Woman admits hot tub party sex assaults

Jennifer Peterson, 31, pleaded guilty in the County Court of Victoria on Monday to three charges of sexual assault on December 4, 2016. Jennifer Peterson leaves the Melbourne County Court in Melbourne. Picture: AAP/David CroslingSource:AAP The assaults occurred at another teammate’s Brunswick East home following a day spent drinking at the roller derby club’s Christmas party. Peterson’s lawyer, prominent barrister Julian McMahon SC, described the party as a “highly sexualised environment saturated with alcohol”. “It’s clear there was a lot of nudity and it was a very tactile event, lots…

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Global slowdown ‘good news for Oz’

The Morrison Government’s election win is also predicted to improve business and consumer confidence after both measures dropped due to uncertainty about the May 18 result. In its latest business outlook released on Monday, leading forecaster Deloitte Access Economics says other factors helping the economy include lower bank funding costs and a modestly lower Australian dollar. RELATED: Survey declares ‘grim’ retail sector in recession RELATED: Unemployment data shows fewer Australians have jobs RELATED: Economy slows to its weakest in a decade “The drought and the downturn in housing prices are…

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Qld boaters may have spotted the Chinese spy ship

Last Friday it was reported that the spy ship had arrived in the “exclusive economic zone” in the Coral Sea after being tracked the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Now footage has emerged on social media showing a large ship bearing the Chinese flag passing by a yacht in far north Queensland. RELATED: The staggering rise of Chinese power It has not been confirmed whether this is the Chinese spy ship that has been monitoring the Talisman Sabre games. Picture: Rampaging_ryan/TwitterSource:Twitter The video was filmed from another boat on Saturday and…

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Police sought ABC reporters’ fingerprints

The letter from the Australian Federal Police to journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark was emailed on April 1 — two months before AFP officers raided the ABC’s Sydney headquarters seeking leaked documents relating to the stories. The ABC said the email stated the AFP was “requesting your consent to a forensic procedure being the copying of your finger and palm prints”, with the two journalists being suspects in relation to three alleged offences. The raids have raised serious questions about press freedom. Picture: ABC News/Brendan EspositoSource:ABC The ABC declined…

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‘Cruel’ Queensland law letting rapists walk free

This week, news.com.au reported on the unjust and dangerous law that’s regularly used in Queensland courts to help rapists walk free. It’s known as the “mistake of fact” defence, and it’s a section of Queensland’s criminal code that allows accused rapists to argue they were unaware their alleged victim didn’t consent to intercourse. According to court records, the defence has been successfully used in numerous cases where a defendant has claimed a woman was too drunk to say no, or that they themselves were too drunk to know what they…

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Iconic fast food chains ink half-billion dollar deal

Red Rooster, Oporto and Chicken Treat — which are all owned by leading private equity firm Archer Capital — have been snapped up by PAG Asia Capital, one of Asia’s leading investment firms. The takeaway staples, which all operate under parent company Craveable Brands, were sold in a deal “valued at about $500 million”, according to Smart Company. RELATED: Nando’s in crisis as stores go under RELATED: Sad downfall of Aussie steak favourite Archer Capital managing partner Peter Gold told news.com.au he couldn’t confirm the exact sale price due to…

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How much households earn in NSW, Victoria and other states

It’s one of the hardest questions to answer and often people judge their wealth by comparing themselves to others around them. But new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shed some light on how much Australians are really earning and how your income compares to others. According to the 2017-18 Survey of Income and Housing, Australian households that earned $4275 a week (before tax) were in the 90th percentile, which means they are in the top 10 per cent of income earners in the country. In NSW you need…

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Palmer finally heads to court

The billionaire businessman is fighting a massive Federal Government lawsuit against him and his nephew Clive Mensink over the liquidation of his Townsville nickel refinery, which left hundreds without a job. Government-appointed liquidators of QN brought the former federal MP to Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday in a bid to claw back about $200 million owed to creditors over the collapse in early 2016. On day one of the trial, Justice Debra Mullins adjourned it to accommodate further discussions between the warring parties. Clive Palmer outside the Brisbane Supreme Court…

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AFP boss’s ‘hardest decision’

Mr Colvin will leave the force at the end of September, when his five-year contract expires. “This has been by far the hardest decision of my 30 years as a police officer, but I believe this is the right decision for me, for my family, and for the AFP,” he said in a statement on Monday. “It is with enormous pride that I have led the AFP for the past five years, a time during which we have achieved incredible success against a range of crimes both at home, and…

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Moment mates knew Josh was in trouble

A close friend of a man who died from an overdose at a music festival last year has said they were aware of the dangers of taking drugs “but did it anyway”. The friend, who can’t be identified, gave evidence today at an ongoing inquest into the deaths of a spate of young people at music festivals in NSW between 2017 and 2019. The inquest, at the NSW Coroners Court in Sydney’s west, is looking at the circumstances behind why Nathan Tran, Diana Nguyen, Joseph Pham, Callum Brosnan, Joshua Tam,…

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