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Social Services minister Scott Morrison has closed a religious exemption to children’s vaccinations. Photo: Andrew MearesThe Abbott government has closed another loophole on children’s vaccinations, ending a religious exemption that allowed Christian Scientists to get childcare benefits and not vaccinate their kids.

Last week, Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announced that parents would no longer be able to conscientiously object to vaccination and still claim childcare and family payments from the government.

But he kept exemptions on religious and medical grounds, noting there was only one religious organisation exempt. Online information prepared by Mr Morrison’s department clearly stated the church was the Church of Christ, Scientist – more generally known as the Christian Scientists.

However, a spokeswoman for the Christian Scientists told Fairfax Media that the church was in fact “very neutral on the subject of vaccination”.

On Sunday, Mr Morrison announced the government would shut down the exemption for the Christian Scientists.  He said the government had had discussions with the Christian Scientists over the past week and “formed the view that this exemption, in place since 1998, is no longer current or necessary”.

“The government will not be receiving nor authorising any further vaccination exemption applications from religious organisations.”

The medical exemption will remain.

The announcement comes as Health Minister Sussan Ley announced $26 million to encourage GPs to help parents keep their children’s vaccinations up to date.

This will include an additional $6 incentive payment to doctors and immunisation providers who identify children who are overdue for vaccinations and then catch them up, as well as developing a school vaccination register that will record adolescent vaccines and look at recording adult ones as well.

The funding will also be used for a communications campaign.

Ms Ley said that some parents were hearing “crackpot ideas about what happens if you vaccinate your children”.

“We do want to make parents who are concerned aware of the real reasons and the real safety involved in vaccination.”

Labor quickly backed Ms Ley’s plan.

“In many cases missed vaccinations are due to oversight rather than a specific objection,” Labor leader Bill Shorten said in a statement.

The Australian College of General Practitioners welcomed the $6 incentive payment for GPs.

The group’s president Dr Frank R Jones said the payment would help GPs “carry out the extra administrative work required to identify children behind in their immunisations and catch them up.”

Dr Jones said a broader government campaign should target communities that faced barriers to ensuring their children were vaccinated.

“These communities include new arrivals to Australia who may not be familiar with vaccination programs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and people who live in rural and remote areas with limited access to medical services,” he said.

“A strong immunisation program is vital to reducing what can be serious and life-threatening diseases in the community and it is imperative that vaccination is readily available to all Australian children.”

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Transperth is carrying out works on the Mandurah line on one of the biggest days of the footballing year. Photo: Erin Jonasson EJZOn one of the biggest days of the AFL season in Perth, Transperth is facing criticism over its decision to carry out rail works on the Mandurah line.

The last two stations on the Mandurah line – Mandurah and Warnbro – have been closed since Friday night and won’t reopen until Monday morning.

Commuters travelling to Domain Stadium for the clash between West Coast and Fremantle can catch replacement buses from Mandurah and Warnbro to Rockingham Station and then continue their journey on the train.

On the way home footy fans can go as far as Rockingham but will have to catch buses back to Warnbro or Mandurah.

Transperth’s spokesman David Hynes said: “We will be operating a boosted rail replacement service. We’ll have at least three buses meeting every footy special train after the game”

He said if football fans did not want to catch replacement buses they could drive to Rockingham station – which had close to 200 bays – and catch the train from there.

Transperth’s website was down for a short time on Sunday morning but is now back online. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government “has never put a date” on returning the budget to surplus. Photo: Andrew Meares Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government “has never put a date” on returning the budget to surplus. Photo: Andrew Meares

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government “has never put a date” on returning the budget to surplus. Photo: Andrew Meares

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government “has never put a date” on returning the budget to surplus. Photo: Andrew Meares

Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared the government “has never put a date” on returning to a budget surplus, arguing that the Coalition just needs to show a “quality trajectory” back to black instead.

Just weeks before he hands down his second budget, Mr Hockey said that the government would deliver a surplus “as soon as possible” but declined to name a specific date.

“We never put a date on returning to surplus,” he told the ABC’s Insiders program.

“We just need to show we have a quality trajectory … back to surplus.”

Before the 2013 federal election and based on the budget numbers at the time, Mr Hockey pledged to deliver a surplus in the Coalition’s first year in office and “every year after that”.

The Coalition has since backed away from the claim, however, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a Coalition meeting last month that the budget would be back in balance within five years.

Mr Hockey said on Sunday that the government was “aiming at” smaller deficits.

“You will see the numbers on budget night.

“The numbers do show that, as a percentage of GDP, we are reducing deficits to the point where we can get it back to surplus.”

