Michaelia Cash grilled by Senate committee

Embattled cabinet minister Michaelia Cash has denied her former media adviser “took a bullet” for her by quitting after informing media about federal police raids on trade union offices.

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Labor senator Doug Cameron resumed grilling Senator Cash on Thursday, saying he had been advised the staffer had already made the decision to leave the office before resigning.

“Is it possible he took a bullet for the team and yourself?” Senator Cameron asked.

“No,” Senator Cash replied.

The minister praised the former adviser for confessing, and said she does not believe any other staff were aware of the leak.

“It is actually very brave of him to also come forward and to admit his mistake and lose his employment as a result of what he did,” Senator Cash said.

Journalists were tipped off about Australian Federal Police raids on Australian Workers Union offices in Melbourne and Sydney on Tuesday.

Senator Cash told the committee she asked the Registered Organisations Commission to consider referring the leaks to the federal police.

“I do not have the power to direct you in relation to such a matter, however one course of action which I would ask you to consider is referring the matter to the Australian Federal Police,” Senator Cash said, reading from her letter.

Labor is calling on Senator Cash to resign or Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to sack her.

She insists she hasn’t considered quitting, but refused to say if that possibility had been discussed when she met with Mr Turnbull on Thursday morning.

“I’m not going to canvas the ins and outs of the discussions I’ve had with the prime minister,” Senator Cash said.

She stood by her evidence on Wednesday, which Labor says amounts to misleading parliament five times.

“All evidence provided to me in relation to the questions that you asked me were based on my knowledge at the time,” Senator Cash said.

The adviser told Senator Cash he got the information from a “media source”, but declined to elaborate.

Senator Cash said she assured Mr Turnbull on Wednesday afternoon she did not personally contact journalists, but there was no discussion about her staff’s actions.

“I think the prime minister at that stage was concerned as to whether or not I had tipped off the media and I assured him that I had not,” she said.

Rapper 360 criticises Aust codeine plan

Melbourne rapper 360 has always been open about his struggles with drug abuse, but despite his overdose last year from the over-the-counter painkiller codeine, he doesn’t believe the opioid should be made a prescription-only drug.

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The decision by the Therapeutic Good’s Administration will come into affect from February, but 360 believes there’s another solution to the problem.

“I think they should do the exact same thing they do with pseudoephedrine, the way you have to put your licence down so that they can keep track of if anyone’s taking too much. Because there are people who don’t abuse it,” 360 told AAP.

The rapper is clean now but understands better than anyone how easy it is to get caught up in the grip of opioid addiction.

In Australia the highest number of drug-induced deaths come from prescription drugs, namely benzodiazepines and oxycodone, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It was through his reliance on oxycodone, an opioid, in combination with heroin that 360 – real name Matt Colwell – turned to the over-the-counter option codeine.

“When I couldn’t get enough OxyContin to last the tour, I was getting prescribed 80mg of OxyContin meant for people who were dying of cancer … I couldn’t get enough to last me the tour and I wasn’t prepared to take heroin on a flight because I was too scared. So I knew that I could use Nurofen Plus,” 360 told AAP.

The rapper was taking a total of 90 pills combining codeine with ibuprofen every morning just to stave off heroin withdrawal.

While in Byron Bay on tour, his addiction finally got the better of him and he overdosed on codeine.

“Apparently I started convulsing on the floor. I just woke up in hospital and I was on suicide watch,” he said.

It’s been a long road for 360 who was also diagnosed with biopolar disorder during his recovery.

His life is back on track and he’s releasing his long-awaited fourth album Vintage Modern.

It’s actually a second draft, more honest than what he originally planned to put out.

“I had a whole other album ready, it was pretty much the polar opposite of what this album’s like. There was a lot of very hard trap beats, it basically just sounded like a lot of the current rap music in America,” he said.

“And I didn’t want to drop an album that was just hard rapping, I actually had a lot of s*** I wanted to talk about, which is how the album sounds now. It’s everything I really wanted to talk about.”

* Vintage Modern is out on Friday

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Union stoush fallout to hit both parties

Tip-offs are the bread and butter of journalism.

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The usual suspects are police, making sure that crims are not only arrested but publicly humiliated.

It’s arguable that it serves a higher purpose – justice should not only be done, but seen to be done.

TV news viewers get to watch as the door is broken down, the drugs, guns and money seized, and the sheepish crooks are dragged out in handcuffs.

But the downside is having a media pack camped outside your house or office smacks of a witch-hunt.

This brings us to the events of this week, when the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union were raided in front of the cameras.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash’s senior media adviser David de Garis took the fall on Wednesday for tipping off a number of journalists, but there is no doubt he wasn’t the only source.

The problem for Cash is she repeatedly denied her office had any involvement.

Labor says the minister should be sacked for misleading a Senate committee looking at the AWU issue, while independent Nick Xenophon says there needs to be an inquiry.

The raids were already going to be controversial, even without a scandal over the tip-off.

Bill Shorten opened question time on Wednesday by asking the prime minister about the AFP operation.

The Labor leader wanted to know how federal police could be concerned about a shortage of resources to investigate things such as drug smuggling, while at least 25 AFP officers were made available to search union offices looking for information on a decade-old donation to the activist group GetUp!

Malcolm Turnbull accused Shorten of questioning the integrity of police, and not wanting breaches of union rules during his time as AWU boss to be properly investigated.

“The question for the leader of the opposition is not just why the AWU gave $100,000 to an organisation whose principal objective seems to be shutting down industries in which members of the AWU work, but also why he has not apologised for … the outrageous attacks on the independence and the integrity of the men and women that keep us safe,” he said.

The parliamentary exchange set the scene for days of intrigue, claim and counter-claim.

And it’s likely both sides of politics will take a hit.

Shorten already has a problem with voters consistently rating him significantly lower as preferred prime minister than Turnbull.

When compared with Turnbull, polls taken this year have shown he is considered less honest and trustworthy.

Turnbull has used question time and media conferences to reinforce this message, pointing to Shorten’s union past and predilection for knifing sitting Labor prime ministers.

Having the Registered Organisations Commission sniff around old donations by the AWU can only help the government, whatever comes of the investigation.

On the other side, there is no guarantee minister Cash will survive the scandal.

Labor plays hardball when it comes to ministers passing the buck.

Both Turnbull and Tony Abbott before him have held on to scandal-hit Liberals for too long, as the public mood turns from tut-tut to lynch mob.

It is understood the prime minister is, in any case, in a mood to reshuffle his cabinet later this year or early in the new year.

Labor already had a strong case against the establishment of the ROC, which Turnbull considered so important he took it to a double-dissolution election.

The commission effectively lays out a complex web of trip-wires and booby-traps for unions, penalising them for everything from errors in membership figures to breaches of internal rules.

ROC executive manager Chris Enright told a Senate committee on Wednesday breaches such as inflated membership numbers allowed union bosses to “shore up their leadership” and get more delegates on the floor of party conferences than they were entitled to.

Labor wonders whether $19.5 million could be better spent.

Turnbull and Cash argue it is an important part of accountability, especially as unions are a $1.5 billion-a-year business, and many of their members are some of the lowest-paid workers in the nation and want their membership fees used wisely.

The scene is set for a messy end to the political year.

