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NEW STRIPES: New Osborne coach Matt Rava (right) tries on the colours of the Cats with club official Shayne Weidemann. Picture: Les SmithSame colours, different stripes.Same job, different league.

New Osborne coach, Matt Rava,said he’s excited by the challenge that lies aheadafter signing withthe Hume League powerhouse.

The former Wagga Tigers mentor is looking forward to a fresh startbut can’t shake a familiar feeling about the Cats.

“The list at Osborne is very similar to what Tigers have had and I think there’s success on the horizon, not too far away,” Rava said.

“I’m looking forward to getting there as quickly as we can.”

Rava was dumped as coach of Tigers after taking the club to within four points of a grand final appearance in his second season.

“Obviously it was pretty disappointing because I put a lot of time and effort into getting the group up and about, but that’s football,” he said.

“I’ve really enjoyed the coaching over the last couple of years and I’d like to think I’m getting better at it as I go.”

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James Longworth was at his ‘weakest point’ when he punched bouncer Fady Taiba

Bouncer Fady Taiba leaves Downing Centre District Court during the trial of James Longworth. Photo: James Brickwood James Ian Longworth (centre), on trial for hitting bouncer Fady Taiba, leaves Downing Centre District Court. Photo: James Brickwood

With the death of his father playing on his mind, and thoughts of his grieving mother, James Longworth said he was at the “weakest point” in his life when he punched a bouncer outside a Sydney bar.

“I remember thinking I wanted to hit him and it was spontaneous,” Mr Longworth told Downing Centre District Court on Tuesday.

“I just remember feeling the impact of the punch and just being in disbelief that I hit him.”

Mr Longworth, who went to school at Cranbrook and studied business at university, told the court what happened in the lead-up to punching Fady Taiba​, who had refused him entry to Bar 333 in central Sydney on September 6, 2013.

The 34-year-old said his father died in June, just as he was preparing to move from London back to Sydney to be at his bedside.

His family found out a crematorium had lost his father’s ashes on Thursday September 5, and he was still feeling devastated after work on Friday.

“I was heartbroken. I’d missed seeing dad while I was overseas and even though he’d been cremated, I hated the thought of never being able to visit him and just him being lost.”

Mr Longworth said he had 10 schooners of beer at the Concourse Bar, near Wynyard station, before he and his friends moved to Bar 333.

At the entrance, Mr Taiba refused him entry in a “laughing tone” because he was stumbling, he said.

“I just got overwhelmed with sadness about dad. I just lashed out.”

Mr Longworth has pleaded not guilty to intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Taiba, arguing his state of mind at the time meant he did not form an intention to seriously injure him.

Under cross-examination from Crown prosecutor John Pickering, SC, Mr Longworth insisted he didn’t intend to hurt Mr Taiba, who suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eye socket, and required brain surgery after the punch.

“It was panic. I was overwhelmed. I thought I wanted to hit Mr Taiba when I normally would have [been] reserved. It was just a lash out when I normally wouldn’t have lashed out.

“The thought process did not go beyond wanting to hit Mr Taiba.”

Mr Pickering suggested the link between his grief and the punch was made up.

“It was real, I would never act that way normally and I was truly overwhelmed. I’d never felt anything like it before. I just couldn’t breathe … I lashed out,” Mr Longworth said.

Mr Pickering asked: “How do you deal with the grief of your father by striking another man, can you explain that?”

“There’s no explanation,” Mr Longworth replied.

The trial continues before Judge Richard Cogswell.

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Opal takeover: Seniors reluctant to switch from paper tickets

Out the door: TravelTen tickets won’t be sold from January 1. Opal card. Photo: James Alcock

The Gold Opal card available to seniors still entitles cardholders to a $2.50 pensioner excursion fare.

About 200,000 pensioners and senior commuters are yet to make the shift to Opal cards, just over two months from the end of the sale of most paper tickets for public transport in NSW.

Under government plans to move to a single ticketing system, the sale of 57 types of paper tickets for public transport will cease on January 1. While about 200,000 had yet to make the switch, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the fact about 480,000 seniors had signed up to Gold Opal cards showed that the paperless ticketing system was working well.

“For seniors in particular, [the Opal card means] less time queuing up at a train station. Now that we are close to half a million seniors, I think that is quite a successful outcome,” he said on Tuesday.

