Prime minister Scott Morrison has announced plans to cut the annual migration intake and involve state and territory governments in setting targets for migration. Speaking at the Bradfield Lecture on Monday, Morrison said “Australians in our biggest cities are concerned about population” and that “the roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full”. Morrison revealed the states and territories would be asked to submit individual population plans ahead of the next Coalition of Australian Governments meeting in December, saying they “know better than any what the population carrying capacity is for their existing and planned infrastructure and services”.
New South Wales Greens state MP Jenny Leong has taken legal action against NSW Police after police officers made racist, sexist and aggressive comments on her Facebook page. In 2016, several serving officers posted and shared comments mocking Leong’s ethnicity and calling her father a “swamp monkey” after she introduced a bill aiming to abolish the use of drug sniffer dogs. Leong’s lawyer, Giri Sivaraman, said Leong made a complaint when the comments were published, but “still has not received a substantial response from police as to their findings regarding her complaint and actions taken”. The Human Rights Commission will examine whether the comments, and the NSW Police response, constituted a breach of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has handed himself in to police over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in September. Hayne, 30, turned himself into Ryde police station on Monday and was charged by NSW Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives with aggravated sexual assault and inflicting actual bodily harm. Last week Fairfax published details of the investigation against Hayne, who is accused of injuring a woman during a sexual encounter in which she withdrew consent. A separate civil suit against Hayne in the United States, in which an unnamed woman accused Hayne of raping her at his San Jose home in 2015, will likely head to trial after mediation efforts failed.
Casual workers routinely miss out on the higher hourly wages they are legally entitled to, according to new research commissioned by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Myth of the Casual Wage Premium report found most casual workers did not receive a 25 per cent wage premium over permanent workers in similar roles, and that more than a quarter of all Australian workers were casually employed. The report came after the Fair Work Commission ruled last week that drivers for food delivery company Foodora were employees rather than independent contractors, a decision with potential ramifications for other food delivery services and gig economy employers.
And the Fairfax Media name will cease to exist in December after shareholders approved a proposed merger with Nine. More than 80 per cent of Fairfax investors voted in favour of the merger, which came after the company rejected a last-minute bid from former Domain chief executive Antony Catalano to buy nearly 20 per cent of Fairfax shares in an effort to stop the vote. Paul Murphy, the chief executive of journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, criticised the vote, saying the new media giant would “jeopardise not only media diversity, but threaten the scale of public interest journalism, especially in our regions”.