Company bosses should be disqualified from boards for underpaying workers, Christian Porter says | Australia news

Christian Porter has suggested company directors could be disqualified from ­sitting on boards for underpayment of workers and endorsed union calls for a new small claims process to grant compensation. In an interview with the Australian following the $300m underpayment of salaried staff at Woolworths, the attorney general and industrial relations minister said that “for […]

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Matildas reportedly secure landmark deal to earn equal pay as Socceroos | Football

The Matildas have reportedly secured a groundbreaking deal to earn the same pay as the Socceroos. Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Association union will announce the deal which would see the Australian women’s senior international team earn as much as their male counterparts, according to reports in News Corp papers. The Matildas and […]

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Scott Morrison travels to Indonesia as Labor embraces free trade agreement | Australia news

Scott Morrison’s whirlwind trip to Indonesia is a “good thing”, his political opponent says, as Labor embraces bipartisan support for Australia’s latest free trade agreement. Morrison travelled to Indonesia for Joko Widodo’s second inauguration as president, with talks between the two leaders planned at the presidential palace. A top line discussion topic will be the […]

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Penny Wong scorns Liberals crying racism to defend Gladys Liu – politics live

Penny Wong scorns Liberals crying racism to defend Gladys Liu – politics live

Senator labels government’s response to Labor’s questions about case ‘shameful’. All the day’s events, live 2.25am BST Rex Patrick says Centre Alliance is still looking at whether or not it will support the family court inquiry, but he believes there are some procedural issues to be looked at. 2.23am BST Rosie Batty was talking to […]

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Coalition's industrial relations bill will keep wages stagnant, experts warn | Australia news

Coalition’s industrial relations bill will keep wages stagnant, experts warn | Australia news

Economists and academics have warned that the Coalition’s controversial industrial relations bill would keep wages stagnant by further eroding collective bargaining. John Quiggin, Jim Stanford and Anthony Forsyth told the Senate education and employment committee on Friday that the Coalition’s ensuring integrity bill would further skew negotiating outcomes in favour of employers. The bill would […]

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Labor and unions take aim at Fair Work's deputy president over social media posts | Australia news

Labor and unions take aim at Fair Work’s deputy president over social media posts | Australia news

Labor and unions have taken aim at a Coalition-appointed deputy president of the Fair Work Commission for social media posts defending ministers’ use of travel entitlements and labelling the unions’ election campaign a “big waste of money”. Gerard Boyce was appointed in December with three other deputy presidents from employer backgrounds, prompting Labor to accuse […]

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Frydenberg touts economy's 'resilience' despite slowest growth in more than a decade | Business

Frydenberg touts economy’s ‘resilience’ despite slowest growth in more than a decade | Business

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has blamed “challenging” economic conditions for the country’s slowest growth in more than a decade, but says the fundamentals of the Australian economy remain strong. New figures showed the economy grew by 1.4% in the year to June – the lowest recorded annual rate since 2009. In trend terms, it was the […]

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Albanese tries to reassure Jakarta as Labor under pressure to block trade deal | Australia news

Albanese tries to reassure Jakarta as Labor under pressure to block trade deal | Australia news

The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has reassured the Indonesian government that he supports deeper trade ties with Jakarta, as the party comes under growing union pressure to oppose a new free-trade agreement that the government wants passed through parliament this year. A parliamentary committee is scrutinising the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership, which has been in negotiation […]

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Not-for-profit superannuation funds surge into top spot after banking inquiry | Australia news

Not-for-profit superannuation funds surge into top spot after banking inquiry | Australia news

Not-for-profit superannuation funds have moved into a clear position of dominance in Australia’s $2.87tn retirement savings industry following the banking royal commission, new figures show. Statistics released by the prudential regulator on Wednesday show the amount of money looked after by industry funds, which are jointly run by employers and unions, surged by $87.3bn, or […]

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John Setka blames 'politically motivated' attack for latest allegations against him | Australia news

John Setka blames ‘politically motivated’ attack for latest allegations against him | Australia news

Embattled union boss John Setka has hit out at the “politically motivated” attack on his position ahead of a court ruling on Tuesday that could sever his ties to the Labor party. In a statement issued with his wife Emma Walters on Monday, Setka blamed an “individual’s political agenda” for the attempt to unseat him […]

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