NEWS 18 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 BRAND BARTY TO SOAR BECAUSE ... Report pushes airfare cuts SHE’S NOT A BRAT JASON MENNELL KALGOORLIE MINER The Federal Government needs to act on high-cost regional airfares, the head of a committee looking at ways of shaking up regional air travel says. The Senate’s rural and regional affairs and transport references committee last week tabled a 200-page report recommending price controls and other measures to tackle high airfares. The report urged the Government to launch a Productivity Commission inquiry and consider offering subsidised airfares for rural residents. Labor senator and committee chairman Glenn Sterle fears the report will sit in Parliament and “collect dust”. He said yesterday regional airfares in WA were a “terrible issue”. Senator Sterle said the next move was “completely in the minister’s hands” but he was not optimistic anything would be done. “It will do a number of things from here,” he said. “It will either go straight to the minister’s desk because the minister is such a concerned person about the cost and he will act upon it. “Or my bet is, it will sit in the tabling office in the Parliament and collect dust.” Federal Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the Government would look closely at the findings. past president of the Fremantle Dockers, said there was big commercial value in the French Open win that Barty could cash in on immediately. Mr Harris said her sponsorship deals with international companies such as Jaguar, Rado, Head and Fila would include bonus payments to reward her on-court success. While big Australian businesses were likely first suitors, she would be in the sights of global companies. “The real significance will be if she can maintain her ranking and win more tournaments,” Mr Harris said. “Sponsorships work best when they are sustained over It has positioned the humble champion — a self-confessed home body in a sport with so much ego that it has turned many fans away — to secure lucrative sponsorship deals as she prepares to add a Wimbledon title next month to her shock success at Roland Garros. The 23-year-old has jumped from outside the world’s top 600 player rankings, when she started her comeback in 2016, to No.2 behind Naomi Osaka and just 200 ranking points shy of the Japanese champion. It is the highest ranking for an Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976. The Brand Agency chief executive Steve Harris, immediate New tennis star Ash Barty is on the cusp of a financial grand slam that will add significantly to a $14.5 million career prizemoney haul that has almost doubled this year. Just three years after her career rebooted in a low-tier Perth event following a brief cricket sabbatical, Barty is the new queen of Australian sport. She pocketed a cool $3.7 million for winning the French Open on Saturday. But that is likely to be just the beginning. Officer charged A WA Police officer will reappear in court next week under charges of unlawfully using a computer. Kenneth Ekeke, 51, made a brief appearance before the Midland Magistrate’s Court yesterday and did not enter a plea. His matter was adjourned until June 21. The senior constable was charged in May 2 with eight counts of unlawful use of a computer and has been stood down from duty. At the time of being charged, Mr Ekeke was attached to State Traffic. Joanna Delalande LOOKING FOR A MONTHLY INCOME? Unitised fund owned by the participating investors Experienced fund manager Australian owned and operated Friendly, personal service 6.50% pa* 1800 010 800 www.angasprime.com.au *target rate of return 12/448 Roberts Road, Subiaco Regulatory advice: The investment offer is contained in the PDS which should be read carefully before investing. An investment in Angas Prime is not a bank deposit. There is a risk you could lose some or all of your principal and that you may receive lower than expected returns. Minimum investment is $10,000. ARSN 091 887 400. AFS Licence No. 232479.
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