Officials grilled over huge Barrier Reef grant – politics live | Australia news

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has responded to the AGL decision. He has called a press conference for just after midday, but had this to say in a statement: This morning, I received a call from AGL Chairman Graeme Hunt informing the Government the AGL Board has decided to reject Alinta …

Morning mail: Macquarie Bank under scrutiny for alleged misconduct | Australia news

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 21 May. Top stories Macquarie Bank wrongly withheld $875,000 from a Sydney couple after using “not unusual” practices that prompted allegations of forgery and misconduct. As the royal commission on banking this week turns …

Albanese demands explanation why Australia voted against Gaza inquiry | Australia news

Anthony Albanese has asked the government to explain why Australia voted against a UN human rights council push to hold an independent investigation into the killings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza. The council voted on Friday night to establish an investigation into the Gaza killings, which left at least 60 …

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Marine physicist Peter Ridd has been fired from James Cook University for speaking out against science regarding the Great Barrier Reef. Dr Ridd told Sky News he was hit with serious misconduct allegations by the university after breaking a gag order over his controversial claims surrounding the health of the …

‘Warped and elitist’: are Australia’s selective schools failing the fairness test? | Australia news

Monica Garcia-Pineda remembers feeling as though the partially selective Sydney high school she attended was made up of two completely different places. “I can’t describe it in any other way,” she says. “It felt like going to two schools. There was always this divide between the selective and community kids, …

Ancient DNA shows first farmers in South-East Asia migrated from China 4,500 years ago – Science News

Ancient DNA shows first farmers in South-East Asia migrated from China 4,500 years ago – Science News

Scraps of DNA thousands of years old have given archaeologists the “smoking gun” they need to show the first farmers in South-East Asia were migrants from south China. key points Key points: The onset of South-East Asian agriculture 4,000 to 4,500 years ago coincided with production of tools and pottery …

‘There’s no excuse for wage theft’: on the frontline of worker exploitation | Australia news

Toni Buckley says being a victim of wage theft in the hospitality industry “more times than I care to remember” prompted her to take legal action in the small claims division of Melbourne magistrate’s court against her former cafe employer. A 58-year-old widow with a mortgage, she had been working …

NDIS mistakenly posts changes restricting access for autistic children | Australia news

The Turnbull government has accidentally published details of changes that would deny a huge number of autistic children direct access to the national disability insurance scheme, causing “outrage” among autism groups. The autism community was left in shock this week after discovering a major alteration had been made to the …

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Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Fissure 17 was spewing as high as 200 feet in the air on Friday afternoon, May 18, Hawaii News Now reported. A fast-moving lava flow threatened an isolated area with at least 40 homes in lower Puna later on Friday, the report said, with four …