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EU ambassador says Australia played ‘bad cop’ to Europe’s ‘good cop’ to get motion up

Dr Pulch said Australia made a strategic decision after announcing its push for a review to back the EU motion and then “to toughen it up a bit”. “That was probably the winning formula,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “It created momentum that is for sure.” …

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Sydney’s inner city and Parramatta hit hard by job losses

The situation would have been worse but for a sharp drop in the participation rate as tens of thousands of people withdrew from the jobs market altogether while a similar number stopped work but remain employed because of the Morrison government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy program. Sydney’s participation rate fell by …

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‘Widespread job losses’ forecast if casuals keep paid leave

The Federal Court on Wednesday ruled that a worker with regular, ongoing shifts and a firm commitment to work in advance is a permanent employee – even if they have been labelled a casual – and is entitled to paid annual and sick leave. Business groups warned the economy faces …

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Climate measures fall well short

In fact, Mr Taylor has adopted a “back to the future” strategy in one area by diverting some of the existing cash to carbon capture and storage projects. Since the Howard government, Australia has invested billions of dollars into carbon capture and storage, which uses filters and other gizmos to …

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Gonski backs international students and business investment in uni recovery

Mr Gonski, who is also chairman of ANZ, predicted international travel would rebound and said Australia had handled the crisis very well, which made it a “diamond within the world, and people will want to come here” for international education. Loading He said educating international students strengthened Australia’s standing in …

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Casual workers win big on annual leave, sick leave in landmark ruling

“Employers must now stop with the nonsense that calling a worker a casual makes them so,” Mr Maher said. “When a job is full-time, regular and ongoing, it is permanent and deserves the security and entitlements that come with permanent work.” Loading The Australian Industry Group, which represents 60,000 employers, …

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Government announces extra support for childcare sector

The Morrison government has announced extra support for childcare providers to address key problems raised in a snap review of the sector’s COVID-19 relief package. Education Minister Dan Tehan said another $12 million would be provided for services where more than 30 per cent of their workforce are not eligible …

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Anthony Albanese and the loneliness of the long-distance campaigner

Things have improved marginally since as Albanese and McBain have travelled around the giant electorate, from the NSW south coast to the Snowy Mountains and across the grazing plains. On Wednesday, visiting Yass, Albanese managed the first handshake of the whole campaign. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese meets Yass local Daniel …

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Coronavirus cyber attackers going after hospitals

Australia has registered its concern about the increase in attacks at the United Nations and is assisting other countries in the region to strengthen their cyber resilience. Australia’s ambassador for cyber affairs Tobias Feakin said the government was particularly concerned by reports that malicious cyber actors were seeking to damage …

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