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NSW requires pressing assembly to strengthen info sharing between states as a part of little one safety techniques

Tamsin Rose

Tamsin Rose

The New South Wales authorities will transfer to strengthen info sharing between state regulation enforcement companies and is looking for an pressing assembly of state authorities companies after a Queensland childcare employee was charged with 1,623 little one abuse offences.

The premier, Chris Minns, advised the parliament his authorities was already taking a look at its personal techniques to make sure there have been no gaps within the little one safety system.

He mentioned:

We all know our system in NSW is robust, however I wish to reassure the neighborhood, we’re taking steps to take a look at any gaps in our system and our laws to strengthen little one safety on this state. The minister for households and communities is already in discussions with colleagues in state and nationwide jurisdictions about guaranteeing secure and clear information sharing throughout borders and throughout companies. The minister can even name for an instantaneous assembly of federal and state ministers to demand progress urgently on higher info sharing between jurisdictions.

He mentioned the schooling minister, Prue Automobile, was additionally reviewing the processes concerned in elevating crimson flags cross in early childhood care and faculties. She can even work with “impartial and Catholic sectors to make sure there are not any methods for offenders to leap between the general public and non-government sector”, Minns mentioned.

The premier thanked the police and regulation enforcement companies who had taken half in Operation Tenterfield.

Key occasions

Query Time will get underway

The primary query for Wednesday’s Query Time within the Home of Representatives is from deputy Liberal chief Sussan Ley. Ley asks Indigenous Australians minister Linda Burney:

Final month the minister mentioned, and I quote: ‘The Makarrata Mission and would have two jobs. First, the nationwide strategy of reality telling, a nationwide settlement making, which is admittedly code for treaty with out saying it’. Would the Minister defined the assertion to the home?

Burney responds:

The phrase makarrata is a phrase from the language of the Yolngu individuals from Arnhem Land.

It means coming collectively after a wrestle, dealing with the details of wrongness, residing collectively in peace, and that phrase was gifted to the Uluru Assertion from the Coronary heart by the late Yunupingu, the good … chief from North-East Arnhem Land.

This weekend at Garma we’ll collect once more and bear in mind his legacy and all that he did for his individuals over so a few years. And greater than something, he needed to see constitutional recognition by way of a Voice made a actuality. Later this 12 months we’ve got the possibility to try this. Recognition, listening and higher outcomes.

Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Greens’ social providers spokesperson, senator Janet Rice, has lambasted the federal government’s win to lift revenue help funds by $56 a fortnight.

The social gathering had tried to double the quantity a recipient can earn earlier than funds are decreased to $300 per fortnight and lift the bottom charge additional to $88 a day – above the poverty line.

Rice mentioned the federal government “ignored a possibility to make a significant distinction in lifting Australians out of poverty and constructing a powerful social security web for everybody who wants it”.

In terms of revenue help, we don’t have an actual security web. As a witness on the invoice’s inquiry mentioned: ‘I wouldn’t name it a security web, I’d name it a parachute with holes. If you’re on JobSeeker, you’re going to hit the underside in some unspecified time in the future.’
All this invoice does is put a tiny patch on a few of these holes. The rise works out to be round $4 a day, which is lower than a cup of espresso and gained’t assist anybody pay their hire.

Social providers minister Amanda Rishworth mentioned virtually two million Australians would obtain the profit when it comes into impact from 20 September.

It would additionally improve the eligibility of single dad or mum funds that means the cut-off age for a kid will improve to 14 from 8 years outdated.

The minister mentioned an employment white paper, taking a look at a broader vary of the obstacles welfare recipients are dealing with, will probably be launched later this 12 months.

Rishworth didn’t rule out contemplating elevating the revenue free space however mentioned the white paper would concentrate on getting extra Australians into safe, everlasting work.

I don’t wish to preempt the work accomplished in that white paper. It’s a very complete look. However as I’ve mentioned commonly from the opposition, this was a thought bubble. They’d the chance to truly implement this once they had been final in authorities. The truth is, in April 2021, they set the revenue free threshold. In fact, as I mentioned, 77 per cent of individuals don’t even use the revenue free threshold that’s obtainable to them for the time being.

