ATO official Michael Cranston ‘unwittingly’ caught up in alleged fraud

One of the highest ranking officials in the Australian Tax Office will appear in court for allegedly abusing his position by accessing information for his son

Australian Taxation Office deputy commissioner Michael Cranston has been “unwittingly” caught up in a major tax evasion scheme allegedly involving his son and daughter.

Cranston, 58, has been issued with a court attendance notice for allegedly publicly abusing his position as a senior official of the commonwealth, Australian federal police said on Thursday. He is due to face Sydney central court next month.

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Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret

Offshore oil and gas regulator says there was a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016 but refuses to reveal where it occurred or company responsible

An offshore oil and gas well in Australia leaked oil continuously into the ocean for two months in 2016, releasing an estimated 10,500 litres. But the spill was never made public by the regulator and details about the well, its whereabouts and operator remain secret.

In its annual offshore performance report released this week, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority included a mention of a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016. It provided limited details about, noting that it had been identified during a routine inspection.

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George Pell on child sexual assault allegations: ‘I’d just like to restate my innocence’

Cardinal faces reporters in Rome as Australian police consider whether charges should be laid against him

Cardinal George Pell maintains he is innocent of historical child sexual assault allegations as police decide whether to charge Australia’s most senior Catholic.

Victoria police say they will take time to consider whether charges should be laid after receiving final advice from the state’s director of public prosecutions about the allegations, which Pell has repeatedly denied.

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