PM says Australia ‘the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea’

Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, says Australia stays “the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea”, as he performs down studies PNG is in early talks with China on a possible safety and policing deal.

On the press convention in Townsville, Albanese stated PNG was a sovereign nation (that means it may make its personal choices) however added that it had “no nearer good friend than Australia”.

He famous, as soon as once more, that the PNG prime minister, James Marape, was on account of handle the Australian parliament on 8 February – the primary PNG chief to be afforded this honour. (This was introduced in December when Marape visited Canberra to signal a brand new safety settlement with Australia.)

Albanese stated in the present day:

We’re the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea, as we’re for a lot of the nations within the Pacific. We’re household and we’ll proceed to have interaction.

Albanese stated Marape had despatched him a “beautiful” textual content message on Australia Day. Albanese added:

That’s the kind of friendship that we’ve got.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Division of International Affairs and Commerce stated Australia was “working actively with PNG to satisfy its wants throughout the safety sector”.

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, with Anthony Albanese in Canberra on 7 December 2023.
The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, with Anthony Albanese in Canberra on 7 December 2023. {Photograph}: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

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Physician jailed for forcing refugee to work at sweet store

A health care provider has been thrown behind bars for threatening to have an asylum seeker deported if he didn’t work lengthy hours for little pay at his sweet retailer, AAP studies.

Seyyed Farshchi, a Melbourne medical practitioner and chiropractor, learnt his destiny within the county courtroom in the present day after being convicted of forcing a person to work for him.

The 50-year-old man was discovered responsible by a jury in October of inflicting an individual to stay in pressured labour and conducting a enterprise involving pressured labour. His spouse, Naghmeh Mostafaei, was acquitted of aiding and abetting him.

You may learn the complete background of this case beneath:

Chief Decide Peter Kidd stated the person was an “extraordinarily weak” sufferer with a rudimentary grasp of English, who didn’t perceive his working rights on this nation. He advised the courtroom:

You knowingly took benefit of him, threatening to have him deported if he didn’t proceed working for you.

The threats you made have been calculated, manipulative and pernicious, your motive was a business one … hunted for what you are promoting to learn on the again of pressured labour.

Farshchi, carrying a swimsuit, remained silent and stared straight forward as he was advised to face within the courtroom dock whereas Kidd jailed him for as much as three years and 6 months.

He stated solely a right away time period of imprisonment can be applicable, given the seriousness of his offending.

Farshchi will probably be eligible for parole after serving 18 months of his sentence and was ordered to pay again greater than $42,000 to his sufferer.

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Godfreys enters administration, with 54 shops to shut

Main vacuum retailer Godfreys Group has entered voluntary administration, a course of anticipated to outcome within the closure of 54 shops throughout the subsequent fortnight and the lack of almost 200 jobs, AAP studies.

Three companions of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia have been appointed as voluntary directors of Godfreys’ Australian entities, with two PwC companions from New Zealand appointed over its New Zealand subsidiary, PwC introduced in the present day.

Established in 1931, Godfreys is without doubt one of the world’s largest vacuum retailers, working 141 shops and using greater than 600 employees throughout Australia and New Zealand, with one other 28 shops run by franchisees.

Most will proceed to commerce however 54 will shut shortly, leading to 171 employees in Australia and 22 in New Zealand being laid off.

PWC accomplice Craig Crosbie stated like many retailers, Godfreys had confronted a difficult financial and working atmosphere.

Decrease buyer demand amid value of residing pressures, increased working prices and elevated competitors have all taken a toll on profitability, with some shops extra impacted than others.

Our intention is to maneuver shortly to restructure Godfreys to protect as a lot of the enterprise and as many roles as doable.

The directors count on to promote the enterprise and belongings of the restructured enterprise as a going concern, with sturdy curiosity anticipated from potential consumers.

Police consider pair who fell into water in Hobart have been pushed throughout tried theft

Tasmanian police stated they consider a person and lady who fell into the water at Hobart – which led to the person drowning – have been intentionally pushed.

