After surviving Ebola, Liberian icon dies giving birth

In November 2014, Salome Karwah of Liberia graced the cover of Time magazine as a symbol of strength and humanity after surviving Ebola and using her experience to help others with the virus.

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But last month, Karwah died shortly after giving birth to her fourth child – and her husband blames the stigma attached to Ebola.

“My wife died because she was not catered to by nurses and doctors. The reason, I believe, is because she is an Ebola survivor,” James Harris said.

“I am saying this because I heard some nurses telling friends not to go near my wife because she is a survivor.”

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa starting in 2013, which hit Liberia the hardest, infected nearly 29,000 people by conservative estimates, killing more than a third.

Karwah worked as a counsellor for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) after recovering from Ebola in the summer of 2014, helping others to cope with the psychological toll of the hemorrhagic fever.

One evening in February, Harris said, his wife was admitted to hospital in the capital, Monrovia, where she gave birth by caesarian section.

She returned home just two days later, telling her husband that some of the nurses refused to touch her.

James Harris, the widower of Salome Kwarwah and his children.AAP

‘She did not deserve this’

Complications soon developed, and Harris rushed to hospital seeking help. His concerns were dismissed by one doctor, and he was told to go to a pharmacy to buy an injection for his wife.

The medication was nowhere to be found, however, and Karwah was dead shortly afterwards.

“My wife was an Ebola survivor. She contracted the virus during the outbreak and she recovered,” Harris said, bouncing the healthy new baby on his knee.

“She saved lives, she held babies who had Ebola, and she helped them to get better. She did not deserve this kind of treatment.” 

Karwah lost her parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece to Ebola, according to ‘Time’.

In an article for ‘The Guardian’ in October 2014, Karwah wrote of the Ebola survivors she helped: “I help them with all my might because I understand the experience – I’ve been through the very same thing.”

Her photograph was chosen for the cover of Time when those fighting the Ebola outbreak were named person of the year.

The hospital has refused to comment on her death, but Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, told AFP that the authorities were investigating the case.

Karwah’s brother, Reginald Karwah, said her body was tested for Ebola and the result came back negative.

Many Ebola survivors continue to suffer high levels of shame and discrimination, which has been exacerbated by findings that the virus can stay in certain parts of the body for at least nine months after a patient has recovered.

Liberia also has some of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, according to the United Nations.

The UN’s Population Fund has said that access to life-saving care has deteriorated since the Ebola outbreak because of the strain it has inflicted on the country’s fragile health system.

Smith, Kohli swap barbs in Bangalore

Tensions bubbled over early on day two of the second cricket Test in Bangalore, where opposing skippers Steve Smith and Virat Kohli were involved in several heated verbal clashes.

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Batsman Smith and fielding skipper Kohli repeatedly swapped barbs throughout Sunday morning – even at the drinks break when they were separated by a couple of metres.

Michael Clarke suggested it was a clear attempt from India captain Kohli to unsettle his Australian counterpart following the home team’s unexpected struggles early in the four-Test series.

“Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are going at it. Between overs Virat was into Steve Smith. It looks like Smith is going back as well,” former Australia skipper Clarke said on Star Sports.

“It’s the pressure here, it might be getting to both teams.

“Smith has made a lot of runs in the last 12 months … I can’t recall anybody getting under his skin or saying a word to him.

“Virat (has decided) … we’re not going to sit here and allow Steve Smith to play his game. I want to try and stir him up and get something out of the Australian captain.”

Smith dug in for 52 deliveries but finally fell on eight, triggering wild celebrations from Kohli and his teammates.

Smith scored arguably the best century of his Test career in Pune then declared India were “under a bit of pressure” following Australia’s shock 333-run first Test win.

Kohli’s response was terse.

“Does it look like it (India are under pressure)? I’m pretty relaxed. I’m happy. I’m smiling. It’s fine – his views and whatever he wants to say,” he snapped.

“I know these mind games.”

The talented batsmen have a history of on-field spats.

Kohli was fined for remonstrating with Smith during a 2014 Test at Adelaide Oval, while Smith took exception to a send-off at the same venue during a Twenty20 in 2016.

Things first became heated in the 22nd over on Sunday, when umpire Nigel Llong was forced to play peacemaker during an incident involving Smith, Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Matt Renshaw.

