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Superannuation could be the next ‘Mediscare’ as super wars reach boiling point

Business groups, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Grattan Institute think-tank, a large group of economists and the Reserve Bank of Australia have all raised concerns about the increase. A ginger group of about a dozen Coalition MPs also oppose the increase, including Senator Andrew Bragg, MP Tim Wilson …

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Australia in race against UK, Canada, China to keep university students

Canada’s Sheridan College is offering students a refund if they are unhappy with their online tuition during the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to keep them on the books. Loading Phil Honeywood, chief executive of International Education Association of Australia, said there was a “real danger” Australia would lose substantial …

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‘Madness’: Readers respond to PM’s plans for a gas-led recovery

The plan included opening up new gas supplies and backing the construction of a gas-fired power station and a promise to “deliver more Australian gas where it is needed at an internationally competitive price” for manufacturers and households. “As we turn to our economic recovery from COVID-19, affordable gas will …

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For Anthony Albanese, gas is the new Adani

The shadow ministry is split. On one side is Mark Butler, a careful Adelaide lawyer who prefers to talk around a subject rather than go straight to the heart. On the other is Joel Fitzgibbon, a former auto electrician who replaced his father, Eric, as the member for Hunter in …

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Proposal to simplify small business pay divides employers in industrial talks

Its advocates say it would also make employers less wary of hiring new staff as the coronavirus pandemic eases but others argue it would discourage businesses from taking on staff above the small business threshold, which could be as low as 15 people. Loading Sources involved in the working groups, …

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Telehealth extended in $2b boost to coronavirus health measures

Loading At national cabinet on Friday, former health and finance department boss Jane Halton will give premiers and chief ministers a verbal briefing on the findings of her review of quarantine arrangements across the country. Federal government sources said they expected the review to prompt a discussion of the differing …

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Plan to keep NDIS recipients safe from COVID-19 wasn’t activated until August

By the time this milestone was reached, Victoria was weeks into its second wave of COVID-19, driven by community transmission that would impact heavily on healthcare setting such as hospitals and aged care homes, with disability services also affected. “There was some governance in place [before that], but we escalated …

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ACCC won’t change ‘core’ of code to regulate tech giants

The code, announced by the competition regulator in July and expected to be legislated before the end of the year, would give media companies three months to strike a deal about payment for use of their articles. If there was no agreement, an arbitrator would make the decision. The Australian …

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Disability care watchdog has issued just one fine despite 8000 complaints

Her death remains subject to a criminal investigation by South Australia Police, which has resulted in a charge of manslaughter against her former carer. Loading The figures also reveal that on more than 200 occasions providers failed to notify the watchdog of the death of a person with disability within …

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