George Calombaris fined $1000 for punching man at A-League grand final

Celebrity chef George Calombaris has been fined $1000 for punching a man at Sydney Football Stadium earlier this year.
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Calombaris, 39, was at the A-League grand final between the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at Moore Park on May 7. As he stood on the sidelines, he exchanged heated words with a 19-year-old fan in the stands then punched him in the abdomen.

In September, a court heard Calombaris told the teenager, “you’re a big-mouthed man you dodgy c—” before the punch was thrown.

A lawyer for Calombaris said he believed the fan had called his mother a “c—” first.

He pleaded guilty to the assault in August.

On Friday, Downing Centre Local Court heard Calombaris – a chef, restaurateur and judge on cooking show Masterchef – feels “regret, remorse and shame” over his actions. He has faced significant consequences since the incident, including media attention and losing a $300,000 ambassadorship.

George Calombaris arrives at Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Friday. Photo: AAP

Magistrate Peter Miszalski remarked: “I’m sure that those people probably labelled him as a thug.”

Calombaris was supporting Melbourne Victory – defeated by Sydney FC in a tense 4-2 penalty shoot-out – when the argument began.

Following his guilty plea, he said he would not attend A-League matches for 12 months as a result of a self-imposed ban.

He would also stand down as Melbourne Victory’s number one ticket-holder.

In a video of the altercation, played in court on Friday, Calombaris waves his scarf and points his finger at opposing fans.

He then walks past police and security guards and approaches the crowd, speaking to the 19-year-old man. He punches the man in the abdomen, causing him to be pushed backwards, then walks away as the crowd shout at him angrily.

Mr Miszalski said the crowd may well have been shouting abusive remarks at Calombaris, because “that’s usually what crowds do”.

“It’s the yahoo factor,” Mr Miszalski said. “You don’t get sucked into the drama. Once you do that, you’re gone.”

Calombaris’ lawyer acknowledged his client “snapped” when he thought he heard comments about his mother, and said he was not asking for a mere “slap on the wrist” for what he had done.

There was a lighthearted moment as Mr Miszalski said he had been a fan of Masterchef “a long time ago”, with his favourite part being when the chefs caramelised onions.

In the public gallery, Mr Calombaris laughed as he looked at the floor.

The proceedings became more serious when Mr Miszalski labelled the incident a “very definite public display of aggression”.

“It’s not as though somebody’s come up to him and got into his face and started abusing him, he’s actually made his way into the crowd and started to mouth off in no uncertain words,” he said.

“Mr Calombaris is a high-profile figure in the sense that I watched those original programs a long time ago. To see a man like this come before the court is tragic. The situation of getting sucked into the drama, that’s my expression, then to go in and deliberately punch someone, calls for some element of deterrence.

“When the punch landed, that victim’s gone backwards. I’m sending a message out to the community that if you’re in the public arena and if you’re punching people and hurting people, there will be consequences.”

with Michaela Whitbourn

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Next generation stands up

TOP PROSPECT: Apprentice Of The Year Jake Barry, from Downer Engineering, demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his apprenticeship.
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Apprentice Of The Year SHINING LIGHT: Rising Star Award winner Jessica Cole, from DSI Underground, displays outstanding skills and passion with concern for the well-being of colleagues.

WINNER: Jake Barry,Downer EngineeringWhat the judges said:Jake completed his electrical apprenticeship with Origin Energy Eraring Services and gained his qualification with TAFE NSW.

Jake demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment during his apprenticeship designing and installing various systems in various projects.

Since completing his apprenticeship Jake has changed his employment to the Downer Group and was chosen to represent the workforce at the Downer Executive Manager Safety Conference in Sydney.

Jake has completed an Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering at TAFE NSW and is currently enrolled to study the Certificate IiV in Electrical Instrumentation, his goal is to become an instrumentation electrician.

Since completing his apprenticeship Jake has been awarded NSW TAFE Apprentice of the Year for the Hunter and Central Coast, was a finalist in the Hunter Region Apprentice and Trainee awards and as a result was nominated to represent the Hunter region in the Excellence in Trade Skills award at the State Training Awards in Sydney.

