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RODNEY GENE CROSSWELL ACQUITTED OF AQUATIC CENTRE STEALING 

Tasmania Police yesterday failed in its case against Rodney Gene Crosswell, a high-profile former inmate of Risdon Prison, for stealing a number of items from the Aquatic Centre in October last year. Magistrate Chris Webster noted that police questioning of Crosswell appeared to be unfair, with officers repeatedly putting to Mr Crosswell, “the CCTV clearly shows you taking the items”.

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US citizen faces Sydney Central Local Court after a loaded firearm was allegedly found in his luggage at Sydney International Airport security screening. 

Australian Federal Police officers were called after a security worker monitoring an x-ray saw what they suspected to be a firearm in the 47-year-old man’s carry-on baggage yesterday morning. Police inspected his luggage and found a loaded Ruger pistol. The man was stopped from boarding a flight to the United States and police questioned him about the weapon, which was

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Off duty Police officer tried to save a man’s life seriously injuring himself told no compo as he wasn’t clocked on

The State of Tasmania (Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Management v V. [2022] TASCAT 19 (28 February 2022) Last Updated: 4 March 2022 Citation: The State of Tasmania (Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Management v V. [2022] TASCAT 19 Division: General Stream: Personal Compensation Parties: The State of Tasmania (Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Management) (Employer) V. (Worker)

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FuturePro Pty Ltd and its Director pleads guilty to illegal health claims and supply of bloodroot and gumby gumby alternative medicines 

Gold Coast company FuturePro Pty Ltd (FuturePro), trading as Inet Herbal, has pleaded guilty to seven breaches of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) for the unlawful import, export, manufacture, supply, and advertising of herbal medicines with claims relating to the prevention and treatment of illnesses including various types of cancers. The Director of FuturePro, Mr Barnett, plead guilty to a

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Sydney man charged with possessing and transmitting child abuse material 

A 36-year-old man is expected to face Sydney Central Local Court this morning (Thursday, 10 March 2022) charged with online child abuse-related offences by the Australian Federal Police. The AFP’s Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team charged the NSW man earlier today (9 March 2022) after officers searched his Kensington home and allegedly found child abuse material on two mobile

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AFP lays first exit trafficking charge in Victoria 

A 50-year-old man will today (9 March 2022) be the first Victorian to face court for an exit trafficking offence, after he allegedly deceived a woman into travelling to Sudan in order to cancel her visa and prevent her return to Australia. The man is expected to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court, charged as a result of an investigation by

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Murder in city

TVN LIVE REPORT: Tasmania Police including Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch and Forensic Services are attending a stabbing at a Harrington Street unit in the city that occurred shortly after 10.30pm Wednesday night. Whilst Tasmania Police won’t confirm multiple TVN including inside sources have advised us that it is a Murder case. Police have undertaken to provide an update

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Omicron slows airline recovery but passengers benefit from cheaper fares  

The domestic airline industry is facing challenges from the changing COVID-19 environment but consumers have more choice, face cheaper airfares and stand to benefit from new carrier Bonza’s entry later this year, the ACCC’s latest Airline Competition in Australia report reveals. The quarterly report, released today, shows the domestic airline industry suffered another setback from late-December 2021 as the Omicron wave swept

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Senior Russian, Ukrainian diplomats to meet in Turkey. The Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers will attend a meeting hosted by Turkey in Antalya, Moscow and Ankara have confirmed

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba on the sidelines of a diplomatic forum in Antalya on Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday. The meeting will be held at the initiative of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of an agreement he reached with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a phone call,

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Russia & Ukraine start third round of talks Delegations from Moscow and Kiev have arrived to western Belarus for a new round of talks amid the ongoing conflict

Moscow and Kiev officials started talks in western Belarus’ Brest region on Monday, amid Russia’s ongoing offensive in Ukraine. The Russian delegation is led by President Vladimir Putin’s aide, Vladimir Medinsky. Speaking before the meeting, Medinsky told journalists that both sides would still focus on “the same issues”: The internal political situation in Ukraine, humanitarian aspects, and military issues. The first

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Russian banks switch to Chinese UnionPay – Move supposed to soften effect on Russian card holders due to Visa and MasterCard withdrawal

On Sunday, several Russian banks announced plans to start issuing cards using the Chinese UnionPay card operator system. The step, which came shortly after Mastercard and Visa pledged to cease operations in Russia and disconnect all the country’s banks from their payment systems, will enable the holders of new cards to use them for paying and withdrawing cash abroad. On

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Australia demands China end ‘chilling silence’ Canberra said the world risks being reshaped by a Moscow-Beijing ‘arc of autocracy’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on China to end its “chilling silence” over Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, stating that “no country in the world will have a bigger impact” on bringing the conflict to an end. Speaking at the Lowy Institute think tank in Sydney on Monday, Morrison warned that, without Beijing directly condemning Moscow’s actions, the world risks being reshaped by

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