016. Dave said Budgy Smuggler was an iconic Aussie brand.

“They make it fun and OK to flaunt your ordinary rig,” he said.

“If it wasn’t for [the company] Budgy Smugglers, you probably wouldn’t wear dick-stickers or Speedos.”

When Dave heard about the competition, he knew he had a chance.

Read more: Who will take home the title on January 3?

“I had some great ordinary glamour modelling shots on my phone. I thought it’d be rude not to share my rig with the world, really,” he said.

Asked to describe himself in three words in his event profile, he said: “Happy, silly, dad-bod”.

He listed his hobbies as“short walks on the beach” and admitted his first crush was Sigourney Weaver when she “played the hot chick” in Ghostbusters.

His hidden talents includemaking “real good fart noises with my armpit”, whilehis life motto is “be grateful”.

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Newcastle’s budgie smugglers starAnd another Newcastle budgie smuggler star

Unemployment rate falls to boom-time levels for nearly half of economy

Generic photo of pedestrians shopping at Pitt Street Mall in Sydney on 30th September 2017. Photograph by Katherine GriffithsSure, national employment growth was healthy again last month as the unemployment rate remained at 5.4 per cent – but in the economic powerhouse of Greater Sydney the unemployment rate probably started with a 3.
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In October, the unemployment rate for the Greater Sydney statistical area was just 3.9 per cent. That’s the stuff of booms. The last time Greater Sydney scored 3.9 was in 2007. It hasn’t been below 3.9 for 17 years.

That boom-time unemployment rate is a reflection of the strength of Sydney’s economy – an economy estimated to account for nearly half national growth.

The rest of NSW matched the national 5.4 per cent rate. Greater Melbourne was also 5.4 per cent, Brisbane 5.1, Adelaide 5.8 and Perth 5.9.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ regional labour force figures are in “original” terms – not seasonally adjusted.

The November breakdown won’t be available until next week, but the original unemployment rate for October and November was steady on 4.4 per cent and NSW enjoyed a lift of 26,000 new jobs in original terms last month (28,500 seasonally adjusted) – making it a reasonable bet that Greater Sydney’s unemployment rate remained around the 3.9 per cent.

Next week’s figures will show the Greater Sydney unemployment rate has been below 5 per cent – generally considered “full employment” these days – for eight months. According to the text books, an unemployment rate starting with a 3 should mean businesses competing for labour, bidding up its price.

So where are the wage rises? There’s precious little sign of them.

The most recent wages index – published last month for the September quarter – showed NSW private-sector hourly pay rates up 2.1 per cent over the year, not far above the total Australian figure of 1.9 per cent. The NSW public-sector hourly rate rise was up 2.4 per cent – the same as the national figure.

The most recent Reserve Bank pronouncements on the problem of low wages growth continue to keep the conventional economic faith – “tighter labour markets should still push up wages and prices, even if it takes a little longer than we are used to”, governor Philip Lowe said last month in his Some Evolving Questions speech.

The RBA’s own understanding is evolving. In a July speech on the issue, Lowe didn’t once mention the reduction in organised labour or the attitude of chief financial officers in suppressing wages growth. Now Lowe includes “changes in the nature of work and bargaining arrangements” and management’s cost-cutting mindset among the factors at work.

With Greater Sydney’s unemployment rate now so low, all the suppressing factors are under the microscope.

The NAB analysis of customer spending provides insight into how the lower unemployment rate does or does not translate into spending.

Excluding government services, taxes, mortgage and other credit payments, spending by NSW metropolitan customers was up 3 per cent in the September quarter on the previous corresponding period, compared with 3.3 per cent in metropolitan Victoria and 2.4 per cent metropolitan nationally.

That’s a slowdown from the June quarter that saw 4.1 per cent growth in Sydney and Melbourne compared with 3.3 per cent nationally.

The average monthly spend by NAB customers in metropolitan NSW was $2168 in the latest quarter – within a dollar of their Victorian equivalent, $32 less than Adelaide customers, $94 more than those in Brisbane and $123 more than those in Perth.

The significantly lower unemployment rate isn’t doing all that much.

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Firefighters battle blaze near Lovedale Road

Firefighters battle blaze near Lovedale Road Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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A possum, exhausted from outrunning the flames, was plucked from the firegrounds by Fairfax photographer Max Mason-Hubers

The view of the fire from Majors Lane, Keinbah. Picture: Andrew Clark

Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The view of the fire from Majors Lane, Keinbah. Picture: Andrew Clark

The view of the fire from Majors Lane, Keinbah. Picture: Andrew Clark

The view of the fire from Majors Lane, Keinbah. Picture: Andrew Clark

Picture: David Paul Heffernan

The Lovedale fire from Nulkaba. Picture: Brenda Watson

The Lovedale fire from Nulkaba. Picture: Brenda Watson

Picture: Belinda Hodge

TweetFacebookLovedale Rd Fire near Cessnock continues to burn. Over 180 Ha has been burnt across the afternoon and more than 100 firefighters continue to work on containing the blaze. No homes are at threat. Crews will remain on fireground overnight. #NSWRFSpic.twitter南京夜网/r4vkSrZ6Iw

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 14, 2017Advice: Lovedale Rd, Lovedale. Fire now moving away from properties and weather conditions are easing. Residents should monitor the situation. The fire is producing a large amount of smoke. Only call Triple Zero (000) if you see an unattended fire. https://t.co/3uVSOdbZZ4pic.twitter南京夜网/mqhUdooRmD

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 14, 2017Watch & Act: Lovedale Rd, Lovedale. Fire approx 7km NW of Cessnock, burning SSE direction under strong NW winds toward Old Maitland Rd. Residents in area should follow their bush fire survival plans & know what they’ll do if fire threatens. More: https://t.co/YUkrQHShX3#NSWRFSpic.twitter南京夜网/NWqBZNJxeu

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Community spirit shines

FAMILY FIRST: Meryl Swanson MP, Member for Paterson pictured with her family.As the year draws to a close I find myself reflecting on thepeople who’ve touched my life during the year. The trials and triumphs they’ve faced. And, ultimately, the courageous spirit that defines our community and lifts us through every adversity. I’d like to thank every individual, school, community,business group, and sporting association that has invited me along to functionsand meetings during the past year. I’ve been grateful for your warm welcome. I also thank my team, who have helped many, many people with issues such as NDIS, NBN, Centrelink and so much more. They make my role so much easier and I couldn’t do it without them.
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It has been an absolute delight to meet volunteers and advocates who give so much to our region, and to help allocate hundreds of thousands of dollars in Stronger Communities and Sporting grants to support great work in our electorate.

I’m proud that I have been able to bring our plights and our achievements to the halls of federal Parliament. I’ve had the opportunity to advocate for our veterans; fight for the rights of those affected by PFAS contamination; and demand that the Government come up with an energy policy that ensures fairer prices for individuals and reliable electricity for industries. The chambers of Parliament House have rung with my praises for a multitude of people and projects that have helped make our community the wonderful place it is to live, work and play.

The Parliamentary record reflects my gratitude to the firefighters who battled the devastating bushfires that struck the Coalfields in January and again in September, and the pages of Hansard convey the colour and atmosphere of the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival and the eucalypt scents of Port Stephens Koalas.

On a personal note, my family has this year supported my eldest daughter Lara through her HSC and this month welcomed a new foal to our farm. She was born the day the Marriage Equality bill passed Parliament, and we named her Aequitas in honour of thehistoric occasion. From my family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy festive season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.Meryl Swanson MP, Member for Paterson