Ashwin, pumped up after clean bowling David Warner with a cracking offbreak, was furious Smith scored a single off his first delivery.

The offspinner raged at Renshaw, who was standing at the non-striker’s end, for blocking his path to the ball. Kohli also gave the 20-year-old opener a spray.

Those words prompted Smith to become involved, at which point Long attempted to intervene.

Smith and Ashwin, who are teammates at Indian Premier League franchise Pune, swapped a few more barbs before calm was temporarily restored.

“Renshaw at the age of 20, he won’t back down at all. He’s got the right to stand there and hold his ground,” Brett Lee said on Star.

“A bit of niggle there and that’s healthy.”

Llong had a long chat with Kohli at the end of that over, presumably asking him to ensure there was no repeat.

China pledges to make skies blue again

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has pledged to make the country’s smoggy skies blue again and “work faster” to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity.

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His words to delegates at the opening of the annual National People’s Congress on Sunday highlight how public discontent has made reducing smog, the most visible of China’s environment problems, a priority for the leadership.

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The 10-day event got underway under a sunny blue sky, thanks to heavy gusts from the north that cleared away the unhealthy gray from the day before.

Protests have increasingly broken out in cities where residents oppose the building of chemical plants and garbage incinerators, as China’s middle class grows increasingly vocal in awareness of the dangers of pollution.

In a report to China’s ceremonial legislature, Li said that “people are desperately hoping for” faster progress to improve air quality.

“We will make our skies blue again,” he declared to almost 3,000 delegates in the Great Hall of the People.

He said the government intends over the next year to step up work to upgrade coal-fired power plants to achieve ultra-low emissions and energy conservation, and prioritise the integration of renewable energy sources into the electricity grid.

Integration problems have arisen because China has added wind and solar power at a faster rate than the grid has expanded.

That capacity is then wasted when grid operators choose to use traditional energy sources, including coal, over renewables.

Despite China’s lingering dependence on coal plants, its consumption of the energy source fell in 2016 for a third year in a row. Coal now makes up 62 per cent of China’s total energy consumption mix.

Building on publicly available real-time and hourly readings from coal plants and other factories, Li said: “All key sources of industrial pollution will be placed under round-the-clock online monitoring.”

Environmental groups welcome the disclosure of such data because it allows the public to directly supervise the emissions of plants in their areas.

Lauri Myllyvirta, senior coal campaigner for Greenpeace, said they had expected the government to announce a speeding up of measures because air pollution is supposed to hit targets this year that were laid down in 2013.

They include a 25-per cent reduction in the density of fine particulate matter – a gauge of air pollution – in Beijing and the surrounding region from 2012 levels.

“It will require very dramatic steps to achieve those targets for this year,” Myllyvirta said.

Li also said the government would ramp up efforts to deal with vehicle emissions by working faster to take old vehicles off the roads and encourage the use of clean-energy cars.

Environmental laws and regulations would be strictly enforced and officials who failed to do so would be held “fully accountable,” he said, without giving details. Local officials have often been lax at enforcing regulations on companies that contribute to economic growth in their areas.

No US military action against North Korea without South’s approval: Moon

“All South Koreans have worked so hard together to rebuild the country from the ruins of the Korean War,” Moon told a press conference marking his first 100 days in office.

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“I will prevent war at all cost,” he added. “So I want all South Koreans to believe with confidence that there will be no war.”

Tensions have soared in recent months over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions, which have seen it subjected to a seventh round of United Nations Security Council sanctions.

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Last week the North threatened to send a salvo of missiles towards the US territory of Guam — although it appears to have backed off for now. US President Donald Trump has promised “fire and fury” and said that Washington’s weapons were “locked and loaded”. 

The intense rhetoric on both sides has raised fears of a miscalculation leading to catastrophic consequences — Pyongyang has vast artillery forces deployed within range of Seoul, where millions of people live.

But Moon said Seoul effectively had a veto on military action by the US, its security ally and protector.  

“No one can make a decision on military action on the Korean peninsula without our agreement,” he said. 

“The US and President Trump also said, no matter what option they take about North Korea, all decisions will be made after consulting with and getting agreement with the Republic of Korea.”

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Moon, who visited Washington at the end of June, declined to criticise Trump’s rhetoric towards the North that has raised alarm among observers.

