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Victorian coroner finds Sarah Cafferkey’s murderer ‘played’ parole system

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A Victorian Coroner has found that Sarah Cafferkey’s murderer, Steven Hunter, ‘played’ the parole system in the lead up to her death, and that his parole supervision outside of custody ‘lacked rigour’.

Today judge Ian Gray recommended convicted murderers be monitored in the same way that serious sex offenders are tracked after their sentences.
Cafferkey was 22 when she was bashed and stabbed by Hunter in her Bachus Marsh home just outside of Melbourne, following an argument between the pair.
At the time of Cafferkey’s death, Hunter had only just concluded his parole period for the previous murder an 18-year old school girl in 1986. 
The inquest into Cafferkey’s death found that the risk assessment tools used to determine Hunter’s eligibility for parole were “deficient”, and that he was “unreformed” when it came to violence against women.
Mrs Cafferkey’s mother, Noelle Dickson, told ABC news that the recommendations can only become effective, if acted upon and not just talked about.

“The Government needs to make sure that recommendation is put into place, and not just agree with the principles,” she said.

“There obviously were faults with the system, with Corrections Victoria, the case workers, with their information sharing that wasn’t going through to the parole board.”

Cafferkey’s death was one of many committed by parolees in Victoria at the time that sparked widespread parole reform in the state.
During the same year, ABC staffer Jill Meagher was brutally raped and murdered by serial rapist Adrian Ernest Bayley.
At the time of Meagher’s death, Bayley was serving a parole period for a previous sexual assault conviction, and had a lengthy history of sexual violence spanning from 2012 onwards.



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Tax evasion investigators raid Google\’s Paris headquarters

Tax evasion investigators raid Google’s Paris headquarters

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Dozens of tax investigators raided Google’s offices in French capital Paris yesterday as part of a probe into the company’s alleged tax evasion.

The raid was conducted by investigators from the state financial prosecutor’s office assisted by 25 information technology (IT) experts, according to officials. “The investigation aims to verify whether Google Ireland Ltd has a permanent base in France” the prosecutor’s office said, “and if, by not declaring parts of its activities carried out in France, it failed its fiscal obligations[…]”.

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., reports most of its sales in Ireland. Google claims most sales contracts are closed in its Dublin offices. If investigation finds sales are being concluded in other countries, Google may need to pay additional taxes in these countries.

In 2014 Google reported a total yearly revenue in France of 225.4 million with a profit of just €12.2 million, paying only €5 million in corporate tax according to the Financial Times. A Google spokesperson said the company is co-operating with French authorities and fully complies with French law.

According to Reuters, a source from the French finance ministry said French tax authorities are also separately pursuing Google for €1.6 billion in back taxes.



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Monsanto rejects Bayer merger offer

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Yesterday, Monsanto rejected Bayer‘s $62 billion merger offer as being ‘incomplete and financially inadequate’, but they say they haven’t stopped negotiating with the healthcare and agriculture company.

“We believe in the substantial benefits an integrated strategy could provide to growers and broader society, and we have long respected Bayer’s business,” said Monsanto CEO and Chairman Hugh Grant in the statement released on the Monsanto website. “However, the current proposal significantly undervalues our company and also does not adequately address or provide reassurance for some of the potential financing and regulatory execution risks related to the acquisition.”

St. Louis based Monsanto has left the ball in Bayer’s court, saying that they currently have no plans for future discussion with Bayer and they do not plan to comment further on the negotiation.

The discussed merger between the two companies would create the biggest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals in the world.

At this moment, Bayer have released a statement saying that they looking forward to future constructive discussion regarding the transaction.



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Arsenal signs Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka

Arsenal signs Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka

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Today, London-based football club Arsenal announced signing 23-year-old Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss international has made 41 appearances for Switzerland and joined the German side from FC Basel, his childhood club, in 2012.

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Xhaka said, “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.” Xhaka made about 140 appearances for Borussia. He captained Mönchengladbach last season when their side came fourth in the league table and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. He won two Swiss Super League titles with Basel.

Xhaka has passed his medical tests and is to join The Gunners after the Euro 2016 tournament with his contract in force from July 1. “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player,” said Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, “already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.” Borussia’s sporting director Max Eberl said, “We’re losing a very, very good player, but the agreed transfer fee provides us with the opportunity to make sensible additions to our squad”((de)).

Xhaka’s transfer fee was not disclosed.



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Today, London-based football club Arsenal signed 23-year-old Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Swiss international has made 41 appearances and joined the German side in 2012 from his childhood club FC Basel.

Xhaka said, “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.” Xhaka made 108 Bundesliga appearences and 141 caps for The Borussians. Swiss midfielder captained Mönchengladbach last season when their side came fourth in the league table and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. He won two Swiss Super League titles with Basel.

Xhaka’s has passed his medical tests and he will be joining The Gunners after Euro 2016 tournament with his contract affecting from July 1st. Arsène Wenger said “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.” His transfer fee is not yet disclosed.


