The AFP is investigating a report referred by Justice Patricia Bergin in the wake of her explosive inquiry into Crown Casino, as ASIC begins looking into the company’s current and former board appointees.In her 800-page public inquiry report, Bergin uncovered a culture of cavalier decision-making at Crown Resorts, with company failures that resulted in the arrest of its own employees in China. She pointed to systems that should have identified money laundering involving criminal elements attached to junkets, but did not.
Brittany Higgins’ partner has quit his Canberra job over fears of payback in response to her sexual assault claim, as a fourth woman comes out against the alleged perpetrator. Higgins’ partner David Sharaz resigned from his job handling federal government clients for a media analytics company, which required healthy relationships with ministers. “I do not believe I can continue to do that following the events of last week,” Sharaz told Guardian Australia. It comes as a fourth woman levels claims against Higgins’ alleged perpetrator. She told the ABC that he reached his hand under the table in 2017 without invitation and stroked her thigh while they were drinking with work colleagues at Canberra’s Public Bar. She filed a police report on Sunday. In recent days a Liberal staffer and a former Coalition volunteer have also made allegations to The Australian that they were both sexually assaulted by the same former staffer, who is reported to have been stood down from a corporate job. Higgins’ allegations have sparked four separate inquiries seeking to improve the workplace culture at Parliament House and find out who knew about the allegations inside the Prime Minister’s Office.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will seek party room endorsement this morning for a “modest” permanent increase to JobSeeker, which news.com.au reports will be less than $50 a week. That equates to less than $7 extra a day, below the current boosted rate and well short of the Australian Council of Social Service call for a permanent increase of at least $25 a day. The concession will be offered in exchange for stricter mutual obligation requirements, reports The Australian. A plan to eliminate multiple supplement payments has been abandoned as too complex. A survey of financial counsellors by Anglicare Victoria found a sharp decline in clients looking for assistance when the original boosted supplement was introduced. Deloitte Access Economics estimates an $80-a-fortnight increase in JobSeeker, if it included a similar-sized boost to the Youth Allowance, would cost about $2.7 billion this year.
The Rio Tinto executive responsible for leading a review into the company’s Juukan Gorge demolition has been handed a 46 per cent pay rise. Rio Tinto’s annual report, published yesterday, reveals Michael L'Estrange earned $288,386 in 2020. The former CEO, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, meanwhile received a 20 per cent pay rise, taking home $12.85 million last year despite the Rio Tinto board labelling him "partially responsible" for the destruction of the 46,000-year-old rock shelters.
The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the release of eight years worth of Donald Trump’s tax records to prosecutors, rejecting a bid to keep them secret. Trump’s lawyers have been working to prevent his tax records from being handed over to New York prosecutors investigating hush payments to women and possible fraud. The decision paves the way for the documents to be handed over to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “The work continues,” Mr Vance said in a three-word statement issued after the ruling.