Ethan had always been good with language, and in fact had been majoring in Latin at the University that he had been stu…

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Ethan woke up the next morning to the smell of sausages being cooked over a fire . It seemed like the some of the knights were cooking breakfast . After they finished their cooking, they began to distribute the sausages, as well as some beer among the rest of the knights . Ethan’s right hand was untied and he was handed some more stale bread and lukewarm beer by one of the knights who was himself enjoying some sausages, who was watching Ethan . As Ethan ate the stale bread that he was quickly starting to dislike, he listened to the knights talk among themselves more and more, and he thought that he was beginning to pick up a little bit of their vocabulary . Ethan had always been good with language, and in fact had been majoring in Latin at the University that he had been studying at, so although it was very difficult for him to try to learn this strange Germanic sounding language from scratch, he gave it a try . [Okay, I think that I know their words for ‘sausage’, ‘beer’, ‘bread’ and some form of the verb ‘to eat’ . The vocabulary isn’t all that difficult; it’s not all that different from Dutch which I studied in high school . The real trouble is the grammar . Their words for ‘sausage’, ‘beer’, and ‘bread’ seem to have different endings on them depending on how they’re used in a sentence . That could mean that they have declensions for their nouns . ] thought Ethan . Declensions were when the endings of a noun or adjective were changed depending on how they are used in a sentence . This makes word order of sentences a little bit more flexible, but it also makes it much more difficult to learn a language for the first time . On Earth, a lot of ancient languages have declensions, but many modern languages don’t . Ethan knew from his time studying Latin in his university just how difficult it could be to learn declensions . Advertisement[There’s no way around it . If I want to learn this language, I will have to try to speak with these knights to practice . The trouble is that speaking will be difficult with my limited vocabulary] thought Ethan . Ethan then turned to one of the two twin knights who were guarding him and tried to say “I eat bread . ” In that language by using some form of the verb ‘to eat’ while pointing to himself and then using some form of the noun ‘bread’ while pointing to the bread . The knight looked a little bit surprised to see Ethan attempting to speak his language, and unfortunately also a little puzzled as to what Ethan meant . After a few seconds of thinking however the knight finally understood what the young man was trying to say . He then pointed at Ethan and said the same form of ‘to eat’ that Ethan had used, and then pointed at the bread and used the word for ‘bread’ but with a different ending than the one Ethan had used . He then pointed at himself and used a different ending for ‘to eat’ than the one Ethan had used and then pointed at his own sausages and used some form of the word for ‘sausage’ . Apparently what Ethan had ended up saying when he tried to say “I eat bread” was “You eat (with the) bread” . The knight had then corrected him and said “You eat bread . I eat sausages . “[Wow, this language is pretty difficult to learn, especially under these circumstances . If I’m going to survive here though, I’ll probably need to know it . Well, thanks to that knight, I am starting to learn how the verbs and nouns work in this language . I should try to pick up more words and practice speaking more from now on . ]After breakfast, the leader of the Knights whom Ethan learned was called ‘Mia’ by the other knights started giving some orders to the knights, and the knights began disassembling the campsite . While they were doing that and talking amongst themselves, Ethan learned about a half dozen more words, mostly related to camping gear . The knights worked quickly and efficiently and all of their gear was neatly packed away in about ten minutes . After everything was put away, Mia gave some more orders and the knights all got in a single file line with Mia in the front and Ethan in the middle, standing right between the two twin knights who had been guarding him, and who Ethan had learned were called ‘Hans’ and ‘Friedrich’ after Ethan had told them his name . The Single file line then moved westward from the cleaning into the forest with the rising sun at their back . As they walked, Ethan tried talking with Hans and Friedrich to learn more of the language, which Ethan had learned was called the Vorbei Language . Those two seemed like the best option for him to try to learn Vorbei as they were immediately in front of and behind him respectively as well as the fact that unlike most of the other knights, they didn’t look at Ethan like he was an undead monster . This was all fine and good, however to say that it was difficult for Ethan to hold a conversation with them would be an understatement . Not only were they trudging through many kilometers of forest, but also Ethan had a very limited vocabulary and very broken grammar . Hans and Friedrich however seemed to be understanding, spoke slowly, and used only simple sentences mostly of words that Ethan already knew but with a few new ones added in . By the time they stopped in a clearing for lunch about eighteen kilometers to the west of the previous clearing where they had spent the night, Ethan was starting to really understand how to decline regular nouns and how to conjugate verbs in the present tense in Vorbei, and he had memorized a few dozen more words . Once they stopped in a clearing, Mia began chanted in the same Romance language that she had chanted in before that Hans told Ethan was called the Magicae Language which was used for magical incantation . She chanted for about five minutes before a silver dome appeared above the clearing and then disappeared they started to eat lunch, Ethan was given more stale bread and beer, while the knights had beer something that resembled pancakes which Ethan subsequently learned the word for . Mia then approached Ethan and held up his smartphone using hand motions indicating that she would like him to unlock it again and have it play music without realizing that Ethan had learned a little bit of Vorbei . [This actually gives me a little bit of leverage now that I think about it . Mia really seems to like the classical music, and she can’t listen to it without my help . I could potentially ask for something in return for unlocking it, if I want to be a bit daring . I shouldn’t ask for much as I’m not in a very good position to negotiate, but some minor quid pro quo may be doable . ] thought Ethan . “You give me pancakes . I play music . ” Ethan said in Vorbei . Mia narrowed her eyes . This new course of action by Ethan shocked Mia who because she had thought that Ethan was just a simple undead barbarian who could not possibly understand the complexities of the glorious Vorbei language, nor did she think that such a barbarian was smart enough to demand something in return for doing something that only he could do . She had thought that Ethan just was someone who had come across (and probably stolen) a convenient electrical tool that could be recharged with lightning magic and which she had merely not her figured out the trick to get it to work yet . She thought for a moment and then said “Alright, barbarian, if you play music, I will give you pancakes . “Ethan took the smartphone and unlocked it with his finger print . He could have unlocked it with the passcode, but guessing that Mia would try to memorize the passcode if he did so, he thought that the fingerprint was the best option . He then selected his classical music playlist, pressed play, and handed it back to Mia . Mia said “Give him pancakes” to Hans while pointing at Ethan and Hans did so . [Well, that’s a lot better than stale bread] Ethan thought as he ate the sweet and fluffy pancake . After lunch, they all got ready to continue moving west .Ethan woke up the next morning to the smell of sausages being cooked over a fire . It seemed like the some of the knights were cooking breakfast . After they finished their cooking, they began to distribute the sausages, as well as some beer among the rest of the knights . Ethans right hand was untied and he was handed some more stale bread and lukewarm beer by one of the knights who was himself enjoying some sausages, who was watching Ethan . As Ethan ate the stale bread that he was quickly starting to dislike, he listened to the knights talk among themselves more and more, and he thought that he was beginning to pick up a little bit of their vocabulary . Ethan had always been good with language, and in fact had been majoring in Latin at the University that he had been studying at, so although it was very difficult for him to try to learn this strange Germanic sounding language from scratch, he gave it a try . [Okay, I think that I know their words for sausage, beer, bread and some form of the verb to eat . The vocabulary isnt all that difficult; its not all that different from Dutch which I studied in high school . The real trouble is the grammar . Their words for sausage, beer, and bread seem to have different endings on them depending on how theyre used in a sentence . That could mean that they have declensions for their nouns . ] thought Ethan . Declensions were when the endings of a noun or adjective were changed depending on how they are used in a sentence . This makes word order of sentences a little bit more flexible, but it also makes it much more difficult to learn a language for the first time . On Earth, a lot of ancient languages have declensions, but many modern languages dont . Ethan knew from his time studying Latin in his university just how difficult it could be to learn declensions . [Theres no way around it . If I want to learn this language, I will have to try to speak with these knights to practice . The trouble is that speaking will be difficult with my limited vocabulary] thought Ethan . Ethan then turned to one of the two twin knights who were guarding him and tried to say I eat bread . In that language by using some form of the verb to eat while pointing to himself and then using some form of the noun bread while pointing to the bread . The knight looked a little bit surprised to see Ethan attempting to speak his language, and unfortunately also a little puzzled as to what Ethan meant . After a few seconds of thinking however the knight finally understood what the young man was trying to say . He then pointed at Ethan and said the same form of to eat that Ethan had used, and then pointed at the bread and used the word for bread but with a different ending than the one Ethan had used . He then pointed at himself and used a different ending for to eat than the one Ethan had used and then pointed at his own sausages and used some form of the word for sausage . Apparently what Ethan had ended up saying when he tried to say I eat bread was You eat (with the) bread . The knight had then corrected him and said You eat bread . I eat sausages . [Wow, this language is pretty difficult to learn, especially under these circumstances . If Im going to survive here though, Ill probably need to know it . Well, thanks to that knight, I am starting to learn how the verbs and nouns work in this language . I should try to pick up more words and practice speaking more from now on . ] After breakfast, the leader of the Knights whom Ethan learned was called Mia by the other knights started giving some orders to the knights, and the knights began disassembling the campsite . While they were doing that and talking amongst themselves, Ethan learned about a half dozen more words, mostly related to camping gear . The knights worked quickly and efficiently and all of their gear was neatly packed away in about ten minutes . After everything was put away, Mia gave some more orders and the knights all got in a single file line with Mia in the front and Ethan in the middle, standing right between the two twin knights who had been guarding him, and who Ethan had learned were called Hans and Friedrich after Ethan had told them his name . The Single file line then moved westward from the cleaning into the forest with the rising sun at their back . As they walked, Ethan tried talking with Hans and Friedrich to learn more of the language, which Ethan had learned was called the Vorbei Language . Those two seemed like the best option for him to try to learn Vorbei as they were immediately in front of and behind him respectively as well as the fact that unlike most of the other knights, they didnt look at Ethan like he was an undead monster . This was all fine and good, however to say that it was difficult for Ethan to hold a conversation with them would be an understatement . Not only were they trudging through many kilometers of forest, but also Ethan had a very limited vocabulary and very broken grammar . Hans and Friedrich however seemed to be understanding, spoke slowly, and used only simple sentences mostly of words that Ethan already knew but with a few new ones added in . By the time they stopped in a clearing for lunch about eighteen kilometers to the west of the previous clearing where they had spent the night, Ethan was starting to really understand how to decline regular nouns and how to conjugate verbs in the present tense in Vorbei, and he had memorized a few dozen more words . Once they stopped in a clearing, Mia began chanted in the same Romance language that she had chanted in before that Hans told Ethan was called the Magicae Language which was used for magical incantation . She chanted for about five minutes before a silver dome appeared above the clearing and then disappeared they started to eat lunch, Ethan was given more stale bread and beer, while the knights had beer something that resembled pancakes which Ethan subsequently learned the word for . Mia then approached Ethan and held up his smartphone using hand motions indicating that she would like him to unlock it again and have it play music without realizing that Ethan had learned a little bit of Vorbei . [This actually gives me a little bit of leverage now that I think about it . Mia really seems to like the classical music, and she cant listen to it without my help . I could potentially ask for something in return for unlocking it, if I want to be a bit daring . I shouldnt ask for much as Im not in a very good position to negotiate, but some minor quid pro quo may be doable . ] thought Ethan . You give me pancakes . I play music . Ethan said in Vorbei . Mia narrowed her eyes . This new course of action by Ethan shocked Mia who because she had thought that Ethan was just a simple undead barbarian who could not possibly understand the complexities of the glorious Vorbei language, nor did she think that such a barbarian was smart enough to demand something in return for doing something that only he could do . She had thought that Ethan just was someone who had come across (and probably stolen) a convenient electrical tool that could be recharged with lightning magic and which she had merely not her figured out the trick to get it to work yet . She thought for a moment and then said Alright, barbarian, if you play music, I will give you pancakes . Ethan took the smartphone and unlocked it with his finger print . He could have unlocked it with the passcode, but guessing that Mia would try to memorize the passcode if he did so, he thought that the fingerprint was the best option . He then selected his classical music playlist, pressed play, and handed it back to Mia . Mia said Give him pancakes to Hans while pointing at Ethan and Hans did so . [Well, thats a lot better than stale bread] Ethan thought as he ate the sweet and fluffy pancake . After lunch, they all got ready to continue moving west .

