The mail carrier’s chief executive has been asked to stand aside after revelations of luxury watches gifted to executives, but the company is facing much deeper crises.Much of the week’s drama has returned to some form of the same question: Is the national postal service completely out of touch with community expectations?
New South Wales Parliament will today debate a motion of no confidence in Deputy Premier John Barilaro, as fresh revelations indicate his opposition to a koala habitat policy were at the behest of a property developer. NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay moved the motion on Tuesday, arguing the NSW Government would remain unstable with Barilaro as Deputy Premier, after he and fellow Nationals last week threatened to move to the crossbench over koala protection measures. It comes as The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the only concerns regarding the policy forwarded to Planning Minister Rob Stokes by Barilaro were from a major property developer. Barilaro claimed the concerns were raised by farmers. “We [are] not aware of any other correspondence from the Deputy Premier representing the concerns of any individual farmer, timber company or peak industry body,” a spokeswoman for Stokes said.
Australian police accessed the communications of top Chinese diplomats and named Chinese consular official Sun Yantao in a warrant, as part of an investigation into political interference. The ABC reports the Australian Federal Police are investigating whether China’s consulate in Sydney was used to conspire with a New South Wales MP's policy adviser, John Zhisen Zhang, in a plot to infiltrate the Labor Party. In a letter to the federal government, Zhang accused Australian authorities of breaching the Vienna conventions on diplomatic and consular relations by intercepting his communications with Chinese diplomats.
Victoria’s anti-corruption agency will take control of an investigation of police officers who allegedly stomped on a man’s head and hit him with a car during an arrest in Melbourne's north on Sunday. The man is in an induced coma after police kicked and appeared to run him over and stomp on his head. Robert Redlich QC, commissioner of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, said “the community is rightfully concerned if someone is injured during an interaction with police”. Victoria police initially suspended the officer responsible for kicking the victim, but took no action against the officer who drove a vehicle that hit the man.
Four debut novels have been included on the shortlist for this year’s £50,000 ($88,000) Booker Prize, featuring stories about climate change, the hardship of life in Zimbabwe, dementia, and the women soldiers of 1935 Ethiopia. The diverse lineup of writers include Tsitsi Dangarembga, Diane Cook, Avni Doshi, Maaza Mengiste, Douglas Stuart and Brandon Taylor. Hilary Mantel has missed out, after being tipped for a third win for The Mirror and the Light, the third title in a trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, in which the previous two both won the prize.