Scolari reveals some of World Cup squad

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Brazil football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Thursday revealed eight of his squad for the World Cup, including four skippers, while adding he has no concerns with the form of striker Neymar.

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Two weeks before officially unveiling his final squad, Scolari said he was appointing Thiago Silva of Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea’s David Luiz, Julio Cesar of MLS side Toronto and Fluminense striker Fred as his four captains.

He added he was also picking Chelsea trio Willian, Oscar and Ramires and Tottenham’s Paulinho.

“I spoke with five players in London and told them I was counting on them,” said Scolari, who recently visited players based in Europe.

Scolari, who led Brazil to their last World Cup triumph in 2002 in Japan, Thursday addressed a congress on football and psychology at Sao Judas University in Sao Paulo.

Asked about Barcelona star Neymar, embroiled in controversy over the cost of his transfer last year from Santos and questioned at times over his performances for the Catalan club, Scolari defended the forward.

“Neymar is calm. His team is not doing so well but in the national team he will perform as he always does. I see him in very different form than the one some Spanish journalists judge him to be in,” said Scolari.

And he insisted he had “zero concerns” with the star.

In an hour-long address, Scolari spoke of his early career as player and coach then said that he was decided “between 95 and 99 per cent” on his final 23-man squad which he hopes can land a sixth World Cup crown for the Selecao.

He insisted that although most people would be able to work out the squad for themselves, he had not told his technical staff — nor his wife.

Scolari also spoke on the issue of the importance of a player’s mental strength and how, at last year’s Confederations Cup, which saw Brazil beat Spain in the final, the players had drawn on that strength to triumph.

He noted there had been some doubts about the team voiced beforehand while the squad had to deal with large public demonstrations against the cost of hosting major events in a country where infrastructure lacks investment.

But once the crowd belted out the national in Fortaleza ahad of a match against Mexico the players took heart from the “euphoria” which that generated.

Brazil won and went from strength to strength.

After the squad is unveiled on May 7, Brazil will from May 26 meet up at their Teresopolis base outside Rio to prepare for group matches against Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.

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Uruguayan World Cup hero remembers

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Alcides Ghiggia still remembers the shocked hush in the Maracana stadium, packed with more than 200,000 people, after he scored the goal that felled football’s superpower.

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It was a “great, stunning silence,” Ghiggia, the only surviving player from the Uruguayan and Brazilian teams that disputed the decisive 1950 World Cup game, told AFP in an exclusive interview.

Sixty-four years on, there is enduring agony in Brazil over his goal as the country races to be ready to host the World Cup finals again. Ghiggia, now 87, said it took him years to appreciate the importance of his heroics.

Barely 10 minutes from the end of the game that Brazil only needed to draw to win the tournament, Ghiggia escaped his marker on the right wing and shot into the net before Brazilian goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa had dived.

There were only a few dozen Uruguayans in the legendary stadium, where the attendance of more than 200,000 people has never been surpassed at a sporting event.

“After the match we Uruguayans felt joy (but) there was this silence in the stadium and people crying,” he added.

Ghiggia has since repeatedly told eager audiences, “Only three people have reduced the Maracana to silence: Frank Sinatra, the Pope and me.”

“I first said that in an interview with Globo TV in the 1960s. I was asked about the ‘Maracanazo’ and the phrase just came to me, it wasn’t scripted.”

Brazilians call the humiliating 2-1 defeat the ‘Maracanazo’ and are still obsessed with the goal, even though their country has won the World Cup five times since.

Barbosa felt he was treated like a near criminal right up to his death in 2000.

Ghiggia is treated like a war hero but denies he is one like a soldier.

“I did something for my country,” he said. But he will never forget that goal.

“It remains burned on my memory. I had to decide in a few seconds what I was going to do in that move. I was lucky enough to drive it home inside the post and score the second goal.

“It was a joyous moment as I thought of my family, my friends. That is the most intimate memory I retain of this goal.”

