Chemical and physical restraints were used before aged care home shut

The aged care royal commission has revealed "concerning" use of physical and chemical restraints at a Queensland retirement home weeks before it was closed unexpectedly. The Gold Coast facility was shut suddenly on July 11 after a dispute between approved aged care provider People Care and HelpStreet, which was managing the Earle Haven Retirement Village, led to dozens of elderly residents being taken away by ambulances. A contact report for Peop..

Indigenous ‘voice’ to Parliament ‘must come first’: Albanese

A "voice" to Parliament "must come first" in the bid to close the gap in living conditions between Indigenous Australians and others, Labor leader Anthony Albanese will declare in a new push for change to the constitution. Mr Albanese will offer Labor support for the ambitious reform with a warning that "we are all diminished" until the nation recognises Indigenous Australians in the constitution and gives them a voice to Parliament. Anthony Alba..

Australia ramps up pressure on China with backing of US and Japan

The Morrison government has joined with the United States and Japan to issue a pointed condemnation of China's increasingly aggressive behaviour in waters to Australia's north. As Australia reportedly considers a request by Washington to contribute military assets to an international effort to protect oil tankers from attacks by Iranian forces, Foreign Minister Marise Payne, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japan Foreign Minister T..

‘Enough to make you weep’: Beer prices to rise as Aussies slugged for more...

Brewers have started a campaign to bring hip-pocket relief to the nation's beer drinkers as new modelling reveals Australians are paying a greater proportion of their income in beer taxes than any other developed nation. The Morrison government is facing a new, "modest" push from the beer lobby to help bring down the price of a slab and a pint in a bid to help stimulate pubs, bars and clubs in a sluggish domestic economy. Brewers are calling..

Should our PM meet Trump? Discuss (even if the mere question sounds absurd)

Sean KellyColumnist and former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. July 29, 2019 — 12.00amAustralia’s greatest speechwriter died last week. Words written by Graham Freudenberg half a century ago, for Labor leader Arthur Calwell, retain their power: “When the drums beat and the trumpets sound, the voice of reason and right can be heard in the land only with difficulty.” Calwell was arguing against Australia’s involvement..

‘Cancer sucks’: MP delivers pointed maiden speech, two weeks after diagnosis

Cancer stricken MP Peta Murphy has pleaded with her new parliamentary colleagues to "listen to the experts" who warn that Australia's health system is under threat. The newly elected Labor member from the suburban Melbourne seat of Dunkley, used her first speech to federal Parliament to vow she would fight cancer for the second time with all her might. The 45-year-old, who was told two weeks ago the disease had returned after five years, urg..

‘I think that’s light’: Porter criticises $200k fine for wage theft

Industrial Relations minister Christian Porter is considering imposing criminal sanctions on employers who fail to pay workers properly, after a company whose directors include celebrity chef George Calombaris was fined for underpaying staff $7.8 million. Mr Porter has called for employers and unions to outline their arguments for the point at which wage underpayment becomes so egregious that criminal penalties should apply, saying the $200,000 c..

‘Sluggish and precarious’: IMF cuts global growth forecast

The global economy is in a "precarious" position and likely to slow, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned amid signs Australian shoppers are reluctant to open their wallets despite falling interest rates and tax cuts. Releasing its mid-year update to its world economic outlook, the IMF downgraded forecast growth for this year and next by 0.1 percentage points. At 3.2 per cent, world gross domestic product (GDP) growth is tipped to be ..

‘A perception of a problem, rather than a real problem’: Kingmaker senator questions level...

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has cautioned community concerns over religious discrimination may have more to do with a "perception of a problem, rather than a real problem," while asking if Australia has become "too sensitive". As Attorney-General Christian Porter prepares to bring a religious discrimination bill before Parliament, Senator Patrick said any review of the legislation should also examine Australia's "levels of tolerance"..

Why the government is holding back on a bigger pension boost

Scott Morrison has kept one hand closed tight while extending the other with a modest payment for pensioners. There is no question the Prime Minister and his economic team could have been more generous when deciding the increase in pensions for almost one million Australians. That means they have chosen to protect the budget surplus even at the risk of offending older voters. Credit:Peter Braig Their change to the deeming rate, the key assumption..

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