Cyber criminals have launched the stolen knowledge of some 1500 Medibank clients together with particulars of sexually-transmitted infections and remedy for psychological well being.
On Sunday the personal well being insurer confirmed the Russian-linked hackers had launched a fifth tranche of stolen affected person knowledge, after the corporate refused to pay a US$10m ransom.
The info was launched in 4 folders on the darkish internet labelled labelled sexually transmitted illnesses, HIV, ‘psycho’ and ‘viral hep’. In an announcement, Medibank confirmed the information included persistent situations equivalent to coronary heart illness, diabetes and bronchial asthma, individuals with most cancers, individuals with dementia, individuals with psychological well being situations, individuals with infections and individuals who have sustained accidents, amongst different situations.
The corporate’s chief government officer, David Koczkar mentioned Medibank was working to find out the accuracy of the leaked knowledge. He mentioned that a few of the knowledge was from beforehand launched recordsdata, and that some beforehand launched knowledge had not matched the corporate’s information.
We’ll proceed to help all individuals who have been impacted by this crime via our Cyber Response Assist Program. This contains psychological well being and wellbeing help, id safety and monetary hardship measures.
No finish to rain as New South Wales residents assess flood harm
Main flooding is forecast to proceed alongside a number of river programs in NSW as flood-hit communities survey the harm and authorities warn it may very well be months earlier than the deluge involves an finish.
Greater than 70 NSW native authorities areas are topic to catastrophe declarations.
The most recent emergency warning was issued early on Sunday for the township of Euabalong on the Lachlan River the place residents have been warned to shelter in “a sturdy raised construction” as evacuation routes are prone to be minimize off.
“You could now be trapped with out energy, water, and different important companies and it might be too harmful for NSW SES to rescue you,” the SES warning mentioned.
The Bureau of Meteorology mentioned the Lachlan River at Euabalong might attain round eight metres with main flooding greater than the 1952 flood.
The NSW State Emergency Service carried out eight flood rescues within the 24 hours to 7am on Sunday and obtained 255 requires assist.
“We predict to see the impacts of flooding for weeks, even months to return as this water makes its method downstream throughout a number of river catchments,” assistant commissioner Sean Kearns mentioned.
Main flooding is anticipated to proceed alongside a number of river programs, together with the Lachlan, Darling and Murrumbidgee, affecting cities together with Forbes and Condobolin within the central west, Bourke within the northwest and the Riverina city of Hay.
Extended main flooding in Forbes isn’t anticipated to ease till early subsequent week.
Main flooding anticipated alongside Lachlan River
Ashley Sullivan, chief superintendent of the New South Wales state emergency service, has given an replace on flood waters to the ABC.
He mentioned river ranges round Forbes and additional downstream have receded. Emergency companies at the moment are supporting communities within the space with harm assessments and cleanup operations.
The second cleanup right here in Forbes in as many weeks. An enormous many influence of this neighborhood, notably in Forbes from the most important flooding they’ve skilled.
Sullivan mentioned main flooding is anticipated alongside the Lachlan River, with “vital quantities” of water in western and southern New South Wales presenting a “vital danger” to communities.
In the meantime the Esk River has minimize off communities, however Sullivan mentioned the SES are sending assets into Avalon the place there are considerations in regards to the levees in the neighborhood.
We’ve got seen some levees fail and early this morning we did see the levee breach.
We’ve got helicopters and personnel heading into these communities are supporting and evacuating those who wish to be evacuated. Out to a serious city with help.
Sullivan mentioned it’s anticipated flood waters will peak at Condobolin alongside the Lachlan River round Monday with a sandbagging effort underway.
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NSW authorities discover physique of Eugowra man misplaced in flood waters
New South Wales police have discovered the physique of an 85-year-old man misplaced in flood waters on Saturday.
Authorities have been looking for Ljubisa “Les” Vugec late on Saturday afternoon in a wide-ranging search in Eugowra.
A physique was discovered on the outskirts of city.
No formal identification had taken place however it’s imagine to be Vugec.
He was final seen at his Eugowra residence on Monday morning and was reported lacking when relations couldn’t contact him.
The discover brings the loss of life toll to 2 after the physique of 60-year-old Diane Smith was recovered from floodwaters days earlier.
