Uber is urging the Victorian government to legalise and license drivers to allow them to operate within the law alongside taxis.
The company wants the current laws of Victoria to be changed so that ride-sharing can be regulated and to add UberX drivers’ vehicles in legislation as a new subclass of “special purpose vehicle”, the same law that applies to wedding and tour cars. More than 4500 drivers have registered with Uber in Victoria.
Institutions could be held liable for abuse
The president of the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Justice Peter McClellan, is considering a report by criminologists and a member of the NSW Judicial Commission that proposes institutions could be held criminally liable for child sexual abuse committed by individuals connected with them. The suggestion is they might take greater pains to protect the interests of children they supervise if they could be held responsible. Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson has warned that such measures, unless very precisely targeted, could deter small not-for-profits from offering any help at all.
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop to repay expenses
After increasing pressure over expenses, the Federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has said she will repay the cost of a $5000 helicopter trip. Mrs Bishop came under scrutiny after her total expenses from July 1 to December 31, 2014, amounted to nearly $400,000, to be footed by taxpayers. Her travel included multiple trips to Europe and Asia. The repayment for a one-hour helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong in November was announced in a statement on Thursday.
Foley: investigation former NSW deputy premier’s decisions
The NSW Opposition has called for a review of decisions made by the former deputy premier after it was revealed he was a victim of blackmail. Opposition Leader Luke Foley said that the government should investigate the decisions made by Andrew Stoner to remove concerns that he may have been coerced in his ministerial duties while deputy premier. Earlier this week Premier Mike Baird denied that the blackmail had affected Mr Stoner’s decision-making, but has admitted he was unaware of it until recently. “It’s clear that there is a scam here; in no way is that a good thing, but ultimately in relation to Andrew it is a personal matter for him,” Mr Baird told the ABC.
Coal mine could still be halted
The coal mine planned for NSW could still be halted by the Federal Government according to the Environment Minister. The controversial plan to allow a large open cut coal mine, operated by Shenua Watermark, could be rejected by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt if its water management plan is not changed. The Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is bitterly opposed to the proposal. – Compiled from web news sources by Daniel Walker and Andrew Leeson
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