I didn’t do anything to you] he thought to himself . It seemed that this group of knights who had captured Ethan intend…

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Ethan wasn’t entirely sure how to get out of the mess he was currently in . The tight ropes that the knight captain had used to restrain his wrists were reducing his blood flow to his hands . The knights, who had just finished healing the fifteen unconscious knights with what seemed to be healing potions in small red bottles, and burying the five dead knights and setting some kind of circular symbol vaguely resembling a sun at their graves, were now glaring at him like he was some kind of a monster . They were speaking among themselves as well in harsh tones while pointing at him . [You guys just fought an actual monster, so why are you looking at me like that . I didn’t do anything to you] he thought to himself . It seemed that this group of knights who had captured Ethan intended to set up camp here for the night . The sun was starting to set, so the two knights that had led him to the center of the clearing were starting a fire . Most of the other knights were either setting up tents, or drinking some kind of potion in small blue bottles . The leader of the knights had just finished drinking nine of the small blue bottles of potion and was now chanting something, but not in the germanic language that Ethan had heard her speak in previously; this language sounded romance, almost like Latin . The chanting took over ten minutes, and when she had finished chanting a golden dome appeared above the entire encampment and then disappeared a few seconds later . She then immediately began drinking more small blue bottles of potion . AdvertisementAfter that, one of the knights that had brought Ethan to the center of the clearing tied his left wrist to a tree while untying the right wrist . The other knight that had escorted him there kept his eyes on him and his right hand near the hilt of his sword as if being prepared to draw it if Ethan tried to run . The knight that had tied his wrist to the tree then handed him a canteen filled with a lukewarm liquid that smelled somewhat like beer, and motioned for Ethan to drink, so ethan did so . It tasted like beer, but to Ethan’s surprise it didn’t seem to have a lot of alcohol in it, maybe only a small amount, Ethan figured . After ethan drank a little bit of the beer, the knight handed him some hardened bread . It tasted a little bit stale, but as Ethan had not eaten anything all day, he didn’t really care what it tasted like, he ate ravenously . After he ate the bread he washed it down with the remainder of the beer in the canteen and then handed the canteen back to the knight . The knight then tied his right wrist to his left wrist which was still tied to the tree . Figuring that he would be here for the remainder of the evening, Ethan sat down at the base of the tree . The knights both seemed to relax a little seeing that Ethan seemed to have no immediate plans to attempt to escape . [I’m just a normal college student, guys . It’s not like I can overpower twenty one well trained knights who can use magic . If anything I’m the one who’s scared of what you all might do] Ethan thought . Just as Ethan was thinking that, the leader of the knights came over . She said some words to one of the two knights who were watching Ethan, and he untied Ethan’s right hand . The leader then turned toward Ethan, she held up one of the small blue bottles of potion, and then pointed at it and then pointed at Ethan . She pointed at the bottle and then Ethan several times while speaking slowly . “I really can’t understand what you’re saying . Are you asking me if I have one of those? I don’t have anything on me, and your guys even searched me . ” Ethan said while turning out his empty pockets . This response seemed to frustrate the leader of the knights and she repeated the same words while pointing back and forth between Ethan and the bottle . “I really don’t know what you’re trying to ask me . Maybe you want to know if I want that? I don’t even know what it is . ” Ethan said while shrugging his shoulders . The female knight had an exasperated look and put the bottle away . It seemed that she finally realized that this conversation was going nowhere . She then pulled out Ethan’s smartphone from her bag . She held it up to Ethan with the screen locked and she said some words to him in an inquisitive tone . [That’s weird . It has full battery life even though when I dropped it earlier it was down to only 20% battery . ] Ethan thought . “Are you asking me what it is? It’s a smartphone, although it only has limited use here where there is no signal . Here, I’ll unlock it for you and show you what it does . ” Ethan said . Then he took the phone from her and used his fingerprint to unlock the phone . He then opened the music app and played some classical music that he had previously downloaded . He figured that classical music would probably go over better among medieval knights than modern rap music would . That seemed to be the right choice because the knight captain, although greatly shocked by the sudden sound of music coming from the small device, seemed to really like the song . The young lady immediately grabbed the phone from Ethan . She then began shaking it and tried to look inside through the charging port to try to see what was making the sound . In her handling of the phone while doing this, she accidentally pressed ‘pause’ on the screen and the music dropped . She at first looked angry, but then realizing that she was the likely cause of the music stopping, she had an embarrassed look on get face and handed the phone back to Ethan saying something in an embarrassed tone . [she probably thinks she broke it . ] Ethan thought . He then pressed ‘play’ and the music resumed with the knight leader grabbing the phone once more . She then muttered something quickly that sounded like it was in an appreciative tone but it was so quiet that Ethan figured that even if he understood her language, he wouldn’t have been able to fully figure out what she said . She then said something to one of the other knights and Ethan’s right wrist was restrained again . “Of course . ” Ethan sarcastically muttered to himself . The knight that had just restrained his wrist then chanted some words in the romance sounding language while placing his palm on Ethan’s head . Ethan suddenly felt a warm feeling enveloping him and then he drifted off to sleep .Ethan wasnt entirely sure how to get out of the mess he was currently in . The tight ropes that the knight captain had used to restrain his wrists were reducing his blood flow to his hands . The knights, who had just finished healing the fifteen unconscious knights with what seemed to be healing potions in small red bottles, and burying the five dead knights and setting some kind of circular symbol vaguely resembling a sun at their graves, were now glaring at him like he was some kind of a monster . They were speaking among themselves as well in harsh tones while pointing at him . [You guys just fought an actual monster, so why are you looking at me like that . I didnt do anything to you] he thought to himself . It seemed that this group of knights who had captured Ethan intended to set up camp here for the night . The sun was starting to set, so the two knights that had led him to the center of the clearing were starting a fire . Most of the other knights were either setting up tents, or drinking some kind of potion in small blue bottles . The leader of the knights had just finished drinking nine of the small blue bottles of potion and was now chanting something, but not in the germanic language that Ethan had heard her speak in previously; this language sounded romance, almost like Latin . The chanting took over ten minutes, and when she had finished chanting a golden dome appeared above the entire encampment and then disappeared a few seconds later . She then immediately began drinking more small blue bottles of potion . After that, one of the knights that had brought Ethan to the center of the clearing tied his left wrist to a tree while untying the right wrist . The other knight that had escorted him there kept his eyes on him and his right hand near the hilt of his sword as if being prepared to draw it if Ethan tried to run . The knight that had tied his wrist to the tree then handed him a canteen filled with a lukewarm liquid that smelled somewhat like beer, and motioned for Ethan to drink, so ethan did so . It tasted like beer, but to Ethans surprise it didnt seem to have a lot of alcohol in it, maybe only a small amount, Ethan figured . After ethan drank a little bit of the beer, the knight handed him some hardened bread . It tasted a little bit stale, but as Ethan had not eaten anything all day, he didnt really care what it tasted like, he ate ravenously . After he ate the bread he washed it down with the remainder of the beer in the canteen and then handed the canteen back to the knight . The knight then tied his right wrist to his left wrist which was still tied to the tree . Figuring that he would be here for the remainder of the evening, Ethan sat down at the base of the tree . The knights both seemed to relax a little seeing that Ethan seemed to have no immediate plans to attempt to escape . [Im just a normal college student, guys . Its not like I can overpower twenty one well trained knights who can use magic . If anything Im the one whos scared of what you all might do] Ethan thought . Just as Ethan was thinking that, the leader of the knights came over . She said some words to one of the two knights who were watching Ethan, and he untied Ethans right hand . The leader then turned toward Ethan, she held up one of the small blue bottles of potion, and then pointed at it and then pointed at Ethan . She pointed at the bottle and then Ethan several times while speaking slowly . I really cant understand what youre saying . Are you asking me if I have one of those? I dont have anything on me, and your guys even searched me . Ethan said while turning out his empty pockets . This response seemed to frustrate the leader of the knights and she repeated the same words while pointing back and forth between Ethan and the bottle . I really dont know what youre trying to ask me . Maybe you want to know if I want that? I dont even know what it is . Ethan said while shrugging his shoulders . The female knight had an exasperated look and put the bottle away . It seemed that she finally realized that this conversation was going nowhere . She then pulled out Ethans smartphone from her bag . She held it up to Ethan with the screen locked and she said some words to him in an inquisitive tone . [Thats weird . It has full battery life even though when I dropped it earlier it was down to only 20% battery . ] Ethan thought . Are you asking me what it is? Its a smartphone, although it only has limited use here where there is no signal . Here, Ill unlock it for you and show you what it does . Ethan said . Then he took the phone from her and used his fingerprint to unlock the phone . He then opened the music app and played some classical music that he had previously downloaded . He figured that classical music would probably go over better among medieval knights than modern rap music would . That seemed to be the right choice because the knight captain, although greatly shocked by the sudden sound of music coming from the small device, seemed to really like the song . The young lady immediately grabbed the phone from Ethan . She then began shaking it and tried to look inside through the charging port to try to see what was making the sound . In her handling of the phone while doing this, she accidentally pressed pause on the screen and the music dropped . She at first looked angry, but then realizing that she was the likely cause of the music stopping, she had an embarrassed look on get face and handed the phone back to Ethan saying something in an embarrassed tone . [she probably thinks she broke it . ] Ethan thought . He then pressed play and the music resumed with the knight leader grabbing the phone once more . She then muttered something quickly that sounded like it was in an appreciative tone but it was so quiet that Ethan figured that even if he understood her language, he wouldnt have been able to fully figure out what she said . She then said something to one of the other knights and Ethans right wrist was restrained again . Of course . Ethan sarcastically muttered to himself . The knight that had just restrained his wrist then chanted some words in the romance sounding language while placing his palm on Ethans head . Ethan suddenly felt a warm feeling enveloping him and then he drifted off to sleep .

