Todays Australian News
- HMAS Perth grave stripped by salvagers
Survivors, historians and Defence personnel have been horrified to discover that the wreck of HMAS Perth, which was sunk by the Japanese in 1942, is being destroyed by commercial salvagers in Indonesian waters.
Australian authorities have tried to keep the scandal a secret, fearing the issue might add fuel to the ongoing diplomatic tensions between Australia and Indonesia.
The warship, which sank in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java, is the last resting place of as many as 355 Australian sailors who went down with the vessel after it was struck by multiple torpedoes.
An official report was lodged with the Department of Defence in October detailing the damage.
The report, seen by the ABC, said there was a strong possibility that human remains still exist within sections of the ship and they risk being disturbed.
- The Ashes: Steven Smith rescues Australia with century to edge England on day one of third Test
Steven Smith said he was proud of his patience throughout his crucial century that helped rescue Australia on day one.
- Government dumps Salvos from offshore processing support role
The Federal Government has dumped the Salvation Army as a long-term partner in providing services in offshore processing centres.
The Salvos say their contract to provide "emotional support, humanitarian assistance and general education and recreation programs" to asylum seekers in detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island will not be renewed beyond February.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the Government has been forced to make contract changes, because of the way the system was being administered by the former Labor government.
Mr Morrison has also confirmed the government's offshore processing expansion plans will cost $1.2 billion more than Labor had budgeted.
The Treasurer's office has confirmed the offshore processing budget shortfall will not be offset by savings and is considered an unfunded "black hole" left by Labor.