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The woman getting homeless people working


“I started to ask questions of women with unstable accommodation and got some incredible insight into homelessness and employment.”

Ms Stolzenberg was told of women who could not go to work because they had to go to court, or because their violent ex had been hanging around or because they didn’t have access to a bathroom.

“If they didn’t show up to work they would be fired, but sometimes they couldn’t have a shower so they were embarrassed. They said if there was a job where they didn’t have to start or finish at a particular time it would be amazing, but that would never happen.”

Hence The Kala Space, named after a word in Sanskrit referring to time, which employs six women experiencing homelessness or family violence.

“They all start work when they can, finish when they can, have no set times, get paid for the hours they do work and don’t have to give me an explanation if they need time off,” Ms Stolzenberg says

A team of volunteers helps out if there are too few employees at any one time.

Ms Stolzenberg says the social experiment has been a game changer: “As the women become more stable, they become more reliable.”

The Kala Space is one of a number of sub-charities run by the National Homeless Collective, which was founded in 2015 by Ms Stolzenberg, an Indigenous woman and mother of five.

It all started with a sleeping bag drive for homeless people from her loungeroom in Hillside, in Melbourne’s west, after Ms Stolzenberg was haunted by the sight of a homeless man, whom she thought was dead, asleep on a park bench on a cold night.

Within eight weeks, Ms Stolzenberg had collected 3500 donated sleeping bags and blankets, which she distributed from a trailer on weekends.

After three months, she quit her job at the Australian Tax Office and founded the National Homeless Collective.

Another of the sub-charities – the Period Project – was inspired by a woman Ms Stolzenberg met at Flinders Street Station while she was delivering sleeping bags.

“She asked me if I had any tampons, she was literally sitting there bleeding on the street.”

The woman, who had just been released from prison, told Ms Stolzenberg she had an access visit the next day with her children, who were in foster care. “She was about to steal tampons – if she got caught she would probably have gone back into remand and got her access revoked.”

And so Ms Stolzenberg started the Period Project, which provides menstruation packs to homeless women.

They are also distributed to those leaving Melbourne’s women’s prison, Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, along with a voucher to spend at The Kala Space.

Ms Stolzenberg is also the woman who started a crowd-funding campaign for Michael Rogers, also known as Trolley Man, who tried to fend off a terrorist with a shopping trolley in the 2018 Bourke Street attack.

Michael Rogers, 46, drew widespread praise and the nickname 'Trolley Man" for pushing the trolley repeatedly at Hassan Khalif Shire Ali as the 30-year-old man attempted to stab police.

Michael Rogers, 46, drew widespread praise and the nickname ‘Trolley Man” for pushing the trolley repeatedly at Hassan Khalif Shire Ali as the 30-year-old man attempted to stab police.

The fundraiser, which was intended to replace Mr Rogers’ phone, received a whopping $145,000 in donations but many people turned on Ms Stolzenberg after it emerged the man lauded as a homeless hero had a long criminal history.

“I got so much hate, people messaging me, calling me all the names under the sun and saying how dare I support a criminal and they wanted their money back,” Ms Stolzenberg said.

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“It was frustrating because it was always obvious to me there was a high chance he would have a criminal record. He still tried to save the cops.”

Ms Stolzenberg visited Mr Rogers every week after he was jailed for theft. However she has now lost touch with him. “I loved spending time with him, but I couldn’t help him any more, he needed more professional help than we could offer him.”

Ms Stolzenberg hopes to use her platform as Victorian Australian of the Year to advocate for a world where employing homeless people with flexible hours is the norm.

“It would seem abhorrent now not to employ someone in a wheelchair,” Ms Stolzenberg says. “I want there to be a day we look back and say we can’t believe we didn’t accommodate people experiencing homelessness in the work place.”

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Lockdowns stopped Finn working rurally. Next month, he’ll be deported


“In July I was offered two jobs in construction in regional Victoria. A week later, the second wave restrictions hit and the bosses said they couldn’t host anyone from Melbourne. I was pretty much trapped in the city.”

Months of nationwide border closures and 235 days of Victorian restrictions later, Finn hasn’t completed the 88 days of rural work needed to extend his visa.

Indeed, Victoria hasn’t had 88 consecutive days without lockdown since March. Just 57 days separated the post-first wave reopening and start of the second wave’s restrictions.

