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Tom Boyd set to return for the Western Bulldogs

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Tom Boyd travelled to Cairns with his Western Bulldogs teammates on Thursday, clearing the way for his return to the senior team.
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The key forward is set to play his first game for 13 rounds against Gold Coast on Saturday night, with his indefinite internal suspension lifted during the week.

Boyd and teammate Zaine Cordy were suspended from senior selection by the Bulldogs after an altercation between the pair last month.

Bulldogs coach Beveridge had said both would become available again when the “vibe” was right, and indicated earlier this week that both players had paid their penance.

Boyd has built some encouraging VFL form in recent weeks and was working his way back from the shoulder injury that interrupted his season four weeks in when the club became aware of the incident with Cordy.

Boyd was also fined $5000, and agreed to undergo counselling. The 20-year-old also volunteered time and money to a not-for-profit organisation that works to prevent social violence.

“He probably didn’t play as well as he did the week before at VFL level, so if we’re picking it on form we’ve got to consider that at match committee,” said Beveridge on Tuesday.

“I think it’s time … we’re almost ready to put it behind us. Both him and Zaine have been pretty contrite and have paid their penance but it’s got to be up to everyone that that’s enough, because I’m not the one playing with Tommy.

“I’m just looking forward to getting him back in – we all are – and seeing his contribution, because we are ready to get one of the bigs in again.”

The Bulldogs will play the Suns at Cazaly’s Stadium in a home game on Saturday night.

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David Warner has taken to batting with one hand in the nets as the Australian opener seeks to retain his touch ahead of the opening Test against Sri Lanka.
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Warner is recovering from a broken left index finger but still opted to face Nathan Lyon and Australia’s slow bowlers in the Colombo nets using only his right arm. So good was the dynamic left-hander that he had little trouble cutting one Lyon delivery.

He will not play in Australia’s two-day warm-up clash, slated to begin on Thursday, and is in doubt for the three-day clash against the Sri Lanka Board XI, beginning Monday.

But Australian captain Steve Smith says his vice-captain will be ready come the first Test in Kandy, beginning July 26.

“He is coming along pretty well, so he is itching to get into the middle. He went out and batted at training with one hand [on Wednesday], so he is pretty keen to get back into things,” Smith said at the series launch.

“His recovery is going really well and we expect him to be fine for that first Test match.”

Warner will need to prove he can also catch and field without hindrance if he is to be passed fit to play.

While Warner waits for the injury to heal, his teammates are benefiting from having the game’s greatest wicket-taker – Muthiah Muralidaran – working with off-spinner Lyon and left-armer Steve O’Keefe.

Muralidaran will spend the series in the Australian camp plotting the demise of the nation he once led brilliantly.

Spin, obviously, will be a factor in the three-Test series, and the Australians have not handled this art particularly well on the sub-continent in the past decade. In fact, their only series win in this time in ‘Asia’ was in Sri Lanka five years ago.

“He [Murali] has obviously got a lot of experience here in Sri Lanka. He took a truckload of wickets and he is helping our spinners out so it’s great to have someone like that on board for our series to give us that insight,” Smith said.

“He has been really good around the group so far. I think he is enjoying his time with us.”

There had been agitation within the Sri Lankan camp this year when batting great Mahela Jayawardene worked with England ahead of the World Twenty20 World Cup. However, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said he understood why Muralidaran had taken up the role.

“Well he’s a professional and he’s into coaching now. I think helping Australia out with insight – he’s got so much experience – it will be a great help for them to get some advice,” he said.

Former Australian batsman Stuart Law, who worked as an assistant coach with Sri Lanka between 2009 and 2011, has also joined the tour as a batting specialist. Only three of Australia’s 15-man squad – Lyon, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh – have Test experience in Sri Lanka.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann said the tourists would benefit from more than a fortnight’s preparation.

“We made a choice to come a little bit earlier. Steven likes the extra time. That’s the best thing for all the guys for this tour – it’s a tough tour, as we know,” he said.