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Mia Von Ritter, the captain of the elite Sun Knights of the Vorbei Kingdom, was not having a good day . She had led her knights into what she thought was a minor mission to kill, capture, or rout around 30 goblins that had supposedly been harassing a village deep in the ancient forest . The village was supposedly such a small and remote village that it did not appear on the maps that were standard issue to knights . Supposedly, only the Treasury Ministry was aware of such a remote village for the purposes of collecting taxes from it . [I had been foolish to be not suspicious of that ridiculous mission to begin with . ] she thought to herself as two of her subordinates were leading a restrained young man to the center of the clearing while her other three subordinates who were awake were busy healing the ones who survived the attack . [Why would the Sun Knights be called in for a simple goblin subjugation mission . Such a mission could easily have been accomplished by a sending a few dozen regular soldiers to the forest . Even the Royal Adventurers Guild would have been happy to have such a lucrative and easy mission to give to their adventurers who love exploring the ancient forest . Why send the entire order of Sun Knights, which boasted some of the most elite warriors in the Vorbei Kingdom on such a mission?!]The answer to that last question was obvious when she first saw the Red Dragon of Calamity staring her down in a clearing exactly where the remote village was supposed to be . Advertisement[Someone set us up to die here! And I have a good idea of who that person is] Mia had thought . The young Lady Von Ritter had felt a hint of fear and desperation wash over her for a moment, but then her training had kicked in . They were the Sun Knights, who had never been routed in battle no matter how bad it got . They had been trained from a young age to willingly lay down their lives for the sake of their Kingdom and their comrades . Even if Mia knew that this fight in front of her was hopeless, she and those who followed her would fight that hopeless fight for the pride of the Vorbei Kingdom . She had to be brave and strong for the sake of that pride . “Defensive formation! Watch out for its claws, they can rip through chain mail in an instant! Hans, cast a protective spell around our right flank! Friedrich, cast one on our left flank! Wilhelm, Ernst, and Herman, keep it busy while I prepare a penetrating lightning attack spell! Everyone else, stay sharp and wait for an opening when we can surround it and go in for the kill! Remember, it’s eyes, nostrils, and mouth are it’s only weak points!”She had shouted at her subordinates, and they had all followed their orders as efficiently as could have been expected despite their great fear . As the fight went on, however it became more and more clear just how hopeless the fight was . Their protective formations could barely withstand a single swipe from the dragon’s claws before it would have to be re-cast, using up a lot of mana . All of the attacks that had been intended to keep the monster busy had just glanced off of its scales leaving the dragon unharmed . Mia’s penetrating lightning attack spells had kept on missing as the dragon, seemingly aware of its weaknesses had kept nimbly moving its head so that Mia couldn’t get a clear shot at its eyes, mouth, or nostrils . Worst of all, when the Sun Knights had finally thought that they had found an opening and went in to surround the beast, a quick slash with its massive tail had knocked out over a dozen knights, followed by it using precise strikes with its claws to start to pick off the remaining knights individually . That was when Ethan had wandered in . Mia saw this young man wearing strange clothes who inexplicably seemed to have the dragons eyes fixed on him, and felt something very off about him, but she didn’t have time to focus on that . The dragon was momentarily distracted and she had had fallen comrades to avenge . It was only after the dragon had been driven off that she fully realized exactly what was off about this young man, aside from his clothes, and the fact that he had gotten the attention of the dragon . What was off about him was that he had no mana at all . Even newborn babies had trace amounts of mana flowing through them . As far as she knew, the only human bodies which had no mana running through them were corpses, and running completely out of mana meant instant death . It was as if she was looking at a living dead body . [It must be a dead body . That is the only reasonable explanation for why he has no mana, but he seems to be alive! He is standing and looking around . He even looks a little scared . And why did the dragon seem to show deference to him?!This could be some kind of trick . I must investigate . ] She thought . “Who are you, and how are you alive without mana!? I, Mia Von Ritter, demand you answer!” She shouted as she drew her dagger and walked towards him, followed by two of her knights . As he didn’t answer immediately, she repeated herself even more forcefully “WHO ARE YOU AND HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU ALIVE WITHOUT MANA?! I, THE CAPTAIN OF THE SUN KNIGHTS, DEMAND THAT YOU AN ANSWER!”To her shock, he responded with some words in a strange language as well as putting his hands up in a non-threatening manner . [Does he not speak the Vorbei language? The barbarian!] she thought . “You, barbarian, if you can understand me, don’t make any sudden movements!” She said, just before forcing Ethan on the ground and restraining him . [He was surprisingly weak . I pushed him to the ground with almost no effort . As expected of a dead body or a barbarian, I suppose . ]”Milady, does he pose any real threat to us? Can’t we just let the poor barbarian go?” Mia’s subordinate Hans who had followed her in approaching Ethan asked . “Indeed, such a pathetically weak barbarian wouldn’t even pose a threat to a slime . ” Hans’ twin brother Friedrich agreed with his brother . “Are you both idiots?! How much mana do you sense flowing through him? Literally none at all . He managed to use up all of his mana without even leaving a trace amount behind, and yet he is alive! How is that possible?! Isn’t that the question that other countries might want to figure out? We found this monster who can survive without mana, so we must confine him, if for no other purpose than so that enemy nations can’t figure out how to survive without mana!””Forgive our impudence, milady . ” Hans and Friedrich apologetically replied simultaneously . “It’s fine as long as you understand . Go now and take him to the center of the clearing and start to set up camp for the night while those other three finish administering healing and mana potions to the ones still alive” she said . “Give the barbarian some food and ale, but make sure that he can’t escape . “she felt anger; anger to see so many other knights that she had come with lying on the ground unresponsive and bleeding badly . Some of her anger was directed at the dragon, certainly, but most of her anger at the Minister of the Treasury for the Kingdom of Vorbei, Otto Von Geld, who had given the faulty information to begin with and insisted that the Sun Knights be the ones to go, calling her a coward in front of the King when she first suggested that regular soldiers or adventurers would both be a better option to deal with the goblins that a tax collector had supposedly seen attacking the village and heroically returned to the royal capital to report it . This mission was a clear attempt to eliminate her . [I knew that the Von Gelds and the Von Ritters had disliked each other for generations, but surely even Otto wouldn’t go this far . ] She thought as she picked up the strange