As we reported earlier, a 27-year-old man has died after falling within the water at a preferred wharf in Hobart.

Detective inspector David Gill stated the lady managed to climb out of the water and lift the alarm, nonetheless the person sadly couldn’t be revived regardless of the most effective efforts of police, emergency companies and two members of the general public who got here to his help.

Following intensive investigations this morning, police consider the person and lady have been pushed into the water from behind by an individual unknown to them, in an try to steal the lady’s purse.

Gill:

It is a disgraceful, cowardly act which has resulted in a horrible tragedy.

We’re calling on the particular person or folks concerned to come back ahead to police to help us with our investigation so we may also help present closure to the household concerned.

Police are urging anybody with data to come back ahead to Crime Stoppers. Gill added:

I wish to recognise the heroic efforts of the passing members of the general public who entered the water in an try to rescue the person – in addition to the excellent efforts of our responding police and emergency service personnel below very troublesome circumstances.

It is a distressing incident and we’re treating this as a really critical legal investigation.

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Girl’s physique discovered after home hearth, youngsters saved

A girl’s physique has been present in a fire-ravaged house after firefighters rescued two youngsters from the blaze, AAP studies.

Emergency companies have been referred to as to the Perth residence within the south-eastern suburb of Roleystone about 2am on Tuesday.

The youngsters escaped the hearth unhurt however a girl remained lacking.

Her physique was later discovered contained in the burnt-out house.

Arson Squad detectives stay on the scene and the reason for the hearth has not been decided.

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Registered canine breeder convicted for ill-treatment of 9 canines and puppies

A 58-year-old man from the Murraylands area of South Australia has been convicted for the ill-treatment of 9 canines and puppies, the place he failed to supply ample and applicable quantities of meals.

A press release from the RSPCA says the animals have been discovered emaciated and struggling a number of well being points, with two of the canines needing to be humanely euthanised on account of their ongoing struggling.

The defendant is a registered canine breeder and has been on the radar of RSPCA SA’s inspectorate since 2008 – over time he’s been issued with an animal welfare discover (which he complied with), letters of warning and given verbal recommendation.

An RSPCA inspector attended his property in February final 12 months below warrant and located a complete of 23 canines and puppies free-roaming.

…when the defendant gave them some dry dogfood, the animals scrambled to devour it. The RSPCA inspector noticed a number of canines being prevented from accessing the meals by stronger, dominant canines.

The 9 canines with essentially the most critical well being points have been seized and recognized with extreme emaciation.

The matter was downgraded from extra critical expenses after the defendant defined via his authorized counsel that he couldn’t adequately feed the animals on account of unprecedented floods that had inundated the one street into the property.

Within the Murray Bridge magistrates courtroom yesterday the person was convicted and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond. Further orders have been made to restrict the variety of canines to seven, in addition to to make sure they’re all desexed and topic to RSPCA inspections sooner or later.

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Crimson Cross welcomes authorities’s El Niño funding for Timor-Leste and Pacific

As we introduced you earlier, the federal government has introduced $5m in funding to assist Timor-Leste and the Pacific put together for, and reply to, the early impacts of El Niño.

As a part of this, the Australian Crimson Cross will obtain $2m. Head of worldwide applications, Adrian Prouse, stated the funding can be “versatile and demand-driven” and permit the Crimson Cross to help these most at-risk of climate-induced disasters:

Amid the worldwide challenges of local weather change, the grant serves as a step in direction of strengthening resilience in a area notably weak to climate-related hazards.

This help means our native Crimson Cross companions can scale up their humanitarian efforts to handle the distinctive humanitarian wants of communities affected by El Niño-related climate occasions.

The funding will cowl catastrophe preparedness, early motion and response actions, a press release from the Crimson Cross stated.

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Extreme storm warning for elements of Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay

Checking in with the climate, and the Bureau of Meteorology is warning of extreme thunderstorms for elements of the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council areas.