Ghiggia said he was too young, 23 at the time, to understand the significance of his goal when he claimed his World Cup medal in the stunned stadium.

“Not at the time, as I was very young. I only realised its impact several years later when people started writing books on the subject and asking me about it.”

Brazilians say the legacy of the defeat is like a ghost in the Maracana, which will be used again for this year’s World Cup final on July 13.

Ghiggia, who has left an impression of his feet on the Maracana walk of fame, denies that he is the phantom.

“It was journalists who came up with that idea, not me. I wouldn’t know if the ghost of Maracana is me or someone else,” he laughed.

Uruguay are back at the finals again, having narrowly qualified. But they have one of the world’s great strikers in Luis Suarez.

Despite his patriotism and Brazil’s role as favourites, Germany are Ghiggia’s tip to win in 2014.

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Sydney Anzac Day service a poignant moment for thousands

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Live coverage: Anzac Day 2014

Former Australian Defence Force member Colin Hogan travelled from Tasmania to join the crowds in Martin Place to commemorate the 99th year since the landing at Anzac Cove.

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Mr Hogan said the service was moving.

“I think with the Dawn Service in Sydney, a poignant moment is when they play the Last Post and the fact that they actually darken the place out,” he said.

“You can almost feel the spirits of the ex-servicemen there with you.”

Speaking to SBS after the solemn ceremony, Mr Hogan said the notion of Anzac Day is often misinterpreted.

“I think some people get the wrong idea when they say it’s a celebration of war, it’s not,” he said.

“The only way I can express it … is to be at the Dawn Service when they play the Last Post. Look at us old blokes with our medals and we’ll have tears in our eyes. We’re celebrating nothing, we’re remembering.”

Helen Wake said it would “take a lifetime to tell” what Anzac Day meant to her and her family.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 50 years and each year is getting harder,” she said.

“I can’t control the emotion anymore. It’s been a long time, family thing… I made a point of coming in especially.”

(Helen Wake)

Ms Wake will be marching in the parade this morning, carrying a banner she made to acknowledge the service of those who fought in Vietnam.

“I hope that they see it and know that we did appreciate what they’ve done and they went through,” she said.

Kim Ferguson travelled from Mudgee for the service, her first attended in Australia.

“It’s one of the real places where Australians and New Zealanders come together and, as a dual citizen, I think it’s fantastic,” she said.

“We come together truly as brothers and sisters, rather than our usual rivalry.”

(Kim Ferguson and Peter Munro, Mudgee)

The Sydney service was one of many held in cities and regional centres across Australia.

 

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Atletico’s Spanish soccer title bid mounts

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Atletico Madrid can take another huge step towards their first La Liga title in 18 years when they travel to face Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday.

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Diego Simeone’s men need to win just three of their remaining four games to mathematically seal the championship.

However, Simeone’s task this weekend is complicated by one of his side’s most difficult away trips of the season falling between the two legs of Atletico’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea.

Midfielder Jose Sosa, though, believes five days rest will be more than enough to ensure they are in the right condition to secure a ninth straight league win.

“The coaching staff are handling that aspect well with the players that have played the most minutes,” he said.

“Those that played on Tuesday will have a bit more rest in the days before the game to ensure they are ready to play at any moment.”

Sosa, David Villa, Arda Turan and Tiago, among others, are likely to be drafted into the side that started Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea, while captain Gabi is certain to start as he is suspended for the second leg at Stanford Bridge.

Barcelona were the one side of the three title hopefuls not in Champions League action in midweek after falling to Atletico in the quarter-finals.

The Catalans lie four points behind Atletico in second place, albeit having played a game more than third-placed Real Madrid, and defender Marc Bartra insists they must maintain the pressure on the league leaders when they travel to Villarreal on Sunday.

Barca will still be without the injured Jordi Alba, Neymar, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, but will be boosted by the return of Sergio Busquets from suspension.

