UK Prime Minister Theresa May clings to power

UK Prime Minister Theresa May clings to power

May’s co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, handed in their resignations on Saturday following the disastrous election. The vote was called by May to strengthen her position ahead of talks to leave the European Union, in the end it left her weakened. Both Downing Street and the DUP issued statements late Saturday saying talks over a deal to prop up the government would resume next week amid concern among more liberal Conservatives about May hitching her wagon to the right-wing Northern Irish party. Earlier, Downing Street had said…

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Angas is counting the costs

Angas is counting the costs

ANGAS Securities’ administrative costs were at a 12 month high during April, thanks in large part to the number of legal proceedings the Adelaide-based investment firm has been involved in recently. The $583,139 spent during the month included professional fees, salaries and rent. The monthly average since May 2016 was $400,046. In his latest letter to 2300 investors in Angas’ troubled $220 million debenture fund, executive chairman Andrew Luckhurst-Smith outlined the costs — which don’t include additional legal bills of $78,508 in April. The 18-page document outlined some case details,…

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More caseworkers for children at risk funded in NSW budget

More caseworkers for children at risk funded in NSW budget

By Jean Kennedy Posted June 13, 2017 08:52:53 The New South Wales Government has revealed next week’s budget will include funding for another 75 caseworkers to deal with children being abused and neglected, which the State Opposition said would do little to reverse deep cuts already made. An extra $63 million will be spent over the next four years to boost the number of caseworkers and for another 66 “casework support officers” who do administrative paperwork to free-up caseworkers to focus on their frontline role, the Government said. The money…

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Finkel report offers hope for bipartisanship, but what about communities?

Finkel report offers hope for bipartisanship, but what about communities?

Posted June 13, 2017 00:28:01 Video: Dr Finkel rejects talk of carbon pricing: “It’s about the rewards.” (ABC News) A Q&A special on the Finkel review into the future of energy security saw bipartisanship dominate a discussion that embraced the principles of a report deliberately low on details. The panel consisted of chief scientist and report author Dr Alan Finkel, Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and opposition spokesman Mark Butler, and the chief executives of the Climate Council, Amanda McKenzie, and Energy Consumers Australia Rosemary Sinclair. Dr Finkel set the tone…

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Helen Clark calls for changes to UN secretary-general electoral process

Helen Clark calls for changes to UN secretary-general electoral process

Updated June 12, 2017 22:59:05 Video: Former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark says change is needed at the UN. (Lateline) One of the most powerful women in the world and the former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, says the United Nations needs to shake-up its electoral process. Ms Clark, listed by Forbes as the 22nd most powerful woman in the world, served as head of the UN Development Programme up until earlier this year and last year she ran for the role of UN secretary-general. Her…

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