“US President Trump is trying to pressure North Korea by showing a firm resolution,” he said. “I don’t think that he is trying to show a certain willingness to launch military action.”

In the past Moon, a left-leaning former human rights lawyer, has urged engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, in addition to sanctions — an approach that raised concerns it could create divisions with Washington.

But since coming to power his gestures have been rebuffed by Pyongyang, and Moon played down the urgency of dialogue.

“I don’t think we must rush into it,” he said.

For talks to take place, he said, “there must be a guarantee that it will lead to a fruitful outcome. 

“North Korea must at least end additional provocations to create the mood for dialogue.”

Only then could Seoul consider sending an envoy to the North, he added.

“The red line would be North Korea completing its ICBM and mounting it with a nuclear warhead and weaponising it,” he added.

“If North Korea launches another provocation, it will face even stronger sanctions and it will not be able to survive them. I would like to warn North Korea to end its dangerous gamble.”

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John Howard gets a library card

Former Australian prime minister John Howard wants to be clear the older Parliament House is his favourite of the two.

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Mr Howard visited his old haunt in Canberra on Thursday to inspect the site of a new library bearing his name.

“The atmosphere of this house is better, it’s more intimate, it’s more personal. I think people fraternised a lot more,” he told students in the old House of Representatives chamber.

The Howard Library will be housed in the rooms in Old Parliament House where the then-treasurer used to take part in morning leadership meetings.

From a pair of his infamous tracksuits to a gift of golden shears, it will hold a collection of official documents, personal papers and memorabilia from the Howard years.

The library itself is being billed as apolitical and non-partisan but following a string of libraries named after former Labor prime ministers, its establishment is significant, Mr Howard said.

“I would argue, ever so gently, if you look at years in office and significant achievements, the Liberal Party has been Australia’s most successful political party,” he said.

With the collection still in its embryonic stages, Mr Howard said the purpose of the library was to provide a “warts and all” record of his government.

“I’m very humbled by it,” he said.

The library is being established and funded by the University of New South Wales Canberra.

Library director Tom Frame said this could be considered the first prime ministerial library since none of the others contained official prime ministerial papers.

He hopes it will encourage more people to engage with politics in an informed way.

“It is important that a rising generation of Australians understand a period of government which in many ways was unparalleled in the stability it brought both to government and public life,” Professor Frame said.

The library is expected to open to the public early next year.

Retired US judge delivers verdict on Australia’s ‘postal plebiscite’

In the audience at London’s National Theatre sits a woman who, 14 years earlier in the United States, triggered a legal and social earthquake.

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In 2003, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, ruled that denying same-sex couples the right to marry was a violation of their constitutional rights.

Her landmark 50-page decision paved the way for hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples to marry.

Those marriages began to take place across America and around the globe.

On this night, the cast of the self-described ‘gay fantasia’, Angels in America, gave Chief Justice Marshall a standing ovation.

She was immediately – and gently – mobbed by tearful members of the audience.

“Thank you” were the only words most could muster.

It was a deeply emotional and unexpected experience.

Same-sex marriage has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland since 2013.

SBS reporter Brett Mason asked the former Chief Justice for her verdict on the upcoming same-sex marriage plebiscite in Australia.

“I wouldn’t judge another nation, but I am surprised that people anywhere in the world don’t understand yet what it means for people to love one another. It doesn’t matter what their gender, what their origins, where they come from. And I just hope that we won’t have to wait for too much longer before everyone in the world can be in love with and marry who they choose to.”

Backstage, actor James McArdle, recites the most famous passage of her judgement.

” ‘Civil marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.’ ”

He’s less diplomatic about the tone of Australia’s same-sex marriage debate.

“The fact that this has been given to the public as ‘an opinion’ I think is an insult. I really think it’s insulting. The fact we’re even having this discussion I think will be an embarrassment in years to come.”

A decade before her landmark ruling, Margaret Marshall sat in the very same theatre when Angels in America – a form of artistic activism, transporting audiences to 1980s America and the height of the AIDS crisis – premiered.

It had a profound, personal impact.

So she returned, 25 years later, to witness its 21st century revival.

The former Chief Justice says many of its themes – sexuality, race, gender, inequality, nationalism, fear and prejudice – remain just as fraught today.

