Max Opray
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the_briefing March 31, 2020

Businesses race to join wage scheme

Business and union leaders have broadly welcomed the Federal Government’s $130 billion wage-subsidy scheme, but there are concerns that it excludes some casual workers and comes too late. More than 8000 employers have already signed up to the scheme, …

the_briefing March 30, 2020

New restrictions on gatherings and evictions

The national coronavirus cabinet has agreed to a six-month moratorium on evictions and to limit gatherings to a maximum of two people. Speaking after a Sunday night meeting with state leaders, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “states and territories …

the_briefing March 27, 2020

Government prepares $550m robodebt refund

The federal government expects to lose an upcoming class action against the robodebt scheme and be forced to refund more than 400,000 welfare debts, according to a leaked ministerial submission. The advice, obtained by Guardian Australia, reveals …

the_briefing March 26, 2020

Testing criteria expands nationally

A broader range of people will be eligible to be tested for COVID-19 from today, after a national panel of medical experts urged the expansion of the current criteria. At a Wednesday night meeting of the National Cabinet, comprising Prime Minister Scott …

the_briefing March 25, 2020

Restrictions on weddings and funerals

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a complex new set of restrictions on Tuesday night, including bans on guests at weddings and a 10-person limit on funerals. The regulations, which come into force at midnight tonight to address the continued rise …

the_briefing March 24, 2020

Parliament passes $84bn stimulus package

Federal parliament has rushed through $84 billion in stimulus measures, including amendments allowing for the extension of the $550 coronavirus supplement to students, before shutting down until August. A skeleton crew of MPs and senators passed the federal …

the_briefing March 23, 2020

Mass shutdown of indoor venues

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a mass closure of pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas, religious venues and other “non-essential” indoor facilities starting from midday today, following a meeting with state premiers and chief ministers on Sunday …

the_briefing March 20, 2020

Temporary visa holders face uncertain future

Migration advocates are calling on the federal government to provide support to two million temporary visa holders, as a travel ban on non-citizens and non-residents comes into force tonight. Migration Council of Australia chief executive Carla Wilshire …

the_briefing March 19, 2020

Debate rages on school closures

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his decision not to recommend the closure of the nation’s schools, as some private education providers defy government advice under pressure from parents. Morrison warned on Wednesday night that closing schools …