Employer groups call to delay annual review of minimum wage

ACCI’s chief executive James Pearson said employers were “very worried about their capacity to keep people on with less or in some cases no money at all flowing through the door”. The government will release a bundle of economic statistics on June 3 showing how the economy has coped with the bushfires and coronavirus over the first quarter of this year and Mr Pearson the commission should wait until that data is out before any decision is made. While the wage review is usually already decided by early June, the…

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AFL players have their say on coronavirus-hit season

AFL players have been surveyed on whether to kick off a 17-round season on Thursday night as planned. More than 800 players were asked to fill in a six-part questionnaire on Monday night, and from those results a recommendation was to be taken to the AFL Players’ Association board, which was due to make a decision late on Monday night. There was no simple vote, and there is not a uniform position held by the entire playing group. At an initial phone hook-up many players indicated their willingness to play…

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Australia prepares for 50,000 to 150,000 coronavirus deaths

In a worst case scenario, 15 million people would get the coronavirus and 150,000 would die. Professor Kelly said authorities hoped to slow the rise in cases to keep the death rate lower than in other countries. “Rather than concentrating on numbers, we are focused on preventing a large and rapid rise in cases in the coming weeks and months through thorough and proportionate public health measures,” he said. A six-hour meeting of all Australia’s chief medical officers in Canberra on Monday night will also consider whether to reduce the…

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Queensland Police suspends multi-vehicle RBTs

“This approach will take immediate effect and remain in place until further notice,” Queensland Police said in a statement. “The decision has been made to minimise health risks to QPS officers and the community. “Road safety continues to be a significant priority for the QPS. The QPS will continue to undertake random breath and drug testing through high visibility mobile patrols. “The QPS is constantly conducting risk assessments and considering health advice to ensure officer and community safety as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.” It comes as the coronavirus infection toll…

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Scaled-back Parliament to meet for stimulus legislation as building access restricted

While the building will remain open for the public to visit the Marble Foyer and art exhibitions, “temporary and precautionary” changes have been made regarding the operations of Parliament. The House of Representatives and Senate galleries will be closed to the public from Monday and all school group bookings and tours will be postponed or cancelled. In a joint statement, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, and Senate President Scott Ryan said building occupants “must ensure that only those people needing to conduct essential business in Parliament…

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Morrison government considers billions in spending

This could include offering ultra-low interest loans direct to commercial banks that must be passed on to businesses in a bid to keep them operational. Arrivals at Sydney Airport on Monday morning, the first full day of the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days.Credit:Louise Kennerley Senior government sources told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age a plan to waive more than $1 billion in levies imposed by Airservices Australia will also be considered, which would save Qantas about $350 million and Virgin around $180 million. The government is also…

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AFL season reduced to 17 rounds as league anticipates coronavirus crisis

The AFL is confident that they will be able to complete 17 rounds in the remaining period of the year, with flexibility to play more games in shorter periods and push back the finals into October if required. McLachlan said the competition would go on “because we know what football means to people” and the community at this very difficult time needed football to go on. “We have flexibility now in a 17-round season, it buys us more time,” McLachlan said. The state league competitions have been postponed and will…

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Why we need to keep schools open

Prime Minister Scott Morrison referenced the concept when questioned why such a decision was made and deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said having no herd immunity against coronavirus made everyone susceptible. “The important issue of herd immunity that we talk about a lot in vaccination is exactly the challenge that we have at the moment,” Dr Kelly said. Herd immunity is where you hope millions get a mild dose of the virus and therefore immunise themselves collectively. But not everyone agrees with the idea. RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus…

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New Zealand Warriors star Peta Hiku opens up on decision to leave teammates for baby birth

“What made it tougher was the amount of time we were given to make the decision. Geez, they didn’t give us time to come up with a plan B.” Earlier on Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that all travellers arriving in the country after Sunday night would be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Peta Hiku played with the Warriors in Newcastle on Saturday and decided to return to New Zealand to be with his partner Lisa before she gives birth.Credit:AAP The Warriors resolved to remain in…

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Multiple states cancel Anzac services

Some services in Victoria will still be held, but with wide-ranging restrictions. Melbourne’s Anzac Day march is cancelled, while the dawn service at the Shrine Of Remembrance will go ahead with no crowd. RSL NSW said it was a difficult decision to cancel all public commemoration services across the state on April 25. “Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, we simply cannot allow such large gatherings as we see each year on Anzac Day to go ahead,” acting state president Ray James said in a statement today.…

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