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Drug bust

Two people charged with trafficking Police have charged two people with trafficking in a controlled substance, following a search of a Huon Valley property earlier today. The search was undertaken following information provided by members of the public. As a result, police seized an amount of cannabis packaged for distribution, cannabis plants and growing equipment, and other drug-related items. The

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Filth charged

A 37-year-old Sydney man is expected to appear at Burwood Local Court to face child abuse-related charges following an Australian Federal Police operation. The man came to police attention earlier this month when the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from a member of the public regarding an adult male communicating online with

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Misleading statements

A 37-year-old Townsville man has been charged with three counts of providing misleading information when applying for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) in the aviation industry in North Queensland. The man was charged by Australian Federal Police investigators after a report from the Department of Home Affairs allegedly showed the man had provided misleading statements when attempting to work

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Pharmaceutical ingredient company pleads guilty to criminal cartel charges

Alkaloids of Australia Pty Ltd, a company which produces a pharmaceutical ingredient used in anti-spasmodic medication, has today pleaded guilty to criminal cartel conduct in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court. Alkaloids of Australia pleaded guilty to three charges and admitted a further seven offences involving price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation cartel arrangements with other overseas pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers.

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Westpac signs Enforceable Undertaking

Westpac Banking Corporation has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman and is back-paying thousands of employees a total of $6 million. Westpac self-reported to the Fair Work Ombudsman in April 2020 that it had underpaid the long service leave entitlements of employees across Australia after identifying underpayments during an internal review. Payroll system errors resulted

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Police probe fatal balcony fall in William Tyrrell case

Police have returned to the home from which William Tyrrell disappeared in 2014 and are investigating whether he fell fatally from the balcony. Aged three, William vanished from the Kendall yard of his foster grandmother in 2014. Despite a $1 million reward, more than 600 persons of interest and hundreds of police searching the town of Kendall, he has never

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Great news from the Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed a Senate inquiry into the ABC and SBS’s complaints handling processes, rejecting ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose’s accusation that it amounted to an attack on the public broadcaster’s independence. Ms Buttrose has blasted the inquiry and its instigator, Liberal senator Andrew Bragg, chairman of the Senate standing committee on environment and communications, saying it was

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CEO offers workers an apology

Southern Cross Care (Tas.) Inc off an apology to workers today. In a statement from CEO Robyn Boyd she said: The Board and management of Southern Cross Care Tasmania deeply apologises to past and current staff who may have been underpaid their overtime due to outdated payroll and rostering systems. Wage underpayments are unacceptable in any organisation and we are

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Deceased aunties car stolen

A subscriber was very shocked and indeed disappointed that a vintage car was stolen from their family property at Relbia around the end of last month. The 1935 Dodge was purchased brand new and has been kept in the family shed for the past 40 years. We don’t publish stolen vehicles but this one is certainly an exemption. If you

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Human trafficking

A 59-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman have been charged as part of an Australian Federal Police investigation into allegations of human trafficking and servitude at a cake business in Western Sydney. The Fair Work Ombudsman reported an allegation of mistreatment of a worker at the business to the Australian Federal Police in March 2018. The AFP Eastern Command Human

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