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Neil Erikson, convicted of Bendigo mock beheading video, calls Sam Dastyari ‘monkey’, ‘terrorist’

Neil Erikson. Picture: EDDIE JIMA man who ambushed federal senator Sam Dastyari in a pub last night, calling him a “terrorist” and a “monkey”, was also one of those responsible for a mock beheading on the steps of aBendigo council building.

Mr Dastyari was attending a promotional event for his book,One Halal of a Story, when a group of at least three men confronted him.

The men, who follow the senator through the venue for four minutes,identify themselves as belonging to a group called Patriots Blue. A video of the stunt was later posted to the group’s Facebook page.

“Why don’t you go back to Iran, you terrorist?” one of the figures asked, targetting Mr Dastyari’s cultural background.

The senator then labelled the men racists and told them they were embarrassing themselves, to which they replied:”What race is Islam? We are the real Australians. Look at this terrorist.”

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Labor MP Tim Watts is shown defending his colleague in the video, asking the abusers, “What race is dickhead?”

Speaking to radio station3AW on Thursday morning, Neil Erikson admitting he was one of the men responsible for the stunt.

He was also one of three far-right activists convicted and fined for inciting contempt, revulsion or ridicule of Muslims in a video depicting a mock beheading at Bendigo council headquarters.

“We were trying to put him on show,” Mr Erikson told broadcaster Neil Mitchell.

He called Mr Dastyari a “sook”, and denied using xenophobic slurs before accusing the senator himself of using racist language.

“He called me a redneck, which is actually a racist slur,” he said.

The man was unrepentant, saying he was likely to target other politicians in the same way.

Mr Dastyari also spoke to the radio station this morning, admitting he was frightened and offended by the men’s behaviour.

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He was considering legal action against the group.

“I cop a lot abuse, I cop a lot of hate, I probably cop more than other people do because I am a little outspoken,” Mr Dastyari said.

“This is where politics is heading in this country.”

The Patriot Blue stunt follows their storming ofa Moreland council meeting last month, carrying a fake coffin painted with the Australianflagandcalling councillors “traitors”.

The council previously voted to no longer celebrate Australia Day.

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Super granny salutes

FISH OF THE WEEK: Chriss Gallagher wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this jew hooked up Crescent Head way last week.

For Fish of the Week winner Chriss Gallagher, the jewfish she plucked from the river at Crescent Head last Tuesday was a super surprise.

“For a granny who goes fishing once in a blue moon this was excitement,” she reported. “Using my friend’s Defiance rod with a braid line (so I’m told) I hooked this jewfish using chicken breast soaked in garlic and Parmesan cheese on a 20lb line at Crescent Head on Tuesday.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes as I thought I must have caught a little shark or something–it sure put up a fight! But was delicious!!! It was around 80cm long and weighed 4kg. Hope you agree it was an awesome catch for an old girl!”

Obviously Chriss is milking the Granny card, and you have to feel for Daniel McDowell from Newcastle who would have figured strongly for Fish of the Week with his similar sized jewfish hooked in Newcastle Harbour last Sunday.

“I had to put up with the wind and rain but it was all definitely worth it,” Daniel said of the two fish he caught, one measuring 91cm, the other 85cm.

“Both were taken on live bait and during daylight hours.”

It was a similar story for Reed Sweetnam, from Vacy, who sent in a pic of a super bass caught and released in the Paterson River last week, and RileyFitzsimmons, of Singleton, who landed a 71cm flathead in Lake Macquarie.

All were worthy Fish of the Week entries, but ultimately, in the interests of diversity, unusualness and just plain feel good factor,the super excited granny got the chocolates.

Lazzo legendLee “Lazzo” Stevenson took out the Newcastle District Anglers Association freshwater competion held at Lake St Clair last weekend.

A strong contingent of 41 anglers competed and for the first time as club spokesman Craig Oaten can remember Lazzo managed to catch the maximum 17 fish.

“The last couple of years the yellowbelly and silvers have been hard to get but he managed to get five of each, along with five catfish and two bass,” Craig said.

“Most of the yellowbelly were around the 40cm mark. His 17 fish weighed in at a winning 16.85kg.”

Lazzo hails from Burwood Bowling Club and it was the first NDAA comp he’s ever won and to say he was chuffed would be an understatement.

‘He’s always been competing, and had a few second and thirds,” Craid noted.

Mick “Mountain” Price was runner-up with 15 fish, for 15.3kg.

“All competitors got a lot of fish this year, with the average about 10 fish each,” Craig said.“Seventy per cent of the yellowbellies were caught trolling deep divers.”

