Doctors call for sweet drink levy to tackle obesity in Australia

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges, representing bodies including the Royal Australian College of GPs, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, has developed a six-point obesity action plan to tackle what it calls the most pressing public health issue.

Professor Nick Talley, head of the Committee of the Presidents of Medical Colleges, said urgent definitive action was needed.

"We need leadership, not just telling people to lose weight," he said.

Fiji tax body probed

The Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says investigators from the country's Independent Commission Against Corruption or FICAC seized documents and computers from the agency on Friday after a complaint from the ministry.

FBC News reports Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has given a stern warning to business people and customs officers not to give or take bribes.


Clive Palmer in tax row with Noumea

The move in the South Pacific French territory is disclosed in the latest financial accounts of Gladstone Pacific Nickel, which is controlled by the tycoon, who owns about 95 per cent of the shares. The accounts, lodged with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission last week, also show $2.5 million (US$1.7 million) has been transferred from Gladstone Pacific Nickel to Palmer’s flagship company, Mineralogy, which has been bleeding cash and is two years behind in filing its ­accounts with ASIC.