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Convicted terrorise gaoled

A convicted terrorist offender was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment by the Parramatta District Court yesterday (29 November 2021) for repeatedly breaching a Federal Court of Australia Control Order. The 24-year-old Sydney woman, who pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to comply with the order – including by misusing her permitted mobile phone – is the first person convicted

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ASIC launches multiple legal actions against Westpac

ASIC has commenced six civil penalty proceedings against Westpac in the Federal Court. The proceedings, each the result of an individual ASIC investigation, allege widespread compliance failures across multiple Westpac businesses. The alleged conduct occurred over many years and affected many thousands of consumers. The Westpac businesses against whom the allegations are made include its banking, superannuation and wealth management

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Mazda misled consumers about their rights over refund or replacement for faulty cars

The Federal Court has found that Mazda Australia Pty Ltd engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to nine consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. The consumers had each requested a refund or a replacement vehicle from Mazda, after experiencing serious and recurring faults with their new Mazda vehicles within a year or two of

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Manhunt continues

An intensive police search is ongoing in the Launceston area to locate 44-year-old Kerry Whiting. Extensive police resources are being utilised in the search in the eastern suburbs of Launceston. Kerry is wanted by police in relation to a very serious targeted crime last Thursday. Anyone who sees Kerry is asked not to approach him and call Police immediately on

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Alleged flasher in Court

A coastal councillor has pleaded not guilty in the Burnie Magistrates Court of Tasmania today to ‘flashing’ a woman and her children at the Boat Harbour beach in January. The woman, a Crown Counsel with the Department of Public Prosecutions and her husband, a Tasmanian Magistrate gave evidence today.

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Toy llama drug mule

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment over the failed importation of 252 grams of methamphetamine from the United States into Western Australia. The Dianella man had pleaded guilty to attempting to possess the illicit drugs, worth approximately $250,000, and which had been concealed in a toy llama packaged as a Christmas present. He was sentenced by

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TikTok Doc banned

A senior associate of the controversial clinic owner Dr Daniel Lanzer has been banned by the national health regulator from performing all types of cosmetic surgery and ordered to remove his social media posts. The Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) has imposed a range of conditions on Dr Daniel Aronov, who is the most followed cosmetic surgeon on social media

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Elise Archer, Minister for Corrections. – New TPS recruits begin their training

As part of our Government’s significant recruitment campaign to bolster Tasmania’s Prison Service (TPS), 22 new recruits have today commenced their training to become Correctional Officers. The new recruits come from a diverse range of backgrounds with experience in trades, security, disability support, retail, banking, hairdressing, fitness, and hospitality. Recruits will undertake an intensive 10 week course that combines classroom-based

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Two men and one woman have been arrested for offences relating to the importation and possession of illicit tobacco under the Customs Act 1901.

The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF), led by the Australian Border Force (ABF), undertook a number of warrants which resulted in the seizure of nine cigarette machines, commercially-produced cigarette packaging and over 100 mail packages containing an estimated one tonne of illicit tobacco. Investigations remain ongoing. Commander Special Investigations, Greg Linsdell, said the tobacco black market is a serious issue, and

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La Trobe Financial Asset Management to pay $750,000 penalty for false and misleading marketing

The Federal Court has ordered La Trobe Financial Asset Management (La Trobe) to pay a $750,000 penalty for false and misleading marketing of the La Trobe Australian Credit Fund (the Fund). La Trobe’s advertising in newspapers, magazines and on websites included statements that any capital invested in the Fund would be ‘stable’. ASIC claimed that this gave the impression there

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Australian Federal Police investigators have charged a 38-year-old Sydney man for stealing more than $100,000 in an illegal SMS phishing scam.

The AFP arrested the man at a premises near his home in the Sydney suburb of Ryde on Wednesday, 24 November 2021, and charged him over the alleged theft of more than $100,000 from the banks and telecommunications accounts of more than 450 victims. The 38-year-old was refused bail and remanded in custody to next appear at Hornsby Local Court

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AFP move on cyber criminals

The AFP has stopped cyber criminals from stealing $24 million from the superannuation accounts of hard-working Australians and launched several counter strikes to stop millions of dollars more being siphoned offshore. Today, the AFP can reveal the details of cybercrime operations which prevented significant losses by businesses and individuals, including elderly Australians tricked into giving away hundreds of thousands of

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