“I think there is a hint of sadness that everything still feels as if we have so far to go.”

Angels in America is a work of fiction, but for many, 25 years on, the struggles it depicts are as real – and raw – as ever.

 

Trump tweets praise for North Korea’s decision to ‘watch and wait’

Delivering the message on his favourite platform, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Kim Jong Un made “a very wise and well reasoned decision.

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The alternative, he said “would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”

President Trump stunned the world last week by warning North Korea it faced “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the US or its allies with its ballistic missile program.

The comments, while on what he calls “a working holiday” in New Jersey, were widely interpreted as raising the prospect of a nuclear confrontation between the US and North Korea.

Speaking during a trip to South America, US Vice President Mike Pence maintains all options are still on the table.

“The era of strategic patience is over. Literally for decades the world community has practised a patience with North Korea in the hopes that they would some day abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, and all along the way North Korea has simply used delay and used feigned negotiations to continue in their headlong rush to obtain usable nuclear weapons and a ballistic missile program and the President has made it clear that those days are over.”

But he did hint at some optimism.

“We believe that the ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure being brought to bear by our allies in the region, by allies here in Latin America and renewed pressure by China itself is resulting in, what we believe, represent glimmers of hope that we can achieve by peaceful means which nations around the world have sought on the Korean peninsula now for decades.”

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, also on a visit to South America, says options for economic sanctions against North Korea have been exhausted.

“Regarding the means of influence on Pyongyang in order to make them fulfil the UN Security Council resolutions – we are absolutely certain that possibilities for economic pressure have been exhausted. We can’t support some of our partners’ ideas which are directed at economic suffocation of North Korea with all the tragic negative economic consequences for its citizens.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says it’s time now to focus on diplomacy rather than rhetoric.

“It is so important to dial down rhetoric and to dial up diplomacy. For my part I want to repeat that my good offices are always available, and I conveyed this message yesterday to the representatives of the six-party talks. The solution to this crisis must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate.”

 

Bush presidents add their voices to mounting anti-racism chorus

It came as a memorial was held in the Virginian city of Charlottesville for Heather Heyer, the 32 year-old woman killed when a man suspected of being a white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters last weekend.

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At the memorial, Heather Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, urged forgiveness, saying her daughter’s death would serve to fight injustice.

“I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a chord is because we know that what she did is achievable. We don’t all have to die. We don’t all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up, well guess what? You just magnified her.”

The Democrat Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, called for unity.

“Our nation is a nation of immigrants. It is that great mosaic tile that has made us the great United States of America and as we go forward from this memorial service, let Heather Heyer be an inspiration to all of us to do good, to put your hand out, to help one another.”

President Donald Trump has been criticised by Democrats and Republicans: firstly, for his slowness to denounce the white nationalists at the centre of the protests and violence in Charlottesville, then for saying the anti-racism protestors were equally to blame.

While some Republicans have voiced their condemnation of the movements towards white nationalism, now for the first time two former presidents have added their voices to the mounting criticism.

George HW Bush and his son, George W Bush, issued a veiled rebuke of the current occupant of the White House.

In a joint statement they said, “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms”.

Meanwhile, Confederate monuments have been removed overnight in Baltimore, Maryland, and other US cities as a campaign to erase symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South gathers momentum across the United States.

Catherine Pugh, the Mayor of Baltimore, explained her decision to quickly and quietly remove them.

“The city charter says if the Mayor wants to protect, or feels she needs to protect, the public and keep her community safe, she has the right to keep her community safe. And I felt that the best way to remove the monuments was to remove them overnight.”

Amidst the fallout from the mounting anger at the Trump presidency over the issue, Donald Trump has ended two of his advisory panels after prominent members quit.

He’s tweeted that he’s winding up both the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy and Policy Forum, so as not to put pressure on the businesspeople who made up those panels.

Earlier, the CEOs of Campbell Soup and 3M resigned from the manufacturing council, and other business leaders faced pressure to take more dramatic action.

Vice President Mike Pence is standing by Mr Trump, and is calling for unity.

“What happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy and the President has been clear on this tragedy and so have I. In America we will not allow the few to divide the many. The strength of the United States of America is always strongest, as the President has always said so eloquently, when we are united around our shared values and so it will always be.”

