Queensland reports four new local Covid cases of UK variant; two of the cases visited Byron Bay; Porter responds to cabinet move; Malcolm Turnbull in line to head NSW climate advisory board. Follow the latestVictoria declares Brisbane a red zone; WA introduces hard border with Queensland; South Australia shuts border to QueenslandQueensland Covid hotspots; • Covid hotspots NSWMalcolm Turnbull in line to head NSW climate advisory boardNationals MP Anne Webster lodges sexual harassment complaint against Coalition colleague 6.40am BST Services Australia defended a robodebt at the Administrative Appeal Tribunal a week after the federal court found the program was unlawful, a Senate inquiry has heard. At a hearing on Monday, Labor senator Deb O’Neill raised a debt quashed by the tribunal on following a hearing on 3 December, one week after the federal court found the government could not raise debts using the “income averaging” method that was central to the scheme. Why didn’t Services Australia immediately inform the tribunal that it would be no longer fighting these matters and that it would instead reconsider whether the applicant had even actually owed a debt to the Commonwealth.How could there be any merit in advancing a case through the AAT against an Australian citizen after a judgment … [that] robodebt was illegal. How could the process of harassment continue? 6.32am BST Minister @sussanley told me on @abcnews that a 1 and a half percent convinction rate on sexual assault was “shameful” and this new Cabinet women’s group should focus on #auspol Continue reading…
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Author : Naaman Zhou (now) and Elias Visontay and Matilda Boseley (earlier)
Publish date : 2021-03-29 05:40:23
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