A representative of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency has conceded it would take “a miracle from God” to find any survivors from a passenger plane that went missing on Monday. A total of 189 people were aboard the Lion Air flight from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang when it went missing shortly after take-off. While debris from the plane has been recovered near the likely crash site, the plane’s main body and black box are still missing, as are the bodies of crew and passengers. Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade advised that “government officials and contractors have been instructed not to fly on Lion Air” until “the findings of the crash investigation are clear”.
More than one-third of international students, backpackers and temporary migrant workers in Australia are paid about half the legal minimum wage. Wage Theft In Silence, a new report from the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative, found that almost half of migrant workers were paid less than $15 an hour, while 91 per cent of underpaid migrant workers did not seek to recover unpaid wages. Co-author Bassina Farbenblum said there was “a culture of impunity for wage theft in Australia”, saying “the scale of unclaimed wages is likely well over a billion dollars”. The report came as hospitality union Hospo Voice claimed that five venues in popular Melbourne laneway Degraves Street were systemically underpaying their staff.
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s presidential election in a run-off ballot. A self-declared “proud homophobe” who has described black people as “animals” and once told a female politician “I wouldn’t rape you because you don’t deserve it”, Bolsonaro won 55 per cent of the vote against the left-wing Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro’s popularity skyrocketed in September after he was stabbed at a campaign rally, while popular former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was barred from running in August because of a corruption conviction. Bolsonaro’s pledge last week that “delinquent Reds will be banned from our homeland” has sparked fears his tenure will see a rise in politically motivated violence.
And federal Labor’s Left faction will agitate for the party to support stronger labour safeguards in international trade deals at the party’s national conference in December. Left-leaning Labor members and trade unions have expressed reservations at the party’s support for trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, citing lax employment standards and workers’ rights in many signatory nations.