Government unveils $230m cybersecurity strategy to combat overseas hackers

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared war on cyber invasion, confirming the government could launch offensive attacks to deter foreign online espionage.


He did so in unveiling Australia’s $230 million cybersecurity strategy, which focuses on closer collaboration with business.

The move comes as the government confirmed reports the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Parliamentary Services have been targets of malicious cyberattacks in recent years.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters on the NSW South Coast the BOM attack was under investigation.

Mr Turnbull said an offensive cyber capability provided an option for the government to respond, but would be subject to “stringent” legal oversight.

“Some intrusions are the work of foreign adversaries, others involve malicious software,” he said at the strategy launch in Sydney on Thursday.


“The scale and rate of compromise is increasing.”

The government would work with other nations to shut down safe havens for criminal and terrorist organisations.

Unexplained cyberattacks could escalate into war between countries, Mr Turnbull said.

The Australian Crime Commission estimated the cost to the economy of cybercrime was about $1 billion each year, while other assessments put it closer to $17 billion.

Many people would have no idea they’d been targeted by cyber criminals.

“Now as your prime minister, my highest duty and that of my government is to keep Australians safe,” Mr Turnbull said.

“It is no different in cyberspace.”

The strategy’s centrepiece involves sharing threat information between business and government, using the existing Australian Cyber Security Centre and new portals in capital cities.

The centre will be relocated from Australia’s spy building in Canberra to a more accessible venue.


The prime minister will convene annual meetings with business leaders.

The strategy, the first since 2009, took 18 months to develop and will create about 100 jobs – most of which will be highly specialised.

Mr Turnbull announced the new role of cyber ambassador and will appoint a minister assisting him on cybersecurity.

The strategy sits alongside $400 million outlined in the Defence blueprint for cyber activities.

While agencies don’t believe there’s yet been a serious cyberattack – which is defined as compromising national security – there are thousands of intrusions every year.

They range from theft of intellectual property to illegally modifying data to seeking ransom to unlock a computer affected by malicious software.

“We must safeguard against criminality, espionage, sabotage and unfair competition online,” Mr Turnbull said.

About $190 million allocated to the strategy was new money, with the remaining funds coming from the Innovation and Science Agenda.

It included an education program to raise awareness of cyber intrusions.

Syrian peace talks in quagmire

Syria’s fragile peace talks might not resume for at least a year if they are abandoned now, a senior Western diplomat has warned, as the opposition urged more military support for rebels after declaring a truce was over.


Intense fighting has left Syria’s partial ceasefire in tatters. The truce was brokered by the US and Russia to pave the way for the first peace talks attended by rebel factions since the crisis began five years ago.

Those talks, taking place under UN auspices in Geneva, also appear to have collapsed this week. The opposition says it has called a “pause” to negotiations, although it is reluctant to accept blame for the collapse by walking out altogether.

“If this ends now, it will be over for at least a year …. The Russians will steamroll – taking advantage of a US vacuum,” the Western diplomat said, referring to fears Washington will be preoccupied by November’s US presidential election.

“There will be three million more refugees and thousands more dead,” said the diplomat, who declined to be identified while describing a scenario world powers still hope to avoid.

“If we all leave Geneva, I don’t see the process continuing.”

Damascus negotiators say the presidency of Bashar al-Assad is non-negotiable while the opposition sees removal of the president as a prerequisite and complains of no progress on an end to violence, humanitarian access and political detainees.

The Geneva talks aim to end a war that has killed more than 250,000 people, created the world’s worst refugee crisis, allowed for the rise of the Islamic State group, and drawn in regional and major powers. Russia’s intervention in the conflict beginning late last year has swayed the war in Assad’s favour.

The already widely violated truce began fraying more quickly some two weeks ago near Aleppo, where the Syrian army accused rebel groups of taking part in assaults by Islamists who are not covered by the ceasefire. Rebels say they were defending themselves from attacks by the army and its Shi’ite militia allies.

A total collapse of the Geneva talks would leave a diplomatic vacuum that could allow a further escalation of the war that is being fuelled by rivalries between foreign powers including oil producers Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Seeking to ease that rivalry, US President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on a visit to Riyadh on Wednesday and discussed the need to reinforce the partial truce in Syria and support a transition from Assad’s rule.

