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Qantas worker sues over crucifix ban

Written By doni donian on Selasa, 21 Oktober 2014 | 23.10

Georgina Sarikoudis with her crucifix outside St Raphael Greek Orthodox Church in Bentleigh. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin Source: News Limited

A FORMER Qantas employee has accused the airline of banning crucifixes while allowing Muslim women to wear head scarfs.

Georgina Sarikoudis claims the airline discriminated against the Christian faith by demanding she and others discard the religious insignia.

Mrs Sarikoudis, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, claims in tribunal documents she was subjected to "threats and ridicule" by managers who ordered her to cut off her prayer-knot bracelet and remove her necklace with a crucifix on it.

"The Qantas uniform policy allows for head scarfs by Muslim females but no allowance for the wearing of crucifixes, religious bracelets or other religious ... artefacts. Qantas staff have a religious belief other than Muslim," Mrs Sarikoudis claims.

The Ormond woman, who says she wore a crucifix during 19 years at the airline, says she was confronted after Qantas changed its uniforms late last year.

The carrier's staff dress code — which didn't change — prohibits visible necklaces and bracelets, except for medical alert purposes.

Women are allowed to wear head scarfs for "cultural, religious and medical reasons".

The former Melbourne Airport customer service agent claims she was "grilled" about her devotion to her beliefs, her reasons for wanting to wear religious symbols, and even how often she attended church.

She claims other staff — including a woman who wore rosary beads — were ordered to remove jewellery with Christian icons.

Mrs Sarikoudis, who accepted a redundancy offer earlier this year, said she refused to take off or hide the items of jewellery despite months of bullying.

"For Christians, this is our uniform. Everyone should be allowed to manifest their religion as they see fit," Mrs Sarikoudis said.

In her claim before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Mrs Sarikoudis is demanding the airline change its uniform policy to allow "religious items of significance" to be worn, as well as an apology from her former employer.

A Qantas spokeswoman said the uniform standards didn't ban religious jewellery worn under the uniform.


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Gough Whitlam: Legend in our lifetime

onight the nation mourns one of the giants of Australian political history following the death of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

GOUGH Whitlam has been remembered as a courageous reformer, a visionary and a political giant who changed Australia forever.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten led tributes in Parliament House to the 21st prime minister of Australia, who died on Tuesday in Sydney at the age of 98.

All the PMs who followed Mr Whitlam — Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard — acknowledged Mr Whitlam for his vision, bravery and the sheer force of his personality. Mr Abbott described Mr Whitlam as a "giant figure'' in Parliament and public life.

"He was only prime minister for three years, three tumultuous years, but those years changed our nation and, one way or another, set the tone for so much that has followed,'' he said.

"It was his vision that drove our politics then and which still echoes through our public life four decades on.''

Mr Shorten said: " Like no other prime minister before or since, Gough Whitlam redefined our country — and in doing so he changed the lives of a generation — and generations to come.

"The Whitlam government should not be measured in years but in achievements.

"By any test, our country is better because of him,'' he said.

Gough Whitlam Former prime minister Gough Whitlam has been hailed as a larger-than-life leader. Picture: Peter Brew-Bevan, Snapper Media

One after another, MPs spoke about Mr Whitlam and his legacy — establishing Medicare, starting the Aboriginal land rights process, universal healthcare, abolishing the death penalty for Commonwealth offences, ending conscription, introducing no-fault divorce, decolonising PNG, and even introducing sewerage systems in western Sydney.

Many speeches also made humorous reference to Mr Whitlam's healthy ego and wit, with Mr Shorten recalling Mr Whitlam's 80th birthday, where the former PM commented "I do seem to be eternal".

Mr Shorten recalled Mr Whitlam contemplating a meeting with his Maker: "He said, 'You can be sure of one thing, I shall treat Him as an equal'." Laughter filled the chamber.

The famed "It's Time'' election campaign and song — described by Mr Abbott as the only election song anyone remembers — was mentioned by a number of MPs.

Most recalled the extraordinary love affair between Mr Whitlam and his wife of almost 70 years, Margaret, who died in 2012. Mr Whitlam famously declared her "my best appointment".

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull brought tears to the Labor benches when he concluded his speech with: "One of the things we can be happiest about today is the fact that the old couple are no longer apart.''