On December 23, Finn’s visa will expire and he will be forced back to the United Kingdom, giving up his only shot at a working holiday maker visa.

The federal government has offered working holiday makers who left Australia or could not enter due to the pandemic a chance to re-apply and start a new visa at minimal cost.

But for internationals like Finn, who has spent $17,000 of his $20,000 savings in Australia since Christmas, there is so far no second chance. Melbourne’s “four reasons to leave home” lifted on October 26, just 58 days before his visa expires.

“It seems kind of unfair,” says Finn, who started work in concrete production in Benalla last month.

“There’s so much uncertainty at the moment but I’m preparing to have to try and find flights to leave back to Scotland before Christmas.”

At the same time, Australia’s normally international-dependent rural workforce is, as National Farmers Federation Victoria president David Jochinke says, in flux.

Working holiday makers comprise up to 60 per cent of some farms' workforces in a regular year.

Working holiday makers comprise up to 60 per cent of some farms’ workforces in a regular year.Credit:Brian Cassey

An Ernst and Young report last month found 26,000 workers were urgently needed nationwide to support this summer’s harvest season for our everyday essentials: fruit, vegetables, grains, livestock production.

“Harvest season is now. It’s a now problem – like, now now. Not later,” says Jochinke.

A federal government Senate committee is currently investigating the working holiday program and stated in its interim report in September that between 20 and 60 per cent of Australian farms’ workforces are usually made up of working holiday makers. About 140,000 working holiday makers were in Australia in March. By June it had halved to 70,000.

Migration lawyer Sam Fitzsimons, who gave evidence to the committee in September, says she has heard of other cases like Finn’s – backpackers previously trapped in Victoria whose only chance to extend their working holiday visa has been stifled this year.

“I think it is a really good example of where it’s absolutely unfair, with the unprecedented nature of COVID,” says Ms Fitzsimons, co-chair of the Victorian Law Institute’s Migration Law Committee.

“Unfortunately the Immigration Department can’t just ‘extend’ a visa without introducing legislative change to allow exemptions for people like Finn. If we need regional workers, why aren’t we doing everything to keep the ones already here, including adapting the law to these COVID times?”

Recognising the shortfall in workers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has set about luring unemployed and young Australians to farms – including telling gap-year students the love of their lives could be awaiting them among the pastures. About 22,000 Pacific Island workers are also waiting to enter Australia, pending states’ approval and quarantine arrangements.

'We must do everything to hold on to people we have here already': Nationals MP Damian Drum.

‘We must do everything to hold on to people we have here already’: Nationals MP Damian Drum.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Yet federal Nationals MP Damian Drum, who sits on the Senate committee into working holiday makers, says it hasn’t been enough so far.

“I think it’s totally ridiculous if we kick out workers who are happy to work in the country, even if just for the summer,” says Mr Drum, who represents Victoria’s Goulburn Valley where fruit harvesting is urgently under way.

“The need is so extreme, it is so intense, that we absolutely must do everything to hold on to people we have here already.”

A Home Affairs spokesman said Finn could be eligible for a “COVID-19 pandemic event visa”, which requires sponsorship from an employer in a key industry such as agriculture, healthcare and aged care.

Finn says as well as gladly committing to 88 days of rural work he still holds out hope of travelling Australia, with working holiday makers contributing $3.1 billion to the economy in a normal year according to Tourism Australia.

“Back home in Scotland they’re in lockdown at the minute, getting 20,000 cases a day. It would be going back to a pretty grim situation,” Finn says.

“If my visa got renewed and I could start from scratch, or even if it was extended for a few months, I would go and do my 88 days straight away. It hasn’t been through a lack of trying this year.”

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Crown pleads to open casino and run ‘working test’ to fix problems


“Many of the matters that the authority may wish to be satisfied about are going to be matters that require a ‘working test’,” Mr Young said during his final submissions.

“Some of them are best addressed in the context of the way in which the casino operates, by way of close oversight [and] review of those operations.”

James Packer's legal team laid the blame for the China arrests at the feet of executives including Barry Felstead, seen here in 2016.

