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ABC radio news and current affairs afternoon program reporting on Australia and the world.


Global implications for tax companies and multinationals worldwide after ATO win says tax expert  

The Australian Tax Office had a big win today in a landmark tax avoidance case. The full Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the multinational resources company Chevron, leaving it with a tax bill of more than $300 million. Chevron says it's disappointed by the decision and will consider a High Court appeal. The ATO says Australians should be confident it's doing everything to ensure multinationals pay tax on the income they earn in this country. Tax experts say the decision has implication for multinationals and tax offices around the world. Peter Feros, a tax partner at Clayton Utz law firm speaks to PM.

Paris shooting: will the terror attacks have an effect on the elections?  

French authorities say the gunman responsible for killing a policeman in Paris was the focus of an 'anti-terror probe'. The 39-year-old man has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name. He also wounded two police officers before he was killed by security forces on the Champs-Elysees. President Francois Hollande is to chair a security cabinet meeting, as France readies for Sunday's presidential poll.

French expatriate votes could determine election outcome  

With a complex and uncertain political climate in the lead up to the French Presidential elections, every vote counts. This includes ballot papers from French expats abroad. The number of French nationals living around the globe has doubled over the past two years, and around 100,000 French nationals call Australia home.

UK elections 2017: Jeremy Corbyn wants to 'overturn the rigged system'  

In his first major speech of the British election campaign, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has attacked what he calls the 'tax dodgers' and 'corporate elites'. He says the British people are victims of a cosy cartel that has rigged the system in favour of the wealthy and Labour is prepared to take them on. Like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, Jeremy Corbyn is portraying himself as the anti-establishment candidate - except that he's doing it from the political left.

Review finds management failures facilitated detainee escapes at Don Dale  

The former superintendent of the Don Dale youth detention centre in Darwin has been named at the person responsible for two escapes, in a review released today. Under the watch of Victor Williams, two youth detainees broke out of the centre three weeks ago and went on a crime spree. The review found it was Mr Williams' fault the detainees were wrongly classified as low security. Head-high grass around the perimeter fence and multiple broken CCTV cameras meant the detainees could simply jump the fence unnoticed.

Calls for Minister to resign over nursing home mistreatment  

Pressure is mounting on South Australia's Mental Health Minister to resign over her handling of the Oakden Nursing Home scandal in Adelaide. The state government-run facility will be shut down, after a report by the chief psychiatrist exposed patient neglect and a culture of cover-up by staff. The mental health facility will now close and the residents will be shifted to another home. It's also prompted a woman whose father was abused at a different aged care facility to raise her concerns about what she calls a broken system.

Russia's Ambassador to Australia speaks about the state of Syria and North Korea  

Russian Ambassador to Australia Grigory Logvinov says there is no proof Syria's President Basha al-Assad launched a chemical weapon attack on his own people. He's also touched on the situation in North Korea, suggesting the United States should consider toning down its military exercises in the Asia Pacific region.

Calls for more transparency from international clothing brands amid worker exploitation concerns  

Human Rights Watch is urging shoppers to learn more about who is actually making the clothes they buy and the conditions they're working under. A new report from the organisation ranks international clothing brands on their willingness to reveal where their clothes are being made. It found some top labels, including a well-known Australian company, are still refusing to give details on their supply chains.

ACTU boss quits government skilled migration advisory role  

The head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions has resigned from her advisory role on the Government's skilled migration council, in protest against the overhaul to 457 Visas. Ged Kearney says the council was not consulted about the changes, and only found out about the overhaul once the announcement was made public. She also doubts the 457 crackdowns will help to reduce worker exploitation. But the head of the Australian Industry Group chief executive, who is also the chairman of the advisory council, says that in the past 18 months, the group has discussed many of the changes that were made this week.

APVMA boss quits as agency relocates to Armidale in Barnaby Joyce's electorate  

The head of the agricultural agency being relocated to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's electorate has quit. The ABC understands the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority's (APVMA) chief executive, Kareena Arthy, handed her resignation letter to Mr Joyce's office on Thursday afternoon. It comes amid ongoing furore over Mr Joyce's decision to move the agency from Canberra to Armidale, in his own electorate. The move has strained Ms Arthy's relationship with Mr Joyce, who might be pleased by a changing of the guard.

