MANILA (UPDATE 1) - The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed with finality the validity of the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) P1.8 billion purchase of election systems provider Smartmatic-TIM’s precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for next year’s mid-term elections.
Well-placed ABS-CBN News sources bared that with a vote of 8 out of 11 justices present in its en banc session, the high court junked the motion for reconsideration (MR) filed by the Automated Election Systems Watch (AES Watch), one of four petitioners that challenged the deal, thereby affirming its June 13 ruling.
CANBERRA, Australia (UPDATE) – Australia congratulated the Philippines on the signing of the framework agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
During the bilateral meeting of President Benigno Aquino III and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, developments in the West Philippine Sea were also discussed.
Gillard congratulated Aquino on the signing of the framework agreement.
During the expanded bilateral meeting, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in particular said that the agreement can be used as a role model in other peace processes.
Police are searching for a syndicate of women who have allegedly …...been preying on Asian women and scamming them out of large ……amounts of money and other valuables in various Eastern suburbs …...throughout Victoria.
One such instance occurred in Glen Waverley between 2:30pm and 4:30pm on 16 August 2012.
On this occasion, two women approached the 46 year old victim, pretending not to know each other, and initiated a conversation about a mythical Chinese doctor.
The conversation was used to gather personal information about the victim. This information was then conveyed to a third woman as they spoke.
Electricity consumers could be left with a $400 million bill following the decision of NBN Co to walk away from negotiations with the NSW Government on the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said NBN Co has refused to pay the full cost for installing the fibre network in NSW, leaving a shortfall of up to $400 million over 20 years, to be picked up by NSW electricity consumers.
“I am angry that NBN Co is poised to use draconian powers to override the NSW Government by routing NBN fibre on electricity poles despite the NSW Government being ready to negotiate the cost,” Mr Pearce said.
Changes to Australia’s visa pricing system make for a fairer ‘user-pays’ approach of charging for visas, the Acting Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, said today.
Announced as part of the Government’s release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the improved pricing model will increase visa charges in areas of significant demand.
Senator Lundy said the Government had already made some changes to visa pricing in the last year as part of the move to the fairer user-pays system.
Australia is set to capitalise on Asia’s highly skilled population to create an educated, productive work force to bolster our economy in the future, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, said recently.
“Even with the Government’s unprecedented investment in tertiary education and up-skilling Australians, we need migrants who bring their specialist skills to Australia,’’ Chris Bowen said.
“The Australia in the Asian Century White Paper highlights the exciting opportunities for Australia’s growth as our neighbours further build trade and industrial strength.