The trade that shaped Judd’s AFL career

Chris Judd joined Carlton because he was excited about being “part of something from the ground up”.

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Regrettably for the AFL, icon construction never amounted to much at Princes Park.

Judd played 145 games at Carlton and 134 at West Coast, making the 2007 trade close enough to the midpoint of his decorated career.

The on-baller’s arrival came at the expense of draft picks No.3 and No.20, plus emerging key forward Josh Kennedy.

Was it a good decision by Carlton and West Coast?

Was it the right call by Judd?

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett and former Carlton boss Greg Swann have both described it as a win-win trade in the past.

It’s hard to argue with.

Kennedy is 27, the Coleman Medal favourite and will be one of the key figures in West Coast’s premiership push in the next few years.

His value has skyrocketed, while No.3 pick Chris Masten is in career-best form and would be a walk-up starter in the Blues’ midfield.

Given the Eagles accepted Judd was out the door regardless of what they did, it’s a reasonable return.

Judd has lived up to, if not enhanced, his reputation.

He won the best and fairest in his first three years at Carlton, plus a Brownlow Medal in 2010.

His captaincy was hard to fault – current skipper Marc Murphy is among many Blues to marvel at the way Judd helped them improve.

What more could Carlton have expected?

Yet the club has failed to deliver Judd the success he craved so dearly.

Two coaches have been sacked.

Adelaide duo Sam Jacobs and Eddie Betts headline the talent that has left in recent years, while most draft picks have failed to kick on.

Management have had few wins in Judd’s time at the club.

The 31-year-old is not the sort to contemplate ‘what if?’

But it would have been hard not to do so in 2010.

For the second season in a row, Carlton had lost in week one of the finals.

Four weeks later, Collingwood toppled St Kilda in the grand final replay.

Judd had met with Melbourne, Essendon, Collingwood and Carlton three years earlier, having informed the Eagles he wanted to return to Victoria.

He narrowed it down to Carlton or Collingwood.

“Chris’s head said the Pies and his heart said the Blues,” Judd’s manager Paul Connors told Carlton’s website.

If he knew the pain that was to come, would Judd have chosen differently?

THE JUDD TRADE IN 2007

* Carlton gave up Josh Kennedy and draft picks No.3 (Chris Masten) and No.20 (Tony Notte)

* West Coast traded Judd and pick No.46 (Dennis Armfield).

Job ads growth weakens

Jobs growth is slowing and is not expected to get any better in the coming months, weighed down by weaker consumer and business confidence.

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The number of job advertisements on the internet and in newspapers was unchanged in May compared to April, but rose 14.1 per cent for the 12 months to May, seasonally adjusted figures from ANZ show.

ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan said the rate of growth has been slowing since late 2014.

“Although consumer confidence in economic conditions has improved on the back of the Commonwealth budget, it remains below long-term average levels, weighed down by elevated unemployment and a soft labour market,” he said.

“Businesses also remain cautious, with soft growth in consumer demand and spare capacity impacting on confidence, hiring intentions and investment plan.”

Mr Hogan expects employment growth to remain subdued because the economy will fail to pick up before the end of the year.

“We continue to expect that the Reserve Bank will keep the cash rate on hold for an extended period, as it waits to see to what extent the two previous rate cuts are able to stimulate activity,” he said.

The expectation of weak employment growth is backed up by a survey by employment firm Manpower, which found that 76 per cent of employers are not planning to increase the size of their workforce in the next three months.

That was up seven per cent, compared to hiring prospects for the June quarter.

Hiring intentions were strongest in the Northern Territory and Queensland and weakest in the mining state of Western Australia.

Employers in the finance, insurance and real estate industries were most likely to hire but there was a decline in hiring intentions for the mining and construction industries.

Farah a certain starter for Blues at MCG

NSW hooker Robbie Farah has declared himself a certain starter after being named in the Blues team on Tuesday for their must-win State of Origin clash in Melbourne.

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The return of skipper Paul Gallen and winger Brett Morris were the only two changes made by coach Laurie Daley after their series-opening loss in Sydney.

Prop Andrew Fifita and winger Daniel Tupou were axed.

Farah hasn’t played since injuring his left shoulder in their series-opening loss in Sydney and has been undergoing round-the-clock physiotherapy for the past three weeks.

“It’s a lot better than what it was a few days ago and feeling really good,” he said.

“I saw the medical staff here last night and they’re happy with where I’m at at the moment. It’s all systems go.”