Highly Commended:Damon Keeping, employed by Hunternet Group Training Company and hosted by Austube Mills.

Rising Star AwardWINNER: Jessica Cole, DSI UndergroundWhat the judges said:Jessica is a dynamic, inspirational young leader, destined to be a bright light showing the way to others in the Hunter’s manufacturing industry for many years to come.

Her passion to make a difference shines through in all that she does, from her dedication to her ongoing professional development, to insights that smash through traditional role boundaries and her ability to take a team of people on a journey to transform the business.

Jessica’s achievements have seen her invited to share insights on a national stage and given the responsibility of taking her knowledge and skills to DSI sites in other parts of the world.

Her enthusiasm is extremely is infectious. She is a sponge for knowledge with a sharp analytical mind.

Jessica has complemented her outstanding work in transforming business systems with a passion for the wellbeing of her work colleagues, dedicating her efforts to a range of important initiatives, particularly in the mental health sphere.

Jessica’s outstanding abilities are transferable into many areas and she is without a doubt, a worthy winner of the Hunter Manufacturing Rising Star Award for 2017.

Highly Commended:Daniel Hodges, Moly-Cop

Varley earns top honours recognition

REWARDED: Varley GroupManufacturer of the YearWINNER: Varley GroupWhat the judges said:The Varley Group, with its origins as a small plumbing and boiler making business servicing the industrial maintenance and ship repair markets in 1886, has continued to re-invent itself throughout its 130 years of operation, successfully adapting to an ever-changing world.
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This journey sees the company’s home still firmly rooted in the Hunter, but with operations also now established in other key locations in Australia, as well as the US and Indonesia.

This expansion into new markets has been accompanied by the transformation of its capability into a diversified business, servicing clients in the fields of rail, defence, aerospace, marine, power, telescopic towers and electric vehicles.

Varley Group’s success has been built on courageous and visionary leadership, a highly skilled and engaged workforce of over 500 people, and strong investment in innovation and business improvement.

The company understands the importance of the passion and skills of its workersand regularly recognises outstanding contributors as well as providing for the ongoing upgrading of their skills.

Varley’s support for the community is extensive and the Varley leadership team is also very active in helping to shape the future of manufacturing in the Hunter through active participation in industry forums such as Hunternet, AI Group, Hunter Business Chamber and Engineers Australia.

The Varley Group continue to demonstrate that manufacturing can play a strong role in the Hunter economy for many years to come and are a worthy winner of the MOTY for 2017.

Great grandmother has close shave for brain cancer research

Great grandmother has close shave for brain cancer research Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Good cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

TweetFacebook Norene Carroll, 87, shaves her head for charityGood cause: Norene Carroll said her family thought she was “crazy”, but she was unfazed by her new appearance. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollNORENE Carroll has no qualms about going bald.

As a 15-year-old “headstrong” tomboy, she shaved off herlong and curly waist-length hair after it got in the way of her playing marbles, riding bikes and swinging from trees with her friends.

Fast forward more than seven decades and Ms Carroll, now 87, had her head shaved“right to the scalp –it will have more impact” at Hamilton North Bowling Club on Friday, to raisefunds for the Cancer Council to direct to brain cancer research. “I don’t get nervous –I’m just thrilled with how much I’ve collected so far,” Ms Carroll said. She had raised $1400 before the shave and expected this sum to continue togrow well above heroriginal $500 goal. “I hope people laugh and don’t feel sorry for me, because I don’t feel sorry for me.The big thing I want to do is raise awareness. People are whinging about not getting a new car and things like this do make people stop and think.”

Ms Carroll – a mother of four, grandmother to 12 and great grandmother to seven–was inspired by the death of her friend Sue’s son from brain cancer. “That kind of tragedy gives you a real shake up,” she said.“She organised a big walk not too long ago and I couldn’t participate, so I said I’d do something else for the same cause. Shaving my head reflects what a lot of people go through when they have brain cancer.It can affect anyone, including children, it does not just target males or females or the over 40s. It’s a pretty awful thing.”

Ms Carroll said she wouldn’t hide her bare head under a beanie, but use it to start conversations about the disease, which reportedly receives less than fiveper cent of cancer funding from the government.