glowing device that the barbarian had dropped .Mia Von Ritter, the captain of the elite Sun Knights of the Vorbei Kingdom, was not having a good day . She had led her knights into what she thought was a minor mission to kill, capture, or rout around 30 goblins that had supposedly been harassing a village deep in the ancient forest . The village was supposedly such a small and remote village that it did not appear on the maps that were standard issue to knights . Supposedly, only the Treasury Ministry was aware of such a remote village for the purposes of collecting taxes from it . [I had been foolish to be not suspicious of that ridiculous mission to begin with . ] she thought to herself as two of her subordinates were leading a restrained young man to the center of the clearing while her other three subordinates who were awake were busy healing the ones who survived the attack . [Why would the Sun Knights be called in for a simple goblin subjugation mission . Such a mission could easily have been accomplished by a sending a few dozen regular soldiers to the forest . Even the Royal Adventurers Guild would have been happy to have such a lucrative and easy mission to give to their adventurers who love exploring the ancient forest . Why send the entire order of Sun Knights, which boasted some of the most elite warriors in the Vorbei Kingdom on such a mission?!] The answer to that last question was obvious when she first saw the Red Dragon of Calamity staring her down in a clearing exactly where the remote village was supposed to be . [Someone set us up to die here! And I have a good idea of who that person is] Mia had thought . The young Lady Von Ritter had felt a hint of fear and desperation wash over her for a moment, but then her training had kicked in . They were the Sun Knights, who had never been routed in battle no matter how bad it got . They had been trained from a young age to willingly lay down their lives for the sake of their Kingdom and their comrades . Even if Mia knew that this fight in front of her was hopeless, she and those who followed her would fight that hopeless fight for the pride of the Vorbei Kingdom . She had to be brave and strong for the sake of that pride . Defensive formation! Watch out for its claws, they can rip through chain mail in an instant! Hans, cast a protective spell around our right flank! Friedrich, cast one on our left flank! Wilhelm, Ernst, and Herman, keep it busy while I prepare a penetrating lightning attack spell! Everyone else, stay sharp and wait for an opening when we can surround it and go in for the kill! Remember, its eyes, nostrils, and mouth are its only weak points! She had shouted at her subordinates, and they had all followed their orders as efficiently as could have been expected despite their great fear . As the fight went on, however it became more and more clear just how hopeless the fight was . Their protective formations could barely withstand a single swipe from the dragons claws before it would have to be re-cast, using up a lot of mana . All of the attacks that had been intended to keep the monster busy had just glanced off of its scales leaving the dragon unharmed . Mias penetrating lightning attack spells had kept on missing as the dragon, seemingly aware of its weaknesses had kept nimbly moving its head so that Mia couldnt get a clear shot at its eyes, mouth, or nostrils . Worst of all, when the Sun Knights had finally thought that they had found an opening and went in to surround the beast, a quick slash with its massive tail had knocked out over a dozen knights, followed by it using precise strikes with its claws to start to pick off the remaining knights individually . That was when Ethan had wandered in . Mia saw this young man wearing strange clothes who inexplicably seemed to have the dragons eyes fixed on him, and felt something very off about him, but she didnt have time to focus on that . The dragon was momentarily distracted and she had had fallen comrades to avenge . It was only after the dragon had been driven off that she fully realized exactly what was off about this young man, aside from his clothes, and the fact that he had gotten the attention of the dragon . What was off about him was that he had no mana at all . Even newborn babies had trace amounts of mana flowing through them . As far as she knew, the only human bodies which had no mana running through them were corpses, and running completely out of mana meant instant death . It was as if she was looking at a living dead body . [It must be a dead body . That is the only reasonable explanation for why he has no mana, but he seems to be alive! He is standing and looking around . He even looks a little scared . And why did the dragon seem to show deference to him?!This could be some kind of trick . I must investigate . ] She thought . Who are you, and how are you alive without mana!? I, Mia Von Ritter, demand you answer! She shouted as she drew her dagger and walked towards him, followed by two of her knights . As he didnt answer immediately, she repeated herself even more forcefully WHO ARE YOU AND HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU ALIVE WITHOUT MANA?! I, THE CAPTAIN OF THE SUN KNIGHTS, DEMAND THAT YOU AN ANSWER! To her shock, he responded with some words in a strange language as well as putting his hands up in a non-threatening manner . [Does he not speak the Vorbei language? The barbarian!] she thought . You, barbarian, if you can understand me, dont make any sudden movements! She said, just before forcing Ethan on the ground and restraining him . [He was surprisingly weak . I pushed him to the ground with almost no effort . As expected of a dead body or a barbarian, I suppose . ] Milady, does he pose any real threat to us? Cant we just let the poor barbarian go? Mias subordinate Hans who had followed her in approaching Ethan asked . Indeed, such a pathetically weak barbarian wouldnt even pose a threat to a slime . Hans twin brother Friedrich agreed with his brother . Are you both idiots?! How much mana do you sense flowing through him? Literally none at all . He managed to use up all of his mana without even leaving a trace amount behind, and yet he is alive! How is that possible?! Isnt that the question that other countries might want to figure out? We found this monster who can survive without mana, so we must confine him, if for no other purpose than so that enemy nations cant figure out how to survive without mana! Forgive our impudence, milady . Hans and Friedrich apologetically replied simultaneously . Its fine as long as you understand . Go now and take him to the center of the clearing and start to set up camp for the night while those other three finish administering healing and mana potions to the ones still alive she said . Give the barbarian some food and ale, but make sure that he cant escape . she felt anger; anger to see so many other knights that she had come with lying on the ground unresponsive and bleeding badly . Some of her anger was directed at the dragon, certainly, but most of her anger at the Minister of the Treasury for the Kingdom of Vorbei, Otto Von Geld, who had given the faulty information to begin with and insisted that the Sun Knights be the ones to go, calling her a coward in front of the King when she first suggested that regular soldiers or adventurers would both be a better option to deal with the goblins that a tax collector had supposedly seen attacking the village and heroically returned to the royal capital to report it . This mission was a clear attempt to eliminate her . [I knew that the Von Gelds and the Von Ritters had disliked each other for generations, but surely even Otto wouldnt go this far . ] She thought as she picked up the strange glowing device that the barbarian had dropped .

