Chinese Foreign Ministry on the exclusion of the Russian Federation from the UNHRC: we oppose the politicization of the sphere of human rights
The Chinese authorities oppose the politicization of the human rights sphere and its use as a tool of struggle. This was announced on April 8 by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, commenting on the resolution to suspend Russia’s membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). “China strongly opposes attempts to politicize human rights issues and use them as
China said on Thursday that the fault lines of European security have caused the current Russian-Ukraine conflict. Moscow has insisted that one of the goals of its ongoing military campaign against Kiev is to make Ukraine declare itself a neutral country which will never join NATO. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his country’s view on the matter during a
Four Secret Service agents bribed with gifts and apartments have been put on leave Two men have been arrested for impersonating US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents after two years spent showering Secret Service agents with gifts including guns and free apartments. Haider Sher-Ali and Arian Taherzadeh were charged, on Wednesday, with one count of false impersonation of an
The United Nations’ General Assembly voted on Thursday to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution, proposed by the US, received 93 votes, with 24 members opposed and 58 abstaining.
China, a fellow permanent Security Council member, was a prominent “no” vote. Among the abstentions, the most noteworthy were India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield had called for Russia to be removed from the 47-nation body on Monday, calling its participation a “farce,” after videos and photos emerged from the town of Bucha, near Kiev, showing the dead bodies of
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has walked back his criticism of passengers for contributing to the mass delays at Sydney Airport, amid a critical shortage of security screening staff during one of the busiest ever Easter school holiday periods. Thousands of people were trapped in long queues at the airport on Friday, as domestic travellers headed interstate for the school
From knitting to code breaking: The life and career of Australia’s first female intelligence agency boss
When Rachel Noble was a young girl living in Perth, she thought her dad was an ordinary engineer. She knew he had been in the Air Force and was based at RAAF Base Pearce, but that was about it. Little did she know that the military base was one of Australia’s key foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT) sites, and her dad
An exiled Liberal Party member’s legal challenge that threatened to sabotage Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s election campaign has been thrown out by the High Court. Former NSW Liberal executive member Matthew Camenzuli’s persistent attempt to have the legitimacy of the federal intervention in state preselections overturned was dismissed minutes after judges adjourned to consider the decision Mr Camenzuli was seeking
Westpac subsidiary BT Funds Management penalised $20 million for incorrectly charging commissions for insurance in superannuation
The Federal Court has today ordered Westpac subsidiary and superannuation trustee, BT Funds Management Limited (BT Funds), pay a $20 million penalty for incorrectly charging commission payments to members of one of its superannuation funds. The Court found BT Funds had charged superannuation members insurance premiums that included commission payments, despite the banning of these commissions under the Future of
TGA provisionally approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATY), for use as a booster for individual aged 12–15 years old
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd COVID-19 vaccine, COMIRNATY, for use as a booster in individuals aged 12 to 15 years old. TGA provisional approval is the first step in the two green light approval process consistently applied throughout the COVID 19 Vaccine program. This decision follows the provisional approval granted by the
On 8 April 2022, Mr Anthony John Dunlop, a former director of previously ASX-listed Capital Mining Limited, appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with four offences of dishonestly using his position as a director. Mr Dunlop is the third director to be charged after former directors of Capital Mining, Peter James Dykes and Peter Alan Torney, were charged in
Melbourne-based cryptocurrency lender Helio Lending Pty Ltd has been charged with falsely claiming that it held an Australian credit licence (ACL) when it did not. Helio Lending offered cryptocurrency-backed loans to consumers, using the digital currency as security over the loan. ASIC alleges that around 20 February 2019, Helio Lending falsely represented on its website that it held ACL 391330.
A 55-year-old man is expected to face Perth Magistrate’s Court on four charges after police allegedly found videos of girls being sexually abused stored on his electronic devices.
The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) arrested and charged the man on 24 March 2022 after allegedly finding the illegal videos, as well as a record of an online request for child abuse material, during a search of his Mosman Park home. The investigation was launched after a referral from Interpol about a teenager in the