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Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon settles multi-million dollar claim against his will

Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon settles multi-million dollar claim against his will

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon has quietly settled her $4 million legal claim against his estate lodged against her father’s cancer- [...] Read full article: Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon sett...→

Crackdown on class action funders

Crackdown on class action funders

Wealthy litigation funders face tough new oversight rules and ASIC reporting requirements, as the Morrison government moves to crack down on costly shareholder [...] Read full article: Crackdown on class action funders...→

Melbourne's inner city and northern suburbs take biggest job hits from virus

Melbourne's inner city and northern suburbs take biggest job hits from virus

The inner city shed more than 26,000 jobs last month and the Reserve Bank has warned the economy won't bounce back to strength without a major medical breakthr [...] Read full article: Melbourne's inner city and northern subu...→

Coronavirus cyber attackers going after hospitals

Coronavirus cyber attackers going after hospitals

Cyber attackers, including foreign governments, are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to try to hack the computer systems of hospitals and medical s [...] Read full article: Coronavirus cyber attackers going after ...→

Galleries, libraries the latest to be given a date to reopen

Galleries, libraries the latest to be given a date to reopen

First it was restaurants and cafes, now libraries, museums and art galleries will be next to welcome back visitors. Read full article: Galleries, libraries the latest to be gi...→

Free childcare costing $131m a week

Free childcare costing $131m a week

The government is facing pressure to extend the relief package beyond the end of June, when the initial three-month period will expire. Read full article: Free childcare costing $131m a week...→

Queensland government set to reveal position on euthanasia this week

Queensland government set to reveal position on euthanasia this week

In March, a parliamentary health committee recommended Queensland legalise voluntary assisted dying for adults with advanced terminal medical conditions. Read full article: Queensland government set to reveal posi...→

NSW students will return to school full-time from May 25

NSW students will return to school full-time from May 25

While face-to-face teaching will resume after weeks of remote lessons, school will not return to normal, with no assemblies, no inter-school sport, and parents [...] Read full article: NSW students will return to school full-...→

Indonesia's win against Australia's tariff regime may embolden others

Indonesia's win against Australia's tariff regime may embolden others

Later this year Indonesia will begin exporting A4 paper to Australia in the final chapter of a trade dispute that rippled all the way to the Kremlin. Read full article: Indonesia's win against Australia's tari...→

Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Australia wanes

Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Australia wanes

Farmers have been plunged into uncertainty by China’s foreign investment strategy as its hunger for Australian food wanes. Read full article: Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Aus...→

Hospitals face backlog of 400,000 patients waiting for elective surgery

Hospitals face backlog of 400,000 patients waiting for elective surgery

Australians waiting for elective procedures could still face long delays despite a federal easing of restrictions, as hospitals grapple with a large backlog. Read full article: Hospitals face backlog of 400,000 patien...→

Winding up virus bridge would send economy off the edge

Winding up virus bridge would send economy off the edge

Despite the government's rhetoric, the political reality is that JobKeeper and JobSeeker will have to be extended to stop businesses and the jobless falling of [...] Read full article: Winding up virus bridge would send econo...→

Politics as usual is back — and don't you just hate it

After a break from politics as usual, Scott Morrison is back at it. And it reminds us of what we didn't miss.. Read full article: Politics as usual is back — and don't yo...→

Recovery a big chance to clear the air, permanently

Recovery a big chance to clear the air, permanently

In a time of uncertainty, one thing is clear - there will be no ''business as usual'' after the pandemic. Read full article: Recovery a big chance to clear the air, ...→

Patient PM will not bite back at China’s payback

Patient PM will not bite back at China’s payback

Scott Morrison’s China strategy is to deal with the trade issue on its merits without escalating Beijing’s retaliation over the virus inquiry into a full-on st [...] Read full article: Patient PM will not bite back at China’s...→

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy she [...]

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy she [...]

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy shed 594,300 jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.... The official 6.2 per cent unemploym [...] Read full article: Australia's unemployment rate jumped to ...→

Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper

Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper

Scott Morrison has ruled out extending the JobKeeper scheme warning the Australian economy must not become “addicted” to handouts. Read full article: Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper...→

Hospital launches investigation into elective surgery whistleblower

Hospital launches investigation into elective surgery whistleblower

Macquarie University Hospital has launched a hunt for a whistleblower who called attention to orthopaedic surgery performed during the elective surgery ban. Read full article: Hospital launches investigation into ele...→

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes advised the Independent Planning Commission of the new benchmarks in a written "statement of expectations" obtained by the Her [...] Read full article: All controversial projects determined in...→

Queensland government to bid for Virgin Australia airline

Queensland government to bid for Virgin Australia airline

In his first act as Treasurer, Cameron Dick has appointed a government-owned investment company to "facilitate and manage the state’s bid for Virgin airlines". Read full article: Queensland government to bid for Virgin ...→

Liberal senator hits out at university China reliance, reveals whistleblower documents

Liberal senator hits out at university China reliance, reveals whistleblower documents

James Paterson revealed details of University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Hoj's pay and incentives to deepen ties with China. Read full article: Liberal senator hits out at university C...→

'Sorry for being a distraction': Barilaro apologises to Coalition MPs

'Sorry for being a distraction': Barilaro apologises to Coalition MPs

Barilaro told MPs in a joint party room meeting on Tuesday that he was sorry, after he and Transport Minister Andrew Constance spent weeks focused on contestin [...] Read full article: 'Sorry for being a distraction': Barilar...→

Government starts work on post-pandemic plan, tax reform agenda

Government starts work on post-pandemic plan, tax reform agenda

The Morrison government is starting work on its post-pandemic plan to rebuild the Australian economy, with states looking for a reform package dominated by an [...] Read full article: Government starts work on post-pandemic ...→

One in 10 inner-city rentals left empty as tourism collapses

One in 10 inner-city rentals left empty as tourism collapses

The biggest collapse in overseas visitors and foreign student arrivals in the nation's history is driving up the number of empty apartments and stoking fears f [...] Read full article: One in 10 inner-city rentals left empty ...→

'They should be included': MPs push for JobKeeper changes to extend wage subsidy

'They should be included': MPs push for JobKeeper changes to extend wage subsidy

Liberal and Labor politicians have launched bids to expand the $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy to help workers at companies owned by foreign governments. Read full article: 'They should be included': MPs push for ...→

Privacy advocates raise new concerns with COVIDSafe app

Privacy advocates raise new concerns with COVIDSafe app

Civil liberties groups want the government to change the design of the contact tracing app to ensure personal data is not stored on a central database. Read full article: Privacy advocates raise new concerns wit...→

Phone tower upgrades and satellite trucks to be rolled out for future bushfires

Phone tower upgrades and satellite trucks to be rolled out for future bushfires

The government has announced a $37 million telecommunications strategy after the unprecedented bushfire season exposed vulnerabilities in networks Read full article: Phone tower upgrades and satellite truck...→

'Australians know there is no money tree': Treasurer

'Australians know there is no money tree': Treasurer

Josh Frydenberg will start building the case for a new economic agenda on Tuesday while warning a coronavirus second wave will come at further heavy cost to th [...] Read full article: 'Australians know there is no money tree...→

BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work modelling showing workers not better off

BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work modelling showing workers not better off

One of the country's top industrial arbiters approved a pay deal covering some BHP workers just hours after his chambers sent the mining giant modelling showin [...] Read full article: BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work ...→

