As he promise President Biden agrees to nuclear talks with Iran
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Washington - M E Times Int'l: United States President Joe Biden has agreed to hold talks with Iran to discuss Tehran's nuclear program - a deal former president Donald Trump abandoned.
In an address to the Munich Security Conference Joe Biden said it was imperative the US works with global powers to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Earlier this week Iran's supreme leader demanded action, not words from the US, challenging the Biden administration to make its move.
Israeli leaders are “really not too pleased” by US President Joe Biden’s decision to restart nuclear talks with Iran, according to Defence Correspondent from i24 News Israel Daniel Tsemach.
“The Israeli leaders, defiantly not too pleased with what Joe Biden has said at the Munich Security Conference or really what’s come out of the US administration in the last 48 hours,” he told media. “Indeed, it was what was expected by many, of course this was Joe Biden’s promise when he was sworn in and even beforehand, that he would do everything he could to go back to the 2015 JCPOA. “So, in that sense there’s definitely".
Government needs to take a 'fortress Australia approach'
Canberra: The comentator Gary Hardgrave says the government should take a “fortress Australia approach” after Facebook banned news corporations from posting and China has banned several of our exports.
“Australia right now needs to protect itself first and foremost, the government needs a vision of key infrastructure,” he said.
Mr Hardgrave said instead of action being taken everything has turned into a process which in many cases is from influences outside Australia.
“All the activity seems to be driven by process, there’s a form, there’s a fee, there’s a rule, there’s a regulation, much of it reflecting what the international world tells us we can and can’t do in our own country.”
Second woman claimed she was sexually assaulted in Parliament
Sydney: A second woman has been allegedly raped by the same Liberal party staffer involved in the Brittany Higgins scandal.
A News report said that a second woman has claimed she was sexually assaulted by the same man.
The anonymous woman said she wanted to support Ms Higgins, who this week alleged she was raped by a colleague in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds ’ office in March 2019.
The Federal Government’s mishandling of the alleged crime has been widely criticised this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday he had now tasked the head of his department to investigate the event.
Senator Reynolds this week apologised in the parliament to Ms Higgins for not making her feel more supported.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese, who praised Ms Higgins for her bravery in going public, and independent Senator Jacqui Lambie have called for Senator Reynolds to resign over the incident.
Company implements four day work week with 'fantastic' results
Sydney: Inventium Founder Dr Amantha Imber told media her company has permanently adopted a four-day work week after receiving “fantastic” results during testing last year.
“We’re now eight months in to running a four-day work week,” she said.
“We’ve been measuring things like productivity and employee engagement and obviously tracking financial metrics as well and pretty much everything has gone up very significantly, so we’ve made the four-day week permanent.
Berejiklian pushes for 'incentives' rather than 'penalties' to boost vaccine uptake
Sydney: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says while she does not want to introduce mandatory vaccination, she would like to see incentives introduced by businesses to boost uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine. She flagged venues, such as hospitality venues, may adopt a pro-vaccine approach where they only accept vaccinated patrons so they can ease restrictions.
“Rather than penalising people who haven’t taken the vaccine I would like to see incentives for people who do take the vaccine because it is a good thing for our community,” she said.
“I presume that airlines might say that they want people vaccinated when they go on international flights, there could be some hospitality venues that may be able to ease restrictions further if patrons are vaccinated.
“There’s a whole range of options.”
Labor slams loss of 700 TAFE jobs
Sydney: NSW Labor has condemned the Berejiklian Government’s plan to slash almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs.
The NSW Government has announced two restructures of the TAFE system which will result in the loss of 678 jobs in administrative roles such as student services, facilities management and logistics.
“The Berejiklian Government is cutting out TAFE system and selling it off bit by bit,” said NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay. “They plan to sack hundreds of workers who are a vital part of our TAFE system.”
“It is nothing less than economic vandalism to gut TAFE further during a recession.”
Shadow Minister for Skills and TAFE Jihad Dib said: “Thousands of young people across our communities rely on TAFE for the skills they need to get into the workforce and start their careers. They rely on these staff members to help navigate the system for them.”
UK's Prince Harry to lose all honorary titles
UK: Britain's Prince Harry will relinquish his honorary military appointments and patronages after confirming to Queen Elizabeth II that he and his wife Meghan Markle will not return as working royals, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, rocked the British monarchy when they quit frontline royal duties a year ago.
They have since embarked on a new life involving several commercial ventures in the United States, and now live in California.
Under the initial terms of their departure thrashed out at an emergency summit with the queen in early 2020, Harry had agreed to review the decision a year on.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
"The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.
Perrottet ‘indifferent’ to young unemployed, says Labor
Sydney: Labor has criticised NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet after he bungled statistics about the youth unemployment rate during Question Time on Friday.
Mr Perrottet incorrectly said NSW’s youth unemployment rate was 13.1 per cent instead of 14.7 per cent.
He also wrongly claimed youth unemployment in NSW was the lowest in the nation. NSW has fallen behind the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and the ACT.
“Our young people are facing the highest youth unemployment rate since January 2015,” said NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay. Dominic Perrottet showed how ignorant he is of their situation, and how indifferent he is to their plight.”
Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord said: “Compared to pre-COVID last February, we still have 39,040 fewer young people in jobs in NSW, and 18,259 more young people unemployed. This should be front of mind for Dominic Perrottet for every minute of his time as Treasurer.”
Australia and US ‘carefully paying attention’ to Biden’s China dealings
US Studies Centre CEO Simon Jackman says people in the United States and Australia are “carefully paying attention” to anything coming out of the Biden administration regarding China.
“The issue of human rights in China has long been thought to be part of the ensemble of issues that unites, frankly, the entire American spectrum from left to right around needing to take a tougher line,” Mr Jackman told media.
“It’s something that I think China hawks and indeed big part of the foreign policy establishment – certainly up on Capitol Hill – carefully paying attention to anything coming out of this new administration with respect to China. “As are we here in Australia.”