Real Madrid are the first of the title contenders in action this weekend as when they host struggling Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening.

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is likely to make a series of changes with his side’s Champions League semi-final, second leg against Bayern Munich in mind as Los Blancos take a 1-0 first leg advantage to Germany on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be rested as Ancelotti admitted he played against Bayern in midweek despite not being full-fit.

Gareth Bale should return to the starting line-up after recovering from flu, whilst Raphael Varane, Nacho and Asier Illarramendi are also in contention to start.

Arguably the game of the weekend involves those just below the top three, however, as Athletic Bilbao host Sevilla in a virtual playoff for the fourth and final Champions League spot.

The Basque side lead Europa League semi-finalists Sevilla by three points, but a win for Unai Emery’s men away at San Mames on Sunday would take them into fourth thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

Friday

Elche v Levante (1900)

Saturday

Granada v Rayo Vallecano (1400)

Getafe v Malaga (1600)

Real Madrid v Osasuna (1800)

Real Betis v Real Sociedad (2000)

Sunday

Espanyol v Almeria (1000)

Valencia v Atletico Madrid (1500)

Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla (1700)

Villarreal v Barcelona (1900)

Monday

Celta Vigo v Valladolid (2000)

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Australians urged to thank veterans

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Australians have been urged to seek out and thank surviving World War II veterans as their numbers rapidly dwindle.

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They have also been warned not to allow the “romance” of war to overshadow its brutal reality.

Returned and Services League (RSL) spokesman Bill Denny says August 5 this year will mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, heralding the beginning of the Anzac centenary period.

He says Australians will remember the enormous contribution made by the nation just 13 years after federation, the introduction of industrial scale warfare and the “brutal, unforgiving savagery and slaughter of it all”.

“We will not celebrate – we will commemorate,” Mr Denny told thousands at the Anzac day dawn service in Adelaide.

“During this period we must be very careful not to allow the oft implied romance of war to overshadow the brutal reality, pain and loss that war delivers on the soldiers who serve and those that are left behind.”

Mr Denny said it was especially important this Anzac Day to remember surviving veterans from World War Two, mindful that the youngest will be in their mid-90s when the Anzac centenary ends in 2018.

One of those veterans, Bill Schmitt, 96, who served in the Middle East and also spent more than three years as a prisoner of war, said Australians had a shared responsibility to preserve, maintain and protect the nation’s peace and freedom.

“Those of us who were fortunate to survive long years in captivity remember with respect and love the great comrades we left behind in burial grounds throughout the Pacific and Japan,” Mr Schmitt said in a video address.

“Young men and women whose lives were so needlessly taken in circumstances never before experienced and never again, we trust, to be repeated.”

Another WWII veteran, Bill Atkins, said Anzac day was a time to think of his two sons, who had served in the Navy and who would take part in the march in Adelaide, and also his father who had been wounded in France during WWI.

Holding back tears, he said some memories still hit hard.

“Especially when I hear the ode and the Last Post,” he said.

“I think of some of the blokes I went to school with who didn’t come home. But that’s life isn’t it.”

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The forgotten Anzacs: ‘honoured guests’ of the Sultan

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By Mat Hardy, Deakin University

As we undertake our annual remembrance of Australians at war, some attention should be paid to those personnel who were taken captive by the enemy and then faced long years in brutal conditions.

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Enduring starvation, beatings, disease, death marches and forced labour in extreme climatic conditions, many of them died from casual neglect, deliberate abuse and untreated medical conditions.

And I’m not talking about prisoners of the Japanese in World War Two, but Australians taken captive by Ottoman forces during The Great War.

Australian Flying Corps personnel, Mesopotoamia (Image: Australian War Memorial)

 

Just over two hundred Australians fell into enemy hands during our involvement in the Allied fight against the Ottoman Empire. Amongst those troops taken at Gallipoli and in Palestine, there were also some pioneering Australian submariners and a group of our very first aviation personnel. These last went into the bag during the relatively obscure Mesopotamian campaign; a four year effort to dislodge the Ottomans from what is now Iraq.