NSW Nationals MPs say Barilaro still their best leadership option

NSW Nationals MPs say Barilaro still their best leadership option

Colleagues of NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro say there will be no fireworks in Tuesday's party room meeting. Read full article: NSW Nationals MPs say Barilaro still the...→

Ruby Princess guests not required to social distance

Ruby Princess guests not required to social distance

Passengers aboard the Ruby Princess were not required to comply with social distancing rules on their cruise in mid-March despite Australia having such measure [...] Read full article: Ruby Princess guests not required to soc...→

Call centres register rise in anger and anxiety

Call centres register rise in anger and anxiety

Analysis of customer interactions with businesses during the pandemic shows an increase in concerns about job losses and physical distancing rules. Read full article: Call centres register rise in anger and ...→

PM warns Australians need to remain on guard

PM warns Australians need to remain on guard

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned the coronavirus is “still out there” and Australians need to remain on guard despite the relaxation of some restrictio [...] Read full article: PM warns Australians need to remain on g...→

Greens to propose Bernie Sanders-style youth jobs guarantee

Greens to propose Bernie Sanders-style youth jobs guarantee

A youth jobs guarantee will be proposed by the Greens to help the Australian economy recover after the pandemic. Read full article: Greens to propose Bernie Sanders-style y...→

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To receive the Need to know newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.... This week's labour force statistics are expected to show the loss of nearly 540,000 jobs [...] Read full article: To receive the Need to know newsletter i...→

China relations sour over tariff threat to Australian barley

China relations sour over tariff threat to Australian barley

Australia's souring relations with China have taken a turn for the worse as the nation's barley exporters face tariff threat. Read full article: China relations sour over tariff threat ...→

Australia mulls WTO action over China tariff threat

Australia mulls WTO action over China tariff threat

Australia is not ruling out taking China to the World Trade Organisation should Beijing make good on a growing threat to impose crippling tariffs on imports of [...] Read full article: Australia mulls WTO action over China ta...→

Baby-bump slump pokes hole in Treasury forecasts

Baby-bump slump pokes hole in Treasury forecasts

Australia will suffer a population slowdown as the coronavirus crisis discourages women from having children, leading to a slump in the birth rate that will dr [...] Read full article: Baby-bump slump pokes hole in Treasury f...→

Berejiklian's roadmap to freedom in NSW

Berejiklian's roadmap to freedom in NSW

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a roadmap to freedom but stressed that the onus is on everyone to keep their distance if they want restrictions gone for good.  Read full article: Berejiklian's roadmap to freedom in NSW...→

Teachers fear for health and safety

Teachers fear for health and safety

As the federal government pushes for schools around the country to reopen, many teachers are concerned about poor communication and fear for their health and s [...] Read full article: Teachers fear for health and safety...→

Wuhan cargo flown in by Cedar Meats-linked trader yet to clear customs

Wuhan cargo flown in by Cedar Meats-linked trader yet to clear customs

More than 70 tonnes of medical equipment flown in from China's Wuhan more than a month ago is yet to clear Australian customs. Read full article: Wuhan cargo flown in by Cedar Meats-link...→

Morrison's 3-step roadmap to recovery is merely a menu for the states

Morrison's 3-step roadmap to recovery is merely a menu for the states

Australians are about to discover that a national framework does not end the confusion over what is allowed when social restrictions are eased. Read full article: Morrison's 3-step roadmap to recovery is...→

What will reopen under stage one

What will reopen under stage one

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced what will be first to reopen in national cabinet’s three-step plan to lift coronavirus restrictions. Read full article: What will reopen under stage one...→

Superannuation early access scheme frozen as AFP investigates fraud claim

Superannuation early access scheme frozen as AFP investigates fraud claim

The federal government's superannuation early access scheme will be frozen until Monday after it was revealed on Thursday the Australian Federal Police was inv [...] Read full article: Superannuation early access scheme froze...→

Loyalty is not a one-way street

Loyalty is not a one-way street

IF POLITICAL chaos has shown us anything, it’s that loyalty is as unfashionable as Jackie Lambie in yellow. Read full article: Loyalty is not a one-way street...→

Union-busting bill off industry radar as regulator hails 'unprecedented' peace

Union-busting bill off industry radar as regulator hails 'unprecedented' peace

The Master Builders Association and CFMMEU have collaborated repeatedly during the coronavirus pandemic. Read full article: Union-busting bill off industry radar as...→

No more meetings as public servants return

No more meetings as public servants return

Officials are suggested to wear badges to prompt physical distancing, avoid meetings and split shifts to reduce the chance of infection, under new guidelines. Read full article: No more meetings as public servants retu...→

Australia part of ‘first movers’ group of nations

Australia part of ‘first movers’ group of nations

Australia has been invited to join an exclusive club of nations that have performed exceptionally well in containing the coronavirus. Read full article: Australia part of ‘first movers’ group o...→

Minister touted super safeguards on day AFP launched fraud investigation

Minister touted super safeguards on day AFP launched fraud investigation

Senator Jane Hume wrote that the ATO "has substantial checks in place to guard against fraud" on the same day the AFP was notified $120,000 had been stolen und [...] Read full article: Minister touted super safeguards on day ...→

AFP investigating 'sophisticated' theft of $120,000 from 150 super accounts

AFP investigating 'sophisticated' theft of $120,000 from 150 super accounts

The bank accounts of up to 150 victims have been frozen and the AFP is closing in on the alleged victims. Read full article: AFP investigating 'sophisticated' theft ...→

Infrastructure rebuild to form part of post-virus recovery plan

Infrastructure rebuild to form part of post-virus recovery plan

A ramp-up in infrastructure spending will feature as part of the Morrison government's post-virus economic recovery plan. Read full article: Infrastructure rebuild to form part of p...→

Tens of thousands of university research jobs at risk from funding blow

Tens of thousands of university research jobs at risk from funding blow

The university sector warns 38 per cent of research positions are at risk because of lost revenue from international students. Read full article: Tens of thousands of university research...→

Sky high demand for international freight flights

Sky high demand for international freight flights

Space on almost 350 flights has been locked in for desperate farmers and fishers hoping to reconnect with international customers. Read full article: Sky high demand for international freigh...→

'Terribly unfair': Silence on regional publishers and broadcaster fund

'Terribly unfair': Silence on regional publishers and broadcaster fund

Regional media owners are still waiting to find out whether they can access $50 million worth of emergency funding. Read full article: 'Terribly unfair': Silence on regional p...→

McGowan and Harvey at odds over best road out of coronavirus jobs crisis

McGowan and Harvey at odds over best road out of coronavirus jobs crisis

Premier Mark McGowan says tax reform not the answer to economic recovery as Liza Harvey eyes stimulus spending for struggling small businesses and families. Read full article: McGowan and Harvey at odds over best roa...→

Chaos as Andrew Constance withdraws from Eden-Monaro

Chaos as Andrew Constance withdraws from Eden-Monaro

The Coalition's campaign for the federal byelection of Eden-Monaro is in chaos with prospective Liberal candidate Andrew Constance withdrawing his nomination j [...] Read full article: Chaos as Andrew Constance withdraws from...→

Chaos as Andrew Constance rethinks Eden-Monaro run

Chaos as Andrew Constance rethinks Eden-Monaro run

The Coalition's campaign for the federal byelection of Eden-Monaro is in chaos with Andrew Constance considering withdrawing his nomination. Read full article: Chaos as Andrew Constance rethinks Eden-...→

Pauline Hanson wants two-year time limit on JobSeeker payments

Pauline Hanson wants two-year time limit on JobSeeker payments

The One Nation leader wants new JobSeeker recipients to be cut off from the public purse within two years if they don't get a job. Read full article: Pauline Hanson wants two-year time limit...→

Queen calls ScoMo to discuss COVID-19

Queen calls ScoMo to discuss COVID-19

Scott Morrison has received a call from The Queen, who was “very interested” in how Australia was combating the coronavirus. Read full article: Queen calls ScoMo to discuss COVID-19...→

The RBA clearly believes the world is a much calmer place than it was a month ag [...]

