News Updates

Farrell blames it on Chris

Blame it on Chris Exclusive: Federal Group is under yet another cyber attack or incident as they called it today, the one today affecting employees wages. The first staff heard of it was at 6.20pm when they were advised in a text message titled “payroll had some difficulties today” Federal say this incident is not related to the one earlier

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Another Contempt of Court charge for serial offender?

Supreme Court of Tasmania juries will decide for themselves how long they deliberate on trials for, not how long The Mercury newspaper tells them to deliberate for. “It is a contempt of court to bring improper pressure to bear on a jury” a Launceston Law Firm Director told TVN. “Juries need to be able to find facts in their own

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Age of criminal responsibility

States agree to develop nationally consistent approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility At the Meeting of Attorneys-General on Friday, 12 November all State Attorneys-General agreed to support the development of a proposal to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 10 years to 12 years. This will include consideration of carve outs, timing, as well as

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New streamlined process for medicinal cannabis applications

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is making some important changes to the access framework and application processes for ‘unapproved’ medicinal cannabis products from 22 November 2021. The changes reduce administrative burden for prescribers and industry and further improve patient access to medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis product sponsors will no longer need to submit a declaration of compliance with the quality

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$115M Cocaine

A 35-year-old Gold Coast man faced Southport Magistrates Court today (16 November 2021) charged in connection to a 115 kilogram cocaine importation from South Africa to Sydney in 2018. The Australian Federal Police-led Gold Coast Joint Organised Crime Taskforce (JOCTF) arrested the man at his residence in Surfers Paradise late yesterday (15 November 2021). He is the fourth man charged

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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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