One of these airmen, Thomas White, was captured in a hare-brained plan to disrupt enemy signals by blowing up telegraph poles. No smart bombs or Tomahawk missiles being available, in 1915 this meant landing your aircraft behind enemy lines and sending your observer out to place dynamite on the poles whilst you hauled the plane round manually to face back into the wind. Predictably it all went horribly wrong. White’s ensuing memoirs of his years in captivity describe the privations Allied troops endured whilst also bearing witness to the depredations of the Armenian genocide that was going on around them.

Australian POWs. Thomas White is seated, centre. White (1928)

 

Guests of the Sultan

In some contrast to those held prisoner by the Japanese 30 years later, the poor treatment given to the Allied prisoners of the Ottomans seems to have been the product of systemic neglect rather than wanton cruelty. A corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy exacerbated by the crumbling fortunes of an empire fighting for its life meant that the prisoners held out in the provinces had little access to nutrition and medicine. Not only because it was withheld, but because there wasn’t much to access anyway.

White describes how he and his fellow officers had to buy their supplies from local markets. Not being allowed to go and do it for themselves, they had to entrust this transaction to their guards. Naturally the commission taken and the mark-up imposed by the vendor meant that they didn’t get much for their money. But they were still better off than many of their fellows.

In late 1915, as British and Australian troops were stealthily evacuating the Gallipoli peninsula, others were being surrounded in Kut, a town on the Tigris downstream from Baghdad. Around 13,000 Allied troops eventually surrendered after nearly five months of siege, the majority of them British and many of these from Indian formations. These POWs were then marched over 1,000 km across the desert to Aleppo, with about half dying along the way. The dead included seven of the nine Australian aircraft mechanics who surrendered. The survivors were mainly put to work chiselling railway cuttings out of the rock of the Taurus Mountains.

 

An Indian survivor of the siege of Kut Wikimedia / UK National Archives

 

The Indian POWs were subject to a higher level of abuse and neglect from the Ottomans than the white prisoners. Often they were not even housed under cover, being forced to sleep outside without any blankets or shelter. In the winter they died by the score every night. Around 70% of the thousands captured never saw home again. White’s account of such pitiable conditions and the sight of skeletal men carrying their dead comrades for burial every day make for poignant reading and certainly evoke comparisons with the POW experience under the Japanese. Of the two hundred Australians taken by the Ottomans, about a quarter died during their captivity.

 

A question of image

White’s own escape was worthy of a screenplay: jumping from a train, being chased through the streets of Constantinople and then smuggling himself aboard a freighter to Odessa, then in the throes of Bolshevik revolution . He made it to London, married the daughter of the former Australian PM Alfred Deakin, and then came home to a long, distinguished career in federal politics, aviation and finally, as High Commissioner to Great Britain. (At the Point Cook RAAF base you can still see a heritage listed dent in one of the hangars from White pranging his Bristol Boxkite during training in 1914.)

White disguised as a Turk as part of his escape bid. White (1929)

 

However, the Australian airman was forever irritated that a ‘tough but fair’ image of the Turks came to prevail in the years following the war. Stemming largely from the Gallipoli narrative, White also felt that this positive impression had been supported by complimentary letters home from Australian prisoners, especially those held at the ‘parolee camp’ at Gedos. Here, captive officers who contracted not to attempt escape were left unguarded and kept in much greater comfort than those in the general military prisons. White’s scorn for those who “took the path of least resistance” was great, since he felt they were co-operating with the enemy and this proportionately increased the suffering inflicted on those men, such as White himself, who refused to make such a bargain.

Whether White was right or wrong in this hypothesis, it seems fair to say that today the Japanese hold a more negative (and less reconciled) image regarding their treatment of Australian prisoners of war than the Turks are afforded.

