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Illegal work organisers forfeit millions of dollars of assets in Victoria

A 49-year old man has discovered firsthand that crime doesn’t pay – after a long-running investigation involving the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) resulted in approximately $2.47 million of cash and assets forfeited. The Koo Wee Rup man was supplying workers to industry as a labour hire intermediary, allowing 62 unlawful non-citizens to work illegally,

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Over $20 million of illicit cigarette sticks up in smoke

Investigations are underway following the detection and destruction of 18 million illicit cigarette sticks by the Australian Border Force (ABF). Last month, information received by the ABF international network enabled the NSW Cargo Examination Facility to successfully intercept two sea cargo consignments declared as plywood. These consignments were referred to the ABF-led Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) for investigation. The two

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ASIC and ATO engage with directors as part of ASIC’s Phoenix Surveillance Campaign

Between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, ASIC and the ATO conducted 21 joint engagement consultations with directors of selected companies. These engagements form part of ASIC’s Phoenix Surveillance Campaign, which aims to proactively deter and prevent company directors from engaging in illegal phoenix activity. ASIC, in collaboration with the ATO, engage with company directors to remind them of

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Cops make arrest in planned operation

Tasmania Police advise a 23 year old man was arrested late this afternoon in Newstead, in relation to a number of unsolved incidents, including an evade police in Invermay on Wednesday. A number of police were involved in the planned operation.

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The Australian Federal Police High Risk Terrorist Offenders team charged a Melbourne man with allegedly breaching an Interim Control Order

The AFP arrested the man at his home this morning. It will be alleged in court that the man breached the conditions of his control order by viewing prohibited electronic media, accessing and viewing social media content, and altering or deleting content from his permitted devices. There is no specific or impending threat to the community in relation to this

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Filth to face court

A 48-year-old man is expected to face Melbourne Magistrates Court today (5 November 2021) charged with child abuse-related offences by the Victoria Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET). The Victorian man was arrested last week (29 October) as a result of an investigation launched when the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from

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Protecting NDIS clients

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health. – Protecting NDIS clients People who are employed or engaged to provide high intensity supports to participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be required to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 by 21 November 2021 under a Public Health Direction released today. Disability workers follow those in the residential aged care sector

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RV Global fined

RV Global Ecommerce Pty Ltd fined $39,960 for alleged unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued three infringement notices totalling $39,960 to Sydney-based company RV Global Ecommerce Pty Ltd (RV Global) for alleged unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products. RV Global allegedly advertised, on its website, disposable nicotine vaping products that contain a Schedule

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Rubbish company looked at by ACCC

ACCC consults on Veolia’s divestiture offer for Suez acquisition The ACCC is seeking views on divestiture undertakings proposed by Veolia in relation to its proposed acquisition of Suez. Veolia and Suez are global companies that provide water management, waste management and other related services in Australia. “Veolia’s proposed divestiture undertakings seek to address competition concerns in markets for various waste

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Another child abuse material offender fronts Court

A 35-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrate’s Court today (Friday, 5 November 2021) charged by the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team with allegedly accessing child abuse material online. The Northbridge man was charged on 21 October (2021) after officers searched his home and allegedly found child abuse material on a mobile phone located in the man’s

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Red Cross to pay ripped off workers

The Australian Red Cross Society has entered into two Enforceable Undertakings (EUs) with the Fair Work Ombudsman and it is estimated the organisation will back-pay employees over $25 million. The EUs have been entered into with the Red Cross’s Humanitarian Services Division and the organisation’s Lifeblood Division, which co-ordinates Australia’s blood donations and blood services. The Humanitarian Services Division self-reported

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Truck crash investigation

Further to our live report on the day, Tasmania Police advise that the Investigation into the Claremont truck crash has concluded. “Police have concluded an investigation into the truck crash on the Brooker Highway at Claremont that occurred on 17 October 2021. Initial enquires indicated a rock had been thrown from an overpass at Box Hill Road and went through

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