Mining company Adani has announced it would self-finance its Carmichael mine project, with construction to begin imminently. Speaking on Thursday, Adani Mining chief executive Lucas Dow said the mine would be much smaller than the original $16.5 billion proposal, and would be “comparable to many other Queensland coal mines”. Adani had struggled to fund the mine, with major domestic and international banks turning down loan requests on financial and environmental grounds. Protest movement Stop Adani vowed to continue opposition to the mine, saying “we will not back down until our leaders get out of bed with the coal lobby and will fight every step of the way to stop this dangerous project”.
Au pairs working in Australia are routinely underpaid and exploited, according to a new report. Released on Wednesday by the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative, the Cultural Exchange or Cheap Housekeeper? report found “the majority of au pairs in Australia are paid as babysitters but work like housekeepers,” that “almost 60 per cent found themselves working for around 36 hours a week,” and that “a majority of participants were paid less than the national minimum wage”. Respondents also reported verbal abuse, psychological harm, not being able to freely contact family and friends, as well as sexual harm.
Unsuccessful Victorian Liberal candidate Andrew Bond has excoriated the leadership of former state opposition leader Matthew Guy and the state party’s organisational structure in a review of the Liberals’ drubbing at the state election. In an election review leaked to Herald Sun political editor James Campbell, Bond said “it soon became worryingly obvious that Matthew Guy was unelectable” while speaking to voters on the campaign trail, described the party’s campaign headquarters as “a disaster” headed by “a 21-year-old with no campaign experience” and called the party’s how-to-vote cards “awful”. Bond, who stood as the Liberal candidate for Albert Park, also criticised the party’s absence of policy detail in key areas, saying “many of our policies were woeful or non-existent” in areas such as “environment, housing and homelessness, and metropolitan public transport”.
Details about an internal investigation launched by News Corp Australia into the leaking of personal salary details of prominent employees have also been leaked to the press. Fairfax reported on Wednesday that an unnamed News Corp employee accidentally sent details of highly paid staff salaries to 157 people, revealing that The Australian’s contributing economics editor, Judith Sloan, earned $357,000 a year. In a freshly leaked email, News Corp chief transformation officer Derrick Crowley said the original “error was compounded by another staff member's action in sharing the email contents externally”. Describing the leak as “an unacceptable breach of their employment contract,” Crowley said “we are conducting an internal investigation to determine how the information was leaked and we will be dealing with this serious matter accordingly”. News Corp announced several rounds of editorial redundancies earlier this year.