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Westpac penalised $113 million after multiple ASIC legal actions 

The Federal Court has ordered Westpac to pay penalties in the amount of $113 million for widespread compliance failures across multiple businesses, including Westpac’s banking, superannuation, wealth management and insurance brands. Justice Beach today handed down his decision in the last of six separate civil penalty proceedings filed by ASIC against Westpac in November 2021 penalising Westpac $40 million for

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Vespa rider killed in crash

A man has died following a single-vehicle scooter crash in Sydney’s east overnight. Emergency services responded to the intersection of Oxford and Queen Streets, Paddington, just before 2am after reports a Vespa motor scooter had lost control and struck the median strip, ejecting the rider.  Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command commenced CPR until the arrival of paramedics; however,

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Man charged for possessing child abuse material.

A 42-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrates Court today (22 April 2022) charged by the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) with possessing child abuse material. WA JACET, which comprises AFP and WA Police officers, charged the man with two offences on 8 April, after a forensic examination of electronic devices they found at his home on

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Trivago to pay $44.7 million in penalties for misleading consumers over hotel room rates 

The Federal Court has ordered Trivago to pay penalties of $44.7 million for making misleading representations about hotel room rates on its website and in television advertising, in proceedings brought by the ACCC. In January 2020, the Federal Court found that Trivago had breached the Australian Consumer Law by misleading consumers when representing that its website would quickly and easily

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Pesach with the PM – “As you come together to celebrate Passover, teach your children the history of freedom, if you want them to never lose it…”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg joined members of the Jewish Community for an Erev Pesach service at the Ark Centre in Hawthorn East last Friday. Frydenberg welcomed Morrison to the occasion, and thanked him for being “such a strong, genuine friend of the Jewish people,” to which the crowd of congregants gave a hearty “hear, hear.” Frydenberg

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President Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. 

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Mr President, The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the people’s militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic have liberated Mariupol. The remaining nationalists are hiding in the industrial area of the Azovstal steel plant. Mariupol is a major industrial centre and the main transport hub on the Sea of Azov. In 2014, the Kiev regime declared the city the temporary capital of the Donetsk Region, and during the subsequent eight years it has been turned into a powerful stronghold and the base of far-right Ukrainian nationalists. In fact,

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Russia not facing default – central bank 

Russia has all the necessary financial resources to allow the economy to function under sanctions pressure, the Governor of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina said on Thursday at a meeting of the State Duma. She stressed there is no danger of default for the country. “Russia has the resources, all the necessary financial resources. No default threatens us,” she said. Since

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Frydenberg to remove Scouts from campaign material 

Photos of federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg posing with young Scouts will be removed from promotional material in the highly contested seat of Kooyong in Melbourne’s inner east after complaints about children’s images being used for political purposes. It comes as a third charity endorsed Frydenberg after the regulator this week warned such groups to stay away from political campaigning. Sources

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Brighton home fully engulfed

TFS have seven units attending well engulfed structure fire at Brighton Road, Brighton (TFS initially said Glenstone Road, Bridgewater) Ambulance Tasmania and Police are also attending a car crash in the same street.

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Cosmetic doctor ordered to pay rival $450,000 over defamatory review 

A Gold Coast cosmetic doctor has won his defamation case against a rival practitioner, who has been ordered to pay $450,000 in damages after a judge found he was behind a “malicious” fake online review and was assisted by his wife. Dr Cesidio “Ces” Colagrande sued Dr Min Sik “Mitchell” Kim and his wife Anna Min for damages in the

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