Those paper tickets that will no longer be sold from January 1 include the popular TravelTen for buses, Pensioner Excursion Ticket and Family Funday Sunday tickets.

The Gold Opal card that is available to seniors, pensioners and war widows still entitles cardholders to a $2.50 pensioner excursion fare.

Community groups say pensioners remain reluctant to ditch paper tickets for Opal cards because they find the technology confronting, harbour concerns about linking the card to their bank accounts or have privacy concerns.

“What we are hearing is that lots of people have tried it and find it quite difficult to use,” said Amelia Christie, manager of research and advocacy at the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association. “The feeling is that Opal is good but people should have the choice to use paper tickets and Opal.”

However, Mr Constance said it would be a waste of taxpayer resources to continue operating two ticketing systems in the state.

In an effort to encourage more seniors to make the switch, commuters will now be able to obtain and top up Opal cards at eight Service NSW centres. However, the top-up machines in the service centres will mostly be in regional centres, including Gosford, Newcastle, Kiama and Wollongong and Bathurst.

The government is yet to reveal how it will transition school children to a paperless ticketing system but Mr Constance signalled that an announcement would be made shortly.

About 4 million Opal cards have been issued since the system began on Sydney ferries in December 2012. The government is keeping adult and concession single or return paper tickets for trains, ferries and light rail, and single tickets for buses.

Asked whether he was closer to scrapping single and return paper tickets, Mr Constance said the government had made it clear that it would keep them in place in an effort to cater for tourists and people from regional NSW who did not have Opal cards.

In London, the ticketing system allows commuters to pay for journeys on public transport directly via contactless credit cards.

“Around the world we are seeing other advances in the technology. Ultimately it would be nice to swipe a mobile phone or move to account-based ticketing,” Mr Constance said. “We are now in the early stages of this but ultimately this is a card which is only going to further expand in terms of the technological offerings.”

While the minister has tasked Transport for NSW to look into account-based ticketing, he conceded that there were challenges to overcome regarding security, verification of users and software.

He declined to put a figure on the cost to the government of rolling out a system that allowed commuters to pay via their credit cards or mobile phones. “Anything we are trying to do with ticketing systems, you need to recoup through fares,” he said, adding that he did not believe the cost would be prohibitive.

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Things I wish I knew about setting up my iPhone 6s (before I lost half a day setting up my iPhone 6s)

Customers queue outside the Sydney Apple store for the release of the iPhone 6s. Photo: Nick Moir The new iPhone 6s Plus in rose gold. Photo: Melissa Singer

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When it comes to technology, there are early adopters (ie those mad people who will stand in the rain outside a store for days to get their fix) and what I like to call normal people.

I am usually one of the last people in my peer group to get the latest It Phone. To illustrate, I was still using a Blackberry Bold long after the first iPhone was already growing barnacles. But a serendipitous turn of events – aka the end of my iPhone 5s contract – meant I got my hands on an iPhone 6s Plus reasonably close to the release date.

Normally, I would consider myself a techonogically-savvy human. But armed with my iPhone 5s, my newly-minted iPhone 6s Plus (rose gold, 128GB, natch) and my home computer, I was reduced to a blithering mess.

After wrestling for five hours with my new toy, I finally got the familiar sight of my partner and dog on the home screen.

Is it faster than the 5s? Too early to say. Did I try the new 3D feature? No, I was too damned tired.

Before nodding off, I jotted down three key things about setting up the iPhone 6s (or 6s Plus) that I wish I had known before I lost an entire evening doing it.

1. Update the software on your old iPhone

It sounds simple (in hindsight, of course) that your two phones – old and new – will need to speak the same language.

I had put off upgrading my iPhone 5s software to iOS 9 for weeks. Turns out this was a bad move.

I backed up my iPhone 5s (running iOS 8.4, an embarrassing admission to any tech-heads reading this) to iTunes and was all ready to restore the backup to my new baby.

But the 6s Plus had other ideas. No matter how many times I seemed to perform the backup-restore tango, the 6s Plus still wanted more.

After five futile attempts, the lightbulb went off (OK, I read something on a Mac users’ forum). You can’t put a 2015 engine in a 2002 car and expect it to run smoothly, so it’s important your two phones are both running the same software before you can expect them to whisper sweet nothings to one another.