– with AAP
Prime minister Anthony Albanese says he’s ready to increase parliament this 12 months in a bid to ship on the federal government’s industrial relations reform.
The laws can be debated within the Senate within the coming fortnight, having handed the decrease home.
We’d have to sit down further days and that’s advantageous, I don’t thoughts the parliament sitting in any respect.
That’s what we’re paid to do, so if the Senate wants further time to provide consideration to any issues earlier than it, then I’d welcome that.”
Albanese mentioned the invoice demonstrated it had struck the suitable steadiness, as each employers and unions had disagreed with elements of the laws.
We’ve sat down constructively with employers over many weeks now, and we’ve sat down with unions as effectively.
I do know that there’s some disagreement from employers, there’s some disagreement from some unions, that to me says we’re getting the steadiness proper.
Opposition chief Peter Dutton mentioned there was consensus amongst independents that the method for the economic relations laws had been rushed.
The multi-employer bargaining preparations are simply the beginning of this dangerous invoice.
We must always apply loads of scrutiny and the invoice ought to be voted down.
Albanese additionally flagged a choice on a doable worth cap on gasoline to assist ease cost-of-living pressures for struggling households additionally bearing the brunt of rising inflation and rates of interest, would come earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
We’re taking a look at a spread of choices that are there.
I’ll be briefed once I get again to Australia. We’ve mentioned that we’ll look to make an announcement earlier than Christmas and we intend to do this.
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Birmingham in opposition to a windfall tax for oil and gasoline firms
Birmingham says he’s against a windfall tax for oil and gasoline firms to assist help with rising vitality costs.
We don’t assume that merely slugging a tax in relation to firms goes to do something for the vitality costs of Australians. You’ve bought to repair provide within the gasoline market to offer for real outcomes there, and people kinds of taxes will truly solely harm you in the long run as a result of they’ll act as an funding disincentive and you’ve got much less provide for the longer term.
Birmingham mentioned any tax would create a “disincentive” for brand spanking new funding into new oil and gasoline exploration.
Two factors on this:
The Worldwide Power Company (IEA) has beforehand mentioned limiting international heating to 1.5C as set out within the Paris settlement meant there may be no new oil, gasoline or coal funding past 2021.
A windfall tax just isn’t about shoring up gasoline provides, however producing income which may re-invested in new renewable vitality initiatives and different decarbonisation initiatives.
The interview closes with a query about constitutional recognition of the Indigenous voice to parliament. Birmingham says he’s nonetheless undecided on the difficulty.
I strongly help recognition and have accomplished for a few years and, in fact, the talk across the voice has come alongside subsequent to early efforts to attempt to obtain Indigenous recognition. In terms of the mannequin for the Voice, I do assume Australians need to see extra element and have extra solutions about the way it will work, how will probably be constituted and the way it will make a distinction. I perceive the very passionate views by those that argue for the voice and I don’t want to see them disrespected in any method, however I additionally acknowledge that there are robust Indigenous views of doubt and query about whether or not the voice can be truly efficient in reaching any substantial change on the bottom in relation to Indigenous drawback.
We’re going to be requested to help a constitutional change for a mannequin that’s as undefined by the federal government in relation to that mannequin. It isn’t unreasonable to wish to see the element of the mannequin.
Sustaining financial power will assist develop wages: Birmingham
Questions now flip to home points – Birmingham says the Coalition is ready for the committee processes to play out earlier than it takes a place on whether or not it helps the proposal for a Nationwide anti-corruption fee however says “hopefully we are able to provide bipartisan help for its passage”.
He’s additionally requested in regards to the proposed industrial relations reforms, which the Coalition opposes and what the Coalition’s plan is to get wages motion.
Birmingham says the Coalition desires to see wages rise however doesn’t imagine the IR invoice is the best way to do it. Its proposal to develop wages is to “keep financial power”.
An economic system rising as strongly as doable, retaining unemployment as little as doable – these are the issues that our authorities managed to realize, with robust financial progress in our final 12 months in workplace, with unemployment all the way down to 50-year lows, creating the situations for financial progress to assist to drive productive wages progress.
Birmingham was then challenged on the plain level: wages didn’t develop underneath the Coalition when it was in energy. Birmingham evades the query, saying as a substitute Labor’s invoice “is actually laws that pushes wages in some sectors, additionally it is going to push unemployment up in lots of sectors”.