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All sides of politics have united to honour Australia's 21st prime minister, Gough Whitlam, dead at 98.

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The couple's children — Antony, Nicholas, Stephen and Catherine — announced their father's passing in a statement issued just after 8am.

"Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98,'' they said.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and deputy Tanya Plibersek place a wreath at the steps of Old Parliament House with Labor Caucus members.

"A loving and generous father, he was a source of inspiration to us and our families and for millions of Australians." Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said Mr Whitlam was "a towering leader of his time who made a significant contribution to the life of our nation. His legacy endures".

The man who replaced him after he was sacked as prime minister, Liberal Malcolm Fraser, went on to become a great friend of his former political enemy.

He described Mr Whitlam as warm, jovial, witty, always up for debate but never carrying personal animosity.

"He's going to be remembered as a giant of an Australian who contributed enormously to Australian life in so many ways," he said.

The first Labor PM after Mr Whitlam, Bob Hawke, said the country was a better place for Mr Whitlam's work.

"I remember him not only with immense respect but also with great affection,'' he said.

"Without any question, Labor's emergence in 1972, after 23 years in the political wilderness, owed more to Gough's imaginative, determined leadership and oratorical skills than any other factor," he said.

The PM has said that Gough Whitlam's election ushered in an era of change that still echoes today.

Another former Labor PM, Paul Keating, said Mr Whitlam had made Australia a more "inclusive and compassionate society at home — a more engaged and relevant country abroad".

"He snapped Australia out of the Menzian torpor — the orthodoxy that had rocked the country asleep, giving it new vitality and focus. But more than that, bringing Australia to terms with its geography and place in the region," he said.

Former Labor PM Kevin Rudd said Mr Whitlam was an extraordinary statesman who had left an "indelible mark on Australia".

"People often forget Gough's courage. People often forget that he proudly wore the uniform of Australia, flying with the RAAF in the Pacific war, playing his part in the defence of our country.

"Some also forget his political courage, profound foresight and sheer statesmanship," he said.

Australia's first female PM, Labor's Julia Gillard, said she had walked in Mr Whitlam's footsteps when she created the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which she described as a "companion'' to Mr Whitlam's Medicare.

"Every Labor leader and every prime minister who followed him has wrestled with his legacy," she said.

Gough Whitlam as prime minister.

"Because of what he did between 1972 and 1975, our leaders will always be judged on whether we drive for major changes, not how deftly we manage 'more of the same'."

Former Liberal PM John Howard said Mr Whitlam's 1972 election was his "greatest achievement".

"With flair, and notwithstanding considerable resistance, he reformed and modernised the Australian Labor Party,'' he said.

"Gough Whitlam was prime minister when I entered Parliament in 1974. His ready wit, eloquence and prodigious recall gave him an easy mastery of the Parliamentary arena."

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine called on all Australians to honour Mr Whitlam's "commitment to public service and his enduring legacy''.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews called Mr Whitlam was the father of a nation.

FLAGS AT HALF-MAST AS STATE PLANS FUNERAL

Labor leader Bill Shorten pays tribute to former Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.

A STATE funeral will be held for Gough Whitlam, as flags on government buildings nationwide flew at half-mast.

Mr Whitlam's four children said there would be a private cremation, but a public memorial service would follow.

They are discussing with Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office a suitable, secular venue, probably in Sydney, for the nation to pay its respects to the Labor leader who governed the country for just three years but left an indelible legacy.

Mourners on Tuesday laid floral tributes, photographs, and national and indigenous flags on the steps of Old Parliament House, where Mr Whitlam made his famous "nothing will save the governor-general'' speech in 1975 after being dismissed by governor-general Sir John Kerr.

Handwritten notes thanked him for his policy reforms.

The Labor caucus and dozens of Labor staffers last night made an emotional pilgrimage to the Old Parliament to lay flowers and pay their respects.

Parliamentary proceedings were cancelled yesterday as a mark of respect after a string of condolence motions from across the political divide.

Bob Hawke says Australia is a better country because of the life and work of Gough Whitlam.

Mr Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten opened the tributes. Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer arrived more than an hour after proceedings started.

Earlier, Mr Shorten addressed the Labor caucus, followed by emotional party elder Senator John Faulkner, a close friend of Mr Whitlam, who declared it the hardest speech he had ever had to give.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a funny, warm and emotional speech in the House.