Farah feared missing game two after his shoulder initially failed to respond to radical treatment, but said there had been signs of improvement over the past two days.

The 31-year-old will be monitored early in the week before returning for full sessions on Wednesday.

“It was pretty frustrating the first 10 days or so because I wasn’t seeing much progress in the shoulder,” he said.

“To be honest I thought I was no chance, the way I was feeling on Friday or Saturday.

“But the last 48 hours, I’ve seen some massive improvements and woke up yesterday morning feeling really good.

“Went down to training at the Tigers, got some physio and was passing the ball and doing different sorts of tests and came through okay.”

Gallen and Brett Morris came through unscathed in their respective comeback games from injury last weekend.

The Blues captain denied he was heading to Melbourne underdone, but admitted he probably wasn’t going to play 80 minutes.

“You saw my performance on the weekend, and fitness isn’t an issue for me,” he said.

“I look after myself. I’m not concerned with that at all.

“I probably won’t play the full 80, no.

“But I’m confident in my ability and my fitness at this level and I’ll do whatever Laurie needs me to do.”

NSW: Josh Dugan, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings, Will Hopoate, Mitchell Pearce, Trent Hodkinson, James Tamou, Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods, Beau Scott, Ryan Hoffman, Paul Gallen (capt). Interchange: Josh Jackson, Trent Merrin, Boyd Cordner, David Klemmer.

Death penalty postponed for fourth time for Pakistani man

A Pakistani man whose lawyers say was a child when charged with murder, and only confessed after being tortured, was handed a reprieve on Tuesday just hours before he was due to be executed, the fourth time his death penalty has been stayed.

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The Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a human rights law firm representing Shafqat Hussain, said the Supreme Court in the capital Islamabad would hear its appeal on Tuesday against an earlier court decision that rejected an inquiry into the case. 

It was the fourth time that Hussain, whose age is disputed, has had his death penalty postponed, and came hours before he was due to be hanged in the southern port city of Karachi. 

A JPP spokesman said that on this occasion, Hussain would have been changed into white clothes and moved to a different part of the prison in preparation for his execution. 

“Each time he has to say goodbye to his brothers. He has to go through this over and over again,” the spokesman said. 

Hussain’s lawyers say he was just 14 in 2004 when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails removed until he confessed to the killing of a child, a case that has angered rights groups and prompted mercy appeals from his family. 

The authorities say that he was 23 when he was sentenced. 

In addition to the legal appeal being heard in the Supreme Court, the JPP and one of Hussain’s brothers filed a 22-page appeal to President Mamnoon Hussain urging him to grant “permanent clemency or pardon from execution”. 

Hussain is one of more than 8,000 people being held on death row in Pakistan, according to the human rights group Reprieve, the largest number of any country. 

According to the group, around 150 people have been executed in Pakistan since mid-December, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a moratorium on the death penalty. 

His decision came a day after Taliban militants attacked a school killing more than 130 pupils and 19 adults. 

Reporting by Mike Collett-White. Editing by Nick Macfie.

Qld Sunday school teacher jailed for fraud

A Sunday school teacher has been jailed for swindling $75,000 from her employer to pay for family ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.

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Taafili Rose Taoso, 32, dabbed tears from her eyes as she was sentenced to four years’ jail, suspended after one year, for fraudulently obtaining $75,785 from industrial manufacturer Envirosmart Pty Ltd over three months in 2013, when she was employed as an accounts clerk.

The Brisbane District Court heard the dedicated Christian and mother was deeply involved in the local Samoan community and spent the money on a family trip to the Pacific island nation and for funerals, weddings and “Samoan culture”.

Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said Taoso tampered with supplier invoices on 10 occasions to cause payments of between $2000 and $17,000 to be deposited into her or her husband’s bank account.

The deception was uncovered when a supplier twice complained of non-payment and the company conducted an audit.

Ms Shaw said Taoso repaid $500 and begged the company director not to press charges, explaining that she had felt pressure from her family to pay for things.

Defence barrister Lisa Hughes said the money was spent on family, none of who were in court to support Taoso because the mother-of-one was so ashamed.

“She’s well involved in the Samoan community and she’s also a dedicated Christian, so this has had ramifications for her family and for herself,” Ms Hughes said.

Judge Michael Noun said the jail sentence reflected the seriousness of the crime while taking into account Taoso’s otherwise good character and the fact the money was not spent on “the high life”.

“You are, as they say, a very close-knit family. You have a Samoan background and there is a tradition in Samoan families that they help each other,” he said.