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Morrison avoids scrutiny at time when he most warrants it

For instance, Labor has been calling for paid pandemic leave since early in this crisis. Three weeks ago, Morrison dismissed the idea. Not quite two weeks ago, the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was asked whether casualisation of the workforce and lack of paid leave were a reason symptomatic people were not …

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More funding needed in government push to cut ‘green tape’: industry

Loading “The single-touch system is a huge opportunity because it gets rid of duplication and complexity in different systems that exist between state and federal governments,” Ms Constable said. “But the department or body that has carriage of compliance must have the right amount of resources.” Federal administration of the …

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ABC, SBS exclusion from tech giants’ payments a ‘government’ decision

Under the draft code Google and Facebook will have three months to negotiate revenue-sharing deals with media companies before independent arbitrators are called in to impose a compulsory arrangement. The platforms will potentially face hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for breaches. Mr Sims said in March that any …

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Media companies seek a clearer picture on travel across borders

Australia’s commercial television industry has written to the Morrison Government requesting explicit permission for journalists and production staff to travel over state borders during the coronavirus pandemic. Border closures that have been reintroduced because of a second wave of cases have made it difficult for journalists and producers to travel, …

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The cheque could be in the mail: Labor open to Australia Post bank

Loading Per Capita’s report, commissioned by the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, said the creation of an Australian “PostBank” would introduce extra competition into the national financial system. It argued the banking royal commission had exposed the lack of basic financial services to many parts of the country, saying PostBank …

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‘Hope for the future’: Well-timed cuttings may save tree from rusting away

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said scrub turpentine might have been lost in the fires if not for the serendipitous timing of an ongoing conservation program. Loading “While it is still too early to say with certainty, there is every reason to suspect the horrendous summer fires would have destroyed …

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Incomes in Sydney’s richest suburbs growing at twice the rate of poorest

The average incomes are heavily affected by capital gains. In Double Bay, 419 residents declared net capital gains worth $221 million or $527,000 each in the 2017-18 tax year. Four years earlier, the average capital gain in the suburb was just $73,000. In Auburn, 249 people declared net capital gains …

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If the Treasurer wants people to have babies, he needs to work on his seduction routine

The Treasurer’s plans for this desired population augmentation were less specific than a Marvin Gaye record and a bottle of Shiraz. “I think the best thing that we can do to encourage more children being born across the country is obviously to create a strong economy for them to be …

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Sydney and Melbourne suburbs are splintering down income lines

Two years ago Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe warned that low wages growth diminishes “our sense of shared prosperity”. “The lack of real wage growth is one of the reasons why some in our community question whether they are benefiting from our economic success,” he said. Yet the ATO data …

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Gap between Melbourne’s have and have not suburbs yawns wider

Yet among the 10 suburbs with the lowest median incomes a different story played out. These 10, including the city centre, St Albans and Box Hill, saw an increase of just 2.2 per cent. But this masked some major falls with the worst hit, Clayton, having its median income drop …

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