James Packer’s legal team laid the blame for the China arrests at the feet of executives including Barry Felstead, seen here in 2016. Credit:Philip Gostelow

Mr Young said that could include ILGA stationing inspectors on its gaming floors or Crown issuing daily reports to the regulator, which would be followed by in-depth audits and reviews.

ILGA chairman Philip Crawford said on Wednesday the authority would not allow Crown to open the casino until the Bergin inquiry delivers its report, which is due by February.

Under the inquiry’s terms of reference, if Commissioner Bergin finds Crown an unsuitable licence holder she must also report on what – if anything – Crown can do to become suitable.

Mr Young rejected submissions from counsel assisting that Crown should address the “deleterious” influence of its major shareholder James Packer over corporate governance by restricting his board representation and voting power.

Crown’s relationship with Mr Packer, who owns 36 per cent of the company, and his private company Consolidated Press Holdings was now “stock-standard”, Mr Young said, after they tore up agreements allowing the sharing of confidential information and the provision of services to Crown by CPH executives.

Meanwhile on Thursday it was revealed that Crown’s outgoing Australian Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead hired his own legal team to argue against a finding that he failed “without justifiable reason” to alert Crown’s board about China’s crackdown on foreign casinos before 19 employees were arrested there in 2016.

Mr Felstead’s lawyer Joanne Shepard said her client – who is being made redundant after a disastrous appearance at the inquiry earlier this year, and who Mr Packer’s legal team partly blamed for the arrests – was not trying to avoid responsibility for his mistakes, but said they were made in “good faith”.

“The matters now put against Mr Felstead were in fact escalated to board members either by Mr Felstead or by others,” she said.

That included Mr Felstead telling Crown director and CPH executive Michael Johnston about the government crackdown and that police detained and questioned a Crown employee in mid-2015.

Mr Felstead is the second Crown insider, following former director Ben Brazil, to hire their own legal teams in an effort to avoid the inquiry making adverse findings against them.

The year-long inquiry, which was sparked by a series of reports by this masthead last, will conclude its public hearings on Friday with final submissions from counsel assisting.

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How to get your social muscles working again after months of isolation


As you say, it’s as if a kind of atrophy has set in. And if we take your muscle analogy a little bit further and we think of several weeks of engagement with co-workers as your attempt to get your social muscles working again, it makes sense to me that you’re finding yourself still struggling. If, say, you’d stopped exercising physically for six or eight months, and then started again, you couldn’t just continue from where you left off.

Anyway, that’s all a bit metaphorical. To give you something more solid, I spoke with Dr Linda Dalton, a self-employed psychologist who consults with individuals and organisations.

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“Social isolation, masks and distancing have all been deliberate social barriers needed to control the virus. Now, and until the virus is no longer a threat, these barriers remain. So what we are trying to achieve is some new ‘normal’ for interaction,” she said.

“Elbow touching instead of handshakes, reading body language without seeing most of a person’s face behind a mask, meeting online or being in rooms with the person next to you being over a metre away … “

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Until we find a safe and efficacious vaccine for the virus, there’s probably no quick “cure” for your problem. Dr Dalton says the best way to approach it while the world remains so different is to use the resources you have.

While part of getting back into a comfortable – if not entirely usual – rhythm at work will be up to you and your own persistence, Dr Dalton says your employer can play an important part as well.

“Opening discussion and the development of any helpful strategies fair to all is the way forward.

“Let’s develop policies for those working from home to be included and accountable equally with those in the office. Out of every ‘war’ – and this one’s against COVID-19 – comes opportunities to make changes and reshape the future. This is that.”



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Women happier at working from home than men


“More than 90 per cent of Australians are benefitting from a reduced need to commute for work – a third gain nearly a productive day back per week, leaving more time for work and other activities”.

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Gina Metcalfe, a town planner who lives in the Blue Mountains, said she doesn’t miss her daily commute on the train to her office in Parramatta. Apart from a higher energy bill, the benefits of greater flexibility had improved productivity and allowed her to exercise “before the sun goes down”.

Going forward, Ms Metcalfe said she hoped to be able to continue working from home three days a week.

“I’ve benefited overall from working from home,” she said.

“The benefits have been seeing my kids and my partner more before and after school rather than relying on grandparents after hours.

