Monthly Archives: May 2014

Federal Budget: Queenslanders believe it will be devastating for communities

  By Mehroz Siraj Queenslanders living in the regional areas of their state have collectively rejected Treasurer Joe Hockey’s first federal budget, arguing that regional areas would be worse off under the Coalition government.    Treasurer Hockey’s declaration of raising fuel indexation, cutting education and infrastructure spending, along with the government’s failure to annually commit […]

Written in History-A peoples library

By Samantha Schraag ABC Open To celebrate the 40th birthday of its current home, the Mount Isa City Library reflects in Library and Information Week on the relationship of its building with its community. Overlooking a dry and dusty riverbed sits a resilient testament to the perseverance of Mount Isa’s people. From its humble beginnings […]

American workers to launch massive strikes over pay rise demands

By Mehroz Siraj Many American fast food consumers would find it hard to buy their Big Macs and chicken nuggets across the United States on May 15as employees of the big fast food chains would be organizing a national strike demanding a doubling of the national minimum wage to US$15. Organized under the banner of […]

Freeze minimum wages for a decade: Audit Commission

Guardian Australia The minimum wage should be frozen for a decade, reduced to 44% of average weekly earnings and vary between states and territories, according to the Commission of Audit. The current minimum wage is $622.20 a week, or $16.37 an hour, about 56% of average weekly earnings. Reducing it by 44% this year would see it […]