France said it would consider with other European powers and the US on Monday the idea of convening a ministerial meeting of major powers in the next two weeks to work out the next steps for Syria.

As fighting raged and air strikes on rebel-held areas intensified, the opposition urged foreign states to supply them with the means to defend themselves, a thinly veiled reference to the anti-aircraft weapons long sought by insurgents.

Anas Al Abde, president of the Turkey-based opposition Syrian National Coalition, said the Geneva talks were “futile” and there was no hope in discussing political transition.

Speaking in Istanbul, he urged “qualitative support” for rebel groups, and said the solution must be a “political-military” one.

On Wednesday experts were meeting in Geneva but the opposition’s Riad Hijab, chief co-ordinator of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, had quit the talks with senior delegates while de Mistura had left for personal reasons.

About half of the HNC delegation remained.

The Syrian government negotiator Bashar Ja’afari poured contempt on the opposition for its partial walkout, accusing it of sulking and political immaturity.

“By leaving they may be taking away a major obstacle that will allow us to reach a solution,” he told reporters.

The US State department rejected that view. “We do not believe that the way forward is any removal by the opposition from these talks. In fact, quite the opposite,” spokesman John Kirby said in Washington.

Kirby called on the government delegation to explain what it meant by its proposed broad-based government of national unity.

System let Vic murder victim down: Coroner

The victim of a murder-suicide at the hands of her ex did everything she could to stop it from happening, but Victoria’s family violence system let her down.


Kelly Thompson, 43, was sleeping in her Point Cook home when her former partner, Wayne Wood, stabbed her to death with a hunting knife in a murder-suicide in February 2014.

Her death was the subject of a coronial inquest in 2015 and Coroner Ian Gray delivered his findings on Thursday.

Judge Gray found Wood had been considering murder-suicide since October 2013, had always been controlling, possessive and jealous, and had no intention of complying with an intervention order Ms Thompson had taken against him.

During the inquest, the court was told a neighbour called police with concerns the night Ms Thompson was murdered, but no patrol was sent.

Ms Thompson had also called police 38 times in the weeks before her death to report breaches of the order by Wood.

Judge Gray found failings by police to properly record violent incidents and order breaches by Wood.

Police also failed to properly investigate whether charges could be laid against Wood and failed to adequately act on a call by her neighbour.

“Ms Thompson took all the right steps,” Judge Gray wrote in his findings.

“The family violence system, as it operated at the time of Mr Thompson’s death, failed to recognise that the risks were escalating.”

However, he found that despite failings in the system, it was Wood alone who was responsible for her murder and even if police had acted on the neighbour’s call, it probably would not have saved Ms Thompson.

Outside the court on Thursday, Ms Thompson’s mother Wendy hoped the findings lead to change so her daughter’s death would not be in vain.

“It should never have happened, it was preventable, like so many other women it was preventable,” she said.

Thompson family solicitor Paula Shelton said it was important that Judge Gray had found Ms Thompson had done everything she could to put an end to the violence she was being subjected to.

“She did everything she could and the system let her down,” she said.

Ms Shelton said with Judge Gray’s findings and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, there was now a political will to fix the sector.

Judge Gray made six recommendations, including that front line workers provide all family violence risk assessments to applicants, applicant legal representatives, family violence services, magistrates and police.

He also recommended better information sharing between police and courts.

Milford expected to re-sign with Broncos

Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford is poised to sign a multi-million dollar four-year contract extension with the NRL powerhouse in the coming days.


Broncos CEO Paul White says the club expect a decision from the highly sought after playmaker early next week, after the 22-year-old reportedly shunned interest from Melbourne to accepted a $4 million deal.

The Storm are desperate for a marquee half to replace departing No.7 Cooper Cronk and offered Milford a deal worth a reported $1.2 million a year.

Milford’s Broncos deal is sweetened by the capacity for third party deals and the club’s dominance of the Brisbane sporting market.

Months after halfback Ben Hunt announced he will play for St George Illawarra next year, it was feared Brisbane would lose a second playmaker when the Storm made a play for Milford.

However, White all but confirmed that Milford, who will play for Samoa in Saturday’s Pacific Test against England, has agreed to stay at Red Hill.