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As the dragon gazed at Ethan, driving fear into his heart, the female captain of the knights saw an opportunity . The dragon was inexplicably distracted by this young man wearing strange clothes making it the perfect time for her to strike . She lunged forward using most of what little mana she had left to create a wind spell to assist her in jumping quickly toward the dragon’s face, nailing it in the right eye with her broadsword . The sword entered right at the center of the pupil and went in about twenty centimeters before getting stuck . She let go of the sword and jumped down to the ground as the dragon let out a blood curdling cry much louder than the earlier roar which had left all of the conscious knights with ringing ears . The five remaining knights rushed toward their beloved captain and helped her up . The dragon for a moment looked like it was going to retaliate against the knights, but then glanced back at Ethan and then backed away from the knights a few meters . The knights saw this as their chance and let out something that sounded like a war cry and charged the dragon . The dragon looked like it was about to use a slash from its claws to kill all of the charging knights, but then looked at Ethan again and fled the clearing . As it entered into the forest, maneuvering its long and narrow body through the trees, with the sword still in its eye . AdvertisementWith the immediate threat gone, she turned toward Ethan and began walking towards him with a slight limp . Ethan was relieved to see that the terrifying monster was gone, but now found that another terrifying monster was approaching him . She was at least 195 cm tall with a muscular build and her golden blonde hair cut to shoulder length . Like all of her subordinates who were still conscious, she had been exhausted, bruised badly, and low on mana during the fight with the dragon . While walking toward Ethan as quickly as her injuries would permit, she drew a dagger that was sheathed on her belt and shouted some words at Ethan . To Ethan, the words sounded vaguely germanic, but they were not in any language that he understood . Seeing that he wasn’t responding, she repeated the same words more forcefully this time and quickened her pace slightly, with two of her subordinates drawing their swords and following her as the other three were working on healing the unconscious knights . “I-I can’t understand a word you’re saying!” Said Ethan nervously as he raised both of his hands as if surrendering . Hearing his words that she couldn’t understand, and seeing his non threatening motions, she paused and looked slightly confused for a moment, but then shouted more words at him and continued closing the distance . As she got within arms reach of him, she threw him onto the ground and tied his hands behind his back . [Wow, despite looking like she is injured she’s surprisingly strong . ] thought Ethan as he was getting pushed to the ground . One of the two knights that followed her calmly said some words to her as he pointed at Ethan who was laying on the ground with his hands tied behind his back . The other knight had almost the exact same appearance as the first, as if they were twin brothers, and he also said some words to their captain in the same tone as the first . The female captain then said something that sounded like an angry retort, and the two knights that had spoken up then said something in an apologetic tone . [Well, she’s clearly in charge here, and I don’t think that she likes me very much . It would be helpful if I could at least understand what she is saying . At this rate I’ll be killed before my otherworld adventure even begins . ] thought Ethan pessimistically . She gave some orders to the two men that had followed her . The two knights then helped the restrained Ethan to his feet, searched him for any hidden weapons and led him toward the center of the clearing where the remaining three knights were healing the unconscious knights that were still alive . She then picked up his smartphone and examined it with a puzzled expression on her face .As the dragon gazed at Ethan, driving fear into his heart, the female captain of the knights saw an opportunity . The dragon was inexplicably distracted by this young man wearing strange clothes making it the perfect time for her to strike . She lunged forward using most of what little mana she had left to create a wind spell to assist her in jumping quickly toward the dragons face, nailing it in the right eye with her broadsword . The sword entered right at the center of the pupil and went in about twenty centimeters before getting stuck . She let go of the sword and jumped down to the ground as the dragon let out a blood curdling cry much louder than the earlier roar which had left all of the conscious knights with ringing ears . The five remaining knights rushed toward their beloved captain and helped her up . The dragon for a moment looked like it was going to retaliate against the knights, but then glanced back at Ethan and then backed away from the knights a few meters . The knights saw this as their chance and let out something that sounded like a war cry and charged the dragon . The dragon looked like it was about to use a slash from its claws to kill all of the charging knights, but then looked at Ethan again and fled the clearing . As it entered into the forest, maneuvering its long and narrow body through the trees, with the sword still in its eye . With the immediate threat gone, she turned toward Ethan and began walking towards him with a slight limp . Ethan was relieved to see that the terrifying monster was gone, but now found that another terrifying monster was approaching him . She was at least 195 cm tall with a muscular build and her golden blonde hair cut to shoulder length . Like all of her subordinates who were still conscious, she had been exhausted, bruised badly, and low on mana during the fight with the dragon . While walking toward Ethan as quickly as her injuries would permit, she drew a dagger that was sheathed on her belt and shouted some words at Ethan . To Ethan, the words sounded vaguely germanic, but they were not in any language that he understood . Seeing that he wasnt responding, she repeated the same words more forcefully this time and quickened her pace slightly, with two of her subordinates drawing their swords and following her as the other three were working on healing the unconscious knights . I-I cant understand a word youre saying! Said Ethan nervously as he raised both of his hands as if surrendering . Hearing his words that she couldnt understand, and seeing his non threatening motions, she paused and looked slightly confused for a moment, but then shouted more words at him and continued closing the distance . As she got within arms reach of him, she threw him onto the ground and tied his hands behind his back . [Wow, despite looking like she is injured shes surprisingly strong . ] thought Ethan as he was getting pushed to the ground . One of the two knights that followed her calmly said some words to her as he pointed at Ethan who was laying on the ground with his hands tied behind his back . The other knight had almost the exact same appearance as the first, as if they were twin brothers, and he also said some words to their captain in the same tone as the first . The female captain then said something that sounded like an angry retort, and the two knights that had spoken up then said something in an apologetic tone . [Well, shes clearly in charge here, and I dont think that she likes me very much . It would be helpful if I could at least understand what she is saying . At this rate Ill be killed before my otherworld adventure even begins . ] thought Ethan pessimistically . She gave some orders to the two men that had followed her . The two knights then helped the restrained Ethan to his feet, searched him for any hidden weapons and led him toward the center of the clearing where the remaining three knights were healing the unconscious knights that were still alive . She then picked up his smartphone and examined it with a puzzled expression on her face .

