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Federal Government looking into reports Chinese energy providers told to stop importing Australian coal

The Federal Government is looking into reports that Chinese state-owned energy providers and steel mills have been told to stop importing Australian coal.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said he had seen the reports, and that the Government had reached out to China for more information.

“We don’t have evidence to verify those reports,” he said.

“We have certainly been in touch with Australian industry and have been working to seek a response from Chinese authorities in relation to the accusations that have been made publicly.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said China does sometimes change its import demand based on how much coal it is receiving domestically.

“It’s not uncommon for domestic quotas to be in place in China,” he said.

“We’re looking at those reports and obviously raising the issues with the relevant authority.”

The reports state that two steel mills, one in north-east and one in south China, were

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Political interference singled out as major obstacle in anti-corruption reform efforts during previous BN administration, World Bank reports



a tall building in a city: A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara


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A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Political interference has been singled out as one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in the country during the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, a World Bank report has said.

The “Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption” report said the National Integrity Plan (NIP) — introduced in 2004 — had limited impact as the focus was on advocacy rather than on bringing about structural changes.

“The anti-corruption institutions were focused on mid-level corruption rather than grand corruption involving the highest echelon of government leadership.

“The National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) for that reason has singled out political interference as one of

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Six examples of government waste from this year’s budget-hawk reports

Citizens Against Government Waste released its annual “Prime Cuts” report this month, recommending programs that the government could eliminate for some $648 billion in savings next year.

The group has conservative roots, but its recommendations affect a wide variety of programs, from farm aid and defense spending to AmeriCorps and community-development grants.

Also this month, Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) released the first edition of “Waste Watch,” following in the footsteps of former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who published an annual “Waste Book” for years before retiring in January.

Below are six examples of alleged waste from this year’s budget-hawk analyses:

Dairy, peanut, and sugar subsidies

The “Prime Cuts” report calls for an end to subsidies that assist dairy, peanut and sugar farmers and help control prices for those products. It says the government could save $2.85 billion combined in one year by eliminating the programs.

Citizens Against Government Waste compared

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Tech

Facebook employees were aware the company was overestimating how many people advertisers could reach on the site, according to a complaint in a lawsuit originating with a small-business owner in 2018.

Pro Bankruptcy Bankruptcy

Federal judges shepherding the largest corporate bankruptcies in the U.S. are changing how they do business and preparing to use videoconferencing apps as they convene court hearings remotely in an effort to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

India

India hanged four men for the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student, an assault that sparked national demands for action to combat violence against women.

Business

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer charged with 33 counts of trade-secret theft from Google’s self-driving car project, reached a deal with U.S. prosecutors in which he will plead guilty to one count and the remaining charges will be dropped.

Politics

The

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