“We’re not in a position to declare that yet,” White said on Friday.

“Anthony will get through his game on the weekend and hopefully we’ll be in a position to make an announcement or know one way or another early next week.”

White said the Broncos were not surprised by the interest in Milford’s services but were always confident of retaining him.

“These things are never easy processes and particularly when they’re marquee players,” White said.

“We acknowledge there’s a real developing market out there for those sorts of players and Anthony fits that bill.

“We’ve worked really hard through this negotiation process to make sure that Anthony remains at our club and we’re happy with the work we’ve done and we’re happy with the progress.

“We’re looking forward to him re-signing with our club.”

Milford’s expected re-commitment will allow the club to turn their focus on retaining other off-contract stars, including skipper Darius Boyd, Alex Glenn, Jordan Kahu and James Roberts.

Bridge funds on Tassie’s budget watchlist

Happy with the Turnbull government’s latest schools funding model and satisfied with a decade-long commonwealth sponsorship of a major hospital, Tasmania’s Liberal government is unlikely to be optimistic about additional big-ticket items in the federal budget.


The only state or territory to welcome Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski 2.0 scheme, championing an extra $200 million over 10 years compared to what was on offer for the state 12 months ago, Tasmania was quick to praise the schools deal this week.

And April’s promise of a $730 million cash injection to pay for the northern Mersey Community Hospital for the next decade has eased what’s been a chronic funding headache for the island state’s administration for several years.

“The government is anticipating a ‘no surprises’ budget that locks in recent commitments like … education funding and the Mersey Hospital funding deal,” a spokesman told AAP, also noting the recent $150 million commonwealth pledge for redeveloping the University of Tasmania’s northern campus.

But there are still a few key infrastructure items that Tasmania will be hoping make the cut for budget 2017/18.

In 2016, Infrastructure Australia named a specialist science, technology, engineering and maths university research and training facility in Hobart as one of the nation’s most significant future projects.

The University of Tasmania is keen on the idea but would be seeking federal dollars to co-sponsor the project.

Canberra has previously agreed to fund a new $535 million four-lane Bridgewater Bridge over Hobart’s Derwent River with construction due to start in 2019-20 and it should get a mention in the financial plan.

There’s an outside chance Tuesday’s budget could include funds for a new Launceston water treatment plan, for which federal Labor pledged $75 million in the lead up to the last election.

There should be previously announced funding for ongoing irrigation schemes and a rail freight corridor, while a federal pledge for a second Bass Strait electricity cable seems unlikely.

Tasmania’s opposition leader Rebecca White said the state was still reeling from $2.1 billion in cuts from the coalition’s 2014 budget.

“The federal government has done nothing to help fix Tasmania’s water and sewerage challenges,” Ms White told AAP.

“Labor committed $75 million to fix Launceston’s storm water problem. That commitment should be matched as a first step by the Turnbull government.”

The Labor leader said Tasmania was in desperate need of further education funding, adding that the state government was wrong to accept the latest schools deal.

Furthermore, public hospitals in Hobart and Launceston continued to operate under enormous pressures which could be eased by federal funding, Ms White added.


* Promised $730 million cash injection to pay for the northern Mersey Community Hospital

* $535 million four-lane Bridgewater Bridge over Hobart’s Derwent River

* University of Tasmania wants funds to co-sponsor a specialist science, technology, engineering and maths university research and training facility

* Funds for a new Launceston water treatment plan, ongoing irrigation schemes and a rail freight corridor

SVG sets Perth Supercars practice record

Defending series champion Shane van Gisbergen has vented his frustration to set a new lap record and dominate Supercars practice at Perth.


The flying Kiwi clocked 54.77 seconds on the tight 2.4km Barbagallo Raceway circuit, shaving 0.21 of a second off Holden teammate Jamie Whincup’s 2011 practice mark.

Series leader – Ford’s DJR Team Penske driver Fabian Coulthard – was also under Whincup’s old record in 54.79 to finish second fastest in Friday’s final 45 minute practice session.

Six-time series champion Whincup was third quickest.

Van Gisbergen is second in the standings after three rounds, just seven points behind Coulthard, but claims he had arrived in Perth with a point to prove.

“I am pretty frustrated with my year so far,” he said.