Abroad, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said there is no equivalence between fascists and white nationalists and those who protest to oppose them.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says racism has to be stood up to, every time.

But perhaps one of the strongest public comments came from Tim Kaine, the Democrat Senator from Virginia.

He spoke after the memorial service in Charlottesville for Heather Heyer.

“There is an absence of moral leadership in the Oval Office right now. This is the kind of moment where the nation needs a leader, somebody who can call upon on our better angels to bring us together, that is absent from the White House now.”

 

Macron gets boost as Fillon crisis deepens

Former investment banker Emmanuel Macron has cemented his status as favourite to win the French presidency as his conservative rival, Francois Fillon, came under renewed pressure to pull out because of a deepening financial scandal.

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For the first time since the line up of candidates became clear, a poll on Friday showed Macron finishing ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the opening round. It came a day after he promised a blend of fiscal discipline and stimulus to strengthen a feeble economic recovery.

As the independent centrist’s campaign built momentum, Fillon’s camp was mired in a crisis of confidence, buffeted by a string of resignations among his close advisers and backers.

The same poll showed that if the 62-year-old stepped down and was replaced by another former prime minister, Alain Juppe, it would be Juppe who wins in the first round, with Le Pen eliminated.

A source in Juppe’s entourage said the 71-year-old – who lost to Fillon in the November primaries – was “ready to take part in the search for a solution”.

Juppe, himself convicted in 2004 for misuse of public funds, has until now ruled out a comeback. “No is no,” he tweeted last month.

Fillon this week promised to fight “to the end” despite the deepening financial scandal over his wife’s pay that could see him placed under formal investigation for misuse of public funds later this month.

He has complained of judicial and media bias that amounted to a “political assassination”. Several former supporters have since deserted him, saying they cannot support him given those attacks on the judiciary.

On Friday his chief spokesman, Thierry Solere, joined their ranks along with another senior Republican, Dominique Bussereau. Solere did not say why he was quitting.

In a further blow, a source close to the UDI said the centre-right party was set to withdraw its support too.

McIlroy two ahead in Mexico despite short misses at finish

The Northern Irishman missed a four-foot par putt at the 17th hole and then horseshoed-out from three feet at the last for a six-under-par 65 at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

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“Starting the day I would have taken 65, but I feel like I could have been a few more ahead,” McIlroy told Golf Channel after posting a nine-under 133 total.

Americans Phil Mickelson (68) and Justin Thomas (66) and Englishman Ross Fisher (68) were equal second on seven-under, with world number one Dustin Johnson (66) among a trio one stroke further back.

Four-times major champion McIlroy, 27, is playing just his second event of the year, after missing six weeks due to a rib injury.

“I tried to approach this week, not with low expectations, but just to see how it went,” said the former world number one. “My body feels good, which is the most important thing I think.”

On a day when the holes seemed to have magnets, several players holed out from long range, none more spectacularly than McIlroy, whose approach at the 14th landed left of the green, but took a fortunate sideways bounce and trickled into the hole.

“I cut a little nine-iron in there, trying to take a bit of distance off it,” he said. “It’s always a bonus to hole shots like that. It’s the second shot this year I’ve holed with that nine-iron so it’s been a good club for me.”

Mickelson, meanwhile, had to call his brother Tim out of the gallery on the fourth hole when regular caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay was unable to continue due to a stomach illness.

But the 46-year-old Mickelson did not miss a beat, carding a 68 to stay near the lead.

Mickelson oozed praise about the course and the options it provided players.

“You can hit driver on every hole and with the altitude you can really try to overpower it,” he said.

“However, the trees are so thick and dense you don’t have a recovery shot, so you have to hit the fairway. You can play aggressive on some holes and conservative on others based on how you feel.”

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

NSW Police find body of boy in Murray River

The body of a five-year-old son was found in the Murray River at Moama, the police have confirmed.

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Divers discovered the body about 11.35am on Saturday.

His body is yet to be formally identified but police believe it to be that of the five-year-old son of a 27-year-old woman who is alleged to have tried to drown both her sons on Thursday.

The boy’s nine-year-old brother is in a stable condition at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

NSW Police on Saturday upgraded the charge against the 27-year-old woman to attempted murder.

The mother faces one charge of attempted murder relating to the nine-year-old and did not attend her scheduled court hearing at Deniliquin Local Court on Saturday morning.