“Stuart Law has spent some time here and has some expertise. To have him and Murali to talk about the way the wickets might play in Kandy, Colombo and Galle, and how Sri Lanka play and how we should play, has been great.”

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A court decision has cleared the way for Wild Turkey to be joined by another wild bird on liquor store shelves. Photo: Jurgen TreueA battle between rival alcohol brands has been fought and won in a “landmark” Federal Court case that could see a new “wild” bird on Australian liquor shelves.
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Wild Turkey bourbon and Wild Geese whiskey clashed late last month in the most recent of 55 court cases internationally in the past 15 years.

Bourbon drinkers will be familiar with the Wild Turkey label, from Kentucky in the US, but could be excused for not having heard of the other fowl’s drink.

That was partly because until the latest decision, Wild Geese couldn’t sell its Irish whiskey in Australia because the rival brand held the trademark.

It all started with a little vineyard in South Australia, Wild Geese Wines, owned by Adelaide barrister Patrick O’Sullivan.

The tiny winery, whose output a lower court judge described as “a few cases here, a few cases there”, lost control of the Wild Geese mark in 2007 after a challenge from Wild Turkey’s parent company at the time.

The company leased the rights to the name back to the winery, allowing the SA winery to continue operating but effectively blocking the Irish whiskey maker from the market.

This licence was at the heart of the court case.

Wild Turkey’s current owner, liquor giant Campari America, argued the agreement imposed a “detailed quality control regime”, thus satisfying the requirement for continued “use” of the trademark.

Previous Wild Turkey owner The Austin Nicholls Company tried to block a winery on the Gold Coast hinterland from registering its Bush Turkey port wine in 2001.

Trademarks can lapse if they’re not used for three years and one month, which gave Wild Geese whiskey a way in to challenge the existing mark.

The Irish whiskey’s owner, Lodestar Anstalt, represented by Brisbane intellectual property lawyer Ken Philp, argued the quality control was too loose to constitute real use.

After an early win and a later appeal loss, the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia agreed with that argument on June 28, setting aside earlier decisions and awarding costs to Wild Geese whiskey owner Lodestar.

The decision opened the door for Wild Geese Whiskey to apply to register its trademark in Australia ahead of potential sales.

Mr Philp said the “landmark decision” could have a wide impact.

“All trademark licence agreements will have to be carefully scrutinised in light of the Federal Court’s decision,” he said.

“Our firm will be giving advice to our own licensor clients on their reviewing their licence agreements and their procedures for control of their marks under those agreements or, if they are licensees, how they might extract some commercial advantages from their licensors.”

His partner, Bennett and Philp director Tony Bennett, said the case could never have succeeded if the SA winery had retained ownership of the mark.

“If they’d kept the ownership of it then there’s no doubt they would have been using it,” he said.

“They hadn’t sold a lot of wine but they’d sold a few hundred cases I think, over the period. Pretty small use but enough use.

“So the case was really about whether the Americans could say that amounted to use when they really had no genuine connection with it.”

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Malcolm Turnbull’s win at the polls is a grand delusion, according to Chris Davis. Photo: Christopher PearceMy mother, who was Swedish, used to recall Sunday lunches with an uncle who believed he was the King of Sweden. The poor fellow had been head of the Swedish Red Cross in World War I and presumably his delusional state allowed an escape from the reality of what he had witnessed. The result was quite impressive, with uncle resplendent in a king’s uniform complete with medals, and everyone having to pretend that they were all seated at the royal table, beckoning and being served by (imaginary) servants responding to their every wish. Needless to say, the only beneficiary of this court was the deluded uncle.
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The recent “win” by the Turnbull government is another grand delusion, complete with a Prime Minister outfit and one major beneficiary. In this instance, thanks to the largesse of the Australian tax payer, there are real jesters and hangers on, admirably headed by Christopher Pyne of “election-winning machine” fame. The talent is so good that it wouldn’t take much to script a first-class comedy, so creating at least some jobs in the entertainment industry.