“Apart from (opening round) Adelaide, the other rounds have been really crazy.

“I am disappointed but I am still second (in standings).

“It shows we have pretty high standards from last year and need to put it all together again.”

Remarkably, Van Gisbergen’s effort helped him jump from fourth-last in the 26-strong field to the top in the dying moments of the day’s second practice session.

Mark Winterbottom was fourth fastest, while Ford teammate Chaz Mostert completed the top five.

Coulthard had a spring in his step after staying in touch with Van Gisbergen, in front of legendary team boss Roger Penske.

The US motorsport giant is in Perth for his annual visit to Australia and watched first hand as Coulthard maintained his hot 2017 form.

Penske was seen holding an inspirational chat to his troops in the team garage after final practice on Friday.

“It was a pretty cool moment,” Coulthard said.

“For him to give us a pep talk gives the boys confidence.

“It’s early days but to be leading the championship and to have Roger come into town is perfect timing.

“He is rapt with how the team is going but we have a long way to go.”

The sole red flag on Friday emerged midway through the final practice session after 16-year-old Alex Rullo tussled with Whincup, locked it up and found the sand on turn seven.

Holden’s Garth Tander was fastest in the opening practice session in 55.64 but was only 19th quickest on Friday afternoon.

The opening 120km race will be held on Saturday.

Qualifying starts at 1355 AEST.

Collie WA mine owners in receivership

Workers in the West Australian coal mining town of Collie face an uncertain future after the Indian owners of the Griffin mine went into receivership.


It comes on the same day it was separately announced a power station would close.

PricewaterhouseCoopers have been appointed receivers and managers at Indian-owned Lanco Resources.

The mine has posted large financial losses since Indian conglomerate Lanco Infratech paid what is now regarded as a grossly inflated figure of $740 million for it in 2010.

Lanco Infratech has high debt problems and is fighting KordaMentha in court claiming it was misled into paying that price.

Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union WA secretary Steve McCartney said workers were worried about losing their jobs and entitlements, on top of losses they had already suffered due to an ongoing pay dispute.

Mr McCartney said he wanted government intervention to protect the workers, saying the company was exploiting loopholes in the Fair Work Commission system to avoid paying workers their rightful entitlements,.

The Griffin workers take home pay and redundancy entitlements were controversially cut by 43 per cent after the Fair Work Commission ruled in March that employees should go back on an award rate.

However there are now fears the mine will be shut, leaving only the Chinese Yancoal-owned Premier Coal Mine.

“We are all paying for their (Lanco Resources) incompetence. They definitely paid too much for the mine,” Mr McCartney told 6PR radio.

“The workers have got punished but their mishandling of the mine since they took over has been a disaster as well.

“This company going into receivership is the worst possible outcome for these workers, and it is unacceptable that the accrued entitlements they rightfully earned at $62 an hour will now be paid out at only $30 an hour.”

It was also revealed on Friday that Collie’s ageing Muja AB coal-fired power station would be closed, despite the former Liberal National government spending $310 million to revive it in recent years.

Premier Mark McGowan said the decision to close the power station for commercial reasons was made by the previous government, which also chose to refurbish it.

“So now the megawatts have been withdrawn from the system at huge cost to taxpayers,” he told reporters.

One in 16 refugees to be paid for by private sponsors

The federal government will use next Tuesday’s Budget to announce it will shift the costs involved in settling 1000 refugees onto private companies, community groups and individuals.


SBS World News can reveal the changes to the humanitarian program will take effect from July 1, 2017, with the government calling on the business sector to make their “corporate social responsibility obligations matter”.

“The idea is of course to have that support there provided by business groups who may know refugees in different camps, who they want to bring out [those] who have the skills,” Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke told SBS.

Any business or community group wanting to sponsor refugees under the scheme would be required to cover associated costs for their first year in Australia including airfares, medical screening; and all visa application charges.   

“You hear regularly in the public domain businesses say, ‘well the government should help refugees more.'”

They would also need to foot the bill for any settlement services on arrival but the government denies it’s all about saving money.

“You hear regularly in the public domain businesses say, ‘well the government should help refugees more and we want to help them help refugees more’,’’ Mr Hawke said.