The BoM says thunderstorms are prone to produce heavy, regionally intense rainfall that will result in harmful and life-threatening flash flooding.

Final evening the Queensland Hearth and Emergency Service performed 13 swift-water rescues, majority of those being in Moreton Bay.

In the meantime, extreme thunderstorms are seemingly over the south-east in the present day, and doable elsewhere over central and western elements of the state:

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Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst

Dutton backs Australia consolidating relationship with PNG

The opposition chief, Peter Dutton, has additionally weighed in studies Papua New Guinea is in early talks with China on potential safety and policing cooperation.

Dutton advised reporters in Perth:

I welcome prime minister [James] Marape’s go to to Australia [in February]. He’s all the time a welcome good friend each time he comes.

We’ll help the [Australian] authorities in no matter actions they’re taking to make it possible for the connection is consolidated.

As a result of, because the prime minister factors out, we’re residing in essentially the most precarious interval because the second world struggle. We ought to be very conscious of that and we ought to be talking with a typical voice, and we’re, and we’ll stand with the federal government in help of their applications, which can additional consolidate the connection with PNG.

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Whereas in Townsville, the prime minister visited the catastrophe coordination space arrange within the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.

He shared this video of the go to to social media:

Within the worst of occasions, we see the most effective of Australians.

Right here in Townsville, the workforce on the catastrophe coordination space have been working across the clock within the wake of Cyclone Kirrily. pic.twitter.com/i9Eqm3LhFZ

— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) January 30, 2024

PM says Australia ‘the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea’

Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, says Australia stays “the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea”, as he performs down studies PNG is in early talks with China on a possible safety and policing deal.

On the press convention in Townsville, Albanese stated PNG was a sovereign nation (that means it may make its personal choices) however added that it had “no nearer good friend than Australia”.

He famous, as soon as once more, that the PNG prime minister, James Marape, was on account of handle the Australian parliament on 8 February – the primary PNG chief to be afforded this honour. (This was introduced in December when Marape visited Canberra to signal a brand new safety settlement with Australia.)

Albanese stated in the present day:

We’re the safety accomplice of selection for Papua New Guinea, as we’re for a lot of the nations within the Pacific. We’re household and we’ll proceed to have interaction.

Albanese stated Marape had despatched him a “beautiful” textual content message on Australia Day. Albanese added:

That’s the kind of friendship that we’ve got.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Division of International Affairs and Commerce stated Australia was “working actively with PNG to satisfy its wants throughout the safety sector”.

The prime minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, with Anthony Albanese in Canberra on 7 December 2023. {Photograph}: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

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Albanese says ‘dysfunction’ of Coalition’s ‘misplaced decade’ proven in ABC doco

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is in Townsville. He has been talking a couple of new “hydrogen hub” within the area.

However he additionally used the press convention to have a swipe on the Coalition, and referenced half one of many ABC’s Nemesis documentary collection, which was broadcast final evening. The collection focuses on the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments.

In response to a query concerning the impression of local weather change on excessive climate occasions, Albanese stated:

The science advised us that local weather change would end in extra excessive climate occasions and extra intense excessive climate occasions and, sadly, that’s what we’re seeing taking part in out. That’s the reason addressing local weather change is so vital

… the good tragedy of the misplaced decade of the Coalition and we noticed within the Nemesis program final evening, we noticed what occurred below the primary few years of the Coalition authorities, the dysfunction, the chaos, the preventing of one another was their focus. They focused on preventing one another, we’re preventing for Australians.

Prime minister Anthony Albanese. {Photograph}: Mick Tsikas/AAP

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Dutton to decide to stripping thousands and thousands from Environmental Defenders Workplace if Coalition wins subsequent election

The West Australian is reporting that the Coalition would strip the Environmental Defenders Workplace of thousands and thousands in federal authorities funding if it wins the subsequent election.