The fix? Update your old phone to iOS 9 before performing your final backup.

Time wasted: two hours

2. The backup password is the VERY first password set on your iTunes account

Trust me when I tell you this is the single most important thing you will read about setting up your iPhone 6s (other than how to turn the damn thing on). I could have cooked a lamb shoulder in the time it took me to sort out this riddle.

We are always being told to change our passwords to make them more alpha-numeric and hack-proof (ie not “1234qwerty” or “password”), so it would make sense that the password to protect The Entire Contents of Our Most Used Gadget would be up to date. Not so.

I was all set to restore my iPhone 5s backup to Miss 6s Plus (the rose gold ones are female, obviously), when it asked me for a special backup password. Say what?

Overcome with the sinking feeling that I don’t remember setting a special backup password, I set about trying to crack it.

First, I tried my current iTunes password. Rejected. Then my iPhone passcode. Nada. Then about 10 permutations of my most commonly used passwords. Zip.

After some furious searching, I learned that despite all the advancements in password technology, in some nostalgic quirk, iTunes wants the very first password you set for your iTunes account. Ex-partners’ birthdays, dead pets’ names, anniversaries of relationships long expired – they are all possible candidates. Be prepared for some awkward moments.

The fix? Cast your mind back, way back. And as soon as you’re able, change the encrypted password to something you can actually remember.

Time wasted: 1.5 hours

3. The iPhone 6s Plus is big. Very big

Compared to the diminutive 5s, the iPhone 6s Plus is a monster. And playing with it in the store does little to prepare you for its size when you actually go to use it.

Men will find slipping it in to a pocket a whole lot more cumbersome, and there aren’t too many handbags with a side pocket that’s the right size (although this could spell the need for a new handbag – or two).

As a one-handed texter, the 6s Plus is more than a handful, and I have slightly larger than average lady hands.

But on the plus-side, unlike with the transition from iPhone 4 to 5, at least Apple has had the decency to keep the chargers the same size, so you can continue the common pastime of collecting – then losing – charging cords.

The fix? Get used to texting with two hands and buy yourself a sturdy case, ol’ fumble-fingers.

Time wasted? one minute per text message (in lost multi-tasking opportunity)

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Melissa Singer is weekend news director for The Age.

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Darren Lehmann attacks Victoria over Peter Siddle, James Pattinson selection row

As the national selectors debate their best attack, Australian coach Darren Lehmann has taken aim at Victoria’s decision to overlook Peter Siddle through the one-day domestic series and their call for James Pattinson to not be considered for a Test recall.

Victorian coach David Saker told Fairfax Media on Monday he felt Pattinson should not be considered for Test selection until Christmas, as the Bushrangers’ spearhead continues to refine a revamped bowling action he hopes will avoid further back injuries.

Despite Siddle being an Ashes tourist and returning strongly to the side in the final Test, he has been bypassed for Victoria’s three opening one-day clashes, with Saker admitting he is not in their best XI.

The national selectors had hoped to see him play during the Sydney-based series, with Lehmann on Tuesday sarcastically taking aim at the Bushrangers.

Asked if Siddle was likely to remain the third quick behind Mitchell Johnson and Mitch Starc for the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba, Lehmann responded: “Don’t know. Haven’t seen him bowl. Victoria have been nice – it’s been good for them not to play him, hasn’t it?

“That is just the way it is. We can’t control what Victoria do. It would be nice to see him play, because we have a Test match coming up. We’ll just have to wait and see at the selection table.”

Siddle has said he will continue to work hard in the nets. He will return to the Bushrangers side for the sole Sheffield Shield clash, beginning October 28, before the squad for the first Test is picked a day or two later.

“That’s probably all he is going to get, so that’s what it is,” Lehmann said.

Lehmann, also a selector, was clearly unhappy with Saker’s call for Pattinson to be allowed to regain his groove in several first-class matches for the Bushrangers before he was considered for a Test recall.

“I think David Saker should concentrate on coaching Victoria and leave us to pick the side for Australia,” Lehmann said. “If James Pattinson is in and ready to go, then we think highly of him. We won’t rush him back in if he is not right. He has got to be ready to play.

