In the news this week…
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will investigate former ministers Eddie Obeid, Ian MacDonald and the former treasurer Eric Roozendaal. The ICAC’s operation named Indus is investigating why the then Minister for Roads, Eric Roozendaal, received a Honda CRV motor vehicle from Moses Obeid in June 2007. The hearing, which will see past premiers Keneally, Iemma and Rees in the witness box, is expected to run for several months, ABC News online reports.
After an accounting bungle, the NSW auditor-general Peter Achterstraat has revealed NSW has made a $1 billion dollars worth of miscalculations in the budget. The NSW state government now has a surplus of $680 million rather than a $337 million deficit. The auditor-general’s office found and corrected 37 errors of over $20 million each in the states’ accounts. The NSW Government will revise its budget estimates in December, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Motorists are now banned from touching their mobile phones as new state laws about using mobile phones while driving came into effect on Thursday. A photo of a police officer using their unmounted mobile phone to take a picture of a Lamborghini appeared in the Daily Telegraph. The new laws would prevent motorists from taking the same photo, however police are exempt from the new laws.
In the middle of Hurricane Sandy an Australian couple’s baby arrived. Sophie Bertouch came into the world at the height of the US storm at Mt Sinai Hospital at 10.27am local time. Mother Sally was transferred, along with 300 other patients, from Langone Hospital when the storm became too dangerous, the Daily Telegraph reports.
As of yesterday, Australian men are being encouraged to grow moustaches for Movember. The charity month aims to raise funds and awareness for men’s health with all the funds going to BeyondBlue and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Hurricane Sandy batters Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Photo from Indiana Dunes flickr.
– Alison Thompson
Photo NSW Parliament