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It was late . The last time Ethan Raphaël had checked the time it was 1:57 AM, and a few minutes had likely passed since then . Ethan, who was sitting on his bed in his apartment hunched over his computer in mid January, knew that he should be getting sleep because he had classes the next morning, but his favorite web novel author had just released five new chapters and he couldn’t wait until the next day to read them, even if he knew that he should . Advertisement[It’s not a big deal] he thought to himself [I can still function with just a little bit less sleep, besides I really want to see if the protagonist adds another girl to his harem . That would be awesome to be an isekai protagonist . ] He thought this as he began reading the first of the five new chapters, but he was starting to have trouble keeping his eyes open . A minute later he dozed off for a couple of seconds . [Wow, maybe I really do need sleep; I’m more tired than I thought . ] he figured as he finally closed his laptop . The young man then set an alarm on his smartphone and then pulled his covers over himself and quickly faded off to sleep . Ethan was confused when he woke up to the alarm on his phone going off what felt like the next morning . He was not confused by the sound on the phone which was what woke him up every morning, rather, what confused him was his location . He was clearly in a wooded area and it was around spring time . He was still in his pajamas that he had put on last night and he was under his covers, but he was on top of a bed of leaves that had apparently remained from the previous autumn . He reached into the pocket of his pajamas, pulled out his phone, and turned off the annoying buzzing of his alarm . [Where on earth am I?] wondered Ethan . He looked at his phone . It no signal whatsoever . He opened the Maps function and it didn’t even have a gps signal . [Could it be? Am I actually in another world like the characters in the books, manga, and anime that I like? In that case, I’ll live like a king with my modern knowledge plus whatever cheat skills I have . I need to figure out what kind of world I’m in though . ] “Status open!” He shouted . Nothing happened . “System respond!””Open main menu!””Link start!”After Ethan shouted all of these video game type commands to no avail, he came to a conclusion [Well, I guess I’m not in a video game world . I also haven’t met any gods yet . That probably means that I can just give up on the idea of having a cheat ability . That’s okay . I still have modern knowledge . Once I put my knowledge into practice I will rule this land… if only I can find people to rule over…] his thoughts trailed off as he realized that he was still in the middle of the wilderness . He opened the compass app on his phone and began to travel west . He figured that if he traveled in a straight line long enough, he was bound to come across a road or a river that could lead him to a human settlement . As he kept walking for a couple of hours however a loud roar in front of him made him stop for a moment and tremble with fear . Although he was frightened, he felt strangely drawn to the source of the noise . With this morbid curiosity of his, he continued walking west through the thick forest for a couple of hundred meters until he finally reached the edge of a large clearing . There, he saw the source of the sound . It was a massive four legged dragon with no wings . It was about 20 meters tall at the tallest part and it measured 75 meters in length from the snout to the tip of the tail . The scales were bright red in color, almost looking salmon in the sun light . Surrounding it were half a dozen medieval knights clad in chain mail and wielding broadswords who seemed to be trying to kill the beast . These knights, though standing, looked to be exhausted and badly injured . On the ground near the dragon were nearly twenty knights either unconscious or dead . Suddenly the dragon turned its head towards Ethan . It locked eyes with him . It was at this point that Ethan regretted his decision to continue west .It was late . The last time Ethan Raphaël had checked the time it was 1:57 AM, and a few minutes had likely passed since then . Ethan, who was sitting on his bed in his apartment hunched over his computer in mid January, knew that he should be getting sleep because he had classes the next morning, but his favorite web novel author had just released five new chapters and he couldnt wait until the next day to read them, even if he knew that he should . [Its not a big deal] he thought to himself [I can still function with just a little bit less sleep, besides I really want to see if the protagonist adds another girl to his harem . That would be awesome to be an isekai protagonist . ] He thought this as he began reading the first of the five new chapters, but he was starting to have trouble keeping his eyes open . A minute later he dozed off for a couple of seconds . [Wow, maybe I really do need sleep; Im more tired than I thought . ] he figured as he finally closed his laptop . The young man then set an alarm on his smartphone and then pulled his covers over himself and quickly faded off to sleep . Ethan was confused when he woke up to the alarm on his phone going off what felt like the next morning . He was not confused by the sound on the phone which was what woke him up every morning, rather, what confused him was his location . He was clearly in a wooded area and it was around spring time . He was still in his pajamas that he had put on last night and he was under his covers, but he was on top of a bed of leaves that had apparently remained from the previous autumn . He reached into the pocket of his pajamas, pulled out his phone, and turned off the annoying buzzing of his alarm . [Where on earth am I?] wondered Ethan . He looked at his phone . It no signal whatsoever . He opened the Maps function and it didnt even have a gps signal . [Could it be? Am I actually in another world like the characters in the books, manga, and anime that I like? In that case, Ill live like a king with my modern knowledge plus whatever cheat skills I have . I need to figure out what kind of world Im in though . ] Status open! He shouted . Nothing happened . System respond! Open main menu! Link start! After Ethan shouted all of these video game type commands to no avail, he came to a conclusion [Well, I guess Im not in a video game world . I also havent met any gods yet . That probably means that I can just give up on the idea of having a cheat ability . Thats okay . I still have modern knowledge . Once I put my knowledge into practice I will rule this land… if only I can find people to rule over…] his thoughts trailed off as he realized that he was still in the middle of the wilderness . He opened the compass app on his phone and began to travel west . He figured that if he traveled in a straight line long enough, he was bound to come across a road or a river that could lead him to a human settlement . As he kept walking for a couple of hours however a loud roar in front of him made him stop for a moment and tremble with fear . Although he was frightened, he felt strangely drawn to the source of the noise . With this morbid curiosity of his, he continued walking west through the thick forest for a couple of hundred meters until he finally reached the edge of a large clearing . There, he saw the source of the sound . It was a massive four legged dragon with no wings . It was about 20 meters tall at the tallest part and it measured 75 meters in length from the snout to the tip of the tail . The scales were bright red in color, almost looking salmon in the sun light . Surrounding it were half a dozen medieval knights clad in chain mail and wielding broadswords who seemed to be trying to kill the beast . These knights, though standing, looked to be exhausted and badly injured . On the ground near the dragon were nearly twenty knights either unconscious or dead . Suddenly the dragon turned its head towards Ethan . It locked eyes with him . It was at this point that Ethan regretted his decision to continue west .

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Labor leader Bill Shorten has accused the Turnbull Government of indirectly instructing the federal police to carry out Tuesday night raids on the offices of his former union, the Australian Workers Union.

The raids were in support of an investigation into the AWU by the relatively new Registered Organisations Commission, which was set up by the government in May to regulate unions and employer groups.

In August, employment minister Michaelia Cash instructed the ROC to investigate the AWU over a $100,000 donation from the union to the activist group GetUp in 2005, when Mr Shorten was the leader of the union.

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“This is a little-known organisation, which was set up in the last few months by the government, to do exactly what we predicted they’d do – hunt down and smear the reputation of the opponents of the government,” Mr Shorten said on Wednesday morning.

“The regulator, at the behest of the government, is conducting a political witch-hunt designed to throw mud in the hope that some will stick.”

Lawyer for the the AWU Josh Bornstein called the investigation “unlawful”.

“Today we brought an urgent application before the fed court to seek to stop the fed police from handing over the documents that it seized yesterday in those raids that were broadcast to all,” he said.

“It wasn’t necessary to pursue that undertaking – (to) pursue that order before the court because the federal police and the regulator have made commitments, the federal police has committed that it will not hand over the documents that it seized and the regulator has also committed that it will not accept any document seized by the federal police until the court has had time to hear the parties and hear our case.

“The warrant in this case is illegal, and that the investigation is also unlawful.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hit back at the allegations of political interference and said the opposition leader had serious questions to answer over the donation.

He said Labor’s “hysterical attack” on the integrity of the AFP was a “disgrace” and said the police were merely upholding the rule of law.

“They are accusing the Australian Federal Police of being politically motivated. That is a disgrace. Bill Shorten knows that a lie and he should apologise for it,” Mr Turnbull told reporters on Wednesday morning.

AFP officers raided the Melbourne and Sydney headquarters of the AWU on Tuesday evening. The ROC said it sought search warrants for the AFP after developing a suspicion that documents relating to the GetUp donation were being “concealed or destroyed” in the union’s offices.

Channel Seven and other media outlets were in position to film the raids on Tuesday evening and captured the arrival of AFP officers. At least one Seven reporter followed police officers into the Sydney building. 

“I have got the greatest of respect for the AFP. I don’t question the integrity of the AFP,” Mr Shorten said.

“I question the integrity of Turnbull and the government.”

“How on earth was it possible that journalists were able to be there in advance of the police visit and how on earth did the journalists know about the raid? I don’t think the AFP told the media. I’m sure it was the government.”

