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A jury has been discharged in the trial of former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel. The 63-year-old was accused of causing grievous bodily harm to patient Ian Vowles over a major colon operation in 2004.
The Crown argued the surgery wasn't necessary.
Patel is due to face court again next week for a mention of remaining charges..
The New South Wales Secretary of the Health Services Union says today's guilty pleas by former union president michael Williamson.. will help bring closure for the union's members.
Williamson this morning pleaded guilty to defrauding the Health Services Union out of nearly one million dollars.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges from offences committed last year: when he fabricated invoices lodged to the union, and recruiting another HSU official to help cover his tracks.
AN INDEPENDENT REPORT HAS HEAVILY CRITICISED THE EMERGENCY REPONSE TO JANUARY'S DESTRUCTIVE BUSHFIRES IN TASMANIA.
FIRMER SOUTH AUSTRALIAN POLICE COMMISSIONER MALCLM HYDE FOUND AGENCIES WERE NOT AS READY AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE EVENT OF A MAJOR EMERGENCY.
MORE THAN 400 BUILDINGS... INCLUDING 200 HOMES AND SHACKS... WERE DESTROYED.
The death toll is rising from a major earthquake in the Philippines which has killed at least six people and caused the collapse of centuries old buildings.
The quake struck with a seven-point-one magnitude more than 600 kilometres south-east of the capital Manila near Cebu City.