Price of love: the real cost of tying the knot

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: Grant Hopson and Amanda Brodbeck were floored to find out how much a wedding costs these days. Photo: Barry Smith 101213BSD03LOCAL love-birds on the quest for the perfect wedding are forking out an average of $54,294 to tie the knot.

Bride to Be magazine’s most recent Cost of Love survey results show the total cost of the average Australian wedding is now a heart-stopping $54,294 – almost the same amount as the respondents’ average annual income.

In the past decade alone the cost of a wedding has almost doubled, according to Bride to Be editor Sarah Stevens.

Tamworth’s Amanda Brodbeck fiance Grant Hopson are in the process of planning their dream wedding.

The couple will say “I do” in front of about 100 guests at the picturesque Tangaratta Vineyard in November.

Like many modern brides,Ms Brodbeck said she was shocked to find out how much it would cost to turn her envisaged nuptials into reality.

“Gee wiz it’s pricey,” she said.

“Just everything in general.”

Even with “a bit of help” from both sets of parents, the cost of their special day is still smarting, Ms Brodbeck said.

“My parents are doing the traditional thing, buying my wedding gown, and my partner’s parents are contributing towards the bar and things like that, but it’s still ridiculous. It’s really a deposit for a house,” she said.

The 28-year-old has set a budget of $25,000 for the momentous occasion, excluding the honeymoon, but concedes they will probably go over it, as some things, such as lasting memories, are priceless.

“I don’t think you can budget for photography. It’s such a big thing to be able to look back on your special day in 50 years,” Ms Brodbeck said.

“I didn’t want something cheap, I wanted to make sure I get great photos.”

Although it is going to cost the couple a mint, Ms Brodbeck said she would not have it any other way.

“Every girl dreams of being a princess for the day and that’s what I’ve always dreamt of. Having the big white dress, beautiful flowers and the big cake. I’m loving it, I love (planning) it. I just can’t wait for the day to be here so I can see it all come together,” she said.

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Jets change their stripes for new shirt design

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Jets owner Nathan Tinkler’s Castle Quarry Products replaces his Hunter Ports on the front of the jersey. CQP is a sandmining operation at Fullerton Cove and is a division of Buildev.

NIB has remained as sleeve sponsor.

Jets commercial manager Mark Duffield-Thomas said negotiations with Aurizon, last season’s shorts sponsor, and other potential backers were continuing.

WesTrac has not renewed its sponsorship on the back of the playing shirt.

NIB, WesTrac and Aurizon had duel sponsorships with Hunter Sports Group when it owned the Jets and Knights.

Middleby said sponsorship and corporate sales were areas A-League clubs across the board were working hard to improve.

Jets memberships go on sale at noon today.

They start at $60 for a child and $120 for an adult, and Middleby was confident of increasing the 10,200 members from last season, despite the departure of marquee striker Emile Heskey.

“Membership prices are the same as last year and easily the most affordable in the A-League,” Middleby said.

Meanwhile, Josh Brillante has passed a medical and is expected to complete his move to Italian club Fiorentina in the next two days.

In other squad news, former Young Socceroos defender Sam Gallagher, 23, is expected to be offered a contract as early as today.

Maxwell considering retirement

Collingwood defender Nick Maxwell is contemplating retirement but a final call will not be made until he consults another specialist on Wednesday morning.

The former Magpies premiership skipper seriously injured his ankle in Sunday’s heavy loss to Essendon at the MCG and is mulling over his next move. It is understood one option under consideration is immediate retirement.

It was his first senior game back since round 11 after recovering from a calf injury. Maxwell appeared to be downbeat when he fulfilled his media work on Monday.

If Maxwell was to retire, it would be a major loss for a defence that has struggled in recent weeks.

Former West Coast Eagles premiership player Karl Langdon, now a radio commentator in Perth, tweeted on Tuesday night that Maxwell would retire.

“I believe Collingwood’s Nick Maxwell with retire tomorrow. Well done on your career. Not a star but had a crack,” he said.

It is understood Maxwell will not play on next year even if he decides to complete this season.

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No bail for alleged robber

ACCUSED IN CUSTODY: Armidale detectives allege they have seized the shotgun as well as other items of interest used in the weekend armed hold-up of a liquor store. Photo: NSW PoliceA WEE WAA man accused of using a shotgun to rob a terrified shop assistant in Armidale has failed in his bid to be released on bail.

