Max Opray
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the_briefing July 20, 2020

Casuals face JobKeeper cuts

The Morrison government is planning to announce tightened eligibility requirements for a reduced JobKeeper payment, including the exclusion of casual workers from the full wage subsidy. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Thursday will announce an extension …

the_briefing July 17, 2020

Victoria suspends elective surgery

Victoria’s healthcare system is scrambling to respond to the state’s Covid-19 crisis, suspending elective surgeries as rising numbers of frontline medical staff test positive for the virus. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services confirmed …

the_briefing July 16, 2020

Morrison unveils JobTrainer scheme

The Federal Government will today spruik a $1.5 billion extension in wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees, along with a new $500 million skills and training scheme. Ahead of labour force figures expected to show another rise in unemployment, Prime …

the_briefing July 15, 2020

SAS accused of planting evidence

Soldiers from the Australian army’s Special Air Service Regiment allegedly planted the same weapon on the bodies of two Afghan civilians to make them look like Taliban militants, in a practice known as a “throwdown”. The incidents occurred after …

the_briefing July 14, 2020

Detention guards linked to outbreaks

Security guards working in immigration detention in both Sydney and Melbourne have been linked to Covid-19 outbreaks, as calls mount to move asylum seekers into the community. Serco guards at Sydney's Villawood Immigration Detention Centre have been forced …

the_briefing July 13, 2020

Experts warn of childcare exodus

Australian families resume paying for childcare today, as experts warn attendance may plummet after the federal government’s relief package ended on Sunday. The free childcare scheme has been replaced ($) with funds for childcare centres, representing …

the_briefing July 10, 2020

National Cabinet reviews quarantine

The National Cabinet of federal, state, and territory leaders will today discuss a review of hotel quarantine arrangements and a potential cap on international arrivals. In a move that has sparked concern among Australians stranded overseas, Prime Minister …

the_briefing July 09, 2020

NSW crackdown after border queues

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged the introduction of new restrictions, as more than 50,000 people formed queues to cross the border from Victoria on Wednesday. As Melbourne re-enters lockdown today, epidemiologists warn that it is …

the_briefing July 08, 2020

Renewed help amid Victoria lockdown

Authorities are scrambling to extend welfare support and loan repayment relief, in addition to boosting childcare services as Victoria’s return to lockdown risks a weekly $1 billion hit to the state economy. Australia’s major banks have pledged to …