Max Opray
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the_briefing May 26, 2020

Morrison unveils ‘JobMaker’ plan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today pivot from the beleaguered JobKeeper scheme to a “JobMaker” plan, including a federal overhaul of the Technical and Further Education system. Morrison will use his National Press Club address to put conditions …

the_briefing May 25, 2020

Bushfire Royal Commission hearings begin

The first hearings for the bushfire Royal Commission begin today, with the initial two weeks to focus on climate change, the impact on communities, and Commonwealth responsibilities. The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will …

the_briefing May 22, 2020

Employees fear unsafe workplaces

A survey of workers finds most claim their employers are yet to implement sufficient hygiene measures and make arrangements for pandemic leave, as major businesses are poised to reopen for business. Of 1367 workers polled by UComms on behalf of the Australian …

the_briefing May 21, 2020

Leaked plan for huge gas subsidies

A leaked draft report for the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission details plans for a taxpayer-supported investment into new gas fields and pipelines that would operate for decades. It recommends helping companies develop the Northern Territory’s …

the_briefing May 20, 2020

Unanimous vote for Covid-19 inquiry

The World Health Assembly has unanimously voted in favour of a resolution calling for an impartial and independent review into the Covid-19 pandemic. The European Union motion was formally adopted at a virtual meeting hosted in Geneva on Tuesday evening, …

the_briefing May 19, 2020

China imposes barley tariff

China has followed through on a threat to impose an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports from today, with the tax set to remain in place for five years. The tariff is expected to wipe out Australia’s trade of the grain with China, worth $1.5 …

the_briefing May 18, 2020

Virus inquiry wins global support

An Australian and European Union proposal for an independent inquiry into Covid-19 has secured the support of 62 countries, ahead of this week’s World Health Assembly meeting. Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea are among the countries …

the_briefing May 15, 2020

Leaders plan mental health response

The national cabinet of federal and state leaders will today consider the mental health impacts of the pandemic and economic crisis, which experts fear could overshadow deaths from the virus itself. The plan will see more ($) data on mental health shared …

the_briefing May 14, 2020

Coalition tables draft security laws

The Morrison government will today push legislation granting new powers to Australian Border Force, one day after proposing controversial draft laws bolstering the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said …