Opposition treasury spokesman Chris Bowen suggested in his speech that the Government consider acquiring the modest house in the western Sydney suburb of Cabramatta where Mr Whitlam lived with wife Margaret and their four children.

In Melbourne, La Trobe University students staged a lockdown of their vice-chancellor's office in protest against government attempts to deregulate higher education.

The students said that their protest action was in honour of Mr Whitlam, who had made university education available to all.

ellen.whinnett@news.com.au

Gough Whitlam outside Federal Parliament in 1975. Picture: ROSS DUNCAN


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He’s an idiot, say Aussie jihadist’s family

Video has emerged of an Australian man perpetrating the propaganda of ISIS. The fair-skinned, red-haired man called Abu Khaled Australia threatens to put ISIS' flag on Buckingham Palace and the White House.

A SYDNEY teenage Islamic State jihadist who threatened Australia in a chilling video has been condemned by relatives.

The federal government sought urgent briefings from spy chiefs yesterday after the release of the video but urged people not to be alarmed.

Abdullah Elmir, 17, ­vanished from his Bankstown home earlier this year after telling his family he was going fishing.

'Ginger jihadist' ... Abdullah Elmir's parents haven't seen him since June, soon after his 17th birthday. Source: Supplied

"What a stupid idiot," a relative said yesterday. The relative, who declined to give his first name, added: "We never associated with him, that guy was brainwashed, I don't know what these kids get into.

"They don't know how to fight ... they should be getting an education and building this country up."

Surrounded by IS fighters, the ginger-haired teenager — the son of an Australian-born mother and a Lebanese-born ­father — brandishes a ­machinegun as he stares at the camera and delivers a chilling call to arms.

"This message I deliver to you, the people of America. I deliver this message to you the people of Britain and I deliver this message to you, especially, the people of Australia," he begins.

"And I say this about your coalition — you threaten us with your countries, bring every nation that you wish to us, bring every nation that you want to come and fight us.

Holding court ... The ginger-haired Australian teenager is front and centre in the latest ISIS propaganda video. Source: YouTube

"Whether it's 50 nations or 50,000 nations, it means nothing to us. Bring your planes, bring everything you want to us.

"To the leaders, to Obama, to Tony Abbott, I say this: these weapons that we have, these soldiers, we will not stop fighting, we will not put down our weapons until we reach your lands, until we take the head of every ­tyrant, and until the black flag is flying high in every single land; until we put the black flag on top of Buckingham Palace, until we put the black flag on top of the White House.

"We will fight you and we will defeat you." The new threats from Islamic State followed an intelligence briefing last week warning of the use of propaganda to recruit ­extremists in Australia.

"This video again highlights the threat posed by ISIL," a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said.

"ISIL is a threat that reaches out to Australia and our allies and partners.

"That is why Australia has joined the coalition to disrupt and degrade ISIL in Iraq and is giving our law enforcement and security agencies the powers to keep Australia safe.''

Brainwashed ... Elmir's parents haven't seen him since June and believe he's been brainwashed. Source: Supplied

Originally published as He's an idiot, say Aussie jihadist's family
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What’s up with Mark Holden?

He was booted off Dancing With the Stars, but not before Mark Holden proudly flashed his paunch. And no, it wasnt a stunt gut.

Mark Holden has so far put on one of the worst performances on DWTS dressed up as a clown. Courtesy: Seven Network

HE was booted off Dancing With the Stars, but not before Mark Holden proudly flashed his paunch. And no, it wasn't a stunt gut.

Executing an earlier promise — or threat — to disrobe, Holden appeared to menace the judges in his 'Vladimir Putin-meets-Bert Newton' costume, prompting host Daniel McPherson to interject, "Excuse me, half-naked crazy man".

After dancing the paso doble to ACDC's Highway to Hell, his dance partner Jessica Prince gaffa-taped Holden's mouth shut, hoping to prevent a repeat of last week's antics. Speaking after the show, Holden said he wasn't nervous about tonight's performance, and had been preparing for the role "for 60 years".

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"God no. I love it, I've loved playing with the TV machine. It's been lovely to have one more go at it," he said.

"And now I get to have a nice, long rest. And a drink."

