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Workplace reform will not need ‘perfect’ deal: government

Mr Porter will hold a key meeting with ACTU secretary Sally McManus and others next week to discuss the objectives for five working groups made up of union officials and employers to produce their findings by September. “Now in some of those working groups the product that is produced may …

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Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening

“While we’re focusing on preventing community-wide infections, facilities that are used by unspecified individuals are exposed to infections, and it’s been difficult to track down contacts since the number of cases have been rising in large-scale workplaces,” Jung Eun-kyeong, head of KCDC, said during a briefing Wednesday. South Koreans are …

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As the day unfolded: Gladys Berejiklian to put freeze on NSW public sector wages as Scott Morrison spruiks JobMaker plan, Australian death toll stands at 103

Thanks for reading. This is Matt Bungard signing off. We’ll be back tomorrow with more live, free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. This is what you need to know from today: We’ll continue our live coverage of the pandemic early on Thursday morning with Mary Ward. Paris: The French government …

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State-owned Chinese company bids to build second UK nuclear plant

CGN, on Wednesday, submitted its planning application to build the Sizewell reactor in Suffolk, England with its French partner EDF. The project, estimated to cost at least £20 billion ($A37 billion) would be financed through private investment and construction would begin by the end of 2021 if approvals are given. …

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France bans controversial drug to treat COVID-19

Paris The French government has cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to patients suffering severe forms of COVID-19. Wednesday’s announcement comes two days after the World Health Organisation said it was pausing a large trial of the malaria drug due to safety concerns. France …

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As it happened: Abattoir at centre of largest Victorian cluster to resume full operations; Andrews urges Victorians to work from home; Australian death toll stands at 103

The western suburbs abattoir that has become the site of Victoria’s biggest outbreak will return to full operations on Thursday, about a month after it was ordered to close. Ten days after a group of 20 workers returned to work, Cedar Meats’ 300 employees will go back to work after …

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There’s nothing wrong with Tempe Station!

Place names in songs (C8). There’s been a literal chorus of offerings from readers. While Harry Bell of Bowral has “always liked My Lily of Yagoona”, Martin Field of Kingscliff says: “The best town song is surely ‘It’s hot in Brisbane, but it’s Coolangatta – Coolangatta for me!’ No idea …

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Family violence hubs rushed, poorly implemented: auditor

“Hubs are not yet realising their full potential to improve the lives of people affected by family violence and families needing support with their children. This is because their service coordination is not yet consistently effective or efficient,” the report said. “FSV cannot yet demonstrate whether the hubs are leading …

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Banks surge in $17 billion catch-up rally

“While I cannot predict its precise form, this crisis will almost certainly precipitate enduring change in the way society operates,” Mr Byres said. “The idea that we’ll employ some temporary measures and then everything will ‘go back to normal’ is therefore a dangerously naive one on which to base our …

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Ethics committee to govern councillor inappropriate conduct complaints

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the LNP administration brought forward a motion to establish a new bipartisan ethics committee made up of three LNP and three Labor councillors to handle referrals from the OIA. The new committee will have the power to accept any assigned penalties from the Councillor Conduct Tribunal, …

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