Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced a $100 million women’s safety package will be implemented to help stop domestic violence throughout Australia.
The package, announced with Rosie Batty, will improve: frontline support and services; leverage innovative technologies to keep women safe; and provide education resources to help change community attitudes to violence and abuse. It includes $21 million for specific measures to help Indigenous women and communities. One-in-six Australian women have experienced violence from a current or former partner, and 63 women have been killed so far this year. For Indigenous women the situation is worse – they are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. The package comes after a pregnant mother was murdered by her boyfriend in Sydney’s west earlier this week.
Thief in Ninja Turtle mask on the loose
A thief wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask has stolen a motorcycle from a high-end car dealership in Melbourne. The incident took place earlier this month in Doncaster, north-east Melbourne, at about 1:30am. The incident was captured on a nearby surveillance camera. Police believe the man is aged between his late teens and mid 30s.
7-Eleven ‘didn’t know’ workers were exploited
7-Eleven chairman Russell Withers told courts on Thursday that he and the chain stores’ management had “no knowledge” of the exploitation of their workers. “I can assure you that there is no cover-up,” he stated. Senator Deborah O’Neill said: “I find it impossible … to believe that your payroll system, in 2015, is so inadequate you are unaware that 69 per cent of your franchisees, as of July-August, were operating in a way that is not compliant.” The chain is facing charges due to allegations that more than two-thirds of their student employees internationally are being underpaid and threatened with deportation. The hearing has been adjourned until November where a public hearing will be held in Canberra.
Caltex ‘planning’ to buy Woolworths
Petrol giant Caltex is allegedly prepared to spend more than $600 million to buy out its joint venture partner Woolworths. The grocery store is linked to Caltex stations nationwide. There are talks of other potential takeover targets, such as British Petroleum, however BP has no made indication that it plans to sell its holdings in Australia.
AFR Magazine rank Australia’s most powerful people
The Australian Financial Review Magazine‘s 2015 Power issue, released today, has ranked Australia’s most influential people over the past year. The ranking is split into three separate categories: overt, covert and cultural power brokers. Among those on the list is new Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, NSW Premier Mike Baird, Rosie Batty, and radio show Triple J. AFR editor Katrina Strickland said that negative issues took over this year’s culture list, and wondered if the change of prime minister would promote more positive national discussion in the year to come. Those featured on the lists were chosen by a panel of prominent politicians, academics and businesspeople. – Chloe Kay Richardson
Top photo of Rosie Batty on ABC’s 7.30 after yesterday’s announcement