News Updates

THL’s proposed acquisition of Apollo raises preliminary competition concerns 

The ACCC has outlined preliminary competition concerns with THL’s proposed acquisition of Apollo (ASX: ATL) in a statement of issues published today. THL and Apollo are tourism companies, headquartered in New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Both businesses are involved in the rental, sale and manufacture of recreational vehicles (RVs), such as motorhomes and campervans. The acquisition of Apollo will remove

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More paramedics and 24/7 support for Sorell Ambulance Station 

Jeremy Rockliff, Premier and Minister for Health: The Tasmanian Government is boosting our ambulance services in Sorell with the recruitment of an additional four paramedics, delivering a career station with fully qualified paramedic crews on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the last 12 months, the Sorell Ambulance Station has experienced an increased demand responding to 1,187

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40 additional Police recruits commence training 

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Tasmania Police’s numbers will once again be bolstered with 40 police recruits commencing their training this week as part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe. These 18 women and 22 men will complete 31 weeks of intensive training including road policing, scenario-based training, investigations and operational skills in

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Securing Nyrstar’s future in Tasmania 

Jeremy Rockliff, Premier Nyrstar is an important Tasmanian business that has been in operation for over 100 years, and the Tasmanian Government is committed to securing its operations in Tasmania well into the future.  That’s why the State Government will commit $20 million towards an expansion of the Nyrstar facility that will deliver a new Electrolysis Plant and a range

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A man accused of spitting at the alleged rape victim of former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has sued the Seven Network for defamation. 

 man accused of spitting at the alleged rape victim of former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has sued the Seven Network for defamation. Mina Greiss claims in court documents he was defamed by a 7News article published in May last year detailing “disgusting scenes” outside court during a sexual assault trial against Hayne. In Seven’s report, Mr Greiss was described as

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Armed with a stolen Kmart meat cleaver, Samuel Dobbs held up a restaurant, walking away with a single can of creaming soda before being arrested. 

After a series of small-scale thefts in Albury in July last year, including cigarette lighters taken from the Reject Shop in West End Plaza and mixed lollies swiped from a local cafe, Dobbs will spend at least until November in jail. Issuing a maximum sentence of two years and six months in the NSW District Court, Judge Sean Grant said while

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Pair guilty of Love Machine murders 

Two men have been found guilty of murdering a Melbourne nightclub patron and a security guard outside the Love Machine club. There was no dispute that Jacob Elliott fired four shots from a car driven by Allan Fares on April 14, 2019. But the pair argued they didn’t do so with murderous intent. A jury returned guilty verdicts for both

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Man, 90, spared jail for Vic work shooting 

A Melbourne grandfather has been spared jail after shooting a contractor over a long-running rubbish clearing dispute. Paolo Mannici, 90, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to engaging in reckless conduct endangering life and possessing an unregistered handgun during the shooting at his Ravenhall worksite in 2020. Judge Damien Murphy noted both offences carry maximum penalties of seven and 10 years

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Moscow says its decision to require payment in rubles for natural gas stems from ‘unprecedented hostile steps’ taken by the EU 

Russia has denied using natural gas exports as a tool to “blackmail” Europe, a claim voiced by the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the switch to gas trade in rubles stems from the EU’s own actions. Last month, President Vladimir Putin announced that so-called “unfriendly countries” would have to pay

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Australia accuses China of election meddling

A senior minister has questioned the timing of Beijing’s security pact with the Solomon Islands Australia’s home affairs minister has accused China of attempting to interfere in an election set for next month, saying a recent security deal with a nearby Pacific nation suggested nefarious motives.  In comments to a Brisbane radio station on Wednesday, Karen Andrews warned that Australians ought to

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On the Day of Russian Parliamentarism, the President met with members of the Council of Lawmakers at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. The meeting was held in the Tauride Palace, St Petersburg  

Speech at the Council of Lawmakers meeting President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues. I would like to welcome all of you to our traditional meeting. I would like to congratulate you on the Day of Russian Parliamentarism, you and your colleagues, senators and deputies at all levels, legislative body staff and, of course, veteran MPs. In May, the Council of Lawmakers will be 10 years old. We have all seen for ourselves that this format is useful and essential. As it coordinates

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Bikie boss charged with 2019 murder 

Comancheros bike boss Mick Murray has been charged with murder after an early morning police raid. He is accused of killing convicted drug trafficker Mitat Rasimi in Melbourne in March 2019. The 51-year-old’s body was found behind the wheel of his silver Peugeot Coupe in Dandenong. He had four bullet wounds to the chest. Murray, 44, was arrested in Lysterfield

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