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Use $10 billion a year to create 500,000 jobs: business

Loading BCA president Tim Reed said the group’s budget submission, to be released on Saturday, was about moving away from emergency measures to modernise the economy around low-carbon industry, digital services, open trade and more research. “We don’t need just an investment hit for one year – we need a …

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Coalition MPs back government buying out Aboriginal flag copyright

NSW senator Andrew Bragg, a leading voice for constitutional recognition within the Liberals, said it was “hard to believe” there was a debate about buying the flag. Loading “The Aboriginal flag is a national icon. The copyright is in private hands but it shouldn’t be. The copyright should be purchased …

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Premiers split over roadmap to coronavirus recovery

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk resisted the federal definition of a coronavirus hotspot, while other leaders also held out on the proposal. Loading “We’ve decided that this notion of 100 per cent, absolute consensus on any issue is not a way that the national cabinet can …

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Bettina Arndt, Mike Carlton to keep Order of Australia honours

Ms Arndt was castigated after she praised a Queensland police officer on Twitter for keeping an “open mind” about whether a man who murdered his wife and children by setting them alight had been “driven too far”. In February all parties in the Senate except One Nation condemned her comments. …

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Morrison has to choose whether to force the economy open

Morrison relied on the power of persuasion alone in national cabinet on Friday and he gained a limited outcome: an aspiration among seven out of eight leaders to open their economies by Christmas, and an agreement to negotiate further on the hotspot definition. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews pushed back at …

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NDIS watchdog to get more staff, funding as workers head ‘towards burnout’

Nearly two-thirds of the commission’s staff surveyed by the union said they didn’t believe it effectively responded to or investigated concerns, complaints or reportable incidents. About a quarter of the 200-strong workforce responded to the survey. Loading They were under pressure to close cases as fast as possible yet might …

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Morrison government goes to water over irrigation buybacks

Loading The reform gave birth to the Murray Darling Basin Authority and followed widespread concern about prolonged decline in river health. A series of law changes by state and federal governments have delayed and downgraded the ambition of water recovery. After a campaign from irrigators, a cap on direct irrigator …

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Foreign rip-offs are hurting manufacturers, but they suffer in silence

Jeff Sinclair is an engineer who makes parts for Australian-made machines used in local factories. He’s had clients who have had every product reproduced overseas and says it’s heartbreaking to see how that forces local manufacturers out of business or to shift their own production offshore. “Someone’s got to fight …

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‘Beijing has many tentacles’: readers respond to Morrison’s foreign policy decree

A news report by foreign affairs and national security correspondent Anthony Galloway on the decree, ”They can be cancelled’: Commonwealth to review states’ overseas agreements”, prompted a significant response from readers. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was important the federal government was notified of such deals with foreign powers. …

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Tax cuts and more: Economists warn tax alone won’t save country

Under the 2022 tax cuts, the threshold for the 19 per cent rate will go to $45,000 from $41,000. In 2024, the 37 per cent rate will be abolished. Everyone earning between $45,000 and $200,000 a year will be taxed 30¢ in the dollar. Economists support the government pulling forward …

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