Kirt McBow was arrested by local detectives on Monday afternoon in Armidale and charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, following the alleged hold-up on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old allegedly used a shotgun to rob Freddy’s Liquor Store in Queen Elizabeth Dr about 9pm before escaping with a sum of cash.

Detectives will allege they have seized the shotgun used in the armed hold-up, after a raid on an Armidale home.

Other items of interest were also seized during the execution of Monday’s search warrant that allegedly link McBow to the scene of the crime.

McBow was refused bail by police on Monday night and fronted an out-of-sessions bail hearing in Armidale Local Court yesterday morning.

But his fresh bail application was refused yesterday and he has been remanded in custody to reappear in Armidale Local Court later this month.

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NRL Power Rankings: Round 18 – Let’s not under-estimate the Warriors again

It’s hard not to under-estimate the Warriors but it’s time to concede they may very well be legitimate premiership contenders this year.

Due to an inferior for and against record they are sixth on the ladder, the lower of the three teams on 22 points, but they are only four points behind the leading trio of Manly, Penrith and Canterbury.

Like the Dragons, the Warriors bit the bullet early and fired a coach who was not getting results and for both teams, it has been a successful move.

Rookie supercoach McFadden has enhaned the attacking potency which had sporadically been a trademark of the Warriors – they lead the league in tries (70) and are second to the Roosters (92) in line breaks (85) – but they have become a better defensive team, ranked eighth, after a poor start to the year under Matthew Elliott in which they had 30-plus points put on them twice inside the first month.

A lot will be made about playing this side of the Tasman if they make the finals but that was not an issue in 2002 or 2011 when they carved through the playoffs to make the grand final. They have not earned the right to be considered one of the benchmark teams but they’re not far off it.

1. Bulldogs (1): Like their mascot, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Supercoach Hasler said it wasn’t pretty at times but the 6-4 win over the Storm in Melbourne continued Canterbury’s 2014 theme of grinding out victories when there’s only a point or two in it.

2. Sea Eagles (2): Apart from rookie winger Clint Gutherson’s hairstyle, supercoach Toovey’s team was the epitome of a very good rugby league team in their 40-8 demolition of Wests Tigers at Brookvale last Friday. They only made six line breaks but when the Sea Eagles get through a gap, they very rarely let the opportunity go to waste. The always-clever readers of LeagueHQ believe they’ll win the minor premiership – with more than 9000 votes in, Manly are leading our poll on who will finish first at the end of the regular season with nearly 40%.

3. Panthers (3): They very nearly coughed up a late 34-18 lead and if Matt Moylan’s late field goal was wide, you got the feeling Brisbane would have had the momentum to win in extra time.

4. Warriors (5): A cynic would say beating Parramatta 48-0 when Jarryd Hayne is out is not all it’s cracked up to be but even the Hayne Plane in full flight wouldn’t have been able to prevent a savage beating in Auckland last Saturday night.Three line breaks from fullback Sam Tomkins underlines the class he brings to the table at the Warriors.

5. Roosters (4): Had the bye/went into hiding after that loss to Cronulla the week before.

6. Rabbitohs (6): Had the bye/also laid low after going down to the Titans.

7. Dragons (8): Had the bye, rise a rung due to Parramatta’s pathetic showing.

8. Eels (7): Had the bye. Oh no, they didn’t. They did indeed take the field against the Warriors. At least it looked like their first grade side from a distance. Big test of credentials looms for supercoach Arthur’s lads this Friday night against South Sydney.

9. Storm (9): it’s fair to say the Melbourne sides of recent years (salary cap loaded or not) would not have lost so many close matches. That was their fourth loss this year by a converted try or less.

10. Cowboys (11): Had the bye, rise a rung due to the Tigers’ terrible showing.

11. Tigers (10): It’s year two in the rebuilding of this joint-venture club. Expectations shouldn’t be too high – they’ve already exceeded last year’s wins tally and getting close to the finals should be seen as a major step forward compared to the state of disarray in Tigertown heading into last season.