Crowd shocker ... Mark Holden with partner Jessica Prince. Source: Supplied

Holden, a former-reality TV judge and barrister picked crowd favourite Ricki-Lee Coulter to take out the competition.

"I'd pick Ricki-Lee (to win)," he said. "She's learned from the old dude and gone into character. She's a quick learner, the old Ricki-Lee."

Last week, after the clown-themed dancefloor disaster Holden labelled "Bobo-gate" he creepily rubbed himself against McPherson, saying, "Do you like balloons Danny? I could get you a balloon Danny".

Bizarre ... Mark Holden's chosen attire for his last dance. Source: Supplied

More than a million tuned in to catch the episode last week, after which Holden apologised assuring viewers he was not "on the turps" that night.

Holden's chosen charity was Ice Factor, which helps disadvantaged kids.

The Twittersphere lit up after he performed on stage. Many were in shock.

Dancing with the Stars, Channel 7, Tuesday, 7.30pm

Originally published as What's up with Mark Holden?
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Fans DONE with The Bachelor

Sam Frost watches last night's interview with Blake Garvey. Source: Channel 10

IF viewers weren't already sick of the he said, she said war of words that The Bachelor has become, they certainly are now.

What was originally the story that people couldn't get enough of is now turning into a messy, desperate exchange of "exclusive tell-alls" and fans say they have reached exhaustion point.

After The Project aired their exclusive chat with Blake and Louise last night, tonight they aired yet another exclusive with Blake's ex-fiancee Sam Frost and runner-up Lisa Hyde who banded together to respond to his comments.

"You're such a liar, dude" said Sam of Blake's claims he told her about his love for Louise. Source: Channel 10

Sitting in front of a laptop, the pair who once competed for the same man, joined forces to discredit Garvey's claims that Sam knew about his love for Louise and she had asked him not to talk about her when they broke up.

"I'd been requested by Sam not to mention anything about Louise and being respectful to Sam's wishes I was doing just that," Blake last night revealed sitting beside his new love, Louise. "She knew I had feelings for Louise absolutely and didn't want that to be the focus. (She told me) not to mention it. And I was doing just that".

To which Sam responded during tonight's episode: "That is the biggest load of s*** I have ever heard in my life ... You are such a liar dude."

Lisa also weighed in with a sisters before misters approach, saying she "went on this journey to find Sam". Source: Channel 10

Sam said she "had suspicions" that he was interested in Louise, but when she asked him, he "flat out denied it".

The problem was, where viewers had initially sided with Sam, perhaps some of her sheen was now wearing off in her attempt to one-up him with yet another interview.

Even the show's hosts were tiring of the story with Rove saying "and ... rest! It's all finished! Yay!"

While Bickmore added that she was ecstatic to be done with her role as "Bachelor correspondent" and gestured that she was delighted to be "passing on the baton to someone else".

"Take out of it what you will," she added, "I have no idea who's telling the truth!"

Amen, Carrie!

Louise and Blake on The Project last night. Source: Channel 10

Runner-up Lisa wasn't short of bombshells either, making claims that Blake attempted to rekindle things with her also after filming wrapped.

"He asked me if I still had feelings for him and if I could see a future with him," she said.

"I told him to get lost ... how dare you say that to me," adding, "I would never be second to anyone."

Both girls said they hoped for Louise's sake that Blake's feelings are genuine, while expressing concern that she was "naive".

Viewers took to Twitter to tell Channel Ten they hoped this would be the last they ever saw of Blake and his harem of women on the show. After two-and-a-half-weeks of speculation and explanation, they are finally done.

So who is telling the truth? As they say in any love triangle (which thanks to Lisa's claims has now become a quadrangle) there's four sides to every story, right?

Hopefully this is the end of it and we can all get on with our lives.

Peace out, Bachie, it's been real (exhausting).

Goodbye Blake and good luck. Source: Channel 10

Originally published as Fans DONE with The Bachelor
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Beams to face Pies in blockbuster Round 1

It's taken almost the entire trade period but Brisbane finally have their man. The Lions securing former All-Australian Dayne Beams from the Magpies.

Dayne Beams will swap jumpers in Round 1 and take on Collingwood in a Brisbane Lions jumper. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source: News Corp Australia

EXCLUSIVE:DAYNE Beams will face Collingwood in his first game for the Brisbane Lions in a 2015 opening round book-ended by MCG blockbusters.

