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Closing the Gap plan can sit alongside a Voice to Parliament

While the nation is now transfixed by the battle to contain the new outbreak of COVID-19 cases an equally important but longer-term challenge faces the national cabinet on policy towards Indigenous Australians. In the next few months, state and territory leaders and the federal government will have to finalise a …

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Early tax cuts on budget agenda to kickstart economy out of recession

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Wednesday revealed the plan was under consideration. “We are looking at that issue and the timing of those tax cuts because we want to boost aggregate demand, boost consumption, put more money into people’s pockets and that is one way to do it,” he told ABC …

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Deputy chief medical officer backs mask-wearing in public

Members of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s infection control advisory group met on Wednesday to debate the issue, after the World Health Organisation issued a statement acknowledging “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of SARS-CoV-2. The advisory group’s chairwoman Lyn Gilbert, an infectious disease expert and Honorary Professor at …

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Australia and Japan to sign space deal, discuss deeper security ties

Beijing has also been presenting itself as a global public health leader during the coronavirus pandemic, embarking on a humanitarian aid blitz in the region including sending medical supplies throughout the Pacific. Loading Mr Morrison and Mr Abe will on Thursday agree on further co-operation on health efforts to combat …

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‘All support necessary’: Frydenberg promises economic help to Victoria

“With Victoria comprising around a quarter of the Australian economy, what happens in Victoria matters to the rest of the nation and will impact on the speed and trajectory of our economic recovery,” Mr Frydenberg said. “We will continue to provide all the support necessary to the Victorian government as …

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Healthcare workers may have been infected in staff training session

In her email to staff, Professor Kilpatrick wrote the hospital was determined to push ahead with its August 8 “go-live” date for the new digital record system, and would “continue to work towards” this deadline under the advice of its Infection Prevention and Surveillance Service team. Loading The same team …

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‘Don’t wait to be audited’: Tax Office warning for those dipping early into super

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg this week defended the policy, saying the government had got it “so right” in enabling people to pay off debts or cover daily discretionary expenses. Loading To access the scheme, people must have been made redundant, working reduced hours of at least 20 per cent, be unemployed …

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Builders hit out at ‘outrageous’ construction union pay push

About 40 builders this week met with SafeWork NSW over their claims union officials had been using spurious safety concerns to go onto work sites and pressure contractors to agree to the union’s enterprise agreement. Brian Seidler, the executive director of the NSW Master Builders Association, said the union’s campaign …

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Victorian childcare centres to get fee help after lockdown decision

“It also provides certainty to families that they will retain their enrolment at the child care service. “Waiving the parents’ gap fees will also ensure child care services maintain their enrolments and continue to be paid the CCS, even if a child is absent for a COVID-related reason. “Our government …

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‘Proven ineffective’: Doctors urge stronger alcohol pregnancy warning labels

The letter urged ministers to adopt the label recommended by FSANZ in February “to clearly alert the community to the harm from using alcohol when pregnant” and said the design “must be retained without any changes that might result in watering down this crucial message”. Loading The regulator last week …

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