Exclusive: Ministers were told by Services Australia that pre-2015 victims would be too difficult to identifyRobodebt scandal: leak reveals unlawful debts predate 2015 but government has no plans to pay back moneyThe Australian government has privately acknowledged the robodebt scandal may go beyond the unlawful 470,000 debts already identified for refunds, but it has no plans to pay back the money because it believes it would be too difficult to identify victims. Amid growing fears unlawful debts could date back decades, the Guardian can reveal ministers were told in February the now unlawful ATO income averaging method was a longstanding “last resort” practice used to enforce Centrelink overpayment debts. But it only promised to issue refunds to “all income compliance debts raised from our use of income averaging since 2015-16”. Guardian Australia has seen records from one likely case dating back to 2008. “We must have the full truth about this department’s stubbornly unlawful debt raising,” O’Donovan said.
May 30, 2020 20:01 UTC
But the clearing has not triggered an assessment under federal laws. But like many endangered species the grasswren does not have a national recovery plan. “The big failure comes from the fact that under the current laws it’s still possible to log the bird’s habitat,” Ingwersen says. 'Extinction is a choice’: Margaret Atwood on Tasmania's forests and saving the swift parrot Read moreIn Tasmania, researchers from the Australian National University examined forest loss from logging in important swift parrot breeding areas in the southern forest between 2007 and 2016. The extinction of the swift parrot is “inevitable” if it continues on its current path.
May 30, 2020 20:00 UTC
Unconventional gas projects use chemicals that are of ‘potentially high concern’ for sensitive region, report findsA federal government scientific report has issued a warning about chemicals used in unconventional gas drilling in the sensitive wild rivers of the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre basin. At the same time, the channel country area is considered to have significant potential for the rapid expansion of gas drilling. Rather, there are specific concerns in the channel country, where no two flood events are the same and locals say water flows can be diverted or blocked by the most minor artificial structure in the floodplain channels. “We want to see all unconventional gas activity banned from the river and floodplain. The ABC has revealed gas giant Santos was given extended rights to explore the channel country last year.
May 30, 2020 19:52 UTC
“Thank you for the first human ride for Falcon 9,” co-commander Doug Hurley said from the flight deck after Dragon reached orbit. The Falcon rocket booster, as has become almost routine for SpaceX, returned to Earth after first-stage separation and landed successfully on a recovery ship in the Atlantic for use on a future mission. Boeing’s Starliner capsule suffered an in-flight anomaly during its test flight in December. Facebook Twitter Pinterest People view the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft from the beach. Whether Nasa is going to save a lot of money by paying SpaceX rather than paying the Russians, that’s not clear.
May 30, 2020 18:44 UTC
The blonde sales assistant at the make-up counter fumbled as she gift-wrapped a perfume set. Occasionally, she gave a harried glance at the queue of about 20 women in front of her that stretched almost out of the shop. It was Monday afternoon at a mall in Halmstad, Sweden, and the store was packed with shoppers, none of them wearing masks or gloves. “It’s been like this since the virus began,” said the sales assistant, apologising for the wait. “They’ve drawn down on staff, but the customers have kept coming.”Nearby, bars and restaurants were preparing to
May 30, 2020 17:03 UTC
It was the speech America had been waiting for, delivered in the end not by a politician, but a rapper who perfectly captured a nation’s pain. As parts of Atlanta blazed on Friday night, Killer Mike, the hip-hop megastar, summoned all of his eloquence and moral authority to plead with the protesters not to resort to violence and destruction on the streets of their own city. Killer Mike called for an end to the violence PRINCE WILLIAMS/WIREIMAGE“It is your duty not to burn your house down for anger with your enemy,” he said in an emotional speech, verging on tears as he recalled the service of his father and cousin as Atlanta police officers. “After you burn down your own home what do you have but char and ash?” he asked. “We have to
May 30, 2020 17:03 UTC
It is hoped that the Premier League campaign will be concluded on August 2, provided the country does not suffer a second spike of COVID-19 before then. Premier League return on June 17 given green light but stars reminded of social distancingOn the return of the Premier League in particular, Dowden added: "Of course much of the media attention has focused on football because it has that special place in our national life and recognising its significance I set two challenges for football's return. Premier League return on June 17 given green light but stars reminded of social distancing"Getting top leagues back up and running will also release much-needed funding to support clubs lower down, many of whom are cornerstones of their local communities. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters responded: "The Premier League welcomes the government's announcement today. "We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
May 30, 2020 15:55 UTC
There was further encouragement for the Premier League with the news that from 1,130 Covid-19 tests conducted on players and staff on Thursday and Friday, none had returned a positive. A packed schedule of horse racing begins at Newcastle on Monday and builds quickly to Newmarket’s 2,000 Guineas classic on Saturday. “It’s up to each individual sport to decide exactly when to resume competition; they know their sports best,” Dowden continued. Premier League clubs told depleted squads will not delay restart Read moreFrankie Dettori was among the first to welcome the government’s announcement. “We’ve got two weeks’ start on football, the whole country’s starved of sport and racing in this country is of the highest quality.
