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I’m not just OK about not having kids – I’m delighted about it

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Children: thanks, but no thanks. Photo: Steven SiewertI am not someone who holds back coming forward with an opinion, but even I have limits. And until this week, that has been daring to say something anti-motherhood, to admit that not only am I OK with not having kids, I’m actually delighted.
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You see, to do so is to break a big sisterly taboo, to pour scorn on what is supposedly a woman’s greatest blessing, to deny the very laws of nature and the portrayals of fulfilment fed to us from birth. Women with kids, I rightly feared, would be offended. Or, even more common, would believe I am in denial of my own unfulfilled yearnings. That I am actually jealous. But here’s the rub, I’m just not.

Sure, at one stage when I was deeply in love I believed I could do it, that a child would only add to our happiness. But thankfully, it didn’t happen. Because that relationship was short-lived and today I would be tied to someone I no longer respect for life.

And the fact is that even in this century, I still believed that motherhood would impede on other goals I was certain I wanted – a career, travel, independence, spontaneity and freedom. I saw my decision as one or the others. Compromise was inevitable. Others may disagree but I say look at the lack of accessible childcare, wage inequity and the fact women are still expected to do the majority of housework and child rearing. It was risk I just couldn’t take.

And so, I have missed the infinite joy of raising a person of my creation, of experiencing the incredible love mothers cite and having an indisputable raison d’etre. But again, I’m OK with that. You don’t miss it of you haven’t had it and so, in my view, pining for something imagined is a waste of time and energy that only stops you seeing and enjoying what you do.

The reason I am sharing this today is that an invisible wall seemed to crumble this week and allowed honesty to shine through. Because at last, women who do have kids but regret the decision have been given an outlet to admit it. Dilvin Yasa knocked the first brick out with her article The women who regret becoming mothers and from there, real women took out their social media sledgehammers and allowed a light to be shone on their darkness.

Yes, it has come with judgment from others who disagree, who believe these women are ungrateful when others so desperately want children but can’t have them, but that was always going to be the case. But from reading feedback this week on the subject, I could almost hear the relief in those who confessed they would have made a different decision should they be able to turn back time. What’s more, the compassion and liberation that comes from knowing others feel the same way.

My mother was actually a trailblazer in this regard. I recall her admitting at a dinner party one night that if she had known better or felt she had a choice, she would never have had my brother and I. She confessed she didn’t feel she was a good mother and would compare herself to other women who seemingly only relished the role. She said she missed her career and the friends that came with it. And, when moved away from the city and those she loved to a more appropriate “family” home in the suburbs, she was overwhelmed by abject loneliness and isolation. This underlying resentment she credits as the start of the ugly unravelling of her marriage.

Not my cup of tea.

But for Mum there was no parting of the clouds and overwhelming sense of purpose. For her, raising kids was a chore and an endless one at that. In her day, she says she never saw kids as a choice, just something you did once hitched. There was no weighing up your options – there was only one if you were fertile. And so she went with the flow.

Mum never said she didn’t love us kids – she did and we both knew it intrinsically – she just didn’t get the supposed magic of motherhood as extolled by others. She claims other mothers she tried to bond with tended to look down on her lack of maternal instincts, shattering her self-esteem in the process. And, when her marriage turned violent, she saw no choice but to leave it and us behind, something she felt immense guilt about the rest of her life.

Still, I respected where she was coming from. Because as I grew to face the reality of what my life would be like with kids, I realised I am my mother’s child and I feared I would be the same, that motherhood wouldn’t come naturally to me and that I would resent a decision I couldn’t turn back.

Today I adore my godchildren and embrace every opportunity I can to give their mothers some relief by looking after them. I also listen when these women tell me they are “fed up”, “need a break” and “some me time”. Because no matter what decision a woman makes regarding children, she should be allowed to regret it even temporarily, to miss their old lives and to wonder wistfully what their futures may have held had they not chosen to procreate.

None of us are perfect and none of us are without dreams. Being a mother doesn’t make you a martyr. It just makes you a woman with kids and the joys and disappointments that come with them. Not every woman is the same and that is to be celebrated not criticised. So, as women, let’s stop judging and try supporting each other’s decisions and circumstances instead. And that goes for those of us who have chosen not to have children, too.

