Actor Bill Cosby has been sentenced to between three and 10 years prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. Giving a victim impact statement at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, former professional basketball player Andrea Constand said Cosby “took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it” when “the man I had come to know as a mentor and friend drugged and sexually assaulted me”. Judge Steven O’Neill denied Cosby’s request for bail, and classified him as a violent sex offender, requiring him to register with police, undergo mandatory lifetime counselling and inform communities in which he lives of his status. Many of the 60 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault were in the courtroom to see him led away in handcuffs. Addressing the media outside the courthouse, lawyer and #MeToo advocate Gloria Allred said “judgement day has come”.
ABC chair Justin Milne told former managing director Michelle Guthrie to fire chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici after former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull complained about Alberici's reporting. In an email to Guthrie on May 8, published by Fairfax, Milne said “they [the government] hate her ... We are tarred with her brush. I think it’s simple. Get rid of her. We need to save the ABC, not Emma. There is no guarantee they [the government] will lose the next election.” Turnbull lodged 11 complaints with ABC news director Gaven Morris over a story Alberici presented about the government's research and innovation spending. The news came as acting managing director David Anderson was forced to deny claims senior ABC executives threatened to resign if Guthrie was not sacked. Speaking to ABC News Breakfast’s Michael Rowland on Tuesday, Anderson said he “can't speak on behalf of the rest of the leadership team”, and that “I don't think ABC board deliberations ever come out in public”.
Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced that the 2017-18 budget deficit would be Australia’s lowest since the Global Financial Crisis. The Treasury’s final budget outcome, released on Tuesday, found the $10.1 billion deficit was more than $19 billion smaller than projected, largely due to a higher-than-expected tax intake and fewer people than predicted signing up to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Raising the retirement age from 65 to 67 saved $894 million in aged pension payments, while increased corporate tax receipts accounted for $6.8 billion in revenue. The national debt at the end of the 2017-18 financial year was $342 billion, $13 billion lower than anticipated.
And former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer has urged policymakers to abandon their opposition to pill testing at music festivals and adopt a harm-minimisation approach to illegal drugs. Speaking to the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, Palmer said “not even the strongest conservative could be happy with the results we're currently achieving, or for that matter, have ever achieved under the 'tough on drugs' prohibition mentality”. Polling in the aftermath of two deaths at a Sydney music festival earlier this month found a majority of New South Wales voters supported pill testing at music festivals, despite premier Gladys Berejiklian refusing to consider the approach on the grounds that her government does “not support a culture that says it is okay to take illegal drugs”.