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Bigger, broader GST could be offset by luxury taxes: PwC analysis

It included either extending the GST to areas such as fresh food, education and water and sewerage or lifting the 10 per cent rate, replacing state stamp duty with an “opt-in” broad-based land tax on homes and giving states a share of federal income tax proportionate to their population. Loading …

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‘Confusion and misinformation’: Labor wants more health translation services for multicultural communities

He said there were “worrying examples of confusion and misinformation” in the state. Loading “In a modern multicultural society, there can’t be a one-size-fits all approach to sharing important information,” Mr Giles said. “Recent events in Melbourne show just how critical it is that we ensure that everyone can access …

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Brooke Boney slams Pauline Hanson and laments ‘distraction’ of statue wars

One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous journalists has hailed One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s expulsion from the Today show but lamented the “virtue-signalling” attention given to calls to pull down statues ahead of tangible improvements to Indigenous Australians’ lives. Brooke Boney, Today’s entertainment reporter and a Gamilaroi Gomeroi woman, said …

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Commissioner calls for targets to fix Indigenous health ‘disaster’

A focus on improving the nutrition of Indigenous mothers and young children and reducing rates of skin and ear infections, which put Indigenous kids at risk of rheumatic heart disease, could have a profound impact. “Let’s get really healthy five-year-old kids,” she said. “That target can be achieved in five …

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Federal Parliament prepares for virtual sittings in case of further COVID outbreak

Government sources told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that advanced planning had taken place as to how a virtual Parliament would work, including legal advice as to whether MPs could vote virtually if they were not physically in the chamber. Loading The House of Commons, known as the …

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‘Climate change war’ demands national, military-style response: Ex-fire chiefs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements in February as he shouldered blame for the federal government’s response to the Black Summer bushfire crisis and worsening impacts from global warming. Public criticism centred on the length of time taken to mobilise Commonwealth resources to …

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A bug, a sacking and Adani: Accusations divide the maritime union

Mr Carnegie lost his bid for re-election last year in a close contest to Stephen Cumberlidge, a candidate closer to the national office. Now a series of bizarre events under Mr Cumberlidge have led more than 200 members to sign a petition asking for answers about the listening device, the …

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Top legal women call on Attorney-General to establish independent complaints body for judges

More than 500 women in law, including female former judges, leading silks and law school deans have signed an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter calling on him to establish an independent body for complaints about the judiciary, and to address their concerns about “the quality, integrity and diversity” of …

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Economy to recover strongly, but wages and jobs will not

Loading But after that, the firm expects the economy to grow by 5.3 per cent in 2021-22 and then 4 per cent the following year. After big falls in 2020-21, private consumption, housing construction and private investment are also expected to lift. The forecasts hinge on the nation’s borders being …

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Regional broadcasters unaware of KordaMentha report

A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications said it had been “actively monitoring and engaging” the regional broadcast sector when asked whether it had used the financial information of the relevant media companies. “This process involves the engagement of consultants to provide advisory services in …

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