The RBA clearly believes the world is a much calmer place than it was a month ag [...]

The RBA clearly believes the world is a much calmer place than it was a month ago, and governor Phillip Lowe appears cautiously optimistic the country is ready [...] Read full article: The RBA clearly believes the world is a ...→

Strong or heavy-handed? Readers debate Australia's approach to China

Strong or heavy-handed? Readers debate Australia's approach to China

While Australia's two main political parties are essentially in lockstep over the country's approach to China, readers have expressed wildly different reaction [...] Read full article: Strong or heavy-handed? Readers debate A...→

China alters rules on iron ore, coal sparking trade fears

China alters rules on iron ore, coal sparking trade fears

There are growing fears about the security of Australia’s biggest exports to China after Beijing imposed inspection procedures on iron ore while traders warn s [...] Read full article: China alters rules on iron ore, coal spa...→

Insurers back plan for private health plans to cover kids up to age 30

Insurers back plan for private health plans to cover kids up to age 30

The government is considering a proposal to allow young Australians to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until the age of 30. Read full article: Insurers back plan for private health pl...→

Active cases drop to 550

Active cases drop to 550

There were eight new virus cases detected on Tuesday, an increase of 0.1 per cent to the total of 7068. Follow our live coronavirus blog here. Read full article: Active cases drop to 550...→

Doing all we can to bring our city back to life

Doing all we can to bring our city back to life

We want to be open for business as soon as possible and will do whatever it takes to bring this city back to life, says lord mayor Sally Capp. Read full article: Doing all we can to bring our city back ...→

Political interference a key risk to emissions reductions, experts say

Political interference a key risk to emissions reductions, experts say

Government funding for carbon capture could lead to greater emissions reductions, experts say, as they warn against political interference harming renewable en [...] Read full article: Political interference a key risk to emi...→

Government looks to carbon capture for climate action

Government looks to carbon capture for climate action

The Morrison government considers legislative changes to allow its clean energy agencies to unlock $2b in private investment. Read full article: Government looks to carbon capture for c...→

Australia must work to avoid 'vaccine nationalism', former top bureaucrat warns

Australia must work to avoid 'vaccine nationalism', former top bureaucrat warns

A top former bureaucrat has warned the international race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus could pit nations against each other if politician [...] Read full article: Australia must work to avoid 'vaccine na...→

Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous': Ministers trade barbs over border closure

Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous': Ministers trade barbs over border closure

"They're beating their chest about putting in a bid for Virgin, yet they've got their border closed. It's ridiculous." Read full article: Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous'...→

'I was terrified': Barilaro's epiphany could bring a change of heart

'I was terrified': Barilaro's epiphany could bring a change of heart

Deputy Premier says he still has some fight left in him after his bruising byelection stoush with Andrew Constance. Read full article: 'I was terrified': Barilaro's epiphany c...→

Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahead of public wage rises

Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahead of public wage rises

Economists warn public sector wages should not be increased and the money instead spent getting young people into work and building infrastructure. Read full article: Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahea...→

PM planning to scrap ‘free’ childcare

PM planning to scrap ‘free’ childcare

Scott Morrison has warned parents he plans to scrap “free childcare” as soon as practicable describing the current COVID-19 arrangements as not sustainable. Read full article: PM planning to scrap ‘free’ childcare...→

As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles for traction

As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles for traction

Labor is still searching for the best ways to perform an essential task in this Parliament – applying scrutiny in the middle of a crisis. Read full article: As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles f...→

PM plays a long game with China as US cashes in

PM plays a long game with China as US cashes in

Reports on Thursday that China had allowed imports of barley from the United States raised speculation among analysts that the US could be beneficiaries of Aus [...] Read full article: PM plays a long game with China as US ca...→

Australians told to prepare for even worse as job numbers crash

Australians told to prepare for even worse as job numbers crash

The jobs market is set to deteriorate even more despite a record drop in the number of people with a job as concern grows about home construction sector. Read full article: Australians told to prepare for even wor...→

'We have an agreement': Teachers, nurses fire warning shot over wages

'We have an agreement': Teachers, nurses fire warning shot over wages

Teachers and nurses unions have not ruled out industrial action if the NSW government presses ahead with a wage freeze. Read full article: 'We have an agreement': Teachers, nurses...→

Coroner & Legal Archives - Tasmanian Times

A Coroner is calling for the compulsory installation of electrical safety switches in all workplaces across Tasmania. The switches, or residual current...... A [...] Read full article: Coroner & Legal Archives - Tasmanian Tim...→

Queensland may throw more money at Virgin to 'fend off' other states

Queensland may throw more money at Virgin to 'fend off' other states

The Queensland government has not ruled out throwing more taxpayer money towards resurecting collapsed Virgin Australia in order to "fend off" interest from ot [...] Read full article: Queensland may throw more money at Virgi...→

Steel duties no excuse for China's barley tariffs: Birmingham

Steel duties no excuse for China's barley tariffs: Birmingham

Anti-dumping disputes should be taken to the WTO and not be resolved through a scorecard, says the Trade Minister. Read full article: Steel duties no excuse for China's barle...→

Experts call for urgent research on coronavirus-linked child disease

Experts call for urgent research on coronavirus-linked child disease

Australia's top health experts have asked for an urgent report into a mysterious coronavirus-linked illness suspected to have killed three US children. Read full article: Experts call for urgent research on coro...→

Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk government a fighting chance

Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk government a fighting chance

The shock resignation of Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad allows the Queensland Labor government to reshape its direction. Read full article: Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk govern...→

LNP pushes for Education Minister to be investigated over role in Trad demise

LNP pushes for Education Minister to be investigated over role in Trad demise

Queensland's Opposition has asked the state's corruption watchdog to assess whether Education Minister played any part in the appointment of a school principal [...] Read full article: LNP pushes for Education Minister to be ...→

Second coronavirus surge warning for Australia as economy reopens

Second coronavirus surge warning for Australia as economy reopens

Australia is on guard for a second coronavirus surge as restrictions begin to ease following outbreaks in other countries in similar circumstances. Read full article: Second coronavirus surge warning for Aus...→

CSIRO's freshwater finding for Murray Mouth set to reignite state tensions

CSIRO's freshwater finding for Murray Mouth set to reignite state tensions

Interstate tensions over water supplies in the nation's food bowl are set to flare anew after a CSIRO-led report found more freshwater flows were needed to mai [...] Read full article: CSIRO's freshwater finding for Murray Mo...→

Nation faces huge costs if states forced into re-closing economies

Nation faces huge costs if states forced into re-closing economies

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is warning Australians who flout rules aimed at stopping coronvirus risk inflicting huge financial costs on the country. Read full article: Nation faces huge costs if states forced...→

'No': Scott Morrison denies misleading Parliament over sports rorts

'No': Scott Morrison denies misleading Parliament over sports rorts

Labor will raise the Prime Minister's involvement in the pre-election grants when Parliament resumes on Tuesday. Read full article: 'No': Scott Morrison denies misleading P...→

Relaxed rules are welcome but we must remain vigilant

Relaxed rules are welcome but we must remain vigilant

Adherence to our limited new freedoms is the way to ensure that COVID-19 has the least chance of fighting back. Read full article: Relaxed rules are welcome but we must re...→

Workers JobKeeper shake-up will target

Workers JobKeeper shake-up will target

Scott Morrison has left the door wide open to changes to the $1500 JobKeeper payment as bosses complain some workers want “sit down money” and are refusing to [...] Read full article: Workers JobKeeper shake-up will target...→

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the cha [...]

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the cha [...]

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the chance to buy something they liked more. They may end up with both. Read full article: A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off...→

Global virus cases reach 4 million

Global virus cases reach 4 million

In Australia, there were 14 more COVID-19 cases detected on Sunday, taking the total to 6939. There are 676 active cases. Follow our live coronavirus blog here [...] Read full article: Global virus cases reach 4 million...→

A new budget disaster: twin deficits of more than $130b on the cards

A new budget disaster: twin deficits of more than $130b on the cards

With new official figures likely to show the nation's unemployment rate approaching 10 per cent, forecasts reveal the nation's finances will take a hit much la [...] Read full article: A new budget disaster: twin deficits of ...→

'Party embarrassed, community infuriated': Nats look to oust Barilaro

'Party embarrassed, community infuriated': Nats look to oust Barilaro

A senior Nationals MP has written to the party's executive complaining about the deputy premier's behaviour, and wants him to stand aside. Read full article: 'Party embarrassed, community infuriated...→

It's the right time to lift restrictions: AFR readers

It's the right time to lift restrictions: AFR readers

Nearly three-quarters of The Australian Financial Review's readers believe it is the right time for states to lift restrictions and get 1 million Australians b [...] Read full article: It's the right time to lift restrictions...→

Jackie Trad resigns from Qld cabinet

Jackie Trad resigns from Qld cabinet

Queensland's deputy premier Jackie Trad has resigned from cabinet amid a corruption probe and Health Minister Steven Miles has been elevated to deputy premier. Read full article: Jackie Trad resigns from Qld cabinet...→

Treasurer stands aside over school hire

Treasurer stands aside over school hire

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad will relinquish her ministerial duties amid allegations she helped recruit a Brisbane school principal. Read full article: Treasurer stands aside over school hire...→

NT bucks national plan as bars and clubs set to reopen

NT bucks national plan as bars and clubs set to reopen

Bars, restaurants, clubs and cafes in the Northern Territory will be open to customers from next Friday, and national parks in the territory have already start [...] Read full article: NT bucks national plan as bars and clubs...→

Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts

Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts

Staff members reveal the significant pressure they are under as the public broadcaster continues to face budget cuts of more than $100 million a year. Read full article: Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts...→

'Temporary lifeline': Hundreds of thousands face pre-Christmas income hit

'Temporary lifeline': Hundreds of thousands face pre-Christmas income hit

Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Australians face a huge cut in their incomes just before Christmas as the Morrison government prepares to wind back income [...] Read full article: 'Temporary lifeline': Hundreds of thousa...→

Unfair dismissal claims inundate workplace tribunal

Unfair dismissal claims inundate workplace tribunal

Cases at the Fair Work Commission were up 40 per cent in April as unemployment soared on the back of the pandemic. Read full article: Unfair dismissal claims inundate workpla...→

Green light opens flow of virus tracing data

Green light opens flow of virus tracing data

The COVIDSafe app is now fully operational after legislative and privacy safeguards were endorsed, clearing the way for states to quickly trace infection conta [...] Read full article: Green light opens flow of virus tracing ...→

NSW will not race to lift restrictions as national cabinet releases plan

NSW will not race to lift restrictions as national cabinet releases plan

Gladys Berejiklilan has urged people to stick to existing rules over the weekend, stressing that NSW will not rush the introduction of lifting coronavirus rest [...] Read full article: NSW will not race to lift restrictions a...→

RBA releases dire forecasts, tipping Christmas jobless rate of 9%

RBA releases dire forecasts, tipping Christmas jobless rate of 9%

Unemployment will be at 9 per cent at Christmas while the business sector could take years to fully re-start their investment plans, the Reserve Bank has warne [...] Read full article: RBA releases dire forecasts, tipping Chr...→

'Crucial' $2 million renewable hydrogen energy trial in Queensland

'Crucial' $2 million renewable hydrogen energy trial in Queensland

Innovative energy technology will trialled by APA Group under a $2.2 million project at Wallumbilla, near Roma. Read full article: 'Crucial' $2 million renewable hydrogen ...→

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance stripped of senior role

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance stripped of senior role

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance will face his first punishment after his spectacular about-face.  Read full article: NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance ...→

What virus? It's business as usual with Coalition catfights

What virus? It's business as usual with Coalition catfights

This week showed just how little it takes for the Coalition to engage in chaotic civil strife. Read full article: What virus? It's business as usual with ...→

Australia-Indonesia FTA to take effect in July

Australia-Indonesia FTA to take effect in July

Australian beef and sheep farmers, citrus and grain growers and education providers are set to be early winners of the long-awaited deal. Read full article: Australia-Indonesia FTA to take effect i...→

Albanese declares previous policies on the table in COVID-19 rethink

Albanese declares previous policies on the table in COVID-19 rethink

The Labor leader says the contentious policy to scrap franking credits is "off the agenda" as he prepares for his first major test in the Eden-Monaro byelectio [...] Read full article: Albanese declares previous policies on t...→

'A model example': 13 more cases linked to abattoir cluster

'A model example': 13 more cases linked to abattoir cluster

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says a growing COVID-19 outbreak is the reason his government has taken a very cautious approach to restrictions. Read full article: 'A model example': 13 more cases linked ...→

NSW man gets $35,000 for defamatory stalker Facebook post

NSW man gets $35,000 for defamatory stalker Facebook post

A man has been awarded $35,000 in defamation damages for a single post on a Sydney community Facebook page which implied he was a stalker and likely to kill wo [...] Read full article: NSW man gets $35,000 for defamatory stal...→

Sydney, Melbourne house prices facing double-digit falls: NAB

Sydney, Melbourne house prices facing double-digit falls: NAB

NAB chief economist Alan Oster says rising unemployment, slower wage growth and weak confidence will weigh on prices over the next 12 to 18 months. Read full article: Sydney, Melbourne house prices facing do...→

NSW councils to be given more flexibility over rates

NSW councils to be given more flexibility over rates

Councils that choose not to pass rate increases onto their communities will have the option of applying the increases in future years, under reforms proposed b [...] Read full article: NSW councils to be given more flexibilit...→

AFP investigates early-access super fraud

AFP investigates early-access super fraud

The ATO's early superannuation access scheme has been hit by a small number of fraudulent applications, but government says agency has not been compromised. Read full article: AFP investigates early-access super frau...→

Victoria the exception as active virus cases fall across the nation

Victoria the exception as active virus cases fall across the nation

The number of active COVID-19 cases across Australia has fallen to less than 800, as South Australia recorded its 14th consecutive virus-free day. Read full article: Victoria the exception as active virus c...→

