Alexander Downer interviewed by FBI over Russian interference in US election, report says – Donald Trump’s America

Alexander Downer interviewed by FBI over Russian interference in US election, report says – Donald Trump’s America

Updated May 17, 2018 10:56:06 FBI agents reportedly interviewed Alexander Downer as part of their investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the US presidential election. Key points: A former Trump aide told Mr Downer Russia was shopping dirt on Clinton to her rivals When Democratic …

Luke Lazarus speaks out following Four Corners report into Kings Cross rape case

Luke Lazarus speaks out following Four Corners report into Kings Cross rape case

Posted May 17, 2018 19:06:49 The Sydney man at the centre of a high-profile sexual assault case has cautioned against major changes to consent laws. Luke Lazarus was found not guilty of sexually assaulting Saxon Mullins, then 18, in an alleyway behind his father’s Kings Cross nightclub in 2013 after …

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

WA Art Gallery’s $300m collection at risk of damage, damning auditor-general report finds

Updated May 17, 2018 15:29:52 Photo: The WA Art Gallery lacks space to store its works appropriately, the report found. (ABC News: Louise Merrillees) Western Australia’s $300 million state art collection is at risk of damage or loss thanks to a lack of storage space and appropriate conservation, an auditor-general’s …

Wall Street rebounds on retail, Australian jobs and unemployment report ahead

Wall Street rebounds on retail, Australian jobs and unemployment report ahead

Updated May 17, 2018 07:41:09 Wall Street bounced back overnight, thanks to a surge in retail and technology stocks — even as traders remained on edge about geopolitics and rising US interest rates. Markets at 7:15am (AEST): ASX SPI 200 futures +0.2pc, ASX 200 (Wednesday close) +0.2pc to 6,107 AUD: …

Live sheep exports report delayed over scientific advice

Live sheep exports report delayed over scientific advice

Posted May 16, 2018 11:48:59 The Federal Government will tomorrow release the McCarthy review into the summer live sheep trade to the Middle East. The review was due to be released today, but was postponed after Cabinet met yesterday. The ABC understands more details were requested on the scientific advice. …

Damning report finds NDIS complaints ignored for months | Australia news

People with a disability are waiting months for simple callbacks when they complain of errors or inadequacies with their national disability insurance scheme support plan, the ombudsman has found. The commonwealth ombudsman on Tuesday released the findings of its investigation into hundreds of complaints about the National Disability Insurance Agency’s …

NAPLAN tests are valuable and criticisms aren’t backed by evidence: report

NAPLAN tests are valuable and criticisms aren’t backed by evidence: report

Updated May 14, 2018 10:05:59 The controversial NAPLAN tests are valuable and accurate and common criticisms of the national assessment tool aren’t supported by evidence, according to a report from the Centre for Independent Studies (CiS). As thousands of students prepare to sit the tests this week, the CiS report, …

Foster kids placed with ‘cruel’ carer despite 10 investigations into her suitability, report reveals

Foster kids placed with ‘cruel’ carer despite 10 investigations into her suitability, report reveals

Updated May 11, 2018 07:02:39 Photo: Foster children told child protection workers the carer was “cruel” (ABC News) Related Story: Alleged rape of toddler in Tennant Creek ‘not foreseeable’, Territory Families says Related Story: Toddler at centre of rape allegation was at ‘foreseeable risk’ of harm, report finds A Territory …

CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB are in for ‘tougher times’: UBS report

CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB are in for ‘tougher times’: UBS report

Updated May 11, 2018 15:13:28 Photo: The big four banks have been downgraded with “sell” and “neutral” ratings by UBS. (ABC News: Giulio Saggin, file photo) “Tougher times” are ahead for Australia’s banking sector, according to UBS, with the spectre of the banking royal commission hanging over their shoulders, and …

Child protection services ‘failed’ two-year-old girl allegedly raped in Tennant Creek, report finds

Child protection services ‘failed’ two-year-old girl allegedly raped in Tennant Creek, report finds

Updated May 09, 2018 21:23:05 Photo: The Tennant Creek community was left reeling by the alleged incident (ABC: Bridget Brennan) Child protection services “failed” a two-year-old girl allegedly raped in the outback town of Tennant Creek, and provided “inadequate and ad-hoc” support, an independent report has concluded. The Children’s Commissioner, …