“I think at the end of the day, we have to pick a side to get 20 wickets, which we always do. One of the things Australian cricket has done over the last 20 years, we have been able to get 20 wickets. What we have got to do is get control back, go for less runs.”

The robust Pattinson, who has been man of the match in two one-day clashes this summer, played the last of his 13 Tests against South Africa in Cape Town last year.

Saker, a former Victorian fast bowler and former England bowling coach, did not wish to comment when contacted on Tuesday.

The Australians were unable to contain England as much as they had hoped during the losing Ashes series, and regularly leaked runs at more than four an over.

Siddle, the 57-Test veteran, has the ability to hit a consistent line and length, allowing Johnson and Starc – expected to be front-line quicks at the Gabba – the opportunity to attack more.

However, Lehmann has made it clear it will be unacceptable for any of the fast bowlers to concede runs heavily against the Black Caps and West Indies this summer.

“The biggest thing in England for us, the learning curve, was the type of pitches they chopped and changed with – that you might have to chop and change your best attack, depending on the best conditions, and Ryan Harris’ [retirement] certainly hurt,” he said.

“England was the first time our bowlers have leaked a lot of runs or went for pretty much four an over. We certainly had it [control] at Lord’s and the Oval, but the other three, we went around the park – that’s not what we have been about for the last 18 months.

“We have kept it really much under three an over and kept control of the game. That has been the interesting change for us with the group – to make sure those blokes who are playing, the attacking bowlers, have still got to be able to defend as well.”

Johnson, now said to be over his injury “niggles”, and fellow quick Josh Hazlewood were rested from what ultimately was an abandoned Test series in Bangladesh this month.

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Australian skipper Steve Smith ready to bat at No.4 for top-heavy top order

Steve Smith said the anticipated influx of top-order batsmen for the opening Test against New Zealand could result in him batting at No.4, but he has made it clear he won’t bat any lower than that during his first series as skipper.

Smith conceded it was feasible he could drop down the order for next month’s opening Test in Brisbane after speculation that batting at No.4 could provide the order with balance, especially against spin bowling.

“It depends upon the make-up of the team where I’m going to bat,” Smith told Fairfax Media. “I think a lot of the players coming through at the moment, they’re top-order players, so there’s a good chance I’ll be batting at No.4

“I think I performed really well at No.4 last summer. I won’t be batting any lower than there – I can tell you that!”

While his baptism as Michael Clarke’s permanent successor was put on hold when the threat of terror against Australian “interests” in Bangladesh forced the postponement of the two-Test tour there, Smith said he understood his role.

“It is my team now, I guess,” said Smith. “It’s a really exciting time; a bit of generational change, some young players coming into the team and trying to build almost a new team.

“[My leadership approach] is about leading from the front with my performances. That’s the most important thing from my aspect.

“I’m also ensuring I have a good group of guys around me; a good leadership group and people who I can talk to away from cricket to give me some guidance and a kick up the backside if I need it.”

Smith was excited with the new-look team the selectors will unveil in Brisbane after the post-Ashes retirements of Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Clarke, saying they now had an opportunity to grow together.

He also conceded being blooded at home rather than on the sub-continent could be a smoother introduction to Test cricket for a side expected to be lacking experience.

“It might take a little bit of time but I’m hopeful the guys can come straight in and perform this summer,” he said.

“It would’ve been nice to have played the two Tests in Bangladesh but I think for the start of this new team playing at home might be a little bit easier for us, although it’s going to be a tough summer against New Zealand and the West Indies.

“It’s a really exciting time. I think there’s going to be a few experienced guys around the group – which is going to be good – but it’s a pretty new team. We have to try and build that up as much as possible and learn quickly on our feet and hopefully keep improving every day.”

Smith, who spent Tuesday at a training camp for the Australian Test squad at Hurstville Oval to bowl and train with the ‘red ball’ in the middle of the Matador Cup one-day competition, has a simple formula to safeguard his batting against the pressures of captaincy.

“I just try to put it out of my mind when I’m batting,” he said. “First and foremost I’m a batsman in the side and that’s my job, to score runs. I’ve performed pretty well in the games I’ve captained Australia in and hopefully I can keep it up.”

Smith added he was not overly concerned by the lack of red-ball action Australia’s Test players will have had when the Gabba Test starts on November 5.