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Sniffer dogs don\’t work

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Sniffer dogs don’t work

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NSW Greens have claimed that sniffer dogs are a waste of resources and money, as numbers show more than $9 million per year since 2010 has been spent on the drug detection unit. The numbers reveal the police have spent an average of $9,420,416.57 per year maintaining the detection dog unit from 2010 to 2016, adding to a total of more than $66m, causing speculation around the programs effectiveness.

The figures, provided to the NSW parliament, has NSW Greens MP and justice spokesman, David Shoebridge stating it covers only the unit’s upkeep, training and operational costs, underestimating the true cost of these operations.

“We now have a further 65 million reasons to stop the ineffective police drug dog operations,” he said.

The justification for conducting searches is an ongoing concern. In 2014 there were 14,600 drug searches with 74% of those searches resulting in no drugs being found.

Last year, the Greens introduced a bill to ban drug detection dogs in public spaces without a warrant, asking for the police and the health sector to work together. There were renewed calls for harm minimisation techniques such as pill testing booths at music festivals, encouraging the system to follow the lead of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, providing amnesty bins for people to dispose their drugs.

“Any other part of government would have to justify its expense but the police drug dog unit seems to be above criticism,” Shoebridge said.

Australian DJ Tom Lowndes, who has played major festivals such as Coachella in the United States and Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, told BuzzFeed in 2015 he noticed the police presence at dance parties is more aggressive in Australia than in other countries.

“Police in Scotland have a less confrontational approach to nightlife, and it’s no less debauched and crazy there than it is in Australia, but the police presence is more about safety than about imposing their presence. Their approach to party culture is very different,” said Lowndes.



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Australian dairy farmers protest new loan plans

Australian dairy farmers protest new loan plans

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Thousands rallied around Australia today to protest new loan plans set to provide financial assistance to struggling dairy farmers.

The $578 million relief package was announced today by Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce, and is the government’s response to recent milk price cuts. The loan plan would see low-interest rates on concessional loans of up to $1 million, but farmers claim a review of the entire industry is needed.

Farmer Power, the Victorian group responsible for protests in Melbourne, say dairy farmers are already at the end of their line of credit and cannot afford to take out any more loans. Instead they are calling on the government to secure milk prices by introducing a 50-cent levy on all fresh milk sold in Australia.

Queensland and South Australian rally groups also took to their respective Parliament Houses to call attention to the high rate of suicide among farmers, and ask retailers to end what they’ve labelled the ‘milk price war’. The government allocated $1.5 million in assistance on 20 May, which includes counselling services for dairy farmers experiencing mental health concerns as a result of the price cuts.



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Victorian Coroner Finds that Sarah Cafferkey’s murderer ‘played’ the parole system in the lead up to her death

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Victorian Coroner Finds that Sarah Cafferkey’s murderer ‘played’ the parole system in the lead up to her death

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A Victorian Coroner has found that Sarah Cafferkey’s murderer, Steven Hunter, ‘played’ the parole system in the lead up to her death, and that his parole supervision outside of custody ‘lacked rigour’.

Today judge Ian Gray recommended convicted murderers be monitored in the same way that serious sex offenders are tracked after their sentences.
Cafferkey was 22 when she was bashed and stabbed by Hunter in her Bachus Marsh home just outside of Melbourne, following an argument between the pair.
At the time of Cafferkey’s death, Hunter had only just concluded his parole period for the previous murder an 18-year old school girl in 1986. 
The inquest into Cafferkey’s death found that the risk assessment tools used to determine Hunter’s eligibility for parole were “deficient”, and that he was “unreformed” when it came to violence against women.
Mrs Cafferkey’s mother, Noelle Dickson, told ABC news that the recommendations can only become effective, if acted upon and not just talked about.

“The Government needs to make sure that recommendation is put into place, and not just agree with the principles,” she said.

“There obviously were faults with the system, with Corrections Victoria, the case workers, with their information sharing that wasn’t going through to the parole board.”

Cafferkey’s death was one of many committed by parolees in Victoria at the time that sparked widespread parole reform in the state.
During the same year, ABC staffer Jill Meagher was brutally raped and murdered by serial rapist Adrian Ernest Bayley.
At the time of Meagher’s death, Bayley was serving a parole period for a previous sexual assault conviction, and had a lengthy history of sexual violence spanning from 2012 onwards.



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Struggling Dairy Farmers Gain Access to Government Support Package

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Today on 25 May 2016 the Australian Federal Government has announced that it will be giving Australian dairy farmers access to a $578 million support package as well as a $1000 household allowance per fortnight. The formation of this support package follows the recent price of raw milk paid to farmers being cut by up to 10% by agricultural cooperatives Fonterra and Murray Goulburn.

Dairy farmers accessing this package will be able to: immediately access $55 million in low-interest concessional loans up to June 30; access $500 million, according to Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce, for ‘cheap’ loans over the next two years; receive $1000 a fortnight as a household allowance.

The Australian Federal Government has also announced that it is also going to establish a milk pricing index. Hume Liberal MP Angus Taylor says that this index will grant farmers transparency regarding the pricing of milk and dairy products so that farmers will have a better understanding of how their milk, and all subsequent products made from this milk, are being priced in an international market.

Taylor says New Zealand established such an index years ago to gain this transparency, which has allowed farmers to see what a fair price for their product is, resulting in greater farm gate returns.



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