But the changes to the humanitarian program will help the budget bottom line, with sponsoring the most vulnerable people entering Australia costing about $19,000.

In addition, sponsors will also need to contribute $20,000 to a “welfare bond”, a fund the government said it will draw from should the refugees end up relying on welfare. 

 “What it looks like from the outside is, this is a cost saving measure,”

Henry Sherrell, a research officer at the Development Policy Center of the Australian National University, wants to know why the government isn’t offering additional humanitarian places, and instead taking from its yearly target of 16,250 places.

“I think it’s really troubling if these places come out of the existing humanitarian program because what it looks like from the outside is, this is a cost saving measure,” Mr Sherrell said.  

“This is basically the government saying we don’t want to be responsible for the costs associated with these 1000 people.” 


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull flagged the proposal in 2016 during the Leaders’ Summit in New York, and this implementation basically extends the trial program, which has been in place for three years.

Sherak Dawood is the beneficiary of the government’s pilot program.

The Christian refugee was kidnapped by extremists in Iraq and told he had three choices: leave the country, convert to Islam, or be killed. He chose the former.

He ended up in a Jordanian refugee camp before Melbourne’s Assyrian community paid all the costs associated for Mr Dawood and his family to come to Australia earlier this year.

“I need to build our life and to make my kids live in peace and make for them the good life,” the father of three said.

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The opposition said it welcomes the chance for the community to help with the refugee intake but has slammed the way the government is making the changes.

It wants to see the detail but the government doesn’t to see Labor’s support because the scheme does not need a parliamentary vote to be implemented.  

“It is the Turnbull Government’s responsibility to meet the costs of Australia’s humanitarian program – not the community and business sectors,” Shadow Minister for Immigration Shayne Neumann said.

He added that if the Coalition really wanted to support the humanitarian refugee program the reforms would see a net increase in the overall intake.

“Which is why Labor took to the election a policy of increasing the annual humanitarian intake to 27,000 by 2025,” Mr Neumann said.  

Fashion brands slow to improve wages

Fashion brands in Australia are taking slow steps towards ensuring the workers who make their clothes are paid a decent wage.


A new report card on the local fashion industry shows that while many companies now have better information about their suppliers, most haven’t acted to make sure garment workers receive a living wage.

Data collected by Baptist World Aid found the number of companies able to show that a portion of garment workers, who are usually in third-world countries, earn significantly above the minimum wage has more than doubled.

However, two thirds haven’t taken any action to ensure workers receive a living wage, or enough money to cover basics such as food, water, shelter, clothing and healthcare.

Pumpkin Patch, Oroton, General Pants, and Best & Less all rated poorly in the report.

Baptist World Aid advocacy manager Gershon Nimbalker said low wages force garment workers, who are usually young and female, to remain trapped in poverty at a time when the fashion industry generates more than a trillion dollars in export revenue.

“It’s good for companies in terms of their reputation and long-term profitability and sustainability if their workers are paid well,” he told AAP.

“From a consumer angle, they can choose to vote with their wallets and preference those companies that look after their workers and make sure people aren’t being exploited.”

In terms of how much extra consumers could pay if workers received a living wage, the report noted a Fair Wear Foundation study that estimated up to $US5 ($A6.39) would need to be added to an item’s price tag.

Mr Nimbalker said much of the problem stems from fashion brands not knowing enough about their suppliers – which range from those who grow cotton, to fabric makers and garment factories.

The report found while a growing number of companies (over 70 per cent) know about their manufacturing suppliers and “input” suppliers such as fabric makers, just five per cent know who supplies the raw materials used to make their garments.

Mr Nimbalker said that until more companies know about “input” and raw material suppliers, workers risk being abused.

A total of 87 companies that own 300 brands were assessed by Baptist World Aid, with each given a rating ranging from A to F based on how they mitigated the risk of exploitation.

Just two scored an A+: Etiko and Audrey Blue.

Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia boss David Giles-Kaye said as consumers were more educated about supply chains, companies that don’t lift their game to end exploitation could lose customers.

“There’s a moral issue first and foremost but at the end of the day it’s good business practice as well,” he said.

The report was released just before the third anniversary of the collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, where 1134 people died and hundreds of others were injured.


