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Former New South Wales Liberal MP Daryl Maguire admitted he was seeking to ‘monetize’ his parliamentary office and ‘use his status’ as a politician for financial gain. during an appearance before the state anti-corruption watchdog. Icac has learned that Maguire has bragged about tens of thousands of dollars earned in “success fees” through a “cash for visa” system managed from inside his parliamentary office.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian continued to reject calls for her resignation following revelations that she had a “close personal relationship” with Maguire and failed to act. She sought to label her one mistake as “personal”, insisting that “I didn’t do anything wrong”, and fired back angrily on a third day of questioning on the matter, telling reporters her “tolerance for answer questions that are frankly offensive ”Decreased. Berejiklian also survived a no-confidence motion in the upper house of parliament with a single vote after the chamber’s speaker, Liberal MP John Ajaka, used his casting vote in his favor.

BHP chairman has been criticized by shareholders for announcing the company’s intention to stay in gas and oil “for the medium term” while also underlining its commitment to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions within a decade. Ken McKenzie described the company’s plan to shut down coal mines within the next two years in a bid to align with the goals of the Paris Global Warming Agreement, telling shareholders, “We accept the science around climate change. ” The Canadian also described rival Rio Tinto’s decision to destroy 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge as “a tragedy”, saying the loss of confidence had had an impact on “the industry as a whole. “.

Social assistance recipients expressed a sense of ‘hopelessness’ after the federal government announced it would make permanent four trial projects of its controversial cashless debit card program. Some 12,000 beneficiaries across South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia will continue to see 80% of their social benefits restricted on the card, to prevent users from spending money on alcohol or gambling by chance. Trials were set to expire in December, but new legislation could also transfer an additional 25,000, mostly indigenous Australians, to the program.


Paramedics evacuate a resident from an elderly care facility in Melbourne. Photograph: Daniel Pockett / AAP

An epidemiologist working at Victoria’s Elderly Care Intervention Center in August described circumstances similar to “walking[ing] in a war room ”. As the double-digit death toll shook the staff, the anxiety was palpable, Melissa Davey reports in this special column.

Reports that Virgin Australia’s CEO is resigning sabotaged negotiations with the transport workers’ union, amid fears that the new owner, Bain Capital, will fail to meet its commitments to run a full-service airline.

The number of corals on the Great Barrier Reef has halved over the past 25 years, an Australian study confirmed this, with researchers warning that without a big reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the world’s largest reef would become unrecognizable.

University of Sydney law professor was thrown to the ground by police, then arrested and fined while observing a student protest as part of a research on protest law.

The world

A waiter sets up the dining room of the Chartier Bouillon restaurant in Paris

A waiter sets up the dining room at the Chartier Bouillon restaurant in Paris, which was forced to close for the first time in its 120-year history during the coronavirus epidemic. Photograph: Kiran Ridley / Getty Images

France announced curfews at 9 p.m. in Paris and eight other major cities as countries in Europe continue to face record daily coronavirus infections. President Emmanuel Macron announced the dramatic measures a month from Saturday, saying the escalation of the pandemic was “worrying”. In the past 24 hours, 104 people have died in France, with 22,591 new confirmed cases in the country. Masks have become mandatory outdoors in Italy, which recorded its worst day of new infections, with the Netherlands entering a partial lockdown from 10 p.m. Wednesday. Poland, Switzerland, Portugal and Croatia have all reported record-breaking cases of infection, with Russia announcing university students will be transferred to schools to replace older teachers at risk.

US Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett has been praised for being “shamelessly pro-life” by Senior Republican Lindsey Graham, as the controversial Trump nominee faced a third day of nomination hearings.

Thai King’s visit to Bangkok marred by large pro-democracy protest rallies, with protest leaders calling for reforms to the monarchy and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who came to power in a coup in 2014.

A hidden video of a Sicilian businessman contributed to the arrest of an alleged Mafia henchman, with the testimony of 13 fellow business leaders, resulting in 20 arrests in total. “For decades, my fellow Sicilian entrepreneurs and traders suffered because of these [men]. But that’s enough now, ”he told The Guardian.

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Four-day tours can cover the Clare and Barossa Valleys, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.

Four-day tours from Adelaide can cover the Clare and Barossa valleys, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Photograph: moisseyev / Getty Images / iStockphoto

There are over 500 vineyards in the famous hills and surrounding areas of Adelaide. It’s the kind of prospect that both delights and terrifies wine lovers. But as Alexis-Buxton Collins explains, breaking that down into four perfectly doable day trips can easily take you from the Clare and Barossa valleys, to the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale in no time at all – and with lots of surprising extras along the way.

“I never thought I would live to see the horror of planetary collapse.” As a leading climatologist, Dr Joëlle Gergis of ANU can read the warning signs better than most. “The relentless heat and drought experienced in our country’s hottest and driest year on record saw the last of our native forests go up in smoke,” she writes in our 2020 response series “We saw terrified animals flee with their fur on fire, their bodies turned to ashes. In the face of such devastation, professional secondment is no longer an option.

From bad flutes to the best Saturday Night Live sketch, The Internet is the suppository of all comedy. This week, comedian Josh Earl unearths his 10 funniest things on the internet.

Australia has a fairly good track record of producing high-end sci-fi films on a low-fi budget. But alas, 2067 – the opening photo of the Adelaide Film Festival – a steampunk-style dystopian portal to the future, is guilty of bringing a knife to a shootout, writes Luke Buckmaster.


Jimmy Barnes talks with Andrew Stafford on Guardian Australia’s monthly Therapy Zoom Book Club, surviving open heart surgery and the curious calm that comes from arranging flowers.

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Ken Hinkley et Damien Hardwick

Ken Hinkley and Damien Hardwick go head-to-head, with a spot in the 2020 AFL Grand Final at stake on Friday. Photograph: AAP / Darren England and Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

Prototype Australian football coach was ‘a snarler not a hugger’ but in the first AFL preliminary final on Friday, Port Adelaide and Richmond’s showdown features two totally modern coaches made from the same fabric, writes Scott Heinrich – cool guys who promote tough, no-compromise football.

This time of year often causes Cameron Smith’s mandatory retirement assumptions, and if the seemingly timeless Storm legend falls to Canberra during Friday’s NRL preliminary finals, it feels like it’s only when the Melbourne whore is gone that her sometimes subtle glow will be fully appreciated, writes Emma. Kemp.

Media overview

More than 50% of homeowners who deferred mortgage payments in the first wave of the coronavirus are still not repaying them, the abc claims, despite the end of most payment freezes. And, a federal investigation concluded that there was “not sufficient basis” for serious misuse of federal resource charges against former Defense Minister Kevin Andrews and Deputy Treasurer Michael Sukkar, although they did not hear from key staff, the Sydney Morning Herald written. the Age reports Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is facing increasing pressure from the real estate industry, the state’s cutting edge lawyer group, retailers, psychiatrists and doctors to lift the state lockdown while the number of cases stabilizes.

To come up

New labor force figures for September will be released, with economists expecting the unemployment rate to hit 7.1%, after a surprise drop to 6.8% in August.


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