The Age

Fossils, floods and secrets: inside the Marakoopa CavesPhotos

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REFURBISHED: Senior cave guide Haydn Stedman in the newly refurbished Marakoopa Caves. Pictures: Scott GelstonThe Marakoopa Caves at Mole Creek were formed by water, and in 2016 water again torrented through the cave system, hurling rocks, dumping gravel and carving paths.
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Looking up to the roof of the caves you can see rocks, some as large as a shoebox, stuck to the ceiling by calcite–evidence of previous floods that have filled the cavernous spaces.

In June 2016, 400 millimetres of rain fell on the Western Tiers, directly above the Mole Creek cave system, falling on two catchment systems that feed into the caves.

After extensive repair works the caves were once again opened for tourists, but how much had they changed?

Fossils, floods and secrets: inside the Marakoopa Caves | Photos TweetFacebook Marakoopa CavesPictures: Scott GelstonThe power of the water that coursed through the caves moved tonnes of gravel, boulders and destroyed infrastructure in the tourist attraction, which following the floods remained closed until December.

“There was a heavy influx of water into both of those catchments,what that did was obviously dislodge a lot of old alluvial gravels that must have been in the upper sections of the cave …and basically deposited it lower down in the caves,” senior cave guide Haydn Stedman said.

“About 80 tonnes worth of gravel became choke points which redirected the stream, which caused undermining of infrastructure like pathways et cetera, the electrical system was submerged and compromised, we had boulders [a metre across] bouncing around inside the cave, which is pretty awesome when you consider the power of water.”

The floods seemed to have little impact on the eight-legged inhabitants of the caves, who were able to get up away from the water.

But, Mr Stedman adds, this is not unusual in the history of the caves, which were formed by water dissolving the limestone rock they are made from, gradually opening up new caverns and spaces.

“You think of caves as something that don’t change over millennia, but there are certain events that cause quite a lot of changes,” Mr Stedman said.

“Of the significant areas of damage [in the 2016 floods] was an old sediment bank that we’ve had dated at about 40,000 years worth of sediment.”

Large dolerite stones and boulders are left behind as evidence of previous floodsin the caves.

“Dolerite starts at nearly 500 metres above us, so that’s come down the mountainside, tumbled through the cave and somehow here it is,” Mr Stedman said.

Along with the destruction water can cause, there are also the secrets it can reveal.

This wall is a tessellation of fossils that date back to the Ordovician period, about 500 million years ago.

“[After the flood]we found lots of interesting fossilised things in rocks as we were clearing,” Mr Stedman said.

“You’d clear out the dolerites and the sandstones, which have come from higher up, and you’d get to bits of limestone and every second rock we picked up, ‘Oh that’s interesting, there’s a cool fossil’.

“It dates back nearly 500 million years, so we had a paleontologist tell us that the oceans during theOrdovician [Period]were basically full of invertebrate fossils, so it’s the age of the trilobite, although unfortunately we don’t have those.”

Most of the fossils found were primitive sponge-like creatures, and some small shells.

In a wall just below the“cathedral” cave the fossils remain, like a tessellated pattern of textures and shapes.

When Mr Stedman returned to the caves following the 2016 floods, the enormity of the repair challenges ahead was immediately evident.

“We took, Ithink, three days to clear the doorway originally, we got into the cave because the force of the water had undermined and blown out a retaining wall that had been built there and we crawled in via a puddle,” he said.

“There was half a metre of gravel behind the door, and the door opened inward so there was no way you were going to force your way in.”

This drain is where access was originally gained to the caves following the floods, which left half a metre of gravel on each side of the door.

The electrical system needed to be entirely replaced, and the opportunity was taken to rethink and re-wire for a more user-friendly experience.

“Things have changed a lot in the last 40 years since the last incarnation of lights,” Mr Stedman said.

“[It was] set up for the interpretation of the time, which was more on the novelty aspect of the caves .. whereas our interpretation nowadays tends to be more abou the environment, the geology and how things react.”

More than $1 million was spent on the site, with 80 tonnes of gravel removed with shovel and wheelbarrow and hundreds of metres of lighting cable disappearing into the caves.

The caves are once again open as a key tourist draw to the area, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.

