Rogue operators to be liable for civil and criminal penalties under licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers
An independent licensing authority will be established in Victoria to crack down on widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across the state.
Laws introduced to the state’s parliament on Wednesday will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws and minimum accommodation standards. A list of licensed providers will be published on a publicly accessible register.
Deputy PM says Jacinda Ardern’s pledge to resettle up to 150 refugees from Manus Island could jeopardise the countries’ relationship
Recently renounced New Zealand citizen Barnaby Joyce has said his former homeland should back off on its offer to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention regime.
In an interview with Newstalk ZB in New Zealand, the recently-reinstalled deputy prime minister of Australia issued a veiled threat to the NZ prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that her commitment to the offer could jeopardise the two countries’ relationship.
US rate hikes, the rebound in foreign economies and a weaker-than-expected jobs market are just some of the reasons why the Australian dollar will drop to 68 US cents, argues Westpac.
Draft report from hydraulic fracking inquiry has found the practice can be safe if risks are better mitigated
The Northern Territory government will wait until next year to make a decision on lifting its moratorium on fracking, despite federal calls for it to “get on with the job” after a long-running inquiry found it could be safe if risks were better mitigated.
The inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the NT released its draft final report on Tuesday with 120 recommendations, which it said must be implemented in full to “reduce the risk to an acceptable level”.
Film will be directed by Luca Guadagnino, whose latest, Call Me By Your Name, has been nominated for three Golden Globes
The Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence will reportedly star in and produce the upcoming film adaptation of the Australian author Hannah Kent’s award-winning 2013 novel, Burial Rites.
Kent’s novel is based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in 1830. A farm worker, Magnúsdóttir was sentenced to death for her part in the murder of two men and, due to the structure of the Icelandic legal system, spent her last days at an isolated farmhouse with a family of upstanding citizens watching over her. Kent’s novel reimagines the story of these final months before Magnúsdóttir’s execution.
Upper house committee says nets damage other marine wildlife and recommends replacement of lethal drum lines
Shark nets in place across Australia to protect beachgoers should be phased out as they cause more harm than good, a Senate inquiry has found.
An upper house committee examined shark mitigation and deterrent measures in Australia, and specifically the use of mesh nets in New South Wales and Queensland.
The devastating facial injuries sustained by a Canberra man when armed attackers assaulted him and his partner in their apartment “could have easily killed him” — but police say they were not even the intended target.
Senator Sam Dastyari is yet to confirm when his resignation will take effect, but the Prime Minister says he is “still taking money from the taxpayers of the country that he put second”.
Growth in high-skilled jobs is highest in Australian cities and for the country its low-skilled jobs.
Irrespective of a donor’s nationality, what are the effects of politicians hobnobbing with billionaires on the democratic process?
We need to be very careful about the political narrative emerging to explain Sam Dastyari’s downfall.
In Fairfax, Mark Kenny argues that, by resigning over his connections with billionaire Huang Xiangmo, Dastyari “reinforced to Beijing, and to its wealthy business and political surrogates here, that Australia will safeguard its sovereignty as jealously as does China”.