Beyond the beaches

In its popular format Anzac Day is often focussed on the Gallipoli landings, with less emphasis consequently being placed on other events and campaigns of WW1. Arguably there is even less consideration given to subsequent wars and operations. Surrender and captivity also fall outside the ‘glorious’ narratives of war, but the hardships faced by Australian POWs are something we should reflect upon if we want to broaden the commemoration beyond the beaches and gullies of Gallipoli.

And in the story of White and his peers, we don’t even have to move that far in time and space from the famed peninsula to do it.

 

Graves of Allied prisoners who died in Ottoman captivity. Front left is that of Australian submariner PO Charles Varcoe. (Image: Australian War Memorial)

Mat Hardy does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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Carlton want to keep big two forward

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Carlton are set to resist sending Lachie Henderson or Jarrad Waite back to shore up an undersized defence when they seek their second win of the AFL season against West Coast on Saturday.

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The Eagles have brought in talls Scott Lycett, Jeremy McGovern and Will Schofield to complement a side already containing big men in Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Nic Naitanui and Dean Cox for the clash at Etihad Stadium.

Carlton regained regular fullback Michael Jamison from injury for the pivotal encounter and Blues director of coaching Rob Wiley expects Henderson and Waite to remain inside the attacking 50, where they kicked five and three goals respectively in the breakthrough win against the Western Bulldogs last week.

“If they keep kicking goals we certainly can (keep both forward),” Wiley said on Friday.

“Every game unfolds differently and West Coast are a completely different side.

“They have brought in three talls, but we believe that if we play the football that we’ve shown throughout the year, and particularly last week, over four quarters and we can get football into Henderson and Waite then they’re very dangerous.

“We’ve also got to back ourselves.”

With Sam Rowe the only other regular tall defender in the Blues’ side, the Eagles will be hoping to expose their opponents overhead, but they’ve struggled to post a winning score themselves in recent weeks, managing a total of just 11 goals across losses to Geelong and Port Adelaide.

“Maybe it hasn’t gone as well as they wanted in the last two weeks, but defensively they’re a very good side and we know that we have to certainly work hard to kick a winning score ourselves,” Wiley said.

“They’ll want to rebound and they’ve got some dangerous forwards.”

In addition to Jamison, Carlton also recalled Brock McLean and Jeff Garlett from stints in the VFL, with Mitch Robinson recovering from a knee injury.

Wiley was confident that Garlett had learned some valuable lessons after his five-disposal effort in the round-three loss to Essendon had him sent for a spell back in the VFL.

“Jeff is an important player for our side, he offers something different, and it was pleasing to see in the second half last week he really get back to the form that he showed last year,” he said.

“He knows that he has to work hard. He’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, but he’s got to come in and play (the role) that’s expected of him.”

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Paddleboat sells then sinks in Vic

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One of Australia’s oldest paddleboats has sunk into the Murray River’s murky waters at a time when its ownership is a legal grey area.

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The 1877-built Avoca was found mostly submerged, and tilted to one side, at its mooring at Mildura in Victoria early on Friday.

It was two weeks to the day after the historic vessel was sold at auction, only to then sink during the settlement period.

The Avoca is changing hands from celebrity chef Stefano de Pieri to fellow Mildura restaurateur Simon Harrington, who submitted the winning auction bid of $55,000.

“We’re all very sad about it and we’ll have to see what we can do,” Mr de Pieri told AAP on Friday.

“We don’t know what has happened. We suspect it was a power failure and the bilge pump stopped working and that was that.

“This is what happens to boats, particularly old ones … (but) it’s not lost yet.”

Mr de Pieri said the vessel would be inspected with a view to raising it, and that Murray River towns had the know-how and resources to do this, although he’d not had time to consider cost or sale implications.

The vessel has been used in recent times as a floating restaurant and Mr Harrington had planned to substantially restore the Avoca for use as a cafe by day, bar by night.

