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Andrew Grech, a partner at Gordon Legal, is on the ABC now responding to the federal court judgment on the robodebt class action.
I think, for many people, there’s been a lack of ask the ability, both of the ministers involved and senior public servants involved.
That’s all from me for this afternoon. I’ll now hand you over to Luke Henriques-Gomes.
The body of a woman missing since Wednesday has been discovered in Glenfyne in regional Victoria.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the discovery of the woman’s body, which was found inside a vehicle by Search and Rescue officers in flood waters at about 10.40am.
While the body is yet to be formally identified, police believe it is that of a woman known as Nina, who went missing from nearby Simpson on Wednesday.
The exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are yet to be determined but police are not treating it as suspicious.
The Swimming Australia president, Kieren Perkins, has urged Maddie Groves to provide more information after she said she would withdraw from the upcoming Olympic trials and said her decision should be a lesson to “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.
“This is a very concerning thing for us,” Perkins told the ABC on Friday. “These types of issues are, to be honest, the highest on my list as president that we need to be aware [of] and manage. We need to manage the safety of our athletes. That is paramount to us.”
Mike Hytner has the full story:
Remember the Mosman collar bomb hoax?Remember the Mosman collar bomb hoax?
In August 2011, Paul Douglas Peters broke into the home of ex-Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver wearing a balaclava and placed a fake collar bomb around the neck of his teenage daughter Madeleine.In August 2011, Paul Douglas Peters broke into the home of ex-Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver wearing a balaclava and placed a fake collar bomb around the neck of his teenage daughter Madeleine.
The device remained around her neck for some 10 hours before police determined it was a fake. A document attached to the device demanded an unspecified sum of money and said tampering with it would make it explode.The device remained around her neck for some 10 hours before police determined it was a fake. A document attached to the device demanded an unspecified sum of money and said tampering with it would make it explode.
Peters did not know the Pulver family, and his motive for the act was never clear. In 2012 he was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 years.Peters did not know the Pulver family, and his motive for the act was never clear. In 2012 he was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 years.
Now it appears he may soon be released from prison.Now it appears he may soon be released from prison.
AAP reports the State Parole Authority said on Friday that it had accepted expert advice recommending Peters be released to supervised parole. AAP reports the State Parole Authority says it has accepted expert advice recommending Peters be released on supervised parole.
This included advice from the Serious Offenders Review Council which found Peters was unlikely to reoffend and has suitable post-release plans.This included advice from the Serious Offenders Review Council which found Peters was unlikely to reoffend and has suitable post-release plans.
Community Corrections also supported Peters’ release on parole.Community Corrections also supported Peters’ release on parole.
The SPA said it intended to grant parole and the matter will be listed for a public review hearing in August. Peters’ non-parole period ends 14 August.The SPA said it intended to grant parole and the matter will be listed for a public review hearing in August. Peters’ non-parole period ends 14 August.
During sentence proceedings in 2012, the court was told Peters suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder, and that he claimed to have no memory of attaching the device to Pulver’s neck.During sentence proceedings in 2012, the court was told Peters suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder, and that he claimed to have no memory of attaching the device to Pulver’s neck.
He told one psychiatrist he had “no idea” why he chose the Pulver home.He told one psychiatrist he had “no idea” why he chose the Pulver home.
Good afternoon. Some more on the federal court’s approval of a $112m settlement between the Commonwealth and the victims of the Robodebt scheme from Luke Henriques-Gomes. Good afternoon. Some more on the federal court’s approval of a $112m settlement between the Commonwealth and the victims of the robodebt scheme from Luke Henriques-Gomes.
With that I shall leave you for the week, to go enjoy my newfound Melbourne freedom! (With a mask on of course).With that I shall leave you for the week, to go enjoy my newfound Melbourne freedom! (With a mask on of course).
The inimitable Michael McGowan is with you for the afternoon.The inimitable Michael McGowan is with you for the afternoon.
An evacuation order for parts of the regional Victorian city of Traralgon has been renewed.An evacuation order for parts of the regional Victorian city of Traralgon has been renewed.
The warning says river level rises are expected on Friday night with major flooding possible on Saturday morning.The warning says river level rises are expected on Friday night with major flooding possible on Saturday morning.
In anyone was wondering where my head is at at the moment:In anyone was wondering where my head is at at the moment:
The Greens senator Rachel Siewert, who has long campaigned against the Robodebt scheme, insists the fall out from the government’s failed scheme is not over. She says:
Siewert says a royal commission would ensure a “forensic audit of this mess”.
So wait a second, did that Victorian couple who went to Queensland break the law or not? Well, hmm, it doesn’t seem like Merlino wants to say.
Reporter:
Merlino:
Bill Shorten, who announced the Gordon Legal class action in 2019, says today’s judgment means a Robodebt royal commission is now “inevitable”.
He told Guardian Australia:
Asked about Justice Bernard Murphy’s suggestion the botched scheme was more likely a stuff up than conspiracy, Shorten said:
Shorten also said he had concerns about the senior public servants involved in the administration of the scheme.
A reporter has asked if the state government has considered upgrading ventilation across all public building in order to reduce the chance of large outbreaks requiring lockdowns.
But Merlino seems to think this could be an almost impossibly difficult task.
Gordon Legal, the law firm that brought a class action against the federal government’s Robodebt scheme, has welcomed the court’s decision to approve a $112m settlement.
Andrew Grech, a Gordon Legal partner, said:
Merlino has been asked about stocks of vaccine:
Merlino can’t promise there will be no more lockdowns once vaccination rates reach a certain level.
Sutton:
Sutton has been asked what the state can do to try to avoid lockdowns in the future.
Sutton said the latest lockdown response came after there were already four generations of transmission.
Victoria SES’s Tim Wiebusch has once again urged people never to drive through flood waters, no matter how shallow, after a man was found dead in his submerged car yesterday afternoon.