Morning Mail: Pandora Papers, Sydney Family Covid Battle, Inbox Zero Quest

Morning Mail: Pandora Papers, Sydney Family Covid Battle, Inbox Zero Quest

gHello. The biggest offshore data breach ever exposed the financial secrets of the world’s rich and powerful. A new report shows people in precarious and lower-paying jobs have been hit hardest by the pandemic. And Donald Trump has asked a court to force Twitter to restore his account.

The secret deals and hidden assets of some of the richest and most powerful people in the world have been revealed in history’s largest leaked offshore data hoard. Dubbed Pandora Papers, the cache includes 11.9 million records of companies hired by wealthy clients to create offshore structures and trusts in tax havens such as Panama, Dubai, Monaco, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. More than 600 journalists sifted through the files in a massive global investigation.

The Pandora Papers have revealed in detail how Asiaciti Trust, the Singaporean offshore service provider founded by Australian accountant Graeme Briggs, has handled its business relationships with prominent Russians. The documents reveal alleged breaches of Asiaciti’s compliance with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing (AML-CTF) rules. They show that Asiaciti’s regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), cited Asiaciti’s handling of certain transactions involving two of the Russians as examples of the company’s failure to adequately corroborate the source of the reports. funds from its clients.

Casual workers were hit the hardest by Covid-19 lockdowns in Australia in 2021, with a new report finding they were eight times more likely to lose their jobs than permanent staff. The Australia Institute’s Center for Future Work report also found that casual workers were not compensated for their ‘precarious’ work, with a median hourly wage 26% lower than that of permanent staff, despite the lack of ‘other rights such as paid vacation. The report will play into the political debate over whether changes in the Coalition’s industrial relations are encouraging casual work in Australia and whether Covid’s income support is withdrawn too soon.

The scathing report of the Royal Commission on Disability, which was released last Monday, warned state governments against opening up to 70% immunization if not all people with disabilities had a chance to receive the vaccine. While about 90% of elderly care residents have received a dose, the rate is lower among residents of the disabled group: 67.5% are fully vaccinated and 75.9% have received a vaccine. This means that almost a quarter are unprotected. It wasn’t meant to be that way. Here’s how disabled Australians topped the queue for vaccines, “deprioritized” for the benefit of elderly care residents.


Najwa Rizk tells Guardian Australia about her battle with Covid and her unsuccessful husband Sayed. Photographie : Carly Earl/The Guardian

Before her family’s battle with Covid, Sydney resident Nicole Rizk “never in a million years” expected to contract the virus, let alone lose her father. Now when Nicole looks at the Covid numbers, she thinks instead of how many people have gone through the anxiety, depression and helplessness that her family has gone through.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet set to become the state’s next prime minister at the age of 39 after garnering the support of his own right-wing faction and the main intermediaries of moderate power.

As Melbourne escaped major damage in last month’s magnitude 5.9 earthquake, experts say extensive building inspections are needed to check for any undetected problems. According to scientists who assessed the impact of the September earthquake, buildings in Melbourne can be vulnerable to “significant damage” even with low seismic activity.

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Donald Trump’s tweets often inspired ridicule and anger, but also posted racist and dangerously provocative content. Photograph: Olivier Douliery / AFP / Getty Images

Donald Trump has asked a Florida federal judge to force Twitter to restore his account, that the company suspended in January following the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. Trump’s lawyers argue that Twitter is censoring him in violation of his First Amendment rights, according to the petition filed in U.S. District Court in Miami.

At least five civilians were killed in a bomb attack at the entrance to a Kabul mosque on Sunday, said a Taliban official, the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the departure of US and allied forces in late August.

A small private plane carrying six passengers and a crew of two crashed into a vacant two-story office building on the outskirts of Milan, killing everyone on board. The plane was heading for the island of Sardinia, officials said. RAI state television said the passengers would be French.

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'Lampshade' by Australian aerial photographer Brad Walls.
‘Lampshade’ by Australian aerial photographer Brad Walls. Photography: Brad Walls

Award-winning Australian aerial photographer Brad Walls has released a new series titled Detached, in Harmony, inspired by the pandemic as well as acclaimed 1940s fashion photographer Clifford Coffin. Like many, Walls saw how distant and repetitive life has become during the Covid era. He presents these concepts through repetition, symmetry and negative space. The Sydney-based artist plans to hold a solo exhibition for Detached, at Harmony next year.

The phrase “an unvaccinated pandemic” has become an attractive prospect because implicit in the sentence is the corresponding comfort that “the vaccinated” are safe. But that’s not true, and everyone is still at risk, writes Kate Hennessy in her editorial about her anxieties while her father was in intensive care for heart bypass surgery.

The correct way to manage email inboxes is arguably as controversial as politics, money, or religion.. While emails are ubiquitous in our connected lives, is the quest for zero inbox – keeping the inbox at zero unread emails – a noble quest or an impossible war to win?

Lately, the internet has been obsessed with the monster garlic recipes presented to the niche audience that straddles this delicious border between garlic lover and pimple-pulling porn.. But this love for garlic can turn into a social problem. Mark Best offers a recipe for ajo blanco, sometimes called “white gazpacho”, as an alternative.


Singer R Kelly has been convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking offenses.  He faces life imprisonment.
Singer R Kelly has been convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking offenses. He faces life imprisonment. Photograph: Tannen Maury / EPA

More than 20 years after the first allegations of violence and sexual abuse against R Kelly, he was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking. In this episode of Full Story, Nosheen Iqbal is joined by American Guardian journalist Lauren Aratani, who covered the case in New York. And she talks to Jim DeRogatis, the music critic who learned about allegations against Kelly in 2000, wrote the first major story detailing the allegations against him and has continued the story ever since.

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The Penrith Panthers are celebrating their position as Premier of the NRL in 2021 after beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final in Brisbane.
The Penrith Panthers are celebrating their position as Premier of the NRL in 2021 after beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final in Brisbane. Photographie : Dave Hunt/AAP

Penrith Panthers edged South Sydney 14-12 to win NRL Grand Final for the first time since 2003. Many would have bet against the Panthers by reaching this stage when they lost to the same opponent in the qualifying finals three weeks ago. But, writes Emma Kemp, after overtaking the Eels, they dismantled the Storm. Once Melbourne was conquered, anything was possible.

Building on their success at home, the Wallabies are preparing to embark on a first spring tour in the northern hemisphere since 2018. Tests against Japan, Scotland, England and Wales will tell if the recent success has been skewed by home advantage or if they have truly regained their place among the world’s leading rugby nations, wrote Bret Harris.

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Child care providers seek legal advice on whether they can exclude children whose parents are not vaccinated against Covid, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Australia’s largest tech companies are looking for more than 60,000 workers to retrain, saying graduates and migrants alone will not solve a significant skills shortage created by the sector’s recent growth, the Australia reported.

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