12. Broncos (12): It was a shame that prop Josh McGuire was the player who spilt the ball in his own red zone late in the game against Penrith, which led to the Panthers’ game-winning field goal. He’s been one of Brisbane’s most consistent performers all season and should be in line for Maroons selection next year as the Queenslanders look to replenish their ageing side.

13. Knights (13): Just when it looked like they were set for a spanking while trailing 18-0 at Shark Park, coach Bennett’s side came alive.The weirdest thing about this strange game was nearly all the points in the match were scored by the team running into the strong southerly wind which can whip up at Cronulla.

14. Titans (14): At least supercoach Cartwright knows he’s under the gun. It’s refreshing for a coach to admit that. Whether he has the nous to revive what looks to be another lost season remains to be seen.

15. Raiders (16): Some of Anthony Milford’s scintillating offence in the win over the Titans was reminiscent of Ben Barba’s brilliance for the Bulldogs a couple of years ago. Broncos fans will hope it doesn’t vanish in similar fashion to Barba’s magic when Milford switches to Brisbane next year.

16. Sharks (15): Natural attrition has already forced a couple of Cronulla’s veteran roster to call it quits early, perhaps it’s time for supercoach Shepherd to tap a few of the older brigade on the shoulder and get them to stand aside in the closing rounds to give some untried rookies a crack to see if they can cut it in first grade.

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Dampier St to be closed for three months

SAFETY FIRST: Tamworth Regional Council’s director of regional services, Peter Resch, and manager of civil construction, Graeme McKenzie, cast a final eye over the site where construction will begin on a new roundabout in West Tamworth. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 150714GOA02MOTORISTS and business owners will endure some short-term pain when major roadworks commence in West Tamworth on Saturday.

But Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) is confident the long-term gain from reducing congestion at one of the city’s busiest intersections will be worth it.

On Saturday, Dampier St will close for about three months while council carries out a $7 million upgrade of Gunnedah Rd.

The centrepiece of the state government-funded project will be a roundabout 40m in diameter to provide a smoother passage for vehicles.

TRC’s manager of civil construction, Graeme McKenzie, warned motorists that some delays were likely and they should factor that into their travel times.

“A 40km/h speed zone will be in force along Gunnedah Rd adjacent to the work site and drivers are reminded to obey detours or traffic signs in place,” he said.

The opening of Cole Rd to through traffic from Gunnedah Rd will assist with the changed traffic conditions, while a new right-hand lane for use of west-bound vehicles turning into Cook St will open this week.

Council’s director of regional services, Peter Resch, said the intersection had long ago been identified as one of the city’s main “hotspots” for congestion.

“Dampier St is a major arterial (road) through the Taminda industrial area,” he said.

“There’s a lot of truck movements, there’s a school in close proximity, as well as businesses and a hotel, so it’s a much safer outcome to have a roundabout there.”

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Former coach tips podium finish for Porte

Richie PorteTHE coach who set Richie Porte on the road to cycling stardom has no doubt where he is heading in this year’s Tour de France.

“I expect to see a Tasmanian on the podium in Paris,” said Andrew Christie-Johnston as his star pupil surged up to second in the world’s biggest bike race.

“He’s doing very well. There’s only one guy in front of him.

“I’m sure he would love to finish on the podium, but he’s second so why not shoot for the win?”

On the first rest day of the three-week Grand Tour, the Launceston rider sits 2 minutes 23 seconds behind stage 10 winner Vincenzo Nibali.

With two-time winner Alberto Contador joining reigning champion Chris Froome among the high-profile withdrawals, Porte has narrowed to a $6.50 second favourite, having begun the Tour as a $67 outsider.

Christie-Johnston helped Porte transition from a triathlete when he joined the Tasmanian-based Praties team before breaking into the pro ranks in Europe and remains in daily contact with the 29-year-old.

“We exchange emails or texts at the end of each stage and he sounds very calm about it all,” he said.

“It’s nice to hear how he is feeling after each stage. He is confident.

“He’s in great form. I think he’s handling it very well.”

Christie-Johnston said it had been a tough season for Porte who was expected to lead Team Sky into the Giro d’Italia but was forced to withdraw through illness.

This left him fresher for the Tour de France and in better shape to fill Froome’s shoes as lead rider.

