Australia news LIVE: India’s PM in Australia, set to meet with Anthony Albanese; RBA keeps quiet on review talk; Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris dies
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- Indian leader draws thousands to Olympic Park in Sydney
- RBA keeps mum on review discussion
- Stuart Robert should face anti-corruption watchdog, experts say
- Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris dead at 93
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Indian leader draws thousands to Olympic Park in Sydney
Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a rock star reception at Sydney Olympic Park last night as he praised Indian-born Australians for helping to build mutual trust and respect between his country and Australia.
Speaking to thousands of supporters from the Indian diaspora at Homebush, Modi emphasised the growing cultural and economic connections between the nations.
“Mutual trust and respect have not developed only due to the diplomatic relations of India-Australia,” he said.
“The real reason, the real power is all of you Indians who live here in Australia.”
Ties between India and Australia have improved rapidly during the past decade, and last year the two signed a landmark trade liberalisation deal.
Keep reading about the event here, but stay tuned as the opposition’s foreign relations spokesman will speak about the visit shortly.
RBA keeps mum on review discussion
The Reserve Bank board discussed the results of the institution’s first independent review in almost four decades but did not reveal it had done so to the public.
This masthead can reveal that while the minutes of the bank’s May 2 meeting – at which official interest rates were surprisingly increased to 3.85 per cent – did not mention the Reserve Bank review, there was discussion about it around the temporary boardroom table in Perth.
Minutes of the Reserve Bank board’s most recent meeting failed to mention if it discussed the findings of the first independent review of the institution since the early 1980s.Credit: Dominic Lorrimer
The bank uses the minutes, which are released a fortnight after each meeting, to explain much of the economic discussion and analysis that takes place during monetary policy deliberations. Economists and analysts scrutinise them for insights into the board’s thinking on the direction of interest rates and the economy.
The full exclusive is available here.
Stuart Robert should face anti-corruption watchdog, experts say
Former judges believe the new federal integrity watchdog should investigate former cabinet minister Stuart Robert after months of revelations about his help for consultants who sought lucrative deals with federal agencies.
The judges are backed by integrity experts who consider the material uncovered about Robert’s conduct in office is sufficient to justify a close examination by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) when it begins work in the coming months.
Stuart Robert insisted he did nothing wrong in his dealings with his consultant friend David Milo and othersCredit: Rhett Wyman
But Robert has insisted he did nothing wrong in his dealings with his consultant friend David Milo and others, declaring he never sought or received payment and did not help companies win contracts.
Keep reading about this issue here.
Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris dead at 93
Rolf Harris, the disgraced Australian entertainer convicted of sexually assaulting four girls, was cremated following a small funeral service and his death kept secret for almost two weeks after his health rapidly declined over the past year.
A registrar at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday confirmed the convicted paedophile died on May 10 at the age of 93, at his home in Bray, Berkshire, on the same day a private ambulance was photographed in his driveway.
Rolf Harris arrives for his trial at Southwark Crown Court in London in 2014 with his wife Alwen Hughes, right, and his daughter, Bindi.Credit: AP.
His death certificate, released 13 days later, said he died from neck cancer and “frailty of old age”
The full story is available here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Wednesday, May 24. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet Prime Minister Anthony Albanese today, after he received a rapturous welcome in Sydney’s west last night.
- A federal anti-corruption watchdog should investigate former cabinet Stuart Robert’s conduct, according former judges and integrity experts.
- ASIO agents are embedded in Australia’s defence department to prevent foreign spies from stealing nuclear-powered submarine secrets.
- The Border Force chief say a ban on vapes won’t stop them flooding into Australia or stamp out the black market.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for a cultural event at Qudos Bank Arena with Anthony Albanese during his visit to Australia. Credit: Wolter Peeters
- Minutes of the RBA board’s most recent meeting failed to mention the recently completed bank review.
- The Fair Work Ombudsman hands out weak penalties to employers they catch underpaying workers, but isn’t detecting enough dodgy bosses, according to a Grattan Institute report.
- In Victoria, the state’s treasurer handed down his ninth budget which included additional taxes for landlords and cutting public service jobs.
- In NSW, the state’s police minister broke her week-long silence on the Tasering of a 95-year-old woman, labelling it “shocking” and internal police probes are under scrutiny after the incident.
- Overseas, convicted sex offender Rolf Harris has died in the UK. The disgraced entertainer was jailed after he was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault.
- And Bali is cracking down on tourists, after the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world and starved the island of tourists.
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