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Investigation needed into whether there are more victims of alleged paedophile Cletus O’Connor, NSW Labor says

Investigation needed into whether there are more victims of alleged paedophile Cletus O’Connor, NSW Labor says

Education department has settled 14 cases relating to O’Connor’s alleged abuse dating back to 1973 New South Wales Labor will push the government to reveal what steps it has taken to investigate
Man acquitted of entering a home with a weapon after successful sex fantasy defence

Man acquitted of entering a home with a weapon after successful sex fantasy defence

Terrence Leroy found not guilty after proving that he was hired by another man to tie him up but given the wrong addressTwo men hired to carry out a stranger’s sexual fantasy of being tied up while
Auditor general criticises home affairs over $745m Manus Island contracts

Auditor general criticises home affairs over $745m Manus Island contracts

Report on the cost of offshore detention points to contractor Paladin’s 22.5% profit margin and $14m mobilisation feeThe home affairs department failed to show taxpayers got value for money for $745m
Clive Palmer launches high court challenge to Queensland coronavirus border closure

Clive Palmer launches high court challenge to Queensland coronavirus border closure

Mining magnate adds Queensland challenge to existing action against Western Australia coronavirus closureThe mining magnate, Clive Palmer, has instructed his lawyers to commence a high court challenge
Lack of international cooperation will hinder economic recovery | Howard Davies

Lack of international cooperation will hinder economic recovery | Howard Davies

There has been no consistency to the regulatory changes during the coronavirus crisisThe years after the 2007-09 global financial crisis were characterised by an orgy of rule-making by financial
Lack of international cooperation will hinder economic recovery | Howard Davies

Lack of international cooperation will hinder economic recovery | Howard Davies

There has been no consistency to the regulatory changes during the coronavirus crisisThe years after the 2007-09 global financial crisis were characterised by an orgy of rule-making by financial
Voltaren and Emulgel makers fined $4.5m for misleading consumers over pain relief gels

Voltaren and Emulgel makers fined $4.5m for misleading consumers over pain relief gels

Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline marketed and priced the products differently when in fact they were identical, federal court findsThe federal court has ordered a pharmaceutical company that produces the
Morrison government will push on with IR reform even if unions and employers can't agree

Morrison government will push on with IR reform even if unions and employers can't agree

Prime minister extends an olive branch by ditching union-busting legislation, but there are sharp differences in prioritiesThe Morrison government could push ahead with industrial relations changes
Questions raised over hydroxychloroquine study which caused WHO to halt trials for Covid-19

Questions raised over hydroxychloroquine study which caused WHO to halt trials for Covid-19

Exclusive: Australian researchers query origin of data used for Lancet study, but stress there is no evidence drug is a safe or effective treatment• Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus
Monash Freeway shooting: man shot dead by Victoria police in Melbourne

Monash Freeway shooting: man shot dead by Victoria police in Melbourne

All city-bound lanes of the Monash Freeway closed as aerial footage shows body on the road amid police vehicles and paramedicsPolice shot a man dead on the Monash Freeway in Melbourne on Thursday
'Heart-wrenching': naked and malnourished teens found in locked room of Brisbane home

'Heart-wrenching': naked and malnourished teens found in locked room of Brisbane home

Police were responding to the death of a 49-year-old man, who is understood to be the father of the pairTwo teenagers discovered malnourished and naked by police in a suburban Brisbane home on
Coronavirus live news: South Korea re-tightens lockdown restrictions after spike in cases

Coronavirus live news: South Korea re-tightens lockdown restrictions after spike in cases

Officials have re-implemented lockdown measures in the metropolitan area of Seoul; European commission proposes €750bn coronavirus recovery fund; Kenya records highest one-day case riseGlobal report:
News Corp announces end of more than 100 Australian print newspapers in huge shift to digital

News Corp announces end of more than 100 Australian print newspapers in huge shift to digital

Print editions of dozens of regional newspapers to finish, with sweeping job cuts feared‘Gutting’: News Corp Australia’s newspaper print closures will leave ‘thousands of stories’ untoldNews Corp
'The hardest time in my life': how service providers shoulder the burden of free childcare

'The hardest time in my life': how service providers shoulder the burden of free childcare

In part three of Stimulus under scrutiny, we look at why the government’s childcare recovery package has sent some operators to the brink of collapse • Part one: ‘The cliff’: what happens when
Sydney braces for rat ‘plague’ after Covid-19 forces hungry rodents to turn to cannibalism

Sydney braces for rat ‘plague’ after Covid-19 forces hungry rodents to turn to cannibalism

Suburban rat infestations surge after city-dwelling rodents run out of foodEmpty offices and restaurants in the city of Sydney are driving hungry rats into homes and suburbs, and the loosening of
Israeli president tells Australian PM: alleged abuser Malka Leifer will not ‘evade justice’

Israeli president tells Australian PM: alleged abuser Malka Leifer will not ‘evade justice’

Vow comes after Jerusalem court ruled ex-teacher is mentally fit to stand trial and be extradited over 74 sexual assault chargesThe alleged child abuser Malka Leifer will not be allowed to “evade
WA premier admits state was told of sick ship crew but criticises federal government email

WA premier admits state was told of sick ship crew but criticises federal government email

Mark McGowan says initial email from the agriculture department did not raise red flags about coronavirusSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get
Victorian court quashes Katia Pyliotis's murder conviction after judge's 'boring' lawyer comment

Victorian court quashes Katia Pyliotis's murder conviction after judge's 'boring' lawyer comment

Pyliotis was jailed for 19 years for killing Elia Abdelmessih, whose bludgeoned body was found alongside a tin of mangoes and a Virgin Mary statueA woman has had her murder conviction quashed after
Giant kookaburra built by Australian man during lockdown: 'People adore it'

Giant kookaburra built by Australian man during lockdown: 'People adore it'

Farvardin Daliri built the 750kg sculpture, which laughs, to bring joy to the community An Australian man has used his time in lockdown to create a 750kg sculpture of a laughing kookaburra that he
Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case delayed as Fairfax lawyers seek to introduce new evidence

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case delayed as Fairfax lawyers seek to introduce new evidence

Commonwealth again raises national security concerns – prompting judge to express frustration The federal government has again stymied the public airing of evidence in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation