PM’s remarks about Clive Palmer could have implied fraud, judge finds

Businessman and former MP is seeking damages from Malcolm Turnbull and employment minister Michaelia Cash

A Queensland judge has found comments made by the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, about Clive Palmer and the demise of Queensland Nickel “could well be viewed” as a suggestion the mining magnate had acted fraudulently.

The businessman and former MP is seeking $500,000 in damages from both the prime minister and the employment minister, Michaelia Cash, plus another $500,000 in interest.

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Hamish and Andy: ‘Australians love talking about their stuff-ups’

Comedians Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are full of great anecdotes, but their new television show stars the pub yarns of everyday Australians

The good old fashioned pub yarn is having something of a pop culture resurgence. Venues like Sydney’s Giant Dwarf host popular themed-story evenings, while in New York, formats such as The Moth have reinvigorated the in-person anecdote as a public event. Meanwhile, podcasting has enabled stories to be distributed far beyond the campfire. Hilarious anecdotes are bricks and mortar for standup comedians. The best tell us stories that not only make us howl with laughter, but also groan with recognition.

It is fitting, then, that the people to reinvigorate the pub yarn for a television audience is comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

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Labor vows to stamp out slavery in Australia’s supply chains

Party would establish an anti-slavery commissioner to help victims and also fight slavery overseas, Bill Shorten says

Bill Shorten has promised to introduce legislation to prevent slave labour being used in the global supply chains of Australian businesses if Labor wins the next election.

Labor would require Australia’s biggest companies to produce annual reports on the steps they are taking to stamp out slavery in their supply chains, he said. It would also establish an anti-slavery commissioner to help victims of slavery in Australia, and to fight slavery overseas.

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Penalty rate cuts to be phased in gradually, Fair Work rules

Labor decries cuts to Sunday and public holiday rates that will begin on 1 July but with some taking years to fully implement

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed cuts in some Sunday penalty rates will begin from 1 July, to be phased in over three to four years, while cuts in public holiday rates will begin on 1 July.

Labor slammed the decision, saying it came at a time when wages were falling in real terms, but the Australian Retailers’ Association has called for the cuts to be brought in more swiftly.

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