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How the bushfire compensation scheme works

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size As fires razed homes and people lost their lives, the federal government responded to repeated calls for firefighting heroes to receive some compensation for volunteering their time and risking their lives. States including NSW, Queensland and South Australia have so far asked …

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We should applaud the bushfire response, but there’s room for more generosity

However, business groups have cast a sceptical eye over the idea. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is opposed to a fixed amount of compensation, saying it should be based on individual or community need, determined on a case-by-case basis. The discussion resurrects a debate about welfare payments and …

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‘Too many people, not enough work’: Wedding jitters over glut of marriage celebrants

There are more than 9000 celebrants registered by the federal government and a further 23,000 ministers of religion also authorised to solemnise marriages. With about 119,000 marriages recorded in 2018, the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) website states: “Some [celebrants] perform many marriages each year, while others only perform a few or …

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Unions and employers join forces to demand increased bushfire relief for workers and fireys

The ACTU wants the Disaster Recovery Allowance, available to some fire-affected workers, farmers and sole traders through Centrelink for 13 weeks, to be increased to the national minimum wage “as an urgent and interim measure” and be extended to all those impacted. The current rate of the allowance is in …

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Liberal MP Craig Kelly outperforms Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese on Facebook

The effect is more pronounced when it comes to the number of “shares” Mr Kelly’s content receives. Since July 1, his posts have been shared 447,000 times – nearly six times more than Mr Morrison’s 81,000 shares, and more than three times Mr Albanese’s 128,500 shares. The Sun-Herald and The …

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Government announces mental health funding to tackle bushfire trauma

Health Minister Greg Hunt said people should reach out to relatives and family to ensure their welfare. “Our government’s response will help assist with distress counselling and mental health support for individuals, families and communities, including frontline personnel, impacted by the ongoing bushfire emergency,” he said. Loading An amount of …

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‘Knowing mothers’, inept fathers: Advertising clings to gender stereotypes

“Adverts increasingly position mothers as needing to acquire ever more expertise and skills to professionalise their mothering, but only represent them as using this knowledge for selfless maternal purpose.” Jane Caro, a commentator and award-winning advertising writer, said gender stereotypes were deeply ingrained and “exceptionally hard to shift”. Gender stereotypes …

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The four-day workweek: pathway to productivity or unpaid work?

When he first raised the idea with his human resources manager, she dismissed it as a joke, before realising he was serious. In his soon-to-be-released book, The 4 Day Week, Barnes chronicles what started as an eight-week experiment at his New Zealand firm Perpetual Guardian, which manages trusts, wills and …

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Firefighter dies battling Omeo bushfire

The death toll from Victoria’s bushfire crisis has risen to four after a firefighter died battling a blaze in the state’s alpine region. The Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighter from Parks Victoria was killed while battling a blaze in the Omeo area on Saturday, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp confirmed. …

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ATP Cup LIVE updates: Australia vs Spain

After one of the best points you’ll see all summer, Nadal converts the break point when de Minaur’s drop shot agonisingly hits the top of the net and doesn’t go over. The world number one was exhausted at the back of the court after an amazing 19-point rally. 4-0 to …

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