* 87 companies assessed

* median grade was C+

* six received A grades, nine received Fs

* 79pct trace input suppliers, up from 49pct

* 39pct trace raw materials suppliers, up from 17pct

* 5pct know where their raw materials come from

* 3pct publicise data about wages paid to workers

* 48pct publicise which countries they source from


* As : Etiko, Audrey Blue, Adidas, Patagonia

* Bs : Cotton On, Country Road, Target, David Jones, Pacific Brands, H&M, Inditex (Zara)

* Cs : RM Williams, Quiksilver, Bardot, Billabong, Big W, Coles, Lowes, Myer

* Ds : Lorna Jane, Pumpkin Patch, Oroton, Best & Less

* Fs : Boohoo, General Pants, Roger David, Seed Heritage

Source: Baptist World Aid Australia

Regulator failures over pedophile doctor

NSW health authorities knew about sexual abuse complaints against a trusted family doctor in 1992 but failed to act for almost two decades, putting more children at risk, an inquiry has found.


There may be other victims of convicted pedophile Dr John Phillip Rolleston who have never come forward, the child abuse royal commission’s report released on Wednesday said.

NSW health care regulators received allegations about Dr Rolleston sexually abusing boys from 1992.

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission did not tell police about two victims’ complaints, the royal commission found.

There were also lengthy and unacceptable delays in its investigation of a 1998 complaint by one victim, AWC, who felt discouraged from going to police by his dealings with HCCC.

The NSW Medical Board was also told about AWC’s complaint but failed to link it to the 1992 telephone calls.

The HCCC wrongly decided to end the investigation into AWC’s allegations of serious criminal offences at a time when Dr Rolleston was still practising medicine and there was a need to protect patients from the risk of predatory activity by him, the commission said.

“Ultimately, the (investigation) report observed that after 22 years there was no longer a public interest in taking disciplinary action and recommended that no further action be taken.”

The commission criticised the HCCC for its insensitive approach to a 2003 complainant and for ending that investigation without considering the similar reports against Dr Rolleston.

The commission said that by November 2006 the Medical Board knew about three complaints against Dr Rolleston but did not exercise its statutory powers to immediately suspend or restrict a medical practitioner’s registration.

Dr Rolleston continued to practise medicine without appropriate conditions on his registration until June 2009, the commission said.

“Having regard to the power given to the Medical Board to protect children, this was a significant failure to act to protect children who may have been at risk of assault by Dr Rolleston.

“Although we know of people who have reported sexual abuse by Dr Rolleston when they were children, it is reasonable to assume that others were abused who have never come forward.”

Dr Rolleston, who worked as a GP in private practices and hospitals, was arrested in 2009 and later jailed.

The commission also found Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital never confronted a volunteer with allegations of child sexual assault from the 1980s, despite police believing there would potentially be other victims.

The hospital sacked Harry Otto Pueschel in January 1998 but made no mention of the allegations, which the commission said left open the possibility of him working elsewhere as a volunteer.

He was still able to access the hospital wards after being dismissed.

The commission said a Royal North Shore Hospital representative discouraged the father of a boy abused by a psychologist in the late 1960s from going to police, to spare him from “interrogation and all those distressing things”.

The victim told the commission that psychologist Frank Stuart Simpson sexually abused him under the guise of play therapy to treat his asthma.

In a statement issued by Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, chief executive officer Christine Kilpatrick said allegations aired in the inquiry forced it to further review and strengthen safety, protection and welfare practices.

She said inquiry testimony taught the hospital that only “eternal vigilance” would give the community confidence that all children in their care were safe.

DV groups say funding is needed to back ‘respect’ campaign

In a scene from the federal government’s new $30 million domestic violence advertising campaign, a woman tells a girl who has had a door slammed in her face: “He did it because he likes you.


The campaign aims to tackle family violence by challenging underlying societal attitudes which may contribute to male aggression towards women.

Domestic Violence NSW’s Moo Baulch said the government’s campaign is welcome, but measures to tackle the problem need to go further.

“I think it’s a first step,” she said. “But I think we also need to be looking at issues around gender inequality and violence-supporting attitudes.”

Ms Baulch said campaigns such as these tend to increase the demand on support services.

“So what we really need to see is the funding and resourcing for those services to be able to meet the demand.”

