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?
Former Wagga Wagga state MP in the New South Wales parliament, Daryl Maguire, will today front the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney for the first time since revelations he had a “close personal relationship” with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Maguire is expected to be questioned on allegations he used his position as an MP for personal benefit, and on Berejiklian’s awareness and involvement in his dealings. It comes as The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Maguire convinced Berejiklian to meet with two publicans with criminal histories after her own racing and gaming ministers allegedly refused. The 2017 meeting over “gaming issues” involved a publican involved in arson and attempted insurance fraud and another who illegally owned poker machines. The NSW parliament will today debate a motion of no confidence in Berejiklian moved by Labor yesterday. It comes after Maguire’s former business associate Maggie Wang on Tuesday told the corruption probe how he travelled the South Pacific, ostensibly on parliamentary business, to set up lucrative business deals including a proposed Samoan casino and resort. Maguire also sought to delete evidence of correspondence between the pair.
A motion of no confidence put to the Victorian parliament by Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien on Tuesday has failed to oust Premier Daniel Andrews over the handling of the pandemic. The motion was defeated 44-23 during an extended sitting of the lower house that ended at 9pm. The Opposition can only introduce one no–confidence motion of this kind in a parliamentary term. O’Brien said the Premier’s handling of hotel quarantine had let the state down “like no other government has done before”. Andrews described the move as a “stunt”. It comes as regional Victoria experienced a new Covid-19 outbreak, after three new cases were identified late on Tuesday in the city of Shepparton. Before the outbreak, there had been only six active cases of the virus in all of regional Victoria, including five in the Kilmore area north of Melbourne linked to the Chadstone cluster.
A group of 16 investors and super funds will form a new partnership to push for the Australian private sector to reduce national carbon emissions by at least 230 million tonnes a year more than the government forecasts by 2030. Guardian Australia reports the target set by the “climate league 2030” is equivalent to about a 45 per cent cut by 2030, equivalent to the minimum short-term target recommended by the government’s Climate Change Authority for Australia to play its part in keeping average global heating below 2C. Collectively managing assets worth more than $850 billion, the investors include Aware Super, Cbus, IFM Investors, and AustralianSuper.
On the second day of her confirmation hearings as a nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, repeatedly declined to answer questions regarding her views on abortion and healthcare, and also refused to commit to recusing herself from disputes over presidential election results. Referencing the long-standing tradition of judicial nominees not weighing in on specific issues, Barrett denied that her criticisms of past rulings upholding the Affordable Care Act indicate she would make “hostile” future rulings on the law.