Australia: State of emergency declared for tomorrow in Victoria’s east

MELBOURNE, Jan 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A state of emergency has been declared for Saturday in Victoria, as the ongoing bushfire in Australia continued to rage in several of its states.

Australia’s NineNews (9News) reported that the fires are expected to merge and expand in Victoria’s east, and this has prompted the Victorian government to declare a state of emergency.

The Victorian government is using unprecedented powers to keep people safe, 9News quoted Premier Daniel Andrews saying.

World’s Largest Tram Network Shuts Down As Melbourne Drivers Strike

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Tram drivers in the Australian city of Melbourne stopped work today (Thursday), demanding higher pay and more reliable work schedules.

The halt of the world’s largest tram network, forced thousands of passengers onto replacement buses, following an ongoing dispute between the workers’ union and private operator, Yarra Trams.

The action took place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. local time, with passengers riding on a tram at 10:00 a.m. requested to disembark at the next stop.

Australian PM Expresses Sympathy For Victims, After Cardinal’s Sex Abuse Appeal Dismissed

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, expressed sympathy for victims of child sexual abuse, after Cardinal George Pell lost his appeal, against sex abuse convictions.

Victoria’s Court of Appeal, on Wednesday (today), upheld Pell’s conviction on five charges.

Speaking shortly after the verdict was delivered, Morrison told reporters in Canberra that, Pell will be stripped of his Order of Australia honour, which he was awarded in 2005, for “service to the Catholic church.”

Australia police make record meth drug bust

7 June 2019; DW: Australian Border Force (ABF) officials have discovered nearly 1.6 metric tons (3,530 pounds) of methamphetamine after examining containers at an inspection facility in Melbourne.

Officers examined a sea cargo consignment and found the drugs hidden inside stereo speakers that had come from the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Australian Cardinal Pell appeals child sex convictions

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lawyers for the most senior Roman Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse argued in his appeal on Wednesday that he could not have molested two choirboys in an Australian cathedral undetected moments after Sunday Masses while he was dressed in an archbishop’s robes.

Cardinal George Pell, 77, wore a black suit and black shirt with a cleric’s collar when he appeared for the Victoria state Court of Appeal hearing before three judges. He came and went from the court as the sole occupant of a prison van. He said nothing during the hearing.

Shooting at Australia nightclub leaves 1 dead, 1 critical

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub in Australia early Sunday left one man dead, another critically wounded and two others injured, police said.

Police said shots were fired from a car into a crowd standing outside the two-story Love Machine club, hitting three security guards at the nightclub and one patron.

Police appealed for anyone with video footage or information to come forward. They have made no arrests so far.

Australian man loses bullying-by-breaking wind court case

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court on Friday dismissed a bullying case brought by an engineer who accused his former supervisor of repeatedly breaking wind toward him.

The Victoria state Court of Appeal upheld a Supreme Court judge’s ruling that even if engineer David Hingst’s allegations were true, flatulence did not necessarily constitute bullying.

Hingst said he would take his case to the High Court, Australia’s final court of appeal.

Cardinal George Pell sentenced to six years jail for child sex crimes

13 Mar 2019; DW: Disgraced Cardinal George Pell on Wednesday was sentenced to six years in an Australian prison for child sex crimes.

Pell, who once helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, was convicted in December of molesting two choirboys at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. A court order suppressing media coverage wasn't lifted until last month. 

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

07 Mar 2019; AFP: Convicted Australian Cardinal George Pell faced a fresh legal challenge Thursday after a civil suit was filed against him for further alleged abuse in the 1970s.

Pell -- the most senior Vatican official to be found guilty of child sex crimes -- is currently in detention awaiting sentencing for assaulting two choirboys in Melbourne in the 1990s.

He maintains his innocence and an appeal is scheduled for June.

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