There is a long history of tourism to the caves, people used to visit in horse and buggy more than 100 years ago.

“There used to be major excursions as early as the late 1800s…it’s incredible when you think about how intrepid tourists were 100 years ago compared to today,” Mr Stedman said.

The Examiner

‘Follow the money and follow the troops, don’t follow the tweets’: former CIA director reassures on Trump

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America’s allies should not be guided by President Donald Trump’s at-times erratic Twitter posts, according to former US General and CIA director DavidPetraeus.
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In a message of reassurance,GeneralPetraeussuggested people should”follow the money and follow the troops, don’t follow the tweets”.

General David Petraeus has moved to reassure Australia and other allies about Donald Trump. Photo: Wayne Taylor

“The overall way to characterise American foreign policy is more continuity than change.”

In a 45-minute Q&A session as the key note speaker at the Liberal Council meeting on Friday night, he also encouraged Australia and its allies to stand up to China in the South China Sea andconductfreedom of navigationexercises.

The former CIA Director oversaw the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is one of the most respected military leaders of his generation, though he was forced toresignin 2012 from his position as chief spybecause of an extramarital affair.

General Petraeus also suggested Australia may have to take the lead in combating Islamic State in the Philippines. Fairfax Media revealed on Friday that RAAF spy planes are set to join the fight against Islamic State in that country.

The general described MalcolmTurnbullas a “war-time prime minister” andsaid he would have to grapple with when, and to what extent, Australia should intervene in regional disputes.

“There will be some [conflicts], like in the Philippines for example, where Australia will either lead or play a very significant or Mali, where the French took the lead, but you will still even their see very significant contributions from the United States.”

He predicted “at least a generational struggle” against radical Islam, suggested the West would need to get used to “lone wolf” attacks as have in Melbourne, London, Paris and beyond and flagged the danger of a “virtual caliphate”, and dispersed Islamic radicals around the world, once the Islamic State was defeated in Syria and Iraq.

“You can eliminate all the ground vestiges of this [Islamic State], and there is still going to be the internet.”

Australia and its regional allies needed to be firm with China, which has built and then militarisedartificial islands in the South China Sea within a so-called nine dash line area, General Petraeus said.

He called on Australia to follow the United States’ example and conduct a so-called freedom of navigation (FONOP) naval exercise within the 12-nautical-mile zone around the islands claimed by China.

“We don’t have to have brass bands and fanfare, but it should be done… and if it can be done as a coalition, it says much more,” he said.

Freedom of navigation exercises are “hugely important..we have to be firm.”

“The nine dash line is an outrageous assertion [of Chinese sovereignty over the South China Sea] that is completely withoutfoundation in international law, as we found when the Philippines tooktheircase to theworld court and the case was decided in their favour.”

He also suggested the Obama administration had made promises to sail or fly anywhere within the contested area but missed key opportunities to stand up to China.

“There were opportunitieswhen those islands were first being constructed where we could have said ok, we will help the Philippines build theirs [islands], we will help Vietnam, and Malaysia wants to get in to the act.”

Those three countries are among the nations contesting China’s claim to sovereignty.

The general, who was at one point in the running for the jobs of Secretary of State and National Security Adviser in the Trump administration, critiqued the President on four key policy areas: pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, building a border wall between Mexico and the United States, and pulling out the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The United States would likely meet its Paris emissions reduction targets regardless, General Petraeus said, but pulling out of the agreement sent the wrong message to international partners.

On the border wall, he pointed out that net flow of migrants between the two nations was currently towards Mexico.

The fourth issue was the continued “ambivalence about the US leading the rules-based international order”.

“I do believe that the UnitedStates has tocontinue to exercise its leadership…we have a pragmatic president, heis someone who showed he will do what is necessary to get elected, and now he will do what he needs to do to be successful”.​

He outlined five lessons to be learned from the past 15 years in the Middle East in the fight against Islamic extremism.

1. Ungoverned spaces will be exploited by Islamic extremists. 2. “Las Vegas rules do not apply”- what happens in radicalised pockets of the world does not stay there, and violence and refugees are exported around the world. 3. In most cases, the US is going to have to lead, but partner with regional allies. 4. Acomprehensive approach is needed – Islamic state andAl Qaeda can’t just be defeated by drones strikes or special forces. 5. “We are engaged in a generational struggle.”

