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‘A wake-up call and opportunity’: Call for a national anti-racism strategy as complaints spike

“We need to come up with a strategy both broad and specific to combat racism wherever it is manifest, whether in policing, health care, housing, education or employment,” the letter, also signed by the Australian Council of Social Service, Amnesty International, and Reconciliation Australia, says. “We are ready and willing …

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Super bid for Melbourne airport rail set to fail despite Treasurer’s push

Premier Daniel Andrew on Tuesday said he was prepared to sign another agreement between with China on its controversial $1.5 trillion global Belt and Road infrastructure program, saying he wanted his government’s ties with Beijing to grow “even stronger”. This week Mr Frydenberg urged industry and retail funds in the …

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World Health Organisation warns against drinking booze in pandemic

The latest liquor retailing industry report from IBIS World released in May shows the pandemic has not dampened alcohol sales, with revenue expected to increase to $12.5 billion this financial year, in line with pre-COVID-19 projections. Senior IBIS World analyst Matthew Reeves said revenue from online beer, wine and liquor …

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Australians to get their say on the Indigenous voice this year

“We’re progressing work and every Australian who wants to have a say will be able to have a say.” The government has postponed the most contentious part of the concept by pushing back a referendum to enshrine the voice in the constitution, with Mr Wyatt arguing it was “too important …

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Morrison signals more help for Australian manufacturing

More support for local manufacturing could be on the way as the Morrison government examines ways to help companies out of the economic slump, while backbench MPs call for options to replace imports. Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled the options in remarks to the Coalition party room on Tuesday after …

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Australian economy appears to have avoided ‘cycle of destruction’: Treasury secretary

Dr Kennedy said the original estimates were made in late March when it appeared the Australian economy could contract by almost 25 per cent in the June quarter. Lockdowns similar to those put in place overseas were forecast to result in 4.8 million people not working over a two-month period. …

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Churchill a hero or a villain, depending where you sit

There is an aphorism that “where you stand depends on where you sit”, and from where Frydenberg and his family sit, Churchill could stand as nothing but a hero, having led Britain in the defeat of Nazism in World War 2. But Winston Churchill lived from 1874 to 1965, and …

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Warnings that women will be hardest hit by reintroduction of childcare fees

“Women are more likely to be the ones who … drop hours to take care of their kids or cut back work because they can’t afford [childcare] any more,” Ms Griffiths said. Loading Australian Council of Trade Unions president Michele O’Neil said 95 per cent of the sector’s 200,000 workers …

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Businesses given beefed-up asset write-off in $300m expansion

Millions of Australian businesses have been given until 2021 to buy equipment and make investments under the federal government’s ramped-up tax write-off scheme, in a major extension to one of the first stimulus measures introduced in March. The six-month extension to the expanded instant asset write-off scheme is forecast to …

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‘Very risky’: Government warned return of childcare fees could trigger exodus of families

Early Childhood Australia chief executive Sam Page said the government should have either extended and improved the relief package, or reintroduced the childcare subsidy with significant changes. Loading “Instead, it’s a switch back to the childcare subsidy with very minimal change to it and an even lower safety net than …

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