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IBM workers underpaid at least $12.3 million

More than 1600 employees of computing giant IBM Australia were underpaid at least a combined $12.3 million over eight years. The company has repaid the 1647 employees it has identified but is yet to work out the full size of the problem, which the Fair Work Ombudsman expects to be "significant in size". One IBM staff member was underpaid more than $145,000 while for most the figure was much smaller.Credit:AP IBM is the latest in a long line of co..

Australia weighed the risks of Chinese journalist raids and went ahead

Australia knew what it was doing when it raided four Chinese journalists, and the government was aware there could be consequences for Australian journalists based in Beijing. The raids went ahead anyway. Two Australian journalists, The Australian Financial Review's Mike Smith and the ABC's Bill Birtles, were this week forced out of China after being questioned by authorities. Scott Morrison has said Australia will stand up for its nati..

‘Fortitude and strength’: Praise for Kylie Moore-Gilbert after two years of prison

The family of an Australian woman jailed in Iran have praised her "fortitude and strength" ahead of the two-year anniversary of her imprisonment. University of Melbourne lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert was last month moved from Evin Prison in the capital, Tehran, to Qarchak women's prison in the middle of the desert. Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been particularly harshly treated, Human Rights Watch says. Credit: In a statement released through the ..

Abbott’s UK gig calls for diplomacy and respect for experts. Have they met him?

September 6, 2020 — 12.00amYou cannot say he does not live his creed of personal freedom – the rest of the Australian population is grounded, but Tony Abbott got special exemption to leave the country, and has alighted in the UK, where he has now been appointed as that country's new trade adviser, seeking out post-Brexit trade opportunities. It is certainly a courageous decision, in the best Yes Minister tradition. Illustration: Reg LynchCre..

‘We don’t respond to coercion’: Frydenberg rejects Facebook news boycott threat

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has angrily dismissed a threat by social media giant Facebook to ban news from its platform in Australia, warning the government will not respond to coercion. Facebook on Tuesday said it was prepared to ban news from being shared on its main app and Instagram in Australia in response to a new regulatory code that would force it and Google to pay publishers for content. Google has also pushed back against the code. Treasu..

RBA holds rates at 0.25% ahead of key economic data

The Reserve Bank of Australia has held official interest rates at a record low 0.25 per cent ahead of new data set to confirm the nation's deepest economic downturn since the 1930s. Following its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, RBA governor Philip Lowe confirmed official rates would remain where they have been since March. RBA governor Philip Lowe confirmed official rates would remain where they have been since March.Credit:Peter Braig T..

Morrison government resurrects Abbott’s ‘one-stop shop’ environment laws

The controversial "one-stop shop" environment approval system the Abbott government tried and failed to create is being resurrected under a Morrison government bill introduced to Parliament on Thursday. The Streamlining Environmental Approvals Bill brought by Environment Minister Sussan Ley would create a "one-touch regime" for assessments of major projects, which would hand state governments responsibility for approval and management of major pr..

Natasha Stott Despoja: Raising the alarm on women’s lockdown ordeal

As the youngest woman to enter the Senate, Natasha Stott Despoja has copped plenty of sexist and personal criticism in her public life. In response to a male columnist scrutinising the supposedly cheap purple suit she wore in her early days in Parliament, she joked that "the devil wore Portmans, not Prada". This week she was again championing women's rights and gender equality when she spoke at the National Press Club of the devastating esca..

Virtual Parliament is virtually ready for MPs trapped by virus rules

A virtual sitting is on the cards for Federal Parliament with strict rules around how politicians can join via video link – right down to what can be on the walls behind them. Hard borders and strict quarantine rules have made it nearly impossible for MPs from at least two states, let alone their staff, to travel to Canberra for the fortnight of sittings starting next Monday. Hard borders and strict quarantine rules have made it nearly impossible..

Queen approves Victoria Cross for Edward ‘Teddy’ Sheean

The Queen has approved the nation's highest military honour be posthumously awarded to war hero Edward "Teddy" Sheean for efforts in the Timor Sea in 1942. Governor-General David Hurley on Wednesday announced Queen Elizabeth had given her approval for the award of the Victoria Cross for Australia to Sheean for his actions almost 78 years ago when he sacrificed his life to save his shipmates during the sinking of HMAS Armidale. Governor-Gener..

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