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9 apologises for ‘Photoshop’ picture of Victorian MP

The 9 Community have apologised to a Victorian MP after an automatic enhancing course of resulted in an inaccurate picture of her showing on final evening’s information bulletin.

Georgie Purcell, the Animal Justice social gathering MP for Northern Victoria, had earlier posted on X that the edited picture had “enlarged” her breasts and made it seem she was carrying a “extra revealing” outfit which uncovered her midriff.

“Can’t think about this occurring to a male MP,” Purcell posted.

Hugh Nailon, the director of 9 Information Melbourne, stated the community sincerely and unreservedly apologised to Purcell.

He stated:

I wish to sincerely apologise to Georgie Purcell for a graphic error that occurred in final evening’s bulletin. Our graphics division sourced a web-based picture of Georgie to make use of in our story on duck searching. As is frequent observe, the picture was resized to suit our specs. Throughout that course of, the automation by Photoshop created a picture that was not in line with the unique. This didn’t meet the excessive editorial requirements we’ve got and for that we apologise to Ms Purcell unreservedly.

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Coroner refers loss of life of Dunghutti teenager Jai Wright to Division of Public Prosecutions

The NSW state coroner has suspended an inquest into the loss of life of Dunghutti teenager Jai Wright and referred the matter to the Division of Public Prosecutions to contemplate whether or not a legal cost ought to be laid.

Wright died in February 2022 after an unmarked police automobile collided with the path bike he was driving in Eveleigh, in Sydney. He was 16 years outdated.

Following the choice of state coroner Teresa O’Sullivan, Wright’s mother and father, Lachlan Wright and Kylie Aloua, launched the next assertion:

Virtually 2 years in the past, we obtained a name, one of many calls that as a guardian you by no means wish to obtain, about Jai having an accident. We rushed straight to the hospital and we have been by our son’s aspect as he handed away. Ever since then, we’ve got been looking for the reality. We have to know the reality in order that we are able to dwell our lives and transfer ahead.

This referral has given us loads of hope, we’ve got religion that we’ll get justice for Jai.

I’d simply ask all our household and buddies to let this course of play out as a result of unfavourable feedback may damage future authorized proceedings, and consider that on the finish we’ll get our reality and get our justice.”

CEO of the Aboriginal Authorized Service, Karly Warner, stated the organisation is “proud to face alongside Jai Wright’s household and neighborhood”.

We share their immense grief and dedication to make sure what occurred to Jai by no means occurs once more.

Jai is considered one of a minimum of 558 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals who have died in custody and police operations in slightly over 30 years because the Royal Fee. Scrutiny and accountability are important in stopping this nationwide disgrace.

Household, buddies and supporters attend the inquest into loss of life of Jai Wright on the Lidcombe coroner’s courtroom in Sydney on Monday. {Photograph}: Dean Lewins/AAP

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Nation Hearth Authority of Victoria member dies at shed blaze in Portland

The Nation Hearth Authority of Victoria has confirmed considered one of its members died whereas attending a shed hearth in Portland this morning.

In a press release, the CFA stated the volunteer collapsed on the scene, along with his brigade colleagues, together with Hearth Rescue Victoria and Ambulance Victoria, administering CPR.

Regardless of their efforts, the member couldn’t be revived.

Our deepest sympathies exit to the member’s household, buddies and colleagues on the Portland Brigade. Our wellbeing workforce is offering help to all concerned at this unhappy time.

CFA will present additional particulars as soon as they’re out there.

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Life-threatening flash-flooding threatens Queensland’s Moreton Bay space

Eden Gillespie

Eden Gillespie

Extreme thunderstorms may spark life-threatening flash-flooding in Queensland’s Moreton Bay council space, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.

The BoM stated the slow-moving thunderstorm is forecast to impression south-west Caloundra and northern Bribie Island by 10.50am AEST and Wamuran by 11.20am AEST.

Motorists have been urged to not drive via flood waters and to keep away from pointless journey.

As of 9am AEST, Bribie Island Highway outbound was closed after the stretch of street was inundated with water.

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