Beams, a premiership player and Copeland Trophy winner in his six years at Collingwood, defected to the Lions this month for family reasons despite having a year to run on his contract.

The Carlton-Richmond clash — sorely missed this year — will open the season on Easter Thursday, before another chapter in the classic modern rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is written on Easter Monday.

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In between, a Round 1 draw, seen by the Herald Sun, shows a hint of the more fan-friendly fixture promised by the league.

Melbourne gets its preferred timeslot of Saturday afternoon at the MCG, while this year's wooden-spooner St Kilda will have the chance to make early inroads, with a home game against GWS.

Dayne Beams was traded from Collingwood to the Brisbane Lions. Picture: Daniel Wilkins Source: News Corp Australia

The Sydney market will also kick off with a big clash as the Bombers travel to ANZ Stadium for James Hird's return match as coach.

New Bulldog Tom Boyd could prove a crowd-puller when he lines up for a home clash against West Coast.

North Melbourne, which did plenty to shake off the unfashionable tag in a gallant finals run this year, will face Adelaide in Adelaide.

Port Adelaide will return to Patersons Stadium, the scene of the Power's remarkable semi-final win this year — to again take on the Dockers.

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The AFL has elected not to play a match on Good Friday this year, despite the AFL Commission having given the OK to the fixturing of matches on the religious holiday.

The 2015 season begins late because of the cricket World Cup, with the final of that tournament to be played at the MCG on March 29.

The blockbuster start is a far cry from this year's first round, which was split over two weekends and played without the use of the MCG, the SCG or Adelaide Oval.

ROUND 1, 2015

Thursday, April 2

Carlton v Richmond (MCG)

Saturday, April 4

Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns (MCG)

Sydney Swans v Essendon (ANZ)

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood (GABBA)

Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles (ES)

Sunday, April 5

St Kilda v GWS Giants (ES)

Adelaide v North Melbourne (AO)

Fremantle v Port Adelaide (PS)

Monday, April 6

Hawthorn v Geelong Cats (MCG)


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Islamic State copy Rommel charade

All the news you need to know.

Terrorists' attacks continue ... Civilians gather at the scene of an Islamic State terrorists car bomb explosion, killing and wounding tens of people, in a commercial area in the southern Shiite holy city of Karbala, 80km south of Baghdad. Source: AP

THE Islamic State is using similar tactics to Germany's Field Marshall Erwin Rommel in his North Africa campaign, when he ordered his tanks to keep doing blockies of towns to create the impression to Allied spies he had huge numbers.

"Pictures on the news of the same ISIL vehicles does not mean they have taken over everything," said Air Commodore Noel Derwort, deputy leader of the Joint Task Force in the Middle East.

"It take you back to Rommel when he was trying to demonstrate his strength. The reality is they have reached over a broad part of Iraq, it doesn't mean they have taken those areas.

"It is easy for people to feel that there is this all-consuming virus, but in reality, it's not that big," he said.

But in the towns of north and western Iraq, ISIL has gained and secured numerous towns and appeared to be creating a pincer movement around Baghdad.

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ISIL making tactical blunders ... Air Commodore Noel Derwort, deputy leader of the Joint Task Force in the Middle East. Source: News Limited

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Air Commodore Derwort said use of terms such as "pincer movement" wrongly implied ISIL had a clear military strategy.

Instead, he said they had seized towns in Iraq and left themselves with the inability to resupply their fighters.

But he said the people in towns that ISIL had overrun were facing hideous choices. The men could sign up to fight with ISIL or be executed and see their wives and daughters raped and sold into servitude.

"It's a very different war," he said. "It's being fought in ways that haven't been thought of before."

Battle ... IS militants allegedly taking shooting positions in the town of Ain al-Arab, known by the Kurds as Kobane, on the Syria-Turkey border. Picture: Ho / Aamaq News Agency Source: AFP

That includes an intense propaganda campaign, including a video released several days ago by the Islamic State, where a small group of foreign fighters invite the armies of the West to invade Syria and Iraq, where they say they will die.

One of the speakers is a German jihadist who, according to the provided translation says: "O Romans, O Bani Asfar (meaning pale-skinned people), O German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, American, Australian, you gather and unite to fight Islam.