Light rain, wind and stillness oscillated over the weekend, with the fish on the bite during the stillness.

Serena Downie tied with Jan Jeffs in the ladies division.Veteran champion was Bob Hodges, Les Jeffs claimed super veterans honours while sub-junior champ was Mia Downie.

Matthew Small got the largest bass –1.15kg; Matt Finn got the biggest catfish –2.16kg; Mel Watfield got the biggest golden perch –2.12kg; and Steve Hector got the largest silver –0.99kg.

The next NDAA comp is the estuary event in February.

Orca talkJumpin’ Johnny Frith from Fisherman’s Warehouse reports consistent catches of flathead, bream and jew in Lake Macquarie, and even the odd orca spotted about out wide.

“Corey [workmate Corey Reid]was out yesterday and got 14 flathead in the shallows and a few nice flounder,” John said.

“Some nice meaty blue swimmers on the march at the moment and I havebeen getting some nice bream in Swansea channel.A lot of schoolies biting on prawns.”

Prawns edgySpeaking of prawns, the next prawn run is due Tuesday, November 14.

They usually move 10 days after the full moon which was last Saturday.

“It might sound obvious, but when they’re running, prawns are the best bait to use in the lake,” John said.

“The last prawn run, I caught all my bream on prawns even though I had mullet and chicken breast baits out at the same time,but they weren’t biting on those. It makes you wonder. It’s not like I was fishing in the channel where there are heaps of prawns, but they just seemed to favour the prawns.”

Super pestsThe barracouta are still about in plague proportions off the coast, causing anglers no end of frustration.

“Never seen it like this,” John said.

“Plenty of bonito about but they’re pretty small.A few kings responding to jigs in close and afew marlin have been switch baited out wide.

“There’s even been a few killer whales spotted frolliicking about which is pretty unusual in these waters, but not unheard of.”

ASX-listed daigou business surges 25pc

Keong Chan (tallest) Director of ITM with Jiahua (Joshua) zhou managing director and Co founder of AuMake andLINGYE (Lyn) ZHENG non executive and Co founder of AuMakePic Nick Moir 29 june 2017Investors have poured into Australia’s only listed daigou business, boosting the share price more than 25 per cent this week, enthused by the company’s recent acquisition spree.

AuMake Australia – a retail business that connects Australian suppliers directly with daigou shoppers and Chinese tourists – this week announced the acquisition of wool manufacturer Jumbuck Australia.

The deal comes just one week after AuMake acquired Health Essence, a health supplements business, and one month after raising $6 million and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.

“We are having to move quickly because there is just so much demand for Australian products in China,” says Keong Chan, chairman of AuMake.

“We have literally 20 business enquiries every day, people asking us to please, please work with them. They want access to China and Chinese tourists and we are just so convenient for them.”

Daigou means to “purchase on behalf of” in Chinese and there are an estimated 40,000 shoppers who buy high quality Australian products and ship them back to China.

AuMake has identified four key categories that underpin the voracious Chinese demand for high quality Australian products: wool, healthcare, skincare and infant formula.

Jumbuck Australia – previously run by a Chinese family – will produce wool products for AuMake under the trademark UGG AUS.

Prior to its acquisition, Jumbuck recorded (unaudited) sales of $285,895 in FY16 and $754.624 in FY17, enjoying a 260 per cent increase on year-on-year sales and at an average gross margin of 32 per cent.

“Daigou tastes can change very quickly,” says Mr Chan. “So we wanted a business that had all the manufacturing plants and equipment here in Australia. It’s important for us to control the supply chain.”

Health Essence products include fish oil, liver detox, grapeseed oil, squalene and propolis.

“So many of these smaller brands were not getting the traction with Chinese shoppers they thought they would,” says Mr Chan. “We have those shoppers.”

AuMake uses a far-reaching network of WeChat users to connect directly with customers and build relationships.

But further to this, the company has opened a new facility in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, designed to operate as a showroom for busloads of Chinese tourists looking for Australian products on their way to the Blue Mountains. To facilitate this, the company has a strategic alliance with the local Chinese Tour Guide Association.

Shares in AuMake have jumped over 300 pper cent since listing at 8 cents and are trading around 32 cents.

Several other enterprises serving the daigou market have sprung up in the last twelve months. DaigouSales is an e-commerce website allowing Australian brands to market directly to Chinese nationals. The brands pay $249 a month, plus a 2.5 per cent transaction fee.

While the daigou model has certainly piqued investor attention, these businesses are still at the mercy of Chinese authorities who have been known to suddenly crackdown on the import of foreign goods.

Earlier this year, the government imposed bans on foreign books, movies and games being imported into China.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.