Mixed reactions to SA Parliament changes to Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

Bruce Lander sits at a desk with a microphone.

South Australia’s former Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Bruce Lander has joined those who criticize changes to the watchdog’s powers. Most important points: The bill was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday evening The changes could affect police resources Concerns have been raised about how quickly the bill was … Read more

Indigenous man becomes first death linked to coronavirus in far western New South Wales

A 59-year-old Barkindji/Ngiyampaa man with coronavirus has died at Broken Hill Health Service. the main points: An Aboriginal man with COVID-19 with underlying health conditions has died in Broken Hill Far West NSW reports 11 new cases, bringing the total to 226 Other patients recovered from Broken Hill were flown to Adelaide He had close … Read more

Politicians rush to support a bill to ease pressure on SA ICAC, countering pressure to create the body

Passage of a bill through the South Australian Parliament is often slow. Parliament sits only about 17 weeks a year to start, and then when a bill is brought to the House there are often long debates and amendments to be voted on. It must make its way through both the House and Senate until … Read more

Adelaide teenager escaped conviction on ‘painful’ material charges of youth exploitation

An Adelaide teenager escaped conviction for sharing, trafficking and selling child exploitation material last year. the main points: The teenager was 17 years old when he used social media and online storage platforms to share child exploitation material He also encouraged an American man to abuse a 12-year-old girl In sentencing, Judge Oliver Cohn said … Read more

South Australia expands home quarantine experience to include international arrivals, with ADF participating first

Defense personnel will be the first to take part in an expanded home quarantine trial for overseas arrivals in South Australia this week, following a “very successful start” for the state government’s local trial. the main points: South Australia began experimenting with home quarantine in August, with arrivals across states participating It relies on facial … Read more

Fair Work begins legal action against Fun Tea store operator, alleging wage theft of more than $180,000

The operator of a bubble tea shop in Adelaide, which was the scene of a high-profile attack earlier this year, is facing a lawsuit to pay less than 20 employees $186,000. the main points: The Fun Tea shop in Chinatown was the scene of the assault of a young worker earlier this year The Fair … Read more

Miner tests positive for COVID-19 in South Australia after arriving on flight from Sydney

Grounded Virgin Australia aircraft

South Australia has registered one new local case of COVID-19 with a miner who flew in from Sydney yesterday. It arrived at 9:20 a.m. on Virgin Australia flight VA406 and was tested half an hour later. SA Health said the man was quarantined directly at the Adelaide Airport hotel under the mining company’s policy. Chief … Read more

Photos show dozens of Afghan families released from quarantine in Adelaide after evacuation

While Afghans are able to put their quarantine period behind them, support services are urging the wider community to help the evacuees transition to a new life in Australia. Dozens of Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan will start new lives in Australia after being fired from their mandated territory 14 day quarantine period. Those who left … Read more

Whale carcass trapped in St Kilda beach weeks after attracting great white sharks

The decomposing carcass of a humpback whale.

The saga surrounding the fate of a dead whale carcass off an Adelaide beach remains unsolved, with a local resident saying she is concerned about the smell and environmental impact as the giant corpse disintegrates. Most important points: The baleen whale was spotted in the Port River more than two weeks ago and was mauled … Read more

An Australian story reveals new details about the Somerton man

Those closest to the Somerton Man case hope that DNA testing of his remains will unravel the mystery of who he was. The woman who could be Somerton Mann’s granddaughter hopes that DNA testing of his remains will reveal answers to one of Australia’s most enduring mysteries. The body was exhumed in May for forensic … Read more