“Women are typically primary care givers, even with the most supportive partners. For me, I felt I needed to be in two places at once when commuting. Flexible work allows me to take my ageing mum to a doctor’s appointment at lunch, be there to hear the important download of my 11 year old’s day and catch up on work at night if needed.”

Ms Metcalfe said she had lost some Sydney connections but had more time to forge new ones in her local community.

Gina Metcalfe prefers working from home in the Blue Mountains to a long commute to Parramatta.

Gina Metcalfe prefers working from home in the Blue Mountains to a long commute to Parramatta.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“We go to local shops and cafes during the week rather than CBD cafes. So that spending is not lost to the economy,” she said.

The study also found that 36 per cent of women and 31 per cent of men said that working from home provided a better work-life balance.

Overall, 45 per cent of people said working from home gave more flexibility and 35 per cent said they could get more done when they didn’t have to commute.

A third said working from home had provided a better work-life balance. Social isolation was a major reason for people who were having a more negative experience.

University of Sydney professor of gender and employment relations Marian Baird said working from home may have eased daily time pressures on women who were usually rushed for time getting to work and preparing children for school, meals and after school pick ups.

“The commute times for some workers has been reduced or removed, which makes a big difference to women’s lives, giving back and extra hour or so,” Professor Baird said.

“Women have always been approaching work and family commitments in a more integrated way, combining part-time work and some working from home with all the domestic and care responsibilities prior to COVID, so they know the drill.

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“Men on the other hand, prior to COVID, were not used to working from home or juggling work and family in the same way as women, and so men found it more difficult to work from home.

A separate survey shows men are more likely than women to prefer it when all employees show up to a common workplace. The poll by social research firm McCrindle found 27 per cent of men said it was “ideal” for everyone to physically attend a workplace all the time compared with 22 per cent of women. It also showed women were more likely than men to favour a workplace with the flexibility to work remotely one or two days a week.

Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies also suggests that fathers who were working from home were spending a bit more time with their children, which may also have eased some of the care pressures on women.

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Working from home has changed everything


Even before the “always on” office culture of email, text, WhatsApp, Zoom and Teams, I believed that putting in the hours and doing whatever it takes to get the job done was the key to success. This was instilled in me working in London in the 1990s where nobody batted an eyelid if you were still in the office at 3am or if you pulled an all-nighter. It wasn’t just expected, it was a badge of honour. How foolish that all seems now.

I will go back to the office one day soon and I cannot wait to see my colleagues and feel their energy.

I will go back to the office one day soon and I cannot wait to see my colleagues and feel their energy.Credit:iStock

I remember the managing director of my firm recording a video from her hospital bed days after giving birth (this was before phones had cameras). This video was proudly presented to a potential client as evidence that we were unstoppable as a business partner. Looking back, that was so inappropriate – sending a clear signal to the women in the firm that you had to be constantly “at work”.

Back here in Australia, this belief was only reinforced by working for 10 years in retail. If you’ve never worked in the industry you might be surprised to know that retail starts early: 7.30am starts are the norm and on a Monday everyone is on their toes to go over last week’s results – so needed to be up even earlier. And as the pressure grew in retail the hours extended later and later.

When I became a mother I moved to a four-day working week and was fully supported. But being “on” is in your DNA so I could never be away from the phone or email for more than 30 minutes – I could have missed something! Once again, not saving lives, just selling bananas.



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We’re in for a long haul to get the economy working properly


This coronacession is distinguished by its very front-loaded and cruelly uneven nature. “Unlike past recessions, which usually evolve over a year or so, most of the contraction in the economy took place within two short months,” Bassanese says.

The sudden need to lock down much of the economy and get people to leave their homes as little as possible raises the hope that, as the economy is re-opened, much of that activity will be resumed. And if we switch the focus from what’s happening to GDP – the economy’s production of goods and services – to the more important issue of what’s happening to jobs, we see this is already happening.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg reminds us that, of the 1.3 million people who either lost their job or were stood down on zero hours following the outbreak, more than half were back at work by July.

This suggests we should be able to expect a significant bounce-back in production in the present September quarter, which has less than a month to run. Sorry, Victoria’s second wave and return to lockdown have put paid to that fond hope.

With the rest of the nation re-opening, but Victoria accounting for about a quarter of GDP, the optimists in Treasury are hoping for a line-ball result, but most business economists seem to be expecting a further (though much smaller) fall.