Birmingham on the prospect of upper sanctions on Iran
Birmingham can be requested in regards to the prospect of upper sanctions on Iran. He says focused sanctions in opposition to the management of Iran, alongside the traces of others which have been imposed, ought to be imposed.
Australia is a good distance behind like-minded international locations and comparable nations relating to actions in relation to Iran. For the reason that homicide of Mahsa Amini, we’ve seen many different lives misplaced, however we’ve additionally seen monumental braveness from Iranian civilians popping out onto the streets of their hundreds, making clear that they’re standing agency in help of the rights notably of girls and women, and there’s a sense that this may very well be a second of time in relation to Iran.
We gained’t know that for positive till issues unfold, however Australia ought to be leaning in to help these courageous souls in Iran and to face per different nations.
Sanctions for Myanmar ought to be on the desk: Birmingham
Birmingham says he wish to see an Australian go to to Taiwan – one thing which the Coalition didn’t do whereas it was in authorities, although Birmingham says “there was discussions a few doable go to simply previous to Covid occurring”.
Birmingham has additionally been challenged over the earlier Coalition authorities’s refusal to have interaction with the federal government of Myanmar to safe the discharge of Prof Sean Turnell. He stands by the Coalition authorities’s refusal to have interaction primarily based on the federal government’s human rights report.
He’s additionally requested whether or not Australia ought to goal Myanmar with sanctions.
Nicely, Australia ought to be on the lookout for how we work with regional companions to extend stress on Myanmar and sanctions ought to be on the desk, as a part of that.
Once more, he’s requested about how the Morrison authorities didn’t impose sanctions throughout its time in energy.
Birmingham says he desires Magnitsky legal guidelines handed to be utilized to permit Australia to sanction overseas officers. On Myanmar:
We can’t flip a blind eye to the hundreds of different people who’re detained in Myanmar, to the abuses occurring throughout the nation, to the oppression of minorities which can be taking place, to the suppression of democracy, and to the truth that it could seem they’re making ready to undertake a sham election subsequent 12 months as an entry to attempt to, entree to get themselves again into the worldwide acceptance.
Taiwan shouldn’t be recognised as a nation sate: Birmingham
Birmingham says Taiwan shouldn’t be recognised as a nation state – which is per Australia’s overseas coverage.
There isn’t any change within the bipartisan there. Recognising one China however not anticipating and wishing to see any change to the established order undertaken in a unilateral method.
Birmingham is probed in regards to the Coalition’s place on what Australia ought to do if a battle erupts over Taiwan.
My view is to evaluate all of those issues fastidiously as issues unfold and develop, however we ought to be ready for any eventuality, so we can be wanting clearly and intently on the Defence strategic assessment when it’s launched early subsequent 12 months.
Birmingham welcomes assembly between Albanese and president Xi
Simon Birmingham says he “welcomes” the assembly between prime minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese language president Xi Jinping however says it must be understood within the context of selections by earlier Coalition governments.
Importantly the earlier governments underneath Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison needed to make many crucial however tough choices on overseas funding, on safety of vital infrastructure in safeguarding our democracy, in dealing with delicate telecommunications choices such because the rollout of Huawei.
These have been tough choices they usually have been all the time going to trigger problem in relation to our relationship and engagement with China, however the conduct of those conferences demonstrates that China’s makes an attempt by way of diplomatic isolation of Australia, the tried financial coercion via the unfair commerce sanctions haven’t been yielded to, they haven’t seen any change in Australian coverage.
I welcome the truth that the Labor authorities has maintained these coverage settings of the Coalition and has maintained a recognition that the strategic challenges of the surroundings we’re in haven’t modified.
Birmingham is requested in regards to the change of tone between the governments, with Albanese dialling again requires conflict and the comparisons to the Nineteen Thirties. He says it’s “essential that we keep consistency in coverage and a consistency the place doable in language as effectively however that language must be one which displays the truth of the difficult circumstances we face.”
I feel it will be important that we keep a place in our language and method to the area that seeks to be as partaking as doable to all companions within the area, as respectful as doable, but additionally agency by way of Australia’s nationwide curiosity and, the place crucial, calling ow egregious breaches by others, be that in relation to actions equivalent to within the South China Sea or human rights issues.
