A Porsche driver who filmed four police officers as they lay dying after a horrific crash has been jailed for 10 months. Richard Pusey pleaded guilty to a rare charge of outraging public decency and other offenses after filming the crash on the Eastern Freeway in the Australian city of Melbourne on 22 April last year. Pusey recorded two videos at the scene, a total of three minutes and eight seconds.
The crisis engulfing Australia’s politics has continued to grow following the emergence of videos showing staff members performing sex acts in parliament, leading to one senior aide being fired. One video showed the aide performing a sex act on a female MP’s desk. It comes after a former staff member revealed how she feared losing her job following an alleged sexual assault.
Heavy rain along Australia’s east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said Sunday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and damaging hundreds of homes. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across the state, Australia’s most populous, with 8 million people, was worse than had been expected, especially in low-lying areas in Sydney’s northwest.
Tens of thousands of people have turned out to marches across Australia, protesting against the sexual abuse and harassment of women in the country. They were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centered around Australia’s parliament. The allegations have focused scrutiny on the conservative government. Protesters feel the government’s response to the sexual assault allegations has been inadequate.
Australia has asked the European Commission to review Italy’s decision to block the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the country. It is the first time new rules have been used that allow a ban on EU exports if the drug provider fails to meet its obligations to the bloc. The move has heightened a tense dispute between AstraZeneca and EU countries over supply issues and delays.
Australia’s attorney general, Christian Porter, has dismissed a historical rape accusation against him as “entirely untrue” after outing himself as the subject of claims made by a woman who took her own life last year. Fronting the media for an at-times tearful news conference, Porter also resisted calls to stand aside as the country’s first law officer.
Australia has passed a world-first law aimed at making Google and Facebook pay for news content on their platforms. The legislation had been fiercely opposed by the US tech giants, with Facebook blocking all news content to Australians over the row. Facebook agreed to reverse its decision after robust negotiations with the government, which led to changes to the law to address some of their concerns.
Facebook announced Tuesday that it would lift a ban on Australians viewing and sharing news on its platform after it struck a deal with the government on proposed legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism. The social media company caused alarm with its sudden decision last week to block news on its platform across Australia after the House of Representatives passed the draft law.
The behavior of Australian Open fans who booed the mention of a COVID-19 vaccine rollout after Sunday’s men’s final has been branded “disgusting”. Tennis Australia president Jayne Hrdlicka was loudly heckled when she mentioned vaccines in her presentation speech after Novak Djokovic’s victory. Meanwhile, Australia started its COVID-19 vaccination program on Monday, days after its neighbor New Zealand.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to users. He described the move to “unfriend Australia” as arrogant and disappointing. Facebook is responding to a proposed law which would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms. Australians on Thursday woke up to find that Facebook pages of all local and global news sites were unavailable.