Email By Anna Henderson and Dan Conifer Updated April 11, 2016 13:00:34 Related Story: Labor takes aim at big banks, promising royal commission Map: Australia Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says an incoming Labor government would hold a royal commission into misconduct in the banking industry.We look at the role of royal commissions and what would likely be involved.What's a royal commission?Royal commissions are public inquiries governed by an act of Parliament. They can be called on any matter "connected with the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth or any public purpose or any power of the Commonwealth".Why does Labor want one?The financial and banking sectors have been rocked by controversies in recent years. CommInsure scandal: Who's who?Meet some of the key players involved in the scandal engulfing one of Australia's biggest life insurers, CommInsure. In 2014 a Senate committee recommended a royal commission into the Commonwealth Bank … [Read more...] about What is a royal commission and why does Labor want one into the banking industry?
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Email By Jean Edwards Updated June 19, 2017 16:59:22 Photo: A large number of emergency service workers have had close calls with passing traffic. (ABC News: Seraphine Charpentier Andre) Map: VIC Drivers in Victoria will face big fines if they do not slow to 40 kilometres per hour when passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights or sirens that have stopped on the roadside under changes to be introduced next month.From July 1, people who break the new road rule could be forced to pay a $277 on-the-spot fine or a court-imposed penalty of up to $793.They will not lose demerit points.The State Government said the speed limit would help protect police and paramedics who were in danger of being hurt or killed on the job by speeding cars and trucks.A recent survey found one-fifth of emergency workers reported having several close calls while helping people on the roadside in the last three years.Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said police would have the discretion to warn or … [Read more...] about Victorian drivers face up to $793 fine if they don’t slow down when passing emergency vehicles
When the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan termed it a 'game-changer'. It is, after all, the first time that surrogacy is being aimed to be regulated in the country. The surrogacy bill proposes a complete ban on commercial surrogacy – where the procedure is undertaken for monetary gain – but allows altruistic surrogacy, which involves no monetary compensation to the surrogate mother other than medical expenses and insurance coverage during the pregnancy. It says that no money can be paid except “the medical expenses incurred on surrogate mother and the insurance coverage for the surrogate mother”. The surrogate must be a “close relative” of the couple. What Does the Bill Entail? The bill bans commercial surrogacy and the sale or import of human embryo for the purpose of surrogacy. It proposes mandatory registration of ‘surrogacy clinics’ -- those conducting the procedure in … [Read more...] about What is the Surrogacy Bill and What Happens If it is Passed
The Kohima bench of Gauhati High Court has ordered the Nagaland government to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the family of a 30-year-old pregnant woman, who died with her unborn child three years ago due to lack of proper medical facilities.In an order passed last week, the court ordered the sum to be paid as “exemplary compensation” to the petitioner Moba Changkai, the stepson of Bema, who died in 2016 during childbirth.“In this case, the failure on the part of the respondents in the discharge of their duties in making the basic facilities and benefits provided under NRHM scheme or schemes reach the poorest of the poor in the villages of Nagaland,” the order stated.“But for their failure in the discharge of their duties the precious life of the petitioner’s mother and the unborn child could have been saved,” it added.The petitioner said his mother, who was pregnant with her seventh child, started having … [Read more...] about Gauhati HC orders Nagaland govt to pay Rs 25 lakh compensation for death of pregnant woman, unborn child
Email By Rani Hayman Updated October 22, 2019 13:01:57 Photo: The teenage girl told the inquiry she was isolated and strip-searched on day one of Splendour in the Grass. (Supplied: Splendour in the Grass/Stephen Booth) Related Story: Coroner to recommend pill testing be introduced in NSW Related Story: 'Completely humiliated': Moment police strip-searched 16yo girl detailed in inquiry Map: Lismore 2480 Australia's biggest music festivals are threatening to pull out of NSW, accusing the State Government of "endless nanny state interference". Key points: New laws proposed for NSW would place strict criteria on "high risk" festivalsThere were five drug-related deaths at NSW music festivals last summerFestival organisers have accused the Berejiklian Government of playing politics with their livelihoods Laneway Festival, Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass are among a coalition of music festivals that say they have been left with no choice but to "consider their … [Read more...] about Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass may leave NSW ‘nanny state’