He believes Porte has what it takes to beat Nibali as well as third-placed Alejandro Valverde, American hope Tejay van Garderen and reigning world champion Rui Costa and suspects the result may be determined by the penultimate stage 54-kilometre individual time trial into Perigueux.

“The way it’s going I think it will come down to the time trial to decide the podium.

“Richie has not done a time trial for a while but he’s always been very good at them.

“He’s lighter than he’s ever been and when they come later in tours he is at his best, but it’s hard to say whether he can out-time-trial Nibali.

“It’s amazing when you look at his time trials, how many times Richie has been in the top few riders. He’ll be strong and will need to be.

“I do think he will finish on the podium because the other people he has to content with I don’t think are as good at the time trial. I don’t think Valverde has even beaten Richie in a time trial.”

With some 1700 kilometres still to ride, Christie-Johnston said anything could happen and consistency would be pivotal to the result.

“At the moment it seems that something major is happening every night,” he said.

“It’s not so much about necessarily having super days just making sure you don’t have bad days when rivals can put a lot of time into you.”

Despite being on holiday in Queensland with his family, the 41-year-old manager of the renamed Avanti Racing Team said he was glued to his television each night cheering on Porte.

“He will always be part of our team. He always wants to be part of our training camps, he stays with us at nationals and is a part of our family.

“It’s a team sport and he remembers where he came from and we’re very grateful for that.

“If he were to finish on the podium it would be massive for Tasmanian cycling but also for Australian cycling.”

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‘Bennett clause’ could cap pay for coaches

Big name, big money: Knights coach Wayne Bennett. Photo: Jonathan CarrollThe NRL is considering a salary cap for football department spending in a move that may impact on the amount of money clubs can pay big-name coaches such as Wayne Bennett.

NRL officials discussed the idea during the recent salary cap review and are monitoring how the amount of money each club spends on its football department translates to on-field success.

The salary cap idea has gained renewed support within the NRL following the AFL’s introduction of a “soft” cap on football department spending from next year and Bennett’s decision to put himself on the market after announcing last week that he would leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

As revealed by Fairfax Media, those now running the Knights on behalf of the NRL considered $800,000 a season was too much to pay for a coach.

However, St George Illawarra are reportedly preparing to offer Bennett a $3 million, three-year deal, sparking questions from rival clubs about how the Dragons can afford to pay more than the NRL was willing to outlay for a coach after borrowing $2 million from the game’s governing body.

Bennett was believed to be on $1 million a season plus bonuses when the Knights were owned by Nathan Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group, while Canterbury reportedly lured Des Hasler from Manly on a $3.5 million, four-year contract.

Club bosses claim those deals and the $850,000 a season that Parramatta outlaid for Ricky Stuart last year threaten to significantly inflate the wages of coaches in coming seasons and some have been pushing for a cap on payments to coaching staff.

An NRL spokesman confirmed the issue was under consideration but said there were no immediate plans to include coaches’ wages in a salary cap.

“As part of the recent salary cap review, it was identified that the total football department spend of each club may need to be considered for a separate cap in future,” the spokesman said.

“That would potentially include the coach, head trainer, physios, trainers and other football staff. At this point we have decided not to include them in the salary cap – it will continue to be players’ salaries only.

“However, we will continue to monitor the impact of football department expenditure on performance. Only if we find there is a direct correlation between overall football department spend and the success of the teams would we consider including those wages in a cap. We want to make sure that we continue to maintain the evenness of the competition – as we have done with the salary cap.”

A difference of $5 million in football department spending between clubs prompted the AFL to last month announce the introduction of a “soft” cap from next season.

The cap will be in the form of a luxury tax levied on those clubs who spend $500,000 more than the average outlay on their football departments.

The tax will be imposed at a rate of 37 per cent next season and 75 per cent in 2016, with the revenue raised then distributed among those clubs who do not exceed the salary cap on football department spending.

Meanwhile, Bennett’s son-in-law Ben Ikin – a North Queensland director – said the seven-times premiership-winning mentor had not yet decided where he would coach next season but by announcing his departure from Newcastle without having committed to another club he was likely to have a number of options.

“He doesn’t know and that’s the truth,” Ikin told Sky Sports Radio. “I think right now his first intention was to sort things out with Newcastle, which he did late last week.