Whilst we may well chuckle as the emperor parades his new clothes, and we all should quickly revisit Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale, the outcome for Australia is disastrous. Our leader was elected on a vacuous slogan of “jobs and growth” that assumed if you hand tax breaks to multinational corporations they in turn will gladly hand the money to Australians in the form of more jobs. Such naivety is a tribute to the business-funded lobbyists who plant such nonsense in politicians’ heads. Anyone who has done Business 101 knows that businesses are obliged to maximise the wealth of their shareholders, and that usually means reducing expenditure (such as total and individual employee wages). If anything, many of the big multinationals who harm Australians by encouraging consumption of excessive and hazardous foods and beverages should be paying a whole lot more tax to fund at least the health system.

It would be nice to be able to comment on some inspiring ideas or strengths that our ruler offers. Sadly these seem non-existent, or well-submerged, like the submarines. At least whilst we were subsidizing the automotive and related industries there were products that we could enjoy and take pride in. And with some real effort and determination we could have become leaders in, such as electric cars and other forms of transport and agricultural equipment. Now it seems the only prospect of seeing Australian industry outputs will be when our politicians have Australia fully submerged.

Bill Shorten is right to suggest we will be back at the polls before Christmas. Simply because you cannot run a country on a delusion of power. One can talk of a spirit of co-operation with the opposition and minor parties, but credible vision, robust goals and ability for effective delivery must underpin that. These are not Turnbull attributes. They will need to come from somewhere else, and a return to the polls is the best possible chance of stimulating and identifying that. Electronic voting could make the process easier and more efficient. To check feasibility, I measured my internet speed. Just over 1Mbps – a far cry from the 2016 minimum 25Mbps promised by the Abbott Turnbull government in 2013.

The average Australian would be well advised to develop a personalized delusion that offers some form of escape from a political system that has truly been corrupted by vested and self-interest.

* Dr Chris Davis is a former Queensland LNP MP

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Geelong veteran Jimmy Bartel has conceded that his side relies too much on Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood.
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The superstar duo are enjoying arguably career-best years, with Dangerfield a red hot $2.40 Brownlow Medal favourite at UBet and Selwood on the fourth line of betting ($11) for the coveted individual award.

However, their dominance has come at a price with many of their fellow Geelong midfielders down on output.

It’s a situation which has contributed to them sitting in sixth spot on the ladder after 16 rounds with three of their five losses coming in stunning fashion against bottom-10 sides Carlton, Collingwood and St Kilda.

“It’s pretty easy to say that, because they’re actually having absolutely brilliant years – I think a lot of people would have them in All-Australian sides and (with) ‘Danger’ some people are saying, ‘hand him the Brownlow now’,” Bartel told SEN on Thursday.

“We’ve got a number of players who’d like to be playing a bit better but there are other guys who are playing pretty good footy as well.”

Tom Hawkins is one such Cat who is struggling for form with just 33 goals from 14 games, but Bartel believes the Geelong midfield have to shoulder a fair portion of the blame for the key forward’s lacklustre season.

“It’s probably us midfielders and half-forwards kicking the ball into him. Our delivery has been pretty poor,” Bartel said.

“On the weekend against the Swans, we probably didn’t handle the pressure as well as we should have around the ball. We just hacked it forward to him and he was often outnumbered two-to-one, we dumped it on top of his head.

“As a big forward you just want the ball not only brought in quick but to advantage so you can at least have a chance to work off your opponent.

“If you’re just kicking it high on top of his head and two blokes are jumping on him, it makes life pretty hard.”

Fairfax Media revealed earlier this week that a dispute had occurred recently between Cats Mitch Clark and Mitch Duncan after Clark sledged senior-listed Hawthorn player Teia Miles during a VFL match against the Box Hill Hawks.

Clark allegedly disparaged Miles’ sister, who is Duncan’s long-term partner. But Bartel insisted hardly any of his teammates knew about the incident and that it had no impact on the locker room.

“Whatever the issue was, those two fellas dealt with it and moved on,” Bartel said.

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