Road back to COVID-safe workplaces is lined with warning signs

Road back to COVID-safe workplaces is lined with warning signs

The government's new guidelines aim to take thousands of home-bound employees in 23 major industry categories back to their workplace in a safe manner, writes [...] Read full article: Road back to COVID-safe workplaces is li...→

Perth COVID-19 survivor's lonely plight: 'I had four policemen rock up in gas masks'

Perth COVID-19 survivor's lonely plight: 'I had four policemen rock up in gas masks'

Loneliness, anxiety about how to treat herself, along with police in gas masks were some of the unexpected side effects of experiencing COVID-19, according to [...] Read full article: Perth COVID-19 survivor's lonely plight:...→

UK death toll overtakes Italy; Australian cases climb by 25

UK death toll overtakes Italy; Australian cases climb by 25

Yesterday 25 more COVID-19 cases were detected, increasing our total by 0.4 per cent to 6,849. There were 863 active cases. Follow our live coronavirus blog he [...] Read full article: UK death toll overtakes Italy; Australia...→

Morrison says open up the economy to recapture one million lost jobs

Morrison says open up the economy to recapture one million lost jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to open up the Australian economy to recapture one million jobs lost in the past six weeks due to the coronavirus shutdown. Read full article: Morrison says open up the economy to rec...→

Unemployed students falling off 'benefit cliff'

Unemployed students falling off 'benefit cliff'

Unemployed students will have to drop out of university to access coronavirus welfare payments if their partner earns more than the $48,000 annual median wage. Read full article: Unemployed students falling off 'benefit...→

Wrong sick list used to assess Ruby Princess

Wrong sick list used to assess Ruby Princess

NSW Health based its assessment of the Ruby Princess as a low infection risk on outdated data, a NSW special inquiry into the ship has heard. Read full article: Wrong sick list used to assess Ruby Prin...→

Local councils to get $1.8 billion to spend on infrastructure

Local councils to get $1.8 billion to spend on infrastructure

Local councils will be promised $1.8 billion in federal funds to accelerate projects that support jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Read full article: Local councils to get $1.8 billion to sp...→

'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacturers push national order book

'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacturers push national order book

Australian makers of critical medical supplies during COVID-19 say guaranteed government procurement would ensure a long-term local industry. Read full article: 'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacture...→

Consumer sentiment to help boost local manufacturing: Minister

Consumer sentiment to help boost local manufacturing: Minister

It has taken a major supply shock to remind people of the value of domestic manufacturing, Karen Andrews says. Read full article: Consumer sentiment to help boost local m...→

McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fast food work rules

McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fast food work rules

Part-time workers in the fast food industry will face changes to their hours if their bosses cannot get JobKeeper under the changes. Read full article: McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fa...→

Job losses taper off but tourist regions hit hard

Job losses taper off but tourist regions hit hard

The mass job-shedding since the start of the coronavirus pandemic appears to have stabilised but some domestic tourist hotspots face a long struggle back after [...] Read full article: Job losses taper off but tourist regions...→

New tool for business aims to simplify reopening process

New tool for business aims to simplify reopening process

The COVID-19 recovery team has developed a planning tool for firms to comply with changing operational environment. Read full article: New tool for business aims to simplify r...→

Barley growers brace for China tariff hit

Barley growers brace for China tariff hit

China's Commerce Ministry will decide on Tuesday whether to slap tariffs on Australia barley amid tensions between Canberra and Beijing over a potential COVID- [...] Read full article: Barley growers brace for China tariff hi...→

The political art of not wasting a crisis, or getting wasted by it

The political art of not wasting a crisis, or getting wasted by it

COVID can't cover for everything. Still the government must answer for sports rorts, a grab for ASIO powers and what might become of its economic agenda. Read full article: The political art of not wasting a crisi...→

Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: the hits keep coming for Brooklyn

Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: the hits keep coming for Brooklyn

Once, it was quarries and farmland. Today, it's heavy industry butts up against residents. The suburb, too, is home to the state's biggest coronavirus outbreak [...] Read full article: Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: th...→

Agreement breaks down over contentious fast food deal

Agreement breaks down over contentious fast food deal

A pay deal between unions and fast food companies has broken down and is now in the Fair Work Commission. Read full article: Agreement breaks down over contentious f...→

Coalition MP issues written invitation to Chinese ambassador to front trade inquiry

Coalition MP issues written invitation to Chinese ambassador to front trade inquiry

Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen has risked inflaming already heightened diplomatic tensions with China by doubling down on his attempts to call the [...] Read full article: Coalition MP issues written invitation t...→

No role for unions in Labor policy rethink: Bracks

No role for unions in Labor policy rethink: Bracks

Labor elder Steve Bracks believes the party should largely ignore unions as it develops policies to assist the economic recovery and win the next election.  Read full article: No role for unions in Labor policy rethi...→

'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ chancellor hits back at senator's criticism

'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ chancellor hits back at senator's criticism

Former diplomat and intelligence chief Peter Varghese has rejected Liberal senator James Paterson's comments on the university's ties with China. Read full article: 'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ c...→

Review to consider extending JobKeeper beyond September

Review to consider extending JobKeeper beyond September

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the $130 billion program was brought together "at a very quick pace" and some "anomalies and issues" needed to be addressed. Read full article: Review to consider extending JobKeeper b...→

Security report reveals some COVIDSafe information could go overseas

Security report reveals some COVIDSafe information could go overseas

A security assessment into government agencies has suggested Amazon may send some Australian data overseas before landing it on local servers. Read full article: Security report reveals some COVIDSafe i...→

Democracy Tasmania Archives - Tasmanian Times

Democracy Tasmania Archives - Tasmanian Times

Tasmanian Police Minister David O’Byrne has put his Government behind a decision by Tasmania Police to continue the secrecy over the Tasmania...... Hobart in J [...] Read full article: Democracy Tasmania Archives - Tasmanian ...→

Australia's largest philanthropic fund announces plan to tackle poverty

Australia's largest philanthropic fund announces plan to tackle poverty

The Paul Ramsay Foundation has also confirmed a long-term grant for the controversial Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Read full article: Australia's largest philanthropic fund a...→

Government making second attempt to give Border Force police-like powers

Government making second attempt to give Border Force police-like powers

Border Force officers would be able to search immigration detainees, and those suspected of carrying out illegal activity could have mobile phones banned. Read full article: Government making second attempt to give...→

Greens vote to give members voice in leadership election falls short

Greens vote to give members voice in leadership election falls short

More than 46 per cent of the party's 13,143 eligible members voted on whether the party should further democratise the party's leadership elections. Read full article: Greens vote to give members voice in lea...→

Public servants may stay home permanently

Public servants may stay home permanently

An estimated 70 per cent of public servants are now working remotely and early analysis is showing strong support to make remote working an accepted practice, [...] Read full article: Public servants may stay home permanentl...→

Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki

Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki

HOBART ratepayers paid $4500 for an alderman to visit Helsinki, Finland, and return with a report that is 93 per cent cut and pasted from articles on the inter [...] Read full article: Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki...→

Fears of a third strike: China trade move risks thousands of jobs

Fears of a third strike: China trade move risks thousands of jobs

The dairy industry has called a snap meeting with the government as fears grow of a third trade strike in retaliation for Australia's pursuit of a coronavirus [...] Read full article: Fears of a third strike: China trade mov...→

Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe app: Labor MP

Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe app: Labor MP

Ed Husic says four accredited Australian firms were overlooked for managing data from the coronavirus tracing application. Read full article: Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe a...→