“The second thing that he has done, and he hasn’t said to me as much, but I am assuming this was part of his thinking, is that he has thrown a bit of a hand grenade out there.

“He has basically said to the rugby league world, listen, I won’t be in Newcastle next year so if you have got a bit of an appetite for a coach I am looking for a job.”

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‘Put one in him’: the order that triggered Water Board Bowling Club shooting

‘Put one in him’: the order that triggered Water Board Bowling Club shooting Ryker Scott Jennar, convicted of four armed robberies including the attempted murder of Dick McGuigan

Joel Barton, convicted of 4 armed robberies including the attempted murder of Dick McGuigan.

CCTV images of the Water Board Bowling Club shooting in 2011.

CCTV images of the Water Board Bowling Club shooting in 2011.

CCTV images of the Water Board Bowling Club shooting in 2011.

CCTV images of the Water Board Bowling Club shooting in 2011.

CCTV images of the Water Board Bowling Club shooting in 2011.

Police at the scene of the shooting in 2011. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookIT was the Sunday afternoon meat raffles at a little suburban bowling club that cowards Ryker Jennar and Joel Barton decided was the right place for their latest heist.

Jennar, the son of a former union standover man and convicted killer, and Barton, the former football star whose career had already gone down Cessnock Jail’s toilets due his sporadic bouts of extreme violence, teamed up to knock over a post office and a pub.

But this time, things got real.

It was 5.45pm on June 19, 2011, when the pair and their getaway driver drove the stolen green VN Holden Commodore right up to the club’s main doors while the 50-odd patrons remained inside.

Both had their faces masked, Jennar wore a red jumper and was carrying a screwdriver.

Barton wore a white jumper and had a loaded Ruger .223 mini-assault rifle.

They tore inside, Jennar moving two young girls, aged 13 and four, from near the doors and into the foyer before telling them not to move.

Barton walked up to the bar, pointed the gun and demanded money.

It was then that semi-regular social member Dick McGuigan walked up to Jennar and tried to start a conversation.

Mr McGuigan was to say later it was his attempt to stall the robbers to allow more time for the constabulary to arrive.

NCH – NEWS – Dick McGuigan enjoying a game of lawn bowls at the Water Board Bowling Club where he was shot during a robbery on June 20th 2011 —— 15th July 2014 photo by Peter Stoop

“I know you, I recognise you. What the bloody hell are you doing this shit for? Wake up to your-bloody-self,” he said.

Mr McGuigan didn’t know Jennar, but it probably spooked a man who doesn’t like being spooked.

“F–k off, idiot,” was all Jennar could muster.

The bandits continued with their raid, with Barton wildly flinging the gun around as woman and child stood frozen in fear.

As they left, Mr McGuigan and a few others decided to follow them outside.

They were to later say they thought they could get a registration number or something from the getaway car.

But Jennar and Barton saw them and as they walked through the front doors, Jennar told his mate: “Put one in him”.

Barton didn’t need to be told twice.

Footage clearly shows him turning around and taking several steps before he pulls the gun to his shoulder and shoots Mr McGuigan at point-blank range.

An involuntary movement to the left from Mr McGuigan quite probably saves his life, but not before he endures at least 15 operations, loses part of his bowel, has his stomach rebuilt, spends seven weeks in hospital and five months off work.

The reward for attempting to murder an innocent man in his 60s – the princely sum of $5236.

The price – well, Jennar has been given a maximum of 16 years jail with a non-parole period of 12 years.

With time already served, he will be eligible for parole on November 20, 2023.

Barton will face his sentence later this year, but it is suspected he will get the same.

They only faced justice because of the dogged investigative work of detectives from Strike Force Kerwin, which was set up 27 days before Barton fired at Mr McGuigan.

It was established because of a series of violent armed robberies across the Hunter and beyond.

After just over three years, Strike Force Kerwin detectives heard the last of 23 people plead guilty to their part in the robberies in a Sydney court yesterday.

The offenders faced a total of 144 charges after going through more than 223,000 telephone intercepts, 300 statements, 500 exhibits and 19 briefs of evidence.

The briefs on Barton and Jennar were more than 4000 pages each.