The Age

How a trip to Jacqui Lambie’s sons’ school helped save Gonski

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Visit St Brendan-Shaw College in Devonport and you’ll find a chapel overlooking the sea, a cricket fieldand couple of asphalt tennis courts.
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The modern facilities are a step up from the local public high school, but it’s not King’s School or Melbourne Grammar. There’s no swimming pool or equestrian centre. Most of the students are working and middle-class kids whose families want them to get a good Catholic education.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie discuss the detail in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

For Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie, it will always be a special place.

As she explained in an emotional speech to the Senate in March, Lambie found herself at the “bottom of the crap pile” when she was medically discharged from the army in 2000. A single mum on the disability support pension, Lambie couldn’t afford the fees, but St Brendan-Shaw allowed her sons to attend free of charge for three years.

It’s something she’s still grateful for.

Simon Birmingham with Senator Pauline Hanson in the Senate on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

So when Education Minister Simon Birmingham was courting Lambie to support his Gonski 2.0 school funding model, she knew where to take him. With a Senate vote looming, Birmingham flew to Tasmania this month and spent half a day with Lambie at St Brendan-Shaw talking education policy.

It was to prove a trip worth making.

Wedded to the “Gonski1.0″model it devised when in office, Labor was implacably opposed to the government’s changes. Pure politics made a deal with the Greens look shaky. Small-government senators DavidLeyonhjelm​and CoryBernardi​wouldn’t vote for extra spending on schools.

The government has sealed a deal on school funding thanks in part to the support of the Nick Xenophon Team. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

This meant Birmingham would have to win over the other 10 members of the Senate crossbench – including Lambie. There was no room for error and everything was on the line. The government would head into the six-week winter parliamentary break on a euphoric high or a crushing low.

Securing Lambie’s vote wouldn’t be easy. With a short fuse and an aversion to spending restraint, she almost never votes with the government. An analysis conducted earlier this year shows she has sided with the Coalition just 30 per cent of the time on substantive votes in this Parliament.

Senator Chris Back and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham during debate on the Australian Education Amendment Bill. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Lambie was also worried about Catholic schools. Under Birmingham’s new model, funding for Catholic schools would keep growing but less generously than under the current legislation. With reduced funding, Lambie wondered, would schools like St Brendan-Shaw still be able to help out struggling families?

Birmingham left Tasmania hopeful, but not assured. Lambie hadn’t committed to voting yes, neither had she ruled it out. He was still in the game.

Senator Derryn Hinch during debate on the Australian Education Amendment Bill in the Senate on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The Coalition’s about-faceSix weeks earlier, analert had gone out from the Prime Minister’s office. The PM was to holda surprise press conference with Birmingham in Sydney. As journalists arrived,they noticed there were three lecterns. Who else, they wondered, would appear?

When Turnbull and Birmingham strode out alongside David Gonski, Australia’s school funding debate turned on its head.

The respected businessman had conducted the landmark review into school funding for Julia Gillard in 2011. His name had become shorthand for Labor’s big-spending funding deals with the states.Now here he was, standing alongside a Liberal PM and education minister endorsing their policies.

It was a stunning moment that had been months in the making. Liberal insiders still can’t believe they pulled it off without it leaking.

When he became education minister in 2015, Birmingham knew he faced a wicked political and policy dilemma. He would never get Tony Abbott’s 2014 policy, whichwould reduce school funding by $30 billion over a decade, through the Senate.But he would never be given enough money to match Labor’s school funding promises.

So he had to find a way through. Soon after taking the job, with the help of then-NSW education minister Adrian Piccoli, he reached out to Gonski for advice. And he continued to consult with him over coming months as he developed his plan for a new school-funding model.

Birmingham believed he could get Gonski’s approval for a plan that delivered less funding than Labor but distributed it in a fairer way.

Turnbull, friends with Gonski since childhood, had even bigger ideas. He believed he could convince the media-shy businessman to go public in a way that could capture people’s attention.

“Without his endorsement, this would never have got off the ground,” a senior Liberal source says. “He gave us a feather to fly with.”

At the press conference, Turnbull boldly declared he would “bring the school funding wars” to an end with his $18.6 billion spending plan.