"Come! We are waiting for you."

Fierce fighting ... An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobane during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in the centre of the city which has sen months of fighting between ISIL and Syrian Kurdish defenders. Picture: Gokhan Sahin Source: Getty Images

The US Central Command is regularly releasing images of the damage wrought by its fighter jets in Iraq and Syria, a situation the Air Commodore said Australia would not seek to replicate.

He said ISIL would not hesitate to execute children and place them at the scene of a target and claim Australian jets had murdered them.

"The intention is not to advertise every time we do it," said the Air Commodore.

The Desert Fox ... Field Marshall Erwin Rommel in North Africa in World War 2 tried to trick the Allies by exaggerating his strength. Source: News Limited

Originally published as Islamic State copy Rommel charade
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Labor mess is Hockey's chalice

Written By doni donian on Selasa, 17 Desember 2013 | 23.09

New commissioner a critic

New commissioner a critic

THE Abbott Government has moved to reform the Australian Human Rights Commission by putting in charge a critic of the body.

I quit Instagram. Why you should too

I quit Instagram. Why you should too

WHEN Bronwyn O'Brien realised Instagram fed "greed, discontentment and a complete misconception of what is important in life," she deleted it. This is what happened next.


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Students join elite group of top achievers

Geelong College student Annabelle Shannon scored 99.4 in this year's VCE. Picture: Leanne Churchill Source: HeraldSun

AN ELITE group of 650 students has achieved at least one perfect study score in this year's VCE.

The stunning showing comes as more than 14,500 students join the ranks of top scorers.

They include a set of identical twins who got the same tertiary entrance rank.

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Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority figures show 718 perfect study scores of 50 were awarded to 656 students statewide.

A total 19.2 per cent or 14,636 students achieved a study score of 40 or more to earn the title of top scorer.

Girls were most likely to star.

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RMIT University Annette Gough said achieving such a result took consistently good performance not only in exams but earlier school-assessed tasks.

"It's certainly an achievement,'' she said.

"It takes a concerted effort over the whole year."

A passion for the subject was also important.

"You can be quite bloody minded about it but you do much better in a subject if you are interested in that subject rather than just having to do it,'' Prof Gough said.

Woodleigh students Tully and Oscar Hiscock are identical twins and received identical scores of 99.65 in their VCE results. Picture: Susan Windmiller Source: News Limited

English attracted the most students with study scores of 40 or more with 3240 achieving the feat.

There were 2318 in Further Mathematics and 1264 in Mathematical Methods (CAS).

Identical twins Oscar and Tully Hiscock - who both scored a tertiary admission rank of 99.65 and were named duxes of Woodleigh School - are among this year's VCE elite.

Both scored 40 or over in all subjects.

>> SEARCH NOW: SEE WHO'S MADE THE LIST OF TOP ACHIEVERS - SEARCH BY SCHOOL, SUBJECT OR STUDENT

Oscar, the eldest of the 18-year-olds by just 14 minutes, said their equal ATAR was especially remarkable because he and his brother studied several different subjects.

"We were pretty much on par with all of our subjects but we never thought it would actually happen,'' he said.

Tully initially double-checked to make sure he wasn't sent his brother's ranking by mistake.

"When I went to see Oscar I was probably more surprised that we both got the same than how high the score actually was,'' he said.

"It was a nice way to end the year.

"We weren't trying to beat each other in any way, we were just trying to help each other through it.

"And it definitely has paid off."

Woodleigh principal Jonathan Walter said the mirror twins typified the Langwarrin South school's focus on developing well-rounded citizens.

They made an effort to take a break from study with a surf and also performed volunteer work.

"For us it really shows that by having a balanced approach you can still do well without being hothoused and just having that singular focus,'' Mr Walter said.


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Fifty books kids will love to read

Guaranteed to engage, enchant and enthral ... fifty books that children and teenagers should read. Source: NewsComAu

THE joys of reading are best discovered at a young age and most adults have memories of a much-loved book that transported them to another world.

From classics and adventure books to modern day tales of magic and mayhem, here are 50 books that are guaranteed to engage, enchant and enthral children and teenagers.

Fostering a love of reading is one of the most important things parents can do for their children.

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