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David Fricker, the head of the National Archives of Australia, is up at Senate estimates and has just conceded that his agency risks breaching the Archives Act because it is so under-resourced records may soon deteriorate or be lost.
It is rather an awkward point to make, given he is sitting right next to his minister, Amanda Stoker.
Because if you engage in conduct that results in the deterioration or loss of the record, that’s a breach of the Archives Act.
I don’t accept the premise of the question that’s based on the idea that the archives isn’t getting what it needs to do its job properly. Most agencies would like to have more, they would like to have access to an ever-growing pie. But if we assess the great work that the national archives is doing against its resources, I think it can hold its head very high.
Here is what the South Australia police say about the arrest of a former South Australian Labor MP and her husband over blackmailing offences:
Shortly after 7.00 am this morning SAPOL Major Crime Investigation Branch detectives attended at a domestic residence in the southern regional area where they arrested a 60 year old man and 63 year old woman both from Strathalbyn.
Both people were charged with the serious offence of Blackmail Section 172 of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act, 1935 which has a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.