He was far too optimistic.

The Catholic education sector quickly unleashed a fierce campaign against the government, with warnings of parish schools closing and fees soaring by $5000 a year.

Birmingham privately admits he didn’t see the backlash coming. He knew the Catholics wouldn’t be happy to lose their prized funding arrangements, but the ferocity of their response caught him by surprise.

In the days after the announcement, Coalition MPs’ inboxes soon started filling with emails from concerned Catholic parents. By providing his colleagues with school-by-school figures for their electorates that showedfunding going up, Birmingham headed off a party room revolt. A landmine, though, was threatening to explode.

After eight years in Parliament, low-profile WA Liberal senator Chris Back announced his retirement last week. A former member of the WA Catholic Education Commission, Back had told Birmingham privately he couldn’t vote for the legislation as it stood. On Monday he went public with a threat to cross the floor.

All Birmingham’s work to sway the crossbench, including agreeing to $5 billion in extra spending,was at risk of coming to nothing.

In the end, the promise of a one-year reprieve before Catholic schools lost their cherished systemic funding agreements locked in Back’s vote.

It looked dangerously close to the “special deals” Birmingham had railed against but, at a cost of just $50 million, it was worth it. The concession also helped get Lambie, the 10th and final vote required, over the line. Thanking Birmingham for taking the time to visit her state, she reluctantly announced:”I am swayed by what he’s doing.”

And she held firm,despite the efforts of Catholic education lobbyists who camped outside her office on Thursday in a bid to change her mind.After squeaking through the Senate a few hours earlier, the amended bill passed through the House of Representatives at 2.01am on Friday.

The art of compromiseBrinkmanshipis vital for the Turnbullgovernment. Each of its major legislative wins – the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the company tax cuts and now school funding – has had to survive theturbulent guard of the Senate crossbench, with mixed results.

Recall, for instance, the watered-downABCCincluded a two-year transition period demanded by Victorian senatorDerrynHinchin exchange for his support. Months later, he backflipped, having undertaken a listening tour over the summer, and helped the government restore some of the commission’s teeth.

Hinchwas also at the centre of comical manoeuvring over the so-called backpacker tax, oscillatingbetween four different positions in four days, staging rambling press conferences in the centre of Parliament, before the government went around the crossbench and reached a deal with the Greens for a 15 per cent tax.

Despite the shambolic process, in each case the government has ended up getting pretty much what it wanted. It has had to compromise, certainly – most notably on its enterprise tax plan, where the Senate would only accept tax cuts for companies with turnover less than $50 million.

“Onany view of the world,the Senate has largely passed the government’sreforms with the corners rubbed off – and it was ever thus,” says John Daley, executive director of the Grattan Institute, who strongly backsthe revisedGonski2.0 package, and views the crossbench’s amendments as an improvement.

The national resourcing body to oversee school funding”makes a lot of sense”, Daley says,given the historical fights over school funding and bickering between the Commonwealth and the states. He also gives the shorter implementation time frame a tick. “Bringing the schools at the bottom up faster is a good thing,” he says.

More broadly, Daley arguesthis week’s success undermines the claim that governments’agendas are beinghamstrung by the Senate. That idea has been pushed by former prime minister Tony Abbott, who earlier this year warned the Senate had become “a house of rejection” rather than a house of review, and was delivering “gridlock, not government”.

And in a well-publicised speech in February, chairman and former Treasury boss Ken Henry lamented the state of politics, arguing it was mired in “dysfunction”, and fuelled by populism and tribal tensions within parties. While his criticism was chiefly directed at a failure to tackle big-picture economic and taxation reform, he also took aim at the “shambles” of climate change and energy policy.

Daley, also frustrated by the breakdown of climate policy in recent years, says the Turnbull government’s energy plans “by and large look pretty sensible”. This week the PM confirmed he would proceed with parts of Chief Scientist AlanFinkel’s​review, including controls on gas exports, and abolishing a merits review process by which transmission companies have gouged consumers for extra cash.

A proposed Clean Energy Target, however, remains more contentious, with members of the Coalition party room already publicly positioning against it. As the next cab off the rank, expect that issue to bubble away over the winter break and into the second half of the year.

In Daley’s view, the government’s steady, orderly pace to reform is working, even when subject to compromise.

