NSW Premier calls for Australia's immigration to be halved
Sydney - M. E. Times Int'l: New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for Australia's immigration intake to be halved after the Federal Government revealed its regional migration plan. Ms Berejiklian says 'it's time to take a breather' on rising immigration levels in the state, noting that successive Federal governments allowed the immigration rate to ‘balloon out of control’. Under the proposed plan, new migrants would be granted restricted visas that would force them to live outside of Sydney and Melbourne for up to five years. The Morrison government has also said they would consider funding fast rail projects in a bid to ease urban congestion in Australia's rapidly growing major cities.
Religious schools can already reject gay students: Morrison
Sydney: Prime Minister Scott Morrison says religious schools already have the power to block a student's enrolment over their sexual orientation. The religious freedoms review, commissioned last year, recommends allowing religious schools to discriminate on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. Mr Morrison has played down criticism of the recommendations, saying it backs what is already legislated in the Sex Discrimination Act. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is calling for Scott Morrison to outright reject the review. Image: Richard Dobson/ News Corp Australia.
One Nation scooping up regional NSW voters
Sydney: Pauline Hanson's One Nation is scooping up support in regional NSW ahead of the next state election, according to Nationals' internal party polling.
The numbers gathered for the Nationals show One Nation is likely to poll better than the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party on first party preferences in up to 13 seats, The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday.
One Nation is polling at 12 per cent of the primary vote in the Northern Tablelands, at 11 per cent in the seat of Barwon, and at 10 per cent in Bathurst, Lismore and Myall Lakes.
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SFF is running at around single digit figures, according to the polling.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison promises to fast track new business tax cuts
Sydney: The Morrison Government is promising to fast-track its legislated tax cuts for small and medium-sized businesses, costing $3 billion and setting up a fresh battle with Labor ahead of the next election.
The tax rate for companies with a turnover of up to $50 million has already been reduced from 30 to 27.5 per cent and is scheduled to drop to 25 per cent by 2026/27.
The Coalition now wants to bring those tax cuts forward so that the plan is fully implemented by 2021/22, five years earlier than expected.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the cost to the budget would be $3.2 billion over four years which had been partially offset by the Coalition's decision to dump its big business tax cuts.
"Three million Australian businesses, employing around 7 million people will pay less tax and see the benefits sooner as a result of this announcement," he said.
Australia will become the first country in the world
Sydney: Australia will become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer, according to a new study which shows the current national prevention program is working exceptionally well.
According to local reports, in just two years the incidence of cervical cancer in Australia will be so low, it will be considered a rare cancer – just six new cases per 100,000 people in a year.
By 2028, the team predicts the rate will drop even more, to fewer than four new cases per 100,000 people – a rate so low they’re suggesting it classes as this type of cancer being eliminated.
“Australia, the global front runner in cervical cancer prevention, is on track to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem by 2028,” The Lancet Public Health has reported.
And If Australia keeps up its current prevention efforts, by 2034 there will be less than one death per 100,000 people annually.
UK look at Australia to fill GP shortages
Britain: Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is to offer cash incentives to Australian GP's in an attempt to fill an alarming shortage of family doctors across the country.
NHS England have declared they'll offer STG18,500 ($A34,000) to British GPs who have relocated and Australian-trained doctors who want to live and work in the UK.
Details of the recruitment plans were outlined at the Royal College of GPs' annual conference in Glasgow on Thursday with a target of 2000 foreign doctors hoped to be in place by 2020/21.
A teenager who desperately fought off three men with a knife did not realise he had ¬fatally stabbed two of them, sources say.
The initiative mirrors the success of the London Ambulance Service recruiting over 500 paramedics from Australia and New Zealand in the last four years.
Almost one in five Australian honey samples found to be fake
Sydney: Almost one in five Australian honey samples, including some expensive boutique honey, are fake, according to a ground-breaking study that tested samples of local and international branded honey.
The study, conducted by a team of scientists at Macquarie University, used 100 samples of honey sourced globally, including 38 Australian-branded honey samples.
It found more than half the samples sourced from Asia, mainly China, were adulterated, meaning the honey had been mixed with other non-honey substances.
Testing at the National Measurement Institute, the same high-security government lab used to test drugs seized by Border Force, found 27 per cent of overseas samples were not 100 per cent honey.
But the big shock was Australian honey.
Of the 38 honey samples sourced from supermarkets and markets, 18 per cent, or almost one in five, showed adulteration.
The adulterated honey was sourced from Victoria, Queensland, NSW and Tasmania.
In Australia, authorities only test imported honey with 5 per cent tested using the C4 sugar test, which is decades old and can't detect syrups such as rice syrup which are commonly used by fraudsters to dilute honey.