With any luck, however, Victoria should have started re-re-opening by the end of this month. So, a big recovery in production in the run up to Christmas? Sorry. Unless the government changes its tune by then, the economy will be struggling to cope with the withdrawal of much of Scott Morrison’s budgetary support.

Time for some good news. Remember that, no matter how tough things are looking in Oz, they’re looking better than in the rest of the developed world, with the United States losing 9 per cent during the June quarter, the Europeans down 12 per cent, and Britain down 20 per cent.

Why have we been hit less hard? Because we closed our borders earlier and had more success at containing the virus. We didn’t have to lock down as hard and were able to re-open earlier.

Now back to the details of how our 7 per cent contraction came about. The great bulk of it came from consumer spending – accounting for well over half of GDP – which fell by a remarkable 12.1 per cent during the quarter.

Consumption of goods fell a bit, while consumption of services fell hugely. Why? Because staying at home and social distancing slashed our spending on services such as hospitality, recreation and transport (public, car and air).

To the fall in consumer spending we must add falls of 6.8 per cent in new home building and 6.2 per cent in business investment in new equipment and structures. Note that this continued the declines in these two areas that began well before the virus arrived, showing the economy was weak even before the crisis.

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This collapse in private sector spending was partly offset by growth in two parts of the economy. First, public sector spending grew by 2.5 per cent, mainly reflecting greater health care costs. (Note that, being “transfer payments”, the huge spending on the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme shows up as an addition to wage income, while the greater spending on JobSeeker unemployment benefits also shows up as an addition to household disposable income.)

This increased government assistance, at a time when job losses meant wage income was falling, actually caused household disposable income to rise by 2.2 per cent. Combined with the remarkable fall in consumer spending, however, this helps explain why the rate of household saving leapt from 6 per cent of household income to almost 20 per cent.

Second, our international trade made a 1 percentage point positive contribution to growth because, although the volume of our exports of goods and services fell, the volume of our imports of goods and services (which subtract from growth) fell by more.

(Just so you know, partly because of this we recorded our largest quarterly current account surplus on record of $18 billion, or 3.8 per cent of GDP. This is our fifth consecutive surplus, the longest run of surpluses since the 1970s. For a financial capital-importing economy like ours, this is actually a sign of economic weakness.)

Remembering that the outlook for coming quarters isn’t bright, I leave the last, sobering word to the ANZ Bank’s economics team: “Significant further stimulus over the next few years is likely to be required to generate growth and jobs and drive the unemployment rate down.”

Ross Gittins is the Herald’s economics editor.

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Pandemic has disproven the old objections to working from home


Sure there are some who swing the lead, but they did the same in shared workplaces, too. That is an issue that can be solved by appropriate recruitment, management, incentives and the rest. It is not primarily a job design problem.

The issue of social isolation was always another potent objection and for some, the loss of the daily grind into work, and getting away from home, feels like a loss. However, these people seem to be in the minority and alternative methods of social communication seem to be increasingly embraced.

Old objections to working from home have melted away.

Old objections to working from home have melted away. Credit:E+

I read with interest The Sydney Morning Herald’s piece this week “Amid shuttered shops, hat seller Hamish says eerily quiet mall is ‘upsetting” recording the concerns about the “eerie” emptiness of city centre shops. It made me wonder whether we are observing “peak city”. Have cities reached their peak population?

People and their employers are electing to move more permanently to a work-from-home approach, at least in part if not entirely. Employees are beginning to appreciate that the National Broadband Network does not discriminate by distance. You can interact just as quickly over 300 kilometres as you can over 10km. So why not make that move to the country or up and down the coast?

How many people live in cities because that is truly where they want to be and how many live there because they have until now been obliged to for financial reasons? Cities have apparently been around for about 8000 years. I suspect they are not going to go away any time soon.

But their original purpose of providing a place to exchange goods and services, or to protect the populous from invading hordes, is being largely addressed with technological solutions and environmental concerns, such as the push to eat locally produced food.

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Perhaps the long-held dream of planners to encourage the population to spread more evenly is finally coming to fruition. If true, we can expect enraged letters from the locals in sleepy hamlets to their councils complaining about these interlopers taking all the parking!