Rafqa Touma

Rafqa Touma

It’s time for me to move the blog-baton to Josh Taylor, who will take you thru the afternoon’s information. Thanks for becoming a member of me this morning!

Requested what needs to be accomplished to repair productiveness, Innes Willox, the chief government of the Australian Business Group, says:

Productiveness is many parts. It’s not about us working tougher, it’s about us working smarter and extra effectively. About getting extra bang for our buck. And that includes many alternative areas. It includes office measures, naturally, but additionally includes taxation reform, power reform, infrastructure reform, schooling abilities and coaching, all of them working collectively.

Business head says there has not been three-way dialog over proposed IR modifications

Innes Willox, the chief government of the Australian Business Group, says there was no alternative for three-way conversations between authorities, employers and unions forward of modifications to office measures being thought-about by the federal government.

Answering a query following his Nationwide Press Membership deal with, Willox mentioned:

At no level but, and there’s nonetheless time, and we hope so, at no level but has there been conversations with authorities, employer representatives and unions in the identical room. To have the ability to have a look at one another within the eye and to work by way of issues, variations, difficulties, interpretations. And till you get that occuring, you’re going to create circumstances for battle out within the discipline. And that discipline will probably be in workplaces, it might find yourself being within the Honest Work Fee, will probably be within the courts.

We, as an organisation, are having actually good conversations with the federal government for the time being and as I mentioned in my remarks, we expect we’ve got shifted the dial on just a few issues. I believe it’s bought to be actually necessary that earlier than this course of is concluded, earlier than the laws finds its method into [arliament, there are serious conversations with all three parties in the room so we can work through the issues.

Australian Industry Group CEO: ‘We are a migration nation. Our success is built on migration’

Our political correspondent Paul Karp asks Innes Willox, the chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, about the demonisation of the increase in arrivals in net migration since the Covid border closures were lifted.

Willox says:

I think there was a misunderstanding of the positive impact that migration has on us as a community and as an economy. Post-Covid you had a big build-up of people wanting to come to Australia for various reasons and in various guises and we’re working that through.

All the expectations are that migration levels will return to what you might call more normal pre-Covid levels from about next year.

But migration and skilled migration is important to our workforces and our workplaces for a couple of reasons. We have over 400,000 unfilled jobs in our economy at the moment. I’m not saying that we should take in 400,000 migrants to fill those jobs, that’s just an example of the scale of the problem that businesses are having at the moment.

Skilled migrants … move to regional centres where there are massive job shortages. Skilled migrants take roles that are highly technical that we don’t have the skills or capability here for it at the moment and they teach and are able to pass on their skills and knowledge to others. We are a migration nation. Our success has been built on migration.

Albanese nabs Fifa trophy – temporarily

Guardian photographer Mike Bowers captured the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, having his photo taken with Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, and then pretending to walk away, prized cup in tow.

Anthony Albanese shakes hands with Fifa president Gianni Infantino
First, the handshake … Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pretending to steal the Women's World Cup trophy as Fifa president Gianni Infantino looks on
… and then, a cunning plan foiled. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Here is the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, testing out the feel of (and then pretending to steal) the Fifa Women’s World Cup trophy before it makes it to the Matildas’ hands (no bias here).

Employers against ‘unnecessary, unproductive’ IR changes

Innes Willox, the chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, says Australian employers are “rightly very agitated” about the “unnecessary, unproductive and conflict inducing” workplace measures being considered by the government, in an address to the National Press Club today.

He warns of “unjustified” changes to industrial relations, and says “none of it is at face value great for employers”.

Woolworths faces 1,000 charges of failing to pay long service leave in Victoria

Adeshola Ore

Adeshola Ore

Woolworths is facing more than 1,000 charges for allegedly failing to pay more than $1m in long service leave to Victorian employees.

Wage Inspectorate Victoria filed the charges against the supermarket giant in the Melbourne magistrates court. The inspectorate alleges 1,235 former employees were underpaid between 2018 to 2021, with amounts between $250 to over $12,000.

Robert Hortle, commissioner of Wage Inspectorate Victoria, said it was committed to ensuring the owed money was paid:

The amount of underpayment never tells the full story in long service leave matters. It’s hard to put a value on the leave workers were initially denied. Time that could have been spent with family, travelling or just relaxing

The matter will be heard on 6 September.

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