Scott Morrison says COVID-19 end in sight, vows to kick-start economy

After a phone hook-up with state premiers and chief ministers, Mr Morrison warned Australian life would not be returning to normal overnight. “It’s going to be step by step, there is going to be trial and error, it is completely uncharted territory … no country in the world has worked this out yet,” he said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “pro-growth” policies will be needed to kick-start the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen The government is now looking at how to get the post-virus economy growing, with Mr Morrison…

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GetUp funds pro-Morrison ads in bid to keep welfare, childcare raises

In an email sent to supporters on Thursday, Mr Oosting said the pro-Morrison government ad campaign would in part prove the organisation’s independence. Loading “We’ll commission ads, polling and a comprehensive report by leading economists to show Morrison just how popular these reforms are,” he wrote. The national director of Advance Australia, GetUp’s conservative activist competitor, said lengthening the measures would have a “devastating economic impact”. “Our nation now boasts a World War II-sized deficit,” national director Liz Storer said. “How is this anything to rejoice about, as the welfare-loving…

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UQ takes disciplinary action against student activist critical of Beijing

Another incident involved him putting a sign on the university’s Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute in March, declaring it was a COVID-19 “biohazard” and posting a photo of the act on Facebook. Others involved his commentary about vice-chancellor Peter Hoj and the university and crass comments towards other students. Loading Mr Pavlou said many of the allegations were “frivolous” and “petty”, focusing on satirical comments he had made in online forums. “They have trawled through to find anything they can throw at me,” he said. “How many other students have posted…

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Morrison says restrictions to remain in place for at least next four weeks

“To make sure we can achieve growth that will be necessary for our economy to get people back into work, economy back on track, it will be a different world on the other side of the virus and there will be many challenges,” he said. Loading Mr Morrison noted the modest rise in the March unemployment rate to 5.2 per cent was largely based on a period before tough restrictions were put in place across the economy, saying while it was welcome “we know that is the best figure we…

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Malcolm Turnbull’s rebuke of Rupert Murdoch’s influence over Australian politics

Mr Murdoch’s son and fellow co-chairman, Lachlan, has insisted his father did not make those remarks, but Mr Turnbull dismissed that defence. Rupert Murdoch.Credit:Alamy “He would say that, wouldn’t he?” Mr Turnbull said in an interview ahead of the publication of his book on Monday. “I only know what Kerry Stokes told me and I took a note of the discussion with Kerry at the time. And as I say at the book, I have a contemporaneous note of the discussion with Stokes.” A spokesman for the Stokes family and…

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March unemployment lifts marginally but warnings of big jumps ahead

Loading Despite the shutdowns, the ABS said total hours worked actually lifted by 0.7 per cent. Unemployment rose to 4.8 per cent in NSW (from 4.6 per cent), 6.2 per cent in South Australia (from 5.8 per cent), 5.7 per cent in Queensland (from 5.6 per cent) and 5.4 per cent in Western Australia (from 5.2 per cent). It actually fell in Victoria, to 5.2 per cent from 5.3 per cent, while it was steady in Tasmania (5 per cent), the NT (5.5 per cent) and the ACT (3 per…

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Malcolm Turnbull blames Scott Morrison for weakening cabinet tax reform in memoir

“I have spoken to Morrison again and again about this and it was important the cabinet see that I am putting my foot down,” Mr Turnbull wrote in his diary at the time, in an extract included in the new memoir, A Bigger Picture, to be released on Monday. “He has to be, and be seen to be, on notice. He almost offered his resignation to me afterwards but didn’t. In my study here in The Lodge we agreed to go forward but strictly on the basis that we agree…

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Job ads collapse as one in five workers lose their income in a month

Ads for jobs in the hospitality and tourism sector are now 82 per cent down on the same period last year, while those in childcare have slumped 79 per cent. Loading Even in the “least worst” areas, there have been big falls. Nursing ads are down by 32 per cent while personal care ads have dropped by 34 per cent. Indeed’s Asia-Pacific chief economist, Callam Pickering, said there were some tentative signs the bottom had been reached with a slight tick-up in new ads in recent days. “But in terms…

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Emergency flights packed with lamb to leave Melbourne for Abu Dhabi

Three Boeing 787 Dreamliners carrying 45 tonnes of lamb meat apiece will leave Melbourne for Abu Dhabi this week in a sign agricultural trade is getting back on the front foot. The first of the flights containing millions of dollars of meat from Warrnambool’s Midfield Meat International will take off on Thursday, with more to follow under the federal government’s $110 million push to boost food exports by funding emergency flights. Millions of dollars of lamb meat will leave Melbourne for the Middle East as government-funded air freight begins.Credit:Jamila Toderas…

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Best of cartoons, April 16, 2020

Best of cartoons, April 16, 2020 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 11 Images The news of the day as interpreted by our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists. April 15, 2020 — 10.18pm 1/11 Illustration: Andrew Dyson 2/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 3/11 Illustration: Cathy Wilcox 4/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 5/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 6/11 Illustration: Dionne Gain 7/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 8/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 9/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 10/11 Illustration: Matt Golding 11/11 Illustration: Andrew Weldon Politics

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