Australia

Coronavirus: New Australia coach Rennie to take 30 per cent pay cut

New Australia coach Dave Rennie has volunteered to take a 30 per cent pay cut ahead of starting his job with the Wallabies next month. Rugby Australia (RA) reported a provisional deficit of 9.4 million Australian dollars for 2019 back in March, and the impact of the coronavirus has further impacted their finances. All July internationals have already been scrapped ...

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Protesters Rally for Black Lives, Remind Australia of Past

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Thousands gathered in Australia’s capital on Friday to remind Australians that the racial inequality underscored by George Floyd’s death was not unique to the United States. The Canberra rally that attracted 2,000 demonstrators comes before larger rallies are planned for Australia’s most populous cities on Saturday, with authorities concerned about maintaining social distancing. Police were on Friday ...

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Scott Morrison urges Queensland, Western Australia to reopen borders

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a strong warning to Queensland and Western Australia to reopen their borders in July. The premiers of South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland have all refused to reopen their borders to interstate travellers, despite dwindling reports of new coronavirus cases. Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in particular has refused to buckle to increasing pressure ...

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Court bans Australian Black Lives Matter rally over coronavirus

New South Wales (NSW) Police had sought a court order to halt it. Thousands were expected to attend the rally in solidarity with US protests over the killing of George Floyd and to express anger over indigenous deaths in Australian custody. Organisers say they are determined to go ahead with the protest. Since the killing of African-American man George Floyd ...

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Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance

Good evening, here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Luke Henriques-Gomes and it’s Friday 5 June. NSW police take court action to stop Black Lives Matter protest As the prime minister, Scott Morrison, urged people to stay away from Black Lives Matter protests planned for capital cities on Saturday due to social distancing rules, ...

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

A former top bureaucrat has warned the international race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus could pit nations against each other if politicians bow to domestic pressures to put their own citizens at the front of the queue for a jab. Jane Halton, a former secretary of the health and finance departments who now chairs the Coalition for ...

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‘Greed and exploitation’: Judge slams Hero Sushi for underpayments

Three outlets of food court staple Hero Sushi and five staff members have been fined a record $891,000 for underpaying workers and attempting to cover up the wrongdoing. An audit in 2016 by the Fair Work Ombudsman found 94 Hero Sushi employees at stores in the Canberra Centre, Westfield Kotara and Australia Fair on the Gold Coast, many of whom ...

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Top economist says Australia should turn to its GFC playbook on wages

The economist who chaired Australia’s minimum wage panel the last time it decided to freeze the pay of Australia’s poorest workers has warned any increase this year risks higher unemployment and lower spending. Professor Ian Harper, now dean of the Melbourne Business School and a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, faced down the global financial crisis in ...

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Top Sydney barrister to oversee war crimes probe against Ben Roberts-Smith

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has appointed top Sydney barrister David McLure SC to lead efforts to prosecute decorated Afghan veteran Ben Roberts-Smith for alleged war crimes. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald has confirmed Mr McLure, a former legal officer attached to the special forces turned rising star of the Sydney bar, was appointed recently by the CDPP to handle ...

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Australia hails global support for independent coronavirus investigation

Australia’s foreign minister insists a motion that has won support from more than 120 countries will pave the way for an impartial, independent and comprehensive investigation into the handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. Facing criticism from some hawkish Coalition backbenchers that the motion to go to the World Health Assembly on Monday night had been “watered down”, Marise Payne described the growing ...

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