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The Informer: Legal profession on trial over sexual harassment and culture of secrecy

Dyson Heydon
Dyson Heydon

The legal profession is in the dock as three women prepare to sue former High Court judge Dyson Heydon after allegations of sexual harassment were upheld, pointing to an "abhorrent" culture of secrecy in the legal profession.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says there will be a formal investigation into whether Mr Heydon's Companion of the Order of Australia should be revoked if the "incredibly serious" allegations are upheld.

In Victoria a 13-year-old boy charged in relation to the stabbing death of Melbourne teenager Solomone Taufeulungaki has been granted bail. The 15-year-old died after being attacked with knives and baseball bats in the car park of Brimbank Shopping Centre on June 16.

Meanwhile the state's Premier, Daniel Andrews, said "don't pretend," as he warns sick people against leaving their homes as coronavirus continues to spike in Victoria.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants Victorians in hot spots to stand relatively still and refrain from "moving around at all".

Almost 25,000 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in Victoria in the past 48 hours as the state marks a week of double-digit growth in cases.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia's borders will remain closed for "a very significant" amount of time. He said coronavirus infection rates were accelerating around the world.

"For the time being we are an island sanctuary," he said on Tuesday.

First it was comedian Josh Thomas asking cheesy questions about whether Coon was an appropriate brand name, now Nestles have jumped before being pushed and rounded up Red Skins and Chicos and promised them new names - sweet!

In the US, President Donald Trump has criticised protesters who tried to tear down the statue of former US president Andrew Jackson outside the White House. Trump threatened protesters with 10 years' jail.

In other Trump news, the president again confounded health authorities by insisting that the US has done "too good a job" on testing for cases of Covid-19 cases. The death toll in the US has passed 120,000.

There are nine million confirmed cases world wide and the global death toll is 472,216.

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