On Friday Mr Harrington said this plan was not sunk.

“I don’t believe it is … we have some pretty amazing plans that involved its restoration and we’re hoping that’s something that will still prevail,” Mr Harrington told Fairfax Radio.

“It’s not the first time this boat has sunk since 1877, so I’m hoping that this is just another story that we can tell about the old girl in a couple of years.”

Mr Harrington also noted the sale process had not been finalised.

“We’re in a settlement period at the moment,” he said.

“I haven’t got the key and had only paid a deposit – so it is an interesting grey area.”

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Xzibit hurls chair at Aust promoter: video

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A video allegedly showing US rapper Xzibit throwing a chair at his Australian promoter after a gig in Adelaide has been posted on YouTube.

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The performer has been on tour Down Under since April 12 and will finish in Brisbane on Friday night.

In the video, after arguing between several people backstage, a man with an Australian accent is heard saying, “I didn’t f***ing do that”, before a man with an American accent is seen lifting a metal chair.

The man with the chair, who is tagged in the video as Xzibit, says, “Get the f*** out of here, man, before I f*** you up.”

When the Australian responds, “What is your problem?” the man tagged as Xzibit throws the chair at him while shouting something about “the sound check”.

The argument continues with threats of a fight before security steps in and someone says, “This needs to be resolved.”

The three-minute and 38-second video was posted on YouTube on Wednesday and the Australian who Xzibit appears to be fighting with is tagged as Patrick “Mastercraft” Whyntie.

Mr Whyntie was the promoter for Xzibit’s show in the Adelaide UniBar on Wednesday night.

Various news outlets and online sites are reporting the altercation was about Xzibit’s transport.

On fasterlouder广西桑拿,广西桑拿网,, reports say the argument came about because the rapper was picked up from Adelaide airport in an old Subaru with broken windows, and was forced to catch a taxi to the sound check.

The report also says the rapper found nothing was set up when he arrived.

The site also reports that Mr Whyntie says Xzibit was picked up in a $50,000 BMW.

Mr Whyntie posted a response on his Facebook page on Thursday that seems to address the argument.

“People forget Xzibit was one of my idols I spent my life savings to bring him down to Heatwave 1, had best friends invest and we treated him like royalty. Stretch Limos, fat pay cheque, unlimited booze you name it. What do you think we did this time?” he posted.

“Moments before he flipped out I had just had my guys running around to make sure every last need was taken care of! … We damn near sold a show out on a Wednesday night in Adelaide. SO WHY on earth would any of the team Xpect you or deserve you to talk to us like s***, throw a tantrum and piss on everything we did for you!” the post said.

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WA orphanage abuse victims to hold vigil

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British child migrants who suffered sexual abuse at Christian Brothers institutions in Western Australia plan a silent vigil outside Royal Commission public hearings in Perth next week.

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Thousands of youngsters – some aged only three – were from 1947 shipped to Australia from Britain, often without their parents’ knowledge or consent, and sent to institutions survivors describe as more like concentration camps than children’s homes.

While inspections by a UK government committee blacklisted many of the institutions in 1956, children continued to be deported until 1970.

The fortnight of hearings, starting on Monday, will be the first time the British abuse survivors, who were placed at the Bindoon, Castledare, Clontarf and Tardun orphanages, will give public testimony to the Royal Commission.

Norman Johnston, who was sent to Clontarf in 1950 aged eight, said they hoped the investigation provided answers as to how they were allowed to be treated so cruelly in Australia and why children were taken from their beds and trafficked to Australia.

“We have waited all our lives for this moment, a chance for the truth to be told in public. Whilst it is a momentous day we still know that so much remains hidden,” Mr Johnston said.

“We are thankful for the apologies from government, both in this country and the United Kingdom, but we still do not know the full truth about why were we taken from our parents and given to those who made our lives a living hell in Australia.”

He also called on the UK government to set up a judicial inquiry into the matter.

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