Strip-searches ‘may have been unlawful’ at the Lost City festival

Thirty young people were stripsearched at the Lost City festival at Sydney Olympic Park in February but only five had a guardian or support person present. Such a requirement is mandatory under the Law Enforcement Powers and Responsibilities Act for anyone aged between 10 and 18. A Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) hearing today heard details of three teenage boys who were stripsearched at the event which is strictly for those aged 13 to 17. None of them knew each other and none were found to be in possession of…

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Money laundering crooks are being given too much freedom

Reflecting the global nature of money laundering and its links to the financing of terrorism, countries came together in 2006 under the Financial Action Taskforce to agree a number of measures to combat it and identify organised crime and corruption. Westpac is in hot water for not complying with the first round of these measures, which included the requirement that banks and casinos report suspicious activity to regulators. The second round was meant to capture other avenues of money laundering including real estate agents, lawyers and accountants. There have been…

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Paul Casey insists he’s not here for a holiday as he chases crucial rankings points

A weary Paul Casey insists he hasn’t come to Sydney for a holiday as he plans to crash the party for Australia’s best, who will headline an event also sprinkled with Sergio Garcia stardust. The affable Englishman, the world No.14 and top ranked player in the Australian Open field, landed on Monday after an arduous trip and is trying to put his name on one of the most famous trophies in golf. He’s also scrapping for vital rankings points before next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games. Paul Casey will be the…

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Christensen denies ‘grubby’ allegations

On Monday, a joint investigation between Nine News, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age alleged that Mr Christensen visited an adult bar called Ponytails in the Philippines. Ponytails Bargender Marjorie Lamsen told the organisations Mr Christensen was a “very regular visitor” to the venue. “He was always very good … he was a big spender,” she said. The Queensland MP has previously been dubbed the “Member for Manila” due to his frequent travel to the region, including 28 trips in a four-year period. Mr Christensen is reported to have spent…

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Barty wins third straight Newcombe Medal

Barty was considered a lay down misere to win the Newk – awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding elite tennis player and ambassador for the sport – and there was no shock boilover on Monday night. Loading Also recognised for his role in Barty’s remarkable rise and rise since returning to the sport three years ago after a sabbatical was her coach, Craig Tyzzer, who won the coaching excellence performance award. Stosur, who alongside Barty has one major title to her name after winning the 2011 US Open, was…

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Australia’s domination shows split in health of five-day game

Australia’s pursuit of Pakistan’s last wickets to win this Test match unspooled like a low-speed car chase, all prolongation and precious little suspense. The much-vaunted “wolfpack” of fast bowlers looked more like sheep in sheep’s clothing, unable to sustain much threat whenever the conditions resembled Test cricketing normality. Only with the extraordinary advantages of early evenings – new ball, poor light, impending rain – when the Pakistan top order fell on successive nights, had the Australian bowling looked dangerous. If the object of day-night Test matches is to bring more…

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Australians back religious freedom for people, not for institutions

“Without this freedom being protected in some way from the increasing reach of anti-discrimination law, these institutions and communities will not be able to fulfil their roles and social functions.” The CIS commissioned a survey of 1072 Australians and found that 78 percent agreed that respecting religious traditions and beliefs should be an important part of a multicultural society. It also found that 56 percent believe people should not be allowed to ridicule the religious views of others, while 54 percent believe religious perspectives should be permitted in public debates…

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Silvagni’s parting swipe at Blues leadership

Sources close to the club told The Age that Silvagni directed some home truths to the board before leaving the meeting. Rival list managers believe Silvagni – usually passionate and charismatic – wasn’t himself during the recent trade period and national draft. His departure is a significant moment for the club, given the prestige of the Silvagni name at Carlton. The 312-gamer is a two-time premiership player, a two-time best and fairest, a five-time All-Australian, a life member of the club and a hall of famer. He also has two…

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Claremont killings trial told of ‘sneaky’ sex

The man has appeared via video from overseas at a special night hearing of Mr Edwards’ trial to give his account of the affair. Prosecutors allege it was the affair this man had with Mr Edwards’ first wife, impregnating her, that was the catalyst to kill. The man told the court he would always see Mr Edwards on his computer. “Every night, seven nights a week,” he said. “He’d come home from work, get changed, go on the computer, come out for a meal, and then go back in again.…

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Regulator issues warning to health insurers over ‘death spiral’

“Things like capital … are going to become critical,” he said. He said that while there were “some good examples” of health insurers adapting their business models, too many were failing to do so. The financial regulator launched a review almost a year ago into how much capital insurers should have to ensure they can reliably pay out members’ claims. Health Minister Greg Hunt is looking for ways to help reduce insurer costs to keep a lid on premium increases, having rejected 20 funds’ request for an average 3.5 per…

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