Cash denies media tip-off

Senator Cash was questioned over the investigation in Senate Estimates on Wednesday.

Labor senator Doug Cameron asked if Senator Cash was certain no one in her office pre-warned the media about the raid.

“Yes,” Senator Cash replied.

“And quite frankly, I am offended on behalf of my staff as to those allegations. They are very serious allegations.”

Senator Cash was also asked if she had referred any other matters to the ROC besides the AWU donation.

She said she would take the question on notice.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon said finding out who leaked news of the impending raid to members of the media was a priority.

“There must be an independent investigation as to why the media was tipped off,” he said.

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Union challenges raid in court

The AWU is taking the matter to court in a bid to stop the ROC examining the documents taken in the police raid.

Legal firm Maurice Blackburn is taking the action in the Federal Court in Melbourne.

A quickly-arranged hearing will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Maurice Blackburn’s principal Josh Bornstein said the raids were an abuse of power.

“There were plenty of options open to the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) to seek access to these materials without having to deploy 32 AFP officers, including writing to the union or issuing a summons compelling production,” Mr Bornstein said.

Timeline:May 1 – The Registered Organisations Commission (ROC) is established by the govt as a federal regulator for unions and employer groups.August 16 – Employment minister Michaelia Cash instructs the ROC to investigate a donation from the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to activist group GetUp in 2005. Bill Shorten was leading the AWU in 2005.October 24 – Federal police raid the offices of the AWU in Melbourne and Sydney, acting on ROC instruction. Some media, including Channel 7, are tipped off and in position to shoot the raid.October 25 – Mr Shorten alleges a “political witch hunt”.  PM Turnbull says Labor should respect the independence of the federal police and the ROC. 

Treasurers to receive business report

A new Treasury report on why business investment is not meeting expectations will be delivered to the state and federal treasurers’ meeting on Friday.

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Treasury secretary John Fraser told a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday it was expected business investment would continue to strengthen, “supported by increasing demand and low financing costs”.

But he said Treasury had consulted with small, medium and large businesses to find out why investment was “underperforming relative to expectations”.

“We met with the CEOs and CFOs of the top ASX-listed companies and the chief executives of peak industry bodies, while (small business ombudsman) Kate Carnell led consultation with SMEs,” Mr Fraser said.

AAP understands small business operators raised concerns during the consultations of poor access to finance when seeking sums in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as opposed to tens of thousands, to expand their operations.

Banks were showing a preference for businesses with significant equity in bricks and mortar.

Small businesses also voiced concerns about cost pressures from the July wage rise and a doubling of power bills.

It was suggested governments could look at ways to free up banks and other lending institutions to support SMEs, as well as encourage superannuation funds to invest.

The treasurers, meeting in Sydney, will also be briefed by Productivity Commission chairman Peter Harris on his latest report, Shifting the Dial, which recommends reform in education, health, transport, housing, cities and energy.

Distribution of the GST and the new national housing and homelessness agreement will also be on the agenda.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet told AAP the GST was a crucial issue.

“I’ve made no secret of my views on the redistribution of GST and how heavily NSW is short-changed under the horizontal fiscal equalisation model and we will be making our case for change on Friday,” he said.

No heritage listing for Sydney’s Sirius

The NSW government has again refused to place Sydney’s iconic Sirius building on the state heritage list, paving the way for its demolition by developers.

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Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton on Wednesday said she had decided the brutalist social housing building was “not of state heritage significance”.

The state government wants to sell the site in The Rocks, near the Harbour Bridge, to developers who plan to replace it with hundreds of private apartments.

The decision marks the second time the government has refused to place the site on the State Heritage Register.

Then heritage minister Mark Speakman decided against listing the building in July 2016 because it would cause “undue financial hardship” for the building’s owners.

That decision was invalidated a year later by the Land and Environment Court which ruled the government had not properly considered a recommendation by the Heritage Council to list Sirius.

Acting Justice Simon Molesworth also concluded even if registering Sirius decreased its value that wouldn’t constitute financial hardship.

The court ordered the government pay costs to the Millers Point Community Association which is fighting the decision to sell off the controversial building.

The Heritage Council recommended in early 2016 that the building be placed on the register for both its aesthetic value and rarity, however, Ms Upton on Wednesday said she wasn’t convinced on either front.

“There are differing views in relation to whether or not the Sirius building is of aesthetic value at all, and the nature of that value,” she said.

Earlier this month, the building, which was completed in 1980, was added to the World Monuments Fund’s 2018 watch list.

Save our Sirius chairman Shaun Carter says the group will appeal the latest decision if possible.

“We will refer it to the Environmental Defenders Office and, if there’s a millimetre of space in this decision, we will appeal it to the Land and Environment Court,” Mr Carter told AAP on Wednesday, adding he was “disappointed but not surprised” by the decision.

“Something the government has failed to consider is this is a really delicate and sensitive part of town,” he said.

Hanson gets submarines 101 lesson from senior defence officers

Pauline Hanson has been given a submarines 101 lesson by senior defence force officers.

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The One Nation leader attempted to grill the officers about Australia’s $50 billion submarine project during a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Wednesday.

French shipbuilder Naval Group has been awarded the design contract for a fleet of 12 vessels.

“Is it true that pump-jet submarines can only stay underwater for 20 minutes,” Senator Hanson asked.

Rear Admiral Greg Sammut, who heads up the submarine program, patiently explained engineering features to the senator.

“A pump jet is a form of propeller, it has no bearing on how deep a submarine can go, how long it can stay under water,” he said.

There were a number of factors including battery capacity that influenced time underwater.

“We are going to buy diesel-electric submarines and I can assure you senator they are going to stay underwater much longer than 20 minutes,” Admiral Sammut said.

He declined to say how much longer, citing that information was classified because of operational security reasons.

“I don’t think it’s classified,” Senator Hanson said.

The senator also cast doubts over the credentials of US experts who weighed up competing bids from France, Japan and Germany.

“America has not launched a diesel submarine for 55 years,” she said.

Admiral Sammut insisted the US experts had a lot of experience in the operation of diesel submarines and so did Australia.

Naval Group’s executive director of the Australian submarine program Jean-Michel Billig has said the vessels may end up with conventional propellers as well as air-independent propulsion.

John Madigan, a former independent senator, famously dubbed submarines the “spaceships of the ocean” in 2015.

SBY trumpets ‘ASEAN first’ policy stance

Southeast Asian nations must bolster their alliances amid uncertainty over America’s foreign policy plans, former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says.

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He has told the Northern Australia Defence Summit that unity within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations must be a top priority in an increasingly volatile geopolitical climate.

“If President Donald Trump advocates an America-first foreign policy, in my view ASEAN countries should adopt an ASEAN-first stance,” Dr Yudhoyono said in Darwin on Wednesday.

The retired general raised concerns about increasing tension between the major powers but stopped short of labelling it a new cold-war era.

Dr Yudhoyono, who was president from 2004 to 2014, said Australia and Indonesia’s diplomatic ties had grown to become fundamentally sound and played a central role in maintaining stability in the region.

He called for a closer partnership between the two middle powers amid growing security challenges including natural disasters, people smuggling, terrorism, piracy and kidnapping.

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre head John Blaxland says the ex-president’s ambitions could be derailed by his “short-sighted” successor, Joko Widodo, who has an “Indonesia first” mentality similar to Trump’s.

“It’s a reductionist view of the world. Indonesia under Jokowi is not living up to its potential as the leader of the region. That’s a problem for our neighbourhood,” Professor Blaxland said.

“SBY is speaking out on these issues because he recognises his successor is not nearly as aspirational in this domain.”

Prof Blaxland said another obstacle is the divisiveness of ASEAN itself, claiming Laos and Cambodia have already been “bought off” by China.

Dr Yudhoyono also admitted “rising strategic rivalries” from countries outside the region risked disrupting ASEAN’s unity.

He predicted Mr Trump would announce a more coherent Asia policy during his tour of Asia in November.

“Given his preoccupation with China, with US trade deficit, with the South China Sea, President Trump will necessarily have to actively engage east Asian countries and ASEAN with or without a policy doctrine,” Dr Yudhoyono said.