Last week, an estimate from JP Morgan put the budget deficit for 2014/15 at $45 billion, a $5 billion increase from the mid-year economic update released by the government in December.

Amid a tumbling iron ore price, JP Morgan also estimated a $35 billion deficit for 2015/16.

This comes comes as the Abbott government ruled out major superannuation changes in the budget, further limiting options to rein in the deficit.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg​ told Fairfax Media that super was safe, noting “I don’t think you should be expecting any big changes in the budget”.  The government has also recently ruled out changes to negative gearing.

On Sunday, Mr Hockey also announced that that Australia and Great Britain had agreed to work together to combat multinational tax avoidance.

Following a G20 meeting in Washington DC, Mr Hockey said that he and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne had agreed to set up a working group to “address the diversion of profits by multinational enterprises away from their host countries”.

Mr Hockey said that while Australian would not be mirroring Britain’s new so-called “Google tax”, the two countries would “lead the world” on the issue.

Labor seized on the announcement, describing it as “all talk, no action”.

“With all the resources of government at his disposal, the best Joe Hockey can do is come up with a plan to have a plan,” Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh said in a statement.

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Sarah Louise Fudge is seeking $5 million-plus for Spicer House. Photo: Supplied Sarah Louise Fudge is seeking $5 million-plus for Spicer House. Photo: Supplied

Swans player Dan Hannebery is trading up from his North Bondi pad. Photo: Supplied

Ian Cavit? and Giovanna Gromo’s home at View Street, Woollahra. Photo: Supplied

Sarah Louise Fudge is seeking $5 million-plus for Spicer House. Photo: Supplied

Sarah Louise Fudge is seeking $5 million-plus for Spicer House. Photo: Supplied

LA-bound Fudge farewells Spicer House

Mining heiress Sarah Louise Fudge has taken up with Hollywood actor Mark Sheppard, and this has prompted the sale of her landmark home in Woollahra for more than $5 million.

News of the besotted couple’s romance is best documented by their respective twitter feeds, in which the daughter of mining magnate Paul Fudge also discloses her recent relocation to LA.

Sheppard, best known for his role as the King of Hell Crowley in the sci-fi series Supernatural, split from his wife Jessica Sheppard last year.

Fudge’s Woollahra home is the 1886-era residence Spicer House, which she bought in 2011 for a bullish $5.5 million from Kate Turner, of the Heartland Motor Group.

The 500-square-metre property has undergone a substantial renovation in recent years by Paul King, and went live on Domain苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛 this week ahead of its May 19 auction through Di Jones, Gary Sands and Jane Schumann.

It is not far from the John Street home of her father, Paul Fudge, who is the BRW Rich List regular who founded Pangaea Resources and has moved into thoroughbred horse racing in recent years through his Waratah Bloodstock.

Fudge also off-loaded her Edgecliff Road apartment nearby last June for $1.9 million, a loss from her initial outlay of $2.5 million for it in 2009.

Swans star on move

Another property sales campaign timed for the end of school holidays and a return to business as usual is the North Bondi home of Aussie rules player Dan Hannebery.

The Swans player is hoping for more than $2.2 million for his Glenayr Avenue semi, given his plans to trade-up locally.

Formerly from Melbourne, the son of former Footscray player Matt Hannebery was drafted to the Swans in 2008, but remained in Melbourne at the time to finish high school at Xavier College.

Hannebery, an economics student at the University of New South Wales, bought the 1920s semi with four bedrooms in 2012 for $1.48 million. It goes to auction on May 7 through Ric Serreo, of Raine & Horne Double Bay.

Touches of luxury

High-end furniture distributors Ian Cavit​ and Giovanna Gromo, of Cavit & Co, went live with the sale of their Woollahra home this week ahead of a May 16 auction and hopes of more than $4 million.

The three-level semi with northerly aspect and district views from the rear and a lap pool was designed by Thomas Hamel, with the sort of finishes you’d expect of the Cavit & Co team.

The View Street property last traded in 2010 for $2.46 million, and is now listed with Debbie Donnelley, of Phillips Pantzer Donnelley.

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KICKING ON: Experienced defender Steve Turner was among YCW’s best in Saturday’s clash on Bears Lagoon-Serpentine’s turf. Picture: GLENN DANIELS THEY did not win, but the YCW Eagles made a dramatic improvement in Saturday’s third round of the Loddon Valley Football League season.

After a 25-goal drubbing from Bridgewater on Good Friday was followed by a bye, YCW took on last year’s runner-up on its turf at Serpentine.

Eagles’ coach Murray Collins said the team effort and skills improved dramatically.

“We had our chances to win, but some skill errors cost us,” Collins said.

