Taskforce to Take Action To Protect Migrant Workers

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A newly established Migrant Workers’ Taskforce, set up by the federal government, has agreed to a program of action to deal with the exploitation of migrant workers in Australia’s workplaces. Lina Caneva, Editor Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash said the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce was set up to bolster the government’s efforts to protect at-risk workers. Chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, the… Read More »

Mark Carney writes his own departure script

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The governor of the Bank of England said he will step down in June 2019. By FRANCESCO GUERRERA LONDON — Mark Carney is going but not until after Brexit. Like all superstars, the photogenic governor of the Bank of England scripted his own exit from the U.K. political stage. After keeping politicians, investors, and… Mark Carney writes his… Read More »

Westpac and Thrive Partnership to Help Refugees Start Businesses

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Banking giant Westpac and refugee microfinancing charity Thrive have joined forces in a $2 million partnership to support refugees to establish their own businesses in Australia. Pro Bono Australia Lina Caneva Westpac has also seconded a chief operating officer (COO) to develop all elements of Thrive’s operations, from credit policies to loan documents, and help establish it as a stand-alone entity. Westpac said it would provide funding without… Westpac and Thrive Partnership to… Read More »

Kristalina Georgieva to quit Commission for World Bank job

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A source said the Bulgarian was frustrated with the ‘poisonous’ influence of Jean-Claude Juncker’s chief of staff. By RYAN HEATH Kristalina Georgieva resigned Friday as vice president of the European Commission to take a job as CEO of the World Bank, after becoming frustrated by the… Kristalina Georgieva to… Read More »

Lofty ambitions confront reality in Turkish Stream pipeline

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Russia and Turkey signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline early this month, provoking worry that the Turkish Stream pipeline could render Ukraine obsolete as a gas conduit to Europe. By Josh Kovensky Ankara appears to have ambitions to become a gas transit hub connecting Central Asia, the Black Sea region and the… Lofty ambitions confront… Read More »

Belgian politicians drop opposition to EU-Canada trade deal

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EU leaders hope deal will be signed as Belgian PM says leaders of five regional parliaments have reached an agreement Jennifer Rankin in Brussels European Union leaders have expressed hope of signing a trade deal with Canada after Belgian politicians overcame differences that had been blocking the treaty. The Belgian… Belgian politicians drop… Read More »

Pierre Moscovici, trying to make Italian duvet fit EU suitcase

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The economics commissioner on the challenge of keeping budget rules squishy enough. By PIERRE BRIANÇON PARIS — Pierre Moscovici has an expression to show the direction he’d like his high-stakes negotiations with Italy to take: “We have to fit the duvet into the… Pierre Moscovici, trying… Read More »

Australia is no longer the home of the ‘fair go’, says report

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Country is less fair, less safe and has more people in prison than comparable nations, says Community Council of Australia Calla Wahlquist A report by the Community Council of Australia has shattered perceptions that Australia is a country of the “fair go”, finding it is less fair, less safe, and with a… Australia is no… Read More »

Why the rich can’t be trusted with money

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The members of the investor class are programmed to destroy. by Larry Beinhart Every time the rich get too much money – as marked by a sharp rise in income inequality – the same things always happen. A bubble! A grand, exuberant, investing, spending, paper profits spree. It… Why the rich… Read More »

Last-ditch talks aim to save EU-Canada trade deal

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BRUSSELS: The head of the European parliament and Canada’s trade minister held last-ditch talks Saturday aimed at salvaging a trade deal threatened by a Belgian region’s refusal to sign on Agence France Presse EU assembly chief Martin Schulz also planned an 11th-hour huddle with Paul… Last-ditch talks… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

Three Elements of Great Community Engagement Campaigns

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All businesses and organisations can increase community engagement through effective campaigns, writes Mike Davis, founder of Purposeful.    In today’s crowded and competitive market, innovative tactics are needed to separate from the pack and optimise engagement with a community of givers. Whether you are a… Three Elements of… Read More »

Will China’s economy slow as Beijing squeezes property sales?

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With the government cracking down on property speculation, questions raised on what drives fourth-quarter growth By STEVE WANG, LIN WANXIA and POO YEE KAI China’s economy is on track to meet Beijing’s growth target of 6.5% to 7.0% for 2016 following the release of third quarter numbers in… Will China’s economy… Read More »

Belgium split over EU-Canada trade deal Ceta

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Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says EU leaders may agree on a landmark EU-Canada trade deal this week – but only if objections from his country’s Wallonia region can be met. EU trade ministers are discussing the Ceta deal in Luxembourg, and Wallonia’s concerns cannot be ignored. Belgium’s national government backs the… Belgium split over… Read More »

Money And Religion: The Greeks Got It Right. They Tax The Church.

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The free tax ride for religious institutions in Australia is about 400 years past its use by date, argues Brian Morris. By Brian Morris In 1587, Dr John Bridges coined the phrase “A fool and his money are soon parted”. Just 14 years later Queen Elizabeth the First issued her 1601 Statute on Charities making “the advancement of … Money And Religion: The… Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom, India’s GAIL Could Correct LNG Contract in 6 Months – CEO

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Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said that Russia’s energy giant hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the next six months. GOA (Sputnik) – Russia’s energy giant Gazprom hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the… Russia’s Gazprom, India’s… Read More »