One-in-six women over the age of 15 has experienced violence from a current or former partner, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the rates are are even higher. Women with a disability and those from diverse backgrounds are also considered to be at risk.

Greens senator Larissa Waters has urged the government to back up the campaign by restoring a funding cut in previous budgets to community legal services and shelter accommodation for women fleeing domestic violence.

“We need to make sure the services are there so when women do reach out they can get the help that they need and not be turned away,” she said.

The Greens are calling for funding to family violence services to be addressed in the upcoming federal budget.

National Chairperson of the Women’s Services Network (WESNET) Julie Oberin has welcomed the television campaign, calling it a “world first”.

“It’s absolutely vital to address not only violence, but the underlying attitudes which support violence, which many people may not even know they have,” she said.

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Call for crackdown on cosmetic industry

Cosmetic surgery patients will die unless Australia acts to regulate the booming industry.


That’s the blunt message from plastic surgeons after an investigation by NSW’s health watchdog found six breast implant patients at one clinic suffered potentially life-threatening complications during surgeries in the past year.

On Tuesday, it was revealed a NSW Health Care Complaints Commission probe found the clinic, The Cosmetic Institute, was routinely administering adrenaline in combination with local anaesthetics at dosages well above safe levels.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons says the practice is rampant at cosmetic clinics, which carry out major operations such as breast enhancements and liposuction while licensed to give only “conscious sedation”.

“What happens in practice is, conscious sedation becomes unconscious sedation very, very quickly and an uncontrolled situation occurs,” the society’s president Associate Professor Hugh Bartholomeusz told AAP.

“Now combine this with large volumes of local anaesthetic which are toxic to your heart, and you’ve got an incredibly volatile situation.”

He said patients can have fits and go into a cardiac arrest, which is what the HCCC probe found occurred at The Cosmetic Institute.

“It’s a really, really dangerous situation and we are just fortunate that nobody has died,” Prof Bartholomeusz said.

The Cosmetic Institute says its patients now undergo surgery at a licensed private hospital.

The clinic has also reviewed its procedures to ensure safe upper limits for adrenaline and local anaesthetic usage, according to general manager Andrew Gill.

But plastic surgeons are calling on state and territory governments to urgently tighten regulations around anaesthetic use, practitioner credentials and the licensing and accreditation of facilities.

They say patients’ lives are at stake.

“Unfortunately somebody will die. There can’t be any messing around with ifs, buts or maybes – it will happen,” Prof Bartholomeusz said.

Bali guards allegedly attacked Perth man

An Australian man says he was beaten and handcuffed by security guards at a popular Bali nightclub, and left with fractures to his face.


But police say he was restrained so that guards could “calm him down” and that CCTV of the incident was only kept by management for a few days.

Joshua Hughes was at Sky Garden in Kuta in the early hours of April 2 when he tried to “stick up” for his friend during a fight.

It was then that around a dozen security guards set upon him, handcuffed him and “beat the s***” out of him, he said.

The matter was reported to police a few days later.

Kuta Police Station Chief Wayan Sumara said the 32-year-old had suffered broken bones, including to his nose, as a result of the attack.

On April 8, police went to the nightclub and spoke with the guards, all of who denied any attack by security took place.

“(They said) what happened was that he was beaten by (four) other guests when the victim tried to stop a fight involving his friend,” Wayan told AAP.

The attackers were described as foreigners.

After being hit, Wayan said security guards went over to Mr Hughes to try and “calm him down”.

“That is why he must be handcuffed to take him down and out of Sky Garden,” he added.

“We’ve checked the CCTV, but according to Sky Garden management, the record of that incident was only kept for a few days.”

It is understood, police said, that Mr Hughes is back in Australia.

However, Sky Garden said that while the two men who were allegedly involved in an altercation were handcuffed, the club had followed “proper procedure”.

“First and foremost, we are truly upset about the injuries that happened to the man from Perth, Australia. We do not condone violence and we take every pre-caution to help prevent it; our patrons safety and comfort remain our top priorities,” the club said in a statement on Wednesday.

They denied the altercation involved guards at the premises and said CCTV was used the “piece together” the sequence of events that showed there was no foul play.

Investigations are continuing.