Another charge is expected to be filed, police say. 

The 27-year-old turned herself in to police in Echuca, on the NSW-Victoria border, on Thursday night after she was apparently attacked by a dog at the scene of the incident.

The woman’s older son, aged nine, was also mauled and was taken to hospital but authorities spent Friday scouring the river for the younger boy, aged five, but couldn’t find him.

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Police divers scouring the river will be assisted by Marine Rescue NSW, Echuca Moama Search and Rescue and the SES on Saturday.

The boy’s mother was released from jail a month ago.

NSW police have said further charges relating to the five-year-old will depend on the result of the search.

The nine-year-old son is in hospital in Melbourne after also suffering serious dog bites on Thursday evening.

Fairfax Media reports the woman appeared via video-link in a Bendigo court on Friday where a detective said she’d “made full admissions about her role and told police of her ‘intention to kill both children'”.

The court also heard she had allegedly told witnesses she “had to drown my babies”.

WA election: Party denies using ‘fake’ independents

The Flux Party is standing by its decision to run 26 upper house independent candidates who will all preference it in next weekend’s WA state election.

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The new micro party says it’s being “innovative and pragmatic” in using the electoral system to maximise its result and denies accusations it’s using “fake” independents.

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The key concept driving the strategy is that independents’ names will appear “above the line” on the upper house ballot paper.

“Considering that most people vote above the line, it’s an opportunity to capture more votes,” Flux campaign manager Daithi Gleeson told AAP.

He is unapologetic about the tactic, saying its for a “noble” purpose – to make Australian democracy better.

“We need to work within the system that we have to bring about the system that we want to have,” he said.

Competing against major parties who spend millions on advertising, Mr Gleeson said the Flux Party is using the mechanisms available.

Flux will also run 24 candidates under the actual Flux name across both the lower and upper houses.

Mr Gleeson is himself a Flux Party upper house candidate for the state’s southwest region.

Under the party’s unique tech-savvy model, representatives vote on legislation only as directed by a majority of Flux participants, who make their views known via a Flux phone app.

“There’s a lot of people who are really inspired and motivated by what we’re doing,” Mr Gleeson said.

The Flux Party doesn’t have a policy platform yet because it will be formed on a case by case basis by app users, as legislation comes before parliament.

Mr Gleeson said he is optimistic the party will win some seats in the March 11 election.

Pies stay alive with one-point AFLW win

Collingwood have kept their AFL Women’s finals hopes alive with a hard fought one-point victory over Fremantle in hot conditions at Rushton Park.

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With just one win from their opening four games, Collingwood had to win to remain in the finals race with two matches remaining.

They led by two goals when Jess Cameron scored a major just before half-time but two quick goals from Fremantle to open the second half set up a thrilling finish.

The Dockers dominated the final term as the temperature surpassed 30 degrees celsius but could only manage five behinds as Collingwood held on to win 5.2 (32) to 4.7 (31).

Collingwood star Moana Hope was held to just four kicks for one goal and one behind by Fremantle’s Tayla Bresland, but she did take a match-saving mark at half-back in the dying stages.

Nicola Stevens racked up 18 possessions and six marks for Collingwood with Melissa Kuys gathering 17 disposals, Jess Cameron 12 and Alicia Eva 12.

Lara Filocamo had 21 disposals for the Dockers, Dana Hooker 20 and Gemma Houghton 15.

Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman was relieved to come away with the win by a solitary point to keep his team’s hopes of a berth in the grand final alive.

“It’s always good to win a game of footy, especially to be the first Victorian side to travel interstate and win. That’s a good little moment,” Siekman said.

“It was a good learning experience for us. As the game went on you could see we were fatiguing and getting tired more than likely because of the heat but the road trip came into that a little bit too.”

Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan couldn’t fault her team’s effort but couldn’t hide her disappointment.

“We certainly had our chances. We had 32 inside 50s to 14 and had our opportunities throughout the whole game,” Cowan said.

“I’m devastated for the girls who have worked really hard and came out here to compete.

“I thought we played some really good footy but unfortunately were just off the result that we wanted.”

Fremantle will chase their first win of the season on Friday night against Carlton at Domain Stadium while Collingwood takes on the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Olympic Park Oval on Sunday, March 12.