Steven Miles will campaign for Jackie Trad if she gets Labor nod

Steven Miles will campaign for Jackie Trad if she gets Labor nod

Queensland's new Deputy Premier will wait to see if his beleaguered predecessor is preselected by the Labor Party before backing her campaign. Read full article: Steven Miles will campaign for Jackie Tr...→

Shops start to open and consumers start to spend

Shops start to open and consumers start to spend

There are positive signs consumers are opening their wallets as restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus are eased. Read full article: Shops start to open and consumers start ...→

Housing stimulus plan: Labor wants super funds, developers to lead

Housing stimulus plan: Labor wants super funds, developers to lead

Superannuation funds, property developers and the federal government could join forces to build housing under a Labor plan to recover from the coronavirus pand [...] Read full article: Housing stimulus plan: Labor wants super...→

ATO boosts security checks on super early access scheme

ATO boosts security checks on super early access scheme

While the ATO last week confirmed its systems had not been compromised, a spokeswoman said enhancements had been made to increase the end-to-end security of th [...] Read full article: ATO boosts security checks on super earl...→

Liberal MPs push for ways out of JobKeeper and JobSeeker schemes

Liberal MPs push for ways out of JobKeeper and JobSeeker schemes

Liberal MPs want a pathway out of the mammoth job assistance programs that are supporting more than five million workers through the coronavirus crisis. Read full article: Liberal MPs push for ways out of JobKeep...→

Victorian schools set for 'gradual, staged return' during term two

Victorian schools set for 'gradual, staged return' during term two

Victorian students will make a 'gradual, staged return' to face-to-face classes in term two, the Andrews government says, though no dates have been announced. Read full article: Victorian schools set for 'gradual, stag...→

Feeling safe is the key to a fast recovery

Feeling safe is the key to a fast recovery

Confidence about not becoming infected by the coronavirus is the key to a faster economic recovery, a US study has found. Read full article: Feeling safe is the key to a fast recove...→

'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises Labor push to restore wage deal notice period

'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises Labor push to restore wage deal notice period

Labor needs One Nation's support in the Senate to overturn the government's temporary cut to the minimum notice period for proposed amendments to an enterprise [...] Read full article: 'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises ...→

Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of committee for second grilling over super fraud

Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of committee for second grilling over super fraud

The Australian Taxation Office will be hauled in front of the COVID-19 inquiry for a second round of scrutiny if the government refuses to hand over details ab [...] Read full article: Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of ...→

CBA boss sees nascent signs of post-pandemic recovery

CBA boss sees nascent signs of post-pandemic recovery

Australians have begun to emerge from a spending shutdown during the depths of the coronavirus crisis in a trend that gives the country’s biggest bank greater [...] Read full article: CBA boss sees nascent signs of post-pand...→

New HCC logo misses the mark

New HCC logo misses the mark

A UNIVERSITY of Tasmania marketing lecturer says criticism of the much maligned new Hobart City Council logo is justified. Read full article: New HCC logo misses the mark...→

Bargaining 'taking much longer than it should': Labor

Bargaining 'taking much longer than it should': Labor

Labor will this week attempt to disallow the Morrison government's decision to fast-track cuts to pay and conditions in enterprise agreements, warning it is a [...] Read full article: Bargaining 'taking much longer than it s...→

NSW to lift some restrictions on Friday

NSW to lift some restrictions on Friday

NSW will further ease COVID-19 restrictions from this Friday; some school students to return in Victoria in two weeks; the AFL eyes a mid June start date. Foll [...] Read full article: NSW to lift some restrictions on Friday...→

'There will be outbreaks': Morrison warns Australia as economy reopens

'There will be outbreaks': Morrison warns Australia as economy reopens

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned Australia there will be more outbreaks of COVID-19 as the nation emerges from shutdown. Read full article: 'There will be outbreaks': Morrison warn...→

Wreaking deadly havoc: how the outbreak spiralled at Newmarch House

Wreaking deadly havoc: how the outbreak spiralled at Newmarch House

Aged care facility Newmarch House has been weathering what its chief executive calls a "perfect storm" as it battles a deadly coronavirus outbreak. Read full article: Wreaking deadly havoc: how the outbreak ...→

The Newmarch House Covid-19 cluster

With the aged-care watchdog looking into the Covid-19 cluster that has claimed 16 lives at Newmarch House in Sydney’s west, systemic flaws are being exposed. B [...] Read full article: The Newmarch House Covid-19 cluster...→

The rise and fall of Adam Brooks

The rise and fall of Adam Brooks

ADAM Brooks does not fit the usual stereotypes sometimes associated with the Liberal Party. Read full article: The rise and fall of Adam Brooks...→

CEOs can see 'light at the end of the tunnel'

CEOs can see 'light at the end of the tunnel'

Business leaders are rallying around Scott Morrison's plan for "a COVID-safe Australia", welcoming a three-stage plan from national cabinet to restart the econ [...] Read full article: CEOs can see 'light at the end of the tu...→

NSW minister Andrew Constance 'very lucky' not to have been fired

NSW minister Andrew Constance 'very lucky' not to have been fired

Premier Gladys Berejiklian looks likely to remove Andrew Constance in an upcoming reshuffle without a marked improvement in performance. Read full article: NSW minister Andrew Constance 'very luck...→

Protests at Brisbane's makeshift detention centre set to ramp up on Friday

Protests at Brisbane's makeshift detention centre set to ramp up on Friday

Protesters plan to "test the legalities of Queensland’s loosened lockdown laws" on Friday afternoon. Read full article: Protests at Brisbane's makeshift detenti...→

New claims: China hackers target Premier

New claims: China hackers target Premier

Chinese hackers targeted the office of Premier Mark McGowan with an advanced new cyberattack tool disguised as an email from the Indonesian Embassy in Australi [...] Read full article: New claims: China hackers target Premier...→

'Blatant interference': Former Australian foreign ministers lash Wuhan dossier

'Blatant interference': Former Australian foreign ministers lash Wuhan dossier

Australia has also secured the emphatic support of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in its push for an independent probe into the origins of the coronaviru [...] Read full article: 'Blatant interference': Former Australia...→

Morrison urges G20 to back virus probe amid furore over lab theory

Morrison urges G20 to back virus probe amid furore over lab theory

The PM considers the Trump administration's pushing of claims coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab an unwelcome distraction. Read full article: Morrison urges G20 to back virus probe a...→

Business faces JobKeeper pain as 40pc of workers rely on wage subsidy

Business faces JobKeeper pain as 40pc of workers rely on wage subsidy

Small retailers are turning away from JobKeeper as two-fifths of the private workforce relies on taxpayer support for their wages. Read full article: Business faces JobKeeper pain as 40pc of...→

'Gross hypocrisy': Barilaro accused of double standards over farm visit

'Gross hypocrisy': Barilaro accused of double standards over farm visit

Mr Barilaro revealed that he travelled from his home near Queanbeyan to his Dungowan Estate over the weekend. The farm is described as a "luxury escape". Read full article: 'Gross hypocrisy': Barilaro accused of d...→

Less than 800 active cases across Australia; Death toll reaches 97

Less than 800 active cases across Australia; Death toll reaches 97

There were 26 more virus cases detected yesterday, increasing our total by 0.4 per cent to 6873. There are 798 active cases. Follow our live coronavirus blog h [...] Read full article: Less than 800 active cases across Austra...→

