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Five ways the Coalition can get innovation back on track

The Conversation AU - ‎9 hours ago‎
There are some marvellously articulate and vocal supporters for innovation in Australia, including, for example, Catherine Livingstone at the Business Council of Australia, Brian Schmidt at Australian National University, and Roy Green at UTS, who ...
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Growing calls for recognition of migrants discriminated against by Australian governments

SBS - ‎Jul 10, 2016‎
Australian Council of Trade Unions president, Ged Kearney, has joined calls for migrants denied citizenship on political grounds after World War II to be recognised in the federal parliament.

Letters: Iraq, subs and team work

The Australian Financial Review - ‎22 hours ago‎
The US administration was kept aware that no final decision to commit Australian forces to combat would be taken unless and until our government was satisfied that there was no acceptable alternative.
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Long walk to the altar for same-sex marriage plebiscite

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎16 hours ago‎
The effect is to permit organisations, such as local government bodies and trade unions, to pay the commission to conduct their election.

Multicultural outreach aims to improve accuracy of 2016 census

SBS - ‎Jul 17, 2016‎
The Australian Council of Trade Unions, along with the main group representing migrant communities in Australia, has backed calls for official recognition of the treatment experienced by migrants accused of left leaning political sympathies after WWII.

Plans to strengthen RAC skills base, improve training

Climate Control News (press release) - ‎4 hours ago‎
Business groups and unions are warning of a looming skills shortage as trade commencements and student enrolments continue to plummet.
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Markets Live: Bulls take a breather

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
The local economy is solid, and a further interest rate cut should support momentum in the market, Credit Suisse private banking chief investment strategist for Australia David McDonald said. "Although not outright cheap the local market is around one ...
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Western Australian remote communities 'won't close'

SBS - ‎Jul 13, 2016‎
The government's plan to create jobs for people living remotely will create welfare dependency, says Kara Keys, the Australian Council of Trade Unions' Indigenous officer. "I'm absolutely gobsmacked," she says. "The policy says it will enable people to ...
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No required action for Australia amid Brexit fall-out: report

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
Some negative short and medium-term impacts are expected for the British economy as it leaves the European Union but Australia is considered well-placed to manage any fall-out on world financial markets and has only limited exposure to risk through the ...

Unionists and drinkers take more sickies

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Jul 19, 2016‎
Union members 'more secure'. When asked about why union members took more leave, Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney said union members "tend to be more secure in their work, have access to better conditions, and generally be ...

Company tax gap might be $2 billion but it's much lower than everyone thought

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
The ATO has flagged that its official estimate of the "tax gap" may be as little as $2 billion. Louie Douvis. by Sally Rose.

Carlton United Breweries: Staff picket CUB factory as sackings stall beer production

The Sydney Morning Herald - ‎Jul 12, 2016‎
"It's reprehensible how CUB is treating these workers, and we call on the government to be upfront and tell the electorate whether this is how they believe workers should be treated," Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver said. "At ...

Equities pause after record run

The Australian Financial Review - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
At about 7.30am Sydney time, ASX futures were 32 points or 0.6 per cent lower; the Australian dollar was up 0.2 per cent at US74.89¢.
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Brexit deal can wait a year, Angela Merkel tells Theresa May

The Australian - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
British Prime Minister Theresa May won the blessing of Angela Merkel to wait until next year to start talks on leaving the EU. The German Chancellor also unexpectedly left the door open to a deal to retain trading links alongside curbs on EU migrants.

Australian foreign policy needs a broader conception of our national interest

The Conversation AU - ‎Jul 19, 2016‎
In the days leading up to the Brexit referendum, journalist Greg Sheridan advocated that Britain's potential departure from the European Union might provide scraps off the table for Australia in the form of a new bilateral trade agreement. Rather than ...
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Turnbull's economic plan will divide both the Senate and business lobby groups

The Conversation AU - ‎Jul 11, 2016‎
If the agreements echo the labour mobility clauses of the China-Australia Free Trade agreement, we can also expect to see the Australian Council of Trade Unions supporting the cross bench. Malcolm Turnbull centred his election campaign on economics in ...
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ECB tipped to bide time after Brexit

The Australian - ‎Jul 21, 2016‎
... possible repercussions for the euro area from Britain's shock vote to quit the European Union, ECB watchers said. “By the time the governing council meets, it will only have very limited information on the short-term impact of Brexit” said ...
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Christian Porter says senior conservatives back Coalition's superannuation plan

ABC Online - ‎Jul 17, 2016‎
Social Services Minister Christian Porter has talked down conservative opposition to the Coalition's superannuation policy. A small group of conservative Liberal politicians have voiced concerns over the policy, which would introduce a cap of $500,000 ...

CUB workers stand strong

Green Left Weekly - ‎Jul 22, 2016‎
The dispute started on June 10 when 55 fitters, electricians and maintenance workers backed by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) were told by management that they would be sacked, only to be then ...

Comment: Why scare campaigns like 'Mediscare' work – even if voters hate them

SBS - ‎Jul 13, 2016‎
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) handed out a million replica Medicare cards to voters in major metropolitan areas and marginal electorates across the country - particularly in the last three days, after the election advertising blackout.