Elite Tasmanian school informs parents of child sex abuse claim

Elite Tasmanian school informs parents of child sex abuse claim

Updated November 14, 2017 07:13:46 Photo: The Quaker Friends’ School in Hobart has been named in historic abuse allegations. (Supplied: Twitter) An elite Tasmanian private school has informed parents investigations are underway into a claim of historical sexual abuse against a senior staff member who worked at the Quaker-led institution decades ago. The principal of The Friends’ School, Nelson File, wrote a letter to parents saying a former student had come forward alleging they had been sexually abused by a senior staff member. In the statement, Mr File wrote that…

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Lebanese PM's tense, tearful and bizarre interview backfires

Lebanese PM's tense, tearful and bizarre interview backfires

But the plan backfired spectacularly. Analysts say viewers appeared to pay less attention to what Hariri said than how he said it, and the uncomfortable interview seemed to reinforce claims that his shock resignation was ordered by the Saudis. Last week, a high level ministerial source told CNN that Hariri’s closest allies “have no idea what’s going on,” and that members of his own political party believe Saudi Arabia is “restricting” his movements. That view that has been propagated from the uppermost echelons of Lebanon’s government, including President Michel Aoun,…

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Undersea cable deal with PNG inked amid concerns over China's influence

Undersea cable deal with PNG inked amid concerns over China's influence

Updated November 14, 2017 00:50:48 Australia will deliver a new undersea, high-speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Papua New Guinea, the Federal Government has announced. Key points: Australian and PNG leaders meet on sidelines of APEC summit Australia also in discussions with Solomon Island for similar cable Analysts say the deal helps Australia maintain its regional presence The announcement came as the prime ministers of the two countries met on the sidelines of the APEC summit currently underway in Vietnam. Australia’s Government also said it was in “close discussions” with…

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Same-sex marriage bill would have 'ample religious protections': Brandis

Same-sex marriage bill would have 'ample religious protections': Brandis

Updated November 14, 2017 01:08:35 Video: George Brandis discusses same-sex marriage and the citizenship debacle (7.30) Senior Government ministers are moving to avoid another feud within the Coalition over same-sex marriage, nominating Liberal Dean Smith’s bill as “a good starting point”, while promising “ample protections for religious freedoms”. As expectations grow a “yes” result will be announced on Wednesday, those on the conservative side have been trying to exert influence over the shape of any bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Key dates in SSM postal survey: August 24 — the…

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Hazelwood coal mine operators to stand trial over massive fire

Hazelwood coal mine operators to stand trial over massive fire

Updated November 13, 2017 14:13:50 Photo: Firefighters battle the blaze in the Hazelwood coal mine in 2014, which blanketed Morwell in smoke and ash. (Supplied: Keith Pakenham, CFA) The owners of Victoria’s Hazelwood brown coal mine have been committed to stand trial, accused of causing air pollution during a mine fire that was later blamed for contributing to deaths. The fire, which started in February 2014, burnt for 45 days, covering the Latrobe Valley in smoke and ash. The Victorian Government ordered two separate inquiries into the fire and found…

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