Man sues budget airline for serving sparking instead of Champagne

Sparkling wine is not the same as Champagne, and never the twain shall meet.
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As was pointed out by a Canadian traveller, who is suing a tiny budget airline after they served him a glass of sparkling wine instead of authentic Champagne, the BBC reports.

The man was flying to Cuba on Sunwing Airlines, the unsuspecting low cost airline hurled into the spotlight after advertising a ‘champagne toast’ on board its route to Cuba.

Sunwing, based in Canada, flies to destinations in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

While most travellers on board low-cost Sunwing would not be expecting the real deal, Daniel Macduff took offence to the erroneous advertising and decided to pursue the matter in court.

“It’s not about the pettiness of champagne versus sparkling wine,” Macduff’s lawyer, S??bastien Paquette, said. “It’s the consumer message behind it.”

Unfortunately for Sunwing, an additional 1,600 people agree with Macduff, and will potentially join the suit.

Sunwing told the BBC that the use of “champagne” in the marketing was meant to “denote a level of service in reference to the entire hospitality package”.

“Sunwing has always been proud to invest in experience-enhancing features for our customers,” Sunwing said in a statement. “We consider any legal action relating to the marketing of this service to be frivolous and without merit.”

While sparkling wine can be just as good, if not better, than actual Champagne, which only comes from the Champagne region in northeastern France.

The airline have since dropped the offer on its Cuba route.

See also: Flight attendant caught pouring Champagne back into bottle

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ANZ extends Apple Pay to 1.6 million Access cardholders

ANZ Access cardholders are able to use Apple Pay with in-store eftpos mobile payments, making the bank the first Australian financial institution to offer Apple Pay.
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Paul Jennings, the acting chief executive of eftpos, says Apple Pay with eftpos provides ANZ eftpos Access cardholders with the ability to make eftpos purchases on their iPhone or Apple Watch using their own money, processed in real time.

In stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later and Apple Watch.

To set up Apple Pay, the 1.6 million ANZ Access cardholders need to open the Apple Wallet app in iOS 11 and follow the prompts.

Security issues are top of mind for anyone paying for something using a mobile device.

When using an ANZ eftpos Access card with Apple Pay, the actual card number is not stored on the device, nor is it stored on Apple servers. Instead, a unique device account number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored on the cardholder’s phone.

Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Unlike other cards that process mobile payments as credit transactions, an eftpos Apple Pay “tap” accesses the cardholder’s money in real time.

ANZ Access cardholders can have peace of mind knowing they are spending only what is in their bank account.

The addition of Apple Pay follows ANZ’s partnership with other major digital wallets like Android Pay and Samsung Pay as well as its ANZ Mobile Pay platform.

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VBA unclear on class action payout

Victoria’s building regulator hasn’t set aside contingency funds for an unprecedented class action lawsuit launched against it by 36 disgruntled homeowners last May, its annual report shows.
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The Hinchliffe-Princeton Legal led class-action arose from an alleged failure to protect homeowners from dangerous and inferior building work.

“It is not possible to estimate amounts of any eventual payments that may or may not be required in relation to these claims,” the Victorian Building Authority said.

The authority’s total income rose to $56.1 million, up by $2.3 million from the previous year, most generated from building permit levies and plumbing compliance certificates.

The organisation spent $650,000 on consultancy fees, the bulk – $200,000 – on restructuring and insolvency specialists PPB Advisory for forensic investigations and consultancy services.

Another $124,800 was spent on upgrading occupational health and safety systems.

Complaints against builders and plumbers shot up by 30 per cent from the previous reporting period.

The authority increased the number of its executives paid more than $100,000, the annual report shows.

Chief executive Prue Digby was paid annual salary around $350,000. Five other executives were paid between $180,000 and $220,000.

Ms Digby said the city-wide audit of flammable aluminium cladding on buildings following the Lacrosse tower blaze had chewed up “significant resources” in the previous financial year.

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Were Rio’s bosses ‘hiding the truth’, or self-deluded?

There is a certain rather exhausting set of characteristics that you would expect to find in successful chief executive officers. They dream big. They relentlessly pursue their goals.
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They have high expectations of their subordinates, demanding total loyalty and commitment and effort and creativity. They think outside the box. They don’t take no for an answer.

