Inspired by #MeToo, Australia launches inquiry into workplace sexual harassment

By Nicholas Ford SYDNEY, June 20 : Australia launched an independent inquiry on Wednesday into workplace sexual harassment, one of the first of its kind in the world, hoping to find solutions to problems brought to light by the global #MeToo movement. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said the inquiry was prompted by the […]

Australia’s CBA in widespread insurance mis-selling, inquiry finds

By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY, Mar 19 : Commonwealth Bank of Australia sold credit card insurance to about 64,000 customers who were not eligible to claim against it, including students and pensioners, an inquiry into Australia’s financial sector heard on Monday. The evidence of widespread mis-selling also extended to loan protection products for personal and home […]

Bank lending in spotlight as Australian inquiry begins

By Jonathan Barrett and Paulina Duran SYDNEY, Feb 12 : A government-backed inquiry into Australia’s finance sector on Monday said it will start its year-long investigation by scrutinising the selling tactics of banks’ most lucrative products – mortgages. The Royal Commission inquiry heard on its opening day that almost half of the over 385 public […]

UK to hold inquiry into London tower block fire as death toll rises to 17

By Alistair Smout and Michael Holden LONDON, Jun 16 : British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday promised a public inquiry into a fire that gutted a 24-storey apartment block killing at least 17 people, as the government faced questions about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred. Smoke was still wafting out of the […]

House intelligence chairman under pressure in Trump-Russia inquiry

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, Mar 28 : Two leading Republican senators joined Democrats today in questioning the objectivity of the chairman of House of Representatives intelligence committee in its investigation of possible Russia ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham stopped short of calling on the chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, […]

France’s Fillon and his wife questioned in ‘fake work’ probe

By Chine Labb? and G?rard Bon PARIS, Jan 31 : French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife were questioned for five hours by police investigators as part of a probe into allegations that Penelope Fillon had been paid for fake jobs. Yesterday the allegations, which Fillon rejects, are sapping the popularity of the […]