Asylum seekers lodge claim to address detention virus fears

Asylum seekers lodge claim to address detention virus fears

Lawyers for asylum-seekers in detention will ask federal authorities to release some of them due to fears of coronavirus. Read full article: Asylum seekers lodge claim to address de...→

Rich hit hardest as households lose $102b in virus shockwave

Rich hit hardest as households lose $102b in virus shockwave

An ANU study bases its findings on the combined lost wages from job losses, pay cuts, reduced hours and sharemarket falls. Read full article: Rich hit hardest as households lose $102...→

Three Liberals fighting for Eden-Monaro as Navy veteran joins race

Three Liberals fighting for Eden-Monaro as Navy veteran joins race

The Liberal Party will turn to at least three potential candidates to fight the Eden-Monaro byelection in a looming preselection. Read full article: Three Liberals fighting for Eden-Monaro ...→

US access of COVIDSafe data 'not conceivable', but legal advice not released

US access of COVIDSafe data 'not conceivable', but legal advice not released

Public servants grilled on the COVIDSafe app said it is extremely unlikely the US would access the data and confirmed the app has issues on iPhones. Read full article: US access of COVIDSafe data 'not conceiv...→

Constance withdraws from Eden-Monaro

Constance withdraws from Eden-Monaro

Just 24 hours after putting his hand up, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has withdrawn from the selection race for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro. Read full article: Constance withdraws from Eden-Monaro...→

Unions push for higher minimum wage, Porter warns it will cost jobs

Unions push for higher minimum wage, Porter warns it will cost jobs

The ACTU argues giving workers on minimum wage more money to spend will help the economy make a faster recovery. Read full article: Unions push for higher minimum wage, Por...→

Cutting immigration would hurt the economy and communities: Morrison

Cutting immigration would hurt the economy and communities: Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed migration levels to stay where they are after Labor called for changes to the migration system. Read full article: Cutting immigration would hurt the econo...→

Minister names state’s new health boss

Minister names state’s new health boss

VICTORIAN health professional David Alcorn will head up Tasmania’s statewide health organisation from February 1. Read full article: Minister names state’s new health boss...→

CovidSafe legislation wins legal support, but with tweaks

CovidSafe legislation wins legal support, but with tweaks

New exposure bill for the COVIDSafe app wins legal support, but with calls to strengthen privacy protections. Read full article: CovidSafe legislation wins legal support...→

Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon settles multi-million dollar claim against his will

Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon settles multi-million dollar claim against his will

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon has quietly settled her $4 million legal claim against his estate lodged against her father’s cancer- [...] Read full article: Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon sett...→

Local councils to get $1.8 billion to spend on infrastructure

Local councils to get $1.8 billion to spend on infrastructure

Local councils will be promised $1.8 billion in federal funds to accelerate projects that support jobs during the coronavirus crisis. Read full article: Local councils to get $1.8 billion to sp...→

China alters rules on iron ore, coal sparking trade fears

China alters rules on iron ore, coal sparking trade fears

There are growing fears about the security of Australia’s biggest exports to China after Beijing imposed inspection procedures on iron ore while traders warn s [...] Read full article: China alters rules on iron ore, coal spa...→

Melbourne's inner city and northern suburbs take biggest job hits from virus

Melbourne's inner city and northern suburbs take biggest job hits from virus

The inner city shed more than 26,000 jobs last month and the Reserve Bank has warned the economy won't bounce back to strength without a major medical breakthr [...] Read full article: Melbourne's inner city and northern subu...→

'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacturers push national order book

'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacturers push national order book

Australian makers of critical medical supplies during COVID-19 say guaranteed government procurement would ensure a long-term local industry. Read full article: 'No-brainer': Medical supply manufacture...→

Active cases drop to 550

Active cases drop to 550

There were eight new virus cases detected on Tuesday, an increase of 0.1 per cent to the total of 7068. Follow our live coronavirus blog here. Read full article: Active cases drop to 550...→

Galleries, libraries the latest to be given a date to reopen

Galleries, libraries the latest to be given a date to reopen

First it was restaurants and cafes, now libraries, museums and art galleries will be next to welcome back visitors. Read full article: Galleries, libraries the latest to be gi...→

McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fast food work rules

McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fast food work rules

Part-time workers in the fast food industry will face changes to their hours if their bosses cannot get JobKeeper under the changes. Read full article: McDonald's wins temporary overhaul of fa...→

Political interference a key risk to emissions reductions, experts say

Political interference a key risk to emissions reductions, experts say

Government funding for carbon capture could lead to greater emissions reductions, experts say, as they warn against political interference harming renewable en [...] Read full article: Political interference a key risk to emi...→

Queensland government set to reveal position on euthanasia this week

Queensland government set to reveal position on euthanasia this week

In March, a parliamentary health committee recommended Queensland legalise voluntary assisted dying for adults with advanced terminal medical conditions. Read full article: Queensland government set to reveal posi...→

Government looks to carbon capture for climate action

Government looks to carbon capture for climate action

The Morrison government considers legislative changes to allow its clean energy agencies to unlock $2b in private investment. Read full article: Government looks to carbon capture for c...→

NSW students will return to school full-time from May 25

NSW students will return to school full-time from May 25

While face-to-face teaching will resume after weeks of remote lessons, school will not return to normal, with no assemblies, no inter-school sport, and parents [...] Read full article: NSW students will return to school full-...→

Barley growers brace for China tariff hit

Barley growers brace for China tariff hit

China's Commerce Ministry will decide on Tuesday whether to slap tariffs on Australia barley amid tensions between Canberra and Beijing over a potential COVID- [...] Read full article: Barley growers brace for China tariff hi...→

Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous': Ministers trade barbs over border closure

Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous': Ministers trade barbs over border closure

"They're beating their chest about putting in a bid for Virgin, yet they've got their border closed. It's ridiculous." Read full article: Sydney 'dreary', Queensland 'ridiculous'...→

Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Australia wanes

Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Australia wanes

Farmers have been plunged into uncertainty by China’s foreign investment strategy as its hunger for Australian food wanes. Read full article: Farmer turmoil as China's hunger for Aus...→

Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: the hits keep coming for Brooklyn

Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: the hits keep coming for Brooklyn

Once, it was quarries and farmland. Today, it's heavy industry butts up against residents. The suburb, too, is home to the state's biggest coronavirus outbreak [...] Read full article: Stenches, dust, pollution, now COVID: th...→

Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahead of public wage rises

Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahead of public wage rises

Economists warn public sector wages should not be increased and the money instead spent getting young people into work and building infrastructure. Read full article: Experts urge spending on youth jobs ahea...→

Winding up virus bridge would send economy off the edge

Winding up virus bridge would send economy off the edge

Despite the government's rhetoric, the political reality is that JobKeeper and JobSeeker will have to be extended to stop businesses and the jobless falling of [...] Read full article: Winding up virus bridge would send econo...→

Coalition MP issues written invitation to Chinese ambassador to front trade inquiry

Coalition MP issues written invitation to Chinese ambassador to front trade inquiry

Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen has risked inflaming already heightened diplomatic tensions with China by doubling down on his attempts to call the [...] Read full article: Coalition MP issues written invitation t...→

As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles for traction

As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles for traction

Labor is still searching for the best ways to perform an essential task in this Parliament – applying scrutiny in the middle of a crisis. Read full article: As pandemic plays out, Labor struggles f...→

Recovery a big chance to clear the air, permanently

Recovery a big chance to clear the air, permanently

In a time of uncertainty, one thing is clear - there will be no ''business as usual'' after the pandemic. Read full article: Recovery a big chance to clear the air, ...→

'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ chancellor hits back at senator's criticism

'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ chancellor hits back at senator's criticism

Former diplomat and intelligence chief Peter Varghese has rejected Liberal senator James Paterson's comments on the university's ties with China. Read full article: 'Boycotting China is not sensible': UQ c...→

Australians told to prepare for even worse as job numbers crash

Australians told to prepare for even worse as job numbers crash

The jobs market is set to deteriorate even more despite a record drop in the number of people with a job as concern grows about home construction sector. Read full article: Australians told to prepare for even wor...→

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy she [...]

