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A Queensland Supreme Court judge has praised a drug dealer for his savvy business skills in running a methamphetamine operation.

Justice Ann Lyons yesterday told Brodie Gary Satterley that "it obviously wasn't the best business, but it's a good business model".

The court heard that while ­dealing methamphetamine, he gave price guides, charged interest on debts and gave discounts and refunds in response to complaints.

He also sought customer feedback, provided utensils, advertised he was dealing a high-quality product and had business strategy meetings.

Justice Lyons sentenced the 20-year-old to three years' jail with immediate parole, and encouraged him to starting using his talents for good instead of evil.
In the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, 30-year-old retail assistant Amanda is selling face masks and creams in bright packages. But it is the skin-whitening products that have her attention.

"Chinese people like whitening, [they consider it] beautiful — whitening and brightening because it's good," she says, smiling.

The smile is genuine, as Amanda is a fan herself.

"I use this one in the morning and at night … it can make your skin look very healthy, very clear," she says. "It's very popular."

And this popularity is on the rise with the market for skin lighteners projected to reach $US23 billion ($30.5 billion) by 2020, according to market intelligence firm Global Industry Analysts.

Across Asia, it is normal to walk into a beauty store and see mostly skin-whitening products adorning the shelves.
Gold Coast police officers are trying to paint a better picture of the official crime rate by “soliciting” victims to withdraw complaints, a damning report has found. The Queensland auditor general’s report also warns crime statistics collated and released by the state’s police service should be “treated with caution”.

Tabled in parliament on Wednesday, the report found an unhealthy focus on achieving performance targets on the tourist strip over quality data. Officers in the Gold Coast district had multiple methods designed to make victims withdraw their complaints, thereby increasing the clearance rate. 

The report said tactics also included sending letters to victims requiring them to respond within seven days or else it would be “presumed” no further action was wanted and the complaint withdrawn. The district also adopted a “three strikes policy” where, if the victim couldn’t be contacted after three attempts, the complaint would be marked as withdrawn.

The scathing report also found a practice of altering crime data statistics by Gold Coast officers had “gone unnoticed or unchallenged at senior levels”. Flawed data reporting also appears to exist beyond the police service, with the auditor general also finding fault with information released to the public by the Queensland Corrective Services.
Often shunned by an Australian society that did not recognise their service, today Indigenous veterans have led the national Anzac Day march for the first time. Advocates say it is an overdue acknowledgement for the thousands of Indigenous veterans who were ignored on their return, with some not allowed in the RSL or offered assistance by Legacy.

I can almost guarantee that many of them have never ever marched before for various reasons," Garth O'Connell, secretary of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services Association, said. He said it would be a "very special and poignant moment" for many families of Indigenous veterans who have since died.

Uncle Harry Allie — who joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1966 — will be marching in Canberra. "We're very proud and it's very fulfilling for us," he said. "It's something that we've been trying to make aware to the wider public that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women served."
A 12-year-old boy who apparently drove 1,300 kilometres across New South Wales on his own in the family car was involved in a crash before he was eventually stopped by highway patrol officers.

The boy was en route to Perth when he was pulled over at Broken Hill in far west NSW on Saturday morning.

He had left his home in Kendall, near Port Macquarie, about 11.10am on Friday.

“He’d taken the family car,” Detective Inspector Kim Fehon said on Monday. “His parents reported him missing immediately after he left home, so they were looking for him.”

Officers were still investigating why the boy took the car and attempted to cross the country.

Highway patrol officers stopped him at Broken Hill about 11am on Saturday after they noticed the car’s bumper dragging on the ground. The car had suffered some damage, Fehon confirmed on Monday. “So it appears [the boy] did have an accident while driving,” she said.
North Korea has warned Australia it could be hit with nuclear weapons if it continues to "blindly" follow the United States.

The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC's AM program that North Korea's nuclear weapons program posed a "serious threat" to Australiaunless it was stopped by the international community.

A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of "spouting a string of rubbish" about the isolated regime, and warned against following the US.

"The present Government of Australia is blindly and zealously toeing the US line," the spokesman said

"If Australia persists in following the US' moves to isolate and stifle North Korea … this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of North Korea."
Australia plans to tighten its citizenship rules to require higher English language skills, longer residency and evidence of integration such as a job, officials said Thursday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new citizenship test would reflect Australian values instead of the current multiple-choice format.

"This will be good for the applicants, good for the nation, underlining our Australian values at the very heart of Australian citizenship," Turnbull told reporters.

"This is not about administration. This is about allegiance and commitment to Australian values," he added.

Budding Australian citizens would have to be competent English language speakers and have been permanent residents for at least four years. Currently a permanent resident can become a citizen after one year.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said there would be greater police checks on citizenship applicants and perpetrators of domestic violence should be disqualified.