The strike force was established, with respected investigator Detective Sergeant Matt Faber in charge, following armed robberies at the Firestation Hotel at Wallsend, the Blackbutt Hotel at New Lambton, and the Criterion Hotel at Carrington.

The first two were by other “crews”, but the Criterion was the work of Jennar and Barton using the same gun and the same arrogance to threaten a barmaid and leave with about $10,000 in cash.

Two days after that robbery, the strike force commenced.

It wasn’t long before Jennar, who had already shown he could use a gun by shooting a man near Waratah train station in 2005, and then Barton came under their microscope.

Barton was once a promising footballer, playing in curtain-raisers for State of Origin with the likes of Jarryd Hayne and juniors with Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks before his career went pear-shaped.

And even after they shot Mr McGuigan, they didn’t slow down.

NCH – NEWS – Dick McGuigan having a laugh with Allan Hamilton while enjoying a game of lawn bowls at the Water Board Bowling Club where he was shot during a robbery on June 20th 2011 —— 15th July 2014 photo by Peter Stoop

A month later, they stormed the Newcastle Permanent at New Lambton with a sawn-off shotgun and a sledgehammer and went to town.

This time, they left with $44,000.

When Jennar was finally arrested, police found $10,000 in cash secreted inside a punching bag laying on a garage floor together with a sledgehammer.

Barton was later arrested at gunpoint in Moree after going on the run.

Windsor biography runs out the door

BOOK BLOKE: Tamworth resident and long-time campaign supporter Peter Wakeford was one of the first to buy the new book when it hit shelves yesterday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 150714GGA02ITMIGHTN’Tbe their best seller ever but the Tony Windsor biography that went on sale in Tamworth yesterday will be a big local sales success if initial interest is any literary measure.

Book shop owner Jan McManus put out her first order of 85 books onto the shelves at Collins Book Sellers yesterday morning when they arrived in town.

The shop has had solid pre-orders since the biography was publicly announced a month ago and she expects this Windsor book, written by another Tamworthian in Ruth Rae, to be one of the best local books she’s ever stocked.

Within two hours, Tony Windsor The Biography had sold 15 copies.

And one of the first to buy was one of the men who have stood behind Tony Windsor – politically and personally – for years.

Dr Peter Wakeford, a retired physician awarded an Order of Australia medal in this year’s Australia Day honours list, was one of the first to buy a copy.

A former avowed National Party supporter and booth worker in the days of Noel Park and Ian Sinclair, he jumped into the Windsor camp from the first election campaign in May 1991.

He’s been by his side ever since, patron of his campaigns, listener and bystander through the 22 years Tony Windsor was a political representative first for Tamworth in the state parliament, and then from 2001 in federal politics.

“I’m fascinated by the bits I am reading,” Dr Wakeford said.

“I tend to devour books in a sense and I like reading bits and pieces as I do other things, but the bits I have read don’t digress from the facts. It’s good. It’s well written.”

So far, he’s not been surprised by what he’s read but it’s still engrossing.

“I haven’t read anything I didn’t already know but then again there might be a lot of people who would think it’s hearsay.

“I was listening for a lot of those years but I didn’t really ask for all the info.”

Author Ruth Rae, a doctor of philosophy, historian and researcher, has written a story of Windsor from the cradle – a compelling saga of the personal, political, professional and private.

Rae says there are 90,000 words in the book of 336 pages.

She’d originally set aside three years to write it but the sudden decision by Windsor to not contest last year’s ballot for New England catapulted her into a literary fast track. She did it in 16 months – and she’s enjoyed it all.

She’d never met him until a couple of years back. Today, like Dr Wakeford, she regards the Werris Creek farmer as thoroughly likeable, honourable and true to his word, but there’s some wonderful family history that describes his political world too.

Windsor lovers and Windsor haters should also find some fascinating background, not least the events around the 2010 election.

Today, years on from the stoush and the storm over the hung parliament that saw Tony Windsorelevated to broker and political power player, Dr Wakeford still cannot forgive or forget the viciousness of the criticism from scores of people, many of them from outside the electorate, and the lashings Windsor’s family and electorate staff had to endure.

“I think history will judge Tony Windsor much kinder than a lot of people think,” he said.

“This was a very interesting period in politics. It ranks with the Whitlam ‘It’s Time’ period.”

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