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  • Peter Dutton in a statement has said that this morning he woke up with a temperature and sore throat . He was subsequently tested for COVID – 19 . I was advised by Queensland Health this afternoon that the test had returned positive . It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive is to be admitted into hospital and he has done so . The Guardian reports that Peter [...]
  • Qantas has been made to enter into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking to back pay hundreds of workers. After an investigation by the Fairwork Ombudsman it was found that the employees did not receive the minimum terms of the relevant enterprise agreements, including minimum wages, overtime, annual leave entitlements and superannuation, which led to underpayments and record-keeping breaches. To date, [...]
  • Senior Economist at the Australia Institute,Matt Grudnoff, in responding to the Morrison government’s stimulus package details has said that the size of the stimulus is right for the initial response but the shape is wrong. “The most effective form of stimulus makes up less than a quarter of the total package,” said Mr Grudnoff. Mr Grudnoff stated that the Prime Minister asserted $3 in [...]
  • Amid the Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent community discussions around how vulnerable casual workers are in Australia, Greens Leader Adam Bandt MP said that when parliament resumes, the Greens will introduce legislation to provide 14 days’ paid sick leave to all workers affected by the coronavirus. This comes of the back of the ACTU which has called for 2 weeks paid sick leave for workers [...]
  • John Quiggin, The University of Queensland The spread of the coronavirus has brought us all face to face with the remorseless logic of exponential growth. A handful of cases has turned into dozens, then hundreds, then thousands. If current attempts at containment fail, we can expect many millions of cases around the world. The government’s economic policy response reflects this dawning reality. [...]
  • Dr Ed Wright, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Sussex has said that the announcement from the WHO that Covid-19 is a pandemic does not change anything. He stated that whether it’s referred to as an outbreak, epidemic or pandemic this virus still poses the same very significant risk to global public and the advice provided to try and minimise the number of cases is still [...]
  • The ACTU Executive today has called on the Morrison government to provide a guarantee of two weeks paid leave for all workers, permanent, casual and contract, who are forced to either self-isolate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or where there is a genuine business downturn or shutdown as a result of the pandemic. The resolution followed a debate about the wide-ranging impacts on workers [...]
  • Key points Morrison Government’s obsession of achieving a budget surplus is hurting Australian taxpayersMorrison Government’s obsession for a surplus can be seen as a commitment to tax the average taxpayer $1,700 more than is necessaryThe concept of good ‘economic management’ in Australia is broken Research by the Australia Institute (TAI) shows the Morrison Government’s [...]
  • At a time of high anxiety in Australia about the prevalence of insecure work and financial pressure that has been exacerbated by the Covid19 Singapore Airlines is using the situation to try and further undermine worker’s entitlements according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The ACTU says Singapore Airlines wants the power to stand workers down without pay in the event of an [...]
  • Nicky Wright, Australian National University; Bethany Ellis, Australian National University, and Nerilie Abram, Australian National University Weather-wise, 2019 was a crazy way to end a decade. Fires spread through much of southeast Australia, fuelled by dry vegetation from the ongoing drought and fanned by hot, windy fire weather. On the other side of the Indian Ocean, torrential rainfall and [...]
  • In a report by by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) it shows 2019 was the second warmest year in the instrumental record. 2015-2019 are the five warmest years on record, and 2010-2019 the warmest decade on record. Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850.2019 ended with a global average temperature of 1.1°C above estimated [...]
  • Signe Ravn, University of Melbourne and Steven Roberts, Monash University Concern about the popularity of “sexting” – the sending and receiving of sexually explicit text messages and photographs – among young people has been a frequent point of discussion in recent years. The media and some academic studies often draw attention to issues of risk, danger, and the often-gendered [...]
  • Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter has suggested casuals are prepared for Covid-19 sick leave because they are paid more. “Many people would have already made provisions for that because of course the purpose of casual employment is that you’re paid extra in lieu of entitlements.” Said Mr Porter. The Australian Council of Trade Unions says that there are 3.3 Million [...]

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