Crown Resorts shareholders have again rebelled against the casino operator after it paid millions of dollars to executives who have left the troubled company.
Nearly 31% of proxy votes were cast against the company’s remuneration report before its annual general meeting on Thursday.
It’s the second straight year that votes against have exceeded the 25% threshold needed to register a “strike” against Crown.
The two consecutive strikes opened the way for a resolution to spill the entire board, but investors overwhelmingly rejected this idea with 95% of proxies voting against it.
In the 2021 financial year Crown paid more than $20m to executives who have left the company, including $9.6m in termination payments.
The acting chair Jane Halton defended making the payments, saying they were required under “longstanding contracts”.
“Covid-deniers” and “anti-vaxxers” should opt out of care in the public health system if they catch the virus as Victoria reopens, says the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association.
The AMA Victoria president, Dr Roderick McRae, said those who do not believe Covid-19 is real or a threat should update their advanced care directives and inform their relatives that they do not wish to receive care in the public health system if diagnosed with the virus.
From Friday, many restrictions will lift across the state as it has exceeded 70% full vaccination of those aged over 16. Though Victoria is still recording high daily case numbers, with 2,232 new cases reported on Thursday, high vaccination combined with lower than predicted length of stays in hospital has given the government confidence the health system will cope with measures lifting earlier than first anticipated.
Former NSW Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid sentenced to seven years
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The urban infrastructure minister, Paul Fletcher, has responded to a Senate order for production of documents for spreadsheets related to the car park rorts scandal by saying he and his office haven’t seen them, or they are subject to a public interest immunity claim.
The claim is based on the fact the spreadsheets would disclose the deliberations of the cabinet, he wrote to former Senate president Scott Ryan and the rural regional affairs and transport legislation committee. Fletcher also refused to release legal advice relating to the program.
Labor’s Kristina Keneally told the Senate the government are “addicted to secrecy, allergic to accountability”.
Greens senator, Janet Rice, noted that the ANAO had revealed the existence of the document listing the top 20 marginal seats, so she questioned how the government could claim it does not exist.
Perhaps the reason they weren’t to hand is they “fell into a shredder”, she said.
WA deputy commissioner Col Blanch says the $1m reward will be offered for locating Cleo, or bringing the person/persons to account who were involved in her disappearance.
Blanch said while police had not yet located her body, her disappearance struck “at the heart of West Australians”.
“Someone knows what happened. Someone has the knowledge that will help,” he said.
“Everything that can be done is being done. Our priority is to bring Cleo home.”
“Everyone” who was at the campsite during the time of Cleo’s disappearance is a person of interest, Blanch says. There have been hundreds of Crime Stoppers calls since the four-year-old went missing:
Our job is to eliminate everyone who was at that campsite during the time [of her disappearance]… the process of any investigation is one of elimination.
[The reward] tells you we’re seeking the public’s help now. 99% of people in Australia are willing to come forward just to help. If someone’s involved or knows someone who’s involved, theres a million reasons to come forward. We’re looking for answers now.
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