May 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
That’s what class will buy a black man in America. Here we have the cops policing a rally protesting police brutality against a black man. They play “who’s the man” even when the black man, like Jimenez, goes out of his way to show he already knows who the man is. As a black man, and as a former prosecutor, I had no idea it was so difficult to get arrested. It means that we should expect more cases like Omar Jimenez and George Floyd, regardless of whether Trump or Biden wins in November.
May 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
Forbes magazine has accused Kylie Jenner, the youngest half-sister of Kim Kardashian West, of spinning a “web of lies” to inflate the size and success of her business. It claimed her family went to unusual lengths to present its youngest adult member as being richer than she was. Jenner, 22, has been struck off the magazine’s coveted list of billionaires after becoming its youngest ever “self-made” member in March 2019. Forbes said Coty would not comment about Kylie Cosmetics. Jenner is not the first person to have been accused by Forbes of inflating their wealth to become known as a billionaire.
May 30, 2020 13:07 UTC
A riot is the language of the unheardWhen you are oppressed there is no acceptable way to fight against your oppression. Donald Trump reacted by promising bloody reprisal, tweeting: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Others have reacted with hand-wringing. There have been a lot of cries that “violence is never the answer!” and “rioting is counter-productive!”But if violent unrest isn’t the answer then what is? How exactly do you go about ending police brutality and systemic racism in America? Which raises the question: if violence is never the answer, then why does America spend so much money on it?
May 30, 2020 12:56 UTC
Those of us who have faced the lethal force of systemic racism have also learned something else in the American story. We can be wounded healersThe systemic racism that killed George Floyd has taken untold souls from us for over 400 years. Those of us who have faced the lethal force of systemic racism have also learned something else in the American story. When hands that once picked cotton have joined together with white hands and Native hands, brown hands and Asian hands, we have been able to fundamentally reconstruct this democracy. If we take time to listen to this nation’s wounds, they tell us where to look for hope.
May 30, 2020 12:56 UTC
One among the many disturbing features of the unrest of recent days has been attacks on journalists covering the protests and riots. The latest to surface is from Oakland, California, where reporter and photographer Sarah Belle Lin was shot with a paintball round as she was filming protesters running from police. “I confronted the line of police to inquire who had shot me and why. Sarah Belle Lin (@SarahBelleLin) Ill post the video below again for you to watch for the exact moment I was shot. We’ve collated accounts of journalists being injured and attacked by police tonight in Minneapolis and other US cities here.
May 30, 2020 12:11 UTC
Over the coming weeks, we’ve decided to try to settle the argument once and for all by crowning Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal via a reader vote. As part of our Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal series, we are also running a competition for the best recreations. Alex McLeish, Aberdeen 4 – Rangers 1, Scottish Cup final (22/05/82)In recent weeks, more than one member of Aberdeen’s early-80s golden generation has pointed to the 4-1 1982 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers, recently replayed on TV, as a seminal moment in Alex Ferguson’s Dons reign. That Scottish Cup final was the game that gave us the belief. “In the end the guys up front and big Tattie (Neale Cooper) walking in and smashing the ball into the net from a yard was one of these iconic moments.”Is this Aberdeen’s Greatest Goal?
May 30, 2020 11:26 UTC
Caution: Spoilers aheadThis has certainly been one of the most interesting and unique seasons of Drag Race ever. She’s got the kind of kooky outsider vibe Drag Race fans love. Next we go to the three finalists and Crystal Methyd is wearing possibly the most avant-garde outfit ever to be seen on Drag Race. An actual, fully-functioning pinata, reminding us of one of our favourite Drag Race drinking games; is it cultural appropriation, or is it just high concept?! We also get a nice tribute to Drag Race producer Jacqueline Wilson, who passed away earlier this year.
May 30, 2020 11:03 UTC