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New DNA technology for AFP

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are utilising a new technology that opens a new world of forensic DNA testing for criminal investigation. The new technology known as Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) can provide predictions for visual traits of criminals from the DNA they leave at a crime scene allowing investigators to predict gender, biogeographical ancestry, eye colour and, in coming

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SMH Exclusive report: The website said it all. “Dr Lanzer has retired. He is no longer a medical practitioner.”

Those few words set the industry alight. Just over a month after a joint investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Four Corners revealed a series of disturbing allegations about the Lanzer clinics that triggered an immediate investigation by the national and state regulators, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer surrendered his medical registration to the national regulator

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The Australian Federal Police-led National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) seized more illicit drugs, more cash and almost twice as many firearms from outlaw motorcycle gangs in 2020-2021 than in the previous financial year.

More than $3.6 million of suspected proceeds of crime was seized, up from $1.56 million in 2019-2020, while the number of charges laid against alleged gang members and associates jumped by 35 per cent to 231 charges. Ninety-nine firearms were taken out of the hands of alleged gang members and associates by NAGS investigators – almost double the 51 weapons

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Gaol for sexual abuse of children

A Sydney man, 64, who travelled to the Philippines to sexually abuse children has been sentenced to eight years and 10 months’ imprisonment for producing child abuse material and charges associated with child sex tourism. The man was sentenced in the Sydney Downing Centre on Friday, 3 December, 2021, and will serve a non-parole period of six years. The AFP

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Staff confused

Federal Group introduces mandatory jabs for some employees following Government directive Federal Group have this afternoon advised staff that those who work in their pubs, bars, casino’s and anywhere else customers are standing to drink need to be fully vaccinated by the 15th. Casino staff confused Subscribers working at Wrest Point told TVN that they were told all staff at

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Adoption in Australia has dropped to its lowest level in three decades

Adoption in Australia has dropped to its lowest level in three decades as services say pandemic family court delays and border closures have resulted in a backlog of cases amid a general downward trend. There were 264 adoptions finalised in Australia in 2020–21, the fewest since national reporting began in 1990–91. Adoptions from overseas in 2019-20 and 2020-21 were the

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Record $153 million in penalties ordered against training college AIPE

The Federal Court has ordered $153 million in penalties against Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd (in liquidation) (AIPE). The Court had previously declared that AIPE had engaged in a system of unconscionable conduct, as well misleading or deceptive conduct, when enrolling consumers into online diploma courses between May 2013 and December 2015 under the former VET FEE-HELP loan

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City of Hobart to introduce vaccination policy

In a move to protect staff and the broader Hobart community, City of Hobart CEO Kelly Grigsby has today announced a proposal for mandatory vaccination for all staff, and visitors to staff workplaces. “With borders reopening and the inevitability that COVID-19 will enter our community, we are taking a leadership position to protect our staff and our community to the

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Two men charged after border seizure of pseudoephedrine worth $5m following joint agency investigation

A joint-agency police investigation has resulted in the seizure of approximately 125kg of pseudoephedrine worth an estimated $5 million. Last month, officers from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad and Australian Border Force (ABF) commenced an investigation after ABF officers intercepted a suspicious consignment in Sydney. When the consignment was examined it was allegedly found to contain pseudoephedrine

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Man sentenced to four years for importations of anabolic and androgenic steroids.

A 38-year-old Western Australian man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for 11 separate importations of anabolic and androgenic steroids. The man pleaded guilty to seven counts of importing tier 1 goods without approval, contrary to section 233BAA(4) of the Customs Act 1901. Australian Border Force (ABF) officers detected the steroids at different postal gateway facilities throughout Australia. The

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BHP is the first Australian company to have its vaccine mandate overturned

Mining giant BHP’s attempt to require all staff at a massive coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been rejected by the national industrial tribunal in a blow to private sector jab mandates. The Fair Work Commission found BHP had failed to properly consult its staff, including by giving them access to data and

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You can run but you can’t hide

Criminals around the world have nowhere to hide as the AFP uses cutting edge technology to locate offenders and bring them to justice. The AFP is using geospatial information, which includes the location, attributes and features below or above the earth’s surface, to identify some of Australia’s most wanted criminals. In some cases, criminals’ social media accounts are being scraped

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