Still no Aussie films on the big screen in China despite landmark deal struck nearly ten years ago  

Almost ten years after a landmark film deal was struck between Australia and China, movie industry figures are conceding Australian stories still aren't making it onto the big screen in China. The main benefit of the deal they say is the number of Chinese stories being filmed and produced in Australia. A group of Australian film makers is in Beijing for talks this week, as China correspondent Bill Birtles reports.

Political debate over tougher citizenship rules  

Tougher citizenship rules announced by the Prime Minister today will require applicants to prove their allegiance to Australia and its values and demonstrate stronger English language skills. Mr Turnbull says his government is doing migrants a big favour by raising the required English language standard. But the Greens argue a harder test will exclude people who would otherwise make good citizens. Labor's given initial backing to the Government's proposals. But it says the Government is only making the changes because of divisions within the coalition.

African community criticises proposed citizenship changes  

'Bankrupt leadership', that's how one leader of Australia's African community has described the government's proposed tightening of the country's citizenship rules. Members of the African community say the changes will directly discriminate against Australia's humanitarian migrants. And one academic has told PM the changes have echoes of the White Australia policy.

Citizenship should be harder to get in the interest of keeping crime and terrorism away says Syrian migrant  

Some migrants are supporting the proposed changes to the nation's citizenship rules. Australia became home to tens of thousands of Middle Eastern migrants and refugees in the 1970s when the citizenship requirements were more relaxed. And as Antoinette Lattouf discovered, some members of those communities support the Turnbull government's tightening of the system.

Indians bearing the brunt of US President's anti-immigration rhetoric  

As US President Donald Trump lives up to his promise to restrict skilled migration, Indians say they're bearing the brunt of his anti-immigration rhetoric. India's politicians have condemned a recent fatal shooting in Kansas, with one even blaming the President's tone for inciting what appears to be a hate crime. And in New Delhi, its prompting some to reconsider the American dream.

Papua New Guineans prepare for frenzied campaigning as polls open  

Papua New Guineans are preparing for three months of fevered campaigning and possible violence as the country goes to the polls. The PNG Governor-General today issued writs for national elections that will be held in late June. That means it's open season for campaigning around the country, with rousing rallies, huge giveaways of cash, soft drinks and beer and occasional unrest. But the frenzied activity masks real problems with PNG's political system.

Jakarta's Governor Ahok suffers election defeat but escapes jail time for blasphemy charges  

The day after Jakarta's Christian Governor suffered a comprehensive election defeat, Indonesian prosecutors have softened the blow by recommending he not be jailed for blasphemy. They've demanded two years' probation for Governor Ahok should he be convicted of blasphemy next month.

Evidence of former Don Dale detainee questioned at Royal Commission  

In statements to the Northern Territory's royal commission, former youth detainee Dylan Voller made serious allegations against guards and managers about his treatment in the youth justice system. Lawyers for the Crown have presented counter-evidence that Dylan Voller's behaviour took guards to breaking point.

Fox News star dumping shows change in Murdoch empire  

The sacking of US cable TV hot-shot Bill O'Reilly is more than a regular departure. Rather, it signals an internal shift the international Murdoch media empire. It's widely believed that Rupert Murdoch's two sons flexed their muscles to ensure Fox News' Bill O'Reilly was given the boot, after numerous allegations of sexual harassment were made against him. It comes at a time when the Murdoch empire is being examined by regulators in the UK, who are to decide if the company is fit to take full control of the satellite broadcaster 'Sky'.

WA beach where teen surfer killed reopened as shark debate continues  

West Australian authorities have today reopened the south coast beach where 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer was killed by a shark on Monday. Her death has renewed the fierce debate on whether sharks should be killed to protect beachgoers. The Federal Government says a cull should be considered but WA's new state Labor Government strongly disagrees.

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