Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill.

The Federal Government has issued a consultation document about its proposed new law against religious discrimination …

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Australia: Labor tries to maintain casuals’ right to ‘double dipping’ entitlement

A regulation to stop casual workers in Australia from “double dipping” is under attack from Labour leader Anthony Albanese …

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Australia: Growth in average wages increases

Over the year to May 2019, average gross weekly pay increased by $48 (US$32) to $1,634 (US$1,098) …

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Australia: Government makes Global Talent program permanent to attract the world’s best and brightest

Instead of waiting for those with advanced skills to decide to migrate the Australian government has now set up a scheme to identify senior technology leaders, researchers developers and experts around the world and invite them to settle in the country …

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Australia: Industrial disputes in Q1 2019

During Q1 2019, 16,600 working days were lost due to industrial disputes …

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Australia: Minimum hourly wage increased

With effect from 1st July 2019, the minimum hourly wage for Australia as a whole increased by 2 …

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Australia: Annualised wages

The Fair Work Commission has issued a framework to allow employees to be paid on an annualised basis …

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Australia: Labour force participation in June 2019

Nearly four out of every five of 15 to 64 year olds were participating in the labour market in June 2019 …

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Australia: Retailers call for employment flexibility

Retailers are pressing the Industrial Relations Minister, Christine Porter, to give them greater flexibility in the employment of part-time employees …

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Australia: Whistleblower Protection Act

An enhanced Whistleblower Protection Act has now become law …

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Australia: Legal Marijuana plants likely for Canberra

In spite of national (commonwealth) laws that criminalises the possession of cannabis, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) operates its own law that applies a small fine for possession …

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Australia: Wages rise 0.5% in the March quarter 2019

Over the year to Q1 2019, seasonally adjusted average pay levels rose by 2 …

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Australia: More people have never smoked in NSW

56% of adults in New South Wales have never smoked …

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Australia: Dismissal of Coles manager upheld by Fair Work Commission

In a recent case (Peter Angelakos v Coles Supermarkets), a former duty manager was terminated for serious misconduct after allegations of sexual harassment …

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Austrlia: Secondary jobs at highest level since 2010

Over the year to Q4 2018, the number of people working second jobs in Australia increased by 10 …

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