“Guys are playing cricket, that’s the main thing” he said. “One-day cricket, four-day cricket  … it doesn’t matter. We’re going to have the one Sheffield Shield game and that will be with the pink ball.

“I haven’t faced the pink ball since I was at the Academy in 2009 and it felt like the ball left a bit of a trail behind it. I imagine they’d have made a few improvements since then, so I’m looking forward to playing in that game.”

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Treasurer meets Clive Palmer over Townsville’s Queensland Nickel refinery

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt. Photo: Chris Hyde

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt has become the second senior Queensland government member to meet with Clive Palmer to discuss his Queensland Nickel refinery, but he has refused to say whether there was a request for help.

But Mr Pitt did confirm that no decisions regarding assisting the Townsville refinery had been made.

Less than two weeks after Deputy Premier Jackie Trad confirmed she met with Mr Palmer late last month, Mr Pitt said he met with the Federal MP and other Queensland Nickel representatives but said the discussions were protected under “commercial-in-confidence”.

Mr Palmer fired off a series of tweets against the Queensland Premier and government on Monday afternoon, highlighting the state’s unemployment record under Labor, claiming Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk “has never been a worker” and that “worker men and women in Queensland are disregarded by the Queensland Labor Government”.

The ABC reported Mr Palmer had approached the government for a $25 million loan and “a government guarantee for banking facilities”.  Mr Palmer has denied making an application for assistance.

At an event to release the Queensland Resources Council’s report on mining’s contribution to the state’s economy, its chief executive Michael Roche said the nickel price was in flux.

“What I know about Queensland Nickel is it is a major employer in Townsville…I’ve watched the nickel price and it is swings and roundabouts,” he said.

“I think its making a bit of a comeback at the moment but one would hope Queensland Nickel is a company which is here for the long term.

“It has been an important part of Townsville economy for some decades.”

At the same event, Mr Pitt would not discuss whether the government had been approached for assistance, given the impact falling commodity prices are having on refineries such as Mr Palmer’s.

“I can confirm that I’ve met with representatives from Queensland Nickel, including Mr Palmer, relating to the facts that Michael Roche has just referred to and that is there is a decline in the price and of course we are interested to see how that is affecting their operations,” he said.

“…Those sorts of discussions are commercial in confidence and it would not make me a very good treasurer if I was going to be discussing matters that involve a private company in a public forum.

“I can say that there has been no decision to provide any assistance to Queensland Nickel.”

The government also vowed not to assist Adani with its attempts to get its Galilee Basin project, the Carmichael Mine, set to be the state’s biggest coal mine if it gets off the ground, by providing any infrastructure, at the 2015 election.

It has since qualified that as “no direct assistance” and has admitted it has been lobbying the Federal Government to provide the infrastructure funding, such as a rail line from the basin to the port, as part of its Northern Australian initiative.

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Call to crack down on gambling ad ‘bombardment’

Victorian Minister for Gaming and Liquor regulation Jane Garrett. Photo: Josh RobenstoneMore footy clubs push back against betting advertising

The constant onslaught of gambling ads should be reined in by tougher federal laws, Victoria’s Gaming Minister says.

Self-regulation of sports odds in live broadcasts failed to quell community concern and a recently announced review of online gambling laws should be expanded to include gambling advertising rules, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Minister Jane Garrett said.

In September, then social services minister Scott Morrison announced a review of online gambling laws to consider how they could be strengthened to tackle illegal overseas online bookmakers.

It has been estimated offshore wagering is a $1 billion illegal business in Australia.

In recent years, criticism of betting advertising has come from all political corners, including former Victorian Liberal premier and ex-Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett, the Greens and independent senator Nick Xenophon.

“We need to start a national conversation now, particularly around its impact on kids and young people who are bombarded through sports betting advertising,” Ms Garrett told The Age.

This week, she wrote to Social Services Minister Christian Porter and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, urging them to expand the online gambling review to include advertising.

“Recent research suggests that sports betting advertising may have negative economic and social impacts on vulnerable groups such as young people and problem gamblers, and it contributes to the normalisation of gambling as part of sport,” she said.

“Given many wagering services providers operate nationally, there is scope for the Australian and state and territory governments to work collaboratively to improve the effectiveness of gambling advertising regulation.