As the late Bill Hunter said in Muriel’s Wedding, “You can’t stop progress”!



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The lonely struggle and juggle of working from home


“When my daughter and her boyfriend lived here they were working on the dining room table with four computer monitors and I was in the study. I had to buy an extender for the Wi-Fi.

“Now they have moved out it’s a bit lonely being the only one here during the day and night.

“You don’t have that day to day contact with your colleagues and those incidental conversations.”

Ms Williams said she would like to go back to work for the social interaction but also felt “resentful” at the prospect of adding the travel time again to her day and losing the flexibility of working from home.

”What would be ideal would be a combination,” she said.

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University of Melbourne researchers Lyn Craig and Brendan Churchill surveyed more than 2700 Australians in May and found that during the coronavirus lockdown men spent 40 minutes more doing housework while for women it was one hour.

“Men were doing more in the home but women were doing even more than they had been before,” Professor Craig said.

The research to be published next month also found that many people felt less stressed about time management because they were not commuting.

Another survey of more than 1400 Australian scientists conducted by Professional Scientists Australia (PSA) and Science and Technology Australia to be released on Wednesday also found that there was a high level of anxiety among scientists about losing their job.

PSA chief executive officer Gordon Brock said the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in pay cuts for one in 20 scientists and many job losses.

“Coupled with the professional challenges of the pandemic, this lack of job security meant that one in four scientists reported that anxiety and mental distress due to the pandemic was affecting their ability to work,” he said.

“Around one in five scientists said caring for children and home schooling had reduced their ability to work.”

Brisbane scientist Katie Havelberg says there are positives and negatives to working from home.

Brisbane scientist Katie Havelberg says there are positives and negatives to working from home.

Brisbane medical scientist Katie Havelberg said she worked one week at home and one week in a laboratory on a rotating roster. She said it was difficult not having people around because her job relied on collaboration with other scientists.

“We are quite social creatures,” she said.

“The downsides are working all day and not having a split between work and home life.”

Researchers at the universities of East Anglia and Greenwich in England, and Auckland University of Technology have also published a study involving 29 workers from numerous countries including New Zealand and Australia. They found working remotely and relying on online communication “had a near-equal mix of positive and negative implications for team collaboration, particularly in terms of knowledge-sharing, virtual meetings and networking”.

Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute said Zoom meetings were a convenient substitute for personal interaction ”but are definitely inadequate and do not provide the full benefits of teamwork and in-person interactions”.

“For those reasons, I think most of the increase in work from home we have seen during the pandemic will be unwound once it is safe to go back to group workplaces,” he said.

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Lewis Hamilton’s British Formula One grand Prix final lap at Silverstone saw him reach 230kph on the straight on three working tyres



Former Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has hailed Lewis Hamilton’s British grand prix win, on three wheels and a flat tyre, as “absolutely mind-blowing”.

Hamilton’s front left tyre deflated on the last lap while leading Sunday’s race, leaving the six-times Formula One champion 3.8km from the finish with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen chasing hard after pitting for fresh soft tyres.

Data provided by Mercedes showed Hamilton completed the final lap only 22 seconds slower than he had raced the previous one.

It was enough to hang on for his seventh grand prix win at Silverstone, holding off Verstappen by just 5.856 seconds.

He went through the high-speed Copse and Stowe corners with the puncture at 141kph and 133kph respectively and reached 230kph on the Hangar Straight with the front tyre already destroyed.

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“Lewis’s race looked a cakewalk until the last lap of the race. It wasn’t of course, because he was driving superbly for the whole of the race,” said Brawn, Formula One’s managing director for motorsport.

“He reached 230kph on the straight with only three wheels, and a front left tyre flailing around. Absolutely mind blowing.

“He judged it to perfection to win the race by a few seconds and a brilliant example of the amazing talents and bravery of Lewis.”

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Tyre manufacturers Pirelli are conducting an investigation into what happened, and whether sharp debris or wear was to blame, with Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz also suffering late failures.

Hamilton now leads the championship by 30 points from Bottas, with three wins from the four races held so far in 2020.

Verstappen lies third on 52 points — but he could have been 14 points better off if he had not pitted, as he would likely have passed Hamilton for the lead and the taken 25 points for victory, instead of the 18 for second place.

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