“They haven’tpickedoff too much at once.They’re onlytrying to land threereally significant reforms at the moment,” he says, naming school funding, higher education and energy. “Andthey’re happy to sequence them. Oneof the things Ithinkwe have learnt – orre-learnt –is you cannot get too much through at once. You run out ofbandwidth. That’s certainly acriticismthat was levelled at the Rudd government.”

‘Something to talk about’Celebrating the Gonski win on Friday, abeaming, fist-pumping Malcolm Turnbull declared he had landed “the biggest reform in Commonwealth school funding ever”, and the school funding wars “should now be over”. He conceded the extra $5 billion in expenditure –$1.5 billion over the forward estimates –”wasn’t what we planned to do”, but acknowledged getting out the chequebook was often “what you need to do to get legislation passed”.

“The alternative is that you don’t get anything done,” Turnbull observed, taking the opportunity to once again note the government had exceeded the expectations of those who believed it was “in office but not in power”.

One government frontbencher with a trained political eye believes this week’s deal is a big win, though not necessarily a game-changer.”We had a legacy problem where we made a major mistake,” he says, namely the horror 2014 Abbott budget which defined the Coalition’s position on school funding as one of mammoth cuts.

Now, nervous marginal seat MPs can stride into schools in their electorates and put a dollar figure on the amount of new money theywill get under Turnbull. Even Abbott, who complained in party room meetings about the affordability of extra expenditure on schools, was worried about Catholic schools in his Broken Bay diocese losing out.

Unlike the construction watchdog or the company tax cuts, Gonski 2.0could be a barbecue stopper. “Education funding doesn’t matter to parents,schools do,” the frontbencher observes. “This is why the marginal seat members, even the Catholics, [are saying] they’re happy with this,because it gives them something to talk about.”

That doesn’t mean he believes Malcolm Turnbull will catch much of a break in the polling stakes.

“I don’t think think the polls will change. Any politician who is looking for an applauding electorate is in the wrong game,” he says. “Your achievements are your banked credibility for your next series of promises. And we have a much better story to tell than we did two months ago.”

Hawks still chasing runaway Panthers

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Cardiff Hawks coach Nathan Harkness is certain his side can bridge the gap further on unbeaten Black Diamond AFL leaders Terrigal-Avoca despitea 53-point loss atHylton Moore Oval on Saturday.
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Panther Corey Billins

Ryan Webster and Daniel Heuston had four goals each for the Panthers, who kicked six majors to the Hawks’ one in the first quarter to take control of the round 11 game from the outset. Terrigal-Avoca, who claimed the first encounter this year with Cardiff by 80 points, went on to win13.12(90) to5.7(37).

Cardiff were without Tom Quade, Jack Pratt, Cam Jones, Nick Kocon and leading goalkicker Aaron Wivell because of injury. Harkness said the Panthers “were just too good” on Saturday and were the team to beat, but he was confident the second-placed Hawks could challenge with all hands on deck.

“One hundredper cent we can,” Harkness said.“It’s just a matter of us getting there. Hopefully it’s swings and roundabouts come the end of the year.”

The Hawks were missing “three-quarters of their forward line” but Harkness said the Panthers were also understrength and his side needed to improve.

“Our skills were terrible, their pressure was awesome, they were ready to go and we just didn’t come for the game,” he said. “They are a really good, solid unit and with that many changes, it hasn’t helped us gel.

“They had a few out as well, but it’s not about outs. We just chopped the ball up every time we went forward and turned it over. It was terrible and probably one of the worst games we’ve played.”

Elsewhere, Nelson Bay beat Killarney Vale 18.6(114) to 6.6(42) at Dick Burwell Oval and Warners Bay lost 9.10(64) to 8.9(57) to Newcastle City at Feighan Oval.

Austin Clark, James Hart, Matthew Shortal, Peter Van Dam andCorey Billins each kicked one goal each for the Panthers, whileJosh Murphy had four for the Hawks.

Jayden Rymer booted five goals for Nelson Bay, who also hadMathew Dews (three), Todd Thornton, Luke Price andJye Clayden (two each)as multiple scorers.

Courtney Knight, Liam Dwyer andPatrick Gillingham had two majors each for Newcastle City.