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One of Australia's largest vocational education providers, Careers Australia, has been placed into voluntary administration with up to 1,000 staff members stood down immediately without pay.

Classes have also been cancelled for 15,000 students at 13 campuses across the country.

Late on Thursday night, voluntary administrators David McEvoy and Martin Ford of PPB Advisory sent a letter to all staff which has been obtained by the ABC's 7.30 program.

"We do not currently have sufficient funds available to meet payroll and other costs which would allow us to continue trading the Group on a 'business as usual' basis," the letter read.

"Accordingly, we hereby confirm you are stood down effective 25 May 2017 whilst we undertake an urgent assessment of the Group." yahoo.com
"It has been brought to my attention that ... these cattle are actually still alive when their throats are slit," the One Nation leader put to agriculture officials.

While department staff claim all Australian cattle halal slaughtered are stunned beforehand, Senator Hanson insisted she was told otherwise.

Vowing to investigate any concern for animal welfare, Agriculture Officer Narelle Clegg stepped in to clarify the process,

"Animals are alive when they've been stunned. It's just that they're unconscious," Ms Clegg said. "The only difference with halal slaughter is that a reversible stunning method is used, while conventional humane slaughter may use an irreversible stunning method." sbs.com.au
One of Australia’s most wanted men who has been on the run for almost a year was arrested at an upmarket Melbourne hotel.

Piet Luan Ta, 32,  was convicted of drug trafficking and was due to appear at Brisbane Supreme Court in July 2016 for sentencing, but never showed.

The alleged drug kingpin was arrested by police on at The Olsen Hotel in South Yarra on Monday after a nationwide manhunt.

A smirking Mr Ta told 9NEWS he had been “just chilling” for the past 12 months despite being listed as one of the nation’s 19 most wanted criminals in a national campaign last year.

He has now landed in Queensland after being extradited from Melbourne. 9news.com.au
GILLIAN Triggs was today given a wild send-off from the Senate where so often she has been the subject of personal attacks.

A Senate committee hearing broke up in turmoil and jokes about getting “physical” after a prominent Green was ordered out.

And in a significant embarrassment to the government chairman of the committee, the LNP’s Ian Macdonald, later official advice was the expulsion attempt was illegal.

The hearing erupted and could not continue after a clash over questioning, by Liberal Eric Abetz, of departing Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, a frequent target of government criticism, in the legal and constitutional affairs hearing into Budget matters.

The Greens’ Nick McKim interrupted a question from Senator Abetz and challenged its legitimacy, saying it wasn’t related to the May 9 Budget.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Macdonald, ordered him out of the hearing. news.com.au
A 4WD Hilux ute that killed Alex Theodore, 62, and Junior Saini, 49, when it allegedly ran a red light on Princes Highway following a series of police pursuits this morning was stolen from Mosman almost 24 hours earlier.

The ute was allegedly stolen about 6.30am yesterday but it only came to the attention of police at 4am, when the first of three police pursuits began.

Mr Theodore and Mr Saini were on their way to work at a printing firm when they were hit by the ute, allegedly driven by Raymond Lomas, 34.

The last of the three chases was called off 10 minutes before the ute hit the Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Princes Hwy and Canal Rd, St Peters, just after 4.30am.

Acting assistant commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said a police car was parked at the intersection before the crash but was not involved in pursuing the stolen ute. dailytelegraph.com.au
The central aim of the government’s plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is no longer achievable due to the dramatic impacts of climate change, experts have told the government’s advisory committees for the plan.

Environmental lawyers said the revelation could mean the Great Barrier Reef might finally be listed as a “world heritage site in danger”, a move the federal and Queensland governments have strenuously fought.

The federal and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan was released in 2015, with it’s central vision to “ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its outstanding universal values”.

The plan was created to satisfy the Unesco World Heritage Centre, which was considering adding the Great Barrier Reef to its list of world heritage sites in danger, that its condition could be improved.

But in a meeting of the Reef 2050 advisory committee, whose role is to provide advice to state and federal environment ministers on implementing the plan, two experts from government science agencies said improving the natural heritage values of the reef was no longer possible. theguardian.com
Making a bong out of a plastic bottle and garden hose is more than just a favourite pastime, it turns out Aussies are more partial to hitting the billy than anyone else on the planet.

This is the finding of the world’s biggest annual drug survey, which had more than 115,000 participants from 50 countries, including 5,700 respondents from Australia.

The global drug Survey, conducted by an independent research company in London, provides the largest in-depth examination at how drug habits vary between regions.

Locally, more than 75 per cent of Aussies admitted to using illicit drugs at one point in their life, while 30 per cent confessed to indulging in illegal substances a month before the survey.

While not the global leaders in cannibas use overall, we are just below the global average in terms of people who enjoy a wake and bake, with 9 per cent of people admitting to smoking a joint between five minutes to an hour after waking up.

While our neighbours in NZ prefer smoking straight weed, 45 per cent of Aussies said they prefer to spin their weed with tobacco. news.com.au
Navigating the outback can be tough - just ask four Asian tourists, who will never forget their campervan trip through the Northern Territory.

The driver - who'd realised he was heading in the wrong direction - was attempting a three point turn on the Stuart Highway, when he accidentally reversed at speed into a road sign about 50 kilometres south of Darwin.

The directional “Katherine to Darwin” sign pierced the cabin and was wedged in the bedroom, while the metal posts used to support it had been crushed under the van's wheels.

Despite the severe impact, the tourists weren't hurt.

"We're happy and relieved they're all okay" said a Britz spokesperson from New Zealand. 9news.com.au
The ABC is axing the program hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied a month after the television presenter and activist sparked outrage over her Anzac Day comments.

Australia Wide is set to be shelved in the coming weeks as part of the national broadcaster's sweeping restructure.

As well as programming changes, as many as 200 jobs are being slashed in order to reinvest $50 million a year back into regional and online content.

Abdel-Magied has hosted Australia Wide since 2016.

Last month, the presenter courted controversy after publishing an Anzac Day Facebook post that suggested Australians should also remember the suffering of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.

The retribution was swift and brutal, with many accusing the part-time ABC presenter of politicising a day designed to remember those killed defending their country. smh.com.au
Ariana Grande is unlikely to go ahead with her planned Australian tour dates after the terror attack which struck her Manchester concert left 22 dead on Monday. 

The 23-year-old singer arrived in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, on Tuesday, after suspending the remainder of her European concert dates. 

It's now believed her Dangerous Woman tour, which was to pass through Australian and New Zealand in September, is likely to be cancelled.

The Dangerous Woman Tour was to be the Grammy nominated artist's first Australian tour, however she spent time in the country in 2014 on a promotional visit.  dailymail.co.uk