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                                                                                                      Cold case duties
                                                                                                      for retired police
                                                                                                      Retired senior police will join      would head the new cold                  ‘‘I think it is (in response to   unsolved murders that have
                                                                                                      former Victorian homicide            crimes taskforce, which would         the loss of past senior staff),      attracted a $1 million reward.
                                                                                                      squad chief Peter Halloran in a      re-examine unsolved murders,          and I’m not sure how many will          These include the murders of
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                                                                                                      new cold crimes taskforce.           missing persons reports, rob-         be interested,’’ she said.           Elisabeth Membrey, killed in her
                                                                                                         Supt Halloran, acquitted in       beries and burglaries.                   ‘‘We have made some inqui-        Ringwood unit in December
                                                                                                      October last year of sex of-            The force would encourage          ries but I think there may be        1994, and Jane Thurgood-Dove,
                                                                                                      fences against a 13-year-old-        retired police to return to Vic-      people out there that are will-      gunned down in front of her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      children outside her Niddrie
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                                                                                                      girl while he was a United           toria Police, or to assist the unit   ing to take the cases, take them
                                                                                                      Nations war crimes                   as consultants, following an          home, think about them for a         home in November 1997.
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                                                                                                      investigator in Sierra Leone,        exodus of senior investigators        while, come back, spend some            Nixon today praised the police
                                                                                                      will return to Victoria Police, it   under previous administra-            time with us and think about         work of Halloran, 57.
                                                                                                      was announced yesterday.             tions, Nixon said today.              how we might go forward.’’              ‘‘He is a very good investiga-
                              with PHIL ENGLISH                                                          Chief Commissioner Chris-            The taskforce would begin             Tasks to fall under the new       tor. He has a very good reputa-
                                                                                                      tine Nixon today said Halloran       work in May or June, she said.        taskforce would include seven        tion for investigation,’’ she said.
                              Online Luxe Living lifestyle magazine creator

                              Delivering some of life’s little luxuries to disenfranchised Aussie                                                                                                                     b CURLED         UP
                              employees is the aim of this former banker.

                              Q. As a former lawyer, what attracted you to creating the
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                                 Luxe Living lifestyle magazine?
                              A. I was working at Macquarie Bank and noticed that
                                 businesses were offering special staff deals via the intranet to
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                                 the bank’s employees. These were pretty popular among
                                 staff and there was so much interest from external                                                                                                                                   Desperate to make her own way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the Australian music scene,
                                 businesses that Macquarie actually had to stop running the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tiffani Wood is getting drastic.
                                 program themselves and were forced to contract it out. This
                                 told me that among corporate Australia there was a great deal                                                                                                                           After an impulsive New Year’s
                                 of demand for this service. I then teamed up with my two                                                                                                                             resolution, the singer’s long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      straight locks from her Bardot
                                 partners to create www.luxeliving.com.au – a magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      days are gone.
                                 with a staff benefits program for corporate Australia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘‘I had all this chemical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      straightening and colour for
                              Q. So any regrets about the career change?                                                                                                                                              years and it came to the new
                              A. I have always had an entrepreneurial flair, so owning my own                                                                                                                         year and I thought, ‘I need a
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                                 business has always been a major goal. While I have                                                                                                                                  change, chop the damn thing
                                 encountered many more challenges than in my old                                                                                                                                      off’,’’ she said.
                                 profession, I know I’m on target with what I wish to achieve,                                                                                                                           Although Wood accepts she
                                 so the pros definitely outweigh the cons.                                                                                                                                            will never be separated from her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Popstars roots, she still
                              Q. How does the magazine work for subscribers?                                                                                                                                          searches for recognition of her
                              A. It’s as simple as installing a customised link on the company’s                                                                                                                      different sound.
                                 intranet. Once this is done, all staff will have access to the                                                                                                                          ‘‘Bardot was so bubblegum
                                 Luxe Living magazine, including all the special deals. We                                                                                                                            pop, but my music just isn’t like
                                 also have just introduced a new Luxe Living Restaurant Card                                                                                                                          that,’’ she said.
                                 that offers exclusive deals from restaurants. It’s just $20 on                                                                                                                          ‘‘I’m a bit more about attitude
                                 the site or even cheaper through a corporate subscription.                                                                                                                           and rock and spunk.’’
                                 Individuals can also register with us at                                                                                                                                                Her new show, which
                                 www.luxeliving.com.au/luxeliving to have the magazine                                                                                                                                launches her latest single Spin
                                 emailed on the first business day of each month.                                                                                                                                     the Bottle, hits Melbourne next
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      week, mixing her love of bur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lesque and her rock image in a
                              Q. What does the word luxury mean to you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bongo-drumming showgirl
                              A. It means a pleasure that is not part of everyday life. It doesn’t                                                                                                                    spectacular.
                                 have to be expensive, just something that is enjoyably                                                                                                                                  ‘‘Doing the burlesque show
                                 different from one’s everyday routine.                                                                                                                                               and having a sexual rock, sex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ual image is where I’m at now.
                              Q. What are the signs that corporate professionals are                                                                                                                                  I’m comfortable within myself,
                                 spending too much time on work and not enough on                                                                                                                                     so I’m not afraid to be that
                                 their personal wellbeing and life’s luxuries?                                                                                                                                        person,’’ Wood said.
                              A. I think tiredness is the major sign. This comes not only from                                                                                                                           Tiffani Wood is at Club Odeon,
                                 working hard, but also from trying to fit both one’s personal                                                                                                                        Crown casino, on April 15.
                                 pleasures and chores into the limited amount of free time that                                                                                                                                    – ANNALISE WALLIKER
                                 we all enjoy.

                              Q. And why should people subscribe to your magazine?
                              A. It’s free, it’s a great read and, unlike any other online
                                 magazine on the market, it provides exclusive deals on some
                                 of Australia’s finest products and services.

                              Q. Who are your biggest clients?
                              A. PBL, Ernst & Young, Virgin Mobile and Ogilvy PR, although
                                 we have around 30 corporate subscribers.

                              Q. How do you make time for luxuries in your own life?
                              A. That’s a tough question. Like a lot of people, I am pretty time
                                 poor, so I guess I often find myself juggling work
                                 commitments to fit in personal pleasures.

                              Q. Where do you see yourself in the next five to 10 years?
                              A. I could say on the golf course, but I know that’s not true.
                                 Unlike a lot of corporates, I don’t have the view that I am
                                 working to retire, rather that I am working to be happy. So as      Brandishing her new image, Tiffani Wood returns to natural curls.                Picture: BRITTA CAMPION         Wood with Bardot.
                                 long as I am still my own boss in five to 10 years with a
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                                 successful business, I think I will have achieved my No. 1
                                 career aspiration.
                                                                                                                                              Legendary Spanish bullfighter Pedro Romero (1754-1838) killed his
                                                                                 – with SHOBA RAO
                      +                                                                                                                       5000th bull at the age of 76.                                                                                  +

				
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