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Barilaro urges Morrison government to reverse ‘devastating and incomprehensible’ ABC cuts

NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro has slammed the Morrison government's "devastating" budget cuts to the ABC and accused his federal counterparts of an “incomprehensible” failure to deliver more jobs to regional Australia. In a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, the NSW Deputy Premier seized on an exclusive report in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that revealed Communicati..

‘We’re not talking about Garfield’: MPs investigate cats’ wildlife toll

Feral and domestic cats each day kill about 3.1 million mammals, 1 million birds and 1.7 million reptiles, leading federal MPs to call a parliamentary inquiry to investigate their impact on Australia’s wildlife. "We’re not talking about loveable, lasagne-loving, lazy cats like Garfield, but rather predatory carnivores that hunt and kill endangered native animals," said chairman of the House of Representatives environment committee Ted O’Brien. A ..

Tighter restrictions on foreign investment will come at cost: PC

Making foreign investment in Australia more difficult would cost the economy more than $10 billion dollars and make households up to $731 a year poorer, ground-breaking research by the Productivity Commission has revealed. In its first analysis of Australia's foreign investment rules, the commission warned that stricter tightening laws could slow the nation's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while having a chilling effect on overs..

ABC makes casual staff permanent amid plans for major restructure

The ABC has offered hundreds of permanent roles to casual staff even as it prepares to make more than 200 staff redundant because of a budget freeze imposed by the Morrison government. More than 350 casual staff have been offered permanent positions in the months leading up to the national broadcaster's announcement of its five-year strategic plan, which ABC sources said could be revealed as early as Wednesday. ABC boss David Anderson is exp..

Tax Office says it can’t force businesses to put workers on JobKeeper

The Australian Tax Office has said it cannot compel businesses to include workers in JobKeeper if the employer has decided they are ineligible to get the $1500 fortnightly wage subsidy. The written advice to a worker, seen by this masthead, means even if employees are entitled to JobKeeper they have nowhere to appeal to if their boss leaves them off it, based on different interpretations of the rules. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says if a business ..

NT on track to lose one lower house seat at next election

The Northern Territory looks set to lose one of its two seats in the Federal Parliament's lower house at the next election unless a push to reform electorate laws succeeds. New data shows the NT's population fell by 0.4 per cent between 2018 and 2019, which is expected to leave it short of the mark needed to retain two seats for the first time since 2001. Western Australia also appears likely to lose a seat while Victoria is on track to..

The budget rebuild runs into the reality of a terrible jobs market

On Monday, Scott Morrison warned the country there was a balance to be struck between government support for the economy and fiscal rectitude. "We cannot say to Australians that government or anyone else, ultimately, will be in a position to ensure that every job can be saved, and every business can be saved. That is unrealistic," he said. The Prime Minister made clear the budget would be recalibrated to keep expenditure under control while boost..

Thousands of zombie firms set to march into September reckoning

An army of zombie businesses kept afloat by measures aimed at protecting the Australian economy from the coronavirus pandemic are poised to collapse in the second half of the year, putting people out of work and weakening the nation's financial recovery. One of the nation's biggest credit firms, CreditorWatch, says its figures show at least 60 business administrations have "gone missing" and predicts an explosion in bankruptcies in the ..

Bring Russia in from the cold to the G7 to handle China: Sharma

Liberal MP and former diplomat Dave Sharma says Australia and its western allies need to welcome Russia back into the world's most exclusive group of nations, likening the globe's challenge in containing China to when it needed to confront the Soviet Union. Comparing the threat of a rising China to when former United States president Richard Nixon turned to Beijing to contain the Soviet Union, Mr Sharma said the "main US rival for globa..

‘Back to work’: MPs say protests could prove need to ease restrictions

Social controls should be eased within weeks if huge city protests do not trigger a spike in coronavirus cases, Liberal MPs say in a new sign of the pressure to lift curbs that are hurting the economy. The Morrison government MPs believe the Black Lives Matter protests could prove the case for removing the restrictions, although some fear this could be pushed back if there is any sign of a second wave of infections. Thousands of people went to Bl..

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