YCW’s midfielders and on-ballers worked hard to win more stoppages and centre bounce clearances.

The Eagles led by three points at quarter-time and trailled by two at the long break.

Bears Lagoon-Serpentine kicked away to lead by three goals at three quarter-time.

Halfway through the last quarter and scores were level.

The Bears kicked a couple of goals, but the Eagles refused to give up.

YCW scored 6.1 in the last quarter, but the Bears added 5.2 to seal a 13-point victory.

The Bears’ attack was led by Daniel Christmas on seven goals.

Shaun Monohan starred through midfield and half-forward to be Bears Lagoon-Serpentine best as Brayden Scott, Josh Shaw and Shaun Bowles also played well in the 87-74 win.

A focus for the Eagles was to limit the play of Bears’ playmaker Nathan McNally.

“He still won a lot of possessions,” Collins said.

The YCW attack was led by Mathew Waterson on four goals.

Waterson’s brother, Nic starred in midfield to be YCW’s best player.

Collins was rapt with the play of defenders Steve Turner and Pat Jess.

“Steve was in the reserves last round, but he did a great job for us.

“Pat had a great first half, but was then hurt in a contest and did not go back on.”

Jake Concol, Mitchell Collins and Hayden Gillingham were among the best for the Eagles.

Mitiamo jumped into the five after the Superoos beat Newbridge by 23 points.

Recruited from Broadbeach, Korey Fulton starred for Mitiamo by kicking seven goals.

Superoos’ coach Denis Grinton said the team’s workrate was much higher than the previous two rounds.

“We used the footy a lot better and the intensity around the contest was a lot better.”

Grinton said Fulton was a strong target near goal.

Best on ground was Mitiamo’s James Drake.

“He played on a wing, went to centre half-forward and then centre half-back.

“He is a great all-rounder.”

Midfielder Douglas Thomas from Melton racked up many possessions.

Mitiamo legend Tim Wicks played across the half-back line and was among the best in the 92-69 victory.

Leading goalkicker for Newbridge was Austin Fithall on four.

Best for the Maroons were Dylan Burt, Fithall, Lachlan Ford and Jordan Gilboy.

It was the first time Mitiamo had won at Newbridge in Grinton’s coaching stint.

Struck by injury in the opening two rounds, Mitiamo may regain some players for this Sunday’s home game against Pyramid Hill.

The winless Newbridge plays the unbeaten Bridgewater in Sunday’s fourth round.

Many of Pyramid Hill Football Netball Club’s past players, officials and supporters were back at Mitchell Park for the 125th anniversary celebrations.

On the field the Bulldogs scored a 68-point win against Calivil United.

Despite plenty of attacks in the first half, Pyramid Hill led by just three goals after a wasteful 4.10 in the first hour.

The Bulldogs’ accuracy improved dramatically in the third quarter.

Pyramid Hill scored 7.2 to open up a seven goal lead at a quarter to goal.

“We made the most of our opportunities in the third quarter,” Pyramid Hill playing coach and key forward Paul Grayling said.

“It was a tight game in the first half, but our kicking for goal was not great.”

Sam Kennedy kicked a match-high five goals to be among Pyramid Hill’s best.

The Bulldogs again had a spread of goalickers.

“We have worked on having a few options kick goals, not just the forwards, but also on-ballers and midfielders,” Grayling said.

Best afield was on-ball player Jake Anderson.

Full-back Dylan Morison played well, as did Nick Dundon and Michael Callinan.

After starting the season with consecutive victories, Calivil United could not halt Pyramid Hill’s charge in the second half.

The only multiple goalkicker for the Demons was Glen Richardson on two.

Calivil United’s best were Chris Down, Jonas Somerville, Jay McDonald and Ben Haines.

The Demons are at home for next Sunday’s clash with Marong at 5 Star Stockfeeds Oval in Calivil.

Bridgewater’s winning run kept rolling on in emphatic fashion.

The Mean Machine scored a 160-point victory on Inglewood’s turf.

There were 13 goalkickers for the league power as Inglewood scored just two goals at Just Trees Central Victoria Oval.

Bridgewater coach Andrew Collins led the way on four goals as Josh Metherell, Daniel Connors and Harry Symons all chipped in with three each.

“Inglewood is always very competitive, especially around the ball,” Collins said.

“We were able to control a lot of the play and be in our third of the ground for a lot of the match.”

Zeb Broadbent was best afield.

“He won plenty of the ball and always runs hard both ways,” Collins said.

Bridgewater’s best included Collins, wingman Callum Prest, Harry Symons and Deon Jones.

Best for Inglewood were David Rose, Jack Crapper and Tynan Hywood.

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