More than two years after it was first established, the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has called for systemic overhaul of an underfunded and under-regulated sector.
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial has opened in the United States Senate, with Democrats arguing that the former president should be convicted for inciting a violent mob of his supporters to attack the Capitol. Senators sitting as jurors watched footage of Trump whipping his supporters into a frenzy before they stormed the Capitol in the January 6 attack that forced the senators themselves to flee. “That’s a high crime and misdemeanor,” said Jamie Raskin, one of nine Democratic members of Congress prosecuting the case, in his opening remarks. “If that’s not an impeachable offence, then there’s no such thing.” Trump’s defence team plans to counter with its own cache of videos of Democratic politicians making fiery speeches, arguing that Trump’s order to his supporters to “fight like hell” was just a turn of phrase. They will also contest the constitutionality of the trial given Trump is no longer president.
Anthony Albanese will today unveil a plan to give gig economy, casual and contract workers more pay and basic conditions in a major overhaul of Australia’s industrial relations system. In a key IR speech in Brisbane, Albanese will pledge a Labor government to make long service leave “portable” for insecure workers, reform the Fair Work Commission to have the umpire consider job security when making orders, and abolish union-busting bodies such as the Registered Organisations Commission. Labor’s proposal would see the Fair Work Commission investigate gig economy workers, potentially extending “basic rights” like award benefits, superannuation, collective bargaining power and access to unfair dismissal rules.
Several locations in Sunbury have been listed by Victorian health authorities as potential exposure sites, after another quarantine worker tested positive at the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn on Tuesday afternoon. The worker was the third person associated with the hotel to test positive. A returned traveller also tested positive on Tuesday after completing her 14 days quarantine at the Holiday Inn. Another worker from the same hotel tested positive on Sunday.
The World Health Organization has wrapped up its investigation in the Chinese city of Wuhan without finding direct evidence of animal-to-human transmission of Covid-19. Investigators said work to identify the origins of the coronavirus points to a natural reservoir in bats, but that pangolins, horses and minks were possible alternatives. Early cases in 2020 were linked to Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market, but it was not possible to determine how the virus was introduced to the wet market. WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said the coronavirus was unlikely to have leaked from a Wuhan lab.