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An ongoing debate about whether the ABC budget has gone up or down has gripped senate estimates for the past half an hour or so, with some Coalition senators arguing the budget has gone up in “real terms”.
ABC managing director David Anderson says the latest job losses clock in at 229, and that they had to axe the 7.45am news bulletin, but perhaps it’s a matter of perspective.
The financial law enforcement agency Austrac revealed yesterday it had spoken to the Australian federal police and Victoria police about claims 700,000 euros had been wired from the Vatican to Australia in relation to the Pell court matters.
The Australian federal police have just issued this statement:
The AFP can confirm it received information from Austrac on this matter. This is part of a routine exchange of financial intelligence between Austrac and the AFP. The AFP is undertaking a review of the relevant information.
The AFP has concurrently referred aspects of this matter to the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (Ibac). The AFP has no further comment to make on this matter.