There is a problem with this list of characteristics, beyond how exhausting it is. Imagine the CEO of a mining company that buys a giant coal mine in inland Mozambique for $US3.7 billion, and then finds out that there’s no way to get the coal to the coast for shipment.

“Sorry boss,” say his subordinates. “That mine is worthless now.” How would you expect him to react?

Well of course he is going to demand that the subordinates find a way to get the coal out. Of course he is going to continue to believe that the mine is worth more than the $US3.7 billion ($4.7 billion) he paid for it. Of course he is not going to change his mind just because the government rejects his plans to barge out the coal, or because building a railroad to get it out would be prohibitively expensive.

Of course he is not going to be deterred by the negativity of the subordinates who tell him that there’s no solution and that the mine is worthless. Of course he is going to tell them that the problem is with their attitude, not with the mine. Of course he is going to tell anyone who’ll listen that the problems will be resolved and that the mine is, if anything, undervalued.

And then the subordinates will go back to the drawing board, put in 120-hour weeks, and, inspired by the CEO’s vision and commitment, will come up with a way to get the coal out. It will be a massive success, and the CEO’s most optimistic projections will be realised and exceeded.

It will be taught as a case study in business schools. Years later, the subordinates will bond over beers and reminisce about how hard they worked for the CEO, and how it ruined their marriages and their health, and how it was nonetheless the best thing they ever did.

For once, they felt truly alive, inspired by a higher purpose, filled with the deep satisfaction that can only come from succeeding against impossible odds.

Or not! Or the subordinates will go back to the drawing board, put in 120-hour weeks, and not come up with a way to get the coal out. Time will pass, the coal won’t come out, and it will get harder and harder for the company’s accountants and auditors and directors to justify the $US3.7 billion valuation.

Eventually the company will write down the value of the mine, and sell it for a nominal amount. And all those people who bought the company’s stock or bonds in the interim — back when the CEO was insisting that nothing was wrong, that the mine was undervalued, and that all this nonsense about not being able to get the coal out was not even worth mentioning to investors — will feel a bit … well, the traditional word is “defrauded.” Was it fraud?

This week the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a fraud case against Rio Tinto and two of its former executives “for inflating the value of coal assets acquired for $US3.7 billion and sold a few years later for $US50 million.”

Rio Tinto bought the Mozambique project in 2011 and quickly realised that they wouldn’t actually be able to transport nearly as much coal out of the mine as they had expected. By early 2012, internal valuations for the project showed negative values.

But Rio Tinto did not impair the value of the project in its public financial accounts, and raised billions of dollars of bonds in March 2012. It eventually wrote down the project in January 2013, and sold it for $US50 million in 2014.

Was it fraud? Were Rio Tinto’s former Chief Executive Officer Tom Albanese and Chief Financial Officer Guy Elliott colluding to conceal bad news from Rio’s directors, auditors, shareholders and bondholders for their own selfish reasons, as the SEC alleges? Or were they just so sure that they would succeed that no amount of bad news could deter them? Horrible reading

The complaint is horrible reading either way. The SEC describes a meeting where the CEO “specifically rejected a proposal for Rio Tinto to construct a new, $US16 billion (‘greenfield’) rail line,” and instead basically told the employees to find a way to do it cheaper.

At one point, Rio Tinto prepared a paper for its audit committee discussing but rejecting the idea of writing down the mine; the CFO’s “only comment was to question whether it was really appropriate to highlight potential impairment matters so early in the year.”

Another paper, for Rio Tinto’s auditors, “went one step further and claimed with no reasonable basis in fact that ‘a potential value of $US5.1 billion’ gave an ‘indication of value’ for [Rio Tinto Coal Mozambique], and that on top of the $US5.1 billion, there was an additional ‘$US1 billion of value designated as possible upside.'”

There are a few hints that the SEC is right — at one point, after reserve estimates were lowered, the CFO told the CEO “that ‘the market won’t see’ what Rio Tinto assumed for the acquisition,” allegedly implying that they could trick investors into thinking that the lower reserves were baked into the original purchase price — but no real smoking guns.