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy she [...]

Australia's unemployment rate jumped to 6.2 per cent in April as the economy shed 594,300 jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic.... The official 6.2 per cent unemploym [...] Read full article: Australia's unemployment rate jumped to ...→

Security report reveals some COVIDSafe information could go overseas

Security report reveals some COVIDSafe information could go overseas

A security assessment into government agencies has suggested Amazon may send some Australian data overseas before landing it on local servers. Read full article: Security report reveals some COVIDSafe i...→

Coroner & Legal Archives - Tasmanian Times

A Coroner is calling for the compulsory installation of electrical safety switches in all workplaces across Tasmania. The switches, or residual current...... A [...] Read full article: Coroner & Legal Archives - Tasmanian Tim...→

Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper

Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper

Scott Morrison has ruled out extending the JobKeeper scheme warning the Australian economy must not become “addicted” to handouts. Read full article: Why ScoMo won’t be extending JobKeeper...→

Australia's largest philanthropic fund announces plan to tackle poverty

Australia's largest philanthropic fund announces plan to tackle poverty

The Paul Ramsay Foundation has also confirmed a long-term grant for the controversial Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. Read full article: Australia's largest philanthropic fund a...→

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

All controversial projects determined in 12 weeks, Minister demands

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes advised the Independent Planning Commission of the new benchmarks in a written "statement of expectations" obtained by the Her [...] Read full article: All controversial projects determined in...→

Greens vote to give members voice in leadership election falls short

Greens vote to give members voice in leadership election falls short

More than 46 per cent of the party's 13,143 eligible members voted on whether the party should further democratise the party's leadership elections. Read full article: Greens vote to give members voice in lea...→

Liberal senator hits out at university China reliance, reveals whistleblower documents

Liberal senator hits out at university China reliance, reveals whistleblower documents

James Paterson revealed details of University of Queensland vice-chancellor Peter Hoj's pay and incentives to deepen ties with China. Read full article: Liberal senator hits out at university C...→

Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki

Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki

HOBART ratepayers paid $4500 for an alderman to visit Helsinki, Finland, and return with a report that is 93 per cent cut and pasted from articles on the inter [...] Read full article: Sexton’s $4500 trip to Helsinki...→

Government starts work on post-pandemic plan, tax reform agenda

Government starts work on post-pandemic plan, tax reform agenda

The Morrison government is starting work on its post-pandemic plan to rebuild the Australian economy, with states looking for a reform package dominated by an [...] Read full article: Government starts work on post-pandemic ...→

Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe app: Labor MP

Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe app: Labor MP

Ed Husic says four accredited Australian firms were overlooked for managing data from the coronavirus tracing application. Read full article: Dump Amazon Web Services for COVIDSafe a...→

Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk government a fighting chance

Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk government a fighting chance

The shock resignation of Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad allows the Queensland Labor government to reshape its direction. Read full article: Trad resignation gives Palaszczuk govern...→

'They should be included': MPs push for JobKeeper changes to extend wage subsidy

'They should be included': MPs push for JobKeeper changes to extend wage subsidy

Liberal and Labor politicians have launched bids to expand the $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy to help workers at companies owned by foreign governments. Read full article: 'They should be included': MPs push for ...→

Shops start to open and consumers start to spend

Shops start to open and consumers start to spend

There are positive signs consumers are opening their wallets as restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus are eased. Read full article: Shops start to open and consumers start ...→

Second coronavirus surge warning for Australia as economy reopens

Second coronavirus surge warning for Australia as economy reopens

Australia is on guard for a second coronavirus surge as restrictions begin to ease following outbreaks in other countries in similar circumstances. Read full article: Second coronavirus surge warning for Aus...→

Phone tower upgrades and satellite trucks to be rolled out for future bushfires

Phone tower upgrades and satellite trucks to be rolled out for future bushfires

The government has announced a $37 million telecommunications strategy after the unprecedented bushfire season exposed vulnerabilities in networks Read full article: Phone tower upgrades and satellite truck...→

ATO boosts security checks on super early access scheme

ATO boosts security checks on super early access scheme

While the ATO last week confirmed its systems had not been compromised, a spokeswoman said enhancements had been made to increase the end-to-end security of th [...] Read full article: ATO boosts security checks on super earl...→

Nation faces huge costs if states forced into re-closing economies

Nation faces huge costs if states forced into re-closing economies

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is warning Australians who flout rules aimed at stopping coronvirus risk inflicting huge financial costs on the country. Read full article: Nation faces huge costs if states forced...→

BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work modelling showing workers not better off

BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work modelling showing workers not better off

One of the country's top industrial arbiters approved a pay deal covering some BHP workers just hours after his chambers sent the mining giant modelling showin [...] Read full article: BHP pay deal approved despite Fair Work ...→

Victorian schools set for 'gradual, staged return' during term two

Victorian schools set for 'gradual, staged return' during term two

Victorian students will make a 'gradual, staged return' to face-to-face classes in term two, the Andrews government says, though no dates have been announced. Read full article: Victorian schools set for 'gradual, stag...→

Relaxed rules are welcome but we must remain vigilant

Relaxed rules are welcome but we must remain vigilant

Adherence to our limited new freedoms is the way to ensure that COVID-19 has the least chance of fighting back. Read full article: Relaxed rules are welcome but we must re...→

Ruby Princess guests not required to social distance

Ruby Princess guests not required to social distance

Passengers aboard the Ruby Princess were not required to comply with social distancing rules on their cruise in mid-March despite Australia having such measure [...] Read full article: Ruby Princess guests not required to soc...→

'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises Labor push to restore wage deal notice period

'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises Labor push to restore wage deal notice period

Labor needs One Nation's support in the Senate to overturn the government's temporary cut to the minimum notice period for proposed amendments to an enterprise [...] Read full article: 'Grabbing at straws': Hanson criticises ...→

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the cha [...]

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the cha [...]

A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off-plan in Mt Buller, but then got the chance to buy something they liked more. They may end up with both. Read full article: A Melbourne couple contracted to buy off...→

PM warns Australians need to remain on guard

PM warns Australians need to remain on guard

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned the coronavirus is “still out there” and Australians need to remain on guard despite the relaxation of some restrictio [...] Read full article: PM warns Australians need to remain on g...→

Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of committee for second grilling over super fraud

Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of committee for second grilling over super fraud

The Australian Taxation Office will be hauled in front of the COVID-19 inquiry for a second round of scrutiny if the government refuses to hand over details ab [...] Read full article: Labor threatens to pull ATO in front of ...→

A new budget disaster: twin deficits of more than $130b on the cards

A new budget disaster: twin deficits of more than $130b on the cards

With new official figures likely to show the nation's unemployment rate approaching 10 per cent, forecasts reveal the nation's finances will take a hit much la [...] Read full article: A new budget disaster: twin deficits of ...→