Shadow overseas affairs minister Simon Birmingham can be talking to ABC Insiders on Sunday morning.
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Australia open to doing enterprise with China: Albanese
Prime minister Anthony Albanese mentioned his assembly with Chinese language president Xi Jinping was “far more constructive than was anticipated”, on the finish of his two-week summit season journey.
Requested on Sky Information whether or not Xi had given Albanese “any form of hope or inkling that he would possibly act on any of these”, the PM mentioned no, however that he had optimism.
No, I feel the constructive assertion from president Xi was that he emphasised that he needed a greater relationship with Australia. So when it comes, for instance, to commerce, it’s in Australia’s curiosity to export our wine, our meat, our seafood, our great merchandise, our mineral assets. However it’s in China’s curiosity to obtain them as effectively. This isn’t a charity case we’re asking for right here. That is, would you like these merchandise which can be in demand in China to be traded? It’s of their curiosity to do it. It’s in Australia’s curiosity as effectively. And I’m very hopeful that what we are able to see now could be constructive steps ahead.
Seeking to the home image, forward of the (probably) ultimate two weeks of parliament beginning on Monday, Albanese mentioned his authorities was nonetheless planning to make an announcement on gasoline costs in coming weeks.
“We’re taking a look at a spread of choices that are there. I’ll be briefed once I get again to Australia. Extra work was being accomplished within the final week,” he advised Sky.
Additional with a number of contentious and sophisticated items of laws nonetheless in progress, together with the economic relations invoice and the federal integrity fee, there was hypothesis the Senate could also be pressured to sit down for further sitting days past the scheduled finish of the parliamentary 12 months subsequent week. Albanese indicated this can be on the agenda.
We’d effectively have to sit down further days and that’s advantageous. I don’t thoughts the parliament sitting in any respect. That’s what we’re paid to do.
So if the Senate wants further time to provide consideration to any issues earlier than it, then I’d welcome that.
Lengthy street forward on China relationship: Albanese
Prime minister Anthony Albanese has given a spherical of pre-recorded interviews on Sunday morning overlaying Australia’s relationship with China and the pondering behind its engagement with its neighbours in south-east Asia.
Chatting with the ABC, Albanese sought to water down expectations of a thaw within the relationship between China and Australia after his assembly with Chinese language president Xi Jinping, as a substitute suggesting it was the start of a “dialogue”.
It was no preconditions for the dialogue, however it was a really constructive, partaking dialogue with president Xi. It’s one I appreciated. It clearly is in Australia’s nationwide pursuits, but additionally in China’s pursuits, to have a stabilisation of the connection.
Albanese mentioned the dialogue was “constructive and constructive” and that China made clear that it “desires a great relationship” with Australia, although there was no suggestion the nation elevate $20bn commerce sanctions it has imposed in opposition to Australia.
The basic areas of disagreement – the difficulty of the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, the Uyghurs – all of those points are ones which have bipartisan help. There’s a bipartisan help for a One China coverage, with help for the established order on Taiwan. These are points that aren’t the topic of partisanship between Labor and the Coalition.
In order that they’re Australia’s positions going ahead. That clearly is known. It’s in China’s pursuits to know that – that we’ll proceed to have disagreements. We’ve got completely different political programs. That ought to not imply that you may’t have financial cooperation. That ought to not imply that you may’t have dialogue. As a result of out of dialogue comes understanding.
On Taiwan, Albanese mentioned Australia gained’t change its place on Taiwan and refused to be drawn on whether or not his authorities might think about sanctions in opposition to Myanmar following the discharge of Prof Sean Turnell.
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The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has returned after spending the final 9 days assembly worldwide leaders on the regional Asean summit in Cambodia. In an indication of easing tensions, Albanese secured a gathering with Chinese language president Xi Jinping, the primary time leaders of the 2 countrys have met in six years, although the prime minister has been warned in opposition to rising expectations as China’s $20bn in commerce sanctions stay in place.
New South Wales residents in flood-hit areas are as soon as once more starting the method of restoration regardless of continued warnings alongside a number of river programs. Authorities say it may very well be “months” earlier than the rain eases in some locations with many areas nonetheless with out energy and water, stopping households from having the ability to return.
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