“This could include the development of measures to control or minimise harm associated with gambling advertising.”

Deakin University public health academic Samantha Thomas said gambling advertising was shaping children’s attitudes so that there was a blurred line between sport and gambling.

“When we talk to kids in the community, they tell us that the places they see gambling advertising is on the TV and at sporting stadiums,” Dr Thomas said. “They are two environments where the government could very quickly act to ensure kids are not exposed to gambling ads.”

As gambling advertisers used the full gamut of promotional tools, including social media, Ms Garrett said the review must be expanded to find out if the Australian Communications and Media Authority had adequate powers and resources to regulate the sector.

A spokesman for federal social services minister Christian Porter said the government “always prefers self-regulation over government regulations. But we will legislate to control gambling advertising if self-imposed industry regulations prove ineffective”.

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Kids as young as 18 months needing rotten teeth pulled because of bad decay

A three-year-old had 11 teeth extracted, and (right) a two-year-old was often given soft drink, which had dissolved the teeth down to the gum, exposing the nerve. Photo: Supplied Toddlers as young as 18 months are having rotting teeth pulled out, and in some cases older children are having all of their baby teeth removed in major operations, dentists say.

Sophie Beaumont, a dentist at Victoria’s public dental hospital, said some children were presenting with blackened teeth and pus-filled gums, suspected to be caused by soft drinks and high sugar diets.

Some parents delayed going to a dentist until their child was in so much pain that the child’s cries were keeping the family awake at night, she said. And some children’s mouths were so bad they had to have all 20 of their baby teeth removed.

“It is very sad because you can imagine the impact on that child when they have to go to school with no teeth and try to function without them. It is quite upsetting,” she said.

“It is not uncommon to be taking out 12 or 14 baby teeth in one go. We would do that quite frequently.”

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Nurse convicted of child porn crimes free to work in healthcare again

An intensive care nurse convicted of serious child pornography offences involving images of abuse, sadism and bestiality accessed over four years has been allowed to care for patients again.

Peter Omant, 58, of Geelong, was put on professional suspension after Australian Federal Police raided his home uncovering more than 1000 images and videos of children being sexually abused in late 2010.

A Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision on Monday reinstated Omant’s registration to practice nursing but attached special conditions, which were called “severe” by his lawyer after five years of suspension.

They include monthly counselling, regular breath tests, a ban from caring for children and working night shifts and require him to make disclosures to prospective employers.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia referred the allegations of professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct to VCAT but once they were found proven, had not pushed for Omant’s registration to be cancelled.

Omant served an 18-month suspended jail sentence after admitting to three charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography, in 2011.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

In July, a VCAT panel headed by president, Justice Greg Garde, found Omant had also failed his profession’s code of conduct with behaviour that was “unbefitting a nurse” and eroded public confidence in nurses.

Omant completed further nursing qualifications while serving the suspended sentence, which ended in May 2013.  A psychologist who assessed him in April 2013 found there were limited factors to suggest he represented an ongoing risk of sexual offending and argued he should he be allowed to return to nursing.

His offending had been linked to alcohol abuse.

On Tuesday, his lawyer Mark Comito said Omant was rehabilitated and that five years was an “inordinate period of suspension” which had caused him severe financial hardship.

“He has learned from his mistakes in the past and has not transgressed in any way to engage in any similar conduct which was the subject of this particular hearing,” Mr Comito told Fairfax Media.

“He’s ready to enter the workforce and contribute to society once again.”

Mr Comito said Omant was concerned about his ability to get a job due to the “severe” conditions imposed on his registration. “They have serious ramifications for him,” he said.

“The board did not seek the cancellation of his registration but have sought quite severe conditions which he will work towards and endeavour to prove to the profession that he’s worthy to practice.”

A spokeswoman for the board said the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s national principals required action taken against members be proportionate and “uses the minimum regulatory force needed to manage risk to the public”.

She said the board supported the outcome, taking into account several factors, which included that he has already served an effective suspension of five years and is banned from working with children.

The VCAT panel in handing down its decision accepted the suspension already served was sufficient and that the conditions imposed on Omant’s registration would “ensure that both he and the public are protected during his transition back to practicing as a registered nurse.”

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