Political leaders agree to ban recyclable waste exports
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Canberra - M E Times Int'l: Scott Morrison has clinched a deal with the states to ban recyclable waste being exported as the COAG summit concludes in Cairns.
Environment ministers at all levels of government will work on a timetable to phase out exports of plastics, paper and glass. Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes the move will improve Australia’s own waste management systems, offering opportunities for new jobs and industries. “It’s our waste and it’s our responsibility,” he said.
Govt divided over 'the rise of China'
Canberra: Senior government ministers are divided over Andrew Hastie's commentary on China after he drew comparisons between the world's response to the rise of the nation with that of Nazi Germany. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann described Mr Hastie’s comparison as “clumsy and inappropriate”. “It detracts from what I think more broadly is an important conversation,” he said. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton came to the defence of Mr Hastie on Friday, telling Sky News the chair of parliament's Intelligence Committee knew what he was talking about. Mr Dutton said it was not helpful to deny the problems that persisted around China's behaviour, adding "Andrew's privy to a lot of information and intelligence briefings that other members of parliament aren't".
Bill to decriminalise abortion passes NSW lower house
Sydney: After days of fierce debate, a bill to decriminalise abortion has passed the New South Wales parliament’s lower house. The bill passed the lower house on Thursday night 59 to 31 votes, with most of the 19 amendments rejected. The bill will allow terminations up to 22 weeks into the pregnancy, and later if approved by two doctors. If passed by the upper house next week, New South Wales abortion laws will be brought in line with other states and territories across the country.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced her support for the changes, while Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has remained against them. The bill was introduced by Sydney Independent MP Alex Greenwich and 15 co-supporters last week.
Lord Mayor of Parramatta calls for Light Rail Stage 2 to go ahead in Parramatta
Parramatta: City of Parramatta Council Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson has called for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail to go ahead following recent media reports suggesting the project is in doubt.
“The second stage of the Parramatta Light Rail project is crucial for the City of Parramatta as it will play a significant role in connecting the City’s newer neighbourhoods to the CBD. It will also link these suburbs with key public transport hubs, including future Metro stations,” Cr Wilson said.
“Parramatta has contributed heavily to the Premier’s goal to increase housing supply by providing the largest number of housing approvals in NSW, but the City needs the continued commitment of the State Government to provide the necessary infrastructure to support this growth.”
In Joint Media Release: Government makes Global Talent program
Canberra: Australian businesses and start-ups will have streamlined access to the best and brightest talent from around the world with the continuation of the Global Talent - Employer Sponsored program (GTES), formerly the Global Talent Scheme.
Following a successful pilot last financial year, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman has made the GTES an ongoing program.
“The pilot showed the GTES has strong support from industry and highlighted the economic benefits of recruiting overseas talent directly to Australian businesses”, Mr Coleman said.
“These highly-skilled overseas workers bring with them unique skills and knowledge that are transferred to Australian businesses, allowing for the creation of further jobs for Australians.”
“This program will provide our tech companies with the skilled workers they need to be able to do business here in Australia and grow, which will in turn contribute to our economy and create more jobs for Australians,” Minister Andrews said.
Chair of the Start-up Advisory Panel, Alex McCauley, said the continuation of the GTES is great news for high growth young businesses in Australia.
“We've got high expectations for Australian start-ups and have seen firsthand the value generated by the scheme - we want them to be global success stories very rapidly, but to do that, they need access to the best talent in the world”, Mr McCauley said.
CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL Michael Biercuk said that Australia has an opportunity to build global-scale companies in quantum technology, and doing so requires global-scale searches for highly skilled talent.
Third Police Station Opened in 11 Days
Sydney: The new Redfern Police Station is the third police station opened in 11 days by the NSW Government.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott unveiled the refurbished station at Tower 1B, Lawson Square after moving from Tower 1A. This follows Mount Druitt opening on Monday and Bay and Basin last week.
Mr Elliott said the NSW Government had refurbished the bottom three floors with state of the art infrastructure.
Labor criticised for not backing deportation laws
Canberra: The Morrison Government is pressuring Labor to back new laws that would make it harder for criminals to avoid deportation. The proposed laws would see people automatically fail the character test if they were convicted of a violent offence carrying a two year jail sentence.
ANIC Strongly Condemns the Recent Human Rights Violations in Kashmir
Sydney: The Grand Mufti of Australia and The Australian National Imam Council (ANIC) strongly condemn the recent human rights violations carried out by the Indian security forces towards innocent civilians of the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). We unequivocally reject the Indian Government unilateral actions to abolish the special autonomous status of Indian-Occupied portion of the Muslim-majority in Kashmir. The Indian government’s latest provocations backed by military intervention are in breach of the international laws supported by several UN Security Council resolutions.
Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families.
Hard work of disability advocates rewarded with VISA policy changes
Canberra: The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) welcomes the Federal Government's decision to make changes to the way permanent residency visa applications are assessed for migrants with permanent medical conditions or disabilities.
FECCA understands that part of these changes includes the threshold for an acceptable perceived economic cost of care for applicants with permanent medical conditions or disabilities has been increased from $40,000 to $49,000.
The Government will now also only calculate the care cost over a ten-year period, rather than the lifetime of the applicant as was previously the case, meaning many more people with permanent medical conditions or disabilities will potentially fall below the new threshold.
It’s Business Time for older workers
Sydney: The NSW Government is stepping up the fight against age discrimination in the workplace announcing a new toolkit to help employers, managers and HR professionals engage and retain older workers.
Minister for Seniors John Sidoti said it makes no sense to have such a highly skilled, experienced section of the community sidelined from work.
“Research shows that potential employers too often overlook, poorly manage and disregard older workers,” Mr Sidoti said.
Shorten failed to understand the middle class: Paul Keating
Sydney: Former prime minister Paul Keating has issued a scathing criticism of Labor, saying the party failed to understand the middle class under Bill Shorten's leadership. Mr Keating said voters rejected Labor because of its high spending priorities and plans to introduce a top marginal tax rate.
Labor will always “listen to the advice” of former prime minister Paul Keating when crafting its policies, according to Opposition frontbencher Matt Thistlethwaite.
India looks to build more coal mines in Australia
Canberra: Encouraged by the approval of Adani's Carmichael Coal Mine, cashed-up Indian companies are reportedly in talks with the Australian Federal Government to build more coal mines. Resources Minister Matt Canavan said he was inundated with expressions of interest from Indian companies looking to supply their energy market. Potential locations include Gunnedah in northern NSW and the Queensland Galilee Basin. Mr Canavan said he would visit India in late August to meet with potential investors.
'Australia needs to support a free and autonomous Hong Kong'- Howard
Sydney: The former primer minister John Howard “rightfully called Hong Kong protestors inspirational” because they were “standing up for freedom, democracy and autonomy from Beijing”. The unrest in Hong Kong started over a planned extradition law that would allow people to be sent to the Chinese mainland for trial, but continued over police brutality and political independence. “While we need to discourage violence from all and any sides, we ought to be unambiguous about whose interests and values we support,” he said. “We need to support a free and autonomous Hong Kong."