Rio Tinto’s valuation was wrong, sure, and its CEO and CFO ignored the reports of employees who told them that the valuation was wrong, but that doesn’t tell you why they ignored them.

Self-delusion can look a lot like intentional fraud, and vice versa.

Bloomberg

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Disability won’t defeat Ellen

INSPIRATIONAL: Ellen Higginbottom pictured at home with husband Dean. Picture: Max Mason Hubers.Ellen Higginbottom hascried a river of tears but has never been able to wipe themaway.
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Imagine not being able to clean your teeth,brushyour hair or doany of thosedaily mundane tasks we all take for granted.

For 34-year-oldEllen, just scratching her nose or taking a sip of water without help from her husband Deanwould be a majorachievement.

Instead of giving up on life this brave Maitland woman continues to challenge herself on a daily basis.

Ellen was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy when she was12.

She suffered mobility issues, would fall over and was weak. Despite these early challenges she played netball and tookballet lessons but as her condition deteriorated she had to rely on her family and a wheelchair for help.

While limited towhat she could do, Ellen still managed to enjoy someindependence,until she fell and broke her arm in 2011.“I went from being fully independent once dressed in my chair to being dependent on people to set everything up for me,” she said.

But the worst was to come. Ellen suffered an adverse reaction to her pain medication which resulted in respiratory failure and her placed on life support in intensive care.This was to become hernemesis.“The average life expectancy for someone with MD once ventilated is about five years. I hope to at least triple that,” she said.

Ellen underwent a little known method of lung strengthening her physio had read about in a medical journal. Both she and Dean convinceddoctors to try it.The therapy involved Ellen’s breathing machine removed three times a day and a resistance tube inserted for her to try to breath on her own. “I was able to regain enough strength to remove the hospital machines and avoid a tracheotomy leavingme withabreathing mask,” shesaid.

Defiant Ellen has notlether condition beat her and last year enrolled in university tostudylaw specialising in wills, power of attorney and legal guardianship for the elderly and disabled.

The couple needed a specially modified vehicle to help Ellen achieve her goals. They sought the help of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and weretold the modificationsmay be covered but theymust own the car, it must be under three years old and have traveled less than 30,000km. Theyremortgaged their house to buy a suitablevehicle but were later denied thefunding due to Ellen’s “unknown life expectancy.”

With her dreamin tatters, Ellen’s sister Kate Cross-Johnston and friend GeorginaGrine set up a Go Fund Me page to raise the $44,000 needed for modifications. You can donate at梧桐夜网gofundme南京夜网/ellens-vehicle-modifications

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Atlassian on the brink of joining the $US10b club

The most prominent global technology company to have emerged from Australian shores is on the brink of another significant valuation milestone.
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Shares in Sydney-headquartered software giant Atlassian soared to a new peak on Friday morning local time after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results, and said it expected to surpass $US800 million ($1.01 billion) in revenue this financial year.

In after hours trading on the Nasdaq, Atlassian shares had climbed 12 per cent to rise above $45 – implying a market value for the business of more than $US10 billion ($12.7 billion).

Atlassian, which famously bypassed the ASX to list on the Nasdaq in the US in 2015, is already more valuable than some of Australia’s best-known corporate icons such as airline Qantas and Rupert Murdoch’s publishing giant News Corp.

The company, which makes software such as JIRA, a project management tool for developers, wrote revenues of $US193.8 million in the June quarter, up 42 per cent on a year earlier, and beating consensus analyst estimates, according to S&P Capital IQ, for $US186 million. It generated free cash flow of $US62.7 million, but booked a loss of $US14 million.

For the current financial year, Atlassian said it was targeting revenue of $US841 million to $US847 million, and free cash flow of between $US250 million and $US260 million.

Atlassian is domiciled in the UK, where tax rates are lower than Australia, but its biggest office remains in Sydney.

Its co-CEOs, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, continue to own more than half of the company. Based on the after-hours trading price, Mr Cannon-Brookes’ stake would be worth more than $US3 billion, while Mr Farquhar’s stake would be worth about $US2.5 billion, according to S&P Capital IQ data.

Trello, a project management tool for non-technical teams, which Atlassian acquired for $US425 million in January, now had 25 million registered users, it said.

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