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Australia reacts to invasion threat claim

Canberra is concerned about a ‘secret’ security deal between the Solomon Islands and China, PM says Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged the Solomon Islands’ leader Manasseh Sogavare to remain “calm” after he said his country was being “threatened with invasion” over a security pact it signed with China. “We need to be calm and composed when we deal

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Tasmania Police attended a Bridgewater home early this morning following a serious home invasion involving a firearm.

Police were called to the Marshalls Way property shortly before 6.00am where possibly five offenders wearing hoodies/masks had committed a home invasion, we understand a hand gun was produced. The offenders left in a silver Toyota RAV4 with false registration plates. We are told the front plate was ED0584 and the rear TT4728. The vehicle was located a short time

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Marine safety investigations & reports: Collision involving the bulk carrier Goliath and tugs York Cove and Campbell Cove, Devonport, Tasmania on 28 January 2022

The occurrence On the morning of 28 January 2022, the 143 m Australian-registered, bulk cement carrier Goliath (Figure 1) was on passage from Melbourne, Victoria to Devonport, Tasmania. The ship had departed Melbourne the previous evening and was bound for the bulk cement facility at Devonport’s berth number One West, where it usually berthed port side alongside. Shortly after 1000 Eastern Daylight-saving

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Moscow toughens response to Western sanctions 

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday that introduces a temporary procedure for the distribution of profits of domestic firms to those from ‘unfriendly countries’ to whom such payments are due. The document was published on the official government portal for legal information. In particular, the document says that “if a decision is made on the distribution of profits,” the

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Important legislation to ensure the appropriate treatment of children and young people in the custodial process has today passed the House of Assembly.  

Elise Archer, Attorney-General and Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation While some searches are required for safety and security reasons to prevent harmful items such as drugs and weapons entering custodial facilities, and reduce the risk of self-harm and harm to others, the practice of routine personal searches of youth has already ceased in all custodial facilities in Tasmania, including police

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Russia averts default. Sovereign bond dollar payments due yesterday are reportedly reaching creditors

Russia’s dollar payments on two foreign bonds have reached foreign creditors, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Ukraine-related sanctions had been holding up transactions for weeks, fueling fears of a default. Russia settled the $564.8 million payment on a 2022 Eurobond, and a $84.4 million payment on a 2042 bond on Friday, with Russia’s Finance Ministry saying that Moscow sent dollars to

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SOG at Goodwood siege

Tasmania Police attended two Goodwood streets at around 5.00pm yesterday afternoon in relation to a matter initially involving an Ambulance Tasmania crew being threatened that quickly escalated to a siege situation with a number of Police including the Special Operations Group, Detectives, Negotiator, Forensics, Drone unit and uniform branch. Subscriber residents were contacting TVN over the eight hours duration with

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Couple charged over NSW murder of teenager in 2002 

She was put in a shredding machine, people said. Or kidnapped by a pack of bikies, buried at a vineyard or gang raped and then hit in the head with a brick. When intellectually disabled teenager Amber Haigh disappeared from Harden, south of Young, rumours abounded. Twenty years after she vanished in 2002, the arrest of the married couple she

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The risk of ‘liar loans’: Can overstretched borrowers cope with higher interest rates? 

In an era of booming house prices and fierce competition for properties, tales of Australians pushing the envelope with their mortgage applications – usually by fudging expenses to maximise borrowing power – have not been uncommon. Hedge fund manager John Hempton and economist Jonathan Tepper famously sought to expose these so-called “liar loans” in 2016, pretending to be a gay

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