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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 […]

Australia’s war on science. SYDNEY — Scientists here in Australia say they’ve discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia’s finest researchers point out that their budgets have been slashed. They say their expertise is being ignored in favour of the views of sceptics with a dubious commitment to the facts. Now the science community […]

Telcos jacking up SMS prices by up to 90,000 per cent.  Australian consumers are being gouged by telcos for sending text messages on their mobiles, a consumer group has said and asked the competition regulator to take action.   In a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, or ACCC, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network , the ACCAN, said some Australians were paying unreasonable SMS prices […]

Newman’s bold migration plan well received.

By Mehroz Siraj The Queensland Government’s plan of encouraging refugees and prospective migrants to relocate to regional areas has been well received by communities and governing authorities in Queensland and nationwide. In the week leading up to Australia day, Premier Campbell Newman, revealed that his administration was negotiating a Queensland specific immigration pathway with the […]

Humanity wins: Sydney teenagers rescue pregnant woman, children from burning fire

  By Mehroz Siraj NSW fire fighters and police have praised the courage and humility of three Sydney teenage girls who saved a pregnant woman and her three children from a fire-blazing house in the Sydney suburb of Blackett on Wednesday, ABC News reported. The teenage girls were walking along Popondetta Road around 5pm local […]

Business groups, politicians lobbying for immigration increase

By Mehroz Siraj Australia’s leading business group, the Australian Industry Group and leading lawmakers are calling upon the Abbott government to lift the nation’s annual immigrant intake in next year’s federal budget. The Chief Executive of the Ai Group, Innex Wilcox said that Australia’s annual intake of permanent residents should be increased to 220,000 from […]

Labour strikes in the US: Workers ‘tired’ labouring for $7.25/hr

Demonstrators hold signs and chant slogans outside of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant, April 4, 2013, in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) By Allison Kilkenny The Nation magazine. Fast-food workers in New York City are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, one year after their first strike, joining a 100-city strike wave. Organizers say actions will take place all […]

Hird not being paid from AFL coffers, Demetrious insists.

By Mehroz Siraj The Chief Executive Officer of the AFL Commission, Andrew Demetriou has denied earlier reports published in News Limited papers which alleged that despite serving a suspension, former Essendon player and coach James Hird was on the payroll of the AFL or the club. In a letter that was directly addressed to the […]

Further actions on ICAC reports to take time, says O’ Farrell.

By Mehroz Siraj NSW Premier Barry O’ Farrell has said that developing a future course of legal action in accordance with the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s (ICAC) reports on the state’s mining industry corruption investigation will require time and additional resources. While addressing the NSW  parliament on August 1, the premier announced that the state […]

North Queenslanders are loving CUB’s Great Northern Beer

The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin The crew at Queensland’s own Great Northern Brewing Company pulled out the party streamers to celebrate today. And for the company, there was extra cause for celebration – an increase in beer sales by 66% over the last year. Three years ago when a couple of blokes at CUB wanted to […]