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The $560 JobSeeker question. Too much or too little?

It isn’t controversial to say that many households who have sadly ended up out of work are finding it difficult to survive even on the $1100 pay packet and that’s considering extra supports in place during this crisis to defer mortgage repayments, renegotiate rent and pull money out of superannuation. …

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Job boost expected from $600m recycling scheme as 2024 export ban looms

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the initiative would generate up to 10,000 jobs in building waste processing plants and the additional staff needed to operate them. Loading “As we cease shipping our waste overseas, the waste and recycling transformation will reshape our domestic waste industry, driving job creation and …

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MPs were due to visit China on trip partly funded by Beijing

The trip – which was being organised by the Chinese embassy in Canberra – was postponed once Australia started imposing travel restrictions on China on February 1 as the COVID-19 outbreak spread throughout the world. Loading The cancellation of the trip came as Australia’s relationship with China worsened during the …

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System is cooked when a ‘sexual harasser’ is promoted, not punished

The incident ended the woman’s career at the company. It didn’t dent Pahari’s. Despite being fully aware of the allegations against him, the board was happy to appoint him chief executive of its powerful wealth management arm. It is the only executive position at the company with an “uncapped” performance …

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More than 1000 foreign citizens allowed into Australia on compassionate grounds

The more than 1000 foreign citizens who were allowed into the country still had to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a designated facility such as a hotel. They did not include foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Australian government for the purpose of assisting in the COVID-19 …

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Morrison ditched Turnbull-era plans for greater transparency in political lobbying

Mr Morrison took over as Prime Minister on August 24. On September 12, Mr Porter wrote to Mr Morrison “responding to the initial request, and confirming it was withdrawn by agreement”. Mr Porter would not provide the letters to The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age, saying they were cabinet documents. …

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Eden-Monaro set to elect its first female MP since Federation

Facing his first electoral test as Opposition leader, Anthony Albanese said the coronavirus pandemic had made for a tough campaign and managed expectations of a Labor victory. Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Labor candidate for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain at Merimbula Public School on Saturday. Credit:Wolter Peeters “We know that we …

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A sleepless night for Albanese with preferences set to decide Eden-Monaro outcome

A global pandemic, a bushfire-ravaged south coast, a prolonged drought and an electorate with more than 4000 businesses being propped up by taxpayer subsides was the back drop of the most complex and abnormal month of campaigning imaginable. This was an electorate where Prime Minister Scott Morrison was run out …

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Multibillion-dollar plan to help businesses survive or close

Businesses are also enjoying deferrals on almost 300,000 loans while a range of state government fees, charges and payroll tax have been paused or waived. Loading Once this support ends, many businesses are expected to discover they cannot continue or will have to shed staff to remain viable. The government …

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Backbench MPs support modest increase in JobSeeker base rate

Analysis by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre exclusively prepared for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age shows with expected unemployment levels, the government faces an $11.7 billion bill for the six months after September if JobSeeker returns to its pre-coronavirus level. Loading Lifting the base JobSeeker payment by $100 …

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