News Updates

Million dollar industry still booming in Tasmania

Drugs are easily getting into Tasmania not only on the Drug Highway of Tasmania aka the Spirits or airline passengers but also through Australia Post, couriers and concealed in goods/items of freight. Tasmania Police are making a small dent in the industry but are no where near controlling it even with the assistance of Australian Federal Police and Australia Border

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ACCC proposes to deny Qantas/Japan Airlines coordination proposal

The ACCC is proposing to deny authorisation for Qantas (ASX:QAN) and Japan Airlines to coordinate flights between Australia and Japan for three years under a proposed five year joint business agreement. “An agreement for coordination between two key competitors breaches competition laws. The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to

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Detective Inspector Fox nabs firearm offenders

For a Detective who only weeks ago tried to lead us to believe Launceston had no gun problems this is certainly a turnaround. Detective Inspector Fox issues media statement re Illegal firearms seized in targeted police operation Police have seized 17 illegal firearms over the past 2 weeks as part of an ongoing targeted police operation in Northern District. Detective

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ABC publishes illegal photos

Photos of Risdon Prison were credited / taken by Guy Stayner ABC newsreader tonight. The photos breach Prison rules and clearly jeopardise tonight’s operation at the prison. A formal complaint has been made to the Department of Justice and Director of Prisons Ian Thomas. 6th May update: Department of Justice has spoken to the ABC and our formal complaint is

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Exclusive: TVN was at the Risdon Prison Complex within minutes of a fire being reported that developed into a riot. Our rolling coverage:

Exclusive live report: TFS Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police are attending a Structure Fire at the Risdon Prison Complex. A very hectic scene at the prison with multiple Ambulances including critical care, Tasmania Police including the Special Operations Group vehicle and multiple fire units have arrived at the prison. We understand quite a number of inmates are requiring medical assistance.

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No appeal says Director Coates

A Huonville mother along with family and friends are devastated tonight following a phone call from the Director of Public Prosecutions late this afternoon. Faith Tkalac was advised by Director Darryl Coates SC that his office will not be appealing the sentence Melissa Oates received over the death of Jari Wise. Ms Tkalac said “Even though he agrees it’s on

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Drones help cops catch motorbikes

Tasmania Police at Herdsmans Cove earlier today in relation to motorbikes, we are told two motorbikes were seized by Police at the scene. Update: Following our report Tasmania Police have now issued this statement: A police drone was used to catch a trail bike offender in Herdsmans Cove today. Police today received calls from members of the public in relation

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Firms offering debt management services require credit licence to operate

ASIC has today released an information sheet for providers of debt management services that explains their new regulatory obligations, including the requirement to be licensed. The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Debt Management Services) Regulations 2021 (Regulations), made on 29 April 2021, prescribe certain debt management services as a ‘credit activity’ for the purposes of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (National Credit

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ACCC statement re TasPorts

Further to our report of the 9th December 2019 the ACCC has issued a statement: TasPorts declared to have misused its market power The Federal Court has declared by consent that Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd engaged in conduct that had the likely effect of substantially lessening competition in the markets for towage and pilotage services in northern Tasmania, in

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ASIC commences civil proceedings against Westpac for insider trading

ASIC has today commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) for insider trading, unconscionable conduct and breaches of its Australian financial services licensee obligations. The allegations relate to Westpac’s role in executing a $12 billion interest rate swap transaction with a consortium of AustralianSuper and a group of IFM entities (Consortium). The transaction occurred on 20

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Telstra pays $1.5 million penalty for breaching customer rights

Telstra Corporation Ltd has paid an infringement notice of more than $1,500,000 after the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found it failed to provide consumers with the opportunity to keep their existing local phone number when changing telcos, known as local number porting. Telstra suspended most of its local number porting operations from late March 2020 after experiencing COVID-19-related impacts on

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High speed motorcycle

Exclusive report: Just before midnight last night Tasmania Police clocked a motorcycle travelling at around 250 km/r on the Mangalore straight a local Government source told TVN this morning. The motorcyclist was spotted again minutes later doing similar speeds on the Midland Highway heading toward Hobart. We are told the rider turned off at Lampton Avenue into Goodwood with a

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